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This page is for characters who debuted in ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance''. If you are looking for Raiden's tropes, see the ''[[Characters/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty Metal Gear Solid 2]]'' [[Characters/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty Character Page]]. For Sunny's tropes, see the ''[[Characters/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots Metal Gear Solid 4]]'' [[Characters/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots Character Page]].

For other characters in the franchise, see the ''Metal Gear'' character index at Characters.MetalGear.
!!Characters that debuted in ''Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance'':

!!Maverick Security Consulting, LLC
[[folder:Boris Vyacheslavovich Popov]]
->Voiced by: Creator/TakayukiSugo (JP), Creator/JBBlanc (EN)

-->"Kept you waiting, eh?"

After the Soviet Union dissolved, Boris was discharged from the army for letting his emotions get the better of him on the battlefield and forced to take up work as a mercenary doing "gray area" jobs, something he deeply regrets. In 2014, after the fall of the Patriots, Boris founded Maverick Security Consulting and strove to make a PMC that would keep its actions clean.
* TheAtoner: He regrets some of the "gray area" jobs he took after being discharged.
* BadassNormal: As he isn't a cyborg or enhanced, it takes a lot of gravitas for him to take on Sam with a .50 cal machine gun.
* BenevolentBoss: While he can't aid Raiden's assassination mission officially, he does all he can to help unofficially.
* BigDamnHeroes: When Sam has Raiden dead to rights, Boris rolls in firing a .50 cal machine gun, forcing him to retreat. He also tries to shoot down Desperado's VTOL with Stinger missiles, but didn't count on the aircraft having counter measures (or that the missiles were outdated enough for flares to fool them).
* HuskyRusskie: Big, loud, and not afraid to step into the battlefield personally.
* MissionControl: Serves as Raiden's CO in ''Rising''.
** DaChief: Goes ''ballistic'' when Raiden tenders his resignation. [[spoiler:Though to be fair, [[IDidWhatIHadToDo Raiden just did]] [[ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies everything he could to]] [[TheChainsOfCommanding protect Maverick's best interests.]]]]
* PoirotSpeak: Uses the Russian word for comrade, "''tovarich''", uses the [[ForeignCussWord Russian cuss words]] and occasionally drops articles despite otherwise speaking exclusively in English.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Despite being the president of a [[PrivateMilitaryContractors PMC]], he treats Raiden more like a friend than an employee, and even puts himself at risk to save Raiden in the opening chapter.
* RetiredBadass: He's ex-Soviet military and still proficient in a wide range of weapons.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Officially, he recognizes that Raiden going after World Marshal is illegal. Unofficially, he ups the encryption on the codec so that he, Kevin, and Courtney can assist Raiden as much as they can alongside Doktor, Blade Wolf, and Sunny.
* TokenGoodTeammate: If Sundowner is of any indication, he's one of the most benevolent [=PMC=] leaders out there.

[[folder:Kevin Washington]]
->Voiced by: Creator/YuuichiNakamura (JP), Creator/PhilLaMarr (EN)

-->"Time to increase the peace."

A non-combatant responsible for research and strategic planning at Maverick Inc. and a member of Raiden's mission control team. He had worked in DDR[[labelnote:*]]Disarmament, Demobilization, Reintegration[[/labelnote]] at a non-governmental organization affiliated with the United Nations. After seeing Boris's kind nature first hand, he joined Maverick to help out any way he could. He has a wide range of knowledge in geography, culture, and international sociopolitical conditions, which he provides to help Raiden understand the local cultures and histories of his opposition.
* DeadpanSnarker: He often points out how silly things are.
* OnlySaneMan: He's the only member of the Maverick support team who objects to Raiden mercilessly cutting down enemies. He changes his tone when [[spoiler:Raiden fights Senator Armstrong. Calling him over codec during the final phase of Armstrong's boss fight has him yell out "Cut him, Raiden!"]]
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: It's mentioned that he left his old job for Maverick partly because he saw first hand how the United Nations is handling the aftermath of the Patriots' downfall and how ultimately ineffectual the response is. Which is actually a CallBack to Drebin's comments at the end of ''[=MGS4=]''.
* TokenMinority: Although Raiden was born in Liberia, Kevin is the only black member of Maverick that we see.

[[folder:Courtney Collins]]
->Voiced by: Creator/MiyukiSawashiro (JP), Creator/KariWahlgren (EN)

-->"Energy consumption, check. Damage levels, check. Blood pressure, brain waves, blood sugar - check, check, check. All this monitoring equipment, I got a better view than if I was standing next to you."

Courtney is a data analyst for Maverick Security Consulting. She monitors the information sent from Raiden's cyborg body to keep tabs on his condition. While at university, she studied business administration, but was more interested in doing her part to help relieve social unrest and decided to join Maverick on the advice of Kevin, a graduate from her university. She wanted to experience a clean private military security company from a civilian perspective.
* AbsoluteCleavage
* AlliterativeName
* BigEater: Her codec conversations tends to have her focused on the local cuisine of the countries Raiden visits. It's almost a ContinuityNod to how Para-Medic was often exasperated at how Naked Snake inevitably questioned the flavor of the wildlife. She briefly considers getting cyborg conversion so she can eat whatever, whenever (Raiden makes an off-color remark that liposuction would be cheaper).
* TheHeart: In numerous codec conversations, Courtney gives unwavering emotional support to Raiden. Especially touching is her acceptance of his split personality, believing he still has a sense of right and wrong despite the things he's done.
* TheKlutz: Kevin keeps moving her coffee mug away from the edge of the table. She knocks it over in the ending cutscene (although it was more Boris' fault than hers) and in an optional codec call.
* SavePoint: Though, not as necessary as in previous games, due to the auto-save mechanic.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: A young, fresh-faced kid, just out of graduate school with a genius level intellect and something of a klutz who handles your save data. So yet another character in the tradition of [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid Mei Ling]] and [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater Para-Medic]].

!!Desperado Enforcement, LLC
[[folder:Samuel "Jetstream" Rodrigues]]
[[caption-width-right:300:''[-"We've both heard enough speeches about higher causes by now. History will decide who's right."-]'' ]]
->Voiced by: Creator/HiroakiHirata (JP), Philip-Anthony Rodriguez (EN)
->'''Theme Song:''' The Only Thing I Know For Real

-->"I see... you deny your weapon its purpose! It yearns to bathe in the blood of your enemies, but you hold it back!"

A mysterious cyborg working for Desperado Enforcement. He is a master swordsman of the Brazilian "New Shadow School" technique, with a high frequency blade similar to the one used by Raiden. Early on, Sam is quick to point out that Raiden's view of his sword as a "tool of justice" only hinders his ability to fight effectively, before defeating and almost killing him. In keeping with the ThemeNaming of the Winds of Destruction, he is occasionally referred to as "Minuano", the cool winds of Brazil; also, a jet stream is a fast flowing air current found in Earth's upper atmosphere.

