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Dog
Groaner
The first dog monster to appear in the series
Other names
Groaner
Wormhead
Double Head
Sniffer Dog
Feral
Debut
Silent Hill
Other appearances
Silent Hill 2
Silent Hill 3
Silent Hill 4: The Room
Silent Hill: Origins
Silent Hill: The Arcade
Silent Hill: Homecoming
Silent Hill: Shattered Memories
Paint It Black
Dying Inside
Health
Low to medium
Locations
Various
Weapons
None
Attack methods
Biting

Dogs are a common theme for monsters and are often seen in the Silent Hill series.

While dogs themselves are sparse, there are many recurring monsters within the series bearing allusions to domesticated canines. Each entry of Silent Hill typically has a dog-like creature that is, for the most part, restricted to outside environments, particularly the streets. Dog houses are commonly seen on the streets, some which hide keys to houses, or even secrets.

Games

Silent Hill

Main article: Groaner
Main article: Wormhead
Doghead

Harry finds a dog head.

The first game of the series debuted the Groaner and its Otherworld counterpart, the Wormhead. These are dog-like monsters that are hairless, demonic dogs with rotten brown skin and a very large set of jaws. They are also morbidly thin, making them appear starving or even dead as a result. A common sight in outdoor areas, they are sensitive to sound and will react to a gunshot or the sound of Harry Mason running nearby. They only appear in outdoor areas where Harry is trying to move to a different building, and are easily avoided if precautions are taken. Harry first encounters the beasts when backtracking towards the alley he passed out in. He later meets the Wormheads after fainting in Green Lion Antiques, where they roam the Otherworld streets.

Several dog corpses are found in game, such as the flattened one at the beginning and the dog's head in the basketball court. They represent Alessa Gillespie's fear of dogs.

Silent Hill 2

Main article: Mira
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Mira, the Shiba Inu dog in the Dog Ending.

Silent Hill 2 was lacking in canine monsters due to the monsters seen in the game being created from James Sunderland's subconsciousness instead of Alessa Gillespie's.

Mira is a special Shiba Inu who is seen controlling the town in a secret room inside the Lakeview Hotel (which is unlocked with the Dog Key, found in a dog house beside Jacks Inn). Opening this secret room initiates a secret ending, the "Dog" ending. Mira doesn't like Eddie Dombrowski, as she growls angrily when Eddie appears in the credits.

Silent Hill 3

Main article: Double Head
Double Head

Double Head.

The Double Head is a canine monster that usually appears in groups of two or four and attacks Heather Mason upon sight. Their namesake feature refers to the fact that, in addition to the normal jawline, their heads split vertically down the middle, with their tongue often hanging lazily between the split halves. They are "bandaged" in bloody strips of flesh and appear to be horribly burned. According to The Making of Silent Hill 3, their split skulls are meant to evoke Cerberus and to indicate the player is entering a nightmarish world. They parallel the Groaners from the original Silent Hill and act similarly as well. They are first encountered in the Otherworld Shopping Center. They can be distracted by Beef Jerky. They can often be seen licking blood puddles and even feeding on corpses.

In Hilltop Center's ECHO Interiors and Floor Fashions, a pair of porcelain Dalmatian statues can be seen.

Silent Hill 4: The Room

Main article: Sniffer Dog
SnifferDogMale

Male Sniffer Dog.

SnifferDogFemale

Female Sniffer Dog.

A common enemy, the Sniffer Dogs are dog-type creatures that have long, prehensile tongues that they use to drain the blood of their prey. They have dirty, leathery skin which appears to be decaying and, strangely, make snarling sounds which resemble that of a large feline rather than a canine. Their gums are prominent and hold large, dagger-like canines. The male variety has visible eyes, ears and green tinted fur and flesh. Females are missing eyes and ears and are purple tinted, with longer, sharper claws. The gender and rank of the Sniffer Dog is betrayed by their coloration. Green-tinged Sniffer Dogs, thought of as males, are weaker and less threatening than the purple-tinged, thought of as female, variety. They only tend to attack Henry Townshend if he's too close, though the female variety is more aggressive and attacks on sight. The males can be distracted by carcasses and also tend to lie down, making them easier to hit.

