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     Alex Shepherd 

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 Un-Favourite: 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 

Elle Holloway

Voiced by: Llana Barron

  • Childhood Friends: With Alex.
  • Distressed Damsel: Happens several times.
  • Implied 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 gives more subtle implications that he feels that way. The scenes they share when they meet again, and then on the boat, and at the end of the normal ending imply it the most.
  • 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.
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     Joshua "Josh" Shepherd 

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 

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 with relative ease. 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. Even so, he remains the only surviving active police officer of Shepherd's Glen battling the monsters through the game.
  • 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 UFO ending. His paranoia is also proven to be correct that strange things are happening in the town, notices the signs early and takes precautions, becoming the best prepared for the monsters as a result, the last cop remaining alive on the police force, and the most competent of the supporting characters to Alex.
  • 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 be its own game.
  • One-Man Army: Most of the monsters of the Fog World and Otherworld don't stand a chance against him, or particularly phase him. He adapts quickly to his bizarre situation and keeps kicking ass.
  • 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.

The Order and Shepherd's Glen

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     Judge Margaret Holloway 

Judge Margaret Holloway

Voiced by: Elizabeth Lambert

  • Ax-Crazy: It doesn’t show at first, but when trying to torture Alex to death with a power drill you can see for yourself what an utter madwoman she is at heart.
  • 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.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Stabbed through the chin with her own power drill. Judging from the blood and the screams, it’s as unpleasant as it sounds.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: While the rest of the founders' descendants are trying to keep their god appeased by murdering their own children, Judge Holloway just likes the power it gives her.
  • Offing the Offspring: She sacrificed Nora and tried to have Elle killed when the latter disagreed with her plans.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Gives a faint one just before locking Alex in the room with Asphyxia, hinting at her true nature.
  • This Is a Drill: She doesn't have good intentions with it.
  • The Sociopath: While it may have been questionable when Alex was younger, by the present day she has unquestionably become a psychotic murderer obsessed with keeping her own power base through manipulation and gratuitous acts of violence, her humanity all but absent aside from a superficial veneer of basic decency.
  • 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 

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.
  • Dragon Their Feet: Alex kills Judge Holloway first and has to find and kill Curtis before he kills Elle.
  • King Mook: He basically fights like an Order Soldier with more health and a circular saw as a weapon instead of a pipe.
  • 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.
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     Adam and Lillian Shepherd 

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.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Adam's abuse of Alex was intended to make it easier for Adam to kill him and for Alex to accept death. Aside from the fact that it only leads to the death of Josh through an accident, this is a fantastic way to cultivate someone with the capacity for harm.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: When it came to Alex, Adam was an inch away from explosive anger at all times.
  • 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.
  • Kick the Dog: Adam's behavior towards Alex, who he marked down as the family's sacrifice. He outright admits to treating the family dog with more respect, which says a lot as he is implied to have dragged said dog to his back room and killed it, too.
  • Parental Favoritism: Towards Joshua.
  • Parental Neglect: Adam is set up as the outright abusive one, while Lillian was more on the neglectful side.
  • Stepford Suburbia: Alex says that everyone always thought the Shepherds were the perfect little family, and bitterly notes that looks can be deceiving. The Shepherd House was, under Adam's and Lillian's care, a miserable place.

     Mayor Sam Bartlett 

Mayor Sam Bartlett

Voiced by: David Alan Graf

  • The Alcoholic: Fell into this hard after sacrificing his child.
  • Authority in Name Only: While not all that much is known about his authority within the town, it's clear that Judge Holloway was seen as much more of a leader. She's the one organizing the cult and putting the plans into motion while Bartlett is just drinking himself into a stupor.
  • 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 

Doctor Martin Fitch

Voiced by: David Alan Graf

  • The Atoner: Out of all the members of the Shepherd's Glen sect, he displays the most remorse for having to sacrifice his own child, and constantly cuts himself as penance.
  • Creepy Doll: He dotes on 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. Then he murdered his own daughter.
  • 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 

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: Notes around the Grand Hotel reveal that Carol cheated on her husband Clayton, who was dying of a terminal illness, with the mayor, Sam Bartlett. Her own personal notes to Sam note that she is relieved he'll soon be dead so she no longer has to pretend. Clayton eventually found out, and his own notes on the matter are heartbreaking.

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