"Alessa" refers to multiple subjects. See Alessa for more uses.
Oh, but Mommy, I just want to be with you. Just two of us. Please understand.
— Alessa as a child to her mother, Dahlia.

Alessa Gillespie is a major character in the Silent Hill series who debuted in the first Silent Hill game.

She is presented as the driving force and one of the most influential characters behind the events of the series. It is gradually revealed that Alessa had a very dark, violent, traumatic and abusive childhood. Alessa was bullied, beaten, tortured, and set on fire as a child; her immolation and extreme suffering caused by her mother's cult, the Order, for the sake of rebirthing her god, served as a catalyst of the current warped and twisted state of Silent Hill's mysterious spiritual power.

Besides being an important part of the game canon, Alessa also plays a major role in the film adaptation of Silent Hill as well as its sequel.




The Gillespie house.

Alessa is the daughter of Dahlia Gillespie, a priestess of a religious cult known as the Order that operates out of the resort town of Silent Hill. Any information regarding Alessa's father is unknown. Dahlia and Alessa lived together in a house in Silent Hill's business district.

Alessa was born with amazing supernatural mental powers, including telekinesis, levitation, premonition, and astral projection. Heather also says "she could kill someone just by wishing for it". In Origins, a memo implies this could be done by projecting her desire for them to die into their body. The origin of Alessa's powers is unknown, though they could be a result of the mystical power of the land or a gift from the god of the Order.



Alessa's powers eventually led to her being ostracized at Midwich Elementary School, where she was severely bullied, rejected, branded a witch, and told to kill herself. At her elementary school, Alessa's "friends" abandoned her for being different and scribbled insults on her desk such as "GO HOME", "DROP DEAD", and "THIEF".

Alessa's teacher, K. Gordon, noticed her bullying and believed Dahlia would physically beat her, especially for not wanting to believe in God. It is also implied Dahlia would lock Alessa in their house's dark attic for long periods of time for any irreligious behavior. Gordon wondered if there was anything they could do to help and considered consulting a lawyer.

There's a girl named Alessa in my class. If your memory is any good, you may remember her. She's the one I said they called a witch. Most likely her mother is abusing her. I've never seen her come in without some sort of scrape or bruise. Her expression is pitifully dark for a 6-year-old.
—K. Gordon

Alessa praying to "God" with Claudia Wolf.

Alessa's only friend during childhood was Claudia Wolf, a girl a couple years younger than Alessa, who was also forced into the Order by her father Leonard. The girls empathized with each other because they both came from abusive family backgrounds. Their relationship was strong, as Alessa thought of Claudia as a "little sister", despite not being directly related. On Claudia's 6th birthday, Alessa gave her a card that said, "I love you as if you were my real sister. Here's to you!". They did activities such as drawing and playing cards, which often made Claudia cry since she had a difficult time winning. Alessa wished for a "nice daddy and mommy and a fun school, and a happy world where everyone smiled and laughed all day long", which was, in short, everything Alessa and Claudia never had.

At a young age, Dahlia began forcing her religion onto her child and Alessa was indoctrinated into her mother's vile cult and its beliefs and ideas. Alessa dreamed of the arrival of the Order's Paradise, a vision of a utopian world with no human evil, hatred, greed, war, disease, starvation, or old age. Alessa believed that their current world must be cleansed with fire before creating Paradise and shared these thoughts with Claudia with good intentions of eternal happiness and bliss. Dahlia brought Alessa to the Order's chapel frequently, and Alessa often looked up at the stained glass which depicted God and the man and woman who birthed Her. Alessa came to worship God and to ask for her prayers to be answered; however, this wish was never granted.

Silent Hill: Origins


Alessa's fourth-degree burns for God.

When Alessa was seven years old, Dahlia became persuaded that a ritual to summon the cult's god to unleash Paradise would likely be a success if she used her daughter as its birth mother, due to the vast powers possessed by Alessa. The technique was performed on other girls abducted by the Order, but all previous attempts had failed. Alessa was offered as a sacrifice to God by Dahlia on the second floor of their house by immolating her body.[1] This may be a retcon, as the guidebook states that Dahlia did the ritual in the basement, not the second floor.

Alessa and Travis

Alessa, covered in fourth-degree burns, rescued by Travis Grady after the house fire.

