reHorror: Sins of the Father

Albert Wesker is currently swimming in the fiery waters of a blue-shaded hell, but at least he doesn’t have to worry about any rockets hitting him in the face…

Whether you love the game or hate it, Resident Evil 5 sealed the fate of one of the series’– and gaming’s– most beloved characters. Now the series is left with a hole for another antagonist to fill. Sadly, it’s going to be quite hard to fill Wesker’s black boots.

Alex Wesker’s name was dropped in Resident Evil 5’s Lost in Nightmares DLC, and since then, fans have been awaiting his big, proper reveal (presumably as the next main villain). That may not happen for a while. However, looking ahead at Resident Evil 6, we do have one character that might pose a Wesker-sized threat (albeit a temporary one). And, hell, while we may not have Alex, we do have Wesker’s son.

Derek Simmons will be Resident Evil 6’s main baddie, and I’m sure we’ll fight a mutated version of him at the end of Leon’s campaign. But just like Norman in Revelations, I believe that’ll be it…We need an important character to take up Wesker’s mantle as a recurring villain for the series’ future. And I’m going to say it’ll be one of the main playable characters in the game, specifically either Jake or Sherry. So… who will it be?

Let’s start off by looking at Jake and the possibility of him ending up being the series’ new baddie. He’s the most obvious choice out of the two, being Wesker’s son and all. But will Capcom actually go the obvious route and make the son of the series’ previous antagonist the new prominent baddie? And what could possibly push Jake to the dark side?

Jake has a special blood type, thanks to who his daddy is, and this grants him not only a special immunity to the C-Virus, but also super-human powers (again, like his daddy). His gameplay reflects said powers, allowing players to utilize his close-quarters combat prowess to complement the standard Resident Evil gunplay we’ve become accustomed to. But with that gift comes a curse.

“Does he know that Wesker was my father?” Jake asks Sherry in the game’s E3 trailer, referring to Chris. At some point in the game, Jake will learn a lot about his father and all the nice things he had planned for the world. In the beginning, he’ll be quite confused, as we saw when he first runs into “Ada” after being chased by the Ustanak in the game’s Captivate trailer. He seems clueless after she tells him Wesker is his father. That will change as his scenario runs its course.

It’ll be interesting to see what happens once Jake does learn more about the man who penetrated his mom. He has a stronger bond with his mother, who he supports by carrying out mercenary work for money, so learning about his evil deceased father, that left his mom with no other option but to take on both a mother and father role on her lonesome, may not have that big of an impact. I really don’t see Jake looking to get revenge for the death of his father, nor do I see him opting to continue what his father started. That classic “like father, like son” saying won’t be applying to Wesker and Jake, in my opinion.

Don’t get me wrong, I think it would be quite awesome to see Jake put on a black trench coat and don those iconic shades after the credits roll. It would be an awesome and orgasmic set-up for the future of the series, showing him sitting down looking all bad-ass as he looks up at a giant computer screen, planning his next move. Perhaps a loved one, his mom maybe, will be a victim of bio-terror, leaving Jake angry at the world, looking to mold it to his liking (a la Wesker, to a certain extent). Think Gabriel’s journey in Lords of Shadow, and him ending up becoming the villain in the epilogue scene (minus becoming Dracula, of course). It’s like Harvey Dent said in The Dark Knight: “You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.” It would be insanely awesome to see Jake follow in the footsteps of his father, but I just don’t see it happening.

Instead, I definitely see Jake becoming a prominent hero in the series, with him deciding to use his powers for good as opposed to going down the path his father went. There’s a lot of potential for his character going forth, post-Resident Evil 6, unless Capcom decides to REboot the series. And his immunity, if it applies itself to other future viruses, could be the perfect explanation for why we won’t get infected when bit by zombies in the games, as long as he’s the main character, of course. So, yeah, I think Jake will be a new hero that’s here to stay, and one that’s sure to become a beloved icon in the series as time goes on. Sherry on the other hand…

After many years of speculation (tube girl!) Sherry is finally, FINALLY, back. It’s been way too long. She’s such a cutie now…Remember how some of us thought she was Ashley back in the game’s reveal trailer? I was guilty of that, too. But hey, Sherry’s back, and I think Capcom didn’t just bring her back to fulfill the dreams of hordes of fans. No, no, no. I believe there’s way more to Ms. Birkin’s big return. Way more.

Being the daughter of two Umbrella researchers isn’t easy. William Birkin and his wife, Annette, were always too busy caught up with their work, leaving barely any time to do actual…you know…parenting. Sherry basically grew up on her lonesome, and it wasn’t until she ran into Claire during the Raccoon City outbreak that she at long last felt a sense of love and care. She got to keep Claire’s awesome vest, too, so that’s a plus! This weak upbringing isn’t the only reason why Sherry could go bad, but we also have to take her father’s horrible fate into consideration.

