Alright my minions, do... whatever it is you normally do or something.
Not a Headscratcher in the plot hole sense so much as an "I wonder" sort of way, but what exactly do Ganados do when they're not under Master-Plagas-orders to kill everyone in sight? As far as I'm aware, there's nothing that makes them inherently violent, and among other things, potentially getting their hosts killed is probably counterproductive to their survival. And what's it like from the human's perspective? They still maintain their human intelligence (albeit probably at a loss of a couple dozen IQ points) and we've even seen a cutscene with two Ganados having a conversation and joking around (Separate Ways).
Judging from some of the earlier parts of the game, the Ganados just carry on with the lives they once had. For the most part, they do a decent job continuing on, but they have trouble nailing sanitary behavior.
Hmmm, let Leon take Ashley back and infect America or let him ruin my plans? I'll go with option B!
Why didn't Saddler just let Leon take Ashley back to America and not tell him about the parasite inside them? Wouldn't it have been more surprising to them when she morphs into a mindless Ganados and turns all of America into Ganados?
"The American prevailing is a cliche that only happens in your Hollywood movies and Japanese-imported video games."
The worst part is that it would have been Fridge Brilliance instead if Saddler had just not told them about injecting the two of them with the parasite and just sent his Order after them. This way, if they kill Leon and/or recapture Ashley, fine, they continue with their plan where they left off, if Leon succeeds in escaping with Ashley, then Saddler succeeds in his plan anyway (as for the Queen parasite she needs, he could have one of his agents covertly inject her with one later) and it looks like a geniunely successful rescue. However, by telling them about the Las Plagas he put in them, he blows the second part out of the water, since if they did escape, they'd have them removed afterwards, and thus destroying what would otherwise be a pretty cunning Xanatos Gambit; though Luis or Ada probably would have told them about the fact that they were infected and still ruined it anyway, at least Saddler wouldn't have looked like an idiot that way.
That wouldn't have worked for very long; Luis would have just told them they were infected unless the Ganados caught him first (and they didn't).
Ashley is infected with a standard-issue Plaga throughout the game, but in order for Saddler's plan to work, he needs to infect her with the special-edition model that Luis steals from him before the game starts. He writes in one of the files that without that special parasite, Ashley's useless to them. He doesn't want to kill the President; he wants Ashley to be able to infect him with a Plaga of his own. By the time Saddler gets the special parasite back, Leon's got Ashley, and by the time Saddler has both the parasite and Ashley, Leon and Ada show up right in time to free her.
It's also entirely possible that Saddler never anticipated Leon and Ashley lasting long enough to remove their Plagas and escape. After telling them about his dastardly scheme, he probably planned to ultimately recapture them (with Leon's continued existence being optional) until they were completely overtaken by their Plagas, after which they would behis puppets just like the Ganados.
Saddler's Plan: Capture Ashley + Infect her with Plagas + ???? = World Domination!
How exactly was Saddler's plan supposed to work? If I remember, the Plagas is spread through microbes in the air or injecting into the body; turning Ashley into a Ganado would have not done anything. She would have killed people but not reanimated anybody.
The Ganados aren't mindless. The Ganados are under Saddler's direct control.
Yes, but still, one person who can't do anything would take over the country? Am I really missing something here? I never collected all the memos by the way.
The plan was to inject her with the Plaga, hold her for ransom, then give her back once the ransom was paid. The Plaga probably would have hatched around the same time the ransom was paid, allowing Saddler to control her and plant a Plaga on her, which she would then inject her father with because the man will undoubtedly hug his daughter when he sees her. Once he has control of the President, the rest of the American government will soon follow, then the United States, then the world. Ashley was needed, not because she was some badass fighter, quite the contrary. She was required because she was weak (and thus unable to defend herself from Saddler's Ganados) and because she could get close to those who were actually in power. That was it. As far as Saddler was concerned, that was her sole purpose. The ransom was likely to throw off suspicion (why would terrorists just give the hostage back without a struggle?) as well as for funding when it came to weapons and the like.
Pay no heed to the guy selling things to the protagonist!
Resident Evil 4 was my first RE game. Lots of fun. But, um, what's the deal with the Merchant? How does he get there? How does he survive in Ganado-infested Spain? There aren't safer, more efficient uses of his talents?
I agree. It's also shown when you play as Ada that she uses him as well. Presumably Saddler and the Plagas would find him and put a stop to him...
Take a close look at the merchant, specifically the area around his eyes. There's some sort of infection there, though whether it's the Plagas or something else is impossible to tell. Plus, if you kill him, another one will show up at another store location. In other words, the merchant is unimportant. He's there to provide weapons as a gameplay element. That's all.
This troper and her cousin had a theory that the Merchants were Ganados that Saddler and Co. order to specifically to sell weapons on the black market to fund Los Illuminatos' various terrorist ventures. It explains why there are so many of them (bringing the product to the consumer!) and why they aren't violent (hard to do business that way). Why they are all placed at key strategic points along Leon's investigation we never were able to rationalize.