* ADayInTheLimelight: The protagonist of his own DLC story, "Jetstream."
* AfraidOfBlood: Not quite "afraid" considering he carves up nearly as many people as Raiden, but during N'mani's death and the beginning of his DLC, he brushes himself off when he gets blood on him and has a disgusted look on his face.
* AnArmAndALeg: He has a cybernetic right arm. The ''Jetstream'' DLC reveals how he lost it.
* AncestralWeapon: Sam's [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Murasama]] sword has apparently been in the Rodrigues family for generations, and Sam personally inherited the blade from his father.
* AntiVillain
* ApologeticAttacker: During his first encounter with LQ-84i, Sam encourages his opponent to think for itself rather than work for others, but the AI makes it clear that if it did, its memory would be wiped and proceeds to apologize to the samurai for having to kill him, causing the latter to apologize in return.
* AwesomeByAnalysis: In the ''Jetstream'' DLC, during his fight with [[spoiler:Armstrong, he analyzes the speed his nanomachine-armor comes out so he can sever his hand]].
* BadassBiker: [[spoiler:That bike that Raiden "borrowed?" The DLC story reveals that it was Sam's.]]
* BadassNormal: His backstory involves killing ten mob enforcers armed with automatic weapons with nothing but a ''sword'', years before {{cyborg}} technology became available. [[spoiler:While he has a cybernetic arm, the rest of his body is real and is covered by an enhancing nanosuit to rival cyborgs. Even before he lost the right arm, he was capable of doing some amazing feats, including taking down a RAY, a DegradedBoss for Raiden when he had his original cyborg body.]]
* BareHandedBladeBlock: If you knock his sword out of his hands during the rematch, one of the button-tapping events results in him doing this. [[spoiler:This trope actually becomes subverted, since Raiden overpowers Sam during the QTE and cuts a gash on his armor, through which Sam is stabbed and killed at the end of the boss fight.]]
* BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu: The Jetstream DLC [[spoiler: he fights and apparently beats Armstrong only for him to get back up and with no real damage. After getting pummeled, Sam manages to cut his hand off, but all that does is cause Armstrong to reel momentarily before impaling him with the sharp stump of his arm and then reattaching his severed hand.]]
* BloodKnight: With quite a bit of a SpiritedCompetitor as well, he just wants a fight against someone as good or better than he is... and he finds such a foe in Raiden. Kevin likens Sam to one of those Wild West cowboys that would only get into gun duels with people they felt were skilled enough to challenge them, there wouldn't be a thrill otherwise. In fact, Sam's song lyrics outright state that he only feels alive when he sees death face-to-face.
** The Jetstream DLC campaign expands on this. [[spoiler:Before encountering Raiden, he wandered the earth and tested his skills by single-handedly taking down various criminal organizations. There was no one who could land a single blow on him, with the exception of Senator Armstrong, and that was ''after'' Sam had managed to cut through his nanomachine armor and sever his hand.]]
* BrilliantButLazy: Compared to the {{Determinator}} Raiden. Sam's power-based swordsmanship and his antics during cutscenes suggest that he prefers finishing off his foes with a single slice, and at the start of the game, he's a far more superior swordsman than Raiden. [[spoiler:TheReveal of him barely possessing cyborg enhancements, plus his short-sighted approach to finishing Armstrong off early in his DLC, suggests that Sam's failures stem from his unwillingness to persist or sacrifice in combat.]]
* ButNotTooForeign: A Brazilian with Japanese ancestry, which is actually not that rare. Brazil has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_diaspora 1.5 million Japanese immigrants, which is the highest concentration of Japanese people outside of Japan in the world]].
* CatchPhrase: "LetsDance!"
* DeadManWriting: [[spoiler:Blade Wolf plays Sam's final message to Raiden to him during the final battle.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Deconstructed. He's more of a goof than any other combatant in the game, but both the main story and his DLC imply that he isn't fighting at his full potential because he doesn't take fights seriously. Even when Sam fights [[spoiler:Armstrong]], a man he intensely hated, his taunts just [[BerserkButton mock the guy's age]] and [[IsThatWhatTheyreCallingItNow ask if he conducts every "job interview" like this]].
* DefeatEqualsFriendship: [[spoiler:A villainous example. He agrees to join Desperado after Armstrong defeats him.]]
* TheDogBitesBack: [[spoiler:Sam tells Bladewolf to give his sword to Raiden if he ended up losing their duel. Before the Murasama's ID lock disabled, Raiden only had ScratchDamage at his disposal through both his HF Blade and his hand-to-hand. While Sam probably had something like KatanasAreJustBetter in mind, he actually ended up giving Raiden a weapon capable of killing Armstrong.]]
* EmpoweredBadassNormal: Started off as just a really good swordsman with an incredibly strong HF Blade. Then he got a suit to enhance his physical abilities to cyborg levels. [[spoiler:''Then'' he lost his sword arm and got a bigger, purely cybernetic replacement.]]
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: He's first seen calmly walking towards a Maverick APC and attacks it while smiling once the gunner announces that they're authorized to open fire. He's later seen with Sundowner to stop Raiden from interfering in the assasination of prime minister N'Mani. This time, Sam's [[NotInThisForYourRevolution relaxing like a school student not paying attention during class and starts yawning when hearing]] [[WarForFunAndProfit Sundowner's speech about the positive aspects of war]]. Once the assassination is carried out, Sam [[AfraidOfBlood disgustingly wipes off blood splashed onto him]] from the victim while Raiden just stares in shock.
* {{Expy}}:
** Not only does he look like [[VideoGame/SoulSeries Mitsurugi]], both Sam and Mitsurugi's fighting styles are based off of the same style, and they also duke out battoujutsu shots. This is most obvious in Sam's first cutscene in his story when he's approached by two officers.
** Aside from differences in facial hair and in ethnicity, Sam's facial structure is extremely similar to that of [[VideoGame/{{Vanquish}} the first Sam created by PlatinumGames]], and their respective suits of PoweredArmor frame their faces almost identically.
* FacepalmOfDoom: When Raiden knocks his sword out of his hand during the battle with him, Sam switches to an unarmed fighting style and starts charging around the battlefield with his fist raised; if he hits Raiden, he grabs his face and slams his skull into the ground in a spray of blood and rubble.
* FallenHero: As revealed in his DLC. Early on, he destroyed criminal groups, but as time wore on, he became disillusioned by his seeming inability to singlehandedly make the world a better place. By ''Rising'', his defeat by [[spoiler:Armstrong]] makes him give up completely and join Desperado's plot simply because he sees no other way to get things done.
* FirstNameBasis: Nearly exclusively called Raiden by his real first name, Jack. In the entire game, Sam only says Raiden's codename once, right before making him fight another swarm of police officers.
* FourElementEnsemble: Sam's associated with wind. He has two wind-themed names, Minuano and Jetstream, more than any of the other Winds of Destruction, and his theme song describes high-altitude winds in particular. As a playable character, his in-game light and heavy attacks are named "Piercing Winds" and "Stiff Breeze" instead. His personality is the most carefree and adventurous out of the Winds, and his rivalry with Raiden echoes a Shinto rivalry between lightning and wind gods. [[spoiler:Sam dies after a duel in the Colorado badlands accompanied by tumbleweeds blowing through the area, and a red and gold sunset which got its color from high-altitude clouds and atmospheric dust.]]
* ForGreatJustice: Double subverted in the ''Jetstream'' DLC, where it initially seems Sam's declared only war on World Marshal to sharpen his skills. When [[spoiler:Armstrong]] gives him a call near the top of the skyscraper, though, Sam shows he wanders the world with more heroic purposes.
-->'''Sam''': I already have a job -- destroying men like you! Bastards who keep the status quo, send others to die, all from your cushy corner office!
* FragileSpeedster: He has the lowest amount of health amongst all the bosses (except perhaps Sundowner after his shield has been destroyed), meaning a few good hits are enough to take him down. Naturally, the way Sam likes to move around makes it extremely difficult for the player to actually ''land'' any hits on him, especially in the later phases of his fight.
* GoOutWithASmile: And a wink to Blade Wolf.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Possibly subverted. Raiden points out point-blank during a codec call that if Sam hadn't [[spoiler:had his attempt to MindRape Raiden backfire spectacularly, Monsoon would have killed him... [[SinkOrSwimMentor assuming that was his intention]]. Instead of faltering completely, Raiden comes to terms with his Jack the Ripper self and is that much deadlier because of it.]]
** Played straight in the ''Jetstream'' DLC, where his use of his quick-draw slash manages to [[spoiler:sever Armstrong's nanomachine-hardened arm, leaving a sharpened stump that Armstrong uses to sever Sam's own arm.]]
* HopelessBossFight: At the beginning of the game, you fight Sam, but don't expect to win... or leave with all your body parts for that matter.
** Sam had his own Hopeless Boss Fight against [[spoiler:Armstrong]], which convinced him no matter how hard he tried, he couldn't make the world a better place. [[note]] According to Kojima, Sam actually could have defeated Armstrong if he hadn't been shortsighted enough to try to finish Armstrong quickly, but had instead dragged out the fight until Armstrong's nanomachines ran out of power. [[/note]]
* IaijutsuPractitioner: When you see him sheathe his sword, ''move''. His scabbard was even built with this in mind: it fires the sword outward like a gun, allowing for Sam to catch it mid-launch and draw his sword at incredible speeds.
* ImageSong: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfwteoZCvoY "The Only Thing I Know For Real,"]] describing Sam's confusion in his own beliefs and that bloodshed is the only thing he knows at this point.
* ImpossiblyCoolWeapon: There is basically absolutely no way Sam's gun-scabbard would work in real life considering it would require stupendously precise reactions and probably also rip the arm off the user. That being said, it ''is'' really cool. Sam ''does'' have a cybernetic right arm, which might justify the technique,[[spoiler: if not for the fact that he can do the same thing in his DLC chapter, before losing his arm]].
** [[spoiler: Although his exoskeleton suit might still be giving him an edge.]]
* InSeriesNickname: "Jetstream Sam."
** The DLC reveals that his Winds of Destruction designation is [[ThemeNaming Minuano]],[[note]]with Armstrong giving him the RedBaron title of "the cool Brazilian wind"[[/note]] a cold wind that blows in the South of Brazil.
* IShallTauntYou: While playable, his AR mode is replaced with a taunt that enrages enemies that are engaging him. This causes them to attack recklessly and with more strength behind their swings, but also increases the damage they take. [[EasterEgg He also has his own original quotes with the final boss of his DLC]], [[ThatOneBoss but is kinda difficult to hear them.]]
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Literally. [[spoiler:[[SwordOfPlotAdvancement His katana is the only weapon capable of hurting Senator Armstrong.]]]]
* LaughablyEvil: In the sense that you're laughing with him more than at him, mind you. Sam has a great line in dark humor, particularly before he joins Desperado.
* LightningBruiser: In general, he fights about as fast as Raiden, but is bigger, bulkier, and uses a few powerful brute-force moves.
** The Sam DLC shows this aspect--[[spoiler:While Raiden fought off Armstrong by overpowering his nanomachine defenses, Sam actually used his quick-draw scabbard to slice his arm ''faster than the nigh-instantaneous nanomachine reaction could harden it''. The effect was that he managed to cut his arm off, [[HoistByHisOwnPetard but the armor formed an instant later, giving Armstrong a razor sharp stump.]]]]
* LikeCannotCutLike: It applies to every High Frequency Blades in the game, but it's particularly noticeable with his Murasama. It is superior to any other HF Blades in terms of quality, durablity and cutting power, but it cannot damage Raiden's fairly standard HF Blade. It is even more noticeable when [[spoiler:Armstrong shatters Raiden's HF Blade with his nanomachine armored skin, something Sam's blade cannot do, yet the Murasama can damage the nanomachines.]]
* MasterSwordsman: Comes from a family of Brazilian sword martial arts practitioners. He was skilled enough to kill enemies armed with guns using nothing but his sword even before becoming a cyborg. [[spoiler:Or rather, not becoming one, as it turns out.]]
* MixAndMatchWeapon: Not his sword, but the scabbard for it. The scabbard in question has the lower receiver of an M-16 built into it, not to shoot bullets, mind you, but to help him "fire" his HF sword out and allow him to [[IaijutsuPractitioner slash people at high speed]].
* MotiveRant: {{Defied|Trope}}. Unlike other Metal Gear bosses, he decides that both him and Raiden have heard enough lectures about ideals and whatnot and chooses to just get to the fight.
* NeverBringAGunToAKnifeFight: It's revealed in his backstory that he was able to defeat ten men armed with machine guns using nothing but an ordinary sword, years before cyborg and [[{{Vibroweapon}} HF blade]] technology was publicly available.
* NobleDemon: Unlike the other bosses, Sundowner in particular, the fight with Sam is a straightforward sword fight. No gimmicks, no [[FlunkyBoss assistance from mooks]] or obvious pattern that you can exploit. Just Raiden, him and Blade Wolf as a spectator. Best man wins.
** Furthermore, he does not have the option to instantly dispatch of enemies from behind as Raiden does. This may be because he is a samurai, which favor honorable battle, while Raiden seems to focus more on being a ninja.
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Sam's accent ''should'' be Brazilian, but his voice actor Philip-Anthony Rodriguez instead used his natural Puerto Rican accent when playing him.
* NotInThisForYourRevolution: Joined Desperado in search of a WorthyOpponent, and doesn't even bother trying to ensure that the Winds of Destruction's plan will succeed after realizing halfway through the game Raiden may be that opponent.
* OlderIsBetter: Blade Wolf comments that the effectiveness of high frequency blades is directly proportional to the blades used in their construction. As Sam's sword is made using one of Murasama's swords, it's obviously by far the best sword in the game.
* OneManArmy: Sam made a name for himself killing ten heavily armed mob enforcers early in his career. He then wandered the world destroying whole criminal organizations. When that got boring he launched a [[ItAmusedMe direct attack on World Marshal's Denver headquarters]]. Later in Africa he charged an APC head on, slicing its gunner in half and defeating the rest of N'mani's security detail easily.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: It's always, "Jetstream Sam" or just "Sam"; the only character to call him "Samuel" is Blade Wolf and the only time his full name is spoken during the entire game is during a codec call with Kevin.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Apparently, the BreakingSpeech[=/=]MindRape combo he dishes out to Raiden is not like him at all, according to Blade Wolf.
* PetTheDog: When Raiden meets with him for their final duel, he catches a glimpse of Sam petting Blade Wolf. Beyond this literal example, Raiden notes that had Sam really wanted to [[spoiler:he could have killed Sunny and every single person over at her aerospace testing center, therefore making it impossible for Raiden to get to Pakistan in time to stop Desperado's plans.]] Raiden thanks Sam for this courtesy.
** Considering Sam [[spoiler:wants to make the world a better place and he was going to fight Raiden anyway (he probably left that bike there on purpose), even if killing everyone at the launch site wouldn't have made the outcome of their duel irrelevant (due to Raiden not being able to reach Pakistan in time without the ride), Sam probably would've considered slaughtering a bunch of innocent civilians and an innocent teenage girl more than a bit much even for him, and it wouldn't have been any fun for him anyway -- [[BloodKnight he prefers targets]] [[SpiritedCompetitor who can actually fight back,]] such as Raiden. And besides, putting some important stake on the outcome of the duel is way more interesting, especially since Sam sympathized with Raiden's ideals and wanted to give him a fighting chance to take down Armstrong and succeed where Sam himself failed.]] Even if Sam does some dickish things at times, he really is a good guy at heart.
* PlayingWithFire: Stabs his sword into a fuel tank during the train fight at the start of the game, causing his blade to light on fire as he swings it at Raiden.
* PracticalTaunt: His taunting causes enemies to glow red, attack more aggressively and makes their attacks do block damage along with making them uncounterable, but it also makes them more predictable and greatly lowers their defense, allowing Sam to do double damage to most enemies and cut weaker enraged enemies apart with his normal attacks. This also works on bosses, but the effect only lasts for a few seconds and you must taunt them again each time. Doing this on bosses also allows them to use a special taunt-only maneuver, such as [[spoiler:Armstrong being able to do a flaming shoulder tackle.]]
* RazorWind: One of his charged quick draw attacks in the DLC, though he doesn't use it during his battle with Raiden.
* RedBaron: Armstrong refers to him as "the cool Brazilian wind."
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:The "Jetstream" DLC more or less reveals that his final duel with Raiden is this.]]
* RetroUpgrade: Sam made his anti-cyborg HF Blade from a centuries old Japanese sword.
* TheRival: To Raiden.
* {{Ronin}}: His previous "job" before the events of ''Revengeance''.
* RRatedOpening: In both the main game and his DLC, Sam sets up his character by bloodily bisecting a cyborg in the opening cutscenes.
* ShadowArchetype: The Jetstream DLC reveals that he was rather similar to Raiden. Though instead of protecting the weak, he sharpened his skills by delivering justice to criminal organizations [[WalkingTheEarth around the world]].
* SimpleYetAwesome:
** Essentially how he handles stunned enemies during the quick time event that makes them vulnerable. Instead of the acrobatic stuff that Raiden does, he just kicks them really hard.
** Sam's moveset is a lot smaller than Raiden's and none of his combos use more than four inputs. However, since the moves he ''does'' have are extremely distinct in their purpose without being situational or weak, it's a lot easier to memorize everything Sam can do and start putting together combos.
* SmugSmiler: Sam has a characteristic grin that oozes confidence, most infamously in the intro when he faces several Maverick security personnel.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: His katana is called the Mura''sama'', not the Mura''masa''. According to the writers, this was meant to reflect how transferring names and histories between real-life cultures tends to create inaccuracies.
* StealthBasedMission: Averted as much as possible in his DLC. Sam cannot perform stealth kills, has no AR mode for scoping out enemies, and never collects any stealth sub-weapons[[note]]3D photo frames and jamming grenades[[/note]]. He ''does'' get a chance at using a cardboard box.
* SwordAndFist: As a boss, Sam will use ordinary kicks alongside his swordplay. As a playable character, he'll do this as his parry counterattack and in his light attack combo, although he can still do this instantly with the Jaw Breaker technique.
* SwordBeam: In his DLC.
* SwordDrag: He does this during one of his special attacks. In the intro, he drags it cross a fuel tank on the train. The SwordSparks from the drag ignite the fuel, briefly turning his blade into a FlamingSword before the fuel tank explodes.
* TakeUpMySword: [[spoiler:Before his final duel with Raiden, he instructs Blade Wolf to give Raiden his sword should he die. Raiden later uses the blade in the battle with Armstrong.]]
* TooCleverByHalf: Sam's attempts to take advantage of his very high level of intelligence often backfire spectacularly. In the main game, his attempting to [[BreakThemByTalking convince Raiden to join Desperado]] leads to Raiden becoming even deadlier.
** Even more so in the ''Jetstream'' DLC. His attempt to finish Armstrong quickly by severing his arm proves to be his downfall, but if he'd taken Raiden's route of simply wearing out the nanomachines, the fight might've gone differently.
* VigilanteMan: Prior to the events of the game, Sam traveled the world as a mercenary to rid the world of scum like gangs and [=PMCs=] as well as to hone his skills. Eventually, he caught wind of World Marshal and chose to pay them a visit. [[ForegoneConclusion The rest is history]].
* VillainousFriendship: He seems to be on friendly terms with the rest of [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Winds of Destruction]], especially Sundowner, with whom he casually jokes during and after the battle.
* WeaponAcrossTheShoulder: He sometimes holds his sword this way even while in battle, making him look inappropriately casual.
* WeaponOfChoice: A high-frequency sword, just like Raiden, but with enough differences to serve as a {{Foil}} to Raiden. Sam's sword is [[RedIsViolent a striking shade of red]] and [[KatanasAreJustBetter curved]], which reflects the KillingIntent that Raiden doesn't have. The scabbard he keeps his sword in has an M-16 built in and is loaded with blanks, which allows him to deal immensely powerful slashes but also reflects [[BrilliantButLazy his preference for finishing his enemies off quickly and easily]].
* YouKilledMyFather: Sam's father was the head of a Dojo, where he ended up being murdered by one of his own students. Sam left the country, trained himself to be a MasterSwordsman, came back and personally butchered the guy.

[[folder:IF Prototype LQ-84i "Blade Wolf"]]
[[caption-width-right:300:''[-"Wordplay: My exoskeleton resembles a canine; canines enjoy bones. Amusing on two levels."-]'' ]]
->Voiced by: Creator/YoshimasaHosoya (JP), Michael Beattie (EN)
->'''Theme Song:''' I'm My Own Master Now

-->''"Are we both here only to fight then?"''