William wasn’t exactly an evil mastermind like Wesker was, he was just a very dedicated researcher that ended up becoming a product of his very own research. He was instrumental in the development of the G-Virus, being the one behind the new virus’s discovery. This then was the catalyst for the Raccoon City outbreak, which happened after Umbrella sent the USS Alpha team to relieve Dr. Birkin of his life’s work. He obviously refused to give up the G-Virus, intending to hand it to the government, and thus he was shot up like a fool in the wrong hood, but he injected himself with a G-Virus sample he still had in his dying breath. The rest is history.

With her mom dead and her daddy going boom at the end of Resident Evil 2, Sherry was again on her own. She was taken by the government, pushing Leon to work for them to ensure her safety. All the while Wesker was monitoring her, as she still had traces of the G-Virus in her after her father implanted a G-embryo in her (how lovely). After years of being under tight watch, Sherry became a government agent like Leon. In Resident Evil 6, her main mission is to protect Jake, who’s being sought after for his special blood type. The two will definitely form a very significant bond with each other, making Sherry’s potential transition to a baddie an even harder pill for Jake to swallow.

Sherry has been basically stripped from a normal life ever since she was small. And things only got harder the older she got, always being watched, not being allowed to have a normal future to look forward to. I consider all this fuel to her potential, as they say in professional wrestling, “heel turn.” She may end up serving the ever so mysterious Organization along with Ada and quite possibly Jessica (but that’s a story for another day!). Or, hell, she may end up having her own group altogether, looking to bring back the G-Virus project. And speaking of Jessica, I think we’ll be seeing a similar act of betrayal here. Maybe not exactly the same (no shooting!), but I think it’ll be revealed that Sherry was protecting Jake for her own reasons. And maybe she’ll escape with some of Jake’s blood at the end of their scenario, with her last words to him being “see you around,” which is also the name of their scenario’s final achievement/trophy.

*Warning: Resident Evil Revelations spoiler below*

I know you may think I’m crazy for even writing Sherry and “villain” in the same sentence, but I truly believe she may end up carrying the main baddie role for the series’ foreseeable future. (Until she ends showering in lava and getting shot in the face with a missile, of course.) We already have an anti-hero in Ada, a potential villain in Jessica, and a pair of beloved heroines in the series in Jill and Claire, so making Sherry the main antagonist would be quite nice to see, adding more power to the females in the franchise, albeit sad considering her importance and ties to Leon and Cliare (if she’s still alive that is!). Imagine how personal a sequel starring Claire would be, with her going up against that little girl she once cared for like her own daughter. That would definitely make for a very tragic story for Claire and Sherry alike. With Wesker dead and Chris possibly dying, making the series’ lose that classic Chris vs. Wesker rivalry, maybe it’s time to pave the way for Claire vs. Sherry…

One thing’s for sure: We definitely won’t be seeing Leon being such a monster and just leaving Sherry on the floor like this. Never again.

So there you have it. Yes, I think Sherry may end up becoming the series’ next big antagonist, filling in the spot left vacant by Wesker. One day we may see Alex Wesker’s big debut, but for now, I think Sherry will be the new villain. Yeah, I know that sounds super crazy, but it’s a theory that’s been in my head for a while, and I’m sticking with it.

What do you guys think? How would you feel if Sherry did end up going bad? Or would you rather see Jake take up his father’s mantle? Sound off in the comments below!

 

               
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COMMENTS

  • American Morality

    I seriously think this is one of the silliest things I’ve ever read (RE wise). You seriously think Capcom would turn a *protagonist* into a villain because they are related? By that logic Luke Skywalker is on uber villain status. What stops you from saying Helena will be the new villain? Or Piers? I also like how you talk about Chris like he’s already dead. And Claire stopped being relevant a while back, and I don’t think her first important role back would be to slay the girl she saved 14 years ago.

    • hellyeahhh

      I don’t think that’s what he means. He’s not saying Sherry is going to be a villain just because of her father. He’s saying that since this is Sherry’s first appearance in 15 years, and we know very little about her except she’s lead a hard life, AND she’s been on our minds for so long, it would be possible and a huge twist if she became a villain. True, for all we know, Helena or Piers COULD be a villain, but that wouldn’t have as much of an impact as someone who we’re somewhat invested in. One-game characters betraying the protagonist has already been done in this series; Sherry, we care about and have been wondering about for 15 years.
      oh but i do agree, Chris isn’t dead yet, and there’s really no way to tell if he will be until we actually play the game.

      • SepticTANK

        I do agree here. In the first place who is going to go nuts writing an editorial theorizing how great or horrible it will be that a character nobody knows will “turn” villain. Helena and Piers are nobodies to us RE fans, and capcom making them a villain will be a “whoopty-freaking-do” scenario. The only way that would work out well is if they overdramatize that particular character for a large part of the campaign, and that will simply shout the word villain to the player in the first place.

