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Remember, Naked Snake/Big Boss debuted in the original ''VideoGame/MetalGear1'', and tropes for him should go on that page, and Ocelot in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' in that page as well. This is only for characters that debuted in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater''.

This page lists characters who first appeared in ''Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater''.

'''Warning''': All [[FirstEpisodeSpoiler spoilers for]] the game's ProlongedPrologue, the Virtuous Mission, will be unmarked. Administrivia/YouHaveBeenWarned.

For other characters in the franchise, see the ''Metal Gear'' character index at Characters.MetalGear.

!!Characters that debuted in ''Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater'':


!! Snake's Team
[[folder: In General]]
The support team assigned to Naked Snake during both the Virtuous Mission and Operation Snake Eater, who form the majority of the supporting cast for the game. [[spoiler: Major Zero, Sigint, and Para-Medic would later go on to found the Patriots and begin their campaign of information control before eventually being superseded by the A.I.s they created to contain all the information.]]
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Let's be honest here, they're ''all'' pretty weird people, even by the standards that this series has set. Doesn't stop them from being some of the most frighteningly competent people in the series [[spoiler:if creating the Patriots is anything to go by.]]
* FromNobodyToNightmare: Started out as you quirky support squad in [=MGS3=] that would provide helpful hints and shoot the shit with Snake about movies over the Codec, [[spoiler: and would then go on to found the Patriots, with all of the future nastiness that that entailed for the series going forward.]]

[[folder: Major Zero]]
[[caption-width-right:300:''[-"This fox is still one step ahead of the hounds."-]'' ]]

[[caption-width-right:300:[[labelnote:Click here]]http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/zeroold_8639.jpg[[/labelnote]] to see Zero in ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots [=MGS4=]]]'']]
[[caption-width-right:300:''[-"Did Zero really hate me? Or did he fear me? It's too late to ask him now."-]'' ]]
-> a.k.a.: Major Tom, [[spoiler: David Oh, Cipher]]
->Voiced by: Creator/BanjoGinga (JP), Jim Piddock (EN, ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater''), Time Winters (EN, ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'')

->''"A world of electronic intelligence built on codes. And at the center of it all, a zero."''

Naked Snake's Commanding Officer and the originator of FOX. Zero (also known -- very briefly -- as [[Music/DavidBowie "Major Tom"]]) manages to convince Langley to allow a test run of their new, covert unit in enemy space. At long last, opportunity comes knocking when FOX is called in to retrieve a defector scientist from a Soviet laboratory. Things get sticky when Snake is betrayed and the lab is nuked to destroy the evidence, causing an international incident. The CIA is out for blood, and the only way for Snake and Zero to clear their names (and save their heads) is to return and finish the job.

In ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots Metal Gear Solid 4]]'', we learn retroactively that [[spoiler: Zero is the founder of the Patriots.]]. Zero, having grown old and vegetative in the present day, is no longer capable of comprehending the full extent of what the Patriots have done. [[spoiler:Big Boss']] desire for a confrontation with Zero is thwarted when he instead finds a catatonic old man, and he [[spoiler: compassionately shuts Zero's life support off.]]
* {{Adorkable}}: Obsesses over the silliest and most trivial of things, much like Naked Snake does. [[spoiler:This is still the case in ''The Phantom Pain'', particularly in meeting Paz for the first time before the events of ''Peace Walker'', though in that case it becomes more AffablyEvil.]]
* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler:At the end of ''Metal Gear Solid 4'', Big Boss felt compassion and brotherly love for Zero shortly before killing him; tenderly hugging him in his death throes to ease the pain of his passing.]]
* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler:By ''Guns of the Patriots'', he's long reduced to a catatonic vegetable. Which is revealed in ''The Phantom Pain'' to be a result of Skull Face turning Cipher against him and incapacitating him with parasites.]]
* AntiVillain: See WellIntentionedExtremist below. [[spoiler: If his plans had worked out how he intended, the world would have been a much better and more peaceful place. Unfortunately for him and the world, basically all of them ended up spinning completely out of his control.]]
* TheAtoner: [[spoiler:Revealed in ''The Phantom Pain'' to be this in secret, hoping that reconciling with Big Boss and providing Diamond Dogs with the funding and means to take down Cipher would help stop what he helped set in motion.]]
* AudienceSurrogate: Basically acts as this when calling Zero in two conversations regarding the Raikov mask/disguise. Specifically, he acted as the surrogate for the audience who disliked Raiden.
* BadBoss: According to ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker Peace Walker]]''. [[spoiler:Paz Andrade Ortega/Pacifica Ocean]] was terrified of failing him and considered incurring his wrath a FateWorseThanDeath. [[spoiler:Although a secret tape in ''The Phantom Pain'' shows that he was rather amiable to her, implying that she was afraid of the organization rather than the man himself.]]
* BadassNormal: During UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, he was in the SAS, so he definitely qualifies. He can demonstrate this in ''Portable Ops'' if Snake recruits him into FOXHOUND.
* BerserkButton: Don't say you dislike James Bond, say that you prefer coffee to tea,[[spoiler: and DON'T hurt Big Boss]].
%%* BunnyEarsLawyer
* TheComicallySerious: Some of his radio conversations have him geek out about [[Film/JamesBond Bond movies]] all while maintaining his StiffUpperLip.
* CoolOldGuy: If a bit dorky.
* CrazyPrepared: [[spoiler:Paz reveals to Skull Face that his hideout is in a windowless apartment in the middle of New York, located on the MissingFloor in an unremarkable building accessible only through a hidden door. In addition, the whole ''city block'' is filled to the brim with surveillance equipment and ''every single inhabitant of the block'' is a Cipher agent. Skull Face still takes him out by sending him a poisoned item he asked him to fetch.]]
* DeadGuyJunior: His real name is listed as David Oh, suggesting that Solid Snake was named after him.
* DespairEventHorizon: If his [[spoiler: visit to Big Boss in the Cyprus hospital is any indication. You know he's dying, ''he'' knows he's dying, and all he wants is for his old friend to just wake upÖand Boss never does, at least not until it no longer matters. One can ''feel'' Zero's despair crushing him in that moment.]]
* TheDogWasTheMastermind: [[spoiler: Subverted. While ''Metal Gear Solid'' and most of its sequels hint at this, ''Metal Gear Solid V'' reveals that Zero only set the plans in motion. Eventually they went completely out of his control and well outside of his intended goals. He became just as much a victim as anyone else.]]
* EarlyBirdCameo: Sort of. His real name, David Oh (which is only revealed in [[AllThereInTheManual supplementary materials such as the Metal Gear Solid 4 Database and a leaked voice casting sheet for Metal Gear Solid 3]]), was on one of the collectable dog tags in ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty Metal Gear Solid 2]]''.
* EvilBrit: Given that [[spoiler:he founded the Patriots. Subverted when ''The Phantom Pain'' revealed he'd become TheAtoner, but still failed to stop the Patriots.]]
* EvilOldFolks: He's over a hundred years in ''Guns of the Patriots''. [[spoiler:Though he's not as evil as Big Boss made him out to be.]]
* EtTuBrute: Briefly felt this way regarding The Boss when she apparently defected to the Soviet Union, [[spoiler: and to Skull Face when he infected Zero with parasites.]]
* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler:Zero is awfully calm when speaking to a comatose Big Boss; knowing full well that he may as well be dead before Big Boss wakes up. He even manages to crack a joke here and there before his untimely demise. Zero doesn't even care that much about his condition; it's always been about Big Boss and hoping that he would live.]]
* FallenHero: [[spoiler:He eventually became the GreaterScopeVillain. And then TheAtoner who's mistakes led to the creation of the ''real'' GreaterScopeVillain; the Patriots' AI system.]]
* FlingALightIntoTheFuture: [[spoiler: Inverted and PlayedStraight. His actions may have nearly doomed the world on multiple occasions, via laying the foundations for the creation of the Patriot AIs, the information control channels they used to manipulate the world, and the creation of Liquid Snake and Solidus Snake, they also saved it. The other clone created by Zero's Les Enfants Terribles project was Solid Snake. Solid managed to defeat Liquid, helped stop Solidus, and managed to dismantle the Patriot AI's and completely disrupt the information control channels. Lastly, one of the last actions he undertook before becoming comatose was rescuing Big Boss, the man he considered his best friend (even if Big Boss didn't know it) and it was Big Boss who trained Solid Snake and eventually ended Zero's suffering via MercyKill.]]
* FriendlyEnemy: [[spoiler: PlayedWith. While he never considered Big Boss an enemy, Big Boss was convinced that Zero wanted him under control or dead. His true colors are finally revealed to Venom Snake (Big Boss's body double) in a taped recording that proves it was Zero who ordered his men to RESCUE Big Boss during the attack on Mother Base, and the attack was actually orchestrated by Skull Face and XOF a rogue cell of CIA.]]
* TheGhost: By the time that ''Ground Zeroes'' has come to pass, nobody has seen the guy for ''years''. [[spoiler:Except for Paz, it seems.]]
** Also applies to the larger series as a whole. For a character that is integral to the existence of the Patriots, and has shaped the plot of the entire series by his actions, Zero has surprisingly little screen time in the series. He hasn't had a speaking role since ''[=MGS3=]'', and his last physical appearance in the Big Boss saga was in ''MPO''. And in the Solid Snake saga Zero doesn't even appear until the end of ''[=MGS4=]'', well after the storyline conflict had already concluded, and even then, he's nothing but a helpless, wheelchair-bound vegetable.
** [[spoiler:Neither does he show up in person in ''The Phantom Pain,'' given how he's incapacitated by Skull Face. That being said, his presence still looms over the game, his voice appearing in the various tapes. Not to mention, it's revealed as well that in order to maintain security, he was sent to a windowless safehouse in an unknown location. Which thus explains why no one's seen him in ''Peace Walker''.]]
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Has a prominent facial scar running from his forehead down to his left cheek. This became his only recognizable feature as a bald, elderly man.
* GoodAllAlong: [[spoiler: As revealed in Phantom Pain. ''He's'' the one who funded the Diamond Dogs/Miller when Big Boss was in a coma, even protecting Big Boss when he was asleep. The events of the other games aren't even his fault. ]]
* GreaterScopeVillain: The founder of [[spoiler:the Patriots]] and thus responsible for a great deal of the events of the series. He can't be considered the absolute BigBad as his actions don't drive most of the plot [[spoiler:(his network of [=AIs=] ran things instead)]] and he is never actually encountered either [[spoiler:(until TheStinger in ''4'')]].
* HeelFaceDoorSlam: His actions [[spoiler:laid the foundation of the totalitarian world order that The Patriots would eventually set up. As ''The Phantom Pain'' reveals, he was ''not'' happy about this, and tried to restore his alliance with Big Boss so that Cipher could be stopped in its tracks. Skull Face's meddling ensured that he'd eventually both fail and get incapacitated, even though Skull Face himself was eventually defeated. As a result, Big Boss continued to think of Zero as an enemy, right up till the very end. Thankfully, he at least had the heart to give Zero a peaceful death. Somewhat subverted in that he did manage to fix just enough of his mistakes to eventually lead to the dismantling of his original plans.]]
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler: His downfall and vegetative state were caused by Skull Face and the XOF, a clandestine CIA group that Zero himself had created to originally support the FOX unit's operations. His schemes also alienated his best friend, accidentally ensuring that the two remained separated until it was too late.]]
* LonelyAtTheTop: [[spoiler: The recording of his conversation with Paz in ''The Phantom Pain'' reveals that Zero went underground and spends most if not all of his time in a windowless safe-house with little to no direct contact to the outside world. Ironic; the leader of Cipher -- and perhaps the most powerful man in the world --can't afford to go outside to look at the stars.]]
* TheManBehindTheMan: For [[spoiler:''Peace Walker'']].
* TheMeanBrit: He's snarky and cynical in ''Snake Eater'', and later becomes [[spoiler:a nihilistic ControlFreak, though ''The Phantom Pain'' reveals he didn't stay that way]].
* MercyKill: [[spoiler: How he finally dies. Over 100 years old, vegetative due to a parasitic infection give to him by a former lieutenant, almost all his plans having backfired horribly, nearly destroying the world he sought to unite, and his best friend thinking he was his worst enemy, his story was not a happy one. It was finally put to an end by the man he considered his best friend when Big Boss turned off his life support and put the Major out of his misery.]]
%%* MissionControl
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler:By the time of ''The Phantom Pain'', he's realized Cipher ''was not a good plan.'']]
* MyHeroZero: Zero momentarily changed his handle to [[Film/TheGreatEscape "Tom", thus dooming the Virtuous Mission.]] The irony did not escape him; he switches it back for Operation Snake Eater. [[spoiler:Subverted in later games, when Zero becomes obsessed with control.]]
* NietzscheWannabe: After Big Boss leaves [[spoiler:the Patriots, he loses faith in humanity. Subverted in ''The Phantom Pain'', which reveals that he was unsuccessfully trying to revive his alliance with Big Boss]].
* NoodleIncident: When calling Sigint about the Active Sonar, Sigint will remark that Zero must have lived in the Stone Age, and that he bought a brand new washing machine, but Zero cuts him off. It is never revealed what exactly happened.
* OneWorldOrder: His goal after Big Boss leaves The Patriots borders on this [[spoiler:though even he attempts to stop upon realizing that it wasn't such a good plan after all]]. As he puts it in a trailer for ''The Phantom Pain'':
--> "''This world will become one. I have found the way. Race, tribal affiliations, national borders... even our faces will be irrelevant. The world that the Boss envisioned will finally become a reality, and it will make mankind whole again.''"
* OrderVersusChaos: His conflict with Big Boss ultimately boils down to this. Big Boss's goal is to establish an anarchic perpetual battleground where soldiers are free to serve as mercenaries and do battle without allegiance to any government, ideology, or creed, whereas Zero hopes to unite the world under a OneWorldOrder government run by [[BigBrotherIsWatching Big Brother]] {{AIs}}.
* ParentalSubstitute: To [[spoiler:Paz]].
* QuintessentialBritishGentleman: A dapper Brit with an obsession with ''Film/JamesBond'', tea time, and scones.
* ScarsAreForever: [[spoiler:To the very end]].
* SpotOfTea: Zero enjoys his tea. He flies off the handle when Snake suggests drinking ''coffee'' on the victory flight home.
* ThisIsUnforgivable: [[spoiler: As revealed in one of the cassette tapes detailing his secret visit of Snake in the hospital in Cyprus during ''The Phantom Pain'', this is his reaction regarding Skull Face's attack on MSF which resulted in Big Boss ending up in a coma.]]
-->"I don't mind about myself. But what he did to you, I can never forgive."
* TragicHero: [[spoiler:He made Cipher to save the world, and then tried to save the world from Cipher. Neither worked, and worse, the Big Boss ''he'' was friends with will never know he realized what a horrible thing he did, because the "Big Boss" who learned Zero saved him was [[BodyDouble Venom]]. He did, in the end, manage to save the world from his own plans gone awry via the creation of Liquid, Solidus, and Solid Snake as well as the rescue of Big Boss.]]
* TheUnfought: Justified. By the time Solid Snake encounters him in ''Metal Gear Solid 4'', [[spoiler:he is in a permanent vegetative state and is over 100 years old]].
* WalkingSpoiler: He quickly became this after the release of ''Guns of the Patriots'', alongside SIGINT and Para-Medic.
* WalkingTechbane: Implied in several radio conversations to Sigint, which is incredibly ironic, considering [[spoiler:he ultimately masterminds a system of supercomputers, AIs, and nanomachines to rule the entire world for him.]]
** Or maybe not so ironic. [[spoiler:The one time he funds an AI capable of working, it goes a little ''[[GoneHorriblyRight too]]'' [[ZerothLawRebellion well]], and against his wishes anyway.]]
* YouAreTooLate: [[spoiler: Pretty much everything regarding his plans. He was too late in his realization that Cipher was a bad idea, he was too late to stop the destruction of the MSF (tho he did manage to save Big Boss's life), and he couldn't get Big Boss to awaken from his coma before he himself fell into a permanent vegetative state.]]
* VillainousRescue: [[spoiler: Sends the few men still loyal to him to rescue Big Boss and any MSF survivors of Skull Face's attack. Then has said survivors moved to a hidden medical facility to safely heal.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Was one, along with Big Boss, when they co-founded The Patriots to honor The Boss's legacy. Then he and Big Boss had a violent falling-out, his worldview became increasingly bleak and cynical, and he eventually lost all control over The Patriots when his AIs began to run amok while he slipped into a vegetative state.