Noticed something interesting on my second playthrough. The Merchant is waiting for you at the bottom of Salazar's pit after he dumps you down there. There's a corpse lying near The Merchant, and he seems to be wearing a robe. Probably just one of the zombies who went off course, but perhaps it's a replacement Merchant?
No one has mentioned his thick Cockney accent? What is this Brit doing in the middle of nowhere, Spain, with an arsenal large enough to fuel a war throughout Europe? Better yet, why doesn't the Ganados just buy weapons off of the Merchant?
Not enough cash, Stranger!
What is with the Merchant? He's definitely infected — he has weird, blotchy, discolored marks around his eyes, oddly luminescent eyes, and his fingers are the same deathly-pale shade you see some of the Ganados take. The real question is, why does he sell you things instead of trying to kill you like all the others?
Okay, new question: what is with the Merchant's hands? At first, I just thought he was wearing brown fingerless gloves, with pale white fingers... but looking closer, it looks like the brown part is also part of his skin. I think I might've seen some exposed bone, but it's hard to tell for sure.
They're just fingerless knit gloves. They only look like part of his skin because the designers simply drew a texture over his hands instead of rendering actual gloves on his hands like they did for Leon.
There was a guess or theory somewhere that said that the Merchant is actually a Ganado, which would account for his appearance, and why he doesn't sell you things while you're being attacked by Plagas-infested something-or-others. As to why he sells you stuff in the first place, check out the WMG on it. Quite simply: He does it for the lulz.
It's possible that the Merchants were infected but somehow resisted the mind control of the main plagas. They can't exactly fit in with the rest of the Ganados, they can't leave because of what it's done to their body, and a guy's gotta eat.
Or perhaps they managed to get their hands on a slightly lower quality version of the same virus that Wesker used in order to gain immortality.
It's stated in one of the files, that if the infectee has a higher drive in life or something like that, then the plaga facillitates that. Like if they wanted to be a researcher more than anything, it would make them take For Science!Up to Eleven. Presumably the merchant's drive was to get some more cash, stranger.
I think the answer to the "what's the deal with the Merchant?" question is that he's a gameplay mechanic, and he doesn't exist as far as the canonical story is concerned. Just look at Resident Evil 5. That game had the same Merchant mechanic, but with no actual Merchant. Instead, the guns just spontaneously appear or spontaneously get stronger, and the money then spontaneously disappears.
I disagree. When you are playing as Ada, Leon clearly has a range of weapons on him. When you first see him in the village, he has a handgun of some sort. When you run into him in the castle, he is using a TMP. Finally, he is using a shotgun against Saddler while you run for the rocket launcher. Or maybe Leon is just that crazy prepared.
Considering Leon grabs ammo from the Ganados for guns that they don't even have (and you can't even buy it from the Merchant), the guns in general just run into all kinds of Fridge Logic as far as canon is concerned, Merchant or not. (And still, it's not that hard to imagine he dug up a few guns lying around somewhere, like he did for the Broken Butterfly and the Shotgun.) The the answer to the question of "where else does he get the TMP and that shotgun if there's no Merchant?" is the same as the answer to questions like "where does he get all that ammo?" Answer: "Don't think about it too hard."
And bear in mind, there is almost zero acknowledgement of his existence by the characters in the game. Compare Leon meeting, say, Luis vs. when he first meets the Merchant. In the former, there's all this sort of "who the hell are you?" and "what the hell are you doing here?" stuff going on, yet in the latter, the Merchant just pops up and beckons you to follow him, and Leon just walks up to him when the game goes to the menu screen. Not to mention the odd locations you'll find him (e.g. standing around at the bottom of Salazar's pit, standing around outside of Salazar's boss chamber, etc.), the fact that you can kill him but you can't steal his weapons, the fact that he runs the shooting galleries which definitely are not canon, and all the other "wtf"-questions he inspires.
I believe the explanation is rather simple, and it's found in one of the files you find after Saddler takes control of Ashley. The file clearly says "...the Plaga reflects the conscience of their hosts. If chosen poorly, they could betray me." I think it's simple as that. The vendor was infected with the plaga, but he was probably against Saddler in the first place, so instead of turning into a follower, he decided to sell guns to the enemy.
Kill Leon immediately? Too much hassle!
When Mendez confronts you in the Shed Of Death outside the village gates, he grabs you by the throat and starts to choke the life out of you. Then he throws you aside, securely locks the doors, turns around, and reaches for you. If you don't successfully execute the Action Command, he grabs you, chokes you for a few moments, and then effortlessly snaps your neck. So why didn't he just do that when he first grabbed you?
I'm guessing that was the developers' way of keeping Leon confined to the shed for the boss battle without using the old "the door is jammed" cop out. As for what Mendez was thinking: no idea.
