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[[caption-width-right:348:One girl versus a mad, mad world.]]

->''"[[WhamLine Monsters? They looked like]] '''[[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation monsters]]''' [[WhatTheHellPlayer to you?]]"''
-->'''--Vincent'''

Whereas ''SilentHill2'' featured a story divorced from ''SilentHill1'', '''''Silent Hill 3''''' -- the third game in Konami's ''SilentHill'' franchise -- picks up seventeen years after the events of the first game (which [[CuttingOffTheBranches "canonically" ended]] with [[spoiler:Harry Mason escaping from Silent Hill]]).

During a trip to the mall, seventeen-year-old Heather gets approached by a shady detective named Douglas who wants to talk to her about her past. Heather shuns him as a stalker and slips away...only to end up trapped within a hellish otherworld populated by grotesque monsters.

Heather struggles to return home and make sense of what happened, but she finds herself stalked by the mysterious otherworld, which corrodes her surroundings wherever she goes. She receives "help" from two people during her quest: Claudia Wolf, a strange woman who urges Heather to "remember who she really is"; and Vincent, an enigmatic preacher with an agenda of his own.

''[=SH1=]'' based its otherworld on hospital trauma. ''[=SH2=]'' based its otherworld on guilt and lust. The otherworld of ''[=SH3=]'' (loosely) preys on typical teenage fears such as unwanted pregnancy, and the story and mood of this game (like the games before it) embrace a theme related to those fears -- in this case, helplessness. The story also uses several forms of symbolism related to rape -- and the fear of rape -- to drive the story. That symbolism makes more sense when players discover [[spoiler:Heather has become the unwilling carrier of ''the fetus of the cult's God'']].

The story of ''[=SH3=]'' also forms the basis of the story for ''Film/SilentHillRevelation3D''.

''This game has a [[ShoutOut/SilentHill3 Shout-Out]] page.''

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!! ''Silent Hill 3'' contains examples of the following tropes:

