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Leon Kennedy: One of the most well-known Resident Evil characters is Leon Kennedy. This is everything you didn’t know about him before.
Resident Evil is one of the most well-known and successful video game franchises of all time.

Leon S. Kennedy is the protagonist of Resident Evil 2, Resident Evil 4, and Resident Evil 6. He is intelligent, unpredictable, and collected. With so much excitement surrounding the incredibly successful debut of the Resident Evil 2 remake, Leon is getting a lot of attention.

12 Facts You Didn’t Know About Leon Kennedy

Leon Kennedy

Leon S. Kennedy prefers to work alone, and the games provide players very little information about him. Perhaps this list will throw some insight on the loner-type character who appears in most games. These are 13 facts about Leon S. Kennedy that most players are unaware of.

Tom Bowen’s June 16, 2021 update: Leon Kennedy is one of the most beloved characters in the Resident Evil series, despite his absence from the last two mainstream games.

While he may not appear in Resident Evil: Village, fans may look forward to his return in Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness, which will premiere on Netflix later this year.

The CGI series is set to premiere on the streaming service in July 2021, and it will feature the return of both Leon and Claire. Fans will be hoping that the series goes a little more into the backstories of the individuals, though there is already a lot of interesting material about Raccoon City’s best officer floating around for those who know where to look.

1. Leon Has Appeared In Several Games That Aren’t Resident Evil

Leon S. Kennedy has appeared in various games outside of the Resident Evil franchise, in addition to multiple Resident Evil games. He appears as a solo unit in the Capcom, Namco, and Sega crossover game Project x Zone 2 and is one of three Resident Evil characters unlocked in Capcom’s 1999 title Trick’n Snowboarder.

Despite popular desire, Leon has never appeared as a playable character in a Marvel vs. Capcom game, though he does appear on one of the cards in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3’s Heroes and Heralds mode. Another crossover fighting game, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, had Leon slated as a playable character, but he was cut before the game’s final release.

2. Leon was most likely influenced by the title character from Leon: The Professional.

Many people believe Leon was inspired by Jean Reno’s character in the 1994 film Leon: The Professional, despite the lack of actual evidence. They have a deep link with the name Matilda, in addition to sharing a name and a talent for armed fighting.

It’s the name of the Natalie Portman character who is kidnapped by the assassin near the opening of the film, as well as Leon’s unlockable weapon in RE4.

Leon’s name is derived from the Latin word “leo,” which loosely translates to “lion,” and hence has ties to Ancient Greece. This is something that the Resident Evil 2 developers seemed to be aware of, as one of Leon’s first puzzles in the game involves a lion statue.

3. In a cancelled version of Resident Evil 2, he made his first appearance.

Leon’s appearance in Resident Evil 1.5 (also known as Biohazard 1.5) differed slightly from Resident Evil 2. Resident Evil 1.5 was supposed to be Resident Evil 2, but it was scrapped. Capcom was displeased with the final product and, despite the risks, decided to abandon the project near the conclusion. Claire was also absent from Resident Evil 1.5.

Elza Walker, a character from the narrative, was the other option. In the Resident Evil 2 remake, players can obtain Elza Walker’s attire, which is a nod to the unreleased game. The first appearance of Leon S. Kennedy was in Resident Evil 1.5, not Resident Evil 2, as most people believe.

4. Throughout the Resident Evil series, Leon’s job has changed.

When Leon’s character was originally revealed, it was astonishing to realise how much he differed from Chris Redfield. While Chris Redfield relies on raw strength and weapon proficiency, Leon S. Kennedy is smart and relies on his brains and the assistance of allies to get out of sticky situations.

Leon S. Kennedy was a police officer in the Raccoon Police Department in Resident Evil 2. In Resident Evil 4, he took on the role of a president’s secret service agent. It’s impossible to say what Leon S. Kennedy will be up to in Resident Evil 8. If they feature characters from past games, that is.

5. Ada Wong has a special place in Leon’s heart.

Because impersonating a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent is unlawful, Ada Wong must have been well compensated for her services as a mercenary. Throughout the series, Leon S. Kennedy has an unusual relationship with Ada Wong.

Leon S. Kennedy obviously have strong affections for Ada Wong since he turned a blind eye to her criminal activities. He doesn’t even know if her real name is Ada Wong or if she uses an alias, so there’s certainly space for improvement in the couple’s relationship.

