Albert Wesker is a major character in the Resident Evil series of survival horror games.
Wesker's debut was in the original Resident Evil as the captain of S.T.A.R.S. and field leader of its Alpha Team unit. It isn't until the end of the game, that Wesker's true motives and occupation are revealed to the rest of the S.T.A.R.S. Since then, Wesker has had several appearances throughout the subsequent games in the series, and is considered to be the series' most well-known villain.
It should be noted that Wesker seems to only have loyalty to himself and William Birkin and seems to be playing all sides to his own advantage. He is seemingly trying to sell data and samples between competitors, like a weapons dealer selling to multiple factions, in order to gain a competitor's access to more opportunities to acquire additional data and samples. Wesker amassed a wealth of combat data on various B.O.W.s and mutants. He also has a large array of biological samples, possibly more than is known. And since the fall of Umbrella in 2003, he has acquired all of Umbrella's investigation and assets, including all of the company's information concerning the B.O.W.s and the viral research.
Wesker is a true Renaissance man. He is proficient in the fields of science, research, observation, biology, virology, bioengineering, evolution, combat, martial arts, marksmanship, weapons, tactics, police procedure, espionage, murder, subterfuge, blackmail, opportunity, planning, persuasion, arms dealing, double-cross and even extra-sensory perception. Due to his viral genetic mutations, Wesker has superhuman strength, speed, agility, resistance and regenerative immortality.
Wesker wears a leather jacket/coat. He always keeps his trademark sunglasses, even in situations that seem inappropriate, such as during S.T.A.R.S. operations in the middle of the night. During the original Resident Evil, he was shown in a group photo with several other lab researchers; his sunglasses give him a distinct (some might say jarring) contrast from the rest of the group. In the original Resident Evil and the prequel Resident Evil 0, he wears a standard S.T.A.R.S. uniform similar to those of Chris and Barry, but completely black, with a navy blue undershirt. He also gained a battle damage on his stomach when he was impaled by the T-002's arm.
He wears a more streamlined outfit in Resident Evil Code Veronica X with the acronyms HCF (Hive or Host Capture Force) written on the back. During a fist-fight with Chris Redfield, his sunglasses are knocked from his face, revealing that his eyes have changed from normal human eyes to slitted eyes with a red-orange hue. In Resident Evil The Darkside Chronicles while observing the battle between Leon S Kennedy and Jack Krauser against the mutated Javier Hidalgo, Wesker wears an outfit similar to his standard S.T.A.R.S. uniform.
He wears a different, more sophisticated outfit during his appearance in both Resident Evil The Umbrella Chronicles and Resident Evil 4, sporting a black turtleneck sweatshirt, black trousers and leather jacket over his turtleneck, as well as black leather gloves. The outfit generally enhances Wesker's appearance, that of an intimidating villain, adding an assassin-like touch. Indeed, his new attire seems to hint at a general ascension in social ranking and favour among general peers. Whereas previously he seemed to function as an undercover policeman, his role within the Resident Evil world now seems more akin to that of an experienced spy, or even a super villain. He later wears this on his portrait along with Alex Wesker in Barry's story in Resident Evil: Revelations 2.
In Resident Evil 5, Marvel VS Capcom 3 and it's updates and Marvel VS Capcom: Infinite, he wears a black long trenchcoat with a black skin-tight leather turtleneck with zippers below his chest along with a matching black shoulder holster where he keeps his guns and the sleeves just reach through his mid forearm, black skin-tight leather pants with a matching black belt with pockets in each sides along with a silver buckle in the center and black high boots. He is also wears a pair of black gloves and his wears sport sunglasses. He also retains his handgun when he gunpoints at Chris. During his fight with Chris in the temple, he resembles his HFC uniform from Resident Evil Code Veronica X. This outfit was also worn by Shawn Roberts in the live action films Resident Evil Afterlife, Resident Evil Retribution and Resident Evil The Final Chapter. When he got injected by Chris to make him weaker twice, his slitted eyes became more apparent than before and it was red until he discarded his sunglasses.
When he bonds with the Uroboros Virus during his final battle with Chris and Sheva, he was in shirtless and was covered with several tentacles all over his upper chest and also exposes his weak spot on his left chest. His right arm was embedded with blades and can elongate like a whip. When being damaged, his left arm is mutated like his right arm and his slitted eyes becoming glowing red.
