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|“||Let me clarify something for you, Chris. I don't think of myself as a King. No, I am a god! And even Kings bow down to Gods.||„|
|~ Albert Wesker|
|“||The right to be a god? You? Arrogant even until the end. Only one truly capable of being a god, deserves that right. The right... with Uroboros, I have that right.||„|
|~ Albert Wesker|
|“||Every day, humans come one step closer to self-destruction. I'm not destroying the world, I'm saving it!||„|
|~ Albert Wesker|
Albert Wesker is a fictional character and the central antagonist of the Resident Evil video game series.
Specifically, he is the main antagonist of Resident Evil, one of two secondary antagonists (alongside William Birkin) of Resident Evil 0, the overarching antagonist of Resident Evil 4, a major antagonist in Resident Evil: Code Veronica X, the main antagonist of Resident Evil 5, and a posthumous antagonist in Resident Evil 6. He is also the main protagonist villain of Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles and a minor antagonist in Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles.
Wesker was a high-ranking researcher of the Umbrella Corporation who also served as a double agent within S.T.A.R.S., serving as the captain of Alpha Team. Wesker would later betray Umbrella and surface as a member of a mysterious organization looking to profit off of Umbrella's research. Eventually, Wesker would go on to pursue his own megalomaniacal desires for world domination with the Uroboros virus, but he was stopped by Chris Redfield and the BSAA.
Even after his death, Wesker still has posthumous influences in Resident Evil 6, especially on his biological son, Jake Muller, who unknowingly carried his father's enhanced physiology and his dark legacy which would later be used by Carla Radames to produce C-Virus. Wesker also has a sister named Alex Wesker, who was raised alongside him as part of Umbrella's Project W. He once had a lover, Jake Muller's unnamed mother, but broke up with her - most likely due to the extent of his nature.
|“||Why can't you understand Chris? Do you really believe the world is worth saving? Natural selection leaves the survivors stronger and better. Humans have escaped this winnowing for far too long. Everywhere, nothing but loathsome humans.||„|
|~ Wesker to Chris|
Albert Wesker is a very power-hungry, traitorous, manipulative, misanthropic, sadistic, and calculating individual who seeks power and dominance over everything. It is implied that his personality was largely stemmed from his being raised as part of Spencer's Project Wesker. He is a skilled, competent, and resourceful schemer, constantly plotting to achieve his own goals and everything he does is meant to serve his purposes. Wesker works constantly behind the scenes, often using others to do his dirty work for him. He maintains a calm, collected, and enthusiastic manner most of the time and is always looking to payback anyone who wrongs him. Wesker is able to manipulate others to work for him, but he doesn't care for anyone except himself, as noted to by his betrayal of his S.T.A.R.S Unit and Excella. He believes that he is destined to be the god of a new world, one that he would create by purifying the current one. He is also known to make some sadistic jokes at others' expense, especially when confronting and battling Chris and Jill.
Powers and Abilities
- Superhuman Strength: Thanks to his injecting himself with that prototype virus, Wesker's strength is so much that he can throw large missiles with one hand, lift steel girders off his body, and kill a B.O.W. with one strike. Wesker seems to take great pleasure in demonstrating his power so as to intimidate his foes. His strength is even more powerful in his mutanted form.
- Superhuman Speed: Wesker has superhuman speed, and agility. Wesker's speed and reflexes are perhaps his most notable abilities since they allow him to dodge bullets at almost point blank range, perform short dashes of speed faster than the brain could comprehend, giving him the appearance of teleporting, and leap great heights.
- Superhuman Endurance: A rocket exploding in his hands only incapacitated Wesker for a moment, thousands of pounds of steel falling on him from a few stories dazed him for a few seconds. He also has very high amounts of superhuman stamina as well. Therefore, it takes a much longer time for him to become winded during battle.
- Regenerative Healing: The injection gave him a regenerative healing factor. He healed from his face getting hideously burned within minutes. When the Tyrant killed him in the mansion, the virus took immediate effect, as he regenerated from the fatal injuries within a few minutes. Even a bullet to the face cannot kill him. That said, there are still ways to overtax this.
- Superhuman Longevity: Since his resurrection, Wesker's physiology also appears to have stopped from physically aging. The "healing factor" has also shown the power to resurrect him from the dead so long as the majority of his body remains intact. This means that only his body getting destroyed can kill him.
- Hand-to-Hand Combat: Despite Wesker mainly relying on his superhuman strength, speed & greatly-accelerated healing, he is a highly skilled gunman & military tactician from his days as a S.T.A.R.S. member and keeps his Samurai Edge pistol holstered with him at all times, since Wesker never, never, lets his guard down. Also, even without the enhancements of his virus, Wesker is an extremely skilled martial artist, much more enough to go toe-to-toe with a Tyrant Super-Soldier. His skills mean that even those that can get past his strength like Chris have a hard time beating him in a straight fight.
