Characters: Resident Evil 2
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Leon Scott Kennedy
Voices: Paul Haddad (2), Paul Mercier (4, The Darkside Chronicles, Degeneration), Christian Lanz (Operation Raccoon City), Matthew Mercer (Damnation, 6)
"I'm gonna scrub this virus from the face of the earth!"
Introduced in Resident Evil 2
. A rookie police officer, who unfortunately was caught in the Raccoon City outbreak on his first day on the job
. He later returned in the Operation Javier
scenario, Resident Evil 4
, Resident Evil 6
, and the non-canon Gaiden
. He is also the protagonist of the 3D animation movies Degeneration
, which take place between his appearances in 4 and 6. Like Chris, he has made a vow to rid the world of viral weapons. A good-hearted man with a strong sense of justice, he currently is employed as a federal agent of the United States government and answers directly to the president.
- Always Save the Girl: After losing Ada once, this seems to have become a principle for him. Matthew Mercer explained it in an interview as "Even if a situation seems very dangerous and stupid and a total trap, if there’s a woman who needs help he can’t turn that down [...] And in the end of it he’ll feel better about himself knowing he went through the motions on the off chance whoever it was really needed help.”
- An Offer You Can't Refuse: His epilogue in RE3 states that following the events of Resident Evil 2, Leon and Sherry were captured by the US government. They subsequently forced Leon, whose experience was highly sought after, into service as a special agent using Sherry's life as leverage. This is re-iterated in Darkside Chronicles.
- Apologetic Attacker: Quietly apologizes to the corpse of President Benford after killing him in 6.
- Badass: Situations that would kill most people are startlingly routine for him.
- Battle Couple: Aside from not officially being a couple despite their relationship, he and Ada team up against taking down Simmons.
- Better to Die Than Be Killed: Files in RE6 state that during RE2 he seriously considered "ending it" with a quick bullet to the head instead of leaving it to whatever monster finally got him, but he stayed alive for the sake of helping the other survivors, especially Sherry.
- Big Brother Instinct: Towards Sherry. Even when she's a fully trained government agent and a Badass in her own right, he still tries to protect her, shielding her so she will land on top of him when they fall off a fence and expressing hopes that her partner/protectee, Jake, will look after her.
- Biseinen: Leon definitely qualifies in his younger years with that fabulous Jack Dawson-esque 'do of his. While he's no longer as effeminate by the time of Resident Evil 4 (just look at his muscles), he's still much more of a pretty-boy than any of the other male protagonists, particularly with the steadily-increasing length of his hair. Other characters seem to notice, as one of the Policia in the beginning of 4 asks if he "forgot his makeup", and Leon himself lampshades it in Damnation when he's nearly stabbed in the face by a pair of pruning shears and retorts with "Do I look like I need a pruning"?
- Brainwashed and Crazy: In one nightmare-inducing scene in Resident Evil 4. He attacks Ada and comes close to strangling her to death, but he snaps out of it after Ada stabs him in the leg.
- Bodyguard Crush: All the girls he ends up protecting develop a crush on him, with the exception of Sherry, who's a child.
- Captain Crash: There's a joke making the rounds after Resident Evil 6 that for all Leon's talents, he can't drive. The only vehicle he's ever been in that did not crash or get destroyed shortly thereafter is the jetski at the end of Resident Evil 4, and at the start of Resident Evil 6, he gets behind the wheel of a police car and rolls it maybe thirty seconds later.
- Catch Phrase: "... Women."
- Chekhov's Gun: Personality trait, in this case. In his second scenario in 2, he gets a couple of moments of a decided snarky nature; by his next appearance in 4, it becomes a defining characteristic.
- Chick Magnet: So far, the one with most Love Interests in the series: Ada, Angela, Ashley, and Manuela all have a thing for him (not to mention Helena, Hunnigan & Claire's fondness for him). Doesn't qualify for Unwanted Harem, because he does seem to like Ada and Angela back.
- Colour Coded Characters: Averted. He's the only major character who doesn't show a distinct color preference. (In order: dark blue, army green, brown, black, and gray). They do, however, largely take on the theme of camouflage/outdoor clothing, and most include some kind of leather jacket either in the main outfit or in unlockable outfits. Fandom will sometimes make his color navy blue, but this is far from official.
- Combat Pragmatist: In Resident Evil 6, he comes off the most level-headed of the survivors.
- Crazy-Prepared: In Resident Evil 4, he only goes to the village to investigate and ask questions, yet he brings with him a pistol, knife, attache case, flashlight, radio, binoculars, a tracking device, and a grappling hook (plus a shotgun, if you play on easy mode). As well as, presumably, gum. Though he was investigating a group that had kidnapped the President's daughter, so he had pretty good reason to expect trouble.
- Dating Catwoman: Although their relationship is even defined in files as "It's Complicated," he and Ada certainly qualify for this.
- Deadpan Snarker: His lines in 4 are full of this, but it's severely dialed back in Degeneration. Damnation ramps it back up to full force, and 6 seems to find a balance between the two.
- Determinator: He goes through Resident Evil 2 with a bullet in his shoulder, Resident Evil 4 with a Plaga growing inside him, and Resident Evil 6 as a fugitive from the US government. In Resident Evil 4, his tenacity is reflected in a note left by the infected villagers, something to the effect of: "If we don't stop him now, he'll kill us all!"
- Deuteragonist: Shares the role of deuteragonist of the entire series with Jill.
- Distracted by the Sexy: With Ada, see here and just follow his line of sight.
- Et Tu, Ada?: In 4, when he was forced by Ada to give the Plagas sample to her.
- Even the Guys Want Him: Has been known to do this to some players.
- Everyone Loves Blondes: Blond hair, and a harem of ladies to boot.
- Extremity Extremist: In 4, the majority of his melee attacks consist simply of kicks, with the exception of Suplex Finishers.
- Find the Cure: He spends the majority of 4 infected with a Plaga along with Ashley, and part of his mission becomes a race to get rid of the parasite before it matures and takes control of his body permanently.
- First Name Basis: Is on this with President Adam Benford.
- Gangsta Style: One of his bonus costumes in Resident Evil 2 is a thug outfit, and while wearing it, Leon holds any of the handguns this way. It even affects the way he shoots — bullets fire faster, but he generally shoots lower.
- Genius Bruiser: Sort of. In Ada's Report, she describes him as being "practically a genius," in that he has smarts and knows how to use them. Furthermore, as shown in 6, he's able to fight Chris Redfield to a stalemate.
- Genre Blind: For 30 seconds. Then finds out headshots is more effective in killing zombies.
- Genre Savvy: His expertise in Degeneration can basically be summed up as, "I've been in these kinds of games before, I know what I'm talking about." It's much the same situation in Damnation. As of RE6, this single fact has landed him in a pretty high government position, along with Hunnigan.
- Grappling-Hook Pistol: He has a grapple belt in 4, which helps him escape one of Salazar's various Death Traps.
- Heroic BSOD: In 2 when he thought Ada was dead in both A and B of his scenarios, blaming it on the G-Virus in the process (in A). In 6, when Chris tells him Ada is dead. Brief but very noticeable.
- The Gunslinger: In 6, he's able to dual-wield his pistols, giving him the fastest and most effective quick-shot.
- Icy Blue Eyes: Another example of icy and piercing, but since they're blue-gray, some of the marksman legends creep in as well. Subverted in that Chris is actually the one with a history of being a marksman, not Leon.
