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(Covers information from Anderson's universe)
The Umbrella Corporation (or known simply as Umbrella) is an omnipresent corporation formerly-headed by Albert Wesker. The corporation is reputed for its evil and ruthless nature, sacrificing anyone and anything in their quest to achieve perfection with the t-virus. They were a major pharmaceutical company before the global outbreak and "nine out of ten homes" contained products made by the corporation.
Sometime at the beginning of the twenty first century, Umbrella became one of the largest "commercial entities" in the United States and holds considerable clout within the political and business ring. As one of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies, the Umbrella Corporation also supplied viral weaponry to the United States Army. Unknown to Umbrella's employee's, profits are generated by sales of the virus and the illegal conduction of genetic research and modification. To the public, Umbrella is simply the leading provider in technology, medical and healthcare products.
During September 2002, a viral outbreak in one of Umbrella's secret underground laboratory in Raccoon City known as the Hive occurred; the Red Queen ---the artificial intelligence used for the Hive's security--- sealed off the complex and proceeded to kill all of the facility's employees using various methods. Above ground in the Arklay Mansion, one of the entrances to the facility, it rendered security operatives Alice and Spence Parks unconscious with a nerve gas that caused memory loss. When Umbrella learned of what happened, they sent a division of special operatives to investigate the facility.
When the operatives failed to respond, Umbrella began quarantine procedures around the one of two emergency entrances into facility. When two survivors Alice and Matt Addison emerged from underground, both were seized and taken into Raccoon City Hospital to under go blood tests and analysis under the order of an unnamed doctor. Matt Addison was taken and placed into the Nemesis program; Alice was also experimented on and later apart of a program dubbed "Program: Alice". Umbrella began preparations in sending a specialized team to re-open the facility.
In Resident Evil: Apocalypse, the influence of Umbrella is further expounded upon; the company revealed to be megacorp that runs the majority of Raccoon City. Upon sending a team to re-open the Hive, Umbrella scientists accessed entry into the facility via the city's emergency entrance. When managing to gain entrance, the scientists were attacked by Lickers. When Umbrella officials in Raccoon City heard of the incident, they arranged an evacuation plan to escort out important scientists and employees. One of several families that are arranged to be evacuated are the Ashford's, Charles and his daughter Angela. Dr. Ashford is one of Umbrella's highest priority scientists that worked in the development process of the t-Virus.
Once the t-Virus had reached the city gates, Umbrella sealed all exits out of the city to contain the virus. As time passes, it becomes apparent that Umbrella cannot contain the infection as planned; so as a secondary escape route, Umbrella plans to have city completely "sanitized" at dawn by detonating a Precision Tactical Nuclear Device.
Once Raccoon City is "sanitized", Umbrella's connection to the t-virus and the outbreak will be erased, leaving them blameless. Their cover-up for the destruction of the city would be to claim that Raccoon Nuclear Powerplant went critical through unknown means and leveled the city. Prior to the destruction of the city, Umbrella uses the outbreak as a chance to test their new weapons the "Nemesis Program" and "Program: Alice". After the city is destroyed, Jill Valentine and Carlos Olivera's attempts to reveal the truth of Umbrella's deeds are labeled as a hoax; the video recorded by the deceased Terri Morales is promptly discredited by Umbrella.
Shortly after the tape is denounced, Carlos Oliveira and Jill Valentine become wanted fugitives sought for questioning.
Umbrella During the Global Pandemic
Umbrella lost control of the t-Virus; sometime during the outbreak in Raccoon City, the virus reached Tokyo, Japan and began to infect the population. From there, the infection quickly swept across the planet, killing large amounts of the ecosystem. Both human, plant and wildlife were victims of the virus and the company was forced to relocate the various underground facilities.
Despite the loss of political, financial and military connections, Umbrella continued to thrive in the aftermath of the global pandemic. Its board of directors were still able to meet, led by chairman Albert Wesker via hologram. Sam Isaacs was charged by Wesker to find a solution to the t-virus by attempting to domesticate the undead with a t-virus strain derived of Alice's blood. Unbeknownst to the chairman, Isaacs created a new and type of aggressive undead with the intention of capturing Alice against orders. Their North American facility was later destroyed by the mutated Sam Isaacs who died at the hands of the renegade Alice. Alice informed Wesker that she and "a few friends" coming for him next.
In a move to collect more subjects for experimentation, Umbrella created "Arcadia", a so-called safe haven for survivors in Alaska completely free of infection. During the events of Extinction, Alice obtained a journal detailing information of radio transmissions and descriptions of a paradise for humans.
