!!Games

* CashCowFranchise
* DoingItForTheArt: 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.
* FanNickname: ''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."
* NoDubForYou: 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 has been recently subverted: Chris, Jill, Wesker and Leon received Japanese voice actors for {{Crossover}}s like ''MarvelVsCapcom3'' and the ''ProjectXZone'' 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 had the original English dub.
* PlayingAgainstType: A surprising number of characters throughout the series (particularly games ''2'', ''3'', and ''4'') are voiced by actors who previously only appeared in children's entertainment.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: In 2001, Capcom announced that the ''Resident Evil'' franchise was going to be exclusive to Nintendo and the [=GameCube=]. In addition to straight ports of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2'', ''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvil3Nemesis 3]]'', and ''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvilCodeVeronica Code: Veronica X]]'', a total of two new games (one of which was the ''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvil REmake]]'') were released (and remained) exclusive to Nintendo's consoles; and ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' was also announced as a [=GameCube=] exclusive before Capcom decided that due to poor sales of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil0'' and the ''[=REmake=]'', they would release the game on the UsefulNotes/PlayStation2 as well.
** [[HilariousInHindsight And then]] ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'' [[HilariousInHindsight wasn't even released on a Nintendo console...]]
** 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 ''[=RE4=]'' 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 ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' was retooled into ''Franchise/DevilMayCry''.
** ''Resident Evil 3: Nemesis'' was originally going to be a GaidenGame (a side story to ''Resident Evil 2''), while ''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvilCodeVeronica Code: Veronica]]'' was going to be called ''Resident Evil 3: Code Veronica''. ''Nemesis'' then proved to have a lot more content than what was typical of gaiden games, so they took away ''[=CV=]'''s "''3''" and slapped it onto ''Nemesis''.
*** The title may have changed, but ''CV'' is still the direct sequel to ''Resident Evil 2''.
** 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 "[[HarderThanHard 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 unlock test lampshades.
* TheOtherDarrin: So far, we got:
** '''Chris Redfield:''' "Charlie" (FMV scenes)/Scott [=McCulloch=] (''Resident Evil''); Michael Filipowich (''Code: Veronica''); Joe Whyte (''[=REmake=]''); Creator/DaveWittenberg (''PACHI-SLOT biohazard''); Creator/RogerCraigSmith (''Resident Evil 5'', ''The Darkside Chronicles'', ''[[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3 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 (''Resident Evil 5'', ''The Umbrella Chronicles'', ''The Mercenaries 3D''); Creator/TaraPlatt (''PACHI-SLOT biohazard''); Creator/KariWahlgren (''Marvel vs. Capcom 3''); Creator/MichelleRuff (''Revelations'')
** '''Barry Burton:''' "Gregory" (FMV scenes)/[[TheDanza Barry Gjerde]] (''Resident Evil''); Ed Smaron (''[=REmake=]''); Creator/JamiesonPrice (''Resident Evil 5'', ''The Mercenaries 3D''); Creator/{{Michael McConnohie}} (''Revelations 2'')
** '''Rebecca Chambers:''' "Linda" (FMV scenes)/Lynn Harris (''Resident Evil''); Hope Levy (''[=REmake=]''); Riva Di Paola (''Zero''); Creator/StephanieSheh (''The Umbrella Chronicles'', ''Resident Evil 5'', ''The Mercenaries 3D'')
** '''Albert Wesker:''' "Eric" (FMV scenes)/Sergio Jones (''Resident Evil''); Richard Waugh (''Code: Veronica'', ''Resident Evil 4'', ''Wesker's Report''); Peter Jessop (''[=REmake=]''), [[Creator/DCDouglas D.C. Douglas]] (''The Umbrella Chronicles'', ''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''); Creator/MatthewMercer (''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''); Creator/LauraBailey (''The Darkside Chronicles''); Creator/EdenRiegel (''Operation Raccoon City'', ''Resident Evil 6'')
** '''Carlos Oliveira:''' Vincent Corazza (''Resident Evil 3''); Kim Strauss (''The Umbrella Chronicles''); Creator/GideonEmery (''Operation Raccoon City'')
** '''Nicholai Zinoviev:''' Roger Honeywell (''Resident Evil 3''), Rick D. Wasserman (''Operation Raccoon City'')
** '''Steve Burnside:''' Bill Houston (''Code: Veronica''); Creator/SamRiegel (''The Darkside Chronicles'')
** '''Alfred Ashford:''' Peter Oldring (''Code: Veronica''); Creator/RichardCansino (''The Darkside Chronicles'')
** '''Alicia Ashford:''' Leila Johnson (''Code: Veronica''); Creator/KarenStrassman (''The Darkside Chronicles'')
** Subverted with the voice actress for Claire Redfield and Ada Wong, as they have been voiced by their same actors (Creator/AlysonCourt and Sally Cahill respectively) for the entire series.
*** Mostly subverted in Ada's case. Cahill was Darrin'd by an uncredited Creator/MeganHollingshead in ''The Umbrella Chronicles'', but returned to the role in ''The Darkside Chronicles''... only to be Darrin'd again in ''Operation Raccoon City'', ''Resident Evil 6'', and ''[[Anime/ResidentEvilDamnation Damnation]]'' by Courtenay Taylor. However, Cahill did dub over Ada's voice for the ''Film/ResidentEvilRetribution'' film, as Li Bingbing's English wasn't quite up to par.
*** Creator/JimWard (Krauser) also holds the distinction of reprising his role, although this can be chalked up to Krauser originating in an era where most of the [=VAs=] were consistent and Krauser's limited number of appearances throughout the series (''4'', ''The Darkside Chronicles'', ''The Mercernaries 3D''). The same can be said of Salli Saffioti (Ingrid Hunnigan in ''4'', ''Degeneration'', and ''6'').
*** And now, it appears that Claire herself has been unexpectedly Darrin'd, as Court did not lend her voice to the character in ''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvilRevelations2 Revelations 2]]''. [[InternetBackdraft Fan response was negative, to put it lightly.]]

