I find Ethan to be the most relatable protagonist out of the games I played (I’ve only played Resident Evil remake, re 4 and re7

1 : Anonymous2021/03/07 18:47 ID: lzwuz5

I just feel Jill, Chris and Leon are like superheroes. Really fun and cool characters. But that's also what makes them unrelatable in some ways. They're like an Arnold Schwarzenegger character or Rambo. Larger than life kind of characters. Ethan, on the other hand, is just an ordinary man who was put in a shitty situation. He even has the same profession as I do (systems engineer). People say this makes him boring. I agree. But isn't the ordinary person boring? What do you guys think?

2 : Anonymous2021/03/07 19:38 ID: gq4nk19

Chris and Jill seem like superheroes in RE1? I understand that for later entries, but not so much RE1. I heard people call him boring for not really having a design we can see in-game, lack of lines, and because of the lines he had. To me, I’m just not interested in his story, and I generally like larger than life characters more than relatable characters.

ID: gq4o432

Well, Chris and Jill were already experienced in combat in the first game. Not so much Ethan. And don't twist my words. I didn't say larger than life characters are worse than relatable characters.

3 : Anonymous2021/03/07 20:22 ID: gq4tuoo

Ethan is barely a character though, he’s a camera. That’s the issue with 7. He is meant to be your typical average joe skinny office guy, but Capcom don’t commit to it. They just use it as a base for an avatar.

I don’t really care for relatable characters, it’s not something I look for. If they are relatable, cool I guess, but if not, doesn’t mean anything. Some of the best characters like Arthur Morgan, are not relatable. Chris and Leon are cool specifically because they are not boring system engineers (no offence). If that’s relatable, who wants that?

A much better example of the “ordinary man” archetype is Nathan Drake, he’s relatable in that he seems as fallible as most people would be but is still capable of heroic feats because he isn’t just a regular joe although he looks like one. Ethan lacks that, partly due to him not even having a face.

ID: gq5f3hv

I agree, I have less attachment to him than just about anyone in the franchise. That's the problem with a FPS game without cutscenes showing the character in 3rd person. When I think about anyone else in the cast, I think about their attitudes, their actions, etc. I think of Ada ziplining around, I think of Jill exploring a house and ducking Nemesis, when I think Leon I think too cool for school special agent, Chris I can't help but think about boulder punching.

When I think of Ethan I think of a weird watch on a stapled on arm.

ID: gq577ye

He was intended to be a silent protagonist but they changed their minds later on but luckily they said that Ethan would have more background and personality in Villahe

ID: gq72y5s

I think Ethan is supposed to feel like someone you can just stand in for, because of the VR mechanic in the game. If I had been playing someone who is already quite an established character, it wouldn't have felt as much like it was happening to "me" when I played it in VR.

Ethan's reactions to these were pretty on line with how I reacted to things, and therefore it felt easy to blend into his character as I tried to survive.

Knowing little about Ethan helped create immersion in the FP perspective. I can see that feeling kinda lame if you're playing it normally, but it's certainly a bonus when played via VR.

4 : Anonymous2021/03/07 23:04 ID: gq5gb7b

In RE7, Ethan was not a character. He was a camera with a one paragraph bio. He had potential, but they failed to make him more than a genetic stereotype. I am hopeful RE8 will flesh him out more and actually bring life to his story.

5 : Anonymous2021/03/07 21:34 ID: gq545ii

I think you should play Resident evil 2. There’s a certain young lady that’s ordinary but she’s got a bit more personality than Ethan.

I guess Ethan is more relatable but I don’t think how relatable a character is only comes in the form of their job/backstory. If someone like to crack jokes and witty replies a lot maybe they can relate to re4 Leon without relating to the part of Leon that involves being a secret agent that dodges lasers by running up walls.

6 : Anonymous2021/03/07 19:41 ID: gq4nzxs

I for one found Ethan kinda bland. I much prefer ''larger than life'' heros like Chris, Leon or Jill. The first person perspective also doesnt help, since it robs the connection with protagonists you get in 3rd person.

ID: gq56wie

I don’t know how many people feel this way but the third person more relatable is definitely subjective

ID: gq4ofen

Well my post isn't about whether you prefer "larger than life" characters to relatable characters. I'm just arguing Ethan was a more relatable character. That's all I'm saying. Not saying that makes him a better character.

7 : Anonymous2021/03/07 20:28 ID: gq4uu1m

I think that ethan was „too“ bland of a character in 7. Of course, in a FPS game the protagonist has to be a bit more in the background for immersion purposes. I liked some of his lines but his motivation wasnt logical. Since you only played three games you might not know that claire was the first „normal“ character in the series to face an outbreak. Leon was a young cop in RE2 but he still was a rookie without the elite government agent training as in RE4. Also in the earlier games before RE4 even trained characters like the s.t.a.r.s. bravo team and all the R.P.D. Cops died. They were side characters, granted, but they were still trained in armed combat. For the later games its only natural that our protagonists that survived so many outbreaks before could handle the situation far easier than before.

8 : Anonymous2021/03/08 00:06 ID: gq5n516

I find it really strange that people on here act like Ethan didn’t talk or have a personality. He had quite a bit of dialogue, Just take one look at the script for RE7 or have another go at it.

I think maybe it has more to do with the fact you barely saw him in the game due to the first person view. I think the “blank/bland” aspect is really just the fact that he’s not a cop, an agent, or umbrella affiliated. He’s just a regular guy at first looking for his wife in 7 (Which is what makes him relatable). By the end of it all he’s definitely a different person than when he arrived, 8 will surely dive right into that and flesh him out further.

9 : Anonymous2021/03/07 22:56 ID: gq5feod

I've posted this same thing before about Ethan, and why I like him.

in RE1 they weren't really super heros. In RE3make Jill is definitely a super hero. I have never even played 5 and 6 and I think that keeps me away from a lot of the other super hero level bullshit.

Anyway that means they'll probably make Ethan go Super Saiyan in 8.

10 : Anonymous2021/03/07 20:11 ID: gq4s91k

I feel like the ghost hunter intro would have been awesome rather than a typical oh no my wife is missing thing, but it is still a good game. His movement and actions get really complicated so it is still more fun than just run and shooting the enemies.

11 : Anonymous2021/03/08 00:14 ID: gq5o03o

I can't believe no one here didn't immediately recall a time in their life when they punched a giant boulder with no damage to their hand.

12 : Anonymous2021/03/08 01:51 ID: gq5ykbn

He was designed to be the most relatable.

13 : Anonymous2021/03/08 02:10 ID: gq60lka

Ethan is as much as superhero as the rest. Dude gets his hand cut off and shrugs it off like it’s nothing.

ID: gq6i1st

This is the only thing that bothered me about 7. Everything about Ethan and Mia’s infections was believable except their immortality.

14 : Anonymous2021/03/08 03:16 ID: gq67o8x

Chris was great until the boulder punch. Now he's a meme, and not even a particularly good one. A laughingstock.

15 : Anonymous2021/03/08 08:30 ID: gq6wvwe

part of me suspects that there's more to ethan besides being an average joe. it's mainly because he's made out to be an average joe, but he somehow managed to survive a night of pure hell. it could be that i'm just looking way too much into this, but it'd be interesting if that's explored in re 8.

16 : Anonymous2021/03/07 19:51 ID: gq4phx8

You're not meant to relate to Leon in RE4. Dude is basically human Dante (yes I know the RE4/DMC connection) and is the only dude bad enough to rescue the presidents daughter.

Unironically the best character they've written though.


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