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For the creatures in Resident Evil 6, see C-Virus Zombie. For the creatures in Resident Evil: Vendetta, see A-Virus Zombie.

A zombie (ゾンビ zombi?) refers to most humans that have succumbed to the t-Virus (either through contaminated water supply or infected bites and scratches from a virus carrier).

The researchers at the Umbrella Corporation called them "zombies" in reference to the Haitian Folklore zombies, which are said to be recently dead bodies reanimated by necromancers for use as slave labor.

Since some of the traits of zombies are the decomposed skin and the lack of pulse, they are often mistaken for reanimated corpses.


Initial Bioweapons Test[]

Zombie Deadly Silence

A zombie researcher, seen during the Mansion Incident.

During his trials with the t-Virus, Dr. James Marcus began to consider the impact that human testing would have on his research,[1] eventually forcing people into being guinea pigs for his secret bio-weapons projects.[2] The result of these trials was the very first of the zombies. It would appear that information regarding Marcus' deeds only surfaced during the 1998 investigation into his laboratory, which had been quickly abandoned ten years prior when he was murdered. The investigation revealed no less than twenty people as test subjects.[3]

Arklay Mountains Outbreak (1998)[]

In May 1998, Umbrella's Arklay Laboratory suffered a t-Virus leak, leading to the infection and subsequent transformation of most of the facility's researchers into zombies. Those who managed to escape infection only did so either by suicide or being killed off by the mutations that began running loose within the facility. As all of the staff were killed off, containment and security measures completely failed, leading to some zombies and other infected animals escaping into the surrounding forests. This, in turn, led to a string of gruesome killings over the following two months on the outskirts of Raccoon City, prompting an investigation by the R.P.D.'s elite S.T.A.R.S. unit.

On the night of July 24th, the S.T.A.R.S. Bravo Team began their investigation of the supposed "cannibal killers" terrorizing Raccoon City. At the same time, the privately-owned train - Ecliptic Express - was attacked by a clone of Dr. James Marcus, who commanded a swarm of infected leeches to contaminate the train. All passengers and crew were killed, with many of them reanimating as zombies when S.T.A.R.S. member Rebecca Chambers boarded the train. This clone had also taken over the old Umbrella Research Center in the Arklay Mountains, which was also infested with zombies and other creatures.

On July 25th, the S.T.A.R.S. Alpha Team were deployed into the Arklay Forest to find their Bravo Team compatriots and continue their investigation. Shortly after landing, Alpha Team were attacked by zombie dogs, leading to the death of Joseph Frost and the abandonment of the team by chopper pilot Brad Vickers. The remaining Alphas were forced to run for their lives and take shelter in the isolated Spencer Mansion, which unbeknownst to them, was the epicenter of the nightmare unfolding around them. Within the mansion's halls, the S.T.A.R.S. encountered many zombies and soon discovered that these creatures were responsible for the cannibalistic murders that had occurred in Raccoon City. Over the course of their investigation, they discovered that the mansion sat atop an underground laboratory where the Umbrella Corporation had been experimenting with biological weapons and a virus capable of turning human beings into the living dead. Though the S.T.A.R.S. suffered terrible losses, four members would survive the ordeal and the Arklay Laboratory would be destroyed via self-destruct, supposedly preventing further spread of the t-Virus.

Raccoon City Destruction Incident[]

In late September 1998, Raccoon City suffered a t-Virus outbreak following an incident that occurred at Umbrella's underground NEST facility. The city's water supply became contaminated by the spilled virus, leading to a large number of infections overnight as citizens consumed the virus-riddled water. Before long, zombies were roaming the streets and attacking people, leading to the declaration of martial law and the intervention of the R.P.D. and National Guard to quell the chaos in the streets. Even with the addition of the U.B.C.S., this was not enough to restore order as the undead quickly outnumbered the living and continued to multiply as they killed more people.

By September 29th, Raccoon City had become a ghost town, with almost the entire population having been wiped out. The U.S. Government was forced to intervene and the decision was made to sterilize Raccoon via a missile strike in order to prevent the t-Virus from spreading any further. At daybreak on October 1st, a thermobaric missile struck Raccoon, annihilating the infection and erasing the city from the face of the Earth.

San Francisco Serial Murders and Alcatraz Island Outbreak (2015)[]

In 2015, San Francisco has been plagued with a series of murders linked to Cannibal Disease, and the BSAA are assisting the SFPD in their investigations. BSAA advisor Rebecca Chambers, who has been investigating twelve cases of mysterious infection plaguing upon the city, concludes the agent to be an advanced strain of t-Virus which cannot be transmitted through airborne or saliva, with every victim bitten by the zombies succumbing to their injuries and died afterwards. Additionally, all of the victims had needle marks on their body, indicating a direct means of infection.

Having discovered that all of the victims had visited Alcatraz Island prior to the infection, Chris, Claire Redfield, and Jill Valentine travel to the island to investigate. However, the tourists suddenly begin turning into Zombies, with no sign of a prior infection. These Zombies prove themselves more agile than their original counterparts, being able to climb fences and perform powerful jumps. They also show some degree of intelligence, trying to avoid getting shot instead of rushing viciously towards their targets. It is later revealed that the victims were infected by Mosquito Drones carrying the new strain of the t-Virus. Once stung, the victims turn in seconds, compared to a normal t-Virus infection that usually take hours.[4]


  1. Resident Evil 0 (2002), file: "B.O.W. Report".
  2. Resident Evil 0 (2002), file: "Correctional Institute Inmates List".
  3. Resident Evil 0 (2002), file: "Investigator's Report".
  4. Resident Evil: Death Island