- "The world will be better without you."
- — Ezio Auditore
Ezio Auditore da Firenze (エツィオ・アウディトーレ・ダ・フィレンツェ, Etsio Auditōre Da Firentse) (1459-1524) is a playable guest character in Soulcalibur V and was first introduced in the second iteration of Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed series, Assassin's Creed II. He returned in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, Assassin's Creed: II Discovery and Assassin's Creed: Revelations.
In Soulcalibur V's promotional material he is referred to as The Master Assassin.
Ezio was a Florentine noble during the Italian Renaissance and, unbeknownst to most historians and philosophers, a Mentor of the Italian Assassins. He was an ancestor to both Desmond Miles and Clay Kaczmarek.
Assassin's Creed Series
According to historian and modern-day Assassin Shaun Hastings, there is a gap in Ezio's timeline. Though data from the Animus is sparse, it would seem Ezio discovered a strange artifact in 1506, while on his way to Navarre to fight Cesare Borgia.
The artifact in question was held by a group of Templars plotting to overthrow Queen Catalina, off the Spanish coast. During the night, Ezio boarded the ship, overcame the Templars, and set the vessel ablaze. He then stole the chest holding the artifact and, once in a safe place, opened it.
The Animus readings are very erratic after that. To quote Shaun: "Bugger if I know how DNA and an earthquake are related, but this looks like readouts from the Richter Scale!"
According to our data, Ezio's timeline seems to jump to the end of the 16th Century, with him fighting against several strange, powerful foes. This cannot be possible. Immediately afterwards, Ezio appears in 1507, sailing for Navarre.
The truth remains a mystery, but this does pinpoint Ezio's involvement in the conflicts surrounding Soul Edge and Soul Calibur as beginning near the end of events detailed in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood.
Ezio uses a variety of weapons consisting of a sword, twin Assassin hidden blades with a hidden gun in one of them, a dagger and a crossbow. The sword is mainly used for mid-ranged vertical attacks which are moderately fast, while the hidden blades are mostly used for close-range and horizontal attacks which are very precise. The crossbow is used to distantly damage an enemy and take them to the ground. Ezio also uses his hidden gun which works similarly to Cervantes', but keeps his weapons sheathed when not attacking or defending.
Ezio is generally similar to Raphael in terms of speed, strength and range, though he has fewer evasive moves. Depending on the weapon used, his range varies greatly—from approximately Viola's melee range (basic dagger/hidden blade attacks) to infinite (crossbow and hidden gun). By catching his opponent off-guard, Ezio is capable of harassing from afar with his crossbow, and the knockback may even result in a ring out. Ezio is therefore an extremely versatile fighter, though he does not truly excel at any of the usual ranges.
Full Synchronization: Ezio throws his smoke bomb under his feet, and if the opponent is struck with the stiletto slash, Ezio will quickly slash them twice more with his hidden blade and sword, shoot from the crossbow, and then from the hidden gun.
- Roman Sword
- Roman Crossbow
- Hidden Blades
- The Hidden Gun
Astral Chaos (SCV)
- Venice Rooftops (SCV Remix)
- Insieme per la vittoria! (Together for victory!)
- Do not test me.
- The world will be better without you.
- May no one remember your name.
- Vittoria agli Assassini. (Victory to the Assassins.)
- Requiescat in pace. (Rest in peace.)
- You condemn what you do not understand. - after losing in a time up.
- Stay down.
- Nothing... Is true.
- Adesso... Basta! (Now... Enough of this!)
- Your deeds... Condemn you!
- Let us finish this!
- Face me!
- Bene. (Good.)
- Your end... Shall be quick.
- Molto bene. (Literally "Real good", meaning actually "Very Well".) - after Yoshimitsu´s critical edge
- Andiamo. (Let's go.)
- Vittoria! (Victory!)
- Ready to die?
- What is this?!" - spoken when hit by a tremor.
- Not yet. - spoken when the opponent has one round until victory
- Cazzo! (Literally "D*ck!", meaning actually "F*ck!") - when the opponent resists his throw
- Merda! (Sh*t!) - when the opponent resists his throw or when he misses a guard impact
- Bastardo! (Bastard!) - when the opponent breaks his guard
- I have failed! - spoken during ring out
- How can this be?! - spoken during ring out
- I tried to warn you! - during Critical Edge
- Addio! (Farewell!) - after Critical Edge
- Draw... your final breath. - taunt
- According to Hisaharu Tago, Soulcalibur V's game producer, Ezio was chosen to be the guest character of Soulcalibur V because the guest characters of Soulcalibur IV (Darth Vader, Yoda and the Apprentice) were not too well received by fans who complained that the Star Wars characters "didn't quite fit" in the Soulcalibur universe. Ezio, on the other hand, is said to "fit" the Soulcalibur universe much better.
- Ezio is the first and so far only Italian character whose name does not start with a V.