Despite the interfering actions of Travis Grady, who heard her screaming from outside the house, the plan was a success, with Alessa becoming pregnant with the deity in embryonic form. Dahlia fled the scene of the fire, and the townsfolk would later believe that she became crazy due to Alessa's supposed "death". After Travis saves Alessa from the house, he faints, and the Order takes Alessa's body to a secret ritual site located in Dahlia's antique store.

Alessa uses astral projection to guide Travis through the town, giving him hints to help her to create the Flauros, a separated artifact that contains her powers that would restore her otherworldly abilities when reunited (in Origins, Alessa seems only capable of astral projection). Alessa seems quite indifferent to Travis throughout the game; even when he helps her continuously, she remains quiet. Though Travis becomes angry with her, she continues to use him for her plans.

After Travis completes the Flauros, Alessa's astral projection appears to Travis and silently walks away. Outside Alchemilla Hospital, Dahlia reprimands Travis for "breaking the spell" and freeing Alessa. Dahlia claims that a ceremony will begin soon, in which Alessa will birth God. Alessa appears and transitions the Fog World into the Otherworld. She levitates towards Travis, who runs away in fear. Soon after, Travis finds Alessa's burned body at a ritual site at the antique store. Travis interrupts the Order in the middle of a ceremony and fights Alessa's Dream, sealing it into the Flauros. The Flauros then links to Alessa, and a baby is created, hovering over Alessa: Cheryl.

She later appears at the end of the game in the Good ending, holding a baby containing half of her soul. The baby is found by Harry Mason and his wife on a road outside of Silent Hill. Jodie names the baby Cheryl, and they begin to raise her as their own adopted daughter.


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Alchemilla Hospital in Origins.

Due to the ritual's fire, Alessa received innumerable third and fourth degree burns on her body that should have put her in a terminal state, but she survived due to God in her body. The ritual performed by Dahlia was kept secret, and the residents of Silent Hill assumed that the Gillespie house burned down due to an antiquated boiler, which was popularized by a newspaper article. A substitute body was also left at the scene by Michael Kaufmann.[2] It seems the boiler was a scapegoat as a deliberate cover up by the Order to hide the truth and their involvement in Alessa's burning. To the public, Alessa was thought to have died in the fire. Only Dahlia, Kaufmann, a few members of the Order, and a young nurse (Lisa) working at the hospital knew that Alessa was still alive.


Alessa's sickroom in Alchemilla Hospital, which she was bedridden in for 7 years.

After the fire and the events of Origins, Alessa was transported to Alchemilla Hospital and hidden inside a room in the hospital's basement by Dahlia and the director of the hospital, Michael Kaufmann, who had an alliance with the cult centered around the drug PTV. Kaufmann ordered the hospital staff to not enter the basement. Kaufmann had a youthful nurse, Lisa Garland, care for Alessa; in return, Lisa was supplied with PTV from Kaufmann.

Alessa suffered from a high fever, and was barely breathing and in excruciating pain and suffering; Alessa wished to die due to the severity of the agony. Her body, covered in burn wounds, were always oozing blood and pus and would not heal, requiring frequent bandaging. Lisa did not know what was keeping the girl alive (the Book of Lost Memories reveals Dahlia cast a magical incantation on her daughter, in addition to the malevolent god in Alessa's womb protecting its mother's body). As the months and years went by, Alessa's charred skin began to heal and recover, but she still had permanent burns and scars.


Teenage Alessa pregnant with God in bed.

Although "God" was inside of Alessa's womb, Alessa was unable to deliver Her. Every day was driving Alessa mad with agonizing pain and suffering, as God was eating away at her from within. God was thriving and nourished by Alessa's suffering, hatred, fear, and terror. Alessa suffered a fate "worse than death", described as being trapped in an endless nightmare from which she never awakened. Alessa wished that she would die and end her suffering; however, the nightmare continued for seven years. At the age of fourteen, Alessa would eventually be saved by Harry Mason.

Silent Hill

In order to lure the missing portion of Alessa's spirit back to its point of origin so that God could be born, Dahlia intentionally keeps her daughter in a state of unspeakable pain for the seven years prior to the first game to compel Cheryl to return. Alessa, however, decides to interfere with her mother's endgame. In endless agony, Alessa reaches out to Cheryl, calling her to the town with the intent of reuniting her soul and killing herself, thus ensuring God could never be born from her womb.

