Top 10 Best Resident Evil Characters

The Top Ten
1 Leon S. Kennedy Leon Scott Kennedy is a fictional character in the Resident Evil horror media franchise by Capcom. He debuted as one of the two playable protagonists of the video game Resident Evil 2.

Some people may say that Leon is popular because of his involvement in RE4, but even if it is so as they say, then there is many reasons for it to, just like any one other games that got popular. Even games RE4 don't get popular out of no reason.

First would be because Leon would be the perfect character that seem balanced in many situations, not too strong yet not too weak, gives the impression that he is smart in combat yet not invincible. His situation is perfect for horror comabt games, where it is up to the players' abilities to bring him down or bring him up.

He can also be said to be the face of the franchise, when resident evil is said and mentioned, Leon can be one of the first few things that came to the people's mind first.

Leon has got to be the best choice in the game. Sure Chris defeated Wesker, but he needed help from Sheva to do so. Also Chris has been after Wesker forever. Leon met Chief Mendez, Salazar, and Seller in the same game and beat them there too. With, in my opinion, one of the most annoying characters in history slowing him down most of the way. Leon was the presidents best friend, the best ranked agent in the United States, and what if Chris at the time? He was a belligerent drunk in Edonia who was kind of a dick. Plus Chris lost his entire team twice and was saved by his dying best friend. Piers outranks him and he died. Before that, he lost his partner, she was captured by Wesker, and turned against him. So... Yeah, Leon wins.

2 Jill Valentine Jill Valentine is a fictional character from the Resident Evil series first appearing in the first Resident Evil game in 1996 as one of the two playable characters, she would also go on to star in Resident Evil 3: Nemesis.

Jill Valentine is one of the best examples of a female heroine, especially in action games. She is a tough girl, which gives her the awesomeness most gamers look for in female heroines. She is intelligent, determined, and strong yet still doesn't lose touch of her feminine side; her fragility and her innocence still makes her a cute woman. She's not the typical type of woman that dresses all sexy for zombie shooting. She's all geared and ready to go! She doesn't need tattered clothes, cut hair, or scratched skin to make herself look boss; Because she already is one!

What can be said about Jill Valentine that hasn't already been said? Intelligent? Check.
Tough and badass? Check. Positive female role model yet also possesses a cool and sexy innocence? Check and check. Seriously, could you imagine the Resident Evil games without Jill? She made the series what it is or was depending on how you feel about 5 and 6. I personally could not imagine any other character in the series having a stand alone game like her except Leon and Wesker( which would be too cool to handle). When I think of a Resi game I think of Jill. Why wouldn't you play as the master of unlocking? So yeah, Jill is the best character in this series and damn near the best in video games period, if not the best. Jill sandwich anyone?

3 Chris Redfield

I love many characters in RE franchise but Chris Redfield is my favorite. He made this franchise so popular and influential. Leon, Ada, Claire, Carlos... Wouldn't even exist without Chris.
Thanks to Chris & Jill, the first RE game was very popular and its creators decided to make numerous sequels, spin-offs, background stories and even prequels. So please, give more respect to original RE Heroes!

The greatest character in The WHole Gaming History! He did the most in the game story, I mean turned down umbrella, killed Al, Solved Veltro danger Etc. His in great physical shape and that inspires a lot, lot of people that played RE 5 actually went to Gym and started working out, including me... I grew up playing this game and its just a huge thing for me. I'm not saying that LSK does not deserve the spot where he is right now, but for me CR is the best in the game. If CR is on roids than LSK is Doping, I mean dude runs, parkours and never gets tired, Smells Like doping to me :lool: Just kidding, hate the dudes that compare them... CR Rules!

4 Albert Wesker

Wesker is easily one of the most iconic villains in gaming, if not of all time. Certain characters in this game are popular only within the Resident Evil fanbase, but Wesker is a very popular villain in fiction, and deserves to be high, if not at the top, in a list of the best characters in the Resident Evil franchise.

