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A zombie, refers to most humans that have succumbed to the Tyrant/T-Virus, Chrysalid/C-Virus and Animality/A-Virus (either through contaminated water supply or via bites and scratches from a virus carrier). They serve as universal antagonists of the Resident Evil franchise.
The researchers at Umbrella, called them "zombies" due to their slow pace, mindless nature, similarity to the modern-day concept of a zombie in 20th century cinema, and the fact that they are walking dead corpses. Like their horror film counterparts, zombies spread the virus through biting and are walking corpses, due to the fact that individuals die before turning into zombies.
The Hippocampus suffers from severe necrosis due to infection bt T-Virus, meaning that a zombie's memories and spacial navigation skills have been compromised. This led the zombies reduced into mindless, instinctive undead that consume any uninfected lifeforms that stood on their way similar with zombies that featured in George Romero's Living Dead Series. Also, they can make noises such as grunting and moaning instead of actual speech due to the same brain damage as well.
In situations of lack of nutrition due to the unavailability of live prey, Zombies resort to cannibalism, consuming other Zombies or infected corpses that have yet to reanimate. However, upon noticing live prey, a Zombie will cease cannibalism and turn attention to the live prey.
Some Zombies lay dormant on the ground due to their lack of nutrition, but will bite anything that comes to their direction. These Zombies that play dead can be easily spotted, as their heads usually follow prey's movements.
A Zombie's eyes are covered by a white or gray film of mucous either covering the entire eye or just the pupil, as the eye is a sensitive mucous membrane and turns almost entirely into mucous when dead or rotting.Their body also begn to rotting and had some wounds, especially the wounds that they received from another zombies' bite that they received when they still alive.
Strengths and Weakness
Due to the necrosis throughout their bodies and the degradation of the nervous system, Zombies move very slowly and awkwardly, leading to their signature shuffling gait and their easily avoided lunges. However, there are also some Zombies capable of moving faster due to less advanced degradation. In addition, in some cases, the zombies will rush quickly at their prey even if they are under severe degradation. Not being able to feel pain due to degradation of the nervous system, a Zombie can resist several gunshots from a typical small-caliber handgun before falling down.
Due to their diet, the body of a Zombie begins to over-produce stomach acids in order to dissolve the meat quicker. This leads to Zombies sometimes vomiting the acid.
A Zombie can continue to pursue prey even after losing limbs or the lower half of its body. Zombies that have lost the use of their legs (either through deterioration or damage) instead crawl after prey until it can grab the target and bite into the leg.
The only way to kill the zombies are by decapitation, complete destruction of the brain or complete incineration of the body.
The Zombies encountered in the Spencer Estate and in Africa appear to be much weaker and not as phsyically active as previous infectees. They lie on their backs, sometimes moaning or moving slowly. But once a potential victim approaches, they spring up with a grab attack, which can be avoided. Zombies die from any attack, be it from a weapon or melee attack and cannot chase after prey.
History and Known Outbreaks
Start of the Zombies
During his trials with the t-Virus, Dr. James Marcus began to consider the impact that human testing would have on his research, eventually forcing people into being guinea pigs for his secret bio-weapons projects. The result of these trials were the very first zombies. It would appear that information regarding Marcus' deeds only surfaced during the 1998 investigation into his laboratory, which had been quickly abandoned ten years prior when he was murdered. The investigation revealed no less than twenty people as test subjects.
Arklay Mountains outbreak
An incident happened in the lab at the Spencer Mansion. The latest strand of T-Virus leaked and every inhabitant got infected, thus turning them into walking corpses. It was revealed that the "resurrected" Dr. James Marcus was responsible for the t-Virus outbreak that ravaged the mansion as an act of revenge against Oswell Spencer for having him assassinated ten years earlier, thus beginning the events of the Mansion Incident.
Raccoon City Incident
Sometime after the Mansion Incident, Umbrella Scientist William Birkin successfully completed his work on the G-virus, or commonly known as the G-Virus. Intending on selling his creation to the U.S. Millitary, Umbrella turned against him and sent a U.S.S. unit to recover the G-virus. They discovered Birkin in his lab preparing to escape, and during the subsequent scuffle, an overeager operative shot Birkin. As Birkin lay dying, the operatives took the virus samples and fled the lab through the vast, secret sewer system beneath Raccoon City, specifically the R.P.D. Before his death, Birkin successfully injected one of the G-virus samples into his body and transformed.
Birkin then went on a rampage and chased the U.S.S. soldiers out of the lab and into the sewers, killing them there and destroying the vials containing the "G" and t-Viruses. The released virus spilled into the sewers and led the sewer rats to ingest it by both consuming it and feeding on the bodies of the U.S.S. The rats then began spreading it to the surface, while the rest leaked into the city's water supply, infecting the inhabitants of the now-doomed Raccoon City.