!!Movies

* ActorInspiredElement: 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.
* AwesomeDearBoy: 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.
* TheCameo: Jason Isaacs has one as a doctor who says to re-open the Hive. He also provides the opening narration.
* CastTheExpert: Oded Fehr had served in the Israeli military, so he had little difficulty playing Carlos.
* CreatorCameo: Producer Jeremy Bolt has a cameo as one of the zombies.
* DoingItForTheArt: 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.
* DyeingForYourArt: The actress who plays the scientist that revives underwater in the first film - Anna Bolt - learned how to scuba dive for her OneSceneWonder role. Likewise all the actors playing commandos, as well as Milla Jovovich and Eric Mabius, had to undergo a week's training with a Navy Seal.
* FakeAmerican: 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.
* FakeBrit: Irish actress Sophie Vavasseur plays the English Angela in the second film.
* MoneyDearBoy: Creator/MillaJovovich [[http://shocktillyoudrop.com/news/topnews.php?id=11268 flat out admits]] that this is why they made a 4th live-action movie. [[http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2010/09/milla_jovovich_were_definitely.html True for the fifth]] as well (to a degree).
* RomanceOnTheSet: Anderson and Jovovich met while working on the first movie; currently, they're married.
* ThrowItIn: The first movie was not supposed to have the little nudity it did, according to the DVD commentary. Apparently, Jovovich had a WardrobeMalfunction twice in the same movie. It was left in.
* TooSoon: The first film would have the subtitle 'Ground Zero', but that was left out after 9/11 happened.
* TroubledProduction: 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.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** [[Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968 George A. Romero]] wrote [[http://www.dailyscript.com/scripts/resident_evil_romero.html 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]]In as few words as possible, Romero's script was a rough adaptation of the first game and included all of the main characters, while Anderson's was a completely original story that featured all new characters, and whose only connection to the games was Umbrella, the T-virus and zombies.[[/note]] WordOfGod is that Capcom didn't want a direct adaptation, out of fear that people would stop playing the games in favour of watching the movies.
** David Boreanaz was approached to play Matt but he turned it down due to ''{{Series/Angel}}'' commitments. Hilariously at one point Sarah Michelle Gellar was set to star as Alice too.
** The fourth film would originally have had a different story, including Leon S. Kennedy from the video games. JensenAckles was in talks to play him.
** 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).
** LJ was originally supposed to be played by '''SnoopDogg''' rather than Mike Epps.
** Had Sienna Guillory not been preoccupied with the ''Film/{{Eragon}}'' movie, Jill would have fulfilled Claire'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 [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse 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 novelisation keeps Angie's death intact, but says that Jill is off leading a bunch of other survivors.
** Claire Redfield 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.

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* The first two ''Resident Evil'' movies are both on critic Creator/RogerEbert's [[RogerEbertMostHatedFilmList most hated film list]]. He never reviewed any of the movies after that.