- Ezio is the second guest character to share a voice actor with Siegfried, as they are both voiced by Roger Craig Smith in English (Smith had already been Ezio's voice in Assassin's Creed II and Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood.) Previously, Link shared the same Japanese voice actor of Siegfried, Nightmare and Yoshimitsu, Nobuyuki Hiyama.
- Ezio's Japanese voice actor, Tomokazu Seki, also voices Viewtiful Joe in the Marvel vs. Capcom 3 series and Domon Kasshu in Mobile Fighter G Gundam and any Super Robot Wars and Another Century's Episode titles involving G Gundam that include voices.
- Seki also has voiced Ezio in previous installments of Assassin's Creed in Japanese, making his appearance another role reprisal.
- Ezio's pose for his render is exactly like the one he does for the cover art of Assassin's Creed II. Also, his 2D artwork shows Ezio in the same posture as in a rendered promotional artwork for Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood. This is possibly due to Ezio being a strictly licensed character whom Takuji Kawano was only allowed to draw if he used the given posture that had been approved by Ubisoft.
- Ezio's theme song, "Venice Rooftops (SCV Remix)" is a remix of the original tracks "Venice Rooftops" and "Ezio's Family". Both come from Assassin's Creed II. The remix was created by Jesper Kyd - the same man that composed scores for the first four Assassin's Creed instalments. - and the song is available to listen to at composer's official site under the name "Ezio's Battle".
- Ezio is the second character in the Soul series to bear a firearm, the first being Cervantes. Also, Ezio's weapon is similar to the weapon of Dampierre, and they are the only characters in the Soul series that have hidden blades on their outfits.
- Although his first appearance is Assassin's Creed II, Ezio's costume is from Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood.
- The victory phrase "May no one remember your name." is a nod to Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood in which he tells the final boss of the game, Cesare Borgia "Che nessuno ricordi il tuo nome. Requiescat in pace. (May no one remember your name. Rest in peace.)
- Due to weapons no longer having different stats, Ezio has no alternate weapons.
- Ezio's moveset cannot be copied by Kilik or Edge Master, nor can it be used by custom characters, this is also the case with Algol.
- Ezio's costume is the costume used in the Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood promotional pics and E3 trailer and not his costume used in the final design used for the game.
- In Soulcalibur V, Dampierre and Ezio both have hidden weapons in their sleeves: Dampierre has two hidden daggers and Ezio has two hidden blades. Also they're both assassins, Dampierre self-proclaimed "The World's Greatest Assassin" and Ezio being referred to as "Master Assassin".
- Ezio fought in the Siege of Viana and killed Cesare Borgia. Both occurred in 1507, only 100 years away from the events of Soulcalibur V.
- Ezio is the third most foul-mouthed character next to Spawn and Patroklos, though Ezio swears in Italian.
- Ezio also has the harshest swear in the series.
- The name of Ezio's Critical Edge, Full Synchronization, is a nod to a mechanic in Assasin's Creed: Brotherhood and Assassin's Creed: Revelations where an extra challenge is added to missions to achieve full synchronization with Ezio's memories, playing them out exactly as they occurred.
- Ezio's 2P costume looks similar to his gray outfit from Assassin's Creed: Revelations, except that the 2P costume has yellow lining in it.
- When performing Ezio's Critical Edge, the iconic eagle screech from the Assassin's Creed games can be heard. It can also be heard during one of Ezio's entrances in which he jumps into the arena, which is a reference to the Leap of Faith from the series.
- The phrase "Insieme per la vittoria!" is a line Ezio said in Assassin's Creed II when he was about to fight Vieri de' Pazzi in the beginning of the game. The phrase literally means 'Together in Victory!', though the game translated it as 'We stand together!'. He also said it to his uncle Mario when they were being attacked in Monteriggioni and when he rallies his Assassin allies at the gates of Rome to fend off Cesare Borgia's guards in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood.
- Ezio mentions Cristina Vespucci in the game. She was one of Ezio's lovers in Assassin's Creed II before she died.
- The achievement No-Hitter, to win 10 Ranked Matches with Ezio, is a nod to the Assassin's Creed II achievement of the same name, where one must defeat 10 enemies in one battle without being hit.
- Assassin's Creed Chronicles China is Ezio's most recent and final video game appearance only as a Mentor to the protagonist Shao Jun and NPC, whereas Soulcalibur V is his latest and final playable appearance, as all Assassin's Creed games following the release of V have featured different protagonists in each game.
Ezio Auditore da Firenze roughly means "Ezio Auditore from Florence" in Italian. Ezio is derived from the Latin surname and common name Aetius, which means "vanquisher of Attila". However, when taken from the Greek Aetios, deriving from aétos (αέτος), Ezio could mean "eagle", a bird often associated with the Assassin Brotherhood. Auditore is a common surname, which means, "listener."