[[folder: Sigint]]
[[caption-width-right:300:''[-"Between you and Para-Medic, is everyone but me that is hooked up with the Major strange?"-]'' ]]
[[caption-width-right:300:[[labelnote:Click here]]http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/darpamgs_3507.jpg[[/labelnote]] to see [[spoiler:Donald Anderson in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'']]]]
[[caption-width-right:300:''[-[[spoiler:"He drained the Chief's blood and took it into himself. But he wasn't able to deceive the Angel of Death."]]-]'' ]]
->In ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater Metal Gear Solid 3]]'': Creator/KeijiFujiwara (JP), James Mathis (EN)
->[[spoiler:In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'': Masaharu Sato (JP), Greg Eagles (EN)]]
->''"Suppose the legs help the tank travel bad roads...? I don't see the logic in that. Isn't that what treads are for? I mean, anyone who'd seriously consider making a thing like ''that'' [[DramaticIrony has got to be a wacko.]]"''

The CIA's best tech specialist. Between the technophobia of Washington, D.C. and the casual racism he faced in the private sector, Sigint's career was at a loose end when the Major poached him for FOX. Sigint developed most of Naked Snake's on hand equipment and is the one Snake talks to about said equipment.

The end of ''Metal Gear Solid 3'' strongly implies (and ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots Metal Gear Solid 4]]'' confirms) that [[spoiler:Sigint would later join DARPA under his real name -- Donald Anderson (A founder of the Patriots) -- and help develop Metal Gear REX. He's kidnapped during the Shadow Moses Incident and replaced with an imposter, Decoy Octopus, who falls dead after being exposed to the FOXDIE virus. Snake later learns that the real Anderson was murdered by Ocelot as part of a plot to dismantle the Patriots' command structure. The Anderson that Snake had spoken to was actually Decoy Octopus.]]
* ADayInTheLimelight: ''Metal Gear S...''
* BlackAndNerdy: He's a GadgeteerGenius who designed a lot of the gear Snake goes in with, such as his motion detector and tranq pistol. He notes that his skin colour prevented him from finding work for a long time.
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid''. [[spoiler:Heck, he dies before the game even starts!]]
** Subverted in the overall chronology. He was actually [[spoiler:the second of the Patriot founders (particularly those still loyal to Zero) to die, the first being Dr. Clark, a.k.a. Para-Medic, who is white]].
* BreakoutCharacter: In the Secret Theatre clip ''Metal Gear S...'' from ''Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence'', Sigint ends up stealing scenes from Naked Snake, right to the punch, in fact.
* CaptainObvious: When the player calls Sigint, he comments on the weapon they have equipped, the item, or the camouflage they are wearing, and some of them are so obvious it's just plain stupid. Here's one:
-->''You're wearing the snow face paint. Snow face paint was originally invented for arctic operations. If you want to use it efficiently, wear it in a snowy environment.''
* DeathBySecretIdentity: A non-villainous example. [[spoiler:While being interrogated by Ocelot in Metal Gear Solid, he discovers who Ocelot is, and is killed to MakeItLookLikeAnAccident]].
* DoomedByCanon: Once we know he's [[spoiler: Anderson, we also know that he's destined to be killed by Ocelot in the original Metal Gear Solid.]]
* EveryManHasHisPrice: As [[spoiler:the head of DARPA]], he gladly accepts bribe money from arms manufacturers; one of these payments was to secure rights to [[spoiler:Metal Gear REX]].
* FaceHeelTurn / FallenHero
* GreaterScopeVillain: Sigint helped Zero mastermind the Peace Walker Incident, and personally created and uploaded the Patriots' AI. In addition, [[spoiler:''The Phantom Pain'' reveals that he became the leader of Cipher following Zeroís incapacitation, so the latterís actions during the í90s as recalled by EVA in ''Guns of the Patriots'' can now presumably be attributed to Sigint instead, although how many of them he is personally responsible for is debatable since the AI would gradually develop its own will and run itself]].
* HypocriticalHumor: He often complains about being the only normal person within the FOX Unit, but has some of his own quirks.
* {{Irony}}: Shortly after Snake gets a nightmare after Para-Medic tells him about Dracula, Sigint tells him about the worst dream he's had, which bore various similarities to Metal Gear, and then asks Snake not to let his dream come true. Snake ends up not being able to keep his promise later in life. Bonus points come in when ''Metal Gear Solid 4'' reveals that Sigint [[spoiler:was actually Anderson, the one who had REX developed in exchange for bribe money]], meaning he didn't even allow himself to prevent his nightmare from coming true, and if we go by ''Peace Walker'', he apparently had a hand in developing the AI Weapons, meaning he made his nightmare come true even before Snake did.
* MadScientist: Has shades of this. Namely, he developed a mask of which what he views as his proudest achievement is that it was the first mask that could blink, and it was referred to as a crackpot a few times. [[spoiler:It's also implied in ''The Phantom Pain'' that he took the reins of AI development from Strangelove after her death, which in time lead to the Patriot AI.]]
%%* NiceHat
* NotSoAboveItAll: While he's normally weirded out by his co-workers' quirks, he has some odd tendencies himself. For example, he developed a LatexPerfection mask with the ability to blink... but failed to see why moving lips might've been useful.
* OnlySaneMan: Sigint seems to think everyone else in FOX are nuts. He may be right.
* TheStraightMan: Attempts to be this to the entire FOX team, at least.
* UnfazedEveryman: He even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] it at one point.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: [[spoiler:After Strangelove's death, it's implied that he took over in developing what became the Patriot AI.]]
* YouAreInCommandNow: ''The Phantom Pain'' reveals that he [[spoiler:was in charge of Cipher after Zero's brain death due to Skull Face's parasite attack, but Skull Face then hijacked the organization.]]

[[folder: Para-Medic]]
[[caption-width-right:300:''[-"Are you serious? You mean you've never heard of zombies? You guys don't know anything."-]'' ]]
->Voiced by: Creator/HoukoKuwashima (JP), Heather Halley (EN)

->''"Just think -- even if your body dies, you survive and go on to bigger and better accomplishments. If you think about it, itís kind of an honor."''

Another member of Zero's motley crew of misfits. Naked Snake's mission control who gives Snake information on the edible flora and fauna in the Russian forests, as well as medical advice. She's also quite the movie buff, telling Snake about all kinds of popular movies from the time.

''Metal Gear Solid 4'' revealed that [[spoiler:she, like the rest of FOX, went on to found the Patriots. Under her real name, Dr. Clark, she was put in charge Les Enfants Terribles project as well as the sequencing of the soldier genes. She met a violent end at the hands of her newest toy, the Cyborg Ninja a.k.a. Gray Fox]].
* ArcWelding: [[spoiler:She wasn't intended to be "Dr. Clark" until ''Metal Gear Solid 4'' revealed she was]].
* {{Adorkable}}: Loves her movies and Japanese pop culture.
* CompositeCharacter: Her whole characterization in ''Metal Gear Solid 3'' is like a combination of Otacon, Naomi Hunter, and Mei Ling. She even shares the same Japanese voice actor with Mei Ling.
* DoesNotLikeSpam: She really does not like crabs.
* EvilOldFolks: She was in her late 60s when she experimented on Grey Fox turning him into the cyborg ninja we know in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' [[spoiler: Fox kills her for this]]
* ForScience: Actually admits that while she can't condone things like cloning on moral grounds, she is fascinated by the possibilities. [[spoiler:Guess what happens later on?]]
* TheGhost: [[spoiler: She (technically he, given the information at the time) didn't actually appear on-screen until ''Metal Gear Solid 3'', but was given a few mentions in ''Metal Gear Solid'' as the one responsible for the creation of the gene therapy as well as the creation of the Genome Soldiers.]]
* TheHeart: Served this role in ''Metal Gear Solid 3''.
* HospitalHottie: A medical doctor who is quite easy on the eyes.
%%* HotScientist
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:Killed by the man she used as a guinea pig for genetic research]].
* LargeHam: According to the novelization for ''Metal Gear Solid'' [[spoiler:(which also acted as the first clue to Dr. Clark actually being a woman)]], she pretty much became this (it mentioned she acted Shakespearean in the first chapter taking place during Solid and Liquid Snake's birth).
%%* LovableNerd
* MadScientist: [[spoiler:Became one sometime after the events of ''Metal Gear Solid 3''.]]
%%* TheMedic
* MotorMouth: She was even called "Quack" because she talks so much because [[BlatantLies that's the only reason to call a doctor "quack."]]
* TheMovieBuff: After every save, she'll ask Snake if he's seen a particular movie and make reference to it.
%%* NerdsAreSexy
* OccidentalOtaku: She's got quite a bit of a ForeignCultureFetish for Japan.
* PresentDayPast: Her general look (especially her hairstyle) is far more fitting of 2004 than 1964.
* {{Retcon}}: [[spoiler:Dr. Clark was originally meant to be a man, until Raymond Benson's novelization, which may make this an early bird spoiler.]]
** Given a nod in ''The Phantom Pain'' [[spoiler: where Dr. Clark is referred to as a "he" in one of the cassette tapes. It's explained that almost no-one knows who Dr. Clark is - to the point where they don't even know "his" real gender.]]
%%* TeamMom

[[folder: EVA]]
[[caption-width-right:300:''[-"Scholars tell us that the first spy in history was the snake in the Book of Genesis."-]'' ]]
->Voiced by: Creator/MisaWatanabe (JP), Suzetta Miñet (EN: ''[=MGS3=]'', ''MGSPW''), Creator/VanessaMarshall (EN: ''MPO'')
->Big Mama: Mari Natsuki (JP), Lee Meriwether (EN)

[[caption-width-right:300:[[labelnote:Click here]]http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/bigmamamgs_2455.jpg[[/labelnote]] to see Big Mama in ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots [=MGS4=]]]'']]
[[caption-width-right:300:''[-"It was you, not I, who was created from the rib of man."-]'' ]]

->''"I've been trained to make even the most severe falsehood sound like the honest truth. Weren't you?"''

An American codebreaker who defected to the USSR. Now working for Volgin, she is tapped by the U.S. to assist Operation Snake Eater and prevent the threat of war. At the end of the game, [[spoiler:EVA reveals that she's an agent of the hitherto unseen Chinese Philosophers, and that it was Ocelot who was Snake's intended contact. Though her plan was a success, the microfilm she pinched from Snake turns out to be a fake.]]