Great Villain--really helped seal the deal to this series and make it what it is today. There can always be the generic Chris Redfield hero type personnel who says the corniest stuff and has to stop the villain (except for the dudes biceps no one can match those holy ), but developers can have more liberty with how they want to portray their villain (examples being the Joker, the villain for Far Cry, etc.), and they made Wesker not only look great but also BE great. His powers were truly awesome, thanks to his superior DNA. Although I didn't like the his death (the ending to RE 5), I always play as him when my friends and I play Mercenaries on RE5, just because he is so cool, and it is really fun pissing them off with spamming his voice (come on come on come on).

5 Claire Redfield

Claire's the best! She started out a cool biker college student with gun training who was willing to risk her life to find her cop brother Chris in a city overrun with zombies (making a couple of friends along the way), and she then grew up to become an activist who works to help victims of bio-warfare. What's not to love? Also, Code Veronica was terrifying. Nice jackets/jeans/shirts, Claire! To be honest, I liked Jill better when I was a kid because of RE3 (Nemesis is cool, too), but over a long period of time I think Claire has turned out to be the better character (they made so many changes to Jill I don't really have a good grasp on what her character is supposed to be). Made in Heaven!

Claire has been such a badass and caring woman with strong morals for what is right. She was done wrong in the Infinite Darkness show and should have her time to shine as the amazing BOW fighting woman we know she is.

6 Ada Wong Ada Wong is a fictional character in the Resident Evil horror franchise by Capcom. She is a mysterious and ambiguous antihero figure, working for the series' villains but also helping the protagonist Leon S. Kennedy.

She's cunning, manipulative, sexy, intelligent all rolled into one, definitely the best female character in the entire franchise. On an unrelated note, if Capcom does feature her in the next game, please make sure she won't run away from Leon again, they deserve a happy ending after two decades of playing cat and mouse game.

I think Ada Wong is the best, not only because she is so sexy beautiful and impressive on the outside with her long legs, but also her character is unique... She's out there alone, she can see you when you can't see her, and appears in front of you at any moment, and honestly we know the Ada is Leon's secret love, and Ada's is Leon

Okay ada is my favorite character and let me say the ada is better than leon. I mean come on think if they were really trying to kill each other than ada would win. She better at shooting, hand to hand, and is slightly smarter.

7 Piers Nivans

Piers is no doubt my favorite character in the series, in fact, I would go so far as to say he is the real hero in Resident Evil 6. Think about it, while Chris wasn't in his right mind and while Leon was killing zombies aimlessly and while Jake and Sherry were trapped in the facility, everyone needs a real hero, and Piers stepped up to the plate, killing himself in the process. Resident evil has had protagonists in the past, but Piers took his job seriously, and tried to help Chris through his time of need.

My Personal Favorite in the series you really can't beat Piers. Chris shouldve died in the campaign while Piers blew up the facility. Resident evil will be a twisted, weird series and I know that, but Capcom, please quit killing off all of your potential moneymaking characters such as Piers.

Piers Nivvans. A true best friend. He stuck around even when he wasn't wanted. He was loyal, kind hearted, brave, and heroic. He stayed by Chris, even when he was hell bent on revenge. In the end, he saved Chris from Haos. He is true BSAA material, and just amazing. The good die young, and he died really young. Hats off to Piers!

8 Barry Burton

Is there anything to say? Any resident evil fan knows what a badass Barry is, from his cheesy dialogue "What IS this?! " to his trademark Magnum. But above the unintentional comic relief, he saves Jill on a number of occasions in RE1 and well as RE3, just before Raccoons destruction. He is also a caring father, enough to put his colleagues in anger to guarantee their safety.

I love Barry. What a legend

Barry is the definition of a hero! Even when his family is on the line he does the right thing. Really underrated character and my favourite second is Jill then wesker for just been a top notch villain.

Let's face it, we love Barry for all the cheesy dialogue he says in the first game.