Don't get me wrong, I know what the real reason is: if Mendez does the smart thing and snaps your neck at the first opportunity, game's over. No fun. What I don't understand is why they couldn't have cut the "grabs you, throws you, locks the doors, Action Command" sequence. Leon steps a few feet into the shed. Mendez appears behind him. Mendez tries to grab him. Action Command activated, Leon survives, rolls away. Blows up barrel of gas, bisects Mendez, boss fight starts as before. The player isn't asked to do more or less than he was, and it makes more sense.
But that still wouldn't explain the door being unable to open for Leon to escape.
I got the impression that Mendez thought it would be harder to kill Leon than it really was, especially considering he'd massacred hundreds of Ganados and two Gigantes. He grabbed Leon, realized Leon might break free somehow and escape like he did with the Gigantes, dropped him, cut off his escape, and then tried to grab him again.
That actually makes a bit of sense if you look at the scene really closely. Mendez, while choking Leon for the first time, tilts his head slightly (I think I also might've heard a "hmm..." from him), as if sizing him up and considering whether or not to risk letting him go. He probably figured he could catch him again if he needed to and decided to close the shed just in case Leon somehow manages to escape or if Ada (who shot him before in a similar encounter) decides to save his ass again.
That... actually makes a huge amount of sense. The look on his face seems like he's thinking "Huh. Wait a minute. Last time I was in this situation, I got shot by that spy woman and this guy got away. Let's make sure that doesn't happen again."
To add a bit more: the last time Leon was being choked, his eyes turned red, indicating he had a Plaga inside him reacting to the situation. Considering that the Plaga occasionally emerges when the host dies (or is about to), the mentality of the host can be preserved and the quality of its plaga is unknown to us (it was overseen by Saddler himself, after all). Mendez would not want a superpowered Leon-Plaga getting away.
Not to mention Mendez at least had the good sense to throw Leon head-first into a 4x4. Leon was lucky that didn't knock him out right there.
Let's not tie up the female agent who shot up our chief, guys! I'm sure she won't escape or anyth- doh!
So, according to Separate Ways, after Ada shoots Mendez up in his house and he busts out the window after her, he manages to knock her unconscious. Some hours later, the Ganados haul Ada off to sacrifice her on that stone altar in the cliffs. During the ritual, she wakes back up at the last second and manages to escape. My question is, if the Ganados are smart enough to know to tie up Leon and Luis, why don't they tie up Ada, too? It would have prevented her from escaping (or at least made it a slightly more challenging prospect) and they had plenty of time to do it. I smell a case of Villain Ball in action.
Personal Opinion: Sexism at work. As Ada is female, the Ganados, in their regressed state and level (or lack) of intelligence, may have viewed her as physically weaker, and as such, restraints were unnecessary. If you noticed, Mendez wasn't WITH them when they started doing the sacrifice, meaning that, if they did restrain her, they untied her. Is it still extremely stupid? Yes, but I'm just trying to explain something that happened because the plot said so.
Sexism sure didn't save that lady skewered through the face at the beginning of the game. Also, if she was down for the count until they raised the ax, then she probably didn't seem like much of a problem.
Ganados may be smarter than Zombies, but unless you are high ranked among Los Illuminados, your brain functions will be diminished due to the low-class parasite overtaking your nervous system.
Well, yes, the ganados are smart enough to tie Luis and Leon, but not smart enough to stab their faces with their pitchforks right there. They leave them tied for a while and then ONE guy with an axe shows up to do the job. Plus, she wasn't knocked unconscious the way Leon was, she was sedated. She might have awakened before they expected her to do so, so maybe they sent a guy to fetch a rope to tie her up and she awakened before they had time to do it. As an alternative, perhaps whatever ritual they were planning required the victim to be untied. Considering the crazy things those regressed villagers were up to, it wouldn't be surprising.
Salazar's no genius?
Why would Salazar morph with the second Verdugo, when A) It would have been easier and quicker to just send the nigh-invulnerable Verdugo after him, and B) Salazar would be stuck forever in that chamber as the plant/Gandos/man mashup?
But Leon's already killed the first Verdugo. Granted, it wasn't easy, but he did it. Salazar, who doesn't seem to be in the greatest mental state at that point, probably just threw up his hands and said, "If I want something done right..." Sadly, he didn't know I had a rocket launcher.
Is there an "official" version of what happened to the first Verdugo? I always assumed that in the "real" telling Leon simply did what I did. Stalled until the elevator arrived and then thanked God the Verdugo was too stupid to go back the way it came and utterly destroy you someplace that didn't have convenient CO 2 canisters all over the place.
I didn't expect the rocket to kill him.....too bad it didn't work so well on anyone else.
Also, I'm guessing Salazar and Verdugo #2 can detach from the giant plant thing after killing Leon.
Also, we should remember, Salazar is part of the cult. To some degree, at least. If he's a true believer, becoming part of this greater Plagas creature is like ascending to a higher plane.
