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'''Note:''' This is for series-wide YMMV tropes. Individual games' and movies' disputable examples go on their own page.
* AcceptableTargets: The evil megacorporation doing research into biological weaponry, and with contacts in the government, Umbrella. The government does drop the hammer on them rather magnificently, though.
* ArcFatigue: The mystery of who or what Ada Wong is has been dragged on for several games, with no concrete answer being given. [[AllThereInTheManual Supplemental materials]] and ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' stated that she was part of an Anti-Umbrella organization. Come ''6'', due to the death of Umbrella, we still are no closer to any answers about the character, causing some people to just stop caring about the character and the mystery behind her. The fact her portrayals are inconsistent hasn't really helped.
** What makes it worse is despite the fact that Ada is very mercenary and acts in her own self-interests, Capcom seems quite adamant on portraying her as a Badass Anti-Hero and in a sympathetic light, though her actions in the games are in no way heroic, and based upon her choices and her lack of loyalty to anybody, you probably shouldn't be feeling ''any'' sympathy for her. The lack of reveal about her past or her motivations also makes Leon's feelings for her come off as incredibly superficial, as he knows virtually ''nothing'' about her, including her real name.
** Note how this entry serves to reinforce the entry for BaseBreaker below.
* BaseBreaker:
** People are very divided on whether Ada is an EnsembleDarkhorse or TheScrappy. Capcom doesn't help with their inconsistent portrayals of her.
** There are fans who want Steve back [[spoiler:[[BackFromTheDead from the dead]]]] in a sequel. But a ''lot'' of fans also find his whiplashing moods, brashness, and oftentimes his [[{{Narm}} voice]] rather obnoxious and annoying.
* BrokenBase:
** There is an ''extreme'' divide between fans of the earlier survival horror games (''0''-''3'', ''Code: Veronica'' and ''Revelations'') and fans of the later action-oriented games (''4''-''6'' and ''ORC''). Publicly announce that you prefer one and expect [[InternetBackdraft angry tirades]] from fans of the other, although there is a subset of fans who will only accept ''[=RE4=]'' out of the above "actionized" titles, seeing everything else that came after as the point where the series went downhill. And don't think you can get off easy by [[TakeAThirdOption claiming that you like the merits of both the "classic" and "modern" games]]; certain fans will put you on blast for this, too.
* ClicheStorm: The games proper manage to avoid it; the dialogue, on the other hand, can get pretty bad. Especially any game with Leon in it, whose every other line is some kind of Cliche.
* CompleteMonster: [[BigBad Albert Wesker]] has the worst case of ChronicBackstabbingDisorder in the entire series. In ''[=RE1=]'', he sets up his own team, the STARS, to be killed as test subjects for bio-organic weapons, then resurfaces in ''Code Veronica'' to make another attempt on the life of surviving member Chris Redfield. In ''Umbrella Chronicles'', he kills Sergei Vladimir in order to secure control of the Umbrella Corporation's data, and in ''[=RE5=]'' he really goes to town, killing Ozwell Spencer (the man behind the project that led to his birth), transforming Excella Gionne (his would-be girlfriend) into a mutated monster, and brainwashing Jill Valentine into fighting her partner, Chris, before trying to kill ninety percent of Earth's population with his new Ouroboros virus, all as part of a scheme to become [[AGodAmI god of a new world]]. And that's without getting into the revelations that he murdered his mentor Dr. Marcus (''[=RE0=]''), or the expermients that he and William Birkin conducted on Lisa Trevor (''[=REmake=]''). Wesker's essentially [[AmbitionIsEvil ambition]] and treachery made manifest, all wrapped up in a [[BadassLongcoat trenchcoat]] and [[SinisterShades designer sunglasses]].
** [[ResidentEvilTheDarksideChronicles Alexia Ashford]]. Not even her own twin brother is exempt from her monstrous schemes.
* CreatorsPet: Rebecca Chambers in S.D. Perry's novels, who is the [[Film/ResidentEvil Alice]] of her books, especially ''Caliban Cove''.