- I Work Alone: Unlike the other protagonists, Leon almost exclusively goes solo on his missions — the only time he officially works with a partner is in Darkside Chronicles when he was starting out as a special agent, and in Resident Evil 6 when he comes across Helena. This is made more apparent in the CG films, where he's the only agent dispatched to hotspots and war zones, much to various people's disbelief.
- Jack of All Stats: In the minigames such as "The Mercenaries", he's usually the most balanced character.
- Jade-Colored Glasses: From 4 onwards.
- Knife Nut: In Resident Evil 4, a disproportionate amount of fights seem to involve his knife, especially those with Ada and Krauser.
- Knight in Shining Armor: For Ashley.
- In another sense, he's very understandable to certain people, especially when their lives become an absolute hell for them. He will help them in their current situation through the end.
- Le Parkour
- Literalist Snarking:
: So maybe you have nine lives. But it doesn't matter now, Mr. Kennedy! I've sent my right hand
to dispose of you.
- Made of Iron: In a series with zombies and other unholy biological abominations, this isn't that notable, but through the course of the games, Leon (among other things) spends several hours running around with a gunshot wound to the shoulder, is thrown upwards of thirty feet into a solid wall and is able to get back up, gets Punched Across the Room by Saddler and only ends up dazed, and falls forty feet from a helicopter, and taking the weight of his fall on one shoulder hard enough to crack tempered glass. After struggling to get back up, he is seemingly able to push on after all of these injuries. Adrenaline may be a partial explanation, though his tenacity is also highlighted by the fact that he's considerably smaller than Chris but invariably gets hurt more.
- The McCoy: Despite his somewhat jaded demeanor and all the terrible things he's seen, he will go to absurd lengths to help people in need, even during and especially in the middle of the zombie apocalypse.
(After a man asks for help finding his missing daughter in a zombie-overrun college):
Helena: Leon, we don't have time to...
Leon: We're making the time.
- He will sometimes overlap with The Spock, however; in Resident Evil 6, it's Leon who is usually exhorting his similarly traumatized and/or vengeful comrades to put aside their troubles to step back and take a look at the big picture.
- Morality Pet: To Ada.
- Mr. Fanservice: Explains a lot about his status as the Fandom Bicycle.
- Nerves of Steel: As a general rule, considering the sheer amount of crap that's been thrown at him.
- Nice Guy: Empathetic, reasonable, and always willing to help a comrade or fellow survivor. Hell, he regularly risks his life to help people who have lied to or attacked him as long as they aren't actually evil. Rather than backfiring, trying to help everyone has so far netted him several lucky breaks, a few good friends, and a lot of love interests.
- Nice Hat: A fedora to complement his Chicago 1920s mob alternate outfit (PS2 version onwards).
- One-Man Army: Along with Ada, possibly the biggest example in the series, especially in Resident Evil 4.
- Only a Flesh Wound: Really, a bullet to the shoulder did nothing to stop him from fighting a giant crocodile!
- Only Sane Man: In RE6, he comes across as easily the most level-headed of the survivors. Helena, Jake, and Chris all have fairly serious issues, while Sherry and Piers are more inexperienced and caught up in their partners' problems.
- Papa Wolf: For Ashley, Sherry, and arguably Manuela.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Most notable in Resident Evil 4, but keeps a similar style in subsequent appearances.
- Perma Stubble: In Damnation and Resident Evil 6.
- Pirate: His alternate costume in Resident Evil 6's Mercenary Mode.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: One of the side effects of his Plaga infection.
- Say My Name: Does this to just about everyone.
- Ship Tease: He has mountains of it with Ada every time they appear together, but special mention goes to Damnation, where the staff said their dialogue was written to imply the pair may have met and gone on a date off-screen.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: Just as Salazar attempts to give a confident and well-prepared speech on terrorism, Leon stops him by throwing a knife at his hand that pins him to the wall.
- Slept Through the Apocalypse: Oversleeping at a distant motel before heading to Raccoon City turned out to be the best mistake of his life.
- Slouch of Villainy: A throne in RE4 lets him do this.
- Smoking Is Not Cool: He refuses a smoke when one is offered to him by a police officer in 4, and offers Luis gum instead when he asks if he has one.
- Though the fact that he has gum in the first place, and the fact that he always has a lighter that can't be discarded in 2 might imply he used to be a smoker, but quit sometime before 4.
- The Smart Guy: Practically, if not intellectually. Although Ada refers to him as "practically a genius" in the US translation, the original Japanese instead stated that he was "a born survivor". Regardless, within the context of the statement, she seems to mean he is more of a Combat Pragmatist and Determinator as opposed to a literal genius. Even so, his status as Combat Pragmatist among the major four protagonists is enough to qualify him for this.
- Spider-Sense: In RE4, he senses Krauser's presence while he's trying to sneak up on him.
- The Stoic: Develops these tendencies to an extent, but only really qualifies for the trope during the first half or so of Degeneration due to having already Seen It All.
- Throughout the traumatic events of Resident Evil 6, Leon comes off the most calm and controlled of his fellow survivors, knowing that seeing their respective missions to the end is all that matters. See Combat Pragmatist entry above.
- Not So Stoic: The few times after surviving Raccoon City that we see him genuinely lose his calm are when he thinks Ada is dead, when he discovers and is forced to shoot the zombified President Adam Benford, and to a lesser extent when he shouts allies' names if they're killed.
- Taking the Bullet: For Ada, in Resident Evil 2.
- Took a Level in Badass: He start off as a rookie cop, and becomes a One Man Zombie-Slaying Army by Resident Evil 4.
- Trap-Door Fail: Leon narrowly manages to avoid being impaled on spikes by Salazar by using a grappling-hook.
- Trash Talk: Resident Evil 4 has quite a lot of this between Leon, Saddler, and Salazar when the Los Illuminados hack into his radio-phone.
- Waistcoat of Style: Wears a "tacti-cool" but still stylish waistcoat in RE6's Lanshiang campaign, as seen above.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Somewhat discussed in Darkside Chronicles. Leon's only heard of psychos wanting the Veronica Virus or people horribly mutating if they were forced to contract it. He expresses shock that it was used as a treatment for Manuela and that she harbors it and its powers within her. Once he adjusts, though, he shoots down Krauser's idea that they should kill her before she becomes a threat.
- Wrestler in All of Us/Suplex Finisher: Leon can suplex Zealots and soldier Ganados (Strangely/Frustratingly, not village Ganados), crushing their heads.
- Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?: As the plot demands, he pulls a grappling hook and an Incredibly Obvious Bug out of nowhere in RE 4, then gets a rocket launcher from nowhere in Damnation. Admittedly, he does work for the government, making it justified to an extent.
Voiced by: Alyson Court (RE 2, RE:CV, Degeneration, Darkside Chronicles)
"Look, you have two choices here: kill or be killed, your call!"
Chris's younger sister, Claire was introduced in Resident Evil 2
, returned in Code: Veronica
, and starred in Degeneration
and Revelations 2
. Survivor 2
also shows her nightmares of the events of Code Veronica, and as such is both canon and non-canon at the same time. A fiery young girl, she's one of the few characters without special training, yet she still holds up fairly well against the zombies. Presently she works for a human rights organization called Terra Save, which provides relief and aid to victims of bio-terrorism.
Claire was always portrayed by Alyson Court
until 2015's Resident Evil: Revelations 2
, when she was voiced by James Baker. (This is suspected to be a pseudonym for Ali Hillis
- Action Girl: She survives a T-virus outbreak more than once, and takes out a squad of Umbrella security with a flamable tank.
- Action Survivor: Of all the main characters, she's the only one without any actual military or paramilitary training. It doesn't matter; she has a brother.
