Jacob Frye in Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate

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Image credit: Jacob Frye. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://assassinscreed.wikia.com/wiki/Jacob_Frye

Jacob Frye is one of the main characters in Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate and a Master Assassin based in London during the Victorian era. Fans  originally began to speculate about Jacob Frye’s sexuality due to an in-game storyline with Maxwell Roth. Due to thinly veiled flirting and overall homoerotic subtext, Fyre and Roth have been read as being romantically interested in one another, though Frye’s feelings towards Roth are complicated. Indeed, writers like Cora Walker have explored how this ambiguity and emotional turmoil in Jacob Frye’s character set him apart as a potentially queer AAA protagonist. An interview  with Jeffery Yohalem (the lead writer for Syndicate) confirms the implicit gay relationship between Roth and Frye, and further discusses how their kiss right before Roth’s death is meant to catalyze Frye’s understanding of his sexuality. The official Assassin’s Creed Tumblr page went on to state that Jacob Frye is canonically bisexual while responding to a fan thread about his sexuality.

LGBTQ references in this game series:

Assassin’s Creed (2007): Abu’l Nuqoud

Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood (2010): Leonardo da Vinci and Salaì

Assassin’s Creed III (2012): Harlan Cunningham and Arend Schut Cunningham

Assassin’s Creed: Unity (2014): Marquis de SadeChevalier d’Éon

Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate (2015): Jacob FryeMaxwell RothNed WynertLewis

Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey (2018): Romance Options and Controversy

See QRM’s entry for this game. Citations
  1. Various. (n.d.). Jacob Frye (character page). Assassin’s Creed Wiki. Retrieved from http://assassinscreed.wikia.com/wiki/Jacob_Frye
  2. Various. (2016). Jacob Frye is bisexual. Assassin’s Creed (Official Tumblr Page). Tumblr. Retrieved from http://assassinscreed.tumblr.com/post/138683053677/solasthewolf- doumichan-rozunderpressure
  3. Cora Walker (2016, January 15). Is Jacob Frye gay or bisexual?. Remeshed (Blog). Retrieved from http://remeshed.com/2016/jacob-frye-gay-bisexual/
  4. Various. (2016, July 17). LGBT Assassin’s Creed Protagonist. Reddit. Retrieved from https://www.reddit.com/r/assassinscreed/comments/4ojism/lgbt_assassins_creed_protagonist/#bottom-comments
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  6. Loomer. (2015, November 27). The Assassin’s Den – ft. Jeffrey Yohalem (Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Lead Writer). Youtube Video. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBIkGNJMkaU&t=1hr12m42s
  7. Various. (n.d.). Jacob Frye. TV Tropes Wiki. Retrieved from http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Characters/AssassinsCreedSyndicateTheAssassins