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Lakeview Hotel in the Real World.

I don't know why, but I just love it here. It's so peaceful...
—Mary to James, regarding Silent Hill.

The Real World is, put simply, reality, or the physical "dimension" that most people inhabit in the Silent Hill series. Unlike the Fog World or Otherworld, the Real World is a place with presumably little to no paranormal activity. Monsters tend not to manifest at this level of reality. However, considering the fact that the Fog World and Otherworld are able to supersede the Real World, it is assumed that supernatural beings with great power at their disposal have some direct influence on the Real World.

Unlike the other dimensions that exist in Silent Hill games, the Real World is rarely interacted with. In most cases, games begin with the protagonist of their respective game crossing between worlds only to find themselves trapped within the Fog World. These brief instances are typically the only in-game glimpses of the Real World that the player ever sees.

The town of Silent Hill appears to be an ordinary tourist town to most of the inhabitants of the Real World. It is also suggested that the majority of the town's citizens are unaware of the supernatural forces at work within the town, and by extension, any of the protagonist's actions during their time spent in the town's alternate dimensions. This is further evidenced by the fact that the protagonist of Silent Hill 2, James Sunderland, spent his entire honeymoon with his wife in Silent Hill without witnessing anything out of the ordinary prior to his return much later on.

In contrast to the games, one of the two major plotlines of the Silent Hill film takes place within the Real World. While, in the comics, the Real World is not as prominent as it is in the film, it is still present nonetheless.

Silent Hill: Origins

The game begins with Travis Grady passing through Silent Hill as a shortcut to make up for lost time on a delivery, when a shape steps out in front of his eighteen-wheeler. Stopping and hopping out of his truck to make sure no one was hurt, he notices thick smoke begin to roll in and follows it. Coming upon a burning home, Travis hears a scream inside and runs in, rescuing a small girl, Alessa Gillespie. He passes out afterwards and comes to on a bench, trapped in the Fog World.

In the canon ending of the game, Travis is shown leaving the Fog World behind in his big rig.

Silent Hill

Driving to the resort town of Silent Hill for a vacation with his daughter Cheryl Mason, author Harry Mason narrowly avoids running over what appears to be a young girl walking across the road. His jeep crashes, and Harry is knocked unconscious. Cheryl has gone missing, the town is eerily quiet, and it is snowing out-of-season.

When his time in Silent Hill comes to an end, Harry, with help from a newly-whole Alessa Gillespie, is able to escape the nightmarish world Silent Hill has become. With a newborn girl in his arms, the reborn form of his daughter Cheryl and Alessa, Harry is able to carry on with his life in the Real World.

Silent Hill 2

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Toluca Prison in the Real World.

Unlike other games in the series, Silent Hill 2 begins with its protagonist, James Sunderland, already enfolded into the Fog World. James is first seen at an observation deck restroom stop, going over in his mind, the circumstances that brought him to Silent Hill. As the game progresses, a character named Laura is introduced. Of note is the fact that, to her, Silent Hill appears to be a beautiful place. She may be seeing the Real World, or true version, of the small tourist town.

James's fate at the end of the game is left rather ambiguous, so it is unknown if he was able to come back to the Real World, but according to Frank Sunderland, James's father and a character in Silent Hill 4: The Room, his son "disappeared" in Silent Hill.

Silent Hill 3

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Lakeside Amusement Park in the Real World.

The Real World is briefly seen when Heather Mason wakes up in a Happy Burger restaurant in the Central Square Shopping Center after having a nightmare. This continues until Heather encounters the Otherworld during a ride down an elevator.

In the "Normal" ending, the Real World counterpart of the Lakeside Amusement Park can be seen.

Silent Hill 4: The Room

But I do know that if you die here... then you die in the real world too...
—Henry Townshend to Eileen Galvin
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Eileen and Henry in the Real World.

Although the player (and Henry Townshend) initially believe that Room 302 itself is located in the Real World once the door to the apartment is unlocked via the Keys of Liberation, it is revealed that Henry has been in the Apartment World of Walter's Otherworlds all along. Henry's windows and peepholes merely acted as "windows" to the Real World.

If either of the Good Endings are achieved, Henry and Eileen Galvin are brought back into the Real World after the death of Walter Sullivan.

Silent Hill: Homecoming

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Alex and his family in front of Toluca Lake.

Similar to Silent Hill 2, Silent Hill: Homecoming doesn't begin in the Real World. Rather, it starts off in a nightmare. Alex Shepherd, in his dream, is chasing his brother Joshua through the corridors of Alchemilla Hospital. When the nightmare ends and he's jolted awake, he is seen in the cab of an eighteen wheeler, with Travis Grady at the wheel. After brief conversation, the truck passes by a welcome sign enveloped in thick fog, identifying the area as Shepherd's Glen. Travis lets Alex off on the main street of the town and drives away. It is unknown if he is able to pass back into the Real World, although the canon ending of Silent Hill: Origins suggests that Travis has moved on.

