Jim Chapman was a subway employee working on the Raccoon Underground. He was a friendly and cheerful man but on occasion was prone to exposing his cowardice and narrow-mindedness. Even though he meant no harm, he talked too much and invited frowns of disgust from those around him. But he made up for this with excellent powers of intuition and was very good at solving puzzles, enjoying nothing better than to sit down with a good crossword.
Jim had a fierce passion for basketball and collected all kinds of memorabilia, including shoes and trainers. He also had shirts and autographs of his favourite players and knew they would one day be worth a fortune and so was always careful to take good care of his collection. Even when he was working on the subway he would always find an excuse to wear trainers rather than his full uniform. He was also a great believer in luck and made sure he always carried around his lucky coin wherever he went. He was very superstitious in this regard.
He often worked with a colleague named Ricky who was afraid of the dark. Jim always tried to reassure him but was bemused Ricky’s whole attitude as
the distinction between night and day shouldn’t make any difference whilst constantly working underground.
Jim was relaxing in J’s Bar the night of the outbreak and was enjoying a beer and working on a puzzle book when the zombies arrived. He later took shelter in the Raccoon Underground and tried to lead the survivors to safety. During his plight he got on well with Mark Wilkins, but he struggled to bond with David King due to his own lack of bravery. He was particularly indifferent to Kevin Ryman but they all kept each other on their toes. Whenever the zombies got too close, he would rely on the unique approach of playing dead on the floor, likely influenced from watching too many movies.
Despite his lack of courage, he made up for it with his high intelligence and after battling through several locations across the space of a week, he eventually made it out of Raccoon City alive. He was last seen accepting a new job and treating himself to an expensive new pair of trainers.