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1[[quoteright:280:]] ²'''[[caption-width-right:280:[[ S.T.A.R.S...]]]]'''²²->"''September 28th. Daylight. The monsters have overtaken the city. Somehow, I'm still alive...''"²-->-- '''Jill Valentine'''²²''Resident Evil 3: Nemesis'' (also known as ''Biohazard 3: Last Escape'') is the third game in the ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' series, and the first {{interquel}} set in the ''Resident Evil'' [[TheVerse universe]], the others being the two ''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvilTheUmbrellaChronicles Chronicles]]'' [[VideoGame/ResidentEvilTheDarksideChronicles games]] and ''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvilRevelations the Revelations]]'' [[VideoGame/ResidentEvilRevelations2 sub-series]].²²{{Creator/Capcom}} originally intended to make a GaidenGame using the ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2'' engine within a short development cycle. That project was revamped into a numbered sequel when the ''following'' sequel, which eventually became ''VideoGame/{{Devil May Cry|1}}'', grew beyond the capabilities of the [[UsefulNotes/TheFifthGenerationOfConsoleVideoGames hardware]] of the time. Capcom then decided to cap off the [[UsefulNotes/PlayStation PS1]] series as a {{trilogy|Creep}}. Like its predecessor, ''Nemesis'' was eventually ported to the PC, [[UsefulNotes/SegaDreamcast Dreamcast]], and UsefulNotes/{{Nintendo GameCube}}.²²The game opens one day before the events of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2'', as the now-[[SoiledCityOnAHill defunct]] Raccoon City turns into a true city of the dead. Barry Burton, Chris Redfield, and Rebecca Chambers have all resigned from the Raccoon City Police Department and fled town, leaving Jill Valentine as the last remaining member of [=S.T.A.R.S.=]; Jill opted to stay behind and help the survivors. As a result, she finds herself staring at Hell's gates when a firestorm erupts and conditions deteriorate. ²²Her escape is cut short by a new biohazard: Umbrella's newest Tyrant, code-named "Nemesis." He's on the prowl for witnesses to the [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil1 Mansion Incident]], and no amount of bullets will stand between him and his goal. Carlos Olivera, a hired gun for the company, stumbles upon Jill and helps her out of a tight scrape with Nemesis. After regrouping with Carlos' squad, Jill and the hapless mercs agree to [[EnemyMine bury the hatchet]] and escape before the government deploys a last-ditch measure to contain the virus: ''[[ItsTheOnlyWayToBeSure a tactical nuclear strike]]''.²²''Resident Evil 3'' eschews the [[SchrodingersPlayerCharacter character select]] from previous games and makes Jill the only playable hero. But it still features StoryBranching: this time in the form of real-time selection screens (a precursor to ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4''[='s=] "PressXToNotDie") where the player must make a decision in time or suffer the consequences. Another new feature is a retooling of ''[=RE2=]'''s "Scenario B", in which Claire or Leon were stalked throughout the game by "Mr. X": Nemesis will frequently appear throughout the game, usually ambushing Jill at inopportune moments. It's up to the player to decide to run or fight. Nemesis drops [[ExclusiveEnemyEquipment useful loot]] upon falling over, but [[LightningBruiser he hits fast and hard]]... And he'll be back for more later. Other new features include a gunpowder-mixing tool (Jill [[ItemCrafting crafts]] her own guns and ammo in this one), a dodge maneuver, and a quick turn move. ²²''[=RE3=]'' also features the first iteration of the minigame titled ''The Mercenaries'', which would become a mainstay in later installments.²²''VideoGame/BlackCommand'', an [=iOS=] and Android game that was released in 2018, has Murphy Seeker as a hired mercenary and the Samurai Edge pistol as a limited edition weapon, part of a ''Resident Evil'' collaboration event that started from December 26, 2018 to January 10, 2019.²²Has a 2020 VideoGameRemake, ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil3Remake''.²----²²!! ''Resident Evil 3: Nemesis'' contains examples of the following tropes:²* AKA47: All over the place. The Assault Rifle is simple a M4 variant, the Magnum is a Colt Python, etc. ²* AbandonedHospital: Carlos' mission sees him poking around the Raccoon General Hospital, looking for something to stem the tide of Jill's virus. As fate would have it, the basement conceals an Umbrella laboratory where they keep T-Virus vaccines. ²* ActionGirl: Jill seems to have [[TookALevelInBadass gotten even better at surviving]] since the Mansion Incident, as she managed to survive despite being outnumbered in a city full of zombies.²* ActionizedSequel: This was the first ''Resident Evil'' where a button press wasn't necessary to navigate stairs, plus Jill could craft her own ammunition using a kit in her inventory, and she had a dedicated dodging move. And of course, there's the fact that Nemesis could follow her from room to room.²* AllThereInTheManual: A dedicated explanation of exactly ''what'' Nemesis is could only be found in the ''Wesker's Report'' mockumentary produced by Capcom, plus subsequent material like the ''Archive'' books. [[spoiler: He's actually a combination of an Umbrella-developed parasite plus one of their factory-line Tyrant models, meaning he can be programmed with more sophisticated orders.]] ²* AndYourRewardIsClothes: The most bonus outfits of the series to date (five in most versions, while the PC and Dreamcast versions have ''seven''). One of them being [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil1 Jill's old]] ''[=RE1=]'' uniform and another being a [[VideoGame/DinoCrisis Regina]] cosplay.²* AntagonistTitle: The English subtitle is named after the monster that constantly hounds Jill.²* ArtificialStupidity:²** There are times when the zombies, especially groups of them, have the weird tendency to suddenly shamble off aimlessly, even while trying to pursue you.²** Terrifying as Nemesis is, he's not exactly the brightest bulb in the box, frequently getting stuck on walls and in tight spaces. By exploiting this, [[ it's possible to kill him using nothing but the handgun for most of the game]].