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Michael Kaufmann
Dr. Kaufmann in Silent Hill
Gender
Male
Age
43 (Origins)
50 (Silent Hill)
(born 1933)
Status
Deceased

Cause of death
Killed by Lisa Garland
Hair color
Brown
Eye color
Brown
Occupation
Director of medical staff at Alchemilla Hospital
Drug dealer
Appearances
Silent Hill
Silent Hill: Play Novel
Silent Hill: Origins
Cage of Cradle
Voice actor
Jarion Monroe (Silent Hill)
John Chancer (Origins)
This article is for the character seen in the original Silent Hill and Silent Hill: Origins. For Kaufmann's character in Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, see Michael Kaufmann (Shattered Memories).
Have you ever seen such aberrations? Ever even heard of such things? You and I both know, creatures like that don't exist!
—Kaufmann expressing disbelief to Harry Mason after killing a monster.

Dr. Michael Kaufmann is a character in Silent Hill. He is also featured in Silent Hill: Origins, a prequel to the first game, as well as in the first game's re-imagining, Silent Hill: Shattered Memories.

Biography

He is the director of Alchemilla Hospital located in Central Silent Hill. While he refers to himself as someone who works at the hospital, Dr. Michael Kaufmann is in fact the director of the medical staff at Alchemilla Hospital.

While at first seeming like a mere civilian, he is in fact a close associate of Dahlia Gillespie and the Order. It was Kaufmann who arranged Alessa Gillespie's medical care after her immolation at the age of seven. Kaufmann dealt in the hallucinogen PTV, derived from a local plant called White Claudia. Kaufmann worked alongside his colleague, Norman Young, selling PTV and receiving a considerable profit in the process.

The Order was responsible for the dispersion to tourists as well as Lisa Garland, one of Kaufmann's nurses. Lisa was forced to care for Alessa in the hospital basement against her will, under threat of drug withdrawal. During the introduction sequence of Silent Hill, Lisa is shown arguing with Kaufmann, after he initially tries to grasp her arm as she walks away.

After Alessa split her soul, as she was horribly burned during the cult's ritual to birth the God of the town, her mother, Dahlia, took Alessa to the hospital to be kept out of sight until the other half of her soul returned so she could give birth to the cult's God; Kaufmann is shown in a flashback at having been displeased with this task. Perhaps in mistrust, he kept samples of Aglaophotis, a substance capable of aborting the "god" within Alessa, in his office and in the gas tank of a motorcycle parked in the resort area.

Silent Hill: Origins

Kaufmann Origins

Michael Kaufmann in Origins.

Upon entering Alchemilla Hospital near the start of the game, Travis Grady encounters Kaufmann near the elevator. Travis questions Kaufmann on the condition of Alessa, but Kaufmann denies any knowledge of the incident. Tiring of the conversation, Kaufmann leaves in an elevator, taking it to the second floor, the only floor accessible at this time. Upon entering the lift after Kaufmann leaves it, clues indicate the girl was in the hospital, such as a gurney in the lift with fresh blood on it.

Later when Travis reaches the Riverside Motel, upon entering the Otherworld, Travis hears a "sexual encounter" between a man and a woman through a hole in a motel room. Jumping through a hole above the room, Travis stumbles upon Kaufmann and Lisa Garland, both of whom appear to be in the midst of finishing redressing. Kaufmann then voices his impatience at seeing Travis still in Silent Hill, having recommended he leave during previous encounters. Once alone in the motel room, inspection shows the presence of white powder, likely the drug PTV that Kaufmann deals in, in the bathroom and on a mirror in the bedroom.

Kaufmann makes another appearance before the game's final boss, in which he gasses Travis before he can interrupt the cult's ceremony. Upon the defeat of the boss, when the Flauros separates the baby from Alessa, he is seen escaping the room as this occurs.

Kaufmann's final appearance in the game takes place as a voiceover in which a conversation between he and Dahlia is played. Kaufmann questions Dahlia over the next stage of the plan. Dahlia informs him the other half of the god will return some day. After Kaufmann suggests it could take years, Dahlia responds with "We can wait."

Silent Hill

Kaufmann sitting

Dr. Michael Kaufmann.

When Harry Mason first finds Kaufmann, he is in a state of disbelief, sitting in an examination room with a gun in his hands. He stares down at an Air Screamer he has just shot, which lies in a puddle of blood at his feet. As Harry tries to confront him, Kaufmann fires a warning shot, returning to a state of "normality" when Harry is able to persuade him not to shoot. Seeing his vial of Aglaophotis has been shattered by Dahlia, he immediately sets out for the other sample.

Kaufmann's fate determines the game's ending. Depending on the player's actions, Kaufmann is either overwhelmed by a Mumbler inside Annie's Bar, or rescued by Harry. If saved, Kaufmann is thankful, but his business presses him onward. If Harry finds the motorcycle stash first, Kaufmann reappears and angrily snatches it away.

At the conclusion of the game, Kaufmann appears unexpectedly as Harry confronts Dahlia and Alessa in Nowhere and shoots Dahlia. Kaufmann demands she make everything normal again, and promises that she will regret using him. Wounded but still gloating, Dahlia tells Kaufmann that his usefulness is over. Kaufmann responds by retrieving a bottle of Aglaophotis from his pocket, catching Dahlia off-guard; she hadn't counted on him keeping another sample.

Kaufmann Lisa

Kaufmann being grasped by Lisa.

Against Dahlia's protests, Kaufmann throws the Aglaophotis at Alessa, which shatters and causes her to expel the Incubus, apparently not an effect Kaufmann had intended. After the demon incinerates Dahlia, Kaufmann is knocked unconscious and Harry battles the demon in a final boss fight. Following the final boss, Kaufmann reawakens and sees Alessa creating a glowing portal for Harry to escape through. Kaufmann makes a motion to follow after him, but is dragged back at the last moment by a bloodied Lisa Garland who crawls up through the floor grating. Lisa latches her arms onto the screaming Kaufmann, and the two of them fall backward into an unseen pit.

Creator's comment

His name is a combination of the names Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz, two Troma Studios producers known for many B-movies such as The Toxic Avenger. There isn't a particularly deep significance.

Quotes

  • "It's too soon to give up. This craziness can't go on forever."
  • "What do you think you're doing? You want to get yourself killed, get out of here!"
  • "Unless you want to die, keep your mind on business, got it?"
  • "Did you see those monsters? Have you ever seen such aberrations? Ever even heard of such things? You and I both know creatures like that don't exist."
  • "You have a habit of popping up where you're not wanted, Mr. Grady. Isn't it time you left town?"

Trivia

  • In German, "Kaufmann" means "seller", "dealer" or "businessman", which perfectly describes his drug-dealing business. It may also reference his "businessman"-like appearance.
  • In Silent Hill: Homecoming, it is possible to get an achievement called Kaufmann's Handiwork after finding one Serum.
  • In both the normal scene and the leaked scene in Silent Hill: Origins, Kaufmann appears to holding one of the Order's masks in his right-hand, presuming that he was one of the cult's members but that has not been confirmed.

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
v · e · d
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 - Weapon
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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