Several non-existent dogs, possibly their ghosts, can be heard in Garland's. After reading a news article about the store shooting, Henry can hear the animals' cries as they are shot to death by Walter Sullivan.

The Porcelain Dalmatian duo from Silent Hill 3 reappear once more, though this time they are owned by an old couple in room 304 of the South Ashfield Heights.

Silent Hill: Origins

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Mira and an alien in Origins.

Mira reappears in this game, in yet another UFO Ending. To be able to see her in this ending, the player must have the Room 502 Key. Dog-like monsters named Carrion also appear in Origins.

Silent Hill: Homecoming

Main article: Feral
Feral

A Feral.

Ferals are skinless, heavily muscled canines with fresh blood dripping from their bodies, giving them a freshly skinned look. A strange feature of their heads is the fact that they have no ears. Alex Shepherd first encounters one in the Rose Heights Cemetery, after hearing it barking and growling in the distance. They are very fast and very difficult for Alex to escape.

Alex also once owned a dog named Shuki.

Silent Hill: The Arcade

Silent Hill: The Arcade uses a modified version of the Double Head.

Silent Hill: Shattered Memories

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Mira.

Harry Mason had bought his daughter a Basset Hound when she was a child, which she loved. Later, Harry accidentally hit and killed it with his car. There is graffiti that reads "Dead Dog Posse" in the playground.[1] The principal refers to his dog, Nicky, as his only true friend. A memento of a dog toy can be found in the Golden Leaf Warehouse.

Mira returns yet again in this game in the UFO ending. She appears, replacing Cheryl when she states "My mother was a bitch.". This is a play on words, as bitch can be both an insult and a term used to refer to a female dog. This is the second Silent Hill game developed by Climax Studios that Mira appears in.

Silent Hill: Downpour

Dogposter

Murphy passes a lost dog poster.

Murphy Pendleton passes a poster that reads, "Have you seen this dog?" on the wall of the gas station early in the game. Later, he encounters a dead dog on a bed on the Devil's Pitstop motel[2]. Also, in the underground parking lot of the Centennial Building, a normal dog is seen trapped inside a police patrol car[3]. It is later killed by a Weeping Bat.

Comics

Dying Inside

BearDA

In Dying Inside.

Main article: Bear

Bear is a main character in Dying Inside and is owned by Kenneth Carter. He most likely is a Golden Retriever, though his breed is not explicitly stated in the comics.

Paint It Black

Dog SHPIB

In Paint It Black.

A skinned dog creature is seen by Ike Isaacs as he enters Silent Hill. It has an uncanny resemblance to the Feral of Silent Hill: Homecoming, despite having been created 3 years prior. It may have been the inspiration for the Feral's creation and design. The only differences between Ferals and these creatures are that they have ears and eyes, unlike the Feral.

Sinner's Reward

Main article: Digger

Jack Stanton shot his dog, Digger, when he was young. He was pressured to kill him by his father, Michael Stanton, who wanted to brag about how his son was such a natural born killer, attributing to his current profession. Digger was shot in the eye, and returns to face Jack, still appearing as a corpse, albeit more aggressive. Jack also sees what look like Sniffer Dogs feeding on a corpse when he arrives in Silent Hill.