²* AwesomeButImpractical: ²** The Paracelsus Sword portable rail gun. Sounds cool, right? Wrong. The U.S. Army had to set up a room for this, it can't be aimed, and lost many soldiers luring Tyrants in front of the rail gun to destroy. It takes minutes for it to charge and a while to fire. And by portable, we mean "would need a forklift to transport". Why the Army hauled in such a giant weapon, especially given the city's situation, is never explained.²** The Mine Thrower, while a cool weapon and powerful to boot, is practically ineffective. Not only does the weapon only fire the mines in a straight line (making it possible to miss), the mines don't explode until some time has passed (which allows the enemy to close distance and cause damage from the mine's detonation). There's also barely any ammo for the weapon to begin with. However, if you've gotten the infinite ammo case from Nemesis and combine it with the Mine Thrower (or bought the Infinite Ammo upgrade from Mercenaries mode), the mines not only get more powerful, but they explode on contact, pierce through enemies, and have ''homing capabilities''.²** Nemesis himself, as a bioweapon. Whereas Umbrella soon managed to take the conventional Tyrant to a mass-production level, the complications in the sophisticated parasite used in Nemesis mean that only one was ever deployed, despite the fact he's one of the few bioweapons Umbrella made that could actually be a viable product. However, background documentation implies the Nemesis project was undertaken by Umbrella Europe as an independent project from Umbrella America's Tyrant and Hunter projects, so the existence of additional Nemesis prototypes cannot be entirely ruled out.²** The dodge mechanic. Good in theory, extremely dangerous in practice. The entire mechanic is RNG-based and requires very precise timing, there's even a dodge in which your character will roll over, kneel down and fire faster than usual. Sounds awesome, right? Too bad most of the time, your character will "dodge" towards the enemy and help it hit you faster than it would've if you had simply run past it. There are no invincibility frames, meaning even if you successfully pull a dodge on one of your enemies, they can still hit you simply because you didn't perform the ''right'' dodge.²** The unlockable infinite ammo minigun you get from the Mercenaries mode. It has incredible stopping power, but it takes several seconds to spin up. Everything in-game dies in fraction of a second while under fire from this weapon, to the point where spin up/wind down is actually longer than the shooting itself and the game lacks the crowds of enemies big enough for this weapon to be worth it. And Nemesis, the only enemy that won't die in a second, will just rush you the moment it gets hit and either grab or punch you and you will have to spin up the weapon again. ²* BadassLongcoat: Nemesis wears one until the battle at the clock tower, where it gets burned off.²* BadassNormal: Both of the main characters, and the surviving members of the U.B.C.S. [[JokerImmunity How many times should Nikolai have died, but didn't?]] What makes Nikolai such a great example is that he is probably the most normal villain in the entire series. No crossdressing, opera singing, elaborate robes, kooky traps or magical viruses. He is just a man who wants to escape the city and get paid.²* BaitAndSwitch: A lone zombie walks out from behind the hospital counter. Carlos shrugs at it, being used to it by now. Then the zombie gets decapitated, and in jumps a Hunter. Suffice to say, many players did ruin their underpants at that moment.²* BigBad: A unique twist in the series. Rather than some Umbrella personnel being the main source of conflict, it is one of the corporation's creations that takes center stage as the main threat. ²* BigBadEnsemble: The closest thing to a human BigBad is Nicholai Ginovaef, U.B.C.S. sergeant and Carlos' superior.²* BigDamnHeroes:²** Carlos gets a minor one in a cutscene should you jump off a bridge ([[spoiler:the canonical choice]]) instead of shoving Nemesis off. Jill gets surrounded by zombies, in waist-deep sewage water, and then Carlos blows them all to hell without hitting Jill.²** [[spoiler:If you choose to jump at the dead factory bridge, Barry Burton]] shows up at the end with no warning to airlift you to safety before Raccoon City is bombed.²* BittersweetEnding: Could be seen as a DownerEnding as well considering that [[spoiler:Jill, Carlos, and Barry escape Raccoon City while the rest of the citizens (numbering 100,000) perish in a mushroom cloud, [[KarmaHoudini Umbrella would go on to avoid blame for the incident for years to come]] until [[VideoGame/ResidentEvilTheUmbrellaChronicles Albert Wesker testified against the company in court with the information he acquired about them]], and even then subsequent games have shown that all the worst creations of Umbrella except for Nemesis still exist]].²* {{Bizarrchitecture}}: One example that really sticks out is a restaurant that, for some reason, has the freezer and some other weird stuff located on an underground sewer passage that can only be accessed through a metal ladder. And of course, it doesn't have a bathroom. Notable also is City Hall's entrance; it requires specific gems inserted into a clock mechanism to open. Said gems are open and accessible to anybody, and would be a prime target for thieves if the city wasn't in the midst of an outbreak.²* BlindIdiotTranslation:²** "It is not enough to make the device to work."²** "A dried pumpkins is placed here."²** "A well maintained contro room."²** The official spelling of Nikolai's last name, "Ginoveaf", is actually mistranslated of the Russian surname "Zinoviev".²* BodyHorror: Nemesis.²* BottomlessMagazines: The assault rifle never has to be reloaded, though it does have limited ammo. Defeating Nemesis at every encounter will have his final item drop be (if luck is on your side) a suitcase that gives one gun infinite ammo when combined. Unlocking the infinite ammo item from the Mercenaries mini-game will apply this to ''all'' weapons.²* BraggingRightsReward: Completing Operation Mad Jackal with Nikolai is definitely the hallmark of a master ''Resident Evil'' player, but if you're trying to unlock stuff, the cash rewards you get for doing it aren't much higher than using the easier Carlos or the ''much'' easier Mikhail.