YMMV / Resident Evil 0

  • Author's Saving Throw: The developers explained that the reason why Crimson Heads were not included in Resident Evil Zero, after being retroactively introduced in the REmake, is because Rebecca and Billy don't spend as much around the same place as Alpha Team does in the REmake.
  • Demonic Spiders:
    • The leech zombies, without a shadow of a doubt. Tough as nails with an insanely long reach, they cause considerable damage when they hit, and when they die, they explode for even more damage. Luckily, fire kills them fairly quickly, mitigating the annoyance a bit.
    • Eliminators are small, soak up more damage than they have a right to, attack in packs, and like dodging bullets.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Despite being the game's focal character, Rebecca still counts as one as for the series as a whole. So her fanbase was pleased to see her get her own game and they hope to see more of her in the future.
    • Billy became fairly popular. So much so that his fans desperately want Capcom to reveal whether he survived the Raccoon City incident.
  • Evil Is Sexy: The young James Marcus seems to have been invented for the sole purpose of adding more bishonen to the series.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Fans who don't like Resident Evil: Survivor have been known to use the Continuity Nod to declare Resident Evil Zero non-canon.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Many of the game's fans have admitted to have shipped both Billy and Rebecca. Even the collab review done by Web Video/Caddicarus and Jordan Underneath have them indirectly shipping these two.
  • Goddamned Bats: Actual bats, too!
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The submachine gun that's unlocked after beating the game with either an S or A rank on Normal or Hard mode strikingly resembles the SIG-Sauer MPX, which was released approximately 13 years after the game.
  • Inferred Holocaust: One possible reason Billy didn't show up in later games? The last you see of him is him walking into a forest infested with man-eating monsters, unarmed.
  • Narm: It's Resident Evil. What did you expect? Special mention goes to Dr. Marcus controlling his leech doppelgängers through a countertenor opera solo.
  • Scrappy Mechanic:
    • Unlike previous games, there are no crates for you to store your stuff in. Instead, the inventory system here works by having Billy and Rebecca ferry stuff you need from one area to the other.
    • Rebecca is disgustingly frail. While this may have been intentional to put more emphasis on Billy being the fighter of the two, there's a difference between can't take much punishment and "three Eliminator attacks send Rebecca into orange caution status". It's frustrating using double the healing items necessary if you're not careful; but the game also has aforementioned Eliminators and leech zombies who are hard to avoid regardless.
  • Vindicated by History: Resident Evil Zero had to compete with being released after the REmake, which considering the incredible reception to that game, was no easy task. It also introduced a lot of new features like the partner system and lack of item boxes, and both were disliked by just about everyone. With the HD re-release of the game, however, a lot of detractors to the game have been much kinder to it, and have stopped comparing it to REmake. It's now regarded as a flawed, but ultimately entertaining and unique entry in the series.