- A Day in the Limelight: Code Veronica X. Revelations 2 brings her back into the limelight for the first time in 15 years.
- Badass Normal: For being the only one with no professional training, yet still managing to fight zombies as well as the rest. Although, according to The Darkside Chronicles, her brother did give her some basic training. Still pretty badass, given everything she can do.
- Badass Biker: Claire's main hobby is riding motorcycles.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Her alternate outfit in Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D.
- Badass in Distress: Near the end of Code: Veronica, the normally tough and cool Claire becomes a crying, helpless mess.
- Badass Pacifist/The So-Called Coward: In a sense. After Code: Veronica, Claire, unlike her brother and Leon, has given up actively fighting against bio weapon outbreaks to work with an NGO that focuses on helping its victims. As Degeneration shows, when push comes to shove, she's still entirely capable of kicking zombie ass.
- Fridge Brilliance: Even if she has taken a non-combat role, she's obviously stayed in shape and she's kept up her weapons skills. At one point near the end of Degeneration, she manages to score three consecutive headshots on the move in a dark hallway.
- Retired Badass: As mentioned above, she's retired from fighting bioterror outbreaks with guns. Hand her a gun though, and you see why she's a survivor of Raccoon City.
- Bad Dreams: Survivor 2 consists of hers.
- Badly Battered Babysitter: You lose count of how many times you missed Sherry, and in just one game. Happens again with Rani, though not to the same extent. This may also tread into Babysitter from Hell territory, since she does a complete u-turn from her Cool Big Sis attitude at the end of the game and runs off to find Chris, leaving Sherry behind with Leon. Despite this, she seems to have come back for Sherry afterwards, since according to RE6 files she was Sherry's biggest role model and surrogate mother figure, so it can be surmised that Sherry was important to her, but her still-missing brother was even more important.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her most well known outfit, from Code: Veronica, does this. She is also the only main character in the main sequels of Resident Evil to wear a shirt like this with her default outfit in the series. (Besides Party Girl in Operation Raccoon City. But that's a spin-off so it doesn't really count.)
- Beware the Nice Ones: She's warm and compassionate, loves children, wouldn't hesitate to put her life on the line to help others, and is the only main character to take the civilian route in her fight against bioterrorism, working for an NGO that focuses on legal measures, non-violent protest, and helping victims. She's also just as capable of kicking ass as the military-trained characters, knocked a U.S. senator flat with a slap for endangering then insulting a child she was protecting, and has the highest on-screen human body count of the protagonists.
- Brother-Sister Team: Sadly, only possible in gameplay very briefly in Darkside Chronicles and within the Mercenaries 3D side game.
- The Bus Came Back: Sort of. While she has appeared often in non-canon games like Mercenaries 3D and was the co-star of the Degeneration film, Revelations 2 is Claire's first appearance in a game in fifteen years that isn't an explicit retelling of either the Raccoon City incident (RE 2) or the Rockfort Island incident (Code Veronica).
- Celibate Hero: Seems to end up finding new friends and people to protect rather than love interests; Steve’s interest in her never really goes anywhere and now never will, and she has no known romantic relationships, not even a throwaway mention in the files or her backstory. It’s also implied that her work for TerraSave keeps her too busy to date.
- The Chick: Though don't assume she's helpless for it.
- Colour Coded Characters: Once again, she's always dressed in some shade of maroon-pink, even if Code Veronica took it a bit father towards red.
- Deadpan Snarker: Of the four main protagonists, Claire is the only one who's really capable of effective, non-groanworthy humor.
Claire, on the Tyrant in Code Veronica: "Just a big cockroach that needed to be stepped on."
- Gets ten times funnier if you compare her comment from Darkside Chronicles that she hates cockroaches.
- Distressed Damsel: For a little while near the end of :Code: Veronica.
- Doom Magnet: One of the files in Code Veronica refers to her as a "goddess of destruction," and it shows. Claire still has the highest baseline-human body count of any of the protagonists, and her adventures tend to come hand in hand with immense amounts of property damage.
- Friend to All Children: She's great with children and very protective of them.
- Girly Bruiser: Likes the color pink, wears makeup, has a strong maternal streak, is more openly emotional than most of the female cast, and doesn't like spiders and cockroaches. Still, of the major female characters Claire has the most rough-and-tumble fighting style. See Good Old Fisticuffs below.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: Most evident in Mercenaries where, in stark contrast to Jill and Rebecca, Claire's melee attacks almost solely consist of her just beating the snot out of everything in her way.
- How Dare You Die on Me!: In Code: Veronica, she tells Chris he better not die on her.
- I Surrender, Suckers: And then she blew up an entire squad.
- I Will Find You: Claire's major story arc.
- Lampshade Hanging: "Never saw this coming."
- Male Gaze: The camera likes to focus on Claire's plump derriere sometimes, like in one scene in Darkside Chronicles, where the camera views Claire from behind, and moves down a bit to emphasize and show her gorgeous backside. It's revealed to be from Steve's POV, as he was definitely checking her out.
- Mama Bear: Between Sherry from RE2 and Rani from Degeneration, Claire is very protective of children, even if she has none of her own.
- Not only did she dive into a group of zombies to save Rani, but she proceeded to bitch-slap a standing United States Senator.
- Married to the Job: Her work for TerraSave keeps her so busy that it’s hard for her keep in touch with the loved ones she doesn’t work with, much less start a romantic relationship. In Degeneration, when she jokingly blames her tiredness on a new boyfriend that won’t let her sleep, her friend immediately catches that “boyfriend” means “FDA report”.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Her reaction in Degeneration when she discovers that TerraSave had been bullying and criticizing WilPharma when they had in fact been developing a T-virus vaccine. Subverted, as it turns out that they really are corrupt.
- Nonlethal KO: Code Veronica and beyond, she seems to get knocked out a lot, it's surprising she doesn't have brain damage by now.
- One Woman Army: She most certainly raised hell in the beginning of Code: Veronica X.
- Parental Substitute: The files in Resident Evil 6 mention that she spent a lot of time with Sherry while the latter was in government custody, to the point where Sherry regards Claire as her foster mother. This seems a little strange considering she's only seven years older than Sherry, though is nonetheless heartwarming.
- Properly Paranoid: Files in RE6 reveal that she was suspicious of Simmons and sent a letter to Sherry warning her to be wary of him, which never made it to her. She's proven to be completely right.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: While Chris is a serious and dutiful soldier, she 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.
- Shout-Out: Her RE2 vest says "Made in Heaven" and her Code: Veronica vest says "Let Me Live". Those are both titles of Queen songs.
- She may share the same taste in music as her brother, since one of his alternate outfits also says "Made in Heaven".
- Shipper on Deck: She is the teaser towards Leon in The Darkside Chronicles to go after Ada after going in the sewers.
- Tap on the Head: This seems to happen to her a lot — most notably in the beginning of Code Veronica, when the guard hits her on the head. (See also NonLethalKO )
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Claire likes to ride motorcycles, wear denim shorts, and is a skilled fighter and marksman. However, she is also scared of bugs (especially cockroaches and spiders)and hunters, is very motherly, and fond of the color pink.
- Why Did It Have To Be T-Virus Mutant Spiders?: Her reaction upon seeing the giant spiders in the retelling of Resident Evil 2 of Darkside Chronicles.
- When All You Have Is An Umbrella: In Degeneration.
Voices: Sally Cahill (2, 4, The Darkside Chronicles), Megan Hollingshead (The Umbrella Chronicles), Courtenay Taylor (Operation Raccoon City, Damnation, 6)
"Maybe you forgot, Wesker, I don't always play by your rules."
