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    Luis Sera

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 Bookworm: 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). He claims to have once been a police officer, which may account for it.
  • 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.
  • Casanova Wannabe: 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.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: 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 alongside 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.
  • 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 suppressive medication he developed, and his Plagas removal device that Leon and Ashley manage to remove the parasites from their bodies.
  • 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.
  • Hero of Another Story: By the time Leon meets him, he's already made himself an enemy of Saddler and Los Illuminados, and interacts with Leon four times throughout the story while trying to help him and Ashley while undermining the organization.
  • 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: One may presume it's 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 Ass Kicking One Liner: Gives one before the Hold the Line mission:
    Luis: Okay. It's game time.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: If you shoot him too many times (accidentally or on purpose) during the above 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
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 Plagas as part of Saddler's plan.

  • Action Survivor: Ashley may get captured (quite a bit), but she's a normal young woman thrown in a ludicrous scenario that would pose considerable danger to any average citizen. When the player briefly controls her at one point, she lacks Leon's combat training, but she makes up for it by outrunning and outsmarting Saddler's minions by throwing anything she can grab onto at them, while keeping her nerves together enough to solve puzzles that will aid her escape.
  • Adaptational Modesty: As shown in the trailer for the Resident evil 4 remake, Ashley is wearing a jacket over her turtleneck and tights underneath her skirt, covering more skin than her original design and looking more similar to her beta design.
  • And Now for Someone Completely Different: A brief scenario has the player control Ashley when she's separated from Leon. In comparison, her gameplay functions a la Clock Tower; being unable to fight back (outside of throwing lit lanterns), and mainly focusing on running away from enemies while solving puzzles.
  • 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.
  • The Cameo: Ashley is mentioned several times in Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness and her father keeps photos of her at his desk in the Oval Office.
  • Coy, Girlish Flirt Pose: Her menu picture in her playable area shows her standing like this.
  • Developer's 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.
  • Escort Mission: Once you rescue Ashley, you have to keep her alive for much of the following game. Thankfully, the game is designed to make this simpler; Ashley will duck or move out of the way if you point a gun at her, you can order her to stay in a safe location until the area is clear of enemies, there are multiple inviolable hiding spaces to place her in as needed, and the plot is tailored to take her out of Leon's custody before particularly hectic situations (there isn't a single mandatory boss where you have to protect her during the fight).
  • 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. The zealots from the chapter you play as her even purposely snap her neck before they throw her over their shoulder.
  • Girly Run: Ashley does this in a cutscene.
  • 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 word gets out that he, a Secret Service agent, bedded the President's little girl.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She's not hostile 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. Oddly enough, this trap actually has enough room left for her to theoretically escape it.
  • Improvised Weapon User: She can use candles/lanterns in the rooms when you play her.
  • Inexplicably Awesome: Her ability to drive a giant bulldozer near the end comes out of nowhere, saying "Leave it to me, Leon" as she gets into the operator's seat with the confidence of someone who's handled this sort of thing before. Not a complaint, though, since she proves useful due to it.
  • Kill It with Fire: One of her few attacks is to throw candles at enemies.
  • The Load: In the game, you return her safely to the White House, which turns out to not be as easy as it sounds, for the chirpy First Daughter is heavily prone to danger. Whether she's cowering in fear in the line of fire, being kidnapped by spinning walls, eating up your health items, or shrieking HAAALP! and LEON! when snatched up, it barely justifies the bonus of her company in what can be a very long trek through Ganado-infested territory.
  • Male Gaze: When playing on the default outfits it becomes just how obvious the game's camera and cutscenes are made to show off her president's daughter butt.
  • Neck Lift: How zealots lift her when they grab her in her playable chapter, which can lead to...
  • Neck Snap: She can fall victim to this in her own chapter. Happens if the player fails to escape the zealot's grasp in time.
  • 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: At least to the point that she does not act snobby, even though she is a rich girl.
  • One Head Taller: Leon is this to her, but certain enemies are this to him. The size difference between Ashley and the Zealots in her chapter are quite noticeable.
  • Painted-On Pants: Her white pants are rather form fitting.
  • 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.
  • Shout-Out: To Willie Scott from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, considering her appearance, demeanour and the various other references to the movie throughout the game.
  • 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.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Ashley, despite being the Damsel in Distress, is the Tomboy to Ada Wong's Girly Girl. Ashley wears a skirt but her sweater and tall boots are more unisex and seemingly does little to doll up; even in a picture shown where she is at her university. Ada wears a dress and heels, loves butterflies, and has a noticeably more feminine way of talking.
  • Video Game Caring Potential: Depending on your take on Escort Missions, Leon can either be nice to her or an absolute jerk.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Played for laughs. Trying to look up Ashley's skirt with the camera or a gun scope will cause her to yelp, hastily cover herself, and tell you off; with reactions ranging from angry to embarrassed. Really though, that's getting off lightly when you've just ogled the President's daughter:
    Ashley: Oh, you pervert!
    Ashley: H-hey! What are you looking at?!
  • 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
Voiced by: Salli 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: Her skin is two shades darker than most other characters, but her backstory doesn't go much farther than describing her as American.
  • 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.
  • 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.


"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.

  • Flat Character: Sadly, he only gets a couple of lines.
  • Escort Mission: Inverted. By all accounts, he is escorting you.
  • Gatling Good: His helicopter's armed with one and he uses it as his primary weapon.
  • The Cavalry: Shows up on Saddler's island and provides close ground support fire for Leon, giving him some much needed aid during the assault on the island.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: He and Leon agree they both need a drink after the game. Too bad his helicopter is immediately blown up after that, and him with it.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: Tends to follow up his strafing runs with this, just to be sure.
  • Recurring Element: Anyone who has played Resident Evil 3 could foresee how he dies.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: Mocked with prejudice. Pausing in mid-air to talk to Leon about bars instead of keeping a look out and staying on the move was his fatal mistake.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: He shows up for one level before being shotdown and killed off.

    Jack Krauser
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 scarred appearance and coldly sadistic 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.
  • Foreshadowing: One of your first encounters with him is an amazingly elaborate Action Command-centric fencing duel with knives. In retrospect, it foreshadows the best way to deal with his boss fight, since he takes massive amounts of damage from the Combat Knife.
  • 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 Psycho 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Knife Nut: His favorite weapon is a combat knife, which he uses in almost every encounter with Leon.
  • 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.
  • Rasputinian Death: He not only survives his boss encounter with Leon (where he's either shot or slashed with a knife numerous times), but he also survives his chest exploding after the battle, as well as the explosion that occurred in the area shortly after Leon leaves. It took his encounter with Ada in Separate Ways, where he's shot or slashed numerous more times, to finally do him in.
  • 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
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 time!"
    • "Ahhh.... I'll buy it at a HIGH price!"
    • Calling people "Stranger".
  • Coat Full Of Contra Band: Often greets the player by dramatically swinging open his coat revealing an assortment of arms and ammo.
  • Connected All Along: Initially, it seemed like the Duke from Resident Evil: Village was simply an Expy of him... until a piece of dialogue from the Duke revealed that the two are friends.
  • Creepy Good: He has a weird sounding voice and overall looks untrustworthy, but he's your only supply of weaponry, disregarding the pre-existing weapons in specific locations. He even gives you powerful guns for free sometimes if you complete certain challenges. There's even some implication that he's a Plagas infectee, not that it affects his business or demeanor in any way.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": He sells stuff and has no official name, therefore he's just "The Merchant". On his end, he only knows Leon and Ada as "Stranger".
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Subverted. While he has glowing red eyes like 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.
  • Humanoid Abomination: It's implied he's infected with Las Plagas. He hasn't turned, though, and is more than willing to help Leon in exchange for coin.
  • Inexplicably Awesome: To whit: his glowing eyes indicate that he's a host for a Plagas, and yet he's somehow 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. His goofy pirate voice only adds to this.
  • 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!"
  • The Spook: The Merchant is incredibly enigmatic because the game doesn't really acknowledge his presence as a character. No one directly speaks to him or even pays much attention to him, enemies ignore him, and he doesn't play any real role in the overarching narrative. He's just this odd guy with a pirate accent who doesn't seem to have any stake in the Los Illumminados conflict (except it giving him an opportunity to move some merchandise). He does get acknowledged by The Duke in Village when you buy his wares and is mentioned as an old friend who used to say "What are you buying?".
  • Token Heroic Orc: His eyes glow red at night, indicating that he's (apparently) a host for a Plagas. Yet he does not attack any of the protagonists and actively helps them by 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.

    Beard Cop 

"Must be my imagination..."

One of the two Spanish cops who accompany Leon to look for Ashley.


    Glasses Cop 

"Heh, forget your makeup or something?"

The other Spanish cop accompanying Leon.

Los Illuminados

    Osmund Saddler

Voiced by: Michael J. Gough

"The American prevailing is a cliché that only happens in your Hollywood movies."

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 the 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 says something ominous to 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 Bitores 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.
  • 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 Leon will not succeed, and usually keeps from sounding agitated when Leon goads 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.
  • Forehead of Doom: He has a notably large forehead on his character model.
  • 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.
  • Odd Name Out: Despite presumably being Spanish, neither his first nor last names are Spanish in origin.
  • 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.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Makes it quite clear he is not fond of Americans.
  • Properly Paranoid: He never really trusted Krauser, who was indeed working for Wesker. Whether he knew it was Wesker (or even knew about Wesker at all) is debatable at best, but he suspected Krauser was working for someone else, forcing Krauser to call in Ada to assist him, and suspected a third organization aside from the US Government was involved when Ada showed up.
  • 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.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He’s ultimately little more than a psychotic cult leader with aspirations of world domination. Unlike more prominent antagonists in the franchise, he doesn’t really pose much of a threat beyond his fairly isolated community.
  • 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.
  • Take Over the World: Essentially his ultimate goal, using the Las Plagas to infect humanity,starting with the United States by infecting Ashley with a Plaga.
  • Tranquil Fury: Despite Leon continuously sabotaging his plans and rendering everything that he’s worked for All for Nothing, he never loses his composure, and communicates his displeasure in the form of increasingly crueler barbs and a seething Death Glare all the way up until he finally decides to do away with subtlety and go One-Winged Angel.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Constantly. He senses that Leon will fall to the parasitic control 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.
  • Villainous Widow's Peak: While it's normally covered by his hood, the times we see him without it show a prominent widows peak.
  • 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
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.

  • Bad Boss: Implied. Salazar owns a throne room with a trapdoor floor in the center that leads into a spiked pit, which he uses to try to kill Leon. In the pit, many corpses of his subordinates can be seen.
  • 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 resemble those 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?"
  • Chewing the Scenery: He likes to emphasize his words while talking like "SHE will JOIN US, BECOME one of us."
  • Co-Dragons: With Mendez to Saddler, being the little guy to Mendez's big guy.
  • 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 fuses with the second Verdugo when going One-Winged Angel.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: He's a literal example of this in the original GameCube version, as the game is contained in two discs, and the first disc ends with the boss fight against him.
  • 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.
  • Ear Ache: After he drops Leon into a pit, he attempts to listen to Leon's screams through an earphone. Leon responds by firing his gun directly next to the earphone's outlet, blowing out Salazar's eardrum.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Dear sweet Lord. With Mendez being The Quiet One and Saddler not taking center stage until the final act, it's up to Salazar to fill in the gap, and boy does he deliver, horking down chunks of scenery in every one of his scenes and indulging in practically every villainous cliche in the book.
  • Evil Old Folks: He's only twenty years old, but due to his Las Plagas infection, he resembles a withered old man.
  • 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.
  • Middle Name Basis: Not Salazar himself, but he often addresses Leon as "Leon Scott" or "Mister Scott".
  • 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 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 and turn into 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 he fuses with Salazar to help fuel his employer's fusion with the Queen Plaga.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: He has zero self-control and throws tantrums whenever things go wrong for him.
  • Sanity Slippage: It's implied he underwent one long before Leon arrived. In his letter recounting how he was approached by Los Illuminados to help them unleash Las Plagas, his writing is far more mature and contemplative than the behavior the man himself exhibits when he and Leon finally meet. Presumably being infected by Las Plagas did a number on his mental health, turning him into The Caligula he is now.
  • 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: "Did you say old man, Mr. Kennedy? It may come as a surprise, but I am only twenty years old!"

    Bitores Mendez
The Big Cheese
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.
    • He's extremely vulnerable to fire and can be beaten with just a handful of incendiary grenades, provided the grenades detonate directly at his feet.
  • Advertised Extra: Appeared prominently in much of the ad materials, implying he was the Big Bad or at least The Heavy, 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 Longcoat: Though it's burned off when he goes One-Winged Angel.
  • Bald of Evil: Not a hair on his head.
  • Beard of Evil: It even remains when he turns One-Winged Angel.
  • 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.
  • Co-Dragons: With Salazar to Saddler, being the big guy to Salazar's little guy.
  • 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.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Though it's more his infected personality being very serious about intruders. When Leon bumps into him in his house, he picks Leon up by his neck. He lets him go and decides to spare him, but only because he was injected with a Plaga, which will turn him into a Ganado, unless the Plaga is removed from his body before it turns into an adult.
  • 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. In fact, if you follow him into his bedroom after that scene, he decides to cut the crap and kill Leon anyway, only to get interrupted by Ada.
  • 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 and grunting.
  • 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.