* AntiClimaxBoss: William Birkin's fifth form, the final boss in the game, can only attack you if you stand around right in front of him. Meanwhile, you've got a rocket launcher.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic:
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0ELg0XCtPQ "The Second Malformation of G."]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-GVumdOtFI "Escape from Umbrella's Lab."]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_2j-ZcdHWw The Game B credits theme.]] Double the awesome for being one of those super-rare J-Rock anthems that actually uses both lead ''and'' rhythm guitar!
* BrokenBase:
** News of the remake has spawned fan debate on whether it should do exactly what Capcom did with the 2002 ''[=REmake=]'' (classic gameplay + updated graphics & extra content), or emulate the newer titles (over-the-shoulder camera, action-oriented gameplay), with the former leading by a hefty margin. Fueling the argument is the fact that what little information Capcom has released on the project since its initial announcement in 2015 has been frustratingly vague ([[NonAnswer "It's progressing"]] is the single bone Capcom has ever thrown to fans in the meantime), creating an ''enormous'' vacuum for fan speculation.
** According to Claire's original and longest-serving actress Creator/AlysonCourt, production has chosen to go non-union for the vocal talent, meaning Leon and Claire's voice actors will be replaced ''yet again''. Reactions have ranged from "Oh, well" to full-on {{Cluster F Bomb}}s.
* CompleteMonster: [[FatBastard Brian Irons]] first [[EstablishingCharacterMoment establishes himself]] as an irredeemable scumbag during his university days when he was accused not once but twice of [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil raping a fellow student]]. Due to "outstanding excellence in academics", however, he managed to get away with it, later becoming [[DirtyCop Chief of the Raccoon City Police Department]], where the [[MegaCorp Umbrella Corporation]] would bribe him to turn a blind eye as they perform their experiments on the city's citizens. Not only would Irons gladly accept these bribes, but he would use them to fund his own personal "Taxidermy Sex Dungeon of Evil". The place is filled to the brim with bones, surgical tools, acids, and [[TaxidermyIsCreepy stuffed bodies]]. When Umbrella's T-Virus broke free, spreading throughout Raccoon City and causing massive chaos, Irons decides to use this opportunity to kill whomever he wants, [[TakingYouWithMe before the chaos consumes him]]. These targets include zombies, innocent bystanders, [[CopKiller fellow cops]], and even the mayor's daughter. While Brian Irons lacks the vast resources, grandiose visions, and god complexes that many other villains have, he makes up for it by being [[AxCrazy utterly psychotic]], [[TheSociopath sociopathic]], [[ForTheEvulz needlessly cruel]], and, [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters despite being only human, horribly depraved]].
* DemonicSpiders:
** ''Lickers''. You can sometimes just sneak by them, but in tight corridors (which is where you'll see them best out of ten), they'll become alert and chase you down the moment you get close to them. Their close range swiping attack doesn't deal remarkable damage and you can easily get them in melee range since they're blind and won't enter their alert mode until you either run, shoot a loud weapon, or get right up next to them. Just don't alert them from far away because their long ranged attack, a leaping swipe, deals more damage than most bosses can do in one hit. It's worse if there is more than one of them.
** The Advanced Lickers as they dish out more damage and can take twice as much punishment. In the labs, they can attack offscreen, potentially causing a OneHitKill.
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** [[EverybodysDeadDave HUNK]]. He is literally badass incarnate. He's also the [[Franchise/StarWars Boba Fett]] of the ''Resident Evil'' universe as we know almost nothing about him, but has just a powerful presence and a professional attitude that demands respect. Every other appearance by GasMaskMooks later in the series is assumed to be him until proven otherwise.
** Ada Wong counts as one to her fans for [[FemmeFatale obvious reasons]].
** Just like [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil3Nemesis Nemesis]] that would follow him, Birkin also has an ever growing fanbase simply because what an awesome boss he turned out to be.
* EvenBetterSequel: ''Resident Evil 2'' improved on the original in just about every front, and is even now widely regarded as the best of the old-style ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' games.
* FranchiseOriginalSin: While ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' is often cited for making the series too focused on the action and not enough on the horror, this game is very action heavy compared to the original ''Resident Evil''. Whereas the first game had limited ammo, and the player had to strategize in terms of dealing with enemies, ''Resident Evil 2'' is very plentiful with the ammo, even with the more powerful guns like the magnum. As long you don't decide that any walls are particularly offensive looking, you can kill every enemy in the game and still have ammo ''left over'' for most of the guns.
* GoodBadBugs: Using the Cord in one of the two shutter panels (one in the southwest corridor next to the filing room, another in the northeastern hall leading to the basement) in the A scenario makes it so that, in the B one, there are no zombies in the corridor (and surroundings) you ''didn't'' use it on after the cutscene where it blows out; even the zombies that were already there disappear completely. This makes visiting the basement and the goodie-filled eastern office a completely hassle-free experience for the B scenario character, as long as you used the cord in the southwest corridor. If you don't use the cord, zombies will break through the windows of ''both'' spots.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** HUNK's scenario is known as the "4th Survivor," the other three being Claire, Leon, and Sherry. Even forgetting for a moment that Ada also survived, ''VideoGame/{{Resident Evil 3|Nemesis}}'' and the ''Outbreak'' games added more and more survivors.
