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Creeper
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The Creeper from Silent Hill 2
Other names
None
Debut
Silent Hill
Other appearances
Silent Hill 2
Silent Hill film
Silent Hill: The Arcade
Silent Hill: The Escape
Health
Low
Locations
Weapons
None
Attack methods
Biting

The Creeper is a giant insect that moves with great speed and reacts strongly to light. It appears frequently in Silent Hill, Silent Hill 2 and Silent Hill: The Arcade. It also appeared in the film Silent Hill.

A similar creature appears in Silent Hill: Homecoming, named Swarm.

Appearance

In Silent Hill, the Creeper appears as a large, cockroach-like insect with three pairs of legs and two long "antenna" from the back.

In Silent Hill 2, the Creeper is slightly smaller with a stronger green tinge to its body and the two antenna-like tails on its back are absent.

In the film, the Creeper has a horseshoe crab-like appearance with what resembles a human face underneath its head.

Character

In Silent Hill and Silent Hill 2, they attack Harry Mason and James Sunderland by nipping at their ankles. Their small size and flat bodies make them difficult targets, however, both protagonists can stomp on the creatures in order to kill them. As such, they are fairly easy to dispose of, but they are still quite annoying opponents.

There is also a scene in Silent Hill 2 regarding a small room below the Silent Hill Historical Society after picking up a key from the ground. James's flashlight will go out, and the door to the room will lock. After replacing the dead battery in the flashlight with a new battery, Creepers begin to swarm the room. Killing them is pointless as they continuously respawn; James must guess the combination next to the door and escape.

In Silent Hill: The Arcade, Creepers are plentiful. They do not do much damage, but can swarm the player and block their view, requiring them to be shot off the screen. When Pyramid Head appears, he is surrounded by a swarm of hundreds of Creepers. The boss monster Mama spits out Creepers as an attack.

Symbolism

According to the Book of Lost Memories, the Creeper in Silent Hill represents Alessa Gillespie's dislike of insects, with the exception of butterflies. It is possible that there were plenty of insects lurking in the basement of Alchemilla Hospital. In her diary, Lisa Garland states that she has been seeing insects, a possible drug withdrawal symptom. It is possible Lisa began to see phantom Creepers.

In Silent Hill 2, the Book of Lost Memories states that it can be assumed that the Creepers are derived mostly from the power of Silent Hill itself.

Aside from this, they could also represent the protagonists; small, like insects, compared to the immense power and fear instilled by the town and its many dangerous creatures.

Silent Hill film

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A Creeper, as seen in the film.

Creepers also appear in the Silent Hill film, and are created by the Otherworld, including appearing from the decay wrought by the hands of the Janitor in the elementary school bathroom. Hundreds of them are seen swarming the school, devouring the miners and their clothing. They disintegrate when the Otherworld lifts.

The Creepers have tiny human faces underneath their heads, rather than the mandibles they have in the game. They appear in very large swarms, which can completely cover and consume a person within a short time. These Creepers likely represent the local religious cult, as they swarm over and destroy anything different than themselves and are spawned by corruption, much like the cultists.

According to director Christophe Gans, the Creepers are the memories of people killed by Alessa, who are trapped in monstrous bodies to punish them for their sins. In a scene in which Red Pyramid stabs through a door at Rose Da Silva and Cybil Bennett, the Creepers represent sperm entering the vagina of a rape victim, a clear reference to Alessa's rape at the hands of the janitor.

Gallery

For a complete list of images of the Creeper, please visit the Creeper images category.

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Characters
Major Characters
Harry Mason - Cheryl Mason - Alessa Gillespie - Dahlia Gillespie - Lisa Garland - Cybil Bennett - Michael Kaufmann
Other Characters
Jodie Mason - Heather Mason - K. Gordon - Greys
Monsters
Air Screamer - Bloodsucker - Creeper - Floatstinger - Grey Child - Groaner - Hanged Scratcher - Incubator - Incubus - Larval Stalker - Mumbler - Night Flutter - Parasite - Puppet Cybil Bennett - Puppet Doctor - Puppet Nurse - Romper - Split Head - Stalker - Twinfeeler - Wormhead
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Locations
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Characters
Major Characters
James Sunderland - Mary Shepherd-Sunderland - Angela Orosco - Laura - Eddie Dombrowski - Maria
Other Characters
Ernest Baldwin - Amy Baldwin - Mary's Doctor - Rachel - Thomas Orosco - Mrs. Orosco - Jennifer Carroll - Patrick Chester - Mira - Harry Mason - Greys - Scott Fairbanks - Walter Sullivan
Monsters
Abstract Daddy - Bubble Head Nurse - Creeper - Flesh Lip - Lying Figure - Mandarin - Mannequin - Mary - Prisoners - Pyramid Head
Weapons
Chainsaw - Chinese Cleaver - Great Knife - Great Spear - Handgun - Hyper Spray - Pipe - Revolver - Rifle - Shotgun - Wooden Plank
Locations
Baldwin Mansion - Blue Creek Apartments - Brookhaven Hospital - Heaven's Night - Jacks Inn - Labyrinth - Lakeview Hotel - Neely's Bar - Observation Deck - Pete's Bowl-O-Rama - Rosewater Park - Silent Hill Historical Society - Toluca Graveyard - Toluca Lake - Toluca Lake Island - Toluca Prison - Wood Side Apartments - Vachss Road - Church of the Rebirth - Dog House
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Flashlight - Fog World - Little Baroness - Manifestation - Map - Monster - Otherworld - Radio - Siren - Seal of Metatron - UFO Ending - Sexuality
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Memos - Items - Keys - Puzzles - Soundtrack - Secrets and Unlockables
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Characters
Eric - Tina - Bill - Jessie - Ryan - George - Emilie Anderson - Frank Anderson - Michelle Anderson
Hanna - Lorraine - Captain - Scott Fairbanks - Greys
Monsters
Creeper - Double Head - Greedy Worm - Gum Head - Hummer - Insane Cancer - Mama - Numb Body - Nurse - Phantom - Pyramid Head - Robbie the Rabbit - Scraper - Split Worm - Toadstool - Tremer - Tuberculosis
Locations
Brookhaven Hospital - Central Square Shopping Center - Jacks Inn - Labyrinth - Lakeside Amusement Park - Silent Hill Historical Society - Spiral Staircase - Toluca Lake - Toluca Prison
Terms
Flashlight - Fog World - Little Baroness - Monster - Otherworld - Radio - Real World - Siren - Welcome Sign
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Characters
Major Characters
Rose Da Silva - Christopher Da Silva - Cybil Bennett - Dahlia Gillespie - Thomas Gucci - Anna - Christabella - Sharon Da Silva - Alessa Gillespie - Dark Alessa
Other Characters
Sister Margaret - Eleanor - Colin - Lisa Garland - Jennifer Carroll
Monsters
Pyramid Head - Creeper - Armless Man - Colin - Nurse - Grey Child
Locations
Brahms - Brookhaven Hospital - Church - Da Silva House - Gans County - Grand Hotel - Midwich Elementary School - Nathan Drugs - Pete's Bowl-O-Rama - Sacrificial Chamber - Silent Hill, West Virginia - Smitty's - Toluca County Archives - Toluca County Mining Museum - Toluca County Orphanage - Toluca Lake
Terms
The Brethren - Monster - Flashlight - Manifestation - Otherworld - Fog World - Real World - Siren - Great Knife - Welcome Sign - Brethren Symbol
Archives
Soundtrack

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