Upon Cheryl's return, Alessa's latent psychic abilities are triggered, and she shrouds Silent Hill in fog and an altered reality to prevent her mother's scheme from advancing. Many of the drastic changes that befall the town in the game, such as the horrific creatures that come to inhabit it, are conjured from her imagination and delusions.


Alessa causing Harry Mason's car crash.

Sensing Cheryl is near Silent Hill, Alessa uses her astral projection and walks in front of the Masons' Jeep, causing Harry to swerve off the side of the road and off a cliff. Cheryl is separated from an unconscious Harry and lured to Alessa. The unification of Cheryl and Alessa is complete, furthering Alessa's powers. By merging with Cheryl, Alessa was reborn from her severe burns, broke the spell that Dahlia and the cult's priests had used to bind her, and took action.

While searching for his missing Cheryl in Silent Hill, Harry is manipulated by Dahlia into believing that Alessa possesses the "Mark of Samael", a demon of the Order. She instructs him to use a sacred item, the Flauros, to stop Alessa from completing Samael's five crests and permanently plunging the entire town into a hellish parallel universe known as the "Otherworld".


Alessa telekinetically shoves Harry.

Taking the bait, Harry confronts Alessa at Lakeside Amusement Park and pleads with her to let Cheryl go. In response, Alessa telekinetically shoves Harry back and uses a force field on him. The Flauros activates by itself and neutralizes Alessa using an energized ray of light; the Flauros beam causes Alessa to scream and fall to the floor. Dahlia arrives and scolds Alessa for her recent behavior, and in response, Alessa tells her mother to get away from her. A confused Harry is then transported to Nowhere, where he encounters apparitions of Alessa giggling through a corridor, praying at an altar, and crying under a table in a dark attic.

At the end of Nowhere, Dahlia finally captures Alessa, who recombined with Cheryl after the car crash, and uses her to birth God. Harry learns that Alessa was really trying to contain the Otherworld herself with the Seal of Metatron. Depending on the player's actions throughout the game, Alessa emerges either as a white-clad figure known as the Incubator or the demonic Incubus, the latter coming about by Dahlia's former associate Dr. Kaufmann throwing a sample of Aglaophotis onto Alessa to prematurely expel God. In either case, the birthed deity kills Dahlia and fights Harry as the final boss.

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Alessa holding the baby reincarnation of herself.

Following the defeat of the Incubus, a fading apparition of Alessa creates a small portal back to the real world to enable Harry's escape after handing him a newborn child containing the fused soul of herself and Cheryl, who is still pregnant with God. Alessa then points towards a light as a path for Harry to escape. Harry looks at the reincarnation of Alessa and ponders what to do, and he eventually decides to carry her with him as he escapes. Alessa, with her remaining power, stops the fire surrounding Harry before collapsing to the floor. From then on, Alessa's soul lives on in the new baby whom initially Harry names Cheryl and then Heather. With no memories of her previous life as Alessa, Cheryl/Heather lives a life without pain or suffering, the life Alessa had wanted.

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A middle-aged Harry with Cheryl/Heather.

After escaping Silent Hill, Harry lived an ordinary life in Portland with his new adopted daughter. Harry was unsure about raising the baby; he even considered killing, strangling, and abandoning her because he suspected the baby was a reincarnation of Alessa, and Alessa was responsible for taking Cheryl away from him. Harry's suspicions were ultimately correct, although it is unknown if Harry realized that part of that baby also contained Cheryl's reincarnated soul. Regardless of whether or not the baby was Alessa's reincarnation, Harry ultimately decided to forgive Alessa and raise the baby.

He also decided to name the baby Cheryl again, presumably because Jodie chose it and he wanted to honor her decision, as well as his previous adopted daughter. However, he later felt this name was a mistake since at the time, Harry only thought of her only as a replacement for his lost Cheryl.

The religious organization of Silent Hill, the Order, had planned to abduct the reincarnated Cheryl/Alessa and proceeded to track her down. Five years after the events of the first game, Harry killed a cult member in self-defense. The cult member attempted to kidnap the reincarnated Cheryl/Alessa. Harry was acquitted in court and relocated to another town to hide incognito.

