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"Does he know Wesker was my father?"
According to the report on Jake sent to Derek C. Simmons, Jake's mother emigrated to the United States alone in her early twenties. Although the details aren't clear, it seems to be the opportunity of when she met Wesker, had a relationship with him and then got pregnant with his child. After presumably breaking up with Wesker, she soon returned home to Edonia and gave birth to Jake, without telling Wesker of the fact.
From an early age, he had to support his chronically ill mother. She could have made a full recovery if the family could have afforded it, but Jake and Ms. Muller had barely enough money to cover their daily needs. She tried her best to provide for the family, and did all she could to protect Jake. He loved his mother, but couldn't understand why she was still enamored with his father, the man who had abandoned them.
Without Albert, Jake soon found work as a mercenary in order to support his mother, selling his services to the insurgents fighting the government. He had no love for politics; he just wanted to afford better medical care for his mother. Unfortunately, Ms. Muller passed away not long after he became a soldier of fortune.
Jake felt like he was alone in the world, and his heart was now hardened. His only concern was for money, even though he no longer had a pressing need for it.
His mother left a note for him next to her bed before she died.
"I love you, Jake. I'm so sorry to have to leave you like this. Please forgive me. And please, don't hate your father. I'm sure he loves you and is thinking about you, and I know you two will find each other someday. Stay strong."
"Yeah yeah yeah, good for you, but... now's not really the time. You coming?"
As he spoke to the newly turned J'avo, it is apparent Jake knew something is wrong as he is unsurprised when the J'avo attacked him with a knife. A battle ensues between the two in which Jake showed a heightened reaction ability as well as increased strength. Just as he defeated the J'avo, a young woman by the name of Sherry Birkin - daughter of William Birkin, former research partner of Jake's father - asked him if he had already injected himself. Jake told her of the woman passing them out as she makes mention of him having antibodies. Perplexed at first, she told Jake he is the key to saving the world but the moment was interrupted when they are attacked by more J'avo. Jake escaped through a garbage chute and Sherry followed after him. As Sherry tried to finally introduce herself, Jake cut her off and told her that it's not the time. Making his getaway, Jake asked Sherry if she's coming with him.
Pursued through Edonia
"What the hell is that thing?!"
Sherry was tasked to protect Jake and keep him out of harm's way, in order to bring him back to America with her so that they could use his blood, which possesses anti-bodies which make him immune to the effects of the C-Virus. After Sherry explained the situation to Jake, he walks over to a nearby window to think over the situation. After a short time, Jake agreed to give his blood, but in exchange he demanded that the United States government had to pay him $50 million (in cash), in return for one pint. As they made their way through the village turned war zone and the countless number of J'avo, Jake and Sherry are attacked and chased down by a deadly B.O.W. known as the Ustanak. The Ustanak chased them through an abandoned warehouse where they have to fight the creature off. Jake and Sherry defeated the Ustanak, only for it to stumble backwards into a nearby supporting beam, causing the floor to fall from beneath them. The two survived the fall and continue forward until they reached the town square. There, the pair crossed paths with Chris Redfield, Piers Nivans, and other BSAA operatives - the very same people Jake was supposed to fight. They joined forces, albeit briefly, to fend off two massive Ogroman. When it was time to part ways with the operatives, Chris inquires if he and Jake had met before, perhaps noticing a resemblance to Wesker. Jake left Chris with only a sarcastic reply before he and Sherry departed.
During the flight, Sherry called her supervisor to discuss the pairs where abouts and about Jakes terms of agreement. After the call, Sherry confirms to Jake that his terms have been accepted and that he would receive his $50 million upon his arrival in the United States. Jake then began to talk to Sherry about Chris, but before he could, the helicopter was attacked by the Ustanak, who had survived their previous encounter. After fighting off the Ustanak for a second time, the pair jumped from the helicopter they were in and parachuted down before it exploded, but one of the propellers from the helicopter tears their parachute, causing them to plummet to the ground.
