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|“||I'm gonna scrub this virus from the face of the earth.||„|
|~ Leon to Claire, after the Harvardville outbreak.|
|~ Leon's catchphrase to Claire|
Leon Scott Kennedy is one of the main protagonists of the Resident Evil series, serving as one of the two main protagonists (alongside Claire Redfield) of Resident Evil 2, the main protagonist of Resident Evil 4, and one of the main protagonists of Resident Evil 6. He teamed up with Chris's sister Claire Redfield to survive against the outbreak in Raccoon City. He was later trained and hired by the American government to find the President's daughter. In Resident Evil 6, he survived the C-Virus outbreak in Tall Oaks along with agent Helena Harper. He was framed with the murder of the president. He traveled to China to put a stop of Simmons' scheme and clear his name.
Leon also appeared in several Resident Evil films: he is a supporting character from 2012 film Resident Evil: Retribution, the ultimate main protagonist from 2008 film Degeneration and Damnation, and the deuteragonist from Vendetta. He is the main protagonist in the upcoming Resident Evil Infinite Darkness from 2021.
Leon is voiced by Paul Mercier in Resident Evil 4, Resident Evil: Degeneration and Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles, who also voiced Merchant in the same series. Christian Lanz voiced the character in Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, who also voiced Chancellor Esteban in Elena of Avalor. From Resident Evil 6 onward was voiced by Matthew Mercer who is known for portraying a variety of different characters such as Levi Ackerman in the English dub of Attack on Titan, Kanji Tatsumi in Persona 4 the Animation and even Jesse McCree in Overwatch. In Resident Evil 2, he was voiced by the late Paul Haddad, and Nick Apostolides in the remake of Resident Evil 2.
|“||Hey! It's up to us to take out Umbrella!||„|
|~ Leon to Claire and Sherry|
Leon burns the strong desire to serve and protect, and his life as a cadet was an eye-opening experience. At the age of 21, he requested assignment to serve in the Raccoon City Police Department upon graduating from the Police Academy. His reason of choice was because of the widely-publicized murders taking place in and around the Arklay Mountains. He arrived at Raccoon City on the September 29th 1998, a day later than he was scheduled to. Due to the events in Raccoon City, this would be his first and only day as a Police Officer.
On September 29, 1998, Leon arrived at Raccoon City for his assigned Police Department. Having overslept, the sun had long since when he reached the city limits via highway. Because the blockade to the city by the U.S. Military had crumbled, he was unaware of the T-Virus Outbreak.
Reaching the city's business district, Leon stopped his car to inspect a body on the ground. Being unaware of the outbreak, he was surprised when several zombies tried to attack him. Escaping the undead, Leon met another survivor, Claire Redfield, who had encountered a zombie in the restaurant, to find her older brother, Chris. Together, Leon and Claire decided to seek refuge within the R.P.D.'s headquarters, but before they arrived, they got separated when Leon's police car got destroyed after a close encounter with a zombie in their back seat. The two barely survive when an infected driver nearly crashes his truck into them.
During his probe of the R.P.D. precinct, Leon meets another survivor named Ada Wong, a woman who claims she was searching for her lost boyfriend, John Clemens. They soon developed a bond, and Leon even took a bullet for her, fired by Anette Birkin. Leon and Ada managed to fight against most of the enemies, but Ada was eventually wounded by the mutated William Birkin's claw. During this time, Leon discovered from Anette Birkin that Ada is a spy, who only came to steal the G-Virus. However, Leon doesn't believe this until Ada tells him herself. Some time later, Ada saves Leon's life when he is cornered by T-00 in Umbrella's self-destruct mechanism room. She shoots the Tyrant on it's back to get the beast's attention, successfully doing so.
