It begins with S.T.A.R.S. Alpha team heading to the outskirts of Raccoon City on a search and rescue mission for the missing members of Bravo Team. The two lead characters are: Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine, who are joined by their fellow officer Barry Burton, and their captain, Wesker... along with some disposable fodder.
They're barely on the ground five minutes before they suffer their first casualty and their pilot bails on them, forcing the surviving team members to take refuge in the Spencer Mansion. It's at this point that The Abridge's narrative diverges from the game itself, since the characters are aware they're just characters and know exactly what sort of situation they're in.
Resident Evil 2 Abridged is set two months later and follows Leon Kennedy's first assignment with the RPD, where he teams up with Chris' sister, Claire Redfield. It was split into two parts and can be viewed here.
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RE1 Abridged provides examples of:
- A Date with Rosie Palms: In his iconic diary, the keeper expresses frustration at being unable to do this while being forced to wear a HAZMAT suit. He takes it off and gets infected with the T-Virus, resulting in the page quote.
- An Offer You Can't Refuse: Invoked by Wesker, when Jill overhears his conversation with Barry and learns that Barry's being forced to work for him.Barry: (from other side of the door) You've gone too far, Wesker! I won't do it!Barry: (nervously) "I-I-I... don't...?Wesker: (condescending tone) Then WHY do you think you're in any postion to bargain?
- Big Damn Heroes:
- Barry saves Jill from the ceiling trap room, by shooting the lock then pulling her out mere moments before she would've been crushed. And later, he uses a flamethrower to save her from a giant mutated plant.
- Chris arrives in the nick of time to save Rebecca from a Hunter, then frees Jill from her holding cell, and ultimately kills the Tyrant once they reach the helipad.
- Blatant Lies:
Chris: "What th— Rebecca~AAAA!!"Rebecca: (over the intercom) "Sorry, my bad. Wrong button."other voice: (over the intercom) "BULLSHIT! You totally did that on purpose!"
- Brad is the team's pilot, who takes off immediately after Joseph's death; leaving the others stranded and likely to die. He's also aware that Chris is pissed at him, so he keeps lying about "radio interference" as an excuse not to come back.
- Also done by Wesker immediately after he shoots Enrico. Chris turns around and asks if someone's there, to which Wesker plainly mutters "no," while fleeing the scene!
- Rebecca's just as guilty, since she said she'd wait 20 minutes before triggering the Umbrella lab's self-destruct sequence. She pushes the button after only waiting 7.
- Brain Bleach: Chris's reaction upon finding the slash fic Wesker wrote about them in his journal.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: The entire cast is aware of the sort of situation they're in, from Rebecca plainly pointing out why having a medic around in a Survival Horror game would be an unfair advantage, to Jill recognizing when she's entered a boss battle.
- Butt-Monkey: Good lord almighty, Richard. He's left to die by three S.T.A.R.S. members, which ends up getting him bitten not once, not twice, but three times by a giant, venomous snake. In the same damn spot no less! And when he finally has the chance to exact revenge on one of them, Chris, he's inexplicably mauled and eaten by a shark!
- The Cameo: The Mystery Gang makes a guest appearance at the mansion, but they end up hightailing it and aren't seen again 'til the end credits, which reveals Scooby's been infected by the T-virus.
- Catastrophic Countdown: Once the self-destruct is initiated, the team only has 4min. to get topside and defeat the Tyrant, before the Umbrella base goes up along with the Spencer Mansion.
- Comically Missing the Point: Happens to Chris and Wesker after Chris asks why Wesker why he didn't just let the group get eaten by the Cerberi if his goal was to kill them all. The two then get into a debate over what the plural for Cerberus is before settling on "Zombie dogs" and then move on.
- Continuity Nod: Just before Chris enters the room to save Rebecca from the Hunter, she says she regrets using all her ammo in the prequel.
- Deadpan Snarker: Applies to the cast in general, with Chris, Jill, Rebecca, and Wesker being the main offenders. Each is covered in their respective sections of the character page.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Repeatedly played for laughs at Richard's expensenote .
- Dwindling Party: The mission starts with most of Bravo Team either missing, or dead, and S.T.A.R.S. Alpha doesn't fare much better, thanks to Wesker betraying them. By the time they escape the mansion, Chris, Barry, and Jill are the only three members of Alpha Team left and Rebecca is all that's left of Bravo Team.
- First Day from Hell: For Richard and Rebecca who are both new recruits to S.T.A.R.S. Except it's worse for Richard, since Rebecca already endured most of her hardships during the train incident (REØ).
- Foreshadowing: "Till now I never realized how rough those animated schoolgirls have it". Easy to miss, but after learning that Wesker is threatening to tell Barry's wife about all the hentai he has hidden in his browser history if he doesn't comply, it becomes absolutely hilarious.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: No one on the team respects Wesker. Chris describes him as, "a jackal who's married to his sunglasses", Jill thinks he's condescending, and Barry's only working for him because he has to. In the end, even the Tyrant turns on him.
- Good-Looking Privates: Applies to S.T.A.R.S. as a whole, since everyone on the team is attractive. Jill and Rebecca are the obvious standouts, and Wesker is essentially an evil version of Val Kilmer.
- Heel–Face Revolving Door: Barry alternates between saving Jill's life one moment, to setting her up the next because he's being blackmailed. Even after Jill learns of his predicament, she no longer trusts him and heads in the opposite direction of the exit, simply because Barry's standing there.