My view is, Salazar didn't know HOW Leon defeated the Verdugo. All he knows is that the first one evidently wasn't as invincible as he had thought. If he had known it was due to a conveniently placed item, he probably would have just sent the second one.
HOW Leon did it, is irrelevant. What's more important and threatening to Salazar is still the fact that he did it. Once Leon was still found alive, he presumed that the Verdugo itself was no match for it, and just decided to go through with an alternative plan.
There isn't much point questioning the villains of the series, RE4 and Code Veronica in particular. They're about the level of Saturday morning cartoon bad guys. "You're small time, Saddler!"
Well, it's actually fun to try and make sense from all the ensuing madness.
Las Plagas? What is it?
What is Las Plagas, anyway? Resident Evil 5 might answer this one, but having just played the earlier games and RE4, it's been bugging me for years. The T-virus and other viruses in the series are, well, viruses, but they talk about Las Plagas as a "parasite", that has "spores", and they call the tentacled, spidery things Plagas like they're macroscopic animals. So, um, what are they? Some kind of crustacean, or annelid, parasitic worms, a mollusk gone horribly wrong or what? This troper's best wild mass guess is that it's some kind of fungus, since some real-life fungi can infect insects with tentacle-like filaments, control their behavior, erupt from the host body, and cast long-lived spores. Which sort of answers the question, but it still bugs me that nobody in Resident Evil ever even vaguely says what Las Plagas is.
There's a probability that no one in the setting has any idea what Las Plagas is themselves. It could really be anything, and it has already been shown within the setting that there can be sentient and self-aware plants and fungi.
I figured they were a sort of parasite. There are numerous creatures that can affect an organism's behavior, these were just very unusual/advanced.
There's a file in the game that explicitly compares the Plagas to Cordyceps and other parasites that influence their hosts' behavior. Written by Luis, no less. So, yeah, it is addressed, and the original troper's guess is correct.
Wesker used it to make Plagas soldiers loyal to himself in RE5.
Not true. In "Separate Ways," Ada reveals that she was a double agent working for Wesker under another organization's orders. Under their orders, she gave the Control Plaga to them, and stuck Wesker with an ordinary Plaga like those seen throughout the game. Of course, Wesker outsmarted them, and retrieved Krauser's body and extracted the dead Control Plaga from Krauser's body. He then used Tricell's resources to clone new Control Plagas from it, which he used to control the Majini army. We don't really know what the other organization (implied to be the Global Pharmaceutical Consortium) did with their live Control Plaga after Ada gave it to them. Since Ada is reappearing in the upcoming RE6, and since their bringing back Sherry Birkin indicates that Capcom might actually be in the mood to resolve old storylines, we might still find out.
That sample looks like it got sold to the Eastern Slav Republic, turning a brutal civil war into an even bigger mess.
The government must be crazy
In Resident Evil 4, you're brought to the village at the start of the game by two police officers... Both of whom are presumably killed rather quickly after doing so. However, there doesn't seem to be any indication of an investigation regarding the disappearance of two police officers at all during the course of the game. Granted, those two didn't seem to be the greatest examples of law enforcement, but still...
The entire game takes place over the course of a single day, and Leon is not exactly in constant contact with the local law enforcement during that time, especially after Saddler's cronies start jamming the radio.
Just one day? Despite the fact that Leon falls unconscious a couple of times? Talk about Badass Normal...
It definitely looks like a day. The action begins at daylight, Leon passes out after crossing the lake and wakes up at nighttime, and the game ends in classic Resident Evil style by escaping from an exploding lair into the dawn of the next day. I guess afterward the American government informed the relevant authorities that the two guys they sent to help Leon were dead and that they were sorry. This both explains the lack of an investigation and the fact that Leon receives so little support and backup during the game; the timescale is simply too short.
Let's not forget that the town of Pueblo and the surrounding area is a very good distance from any other area where there are likely regular police. Even if the police had been informed of the incident the second after it happened, it would still take hours to dispatch another group of officers to the location, by which time Leon would be long gone. Even if the police could have arrived in a timetable where they could have reasonably interacted with Leon and Ashley, the ganados in the area would've just killed them upon arrival.
The magic note?
In Resident Evil 4, Leon passes out after getting past Del Lago. When he awakens, he finds an anonymous note telling him that, among other things, the author couldn't help Leon with his parasites. At this point, Leon has exactly two allies who could have left the note: Luis and Ada. Luis had pills that could suppress Las Plagas, which contradicts the the message. Separate Ways shows that Ada was K.O.'d after shooting Mendez and didn't wake up until the cabin battle. So, who left the note?
Luis didn't have pills on him at the time, since he already removed his plaga. He went back to the labs to get them.
"Leon!" *Smiling Luis shows pills and a plaga sample* "I got it!"
Didn't that letter have some rather prominent lipstick on it? I somehow doubt anybody in the village but Ada doing that. Unless Luis swings that way. Seems to me to just be an error in timing.
