"There's one thing I do know: I have a job to do, and I'm gonna see it through."
The first male protagonist of the series, appearing in the first game, Code Veronica, the End of Umbrella scenario, Revelations, RE5, and RE6. He was a member of STARS Alpha team, and like many of the protagonists, has made a vow to stop bio-weapon experiments and bring down Umbrella. He currently serves as a top agent for the Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance (BSAA), an NGO he co-founded that acts to disrupt and quell acts of bioterrorism worldwide. Despite the series having no 'official' main protagonist, Chris is generally assumed to be it, since he's The Rival of Big Bad Wesker.
A Father to His Men: His subordinates in the BSAA have the utmost respect for him, and Chris likewise cares for the men under his command. The trauma from seeing his entire squad in Eastern Europe turned into B.O.W.s was enough to turn Chris into an amnesiac, alcoholic wreck for six months.
Artistic License - Military: In the original RE and RE:CV, Chris is ex-Air Force at the age of 25. He's received flight training, since he can handle the jet he flies in CV, which means he would've had to have been an Air Force Academy grad and an officer in the ranks. Somehow, he's been kicked out by the age of 23 due to some ill-defined incident, yet without an dishonorable discharge.
Though stated as brown on his ID in RE5, the data sheet is already unreliable due to getting his height wrong from previously established games. In other games, most notably Code Veronica, his eyes are blue (like his sister's) on both official artwork and in-game. Interestingly, if his eyes are brown he is the only one of the four major protagonists not to have blue eyes, if they are blue all four protagonists have blue eyes.
Chekhov's Gunman: Is this to his sister, Claire, as he taught her how to defend herself.
Continuity Nod: In 5, he gets Hunk's Neckbreaker from 4. Josh similarly seems to have adopted many moves found in Leon from 4's Mercenaries.
Colour Coded Characters: Although it varies in shade, Chris is invariably dressed in some form of hunter green through every game.
Death Seeker: Has this mindset throughout a lot of parts of Resident Evil 6. Look at how he charges into danger and tells Jake that he killed Jake's father, Albert Wesker, without mentioning why or how evil Wesker was. Even when Jake points a gun in his face, Chris seems resigned to a possible fate of being killed.
Hidden Depths: One of the Easter eggs early in Resident Evil 5 indicates that he disapproves of capitalism and isn't all that patriotic. Sadly, this is never referenced again.
One of the ending screens in Code Veronica also seems to imply he likes to fish.
Judging by his comments in the Spencer Mansion and on Rockfort Island, he seems to be quite the art aficionado.
Hunk: He gains nearly 40 pounds of muscle between End of Umbrella (2003) and Revelations (2005). It would make more sense if it had been immediately after Code Veronica, or after losing Jill, but it wasn't.
Idiot Ball: An in-game universe example - he already encountered Carla who went under the alias of Ada Wong and during his pursuit for her later in game he witnesses the real Ada Wong. Granted, he's never met Ada or aware of the Cloning Blues done by Simmons, but considering that both women were in different outfits (and that Carla possibly couldn't have changed clothes that fast) every time he saw them, he never put two and two together and considered that maybe there was another person in the mix on the ship. Ada herself even comments on this.
It's Personal: While he's always challenging Big Bads, his vendettas against Albert Wesker and Carla Radames are very personal.
Jack of All Stats: In The Mercenaries mini-games where he packs balanced weapon-sets, impressive health and decent punching and Neck Snap melee attacks with good crowd control capabilities.
The Juggernaut: In Resident Evil 6, especially if the environment is right. He can vault right over alleys and barricades and barely slow down to lay quick and brutal beatdowns on stragglers in the way.
Knight in Sour Armor: Due to the numerous amounts of biological experiments that eventually wind up in the hands of terrorists, Chris often wonders if fighting is even worth it. This gets the best of him prior to Resident Evil 6, when a lot of men under his command die during a mission and he lets the "sour" overcome the "knight", diving into a drunken sorrow.
Lightning Bruiser: As lampshaded by Sheva in 5, Chris is quite fast and agile for his size.
