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"And don't make my mistake. If you see one of those things—uniform or not—you do not hesitate. You take it out...or you run. Got it?"
— Marvin warns newly-recruited officer Leon S. Kennedy regarding the zombies within the Raccoon City Police Station

Lieutenant Marvin Branagh (マービン・ブラナー Mābin Buranā?) was a police officer who served with the Raccoon Police Department. He may have been a senior in the Operations Bureau, as he was in Leon S. Kennedy's chain of command.

Biography

Early life

Almost nothing is known about Branagh's life other than that he was respected for his colleagues within the Raccoon Police Department for being an exemplary police officer who looked out for his friends up until the very end.[2] Branagh was also familiar with S.T.A.R.S. members and was close to at least two other officers, Rita Phillips and Kevin Ryman.

Raccoon City Destruction Incident

When the t-Virus contaminated Raccoon City's drinking water and transformed thousands of people into Zombies within hours, Branagh was doing his routine work when the outbreak began, however, with the city entering martial law due to subsequent chaos, he was forced to stop his investigations in order to assist in the search for survivors.[3][4]

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Marvin coordinates police officers during the outbreak.

With Chief Brian Irons absent and Deputy Chief Raymond Douglas killed on Thursday, September 24, Branagh was in charge of Raccoon Police Station in complete disarray. On a Saturday, a large police operation took place in which Raccoon SWAT drove out to the Jefferson Bank to directly take on the zombies, but were wiped out in the process. In their absence, the infected breached the police station, and the shutters were pulled down on the east side to limit their movements, with numerous casualties among the refugees and having even more twelve more losses on the west side.[5]

Recognizing that the outbreak was beyond the government's control, Branagh rallied a small group of survivors at the police station, until the cold, dark reality set in that the R.P.D., too, was a death trap. Never losing his cool, Branagh organized the survivors into a search party, determined to find an alternative escape route.[6][7] On the night of September 28, a group of survivors managed to evacuate the site with a police van driven by Harry and Rita, though Fred, Aaron, and Tony were lost in the process when the zombies once again invaded the police station, with Branagh decided to stay behind, buying time for the others to escape.[8] The accounts differ on how Branagh was infected during the incident, as in one, he was injured by a zombie amid the escape of survivors from the station, already in another, indicates that at dawn on September 29, he was chased by Brad Vickers, a former S.T.A.R.S. officer who was turned into a zombie, and when hesitated to kill him, he ended up being bitten by the same.[9][10] Whatever the case, in both accounts, Branagh was wounded in the abdomen and took shelter in the still safe part of the station. Another account also suggests that on the same day, another former S.T.A.R.S. officer, Jill Valentine, discovered an injured Branagh passed out in the police station, and believed him to be beyond help.[11][note 1]

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Marvin, injured, wandering the Raccoon Police Station in search of an escape route.

Now, only five officers remained in the building, including Elliot Edward, David Ford, and Chief Irons himself. Their plan became to determine a method of escape, originally considered by Rita prior to her escape, which was to gain access to the tunnels beneath the station, which could be accessed from a statue in the main hall or from the parking garage. The search was arduous, and on Tuesday 30 September, Branagh ended up being the only survivor of the team. It is not clear whether he found survivors after the station had been practically taken over by the zombies, as in one account, Branagh was found by rookie officer Leon S. Kennedy, who had just arrived into the city, and in another account, he met civilian Claire Redfield, who was looking for her brother, Chris, a former S.T.A.R.S. officer who was out of town.[12][13] In any case, if he found any of them, Branagh informed them about the situation that affected the city and helped them solve the puzzle to open the secret path, but when the time came to escape, he refused to accompany them, and sealed up then the passage to deny more infected's entry.[14][15] Soon after, the infection finally consumed Branagh and he became a zombie.

The information differs if the zombified Branagh was killed by survivors or his body was left wandering, but he was certainly dead by the morning of Thursday 1 October when the U.S. Air Force bombed the city with an experimental thermobaric weapon.

Sources

notes
  1. The English version of this examine describes him as "fatally wounded", giving the false impression he may be about to die..
references
  1. Resident Evil 2 (2019)
  2. Resident Evil Recollections, page: Marvin Branagh
  3. Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles (2009), file: Marvin Branagh
  4. Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (1999), file: Marvin's Report
  5. Resident Evil 2 (2019), file: "Record of Events".
  6. Resident Evil Outbreak File #2 (2004), scene: "Battle Plan".
  7. Resident Evil Outbreak File #2 (2004), scene: "Rita and Marvin".
  8. Resident Evil Outbreak File #2 (2004), level: "Bittersweet Escape".
  9. Resident Evil Outbreak File #2 (2004), level: "Desperate Times".
  10. Resident Evil 3 (2020), scene: ""So...rry..."".
  11. Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (1999), examine: "ラクーン市警 マービン巡査だ。 ゾンビに襲われて手のほどこしようがない" (translation: "It's officer Marvin of the RPD. After being attacked by zombies he can no longer be saved.").
  12. Resident Evil 2 (2019), scene: "Leon meets Marvin".
  13. Resident Evil 2 (2019), scene: "Claire meets Marvin".
  14. Resident Evil 2 (2019), scene: "Leon goes underground".
  15. Resident Evil 2 (2019), scene: "Claire goes underground".
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