The T-002 appears as the final boss in the first Resident Evil game and its 2002 remake. Considered to be the first "true" Tyrant, the T-002 was produced in Umbrella's Arklay Laboratory prior to the T-virus outbreak.
In 1998, Umbrella ordered their operative Albert Wesker to lure his S.T.A.R.S. team into the Arklay mansion to gather combat data on the bio-weapons within the facility, though he was instructed to destroy the Tyrant. Wesker, intending to abandon Umbrella and use the test data for his own purposes, cornered his subordinates Jill Valentine and Chris Redfield and released the T-002 from its stasis tank. Wesker could not control the creature, however, and was impaled upon its claw and left for dead. The Tyrant then attacked Chris and Jill, who managed to put it down with heavy weapons before fleeing from the laboratory. But the Tyrant was not finished yet; the T-virus regenerated its wounds and its Power Limiter had been disabled prior to its release. It pursued the S.T.A.R.S. and caught up to them at the mansion's helipad as they were about to escape. Without its Limiter, the T-002 mutated, becoming stronger and faster. Normal weapons ceased to have any effect and it was only when the S.T.A.R.S. chopper pilot dropped a rocket launcher on to the helipad that they were able to defeat it. Chris wielded the launcher and fired upon the Tyrant, blasting it to pieces.
The T-002, while functional, was still not as fully developed as future Tyrant models. It stood at 8 feet tall and bore deathly-white skin over most of its body. A number of scars and deformities were also visible such as a lack of lips, a cluster of growths on its right thigh and an exposed heart. Its left arm was composed of blackened muscle tissue and its hand had been reshaped into a set of long, sharp claws ideal for slashing or impaling victims.
The T-002 possessed superhuman strength, speed and endurance. It was capable of easily withstanding small arms fire and could quickly heal small wounds. Even though its heart was clearly visible, this did not prove to be a weak spot. It also demonstrated the strength to pick up an adult human with a single hand effortlessly and smashed through several layers of concrete and steel when it pursued the S.T.A.R.S. team to the mansion's helipad. It was only killed when Chris Redfield blasted it to pieces with a rocket launcher.