->''"[[{{Troperiffic}} 70% of my existence is made of movies.]] It is up to you to decide what to do with the remaining 30%."''
-->-- '''Hideo Kojima''', when you ''[[NoFourthWall hire him]]'' in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker''

Hideo Kojima (August 24, 1963) is best known as the [[GuileHero creative mind]] behind Creator/{{Konami}}'s ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series. He also directed ''VisualNovel/{{Snatcher}}'' and ''VisualNovel/{{Policenauts}}'', served as producer of the ''VideoGame/ZoneOfTheEnders'' and ''VideoGame/{{Boktai}}'' series, and was involved with ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow'' and the ''[[Franchise/TokimekiMemorial Tokimeki Memorial Drama Series]]''.

His games have a cerebral element, often playing with [[NoFourthWall the fourth wall]]. Expect to see giant robots, discussions on the nature of love, discussions on the nature of war, and shameless references to the media - primarily American movies, of which he is a huge fan. His games often glorify, deconstruct, reference or pastiche Hollywood tropes - and it can be anything from {{theme naming}} his cast after movie characters to copying an action sequence motion-for-motion.

He's also hell-bent on giving his games [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything an excruciating level of world detail and interactivity]], claiming that "[[WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief if the player doesn't believe the world is real, there's no point in making the game]]". As a direct result, his games are littered with subtle touches that other developers would barely even think of, some even being so obtuse as to qualify as outright easter eggs, starting with an absolutely gigantic in-game encyclopedia detailing the world of ''VisualNovel/{{Snatcher}}'', and carrying on throughout the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series.

Kojima has a very strange relationship with his fans, in that, despite his respect for them, he constantly makes fun of them and [[WordOfGod says things]] to [[TrollingCreator deliberately infuriate them]]. The whole of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'', to take the most notorious example, was an extended parody of sequels and fans' expectations thereof, constantly teasing the player by seeming to be more of the same and then going off in completely the other direction. It was also influenced by Paul Auster's classic postmodern metadetective ''New York Trilogy'', of all things.

''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'', on the other hand, is a pastiche of '60s spy flicks, from its distinctly ''Film/JamesBond''[=-=]esque title theme and UsefulNotes/ColdWar setting to the presence of a "Bond Girl" ("Snake Girl?") in the form of motorcycle-riding EVA.

His games also have a knack for unpredictability, showcasing features and plot twists that players could never have predicted - most {{egregious}}ly [[BaitAndSwitch replacing Snake with Raiden as the protagonist of]] ''Metal Gear Solid 2'' with absolutely no prior information leading up to the revelation. To this end, he goes out of his way to [[NeverTrustATrailer make deliberately misleading trailers for his games]], [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil so as not to give away the twists]]. Indeed, said trailers often don't have anything to do with the game ''at all'', beyond prominently featuring the main character (or maybe not) and showcasing one or two new game features.

It's notable that the only time he has dropped his polite, cheerful public persona was when he was asked whether Uwe Boll [[BerserkButton would be directing a]] ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' [[BerserkButton movie as he claimed]], at which point he blew up and called Boll a "talentless hack". Needless to say, many people were freaked out by this sudden outburst, and even ''more'' freaked out when he immediately [[MoodWhiplash became calm and serene again afterward]].

Apparently has been quite hooked on ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' and has joked about "quitting being Japanese", to the extent where he has openly invited western game developers to co-operate with him so that they can find a best-of-both-worlds approach to making video games, combining aspects of western technology-centric and eastern design-centric game design. He once said that his [[http://www.siliconera.com/2011/05/20/metal-gear-solid-creator-hideo-kojimas-most-anticipated-game-this-year-is/ most anticipated game of 2011]] was ''VideoGame/LANoire'', highlighting this sentiment.

[[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2009-11-02/eva-metal-gear-creators-judge-twilight-art-contest Also appears]] to be a ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' fan. [[BrokenBase Make of that what you will]]. [[{{Troll}} Then again...]]

He has directed the following games:[[index]]

* ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' (1987)
* ''VisualNovel/{{Snatcher}}'' (1988)
* ''VideoGame/MetalGear2SolidSnake'' (1990)
* ''VisualNovel/{{Policenauts}}'' (1994)
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' (1998)
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'' (2001)
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' (2004)
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'' (2008)
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'' (2010)
* ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes]]'' (2014)
* ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain]]'' (2015)