- Genius-Level Intellect: He is a natural prodigy in science, bio-engineering, chemistry, virology, military strategies and other forms of technology. Wesker was a very fit, cunning, and intelligent person even before enhancement, having once been a top researcher for Umbrella before deciding to join the Umbrella Security Division as head of the force, and later, the special forces. This is all in addition to being a competent schemer.
Marvel vs. Capcom 3
Wesker makes an appearance as a playable character in both Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and it's Ultimate edition. He is also one of two secondary antagonists of said game the other being Doctor Doom. He is one of four characters that Galactus had selected as heralds, the others are Akuma, Dormammu, and Dr. Doom. Before any of the three selected characters can fight Galactus, Galactus will summon one of the four heralds with a one in four chance of Albert Wesker being one of the heralds. About ten seconds later, a second herald will join. Wesker can also join as the second herald, if the first herald is either Dormammu or Doctor Doom. However, if the Akuma was selected as the first herald, Wesker will not participate as the second herald.
After Wesker managed to defeat Galactus, he somehow managed to capture certain characters from both the Marvel and Capcom roster. He hope that he can use them for more tests and to become more powerful.
Albert Wesker serves as the secondary antagonist of the Resident Evil film series, appearing as the overarching antagonist in the 2007 film Resident Evil: Extinction; the main antagonist in the 2010 film Resident Evil: Afterlife; an anti-hero in the 2012 film Resident Evil: Retribution; and a major antagonist in the 2016 film Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.
History in the film series
In contrast to his counterpart from the video serves, Wesker serves as the chairman of the Umbrella Corporation in the film series. He was also the personal enforcer and right-hand man of Umbrella's co-founder Dr. Alexander Isaacs, and at one stage Wesker murdered Umbrella's originator James Marcus under Isaacs' orders.
17 months before the T-Virus Apocalypse, Wesker attended a meeting where Dr. Isaacs told his plan of "cleansing" a dying Earth from overpopulation and global warming by starting an Apocalypse in order to kill most of humanity, but keeping all the Umbrella employees and high command alive, with the vast majority of the put under cry-stasis inside the H.I.V.E, which acted as a Noah's Ark for them. The rest operated around the world. Because Wesker was the only one who held the highest level of authority amongst the Umbrella Employees who were not to be put under cryo-statis, he became the "acting" head of the Umbrella Corporation until Isaacs' eventual return.
Following the disaster at the Hive caused by employee Timothy Cain and the bombing of Racoon City, Wesker summons Issacs' clone Sam and has him take charge of Umbrella's Science Division. He also authorizes Sam's superior Alexander Slater to keep watch on Sam and later orders him to kill him for his failure, which results in both Sam killing Slater before being killed himself after a battle with a survivor named Alice. This causes Wesker to start viewing Alice as a threat to Umbrella and resolves to eliminate her at all costs.
At somepoint, Wesker is taking charge of his Umbrella underground headquarters in Tokyo. He is soon attacked by Alice and her army of armed ninjutsu clones. Despite the many deaths of Japanese Umbrella Soldiers, Wesker survives the ambush and escapes on an armored Umbrella Jet before destroying it with a powerful contingency bomb. However, the real Alice was already in the plane and confronts him. He injects her an antivirus to depower her and reveals that he himself has taken the T-Virus to gain superhuman strength, speed, endurance and regeneration. All this while the unpiloted plane crashed and they both escaped.
He was then confronted by Alice and her allies at the Arcadia, where he secretly captures survivors for experimentation and to sustain his unstable powers via cannibalism. Alice manages to defeat and seemingly kill him. He regenerates and escapes after killing his subordinate Bennett Sinclair for his failure to eliminate Alice and her allies.
Sometime later, Wesker seemingly teams up with Alice to help her escape an Umbrella facility at the Antarctic and help her stop the Red Queen. He is successful and manages to have her brought to the White House, where he and his armies have made a stronghold. He pretends to restore Alice's superhuman abilities and presumably demands her help against the oncoming attack my mutated monsters. Although Alice does survive the attack in the end, she ends up discovering that Wesker has betrayed her in the end.
