- "Charles de la Motte supports his unprecedented ego with an unmatched blade... or so he claims."
- ―Ubisoft description.
The Marquis (real name: Charles de la Motte) was an Animi Avatar used by Abstergo Industries to train the recruits in the first stage of their Animi Training Program. He was available after a system update, and wielded a sabre as his weapon of choice.
The Marquis had several unique moves:
(Low Profile, Front)
The Marquis walks over to his target and rapidly slashes them across the chest in a downwards motion, moving along with his blade, before bringing his sword back around for another attack. Slashing upwards from their waist, towards their neck, the Marquis sends his victim flipping backwards to their death.
(Low Profile, Back)
The Marquis approaches his target from behind, before brutally wedging his sword in the back of their neck. He then frees his sabre by easing his dead victim's head off of his sword, by pushing them from the end of the blade with his hand.
(High Profile, Front)
The Marquis runs over to his target and withdraws his sabre, before he chops down rapidly into their shoulder. With the momentum, it forces them to kneel, so he takes the opportunity to free his blade by brutally kneeing his victim in the face, sending them falling backwards to die as he sheathes his weapon in its scabbard.
(High Profile, Back)
The Marquis rushes to his target and draws his sword, before he slashes upwards along their back and wedges his sabre into their side, severing their spine in the process. He then kicks his victim's legs from underneath them and spins as he frees his blade, before sheathing away his sabre.
The Marquis draws his sabre and slashes his seated target across the torso, before holding their shoulder and forcefully stabbing them in the chest. He impales them halfway to the blade's hilt, with the point of the blade being visible from out of his victim's back, before he brutally pulls it free and stores his sword away.
The Marquis leaps from a rooftop and lands on his target, forcing them to the ground. He then unsheathes his sabre and plunges it into their neck, killing them instantly, before withdrawing it from his victim's dead body and replacing it in its scabbard as he stands up.
The Marquis could be customized in several ways:
- Basic: Blue.
- Extra 1: Red.
- Extra 2: Yellow/gold.
- Extra 3: Black.
- Advanced: A longer jacket, with additional armor on his boots.
- Superior: Altered spaulders.
- Elite: An added cravat to the front of his neckguard.
- "Marquis" is the French denomination for Marquess, a European title of nobility.
- The Marquis was the first Animi Avatar whose counterpart was featured on Project Legacy, before he was playable in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood.
- He shared his Bench Kill and Aerial Kill with the Captain, as they both used fencing swords.
- The Marquis' High Profile, Front kill animation was performed occasionally by Ezio Auditore, if he attacked someone unarmed or unaware.