Meaningful Name: Redfield is also the name of an American company that manufactures high-quality rifle scopes and binoculars. Chris was the best marksman in the STARS unit.
Mr. Fanservice: Chris's Warrior costume in 5 certainly shows a lot of skin, not to mention the Game Mod for the PC that makes him completely shirtless. His samurai outfit in RE6 leaves him relatively uncovered as well.
Since he muscled up in Resident Evil 5, Chris has gotten an absurdly large gay fan following, to the point where one could be forgiven for wondering if "bara" was a motivating factor behind his character design.
Muscles Are Meaningful: He's ripped from 5 onwards, and it shows: he can send mooks flying with one punch, and bodily lift and throw them with ease.
Promotion to Parent: For Claire. Particularly Resident Evil: The Book, a rare tie-in novel published via a mail-order offer around the same time Resident Evil 2 was released, reveals that the Redfield parents died in a freak accident when Claire was only 14.
Ship Tease: In the first big trailer of Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Chris does a Diving Save to catch a falling Morrigan. Granted, she had just been stunned by Iron Man, but the fans didn't let it slide. Morrigan is later shown wrapping her hands lovingly around Chris in the game's opening movie.
Sibling Yin-Yang: While Chris is a serious and dutiful soldier, his younger sister Claire is a playful and snarky civilian. What they do have in common is hotheaded recklessness and a tendancy to get themselves in way over their heads.
Smoking Is Cool: In the intro for the first game, Chris's live-action actor takes a drag off a cigarette. This wasremoved in the American version, because in 1996, it was illegal to portray smoking in any work that was marketed specifically to children, and the idea of an M-rated video game didn't exist quite yet. However, he was shown smoking in his intro in 6.
Sole Survivor: By the end of his campaign in Resident Evil 6, he is the only one left alive in his squad.
Artistic License - Military: One of the most notorious errors in the entire series is that Jill is listed in the manual for Nemesis as ex-Delta Force at the age of 23. Delta is a secretive anti-terrorist unit in the U.S. Army that recruits its combat personnel from the Green Berets and Army Rangers, neither of which admit women to their ranks at the time of writing (much less in 1998). Even if one assumes that women can be Berets or Rangers in the RE-verse, or that Jill was in the intelligence-gathering "Funny Platoon," there's no way that she could've risen that quickly through the ranks. Later games dodge this by simply listing Jill's skills and abilities without going into which branch of the military she was trained in.
Author Appeal: Shinji Mikami's acknowledged that Jill is his favorite character, which explains her widespread appearances in other games.
Chekhov's Gunman Her exposure to the T-virus back in Raccoon City has left her with a rare strain of antibodies which Wesker uses for his Uroboros research.
Child Soldier: If the fact that she was in Delta Force before S.T.A.R.S. at only age 23 is anything to go by.
Colour Coded Characters: Hers has slightly more variance than Chris, but it's still there. She's consistently dressed in cadet blue through the earlier games, but it gives way to a darker indigo-blue as time goes on.
Determinator: She's the irresistible force to Nemesis's immovable object.
And again in RE5, where she is still resisting mind control years down the road.
In Revelations, her reaction when confronted with a giant monster that's big enough to be eating the front of an ocean liner she happens to be standing on is to say, in a relatively calm voice, "We can do this, Chris."
Deuteragonist: Of RE1. Shares the role of deuteragonist of the entire series with Leon.
Hidden Depths: As shown in "Lost in Nightmares", she's quite the accomplished pianist, playing a superb rendition of "Midnight Sonata" after an extended period without practice. What's perhaps more amazing is that she sight-reads the entire thing.
The Immune: By RE5, Jill is basically a walking sack of antibodies. Whatever Carlos injected her with in RE3 has given her complete immunity to the T-Virus and all derivatives thereof, which made her useless to Wesker as a test subject. She further stacks the deck by, in Revelations, injecting an experimental T-Abyss vaccine.
The Lancer to Chris, though she is also a hero in her own right.
Introduced in the first game as the STARS weapon supplier. He befriended Chris in the Air Force in the mid-1990s and is the only protagonist known to have children. Since Resident Evil he has only made a cameo appearance in Resident Evil 3 and had his own game Resident Evil Gaiden, the latter not being considered canon.
