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Leon with his bloodhound in Resident Evil 1.5.

Leon original

Leon's first character design.

Leon's story was different in Resident Evil 1.5, the prototype version of Resident Evil 2. Still the unlucky rookie cop, instead of coming into town upon Raccoon City's destruction as he did in the final version, in the original draft, Leon and a small group of cops are holed up in the Police Station, having battled fiercely since the beginning of the incident. Leon had entered service a few days prior. The Precinct would be compromised shortly before the start of the game, and Leon would declare to the surviving morale-drained cops that they have to brave the gauntlet of horrors outside and escape or be doomed to wait for their death as the game starts. Leon's scenario originally had two supporting characters: Marvin Branagh and Ada Wong (who instead wore a researcher's outfit, and was known as "Linda").

Leon had two different character designs, but Capcom eventually settled for the way he looked in the final version of Resident Evil 2. When Ayumi Saito interviewed producer Shinji Mikami, he claimed that Leon's original design looked too much like Chris Redfield. In the conceptual designs for Leon, there are numerous illustrations of him and Elza Walker (the early version of Claire) wearing an armored vest with Umbrella's logo and the acronym U.S.S. (suggesting that it belonged to the Umbrella Security Service, HUNK's unit). This was part of a proposed armor system for Resident Evil 1.5. A casual portrait of Leon with a bloodhound was featured in Resident Evil 1.5's promotional artwork, and one piece of Leon's armored artwork was re-purposed for the box art of Resident Evil Gaiden.

Leon also went several iterations in Biohazard 3.5 (Resident Evil 4 development). Leon, in one of the earlier version, was to infiltrate the mansion belonged to Oswell E. Spencer. The location was later used in Resident Evil 5 DLC Lost In Nightmares. Instead of injected with the Las Plagas, Leon was originally infected with the Progenitor Virus, causing him to hallucinate supernatural enemies. Another of Leon's earlier iterations in Biohazard 3.5 was scrapped and reused in a new series called Devil May Cry, with the early Leon being recycled into the Dante character.


Resident Evil 2

Leon RE2 Model

Leon wears a full-body R.P.D. uniform in Resident Evil 2 with a vest, in contrast to other officers in the game who wear summer uniforms. This outfit is predominantly different shades of blue. He has two alternate costumes to wear in the game that changes his shooting style with the Handgun. The first is a casual outfit consisting of a leather jacket with a picture of a skull on the back and jeans, while the second costume is a tank top with cargo pants and an R.P.D. cap. The Nintendo 64 version replaced these costumes with a S.T.A.R.S. uniform and another consisting of camouflage pants with T-shirt, leather vest and sunglasses. In the FMV scenes in Resident Evil 2, his brown hair becomes copper shade and his eyes are blue instead of brown.

Resident Evil 4


In Resident Evil 4, Leon wears a short-sleeved black 5.11 shirt, blue 5.11 pants, black Magnum combat boots, and a brown B3 sheepskin bomber jacket. However, he loses the jacket early in the game, much to the chagrin of players who liked its look.

Leoncover copy

When playing Ada's scenario Separate Ways, you do however learn the previously unknown fate of the jacket; it was stolen by a Ganado when Leon and Luis were captured at the end of Chapter 1-1. He sports a variety of equipment and gear around his waist, including an attaché case on the small of his back, double pistol magazine pouches, navigation light, rappel, and radio pouch. A drop leg holster is strapped to his thigh, and he also wears a brown leather shoulder holster. Later in the game, the player has the option of acquiring the Tactical Vest, which puts a black assault vest and assorted gear on over Leon's standard outfit. The vest reduces damage by 30%.

After the player beats the game for the first time, they unlock Leon's classic R.P.D. uniform from Resident Evil 2, albeit updated. This updated uniform was used again in Darkside Chronicles for "Memories of a Lost City".


In the PlayStation 2 and Wii ports of RE 4, he is given a classic mafia-style outfit that is unlocked along with the Chicago Typewriter after the player clears the "Separate Ways" scenario. Since the typewriter has infinite ammo, Leon will simply tilt his hat when the reload button is pushed and if the player hits reload four times, Leon will throw his hat in the air and catch it. Wearing the Mafia costume will change Leon's pose on the attaché case screen while the typewriter is equipped and will change the typewriter's magazine from a standard box magazine to a drum magazine. The Mafia outfit also changes the look of Leon's knife. Instead of a, Combat Knife it becomes a switch-blade to complete the authentic criminal motif. This change is purely cosmetic, and does not affect the performance of the knife at all.


Leon s. kennedy re degeneration

Leon's Degeneration attire is similar to that of his outfit from RE 4, albeit with a new, leather jacket, lighter gray "5.11" shirt, and different-coloured pants.

Darkside Chronicles

Artwork01 Resident Evil The Darkside Chronicles - Operation Javier - Leon Scott Kennedy render


In Damnation, Leon wore a black operator jacket, blue stone washed jeans, tan boots, TMC Tactical Gloves and a green Bulletproof/MOLLE vest to go along with carrying several pouches, Magazines flares and a flashlight. He also wears a utility belt with several more pouches and hip holster for his pistol. He carries his Assault Rifle on a single point sling. Leon's hair is slightly longer and he has a small beard. He is later seen wearing a similar shirt to that of RE4.

Resident Evil 6

Leon S. Kennedy - Biohazard 6

In Resident Evil 6, Leon is wearing clothes of a civilian nature in comparison to his tactical attire from RE 4. He sports a dark grey or black leather jacket with white stripes on the sleeves, a black buttoned shirt, and a red t-shirt beneath that. His pants are a light grey, and he wears similar shoes to his RE 4 incarnation.

Leon (China) Leon S. Kennedy-Biohazard 6-Costume 2-China

Leon has a second outfit consisting of a blue long sleeve button shirt, a black waistcoat and pants and boots.


In the upcoming movie Resident Evil: Vendetta, Leon's brown hair becomes darker and wears an outfit similar to his first outfit in Resident Evil 6, as his red button shirt is replaced with a black undershirt.

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