He has also been involved in the production of:
* ''Penguin Adventure'' (1986; see ''VideoGame/AntarcticAdventure'')
* ''VideoGame/SDSnatcher'' (1990)
* ''VideoGame/ZoneOfTheEnders'' (2001)
* ''[[VideoGame/ZoneOfTheEnders Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner]]'' (2003)
* ''VideoGame/{{Boktai}}: The Sun is in Your Hand'' (2003)
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Boktai}} Boktai 2: Solar Boy Django]]'' (2004)
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearAcid'' (2004)
* ''Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes'' (2004)
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Boktai}} Boktai 3: Sabata's Counterattack]]'' (2005)
* ''Metal Gear Acid 2'' (2005)
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPortableOps'' (2006)
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Boktai}} Lunar Knights]]'' (2007)
* ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow'' (2010)
* ''[[VideoGame/ZoneOfTheEnders The Enders Project]]'' (Cancelled)
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'' (2013)
* ''VideoGame/SilentHills'' (Cancelled)

!!'''Favorite tropes:'''
* AuthorFilibuster:
** [[{{VisualNovel/Policenauts}} SPACE IS BAD.]]
** [[{{VideoGame/MetalGearSolid}} NUKES ARE BAD.]]
** [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty THE INTERNET IS BAD.]]
** [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots WAR ECONOMIES ARE BAD.]]
** [[VideoGame/MetalGearRising CYBERNINJAS ARE AWESOME]] [--wait wut.--]
* BreakingTheFourthWall
* ContemplateOurNavels: There are often long conversations about things like Neo Kobe Pizza, movies, etc.
* HeKnowsAboutTimedHits: Explanations of game features are often done by characters within the game.
* HumongousMecha
* MeaningfulName: For example, Raiden's civilian name "Jack" is a reference to a ''lot'' of things. Including an American nickname for a Japanese warplane from World War II.
* MindScrew
* MotiveRant: Oftentimes far longer than the time it takes to actually defeat the villain.
* NeverTrustATrailer: He hates it when trailers spoil the story, so he deliberately makes totally misleading trailers. He took this to its absolute limit with ''Metal Gear Solid 2'', where the fact that Snake isn't even the main character was completely, totally obscured.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Look at him again. No way the guy looks 50. This is joked by fans that he had nanomachines implanted in him.
* SdrawkcabName
* SignificantAnagram: For example, the first information released for ''The Phantom Pain'' claimed the game's director was a Swedish man named Joakim Mogren. "Joakim" is an anagram of "Kojima".
** [[spoiler:''Metal Gear Solid 4'' shows that "RAT PT 01" can be an anagram for "patriot".]]
* StealthPun: For example, in ''The Phantom Pain'', Big Boss is given an injection of digoxin, which is made from a plant called [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foxglove foxglove]], referencing the in-game military unit [=FOXHOUND=].
* TrollingCreator: "DID YOU RIKE IT?"
** Creator/RogerEbert came by the Konami offices to retract his earlier claims and give [=MGSV=] a glowing review. He was also dead at the time.
** ThisLoserIsYou: The wimpy [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid Otacon]] and [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2 Raiden]] can be seen caricatures of the Otaku and action gamers. However, both characters [[TookALevelInBadass would gradually mature and become more competent]].
** YouBastard: His Metal Gear games often cruelly punish and mock players who massacre enemies instead of non-lethally bypassing them (may also double as a TakeThat against the MisaimedFandom who ignore the anti-war themes).
* WorldOfPun

!!'''Tropes he has personally stated he despises:'''
* GunsAkimbo
** Ironic once you [[VideoGame/{{Boktai}} remember the Ninja...]]
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil

!!'''Some films that have inspired his work:'''
* ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork''
* ''Film/DawnOfTheDead1978''
* ''Film/TheGunsOfNavarone''
* ''Film/TheGreatEscape''
* ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey''
* ''Film/BladeRunner''
* ''Film/ChildrenOfMen''
* ''Film/LethalWeapon''
* ''Film/TheTerminator'' and its [[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay sequel]]

!!'''Some other things he is known to admire:'''
* ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed,'' to the point where he's made two different major references to it in his Franchise/MetalGear games.
* ''Film/MadMax'', specifically ''Film/TheRoadWarrior'' and ''[[Film/MadMaxFuryRoad Fury Road]].'' He's mentioned that [[https://twitter.com/HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN/status/600145957372702721 Road Warrior was in his personal Top Five favorite movies, only to later get dethroned by Fury Road.]]
* ''{{Mega64}}'', to the points where he's even guest-starred in one of their sketches, and even commissioned them to make a trailer for his new ''Transfarring'' data system.
* ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'', of which was one of the reasons why he asked Creator/PlatinumGames to work on ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance''.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'', which he is said to have all of the games and all of the Pokemon (including legendary) in every one of the regional pokedexes.
* ''[[UsefulNotes/YuGiOh Yu-Gi-Oh!]]'', which got him called "Hideojama".
** In response, they made a card in tribute of him, [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Tactical_Espionage_Expert Tactical Espionage Expert]].
* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'': He wanted Solid Snake in ''Melee'' and got his wish granted in ''Brawl''.
-->[[MemeticMutation DIDJURIKEIT?]]\\
[[OhCrap !]]

-->Yes, because Kojima is God!