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- NOTE: This article is about Albert Wesker from the video game franchise. The character in the film series can be found here.
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|“||Let me clarify something for you, Chris. I don't think of myself as a King. Natural selection leaves the survivors stronger and better. No. I am a god, and even kings bow 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 right after murdering Oswell E. Spencer.|
|“||Every day, humans come one step closer to self-destruction. I'm not destroying the world, I'm saving it!||„|
|~ Albert Wesker's twisted belief that he is "saving" the world.|
Albert Wesker is the main antagonist of the Resident Evil franchise. He is the main antagonist of Resident Evil and Resident Evil 5, one of the 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, and a posthumous antagonist in Resident Evil 6. He is also the main protagonist 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 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. He is Chris Redfield's arch-nemesis.
He was voiced by Pablo Kuntz, Peter Jessop (who also voiced Sovereign in Mass Effect, Balthazar in Guild Wars, and Lim and Smiling Hawk in Jade Empire) in the remake, Richard Waugh (who also played Vice Principal Stern in My Babysitter's A Vampire), and Sergio Jones.
He is currently voiced by D.C. Douglas (who also voiced Deathstroke in DC Super Hero Girls, Azrael in BlazBlue, Gharnef in Fire Emblem, and Yoshikage Kira in Jojo's Bizarre Adventure), and by Jōji Nakata in Japanese.
Wesker is a tall Caucasian male of muscular stature, sporting short blonde hair and almost always seen using a pair of sunglasses. In his first design, his outfit is that of the blue STAR Uniform, with a bulletproof vest, black pants with combat boots with his signature sidearm, the Samurai Edge pistol, concealed in his holster.
|“||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. War and pestilence wherever you go! 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 bring payback to anyone who wrongs him. Wesker can manipulate others to work for him, but he doesn't care for anyone except himself, as noted 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
- Immense Genetic Attributes: Being one of the sole survivors of Project W, a eugenics program that head-hunts genetically gifted children to create an advanced race of humans, Wesker inherited advantageous genes and traits from his parents which gives him an unrivaled intellectual and physical potential, as well as other genetic traits that were beyond that of a normal human being, which he was able to achieve with the help of his creator, who sponsored and aided Wesker and provided him the resources money can buy.
- 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 to intimidate his foes. His strength is even more powerful in his mutated 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 than 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 its Ultimate edition. He is also one of two main antagonists of the 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 is 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 hopes that he can use them for more tests and to become more powerful.
Original film series
- Main article: Albert Wesker (Film Series)
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.
Reboot film series
- Main article: Albert Wesker (2021)
Albert also ppeared as the secondary antagonist of the 2021 film Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City. His appearance here is notable in that he is significantly less evil than both of his counterparts, as he regrets having to betray his teammates and outright apologizes for his actions.
The character was portrayed by Tom Hopper, who also played Delcan Smith in SAS: Red Noticed.
Super Smash Bros.
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, in which Wesker has stronger attack strength and having the ability to turn invincible or metal at high damage.
Albert Wesker appears as one of the eight original heroes usable in the crossover card game TEPPEN.
In the short story required to get him, he starts with him murdering Oswell E. Spencer, with X encountering him doing so. After the battle with X, Wesker walks away with his newfound Uroboros, it consumes 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 its 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 and set up a tournament named Survival of the Worthy, using the idea of seeing entertaining brawls between humans and bio-weapons 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 is set to appear in the upcoming Netflix television series Resident Evil and will be portrayed by Lance Reddick, who also played Agent Clappers in Paradise P.D., and Ra's al Ghul in Beware the Batman.
- 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 is 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.
- It is possible that Wesker and Mother Miranda have some working relationships in the past as Wesker once worked with H.I.V.E.
- 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 Twitter.
- He also has a Youtube channel where he reprises the character in much commitment for his Fan service in his videos.
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