She is then attacked, grabbed and raised up the Tyrant, and she retaliates with a series of gunshots to the face, making the monster fall into a lava pit. However, Ada was severely wounded in the process and the facility's self-destruct mechanism has been activated. She then told Leon the truth about everything. Ada shortly falls unconscious, which Leon mistakes for death. However, at the near end, a mysterious figure (with Ada's voice and silhouette) helps Leon (or Claire) by giving them a Rocket Launcher to help them defeat the now mutated T-00. Leon is reunited with Claire, and the two (along with William and Anette Birkin's daughter, Sherry Birkin) make their escape through a secret railway and then escape via the train, leaving the mutated Birkin to be destroyed in the self-destruction sequence.
Following the Raccoon City Incident, Claire and Leon split up, and she continued her search for Chris, while Leon continued to look for Sherry. Leon and Sherry were soon apprehended by the U.S. Military; Sherry was taken away and placed in protective custody while Leon was interrogated. Leon never mentioned Claire or Ada, but the U.S. Government was interested in recruiting Leon, since he now possessed the experience they were searching for; Leon was then accepted.
His subsequent training as an U.S. Government Agent turned him from a standard police rookie into an expert special agent. He became much more competent in terms of weapon handling and unarmed combat, specifically knife combat.
In November 1998, Leon sent a friend of his, Detective Ark Thompson, out to investigate the Umbrella Corporation's facilities on Sheena Island. The following month, Claire set out to Europe to find Chris but was captured by Umbrella Soldiers after trespassing into one of the facilities in Paris. While in the Island Prison of Rockfort Island, Claire sent out an e-mail to Leon to inform Chris of her location so he could come and rescue her. Leon managed to track Chris down personally, and told him of Claire's situation, and Chris headed to the Island for Claire.
|“||The Virus continues to grow...altering it's form, strengthening perpetually until the day comes when it can be destroyed.||„|
|~ Leon on the evolution of the T-Virus|
In 2002, before the destruction of the Russian Branch of the Umbrella Corporation, Leon was sent to a South American Country as part of an American military detachment after the headquarters were informed that a former researcher from Umbrella contacted a man named Javier Hidalgo. Due to the difficult nature of the operation, Jack Krauser, a seasoned operative with a history of brave service, was selected to be Leon's partner for the mission.
Krauser and Leon were sent on a mission by the U.S. Government to infiltrate this small South American Country. Finding Javier himself was the objective since he was a Drug Lord who has taken de-facto control over a large area of the jungle and rules the entire area absolutely. The small Government was unable to do anything about Javier's control of the drug trade, so Leon and Krauser have been called in. The U.S. Government had received information that a former Umbrella Researcher had somehow entered the region. Sources indicated that something strange was going on, but no accurate info could be obtained. Unwilling to risk a bio-hazardous outbreak, a secret military agency paired Leon and Krauser and sent them into this volatile region to determine what, if anything, was going on.
They later found themselves having to cooperate as a two-man cell in a T-Virus Outbreak. Leon also met a mysterious girl called Manuela Hidalgo, who seemed to be the only survivor of the village, though it is unknown why she didn't escape. Manuela turned out to be Javier's daughter; she contracted a rare disease and Javier kept her alive through the T-Veronica Virus. While exploring Javier's compound, Leon opened up to Krauser about his time in Raccoon City, as well as Claire's encounter with the T-Veronica Virus to explain how Umbrella's B.O.W's worked.
Eventually, Leon and Krauser battled Javier after he combined himself with a plant which was infected by the T-Veronica Virus. Manuela assisted them by unleashing the effects of the Virus upon her father. Javier was finally defeated and killed. Manuela was then taken into government custody. Leon lost his partnership with Krauser after the latter is discharged with any injury during the mission. Sometime later that year, Leon learned that Krauser died in an accident.