²* BrickJoke: Has one that is {{played for drama}}. The first actual survivor Jill meets in the warehouse, a man by the name of Dario Rosso, rants about how he lost his daughter in the outbreak. The player later finds the corpses of a mercenary holding a girl, with a prompt describing how "he looks as if he was trying to protect someone's daughter" at the Clock Tower. To compound the "joke", Dario claims he'd much rather starve in a box than let the zombies get him and locks himself in a shipping container to do just that. If you stop by the warehouse later on for any reason, you find the box Dario was hiding has been thrown open, with Dario's corpse and a few zombies nearby.²* TheCasanova: Carlos is a firm believer:²--> "All the foxy ladies love the accent". ²* CassandraTruth: In the prologue, Jill talks about how she tried to warn the citizens of Raccoon City about Umbrella, only to be ignored due to them either truly not believing her or were too scared to say something bad about the company.²* ClippedWingAngel: Nemesis' final form, which is not only slow, but its ranged acid attack is fairly weak.²* ClownCarGrave: There are some areas that have a lot of zombies to deal with.²* CombatTentacles: Nemesis shows these off in his [[WakeUpCallBoss first appearance]] in front of the police station, as poor Brad's face finds out the hard way; it just takes him a while, some small arms fire and his coat burning off to be able to extend it further from his hand.²* ContinuityNod: In the intro, the RPD SWAT team is shown wearing uniforms like Leon's in ''[=RE2=]''. It makes Leon's outfit no longer seem out of place, though it does make one wonder how a rookie managed to get assigned to the SWAT team for his first assignment.²* ContinuitySnarl: The police station has a few doors barricaded in order to prevent Jill from exploring areas that she doesn't need to visit. Funnily enough, most of the barricaded doors were just locked electronically in ''[=RE2=]'', meaning that there was no point having them barricaded in the first place. This is {{justified|Trope}} in that the player may have wasted time trying to find a way to unlock these doors. There's also a window Nemesis jumps through in the police station that was undamaged in the previous game. Not to mention the plot holes involving Leon and Claire being able to enter the city with the inclusion of the military martial law plot.²* ContractualBossImmunity: No matter how badly he's beaten in the first ten encounters, plus the one encounter as Carlos, Nemesis won't die, and will show up good as new the next time. Jill can only kill him permanently the eleventh and final time. ²* ContrivedCoincidence: [[spoiler: After Jill was infected with the T-Virus]], Carlos is able to manufacture a vaccine for the virus from a hospital owned by Umbrella near the church.²* CriticalHit: The Eagle 6.0 handgun has a random chance of doing more damage, which can blow off the heads of zombies and dogs.²* CutAndPasteEnvironments:²** Some assets from ''[=RE2=]'' are recycled here, most notably the Police Station interiors and a few music cues.²** Chief Irons, or more precisely his character model, also appears as an Umbrella executive at the end of Operation Mad Jackal whose face is obscured by shadows. For what was originally not a main game in the series, however, a lot of work went into it, including new zombie models and creatures in general.²* CutsceneIncompetence: The way the shotguns, sub-machine guns, and assault rifles wielded by both the RPD and UBCS forces barely even faze the zombies in the opening cutscene would've been a real problem had it actually translated into the actual gameplay. Possibly justified by the police not shooting to kill.[[note]]One of the officers can be heard yelling "Stun 'em!" during the fight.[[/note]]²* CutscenePowerToTheMax: The zombies in the opening cutscene casually soak up bullets without even slowing down.²* DarkestHour: [[spoiler:Just as Jill is about to escape Raccoon City, the rescue helicopter is shot down by Nemesis, who then infects her with the T-Virus. Jill manages to drive him off before she passes out and Carlos gets her to safety, but she spends the next two days unconscious. No other help is coming, and they're probably two of the few people still alive in the city. Chances are the player will be feeling as low as Jill and Carlos are.]]²* DashingHispanic: Carlos. At least, he likes to think so.²* DaylightHorror: The lighting of the game doesn't look it, but the early part of the game happens during the day, as mentioned by Jill. Once you leave the police station, it's clearly night as the streets of Uptown will have a darker tone and the street lamps will be lit.²* DevelopersForesight: ²** Choosing to leave the bar before Brad has killed the zombie attacking him will automatically trigger the cutscene of him killing it and collapsing. The player's lack of concern for him will be passed onto Jill, who doesn't ask if he's okay, and Brad, likewise annoyed by Jill abandoning him, will be far more terse in addressing her.²** If you should visit the cable car without all the parts to get it running again, then Mikhail will use the barrel next to the car to blow up a pack of zombies. Unless Jill already blew it up, then he'll use a grenade.²** During your fight with him as Carlos, if you aren't actively shooting him or at least keep him in the same screen as Carlos, Nemesis will break off the fight and head for Jill the first chance he gets. Also, if you knocked Nemesis out before getting back to Jill, Carlos's dialogue with her will change.²* DiabolusExNihilo: Nemesis's specific origins have never been explained in any canon medium, which is weird because just about every other creature Umbrella has ever thrown at you has some kind of documentation or a plot point revealing what it used to be or how it was created. The closest one there is to an explanation is that it's a Tyrant imbued with an NE-T parasite developed by Umbrella's French division. Interestingly, Nemesis does get an origin story in the related film series.²* DifficultyByRegion: The enemies have more strength and durability in the export versions.²* DodgeTheBullet: Nemesis can dodge shots from the grenade launcher and mine thrower if fired from further out then near point blank range.²* DummiedOut: Tofu of [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil2 The Tofu Survivor fame]] is technically in this game too, but he can't be accessed without a [=GameShark=].