"Snake, this mission isn't an order from Washington... not like the old days."
A rather amiable man, driven by duty, and one of Solid Snake's closest friends, Campbell has been around for a long time. He's an old friend of Big Boss' and helped him defeat Gene in Portable Ops before helping establish FOXHOUND. He then fought helped Solid Snake fight Big Boss in Zanzibar Land, and was forced to pull Snake out of retirement for the Shadow Moses takeover. The bad ending of MGS1 reveals that he is Meryl Silverburgh’s father, a fact that she did not know for most of her life.In MGS2, he doesn't appear, and is instead impersonated throughout most of the game by GW, the Artificial Intelligence created by the Patriots to control the United States media.By MGS4 he is married to Rosemary, Raiden’s old girlfriend, and sends Snake on ‘’another’’ mission, though it’s more of a personal favor, to hunt down and eliminate Liquid Ocelot.
Affectionate Nickname: Snake continues to refer to him as "Colonel" years after he has retired from the military.
Bad Liar: Colonel Campbell, during the briefing, as well as the overall story in Metal Gear Solid, is terrible at lying. In the briefing, he tries to claim he participated in the mission because of inner desire for conflict, but Solid Snake saw through it. Later on, when suspicious things are occurring, it is further exemplified that Campbell is such a bad liar that whenever he tries to react with shock or deny any involvement, Snake seems to see through it.
Chivalrous Pervert: In a few radio calls in Portable Ops, Campbell will often give advice to soldiers on how to land them chicks when asking him for advice, for which the subject matter, although initially similar, actually turns out to be quite different (namely it pertains to the battlefield). He also gave similar advice to Big Boss when giving advice to commanding soldiers. He also gave up an opportunity to go out with a woman he was attracted to for his brother's sake, which served as the reason why he joined the Green Berets in the first place.
Cowardly Sidekick: Heavily subverted during Portable Ops. Although he doesn't actually help Big Boss in any way besides driving a truck and occasionally planning missions with Big Boss and was initially reluctant to help, he actually had a very good reason for his limited involvement in the action and reluctance to get involved: His leg was broken at the time (not serious enough to be rendered completely incapable of moving, but enough to slow him down), and he also very early on in the mission suffered from malaria. Although the malaria infection was gone shortly thereafter, he still had a broken leg for the remainder of the story.
Dirty Old Man: While he did apparently marry Rosemary, someone young enough to be his daughter in Snake's own words, he actually faked the marriage in order to protect her as well as Little John, the son of Rosemary and Raiden, from the Patriots.
He comes off as one in MGS2 as well; if you start doing perverted stuff like stalking around the women's bathroom and peeking under a female hostage's skirt, Rosemary will call to chew you out, while Campbell will sympathize with you. Of course, we discover later that it's not actually Colonel Campbell, and instead the Arsenal Gear AI.
I Have Your Niece/Daughter: This is the reason why Roy Campbell ended partaking in the Shadow Moses and why he had to keep secrets to Solid Snake, as the Pentagon and the Patriots arranged for the Sons of Big Boss to hold Meryl hostage by sending her in the same day they would revolt, and it is implied that they would have Meryl murdered if he refused to cooperate.
Reluctant Traitor: Roy Campbell, during the Shadow Moses Incident, was forced to lie to Snake as well as keep a lot of secrets from him during the mission because Richard Ames, and The Patriots, threatened both his life and Meryl's life if he didn't.
Retirement From Decadence: In the non-canon game Ghost Babel, Roy Campbell retired from FOXHOUND due to guilt after a person named ANONYMOUS (later revealed to be Steve Gardner) supplied him with false information that terrorists were arriving back in America, and dispatched FOXHOUND to eliminate them. It wasn't until after the fact that Campbell learned that the "terrorists" that he and FOXHOUND ambushed were actually the Black Chamber unit.
Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: Near the end of Solid, he disobeys orders from the Secretary of Defence to save Snake and Meryl. When that doesn't work, he fakes their deaths to protect them from the government.
