Characters: Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker

This page lists characters who first appeared in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker.

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

For the monsters that Boss fought on Isla Del Monsturo, see the character index at Characters.Monster Hunter.

Characters that debuted in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker:

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     Paz Ortega Andrade/Pacifica Ocean 
Voiced By: Nana Mizuki (JP), Tara Strong (EN)

A Costa Rican high school student that studied and cherished peace. She is an orphan who lost her mother and grandparents to war when she was very young. Along with Gálvez, she asks Militaires Sans Frontičres to drive the Peace Sentinel out of Costa Rica, and stayed in contact with Snake during the mission. She is taken to Mother Base after the events of Chapter 4. It turns out that she is actually an agent for a mysterious group called "Cipher" (actually the Patriots). She helped Gálvez escape seven times as a distraction while she modified Metal Gear ZEKE.
  • Alas, Poor Villain:
    • After Paz is defeated and is launched into the Caribbean Sea as a result of ZEKE's destruction, Snake's only response to Paz's last speech is a melancholical "Paz..." and a pitying sigh.
    • Even more so in Ground Zeroes; she was tortured by XOF and clearly regrets her actions in the previous game. Her Heroic Suicide only makes this worse.
  • Badass: As a Cipher agent, she's apparently pretty damn good with a handgun, more impressively, she refuses to break under torture from Skullface in Ground Zeroes.
    • Hidden Badass: She guided Snake on his mission to destroy the Peace Citadel.
  • Back for the Dead: She shows up in Ground Zeroes just in time to die again. Ouch.
  • Bald Woman: As shown in her appearance in Ground Zeroes, her hair has been cropped short.
  • Becoming the Mask: As revealed in her diaries.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Paz turns out to be an Ax-Crazy Manipulative Bitch. Don't take our word for it; just listen to her audio diary and you'll agree. Though, as stated above, she gets better through Becoming the Mask; not that it stops her from becoming the Final Boss.
    • It might serve more as a horrific statement of just how far Zero had fallen, over the previous decade. Her diaries make clear that she was far more terrified of him than of death, to the point of verbally saying that. Considering what happens to her in Ground Zeroes, her fear is well founded.
  • Bi the Way: She's evidently aroused by Strangelove's creepily sexual actions toward her, though she can't quite put it into words.
  • Break His Heart to Save Him: Paz initially acts cold towards Chico and later on calls him a coward and traitor when he is being forced to torture her. She reveals later on in her final message to Chico that she didn't mean any of it and was just trying to protect him from being used as leverage by Skull Face. The truth is she was really happy and grateful to Chico for not giving up on her and coming to rescue her.
  • Break the Cutie: To say Paz loses it is somewhat wrong - she lost it a long time ago.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: Pretty much the only aspect of her life that has anything in common between her true self and her alias.
  • Dark Action Girl
  • Death Equals Redemption
  • Did They or Didn't They?: It's implied that she and Chico may have in Ground Zeroes.
  • Disney Villain Death: She falls out of ZEKE at the end of Peace Walker.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Although Paz ultimately went through with Zero's plan and attempt to launch a nuke at the East Coast, she implies in her diary tapes that, loyal to Cipher or not, even she felt that launching a nuke at the United States and framing MSF as an extremist cult was far too extreme.
  • Final Boss/True Final Boss: As the pilot of Metal Gear ZEKE.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: Pacifica Ocean implies that she'd suffer this should she either fail or disobey her mission at the hands of her boss, Zero.
  • Femme Fatale
  • She's Just Hiding: Snake speculates that Paz has a chance of surviving the battle, as she was still wearing the SCUBA equipment and she landed in the Ocean. He is proven right in Ground Zeroes.invoked
  • Heroic Suicide: She jumps out of the MSF helicopter in order to save Big Boss and the MSF survivors. Unfortunately, the blast radius of the explosion ends up derailing the helicopter anyway - but by being outside of the helicopter, she at least saved Miller, Chico, Morpho, and Big Boss.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Or not.
  • Killed Off for Real: In Ground Zeroes, she's killed by a bomb planted in her body.
    • Only for it to be revealed she's somehow still alive during The Phantom Pain subverting this.
  • Known Only by Their Nickname: Her real name is in fact Pacifica Ocean. In Ground Zeroes, everyone calls her Paz.
  • Kuudere/Tsundere
  • Latin Lover: Although Paz might not actually be Costa Rican, the diaries make it clear that she is at the very least a Latino.
  • The Mole
  • Never Found the Body: One of several indicators that she's just hiding. Ground Zeroes confirms she's alive.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: In Ground Zeroes, she doesn't use her Colombian accent that she did in the previous game. Which is just as well, because she was using it as cover for her true identity.
  • Older Than They Look: Confirmed by her diary. She's actually in her early-to-mid 20s, but can and does easily pass for 16.
  • The Pollyanna: She remains tranquil and happy in any situation.
  • Not Quite Dead: Confirmed to be alive and being held hostage in Ground Zeroes.
    • Possibly again in The Phantom Pain, if a recent trailer is to be believed.
  • Reunion Kiss: While it is not immediately after seeing him again in Ground Zeroes, Paz later finally confesses to Chico that she missed him, and gives him a kiss.
  • Scars Are Forever: She possesses scars on her arms. It's strongly implied that she got them from Hot Coldman when she was captured at the Puerto del Alba shipping facility and tortured.
  • Walking Spoiler: Just about everything about her in the endgame is not what the player is led to believe. It makes it impossible to actually discuss her character and her history without spoiling too much on her true presence in Peace Walker's story. This is also true for her appearance in Ground Zeroes.
  • Undying Loyalty: Eventually develops this towards Big Boss. She refuses to sell him out under extreme torture, and her last act before dying is to sacrifice herself for him and the survivors of MSF.
  • Why Am I Ticking?: She has a bomb stuck in her stomach in Ground Zeroes. Snake and Chico are able to pull it out of her - but they don't know of the other bomb stuck in her body until it's way too late.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Well, she didn't actually get around to destroying anything, although that's only because Snake heavily damaged ZEKE and launched her into the water before she could get the chance to do so, but reading the diaries afterwards, and a few times before, you can't help but pity her for what she has to put up with. Ground Zeroes only serves to crank this Up to Eleven.
  • Zero-Approval Gambit: See Break His Heart to Save Him.

