Leonardo da Vinci and Salaì in Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood

Leonardo Entry image_preview

Image credit: Leonardo da Vinci. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://assassinscreed.wikia.com/wiki/Leonardo_da_Vinci

In Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, the player-character Ezio is an old friend of Leonardo da Vinci who plays a major role in the plot of the game. Based on the historical figure of the same name, it is heavily implied that da Vinci is a homosexual man from instances of him joking that women provide little distraction to his interactions with his apprentice Salaì. In the DLC expansion, The Da Vinci Disappearance, more about their relationship is revealed as Salaì implores Ezio to find out what happened to Leonardo. Later on in the game, Ezio remarks to Leonardo that he approves of Leonardo’s relationship with Salaì to which Leonardo looks mildly shocked. Some fans have discussed their relationship and whether or not Leonardo was actually written to be gay in the series. A video of all the dialogue between Ezio, Leonardo, and Salaì in Brotherhood can be viewed here.

Salai Entry image_preview

Image credit: Salaì. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://assassinscreed.wikia.com/wiki/Sala%C3%AC

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 Sade, Chevalier d’Éon

Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate (2015): Jacob Frye, Maxwell Roth, Ned WynertLewis

See QRM’s entry for this game.


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