[[spoiler: She later joins the Patriots and serves as the surrogate mother for the "Les Enfants Terribles" project.]] She also shows up again in ''Metal Gear Solid 4'', this time as the rebel leader "Big Mama".
* AFatherToHisMen: All members of the Paradise Lost Army refer to her as "Mama", and she calls them her "children."
* AbsoluteCleavage: Constantly leaves her motorcycle suit unzipped to expose her bra and midriff.
* BadassBiker: She's very capable on a bike. Some of her best moments in action occur on a bike, most notably when she uses it as an ImprovisedWeapon against Ocelot.
* BattleCouple: With Naked Snake in MGS3. Especially during the escape from the base and the battle against the Shagohod, with EVA driving and Snake gunning (later with EVA drawing the Shagohod's fire so Snake can AttackItsWeakPoint). They do have their earlier moments tho. One of EVA's first actions upon meet Snake is to shave him from a Spetznaz ambush. Then later they double team Major Ocelot.
* BigEater: During an escort mission with her, her stamina goes down very quick. Made worse by having lost all your food a bit before and not much of a chance to replenish it.
* BikerBabe: She once claimed that she would only leave her motorcycle if she either died or fell in love.
* BondGirl: {{Deconstructed}} and {{Inverted}}. In Bond films. Bond always seduced the girl, before using her and abandoning her by the next movie. In MGS3, EVA is the one seducing Snake, before using him for her own ends and abandoning him.
* ButNotTooForeign: [[spoiler:She is a Chinese agent, but her birthplace is in Meridian, Idaho, which is in America. It's strongly implied in her message to Naked Snake in the ending that she was taken by the Philosophers at a very early age alongside other children across the world to be trained as a sleeper agent]]. [[spoiler:Snake's Asian heritage, to say nothing of EVA's dietary preferences, would lead us to conclude EVA is Chinese]], and thus a bottle blonde. She also wears heavy makeup and eyeliner to [[spoiler:disguise her slanted eyes]]. However, previous games had alluded [[spoiler:to Solid Snake being "part-Japanese"]], and she's still blonde in her sixties. Given the lack of information about her background and the inconsistencies of canon, it's impossible to discern from the game footage alone if [[spoiler:she's full-blooded or part-Asian]]. ''Metal Gear Solid 4'' would seem to suggest the latter.
* ClarkKenting: Her "Tatyana" persona, in spite of being nothing more than a change of clothes and a pair of glasses, convincingly portrays her as being a different person due to a huge change in body language.
* CoveredWithScars: She bears several scars across her back from masquerading as [[{{Sadist}} Volgin]]'s lover.
* CustomUniformOfSexy: In her Tatyana disguise, her otherwise formal military uniform has a miniskirt.
* DoubleAgent: She is introduced as a codebreaker who defected from the NSA to work for the KGB, [[spoiler: but is actually an agent working for China]].
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: At the [[spoiler: end of Act 3 of ''[=MGS4=]'', she dies peacefully in Solid Snake's arms]].
* DrivesLikeCrazy: During the motorcycle chase from the Shagohod... let's just say that EVA's skills at not crashing leave something to be desired.
* FakeBoobs: Her medical history reveals she has had 'Breast Enhancement', presumably to make her better at distracting her targets.
* GangstaStyle: She shoots this way with her Mauser, using the recoil to sweep the weapon's muzzle in order to acquire her next target quickly. [[spoiler: It's one of the first indications that she's actually an agent for the Chinese.]]
* GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave: [[spoiler:In the fourth game]], other than some wrinkles, she still has her youthful figure at 78, even wearing an outfit with a plunging neckline.
* HoneyTrap: [[spoiler:She seduces Snake with the intention of using him to further her own agenda, and even plans to kill him once her mission is completed as HeKnowsTooMuch. [[InLoveWithTheMark She does however genuinely fall in love with him over the course of the story]].]]
* InLoveWithTheMark: [[spoiler:While her seduction of Snake was initially part of an attempt to get him to let his guard down so she could use him for her own ends, she does end up developing genuine romantic feelings for him]]. [[spoiler:This still doesn't stop her from ultimately screwing him over by stealing the ((unbeknownst to her) fake) Philosophers' Legacy microfilm as well as Shagohod's missile launch data and abandoning him in the name of completing her mission, though she regrets doing so enough to leave a taped apology behind for him and she also decides against killing him despite having orders to eliminate anyone who knew about her mission]].
* IGaveMyWord: [[spoiler:According to the tape she left behind for Snake to find, she had standing orders to kill everyone who knew about her mission, but she chose to spare him because she had promised him not to kill him. But at the same time, it is rather heavily implied that her own feelings for him also played a part in the decision.]]
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler:Snake, I Am Your Mother]]. Surrogate Mother to be precise.
* MissingMom: She was absent from the lives of both her children, [[spoiler:Liquid and Solid Snake. As far as we know, she never met Liquid after giving birth to him, and only met Solid Snake again when he was ''42''. And dies the same night.]]
* MsFanservice: Has a habit of leaving her biker suit unzipped, which Naked Snake certainly appreciated.
* NeverMessWithGranny: At 78, she's still a BadassBiker who DrivesLikeCrazy.
* NiceShoes: Ocelot says this exact phrase when, after briefly threatening to shoot her with the Little Joe crossbow that formerly belonged to The Fear under suspicions of her being the spy ([[ProperlyParanoid which are well founded]]), hinted that she's wearing the wrong boots (she's wearing her biking boots instead of her officer boots). [[spoiler:It's actually a RedHerring, as motorcycle gas is what gives EVA away]].
* PaperThinDisguise: To the player anyway, it should be at least reasonably obvious that she's Tatyana, even before the game zooms in on her scuffed biker boots while otherwise in disguise.
* PrecisionFStrike: In the Japanese version, after EVA (as Tatyana) was discovered to be the spy within Volgin's ranks, she says "Fuck you!" to Volgin before attempting to shoot him with the Kiss of Death. This was [[{{Bowdlerization}} toned down]] during localization to "Go to Hell!"
* RealityEnsues: Near the end of the game, after crashing her bike, she gets ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice by a tree branch, complete with BloodFromTheMouth. Though Snake gives her medical attention, she doesn't just walk it off either; she can barely walk, and is still bleeding throughout the subsequent EscortMission.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: In [[spoiler:''Metal Gear Solid 4''.]]
* ShoutOut:
** [[spoiler:Her appearance in ''Metal Gear Solid 4'' is a tribute to ultimate {{BondGirl}}, Honor Blackman a.k.a. [[http://im.rediff.com/movies/2009/may/27sli10.jpg Pussy Galore]].]]
** Her name being EVA makes one to the main HumongousMecha in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' which is also named [[NamesTheSame EVA]] and [[spoiler:they're also mothers of the main protagonists]].
** Also an inversion of the Eve / Serpent dynamic in christian mythos. Instead of the snake seducing Eve into taking the forbidden fruit, its EVA seducing Snake so she can steal a forbidden treasure.
* SirSwearsALot: Although most of the characters swear in the series, only two (one in the English version) actually went as serious as dropping the F-bomb.
* StatuesqueStunner: She's 5'10 and a half.
%%* {{Stripperific}}
* TrojanPrisoner: She posed as the KGB officer Tatyana as early as a few weeks before the Virtuous Mission, and was later captured by Volgin. Given Sokolov's comments on her to Snake, its implied that she deliberately allowed herself to be captured in order to infiltrate Groznyj Grad.

!!The Cobra Unit

[[folder: The Boss]]
[[caption-width-right:300:''[-"There is no need to prove that you are 'virtuous' here. This isn't America."-]'' ]]

-> AKA The Joy/Voyevoda
->Voiced by: Creator/KikukoInoue (JP), Lori Alan (EN)

->''"Ridiculous, isn't it? Yesterday's ally becomes today's opposition."''

Naked Snake's mentor and a war hero who led the Cobra Unit, a multinational team of elite Supernatural Warriors who practically ''won'' UsefulNotes/WorldWarII for the Allies. During the early events of ''Metal Gear Solid 3'', she defects to the Soviet Union with her fellow Cobras, causing a dramatic power shift between the East and West. This is bad news for Khrushchev, whose political rivals are secretly conspiring with The Boss' new employer. Enraged, Khrushchev threatens war, and D.C. is left with no choice but to slay The Boss and her leader as recompense. Snake now stands accused of colluding in the Boss' defection, and must cooperate in her assassination to save himself and the Major from execution.

At the story's conclusion, [[spoiler: The Boss willingly lays down her life and is shot by Snake, who returns to the states to find that The Boss was a double-agent all along, having been ordered to sneak into Volgin's unit and steal back the Philosopher's Legacy. The plan went sour after Volgin nuked the Shagahod laboratory, blowing the CIA's cover and forcing them into plausible denial mode, declaring The Boss a rogue agent. Snake is devastated by the casualness of how The Boss was used and thrown away, and he immediately resigns in protest.]]