     Amanda Valenciano Libre 
If the revolution succeeds, I want a peaceful country.
Voiced By: Romi Park (JP), Grey DeLisle (EN)

The leader of a branch of the Sandinista National Liberation Front. Had to take the job after her father was killed.
  • A Mother To Her Men: She cares for her troops.
  • Big Damn Heroes: She and the Sandinistas, alongside MSF, saved Big Boss from Zadornov and his KGB troops by storming the communications tower, and her directly forcing Zadornov to surrender by holding him up and arresting him. Bonus points for the fact that this action also finally got her troops to refer to her by the proper title of Comandante.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Sort of: Her men do respect that she's their boss, but they insist on addressing her by first name basis instead of her rank of "Comandante" at least until they returned to Nicaragua and, alongside MSF, saved Snake fron the KGB by overtaking the base they took over.
  • Freudian Excuse: The reason she's a chain-smoker is because she survived a near-fatal case of malaria while she was young from a mosquito bite, and thus had a fear of mosquitoes.
  • Mama Bear: Amanda does deeply care for her younger brother Chico, and was willing to risk her life to rescue him when he was captured by the Peace Sentinel. However, she also doesn't have any qualms about killing him immediately when he was captured, rationalizing that it's better for him to die than be tortured by the Peace Sentinel and then executed afterwards.
  • Put on a Bus: She's absent in Ground Zeroes because she went to Havana.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Smokes in almost every cutscene with her.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Her goal is to free her native country, Nicaragua, at any cost. She even admits that she believes she'll probably go to Hell when she dies.
  • You Killed My Father: It is implied in the game itself (and confirmed in her model viewer/strategy guide bio) that the Peace Sentinel were responsible for her father's death.