Nope, that's an entirely different note you find in the military base considerably later in the game.
I'm going to kill the guy we just infected with Plagas and the guy we need alive!
Given that Leon was just injected with Plaga eggs and that Luis was needed alive, why exactly did a Ganado swing an axe at the two of them while they were tied up?
It was the first villager of the game (Mr. "At least he's not a zombie.") coming back to get revenge. He was kind of annoyed about getting shot in the face.
LUIIIIISSSSSSS! If only I could've use some Herbs or a First-Aid Spray... wait a minute...
Why didn't Leon just use some herbs on Luis? Or, for that matter, a First Aid Spray, which is most likely the product that made Umbrella famous for being able to heal anything.
Getting about thirty percent of your bodymass — and most of it consisting of your lungs, heart, and stomach — torn out is kind of beyond the ability of a first aid spray to fix.
Despite the fact that, as said, it cures everything?
A troper said that. Not the game. All that line was purely conjecture.
"Completely restores health" doesn't sound like a conjecture to me. But I suppose "health" and "everything" are quite different...
Show me an instance across the game where a first aid spray causes someone to spontaneously regrow their heart, lungs, stomach, and liver and replace thirty percent of their bodymass. First aid sprays are impressive healing devices, but they are not that good.
The games have never shown that the first aid spray can completely restore health under any circumstances. The most it has shown is that the spray can completely cure people who are currently in "danger" according to their status screen. Notice that they can still walk and fight in this condition, which makes them considerably healthier than poor Luis following his disembowelment.
Gameplay and Story Segregation. Herbs and First Aid Sprays instantly restore you to full health as part of normal gameplay, but in real life such a thing is patently impossible.
Here's an easy fix: Luis failed the button prompt when Saddler popped up behind him, so his wound was guaranteed to be fatal and he wouldn't be able to use a First Aid Spray on it. Happy?
Early on in Resident Evil 4, you can surprise a Ganado in the bathroom. In the main game it's a man, but in Separate Ways it's a woman. Why does this Just Bug Me? The only facility is a urinal.
...Oy. Seriously, though, uh, maybe she was just looking for something in there?
You know, if we're going down that route, it's not actually that difficult for a woman to pee into a urinal even without any complex techniques or apparatus. It's extremely unlikely the Ganados use toilets anymore, considering how they leave rotten food and corpses just scattered around — bit of a hypocritical situation there.
"Loo-es" or "Lewis"?
Luis tells Leon his name by pronouncing it with a Spanish accent, "Loo-ees," but Leon always pronounces it "Lewis." This is probably a mistake by the voice actor, but Leon might simply be more comfortable pronouncing Luis' name with an American accent. Luis doesn't seem to mind.
I know enough people with "oddly" pronounced names. It gets bothersome correcting everybody and in a life or death situation I don't care if you call me Radney(my name) or Rodney (a more common name) and my little brother Jamil generally just shrugs when someone calls him Jamal. With monsters and the like running around as long as I know you're talking to me I'm not going to correct you until we get off the island.
The Americans send a helicopter to make my plans easier? Not on MY watch!
If Saddler's plan involved sending Ashley back to the US infected so he could manipulate the president through her, why didn't he just let her and Leon go on the first helicopter Hunnigan sent rather than have it shot down? If it's because they already knew about the parasites, they were intent on going back anyway and the only surgical procedure to remove them is on the island, and besides which the only reason they knew about the parasites at all was because Saddler blabbed it in true Bond-villain style.
Saddler explains that bit; he wanted to make some money first before getting on with taking over the world by bargaining for Ashley's release. It's also possible he thought that just letting Leon go would be too suspicious.
Not to mention that he ordered Mendez to capture both Luis and Leon alive (the letter in Mendez's house states this). Great move, letting Leon get chummy with one of the two people who could tell him about the Plaga. Also, if Leon and Ashley had managed to escape the village instead of getting trapped in the castle, Luis wouldn't have had the chance to give Leon the Plaga-suppressant drug, and he would have fallen prey to it in a few hours.
Which would be a good thing, right? The plagas clearly have something of a hive mind going on. The President's Daughter and the Hero of the Hour under your control when you're trying to overthrow the US government (or infect them with plagas) is a brilliant strategic move. Maybe he wanted to make it look difficult, but he really did botch his own plan to get Ashley in place all on his own.
Remember, Saddler's plan was to infect Ashley with a Queen Plaga, the one Luis had stolen. Ahsley hadn't been implanted with that plaga yet, only with a normal one, so it'd be counterproductive to let them take her away.
Ada's going in STYLE!!!!
Why does Ada go about her mission in a flimsy evening dress? It can't be to use her femnine wiles to persuade Luis to help her; he's already agreed to work with her, so the tactical gear she wears in "Assignment Ada" (in which she is still hot) would make more sense.
...when is military gear hot?
When it's form-fitted and being worn by Ada Wong. You played the game and saw it, right?
