Assassin’s Creed. One would think that stealthy and subtle killers are involved when concerning such an immensely popular video game title. However, the reality is that the members of the Assassin Brotherhood in the said franchise are a bit lousy. They walk around conspicuously in broad daylight and often reveal themselves to their targets before killing them outright.
By Hollywood’s assassin and hitmen standards, the Assassin Brotherhood is pretty sloppy. So comparisons are inevitable and it just so happens that Hollywood has more competent killers-for-hire than those in Assassin’s Creed. Of course, that doesn’t mean movie assassins are all better, so here’s how the members of the Brotherhood compare to Hollywood’s hardened hitmen and woman.
10 Better: The Bride/Beatrix Kiddo (Kill Bill)
Hooded velvet and linen might be cool and all but Beatrix Kiddo from Kill Bill proves that a yellow tracksuit is all one needs in order to slay in style. She’s one of the most accomplished female assassins ever in film history and most of her kills aren’t even made with guns despite being in the modern age.
All she usually needs is her esteemed Hattori Hanzo katana and her knowledge of Kung-Fu to kill just about anyone. Besides, if a bullet to the head can’t stop her, then a measly hidden blade or some superpowered Templar equipment surely won’t be enough.
9 Worse: Anton Chigurh (No Country For Old Men)
As far as realistic assassins go, Anton Chigurh is a dead-serious one. He neither smiles nor shows any emotion, even when under extreme pressure. While he is the embodiment of a psychopath, he would never be able to hold up against assassins who practically have x-ray vision.
They might not have the same urban firepower that Anton Chigurh wields but they can be stealthier. Chigurh has also proven that he doesn’t perform well when caught by surprise as he’s no more than a mere human – no plot armor tricks nor special considerations were taken.
8 Better: Hit Girl (Kick-Ass)
Speaking of special skills that Hollywood loves to give to its protagonists or antagonists, Hit Girl from Kick-Ass is quite the superheroine. She was trained from such a young age by her dad who is an ex-cop that chose to be a vigilante. Unlike her dad though who is an expert marksman, Hit Girl is more proficient with knives.
She’s also extremely lethal when it comes to hand-to-hand combat and can even take on a highly-trained mob boss as seen in the final showdown. To top that all off, she’s just a kid. Imagine what she can do when she grows up. Most assassins in Assassin’s Creed usually only begin training when they become adults, so Hit Girl will likely wipe the floor with them.
7 Worse: James Bond
Technically, James Bond’s “license to kill” makes him an assassin. Most of his job also revolve around killing targets for the British Intelligence anyway. So does is he actually a good assassin? Sadly, it might be more of an apt title for him as he’s careless and sometimes unprofessional during assassinations.
He enjoys himself too much in casinos and fools around with women too frequently in missions. As clever as he is with gadgets and the element of surprise, Assassin Brotherhood members can easily jump him from the top of a building and make quick work of him.
6 Better: John Wick (John Wick)
Unlike Bond, whose strength lies in being lucky and having the upper hand, John Wick is a man who works best in the most unfavorable of situations. He always finds a way to make the most out of a potentially hopeless situation and manages to come out on top.
When it comes to battling the Assassin Brotherhood, John has the advantage of having firearms and exceptional handgun acrobatics. He’s also tougher than nails and will definitely withstand a couple (or half-a-dozen) hidden blade jabs. Plus he can always ask for help from his allies.
5 Worse: Michael Sullivan (Road To Perdition)
Road To Perdition takes place during the 1930s, during the height of the Great Depression. It’s close to the latest era the Assassin’s Creed series has featured, which is World War I. So how does Road To Perdition‘s Michael Sullivan measure up against the Assassin Brotherhood? Not good.
For one, he’s no match against the nigh-superhuman capabilities of even the lowliest member of the Brotherhood. With guns entering the scene, the scales are even more skewed towards the Brotherhood’s favor. Sullivan is a competent hitman but most of his skills revolve only around marksmanship.
4 Better: Miho (Sin City)
Miho from Sin City is quite similar to The Bride from Kill Bill and shares the same skills with the sword. Except Miho’s sword is even more outrageous and can seemingly cut through steel.
When not using her swords, she resorts to her shurikens. These can nevertheless achieve the same effect as the katana but with the added benefit of being ranged. Not many Assassin Brotherhood weaponry can withstand such cold ferocity.
3 Worse: Agent 47 (Hitman)
Agent 47 from the Hitman video games is pretty identical to the one in the films when it comes to skills and cleverness. They also love to don disguises and only resort to wanton violence if need be. Both of them, however, are only a bit more efficient than James Bond.
They also don’t display the same nimbleness and stamina as the members of the Assassin Brotherhood, who can pretty much parkour into any structure without getting tired. Agent 47’s stiffness and limited abilities can make him an easy target for the Assassin Brotherhood, even with guns involved.
2 Better: T-800 (The Terminator)
One might argue that the T-800 isn’t that good of an assassin since it can’t even kill a defenseless child and its mother. However, for film story purposes, John and Sarah Connor had too much plot armor. When it comes to being a one-man army, not many video game characters can match the T-800.
For that matter, the top dogs of the Assassin Brotherhood simply can’t stand a chance against a futuristic murder-bot that can probably withstand a bomb. No amount of hidden blade stabbing or conventional gunfire can bring down the T-800.
1 Worse: Travis Bickle (Taxi Driver)
Last and quite frankly, the least, is the most incompetent assassins in film, Travis Bickle from Taxi Driver. He’s played by none other than Robert De Niro but even so, he pales in comparison to the actor’s other roles in being an effective killer.
Travis even fails to assassinate his primary target, which is a senator walking out in the open. The best he could do was sling guns against some local pimps and he even nearly died in doing so. In any other context that would have been commendable. However, the members of the Assassin Brotherhood could do that and more— unscathed, in the span of one minute before moving on to the next quest.
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