To ensure his adopted daughter's safety, he dyed her hair from brunette to blonde and renamed her from Cheryl to Heather. Afterwards, he eventually settled in the Daisy Villa Apartments with her. Despite feeling confused and frustrated at who Heather could be, Harry was determined to raise her.


Sometime after Silent Hill and before Silent Hill 3, in this seventeen-year timespan, Alessa was declared a "saint" by the Order as the "Holy Mother of God and Daughter of God". This is extremely ironic because Alessa became a saint of the very religion she despised. Her motives in Origins and Silent Hill were to stop the cult and prevent God's birth, yet the Order manipulated the truth into making it seem like Alessa wanted to birth God and propagate the Order's mission of Paradise. While Alessa indeed dreamed of Paradise, she changed her mind and decided that a Paradise brought about by such a demonic god would not be adequate.

Silent Hill 3


Alessa's reincarnation Heather.

In Silent Hill 3, seventeen years after the events of the first Silent Hill game, Alessa's reincarnation Heather is approached by Claudia Wolf, who is now a priestess of the Order. Claudia intends to bring about the descent of the cult's god to usher in Paradise; for this to happen Heather must remember her "true self" (Alessa).

Heather has the seed of God still in her. It is not entirely clarified why this is; it may be because a part of "God" was still inside Alessa when she was reincarnated, a result of Claudia's doing, or Heather's own fears manifested it. Regardless, Heather is at a mature age of childbirth. To nourish the growing fetus within Heather with hatred and also as seventeen years of revenge for taking Heather/Alessa away, Claudia has Harry murdered. During the game, Heather slowly regains her memories of being Alessa. Meanwhile, Heather/Alessa is being monitored by Valtiel.


The Memory of Alessa on the Happy Carousel.

The Memory of Alessa, a dark emotion mimicking Heather's likeness, is encountered by Heather in Silent Hill's Lakeside Amusement Park. On the Happy Carousel, the Memory of Alessa attacks Heather as a boss enemy, intent on ending Heather's life herself to spare her and everyone else from further pain after God is born. Upon dying, she leaves a message printed in blood on the carousel floor. The message left by the Memory of Alessa reveals her intention to free "herself" from the suffering she must endure as the Mother of God:

It would be better for "myself" to die.
After all, it's nothing to be afraid of...
That child... that demon...
When I think of the endless pain it will bring when it is birthed...
I decided that, instead of the suffering and cruelty I endured in that sick room...
That I would like to bestow a more gentle and peaceful death on "myself".
Why do "I" resist? I never thought of "myself" as such a fool...

In response to this, Heather says,

Alessa... I guess it's kinda strange for me to call you that, since you are me.
But y'know what? "You" and I don't think alike, after all...
And it's not that I don't remember that sick room either...

Heather then enters the Order's chapel that Alessa used to visit. In the entrance, Claudia greets Heather, and Heather begins to speak as Alessa, calling Claudia her "little Claudia" and her "dear sweet sister". Heather/Alessa says she is fine with the world the way it is. It is unknown if this was actually Alessa, or just Heather pretending to be her as a way of manipulating Claudia.

The chapel merges with Nowhere, and Heather revisits several of Alessa's memories from the past, like her elementary school and bedroom. In two instances, Heather can find bloody footprints and hear crying, which will lead to an angel painting, as well as Alessa's sickroom. It is unknown if this is some remnant of Alessa, Lisa, or something else.


"God" faintly resembles Alessa.

In a confrontation with Claudia, Heather swallows a tablet of Aglaophotis given to her by her father, causing her to vomit God out of her body. Claudia desperately devours the fetus to birth God herself. Being born of Claudia's womb, God again makes a re-appearance as a boss and holds a resemblance to Alessa, due to Claudia's mental association of God with Alessa.

Heather survives the ordeal, and it can be presumed she lives a happier life afterwards. She also switches back to her original name of Cheryl.

If the game's silly UFO Ending is to be believed, Cheryl becomes divorced and is a "young mom who goes it alone" with two children. If this is true and actually canon, then it is possible these two children may have inherited some of Alessa's/Heather's/Cheryl's psychic powers, but her life after Silent Hill 3 has remained a mystery.

Another explanation is that the song's description of her as a single mother of two is simply a reference to Alessa, Cheryl, and Heather having existed as three separate individuals at different periods in the story; hence, a "young mom" (after a fashion) and two "children".