In his playable appearance in Resident Evil: Mercenaries 3D and Resident Evil: Revelations 2 during Raid Mode, Albert is depicted on his outfit in Resident Evil 5 but without his trenchcoat.
Early life and career
Albert Wesker began working as a researcher for the Umbrella Corporation in 1978 at the age 18. In 1977, he was assigned to the Management Training Facility operated by James Marcus, along with a fellow trainee named William Birkin, who became his colleague and accomplice for years to come. Birkin and Wesker were regarded by Marcus as his best apprentices and when the Training Facility was closed down on July 29, 1978, the two were personally transferred to the Arklay Research Facility (underneath Ozwell E. Spencer's estate) to continue their own T-Virus research (while Marcus continued to work on his own), becoming the facility's chief researchers.
Wesker and Birkin's research of the T-Virus lasted over 13 years and three different stages. In 1988, when the research reached its third stage (the creation of the Tyrant bio-weapon), Wesker and Birkin were then ordered by Spencer to assassinate their former mentor, Marcus and steal all of his research. Shortly after, Birkin's research yielded the discovery of the G-Virus in Lisa Trevor's body. When Spencer approved his project in 1991, Wesker began having doubts about Spencer's intentions and requested a transfer to Umbrella's Intelligence Bureau that same year.
In 1996, Wesker formed the Raccoon Police Department's S.T.A.R.S. unit and served as its captain and as leader of one of its two squads, Alpha Team. Two years after the formation of S.T.A.R.S., a series of homicides occurred near the Arklay region. While the public feared these deaths were the work of a local cult, only Wesker knew the truth. In an effort to control the public outcry, S.T.A.R.S. Bravo Team was dispatched to the region to investigate the situation. Wesker used the time they were gone as an opportunity to gather battle data by pitting the members of S.T.A.R.S. against Umbrella's Bio-Organic Weapons.
The Mansion incident
The following day, all contact with Bravo Team was lost and Wesker's Alpha Team was dispatched to the site. Upon arrival, Alpha Team was attacked by cerberus dogs and then abandoned by their pilot, Brad Vickers. After the loss of member Joseph Frost to the zombified dogs, Wesker and the remaining members of Alpha Team sought refuge in the nearby mansion, where Wesker had previously worked. Initially ordering everyone to split up, Wesker disappeared and left the remaining members of Alpha Team (Chris Redfield, Jill Valentine and Barry Burton) to fend for themselves. Wesker probably gained access to a secret area or had the master key of the mansion in order to disappear for a great part of events that the other members of S.T.A.R.S. witnessed. It is believed that he monitored the battles between the remaining S.T.A.R.S. operatives and the creatures that infested the mansion from an undisclosed "secret" area.
Of the nine S.T.A.R.S. operatives who entered the mansion (including Wesker himself), only the members of Alpha Team, along with Bravo Team's Enrico Marini and Rebecca Chambers, managed to survive against the various creatures and bio-organic weapons that infested the facility. In order to ensure the downfall of the other members, Wesker used extortion in order to convince Barry to do his bidding (luring the others to traps) by threatening his family. When Enrico uncovered evidence that implicated Wesker and Umbrella, Wesker murdered Enrico. However, Chris and Jill learned the truth about Wesker and then, proceeded to foil his plot by destroying the T-002 Tyrant, along with the facility itself.
During the ensuing chaos, Wesker injected himself with a serum (colloquially known as the "Plot Device Virus". Most thoughts about the virus' origin dictates that it can be a new viral strain, or a mixture of the Progenitor Virus and the G-Virus), given to him by his partner, William Birkin, that would place him in a state of suspended animation. This allowed him to fake his own death and gave him superhuman strength, agility and regeneration, but at the severe cost of the loss of his humanity. The resulting mutation also gave him cat-like eyes (but these are not immediately noticeable, due to the sunglasses he always wears). Wesker was revived, while Umbrella and the remaining S.T.A.R.S. operatives were convinced that he died in the explosion. Realizing the S.T.A.R.S. had destroyed the Tyrant and escaped with their lives, he swore revenge against the remaining S.T.A.R.S. members. His plan to leave no shred of evidence behind had been foiled. He wanted to avoid suspicion cast in his direction, so as not to expose his long-past machinations to scrutiny from Umbrella. Regardless, when the remaining S.T.A.R.S. attempted to go public with what they knew, though disbelieved by the public, Umbrella was very interested in Wesker's betrayal. Eventually, they began to suspect Birkin as well, and planned to have him assassinated and his G-Virus projects seized (after Birkin decided to leave Umbrella and sell his work directly to the U.S. Government, instead). Wesker knew this and began to prepare to head off Umbrella.
