|Resident Evil character|
|First appearance||Resident Evil (1996)|
|Last appearance||Project X Zone 2 (2015)|
|Motion capture||Patricia Ja Lee|
Jill Valentine (Japanese: ジル・バレンタイン Hepburn: Jiru Barentain) is a fictional character in Resident Evil, a survival horror video game series created by Japanese company Capcom. Introduced as one of two player characters in the original Resident Evil (1996), she was the first playable female character in the survival horror genre. Her story arc describes Valentine as an American counterterrorism officer who initially works with her partner Chris Redfield to fight the Umbrella Corporation, a pharmaceutical company whose bioterrorism creates zombies.
The character went on to become a central protagonist within the franchise, and has featured in subsequent games in the series as well as associated novelizations and merchandise, along with several titles released by other gaming franchises including Marvel vs. Capcom and Project X Zone. Her appearance was redesigned on multiple occasions as the series progressed; in later titles, such as Resident Evil (a 2002 remake of the original game), Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles and Resident Evil 5, her appearance is based on Canadian model and actor Julia Voth. Valentine has also appeared in the Resident Evil film series, where she is portrayed by actor Sienna Guillory.
Video game publications have listed Valentine among the most popular and iconic video game characters in history, and have praised her as the most likeable and consistent character in the franchise. She has received both praise and criticism with regard to gender representation in video games. Several publications praised the series for its portrayal of women, and consider Valentine significantly less sexualized than other female gaming characters; she has additionally been cited as an example of a female character who is as competent and skilled as her male counterparts. However, others have argued she is weakened as a protagonist by features which undermined her role as a heroine, and were critical of some of her overtly sexualized costumes.
Concept and design
Jill Valentine was introduced as one of two playable protagonists – alongside her partner Chris Redfield – in Capcom's 1996 video game Resident Evil. As such, she was the first playable female character in the survival horror genre. Both characters were created by the director of the game, Shinji Mikami, alongside character designer Isao Ōishi. Neither character appeared in the 1998 sequel, as the production team sought to retain the level of fear found in the original game by introducing similarly inexperienced characters.
As the series progressed, the character went through several design changes. In the 2002 remake of the original game, her appearance was based on Canadian model and actor Julia Voth. Capcom producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi said that Valentine remained a tough and muscular character, although they made her more "kawaii".[a] Voth's likeness was reused for Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles (2007) and Resident Evil 5 (2009). The latter game's designers wanted to illustrate how both Valentine and Redfield had changed with time, although the characters retained their signature colors: blue for Valentine and green for Redfield.
In Resident Evil 5, Valentine was redesigned to reflect the fact that she was used as a test subject in biological research experiments. Her hair color was changed to blonde, her skin was made paler, and her close-fitting outfit – described as a "battle suit" – was designed to give players the impression that she had been experimented on. The mind-controlling device that she wears in the game was originally to be placed on her head, but was ultimately moved to her chest because the game's project leader felt it would be sexier. An alternate outfit for Valentine is available in the downloadable content (DLC) episode Lost in Nightmares, a prequel to the events of the main game. The style of this costume was based on military clothing and sportswear. Resident Evil: Revelations, which was released in 2012, was set at sea; her signature blue-colored costume resembled a wetsuit. Her buoyancy control device was designed to have more tactical gear attached, but the gear was removed to show her figure.[b]
Alternate costumes as rewards for players have been a staple of the Resident Evil series. Completing the 2002 remake with Valentine unlocks the ability to dress her in her miniskirt costume from Resident Evil 3, and as Sarah Connor from Terminator 2: Judgment Day. The former costume was not originally intended to appear in the game, and was added during development at the request of staff. After its addition, developers changed camera angles to reduce the amount of upskirting, and matched the color of the skirt and underwear to make the issue less obvious. The miniskirt outfit is reused for Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D (2011). Her alternate outfit in Resident Evil: Revelations is a revealing pirate costume, which was deliberately made to be colorful to contrast with the storyline's dark themes,
Voice-over and live-action actors
The actors who appeared in the live-action cutscenes and performed the voice work for the original game were credited only by their first names; the actor who portrayed Valentine was credited as "Inezh", and was a high school student.[c] Voice actors who portrayed Valentine over the course of the series include Catherine Disher in Resident Evil 3, Heidi Anderson in the 2002 remake, and Kathleen Barr in Capcom's 2004 action-adventure game Under the Skin. Patricia Ja Lee provided the voice and motion capture for both The Umbrella Chronicles and Resident Evil 5. Kari Wahlgren voiced the character in the 2011 title Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds. In Revelations, she was voiced by Michelle Ruff, who returned for the non-canon game Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City. Atsuko Yuya voices Valentine in the Japanese versions of the games. The character appeared in several entries of the Resident Evil film series, where she is portrayed by British actress Sienna Guillory.