Jake came round lying in the snow, surrounded by bits of the helicopter wreckage with Sherry lying on top of him. Jake removed his hand from Sherry's back to find it covered in her blood. Jake, panicked by the sight, moved from under Sherry to find a large piece of metal from the helicopter had impaled her through the back. Whilst he wondered what to do, Sherry asks him to remove it. Although he initially refuses, he eventually agreed and pulled the piece of scrap metal out. However, much to Jake's amazement, Sherry does not bleed to death, but instead began to heal herself until the wound had completely disappeared. After a brief conversation about Sherry's special ability, Sherry informed Jake that all the data chips they needed to make a vaccine are missing. Jake agreed to help retrieve them, knowing that without them he would not get his money. After retrieving them, Jake and Sherry took shelter in a nearby cabin. Jake learns that Sherry's healing abilities are due to the after effects of her being infected with the G-virus 14 years earlier. He also learns that Sherry's father, William Birkin, was killed due to his research, and that by the time he was killed by Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield, he had mutated so much that he was no longer recognisable as a human being. Jake noted that Claire is Chris's sister. Jake then heard a noise outside, and tackled Sherry to the ground just as a group of J'avo outside opened fire on them. After a brief fight in the cabin, the J'avo triggered an explosive charge to blow open the wall, which resulted in the start of an avalanche. Jake and Sherry grabbed two nearby snowmobiles the J'avo had left and raced down the mountain to escape the oncoming avalanche.
The two of them eventually got trapped in an underground cavern, and began to look for a way out. However, they discovered that the Ustanak has survived the helicopter crash as well, and was patrolling the underground caverns searching for them. After sneaking around the cavern and retrieving the key card for a nearby door, Jake alerted the Ustanak whilst sliding the card through the electronic lock. Whilst being pursued through the resulting rooms, Jake and Sherry found a giant mining drill, and used it to defeat the Ustanak for a third time by drilling him into a wall. The two found an exit which led them to the side of a hill, which Sherry informed Jake was nearby the rendezvous point. Just as they were about to set off towards the rendezvous, they were once again attacked by a group of J'avo. As Jake and Sherry fought them off, the Ustanak reappeared from the cavern exit and sent Sherry spinning through the air, knocking her unconscious, before knocking Jake to the floor. The Ustanak pinned Jake to the ground using his foot, and as Jake looked up, he saw Carla Radames, the woman who infected the rest of his comrades, walking towards him. She reveals to Jake that he is the son of Albert Wesker and tells him how he had tried, and failed, to destroy the world. Carla then gave the order to the Ustanak to stomp on Jake, knocking him unconscious. Both he and Sherry were then kidnapped and taken to a facility in China to be experimented on.
"Your orders were to avoid contact... with anyone."
While making his escape Jake assisted Sherry several times via security turrets, and soon found his way into a locker room mere moments after Sherry. There the duo began to get changed from their medical apparel into clothing from the lockers and proceeded to arm themselves, during this time Jake asked Sherry if she's familiar with Albert Wesker and he discovered that she was, he mentioned that Wesker was spoken about numerous times and expressed his disgust that his father was a "freaking nutjob who almost destroyed the world". Jake mentioned that he believes he acts like he does due to his father's actions, even asking Sherry if she doesn't think crazy runs in his family and he mentioned his actions make some sense to him now. Sherry, disgusted with his words, scolds him, saying he can blame his father all he wants, but he has to take responsibility for his own actions.
Upon exiting the locker room, the two of them found themselves in a rather lavish living quarters for the facility. They also figured out that they were in China. Wanting to contact her superiors and inform them of their situation, Sherry and Jake searched for a terminal where they could establish a line. Upon finding a computer with data of Jake's biology and a potential cure, Sherry copied the data to a card and took it with her. They also found Sherry's phone, and she contacted Simmons, finding out that he was already in China.
Escaping the facility, they took a motorcycle into the city, with an enemy helicopter in hot pursuit. With the help of Chris Redfield and Piers Nivans, who were also in China, they took down the helicopter and went on to meet up with Simmons at the rendezvous point. While running through the backstreets and alleyways, they came upon a large group of J'avo and fought their way to a clearing where the Ubistvo was knocked down from a train by Ada Wong and landed in front of them. The creature attacked them with its razor sharp arm and attempted to kill them, but the duo quickly gunned it down. Believing it to be dispatched dead, they proceeded onwards.
On their way, Sherry and Jake witnessed a plane crash, Sherry apparently noted that it was American. Upon investigating, they found Leon S. Kennedy along with Helena Harper. After a brief reunion, Sherry told Leon how she was on protective detail and inquired as to why he was in China. Leon revealed to her that her boss, Derek C. Simmons, was the one responsible for the global outbreaks. Taken aback, Sherry did not believe it at first, insisting it couldn't be possible as she reported to him and trusted him. Tensions rose as Leon tried to pressure Sherry into revealing Simmons' location, but Jake stepped in violently. Pulling Jake away, Sherry told him that Leon was one responsible for helping her survive during the Raccoon City incident, which convinced Jake, albeit hesitantly, to trust him.
