I’ve seen many posts on the different social media sites about Resident Evil vs. AMC’s The Walking Dead. Quite honestly, there isn’t really a comparison of characters. Resident Evil’s Main Characters are more robust and better trained, whereas The Walking Dead TV series characters are more like your average everyday person. Even the Zombies are different. Let’s take a look at some of those differences.
First lets start with the movie/game that revitalized zombies in pop-culture: Resident Evil. OK, let’s do a line up of the original characters: Jill Valentine, Chris Redfield, and Albert Wesker. All three of them were in Raccoon City’s Police Department’s S.T.A.R.S. Unit (Comparable to SWAT), and were involved in the investigation into the original zombie incident at the mansion. They all have SWAT type training.
Now on to Leon S. Kennedy, Claire Redfield, and Ada Wong. Leon S. Kennedy at the time of his introduction was a rookie police officer in the Raccoon Police Department (in subsequent games, he ended up as a special agent working for The President of The United States). Claire Redfield, Chris’ sister, has been through horrors that no normal person should ever go through looking for her brother that is missing when she is introduced into the storyline. Now, Ada Wong. An corporate spy (its really never said in game who she worked for really). She has weapons training and martial arts training as well.
Now on to the movie only characters. Let’s start with Alice. A Corporate security agent with training in martial arts, and weapons, she also has some awesome super powers. Rain Ocampa, Special forces security for the Umbrella Corporation. Also in possession of weapons training and martial arts. As you can plainly see that just the characters are better trained and are more robust so to speak.
Now on to the zombies and creatures… Oh my… Starting with the common zombies and crawlers, they aren’t very much different from the walkers and crawlers in The Walking Dead. In addition to the zombies, Resident Evil has lickers, hunters, giant spiders, giant moths, etc. You can see why the main characters in the game have to be bad @$$es. With all of that said really, you can already see that there’s no comparison, two very different worlds with different enemies and environments.
The Walking Dead characters aren’t really trained… They have Rick the policeman and the soldier that just come into the story at the time of writing this post. That’s the most training that anyone has in the group. As far as I know Michonne isn’t formally trained in the use of the katana. I’m not versed in the comics, nor do I ever intend to be. I like the show only whereas with Resident Evil, I love the games and the movies. When the director of the show and the creator was asked about the setting and the characters, they replied that the characters were normal people trying to survive in the zombie apocalypse, and that was the draw of the show. Don’t get me wrong, I love the walking dead, but to compare the characters and enemies in this world to that of Resident Evil is like comparing apples and oranges. Two vastly different things.
What’s funny as heck is that TWD fans picked the walking dead because the character(s) are hot. Those that actually put thought into it, know that there’s no comparison between the two, but if they had to choose, they would pick the RE characters. Anyhow, that’s the facts, and as usual I leave it up to my readers to make up their mind about the subject of the post. Thanks for reading. 🙂