A Desperado Enforcement Unmanned Gear (UG) equipped with an advanced artificial intelligence and a prototype interface that allows for verbal communication. It claims to have a supreme intellect that it is unable to use to its full extent, as anytime it disobeys a direct order its memory would be wiped. It is also for this reason that it reluctantly tries to fight Raiden [[DuelToTheDeath to the death]] at Desperado's orders. It later becomes an important character that holds the key to the story.
* ADayInTheLimelight: The protagonist of its own DLC, which discusses its time working under Mistral.
* ApologeticAttacker: "I am sorry. You must die."
* BackStab: Exaggerated in his DLC; thanks to LQ-84i's [[{{Nerf}} degraded combat skills]] and the contrived positions of his enemies, backstabbing everything in sight is practically the point of his missions. [[spoiler:Also reflected in his final boss, who is not only susceptible to stealth attacks but takes ScratchDamage from everything else the player can throw at him.]]
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:He's responsible for Armstrong's defeat by delivering to Raiden the one weapon that could actually hurt him.]]
* CanineCompanion: Befriends Raiden once defeated and revived, and acts as a sort of "ninja dog" conducting recon from the shadows during the course of the story.
* CanisMajor: It's a giant robot wolf equipped with dozens of high frequency blades.
* CallingYourAttacks: "Combination Attack!"
** Funnily enough, he calls it ''after'' a successful attack is complete.
** Some of this might have been him FightingFromTheInside; his attack calls clearly warn Raiden what's he's about to do next and he often advises Raiden to move faster or die.
* ChainsawGood: His chainsaw can ''slice through a building.'' [[spoiler:And cyborgs, as Khamsin found out the hard way.]]
* CombatPragmatist: During his boss fight, he makes a point of calling in for back-up when the battle swings in Raiden's favor.
-->'''[=LQ-84i=]''': A savvy warrior uses all of his tools.
* ContemplateOurNavels: Does this a great deal with Raiden during the course of the story.
* CoolPet: Sunny thinks that Blade Wolf is pretty cool, and encourages Raiden to keep him. Raiden however dismisses the idea of Wolf being his "pet", and notes that Wolf can leave any time he wants to. Interestingly Wolf never takes offense to being called Raiden's pet, nor does he correct Armstrong when he calls Raiden his master.
* CutenessProximity: Simply seeing Blade Wolf once made Sunny act the same way most children do when their parents bring home a new puppy. It even veers into wanting him as a CoolPet as seen above.
* CyberCyclops[=/=]FacelessEye: Pre-HeelFaceTurn, it has one big red lamp for an "eye" on its face, which [[TalkingLightbulb flashes whenever it talks]]. Later on, his head is reshaped into a wolf's head complete with eyes and teeth.
* DeadpanSnarker: "I understand your attempts at humor. I simply do not find them entertaining."
* DefeatMeansFriendship: After being rebuilt without the Desperado RestrainingBolt that forces him to be a loyal grunt, it joins up with Maverick Security Consulting as thanks.
** Though Blade Wolf's loyalty is to Raiden above all else, when Raiden asks why Blade Wolf is helping him he responds that he owes a debt to Raiden that he plans to repay. Blade Wolf even sticks by Raiden when he leaves Maverick to deliver vigilante justice against World Marshal; Wolf is clearly even willing to break the law to help Raiden.
** He also grows to respect Sam after being defeated by him, as shown in the DLC.
* {{Expy}}: WordOfGod says Blade Wolf is inspired by [[Anime/NeoHumanCasshern Friender]].
%%* FragileSpeedster: Stealth and dodging factors in quite a bit more in the Blade Wolf DLC compared to how Raiden or Sam play.
* GlassCannon: He is definitely not this as a playable character, but as the first chapter's midboss LQ-84i can dish out much, ''much'' more damage than he can take -- his strongest move, which involves pinning Raiden before stabbing him with his chainsaw, can shred through about a quarter of a player's health on normal difficulty. As outlined under WakeUpCallBoss, he's only designed to be this tough for players who haven't incorporated parrying, Blade Mode, and lock-on into their combat -- even passable parrying skill is enough to wreck him.
* HotBlade: His knives are hot enough to penetrate and ''melt'' stone, as shown in his intro cutscene.
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: Believes this to be why he is a failure as a combat AI -- as he is not human, he is incapable of true human brutality.
** Despite extensive conversations on human freedom and what people decide to do with that freedom, Blade Wolf determines that there is no easy answer for why men fight. He wonders if there is any sure fire belief system that can bring lasting peace. Raiden suggests that Blade Wolf is better off discovering his own personal philosophy, and then trying to pass it on once he has found it.
* ImageSong: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RlSgnpLbro "I'm My Own Master Now,"]] describing Blade Wolf's chains and his need for freedom.
* [[ImTakingHerHomeWithMe I'm Taking Him Home with Me!]]: Sunny thinks that Blade Wolf is cute and expresses an interest in bringing him home with her, so long as Raiden is OK with it, of course. Raiden makes it known that Wolf isn't really his "pet" and that Wolf follows Raiden around of his own free will, Raiden does nothing to ''make'' Wolf help him. Ultimately it is Wolf's decision to make... and judging by the ending, Wolf decided to take Sunny up on her offer.
* InterspeciesFriendship: Has a partnership with Raiden but shows degrees of hostility towards Raiden's behavior. He eventually warms up to Raiden. On the other hand he seems to trust Sam and shows more open affection around him than he does with Raiden. At one point Blade Wolf even interacts with Sunny on a fairly friendly basis.
** Beyond the whole human and dog dynamic, Blade Wolf is also an AI. To that effect a lot of Wolf's dialogue centers on the moral and philosophical implications of relationships between [=AIs=] and humans. Judging by his interactions with Raiden, friendly interactions between [=AIs=] and humans are certainly possible.
* KickTheDog: Blade Wolf never does this, but he is the recipient of this trope. At the ending of the game [[spoiler:Senator Armstrong]] punts him like a football, making this a literal example.
* MirrorBoss: In his DLC (see A Day In The Limelight), during one of the story-related VR levels taking place in Denver, there is a chance to trigger the appearance of a green "optional fight" marker on the minimap. Reaching this marker results in a miniboss fight against ANOTHER LQ-84i. Not just a stock LQ-84 Fenrir, mind you. This can be explained by the fact that it's virtual reality.
* MyMasterRightOrWrong: During Raiden's more outrageous moments Wolf does take moments to pause and question his motives, but afterward continues to support Raiden in his decisions. Even during moments where Raiden explicitly points out that things are going to get rough and that he is welcome to leave any time, Wolf continues to stay.
* MythologyGag: As a boss, LQ-84i is a fast GlassCannon. As a playable character, however, he cannot overpower his enemies in a fair fight, and his most dangerous tool is his proficiency in stealth kills which lines right up with the gameplay style envisioned by Kojima for ''Metal Gear Solid: Rising'', which he described as "a hunter stalking his prey."
* NoSenseOfHumor: Subverted. He explicitly says that he understands Raiden's jokes and DeadpanSnarker tendencies; he just doesn't think they're funny.
* NotSoDifferent: Raiden posits this idea if you call your support team during the boss battle with Blade Wolf. They discuss Blade Wolf's claims that his memories would be wiped if he were to disobey an order, which for an AI is the equivalent of death. Raiden muses that fighting back to keep himself alive means that he has no choice either; in that sense neither party wants to fight but they have to if they are going to survive.
* PetTheDog: Blade Wolf shares several moments with Raiden that involve the both of them trying to understand each other, and during difficult emotional moments they provide reassurance. At one point he becomes the literal recipient of this trope when Samuel pets him.
* PunchClockVillain: Only fights for Desperado because [[RestrainingBolt its memory will be wiped if it doesn't]]. Upon being freed from this, it readily joins up with Raiden instead as thanks.
* RedemptionPromotion: Goes from a {{Quirky Miniboss|Squad}} Raiden cuts to shreds on their first encounter to Raiden's number one source for recon and backup.
* RestrainingBolt: If it disobeys a direct order, its memory will be wiped. This feature ends up being removed when Raiden has him rebuilt.
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: {{Deconstructed|Trope}} -- as Blade Wolf's neural network was designed along the same lines as an organic human brain, he is subject to the same limitations -- he has no access to an OmniscientDatabase and can only extrapolate logical conclusions using evidence he has acquired himself; he is unable to [[EverythingIsOnline remotely hack any computer]] due to "a matter of protocols"; and he does not have [[PhotographicMemory perfect recall of every single person he has met]] -- he can only give estimations on the likelihood that he has see that person before.
* {{Robot}}
** RobotBuddy: Actually has a HeelFaceTurn after being freed from its RestrainingBolt, and proves quite helpful as both recon and backup for Raiden.
** RobotDog: It's a prototype AI in the body of a robot wolf. Kev even calls him "K-9000."
* SugarAndIcePersonality: Heavy on the ice. He's a bit of a dick towards Raiden, refusing to show any affection to him even though he does to others, and generally treating him with hostility. The only accommodation Wolf gives Raiden is that he is a "capable fighter." Despite this, his loyalty to Raiden is absolute even though he has no programming to encourage him to work with Raiden.
** During the final boss battle Blade Wolf does concede that he owes a debt to Raiden and that he has learned much from Raiden's example so he does warm up to Raiden... as much as a robot can warm up anyway.
* SuperPrototype: Is more durable and intelligent than any of the mass-produced LQ-84 Fenrir [=UGs=] you encounter elsewhere in the game. Though it should be noted that the mass-produced models can carry railguns, which LQ-84i never used.
-->'''Blade Wolf:''' "The stock LQ-84 Fenrir. Unable to speak. A [[NoTrueScotsman real dog]] has a far greater intellect."
* SuperSpeed: It is noted by Raiden during their battle that Wolf is faster than he is. Raiden decides based on this fact to wait for Wolf to come to him rather than try to outpace him. Also when you see the two of them running side by side Wolf is always noticeably in the lead ahead of Raiden.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: It serves a similar support role for Raiden in ''Rising'' as the Cyborg Ninja/Gray Fox did for Snake in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid''. Hilariously, Blade Wolf himself would get a retroactive counterpart in the form of [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain D.D.]], an actual wolf who is a support buddy for Venom Snake.
* TalkingAnimal: It's a wolf-shaped robot with an ArtificialIntelligence system that allows it to have complex conversations.
* WakeUpCallBoss: Despite being the mid-boss of the first stage, LQ-84i can absolutely destroy a player unless they're already comfortable with all of parrying[[note]]most of his attacks can't be dodged, and perfect parries create 90% of counterattck opportunities[[/note]], manual Blade Mode[[note]]more reliable to deflect his knife attacks, but he throws at diagonals ButtonMashing won't cover[[/note]], Zandatsu[[note]]the only way to refill health during the fight is by stab-and-grabbing his reinforcements[[/note]], even lock-on[[note]]in a very subtle InterfaceScrew, he telegraphs his deadliest attack by jumping back and forth faster than the player can manually move the camera and [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall daring Raiden to keep up]][[/note]].
* WeaksauceWeakness: Not in battle, but in the way his sophisticated neural AI was made to copy a human brain as close as possible. This, and a lack of any sort of database memory, means he inherited some of the gray-matter shortcomings as well. For instance, he admits that since he usually identifies people by XIFF and only has basic symbol analysis, he's even worse at remembering faces than the average human.
* WeaponizedAnimal: It's a combat-oriented robot wolf equipped with military-grade weapons.
** BewareMyStingerTail + ChainsawGood: Carries a powerful [[{{Vibroweapon}} high frequency]] chainsaw on its back that it can swing with its tail to cut through ''concrete walls''.
** FlechetteStorm: Throws [[{{Vibroweapon}} high frequency]] blades from afar using the three small manipulator appendages on its tail.
* WeaponOfChoice: He uses a chainsaw with high-frequency "teeth" in combat as LQ-84i, which befits his character as an unwilling attack dog.
* WeCanRebuildHim: After [[http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120815204251/metalgear/images/7/76/Tumblr_m8sl44Pa5m1r6hu3go3_1280.jpg LQ-84i]] is destroyed, Raiden has Doktor rebuild the UG with a few "adjustments" as the [[http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130207024637/metalgear/images/1/13/Character_02bladewolf.png more fearsome looking Blade Wolf,]] complete with upgrades to its arsenal like an extra manipulator appendage in its new mouth and blades under its limbs.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: As an AI, Blade Wolf was considered below even third party contractors and as such was left almost entirely in the dark about Desperado's operations.
** Even Raiden has degrees of this sentiment towards Blade Wolf at first, expressing amusement at the idea that Blade Wolf could even think of something like freedom. You get the impression that Raiden still has a distrust towards AIs because of the evil done to him by the Patriot AIs, more than once alluding to the Patriot AIs' actions in Blade Wolf's presence. Eventually Raiden begins to trust Wolf and gives him true moral consideration, claiming that Blade Wolf has the right to decide for himself. Far more consideration than Desperado ever gave him.
* WinYourFreedom: Desperately wanted to do this but had no way of disobeying orders or else he would be deleted, the equivalent of death for an AI. Raiden ultimately wins Blade Wolf's freedom for him by bringing Wolf home in the aftermath of their duel and repairing him. For this Raiden has earned Blade Wolf's loyalty.

[[caption-width-right:300:''[-"All we are saying is: Give war a chance!"-]'' ]]
->Voiced by: Ken Nishida (JP), Creator/CrispinFreeman (EN)
->'''Theme Song:''' Red Sun

-->"We're just suppliers. We don't create the market for war. Didja think that every battle in history was all part of some big ol' conspiracy? BULLSHIT! War is just part'a who we are. Why fight it?"

