Top Resident Evil Video Game Characters
Resident Evil is a massive horror video game and movie franchise created by Capcom. It had tremendous success over the years since the release of the first Resident Evil game originally for the Playstation in 1996.
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The story is basically about a corporation named Umbrella that, for their reasons, is spreading a deadly virus called the T-virus, which transforms humans into zombies and mutates other creatures as well. Your mission, as a S.T.A.R.S member or a cop or ..., is to survive through the apocalypse and end this nightmare.
The Resident Evil universe has a multitude of characters who each have their own compelling story, and all of them have tasted the Horrors of these lethal viruses first-hand. Today, I am going to be ranking the Resident Evil characters based on their appearances on the video games only. So the movies are excluded. (sorry Alice)
6. Chris Redfield
Chris Redfield was one of the first characters we got to know from the Resident Evil universe. He debuted in the original Resident Evil as one of the two main protagonists. He's a member of Racoon City's S.T.A.R.S (Special Tactics And Rescue Services) alpha team.
Chris Redfield could easily earn the perfect soldier award. He's strong, enduring, loyal, and he's devoted to terminating Umbrella corp. no matter what.
His only fault is that Capcom decided to put him in the spotlight during the franchise's darkest years. As the main character in both Resident Evil 5 and 6 (the least loved by the community), Chris faced a lot of criticism due to his exaggerated designs and his enormous biceps; along with the famous 'boulder punch'. I mean, is that really the best Capcom could pull-off? A human punching a giant boulder?
5. Albert Wesker
He was first presented as the leader of the S.T.A.R.S. Alpha team (Chris' team) just to reveal himself as an agent working for Umbrella and try to exterminate his whole squad. In the later installments, he's become one of the most iconic Resident Evil villains.
At first, he was just this double agent who only cared about profiting from the outbreaks but he's gone way past that now. Not only did he create the Uroboros virus and spread it in Africa, but he also created a clone of himself with inhuman superpowers. Not to mention, he kidnapped and brainwashed fan-favorite Jill Valentine.
Albert Wesker is a shady character who always operates from the shadows, and we don't know anything about him. All we know is that he is always behind those catastrophes and always up to no good.
4. Claire Redfield
Claire may seem like an ordinary college student at a first glance, but she is a Redfield; so zombie slaying and gun shooting are basically in her blood. She was first introduced in the original Resident Evil 2 back in 1998.
She was looking for her brother Chris in Racoon City, ironically, during the outbreak. She managed to escape with Leon Kennedy's help but her life took a drastic change since then. Although we didn't get to see much of Claire in the main titles, the little time we got with her was enough for us to enjoy her story and see how the Redfields are natural-born survivors and can live through any skirmishes.
3. Ada Wong
Ada Wong is arguably the most mysterious character in the Resident Evil franchise. We don't even know if Ada's her true name or not. No one can understand if she's good or bad, right or wrong... everything is possible with her. Whether she's collecting virus samples for her employer (mostly Alber Wesker) or selling them to the highest bidder, you can always find Ada operating in the backstages of any virus outbreak.
She did help Leon quite a lot in many situations, yet she can never be trusted. One of the reasons I personally love the mysterious woman in the pink dress is that, despite her complicated storyline (she discovers clones of herself), she does her job in style. She's always traveling light with just a handgun and a grappler but she packs a serious punch. Besides, her grappler stunts and tricks are terrific. No matter what situation she's in, Ada always manages to survive and I really hope we get to see more of her.
2. Jill Valentine
Jill Valentine is Chris's trusty partner and the master of unlocking. She also debuted in the original Resident Evil, as a member of the S.T.A.R.S. Alpha team investigating the Spencer mansion. Later, she got caught in Racoon City's outbreak where she encountered the fabled Nemesis.
Jill could've easily been number one on this list since her fighting and survival skills are quite fascinating and she's one of the toughest S.T.A.R.S. members. But unfortunately, she got kidnapped and brainwashed by Albert Wesker and we saw nothing of her since Resident Evil 5 (maybe also because of the Jill sandwich joke).
I would say that Capcom wasted Jill's potential, however, she shined the brightest in the series early days and she deserves a little rest. Fortunately, the Resident Evil 3 Remake dropped and we can once again see her in action.
1. Leon S. Kennedy
I believe Leon is the best character in the Resident Evil universe. Not only was he the main protagonist in the best two games in the series, but he also showed great potential fighting bio-weapons despite being a simple cop. That's right, rookie cop Leon got caught in Resident Evil 2's outbreak on his very first day of service. Yet he managed to escape and defeat the evolved Tyrant: Mr. X with Claire and Ada's help.
His formidable survival skills got him a job as a professional governmental agent and he was sent, by the President himself, to rescue his abducted daughter Ashley in the events of the fantabulous Resident Evil 4.
Perhaps Leon's consistent luck being in the spotlight during the franchise's greatest times is what got him this placement. But we all got to admit that he also deserves it: He can survive through any pickle and he always comes up smelling like roses.
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