Ascended Meme: Both his infamous lines below are referenced in Dead Rising with a store called "Jill's Sandwiches", which touts its owner as being "a master of sandwich making."
Not to mention Resident Evil 5, where when you finish the part where you remove Jill's mind control device from her chest, you get the achievement "Master of Removing." And in RE5's Mercenaries Reunion, one of his melee moves is the Barry Sandwich.
During one of his finishers he will pull out his Samurai Edge after throwing the enemy onto the ground and shouts "I have THIS!" before delivering the finishing blow.
In Image's tie-in comic for the second game, a flashback shows Wesker assembling the S.T.A.R.S. team that goes into Raccoon City. He mentions Jill as an afterthought, saying that he knows nothing about her other than Barry's assurance that she's the master of unlocking.
Signature Weapon: His weapon on hand is usually a Magnum. In the R Emake and in Mercenaries 3D, he specifically wields a Colt Anaconda that uses .44 rounds. In the former, it's the most powerful weapon in the game, can only be obtained in Jill's scenario (and only if Barry gets killed), and can down the Tyrant's first form in one shot.
"The name is Rebecca Chambers, but that's Officer Chambers to you!"
The most recent and youngest member of STARS Bravo team in Resident Evil, who supported Chris in the first game, and is one of the two protagonists of the prequel, Resident Evil 0. She's a specialist in chemicals and first-aid assistance.
Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: While she has the same cameo Barry does in 5's "Mercenaries Reunion", within the canon's timeline, 1 was her final appearance. It's enough to make you wonder why Capcom insisted so hard that she survived the Mansion Incident along with Barry, despite that outcome being impossible in-game.
Combat Medic: Just cast your gaze slightly to the right. Yes, that is a machine gun in one paw, a shotgun in the other, and a flamethrower used for special melee kills tucked into her belt.
Glass Cannon: Is this type of character in The Mercenaries mini-games, having powerful weapons and weaker melee attacks that have a high chance of getting a Critical Hit, combined with the game's lowest health and the greatest recovery ability.
Kill It with Fire: In Zero, both her and Billy need to Kill It with Fire with leech-zombies. In Umbrella Chronicles, her counterattack is pushing the zombie off and throwing a small explosive at it. In the REmake, she says how she needs to set off the self-destruct mechanism in Chris's scenario. It may be important to contain the outbreak, but that's also all the proof that STARS is going to get... In Mercenaries Reunion, she gets flame spray.
The Medic: Her job on the STARS squad; in the first game, she can heal Chris when he visits her in the first aid room of the mansion, and in The Mercenaries mini-games, she starts off with and benefits more from medical items.
Nice Hat: In the original Nintendo 64 beta of Zero, Rebecca wears a beret like Jill did in 1, albeit it's white, not blue.
Palette Swap: Rebecca's character model in REmake is borrowed from Jill's, except that the top half is altered. So, essentially, Rebecca has Jill's posterior. This was changed in Resident Evil Zero when Rebecca graduated to a title character.
Her alternate outfit for the Arrange mode of the first game's Director's Cut is a red version of her original outfit, with the only major difference being that she's wearing shorts instead of pants.
Science Hero: Rebecca's specialties other then medicine being handling chemicals, including those that result in the take-down of the Man-Eating Plant.
Little Becky makes a triumphant return in Mercenaries Reunion where she wields a powerful MP5 and Striker shotgun to become a Majini-slaying monster. It being the Protecta Striker doesn't seem to matter much, she's still devilishly effective with it.
More so because of her flame spray melee, which has an insane range that instantly kills most Majini standing in the general vicinity. Though she loses said melee in Mercenaries 3D, you can give her skills to increase her critical hit rate, giving her head cracker melee a 100% chance of activating. The result is the sweet and innocent Rebecca Chambers rapidly exploding enemies' heads by bashing the back of them with her knee.
Waif-Fu: Being 93lbs won't stop her from taking down much larger enemies in The Mercenaries games.
