Maxwell Roth in Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate

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Image credit: Maxwell Roth. (n.d.). Retrieved from

Maxwell Roth is one of the main antagonists in Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate and a leader in London’s criminal underworld in the Victoria era. Roth is a complicated character whose advances towards Jacob Frye have been read as romantic by some fans. 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 ambivalence that Frye seems to show towards Roth’s flirting and general homoerotic subtext has been discussed, but Roth seems to be genuinely interested in Frye in his own disturbed way.

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
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