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Chris Redfield: Excella...what's going on!?
Excella Gionne (in inexcrutiating pain from Uroboros) : Why—when I've done so much—all for you—
Albert Wesker: Don't worry, your mission is at its end. Uroboros is on the eve of its appearance. Six billion cries of agony will birth a new balance!
Excella: Albert...you said we'd change this world together—why!?
Sheva Alomar: I thought they were partners.
Chris: Wesker doesn't give a damn about anybody but himself.
Wesker: Unfortunately, it's too late for you. You will not live to see the dawn! Sorry Excella, but it appears Uroboros has rejected you.
(Excella is now on her knees, shouting in pain, and transforms into a tentacle monster).
—Resident Evil 5
While many Resident Evil villains trend towards Tragic Monster, or simply being too inhuman to bother passing moral judgement on, there are major exceptions who prove that Humans Are the Real Monsters.
- Ozwell E. Spencer is the first chronologically. He started a little company called Umbrella with his partners, a company that performed illegal and unethical genetic experiments on their fellow man in order to find the secret to immortality. It is also implied that he places far more stock in perfecting a doomsday virus to be independent and possess a 100% human kill rate (and possibly other species death rates) than even his own company's survival and well-being (since the T-virus if perfected to such a degree would literally kill interest among its customers among others). He later ended up betraying both of his partners (killing one of them and leaving the other to his own devices, and not helping him when he entered financial ruin). He also endorsed the "adoption" (read: kidnapping) of several different orphans, and having them monitored at all times and indoctrinated with his own views. Many of these children later became prominent researchers in his company. He finally gets his comeuppance in his old age. Unfortunately, the one who killed him is one of the very children he experimented on, Gone Horribly Right as he is just as much of a bastard as Spencer was, and more. Allow us to introduce Complete Monster #2...
- Albert Wesker. This man is, when you look at the big picture, responsible for almost everything bad that happens in the series' canon, and one of the most irredeemably evil villains in the series (although to be fair, most of that was implied to be the result of Spencer's upbringing of him). A major sufferer of Chronic Backstabbing Disorder, he does not care for the well being of his "partners", and is willing to dispose of them when the time comes that they are no longer of use to him. First off, after becoming the commander of the S.T.A.R.S Alpha Team (we later learn he was planted as a Double Agent), he traps his crew inside of a secret Umbrella facility disguised as a mansion, and uses his "teammates" as test subjects for his grotesque experiments, killing more than half of them in the process. He was also partially behind the tragic backstory of William Birkin, the Big Bad of Resident Evil 2, as they were actually colleagues. Later, he finds out about Spencer manipulating and engineering him to be who he is today, and is none too pleased, killing him in the process, as well as taking down series mainstay Jill Valentine to their supposed deaths. Surviving the fall, he decides to brainwash Jill into becoming his slave, mainly being petty against his nemesis Chris Redfield. He then goes on to kill U.S. Senator Ron Davis in Degeneration after considering him a liability to his new company Tricell. Then, he decides to pit Jill against Chris just for his own amusement in watching Chris' torment in fighting his partner. Then, he betrays Excella Gionne, his then-partner and one-sided lover, in the most cruel way imaginable - calling her a failed experiment, injecting her with his Ouroboros virus, and sending her out to deal with Chris and Sheva while he escapes on his own. And his motivation for doing all of this? To become God of the New World by infecting every single human on the planet with his Ouroboros virus, which will kill those with unworthy DNA and leave only the chosen few for him to rule over. When he was finally confirmed dead by Word of God (getting burned alive in a volcano and then getting his head exploded via dual Rocket Launchers, in the most extreme No One Could Survive That moment the series has ever seen), fans rejoiced.
- Brian Irons first establishes himself as an irredeemable scumbag during his university days when he raped a fellow student. Due to being an "outstanding excellence in academics" however, he managed to get away with it and later became The Chief of Raccoon City Police Department, where the Umbrella Corporation would bribe him to turn a blind eye as they perform their experiments on the City's citizens. Not only would Brian gladly accept these bribes, he would also use them to fund his own personal "Taxidermy Sex Dungeon of Evil" and use it as a place to lure his victims where he would rape them before killing them. He would then stuff their corpses and display their bodies, so he can admire them. When Umbrella's T-Virus broke free, spreading throughout Raccoon City, causing massive chaos, he decides to use this opportunity to kill whomever he wants, ranging from zombies, innocent bystanders, fellow cops, and even the mayor's daughter. When Claire Redfield finds him at his hideout, he attempts to rape and kill her. While lacking the vast resources, grandiose visions, and god complexes that many other villains have, he makes up for it with meaningless cruelty and human depravity. In the remake he's the director of an orphanage where the orphans in question are experimented on by Umbrella.
