* ActorAllusion: When Raiden calls his enemies "walking vending machines," Kevin makes a joke about blood and calls Raiden "Dracula." His English-language voice actor, Phil [=LaMarr=], played Vamp in ''[=MGS2=]'' and ''4''.
* ApprovalOfGod: ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=meJckIFWFR0 Metal Gear Sunrising]]'', a Creator/FreddieWong parody about Raiden trying to lead a normal life; not only was approved by Creator/{{Konami}} and Creator/HideoKojima, but Creator/QuintonFlynn himself reprised his role as the voice of Raiden.
* TheDanza: Philip-Anthony Rodriguez provides the English voice for Samuel Rodrigues.
* DuelingGames: The game came out one month after fellow HackAndSlash games ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden 3: [[UpdatedRerelease Razor's Edge]]'' and ''VideoGame/DmCDevilMayCry''. ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'': ''Ascension'' followed not more than a couple of weeks later.
* FanNickname:
** The Game: ''[[VideoGame/NinjaGaiden Ninja Raiden]]'' or ''[[Franchise/DevilMayCry Metal Gear May Cry]]'' due to the {{hack and slash}} gameplay.
** [[Franchise/AssassinsCreed Ezio Mode]] for Raiden's Ninja Run, because you have limited LeParkour abilities with it active.
** ''Heavy Metal Gear Solid'', due the habit of firing up the song lyrics at clutch moments.
** [[Franchise/DevilMayCry Devil Trigger]] for [[SuperMode Ripper Mode]]. Funnily enough, the controls to activate both Ripper and Devil Trigger (for [[VideoGame/DmCDevilMayCry the reboot]]) are the same: pressing down both analog sticks.
** Dog-Shaped Robot Buddy for [[RobotDog Bladewolf]], coined by a [[BlindIdiotTranslation poorly translated]] survey from Konami about what fans want out of a second ''Rising'' game, and popularized by LetsPlay/ChipCheezum.
* HeyItsThatVoice:
** '''Raiden:''' Quinton Flynn ([[Franchise/KingdomHearts Axel]], [[VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes Henry]]) & Creator/KenyuHoriuchi ([[VideoGame/NinjaGaiden The Regent of the Mask]], [[Manga/OnePiece Kinemon]]). [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2 This isn't even the first time Flynn's played someone who has asked the meaning of life.]]
** '''Solidus:''' John Cygan & Creator/AkioOhtsuka
** '''Samuel:''' Philip-Anthony Rodriguez ([[VideoGame/HaloReach Male Noble Six]], [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity Maurice Chavez]]) & Creator/HiroakiHirata ([[Manga/{{Hellsing}} Pip Bernadotte]], [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Polnareff]], [[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3 Vergil]], [[Manga/OnePiece Sanji]], [[LightNovel/SwordArtOnline Klein]])
** '''LQ-84i / Bladewolf:''' Michael Beattie ([[VideoGame/MassEffect2 Mordin Solus]])
** '''Mistral:''' Salli Saffioti ([[Franchise/ResidentEvil Ingrid Hunnigan]]) & Creator/RomiPark ([[VideoGame/{{Persona 4}} Naoto Shirogane]], [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Toshiro Hitsugaya]], [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Edward Elric]], [[VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy Zidane Tribal]])
*** Japanese version: Would you believe that [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist those]] [[Manga/{{Bleach}} two]] [[BrattyHalfPint Bratty Half-Pints]] had become [[Music/{{Psy}} a sexy lady?!]]
