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Leon Kennedy (Resident Evil)

Leon Kennedy


Resident Evil (titled Biohazard in Japan) is a landmark series of Japanese video games that started in 1996. It was hugely successful (though some sequels are poorly regarded) and exemplifies the “survival horror” gaming genre.

“Survival horror” involves facing deadly menaces and horrific events while being vulnerable and at a disadvantage.

The Resident Evil series is a zombie infestation story, though the theme was less overused in 1996 than during the 2010s. This profile covers RE2, Gaiden and RE4.


  • Real Name: Leon Scott Kennedy.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives:
  • Group Affiliation: Raccoon City Police Dept., Anti-Umbrella Activists, Secret Service.
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile.
  • Height: 5’10” Weight: 155 lbs.
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Blond


Powers and Abilities

Leon was a competent police office and one of the very few survivors of the Raccoon City incident. He then underwent further training and has become a Secret Service Agent entrusted with rescuing the President’s daughter.


(This history does include S P O I L E R S. Consider yourself warned.)

On September 29th, Leon arrived to Raccoon City to begin his assignment, though it is never explained how he managed to trespass the United States Army blockade around the city. By the time Leon arrives, the majority of the city’s inhabitants have already been killed and turned into zombies.

He was supposed to arrive for duty on September 28th, but had gotten drunk at a party (to drown the sorrows of having broken up with his girlfriend, Alice). Leon accidentally overslept, and didn’t leave until after sunset. On the way, he had gotten caught up in a traffic jam in New York, which made him even more late.

Raccoon City

While on the way to the station, Leon comes across a dead body in the middle of the road, and stops to assess it. In the meantime, a trucker at a gas station throws a zombie out of his truck, commenting on “why’d he bite me?” He drives off, foreshadowing what’s to come.


Horrified at what he has seen, Leon quickly turns around to realize that he is quickly becoming surrounded by zombies, not to mention the “dead” body was after him now too. He manages to escape.

During this encounter, Leon crosses paths with another survivor Claire Redfield, who came to the city in search of her missing brother Chris Redfield. Soon after, they jump in a police car and drive around the city looking for possible survivors.

Suddenly, a zombie springs to life in the back seat, and causes Leon to drive recklessly while trying to fight it off. In the end, they crash into a pole, and the zombie is thrown through the windshield.

Relieved, Leon and Claire catch their breath, but not before realizing that a tractor trailer had been bearing down on them since they started driving around, with the driver now turned into a zombie. In an instant, they jump out the sides of the car and the truck crashes, flipping over and exploding just as they escape.

Separated, they agree to meet in the Police Station, where they later on agree to go their separate ways to find a way out of the city, using walkie-talkies to stay in contact with one another.

Escape from Raccoon City

During his adventure of trying to escape Raccoon City, Leon meets another survivor named Ada Wong. The young woman claims that she is looking for her missing fiancé John, an Umbrella Corporation scientist. Together, Leon and Ada discover a secret entrance within the sewers. It leads to one of Umbrella’s secret facilities.

During their bid to escape, Ada is mortally wounded. Before she appears to die, Leon discovers Ada’s true motives. She he was actually a spy working for Umbrella’s competitor, and assigned to obtain a sample of either the G- or T-Viruses. These are the viruses creating the zombies.

However, a mysterious figure later appears to hand a rocket launcher to Leon, giving him a critical edge while fighting the super-powerful monster Tyrant. This figure is almost certainly Ada.

Leon is reunited with Claire. Along with a little girl named Sherry, they make their escape through a secret railway. The trio then escape the train after setting a bomb to kill the heavily mutated Umbrella senior scientist hounding them.

Anti-Umbrella task force

In December of 1998, after the incident, Claire sets out to Europe to continue her search for Chris. Leon remains in the U.S., where he makes an undisclosed deal with the U.S. government for Sherry’s safety.

Leon Kennedy and a rocket launcher over white background

After that, he joins an anti-Umbrella task force. Leon participates in numerous classified missions until Umbrella’s operations are shut down by the government.

During one such mission, Leon provides Claire’s whereabouts to her brother, Chris, after receiving an e-mail message from her.


(The following occurs in Resident Evil Gaiden, which wasn’t made by Capcom and sold poorly. Gaiden is no longer part of the game’s canon.)

Sometime in 2000, Leon, now a member of an underground anti-Umbrella organization, was sent to eliminate a prototype monster that was believed to be among the passengers and crew of the luxury ocean cruiser, the Starlight. Upon his arrival, Leon discovered that there had been a T-virus outbreak onboard.