- He's even worse in the remake, as he was revealed to have also moonlighted at an Umbrella-owned orphanage and used about 600,000 children as test subjects to various viruses, and when one escaped, also killed them all on their orders. In addition, in contrast to the original game where he, while obviously not really caring if Sherry survived, never tried to actively harm her, he also was responsible for abducting her, and later called Claire to bring Sherry's discarded locket to him if she is to see her again, and when she broke free and even threw a bottle of acid at him in self-defense, he pursued her in a murderous rage, and was obviously about to kill her had Birkin not intervened and impregnated him. Oh, and if that's not enough, he also had Ben Burtocci arrested and locked up in a jail cell specifically to silence him, and if Ghost Survivors is to be believed, he killed Katherine Warren, the mayor's daughter, by luring her over with the implied promise of setting him free, only to obviously break it with her life.
- Osmund Saddler, master of Los Illuminado in Resident Evil 4, reawakens the Las Plagas parasites, infecting multiple villagers before determining the strain works. Injecting himself with a 'master' Las Plagas, Saddler spreads the parasite to the rest of the village, destroying the minds of everyone it comes into contact with and leaving them as Saddler's puppets. Saddler also conducts horrible experiments on those in his clutches and disposes of the corpses by feeding them to Las Plagas infected monsters. However, when children are infected they die painfully due to their bodies not being developed enough to handle the strain. Saddler plans to use the President's daughter to infect her father and from there take over the US and then the rest of the world, infecting everyone with Las Plagas and leave them as his slaves while Saddler reigns over the world.
- Lucas Baker from Resident Evil 7, who unlike his parents, is NOT under Eveline's control by the events of the game. Initially a juvenile delinquent (in contrast to the rest of his family, who are good people) who is implied to have possibly murdered a bully in his youth, Lucas also happened to be a genius inventor. When Eveline took control of his family and he was cured of her control, Lucas realized that he could do whatever he wanted to the people his family abducted without fear of repercussions, and proceeded to play sadistic games with his victims that led to their deaths. When Chris Redfield is sent to hunt him down, he proceeds to murder his soldiers that had also been sent to tail him, before eventually being killed by Chris. Oh, and it's also implied that he was going to sell out the company who created Eveline, who were effectively responsible for curing him of Eveline's control in the first place, by selling Eveline's data to the highest bidder by the time Chris was trying to hunt him down.
- Resident Evil 6: Derek Simmons attempts to portray himself as a Well-Intentioned Extremist by attempting to prevent a disaster by preventing Adam Benford from revealing the U.S's role in the Raccoon City Destruction Intention...but he proves himself hypocritical by causing a zombie outbreak in Tall Oaks instead of simply assassinating the president, showing that he actually didn't want to prevent a disaster and simply wanted to have power. In order to so, he forced Helena Harper to betray the president by kidnapping her sister, and when she did so, he chose to transform Deborah Harper into a B.O.W anyway. Also, in order to satisfy his lust for Ada Wong and create a replica of her, he abducted thousands of women and experimented on them, turning them into mutated monstrosities. Carla Radames remarks after she infects Derek Simmons with the C-Pose Virus that he's about to become the monster he always was.
- The Big Bad of Resident Evil 0, Dr. James Marcus was one of three co-founders of Umbrella Corporation and a mad scientist without regard for anyone or anything unlucky enough to get in his way. In the late 1960s, Umbrella CEO Ozwell Spencer assigned Marcus to head the company's recently-constructed research center in the Arklay Mountains, which would also be used as a management training facility. Dr. Marcus seized the opportunity to use several of the trainees sent to him as test subjects for the newly-created T-Virus, which he himself had developed in his lab by mixing the Progenitor Virus with leech DNA. At least 20 people were unwittingly subjected to his experiments, all of whom died and were either sent off to other laboratories for further research or dumped into the nearby sewers. Even before his assassination via his students Wesker and Birkin, some of his journals strongly implied that Marcus was planning on backstabbing Spencer after perfecting the T-Virus. In 1988, Spencer had Marcus assassinated following a decade-long schism between them; however, he was resurrected ten years later when his memories and consciousness were absorbed by his most recent creation, the Queen Leech, which had the ability to control other T-Virus leeches. Through the Queen Leech, Marcus set out on his goal to exact revenge on Umbrella. To do so, he leaked the T-Virus under the Spencer Mansion and on the Ecliptic Express, killing dozens of people and partly precipitating the crisis that led to the contamination of Raccoon City itself. He had every intention of causing large-scale destruction - when Rebecca and Billy finally encounter him, he gleefully expresses his desire to destroy the entire world. Callous and amoral, Dr. Marcus's complete lack of humanity predates his transmutation into a literal monster, which merely gave him the means to demonstrate the true and terrifying extent of his depravity.