Weak, but Skilled: In RE 0, Rebecca has much lower health than Billy and a markedly lower critical hit chance. She's also a helicopter mechanic, medic, and scientist, and her facility with chemistry is what allows the player to solve a couple of puzzles. In Mercenaries Reunion, she's got the same health as every other character, but the highest recovery time following a knockdown; she compensates for this by carrying the most starting ammo and healing items of any character in the game, and having both her first-aid sprays in quick-select slots.
What Happened to the Mouse?: She hasn't been seen nor heard from since the ending of the first game, despite having her own prequel. Rebecca still appears in the series every couple of years, but it's always in games that retcon or retell the events of the original RE or RE0.
She finally got a nod in the DLC for Resident Evil 5, where she's playable in the Mercenaries Reunion minigame... as her 18 year-old self straight out of the Spencer Mansion incident, despite RE5 being set over a decade later.
Wise Beyond Their Years: She is only eighteen years old and already a member of an Elite Forces Squad; however, it is Justified to an extent. She is apparently something of a teen genius, which was why she was recruited to STARS. The novels state that she has zero combat experience near the beginning of the series and was something of the team's baggage. This also carries over with in both games she's in. In Resident Evil 0, her only specialty is mixing herbs and chemicals. In Resident Evil, she can mix chemicals and administer serum. Both scenarios, the big, burly guy does most of the combat.
The STARS Alpha Team's helicopter pilot, Brad was well-known on the team for being chicken-hearted, often wanting to run at the first sign of danger. After the Mansion Incident, he became a target just like Jill Valentine of the Nemesis in 3, which he ultimately fails to survive.
Back for the Dead: Twice. In 2, you encounter him as a hidden zombie. In 3, which takes place before 2, you see the circumstances that led to his zombification.
Easter Egg: Technically, his appearance in 2 counts, as you have to ignore all item pickups on the way to the police department to encounter him. Killing him nets you the Special Key to change your outfit later.
No One Gets Left Behind: The self destruct of the mansion had been triggered and the heroes were being menaced by Wesker's Tyrant, but in the end, Brad did come back for them, and with a rocket launcher, to boot.
Heroic Sacrifice: Including his actions in Umbrella Chronicles, he can throw himself to near-certain death to save a comrade three times over the course of the mansion incident.
My Greatest Second Chance: He once saw his little sister killed in front of him and feels he failed to protect her. It's implied that he looks after his comrades and Rebecca in particular so dedicatedly because he sees them as this.
He Knows Too Much: Enough that Wesker has to shoot him rather than keep him around to get more combat data on the B.O.W.s.
Spanner in the Works: Deduces that Umbrella is behind the experiments and that The Mole is on Alpha team, then manages to tip off either Chris or Jill enough to make them suspicious. He's also the one who runs into and tells Rebecca, who is crucial to Chris's scenario and has seen the other facility, to rendezvous at the mansion.
Voiced by Sergio Jones (1) Richard Waugh (CV, Zero, 4) Peter Jessop (Remake) DC Douglas (Umbrella Chronicles, 5, Darkside Chronicles, Mercenaries 3D, Marvel vs. Capcom 3)
"Every day, humans come one step closer to self destruction! I'm not destroying the world, I'm saving it!"
The series's chief antagonist, Wesker has been directly or indirectly responsible for the events of every game, and always seems to come out on top. He has a stronger rivalry with Chris than with any other character.
Big Bad: For the original and 5. His influence is felt across the entire series as well.
Bigger Bad: In Code: Veronica, 4, and Darkside Chronicles
Inverted ironically in Resident Evil 6, thanks to Wesker, his son Jake carries the blood which could save the world.
Black Mail: Want to know the reason why Wesker got Barry Burton to aid him in luring several STARS to their death? It's because he threatened to hurt his family if he didn't do so. Ironically, he had no intention of carrying out the threat, which bit him in the butt when he admitted it.
Dark Messiah: During his villainous breakdown in Resident Evil 5, he tells Chris that he doesn't plan on destroying the planet Earth, but rather he plans to save it. Unfortunately, his method of doing so involves exterminating humanity with the Uroboros virus.
Ironically, given Jake Muller, Wesker's son, carrying the only thing that would remove the bioterrorist viruses from the world, Wesker may in a way have saved the world, in a sense.