The Boss continues to haunt the narrative in the prequels, much like Big Boss does in the present day.
* AbsoluteCleavage: The Boss unzips her sneaking suit for her final bout with Snake, [[spoiler:revealing the jagged scar on her chest from her C-section.]]
* TheAce: One of the greatest soldiers who ever lived with a mastery of hand-to-hand combat, firearms and infiltration, charismatic, extremely wise, unparalleled emotional strength, and is respected by just about everyone.
* ActionGirl: A huge one. She regularly beats the snot out of Naked Snake and fought in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, while ''hugely pregnant'', and became a legendary war hero.
* ActionMom: During [[UsefulNotes/ColdWar the game itself]].
* AnimalMotifs: A horse. Snakes too, to a lesser extent- while she is never associated with snakes herself, her C-section scar becomes a snake after her death ([[MagicRealism Just go with it]]), and she references snakes in her speech at the end. The snake symbolism is likely meant to reflect on her being a "mother of snakes", being the surrogate mother of Naked Snakeófrom whom the other snakes were born.
* AntiVillain: The Villain in Name Only variant; even though she's one of the game's main antagonists, she's strangely kind and compassionate. [[spoiler:This is because she turns out to be a HeroAntagonist. She's only an "enemy" because the U.S. Government essentially screwed her over after her [[FakeDefector fake defection]] [[GoneHorriblyWrong backfired]] due to [[AxCrazy Volgin]] and presumably the [[TheResenter CIA's]] influence.]] It's also worth pointing out that, despite the many clashing personalities and agendas in ''Snake Eater'', she's the only person that ''everyone'' respects (in Volgin's case, it's more due to [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority fear]], but considering that he's AxCrazy, that's still saying something).
* BadassNormal: Compared to her supernaturally empowered apprentices, she is ''still'' the greatest warrior amongst them all. She's even able to intimidate Volgin.
* BattleCouple: With The Sorrow during World War II.
* BigGood: One for the series as a whole. [[spoiler:See PosthumousCharacter below.]]
* BloodKnight: She claims to be one, but her [[spoiler: trip to space]] and [[spoiler: assassination of her own lover]] made her want to unite the world rather than fight it. Still, whether she is acting or not, she says she wants to make [[spoiler:her final fight with Naked Snake]] the "best ten minutes" of her life.
* BoyishShortHair: During the Virtuous Mission, her hair is tied up in a way that it ''looks'' short. She lets it hang down for the rest of the game.
* CigarChomper: According to a Codec conversation, she used to smoke cigars.
* ComicbookFantasyCasting: To actress Creator/CharlotteRampling.
* CryCute: Well, not exactly "cute"; she's too dignified for that. [[spoiler:But any doubt to her being a fundamentally good person should disappear at the end.]]
* DeathFakedForYou: Twice, to two different people, as a matter of fact. The first was in the Virtuous Mission, where she had thrown Snake over a bridge nearing the end of the mission, knowing full well that Snake would in fact survive the fall. The second time was [[spoiler:prior to Sokolov and Snake's torture at the hands of Volgin]], where she apparently supplied him with a fake death pill.
* DeathSeeker: Strangelove comments that she thought the Boss was like this after hearing of Operation Snake Eater.
--> '''The Boss:''' Life's end. Isn't it glorious?
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: She has a habit of walking up to men she's angry with and [[YouAreGrounded forcibly dismantling their firearms]].
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: EVA admires her a bit too much, so much that if the player knocks her out, they can [[HoYay hear her moan "Boss~"]] in her sleep. ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'' even has Dr. Strangelove [[spoiler: develop an A.I. based on her idol.]]
* FaceDeathWithDignity: She's [[spoiler:eerily at peace with the idea of her own demise. It demonstrates how strong her spirit is, as a lesser person would have broken under the strain, while she barely sheds much tears.]]
* FaceHeelTurn: At the end of the Virtuous Mission, she is revealed to have defected from the United States to support Volgin and his army. [[spoiler:Actually Subverted in the game's ending sequence when it's revealed that she was actually a FakeDefector all along.]]
* FatalFlaw: [[spoiler:For all the strength, courage and respect she's earned from others, she's blindly loyal to a country that continues to screw her over time after time and ultimately has her killed not because it was to save the country as first assumed, but just that she was becoming a nuisance.]]
* FinalBossPreview: Naked Snake fights the Boss in numerous cutscenes before he finally battles her for real. During their first two encounters, Snake doesn't even land a blow on her. In their third fight, he shows signs of improvement. By the fourth battle, he's finally mastered CQC and turns it against her.
* GenderIsNoObject: Surprisingly, nobody ever gives her any guff for being a woman, despite this taking place in the sixties. It's possible nobody dares bring it up because ''she's that good''. [[spoiler:Her connection to the Philosophers probably doesn't hurt either]].
* GoodAllAlong: Well not ''good'', but as the game progresses, we can see that she clearly is kind and generally a good person, despite her still being an antagonist. [[spoiler:Played straight by the ending, which reveals that she never pulled her FaceHeelTurn in the first place.]]
* GoodScarsEvilScars: [[spoiler:Possesses a snake-shaped scar resulting from an emergency C-section deliverance of her baby, Adamska, a.k.a. Ocelot during the Invasion of Normandy. After her death, the scar [[MagicalRealism transforms into a real snake]] and slithers away]].
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold
* TheHeavy: While Volgin's the one in charge of the enemy forces, she's the more personal antagonist towards Snake, and it's her defection that caused most of the game's plot to happen in the first place.
* HeroAntagonist: [[spoiler:She opposes Snake throughout the entire game but is actually on the good side.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:After it became apparent that an unexpected occurrence (Volgin bombing the Sokolov Design Bureau) will force her to have to give up her life at the hands of her disciple, she willingly does so to prevent WorldWarIII. Subverted in later games where it turns out that, although she did still intend to prevent nuclear war, her death was actually intended from the very beginning]].
* HeroWithBadPublicity: She [[spoiler:posthumously becomes this. EVA even lampshades her tragic fate.]]
-->'''[[spoiler: EVA]]:''' In America, [[spoiler: she]]'s [[FakeDefector a soldier with no sense of honor]]. In Russia, [[spoiler: she]]'s a monster who almost unleashed a nuclear catastrophe...
* HighlyConspicuousUniform: Her combat uniform is white in a game largely designed with camouflage in mind, which makes her stick out like a sore thumb among the jungles of Tselinoyarsk. [[spoiler:It is, however, very effective to the point where infrared goggles are recommended when you fight her in her final battle, set in a field of white flowers.]]
* HonorBeforeReason: Even before [[spoiler:her death in]] Operation Snake Eater, it's revealed that she put up with ''years'' of abuse and exploitation at the hands of the U.S. government; she was simply ''that'' loyal to her country.
* ICannotSelfTerminate: Naked Snake ''must'' be the one to kill her; otherwise, the USSR will have no one else but the United States to blame for the nuke detonated within their territory.
* ILetYouWin: [[spoiler: Heavily implied to be the case during her final fight against Naked Snake/Big Boss and later confirmed by Snake himself in later games. She knows that she has to die in order to complete her mission and wants to die by her student's hands but she won't let herself fall until she deems Snake worthy by him completely mastering CQC.]]
* ImageSong: "Snake Eater" could be considered one, [[spoiler:foreshadowing her motivations for going on what was basically a suicide mission.]]
* IronLady: The Mother of Special Forces, she has a calm and collected demeanor, and such a strong and overbearing presence that she sent ''Volgin'' reeling back in fear when she questioned his mistrust towards her.
* IronicName: Despite her old codename being The Joy, The Boss rarely rare smiles.
* ItsAllMyFault: She blames herself for the Cold War, believing that if she [[spoiler: had followed through with an assassination, even though it was actually a Soviet ruse, she might have been able to stop the Cold War, even if it meant sacrificing an innocent man.]]
* JeanneDArchetype: She became a military leader at an early age during World War II, fought for her country, and once the truth about her [[spoiler:fake defection]] comes out, she can be seen as a martyr.
%%* JerkassFacade:
* KillTheOnesYouLove: She was forced to kill [[spoiler:The Sorrow]] in battle. [[spoiler:And Snake was forced to do the same to her.]]
* LadyOfWar: She has grace, reserve, and uses the efficient, bone-breaking CQC to execute fast field-strips and disarm opponents. She commands so much respect that she intimidates Volgin by just questioning him, and is very wise in warfare due to spending decades as a soldier.
%%* LightIsNotGood: [[spoiler:Subverted.]]
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler:Or more accurately: Ocelot, I Am Your Mother.]]
* MagneticHero: She inspires UndyingLoyalty in almost everyone around her to the point that fifty years after her death, the major conflict in the world is caused by differences in the interpretation of her will.
* MamaBear:
** It was established that she and The Sorrow ended up fighting each other and she ended up killing him in 1962 at Tselinoyarsk, and the only "visual" aspect (a flashback from The Sorrow's memories) implies that The Boss killed him unwillingly. Peace Walker elaborates on the exact circumstances as to why she and The Sorrow fought: basically, the American and Russian Philosophers forced them to fight each other (in a manner that is eerily similar to Raiden and Solidus's fight in ''Metal Gear Solid 2'') with the threat that if both survived the fight, they would murder The Sorrow and The Boss's child, [[spoiler:Revolver Ocelot]].
** Even earlier, during an assassination attempt during World War II, The Boss protected her unborn child in a shoot out, causing her to take a grazing shot to the head.
* MissingMom: [[spoiler:To Ocelot]], born on Normandy on D-Day and taken from her by the Philosophers almost immediately. She never saw him grow up, [[spoiler:making for a DramaticIrony (in hindsight) as he ends up working for/alongside her during Operation Snake Eater.]]
* AFatherToHisMen: Both to Naked Snake and to the other Cobras. It pains her that they fight each other to the death.
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: Even after being betrayed and used by the government multiple times, she still continues to fight for America.
* NecessarilyEvil: [[spoiler:A big part of her motives.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler:The Boss's intention of getting the Philosophers' Legacy for America was to reunite the warring factions of the Philosophers and make it as it once was, an organization to revert the brutal aspects of warfare. Unfortunately, she not only forgot to specify that it was to stop war, but when it got to the United States, and the Patriots were founded, it arguably made the feuding even worse.]]
** Also earlier. The CIA offered to take over mission control of the mission to exploit some Russian Philosophers who were dissatisfied with Moscow into sabotaging various Soviet projects (with the not to subtle reason of wanting to take the credit). The Boss let them do so. Afterwards, they cut the sleeper agent's pay by a large percentage, resulting in him [[MistreatmentInducedBetrayal defecting completely to the Soviet Union]], and then falsifying several documents. The Boss got suspicious and decided to go in alone after the CIA refused to back her up. In other words, she really should have continued being directly involved in the operation a bit longer rather than let the CIA take over.
* TheParagon: [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]].
* ParentalSubstitute: In a conversation with EVA, Big Boss essentially describes The Boss as being like a mother to him.
* PatrioticFervor: Despite all that happens to her, she still remains loyal to America, both out of genuine patriotism and a hope for a better future.
* PeacefulInDeath: [[spoiler:She even orders Snake to pull the trigger]].
* PerpetualFrowner: [[spoiler:When she becomes TogetherInDeath with The Sorrow, she can be seen smiling at Snake, however.]] She also a slight but noticeable smile after she's given her backstory to Snake.
* PosthumousCharacter: [[spoiler:Even after her death, she casts a long shadow over the franchise, and arguably counts as the BigGood in that everything that happened (''everything Big Boss and the Patriots did'') was an attempt to live up to her legacy]].
* PregnantBadass: At the Battle of Normandy (and presumably earlier).
* RedBaron: During her days as the leader of the Cobra unit she was called The Joy, Sigint remarks that it was probably because of the great joy she felt in battle.
* SinkOrSwimMentor: [[spoiler: Is this during the final fight of MGS3. She wants Snake to master CQC before she allows him to kill her. In order to push him, The Boss orders an air strike to hit Rokovoj Bereg, giving Snake 10 minutes to master CQC. He succeeds.]]
* SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains: Unquestionably a Villain in Name Only variant. The only reason you fight her is because [[spoiler:she's wrongfully branded a traitor, and revealing the truth would only compromise her mission]].
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: The only female among the Cobras. Though mitigated by the fact she's their ''leader''.
* StatuesqueStunner: Stands at 5'10.
* StealthMentor: Through his mission to kill her, she provides her final lessons to her beloved student.
* SuicideByCop: Essentially, she knows she has to die and wishes for [[spoiler:Naked Snake]] to be the one to kill her.
* SuperStrength: She certainly had enough strength to carry the container with two Davy Crockett warheads and the container with the launcher, which had a combined weight of 300 kg (700 lbs), [[spoiler:and presumably use it by hand]].
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: To Olga Gurlukovich, who was forced to lead her own men into slaughter by the Patriots, who were holding her child ransom. Adamska [[spoiler:(a.k.a. Ocelot)]] was used as leverage to pit his parents against one another.
* TeamMom: Frequently referenced as this in relation to the other Cobras.
* ThanatosGambit: [[spoiler:She makes a big one.]]
* TogetherInDeath: [[spoiler:Right after you beat her, press R1 and you can see her ghost holding hands with The Sorrow.]]
* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: [[spoiler:A good woman who died to prevent a third world war.]]
* TrainingFromHell: It's implied that this was her method of training Naked Snake in Snake Eater. The Boss told Volgin that his methods of torturing Snake for information are fruitless, as he was trained by her to not break under torture. [[spoiler:Now, take note of the fact that he was delivering electric shocks at Naked Snake that were heavily implied to be within the ten million volt range ("This is where the fun really begins! My body carries an electric charge of ten million volts! Let's see how you like this!") at the time she told him, so the mere fact that that wasn't enough to even break Snake due to The Boss's training speaks for itself.]]
* UndyingLoyalty: "Loyalty to the end", indeed!
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: The Boss' final will and her idyllic dream of making the world whole [[spoiler:helped influence the later motivations of Big Boss and those who in time forged the Patriots.]]
* VasquezAlwaysDies: She's not exactly butch, but is considerably more experienced and less fanservicey than EVA, ''Metal Gear Solid 3''[='=]s other ActionGirl. Naturally, The Boss is the one that beefs it. However, this is a case of TropesAreNotBad since her death has next to nothing to do with her lack of femininity and forms one of the most heart-rending moments of the game, and perhaps the franchise as a whole.
* VillainousLegacy: While The Boss herself was nothing less than loyal patriot who only wanted to leave the world as it was, almost every unspeakable action and monstrous organizations are attributed to trying to live up to her legacy and what she wanted. While all she wanted was to do was loyally serve her country and keep the world from killing itself, most metal gear villains distorted her motivations and only looked at her strength as a soldier and what ended up happening to her. Even when her [[spoiler:A.I. ghost]] sacrifices itself, Big Boss the one man who was supposed to truly understand her, sees this as a betrayal of her own legacy rather than The Boss carrying out her own true desires.
* VirtualGhost: [[spoiler:As the Mammal Pod]] in ''Peace Walker''.
* WarriorPoet: Quite possibly the most wisdom-filled character in the series. She gives many thought-provoking monologues on the nature of war, soldiers, governments and militaries as a whole.
* WhiteShirtOfDeath: She wears a white battle suit amidst a field of white flowers in the most dramatic battle of the game.
%%* TheWisePrince
* WomanInWhite: Her Sneaking Suit is white.
* WroteTheBook: The Boss originated the very concept of a "stealth mission". It was originally a tool deployed for "snatch missions" during [=WWII=], in which her unit needed to extract [=VIPs=] and hostages from a war zone without being spotted. The first stealth mission on record was Virtuous Mission -- an inauspicious start.
%%* ZenSurvivor
* ZeroApprovalGambit: The end result of her role in Operation Snake Eater leaves her [[spoiler:dead with her reputation permanently ruined, and the public dismissing her as nothing but a war criminal and a traitor.]]

[[folder: The Cobra Unit]]
A team of some of the greatest Alied soldiers, led by the Boss.. Each legendary warriors in their own right, their supernatural powers allowed them to '''win''' the Second World War for the Allies in the ''Metal Gear'' universe... and Snake has the misfortune of having to fight them. They consist of The Pain, who can control hornets; The Fear, an animalistic hunter with a crossbow; The End, the world's oldest sniper; The Fury, a pyromaniac cosmonaut, and The Sorrow, a person who is both a ghost and a medium.
* AnthropomorphicPersonification: Each and every warrior of the Cobra Brigade represents the definition of the emotions felt in battle, condensed within a lethal physical personification of the concept they represent.
** [[spoiler: They also could represent Snake's emotions during the game. He felt pain, fear, fury, and joy on the battlefield. Yet he was overcome with '''Sorrow''' when The Boss died never leaving until he met his '''END''']].
%%* BadassCrew
* {{Cool Old Guy}}s: Most of them are in their fifties, and The End is over a century old.
* DefeatEqualsExplosion: With the exception of The Sorrow and The Boss, all of the Cobra Unit members [[spoiler:exploded upon being defeated, regardless of lethality or lack thereof. It's HandWaved by Zero and Sigint explaining that they carried microbombs to detonate in the event that they fell during battle so as to deny the enemy even the chance to retrieve their body and personal belongings. Unfortunately for the rest of the world in the 1980's this doesn't work as intended; as Code Talker is able to retrieve The End's remains which is rife with parasites and are used towards creating a biological weapon capable of eliminating language and was nearly successful]].
* DrivenToSuicide: It is heavily implied via various radio conversations that the reason why the surviving members of the Cobra Unit (barring The Boss) still carried a microbomb, even when not being in enemy territory, and also why they are even fighting against Snake is because they wanted to die in battle.
* {{Fallen Hero}}: [[spoiler:Not really.]]
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: You still get their camouflages if they're defeated via stamina-kill. And in The End's case, his gun as well.
* MultinationalTeam: Led by an American, at least two of them are Russian. The Pain, The Fear and The End's nationalities are unknown, but The Pain's use of a Tommy Gun possibly suggests American and The End's use of a Mosin-Nagant means he could possibly be Russian.
* OneManArmy: Each is considered such.
* PunchClockVillain: BloodKnight tendencies aside, they're not really bad people - just mercenaries who loyally follow The Boss wherever she goes.
* QuirkyMiniBossSquad: Even quirkier than previous entries. Their already formidable combat abilities are enhanced by surgical-modifications and/or Pulp-Novel-Era WeirdScience funded by the 100 billion dollars of the Philosophers' Legacy rather than Hard-Science of the Universe's later-years.
* SpellMyNameWithAThe: All of them are referred to as "The". The Boss even states at one point "I leave him to you, The Fear."
* SuperEmpowering: ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'' explains that [[spoiler:parasites attached to some of the Cobra Unit were able to give them their powers; for example, The End was infested with a parasite that gives him the ability to thrive off photosynthesis, and that parasite was later ingested by Code Talker to give him the same ability. It's also heavily implied that The Fury and The Pain were infested with parasites as well; two additional parasites found included one that forced the brain to produce extra adrenaline upon feeling pain, the other allowed the user to secrete hormones that controlled insects.]]
%%* {{Zen Survivor}}

[[folder: The Pain]]
[[caption-width-right:300:''[-"The new blood has been rejected."-]'' ]]
->Voiced By: Creator/HisaoEgawa (JP), Creator/GreggBerger (EN)

A member of the Cobra Unit. Controls a nest of bees and hornets via the queen bee in his backpack, and also uses them to fetch and deploy weapons. The one with the least characterization, he interrupts Naked Snake's fight with Ocelot and subsequently confronts the former in the caves.
* {{Acrofatic}}: Despite having a fairly large gut, he can still backflip like a professional gymnast.
* AnimalMotifs: Bees and hornets.
%%* BaldOfEvil
%%* BeeAfraid
* BeeBeeGun: The Pain's special skill is getting his pet bees (except when they're hornets) to carry grenades for him, tossing a special liquid at Snake that attracts the hornets, using them as makeshift armor, and even creating a duplicate of himself out of hornets. He also has an attack that involves spitting a "bullet bee" at Snake (which he keeps ''[[{{Squick}} inside himself]]''), which burrows underneath the skin and has to be removed via the survival window. They can also form a metal-and-wood Tommy Gun that actually fires. Feel sorry for the one that has to be the firing pin. The downloadable ''Metal Gear Solid 4 Database'' and the official ''Snake Eater'' website's character bio for The Pain explains it as [[HandWave him having a queen bee inside of his backpack that he has its sounds amplified]]. ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'' further explains it as him having [[spoiler:a parasite inside his body that produced a pheromone that allowed him to control insects]].
* CallingYourAttacks: He even gets little cutscenes whenever he changes his hornets into a different weapon, the name of which he (naturally) shouts. "Tommy gun!"
* EvilIsHammy: He bounces around like an acrobat, striking dramatic poses while shouting his codename.
* TheFaceless: Subverted: He removes his balaclava halfway through his boss fight. And it's not pretty...
* FacialHorror: His face (and other parts of his body) is covered with welts from the numerous stings he's endured.
* TurnsRed: He removes his mask in the latter portion of the fight, allowing him to spit bullet bees.