9 Jake Muller

I didn't really like Jake although I like would like anyone who would be Chris's successor.

I can't understand why people hate him so much.

The son of Albert Wesker himself.

10 Rebecca Chambers

She's quickly be my waifu in RE in her first appearance. She's an amazing combine of smart, cute, beautiful, surprisingly brave. She's has a pretty charm that make me fell in love with her.

If CapCom seeing this comment (mostly no but I'm just hoping here) please make a new RE game where Rebecca appears on it. And make she's the main character not a sidekick like you did in RE 1 & Remake... I miss her :'(

At first she seems weak but she really proves herself capable of fighting off zombies she even stared in Resident Evil 0 plus she's really hot only second to Jill.

She's pretty awesome in all aspects- empathetic, nice, believable, loveable, and all together someone you just want to survive.

The Contenders
11 Nemesis

You'll never look at the word STARS the same way again. Imagine a 7-9 foot tall zombie that's smart enough to use guns, fast enough to run and give chase, and intelligent enough to open doors. He's also smart enough for rudimentary problem solving, like the time when he shot down the rescue chopper. For me it's a 3 way tie. Best villain: Nemesis / Wesker, best character: Jill Valentine [Resident evil 3 edition]. I give Nemesis the tie break because giving someone like him rockets and that much smarts is just plain wrong.

Unstoppable until the end.

12 Sherry Birkin

She's a good character for many reasons. First, her presence gives players nostalgia when they play Resident Evil 6, second, she is very attractive and has surprisingly good fighting abilities, and finally, she put up with Jake for all that time. I would've never gotten along with Jake. I think her and Raymond would make a good couple, and I know people would disagree, but that's just my opinion. In all, Sherry is a good character, and the legacy of the Birkin family.

She's really come along since that little girl from resident evil 2 and she can kick ass and her presence allows me to over look Jake Mullers terrible presence.

She was able to put up with Jake which already makes her strong.

13 William Birkin

Like Karl Heisenberg I really like this guy and of course, I can picture Tails or even Anti Tails as him.
Karl Heisenberg is far better but, this guy would be my second pick after the doll maker/doll character.
Someone out there please, make a mod of Tails/Anti Tails as William Birkin or even better Karl Heisenberg.
Why couldn't Karl Heisenberg be on this list?

The ultimate mastermind behind the T-Virus, killing James Marcus alongside Albert Wesker to take over the T-Virus research project. The mad doc I call him.

Birkin was a great villain for the series. Just watching him terrorize Raccoon city as the monstrous G was extremely scary in so many ways.

14 Steve Burnside

Even though it's an unpopular opinion Steve was my favorite character in the dark side chronicles and when he died I also kinda died inside, and I know it won't happen but I want to see him in a later installment... another reason is for what he did or to put it better, what he looked at in the dark side chronicles while Claire was in the computer, because I would have done the same lol. And finally who doesn't think dual weilding guns is badass?

Though he was one of the weaker elements of Resident Evil: Code Veronica, he was still an intriguing character and his death made me shed a tear or two, which is hard to accomplish.

I'm like very much he, is the best R.I.P. Steve

15 Jack Baker

"Welcome to the family, son! "

I will make him suffer


He is known as the ultimate solider and has survived more operations than any other character in the series. He has faced several forms of the t-virus and survived each time by himself. He is much more suited at the number 1 spot than Leon Kennedy who I find massively overrated. RE4 was originally supposed to have Hunk as the main character not "pretty boy" Leon. If he would have been the main character no one would even consider Leon as number one.

He is a badass mercenary and his best friend is a giant talking piece of tofu, how could you not vote for him?

An unstoppable soldier, all U.S.S. looks up to him like a legend, can take on any man or B.O.W. , expert in all aspects of combat, Get some

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18 Billy Coen

I really love Billy's story. It brought a unique flavor to Resident Evil's cast. It also was nice to see a character who realized that it's not a good idea to split up and investigate when the outbreaks first started happening. I hope he comes back in another game!

