Elza Walker is the lead female protagonist of the Resident Evil 2 prototype.


Resident Evil 2 retail PC and Dreamcast - Data Gallery - Elza Walker 17-60

Elza with her red Ducati.

Elza is a young woman who grew up in a big city. She is a motorcycle enthusiast and an avid bike racer. She owns a white bike and a red Ducati bike. Elza is planning to attend Raccoon University in the fall and live on campus in the dormitory.

Unlike Leon Scott Kennedy, Chris Redfield, or Jill Valentine, Elza has no tactical experience.

Raccoon City outbreakEdit

Elza leaves her home in the city and rides her bike to Raccoon City, ready to attend Raccoon University. She witnesses the infected citizens of Raccoon and panics. She rides her bike to the Raccoon City Police Department, a safe haven in the center of town, only to find more of the undead. She loses control of her bike and crashes through the front entrance, into the lobby. The security shutters close in time, saving her from the zombies outside.


Character stats
HP (standard armor) - approx. 100pts
Costume change: approx. 50pts, approx. 75pts
Damage: approx. 25pts (Caution), approx. 50pts (Caution), approx. 75pts (Danger), 100pts. (Death)



According to artist Isao Ōishi, Elza's appearance was modeled after actresses Liv Tyler and Alicia Silverstone.[3]


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Claire designed wearing a variation of the suit.

After development on the prototype had been scrapped and work on the retail game had begun, Elza's character model was altered to better fit her evolution into Claire Redfield. The earliest of these designs deconstructed the racing suit design into different variations.

Further notesEdit

  • There is a chance that Isao Ōishi was inspired by Aerosmith's "Crazy" music video from 1994 when creating Elza. The popular video stars Tyler and Silverstone in both leading roles.


Conceptual/promotional artworkEdit

Gameplay screensEdit

Models and texturesEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Resident Evil 1.5 (November 1996 build), character selection screen.
  2. Resident Evil Archives, Main Character Comparison Image, p.218
  3. Resident Evil 2 (retail) PC and Dreamcast versions, Data Gallery, Rough Sketch 34/60.