[[folder: The Fear]]
[[caption-width-right:300:''[-"Come into my web."-]'' ]]
->Voiced By: Kazumi Tanaka (JP), Creator/MichaelBell (EN)

A member of the Cobra Unit, The Fear is named for his endless fascination with experimenting with and spreading fear. Is double-jointed and very animalistic. Likes to use booby traps and poison-tipped arrows. The joints in his body were surgically modified by the Philospher's Scientists to freakish flexibility for heightened combat-agility. He was also granted a prototype of the stealth camo, augmenting his already legendary hunting abilities.
* AnimalMotifs: Spiders.
%%* AutomaticCrossbows
* BigEater: As the stealth camo he uses was just a prototype at the time of Operation Snake Eater, it is powered by his bioelectricity and thus drains his stamina very quickly. To compensate, he has to eat near constantly when using his stealth camo. It even makes him so hungry that he will happily scarf down food without checking to see if its rotten or poisoned first.
* BodyHorror: Long lizard tongue, double-jointed elbows, {{RedEyes|TakeWarning}} with HellishPupils... *shudder*.
* ComplexityAddiction: The whole 'strike fear in the hearts of men' rigamarole. The cutscene shows that The Fear could just as easily climb a tree and plug Snake in the head with his crossbow if he wanted.
* CompositeCharacter: WordOfGod states that his design came from a rejected design for Raiden and he has many tendencies and abilities (such as running on water) similar to Vamp. His boss battle is also similar to Vamp's, being that he is often running around above you and you must watch your footing while fighting him. His appearance is also highly similar to typical portrayals of Dracula.
* DirtyCoward: His whole strategy is to hide, wear you down, and heal himself, and true to his name, he seems to be overwhelmed with fear right before he dies.
%%* EvilIsHammy
* {{Expy}}: Of {{Film/Predator}}, right down to the electric buzz when his camo shorts out. Also to Vamp, both being vampire themed bosses with super natural abilities (and both can run on water).
* FlawedPrototype: He has a very early prototype of Stealth Camouflage. While it provides the same level of invisibility to the later models, it also rapidly drains his stamina. Meaning that he can only use it in short bursts, or has to constantly eat to replenish himself.
* HellishPupils: He has catlike pupils.
* LetsFightLikeGentlemen: His strategy of being a DirtyCoward is somewhat inverted, since he also gives Snake a time-out to heal. Strange guy.
* OverlyLongTongue: Lengthened by the Philosopher's scientists to bestial-proportions to better frighten the enemy.
%%* SkunkStripe
* TerrorHero: This used to be his stock and trade.
* TooDumbToLive: He'll pick up any food lying around the area you fight him. Including spoiled food.
* TrickArrow: He uses poison-tipped, frag grenade, and white phosphorous grenade arrows. And for some reason, when he blows up after being defeated, a large number of arrows also explode out from him.
* WallCrawl: He can reverse his limbs, allowing him to climb without losing sight of a target behind him.

[[folder: The End]]
[[caption-width-right:300:''[-"You'll make a fine quarry for my final hunt."-]'' ]]
->Voiced By: Osamu Saka (JP), Grant Albrecht (EN)

The world's oldest and greatest sniper. The End is the inventor of all modern sniping tactics. He's clinically dead the majority of time, but the moss within his body will revive him when the time is right. He is also able to photosynthesize to recover health, though the beam of light betrays his location.
* AnimalMotifs: A parrot.
* BeenThereShapedHistory: Described as the "father of modern sniping."
* CherryTapping: The End actually does this to ''the player''. He only uses tranquilizer rounds, and if the player loses to him, then he must backtrack from the lab Snake visited earlier. The player can pull the same thing on him, by using the tranquilizer pistol he has been carrying since the beginning of the game. In fact, the player must do this in order to get his tranquilizer rifle.
* CoolGuns: An M1891 Mosin Nagant, something of an anachronism by 1964, which has been customised with a pistol grip and folding stock. Most notably, it also fires tranquilizer darts. For those moments when you really want to reach out and touch somebody, but you don't want to rough them up too much.
* DirtyOldMan: Was depicted as such in the ''Subsistence'' joke video [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gMqRAefBIo "He's Still Got It,"]] where he apparently has some sort of fascination for EVA/Tatyana for her "reviving" him. Throughout the clip, he stalks EVA as the plot progresses, and repeatedly tranquilizes Ocelot out when he goes to hurt her, culminating with him expressing his "disappointment" when he stows away on Snake and EVA's night in Alaska. EVA ends up running him over the following morning when he attempts to snipe her.
* TheDyingWalk: If you defeat him, a FMV begins of him walking away before suddenly collapsing.
* FlawedPrototype: His abilities stem from a symbiotic nature with a species of parasites that live inside his body, allowing for a longer life span, the ability to photosynthesize, and to keep a similar level of physical capability to a man in his prime. But these abilities were just the start. After The End's death, a researcher named Code Talker managed to acquire samples of The End's parasites and improve them to also give the host super speed, strength, reflexes, and invisibility.
* AGoodWayToDie: He goes out peacefully and with no regrets when Snake takes him out.
* GetBackHereBoss: For a zombie, he moves at a fast clip. He also lobs flashbangs over his shoulder so you cannot follow.
* TheGhost: [[spoiler:Has a non-canon voiced cameo in ''Peace Walker'', where tapping the Codec near the spirits of the near dead soldiers during Extra OP 62 will make The End call Snake, with a frequency of 000.00. This is the only way to acquire the Neo Moss Camo, a pattern based on his guillie suit from MGS3.]]
* GuideDangIt: To get his Moss camo, he must be "held up" at gunpoint like a normal mook -- something you can't do to any other boss.
* TheLastDance: He knows this will be his last battle.
* NatureHero: Intelligence agencies assume he has no spotter, because no one could possibly believe he uses a ''parrot'' and a variety of ''forest creatures'' as his spotters. He will also essentially pray to the forest itself to regenerate his health.
* NonHumanSidekick: His parrot.
* NonLethalKO: Unlike other bosses, he won't kill you. Instead, losing to him entails being taken back to your prison cell. Unlike other bosses, doing this to him doesn't yield his camo pattern, but his Mosin Nagant instead.
* NotSoStoic: Try killing and eating his bird. That will perk him right up. This is actually a good strategy, since the parrot acts as a spotter and is difficult to see. But the penalty is that The End becomes much more aggressive.
* OldSoldier: Over 100 years old and still fighting.
* PlantPerson: This may explain his (admittedly limited) [[{{Green Thumb}} Green Thumb]] abilities and longer-than-average lifespan, among other things. And his photosynthetic camouflage.
** [[spoiler: Gets a couple of [[{{Expy}} Expies]] and an explanation in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain''. One is Code Talker, who has similar abilities to The End due to the parasites that make up most of his body, implied to be the same ones that allowed The End to live as long as he did and photosynthesize. The other is Quiet, a sniper with the same parasites as Code Talker who has similar abilities to The End, including the ability to photosynthesize for sustenance, the ability to function as a sniper independent of a spotter, and a mastery of camouflage (albiet due to her parasites rendering her invisible rather than clever use of surroundings).]]
* SkippableBoss: He can be sniped a while before you actually have to fight him. If you kill him early, another Ocelot Unit battle will replace him in the same area.
** He can also be skipped by saving your game during the boss fight, put it off for a week, then return to get treated with a cutscene of him passing away from old age. Snake, understandably, will give ''himself'' a WhatTheHellHero moment for not satisfying his desire for his last battle.
* SleepyHead: Due to his age, he spends a lot of his time sleeping. He also has the potential to frequently doze off during the actual boss fight, making it easier to sneak up on him. If the player holds up the Directional Mic to find him, hearing his snores is one of the audible cues to his location.
** Funny enough, if you save the game and reload it [[SkippableBoss (as long as it is within the week since the save)]], you will be treated of a cut-scene of Snake waking up from a nap, and then taken out by The End, with him scolding you for sleeping on the mission.
* StalkerWithACrush: In one of the joke videos. See DirtyOldMan.
* TechnicalPacifist: Despite inventing modern sniping, he apparently refuses to kill anyone. If he defeats you, he drags you to a jail cell earlier in the jungle. His Mosin Nagant is custom-made to fire tranquilizer darts so he can snipe and be a pacifist at the same time.
* TheWormThatWalks: [[spoiler: Implied by Code Talker's nature in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain''. Apparently Code Talker's body is mostly made up of the parasites he worked on with Skull Face, and he possess some similar abilities to The End because of this; specifically his longevity and ability to photosynthesize instead of needing to eat. He even states that these parasites were used by The End, although the extent that they were used is unconfirmed.]]
* WorthyOpponent: Views Snake as one. Unless you mess up in the boss fight, in which case he scolds you.
-->'''The End''': Reckless boy. You don't deserve to meet your fate yet.

[[folder: The Fury]]
[[caption-width-right:300:''[-"I came back from space. As I returned, I had one vision: the world set ablaze."-]'']]
->Voiced By: Masato Hirano (JP), Richard Doyle (EN)

A cosmonaut that survived re-entry into Earth's atmosphere in only his spacesuit, which he wears all the time. A member of the Cobra Unit. Notable in that he seemingly gains superpowers ''after'' being defeated.
* AchillesHeel: The knife. It's astonishingly effective against him, with the obvious caveat being that you need to sneak up to him to use it, and that's if he manages to not detect you. Granted, it makes sense given that you're slicing open his suit, but [[FridgeLogic why that courtesy isn't extended to your guns or explosives, which should at least blow up his fuel tanks]] is beyond any of us.
* AnimalMotifs: [[BatOutOfHell Bats]]. They're all over the place where you fight him.
* AxCrazy: Averted. He's fueled by a combination of rage and fire during the actual fight, but he's shown to be as calm as the Sorrow off the field, even a bit melancholic.
* BadassNormal: The Fury has no powers, just a highly-resilient spacesuit, a jetpack, and an overpowered flamethrower.
* BossArenaIdiocy: Not as extreme as other examples, but the tunnels where he's fought have water pipes which can be shot to release water that'll douse his flames, and explosive barrels which can be shot near him to deal tons of damage.
%%* ComeOutComeOutWhereverYouAre
* FireWaterJuxtaposition: Used to contrast him with the Sorrow, whose boss battle takes place immediately after his.
* KillItWithFire: His specialty is a flamethrower, and it was implied that this was his specialty since during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.
* ManOnFire: When the Fury removes his helmet, his body mysteriously absorbs ''all'' of the flames in the boss arena.
* NoKillLikeOverkill: You know his flamethrower? Well, unlike other flamethrowers, his flamethrower uses ''rocket fuel'' as its flammable source, thus ensuring that anyone who was hit with his flamethrower burns to death in an extremely slow fashion.
* PlayingWithFire With flamethower being his favorite weapon.
* {{Pyromaniac}}: The Fury uses a rather nasty flamethrower that is so strong it can ''block the player's bullets.'' Hell, even his ''jetpack'' lights up the terrain he flies over.
* RevengeBeforeReason: The Fury's microbomb turns him into a pair of fireballs, each shaped like a screaming head. The first one misses Snake and explodes against the exit, jimmying the door open so he can escape.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Strongly implied to be the case: He suffered from a Cosmonaut mission-related accident that resulted in most of his skin being burned and being incapable of feeling any pain. [[spoiler:When killed, he is also seen "radioing" mission control, to which the director's commentary strongly implies is actually his reliving his memories of the day of his accident.]]
* TheStoic: While he's [[UnstoppableRage far from stoic]] in battle, the Cobra's introduction scene, as befitting his status as a ShellShockedVeteran, shows him as incredibly subdued when he's not fighting. Notably, he's the only Cobra who doesn't say anything.
* ToastedBuns: A variation. His jetpack weaponizes this concept, enabling him to burn people just by flying over them.
* TranquilFury: For being literally fuelled on UnstoppableRage, he has a disturbing tendency to slip into his stoic attitude mid-battle.
* TurnsRed: The Fury gets much more aggressive near the end of his fight. There's really no place to hide during this phase; the Fury jets overhead and floods the passage with flames. Even the various nooks and crannies aren't safe.
%%* UnstoppableRage

[[folder: The Sorrow]]
[[caption-width-right:300:''[-"Make no mistake: the dead are-]'' [-not-] ''[-silent.-]'' ]]
->Voiced By: Creator/YukitoshiHori (JP), David Thomas (EN)

A member of the Cobra Unit that is dead before ''Metal Gear Solid 3'' begins. The Sorrow had psychic powers and could communicate with dead soldiers to gather intel. Following the war, he returned to his old job as a Soviet spy, and was consequently shot in the head [[spoiler:by his lover, The Boss]]. Snake sees him as a ghost during his mission.

