They're certainly similar in concept but that's most likely just a coincidence seeing as how Resident Evil 4 was made by a Japanese team and MediEvil 2 was never released in that region, nor was the first game popular there. Resident Evil 4 actually borrowed a lot of ideas from a 2001 H.P. Lovecraft film called Dagon, one of which might possibly have been the design of this guy from the movie:
I am from Eastern Europe so English comedy is not my thing , though I remember 'Allo 'Allo! My overall impression is that Medievil inspired many games in a more obvious or so much way .
Ha yeah I do love 'Allo 'Allo too But the idea of the spiv being a hunched over figure in the shadows? That's been around since they existed for real. They were sellers of illegal and hard to get hold of goods in times of war rationing, they were essentially a mobile black market. The other type of Spiv that usually gets portrayed is like Walker from Dad's Army, with slicked back hair, a thin pencil mustache and a pinstripe suite. Think of a slightly less Mafioso and more human version of 'Pinstripe' from Crash Bandicoot if that helps
Nah I wouldn't say influenced. The Spiv in the Medievil series is kinda regarded or looked upon as a criminal like character hence his name and 'hefty prices'. Whereas the Merchant just looks like your average Joe shmoo just wanting to do business...isn't that right 'stranga...?'