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(Capcom's primary storyline)
"Stupid Americans, you think you can defeat it, don't you? But you forget that when you look into the depths of the abyss, it swallows you whole!"
Javier Hidalgo was the leader of the drug cartel, the Sacred Snakes, a specialist operation mastered by the US government to disrupt illegal trafficking in Latin America.
Hidalgo took de facto control over a large area of jungle. He ruled the entire area absolutely. The small government was unable to do anything about Javier’s control of the drug trade, so Jack Krauser and Leon S. Kennedy had been called in to infiltrate this small South American country and find him.
The drugs that Javier’s organization was producing had been contaminating surrounding countries, as well as having found their way into America. Javier was amassing a fortune in drug money, building up his own private army, and fortifying his operations. He was a wanted criminal in many countries, and was an uncommonly cruel man.
This ability to slip through the fingers of justice and gather other criminals is not something an ordinary person could accomplish. Javier had achieved his goals through the use of violence and strict control of the region. He rewarded those who submitted to him, and brutally punished anyone who stood in his way, making harsh examples of anyone who opposed him. He ruled his dominion through fear.
He had a daughter, Manuela Hidalgo, with his wife Hilda. When Hilda became infected with the t-Virus, Javier tried to save her with the t-Veronica virus; it worked, but Hilda became mutated. When Manuela became infected, Javier used the t-Veronica virus again and prevented her transformation by kidnapping young girls from a village and harvesting and transplanting their organs.
Transformation and Death
In the 5th and final level of Operation Javier (excluding Krauser's two additional levels), Javier used the plant in his botanical garden and fused with it, becoming the V-Complex. His new formed body then detached from the ground and made its way through the mansion absorbing anything in its path (much like William Birkin's fifth form). In the first part of its boss fight, Javier's newly formed arm smashed into the area where Hilda was killed and attacked Leon, Krauser, and Manuela but to no avail. Part of his arm was lost and he was forced to extract into the outside of the mansion. In the final fight with Javier, Leon had to destroy his legs in order to cripple him. Soon after Javier regenerated and his newly deformed body was shown through the head of his new form. Finally Javier was killed by a bullet to the head from whichever character has the point of view after he asked "Kill me!". In the bonus Krauser levels' ending, Wesker was seen staring down at the burning remains of Javier through binoculars.
- According to comments made by Masachika Kawata, the producer of Darkside Chronicles in Nintendo Power, Javier Hidalgo is meant to act as a foil for Albert Wesker.
- Javier's mutated form seems to have a similar head to that of an Anubis and the scythe-like forearm of a Jabberwock S3, most likely due to him consuming everything in sight, including fallen enemies downed by Leon and Krauser.
- During the final battle with Javier, it's easy to tell he's become completely consumed by the virus by how his views on Manuela changed. At first all he wanted to do was protect his daughter, but now he wants to "consume" her so that he can become larger and more powerful. This is even noted by Krauser in Chapter 7.