|“|| Happy? You dug up my parents; what now? When do we get to look inside your sick little mind?
Travis Grady is the protagonist of Silent Hill: Origins. He is a troubled truck driver with a dark past. Travis is running late on a delivery and decides to take a shortcut through the town of Silent Hill. In doing so, he remembers the horrible tragedies that took place years ago, as well as digging into a religious conspiracy occurring within the town.
Travis was born to a married couple named Richard and Helen Grady. During Travis's early childhood, his mother started suffering from severe psychological delusions, claiming beings from a mirror world told her that her son was a devil child, ending in her attempt to try to gas herself and Travis which could explain his shortness of breath after a prolonged period of time. However, he also states that he is a smoker — "I only smoke when I am happy". Police broke into the house and both were moved to the hospital, and Richard later transferred Helen to the Cedar Grove Sanitarium, which is an important location in game.
While she was there, Travis, missing his mother, snuck into the sanitarium, most likely to give her the "Daddy, Momma & Travis" drawing found there later. However, Travis was found and was brought home by his father. The two of them later checked into Riverside Motel, and Richard, on the advice of a doctor, told his son that his mother had died, but kept writing letters to her. Richard, while at the motel, moved deeper into a deep state of depression and finally committed suicide by hanging in Room 500.
Travis, having been out playing at the motel's arcade during his father's suicide, locked himself in the room with his father's corpse and stood there talking to it until the cleaners found them the next morning. After this incident, what happened to Travis afterwards in his childhood remains unknown, but the events most likely would have taken a heavy toll on his sanity and may allude to his questionable past.
Silent Hill: Origins
At the time of Silent Hill: Origins, Travis is a truck driver in his mid 20s, haunted by nightmares of his past. On a routine drive one day, he ends up passing through Silent Hill. Driving on an unusually foggy road, he immediately stops his truck to prevent hitting an unknown bystander. Upon getting out of the truck, he notices the person is gone. This is the same predicament Harry Mason was in at the beginning of the first installment. Trying to find the person, he wanders down the foggy road on foot, eventually coming to a burning house. He briefly sees Dahlia Gillespie skulking in the shadows, but she backs away. Travis states his concern of another individual being inside the house, and reveals a caring personality via heroically and thoroughly searching the house. He soon discovers the charred and badly burnt body of Alessa Gillespie. He carries her body out of the house, and shortly after, passes out in the front yard.
He wakes up on a park bench in Silent Hill itself, and leaves to make his way to Alchemilla Hospital to inquire about Alessa's health. Shortly after entering he meets Michael Kaufmann and Lisa Garland. He soon encounters an unharmed Alessa behind a large mirror, which she "teaches" him how to use; by touching the mirror with his hands, he himself can shift the town into its foggy and hellish counterparts.
He travels through the town, the Sanitarium, the Riverside Motel, and more locations, discovering that his father committed suicide and that his mother went insane and was placed in the Sanitarium. Much like James Sunderland had Pyramid Head to represent his emotional torment, Travis has an entity known as the Butcher to represent his inner demons. Travis defeats the evil incarnations of his deceased parents, and defeats the Butcher as well, finally gaining solace from his past.
Due to his troubled past, Alessa targets Travis as her unwilling aid in fulfilling her desire to prevent the birth of God. Travis unknowingly helps her by traveling throughout the town and collecting the Past, Present, Future, Falsehood, and Truth pieces of the Flauros, which has the power to expel Alessa's Dream at the climax of the story. Although Travis wants to leave the town as quickly as possible, he later realizes the importance of his role and stays to finish his job of his own free will. Depending on the ending the player activates, Travis receives a different fate.
In the canon Good Ending, he successfully defeats the demon, and Alessa is pleased. She splits her soul in half, which is noted to be the birth of Cheryl Mason. Travis is then seen walking on the outskirts of the town towards his truck. The sky is blue with clouds and relatively little fog, indicating the area he is in is not under the area of influence of Alessa or Silent Hill, or that Alessa has reverted the town back to normal. As he gets in, he sees a contented Alessa with the baby who stares happily at him in the rear-view mirror of his truck. Travis resets the meter that shows the mileage, which represents him starting over anew.
The Bad Ending, which is obtained by defeating more than 200 enemies on a second playthrough, shows Travis restrained to a table in a relatively dark room, while cult members inject an unknown liquid into him. Images of the Butcher flicker on and off as he lays on the ground staring at his bloodied hands. Sound clips of unknown people screaming in pain can be heard, with one person saying "I'm not your momma!". This indicates that the Butcher may have actually been another identity of Travis, as Travis possibly was a serial killer in his past or killed before; even being responsible for the death of his father. The Crime pictures that he collects through the Riverside Motel maybe an indication of Travis being a serial killer, possibly that he's the one who committed those crimes.