Has a plot central cameo in the fourth game, [[spoiler:where he arrives to banish the equally dead [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid Psycho Mantis]] back to the grave to protect Old Snake]].
* AnimalMotif: Fish. It's done far more subtly than with the other Cobras.
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler: When Psycho Mantis is up to his old tricks again in the fourth game, The Sorrow pulls him back to the spirit world]].
* BadassBookworm: He doesn't look like a fighter at all. But tapes during Peace Walker shows he was just as good at espionage as the Boss was.
* CallForward: If hit by his only "attack" several times, the pictures that appear include glimpses of Solid and Liquid Snakes. Furthermore, one of his lines is "You will all be killed by your own sons", foreshadowing Snake's fate in VideoGame/MetalGear2SolidSnake [[spoiler: or rather, VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4.]]
* DeadAllAlong: You can actually glimpse his body in the epilogue of Virtuous Mission. [[spoiler:Seems The Boss executed him not far from the bridge where she nabbed Sokolov]].
* DeathByOriginStory: He is long dead before the Virtuous Mission even begins.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Dies to safeguard his family, helps his lover's adoptive son from beyond the grave, and is the only boss who never directly harms Snake. His attitude towards war is boundless [[ThemeNaming sorrow]] about all the lives that are ended.
* EyeScream: It would seem that he was shot through the eye.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: Because he knew death is just the beginning, he did not show fear at parting with his physical form. When the Boss revisits the waterfall [[spoiler:where she shot him]], he returns to her side, and later [[spoiler:helps guide her into the afterlife]].
* FireWaterJuxtaposition: Used to contrast him with the Fury, whose boss battle takes place immediately before his.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:The Sorrow willingly allows The Boss to kill him in their confrontation in Tselinoyarsk in an attempt to save their child, Ocelot (both the American and the Russian branches of the Philosophers said that they either fight to the death and kill the other side's soldier, or Ocelot dies by their hand).]]
* HopelessBossFight: Subverted. While you cannot kill him (his health readout is, hilariously and chillingly, already at zero) and the boss fight can only end with Snake "dying", the fight still has an attainable goal of surviving the entire river.
** To elaborate, "winning" the boss fight requires you to lose, and take the Revival Pill at the GameOver screen. However, if you survive to the end of the river, Sorrow insta-kills you, forcing you to take the pill or start again. Taking the pill in this case, however, gives you the useful Spirit Camo, which isn't available if you take the pill at a different time.
* InTheHood: Before the boss fight.
* JacobMarleyApparel: The Sorrow's actual skeleton is wearing the same army sweater. Also, everyone he revives is still wearing their fatigues or pilot uniforms.
** If you slit a GRU soldier's throat, his neck is still spurting like a water hose. Likewise, the mooks killed in the mountains are still being harassed by vultures. The Sorrow himself is constantly bleeding from his eye, and The Fury and any enemies you kill with WP grenades are still on fire.
** Enemies killed with [[GroinAttack Nutshots]] are still bleeding, clutching their crotch.
** Perhaps most hilariously, enemies that you kill in the mountains and get their bodies pecked by vultures will have a vulture attacking them. If you killed and ate the vulture in question, [[DevelopersForesight the enemy screams at you]], [[ImAHumanitarian "You ate me!"]]
** Raikov, should you take his life rather than resort to KO, is prowling the afterlife in his underoos.
* KamehameHadoken: Apart from sending his mooks after you, he can only fire drill-shaped energy waves. Snake's sluggish pace in the water, coupled with the encroaching ghosts, can make them difficult to dodge. Getting hit by one results in a brief picture flashing on the screen punctuated by a bloodcurdling scream, after which Snake takes damage and falls to the riverbed.
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: Appears throughout ''Metal Gear Solid 3'' (as well as having a cameo in ''Metal Gear Solid 4'') as a ghost that is [[InvisibleToNormals invisible to all]] but the player character (provided that you are in first-person view).
%%* PapaWolf:
* PerpetualSmiler: Ironic, considering his codename.
%%* PosthumousCharacter
* PowerFloats: He floats all around the river as Snake continues wading forward. If Snake manages to obtain the Spirit camo from him, it silences Snake's footsteps, enhancing his stealth abilities.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: In the 3DS version, whenever he appears as a ghost, his eyes are unnaturally red. Also a subversion, as he's technically on Snake's side.
* SpiritAdvisor: Going into first person view in the cutscenes before the boss fight with Volgin shows him hovering around with a sign displaying the time left until the [=C3=] explosives detonate.
%%* StoicSpectacles
* TearsOfBlood: We see one of his eyes bleed just before the lens of his glasses cracks, possibly mirroring [[MoeGreenSpecial his death]].
* TalkingWithSigns: He provides the player with [[spoiler:the radio frequency to escape their cell]] and later a countdown to the C3's detonation. That's some impressive signage right there.
* TheCameo : Makes a brief appearance in Metal Gear Solid 2 : Bande Dessinée, expressing disappointment at Ocelot's lack of control over [[spoiler:Liquid's spirit.]]
* TricksterMentor: His ultimate goal is to help Snake, but not without showing him all the suffering he's caused/will cause.
* TogetherInDeath: Shortly after you beat [[spoiler:The Boss]], pressing R1 will allow you to see [[spoiler:The Boss's and his ghost reuniting]].
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: [[spoiler:''The Phantom Pain'' implies that the circumstances making Volgin's reanimated corpse the way it behaves is in part his fault.]]
* WhatMeasureIsAMook: It's the Night of the Living Mooks! The bare minimum of enemies Snake can face is four - namely, the other four Cobras fought before The Sorrow, as they explode once you defeat them no matter how you do so.

!! Soviet Union

[[folder: Colonel Yevgeny Borisovitch Volgin]]
[[caption-width-right:300:''[-"The Boss was conniving enough to see things my way."-]'' ]]
-> a.k.a. Thunderbolt, [[spoiler: The Man on Fire]]
->Voiced by: Creator/KenjiUtsumi (JP), Creator/NeilRoss (EN)

->''"I think it's time I gave this marvelous new toy a try. But it won't be me that pulled the trigger. It will be our friend, the American defector."''

A GRU Colonel nicknamed "Thunderbolt" and the primary antagonist of ''Metal Gear Solid 3''. Demonstrably insane, he seeks to overthrow the Khrushchev government and force the USSR into a full-blown confrontation with the west.

His division is bought and paid for with the Philosopher's legacy, which he inherited through extralegal means; Volgin's father was entrusted with laundering the Philosopher's money and, in the aftermath of World War II, somehow ended up with the whole pie. Despite being an heir to the Philosophers, Volgin rejected the tripartite system and believed that Russia's rivals are too "pathetic" to lead. His electricity-based powers are kept in check by a rubber bodysuit hidden under his dress uniform.