     Ricardo Valenciano Libre (Chico) 
When I grow up, I wanna be a hunter!
Voiced By: Kikuko Inoue (JP), Antony Del Rio (EN)

The twelve-year-old brother of Amanda and another member of the Sandinista National Liberation Front. An amateur cryptozoologist.
  • The Atoner: He joined MSF primarily to redeem himself for having to sell out his compas from torture.
  • Big Damn Heroes: See Amanda and Miller's entries.
  • Body Horror: Had bolts drilled into his heels to prevent him from escaping in Ground Zeroes.
  • Break the Cutie: Skull Face does this to him. Big time. By the time Snake finds him, he is so broken that even the sight of Big Boss freaks him out.
  • Child Soldier: Chico is constantly pissed at everyone treating him as a kid. Unlike most of the more tragic examples of this, Big Boss makes sure Chico is a volunteer, and also doesn't actually send him to go out fighting; Chico is a scout.
  • Did They or Didn't They?: It's implied that he and Paz may have in Ground Zeroes.
  • Forced to Watch: Skull Face does this to him when he realizes that Chico has feelings for Paz, and proceeds to torture her in front of him.
  • Heroic BSOD:
    • Had a relatively minor one when Big Boss met him at the village, due to having talked under torture. He later has a much bigger one after Paz was revealed to be an enemy spy and he failed to stop her. The fact that he had a crush on her beforehand didn't help things either.
    • And a major one in the Ground Zeroes after being tricked into believing that Paz is dead, specially since he believes that it is his fault for taking Skull Face's offer. When Snake asks him Paz's location and when the tape of her torture was recorded, all Chico is capable of replying is that she is dead with an empty look inside his eyes. Considering what the kid has been through that past week, it's not that surprising.
  • Reunion Kiss: Has one with Paz in Ground Zeroes. He is quick to object, though, prompting her to apologize.
  • The Stool Pigeon: Lacerated Larry type: He was captured by the Peace Sentinels early into the game, and ended up revealing the locations of his comrades due to his being tortured by them. It's also implied that this happens to any FSLN member who is captured, and that most of them don't even live to see the light of day after they end up breaking from it.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Beginning at the end of Peace Walker and developed in Ground Zeroes. After the revelation that Paz was actually a spy, Chico, who has feelings for her, felt immense guilt at not being able to stop her from hijacking ZEKE. After he learns of her survival and is informed that MSF has no intention of rescuing Paz, he goes and tries rescuing her himself. Unfortunately, he gets captured, tortured, forced to watch Paz being tortured and then participate, broken into talking, tricked into believing Paz hates him, and then being led to believe Paz is dead because of him. And that's before Snake even finds him.
  • You Killed My Father: Same as Amanda.

     "Huey" Emmerich 
Voiced By: Hideyuki Tanaka (JP), Christopher Randolph (EN)

