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Alexander Ashford was the son of Edward Ashford, co-founder of the Umbrella Corporation. His children were Alfred and Alexia Ashford.


Early life and ascension

"The year is 1983, and I'm afraid that my only daughter has become obsessed with the Veronica virus. "

Alexander, the son of wealthy aristocrat Edward Ashford, aided his father in research on the Progenitor virus.[1] However, he neither possessed exceptional knowledge nor interest in virology, and instead used what he knew of genetic engineering to become an Umbrella researcher. His most notable achievement was the discovery of the human gene that regulated intelligence, but despite this, he remained a relatively minor scientist and was never truly rewarded.


Hoping to put his discovery to good use in resuscitating the Ashford family's reputation, he used advanced cloning techniques and strands of DNA taken from the embalmed corpse of the Ashford family matriarch, Veronica to create a pair of twins, whom he named Alfred and Alexia. Alfred was of above-average intellect, but not a genius, whilst Alexia possessed unmatched intelligence, and went on to become a Chief Senior Researcher at Umbrella at the mere age of ten. The creation of these twins was horrifying at best. Finding it unbearable that anyone should find his records, Alexander hid them in a secret room at the Antarctic Base.

Alexander Ashford

A portrait of Alexander Ashford, son of Edward Ashford.

However, over a decade later, Alfred found the secret room, but was unable to open the doorway, requiring three family gemstones to open it. He easily accessed two of them, as they belonged to him and his sister, but tricking his father into surrendering his was another matter. He eventually succeeded, and opened the door. He read the records and went mad from the revelation that he was merely the unintended by-product of his father's experiment, and to the atrocious truth behind the experiments that ultimately resulted in his and his sister's creation.

Around this time, Alexander started to express concerns surrounding Alexia's obsession with the T-Veronica virus, a viral strain she had developed by combining the Progenitor virus with Queen Ant's DNA, and, in particular, her twin desires to experiment upon her own body with it and to release it into the world. His worries increased to the point that he installed an experimental anti-B.O.W. weapon known as the "Linear Launcher" in the facility as a last resort to stop her if she carried through on her plans.

Transformation and death


Nosferatu in Darkside Chronicles.

After finding out how he and his sister were born, Alfred was embittered and mad at his father for not making him as intelligent as Alexia. Alfred trapped him and used him as a guinea pig to test Alexia's experimental virus strain, the T-Veronica. Within two months, he mutated into an abomination and the twins, disgusted that he was a failure even as an experiment, chained him in a secret room in the Antarctic base, where he remained in solitary confinement until 1998. Hidden away from the facility, he became the monster known as "Nosferatu" to the workers, who were terrified by his noises.[2][notes 1]


Nosferatu in CODE:Veronica.


Nosferatu's render from Code Veronica and Survivor 2.

Alexander eventually managed to break free during Claire Redfield and Steve Burnside's attempt to escape the building by using a digger to drive through the wall. He quickly undid the majority of the chains around before heading off in pursuit. The Nosferatu made it to a heliport just as Claire and Steve arrived on the roof and fought Claire. There, he began to grow mutated appendages to attack Claire and Steve. He, however, was killed due to heavy damage to his chest and the two escaped.

Family tree of the Ashford dynasty

Unknown parent
(modified clone)
(modified clone)



  1. Excerpt from BIOHAZARD CODE:Veronica Kanzenban Kaitai Shinsho, page 82:
    "かつてのアシュフォード家当主・アレクサンダーの変わり果てた姿。娘のアレクシアからT-Veronicaを注入された結果、 凶暴なモンスターと化し、 その危険さゆえ15年ものあいだ南極基地の地下独房に監禁されてきた。「ノスフェラトゥ」とは「不死身、 吸血鬼」を意 味するルーマニア語で、 事情を知らぬ基地の作業員たちがつけた呼び名。監禁名の残で手足の自由は利かず、 両眼もふさがれているが、 ウイルスの影響により生じた触手を振りまわして攻撃を仕掛ける。また、 体内で生成された特殊な毒液は空気にふれると気化し、 毒霧となって敵を襲う。肋骨を割って胸部に露出した心臓が急所。"
  1. Biohazard CODE:Veronica Kaitai-Shinsho
  2. Hamamura (ed.), Kaitaishinsho, p.82

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