List of Resident Evil film characters

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This list of Resident Evil characters includes major characters that were introduced in the Resident Evil series of live-action horror films. The characters are described, below, using in-universe tone.

Alice[edit]

Alice (portrayed by Milla Jovovich) is the protagonist of the Resident Evil film series. The plot of each film generally revolves around her struggle with the Umbrella Corporation. Alice also appears in the film's novelizations which go into greater detail of her backstory

In the first film, Resident Evil, Alice is depicted as suffering from amnesia, gradually realizing her abilities as a highly trained private security operative. In Resident Evil: Apocalypse and Resident Evil: Extinction, her character is represented as "a supremely efficient killing machine"[1] and bio-weapon. Alice is an "iconic figure and is closely associated with the series," becoming more skilled and rugged throughout the series.[2] Alice's superhuman abilities, as well as the use of various styles of martial arts and gunplay make her something of a superhero character.[3] For example, in Resident Evil: Apocalypse, after her exposure to the T-virus, she displays psychic powers akin to those of Alexia Ashford. In Extinction, her powers are even more developed - she displays even greater control over her telekinesis (although she experiences blackouts and massive headaches if she pushes her powers too far). In Resident Evil: Afterlife, Alice's superhuman abilities have been taken away by Albert Wesker, who injected her with a serum that disabled her T-virus cells; however, at the end of Resident Evil: Retribution, Wesker injects her with the T-Virus and restores her powers, saying that Alice and her powers are the last, best hope for humanity.

Alice is an original character created for the films, although writer Paul W. S. Anderson noted that Alice was based on the strong women in the Resident Evil games. Anderson initially toyed with the idea of the film being an allegory to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, but the idea was not followed through completely. Despite this, the film contains various references to the work, which included Alice's name.[4] Although the name Alice was given as the character's name prior to Resident Evil's release and is listed in the credits, her name is not actually spoken until the second film, Resident Evil: Apocalypse.

Rain Ocampo[edit]

Rain Ocampo (played by Michelle Rodriguez) is introduced in the first Resident Evil film, in which she works for the Umbrella Corporation's commando force. During the outbreak in The Hive, Rain and the other operatives are sent down to shut the Red Queen down and contain the infection. During The Hive incident, Rain and Alice become very close. Rain dies just moments before they reach safety. Several clones of Rain Ocampo are introduced in Resident Evil: Retribution, including a "Good Rain", created as a test subject for the Umbrella Corporation's live tests on the human response to viral outbreaks, and a "Bad Rain", who works for Jill Valentine. Good Rain, along with a little girl named Becky who is the daughter of an Alice clone, survives a test scenario of the T-virus in a suburban situation. Good Rain is killed when a Licker throws her into a pillar, breaking her neck. Bad Rain helps fight against Alice and her allies and injects herself with the Las Plagas parasite, making her super-strong and invincible. Bad Rain kills Luther West and nearly kills Alice before Alice shoots out the ice under her feet, dropping her into an ocean full of Las Plagas zombies who devour her.

Matt Addison[edit]

Matt Addison (played by Eric Mabius) and Matt/Nemesis (played by Matthew G. Taylor) appears in Resident Evil and Resident Evil: Apocalypse. He is a CIA agent posing as a newly transferred Raccoon City Police Officer, who has sent his sister to work Umbrella Corporation to steal some information to expose Umbrella for illegal activity. When the T-virus is released at the Umbrella "Hive", the red queen seals the Hive, killing everyone inside, including Matt's sister. Matt is arrested by a group of umbrella operatives, led by Rain. Along with Alice, he is then taken to the hive where they are met by a horde of zombies. Matt and Alice are separated and Matt comes across his zombified sister. Alice saves Matt's life, but he later becomes infected when they are attacked by a Licker. Rain and Kaplan are fatally wounded, and Matt begins to mutate. Alice is preparing to give him the anti-virus when the mansion door bursts open and a group of Umbrella scientists take Matt. He is then put into to the "Nemesis Program". In Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Matt has been transformed into the mutation "Nemesis T-Type", programed to eradicate all remaining STARS operatives. He tracks Alice down and they are forced to fight to the death. Alice realizes Nemesis is Matt and refuses to kill him. Nemesis joins forces with Alice and they defend themselves from a helicopter, sent by the Umbrella forces to kill them. However in the ensuing battle, Nemesis (Matt) is crushed under wreckage and presumed dead.

