(Capcom's primary storyline)
For the Resident Evil 7 protagonist, see Ethan Winters.
"We lost most of the doctors and staff during the battle against the "zombie" patients. It's impossible to maintain the hospital under these conditions. And, I know that it's too late for me. I am beginning to feel that same itchy and hungry desire that all of my patients felt."
Dr. Ethan was the senior medical doctor and Director of the Raccoon General Hospital in 1998, and was an active participant in the research for a t-Virus vaccine.
At some point prior to the September epidemic, Ethan was facing allegations of accepting bribes from a major pharmaceutical corporation.
As the infected began flooding hospital rooms awaiting treatment, Ethan led an effort to research a vaccine for the virus, colloquially known as "Cannibal disease". The development reached its testing stages when the staff began transforming themselves. Ethan, meanwhile, wrote notes regarding his experiences with the infection in hopes that someone would use them to develop a cure, well aware that he and his staff would not be able to complete it in time.
Ethan is a playable character in Resident Evil Outbreak.
There is a second version of Ethan, used as his t-Virus-infected model, that can only be used with cheating devices. This version lacks proper stats, resulting in being unable to damage enemies and running very slowly. The only way to fix this is to use stat modifier cheating device codes.
Yet another version of him exists which is also statless. However, this version seems to just be a duplicate of his playable version in appearance.
Ethan initially appeared in Resident Evil 3: Nemesis as a corpse holding the Director's Diary. His body also appeared in the same place during Resident Evil Outbreak's "The Hive" scenario, and was finally named in File #2.