[[spoiler:For more on Volgin's posthumous activities, see [[Characters/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain The Man On Fire]]]].
* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: Implied in ''Portable Ops'', where Jonathan reveals that after Volgin's death, Naked Snake/Big Boss, the person who killed him, was made a hero of the Soviet Union.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: He holds the high rank of GRU colonel and is the most formidable Russian foe in the game.
* AxCrazy: He seems composed and collected in most of his appearances but can turn into a bloodthirsty sadist at the drop of a hat.
* BadassBisexual: He's an impressive fighter with electricity powers, who's also bisexual.
* BadassDriver: Just watch him in the Shagohod for the details.
* BadassLongcoat: Like [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty Solidus Snake]], he burns it off when it's time to fight.
* BadBoss: Abuses his troops for fun. When he drives the Shagohod, he guns down countless grunts that are unlucky enough to inconvenience his chase.
* BigBad: Of ''Metal Gear Solid 3''. It's important to remember that he's the reason The Boss's sacrifice became necessary; Operation Snake Eater was conducted in order to deflect responsibility from the United States for the Davy Crockett Volgin used to blow up Sokolov's facility and blame The Boss instead, and making it look like they themselves dealt with the problem by sending Snake to kill her. [[spoiler: However, it's revealed in later games that, no matter what, the [=CIA=] planned The Boss' death from the get-go]].
* BondVillainStupidity: He tends to fall into this. It seems intentional on Kojima's part, especially considering his entire game plays a lot like a Film/JamesBond movie.
* TheBrute: Acts both as this and the BigBad. Though he is the main antagonist, his approach to fighting is typical of Brutes, commanding armies and relying more on raw physical strength than the other villains.
* BurningWithAnger: When enraged, his veins turn into neon lights.
* CameBackStrong: [[spoiler: While he was certainly no slouch in life, his charred and puppeted around shell in [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidV MGSV]] is probably the most powerful character in the ''franchise'' due to being able to NoSell anything.]]
* ColdBloodedTorture: He often tortures people, although he is an extremely bad interrogator (bad as in skill). Basically, all the people whom he interrogates either die before giving out information, or they don't give out information, and usually (as evidenced with Naked Snake) the only thing he succeeds in is backwards interrogation (i.e., he gives the interrogatee information they didn't already know), also within earshot of other people. The commentary strongly implies that itís because he failed to control his sadistic nature during his interrogation. As a bonus, he inspires the same tendencies for Ocelot.
* ColonelBadass: A GRU colonel, with impressive fighting prowess to behold.
* CoveredWithScars: The electricity travels along specific pathways in Volgin's body, leaving behind glaring scar tissue. Most of these burns are accidental, which compelled Volgin to wear a protective rubber suit.
* CrazyPrepared: Implied a few times: For one thing, Groznyj Grad, his creation was built around the mountains of Krasnogorje, which he also arranged to have them be heavily fortified with anti-aircraft turrets to prevent the enemy (whether it be American or the pro-Khrushchev faction) from attacking them from the air, and he also arranged for helicopters to patrol Krasnogorje and have additional manpower just in case Naked Snake somehow managed to defeat the Cobra Unit members. Oh, and that tunnel Snake had to go through to get into Groznyj Grad? That was an underground air-raid shelter according to one of the guards at Krasnogorje, implying that Volgin took into account even the already very unlikely possibility that an air-raid would actually occur at Groznyj Grad/Tselinoyarsk and built the shelter for his personnel.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Was [[spoiler:zapped by lightning and then had his bandoleers set off their bullets from the resulting flames. EVA actually turns away from the sight, while Snake doesn't particularly enjoy it either.]].
* CruelMercy: After torturing Naked Snake, Volgin allowed Snake to keep his medical supplies so he could mend his wounds, although only because he wanted him to last long enough for the ''next'' torture session.
* DeathByIrony:
** [[spoiler:Was killed by a lightning bolt]], which is especially ironic given the element he manipulates. However, there is some evidence that he knew the risks ("Kuwabara kuwabara...") and [[spoiler:let himself be struck rather than let Snake escape]].
** [[spoiler:His final death in ''The Phantom Pain'' is subjected to this as well, being [[ThePowerOfHate powered by his need for vengeance]] against Big Boss, only realizing far too late he's been [[BodyDouble chasing the wrong man]] for the entirety of the game, causing his anger to momentarily dwindle and strip him of his supernatural abilities, allowing the damage he's accumulated to finally catch up and kill him.]]
* {{Determinator}}: Maybe the biggest example in the entire series. Knocked out inside a hanger loaded with explosives? He manages to wake up and hop inside a nuclear armed tank to chase down his opponent. His nuclear armed tank has been shot to hell and disabled? He grabs the control cords to it and wrangles it back into the fight with sheer strength and his electrical suit. [[spoiler: He has been shot up, struck by lightning, all the ammo on his bandoleer set off and fired into him point blank, caught in a nuclear explosion that destroyed his base, then left dead for 20 years? He brings himself back to life even stronger by sheer hatred, rage, and a desire for vengeance once his mortal enemy returns to the world stage.]]
* DepravedBisexual: He's in relationships with EVA (disguised as Tatyana) and Major Ivan Raidenovich Raikov, who are a woman and a man, respectively.
* DirtyCommunist: Volgin's shown to be a commited, if incredibly sadistic Communist seeking his own Soviet-inspired vision for world order.
* DirtyCoward: While he's fighting Snake and losing during their initial fight, he promptly orders Ocelot to shoot Snake. Ocelot refuses to do so:
-->'''Ocelot''': Fight like a man, Volgin!
** He's also understandably afraid of The Boss, despite technically outranking her and being quite a bit taller. While he does insist that she prove her loyalty to him by cutting out Snake's eyes, he verbally and physically backpedals when she advances on him and accuses him of not trusting her.
* DirtyOldMan: Both of his lovers are in their twenties whereas he himself is approximately fifty years old. In the case of Raikov, he's probably in his very early twenties or in his very late teenage years. Reinforced by EVA's very particular "medical condition" which you can discover when she partners with you at the end.
* DisproportionateRetribution: You know those [[{{Pyromaniac}} Flame Troops]] that arrive on Krasnogorje shortly after meeting EVA at the Mountaintop Ruins? Well, they were sent by Volgin with [[KillItWithFire burn on sight]] orders specifically to repay Snake for killing off three of the Cobra Unit members.[[note]]Of course, had the player killed more than just the Cobra Unit members, they also pretty much went there on their own volition as well for the same reasons.[[/note]] And then there's his NoHoldsBarredBeatdown on Snake upon capturing him after discovering that he disguised himself as Raikov, because of the implication that he hurt Raikov in order to do so.
* DrivenToSuicide: Some of his actions (such as responding rather starkly to a thunderbolt with "who's afraid of a little thunder?", and, just a split second before being hit by lightning, gave this grimace that indicated that he was either in pain or bracing himself) arguably imply that [[spoiler:his being hit by lightning was actually intentional]].
* DespotismJustifiesTheMeans: Volgin's exact plans after overthrowing Khrushchev and installing Brezhnev and Kosygin in his place, involving the Shagohod and the Philosophers' Legacy essentially amount to this: complete the Shagohod, mass-produce it to all countries within the Eastern Bloc and Communist Asia, and then constantly orchestrate uprisings in various third-world countries, all so he can take over the world in the ensuing chaos. He doesn't care if the nations are eternally locked in violence, as long as ''he'' owns Russia and the philosophers are back together, the world can burn.
* EvilIsHammy: "Kuwabara, Kuwabara..."
* EvilLaugh: He has some throughout the game. For instance he gives one when he gets his hands on the Davy Crockett nuke that he shortly fires on his own country.
* Fiction500: With the Philosophers' Legacy, he's so ludicrously wealthy that he can afford to personally mass-produce the Shagohod. It's to the point that the U.S. was [[spoiler: perfectly willing to sacrifice The Boss, ''the'' greatest soldier the world has ever known, just to get their hands on the Legacy]].
* ForTheEvulz: Volgin has an alarming habit of getting through situations just by picking whatever option harms the most people near him. Highlights of Volgin's epic dickery include nuking his own country, trying to destabilize the Cold War, stealing a ludicrous amount of money, randomly torturing people, and repeatedly slaughtering his own troops just because he can. It is also established that his lover, Raikov, is much the same and takes great joy in punching his men.
** After Snake [[spoiler:loses an eye]] (at Volgin's command), the big man's reaction is to rub his hands and [[{{Squick}} exclaim how much he has enjoyed himself]], [[SomethingElseAlsoRises then swiftly drag EVA away for some reason.]]
* GeneralRipper: So bad not even the Soviets, who used to train dogs as suicide bombers, fully approved of his methods.
* GeniusBruiser: A villainous example. Volgin may not be the sharpest tool in the drawer (as evidenced by his "interrogation" which consists mostly of answering ''his own'' questions), Volgin is still an heir to the Russian power elite. Basically, several of the weapons were implied to have been designed by him, and it is also strongly implied that, aside from using the money to have Groznyj Grad built, he was also the one who actually designed Groznyj Grad. In addition, as noted in the CrazyPrepared entry, he also planned ahead of occurrences relating to Naked Snake's infiltration, and even a direct attack on Groznyj Grad via air raid, and his reason for nuking the Sokolov Design Bureau without fear of reprisal implies that he knew that the various intelligence agencies would blame The Boss instead. He's also very large and strong, and possesses electrical abilities from birth.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: His face, never mind his arms, possesses a lot of scarring. The director's commentary implies that the scars are the result of his electrical abilities backfiring on him without that rubber suit.
* HuskyRusskie: Fits the stereotype to a T. He is a tall, large, muscular and very brutal Russian man.
* KarmicDeath: The sadistic PsychoElectro is [[spoiler: killed by being struck by a bolt of lightning]]. Snake even lampshades it:
-->'''Snake''': [[spoiler: Struck by a bolt of lightning]]... a fitting end.
* KnightTemplar: Volgin explained that part of his motivation for the things he did was as a means to reunify the Philosophers and essentially heal the rift caused by their infighting. Of course, whether that's a genuinely redeemable excuse for his behavior is debatable.
* LargeAndInCharge: He stands at ''6'7'''' (201cm). He is by far the tallest character in the game, and commands the army wich serves as opponents to Big Boss throughout the game.
* LastNameBasis: Everyone calls Volgin by his last name except Ocelot, who calls him Colonel.
* LaughingMad: Most of his evil laughs absolutely reek of this. For one thing, according to the director's commentary, the reason why he was laughing for no apparent reason when [[spoiler:he deduced that Tatyana was the spy and was considering executing her]]? It's because he was reliving memories of several low-class and despicable things that he did.
* LogicalWeakness: During the boss fight with him, you can shoot the pipes throughout the arena to sprinkle water on him, which can weaken him for a while.
* LovesTheSoundOfScreaming: During World War II, he and the Russian units under his command were ordered to execute thousands of Polish citizens and soldiers; Volgin personally beat many such victims to death with his fists and took off their blindfolds so that he could enjoy the look of terror in their eyes as they died. While he's subjecting Snake to ElectricTorture in the game proper, he's positively ''delighted'' when the pain leads Snake to [[BringMyBrownPants wet himself]]:
-->'''Volgin''': ''That's'' what I like to see!
* ManOnFire: [[spoiler:Immolated by a lightning strike, causing his body to short-circuit like an electrical transformer and be torn apart by a series of small explosions. In a game filled with graphic violence, this is the goriest moment. Becomes the literal version of this trope in ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain MGSV]]'', including being named after the trope and still having all those exploded bullets embedded in his flesh]].
* MayDecemberRomance: With Raikov, and to a lesser, non-romantic extent with Tatyana/EVA.
* MightyGlacier: It is easy to outrun him in his boss battle, but his attacks pack quite a punch.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Gives a huge one to Naked Snake upon discovering him, just before throwing him in the brig. His reason is out of revenge for Snake "hurting" Raikov (referring to Snake's disguising himself as him). By the end, Snake is out cold in a puddle of his own blood.
** In the non-canon ''Metal Gear Raiden: Snake Eraser'', he gives a similar one to Raiden (the person Raikov is an {{expy}} of) for the same reason.
* NotSoDifferent: Seems to see himself as this compared to the Boss, given how both of them want to make the world whole. For him though, it's through Communism and the Soviet Union.
* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler:As stated in ''The Phantom Pain'', being riddled with hundreds of exploding bullets as a result of getting struck by lightning didn't even kill him off, he was simply rendered comatose. As he was still alive, he was able to harbor feelings of revenge against Snake, allowing him to revive as The Man on Fire.]]
* OffscreenVillainy: Not shown in the game, but mentioned are: His killings of 20,000 Polish officers during the Katyn Forest Massacre, over 100,000 anti-communist activists during the Uprising of East Germany and the Hungarian revolution and torturing EVA.
* OneWingedAngel: Sort of. Although he doesn't transform into a grotesque entity or the inverse, he does merge with the Shagohod's wiring in the final battle, which is the closest to the trope appearing in canon to organic living characters.[[note]]Big Boss transforming into a cyborg in ''[[VideoGame/SnakesRevenge Snake's Revenge]]'' doesn't count as the game's non-canon, and Peace Walker becoming quadruped doesn't count as it's a machine.[[/note]]
* OneWorldOrder: [[spoiler:Foreshadowing Zero's motives later on]], he aims to unite the world under one will, through the Soviet Union and Communism.
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: [[spoiler:[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain He fires lightning and is constantly and consistently wreathed in flames.]]]]
* PetTheDog: The closest thing to a redeemable aspect to his character is that he legitimately cares for his second-in-command, Raikov, being genuinely upset when he discovers that Snake disguised himself as such (not to the mention the implication that he hurt Raikov in order to do so).
* PowerLimiter: He wears a rubber suit underneath his longcoat which is able to make him keep his electric powers in check. He removes the gloves of the suit before taking on Snake.
* ProperlyParanoid: He suspected that there was indeed a spy within Tselinoyarsk, and was accusing and even murdering his own men to find the spy. He's right in that there was a spy helping Snake.
* PsychoElectro: Albeit only he is crazy, not his powers, which he seems to have a firm grasp of.
* PuppetKing: Not him specifically, but he basically intended to run the country from behind the scenes with Brezhnev and Kosygin as the "official" leaders of the Soviet Union.
* RasputinianDeath: [[spoiler:This is one Colonel who just won't quit. The bout with Naked Snake leaves him hobbled and [[BloodFromTheMouth spitting blood]], yet he still manages to climb into the Shagohod and keep up the pursuit. Volgin goes on to survive several head-on crashes (doing his internal injuries no favors), multiple RPG/anti-aircraft gun blasts, and finally a bolt of lightning... which merely ''stuns'' him before his bandoleers riddle him with rifle shell explosions, slowly finishing him off.]]
** [[spoiler:Even then, ''[[CameBackStrong that]]'' failed to kill him.]]
* RenegadeRussian: A rare case of such a character existing during the time where the Soviet Union was still in power and in its prime. Volgin spent most of his career under Stalin, and it is implied that his wanting to overthrow Khrushchev and replacing him with Brezhnev was so he could get the Soviet Union back to the days where it was under Stalin.
* {{Sadist}}: He gets so much joy out of others' suffering and torturing people that, according to the director's commentary, he actually ''gets high while doing it.''
* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem: His response to Ocelot after the latter told him off in regards to his methods at Groznyj Grad tells all.
-->'''Volgin:''' I don't ''need'' your approval. ''I'm'' in command here.
* ShockAndAwe: He can do more with his lightning powers than simple thunder punches. He can shoot ammo without weapons and make streams of electricity throughout the ground, for instance.
* SlasherSmile: ''Every single time'' he smiles.
* TheStarscream: Acted as this to Khrushchev.
* SuperStrength: It's unknown whether he was able to shatter concrete without his electricity, but it is clear that he at least had enough strength to not only carry the containers with the Davy Crockett warheads and the launcher, but also actually use them simply by holding it.
* TemptingFate: [[spoiler:"Who's afraid of a little thunder?", unless one theorizes that he deliberately allowed himself to be electrocuted.]]
* TortureFirstAskQuestionsLater: His M.O.
* UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler:It is implied in the PlotTwist in ''Portable Ops'' that Volgin actually served as one to a single deviously cunning strategist within the American government, or at best an unwilling one]]. ''Peace Walker'' reveals the man in question was [[spoiler:Hot Coldman, who is even worse than Volgin]].
* UnskilledButStrong: The man's built like a truck, but it's clear he has very little in the way of actual fighting skills, relying solely on his brute strength and his electricity. Both Snake and the Boss are able to effortlessly subdue him in hand-to-hand combat, and during his boss fight, it is much easier to defeat Volgin with CQC than it is to use firearms.
* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: Volgin only really has one superpower (besides his enormous size and strength), the ability to generate electricity. He finds a number of creative uses for it, though, most notably the ability to fire bullets held in his hands by cooking off the gunpowder. The aforementioned size and strength are probably [[RequiredSecondaryPowers required secondary powers]] since the kickback would really be rough on the palms.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: He has a phobia of frogs, especially tree frogs. [[spoiler:This can be used to the player's advantage in his boss fight. Bring along a tree frog and throw it at him to get a few extra seconds to lay into him while he's distracted]].
** Volgin is shown to have some fear of rain and water. Given the element he wields, as well as WordOfGod's statement about it interfering with his electrical abilities, his fear is perfectly justified. Also causes some questions as to how Volgin's even able to clean himself. He seems to get over the fear, though, as he fights against Snake and EVA for the last time while it is raining.
* WouldHitAGirl: He passes the time offscreen by torturing EVA/Tatyana, leaving her back CoveredWithScars.

[[folder: Major Ivan Raidenovitch Raikov]]
->Voiced by: Creator/KenyuHoriuchi (JP), Creator/CharlieSchlatter (EN)

