Characters / Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

This page lists characters who first appeared in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. Beware of unmarked spoilers for the game's prologue, the Tanker Chapter.

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

Characters that debuted in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty:

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Raiden's Team

Raiden in MGS2
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a.k.a.: Jack the Ripper, Snake, Mr. Lightning Bolt
Voiced by: Kenyuu Horiuchi (JP), Quinton Flynn (EN), Kiefer Sutherland (Ground Zeroes Jamais Vu sub-mission)

"I am lightning. The rain transformed."

Raiden is the main protagonist and Player Character of Metal Gear Solid 2 after the events of the Tanker Chapter. He is the main operative of the Big Shell Incident, where, under the command of Colonel Campbell and his girlfriend Rosemary and aided by the mysterious Iroquois Pliskin, he is put under constant pressure, betrayed by Snake/Pliskin, Mr. X/Olga, Rosemary, "Campbell"/G.W. and pretty much everyone else, and is just generally put through hell for the majority of the game. Near the game's climax he discovers that he is a former Child Soldier, and has killed a massive amount of people in the past, causing him to deliberately repress his memories of it (though the effect was made worse by his Nanomachines). He then learns that his father figure, who personally molded him into said Enfant Terrible, is the game's main antagonist, Solidus Snake, who he is then forced to kill. Despite all of this, Raiden was hated by many fans due to wanting to play as Solid Snake and feeling ripped off that Raiden was never mentioned in box art, trailers or promotional materials.

As an apology to disgruntled fans, Kojima created a helpless look-a-like by the name of Ivan Raidenovitch Raikov in Metal Gear Solid 3, who he put through all sorts of humiliation. However, the general reaction towards Raiden changed somewhat upon his return in Metal Gear Solid 4, where he reappears as the latest Cyborg Ninja and aids Snake in his quest to assassinate Liquid and destroy the Patriots.

Following MGS4, Raiden got his own spinoff game, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, where after nearly being killed on a VIP bodyguard mission by a PMC looking to destabilize the region, Raiden re-upgrades his cyborg body and goes on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.

