- "It's Frank... Frank West. Now remember that name 'cause the whole world's gonna know it in three days."
- —Frank West
The protagonist of Dead Rising, its port Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop and the non-canon game Dead Rising 2: Off the Record, Frank West is a photojournalist. Frank has covered numerous wars in the past, explaining his vague familiarity with firearms. He originally came to Willamette for the "scoop of a lifetime", thinking that the Willamette incident was a mere riot. Not your typical journalist, Frank is quite capable of handling himself in combat and is very keen to help other survivors to safety. During his time at Willamette, he earned the trust and friendship of Brad Garrison, Jessica McCarney, Otis Washington, and Isabela Keyes. Five years later, after his infiltration into the Phenotrans Facility he gained the friendship of Chuck Greene.
When Frank is on the helicopter, what he witnesses is not normal. Frank first sees a man fighting for his life on top of a car, only to be pulled down and killed by rioters. Later a gas station explodes. He then sees a woman shooting these rioters on a building roof top, she signals for help but is tackled off the building and splattered on the ground. That, was a gory instance, but he heads for the mall.
Once he is inside the mall, he goes into the Entrance Plaza and finds many survivors. One of these survivors says that the rioters aren't people, but zombies. While in the Entrance Plaza, he also sees a Hispanic woman, who leaves when she and Frank meet eyes. The mall is eventually breached when Lindsay Harris opens the doors to get to her dog, Madonna. Many of the survivors die, but Frank manages to escape upstairs into the security room.
In there he meets Jessica McCarney, Brad Garrison, and Otis Washington. Brad leaves for unknown reasons, so Frank follows him for a scoop. When Frank is in pursuit, he accidentally injures Jessie, thinking she was a zombie. Jessie tells him that Brad needs help, and Frank agrees to it. Jessie gives him a handgun, to help Brad in her stead. When asked if he knows how to use it, Frank replies: "Kinda. I've covered wars you know."
When Frank finds Brad, he is ambushed by Carlito Keyes, who manages to escape after the fight. Frank convinces Brad to let him cover the story when he shows a picture of the man he is looking for, Dr. Barnaby, who refuses to leave the area he is barricaded in until it is safe for him to leave. Later, Brad and Frank find that Barnaby has been captured by Carlito, who had ambushed them earlier.
After a second confrontation with Carlito Keyes, Brad is injured and Carlito escapes yet again. Frank and Brad manage to bring Barnaby back, but Brad passes out from his injuries. Jessie then asks Frank to acquire a first aid kit for Brad from the pharmacy in the supermarket. When Frank is searching for the medical kit, he is attacked by the insane manager, Steven Chapman. Frank manages to defeat Chapman and also manages to save a woman from captivity. It is hinted she was looking for medicine as well. Frank notices that she is the same woman he met in the Entrance Plaza. When offering his help, she quickly gets angered, leaving Frank with mysterious words before running off.
Later, Dr. Barnaby awakens, but refuses to talk with Frank around, stereotyping him as "tabloid paparazzi". Frank then spots the woman he had confronted in the supermarket on the monitor. Frank eventually finds her and is attacked by her. Once Frank defeats her, she claims the zombie parasite came from Santa Cabeza. She also reveals Carlito is her brother, and that her name is Isabela Keyes. She claims she will bring Carlito for questioning and designates a rendezvous point. As Frank is waiting at the rendezvous point for Carlito, Isabela bursts through the door with a zombie attacking her. After it is killed, it appears that she has been bitten, but she states that it is a gunshot wound from Carlito.
Isabela is taken back to the security room for questioning. While Frank escorts her, Carlito can be heard over the loudspeakers, apologising for hurting her and demands that she returns to him. When Brad is interrogating her, she tells him if he wants answers to ask the person who was the head of the Santa Cabeza Research Facility: Dr. Barnaby. Just after she reveals this, Jessica is attacked by Barnaby, after he is knocked off of her, Isabela announces that he is turning into a zombie. Barnaby reveals that the zombies were accidentally created in an attempt at mass producing cattle. Barnaby then finally transforms into one of the undead, and is killed by Brad.Isabela explains that Carlito was planning on blowing up the mall, which would release the zombie plague beyond Willamette. Now against her brother's cause, Isabela devises a plan to disarm the explosives. Once they succeed in preventing the mall's destruction, Carlito escapes by shoving Brad into the zombie-infested tunnels. Frank finds Brad, who is now turning into a zombie. Brad asks Frank not to tell Jessie that he is infected, nor that he is about to die; Frank then takes Brad's pistol and kills him out of mercy. Once back, Isabela and Frank go to Carlito's hideout to see if he is planning anything else, but Isabela cannot crack his password.
