Leon S. Kennedy (Origins)
Leon Scott. Kennedy was a police academy cadet who became intrigued by a series of grizzly murders that occurred in Raccoon City. Upon graduating from the police academy, Leon quickly applied for a position at the Raccoon City Police Department, which was soon accepted due to his high test scores. Leon’s first day as a member of Raccoon City’s finest would also be his last, as upon reaching the city Leon became embroiled in what would later became known as The Raccoon City Incident.
Leon was created to be the opposite of Chris Redfield protagonist of the original Resident evil game. Hideki Kamiya felt that Chris was the “blunt, tough-guy type” and wanted to create a character with weakness. In the original draft of Resident Evil 2, which was titled Resident Evil 1.5, Leon was written as a veteran police officer, but was changed into a rookie after the creators opted for a re-write, and to distinguish his character from Chris Redfield.
Leon has perhaps evolved most as a character in the franchise, from a slightly naïve rookie cop in Resident Evil 2, into a confident and highly trained government agent in Resident Evil 4.
The Raccoon City Incident
Leon Scott Kennedy was driving into town and couldn’t help but notice how deserted it appeared. Finding a body in the road Leon pulled over to investigate only to be almost immediately swarmed by the T-Virus infected towns people. Leon drew his weapon and began unloading into the group, shooting vital points in the bodies but the townspeople kept coming. Ducking into an alley he came face to face with an actual living person in the form of Claire Redfield, a young college girl searching for her brother. Leon dispatched a zombie that was closing in on her by firing a round through it’s head. The zombie dropped immediately. Shortly after introducing themselves to one another they are immediately separated due to a fuel tanker plowing into their car.
Battling their way (separately) to the Police Station, Leon comes across a young Asian woman named Ada Wong who is searching for her boyfriend. Ada disappears to follow her own leads as she searches for clues to John’s whereabouts and to a way out of the Police Station. After an encounter with Annette Birkin, Leon learns the truth about Ada and why she is really in Raccoon City. Ada is an industrial spy for a rival pharmaceutical company.
Unknown to anyone (for some time that is) she is working directly for Albert Wesker, the supposedly dead S.T.A.R.S. leader and former Umbrella researcher. Ada saves Leon from a T-102 known as Mr. X that is hunting for the G-Virus sample that was stored in Sherry Birkin’s locket. Leon leaves the (presumably) dead Ada and fights his way to the emergency exit of the underground Umbrella Facility. He barely survives a second encounter with the final form of William Bikin’s G-Virus Monster. However the presence of the monster on-board the train triggers a bio-hazard warning and the train begins its self destruct sequence. Leon, Claire and Sherry manage to escape just as the train explodes killing Birkin once and for all.
Fight Against Umbrella Begins
In the aftermath of Raccoon City’s destruction, Claire leaves Sherry in Leon’s care as she travels to Europe in search of her brother Chris Redfield. Leon becomes Sherry’s temporary guardian until the two are apprehended by US Government agents seeking answers about the disaster and Umbrella’s involvement. Leon turns Sherry over to the government’s care as he is given the opportunity to became a special field agent, he reluctantly agrees.
Leon underwent rigorous training, and was transformed into a rookie cop into a highly trained special agent, particularly excelled in knife combat. During his training, Leon began his own investigation into Umbrella, and used his position to gather information for a secret anti-umbrella movement. During this time Leon sent a friend of his, Detective Ark Thompson, to investigate a suspected umbrella research facility on Sheena Island.
Leon was also responsible for tipping off Chris Redfield, who had gone into hiding after the Raccoon incident, about the location of his sister Claire Redfield, who had been captured by Umbrella operatives in France, and had been forcefully taken to a remote Umbrella facility on Rockfort Island, where she was being held captive.
After receiving Intel that a former Umbrella scientist had contacted a notorious drug lord named Javier Hidalgo, Leon is sent to a small town in South America, to capture Javier. Due to the delicate nature of the mission, a highly experienced operative named Jack Krauser was selected as Leon’s partner. Upon entering the village, the two became trapped in the center of a T-Virus outbreak, which confirmed the involvement of the Umbrella researcher. The two were forced to fight their way through swarms of zombies, and eventually came across a young women called Manuela, who appeared to be the only survivor of the village, she later turned out to be Javier’s daughter.
Leon and Krauser became closer during the ordeal and Leon began opening up to Krauser, telling him of his life and experiences in Raccoon City, this conversation would later have profound consequences for both of them. The two eventually defeat Javier, with the help of Manuela, who is then taken into government protection. Krauser sustained a serious injury during the mission and the two were unable to continue as partners. Krauser was discharged from active service after the mission, later that year Leon was informed that his former partner had died in a helicopter crash.
