But back to the latest Assassin’s Creed. Our new protagonist calls himself Connor, but his birth name is Ratohnhake:ton. Between that, and the Mohawk Valley setting shown in the trailer, it’s probably a pretty safe bet that the guy is Mohawk. Well, half Mohawk, anyway. Apparently he’s part English, so that’s already playing into the half-breed hero trope.
What’s potentially incongruous here is the fact that the protagonist is gracefully killing lobsterbacks and posing with George Washington in the first place. Natives in general, and the Mohawks in particular, fought almost exclusively on the side of the British during the Revolutionary War. It makes a fair bit of sense that they weren’t all buddy-buddy with the guys who were taking their stuff and pushing them steadily westward, and while the Brits weren’t ideal allies they were at least the enemy of an enemy.
Of course, there were exceptions to this, most notably Joseph Louis Cook. It’s pure speculation at this point, but when writing a character who has broken from his people (which was, incidentally, the literal translation of Cook’s Mohawk name,) the people at Ubisoft may well have looked to his story for inspiration.
Nobody outside of Ubisoft really knows all that much about Connor or his story yet, however. Regardless of gaming’s dismal record, he may well end up being a protagonist that finally breaks the mold, Great Spirit willing.