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For other iterations of this character, see Brad Vickers (disambiguation).
"Listen, he's coming for us. We're both gonna die!"
— Brad to Jill, shortly before his death.

Brad Vickers (ブラッド・ヴィッカース Buraddo Vikkāsu?) was a member of the Raccoon Police Department's S.T.A.R.S. Alpha Team. Vickers wasn't much of a fighter, and it is not mentioned as to whether or not he had served in any combat capacity before his recruitment into the S.T.A.R.S. unit. His hometown was Delucia.[4]

Biography

Vickers was recruited into S.T.A.R.S. after its 1996 founding. An elite counterterrorism, search and rescue and counter-narcotics unit within the Raccoon Police Station. S.T.A.R.S. was funded through private investment by local businesses, and hired professionals from outside the police force. While known for his timid behavior, he made up for it by serving multiple roles. As a qualified helicopter pilot, he transported the Alpha Team around the city.[5] As a computer expert, he could deal with obtaining digital evidence.[5] Trained in chemical protection, it was also his job to deal with hazardous substances.[6] When on patrol, he took the one of two Rear Security positions.[5] Personally trained Leon in hand-to-hand combat

Mansion Incident

Brad flying over the forests of the Arklay Mountains during the S.T.A.R.S investigation.

On Friday 24 July 1998, Alpha Team was sent out into the Arklay Mountains over a region northwest of the city. Having lost radio contact with Bravo Team the night before, the mission was to investigate this loss. Landing the helicopter near the derelict of Bravo Team's helicopter, it became clear that its pilot - Kevin Dooley - had been savagely killed and partially eaten. Soon after, Joseph Frost was himself attacked and violently killed by a pack of dogs hiding in the area. Terrified, Vickers took off into the air, leaving his teammates behind.[7]

Quickly regaining his composure, Vickers made multiple attempts to re-establish contact with his S.T.A.R.S. teammates while flying over a mansion near where they landed. Unable to contact them due to a strange fault with their radio equipment, Vickers was not able to make contact until daylight. Flying over a helipad adjacent to the mansion, he spotted his surviving comrades battling a superhuman dubbed the "Tyrant". Having taken off with all of the team's equipment still on board, he was able to drop them a rocket launcher to use against the monster and evacuate them as the complex exploded from an underground self-destruct device.

S.T.A.R.S. disbanding

Vickers arguing with Chief Irons along with Valentine, Redfield and Burton - August 1998

After landing back at the Raccoon Police Station, Vickers would soon understand from the others the mansion was the site of covert bioweapons research carried out by Umbrella U.S.A., and a series of murders and animal attacks that plagued Arklay County for the previous two months was the result of an outbreak of t-Virus, a zoonotic retrovirus that caused "Cannibal Disease" in humans. Though S.T.A.R.S. began investigating Umbrella, the company put pressure on the RPD through bribes, and Chief Brian Irons formally disbanded S.T.A.R.S. to strike a blow to their investigation, something Vickers timidly sided with. Later telling Jill in a note that he slipped in with a pizza she ordered, asking her if she was mad at him for keeping his head down, as he was afraid that he would lose his job.[8] Umbrella kept tabs on Vickers, seeing him as just a threat as any other.[9] Nonetheless, he continued in the investigation covertly with Jill Valentine after Chris Redfield, Rebecca Chambers and Barry Burton left the city.[10]

Raccoon City Destruction Incident and Death

Vickers amid the chaos of the outbreak in Racoon City - 28/29 September 1998.

"The police aren't trained for this kind of situation! What could they do?!?"
— Brad commenting upon the futility of the RPD's defensive measures.

From 23 to 24 September, a modified ε strain t-Virus was released into the sewers of Raccoon City and, via rats, contaminated the municipal drinking water. Over the next week, thousands who had drank the water quickly exhibited symptoms of Cannibal Disease and became Zombies. Vickers participated with R.P.D. efforts to suppress the rioters, but casualties escalated. Soon he discovered he was being stalked by one of Umbrella's latest B.O.W.s, the Nemesis-T Type, which he correctly deduced was sent to hunt down S.T.A.R.S. officers. Vickers was able to warn Valentine, the only other officer still in the city, and they met up in Uptown Raccoon City. The two went their separate ways at Bar Black Jack, however, when Vickers was bitten, either by one Zombie or several.

Accounts differ as to Vickers' final moments. In one account, Vickers was attacked and mutilated by Nemesis-T Type in the Raccoon Police Station's front yard on 28 September; infected with t-Virus, his mutations allowed him to survive an otherwise fatal injury and he became a Zombie. Whether he was killed by survivors or during the city's thermobaric bombing in this account is uncertain. In a second account, Vickers reached the police station already suffering the late stages of Cannibal Disease, and attacked Lt. Marvin Branagh. In this account he was shot and killed by UBCS Cpl. Carlos Oliveira, either in the front yard or the Safety Deposit Room.

Bibliography

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Sumner, Shotten, Owen (eds). Archives. p.136.
  2. Resident Evil 3 Remake - Face Models and Voice Actors - YouTube
  3. Chill with Jill as Jill plays Jill - RE3 Actors play RESIDENT EVIL 3 PART 2. YouTube. Retrieved on 2020-05-13.
  4. Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles (2007), file: "Brad's Note".
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Resident Evil: Deadly Silence manual; pages 6-7.
  6. Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles (2007), file: "Brad Vickers Profile".
  7. Resident Evil (2002), scene: "Prologue".
  8. BIOHAZARD 2 Official Guide Book. Famitsu. pp. 257–262. 
  9. Resident Evil 2 (1998), file: "Mail to the chief".
  10. Learn more about Resident Evil 3’s Heroes, Villains, and Nemesis. Capcom-Unity (14 Jan 2020). Retrieved on 2020-01-14.
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