Trivia: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain


  • Actor Allusion: Kiefer Sutherland was cast as the new voice of Snake in part as a reference to his role in as Jack Bauer in 24. After seeing Snake in the prison camp Chico starts to panic and begins drawing attention to them. It doesn't take long for Snake to apply a sleeper hold on him while saying "Don't fight it."
  • Billing Displacement: Kiefer Sutherland's name comes last in the cast list of the opening credits. But he is billed first in the end credits. This also happened to David Hayter at the beginning of Peace Walker.
  • Colbert Bump: The three licensed tracks used in the various trailers - "Not Your Kind of People", "Nuclear" and "Elegia" - saw big sales spikes after the fact.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!:
    • Kiefer Sutherland a.k.a. Jack Bauer replaces David Hayter as Big Boss/Punished Snake, as well as possibly "Ishmael" in The Phantom Pain.
    • Troy Baker plays the middle-aged Ocelot.
    • Donna Burke, who sang "Heavens Divide" and "Sins of the Father", providing the voice of the iDroid.
    • Matthew Mercer provides numerous voices in Ground Zeroes, as both soldiers and prisoners.
  • I Knew It:
    • Many fans and sources speculated that The Phantom Pain was actually a Metal Gear game well before it was announced as such, thanks to the clues left in the original trailer.
    • A number of fans had figured out that the creepy child with a gas mask was actually a young Psycho Mantis, or that he was at least involved with the mysterious organization of "Those Who Don't Exist". This was given further credence by Game Informer about a month before the release of Ground Zeroes.
  • Lying Creator: Hideo Kojima kept insisting that "Project Ogre" was not, in fact, a production title for Metal Gear Solid 5 prior to the reveal of The Phantom Pain. Turns out, it was. However, this is actually an instance of him being misquoted, because his original statement was in reference of Ground Zeroes at the time.
  • Milestone Celebration:
    • The first Ground Zeroes trailer was shown at a Tokyo event commemorating the 25th anniversary of the series.
    • Likewise, the trailers for the Déjà Vu and Jamais Vu missions were shown during the 15th and 25th anniversaries of Metal Gear Solid and Snatcher, respectively.
  • Talking to Himself: Kiefer Sutherland (apparently) voices both Snake and Ishmael, and the two share a scene together at the start of The Phantom Pain. It has been confirmed that he voices the medic that appears in Ground Zeroes, but his voice was altered digitally.
  • The Other Darrin: David Hayter was replaced by Kiefer Sutherland as the voice actor for Snake to help "recreate the Metal Gear series." Meanwhile, Ocelot is being voiced by Troy Baker instead of Patric Zimmerman. In the latter case, Ocelot at least has precedent, as the younger version of him was voiced by Josh Keaton in Metal Gear Solid 3 and Portable Ops. Apparently, this will be happening with Zero as well, as Jim Piddock thought the offer Konami made him was too little.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Meta example. The Moby Dick Studio marketing stunt was intentionally made as transparent as possible to get people hyped for The Phantom Pain.
  • Trolling Creator:
    • Metal Gear Solid V was originally announced in two unrelated incarnations. The first was Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, a tech demo for Kojima Productions' new FOX Engine. The second, The Phantom Pain, was presented as a new IP from the mysterious Joakim Mogren's Moby Dick Studio. On March 27, 2013, series creator Hideo Kojima revealed that Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain were the prologue and main story respectively of a combined Metal Gear Solid V.
    • Former Big Boss voice actor David Hayter. He's left some bitter comments about the game that seem strangely out of character for him, considering his usual personality. He's also left a couple of hints that he's involved with the game on his Twitter (such as feeling a sudden case of laryngitis coming on, or the infamous "New Coke" message), but nothing's certain.
    • After months of focusing on other projects, it seems that Hayter is at this again. He changed his Twitter image to a photo of Sutherland shortly after Ground Zeroes hit the shelves, and then retweeted an image of Sutherland receiving credit for writing the script to Watchmen. Is this just a harmless joke, a Creator Breakdown, or a hint at things to come? Who knows?
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Several hallmarks of the other games were removed from the game in order to make the game more realistic and serious, such as Ration-based healing. Originally, Kojima thought about removing the trademark exclamation point, in favor of realistic expression from the enemy (as had been planned for MGS4 as well). Thankfully, it seems that the grandfather clause prevailed.
    • Apparently, there was going to be a "80's filter" for The Phantom Pain, inspired by the 2013 film Rush. However, it caused too much strain on the hardware, so it was scrapped.
    • Skull Face's original name was supposed to be Scarface. He was also meant to appear on the box art for Ground Zeroes, but he was removed because Kojima thought that would be too creepy.
    • Quiet originally looked a lot like Paz in a bikini.
    • Paz was originally supposed to be Dead All Along, and Skull Face was going to place her corpse in front of Chico in a way that he couldn't look away from it.
    • DLC was planned for Ground Zeroes beyond the Xbox/PlayStation exclusive content, but it was shelved so The Phantom Pain wouldn't be delayed.
  • Word of Saint Paul: Quiet's voice actress, Stefanie Joosten, personally Jossed the "Chico is Quiet" theory. Not that it's done anything to stop rampant speculation.