Hello, fellow REfans, I wanted to begin by focusing on the recent increase in popularity regarding our beloved antagonist; Albert Wesker . For years, fans of the Resident Evil series since it's debut in 1996 have known of this particularly stylish machiavellian, known for his clean-cut appearance, and his infamous sunglasses, which he even wears during the black of night (). However, since his transformation from Umbrella researcher, to S.T.A.R.S. Captain, finally to the Wesker who became the proverbial "man behind the curtain."
After being flushed out in games such as RE: Code Veronica X, RE: The Umbrella Chronicles, RE: the Darkside Chronicles, RE:4, and most famously, RE:5, we have seen a dynamic growth in the villain. Getting to know Wesker even more when Capcom released Wesker's notes, involving his relationship with his one true comrade in life, William Birkin, and the tragic story of one Lisa Trevor. Soon, the once researcher for Umbrella became his own boss, taking under his wing the enigmatic Ada Wong, & the militant Jack Krauser, Wesker eventually orchestrated the events of RE:4. In my opinion, the eventual demise of Albert Wesker was poorly miswritten, a plot device written to have an epic boss battle in the climax of RE:5. Nevertheless, even after death, Wesker has proven to be a favored character in the Resident Evil franchise; appearing as an unlockable character in Lost Planet 2, and as one of two main antagonists in the upcoming Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds.
These cameos, including his portrayal in the most recent Resident Evil film, Resident Evil: Afterlife (which i've heard he was the saving grace in, I haven't yet seen the movie, I plan to purchase it as soon as it comes to DVD), have all given Albert Wesker a newfound fanbase, more and more people being introduced to the character fans love to hate. Interestingly, after the story of The Wesker Plan was introduced in RE:5, explained by the embittered Lord Spencer, it soon became apparent that Wesker wasn't simply a diabolical villain created by Umbrella, he was part of a worldwide project orchestrated by Spencer himself, wanting to create a new and evolved homo superior species, with Wesker as the prototype. Suspiciously, The Wesker Plan itself could be comparable to the mythos of the Aryan race, that which Adolf Hitler dreamt as the new master race. One could even find comparisons between Lord Spencer & Adolf Hitler, when thinking of their eerily similar dreams of a new world, weeding out the weak and favoring the strong, a survival of the fittest view which Darwin himself would be proud of.
Albert Wesker, originally having blue eyes, genetically superior intelligence, and blonde hair, could all point to the fact that Wesker himself could be considered a neo-Aryan (also bear in mind that Jack Krauser was blonde, & when Wesker enslaved Jill Valentine, her hair was dyed blonde). Any thoughts or opinions on this matter are welcomed and encouraged.
Since the beginning to the end, Albert Wesker has become my personal favorite video game villain of all time. I'm pleased to see more and more people becoming interested in learning more about the villain, because up until his demise, he was very well-written and a staple antagonist of the Resident Evil series. For all other fans of the character, we can only hope that one day there will be complete .. global .. saturation.
"The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far." - Lovecraft