* DracoInLeatherPants: Wesker, obviously, but William Birkin gets a bit of it, too. Both men are utterly amoral sociopaths who spent half their lives perfecting bioweaponry by testing it on human subjects, and Wesker goes on to become a megalomaniac bent on elevating himself to godhood over the mutated remnants of humanity. Both characters have a heavy following in the shipper and slash communities, and Wesker in particular gets redeemed an awful lot, usually by his star-crossed love for [[FoeYay Chris]] or an OC. It's not unheard of for the same thing to happen to Jack Krauser.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Rebecca Chambers, Billy Coen, Barry Burton, Jack Krauser, HUNK, Nicholai, the "Pirate Merchant Guy", Ada Wong, Josh Stone, Manuela, [[BreadEggsMilkSquick Nemesis]], Jake Muller, and Piers Nivans.
* EvilIsCool: So cool that WordOfGod states [[http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2011-04-13-the-most-popular-resi-evil-characters Albert Wesker is the most popular male character in the series]] because of it.
* EvilIsSexy:
** Wesker, Alexia, and [[MsFanservice Excella]].
** [[OneWingedAngel William Birkin]]. There's tons of fanart all over the internet of him drawn by swooning fangirls, even for his mutated forms.
* {{Fanon}}: George Romero's unused screenplay for ''Resident Evil'' has Chris as half American Indian. This seems to have leaked into the fan community somehow, and a lot of fanfic authors will depict Chris and Claire as such. The name Redfield is Scotch-Irish, and Claire going full redhead by ''Code: Veronica'' seems to support the notion that she and Chris are entirely Caucasian.
** There are a lot of supplementary sources of information on ''RE's'' settings and characters that can be found in translated design documents and obscure interviews, some of which never make it into a game's narrative. This includes Jill being French-Japanese (this was apparently intended by the original designer, but was quietly abandoned around the time Julia Voth became her face model) and Ada's background (there's a Japanese audio drama that gives a version of her backstory where she's Vietnamese). Whether or not these make it into fanworks usually comes down to individual preference.
* FoeYay: Chris and Wesker. ''Tons'' of it, especially in ''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvil5 RE5]]''.
* FountainOfMemes: Wesker, Leon, and Barry Burton.
* GeniusBonus: The Black Tiger does exist as a form of UsefulNotes/AustralianWildlife, a snake. Its pattern is similar, and the spider's design is based on the Sydney funnelweb.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** The reason behind the Nintendo exclusivity -- Capcom wanting to have all of the core franchise playable on one console -- on two counts. Firstly, ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'' hasn't been released on a Nintendo console; and secondly, despite their desire to have all of the core entries playable on the same console, ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil0'' and the ''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvil REmake]]'' remain Nintendo exclusive, and are the only two core games that can't be played on a [=PS3=], thanks to the launch models having Backwards Compatibility and the ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil: Revival Edition'' featuring HD Remakes of ''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvil4 RE4]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvilCodeVeronica Code: Veronica X]]''.
** In the Saturn version of the first ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil'''s battle mode, the final zombie to face is a zombified Albert Wesker, implying that he was infected with the T-Virus. Let's just say that while the battle mode itself was not canon, Wesker being infected with a virus certainly was, and it actually made Wesker even more dangerous than before.
** Wesker might have been the basis for Master Miller's current look (assuming it isn't a coincidence) in ''Franchise/MetalGear''. In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6'', Wesker is revealed to have a son. His name? Jake Muller, which is two vowels away from "Miller."
* InferredHolocaust: As the series goes on, the events of most of the games have been accompanied by increasingly severe amounts of ecological damage that the series has yet to address. The "mansion incident" and Raccoon City outbreak both introduced a hefty dosage of T-Virus into the forests and rivers of the American Midwest, Rockfort Island remains heavily infected, the Spencer Rain went down with a full complement of infected passengers and crew in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, the T-Abyss is loose in the Mediterranean Sea, Javier Hidalgo released the T-Virus into the South American rainforest, and the sixth game concludes with a [[spoiler:massive C-Virus spill in a city on the Chinese mainland]]. It's easy to presume that there are probably people working to minimize the damage, but it's very likely that much of the game world's ecosystem has already been warped beyond repair.