Alessa as a young girl endures great tragedy, ostracized and abused by a cruel system of exploitation and loneliness; she is depressed, suicidal, and too often misunderstood. According to comments made by her reincarnation, Heather Mason, Alessa was "always" bored and sad, and it is shown through both her and Harry Mason's eyes that Alessa found respite when escaping to other worlds through fantasy to cope with and comfort herself in the face of her harsh reality. At times, Alessa seems to completely withdraw inward, perhaps as a result of years of trauma as there are many instances of her becoming unresponsive when questioned by Harry Mason or Travis Grady.

Alessa wished for a peaceful world full of empathy and love. The absence of parental love and being bullied by her classmates may be the cause of her attachment to certain people such as Claudia Wolf and Lisa Garland, and Douglas Cartland and Harry as Heather. Selfless at heart, she cared for her second half and reincarnation more than she cared for herself, wanting to spare them the hellish nightmare she endured at the hands of her abusive mother and her cult. As Heather, she loved Harry Mason like a father due to the seven years of love and care he gave her other half Cheryl, and Harry helped end Alessa's torment, fulfilling her wish of being accepted and loved.

Alessa's story is about finding inner strength and perseverance in spite of being surrounded and influenced by depraved and heartless people. Alessa embodies a tenacious, determined character. She possesses astounding amounts of willpower and strength, demonstrated by resolutely enduring seven long years of pain, misery, and madness and refusing to let herself be used.

Alessa also has a great deal of anger, spite and hate, mainly at the members of the Order responsible for her suffering. This side is shown most in Silent Hill: Origins. Alessa is also known to be vindictive, scorned and dark-spirited to a degree, but not without reason; this side likely stems from being a victim of the cruel and malicious treatment of her peers, her mother, and the god that she was unwilling impregnated with. Her reincarnation Heather is also shown to seek revenge.


Alessa's Otherworld is full of gore, monsters and corpses.

The Otherworld and Fog World in the first game are representations of Alessa's distorted perception of Silent Hill and her experiences there, containing a legion of horrific and frightful monsters, dark, surreal imagery, hundreds of abused, decaying corpses, dead animals, bloody stretchers, etc.: literally hell on earth. This is due to the god in her womb which continually fed her with unimaginable horrors and negative thoughts.


The Groaner is a manifestation of cynophobia.

Alessa had multiple fears; she was frightened by large dogs (cynophobia), insects (entomophobia), worms (vermiphobia), snakes (ophidiophobia), fire (pyrophobia), and even some adults (anthropophobia or anthrophobia). Many of the monsters in Silent Hill are manifestations of these horrors.

Alessa kept a butterfly collection in her room and had two dolls, one of which she named "Scarlett", and would often sleep with them in bed. Alessa drew monsters when she was alone. She loved playing card games with Claudia and would usually win. She also enjoyed literature, including Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Mother Goose, Cinderella, and The Lost World, and possibly Edgar Allan Poe and Macbeth as Heather.

Physical Appearance

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Alessa's Midwich school portrait (age 7).

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Alessa has pale skin, dark brown eyes, and very dark brown hair.

As a teen, Alessa has her long dark hair tied with a red ponytail holder which sometimes gives the illusion that teen Alessa has short hair. She also wears earrings. As a child in Silent Hill, she is depicted with short hair, her bangs covering the right side of her face.

In the game, while Alessa's true body wears burns and bandages, her astral projection manifests as a teenager wearing her old school uniform.

Alessa's navy school outfit design is modeled after Japanese uniforms, and with it she wears white socks and black dress shoes.


Silent Hill and Origins comparison.

Silent Hill: Origins

Alessa (age 7) looks markedly different, with pinkish skin, medium brown hair, and light blue eyes. She wears her hair in a ponytail with her bangs covering the left side of her face, as opposed to the right side in Silent Hill. Her school uniform sports a more traditional red tie, rather than a red ribbon, and has two white buttons on the waist, despite there being no buttons depicted on her school uniform prior.

Powers and Abilities

  • Astral Projection: Alessa could control and focus her astral projection, allowing her to escape the confines of her burnt body. She could even kill with thought alone, projecting her desire to kill into the body of the victim.
  • Pyrokinesis: After being burned by her mother, Alessa released a wave of fire and lit several candles surrounding her. She was also probably the reason several fires parted for Travis Grady when he saved her from her house fire.