Gallery

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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
Weapons
Chainsaw - Handgun - Hyper Blaster - Katana - Knife - Pipe - Rifle - Rock Drill - Shotgun - Hammer - Axe
Locations
Alchemilla Hospital - Annie's Bar - Balkan Church - Cafe 5to2 - Central Silent Hill - Gillespie House - Green Lion Antiques - Indian Runner - Lakeside Amusement Park - Levin Street - Lighthouse - Midwich Elementary School - Norman's Motel - Nowhere - Queen Burger - Resort Area - Sewers - Silent Hill Police Station - Silent Hill Town Center - Toluca Lake - Old Silent Hill - Dog House
Terms
Flashlight - Fog World - God - Map - Metatron - Monster - Otherworld - Paradise - PTV - Radio - Real World - Siren - The Order - Manifestation - Seal of Metatron - UFO Ending
Archives
Items - Keys - Puzzles - Soundtrack - Secrets and Unlockables
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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
Terms
Flashlight - Fog World - Little Baroness - Manifestation - Map - Monster - Otherworld - Radio - Siren - Seal of Metatron - UFO Ending - Sexuality
Archives
Memos - Items - Keys - Puzzles - Soundtrack - Secrets and Unlockables
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Characters
Major Characters
Heather Mason - Douglas Cartland - Vincent Smith - Claudia Wolf
Other Characters
Harry Mason - Alessa Gillespie - Leonard Wolf - Stanley Coleman - Lisa Garland - Jennifer Carroll - Joseph Schreiber - James Sunderland - Greys - Happy Birthday Caller - Danny - Confessor - Greys - Robbie the Rabbit
Weapons
Beam Saber - Flamethrower - Handgun - Katana - Knife - Maul - Pipe - Shotgun - Stun Gun - Submachine Gun - Unlimited Submachine Gun
Monsters
Closer - Double Head - Glutton - God - Insane Cancer - Leonard Wolf - Memory of Alessa - Missionary - Monster in Locker - Numb Body - Nurse - Pendulum - Scraper - Sewer Monster - Slurper - Split Worm - Valtiel
Locations
Borley Haunted Mansion - Brookhaven Hospital - Central Square Shopping Center - Chapel - Construction Site - Daisy Villa Apartments - Happy Burger - Hazel Street Station - Heaven's Night - Hilltop Center - Jacks Inn - KMN Auto Parts - Lakeside Amusement Park - Last Drop Cafe - Underpass
Terms
Flashlight - Fog World - God - Map - Metatron - Monster - Otherworld - Paradise - PTV - Radio - Real World - The Order - Manifestation - Seal of Metatron - UFO Ending - Sexuality - Halo of the Sun
Archives
Items - Keys - Puzzles - Soundtrack - Limited Edition Soundtrack - Secrets and Unlockables
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Characters
Major Characters
Henry Townshend - Eileen Galvin - Walter Sullivan - Cynthia Velasquez - Jasper Gein - Andrew DeSalvo - Richard Braintree - Joseph Schreiber
Other Characters
Frank Sunderland - Billy Locane - Bobby Randolph - Eric Walsh - George Rosten - Jimmy Stone - Mike - Miriam Locane - Peter Walls - Rachel - Rick Albert - Robbie the Rabbit - Sein Martin - Sharon Blake - Steve Garland - Toby Archbolt - William Gregory - James Sunderland - Mary Shepherd-Sunderland
Weapons
Aluminum Bat - Chainsaw - Handgun - Submachine Gun - Knife - Pipe - Bug Spray - Chain - Eileen's Bag - Golf Club - Nightstick - Pickaxe of Despair - Revolver - Rusty Axe - Riding Crop - Spade - Stun Gun - Torch - Wine Bottle
Monsters
Bottom - Conjurer - Ghost - Greedy Worm - Gum Head - Hummer - Patient - Sniffer Dog - The One Truth - Toadstool - Tremer - Twin Victim - Wall Man - Wheelchair
