Dude used to be an assassin, he kills people with the hidden blades, he's all sneaky like.
I know he's a templar, but he plays just like the assassins, and he's a sweet ass character, and I prefer him to Connor. so that's why he's on my list.
I think he plays like an assassin so people wouldn't guess he wasn't. Does it say anywhere in the game that he used to be one? Because if it did, I missed that completely.
Desmond's emails from shaun says that he could've been an assassin and defected explaining why he has a hidden blade with the assassins symbol and someone asked him how he knows how to do all this stuff (free-running,combat,espionage...) and he said that from where he came from and how he was raised it was pretty much required.
Ezio is my favorite overall followed by Connor for his brutality. Ezio is the reason i started playing Ac again. Altair is cool, I didn't play the first AC much because it really didn't interest me. I did replay through revelations signature edition, wasn't a bad game after all.