²* EarlyGameHell: Let's just say that you ''will'' stockpile health, weapons and ammo as the game goes on even if your skill level is just average, and Nemesis CantCatchUp, but he does start off ''a mile ahead of you''.²* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The Mercenaries mini-game makes its debut here, but the rules are a bit different from the later incarnation featured in ''[=RE4=]'' and onward. The objective here is to go from the cable car in Uptown Raccoon City to the office at the very beginning of the main campaign before time runs out. Killing enemies here merely serves as means to extend the time limit, rather being an objective itself, while additional ammo and recovery items can only be obtained by saving civilians, who can be killed if you took too much time to get to them. It's worth noting that the mini-game is technically an improved version of ''[=RE2=]'''s own minigames Extreme Battle and 4th Survivor. The main objective of both is to collect a set of special items and reaching a determined point on the game, respectively.²* EasyModeMockery: Playing on Easy starts Jill off with an assault rifle, an ink ribbon with unlimited use, and a box with three First Aid Sprays inside. However, you won't have access to the items Nemesis drops when you knock him out or some of the unlockable content like the Epilogues.²* EndGameResultsScreen: The result screen at the end varies depending on whether Jill and Carlos escape Raccoon City by themselves or with Barry's help.²* EstablishingCharacterMoment: We don't get to see a whole lot of Mikhail since he's wounded and babbling feverishly due to delirium, so there's not a lot to be said for his character outside of his mourning his platoon. Nemesis then attacks the cable car and he bravely and selflessly tells Jill to get out of the car while he blows himself and Nemesis up with a grenade to save her.²* ExplodingBarrels: The red barrels dotted throughout the game explode when shot at, which can help clear out a cluster of enemies or put the hurt on Nemesis. Naturally, being too close to the blast yourself can severely injure you or even outright kill you. There are also bombs planted on some walls that function the same way as the barrel. Additionally, two areas have variants of this, which are so well-hidden that many fans never find them: in the industrial area, the hanging wood pallets can be shot to drop them on the Brain Suckers that prowl the area, whilst in the park, the lamps can be shot to create a fiery explosive that incinerates whatever it touches instead of blowing them to pieces.²* FiringOneHanded: The one time in the series that a character fires a Magnum one-handed happens here, should you choose to "execute the monster" in the final Live Selection:²--> '''Jill:''' You want S.T.A.R.S.? I'll give you S.T.A.R.S.²* {{Foreshadowing}}: Choosing to drop into the pit created in the parking garage will show the shed skin of a massive worm like creature. It's the Grave Digger's.²* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: Jill delivers an ArmorPiercingSlap to Carlos when he nearly gives up after reaching the Clock Tower (which only happens if you used the emergency break or didn't do anything during the Live Selection in the cable car).²* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: A giant worm called the Grave Digger shows up with very little foreshadowing (you need to fall into the hole created during the Live Selection in the parking garage, at which point you'll see its shed skin) and almost zero explanation. The closest thing there is is when an earthquake heralds its arrival and Nikolai shouts out "another mutant!" in response before running off.²* GoryDiscretionShot: Occurs when Brad is killed by Nemesis.²* HandicappedBadass: Mikhail was pretty hurt, but [[{{Determinator}} he]] [[HeroicSacrifice fought like]] [[TakingYouWithMe he wasn't]].²* HardModePerks: Playing on Hard gives you a chance at accessing items that Nemesis drops if you defeat him in one of his encounters. Items include boxes containing three First Aid Sprays, gun parts that can create a custom handgun and shotgun, rare ammo, and, should you go out of your way to defeat Nemesis every time he shows up, a box with infinite ammo that gives one of your guns infinite ammo for the remainder of the game. It's the only way to legitimately use infinite ammo outside of unlockables. You can also only unlock the Epilogues by finishing the game on Hard.²* HeKnowsTooMuch: Umbrella wasn't pleased that S.T.A.R.S. found out about their secret experiments during the events of the Mansion Incident, so they created Nemesis and programmed it to specifically hunt down and kill the survivors of said incident in order to cover their own ass and prevent more secrets from being leaked. Nemesis kills Brad and spends the entire game hunting down Jill.²* HeroicSacrifice: Mikhail against Nemesis by way of TakingYouWithMe.²* HighVoltageDeath: ²** After collecting an item from the power station needed to advance in the game, the player will then see a cutscene of a group of zombies trying to break in via the front gate. The player is then given two options, either escape through the back door or redirect power to the gate electrocuting the zombies and killing them.²** You can kill the Grave Digger this way by knocking over one of the street lamps into a large puddle of water after they've been loosened by the giant worm's subterrainian movement.²* IdiosyncraticDifficultyLevels: The three Mercenaries in Operation Mad Jackal due to their respective load out:²** Mikhail is the easiest, since he wields a shotgun, magnum revolver and rocket launcher.²** Carlos is moderately difficult, wielding an assault rifle and a custom handgun.²** Nikolai is the hardest, since he wields only a standard handgun (which can use enhanced bullets, if he's lucky enough to find them) and a knife.²* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Brad's head, courtesy of one of Nemesis' CombatTentacles.²* ImplacableMan: Nemesis. Even more so than his "cousin" Mr. X, he just ''will not stop'' not matter what Jill hits him with. It takes at least fourteen shotgun shells just to knock him down, and that's on ''Easy''. During the course of the game, Nemesis' repeatedly shot, blasted out of a cable car with a grenade, passes out into burning helicopter wreckage, soaked with acid, is ''decapitated'', and even falls into a pit of acid designed to break down B.O.W.s, but ''still won't quit!'' The worst part is, while there are seven scripted battles with him, ''he can still attack randomly'', unlike most bosses. Suffice to say, Nemesis might be considered the survival horror equivalent of an SNKBoss.