14 Nightmarish Resident Evil Monsters

Lickers, and Tyrants, and Birkins, oh my!


Resident Evil is the most famous horror video game franchise and is still going strong nearly twenty-five years after it debuted back in 1996.

After many sequels and spin-offs, you’d think there was a danger the scares would have grown stale as the audience becomes inured to Resident Evil’s particular brand of b-movie inspired body-horror, but reinvention is something that Resident Evil has excelled at, showing an ability to change with the times while many of its survival-horror rivals stagnated.

Which isn’t to say the franchise hasn’t had its missteps; anyone who’s laboured through Resident Evil 0 will attest to that. It’s a series that has been darn right silly - gloriously so at points - and us fans love it for that too. But the series has had something of a reset in recent releases, largely stepping away from the overblown excess and convoluted lore, in favour of a more stripped-down return to horror.

So, for this list we’re going to focus on the nastiest monsters that Umbrella and its many subsidiaries have created, the grotesque things that shamble through those eerie abandoned mansions and ruins of Raccoon City.


Ben is an avid fan of horror, science fiction, and fantasy. He also loves video games but is alarmed at his steadily growing back log; he hopes to finish Red Dead Redemption 2 sometime around 2030.