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"Maybe this is what I've always wanted: The world in flames, where only the dead remain."

Glenn Arias (グレン・アリアス guren ariasu?) is the alias of a former CIA agent who became a major bioweapons dealer during the War on Terror. After the death of his wife from a CIA drone strike, Arias led an operation to release the newly developed A-Virus across multiple north-eastern US states in retaliation.[2]


Vendetta wedding

Following his CIA-backed infiltration into the bioweapons black market, Arias was quickly overcome by the potentially lucrative financial rewards bio-weapons offered, and went rogue, eventually coming to dominate much of the market which had been previously fragmented after the demise of Tricell and Neo Umbrella. Seeking to create his own products, Arias also pioneered bioweaponry which allowed the immediate distinguishing of friend and foe. Soon the CIA became aware of his dealings, and ordered his immediate execution.[2] Aware he was to be married to his partner, Sarah, a drone strike was ordered by the U.S. government at his wedding, killing everyone in attendance with the exception of Arias himself, his friend Diego Gómez (who due to suffering severe injuries required extensive surgical intervention and viral enhancement essentially turning him into a pseudo-tyrant), and Gómez's daughter María who lost the use of her right eye and later underwent unspecified physical enhancements of her own. Driven to madness by the loss of his wife and the sight of his friend's injuries, Arias swore vengeance on humanity and developed the deadly A-Virus alongside the Spanish terrorist group Los Iluminados, with the intent of eradicating mankind and "resetting" the world once and for all.[3] To that end he crafted three A-virus strains that worked in tandem: Type I was to mutate humans into Zombies possessing a pack hunting mentality and was spread through A-GUA brand bottled water to maximise its spread. Type I however was normally inactive until the body was exposed to the gaseous Type II or “trigger” strain, while Type III which could be dispersed as either a gas or liquid was able to nullify the brainwashing affects of Type I while keeping the inoculated identified as friendly to the other strains mutants.[3] Effectively this meant type III acted as both a vaccine and a cure to the other two strains, a fail safe to prevent the virus’ uncontrolled spread to individuals Arias didn't want to be infected. In the lead up to his plan's launch Arias inoculated himself and his allies and made sure to keep a supply of the third strain close at hand in case it should be needed to vaccinate further individuals. Subsequently, through the use of the A-GUA company, the plan reached its final stages with the infected water being unknowingly drunk by people in Canada and the United States from the Great Lakes to New York.

Arias vs Redfield - Mexico

By 2014, after a series of incidents where the first strain of the A-Virus spontaneously activated without the trigger being present the Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance was made aware of his influence in the bioweapons black market, and sent out a spy, Cathy White, to investigate. White's cover was soon blown though and she was taken to a mansion in Mexico with her son. Knowing a rescue mission was inevitable, Arias had the mansion contaminated with the A-Virus and had booby traps rigged throughout. When help came in the form of a combined BSAA-Mexican Army taskforce, all but SOU Captain Chris Redfield were killed. Soon afterward Arias would appear on the scene along with the Gómezes and proceeded to mock Redfield. Arias then went on to best Redfield in a one on one martial arts battle before being forced to flee with the Gómezes due to the arrival of reinforcements allied to Redfield. Following this, Arias would arrange an attack on a Chicago university due to it conducting research on the A-virus. However the attack would turn out only partially successful, as while most of the staff at the university was indeed successfully zombified the attack failed to infect researcher Rebecca Chambers due to her having injected herself with a newly developed prototype vaccine for the A-virus.[3]

