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History & Analysis of Albert Wesker from Resident Evil
About Albert Wesker:
Ever since the first “Resident Evil” game had come out in 1996 and “Resident Evil: Director's Cut” had come out in 1997, it seemed unlikely that Albert Wesker would be propelled into being one of the most iconic video game villains let alone notable Capcom villains of the early 21st century. Since the game's inception, Resident Evil would be known as the mother of all survival horror titles before its transition into action horror aka dramatic horror. As an effect, Shinji Mikami would be known as the standard bearer of survival horror series through sequels and spinoffs to the series. Since he got impaled by the Tyrant, after revealing his true colors to Jill Valentine and Chris Redfield, Wesker seemed to have faded into obscurity after his “death.”
Surprisingly, Wesker returned as an in-story antagonist in “Resident Evil: Code Veronica” came out in 2000 for the Sega Dreamcast. Chris, going to rescue his sister Claire (the female protagonist of “Resident Evil 2”), runs into Wesker who immediately overpowers him. It is revealed that Wesker was brought back from the dead and has been augmented with superhuman abilities. In the following year, “Resident Evil: Code Veronica X” came out. A special anniversary edition of the game came with the documentary called “Wesker's Report” which talks about how he survived and aligned himself with corporate spy Ada Wong.
Then you had the remake of Resident Evil and its prequel “Resident Evil Zero” come out for the Nintendo Gamecube. With RE0, it revealed that Wesker working alongside William Birkin (main antagonist of RE2) as the both of them plan to desert the Umbrella Corporation with Birkin wanting to stay behind to perfect the G-Virus (the plot driver of RE2). This set up the plot of Wesker betraying the S.T.A.R.S team and sending them to their gruesome deaths to collect test data.
Come 2005, “Resident Evil 4” came out. While Wesker didn't show up in the story, references were made to him through Wong and Jack Krauser (the secondary antagonist of RE4). Come 2007, “Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles” came out for the Nintendo Wii. It showed what Wesker was doing in-between game titles, etc.
In 2009, “Resident Evil 5” came out in which Wesker made his final canonical appearance. In a volcano, Wesker met his death at the hands of Chris and newcomer Sheva Alomar. That same year, “Resident Evil: Darkside Chronicles” came out for the Nintendo Wii. As effective of Resident Evil 5, it was the end of Wesker. Since then, Wesker has cemented himself to be an iconic video game villain.
Wesker's most recent appearance, though non-canonical, was in “Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds.” However, this appearance became iconic showing Wesker being able to throw down with other characters. In the game, Wesker replaces M. Bison (from “Street Fighter”) in joining Akuma as being the major villains representing Capcom's side of the crossover. While Wesker is dead, it seems likely that he has cemented himself as a potential villain in future crossover titles.
Wesker's history, through the Resident Evil series, remained somewhat vague and enigmatic. Through the series, it showed two facets of Wesker: brilliant scientist & high dangerous soldier. A combination of those two traits show that Wesker is a force to be reckoned with.
In “Wesker's Report II,” Wesker began his employment with the Umbrella Corporation at the age of 18. He would keep a journal of his time at Umbrella where he began as a researcher. It was established that Wesker had a hand in the creation of the T-Virus which was the main driver behind the first batch of Resident Evil games. Wesker's past, in regards to joining Umbrella, proved crucial in giving answers to the main questions fans have in regards to the story.
Other notable entries would be Wesker mentioning the rivalry between Birkin and Alexia Ashford (the main villain of RE:CV). Wesker mentioned that Alexia was a pain because she served as a strong rival to Birkin. He would be involved in regards to the continued experimentation of Lisa Trevor and the first implementation of Nemesis which would lead to Birkin creating and perfecting the G-Virus. It would be established that Wesker was part of the research team at Arklay (the setting of Resident Evil 0 and Resident Evil). Wesker's Report II would lead up to the events of Resident Evil Remake and Resident Evil 2 respectively about Lisa and the G-Virus.
From there, he changed from researcher to soldier. Prior to RE0, Wesker infiltrated the Raccoon City Police Department (RPD) and founded the city's Special Tactics And Rescue Service (S.T.A.R.S). Not only was he the founder, he would be the unit's head. Thus, he'd be the unit's captain. At the same time, he would continue his double life as an operative for Umbrella. However, this was only a build-up to a triple-cross as he would first betray Umbrella before betraying S.T.A.R.S. With a contained T-Virus outbreak at the Spencer Mansion, he and Birkin felt that it was time to ditch Umbrella. However, the two of them wanted to make precautions.
Wesker wanted to get necessary test data and take the results within to the highest bidder. To do so, he sent S.T.A.R.S Bravo Team to their eventual deaths under the guise of investigating the series of grisly cannibalistic murders. At the same time, Birkin wanted to stay with Umbrella a bit longer to perfect the G-Virus. However, they both had a problem to deal with: James Marcus. Marcus, revived via the Progenitor Virus, wants to take his revenge on Umbrella while starting with Wesker & Birkin.
Maintaining his double life, Wesker joins S.T.A.R.S Alpha Team to locate the missing members of Bravo Team. From there until revealing his true colors, Wesker serves as a crucial support character. To enact part of his plan, he coerces Barry Burton to play along. Burton, getting is conscience back, betrays Wesker. He's seemingly killed when the Tyrant breaks out of his chamber. In Wesker's Report and Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles, Wesker injected himself with a variation of the T-Virus. Thus, he no longer became human while maintaining his human appearance.