* AdvancingWallOfDoom: The infamous red light at the end of the Borley Haunted Mansion. You are not allowed to pause the game, and if you run too fast into a wall, Heather has to take some time to recover. Oh, and you have to run from it twice!
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Vincent offers an in-universe example as seen in the quote at the top of the page. [[spoiler:One ending more or less makes this real]].
* AndYourRewardIsClothes: By completing the game under certain conditions, you get passwords that you can input in the game to unlock new outfits for Heather.
* ApocalypseMaiden: [[spoiler:Heather, by virtue of carrying the cult's unborn god. And Claudia willingly assumes the role once Heather uses the aglaophotis to reject the god and vomit it out]].
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: You don't grow babies in your stomach. Therefore it's a bit difficult to [[spoiler:throw them up or incubate them by swallowing them]]. The scene in question had more in common with a [[Franchise/{{Alien}} chestburster]] than an actual baby, [[spoiler:especially since the "baby" is just the physical manifestation of Heather's dark vision of the cult's god]]. Obviously this is RuleOfScary in action, since it doesn't stop the scene from being utterly horrifying.
* AwesomeButImpractical: The ordinary Submachine Gun. It does excellent damage, but you can only aim up and down with it after you've started firing, and it burns up a magazine's worth of ammo at about the same rate as it does in real life (that is to say, ''fast'').
* BookEnds: Not only does the nightmare at the beginning give you a preview of the last area (at least, the last area before you wind up in "Nowhere"), it happens to also be the same place that Harry ultimately wound up in during the last part of ''Silent Hill 1''. Additionally, ''Silent Hill 2'' concluded at a hotel that was just around the corner from the Lakeside Amusement Park, so all three more or less ended in the same general area.
** More specifically, all three ended with the main character getting to the other side of Toluca Lake by either walking around it or by boat, a journey which pretty much cuts them off from the rest of the town, and any help they may have.
* BottomlessMagazines: Literally with the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Infinite Submachine Gun]], unlocked by killing the final boss with a melee strike.
* BulletproofVest: Heather can obtain one early in the game. It'll allow her to take less damage, but she can't move as fast.
* CallBack: The save points in Silent Hill 1 are in the form of notepads Harry finds lying around the town and the narration says that he's leaving notes of his experiences in case anyone ends up in the same situation. Towards the end of the game you find one of these notes.
** One transition to the Otherworld is also punctuated by a direct quote from the first game:
-->'''Harry:''' It's being invaded by the Otherworld. By a world of someone's nightmarish delusions come to life...
* CallingYourAttacks: The [[strike:Heather]] HEZZAH Beam/'''''Sexy''' beeeeeam.''
* {{Camp}}: Vincent has a bit of this (e.g. criticizing Claudia's "decorations"), though nothing over-the-top.
* ChekhovsGun: Heather's pendant. Doubly so for those who played the first game [[spoiler:and remembered what the red poultice was for]].
* CheshireCatGrin: Vincent.
* {{Confessional}}: Seen in the alternate Church. [[spoiler: The choice you make inside plays a significant part in determining which ending you get on a second playthrough]].
* DeadWeight: Insane Cancers. They're also {{Lightning Bruiser}}s, so you better be careful.
* DeadpanSnarker: Heather. She starts out mocking Douglas when most would be intimidated by his "gruff detective act", but when things start going to hell, this aspect of her personality diminishes a bit, since she's (with good reason) scared out of her wits. As time goes on and she starts accepting the madness around her, she starts up again, in particular snarking directly to the face of [[spoiler:[[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu God herself]]]].
** Douglas has some shades of this as well. One notable instance is when, after realizing the consequences of doing his job (particularly how finding Heather eventually led to [[spoiler:Harry's death]]), he confronts Claudia. She simply states that her goal is to bring Paradise on Earth, a place with no pain, no sorrow, no tears. To which Douglas replies:
--> '''Douglas:''' No this, no that, no nothing. A paradise -- for castrated sheep, maybe. Sounds pretty boring.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: As noted in the introduction, there's a lot of symbolism in the game which is very overtly sexual, ranging from towering enemies with heads resembling male genitalia, to Slurpers, whose attack animation is unsettlingly reminiscent of some form of molestation. There's also lots of symbolism pertaining to the idea of how frightening it would be to have an obsessive stalker, and how Heather has a fear of this, ranging from her distrust of Douglas, to the disturbing, and often violent, "love letters" from Stanley Coleman, and Valtiel, who [[ParanoiaFuel follows Heather throughout the game, always watching]], and occasionally appearing in positions which appear very voyeuristic. See SkirtsAndLadders.