The leader of Desperado Enforcement, he is known by the code name of "Sundowner", named after the hot, dry winds of California. As one of the dreaded Winds of Destruction he uses a powerful, specialized cyborg body, different from the ones used by typical contractors. He dual-wields a pair of high-frequency machetes, collectively called "Bloodlust."
* UsefulNotes/AmericanAccents: Speaks with a heavy Texan accent, though he's actually from Alabama.
* AppealToInherentNature: Along with Monsoon
* AxCrazy: As expected of a character voiced by Creator/CrispinFreeman.
* BaldOfEvil
* BattleInTheRain: Fights Raiden on the top floor of World Marshal during a heavy thunder storm.
* BladeBelowTheShoulder[=/=]DualWielding: He has a signature technique of attaching his second blade to a clamp on his forearm, effectively turning one arm into a pair of scissors. (Or "Pincer Blades.")
** They also count as a {{BFS}}. Raiden has noticeable issues swinging them when he equips them. Then again, he's using both at once. In their combined scissor form.
* BloodKnight: Sundowner's dominant characteristic. He always runs into battle with a special glee, and depending on his opponent's strength, he may either look bored (such as in his one-sided fight with a Maverick security guard) or outright excited. Sundowner even believes that conflict is a part of what humanity is as a whole.
* TheBrute: His fighting style emphasizes power over finesse.
* CardCarryingVillain: The most outstanding example among the game's villains. Sundowner doesn't try to justify his actions for a higher cause or hammer down the alleged pointlessness of life, he's just an "[[BloodKnight honest warmonger]]" [[WarForFunAndProfit fighting for fun and profit]].
* ChildSoldiers: Big fan of them, as they make him think his faulty logic is right.
-->'''Sundowner:''' "We've already commenced VR training, same one ol' Georgie-boy used on the kids in Liberia. Kids you can mold, manipulate into performing all kinds of atrocities, and there's nothing like a good atrocity to keep a war going."
* CombatPragmatist: While none of the Winds would win awards for fair play, Sundowner is particularly bad at fighting dirty. His arena is ringed with attack helicopters that will open fire on you while fighting him. In fact, when the fight starts turning against him, he resorts to "Battlefield Acquisition", AKA, "tearing down massive light towers ringing the helipad to use as makeshift bludgeons." [[spoiler:When he decides "Playtime's over", he simply orders the helicopters to destroy the helipad outright.]]
* CoDragons: He and Monsoon appear to be [[spoiler:Senator Armstrong]]'s right hand men.
* CorruptHick: He's a complete and utter psychopath from Alabama.
* CutscenePowerToTheMax: In his introductory cutscene, Sundowner shows a lot more speed and finesse compared to his BossBattle, making him closer to a LightningBruiser as opposed to a MightyGlacier.
* DeathByIrony: His theme song is about setting the world on fire. [[spoiler: He gets killed by an explosion.]]
%%* DeepSouth
* FamedInStory: A codec conversation with Kevin in R04 reveals that he built up quite the reputation in his pre-cyborg soldier days.
* FauxAffablyEvil: From describing himself as an honest warmonger to describing the VR program like a K-12 curriculum, Sundowner tends to be very casual when talking about his horrific goals.
* FourElementEnsemble: He's associated with fire. His name refers to a wind known for causing forest fires, and Kevin refers to him as "the Californian wildfire" in a cutscene. Beyond that, his personality is the most passionate and hot-blooded out of the Winds, he causes and feeds off of chaotic destruction like a fire does, his theme song describes a wildfire, and [[spoiler:Raiden kills him by using an explosion to propel him into a Blade Mode frenzy.]]
* FreudianExcuse: He was dirt poor as a young man and only through war did he finally gain his wealth. So war is pretty much ''all'' he knows.
* GracefulLoser: He actually compliments Raiden for brutally slicing him into pieces and then calls Sam to tell him that he'll have a WorthyOpponent.
* TheHeavy: The ''de facto'' leader of the Winds of Destruction and the main villain affiliated with Desperado that Raiden pursues. [[spoiler:At least, until he finds out about Armstrong.]]
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: He can be damaged and killed by the missiles of the helicopter that's meant to support him.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Sundowner's rather dubious claims of Desperado and World Marshal only being suppliers, rather than the creators of the market for war. When you keep in mind the fact that [[spoiler:Desperado's plan, under Armstrong's guidance, was to instigate a terrorist incident while the U.S President was in Pakistan in order to create another war on terror, thus increasing the market for war big time]], then you can tell that Sundowner is full of crap.
* ImageSong: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jynTNYSKNuk "Red Sun,"]] a guitar-heavy song basically dedicated to Sundowner's glorious love of blood and war, literally describing it as Eden.
* ImpossiblyCoolWeapon: Two giant machetes that can turn into a pair of giant scissors? Damn right. Also, explosive shields.
* InertiaIsAHarshMistress: [[spoiler: After getting the aircraft that he's riding explodes, he's sent flying towards Raiden. In a cruel blend of SingleStrokeBattle and DeathOfAThousandCuts, Raiden hacks him to pieces as he flies past.]]
* KidsAreCruel: Believes this is why they make effective soldiers.
--> "Kids are cruel. All people are by nature, they just lose touch with it as they get older."
* LargeAndInCharge: Has a brutish, muscular body. He's also fairly tall at 200 cm (roughly 6'7''), though Monsoon is taller.
* LargeHam: As one would expect from Creator/CrispinFreeman.
* LogicalFallacies: See AppealToInherentNature and KidsAreCruel above. Sundowner claims ''"Kids are cruel. All people are by nature, they just lose touch with it as they get older."'' while making his speech, apparently not realizing it's a contradiction.
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: It has ''explosive reactive armor''. Of course, it only protects him from the front and he's still vulnerable from behind.
* MacheteMayhem: The Bloodlust, his unique weapons, are a pair of machetes that can be combined into a single, scissor-like weapon.
* MeaningfulName: When sundowner winds are blowing around in California, they make wildfires much more likely and make the fires near impossible to put out. Firefighters are usually reduced to waiting for the wind to die down before they can do their jobs. Sundowner himself wants war to spread globally, and as long as he and his company exist, the fires would never go out around the world.
* MightyGlacier: While he can move pretty quickly for someone his size, he's still slower and easier to dodge compared to the other Winds of Destruction, and relies on his folding blast shields for defense. And he tends to put his oomph behind heavy individual attacks rather than lots of weaker ones, especially when he's trying to ram Raiden.
* MotiveRant: He reveals his motivation for kidnapping the prime minister when Raiden meets him for the first time.
-->''"Business ain't been the same since they shut down SOP. 'A clean break from the war economy.' HA! Well some of us liked that economy. How's an [[CardCarryingVillain honest]] [[BloodKnight warmonger]] supposed to make a living?"''
* OccidentalOtaku: The soundtrack names for World Marshal's Japanese garden suggest that Sundowner was responsible for creating it.
* OffWithHisHead: After [[AnArmAndALeg disarming]] the remaining Maverick security guard, Sundowner takes the time to combine his blades into a [[ShearMenace scissor-like weapon]] and uses it to trap him in its grip and expose the guard to its high temperature before cutting his head off with a [[SlasherSmile smile]] on his face.
* PsychopathicManchild: By his own words:
--> "Like I said, kids are cruel, Jack. And I'm ''very'' in touch with my inner child."
* RedBaron: "The Californian wildfire," used by Kevin during a codec call.
* RuleOfCool: Any real-world equivalent of Sundowner's pincer blades would be outrageously difficult to use, thanks to both the weapon's weight and the predictable angles of attack needed for a scissor cut. Still, when the damage you're inflicting with it is enough to skip entire stages of boss fights, who cares?
--> ''[[https://youtu.be/RCHognIiqLU?t=13m36s "That feels like the dumbest, most impractical weapon ever. I hope I get it."]]''
* {{Sadist}}: Whenever he has the opportunity, Sundowner always takes the time to inflict as much pain as possible before going in for the kill.
* ShearMenace: Thanks to his specialized arms, he can connect his machetes together into a shear. He uses this to decapitate one of Maverick's {{Red Shirt}}s early in the game.
* SirSwearsALot: Drops a lot of F-bombs.
* ShieldBash: During the first part of the battle against Sundowner, he attacks using his six back-mounted shields in addition to his swords.
* SlasherSmile: Makes big, creepy grins when he's about to cut someone up. His facemask in combat mode seems to evoke an even bigger one.
* SmugSuper: He's very proud of his explosive armor and refers to himself as invincible because of it. Of course, punching through it results in him ranting and swearing in disbelief.
* StoneWall: His gimmick is that the first half of the fight involves him using explosive shields you need to cut off.
* SuperStrength: Quite possibly the physically strongest character in the game, by virtue of the ease he's able to wield his Bloodlust swords even in one hand, in contrast to Raiden's difficulty. Raiden could swing one of Excelus's arms no problem.
* SweetHomeAlabama: Was born an Alabaman Southie (with the thick accent to boot), but he's ''[[AxCrazy far]]'' from a GoodOlBoy.
* UnfriendlyFire: The cyborgs that he brings into the second phase of the fight can and will be smacked to death when he starts swinging a [[ImprovisedWeapon giant pipe]].
* VillainBall: If Sundowner hadn't [[spoiler:gloated to Raiden about already being "too late" to stop Tecumseh and that he wouldn't make it "even at Mach 2", He and the rest of Maverick wouldn't have been able to deduce that they were planning to assassinate the president on his trip to Pakistan.]]
* WarForFunAndProfit: Seems to be his goal.
* WeaponOfChoice: A pair of high-frequency machetes that can be combined into scissors (or "pincer blades" as the game calls them). Machetes have frequently been used in bloody uprisings and revolutionary wars, while Sundowner's horizontal scissors would likely leave the target alive but cause them to bleed out in seconds -- fitting for a man who claims to just be a war profiteer but is ''really'' in it for the cruelty.


[[caption-width-right:300:''[-"At times I envied my prey. At least they had a cause to die for."-]'' ]]
->Voiced by: Creator/RomiPark (JP), Salli Saffioti (EN)
->'''Theme Song:''' A Stranger I Remain

-->"That's when I realized... I am a killer too. And a good one at that. I slaughtered dozens in Iraq, in Afghanistan... I'd found my calling."

A cyborg, and commanding officer working for Desperado Enforcement, she is one of the four cyborgs called the Winds of Destruction along with Sundowner, Monsoon, and Khamsin. Her codename, Mistral, comes from the cold regional winds along the Mediterranean coast of France. She wields the "L'Étranger", a dual-bladed staff, made from the arms of Dwarf Gekkos, that doubles as a whip.

* AdorableEvilMinions: Dwarf Gekko are a personal tool for her and follow her everywhere, and the ones around her seem to actually take orders directly from her. Ask Courtney about them; according to her, any girl would find them absolutely ''cute''.
* [[AmbiguousRobots Ambiguous Cyborg]]: While her arms, legs and back attachment are obviously mechanical and her head seems to be augmented, it's unknown whether her torso is organic or high-quality cyborg parts that have JigglePhysics [[MST3KMantra for some reason]]. Given that every other cyborg in the game (apart from some {{red shirt}}s in the prologue, [[spoiler:Sam, George and Armstrong]]) is clearly bulky cybernetics from the neck down, this would make Mistral something of a rarity in either case.
* AxCrazy: When she found those who murdered her parents, she "butchered those fuckers" and discovered that she's quite a good killer herself.
* BadBoss: Just look how she treats Blade Wolf [[spoiler:in his DLC]], as well as her Dwarf Gekkos.
* BatmanGambit: Pulls off an impressive one in the [[spoiler:Blade Wolf DLC, in which she exploits his desire for freedom to trick him into killing Khamsin.]]
* BecauseImGoodAtIt: One of her motivations, it seems. She began her life of bloodshed upon finding out that she was a very capable fighter and killer. It wouldn't seem to be the whole reason for her current actions, though.
* BloodKnight: Definitely, as she only feels alive in a battlefield.
* BloodbathVillainOrigin: Shared with Monsoon, she grew up in the Algerian wars among slaughter and chaos.
* ButNotTooForeign: Half French, half Algerian.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Mistral straddles a lot of lines in the main game, being killed before too much about her can be gleaned but displaying enough that whether she's really all that terrible of a person is unclear, and her dialogue is much less heavy and harsh than Monsoon's or Sundowner's. The Blade Wolf DLC, however, shows her being a lot more geared towards her sadistic, more ruthless aspects. She backstabs Khamsin simply because he's a loudmouthed idiot and sets the LQ-84i up in a particularly cruel gambit. Notably, the times where she is ''openly'' cruel usually involve Blade Wolf or her Dwarf Gekkos--see WhatMeasureIsANonHuman below.
* CombatSadomasochist: Just look at how she "enjoys" multiple arms being attached to her and used for combat.
* CombatStilettos: Like Raiden's, they are a part of her actual feet.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler:[[KillItWithIce Gets doused by liquid nitrogen]], then has her body ''[[LiterallyShatteredLives shattered.]]'']]
* DarkActionGirl
* [[DarkSkinnedRedhead Dark-Skinned]] EvilRedhead
* DyingDeclarationOfLove: [[spoiler:Her last words are hinted to be for Armstrong, the person who gave her ideals, and thus a cause to finally fight for on the battlefield.]]
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes[=/=]EvenEvilHasStandards: Possibly either one, she is this with Blade Wolf, though downplayed. Talk to Blade Wolf about her in the second level. According to the wolf himself, he believes she has a love of dogs.
-->'''Blade Wolf''': Mistral demanded 100% obedience. So long as it was given, she treated me well.
* EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench: In the English versions, she's got a French accent [[EvilIsSexy and it's as sexy as it comes.]]
* EvilIsPetty: [[spoiler:Planned for Khamsin's death because he annoyed her.]]
* {{Expy}}: Her character designs were noted to invoke Laughing Octopus from ''Metal Gear Solid 4'', and later Screaming Mantis. The actual characters beyond that have very few similarities.
* FemmeFatale: Here and there. When she spots Raiden, she blows a kiss his way (complete with [[HeartSymbol pink hearts]]) and later removes her coat rather suggestively before their battle. Factor in the aforementioned CombatSadomasochist tendencies and her use of a whip, and...
** She spends most of the Blade Wolf DLC sitting in a "chair" made of Dwarf Gekko, highly reminiscent of human chairs in UsefulNotes/{{BDSM}}.
* FlunkyBoss: Her arenas can be positively swarming with Dwarf Gekkos running interference if you're not careful about them.
* FourElementEnsemble: Out of the Winds of Destruction, Mistral is associated with water; she's named after a wind that heads into the Mediterranean, her theme song describes adrift at sea, her fighting style is the most graceful and fluid out of the Winds, and [[spoiler:she's killed with ice.]]
* GoOutWithASmile[=/=]WorthIt[=/=]PetTheDog: [[spoiler:Dying without regret since she knows how it feels to have something worth to die for, and giving Raiden encouragement to continue fight for his ideals. Dolzaev himself [[VillainousBreakdown lost it]] [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes when she died]]. However, in a Codec call, Raiden and Kevin speculates that the message was likely meant for someone else, hinted to be Armstrong.]]
* GratuitousFrench
-->''"Come, mon gars."''
-->''"Je t'aime... de tout mon coeur."''
* GrievousHarmWithABody: When disarmed, she'll start tossing Dwarf Gekkos at Raiden. It helps that their secondary function is essentially being walking [[StuffBlowingUp bombs]]
* [[HoistByHisOwnPetard Hoist by Her Own Petard]]: If Mistral had not [[spoiler: orchestrated the death of Khamsin, he would have been around when Raiden arrived, and they could have teamed up to defeat him.]]
* ImageSong: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pz01CVHVM_0 "A Stranger I Remain,"]] left over from [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4WYd_SUBbg "Here I Come."]] It details the isolation Mistral feels from other people and how alive she feels in battle. Probably one of the most contributing factors in the metaphorical see-saw on whether she's good, evil, or both.
* TheImmodestOrgasm: Whenever she attaches a Dwarf Gekko's arm to herself.
* IgnoredEnamoredUnderling: [[spoiler:To Armstrong, possibly. It's never shown what the man himself feels about her.]]
* InterplayOfSexAndViolence: Long story short, thanks to her upbringing, there's a strong sexual undercurrent in Mistral's need and enjoyment of battle.
* JigglePhysics: Downplayed. Her massive breasts are apparently natural and do jiggle a little during cutscenes. During battle, she uses one of her [[MultiArmedAndDangerous many]] pairs of arms to support and shield her chest. Then again, her "backup body" fought during the BossRush ''also'' has them, so...
* KickTheDog: She's rather cruel to her Dwarf Gekkos, ripping their arms off without mercy, stomping them in half, and forcing them to form a throne for her while they visibly quiver from the strain in the Blade Wolf DLC. A Dwarf Gekko split in half in that scene seems to indicate she punished it for not performing its job properly. [[spoiler:Mistral also plays a fairly cruel BatmanGambit on Blade Wolf, making him believe he had gained freedom before snatching it away and almost breaking his spirit. Her comments about making him "shake hands" like a dog and forcing him to do so are icing in the cake.]]
* LiterallyShatteredLives: [[spoiler: After getting frozen over by a vat of liquid nitrogen that Raiden slices open, Raiden goes into Blade Mode and reduces her to as many pieces as the player sees fit.]]
* MaleGaze: Has [[BoobsOfSteel great tracts of land]] which she ''has to hold with a pair of Gekko arms so they don't [[JigglePhysics jiggle]] in mid-fight'', and in [[http://platinumgames.wikia.com/wiki/File:Mistral_promo.jpg some of her promotional art]], she [[ThanksForTheMammary gropes herself with two Gekko arms]] and [[ADateWithRosiePalms has another between her legs]].
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: In fairness, she is a cyborg and it wasn't her true, less-replaceable arm, but her only initial reaction to the LQ-84i slicing off one of her extra arms unprovoked, stealing the range inhibitor, and leaving, is to give it a reproachful glare, before laughing it off.
* [[ManipulativeBastard Manipulative Bitch]]: [[spoiler:Concocts a BatmanGambit to trick Blade Wolf into killing Khamsin, just because [[EvilIsPetty she found Khamsin an obnoxious idiot.]] Also to break Blade Wolf's spirit when she reveals she can lock his system up any time, and does so just before he reaches freedom, forcing him to shake hands like a dog.]]
* MsFanservice: While more modestly dressed than previous holders of this title within the ''Metal Gear'' verse and, until her boss fight, covered up in bulky overcoat, that bodysuit doesn't leave much of her figure to the imagination, never mind her personality and mannerisms in battle.
* MultiArmedAndDangerous: Has various Gekko arms attached to her back, though their only purpose is to give her more arms to rebuild her weapon with.
* NotSoDifferent: Tries this with Raiden as they're both ChildSoldiers. To be fair, Raiden ''does'' seem to sympathise with her... until she brings up the whole butchering of her family's murderers thing...
** And even that is still similar to Raiden, considering he also [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty ended up]] killing the murderer of his family.
* PeekABangs: Her left eye is usually covered by a long lock of hair.
* PrecisionFStrike: Drops a few sometimes.
* RedBaron: She introduces herself to Raiden as "the cold wind of France."
* RedEyesTakeWarning: In the TGS trailer, her right eye glows red at one point, hinting that, like Raiden, Mistral possesses [[ElectronicEyes optical implants]]. In-game, her eye glows after attaching the Dwarf Gekkos to her body.
* SelfDisposingVillain: [[spoiler:Halfway, at least -- her breaking of a container full of liquid nitrogen freezes her in place, and Raiden uses this opportunity to finish her off.]]
* ShoutOut: Her weapon, her ImageSong and tropes associates with her is basically a giant ShoutOut toward Creator/AlbertCamus' novel, ''L'Etranger'', which was released in English-speaking country as ''Literature/TheStranger.''
* SlipknotPonytail: Her hair becomes increasingly loose and unkempt as the battle furthers.
* TheCoatsAreOff: She removes her coat before proceeding to battle Raiden.
* TheSlowWalk: She'll do this in her battle when fully armed and armored, showing how unconcerned about injury she is.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: The sole female of the Winds of Destruction.
* SophisticatedAsHell: Her speech patterns are pretty flowery until she gets a bloodlust going.
-->"Don't ''fuck'' with me, boy!"
* SpinAttack: Can do a sequence quick, [[RollingAttack vertical spins]] with the L'Étranger.
* StatuesqueStunner: Although not much is made of Mistral's stature in-game, her height is officially listed as 190 cm -- just a bit shy of 6'3".
* StrangerInAFamiliarLand: [[BloodKnight Only feels alive in the middle of battlefield.]]
* SuperSenses: Her intro scene subtly demonstrates that Mistral has enhanced eyesight thanks to cybernetics. Raiden uses his optical enhancements to scan over an area before noticing her. After she finishes her conversation with Dolzaev, she then looks over directly at Raiden and blows him a kiss, showing she has powerful observational enhancements as well.
* WeaponOfChoice: A pair of HF knives held by a chain of Dwarf Gekko arms, which attests to how killing and causing pain make up the core of Mistral's being.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: Dies in her first level, not counting a brief glimpse of her in the prologue. The Blade Wolf DLC subverts this to a degree, showing her interactions with LQ-84i.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Mistral's most openly sadistic actions tend to involve Bladewolf or the Dwarf Gekkos. Raiden points out how it's hard to feel sorry for the latter, given that their only purpose is to kill opponents. However, the line blurs with Bladewolf, whose AI is based on a human brain.
* WhipItGood[=/=]BladeOnAStick[=/=][[WhipSword Whip Spear]][=/=]DoubleWeapon

