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"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.
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. As a computer expert, he could deal with obtaining digital evidence. Trained in chemical protection, it was also his job to deal with hazardous substances. When on patrol, he took the one of two Rear Security positions.
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.
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.
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. Umbrella kept tabs on Vickers, seeing him as just a threat as any other. Nonetheless, he continued in the investigation covertly with Jill Valentine after Chris Redfield, Rebecca Chambers and Barry Burton left the city.
Raccoon City Destruction Incident and Death
"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.
In September, a modified Epsilon strain contaminated Raccoon City's drinking water, turning thousands into Zombies. Vickers and Valentine were the only former-S.T.A.R.S. officers left in the city, but were separated until Monday 28 September. During the chaos, Umbrella USA sent in the Nemesis-T Type, an experimental B.O.W. developed by its European counterparts, with strict orders to hunt down and kill the two S.T.A.R.S. officers. Vickers was initially able to outwit the B.O.W. while working with scattered RPD officers in Uptown Raccoon City. Later the same night, Vickers made contact with Valentine, who's apartment was also in Uptown Raccoon City, and warned her about the B.O.W. threat. Vickers himself was bitten by a Zombie at Bar Black Jack during their brief crossing.
Accounts differ as to Vickers' subsequent experiences and death after he being attacked at the bar. In one account Vickers reached Raccoon Police Station still night 28 September, where he was cornered by Nemesis-T Type and impaled through the head in front of Valentine. Because his infection, he would become a Zombie and roam the area until he was shot down by survivors or in the destruction of the city on 1 October. In another account, Vickers reached the station already suffering effects consistent with the t-Virus infection at dawn on 29 September, and was unable to stop himself attacking and infecting Lt. Marvin Branagh before he was gunned down by UBCS Cpl. Carlos Oliveira. In both of those accounts, the zombie Vickers was incapacitated before entering at the Raccoon Police Station building. However, there is a third account in which the zombie Vickers managed to enter the R.P.D. building through the back, breaking into the Safety Deposit Room as Oliveira was inside, before being ultimately defeated by him.
- Sumner, Christian; Shotten, Brian; Owen, Michael, eds (9 November 2005). Resident Evil Archives: Umbrella's Virus Uncovered. Translated by Zpang America, Inc.. BradyGames. ISBN 0744006554.
- Ōno, Tetsuya; Masui, Kō, eds (31 March 2005). biohazard archives. Famitsu. ISBN 4-906-582-31-1.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Sumner, Shotten, Owen (eds). Archives. p.136.
- ↑ Resident Evil 3 Remake - Face Models and Voice Actors - YouTube
- ↑ Chill with Jill as Jill plays Jill - RE3 Actors play RESIDENT EVIL 3 PART 2. YouTube. Retrieved on 2020-05-13.
- ↑ Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles (2007), file: "Brad's Note".
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 Resident Evil: Deadly Silence manual; pages 6-7.
- ↑ Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles (2007), file: "Brad Vickers Profile".
- ↑ Resident Evil (2002), scene: "Prologue".
- ↑ BIOHAZARD 2 Official Guide Book. Famitsu. pp. 257–262.
- ↑ Resident Evil 2 (1998), file: "Mail to the chief".
- ↑ Learn more about Resident Evil 3’s Heroes, Villains, and Nemesis. Capcom-Unity (14 Jan 2020). Retrieved on 2020-01-14.