|“||Guess that's a local's way of breaking the ice. Anyway, you know what this is all about. My assignment is to search for the President's missing daughter...||„|
|~ Leon to the two Spanish police officers assigned as his investigative partners|
In 2004, Leon was assigned to protect the newly elected President Graham's family. When the President's daughter, Ashley, was kidnapped by a mysterious cult, Leon's first mission under the new President was to find and rescue her. Intelligence was gathered and Leon infiltrated an isolated village in Spain where the kidnappers were located. Leon was dropped off by two Spanish cops and then asked one of the residents there if they had seen Ashley. The villager attempted to kill Leon which forced the specially-trained agent to eliminate him. Leon then became under attack by even more villagers including a chainsaw wielding one. He then continued his search for Ashley and then found a captive named Luis Sera, then encountered the Village Chief, Bitores Mendez, who had both Leon and Luis as captives. According to Luis, Ashley was held in the village's church, so once Leon was freed, he managed to break into the Church and found Ashley. The man behind this, Osmund Saddler, was also there and revealed himself and his plans to the two Americans. Saddler revealed that they were also infected with the Las Plagas, a parasite which controlled it's host and obeyed the Control Plaga which Saddler had: Two cultists then forced Leon and Ashley to escape the church.
Leon managed to infiltrate a warehouse within the village and confronted Bitores Mendez, who transformed into a centipede-like monster. Leon managed to kill the corrupt chief and then stole his False Eye, which was the key out of the Village. Leon and Ashley escaped from the village and then were led to the nearby castle where more of the cultists were fought. The castle's owner, Ramon Salazar, confronted both Leon and Ashley, then introduced himself and his intentions. After fighting through the fortress, Ashley fell into one of the traps and the agent returned to the objectives for searching for her. Leon ran into Luis but also witnessed his death at the hands of Saddler. Leon then rescued Ashley again and infiltrated a hall but she was captured again by one of Salazar's Novistadors. Leon confronted Salazar at a tower where he informed Leon that Ashley was moved to an Island. Salazar then fused himself with the Queen Plaga and his remaining Verdugo bodyguard in an attempt to kill the agent, but Leon managed to finally kill the young castellan.
Leon encountered Ada Wong, who had survived the destruction of the Umbrella lab facility, again, and she helped him get to the island where Ashley was imprisoned where he encountered more enemies: Soldiers and the terrifying Regeneradores. Leon soon encountered Krauser within the island, who revealed that his betrayed Leon and was now working under Wesker, in an attempt to restore Umbrella. Leon encountered and killed U-3 (IT), and then encountered Krauser again and found out his arm was infected with Las Plagas, but still managed to defeat his former partner. Leon then rescued Ashley from Saddler himself with Ada's assistance and finally confronted Saddler, then saved Ada. Saddler was finally killed and the remaining survivors escaped the Island before it exploded.
|“||I can't believe this is happening again. Just like Raccoon.||„|
|~ Leon on the C-Virus outbreak|
Leon and his new ally, Helena Harper, encounter the C-Virus infected zombies and other monsters such as Bloodshots, Whoppers and Shriekers. They head to the President but discover him transformed into one of the many zombies; they were then forced to take him out. Helena's younger sister, Deborah Harper, was also infected with the C-Virus and they were also forced to eliminate the monster she became. They find out Derek C. Simmons, the National Security Advisor, is responsible for the Virus's release and wish to hunt him down.
Leon and Helena encounter Chris Redfield and Piers Nivans who were about to gun down Carla Radames, the identity thief of Ada Wong and the one responsible for the deaths of Chris's soldiers and also the C-Virus release with Simmons. Leon stops them, believing her to be Ada and a key witness, although the two teams split up: Chris will go for Carla and Leon will go for Simmons.
Leon, Helena, Sherry Birkin and Jake Muller confront Simmons and become under attack by his men. Leon and Helena confront the infected Simmons on a train and witness his mutation. After a long battle with the monster, Simmons is finally killed.
Helena visited Deborah's grave but Leon, Hunnigan and other agents soon found her. Ready to face being taken into custody for what she was responsible for, Leon returned her gun to her and she was informed that she wasn't being arrested and was not to be held responsible for Simmons' crimes. Helena then gave Leon Ada's compact.
Resident Evil: Vendetta
|“||This again, huh? Feels like I'm stuck in a goddamn loop.||„|
|~ Leon when heard of zombies from Chris and Rebecca.|
Leon appears as one of the two main protagonists (alongside Chris Redfield).