Deader than Dead: In 5, he's dropped in a volcano and then shot in the face with two rockets at once. Even then, it took a Word of God to convince the fans that he was really dead for good this time.
Enemy Mine: In Umbrella Chronicles, he fights Sergei as Jill and Chris fight T.A.L.O.S., which is Sergei's experiment. In Code: Veronica, it looked like him and Chris would fight Alexia together, but then he ran off.
Evil Mentor: To Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine, as he says that they were trained under him in the reveal that he was the mole to Umbrella.
Expy: He has characteristics matching Goldman as of Resident Evil 5 not only by appearance, but also with the goal to replace the human race with monsters, for essentially the same reasons (note that Wesker debuted first, but his Omnicidal Maniac characterization came much later).
Genius Bruiser: Is repeatedly stated as having been a child prodigy by files you find throughout the game. He can also punch you across a room.
And through doors made of stone.
Heck, even before he faked his death and mutated, he was skilled enough in martial arts to take down zombie dogs with no effort, and was actually able to go toe-to-toe with an Ivan (which would have been far more powerful than the Tyrant he "got killed" by) during the events of Resident Evil Zero, and also during that time, he was part of the research team. Though technically how normal can a genetically-engineered clone be?
Go Mad from the Revelation: Prior to paying Spencer a visit, Wesker was a pretty level-headed Chessmaster. Afterwards (once he learns of his origins), he jumps off the deep end and forms a god-complex.
Immortality: Implied to be a Type 2, as he looks like he is only in his twenties, even when, by the time of his true death, he was a lot closer to his late forties. Most likely, this was the result of the result of the virus he injected himself with.
Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: This was the cause of his "death" in the first game (both the original and the remake) in all scenarios except for the Barry Burton Lives ending (in which case, he is shot by Barry, and later either ends up decapitated offscreen, or escaped completely, depending on whether it is the original version or the remake, respectively.)
Implacable Man: Throw something at him. Chances are it won't hit him in the first place or that it won't keep him down for more than a minute at most.
Wesker had a crane full of steel girders dropped on his head in Code Veronica X. It only fazed him for a few moments.
Ink-Suit Actor: Based very heavily on David Bowie. As for the voice, according to Richard Waugh himself, that was Ascended Fanon - in an interview, he stated that his voice for Wesker was based on Shere Khan. DC Douglas, Wesker's current voice as of Umbrella Chronicles, even stated that he based the voice on Bowie.
Also, his mannerisms in the fifth game at least, not to mention his overall attire and appearance, are indicative of Agent Smith.
DC Douglas also did "12 Days of Evil" reprising his role as Wesker as a part of a fan request. And made Wesker self-aware of the ridiculousness of some portions of the Resident Evil series, including the "7 minutes of playtime" where in the actual game the fight is very long.
Last Name Basis: Somewhat of a problem, what with Alex Wesker running around somewhere.
Lightning Bruiser: Wesker can move too fast to be seen, yet punch straight through a person's chest.
Not to mention throw Rockets at you, or kick you through a stone door.
Luke, I Am Your Father / Parental Abandonment: Wesker knocked up an Eastern European woman before leaving her. The resulting son, Jake Muller, has exactly zero relationship with his father and becomes a series protagonist several years after the man dies.
"Has it never occurred to you that this planet is overpopulated? Only a handful of humans truly matter. Everyone else is just so much chaff. So now, I have to separate this chaff from the wheat. And with Uroboros, I can finally accomplish this."
Putting on the Reich: Kind of. Wesker has Blond hair, blue eyes (prior to his mutation), and upon mutating gained superhuman strength, speed, and endurance, similar to the Nazis' view of the ideal Aryan. Likewise, he was engineered to be the perfect human, similar to the supposed Aryans.
Renaissance Man: Geneticist, virologist, corporate executive, corporate spy, elite SWAT team commander, supersoldier, and criminal mastermind.
Ret Canon: Prior to Code Veronica, and especially the first Wesker's Report, the only time it was hinted at that Wesker would be infected (whether deliberately or not) with any strain of the t-Virus was in the optional Battle Mode included in the Sega Saturn version, where Wesker appears as an enemy zombie that's tougher than the usual kind.