[[caption-width-right:300:''[-"So tell me: Who saves the weak from the man who saves the weak?"-]'' ]]
->Voiced by: Creator/MasashiEbara (JP), John Kassir (EN)
->'''Theme song:''' Stains of Time

-->"Wind blows, rain falls. The strong prey upon the weak. Don't be ashamed. It's only nature, running its course."

A cyborg, and commanding officer working for Desperado Enforcement, he is one of the four cyborgs called the Winds of Destruction along with Sundowner, Mistral, and Khamsin. His codename is Monsoon, referring to a seasonal wind that brings rain in tropical areas, especially in Southeast Asia. He wields a pair of Sai called "Dystopia", and has the ability to separate his body into pieces using an advanced system of magnets.
* AintTooProudToBeg: He sure likes to talk about the inevitability of death and nature, [[spoiler:but if the player defeats him without using EM grenades or falling below a certain combat grade, Monsoon will scream at Raiden to stop before he's killed]].
* AppealToInherentNature: Most of what Monsoon says that isn't about memes (which still is, in a sense, this appeal) is him pointing to war and bloodshed as mankind's nature and thus not to be denied--he's a hardcore nihilist and misanthrope.
* AttackItsWeakPoint: During his fight, he uses his MagnetismManipulation to become invulnerable to attacks. In order to force him back to normal, you have to hit his head.
** Of course that's only if you give him a [[FunWithAcronyms BMI]] Error, done by either perfectly parrying his attacks [[CombatPragmatist or throwing an EM grenade his way.]]
** It's also possible to hit it by swinging wildly and sheer luck.
* BattleInTheRain: He fights Raiden in the middle of a heavy thunderstorm. It's rather fitting, given Raiden's codename is based on lightning and Monsoon's is based on seasonal rain storms.
* BloodbathVillainOrigin: Shared with Mistral, Monsoon grew up in Cambodia while the Khmer Rouge was conducting its infamous genocide. It drove him to become a nihilistic, misanthropic killer who sees slaughter and destruction as natural.
* BodyHorror: Judging by how he's able to magnetically break his body apart, then he likely lost his entire body from the neck down, almost to the same degree as Raiden. Concept art additionally shows that, behind the mask, Monsoon's eyes are surgically hooked up to cables connected to his helmet's interior space.
* BreakThemByTalking: Gets in on Sam's act with a speech of his own.
* CharacterFilibuster: The man really likes to go on quite a bit about memes.
* TheCoatsAreOff: {{Averted|Trope}}, at no point does he take off his coat due to the fact that Monsoon is the only member of the Winds of Destruction to never be shown wearing some form of coat when not in battle. {{Justified|Trope}} as wearing a coat would mitigate his [[DetachmentCombat combat style]].
* CoDragons: He and Sundowner both appear to be [[spoiler:Senator Armstrong]]'s right hand men.
* DetachmentCombat: His specialty. It also seemingly grants him immunity to Blade Mode attacks.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: The guy's no saint, but after Raiden lets his [[AxCrazy Jack the Ripper persona]] [[MookHorrorShow run wild]], Monsoon seems shocked, even remorseful, and shakes his head, remarking that Raiden has "lost his mind." He recants soon after, saying that he misjudged Raiden and was happy to see that [[NotSoDifferent Raiden was just as bloodthirsty, sociopathic, and insane as the rest of the Winds of Destruction]].
* EvilSoundsDeep: His Japanese voice is much deeper.
* ExtremityExtremist: Because he wields sais in his hands, most of his attacks not involving Dystopia involve kicking.
* TheFaceless: Concept art aside, Monsoon's CoolHelmet covers everything but his lower face, unlike the other Winds of Destruction.
* FamousLastWords: [[spoiler: Depending on how aggressive Raiden was during his battle, his last words are either a defiant "Do as you please!" or a horrified "Stop! Stop it!"]]
* FoeTossingCharge: Can use a spinning tackle similar to the [[Franchise/StreetFighter Psycho Crusher]], only it's magnetized, has Monsoon zipping back and forth for multiple hits, and involves all of his limbs floating around in the air.
* {{Foil}}: To Raiden. Both are tall cyborg ninjas with a majority of their original body below the head gone, and with white hair, and both are usually calm and collected but can become psychopathic and enraged if pushed. Both also grew up in a life of war. However, unlike Raiden, Monsoon does nothing to hide his murderous, psychopathic tendencies and encourages them, while Raiden fights for others.
* FourElementEnsemble: Monsoon is associated with earth. His namesake winds are known for producing both mudslides and dust storms, his speech to Raiden can be described as "grounding" in multiple senses of the word, his battle song describes sinking into the mud, one of his battle quotes is "back to the earth with you!", and his magnetism powers let him control metal ore. Finally, [[spoiler:Raiden kills Monsoon by pressing him into the World Marshal logo, an image of the earth, before viciously cutting him while he's immobilized.]]
* FragileSpeedster: The swiftest of the trio, speed is Monsoon's defining trait: he chains his attacks in rapid succession and can strike from multiple angles, giving the player little in the way of breathing room. He's not as burly as Sundowner, but his attacks still pack quite the punch (such as [[LauncherMove launching]] Raiden into the air with a kick and then [[MeteorMove slamming him back to the ground... hard]], only to [[DeathFromAbove pounce from the skies]], pin Raiden to the asphalt, and [[KickThemWhileTheyAreDown stab him repeatedly and mercilessly]]), Monsoon can easily stunlock and daze a player who has yet to master the art of parrying, and he can take it just about as well as he dishes it out, [[DetachmentCombat provided you can land a hit at all]]. There's a reason many are quick to cite him as ThatOneBoss the first time around. Interestingly enough, looking at the game files shows he actually has more health than Sundowner despite being much smaller than him. Then again, Monsoon does have the most cybernetic parts of the Winds of Destruction.
* GangBangers: Unlike the other Winds of Destruction, he wasn't a former member of any military or paramilitary organizations prior to enlisting with the group. Instead, he was a former gang member.
* GetItOverWith: Depending on how your fight plays out. Right as [[spoiler:Raiden goes in for the kill in Blade Mode]], Monsoon either [[spoiler:solemnly tells Raiden [[StrikeMeDown to do as he will and finish him off]] or undergoes a VillainousBreakdown and begs for his life.]]
* GratuitousEnglish: In the Japanese version, he uses both the English version of his name and says "winds of destruction" in English amidst a speech that is otherwise refined Japanese. The fact that he's [[AllThereInTheManual fluent in Khmer, Chinese, and English]] may have something to do with it.
* HiddenDepths: There are a lot of hints to him being a NatureLover. Even when ignoring his [[TheSocialDarwinist Social Darwinist]] speeches, the guy even tends to get a little poetic when describing the rain or admiring the cherry blossom trees.
* HitboxDissonance: His head uses his standard-sized hitbox, making it possible to hurt him by slicing the thin air where his neck would be.
* ImageSong: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Cp7bwObW8E "The Stains of Time,"]] a song detailing Monsoon's nihilism and belief in war as a parallel to nature, also seen as a dedication to ThePowerOfHate as well.
* InASingleBound: Similar to the fight with Blade Wolf, it's easy to loose track of Monsoon if he's leaping on top of walls and pillars and crossing from one side of the battlefield to another in mere seconds.
* InterfaceScrew: Getting trapped in the Red Phosphorus grenades he throws results in your lock-on being disabled, forcing you to orient yourself in Monsoon's direction manually each time he attacks you through the smoke.
* IronicEcho: Monsoon claims that it's simply the law of nature that the strong prey upon the weak, it is just nature running its course when war happens. [[spoiler:After Raiden defeats him by cutting off his head]], Raiden throws it back in his face: "Don't be ashamed. It's only nature running its course."
* LeanAndMean: When compared to other cyborgs, such as his fellow Winds of Destruction members. He's also the tallest of the group at 202 cm (roughly 6'8").
* MagnetismManipulation: [[PsychoElectro Monsoon]]'s gimmick is Electromagnetism. Since his body is just segments put together by magnets, he does DetachmentCombat by shooting his segments at you. Throughout his BossBattle, he also uses magnetism to throw tanks and choppers at Raiden. Finally, his BossBanter consists of referencing GeniusBonus terms like Lorentz Force and Left Hand Rule (which can be confused as the ''other'' [[UsefulNotes/{{Satanism}} left-hand rule]], or rather, Path.)
* NiceHat: The back of his head has a solid metal brim, making him look like he's wearing a bowler hat from behind.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Monsoon is the only Cyborg Ninja in Desperado that implements actual Ninjutsu techniques, such as smoke bombs and sais as weapons.
%%* NinjaRun
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: In contrast with Mistral, Samuel and Sundowner, he doesn't speak with his native accent (Khmer). Might be a JustifiedTrope, given that he is an {{Omniglot}}.
* NotSoDifferent: Tries this with Raiden like Mistral before him.
* OffWithHisHead: [[spoiler:Raiden eventually kills Monsoon by cutting the one part of his body he didn't make detachable: his neck.]]
* OlderThanTheyLook: Speculated. He is allegedly old enough to remember the brutality of the Khmer Rouge.
* {{Omniglot}}: [[AllThereInTheManual Fluent in Khmer, Chinese, and English.]]
* ThePowerOfHate: Gives this speech to Raiden about the memetic power of hate before their fight. [[spoiler:In death, he believes that [[StrikeMeDownWithAllOfYourHatred Raiden's re-descent into madness to kill him]] made him successful in imparting this and his [[TheSocialDarwinist survival of the fittest]] meme onto Raiden.]]
* RedBaron: None in-game, but the ambient track during his introduction scene calls him "the surge of blood."
* SaiGuy: Dystopia, his [[DualWielding sai pair]].
* SelectiveMagnetism: In two forms.
** His main trait shown is the ability to separate his body into pieces, levitating and reattaching them at will and even being able to fire his detached body parts at you like bullets. Curiously, despite your blade (and most of your body) being metal, even up close these magnets can't affect or hurt you.
** At certain parts during the fight, he leaps to a higher area of the stage, and starts picking up tanks and helicopters to chuck at you. Then in the same vein, he can take a bunch of those tanks and helicopters, ''mash them together,'' '''and try to roll them over you in a gigantic wheel of death.'''
--->'''[[LargeHam "LEFT HAND RULE!"]]'''
* TheSocialDarwinist
* SirSwearsalot: {{Averted|Trope}}; unlike most characters in ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'' he avoids using coarse language, even when losing his temper.
* StrawNihilist: [[spoiler:Considering what is implied to have [[UsefulNotes/{{Cambodia}} happened in his past]], you can't really blame him.]]
* TooSlow: Inverted; one of his [[BossBanter taunts]] is that he's "too fast for that" (i.e. Raiden's attacks and tactics).
* ViewersAreGeniuses: [[http://www.magnet.fsu.edu/education/tutorials/java/handrules/ Y'know how he mentions a "Left Hand Rule?"]]
** "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lorentz_force Lorentz Force,]] GO!"
* WallCrawl: The ''Jetstream'' DLC shows he's capable of using his magnetism to attach his body to sheer surfaces, such as walking along the underside of a support beam on a hangar ceiling. However, it's also treated fairly realistically; with the magnetic power needed to grip the metal with just the soles of his feet, he can at most walk at a pace just below a slight amble, so he mostly uses it to maintain a safe talking distance.
* WeaksauceWeakness: Oh boy, Monsoon sure is clever, designing his body to be immune to sword attacks. Looks like the only thing you can do is try and parry all his attacks to force him into his vulnerable state. [[spoiler:Wait, are those EM Grenades being dropped when you slice up his thrown debris?]]
** HoistByHisOwnPetard: This can also be achieved by using his own Sai against him during replays of the game [[spoiler:or the BossRush before Sundowner.]]
** His primary weakness is even worse, part of the activation of his immunity/detachment mode is the pushing out of a cylindrical area from the front of his helmet... which counts as a huge "punch my face to make me vulnerable again" button.
* WeaponOfChoice: A pair of sai, which were originally used as farming tools before being repurposed as martial arts weapons. Fitting for a StrawNihilist who spouts about the power of nature and the all-important instincts of humanity.

[[caption-width-right:300:''[-"If you don't know freedom, then I can't expect you to get our cause."-]'' ]]
->Voiced by: Creator/RikiyaKoyama (JP), Benito Martinez (ENG)
->'''Theme song:''' The Hot Wind Blowing

-->"Buckle the fuck up, little doggy. Remember this, we're bringin' freedom here if it kills us. Or better yet: them."

