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Resident Evil 4 Ashley

Resident Evil 4’s Ashley isn’t exactly a popular character among RE fans, and we’re here to tell you how she makes your horror experience more gruelling.

Resident Evil's Ashley in front of a blue and red background

Resident Evil 4’s Ashley is one unpopular lady, some might even call her a stain on the iconic survival horror franchise. For those yet to experience Leon’s ordeal in a remote European village, you might not understand why so many people loathe the existence of Ashley Graham, but it’s warranted, trust us. Better yet, allow us to explain why. We’ll dive into her personality and role in the story – both of which are irritable.

But before we get into it, why don’t you meet Resident Evil’s Jill, Resident Evil’s Ada, and Resident Evil’s Claire, three badass women who can hold their own against any outbreak? Ada is especially useful to know about if you plan to play RE4. Or, if you prefer the villains of this world, it’s our Resident Evil Albert Wesker, Resident Evil Lady Dimitrescu, Resident Evil Krauser, and Resident Evil Nemesis guides that you should read.

Anyway, onto why you should leave Resident Evil’s Ashley in that church and never look back.

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Who is Resident Evil 4’s Ashley?

Ashley Graham is the daughter of former US President, President Graham. In 2004, Jack Krauser, posing as a Secret Service agent, kidnaps her and takes her to Valdelobos, a mountainous region in Spain. Here, Ramon Salazar holds Ashley hostage, and yes, he has some sick intentions with her. That is until Resident Evil’s Leon comes to rescue her at the behest of the US government.

However, there is a segment in Resident Evil 4 (to be more precise, it’s during Chapter Nine) in which you take control of Ashley. While this is the bane of many people’s existence in the original game, some much-needed alterations to her character make this part of the remake a somewhat enjoyable experience. No, we’re not saying she’s on par with Claire, Jill, Ada, or even Resident Evil’s Sherry in RE2, but we give the girl props for putting on her big girl shoes and getting on with things.

It certainly makes me a bit more determined to help her. Gone are the days where I let her die for fun – well, mostly, old habits die hard, after all.

Resident Evil 4 Ashley’s personality

“Oh, woe is me. A handsome and badass man comes to my rescue, risking life and limb to save me. Wait, he just gave me a leg up to escape the deranged villagers. He must have looked up my skirt. What a perv. I must repeatedly call him out for such behavior.” Honestly, I imagine this is what goes through Ashley’s head in the original RE4. My god, what an annoying and self-absorbed individual.

She’s whiny, a bit pathetic, and just all-around annoying. It’s no wonder many fans, myself included, allow her to meet her end numerous times throughout the game. Honestly, the silence that game over screen offers is a great reprieve from how irritating Ashley is.

Luckily, for the 2023 remake, she undergoes a bit of character development and no longer insists that Leon is a pervert every five seconds. She also has a bit more brass about her, is less whiny, and is honestly ready to do what she needs to do to escape.

Resident Evil 4's Ashley ready to swing a candlestick

Resident Evil 4 Ashley’s appearances

Ashley only appears in Resident Evil 4 and its various iterations, of which the 2023 remake is the most recent. To be honest, it’s one of the best survival horror games out there, so you should look into the possibility of a Resident Evil 4 Remake Switch port, as that is the version we recommend you play.

Due to her unpopularity and the fact that she has nothing more to offer, we don’t think Ashley Graham will ever appear in a new Resident Evil game. She belongs to Resident Evil 4 only, and that’s okay.

Who voices Resident Evil 4’s Ashley?

In the 2005 original of Resident Evil 4, it’s Carolyn Lawrence who lends her voice to Ashley Graham. Meanwhile, for the 2023 remake, it’s Genevieve Buechner who portrays the character.

Well, there you have it, everything you need to know about Resident Evil 4’s Ashley. To discover those that inhabit an entirely different world, go and check out our Mortal Kombat 1 characters guide. We also have Poppy Playtime characters and FNAF characters guides, should you want some more spooky goodness.