!!Harry Mason
-> '''Voiced by:''' Michael G
[[caption-width-right:300:''[-At first I thought I was losing my mind. But now I know I'm not. It's not me.-]'']]

A writer, widower, and devoted father who bumbles into Silent Hill and proceeds to kick ass and chew bubblegum.

* ActionSurvivor: Makes it through the horrors of Silent Hill alive. Of course [[spoiler: by the third game, his survival runs out.]]
* BadassBookworm: Harry is just an author and a pretty quick thinker when it comes to solving puzzles of Silent Hill.
* BadassNormal: Goes up against the horrors of Silent Hill, and is pretty much just a mundane guy.
* BadassUnintentional: Didn't expect or prepare for the horrors ahead, he was just a guy looking for his daughter.
* BumblingDad: His interactions with other characters paints him as a little clumsy and awkward.
* CatchPhrase: "Have you seen a little girl?"
* {{Determinator}}: Despite all the things he's seen and all he's learned about his daughter's origins, Harry never falters from his goal. Not even once.
--> Cheryl's my little girl. I'll save her, no matter what.
* IconicItem: He's still wearing his brown jacket 17 years later.
* NonActionGuy: At the beginning anyway.
* PapaWolf: Harry is ready to go {{to Hell and back}} to save his little girl. And pretty much does.
* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome: In [[spoiler:''Silent Hill 3''.]]
* SupportingProtagonist: Harry may be the main character, but most of the focus of the plot is on Alessa.
* UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler:Dahlia]] first tells Harry that the mark appearing all over town is the "Mark of Samael" and to "not let it be completed", but later it is revealed to be the Seal of Metatron, which Alessa was using to [[spoiler: try to destroy herself and stop the birth of the god, and Dahlia was using Harry to stop her]].
* WaistcoatOfStyle

!!Cheryl Mason
-> '''Voiced by:''' Sandra Wane

[[caption-width-right:300:''[-Hey Daddy, do you think there'll be ponies there? I wanna ride a pony around, just like a cowboy!.-]'']]

A little girl, short black hair, about seven years old, she goes missing from Harry's car after he crashes it.

* ConvenientlyAnOrphan: She was adopted by Harry and his wife. This is convenient for the plot, though not really for Cheryl herself.
* CreepyChild: Mainly in the introduction video, where she leers at the camera. Other than that, the creepiness is based mostly on what appears to be happening ''to'' her [[spoiler: and on the actions of her doppelganger]] rather than on what she actually does.
* DoorstopBaby: She was found abandoned by the side of the road, and Harry and his wife took her in.
%%* HappilyAdopted
%%* LivingMacguffin
* OlderThanTheyLook: In a way. [[spoiler:Since Cheryl and Alessa have the same soul, a lot of fans intepret that as being the same age. So Cheryl, even though she's technically seven during the game, could have a bunch of different ages.]]
* PowerFloats: Walks easily over gaping chasms and a lake, confounding both Harry and Cybil.

!!Cybil Bennett
-> '''Voiced by:''' Susan Papa (''[=SH1=]''), MaryElizabethMcGlynn (''Book of Memories'' - cameo)
[[caption-width-right:300:''[- Look, Harry. I really don't get what's going on. But if there's a chance we can save your daughter, I'm in.-]'']]

A police officer dispatched from the neighboring town of Brahms. She's investigating the strange goings-on in Silent Hill, and like Harry, she's stuck in the town with no way to contact any backup. Late in the game, she gets possessed by a demon, and attacks Harry. You can either save Cybil or kill her; whether she survives the ending or not is [[ShrugOfGod up to the player's interpretation]].

