Protagonists: Chris Redfield | Leon S. Kennedy
Series canon: Resident Evil | Resident Evil 2 | Resident Evil 3: Nemesis | Code Veronica | Resident Evil 0 | Resident Evil 4 | Degeneration | Resident Evil 5 | Revelations | Damnation | Resident Evil 6 | Revelations 2 | Resident Evil 7: Biohazard | Vendetta
Spin-offs: Gun Survivor/DeadAim | Outbreak | The Umbrella Chronicles | The Darkside Chronicles | Operation Raccoon City
Other media: The Marhawa Desire | Heavenly Island
Tropes relating to the characters introduced in Degeneration. For Leon S. Kennedy check his character page here. For Claire Redfield check the Resident Evil 2 page. For Ingrid Hunnigan check the Resident Evil 4 page.
Voiced by: Michael Sorich
A US senator who has questionable connections to WilPharma.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Played with. Claire suspects him of this. While Davis was engaged in insider trading with WilPharma stock, he was not responsible for the Harvardville incidents.
- Dirty Coward: Pushes Rani out of his way to escape from zombies, despite Leon placing his plan in action.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He may have been selfish Jerkass who profited off of WilPharma's dirty deeds, but he recoils in horror at Claire's accusation that he was the one who caused the outbreak.
- Hate Sink: He's a complete jerkass who only cares for himself, works for the morally dubious WilPharma, is a complete load, hates children and, most annoyingly of all, is completely innocent and survives the zombie outbreak.
- He Knows Too Much: He is murdered by assassins sent by TRICELL Inc., who have offered to buy WilPharma's assets after Frederic Downing's arrest. Davis knew about many of WilPharma's corporate secrets, including Tricell's own dealings in the bioweapon black market.
- Jerkass: Very.
- Karma Houdini: None of the zombies manage to eat his ass throughout the entire airport outbreak.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: Tricell catches up with him in the end though.
- The Load: One of the biggest in the whole franchise.
- Red Herring: He is this for the story, since he is obviously disreputable. This may also have been a reason for Frederic Downing to let him live, in order to mislead anyone investigating the Harvardville incidents.
Voiced by: Laura Bailey
A female S.R.T. member sent to help rescue survivors at Harvardville Airport outbreak. Younger sister to Curtis Miller.
- Deuteragonist: Leon, who is ostensibly the protagonist on account of having starred in two games at this point, the plot focuses much more on her because of her relationship with her brother and how she ultimately has to come to terms with the fact he becomes a terrorist and a monster.
- Fake Kill Scare: She puts a gun to Frederic's head. He begs for his life, but she pulls the trigger- it wasn't loaded.
- Faux Action Girl: Despite her qualifications, she doesn't actually contribute much to the fighting.
- Genre Blind: Despite being told how to deal with zombies, she runs over to help the first "survivor" she sees and moments later threatens to shoot an approaching crowd of zombies.
- Girl of the Week: She and Leon seem to hit it off and part with vague plans to go "diving" together, but she's never mentioned again afterwards.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Averted, but not for lack of trying on her part- Leon's sheer stubbornness prevented her from pulling it off.
- Leeroy Jenkins:
- As a rookie police officer, she unhesitatingly jumped into raging rapids to save a child from drowning; she succeeded, but three other officers were injured fishing her out.
- Later on at the airport incident, after hearing several zombies moaning, she runs off while you have a guy who has much experience at handling zombies years prior.
- The Load: She's only slightly more useful than Senator Davis.
- Not Worth Killing: Tells Downing that he's "too pathetic to kill" after he begs for his life.
- Platonic Life-Partners: With Greg, who's been her friend and partner in the S.R.T. for a long time. His death leaves her extremely angry, especially when she learns of the vaccine that could have saved him.
- Underwater Kiss: With Leon. It's to give her air so she doesn't drown.
Voiced by: Steve Blum
An S.R.T. member sent along with Angela and Leon to rescue the survivors during the Hardvardville Airport outbreak.
- Alliterative Name: Greg Glenn
- Do Not Go Gentle: After he gets bitten, he stays behind to hold off the zombies as long as he can so Leon and the rest can escape.
- Guns Akimbo: Charges at the zombie horde firing from two guns.
- Leeroy Jenkins: He's this at first, blindly charging at the zombies and ignoring Leon's instructions of aiming for the head to avoid wasting ammo.
- Platonic Life-Partners: He and Angela have been long time friends and partners in the S.R.T.
- Sacrificial Lion: He gets bitten by a zombie, turning into one shortly after.
Voiced by: Crispin Freeman
A WilPharma head researcher working to develop a vaccine for the t-Virus.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Offers continually increasing amounts of money to Angela in exchange for his life, before outright pleading her to spare him.
- Batman Gambit: Counting on Curtis Miller's desire to prevent further biohazardous outbreaks similar to that of Raccoon City, Frederic gave the G-virus to Curtis and left the rest to him, resulting in the incident at the WilPharma facility.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Subverted. He is experimenting with the t-Virus to make a vaccine. Then played straight when it is revealed that he planned to sell both the virus and the vaccine together in a black market deal. To do this, he secretly caused the Harvardville Airport t-virus outbreak and manipulated Curtis into using the G-virus in order to use both incidents as sales presentations for the viruses.
