Everything we know about Resident Evil 6's mysterious Mercenary (and who we think it is)

The Mercenary. So far, that's all we know about the mysterious third protagonist in Resident Evil 6. While we're fairly certain the game will be split into (at least) three parts, with Leon Kennedy and Chris Redfield making up the first two, the identity of this third, scarred character has been kept under wraps.

Even though Capcom isn't saying anything yet, the trailer is full of clues, and we've compiled a list of everything we know about the Merc, and figured out who we think it might be.

He's a mercenary

Well, yeah, this one is sort of obvious. Throughout the trailer the character makes it clear that he's in it for the money. His first line lays down his rates, "First things first: I want 200,000 up front, another 200 when this is over." Later, he drops another line about it: "I was better off as a mercenary." We don't know exactly what his job is, though, and we're guessing whatever it is changes fairly quickly once monsters show up.

He's got special blood

"The world needs you!" the woman he's with yells. "Not me, just my blood," he responds. The series has a long history of genetically engineered characters, which is likely what this is referring too, but there's also a chance that his blood is a cure for whatever is zombifying the world. Either way, we're guessing that his blood is responsible for the fact that... 

He has superpowers

It becomes apparently fairly quickly that the Mercenary is more than human. Early on he's taking down rooms full of enemies without using a weapon, and executing slow-motion kung-fu moves with ease. He even catches the mysterious woman he's with as he rides a motorcycle - that's some straight-up ninja moves. His quick movements remind us a lot of Wesker's, which is a common theme throughout the trailer. 

He's being chased

The Mercenary is being attacked by different people every time he's on screen in this trailer. He's being chased by a giant monster, bad guys with guns, and even a helicopter at one point. And it doesn't look like they want to take him alive, meaning they don't want whatever he has making it to whoever wants it, or they're confident in their abilities to extract his blood after he's been blown to bits.

He's not traveling alone

"I'm not going to let anything happen to you!" the girl who is likely Ashley yells at him, which means that, apparently, he needs her help. We're not sure how she can help him, considering his aforementioned superpowers, but she seems to think she's important. Also, if she is Ashley, that means she's likely working with the US Government in trying to get his help. 

He's got an emblem on his arm

This might be the most telling part of his appearance, and it's also the hardest to see. On his arm is an emblem that we never get a clear shot of. It appears to be a red and yellow icon, so we don't think it's a flag, and the shape appears to be a shield of some kind. It really feels as though Capcom cut the trailer in such a way that it intentionally made it hard to see, which plays up how important it might be. We figure that this symbol is either the seal of his Mercenary group or a family crest.

If it's a family crest, then it's likely some modified version of the Spencer family crest. This symbol showed up a few times throughout the series, mostly in the Spencer Mansion from Resident Evil. It usually is seen with the Umbrella Corporation symbol behind it for obvious reasons, but since Umbrella's name is mud, we wouldn't be shocked to see it used without that element moving forward. If that's what it is, then it means we're pretty sure that...

He's... Alex Wesker?

No, not the Wesker with cool sunglasses that you fight in the other Resident Evil games, that's Albert. The Wesker surname was applied to a number of genetically engineered children raised by Lord Oswell E. Spencer. Alex was sent on a mission to find the key to immortality to give to Spencer, and though he found it, he disappeared with the secret. Since then he hasn't been found. So, in other words, there's a character in the Resident Evil series who not only knows the secret to immortality (which might be the injection we saw the Mercenary use in the trailer), but has the same generic engineering that made Albert Wesker so strong and superhuman. And he has a patch on his arm that looks sort of like the Spencer family crest. We're not going to say it's a sure thing, but of all of the names  thrown around so far, this is the one we feel the best about.

Above: Check out our breakdown of the entire trailer here

Some think it might be Hunk, since, after all, Hunk is a mercenary, though we doubt it would have been kept a secret if it was him. Same goes for the Mercenary being Leon, Steve Burnside, the Merchant from Resident Evil 4 (they both have fingerless gloves and are obsessed with money, though),or any other character we've hung out with in other Resident Evil games.

If Capcom wants to keep it sort of secret it's likely because it's a character mentioned and referenced, but never seen, and Alex really seems to fit the bill.


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  • GR HollanderCooper - January 20, 2012 6:10 p.m.

    Also he has a scar.
  • GayforGilbert - January 20, 2012 6:55 p.m.

    I still think it's Hunk.
  • shadow707 - January 20, 2012 6:57 p.m.

    sorry i still think its the merchant
  • - January 20, 2012 7:21 p.m.

    Isn't it obvious? It's actually Jill in disguise.
  • GraphicRogue - January 20, 2012 7:58 p.m.

    I had briefly thought it was Steve Burnside but they probably would have mentioned that. Would still like to see Steve again at one point with some kind of superness like what was hinted at in Code Veronica. And for that matter what happened to Billy Cohen?
  • Jparker16 - January 20, 2012 8:35 p.m.

    Its been confirmed that the blonde girl is Sherry Birkin, not Ashley Graham.
  • Jparker16 - January 20, 2012 10:36 p.m.

    also Capcom said the mercenary character "Is a close relative to a past RE character". So I think that eliminates the chance of Hunk
  • phoenix_wings - January 20, 2012 11:13 p.m.