Introduced in 2
. She was looking for a man named Ben, one of those reporter types
. Known for her signature red dress and for betraying every team she plays for. Works for the mysterious "Agency", and reappears in 4
to bedevil Leon further.
- Action Girl/Dark Action Girl: No matter which side you think she's on, there's no doubting her effectiveness.
- A Day in the Limelight: Ada is the focus of Separate Ways and Assignment Ada/Ada The Spy in Resident Evil 4, Death's Door in Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles, and her very own scenario in Resident Evil 6.
- Affably Morally Ambiguous: Again, no matter which side you think she's on, she can be quite polite and affable when it suits her purposes.
- Aloof Ally: She'll help you out if she can, but expect her to be gone the very second she's finished.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl
- Ascended Extra: She started out as a password clue in the original game, before getting a proper introduction and characterization in the sequel.
- Badass: The obstacles she has to face in her story modes are nothing (if not, more difficult) compared to the main storyline enemies. Aside from her Unexplained Recovery in Resident Evil 2, Umbrella Chronicles has her fighting her way out of Raccoon City covered in wounds and defeating a Tyrant on her own. She's also pitted against an entire battleship and its heavy artillery, along with several waves of soldiers in Separate Ways and succeeds. In 6, Ada goes toe-to-toe with the Ubistvo, and races through the battleship being flooded and encompassed by the mutated Carla.
- Battle Couple: Aside from not officially being a couple despite their relationship, she and Leon team up against taking down Simmons.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Sort of, she helps out Jake Muller and Sherry Birkin because of their parents' kindness to her.
- The way she emphasized the word kindness shows that she was being sarcastic/ironic about the situation (considering Ada's past relationship with their parents) and that she was giving herself an excuse (quite the convenient one at that) to help out.
- This is also the reason she becomes so attached and protective of Leon ever since he took a bullet in the shoulder for her in Raccoon City.
- Berserk Button: As if it shouldn't need to be said, but there's putting Leon in harm's way (just watch her body language when Wesker insists upon having him executed in 4), crossing one too many Moral Event Horizons, and framing her (the latter two evident in 6).
- Big "NO!": Should her partner die in either her campaign or Mercenaries, she lets out an extremely distressed one which may seem uncharacteristic for her.
- Bodyguarding a Badass: She thinks she's doing this to Leon in 6.
I feel as though I'm becoming your personal bodyguard, Mr. Kennedy.
- Butterfly of Death and Rebirth: Her signature red dress in 4 is adorned with golden butterflies and one is present on the outfit she wears in "Assignment: Ada/Ada The Spy" of the same game. They represent her symbolic death from the events of 2 and her epilogue in 3 and rebirth by the time of 4.
- Catchphrase: "See you around" or any variation thereof. Usually addressed to Leon.
- Chinese Girl: Although she's said to be Chinese-American.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Has betrayed Leon, Umbrella, Wesker, and possibly her bosses at the "Agency". Unlike Wesker, however, she rarely kills those she's suckered.
- Colour Coded Characters: She's consistently shown wearing crimson red, to the point that Krauser refers to her as "the bitch in the red dress", and some form of black.
- Combat Stilettos: From 4 onwards. This was actually averted in 2 wherein she wore flat shoes. This outfit was updated in 4 which included red heels that also features in Umbrella Chronicles, Darkside Chronicles, and Operation: Raccoon City (which, strangely enough, replaces the heels with boots, making this another aversion.)
- Damsel out of Distress:
- Subverted 4. There she's captured by Mendez and his crew and nearly used as a ritual sacrifice... only to come to just in time, easily dodge the ax, and kick their asses. Then she's captured by Saddler and suspended by a rope. She only escapes with Leon's help.
- Played straight in Damnation, when she's captured and tied up by Svetlana and her mooks, she calmly reveals a hidden blade in one of her heels and cuts herself free.
Ada: "Amateurs. They didn't even give me a pat-down."
- Dating Catwoman: The Catwoman to Leon's Batman.
- In Damnation, she is captured by the bad guys and suspended from the ceiling by her wrists... only to reveal a hidden blade inside one of her high heels that she had ready for just such an occasion.
- In 6, she anticipates that Simmons will come back for more and leaves behind a rocket launcher for Leon and Helena to finish him off.
- Death Glare: Shoots one to the Ganado who nearly made her a ritual sacrifice and gave her a clean cut on her thigh after she barely escaped it in Resident Evil 4. He's even visibly taken aback by it.
- Declaration of Protection: She has more goals than just taking care of Leon, but that seems to be her most consistent motivation, and she's never really let him down.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Resident Evil 2 has Ada not caring too much for Leon's well being and will ditch him whenever she can. Being sent to recover the G-Virus may also be a part of it. However, after Leon takes the bullet that was meant for Ada, she starts to warm up to him and she tosses down a rocket launcher while he's fighting a mutated Mr. X.
- Dragon Lady
- Dragon with an Agenda
- The Dreaded: Not a straight-up villainous example, but she was considered this by Annette in Darkside Chronicles when it cames to stealing the G-virus.
- Everyone Has Standards: Ada is a professional spy known for having worked for organizations such as the Umbrella Corporation; as such, she has no qualms about killing if she must. However, even Ada takes issue and expresses nothing but disgust over the actions of the Big Bad Duumvirate in Resident Evil 6, going so far as putting Carla out her misery, attempting to do the same to Simmons, and putting a final stop to Carla's experiments by torching her lab at the end of her scenario. Files in ''6'' also reveal that Ada had become disgusted with Simmons and his Organization when they had authorized the extermination of Raccoon City, cutting all ties and affiliations with them.
- Fatal Attraction
- Femme Fatale
- Fragile Speedster: She's the fastest Resident Evil 4 mercenary, but she has the smallest health bar.
- Frame-Up: In 6, she gets the heat for the crimes of her Big Bad Doppelgänger Carla Radames.
- Which she seems to be fine with, as she covers up the evidence that Carla Radames had orchestrated the whole thing. In her line of work, being considered dead by the BSAA is probably a good deal.
- Girly Run: Part of showing off her femininity, it's especially noticeable in RE4. Ada keeps her arms very low, and does minimal movement.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Her epilogue in RE3 shows her with a very prominent scar stretching along the right side of her ribcage. However, it hasn't been mentioned since.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Subverted in the Leon B scenario in Resident Evil 2. She distracts Mr. X to lure it away from Leon, only to get critically wounded for her efforts. She "dies" in Leon's arms, but she actually passes out from her wounds. Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles reveals that Ada barely escapes the city while still bearing her wounds from Mr. X, but she recovers and eventually meets Leon again in Resident Evil 4.
- Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Her evening dress in 4. Also in 6, where her alternate costumes are a white and gold qipao.
- Kick Chick: With her signature melee move since 4 being a "Fan Kick".
- The Gump: In Resident Evil 4, she's responsible for the way some of the puzzles are orchestrated (such as the ringing of the church bells that placated the Ganados and closed the gates to Ashley at the beginning of the game, and how she singlehandedly toppled Saddler's military firepower mentioned in a file). This trend returns in Resident Evil 6 wherein she causes even more events for the central protagonists such as the bolted gates Jake and Sherry come across in China, how she's the one who knocked Ubistvo off the train and it landed in front of the the duo, or why the passcode-carrying goons in Chris and Piers' campaign are dead.)
- Grappling-Hook Pistol: It's either called this, or a Hookshot. It's pretty much become a signature tool of hers since the fourth game.
- Heel-Face Revolving Door: Seriously, nobody knows whose side she's on! It's even lampshaded in 6.