Unlike Travis, when Alex has reached the end of his journey (in the Good Ending), Alex and Elle Holloway are seen walking through the still-shrouded streets of an empty Silent Hill. Whether they make it out or not is unknown.

Silent Hill: Shattered Memories

The only time any interaction takes place in the Real World takes place in Dr. Kaufmann's office at the Lighthouse Clinic, where Cheryl must complete various psychological evaluations. The entire remainder of gameplay takes place in a childlike fantasy of her own creation, as she imagines her heroic, demon-persevering father braving monsters and paranormal phenomena in the town.

Silent Hill: Downpour

In Silent Hill: Downpour, the Real World is featured at the very beginning when Murphy Pendleton is in prison and is being transported from one penitentiary to another. It is also shown in the two good endings of the game when Silent Hill releases Murphy and Anne Marie Cunningham.

Silent Hill film

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The real world in the Silent Hill film

The Real World is seen extensively in the Silent Hill film. Areas such as Brahms, and even Silent Hill itself are seen as the rest of the world sees it. While searching the town for his missing wife and daughter, Christopher Da Silva remains in this dimension the entire time, while Rose Da Silva is trapped in both the Fog World and Otherworld counterparts. The town of Silent Hill in the Real World is seen as dilapidated and abandoned, but seemingly no more strange than a common ghost town, its occupants having left due to an underground coal fire. Ironically, Rose never sees the town in this state for the entire duration of her stay.

This dimension is referred to as the "Paradise Dimension" by director Christophe Gans[1] and has been likened to Heaven.[2]

Silent Hill: Revelation

Vincent walks Heather home.

Vincent walks Heather home.

The Real World is featured prominently in the first half of the film, and reappears briefly during the ending. It shows Sharon Da Silva, now known as "Heather Mason", in her home, reunited with her father (using alias "Harry Mason"). Although suffering from sporadic delusions spawned by the Otherworld, Heather remains in the Real World through her first day of school at All Hallows High School, all until she is knocked unconscious by a monster at Jacks Inn.

Comics

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Silent Hill, viewed from Toluca Lake. (Sinner's Reward)

The Real World is the plane of existence the majority of the main characters introduced throughout the series originate from. The Real World, referred to most often as the Mortal Realm by characters such as Whately and Samael, is the target of many otherworldly incursions. These assaults, centered on Silent Hill, are the product of Whately's plan to birth Samael into the human world. By seeding the thoughts of humanity with knowledge of the strange events that occur in the town, Samael is able to feed off of the emotions such thoughts produce, until she obtains enough power to cross into the Real World.

References

  1. "And at one point in the film I thought it’d be interesting to show the paradise dimension." Gans, Christophe (2009). Silent Hill: Metropolitan Édition Haute Définition [Blu-Ray; Disc 1/2].
  2. http://www.ign.com/articles/2006/03/10/silent-hill-director-interview-exclusive-image?page=3 Silent Hill: Director Interview & Exclusive Image

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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
Harry Mason - Cheryl Mason - Dahlia Mason - Dr. Kaufmann - Cybil Bennett - Michelle Valdez
Other Characters
Bar Maid - The Stewarts - Mr. Gordon - Lisa Garland - John - James Sunderland - Mira - Greys
Monsters
Raw Shock - Larval Stalker
Locations
Alchemilla Hospital - Alice Darling Memorial Playground - Annie's Bar - The Balkan - Caldecotte Woods - Cat House - Cine-Real - Clear Picture - Diner 52 - Dog House - Good Ol' Days - Green Lion Pawn Shop - Lakeside Amusement Park - Levin Street - Lighthouse Clinic - Midwich High School - Nightingale Apartments - Orion Hunting Lodge - The Orpheus - Orridge Bridge Control Room - Resort Area - Sewers - Theresa's - Toluca Lake - Toluca Mall - Wonderland Burger
Terms
Echo Photos - Flare - Flashlight - Harry's Phone - Real World - Ice World - Memento - Phone Numbers - Psych Profile - Tookie the Toucan - Manifestation - UFO Ending - Sexuality
Archives
Keys - Puzzles - Secrets and Unlockables - Soundtrack
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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
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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Characters
Major Characters
Heather Mason - Christopher Da Silva - Vincent Cooper - Claudia Wolf - Leonard Wolf - Dark Alessa - Douglas Cartland - Alessa Gillespie
Other Characters
Rose Da Silva - Dahlia Gillespie - Suki - Travis Grady - Order Soldier - Detective Santini - Mannequin Girl
Monsters
Armless Man - Delusion - Leonard Wolf - Lobotomy - Mannequin Monster - Memory of Alessa - Missionary - Nurse - Pyramid Head - Valtiel
Locations
All Hallows High School - Brookhaven Asylum - Central Square Shopping Center - Jacks Inn - Sanctuary - Silent Hill, West Virginia - Lakeside Amusement Park
Terms
The Brethren - Halo of the Sun - Monster - Manifestation - Otherworld - Fog World - Real World - Robbie the Rabbit - Seal of Metatron - Siren - The Order - Great Knife - Welcome Sign

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