Vendetta - New York skyline 2

Later after returning to his base in New York City, Arias would have Redfield and his BSAA team watched when they visited DSO agent Leon S. Kennedy in Colorado. Taken aback by BSAA advisor Dr. Chambers' resemblance to his late wife, Arias had the Gómezes abduct her rather than kill her over her vaccine research, he also ordered the death of his former associate Patricio after he learned too much about his plan and leaked it to the BSAA agents in an attempt to protect his family from Arias. Afterwards while the captive Rebecca slept, a blood sample was extracted from her body and antibodies from her body were exposed to the A-Virus, eventually resulting in a more potent mutant strain emerging that was immune to Rebecca's prototype cure but which could only be spread in liquid form. Following Chambers awakening Arias would then approach her, and learn not only that her research had determined the bottled water connection, but that the info had been passed to Redfield. Arias however seemed unconcerned by this development and instead skirted the issue to propose marriage to Rebecca owing to her resemblance to his dead wife. Arias’ proposal was rejected however by the disgusted and disturbed Rebecca, and so in retaliation he infected her with the enhanced A-Virus strain.[3]

Soon afterwards, Arias ordered his agents to drive A-GUA tanker trucks filled with a gaseous form of the 'Trigger' strain across New York and then release it, something which quickly zombified hundreds if not thousands of people in just a few minutes. As the B.S.A.A. and New York Police Department fought in the streets of New York City, Redfield's team and DSO agent Kennedy infiltrated Arias' skyscraper in search of both Chambers and the strain designed to halt the zombies' violent tendencies, something which they correctly deduced would effectively return the infected people to normal. After the pair fought their way past the monstrous Diego, Redfield would then head to the rooftop where he located Rebecca and then squared off with Arias himself once again. This time however the outcome of their fight would be different with Redfield gaining the upper hand and forcing Arias’ body through the skyscraper's glass ceiling. However, before Arias could die from the injuries he sustained from falling to the ground below, Arias was approached by the wounded Diego. Not wanting to die and seeking revenge on Redfield, Arias ordered Diego to release his mutation limiters causing several tendrils to emerge from the latter's back and envelop the pair in a cocoon, within which the two would merge. The combined being, "Ariego", then returned to the rooftop to fight Redfield once again. However, his plan for revenge was spoiled by the arrival of Kennedy and a BSAA tiltrotor armed with a railgun. The combined firepower of the group drove Ariego off the side of the building, where he could not protect himself from a grenade launcher shell exploding over his heart, which finally killed him.[3]

Skills and Abilities[]

Arias was a savvy businessman and cunning individual as evidence by his rise to power in the B.O.W market and his engineering of the Animality virus which only had a few rare instances of the virus spontaneously activating by itself. Being a former CIA member he was quite skilled in subterfuge and traps as shown when he rigged a hallway in his Mexican estate with ultra-thin wire which proceeded to cut 2 Mexican soldiers to ribbons. He was extremely skilled in weapons usage and hand-to-hand combat managing to overpower Chris at points. He also possessed remarkable durability as he managed to tank blows from Chris and survive an otherwise fatal multi-story fall to the ground long enough to merge with Diego.

After merging with Diego into a giant two-headed Tyrant like creature Arias became strong enough to smash concrete and metal with his bare hands while still retaining his intelligence and ability to speak. He also gained the ability to grow long retractable claws from both of his hands which could stretch to great distances and pierce through both the side of a skyscraper and a V-22 Osprey. His durability was also massively increased with his transformed state easily managing to shrug off small arms fire. In the end it took a shot fired by Nadia from a rail gun that blasted through multiple buildings (and also killed Diego's vestigial head), Leon's motorcycle ramming into and exploding in his face, and a blast straight to his heart from a 40mm grenade launched by Chris to finally finish him off.


Further notes[]

  • It is unknown if Arias has had any form of mutation that enhances his performance or endurance as a combatant via viruses, etc. His proficiency in combat and overall strength overshadows even Chris', which is notably considered as the peak of human strength/ endurance, albeit having a normal/ fit appearance without overbearing musculature forms. He was also able to survive a fall that should normally instantly kill a human being.
  • Arias' mutated form (dubbed Ariego) bears resemblance to a mix between the T-103 Tyrant's unlimited form and Birkin's phase 2 G mutation. Namely, it bears a striking resemblance to the former B.O.W. with the additional head near his left breast akin to Birkin's suppressed head during his 2nd mutation.