Hal Emmerich's father and the creator of the Peace Walker. Like his son, Huey thought his machine was going to be used for a more peaceful purpose, and is upset to hear that it will not be. He is not able to walk, and instead uses a wheelchair.
  • Artificial Limbs: In The Phantom Pain, he uses a powered brace-frame worn around his legs to stand and walk.
  • Ascended Extra: After being mentioned in the first three Metal Gear Solid games, he appears in person in Peace Walker.
  • Broken Pedestal: He idolized his father for his work in the Manhattan Project until a Japanese transfer student showed him photos of the Hiroshima bombing aftermath.
  • The Cameo: Has a voice-only appearance in the final cutscene of Ground Zeroes.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: In Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, he can be seen in a photo in Granin's office.
  • Child Prodigy: Kind of: He went to and graduated from MIT when he was in his late teens due to skipping ahead several grades.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: He is subjected to this by Kaz and Ocelot at some point in The Phantom Pain. Possibly over his involvement in the XOF attack on Mother Base.
  • Defector from Decadence: See Not What I Signed On For below.
  • Doomed by Canon: See Driven to Suicide
  • Driven to Suicide: He drowned himself (and almost took Emma with him) when he learned that his second wife was committing adultery with his own son.
  • Genius Cripple: He spends most of his time in a wheelchair due to a malformed spine from birth (which is strongly implied to be the result of his father being in the Manhattan Project), and yet he's skilled enough to design and build several weapons and equipment.
  • The Ghost: He's mentioned twice in Metal Gear Solid and Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. The latter game also reveals he committed suicide due to Hal sleeping with his stepmother.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: If the fact that Coldman essentially used him to complete Peace Walker so he could then break his promise and launch one nuke from it didn't cause him to defect, Coldman pushing Huey (a paraplegic) down the stairs after the latter outright refused to continue to work with him certainly would have.
  • The Mole: He is strongly implied to have worked with XOF in order to compromise Mother Base - although the reason that he does this is unclear.
  • Not What I Signed On For: He cooperated with Hot Coldman and the Peace Sentinels to develop Peace Walker under the belief that, under no circumstances, would Peace Walker launch a nuke. Unfortunately, his boss had other ideas, which is namely launching a nuke to test its effectiveness in deterrence, and most likely instigate a Nuclear War. After learning this (which by that time, the frame was already complete), he pretty much quit.
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: It was strongly implied that part of the reason why Huey kept working on the Peace Walker project was because Coldman blackmailed him with revealing that the designs weren't actually made by him, but by Granin. However, after Huey learned that Coldman was planning to launch a live nuke for the test, Huey no longer cared if he was going to be exposed as a fraud.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: "Huey" is actually nickname given to him by Strangelove, derived from the disabled service droid from the film Silent Running, in a not-too-subtle jab at him for being a handicap.
  • Persona Non Grata: He ends up being blacklisted from the Central Heredia AI Lab's security clearance, apparently because he irritated Strangelove one time too many.
  • Significant Birth Date: Huey was born on the day of the Hiroshima bombing.
  • Staircase Tumble: Coldman pushes him down a set of stairs as part of his Establishing Character Moment.
  • Wheelchair Woobie: Until The Phantom Pain, where he appears to have a lower-body exoskeleton.invoked

     Cécile Cosima Caminades 
Voiced By: Yuu Kobayashi (JP), Catherine Taber (EN)

An ornithologist from France that was visiting Costa Rica when she was kidnapped by the Peace Sentinel. She escaped and was found by Big Boss, who took her back to Outer Heaven.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Cécile ends up drunk at one point due to, ironically, Kazuhira Miller's poor choice of a wine year (the 1970s wine was cited by her to be a terrible year for France's wine industry).
  • Everyone Looks Sexier If French/Everything Sounds Sexier in French: Cécile looks stunning as a blond parisenne, enough for Miller to attempt to flirt with her on multiple occasions. It backfires, though.
  • Foreshadowing: Cécile tells Miller that although the tape was hers, she wasn't Paz's friend, and in fact never even met her. This foreshadows that Paz was not who MSF thought she was.
  • Genius Ditz: She is skilled at bird watching and ornithology, but other than that, she's not too bright. Paz even privately remarked to herself that Cécile was a ditz when she asked her if she was attracted to Big Boss.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Sort of. Although not voiced by her, Cécile's design was literally based on the real life Cécile Caminandes, who was the foreign relations manager for Konami Paris.
  • Put on a Bus: By Ground Zeroes, she left base for her home country.
  • Voice Changeling: She's perfectly capable of mimicking various bird sounds, as well as sounds of a pig, a sheep, a monkey, and even a rabbit. She cites that her altering her voice was actually part of her job as an ornithologist.

