Characters: Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
This page lists characters who first appeared in Metal Gear Solid 4.For other characters in the franchise (including Solid Snake, Otacon, Raiden, Revolver Ocelot, and the Patriots) see the Metal Gear character index at Characters.Metal Gear.
Characters that debuted in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots:
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"I'm just hoping we can get to Jupiter while Hal's still alive."
"Killing the Patriots was not enough to end war. It didn't create this big, happy utopia. But you know what? Seeing Sunny doing so well... Makes me damn happy the Patriots are gone."
The daughter of Olga Gurlukovich. Raiden rescued her from the Patriots and dropped her off with Otacon and Solid Snake, who raised her on-board their giant airplane headquarters. Sunny is a computer programming genius, but lacks social and cooking skills due to her sheltered upbringing. She returns in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, now going by the last name of her foster father, Emmerich.
Child Prodigy: Her brain was experimented upon by the Patriots as an infant and she was raised by Otacon, a brilliant robotics engineer and computer technician, making her an adept at computer programming even at the age of 7. By the time the events of Rising come around, she's working as an engineer, developing a Mach 23 aircraft before even reaching her teen years!
Flower in Her Hair: During the Act 3 mission briefing, Naomi puts a blue rose in Sunny's hair to show her how pretty she can be. In Rising, she wears a blue rose hair clip.
Has Two Daddies: Was raised by Snake and "Uncle Hal", the latter of whom became her official legal guardian by the time of Rising.
Lap Pillow: She acts as one for Raiden in the mission briefing for Act 4 of MGS4.
Lethal Chef: Sunny keeps cooking eggs for Otacon and Snake, but they're usually either over or under-cooked, leading both Otacon and even former Green Beret Snake to constantly come up with excuses to not eat them. She gets better at it and cooks them right at the end.
Married to the Job: She claims that science is her only love when Raiden asks if she has a crush on anyone in Rising, but it's evident that it's not entirely the truth.
No Social Skills: Hal claims that she's spent her whole life online, and lacks proper social skills. Subverted four years later in Rising where she is shown to be a pretty well adjusted and sociable Child Prodigy engineer in working in aeronautic research institute.
She Is All Grown Up: Returns in Rising, with the four year interim turning her into an adorable◊ Wrench Wench. If her mother is any indication she's only going to get increasingly gorgeous as she grows up.
Smoking Is Not Cool: Constantly chews out Snake for his smoking habit, especially when he disregards the Nomad's "no smoking" policy. In the briefing for Act 3, she even personally snatches his last cigarette out of his hand and disposes of it.
Tsundere: Shows shades of this towards George in the epilogue of Rising.
Whole Costume Reference: Her outfit in Rising is based on her mother's clothes during the tanker chapter in MGS2, and the patch on the left leg of her boiler suit is the kana logo Hal designed for Philanthropy.
Ascended Fanboy: The Database claims he is this to legendary units such as Dead Cell, FOXHOUND, the Cobra Unit, and the Beauty and the Beast unit, which probably explains why he has a photo gallery of the Beauty and the Beast Unit inside of his Stryker, his requiring Raging Raven's Milkhor Grenade Launcher be given to him as a condition for removing its ID tag, and why he would have a Mosin Nagant sniper rifle that's modelled down to the detail after The End's sniper rifle.
Honest John's Dealership: Deconstruction: He has done questionable practices, such as injecting potential customers with "transmitters" to essentially spy on them, but his sales, illegal as they may be, actually are genuine and not ripoffs of weapons, and he also makes it fairly clear that he would never betray his customers. Even when he reveals himself as knowingly working for the Patriots, he's all too happy to see them gone.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: During the game, Drebin comes off as a rather cold pragmatist, but in the epilogue, it turns out he's actually a nice guy.
Punch Clock Villain: He and his fellows are only working for the Partriots out of a lack of any better option. He's relieved when they're destroyed, since it finally allows them to work for themselves.
The Starscream: Sort of: Drebin was an agent of the Patriots, but he then reveals that he wasn't upset with Otacon or Snake at all for taking the Patriots AIs offline. On the contrary, he thanked them, as it allowed him and his fellow Drebins to form their own business.
A unit composed of four insane, power-armored young women codenamed: Laughing Octopus, Crying Wolf, Raging Raven and Screaming Mantis. Ocelot's elite forces in Metal Gear Solid 4. Their Beast halves are voiced by Fred Tatasciore.
Gorgeous Gorgon: The B&Bs embody this trope in both the physical sense and the mental one. The first one, Laughing Octopus, is probably the best example; after her armor falls off, she babbles and giggles some more, the camera deliberately avoiding her face... before revealing she's absolutely stunning. In the mental sense, each of the B&Bs reveals a sliver of humanity beneath their psychosis and a desire to be free of the need to kill.
In-Series Nickname: They are referred to as SNAKEHOUND due to their fascination in wanting to kill Snake.
Ink-Suit Actor: The Beauty and the Beast Unit's four members were based on models. In the case of Raging Raven, the inspirational model, Yumi Kikuchi, not only lent her appearance to her creation, she even voiced her.
To a lesser extent, their Japanese voice actors also performed motion capture for the characters.