Cool and strong guy. I think many fans out there still waiting where and what's happen with Billy. They need more story about him.

Billy is a mystery yet he's super cool and has a haunting past. THERE's SO MUCH RE Can do for him!

19 Karena LesProux

Lupo had her first appearance in RE ORC as a U.S.S soldier. The team that was assigned to help Hunk retrieve the G-Virus from William Birkin. But as Hunk disappeared after the first mission, the U.S. S find themselves alone in the middle of the Raccon conflict, with a company that desires to see them dead instead of extracting them. Lupo has yet to become a more respected character. She has Jill Valentine's strength, still she was trained to do the one thing the U.S.S was called in to do in RE ORC which is kill.

She is still a mystery. Lupo's status is yet unknown after the raccoon city incident but that "Wolf" managed to lead a fighting squad in the absence of Mr. Death himself (Hunk). She's one hell of a ressourceful female, giving orders to a team of lunatic professional killing machines, there is to bet that she's still alive, confident and well.

20 Christine Yamata

Four Eyes makes her way in my top ten for many reasons. She arrived in RE ORC, just like Lupo (I had a lot of fun playing this game. ) But other than that, I probably prefer her to Lupo in terms of gameplay and that even when many people would turn back on her as a character choice since she's more of a scientist than a fighter. But Four Eyes has an amazing arsenal, to say the least. Such has pheromones grenades, allowing you to throw them at your enemies to lure distracted zombies into chasing them. And another ability of hers involves that you take control of a monster: Zombie, Hunter or Tyrant and temporarily decide of which target he's gonna go for. That is a lot based on gameplay, but features such as these in RE environments, made Four Eyes one of the better characters/best equipped for the situation. Having some of these features in RE5 could have made the game more than a chore to walk through.

21 Luis Sera

Luis is an overlooked character from the series in my opinion. He has a very likeable personality and is far more human than anybody in resident evil 4, in my opinion, Luis was one of the best parts of the game, and he is far more relatable than Leon, which is odd seeing as Leon is the main character.

His outfit and his hairstyle gives me life. Interesting character. It would be awesome to play as him.

"Little rough, don't you think? "

22 Helena Harper

You need to feel bad for Helena, because all the things that happened in the campaign. From the death of President Benford, to the death of her sister, what happened to her was tragic, and I love the fact that she had enough responsibility and humility to turn herself in. I think she is the sexiest girl in Resident Evil.

She was pretty unstable, but nothing a therapist can't help, but come to think of it, she was pretty stable when she blew Simmons face off when he was in the cougar transformation.

One of the best and most underrated character of resident evil...

23 Tyrant
24 Jack Krauser

Complete badass. He has the perfect combination of skill, sense of duty, and evil. He has a badass 1 hit kill plaga infected arm and a badass, destructive bow in mercenaries. Add all that up and you get a unique, one of a kind character, plus he has a hint of mystery as to his background with Leon.

Just Badass! I like the way how the creators of this character used that idea to make a scary looking guy weared in army clothes with scars on his body even if some day ago he was a good guy and good friend of leon kennedy but now everything is changed after that crash... he's different and determined to kill his old friend leon... but it's funny that sadler never trusted him because he was an american but he didn't know that... but still he hired him on a mission.

Great character! He definitely deserves a higher spot on this list. I'd say third place behind Leon Kennedy and Albert Wesker.

25 The Merchant

I love this dude. Like, he is so interesting. He's always there when you need him, and just when you think that you are about to die with nothing more than the red part of your health bar and no medication whatsoever, you kick open a door and boom! There he is, hunched over by his blue lanterns and staring at you with those amused eyes. Then you go over and talk to him, and he whips open the left side of his jacket, exclaiming, "Welcome!" in a gruff, Australian accent. Seriously, this guy is awesome

I think the Merchant might be in RE5 because when the character buys weapons, who are buying it from?

"Is that all, stranger? "

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