     Dr. Strangelove 
Voiced By: Yumi Kikuchi (JP), Vanessa Marshall (EN)

The scientist developing the AI for the Peace Walker. She's basing it on The Boss' mind. A misanthropist.
  • Anti-Villain: She who only worked with the Peace Sentinel so she'd have a chance to revive The Boss.
    • Heel-Face Turn: And she joins MSF after the Peace Sentinel are stopped, and possibly even sometime beforehand if her letting Snake keep the ID card that he stolenote  is anything to go by.
  • Beauty Mark: Below her lower lip.
  • Bi the Way/Depraved Bisexual: It's implied in the second ending as well as in one of the briefing tapes that she does possess some attraction to someone who is of the opposite sex, namely Huey, and we already know about her attraction to The Boss and possibly Paz. Was Depraved Bisexual near the start of the game before settling for simply being Bi the Way.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Subverted. While she does torture Big Boss with high-voltage stun batons, she makes it clear from the start of the first session that she takes no pleasure from doing so, and by the third one, she states that she no longer hates Big Boss for killing The Boss and begs him to stop asking her to kill him.
  • Covert Pervert: Unlike most examples, she really doesn't let it be known until well after the main game is over - and that's if you bother to listen to tape files. Paz has no idea she's getting fondled by her.
  • Does Not Like Men: Dr. Strangelove doesn't even bother to hide it. It's not impossible for her to respect or be attracted to a man, but in general, they really aren't her thing. Then again, most women don't measure up to her criteria either; there's only been one woman she's really loved.
  • Driven to Suicide: Subverted: She did consider committing suicide or at the very least embracing death after the Peace Walker project was completed, but she changed her mind after The Boss/Peace Walker sacrificed herself again to avert nuclear war.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: She's disgusted with the fact that she has to torture Snake, even though she strongly dislikes him.
  • Evil Albino: It's not so much as "evil" as "has her own motives for working with evil".
    • Heroic Albino: She is working with Coldman, but her primary motivation is to resurrect the Boss. She really doesn't care about his ulterior motive, and helps Snake destroy the AI since it'll turn the world into ash and nuclear waste if he doesn't.
  • Evil Brit: Subverted, Strangelove just has her own reasons for serving evil.
  • Evil Genius: To Coldman's Big Bad (well, maybe not so on "Evil").
  • Otacon, I Might Be Your Mother: It's never confirmed, but the scene in the second ending where Strangelove and Huey come to a better understanding that had a somewhat romantic undertone has led some people to speculate that Strangelove at the very least married Huey, if not gave birth to Hal Emmerich (Otacon). The fact that Nastasha Romanenko's book also made it clear that Hal had some British relatives seemed to support it.
    • They're both fans of 2001: A Space Odyssey.
  • I Am Very British
  • Inspector Javert: Somewhat, she blames the Boss's death on Snake, which is partially true, but she thinks he did it for glory because it was a Thanatos Gambit done in order to save her country.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: Though her attire is definitely masculine.
    • Goes a bit towards butch in her backstory - she scorned the other girls for being girly. Turns out to be Bi the Way after the true ending.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Strangelove's nickname, despite sharing the same name as the film's title, is derived from her evident sexuality and was used in a rather insulting manner.
  • Persona Non Grata: When Strangelove requested to join MSF to Big Boss via Kazuhira Miller, Miller stated that she was unable to return to England for reasons that, despite Miller telling Big Boss that she'll explain why, we never actually find out.
    • Her backstory said that she was a student and friend of Alan Turing. Consider that and the fact that, for the time, homosexuality was still considered no better than a mental disease, it's more likely that every IT lab or firm would laugh her away.
  • Put on a Bus: After finishing ZEKE's AI, she retired from MSF and returned to Britain.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Has silver hair, though her heart isn't really all that black.
  • Wicked Cultured: Is very well read and enjoys movies - she often uses movies and literature to explain her inspirations to science, her methodology, and her philosophies toward life. She becomes considerably less "wicked" by the end of the game, though.

