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Barry Burton (バリー・バートン Barī Bāton ) is an advisor and combat specialist for the Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance. Formerly, he was a member of the Special Tactics and Rescue Service and the backup man for the S.T.A.R.S. Alpha team, being in charge of maintaining and supplying weapons for his fellow unit members.
Burton's career began in 1983, when he joined the U.S. Air Force, serving in the same unit as Chris Redfield, with whom he became good friends. After completing his service, he joined a certain police department's SWAT team, where his mentor in law enforcement was Enrico Marini. During that time, he and his loving wife, Kathy, had two daughters named Moira and Polly. Later, Barry joined the Special Tactics and Rescue Service (S.T.A.R.S.) in 1996, where he employed his vast knowledge of weaponry. Chris was eventually discharged from the force and began drifting. Barry met up with Chris and managed to talk him into joining S.T.A.R.S. His partnership with him would eventually become excellent, because thanks to his support, Barry was able to successfully complete several difficult cases. Because of this, he tolerated Chris's rebellious attitude and was unmoved by the complaints that Captain Albert Wesker and Chief Brian Irons had about him.
When he came to Raccoon City to join S.T.A.R.S., in his private life, Barry frequented J's Bar and became friends with Gun Shop owner Robert Kendo. The two were close friends and often went fishing together in Stoneville. Due to their friendship, Barry commissioned Robert's brother, Joe, to modify most of S.T.A.R.S.' arsenal, including their side arm, the Samurai Edge. Barry had his specially modified to fire .40S&W caliber rounds.
"That was a close one! A second late, you would've fit nicely into a sandwich."
After a confrontation with cerberuses while the S.T.A.R.S. teams investigated a series of bizarre murders in the Arklay Mountains in 1998, Barry managed to escape into the Spencer Mansion along with fellow Alpha team members Chris Redfield, Albert Wesker and Jill Valentine. Afterward, he helped Jill overcome several of the mansion's traps and creatures. However, Wesker, who was actually a spy working for the Umbrella Corporation, blackmailed Barry to do his bidding by using his family as leverage. Barry began to eliminate any evidence that implicated Wesker and began luring Jill into traps against monsters. It was because of Barry that Wesker was able to track down Enrico and murder him. While in the lab, Wesker reveals his control over Barry and has him once pull his gun on Jill. After revealing that his threat against Barry's family was a bluff, Barry knocks Wesker out with his gun. Subsequently, Jill, Chris, Barry and Rebecca Chambers escaped the mansion before it was destroyed.
Raccoon City Destruction Incident
"Time to end this damned nightmare!"
After returning to Raccoon City, in August 1998, Burton, Redfield and Valentine decided to continue an independent investigation into Umbrella Corp. and planned to begin at the company's headquarters in Europe. Burton then immediately moved his family to Canada in order to keep them safe. Is uncertain whether or not Burton was involved in the Valentine's escape from Raccoon City during the viral outbreak that consumed it in late September, but an account indicates that after learning the situation of the city by the news, he left immediately to rescue her. However, after driving to Raccoon City, he was stopped by the military blockade. Burton then chartered a civilian helicopter with the help of an old friend from SWAT and waited until the moment the military lifted its blockade before approaching the city at a low altitude. On 1 October, the blockade was lifted due to the government's decision to eradicate the city with a missile. Burton then came in contact with an Umbrella Biohazard Countermeasure Service mercenary Carlos Oliveira (who was assisting Valentine amidst the chaos) and was able to locate Jill in time to rescue both her and Carlos before the missile destroyed Raccoon City.
The Fall of Umbrella and temporary retirement
After Raccoon's destruction, Burton was scouted for B.O.W. combat experience by the Anti-Umbrella Pursuit and Investigation Team, a secret military organization under US-STRATCOM, until Umbrella's shut down by the U.S. Government in 2003. He also worked with fellow agent Leon S. Kennedy. After the team's dissolution, he refused to become an Special Operations Agent or Special Operations Unit of the newly founded BSAA in order to spend more time with his family. He then received the custom Samurai Edge Barry Burton Model Ver.II from Quint Cetcham.
At some point after this, one day, Burton forgot to lock up his guns in his home. An M1911 handgun was found by his daughters while they were playing and Moira accidentally shot Polly. He rushed to them after hearing the shot and shouted at Moira, despite knowing it was his own fault. This incident deeply traumatized Moira and gave her an ingrained fear of firearms, leading to a strained and hostile relationship between them.
In mid-2006, Barry had been informed by the BSAA of Jill's alleged death, which left him devastated by the news, however, like Chris, he still believed that Jill was alive, and was subsequently happy to learn of her survival after the Kijuju Autonomous Zone Incident in 2009. Posteriorly, Chris, Jill and Barry finally had the time to catch up with each other and it was around this time that they requested again Barry to join the BSAA. Eventually, Barry became an advisor for the organization as a combat consultant, training a young generation of soldiers alongside Chris to become the future of the BSAA. He also became more close friends with Chris' younger sister, Claire Redfield due to her friendship with his older daughter, Moira and later becomes a mentor to the Redfield siblings.
Sejm Island Incident
"Moira... No... I don't believe it. There's no way she's..."
Sometime in 2011, Moira wanted to join TerraSave but Barry denied her, and told her not to get involved. Moira joined the organization anyway and got abducted. After the incident, Barry manages to rescue Claire after it is revealed that she and his daughter Moira were taken to an Island, afterwhich he rushed her to the hospital trying to wake her up. Claire later opened her eyes as she was asked by him what happened to Moira. Claire sadly apologizes about what happened to Moira only to be stopped by the doctors as she was immediately taken inside the intensive care unit. Barry becomes upset after hearing about what happened to his daughter. Refusing to accept that his daughter was dead, Barry tried his best to gather as much information as he could about the island, and prepared to look for his daughter.