It's hot, but not as much as a red cheongsam under ideal conditions.
Ada's only there to get close to Leon. The red cheongsam is what she was wearing when last they met. It probably helped cement his attraction for her. And Ada, clever and ruthless girl that she is, is wearing it again (or one just like it) to gain Leon's attention once again. It wouldn't surprise me if she wore similar clothing to get close to John in RE1. Ada's so hot in that dress that after one look Ashley decided she'd better get some overtime with Leon ASAP.
She has a grappling hook. She fell down past the chopper and latched onto the landing strut.
Men, I need Ashley ALIVE, so QUIT TRYING TO KILL HER! Seriously. Especially you Salazar.
It's constantly emphasized that Saddler needs Ashley alive for his plan. So why are there a bunch of times when the bad guys try to kill her? (e.g. Salazar's spiked ceiling, the drilling machine, the soldiers in the bulldozer sequence...)
The Ganados are psychotic.
Because the bad guys know that Leon was able to survive most inhumane situations, like the bit with Mendez, so they're more testing him to see if he could be a possible second-in-command in case Krauser fails.
They also had a contingency plan in which Saddler's militia would invade the United States and bring chaos and destruction.
Pay no attention to the non-human person selling weapons!
The Merchant. He's very obviously not human. No-one ever comments on this, and it's never explained why there's this blatantly-non-human person wandering around selling you weapons.
If you look carefully at his eyes, they're glowing like the other Plagas-infected Ganado, and his skin's also very pale. It's possible he has the parasite, but his strong willpower fought it off so he could help you.
One thing that has always bugged me was when Leon had just killed the creature in the lake. The rope had been originally tied to the boat and yet the rope somehow ends up wrapped around his foot just in time for the cutscene. If the rope was always loose, it should have pulled him out of the boat long before he can kill the creature, so what gives?
More to the point, how exactly is it that a tiny boat and one man's leg are able to support the weight of this sinking creature? I may not have majored in physics, but I know that bouyancy is all to do with the mass/weight of an object being less than the volume of water it's displacing — I would say that Del Lago's weight pulling down for even have a second would have either powdered his leg like dry leaves or pulled that boat down quicker than Leon could say "glbllblblbllblglbllb"
Del Lago was in the process of dying, but not fully dead. That was the whole point regarding the quick-time event where he slashes the rope off of his leg or else he dies and drowns with the dead whale.
Screw the Plans, I Need Money!
The only ones that could have warned Leon about the effect of the Plaga in his body were Luis and Ada, both of which were already busy enough recovering the Queen Plaga sample. What if Saddler had simply waited until Luis exposed himself to try and steal it to dispose of him (which actually happened) and let an infected Leon escort an infected Ashley back to USA? When Leon got to Ashley, he still knew little enough to dismiss his symptoms as stress and bad dreams, and things like the Plagas and El Gigante as T-Virus mutated wildlife, and Luis was still far from retrieving the Plaga-suppressing drug. If he had just let them go, they would have been thousands of miles away from the only people who knew how to stop the Plaga. And Saddler blew up his whole plan just to get some ransom money.
Saddler DID wait for Luis to exploit himself and did kill him; granted, it took longer than expected. Saddler also told Leon and Ashley at the church that they were both injected with the plagas as well, so going back home would've been completely stupid and suicidal from the hero's perspective. The money thing is when Saddler admitted to needing it at his territory for some odd reason.
Occasionally, when you bust open a box, there will be a venomous snake inside. These boxes were previously nailed shut, which means that somewhere, somehow, there is a Ganado boxing snakes, presumably just to screw with Leon.
Assume that Saddler has at least some knowledge about Kleptomaniac Heroes and the Evil Overlord List and ordered some of the boxes to be filled with snakes on the off chance that they might actually kill Leon. Of course, this only leads to further Fridge Logic when you realize that he has bushels of grenades at his disposal and an overly elaborate and exotic death is completely unnecessary.
There are sometimes eggs inside these crates. The boxes might have holes; the snake crawls in, eats the egg, and then takes a nap inside or finds it comfy or whatever.
And you do always get an egg when you kill a snake. So that means you're eating an egg that managed to go unbroken and undigested inside a snake's belly. Wow, that's... kinda nasty.
In fact, snakes do swallow eggs whole. Why they can't squash them within their stomachs in-game eludes me. On the other hand, these may be the snake's eggs...
Can't see a thing with my eyes sewn shut!
Why exactly do the Garradors, who are obviously supposed to be trying to kill you, have their eyes sewn shut?
The more obvious answer is that Saddler is fucked up and thought it would look creepy.
It's pretty likely their eyes don't work to begin with. Now, why they bother to sew their eyes is another question... but I can't help but think of something gross...
Presumably to amplify hearing. If one of your senses fails, the others become better to somehow make up for it. Garradors could then be used in total darkness with no loss of effectiveness. The reason they are chained up is because they lacked the neccesary stealth aspect, by being completely crazy. Probably because someone gouged out their eyeballs.