A doubtful Claire Redfield leads the few survivors of her convoy to Alaska where they await rescue. There, somewhere on the shores of a graveyard of airplanes, the survivors were ambushed by Umbrella soldiers who capture everyone but Claire and take them to the ship. The ship holds over 2,000 survivors aboard, trapped in stasis pods and kept under control by a scarab-like device planted in the center of their chests.Tokyo base where Wesker resides. During the attack Albert Wesker is forced to flee by helicopter, however he activates a purge device that kills all within the facility, taking a sizable chunk of Tokyo out at the same time and all of the Alice clones.
Despite the loss of the Tokyo headquarters, Umbrella continued to operate without falter under the command of Wesker. After Alice, Claire and Chris Redfield discover his whereabouts on Arcadia and the ship's true nature, Wesker escapes and attempts to destroy the ship with another purge bomb only to discover the explosive aboard his ship. He survives the explosion and Umbrella converges on the Arcadia, a brainwashed Jill Valentine at the helm of the soldiers prepared to retake the Umbrella ship.
Through a series of unexplained events, Albert Wesker and agent Ada Wong defect from the Umbrella Corporation and the Red Queen is reinstated as the head of the company’s organization, operating from the clandestine Umbrella Prime base. The orchestrator of the attack on the Arcadia, the Red Queen successfully recaptured the company’s two thousand human experiments and Alice. Located underwater in Russia, the Umbrella bio weapons testing facility was revealed to be the ultimate testing ground for the study of how the T-virus spread through the human population.
Dr. Isaacs’ research with the use of clones is implemented in their testing, clones conditioned to act and behave like their original counterparts with a few modifications for the sake of their simulated reality. The base is primarily comprised of uncanny recreations of specific landmarks and locations in places such as Tokyo, Moscow, New York and Raccoon City’s suburban neighborhoods.
Meetings with potential buyers from countries such as China, Japan and the United States were set up to showcase the potential power of the virus as a biological weapon. Wesker explains that the intention of the company was to start a new “nuclear arms race” akin to that of the Cold War, only biological warfare was their primary weapon. However, in the fallout of the outbreak, the Red Queen uses the facility and its biological creations with the intention of destroying all of that remains of humanity. In a move to sabotage the Red Queen’s plans, Albert Wesker and Ada Wong help the imprisoned Alice escape the Umbrella base with the help of a strike team led by Leon S. Kennedy, Barry Burton and Luther West.
Though she tries to derail their escape at every turn with the use of Las Plagas Undead, other bio weapons and cloned Umbrella troops commanded by Jill Valentine (who is later freed from her control), the Red Queen’s efforts to stop the survivors were eventually defeated with the destruction of the base by flooding. She is believed to have survived the destruction of Umbrella Prime and continues to wage war against humanity, with the combined strength of Wesker, Alice, Leon, Ada, and Jill against her.
- Regenerate: A product mentioned in the Resident Evil: Apocalypse', Regenerate is a skincare product that uses the t-Virus to reanimate dead skin cells, making the user appear younger.
- Return: A weight pill mentioned in promotions for the second movie. This pill features the ability to burn up to 30 pounds per pill. Developed using the t-Virus.
- Albert Wesker - former chairman
- Dr. Blue - scientist
- Dr. Brown - scientist
- Dr. Green - scientist
- Dr. Sam Isaacs - scientist
- Unnamed doctor - scientist
- Unnamed doctor (female) - scientist
- Dr. Charles Ashford - scientist (developer of the T-virus and Anti-virus and head programmer of the Red Queen)
- Major Timothy Cain
- Alice - security operative
- Spence Parks - security operative
- One - U.S.S. special forces leader
- Chad Kaplan - (Member of the special force to shut down the hive)
- Rain Ocampo - (Member of the special force to shut down the hive)
- J.D. Salinas - (Member of the special force to shut down the hive)
- Carlos Olivera - (Member of the special force, that escaped from Raccoon City)
- Ada Wong - (Was in the Umbrella Corp, to 'spy' on it)
- Jill Valentine (Scarab Device)
Known Umbrella Bases
- The Hive
- Umbrella Detroit Medical Facility
- North American Research Facility
- Umbrella Corporation Headquarters
- Umbrella Prime
- In the 2002 film Resident Evil, Umbrella's slogan is "Umbrella Sheltering Your Family". In the 2004 film Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Umbrella's slogan is instead "Our Business is Life Itself."