Alessa telekinetically shoving Harry.

  • Telekinesis: Alessa's astral projection could levitate, and she shoved Harry Mason telekinetically. Alessa also erected some kind of force field that prevented Harry from following her; however this barrier proved useless against the Flauros.

Silent Hill film series

Main article: Alessa Gillespie (film)

Alessa Gillespie in the film.

In the film adaptation of Silent Hill, which is set in a separate continuity from the game's, Alessa Gillespie is portrayed as three distinct entities sharing one identity: Alessa (an adult woman, burned alive as a child, confined to a hospital gurney), Dark Alessa (the corrupted portion of Alessa), and Sharon Da Silva (the innocent side of Alessa). Young Alessa is portrayed by Jodelle Ferland and as an adult by Lorry Ayers.

As with the game series, Alessa is depicted in the film as mysterious and a driving force of the events occurring in the town, as well as being the creator of the monsters seen within the alternate realities. Alessa's powers are downplayed in the film, and Dark Alessa often fulfills Alessa's supernatural abilities; however, Alessa is shown using her powers to break a metal chain, wilt flowers, and create the Fog World and Otherworld, as well as create two doppelgangers of herself.

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Alessa covered in painful burns.

The film version of Alessa is much more vengeful and unbalanced than her game counterpart and seeks revenge on the religious fanatics responsible for burning her alive as a witch thirty years earlier.

Unlike in the game series, the film shows that Alessa was responsible for the creation of the Otherworld and the Fog World, rather than using a previously existing reality to her benefit. In the first film, it is never mentioned that Alessa was pregnant with God, something which Revelation retconned.


Alessa's dark side in Revelation.

In Silent Hill: Revelation, Alessa is portrayed by Erin Pitt. The past Alessa has a relatively minor role in the film. Her child form is only seen once, being pushed and teased by her classmates. Her malevolent side, Dark Alessa, is seen creating the Otherworld and attacking the fanatics. An older version of Dark Alessa, portrayed by Adelaide Clemens, confronts Heather Mason on the carousel and merges with her.

Creator's comment

In the initial stages of development we used the name Asia, which is taken from the daughter of the Italian film director, Dario Argento. However, because it's an uncommon name, we decided to rename her.


Silent Hill: Origins

  • "Let me burn!" (to Travis)

Silent Hill

  • "Mama..."
  • "No! Get away from me!"
  • "Mommy...?"
  • "No! I don't want to do it!"

Play Novel: Silent Hill

  • "I wish I could play outside like the other children..."
  • "Perhaps it's because he doesn't want to disturb me? Even the hospital director has not come to see me much lately. I don't like the director very much, so I'm honestly quite happy."
  • "Everyone has been in a rush for some reason since before sunrise this morning. Something about a dead person coming back to life. Does that really happen?"

Silent Hill 3

  • "That child... that demon... When I think of the endless pain it will bring when it is birthed... I decided that, instead of the suffering and cruelty I endured in that sick room, that I would like to bestow a more gentle and peaceful death on 'myself'."
  • "I had a dream. In my dream, I opened a door. But was that really me? I had a different name."
  • "Dreams are like lies, after all."
  • "I love you as if you were my real sister." (to Claudia in an old birthday card)


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Alessa and Florence Tanner appearance comparison.