That would make sense, except that in that case, why don't they ever deploy a Garrador in complete darkness? It's kind of a shame, because imagine that double-Garrador fight if they'd also snuffed all the torches; you have your belt light, so it'd still be doable, but it would have been a lot scarier. Also, the Ganados don't seem any less effective in the dark. I'd be willing to bet their glowing red eyes let them see.
Because that would've been an extremely frustrating and utterly miserable section in the game. I imagine it was in play-testing and gamers thought: "Gee, being in pitch darkness with powerful enemies and a sole weakness that we can't see because it's too damn dark sure is a pain in the ass! You guys might want to change that."
I have always thought that their eyes are too sensitive to light and seeing it renders them berserk and unruly, thus dangerous for Los Illuminados themselves. The eye sewing is a safety measure, as headgear can fall and start an undesired rampage. Perhaps gouging the eyes out proved more difficult due to their superhuman resistance.
A Stock Question
Why the hell does the stock for the Mauser C96 (or Red 9) take up space in inventory? You already have the gun, the holster shouldn't take additional space, right? Here◊ is the gun holstered. Here◊ is the gun with the stock mounted on. The Holster and the stock are one and the same.
If you pay attention, Leon never uses the stock as a holster. Both are in his hammerspace attache case. Why he doesn't do it anyway, to save space in the case, is the question.
That, and if Leon had to mount the stock/holster every time he takes out the gun, he might get eaten by a horrible monstrosity. It is just more convenient that way.
Another obvious problem is that the Red 9 takes up eight inventory squares, while the stock takes up three. The stock is big enough to act as a holster for the Red 9. So it should actually take up more spaces than the Red 9.
Read that last statement: Because it would take up more spaces than the Red 9. Another one of those thrilling attentions to detail that were omitted for the sake of having a fun game.
Congrats, Salazar! Leon's dead, now what?
Wait, what exactly was Salazar planning to do after he killed Leon?
To elaborate, spread Las Plagas throughout the US, either via Ashley (and Leon) once ransomed, or if they escaped or died via his "Plan B" militia forces. Bringing up the question why they bothered to try and kill Luis and Leon when they could have just left them chained up and Plaga infected until they were totally controlled...
Think about it. Almost all villagers take several pistol shots to go down. The Don Josè you find at the beginning of the game only takes a couple, and he doesn't fade when "killed". The Ganado that tries to kill Leon and Luis is a bloodied Don Josè. You do the math.
If the first Ganado is the one that shows up later, how come the other Ganados in that area don't fade away either?
... because he wasn't killed, just wounded. That's the entire point.
You guys do know that OP is talking about the midget and not the cultleader? Salazar merged with the Queen Plaga with his remaining bodyguard. OP was wondering what Salazar would do in the event that he succesfully killed Leon. He'd be stuck there as a giant plant, probably being bored out of his mind for the rest of his existence because he can't go anywhere. But since he is ten different shades of crazy, I highly doubt that Salazar would've even thought about that and if he did, I don't think he would've cared at all. He was so desperate about killing Leon that he was pretty much willing to do anything within his power to do so.
A bit meta, but how can the S.T.A.R.S. prosecute you for pirating this game if Raccoon City is nothing more than ash and particulate left behind after the nuclear explosion?
I think a more applicable question would be why the heck would they sent an anti-terrorism/SWAT stand-in team for such a simple matter as software piracy. In any case, the answer lies in the novelization. Though non-canon, the Resident Evil novels claim S.T.A.R.S. exist in several cities, not just Raccoon.
Rites, Wrongs, and Reasons
At the start of the Tower in Ch. 4-4, Salazar states, "The sacred rite that's about to begin will endow the girl with magnificent power." Upon meeting him again at the top of the tower Salazar says, "Ahhhh, you just missed her. The ritual is over." The only thing different about Ashley on the Island is that the first cutscene will show her in the popstar costume, if she's wearing it in game. (At least, in the PS2 version of the game.) The ability for her to control other Ganados makes the most sense, and could have been awesome in combat. Too bad they ignore this wonderful opportunity. What was the "magnificent power, then?"
The ability would have broken the game. Granted, this game isn't hard to break enough anyway.
There's a big chance Salazar was just bluffing in order to make Leon think the situation was hopeless. Or, perhaps, it was a religious ritual of some kind, which means the "magnificent power" is meant to be spiritual. Another option could be that the ritual is necessary for Ashley to be able to survive the infection of the Queen Plaga.
Wesker, Krauser's dead... again.
In the closing cutscene for Assignment Ada, Ada tells Wesker that Krauser's dead. He didn't die in my game, just threw a flash grenade and vanished, just like he did with Leon. No death scene. So why did Ada report Krauser dead to Wesker?
Playing Separate Ways reveals that Ada finished Krauser off herself after he ran from Leon.
