Characters / Silent Hill: Homecoming

Alex Shepherd

Voiced by: Brian Bloom

  • Abusive Parents: Of the Emotional Abuse variety, and it's made abundantly clear. Just looking around the Shepherd family home, all of the little details are really chilling when they sink in — like the fact that every single photo displays one or both parents and Josh, but Alex is never to be seen in any of them. And the revelation as to why they treated him this way just makes it worse. If planning to make your own son into a Human Sacrifice before he's even conceived isn't abusive, what is?!
  • Big Brother Instinct: No matter what happened between the family, it's clear that Alex loved his little brother and made an effort to spend time with him, even as his father tried to drive a wedge between them.
  • Determinator: Fighting dozens of horrifying monsters, seeing the gruesome deaths of Mayor Bartlett, Dr. Fitch, his mother and his father and the general horror that is Silent Hill didn't stop him from trying to bring Josh back. Unfortunately, said brother was Dead All Along.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Both of his parents are doomed before Alex arrives. When his mother is trapped in a death machine, he can choose to give her a Mercy Kill... or just let it tear her apart. Likewise, he can refuse to forgive his father for all the things he did to Alex before the old man is slaughtered. Given the awful things they did to him through his life, it's hard not to cheer him on, or at least sympathise, when he takes the "let them suffer" decision.
  • Kill the Ones You Love: He accidentally drowned his brother when they were both kids. He can also choose to Mercy Kill his mother.
  • The Resenter: Although he loves his brother, some of his bitterness about his parents' favouritism does carry over to Josh.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Ultimately subverted, since he started to believe he was this to cope with his brother's accidental death.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: He swears lots more than other Silent Hill protagonists. Although one can't blame him for it.
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia: He forced himself to forget about accidentally drowning his brother, and about his parents attempting to murder him afterwards.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Typical of Silent Hill protagonists, but good Lord does Alex stand out. Guy doesn't catch a break.
  • The Unfavourite: Was this to his parents. Invoked; they tried to be as unattached to him as possible so they wouldn't be too upset when they had to make him into a Human Sacrifice.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Due to his Trauma-Induced Amnesia.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Twice over, and both times played for serious horror. Firstly, when they were kids, he accidentally knocked his brother out of the canoe whilst they were boating together, and Josh wound up drowning. Then, because his parents were too emotionally distraught over losing one son to sacrifice him, the ritual was broken and Silent Hill could invade Shepherd's Glen.
  • Video Game Cruelty Punishment: Taking both opportunities to Kick the Son of a Bitch and refusing to try and save the dying Deputy Wheeler results in the "Boogeyman" Bad Ending. In which Alex is turned into a Boogeyman himself... of course, Silent Hill may actually see this as rewarding him, making it almost an Esoteric Happy Ending.

Elle Holloway

Voiced by: Llana Barron

  • Childhood Friends: With Alex.
  • Distressed Damsel: Happens several times.
  • Neutral Female: Due to the particulars of gameplay, the only thing Elle will help with is lifting gates. Alex can be swarmed by cultists, and she will just stand by.
  • The Not-Love Interest: She and Alex are clearly close, and it seems like there may be something else between them. Elle seems to be the most overt about it though, mostly in her theme song, and Alex never gives any implication that he feels that way.

Joshua "Josh" Shepherd

Voiced by: Dalton O'Dell

  • Creepy Child: Alex keeps seeing Josh in various levels, and he doesn't exactly look happy to be there. Also the fact that, like Alessa from the first game, he has an affection for bugs and spiders, which can be creepy in and of itself. Of course, the "creepy" Josh seen throughout the game is an apparition. The real Josh seemed like a fairly regular kid.
  • Dead All Along: Alex accidentally knocked Josh into Toluca Lake on a late-night boating trip.
  • Death by Falling Over: Died from accidentially bumping his head on the side of a boat, then falling in the water and drowning.
  • Youngest Child Wins: Subverted. Josh definitely had a better life than Alex, until that life ended when he drowned.

Deputy James Wheeler

Voiced by: Fitz Houston

  • Badass Normal: At least due to being untouchable in gameplay—and during these segments, he's quite capable of taking out the monsters. In-story, he does manage to get himself out of quite a few rough spots without outside help, though eventually events catch up to him.
  • Casual Danger Dialog: On occasion. When he and Alex get ambushed by a Siam in the prison, he responds with the calm one-liner:
    You cuff him; I'll read him his rights.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: An eyeroll-worthy one at times...unless you get a certain ending.
  • Determinator: Whenever he get's knocked down during gameplay he's back up again with some choice words and gunshots for the monsters.
  • Made of Iron: He somehow manages to survive a lot of abuse. Whether he ultimately survives his horrific torture at the hands of the Order members, however, is dependent on the player's choice.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: His penchant for getting himself out of rough situations when he's separated from Alex could almost be its own game.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He locks down Alex upon discovering him, but lends him his knowledge and manpower soon enough, knowing they can't fight what's going on alone.
  • Token Minority: Admittedly, not his fault. He's one of three main cast members, the other two being white, and the only other cast members are family of those two.
  • Uncle Tomfoolery: His comic relief antics does come across as a bit stereotypical at times. That he is the Token Minority and has Conspiracy Theorist tendencies does not really help matters.