²* ImpossibleItemDrop: There are seven encounters with Nemesis throughout the course of the game where you have the choice to either fight or evade him. If you opt to take him out on Hard, he drops a special item case, which contains a different item based on how many times you've knocked him out over the course of that specific run through the game. The rewards include the parts for the Eagle 6.0 handgun (a scoped 9mm with a better chance of delivering a critical hit) and the M37 Western Custom lever-action shotgun (which fires faster than the standard Benelli and lets Jill do the one-handed flip-cock reload from ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay''). There is no other way to get either gun, although Carlos wields the Eagle in Operation Mad Jackal. Nemesis can also drop First Aid Boxes, which allow you to hold three First Aid Sprays in one item slot. The best reward is saved for last: either a fully loaded assault rifle, or in subsequent playthroughs of the same save file, an [[BottomlessMagazines Infinite Ammo upgrade]] which can be combined with any one weapon. Incidentally, it's probably the one item drop that best fits this.²* InterfaceScrew: The mandatory battle against Nemesis in the Clock Tower has him infect you with the T-Virus, causing your health indicator to show as such and can no longer display your actual physical condition. On top of this, Jill is always limping during the fight.²* ItCanThink: ²** Two scenes in the game, the intro at the hotel and the hospital, implies that zombies apparently have retained enough higher function to know how to use elevators. ²** Nemesis is not just another mindless tyrant. He's smart enough to hunt you and use a missile launcher. [[spoiler:Later, he has the sense to prevent your escape by shooting down the rescue helicopter.]]²* ItsTheOnlyWayToBeSure: The United States government decides to obliterate Raccoon City with a nuclear missile to stop the infection.²* KarmaHoudini: Nikolai can survive the events of the game, depending on which path the player takes. [[spoiler:This is the canon ending.]]²* LegionOfLostSouls: Due to the hazardous quality of its duties and its high death toll, the U.B.C.S. is comprised entirely of the most ruthless mercenaries and convicted war criminals from around the world, most of whom have been hired with the promise that Umbrella would get them out of whatever punishments they're facing. For example, Carlos was an anti-government guerrilla member who was hired by Umbrella after his original team was slaughtered, and one file is written by a merc who falsely confessed to war crimes.²* LetNoCrisisGoToWaste: For a company that's sweating ice over being implicated with the T-Virus, Umbrella is going hog wild with its bioweaponry here. The U.B.C.S. is deployed into the city under the guise of assisting the police, but in truth, they have no intention of stopping the spread of the virus. Quite the contrary; the mercenaries are here to destroy evidence and gather samples from the bloodshed. Once the town is marked for destruction, the company sets loose ''more'' B.O.W.s into the city to see how they perform. Unsurprisingly, this little stunt didn't impress the Dow Jones.²* LethalJokeItem: This is the first game where the knife is actually somewhat useful, as even on Hard, zombies can go down in as little as four hits. Factor in that zombies will lurch towards Jill and Carlos' right (their knife hand) when you back up, the copious amounts of narrow alleys Jill makes her way through making it very easy for a zombie to get stuck or even turned around in, and the fact that the knife can be used for certain environmental hazards, the knife becomes a fixture in the player's inventory. This only really applies to Jill, however, as she uses a backhanded slash to make her attacks, instead of Carlos' thrusting stab, which enables her to make two attacks in the time it take Carlos to make one.²* LightningBruiser: Nemesis is always able to run faster than you. He gets ''faster''. [[spoiler:His last form doesn't run.]] Most of his attacks, specifically his right hook, can be easily telegraphed and evaded without resorting to the dodge button (since he's using his right hand, just run past his left and his fist will miss you entirely). However, on occasion, he will suddenly hit you with a ''left'' hook without warning. His running attack is also a bit trickier to dodge.²* MadeOfIron: A minor case with Nemesis. Has an added [[GoodThingYouCanHeal healing]] [[OnlyAFleshWound factor]] to make up for it.²* MascotVillain: Nemesis, to the extent of being featured front and center on the game's box art.²* MegaCorp: Before this game, Umbrella was only known as a large pharmaceutical company that also performed dangerous experiments with the T-Virus. When the story kicks off for ''[=RE3=]'', it's revealed that Umbrella is so massive that they literally own Raccoon City. Because of their influence, everyone in the town refused to help Jill get the dirt on them and/or refused to evacuate because they feared repercussions from the company.²* MinidressOfPower: Although Jill just incidentally wears one. One of the bonus outfits gives her an even shorter one.²* {{Minigame}}: Operation Mad Jackal, otherwise known as the first iteration of The Mercenaries minigame, although this earlier version has more in common with the Extreme Battle mode from ''[=RE2=]'' than the later incarnations featured in ''[=RE4=]'' and onward. The objective is to reach the goal before time runs out. Killing enemies and rescuing hostages will extend the time limit, and the latter also provides additional ammo (or healing items) for the player.²* MissionPackSequel: The game was made on a modified version of the ''[=RE2=]'' engine and even some of the areas from the Police Station are recycled. Besides that, it's mostly composed of original models and backgrounds made for this game.²* MoreDakka: The Gatling Gun. It has infinite ammo and a rate of fire to take down anything in your path with ease. With its piercing ability, a horde of zombies can be destroyed in less than five seconds.