Robbie the Rabbit is an anthropomorphic rabbit doll that has made appearances in many of the Silent Hill games. He is a mascot of Lakeside Amusement Park. For the most part, his role seems to serve little more than to provide an ambiguous level of unease to the player, due to the odd nature of his existence within the world of Silent Hill, his bright colors contrasting from the rust brown and dark red of everything else, and his recurring cameos.
It's unknown if there is a person, dead or alive, inside, or if the mascot is sentient. Many Silent Hill fans believe he is sentient and watching the player.
Robbie is primarily seen with pink fur, and occasionally blue and yellow, under overalls. In some of his appearances, his mouth is stained with blood. His pink variant wears a green bow-tie while his blue variant wears a yellow bow-tie.
Robbie's character could be seen either as an in-joke, a homage to the many horror films that depict bloodied rabbits as nightmarish killers, or it could even be an element of the town itself. It is possible he is simply there as a plot device to help tie each game together in a small, yet memorable way.
Silent Hill 3
Robbie's first appearance is in Silent Hill 3, where he is revealed to be a mascot for the Lakeside Amusement Park. Large models, possibly costumes, of Robbie can be found slumped in various areas of the park as if dead.
Robbie's body(s) can be seen many times while exploring the amusement park and he can also be seen as a doll in the souvenir store. Examining the tourist information scattered throughout the amusement park reveals that Robbie is one of its four animal mascots, along with Kathy the Kitty, Huey the Horse and Dawn the Duck. Heather Mason can unlock a Robbie t-shirt to wear called "Killer Rabbit". He also appears as the icon for the game's save file on a PlayStation 2 memory card, which shows him running, or, perhaps more appropriately, chasing.
Silent Hill 4: The Room
In Silent Hill 4: The Room, a Robbie the Rabbit doll is seen sitting on a bed belonging to Eileen Galvin. While he isn't seen actually moving, he does change posture once Eileen is rushed to the hospital. He is then turned toward the player, pointing at Henry Townshend menacingly. A hot-air balloon of his head can also be seen outside of Henry's window, which, for unknown reasons, has its mouth bloodied. Cynthia Velasquez has a tattoo of Robbie on her right buttock, only visible when she is wearing her alternate costume. In the Walter Sullivan Victim Files, Miriam Locane's silhouette is seen holding a Robbie the Rabbit doll.
Silent Hill: The Arcade
In Silent Hill: The Arcade, Robbie is an enemy that appears in groups at Lakeside Amusement Park. They have squeaky, high pitched laughs that can be heard before attacking the player. Aside from the noticeable absence of blood around his mouth, Robbie wields a small variety of weapons, which include throwing axes, chainsaws and shotguns. Because The Arcade takes place before Silent Hill 3, it can be assumed that The Arcade is the reason for the bloody costume corpses in Silent Hill 3. In further connections to Silent Hill 3, a number of Robbies can be seen riding the Happy Carousel, which the players must defeat to progress. Robbie also appears in the UFO ending's credits, where he is seen playing Gradius.
Silent Hill: Homecoming
In Silent Hill: Homecoming, he is once again a doll. Alex Shepherd is required to retrieve the doll, which is stated to be a toy belonging to his brother, Joshua. When Alex asks what Joshua is doing in the hospital, Joshua says that he is looking for Robbie, which he has lost. It is here he poses as an interactive obstacle; failure to pull him correctly from a bloody hole in the wall results in Alex's arm being severed. After Alex retrieves Robbie, Joshua runs away instead of taking back the doll.
He makes a reappearance later as a key to opening a door in Otherworld Shepherd House.
Robbie acts as a tutorial guide for the game.
Silent Hill: Downpour
Silent Hill: Revelation
In the first moments of the film, during a nightmare that occurs in Lakeside Amusement Park, Heather Mason crouches beside Robbie on the ground, and as she catches her breath, she glances at him and he turns his head at her, causing her to run away.
During the bus ride to Heather's residence, a seemingly mentally unstable man is seen giggling and enjoying his Robbie doll.
Finally, in Lakeside Amusement Park, Heather crouches beside Robbie again, his face covered with blood, but he doesn't move.
Cameos in other games
- Elebits - There are a few objects portraying Robbie that are scattered throughout the amusement park levels. The in-game description of the Robbie costume indicates "He loves ketchup. (That's not blood!)".
- Metal Gear Online - A mask of Robbie that covers the whole head is a downloadable reward for those who earn enough Reward Points.
- The Sword of Etheria - Robbie costumes can be unlocked and bought by a player as costume for their characters.
- The★BishiBashi - Robbie is a playable avatar for the character.
- Krazy Kart Racing (iOS) - Robbie and Pyramid Head are playable characters.
- PlayStation Home - Robbie appears as a single full-bodied costume, though the service is now defunct.
- Concept art suggests Robbie was originally called "Tommy."
- The official website for The Arcade misspells Robbie's name as Robby.
- Despite the fact that Lakeside Amusement Park appears in Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, Robbie is completely absent in the entire game.
- Nearly 100 Robbie dolls appear on set for Silent Hill: Revelation.
- There is a pink rabbit head shape in the first game. It can be found on the back windshield of a car by Annie's Bar. It could serve as foreshadowing of Robbie.
- Several companies have produced real-life Robbie merchandise:
- Usagi — Usagi is a two-and-a-half-minute short film. It features many variously colored Robbie the Rabbits in a hospital-like setting.
- DANCE EVOLUTION DANCE MASTERS SILENT HILL ROBBIE !!!!!!!!!!! - 着ぐるみ兎が踊ってみた — Another short film, with Robbie dancing with other dolls resembling him, but different in color.
For a complete list of images of Robbie the Rabbit, please visit the Robbie the Rabbit images category.
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