K-Mart[edit]

K-Mart (played by Spencer Locke) is a young woman in Claire Redfield's convoy. In Resident Evil: Extinction, K-Mart explains that she changed her name after Claire and the others had found her in a Kmart store. She states she did not like her name and decided to change it because all those she knew from before the outbreak were dead. In the novelisation of the film, Carlos reveals that her original name was Dahlia. K-Mart and Claire are close and Locke has said her character sees Claire as an older sister. K-Mart is close with Mikey, and even more so with Carlos; in the novelisation of the film and in a scene that was deleted from the film, it is stated she has a crush on him. K-Mart also bonds with Alice; she stays with Alice and gives her a bracelet when Alice passes out from using her powers to save the convoy. Locke has said that K-Mart "definitely look[s] up to Alice in this movie a lot."[5] K-Mart survives through most of the film by hiding in the vehicles, although she does kill a few zombies. In a zombie attack, she is nearly killed by L.J. who has turned into a zombie himself, but Carlos saves her. At the end, she is one of the few who have survived long enough to depart in a helicopter headed for Alaska, piloted by Claire. In Resident Evil: Afterlife, K-Mart has been captured by the Umbrella Corporation to be experimented upon. She is rescued by Alice, Claire and Chris Redfield, but is at first too addled to do anything. She later aids Alice in battle, knocking out Bennett and tossing Alice her shotgun, allowing Alice to (temporarily) defeat Wesker with a shot to the head. She is later seen standing on deck with the other survivors when Umbrella commandos attack the ship. Her fate is left unknown.

Becky[edit]

Becky (played by Aryana Engineer) is a clone of a young deaf girl, residing in the "Suburban Raccoon City" environment of the Umbrella Prime facility. In Resident Evil: Retribution, she is first introduced as the deaf "daughter" of a clone of Alice and her "husband" Todd, a clone of Carlos Olivera. During a "bio hazard" test, Becky lost her father, while her mother hid her; unknown to Becky, the Alice clone was killed by the zombified Todd. When the real Alice arrives with Ada Wong, Becky mistakes Alice for her mother; Alice decides to take Becky along despite Ada's objections. Mostly unknowing of the truth about her existence, Becky followed Alice and her comrades. When an Uber-Licker kidnapped her, Becky was rescued by Alice; however, they unfortunately had to escape through the clone storage room. Partly realising the truth, Becky asked Alice if she was her mother; Alice responded that she was now. They were rescued and taken with Ada, Leon, and Jill to Washington DC, where the last of humanity had established their base in the White House.

Red Queen and White Queen[edit]

The Red Queen (played by Michaela Dicker, Megan Charpentier and Ave Merson-O'Brian) and White Queen (played by Madeline Carroll) are characters of the Resident Evil film series. They are both state-of-the-art holographic representations of artificial intelligence supercomputers serving to protect different facilities of the Umbrella Corporation, both are modeled after a young girl. Both AI names are references to characters from the novel Through the Looking-Glass. The antagonistic Red Queen is the decidedly more deadly Hive AI,[6] and the White Queen is the more helpful AI that appears in Resident Evil: Extinction. The Red Queen, White Queen, and the protagonist Alice are all very loosely based on characters in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and there are several references to this in the first Resident Evil movie.