Locations
Albert's Sporting Goods - Ashfield - Bar Southfield - Garland's - Hotel South Ashfield - Room 302 - Room 302 of the Past - South Ashfield Heights - South Ashfield Station - Spiral Staircase - St. Jerome's Hospital - Toluca Lake - Water Prison - Wish House Orphanage
Terms
21 Sacraments - Death Machine - Haunting - Holy Candle - Manifestation - Map - Monster - Real World - Ritual of the Holy Assumption - Saint Medallion - Sword of Obedience - The Order - Walter's Otherworlds - Great Knife - Sexuality - Halo of the Sun
Archives
Items - Keys - Puzzles - Soundtrack - Limited Edition Soundtrack - Secrets and Unlockables - Memos
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Characters
Major Characters
Travis Grady - Richard Grady - Helen Grady - Alessa Gillespie - Dahlia Gillespie - Michael Kaufmann - Lisa Garland
Other Characters
Harry Mason - Jodie Mason - Cheryl Mason - Mira - Greys
Monsters
Alessa's Dream - Ariel - Butcher - Caliban - Carrion - Faceless Nurse - Momma - Remnant - Sad Daddy - Straightjacket - Two-Back
Weapons
Alcohol Bottle - Baton - Broken Pole - Crate - Drip Stand - Fire Axe - Filing Cabinet - Great Cleaver - Hammer - Handgun - Hand-to-Hand - Iron Weights - Jagged Wood - Katana - Knife - Light Stand - Meat Cleaver - Meat Gaff - Meat Hook - Moon Gauntlets - Pitchfork - Poker - Pool Cue - Portable TV - Razor - Revolver - Rifle - Scalpel - Screwdriver - Shotgun - Shovel - Spear - Tesla Rifle - Tire Iron - Toaster - Toolbox - Typewriter - Wrench
Locations
Alchemilla Hospital - Andy's Books - Artaud Theater - Cedar Grove Sanitarium - Central Silent Hill - General Store - Gillespie House - Green Lion Antiques - Greenfield Apartments - Lumber Yard - Nowhere - Public Records Office - Riverside Motel - The Family Butcher
Terms
Flashlight - Fog World - Map - Mirror - Monster - Otherworld - Radio - Real World - Siren - The Order - Manifestation - UFO Ending - Welcome Sign - Sexuality - Halo of the Sun
Archives
Items - Puzzles - Soundtrack - Secrets and Unlockables
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Characters
Main Characters
Alex Shepherd - Joshua Shepherd - Elle Holloway - James Wheeler - Margaret Holloway - Curtis Ackers
Other Characters
Adam Shepherd - Carol Doyle - Lillian Shepherd - Nora Holloway - Sam Bartlett - Joey Bartlett - Martin Fitch - Scarlet Fitch - Travis Grady - Order Soldier - Nash - Robbie the Rabbit
Families
Bartlett Family - Fitch Family - Holloway Family - Shepherd Family
Monsters
Amnion - Asphyxia - Bogeyman - Feral - Lurker - Needler - Nurse - Scarlet - Schism - Sepulcher - Siam - Smog - Swarm
Weapons
12 Gauge Shotgun - BlueSteel Shotgun - Chrome Hammer Pistol - Ceremonial Dagger - Circular Saw - Combat Knife - Crowbar - Fire Axe - Laser Pistol - M14 Assault Rifle - Mk 23 Handgun - Police Marksman Rifle - Pulaski Axe - Steel Pipe
Locations
Alchemilla Hospital - Boiler Room - Central Silent Hill - Church of the Holy Way - Dargento Cemetery - Dr. Fitch's Office - Grand Hotel - Hell Descent - Lair - Overlook Penitentiary - Rose Heights Cemetery - Salvage Yard - Sewers of Shepherd's Glen - Shepherd House - Shepherd's Glen - Shepherd's Glen Town Hall - Shepherd's Glen Police Station - Silent Hill Docks - Toluca Lake - Toluca Lake Offices - Toluca Lake Water and Power - Toluca River - Dog House
Terms