* ArmedAltruism: After realizing that Harry isn't going to stay put, and that the situation in town is highly out-of-the-ordinary, she offers him a handgun as a means of self-defense.
* BadassBiker: Roars pasts Harry's jeep in the prologue.
* CoolShades: In the opening FMV.
* DistressBall: Despite having actual combat training, she gets overwhelmed quite easily in the sewers.
* DonutMessWithACop: Played with, but you have to squint. You meet Cybil in a diner.
%%* FairCop
* FiveRoundsRapid: Her most defining trait. It even got transferred to the film version.
* ImplacableMan: [[spoiler:During the boss fight with her on the carousel.]]
* LawfulPushover: In Green Lion Antique Shop, when Harry [[StandYourGround stands his ground]] and Cybil finally lets him go first through the [[BookcasePassage hole behind the bookshelf]], despite her being a cop.
* OhMyGods: "What in the Devil's name...?"
%%* PaintedOnPants
%%* ReasonableAuthorityFigure
* RedEyesTakeWarning: [[spoiler:Puppet Cybil]].
%%* TheNotLoveInterest
* TheScully: Giant fissures, pterodactyls, flying children? Must be drug-related. [[spoiler: A stealthy bit of foreshadowing, that; all of what the player has seen at that point is definitely paranormal and connects to the cult, but the more obscure branches of the plot show the cult really ''is'' producing drugs.]]
** To be fair, the player does not know whether she has actually seen the things Harry saw.
** Actually, she outright states that [[spoiler:Cheryl appeared to be walking on thin air, so she definitely saw "that" occur.]]
** Well, in her very first cutscene, she gives Harry a gun. So, we can assume that, at the very least, she ''knows'' something seriously fucked up is going on.
* ShipTease: The Good+ ending suggests this between herself and Harry.
* ShrugOfGod: The Book of Lost Memories says that [[spoiler:Cybil's ultimate fate is left to the player's imaginations. Masahiro Ito, when asked about her fate on Twitter, says he remembers that she's dead. When asked about the statement in the Book of Lost Memories, he said "if you choose "good+" ending among them, she is not dead, [[DeadAllAlong maybe]]."]]
** [[FlipFlopOfGod Further Word of God now]] pronounces her [[spoiler:[[http://alchemillahospital.net/keichiro-toyama-on-the-true-ending-of-sh1/ alive]].]]

!!Dahlia Gillespie
-> '''Voiced by:''' Liz Mamorsky (''[=SH1=]''), Laurence Bouvard (''Origins'')

[[caption-width-right:300:''[-Darkness. The town is being devoured by darkness! Strength must overcome petty desire, childish sleep talk! I knew this day would come...-]'']]

This strange old woman who asks Harry to stop the birth of "Samael". She's really Alessa's mother and a major member of The Order, the cult that resides in the town. Her goal was to summon a God that would lead all to "paradise", but in doing so, ''her own daughter burned during the summoning ritual'', and she is keeping Alessa alive in constant agony in order to incubate the god inside her.

* AbusiveParents: She deliberately kept Alessa alive and in pain for ''seven years'' just so her ritual to birth God could come to fruition.
%%* BadSamaritan
%%* BarefootLoon
* BarefootSage: Looks like a combo of this, BarefootLoon, and MadOracle with her cryptic speeches, seeming willingness to help Harry, and the general impression that she sees and understands more than everyone else. [[spoiler: A very [[CerebusRetcon dark subversion]] actually: she [[ObfuscatingStupidity deliberately played up this image]] in order to [[ManipulativeBitch make Harry do her bidding]].]]
* BigBad: The primary villain in the original game and in its prequel. Considering that she's had a hand in the events of the other games as well, she's probably the main one for the series.
* CloudCuckoolander: She initially comes across as this with her bizarre rambling. [[spoiler:It isn't until her plan to recapture Alessa succeeds that she [[ObfuscatingStupidity shows her true nature]].]]
--> "It was foretold by gyromancy!"
* EvilMatriarch: Natch. [[spoiler:Setting your daughter on fire, then using arcane magic to keep her alive and in infinite agony for ''seven years'']]? Good luck topping that.
* EvilOldFolks: Subverted in that she's actually in her ''forties''! Someone certainly didn't age well.
* KarmicDeath: Either gets fried by the very god she tried to summon or by a vengeful Alessa.
* LargeHam: Not so much in the prequel, but her original voice actor loves to chew up the scenery.
* LegitimateBusinessmensSocialClub: Green Lion Antiques.
%%* ManipulativeBitch
* PredecessorVillain: [[spoiler: To the antagonists in 3 and 4.]]
* UncannyValleyMakeup: Not as obvious in the game itself, but you get to see her in all of her "glory" during a close-up during the [[HilariousOuttakes blooper reel]].
%%* TheVillainMakesThePlot
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Dahlia looks old enough to be her daughter's grandmother. WordOfGod states her age at 46.
** Interestingly, she looks much younger in ''VideoGame/SilentHillOrigins''.