The Red Queen was created by the director Paul W. S. Anderson as an homage to 2001: A Space Odyssey's HAL 9000.[7] The Red Queen's name itself is a reference to the Red Queen hypothesis[8] while her holographic avatar was modeled after Angela Ashford, the daughter of Umbrella's head programmer Dr. Charles Ashford. She was designed to monitor the underground Hive laboratory complex, extending through to the Spencer Mansion. In the film, the Red Queen activates her primary and secondary defenses upon detecting a sudden leak of the T-virus. She seals all of the exits and entrances, locking the Umbrella researchers inside then eradicating them. She also releases a gas into the mansion above, rendering Alice unconscious. When Alice awakes, she has complete Retrograde amnesia. When a U.B.C.S. commando team sent by Umbrella arrives at the Hive to investigate, the Red Queen detects their approach and her defense systems engage, killing most of the team members. When Alice and Kaplan get into the Queen's Chamber, a holographic representation of the Red Queen appears and tries to confuse Alice and Kaplan. Kaplan shuts the Red Queen down, forcing the system to restart and releasing the infected workers in the process. Later, the survivors return to the Queen's Chamber and Alice turns the Red Queen back on, so that they can find a way out of the hive. Kaplan disables her main circuit breakers to prevent her from rebooting. After being threatened by the team, the Red Queen is forced to show the team a way out of the Hive. The Red Queen isn't heard from again until later in the film, when the remaining survivors are trapped in a locked laboratory and she demands that the infected Rain be killed. The Red Queen is then permanently disabled by Kaplan when she refuses to open the door and let them out. The lines spoken by the Red Queen when Kaplan tried to disable her appear in "Kill Yourself", a rap song by rapper Timbaland.

The Red Queen makes a reappearance in Resident Evil: Retribution, portrayed by child actress Megan Charpentier with another actress, Ave Merson-O'Brian, providing her voice. After the Raccoon City incident, she was reactivated and placed in control over Umbrella Prime, an underground laboratory in Kamchatka. By the time Retribution begins, she has assumed control over Umbrella itself and is waging war against the human race, including Wesker, using various bioweapons at her disposal.

Although the character originated in the films, the Red Queen also appears in the 2007 game Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles, voiced by Tara Platt.[9] Her character appears as a database computer which provides information relating to the Arklay Incident and T-virus development. In the game's chapter "The Umbrella's End", the T-A.L.O.S. (Tyrant Armored Lethal Organic System) is monitored and controlled by the Red Queen. In the game, the Red Queen AI is self-aware and can take these measures based on its own judgment. At the end of the game, Wesker manages to procure all the data the Red Queen possessed for himself, and has it permanently erase itself and deactivate.[10]

In Resident Evil: Extinction, Alice encounters another holographic AI computer called the White Queen. The White Queen is also modeled after a young girl, but it is never mentioned if the appearance is based on a human character. The White Queen is a later version of the Red Queen and holds a counterpart position for the Umbrella facility in Las Vegas, Nevada. The White Queen uses more advanced holographic technology than her "sister", and her childlike appearance is much more realistic than the translucent Red Queen hologram. The White Queen helps Alice, saying that, like the original Red Queen, her purpose is to protect human life. She however defends the actions of the Red Queen, citing that the Red Queen had done what was necessary at the time. The White Queen reveals the cure for the T-virus to Alice and offers to help her create it, but Alice must first kill Dr. Isaacs. The White Queen was originally planned to appear in the original Resident Evil, however, she was cut from the final screenplay.[11] In the original screenplay, her character is brought online by Umbrella to shut down the Red Queen after residents of the Hive are gassed to death. She appears kind, caring and protective of the human race while the Red Queen is cruel, cold, calculating, and manipulative. Her kindness is noted when she helps Alice against Dr. Isaacs and when she reveals that the cure is Alice's blood. Her fate after the events of Resident Evil: Extinction is unknown.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Collura, Scott (21 September 2007). "Resident Evil Movies Character Rundown". IGN. Archived from the original on 5 October 2007. Retrieved 5 October 2007. 
  3. ^ Tyler, Josh (21 September 2007). "Resident Evil: Extinction — Review". cinemablend.com. Archived from the original on 11 October 2007. Retrieved 5 October 2007. 
  4. ^ Resident Evil DVD audio commentary with Paul W.S. Anderson, Jeremy Bolt, Milla Jovovich and Michelle Rodriguez
  5. ^ "Resident Evil: Extinction – Spencer Locke Interview". horror.com. Retrieved 2007-09-22. 
  6. ^ Rikke Schubart, Super bitches and action babes: the female hero in popular cinema, 1970-2006 (McFarland & Co., 2007), 340.
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  9. ^ "Voice-Over Resume". taraplatt.com. Archived from the original on 2007-07-17. Retrieved 2007-12-02. 
  10. ^ Damien Waples, "Red Queen Notes," Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles Prima Official Game Guide(Roseville: Prima Games, 2007), 138.
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