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Top 10 Resident Evil Characters

By  Justin Carreiro     2:55 PM    Labels:,,,,, 
It's time for another one of my favourite things to do on this blog: create a Top 10 list! This time around I'm going to be focusing on the video game series, Resident Evil, and rank 10 characters that I feel should be recognized as favourites to the series. Just throwing this little note out there: this list is based on my opinion so your list may be different than mine. I will not choose any characters from the film series and the list will only focus on the Resident Evil video games from the canon and non-canon games to the series.

10. Ozwell E. Spencer
Known from: All games but appears in Resident Evil 5.

I know this is a weird choice for the number 10 spot on the list but in some ways you will agree with me. Spencer is one of the three main people who established the whole chain-of-events for the Resident Evil games. He helped create the Progenitor Virus, Umbrella Corporation, and ordered the development of the infamous mansion from Resident Evil. His presence lasted throughout all the games but we never really got to see Spencer interact with any of the characters till his demise. Spencer never got his hands dirty...he always just paid for someone like Wesker or Birkin to do his dirty work for him. Without him and his dirty work towards James Marcus, there might not have even been the legacy that is Resident Evil.

9. Outbreak Civilians
Known from: Resident Evil Outbreak and Outbreak File #2.

I know that I should limit a ranking to a specific individual person but I feel that these eight are interchangeable with each other. Nothing separates them apart: none have S.T.A.R.S. training, biochemical mutations or were high ranking officials in the Umbrella Corporation. It astounds me that each of these civilians were able to survive the Raccoon City outbreak and escape the city. For that alone, these eight earn a spot on the list.

8. Rebecca Chambers
Known for: Resident Evil Zero and Resident Evil.

I hold some respect for Rebecca Chambers because her first role as a main character was the first Resident Evil game I passed. She was 18 years old during the events of her experience in the series and the fact that she not only survived the outbreak but was stood up to take down some lethal threats. Besides, her intelligence in the game out of most of the characters is probably still unsurpassed. I would love to see her back in a next canon game to see how an older Rebecca has developed since her time in S.T.A.R.S.

7. Nemesis
Known for: Resident Evil 3: Nemesis.
If I was 10 years old, Nemesis would probably be higher on the list but since I've grown up since then...he's perfectly placed at 7th. His bravado as the rocket-launching Tyrant who combs the streets of Raccoon City looking for S.T.A.R.S. members has lost some appeal. He was a great villain who made things really scary for Resident Evil 3 but there was really no depth to his character.

6. Claire Redfield
Known for: Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil: Code Veronica. 

We all can remember the scene of Claire making her way into Raccoon City and discovering that the city was infested with the undead. She was brash but loving, adventurous yet cautious and most of all...she made sure to look after a little child and protect her with her life. Claire has the sweet nature to try and protect Sherry Birkin and the sisterly love to find her missing brother Chris Redfield. Honestly, I know people will not like me for this but...I feel she was the perfect balance of warmth to Leon S. Kennedy's role in Resident Evil 2.

5. Ada Wong
Known for: Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 4.
That infamous dress. Her iconic nickname. The hilarious times that she just reappears to cause Leon some stress. Ada is an enigma in the Resident Evil series because you never really know her true motives in her missions and what she is really trying to accomplish until she succeeds. I understand why she is a fan favourite because some of the best villains who aren't really villains like to change things up in the game and add the fun that sometimes a horror game really needs.

4. Chris Redfield
Known for: Resident Evil, Resident Evil: Code Veronica and Resident Evil 5.

The development that I've seen from this character has been astounding. He started as the A-typical S.T.A.R.S. lead hero in the first Resident Evil game who quickly proved himself for a force of good but through the years he has turned in a really buff agent for the BSAA. I liked how he progressed through all of the games because for some reason, he always develops a sisterly relationship with his female counterparts in his game (i.e. Jill Valentine, Claire Redfield and Sheva Alomar). He has proven that he is a strong presence in the series.