        The trailers made this a bit too obvious to end up being the turnout, but on of the trailers showed Leon and Chris fighting, so who’s to say Leon doesn’t go rogue? Again, the trailers pointed that out way too early, so it may be a gimmick similar to the jill’s dead scenario. I like that their is still a wesker-ish character in the series simply because wesker is the best villain ever created in any video game ever made, but i don’t want him going all bad-guy on us since it’s already take about 20 resident evils to kill off the first one. Sherry would make a very nice villainizing twist, but i’m not sure how i feel about that. But unlike what everyone else here has said, sherry isn’t exactly a strongly developed character, especially since we have no idea whats happened with her other than living under the governments watch. Theirs not enough emotion invested into the character to put her on the surprises list. Leon or Chris, however, would be one helluva surprise, just because of how developed the characters are.

        Stop bashing the editorial. The editor gave his opinion, and it’s not like he didn’t back his theory up with lots of supporting details. I Don’t think sherry will be villainized, but i sure am not going to start bashing the editor calling it a stupiid idea, it’s well thought out, and this article was a great read.

  • Vincent

    I dont think either of them will turn bad…as the japanese guy said who made this game…”We wanted to tell a hero’s journey”…and i think all 7 characters will end up heroes in the end.

  • Smiley

    What a ridiculous *editorial* to write. Best cover the news and leave the *theorizing* out of it.

  • Roberto

    everybody has the rite to their own opinion but hey what if he turns out to be at least a portion right? We will see Oct 2

  • Joel

    I know this is off topic. But Alex Wesker is not mentioned being male or female. And Alex is a unisex name so could she be Jakes mother lol? I know crazy theory but its something to think about?

    • me

      IIRC the japanese version of the script clearly mentions Alex being a male

  • katarokinimoto

    It sounds silly, but it would be a better twist than *shocker* Jill being the bird lady in RE5. Capcom seriously couldn’t have thought they were surprising anyone with that. The biggest surprise was probably that she hadn’t turned evil, but was in fact being controlled by that ridiculous device on her chest(and that she was blonde). That being said I doubt they will go that route for a twist, I mean that would take actual good plot writing. odds are Mr.Simmons(they’re kidding right?) might not even be the main villain, just as with RE5 where they showed irving and the bird lady then revealed wesker officially as the main villain later at TGS08, if my memory serves me properly.

    • Benjamin May

      For some reason, making Jill blonde really annoyed me, which is odd because I’ve got blonde hair myself.

      • Monster

        I felt the same way. I think it’s because it made such a recognisable character so unrecognisable.

    • cmiksch

      I agree. I already knew it was her despite all the other obvious spoilered trailers Capcom released. Idk what Capcom was thinking, but it was poorly done to make it a surprise. Unless somehow Sherry and Claire were involved in flashback sequences to be involved in RE5’s story.

  • CLAIRE REDFIELD

    I just hope that wesker reapears at the end of jake and sheries senario Its not that entirely imposible That guy is an immortal!!

    • TruckFullOfDrugs

      Yes, that would be terrific. Let’s continue to use the same villain for almost every fucking game. Brilliant.

    • Jeremy Saylor

      No. Wesker is dead. Wesker is deader than dead. He is so dead, that even zombies are jealous of how very dead he really is.

  • mooho

    guys wouldnt it be cool if sheries alternative costume is her wearing claire’s vest FRom re2?

    • TruckFullOfDrugs

      Nope. Because I don’t want to see past characters wearing costumes of other, different past characters. That is just stupid.

  • Henrikm

    Yeah hope too Jake(as wrote in a previous topic) dont turn villian or Sherry ethier its more like they try to make up for what their father’s did.
    I like the theory someone posted about Alex being Jake’s mom. but when I wrote about I hope Alex was maybe a women.
    Someone shot that theory down as some said Alex is refered as a “he” in a manga so dont know what to think.
    Nontheless why introduce Alex in RE5 but never show him/her?
    I think that one is still gonna be the main villian.

  • bob

    anyways this culd b the next protangonist jessica and raymond from resident evil revelations and also jake and sherry may team up and become a super duo with there virus inside them they can b wesker and the other wiliam birkin u never no wat may or may not happen

  • jason

    i think jake and sherry culd actually team up and both b the unsuspecting protagonist for the next resident evil wit sherry possibly mutating at any moment and jakes wesker lyk strenght hey who knows what might happen next becuz capcom has teamd just about everyone since resident evil 5

  • It would be cool to see Sherry go bad. I’m thinking maybe you are right she might be protecting Jake for a certain reason.