!!Dr. Michael Kaufmann
-> '''Voiced by:''' Jarion Monroe (''[=SH1=]''), John Chancer (''Origins'')

[[caption-width-right:300:''[-It's too soon to give up. This craziness can't go on forever.-]'']]

A not terribly pleasant doctor Harry encounters. Was a drug runner, in bed with Dahlia [[{{Squick}} (maybe literally)]] in regards to the demon birth plan, and most likely killed Lisa. Not a nice guy. Lisa eventually hands him a KarmicDeath via dragging him to hell.

* DefectorFromDecadence: Whatever [[spoiler:Dahlia]] promised him, a few minutes alone in the Fog World is enough to make [[spoiler:Kaufmann]] [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere throw in the towel]]. It's evident that he never ''fully'' trusted her, as he's stashed two vials of Aglaophotis as a countermeasure against [[spoiler:Alessa's ascension]].
* DrJerk: Has no interest in helping Harry, and it shows.
* DidntSeeThatComing: He'd expected his chemical to kill the final boss, not [[TurnsRed mutate her]]. A similar outcome happens in ''Silent Hill 3'' when Heather ingests her Aglaophotis pill.
* DynamicEntry: While Harry just stands there and gets lectured at by the lead villain, Kaufmann noiselessly sidles up and shoots her in the gut. Followed by lobbing a vial of Aglaophotis at Alessa.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: As much of a crook as he is, he dreads the outcome of [[spoiler:Dahlia]]'s ultimate plan, to the point that he helps Harry overpower her in the good endings.
** HeelFaceDoorSlam: Although he helps Harry stop Dahlia's plan in the Good Endings, [[spoiler: Alessa still has Lisa drag him down to Hell for murdering the latter]].
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: He tries to shoot Harry ''from under three feet away'' when you meet him. [[CaptainObvious He misses]]. (It was a warning shot, though.)
%%* {{Jerkass}}
* KansasCityShuffle: He stashed one of his vials of Aglaophotis in the hospital where he knew where [[spoiler:Dahlia]] would find it. The one he uses is from a hidden stash, though apparently he can't retrieve it himself unless Harry finds it first.
* KarmicDeath: Lisa, whom he manipulated and whose drug addiction he fed, is the one who [[DraggedOffToHell drags him to his death]].
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: Drug runner, a part of the local cult, and almost certainly involved in Lisa's death. And yes, he's a doctor at the hospital.
* NotInThisForYourRevolution: [[spoiler:In the Good and Good+ endings, when Kaufmann smashes his vial of [[AppliedPhlebotinum Aglaophotis]] on Incubator's head. He doesn't care about [[PapaWolf Harry's quest]] to salvage his daughter. He just doesn't wanna be "[[FirePurifies cleansed by fire]]."]]
%%* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness

!!Lisa Garland
-> '''Voiced by:''' Thessaly Lerner (''[=SH1=]''), Jennifer Woodward (''Origins'')

[[caption-width-right:300:''[-Stay by me Harry, please! I'm so scared. Help me. Save me from them...-]'']]

A kindly nurse Harry continuously bumps into as he shifts to and from the Otherworld. Though strangely, always in the same location, as she refuses to leave it. She was also Alessa's caregiver after the girl was burned, and as a result, she is somehow kept alive, where all the other nurses and doctors have been parasitized. Unfortunately, her existence is tied to the hellish [otherside], so when something happens to dismantle that dark, nightmare world things kinda go pear shaped.