     Ramón Gálvez Mena/Vladimir Aleksandrovich Zadornov 
Voiced By: Houchu Otsuka (JP), Steve Blum (EN)

A professor who contacts MSF along with Paz, requesting they to drive the Peace Sentinel out of Costa Rica. Actually a KGB agent.
  • Artificial Limbs: He has a red prosthetic right hand with built-in lighters.
  • Cardboard Prison: After you capture him and lock him in the brig, he continually manages to escape regardless of the measures taken to hold him. As it turns out, he had inside help.
  • Dirty Communists: He's a KGB agent, which Snake figures out from the get-go.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Apparently, Zadornov did not plan on Coldman actually going through with launching the nukes, and he certainly did not plan or want Coldman to leak the fake missile data to NORAD.
    • Given the above mention of not planning on Coldman actually going through with the launch, it also qualifies under Gone Horribly Right.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Remember the FSLN group he and the rest of the KGB manipulated earlier? Well, they ended up turning on him right as he was about to execute Big Boss, which was ironically right after he himself betrayed Coldman.
  • Obviously Evil: He reveals he's working for the KGB... in the first cutscene.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Snake's able to see through his story extremely quickly after taking a good look at his prosthetic hand.
  • Rocket Punch: Tries to kill Big Boss in this way before his death. It doesn't work.
  • Red Right Hand: His red prosthetic hand. This also acted as the reason as to how Big Boss deduced he was in fact a KGB agent from the get-go. It has cigarette lighters in the fingertips.
  • Smoking Is Cool/Not Cool: He used to be a heavy smoker, with his prosthetic hand even containing lighters, but he quit because it was "ruining his lungs."
  • Smug Snake: Particularly in Act 4 and Act 5. Of course, being voiced by Steve Blum in the English version probably helps.
  • Unwitting Pawn/Double Agent: Paz's choice of words imply that he could either have been unknowingly working for Cipher, or that he could have actually been a Cipher agent like Paz herself.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Zadornov almost pulled this off on Big Boss, had the MSF and FSLN not burst in at what is literally the last moment. Might have also himself been placed this way by Paz later on, although unlike most examples, he seemed to be aware of and fully accept that his death meant his own usefulness was expended.

     Hot Coldman 
Voiced By: Mugihito (JP), H. Richard Greene (EN)