Helena: "So, this Ada? Can we trust her?"
Leon: "That's....not an easy question to answer."
- While she's carried out some questionable actions, such as her actions in Resident Evil 2, she genuinely seems to be against bioterrorism and wishes to fight it in her own way.
- Hero Antagonist: Though the term "hero" is debatable, she is a boss character in Operation: Raccoon City.
- Hidden Depths
- I Can Still Fight: In Umbrella Chronicles, one scenario is about her fighting her way out of Umbrella's lab, despite being covered in wounds.
- I Work Alone: Just as much as Leon, if not more so, with her being a freelance spy working for various contractors and organizations. What may be the only time she was officially partnered with someone was when she was working with Krauser in Resident Evil 4 and that relationship dissolved within about 30 seconds of its introduction.
- Jerkass Façade: She definitely gave Leon the cold shoulder during their reunion in 4, but only because exhibiting any warmth towards him would had raised suspicion with Wesker, who gave Ada the order to kill Leon should she run into him again.
- Lack of Empathy: In 6... let's just say that her sense of compassion when it comes to Helena being forced to fight and kill her mutated sister leaves something to be desired.
Ada: "You should put her down. If you have any sympathy left for her."
Helena: "Just stop it, Deborah! This isn't you!"
Ada: "Don't tell me you're still crying. She's trying to kill you."
Helena: "You don't think I know that?!"
- To be fair, Helena was literally throwing herself at the mutated Deborah. While she probably felt sorry for her situation, it is hard to express that when you have to deal with the frustration that comes from having to constantly save Helena from herself.
- Lady of War
- Leitmotif: Ada's Theme from 2. It's back on ''6''.
- Lightning Bruiser: She appeared to have gotten physical stronger In Damnnation. She rushed Leon with great swiftness and Leon actually struggled a bit as he tried to hold Ada off. Later, after being found out by Svetlana, Ada punted a table at her and then rushed down Svetlana's guard before sending him flying with a kick to the stomach.
- Love Martyr: Again in Leon's B scenario.
- Manipulative Bitch
- Mini-Boss: In Operation: Raccoon City.
- Mysterious Past
- Mysterious Protector: For Leon in 4 and 6.
- Nerves of Steel: Not a woman easily shaken. Subverted in her ending in 6, when she momentarily breaks down while destroying Carla's laboratory.
- No One Could Survive That: In Leon's B scenario and its Darkside Chronicles recreation, Ada gets slammed against the power generator pretty hard by Mr. X. And it in fact appears that She's dead, Leon. But she's back up to throw a Rocket Launcher to Leon during the battle with his final form. It's better than Leon's A scenario, though, where Ada falls down a Bottomless Pit and still shows up to give Claire the rocket launcher.
- Not Quite Dead
- Not So Stoic: First it's a bit subtle in 6 where one can actually notice her struggling to maintain her composure from the events of the game. Then all of it comes to a head at the end of the game, fed up with all of the chaos and horror the Big Bad Duumvirate has caused, she furiously destroys Carla's lab stationed in China by unloading clip after clip of her gun, setting the place ablaze.
- She was also visibly irritated in her fight with Svetlana, considering that for once her adversary had the upper hand on her.
- One Woman Army: She took down an entire battleship and the many soldiers on it in 4.
- Only Known By Their Stage Name: It's hinted in her epilogue◊ in Resident Evil 3 that "Ada Wong" is not her true name, as she appears to be casting off the name/identity after the events of 2. However, she is still using the name in subsequent games, raising the question of the whether the epilogue was canon. Files in 6 indicate that "Ada Wong" is indeed a pseudonym, and that her true name is still a mystery.
- Pet the Dog: Her constantly keeping Leon's wellbeing as a priority shows you there's some goodness in her.
- And in 6, she takes the time to rescue a few survivors on a rooftop on the way to find a helipad.
- As noted above, she also looks after Sherry Birkin and Jake Muller (both of who, especially Sherry, would very most likely be dead if not for her interventions; Ada even lampshades it) during Sherry's and Jake's second (and what marks Ada's umpteenth) encounter with Ubistvo.
- She also showed pity towards Carla Radames, a doppelganger made in Ada's image against her will, telling her that she would have been willing to help her take revenge on Simmons if she had targeted him rather than the whole world.
- Qipao: Her red dress in 4 and a white one in 6's Mercenary Mode.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Subverted. Although those are Ada's colours, she's far from being evil.
- She-Fu or Waif-Fu
- She's Got Legs
- Ship Tease: She and Leon have a monumental amount of this in every game they appear in, although special mention goes to the Damnation film, where a commentary by the staff reveal that her and Leon's dialogue was designed to imply the pair might actually have met in-between the events of 4 and 6 and gone on a normal date.
- Simple Yet Opulent: Her dress in 4 has little decoration other than the butterlfly embroidery.
- Stealth Expert
- Sugar and Ice Personality: As a professional spy, Ada has it as a philosophy to maintain an aloof, calm, and collected composure in any situation, and more often than not it seems that she is simply stringing Leon along to further her agenda. However, it becomes increasingly clear over the series that not only does she genuinely care for Leon's well-being (going out of her way to help and save him, even with orders of his execution or when she really doesn't have to), she is also quite capable of compassion. This is easily demonstrated in her personal game scenarios, especially in Resident Evil 6 wherein she has numerous Pet the Dog moments (see above).
- Sympathy for the Devil: For Carla Radames in Resident Evil 6 after learning what Simmons did to her. She even says she would have gladly helped her take revenge on Simmons if Carla hadn't also been trying to destroy the world.
- Taking You with Me: Seemingly does this with Simmons after she stabs him in the side with one of her arrows before jumping off a ledge and taking him with her. However, as the two fell Ada used her grappling hook to get back up, dropping Simmons into the sea of fire below.
- Tranquil Fury: How she normally expresses anger, as she is always trying her darnedest to remain collected and composed during her missions. The end of her scenario in ''6'' spectacularly shows us what happens when she takes out the "Tranquil" part of this trope.
- Traveling at the Speed of Plot: Ada's scenarios in 4 and 6 have a ridiculous tendency to show her taking her sweet time reaching point A to point B, to the point in 4, it takes her an absurd amount of time to save Leon from Krauser, and in 6, where while she's also responsible for half of the plot (that Carla made her have involvement with), whereas you see the other characters' points of view where it's either shorter for them but longer for her.
- Trickster Mentor: Somewhat this to Leon. At the very least, she knows a lot more then she lets on to Leon.
- This gets to the point where Leon just goes with the flow when she hands him a MacGuffin in 6.
- Too Dumb to Live: In Darkside Chronicles, she approached a stunned, crouching Mr. X and put her gun to his head while taking her time to bust out a Bond One-Liner. The tyrant immediately grabbed Ada and slammed her into the power generator two seconds later.
- She does this a lot. In Resident Evil 4, she allows herself to be caught off guard multiple times in order to protect Leon. After fighting and supposedly killing Saddler, she turns her back on him and gets blindsided and captured by his tentacle shortly after.
- In 6, she believes that fighting a giant, swift BOW on a small building that is being perched up high in the air by two other buildings is a good idea. The giant BOW then leaps at her, knocking her out.
- Undying Loyalty: Downplayed to a great extent, but she is always looking out for Leon when they meet, even if they sometimes come to blows.
- Unexplained Recovery: Almost as much as Wesker.
- Ungrateful Bitch: Partially. In Darkside Chronicles, she primarily thanks Leon for saving her a few bullets instead of saving her life from a Cerberus ready to maul her when she wasn't looking. She shows more gratitude later on when Leon takes a bullet for her.