Almost every single person in Raccoon City were ether killed or reanimated. The only (known) survivors of the incident were Leon S. Kennedy, Jill Valentine, Clair Redfield, Sherry Berkin, and Carlos Oliveria. A missle was later launched into Raccoon City, destroying the entire city completely.
Resident Evil 6
Zombies appears again in Leon's story and Ada's story.
After long since Raccoon City, Chief Advisor Derek Clifford Simmons and Neo-Umbrella leader, Carla Radames created newly C-Virus to infect every living things to zombies and as Raccoon City once did. A lot of survivors in the America are killed and infected. Leon and his newly partner Helena Harper fight to safety to confront Simmons. While Carla successfully enhanced the C-Virus with Jake's antibodies, she bombed in China to infect the Chinese civilians into zombies.
Resident Evil Vendetta
Zombies appears again in Resident Evil Vendetta.
An arm dealer known as Glenn Arias has developed a virus known as the A-Virus to turn inhabitants into zombies for his attempt revenge on the U.S Government for bombing his wedding. Leon was assigned for his mission in DC until his entire unit were wiped out. While Chris and his BSAA squads were ordered to save the residents until it was too late and all of Chris' squad were killed and BSAA arrive and killed the zombies to rescue him after was ambushed by Arias. In Rebecca Chambers' university, her students and staff were infected except for Rebecca when she used an antiviral agent and was rescue by Chris and BSAA. After Rebecca was captured by Arias, Leon and Chris fight off against the zombie horde and dogs to reach Rebecca and Chris cured Rebecca just in time. After killed Arias, Chris and the BSAA spreads the antiviral to the whole country to cured the infected people back to normal.
- Adam Benford: The U.S President and a close friend of Derek C. Simmons. He was killed and turned into a zombie after bombed by Simmons later killed by his trusted agent, Leon Kennedy.
- Airline Passenger: The first passenger on an inbound flight to Harvardville Airport to become infected with the T-Virus. This began Zombies to attack the airport.
- Alex Betchet: Used as a test subject by the Arklay Laboratory's staff and was infected by the T-Virus as part of a test.
- Amelia: A civilian in Raccoon City who was taken by the Mega Bite and later reanimated as a Zombie.
- Andy: A Police Officer in Raccoon City who zombified.
- Anita: The mother of Jane and Nick's wife. She was transformed into a Zombie.
- Anna Bolt: A researcher who worked in the Hive. She drowned and revived as a Zombie, but Spence Parks shot and killed her.
- Back Seat Zombie: A Zombie in Raccoon City who attacked Leon and Claire in a car. He possibly died when they crashed the car.
- Bill Nyberg: An Umbrella Employee who was among the first to die and get zombified after James Marcus resurrected.
- Bob #1: Infected.
- Bob #2: A cook at Emmy's Dinner who was transformed into a Zombie. He was later killed by Leon S. Kennedy.
- Brad Vickers: A S.T.A.R.S. Officer who was killed by Nemesis and revived as a Zombie. He was later killed by Claire Redfield. In the 2020 remake, he was bitten by a zombie instead and subsequently became the cause of Marvin Branagh's infection.
- Mr. Burnside: A prisoner at Rockfort Island who was infected when the Island was attacked. He was later killed by Steve Burnside.
- Charles Ashford: A scientist at Umbrella who was shot in the chest and later reanimated as a Zombie. He was later killed by the nuclear bomb which destroyed Raccoon City.
- Chuck: A civilian living in Raccoon City who died at some point and was revived as a Zombie.
- Conrad: A member of the U.S.S. who was deployed in Raccoon City. He was killed at some point and later reanimated as a Zombie.
- Davis' Bodyguards: Two large men who served as Ron Davis's bodyguards. They were cut down by a large number of Zombies and later revived as Zombies.
- Dennis: An Umbrella Employee who enrolled at the Umbrella Research Center. He was infected and left to be locked up in a room.
- Doctor Zombie: An unnamed doctor at Rockfort Island. He sustained an serious leg fracture and left in a body bag, but he was zombified and escaped. He later encounted Claire Redfield.
- Don #1: A civilian that died in Raccoon City and later reanimated as a Zombie.
- Don #2: An Umbrella Employee who worked at the Umbrella Sewer Facility in Raccoon City. He was infected.
- Dorothy Lester: A patient at a Hospital at the Arklay Mountains. She transformed into a Zombie and was killed when the Hospital collapsed.
- Dr. Blue: A researcher who worked in the Hive. He drowned and later resurrected as a Zombie, he was later shot in the head by Chad Kaplan.
- Dr. Brown: A researcher who worked in the Hive. He drowned and was later revived as a Zombie, he was later killed by Rain Ocampo.
