This is why Altair always wins
I mean, it’s an oversimplification, but sure. Sure, let’s rack up the stats here. Ignore if TL;DR resistant.
Firstly, Altair killed more than 9 Templars. He also killed all the Templars scattered throughout the Fertile Crescent (in-game). Coincidentally, he killed a lot of Assassins who were mislead by Al Mualim and Abbas, although it’s up for debate if that’s awesome or not.
As for Ezio-I mean, he’s probably the most prolific Assassin in terms of hits alone. I can’t seem to find that gif that gave an exact number, but I want to say he’d killed over 90,000 people? It’s some fucking war criminal number. It probably isn’t that high but we have to remember that Ezio had no scruples about killing guards and was also responsible for the deaths caused by his students, thus skyrocketing that number. He also killed a lot of people in his quest for vengeance. In a shadier sense, he happened to be in charge at a time when the Brotherhood was the most…profitable. Make of that what you will.
As for Edward…sigh. We haven’t even played the game yet. Also, he’s a pirate. He’s probably second in terms of kills. He murdered whole crews at a time and probably made a point of killing any slaves on board. Unless you want to make him be an actual pirate, in which case the number goes down because he sold human beings for profit. History is not on our side in making a case of pirates being good in regards to slavery. Isabela was a huge exception and it’s a big character defining moment in Dragon Age, which is a fantasy franchise. Historically? A pirate would’ve sold other human beings. Also: really? We’re counting sharks and whales? Cause, like. Connor probably has killed more animals for more justified reasons.
And-chronologically-lastly, Connor. Connor, who took down all the major players in the American-British Templars at a time when the Assassin Brotherhood was floundering and failing; who turned the tide of a war. The man who was the first Assassin to be likened more to a wolf than an eagle (a wolf, btw: a predator who is most dangerous when cornered-and will be cornered more often because they don’t have the benefit of flight and height. Some would say a huge disadvantage. Social commentary?). Connor, who breathed life into a village by becoming it’s protector. Connor, who more personified a living, breathing knight than the guy from the Renaissance, while still being a a more believable human being. Connor, who captained the Ghost of the North Seas and fought pirates and slavers and bears. This is the same character who asked Charles Lee his name when Connor was five years old so that it would be easier to find him. He’s been hanged, stopped assassinations of future presidents, cleared out forts single-handed without dropping anyone other than the commander, and basically been a quiet badass. He may not have killed as many people, but that’s because he has something the others don’t: a respect for life. When he kills someone, it is with purpose. It’s with meaning and understanding exactly what he’s taking. Sure, you can play the other (well, Altair and Ezio) characters the other way, but literally just by background and cutscenes alone, it is clear that Connor is a hugely different character from a moral standpoint. He is a good man. Everyone else is shades.
Ezio is still my favorite and I may not totally agree with their Ezio views, this is a great look at Connor and a lot of stuff I don’t think people take into account while playing as him.