Thinking of naming your dog after Silent Hill 2? No worries, you're not crazy, you have impeccable taste! Silent Hill 2 has been called the most intellectual story in all of gaming. Not to mention, it's one of the few games that actually captivated gamers with the story. For the most part, games don't invest time and energy into their stories, because they know players will be too focused on mechanics and combat systems.
But not Silent Hill 2. It remains the favorite of the whole series, and still gets plenty of commendation for changing and influencing horror to this very day!
Silent Hill 2 Dog Names in Pop Culture
Mira is the dog from the Dog Ending of Silent Hill 2. She is a Shiba Inu breed, better known as being the smallest of the six original spitz dog breeds from Japan.
There are a total of six endings to Silent Hill 2, each one triggered by a select series of actions. The six are composed of Leave, Maria, In Water, Rebirth, Dog, and UFO.
To get the Dog Ending, players need to get the three normal endings ( Leave, In Water and Maria), or just Rebirth in a replay game. Then it was time to save the file, load it and start a new game. Only this time, when players left a park called Rosewater, they needed to go straight and walk into an open yard west of Jack's Inn. Inside is a Dog House with a Dog Key inside.
Walking into the Observation Room on the 3rd floor of the Nightmare Lake View Hotel, players needed to view the tape in Room 312. Upon doing all of this, the ending would occur, showcasing the hilarious Mira in a control room. She would be wining and barking, pulling levers while wearing headphones. When James comes into the room, it's explained that the dog was behind all the trouble. Mira then proceeds to apologize by kissing James. The song that followed during the credits was even weirder, as it was Mira barking in rhythm to a quirky song played on what sounds like a Calliope (think circus music).
People loved her so much that she later appeared in the UFO Ending of Silent Hill: Origins, and Silent Hill: Shattered Memories. She was also a playable character in Silent Hill: The Escape, and a hostage in Silent Hill: Book of Memories.
Obviously, Mira isn't a main character, she only shows up in joke endings of the games. She's very much just a quirky addition that picked up steam upon receiving good praise. Still, that didn't stop Mira from taking off and getting her very own fan base. She loves wearing headphones, possibly enjoys music (judging from the headphones and the bark singing), and obviously getting into trouble.
Another interesting fact is that in Silent Hill: Origins, it's not really her, but Travis wearing a fursuit that resembles Mira. He walks on two feet, with his tail curled much like Mira's, his suit the same tan and white color. Meanwhile, in Shattered Memories, she speaks to an alien, something that has been depicted many times over by artists and fans of the game.
Silent Hill 2 Dog Name Considerations
Of course, there are a few things to consider. First and foremost, it's crucial that you understand that Silent Hill 2, as well as the rest of the franchise, is all about horror and discomfort. It features cultists, flesh walls, demons that turn gears, mannequins, large swords, and what many speculate to be rape.
Obviously, the series isn't for everyone, but Silent Hill 2 managed to make the story so interesting and detailed that many elements carried over to the rest of the games, such as Pyramid Head. He's supposed to represent James' inner lusts and desires, but he shows up in later games in the series, completely out of context, just because of the fan base.
So, in other words, when naming your dog, keep in mind that some names may come off as very off-putting in certain circles. Try to select names that may not be as negative, if you can, unless that isn't your style.
Also, remember that your dog's name will be used very often. Whenever you need to call him or her to you, stop the dog from doing something, feeding time, play time, meeting new people, and bumping into friendly neighbors. This is a name that will be used so much, that it may benefit from being carefully considered.