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* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Just before they fight, Sam refuses to give Raiden a speech on his motivations, noting that they've both heard enough about ideals. Just about every other single ''Metal Gear'' boss has gone on a MotiveRant regarding their ideals, so this could easily be applied to the player as well as Raiden and Sam.

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* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: Raiden's speech to Armstrong as he unsheathes the Muramasa.
-->'''Raiden''': I said my sword was a tool of justice. Not used in anger... not used for vengeance. But now... now I'm not so sure. And besides... [points Muramasa menacingly at Armstrong] this ISN'T my sword.


* RoleReprisal: Once again, we have Creator/QuintonFlynn providing the voice of Raiden. [[Franchise/KingdomHearts Got it memorized?]]

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* MemeticsInFiction: Monsoon discusses the concept
--> '''Monsoon''': Free will is a myth. Religion is a joke. We're all pawns, controlled by something greater: Memes. The DNA of the soul. They shape our will. They are the culture -- they are everything we pass on. Expose someone to anger long enough, they will learn to hate. They become a carrier. Envy, greed, despair... All memes. All passed along. ''{...}'' You can't fight nature, Jack.


* GrandTheftPrototype: After Raiden defeats Blade Wolf, he decides to send his remains to Voigt to see if he can be salvaged. He succeeds, and Desperado apparently aren't able to reproduce the [=LQ84i=] model and only have the basic LQ84's on hand.

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* GrandTheftPrototype: After Raiden defeats Blade Wolf, he decides to send his remains to Voigt to see if he can be salvaged. He succeeds, and Desperado apparently aren't able to reproduce the [=LQ84i=] model and only have the basic LQ84's [=LQ84=]'s on hand.


* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: The sewers in the Mexico level, though as noted later, it's sort of justified on account of apparently taking place in a city where the central river was encased inside a huge sewer.



* DefeatEqualsExplosion: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] by the enemies being cyborgs.



* DoubleUnlock: [[PowerCopying Boss weapons]] and [[AndYourRewardIsClothes alternate costumes]] need to be purchased with Battle Points after unlocking them, including, most egregiously, costumes that were already DownloadableContent to begin with. {{Justified|Trope}} with the Gray Fox DLC, as the Fox Blade is [[InfinityPlusOneSword the best weapon in the game against cyborg grunts and most unmanned weapons]].

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* DoubleUnlock: [[PowerCopying Boss weapons]] and [[AndYourRewardIsClothes alternate costumes]] need to be purchased with Battle Points after unlocking them, including, most egregiously, costumes that were already DownloadableContent to begin with. {{Justified|Trope}} with the Gray Fox DLC, as the Fox Blade is [[InfinityPlusOneSword the best weapon in the game against cyborg grunts and most unmanned weapons]].



* HumanResources: Raiden heals by cutting up cyborgs and ''tearing out their artificial spines'', which are filled with regenerative fluids. Justified in-game by the nature of Raiden's customised cyborg body; it's deliberately missing that particular component in order to maximise combat efficiency, and because doing it Raiden's way is an infinitely quicker way to heal compared to using the repair units their intended way, which isn't much faster than the speed humans would naturally heal at and would just be dead weight inside his cyborg chassis once the nanopaste inside it is depleted.

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* HumanResources: Raiden heals by cutting up cyborgs and ''tearing out their artificial spines'', which are filled with regenerative fluids. Justified in-game by the nature of Raiden's customised cyborg body; it's body is deliberately missing that particular component in order to maximise combat efficiency, and because doing it Raiden's way is an infinitely quicker way to heal compared to using the repair units their intended way, which isn't much faster than the speed humans would naturally heal at and would just be dead weight inside his cyborg chassis once the nanopaste inside it is depleted.way.



* MadeOfPlasticine: Nearly everyone Raiden fights he can chop into pieces really easily. {{Justified|Trope}}, as he's wielding a [[{{Vibroweapon}} high-frequency katana]] which is essentially a [[AbsurdlySharpBlade realistic but overpowered lightsaber]]. Ironically, this is {{subverted|Trope}} with one boss you'd think would easily apply to this considering who he is, but [[spoiler:Sam only suffers lethal blows and by the time of his defeat, he's in one piece despite being a BadassNormal who fought with an exoskeleton and a prosthetic arm, although it's likely that Raiden decided not to dice him like the other Winds of Destruction and kill him conventionally. However, Armstrong severed his organic arm earlier.]]
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: Raiden lets out an annoyed "[[OhNoNotAgain Shit! Not again!]]" when [[spoiler:Sam lops one of his arms off in their first fight]]. {{Justified|Trope}} later when Raiden mentions he has pain inhibitors for major injuries.