  • liam

    id love to have claire and sherry meet again If sherry turns evil I would be very supprised plus if that ever did happen I think claire should be around to see it.
    God I miss claire I hope she becomes the main character again one day , she was awesome in re2 and CV , maybe at tgs we might see that new 3ds game that was a rumor. ( Wishfull thinking)

    • Swcloud99

      Well, if this theory turns out to be true, it would make Claire relevant has a protagonist again.
      They need to give more love to the women of RE. It’s been said to death but there has been too much Chris and Leon and not enough Jill and Claire. (Not that I don’t like Chris and Leon, mind you)

  • Ali

    I doubt Capcom is smart enough to vilainize Sherry. it’s a promising thought, one i’d love to see. As for Jake’s mom, did you guys ever thought it might be a lie? Just like Ada was searching for her ‘boyfriend’ back in RE2, food for thought…

    • Some dude

      wow, I just tought of something, Jake is wesker clone gone rogue, looking at the frist trailer. you see flashes of Simmons and lab coated people when “Ada” calls him Wesker Jr., they wanted wesker blood to have a C-virus serum and maybe ask for ransom, Simmons seems like a person more interested in money than Godhood, maybe Jakes mother is former NeoUmbrella employee who ran from the helish nightmare with young Jake. Better yet, Jakes mother is Ada, who saw the dangers of having Wesker reincarnated and stole Jake, she could not bare killing a young child so she raised him like his own….nah.

      Only thing left is Jakes age, If he is indeed Wesker son, and Wesker injected himself until 1998, how did he gained those powers.
      If he is indeed a clone of wesker, I see capcom coming with the accelerated aging crap.

  • cmiksch

    To the asshole topic creator of this thread, next time put spoiler alerts for Revelations. Because you just ruined the fucking surprises of the game. Not everyone has handheld systems to play the next installments of the Resident Evil series.
    However about your topic, good points, but cut the writing in half when explaining what happened in the past Resident Evil games on the main game consoles as most of us have playes them and know already what happened but not so much on Revelations.
    I think you’re right about Jake not being a villain and it possibly being Sherry instead, but I hope its really Alex Wesker who is the series continuing antagonist and makes a surprise reveal at the end of RE6.

    Next time put spoiler alerts!!!!!

  • Benjamin May

    Good article as ever, with some interesting theories. I agree that Jake won’t turn bad. I’m not convince Sherry will either, but it would indeed, be a very interesting twist…

    I can help but agree somewhat with those who are objecting to some of the spoilers. For example, I’d have preferred not to have know what that Achievement was called. I know it’s only a tiny, tiny thing, but I just wanted to point this out.

    Overall though, fun and interesting reading as ever.

  • Sorry for the dumb shower of spoilers, guys. I promise you there will be a spoiler warning in all future reHorror articles that have even the tiniest of spoilers for the most recent games.

  • hellyeaahhh

    I LOVE this idea. A couple other reasons Sherry being bad would feel fitting:

    1. She reports to Simmons, the main baddie of this game. Doesn’t necessarily mean she’s bad because of it, but is it not possible that maybe she’s working with him? Maybe he’s let her in on some of his stuff

    2. As if careless parents weren’t enough for her abandonment issues, Sherry found hope and trust in Claire, who left her for her brother…and never came back. Sherry was instead placed in government custody and had very few options but to become an agent herself. With the very man Claire left her to pursue being one of our protagonists….I fear for Chris’s life more than ever.

    3. The Wesker story is tired. I’m sorry, but I don’t care about Alex Wesker. He was thrown into an RE5 file out of the blue as a way to leave a door open for a future villain, and I’m all for him being a villain somewhere later down the line, but for now I think it would be nice to let the Wesker villainy END. His apparently long-lost illegitimate son being a protagonist is enough Wesker for now.

  • REboss

    you know what, what if Derek simmons, is actually…. Alex wesker? That is totally possible, just sayin…. and dont say ub duh they said his name is Derek simmons, think about it, why would some random guy come out of the blue and do all of this…. at least if it was alex wesker it would make sense.

  • TrueAnakin09

    I’ve heard speculation that Alex Wesker does end up showing in this installment. But again, that’s speculation. If it were an issue of one of these two becoming villains, make it Jake. I want to be able to kill him in a later installment and that way we won’t have the stupid Sherry/Wesker love story. Sherry you could do so much better.

  • I hope that none of the main characters in this game dies any time soon!! That would suck big time!!

  • I’m almost certain Helena will betray Leon. Sherry will not go bad nor will Jake. Capcom may not be overly creative but they aren’t gonna bring Weskers son into the story to make him a villain. Just like they aren’t gonna play the Jill is dead card again. Or will they? God I hope they don’t. But like someone said it’s the hero’s journey. All 7 will be heros but some (Helena) less than others.

  • evilwhtmage

    I’m all for more Claire but sadly not to Sherry’s expense, so although I’m not saying it won’t happen but I’m saying I hope it doesn’t lol

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