In the Resident Evil games
|1997||Resident Evil: Director's Cut|
|1999||Resident Evil 3: Nemesis|
|2000||Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes|
|2002||Resident Evil (2002 remake)|
|2003||Resident Evil: The Missions|
|2004||Under the Skin|
|2007||Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles|
|2008||Resident Evil: Genesis|
|2009||Resident Evil 5|
|2011||Resident Evil: Mercenaries Vs.|
|Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D|
|Resident Evil Outbreak Survive|
|Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds|
|Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3|
|2012||Resident Evil: Revelations|
|Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City|
|Project X Zone|
|2015||Project X Zone 2|
Every game in the series took place in the fictional American metropolitan area Raccoon City, until its destruction at the end of Resident Evil 3: Nemesis. Subsequent games which feature Valentine are set on an international scale, taking place in Russia, Africa, and the Mediterranean Sea. She is described as an American citizen with a Japanese American mother and French American father, and is portrayed as intelligent, brave and loyal, with expertise in weapons and explosives handling, and lock picking. A former member of Delta Force who excelled at bomb disposal during training, she joined the Special Tactics And Rescue Service (STARS) team before being assigned to the Raccoon City Police Department (RCPD), where she was frequently credited with saving the lives of both civilians and fellow officers during operations.
The original game is set in July 1998 and takes place in a mansion, which Valentine and her team have retreated into while searching for colleagues. Working with her partner Barry Burton, she discovers the property is a façade for a biological warfare laboratory operated by the Umbrella Corporation, and its undead occupants are scientists who had been developing the T-virus mutagen. Her commander, Albert Wesker, is revealed to be a double agent for Umbrella. Sometime after events in the game, Valentine and Redfield form a strong friendship, and they both become passionate opponents of bioterrorism.
However, Valentine returned as the sole protagonist in Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (1999), as no character from Resident Evil 2 could be used for continuity reasons. Nemesis occurs two months after the first game. The reason given by Capcom for her informal clothing in this entry is that she had resigned from the police service immediately prior to Raccoon City's entire population being infected with the T-virus. She had quit in protest over the failure of law enforcement to take action against Umbrella, but remained in the city to investigate the corporation.[d] In the game, she attempts to escape Raccoon City before it is destroyed by a nuclear strike as part of a U.S. government cover-up. She is also pursued by the titular supersoldier, who infects her with the T-virus, although her new partner Carlos Oliveira – a former Umbrella mercenary – obtains a vaccine.
The Umbrella Chronicles is set in 2003, when Valentine and Redfield have joined a private organisation with the goal of exposing Umbrella's biological warfare activities, leading a group to destroy their only remaining research facility.[e] After the fall of the corporation, the pair become founding members of the United Nations' Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance (BSAA). In Revelations – set two years later – Valentine and new partner Parker Luciani are sent on a mission to rescue Redfield, who is allegedly being held hostage on a ghost ship in the Mediterranean. Once aboard, she discovers the ship is infested with a new type of mutagen, capable of infecting the aquatic ecosystem. Valentine and Redfield then unravel a political conspiracy involving an earlier mutagenic outbreak, and a botched investigation by a rival agency.
Resident Evil 5 takes place in 2009 in the fictional African town of Kijuju, where terrorists have been turning local residents into zombies. One of these terrorists is later revealed to be Valentine, who had been missing in action for the previous two and a half years. Set in 2006, the Lost in Nightmares DLC shows Valentine and Redfield searching inside a mansion for Umbrella's founder; to save Redfield from Wesker, Valentine tackles the latter through a window. Neither of their bodies were recovered, and Valentine was declared dead. In fact, she was injured by the fall and taken hostage by Wesker, who then used her as a test subject in his biological experiments. The antibodies produced by Valentine's system as a result of her Nemesis-era T-virus infection were used as the basis for the Uroboros Virus: the catalyst for the events of Resident Evil 5.