Expect Late Arrival Spoilers for MGS4 to be unmarked below.
  • Alien Blood: Raiden's artificial blood is white in Metal Gear Solid 4 and the Japanese version of Metal Gear Rising.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Mentions that after the events of Metal Gear Solid 4, he tried to live a civilian life with his family, but the technology behind his artificial skin was imperfect and unnatural looking, causing him to be shunned from society and gave him a hard time finding a job.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Cuts off his right arm after being pinned down by debris at Shadow Moses, and loses his other arm after saving Snake from being crushed by Outer Haven in Metal Gear Solid 4. In Metal Gear Rising, he loses an arm in his first battle with Samuel Rodrigues.
  • Anti-Hero: Has Ax-Crazy and Sociopathic Hero tendencies, despite being a protagonist in the series who at least wants to do the right thing.
  • Artificial Limbs: Has had artificial blood to improve his physical performance since Metal Gear Solid 2. Since Metal Gear Solid 4, his entire body save for part of his head and spine are robotic as well.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Starting in Metal Gear Solid 2. Gives a brief account of his history with Snake to his friends at Maverick Security, mentioning he was the best combat soldier Raiden had ever seen. Ends up getting teased as a Snake fanboy, though mostly out of disappointment no one else working at Maverick got to meet him.
  • Audience Surrogate: Raiden is overtly a representation of the player in Sons of Liberty. He's a virtual reality "veteran" of every VR Mission based on Snake's adventures (literally a videogame player) and, at first, his personality is a complete cypher. It's no accident that the dog tags around his neck are branded with the player's input from the game's start. It's somewhat subverted later on with the revelation of his severely Dark and Troubled Past, but both he and the player are played for fools for almost the entire game.
    • Even his dark and tragic backstory adds to the idea of audience escapism - just as the audience is using video games for escapism purposes, so is Raiden using the VR to try and escape his own past.
  • Ax-Crazy: Goes increasingly nuts over the course of Metal Gear Rising. However, this only really applies to his "Jack the Ripper" persona, where he outright states that he enjoys killing.
    • Reluctant Psycho: Even then, said persona is fully aware of how aberrant and broken he is, to the point where the Ripper laments the deaths he's caused to Boris.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: With Snake himself outside of Outer Haven's microwave corridor. And two games before that, when facing off against the Arsenal Gear troopers.
  • Badass Baritone: His Japanese voice actor, Kenyuu Horiuchi, has a deep bass voice.
  • Badass Biker: See Hero Stole My Bike below.
  • Badass Boast: Before shredding some FROGs,
    Raiden: I am lightning. The rain transformed.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Spends both the prologue and epilogue of Rising in a black suit and sunglasses. Clearing the prologue on Very Hard Mode unlocks the suit as body type.
  • Badass Longcoat: His standard cyborg disguise in Metal Gear Solid 4 is a long black trenchcoat...
  • Badass Normal: Before he becomes a cyborg, he can still use pure skill to infiltrate Big Shell and deflect bullets with his sword.
    • Despite all this, Raiden also functions as a deconstruction of what it would take to become so badass. Raiden's past as a Child Soldier has left him very badass, but also traumatized and with Combat Sadomasochist Blood Knight tendencies that he has much trouble controlling. Even with his amazing combat ability, Raiden tried to ignore his past so he could live a normal life in Metal Gear Solid 2. However, he could not escape the battlefield nor fully repress his violent tendencies; even after settling down with Rose and his son, once he fights against Desperado, he denies going back to them to instead wage a one-man war on Private Military Companies.
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: Done during the final showdown of Rising. After listening to Armstrong's Motive Rant, Raiden seems to relent, realizing he's dealing with a true believer, not a mere criminal. Armstrong extends his hand as a gesture of goodwill... but Raiden hasn't lost his moral compass just yet.
    Raiden: I was wrong. You're not greedy... you're batshit insane!
  • Batman Grabs a Gun: Done subtly throughout Metal Gear Rising. Raiden says multiple times that he fights for justice, and he sees his sword as a tool to protect people weaker than himself. However, over the course of the game, he slowly starts going back on this, being forced to nearly kill a kid and unleash his psychotic Jack the Ripper persona to defeat his enemies. This comes to a head in the final battle where he has to use Sam's sword against Armstrong, proclaiming "This isn't my sword!" and going to town on his opponent. Armstrong seems proud of him, using his dying words to congratulate him for shedding his ideals and being willing to kill. This rocks Raiden to his core as he realises everything he's had to give up to win. After all is said and done, it's clear in end that he's starting to feel Not So Different from his foes.
  • Berserk Button: Don't kill, abuse or exploit children and laugh about it in Raiden's face. Just don't. Press the reminder button of his own unhappy childhood in this manner one time too many, and Jack will come out to play.
  • The Berserker: In Metal Gear Solid 4, Raiden repeatedly throws himself into situations where he should be dying. The events of/following Metal Gear Solid 2 have reduced him to little more than a shell of his human self.
    Vamp: You, too... Immortal?
    Raiden: No. I just don't fear death.
  • Big Damn Heroes: On Outer Haven, he shows up just in time to save an incapacitated Snake from being killed by a group of Haven Troopers.
  • Bigger Is Better in Bed: One of the guard's comments he "wishes that he had that" if he sees the naked Raiden restrained in the torture device in Metal Gear Solid 2.
  • Biseinen: Is a good looking guy with longish platinum locks, no facial hair, and fairly androgynous looks.
  • Blood from the Mouth: Seems to happen to him as a cyborg often enough. In Metal Gear Solid 4, Raiden is shown uncontrollably vomiting blood after being critically injured in his first fight with Vamp. Upon being stabbed by several FROGS inside Outer Haven he coughs up some blood as well.
    • In Metal Gear Rising, he gets his ass kicked by Senator Armstrong to the point where he's coughing up blood.
  • Blood Knight:
    • As a child soldier, Raiden derived pleasure out of fighting and killing. As an adult, he tried to ignore this aspect of his personality, only to embrace it in Metal Gear Rising out of necessity.
      Raiden: I learned young that killing enemies felt good... Really good.
    • Though much more subdued in comparison, the big smile Raiden has on his face while cutting up Metal Gear RAY suggests that he lets himself fully enjoy combat against non-living foes.
  • Body Horror: The Patriots transformed Raiden into a cyborg by removing his head and spine from his body from the lower jaw down and grafting it onto Powered Armor.
  • Boomerang Bigot: In Metal Gear Rising he shows disdain for cyborgs, mercilessly killing dozens of them without a thought, despite being more machine than man himself by that point. His interactions with Bladewolf help him grow out of it.
  • Butt-Monkey: Compared to both Big Boss and Solid Snake, he gets treated far worse during isolated situations, such when doing something "morally questionable" like looking at toilets in a woman's bathroom or cutting dudes' clothes off. He catches infinitely more shit from his support teams than either of his predecessors. In addition, any time he mentions (and starts gushing over) Solid Snake, folks are quick to point out what a total fanboy he is.
    • Even Prime Minister N'Mani made fun of his name, christening him "Mr. Lightning Bolt" instead. Raiden didn't mind that much, mostly because he respected N'Mani deeply, but any time somebody else makes fun of his name in the same way, he grumbles and complains.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Details about his parents' ethnicity are never disclosed, but series canon makes him a Liberian-American who was born in Liberia, fought in one of the Liberian Civil Wars as a child, holds U.S. citizenship, and has lived in the U.S. for most of his life. Lampshaded when his appearance is commented upon in Metal Gear Rising.
    Mistral: Liberian, yet white as snow.
  • Character Development: Goes from an apparent Naïve Newcomer to an ex-Child Soldier trying to live out a hero fantasy to a jaded soldier fighting For Great Justice to a reluctant Ax-Crazy Übermensch. He's a good guy all the way through, though.
  • Child Soldier: Was already an infamous soldier in the Liberian Civil War known as "Jack the Ripper" before the age of 10.
  • Chewing the Scenery: Boy does he ever in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance.
  • Clark Kent Outfit: For his day job, Raiden wears expensive-looking suits in meetings with clients. He's always ready to spring into action, though; in the opening of Metal Gear Rising, he effortlessly rips his suit off to reveal an exoskeleton underneath.
  • Coat Cape: In the final act of Metal Gear Solid 4, he wears his Badass Longcoat as such after losing his arms, holding it in place with one of Snake's flak jackets.
  • Combat Sadomasochist: "Jack the Ripper" has this trait, and it is shown prominently in Metal Gear Rising:
    Raiden: Pain... this is why I fight.
  • Combat Stilettos: Raiden's cyborg bodies feature rubberized heels that allow him to grip swords and other weapons with his feet.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: Raiden was taken in at a very young age by his "Godfather" Solidus after his birth parents were killed. It's later revealed that Solidus was the one who murdered Raiden's parents.
  • The Cowl: The final shot of Metal Gear Rising seems to imply this is the case.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Nobody takes him very seriously in Metal Gear Solid 2, not even civilians. Turns out he's been fighting and killing since he was a child.
  • Cutlass Between the Teeth: While fighting Haven Troopers to buy Snake time to upload FOXALIVE. Justified since he's lost both arms by then.
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Is portrayed as a far more violent man after his cyborg upgrade between the second and fourth games, though this is attributed more to his memories of Liberia and PTSD.
  • Cyber Ninja: As a Cyborg Ninja.
  • Dance Battler: In Metal Gear Solid 4 and Metal Gear Rising, he can breakdance while holding a sword in one of his feet to slice up everyone around him. It's about as insane as it sounds.
  • Dark and Troubled Past
  • Darker and Edgier: Goes from a spy with a Dark and Troubled Past in Metal Gear Solid 2 to a barely human cyborg in Metal Gear Solid 4 to an Ax-Crazy Sociopathic Hero in Metal Gear Rising.
  • Death Seeker: Gives this attitude in Metal Gear Solid 4, where he tells Snake, Otacon, and Sunny that he has nothing to lose, and explicitly tells Vamp that he does not fear death.
  • Deconstruction: Of a lot of things, such as Naive Newcomers, self-insert gratification characters, and the player themselves.
  • Deliberate Injury Gambit: While fighting Vamp in South America, Vamp restrains him, to which Raiden runs them both through with his sword. Vamp responds by driving the blade in even further and then twisting it.
  • Determinator: Has continued fighting seemingly hopeless battles even while bleeding to death, missing both his arms, and having one of his eyes cut out. In the Final Battle of Metal Gear Rising, by the time the final quicktime event set comes around, he can barely even stand up.
  • Domestic Abuser: When Rose reminiscences about the one time she forced her way to Raiden's room, she remembers it as the "first time" he got violently angry and raised his hand against her, at least strongly implying there where other such incidents in their relationship. The story does try to cast this rather ugly side of Raiden's personality in a sympathetic light by making it crystal clear that it is a product of his severe mental trauma, but still...
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Rosemary claimed that Raiden took to drinking heavily after regaining his Shell-Shocked Veteran memories as a Child Soldier.
  • Electronic Eyes: In Metal Gear Rising.
  • 11th-Hour Superpower: In Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Raiden gains access to Sam's HF Murasama during the final boss. It can be purchased during a New Game+ run for use outside the final boss.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Raiden was, for all intents and purposes, a normal human in The Sons of Liberty. By the time of The Guns of the Patriots, he's had cybernetics upgrade his powerset to include Super Strength, Super Speed, Nigh-Invulnerability, and on a few rare occasions, Shock and Awe.
  • Experienced Protagonist: While not made clear at first, due to the Mind Screw nature of the game, Raiden is already an accomplished soldier, and a veteran of the Liberian Civil War.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: In Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, it's implied that Raiden's Jack the Ripper persona is disgusted with Armstrong.
  • Evil Laugh: As "Jack The Ripper", he has an impish cackle.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Starts wearing a black bandana over the left side of his face after Sam cuts out his left eye during their first duel in Metal Gear Rising. It's not just for appearance's sake, though: there wasn't enough time to make him another artificial eyeball and the bandana works as a compound eye that gives him equal or better vision than that of a real eye.
  • Female Gaze: Kojima admitted that Raiden was designed to appeal to women after a girl told him she didn't want to play a game starring "an old man".
  • Flashback Nightmare: Metal Gear Solid 2 implies that he experiences vivid nightmares of his childhood as a soldier in the Liberian Civil War, to the point he fears he'll harm Rosemary if he lets her sleep next to him.
  • Foil: To Solid Snake. Snake is a gruff, grizzled, Tall, Dark, and Handsome ladies' man, Raiden is a young, idealistic, White Haired Bishōnen with a steady girlfriend. (At least at first). Snake recognizes that Raiden was groomed as his successor, which doesn't instill him with much confidence in today's military.
    Otacon: You know, you're a pretty interesting guy. You're just like Snake said.
    Raiden: (piqued interest) ...What did he say?
    Otacon: That you're a weak, simple-minded, stubborn fool. Ah, don't worry, he didn't mean anything bad by it.
    Raiden: "Nothing bad"?! What could POSSIBLY BE WORSE THAN THAT?!
    • This eventually leads into Divergent Character Evolution in regards to their combat styles. While both are trained in all sorts of weapons and can sneak or fight depending on the circumstances, Snake prefers guns and stealth while Raiden can charge into battle with just his HF Blade and come out no worse for wear.
  • For Great Justice: His sword is "a tool of justice, not used in anger"... Of course, this need not apply when holding somebody else's sword.
  • Friend to All Children: Raiden loses his shit when he discovers that Desperado and World Marshal are converting children into cyborg child soldiers and goes out of his way to save them from going through what he did. Summed up quite well in this line to Sundowner:
    Raiden: I chose this. They're kids, you son of a bitch!
    • Of course, this doesn't stop him from slicing through George to kill the scientist in charge of the operations in Mexico. To be fair, though, George gave him his consent to do so beforehand, and he clearly regrets it afterwards.
  • Gameplay and Story Integration: In the story, Jack the Ripper Raiden absolutely enjoys killing and slashing people, and will let all his mental restrains go only to feel the delicious taste of blood. In the game, press both analog sticks with your Electrolyte reserve at maximum to engage Ripper mode and destroy all the enemies on your screen with just a couple slashes.
  • Glasgow Grin: His entire body from the lower jaw down was removed when the Patriots turned him into a cyborg, leaving disturbing smile-like lines running up his cheeks where what's left of his skull meets his cybernetics.
  • Gollum Made Me Do It: Jack's repressed memories as a child soldier eventually manifest as an ultra-violent split personality dubbed "The Ripper." His reversion to the Ripper persona is signaled by a blood-red Battle Aura.
  • Groin Attack: President James Johnson grabs his groin to see if he's a man or a woman in Metal Gear Solid 2. The original game script implies the President was expecting Olga, assumed Raiden was some kind of impostor, and grabbed his crotch to confirm this.
  • Guest Fighter: In Playstation All Stars Battle Royale, sporting his Cyborg Ninja look. Somewhat ironic, considering Solid Snake's appearance in Super Smash Bros.. Brawl.
  • Guttural Growler: In Metal Gear Rising, especially when he's in "The Ripper" persona. Justified, as everything but his head and spine have been replaced with cybernetics, including his vocal chords.
  • Handicapped Badass: fights off dozens of cyborg Haven Troopers at the end of Metal Gear Solid 4 even after having both his arms ripped off earlier.
  • Handy Feet: In MGS4 and Rising, he often wields his sword with his feet.
  • Happily Married: Come Metal Gear Rising, he's married to Rosemary, though she and his son live in New Zealand to avoid all the conflict that Raiden is involved in.
  • Hero Stole My Bike: He steals a souped-up chopper bike in Denver, stopping to politely carve a note to its owner in the sidewalk.
    • Irony: Turns out it was Sam's chopper, who he kills soon afterwards.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Has apparently become this by the end of Metal Gear Rising. Going on a rampage through the city of Denver and butchering legions of cops (dirty cops, yes, but cops nonetheless) on a mission to dismantle the biggest Private Military Contractor in the world'll do that.
  • Heroic Resolve: A running trend at the climax of every game Raiden's been in.
    • In Metal Gear Solid 2, Raiden collapses from exhaustion while fighting the army of Metal Gear RAYs. With almost no time for a breather, though, he's forced into combat against Solidus — a man said to be a better fighter than Snake — and manages to win.
    • In Metal Gear Solid 4, Raiden gets critically injured during his first duel with Vamp and gets only a bare-bones repair job before the mission to Shadow Moses. During their rematch, Raiden is pushed to the brink but narrowly manages to kill him for good, and subsequently has to escape Shadow Moses with Snake and Otacon, fending off FROGS. In the final chapter, Raiden ends up holding off more of Ocelot's soldiers without even the use of his arms.
    • In Metal Gear Rising, even when he's thoroughly outclassed by Sam in the prologue, Raiden keeps fighting even without the use of one hand and after losing an eye. In the final boss fight, he ends up on the receiving end of multiple beatdowns strong enough to partially bury him into and shatter the main body of Metal Gear Excelsus before finally getting a weapon strong enough to harm Armstrong.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Appears to be killed in Act Four of Metal Gear Solid 4 when he saves Snake from being crushed by Outer Haven. Subverted when he shows up in the final act having only lost his remaining arm.
  • Hero-Worshipper: In Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, he gushes to Kevin about how Solid Snake helped him leave behind his name and about how great he is.
  • Hidden Depths: When you first meet him in Metal Gear Solid 2, he appears to be a gullible rookie with no real world combat experience. He eventually turns out to be a highly trained ex-Child Soldier with even bigger issues than Solid Snake himself.
    • A Codec call in Rising reveals that, after his run-in with the AI Colonel, he's done research on the nature of AI and whether they can actually think for themselves.
  • Highly Visible Ninja: He declares himself a ninja, and others refer to him as such, though he admits to following bushido, the code of the samurai, and let's face it, a cybernetic body isn't all that stealthy.
  • Hot-Blooded: Becomes this in Revengeance and takes it Up to 11 when "Jack" lets it rip.
  • How Much More Can He Take?:
    • Whenever he appears in Metal Gear Solid 4, you can be certain of two things - 1) Raiden will do something awesome; 2) Raiden will get his ass kicked even worse than he did the last time he turned up. It gets to the point that Raiden loses both arms, and the plans to storm Outer Haven are made without involving him in either the planning or the actual plan, specifically because he's in such bad shape by that point; and then he somehow still turns up to help Snake, resorting to using his mouth & feet to wield his sword due to losing both arms.
    • During the final battle against Senator Armstrong in Metal Gear Rising, the buildup to the actual boss fight involves Raiden getting beat literally into the pavement multiple times. Not that it slows him down once he gets a fighting chance.
  • Humiliation Conga: In Metal Gear Solid 4, he suffers a relapse in his PTSD, then his wife Rosemary has an apparent miscarriage, then she leaves him for Colonel Campbell, and then the Patriots remove 90% of his body to turn him into a cyborg. At the end of the game, he gets a more human cyborg body, and the miscarriage and divorce turn out to be a ploy to protect his son from the Patriots.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Icy and piercing.
  • It Is Pronounced Tro Pay: His codename is pronounced "rye-den," not "ray-den."
  • It's Not You, It's Me: It is heavily implied in Metal Gear Solid 4 that the reason why he and Rosemary split up was because of his PTSD worsening. Subverted in that Rosemary actually left in order to be protected by Roy Campbell, and returned to Raiden once the danger had passed.
  • In-Series Nickname: Known by multiple codenames and nicknames, including Raiden, Jack the Ripper, the White Devil, and Mr. Lightning Bolt.
  • Jade-Colored Glasses: Spent his childhood being abused and conditioned into a killing machine by Solidus. He's been extremely cynical when it comes to war and trusting others ever since.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: His Japanese styled high frequency blades cut through armored enemies resistant to gun and rocket fire like butter.
  • Knife Nut: Raiden prefers fighting with blades, to the point that despite having a gun strapped to his leg throughout the fourth game, he never once uses it.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": All the stuff he went through with Snake just made him admire the man more, to the point he even gets called a fanboy in a codec conversation in Metal Gear Rising.
  • Laughing Mad/Put the "Laughter" in "Slaughter": His Ax-Crazy Jack the Ripper persona finds killing deeply amusing.
    Raiden: That nickname you love so much... wanna know how I got it? Actually... why don't I give you a demonstration?
  • Life-or-Limb Decision: After being pinned to the ground by debris at Shadow Moses, Raiden cuts off his own right arm to save Snake from being crushed by Liquid Ocelot's Outer Haven.
  • Lightning Bruiser: No pun intended. After becoming a cyborg, he is both incredibly agile and strong enough to flip dozens of mobile tanks.
  • Like a Daughter to Me: In Metal Gear Rising, he seems to treat Sunny as a daughter since he can't see his son, who's hiding in New Zealand to avoid the conflict in the U.S.
  • Master Swordsman: Highly proficient with blades and knives.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Raiden's response to Sam cutting his arm off in Metal Gear Rising's prologue is merely an annoyed "Not again," while he shows little reaction to having his left eye sliced out completely. Though this is most likely because of his pain suppressing nanomachines, and he bleeds out not half a minute after.
  • Meaningful Name: His nickname of "Jack the Ripper" is because of his proficiency with blades and extreme brutality.
  • Mistaken Identity:
    • In the Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence's short Metal Gear Raiden: Snake Eraser, Volgin mistakes him for his Russian look-a-like Raikov, and tries to sexually assault Raiden.
    • In Metal Gear Solid 2, President James Johnson mistakes Raiden for Olga Gurlukovich due to his androgynous looks.
  • The Movie Buff: In a roundabout sort of way, it was his love of movies that led to his and Rose's relationship.
  • Mr. Fanservice: The widely-known naked mission comes to mind...
  • Multi-Melee Master: In Metal Gear Rising, he can use a good variety of melee weapons.
    • High-Frequency Blade: A high-frequency ninja sword, and Raiden's primary weapon. Short-range, but powerful and fast.
    • L'Étranger: A pole-arm (arm-pole?) researched after his battle with Mistral. A sort of double-ended spear that has very wide reach and versatile, if long, attacks.
    • Dystopia: A sai, charged with magnetic force, that Raiden researches after his battle with Monsoon. He can anchor it to an enemy and magnetically pull himself to them for an attack. If the weapon's magnetic force is charged up further, it can disrupt cyborgs and prevent them from moving.
    • Bloodlust: A pair of extremely heavy high-frequency blades, connected like a giant pair of scissors, that Raiden researches after fighting Sundowner. Exceedingly strong, but just as slow.
    • Murasama: Jetstream Sam's high-frequency blade, made from a samurai sword forged by the legendary weaponsmith Muramasa. The conversion from an actual katana makes the blade's cutting power stronger than other HF Blades. Raiden gains it during the fight against Senator Armstrong, using it to replace his broken sword, and can use it in a new playthrough as his primary weapon.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: Averted. He identifies as an American citizen, but he doesn't see himself as American. Nor does he consider himself a citizen of the world either, prefering instead to "be his own man."
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: "Jack the Ripper".
  • Nice Guy: When he's off duty, he's laid-back, genuinely nice and a Friend to All Children.
  • Ninja Pirate Robot Zombie: By Metal Gear Rising, he is a samurai ninja cyborg secret-agent, though he's not as heavily into the espionage by that time. He's also described as a "scout" in Metal Gear Solid 4 in reference to his training with knives and tracking.
  • Noodle Incident: The Area 51 incident that turned Raiden into a Cyborg Ninja. It is constantly alluded to throughout Metal Gear Solid 4 and Metal Gear Rising, with Big Mama and Boris Popov both being involved in said incident, but the actual events has never been shown on-screen. The canceled version of Metal Gear Solid: Rising was intended to be based on said events.
  • Not Afraid to Die: His Pre Ass Kicking One Liner to Vamp before their fight in South America says it all.
  • Not So Different: At the end of Rising, Raiden realizes that while Armstrong might have been a maniac, he does agree with his belief in fighting for one's ideals regardless of what others think. For better or for worse, The Stinger shows that he's come to embrace said ideals.
  • Not So Stoic: Though he remains calm and collected throughout Metal Gear Solid 4, he has a minor breakdown in the briefing before the Shadow Moses mission, collapsing to the ground and begging Snake not to leave him alone while clinging to his ankle.
  • Oh, Crap!: Says exactly that when he encounters Fortune directly and she finds his hiding spot.
  • Oh, No... Not Again!: His reaction to getting his left arm sliced off by Sam in Rising, after having already lost both arms during the events of MGS4.
  • Only Sane Man: He really thinks he's this in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, at least at first. And given that he's the only one at the receiving end of the insane Gambit Pileup that is the game's plot, he's probably right.
  • One-Man Army: Has taken out entire commando units, tank battalions, and metal gear detachments on his own.
  • Paint It Black: Raiden's upgraded exoskeleton is sharp-edged and black, like his mood.
  • Papa Wolf: Having become a father, and given a chance to give an innocent boy the love and happy childhood that he never had, Raiden has sworn that no child will ever be made to endure what Solidus put him through. Hence, it is a suicidally stupid idea to abuse, harm, kill, and exploit children and gloat about it in Raiden's face. The black-hearted mercenary-doctor in Chapter 2 of Metal Gear Rising found this out the hard way.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Raiden's idea of blending in while in Mexico is wearing a mariachi uniform he bought from a souvenir stand over his still clearly visible cyborg body.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: Gets a moment with Snake during the Not So Stoic moment mentioned above:
    Raiden: I have always been alone... Always! Don't leave me here... alone...
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: Met his wife arguing over which building King Kong climbed up, gets the reference to Escape from New York in Snake's Metal Gear Solid 2 alias "Pliskin", and has an obsession with the depiction of samurai in Japanese pop culture.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Pulls this off in desperation against Armstrong, twice. The first round does absolutely nothing. The second round, he has a bit more luck: he manages to make Armstrong flinch and knock him back a foot or two, but that's about it.
  • Red Baron: While most of the time he is referred to by his codename Raiden, he is much better known as Jack the Ripper
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: After re-upgrading his cyborg body in Rising, his eye glows red whenever he activates one of his body's deadlier functions.
  • A Real Man Is a Killer: Samuel observes that Raiden's fighting style is lacking something — namely, a thirst for violence. It isn't until Raiden embraces his inner sociopath that he stands a chance against the truly ruthless Desperado. Subverted in that Raiden's life of perpetual abuse, violence, and mind-shattering post-traumatic stress is not shown as something that's "cool," but tragic.
  • Scannable Man: Raiden gets a big barcode on his forehead once he becomes a cyborg.
    • During the sequence in 2 where Raiden is stripped of his clothing and gear, he is seen to possess barcode tattoos all over his body.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: His reasons for taking on World Marshal to stop them from harvesting kids' brains and turning them into cyborg soldiers.
  • Self-Deprecation: Makes fun of the Hideo Kojima Policenauts poster in Emma's office during a Codec call with Rosemary in Metal Gear Solid 2.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: It is heavily implied that he suffers from PTSD as a result of his experiences as a Child Soldier, and that it worsened by Metal Gear Solid 4.
  • Shock and Awe: The tagline for Metal Gear Rising is "Lightning Bolt Action", as electricity constantly courses through Raiden's cyborg body and high frequency blades during gameplay.
  • Shout-Out: Raiden's white artificial blood is a reference to the white blooded androids in the Alien franchise.
  • Skeletons in the Coat Closet: Back when he still had one, Raiden's body was hooked up intravenously to a custom sneaking suit, dubbed the "Skull Suit." The headgear and chestplate resembled an actual skull and ribcage.
  • Slasher Smile: Starts making big toothy grins after going completely Ax-Crazy in Metal Gear Rising, which is only made creepier by his black skull shaped lower jaw.
  • So Last Season: Goes from a well-equipped spy in Metal Gear Solid 2 to a Lightning Bruiser cyborg in Metal Gear Solid 4 and Metal Gear Rising.
  • Spring Cleaning Fever: Raiden states he became a bit of a neat-freak after having to clean up after his messy girlfriend Rosemary on several occasions.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: What his Jack the Ripper persona is treated as in Rising.
  • Supporting Protagonist: Though you play as Raiden in Metal Gear Solid 2, Solid Snake is the actual focus of the events in that game.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute:
    • Invoked in Metal Gear Solid 2. The Patriots engineered the Big Shell incident to see if they could use information control to make Raiden a copy of Snake, and by extension use information manipulation to control humanity.
    • Raiden's history as a child soldier, relationship with Solidus, and later transformation into a cyborg makes him extremely similar to Frank Jaeger/Gray Fox.
    • He has his own copy, Major Ivan Raidenovitch Raikov, walking around in Metal Gear Solid 3. No relation.
  • That Man Is Dead: Uses a variation of this Stock Phrase in Metal Gear Solid 4.
    Raiden: I am Raiden. Jack is no more.
    • Subverted with his Superpowered Evil Side in Rising, which ecstatically identifies himself as not just Jack, but Jack the Ripper.
      Monsoon: What are you saying?
      Raiden: I'm saying... JACK IS BACK!
  • Thousand-Yard Stare: At the end of Rising after killing Armstrong, the one person in the world who truly understood Raiden and his ideals.
  • Three-Point Landing: One of his Zandatsu animations in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance.
  • Took a Level in Badass: While never much of a wimp, he was about Snake's equal in combat in Metal Gear Solid 2 due to his training as a child soldier and VR missions. Come 4, he's much more powerful, able to beat Vamp in physical combat where Snake needed guns. By the end of Metal Gear Rising, it's unlikely there is a single person who could match him in pure combat prowess, to the point he can take on machines of nuclear war on his own.
  • Tritagonist: Of the whole series, since he has the third most playable appearances only after Solid Snake and Big Boss.
    • The Protagonist: Of the majority of Metal Gear Solid 2 and the entirety of Metal Gear Rising.
  • Trojan Prisoner: Invoked. In order to reduce security around Arsenal Gear, Solid Snake and Mr. X/Olga Gurlukovich knock out Raiden and hand him over to Solidus, then proceed to sneak in and free him to help defeat the Sons of Liberty once and for all.
  • Tykebomb
  • Unskilled, but Strong: During the climax of Revengeance's Metal Gear Excelsus fight, where he's rather clumsy in his swordplay. Justified because he's wielding a giant sword the size of a skyscraper.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Big time in Sons of Liberty, wherein he's deceived, manipulated and outright used by almost every other major character, both good and bad.
  • Vocal Evolution: Both in Japanese and English, much more noticeable though in the latter. Raiden's initial voice was youthful to highlight his inexperience, with Quinton Flynn giving him a high pitch to hammer down his age. By the time Raiden became a cyborg ninja, his voice became deeper and gained a growl. Rising, and in the second digital graphic novel based on Sons of Liberty, saw Raiden adopt the growl but with a more neutral pitch to balance his performances in 2 and 4.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Whenever the Ripper persona is released.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: In Metal Gear Solid 2.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Colonel's offhand remark about how the B.D.U. that Raiden has to disguise himself with seemed to be a better fit for Rosemary implied that the B.D.U. was actually meant for a woman.
  • World's Best Warrior: As of his last appearance, there is likely not a single person in the world who surpasses him in terms of sheer, destructive power. He has destroyed multiple Humongous Mecha, held his own against an elite commando unit with no arms and is the only person who has proved to be a Worthy Opponent to both Jetstream Sam and Senator Armstrong.
  • Zen Survivor

"See me for what I am, okay?"
Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue (JP), Lara Cody (EN), Kari Wahlgren (EN, MGS2 Digital Graphic Novel only)

"Raiden, this is real. And that's why you won't wake up."

Raiden's girlfriend and a military data analyst who was enlisted by the Colonel as a last-minute addition. Her role is to pacify Raiden and keep him focused on coming home. Turns out she is a government plant whose real job is to 'analyze' Raiden. But sure enough, things got out of hand, and her feelings for Raiden became legit.

