Characters: Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake
This page lists characters who first appeared in Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake
For other characters in the franchise, see the Metal Gear
character index at Characters.Metal Gear
Characters that debuted in Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake:
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"Heh, you're still calling me 'friend'?"
to see Campbell in MPO
"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.
- Cool Old Guy
- 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.
- Do Not Call Me Sir
- I Was Quite a Looker
- 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.
- Meryl, I Am Your Father
- Mission Control
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: His portrait in the MSX2 version of Metal Gear 2 was modeled after likeness of Richard Crenna in his role as Colonel Troutman from the Rambo film series.
- 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.
- Running Joke: See Chivalrous Pervert
- 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 almost ended 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."
AKA: McDonnel Benedict Miller/Kazuhira Miller
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
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.
- Girl of the Week: She and Snake become quite infatuated with each other during the events of the game, and at the end, he even invites her out for dinner. The Stinger then reveals that he not only went back on the dinner invitation but even hasn't contacted her since they got home.
- Intrepid Reporter: Who works for the CIA.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Modeled after the likeness of actress Brenda Bakke in her role as Sgt. Nim in the Japanese sci-fi film Gunhed. Coincidentally, Bakke would later show up alongside Richard Crenna in Hot Shots! Part Deux.
- Spell My Name with an "S": The original MSX2 version spells her first name as "Horry".
Dr. Kio Marv
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.
- Action Girl: Is far more capable than Holly, having evaded capture and successfully infiltrated Zanzibarland while protecting Dr. Marv.
- 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 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.
- Rapunzel Hair: Her field sprite was shown to have waist-length hair shortly after being hit with a missile courtesy of Metal Gear D.
- Vasquez Always Dies: She dies while Faux Action Girl Holly survives.
A mercenary in Zanzibar Land.
A mercenary in Zanzibar Land.
- Dirty Communists: Was formerly a Spetsnaz operative in the Soviet Union.
- 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.
A four-man assassination team in Zanzibar Land.
- 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.
- Whack A Monster: He can only be harmed when ever he pops up from the tall grass in his area to take shots at Snake.
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."