Six years after the Raccoon City Incident, a 27 year old Leon is a government agent under the direct control of the President of the United States. Leon is assigned a new job of protecting the President’s family, however, mere days before he begins this duty the president’s daughter Ashley Graham is kidnapped. Intelligence suggested that she had been taken to a rural part of Spain, and Leon was soon dispatched alone to find her. Leon is escorted by two Spanish police officers to a remote village near where an unconfirmed sighting of Ashley had been reported. Leon is dropped at the outskirts of the village and proceeds on foot, the police officers remain with the car, comically saying they don’t want to get any parking tickets. Leon quickly reaches a run down cabin, and upon entering is attacked by a disorientated man who refused to back down, Leon is forced to kill him.
The man eerily reminded Leon of the T-virus infected zombies of Raccoon city. Outside Leon hears witnesses several villagers using a truck to ram the police officers in their squad car of a cliff into the raging river below, they soon turn on Leon in the strange single minded attack attributed to the zombies encountered in Raccoon city, however, Leon notes that they seem to have lost none of their physical maneuverability and despite their disheveled state, their flesh didn’t seem to be rotting, which is a effect of the T-virus.
A 28 year old Leon was selected by the president to take charge of the S.R.T. team due to his experience with the t-Virus. Under his leadership and advice, they learned how to effectively kill the zombies and rescued five survivors, including Claire Redfield. After saving them, Leon was involved in the fight with Curtis Miller, the Marines and Angela Miller at WilPharma. He was able to save Angela and kill the G-virus-infected Curtis Miller. At the end, he, Claire and Angela exposed Frederic Downing for escaping Raccoon City with the “T” and G-virus samples, the t-Virus incident at the airport, and setting a time bomb in the WilPharma building in order to secretly sell the last of the G-virus data, t-Virus along with its vaccine, and the G-virus.
As the incident came to a close, Leon was called in for yet another mission. He and Claire parted ways, with the two hoping that they will each meet again someday under far more “normal” circumstances.
Tall Oaks Incident
About a decade and a half after the Raccoon City incident, another bio-terrorism attack occurs in Tall Oaks. Adam Benford, friend to Leon and president of the United States, becomes infected and attacks the agent Helena Harper, forcing him to shoot him. Leon starts up an uneasy partnership with her. Leon and Helena travel through Ivy University and the city where they combat the outbreak as they head towards the Tall Oaks Cathedral upon Helena’s suggestion as he states she is responsible for this and will explain everything to Leon.
In the cathedral, they find an underground laboratory where more zombies and mutated creatures are. They stumble upon a video tape of a woman bursting from a cocoon with the tape dubbed “happy birthday, Ada Wong” who turns out to be a scientist who turned herself into an Ada lookalike. As they go deeper into the cathedral, Helena comes clean about helping Derek Simmons, the national security adviser, who is behind everything and she lead Leon down there to help find her sister too.
They manage to find Helena’s sister, Deborah, but she eventually turns into a B.O.W. Leon and Helena also run into Ada Wong whom helps them defeat the mutated Deborah. As the two are warned by Simmons himself that they top suspects for the president’s death, which is part of his plan, Tall Oaks is destroyed, including the evidence against Simmons. Leon gets Hunnigan to fake his and Helena’s deaths so they can head to Lanshiang, China to stop Simmons. They encounter Sherry Birkin and Jake Muller, Wesker’s son, and help they fight a powerful B.O.W named Ustanak. Sherry gives Leon the coordinates to Simmons’ meeting. They run into the fake Ada Wong, who unbeknownst to them is the fake. She leads them into a building where they encounter Chris Redfield and his partner Piers Nivans. Leon and Chris have a brief scuffle when he tries to shoot Ada, her being a suspect and all. Leon convinces Chris Simmons is behind everything and that Chris should go follow “Ada” while Leon handles Simmons.
They find Simmons but he is ambushed by a J’avo and injected with the enhanced C-Virus which transforms him into a dog like B.O.W. They seemingly defeat Simmons but when they make it through virus bombed city, Simmons returns and begins another fight. As they head towards the roof of a skyscraper, Leon sees Simmons attacking Ada and once again the duo is forced to save Ada and defeat Simmons. Simmons continues to evolve and add more bio-mass to his body. Leon uses a lightning rod to finally have a storm weaken Simmons and the two run towards a helicopter left by Ada and inside was her compact mirror and evidence to clear their names.
Simmons returns again and Leon uses the rocket launcher left by Ada to defeat Simmons once as for all as he falls to his death by getting speared on a pillar. Leon and Helena leave China. Leon and Helena visit a grave set up for Deborah where Helena is ready to take consequences for her actions of helping Simmons but Leon hands her a gun solidifying their partnership and in return Helena throws him Ada Wong’s compact mirror so he can give it to her the next time they meet.