In Resident Evil 2, Wesker worked behind-the-scenes but was active in Raccoon City through the use of Ada who was active in her search for Sherry Birkin to get a sample of the G-Virus. In RE:CV, Wesker returns to action as the party responsible for the attack on Rockfort Island. Wanting more, Wesker seeks to extract the T-Veronica virus from Alexia Ashford. Afterward, he would be more involved as shown in RE:DC and RE:UC.
With Umbrella no more, Wesker would finally betray and kill Ozwell Spencer. He would learn his true identity as one of many given the last name of “Wesker” due to his superior genes and intellect. To further his ambitions of world domination, Wesker aligned himself with Tricell and manipulated Excella Gionne to help further his plans. After a final showdown, he dies at the hands of Chris and Sheva. He is survived by Jake Muller who is his illegitimate son born out of wedlock. Jake becomes integral to the story of “Resident Evil 6.” While Wesker is dead, his legacy lives on. In MvC 3: Fate of Two Worlds, he aligns himself with Marvel Comics' Dr. Doom.
Wesker has maintained his appearance throughout the series while going through a couple of wardrobe changes. The most notable part of Wesker's maintained appearance is his black shades. It was a transition from soldier to arms dealer bent on world domination and humanity's oppression. In the first Resident Evil title, Wesker was dressed like a member of SWAT with his tactical vest, tactical gear, and combat boots. Come RE:CV, Wesker wore something similar; but, dressed more like a black ops soldier. Come future installments of RE, Wesker gave off the air he was a black market arms dealer with his leather coat, dress pants, dress shoes, silenced pistol, etc. Come RE5, Wesker became more fashionable as he's clad in seemingly all leather. That would be the designated design chosen when Capcom made the announcement that Wesker was added to the cast of MvC 3: Fate of Two Worlds. Should Wesker be added to future crossover games, it seems likely that this design will be the chosen one as it made the most impact.
Throughout the years, it seemed that Capcom was building up Wesker to be one of the franchise's top villains. Due to Resident Evil's popularity and the appeal of Wesker, he has become a top villain with people thinking of the possibility of him appearing in non-Resident Evil games. To say that Wesker has made his mark is an understatement. His level of villainy is pretty much at the level of Shadaloo's M. Bison. As a villain, he shares many similarities with M. Bison for the most part.
He and Bison are both obsessed with power; but, they have different methods. Bison is chaotic evil due to being brutal and “in your face” while Wesker is between lawful and neutral evil due to using more subtle methods. The two of them use similar methods of employing organizations to utilize manpower and resources to carry out their agendas. In terms of pawns, the two of them think the same way as they would get rid of them whenever they outlived their usefulness. One example would be Wesker betraying Excella when she outlived her usefulness near the end of RE5.
Wesker serves as a great villainous rival to M. Bison and Gill if there was a RE & SF crossover. In terms of power, Wesker utilizes viral agents while Bison utilizes Psycho Power. If there was an RE & Darkstalkers crossover, Wesker serves as a great villainous rival to Jedah Dohma.
In a potential future crossover with SNK-Playmore, Wesker could serve as a potential rival to people such as Geese Howard, Rugal Bernstein, Mukai, etc. If Capcom has another crossover with Namco Bandai, he'd serve as a suitable rival to Heihachi and/or Kazuya Mishima.
As a rival, Wesker could find himself at odds against people such as: Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, Crimson Viper, Terry Bogard, Heidern, etc.
His moral alignment matches Juri Han of “Super Street Fighter IV” as the two of them would work to further their own agendas. Since the first RE game, it wasn't really expected that Wesker would come up as being one of the most notable villains. Being put in a crossover fighting game was something long overdue because of Wesker's appeal. With his augmented abilities, due to the T-Virus, Wesker is at the point where he can throw down with various characters such as Akuma, Thor, Ghost Rider, Zero, Morrigan, Iron Man, etc.
While Wesker is dead, his legacy lives on. We haven't seen the last of Albert Wesker.
Wesker, through the games he was in, has several memorable quotes.
From Resident Evil Remake
“Jill, so you're safe.”
“Don't blame Barry for everything. I hear his better half and two lovely daughters will be in danger if he doesn't do everything I tell him to.”
“Jill and Barry together... in hell!”
“You're a bit of a mess up. Chris, take a piece of the action!”
From Resident Evil: Code Veronica
“Sure I'm not human anymore, but just look at the power I've gained!”
“I don't know where you get your confidence, Chris.”
“You must be the lovely Claire Redfield!”
From Resident Evil 5
“Poor deluded Chris. How you so love your precious self-righteousness.”
“Have fun watching Jill suffer.”
“Six billion cries of agony will birth a new balance.”
“Let me clarify something for you, Chris. I don't think of myself as a king. No, I am a god! And even kings bow to gods!”
“Uroboros will be released into the atmosphere, ensuring complete global saturation.”
“Natural selection leaves the survivors stronger and better! Humans have escaped this winnowing for far too long!”
Marvel vs. Capcom 3
Vs. Chris Redfield: “It's time... to close the book on us.”
Defeating Chris Redfield: “Don't worry, Chris. You can die in peace knowing the world has a new god to watch over it.”
Defeating M.O.D.O.K: “I do so look forward to dissecting that ridiculously-large brain of yours.”
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3
Vs. Rocket Raccoon #1: “Looks like I found a new guinea pig... Interesting...”
Defeating Rocket Raccoon #1: “Now you know... I am a god, over man and beast.”
Defeating Rocket Raccoon #2: “You are an interesting creature. I'd like to know more about you. I think a vivisection is order.”
Defeating Nemesis: “You are a pale imitation of what the Tyrants can do. I shall have you disintegrated.”