Carlito is then captured and held hostage by Larry Chiang, an insane butcher, from whom Frank saves him. Before dying from his wounds, Carlito gives Frank his locket to give to Isabela. Frank returns to Isabela and gives her the locket, which then reminds her of an old saying of Carlito's, "pachamama", which turns out to be the password to his computer. After the landlines are open, Jessie is able to contact the government. Afterwards, Jessie calls Frank and sadly informs Frank the military will come at midnight to kill everything and everyone, so the incident will be forgotten.Jessica undergoes the zombification process (from Dr. Barnaby) and kills the two military officers interrogating her. The survivors saved by Frank escape via helicopter piloted by Otis, but Frank, Isabela, and zombified Jessie are left behind. Jessie, now a full zombie, attacks Frank and he is forced to kill her. After that the military comes to wipe out everyone in the mall, human or zombie. After they kill every zombie, Frank makes it the Helicopter Pad. The helicopter pilot, Ed DeLuca (whom Frank requested to return in order to provide Frank with an escape route) is attacked by an unseen zombie, spins out of control and crashes into the clock tower in the center of the park. Frank looks into the cockpit with his camera zoom, sees Ed being attacked, and falls on his knees with zombies closing in, awaiting his inevitable death.
Isabela abruptly appears to save Frank, although she diagnoses with a bleak condition; Frank is infected with the parasite, and will turn into a zombie unless he procures the items requested by Isabela. Once Frank has acquired the necessary items, Isabela creates a temporary potion to delay the effects of zombification. The excess inoculation is used by Isabela to fashion a zombie repellent potion. She also reveals something horrible she found on Carlito’s computer: Carlito might have used the same potion to temporarily preserve infected orphans spread across the country, basically making them zombie time bombs.
Now devoid of any logical reason to remain in the mall, they finally seek an alternative means of escape. Frank discovers that there is a gaping hole in the clock tower, as a result of Ed DeLuca's crash. Frank and Isabela decide to descend into the tunnels that were opened up by the helicopter crashing. They reach a rusted gate, where the military has established a defensive perimeter.
Frank activates a lever, raising the gate and distracting the military long enough for them to enter, where they promptly face the commander of the military clean-up operation, the bald-headed, robust Brock Mason.
Brock makes his way towards Isabela and Frank inside of a large Army Tank; Frank commandeers the Humvee while Isabela manipulates the machine gun mounted on the back. Brock eventually knocks over the Humvee and aims the cannon at Frank. Right before he blows Frank to bits, he becomes distracted by a large mob of zombies approaching, giving Frank the opportunity to jump on to the tank and confront Brock. Frank engages Brock in hand-to-hand combat, as the zombies begin to crowd around them. As Isabela regains consciousness, she evades the zombies and makes her stand on top of the crashed Humvee.
Frank eventually knocks the Military Commander into the massive zombie crowd, and Brock is eaten alive while faintly smiling. Surrounded by the masses of the undead, Frank gets on his knees and yells as the game ends. In the credits it states that Frank and Isabela were able to escape and survive (likely using the tank that Brock arrived in). After escaping the zombie infested town, they were able to spread the story of what really happened at Willamette and acknowledge those who died at Santa Cabeza.
Frank ends up saving Chuck Greene from a zombified Tyrone King. Though initially hesitant to work with Chuck after hearing the news reports, he eventually brings Chuck with him to a Phenotrans facility after hearing a tip from a source that works there.
Ultimately, Frank discovers that Isabela is his source, forced to work for Phenotrans after the events in Willamette. The Phenotrans director reveals that a cure for the zombie parasite has already been created, but isn't being produced because it would mean less money for the company, and the Director's personal beliefs that humanity is unworthy of it. Isabela is knocked unconscious and taken away as the facility self-destructs.
Frank and Chuck manage to escape just in time with some evidence that points to Phenotrans, but Chuck isn't very optimistic. Frank's watch beeps, meaning that he needs to take Zombrex. Panicking due to having discarded it, Chuck passes the Zombrex to him, having retrieved it earlier, telling him that the world needs Frank West; they then look over the destroyed facility from afar.
|"If you'd been there what would you have done differently?"|
|This article is non-canon and not considered part of the official Dead Rising story.|
Frank narrates through the opening telling us of his rise to fame to his downfall, and his hope to "get back in the game." He accepts an offer from Tyrone King to appear in Terror is Reality. After accepting the challenge he traveled to Fortune City and participated in the competition only to be given a very negative opinion by TK. Frank packs up to get ready to leave, only to find TK making shady dealings with Brandon Whittaker, a member of the zombie protest group, CURE. As Frank takes photos of the transaction of money and C4 he is soon discovered by some of TK's henchmen. Frank succeeds in dispatching the three of them and escapes. Soon, the entire Fortune City Arena is infested with zombies. He makes a run for it to find the Fortune City Emergency Shelter. In the shelter, he is introduced to Raymond Sullivan. Sullivan questions of Frank's condition and he claims to have Zombrex. This however, is a lie and soon Frank will be in trouble. Stacey Forsythe soon tells him that he can find Zombrex in the Pharmacy of the Royal Flush Plaza. Stacey gives Frank a wireless headpiece and asks for him to bring any survivors he can find back to the Safe House.
