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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.
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.
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.
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.
Not Quite Dead: Confirmed to be alive and being held hostage in Ground Zeroes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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).
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.
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 done if the player completes a certain QTE is anything to go by.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Sentinels 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.
Big Bad: He's essentially this for Peace Walker, though it gets a bit more complicated later on.
He, along with 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.
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.
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.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: 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.