3. Leon S. Kennedy
Known for: Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 4.

Many Resident Evil fanboys will disagree with me 100% with this decision. I get that and we are entitled to own our opinions so here is mine: with all the hype, I don't feel that he is all that. I will agree that he was impressive in Resident Evil 4; doing all the amazing stunts and acrobatics to save Ashley Graham with the help of Ada Wong, Luis Sera and the Merchant. The reason that he is at the number three spot is that his personality is a little drab and stone cold. He's a great agent but I feel that he is so overused now that his appeal has decreased.

2. Albert Wesker
Known for: Resident Evil Zero, Resident Evil, Resident Evil: Code Veronica and Resident Evil 5.

Wesker has proven to be the top villain when it comes to the series. He is usually behind most of the dealings when it comes to the Progenitor virus and has no ill will to turn on people who thought they were his allies or associates. Wesker has grown to show his mutations with all types of viruses to make himself better and stronger but all-in-all, he is still defeated by the hero and dies...well, for a bit at least.

1. Jill Valentine
Known for: Resident Evil, Resident Evil 3 and Resident Evil 5.

Jill has topped lists as one of video games' favourite leading lady. She has played the hero and villain role in several games for the series while wearing a questionable outfit during a citywide outbreak. She ranks as my favourite because she has proven to the perfect mix of lethal fighter and compassionate ally. Her villainous blonde form in Resident Evil 5 was a far cry from the original hero we met in the first game. No matter who she is playing at the time, Jill is always a hero and continues to conquer expectations. If Ada can give Leon a run for his money then I know Jill could be a perfect match to take on any of the characters listed above. That's way she is listed in the number one spot.

Agree or disagree with the rankings? Share your rankings in the comments below.

About Justin Carreiro

Justin is a longtime TV buff and gamer. He loves chatting about shows, playing video and board games, and his not-so-secret love for reality tv. He is also a fan of horror movies, music and a bookworm at heart. He spends his time in Toronto working in PR and Social Media.


  1. Where's Hunk? Dude is the shit! He needs to get his own fucking game. I played his mini games and they great. Tell you the game would be better with more hunk

    1. I donto think his own game... That'll ruin his legendary sorta status. Mysterious and more popular than most charactes from just a mini game... And hell... Without him there would be no resident evil xD

  2. I wish that Resident Evil was the same back in the good old days. The games aren't scary anymore! I miss all the zombies and getting the crap scared out of me. Now it's just another shooter game to me.

    1. i agree completely sad the games changed so much

  3. the new zombies are better i think, they are much smarter and they have some sort of civilization. list is alright but top 3 is wrong, it should be


  4. Love that Barry isn't on the list. Hate him so much. Jill Sandwich? WTF?!

  5. jill? no way. Leon is the fuckin' bad-ass boss.

  6. I rekon it should go..

    10)Luis Sera
    9)Rebecca Chambers
    6)Claire Redfield
    5)Albert Wesker
    4)Jill Valentine
    3)Chris Redfield
    2)Leon Kennedy
    1)The bitch in the red dress

    1. its ada the bitch in the red dress... i love her much too bro... nice rankings

    2. shut up motherfucker ada is the best character in resident evil you son of the bitch and other see birch

  7. Jill and Wesker and my favourites as well i would rank them:


  8. Ashley would be my least favorite!

  9. this is shit. Leon IS the most badass and was the protagonist of by far the best RE and one of the best games of all time. and btw his name is WESKER not Wexler, check your shit cause most RE fans would not only disagree but clearly know more about these games than you do


  11. i agree leon is so cool. i think the 4th resident evil is the best

  12. i hate it how u can't get them for gamecube anymore. that was the best ever.i remember my father teaching me. it was the first game i ever played. Resident evil rocks and i agree leon does rock but he's all hype and also ashley sucks she is defenseless and that's the worst thing in a zombie apocalypse.