But when Ada met Krauser in Separate Ways, she stated that she'd already reported him dead. So when Ada was on the 'copter and told Wesker that Krauser was dead, Wesker should have replied she'd already told him that. Or something. Seems a bit of a mess.
Assignment Ada is not actually a canon part of the story, it's simply an alternate scenario minigame. It isn't supposed to connect with Separate Ways or anything else.
Why do none of the Ganado in the very first area of the game dissolve into nothingness like the others later on? I understand that they wanted you to investigate the guy from the beginning, but it doesn't make sense for the others in that same area (up to when you first meet Dr. Salvador) to stay there. Speaking of that first area...
It's to disguise the fact that the first Ganado comes back. If he is the only one whose body doesn't vanish it's a big clue that he's not dead.
The Case of the Missing Campers
...in the first playthrough of the game, you find a group of Ganado camping on a cliffside, then they see Leon coming and run off to warn the others. Why don't they reappear in a New Game+?
Because in the first playthrough your pistol does not have the range to damage them and you can't possibly get close enough to hit them before they run off. In New Game+ you can easily have many different weapons that can hit them from that distance, hence why they aren't there.
Was Leon being sent to actually save Ashley or was he being banished on a Snipe Hunt? IF the former we are to believe that the President's Daughter only rated one US Agent, two locals who obviously didn't care very much and support that was too far away to do much to help even in the best of situations. Every prior and latter RE game either sent in teams or if they didn't it was because they were already in the shit when it hit the fan. Here however we're to believe the President chose to send just one guy? If it's the latter which seems supported not only by his equipment and lack of help but also by the kind of bored way he describes being send to the ass end of no where to look for the President's Daughter.
It was legitimate. If you read one of the files the US Government knows that Ashley's kidnapping was an inside job. They only send Leon because he was the only man who they knew 100% was loyal to them. Everyone else who would handle this sort of job is currently being investigated in case they were the traitor since none of them know Kraiser is involved.
The President didn't actually KNOW Ashley was there. The opening cutscene clearly states that a girl that fits her description was seen there. Leon was there only to ask a few questions. Of course, when the shit hits the fan, as the previous troper answers, there wasn't many people the president could count on to send and not betray them. And when Leon finds out it was Krauser who did the kidnapping, his communications had been intervened, so he couldn't call back home.
With the President under my control, I will control the U.S.! ...Somehow!
How was Saddler expecting to control the U.S. Government through the president? We have checks and balances to prevent any one branch of the government from becoming too powerful, and he would have only been useful for eight years at the most (assuming that the president just started his first term.) It's not like the president is the "High Lord of All America."
The checks and balances would do nothing; all of those check and balances are reliant on the people in the other branches in government. The President just so happens to be the one person who would be expected to have contact with each and everyone one of those people. The President goes to pay a visit to the Supreme Court justices for whatever reason, then behind closed doors he infects all nine of them with Plagas. He decides to have a closed-door meeting with the majority and minority leaders in Congress, four more Plaga-controlled lackeys, who in turn infect the rest of their parties. The next joint chiefs meeting? Boom, all the heads of the military are now under Saddler's control and start infecting people beneath them. Controlling the President isn't the end goal, he's the bridge that gives Saddler the keys to the kingdom.
Also the President has access almost at will to a majority of other world leaders. The President may not be the High Lord but he does have substantial power all on his own and unless he was asking for truly insane crap there is no particular reason to believe his party and in theory Congress wouldn't fall in line.
The Ganados fate
Well what happened to them at the end of the game? Leon could not have killed all of them and the explosion happened on another island.
Ganados don't seem to be particularly big on independent thought. With all the higher ups dead they probably just went back to being villagers and priests respectively until Leon told the nearest local government to carpet bomb the place. Alternatively perhaps enough of them escaped just as given that crows can carry the T/G Virus something must have escaped Raccoon City. That would explain why BO Ws are such common place by RE 5 and RE 6 that there is a dedicated international military unit that seem to do nothing but battle against outbreaks. Either that or it somehow slipped Leon and Ashley's minds and they were left to live out their Ganados lives in peace.
How is Salazar even alive?
The booklet of Biohazard 4: Incubate mentions that all of the village's children died before the events of the game. If that's true, why is Salazar still around? When you briefly play as Ashley, you'll enter a room that has a portret of a pre-infected Salazar hanging on the wall. He couldn't have been older than 12 when that was painted. Maybe the children of the village were younger than he was (most of the children in the drawings apppear to be between 3 and 10 years old), but I find it hard to believe that there were no kids his age at the time. What makes Salazar so special? Shouldn't there be more pale-skinned elfpeople running around in the area?
Because he isn't a child. He's just short.
If it is dwarfism at work, they could've made that more clear. I think his shortness was the result of being infected at a young age. The plaga stunted his growth. Salazar claims that he is twenty years old. So he either lied about his age or he was about 12 years old when he was infected.