Sherry's reunion with Leon was cut short as the Ustanak, standing upon the wreckage of the crashed plane, suddenly attacked. The four of them fought against the violent B.O.W., and foiled its attempts to kidnap Jake. After doing what they could to keep Ustanak at bay, the monster finally retreated, but not before a large electrical tower began to crash down. The tower separated the two parties, and Sherry tried desperately to tell Leon and Helena where the rendezvous point was before a massive explosion. With no other choice but to hope that Leon heard her, Sherry and Jake went to continue their journey to the rendezvous.
Using a river raft to travel across water, the two dangerously sailed into an ambush, where the Ubistvo that they had seemingly defeated earlier returned for some revenge. Just when they began to think they were doomed, a gunshot sounded out and hit the Ubistvo. Surprised and unsure if the bullet had been from a friend or foe, Sherry and Jake evaded the Ubistvo as best as they could while the mysterious sniper helped them. After shocking the creature and knocking it into the water, Sherry and Jake once again attempted to flee using another raft. However, the Ubistvo barged on to their raft and almost knocked Sherry into a propeller from nearby debris when the mysterious sniper saved them one last time.
"If Leon was right about Simmons, I want you to run. No matter what happens."
Sherry warns Jake about Simmons' intentions. Finally making it to the rendezvous point, Sherry hesitated outside the door, admitting to Jake that if things went bad, she wanted him to escape, no matter what. Jake agreed, though not easily, and the two entered the door, finding themselves in the presence of not only Simmons, but also Leon and Helena.
Simmons ordered Sherry to take Leon and Helena into custody, but Sherry refused, instead asking if what Leon had said was true and if Simmons really was responsible for the bioterrorist attacks. Angered by her suspicions, Simmons revealed that the president had been killed and that Leon was responsible. Helena and Leon quickly rebutted, and a fire fight soon ensued. Sherry, confused and unsure of what to believe was also fired on by Simmons' men, and Jake quickly knocked her into cover.
Leon told Sherry that they would provide her and Jake cover to a nearby exit. Sherry agreed, and they executed the plan, Sherry and Jake making a run for the doorway. Once there, a J'avo caught them off guard and Sherry pleaded for Jake to run. With a smug look on his face, he refused, and Sherry replied, saying he'd promised. Revealing that he'd lied, the two tried to fight off the growing masses of J'avo until they were finally overpowered, disarmed, and taken to an underwater base.
Capture, Rescue and Escape
When Sherry and Jake woke up, they found themselves bound up. Sherry apologized to Jake for trusting Simmons and not seeing through his lies. Suddenly, they were somehow set free and Sherry rushed through the air vent to get their weapons and get Jake out of the cell. Fighting their way past a horde of Rasklapanje, they activated an elevator, but barely escaped alive when one of the creatures caused the facility to overload and spiral out of control.
As they made their escape, they encountered Chris and Piers, who were the ones that freed Sherry and Jake. When Chris revealed that he killed Albert Wesker, Sherry and Piers tried to stop Jake from killing his father's murderer. Jake didn't kill Chris, knowing that there were more important things at stake, but their conversation was interrupted when HAOS began to awaken, so they take the lifts up to the top. Once they reach the top, they witness Haos emerging from its cocoon. Dodging its attack, Sherry and Jake make their escape while Chris and Piers stayed behind to defeat it. Sherry wanted to go back and help, but Jake told her that it was their choice to stay. After being reminded that they had to save the world, Sherry hurried with Jake to the exit.
Entering a room filled with hot lava, Sherry and Jake are confronted by Ustanak once again. In the middle of the fight, Jake and Sherry are separated by Ustanak and Jake is trapped with it on an isolated gantry section. Without a weapon, Jake decides to face the creature with his hand-to-hand combat. After a series of well timed attacks on Ustanak, Jake lands the finishing blow on the monster and sends it falling into the lava. As the facility began to crumble, Sherry and Jake made their way to the exit. They found a lift that traveled at a fast speed, but they were met with Ustanak and a gush of lava. Trying to fight him off, Sherry spotted a gun and quickly grabbed it, pointing it at the monster. But she had a hard time keeping her hand steady, so Jake helped her in firing and killing Ustanak once and for all. As they held on for their lives on the lift, Jake thanked Sherry for saving his life.
"Fair's fair, kid."
