Chevalier d’Éon in Assassin’s Creed Unity

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Image credit: Marquis D’Éon. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://assassinscreed.wikia.com/wiki/Chevalier_d%27%C3%89on

Chevalier d’Éon is a French transgender woman known for her work as a diplomat, spy, dueler, and military exploits. The game describes her as:  “Le Chévalier d’Éon, showman and swordswoman! We are at loss for words. Should these pages be singing the glory of his exquisite taste in dresses or the unique finesse of his deadly swordplay? Le Chévalier d’Éon has dumbfounded us once again.” Notably, however, the character is voiced by a male voice-actor. D’Éon first began dressing as a woman for her espionage services for France in the mid 1700s, but she began publicly and routinely presenting as female in 1777. In Assassin’s Creed: Unity, d’Éon introduces herself as “a master swordsman” and tells Assassin Arno to “not be confused by my attire, I simply prefer to clothe myself in female garb” as seen in this video . She gives Arno the quest of dueling various swordsmen around the city, culminating in a duel with  d’Eon herself.  At the start of the fight D’Eon describes herself as “one of Europe’s greatest swordsmen. Or swords-women for that matter.” Her portrayal in Unity and information about the real historical figure seems to imply she identifies as a woman and not a crossdressing man.

 

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.

Citations

  1. Various. (n.d.). Chevalier d’Eon (character page). Assassin’s Creed Wiki. Retrieved from http://assassinscreed.wikia.com/wiki/Chevalier_d%27%C3%89on
  2. Zero Regen. (2014, December 13). AC Unity: Crossdresser Spy Chevalier D’Eon. Youtube Video. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cB4wgwPgkL0
  3. Assassin’s Creed Series. (2016, October 21). Assassin’s Creed: Unity – Paris Stories – A Fistful of Duelers. Youtube Video. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFa8HCRdh2Y
  4. Linda Rodriguez McRobbie. (2016, July 29). The Incredible Chevalier d’Eon, Who Left France as a Male Spy and Returned as a Christian Woman. Atlas Obscura. Retrieved from https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/the-incredible-chevalier-deon-who-left-france-as-a-male-spy-and-returned-as-a-christian-woman
  5. Various. (n.d.). Chevalier d’Éon. Wikipedia. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chevalier_d%27%C3%89on