According to designer Keiji Inafune, he wanted Frank West to be an average person instead of the usual Japanese characters which are young and beautiful. He wears a black jacket with a white button-up shirt, green pants and brown shoes. His appearance can also be changed by visiting various stores around the mall, ranging from suits, dresses, hats, sunglasses, masks and more.
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Frank has made a few appearances in other games since his debut in Dead Rising:
Frank West appears as a playable character in Lost Planet: Extreme Condition for the PS3 and PC, and also appeared in the stand alone expansion Lost Planet: Extreme Condition Colonies.
A skin of Frank West is available for use in Lost Planet 2.
Frank West is a playable character in Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom: Ultimate All Stars. He can call zombies into the fight and his stage is based off of the Entrance Plaza. His voice actor isn't T.J. Rotolo. Instead, Frank is voiced by Peter Von Gomm, who also voiced X in Mega Man X7 and Kyo Kusanagi in The King of Fighters XII.
While Frank West does not appear in the Left 4 Dead 2 DLC, he is referenced through a note in The Passing. In a room located in a bar, he has a note sprawled across the wall, for Otis Washington, that says "Otis, out of film, no helicopter, zombies are too fast, not gonna make it. Frank West" This may be referencing a note found near the end of Dead Rising.
Frank West appears as a playable character in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. Like in his appearence in Tatsunuko vs. Capcom he uses zombies for combat as well as his camera and several makeshift weapons from the games such as chainsaws, fire axes and the Paddlesaw. He also has a level up system in battle, which gives access to different moves and a red health refill. His reveal trailer was released together with Rocket Raccoon.Frank West Character Vignette - Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3(01:32)
Project X ZoneEdit
Frank West has been confirmed to appear in Project X Zone, an upcoming tactical role-playing game produced by Capcom, Sega, and Namco-Bandai.
- Frank's personality in the first game was somewhat shady; as he directly fits into a stereotypical "zombie hero who wanted to uncover the truth and save everyone". But in the later games, mostly seen Off The Record and Case West , Frank has developed to a more brave, sarcastic, but kind persona. Frank frequently taunts psychopaths and quotes punchlines after defeating them. Also although he seemed to be enraged at TK 's motive to kill so many people for money, he was far more calmer than Chuck Greene (Chuck Greene seemed to be angry upon seeing TK, but Frank, in the case The Getaway , sarcastically salutes TK) also Frank was disappointed about TK "surviving the outbreak" in a very sarcastic manner.
- Also very visible when confronting Stacey Forsythe a.k.a. Phenotrans Agent S, he took a bench and sits down casually (almost slumping) while arguing with Stacey (unlike Chuck Greene who argued with Sullivan in a rather boiling conversation), and also makes a "talk to the hand" gesture. In Case West, Frank was more serious, but not as serious as Chuck Greene, and later his motives to uncover the truth behind zombie outbreak was revealed to be more than a scoop of a lifetime, instead he quips "it was more than that".
- Frank isn't always voiced by his normal actor, TJ Rotolo. When Frank says "Fantastic!" after taking a perfect photograph, he is voiced by Marty Belafsky. Furthermore, in the very first trailer, depicting the game in its beta stage (different logo etc), Frank had a completely different voice actor. The beta trailer can be seen here.
- Frank always holds his camera in his left hand whenever possible.
- One of Frank's lines: "I've covered wars you know", became what seems to be a mini-meme. In Dead Rising 2, there is an Achievement/Trophy called "He hasn't covered wars..." obviously referencing this line. At another point, Chuck asks Rebecca, "have you covered wars or something?" during a cutscene. In "Case West", Frank's Notebook profile is simply the infamous line. Additionally, Chuck quips, "You're pretty high-strung for a guy who's covered wars." Also in Lost Planet 2, when you unlock Frank's skin, you get the title "I've covered wars". In Dead Rising 2: Off the Record, when you get the Full Camera Achievement/Trophy, under it, it will say the line, only differing by saying "You can cover wars, you know." In Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, Frank also uses the line in one of his win quotes: "What do you mean I don't belong here? I've covered wars, y'know." Captain America also has a special intro to Frank where he says: "I hear you've covered wars. Pity you've never actually fought in one." Also Zero's win quote against Frank "You may have covered wars, but you're still a civillian."
- ScrewAttack.com rated Frank the 3rd "Manliest Man in Gaming".