A cyborg, and commanding officer working for Desperado Enforcement, he is one of the four cyborgs called the Winds of Destruction along with Sundowner, Mistral, and Monsoon. His codename is Khamsin, referring to a hot, dry, desert wind in the Middle East. He pilots a large, mech-like suit with a massive, [[RocketPoweredWeapon rocket powered]] chainsaw axe. He believes in freedom and bringing it to the people of Abkhazia.
* AntiVillain: His goal was the liberation of Abkhazia.
* AnAxeToGrind: Not just any axe, but a massive chainsaw axe so heavy that even his mech suit ([[RocketPoweredWeapon and the axe itself]]) needs rocket thrusters to swing it around.
** Actually, Khamsin's frame swings the axe around just fine. The rocket boosters are used to give the frame a good speed boost for movement, or, occasionally, a more powerful swing.
* AttackItsWeakPoint: To do the most damage to Khamsin, you need to attack his exposed torso (it's not stated whether or not this is an actual design flaw of his mech or if [[WhatAnIdiot he deliberately leaves it open]]), which can be attacked by sneaking up behind him after parrying one of [[TacticalSuicideBoss his attacks which causes rocks to spring up creating barriers that Blade Wolf can hide behind.]]
* TheBrute
* CallingYourAttacks: Will sometimes belt out "Sandstorm!" while using his SpinAttack.
* ClusterFBomb: Lets one of these loose as he's close to being beaten.
* DoomedByCanon: It should be clear that considering how he isn't around or even mentioned in the main game, Khamsin doesn't survive the DLC.
* {{Eagleland}}: Type 2, of course. He spouts a lot about "freedom," but is very willing to spread it through force, something which the American government was criticized for during the second Iraq war, which he fought in.
* FinalBoss: Of the Blade Wolf DLC.
* FinalExamBoss: Seeing as though Blade Wolf's DLC is much more stealth focused than the rest of the game, his fight also has a stealth section along with the spectacle fighting.
* {{Foil}}: To Blade Wolf, appropriately, as the final boss of its DLC. Blade Wolf seeks to free itself from Desperado's control, while Khamsin blindly spreads "freedom" on Desperado's orders. Both use the only notable chainsaw toothed weapons in the game, and both are "leashed" to Desperado like attack dogs: Blade Wolf by its memory wipes, and Khamsin being literally attached to a war machine.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: Khamsin's custom cyborg body removed the bottom half of his body; all that's left of it is a series of tentacles that allow him to move the rest of his body.
* HeroicWannabe: Wants to be a soldier of justice and freedom, but is too crazed to see he's not doing anything of the sort by joining up with Desperado.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Believes in spreading "freedom", but is forcing it upon others rather than legitimately helping them. He also attacks and tries to destroy Bladewolf, whose goal is to be free of Desperado.
* ImageSong: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRWyLHoCqTU "The Hot Wind Blowing,"]] a song that can be a bit more difficult to decipher than others. It seems to straddle Khamsin's genuine desire to bring justice and freedom to Abkhazia, but also details that he "knows no disgrace" because his moral compass is off. There is also a heavy bit of the song that seems to imply his pride at being a Wind of Destruction.
* {{Jerkass}}: Enough of one to be discharged from the Marines. [[spoiler:And his obnoxious attitude earns him enough of Mistral's ire for her to set up a BatmanGambit resulting in Blade Wolf killing him.]]
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: But he sincerely seems to believe in freedom.
*** WellIntentionedExtremist: However, his zeal for freedom seems to go a bit too far.
* ManInTheMachine: The entire lower half of his body consists of wires that connect into a robot mecha.
* TheMcCoy
* MiniMecha[=/=]PoweredArmor: He deviates from the standard humanoid cyborg body by being connected to a large mobile suit.
** ChickenWalker
* RedBaron: He's "the desert storm" and proud of it.
* RedOniBlueOni: The red to Mistral's blue.
* SoreLoser: [[spoiler:Another thing that sets him apart from the other Winds of Destruction is the fact that he doesn't die without regrets. Unlike the others, who either find fulfilment in their deaths or congratulate Raiden, Khamsin angrily curses out LQ-84i and laments over the fact that he was beaten by a "goddamn mutt".]]
* UnwittingPawn: He was misled into believing that Desperado's mission in Abkhazia involved giving freedom to the people.
* WeaponOfChoice: Khamsin wields a rocket-powered axe that's still easy to exploit despite its destructive capabilities, which attests to how Desperado was able to recruit and misguide him despite his apparently noble beliefs.


[[folder:Desperado Scientist]]
->Voiced by: Benito Martinez (EN)

-->"You've heard of chloroform? A potent anesthetic in smaller doses. But breathe too much of it... And... ''adios, muchachos.''"

The chief researcher at a Desperado-owned lab in Mexico [[spoiler:responsible for the removal of brains from young orphans and their encasement in cyborg cranium canisters so Desperado and World Marshal can train them via VR training.]]
* CutsceneBoss
* MadDoctor
* NoNameGiven
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Unlike most of the other villains, he is not doing this for a [[VisionaryVillain higher cause]] or [[WarriorPoet acting out a set of ideals]], he only cares that he gets paid.
* OutGambitted: [[spoiler:Tries to prevent Raiden from rescuing the orphans from being gassed by [[HumanShield threatening to kill George at gunpoint]]. George, however, gives Raiden permission to [[ShootTheHostage cut through him]] [[TakingYouWithMe in order to kill the scientist]]. Reassured, [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe Raiden then cuts him in half]].]]
* WouldHurtAChild: His MadDoctor schemes on DisposableVagrant orphans.
* StupidEvil

[[folder:Prime Minister N'Mani]]
->Voiced by: Nobuaki Fukuda (JP), Dorian Harewood (EN)

-->"I must admit, I once thought of groups like yours as opportunists - enablers of war. But you've trained our new army well - order has returned sooner than expected. Perhaps I was wrong about these 'private military companies'..."

The Prime Minister of an unidentified African country. He takes quite a liking to Raiden. He is later killed by Sundowner.
* BlackDudeDiesFirst
* FaceDeathWithDignity: Despite being tortured by Sundowner, he never once pleads for mercy.
* HumbleHero: When his advisor says the state of the country is due to having a strong leader, he brushes it off, saying it's due to his peoples strong will.
* MeaningfulName: His name sounds like "mnemonic", meaning "relating to memory" or "designed to aid in memory", and the powerful memory of his death is the initial force that drives Raiden to go after Desperado Enforcement.
* TheNicknamer: He calls Raiden Mr. Lightning Bolt.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice
* KilledOffForReal
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Invoked. N'Mani is reasonable, modest, cares about his people, remains calm in a crisis, admits when he's wrong, and calls Raiden "Mr. Lightning Bolt" despite him being contracted security. For his brief screentime, he gets a lot of characterization -- so that when Sundowner kills him, the player will sympathize with Raiden's quest to avenge him, and maybe start thinking that all these Desperado cyborgs deserve violent deaths...
* SacrificialLamb
* WeHardlyKnewYe: His only purpose in-story is for Sundowner to kill him to show that Desperado Enforcement are bad guys.

[[folder:Wilhelm "Doktor" Voigt]]
[[caption-width-right:300:''[-"Rather gruesome, I realize. But then, you Americans enjoy a bit of gore, don't you?"-]'' ]]
->Voiced by: Creator/{{Mugihito}} (JP), Creator/JimWard (EN)

-->"''Ich liebe Kapitalismus!'' Had the wall come down a few years earlier, I would have a Nobel Prize on my shelf."

Though his real name is Wilhelm Voigt, he prefers to be called "Doktor." He researched advanced weaponry in the GDR (East Germany). He had no job after the fall of the Berlin Wall, but thanks to his studies on myoelectric prosthetics, he found pay working on cyborg technology. Maverick contracted him to remodel and perform maintenance on Raiden. He also uses his vast knowledge of cyborg technology to provide additional support for Raiden during missions. His company is probably [=TransHominid=] Systems [=GmbH=], whose brand is clearly visible on Raiden's combat visor.
* ActionSurvivor: Despite his job normally being providing upgrades to Raiden, he still braved the field of battle when Raiden went for World Marshal, piloting a helicopter to get him out of there.
* CollectorOfTheStrange: He asks Raiden to collect the left hands of any cyborgs he kills, as that's where their combat data is kept. This is manifested as a BP bonus for cleanly dismembering enemies while in Blade Mode as well as certain limbs containing secret Patriots data that can be collected for unlockables.
* CoolOldGuy: ''Very'' cool old guy, despite being a MadScientist. He remains one of the friendliest and good-natured characters in the game, even going as far as offering field support to Raiden in Denver, and [[spoiler:outfitting kidnapped orphans and brains with cyborg bodies to try and lead normal lives]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Apparently Germans ''do'' have a sense of humor, as lampshaded by Raiden.
* DoNotCallMePaul: He prefers to be called "Doktor" rather than Wilhelm or Dr. Voigt.
* GenderBender: He mentions the possibility of getting a female-shaped cyborg body ("to surprise my colleagues") when he finds someone he considers competent enough to transfer his brain into one.
* GermanicDepressive: [[DefiedTrope Defied]]: despite having come from UsefulNotes/EastGermany, he's one of the most jovial characters in the game. [[JustifiedTrope Of course,]] the fact that he was paid to indulge [[AllAPartOfTheJob in his favorite job]] probably helped. Raiden even lampshades the trope after the good Doktor responds to him jumping out of a helicopter with a cheery [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBkMef4q-nc "have a nice flight!"]]
-->'''Raiden''': "And people say Germans aren't funny."
* GratuitousGerman: Throws in bits of German while speaking, despite being fully fluent in English.
* HerrDoktor: He's a brilliant German cyborg engineer. Also lampshaded by his call sign "Doktor."
* MadScientist: Keeps a collection of severed cyborg arms in his workshop. It's mostly averted though, as he's quite nice and sane. [[spoiler:Also, he actually didn't much care about whom he supported, as long as he got work. [[CharacterDevelopment At least,]] [[PetTheDog at first.]]]]
* PetTheDog: [[spoiler:Built a firm to ensure the cyborgified children could have as close to a normal life as they can get.]]
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Looks like [[VideoGame/MetalGear Dr. Madnar]] without a mustache and is a scientist that specializes in cybernetics. Note that Dr. Madnar was the one who turned Raiden into a cyborg between the events of ''[=MGS2=]'' and ''[=MGS4=]'' and the original canceled version of ''Rising'', which was meant to cover said events, would've presumably featured Dr. Madnar as part of Raiden's support crew.
* {{Transhuman}}: Considers cyborg technology the next stage of evolution, and the only reason he hasn't gotten himself a cyborg body yet is because he doesn't trust anyone else enough to implant his brain into one since he's obviously unable to do it himself.
* VerbalTic: He likes to ask a lot of rhetorical questions, you know?

[[folder: Andrey Dolzaev]]
->Voiced by: Creator/FumihikoTachiki (JP), Creator/TravisWillingham (EN)

-->"Built with Russia money, to make Russia money. It is no plant for Abkhaz -- It is their prison!"

An Abkazhian terrorist affiliated with Desperado.
* [[spoiler:CutsceneBoss]]
* SmallNameBigEgo: Considers himself Abkhazia's savior against Russian domination and thinks Mistral is interested in him. In reality, he "barely registers as a blip on Russia's radar," Mistral is actually fixated on Raiden, and Dolzaev is merely just a pawn in Desperado's game.
* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler:After being trapped in the refinery, he decides to blow himself up along with it in a final act of resistance against the Russians. Raiden begrudgingly respects Dolzaev's dedication, but concludes that killing yourself when backed into a corner is merely suicide.]]
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:He completely loses it after Mistral's death.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Emphasis on the Extremist part but he does want what's best for Abkazhia.


->Voiced by: Mutsumi Tamura (JP), Sean Krishan (EN)

-->"Mi? Wah da rass ayu fuh do here? Yuh lose da map a ninja hideout, ninja man?[[note]]"Me? What the hell are you doing here? You lose the map to your ninja hideout, ninja man?"[[/note]]

A young Guyanese boy that meets Raiden in the sewers of Mexico. [[spoiler:After being rescued, he's turned into a cyborg and joins Maverick.]]
* BadassBoast: See TakingYouWithMe below.
* {{Cyborg}}: What he ultimately becomes. He doesn't seem to mind it. [[spoiler:He still retains his original head and left arm, and Doktor remarks that Raiden preserved his lower half, thus meaning he will still be able to have children.]]
* DamselOutOfDistress: [[spoiler:Gets kidnapped and held hostage at gunpoint, but tells Raiden to cut down his captor regardless of what happens to him. He even gives him an opening to slice through.]]
* OneSteveLimit: George has the same first name as [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty Solidus Snake]], which makes Raiden more than a tad uncomfortable.
* ShipTease: Openly [[ToyShip flirts with Sunny]].
* ShootTheHostage[=/=]HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: ''Jesus''... [[spoiler:A Desperado doctor holds George at gunpoint is taken down when Raiden (with George's consent, mind you) ''cuts them both in half half.'' Judging by where the blade cut, it went through both lungs and his heart. He gets better]], but still, yeesh...
** TakingYouWithMe: The reason he allows Raiden to do the above is that [[spoiler:he'd be "taking [The Doctor] to hell with [him]"]]. ''Damn''... this kid is a ''badass''.
* TranslationConvention: He speaks with a thick (and hilariously bad) Guyanese accent, but the subtitles translate it to normal English.

[[folder: Metal Gear Codename: '''EXCELSUS''']]
->'''Theme song:''' Collective Consciousness
Another Metal Gear built by the United States, this weapon was not kept secret like other Metal Gears. Also unlike other MG weapons it does not contain nuclear firepower, but it can use retractable blades, fire two large plasma cannons to attack, and can also tunnel under ground.
* {{BFS}}: Two of them. Raiden ultimately severs one and uses it to BladeLock with the other.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Raiden ends up using one of its own retractable blades to put it down for good.
* HumongousMecha: Keeping in traditional Metal Gear fashion being gigantic in size. It was designed to be huge and highly visible specifically so that civilians would know to flee when it was sighted, allowing it to fight enemy combatants without fear of collateral damage.
* MeaningfulName: Excelsus means high or lofty. It's also the species name of the Apatosaurus dinosaur.
* RoarBeforeBeating: Metal Gear EXCELSUS roars at Raiden before the battle against him begins.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: With cyborgs quickly becoming prominent on battlefields and proving to be far more dangerous than previous Metal Gears, this Metal Gear was designed to overwhelm them with sheer brute force.
'''WARNING:''' The following entry contains unmarked spoilers related to the end of the game. '''''Read with caution.'''''
[[folder:Senator Steven Armstrong]]
!!Senator Steven Armstrong
[[caption-width-right:300:''[-"I'm not one of those beltway pansies. I could break the president in two with my bare hands!"-]'' ]]

[[caption-width-right:325:[[labelnote: When powered up by nanomachines]]http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Steven_Armstrong_5169.jpg[[/labelnote]]]]
->Voiced by: Creator/UnshoIshizuka (JP), Creator/AlastairDuncan (EN)
->'''Theme song:''' It Has To Be This Way

-->"Nationalism! Unilateralism! Materialism! Welcome maxims for those with no faith -- without guiding principles of their own. Give yourself up to the whole. No need to better yourself -- you're American! You're ''number one''!"

