Malik Al-Sayf/Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad

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Pairing: Malik Al-Sayf/Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad
Alternative name(s): AltMal, Maltair, マリアル
Gender category: Slash
Fandom: Assassin's Creed
Canonical?: No
Prevalence: Popular
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The pairing of Malik Al-Sayf/Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad is a juggernaut ship in the Assassin's Creed fandom since the release of the first game.

Common Tropes in Fanworks

  • Malik calling Altaïr "novice" and generally being very snarky
  • Modern AUs are also common
  • Sometimes Malik is angsty because he lost Altaïr to Maria
  • Conduit fics with Maria as a third wheel

Fan Perspectives

Sometimes I feel like the only person in the AC fandom who doesn’t ship Altair & Malik. It’s really squicky for me because Altair’s arrogance got Malik’s little brother killed by the Templars, AND Malik’s arm cut off, and in turn Malik’s report to Al Mualim cost Altair his Master Assassin title. Sure, by the end of the game they have a begrudging respect for one another, but I honestly don’t understand how people translate that to “I wanna bone you.”[1]

Example Fanworks



  • Starry Cat animated music video by Trashy Blaze (June 3, 2016)