  13. soo wrong 1 Wesker 2 Jill 3 Chris 4 Rebecca 5 Barry 6 Leon 7 Hunk 8 Claire 9 Krushar 10 Ada

  14. 1.- Chris
    2.- Jill
    3.- Wesker
    4.- Leon
    5.- Claire
    6.- Rebbeca
    7.- Barry
    8.- Nemesis
    9.- Ada
    10.-Sherry Birkin

    (The beautiful and cute Jill)+(Chris "six pockets" Redfield)=(Resident Evil)

    1. ada is 9th?!?! you are a ghost... shes n1!

  15. i think CHRIS should be in first position

    1. Chris keeps letting his comrades "die", he's only mostly muscle though I love him :3

      But I agree with this list, Jill is badass. You just cant hate her (even her non-Julia Voth face (rev)). Reason for her outfit is that she wasn't dressed up for a fight (even the movie* showed it too(where jill was wearing some high heels but she changed into her boots after watchign the news), although RE movies=/=games); she was probably headed somewhere else (or off work), (she's got a jacket, tooXD). Even carlos gave her a side pack. :P

  16. I agree with u on the list more or less... But Jill is the best character there is, out of all characters she did killed nemesis alone. She has a combination of brain and power, which even if she wasnt a S.T.A.R.S. Memmber give her advantage in the apocalypse. All to all Leone fanbiches hes just a pretty a face, if it wasnt for ADA he would die she saved his ass countless times, and always needs some sort of backup, and yea hes over used, Rebecca should be more up in the new games, and Wesker should die already xD Hes cool but hes becoming male Jean Grey and althou I love both enough is enough xD

    1. You make me laught as shit, if it wasn't for CARLOS, Jill would probably dead because he rescued and helped her in some parts of the game, all RE MAIN CHARACTERS "ALL" need some help for complete their mission, don't comment shit, because it seems like you don't nothing about RE characters.

  17. Leons the best and the sexiest fuk all you idiots lol

  18. fuck u....
    claire should be in top 1 yah idiot

  19. Yeah. I agree Claire!!!! Should be

  20. She's got the looks

  21. Awesome list, Jill made these games for me. I have to say when she wasn't announced as a playable character in RE6 I was a little dissapointed, but oh well. My List would be along the lines of-
    10. Sherry Birkin
    9. Barry gotta love him, even just a little
    8.Wesker people will hate me for this, but he felt a little too cliché in RE5
    7. Nemesis
    6. Chris Great in resident Evil, but only okay in RE5
    4. The First zombie in RE. I watched my older brothers play this when it came out, had nightmares about zombies for years as a result, and could clearly remember it 10 years later when I played the game myself.
    3/2. Ada and Leon. Ada's character is astoundingly deep for an RE character, and Leon's main role in one of the best games makes this a tie
    1. Jill Valentine, for all the reasons posted above.

  22. For me:
    1. Jill
    2. Chris
    3. Leon
    4. Jill's friend in resident evil 3, who helped her finding antibiotic for infected Jill (Carlos, i wonder)

  23. i think they would all be dead if it wasn't for ada wong, well most of them. she killed krauser, ran the church bell and saved leon's ass, saved leon from being stabbed in the neck, gave leon the rocket launcher to fuck saddler in his big ass eye mouth thingy. XD. she helped sherry from that persistent chainsaw son of a bitch, she saved leon and helena's asses multiple times and let's not forget the information that ada gave chris in RE6 " the warning about the virus it was her, not carla she stole that thingy they communicate by" XD and she almost died saving claire and leon from that tyrant .... etc. ADA ROCKS- anyway this is just my opinion so don't hate pwease :* -A

    1. bro!!! my favorite is ada wong too... lol she saved the most and anyway... she fought saddler in a direct battle too and saved leon in re6 for putting that rocket next to the chopper... bitch in the red dress lol :D

  24. 1 Chris 2 Jake 3 jill 4 parker 5 claire 6 leon 7 tyrant 8 sherry 9 billy 10 rebecca

  25. Yes I totally agree with you. All these are the best characters in Resident evil game. My favorites are Leon kennedy and Ethan winters. I not only love the roles of these characters but also their outfits especially Leon Kennedy Jacket and Ethan Winters Coat.