Chris Redfield is a member of Raccoon City Police Department's special forces unit, the Special Tactics and Rescue Service (S.T.A.R.S.). He is the lead male protagonist of Resident Evil.


Prior to joining S.T.A.R.S., Chris was a pilot in the United States Air Force. He was discharged following a conflict with a superior officer.[2] Sometime after, he was referred to S.T.A.R.S. by his friend Barry Burton.[3] Chris fit well into the team, building relationships with Forest Speyer, Joseph Frost, and Jill Valentine.[4][5] Chris has also built a friendship with R.P.D. officer, Roy.[6]

In addition to being a licensed pilot, he is an expert marksman—the highest ranked on the team—and has a keen sense of observation and insight.[2] He has a strong will and a powerful physique.[7] Chris is also known for smoking cigarettes regularly.[1]

The Umbrella IncidentEdit

On the night of July 24th, 1998, S.T.A.R.S. Alpha Team launched its investigation in the Arklay Mountains. They were searching the forest area for the members of Bravo Team, who had gone missing shortly after takeoff. From the skies, they found the empty wreckage of Bravo Team's helicopter and proceeded to investigate the area. The newest recruit to Alpha Team, Joseph Frost, found a severed hand at the site before being killed by a pack of zombie dogs. Alpha Team pilot, Brad Vickers, panicked and fled the area with the helicopter, leaving the surviving members of the team stranded. Chris—along with Jill Valentine, Barry Burton, and Albert Wesker—retreated to a strange mansion deeper in the woods.

Inside of the mansion, the team decides to split up and continue their investigation. They find more strange creatures and the corpses of their fellow Bravo Team companions. During his search, Chris finds Rebecca Chambers, a new recruit to Bravo Team. The two team up at various points and navigate the maze-like surroundings of the mansion. As the two uncover the secrets of the bizarre location, they discover that Alpha Team's commanding officer, Albert Wesker was secretly conducting biological experiments with Umbrella and had orchestrated the entire incident. He unveils a new creation, the Tyrant, which promptly turns on Wesker and mortally wounds him. Chris is able to subdue the Tyrant and reunites with Jill and Barry. The team makes the decision to destroy the mansion and contain the virus. As Rebecca sets the device for the triggering system, the team receives a radio broadcast from Brad who is hovering over the mansion. The four survivors regroup and signal Brad from the nearby heliport. Just then, the Tyrant breaks through the floor and together, they defeat the creature.

As the helicopter takes off, the mansion explodes in the distance.

Raccoon City outbreakEdit

After returning from the mansion, Chris and the surviving team members present their evidence of the incident. Over the course of three months, Umbrella is held responsible for its crimes and their research facilities are shut down. Life returns to normal until civilians across the city begin exhibiting signs of t-Virus infection. In short time, the entire city is consumed by the virus. Chris's whereabouts at this time are unknown.



While 1.5 was in development, Chris and the other surviving members of S.T.A.R.S. were not slated to appear.[8] In a 1997 GamePro interview, producer Shinji Mikami explains that this is due to the S.T.A.R.S. members overcoming their fear during the events of Resident Evil.[8] A new cast was needed to achieve the same level of horror as the first game.[8] Despite their physical absence, there is a chance that Roy would have mentioned the S.T.A.R.S. members to Elza Walker as he had built a relationship with them prior to the Umbrella Incident.[6][9]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Resident Evil, Opening credits (cutscene).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 BIO HAZARD Directors Cut -Inside of BIO HAZARD-, S.T.A.R.S. Officer List (p.16-17).
  3. Resident Evil: Director's Cut, Game manual, S.T.A.R.S. Bios (p.15-18).
  4., BIOHAZARD 3 (Dreamcast) official website, Isao Oishi artwork (Retrieved 5-20-2016).
  5. Resident Evil, Finally The Two Met (cutscene).
  6. 6.0 6.1 CAPCOM design WORKS, BIOHAZARD 2 Initial Concept Art (p.27)
  7. Bio Hazard Trial Edition insert, Characters. Chris Redfield.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 GamePro magazine (February 1997), Resident Evil 2: The Horror Continues (p.36-37)
  9. BIOHAZARD 2 (prototype), Elza meets Roy (cutscene).