Shout-Out / Expy: His design was inspired directly from Colonel Trautman from Rambo. Likewise, his younger self seems to have some physical traits that mirror that of Shaggy.
Sole Survivor: Of the Green Berets unit that was sent into San Hieronymo after the FOX unit ambushed him. He almostended up "going back" on that had Snake not found the necessary drugs to eliminate the malaria infection that he managed to get.
"We just became the world's seventh nuclear power."
"Rubbing our noses in bloody battlefield dirt. All for revenge."
Master Miller, real name Kazuhira / McDonell Benedict Miller, was the Japanese mentor of Solid Snake, who helped him in Zanzibar Land. He had a huge military background, including training Marines, Green Berets, the SAS, and even acting as a coach at a mercenary school twice a year before joining FOXHOUND.In Metal Gear Solid, he does not appear at all, and instead is impersonated over the CODEC by Liquid Snake. This fact comes to light near the game's climax after Miller's body is discovered inside his home with the predicted date of death three days before the Shadow Moses incident, with his implied murderer as Liquid Snake.In Peace Walker, he is revealed to be the second-in-command to Big Boss of Militaires Sans Frontieres.
An Arm and a Leg: Miller loses his right arm and left foot from his time as a captive in Afghanistan.
Ascended Extra: Goes from a relatively minor member of Snake's support team in Metal Gear 2 and Metal Gear Solid to one of the major characters of the Big Boss era with Peace Walker and Phantom Pain.
Beware the Nice Ones: Kazuhira Miller might be a person who never attempts to refuse kindness to anyone who wants it, but if he wants to ensure MSF to expand, he will do everything he can to ensure it happens, being quite ruthless.
Big Damn Heroes: Miller, alongside the rest of MSF and the Sandinista group led by Amanda, managed to save Big Boss at the last possible moment from Zadornov by storming the tower, seriously injuring if not killing most of Zadornov's group.
By-the-Book Cop: Miller was a deconstruction of this trope while he was a JSDF officer. His skills in the force were unmatched, but the head brass chose not to promote him with those skills because they feared the skills.
The Casanova / Chivalrous Pervert: Miller is shown to be a playboy and womanizer during his youth. A notable instance is when he picks up Cecile on Big Boss's orders partly because she was a blond Parisenne (initially, he was going to refuse due to Mother Base having little room left for civilians). This attribute also got him into deep trouble.
Characterization Marches On: When Solid Snake contacted Miller during the final battle with Big Boss in Zanzibar, he referred that Big Boss is nothing but a monster that needs to be put down. The Big Boss era instead presents him as Big Boss' right hand man and Miller deeply trusted Big Boss. Nothing was said about how Big Boss ended up becoming a Broken Pedestal for Miller. The Phantom Pain will most likely elaborate on how this will come into effect.
Combat Sadomasochist: Is implied to be this in the (optional) date with Kaz mission. Basically, CQC him into unconsciousness and wait for him to wake up, and he will act oddly happy about it, and doing it three times or more will likewise result in getting an S-rank.
Cool Shades: A trademark of him since Metal Gear Solid, to the extent that they even significantly altered his original face portrait to make him more in line with his "appearance" in Metal Gear Solid.
Death by Origin Story: He was killed three days prior to Shadow Moses by an assassin who is implied to have ties to Liquid Snake. The novelization implies that he died as a result of nerve gas poisoning.
Didn't See That Coming: In the Ground Zeroes side mission "Eliminate the Renegade Threat", he sounds genuinely shocked if Big Boss decides to bring Glaz and Palitz back to Mother Base alive rather than killing them. Justified since Miller has spent the entire mission lecturing Big Boss on how much his clients want these men dead.
Miller: Y-you're extracting the targets?! Well...okay then...
Distressed Dude: He is captured by the Soviets in Afghanistan in Phantom Pain, and Big Boss has to infiltrate the country to bust him out.
Drill Sergeant Nasty: His position upon becoming a member of FOXHOUND. It's also the reason why his recruits often refer to him by the name "Hell Master."
