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10 Iconic Silent Hill Bosses, Ranked

These Silent Hill bosses stay with you long after the fight is over.

Bosses in Silent Hill are often designed with normal human fears in mind. And they tend to reflect the trauma that characters in-game have suffered in their past. This combination makes multiple bosses stick out as both memorable and disturbing. Here are 10 iconic Silent Hill bosses, ranked.

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10. God

God is the final boss of SH3, and her form is rather familiar if you played SH1 because she resembles Alessa. This is likely because Alessa was meant to be used as a vessel to give birth to God. However, it’s also notable that God in SH3 isn’t depicted as a benevolent or caring being. Instead, her monstrous design and lore both paint her as a cruel creature, which creates a fittingly difficult battle.

9. Walter Sullivan

Walter Sullivan is a killer, but you could argue that the Order played a hand in making him that way by indoctrinating him while he was an orphan under their care. This left him believing that humanity was evil and that he needed to cleanse it of sin. Although Walter still looks like a human during his fight, the boss room shows how twisted his beliefs are. There’s a pool of blood, people in stones, and a giant unsightly creature. Yet, in the middle of it all, Walter is calm and collected.

8. Asphyxia 

Asphyxia appears in Silent Hill: Homecoming, and her design is the manifestation of Margaret’s guilt for suffocating her daughter as a sacrifice to the Order’s god. Her design has no legs and instead is composed of multiple torsos and many, many arms. Overall, she embodies the idea of suffocation, even having her mouth covered by her own arms. And the way to kill her is to make her breathe.

7. Abstract Daddy

In Silent Hill 2, Abstract Daddy serves a double dose of trauma. Without going into too much detail, his form is violently intimate. While it’s a manifestation of the abuse that Angela suffered growing up, it could also be influenced by James and the violent thoughts he had towards Mary as her illness progressed.

6. Incubus 

One of the bosses of Silent Hill, depending on which ending you get, the Incubus is memorable for two primary reasons. First is its demonic design, which remained haunting even with the graphical limitations of the PlayStation. Second, and more importantly, is the fact that it arrives by bursting out of a character’s back.

5. Cybil

While helping Henry search for Cheryl in SH1, Cybil ends up infected by the parasite that the puppet nurses have, turning her into an enemy. This fight is jarring since Cybil looks so much like herself, but her eyes are now red, and she walks hunched over. Although it seems like you have to kill her, it’s possible to save Cybil, and your option here affects which ending you get.

4. Momma

In Silent Hill: Origins, Momma is the manifestation of Travis’ mom, who tried to kill him after Dahlia convinced her that he’s a devil. One of the most unsettling design details is that her mouth is forever open in a scream. But it’s also an interesting touch that she exhales poisonous gas, having tried to kill Travis and herself through natural gas inhalation.

3. Incubator 

The boss who might appear instead of the Incubus in SH1 is the Incubator. Her design as a whole is unsettling since she resembles Alessa but also looks alien. As the vessel that will give birth to the Order’s god, she wears white and has a glow around her. However, it doesn’t feel fitting as you learn how cruel that god is throughout the game.

2. Memory of Alessa

One of the harder bosses in SH3, the Memory of Alessa, is a remnant of Alessa’s power in the Otherworld from when she was alive. Since Alessa is part of Heather, this boss could be seen as Heather struggling against suicidal thoughts. She mentions that she remembers the sick room, which means that she also knows how evil the Order’s god is. Under those circumstances, she might consider extreme measures to prevent herself from being used to bring the god to life.

1. Pyramid Head

Naturally, Pyramid Head from Silent Hill 2 is the most iconic boss in the series. His design is notable for the metal pyramid that’s on his head, but his look aside from that is rather simplistic. Additionally, he’s important for what he represents in the Otherworld. He’s a manifestation of James’ guilt for his thoughts and actions towards Mary when she was sick, but he also acts as a representation of James’ idea that he needs to be punished for his actions.

These are 10 iconic Silent Hill bosses, ranked. But they’re far from the only bosses in the series that linger in your mind long after you fight them. From here, check out our horror hub for more spooky content as you wait for the remake of SH2.

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Melissa Sarnowski has been working as a gaming writer professionally for two years, having been at GameSkinny for over a year now as a horror beat writer. She has an English degree from University of Wisconsin - Madison. While she focuses on all things horror, she also enjoys cozy games, MMOs like FFXIV and WoW, and any and everything in between.