- Edward Dewey: A S.T.A.R.S. Officer who died and was later revived as a Zombie feasting on a dead passenger at the Ecliptic Express.
- Elena: A nurse who worked at the Raccoon General Hospital. She was infected.
- Elliot Edward: A Raccoon Police Department officer who was either killed by a group of zombies in the helipad (1998 version) or was torn in half by a zombie at the shutter that leads to the break room hallway (2019 remake).
- Forest Speyer: A S.T.A.R.S. Officer who was pecked to death by a number of crows. He was reanimated as a Zombie and attacked his comrades before being killed.
- Frost: An Umbrella Researcher who was infected.
- Ginger: A civilian living in Raccoon City who was at some point killed and reanimated as a Zombie.
- Greg Glenn: A member at the S.R.T. who was bit by a Zombie. He was zombified and was later killed by the U.S. Marine Corps.
- Hersh: A doctor at the Raccoon General Hospital and one of George Hamilton's associates. He was killed and then his body was used by the leeches, he was killed in the fixed temperature laboratory.
- Isaac: A doctor at the Raccoon General Hospital. He died and later became a Zombie.
- J.D. Salinas: He was an Umbrella Special Forces Commando who perished during a gunfight against the zombies upon being overwhelmed by the horde. He then transformed into a Zombie and was shot in the head by Rain Ocampo.
- J Pop Girl: Patient Zero of Tokyo and the Global T-Virus Pandemic. She was infected and later shot in the head by Alice.
- Karen Driver: A S.T.A.R.S. Officer who turned into a Zombie and was disposed by Dr. Nicolas Griffith.
- Kathy: A nurse at the Raccoon General Hospital. She died and later reanimated as a Zombie.
- Kurt: A reporter and civilian at Raccoon City. He was infected.
- Laura: A civilian living in Raccoon City who died and reanimated as a Zombie.
- Lindlay: An elderly couple who was killed by T-Virus creatures and became Zombies.
- Lisa Addison: A computer programmer. She died and later reanimated as a Zombie, her skull was bashed in with her own paperweight by Alice.
- Lloyd Jefferson Wayne: A former Wal-Mart employee who succumbed to his infected and became a Zombie, he later shot in the head by Carlos Olivera.
- Marvin Branagh: A Police lieutenant is in charge of the Raccoon City Police Department, who was transformed into a Zombie and killed by Claire Redfield.
- Murphy Seeker: A UBCS mercenary who was infected and later killed by Carlos Olivera.
- Nicolas: A man who died and reanimated as a Zombie, he also kills Will the bartender.
- Peter Jenkins: A researcher at the Raccoon University who died and turned, he was later shot in the back by Greg Mueller.
- Peyton Wells: A S.T.A.R.S. Police Officer who was killed by Nemesis and reanimates, he was later shot in the head by Jill Valentine.
- Philip: A civilian living in Raccoon City who died and reanimated.
- Police Chief: A local law enforcement officer in Harvardville. He was bit in the throat by a Zombie who he thought was a demonstrator and he revived as a Zombie, he is later shot in the head by Greg Glenn.
- Rain Ocampo: A member of the Umbrella Special Forces Commando Unit who was infected and was later shot in the head by Matt Addison.
- Ray Hsu: A teacher at the Marhawa Academy who was bit in the neck by a Zombie and then reanimated, he was hit by Doug's Axe.
- Richard: A business man in Raccoon City who died and reanimated, he was the last Zombie which Raymond Douglas killed with his Shotgun before dying.
- Robert #1: An Umbrella Employee who was infected and hung himself to prevent being a Zombie.
- Robert #2: A civilian in Raccoon City who died and was zombified.
- Scott Jones: A senior doctor at Raccoon General Hospital who turned and died.
- Sean: A Raccoon City citizen who mutated.
- Spence Parks: A Security operative who was infected and Alice struck him with an Axe.
- Spencer Rain Captain: The Captain of Spencer Rain who became a Zombie.
- Stevie: A Zombie that Alice encountered at the petrol station. He was shot with a bow gun which pierces his head and then is pinned to the side of a van.
- Tahir Kapoor: A security guard employed by Marhawa Academy who became a Zombie.
- The Keeper: An Umbrella employed assigned to take care of T-Virus creatures. He was attacked and was infected.
- Thomas: An elderly worker employed by the Umbrella Corporation. He was infected.
- U.S.S. Delta Team:
- Unnamed Truck Driver: He was bitten by a zombie at a before fleeing on his gas truck. However, as he succumbed to the infection, he lost control of his vehicle and died as a result of the collision.
- Unused Outbreak Character 1F:
- Will: A bartender at Jack's Bar, he was mauled by a zombie whom he thought as a drunk customer.
- Yuri Loginova: An Umbrella Biohazard Countermeasure Service member from the Anderson films. He was infected by the t-Virus.
- Zombie Rain: