"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 and Damnation, 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.
Coincidentally, every time he crashes a vehicle, there are zombies inside trying to eat him. Except for the jet ski, which did not crash.
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, army green, and black/dark blue). They do, however, all 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 oflove interests.
Nice Hat: A fedora to complement his Chicago 1920s mob alternate outfit (PS2 version onwards).
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.She is the only character who's kept the same American voice actress (Alyson Court) throughout every appearance she's made.
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.
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.
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 Mercinaries 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 or 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.
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.
Her starring role in the upcoming Resident Evil: Revelations 2 confirms that the curtain is far from closed on Claire's story. Taking a humanitarian role in fighting bioterrorism did not mean that trouble would never come looking for her.
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.
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.
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.
The Chick: Though don't assume she's helpless for it.
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.
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.
"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 and 6 to bedevil Leon further.
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.
Badass Boast: In 6 after she calls out Carla on her impersonating of Simmons as well as her intentions of destroying the world.
Ada: If it's a game she wants, she'll get one. With the real Ada Wong.
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.
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.
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.)
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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 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 TheirStage 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Genre Savvy: He's infected and predicts Claire note Or Leon, but canonically Claire finds him. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mighty Glacier: Moves at a steady walk, but hits like a mack truck. This is often exacerbated by the fact he's usually fought in narrow corridors with no room to manuever around him. He turns into an outright Lightning Bruiser after he goes...