* EmptyRoomUntilTheTrap: In one infamous case: empty, ''locked'' room until something from the reflection in the mirror starts to kill you.
* EvilBrit: Claudia, which is strange, since Silent Hill is in America and her own father has an American accent.
* EvilTwin: Heather is attacked by Alessa's Memory on the merry-go-round, [[spoiler:the same place where Harry fought a possessed Cybil in Silent Hill 1]], and Alessa's Memory uses the same weapons that Heather has been using throughout the game. Yes, [[OhCrap this includes]] the [[ImprovisedWeapon steel pipe]] and the [[MoreDakka submachine gun]].
** Not so much the "Evil" aspect though as her reasons for trying to kill Heather are to prevent the God's birth and [[MercyKill spare Heather and the world from the endless suffering that will come if the God is birthed]].
* FetusTerrible: The god in [[spoiler:Heather]]'s womb. After she spews it up, [[spoiler:Claudia]] [[NauseaFuel grabs it and swallows it herself.]] [[SarcasmMode Yummy]].
* FissionMailed: Doubles as a CallBack to the first game; the playable NightmareSequence at the beginning of the game. It ends when [[spoiler:Heather is run over by a runaway roller coaster; or if Heather dies any other way, like from falling off or getting killed by the monsters]]. Of course, that sequence was AllJustADream. [[spoiler:However, the player should take note to do something about it later in the game when Heather reaches the amusement park for real; otherwise, the exact same thing occurs, with a more permanent outcome this time]]. Succeeding {{New Game Plus}}es, however, start right from the cutscene where Heather wakes up.
* ForgottenChildhoodFriend: [[spoiler:Claudia. Eventually remembered -- either that, or Heather's just trying to talk her way out of giving in to Claudia's obsession]].
* FourIsDeath: Heather has to kill [[spoiler:Dark Alessa]] four times in the same boss fight.
* GameOverMan: On various places, Valtiel drags away Heather's body if you die.
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: Averted. Evidently, every time Heather dies, it's actually Valtiel who resurrects her.
* {{Gorn}}: The clue for the hospital's keypad puzzle on hard mode, describing in ''extremely'' graphic detail [[spoiler:a person mutilating and eating another person's face]]. Which is [[MoonLogicPuzzle supposed]] to be a metaphor for which buttons you press on the keypad. And it's also a love letter! [[NightmareFuel Possibly directed at Heather...]]
* GuideDangIt: A big reason to be wary of choosing the Hard Puzzle mode.
** The infamous Creator/WilliamShakespeare puzzle on hard mode. Even if you know your Shakespeare, it's still a MoonLogicPuzzle.
** The puzzle of "Who Killed Cock Robin?" It requires you to know a specific fact about a species of bird, a fact that most players have never even heard of.
** While there are a few hints as to what's really in Heather's pendant, there's not really any way to know when it's supposed to be used without consulting a guide. [[spoiler:It helps if you played the first game, though, and remembered the aglaophotis which could save Cybil and exorcise the God out of Alessa]].
** In the hospital level, the security door's combination are near impossible and will result in just guessing.
* HarderThanHard: The Extreme difficulty levels, of which there are a total of ''ten''. Your reward for completing the last of the Extreme levels? A password for [[AndYourRewardIsClothes an extra costume.]]
* HaveANiceDeath:
** Valtiel can be seen dragging Heather's body to parts unknown after deaths in certain places.
** [[spoiler:If Heather attacks Claudia or takes too long to investigate her pendant, Heather births the god]].
* HonestAxe: The gold and silver pipes, though neither is particularly more useful that the steel pipe you already have.
* InfernalParadise: Claudia's driving purpose.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: You find a katana in an office building, and it's the most effective standard melee weapon in the game. It's justified because of the improvised nature of Heather's other weapons (the knife and pipe aren't designed for combat, the maul is slow and heavy).
* KillItWithFire: The God's main attack. You can also unlock a flamethrower on a subsequent playthrough.
* KonamiCode: Has a very, very, silly effect.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall:
-->"Is this the end? Time to roll the credits."
** And...
-->[[OldSaveBonus "Who would even think of doing something so disgusting?"]][[note]][[WhatTheHellPlayer Said while looking directly at the player.]][[/note]]
* LivingMemory: The Memory of Alessa boss fight.
* MagicFeather[=/=]MockGuffin: Vincent makes a big deal out of Heather getting the Seal of Metatron, thinking it's the key to killing "God." Turns out the seal does nothing, and [[spoiler:Heather had the power to beat "God" all along]].
* MagicalGirl: Parodied with Heather, who during a replay game can find a wand and, after invoking a TransformationSequence, shoot FrickinLaserBeams at the enemy. [[spoiler:Kill enough enemies with it and you can unlock the game's UFO ending]].
* MeatMoss: ''Toxic'' meat moss. There is a bloody room with a mirror that will start to drain your health once it covers your reflection in blood. What's worse, you can't leave the room until it starts happening!