- Dirty Coward: Once Angela has him at her mercy, he attempts to buy off the heroes, offending them even further, and then begs piteously for his life.
- Faux Affably Evil: He is polite, courteous and understanding. However, he is willing to manipulate and murder others to line his own pockets.
- Friend in the Black Market: Having stolen t-virus and G-virus samples in the wake of the Raccoon City incident, Frederic found a number of potential buyers for the viruses but decided to perfect a t-virus vaccine first in order to make the viruses into controllable, and more profitable, bioweapons.
- Greed: His motive was pure, simple greed.
- Manipulative Bastard: He used Curtis Miller's desperate desire to reveal the truth about the Raccoon City incident to his own advantage. Frederic was most likely the one who provided Curtis with the G-virus, allowing him to use Curtis as a scapegoat and mask the true purpose of the whole affair - a sales pitch designed to sell the t-virus and G-virus to a military dictatorship. Had Claire not realized that Frederic was speaking from a payphone outside the WilPharma facility, there would have been no evidence of Frederic's involvement.
- Silver Fox: He has light grey hair but he is rather dignified and handsome.
Voiced by: Roger Craig Smith
Angela Miller's brother. He injected himself with the G-Virus prior to the events of Degeneration.
- BrotherSister Incest: When transformed, he pursues Angela because he sees her as a potential mate.
- Catchphrase: "If you don't try to save one life, you'll never be able to save any". This ultimately haunted him.
- Facial Horror: The stage 2 transformation rips his face off to reveal a more monstrous visage underneath.
- Healing Factor: The G-Virus gives him an impressive one upon mutation. His gunshot wounds heal almost instantly and it takes a ton of punishment to override it and kill him dead proper.
- Kill It with Fire: It seems that like his predecessor, the only thing that managed to kill him past the point of regeneration was being fed to a massive, fiery explosion that reduces him to Ludicrous Gibs and burns away the rest, in the case of Miller only leaving a couple of charred scraps behind.
- Nigh-Invulnerable: After taking the G-Virus into his circulatory system, he simply cannot be killed by conventional means. Being shot to pieces by a squad of marines unloading on him only knocks him out for a short period of time. Then he gets back up and starts slaughtering them. The only thing that truly gave him pause in that form was being crushed by wreckage, of which he mutates further and shrugs off. The finishing shot by Leon only managed to stun him more than anything and it was the explosion caused by the laboratory failsafe that ended up killing him past the point of recovery, being blown to pieces and incinerated, with only a few body parts left behind.
- That Man Is Dead: After injecting himself with the G-Virus and going stage 2, Leon says "Curtis is dead".
- One-Winged Angel: Like William Birkin, except he doesn't have his face on the left side of his body and turn into a G-blob monster. Justified, as Leon manages to kill him before he could shift two more stages. Also to the fact that unlike Birkin, who succumbs to the G-Virus with every near-fatal injury, Curtis nevers goes beyond that due to his major injury against Leon never goes as far as Birkin's.
- Rasputinian Death: It took a lot to put Curtis down. He's shot to pieces by a squad of marines, crushed under wreckage, and subjected to two massive explosions, the last one blowing him apart and incinerating him.
- The Scapegoat: Frederic Downing planned to use Curtis' reputation and actions to paint him as the instigator of the Harvardville incidents. In reality, Frederic caused the outbreaks as sales presentations for the t-virus and G-virus to a military dictatorship interested in buying the viruses.
- Tragic Monster: Unlike his predecessor who injected himself, killed his wife, and injected the G-embryo into his daughter, Curtis lost his wife and daughter. He presumably injected the G-Virus into himself, and nearly attempts to inject Angela with a G-embryo. He suffered a greater tragedy that he believes should be known to the world.
- Unwitting Pawn: He is this to Frederic Downing, who used his desires to cause incidents for marketing viruses to a military dictatorship, which could contribute to the very biohazardous outbreaks in the future that he wanted to prevent.
- Unstoppable Rage: After transforming into stage 1, he turns his crazed fury onto the marines. They stood absolutely no chance.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Unusually for most Resident Evil villains, his motivations for doing evil was actually for benign reasons: He injected himself with the G-Virus and caused an outbreak in the WilPharma facility and at the airport in order to get them to reveal the truth of what happened in Raccoon City, as he didn't want the tragedy to ever happen again.
Voiced by: Michelle Ruff
- Disappeared Dad: Her dad disappeared from her life after he attempted to help her mom during either a bioterror incident or being captured and experimented on by Wilpharma. It's more than likely he was either killed or zombified in the process.
- Missing Mom: Her mom disappeared when she was still young, either from a bioterror incident or being experimented on by Wilpharma.
- Parental Abandonment: Both of her parents went off to fight bioterror. Neither of them came back.
- Please Don't Leave Me: To Claire, as she is afraid Claire will not come back, just like her parents didn't.
- The Scream: Understandable, as she is a child and she woke up surrounded by zombies.
- Tag Along Kid: Much like Sherry, Rani serves as this during the first half of Claire's subplot.