Lady Swears A Lot: See Precision-F-Strike. Although most of the characters swear in the series, only Octopus actually went as serious as dropping the F-bomb, making her the first character in the English games and the second overall.
Laughing Mad: Laughing Octopus and to a far lesser extent Screaming Mantis.
Legacy Character: They're named after Ocelot's old comrades in FOXHOUND, and in Screaming Mantis' case, is possessed by one of them.
Mind Rape: All of them are victims of mundane versions.
Quirky Miniboss Squad: The B&Bs borrow elements from previous MGS bosses; the animal names of the FOXHOUND members, the emotions of the Cobras, and the weapons of the Dead Cell members (Fatman's explosives, Vamp's throwing knives, Fortune's railgun and Solidus' mechanical tentacles and P90). This is entirely intentional because a lot of this game is about flashing back to the past and nostalgia.
Laughing Octopus is pretty much what Decoy Octopus was, but with the illusory abilities of octopi instead of physically changing into someone (and being a hot blonde girl). Her tentacles and gun of choice both were used by Solidus.
It's no coincidence that you fight Crying Wolf in the exact same place you fought Sniper Wolf, and in the same way. Crying Wolf's even harder, though, because she's got backup support units and can kill you just by running you over.
Raging Raven owes most of her inspiration to The Fury, who also flew around and blew up your hiding places. Instead of being surrounded by mostly-aesthetic crows like Vulcan Raven, though, she's got dozens of copies of her wing-units surrounding her, making her fight a needle-in-a-haystack fight.
And finally, Screaming Mantis is a return to the mind-screw of Psycho Mantis; Instead of psychically flinging objects around, she throws a room full of people at you, since she can manipulate their bodies like puppets.Personality-wise, she's even more similar; an otherwise-sanish individual with a psychotic fragment of personality making her do bad things-for Psycho Mantis, it was the Parasite, for Screaming Mantis, it's the ghost of Psycho Mantis.
Shout-Out: They share the code names of the four FOXHOUND members killed in Metal Gear Solid, the weapons of the Dead Cell in Sons of Liberty and the emotions refer to the Cobra Unit from Snake Eater.
Note that originally, the Laughing Beauties were intended to be stark naked, but that would have given MGS4 an AO rating beyond a doubt, and they weren't even allowed to have their motion actors do it in the nude. Suffice to say, the Spy Catsuit was a result of this problem.
Tragic Villain: All of them, really. They all endured the horrors of war, which drove them all insane and turned them into the beasts they are now. Rose even expresses pity for them, remarking that all of their stories are absolutely heartbreaking.
Voice of the Legion: Their armored forms combine a male and female voice, but only when they're in their suits.
Precision F-Strike: Laughing Octopus drops the F-bomb shortly before fighting Snake, and is notably the first character in the English version of the series (and the second in the series overall, see EVA) to do so.
Shapeshifter Guilt Trip: Laughing Octopus pulls one during her boss fight after you damage her enough. Actually, a bunch of the forms she takes mock you in one way or another; she even rips off Snake's own signature move by hiding within a cardboard box at one point.
Voice Changeling: She mimics Otacon and Naomi's voices while morphing into Naomi and the Mk. II respectively.
A woman who was kidnapped by soldiers as a child and beaten daily. She escaped with the help of some ravens and slaughtered her captors and the civilians they had kidnapped. Her mech allows her to fly and shoot missiles.
A woman who accidentally smothered her baby brother when he was crying while hiding from genocidal soldiers. She went insane and murdered all the children in a refugee camp, and blamed it on a wolf she hallucinated. Her mech allows Wolf to travel very quickly, and she is an excellent sniper.
Cold Sniper: Inverted. Although she's very skilled at sniping people, she's also shown to break down in tears when doing so, making her anything but cold and emotionless.
Flunky Boss: As stated above, she has a support unit of Frogs with her, whom will draw Snake's fire so she can get in a shot. Unfortunately she'll also occasionally run them over when charging Snake.
The Nose Knows: She is able to sniff Snake out and accurately shoot at him in the middle of a blizzard.
Nostalgia Level: Crying Wolf is fought in the same Shadow Moses Island snowfield as Sniper Wolf.
The leader of the Beauty and the Beast Unit. As a child Screaming Mantis was locked in the basement of a torture dungeon and had to live off the polluted water and dead bodies in there, driving her insane. When Snake fights her she is possessed by the ghost of Psycho Mantis. She attacks with two puppets that can control the nanomachines inside everyone.
Demonic Possession: Variation: Although the ending of the battle implies that Psycho Mantis possessed her, it's not so much that Mantis's spirit actually possessed her as it was that Screaming Mantis was injected with nanomachines that contained portions of Psycho Mantis' psyche.
Hoist By Her Own Petard / Puzzle Boss: The means to defeat Screaming Mantis is by using the Psycho Mantis doll against her upon procuring it. Ironic that it had to be the Mantis Doll, seeing how portions of his psyche was implanted into her via nanomachines.
Human Shield: Screaming Mantis is fond of this; she can telekinetically float the bodies of people and control them, and will often use an entire roomful of people to block your bullets.