** Chief Brian Irons was intended to be a ''hero'' in the original drafts of the game, which is very jarring when you look it up.
** TheReveal that Ada is a spy trying to steal corporate secrets makes the [[AscendedExtra single reference to her]] in the first game amusing when you remember that, by sheer coincidence, the secondary password was "[[TheMole MOLE]]."
** Claire and Sherry's voice actresses, Creator/AlysonCourt and [[WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus Lisa Yamanaka]], respectively, would later work together on [[WesternAnimation/TimothyGoesToSchool a cartoon that's the polar opposite of this game.]]
** Lack of BadassLongcoat aside, HUNK and his fellow USS operatives bear a striking resemblance to [[VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas Veteran NCR Rangers]].
* IdiotPlot:
** Once Leon and Claire find a police car, it doesn't occur to neither of them that going back the way they came from, a place with no zombies far away from the city, was way safer than going to the police station, which is located right at the center of a zombie-infested city. Although it may have been justified on Claire's part, seeing as how she wanted to see if her brother was alright.
** As soon as one of the characters reach the roof on the B scenario, they spot a helicopter about to rescue a cop. A few moments later, said cop is attacked by zombies, and the character doesn't even move a finger to help them. If they did, the game could've been over in literally 3 minutes after you've started playing it.
* MemeticMutation: In the police station, a player can search Wesker's desk 50 times to find a picture of Rebecca Chambers in a basketball uniform. Some fans really, ''really'' like that outfit. [[AscendedMeme It would later become one of her bonus costumes]] in the HD re-release of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil0''.
* {{Narm}}: It's a ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' game. [[Narm/ResidentEvil Specific instances are listed here.]]
* PolishedPort:
** The UsefulNotes/{{Nintendo 64}} version managed to fit two [=CD-ROMs=] worth of data into a single 64-megabyte ROM cartridge (making it the largest [=N64=] release ever). Granted, most of the game's essential assets were already in both discs and the additional CD-ROM was only necessary for the alternate dialogue and FMV sequences in each character's scenario (one of which was removed in the [=N64=] port in order to cut corners). Still an impressive feat and even without the Extreme Battle mode from the ''Dual Shock Edition'', it does include its own exclusive set of new features, including a set of new in-game documents (the EX Files).
** The UsefulNotes/SegaDreamcast version was sold for cheap at its launch, packs in all the extras from the PC version, removed the cropping of the [=FMVs=], supports the VGA box, and has the helpful addition of the VMU screen to monitor your ammo and health.
** While the UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube port doesn't offer too much new, the [=FMVs=] are now completely uncompressed and run at an impressive 30 frames per second, it is now possible to skip both those and the in-game cutscenes and is one of the two CD-based ports of the game that puts both Leon and Claire's games on one disc while cutting absolutely nothing.
* PortingDisaster: The game received a port for the failed Tiger UsefulNotes/GameCom handheld system. The results are [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5JmSJcFD7E about what you'd expect.]]
* ThatOneBoss: William's "dog form" is faster and bigger than you, jumps a lot, doesn't stand still and let you shoot him, and will ''destroy you'' if you have a less than "fine" condition.
* UncannyValley: Well, it's a UsefulNotes/PlayStation game, but the way that the humans are rendered in CG cutscenes is damn creepy at times. All three Birkins have very eerie, hollow-looking eyes, and Leon looks like a bizarre Ken doll.
* SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome: Some of the effects that were new to the series for this game were impressive for the time and still great considering the hardware. Of particular note are some of Birkin's transformations, such as the Scenario A encounter with him atop the descending elevator or the finale with his changing into a more bestial form - these are all done using the ''in-game'' engine to great effect.
* TheWoobie:
** Sherry hands down. Caught in the crossfire in Raccoon City, with zombies galore, and is being chased by her insane parents, moreso her father - he implants an embryo within her that will turn her into a monster.. Not to mention she has to live the rest of her life without her parents, William (who died when he was shot and subsequently injected himself with the G-Virus) and Annette (who was murdered by her husband in a horrible fashion). This all happens when she's ''twelve'', then she gets taken by the U.S. government due to hosting a mutated/vaccinated G-Virus within her that gives her a HealingFactor. It's good to see that she grew into a capable agent in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6'', but still, she acknowledged what happened to her father in that game.
** Mayor Warren's daughter. While we never see her alive in the game, or even learn her first name, we do know that her father abandoned her in a zombie infested city to save himself. As if that wasn't bad enough, she then ended up in the protective custody of [[AxCrazy Brian Irons]]. From there, she was hunted down in the police station like an animal, likely raped, murdered, and then possibly stuffed by Irons to preserve her beauty.
** IronWoobie: Claire Redfield. One of the few protagonists in the series to not have had some form of police or military training, she went to Raccoon City to search for her missing brother and found herself wandering into hell on Earth. Then it turns out [[ShaggyDogStory Chris left some time prior]], leaving behind only a memo detailing why he was leaving and a rather paltry message of "please forgive me, Claire," at which point she's left to not only fend for herself, but for Sherry. It would take [[VideoGame/ResidentEvilCodeVeronica almost three months and ending up in another grueling viral outbreak]] for Claire to be reunited with her sibling.

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