Raccoon City incident
Using data he recorded, Wesker bought his employment by an undisclosed competitor of Umbrella (colloquially known as "The Organization" or "The Agency", also known as "H.C.F.") and began working covertly with agent Ada Wong to spy on Umbrella. During the T-Virus outbreak, Wesker and Ada were assigned to retrieve the G-Virus sample that Sherry Birkin (unknowingly) had in her possession, hidden within her pendant. Ada managed to retrieve the virus through Birkin's remains, who had transformed into a monstrous creature after injecting himself with the virus.
Rockfort Island/Antarctic Lab incident
Wesker was sent on another mission three months later, to retrieve a sample of the T-Veronica virus that had been created on Rockfort Island and neutralize the Ashford family who created it, Alfred Ashford and Alexia Ashford. During his mission, he also encountered former subordinate Chris Redfield, who was on the island to save his sister, Claire. Wesker went to Ashford's Antarctic Research Facility, where he fought against both Alexia and Chris. While Alexia herself was killed by Chris, Wesker still managed to retrieve Steve Burnside's corpse (who was previously injected with the T-Veronica virus) as a specimen, saying it's likely he will eventually revive. As the base started to self-destruct, Wesker engaged Chris in combat to settle the score. Wesker used his immense strength to gain dominance, but Chris refused to allow Wesker an easy kill. Before Wesker could deliver a finishing blow, an explosion caused by the base set to self destruct ensued, knocking a flaming pillar inbetween the two, and badly burning Wesker's face. Remarking how today was "your lucky day.", Wesker told Chris that next time they meet to not count on another. As the base began to crumble and explode around them, Chris ran off, Wesker's laugh echoing after him. Wesker then escaped in the Submarine directly behind him. The burns to his face healed no more than five minutes after the cause, due in part to his superhuman regenerative capabilities that came from the virus Birkin gave him, along with the superhuman strength, speed and stamina. This is shown six years later, with his appearance during the Los Illuminados incident.
Russian Facility incident
In 2003, Wesker infiltrated the Russian Umbrella Facility and managed to kill the mutated Sergei Vladimir. He then took Umbrella data from the Red Queen, before deleting the computers memory, shutting down the facility. Shortly thereafter, finally having strong evidence against Umbrella, he brought his findings to the court. With information from Wesker (who operated under the pretense of being a personal friend of the CEO), an international manhunt began for Ozwell E. Spencer.
Post-Umbrella and demise
After Umbrella's shutdown, Wesker's been sighted giving orders to Ada Wong and the former American soldier Jack Krauser, who were on a classified mission to steal the "Plagas" sample from religious cult leader Osmund Saddler in Spain.
In Resident Evil 5, Wesker appears to be pulling the strings behind Tricell's research in the African division. Using the orginization and it's leader Excella Gionne to reasearch the Uroboros virus. Wesker infects the inhabitants of the surrounding village and natives of the swamp with the "Plaga 2" virus (a self-improved version of the Las Plagas virus) Chris Redfield and Sheva Alomar fought their way through the town and swamps and Wesker became aware of their progress. He made himself known to Chris and Sheva and fought them. Revealing that he had Jill Valentine under his control.
Chris and Sheva destroyed the chest mounted mind control device on Jill's chest and persued Wesker to his massive Tricell owned boat. That's when Wesker injected Excella with Uroboros to stall Chris untill he could finish his plans. Chris and Sheva killed the monstrosity that Excella became and found Wesker standing on a balcony above his stealth plane. A brief skirmish ensued and Wesker revealed that he intended to spread Uroboros throughout the world to force-evolve the human race. Chris injected Wesker with his own superhuman virus (PG47A/W) and poisoned Wesker with an overdose. Wesker fled to his fighter and took off. But not before Chris and Sheva managed to climb aboard. Wesker engaged in hand to hand combat with the pair and wound up falling out of the back of the plane. The plane crashed into a volcano and Wesker confronted Chris and Sheva. Punching through the outer casing of an Uroboros missile, he surrounded himself with the virus. Chris and Sheva managed to drop him in lava and escape in a helicopter. As Wesker reached up and grabbed the helicopter with an arm. Sheva and Chris fired twin RPG's into Wesker's face. Submerging into an explosion of lava, Wesker finally died.