Reappears in Metal Gear Solid 4 as Snake's psychiatric support. She's married to Colonel Campbell, to the disgust of everybody. Turns out the marriage was a sham, as it was just a way to protect her and her son from the Patriots until Raiden finished his mission.

In Metal Gear Rising, she's living in New Zealand with her son while Raiden is working as a PMC.
  • Ambiguous Situation: It's uncertain for how much of the game "Rose" was actually GW. It could be from any point in the game, but its almost certain that towards the end of the game she is replaced with a GW copy of her. Even then, it's unclear whether or not Rose was even in the mission to begin with.
  • Becoming the Mask: Throughout MGS2
  • Bizarre Taste in Food: According to Campbell, everyone the world over agrees that America's military rations are hands down the worst. Everyone, that is, except for Rose, who admits to liking them. It may in part be why she's such a Lethal Chef.
  • Cavemen vs. Astronauts Debate: Jack first met Rose in Manhattan. She was discussing King Kong with some tourists and was about to point them to the wrong skyscraper. Raiden took it upon himself to correct her, and the pair got into a heated debate over whether King Kong featured the Chrysler Building or the Empire State until the tourists left in disgust. This non-event later turns out to have been a trap set by the Patriots. By pretending to share his taste in pop culture, Rose insinuated herself in Raiden's life without his knowing.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She expresses a bit of jealousy when Raiden is escorting Emma.
  • Convenient Miscarriage: Subverted. She only faked a miscarriage to protect her and Raiden's son from the Patriots.
  • Decoy Damsel: The real Rosemary is working offsite in Manhattan and is a spy for the Patriots. She survives the Arsenal crash and rendezvous with Raiden in the epilogue, with both of them promising to drop their masks.
  • Electronic Speech Impediment: In her last codec call to Raiden in MGS2 (before a clearly hostile version of her that is likely an AI resurfaces), as she is getting cut off and the picture turns to static, her voice is slowed down and gets much deeper:
    Rose: Jack! I'm... I'm carrying... I'm... Pregnant... Jack... Your... Baby.
  • Gainaxing: While having Codec conversations with Rosemary in Metal Gear Solid 4, give your controller a few nice hard shakes and watch what happens on the screen... (snickers).
  • The Ghost: She and Little John went to live to New Zealand while Raiden works as a PMC. She is mentioned a lot in the game, but never appears
  • Happily Married: To Raiden.
  • The Heart: She spends much time fretting over Snake/Raiden's health like Mei Ling, and also has a propensity to tell anecdotes. A few reviewers have speculated that Rose is a deliberate subversion of the trope since, unlike Mei Ling, her Codec chatter is both intrusive and useless. Her down-to-earth personality is a smoke screen for pushing the Colonel's agenda, as he more or less admits in the Big Shell's dock. And, unlike Mei Ling, most gamers don't find Rose's diatribes to be cute or refreshing in the slightest. In MGS4, she rejoins the team and fills Para-Medic's old role of quoting from the latest medical books. Also, like Para-Medic, she will chide Snake for unnecessarily killing animals (claiming it's a slippery slope to mental illness).
  • Honey Trap: Raiden first met Rose during a chance encounter in front of the Empire State Building. Rose, of course, knew that Jack would be there and had been briefed on his psychological profile by the Patiots, which enabled her to charm him.
  • Lethal Chef: To the point where Raiden admits to Snake that he actually prefers military rations over Rose's home cooking, and has to turn off his cybernetic taste sensors just to get through the meal. Furthermore, when Colonel Campbell finally gets a break from Rose's food, he goes nuts over the taste of army rations, proclaiming it the best food ever. Snake connects the dots and actually gives him his sympathies.
  • Meaningful Name: Jack's nickname for her, "Rose", reflects both her personality and her story function; she's beautiful, but every time Raiden reaches out to her, she pricks him with thorns. It's also a reference to the movie Titanic, where "Jack" and "Rose" become tragic lovers at sea.
  • Meet Cute: Jack and Rose's connection with the Empire State Building borrows heavily from Hollywood romances like Sleepless in Seattle. It is also a fabrication. It was no accident that Rose met Jack that day, nor was her subsequent reappearance as one of Jack's co-workers at the military base.
  • The Mole: In MGS2.
  • Ms. Exposition: Rose inherits Naomi's old role of providing dossiers on everyone currently inside the Big Shell. Partly a subversion, since Rose's material is full of holes and lacking crucial information, requiring Snake to fill in the gaps.
  • Prophet Eyes: Once the jig is up, the computerized facsimile of Rose flits between normal irises and blank ones. The effect is subtle enough that you won't notice it right away.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: In MGS4, she expresses pity for the B&B Corps upon hearing their heartbreaking backstories, claiming that Liquid is truly a heartless monster for putting them on the frontlines because of their psychological trauma, noting that they'll just keep getting worse until they're completely useless. Snake, who is not so sympathetic, agrees on all points, but he also points out that, since they're crazy and thus not fighting at their full effectiveness, he has the advantage.
  • The Vamp: Rosemary's real purpose during the simulation is to entice Jack with false promises of a happy life waiting for him in the city. This incentivices him to complete it without question.
  • Woman in White: In Metal Gear Solid 2.
  • Write Who You Know:invoked Rose is allegedly based on Kojima's wife. In interviews for the series' 25th anniversary, he remarked on the irony of Rose being the most hated woman in the series, as he's often criticized for over-sexualizing his female characters and giving them unreal personalities.
  • Your Cheating Heart: The Colonel, in an optional Codec conversation onboard Arsenal, will imply that Rosemary was cheating on Raiden the Saturday before the mission, although given what the Colonel was doing beforehand, not to mention the fact that it is implied that he is trying to "stop" Raiden, it is very unlikely to be true.

     Emma Emmerich
"I can't say I like heights... though water's higher on my phobia list."
Voiced By: Maria Yamamoto (JP), Jennifer Hale (EN)

"Science doesn't exist to benefit the world. Science is for the individual. For me, it is to realize my dreams."

Hal's younger step-sister and the lead programmer for Arsenal Gear. Why she's working at the plant is anybody's guess, considering she's terrified of water. When they were young, Hal and Emma had a very close relationship, which was ruined when Hal was seduced by Emma's mother. Hal's father found out and tried to drown himself, but accidentally pulled Emma in too, and Hal couldn't hear Emma screaming because he was with Emma's mother.

As a young woman working on developing the AI for Arsenal Gear, Emma is taken hostage by The Sons of Liberty. Hal asks Raiden to rescue her.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Her brother nicknames her "E.E." thanks to her Alliterative Name.
  • Agent Mulder: Emma's explanation of what the Patriots have or could have done to information ("You know how the alphabet has twenty-six letters? Well, it could have been thirty. What if the other letters were deleted by a program?") and her "justifications" ("Have you ever seen a gene? Have you counted them yourself?") make her sound like this to the point that she can come off sounding like a parody.
    • It’s worth noting that the whole censored alphabet thing makes much more sense in Japanese as they are not only missing letters, like La Li Lu Le Lo, but sounds which actually don't exist in the language (hence the absence of the corresponding characters) or, in a stunning result for the linguistic determinist camp, in the minds of the language's users. Japanese doesn't distinguish between the L-sound and the R-sound, a trait which complicates life for Japanese speakers learning Western languages; moreover, various studies have produced results suggesting that adult Japanese monoglots tend to hear the L-sound as a mispronounced R rather than as a distinct consonant of its own.
      Contrariwise, almost any sound that isn't represented by a single letter in the English alphabet can be unambiguously represented with a di- or trigraph, e.g. "th" (which in Old English orthography actually did have its own letter) or the "our" in "courier". While this produces its own problems, such as the wide ambiguity of 'ough', what counts in this context is that there are only a very few sounds, such as the click consonants used in several African languages, which are totally unrepresentable in English speech and orthography. It would therefore have been, if not impossible, then at least highly infeasible to replace the "La-Li-Lu-Le-Lo" censoring of the Patriots' name with some equivalent combination of syllables that can't be rendered or correctly understood by English speakers.
    • Also probably worth mentioning that she brings these up as hypothetical examples of the kinds of things Arsenal Gear could do, not necessarily as actual examples.
  • Alliterative Name: Emma Emmerich. For this reason, Otacon nicknames her "E.E."
  • Better Living Through Evil: Emma might just be the only willing participant in the S3 experiment. She only got into this line of work so she could accumulate the resources needed to crush Otacon.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: Emma pees herself when Raiden first finds her. Slighty averted, due to Emma already wearing black shorts.
  • The Cutie: She sure is one cute girl, despite her Jerkass Façade towards her brother. That and the fact that she was never able to break the facade in time makes her death all the more tragic.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Died in Otacon's arms.
  • Distressed Damsel: A very classic example of this trope.
  • Escort Mission: You have to take her from the Shell 2 core to the Shell 1 core. She can't walk very well due to her being injected with something to keep her from running away, so Raiden has to carry her.
  • Evil Counterpart: The script plays her up as a cynical and morally-lacking version of Otacon. Calling Snake with Emma in your party leads to a meeting of the minds: grassroots anti-nuke hacktivist vs. highly-paid government spook.
  • Hot Scientist
  • Insufferable Genius: She is not above mocking her rescuer's shortcomings and lack of computer savvy. Additionally, she never once expressed remorse for her role in the S3 project. When confronted about it, she remarks that most people are too dumb to notice a pattern when it's staring them in the face.
  • Jerkass Façade: Towards Otacon.
  • Kill the Cutie: Especially jarring in that it happens almost immediately after the Escort Mission.
  • Meganekko: Interestingly, they're just for show; specifically, an homage to her step-brother.
  • Lovable Coward: OK, Emma's not really cowardly, but she has so many fears (water, bugs, heights) that she comes across as this anyway.
  • Not Blood Siblings: Towards Otacon, but not reciprocated. After she's been shot, she reveals how she's always wished she could be "closer" to Hal and just wanted Hal to look at her "as a woman."
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: In Codec conversations, Emma is scornful of Philanthropy's goals and thinks Otacon is little more than a small-time anarchist.
  • The Stool Pigeon: Lacerated Larry type: It's strongly implied that she told the Sons of Liberty how to activate Arsenal Gear due to being under the influence of truth serum. This is another parallel to the Shadow Moses mission. (Dr. Hunter was imprisoned once Campbell found out she was a mole, whereupon he deliberated on giving her sodium pentothal.)
  • Super Drowning Skills: Played with. She used to love water and, according to Otacon, "swam like a fish." Unfortunately, after her stepdad drowned himself and nearly took her with him, she is completely terrified of water to the point where she clings to Raiden and lets him do all the swimming.
  • Tsundere: She spends much time on the low end of the thermometer. However, she lights up when discussing her childhood with Hal, and exhibits girly flirtation with Raiden.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?:
    • Her step-father's drowning death left her with a crippling fear of water at an early age. Naturally, by the time you reach her, the hallways leading in and out of the area she's kept are completely flooded.
    • A more minor example: she's also terrified of bugs. So after the long underwater escort, seeing the path to the elevator filled with sea lice freaks her out until Raiden can clear them away (or knock her out and just drag her to the elevator).

     Peter Stillman
"Don't let the fear get to you. When you give into the fear, the darkness comes."
Voiced By: Shozo Iizuka (JP), Greg Eagles (EN)

"His crimes are also mine — one of omission, and arrogance. No one should teach the skills I taught him without a clear conscience."

A bomb disposal expert and Fatman's mentor. Stillman helps Raiden and Plissken defuse several of his student's bombs, and then dies trying to defuse one himself.
  • Badass Boast: His humble, no-frills exterior conceals some degree of manly pride, especially when Snake barks at him to stay behind in the kitchen and keep out of everyone's way. When Stillman finally reveals that he faked his career-ending injury, he lets off some steam about his supposed old age: "I can keep my footing on catwalks and hike across deserts!"
  • Bat Deduction: He deduces that Pliskin is not a Navy SEAL just because he quotes the mottos of both the Marines and the British SAS, which is even more illogical since Stillman himself recognises both and he isn't a Navy SEAL either. He's right, but the fact that Pliskin knows and quotes two different special forces groups is hardly grounds for that. He also decides that even though Pliskin is an impostor, he can be trusted, based on little more than the vibe he gets from him.
  • Black Dude Dies First: He's the first to go in the Plant Chapter (if you don't count SEAL Team 10), just as Scott Dolph was in the Tanker chapter.
  • Cool Teacher: Pete coaches Raiden through the hairy task of disarming the bombs. He's full of great quotes:
    "Put simply, bomb disposal is a one-on-one with fear itself. Don't try to run away from it. Instead, acknowledge the fear, and take it straight on."
    "Discretion is the key when taking on a bomb. A degree of caution that taxes your sense of meticulousness. Don't confuse this with cowardice, as it is the extreme opposite."
  • Face Death with Dignity: After falling into Fatman's proximity trigger bomb trap, he calmly calls Snake and Raiden on Codec to encourage Raiden and warn Snake to get away from Strut H, accepting that he could not escape in time.
  • Fallen Hero: Not to the extent that he turned evil, but after he failed to disarm a bomb at a church, he mainly attempted to deflect his evident panic attack by faking his leg being lost, although it did him more harm than good before he atoned for his sins at the Big Shell.
  • Fatal Flaw: Pride. He's staked a lot on his reputation as a bomb disposal expert and fakes being disabled to avoid having to confront an angry public and face his own feelings of guilt and shame over failing to defuse a bomb that ended up killing several people. His death comes about mostly because he refuses to accept that Fatman could ever improve on the techniques that he taught him or truly surpass him in the art of bombmaking.
  • Handshake Refusal: When "Pliskin" gushes over meeting a fellow legend, Stillman pointedly ignores him and demands to know his credentials. This is not merely Stillman's no-nonsense attitude but also a clue that he doesn't feel worthy of such praise.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: See My Greatest Second Chance and Redemption Equals Death.
  • It's Quiet... Too Quiet: During the mission to disarm the bombs, Stillman grows uneasy at their seemingly amateurish placement, claiming that their positions are all wrong if Fatman really intended to destroy the Big Shell. Indeed, many of the bombs are placed in comical places, such as in the ladies' room, on a soldier's back.
    Raiden: Even Fatman can make mistakes, right?
    Stillman: No.
  • Like a Son to Me: During this time as an instructor in Maryland, Stillman met his best student, Fatman. Never having had a son, Stillman thought he saw one in Fatman and taught him everything he knew about bombs (including their construction and demolition). What he didn't tell him, however, was how to properly utilize that knowledge. This would prove to be a deadly mistake in the future.
  • Macgyvering: He jury-rigs a sensor which can detect Fatman's odorless bombs; two of them, in fact... while in a food pantry.
  • Married to the Job: In 2004, Stillman was called to defuse a terrorist bomb in a famous church. During the disposal, Stillman panicked and fled, leaving the bomb to explode. The church was obliterated along with a nearby playground. Due to not having a family or children, his reputation was the only thing he had and couldn't afford to lose that, so he faked losing a leg in the explosion.
  • My Greatest Failure: He panicked when attempting to disarm a bomb at a church, which blew up and left several victims, including children. He also had to hide the fact that he lost his cool...
    • My Greatest Second Chance: His participating in the Big Shell, and ultimately stopping the second bomb's detonation after his attempts at disarming the first one fail.
  • Obi-Wan Moment: Realizing that he cannot escape Fatman's bomb in time, he warns Raiden and Pliskin of the proximity trigger, which have a 7 foot radius, and encourages Raiden to dismantle its counterpart in Shell 1. The bomb then detonates, killing Stillman and destroying a large section of Shell 2.
  • Obfuscating Disability: Peter faked his disability to avoid facing the families of the victims of a bomb he was unable to defuse.
  • One Last Job: Now working as a consultant for the NYPD, Stillman is coaxed out of retirement to deal with a cluster of C4 bombs planted on the Big Shell by his former student Fatman. Near the end of the game, Ocelot admits the Patriots "arranged" for Stillman's presence in the plant to fulfill Fatman's conditions for working with them.
  • Redemption Equals Death: He ends up redeeming himself for his cowardice by willingly remaining near the bomb at Shell H after getting snared in its proximity sensor.
  • Shout-Out: Stillman's name is a reference to one of the assumed names of the lead character in the New York Trilogy novel City of Glass. Similarly, according to character designer Yoji Shinkawa, Stillman was originally intended to be an alternate version of Ed from Policenauts.
  • Surprise Creepy: Stillman's corpse is later discovered by Raiden in the flooded basement of the Shell 2 Core.
  • Throwing Off the Disability: Knowing that he can never hope to dismantle Shell 2's bomb through vocal commands, he finally exposes himself as a fraud by walking upright.
  • The World's Expert on Getting Killed: "Demolition is a kind of ideology; it makes no exceptions for time or place." While this statement may seem impressively badass at first glance, it becomes less so after one gives more than one second's thought as to what it actually means. The assumption is that Fatman's understanding of demolition is based on Stillman's theories. Stillman also concludes that you need a total of twelve bombs to take the Big Shell out. Actually, you only need two, placed on opposite ends of the plant, setting off a chain reaction that would cause the whole structure to tumble. Snake and Raiden were operating on false data from the beginning. Fatman's placement of the baby C4s seem to mockingly hint at this.

Sons of Liberty

     In General
A combination of two groups: The remnants of Sergei Gurlukovich's mercenary group (led by Olga), and the rogue anti-terrorist group Dead Cell, made up of Fortune, Vamp, and Fatman (and led by Solidus Snake). The combined group took over the Big Shell decontamination plant, held everyone inside hostage (including the United States president), and was believed to have also demanded a ransom. In reality, the group never actually demanded a ransom in the first place, and in fact planned to take control of the Arsenal Gear built under the Big Shell and use its nuclear payload to create an electromagnetic surge over Manhattan, destroying all its electronics and cutting it off from the Patriots.

  • Badass Normal: The Gurlukovich faction.
  • Darth Vader Clone: Fatman's a conspicuous one, though he has no hidden virtues or moment of redemption. He plays the treacherous pupil to the wizened, penitent Stillman. Fatman's scarred appearance also recalls Sebastian Shaw, who played old Anakin in Return of the Jedi.
    • Solidus Snake also fits the bill rather nicely, himself. Like Palpatine, the Patriots force him to duel his 'son' with the expectation that he'll probably lose.
  • Divided States of America: Their goal is to sever the Manhattan island from the Patriots' control by... simply turning off the electricity. Arsenal Gear will then move in and defend the city with RAYs and Olga's troops. Solidus has a new national flag ready for it.
    • It's unclear, though, if Solidus was going to hold onto Manhattan for very long, as he admits to Fortune that Arsenal can't withstand a full-on assault. He knew the Patriots were based somewhere in the city, and presumably intended to kill them all after gleaning their address from Arsenal's CPU.
  • Expy: In-universe, Dead Cell was intended to be an expy of FOXHOUND from the previous game. However, overall, their actions and motivations are more similar to Black Chamber.
  • Faceless Mooks: All of the soldiers of the Sons of Liberty, barring the top leaders, wear balaclavas. Justified, as those were the Gurlukovich Mercenaries, who often wore balaclavas to mask their identities and thus make it more difficult to trace.
  • Gas Mask Mooks: The Arsenal Tengus wear similar masks to the one Raiden removed in the opening prologue. As a practical matter, the masks allow them to breathe more easily in the frigid confines of Arsenal Gear; The insulation from cold grants them better mobility and an advantage over intruders.
  • McNinja: Shortly before Arsenal goes online, Solidus orders Olga's men to to trade in their uniforms for Tengu Armor before they can board. Unlike the mercenaries, the Tengu guards are wearing body armor and wield high-frequency katanas or P90s. Olga nicks one of their swords and passes it off to Raiden, allowing him to fight fire with fire.
  • Meet the New Boss: With the Genome Soliders put permanently on ice, Olga's unit is the closest analog to Outer Heaven the modern world has—At least, until Metal Gear Rising. Ocelot claims he went out of his way to find circus freaks on par with FOXHOUND; It's no accident that they're the ones who help seize the Tanker & Plant. (Note that with the imprisonment of Colonel Jackson and the decimation of his unit, Dead Cell has four members to Liquid Snake's six—five if you count Olga Gulukovich; as a result, no one member can be said to be an exact copy of Liquid's henchmen.)
    • Fortune is Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty stand-in for Sniper Wolf, with her long-range weapon, laser sight, and preference for wildlife over people. Equally reckless in battle, and absolutely fixated on hunting down Solid Snake. (Fortune's giant railgun is another reference to REX, which is why he faces her alone in Arsenal Gear.)
    • Fortune doesn't show up for the torture room reenactment, but Olga is present. Humorously, Olga decks Raiden instead of nail-scratching him (à la Wolf).
    • Vamp might be the most complex example of all. To start with, he's very similar to Liquid Snake in look and attire (longcoat, no shirt, dog tags), as well as his stubborn refusal to die. His battle arena features a square barrier in the center which Raiden may not cross, just like when Revolver Ocelot wired up his hostage with plastic explosives. He also pilots a Harrier, similar to the battle with Liquid's Hind D, and survives several fatal injuries. During Emma's precarious walk across the oil fences, he reenacts Sniper Wolf's wounding of Meryl with his trusty bowie knife.
    • Solidus is obviously patterned on Big Boss, but there's a parallel to Liquid Snake, as well: He co-pilots the Harrier jet; he restrains and tortures Raiden in a facsimile of the Shadow Moses prison (with Ocelot standing on hand, no less); and his Motive Rant and boss battle near the crashed hull of Arsenal are reminiscent of Liquid's "Let's Fight Like Gentlemen" challenge to Snake on REX's hide.
    • Fatman is the bald muscle, in keeping with Vulcan Raven. In fact, his battlefield is nearly identical (as is his vulnerability to claymore mines), and both bosses wind up slumped against a wall as they die. Considering his wild card role, can be also considered the "Ocelot" in Dead Cell's camp. Note that Ocelot's battle arena on Shadow Moses also made use of C4 explosives.
  • Playing Card Motifs: Solidus and his men use codenames during the plant operation. Solidus is, naturally, their "King", while Fortune is "Queen". Raiden (or Jack) is so named for his unknown relation to Solidus. Seal Team 10 make up the expandable face cards.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: The Dead Cell faction is more extreme than the Gurlukovich side: Fortune wanted to nuke New York City out of spite, viewing the civilians as collateral. Solidus quietly snuffed out her plan, and Ocelot pulled the rug out from both by revealing there were no hydrogen bombs in the first place.
    • Olga resents having to work alongside Ocelot, whom she suspects had a hand in her father's death.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: With Arsenal left defenseless, Dead Cell would be helpless against the first wave, allowing Solidus to beat a hasty retreat.
  • Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: The Gurlukovich soldiers are arguably the most sympathetic mooks next to those in Revengeance. Contrary to the Colonel's cover story, their aim is not to nuke Manhattan but to "liberate" it from the Patriots' surveillance and turn it into a free republic of sorts.

     Solidus Snake
"We need to decide which monstrosity will have the privilege of survival."
a.k.a. George Sears, Solid Snake
Voiced by: Akio Ohtsuka (JP), John Cygan (EN)

"The end of the Patriots' secret rule, liberation of this country — this was where it was supposed to begin. This is where freedom could have been born."

In the first Metal Gear Solid, Solidus shows up in The Stinger at the end of the game in the role of the U.S. President, and is a major character in the second game. He's the third of Big Boss' clones, a former agent of the Patriots, and Raiden's adopted father. He was once the 43rd President under the alias of George Sears, but was forced to resign from office after Metal Gear REX and the Genome Project soldiers, as well as the events of the Shadow Moses Incident and his involvement in the Sons of Big Boss's actions, were exposed to the public. The Patriots pinned him as the scapegoat, as he'd before advocated against genetic engineering, and becomes a terrorist with the group The Sons of Liberty. He reappears in viral marketing trailers for Metal Gear Rising, though he does not actually appear in the game (other than a couple of references in a few conversations).
  • Alliterative Codename.
  • And Your Little Dog, Too!: He casually mentions to Raiden that he murdered his parents to ensure he could take him in as a child soldier before their final battle.
  • The Anti-Nihilist: Solidus' philosophy befits of the 'middle child' in the Les Enfant Terribles project. He shares the biological determinism of Liquid but, like Solid, he's determined to overcome destiny no matter the cost.
  • Anti-Villain: Type III. Word of God stated that Solidus was intended to be of this trope.
  • Archnemesis Dad: Plays the role of one for Raiden, having raised him and dozens of other child soldiers. His brutal methods are even remarked upon as being an inspiration for the antagonists of Revengeance. Solidus also has his own father figures that he is waging war on - although rather than seeking to humiliate Big Boss and his legacy, Solidus targets the Patriots, who have guided his career from birth to the Presidency he once held.
    • His second scene with Raiden heralds a sort of 'rebirth' for the character: he momentarily loses his sneaking suit and is forced to wander around in his birthday suit. Second, the stealth mechanics of the game are stripped away as Raiden becomes accustomed to the HF Blade, his default weapon in the sequels. The FOXHOUND personality was completely fake, and only Raiden's 'father' could expose that fact.
  • Bad Boss: Solidus would have abandoned Dead Cell and the now-useless Arsenal had their plan been carried to completion. He's also very harsh with his lieutenants; when Ocelot and Olga begin bickering, he threatens to cut them loose and see how well they do finding a new job — bad news for cold warriors without a Cold War.
    "The worst kind of wetworks, maybe — but even that's doubtful."
  • Badass Boast: Has quite a few, but one in particular sticks out:
    Solidus: Brother, I'm a whole different game from Liquid!
  • Badass Cape: Until it gets incinerated.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: While he is unable to end the Patriots reign, he was able to achieved his goal to leave a legacy, through his Godson Raiden.
  • Best Served Cold: As they say, if you come at the King, you'd best not miss. After the Patriots tried to put him on ice, Solidus made it his priority to obtain the real names of the Wiseman's Committee, track them down, and then kill them.
  • Big Bad: Of Metal Gear Solid 2. He was the Greater-Scope Villain in the original Metal Gear Solid, however.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: By the end of Metal Gear Solid 2, it's clear he was just a puppet in the Patriot's scheme.
  • Cain and Abel and Seth: He's the third clone of Big Boss, coming as a surprise to Solid Snake (And proably would have been one to Liquid, too- if he'd lived to find out.)
  • Chekhov's Gunman: He was first mentioned in the Meryl ending (and The Stinger for both endings) of Metal Gear Solid.
  • Child Soldier: In the 1980s, Solidus served in the CIA's paramilitary forces in the Liberian Civil War, eventually commanding a unit of child soldiers including Raiden while only a teenager himself. This was likely to further emulate the life of Big Boss, as Solidus suggests in his final speech. Unlike Solid Snake, who rejected his genetic legacy, Solidus is in the You Can't Fight Fate camp.
  • The Coats Are Off: Solidus' cape is burned off when he first engages his flame jets.
    • Turns Red: In Raiden's battle with him, he eventually disengages his Snake Suit's tentacles and ejects them in the air. This greatly increases his speed and dexterity.
  • Combat Tentacles: The "snake arms" on his exoskeleton suit. He ditches them when he Turns Red during his boss fight.
  • Crucified Hero Shot: His outstretched arm as [[spoiler:he tumbles off the roof of Federal Hall.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: While his final death is not unusual for a villain, what had sealed his fate is: Raiden sliced open his back with the HF Blade.
  • Dark Messiah: Whatever his motives, Solidus definitely has a giant messiah complex.
  • Disney Villain Death: Raiden slices his spine with the katana, causing him to stumble for a bit (apparently his artificial muscles kicked in) before falling to the ground with a sickening crunch.
  • Dual Wielding: He wields two swords named Democrat and Republican.
  • Eagleland: An anti-villainous Type 1. Everything that he does in the game is done because he truly believes in the American ideals of freedom and equality for all. Something that the Patriots have destroyed.
  • Evil Is Hammy: This guy gives Liquid a run for his money. Twirling his cape for emphasis, exploding with maniacal laughter, milking the giant cow...and who can forget his ecstatic cry to the heavens, "The SONS of LIBERTY!"
  • Eye Scream: He loses his left eye following the destruction of the Harrier.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Subverted. During the final boss fight, Raiden can exploit Solidus' blind spot. Of course, this doesn't stop him from gunning down a Metal Gear RAY while his back is turned.
  • False Flag Operation: A few. The hostage-taking was all a feint; Solidus just needed the President's login to activate Arsenal. The nuclear strike wasn't a threat, but rather the final step in Solidus' plan to isolate Manhattan — and more importantly, the Patriots who were based there. Lastly, Dead Cell plotted to swipe Arsenal Gear out from under his nose, not realizing that it would be a sitting duck without any sea or air support; Solidus' faction would have abandoned them and the now-useless Arsenal had their plan been carried to completion.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: See The Pawn.
  • Final Boss: Of MGS2.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Of the original Metal Gear Solid, having been behind the Shadow Moses Incident.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: Solidus' defeat could be considered one. His early career in Liberia notwithstanding, Solidus truly believed in equal rights and freedom of expression for everyone. As U.S. President, he caught wind of the atrocious S3 program, and sought to prevent its implementation. As usual for Raiden, his assumptions about the Sons of Liberty being power-mad terrorists was a Patriot fabrication; Raiden is forced to do his masters' bidding even to the end.
  • High Collar of Doom: Solidus' version is both robotic and retractable.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: Solidus quickly slots back into his old field commander role with Raiden, admiring the bloodshed and congratulating him on his killings. He had been planning to ditch his troops anyway, and didn't mind serving them up to "The Ripper."
  • Irony: He once stated to President Johnson that "Pawns can never become players." It later turns out he was an Unwitting Pawn to the Patriots the entire time.
  • Karmic Death: His dream was to be "inaugurated" on the steps of Federal Hall just like President Washington. (The insurrection happens on the bicentennial of Washington's first term.) He is instead assassinated on those very steps.
  • Knife Nut: Possibly. He was seen with a knife in the flashbacks to Liberia according to viral marketing for Metal Gear Rising. The recent (and according to the Facebook page, final) trailer on the site has Solidus giving Raiden a speech on how blades are noble weapons compared to guns shortly before slitting a soldier he had another soldier interrogate regarding a botched mission as a demonstration of what knives do to Raiden.
  • Lack of Empathy: He may try to style himself after Big Boss, but he lacks the compassion and understanding that his father had for allies and enemies alike. For example, what does he do when he finds out that Olga was working as a Patriot spy to save her daughter's life? Shoot her in the head without hesitation.
  • Logical Weakness: Solidus hasn't had time to adjust to lacking depth perception, and he'll lose track of Raiden if you circle him. His heat-seeking rockets have a weakness, too: Since they home in on Raiden, all he has to do is hang from a ledge. The rockets don't know to navigate around the roof and explode harmlessly.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: It turns out that Solidus was Raiden's Godfather. Unlike other uses of this, it was even foreshadowed earlier when Solidus and Raiden first meet face to face ("Where do I know him from?")
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: Following the fallout of the Shadow Moses affair, Solidus' health was "scheduled to fail him," but he outmaneuvered his bosses and went underground. His only mistake was selecting Ocelot, a Patriot hatchet man, as his agent.
  • Meaningful Name: In chemistry, a "solidus" is a temperature that lies somewhere between a substance's melting point and freezing point (i.e. its "liquid" form and "solid" form); above which it becomes completely solid, and below which it begins the melting process. Similarly, Solidus falls somewhere between his brothers ("Liquid" Snake and "Solid" Snake) in more than one way. Physically, he's an amalgamation of both brothers' genetic traits, being an identical clone of Big Boss with both his dominant and recessive genes. Morally, he's neither an altruistic pacifist like Snake nor an unstable terrorist like Liquid, being a calculating Well-Intentioned Extremist trying to bring down the greater evil of the Patriots through violence and manipulation.
    • Solidus's codename as U.S. President, "George", is prescient of his desire to kickstart a second American Revolution.
  • Military Brat: He's a clone of Big Boss, and he also participated as a Child Soldier (actually, not just a child soldier, but a child soldier who leads an entire army of child soldiers) in the Liberian Civil War.
  • Motive Rant: Has a damn good one on the rooftop of Federal Hall where he reveals that he wants to destroy the Patriots both to be remembered and to restore the American ideals that the Patriots had taken away.
  • Named Weapons: His katana and wakizashi set (i.e. daishou), Minshuto ("Democrat") and Kyowato ("Republican").
    • Possibly, the swords that come with the Powered Armors in the setting are also made by Tokugawa Heavy Industries.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: His actions did leave a twisted legacy. One inherited by Senator Armstrong in Metal Gear Rising.
  • No Honor Among Thieves: President Johnson only colluded with Solidus in return for blackmailing the Patriots into joining their ranks. It was only later that Solidus revealed that he had no intention of cutting a deal with them: he's going to challenge them directly. (Solidus obviously didn't much care for Johnson's plans to become a Patriot himself.)
  • Organ Theft: As revealed in MGS4. The battle with Raiden left Solidus brain-dead (shades of Big Boss again), and later used for transplants to revive Big Boss. Yuck.
  • The Pawn: In Metal Gear Solid 2, it turned out that he was actually helping the Patriots without his even realizing it until Ocelot made it clear.
    • In MGS4, his corpse is used as a decoy for Big Boss' body.
  • Papa Wolf: He did not take it well when he learned that the Patriots had wiped Raiden's memory, and probably stole him from Solidus' home.
  • Patriotic Fervor: Solidus has a genuine love for America and what the U.S. stands for, taking pride in seeing himself as a successor to the Founding Fathers. So much so that he's willing to start a new American Revolution to free it and the world from the Patriots.
  • Pet the Dog: For what it was worth, he gave Raiden an HF Blade before the fight with him. Solidus had every intent of winning, but he did give Raiden a fighting chance against him when he could have killed him the easy way. Naturally this bites him in the ass.
  • Predecessor Villain: In Metal Gear Rising. Although he's been dead for nearly a decade, World Marshal's Sears Program was directly inspired by what he put Raiden and several other children through in Liberia. Senator Armstrong's ideals for a new, free America are also implied to have been inspired by Solidus.
  • President Evil: In MGS1, we're told that the President has tacitly given Sec. Houseman permission to vaporize Shadow Moses to save face, particularly since REX is a blatantly-crafted loophole to circumvent Solidus' own arms treaty with Russia and China. The deal goes sour and President Sears is shortly hounded from office; Houseman is executed by the Patriots for refusing to resign and keep quiet about the whole mess.
  • Properly Paranoid: Nearing the end of MGS2, Solidus gives Raiden a speech about how the Patriots intended to protect their own power via massive censorship. Come MGS4, and we see that Solidus's fears turned out to be quite correct.
    Old Snake: Everything that Solidus feared five years's all come to pass.
  • Shed Armor, Gain Speed: Somewhat. After he Turns Red and ditches his "snake arms", he becomes much faster.
  • Shoulders of Doom: Emphasized by his comically-evil black cape (when he wears it).
  • Take Over the City: Solidus aims to 'unplug' Manhattan and claim it as his own, in another nod to Escape From New York.
  • There Can Be Only One: "The world needs only one Big Boss!"
  • Unperson: There is a bitter quality to Solidus, as he suspects that his meager life will be overshadowed by Big Boss if not outright forgotten; the Patriots will make sure of that. Solidus later confesses that the reason he stole Raiden as a child was because he craved a legacy of his own.
  • Villain Has a Point: Even if nobody agreed with his methods, everyone agrees that the Patriots' control should stop. Going by Raiden's interactions with GW, the Patriot AIs appear worse than he ever imagine.
  • We Have Reserves: Solidus has some serious buyer's remorse toward Dead Cell. He instructs Ocelot to keep them out of the loop, then reveals that he'd planned to use them as ballast when the Patriots came knocking. (In fairness, Dead Cell had been planning to betray him, anyway.)
  • Wearing a Flag on Your Head: MGS2's script originally had Raiden slicing a rope off the flagpole at Federal Hall, draping an American flag onto Solidus' dead body (mirroring a President's coffin during a state funeral). This can be interpreted as either sympathy with Solidus' cause (having stopped his revolution and maintained the status quo), or an ironic gesture. However, the visual of an American flag falling from its pole ended up being cut from the final version due to the events of 9/11. The scene, however, was kept in the novelization.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He wants to free America's founded nature from the threat of the Patriots' controlling nature, as well as having a personal motive of wanting to be remembered somehow, as he isn't able to pass on his genes due to his clone nature. However, in order to do this, he had to organize a terrorist organization in order to do so.
  • Younger Than They Look: Despite his appearance looking like someone in his sixties or seventies, he's actually in his thirties. He implies that his appearance was the result of genetic engineering done by the Patriots, likely to make him appear as a believable US Presidential candidate.
    • Confirmed in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriotsit's explained that the three LET clones had artificially shortened telomeres as a protection mechanism, inducing rapid aging in the two clones that lived long enough to reach that point.