* BodyHorror: When the Flauros causes the Otherworld to go nutty, she does too. At first, this is mental, but before long, she is found to [[spoiler:bleed from every orifice]].
* DeadToBeginWith: She ''only'' appears in the Otherworld, and it's implied that [[spoiler:she was killed some time before Harry entered town]].
%%* HeroesWantRedheads
* HospitalHottie: [[spoiler:Scratch the surface, though...]]
* MayDecemberRomance: [[spoiler: ''[[VideoGame/SilentHillOrigins Origins]]'' [[WordOfSaintPaul claims]] she was sleeping with Kaufmann, who is over 20 years her senior]]. Subverted in the sense that the sex [[SexSlave certainly isn't based on love]], and may in fact [[spoiler:be "payment" [[LeonineContract in return for]] the drugs Kaufmann was dealing her]].
* PuffOfLogic: [[spoiler:Disintegrates into blood]] at the same time as the environment around you loses any sense of cohesion.
* {{Revenge}}: [[spoiler:She is the one who drags Kaufmann to his death.]]
* StepfordSmiler: In ''Origins'' she comes across as cheerful and perky when Travis meets her, even playfully joking around with him. [[spoiler:She's also a drug addict, no thanks to Kaufmann and the Order]].
%%* TearsOfBlood
%%* TragicMonster
* TwitchyEye: [[spoiler:When the Otherworld starts falling apart]].

!!Alessa Gillespie
-> '''Voiced by:''' Sandra Wane (''[=SH1=]''), Jennifer Woodward (''Origins'')

[[caption-width-right:300:''[-No! Get away from me!-]'']]

A young woman with mysterious powers who had the great misfortune of being Dahlia Gillespie's daughter; her suffering at her own mother's hand is what kicks off the plot to begin with.

Alessa somehow split into two people -- the Alessa you see wrapped in bandages at the final sequence of the game, and the girl that Harry found and raised as "Cheryl". The God couldn't be born unless both halves of Alessa were reunited, so Dahlia manipulates Harry into doing the dirty work for her. Depending on your ending, Harry either fights and kills the Complete Alessa, or Kaufmann intervenes and draws out the God for Harry to fight. The latter ending shows Alessa dying and giving Harry a baby girl, a reincarnation of herself who will grow up to become Heather in ''VideoGame/SilentHill3''.

* AndIMustScream: She's been kept in constant agony for seven years just so her hatred can [[MysticalPregnancy incubate]] [[FetusTerrible a god]]. [[spoiler:[[MommyIssues Thanks, Mom]]]].
** Also, invoked by the impregnation ritual, which is implied to have caused her so much agony on its own that her [[MindOverMatter telekinetic]] [[PsychicPowers powers]] accidentally triggered a boiler explosion in the Gillespies' house, turning her agony UpToEleven.
* ApocalypseMaiden: She's at the center of Dahlia's plot; her role is to birth the cult's god.
* BadPowersGoodPeople: Sure, she can control the Otherworld and acts as the primary antagonist, [[spoiler: but she does it to ''stop'' the end of the world, which the protagonist is unwittingly working to bring about]].
* BigBad: At first but she did make the town itself into what it is now. Considering that the God appears as the final boss in ''1'', ''3'', and ''Origins'' with Alessa, it could be considered Alessa's monster form of sorts.
* CreepyChild: Although Alessa is too old to fill this role by the start of the game, the projections of her childhood memories are deeply disconcerting.
* EldritchAbomination: The Town itself is alive due to her making a town an extension of herself and her monster form is the God probably a manifestation of her wrath and the town's spirits.
* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler:Dahlia]] outright says this about her condition.
* GeniusLoci: Could have turned Silent Hill into this with her will -- which would make the titular town an extension of her darker aspects, with the spirits within being in its servitude.
* HeroicSuicide: Alessa attempts this at first by [[SelfSacrificeScheme containing]] the [[EldritchAbomination hellish]] [[{{Darkworld}} Otherworld]], before [[TakeAThirdOption changing her mind]] and [[FlingALightIntoTheFuture resplitting]]/[[BornAgainImmortality reincarnating]] her soul [[FlingALightIntoTheFuture in the hopes of living a better life]]. ''[[VideoGame/SilentHill3 3]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/SilentHillOrigins Origins]]'' also show versions of Alessa trying to invoke this trope.
%%* MommyIssues
* MysticalPregnancy: With the cult's main [[FetusTerrible god]].
* TheQuietOne: If we disregard a flashback with her younger self, she has ''two lines'' in the entire game, and they're not even long. Maybe she would've succeeded in [[spoiler:stopping her mother]] if she had told Harry about it.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: [[spoiler: After being tortured in her nightmares for 7 years.]] As for ''[[VideoGame/SilentHill3 3]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/SilentHill4 4]]'', to think the tragedy could have been avoided if only Claudia and Walter had gotten more hugs growing up.