Although Wesker had died, he had left behind a legacy. At some point in his life, he met a female immigrant from Edonia in her early twenties whose last name was Muller. They had a brief relationship and she eventually became pregnant with his child, but returned to her home in Edonia without telling Wesker of the fact. She soon gave birth to their future son Jake Muller, whose specialized blood type gave him protection against mutagenic pathogens such as The C-Virus, meaning that Wesker's immunity to viral infections had genetically been passed down to Jake.
Later, when revealing Jake's lineage to him, Carla Radames mockingly referred to him as a "colossal imbecile" for his failure to destroy the world, and attempted to do the same with the C-Virus; however, unlike Wesker's darwinist agenda with Uroboros, Carla simply desired to destroy civilization outright and rule over the resulting chaos.
Before his death, it is implied that his H.C.F. group had a role in creating a Progenitor-enhanced mold, collaborating with an unknown B.O.W. manufacturer in the 2000's. The mold would be later grafted to an artificially born bioweapon, known as Eveline. Wesker's S.T.A.R.S. gun, would be later be modified into the Albert-01, named after the user of the gun itself. It was later used by Ethan Winters to kill Eveline.
Originally a supporting character in the first Resident Evil, Wesker appeared in the game as the captain of the S.T.A.R.S. unit and leader of its Alpha Team division. Wesker disappears early in the game and only makes one sporadic appearance through the course of the story. Near the end of the game, the player (as either Chris or Jill) discovers that Wesker is a double agent working for Umbrella and either witnesses the death of Wesker at the hands of the Tyrant (in nearly all the endings) or find his decapitated body inside the power generator next to the self-destruct module (in Jill's best ending in the original version). It should be noted, however, that in the remake of Resident Evil for the Gamecube, Jill's best ending allows Wesker to escape completely, as his body is not found in the Power Room. Due to this new event, it seems that Wesker gets away without being killed.
Wesker made a surprise return in Resident Evil CODE: Veronica, having been revived with new superpowers and apparently working for one of Umbrella's competitors. He later appeared as a supporting character in Resident Evil 0 and an incidental role in Resident Evil 4 (which is explored further in the PlayStation 2 version, due to the inclusion of the Separate Ways scenario and Ada's Report). He was also the narrator of the fictional documentary, Wesker's Report, a DVD which covers the events of the previous installments and was released as pre-order bonus with Resident Evil CODE: Veronica X (an updated version of the original CODE: Veronica). It was followed by an Internet sequel, titled Wesker's Report II.
From both Wesker Reports, it is learned that Wesker is a machiavellian schemer who's had a hand in the events of all the games in the series, except Resident Evil Survivor and Resident Evil Dead Aim, where the entire scenarios were created by rogue operatives outside of Wesker's control. Although his physical presence is not constant and indeed quite rare, the effects of his plans can be visibly seen in almost every game of the series, ending with his death in Resident Evil 5.
Marvel vs. Capcom series
Wesker is more or less a physical character in this game as the only projectile he has is the shots from his gun so he is meant to be a close range fighter. His hyper combos however, are fairly decent as they all have good damage potential but his Phantom Rush must be performed when the opponent is in the middle of the screen from where the player are to get in all 16 hits, otherwise he will deal less damage. Lastly, his other hyper is initially misleading because in reality it is like Deadpool's "4th wall crisis" hyper because it is a counter type hyper so it is best used against aggressive players.
Minor playable appearances
Albert was one of the playable characters in Capcom Super League Online.
In the original Resident Evil, Wesker was portrayed by an unknown actor named Eric. In the original Resident Evil, he was voiced by Pablo Kuntz. In the 2002 remake of the original, he was voiced by actor Peter Jessop. However the actor most often identified with the character is Richard Waugh, who provided his voice in Resident Evil Code Veronica X and Wesker's Report, and later reprised the role in the prequel Resident Evil 0 and Resident Evil 4. In Umbrella Chronicles, Darkside Chronicles, Resident Evil 5, Resident Evil: Mercenaries 3D and Resident Evil: Revelations 2 in his playable appearance in Raid Mode, Wesker was voiced by DC Douglas.