     Sergei Gurlukovich
"Russia will rise again. And RAY is the key."
Voiced By: Osamu Saka (JP), Earl Boen (EN)

"After the Cold War ended, my home was bought out by the Americans. Not that you would understand. Land, friends, dignity...all sold to the highest bidder!"

The leader of a loose cannon mercenary group and Olga Gurlukovich's father. Seregi was previously involved in Liquid's revolt on Shadow Moses Island; he was the supplier of some of their heavy weaponry and Liquid's Hind D. Since then, Sergei has been working with Revolver Ocelot in the hopes of hijacking Metal Gear RAY to restore power to Russia. He is predictably stabbed in the back by Ocelot and sinks to the bottom of the bay with the tanker.
  • Badass Mustache: Though not quite as exceptional as Ocelot's.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: His stint at lead villain doesn't last long. Leadership of his troops transferred to Olga, who answers directly to Solidus Snake. (Though she doesn't like it.)
  • Cruel to Be Kind: Sergei attempts to ditch his daughter once the tanker is secured. He assured Olga that, once the ball was rolling, she could leave the mercenary unit and stay in America, telling her that it was a "country of liberty." Olga waves off the extraction chopper, implying that she has no intention of leaving.
  • A Father to His Men: In a sense, he is the Russian counterpart to Big Boss. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Sergei brought together ex-Soviet soldiers who had nowhere left to go, forming a mercenary army of at least a thousand strong. Olga inherits his leadership role over the Gurlukovich soldiers in the Plant chapter.
  • Freudian Excuse: According to his him, Sergei's home was turned into an American weapons depot following the collapse of the USSR.
  • The Ghost: Was briefly mentioned in the first Metal Gear Solid as being one of Liquid's backers in his revolution, and his being the reason why Liquid had a Hind D in that game.
  • Glorious Mother Russia: With Metal Gear in his clutches, he aims to put Russia back on top again. Sergei feels justified since it was a Russian engineer, Granin, who helped birth the Metal Gear technology.
  • Gut Feeling: He starts having second thoughts about the tanker assault when he spots a Bad Moon Rising. Having Ocelot and his pregnant daughter onboard only adds to his sense of anxiety.
  • Killed Off for Real: At the end of the Tanker Chapter after getting double-crossed by Ocelot.
  • Motive Rant: He doesn't take kindly to Dolph referring to him as a black marketeer. Jamming his Makarov pistol in Dolph's temple, Sergei says he plans to settle his accounts with the U.S. once and for all.
  • Mysterious Employer: During the events of Metal Gear Solid 1, Sergei allies himself with Liquid's terrorist group via Ocelot. Sergei provided them with a Hind D as a down payment for data on the REX project. The plan was for the Gurlukovich Mercenaries to link up with the Genome Soldiers, though Snake took REX out of commission before this could happen. In all likelihood, Liquid would have welshed on his end of the bargain, anyway, as he dismissed Sergei as a mere politician (rather than a true "warrior" like himself). Likewise, Sergei had some doubts about whether REX was as powerful as advertised, telling Ocelot and Liquid to contact him only once REX had successfully fired a nuke.
  • Papa Wolf/Morality Pet: It's very clear that he does deeply care about his daughter, Olga, as well as the well-being of his grandchild. Also, as evidenced in the Lame Comeback line, he was not pleased with Ocelot's threat against his daughter when the latter betrayed him.
  • Properly Paranoid: Just before the Olga battle, he tells Olga that she should leave, and cited that part of the reason he wants her to leave was because he saw the moon "pale as death" in the storm, and suspected that the mission wasn't going to end well. He's right, but not in the way that even he anticipated, as Ocelot betrays and guns him down in cold blood.
  • Say My Name: Sergei weakly calls out his daughter's name as he sinks to the bottom of the tanker's flooded cargo hold.

    Olga Gurlukovich
"Not too shabby, is it? New York, I mean."
AKA: Mr. X
Voiced by: Kyoko Terase (JP), Vanessa Marshall (EN)

"We leave for Russia when this mission is over. I want half the money for that. We're living for ourselves after this."

A Russian mercenary whom Snake first encounters aboard the tanker, Olga is a tough cookie. She has been raised all her life to be strong, both out of necessity and because her father was a colonel for a Russian private army. She is seen again in the Plant, having inherited her father's unit after the old man died. She may or may not be having her own agenda. She is also being used by the Patriots, who are threatening to kill her child if she doesn't allow for Raiden's mission to succeed. To this end, she disguises herself as a ninja called Mr. X and randomly calls Raiden to give him advice. She dies in the end to save Raiden and her baby.
  • Action Girl: In the Tanker Chapter as a boss battle. She has been with the unit since she was born, "conflict and victory were her parents."
  • Action Mom: She's one tough cookie, and she has a daughter. A tragic example, however, since she never carried her or met her personally due to the Patriots.
  • Anti-Villain: Type II: She legitimately cared for her own troops, and hated the fact that she had to betray and kill them off under Patriot orders, even though she had to do it to ensure the survival of her child.
  • Bifauxnen: Which actually causes some awkwardness for the game's other androgynous platinum blond character when he's mistaken for her.
  • Boom, Headshot: How she met her end.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: Olga can be seen smiling to herself when Snake holds her up on the Tanker. Later, a hapless Raiden also tries it. Sorry, this is one enemy who won't whimper and toss her dog tags if you point a gun.
  • Child Soldier: It is heavily implied that she was born and raised on the battlefield, and that she has nowhere else to go.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Just like our hero. Olga shoots an overhanging spotlight to blind you, tosses grenades from behind the safety of some crates, and generally makes your job hell.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Unlike Meryl, Olga seems closer to how a feminized Snake would look and act. She's handy with a knife, packs a high-caliber handgun (which Snake nicks for his own use), utilizes cover and corner-leaning in battle, dislikes razors, and — like Solid Snake — she lives a nomadic existence traveling from one battlefield to the next. Olga also gets a Dramatic Unmask through her cap blowing off in the wind, similar to Snake's famous entrances over the years.
  • Does Not Like Men: She's a bit of a misandrist.
  • Double Agent: Albeit a reluctant one. Solidus calls out her for the wholesale slaughter of her extended "family", and Olga confesses that she's going to Hell for it.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: She did not take having to betray and kill her Gurlukovich comrades very well at all, even though it was to keep her child alive.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Olga possessed a long scar across her face, above her right eye to below her left eye (this is made more apparent in artwork of her, being barely visible in the game itself). Presumably, she got the scar during combat.
  • I Surrender, Suckers: Snake attempts — with some difficulty — to disarm Olga without taking a thrown knife to the forehead. First, she removes her cap as a means of identification, only to let it blow away in the wind in an attempt to distract Snake. Then she veerrry sloooowly put the knife down, but still within reach so she can easily somersault and grab it. (Much later on, she doesn't even bother pretending to surrender to the neophyte Raiden.)
  • Killed Off for Real: In the climax of MGS2.
  • The Lad-ette: Well, her character model has unshaved armpits, so there's that.
  • Mama Bear: Tragically exploited by the Patriots as blackmail to ensure she does her part in keeping Raiden alive in the S3 Plan. Basically, she had to kill off the unit she had considered her family, never mind her friends, just to protect Raiden because if she failed, they would kill her baby.
  • Married to the Job: In her first appearance, Olga values "the unit" more than the seed growing inside of her. We see neither hide nor hair of baby daddy.
  • Military Brat: Well, for one thing, her father is both the leader of a pro-communist mercenary group, and he also served in the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan.
  • Mysterious Informant: As Mr. X.
  • The Not-Love Interest: After the boss battle with her, Snake will (if the player calls Otacon while looking at Olga in first person mode) comment on how "peaceful" she looks while she sleeps. Otacon then warns him not to get any ideas. But Snake just growls back that he's had enough of tomboys pointing guns at him.
  • Pregnant Badass: Remember Snake's fight with Olga during the Tanker Chapter? Well, she was pregnant at the time by at least three months, which served as the primary reason why her father wanted her out of the operation and off the mercenary as soon as possible. Ironically, all the tranquilizers that she took during the fight would have had a negative effect on her developing fetus. Thank God Sunny turned out okay.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Snake couldn't help exclaiming, 'A woman?' after Olga removed her cap. Later, when "Plisskin" briefs Raiden on what to expect from the enemy leader, he's clearly still stung over underestimating Olga on that boat.
    Olga: You men. You're all the same.
  • See You in Hell: Olga stated that she was going to hell for sacrificing the lives of her men, but at least her daughter has a chance. Solidus concurred, blowing her head off.
  • Vasquez Always Dies: Though truthfully, it was Olga's blossoming maternal instinct which got her killed.
  • Worthy Opponent: She and Snake first sizing each other up. Snake insists that she toss her bowie knife overboard, knowing she would otherwise just roll and pick it up.
    Olga: You know what you're doing.
  • You Killed My Father: She blames Snake for her father Sergei's death, but later discovers it was Ocelot's doing.

     Helena Dolph Jackson/Fortune
"Today is another bad day."
Voiced by: Yumi Touma (JP), Maura Gale (EN)

"Maybe you can give me death? My name is Fortune. Lucky in war and nothing else. "

The second-in-command of Dead Cell, with the miraculous ability to avoid death. She erroneously believes that story that Solid Snake was responsible for her father's death. With Colonel Jackson thrown into the clink, Fortune becomes the de facto leader of Dead Cell.
  • BFG: Her weapon is a large and somewhat impractical rail gun.
    • In a way, it's also due to her "powers" that she's even capable of using it, going by Rosemary's statements in a Codec call.
  • Bizarre Human Biology: She was born with her heart on the right side, due to situs inversus. It briefly prolongs her life expectancy when Revolver Ocelot decides to off her with a shot to the heart, while forgetting that little fact.
  • Blessed with Suck: She has mixed feelings towards her ability. Lampshaded in a cutscene when Raiden fires blindly around a corner, accidentally(!) plugging Vamp in the forehead when Fortune deflects his bullet.
  • Blood from the Mouth: After getting lungshot like Wolf. (Ocelot was aiming for the heart, but hers is on the right.)
  • Born Lucky: Played With. While she is impossibly lucky in battle, she is otherwise a Doom Magnet as her loved ones has a disturbing tendency to meet with untimely ends, and this renders her very depressed.
  • Broken Bird: Symbolized by her kinship with the Big Shell's seagulls. "I'll see you again someday."
  • Bullet Dodges You: A type 2 case. Bullets avoid her, and grenades don't explode when they land near her, much to her consternation.
  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe: Once Ocelot removes her jamming device, he shoots her in the chest and calls it a day. Nevertheless, she staggers to her feet and seems to channel Lady Luck once again; Ocelot's missile barrage goes completely haywire, exhausting RAY's ammo and protecting Raiden and company from harm.
    • Possibly the jammer didn't get completely shut off, or a jolt of bioelectricity caused by the andrenaline of her dying gave it enough juice to deflect the barrage. remember bad in the naked snake days the Fear had a Active camo prototype that worked with his bioelectricity.
  • Collapsing Ceiling Boss: Her gun will reduce wooden crates to so much kindling. After awhile, Fortune gets bored and starts blasting at the rafters, causing debris and light fixtures to rain down on poor Raiden.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: Just like her father.
  • Death Seeker: "KILL ME NOW!"
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Fortune's orgasmic, "Kill me now!" during her boss fight raises an eyebrow or two. As does her jeering at Raiden for coming up short: You can keep firing your SOCOM, but she'll just mock your inability to shoot straight. (Erm...)
  • Doom Magnet: Her loved one tends to die off from accidents. The bitterness and sorrow from experiencing their deaths is what has turned her into a Death Seeker.
  • Evil Laugh: Targeting her with the SOCOM will only amuse Fortune.
  • Famous Last Words: "My name is Helena Dolph Jackson, daugther of a proud and noble soldier. I can finally... see my family... again..."
  • Flawed Prototype: Implied with her gun. Reports that Rosemary dug up during a codec conversation was that the rail gun had issues with it's rail plasma and it's inner-electromagnetic release were yet to be solved, making it unusable as a field weapon due to a high rate of discharge, hurting if not killing the wielder. It doesn't fail on her because of her luck. That, or if the end game scene with Ocelot is any indication, she might have actually got a working model that the patriots won't release into modern circulation.
  • Hopeless Boss Fight: You fight her once, and the time spent fighting her is trying to avoid being hit by her railgun blasts until the colonel calls you. On the Extreme difficulty, survive her onslaught is almost a puzzle in itself.
  • It's All About Me: Ocelot claims this about her as if she really wanted to die as she claimed, she could have done so at any time but instead chose to lash out at the world.
    Ocelot:Pure self-indulgence, you couldn't get enough of the drama.
  • Leotard of Power: Like the rest of Dead Cell, she wears a khaki trenchcoat, but ditches it onboard Arsenal.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: In the end, it's not clear if the Patriots planted a second EM device on her or if she really was Lady Luck.
  • Military Brat: Her father is Scott Dolph, the commandant of the Marine Corps killed in the tanker chapter.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Vamp has Pliskin completely at his mercy, but spares him once he picks up Snake's scent, knowing that Fortune has already called dibs. This is an inversion; Fortune not only wants to kill Snake, but believes he's the only adversary able to kill her as well.
  • The Pawn: The Patriots used her for their own goals.
  • Pet the Dog: She apologizes to birds caught up in the path of her railgun. Granted, she has just finished slaughtering the remnants of Seal Team 10 and watching dead-eyed as they fall to their deaths, so it's very eerie.
  • Put Them All Out of My Misery: "Since no one can kill me, I may as well kill everyone I can."
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With Vamp: Snake tells Raiden that while they're closer than friends, they're not lovers.
  • Run or Die: Since Fortune can't be targeted, Raiden can only outlast her until the elevator arrives.
  • She's Got Legs: Just about every scene she's in introduces her with the camera slowly panning up those long legs of hers.
  • Together in Death: She expresses hope in seeing Dolph and Jackson again as she dies.
  • Wave Motion Gun: See BFG.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Vamp and Fortune want to destroy Manhattan (which was also against Solidus' supposed goals) as their revenge against the Patriots for their involvement in the destruction of Dead Cell's unit, and presumably for framing Dead Cell for terrorist actions that the Patriots orchestrated. Not to mention the pain they endured from the deaths of Scott Dolph and Colonel Jackson. Unfortunately, they ended up being used by them anyways.
  • You Killed My Father: Has a score to settle with Solid Snake due to believing he killed Scott Dolph. She however can't fully kill him due to orders. How unfortunate for her that she is working with the same man responsible for truly killing him and finding death at his hand.

"Hell had no vacancies."
Voiced by: Ryotaro Okiayu (JP, MGS2), Shinya Tsukamoto (JP, MGS4), Phil LaMarr (EN)

"I died once already. I cannot die twice."

Vamp is an apparently immortal Romanian with a penchant for knives and a taste for blood. He was once involved with Commander Scott Dolph before becoming close with Dolph's daughter Helena/Fortune.

In the fourth game, he begins to look for a Worthy Opponent who can finally finish him — Raiden.
  • Blood Knight: Vamp notes that fighting Raiden, after he managed to inflict a wound on him (which he sincerely was impressed that Raiden could do that), would be "well worth the wait."
  • Boss Arena Idiocy: The sediment pool is of no great danger to Raiden, as the gaps in the fence are easily avoided. Actually, the gaps allow him to fire rockets and grenades into the pool, thereby damaging Vamp and depleting his oxygen supply while he swims.
  • Carpet of Virility: Vamp has a lot more chest hair in Metal Gear Solid 4 than he did in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. This is probably why he's switched to wearing dog tags to count how many people he's killed today.
    • Word of God says that the dog tags belong to the fallen members of Dead Cell and that Konami couldn't manage to get a good render of the chest hair with the PS2's hardware.
  • The Coats Are Off: He loses the coat sometime after ejecting from the Harrier. However, he keeps a remnant of its torn sleeve in MGS4, presumably because of its numerous pockets for keeping knives.
  • Combat Sadomasochist: Vamp really loves hurting people. Especially Raiden. Just watch this fight scene.
    • Likewise, Vamp also really enjoys being hurt himself in the same scene. Note what he said to Raiden when Raiden delivered the final blow.
  • Compelling Voice: This is apparently how Vamp manages to "pin" his opponent's shadow to the ground and get them stuck. He uses a hypnotic voice and then uses the light on the blade to amplify it.
  • Composite Character: He inherited a lot of his abilities from Chinaman, a character that was cut during the game's development for being too similar to Vamp in terms of combat style. This explains why he's seen meditating in the room where you fight him, since Chinaman was a mystic and martial artist.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: He lost his entire family in a Romanian church bombing that he himself was also a victim to.
  • Dance Battler: Dances the flamenco... with knives. In practical terms, it serves only to infuriate the player: Vamp strikes poses, he minces, he sashays around. He even takes a bow if he successfully disembowels Raiden.
  • Death Is Cheap: Apparently, he's "died" enough times that by the time Snake snipes him through the forehead in MGS4, he simply tells the nearby mooks that he'll "be taking a nap" before collapsing and getting back up again moments later.
  • Death Seeker: In the fourth game.
  • Depraved Bisexual: He sleeps with Scott, may be sleeping with Fortune and may want Raiden too. He also does most of what he does in a sexually suggestive manner.
  • The Dragon: Acted as the second-in-command to Helena Scott Dolph and to Liquid Ocelot in Metal Gear Solid 2 and Metal Gear Solid 4, respectively.
  • Driven to Suicide: Implied by his injecting himself with the nanomachine suppressor when he is severely injured.
  • Establishing Character Moment: In his first scene, he wastes no time slaughtering a group of terrified soldiers, before adding scars to his chest and licking his blade, letting you and Raiden know exactly what kind of person he is from the get-go.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Vamp was not too pleased when learning about Fatman's attempt at bombing the Big Shell afterwards.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: He has a deep and suave voice, and he's very much evil.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: The single sleeve he wears on his left arm in MGS4.
  • Freudian Excuse: The reason for Vamp's desire for drinking blood is because that's literally what he had to drink from his family members just to survive his predicament of being impaled by a cross for three days after a church he attended in Romania was bombed. Had it also been included, his fear of the crucifix would also have stemmed from the same event.
  • Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: When Laughing Octopus was enjoying herself too much when killing the Rebel soldiers, Vamp threw a knife at Laughing Octopus to get her to stop, and told her to let one live.
  • Healing Factor: Due to the Patriots giving him an experimental strain of nanobots, although Naomi implies that he had a rapid healing ability even beforehand, albeit to a significantly lesser degree.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: In the second game.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: After the bombing of a Romanian church during his childhood, he was orphaned as a result of the destruction, and was also impaled by a crucifix that was knocked down during the destruction. It is also what caused him to feast on human blood, as he needed it to survive for three whole days, and was also implied to be his first "death." This was also originally intended to also have a major role in the story, with the traumatic experience actually causing him to develop the stereotypical vampire fear of the cross.
  • Implacable Man: Even more so than Liquid.
  • Invincible Villain: Justified. Nanomachines are keeping him alive.
  • Karma Houdini: Downplayed. While he does die, he receives a gentle and painless death in spite of condemning Emma Emmerich, a helpless teenage girl and non-combatant, to a slow, painful, and humiliating one.
  • Knife Nut: Heck, he even is capable of parrying bullets with his knives.
  • Latin Lover: Has some of these traits. Then again, he is Romanian.
  • Lecherous Licking: Towards Raiden.
  • Levitating Lotus Position: How Raiden comes across Vamp in the oxygenated pool area. For some reason, Vamp has no difficulty standing on the non-buoyant water, and even swimming in it, but succumbs to his own weight after being shot enough times.
  • Licking the Blade: He does this in the 4th game, often with Raiden's white blood on the knife, to the point where you wonder if the game is making fun of his tendency to do this.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He's as fast and powerful as he's resilient.
  • Logical Weakness: Vamp is able to read the subtle twinge in his target's muscles and anticipate his movements, but he can't read Raiden's artificial muscles.
  • Made of Iron: Vamp can consistently take an incredible amount of punishment thanks to his natural healing ability, even without his nanomachines.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Zigzagged. While his Healing Factor and ability to Wall Crawl are explained in MGS4 as medical nanomachines and technology that uses van der Waals force, respectively, there is no official explanation for his other abilities, such as his Super Speed and ability to run on water.
  • Mercy Kill: Effectively what the end result of his fight with Snake and Raiden at Shadow Moses ends up as. He's in crippling pain, his nanomachines keeping him alive while not healing him. Naomi even asks Otacon to give him the nanomachine suppressor to end his pain.
  • Minor Injury Overreaction: Subverted: Similar to Kuja from Final Fantasy IX, Vamp managed to dodge all of Raiden's gunfire, but ended up being grazed on the cheek. He actually is impressed with Raiden for inflicting the cut, as he notes that he has the ability to predict people's actions by their muscles, but Raiden's are "different" (referring to the Skull Suit's pressure against his vital organs), and notes that this will be as much of a promising battle as Ocelot mentioned.
    • In Metal Gear Solid 4, not only does Vamp not react negatively to being injured, he even reacts with ecstasy when Raiden delivered the final blow in Act 2, asking if Raiden will be the one to finally finish him off.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: His design is modeled on flamenco dancer Joaquin Cortes.
  • Nanomachines: The reason for his apparent "immortality".
  • Noodle Incident: It's implied in MGS2 that he had encountered Snake at some point prior to the Big Shell, recognizing him in disguise as Iroquois Pliskin by scent. In an optional Codec call, Snake briefly ponders over whether or not he had met Vamp before, but ultimately brushes it off, telling Raiden that all of the Dead Cell members are madmen and nothing they say should be taken seriously.
  • Obviously Evil: Come on, he's a very pale guy with an eastern European accent, loves to lick blood from his knife, has red eyes in the fourth game, wears a Badass Longcoat when he isn't shirtless, has a Beard of Evil, this could go on for paragraphs.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Inverted in Metal Gear Solid 4. When he is defeated by Raiden, he asks with ecstasy if Raiden is going to be the one to finally kill him for good.
  • Only Sane Man: In comparison to his boss, Liquid Ocelot, whom he questions his plans somewhat, and the B&B Corps, who are so Ax-Crazy that the only way to prevent them from getting out of hand is to throw a knife at them, Vamp seems to be the closest thing to a sane member of Outer Haven that they could have.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Vamp apparently only drinks blood due to a neurosis, and his running on water as well as straight up high walls is apparently due to wearing special footwear. Gets back into familiar territory with his Healing Factor; while nanomachines enhance it and allow him to revive from mortal wounds in seconds without a scratch, it's stated that he always had this trait to a lesser degree.
  • Overly Long Tongue: Has one, making his inhuman image that much stronger
  • Recurring Boss: He is first fought in the Harrier, with Solidus manning the rockets. He survives and pursues Raiden into Shell 2, where he is apparently drowned in the oxygenated water tank. However, he resurfaces on the oil fence with Emma, where he is again shot numerous times and knocked into the ocean.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Has red eyes in the fourth game for some reason.
  • Scars Are Forever: In MGS4, despite his Healing Factor, he still retains the scar from where Raiden shot him in the head at the Big Shell.
  • Shadow Pin: Can immobilize you by hitting your shadow with a knife. But he only does this in the second game. Shooting out the lights in the room will prevent this.
  • Sole Survivor: He's the only major member of the Sons of Liberty other than Ocelot, who isn't really a member of either component group, not to die during the game, and he returns in the fourth game.
  • Sufficiently Analyzed Magic: Otacon and Snake later theorize that his wall-climbing ability was made possible through footwear using van der Waals force, after witnessing similar feats performed by Haven Troopers. Naomi explains that his healing factor is due to nanomachines inside his body healing his injuries at an accelerated rate; this is proven when Snake injects him with a nanomachine suppressor. Finally, Otacon hypothesizes on the codec that his "shadow-binding" (also known as Kagenui) is some form of hypnotism via Vamp's speech and movements, coupled with the light reflecting off his knife. His only inherent superpower is his ability to read movements.
  • Super Speed: Part of the reason why he's so dangerous. His speed and agility make him able to slaughter countless soldiers with them none the wiser as to what hit them.
  • Turns Red: During Raiden's first battle with him in the plant, Vamp follows a set pattern of throwing knives and charging. Once he's down to about a quarter of his HP, he changes his pattern to throw Raiden off his game; he also begins flipping around and shooting knives like there's tomorrow.
  • The Vamp: Despite his codename being "Vamp", it's subverted, as it is hinted that he did genuinely love Marine Commandant General Scott Dolph (if he hadn't and played the trope straight, then Helena/Fortune, Scott's daughter, certainly would not have even been friends with him, never mind possible lovers).
    • Not sure this counts as a subversion or just an outright aversion, as Vamp got his codename for being openly bisexual. Until MGS4, it isn't particularly implied that he's really manipulating anyone he shows interest in, and even then it's more speculation, since Vamp's clearest motive seems to be finding someone to kill him.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Those dog tags he wears in MGS4? Word of God says that they're those of his fallen Dead Cell comrades.

"I am the greatest humanity has to offer, and the lowest."
Voiced by: Kozo Shioya (JP), Barry Dennen (EN)

"Can you hear it? Hear this rhythm? This is the rhythm of time — and life!"

The "Emperor of Explosives", a rogue bomb squad member who has turned his skills toward setting bombs, rather than defusing them. Basically, an obese man on roller-skates. In anticipation of the U.S. military attempt to seize the Big Shell, Fatman has placed explosives around the plant that Raiden has to defuse.

  • Acrofatic: For a guy who is extraordinarily overweight, and has his overall weight made even heavier with his bomb blast suit (complete with a cooling vest), a laminated ballistic protector covering most of his head, and a protective plate for his spine (which, overall, would add about fifty kilograms to his body), he is surprisingly very good at rollerblading, something that the Colonel Lamp Shaded by stating that the amount of added weight that Fatman has should render him incapable of rollerblading. And then there's the small matter of the significant amount of explosives secretly strapped to his back as an insurance policy should he be defeated.
  • Allergic to Routine: If he even has a bit of spare time, he'll spend it disassembling and assembling his Glock 18 over and over again. Fatman hates not having his hands occupied.
  • Axes at School: It is heavily implied in a Codec conversation that this happened with Fatman, as Stillman mentions that although he desired fame due to being hated at his own high school, the only thing he ever amounted to before being transferred to Indian Head was 'occasionally' bringing a gun into school.
  • Bald of Evil: The game's script implies that the reason for his baldness is from chemical burns.
  • Calling Card: Placing trace amounts of cologne on the C4 he uses to blow up targets.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: If his introductory statement is anything to go by, he apparently takes pride in being the lowest humanity has to offer even more so than being the greatest humanity has to offer.
  • Challenging the Chief: He actually holds little personal animus toward Peter Stillman. In their first meeting, Snake mentioned that you could crack open any explosives or demolition handbook and find Stillman's name. This was Fatman's motivation: to replace Peter's name with his own. Indeed, Stillman is forced to admit that Fatman has "far surpassed" him in terms of skill.
  • Clock King: The son of a clockmaker, Fatman has always had a fascination with time and ticking clockwork.
  • Complexity Addiction: Hence why he cooked up that convoluted bomb trap for Stillman instead of just, y'know, shooting him.
  • Cool Guns: Fatman carries a fully-automatic Glock 18, and is quite handy with it.
  • Deceptive Disciple: Fatman absorbed all the knowledge he could from Stillman, then discarded him.
  • Demolitions Expert: His main role in group was being the Demoman.
  • Doomed New Clothes: Fatman is distraught when his blast suit gets stained with blood — his own.
    "Aw, no... I've nothing to wear to the party."
  • Dramatic Shattering: He tosses his drink glass to the ground in anger when Raiden tells that he is nothing but a common criminal.
  • Dramatic Unmask: Although we see his mugshot in Stillman's flashbacks, it's still a victory when Raiden rips off Fatman's protective face-mask.
  • Evil Is Hammy: "HOW DARE YOU! I'M AN ARTIST!!"
  • Evil Is Petty: Fatman's entire career seems to be based around snubbing his co-workers. He joined up with Dead Cell after being hounded out of the Nuclear Emergency Support Team (NEST). Fatman helped organize drills that would embarrass his old colleagues at NEST, and later his old mentor Peg-Leg Peter.
  • Fame Through Infamy: His ultimate goal. Whether he dies in the Big Shell incident is irrelevant to him; as long as he blows the place sky high and kills Peter Stillman in the process, he'll go down in history as the greatest bomber who ever lived. Or so he believes, anyway.
  • Famous Last Words: "Laugh and grow fat!"
  • Fat Bastard: He's actually so fat, Raiden can only lug around his dead body for a few seconds.
    Snake: He's supposedly named after an atomic bomb, but to me, he's just a fat man. Something straight out of a sideshow.
  • Fat Idiot: Inverted. Although he is shown as severely insane, his backstory indicates that he was also quite intelligent, at least in regards to bomb-making.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Compared to the other characters, it's actually quite refreshing to meet someone who wouldn't feel out of place in Team Fortress 2.
  • Freudian Excuse: Stillman describes the young Fatman as a latchkey kid, abandoned by his father and shunned at school. He embraced demolition as a field where he could easily achieve adoration. But no matter how hard he tried, Fatman's name was only known 'in the trade.'
  • Genius Bruiser: Aside from his weight, and thus large size, it was also stated in his backstory that he managed to build an atomic bomb at age ten, simply from the use of a guidebook, and his high marks under Stillman's training were unprecedented.
  • "Get Back Here!" Boss: Fatman is notoriously hard to catch. There are, however, multiple ways to slow him down. Laying down mines in front of his C4s works best, as he always returns to defend his bombs.
  • A Glass of Chianti: Although he has to drink it from a straw, because of his blast suit covering his face up to the eye lines.
  • Glory Seeker: Due to being neglected and disrespected by both his parents and his childhood peers, he instead seeks recognition by doing the only things he's good at; building bombs and blowing shit up with them.
  • Gonk: He's not exactly a hunk, with that baldness and obesity of his.
  • High Collar of Doom: His blast suit goes up to his mouth, giving the impression of the trope.
  • Hitler Cam: The camera zooms beneath Fatman as he starts to pontificate about his "art."
  • It's All About Me: Fatman always had issues with authority and preferred to play by his own bizarre rules. He held contempt for his former mentor Peter Stillman, despite being raised like a son to him, and his ego cost him his job at NEST.
  • Joisey: He shows hints of the classic New Jersey accent when speaking.
  • Kansas City Shuffle: Stillman thinks he's outmaneuvered Fatman when he sneaks down to the bottom of Shell 2's core, telling Plisskin to continue disarming the decoys as a distraction. However, Fatman had surpassed Stillman in his skills and set a trap; it turned out that the decoy C4s were actually "keys" to activate the real C4s once the decoys had been disarmed. Stillman runs right into an unscented proximity, microwave-triggered bomb, which subsequently activates the countdown.
  • Mad Artist: Fatman views his explosions as performance pieces. He is still obsessed with achieving the recognition he feels he deserves. Having grown bored with his role as a lowly bomb disposal expert, he is bent on becoming the most "famous" bomber of all time.
  • Mad Bomber: Vamp even refers to him by that specific name.
  • My Death Is Just the Beginning: As long as the Big Shell is intact, Fatman will remain unknown to the world at large. His first priority is humiliating and surpassing Peter Stillman; after that, Fatman is perfectly fine with dying in an explosion if it means a Hollywood movie about his exploits.
  • Not in This for Your Revolution: The only reason he agreed to act as an agent to the Patriots and participate in the S3 Plan as a test for Raiden's skills was for the opportunity to kill off his mentor Peter Stillman, and otherwise did not actually care one bit for the Patriot's plans.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Inverted: The Patriots got him to cooperate by offering to let him kill Stillman in exchange for participating in the S3 Plan.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Suspicious of Fatman's seeming ineptitude with placing bombs on the struts, Stillman asks Pliskin to take a look at the bottom of Shell 2's Strut H in case bombs had been planted there. Pliskin radios back to Stillman that he was correct and that the other bombs were indeed decoys. Stillman is disturbed at this, not because of the use of decoys, but because Fatman had become so out of control as to abandon his long-standing rules of bombmaking.
  • The Paragon Always Rebels: Revered as a god in demolition circles. According to Stillman, a quarter of the students at Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal flunk out due to the "hellish" curriculum. Despite that, Fatman surpassed everyone and scored unprecedented high marks (it just came naturally to him). Stillman still believes he can outhink his old student, though Fatman ultimately runs circles around him.
  • Parental Neglect: While he was very young, he was pretty much neglected by both his own parents, and often hung around at his father's clock shop.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Going by how he's behaving when meeting up with Raiden, as well as saying "It's time to start the party!" in a clownish tone, he seems to be both insane and almost childish.
  • A Pupil of Mine Until He Turned to Evil: Stillman did not fully grasp his protégé's fixation with fame. Natually he feels culpable.
    Stillman: I didn't teach him the most important thing I had to tell him. There are some things you have to pass on. The trick is to know which one. Right... All I taught him were skills. And now I have to stop him from using it to destroy us all.
  • The Mole: Was planted by the Patriots to test Raiden's capabilities in exchange for gaining the chance of killing his mentor Peter Stillman (although Ocelot's explanation during The Reveal implies that he was closer to a Wild Card).
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Snake mentions that Fatman takes good care of his hands, even giving himself manicures.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: His reign of terror didn't last long — Fatman thought the revolution was his ticket to immortality, but with Stillman dead, his masterpiece was buried along with the Shell.
  • Tantrum Throwing: He smashes his wine glass on the ground when Raiden insults his work. Go figure.
  • Terrible Ticking: He claims to be able to hear the ticking of impending death, and urges Raiden to try and listen with him.
  • Thanatos Gambit: Before dying, he activates a remote detonator and gloats to Raiden that one last bomb remains. Fatman's death did not bother him, as, in his eyes, he was already a "legend" for having killed Stillman. As it turned out, Fatman had hidden the final bomb beneath his body, and once it was defused by Raiden, nobody would ever know about Fatman or his crimes.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: He built an ATOMIC BOMB at age 10!
  • The Unfavorite: Presumably the reason why he desired fame and was not controllable: he was neglected by his parents while he was very young, and even though he built an atomic bomb at age ten from a guidebook, and was well known in the bomb trade for this, he was hated and shunned at his own school.
  • Villainous Glutton: "Laugh and grow fat!"
  • Wild Card: Is strongly implied to be this: Ocelot mentioned during The Reveal that even the Patriots had a lot of trouble getting him to cooperate in the S3 Plan, with the proposed murder of Peter Stillman being implied to be the only reason they successfully managed to get him to cooperate.