- It's Quiet... Too Quiet: While exploring the attic, Jill stumbles upon a large empty room and notes the absence of background music. Which tells her she's just entered a boss room, right before Yawn appears.
- Killed to Uphold the Masquerade: Wesker's goal is to kill off his subordinates to cover up his involvement with Umbrella. He succeeds in eliminating most of them; including Enrico.
- Lured into a Trap: The crux of RE1's narrative is that S.T.A.R.S. Alpha has been lead to the Spencer Mansion, on what was supposed to be a search and rescue mission to save what's left of Bravo Team. Except it's a ruse by Wesker, so he can kill them off by pitting them against his B.O.W.snote .
- Mad Love: It's implied that Chris is aware of Wesker's crush on him, but he doesn't fully acknowledge it until the end of the series.
- Not Now, Kiddo: Invoked by Wesker, right before he shoots Rebecca for interrupting his conversation with Chris.Rebecca: "Um... excuse my interruption, but I'm a bit confused with what-"Wesker: (impatiently) "Quiet! Mommy and Daddy are talking!" (BLAM!!)
- Pragmatic Hero: Chris and Rebecca have no qualms with ditching an injured teammate in a survival situation. Rebecca was only relieved that Chris suggested it first.
- Redshirt Army: From the moment they arrive at the Spencer Mansion, the members of S.T.A.R.S. start dropping like flies. Joseph is the first one to go, only two minutes after they land.
- Say My Name: The last minute of the staff roll features the surviving team calling each other's names, which ends with Wesker's death scene from RE5, where he screams: "CHRIIIIIIIISS!!"
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: The Mystery Gang shows up about 18min. in to investigate the homicides around the Spencer Mansion. But the moment Daphne finds the Nemesis hiding in the closet, the gang calls it quits and hauls ass.
- Self-Destruct Mechanism: Located in the underground Umbrella base, which is ultimately how the Spencer Mansion goes up in flames.
- Shout-Out: Chris makes several references to other series:
- Before the story starts proper, Barry mentions finding a drawing of a tall, skinny man in a suit. He's immediately told by everyone else but Wesker to leave it behind.
- After escaping the zombie dogs, he grumbles "Stupid dogs, made me look bad!"
- Also, after barely escaping the boulder trap, he states: "From now on, I'm punching every boulder I see!"
- In another scene, he's shown being attacked by a swarm of giant wasps where he imitates Nicolas Cage's famous: "Not the bees!!"
- And when Rebecca tells him about the self-destruct button she found in the Umbrella base, he asks: "What, you planning to go Metroid on the place?"
- The credits reel contains an outtake of Wesker revealing the Tyrant to Chris and calls it "the ultimate lifeform". Chris replies, "That looks nothing like Shadow!"
- Snark-to-Snark Combat: In almost every scene between Chris and Wesker, and especially between Chris and Rebecca. Such as:Wesker: (checking perimeter) "Alright team, I want an update from each of you."Chris: (over com-link) "Here's your update, Wesker: It's easier to see at night without sunglasses."Wesker: (not amused) "Right then, so Chris' update is that he's an asshole."
- Vomit Discretion Shot: After seeing the rotting corpse of a Bravo Team member, Joseph briefly excuses himself to toss his cookies.
- You Keep Using That Word: Rebecca calls out Chris and Richard when they said Yawn the snake was "poisonous", when it is "venomous".
Resident Evil 2 Abridged provides examples of:
- Adorkable: Leon and Claire, in different ways. Leon is a generically dorky Nice Guy who is enamored with and clumsily tries to be suave with Ada, while Claire is a semi-Pollyanna with moments of Minnesota Nice, who tries to be an optimist in the face of the horrors around her, sometimes to ditzy degrees. One commenter has compared her to both Ruby and Yang.
- Blasting It Out of Their Hands: Ada is startled when Annette is able to shoot Ada's gun out of her hands from across the room, and talks over Annette's attempts to threaten her by continuing to express her amazement for several lines.
- The Cameo: Chris, Jill, and Wesker each get a voice-over when Leon finds their journals at the Raccoon City police office.
- Casual Danger Dialogue: After fatally wounding Dr. Birkin, HUNK and his squadmate discuss the latter's difficult home life as they snatch the G-Virus samples.
- Deadpan Snarker: Sherry, who's rather annoyed with her comparatively ditzy adult companions.
- Didn't Think This Through: When Claire finds her brother's journal, she learns he had gone off to face Umbrella without telling her, to keep her from getting involved. Except it was his decision not to tell her that caused her to get involved because it made her go to Raccoon City (now overrun by zombies) to look for him.
- Expy: Both Chief Irons' voice and personality were heavily (and unabashedly) inspired by Mike Stoklasa's character Mr. Plinkett.
- Minnesota Nice: Claire usually speaks with a Minnesota accent, and has the attitude to go with it.
- Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: Mr. X is actually depicted as an affable, friendly character who wants to befriend Leon. Unfortunately, his monstrous appearance prompts Leon and Ada to shoot him whenever he shows up, and his response is understandably explosive.
- Shout-Out: Part 2 begins with Lee Everett announcing Previously On The Walking Dead.
- The Stoic: HUNK completely inverts it, in a stark contrast to his canon incarnation. His gameplay segments have him screaming non-stop.
- The Unintelligible: Good luck trying to make sense of what William Birkin is saying. He sounds like an even more incomprehensible version of Mr. Plinkett
- Your Mom: William throws one such insult at one of the Umbrella commandos sent to steal his research. It goes about as well as you can expect, especially since his family life has become strained to his mother's disdain of his brother's new boyfriend.