²* MotherRussiaMakesYouStrong: ²** Subverted in the main game with Mikhail. He's undeniably a badass, fighting a swarm of zombies and ''winning'' while heavily injured bears that out nicely, but he's shown to be a very compassionate man who feels deeply guilty over the fact that his men have all died and he tries his hardest to help the remaining survivors get out of the city, to the point of making a suicide attack on Nemesis to save Jill and Carlos. Played straight with Nikolai, who's a right cold-blooded bastard through and through.²** Literally applies in Operation Mad Jackal, both are stronger than [[DashingHispanic Carlos]] and Mikhail even has a better weapon load out.²* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: Nikolai is in the same room as a gas station explosion that levels a city block and consumes it in fire, but shows up later unscathed and offering no explanations.²* NonLinearSequel: This game takes place both before ''and'' after ''[=RE2=]''. The introductory level is set in September 28, shortly before Leon and Claire arrive on the scene. Jill's ordeal continues after she is infected with the T-Virus by Nemesis and passes out, which puts her in critical condition for two days.²* NonStandardGameOver: Several of them:²** In the Nemesis encounter at the restaurant, Carlos being killed will end the game.²** When playing as Carlos, failing to prevent Nemesis from reaching Jill in the chapel will have him break down the door and kill her.²* NoodleIncident: Later games established that the outbreak in Raccoon City started on September 22, a full six days before the start of ''[=RE3=]''. What Jill did during that period remains a mystery, although it could readily be assumed she held out in her apartment for that period of time. [[AllThereInTheManual The novel attempts to fill in the gaps]] by telling the reader that Jill pushed herself to exhaustion helping survivors reach an abandoned school, [[DespairEventHorizon but gives up after everyone in the school ends up infected and turns her focus to escaping the city]]. As the novels take place in a separate canon from the games, though, it's questionable how accurate this is to the game canon, although it fits Jill's character better than just holing up for a week.²* NostalgiaLevel: Early on, you go into the police station, which shares many of the same screens and assets from ''[=RE2=]''. You don't explore it as thoroughly as you did in that game, though; it's more of a pit stop to acquire some key items before moving elsewhere.²* NukeEm: How the military decides to solve the problem. Though they never actually [[NotUsingTheZWord call it]] [[NuclearWeaponsTaboo "nuclear"]]. Later games retcon this weapon into an experimental thermobaric warhead (a fuel/air explosive).²* OddlyNamedSequel2ElectricBoogaloo: This was the first numbered entry in the series (and until the release of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil7Biohazard'' in 2017, the only one) with a subtitle, both in Japan and abroad. This was likely due to the fact that this was a side story originally and wasn't initially planned to be a mainline entry.²* OhCrap: Jill understandably has this look when Nemesis first drops onto the scene with her and Brad. She has a slightly less epic but equally understandable reaction when [[spoiler:Nemesis pops up again to shoot down her getaway chopper]].²* OneHitKill: If Jill gets thrown to the ground by Nemesis and fails to get up before he grabs her again, the results aren't pretty. It is possible to jam on the buttons hard enough to break free, though.²* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Carlos is Hispanic, except when he isn't. He seems to lose his accent every third line.²* OutrunTheFireball: Jill and possibly Carlos have to outrun the gas station explosion that levels an entire city block.²* POVSequel: It takes place during the same incident as in ''[=RE2=]'', only from Jill's perspective.²* PermanentlyMissableContent: Taking off on the rail car will permanently lock off the streets of Raccoon City. Sure hope you got that weapon out of the power plant.²* PersonalSpaceInvader:²** Zombies, zombie dogs and zombie crows all make their classic return here.²** The Sliding Worms - a giant leech like enemy that is generally believed to be the larval form of the Grave Digger - has a special attack where it clings to your character and starts sucking blood, turning increasingly red as they drain health.²** One of Nemesis' main attacks in his first form is grabbing Jill and hoisting her up in a NeckLift. Then, depending on her health, he'll either toss her aside (requiring the player to mash the controls to make her get up) or get ready to impale her with his arm tentacle.²* PoliceAreUseless: Justified. When Jill finds Brad in a bar, she asks him why the police aren't helping. Brad responds by pointing out that the police aren't trained to handle anything like a zombie outbreak. Additionally, by this point in the outbreak, the RPD has been decimated by zombies and the main police headquarters is overrun.²* PreMortemOneLiner: Right before making Nemesis [[{{Pun}} see stars]]:²-->'''Jill:''' "[[IWillShowYouX You want S.T.A.R.S.? I'll give you S.T.A.R.S.!]]"²* PressXToNotDie: Not exactly, but certain points in the game prompt the player to choose between two options, they majorly involve deciding whether to fight Nemesis or flee. Or you can [[TakeAThirdOption let the timer run out and gamble on a much more advantageous position]].²* RPGElements: The more you use the reloading press, the more bullets you make with it.²* RecurringLocation: Jill ends up traversing a sizable portion of the RPD headquarters towards the beginning of the game.²* RedShirt: Nikolai/Carlos encounters a fellow U.B.C.S. operative (Murphy Seeker) who is about to become a zombie inside one of Umbrella's offices.²* RedShirtArmy: The RPD officers and Umbrella mooks in the opening cinematic. By the time the game properly begins, less then 10 of the original 120 mercenaries are still standing; their numbers are slowly whittled until only Carlos and Nikolai remain.²* RemixedLevel: You'll find yourself backtracking through parts of the city (even to the very beginning of the game) and you might think these revisits aren't going to be as bad. It's probably worse than when you first ran through. Zombies and dogs will bust out of windows in previously cleared areas.