Trivia / Resident Evil

Games

  • Author Existence Failure: With the death of the scenario writer, Noboru Sugimura, Capcom refused to provide an actual conclusion to the cliffhanger, which saw Wesker raise an army armed with advanced B.O.W.s in order to kill Umbrella security officers, allowing him to steal research data and samples to gain influence with black market terrorists. The original conclusion was the 2000-2002 "Castle" version of Resident Evil 4, in which Wesker's army attacks Umbrella's headquarters and mutually destroys Leon's organization, US-STRATCOM (introduced in Dead Aim), who have also attacked the base. Later games acknowledge that Wesker became rich on the black market and indirectly caused the terrorism throughout the series, but what happened to H.C.F. is left a mystery.
  • Cash Cow Franchise: Resident Evil is one of Capcom's most popular and successful franchises.
  • Doing It for the Art: One scene in the remake has a closeup of Wesker's boot, which shows that the top buckles are not laced up. In the same game the character select shows that for Chris' police ID, a coin is stuck in the clear plastic where the photo is. He'll also fire a shotgun from the hip but when fighting bosses decides it's time to stop monkeying around and shoot properly from the shoulder instead.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • "The Resident of Evil Creek", taken from a hilariously out-of-touch judge's opinion on the First Amendment rights of video games.
    • Some fans have dubbed Alfred's "Alexia" persona as "Alfrexia."
  • No Dub for You: The games were only voiced in English for quite some time, being released with subtitles for different regions but without the corresponding voice tracks even in Capcom's native Japan. The trend was subverted when Chris, Jill, Wesker, and Leon received Japanese voice actors for Crossovers like Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and the Project X Zone games. Revelations marked the first time players could choose between Japanese and English audio and 6 released a free DLC update which provided a Japanese voice track. Degeneration also had dual audio, but the direct sequel Damnation surprisingly only has the original English dub.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Chris Redfield: "Charlie" (FMV scenes)/Scott McCulloch (Resident Evil); Michael Filipowich (Code: Veronica); Joe Whyte (REmake); Dave Wittenberg (PACHI-SLOT biohazard); Kevin Dorman (The Umbrella Chronicles); Roger Craig Smith (Resident Evil 5, The Darkside Chronicles, Marvel vs. Capcom 3, The Mercenaries 3D, Revelations, Resident Evil 6)
    • Jill Valentine: "Inezh" (FMV scenes)/Una Kavanagh (Resident Evil); Catherine Disher (Resident Evil 3, Marvel vs. Capcom 2); Heidi Anderson (REmake); Patricia Ja Lee (The Umbrella Chronicles, Resident Evil 5, The Mercenaries 3D); Tara Platt (PACHI-SLOT biohazard); Kari Wahlgren (Marvel vs. Capcom 3); Michelle Ruff (Revelations)
    • Barry Burton: "Gregory" (FMV scenes)/Barry Gjerde (Resident Evil); Ed Smaron (REmake); Jamieson Price (Resident Evil 5, The Mercenaries 3D); Michael McConnohie (Revelations 2)
    • Rebecca Chambers: "Linda" (FMV scenes)/Lynn Harris (Resident Evil); Hope Levy (REmake); Riva Di Paola (Resident Evil Zero); Stephanie Sheh (The Umbrella Chronicles, Resident Evil 5, The Mercenaries 3D)
    • Albert Wesker: "Eric" (FMV scenes)/Sergio Jones (Resident Evil); Richard Waugh (Code: Veronica, Wesker's Report, Resident Evil Zero, Resident Evil 4); Peter Jessop (REmake), D.C. Douglas (The Umbrella Chronicles, Resident Evil 5, The Darkside Chronicles, Marvel vs. Capcom 3, The Mercenaries 3D)
    • Leon S. Kennedy: Paul Haddad (Resident Evil 2); Paul Mercier (Resident Evil 4, The Darkside Chronicles, Degeneration); Christian Lanz (Operation Raccoon City); Matthew Mercer (Damnation, Resident Evil 6)
    • Claire Redfield: Alyson Court (Resident Evil 2, Code: Veronica, Degeneration, The Darkside Chronicles, The Mercenaries 3D, Operation Raccoon City); James Baker (Revelations 2)
    • Ada Wong: Sally Cahill (Resident Evil 2, Resident Evil 4, The Darkside Chronicles, Retribution); Megan Hollingshead (The Umbrella Chronicles); Courtenay Taylor (Operation Raccoon City, Damnation, Resident Evil 6)
    • William Birkin: Diego Matamoros (Resident Evil 2); T.J. Rotolo (The Umbrella Chronicles, The Darkside Chronicles, Operation Raccoon City)
    • Sherry Birkin: Lisa Yamanaka (Resident Evil 2); Laura Bailey (The Darkside Chronicles); Eden Riegel (Operation Raccoon City, Resident Evil 6)
    • Carlos Oliveira: Vincent Corazza (Resident Evil 3); Kim Strauss (The Umbrella Chronicles); Gideon Emery (Operation Raccoon City)
    • Nicholai Zinoviev: Roger Honeywell (Resident Evil 3), Rick D. Wasserman (Operation Raccoon City)
    • Steve Burnside: Bill Houston (Code: Veronica); Sam Riegel (The Darkside Chronicles)
    • Alfred Ashford: Peter Oldring (Code: Veronica); Richard Cansino (The Darkside Chronicles)
