The Resident Evil series is a scary one. Gamers love the heart pounding, split-second decision making involved in this post-apocalyptic T-Virus infested world. Unlike some games where your only option is to run away, Resident Evil allows the player to bring an arsenal, so long as they remember to conserve their ammunition. As a trade-off, they get to face some of the scariest villains in video games. Here are Resident Evil’s 10 scariest villains.
Neptune is a great white shark implanted with the T-Virus. Great Whites don't need much encouraging to munch on fresh meat on the best of days. By infecting this mammoth beast, all Umbrella did was increase its bloodlust several times over. On the outside, there isn't much to distinguish Neptune from any other gargantuan, killer of Amity Island tourists. Besides the original who set up shop in Umbrella's Aqua Ring facility, two smaller offspring escaped the lab and swam upriver to plague the inhabitants of Raccoon City. As if they didn't have enough to worry about...
Gamers quickly learned that even simple accidents were enough to inspire crazy new fusions of animal and bio-weapon. When Umbrella's agents attacked William Birkin, the desperate scientist accidentally spilled a sample of the T-Virus into Raccoon City's sewer system. The virus spread underground, and one of its first victims was a poor alligator.
Everyone claims their city sewers are home to alligators, but it was all-too-true in Raccoon City. This gator swelled to several times its normal size. It made quick work of the meager prey available in the sewer tunnels. By the time Leon S. Kennedy rolled around, the gator was starving and ready for a real meal.
8 Mr. X
The successor to the T-002 is officially known as T-103. However, most people know T-103 by a different name: Mr. X. Mr. X is one of the few Umbrella creations with a sense of modesty. He comes clad in an oversized trench coat. Stylish though he is, you don't want to stumble across this sentinel of destruction. Umbrella dropped Mr. X into Raccoon City to track down a sample of the G-Virus by any means necessary. He can't be stopped by any normal weapon. Try, and you'll find out just what lies beneath the coat.
7 Lisa Trevor
Our first excursion into the Spencer mansion was filled with enough twisted monsters and bio-weapons. We're not sure why Capcom felt the need to add more for the GameCube remake, but they did. One of the most notable additions was Lisa Trevor, daughter of the mansion's designer and unfortunate early test subject for Umbrella's scientists.
Lisa shows every sign of the trauma she endured at the hands of Umbrella. Her body is twisted and misshapen. She wears a patchwork assortment of rags and a mask composed mainly of human faces. With the T-Virus raging in her system, Lisa is barely maintaining her human form. All this experimentation rendered her immune to conventional weapons, and it was only when Wesker pinned her to the floor and left her to die in the mansion's explosion that Lisa finally died.
6 William Birkin
Plenty of dangerous creatures roamed Raccoon City in its final hours. The most deadly of all may well have been a mere scientist. William Birkin was responsible for the creation of the G-Virus. When Umbrella soldiers attempted to take the virus by force, they inadvertently caused a new zombie outbreak and the mutation of a mad scientist turned into a freaky monster. Birkin's exposure to the G-Virus quickly mutated him into a Tyrant-like creature. That mutation only progressed throughout Resident Evil 2. Within a matter of hours, he had morphed into a gigantic, tentacled beast that could swallow Tyrants whole. Our heroes should count themselves lucky Birkin never made it out of the city.
5 James Marcus
This disgusting assembly of leeches approximates the human form of James Marcus, the former head of Umbrella's Management Training Facility in the Arklay Mountains. When Marcus was assassinated by his former allies, his body was rejuvenated by one of his experimental leeches and he became something far worse.
The aging Marcus returned to a form more closely resembling his younger self. However, his true form, by this point, was anything but human. Marcus eventually mutated into the Queen Leech, a gigantic, slithering creature with powerful limbs and writhing tentacles. Marcus' only true weakness was sunlight, a fact that Rebecca Chambers and Billy Coen were eventually able to use to their advantage.
4 El Gigante
One of the more memorable offshoots of the Las Plagas parasite is the gigantic beast known as–fittingly–El Gigante. This orc-like monster looks to be ripped straight from a Lord of the Rings movie. He even carries a massive club for grinding his meals into a fine paste. What's even worse is that there are more than one of these things in Los Illuminados' possession...
3 Ramon Salazar
Salazar is both old and frail and incredibly childlike in his appearance. He appears to be a young boy whose body is on the verge of giving out. This is all thanks to a lifetime of exposure to Las Plagas. The minuscule Salazar is protected by two Verdugo bodyguards, but he proves more than capable of defending himself. Salazar's infected body eventually mutates into a vast plant-like creature several stories tall. Unfortunately for him, his body still displays several weak spots that Leon Kennedy is able to take full advantage of.
Perhaps the single most horrifying moment in Resident Evil 4 comes when the player stares into a security camera and witnesses a Regenerator for the first time. These gray-skinned beasts are very Tyrant-like, with a humanoid appearance, gray, rocky skin, and massive strength. The Regenerators are especially creepy because of their twitchy walk and the fact that they can regenerate from nearly any wound; hence the name. Even worse than a normal Regenerator is the Iron Maiden, which is characterised by a series of jagged spikes across its body.
1 Tyrant T-001
The first Tyrant gamers would encounter was the Tyrant T-002, who called home the spot beneath Spencer Mansion. As its name implies, there was a prototype model that came before, and it made its home in Umbrella's Management Training Facility. This Tyrant is visually similar to its successor, though far less sleek and not entirely humanoid in appearance. This Tyrant is hunched over and a bit more reptilian. Its skin is riddled with cancerous growths.