The Order's mythology depicts God as a female being who descended to Earth sometime in the distant past and relieved humans of suffering. According to the myth, "God's strength ran out," and then she died. However, before dying, God promised that she would return to Earth if people remained faithful to her.

This God is the [[UsefulNotes/{{Judaism}} Talmudic]] angel/demon Samael, according to Dahlia [[spoiler:(though this is merely a gambit)]]. The gender of the God remains an enigma: the cultists believe "God" to be male in ''1'' and female in ''[[VideoGame/SilentHill3 3]]'', and indeed, God's canonical final-boss form in either game mirrors the contemporaneous belief. The reason for these different forms is likely due to it taking on the appearance of what the host or ritual performer perceives the God to look like. It could also be Alessa's monster form.
* AnimeAnatomy: Its form in the third game lacks nipples.
* BigBad: The main villain of most of the series as the god of the Order worships, and is even the final boss of at least three games.
* BigRedDevil: Its form in ''Origins'' (as perceived by as Travis) invokes quite a bit of this imagery.
* ChestBurster: In the first game, it is expelled from [[spoiler:Alessa]]'s body by literally tearing through her back.
* EldritchAbomination: Most of the other eldritch horrors seem to be related or directly spawned from her, and when it is finally manifested into physical being, some of the forms it takes are purely and simply ''wrong''. It could the manifestation of Alessa's dark side and her Monster form.
* FinalBoss: of the First, Third, and Origins games.
* FetusTerrible: Seems to get stuck in this form a lot.
* FullFrontalAssault: Both of its forms have visibly naked breasts.
* GodOfEvil: It's worshiped by the Cult and is evil.
* GeniusLoci: Most of the time it just takes the form of MalevolentArchitecture in and around Silent Hill, permeating the town with evil spirits.
* GreaterScopeVillain: In 4 and Homecoming, due to being the ultimate goal of the respective {{Big Bad}}s.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: By the standards of a series that already features monsters anyway. The Book of Lost Memories supplement suggests that it may not necessarily be a god, but just another kind of monster born from Silent Hill. The only times it appears are as a final boss, which makes it hard to determine exactly what it is. It could also just be a monstrous entity borne of Allesa's vengeful will.
* OneWingedAngel: Yet another theory is that this "god" is Alessa combined with the power of the Town's spirits, culminating in one ''really'' pissed off little girl.
* SuperpoweredEvilside: Possibly one for Alessa, as it could the dark aspects of her combined with the power of the town's spirits.
* YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm: Implied, with how its perceived form seems to vary from person to person. Notably, Travis, a somewhat simple-minded trucker, sees it as a pretty archetypical BigRedDevil.