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|“||I've always felt alone. My whole life. For as long as I can remember. I don't know if I like it or if I'm used to it, but I know this; being lonely does things to you. Feeling shit and bitter and angry all the time just... eats away at you...||”|
— Simon in the intro of Cry of Fear
Simon Henriksson is the protagonist of Cry of Fear.
Little is known about his school or personal life - something his doctor notes as topics Simon refuses to discuss. Simon has been known to self-harm, as indicated by the cuts on his left wrist when the player heals using the morphine syringes in the game. It is known that Simon lives with his mother, but no mention is made of a father or other relatives. His only friend outside his home appears to be his friend Sophie, whom he harbors an unvoiced interest in.
Simon is voiced by Stig "DragonNOR" Sydtangen, who also voiced the main character in the Half-Life 2: Episode Two horror mod, Grey, in addition to several other projects. For more information, check out his website.
Simon's life before the events of Cry of Fear is hinted through dialogue and flashbacks. Simon grew up in Kirkville his hometown with his Mother, nothing is mentioned about his father however, and it is unknown if Simon even met him. Through Simon's introduction quote, he claims that he has felt alone his entire life, which indicates that he felt as though he did not have many friends and lived alone most of the time with the only company coming from his Mother. It is hinted that Simon's Mother is overprotective as proven by her text messages she sends him through out the game, likely meaning Simon did not socialise often in his younger years.
According to a flashback, Doctor Purnell says that Simon has lived with mental problems for a long time, which has proven to be Anxiety and Depression, which Simon claims to be generated by his loneliness (in Simon's words from the IRL trailer he claims that "Anxiety and Depression controls my life everyday"). Simon occasionally would take a train to Stockholm and would take lonely walks around the city, most likely to help him take his mind off of being lonely. Simon is shown to be an occasional smoker, which might prove that he goes through stress. From the appearance of Simon's bag it is implied that he is a fan of heavy metal music, and from the logo on the back of his hoodie he seems to have attended concerts.
When Simon started college, he met a girl named Sophie, who he became fond of. Simon became close to Sophie after helping her with the problems she went through, and she went as far as to say that Simon was the only male at college who would help her through her troubling times, making her life "more bearable". Eventually Simon became so attached to Sophie that he came to conclusion that he loves her and eventually built enough courage to confess his love to her, however unfortunately for him, she rejected him, and even after Simon insisted that he loved her, she backed away from him, telling him that she "had leave for somewhere". Sophie's rejection debilitated Simon hard, he went as far as to blaming himself that she chose to reject him and was unable to move aside from the pain of her rejection.
At some unknown point, Simon obtained a Switchblade, it is unknown where he obtained it or his reason for wanting one, but it is very likely that he used the blade to cut at his wrist, as it is seen throughout the game when Simon injects himself with morphine that he has scars on his wrist, indicating that he tried to commit suicide or felt the need to harm himself, possibly due to the harm that he felt from Sophie's rejection.
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Simon is a 19 year old male and an individual plagued with anxiety and depression. Before the events of Cry of Fear (as seen in the first cutscene of the game), Simon was the victim of a hit and run wherein he was pinned to a building by a car whilst trying to help an injured man late at night. While he surprisingly survived the incident, he was crippled from the waist down and confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life, subjecting him to further mental trauma which drove him into becoming reclusive and spiteful of his own life. Doctor Purnell was assigned as Simon's psychiatrist following the accident, and using Cognitive Therapy, Simon was instructed to write a book about his emotions and anxiety to get all the trauma out of his head that he had suffered from "The Black Day" (the name Simon gave himself about the accident).
Simon authored the book as instructed and the events of Cry of Fear begin - the events unfolding being a metaphorical depiction of Simon's mind and his battle to purge his inner demons through writing, the actions taken during the game showing how well the therapy works.
The Simon played as over the course of Cry of Fear is in fact a mental projection of Simon and what combats the trauma inside the real one's mind. The fate of both Simons depends on what ending is unlocked due to the actions made during the game.
In the first three endings of the game, Simon commits suicide with slight variation on the fates of the other characters around him. The real Simon ending his own life is shown metaphorically in his mind as the projection that Simon is subjected to another nightmare, forced to work his way to the real Simon still stuck in his wheelchair. A fight ensues that ends with the fake Simon mercilessly beating the real Simon unconscious before strangling him to death, killing himself in the process and ending the game with one of the first three endings with Simon leaving a declaration in his book.
Ending 1: This ending is unlocked if Simon spared the life of Carcass and refused to show trust in Doctor Purnell in the asylum. The therapy fails outright and Simon develops a deep hatred for the world around him. He begins to show signs of paranoid schizophrenia (evidenced by his false belief that the world was looking upon him negatively) as well as misanthropy, and falls into a deeply depressive spiral, leading to self-destruction. Believing Sophie, Doctor Purnell and every one who claimed to care about him, to in reality be looking down on him because of his disability, never caring about him all along. Writing the book does not help, and in fact makes Simon's depression even worse. The depressive spiral coupled with his growing levels of misanthropy and anger over both what he sees as his betrayal by Sophie, and his feeling that the doctor had both made his depression worse and was mocking him grew too much for Simon to bear, and his psychotic rage led him to murder both Sophie and Doctor Purnell. Before committing suicide, Simon and leaves a very macabre and sinister suicide note in his diary, which expresses his belief that the world was laughing at him because of his disability, explaining in a justifying sense that he was in the right to kill Sophie and Purnell, he even confesses that if it wasn't for his disability that he would have committed worse atrocities and even goes on to attack whoever finds his remains, wishing that they suffer and become haunted after finding it.