* InternetBackdraft:
** The debate as to whether or not ''4'' and ''5''[='s=] new direction is a good thing rages to this day.
*** ''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvilOperationRaccoonCity Operation Raccoon City]]'' is brewing up a similar debate. And let's not get ''started'' on what ''6''[='s=] announcement has done to it.
** The movies to fans of the game and vice-versa.
** Criticizing the TankControls doesn't end well either.
* ItsTheSameNowItSucks: [[InternetBackdraft Fan reaction]] to the [=GameCube=] ports of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2'', ''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvil3Nemesis 3]]'', and ''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvilCodeVeronica Code: Veronica]]'' fell under this, as they came after the ''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvil REmake]]'' and happened to be straight ports of the initial [=PlayStation=] and Dreamcast releases. [[FanDumb It should be noted, however, that Capcom had already announced that those three games would not be receiving the same treatment and the releases would just be ports]].
** Releasing them at full price instead of making them budget titles, without changing anything about them, did not help either.
* LauncherOfAThousandShips: Leon seems to get all of the [[http://tymethia.deviantart.com/gallery/?catpath=/&offset=48#/dv3isy action.]] Of course, his canon lover is Ada, but he also can be found paired with Alfred, Angela, Ashley, Chris, Claire, Hunnigan, Jill, Kevin, Krauser, Luis, Steve, Manuela, Mendez, Mike the Helicopter Guy, Saddler, Salazar, Sherry, Wesker, [[{{Squick}} a Licker, Ganados, an Iron Maiden/Regenerator, a Tyrant, and even in one slightly disturbing story, Mr. X]].
** BettyAndVeronica: The fandom tends to see Claire and Ada as this for him, though there is no canon attraction between Claire and Leon.
** Jill is probably the female counterpart. She's usually paired with Chris, but it's not hard to find fans who support her with Wesker, Leon, Claire, Rebecca, various members of the STARS team, Carlos, Sheva, Excella, or [[BreadEggsMilkSquick any of the monsters]]. In fact, it's difficult to find a femmeslash pairing in ''RE'' fandom that ''doesn't'' involve Jill.
** Wesker's arguably as bad or worse than Leon. He's practically asexual in the games, but gets more ass than a toilet seat in fandom; virtually every major character has a reasonably popular pairing with Wesker, including characters that he's never met such as Leon.
* MagnificentBastard:
** Albert Wesker is responsible for most of the events of the ''Resident Evil'' universe and manages to win ''every single game'' (even when he appears to lose). He is, quite understandably, pissed when he realizes that [[spoiler:all his schemes, his activities, his SocialDarwinist beliefs -- in short, the ''entire pattern of his life'' -- were programmed into him from the beginning by Oswell Spencer, an even bigger bastard.]]
*** Ada outsmarts ''everyone''. [[OutGambitted Including]] '''[[MagnificentBastard Wesker]]'''.
* MarySue:
** Rebecca, but only in S.D. Perry's novels, since Rebecca is clearly the author's favourite character. She saves the entire world almost singlehandedly in ''Caliban Cove'', in which most of the other characters seem to exist to conduct lengthy interior monologues about how cool she is. As if to compensate, however, she spends a big chunk of ''Underworld'' lying unconscious with a life-threatening head injury.
* MemeticMutation: [[Memes/ResidentEvil Not surprising]], considering the series is almost filled to the brim with {{Narm}}.
* MemeticBadass:
** According to the internet, HUNK could take on every zombie in the universe. [[EmpoweredBadassNormal And Wesker.]] And every protagonist. At once. [[OneManArmy And still win.]]
** The Claire fangirls tend to overemphasize Claire's "rawr girl power" factor, despite being the only major character (excluding ''Outbreak'') that has had no formalized training.
** It would be a sin not to mention Albert "Why Haven't I Died Yet [[spoiler:until ''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvil5 RE5]]'']]?" Wesker.
** Leon and Chris jumped to this level thanks to their respective outings in ''4'' and ''5''. It's hard to link Leon to a singular moment, but Chris was most certainly defined by one scene and one scene alone: [[MemeticMutation the Boulder Punch]].
* MostAnnoyingSound: LEOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON
* {{Narm}}: [[Narm/ResidentEvil Has its own page.]] '''CHRISSSSS!'''