- Frank has two round marks on his left shoulder, similar to the scars caused by Soviet vaccinations.
- Frank wears a Mega Man brand watch.
- Although Frank doesn't appear in Dead Rising 2, he is mentioned numerous times.
- In Dead Rising 2: Case West, it appears Frank is wearing Carlito's locket. It also appears he wears sunglasses similar to the one that "The Bride" wears in the Quentin Tarantino film Kill Bill Vol.2 and the one Chris Redfield wears in Resident Evil 5 from a costume pack DLC (his Warrior costume).
- In Dead Rising 2: Case West, it appears as though Frank originally had a much different facial structure for his redesign, as seen on the "Reaper" Combo Card.
- Frank's watch is battery powered and runs out of batteries in the clock tunnel sequence in Overtime Mode. Checking your watch will bring up the message "Look's like the battery died...".
- Frank has no walking animation when holding any firearm in Dead Rising. If you press the analog stick halfway to walk while holding a firearm he will only run. This can make precise movements difficult when holding guns.
- Frank's original attire from Dead Rising is available in Dead Rising 2: Case West for use by both him and Chuck. It is located in the locker area of the room in which Frank talks to his source next to the door.
- Frank was set to appear in Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds, however he was cut for extra work. Frank does appear in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, though.
- Frank's camera had to have its batteries recharged every 30 pictures in Dead Rising but in DR2 CW and DR2 OTR his camera is digital and no longer needs recharging.
- In the new Dead Rising 2 OTR trailer Frank says "I freaking hate clowns!" This is could possibly be a reference to Adam the clown from the first game.
- It is possible that an inspiration for Frank's character is Jim Rockford of the 1970's TV show, "The Rockford Files". Both characters are usually shown to wear brown jackets and white shirts underneath, and Frank and Rockford's personalities are remarkably similar. Frank also bears a passing resemblance to the actor James Garner, who played Rockford.
- Frank's actor TJ Rotolo can be seen on the hit television show "Deadliest Warrior" in the episode "Roman Centurion vs Rajput warrior".
- The fact that most of Frank skill moves are wrestling moves and the fact that he wears a wrestling singlet and wrestles zombies on Terror is Reality on Off the Record may indicate that Frank used to be a Professional Wrestler at one point before he became a Journalist, or at least has an interest in wrestling. This is further proven in UMVC3, where a win quote against Haggar (a former professional wrestler) implies that Haggar was once Frank's hero.
- In Off The Record, Frank seems to have become overweight. This might be because when his career started going downhill, he seemed to let himself go. This can be seen when Frank wears most clothes that aren't his Default Outfit.
- Frank's theme for Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 is a remix of Adam's theme from Dead Rising.
- In Case West, AI-Controlled Frank seems to be immune to damage.
- In Case West, AI-Controlled Frank can be given weapons, like most other survivors. However, unlike the weapons given to other survivors, the weapons given to Frank break/run out of ammunition. Also unlike other survivors, Frank can be given combo weapons
- In Case West, if the Guest player has two or more weapons, and loses connection, but then regains the connection, they would only have the weapon that Frank was wielding last.
- In one of the gameplay preview videos for Frank West and Rocket Raccoon, Frank West was assisted by Hsien-Ko and Chris Redfield. This is a reference to the Dead Rising series, as Hsien-Ko is a jiangshi (zombie from Chinese folklore), and Chris Redfield was in his Chuck Greene alternate costume (as well as being another zombie fighting protagonist).
- There's a reference to Frank West in Saints Row the Third. In Whored Mode, it is named Hank East, and it even includes the infamous "He's covered wars ya know." line.
- In Off the Record, when Frank makes a Combo Weapon, he doesn't have the same effort and focus that Chuck Greene has and he also hurts his finger. This is to show that he lacks the engineering skills that Chuck has.
- Frank's age is strangely not enlisted in the notebook in Off The Record. Neither was Chuck's age.
- In Uncharted 3, there is a possible reference to the new Frank West (Case West, Off The Record) where Drake is wearing an outfit similar to Frank's just with no camera.
- Frank's weapon of choice seems to be a Baseball bat since he uses one in the beginning of Dead Rising 2: Case West and is seen holding one on the cover of Dead Rising 2: Off the Record. He is also seen holding one in most pictures of him. Also in Case West, when AI Frank's weapon breaks and is not given another one he will infinitly respawns a new bat.
- Frank's appearance in OTR resembles actor Dan Aykroyd.
- Both Frank and Chuck have a intuition for using things such as brooms and plungers as weapons and building weapons (Combo Weapons) which could very well be a reference to many western zombie\horror films such as Brain Dead, Shaun of the Dead or Till Dusk to Dawn as the protanginists of those films use very unlikely things as weapons or build weapons from scratch.