Wesker was an unlockable character in the Battle Mode featured in Resident Evil CODE: Veronica, as well as in the "Mercenaries" mini-game in Resident Evil 4. A non-canonical zombified version of Wesker also appeared as an enemy in the bonus Battle Mode featured in the Saturn version of the original game.
Resident Evil Code Veronica X
In Resident Evil Code Veronica X, Wesker follows the tradition of the bad guy getting only a knife in the battle mode just like his possible contact, Hunk and another possible contact and rival of Hunk, Nicholai. Wesker's run is quite challenging, but he has incredible stamina and very damaging knife attacks to cover for this. He later has the option of getting a Magnum out of a slot machine for the upcoming boss fight, but gets no additional ammunition for it so its use must be highly regulated. Sometimes the slot machine will give Wesker a file instead of the Magnum, leaving the player to fight the boss with nothing more than the knife and their own wits. It should be noted that this file does not help in the player in the least, as it is just a diary of the mouse Claire encounters in the main game.
Resident Evil 4
In the Resident Evil 4 minigame The Mercenaries, Wesker is considerably better equipped and capable of destruction. He starts with all 3 types of grenade (4 frag, 3 flash and 1 incendiary), a moderately upgraded Killer 7, a fully upgraded standard handgun with a silencer not seen anywhere else in the game and an almost fully upgraded semi-automatic rifle without the enhanced scope, and a first aid spray like all the characters. His stamina is the same as Leon's. He also has some of the most powerful mellee attacks in the game (a "thrust punch" that can strike several enemies with titanic force and a "chikyo chagi" axe kick that can crush an enemy's head). While his starting inventory is strong, it does have 2 downsides: firstly, there is little room for anything else in the inventory, and secondly, Wesker starts with no reserve ammunition for any of his weapons. Despite the lack of extra ammunition, Wesker can easily take on any foe. The Killer7 Magnum allows him to kill strong foes such as the Garrador, and the fearsome double-bladed chainsaw man (Dr. Salvador). The rifle is immensely powerful and is virtually a one hit kill weapon against all normal enemies, and the player can find ample ammunition for it. The pistol, though not a greatly effective weapon on its own, enables Wesker to stun enemies to allow for his immensely powerful special attacks. When an enemy is stunned by a headshot, Wesker is able to perform the "Thrust Punch" attack, which deals heavy damage (enough to generally be considered an instant kill) to the target and all other enemies directly in front of Wesker. Shooting foes in the knees may also allow for Wesker's "chikyo chagi" axe kick, which will crush the head of the target while also damaging nearby enemies. The handgun also has a decapitation rate that is five times greater than normal, rarely allowing the Las Plagas to show themselves, a useful feature.
Resident Evil Deadly Silence
In Resident Evil Deadly Silence a DS port of the original Resident Evil, Wesker is a playable character in the game's multiplayer mode. He is unlockable by completing the Master of Knifing minigame once with either Jill or Chris. In the multiplayer mode, he wields a specialized version of the Samurai Edge handgun.
Resident Evil 5
Wesker is a playable character in the "Mercenaries" mini-game. He can be unlocked in two versions by getting an "A" on the Mines and Prison stages.
Resident Evil 0 (HD)
- Wesker is the character with the most appearances throughout the Resident Evil series. He appeared in Resident Evil 0, Resident Evil, Resident Evil Code Veronica X, Resident Evil 4, Resident Evil The Umbrella Chronicles, Resident Evil The Darkside Chronicles and Resident Evil 5.
- Wesker is the only villain (besides Ozwell E. Spencer) who has managed to survive the Umbrella Corp. period of the Resident Evil series.
- A downloadable Wesker skin was available for customers who pre-ordered Lost Planet 2.
- Actor Richard Waugh modeled his voice acting for Wesker after George Sanders' role of Shere Khan from Disney's The Jungle Book.
- Alex Wesker shares the same last name as Albert but its currently unknown what connection, if any, they have with each other.
Notes and references
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