* NarmCharm:
** One gets suspicious that Capcom has caught on that the voice acting and dialogue from the first game was bad, and are now doing it on purpose. ''VideoGame/DeadRising'' suggests that a couple of the more infamous lines were thrown in just because of how B-Movie horror flick terrible they sounded.
*** Barry Burton's lines in The Mercenaries: Reunion in ''[=RE5=]'' are his old Narmful lines from the original campy ''Resident Evil'', as well as having "HERE'S Barry!" (to address ''[=RE1=]''!Jill's question of his whereabouts) and a melee attack called Barry Sandwich.
** The live action B horror intro to the original ''Resident Evil'' is sorely missed in this day of CGI.
* PortmanteauCoupleName: Given the loads and loads of characters, in addition to the loads and loads of shipping, there are some permutations of this in the fandom.
** Valenfield: Jill/Chris
** Cleon: Claire/Leon
** Cleve or Staire: Claire/Steve
** Creva: Chris/Sheva
** Leona: Leon/Helena
** Nivanfield: Piers/Chris
** Vestiani or Paray: Raymond/Parker
** [[AWorldwidePunomenon Shake]]: Sherry/Jake
* TheScrappy: Ashley and Sheva; neither are well liked by fans nor are they high on anybody's shipper's list when concerning characters like Leon or Chris respectively.
** Sheva is also arguably a victim of the racial controversy of the 5th game. Mostly being hated on by two opposing groups, and for different reasons. But let's not get into it.
* ValuesDissonance: The use of green herbs as healing items. In Japan and other Eastern countries, this is a staple of traditional medicine. In America, the most common medicine associated with this is illegal in 37 states. Cue tons of weed jokes at the expense of the characters -- and sometimes the developers.
* TheWoobie:
** StoicWoobie: Leon. Almost everyone he likes dies or betrays him. No wonder he's so mopey.
** Rebecca.
** Steve.
** Sherry Birkin. Her entire life story is basically things going FromBadToWorse for her. The [[TraumaCongaLine sheer horror this girl goes through]] would be enough to drive one insane.
** Chris himself is becoming this.
** Manuela.
** Poor Jill who sees her entire home nuked in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil3Nemesis'' and in the three years before and during ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'' is in an AndIMustScream state, being forced to work for Wesker under mind control and aware of it the entire time.
* {{Woolseyism}}: The series' Japanese name "Biohazard" was changed to "Resident Evil" when first localized in the United States because the Western localizers at the time could not copyright "Biohazard" as that was already done by an unrelated rock band. The name change is actually somewhat fitting in the initial game, as the game took place inside a residential area (specifically a mansion) with stuff that, until a certain point in the game, was initially believed to be supernaturally evil.
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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: The Red Queen,: [[AIIsACrapshoot Homicidal AI on the fritz]] or brutal but effective AI trying to contain the T-Virus outbreak at all costs? You decide.
** Cracked even [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18781_umbrella-most-wasteful-movie-corporation-ever.html points out]] that the Red Queen was the only character in the film actually trying to ''stop'' the virus from getting out, and should really be considered the hero of the first film.
* ClicheStorm: The films are one [[LukeIAmYourFather long-lost father]] away from hitting every major cliche in the book.
* CriticalDissonance: Despite being presented as universally reviled and an affront to God himself by critics and fans of the original series, so far all of the movies have sold very well.
* CriticalResearchFailure: Hair and nails don't keep growing after death. This wouldn't be so bad if one of the human characters said it, but a supercomputer making the same mistake is a different story.
* DesignatedHero: Some of Alice's actions put her towards this. She almost never displays any emotion of any of the numerous people dying around her, has no problems using the masses of clones of her in a ZergRush and displays no emotion over their deaths, and in ''Retribution'' murders hundreds of clones that don't even pose a danger to her.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Sienna Guillory as Jill Valentine. Be honest, you wanted ''her'' to be the protagonist of ''Apocalypse''. But in the end she's just an AdvertisedExtra.
* EthnicScrappy: LJ, an [[UncleTomFoolery obnoxious, offensive and stereotypical black guy]]. He drops the minstrel bullshit in the third movie thankfully, but [[RedemptionEqualsDeath he still pays the price for having been so annoying in the first place.]]