Genius Bruiser: He was described to be well-read and possess scientific knowledge, and his stats on Mother Base suggest he is decent at R&D, cooking, and doing medical related things. He's also shown to be quite skilled in Combat.
Heroic Bastard: He was heavily implied to have been the byproduct of prostitution in Post World War II Japan.
Identical Stranger: As of Peace Walker, he really does look enough like Liquid Snake for Liquid to have convincingly impersonated him in the first MGS.
Ironic Name: His name is actually Japanese for peace, and yet he's been in all sorts of different military groups.
Mooning: Miller once did this during a monthly birthday celebration for various MSF members who had birthdates on that month, due to his becoming drunk while supervising Paz at the party, while also implying that the "real Kazuhira Miller" was like his butt.
No Pronunciation Guide: Miller's nickname of Kaz is pronounced both "kahz" and "caz" (the latter as in "Taz") at different points.
Not What I Signed On For: It's heavily implied that Miller did not know about Cipher's plans to nuke the East Coast of the United States to frame MSF if Big Boss refused to rejoin them. To elaborate: Miller briefly worked with Cipher solely to expand MSF, even doing so behind Big Boss's back, something that would been ruined if Cipher succeeded in launching a nuke at the East Coast of the USA and then framing MSF with the launch, and certainly something that would have resulted in Miller not agreeing to help Cipher had he known about the nuclear launch plan, and after the battle Kazuhira apologized to Big Boss for not revealing anything about what they did, with the implication that he helped them.
The Obi-Wan: To Solid Snake, and to some extent Big Boss. It was, after all, Kaz who devised the framework of their PMC and production of their very own Metal Gear, as well as the rent-a-war philosophy behind Outer Heaven.
The Other Darrin: Miller's voice actors in the Japanese and English versions are different between Metal Gear Solid and Peace Walker. Justified, as the former was actually an imposter.
It arguably works out very well in the English VA's case. Robin Atkin Downes sounds a bit, but not completely, similar to Cam Clark when voicing Miller. This is perfect for portraying a voice that is both distinct from Liquid's but also plausible for Liquid to fake convincingly.
Retcon: Miller's original profile states that was a third generation American of Japanese descent. It was changed in Peace Walker to him being born in Japan, with his father being a GHQ officer under Whitney.
According to Hideo Kojima's twitter account, he apparently partly based the physical appearance of Miller in Peace Walker on the captain in Westworld, although most of the studio never heard of the film.
Sunglasses at Night: Miller possesses sunglasses for every instance of his appearances (save for his original design in Metal Gear 2), even at times when it wouldn't have been beneficial at all (eg, when driving during a storm).
Taking You with Me: In the backstory tape regarding when he and Snake first met, he had been severely wounded by Big Boss and the Militaires Sans Frontieres, with his own guerilla army also being wiped out. He attempts to kill Big Boss by luring him close and then blowing themselves up with a grenade. Big Boss actually managed to keep the grenade shut, and also save Miller's life as well.
Two-Timer Date: Actually did this trope once with two female MSF members. Let's just say that when the girls reported it to Big Boss, he made sure he let Miller know that it was a very bad move on his part.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: He worked for Cipher as a business partner, not for any malevolent intent, but rather so MSF can expand.
Who's Laughing Now?: A subtle instance of this is alluded to in the briefing tape relating to Kazuhira's past. During his childhood, Kaz was frequently mocked by the other Japanese children for his distinctly Caucasian appearance (blond hair, blue eyes and tall stature). When Kaz's request to see his estranged father in America was granted, the older Miller arranges to have Kaz picked up by a limousine, causing all the kids who mocked Kaz to literally stand agape.
You Don't Look Like You: Master Miller went from having a distinctively Asian appearance in the original MSX2 version of Metal Gear 2, to looking like a blond-haired Caucasian in Metal Gear Solid. Later ports of Metal Gear 2 gave Miller a new character portrait that was more consistent with his design from MGS1.