- In Resident Evil Gun Survivor, Vincent Goldman serves as the commander of Sheena Island on the behalf of the Umbrella Corporation and was in charge of creating the Hypnos T-Type Virus. He would use this position to kidnap children all over the world and torture them for days to secrete the hormones needed for the virus. He would then extract the hormone from their skulls while they are still alive and fully conscious. When the surviving children attempts to escape the island, Goldman proceeds to callously shoot them upon finding them. This action caused a rebellion within the island inhabitant where he proceed to unleash his lethal virus on to populace out of spite. Vincent Goldman was so vile that even Umbrella was disgusted by his cruelty.
- Commissioner Morgan Lansdale from Resident Evil: Revelations is the head of the Federal Bioterrorism Commission, and eventually revealed to be the main architect behind the destruction of the city Terragrisia, responsible for deaths in hundreds if not thousands all to obtain good publicity. He supplied the Italian terrorist organization Il Vetro ("The Greyhound") with Bio Organic Weapons and the T-Abyss Virus to unleash onto Terragrisia while giving them the ship Queen Dido as their base. The chaos consuming Terragrisia allowed him to obtain clearance to use Regia SOLIS to obliterate the man made island with all survivors still on board. With no further use of Il Vetro, he detonates the ship they are still on along with the Virus, causing all the members to turn into blob monsters. He also sends researchers onto the other ships, Queen Zenobia and Queen Semiramis, to work on a sellable vaccine for the virus, only to unleash B.O.Ws and the virus onto the ships to dispose of them once he had what he needed. Upon finding out that BSAA agents Jill Valentine, Parker Luciani, and later Chris Redfield are aboard the Queen Zenobia, he tries various methods to kill them by blowing up the ship, ranging from using Regia SOLIS to having his mole Jessica Stewart detonate the ship despite knowing all of that will cause the virus to spread and infect 1/5th of the world's oceans. When finally exposed, Morgan Lansdale tries to justify his actions, only for BSAA director Clive R. O'Brian to retort his attempts, showing that Lansdale is nothing more than a backstabbing hypocrite willing to destroy everything and everyone in his path just to keep his self-image.
- By the time of Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles, Alexia Ashford no longer has any love for her brother, unlike in Code: Veronica, and instead, her evil is cranked up a few notches higher than before. A Child Prodigy who joined the Umbrella Corporation at the age of twelve, Alexia was also an entitled sadist with a serious god complex. She aided her brother in murdering and experimenting on their own father, tortured a classmate to death (and recorded the session) just for being almost as smart as she was, and eventually injected herself with the T-Veronica virus, which she planned to use to Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence. Having been reawakened from cryogenic sleep in her twenties, Alexia kills her brother for not waking her up on time, transforms Claire Redfield's Love Interest, Steve Burnside, into a monster. forcing him to fight her to the death, and repeatedly tries to kill Chris and Claire for no other reason than their mere presence at her facility. She reveals that her plan is to infect the world with the T-Veronica virus, enslaving most of humanity to her will. When asked why, Alexia just gloats about how, as a superior specimen of humanity, she deserves to be queen.
- Dr. Alexander Isaacs, the Big Bad of The Final Chapter and the Greater-Scope Villain of the entire series, is an Evil Genius who murdered his kindhearted colleague Dr. Marcus for the T-Virus when he realized its potential as a weapon. Experimenting on the innocent, Isaacs later gained delusions of godhood and opted to release the Virus at large while freezing himself and the few "chosen" in cryogenic hibernation in order to rebuild the world in his image later. The end result was a mass extinction event of the world and the deaths of most of the human race. Isaacs leaves his own clones to clean up, aiming to exterminate any survivors. When he awakens, Isaacs promptly attempts to kill the heroine Alicia "Alice" Marcus as well, intent on maintaining the ultimate power he's betrayed and murdered to achieve.
- ↑ Although in Wesker's defense, both the original and remake implied that he was not particularly happy to sell out the S.T.A.R.S. members at all, the former had him declaring that the Tyrant virus was the worst possible situation due to having to lose several of his fellow S.T.A.R.S. members as a result, and in the remake, when explaining that the Tyrant virus polluted the lab, he noted that he "unfortunately" had to get rid of S.T.A.R.S. as a result