Its not just me speaking nostalgia out of RE2 which is the first I played. But I notice almost every fan of the series I met from those who started with the 1996 original to those who joined after 4 revolutionized the franchise seem to think Leon and Claire were the best debut characters for a new installment released (during 1998) for the Resident Evil franchise. Yes Jill has a lot of fans who loved her return in Nemesis and Leon began taking the bandwagon as franchise mascot in 4. But I notice the most praise for the characters as their portrayal for a single installment (and especially for their debut int he franchise) goes to Claire and Leon in RE2. Hell so many people who are Leon haters actually liked his incarnation in 2! In addition I also notice many think 2 has the best story specific for a single installment. I don't just mean all the rich files, logs, and memoirs found all over in-game but just the game's basic writing from the plot to the dialogue and character interactions. I mean I seen people who hate RE for its B Movie plot especially starting in 5 and 6 and even those who been there from the start since Barry's Jill sandwich comment all agree RE2 has the best balance of the whole story-plot, character development and interaction, balance of horror, sci fi, comedy, and action genres, and much more. Why is this? I personally though Code Veronica had the most complex (even if it wasn't well-executed) and Revelation 2's portrayal for Barry's family was well done. I will concede though RE2 executed Leon and Claire far better in a specific game's story than the rest of the franchise did with their specific protagonists.