The Patriots and Associates

     The Patriots
"In the end, they're no more than a program. All they can do is repeat the same pattern over and over again. "
"We are formless. We are the very discipline and morality that Americans invoke so often. How can anyone hope to eliminate us? As long as this nation exists, so shall we."

An unseen Omniscient Council of Vagueness introduced in Metal Gear Solid 2 that secretly control United States politics and media. They created the Big Shell incident to see if their new "GW" AI information manipulation system could extend their control to human thought as well, with Raiden as the test subject. The end of Metal Gear Solid 2 suggests that they are a group of twelve people who have been dead for 100 years, or possibly a sentient meme representing the will of the United States. Metal Gear Solid 4, however, reveals the truth behind the group: they were founded by Major Zero, Ocelot, Big Boss, EVA, Sigint, and Para-Medic some time after Portable Ops, with the group splitting into two factions ultimately with one led by Zero and the other by Big Boss. It was later perpetuated by five AIs: GW, TJ, AL, TR, and JD. ("Washington", "Jefferson", "Lincoln", "Roosevelt", and "John Doe"). They also play a role in Big Boss' story, this time under their old alias of Cipher.
  • 0% Approval Rating: The AIs, for anybody who is aware of their existence. Everyone agrees they need to die, the only question is how.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Campbell referred to them once as the embodiment of the war economy. Considering the Patriots are, as of the 1980s, artificial intelligences that perpetuate the war economy and created it in the first place, this isn't exactly wrong so much as inaccurate.
  • Abusive Parents: As revealed in Peace Walker, Paz's diary tapes show the Patriots/Cipher adopted her when she was an orphan, and threatened her with Fate Worse Than Death if she abandoned or failed her missions. Then there's the sons of Big Boss, who all turned into sociopaths and killers thanks to the way the Patriots had them raised.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: The SOP system was supposed to create a world in which soldiers would always have a place. Instead, it made them unthinking, easily replaceable cogs in meaningless conflicts.
  • Ancient Conspiracy:
    • Subverted. They were actually formed in the 1970s and only used the real Ancient Conspiracy, The Philosophers, as a cover story.
    • Likewise, as of The Phantom Pain it's revealed that the Patriots took hold over Cipher, thanks in part to Zero being incapacitated to stop them.
  • The Bad Guy Wins:
    • In Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2, Solid Snake stops both of Big Boss' attempts to go to war with the organization, essentially assuring that they control the entire planet by the 21st century.
    • In Metal Gear Solid, Snake stops Liquid's own attempt to go to war with the Patriots. Though Sigint and Para-medic are both killed thanks to Ocelot and Gray Fox.
    • In Metal Gear Solid 2, their information control system proves to be an outstanding success, and goes on to be the basis of the full SOP system in MGS4. Raiden even fails to halt the terrorist threat; Arsenal Gear crashes into the New York harbor and each of the VIPs die.
  • Broken Masquerade: Following the events of MGS4, cyborg and Metal Gear manufacturing runs rampant across the globe, due to a giant backlog of Patriot-suppressed data being disseminated to the public. In the space of four years, military hardware leaps forward a century.
  • The Chessmaster: Not for nothing does Solidus refer to them as "Players" and the President as an expendable "pawn". Every sneaking mission you play from Metal Gear to Metal Gear Solid 4 is at their behest, to help them realize their own nefarious plans.
  • Didn't See That Coming: There is only a handful of things which the Patriots didn't predict, and most of them worked to their advantage anyway. The one notable exception is Ocelot faking his possesion by Liquid and secretly manipulating events to ensure Patriot's demise. By thinking that they were dealing with Liquid Snake they underestimated their opponent and ended up Out-Gambitted by the true chessmaster himself
  • The Evils of Free Will: Free will plus Information Age equals way too much "junk data" accumulating in society. Their goal is to filter and control it all because people obviously cannot be trusted to make their own decisions about what truths to cling to. They also go so far to say that people like Raiden have no rights as individuals by default.
    • Indeed, all of Sons of Liberty is actually an experiment to find the proper method for controlling the Evils of Free Will — the S3 plan stands for "Selection for Societal Sanity", which says volumes about their philosophy.
  • Feeling Oppressed by Their Existence: Even through the Patriots achieved their objectives during the Shadow Moses takeover, they didn't get their maximal objective, which was the death of Solid Snake. Otacon points out that Snake became a counter-cultural hero with the release of Nastasha's book, something the Patriots "weren’t too happy" about. They couldn't tolerate the activity of a "hero" they didn't control, so they laid a trap for him in the Hudson River. This makes perfect sense in the larger scheme of Metal Gear: Big Boss went off the reservation in the 70's and went on to create Big Problems for his old Patriot confederates.
  • Genocide Backfire: Subverted. They deliberately spared only a few members of Dead Cell when they liquidated it specifically to have them try to get revenge on them just to further manipulate them for the S3 Plan. It worked.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: The clones of Big Boss were meant to enforce their will, but it ends up being Solid Snake, one of those clones, who ultimately destroys them and frees the world from their control.
    • For added irony, all three clones rebelled against the Patriots at different points in their career, much like their progenitor
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Word of God stated that the reason why the Patriots were created was so Solidus would not be shown as the absolute bad guy.
  • Grew Beyond Their Programming: With Zero incapacitated as of The Phantom Pain and none of Cipher's "original" members able to stop the AI until it was too late, the Patriots took what they perceived as The Boss's will to its logical if twisted conclusion.
  • He Who Must Not Be Named: Anyone with SOP nanomachines are actually incapable of saying their name, and instead say and/or hear "La Li Lu Le Lo."
  • I Have Many Names: The Philisophers, Cipher, La-Li-Lu-Le-Lo, and the Patriots.
  • I Am the Noun: The Patriots don't run the United States, they are the United States. President Johnson alludes to this when he promises the country will implode overnight should the Patriots be unplugged.
    • In a subsequent game, Campbell comments that "the Patriots are the embodiment of the war economy." By that time, however, the framework they put in place is so institutionalized that it can run fine without them.
  • I Have Your Wife: The Patriots regularly threaten their agents' loved ones to force compliance, including:
    • Forcing Roy Campbell to spy for them on Snake by threatening to have his daughter Meryl killed.
    • Forcing Olga to aid Raiden by kidnapping and then threatening to kill her newborn daughter.
    • Forcing Rosemary to spy for them by threatening to have her and Raiden's unborn child aborted.
    • Forcing Raiden to kill Solidus by threatening Rosemary.
  • Instant A.I.: Just Add Water!: The Patriot AI Raiden talks with in MGS2 suggests they're memes that simply aggregated into sentience. The AIs actually turn out to have been developed at Zero's behest to serve as his successors.
  • Mission Control: All the Patriots have served as support staff for your missions: Big Boss in Metal Gear, Zero/Para-Medic/SIGINT/EVA during MGS3, the Patriot AIs during MGS2, and Ocelot in MGSV.
  • Mysterious Watcher: Smile, you're on candid camera! It's teased by the cypher taking overhead-view snapshots of Snake in the Tanker chapter.
  • Near Villain Victory: The Patriots were this close to assuring their eternal victory in Guns of the Patriots if not for both Snake's actions and Liquid Ocelot's own plots ruining their plans.
  • New Media Are Evil: The Patriot AIs end up creating the constant "war economy" through online systems like SOP.
  • Omniscient Council of Vagueness: As Cipher, to the point that by The Phantom Pain, no one knows where Zero is or even Dr. Clark's aka, Para-medic's gender is unknown. Afterwards however, the Patriot AI assume this position using the long-dead Philosophers as their cover.
  • Oppressive States of America: They alone run the government and media, censoring or silencing anyone who speaks out against them.
    • One World Order: In addition to their grip over America, their influence and machinations are felt across much of the planet. The most visible manifestion by Guns of the Patriots being the "war economy."
  • Playing with Syringes: Responsible for the Les Enfants Terribles project, cyborgs like Gray Fox, and the FOXDIE Synthetic Plague.
  • Prescience Is Predictable: The goal of the S3 plan is to be able to predict and control anything.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Big Boss, Ocelot, and EVA believed the world would be a much better place if every member of the Patriots was dead... including them.
    • Subverted with Zero, as revealed in The Phantom Pain. Given that his attempts to atone for his actions and stifle the Patriots at their formative stages were cut short thanks to Skull Face's meddling.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: An extended one to Raiden at the conclusion of MGS2, bordering on a filibuster. Among the greatest hits: The revelation that Raiden's codename is the U.S. Army designation for WWII Japanese bombers, branding him a "weapon" of sorts; that Raiden was selected as a template for the gullible masses whose sense of reality is subliminally dictated by the Patriots; and that Raiden was unknowingly perfecting GW over the course of his mission, even when he believed he was rebelling. Like Solidus, his plan was "invalidated even before execution."
  • Revision: MGS4 establishes the entire "Solid Snake saga" has been a civil war between the former support staff that make up the Patriots (Sigint, Para-medic, Zero, the AIs) vs the old guard Philosophers (Big Boss, Eva, Ocelot).
  • The Scottish Trope: The Patriots have programmed everybody's Nanomachines with the same blindspot: whenever you try to say "The Patriots," your vocal cords actually produce "The La-li-lu-le-lo." If you have nanomachines in you, you Cannot Spit It Out. ("La-li-lu-le-lo" being a set of sounds that lack corresponding characters in written Japanese, making them impossible to transcribe.)
  • Spanner in the Works:
    • Solid Snake, the man who just won't stay dead. "He wasn't included in the simulation!"
    • Liquid Ocelot given that part of his plan involved hijacking the Patriots' own schemes to advance his own.
    • Otacon, given how his actions and upbringing are far more in line with what The Boss wanted than the Patriots could ever hope to achieve.
  • Straw Nihilist: The Patriots eventually developed off a very pessimistic view on human nature, and the Patriot AI system was made to avoid the downsides of organic thought, i.e. The Evils of Free Will.
  • Voice Changeling: The Patriots taunt Raiden with the voices of dead characters he met in the Shell, as well as a computerized mockery of Rosemary. "Johnson" echoes his earlier line about GW, not Arsenal Gear, being the lynchpin of the Patriots' plot. "Emma" reminds Raiden that the project couldn't have been completed without his unknowing help. Rosemary once more professes her devotion to him, adding sinisterly, "You've got to beLIEve me!" Cold as ice.
  • Voice of the Legion: Only one voice at a time, but when they speak, they speak as various different characters, usually Colonel Campbell or Rosemary. Emma Emmerich, President Johnson, and Olga are also imitated a few times.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: They claim that they act in the best interest of humanity.
    • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: Given their blatant disregard for human life they display in a needlessly dangerous and expensive plan which only served to test their ability to manipulate human beings, which included likely deliberately leaving the hostages on Big Shell to die since it was made without lifeboats, they seem far more interested in maintaining their own control over anything else.
  • What Could Have Been/For Want of a Nail: A rare In-Universe example. When the AIs were being developed by Dr. Strangelove, she initially intended them to be programmed to understand human concepts like empathy so that they could better understand why humans do things and could guide humanity along a brighter path more directly inspired by The Boss' will. However, after she was indirectly killed by a vengeful Huey due to not wanting their child to pilot Metal Gear, their development was handed over to Sigint. He instilled them with a much broader set of instructions and gave them the ability to learn for themselves, but they developed their exceedingly pessimistic view of humanity from this.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: As much Raiden tries in MGS2, he can't hope to outthink or outmaneuver the Patriots because his psychological makeup is an open book to them. The whole game is rigged to result in a win for Raiden's masters no matter what.
  • You Cannot Grasp the True Form: Invoked. When Raiden speaks with the Patriot AI at the end of MGS2, it claims the Patriots are a formless entity of consciousness that embodies the will of America itself.

     Richard Ames
"You'll never escape the La-li-lu-le-lo!"
Voiced by: Masaharu Sato (JP), Peter Renaday (EN)

"There is not a single record. Let alone his social security number, address, or background, I couldn't even find Ames' gender, age, or full name...All I found out was 'Ames,' just that one word."