At some point, Leon met a young survivor named Lucia and fought a good candidate for the prototype monster: a large, grey humanoid who could produce tentacles from its abdomen and transform into an amoeba.

After 24 hours without contact, fellow operative Barry Burton was sent to find Leon. He was eventually found unconscious. After he and Barry saved Lucia from the B.O.W. again, Barry left Lucia with Leon.

When they saw Barry on the security camera talking to Umbrella, who had contacted him on the way there, they found him and Leon was seemingly betrayed by Barry. While Barry and Lucia were on an Umbrella-owned submarine, Leon killed the monster, who was trying to destroy the ship’s fuel converter, by blowing him into the steam ducts. Afterwards, Barry and Lucia found Leon.

In the end, Leon, along with Barry and Lucia, killed the actual prototype monster. It was a fully-grown parasite that had been removed from Lucia’s body, with a hail of gunfire, but not before Leon was seemingly infected. A small cut on his neck was bleeding green blood, but this infection was apparently benign and temporary.

Video interlude

The vintage trailer for the vintage game. The resolution is vintage, too.


Here’s a man who lives a life of danger

With Umbrella gone, Leon, in remembrance of the people of Raccoon City, vows to protect the people. He swears to make sure that fiendish groups like Umbrella never have their way. Leon is soon recruited by the government for his talent, and experience with zombies.

While receiving special training for a top-secret government organization working directly under the U.S. president, Leon befriends another agent named Jack Krauser. Krauser is reportedly killed in a helicopter crash sometime in 2002. Through harsh training and pushing himself to the limit, Leon has changed from hapless rookie to one of the top agents in the world.

In 2004, a 26-year-old Leon was assigned to a special task force of the United States Secret Service. His first mission is a top secret one, to save President Graham’s daughter, Ashley Graham, who disappeared shortly before. Information gathered pointed to the kidnappers being located in a remote area of Spain.

Leon investigates on his own, along with two members of the local police. He’s also supported by Ingrid Hunnigan, an information analyst and fellow government official via a communicator.

Los Illuminados

Unfortunately, it seems something bizarre has happened to the local townsfolks. After the two officers are promptly killed, Leon finds himself relying on his skills once again in a deadly fight for survival. Leon learns from his superiors that the perpetrators are a cult called “Los Iluminados” (“The Illuminated”), a religion led by a man named Osmund Saddler.

This cult uses mysterious parasitic organisms known as “Las Plagas” (“The Plagues”) to take control of the locals, as well as many others around the area, such as a group of mercenaries. Leon’s situation seems hopeless, and his communicator link is hijacked by the cult.

However, the fanatical cult finds the formidable Leon to be more than they bargained for. He foils attempt after attempt to kill him. During the course of his mission, Leon is helped by Luis Sera. Sera is soon revealed to be a researcher who used to work for Saddler, but betrayed him. The mysterious Ada Wong also seemingly appears again to help.

Leon Kennedy face closeup

Leon eventually finds Ashley in a church. However, both Ashley and Leon discover that they have been injected with Las Plagas parasites. They are now in a race against time to find a cure for this before they are forever turned into Saddler’s slaves.

Acquiring weapons from a mysterious merchant with a Cockney accent, Leon manages to fight his way through many harrowing perils within the village and a mysterious castle run by the cult. He eventually fights against two of Saddler’s underlings, village chief Bitores Mendez and the castle’s castellan, Ramon Salazar.

Salazar captures Ashley and sends her to an island. Leon locate her again, despite the opposition of countless mercenaries controlled by Las Plagas. He also confronts his former comrade, Jack Krauser, who is now working as a double agent for both a mystery party and Saddler.

Race against death

It is revealed to the player (but not Leon, necessarily) that this mysterious third player in the conflict is none other than Albert Wesker, and that Ada is working for him. Unknown to Leon, a secret battle is being waged behind the scenes. It is explored in Ada’s unlockable scenario, “Separate Ways”.

With continued support from Ada, Leon fights his way through a local military base, where Saddler and the cult have taken refuge. This battle tests all of Leon’s strength and skill, and the parasites within him and Ashley are still growing. Luis is killed by Saddler.

Leon fights against Krauser for the last time. He then saves Ashley and himself from Las Plagas, using a special radiation machine once built by Luis.

Afterwards, Leon battles Saddler in his true form. Ada once appears to give Leon heavy weaponry, allowing Kennedy to kill Saddler.