  • Alessa's appearance could be inspired by the film The Legend of Hell House and its character, medium Florence Tanner. Among other features, their hairstyles are also similar: long hair tied with a ponytail that looks short if seen from certain point. Richard Matheson is also credited as an inspiration of the series, and a street, Matheson Street, is named after him.
  • Alessa was likely inspired by Stephen King's Carrie. Both are teenage girls born with supernatural powers, and they also have fanatical religious mothers and were ostracized at school. There are many other Stephen King homages in the series, including Carrie posters across from Green Lion Antiques.
  • While unconfirmed in the series, Alessa Gillespie is technically a Transcendent Homo Superior/Superhuman/Metahuman/Superpowered Human, a type of Metahuman of godly power. The ability she has in common is called Psycho Warping, which gives her the capability to warp reality via psionics.
  • In early concepts for the first game, Alessa would have had fears of more animals. There are unused models in the game files for monsters based on butterflies, frogs, monkeys, snakes, chickens, and even ostriches and stingrays. It is debatable if these fears are still canonical or not to the mainstream timeline, no manner the enemies having been scrapped.
  • There is a misconception that Alessa's heightened stress levels made her psychic energy cause a boiler explosion in the Gillespie House which started the house fire. This is only a theory due an interpretation of the Fire Article, and it has never been officially confirmed. It is possible that Dahlia intentionally burned Alessa with fire as part of the ritual and that the boiler had nothing with the fire and was a scapegoat for the Order to hide the truth of Dahlia's ritual as a cover up. The Fire Article only says the boiler was "believed to be the source of the fire", not that it actually was the source of the fire. In addition, Kaufmann left a substitute dead body at the scene to fake Alessa's death, so it wouldn't be much of a stretch for Kaufmann to have tampered evidence in order to blame the fire on a boiler.
    • When Keiichiro Toyama (writer of Silent Hill) was asked, he also thought Alessa was burned on purpose by Dahlia and her cult.[1]
  • In the comic Cage of Cradle, which has debatable canonicity, Alessa is responsible for killing Lisa's boyfriend named Matthew.
  • Alessa is the first character to appear in the Silent Hill series, making her debut within seconds of the opening sequence of Silent Hill.
  • One of Alessa's favorite books, Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World, is the in-universe basis for the Air Screamer monster. Alice in Wonderland, another of her favorite books, is referenced in a puzzle that unlocks a door in Alchemilla Hospital. It can even be found on the bookshelf in her bedroom, if examined.
  • The Book of Lost Memories refers to Alessa as "The Empress", the third of the Major Arcanas of a Tarot Deck, due to her absolute dominion over the town. The Empress is often represented as a mother, creator, and nurturer. In many decks she can be shown as pregnant. She can represent the creation of life, similar to how Alessa is pregnant with "God". The Empress can represent the germination of an idea before it is ready to be fully born, and the need to be receptive to change, similar to how Alessa's immolation acts as a catalyst for changing the town of Silent Hill.

Alessa on the Town Center TVs.

  • A video of Cheryl crying can be seen on a television inside the Silent Hill Town Center. If the video is paused, an image of Alessa can be seen every few frames.
  • Alessa, in Italian, means "defender of mankind". This may be an allusion to her mother using her sacrifice to birth a "god" and bring about a "paradise", as well as Alessa's will to prevent God's birth from mankind.
    • The Halo of the Sun contains mirrored rovásírás letters for "Alessa". It could be thought that Dahlia named her Alessa because it's a name with deep significant meaning to the Order. The Halo of the Sun also contains mirrored rovásírás letters for "Dahlia".

The realistic photos appearing in Hilltop Center and Brookhaven Hospital.

  • In Silent Hill 3, mostly in the Otherworld parts of Hilltop Center and Brookhaven Hospital, there are several repeated pictures of a mouth, another mouth with braces, ears, and an eye. When asked what this meant, Masahiro Ito answered:
"Mouth" means Alessa's shrieking insanity from the bottom of her heart. Silent Hill 3's "Another world" where Heather enters is reflected in Alessa's conscious. Alessa was bullied at school and suffered from her mother's cruelty. Incidentally, the mouths in Silent Hill 2 means Mary's shrieking insanity. In the bleeding ear's case, I wanted to express Another world's personality like human. That ear is Alessa's. But I didn't want to use the "eye" because I didn't use it in Silent Hill series creature's design. The bleeding means Alessa's conscious is mad. And the nurse's red mouth means mad, too."[2]

Alessa on the Saint Medallion.