    • Alicia Ashford: Leila Johnson (Code: Veronica); Karen Strassman (The Darkside Chronicles)
    • Billy Coen: David Webster (Resident Evil Zero); Steve Van Wormer (The Umbrella Chronicles)
  • Playing Against Type: A surprising number of characters throughout the series (particularly in Resident Evil 2, Resident Evil 3, and Resident Evil 4) are voiced by actors who previously only appeared in children's entertainment.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The original game didn't originally have the auto-aim mode, and its item boxes weren't interconnected. Both these features were added to the game due to criticism from play testers. However, the "Real Survival" mode from the remake removes those options again, bringing the game back to how it was originally planned; something that the mode's unlockable message lampshades.
    • The original versions of RE2 and RE4, known as Resident Evil 1.5 and 3.5, respectively. Both versions were scrapped due to the developers being unsatisfied with the direction they were taking. One of the scrapped Resident Evil 4 ideas had Leon going through a castle fighting living dolls. Which was deemed too "supernatural" for a series based on science. An even earlier version of Resident Evil 4 was retooled into Devil May Cry. At one point, according to an interview with the actor who played Leon, Leon was actually supposed to be killed as a result of the virus mutating inside of him, but this tested poorly even among Capcom executives and the idea was scrapped (Paul Mercier was kept, much to his delight, however).
    • Resident Evil 2 went through a slightly less drastic rewrite, but nonetheless the only elements which really stayed the same were Leon's inclusion as a police officer and the main antagonist being Birkin. To whit:
      • Claire was another character named Elza Walker.note 
      • Leon would've already been in the RPD and would've begun his scenario trying to rally the rest of his devastated force to combat the zombies, Chief Irons would've filled the role of Marvin Branagh.note 
      • Joe Kendo was originally Ada's boyfriend John.note 
      • There were beta versions of what appear to be the Eliminators from Resident Evil Zero, an infected gorilla which could swing from the ceiling in gorilla-like fashion.
      • Birkin constantly cried Sherry's name.
      • It would have featured some kind of human/spider hybrid monster.
      • In addition to the trusty Remington 870, the player also would've gotten a SPAS-12 semi-auto shotgun, a Ruger Redhawk, there was an armor system, an assault rifle, more than one melee weapons, and grenades.
      • The game's models are less detailed but as a result the game can make better use of the PlayStation's processing power, as more zombies were visible on screen at a time, they had more variants, and could be gibbed in much more varied ways.
      • Leon had a different voice actor at this stage; what dialogue was recorded (grunts of pain) using this actor was recycled for Chris Redfield in the PC port's Extreme Battle Mode.
      • The overall design of the game also changed, with the RPD building going from an ultra-modern police HQ to the renovated art museum it was in the final version.
    • Resident Evil 3: Nemesis was originally going to be a side story set in Raccoon City, involving civilians trying to escape. A game titled Resident Evil 3 was in development at the same time by Hideki Kamiya's team, and involved HUNK on a cruise ship (following from RE2's story). The escape story then got an upgrade to a main game and Jill was added as the main character, while Kamiya's "RE3" got scrapped and he and his team moved onto what would become the first version of Resident Evil 4. This meant that the number 3 was now free for Jill's game and the game was titled Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, just in time before being released as Resident Evil 1.9 instead.
    • In 2001, Capcom announced that the Resident Evil franchise was going to be exclusive for the Nintendo GameCube. In addition to straight ports of Resident Evil 2, 3, and Code: Veronica X, a total of two new games, one of which was the REmake, were released; Resident Evil 4 was also announced as a GameCube exclusive before Capcom decided that due to poor sales of Zero and the REmake, they would release the game on the PlayStation 2 as well.
    • Resident Evil Zero was originally supposed to be one of the final N64 releases, still making it an exclusive Nintendo title. Not much is known about this game apart from Rebecca sporting a drastically different uniform (complete a hat), and a fully-playable demo was released. Capcom later released more information in the run-up to a re-release of the finished game, including they'd at one time planned for two-player co-op.note  As a continuity nod, the HD port of Zero features several DLC outfits for Rebecca and Billy, including Rebecca's beta Zero uniform.

