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"C'mon don't look at me like that, alright? I'm not an infected!"
— Murphy as he refuses treatment from Jill Valentine.

Murphy Seeker (マーフィー・シーカ Māfī Shīkā?) was a mercenary for the Umbrella Biohazard Countermeasure Service, serving as a sniper for Alpha Platoon and operating in Squad A. Shy and friendly despite his large physique, he was regarded as an excellent soldier.[1][3]

Biography

Early Life and Umbrella's recruitment

Formerly a United States Marine and commendable soldier, the 27-year-old Murphy was an expert marksman with an introverted personality. Shortly after Murphy returned home, completing his tour of duty in the Gulf War, his brothers were killed by a street gang. In an act of blind vengeance, Murphy utilised the skills he had learned as a Marine sharpshooter to gun down twenty gang members with a Hunting Rifle before being arrested, convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment.[1]

His actions and skills did not go unnoticed, as the Umbrella Corporation had been observing and researching individuals of talent trapped in precarious and desperate situations. Murphy was offered a position within the U.B.C.S. as a sniper, and accepted in order to have his life sentence commuted. He was recruited at the same time as Carlos Oliveira, and the two became close friends.[3]

Raccoon City Destruction Incident

Initial deployment

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Seeker throwing grenades at zombies during Raccoon City outbreak.

On September 26, 1998, Seeker was deployed with the rest of the U.B.C.S. platoons into Raccoon City, which was undergoing a t-Virus outbreak.[4] However, due to the severity of the outbreak exceeding what was estimated, shortly after the platoons arrived in the city center, the overwhelming majority of the mercenaries were exterminated and, on the 28th, Seeker was the last known survivor of the Alpha Platoon.[5] Until the night of the same day, due to his fight for survival against the zombies, Seeker was seriously injured and was believed to be infected, although there a report to suggest that he not to have been exposed to the infection despite his injuries.[6] Seeker then sought a place to take refuge, with reports differ whether he took shelter in the Umbrella's Sales Office or in a garage. In any case, both reports agree that Seeker's injuries prevented him from continuing on his way.

Death

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Seeker seriously injured before his death.

"No no no wait! Please!"
— Murphy, before being executed by Nikolai.

There are several accounts regarding Seeker's death. On the first account, Oliveira found Murphy in the Umbrella's Sales Office. Knowing his eventual fate, he begged Oliveira to shoot him, and only after doing so multiple times did Carlos muster the strength to put his friend out of his misery.[7]

The second account has Sergeant Nikolai Zinoviev ruthlessly executing him in the sales office, despite Murphy pleading for his life.[8]

On a third account, Jill Valentine found him being severely wounded in a garage, and he assured her he wasn't infected. Before Jill can treat him, Zinoviev appeared and shot him, as Murphy begged Zinoviev not to.[9]

Further notes

  • After returning to Sales Office with the Oil Additive, Murphy's body will have disappeared.
  • In a deleted section of the Resident Evil 3: Nemesis script, the Murphy/Carlos scene was to include Murphy explaining that he was infected by contaminated drinking water (therefore, also explaining how the sewer rats spread the virus). While the script segment reached the recording stage, it was removed soon afterwards.
  • Murphy is absent from S.D. Perry's novelization, instead replaced by an original character named Randy Thomas.
  • Depending upon which character kills Murphy, Carlos' dialogue on the cable car will vary after getting all the needed parts. If Carlos kills him, Carlos will be saddened by having to kill Murphy and won't give Jill ammunition before the fight with Nemesis on the cable car. If Nikolai kills Murphy, Carlos will give Jill Flame Round Grenade Launcher ammo.
  • In Resident Evil 3 remake, Murphy's friendship with Carlos was apparently transferred to Tyrell Patrick.

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Bibliography

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Sumner, Shotten, Owen (eds). Archives. p.140.
  2. "Johannes" - REMIX
    "Johannes" - Alpha Management
    "Johannes F" - Acqua Models
  3. 3.0 3.1 Hamamura (ed.), KAITAISHINSHO, p.237
  4. Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (1999), file: "Mercenary's Diary".
  5. Resident Evil 3 (2020), file: "U.B.C.S. Suicide Note".
  6. Resident Evil 3 (2020), scene: "Sense of self-preservation"
  7. Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (1999), scene: "Valediction"
  8. Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (1999), scene: "Coldhearted Soldier"
  9. Resident Evil 3 (2020), scene: "Sense of self-preservation"
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