* MirrorBoss: Heather faces off against Memory of Alessa in the amusement park, who is essentially an EvilTwin. Alessa uses your own weapons against you, which is especially painful when she pulls out your [[TooAwesomeToUse submachine gun]].
* MoonLogicPuzzle: Nearly all the puzzles in the game on hard riddle mode. Even some of the stock puzzles that are present regardless of difficulty are this. On hard riddle mode, however, the final puzzle in the game is a truly bizarre puzzle featuring a riddle involving deciphering an almost incomprehensible cipher revolving around Roman numerals.[[note]]Knowing that Roman numerals are involved in the first place is the hardest part, because there is NOTHING to indicate as much unless you look closely at the tarot cards; after that all you really need to know is which letters are Roman numerals.[[/note]]
** That thrice-damned Shakespeare riddle.
* MoreDakka: One of the unlockable weapons is a submachine gun with unlimited ammo. Very useful for taking down the particularly annoying monsters.
* MultipleEndings: A staple of the series:
** The "Normal" Ending [[spoiler:has Heather and Douglas survive]]. Also, this is the only ending you can get on your first run of the game.
** The "Possessed" Ending: [[spoiler:Heather kills Douglas]].
** The "Revenge" Ending [[spoiler:is the new name for the UFO Ending; Heather is seen talking to Harry (James is also there for some reason), and a bunch of [=UFOs=] blow up Silent Hill. Sadly, the only ending where Harry survives -- which happens only because Heather gets home early]].
* MythologyGag: If you have Silent Hill 2 and Silent Hill 3 save data on the same memory card, you can get a prompt to check a certain toilet. This results in a short cutscene where [[AsideGlance Heather turns directly to the camera and tells you off]], which is a nod to James and the infamous disgusting toilet scene in Silent Hill 2. She also comments on how there's no mail, not even a letter from a dead wife, in her mailbox if you check it at her apartment, along with a few less jokey things. And there's her comment on the sturdiness of the fence on Brookhaven's roof, referring to how when James found it in the fog world it was rusty and he got shoved through by Pyramid Head.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: [[spoiler: Douglas + Konami Code]].
* NeverFoundTheBody: [[spoiler:Vincent's body mysteriously disappears after Claudia births God]].
* NostalgiaLevel: The amusement park, as well as various sections of Nowhere from the first game; the hospital from the second.
* NotEvenHuman: Leonard, who appears as a giant aquatic monster. The fact that he's got a totally normal human voice just throws more fuel on the fire caused by Vincent's little "joke", [[MindScrew if it]] ''[[MindScrew was]]'' [[MindScrew a joke.]]
* OldSaveBonus: If you have a SilentHill2 save Heather will come across a disgusting puzzle from the second game and flat out refuse to solve it, [[AsideGlance before asking who would.]]
* OminousPipeOrgan: The final boss battle features this in the soundtrack. As if the boss battle itself wasn't hard enough on its own, the soundtrack might cause a very annoying case of SensoryOverload.
* PeekABooCorpse: In the Borley Mansion:
-->"That's Danny."
* RailroadTracksOfDoom: The subway train and the roller coaster.
* RecycledSet: Brookhaven Hospital. You even get to go to the roof, although for Heather there's nothing there but some monsters and ammo. And fortunately, unlike James you come here sans any [[EscortMission baggage]].
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge:
** Heather pulls herself together and doesn't roar or rampage, but the ''player'' certainly feels this way after [[spoiler:Heather finds Harry's corpse. At the end of the game, though, she does give a few cathartic kicks to the face of the dead God]].
** [[spoiler:Harry (and James)]] carry out one on the town in the UFO ending.
* SadisticChoice:
** A woman of the Order confesses to Heather and begs for forgiveness. Remaining silent [[spoiler:makes you feel like you did something wrong]], but forgiving the woman [[spoiler:gives you a tremendous number of [[KarmaMeter Dark Points]] (and is what most people do in order to gain the Bad ending)]]. It's pointedly worded to be uncomfortable, and the true nature of the sadistic choice element isn't really obvious on a first playthrough; you're not choosing whether or not to forgive the confessor and soothe her fear and guilt -- you're choosing whether to [[spoiler:accept the ''responsibility'' of forgiving her or not, which Heather, as Saint Alessa, has the divine right to do]].
** Though you don't actively choose, the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6njw-bp4kA birthday call]] is essentially this along with a heaping helping of MindScrew.
* SequelDifficultySpike: Ammo and health pick-ups are far more scarce in this game then they were in the first two.[[note]]Actually, the quantity of pickups varies based on your performance.[[/note]] In addition, the enemies are much tougher and have a wider variety of attack methods. At the very least, Heather can now block certain attacks to minimize damage -- a very helpful thing to remember when facing Insane Cancers.