Former CIA director and main antagonist of Peace Walker. He was also the one behind Operation Snake Eater.
  • Ax-Crazy: His idea of world peace and nuclear deterrence is start a nuclear war, nuke whoever started it, nuke whatever's left, and let "peace" reign.
  • Bad Boss: He pushed Huey (who was a cripple) down the stairs after the latter states that he cannot participate in the project anymore when he learns that Coldman intends to use a live nuke for the test launch for Peace Walker. It is also heavily implied that Coldman also plans on killing off the Peace Sentinel once the Peace Walker tests are completed because they served their use in Strangelove's diary tapes. His stance as a bad boss was also just as bad back when he was the CIA Director in 1964, where he manipulated the factors into creating a near catastrophe just to create an excuse to kill off one specific person, The Boss. It's also implied in EVA's tapes that he (if not the entire organization he was leading at that time) was also directly responsible for having The Boss's operation sabotaged by having a sleeper agent completely defect to the Soviet Union and feed NASA false information by having a large percentage of the sleeper agent's paycheck pocketed.
  • Bald of Evil
  • Big Bad:
    • He's essentially this for Peace Walker, though it gets a bit more complicated later on.
    • He, along with Colonel Volgin, are essentially this for the entire series, in some respects. Without Coldman's machinations to have Volgin use a nuke, which lead to the necessity of Operation Snake Eater's mission to assassinate The Boss, none of the series' later events would have happened as we know them.
  • The Chessmaster: He was behind both the Virtuous Mission and Operation Snake Eater all to get rid of The Boss, and even deliberately manipulated events so the end result would be The Boss' death.
  • Driven to Suicide: A notably spiteful version. After Zadornov changed the target to Cuba, as well as shot him, he activates Peace Walker with the implied intention of dying before he could divulge the abort code to ensure that no one can stop his plan.
  • Establishing Character Moment: In his first scene, he pushes Huey Emmerich down a flight of stairs after a rant about how a nuke must be launched for his test to be completed.
  • The Exile: It is strongly implied that he was sent to Central America as a Station Chief after being demoted from CIA Director because the CIA was disgusted enough with his planning Operation Snake Eater that they demoted him and packed him away, especially with the implication that he attempted to basically brag about it beforehand.
  • Expy: Most of Coldman's character traits (including being responsible for a destructive and quite tragic event that sets off the game series with no remorse, not to mention being exiled for reasons relating to said destructive and tragic event) are eerily similar to that of Doctor Weil. Ironic, seeing how Snake's real life father also voiced that character, and Big Boss would end up being voiced by him when he becomes older, as in Metal Gear Solid 4.
  • Fail O'Suckyname: Although Coldman is a pretty cool last name to give a villain, giving him the first name of Hot completely ruins the whole thing.
  • Ironic Name: Combined, his name makes no sense.
    • Actually, it does when one remembers the Hot Cold War phases, which were the most tense phases of the Cold War, with both being in the 60s and the 80s. The ironic part comes from the fact that he's a main character in the Detente Era (the 70s), which was the most peaceful phase of the Cold War.
  • Kicked Upstairs: He was reassigned to South America after Operation Snake Eater. He's less than happy about that.
  • Lack of Empathy: For planning The Boss' death. His exchange when encountering Snake tells all:
    Coldman: I know all about you. Tselinoyarsk? Ten years ago?
    Snake: You were involved...?
    Coldman: The operation to eliminate the traitor? I planned the whole thing.
    • Note that during the entire exchange, Coldman was grinning immensely and evilly.
  • Laughing Mad: When he activates Peace Walker.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Hot Coldman was implied to have set things up for The Boss to be killed off, including the ending of the Virtuous Mission. In addition, it was heavily implied that he may have orchestrated his death as well as also programmed the Mammal Pod to leak false data to NORAD, as well as manipulating various factors such as most of the Executive Branch's cabinet heading over to Vladivostok for the SALT II talks. The one thing that was probably not even his choosing was Zadornov changing the target to Cuba. Zadornov and Paz probably also qualify as well, seeing how they orchestrated Snake's mission into Costa Rica.
  • Nietzsche Wannabe: He mentions that The Boss, her ideals, and even heroes themselves are bankrupt, buried, and over, vowing that the only heroes afterwards will be machines.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Hot Coldman nearly causes the destruction of the entire planet when he not only activates Peace Walker and have it launch a nuke at Cuba (thanks to Zadornov's betrayal), but also have Peace Walker's Mammal Pod transmit the false data to NORAD. Although he mentions that he wants them to not retaliate to prove that they are too weak willed to do effective retaliation, he also makes it quite clear that he wouldn't have cared if they actually did strike back. It's also heavily implied that he programmed this into the Mammal Pod from the start, and not as a last minute attempt due to his dying.
  • Reassigned to Central America: Implied to be the reason why Coldman was made the CIA Station Chief of Central America shortly after losing his job as CIA Director. See The Exile or Kicked Upstairs.
  • Slasher Smile: In virtually every single appearance made by him.
  • The Sociopath: He's almost as cruel as Volgin.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist/Knight Templar: His whole intent was to make the "perfect deterrent" with Peace Walker, intending its launch to be the final nuke ever launched. Of course, let's not forget that he's completely batshit insane, so the well-intentioned part is in question.