Resident Evil, known as Biohazard (バイオハザード Baiohazādo) in Japan, is a survival horror video game-based media franchise created by Shinji Mikami and Tokuro Fujiwara and owned by the video game company Capcom. The franchise focuses around a series of survival horror video games, but has since branched out into comic books, novels, novelizations, sound dramas, live-action films, animated sequels to the games, and a variety of associated merchandise, such as action figures. The series’ overarching plot focuses on multiple characters, and their roles in recurring outbreaks of zombies and other monsters, initially due to the release of the T-virus, but still more biological weapons over time, created mainly by the fictional Umbrella Corporation and various other organizations in later games.
The eponymous first game in the series was released in 1996 as a survival horror video game, but the franchise has since grown to encompass other video game genres. The series is a mix of action and horror film-inspired plotlines, exploration, and puzzle solving. It is Capcom’s biggest franchise in terms of software sales, with over 77 million units sold worldwide (as of March 31, 2017).
Jill Valentine (Japanese: ジル・バレンタイン Hepburn: Jiru Barentain) is a character in the Resident Evil (Biohazard in Japan) horror franchise by Capcom. A special-operations agent, she made her debut appearance in 1996 as one of the protagonists of the original Resident Evil game, in which she and fellow STARSmember Chris Redfield are trapped in a mysterious mansion. Jill is featured in several Resident Evil games including Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles, Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil: Revelations, where she is in conflict with the Umbrella Corporation and its splinter groups. She is also a founding member and key field operative of the paramilitary organization BSAA.
Shinji Mikami, the director of the original Resident Evil game, said that he was opposed to the frequent sexual objectification of women in video games and instead preferred to make strong, independent female characters. Jill’s facial and physical appearance from the 2002 remake of Resident Evil onwards is based on model and actress Julia Voth. The film series’ version of Jill is portrayed by Sienna Guillory and based on the game character’s various incarnations. She was introduced as a co-protagonist in Resident Evil: Apocalypse, made a brief appearance in Resident Evil: Afterlife, and returned as the main antagonist of Resident Evil: Retribution.
Described as “a classic example” of a female horror-game character, Jill has received favorable critical reception and featured on many top character lists. She is widely regarded as one of the most attractive female protagonists in video games, though various appearances and portrayals of her have been considered to be over sexualized and to conform to gender stereotypes. Jill has sparked two video game Internet memes and has been used in various Resident Evil merchandise.
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