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Insane Cancer
InsaneCancer
Insane Cancer from Silent Hill 3
Other names
None
Debut
Silent Hill 3
Other appearances
Silent Hill: The Arcade
Silent Hill Book of Memories
Dying Inside
Paint It Black
Hunger
Health
High
Weapons
None
Attack methods
Clawing
Tackling

Insane Cancers are enormous, obese humanoid creatures with great strength that appear in Silent Hill 3. Heather Mason first encounters one sleeping in Hazel Street Station. They also appear occasionally in Silent Hill: The Arcade and Silent Hill: Book of Memories. Insane Cancers are also seen in the comics Dying Inside, Paint It Black, and Hunger.

Appearance

The name "Insane Cancer" is derived from its outward appearance being reminiscent of a cancerous mass. They are almost completely covered in fatty, bulbous flesh, with pus-like excretions oozing from open sores. Their heads aren't very distinct, being small bulbs with a wound-like opening as their only feature.

Character

Much like Closers, they often block off portions of the environment with their sheer mass. They attack by swinging their fat, claw-tipped arms and throwing themselves on top of Heather. Although they usually move slowly, shifting their weight back and forth, they will sometimes run towards Heather and knock her down with surprising speed. Normally, it's best to avoid these monsters and look for a safe way around them; however, their size may block the path and force the player to fight them. If the player is looking to defeat an Insane Cancer, then knocking over the monster with the shotgun and knocking it down is generally the best choice. Once the Insane Cancer is knocked down, switching to the maul and using the overhead swing on the monster is perhaps the quickest and least ammo-consuming way to slay it. If the Insane Cancer rises from the ground, then switch to the shotgun and repeat the process. They are usually found laying down or sleeping, and this is how they regenerate their health; during this time the damage inflicted will be minimal. They will "deflate" after dying, which is the only way to ensure they are dead and not just resting.

Symbolism

Insane Cancers may represent Silent Hill's very corruption, like an evil cancer spreading throughout the world. They can also represent Alessa Gillespie's re-emergent feelings about herself, that she is a cancer that won't stay dead. These feelings are also reflected in the message left behind by the Memory of Alessa. Their mimicry of dying, when in reality they are regenerating, may be related to Alessa's hospitalization; to everyone other than her mother and Michael Kaufmann, she was dead, when actually she was alive in the hospital and wanted to die, but was unable to due to Dahlia's magic.

There is a running theme of maternity and femininity in Silent Hill 3 and its monsters due to the central conflict of the game centering on impregnation in the cult's attempts to force Heather to birth their god. The Insane Cancer might be a manifestation of God in Heather's womb, slowly growing like a disease and coming back after apparently being killed. This is supported by the science of how cancer operates: it is the uncontrollable growth of cells, which can be seen as synonymous in the game as the development of God within Heather, which the Order believes is inevitable. The Insane Cancer could also represent elements of body horror associated with pregnancy, as some women fear they will become fat, bloated, and disgusting when they get pregnant.

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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
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
Ashley Baker - Derek Copeland - Graham Reynolds - Howard Blackwood - Jack Merrick - Katie Collins - Matthew Collins - Protagonist - Lorelai Reynolds - Shannon - Trent Baker
Other Characters
Alex Shepherd - Cybil Bennett - Emma - Harry Mason - Heather Mason - James Sunderland - Jason - Joshua Shepherd - Lisa Garland - Mary Shepherd-Sunderland - Mira - Murphy Pendleton - Travis Grady - Walter Sullivan
Monsters
Air Screamer - Blood Baby - Blood Guardian - Blood Mama - Bogeyman - Bubble Head Nurse - Butcher - Double Head - Earth Guardian - Fire Guardian - Flesh Lip - Ghost - Grey Child - Insane Cancer - Light Guardian - Needler - Mother - Pyramid Head - Raw Shock - Tremer - Schism - Steel Guardian - Swarm - Valtiel - Water Guardian - Wood Guardian - Wood Sapling
Weapons
A. Y. Guitar - Assault Rifle - Baseball Bat - Bare Hands - Beam Saber - Bogeyman's Hammer - Chainsaw - Circular Saw - Crossbow - Crowbar - Dagger of Melchior - Earth Sword - Fire Axe - Fire Sword - Flamethrower - Great Cleaver - Great Knife - Great Spear - Grenade - Guitar - Handgun - Hyper Spray - Katana - Knife - Maul - Meat Cleaver - Laser Gun - Pickaxe - Pillow - Pipe - Princess Heart - Robbie Doll - Rock Drill - Shovel - Shotgun - Steel Sword - Stun Gun - Sword of Obedience - Submachine Gun - Television - Torch - TV Remote - Water Sword - Wine Bottle - Wood Sword - Wood Plank
Locations
Howard's Shop - Library - Forsaken Room - Armory - Otherworld
Terms
Monster - Flashlight - Accessories - Artifacts - Karma Meter - Book of Memories - Welcome Sign
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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
Whately - Rosy - Aickmann - Douglas Brenneman - Mario - Bryce Canavan - Perkins - Mary Shepherd-Sunderland - James Sunderland
Monsters
Insane Cancer - Nurse - Samael - Scraper
Locations
Brookhaven Hospital - Silent Hill - Silent Hill Gazette - Toluca Lake
Terms
Brand of Samael - Fog World - Monster - Otherworld - Real World - Manifestation - The Book of Samael
Creators
Scott Ciencin - IDW Publishing - Konami

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