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Tear Jerker / Silent Hill: Shattered Memories

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  • Acceptance.
    • Creeping Distress. Melancholic and dark, the perfect song to listen to while searching for your lost daughter in a town you've never been to before.
  • This exchange from two of the endings:
    Cheryl: You've been with me for so long...
    *Harry turns to ice*
    • The "Love Lost" ending shows Cheryl taping Harry's departure from his family after their divorce, and him kneeling down to her to explain: "Even though Mom and Dad don't love each other anymore, we both love you - and we always will."
      • Also from "Love Lost", Harry notices Cheryl and tells her, gently, "Sweetie, don't film this." Cheryl's been replaying home movies to try to keep her grip on the perfect image of her father throughout the whole game, but never getting to the truth because she rewinds before she gets there. He tells her not to film it because he already knows divorce is tough on a kid, and having such a concrete reminder will only hurt her in the long run; the fact that he understands his daughter so well suggests he really was as attentive and loving as she remembers.
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  • The "Drunk Dad", "Sleaze and Sirens" and "Wicked and Weak" endings count too. In the former, when he notices Cheryl filming him, a clearly drunk Harry mocks her and than demands that she bring him another beer. In the second, it's revealed that Harry cheated on his wife regularly with younger, more attractive women and even filmed it. In the third, it's revealed that Harry was abused by Dahlia, and that he apathetically allowed it to happen. He really wasn't the loving, kind dad Cheryl had longed for in these endings.
  • The big reveal at the end, which escalates with Kaufmann getting increasingly agitated with Cheryl and her delusions. The Wham Line is finally delivered as Harry is shown entering the room from Cheryl's perspective.
    Kaufmann: Your dad wasn't a hero. Wasn't your knight in shining armor. He was a human being. You never knew him, and you never will. The dad walking around in your head isn't even a ghost. He never existed. A Frankenstein's monster, a child's fantasy! But you're alive. Your mother is alive. She's not the monster you make her out to be. You need to live your life...
    Kaufmann and Harry: Cheryl.
  • Some players get annoyed at the video of Cheryl and Harry playing over and over again in the beginning. However, it is also the last thing that's shown in the game, and since we know the real story by then, it makes the video ten times sadder.
    • Mary Elizabeth McGlynn's vocal work drives it home.
  • "Why did you have to die? It wasn't my fault..."
  • The story of Harry and Dahlia, as glimpsed through Cheryl's repressed memories. Two teens who fell in love in high school, got married, and only realized that what they had going in high school would not suffice for a lifetime of marriage until after they had a child. The end result, a messy divorce and years of strained relationship between Cheryl and Dahlia after Harry's death and Cheryl demonizing her mother.
  • Similarly, Cheryl's experiences after her father's death were far from pleasant, as most of the events from the cabin onwards are implied to have happened to her. She was drugged at a party, pressured into having sex by a selfish ex-boyfriend, rumored to be having an affair with a teacher (which was likely her confiding in him regarding her personal life instead), and even stabbed a security guard who'd taken pity on her for shoplifting, overreacting to his approach.
    • And even before then, poor Cheryl went through some harsh stuff. Having her pet dog accidentally get run over by her parents, badly injuring herself while playing with a toy on vacation...
  • One of the early memories found in the game is a voice mail in the video store. It's of an irate women angry because the video store accidentally destroyed her wedding video and it was her only copy. After playing through the game, you'll realize who that woman was: Dahlia, so the wedding video was of her and Harry. It really does cement that, no, she wasn't the monster Cheryl thought she was and that she still loved Harry.


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