Metal Gear Solid Characters

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  • A former spy, special operations soldier, and mercenary. Possessing an IQ of 180 and fluent in six languages,[1][5] he was known as "the Man Who Makes the Impossible Possible" and his exploits made him into a living legend among the military black ops.

    Real name: David

    - Metal Gear

    - Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake

    - Metal Gear Solid

    - Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

    - Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

  • A renowned special forces operative and mercenary commander. He founded U.S. Army Special Forces Unit FOXHOUND, along with the mercenary company Militaires Sans Frontières, and was one of the founding members of the Patriots. Big Boss later established the military states of Outer Heaven and Zanzibar Land as bases for his companies, in order to realize his ambitions of creating a nation for soldiers. Considered by some as "The Greatest Warrior of the 20th Century," he earned such monikers as "the Legendary Soldier" and "the Legendary Mercenary," feared in combat by both friend and foe as a hero and a madman.

    Real name: John

    Also known as: Naked Snake

    - Metal Gear

    - Metal Gear 2

    - Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

    - Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

    - Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker

    - Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes

    - Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain

  • A Russian-American operative of FOXHOUND and an agent of the Patriots. A master of interrogation and a formidable gunfighter, he was often referred to as a "ricochet genius" in regards to his gun fighting skills. A fanatic, he was known for his affinity towards Spaghetti Westerns, as evidenced by his choice of weapon and his clothing, duster and spurs, the traditional garb of cowboys. His weapon of choice was the Colt Single Action Army Revolver, which he regarded as "the greatest handgun ever made."

    Real name: Adam

    Also known as: Shalashashka

    - Metal Gear Solid

    - Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

    - Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

    - Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (as Liquid Ocelot)

    - Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain

  • A Liberian-American mercenary and former special forces soldier. Previously a child soldier under Solidus Snake, Raiden was later selected by the Patriots to test the S3 Plan at the Big Shell, as a new recruit to the reformed FOXHOUND unit. He later worked alongside the Paradise Lost Army in their anti-Patriot activities, but was captured and forced to undergo heavy cybernetic experimentation. After successfully escaping, Raiden went on to assist Solid Snake during the Guns of the Patriots Incident.

    Real name: Jack

    - Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

    - Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

    - Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

  • A renowned American soldier, founder and leader of the Cobra Unit, the biological mother of Ocelot, and mentor and mother figure to Naked Snake. In June 1944, during World War II, she led the Cobra Unit to victory at the Battle of Normandy. Together with Naked Snake, she developed the technique of CQC.

    Also known as The Joy

    - Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

  • A combat medic for Militaires Sans Frontières (MSF), who would later become the mercenary commander of Diamond Dogs and Outer Heaven as one of Big Boss' most trusted lieutenants.

    Also Known as: Ahab

    - Metal Gear

    - Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes

    - Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain

  • A mercenary and former agent of U.S. Special Forces Unit FOXHOUND. Originally a child soldier, Jaeger was the only operative in FOXHOUND to achieve the codename "Fox," the unit's highest commendation, and was decorated five times.

    Real name: Frank Yager

    - Metal Gear

    - Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake

    - Metal Gear Solid (as the Cyborg Ninja)

  • The original commander of CIA Special Forces Unit FOX (Force Operation X). After Zero became a founding member of the Patriots along with Big Boss, the two friends would later develop a bitter enmity.

    Real name: David Oh

    Also known as "Cipher"

    - Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

    - Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

  • The chief engineer of Metal Gear REX. He became a close friend of Solid Snake after Snake rescued him during the Shadow Moses Incident in 2005. Later that year, he and Snake founded the anti-Metal Gear NGO Philanthropy. Following the Guns of the Patriots Incident, he became the adoptive father of Sunny. A devoted fan of anime, Hal's chosen nickname was derived from the Japanese animation convention Otakon.