Leon was assigned a mission to stop the terrorists bomb in Washington D.C. However, he lost all of his units and survived. After his failed mission, Leon goes on a vacation drinking alcohol until Chris and Rebecca came to him as they needed his help and explained what happened in Chicago but also Learning about the zombies apocalypse again, he initially refused to join Chris and Rebecca to kill Glenn Arias until he changed his mind to team up with Chris to rescue Rebecca. They fought against the zombies and killed Arias. After Arias' death, Leon, Chris and Rebecca cured all infected people.
|“||It is a part of me that I cannot abandon. Let's leave it that way.||„|
|~ Leon S. Kennedy to Ashley Graham on Ada Wong|
At first, Leon was apparently a somewhat naive rookie police officer, with a strong sense of justice and duty. As his actions during the Raccoon City incident were curiously discovered, Leon was recruited and later became a Special Expert Agent due to the training he acquired under the hands of the US government. He is able to maintain his composure in most circumstances, making him more confident yet arrogant and cocky at times, Leon is very compassionate and objective.
Leon's friendly nature makes him quick to make friends. He immediately struck up a friendship with Claire Redfield in Raccoon, despite what happened. Leon also respects Jack Krauser, both as a soldier and a friend, prior to his betrayal. Leon was very quick to make friends with Luis Sera and Mike, then becomes deeply saddened by their deaths. Also despite the fact that Helena Harper has told him that she is the culprit of the President's death, they quickly grow in confidence to the point of caring enormously for the welfare of each other. Leon shows a great deal of emotion for Ada at the "moment of her death", sealing their kiss together at Ada's "last breath". At the same time, Leon is very quick to stand up to people who endanger others. He is also quick to deduce riddles that are presented to him.
Leon has shown that he flirts with some of the women he meets, including Ingrid Hunnigan, who jokingly rejected his words on his mission to Spain saying that she is still "at work." They seem to be attracted to each other with Angela Miller. When Haley Peters almost fell next to a collapsed stairs in the presidential palace, Leon grabs her breasts by accident, she jokingly asked if he liked them and he replied "It's not a crime is it?" Also in the Tall Oaks incident Leon holds Helena's arm when they fall into the sewers and stare into each other's eyes, but she looks away and tells him that she's fine, later she tells him one of the reasons why not He turned her over to the law because "he had begun to like her", with the looks that each one gives each other could indicate some emotional affection between them.
Leon's relationship with Ada is very complicated, even though there is some kind of bond between the two and they both help each other every time the other needs it and both have feelings for each other, Ada has no problem with Leon to use it and achieve her own goals, however, Leon does not hold this against her. Even though he seems in love with her, he mentions that Ada will always be "a part of him that he can't let go". Since the beginning of the incident in Raccoon City, Leon goes out of his way to try to protect Ada and repeatedly asking her if she's alright, to the point that Claire comes to suspect some sort of crush or simply that Leon is trying to impress Ada. that mysterious woman. Leon showed that he would give up his life to protect her, as when he hugs her to save her from the projectiles fired by Simmons's mutation, receiving them in the back.
It seems that Leon cares deeply about the people he rescues. He does his best to protect all of them despite not knowing them. He became Sherry Birkin's temporary guardian before being taken into the custody of the US government. During Operation Javier Leon he had a similar relationship with Manuela Hidalgo, doing everything possible to try to protect her. During his mission to save Ashley Graham, Leon took great personal risks multiple times to ensure her safety. Leon has shown that he comes and goes from being cold and focused to passionate in his missions. During the beginning of the incident in El Pueblo, Leon is dismissive of his police escorts for the most part and shows little consideration for anything except finding Ashley, however when the two officers' car falls down a ravine near Leaving the village, Leon says "No ...", then goes on saying "I hope the two officers are okay." when he investigates the scene of the incident, as well as when he finds one of the corpses and investigates it, he says that he should have gone with him. In the Harvardville incident, he acts in the same way, his main concern being the mission he was given. In the incident at Tall Oaks when his partner, Agent Helena Harper is attacked by the zombified President, Leon helps her, but scolds when she says she still can't believe what's going on, saying, "Well get used to that. They're them or us ... and they don't doubt it. ", although most likely he said this to keep Helena focused on what is happening and not let the crisis get in the way of her survival.
However, Leon also has a selective form of emotional attachment to the people he meets on these missions. During his mission in Spain, Leon becomes a little attached to Luis Sera and the helicopter pilot Mike, possibly because they were one of the few healthy people he could trust in his mission, to the point of greatly regretting their deaths. While at Harvardville, he acts flirtatiously towards Angela Miller, creating some tension. Leon dares to shoot the US President and longtime friend Adam Benford after he transforms into a zombie, and he only does so when Benford attacks Helena. This is no doubt because Benford has had a substantial impact on Leon, being the one that brought him to the DSO to begin with. It is evident that they were close friends, with Benford telling Leon that he values their friendship, a few days before giving the speech. Seeing the evidence in the helicopter to get out of Lanshiang, Helena tells him she will prove her innocence, to which Leon responds by looking at her "Our innocence". Minutes later when they start to take off, Helena looks at Leon with a smile and he smiles back.
Leon cares about normal people and is willing to help even when in danger. After shooting the president, Leon and Helena find a man searching for his missing daughter. He asks Leon to help him find his daughter, and he agrees with no doubt, even after Helena tells Leon that there is not enough time, to which Leon quickly replies that they will find the time to search for her. When Leon and Helena desperately see two people holding "help" signs somewhere at Ivy University via security cameras, Leon quickly tells Helena to go with him to rescue the innocent, however Helena tells him that It's too late, Leon looks at the camera to see the two people killed by the zombies, though he looks away in frustration and pain. Also, during his fight with Chris, he tells Leon that he lost all his men because of the mysterious woman, however an angry Leon tells Chris that he lost more than 70,000 people, showing that he cares more for all the citizens who have lost their lives in Tall Oaks.
Project X Zone 2
Leon makes an appearance in Project X Zone 2. He is a supporting character for any of the playable characters.
- Leon is one of 7 survivors of the incident in Raccoon City, the others being Jill Valentine, Claire Redfield, Sherry Birkin, Carlos Oliveira, Ada Wong, and HUNK.
- The color of his hair in RE2 is dark blonde in the artworks and brown during the game, in RE4 his hairstyle was longer, covering his right eye most of the time, and his hair was golden.
- In Resident Evil: Damnation it is the first time he has been seen with facial hair.
- In the novels that were written by S.D. Perry, Leon, and Claire have a much closer and more intimate relationship, to the point where Leon feels confused about his feelings for her. Although these novels are not canonical, Leon's true feelings are not known with certainty.
- In Degeneration he seems colder and very professional in his mission compared to Resident Evil 4, set a year earlier, where he is seen to be calm and charismatic on most occasions. His "normal" attitude returns in his next chronological appearance.
- Leon made a report of what he experienced in Resident Evil 4, according to Resident Evil 5 when Chris Redfield mentions Leon's report because of his relationship to what happened in Kijuju, which also means that some members of the B.S.A.A. they read it.
- Leon maintains contact with some protagonists, among them Claire, Sherry, Chris, Ark Thomson and Helena Harper.
- Leon and Billy Coen are the only protagonists who have not interacted with Albert Wesker in person, although Leon knows of his actions.
- Leon is the only protagonist who has kissed a woman in the saga, being Ada Wong and Angela Miller, the other protagonists have only shown affectionate gestures, such as holding hands.
- Fans note that curiously most of the vehicles that Leon has been and driven in end up on fire and destroyed, some examples are RE2's police car, RE4's police car, the bus, the plane, and the helicopter of rescue of RE6, among others.
- Leon is the character of Resident Evil with more aliases.
- Ranked 36th in the Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition from 2011.
- Ranked 44th on Empire's list of the 50 greatest video game characters.
- Ranked 11th "most influential and badass" hero in video games by GamesRadar in 2012.
- He was planned to be a playable character in Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, but was dropped for unknown reasons.