²* {{Retcon}}: The destruction of Raccoon City. While this game implies the missile that impacts the city is nuclear (or even thermonuclear), later games revise this to an experimental thermobaric (fuel/air) missile, which makes more sense. [[note]] The government deploying a nuclear weapon on their own soil, especially to destroy an American city, would be ''unbelievably'' difficult to sweep under the rug, as the outbreak's cause was passed off to the public as a radiation leak.[[/note]]²* RuleOfSexy: Why is Jill dressed like a streetwalker? Even more importantly, who cares? The novels at least try to {{lampshade|Hanging}} things by saying her choice of outfit makes her harder to be grabbed by zombies. [[{{Fanservice}} This paid off big time]] in ''Film/ResidentEvilApocalypse'' and in later games in which the outfit is available. ²* RussianGuySuffersMost: Jill finds herself having to work alongside three U.B.C.S. members -- Nikolai, Mikhail, and Carlos. Guess which one won't get a game over with his death?²* SadisticChoice: A subtle one with the gunpowders. Do you make the simple powders and have no problem with regular enemies yet struggle against the Nemesis? Or do you hoard and make the C powders and have an easier time with the titular B.O.W. at the cost of having to be more defensive and prudent around the regular monsters?²* SequelDifficultySpike: This game is brutal. Even on Easy, the zombies can take more hits, and there are much, ''much'' more. You can farm lots of handgun and shotgun ammo via the gun powder mixing mechanic... but you could be missing out on ammo for more powerful guns. Not to mention Nemesis is stalking you the whole time -- sometimes relentlessly so -- and healing items are precious. And if you're on Hard Mode and want the gun parts that he drops, you'll have to be especially good at dodging zombies (and Nemesis' punches) long enough to claim them. Ammo itself isn't so generous compared to the previous game. While you can find handgun and shotgun ammo easily, the rest has to come from gunpowder. Ammo for the grenade launcher that is not regular rounds and magnum rounds are almost non-existent and can only be created through mixtures of different gunpowder.²* ShoutOut: [[ShoutOut/ResidentEvil3Nemesis See here]].²* SimilarSquad: The U.B.C.S. closely mirrors the original S.T.A.R.S. lineup. They're even being led around by a duplicitous leader who's trying to get them all killed.²* SkippableBoss: ²** Many of the encounters with the titular creature can be run from, and since you start off so poorly armed, you need to. He only really has to be fought in front of the clock tower, in the Dead Factory dump room, and in the final encounter (all of which are places you can't escape from; the clock tower is blocked by helicopter wreckage, the dump room's door is sealed and the final encounter again has a sealed door.²** The Grave Digger, the only other boss fight in the game, can actually be skipped in both fights. The first, if you're quick enough in lowering the ladders, you can just simply leave. The second is trickier, because the game can sometimes not feel like doing it, but if you're lucky, a lamp post will get dislodged near a pool of water, and if you shoot it at the right time, you can fry the beast without ever truly fighting it. ²* SoiledCityOnAHill: Jill makes clear in her opening narration that there's no stopping the outbreak, and that Raccoon City is finished. She expresses some bitterness at her fellow citizens for being too timid to challenge Umbrella.²* SteelEarDrums: Subverted. Carlos, if he is with Jill when the gas station goes up, will complain about his ears ringing, and mention both of them should be deaf by now. Similarly, in the novel, after the explosion that starts the game, Jill will doubt her ability to hear a brass band afterwards. ²%%* StuffBlowingUp²* SuperPersistentPredator: Nemesis cannot be stopped. Justified as he was literally ''created'' for the purpose of being a one-unit death squad and to kill his targets at all costs. It's implied that the only reason he fails is because he is highly experimental. With proper care, Umbrella could easily make more. Just look at the advancements between the Tyrant in ''[=RE1=]'' and Mr. X in ''[=RE2=]''.²* SurvivorGuilt: It's never made clear within the game itself, but the novel points out that Jill has somewhat mixed feelings about being cured of the T-Virus after she's given the vaccine. The feeling of knowing she lived due to a vaccine while so many others died from infection bothers her but she shuts that line of thinking down quick when she realizes that the likelihood of Umbrella having plenty of vaccine for the entire city is just out of the question.²* SuspiciousVideoGameGenerosity: This is almost entirely thanks to the presence of [[ImplacableMan Nemesis]], though, since the game rains down even more healing items, weapons and ammo on the player than its predecessor did, and you'll need ''every bit of it'' to put Nemesis down.²* TakingYouWithMe: How Mikhail dies trying to kill the Nemesis. Also, another UBCS member in one scene blows himself up trying to kill Nikolai, who had just shot him.²* ThereWasADoor: Mostly averted. Most of the times Nemesis appears, he actually ''uses the door like a normal person''. You even hear the door open and shut offscreen. That being said, as a Tyrant model, he's [[RunningGag obligated]] to play this at least once, which he does in the police station when he jumps through the window. He does it again in the clock tower while you're controlling Carlos, and presumably this is also how he got onboard the moving cable car.²* TitleDrop: In Japan, the game is subtitled ''Last Escape'', the two words Jill ends most of her monologues with:²--> "It was Raccoon City's last chance, and my last chance... my last escape."²--> "Farewell to my life, farewell to my home. This is my last chance at survival, this is my last escape."²--> "I will survive, they can't stop, my last escape..."²* TooAwesomeToUse: Subverted. Grenade freeze rounds and magnum ammo are pretty rare and are serious overkill against the vast majority of enemies you'll face, but they actually make for a fair fight against Nemesis, so you ''will'' want to use them. Aside from dealing significant damage, they can make Nemesis stagger with each hit.