Ending 2: This ending is unlocked if Simon spared the life of Carcass, but trusted Doctor Purnell and gave him the gun he requested. In this ending, Simon shows respect for Purnell and his efforts to help Simon - but ultimately believes it was futile, coming to the resolution that his life means nothing. Simon is unable to move past the pain he feels as a result of Sophie rejecting him, and he possessively murders her out of a selfish act, unwilling to leave her for anyone else to have. Before taking his own life, he leaves a suicide note in his diary, apologising to Purnell for the result of the therapy, but thanks him overall for actually trying to help him.
Ending 3: This ending is unlocked if Simon killed Carcass, but refused to give Doctor Purnell his gun. This ending is the reverse of ending 2. Although Simon feels pain due to Sophie's rejection of him, and feels extreme guilt because of the damage his slip into depression and psychosis has done to her, he is able to forgive her, and moves past the rejection that he endured from her, even coming to regard her as the only person who truly cared about him. However, Simon never really was able to trust Doctor Purnell, and in the end comes to the conclusion that his treatment, and the book therapy made him worse, stating that all the book therapy did was made him realise how broken he was, and so he murders Doctor Purnell in a fit of self-absorbed revenge. Before taking his own life, Simon leaves a suicide note, pleading with anyone who finds his remains to not show Sophie, showing how much he cared about her in the end.
Ending 4: Arguably the 'good' ending, unlocked by killing Carcass and trusting Doctor Purnell with the gun. In this ending, Simon did not murder anyone and does not commit suicide, instead being prevented from doing so by a psychosis induced hallucination in which Book Simon arrives. The real Simon works his way through another nightmare whilst in his wheelchair and engages his mental counterpart in a running gunfight, before eventually triumphing and shooting his own nightmarish visage to death - showing that he no longer needs it.
The psychosis ends and it is revealed that Simon did not really shoot his twisted self - but rather two police officers who were entering his apartment. Doctors testify in court that Simon was having a psychotic break, and although he feels great guilt for killing the officers, he is instead committed to a mental hospital for what is most likely the rest of his life. Doctor Purnell continues to act as Simon's counsellor and mentor, a service he is grateful for. Sophie regularly visits Simon in the hospital when she is allowed (the doctors saying that her visits are "destabilising" for him), and although Simon makes note of the fact that she has found a new male friend, he wishes her nothing but the best. Simon even gives himself a happy ending in the book, which represents him coming to terms with his depression and allowing himself to start being treated.
Secret Ending: Waking from the brute collision of the vehicle, Simon wakes up pinned to a wall with a man blaming his state of high (on drugs) being the reason of the crash. The man is then revealed to be none other than David Leatherhoff, the protagonist of Afraid of Monsters. Taking in the issue, Simon expresses anger towards David, uttering "What the fuck? You...?" in a memorial way, intending that Simon knows David. Simon then threatens David, saying he'll "regret this", which provokes David to run away from the scene. This ending can be achieved if the player mails the "Secret Package" to the mailbox located by the college.
It is notorious that David appears exactly as he appears in Afraid of Monsters, his model not being redesigned nor being a new model (which resembles Silent Hill 2 UFO Ending in which Harry Mason appeared before James Sunderland exactly as he appeared in the first game). Also, despite the fact that he apologises to Simon and talks to him, his voice is never heard.
Co-Op: The Coop campaign serves more as a What If? scenario, showing what could've happened if Simon had been saved from the hit-and-run accident he suffered. The campaign concludes with a scene of the police managing to reach the location where Simon was hit by the car prior to the events of the game just moments before Simon was hit. They arrest the driver and thus prevent Simon ever being crippled, preventing the events of the game entirely. A short scene is then shown of Simon having apparently begun a relationship with Sophie walking down the sidewalk with her, holding hands.
Simon over the process of Cry of Fear
Simon progressively changed over the process of Cry of Fear, his model and his bag. At the beginning of Cry of Fear, Simon had a model with less polygons as of now. He had a more emo-like appearance and had dry tears on his face. He didn't have his bag at the time, even though the inventory was larger than now.
The second model looks more like the actual Simon we all know of. He had his bag, better graphics, but he had a slight differ in appearance. He had sharp hair and looked very different on the face. Even though all models use ruMpel's face, this one has less red/pink lips and the skin tone is more tanned than the one now.
- Simon's full name, Simon Henriksson, can be found on the Strange Package earned in Ending 4.
- The back of Simon's hoodie is from a music festival called Freedom Music Festival.
- Though it may be for user-friendly purposes, Simon dual-wields a hand-gun or a melee weapon in his left hand and another optional item (such as a light source) in his right hand. This could imply that Simon may be left-handed, or even ambidextrous.
- Simon's first model is still found in the first nightmare sequence, when he punches the mirror. In real life the P345 is not an ambidextrous weapon, and is designed for right handed shooters, so it is likely that he wouldn't find it easy to use with his left hand.
- One of the hurt sounds of Simon is in fact cursing. The line is Aaah... Fan!, which translates to Aaah... Damn!'
- Simon's bag has some band logos on it, along with the word KVLT. This may imply that Simon listens to heavy metal music.
- The word KVLT is used mostly by metalheads to refer to old Black Metal recordings. This implies that Simon listens to Black Metal, possibly Black/Doom Metal given his depressive mood.
|Main||Simon Henriksson • Doctor Purnell • Sophie|
|Side||Unknown Caller • The Cops • The Apartment Predator|