- Unwilling Suspension: Happens to her twice, one in 4 and once in Damnation. The first time, she only escapes thanks to Leon's help, while the second time, she had prepared for such an occasion and whips out a hidden blade to bust herself out.
- The Worf Effect: Being one of the strongest Badass Normals in the series, the only time she was bested in a fight was against Svetlana in Damnation, which proved why she was the President of Russia.
- Worst Aid: Leon was shot trying to defend Ada. As thanks for saving her life, Ada attempted to patch him up... by putting the bandages over his clothes. (Although the mistake is very probably on the game designers' side. Leon does get better after she does that. Also, hardware limitations at the time wouldn't have allowed for more accurate first aid.)
Voiced by Lisa Yamanaka (2), Laura Bailey (The Darkside Chronicles), Eden Riegel (Operation Raccoon City, 6)
"I guess I'm just trying to live up to their example. Never giving up, no matter the odds."
The daughter of the Mad Scientists
William and Annette Birkin that Claire (and to a lesser extent, Leon) must protect during 2
. Returns in Resident Evil 6
as Jake Muller's partner. She is a Division of Security Operations operative, a federal anti-bio-terrorism agency in the United States co-founded by Leon and President Adam Benford.
- Action Girl: By 6, despite getting occasionally hit with Cutscene Incompetence.
- Badass in Distress: She and Jake are captured by Neo Umbrella and taken to China.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her alternate costume in RE6's Mercenary Mode is her outfit from RE2, which is now way too small for her.
- Boyish Short Hair: In every appearance.
- Break the Cutie: In Darkside Chronicles when Leon has to tell her her mother is dead. Sherry, understandably, denies it. But she learned to accept it.
- Bridal Carry: Leon carries her like this when she's unconscious at the end of the "Leon B" scenario.
- The Bus Came Back: Outside of the epilogues in RE3 and the retelling of RE2 in Darkside Chronicles, she spent 14 years absent before finally coming back in Resident Evil 6.
- Captain Obvious: Often slips into this during 6, which Jake frequently lampshades. For example, there's this little gem while they're fleeing Neo-Umbrella by motorcycle:
Sherry: "They're trying to mow us down!"
Jake: "Yeah, thanks, I have ears!"
Sherry: "Don't get too close! You'll be ripped to shreds!"
Jake: "Yeah, thanks! I know what a chainsaw can do!"
- Colour Coded Characters: Wears a lot of white with a piece of blue in all her outfits.
- Distress Ball: RE6 repeatedly hands her the Distress Ball, always leading another character to help her and reminding us that they're alright people. Jake gets to save her at least once a chapter, and Leon gets a few moments of brotherly protectiveness when they meet, but even Ada gets in on the action — twice.
- Distressed Damsel: Of the younger variety. She gets better when she's older, but still winds up trapped in a medical facility for 6 months during RE6 and still needs rescuing a few times.
- Extraordinarily Empowered Girl
- Fashionable Asymmetry: Her Lanshiang outfit in 6 apparently takes cues from Nathan Drake's infamous "half-tuck."
- Healing Factor: In RE6, she is still a G-Virus host and can regenerate from lethal wounds such as impalement within seconds.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: She's about a good foot shorter than Jake, despite being about 6 years older than him.
- Ill Girl: Her mutated father implanted her with a G-embryo. She was vaccinated to prevent the virus replacing her cells, but the vaccine only suppresses the effects of the virus, instead of eliminating it outright.
- In the years that followed, the virus adapted to Sherry's body, and instead of causing rapid mutation and degeneration, it causes the body to heal itself, as was originally envisioned for the G-Virus by Sherry's father.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: In chapter 2 of Jake's campaign, Sherry is skewered through the back by a piece of shrapnel, but recovers within seconds after it is removed.
- In-Series Nickname: "Supergirl", courtesy of Jake after he witnesses her Healing Factor in action.
- Ironic Echo: Sherry's relationship with Jake Muller is a direct inversion of her father's partnership with Wesker. She's the trained agent; Jake's the one who needs watching.
- Kick Chick: Mostly to keep her hands free to use her baton or gun.
- Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: See also She Is All Grown Up.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: Averted. She can't punch out enemies like male characters can and relies more on kicks, but she's also noticeably less strong than bigger, more muscular female characters. In contrast to Helena and Claire's raw power, or Jill and Ada's acrobatics, Sherry comes off as the Combat Pragmatist of them all, making her similar to Rebecca in this regard. All her melee kills rely on turning an opponents momentum against them, which is how self defense trainers teach smaller women to take down much larger, stronger opponents.
- Older Sidekick: She's 26 to Jake's 20
- Older Than They Look: Thanks to the G-Virus.
- Parental Abandonment: By the end of Resident Evil 2, she has lost both of her parents.
- Plucky Girl
- Scarf of Asskicking: Sports a blue one in RE6.
- Sexy Schoolwoman: Her RE6 Mercenary Mode costume is a school uniform like the one she wore as a twelve-year-old in RE2, only it's now much too small for her. Slightly disconcerting, because we still remember her being a pre-teen schoolgirl.
- She Is All Grown Up: Naturally. As of Resident Evil 6, she is now a grown woman and is more than capable of defending herself. Time has been good to her.
- Static Stun Gun: Carries a stun rod, which can be charged to do more damage.
- Strapped to an Operating Table: She mentioned this happened to her between the events of 2 and 6 because she is a G-Virus host. And it happens again when she and Jake are captured by Neo Umbrella and taken to China. Both times, she openly acknowledged that she absolutely hated it.
- The Glomp: She likes to hug Claire every time she can.
- Tagalong Kid
- Took a Level in Badass: In Resident Evil 6, Sherry is now a government agent. However, she still needs rescuing a lot.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: In Resident Evil 2, scenario Claire B, Claire and Sherry go past Chief Irons, who is Half the Man He Used to Be. While Claire has seen this before, Sherry should be terrified (they also have to descend the manhole where he came from als spilled all of his blood).
- To be fair, she's been holed up in the RPD for what could have been a couple of days and she was in the city from the start of the outbreak, so it's entirely possible she's seen worse than a simple bisection by that point.
- Video Game Caring Potential: She makes you go "Aww..." sometimes.
- What Happened To Daddy
- Wrestler in All of Us: In RE6, Sherry — of all people — can pull off a kneeling facebuster.
Voiced by Diego Matamores (1998), TJ Rotolo (2007 to present)
Umbrella's top scientist, cohort of Albert Wesker, father of Sherry Birkin, and creator of the G-Virus. The main enemy of 2
, having become a monster after injecting his virus into his own system to keep it out of the hands of the Umbrella Security Service and to save his own life.
- Bigger Bad: Could arguably be considered this of 2 and 3, seeing as it was his actions that led to the Raccoon City Incident.
- Bishounen: Not to the same degree as young Marcus, but yeah, definitely.
- Blob Monster: His final form is a featurless blob with dozens of teeth and Combat Tentacles.
- Blond Guys Are Evil
- Body Horror: To a terrifying degree after he injects himself with the G-Virus.
- Carry a Big Stick: Birkin's first form wields a section of piping as a makeshift club.
- Clipped Wing Angel: One of the series's most notable examples. His final form is a massive blob with More Teeth than the Osmond Family — and a complete lack of mobility. Justified, as this form is the result of healing badly following his fourth form's destruction.
- Combat Tentacles: In his final form.
- Deceptive Disciple: To Dr. Marcus.
- Emergency Transformation: He injects himself with the G-Virus to heal from his bullet wounds, as well as to take revenge on his murderers.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Pre-G-virus, his wife and daughter were this to him.