* ShaggyDogStory: You explore the freakiest and longest stage in the game, the hospital, on a quest to get the Seal of Metatron. When you try to use it on Claudia, she laughs at you because the seal is a useless trinket. All the undead nurses you killed were for nothing.
** Not to mention that this means the hopes of Vincent and [[spoiler: Leonard]] to usurp control of The Order from Claudia and/or stop the birth of God are baseless and doomed from the start. [[spoiler:Well, until you figure out what's in Heather's necklace...]]
* SchmuckBait: That door with the red light above in the subway has the lock broken, and when you check it, it spawns 3 monsters behind you while the train approaches to kill you.
** StupidityIsTheOnlyOption: However, it's the only way to advance the plot. And the dogs also count as SchmuckBait as well -- if you spend too much time dealing with the dogs on the tracks, [[HaveANiceDeath enjoy your meeting with the oncoming train.]]
** There is absolutely nothing stopping you from walking off the back of the train once it starts moving. Complete with [[HaveANiceDeath cutscene!]] And for added fun, once you move forward to the next car, you can't turn back to the car you just left unless you want to watch said cutscene!
* ShoutOut: [[ShoutOut/SilentHill3 Has its own page.]]
* ShutUpHannibal: "Shut your ''[[GoshDarnItToHeck stinking]]'' mouth, '''[[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch BITCH!]]'''"
* SinisterSubway: It's pitch-black down there! It's also a direct reference to ''Jacob's Ladder.''
* SkirtsAndLadders: Played for horror/{{Squick}}. When the hospital is changing to the Otherworld, Heather must climb a ladder, and Valtiel is behind it, endlessly turning a valve. He is also positioned in a way that would allow him to see straight up Heather's skirt. Given the plethora of other disturbing sexual symbolism, this was most likely intentional.
* SmugSnake: Vincent, oh so very much. He delights in manipulating Heather and Douglas, making cruel jokes at their expense and rambling on madly for his own amusement. [[spoiler:And it ''still'' manages to be a PlayerPunch when Claudia stabs him in the back, that charming bastard]].
* SoundCodedForYourConvenience: The first game where enemies make a different sound than the "hurt" cry when killed.
* StalkerWithACrush: Stanley, who turns Heather off to dolls afterward. Then again, you can just ignore his notes and keep Heather's innocence...
* StuffedIntoTheFridge[=/=][[spoiler:SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome]]: [[spoiler:Harry. [[TearJerker *sniff*]]]]
* SuspiciousVideoGameGenerosity: Twisted into something truly sinister. At one point, you get a rather bizarre phone call about receiving a birthday gift. "Would you like to give pain or receive it? You can have whichever you hate the most." Turns out this translates to "you get more bullets if you're low on health, or more health packs if you're low on bullets".
** Subverted in that you can easily miss it before fighting the boss that comes shortly after.
* TarotMotifs: One puzzle requires the use of five tarot cards -- the Fool, the Hanged Man, the Moon, the High Priestess, and the Eye of Night (created exclusively for this game as card XXII; tarot cards are traditionally numbered only from 0-XXI).
* TookALevelInBadass: Let's just say [[spoiler:Cheryl]] is all grown up and is ready to take some names.
* TheUnfought: Valtiel never directly interacts with Heather (unless she dies, anyway). He just watches. And turns that valve at the Otherworld hospital. And dangles a nurse atop an inferno in Nowhere, as seen in the page picture.
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: See ShutUpHannibal.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Claudia. Of course, just how "well" her intentions are depends on who you ask. She says that [[NoPlaceForMeThere she doesn't expect to be a part of Paradise]], since she spilled too much blood to be worthy of it.\\
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Further supported when you read her diary, lamenting all of the evil and suffering in the world, and her desire to help end it. She readily admits that what she did was horrible, but [[IDidWhatIHadToDo she did it for the greater good.]]
* WeirdnessCensor: Douglas seems oblivious to what's going on. When the mall changes, for example, he remains unaffected. One would think being attacked by monsters would shake him up a bit. Did he not encounter any of the creatures, or was he taking a nap? [[spoiler:[[FridgeHorror Maybe Vincent was right....]]]]
** Not necessarily. He seems pretty shook up when Heather first runs into him, asking "Claudia did ''all that?!''"
*** He may be referring to the piles of corpses with pipe-marks in their faces you've left in your wake.....
* WhamLine: You spend the first two games guiltlessly slaughtering hundreds of monsters and suddenly Vincent drops this little gem on you:
--->"Monsters? They looked like '''monsters''' to you?"
** He claims it's a joke but [[FridgeHorror who knows?]]
* YouAreNumberSix: The fate of Stanley. Worse is that he very faintly moans out "Heather..." if you go near him.
-->''"He's...underground now... His new name is '''number seven'''."''
* YouKilledMyFather: [[spoiler:Heather to Claudia]].