Live action movie vs. game characters
There aren’t many franchises in gaming history that have reached the heights of Resident Evil. Capcom’s horror series has grown hugely popular after its first installments. It didn’t take long for the games to grab Hollywood’s attention. And in the early 2000s, Paul WS Anderson wrote and directed the first live-action Resident Evil movie. Over the next several years sequels would follow and there is now a full collection of RE movies of varying quality.
The film series takes place in a different universe from the games and has its own protagonist in Alice. However, Paul WS Anderson didn’t completely ignore Capcom’s work as he adapted several of their characters. Understandably, the movie versions of the characters aren’t exactly the same as the games, but how similar are they?
12 Ada wong
Ada Wong might be the best attempt in live-action movies to adapt a character from the games. In both media, she has short hair, enjoys wearing red dresses, and is morally ambiguous. She is also very similar in combat, as she displays incredible agility and is incredibly good with a grappling hook.
Her role in the movies is much smaller as she only appears as a secondary character in a single episode. However, she still has enough screen time to confirm that her complicated relationship with Leon is also in theaters.
11 Barry burton
During games, Barry Burton usually takes on the role of a protector. He helps Jill throughout the original title and later deals with Natalia in Revelations 2. The live-action version of the character isn’t as involved as her gaming counterpart.
Burton’s only appearance comes in Retribution when he is part of a resistance team put together by Wesker. However, its personality and looks are not much different from the video game version.
Resident Evil: Apocalypse has taken a lot of creative liberties with its adaptation of the character of Nicholai. Other than the name and the fact that he works for Umbrella, Paul Anderson’s Nicholai is nothing like the video game version.
In the games, the character is a major villain and a heartless individual. The movie version, on the other hand, is actually a pretty honorable guy. They don’t even look much alike because their facial features and hair color are different.
Although he played an important role in Resident Evil 3, it is still Carlos’s only appearance in the game series to this day. As a result, the character has actually featured in the movies more often – albeit sometimes as a clone – which fans of the games might not know about him.
The two versions of the character are not too alike because their facial structure is very different. But Carlos is a (generally) heroic and qualified Umbrella agent in both media.
One of the lesser-known characters in Resident Evil is Sergei Vladimir. In the video game world, he works closely with Oswell E. Spencer and is a major villain in The Umbrella Chronicles. The character is completely different in the movies.
He has a small role in Retribution as a member of the Resistance team. And his job is to help people like Leon, Barry, and Luther West navigate the facilities of Umbrella Prime. Not only are their positions in the story distinct from each other, they are not at all alike.
seven Jacques Marcus
James Marcus has had a huge impact on games and movies, albeit without much screen time. The genius virologist was a founding member of Umbrella and helped develop the T virus. Both versions of the character are dumped by the company they helped build, but the circumstances are quite different.
In the gaming universe, Marcus’ rivalry with Spencer is what gets him killed before being reborn as the Leech Queen. His film counterpart, however, is finished because he wants to stop the development of T-Virus once he finds out about its dire effects.
The Nemesis is one of the most iconic monsters in Resident Evil history. And the beast is so important in the plot of Resident Evil 3 and Resident Evil: Apocalypse that it counts as a character. Throughout the game and film, the juggernaut is nearly impossible to kill and kills most of those who oppose it.
Visually, they are also similar, except for a few slight differences. For example, the movie version looks a bit smaller than the games version while still being one of Resident Evil’s biggest monsters. In addition, the version of RE3 undergoes multiple transformations, unlike its cinematic counterpart.
5 Claire Redfield
Since her debut in Resident Evil 2, Claire Redfield has been one of the best protagonists in the series. She shares her heroic nature and iconic red hair with her movie counterpart. The resemblance doesn’t just end with the hair, as the two often wear similar outfits.
Yet, due to the inclusion of Alice, she does not become the main character in Paul Anderson’s work. That being said, Claire still plays a pretty big role overall as she assists the protagonist on their journey.
4 Leon Kennedy
Despite being a huge character in games, Leon doesn’t appear too much in movies, surprisingly. Retribution is the only film in which he appears. During which, he is part of the Wesker resistance group along with Barry Burton and a few others.
Besides killing monsters and looking cool, the hero doesn’t overdo it in the movie. Still, it shares some visual similarities with the video game version, most notably the signature hairstyle. Additionally, for much of Retribution, the character wears an outfit similar to the one Leon wears in RE4.
3 Albert Wesker
Albert Wesker is arguably the best villain the games have to offer. And he serves as the primary antagonist for much of the series. The movie version plays a big role as well, but he’s not quite the main villain.
Instead, the villain works for Dr. Isaacs as one of Umbrella’s best agents – he never betrays the company in the movie world. He also never stabs Chris and Jill as he has apparently never worked with them. The man does, however, share some similarities with his gaming counterpart. For example, they both wear long black coats with dark sunglasses and have superhuman powers.
2 Chris Redfield
Over the course of the game series, Chris Redfield is featured in more entries than anyone. The character isn’t as prevalent in the movies, however. He only appears in Afterlife, where he joins a group of survivors led by Alice. Like most characters, he’s forced to take a step back during the film to allow Alice to be the protagonist.
It’s not just Chris’ role in the story that is different. From his looks to his personality, the two versions of the character stand out from each other. It’s surprising that they took such an iconic RE figure and changed it so much.
1 Jill valentine
Jill Valentine is Resident Evil’s ultimate heroine, or at least she is during games. In the movies, her exploits are usually overshadowed by Alice. However, unlike some adapted characters, Jill is still a major part of the show, especially during her stint as a villain in the later installments.
She also looks a lot like her gaming counterpart throughout the series. At first she looks like the RE3 version of the hero, then when she’s evil, she looks like Jill from RE5. Overall, Valentine is one of Resident Evil’s best attempts at adapting a character.
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