²* TurnInYourBadge: At some point after the first game, Jill leaves the RPD, likely because of Brian Irons.²* UndergroundMonkey:²** This game had ''the'' largest assortment of different zombie skins of the three original [=PlayStation=] games.²** Hunters Beta & Gamma are essentially reskins of each other, but they also serve as reskins of the original Hunter Alphas from the first game.²** Like the Hunters, the Drain Deimos and Brain Suckers are not only cosmetic tweaks of each other, but are also reskins of the Chimera from the first game, with the added ability to poison your character.²* UniqueEnemy: You only have a 50/50 chance of encountering the Gamma Hunters, when they burst out of their tubes in the hospital basement. The only other place you'll see them is on the water walkway in the park.²* {{Unwinnable}}: Due to the German version's censorship, which omitted the bonus time you get while killing zombies in Operation Mad Jackal, it is practically impossible to get the infinite ammo for everything.²* UrbanRuins: Even before the zombie apocalypse hit, it provided unwilling "test subjects" for the local Evil Inc, which practically owned the city and could easily 'disappear' any one of Raccoon's inhabitants. Post-outbreak, it is a grimy bloodstained tangle of streets and buildings that horrific safety code violations will kill you almost as much as the actual zombies. [[spoiler:Thankfully, the ending involves Raccoon City being nuked to high heaven]].²* TheUsualAdversaries: Strangely, Jill never comes across any Lickers in her travels. Instead, we get the old assortment of ''[=RE1=]'' enemies that were previously wiped out at the Arklay Lab: Hunters, along with Brain Suckers and Drain Demios, both of which are functionally similar to Chimeras with the added bonus of having a chance at poisoning Jill. These particular ones were flown over from Umbrella Europe for field testing.²* VaporTrail: An electrical spark ignites a puddle of spilled machine oil in a gas station garage, leading to the entire station exploding spectacularly.²* VictoriasSecretCompartment: Jill is dressed [[{{Stripperiffic}} in a miniskirt and a tube top]] and later on gets a harness which adds inventory space. Yet she can somehow carry more than Carlos, her erstwhile ally who is dressed in military fatigues loaded with pockets. Her alternate outfits don't explain it either.²* VillainousRescue: Should you chose to run out the back when the zombies attack the power station, Nemesis will blow them up with his rocket launcher. Of course, now you have him to deal with. He does it a second time should you push him of the bridge that leads to the dead factory. When Nikolai has Jill cornered in the hallway leading to the dumping room, Nemesis grabs Nikolai and pulls him into the ceiling, brutally murdering him. Once more, you have to deal with Nemesis afterwards. ²* WeCannotGoOnWithoutYou: If Carlos dies while he is under AI control, it's [[NonStandardGameOver Game Over]].²* WeHaveReserves: Following the completion of their objectives, the U.B.C.S. mercenaries are left to rot. Even with the utter annihilation of the U.B.C.S., the mission is considered a resounding success due to the combat data collected from their deaths. Only the unit commanders are let in on the true nature of the mission, which is why said commanders were recruited from the absolute worst of Europe's war criminals.²* WhatHappenedToTheMouse:²** Carlos is completely MIA since the end of ''[=RE3=]''.²** ''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvilGunSurvivor Resident Evil: Survivor]]'', which is set after the events of ''[=RE3=]'', features a file written by Nikolai and ''The Umbrella Chronicles'' confirms Nikolai's survival in a letter from Sergei Vladimir addressed to him dated a few months after the events of ''[=RE3=]''. Other than that, the character hasn't been featured in another game since then (outside ''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvilOutbreak Outbreak]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvilOperationRaccoonCity Operation Raccoon City]]'', both which are set during the ''[=RE3=]'' time period).²* WhatTheHellHero: ²** In one scene in the newspaper office, Carlos responds to a comrade asking him for a mercy kill by ''unloading an entire magazine into his chest''. Bonus points in that he completely missed the poor man's head, guaranteeing that he will come back as a zombie (granted, headshots aren't necessary for killing zombies in this series, but it saves a lot of ammo). If Nikolai's there, he just shoots the guy in the head immediately, while said guy begs Nikolai to "Wait!" ²** Carlos gives one to Jill should she choose to toss a lamp at a gas valve in order to fend off Nemesis in the restaurant:²-->'''Carlos:''' Are you crazy?! You could've barbecued both of us!²* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: The epilogues that you unlock after beating the game detail what certain characters from both this game and [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil1 previous]] [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil2 games]] did after. You unlock a new epilogue each time you beat the game, in this order: Jill, Chris, Barry, Leon, Claire, Sherry, Ada, and HUNK. Yes, that's ''[[FakeLongevity eight]]'' times that you have to beat the game just to unlock those epilogues. And they're only available on Hard mode. Good luck.²* WholePlotReference: To ''Film/TheTerminator''. Substitute Sarah for Jill, Terminator for Nemesis, bar the grenade launcher the rest of the guns from the film are gained by fighting Nemesis, and to further drive the reference home, Jill does Arnie's shotgun flip.²* AWinnerIsYou: The reward for beating the game ''nine'' times is a congratulatory message that will only appear that one time, and unlike the prior eight Epilogues, cannot be reloaded again.²* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: Jill makes it to the clock tower with Carlos and signals the evacuation helicopter, [[spoiler:but Nemesis blows it out of the sky with his rocket launcher]].²* ZergRush: The RPD didn't stand much of a chance against these guys. The zombies simply ignore their machine gun fire and march straight through the blockades.²* ZombieApocalypse: Raccoon City is full of zombies.²----


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