** '''Monsoon:''' John Kassir ([[VideoGame/DeadRising Adam the Clown]], [[WesternAnimation/RocketPower Raymundo Rocket]], [[VideoGame/XMenLegends Dead]][[VideoGame/MarvelUltimateAlliance pool]], [[Series/TalesFromTheCrypt the Crypt Keeper]]) & Creator/MasashiEbara ([[Manga/{{Naruto}} Might Guy]], [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII Sazh Katzroy]], [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Mohammed Avdol]])
** '''Sundowner:''' Creator/CrispinFreeman ([[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya Kyon]], [[LightNovel/FateZero Kotomine Kirei]], [[Anime/{{Hellsing}} Alucard]], [[LightNovel/{{Slayers}} Zelgadis]], [[VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}} Albedo]])
** '''Doktor:''' Creator/JimWard ([[WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents Chet Ubetcha]], [[Franchise/ResidentEvil Jack Krauser]], [[WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen Sent]][[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3 inel]], [[WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes Baron von Strucker]]) & Creator/{{Mugihito}} ([[VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry Kinzo Ushiromiya]], [[VideoGame/MegaManX Sigma]])
** '''Kevin:''' Creator/{{Phil LaMarr}} ([[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty Vamp]], [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} Hermes Conrad]], [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics Ramza]]) & Creator/YuuichiNakamura ([[VideoGame/BlazBlue Hazama]])
** '''Courtney:''' Creator/KariWahlgren ([[Anime/BloodPlus Saya Otonashi]], [[LightNovel/{{Durarara}} Celty]]) & Creator/MiyukiSawashiro ([[Manga/HighschoolOfTheDead Saeko Busujima]], [[LightNovel/{{Durarara}} Celty]])
** '''George:''' Sean Krishnan (Dhalsim in Website/CollegeHumor's ''StreetFighterTheLaterYears'')
** '''Armstrong:''' Alastair Duncan ([[VideoGame/LegacyOfKain Mortanius]], [[WesternAnimation/TheBatman Alfred Pennyworth]], [[Franchise/MassEffect The Turian Councilor]]) & Creator/UnshoIshizuka ([[VideoGame/{{Persona 4}} Ryotaro Dojima]], [[VideoGame/StreetFighterXTekken Heihachi]] [[VideoGame/PlayStationAllStarsBattleRoyale Mishima]], [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Professor Oak]], [[Manga/OnePiece Admiral Kizaru]], [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Joseph Joestar]])
** '''Khamsin:''' Creator/RikiyaKoyama ([[LightNovel/FateZero Emiya Kiritsugu]], [[VideoGame/DeadRising Frank West]])
* MidDevelopmentGenreShift: Originally the game was announced under the title of ''Metal Gear Solid: Rising'' as a stealth-action game with a focus on stealth hunting. The game instead shifted to a focus on hack and slash gameplay when the development was of the game was switched from Kojima Productions to Creator/PlatinumGames. However, the emphasis on stealth hunting still remains with the alert system, AR vision mode, and ability to hide and do stealth take downs (akin to the ''VideoGame/{{Batman Arkham|Series}}'' series).
* NoExportForYou: ''Metal Gear Rising'' is a {{PlayStation 3}} exclusive in Japan because the Japanese {{Xbox 360}} version was cancelled.
** Western fans aren't going to get the Solid Snake Sword DLC thanks to David Hayter being replaced for ''Metal Gear Solid V The Phantom Pain'' by Kiefer Sutherland- it'd be too expensive to bring him in for a joke role.
** The PC version isn't available on Steam in Malaysia for no given reason other than it being a PS3 exclusive in Asia, since the PS3 version is being sold at all Sony Centers and game shops in the country.
* OlderThanTheyThink: Sam was not the first one to use a bullet trigger on his katana sheath. The 2005 manga ''Manga/GaRei'' already had protagonists fighting ghosts and demons with these.
* RefittedForSequel: Bladewolf combines elements of Crying Wolf from ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots MGS4]]'' and an unused RobotDog AssistCharacter from Platinum's previous game, ''VideoGame/{{Vanquish}}'', as seen [[http://www.blogcdn.com/www.joystiq.com/media/2010/08/vanquish8510.jpg here.]]
* SavedFromDevelopmentHell: The game was cancelled before Platinum Games got involved.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Kojima initially wanted gameplay to be like "a hunter stalking their prey." However, the Kojima Productions version was cancelled after difficulties with gameplay and stage design in late 2010.
** Kojima considered offering the project to several Western studios, before settling on Platinum Games.
** ''Rising'' was originally an {{interquel}} set between ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty Metal Gear Solid 2]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots Metal Gear Solid 4]]''. The final version is set in 2018, four years after the events of ''Metal Gear Solid 4''.
** Kojima personally wanted Gray Fox to be the main character as opposed to Raiden. However, the development team wanted to use Raiden. Kojima also admitted that if Fox has been used, then he would have been the director of the game instead. In the final version, Fox's [[PoweredArmor exoskeleton]] and sword appear in the game as [[DownloadableContent DLC]].
* Characters who serve as gods in the [[Pantheon/TropePantheons Trope Pantheon]]:
** [[Pantheon/JusticeOverdeitiesAndGreaterGods Raiden]]
** [[Pantheon/{{Technology}} Bladewolf]]
** [[Pantheon/{{Weapons}} Jetstream Sam]]
** [[Pantheon/{{Commerce}} Sundowner]]
** [[Pantheon/{{Power}} Mistral]]
** [[Pantheon/{{Philosophy}} Monsoon]]
** [[Pantheon/{{Technology}} Khamsin]]
** [[Pantheon/{{Leadership}} Senator Armstrong]]