Judge Margaret Holloway

Voiced by: Elizabeth Lambert

  • Big Bad: Slowly becomes apparent as she talks to Alex.
  • Distressed Damsel: Alex has to save her from Asphyxia. Although it may have been best if he'd left her there...
  • Faux Affably Evil: She's very polite to Alex and he mentions that, in the absence of any affection from his mother, he looked to Margaret Holloway as a sort of mother figure. She has a kindly, parenting tone of voice when telling Alex the reason he and his parents suck, and holds it for a bit before she loses it. She then tries to murder him.
  • Hanging Judge: She is the town's judge. Her designated method of murder is through "the noose" as defined by the carvings in the late parts of the game.
  • Hiding Behind Religion: The Order is in large part an excuse for her to exercise her murderous ideals.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Suffers a very Karmic Death trying to torture Alex with a power drill.
  • Offing the Offspring: She sacrificed Nora and tried to have Elle killed when the latter disagreed with her plans.
  • This Is a Drill: She doesn't have good intentions with it.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Possible, Alex seemed to see her as more of a mother figure than his own when he was younger, so either she was faking or she used to be a more caring person.
  • Torture Technician: Toward the end of the game Holloway ties Alex to a chair and tries to use a frigging power drill on him.
  • Walking Spoiler: As you can tell.

Curtis Ackers

Voiced by: Al Bandiero
  • Ax-Crazy: Seem to sadistically delight in the notion of tearing Elle apart.
  • Chainsaw Good: He wields a circular saw as a weapon.
  • The Dragon: He acts as one to Judge Holloway.
  • Jerkass: He's very gruff and rude towards Alex (and likely everybody else). Then it turns out he's a member of the Order and is far, far worse than he initially appears.
  • Mr. Fixit: He seems to delight in repairing things, and is frustrated that he can't fix any of the clocks in the town, which have nothing physically wrong with them but have all inexplicably stopped at 2:06. He gives Alex a working pistol in exchange for Adam's disused service revolver, presumably so he can restore the latter to working condition.
  • No Social Skills: He has a strong dislike for any kind of social interaction, and will even go as far as threatening to shoot Alex if he pesters him too much.
  • Pet the Dog: Early in the game, Curtis gives Alex a working pistol to defend himself, despite not being required or even asked to do so, and not benefiting from it in any way.

Adam and Lillian Shepherd

Voiced by: Al Bandiero (Adam), Elizabeth Lambert (Lillian)

  • Abusive Parents: They were cold to Alex as a child, and doted on Josh. They had their reasons for this, due to their involvement with the Order.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Adam's eventual fate. Same for Lillian; however, you can choose whether she will be alive to feel it happen.
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: Since Lillian is strapped to a torture device and is slowly being ripped apart, she begs Alex to kill her before the device does it instead.
  • Parental Favoritism: Towards Joshua.
  • Parental Neglect: Adam is set up as the outright abusive one, while Lillian was more on the neglectful side.

Mayor Sam Bartlett

Voiced by: David Alan Graf

  • The Alcoholic: Fell into this hard after sacrificing his child.
  • Buried Alive: How he killed his son. It's how his family kills the children for the ritual, always.
  • Ludicrous Gibs: After Joey returns as Sepulcher, he smashes his father into a bloody smear.
  • Mayor Pain: Played with. In the past, he was supposedly respectful and friendly, but after killing his son, he's become a bit of both types, as he becomes an alcoholic out of guilt and keeps digging up graves in the cemetery to cope. Also, keep in mind that he's mayor of a city that has a pact with the cult from Silent Hill, so he may have always been Mayor Pain.
  • Mood-Swinger: Mostly on account of being drunk. He switches between cold, bitter shouting at Alex and solemn, detached mumbling about Joey at the drop of a hat.

Doctor Martin Fitch

Voiced by: David Alan Graf

  • Creepy Doll: He dotes his daughter and buys her a lot of these. Lampshaded by Alex.
    • Ironically, she returns as a porcelain doll monster and kills him.
  • Fallen Hero: Files in the game state that he saved Alex from drowning in a bus accident when he was eight years old.
  • Irony: His heroism has this, given that Alex was supposed to be sacrificed through drowning by his parents.
  • Off with His Head!: His daughter returns as a monster and decapitates him.
  • Sanity Slippage: He becomes insane and starts mutilating himself after sacrificing Scarlet.

Carol Doyle

A mysterious, unseen woman Alex meets in the Grand Hotel, who asks him for help finding her "memories".

  • Foreshadowing: Alex's first dungeon involves him helping someone retrieve her memories. Alex himself suffers from trauma induced amnesia, and the end of the game involves him remembering.
  • Your Cheating Heart: She was having an affair with Mayor Bartlett, while her husband was dying in bed no less.