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     Luis Sera 
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Voiced by: Rino Romano

"A little rough, don't you think?"

Luis is a smooth-talking cad who shows up mysteriously to aid Leon from time to time before running off. He claims to have been a policeman in Madrid before later admitting that he was also once a researcher for Los Illuminados. He does his best to help Leon and Ashley.


  • The Atoner: He goes well out of his way to help Leon and Ashley because of the responsibility he feels for the situation at hand.
  • Badass Mustache: Double subverted. He has a pencil mustache in the early trailers, but it had been removed for some reason. But if you look closely at him while playing the cabin siege level, he's somehow still sporting that mustache.
  • Badass Normal: Subverted. He was once a host to a Plagas, giving him inhuman durability. He may have also once been a police officer in Madrid, which explains his skill with firearms, but along side the likes of Leon and Ada (who are both highly trained special agents), it's easy to forget that Luis is just a fairly normal scientist in comparison.
  • Break Out the Museum Piece: His weapon of choice is a Mauser C96 "Red 9", a pistol that has not been in production since World War I. Interesting choice for someone who can make literal laser guns.
  • The Casanova: He claims to be "quite the ladies' man." Subverted, Ashley disagrees.
  • Dashing Hispanic: He's a charming Spaniard with both intelligence and skills with a gun.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Leon over the course of the game, making his death hit him all the more harder.
  • Fling a Light into the Future: Despite dying near the midpoint of the story, it's through his notes, the Plagas supressive medication he developed, and his Plagas removal device that Leon and Ashley manage to remove the parasites from their bodies.
  • Genius Bruiser: He is a brilliant scientist hired to study the Plagas, but he is skilled enough with firearms to keep up with Leon (who is a highly trained U.S. government agent).
  • Good Feels Good: Why he helps Leon undermine the plans of Los Illuminados. Given how he blames himself for the impending disaster with the Las Plagas’ release, it makes sense.
    Luis: "It makes me feel better. Let’s just leave it at that."
  • Gun Twirling: Downplayed. When drawing his pistol in preparation for the siege on the cabin, he quickly twirls it as he draws.
  • Handsome Lech:
    Luis: "I see the president has equipped his daughter with ballistics, too."
  • Heel–Face Turn: Although he is unusual in that his happens before the beginning of the story proper.
  • Heroic Willpower: Before the game, he was fully infected with a Plagas, but his Plagas acted so much like him that it killed itself to free him from Saddler's control.
  • Hot Scientist: Just look at the guy!
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: By Saddler's Plaga tentacle.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: While he previously acted sort of helpless and cowardly, when you encounter him in the house while fending off a horde of Ganados, and he finally has a weapon, he twirls it out expertly before saying: "It's game time". He then proceeds to kill Ganados by the dozen.
  • Made of Iron: Presumedly due to once being host to a full plagas.
    • During the siege on the cabin, the player can shoot him several times (on purpose or accident), this does little but annoy Luis, until he has enough and calmly kills Leon with just a couple shots.
    • He later manages to tell Leon the truth of his past and gives him the medications to suppress the Plagas, after having suffered an impalement that would have surely damaged his spine, as well as destroying his heart and lungs. This was likely due to having once been host to a full grown Plagas.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: He has one of these moments before the start of the game, upon realizing that his research on Las Plagas was being used to make them stronger and more infectious. Leads him to doing whatever he can to destroy the parasites.
  • Nice Guy: Lecherous comments aside, he is one of the nicest people in the series. He genuinely wants to help Leon and Ashley, and if willing to go well out of his way to do so. He is also trying to undo the events he helped set in motion. His genuine good will is even what freed him from Saddler's control, see Heroic Willpower above.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: He acts like a sleaze, but as the notes, medication, and the laser he created attest, he's a genius. Even Ada calls him "brilliant."
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Researched the biology of the Plaga parasite (zoology), created a medication to suppress their growth in a host (pharmacology), developed a machine to kill adult parasites (biomedical engineering), and a weapon capable of killing parasites and hosts rapidly (weapons engineering).
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: If you shoot him too many times (accidentally or on purpose) during the Hold the Line mission:
    Luis: "Adios, Leon!" (Shoots Leon dead)
  • Redemption Equals Death: Luis manages to give Leon some medicine to fight the parasite trying to take over him, and almost gives him the Dominant Plaga sample, just before dying from being impaled by Saddler.
  • Sacrificial Lion: He has a moderate role in the story and goes out of his way to help Leon and Ashley as much as he can. Because he used to work for Saddler on the Las Plagas project, he feels responsible for everything that happened. Ergo, Luis tries to get a cure ready for Leon and Ashley's parasite problem. Saddler kills him right in front of Leon and steals the sample, forcing Leon to find another way to cure the infection much later on.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After being freed from being shackled to Leon, he immediately up and flees from the area without so much as a good bye to Leon.
  • Smoking Is Cool: The first thing he asks for when Leon finds him is a smoke.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Of Carlos Olivera from the previous game before Luis. Both are sarcastic, flirty Hispanics with a knack for firearms.
  • Unkempt Beauty: Long greasy hair never looked so good.
  • Video Game Cruelty Punishment: During the Hold the Line segment in the cabin, you can shoot him instead; willingly or via stray bullets. Do it enough times, and Luis will get angry and kill Leon, resulting in a Non-Standard Game Over.
  • Weapon of Choice: Luis's personal weapon is a 1916 Austria Contract Mauser C96, aka the "Red 9". The most powerful, non-magnum, handgun in the game.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Played Straight. Luis is told this by Saddler after being impaled and the Plagas sample taken from him.

     Ashley Graham 
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Voiced by: Carolyn Lawrence

"I'm never turning into one of them! Never!"

The president's daughter that Leon must rescue in 4. A twenty-year-old university student who was abducted and taken to Europe for ransom and to be implanted with Las Plasgas as part of Saddler's plan.