Bogeyman Knife - Flashlight - Fog World - Map - Monster - Otherworld - Real World - Siren - The Order - Walkie Talkie - Manifestation - UFO Ending - Great Knife - Welcome Sign - Sexuality - Halo of the Sun
Archives
Keys - Puzzles - Soundtrack - Secrets and Unlockables - Items - Memos
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Characters
Major Characters
Murphy Pendleton - Charlie Pendleton - Carol Pendleton - Anne Marie Cunningham - Howard Blackwood - John Sater - Patrick Napier - Frank Coleridge - George Sewell - Bobby Ricks - Nun
Other Characters
Sanchez - Homer - M. Koons - Bryan Handley - Ariadne Johnson - Melissa Matlan - Glen Milton - Ricky - Daniel Stephens - Chloe Zane - Mary Shepherd-Sunderland - James Sunderland
Weapons
Baseball Bat - Bogeyman's Hammer - Bottle - Brick - Chair - Colt - Crowbar - Demon Statue - Double Headed Axe - Fire Axe - Fire Extinguisher - Fork - Frying Pan - Golden Gun - Golf Club - Hammer - Handle - Hand-to-Hand - Hatchet - Ladder Hook - Knife - Lamp - Meat Cleaver - Nailgun - Pickaxe - Pitchfork - Plank - Rake - Rifle - Rock - Shotgun - Shovel - Steel Pipe - Vase - Wrench - Tomahawk
Monsters
Bogeyman - Doll (Shadow) - Monocle Man - Nurse - Prisoner Juggernaut - Prisoner Minion - Pyramid Head - Screamer - Tormented Soul - Void - Wall Corpse - Weeping Bat - Wheelman
Locations
Aerial Tram Station - Centennial Building - Chastain Heights - Chastain Heights Cinema - Devil's Pit - Devil's Pitstop - Interstate Gas Station - Hardware Store - Hillside - Logan's Park - Monroe Cemetery - Overlook Penitentiary - Pearl Creek - Pearl Creek Bank - Pleasant River - Port District - Ryall State Prison - St. Maria's Monastery - Underground Subway - Toluca Lake
Terms
Trinkets - Flashlight - Fog World - Map - Monster - Otherworld - Real World - Sidequest - Siren - Walkie-talkie - Manifestation - Seal of Metatron - Welcome Sign - Halo of the Sun
Archives
Puzzles - Soundtrack - Secrets and Unlockables - Memos
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Characters
Christabella LaRoache - Lauryn LaRoache - Whately - Troy Abernathy - Julianna Abernathy - Lynn DeAngelis - Brett - Oliver Foch - Phil - Raymond Foch - Francesca
Monsters
Insane Cancer - Lauryn's Thralls - Numb Body - Pyramid Head - Samael
Locations
Midwich Elementary School - Silent Hill - Toluca Lake - Lighthouse - Brookhaven Hospital
Terms
Fog World - Monster - Otherworld - Real World - Manifestation - The Order - Book of Power - Graffiti
Creators
Scott Ciencin - Ben Templesmith - Masahiro Ito - IDW Publishing
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Characters
Ike Isaacs - Cheryl - Chrissy and Missy - Joe
Monsters
Pyramid Head - Air Screamer - Insane Cancer - Nurse - Pendulum
Locations
Silent Hill
Terms
Fog World - Monster - Otherworld - Real World - Siren
Creators
Scott Ciencin - Shaun Thomas - IDW Publishing
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Characters
Jack Stanton - Jillian Conway - Sara Linwood - Finn Conway - Jimmy Shea - O'Conner Brothers - Michael Stanton - Digger
Monsters
Nurse - Pyramid Head - Sniffer Dog
Locations
Brookhaven Hospital - Charon's Bar-B-Q - Pete's Bowl-O-Rama - Rosewater Park - Silent Hill - Toluca Lake
Terms
Brand of Samael - Fog World - Monster - Otherworld - Real World - Siren - Manifestation - Great Knife - Welcome Sign
Creators
Tom Waltz - Steph Stamb - IDW Publishing

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