  • In Silent Hill 4: The Room, Alessa's image appears on the Saint Medallion item. Her name is shown in a memo in Wish House Orphanage which asks, "Have you found Alessa yet? Send me a report."
  • During the development of Silent Hill: Homecoming, a rejected script of the game involved a final battle between Alessa and Joshua Shepherd over Toluca Lake; Alessa representing fire, Joshua representing water - a battle, described as "Super Saiyan"-like, to determine the fate of Silent Hill and Shepherd's Glen. Tomm Hulett dissuaded it from happening.
  • Alessa is the only major character in Silent Hill that does not appear in Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, although Cheryl Heather Mason could be seen as a composite of Alessa and her incarnations. Some similarities to Alessa include Dahlia being her mother operating a pawn shop, Cheryl being bullied at Midwich High School, and it is implied Cheryl was briefly hospitalized with Lisa as her nurse.
  • In terms of background story, Alessa is strikingly similar to Alma Wade from the F.E.A.R. series. Both have a parent never mentioned (Alma's mother and Alessa's father) and suffered great abuse at the hands of the other, and the two later use their psychic powers to exact revenge on those responsible for their suffering. They exhibit immense psionic powers, including the ability to create monsters from the depths of their minds. At seven, they were both used to give birth. The two of them were forcibly impregnated through unnatural means and were still adolescents when they gave birth. Both Alessa and Alma delivered newborns to the protagonists in the endings of their respective games before disappearing. Both their names start with "Al". In personality and physical appearance, Alma is very closely matched with the movie version of Alessa, who is much more emotionally volatile and vengeful than her game counterpart. Like Alma, the film version of Alessa also appears as a child throughout the film, until near the end, where she is seen as a badly injured adult woman.

Alessa in Metal Gear Solid 3.

  • There is a painting of Alessa in Metal Gear Solid 3, another Konami game, in the Graniny Gorki lab level, along with other paintings from Silent Hill 3.
  • She has a lot in common with Eleven, a character from the Netflix original show Stranger Things. Both have supernatural powers and had lived abusive childhoods.
    • It's also worth noting that Silent Hill is one of the main inspirations for Stranger Things.


  1. Silent Hill Guidebook, Book of Lost Memories, Book of Lost Memories, Dad's Notebook, Book of Lost Memories, Lost Memories (Silent Hill 3)
  2. Silent Hill Guidebook


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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
Alessa's Dream - Ariel - Butcher - Caliban - Carrion - Faceless Nurse - Momma - Remnant - Sad Daddy - Straightjacket - Two-Back
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
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
Flashlight - Fog World - Map - Mirror - Monster - Otherworld - Radio - Real World - Siren - The Order - Manifestation - UFO Ending - Welcome Sign - Sexuality - Halo of the Sun
Items - Puzzles - Soundtrack - Secrets and Unlockables
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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 - Norman Young
Air Screamer - Bloodsucker - Creeper - Floatstinger - Grey Child - Groaner - Hanged Scratcher - Incubator - Incubus - Larval Stalker - Mumbler - Night Flutter - Parasite - Monster Cybil - Puppet Doctor - Puppet Nurse - Romper - Split Head - Stalker - Twinfeeler - Wormhead
Chainsaw - Handgun - Hyper Blaster - Katana - Knife - Pipe - Rifle - Rock Drill - Shotgun - Hammer - Axe
Old Silent Hill (Balkan Church - Cafe 5to2 - Dog House - Hell Gas Station - Levin Street - Midwich Elementary School - Orridge Bridge Control Room - Queen Burger) - Central Silent Hill (Alchemilla Hospital - Gillespie House - Green Lion Antiques - Silent Hill Police Station - Silent Hill Town Center) - Sewers - Resort Area (Annie's Bar - Boat - Indian Runner - Lighthouse - Norman's Motel) - Lakeside Amusement Park - Nowhere - Toluca Lake
Flashlight - Fog World - God - Map - Metatron - Monster - Otherworld - Paradise - PTV - Radio - Real World - Siren - The Order - Manifestation - Seal of Metatron - UFO Ending
Items - Keys - Memos - Puzzles - Soundtrack - Secrets and Unlockables
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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 - Robbie the Rabbit - Sewer Fairy
Beam Saber - Flamethrower - Handgun - Katana - Knife - Maul - Pipe - Shotgun - Stun Gun - Submachine Gun - Unlimited Submachine Gun
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
Borley Haunted Mansion - Brookhaven Hospital - Carroll Street - Central Square Shopping Center - Chapel - Construction Site - Daisy Villa Apartments - Happy Burger - Happy Carousel - Hazel Street Station - Heaven's Night - Hilltop Center - Jacks Inn - KMN Auto Parts - Lakeside Amusement Park - Last Drop Cafe - Nathan Avenue - Underpass
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 - Red Square
Items - Keys - Memos - Puzzles - Soundtrack - Limited Edition Soundtrack - Secrets and Unlockables

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