    Real name: Hal Emmerich

    - Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

    - Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

  • The leader of FOXHOUND during the Shadow Moses Incident. He was cloned from Big Boss's DNA as part of the Les Enfants Terribles project, along with his brothers Solid Snake and Solidus Snake. Liquid was led to believe that he had been created in order to express Big Boss's recessive genetic traits, and as such, was "inferior" to Solid Snake who supposedly had received Big Boss's dominant genes. Liquid therefore held a strong resentment towards Solid and wished to defeat him in combat, reclaiming what he felt was his birthright, and thus proving his superiority.

    Real name: Eli

    Also known as: White Mamba

    - Metal Gear Solid

    - Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain

  • The subcommander of both the Militaires Sans Frontières and Diamond Dogs, and later, the survival trainer of FOXHOUND. He was well-read and possessed a vast array of scientific knowledge.

    Real name: Benedict Miller

    Also known as "Kazuhira" or "Kaz"

    - Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake

    - Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker

    - Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes

    - Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain

  • The 43rd President of the United States, and a product of the Les Enfants Terribles project, making him the third "Son of Big Boss". After secretly instigating the events on Shadow Moses Island, he became directly involved in the Big Shell Incident.

    Real name: George Sears

    - Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

  • A former U.S. Army colonel in command of special forces group FOXHOUND, who later worked for an advisory body under the UN Security Council to monitor PMC activities. Campbell was a close friend of Solid Snake, and the biological father of Meryl Silverburgh.

    Real name: Roy

    - Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake

    - Metal Gear Solid

    - Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

  • The commanding officer of Rat Patrol Team 01 of the CID. Prior to her inauguration as commander, Meryl was a well-known career soldier due to her involvement in the Shadow Moses Incident, where she worked alongside legendary mercenary Solid Snake. It was initially thought that she was the niece of former FOXHOUND commander Roy Campbell. However, it was later discovered that Meryl was actually his biological daughter.

    - Metal Gear Solid

    - Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

  • A psychic member of FOXHOUND, who participated in the armed takeover of Shadow Moses Island in 2005. He wore a special gas mask to help prevent people's thoughts from "forcing their way into his mind."

    Also known as: Tretij Rebenok

    - Metal Gear Solid

    - Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

    - Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain (as Tretij Rebenok)

  • An ex-member of Dead Cell with vampire-like attributes, including a taste for blood, the ability to run across or stand on the surface of water or vertical walls, superhuman speed and agility, and the ability to shrug off and rapidly heal from the most extreme and fatal wounds. Besides his seemingly superhuman abilities, he was also an expert with knives and close quarters combat.

    - Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

    - Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

  • A Soviet GRU colonel, who conspired with the Brezhnev faction and the military in the 1960s to overthrow Nikita Khrushchev and seize power.

    - Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

    - Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain

  • A spy who fought alongside Naked Snake during Operation Snake Eater. While posing as a KGB agent, she actually worked as a spy for the Chinese People's Liberation Army, tasked with obtaining the Philosophers' Legacy. She later became the surrogate mother of Solid Snake and Liquid Snake.

    - Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

    - Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

  • A mechanical engineer responsible for developing bipedal locomotion technology for the Peace Walker Project in 1974 and later served as the chief engineer of Metal Gear Sahelanthropus in 1984. He was the biological father of Hal "Otacon" Emmerich and the stepfather of Emma Emmerich.

    - Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker

    - Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain

  • A female assassin during the 1980s. Originally an assassin for XOF, Quiet later defected to Diamond Dogs after being defeated by Venom Snake. Quiet wore a minimal amount of clothing at all times because she could only drink or breathe through her skin following parasite-treatment due to the serious injuries she had sustained while trying to kill Big Boss during the hospital raid; wearing too much clothing would lead to suffocation.

    - Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain

  • The heavily scarred commander of the paramilitary unit XOF. He secretly commanded XOF from the 1960s up until his death in 1984, at first acting as a covert ally of Naked Snake during the Virtuous Mission and Operation Snake Eater, and later as Cipher's elite strike force until he finally took control of the organization away from Zero. Skull Face also created the Parasite Unit, a group of parasite-enhanced super soldiers that would act as his chief enforcers and high-level operatives for XOF during the 1980s.

    - Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes

    - Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain

  • One of the renegade members of FOXHOUND who participated in the 2005 revolt on Shadow Moses Island, along with the Next-Generation Special Forces.

    - Metal Gear Solid

  • A member of FOXHOUND who participated in the unit's revolt on Shadow Moses Island in 2005. He was a shaman and was raised in the cold state of Alaska.

    - Metal Gear Solid

  • A member of FOXHOUND that specialized in impersonation. His disguises were so thorough that he would even inject the blood of those he impersonated into his own body. Along with the rest of his unit, he went rogue during the Shadow Moses Incident in 2005.

    - Metal Gear Solid

  • A leading member of the Navy SEALs anti-terrorist unit Dead Cell. Her codename referred to her seemingly supernatural ability to cause incoming bullets to pass around her and to render nearby explosives inert. She was also known as "Lady Luck" and earned the title of "Queen" among her Dead Cell comrades. She was often armed with a man-portable rail gun during combat. Fortune herself claimed that her luck on the battlefield was at the cost of tragedy in her personal life.

    Real name: Helena Dolph Jackson

    - Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

  • A member of Dead Cell and a highly trained expert in bomb making. Along with Vamp and Fortune, he was one of the three remaining members of Dead Cell who participated in the armed takeover of the Big Shell offshore cleanup facility in 2009. Fatman was named after the atomic bomb used to destroy Nagasaki in World War II.

    - Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

  • The "Spirit Medium Soldier" of the Cobra Unit. Although he had no actual unique combat abilities like the other Cobras, The Sorrow was gifted with the powers of a medium. He was able to summon the dead and assume their combat abilities by bringing their spirits into himself. Communicating with dead soldiers also gave him several advantages during a battle, such as learning of enemy positions. Like the other Cobras, his codename reflected the emotion he brought to the battlefield.

    - Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

  • The Pain was born sometime during the mid 1900s to early 1910s. At an unknown point in time, he was infected with parasites that gave him the ability to secrete pheromones to give him control over insects and receive large amounts of adrenaline in response to pain.

    - Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

  • The "Flame Soldier" of the Cobra Unit.

    - Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

  • The legendary "Ancient Sniper" of the Cobra Unit. He was over 100 years old when he was defeated by Naked Snake in 1964.

    - Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

  • The "Spider Soldier" of the Cobra Unit. As with the other members of the unit, his codename came from the emotion he conveyed while on the battlefield: the terror that he instilled in others with his freakish appearance and movements.

    - Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

  • The leader and psychological warfare specialist of the Beauty and the Beast Unit. She, along with the other members, suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, alongside emotional instability as well as experiencing uncontrollable emotional fits. In her case, she frequently had uncontrollable urges to scream.

    - Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

  • The aerial attack and demolitions expert of the Beauty and the Beast Unit. She, along with the other members, suffered from severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, along with emotional instability and uncontrollable emotional fits. In Raven's case, she felt unquenchable rage.

    - Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

  • The stealth expert of the Beauty and the Beast Unit. She suffered from a severe case of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder due to traumatic events in her childhood. Like all the members of the BB Corps, she was mentally unstable and prone to outbursts and mood swings. In Laughing Octopus' case, she was prone to outbursts of manic laughter. She was equipped with an advanced OctoCamo suit, along with a number of mechanical appendages that served a variety of purposes.

    - Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

  • The scout and sniper of the Beauty and the Beast Unit. Her speed as a quadruped and extremely tough shell made up the brute force of the unit. Wolf, along with the other members, suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, expressing extreme sorrow in battle through her eternal crying.

    - Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

  • The daughter of Sergei Gurlukovich, and a member of his private army, the Gurlukovich Mercenaries. She took command of her father's unit after his death. She was then forced into joining the Patriots, after they kidnapped her daughter Sunny. She worked as their agent, playing an important role in the Big Shell Incident of 2009.

    Also known as: Deepthroat

    - Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

  • A Cipher agent who infiltrated the Militaires Sans Frontières during the Peace Walker Incident in 1974.

    - Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker

    - Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes

  • A U.S. Army soldier, and sometimes mercenary, who participated in the Shadow Moses Incident, the Big Shell Incident and, more prominently, the events of the Guns of the Patriots Incident. His grandfather, also named Johnny, was encountered by Naked Snake during Operation Snake Eater.

    - Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

    - Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

  • A Russian rocket scientist who defected to the United States during the height of the Cold War. Prior to defecting, he was the director of the OKB-754 Design Bureau that was responsible for the creation of the nuclear-armed Shagohod tank.

    - Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

  • A geneticist who specialized in nanotechnology-based gene therapy. As medical chief of FOXHOUND, she was part of the support crew assembled to assist Solid Snake during the Shadow Moses Incident.

    - Metal Gear Solid

    - Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

  • An elderly Diné (Navajo) biologist who specialized in parasitology that Venom Snake encountered during the 1980s. He was contracted by Skull Face to modify the vocal cord parasite to be used as biological weapons by targeting the languages spoken by ethnic groups. Skull Face then intended to use the parasites to kill Cipher and take revenge on the world by eliminating the English language.

    - Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain

  • A psychological counselor, formerly a data analyst and spy, and the wife of Raiden.

    - Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

    - Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

  • A Chinese-American data analyst who served on Solid Snake's radio support team during the Shadow Moses Incident. Afterwards, she joined Philanthropy, an anti-Metal Gear organization, and assisted Snake in secret by providing stolen military equipment. Years later, Mei Ling became Captain of the museum-turned-training vessel USS Missouri, commanding it in battle at the time of the Guns of the Patriots Incident.

    - Metal Gear Solid

    - Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

  • A former member of FOX and an expert on weapons, equipment and cutting-edge technology. He assisted Naked Snake during Operation Snake Eater and the San Hieronymo Incident, participated in the development of ARPANET, and was one of the founding members of the Patriots. Anderson later became the chief of DARPA, supporting the development of Metal Gear REX in the early 2000s. During the Shadow Moses Incident, he was tortured to death by Revolver Ocelot of FOXHOUND, and later impersonated by Decoy Octopus.

    Real name: Donald Anderson

    - Metal Gear Solid

    - Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

  • A member of FOX in the 1960s, serving as a medical adviser to Naked Snake during Operation Snake Eater. Afterwards, she became one of the founding members of the Patriots, a key member in the Les Enfants Terribles project, and later, the chief of FOXHOUND's medical staff until her death.

    - Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

  • A child prodigy in computer programming, the daughter of Olga Gurlukovich and the adopted daughter of Dr. Hal "Otacon" Emmerich.

    - Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

    - Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

  • A child soldier of the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN), operating in Costa Rica in the early 1970s. He was the younger brother of FSLN comandante Amanda Valenciano Libre. Because the Sandinistas had a hard time finding enough food in the jungle, Chico suffered from malnourishment, which made him shorter than kids of his age.

    Real name: Ricardo Valenciano Libre

    - Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker

    - Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes

  • A Ukrainian-Russian weapons analyst. As a member of the Nuclear Emergency Search Team, she assisted Solid Snake via Codec during the Shadow Moses Incident, providing him with information on firearms and nuclear weapons

    - Metal Gear Solid

  • The bomb disposal expert who helped Raiden and Iroquois Pliskin during the Big Shell Incident. He was regarded as the foremost expert on bomb disposal and was frequently referenced in professional literature.

    - Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

  • A computer engineer specializing in artificial intelligence and complex logic, and the creator of the neural-AI GW of Arsenal Gear. She was the stepsister of Hal "Otacon" Emmerich.

    - Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

  • A GRU major, second in command to Colonel Volgin at Groznyj Grad, Tselinoyarsk.

    - Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

  • The CIA Station Chief of Central America during the 1970s, who headed the development of the Peace Walker Project in Costa Rica. He had previously been responsible for planning the mission to eliminate The Boss in 1964, during Operation Snake Eater.

    - Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker

  • An AI research scientist, responsible for the development of the Mammal Pod AI, as part of the Peace Walker Project in the 1970s.

    - Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker

  • One of the many members of a group called "Drebin," a huge network of underground gun launderers who replaced ID chips in guns so they could be used by anyone. This Drebin helped out Solid Snake and Hal Emmerich in their mission to take down Liquid Ocelot. Unbeknownst to them, Drebin was also assisting the Patriots by encouraging them to take Liquid out. The Drebins' catchphrase, as seen on the side of his Stryker, was "Eye Have You." He was often accompanied by a hairless pet monkey named Little Gray.

    - Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

  • A mercenary of Outer Heaven who specialized in fully automatic firearms.

    - Metal Gear

  • An Outer Heaven mercenary known for his use of multiple thrown boomerangs, as well as tactics such as using hostages as human shields.

    - Metal Gear

  • The riot gun-wielding member of the Outer Heaven mercenary force.

    - Metal Gear

  • The codename of the TX-11 model cyberoid developed by Dr. Drago Pettrovich Madnar.

    - Metal Gear

  • The flamethrower-wielding mercenary of Outer Heaven.

    - Metal Gear

  • A Russian robotics engineer responsible for the creation of the TX-55 Metal Gear prototype in Outer Heaven and its successor, Metal Gear D, in Zanzibar Land.

    - Metal Gear

    - Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake

  • The former leader of the Resistance movement in Outer Heaven. He later operated as the mercenary Black Ninja in Zanzibar Land.

    Real name: Kyle Schneider

    - Metal Gear (as Kyle Schneider)

    - Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake

  • A Zanzibar Land mercenary who specialized in guerilla warfare. His weapon of choice was the Wei Shen Sho Ciang, which roughly translates as "Silent Machine Gun" in Chinese, additionally referred to as the Type-67. He also made use of an optic camouflage suit that rendered him undetectable to radar.

    - Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake

  • A Zanzibar Land mercenary who specialized in ambush techniques and guerilla warfare as the self-styled "King of the Jungle."

    - Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake

  • A Zanzibar Land mercenary who specialized as a grenadier.

    - Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake

  • A Zanzibar Land mercenary noted for his high agility. He was well-versed in explosives and setting booby traps that require his fast feet.

    - Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake

  • A Czech scientist, responsible for the creation of the genetically-modified oil-producing microbe, OILIX.

    - Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake

  • a cyborg mercenary involved with the Desperado PMC group who fought against Raiden during the events of 2018. He was a master swordsman of the "Rodrigues New Shadow School" technique, which had derived from the "Yagyu Shinkage-ryu (Yagyu New Shadow School)" of Japan.

    - Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

  • A cyborg mercenary who served as the de facto leader of the PMSC Desperado Enforcement LLC. during their activities in 2018, as well as a member of the Winds of Destruction, alongside Mistral and Monsoon. His name was derived from the wind condition that occurs in Southern California. Donning a specialized custom cyborg body, the immense Sundowner wielded two high-frequency machetes known as "Bloodlust."[3] In addition, the two machetes could also be merged into a scissors-like contraption to cause further damage to the enemy

    - Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

  • A Cyborg Ninja and a member of Desperado Enforcement LLC. He was one of the Winds of Destruction alongside Sundowner and Mistral, and was named after the seasonal wind systems that occur in West Africa and Asia-Australia. Monsoon was capable of magnetically dislocating his entire body to attack from a distance, and wielded Sai weapons called "Dystopia", which were enhanced via magnetic fields.[4][5] He also seemed to believe that the point of humans was to fight, be consumed with greed and kill, which was based on his childhood in Cambodia.

    - Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

  • A female cyborg mercenary and a member of Desperado Enforcement LLC. Mistral was one of the Winds of Destruction, alongside Sundowner and Monsoon. Her code-name is derived from the dry northern winds that blow from the Alps to the Mediterranean. Mistral used multiple copies of her main weapon called "L'Étranger" (French for "Stranger") in whip and rod configurations and could easily rebuild a new one at ease.[4] Outside of combat operations, she wore a black and violet coat with pauldrons, which she removed in a suggestive manner before engaging her opponent.

    - Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

  • Metal Gear Solid

  • Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

  • Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater