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|“||This is getting old, Jack!||„|
|~ Ethan to a monster formed Jack during their final battle.|
|“||They say that when one door closes, another opens. Well, a door closed tonight. And what a long night it was--but not just for me. Mia and I weren't the only victims here. So were the Bakers. It was that...thing, Eveline, who made them that way. But now Eveline's dead. And these guys are here to clean up the mess. I had just come to terms with losing Mia. But now she's back and wants to start over--put all of this behind us. Maybe this is where the next door opens.||„|
|~ Ethan Winters.|
Ethan Winters is a system engineer in Los Angeles who was caught up in the incident at the Dulvey Haunted House and the main protagonist of Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, and it's sequel Resident Evil Village.
He was voiced by Todd Soley, and Hidenobu Kiuchi in Japanese, and was modeled after Yaya Chamki.
Very little is known about Ethan's past before the events of the game, other than that he was born in 1984, and later met and married Mia Winters before 2014. Mia had sent him a video of her telling him about her babysitting job, which was the last video message he received from her.
In July 2017, Ethan received an e-mail from a woman claiming to be his wife who was reported deceased in 2014. Ethan journeyed out to Dulvey, Louisiana in search of her, taking him to the "Dulvey Haunted House" formerly owned by the Baker family until their disappearance that same year. He enters the house and watches the "Derelict House Footage" (as seen in the Beginning Hour demo), where he witnesses the Sewer Gators team - cameraman Clancy Javis, producer Andre Stickland, and anchorman Pete Walken - infiltrate the house, ending with Clancy discovering Andre's dead body.
He travels through an underground shaft, and after discovering Andre's decaying corpse floating in the water, he finally finds Mia. After freeing her, she claims to not know about any message given to him and guides him to escape from the house's occupants. He receives phone calls from a woman named Zoe, who tells him to go to the attic. However, Mia, clearly possessed by infection, attacks him with a knife and later a chainsaw, hacking off Ethan's left hand and forcing him to shoot her dead. As Ethan attempts to escape, Jack Baker appears and knocks him out.
With his left hand stapled (presumably by Zoe) and a codex showing him his health, Ethan awakens in a dining room where he meets the Baker family - Jack, his wife Marguerite, son Lucas, and an unnamed, silent elderly woman - who are eating human parts. He is force-fed their food until a policeman forces them to hide. He manages to escape his bonds but Jack is still around and starts looking for him. As Ethan tries to find a place to hide, Jack catches him and dismembers the lower half of his leg. He then provides Ethan a strong first aid med that allows him to reattach his leg. Once Ethan gets away for Jack through a passageway under the floor, he later meets a police officer at a window, who gives him his knife. The two meet in the garage, where the officer is killed by Jack, who fights Ethan until the latter wears him down and kills him.
Zoe reveals over the phone that the Bakers and Mia have been contaminated by a mysterious pathogen, requesting that Ethan set out to retrieve the necessary items to develop a serum that can cure her and Mia so that they can escape the Baker residence.
Ethan sets out to find the necessary items to leave the main house, only to face off against the resurrected Jack, who reveals himself to be seemingly immortal. The two engage in combat in the basement of the house before Ethan seemingly manages to finish Jack off once and for all in a chainsaw duel.
Traveling to the guest house, Ethan struggles to escape Marguerite and the bug swarms she controls, eventually being trapped and forced to defeat her head-on. The confrontation leads to his discovery of the mummified corpse of a "D-Series" child, the basis of the serum needed by Zoe.
|“||Do me a favor and stay dead.||„|
|~ Ethan after he defeated Jack in second boss.|
|“||Just f***ing stay dead – OK?||„|
|~ Ethan after killing Marguerite.|
|“||What the hell is she? Now what did she do to you?||„|
|~ Ethan to the real Jack about Eveline's infected the Bakers.|
|“||I told you I'd send help. And I always keep my promises.||„|
|~ Ethan fulfilling his promise to Zoe.|
- Although he's a presumed civilian, there's things that aren't coherent with this statement:
- Heavy knowledge of chemistry (can craft medicine and better bullets for his guns like it was nothing)
- Quick self-heal (get his hand and leg chopped off, stitch them back with staples and be fine)
- Skilled gunmanship (use pistols, shotguns, machine guns, etc. with ease)
- In Spencer's notebook, it mentions a certain Ethan W., a skilled chemist, who was supposedly murdered by Albert Wesker, and it could be argued that there 2 separated Ethans, but considering the universe where the RE saga develops, there's a high chance that Ethan either faking his death or fighting of Wesker and Spencer writing that Ethan was dead because he seriously thought no one could fight Wesker and win.