Allegedly as a member of the secret service under official records, Richard is actually a DIA/Patriot agent going undercover, presumably to assassinate President Johnson for "betraying" the Patriots. Of course, he ends up being an unwitting pawn himself and dies from his nanomachines getting shut down in a similar fashion to FOXDIE.
  • Bastard Boyfriend: In the beginning of the novel, he is shown to be somewhat unpleasant: He strong-armed Nastasha Romanenko into participating in the Shadow Moses Incident, and was also implied to have roped Roy Campbell into participating as well. That said, he does show genuine affection for his ex, even if they're at cross purposes.
  • Love Redeems: It is heavily implied via Nastasha Romanenko's novel, In the Darkness of Shadow Moses: The Unofficial Truth, that the reason why he ended up not only letting her live from the Shadow Moses Incident, but also supplying evidence against his superiors, the Patriots, to ensure they don't hurt her was because he was starting to fall for Nastasha Romanenko again.
  • The Men in Black: No tricks, no superpowers: Just an ordinary spook with a necktie and a bum ticker.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Initially believed to be what happened to him in the novel, ends up happening for real during the Big Shell Incident.
  • Remember the New Guy: His first actual appearance was in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, but he was established to have been involved in the events of Metal Gear Solid in the book In the Darkness of Shadow Moses: The Unofficial Truth included in Metal Gear Solid 2. Somewhat justified in this case, as the book was written from the point of view of Nastasha Romanenko regarding the Shadow Moses Incident, so it wouldn't have been likely that Snake would have known about all of this during the mission.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Ultimately turned out to be this, and killed for this, along with other reasons.
  • You Have Failed Me: After reading In The Darkness of Shadow Moses: The Unofficial Truth, it becomes especially apparent that one of the reasons why he was killed off by the Patriots (by causing his pacemaker nanomachines to malfunction) also dealt with this, since he was directly responsible for supplying Nastasha Romanenko with the evidence that led to the publishing of the book in the first place, in addition to the more obvious reasons.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: When playing the game without reading Nastasha's novel first, it initially seems like they did this for this trope only.

     President James Johnson
"You're... a man...?"
Voiced By: Yuzuru Fujimoto (JP), Paul Lukather (EN)

"It's all a show. 'Democracy' is just a filler for textbooks! Think about it! Do you actually believe that public opinion influences the government?"

The 44th president of the United States who was captured during a press conference at the plant; Raiden is tasked with rescuing him. In reality, Johnson is just a mouthpiece while the real rulers are lurking in the shadows.
  • Alliterative Name: James Johnson.
  • Bread and Circuses: Johnson's election victory was evidently a tight one, mirroring the 2000 Bush/Gore Election. It was all bogus; Johnson's victory was rigged from beginning.
  • Crotch-Grab Sex Check: How he makes sure Raiden is a man. At ease, solider!
  • Despair Event Horizon: Originally, Johnson planned on working together with Solidus in order to blackmail the Patriots into giving him more power and influence within the group, but the Patriots manipulated even that desire. Abandoning all hope, Johnson decides to carry out his allotted "role" in the plan.
  • Distressed Dude: Early in the chapter, Vamp knocks Johnson out and slings him over his shoulder. Subverted in the second half, when he discover that...
  • Expy: Like Donald Pleasance in Escape From New York, this President finds himself tossed in jail and his valuable briefcase stolen.
  • Faked Kidnapping: The tour of the Big Shell was a cover to allow Johnson to boost Arsenal Gear. It seems Solidus ended up taking him prisoner for real. Oops.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: President Johnson ended up defecting to his predecessor's terrorist group, the Sons of Liberty, because he wanted power, more specifically, he was not granted any power whatsoever, basically just being used as a puppet of the Patriots in order to trick the American public into believing that the American public still had any control of who actually is voted into office, and that the Constitution was still being upheld. Unfortunately, it was double subverted, as not only did Solidus end up essentially using him to activate Arsenal Gear to eliminate the Patriots, but it also turned out that even his ambition to wield power similar to that of the Patriots was in fact manipulated by the Patriots (stated in the script, as well as implied by Ocelot in the game itself).
  • Punny Name: Johnson's great contribution to the MGS mythos is grabbing other men's johnsons. Volgin continues this proud tradition in MGS3.
  • Puppet King: Describing himself as an "insignificant son of a senator," Johnson was selected by the Patriots to succeed George Sears after pledging his loyalty to them. His motivation for cooperating with Solidus was to get a chance to be able to wield actual power.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Subverted — though Johnson seems to sacrifice himself to prevent nuclear Armageddon, it's merely a performance. Even in death, he continues to serve the Patriots -– an organization which, in Johnson's mind, must continue to exist.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Solidus floored Johnson by taking him hostage for real. He spends much of the game cooling his heels in a cell, until Ocelot finally gets around to executing him.
  • Take Up My Sword: With his dying breath, the President reiterated his final orders, as "Commander-in-Chief", for Raiden to find Emma and stop Arsenal.
  • Too Dumb to Live: On the higher difficulties. Rather than simply diving away from Raiden's incoming missile, he'll start to juke around the room. If he's too close to the generator upon impact, the splash damage will kill him.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The Patriots arrange for Ocelot to kill him.


"The Colonel"/GW
"Raiden, do you copy? You must continue your muh-mission..."
Voiced by: Takeshi Aono (JP), Paul Eiding (EN)

"This is a type of role-playing game. The point is that you play out your part — and I expect you to turn in a perfect performance!"

Initially seeming to be reprising his role as Mission Control to the Player Character, Colonel Roy Campbell appears to be Raiden's commanding officer during the Big Shell Incident. However, Campbell doesn't actually make an appearance in Metal Gear Solid 2 at all. Instead, in a shocking twist, "The Colonel" turns out to be GW, an AI created by The Patriots to control the media released in the United States. Appearing to Raiden as his trusted Mission Control, and occasionally his girlfriend Rose, it manages to deceive him almost the entire game, manipulating him into following its orders.

However, after Emma's virus has been posthumously uploaded into GW's core, and after Raiden has been "betrayed" by Snake and Olga, he malfunctions and, eventually, after some of the most horrifying scenes in the entire game, revealing that he is in fact, not human at all.
  • Artificial Intelligence: Although he appears to be human, it becomes apparent by the end of the game that he is not. He tends to think and speak in highly regimented, robotic ways.
  • Body Horror: After being infected by Emma's virus, GW's portrait in the Codec calls quickly switches between Campbell's normal face and a terrifying skeletal version with empty eye sockets. Don't believe us? See for yourself.
  • Bothering by the Book: The Colonel sounds like he swallowed an army regulations manual.
  • The Calls Are Coming from Inside the House: Otacon tries tracing his signal after Raiden asks and comes to the conclusion that it can only come from within Arsenal Gear itself. And indeed, his true identity is GW, the AI created by the Patriots to control Arsenal Gear.
  • Consummate Liar: Does an excellent job of deceiving Raiden (and the unspoiled) player for most of the game. Even when Raiden starts getting clued into his true identity (after President Johnson informs him of the Patriots and gives Raiden instructions on how to outright attack GW) he keeps his cool, promises to look into the matter, and actually orders Raiden to follow the President's instructions.
  • Commander Contrarian: On occasion in the game, but moreso in the graphic novel adaptation. He deflects every question Raiden throws his way, constantly assuring him to relax.
  • Composite Character: His computerized jibbering proves the Colonel is at least partly based on past FOXHOUND commanders, including Big Boss and UFO-chaser Major Zero. Almost at random, he claims "they've" got Rose in the holds, a flimsy attempt to evoke Meryl's capture in Alaska. (It doesn't work, either.) He also repeats Grey Fox's gibberish from MGS1 in one of his calls.
  • Dirty Old Man: As shown in Easter eggs where he harshly criticizes Raiden for being a peeping-tom and consoles Rosemary, or makes allusions to Rose's figure when discussing the enemy disguise item. Additionally, the glitched GW seems to be trying to drive a wedge between her and Raiden, claiming he saw her being "intimate" with a man whose description he conveniently omits.
  • Enemy Without: Otacon later explains that Colonel isn't based on any one person, but is rather an amalgam of Raiden's past experiences and training.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": The character is only known as "The Colonel". Well, until he turns out to be an AI, where he is given the name "GW".
  • Fountain of Memes: "I NEED SCISSORS! 61!" references were inescapable on the Internet for a very long time.
  • Game Master: Practically lampshaded by the Colonel at one point, though it's only when Raiden threatens to go off-script that he loses his cool. He basically acts as Raiden's DM, rail roading the agent from room to room, with a rhetorical flourish to give it a veneer of legitimacy. He even goes along with Raiden's anger of being kept in the dark about things, claiming that even he's being jerked around by the powers that be.
  • Jerkass: He isn't nice to say the say the least. All of his dialogue makes him out to be nothing more than a rude, arrogant, condescending jerk with no regard for human life, despite his claims to the contrary.
  • Mission Control: Like in the first game.
  • Mission Control Is Off Its Meds: Once affected by Emma's virus. He turns into the Trope Codifier and provides the trope's page image.
  • Mouth of Sauron: He is essentially a software personification of the Patriots. He turns up the heat on Raiden whenever he deviates from the mission, and deflects any inconvenient questions with stock military jargon. After the virus is inserted into GW, he appears to malfunction; eventually the Patriots hijack the codec frequency and speak through him.
  • Skull for a Head: As his program degenerates, the Colonel's flickers between a skull and an approximation of Campbell's real face. By the end, his head is permanently transparent.
  • Spot the Imposter: His name-tag reads Campbell, and he shares his VA. The entire performance, though, is less gruff and more formalized.
  • Stop Poking Me!: Push his call buttons many times when he is deteriorating, and this happens:
    Colornel: You wouldn't be grying to give yourself a bogus score using some ingenious trick, would you? That's just about as low as anyone could possibly stoop! I can't believe you sometimes...
  • Walking Spoiler: By virtue of being GW and not actually Campbell.
  • Word-Salad Horror: After Emma's virus infects GW, he begins to spurt off random nonsense:
    Colonel: I hear it's amazing when the famous purple stuffed worm in flap-jaw space with the tuning fork does a raw blink on Hari Kiri Rock. I need scissors! 61!
  • We Used to Be Friends: The Colonel has no doubt that Snake caused the tanker to sink, that he was a terrorist and was successfully brought to justice. He refuses to even acknowledge that they were once friends. This is obviously not the Colonel Campbell we know, but instead Snake's sworn enemies talking.


     Scott Dolph
"The enemy is sometimes closer than you think, gentlemen."
"As a father I want to leave a better world for the future generation. As a soldier, I know that is my duty."

Fortune's father, and the United States Marines Corps commander in charge of transporting Metal Gear RAY. He's currently competing with other branches of the military over who gets to develop Metal Gear first — hence the secrecy. For this indiscretion, he falls under the sword. His death has a Disaster Dominoes effect on Dead Cell and causes them to go rogue.
  • Bi the Way: He was rumoured to be in a romantic relationship with Vamp.
  • Chekhov's Lecture: His speech to the assembled crew of the Discovery provides the Cliff's Notes for MGS1. Dolph also hints at a "major player" who's been interfering the RAY project, but he hesitates to mention who. In an Orwellian twist, MGS4 revealed that anybody carrying nanomachines is blocked from speaking the word "Patriots", depriving them of the ability to even define what the conspiracy is about.
  • Interservice Rivalry: After the U.S. Army blew its wad with Metal Gear Rex, other branches of the military began to feud over it. Dolph is currently in a race with the Navy to see who will oversee deployment of the next-generation Metal Gears. As it turns out, the Navy (really the Patriots) pinches RAY and tailors it to their own purposes.
  • Mauve Shirt: Assassinated by Ocelot in the name of the Patriots. This is the first time anyone name-dropped the organization, if you don't count Otacon in miscellaneous Codec calls.
  • Morton's Fork: His goal all along was to maintain a nuclear deterrent.
  • Papa Wolf: The reason he wasn't willing to allow Fortune, his daughter, to join the military was because he didn't want her to experience the harsh possibility of a nuclear war.
  • Properly Paranoid: He anticipated that several politicians and military personnel would try to stop the project. He was right.
  • Throw It In!: In-Universe example: Snake (and the player) had to sneak into RAY's holding chamber during Dolph's speech to photograph RAY and upload the photos, with the timer indicating how long he has left before the speech ends. The timer freezes, however, when he throws a few things into his speech that weren't originally there, such as jokes or stretching exercises.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He wanted to create RAY out of a genuine belief that it would end nuclear proliferation.
  • Your Cheating Heart: It's implied that he still acted as Vamp's lover even while he was still married to his wife.

     Liquid Ocelot
Our raw materials are vintage, brother! Big Boss was in his late fifties when they created his copies! But I...I live on through this arm!

After having Liquid Snake's arm grafted onto his right stump, Revolver Ocelot was apparently possessed by the spirit of the former character. Surviving the events of Sons of Liberty', he took over several PMCs and formed his own version of Outer Heaven. However, Big Boss at the end of MGS4 reveals that this merger wasn't real.

Voiced by: Banjo Ginga (JP), Cam Clarke (MGS2) / Patric Zimmerman (EN)

  • An Arm and a Leg: The reason for his creation: After losing his right arm to the Cyborg Ninja, Ocelot used Liquid's arm for a transplant and gradually gained the latter's personality. By the time of Metal Gear Solid 4 it has been replaced with a robotic arm.
  • Badass Longcoat: In ''MGS4'', one of Liquid's trademark styles of dress. Though he takes it off for the final battle.
  • Bad Boss: Displays this in ''MGS4'', with his hacking the SOP System twice causing his henchmen to have mental breakdowns. During his second attempt, when Vamp warns him of what might happen, Ocelot tells him outright that he's "willing to make a few sacrifices"; the end result is that several of his troops suffer brain damage and become Technically Living Zombies. In the Act 3 mission briefing, Naomi tells Snake and Otacon that Ocelot knew from the very beginning that his hacking attempt in South America would fail, and yet he went ahead with it regardless. All to just revive his war buddy!
  • Big Bad: Of Metal Gear Solid 4. Or maybe not...
  • Dark Is Evil: His black sunglasses and coat, items that are distinct to Liquid and not Ocelot.
  • Dead All Along: During the time skip between Metal Gear Solid 2 and 4, Ocelot cuts off Liquid's arm, ending his possession for good. He keeps up the ruse of possession via nanomachines and hypnotherapy.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Ocelot had Liquid's real arm amputated during the Time Skip between Metal Gear Solid 2 and 4, ending his possession for good and denying the real Liquid any closure from his fight with Snake. This character is only pretending to be Liquid via hypnotherapy sustained through nanomachines.
  • Dying as Yourself: After being beaten to a pulp, Ocelot snaps out of possession by Liquid and spends the last thirty seconds of his life as himself.
  • Evil Brit: Gains Liquid's distinct accent in his debut, but it's gone by Metal Gear Solid 4.
  • Evil Is Petty: In his debut appearance, he taunts Snake over the fact that he will soon undergo Rapid Aging. In Metal Gear Solid 4, he mockingly offers Snake One Last Smoke before blowing his own cigar smoke into his face.
  • Final Boss: Of Metal Gear Solid 4, and of Solid Snake's storyline as a whole.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: Resorts to fighting Snake with his bare hands in the final battle.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: While Snake smokes cigarettes, he has taken up cigars because they were "father's favorite."
  • Grand Theft Me: He is the result of Ocelot being possessed by Liquid Snake. In Metal Gear Solid 4, though, it's revealed that Ocelot is using hypnosis and nanomachines to attain Liquid's personality.
  • Killed Offscreen: Liquid possessed Ocelot through his arm transplant, only for Ocelot to eventually cut off the arm. He pretended to be permanently possessed by using nanomachines and hypnotherapy to make himself think he was Liquid from that point forward.
  • Large Ham: "BROTHEEEERSS!!!"
  • Nanomachines: He makes liberal use of them when it comes to his soldiers. He also used them to maintain his "possession" ruse.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: He has the personality of Liquid Snake, so this is a given, but it's even more on display here. Just look at his finger guns and childish running away from Snake.
  • Revolvers Are Just Better: Defied. Not only does he not use Ocelot's trademark revolver when he has the chance, but he switches it out for a single-shot hunting pistol in Metal Gear Solid 4.
  • Sinister Shades: In Metal Gear Solid 4, another of Liquid's trademarks.
  • Second Face Smoke: Does this to Snake with cigar smoke.
  • Visionary Villain: He believes the destruction of the Patriots will bring along a lawless world, but a better one than the previous.
  • Voices Are Mental: In Sons Of Liberty, he actually speaks in Liquid's voice when Liquid possesses him.

     Metal Gear Codename: Ray
Liquid's Ray
Mass Produced Rays 
Desperado Ray 
A new Metal Gear created by the United States Marine Corps. Despite it being a Metal Gear it's purpose was to be an "Anti-Metal Gear" weapon designed to destroy the competition. Ray was also mass-produced into a small army of unmanned units built to protect Arsenal Gear from attack. Later it produced copies used by Liquid Ocelot and Desperado Enforcement, LLC.

  • Frickin Water Cutter: It's main weapon is a powerful pump which is expelled at a high pressure level allowing it to slice through dense armor. The Desperado model uses a plasma cannon instead of the water cutter.
  • Humongous Mecha: Naturally it's size is very massive and even the mass-copied Rays happen to be quite tall.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: The Desperado RAY variant can fire volumes of missiles.
  • Villain Forgot to Level Grind: Subverted twice-over come Revengeance. Though the Ray fought there is stronger and puts up a much greater fight than the ones from 2, Raiden is also considerably stronger as well needing nothing more than a sword.
  • Wave Motion Gun: The Desperado RAY variant replaces the water cutter with a plasma cannon that can cleave a building in half.