Six months later, Barry was able to intercept an S.O.S message sent by Moira, and believing it to be a recent transmission, he was able to determine the island's coordinates. Arriving at the island, he met a young girl named Natalia Korda. Barry initially asked Natalia to stay behind on the boat, but she refused and insisted to go. He had no choice but to take her with him. Barry soon found out that Natalia has a special ability to detect the presence of enemies as well as items to aid him in his investigation. By the time they arrived at the radio tower, he heard Moira and Claire's voice on the radio which stated they are heading to the Wossek, made approximately six months ago. However, much to Barry's shock, Natalia claims while suffering from a severe headache that Moira was deceased.
Natalia shows Barry a tower where Claire and Moira went to six months ago, and as the two travel together, Barry is told by Natalia that she was present during the Terragrigia Panic; it was around that time when she lost her parents and rescued by Neil Fisher, a senior Terra Save member. Barry also discovered deceased Terra Save member Edward Thompson, and battles a mutated member named Pedro Fernandez, which Claire and Moira fought before. This brings a memory in Barry's mind when he expresses his concern to Moira regarding the dangers of working in the front line against Bioterrorism.
They make it to the now-ruined tower, where a room is filled with candles and photographs. Among the scattered objects is a painting of Albert Wesker and a blonde woman. Natalia becomes afraid by merely looking at the painting, and identifies the woman as Alex Wesker. Barry is confused and dismayed to hear her name, but before he can ask Natalia any further, a female's laughter is heard and a mysterious cloaked figure approaches them, pointing its finger towards Natalia. The feminine creature reveals itself as Alex Wesker, living in a monstrous form. A short conversation follows shortly as Alex claims to have murdered Moira. As she summoned several Revenants to kill Natalia, Barry escorts her out by shooting at the building's frail structure, collapsing it on the Revenants
With no more reason to search for Moira, Barry changes his objective to take Natalia out of the island safely. On their way to the sewers, they found Evgeny Rebic's corpse in his house at the sewers where both Moira and Claire encountered him six months ago. Around the premises is Moira's cellphone, with a recording made by her six months ago. Barry angrily clenches his fists knowing that Alex did hurt his daughter, and decides to protect Natalia from Alex. Barry resumes his journey across the island, unaware that Alex stalks them along the way. Alex found an opening to launch a surprise attack on him, throwing him into a gorge and captures Natalia. However, Natalia's second personality appeared briefly, scaring Alex away.
Barry regains consciousness and reunites with Natalia. Willing to exact his revenge for Moira's death, Barry and Natalia head to Alex's secret laboratory, located deep within the Sejm Island mines. As they travel deeper, Alex begins to taunt Natalia, intending to discourage her. Alex went even further by ripping Natalia's doll apart and nailed it to a wall for her to see.
Confronting her in the lab, Barry discovers Alex already injecting a vial of Uroboros Virus into herself. He battles the tentacle-consumed Alex to protect Natalia until Alex collapses. However, Alex is actually playing dead, and immediately springs to life to knock him away and seize Natalia. Before he can do anything, Moira appears and uses her handgun to stun the Monster Alex, saving Natalia from being crushed. Barry's reunion with his daughter is short-lived, as Monster Alex uses her tentacles to mutate even further. She chases the three of them to a seaside cliff. At first, it seems that all is lost, until Claire Redfield arrives with a helicopter just in time.
Claire shoots Alex right on her vulnerable spot, much to Moira's amusement. However, the Monster Alex is not finished yet. Taking a stand between his daughter and the beast, Barry once again fights Alex with Claire's assistance. After dealing enough damage to Alex, Barry instructs Claire to fire a RPG-7 towards Alex's weak point, to which Claire successfully does. As they all leave the island, with the BSAA sending more troops to Sejm Island, the Burtons express their relief after what had happened. Barry understands that he, as a father, should give Moira a little more space in the world. He then decides to adopt Natalia as his own child.
In 2013, two years after the incident, Barry returns to be a good father to his children. At his home in Canada, he is getting prepared before Claire arrives in his home. He asks Polly where his jacket is, whilst the television he watched earlier broadcasts a news report on the Global Bioterror Attacks perpetrated by Neo Umbrella.
- Original Resident Evil opening
- Resident Evil Revelations 2 - Second Trailer ESRB
- Entrevista com Barry Gjerde, dublador de Barry Burton no primeiro Resident Evil (1996). Resident Evil Database.
- Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition Credits
- Resident Evil (1996) credits
- Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles, Barry Burton Profile
- Resident Evil, item: "Barry's Photograph"
- Resident Evil 5, file: "Chris Redfield"
- CFC Style Fan-Book CAP! Vol.5 1997 Autumn
- Resident Evil 2 (1998), file: "Robert's Note"
- Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, file: "Jill's Diary"
- Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, file: "Barry's Epilogue"
- Resident Evil 5 manual
- Wesker's Report
- Resident Evil: Revelations 2, file: "Stuart's Memo - Barry Burton"
- Resident Evil: Revelations 2, file: "E-Mail from Barry to Chris"
- Resident Evil: Revelations 2, official website
- Episode 4: Metamorphosis - Barry got a 'brief' about the island (possibly from Claire), which made Moira comment "You did this all for me" - which Barry replied "Sorry it took 6 months, fucking technology" - Implying that it took him 6 months to be able to locate the island.