The second-in-command to Colonel Volgin. Naked Snake had to strip him in order to infiltrate Groznyj Grad's West Wing. Is later found on the San Hieronymo Peninsula. Looks almost exactly like Raiden, but acts like a {{Jerkass}}.
* AssholeVictim: Depending on the playerís actions, Snake could kill him or spare him. If the former, he fits in due to being rather abusive towards his officers.
* BadassGay: He's Volgin's lover. Lampshaded by EVA.
-->'''EVA:''' Normally [[FemmeFatale I'm pretty good at getting men to take their clothes off]], but it won't work on him. [[EvenTheGuysWantHim You]], on the other hand, might have a better chance with him.
* BadBoss: It is heavily implied in an optional call to EVA that the reason why Snake can get away with beating up soldiers and scientists without breaking cover is because this is exactly what Raikov does to them, and thus not make him suspect. This also acts as the reason why he ends up on San Hieronymo later on, although he presumably learned his lesson by the time Big Boss's group got to him and got better.
** ''Portable Ops'' sort of makes his being this somewhat sympathetic and also somewhat tragic, where it implies that his sadistic behavior was the result of his trying to get into Volgin's good graces, and wasn't naturally sadistic.
%%* {{Bishonen}}
* BiggerIsBetterInBed: The specific reason how Volgin deduced that "Raikov" was actually Snake in disguise was because of the difference in their groin size. Going by what Snake commented on when EVA is [[ItMakesSenseInContext inspecting his body]], it's very likely that Raikov's groin was the bigger of the two.
* {{Bookworm}}: Implied by one of his stops at the East Wing of Groznyj Grad being the library.
* ButtMonkey: Pretty much the reason for his existence.
%%* CommissarCap
* DirtyCoward: If an alert is triggered, Raikov immediately runs into the lavatories and hides there. Assuming that Raikov was aware of the fact that the intruder (Naked Snake) was planning on trying to impersonate him alive or dead to get to the West Wing of Groznyj Grad and rescue Sokolov, it's probable that his hiding was realization that he most likely wouldn't stand a chance against Snake should he take him on, which is supported by the fact that when he is cornered in the bathroom, he attacks Snake with various CQC attacks (Raiden's own two-punch-two-kick combo from ''[=MGS2=]'', in fact).
* TheDogBitesBack: It was strongly implied that, shortly after being exiled to the San Hieronymo Peninsula, but before the FOX takeover, the Soviet soldiers got their revenge on Raikov for his abuse in rank, took advantage of his current exile, and imprisoned him.
** Likewise, if the players free Raikov, it is also implied that his motivations for joining the resistance was also so he could exact payback on the people who imprisoned him.
* TheDragon: He fits the technical definition for Volgin (he's Volgin's second-in-command) as Ocelot filled the role for Volgin in spirit in ''Metal Gear Solid 3''.
* EnemyMine: One of the reasons why he teamed up with Big Boss in Portable Ops amounted to this; due to the fact that he was locked up and humiliated by Gene's men as soon as the Red Army turned on him (he was also presumably humiliated before FOX arrived as well).
* {{Expy}}: He was created as a result of the backlash towards Raiden from ''Metal Gear Solid 2'', hence why he has an uncanny resemblance to Raiden.
* GroinAttack: Has it both ways. He inflicts this onto a disguised Snake if wearing a Raikov Mask (apparently even going so far as to unzip Snake's fly to do so), and at least one of the actions Snake does when disguised as him involves punching his "subordinates" in the groin. He himself apparently is on the receiving end by Colonel Volgin, as Volgin does this to test if Raikov is actually Raikov or an imposter (two guesses as to which one he discovers), and the directors commentary implies that Volgin does this with Raikov a ''lot'', since they mentioned that the scene where EVA's photograph was taken from had Volgin having his hand in inches reaches of Raikov's groin, but the action was cut off from the photo.
* JerkAss: His behavior to his subordinates is quite despicable.
* MayDecemberRomance: With Volgin.
* LukeIMightBeYourFather: Even though WordOfGod was stated to be not related to Raiden at all (among other evidences), some fans still speculate that Raikov might have familial ties to Raiden, if not be his father due to his resemblance to Raiden.
** Taken to even more strange levels, because of the name. "-ovitch" is a common Russian suffix for middle names, meaning "the son of". To take the middle name into translation, "Raidenovitch" essentially means "The son of Raiden."[[note]]Considering that this game occurs years before ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'', either this is a coincidence, or perhaps the "Metal Gear Raiden" Secret Theatre video is canon and Raiden really did manage to create a StableTimeLoop... Or, to put it bluntly, a "[[MemeticMutation Time Paradox!]]"[[/note]]
* ReassignedToAntarctica: He was exiled to San Hieronymo due to his abusive actions to his subordinates.
* ReassignmentBackfire: Potentially. Although it's not explicitly revealed whether the Soviets allowed him back for his involvement in stopping a nuclear strike against Russia, or if the Soviets would still keep him exiled (probably the latter, as its implied that [[spoiler:Russia was in fact already aware of Gene's real plan being to nuke America, and not Russia from Gene's call to Ocelot, and plus his potential involvement in stopping the ICBMG from being launched at America would probably be indicative of betrayal on his part]]).
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: It's strongly implied that the only reason the Soviet military allowed Raikov to be as abusive as possible to his subordinates prior to Operation Snake Eater was because of Volgin's influence.
* TheStoolPigeon: Despite being Volgin's most trusted man (and lover), he apparently has a habit of squealing about Volgin's various weaknesses if interrogated by knifepoint, like the fact that he is weak against water.
%%* TakeThat:
* TookALevelInBadass: In ''Metal Gear Solid 3'', Raikov often fled into a bathroom during an alert, and only fought Snake when he was cornered. This changed as a result of ''Portable Ops'' making him a playable character, where he does fight the enemy efficiently.
%%* UniqueEnemy
* VillainousGlutton: He's not fat, but a radio conversation with EVA, as well as his bio in ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPortableOps Portable Ops Plus]]'' establishes that he is a glutton, although in the former game he apparently has a weak stomach (which explains why one of the places he stops at in Groznyj Grad is the lavatories).

[[folder: Nikolai Stepanovich Sokolov]]
[[caption-width-right:300:''[-"Missiles, rockets... what's the difference?"-]'' ]]
->[[spoiler:AKA Ghost]]
->Voiced By: NaokiTatsuta (JP), Creator/BrianCummings (EN)

->''"To be honest with you, I am tired. Every day, I help create things that should never be used - things that should never have existed in the first place."''

A Russian rocket scientist who defected to the United States during the Cold War. As part of Russia's agreement to end the Cuban missile crisis, the CIA had to fork Sokolov back over to his captors, a memory which plagues Zero to this day.

Sokolov was promptly put back in charge of the Shagohod project, which later falls into Volgin's hands and becomes the linchpin of his coup d'état. Snake is tasked to rescue him at the beginning of ''Metal Gear Solid 3''. He fails, which results in Operation Snake Eater. [[spoiler:After completing the final piece of the Shagohod, Sokolov is killed by Volgin as a warm up for his torture of Snake.]]

In ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPortableOps MPO]]'', it is revealed that [[spoiler:he used a fake death pill to survive, and escaped with the help of The Boss. He reappears in ''Portable Ops'', using the alias Ghost, and helped Snake to destroy RAXA and ICBMG.]]
* BringMyBrownPants: Understandably wets himself when Ocelot plays with him a hardcore game of RussianRoulette.
* BurnBabyBurn: His introductory cutscene has him burning documents that presumably related to the Shagohod project before he encounters Snake.
%%* CowerPower
* DefectorFromDecadence: The reason why he was to be rescued by America in the Virtuous Mission.
* DespairEventHorizon: When the Shagohod was completed, Sokolov refuses to let Naked Snake help him defect, as he realizes that Volgin would most likely kill him as his usefulness was outlived, and even if he was going to be spared, Khrushchev will send him to the Gulags for similar reasons to Volgin's attempts to kill him, and even if he managed to successfully defect to America, he would end up being used by them to make weapons of mass destruction. He pretty much gave up.
* HighClassGlass: Rather surprising for a communist to wear one.
* LargeHam: Has a very dramatic manner of speaking, almost as if he were in a Shakespearean drama.
* LethalJokeCharacter: He is unlocked in the first version of ''Metal Gear Online'' by the player by getting the lowest score when playing as a KGB unit.
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: Kind of: Although Sokolov disliked the Soviet Union's policies enough to attempt to defect to the West three times (with the third time being successful), he nonetheless retained a small amount of love for Russia as he was unwilling to let the ICBMG be launched into it.
* NiceGuy: He genuinely held people's best interests at heart and does not want to see people suffer, as evidenced by his interaction to Tatyana's abuse by Volgin. [[spoiler:What cements this is that Tatyana wasn't actually Sokolov's lover, yet he still expressed concern]].
%%* NonActionGuy
* TheQueensLatin: Sokolov [[TranslationConvention appears]] to have a vaguely British accent. It fits with his monocle.
* ReverseMole: [[spoiler:He was working for Gene, but he leaked information relating to the ICBMG to Snake's group under the alias of Ghost. It's also implied that he got imprisoned for this until Snake's group rescues him in a side mission.]]
* TookALevelInBadass: [[spoiler:In ''Portable Ops''. In ''Metal Gear Solid 3'', the one time he was playable was in an expansion, and it was as a joke character (as the player had to get the worst score to play as him when playing as a KGB unit). Let's just say that that's not necessary anymore in ''Portable Ops''.]]
* YourCheatingHeart: Invoked and ultimately subverted. When Naked Snake first saw Tatyana (Volgin using her as leverage against Sokolov), he initially thought Sokolov had a girlfriend (note, Sokolov's married and has a daughter). Actually, Tatyana was actually posing as Volgin's lover. The closest she actually has to a relationship with Sokolov is the fact that she was his superior and an errand-girl to Khrushchev. [[spoiler:Or so he believed]].

[[folder:Aleksandr Leonovitch Granin]]
[[caption-width-right:300:''[-"You mean you've never heard of me? And you call yourself an agent."-]'' ]]
->Voiced By: Creator/TakeshiAono (JP), Creator/JimWard (EN)

->''"These bastards will live to regret this. And when they themselves become the targets of my creation, they will know my true greatness."''

A Soviet scientist and the original creator of the Metal Gear concept. After Granin repeatedly failed to deliver on his promises, Volgin finally lost patience and decided to invest in Sokolov's project. In revenge, [[spoiler:Granin mailed his blueprints to his contact in the states, Huey Emmerich, who would go on to develop Metal Gear ZEKE. Volgin, sensing treachery from Granin (but unaware, ironically, of his secret sabotage), stuffs him into a kerosene barrel and tortures him to death.]]
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler:Tossed into a drum and repeatedly struck with electricity and bullets until his body smokes]]. The final blow [[spoiler:catapults his feeble form into the air and onto the pavement.]]
* TheDogBitesBack: Granin backed the wrong horse and lost. In a drunken fury, he sends the design specs of Metal Gear to the U.S. in the hopes that they'll turn it on his own government. He also gives Snake a key that will get him into Grozny Grad.
* DrowningMySorrows: We never see him sober.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Granin is clearly proud of his work in service of Russian society. His betrayal may be partly motivated by Volgin's war chest, not his own commendations and medals, mattering more to the government in the long run. Granin's drunken toast to Snake is an admission that the Soviet meritocracy has failed him.
* EaglelandOsmosis: He raises his flask "to Capitalism!" when Snake is halfway out the door.
* GloryDays: From what little we see of him, it's obvious that Granin's career has gone south.
* GoryDiscretionShot: [[spoiler:Of the "blood seeping on the floor from a crack near the floor" variety, when Volgin kills him while torturing him inside of a drum canister]].
* HazyFeelTurn: Much like [=MGS1=]'s Kenneth Baker, he's an arms manufacturer who is only helping Snake out of selfishness, but proves key to halting the villain's progress.
* InsufferableGenius: He shows signs of intense narcissism and insecurity over other scientists stealing his thunder. Granin also claims responsibility for winning WWII. This has the ring of truth, as he's been awarded twice with the Order of Lenin and the Stalin Medal. All things being equal, Granin is an engineering genius who is decades ahead of everyone else, even Sigint.
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: Metal Gear is ahead of its time.
* {{Irony}}: Despite Metal Gear being ahead of its time, its the very thing that has more models than the Shagohod, and has the most threats. To the point even Big Boss has commissioned 3 canonically, but does not issue a nuclear threat.
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: A grey area. Despite being abused by its leaders, he confesses that he still has unconditional love for the Soviet Union. Therefore, he will not take the extra step of defecting to America like Sokolov did.
* NiceShoes: His transmitter shoes. Snake even says that exact phrase when missing the point of Granin's attempts at communicating that the perfect weapon needs legs to merge infantry with artillery. Granin takes it as a compliment, although the director's commentary implies that Snake missed the point entirely and was attempting to be sarcastic.
* NonActionGuy: Even an American spy barging into his office isn't enough to make Granin get up from his desk.
* SmallRoleBigImpact: Granin only appears in two scenes in the entire game, and is killed off the second time he appears, but is retroactively revealed to be the creator of the entire Metal Gear concept.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Granin shares a few similarities with Baker, the CEO of [=ArmsTech=] in Solid Snake's timeline. Both are elderly men who manufacture and mass-produce weapons; both fell out of favor with their government because of "peacetime", helped to develop Metal Gear, forked over a keycard to Snake, and ultimately were killed by their bosses.
* TheyCalledMeMad: His motive for helping Snake is to stick it to the people who nixed his Metal Gear project.
* UnknownRival: He has an intense rivalry with Sokolov, strong enough to ally himself with Volgin's forces simply because Sokolov found favor in Khrushchev, although it is strongly implied that only he has any negative vibes towards Sokolov.
* VodkaDrunkenski: His first appearance has him drinking vodka. It's justified in this case, as he's drowning his sorrows from the fact that he is basically going to rot away in mediocrity, especially after Volgin cast him aside for Sokolov after it became apparent that his invention, the Metal Gear, did not possess the results needed to be immediately useful, thus essentially leaving him out of a job (he initially worked with Volgin specifically because Sokolov was hired by Khrushchev). It should be noted that he is the only Russian character to actually fit this stereotype (the main plot setting was the USSR, meaning the vast majority of the characters are Russian either by birth or via defecting from another country).
%%* WaistcoatOfStyle
* WroteTheBook: Apparently designed the SS-1C missile system, and if his comments are anything to go by, he was also directly responsible for some of the weapons used to drive out the Nazis during the Eastern Front.

->Voiced by: NaokiImamura (JP), MichaelGough (EN)

A prison guard at Groznyj Grad. Briefly befriends Naked Snake from being fed back meals that Snake was supposed to eat.
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: Johnny will stop to talk with Snake in his prison cell should Snake give him back the food he provided. Snake attempted to convince him to break him free, only for Johnny to quickly realize this and return to his post.
* ButNotTooForeign: Johnny was born in Russia, but he left for America at some point and started a family, but then had to return to Russia, presumably because of it being his native land. He's consequently lonely, and if the commentary is anything to go by, he'd end up in big trouble from the Soviet Government (as in he'll pay a visit to the slammer) should they discover that he actually had a kid in America.
* DisneyDeath: Implied in ''Peace Walker'', when a character mentions that he "knows a guy named Johnny." He also reappears in ''Portable Ops Plus'', but that's non-canon.
** Concept art of an elderly version of him appeared in ''[[AllThereInTheManual Metal Gear Solid 4: Master Art Works]]'', reflecting an ultimately cut cameo at his grandson's wedding in the game's ending.
* FatalFamilyPhoto: Averted...[[FridgeHorror or possibly confirmed later, given the consequences of failure in the old Soviet Union.]] Also the case if you choose to [[CruelAndUnusualDeath stab him to death with your fork]], and it's also possible that he [[NukeEm didn't make it out of Groznyj Grad in time]]. According to WordOfGod though, canonically he survived the events of the game.
* GenerationXerox: Is the grandfather of Johnny Sasaki. They are also both prison guards, and both have bathroom problems (though this Johnny is constipated whereas his grandson has chronic diarrhea).
%%* IneffectualSympatheticVillain
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: He has a radio frequency written on the back of his family photo, which just so happens to be Snake's means of escaping, should he take a peek at it.
** Also, he will open Snake's cell to check on him if he ends up vomiting.
** Or when Snake fakes his death, but to be fair, he could not have known that was the case.
* YouBastard: Will shout this to Naked Snake if he discovers his escape.
* YouHaveFailedMe: His implied fate for letting Snake escape, though WordOfGod states that he survives.