Movies

  • Actor-Inspired Element: Milla Jovovich suggested the idea of claiming there was a heatwave in Raccoon City - to account for Jill and Alice not wearing very much. This backfired when filming in Toronto happened during November.
  • Awesome, Dear Boy: Michelle Rodriguez told her agent to let her know the second a Resident Evil movie was greenlit. Sure enough she ended up cast as Rain for the first film.
  • The Cameo: Jason Isaacs has one as a doctor who says to re-open the Hive. He also provides the opening narration.
  • Cast the Expert: Oded Fehr had served in the Israeli military, so he had little difficulty playing Carlos.
  • Creator Cameo: Producer Jeremy Bolt has a cameo as one of the zombies.
  • Doing It for the Art: Paul W.S. Anderson wrote the script for the first film specifically because he wanted to ensure that Resident Evil got a decent cinematic adaptation, and the films are loaded with winking little references to the games.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: The actress who plays the scientist that revives underwater in the first film, Anna Bolt, learned how to scuba dive for her One-Scene Wonder role. Likewise all the actors playing commandos, as well as Jovovich and Eric Mabius, had to undergo a week's training with a Navy SEAL.
  • Fake American: There's a few of them in the cast, since the film was shot in Europe. James Purefoy, Martin Caplan, Colin Salmon and Sienna Guillory are all British.
  • Fake Brit: Irish actress Sophie Vavasseur plays the English character Angela "Angie" Ashford in the second film.
  • Money, Dear Boy: Jovovich flat out admits that this is why they made a fourth live-action movie. True for the fifth as well (to a degree).
  • Referenced by...: Last Empire: War Z, a Zombie Apocalypse base-building game for Smartphones, has an item that looks identical to the T-Virus samples-ie, a glass jar with a double-helix decoration down the middle, capped with a metal plug on each end, filled with green liquid. To really ram it home, the item is called "Virus Stock" and is used to manufacture zombie-based Super Soldiers-basically Tyrants and other BOW's.
  • Romance on the Set: Anderson and Jovovich met while working on the first movie; currently, they're married.
  • Throw It In: The first movie was not supposed to have the little nudity it did, according to the DVD commentary. Apparently, Jovovich had a Wardrobe Malfunction twice in the same movie. It was left in.
  • Too Soon: The first film would have the subtitle Ground Zero, but that was left out after 9/11 happened.
  • Troubled Production: The sixth film suffered multiple accidents behind the scenes. A stunt double was severely injured when her motorcycle hit a camera crane, necessitating a medically-induced coma and the eventual amputation of her left arm. Later, a member of the crew was killed when a Hummer used in the film fell on him.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • George A. Romero wrote a screenplay for and was to direct the first film. It was thrown out entirely when he was kicked off the project. Capcom thought that, while Romero's script was close, it wasn't a full adaptation of the game, and they believed fans would complain about the changes while newcomers would dislike the premise. But confusion sets in when they approved Paul W.S. Anderson's script even though it's a much, much farther cry from Resident Evil.note  Word of God is that Capcom didn't want a direct adaptation, out of fear that fans would stop playing the games in favor of watching the movies.
    • David Boreanaz was approached to play Matt but he turned it down due to Angel commitments. Hilariously at one point Sarah Michelle Gellar was set to star as Alice too.
    • LJ was originally supposed to be played by Snoop Dogg rather than Mike Epps.
    • Had Sienna Guillory not been preoccupied with the Eragon movie, Jill would have fulfilled Claire Redfield's role in Extinction. Her dropping out of the third movie caused an entire subplot to be removed, in which Jill is hostile and untrustful towards Alice, due to Alice apparently killing Angela "Angie" Ashford between films while under Umbrella's control. This subplot would have culminated with Jill being infected by a zombified Carlos, and sacrificing herself in the tanker the way Carlos does in the finished script. The novelization keeps Angie's death intact, but says that Jill is off leading a bunch of other survivors.
    • Claire was meant to appear much earlier in the films, with Gina Phillips starring in the first and Emily Bergl in the second. The character was pushed back each time the actress dropped out.
    • The White Queen from the third film would originally have appeared in the first (one of the older scripts for the Alice version, not the Jill and Chris).
    • The fourth film would originally have had a different story, including Leon S. Kennedy from the video games. Jensen Ackles was in talks to play him.

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