  • Armor Is Useless: Averted. You can shoot the trap she was in with a rocket launcher and not kill her with it, also conveniently preventing any game overs due to a misfire. Later, when you unlock an alternate costume that is a literal suit of armor, she is both too heavy to be captured by mooks and invulnerable. Thus, having her stand in the center of a mob while shooting enemies around her works exceptionally well.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her first bonus outfit, a Pop Star-like ensemble.
  • Bodyguard Crush: She even invites him to come back to her place for "overtime", but gets shot down.
  • Developers' Foresight: A minor example. When you play with the default outfit, Ashley won't let you look under her skirt if she's above you (she'll close her legs and admonish you for trying). Playing with either of the unlockable, pants equipped outfits, and she doesn't respond if you try the same thing. Leon will also fall to one knee after catching her in his arms when she jumps down from a ledge that's too high for her to safely land if she's wearing the armor and will stand up clutching his back in pain.
  • Distressed Damsel: She sticks with Leon for a couple of chapters when he first finds her before traps in the castle separate them. The next two times he finds her, she winds up kidnapped again by the end of the chapter.
  • Fist Pump: During the cable car ride, shooting an enemy and causing them to fall will cause Ashley to do a victory fist pump.
  • Gag Boobs: Resulting in Luis's Lampshading. note  Further lampshaded with the trophy for rescuing her.
    "Secure the Ballistics"
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation:
    • The PS2 version runs cutscenes off of movie files so everyone has their default outfits, while all other editions use the game engine to show what's actually worn. It also happens in the original PC version and the Wii version, but only for the suit of armor/Chicago mobster alternates in the latter.
    • When she's kidnapped by flying monsters, Leon just goes on looking for her, but if a mook carries her into a different game zone, it's instant Game Over, even if Leon is on his heels.
    • Leon has to protect her from deadly encounters and traps with alarming frequency in spite of Saddler's Evil Plan requiring her to be sent home alive and infected. Even villains who should absolutely know better than to risk killing her (like Salazar) will still occasionally try to.
  • Glad-to-Be-Alive Sex: She offers Leon some "overtime" during the ending cutscene. He turns her down though, presumably because he'd be in hot water if it was found out that he, a Secret Service agent, bedded the President's little girl.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She's a sweet girl when things settle down, and in comparing to her blonde predecessor Alexia, she's really nice in comparison.
  • Idiot Ball: Jokes about her AI intelligence aside, there's one scene in the game where Ashley will overreact to Leon asking if she's fine after coughing some blood and run straight into one of the castle's obvious traps.
  • Improvised Weapon User: She can use candles/lanterns in the rooms when you play her.
  • Kill It with Fire: One of her few attacks is to throw candles at enemies.
  • The Load: Averted. She makes herself useful on occasion, and when she's alone she can fend for herself if need be (well, when the player controls her, of course, her AI isn't quite that smart). Quite often Leon can tell her to hide in a dumpster where she can't be discovered, which makes escorting her a lot easier. On the other hand, if Ashley is ordered to wait, she will not move even if she is being attacked by enemies.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Her second alternate outfit is a suit of armor. Not only does it make her impervious to any and all kind of damage (Even from rocket launchers), but it's also so heavy that it also protects her from being kidnapped, making the segments with her much easier.
  • Nice Girl: Very, even though she is a rich girl she is very sweet.
  • Panty Shot: Allegedly, the panties have a rather detailed graphic...
  • Sensual Spandex: Her white pop star outfit, which leaves very little to the imagination.
  • Support Party Member: There's a few times in which she makes herself useful, piggybacking over locked gates to unbar them, helping out whenever there's more than one winch to turn, etc. She also drives a massive truck through a tunnel so Leon can focus on shooting up the Ganados trying to halt their progress.
  • Coy, Girlish Flirt Pose: Her menu picture in her playable area shows her standing like this.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Is the president's daughter, so she's rich yet she isn't a snob.
  • Stone Wall: Armor Ashley is completely invincible to any form of attack. It is a perfectly viable strategy to use Armor Ashley to lure enemies away from Leon as he snipes them from a distance... with a rocket. Ashley will be perfectly fine.
  • Sweater Girl: Her sleeveless sweater really accentuates her....ballistics.
  • Video Game Caring Potential: Depends on your take on Escort Missions, Leon can either be nice to her or a jerk.
  • Wrestler in All of Us:
    • No kidding! Do it right, and you can have her performing Leon's suplex move on enemies!
    • Ashley uses the same controls as Leon, but since she never finds any weapons in her chapter, you're not supposed to be able to fight. If you manage to hit a monk with one of the doors, though, you can run up and use one of the context-sensitive melee commands. Sadly, said ability only works in the original Nintendo GameCube release.
  • Your Princess Is in Another Castle!: Try and count how many times she's been rescued, only to be kidnapped again. Granted, the circumstances are out of Leon's control, ranging from an ambush to Mind Control.

     Ingrid Hunnigan 
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Voiced by: Sally Saffioti

"May I remind you that you're still on duty?"

Leon's Mission Control in Resident Evil 4, Degeneration, Damnation, and 6.


  • Ambiguously Brown: She's Caucasian, or at least American according to The Other Wiki, but she has a nice tone of olive skin. This supports the theory that she is either tanned, or has Latino/Mediterranean ancestry. Not that it subtracts any points of her beauty at all.
  • Beautiful All Along: Normally, she dresses and looks rather plain (not that Leon minds), but once she tidies up a little, well...
  • Consummate Professional: Even people she's worked with for years know next to nothing about her personal life. The closest thing we get to hint is an anecdote in a file of her telling off her mother for calling her at work about her personal life, insisting her work is her number one priority.
  • Friendship Moment: In 6, when Leon asks Hunnigan to fake his and Helena's deaths so they can chase Simmons to China, she barely hesitates. In fact, the reason they know where he's going is because she already put a tail on him. They're accusing a respected superior of a crime they themselves are the prime suspects in, without any evidence to back them up, and she believes them immediately. Justified, even though Leon is wanted for murder of President Adam Benford, it's likely she would never believe Leon would actually caused a bio-terror attack and murder the President of the US, considering all of the good Leon has done throughout his solo missions combating B.O.W's in the past.
  • The Glasses Gotta Go: At the end of Resident Evil 4, her last conversation with Leon has her without the glasses and Leon immediately notices it.
  • He Knows About Timed Hits: "I'm sending you a playing manual!"
  • Last-Name Basis: Almost always referred to as Hunnigan.
  • Meganekko: Wears glasses all the time. It led to a lot of Wild Mass Guessing that she was an established character in disguise.
  • Mission Control: Acts as Leon's mission control on both 4 and 6.
  • Multi-Ethnic Name: She's Ambiguously Brown, but "Ingrid" is Germanic and "Hunnigan" is an Irish surname.

     Mike 
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"Yeah, swiped 'em clean!"

Leon's evac personnel. After the original evac chopper was reported to have been shotdown, Mike is called in as the replacement. He finally locates Leon, and even gives fire support late in the game.


     Jack Krauser 
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Voiced by: Jim Ward

"Been a long time, comrade."

An antagonist in 4, he literally shows up in the last section of the game, though he's one of the causes of the whole mess: He's the one who originally kidnapped Ashley. Also a playable character Darkside Chronicles, which serves as his Start of Darkness, showing the actual mission he worked with Leon and why he hooked up with Wesker.


