Nobody can deny that out of all survival horror games, Capcom's Resident Evil may very well be the top series in the genre. Not only have they made big names out of the heroes and villains alike, but the monsters themselves have gotten a share of recognition and fame. Resident Evil has become so popular that it has even transcended reality with the current haunted maze based off the series during this year's "Halloween Horror Nights" event in Universal Orlando with the inclusion of "Resident Evil: Escape from Raccoon City" to their haunted house lineup. With that in mind and seeing how close to Halloween it is, the hour has come to peer into a woman who is something special to Resident Evil as a whole. Without her, the games, movies, and internet memes would be nothing without the explosives expert we've all grown to love. So if you got plenty of bullets and green herbs to spare, then you were the best thing for the "Master of Unlocking" herself, Jill Valentine.
Jill was no late bloomer, making her debut from the very first Resident Evil game, (otherwise known as Bio Hazard in Japan) alongside her longtime partner Chris Redfield. Locked in a mansion with other members of STARS, Jill uncovers the truth about the creation of different monsters by the Umbrella Corporation and having to fight her fellow STARS member turned double agent, Albert Wesker. Most people in Jill's situation would more than likely back out, considering the creatures she put up with, but Jill is one of the few to maintain her composure in extreme conditions as long as she's kept alive to continue her duties. She can be cheerful from time to time, but always puts her best effort when it comes to a mission. Naturally, her fight against Umbrella's worst didn't stop there.
Now a target of Umbrella in Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, Jill (in what many consider was her signature outfit) had to deal with the gigantic "Nemesis" monster while attempting to leave Raccoon City before a nuclear strike would commence. With the help of a mercenary named Carlos, she nearly escapes a fate worse than death when she is infected with the T-Virus that created the monsters that overrun the city. She managed to get the cure inside her, but after going several rounds with the Nemesis and witnessing the destruction of Raccoon City, Jill had one singular goal in mind: taking down all of Umbrella once and for all. In an exclusive title for the Nintendo Wii, Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles showed Jill with Chris once more fighting through an Umbrella undercover stronghold to expose their misdeeds to the world to have them legally shutdown. Despite their success, Jill's story took a very disturbing turn afterwards.
In Resident Evil 5, Jill attempted to save Chris Redfield's life during a confrontation with Wesker by tackling him out a window and plummeting down a cliff. With no sign of either, they were both thought to be dead...but the reality was much worse. Wesker took an unconscious Jill and used her for experiments in creating a new virus that would aid his ambitions of "becoming a God." In the process, Jill completely became a new person both in personality and appearance, retaining what is her current look with blonde hair, lighter skin, and a blue skintight suit. Naturally this look has been called under fire for bearing a resemblance to Nina from the Tekken series or Metroid's Samus in her "Zero Suit." Regardless, Jill was now under Wesker's control and was pitted against her former partner Chris in battle. Despite the emotional ramifications, Chris and his new partner Sheva manage to not only defeat Jill but free her from Wesker's control and bring her old memories back. With everything in place, Jill helps Chris and company defeat and kill Wesker once and for all.
Strangely enough, Jill was not seen in Resident Evil 6, the most recent release for the series. But like most other Capcom characters, she had enough popularity to be in other games outside her own such as Marvel vs. Capcom, Under the Skin, Jill even got a feudal Japan look for the browser-based Onimusha Soul. Jill has also been portrayed across all the live-action Resident Evil movies by actress Sienna Guillory, as well as being represented in novels, figures, and many more mediums. It goes without saying that Jill is universally beloved by all critics, professional or amateur for everything that she is. That's not even mentioning the "Jill Sandwich" phenomenon that the internet made famous enough for Capcom themselves to take notice. When taking account all these things, no amount of downplaying can bring down the kind of survivor Jill Valentine is. While many pine to see what comes next for Jill should there be another Resident Evil game remains in speculation, everything she has accomplished to this point is praise enough for fans of all kinds. There's no video game babe that can find life worth protecting among death than Jill Valentine.
This is Greg P., examining video game babes for you and me.