    Maybe HUNK always was Alex Wesker? Eugh, the RE storyline is becoming so complex you need a guide just to figure out who knows who, who IS who and which side everybody is on. Also...totally called that it was Alex Wesker. If it turns out he's not...I said nothing :P
  • phoenix_wings - January 20, 2012 11:16 p.m.

    Damn, no edit button! I also distinctly remember hearing something in one of the Chronicles games, I think it was Umbrella Chronicles - something like "how do you always survive?" being asked to HUNK. If he's a genetically engineered superman like Wesker...that could explain a lot.
  • Darkwun - January 21, 2012 5:32 p.m.

    "Closeley related" totally different to "a close relative" lol!
  • Sy87 - January 20, 2012 10:26 p.m.

    I have to agree with the HUNK idea. Hunk was infected during the first appearance of Leon and yeah Hunk is a mercenary. Why keep it a secret? They never really showed his face before. He is like the most awesome character in the series so why wouldn't they stall. But i guess that it could be wrong if not maybe original suit alternate costume.
  • shadowless92 - January 21, 2012 2:25 a.m.

    it has to be Alex Wesker it makes perfect sense. Albert Wesker is probably the most memorable character from Resident Evil and to have another similar Character to keep people interested is logical. also i really can not wait for this already... first big game news in SO long i really think at some point he will put on glasses like alberts lol
  • RyoonZ - January 21, 2012 3:43 a.m.

    He's Cole McGrath ... Okay I don't really knows a lot about Resident Evil's history but I think he's likely Alex
  • GR HollanderCooper - January 21, 2012 1:05 p.m.

    Honestly considered doing "Characters from other games that might be RE6's Merc" and he was number 1 on my list.
  • warblade100 - January 21, 2012 3:55 a.m.

    Could hardly wait. It seems like these guys want me to be playing games for a very long time in my life. Why do they have to keep peaking my interest with this bad-ass Resident evil?....oh boy!!!
  • jackthemenace - January 21, 2012 4:19 a.m.

    I hadn't thought about it being RE4's merchant before, but now I am convinced that's who it is. Also, I'm still a Resi Novice. Could someone please explain to me who HUNK is? I mean, I recognise Wesker, and most of the other characters mentioned, but some of the more obscure ones, like Steve Burnside, I have no idea who they are :/
  • taterboob - January 21, 2012 5:10 a.m.

    Hunk is an Umbrella mercenary who was initially introduced in RE2 as part of the squad that was sent in to forcibly retrieve the G-Virus sample from William Birkin. Birkin injects himself with the virus and turns into a monster, killing the squad and kicks off the Raccoon City outbreak by releasing the T-Virus. Hunk is the sole survivor of the squad and the "4th survivor" of Raccoon City, after Leon, Claire, and Sherry. He wakes up shortly after the attack, and escapes with the last sample of the G-Virus. He's reappeared in various Mercenary modes in various RE games since then. Steve Burnside, on the other hand, is from Code: Veronica. He's being held on the same Umbrella prison island as Claire because his father was selling Umbrella secrets to competitor companies (I think). He and Claire are eventually captured by Alexia Ashford (the main villian of that game), and he is infected by the T-Veronica virus. He hulks out into a monster and tries to kill Claire, but then comes to his senses and saves her from one of Alexia's giant tentacle things. For his efforts, he gets smashed by the tentacle and apparently dies. That said, Wesker says in one of his reports that his group managed to recover Steve's body before the base blew up, so who knows what's going on with that.
  • taterboob - January 21, 2012 4:56 a.m.

    This is purely speculation on my part obviously, but I think that it is Alex Wesker, and (I really hope) the girl he's with isn't Ashley, but rather Sherry Birkin. According to the Wesker's Report disc that came with Code: Veronica X, Sherry has been in custody by Wesker's group ever since the end of 3. Wesker even ominously says "there's something about that girl" at the end of the report, leaving a plot thread hanging that I've been waiting to be resolved ever since. Unless Capcom retconned that out of course(in which case I'll be very disappointed). My guess based on that? Alex helps Sherry escape and she accompanies him on whatever mission he's on. Her G-Virus infusion is what allows her to keep up with him and do all the crazy Uncharted stuff seen in the trailer. In addition (and even more of a stretch), the patches on his jacket look suspiciously familiar to the eyes seen on individuals infected by the G-Virus, such as William Birkin and Lisa Trevor. They're even in the same location and have the same basic positioning. Good job, Mr. Cooper.
  • Japanaman - January 21, 2012 9:41 a.m.

    It's both, people, it's both. Alex Wesker's codename was Hunk. He's like the only dude to survive all of the operations. I mean, it seems like lots of Umbrella employees got killed during the outbreaks, but not Hunk who would have to be superhuman like one of the Weskers.
  • Cptbunny - January 21, 2012 9:50 a.m.

    From the RE Wiki: "There is an unlockable epilogue file in Resident Evil 3: Nemesis that shows HUNK without his helmet and mask sitting on an Umbrella helicopter following his successful mission." ( File: Looks kind of like him. I don't see a scar though, but doesn't mean he didn't get it after.

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