- Evilutionary Biologist: Worked on the Progenitor virus and the T-virus with Marcus, designed the G-virus and Wesker's experimental mutagen himself, cheerfully experimented on human beings in order to do so... yeah, he counts.
- Eyes Do Not Belong There: As a monster, he has one on his shoulder.
- And another one on his thigh.
- And in his fourth form, one on his back.
- Final Boss: His Clipped Wing Angel form is the last boss you face in RE2.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Towards Alexia Ashford, who was hired at an even younger age than he was.
- Healing Factor: Everytime he's damaged, his mutations increase, closing the wounds and altering his body still further. It isn't perfect, though, and the mutations are at times far from beneficial; when his fourth form is almost destroyed, the only way for his healing factor to bail him out is to transform him into a limbless immobile blob.
- The Heavy: In RE2, where he's the opponent you face the most, the one responsible for the outbreak, and the one who drives most of Claire's actions as he attempts to reclaim his daughter from her. He may not be the mastermind, but his actions definitely drive the plot.
- Implacable Man: Goes through 4 different One-Winged Angel forms and one Clipped Wing Angel before he's finally stopped, tracking Sherry the whole time.
- Klingon Promotion: He and Wesker murdered their mentor, Dr. James Marcus, on Spencer's orders. Afterwards, Wesker became Spencer's spy, and Birkin received Marcus' old job and control of his research.
- Lovecraftian Superpower
- Mad Scientist
- Monster Is A Daddy: A bit of an inversion in terms of the trope's usual turn of events.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Forms four and five.
- Odd Friendship: Talkative, nervous, skinny Birkin and stoic, confident, badass Wesker were definitely this.
- One-Letter Name: His One-Winged Angel forms are technically known as G, though most fans as well as several characters in-universe still refer to him by his full name for simplicity's sake.
- One-Winged Angel: To an ungodly degree. He goes through four dangerous forms and one Clipped Wing Angel form before finally dying.
- Recurring Boss: Comes back in one One-Winged Angel form after another, forcing you to face him no fewer than five times.
- Red Oni: To Wesker's blue.
- Super Strength: Starts out strong and gets stronger with each transformation.
- Teen Genius: Was 16 when he was hired by Umbrella.
- Teens Are Monsters: Had no problems committing horrifically unethical experiments at 16.
- Those Two Bad Guys: Birkin and Wesker went to college, trained and worked at Umbrella together, and hung out together in Resident Evil 0. A file in 5 confirms that Birkin was the one who gave Wesker the virus that made him super-human.
- Tragic Monster: An unusual example - he was by no means a sympathetic character before his transformation, but try telling that to his distraught family.
- Especially since you spend half the game hanging out with his Woobie of a daughter who never learned to properly tie her shoe.
- Villainous Breakdown: In the backstory. Birkin absolutely snapped when the U.S.S. came for the G-Virus, and attacked H.U.N.K. and his men, setting off the events of RE2.
- Villainous Friendship: He and Wesker legitimately appear to have been friends.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: The G-virus has a profoundly negative impact on his already nebulous sanity.
Voiced by: Jennifer Dale (RE 2), Deborah Sale Butler (DC)
An Umbrella scientist, married to William Birkin and mother of Sherry Birkin.
- Adaptational Heroism: In 2, she's shown as incredibly paranoid and defensive of William's work to the end until she discovers Sherry's condition. In Darkside Chronicles, she's depicted as far more sympathetic and determined to put a stop to William and the G-virus, even if it costs her her life.
- Blasting It out of Their Hands: In the big cutscene in the middle of the game, Ada Wong crosses the way of Annette Birkin. Annette disarms her with one clear shot to tell her about William Birkin's fate.
- Cat Fight: In Resident Evil 2, she and Ada get into a struggle as Ada wrestled Annette for the gun (Annette had held her at gunpoint), and slapped her enough for her to fall over the railing into the water below. Darkside Chronicles escalated this to both women engaging in a gunfight, and this time Annette's on the winning end.
- Genre Savvy / Underestimating Badassery: Inverted on the underestimation part; in Darkside Chronicles Annette was fully aware of how capable Ada was, how ruthless she was when it comes to retrieving the G-virus, and warned Leon and Claire about her. Of course, Leon didn't believe her.
- Good Mother: Despite the amount of focus she placed into her work, it was evident that her daughter was her first priority as she gives Claire all of the needed information to create an antidote for her.
- Happily Married: By all accounts.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: In Darkside Chronicles where she shoots away Ada's gun from a distance above before she even came into sight.
- Properly Paranoid: She's right about Ada, at least.
- Redemption Equals Death: Before she dies, she gives Claire the information she needs to create a G-virus antidote for Sherry.
- Took a Level in Badass: In Darkside Chronicles.
- When You Coming Home, Mom: Her focus on her work with her husband meant leaving Sherry alone a lot.
Voiced by: Gary Crawford (1998), JB Blanc (2009)
"I'm not letting anyone leave my town! Everyone's gonna die!"
The unbelievably corrupt police chief of Raccoon City bribed by Umbrella, mostly through Birkin, into keeping the company safe from harm.
- Axe Crazy: And how.
- Body Horror: He dies "Aliens" style when the G-embryo bursts out of him.
- Bad Boss: It's implied he murdered his secretary, he hunted surviving officers down for sport, and he installed a nerve gas system in the police station.
- Dirty Cop
- Fat Bastard
- Faux Affably Evil: The first time Claire meets him, he points a gun at her, but politely apologizes when he realizes she's not a zombie. However, he turns down an offer for an introduction saying that Claire is likely to die anyway and waxes poetic about the beauty of the dead woman lying on his desk before telling Claire he'd rather be alone. He drops what little pretense of sanity he has the second and last time Claire encounters him though.
- Half the Man He Used to Be:The alternate method of his death, committed by G-Birkin.
- I Love the Dead: His behavior towards the mayor's daughter's corpse is really, really creepy. He plans to taxidermy her so her beauty won't spoil.
- Karma Houdini: Irons had raped a fellow student during his days at a university and he completely got away with it due to his "outstanding excellence in his academics." After becoming Chief of Police, Irons took bribes from Umbrella on a routine basis and blocked all investigations and claims performed by S.T.A.R.S. after the Umbrella Mansion Incident in Resident Evil, which basically meant that no one could do anything against him. Once the G-Virus broke out in Raccoon City, Irons took down the remaining survivors in the police precinct and killed the mayor's daughter just to drag everyone down with him. It isn't until mutated Birkin kills him that Irons finally reaped what he sowed.
- Obviously Evil: Bad enough that Irons is the Chief of Police (his background included raping a student at a university and getting away with it), but was also likely to have secured his position once Umbrella came along.
- Rape as Backstory: The opposite of how this trope usually works.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Plenty of murderous psychos in this series still have fans. This creep? Not so much.
- Taking You with Me: He phrases this trope while about to shoot Claire... but it's at that moment that the Chest Burster that G-Birkin implanted in his body does its work.
- Taxidermy Is Creepy
- The Unfought: Resident Evil 2 and Darkside Chronicles set up Irons to be someone you have to fight, but mutated Birkin gets to him first.
- Villainous Breakdown: Pre-outbreak, he was no charmer, but the security of his position and the extravagant lifestyle he bought with bribe money kept him from losing it publicly. Once the T-Virus did its thing, he just snapped, hiding the RPD's ammo, and hunting the survivors through the precinct.
- Wicked Cultured: Not only does he put on a faux-british accent, he's filled the RPD station with creepy artwork, much of which secretly obscures the keys to his own personal evil taxidermy sex dungeon of evil.
