Ratonhnhaké:ton and how relevant he is to mass media: possibly one of the most important male protags thus far
Ratonhnhaké:ton, known by his adopted name Connor Kenway, is possibly one of mass media’s and 3rd gen gaming’s most important male protagonists thus far—he subverts common tropes glorifying hypermasculinity, the white savior complex and imperialism through his narrative. Ratonhnhaké:ton is a scarce and primary example of visible representation of both the Native American and biracial community, as his ethnicity is not only relevant to his narrative but also not vilified or demeaned: through Ratonhnhaké:ton’s narrative, the Mohawk peoples are instead humanized.
While the quality of AC3’s narrative can be debated, from a sociopolitical perspective, it’s important. Incredibly so. Rarely do you see a biracial, Mohawk protagonist who not only combats imperialism but isn’t reduced to a walking and problematic stereotype of some sort. Ratonhnhaké:ton is meant to be perceived as human and sympathetic at that to the player.
And there’s more to be said on not only that matter at that. Lengthy post below.