One of Colorado's elected Senators, and a candidate for the US Presidency, Steven Armstrong is the backer of Desperado Enforcement and the main villain of the game. He uses nanomachines infused in his body to enhance his physical abilities to inhuman levels, granting him drastically increased strength, durability and speed during combat.

* AchillesHeel: Armstrong's body is infused with nanomachines that harden almost instaneously toward physical trauma or mental command, but they still have limits. It seems to converge its energy at a fairly localized area of the body in order to block very intense forces, such as attacks from the Murasama HF Blade. Raiden exploits this during the last portion of their fight by slashing Armstrong across his upper body, before proceeding to quickly stab through his midsection to critically injure him. On the other hand, Sam is able to use his gunsheath to outpace the response time of the nanomachines and cut off Armstrong's arm before it can harden.
* ActionPolitician: Being a Senator doesn't stop him from piloting a Metal Gear or getting into personal combat with Raiden.
* AdjustingYourGlasses: He does this while Raiden is going [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Jotaro]] on him just to emphasize that he is doing whatever the ScratchDamage equivalent to ScratchDamage is.
* AffablyEvil: Between all his threats, he also polite and respectful to his opponents, even when he's winning. Particularly in the Jetstream DLC, where he's gently smiling while completely schooling Sam in a fight.
** It's to the point where he, during Raiden's ISurrenderSuckers moment, immediately helps Raiden up and dusts him off when he thinks Raiden will join him. Before this even when Raiden is utterly baffled at how he got to where he is we get this gem.
--->'''Raiden:''' How the ''hell'' did you get elected?
--->'''Armstrong:''' ''*Casually*'' Well, I don't write my own speeches.
* AmbiguousRobots: Thanks to his nanomachines, Armstrong is a fusion of man and machine on the cellular level.
* AnArmAndALeg: In the ''Jetstream'' DLC, Sam manages to sever Armstrong's right arm, but his body-hardening nanomachines keep the stump sharp, allowing him to sever Sam's own arm in return, as well as reattaching his.
* TheAntiNihilist: He has a sideways version of Solid Snake's philosophy. He sees a world full of citizens pacified by empty principles and soldiers dying for causes they don't believe in, but rather than a world of peace, he wants to create a world of freedom - one where people can choose their own principles and fight for their own causes. He may not be able to end all war, but at least he can make sure that those who put their lives at stake are doing it for their own good reasons.
* AntiVillain: Though he isn't above using child soldiers and using Desperado to create conflicts in nations that are recovering from war, he is a man that wants what's best for his country... Or at least what ''he'' thinks is the best. Being one of the only antagonists in the series that '''doesn't''' want to use nuclear weapons is also a plus. He also genuinely believes in DefeatEqualsFriendship, has genuine respect for Raiden and ''really'' wants him on his side.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: He's both the ultimate backer of Desperado, and the most advanced and lethal combatant they have, using {{Nanomachines}} in his body to become [[NighInvulnerability nigh-invulnerable]].
* AwesomeButImpractical: His nanomachines, they make him [[NighInvulnerability nigh-invulnerable]] and give him enough strength to make the ground explode with his fists, but require a huge amount of energy to activate. He has to drain the remaining energy from the destroyed [[HumongousMecha Excelsus]] to fight against Raiden, and in the Jetstream DLC he drains (and destroys) several helicopters and armored vehicles in order to hulk out.
* BadassBaritone
* BadassBoast: The entire fight with him is riddled with these. Everything coming out of his mouth is this in spades. It's weird to hear that the man didn't write his own speeches. Then again, everything he says makes him sound crazy.
* BadassBureaucrat: With the "Badass" part including physical badassery unlike most examples of the trope.
* BadassInANiceSuit: As expected from a Senator, though he drops the jacket when he pilots Excelsus. His shirt also generally gets torn off when he starts using his nanomachines.
* BareHandedBladeBlock: Not only does he catch Raiden's HF blade in one hand, he ''snaps it in half''. He also does this if you get too trigger happy with Blade Mode on him.
* BattleAmongstTheFlames: Which is also the ruins of Metal Gear EXCELSUS.
* BattleAura: Emits one during his fight with Raiden. In "Jetstream", he can also trigger an even bigger one when he TurnsRed.
* BeatStillMyHeart: Raiden kills him by ''ripping out his still beating heart '''and crushing it'''''.
* BerserkButton: Sam's extended taunt suggests that it's his age. Armstrong's [[UnstoppableRage impossibly mean rage-only attack]] suggests that it's ''definitely'' his age.
-->'''Sam''': ''[laughs]'' Not bad... for an old man!
* BigBad: Of ''Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance''. He's the ultimate backer of Desperado and the Winds of Destruction.
* BodyHorror: Has giant veins coming out of a massive scar on his chest from which his nanomachine armor expands. Even Raiden looks shocked when he first sees it. His arms also gets covered with burn marks and scratches from using his nanomachines to generate massive amounts of heat for his punches.
* BloodKnight: Loves a good fight and says things like "Hah, that one hurt!" when he takes a lot of damage in the latter half in the fight. His biggest blood knight line of them all is probably "Hahaha! This is the greatest fight ''of my life!''"
* CharacterFilibuster: He gives two of the longest speeches in the game.
* ClusterFBomb: Quite possibly the most foul-mouthed character in the ''Metal Gear'' franchise to date. His MotiveRant is also composed mostly of this.
* CoolOldGuy: Villainous example. One can even see that his hair has started whitening a bit.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: He's the de facto head of World Mashal, which seeks to create war to gather funds and isn't above using cyberized child soldiers.
* CorruptPolitician: Is a Colorado Senator with links to PrivateMilitaryContractors and human trafficking.
* CoveredWithScars: Especially noticeable whenever he hulks up.
* CurbStompBattle: The fight with him is initially this, Raiden manages to get some hits in, but Armstrong mostly shrugs them off and gives him the worst beating his ever endured, up until Blade Wolf gives Raiden the Murasama. Also, his fight with Sam in the Jetstream DLC. The whole fight he was just testing him, and when Sam attempts another go, Armstrong gets serious and beats his face, even losing a hand barely slows him down.
* TheCynic: Outright says the "average joe" only cares about money. He also thinks people don't care about information control, or right and wrong, as long as the information is spun well enough to make them feel comfortable.
* DarkMessiah
* DeadpanSnarker
* DefeatingTheUndefeatable: He recruited Sam, who had garnered a reputation as an untouchable swordsman by breaking him in both body and spirit.
* {{Determinator}}: In the FinalBattle he gets buried under rubble repeatedly, and if the player gets the Quick-Time Events right, kicked with enough force you can hear his ribs crack, punched repeatedly in the midsection, backhanded and smashed in the face with the full force of Raiden's fist hard enough to make him fly back several feet, yet still gets back up to kick ass. In the final part of the fight Raiden '''jabs the Murasama right through his midriff and Armstrong still tries to overpower him one last time!'''
** The Jetstream DLC, Sam cuts his hand off, and he uses the sharp stump of his arm as a weapon.
* DystopiaJustifiesTheMeans: Wishes to make America a nation based on Social Darwinism, where everyone is free to fight and kill for what they believe in.
* EmpoweredBadassNormal: He was athletic and strong enough to play pro-football straight out of college before becoming a Navy SEAL. The nanomachines he uses bulk him up enormously, make him ''stronger than Raiden'', and nearly impossible to kill to boot.
* EqualOpportunityEvil: Will accept anybody from a NobleDemon to a PsychoForHire who doesn't care about ideals into his ranks.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: He's disgusted by what the Patriot [=AIs=] did to the world, and when he reveals his plans before the FinalBattle, he straight up says that his "Second War on Terror" is only out to kill extremists, madmen and the like. Of course, when he talks about his "Second War On Terror" he is pretending to be a stereotypical CorruptPolitician and has just gotten through a speech on how easily manipulated the masses can be and profiting on war. So, it is likely he was referring to "extremists, madmen, etc." as labels that can be used to justify attacking other countries and starting war for profit. As he reveals after Raiden destroys Metal Gear Excelsus and fights him hand-to-hand, Armstrong actually despises war as a business and how the masses can be manipulated through government, labels, media, etc.; he is a CorruptPolitician, but he actually is also a WellIntentionedExtremist who wants to give freedom to America from control by corrupt government, media, etc. ... by creating a [[TheSocialDarwinist Social Darwinist]] "utopia".
* EvilIsPetty: Calls cherry blossoms and other forms of transient beauty "sissy crap." Even mentions that he'll fire one of his executives for constructing the Japanese garden seen inside World Marshal, and that the guy will be lucky if he can even carry his box of personal belongings out of the office.
* EvilSoundsDeep
* FaceDeathWithDignity: He admits defeat when Raiden pulls his heart out, but goes down with his chin held high and his ideals untarnished.
* FinalBoss: He's the final enemy of both the main game and the Jetstream DLC.
* FinalExamBoss: If you haven't mastered every mechanic that the other bosses demanded, Armstrong will ''wreck'' you.
** '''LQ-84i''': Recognizing and properly responding to the UG's startup animations is key to surviving the following attacks. However, Armstrong's startup animations are harder to tell apart, and incorrect predictions tend to set you up for a damaging punish.
** '''Mistral''': Certain parts of the fight provide scripted Blade Mode setups that let the player chop off Mistral's arms or her spear. With Armstrong, Blade Mode is absolutely required during certain quick-time events that target his arms, and he can heal himself infinitely unless the player ''manually'' uses Blade Mode to hit him in the back.
** '''GRAD''': Armstrong's movement is both faster and more flexible than Raiden's, so understanding approach tools like Dystopia and purchasable DashAttack skills is the only way to keep up with him.
** '''Monsoon''': Beating Monsoon requires that the player has mastered parrying. Armstrong requires that the player do it with better reflexes.
** '''Sundowner''': His explosive-shield gimmick can only be defeated by lining up the Blade Mode plane through multiple boxes. Armstrong's rubble-tossing attack demands the same skill, except performed multiple times in a row and at different angles.
** '''Sam''': Sam teaches defensive play by blocking overeager attacks. Armstrong doesn't even flinch from them, and he has enough HP to take a few attacks before hitting back with more power.
* FinalSpeech: When Raiden is about to kill him, Armstrong stops him short and states that although war will continue to thrive as a business, he leaves Raiden as a worthy successor to end war as a business, while also remarking how they're NotSoDifferent.
-->'''Armstrong:''' You've guaranteed the status-quo will go on, for a while longer at least... War... will continue as an institution. As an industry. Men will fight for reasons they don't understand, causes they don't believe in... But at least I'll leave a worthy successor... You, Jack. You carve your own path, use whatever methods you see fit... You don't let legal bullshit get in the way. And if it costs a few lives? So be it... Deep inside, we're... kindred spirits... you... and I...
* FriendlyEnemy: As he admits, he actually rather likes Raiden and would rather have him on his side. He wouldn't have spent all that time debating philosophy if he didn't want to convince Raiden. Even more evident in the Jetstream DLC, [[EqualOpportunityEvil where he keeps offering Sam a]] ''[[EqualOpportunityEvil job]]''.
* ForeheadOfDoom: According to the character designer, while Armstrong's original design made him look more intelligent, his forehead and chin were later emphasized to be more fitting with his character. Specifically, that of a man of action, not just words.
* GeniusBruiser: He is both a nigh-invincible juggernaut and a University of Texas graduate who can easily pilot an extremely advanced Metal Gear.
* TheGlassesComeOff: He takes off his glasses when he gets serious against Raiden.
* GoodHairEvilHair: Armstrong never has a single strand of his slicked back hair out of place.
* GoodOldFisticuffs: Unlike other enemies, he doesn't use an HF weapon, just his fists. He played college football, and served in the Navy (which trains in hand-to-hand), but never saw combat.
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: The only one in the entire game who's seen smoking, and it's naturally cigars to boot.
* GoOutWithASmile: Dies happy knowing Raiden will keep trying to end war, even if unlike himself he won't try to create a [[TheSocialDarwinist Social-Darwinistic world]].
* GracefulLoser: As he dies, he congratulates Raiden for his victory and encourages him to fight for what he believes in, thereby [[NotSoDifferent becoming the embodiment of his ideals]].
* HavingABlast: He can cause explosions simply by [[GroundPound punching the ground]]. He can even do this while on a ''helipad''.
** He also has an attack where he creates smaller explosions that ''chase you''. It's possible that he's focusing superheated Nanomachines into the ground to cause fiery explosions. [[WildMassGuessing Or something]].
* HeadsIWinTailsYouLose: The fight with him in "Jetstream". Despite apparently losing by the end of the fight with Sam, in the cutscene afterwards he gets back like nothing happened (and from the look of him compared to other bosses when defeated, very little did) and beats the tar of out him.
* HealingFactor: Since his body is just as much a machine as it is flesh and blood, as long as his body is energized, his nanomachines will always recover; he can even reattach severed limbs just by putting the severed appendage back. Thus, he can heal by absorbing energy from the technology in his vicinity, though doing this forces him to halt whatever else he is doing, leaving him wide open to attacks.
* HiddenBadass: No one saw it coming that a Senator would be one of the most powerful combatants in the ''Metal Gear'' universe to date.
* HiddenDepths: ''Twice''. Like a good politician, he keeps his real motivations hidden very well. The first time you meet him, he gleefully admits to being a sort of neo-Patriot who's set on restarting the war economy to maintain America's status as a world power. When Raiden points out the hypocrisy of his speech and his politician persona, Armstrong admits even ''that'' is just a pretense, and actually loathes the shallow, sensationalist, materialistic culture he earlier claimed to support, and is actually planning to ''destroy'' America and rebuild it as a Darwinist utopia.
* HobbesWasRight: Interestingly enough, his vision of an anarchic, [[TheSocialDarwinist social Darwinist]] utopia is very similar to what Hobbes believed was the natural endpoint of humanity without a sovereign to maintain order. The difference being Armstrong thinks this is a ''good'' thing.
* HulkingOut: He absorbs a ''massive'' amount of electricity from either several helicopters or what's left of Metal Gear EXCELSUS to activate his nanomachines. This causes him to temporarily bulk up to a huge degree.
* HumanHammerThrow: In "Jetstream", he pulls off a Giant Swing on Sam near the end of the battle.
* HumongousMecha: Shows up in the gigantic Metal Gear Excelsus to slaughter Raiden with.
* ILetYouWin[=/=]HopelessBossFight: It becomes apparent by the final part of the fight that if Armstrong had fought seriously from the start, Raiden wouldn't have stood the tiniest of chances.
* IKnowMaddenKombat: He played college ball, ya know. Hence he likes to punt people around as if they were American-style footballs, and many of his attacks are powerful charging tackles.
* IAmNotLeftHanded: Raiden thought it was over when he destroyed Metal Gear Excelsus... then Armstrong activates his SuperMode. He was also holding back the first two rounds, only using his MagmaMan powers in the final round, once Raiden has a weapon capable of actually hurting him.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: In the Jetstream Sam campaign, he uses ''the stump of his chopped-off hand'', of all things, as a weapon.
* InstantArmor: His nanomachines harden in response to physical trauma (and seemingly at will, as well), allowing him to casually shrug off just about everything short of the Murasama.