  • Achilles' Heel: Unlike other enemies, Krauser takes an incredible amount of damage from the Knife. It's an effective strategy to simply knife him to death in boss fights.
  • Ambition Is Evil: He actually completed his mission right off the bat, obtaining a Dominant Plagas sample from Saddler as a reward for kidnapping Ashley. But Krauser's thirst for power caused him to use the sample on himself, necessitating that he call in Ada to help him steal a second sample. It ended up costing him his life.
  • Another Side, Another Story: A bonus version of Operation Javier covers the final chapters from Krauser's point of view, revealing how he ended up as the villain introduced in 4.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: In addition to increased speed and endurance, the infection also mutates his left arm into a gigantic metal blade which you can use in the Mercenaries minigame.
  • Blood Knight: He enjoys the thrill of the battle, and acts like he's having a ball during his duel with Leon in 4.
  • Career-Ending Injury: Impaled through his left arm during Operation Javier, ending his military career and serving as his Start of Darkness.
  • Combat Parkour: During the battle in the ruins, Krauser makes for a very difficult target due to his inhuman speed and tendency towards dramatically flipping around.
  • Combat Sadomasochist: Hinted at, during the lengthy battle in the ruins. He clearly enjoys hurting Leon, but also praises Leon whenever he gets in a good hit.
  • Compensating for Something: After finishing him off, Ada mockingly comments on the size of his Blade Below the Shoulder, suggesting this.
  • Cowardly Lion: He puts up a good front, but he's way in over his head during Operation Javier. He's still able to fight efficiently as a soldier, but he's slowly cracking under the strain of the mission.
  • Driven by Envy: His jealousy towards Leon is what triggered Krauser's fascination with the viruses, and thirst for greater power.
  • Driven to Villainy: Being crippled and subsequently forced to resign, losing the only thing that gave his life meaning, drove Krauser down a darker path. Seeing how the T-Veronica virus gave Manuela a new lease on life and greater power, he sought the same thing for himself.
  • Drunk on the Dark Side: "WITNESS THE POWER!"
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Darkside Chronicles shows us that he was pretty badass before getting infected.
  • Evil Counterpart: For Leon. Both are Knife Nuts, worked for the US government, and even served on the same mission in Darkside Chronicles. Ironically, Krauser falls to the dark side because he liked his work with SOCOM so much, so when he all but loses one arm and faces an end to his military career, he turns to Wesker.
  • Evil Former Friend: Leon's former partner, turned bio-terrorist. While Leon thought highly of him, Krauser came to resent Leon by the time they parted ways.
  • Expy: His appearance and temperament are both very similar to those of Sgt. Barnes from Platoon.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Ends up turning to Wesker (and presumably faking his own death). One of the major factors in his allying himself with Wesker was because of deep anger about feeling used by the United States Military, especially when they didn't even request for him to join up with the organization to stop bioweapon threats, yet they allowed Leon to join, and later their firing him because the Javier mission had him injured in his arm with it not fully recovering. That would probably explain why Krauser, despite swearing an oath to his native country, was perfectly willing to undergo a mission to kidnap the President's daughter.
  • Faking the Dead: Faked his own death in a crash, allowing him to join Wesker's group.
  • Fallen Hero: Operation Javier shows that he started out as a relatively decent soldier, but the combination of jealousy and fear of losing everything drove him down a darker path.
  • Foil: To Leon:
    • Both are blond guys, except Leon is good and he's not.
    • Krauser has a nasty scar, and Leon has a perfect face.
    • Leon, while not short, he's a bit above average height (5'10"), Krauser towers him at 6 ft.
    • Leon has long-ish hair, Krauser has a buzzcut.
    • Both were working for the government, but Krauser turned to evil.
    • Both are very good with the knife.
    • Both have Icy Blue Eyes, the difference however is that Leon is compassionate individual, but fairly snarky, Krauser is very serious.
  • Flash Step: Similar to Wesker's famous move. When targeted during his boss fight, Krauser will rapidly move from side-to-side while closing the distance to throw Leon's aim off. It's the cause of many a player wasting valuable ammo when Krauser suddenly blurs to the side at the last second.
  • For Want of a Nail: Manuela's fate was the proverbial nail for him, as the multiple endings of Darkside Chronicles demonstrates. The game's director confirms that in the non-canon Bad Ending where Manuela overtaxed her powers and died, Krauser never underwent a Face–Heel Turn and abandoned the idea of seeking out Wesker.
  • Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: In comparison to Leon, Krauser has beady eyes that are usually narrowed in a glare.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: The giant scar on his face is supposed to make him look more intimidating. When he puts war paint on his face, it lessens the appearance of it.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Operation Javier, as told from his point of view, reveals him becoming increasingly jealous of Leon and resentful towards the government that seemed to unfairly favor him.
  • The Heavy: He's the main player driving the events of 4, even though he doesn't show himself until late in the game. Ashley's kidnapping was merely a way for Krauser to infiltrate Los Illuminados, gaining a place within Saddler's inner circle for the purpose of stealing the Master Plagas sample. When his infiltration ran into problems, Krauser called Ada in to serve as his backup.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Central to his character arc in Operation Javier. Krauser's promotional artwork for the game even features the full quote, since the game is about his Start of Darkness.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: Thankfully a non-sexual example of the trope. Once Manuela is able to control the T-Veronica virus, Krauser is completely in awe of her, praising and encouraging her during the final battle in contrast to Leon trying to talk her down. In the aftermath, Krauser becomes obsessed with seeking out such power for himself.
  • Irony: He's introduced with a knife fight, is a Knife Nut, and his Plagas mutation is a giant blade in his arm. That said, the best weapon to use in his boss fight is the knife.
  • Knife Nut: His favorite weapon is a combat knife, which he uses in almost every encounter with Leon.
  • Last-Name Basis: Everybody refers to him as "Krauser", making his first name, Jack, hard to find.
  • Licking the Blade: Whenever he manages to grab Leon from behind, Krauser will take the time to lick the blade before trying to slit Leon's throat.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Of the Mercenaries, he's got the largest health bar, his bow is extremely powerful, his physical attacks will demolish just about anyone, and he can run at a pretty good pace.
  • Made of Iron: Get filled with lead by both Leon and Ada, yet just absolutely refuses to die.
  • Mirror Boss: During the first part of his boss battle, Jack Krauser fights much like Leon and Ada would, using a gun and grenades to attack from a distance, using a knife to attack him up close, and uses a kick takedown move similar to Leon and Ada after shooting a Ganado in the head. He also flees when he finds himself being attacked, much like the player most likely would if the Ganados were approaching him so that he could pick them off with his gun. While he doesn't use it against Ada, he uses an explosive bow against Leon, similar to Ada's own explosive crossbow.
  • Nerves of Steel: Subverted in Darkside Chronicles. While Krauser seems cool under the collar in the main game, the bonus mode told from his point of view reveals him cracking under the pressure. Not only does he plead for Leon to save him, he slowly descends into madness and develops a sick fascination with the viruses' power.
  • Not Quite Dead: Leon apparently kills him, and leaves his corpse to be blown up by his own explosives. He managed to survive the explosion, though horrifically burned in the process. Ada makes sure to finish him off, so there won't be any loose ends to deal with.
  • Nice Hat: He wore a raspberry beret, and not the kind you'd find in a secondhand store.
  • The Paragon Always Rebels: The bio for Krauser in Darkside Chronicles noted that he had a long and outstanding service in the military prior to his ultimate fall.
  • Promoted to Playable: Initially as an unlockable character in The Mercenaries mode, and then promoted to a playable protagonist in Darkside Chronicles.
  • Psycho Supporter: By Resident Evil 4, he is very much loyal to Wesker, presumably because of his healing his arm so he can be a soldier again.
  • Remember the New Guy?: "I died in the crash 2 years ago... Is that what they told you?" What crash? What mission? Who are you?
    • Ultimately subverted with the Interquel Darkside Chronicles.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Saddler's ultimate plan for Krauser would have been this, having never actually trusted him. He thanks Leon for saving him the trouble, and states his intention to make Leon his bodyguard as a "reward".
  • Rival Turned Evil: Darkside Chronicles lays out the rather tragic story. Leon and Krauser only knew each other for the one mission, but they earned each other's respect and friendship and from Leon's point of view, parted as friends. In reality, because of a combination of the insane stress of the mission, fear of rejection by the government after major injury, and subsequent fascination for power with which he could liberate himself from others' control, Krauser sought after organic weaponry to augment himself immediately after that mission, breaking all bonds with Leon and the US government (although the fact that the US government fired him because of his injury was probably a huge factor in that last part of his viewpoint).
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Similar to Gray Fox, Jack Krauser feels he is useless outside of the battlefield, and that being a soldier is his calling, to the extent that he often underwent mercenary missions even when he was off-duty from SOCOM. This is a large part of the reason why he ultimately turned to Wesker's help after the US Government fired him due to his arm injury never really recovering.
  • Shoot the Dog: In Operation Javier, Krauser brings up the issue of killing Manuela before she can transform into a monster. Leon insists there's another way, and convinces Krauser that their mission requires finding out how Javier has kept his infected daughter alive. Ironically, the game's director explains that Krauser's suggestion was the correct choice, and saving Manuela was a mistake.
  • Sociopathic Soldier: After being discharged from service due to his arm injury, he goes rather insane and readily becomes a Las Plagas host in order to regain the use of his arm and increase his combat ability so he can keep being a soldier, even if it means fighting for an insane cause.
  • Stab the Scorpion: In Darkside Chronicles, he stabs a snake that's about to strike Leon.
  • Start of Darkness: Operation Javier was the beginning of his downward spiral, as his fear and jealousy turned into a obsession with the power viral weaponry presented. A Career-Ending Injury further pushed him over the edge, turning to Wesker in order to regain use of his arm.
  • The Straight and Arrow Path: In the Mercenaries mode, he wields a compound bow that functions similarly to the Sniper Rifle. While a fairly slow weapon, it's devastating to most enemies.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: He loses his shirt for the final duel with Leon, initially wearing his holster before taking that off as well.
  • Warrior Poet: He develops into a rather cynical philosopher over the course of The Darkside Chronicles.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness:
    • SOCOM discharged him after his injury rendered him unable to continue doing field work. He did not take this well.
    • Inverted by Wesker's organization. Wesker managed to obtain a sample of a Dominant-strain Plagas, taking it from Krauser's corpse.

     The Merchant 
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Voiced by: Paul Mercier

"Got a selection of good things on sale, stranger!"

A strange pirate-merchant guy introduced in RE4. Clad in a black, hooded coat and purple neckerchief, the Merchant would be available at some point during the level to sell and buy items. He's a mysterious and quirky fellow and gained quite the fanbase as a result.


  • Catchphrase: "Wot're ye buyin'?", "Wot're ye sellin'?", and "Come back any tiome!"
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": He sells stuff and has no official name, therefore he's just "The Merchant".
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Subverted. While he has glowing red eyes like the rest of the Ganados, he's a neutral guy looking for profit.
  • Hammerspace: This man can pack an entire arsenal inside his clothes. Though he sometimes mans a stall with lots of room for weapons, most of the time he'll be alone in the middle of nowhere.
  • Inexplicably Awesome: To whit: his glowing eyes indicate that he's a host for a Plagas, and yet he appears to have retained 100% control over his mental faculties. No matter how deep or how dangerous you go, he'll beat you there and already has an item shop and shooting gallery set up. If you kill him on the spot, he'll still show up everywhere. You have to wonder whether the President would be better off if he'd hired this guy and sent him to save his daughter instead of Leon.
  • Intrepid Merchant: No matter how far you go, he'll always be ahead of you to sell his wares.
  • Large Ham: He's always happy to see Leon or Ada, emphatically calling them "STRANGER!" when making good deals, possibly because they are the only ones trading with him.
  • Signature Laugh: If you know the Merchant, you'll recognize his laugh in an instant.
    "I got sumthin' that might interest you. Eh heh heh".
    "Eh heh heh, thank ya!"
  • Token Heroic Orc: His eyes glow red at night, indicating that he is also a host for a Plagas. Yet he does not attack any of the protagonists and actively helps them in the form of selling them much needed weaponry and gear.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: You can show your "appreciation" towards the Merchant's high prices by slashing him with your knife or shooting him, which will kill him on the spot, though he will continue to appear later in the game, even on Professional difficulty, meaning you can murder him to your heart's content on all difficulty settings.
  • We Buy Anything: "I'll buy it fer a high price."
  • We Sell Everything: Well, everything you need to survive a zombie-infested Spanish town. Except ammo, despite occasionally being shown with crates of the stuff, and obviously having enough to completely restock a weapon each time whenever Leon has its capacity increased.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Only shows up in 4, and the last time you see him is before the final battle with Saddler. And after Ada activates the bombs to destroy the island, it's unknown whether or not he escaped. The odds are he did, since he has a habit of showing up in (often dangerous) places in seemingly impossible ways before you do, he probably had a ticket out of there somehow.

Los Illuminados

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     Osmund Saddler 
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Voiced by: Michael Gough

The true mastermind behind the events of Resident Evil 4. He had Krauser capture the president's daughter in order to infect her with Las Plagas and then return her to the White House (after collecting ransom, of course), where she would presumably attack and spread Las Plagas throughout the United States. His plans were foiled by Leon and his crew.


  • America Saves the Day: Saddler references this trope before fighting Leon and promises to subvert it. This, of course, is ultimately played straight.
  • Big Bad: This is the man behind both Mendez and Salazar.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Saddler goes through the trouble of having Leon infected with a Plagas, but never bothers to simply have the agent properly confined. Instead, he continues to throw his followers and bio-weapons at the agent when it was merely a matter of time before the Plagas would take control. This is especially glaring when Saddler simply forces Leon to his knees and paralyzes him with a gesture. Instead of.....oh, having him captured or killed, he mocks Leon and leaves. (Then sets up a trap to have him killed.)
  • Catch and Return: If you pump enough bullets into him during the Separate Ways boss fight, he fires them back at Ada by forcing them out his finger.
  • Combat Tentacles: These are most prominent during his boss fight in Separate Ways. He also kills Luis with a tentacle from between his legs, in a move that fans affectionately call the "Wangpale."
  • Deadpan Snarker: Surprisingly, given the horrifying nature of his cult, Saddler himself is very snarky and laid back. His conversations with Leon can best be described as snark-offs compared to interactions with Bitorez and Salazar.
  • Evil Overlord: Downplayed; his authority doesn't extend much beyond Pueblo and Salazar's castle. Still got the hordes of monsters and world-conquering ambitions, though.
  • Eyes Do Not Belong There: He's got an eye in his mouth that only pops out when he's taken a lot of damage. He also has eyes on the legs that grow out of his face in One-Winged Angel mode.
  • Fantastic Racism: Makes it quite clear he not fond of Americans.
  • Faux Affably Evil: All the way. When Leon makes quips at his expense, Saddler always responds with a good-natured chuckle before telling him in a conversational tone how he's going to kill him, and never lets on that Leon is anything more than a source of amusement for him. Even when Leon manages to rescue Ashley at the Island after being cured of Las Plagas via the Plagas Removal Laser, Saddler's only reaction is to express amusement at him for managing to foil his plans before transforming. This, of course, does not change the fact that he is a depraved, megalomaniacal cult leader who has infected scores of innocent people with his personality-altering Las Plagas parasites.
  • Flash Step: He's quite fond of using this during his boss fight with Ada. Unlike Wesker, he doesn't use it to dodge bullets.
  • Good Hair, Evil Hair: Slicked back hair, sterotypical for a villain.
  • Hive Mind: Using supersonic waves from his staff, he can control anyone or anything who hosts a Plaga, with a few possible exceptions.
  • Idiot Ball: The entire plot of Resident Evil 4 makes considerably more sense on every possible level if you assume that receiving his master Plaga turned Saddler into a delusional psychopath who's unwilling to admit that he could possibly be wrong or be defeated. And as part of his research, Saddler had Luis build a machine in the research building that could kill Las Plagas without damaging the host under certain conditions. Knowing full well that the machine was still operational and that it was very near where he was holding Ashley, Saddler made no effort to destroy the machine. Lo and behold, Ashley and Leon found it and used it to get rid of their parasites.
  • Immune to Bullets: When Ada pours several machine gun bullets into him, it merely stuns him for a few seconds, after which he actually ejects all the bullets out of his hands.
  • Interim Villain: Unlike other antagonists in the series, he is not connected to Umbrella. Albert Wesker takes the role as main villain in Resident Evil 5. Makes sense, Leon's stories were never tied with Wesker.
  • In the Hood: Wears a hood for most of the game.
  • Last-Name Basis: No one calls him Osmund.
  • No, You:
    Saddler: Perhaps you are disillusioned with overconfidence just because you killed my small-time subordinate?
    Leon: Saddler, you're small-time.
  • One-Winged Angel: As noted above, he has legs that grow out of his face.
  • Phallic Weapon: See Combat Tentacles above. It even emerges from somewhere beneath his robes.
  • Properly Paranoid: He never really trusted Krauser, who was indeed working for Wesker.
  • Religion of Evil: Whether or not Saddler actually believes in the religion of Los Illuminados is unclear, but he is their leader and is at least using them as a cover for his own goals.
  • Satanic Archetype: Leader of a Religion of Evil with hordes of brainwashed followers who all share a distinguishing feature (infection with Las Plagas) and armies of monsters at his command? About the only thing missing is triple sixes thrown everywhere.
  • Sinister Minister: Sinister Pope, more like. The Head Honcho of the Los Illuminados cult. Also if the credits pictures are anything to go by, he came to village initally as a priest.
  • Smug Snake: He brushes off every defeat Leon hands him with condescending arrogance. His Villainous Breakdown mentioned below is basically him making a frowny face for about a second before resuming his usual smarmy tone and going One-Winged Angel.
  • The Sociopath: Aside from the whole "taking over the world by turning everyone into brainwashed Parasite Zombies with Puppeteer Parasites" thing, there's this quote from after killing Mike:
    "It's nothing to get all upset about. Don't tell me you've never swatted a bothersome fly. In essence, it's the same thing."
  • Softspoken Sadist: He almost never raises his voice and speaks in a polite, soft tone, even when faced with defeat.
  • Super Speed: In human form, Saddler can move very quickly. He almost seems to hover along the ground as he does so.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Constantly. He sees Leon as nothing but a small fry despite Leon managing to survive everything he throws at him, especially when he does have Leon dead to rights a few times but doesn't bother to finish him. By the time he finally decides to get serious, Leon more then apt at killing Las Plagas. And the area he fights him in was more advantageous to Leon than him, ultimately leading to his death.
  • Villain Ball: It's not clear why he's persistent in keeping Ashley for ransom. Had he just quietly returned her, or allowed Leon to rescue her before he could get to the bottom of things, nobody would've known she was infected until it was too late. On the other hand, it's hinted that he couldn't give her up even with her infected, as more needed to be done with her as shown on the island.
  • Villainous Breakdown: A severely understated one. He keeps his smug tone, and only shows how angry he is with a small scowl and a Death Glare, but once he discovers that Leon found a way to remove his Plaga, and Ashley probably did too, Saddler decides to get serious.
  • Villainous Friendship: One of the papers the player can find at the Island indicates that he was rather disheartened when both Bitores Mendez and Ramon Salazar were both slain by Leon.
  • Why Don't Ya Just Shoot Him?: Despite multiple opportunities to kill Leon personally, Saddler never gives up hope that Leon will succumb to Las Plagas and, in turn, his mind control. This comes back to bite him in the end.

     Ramon Salazar 
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Voiced by: Rene Mujica

The eighth castellan of the Salazar family castle and a high-ranking member of Los Illuminados, Salazar played a huge part in Saddler's plans by excavating fossilized Las Plagas and donating them to his cause. His goal was to create a world without sin: after all, if people have no free will, how can they do evil? He causes Leon a lot of trouble when Leon and Ashley wander into his castle.