* FanPreferredCouple: Fans who don't hate Alice tend to ship her with guys from the first movie, usually Matt Addison. Virtually nobody ships her with Carlos Olivera, despite the fact that he is the closest thing she has to a canon love interest.
* IdiotPlot: All of the films.
** The mass-infection in The Hive could have been prevented if the laboratories had isolated air circulation systems.
** The infection of Raccoon City, and by extension, the world, would have been prevented if the Red Queen AI had informed corporate headquarters that the lab was now crawling with zombies.
*** Considering that they sent in a team to shut her down, they probably wouldn't have listened anyway. One still wonders why they apparently didn't have any remote monitoring systems in place. There is no way the lab could be run without some sort of telecommunications to the outside world, even if only Umbrella HQ.
* MarySue: Alice, who's sort of a combination between the GodModeSue and the BlackHoleSue. With every new film, she has a [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands major power boost]], starting off as a BadassNormal in the first film, which is soon elevated to EmpoweredBadassNormal with the introduction of superhuman strength and speed at the end of the first film. She then gains [[AssPull telekinetic powers]] at the end of the second film, and then an [[AssPull army of clones]] at the end of the third film. It was one of the reasons Sienna Guillory refused to come back for the third film as she didn't like getting overshadowed by Alice (the ''one'' scene where she could've gotten a badass moment, the match flicking scene, was typically hijacked by Alice). She only appears in ''Afterlife'' because by that point it's the end of the film when Alice has done all she has and she's a (albeit mind controlled) bad guy by then. She gets her revenge in ''Retribution'', first by torturing Alice with painfully high-pitched noises, and then beating the ''crap'' out of her at the end, becoming the only character in the series to defeat Alice in a one-on-one fight[[note]](Technically, Wesker beat her at the beginning of ''Afterlife'', but Alice was momentarily weakened, and in no shape to fight. In the ''Retribution'' fight, Alice and Jill are evenly matched)[[/note]]. [[spoiler:She would have killed Alice too, had her mind-control device not been ripped off]].
** SpotlightStealingSquad: Alice. No-one else is allowed to be competent in these movies. ''Ever''.
*** This becomes more obvious whenever a fight scene happens with a canon character from the video games. In ''every fight'', Alice comes in to make the save, even ''when she doesn't need to''.
*** Averted in ''Retribution''; while Alice does end up saving everyone's ass a couple of times, the Strike Team and Ada both kick a fair amount of ass without her help.
* MoralEventHorizon: Alice herself crosses this in ''Retribution'' when she destroys the cloning facility and all of the clones in it, even though she kept one of the clones, a little girl, with her, but apparently considered the rest of them worthless.
* MoneyDearBoy: MillaJovovich flat out admitted this was was why ''Afterlife'' was made.
* NarmCharm: Early films have some amazing stunts that you can sort of accept if you squint. Later films have stunts so over the top it becomes hilarious.
* TheScrappy: Alice is one for the entire ''Resident Evil'' franchise due to being a complete MarySue.
* SpecialEffectsFailure: The Licker in the first film, particularly when it breaks out of its crate. Almost all the [=CGI=] in Retribution is this, but especially the mandibles on the Majii.
* TookTheBadFilmSeriously: Sienna Guillory spent ages studying Jill Valentine's movements and mannerisms for her role in ''Resident Evil: Apocalypse'' and as such is one of the [[EnsembleDarkhorse better things about it.]]
* VideoGameMoviesSuck: Zig-zagged; they're disliked by critics and many fans of the games, but they do well enough at the box office. In addition, some fans of the games have a soft spot for the movies in spite of how loosely-based they are on the games.
** Averted with this [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/6-reasons-resident-evil-movies-are-better-than-games/ Cracked article]]. InternetBackdraft soon followed.
* VillainDecay: The Nemesis suffers from this HARD. Whereas it was TheJuggernaut in the game, in the movies it loses after a short fistfight with Alice where it goes down from nowhere near what it takes to kill it in the game. Wesker is even worse, as in the games he could survive rocket propelled grenades going off a few inches in front of his face, in the films he's beaten by a shotgun loaded with coins, which according the Mythbusters wouldn't even hurt a normal person that badly.
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