During Resident Evil 5, Redfield discovers that Valentine is alive. It is also revealed that Wesker attached a mind-control device to her chest which forced Valentine to commit the terrorist acts, and causes her to fight Redfield and his new partner, local BSAA agent Sheva Alomar. She struggles to find enough self-control to open her outfit so the device can be seen and removed. After its removal, Valentine explains that she knew what she was doing but was unable to control her actions, and urges Redfield and his new partner to continue their mission. Another DLC episode, titled Desperate Escape, describes her escape to safety with the help of another local BSAA agent, Josh Stone.
Valentine features in several of the Resident Evil films. In Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004), she is a disgraced police officer who escapes the ruins of Raccoon City with the help of film-series protagonist Alice and other survivors. The character appears in a post-credits scene in Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010), where she is under the control of Umbrella and leads an attack against Alice, Chris and Claire Redfield, and the survivors they rescued after a virus outbreak in Los Angeles. In Resident Evil: Retribution (2012), Valentine is a primary antagonist programmed to capture Alice, but she regains control of herself when Alice removes Wesker's mind-control device from her chest. The film includes a fight between Valentine and Alice containing around 200 moves.[f]
She appears in several non-canon Resident Evil games. She is a playable character in several mobile games in the series, and is the sole protagonist in Resident Evil: Genesis (2008), an alternative-story version of the original game. Apart from the Resident Evil series, she is a playable character in several games in the Marvel vs. Capcom franchise, and the crossover tactical role-playing games Project X Zone and Project X Zone 2. She makes a brief cameo appearance in 2004's Under the Skin. The character also appears in novelisations of the films and games, and plays a supporting role in the first novel, Resident Evil: Caliban Cove (1998), in a series by S. D. Perry. In Resident Evil: The Umbrella Conspiracy (1998), Perry's novelisation of the original game, Valentine's Delta Force background is not mentioned, but before her career in law enforcement she is said to have acted as an accomplice for her father, Dick Valentine, who was a professional thief. Several comic books based on the game series have also been released.
Toys modeled on Valentine include action figures and figurines. She appears as a character in Bandai's Resident Evil Deck Building Card Game (2011). Actors portraying Valentine have appeared at Resident Evil-themed attractions at Universal Studios Japan and at Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights. Capcom's themed restaurant, Biohazard Cafe & Grill S.T.A.R.S., which opened in 2012 in Shibuya, Tokyo, featured a noodle dish named after her.[g]
Reception and legacy
Gaming publications, including the 2011 version of the Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition, have listed Valentine among the most popular and iconic video game characters ever created. GamesTM said she was the most consistent character in Resident Evil, explaining that her arc was the most believable, and traumatic, of any character found within the series. They went on to rate her the best female protagonist in gaming history. Similarly, Complex described her as the most likeable character in the entire series, and called her "the face" of the franchise, arguing that a visually-appealing yet strong female character such as Valentine had the potential to appeal to both male and female gamers.
Several commentators have suggested that Valentine's portrayal as a military professional tempered the ability of developers to overtly-sexualize the character. As a result, The Escapist praised Resident Evil for its portrayal of women, saying that its "progressive approach" produced female characters who were not judged on gender, and highlighted Valentine as a "competent, clever and professional" soldier who is "not 'good, for a woman' but simply 'good'." The same publication later included her among the least-sexualized female characters ever created, describing her clothing as revealing but not obscene. Her professional relationship with partner Chris Redfield has also been celebrated for its basis in loyalty rather than romance, and its balance of their personalities: Valentine's intellect and Redfield's brawn. GamesRadar said she was "perhaps the most sensible" female character designed in the mid-to-late 1990s.