  • Body Horror: Due to a genetic defect, he's the size of a child, but he's already got gray, stringy hair and wrinkled skin that makes him look like a dying old man. It's evidently a side-effect of being infected with Las Plagas; a portrait of him looking much younger and more healthy can be found in his castle.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: A twisted version. He's a grown man with a midget body, and his tantrums is that of a little spoiled brat.
  • Butt-Monkey: To Leon. You can tell Leon enjoys trolling the guy.
  • Captain Obvious: At one point in a radio call with Leon, Salazar asks with deadly seriousness: "Did you know no one dies without a cause?"
  • Compensating for Something: Giant mecha Salazar GO!!!
  • Death Trap: His castle is chock full of them, from spiked pits to closing walls, making it actually more dangerous
  • Depraved Dwarf: He's short, but he's actually much more gleefully sadistic than the previous villain Bitores Mendez.
  • Devour the Dragon: He absorbs the second Verdugo when going One-Winged Angel.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: He was unfavorably compared to the first Salazar castellan, who was known to the villagers as a folk hero who eliminated the Los Illuminados cult centuries ago. In addition to his current faith in Los Illuminados, Salazar could have released the Plagas as a way to spite his ancestor.
  • Faith–Heel Turn: He was once a Christian but converted his faith to the local Los Illuminados cult shortly before being approached by Saddler.
  • Foil: To Bitores Mendez. While Mendez was a rather serious character and his encounters with Leon were typically rather frightening, Leon's encounters with Salazar tend to be rather humorous. While Mendez was typically rather cold and unfeeling, Salazar is gleefully sadistic. Mendez fought Leon himself after deliberately setting a trap for him, but Salazar fights Leon as a last resort, with the help of his bodyguards and a giant plant monster. Finally, while Mendez initially decided against killing Leon himself due to him possessing a Plaga, Salazar is quite eager to do so.
  • Giggling Villain: He has this obnoxious little giggle that he busts out whenever he thinks he has the situation under control. Fortunately, as you progress, he finds less and less reason to laugh.
  • Hannibal Lecture: Subverted. Just as Salazar prepares to deliver a presumably well-rehearsed lecture on the nature of terrorism, Leon delivers a brilliant, wordless Shut Up, Hannibal! using violence, which leaves Salazar whimpering like a sick puppy, only less adorable and more pathetic.
  • Idiot Ball: Despite Ashley being the crux of Saddler's entire Evil Plan to Take Over the World, Salazar on more than one occasion tries to have her killed than captured.
  • I'm Melting!: His final fate.
  • Impaled Palm: Leon's aforementioned Shut Up, Hannibal! moment involves him flinging his knife at Salazar and nailing his left hand to the wall.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: All the way. Despite the sheer resources and amount of powerful minions at his disposal, Leon never once takes Salazar himself seriously despite his efforts; the most serious scene in his castle segment features Saddler at center stage, not Salazar.
  • Knight Templar: He wanted to rid the world of sin. However, his method of doing so is to sap people's will by allowing the Los Illuminados cult to plant Las Plagas into them.
  • Loners Are Freaks: Before the Los Illuminados incident, Ramon Salazar was the only surviving member of a Spanish noble family that has governed the local region for eight generations. Alone in a huge, sprawling castle and likely only a few servants for company, Salazar's extreme loneliness contributed to his stunted mentality, leaving him vulnerable to Saddler's persuasions to release the Plagas into the world once more.
  • Mister Big: He's not ultimately in charge of the operation, but he's got loads of guys working for him, and is constantly flanked by two massive bodyguards.
  • The Napoleon: Not only is he short, but he also wears a Napoleon-esque outfit (including the Cool Hat). The fact that he spent money on a giant robotic statue of himself also suggests a Napoleon complex.
  • Obliviously Evil: Sort of. He definitely takes glee in using his death traps, but his diary reveals Los Illuminados fed him lies about what exactly Las Plagas was and painted his heroic ancestor as a bad guy who was persecuting them. He felt the need to unleash them as atonement for this. Having been infected by Las Plagas himself, it's hard to say how he really feels now.
  • One-Winged Angel: He and his remaining Verdugo become one some sort of plant thing for his respective boss battle.
  • Praetorian Guard: The two Verdugo that follow him around serve this purpose. The first one is sent to fight Leon but the second one is a subversion because it's merely absorbed to help fuel Ramon's fusion with the Queen Plaga.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Oh so much.
  • Smug Snake: He's nowhere near the the threat he thinks he is.
  • Trap Door: Leading into a spike pit. Ramon Salazar: Part Napoleon Boneparte, part Vlad the Impaler.
  • Trap-Door Fail: He tries to kill Leon by having him fall into a pit of spikes. It fails of course.
  • The Team Benefactor: He provided Saddler with the Plagas.
  • Villainous Breakdown: The first major villain of the game, Mendez, ends up nearly killing Leon every time they meet. In contrast, Leon always has a cool head when talking down Salazar, despite Salazar's efforts, and that drives him insane.
    Salazar: So maybe you have nine lives. But it doesn't matter now, Mr. Kennedy! I've sent my right hand to dispose of you.
    Salazar: Hmph! Say whatever you please. DIE, YOU WORM!!!! (breaks the camera)
  • The Walls Are Closing In: Pulls this trick on Leon. Twice.
  • Younger Than They Look: "It may come as a surprise, but I am only twenty years old!"

     Bitores Mendez 
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Voiced by: Jesse Corti

"You carry the same blood as us, it seems."

Another member of Los Illuminados and the village chief, Mendez personally led the hunt for both Leon and Ashley as they tried escaping from the clutches of the Plagas.


  • Achilles' Heel: His exposed spine is a weak point in the first half of the battle, while the shotgun is an excellent way to knock him down from the rafters in the second stage.
  • Advertised Extra: Appeared prominently in much of the ad materials, implying he was the Big Bad, when in reality he was just a Starter Villain who's killed barely a quarter of the way into the game.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He's the village chief, and every time he runs into Leon, he comes within a hair's breadth of killing him.
  • Badass Beard: It even remains when he turns One-Winged Angel. Also a Beard of Evil.
  • Badass Longcoat: Though it's burned off when he goes One-Winged Angel.
  • Bald of Evil: Not a hair on his head.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: He only speaks to Leon once in the entire game.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: He nearly strangles Leon to death, but lets him go when he sees he's been injected with a Plaga egg, knowing that he'll eventually succumb to the parasite's control. He later admits in a memo that he gravely underestimated Leon's capabilities and that at the rate he's going, he'll probably destroy the whole village before the Plaga takes over.
  • The Brute: He's the only major villain to take on Leon directly without being mutated and is a huge physical threat.
  • Expy: Clearly resembles Rasputin.
    • Also looks a lot like the T-103/Mr. X, leading to some early speculation that he was one.
  • Genius Bruiser: His notes reveal him to be very good at planting traps for Leon and that he's smart enough to know the problems he and Luis can cause. This doesn't stop him from being very dangerous foe.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: When half of his health is depleted during his Boss Fight, his upper body rips away from his legs, forcing him to climb on the rafters to attack you.
  • Handicapped Badass: Has a red Glass Eye in his left eye socket. It does little to slow him down. The glass eye serves as a key out of the village.
  • Implacable Man: Has shades of this pre-One-Winged Angel, as Leon's completely unable to overpower the giant village chief when they encounter each other.
  • It Can Think: Unlike the regular Ganados, who live in their own filth and eat rotten food, Mendez's house is in good condition and he apparently still eats regular cooked meals and read books, according to Leon's observations. This is because since Mendez has a Dominant Plaga, he still largely has his own free will.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Despite being an early boss, he lacks any humorous quirks and is treated as a serious threat.
  • Large and in Charge: Serves as a contrast to Salazar's Mister Big.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Pre-One-Winged Angel, at least. When Leon first enters the barn, Mendez practically Flash Steps across his line of sight, then appears behind him.
  • Mook Lieutenant: He's in charge of the villagers.
  • Neck Lift: Has a habit of doing this to Leon whenever they meet.
  • Neck Snap: He will do this to Leon if you fail the Quick Time Event before his Boss Fight.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: Unlike Saddler or Salazar, Mendez takes far less chances with Leon, swiftly knocking him out the first time they meet and only sparing him on Saddler's orders. Even then Mendez still would have killed him in their next encounter if he hadn't noticed Leon was infected. It's probably a good thing for the player he was only in charge of the village.
  • One-Winged Angel: Resembles some manner of monstrous praying mantis.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: After Leon is infected with a Plaga, Mendez almost strangles him to death, but when he sees the tell tale red eyes of a Plaga host, he spares him, believing he will eventually succumb to the parasite anyway. It doesn't last long.
  • The Quiet One: He only speaks once in the entire game, to foreshadow Leon's status as a Plaga host, but otherwise settles for quietly glaring.
  • Sinister Minister: Originally the village's Priest, before being converted by Saddler and convincing his flock to join the cult.
  • Starter Villain: He's the first major bad guy Leon encounters, and he serves as the main boss of the village section of the game.

