I won’t lie – I am a massive sucker for a tough leading lady, especially when it comes to video games. I’ll also admit that Evie Frye from Assassin’s Creed Syndicate was a massive surprise for me as I thought that would be as accessible as she was in terms of play-ability within the game, nor did I account for completely falling in love with her character. But why, do you ask? Well, I’ll tell you.
She is arguably the most stealthy assassin in any of the Assassin’s Creed games. She is speedy and nimble, not to mention handy with her throwing knives meaning that she can take out an enemy without them ever being aware of her presence. You can also acquire the skill of Chameleon, meaning Evie will blend into her surroundings if she stands still for long enough.
She is much more level-headed than her brother Jacob. While her brother prefers to act and think later, Evie often stands by the sidelines, thinks up a plan and then acts accordingly. This may have something to do with Evie being the eldest, or perhaps becuase when their father, Ethan Frye, was training them in the ways of the Brotherhood, Evie got their fathers’ teachings seriously, as well as history behind the Assassin’s. But in a way, this works – they balance eachother out – although Jacob has been known to land himself into trouble, as the game has shown many times – especially when Jacob assassinated Dr John Elliotson. In Syndicate, the twins have different goals – with Jacob wanting to gain control over London again by taking out as many Templars as he can, while Evie wishes to gain access to the Piece of Eden, known as The Shroud – but ultimately, in the end, they help eachother out.
Despite her serious side, Evie does have a soft side. This evident in her romantic link to Assassin’s Leader Henry Green and her helping Clara O’Dea when she becomes sick. She may put on a serious face, but in certain moments, she can be seen to be a little bit more…human.
Much like her softer side, she can also be witty. This is probably due to being by Jacob’s side all her life and having to constantly put him back in his place. But her wit gives her a much more fun side and shows that she’s not serious all of the time. Well, most of the time, at least.
But most of all, despite her strengths coming from planning and stealth, she is a badass fighter when it comes down to it. Even though Jacob is the brawler of the two, Evie can be just a brutal – this is especially evident in the Jack the Ripper DLC while using the fear mechanic. Evie is skilled in using a range of weapons – such as brass knuckles, cane swords, Kukris and a revolver, along with metal rings in the DLC – making her capable of fighting, along with everything else.
She and Jacob are also from Crawley, which is near to me currently (I work there too). Those are the reasons why Evie Fyre from Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is my favourite female video game character of 2015, and possible one of my favourites of all time.
Thank-you for reading my mini essay of sorts – I thought I’d try something a bit different. Let me know if you’d like to see more. As always, take care and see you next week!