YMMV / Silent Hill

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Is any of the stuff Harry sees in Silent Hill even real, or is he just insane? The Mind Screw levels of the game make it look like that the player might have been intended to consider that, though later games seem indicate that everything was real.
    • Lisa. Is she a ghost or just another fragment of Alessa's imagination? Was she really dead from the beginning or did she get damned from what happened to the town? What would've happened if Harry didn't push her away, would she be saved from mutation? And what if Harry didn't run out and lock her inside the room? Would she still keep control of her actions and not try to choke him to death? Her subsequent crying and desperate banging for Harry to come back, along with her attempt to keep Kauffman from escaping the town seem to indicate that, to a degree, she did.
    • Is Dahlia really an abusive mother towards Alessa or does she just have a warped view of love towards her.
  • Complete Monster: Dahlia Gillespie is the head of a cult known as the Sect of the Holy Woman. She also started a drug trade, selling a hallucinogen to the tourists, made from a local plant named White Claudia, that was also used in the cult's rituals. This lead to her killing the anti-drug mayor and the narcotics officer Gucci. Her ultimate goal is to gain personal power by summoning God to bring about a paradise. She kidnaps and attempts to impregnate several young girls with the God, but none of them could withstand the trauma involved in the impregnation process and they all died. Dahlia then found out that her seven-year-old daughter Alessa had vast mental powers. Dahlia and the cult proceeded to perform the impregnation ritual on Alessa in an upstairs room in Dahlia's own home. Although the god was successfully impregnated in Alessa, the half of her soul left from her daughter's own splitting of her soul and turning the other half into a baby was not powerful enough to give birth to it. Dahlia cast a spell, keeping Alessa alive and in extreme pain, not allowing her burns to heal. Her intention was for the other half to subconsciously feel Alessa's pain, and come back to Silent Hill, where the soul would be reunited. Seven years later, Dahlia proceeds to trick Harry Mason into assisting in her scheme to complete the ritual.
  • Genius Bonus: Dahlia hands Harry the Flauros, a "cage of peace." Flauros is actually the duke of Hell.
    • Instead of "Virgin" records, Silent Hill boasts the "Vestal" brand.
  • Good Bad Bugs: Using the bottle of aglaophotis on one of the Larval Stalkers in the Lake Side Amusement Park allows one to skip straight to the (graphically glitched but otherwise unimpaired) cutscene after the confrontation with Cybil, allowing one to bypass the confrontation completely. Very handy for ten-star ranks and speed runs.
  • It Was His Sled: Dahlia being the villain, her relationship to Alessa, and Alessa's relationship to the power of the town aren't revealed until the last quarter of the game, but they're among the most commonly known things about the franchise and later installments take the player's knowledge of them for granted.
  • Memetic Mutation: Among the fandom, Harry's "Have you seen my daughter" line, and asking it to anyone he lays eyes on.
    Have you seen a little girl? Just turned seven last month. Short, black hair? My daughter.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Let's just say Dahlia won't be winning a Mother of the Year award anytime soon. See entry for Complete Monster above.
  • Narm Charm: The game is infamous for its stilted voice acting, although some fans find this to be part of the appeal.
  • Nightmare Retardant: Roahm's Let's Play of this game. He even makes the Jump Scare of CORPSE IN A LOCKER humorous. How? He thinks it looks like Buster.
    • The snarkier (and steely-nerved) player likely made their own all-too-easy "stuffed in a locker" joke here, too.
    • The Camera Screw means that if the camera is positioned properly, the entirety of the final boss fight has you seeing Harry all the time instead of the final boss. There's also the trick of emptying all your ammo before the final boss fight, so it's instantly skipped.
  • Ugly Cute: Larval Stalkers, toddler-sized transparent monsters with little stumpy arms and legs that don't try to fight Harry, just laugh at him.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Harry when Lisa tells him she was the same as the monster nurses in the hospital. In shock/fear, Harry pushes Lisa to the wall and triggers her "death." Now, this wouldn't be so bad for Harry if he didn't push Lisa right after she said she was way too scared, didn't want to be one of them and spread her arms begging for comfort, all the while being obviously the same sane, caring and loving person he met earlier. And right after she drops her diary and you begin to understand her backstory, the whole scene makes Harry seem like one big douchebag.
    • Bear in mind that Harry has been running around in a nightmarish landscape for the better part of a day (so he's both physically plus mentally exhausted......and probably hungry/thirsty), has seen the majority of his human allies betray him (including Cybil, should he lack the aglaophotis) or at least come off as a-holes, has dealt with the hell hospital nurses before (so he knows how difficult they can be to put down), AND still has a daughter to save. Because of all of that, it is understandable why he pushes Lisa away and flees. It was not as if he WANTED to harm her. Indeed, he could have whipped out a firearm and blazed away...but he didn't. Note that he even utters "Lisa" in a dejected manner while holding the door shut.
  • The Woobie: Lisa, who was really a nice person caught up in a horrible situation. Made worse by Silent Hill: Origins, where it's more or less revealed that Michael Kaufmann is blackmailing her for sex.