     Las Plagas and Hosts 
Behavior-altering macroparasitic organisms that infest other life forms and compel them to form hive-like social structures, existing only to spread and to defend the group, though they leave behind some human intelligence unlike the T-Virus zombies. First unearthed centuries ago in a remote part of Europe, implicitly somewhere near Spain, they became the centerpiece of a mad cult, Los Illuminados, before being sealed away by the Castellan of the region. Generations later, Ramon Salazar, eight of his line, unearthed them from the depths of his castle and revived the cult, which made plans to spread itself to the United States of America.

Although that plan was thwarted by Leon Kennedy, samples of the plagas were recovered and joined the T-Virus and its derivatives on the bio-terror black market. Tricell would later develop and deploy genetically upgraded Type 2 and Type 3 Plagas in the African country of Kijuju, and derivatives of the Type 2 Plaga would be used as bio-weapons in the Eastern Slav Civil War incident.

The hosts of Las Plagas are referred to as Ganados (literally "The Herd" or "The Cattle") in Europe and as Majini (literally "Wicked People") in Africa.


  • An Axe to Grind: Handaxes are among the many weapons commonly carried by Plaga hosts.
    • The Executioner Majini carries an enormous executioner's axe/sledgehammer hybrid as a melee weapon.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: Exposed Plagas are generally the only way to quickly take down their hosts.
    • Garradors cannot be killed any other way, due to being covered in thick armor.
    • Duvalias can only be harmed by attacking the "tail" made from their host body's shredded upper torso that they drag behind them.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: On a technical level, the Plagas themselves, which as macroparasites are much larger than the viruses that were used in earlier games. The more mature Plagas look sort of like bugs and other creepy crawlies; centipedes, worms, spiders, leeches, and other squiggly things you'd find under a rock.
    • The Novistadors are Plaga-based insect hosts which look something like a locust, something like a mantis, and something more like something out of an entemophobe's nightmare. They're giant flying bugs that can turn invisible and melt your face off with Hollywood Acid to eat your brains.
  • Beard of Evil: Ndesu are basically El Gigantes from RE4 with a thick beard
  • Body Horror:
    • Averted with most general Plaga hosts; it's the fact you can't tell that they're infected that makes them scary.
    • Played straight when Plagas expose themselves in response to damage. Most generally emerge from the neck, bursting the head in the process, but upgraded versions can burst through the entire upper body and create a massive jaw on human legs.
    • The Marshland Majini, the members of the Ndipaya and Sodibaya tribes infected with the experimental Type 3 Plagas, play it straight, with corpse-green skin, flayed-looking arms, hearts that have swollen until they visibly burst through the chest, and cheeks that rot away to expose a permanent rictus snarl of teeth.
    • Ndesu's body is covered in crudely-stitched gashes, from which huge leech-like Plagas burst forth after it takes enough damage.
    • Regeneradors and Iron Maidens have mutated into Monstrous Humanoids with rubbery grey skin that pulsulate, appendages that they can extend to inhuman lengths, triple-jawed, otherwise featureless faces, and they self-repair by growing Plaga tentacles. Not to mention, the Iron Maiden literally has spikes coming out of its every single skin surface.
    • U3 has a tentacle in lieu of an arm, an oversized lolling tongue, a lower jaw that's crudely broken into mandibles, and has mutated into a vaguely tauric body configuration composed of what seems like three or more human bodies.
    • Dominant Strain Plagas take everything bad about how normal plagas emerge from their hosts, turns them to the top rank and customizes them to how their hosts want. Mendez walks around with an inhumanly long and fully exposed spine as well as tentacle spikes grown out of his shoulders, Salazar (merged with the Queen Plaga and a Verdugo) turns into a monstrous tentacle head that grows out of a flesh wall, Krauser's arm turns into a giant scythe, Saddler has legs that are bigger than his entire body burst out of his neck, carrying his face with an eye in the mouth.
  • Breakout Character: The Chainsaw Man is consider one of the franchise most popular enemy to the point that every game after RE4 have their own chainsaw wielding creature (Chainsaw Magini, Scagdead, Ubistvo, Mutated Pedro, Jack Baker and Mia Winters). A chainsaw-wielding zombie also appears in the fifth Resident Evil movie.
  • Chainsaw Good: Both the Spain and Kijuju outbreaks have special Plaga hosts who carry chainsaws as weapons (Dr. Salvador and the Bella Sisters in Spain, the Chainsaw Men in Kijuju). These mini-boss characters can soak up a disproportionately high amount of damage and dish out a One-Hit Kill attack.
  • Combat Tentacles: The "Plaga Type 1 A" from the European outbreak and the "Cephalo" Type 2 from the African outbreak both wield a strange combination of this and Epic Flail. The Type 1 A is a shapeless mass of tentacles, with one huge tentacle tipped with a serrated bone blade, which it whips around to hack Leon with. The Cephalo is a tentacle/centipede hybrid that ends in jagged spurs of bone; it spins itself around and around in constant arcs as the host strides forward, slashing at anyone in its way.
  • Dead Weight: The aptly named "Big Man Majini", a hulking and stout-bodied Type 2 Plaga host with Super Toughness and Super Strength, sits somewhere between this and Fat Bastard.
  • Elite Mooks: Both outbreaks have specialised Plaga hosts who aren't "true" bosses, but are much, much more dangerous than the normal Plaga hosts. The chainsaw-wielding Dr. Salvador, Bella Sisters, and Chainsaw Men are Mighty Glaciers who can dish out a One-Hit Kill. The Garradors are armored Lightning Bruisers who can only be hurt if you Attack Its Weak Point. The Regeneradors and Iron Maidens have a Healing Factor that makes them almost impossible to kill without specialised equipment and precise aim. The Executioner Majini is a massively powerful Mighty Glacier. The Big Men and Giant Tribal Majini are both Made of Iron even by Majini standards and deal far more damage than their basic comrades.
  • Expy:
    • The Verdugos look a lot like the titular xenomorph from Alien.
    • El Gigante and Ndesu are clearly based on the Cave Troll from The Lord of the Rings
  • Flawed Prototype: In Damnation, the Plagas strain being developed in the Eastern Slav Republic is extremely flawed in comparison to other variations. Those infected with the submissive strain are closer in behavior to Zombies, demonstrating less coordination and intelligence than the Spanish or African strains. Even the Dominant strain isn't free from major flaws, granting the host Hive Queen abilities but eventually turning them into a regular Ganados. Ada is openly dismissive of this strain, calling it a defective product.