The Social Darwinist: Believes the vast bulk of humanity are worthless and that only a minority of people — with superior talent, intelligence, physical stats, etc — have ever actually mattered throughout human history. He assumes that Ourobouros will weed out the weak and the strong will survive and become superhuman, though baring in mind that the only reason he could handle it was probably due to all the experiments performed on him and the fact that he was already superhuman, and that Word of God implies that even he would have been killed by Ourobouros eventually, his plan might actually have just wiped out every living thing on the planet.
The Starscream: To Umbrella. Deconstructed, as it is strongly implied that not only was Spencer fully aware of Wesker's intentions of betraying Spencer and Umbrella, he actually orchestrated the events that would result in Wesker deciding to take down Umbrella.
Super Speed: After taking the experimental virus, he moves faster than the human mind can process. See Dodge the Bullet above. To the naked eye, it looks like he's teleporting.
Super Soldier: The virus strain that he injected himself with to fake his death to Umbrella essentially made him this. It's also implied that the virus was actually designed by Spencer as part of his ultimate scheme, making the virus almost a super soldier serum.
Super Strength: Capable of lifting missles with one hand, piercing through his enemies' chests with his fingers, and holding Chris with one hand by the throat, among other feats of his strength after his upgrade.
Those Two Bad Guys: With William Birkin, his longtime friend and rival. Admittedly, their time as this is mostly in the series backstory and Resident Evil 0, but they went to college and later worked as top researchers at Umbrella together for years.
Tykebomb: Revealed to be one of several Wesker children by Spencer.
Villainous Breakdown: RE5. The moment he gets injected with his Weaksauce Weakness serum, he completely loses his shit, and by the final battle, he's reduced to Darwinistic ranting and feral screaming.
With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Assuming that Wesker wasn't a nut to begin with, his injecting himself with a virus (and being revived by it) certainly made him such. Even if he was, it certainly made him a lot more nuttier than before.
Xanatos Speed Chess: Despite his failure to procure an intact Queen Plaga, he nonetheless managed to achieve his goal of getting the next best thing, a Dominance Plaga from Krauser, which still helped in his plans.
Umbrella's "patient zero", the first individual to survive injection with the Progenitor Virus, T-Virus, and many others and come out stronger. Her genetic tissue was also the origin for Birkin's "G-Virus". Introduced in the REmake, Lisa is the daughter of the Spencer mansion's architect, George Trevor. When her father was murdered to protect the mansion's secrets, both Lisa and her mother Jessica were kidnapped and used as test subjects by Umbrella. While Jessica had no reaction to viral injection and was killed before she could attempt escape with Lisa, Lisa had a strong reaction to everything Umbrella could think to throw at her, and was heavily experimented upon for the greater part of forty years, breaking her fragile sanity, while also turning her into an invincible monstrosity. Testing finally ceased when Lisa murdered the Umbrella researchers posing as her parents, and sewed their faces to her own in hopes that she might return them to her parents.
Psychopathic Womanchild: She's in her mid-forties when the player meets her, but she still acts very much like a young child.
Justified in that she actually was a young child when Umbrella started experimenting on her.
Sanity Slippage: Reading her diary entries reveals that being injected with the Progenitor Virus drove her insane very shortly afterwards.
Tortured Monster: Lisa Trevor is a twisted mockery of a woman who's been trapped in a constantly-mutating, undying body for thirty years, and was driven insane by her ordeal a long time ago.
Tragic Monster: She immediately puts all the other monsters in the franchise associated with this trope to shame as she was the helpless 14 year old daughter of the mansion's creator, and she and her mother were made into test subjects by Umbrella against their will. Her mother died from being infected with the T-Virus, but Lisa sadly survived and was then proceeded to be injected with the Nemesis virus (which was used to produce the walking nightmare in Resident Evil 3 of the same name) and upon its injection, it created the G-Virus in her body. Making matters worse, even with her mind completely deteriorated and now orphaned, she longed to find her mother in a mansion now completely ridden with monsters. Alone.