He also appears in the traditional UFO Ending, which is drawn in a cartoon style similar to Silent Hill 3's. In this ending, Travis tries to enter a certain apartment room before the end of the game. However, after trying to unlock the door using its key, he realizes that it doesn't fit. Travis takes a brief moment to enjoy the moon when suddenly a UFO descends with Mira and an alien. Travis asks the pair if they have seen his truck. They claim it is on their home planet and ask him to go with them. Travis asks if he can drive and the alien asks if he can drive "stick". He joins them on the ship and they leave Silent Hill.
Silent Hill: Homecoming
Having only a brief cameo in Silent Hill: Homecoming, it is Travis who gives Alex Shepherd a lift home to Shepherd's Glen. Travis left Silent Hill in the normal world, but was once again in the Fog World as he drove Alex to his hometown (although it's possible that he, just like Laura in Silent Hill 2, only saw the Real World, not the Fog World). The reasons for this are unknown.
Also, despite being years older, Travis still has the same style in clothing, as he sports a vest and flannel shirt. He also sports a full beard. He seems to have some friendship with Alex, who he believes is a soldier. This may symbolize, along with him still being a trucker, that Travis has not moved on from his past and that he is still tormented. However, seeing as how he does not seem to recognize Shepherd's Glen being in the Fog World, it could very well mean that he has moved on with his life, and may just enjoy being a trucker.
Silent Hill: Revelation
Travis makes a brief cameo at the end of Silent Hill: Revelation. After Heather Mason and Vincent Cooper leave Silent Hill, they hitch a ride with a truck driver, who mentions their luck as he "hasn't been out this way in a long time" and who states his name is Travis Grady. He asks the two where they are heading, to which Heather answers: "Just take us as far away from here as you can". He is played by actor Peter Outerbridge.
- "Daddy... I won the game... I still have a quarter left. Do you want it?"
- "Guess I just don't meet the right girls, bud." (Travis talking on his CB radio at the beginning of the game)
- "Late on a gig, bud. I'm taking the shortcut past Silent Hill. Stopping for coffee as soon as I hit Brahms. I'm beat."
- "Why did nobody help her? You left that girl to burn!" (Travis confronting Dahlia Gillespie)
- "They're all crazy..."
- "How is this even possible? Dad... How could he DO that to himself?"
- "The lonely moon... you've always been there for me, haven't ya?"
- The company Travis works for is "Ambrose Trucking & Haulage". Ambrose means "immortal" or "everlasting". This could be seen as a symbolic allusion to Travis, in the sense that Travis has been hauling "everlasting" emotional baggage and luggage everywhere throughout his life. In the Good ending of the game, Travis resets the truck's odometer back to 0, symbolic of a fresh start.
- Helen Grady tried to kill Travis because the people in the mirror told her to kill "the devil child". This may have not entirely been the ramblings of an insane woman but her seeing the truth of what her son was destined to become if one considers the "Bad" ending of Silent Hill: Origins.
- Travis seems to have some knowledge of firearms, as he was able to determine that the assault rifle was a knock-off of an AK-47, instead of the genuine article. He can also distinguish between a model replica and an actual working gun. He mentions that the Target Pistol is "the type of thing you would see at a shooting range", although whether this is just passing knowledge or indication that he visited a shooting range in the past is unknown.
- Travis is one of three protagonists to canonically appear in more than one Silent Hill game; the others being Harry Mason and Heather Mason.
- Travis is currently the oldest living protagonist in the series.
- Travis used to like ice cream as a kid but when he grew up, he lost his sweet tooth.
- In Silent Hill: Homecoming, there was originally a hunter character that Alex meets and helps out in the woods. The character was scrapped, but the model itself was modified and used instead for Travis Grady.
- Travis is the only protagonist who can willingly travel between the Fog World and the Otherworld.
- Travis appears briefly in the joke ending of Silent Hill: Book of Memories in the last scene. He is seen sitting on the sidewalk alongside a sign that says "$ for gas".
- Travis is the first of two protagonists who can brawl with monsters empty-handed, the second being Murphy Pendleton.
- Travis's truck makes a cameo appearance in Silent Hill: Downpour, although Travis himself is nowhere to be found.
Silent Hill: Origins
Silent Hill: Homecoming
Silent Hill: Revelation
|Heather Mason - Christopher Da Silva - Vincent Cooper - Claudia Wolf - Leonard Wolf - Dark Alessa - Douglas Cartland - Alessa Gillespie|
|Rose Da Silva - Dahlia Gillespie - Suki - Travis Grady - Order Soldier - Detective Santini - Mannequin Girl|
|Armless Man - Delusion - Leonard Wolf - Lobotomy - Mannequin Monster - Memory of Alessa - Missionary - Nurse - Pyramid Head - Valtiel|
|All Hallows High School - Brookhaven Asylum - Central Square Shopping Center - Jacks Inn - Sanctuary - Silent Hill, West Virginia - Lakeside Amusement Park|
|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|