  • From Bad to Worse: The Type 2 Plaga was literally designed to be this compared to its ancestor. It spreads much more quickly, can take control of a host in seconds, and is resistant to sunlight. Also, the switch over from Tribal/Marshland Majini in acts 3 and 4 to Base Majini in acts 5 and 6; now they have guns too.
  • Healing Factor: The Plaga-based B.O.Ws called Regeneradors and Iron Maidens have this ability, but have lost their human form as a result.
  • Hive Queen: The Dominant Strain Plagas, which command the obedience and loyalty of all subordinate strain Plagas — and thusly their hosts.
  • It Can Think: What sets them apart from zombies is the fact that they have all the intelligence of a human, wielding weapons and acting strategically.
  • Lovecraftian Super Power: Hosts of a Dominant Strain Plaga can command the obedience of lesser Plagas and often have far greater strength and durability, as well as a One-Winged Angel form of truly horrific appearance.
  • Made of Iron: Thanks to the Plagas' coopting of their hosts' nervous systems, those under a Plaga's control are far more resistant to pain and injury than is normally the case.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Resident Evil 4 started a trend to name monsters after a foreign word in the game's foreign setting, which 5 and 6 followed. In 4, some of the monsters have full Spanish names:
      • Las Plagas itself literally means "the plagues".
      • Spanish plaga hosts are called "Los Ganados", meaning "the herd".
      • The salamander monster in the village lake is called "Del Lago", meaning "from the lake".
      • Wolves infected with plagas are called "Colmillos", meaning "fangs".
      • El Gigante is simply "the Giant".
      • Garrador roughly translates as "the clawer".
      • The invisible insect monsters in the castle are called Novistadores, meaning "the Unseener".
      • The plaga infested armors in the castle are called Armadura, literally "armor".
      • Verdugo means "executioner".
    • The various Type 2 Plagas in 5 receive these kinds of names from Swahili; the spider-like unhosted adults are referred to as "Bui Kichwa" ("Big Spider Head"), the head-replacing tentacle-like "Cephalo" ("Head", and short for the Kenyan root vegetable "Cephalopentandra"), the flying bat-leech "Kipepeo" ("Butterfly") and "Duvalia" (after a kind of African carrion-flower). The name "Majini", which refers to the infected hosts, translates to "Evil Spirit".
  • Mercy Kill: Plagas latch onto the spinal column and are virtually impossible to extract, so once they have control, killing the host is really this.
  • More Dakka: The Base Majini all wield AK-74s, having enough of their old minds to shoot guns, but not really enough to aim very well. Taken Up to Eleven with the Gatling Gun Majini (and their spiritual predecessor, J.J the unique Gando), who all wield massive gatling guns.
  • No Woman's Land: Zigzagged; there are female hosts, but these generally only appear in the first region and are far rarer than males, being replaced entirely by male hosts in later areas. Somewhat justified; there were plans for female Zealot Ganados, but these were scrapped, and the "Mercenary Ganados" are, well, based on mercenaries, so they wouldn't be likely to have any female members. Meanwhile, the Type 3 Plagas from the Kijuju incident are genetically incompatible with female and child hosts, killing them if they try to infect them.
  • One-Hit Kill: Chainsaw-wielding hosts, the centipede-like "Type 1 B" Plaga in 4, and the Duvalia in 5 can all kill you with a single strike.
  • Our Demons Are Different: The Ganados worship the things (apparently being linked to the Hive Mind is a religious experience) by performing Human Sacrifice and attacking anyone not part of their cult, whereas the Kijuji think they're "evil spirits" (the direct translation of "Majini") that cause the mortals they indwell to go Axe-Crazy. They're actually a Puppeteer Parasite with similarities to Cordyceps fungi and insects.
  • Our Giants Are Bigger: The ogre/giant-like El Gigante and Ndesu are massive, hugely strong and dangerously violent Plaga hosts.
  • Puppeteer Parasite: As Plagas take over the brain and nervous system as part of their parasitism, they alter the host's behavior, causing them to descend into savage barbarism.
  • Raising the Steaks: Plaga-infested canines appear in both outbreaks. Spain's Colmillios lash out with Combat Tentacles, whilst Kijuju's Adjules can split their heads in half to bite your player character in half.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: The eyes of a Plaga's host turn bright red once it has control. When a Type 2 Plaga infects a new host, they actually bleed from their eyes, nose and mouth as a side effect of the physical control.
  • Scary Black Man: J.J.'s from RE4 (along with their expies, the Gatling Majini from RE 5) as well as Big Man Majini from RE 5 fit this archetype
  • Super Soldier: Technically, any Plaga host will do, since it turns them into unnaturally tough vicious killers who feel no fear for their own lives and will hunt down anyone and kill them without a qualm. However, further experiments with Plagas have produced unique and horrifying monsters in their own right, such as the Regeneradores and their Iron Maiden cousins, the bug-like Novistadores, the salamander-based Del Lago, the insectile Verdugos, the brutal Garradors, and the hideous failed experiment "U3".
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Several of the Majini in 5 are clearly based on and fulfill the same roles as some of the Ganados in 4:
    • Chainsaw Majini is very similar to Dr. Salvador, both being chainsaw wielding Elite Mooks.
    • Ndesu is seemingly a bearded El Gigante, although it is not fought in the same way.
    • Reapers combine the worst parts of the Novistadors and Regenerators.
    • The Town, Wetlands, and Base Majini are roughly equivalent to the Pueblo, Zealot, and Mercenary Ganados.
    • Most blatantly is the Gatling Majini, which is more or less just the reused model of J.J. from 4.
  • Technically Living Zombie: A Plaga's host displays some zombie like traits, such as a resistance to pain, mindless violence towards those not infected, bloodlust, savage and impulsive behaviors, and a hunger for flesh, but are still living creatures, just subsumed by the bestial urges of the parasite within them. This is slightly more pronounced in Type 2 Plaga hosts, who have an instinctive directive to "spread the infection" as far and as fast as possible.
  • Weakened by the Light: Ultraviolet light is anathema to Plagas. Consequently, Type 1s won't expose themselves until night falls. Type 2s have had this trait weakened and so will operate in the day without harm. Both types, however, cannot withstand the concentrated light released from a Flash Grenade, making these Trick Bombs a One-Hit Kill weapon against them.

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