* {{Irony}}: A lot of fans have pointed out that his plan would essentially create the lawless Hell that is the world of ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', albeit one that isn't plagued by nuclear holocaust. The irony is that when powered up he looks and fights like Raoh, the very person in that world trying to bring about order and law.
** There's also his belief that individuals should be able pursue freedom and fight for what they believe in. When Blade Wolf, an ideal example of the individual that Armstrong describes, challenges Armstrong's position, [[{{Hypocrite}} his response is to attack him and disregard what he says]].
*** Of course, [[HypocriteHasAPoint that also ties into what he said earlier]]. In his vision of a new America, if someone's views conflict with your own, you fight until one fighter's beliefs are rendered void. By punting Blade Wolf, he was trying to assert that his own views were superior to Wolf's.
* TheJuggernaut: For the first two phases of his fight, Raiden can barely put a dent in him.
* KickTheDog: A literal example. He punts Blade Wolf away after the latter gives Raiden the Murasama.
** At the end of Jetstream Sam's DLC, he extends his hand to shake Sam's. That is to say, the one he just cut off.
* KnightTemplar: Claims he's a hero out to save America, despite being a "batshit insane" monster, according to Raiden.
* LargeAndInCharge: He's the BigBad, who stands a full 200 centimeters tall with a heavy, muscular build.
* LargeHam[=/=]EvilIsHammy: '''Big time''', to a [[MemeticMutation memetic degree.]]
** "Don't FUCK with this Senator!"
** "Feel the Wrath of the U.S.A.!"
** "Played college ball, ya know."
** "Ashes to ashes ''motherfucker!''"
** "Hit the road, Jack!"
** "Uncle Sam needs you to die, Jack!"
** ''Every word'' of his [[ClusterFBomb cuss word-laden]] MotiveRant.
* LanternJawOfJustice: Though his own brand of "justice" makes it a subversion.
* LaughablyEvil: He spouts out some of the funniest lines a ''Metal Gear'' villain has delivered ''completely unironically''. And that isn't even getting into his over-the-top transformation poses.
* LightningBruiser: He is both [[NighInvulnerability nigh-invulnerable]] and capable of dashing across the final battlefield in a few seconds; his basic moveset is also stronger and faster than Raiden's basic attacks.
* MagnetismManipulation: In the "Jetstream" DLC, he demonstrates Monsoon's ability to levitate vehicles and toss them at his enemy. Possibly because he doesn't have any EXCELSUS wreckage to throw at Sam.
* TheManBehindTheMan: He's the man behind World Marshall and Desperado.
* ManipulativeBastard: Easily adjusts for Raiden's attempt to interfere with his plans to his advantage. By framing his actions as terrorist attacks to justify starting a war, it allowed him to pull his plan off without having to kill the President like he originally intended.
* MeaningfulName: His arms are indeed very strong. And that's not even getting into when he activates his {{Nanomachines}}.
* MeetTheNewBoss: Thirteen years after [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty George "Solidus Snake" Sears's resignation]] from the US presidency over [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid the Shadow Moses Incident]] and nine years after his insurrection during the Manhattan Incident, Presidential candidate Steven Armstrong expresses a similar desire to reboot the United States by instigating a revolution within the American homeland. The similarity to ''Sons of Liberty'' led to rumors that Solidus actually appears in this game; actually, the "Sears Project" is mentioned in connection with plans to create child soldiers, just like Solidus did in Liberia.
* MotiveRant: Delivers one as he's beating Raiden senseless atop Metal Gear EXCELSUS:
--> "'I have a dream.' That one day every person in this nation will control their own destiny. A nation of the truly free, dammit. A nation of action, not words, ruled by strength, not committee! Where the law changes to suit the individual, not the other way around. Where power and justice are back where they belong: in the hands of the people! Where every man is free to think -- to act -- for himself! Fuck all these limp-dick lawyers and chickenshit bureaucrats. Fuck this 24-hour Internet spew of trivia and celebrity bullshit! '''Fuck American pride! Fuck the media!''' '''''FUCK ALL OF IT!''''' America is diseased. Rotten to the core. There's no saving it -- we need to pull it out by the roots. Wipe the slate clean. BURN IT DOWN! And from the ashes a new America will be born. Evolved, but untamed! The weak will be purged and the strongest will thrive -- free to live as they see fit, they'll make America '''great again'''! ... In my new America, people will die and kill for what they BELIEVE! Not for money. not for oil! Not for what they're told is right. Every man will be free to fight his own wars!"
* MultipleLifeBars: His final form has two.
* MyRulesAreNotYourRules: Unlike every other boss in the game, FinalBoss Armstrong has ''200%'' health.
* NighInvulnerability: His body cells are fused with nanomachines. When they are activated, his flesh hardens to become many times more durable than the CNT Muscle Fiber that Raiden is made of. The nanomachines also harden in response to physical trauma, making him as durable as he needs to be.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Once he decides to go all out, Armstrong first delivers a punch that sends Raiden flying, then traps the cyborg underneath him while starting to punch him in a slow pace before going RapidFireFisticuffs and finally finishes with a punch that's strong enough to blow up the Metal Gear EXCELSUS.
-->'''Armstrong:''' Die, you '''PIECE OF''' '''''SHIT!'''''
* NoPartyGiven: No indication is given as to his political party, and his yellow tie is neither [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience Democrat blue nor Republican red]]. His personal philosophy also makes speculating on him being right wring or left wing utterly misses the point, since his personal goal is extreme libertarianism combined with a good dose of insanity.
* NoSell: He's special in that he is the only fight in the entire game that makes no attempt whatsoever to dodge any attack flung at him. He either catches, blocks, or straight up ignores it.
* NobleDemon: Inverted. His means are evil, but his goal not necessarily so. It depends on how much stock you put into [[TheSocialDarwinist Social Darwinism]] and MightMakesRight. In any case, he seems to put a lot of emphasis on its freedom and claritive aspects, and genuinely believes he's making the world a better place [[KnightTemplar by whatever means necessary]].
** A more straight example is his apparent full belief in DefeatMeansFriendship. While fighting Sam, he never gives up trying to recruit him, even while pounding his head into the concrete, even after Sam cuts off his arm, and always with that confident smile. When Raiden starts to look like he'll go the same route Sam did, Armstrong actually helps Raiden stand up and shakes his hand, and even gives him a ManHug... [[ISurrenderSuckers which gives Raiden the perfect opening to attack.]]
* NonActionBigBad: Averted.
* NotSoDifferent:
** His last lines to Raiden is to tell him that despite their differences, they're they same at heart, to the point he considers Raiden a SuperiorSuccessor.
-->'''Armstrong:''' Deep down... we're kindred spirits.... you..... and I.
** His boss theme even has lyrics to this effect.
--->'''It Has to Be This Way:''' I carved my own path, you followed your wrath, but maybe we're both the same.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Seems at first to be a completely normal middle aged senator that is utterly defenseless without Metal Gear EXCELSUS. It soon turns out he's actually ''more dangerous'' on his own though.
* [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent Our Senators Are Different]]: Of the "Action" variety. And by "Action", we do mean "''Action''."
* PatrioticFervor: Armstrong is an incredibly fervent [[{{Eagleland}} Eaglelander]], if only for his vision of a Darwinist utopian America.
* PlayingWithFire: He's able to [[GroundPound punch the ground]] with enough force to trigger massive bursts of flame.
* {{Pride}}: Arguably what leads to his defeat. Armstrong holds back on Raiden for the first two phases of the fight, thinking he can still convince him to join his side. By the time he decides to get serious and finish off his opponent, [[BigDamnHeroes Blade Wolf makes an appearance and grants Raiden the one weapon that can harm him.]] Nonetheless, though defeated, [[GracefulLoser he dies happy]], knowing that in Raiden he has "a worthy succesor", [[ImplacableMan who like him]], will fight for his ideals no matter what.
* PunchPunchPunchUhOh: Raiden's attempts at RapidFireFisticuffs do nothing but slightly amuse him.
* RatedMForManly: A mega-buff former football player turned Navy SEAL turned senator who [[HulkingOut hulks out]] with ridiculous charges of electricity to become stronger than Raiden and able to create giant pillars of fire and lava with his punches.
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: He wears black pants and shoes, his nanomachines turn his skin black as well with some bloody red, and his eyes glow bright red.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: His glasses obscure his bright red eyes.
* RuleOfSymbolism: When claiming to be acting in the interests of the War Economy, you fight him as he pilots the multi-billion dollar Metal Gear Excelsus. When you pull him out of that "shell", he reveals his [[TheSocialDarwinist Social Darwinist]] agenda and proceeds to beat you down with his sheer strength.
** Raiden fighting for his belief system's right to thrive over Armstrong's Social Darwinist ideals is reminiscent of a Presidential debate. Fittingly, Armstrong intends to be President in the year 2020, so Raiden is his first great debate opponent in the way of his presidency; if he wins here, then he's already symbolically guaranteed his right to the future of America. Raiden's eventual victory over Armstrong symbolically has placed him as the leader of the new America, where his ideals will now be glorified instead. If you wanted to be more blatant about it, you could apply the business suit costume to Raiden during gameplay.
** On another level, Raiden fighting against Armstrong is symbolic of the struggle between the weak and the strong who prey on them. Raiden is symbolic of the citizens of America who for too long have been manipulated by politically powerful and wealthy men who dominate the way they live their lives, and Armstrong is symbolic of those crooked politicians. Raiden is symbolically representing every citizen who ever wanted to punch the politicians they hated in the face, and "fight the power" as the saying goes.
** When Raiden finally deals the finishing blow, he does it by [[AndShowItToYou ripping out Armstrong's heart]] and crushing it in his fist--''Zandatsu'', which is Raiden absorbing what he requires to fight from his enemies--ergo, Raiden took into himself Armstrong's ideals as he killed him, which would fuel him for his future struggles, as implied by Raiden's words and actions during TheStinger.
** Finally, as Armstrong lays dying, he gently claims that [[NotSoDifferent he and Raiden are kindred spirits deep down.]] His corpse's position, Raiden standing over it, the sun behind him and the camera's angle make it seem like [[ShadowArchetype Armstrong is the shadow cast by Raiden's figure.]]
* ShadowArchetype: During the scene mentioned under GracefulLoser, he points out that he and Raiden aren't that different from each other. To make it even more blatant, after the whole thing is over, the final shot of Raiden standing over his corpse is laid out so that it looks as if Raiden's shadow cast by the sun behind him was Armstrong himself.
* SirSwearsALot: Easily the most foul-mouthed character in the ''Metal Gear'' franchise.
* SpannerInTheWorks: Raiden certainty wasn't expecting the backer of Desperado to waiting for him in Pakistan with a giant robot and nano-machine enhancements that made him even stronger than his cyborg subordinates.
* StartXToStopX: He himself admits that he's using war as a business to get elected so he can ''end'' war as a business.
* StrawmanPolitical: Seems to take aspects of libertarianism to ludicrous, illogical extremes.
* SuperStrength: Strong enough to make the entire Metal Gear Excelsus explode with a single punch.
* SuperMode: In the Jetstream Sam DLC, he TurnsRed at low enough health. [[SchmuckBait Try taunting him in this part of the fight, see where it gets you]].
* TheSocialDarwinist: Wants to create a new America where the strong survive and the weak die. His motivations are very similar to the Patriots who wanted to socially engineer American evolution, only difference being is that instead of information control he intends to use violence to enforce this new world.
* TakeUpMySword: Upon his death, he tells Raiden he considers Raiden his successor, and Raiden should do what he thinks is right, regardless of what anyone else thinks.
* {{Ubermensch}}: He wants to create a world where ''EVERYONE'' is this, and any ideological/moral disputes are simply resolved by [[MightMakesRight strength]]. Armstrong considers Raiden a perfect example, as someone who "took back [his] life, following [his] own set of rules", and [[EvilCannotComprehendGood can't understand why Raiden won't join his side]].
* TheUnfettered: Claims that things like laws and lives cost in the pursuit of your goal don't truly matter in the long run. In his words, "[I'm] making the mother of all omelettes here, Jack, can't fret over every egg", basically saying that in creating your ultimate utopia, you can't worry about what you sacrifice to get there.
* UnskilledButStrong: Compared to Raiden and Sam, he relies on sheer brute force, something he happens to have [[SuperStrength extraordinary amounts of]].
* VillainousFriendship: Seems to be on very good terms with [[QuirkyMinibossSquad the Winds of Destruction]]. Has a Type III relationship with Mistral, a Type IV relationship with Monsoon, and while he doesn't interact with Sundowner in-game, he trusts him with control of [[PrivateMilitaryContractors Desperado]]. Sam, however, is an exception, as he regards him as a "pain in his ass", and it's unknown how he feels about Khamsin.
* VillainHasAPoint: Raiden admits he's right regarding people being forced to fight in wars they don't believe in and for causes they don't understand, judging by him echoing his words in TheStinger.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: At least partially because he doesn't write his own speeches. Hell, he's even a candidate for the 2020 elections.
* VisionaryVillain: Wants to destroy and then remake the United States so it can be a place where every man, woman and child can fight for what they believe in, without being told by anyone else what is right or wrong.
* WalkingSpoiler: Everything related to his role in the end of the game is not what you expect when you first see him.
* WeaponOfChoice: ''None.'' Every other major combatant in the game has a weapon that reflects their ideals, but Armstrong himself fights only with unskilled footballer moves and [[UnskilledButStrong nanomachine power]]. However, this still keeps with his character: if you're difficult to kill and you're powerful enough to defeat anyone, [[MightMakesRight you're right]], ideals and beliefs be damned.
* WeCanRuleTogether: After Armstong is finished with his rhetoric, Raiden appears to relent, realizing he's not dealing with a mere criminal but a true believer. Armstrong extends his hand as a gesture of goodwill... but Raiden hasn't abandoned his moral compass just yet.
--> "I was wrong. [[BaitAndSwitchComment You're not greedy...]] '''[[YoureInsane YOU'RE BATSHIT INSANE!!!!]]'''"
* WellIntentionedExtremist: He really does want to make America great again and give the people true freedom. However, he plans to do this by creating hundreds of child soldiers, starting a war with Pakistan on false pretenses, and then burning the US government to the ground once he's in control of it.
** He sums up his intent at the end of the Jetstream DLC with:
---> "Organized violence, waging war as business. We're gonna put an end to all that bullshit."
* WorldsStrongestMan: When he's hulked out, he was the single strongest character in the entire ''Franchise/MetalGear'' universe at the time of his introduction, surpassed only by [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain the Man on Fire]]. He's also the strongest member of the most powerful PMC in the world, and considering the other members include ''Sundowner'', that's saying something.
* WorthyOpponent: Considers Raiden to be this. During the final boss battle he actually says that "this is the best fight of my life."
* YouCantMakeAnOmelette: Immediately after Raiden's ISurrenderSuckers moment:
-->"Making the mother of all omelettes here, Jack! Can't fret over every egg!"
* XanatosSpeedChess: Implied. It's not stated how [[EvilPlan Operation Tecumseh]] was supposed to work, but whatever the plan was, he managed to manipulate Raiden's involvement to his favor.