Rebecca Chambers (character)
|Resident Evil character|
Rebecca Chambers in Resident Evil Zero
|First game||Resident Evil (1996)|
|Designed by||Isao Ohishi and Jun Takeuchi (Resident Evil 1996)|
|Voiced by (English)||Lynn Harris (Resident Evil 1996)
Hope Levy (Resident Evil 2002)
Riva Di Paola (Resident Evil 0)
Stephanie Sheh (Umbrella Chronicles, Resident Evil 5, Merecenaries 3D)
|Voiced by (Japanese)||Reiko Takagi (Resident Evil 1996)|
|Portrayed by||"Linda" (Resident Evil 1996 (cutscenes))|
Rebecca Chambers (レベッカ・チェンバース Rebekka Chenbāsu ) is a fictional character from the Resident Evil horror video game franchise by Capcom. She was introduced as a supporting character in the original Resident Evil in 1996 and starred as the protagonist player character of the prequel game, Resident Evil Zero in 2003.
In the first Resident Evil, Rebecca is a young police officer with the STARS Bravo team trapped in a mysterious mansion full of undead monsters and traps. In Zero, she gets separated from her team and forced to partner with an escaped convict Billy Coen in order to survive their ordeal in other similarly dangerous locations. Zero was later revisited and expanded in Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles, which also shows what happened to her between the two games.
Rebecca is also one of the heroes of the Resident Evil novel series and has made some additional non-canonical game appearances. The character was well received by critics.
In video games
Rebecca makes her first appearance in the original Resident Evil, as a supporting character for Chris Redfield, a fellow officer in the Special Tactics and Rescue Service (STARS). She arrives at the Arklay Research Facility before the STARS Alpha team, after her unit is scattered across the Arklay Mountains. Rebecca is an 18-year-old rookie member of STARS Bravo team, in charge of rear security and serving as the team's field medic. Before joining the force, Rebecca was a child prodigy and was able to graduate from college at the age of 18. Her introduction and other appearances throughout the first game vary depending on the path the player chooses and she can be controlled by the player during certain portions of the story. Ultimately, Rebecca emerges as Bravo team's sole survivor of the incident in the canon version of the story.
In Resident Evil Zero, a prequel to Resident Evil, Rebecca is one of two protagonists. In this game, Rebecca comes across the Ecliptic Express train while investigating a series of bizarre murders in the Arklay Mountains. She encounters an escaped military prisoner, Billy Coen, who helps her. The two discover that the attacks have been masterminded by James Marcus, formerly one of the Umbrella Corporation's top scientists, who has mutated and revived himself to get revenge on his killers. Rebecca and Billy, working together, escape from a train full of zombies and find themselves in an old underground facility of Umbrella Corporation that was overtaken by Marcus. In the end, they manage to destroy both Marcus and the facility, and Rebecca allows Billy to escape, falsely reporting his death to the authorities.
Rebecca appears in Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles, which summarizes the events of Resident Evil Zero and details her experiences between it and Resident Evil. The game pairs her with fellow STARS Bravo team member Richard Aiken, as they work together to fend off hordes of undead creatures.
She has survived the events of Resident Evil 2, in which the character makes a notable Easter egg type cameo appearance in an undeveloped film on Wesker's desk. Rebecca is also a playable character in Resident Evil 5 Gold Edition in its minigame mode Mercenaries Reunion, as well as in Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D.
Design and gameplay
In RE0, Rebecca's character was modeled after the J-pop star Ayumi Hamasaki, who also served as Capcom's official spokeswoman for the game in Japan. Rebecca's alternate costumes in the games "expose her midriff and voluptuous shape". In RE0, where she is a starting character, Rebecca is weaker than Billy and as such can absorb much less damage and cannot push heavier objects. Her unique skill is her ability to mix various chemicals.
In the Mercenaries mode of RE5, Rebecca is armed with an MP5 submachine gun, and her melee moves include flame spray, tear gas and taser attacks, but most of them do not instantly kill. To compensate that, she is the only character that starts with two first-aid sprays and extra ammo. In The Mercenaries 3D, Rebecca is an unlockable character with the highest recovery but with the lowest armor (her alternate nurse costume makes her take recover health faster and take even more damage). She carries five healing herbs, an MP5 and a grenade launcher, and her high-damage flame spray attack is replaced by a push out move.
Rebecca plays a central role in S. D. Perry's Resident Evil novels written in 1998-2004, namely in the original stories Resident Evil: Caliban Cove and Resident Evil: Underworld, as well as in the novelizations of the games in which she appears (Resident Evil: The Umbrella Conspiracy and Resident Evil: Zero Hour). In Caliban Cove, Rebecca, declared outlaw and aided by members of the Exeter, Maine branch of STARS, attempts to stop a rogue scientist from spreading a new strain of the T-virus. In Underworld, she, Leon S. Kennedy and an original character David Trapp (from Caliban Cove) embark to find the Umbrella Corporation's new facility hidden beneath the desert in the American Southwest, which was taken over by another rogue Umbrella scientist.
She also appears in the Resident Evil comic book S.T.A.R.S. Files and in George A. Romero's rejected Resident Evil film screenplay, filling the same role as she did in the first game; in this script, she was one of the four survivors. An animated film continuing the events of the series and focusing on the current exploits of Rebecca might possibly be made in the future.
In 2001, toymaker Moby Dick produced an action figure of Rebecca in the Resident Evil 3: Nemesis related series even as she does not actually appear in this game (the figure is actually based on the character's depiction in the canceled Nintendo 64 version of Resident Evil Zero). A diorama-type figure of Rebecca and the monster Hunter was released by Organic in 2009. A 1/6 scale resin garage kit of Rebecca in her alternate costume from Zero was also released by Vanilla Chop. Capcom's theme restaurant Biohazard Cafe & Grill S.T.A.R.S. opened with Rebecca-Style Dessert in the menu.
The character has been positively received. According to PlayStation Official Magazine, "her starring role in Resident Evil Zero made her a fan favourite." According to IGN, "Rebecca may seem like nothing more than a plucky sidekick, but she can more than hold her own in battle." GameDaily featured her as its "Babe of the Week", commenting, "Resident Evil's youngest member battles zombies and other horrors so you don't have to. That makes her a true American hero." In 2008, PC Games Hardware included her among the 112 most important female characters in games. While evaluating which of the Resident Evil heroes is best dressed to survive a real-life zombie apocalypse, GamesRadar found Rebecca to be "more practically attired than Ada Wong or Jill Valentine," despite her looks of a "pre-pubescent tom boy."
In 2009, IGN included her on the list of the characters they would like to return in Resident Evil 6. Joystiq praised Rebecca's inclusion in Resident Evil 5's downloadable content, similarly stating "we're all for bringing [her] back."
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