A freelance journalist who infiltrated Zanzibar Land in 1999. The daughter of a French mother and a British father, she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for her reporting on the wars in Afghanistan. She was also a well-known director for KTV and received an Emmy for her acclaimed documentary The Unknown Bloodshed. Holly also worked as a fashion model for the magazine Depeche Vogue. Behind all of this, however, she served as an undercover agent for the CIA, which made use of her status and fame to further its intelligence operations.
CIA Evil, FBI Good: Averted; Holly is a CIA agent with no ulterior motive in helping Snake in his mission.
Faux Action Girl: She was able to infiltrate Zanzibarland, but got captured and had to be rescued by Snake. Then at the end she hands you her gun and just follows you around.
A Czech scientist, responsible for the creation of the genetically-modified oil-producing microbe, OILIX. Dr. Marv accidentally discovered the basis for OILIX in one of his experiments, subsequently refining the concept to completion. OILIX was a microalgal organism capable of producing high amounts of petroleum-grade hydrocarbons, with relatively little expense and effort. He's kidnapped by Zanzibar Land agents, and had to be rescued by Solid Snake. He only speaks Czech and Slovak.
Sdrawkcab Name: Dr. Kio Marv's name is VRAM 0.1K backwards, a riff on the MSX booting sequence, as revealed during the ending.
What Happened to the Mouse?: Despite the fact that OILIX was supposed to end the energy crisis, and it was recovered in the end of the game, no mention of it was ever made again in the Metal Gear Solid games, and Metal Gear Solid 4 goes out of its way to state that there is still an oil crisis, although this may be an effect of the War Economy.
It may have been alluded to in Revengeance - should the player collect enough data for Doktor, he'll note that he found that the Patriots were close to finding a perpetual energy source, which is most likely a modified version of OILIX that they were using in secrecy.
Natasha Marcova/Gustava Heffner
Formerly an Olympic gold medalist figure skater, Gustava was known as the "Ice Princess" both in professional ice skating and in the Olympics, where she previously won two championships in a row. During the 1980s, she met and fell in love with a Westerner named Frank Hunter (Gray Fox) during the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She tried to elope with him, but she was denied U.S. citizenship and could not leave her country. Because of her failed defection, Gustava was stripped of her competition rights and her family was constantly persecuted and humiliated. With very few places left to turn, Gustava joined the StB (the Czech State Police). She reveals that while in the service of the StB, she managed to kill a man. She was assigned to protect Dr. Kio Marv, acting as his bodyguard as well as his translator.
Disposable Woman: She's killed right after you meet up with Dr. Madnar and start to cross the bridge.
Heel Face Door Slam: This is a large part of the reason why Gray Fox was ticked off with America: Gray Fox, going by the name Frank Hunter, met Gustava, they fell in love, and planned to marry, after defecting to the United States. Unfortunately, the politics at the time barred her from getting US citizenship, the Czechoslovakian governmentnote At the time this happened, Slovakia and the Czech Republic were one country managed to find out, and she likewise was stripped of her competition rights, and her family was constantly harassed and persecuted.
Orwellian Retcon: She was originally named Natasha Marcova in the MSX2 version. The name change in later versions is thought to avoid confusion with the similarly named Nastasha Romanenko.
Renegade Russian: Like Shotmaker before him, its unknown whether he planned to revive the Soviet Union when joining Zanzibar Land, although what is clear is that he was left without a job thanks to the Soviet Union's collapse.
Evil Brit/All Germans Are Nazis: At least one of the four members were former members of the Special Air Service regiment in Great Britain and the GSG9 Anti-Terrorist group in Germany.
Shout-Out: Named after British new wave band Ultravox
A mercenary in Zanzibar Land.
Night Sight/Night Fright
A mercenary in Zanzibar Land.
Dirty Communists: Non-Russian example: He fought alongside the North Vietnamese during the Vietnam War alongside a unit of guerillas who were more skilled in the job than even the Green Berets, implying communist ties.
Last of His Kind: Non-racial example: He is the last surviving member of the guerilla unit "The Whispers."