In 2014, Shinji Mikami expressed his opposition to the sexual objectification of women in video games. In addition to avoiding eroticizing his characters, he said he refused to portray women who were submissive to men, and wrote female characters "who discover their independence as the game progresses, or who already know they are independent but have that tested against a series of challenges." Despite this, subsequent games in the series not directed by Mikami have depicted Valentine wearing more revealing outfits. As a result, she has appeared on several lists which rank characters on their sex appeal. In 2011, The Escapist's Lisa Foiles said she was "one of the hottest female character designs ever". 1UP.com described her outfit in Resident Evil 3 as an "embarrassing relic" from a period when game developers catered exclusively to teenage boys. Commentators have additionally noted that her body shape is unrealistic – specifically, that it is not reflective of her military background and physical training – and that she was the only member of her team in the original game to not wear a bulletproof vest. Other media scholars have argued that players have been intentionally encouraged to both objectify and identify with her.
The Resident Evil films have received consistently bad reviews. Cinefantastique described Guillory's performance in Resident Evil: Apocalypse, in which she has a supporting role, as the film's only "saving grace". Her outfit in the movie was based on her clothing from Resident Evil 3. Producer Paul W. S. Anderson considered several ways to justify the usage of the costume, such as having it described as an undercover outfit, while Milla Jovovich suggested using a heat wave as the reason. Anderson eventually decided to ignore the issue altogether, arguing that people who would criticise her attire "probably shouldn't be watching a Resident Evil movie [at all]." The extent to which Valentine's appearance changed over the course of the game series has also been criticized; in 2011, GamesRadar said she had been redesigned so many times it was "getting ridiculous".
Several lines of dialogue from the first Resident Evil game have achieved enduring popularity. "You were almost a Jill sandwich", a quip delivered in awkward voiceover by Barry Burton after a falling ceiling trap almost crushes her, was revived as an Internet meme a decade after the game's release; it became the subject of fan art depicting Valentine in or as a sandwich. Capcom references the line in their games Dead Rising (2006), Resident Evil: Uprising (2009), and Resident Evil: Revelations 2 (2015). Another piece of dialogue spoken by Burton, "And, Jill, here's a lock pick. It might be handy if you, the master of unlocking, take it with you", also gained notoriety. The quote, which features an excessive amount of silence between words, has been widely criticized for being a poor translation of the original Japanese text. The line was removed entirely from later editions of the game.
- Hiroyuki Kobayashi: "Instead, Jill got a little cuter [kawaii—in the context this appears to refer to personality]. Her action and atmosphere has charm. This time, we expect a lot more people [to be] charmed by Jill."
- "At the beginning of the game, Jill is wearing diving equipment, including BCD (buoyancy control device). I thought the gear had interesting details, but because the team wanted to show her bodyline, it was changed to one that only had straps."
- Shinji Mikami: "We shot the opening movie in the Tama River side of Japan. In the beginning of the movie, Jill makes her face look like she is scared, but she was not [supposed to be]. The actress for Jill was only a high-school girl at the time and she had to run around outside in the middle of the night and got mosquito bites, so she made that face; 'I wanna go home!' She was just an immature kid. That cheap shot was totally my mistake. I didn't have enough time and money, also I should have picked the actors judging on performances but it's too late now of course."
- "As our story opens, we learn what happened to Jill Valentine after the events of the original Resident Evil. Disillusioned with the failure of Raccoon City's Police Department to act against Umbrella Corporation and its genetic experiments, she decides to quit the force." Jill Valentine's diary can be unlocked in Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles (2007). The entry for 24 August 1998 reads: "Chris left town today for Europe. Barry said that he was going to send his family to Canada first and then meet up with Chris after that. I have decided to remain in Raccoon City for the time being because I know that the research facility here will be vital to this case. After gathering as much information as I can, I will regroup with Barry and Chris in about a month. I know that is when my true struggle will begin..."
- Albert Wesker: "It was the year 2003. Umbrella had a base of operations in Russia, where they were working on new B.O.W. (bio-organic weapons). They were preparing to arm the unstable regions of the world with their bio weaponry. Chris and Jill had joined a regional biohazard containment unit and had heard rumors about this nightmarish facility."
- Paul W. S. Anderson: "Milla and I stay in touch with the fans, and one of the things I know they've been looking forward to is a fight between Jill Valentine and Alice. We intend to deliver that." Sienna Guillory: "There's something like 200 [fight] moves, it's massive and it's so intricate."
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