After the battle, Ada takes the Plagas sample from Leon. She makes her getaway, but provides Leon and Ashley with jet-skis. Despite this turn of events, Leon is aware that he still loves Ada. After completing his mission, Leon lightly flirts with Ingrid Hunnigan, but she rebuffs him with a reminder that he is still on duty.


Leon is a handsome young man with long nearly shoulder length blond hair and piercing blue eyes. During his police days he was often seen in uniform, but now he generally tends to dress in casual tasteful clothing.

In Resident Evil 4, he wears a charcoal-black 5.11 shirt and blue pants with a brown gun holster over the body. He also sports a brown B3 bomber jacket which he loses early in the game, much to the chagrin of players who liked its look.


Leon is a passionate young man with a burning sense of justice and a genuine desire to make the world a better place. He is brave and courageous, having unflinchingly faced down zombies and other hideous monsters. He is a selfless man who is not afraid to put his life in danger to protect the innocent.

He generally comes across a polite well mannered young man. However, the events in Raccoon City seem to have hardened him.

His one weakness is his crush on Ada Wong. Even though the two of them find themselves allies as often as enemies Leon can’t seem to get over her. As shown in the quotes his pursuits of other women tend to be fruitless. He remains very close to Claire Redfield after the events of RE2, but they’re just friends.


Ashley: “Who’s that ?” (Referring to Ada Wong)
Leon: “She’s like a part of me I can’t let go. Let’s leave it at that.”

(After having his advances rebuffed by Ingrad Hunnigan) “Story of my life.”


Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Leon Kennedy

Dex: 05 Str: 03 Bod: 04 Motivation: Responsibility of Power
Int: 05 Wil: 05 Min: 07 Occupation: Secret Service Agent
Inf: 05 Aur: 06 Spi: 07 Resources {or Wealth}: 006
Init: 015 HP: 035

Acrobatics (Dodging): 03, Detective: 04, Medicine (First aid): 02, Thief (Stealth): 04, Vehicles (Land): 03, Weaponry (All but missile): 05

Iron Nerves, Credentials (Secret Service (medium)).

Detective Ark Thompson (Low), Jack Krauser (Low), Claire Redfield (High), Ada Wong (Low), Ashly Graham (High), Ingrid Hunnigan (Low), President of the USA (Powerful, Low), White House (Powerful, Low), Anti-Umbrella activist groups (High).

MIA (Ada Wong).


Leon is shown to have access to the following equipment in the games. Given his position as a Secret Service member it is reasonable that he may have access to other military grade hardware.

  • SIG P229 (compact frame) chambered in .357 SIG w/ law enforcement magazine [BODY 04, Projectile weapons: 04, Ammo: 12, R#02].
  • Offensive grenade [BODY 03, EV 07 (Area of effect 1 AP), Grenade drawback, R#03].
  • White phosphorus grenade [BODY 03, Fog: 03, Flame project: 07, Grenade drawback, Bonus : Flame project and Fog are Combined (Flame project is active thorough the Fog), R#03].
  • Flash-bang grenades [BODY 03, EV 02 (Area of effect 1 AP), Flash: 07 (Area of effect 2 APs), Sensory block (earring): 09, Note : all Powers are Combined, Grenade drawback, R#03].
  • Generic 9mm [BODY 04, Projectile weapons: 04, Ammo: 15, R#03].
  • Generic .45 [BODY 04, Projectile weapons: 04, Ammo: 08, R#02].
  • Winchester lever-action rifle [BODY 03, Projectile weapons: 05, Ammo 13, R#03].
  • Combat shotgun [BODY 04, Projectile weapons: 06 (Diminishing), Range: 03, Ammo: 07, R#03, Advantage : Scattershot, Limitation: Projectile weapons has No Range – use the Range given next instead, Drawback: Very long reload time].
  • Machine pistol [BODY 04, Projectile weapons: 05, Ammo: 04, R#03, Advantage : Autofire].
  • Six-shooter [BODY 04, Projectile weapons: 04, Ammo: 06, R#02, Drawback: Long reload time].
  • Big revolver action grenade launcher [BODY 04, Range: 07, Ammo: 06, R#03] w/ six more Offensive Grenades as above.
  • Tactical vest [BODY 04, Invulnerability: 05, Skin armor: 02, Limitation : Invulnerability and Skin armor only vs bullets and slashing and piercing weapons ; Real Armour].

Previous Statistics

During the events of Resident Evil 2 Leon was much less experienced and assumed to have far fewer HPs (about 20). Also consider during this period consider his mystical attributes as well as his Mind to be one AP lower.

By Tom Eilers.

Source of Character: Resident Evil (video games).

Helper(s): Wikipedia, Sébastien Andrivet.