6. In Resident Evil 2, Leon was just a rookie.

Leon was merely a rookie throughout the events of Resident Evil 2 despite being an expert with every weapon and more confidence in his abilities than senior police officers. People appear to like rooting for the underdog, whether in movies or video games.

In fact, a novice cop wouldn’t have stood a chance against a zombie apocalypse or a deadly Tyrant like Mr. X. With that stated, Leon S. Kennedy had a fantastic first day on the job, and it’s a day he’ll remember for the rest of his life.

7. Leon S. Kennedy was a bright police academy student.

Leon S. Kennedy graduated first in his class from the police academy. His exceptional test scores made him a natural choice for the Raccoon City Police Department. After hearing bizarre rumours of horrific murders in the neighbourhood, Leon S. Kennedy decided to join the RPD.

Leon S. Kennedy possessed many of the qualities of a good police officer, and what he lacked in experience, he more than made up for in knowledge. He has pledged to stop the Umbrella Corporation wherever they appear from his first day on the job and has been a continuous thorn in their side.

8. In Resident Evil 2, 79 percent of players choose to play as Leon first.

Capcom created a website after the release of Resident Evil 2 Remake to publish game statistics. One of the most intriguing statistics on the site is that a whooping 79 percent of players choose to go through the game as Leon initially. There have also been about 20 million playthroughs with the rookie cop, which is nearly 5 million more than with Claire.

Leon is routinely ranked as one of the most popular Resident Evil characters of all time, according to fans. Claire Redfield is also a high-ranking character, although when it comes to initial playthroughs, Leon is usually chosen first. Claire does have one advantage: when playing as her, players are somewhat more likely to clear the game, with Claire having a 42 percent clear rate compared to Leon’s 38 percent.

9. To protect Ada Wong, Leon fought Chris Redfield.

Although many consider Resident Evil 6 to be one of the franchise’s weaker entries, it is worth playing for dedicated fans who want to learn more about the tale. Leon fought Chris in Resident Evil 6 to protect Ada Wong in one scene. Despite the fact that Ada worked for Neo Umbrella, Leon felt compelled to protect her.

At one point, the two engaged in hand-to-hand combat and even drew their firearms on each other. Leaving aside who is the larger badass, Leon’s willingness to break all the rules for someone whose name he may or may not know, let alone endanger his life, is a little bizarre.

10. The Actor/Voice Actor/Voice Actress/Voice Actress In Every Game, Leon S. Kennedy Alters

In contrast to the Resident Evil films, the game featured Leon S. Kennedy multiple times. The inclusion of Leon (most people’s favourite character) would appear to be a no-brainer, yet the Resident Evil film franchise’s studio squandered its potential.

In every video game, the voice actor for Leon S. Kennedy has changed. Even the Resident Evil 2 voice actor is not the same as the one in the remake. Leon S. Kennedy has been voiced by performers such as Paul Haddad, Paul Mercier, Christian Lanz, Matthew Mercer, and Nick Apostolides.

11. The actor who Leon is based on has also changed several times.

Many people are unaware that Leon’s design is inspired by a real person. The actor who Leon is modelled after, like his voice actor, has changed several times over the years. Leon is based on Christian Duerre in RE4, although in later instalments of the series, actors Jamisin Matthews, Bart Voitila, and Eduard Badaluta have taken his place.

Not only has Leon’s voice actor and model changed several times, but so has the actor who provides mocap for the zombie-slaying protagonist. Teruaki Ogawa was the first to play the character during the filming of RE4, however four other actors have subsequently taken up the role. The most recent was Nick Apostolides, who also did the voice of Leon in RE2 Remake.

12. Leon S. Kennedy was one of the first to hear of the Zombie Apocalypse in Raccoon City.

Leon Kennedy knew there had been a string of unusual deaths in the neighbourhood when he started working for the Raccoon City Police Department, but he had no idea who or what was behind them. But it didn’t take him long to figure out exactly what was going on.

During Resident Evil 2, the Umbrella Corporation established a controlled outbreak that stayed largely contained. The Umbrella Corporation later distributes the virus to other parts of the world, and Leon faces it again in Resident Evil 4 when he travels to a village in Europe to investigate a kidnapping.

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