Voiced by: Rod Wilson (RE 2), Skip Stellrecht (DC)
"I'm not about to leave this cell. Those zombies aren't the only things crawling around out there..."
A reporter who at one point tried to get the scoop on the Raccoon City Outbreak, and locked himself into a jail cellblock when things went too far south.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Either dies via chest-bursting G-embryo or [canonically] is mortally injured by Birkin's claws and bleeds to death.
- Genre Savvy: Once the fecal matter strikes the oscillating rotational device, Ben immediately locks himself up along with the key and refuses to leave.
- Death by Genre Savviness: ...It was a pretty good idea, until it kept him trapped when a mutated William Birkin came along and ripped open the door. Not like it would've mattered as even if William never came across him, he would've died via the missile explosion as seen in 3.
- Intrepid Reporter: Subverted. He's already given up on chasing down his story by the time you find him, and now he's just trying to stay alive.
Voiced by: Beau Billingslea (Outbreak), Lex Lang (DC), and uncredited (RE2)
"No, don't worry about me. You've got to go help the others."
An R.P.D. officer who would have been Leon's boss if not for the T-Virus outbreak.
- All There in the Manual: His name isn't given in Resident Evil 2, but was used in the Novelization.
- Doomed by Canon: In Outbreak, he's not getting rescued from the police station.
- Doomed Hurt Guy
- Genre Savvy: He's infected and predicts Claire note will probably come back looking for him, so he bars himself in so he won't be able to attack her or anyone else when he turns. He's completely right, down to where she finds her way back in anyways, but she puts him down easily, and it's still unusually sensible behavior for a survivor in a Zombie Apocalypse.
- I Will Only Slow You Down: Insists that Claire forget about him and rescue the other survivors, rightly believing he is too badly wounded and will soon become a zombie.
- Zombie Infectee: Averted. He makes no attempt to hide his infection, insists on Claire rescuing the non-infected survivors instead of wasting her time on him, and bars himself in to keep from attacking anyone after he turns.
"The mission objective takes priority over everything else. Holding to that principle is why I have never failed a mission... The death cannot die!"
Also known as "Mr. Death," HUNK is one of Umbrella's mercenaries, and a member of the Umbrella Security Service. He was sent to retrieve the G-Virus from Birkin. After his unit was decimated, he had to make his way back up to the top of the police station to escape. To date, he's never met any of the main characters. He has a habit of being the only survivor of any missions he undertakes, which is the cause of his nickname.
- The Ace: Chronicles and Operation Raccoon City imply he's Umbrella's number one non-Super Soldier operative.
- Badass: Just look at the man.
- Badass Normal: Unlike most villains, he is not modified by any viruses or bioweapons.
- Badass Creed: His is "The Death cannot die!"
- Blade Below the Shoulder: In Mercenaries 3-D, and the Raid Mode of Revelations HD and Revelations 2, HUNK has a set of hidden blades to perform melee attacks with.
- Bragging Rights Reward: In Revelations HD, he has some good perks, but can only be unlocked by S-Ranking all Raid Mode stages on the highest difficulty; meaning the player has already mastered the game to the point those perks are meaningless.
- Cool Mask: He's only appeared without it in his portrait at the end of 3.
- Difficult but Awesome: RE4 HUNK starts out with nothing but a TMP and ammo, a few grenades, and a container of First Aid Spray, in addition to lacking a knife. Used poorly, he'll run out of ammo very quickly and will have no way to recover it, forcing a restart. Use him correctly, and he can rack up ludicrous kill counts with his neckbreaker (which makes him completely invincible during the animation) and annihilate mobs. His only other major problem is his trouble with Garradors, J Js, and Super-Salvadors, but skilled HUNK users can cope.
- Everybody's Dead, Dave: Happens to him so often that a helicopter pilot has commented: "Once again, only you survived, Mr. Death."
- Four Is Death: He's playable in the Fourth Survivor, and in Umbrella Chronicles he mentions his mission in Raccoon City (where he was the only survivor) had a 4% survival rate. Additionally, he's got the nickname "Mr. Death", and his alternate costume in Mercenaries 3D is clearly based off the Grim Reaper.
- Fun with Acronyms: His expanded codename is "Human Unit Never Killed."
- Gas Mask Mooks: Subverted. He may look like just another one of Umbrella's Faceless Goons, but he's a total Badass and a character in his own right.
- Grim Reaper: His alternate costume in the "Mercenaries" minigame in 4, complete with Sinister Scythe.
- Inexplicably Awesome: The Resident Evil series' most noteable example.
- In-Series Nickname: "Mr. Death".
- Lack of Empathy: Big time. He leaves a wounded teammate behind to die, shows no emotion as he watches zombies and B.O.W.s cut down RPD officers, and is far more concerned about the possibility that the G-virus sample might be damaged than the fact that his men just murdered the guy who was holding it.
- Lethal Joke Character: In RE4, he starts out with a TMP, some ammo, and three grenades. Used correctly, he racks up a lot of combos from using the Neck Snap ability mentioned below. Used incorrectly... You'll run out of ammo and spend the rest of the time running away from enemies, because he has no knife.
- Mentor Archetype: Is this to Vector of Operation Raccoon City. Both have a mutual respect towards each others' abilities and prefer serving together.
- More Dakka: Typically appears with some sort of machinegun. In the Mercenaries game, a customized submachine gun is his only weapon aside from grenades, making him particularly difficult to play as, since he doesn't have much of a crowd control option. In Revelations 2's Raid Mode, his first skill gives him buffs to ammo capacity and damage for assault rifles.
- Mysterious Mercenary Pursuer: Inverted — he's trying to escape the city, just like the protagonists.
- Mysterious Past: Aside from two mentions from "The History of Resident Evil", which was about his training at Rockfort Island in 1996 and mission to retrieve the G-Virus in 1998, there's no other information about his past.
- Neck Snap: His main physical attack in RE4's Mercenaries game, which even works against the the Bella sisters, but not other minibosses.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Not really, only his gas mask.
- The Rival: To Nicholai, due to their similar survival rates.
- Rule 63: The PC/Console port of Revelations includes a female version of HUNK, named Lady HUNK, as DLC. For some reason, she isn't wearing pants.
- Secret Character: If he's playable, it's as a secret character.
- Until Resident Evil Mercenaries 3D, in which he is one of the three normal characters.
- Sociopathic Soldier: Of the cold-blooded, "the mission comes first" variety.
- Sole Survivor: Unsurprisingly, given Umbrella's habit towards their mercenaries, HUNK tends to be the only member of his unit to survive his missions. As noted above, they call him "Mr. Death" for a reason.
- The Stoic: He has only ever been shown to emote twice: The first is when a teammate went trigger-happy on William Birkin and HUNK berated him for risking hitting the G-Virus sample, and the second is when he resents not being told what the contents are of the package he delivered for Alfred Ashford.
- Villain Protagonist: In "The Fourth Survivor" side-missions in 2 and Umbrella Chronicles.
T- 00 (Mr X)
The main antagonist of Scenario B, the T-00 (more commonly known as Mr X) is a T-103, a new type of mass produced Tyrant. It, along with several other T-103's, were sent into Raccoon City as part of Umbrella's attempts to cover up the disaster. However, unlike its brethren, who were tasked with combating the US SpecOps, Mr X was sent to succeed where HUNK had failed and recover the G-Virus, as well as silence any witnesses he found, especially any police officers.
An autonomous block of tofu
as large as a human being. To date, it has only appeared officially in non-canon minigames in 2
and Darkside Chronicles