Personality and Relationships
Jake appears to be a very solitary and selfish personality, trusting only in the power of money. This personality was stemmed from his original reasons for becoming a mercenary, which was to supply his mom with better health care, and the trauma caused by her death and thus his failure to get better medical coverage for her. When approached by Sherry Birkin with the prospect of helping to save the world, payment is the only thing on his mind. Even in the middle of a battle with the Ustanak, Jake's main concern is reminding Sherry about the money he's owed. It should be noted Jake originally states to be paid $200,000 upfront and another $200,000 in the end. After finding out they wanted his blood though, his price dramatically increases to a staggering $50,000,000 for a single pint.
Jake is incredibly brash and instinctive, having opened fire unexpectedly on an explosive tank near the Ustanak without even warning Sherry beforehand. When Leon moves in on Sherry, Jake immediately pushes between them and violently shoves him away, needing to be pulled back by Sherry. Very verbal, quick-witted and sarcastic, Jake won't let danger stop his mouth from running. He is often seen cursing loudly over a bad situation or even throwing profanity-laden taunts at his enemies - particularly the Ustanak. Jake also responds harshly to being bossed around and told what to do repeatedly.Later, Jake is seen being somewhat more protective of Sherry, particularly when he shoves Leon away from her when he gets aggressive, Jake holding on to Sherry's hand as he helps her up, or his reaction at them being separated. It is debatable as to whether this is any actual caring, a natural humane empathy, or if it's relative to his money and her mission in general, as he has to remind her about her mission orders to avoid all contact when they come across Leon and Helena. After the events of the C-Virus incident it appears Jake and Sherry have grown closer due to him lowering his original price and how they seem to keep in contact. After the incident, Jake also seems to be more concerned with helping people than he does about money, although he still maintains a mercenary image. This was shown when he helped protect a Middle Eastern boy from hoards of Napad in exchange for the upfront payment of a mere apple.
Despite his brash personality, after Jake finds out Wesker is his father he is quick to defend himself by saying he's not like his father, implying that despite him not knowing him directly he is ashamed of being his son. Jake is quick to retort to Sherry at one point that she should know what it's like about his father implying Jake feels a similarity between the two. Before Jake knew who Wesker was fully he asked Sherry if she was familiar with him to which she expressed surprise that he knew who Wesker was.
Before Jake found out Chris knew and killed his father, there was little interaction between the two, one major moment was when Chris asked Jake if the two had met to which he denied. After Jake discovers Chris was the man who killed his father he demanded to know why he killed Wesker and whether it was personal or orders to which Chris responded both. After a few moments it appears Jake has shot Chris but it is shown that Jake fired past Chris to which he demanded answers should they both survive the ordeal.
Skills and Abilities
Due to his lineage of Wesker, Jake seems to be very intelligent and learn things very quick, evident in the game include:
- Language: Jake seems to have an ability to learn foreign languages by only listening. Jake was able to learn Cantonese from his captors just two months into his captivity. By six months, the time he and Sherry escaped, he was able to read and speak it fluently.
- Music: He has a talent in playing the piano, able to play a very complicated music piece.
- Vehicle driving: It is possible that he has some experience in handling small motorized vehicles such as motorcycles/dirt-bikes and snowmobiles, as he drives both in very high-tension and quick-paced situations.
Jake grew up as a mercenary and was taught armed and unarmed combat. Jake evidently is skilled in hand-to-hand combat, being able to string together powerful attacks quickly even among multiple targets. Strangely a number of Jake's favored attacks such as upward palm thrust and downward piercing kick are identical to those used previously by his father. His hand-to-hand combat attacks are very powerful, seeming to decimate enemies quickly and even staggering the Ustanak - something only done so far by high-caliber weapons like the Elephant Killer or large explosions whereas normal gunfire does nothing to stop it or slow it down.
His swiftness in hand-to-hand fighting has shown to be comparable than Chris' and Leon's, as he quickly defeats J'avo with perfectly-fitted combos in RE6. While Chris and Leon use more conservative and simpler fighting style, Jake often incorporates flashy jump kicks and classic wrestling throws without getting worn out due to his increased stamina.
- ↑ Report on Jake Muller (Resident Evil 6: Collections Menu)
- ↑ Gamespot interview: "Resident Evil 6: On Wesker's Son, Horror, and the Release Date"
- ↑ Campaign Opening Scenes
- ↑ Capcom.co.jp Jake info.
- ↑ Capcom.co.jp Jake Profile/Bio.
- ↑ E3 2012 Trailer (1:27 & 2:46)