Steve Burnside (voiced by Bill Houston, Sam Regal in The Darkside Chronicles) is a character from the Resident Evil series of survival horror games. He is Claire Redfield's partner in the game Resident Evil CODE: Veronica and a playable character during a short portion of the main story.
Steve appears to have light brown hair with long fringes in each side and black eyes. In his in-game appearance, his hair is light auburn and he has aqua blue eyes.
He wears a blue short sleeved openly loose prison button shirt with white outlines. It has the sign of "Rockfort Prison 267" at the back his loose button shirt, underneath is a yellow tank top, shades of brown camouflage pants brown combat boots. Like the other prisoners including his father, he has a choker on his neck as well as wearing black studded wristband in both of his wrist.
When he was injected by Alexia Ashford from her mutant strain within the Veronica Virus, Steve's clothes are ripped into shreds and his skin becomes green with reptilian scales from top to bottom with large spikes from his shoulders, back and elbows and his feet becomes reptile-like. His eyes are red, though his hair remains the same but darker. He also wields a giant axe that Alexia previously handed to him.
In Darkside Chronicles, during the real-life cutscenes in the Game of Oblivion segment, Steve's appearance is slightly similar to Leon's in Resident Evil 4, with fringes in each side of his hairstyle. His hair is now burnt orange and his eyes are blue. His main outfit had minor changes which include the collar of his prison button shirt is extended and his camouflage pants are yellow and green. He also gained a hoop earring on his left ear and a barcode tattoo on his left arm.
In his mutation form, his skin is pale green with purple streaks coming from his larger arms and more spikes at the left side of his back and his heart is exposed. He still wears camouflage pants which were shredded into short-like remains instead of being completely removed. He also gains reptile-like fangs and his eyes remained red.
When he reverted to normal, his skin became pale and the remaining reptilian-like skin were on his left face, left shoulder and the right chest, it was not seen in Darkside Chronicles.
Steve was imprisoned in the Rockfort Island's facility alongside his father, a former Umbrella employee. He escapes from his cell during the viral outbreak. At first, he is hesitant to trust Claire and only cooperates with her reluctantly. Later however, Steve becomes more open and attached to her after he is forced to kill his own father, who has become a zombie during the outbreak.
Steve and Claire eventually end up in Umbrella's Antarctic Facility, where he is captured by Alexia Ashford and used as a test subject for the T-Veronica virus. Claire meets a chained Steve, who mutates into a monster and attacks Claire; in this form, he is nearly invulnerable to damage, and wields a giant, ceremonial axe.
While running from Steve, Claire is attacked by one of Alexia's tentacles. Steve, seeing this, regains control of his mind and cuts the tentacle apart, freeing Claire. In retaliation, Alexia strikes him with one of the tentacles, inflicting a mortal wound. His failing body finally rejects the mutation, and he changes back. He dies in Claire's arms, just after professing his love to her. Albert Wesker was mentioned him at the end of the game where he already taken Steve's corpse while Chris is dealing against a mutated Alexia and he remarks at the siblings that he will use him once he was resurrected to see Claire much to their fury. As his remark about Steve turns out to be a jab between the Redfield siblings.
In Darkside Chronicles, during the year 2002, it was revealed that Albert uses the Veronica Virus within Steve's corpse, the virus was given to Javier Hidalgo and he uses this to cure his ailing daughter, Manuela Hidalgo and this is the final mention about Steve Burnside.
- Steve returned in The Darkside Chronicles which deals with events which occured during the time-frame of Resident Evil CODE: Veronica.
- It is possible to unlock Steve in the Battle Mode mini-game in CODE: Veronica with the drawer puzzle in Chris's game. There is a painting of a volcano on a small piece of land, which reads "lava burns forest, flows to sea, forms the earth." The drawers must be selected in this order: Red, Green, Blue, Brown.
- His weapons of choice are twin Gold Lugers.
- When playing as Steve later in the game, if the player goes back the way they came, Claire will playfully tease him that he can't be independent.