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"This is a farewell from the family, brother!"
Joe Baker is a Louisiana civilian who lived in Dulvey Parish. He is the older brother of Jack Baker, who ran the family ranch until his death in 2017. He was the only member of the Baker family to not be infected by Eveline due to his solitary life style and was unaware of what happened to the rest of his family until it was too late. He is now determined to save his niece, Zoe Baker from her impending death.
Joe is as physically fit as his brother Jack was, if not more so. Joe broke Jack's nose during a fight in their childhood days, and clothes-lined Jack into the swamp.
Joe also served in the U.S. military like his brother Jack, wearing his pair of ID tags around his neck and possessing extreme hand-to-hand combat skill. Despite sharing a similarly strong familial values with the rest of the Bakers, he did not keep in contact with them and lived as a hermit in the swamps nearby their home.
In 2017 following the deaths of Marguerite, Lucas, Eveline, and the rescuing of Ethan and Mia Winters, the mold continued to spread throughout the swamp prompting Blue Umbrella to quarantine the area and set up walls to contain it. Unaware of what had occurred the last few years, Joe adapted to fighting the Molded instead of migrating or calling for help.
Weeks later, Joe stumbled upon a pair of Blue Umbrella soldiers and his niece, Zoe, in what he could tell was in poor condition. After attacking and interrogating one of the soldiers, mistakenly assuming they were responsible for he's what observed so far, the imprisoned soldier explains to him that they have a cure prepared for her located in a nearby shack. Joe then vowed to save Zoe by any cost, and retrieves it while the mutated and unrecognizable Jack Baker, sets Joe's house on fire. The cure is ineffective as it is a partial dose, so the soldier volunteers to lead him back to their base for a full dose, but he is attacked through the wall and killed by Jack before he could say where. Joe flees with Zoe on a boat to look for the base.
By moving towards a nearby light structure, Joe discovers the base but abandoned, swarming with Molded, and that the cure has been moved to a nearby paddle boat. During Joe's efforts to retrieve it solo and return to Zoe, Jack fights him multiple times then abducts Zoe. Joe locating Zoe again begins to fight Jack again, who realizes its his brother as shell of his former self, is knocked out and thrown him in a coffin to die as Jack moves Zoe to his house.
After washing up on shore and escaping the coffin, Joe hears from a radio Umbrella forces engaging Jack at home estate and calling for reinforcements. Joe resorts to salvaging a AMG-78 power gauntlet from Umbrella's belongings to break a barrier to make it into the family property and mansion. There, he finds Zoe and battles with Jack one last time, using the gauntlet to finally end Jack's misery. He administers the dose to Zoe, who awakens just as Chris' team arrives.
After everyone had moved to a lab tent, Zoe is fully cured and expresses relief to Joe that her nightmare is finally over. He comforts her, assuring that his brother, Marguerite and Lucas loved her even under the influence of the infection.
Joe is a tall and well-built older man with short hair and a thick white beard. He wears a collarless white shirt, camo pants, black lace-up boots, and keeps his dog tags around his neck.
Skills and Abilities
Compared to Ethan's more civilian aligned background, Joe is a unique survivor with higher level of resourcefulness than the former. Living in the swamps of Louisiana his whole life and doubling as a war veteran granted him extensive survival skills; knowing which insects are edible, is able to create makeshift bombs out of scrap metal, make spears out of tree branches, and is able to put his hand-to-hand combat knowledge to extensive and highly skilled use. Despite his old age, he shows exceptional physical strength and stamina and no signs of slowing down while going up against a Molded B.O.W or Jack Baker.
His incredible strength allows him to utilize his bare hands through boxing and pro wrestling moves against a B.O.W. who comes through his path. Joe's strength is so vast that he was able to stop a punch from mutated Jack with just one hand and fight him to a standstill.
He is the only character in the game who is able to dispatch and execute Molded with nothing but his bare hands.
As evidenced by his play style and his past with Jack, Joe has a belligerent personality and often acts before he thinks, as shown when confronting two Umbrella operatives trying to cure his niece only to violently attack them out of concern for Zoe's life. Evident by his seasoned experiences, he revels in beating up the various creatures from Molded to alligators around the swamp with his bare hands and is absolutely fearless in trekking the nightmarish swamps, leaving him with humorous interactions. He is shown to be impatient and easily angered, displayed when using his fists to force Blue Umbrella's computer to formulate a vaccine by repeatedly hitting it. However, his indomitable spirit and loyalty to his family is his endearing trait as he goes to the greatest lengths and overcomes monstrous odds to save Zoe from crystallization. Brutish, albeit loyal, Joe is not too dissimilar to his younger brother in the latter's more human days.
Joe is the player character of the "End of Zoe" scenario in Resident Evil 7: Biohazard. He has 20 inventory slots and starts off with Bare Fists and Joe's Survival Manual. Thus, Joe uniquely can use left and right punches and combos when no weapons (or the Bare Fists themselves) are equipped. He also has access to the finisher, stomp, and stealth kill melee prompts, and can still perform actions while moving through water.