Wesker soon returns to the H.I.V.E and takes control over the A.I. to use the security systems against Alice and her remaining allies, whilst also informing Issacs' other clone about Alice's latest movements. Wesker then reawakens his master and Umbrella's co-founder, Dr. Alexander Issacs from cryo-statis. It is then revealed that he is a member of Umbrella's High Command and a personal subordinate to Dr. Alexander Isaacs. As an employee of the Umbrella Corporation, the Red Queen cannot harm him and has to protect him. When the other co-owner of the Umbrella Corporation, Alicia Marcus, fires him his protection is removed and the Red Queen slams a large door on him which fatally wounds him and severs his limb. Alice leaves a detonator in his hands, so when he dies out from massive blood loss, he will drop the detonator and the H.I.V.E will be destroyed. He tries to beg Alicia Marcus for help, but she only pities him and says that he's dying already and encourages him to "get on with it". He soon dies out and drops the detonator, which destroys both the H.I.V.E and his deceased body altogether; as such, Umbrella's High Command with tens of thousands people in cry-statis all die as well as Alicia Marcus - thus ending the Umbrella Corporation for good.
Wesker is set to appear in the upcoming 2021 film and will be portrayed by Tom Hopper.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Wesker makes his debut in the Super Smash Bros. series as a spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, first introduced in the "Oust Resident Evil!" event. He is an ace attack type spirit, who gives the player stronger fist attacks when used. His spirit battle is based on the fight against him in Resident Evil 5, with him possessing Captain Falcon on the Ω variant of Norfair. The spirit battle is a stamina match, which Wesker having stronger attack strength and having the ability to turn invincible or metal at high damage.
Albert Wesker appears as one of the 8 original heroes usable in the crossover card game TEPPEN.
In the short story required to get him, he starts off with him murdering Oswell E. Spencer, with X encountering him doing so. After the battle with X, Wesker walks away with his new found Uroboros, it consuming him. Soon after this, the Elder Dragon Nergigante attacks him, with Wesker gaining the idea to find a new body to use after seeing how the beast regrew it's spikes after it fired them. Finding a village, Wesker raised hell trying to find the right subject, with Chun Li trying to stop him. After this, Wesker instead changed his approach, instead setting up a tournament named Survival of the Worthy, using the idea of seeing entertaining brawls between human and bio-weapon to as a front for his real scheme. As he was doing so, a cloaked woman informed him where the perfect candidate can be found, the Land Of Illusion. Noting her goals and the idea of manipulating her to work for him, Wesker headed for the mystical land.
- Wesker has the most appearances throughout the Resident Evil series, appearing in seven games in total.
- IGN cited Wesker as number three on their Top 10 Most Memorable Villains, saying that "Resident Evil fans know that when Wesker shows up, trouble isn't far behind."
- In one of the endings in Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles, Wesker's eyes are seen as the normal blue instead of burning with cat like slits, though this may be a production error.
- In Resident Evil 5: The Mercenaries and the Versus Mode, Wesker had a move called "Tiger Uppercut", named after a move used by Sagat, as well as one called the "Jaguar Kick", named after one used by Sagat's apprentice, Adon, who are both from another popular Capcom series, Street Fighter.
- Jake Muller, one of the playable characters in Resident Evil 6, is revealed to be Wesker's biological son. He shares his father's special blood type which holds a vaccine for the new C-Virus being used in a global bio-terrorist attack, though unlike Wesker, Muller himself is not evil and in fact one of the good guys, albeit initially an anti-hero. This is referenced by Piers Nivans in Resident Evil 6, claiming "That's irony for you. A man who spent his entire life trying to destroy the world. Now, his son is the only one who can save it."
- Wesker's Marvel vs. Capcom 3 theme is a remix of Wind of Madness, his second boss theme from Resident Evil 5.
- Although he and Doctor Doom were the main antagonists of the game, their alliance awakened the true main villain.
- Adam D. Clarke (who voice Oswell E. Spencer) compared Wesker and Spencer's relationship to that of Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine, respectively.
- Wesker's ending in Marvel vs Capcom 3 is a reference to Marvel Zombies. This has led some fans to suspect that Wesker created the Hunger Virus and was the one who made the deal with Earth-2149's Magneto to infect his universe. If this is indeed the case, then Wesker could be considered the unseen Greater-Scope Villain behind the Marvel Zombies metaseries.
- Wesker's voice, more specifically Richard Waugh's rendition of his voice, was based on Shere Khan from the animated Disney film, The Jungle Book.
- His voice, more specifically DC Douglas and Peter Jessop's rendition of his voice, was also based on the late British singer and actor David Bowie.
- In Umbrella Corps, occasionally Wesker's voice can be heard during the results screen. It should be noted that D.C. Douglas, Wesker's current voice actor, also voices the player in that game.
- D.C. Douglas also implied that Wesker is connected to the events of Resident Evil 7 on his Twitter posts.
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