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* MadeOfPlasticine: Nearly everyone Raiden fights he can chop into pieces really easily. {{Justified|Trope}}, as he's He's wielding a [[{{Vibroweapon}} high-frequency katana]] which is essentially a [[AbsurdlySharpBlade realistic but overpowered lightsaber]]. Ironically, this is {{subverted|Trope}} with one boss you'd think would easily apply to this considering who he is, but [[spoiler:Sam only suffers lethal blows and by the time of his defeat, he's in one piece despite being a BadassNormal who fought with an exoskeleton and a prosthetic arm, although it's likely that Raiden decided not to dice him like the other Winds of Destruction and kill him conventionally. However, Armstrong severed his organic arm earlier.]]
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* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: Raiden lets out an annoyed "[[OhNoNotAgain Shit! Not again!]]" when [[spoiler:Sam lops one of his arms off in their first fight]]. {{Justified|Trope}} later when Raiden mentions he has pain inhibitors for major injuries.



* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: Desperado's cyborgs all have a red and black color scheme. The fact that Sam is largely an exception save for his [[ArtificialLimbs clearly prosthetic limb]] marks him as an anomaly amongst their ranks. [[spoiler:Justified by his [=DLC=], he used to be more LawfulGood before losing to Armstrong made him cross the DespairEventHorizon.]]

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* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: Desperado's cyborgs all have a red and black color scheme. The fact that Sam is largely an exception save for his [[ArtificialLimbs clearly prosthetic limb]] marks him as an anomaly amongst their ranks. [[spoiler:Justified by his [=DLC=], he used to be more LawfulGood before losing to Armstrong made him cross the DespairEventHorizon.]]


* InsistentTerminology: Even though Maverick is officially recognised as a PMC, Raiden notes to N'mani that they prefer to be known as "Private Security Contractors".



* MadeOfPlasticine: Nearly everyone Raiden fights he can chop into pieces really easily. {{Justified|Trope}}, as he's wielding a [[{{Vibroweapon}} high-frequency katana]] which is essentially a [[AbsurdlySharpBlade realistic but overpowered lightsaber]]. Ironically, this is {{subverted|Trope}} with one boss you'd think would easily apply to this considering who he is, but [[spoiler:Sam only suffers lethal blows and by the time of his defeat, he's in one piece despite being a BadassNormal who fought with an exoskeleton and a prosthetic arm, although it's likely that Raiden decided not to dice him like the other Winds of Destruction and kill him conventionally.]]

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* MadeOfPlasticine: Nearly everyone Raiden fights he can chop into pieces really easily. {{Justified|Trope}}, as he's wielding a [[{{Vibroweapon}} high-frequency katana]] which is essentially a [[AbsurdlySharpBlade realistic but overpowered lightsaber]]. Ironically, this is {{subverted|Trope}} with one boss you'd think would easily apply to this considering who he is, but [[spoiler:Sam only suffers lethal blows and by the time of his defeat, he's in one piece despite being a BadassNormal who fought with an exoskeleton and a prosthetic arm, although it's likely that Raiden decided not to dice him like the other Winds of Destruction and kill him conventionally. However, Armstrong severed his organic arm earlier.]]


* WordPureeTitle: Metal Gear Rising...''Revengeance''. Though a revised 1913 Webster's dictionary ''did'' note it to be an obsolete but existing [[CaptainObvious portmanteau of "revenge" and "vengeance."]]

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* WordPureeTitle: Metal Gear Rising...''Revengeance''. Though a revised 1913 Webster's dictionary ''did'' note it to be an obsolete but existing [[CaptainObvious portmanteau of "revenge" and "vengeance."]]"


* CleanCut: Just about anything Raiden's sword slices will be cut through with a perfectly straight slice.

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* CleanCut: Just about anything Raiden's sword slices will be cut through with a perfectly straight slice. One of the only exceptions is [[spoiler:Sam, who only gets a nasty gash and stab in the chest and dies due to blood loss while in one piece.]]



** Raiden is such a fan of these that they're built into his cyborg body, which makes sense as Raiden can fight with blades attached to his feet due to this as he has rubberized soles which combined with his ability to clench his feet without restrictions, basically turn them into two extra hands.

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** Raiden is such a fan of these that they're built into his cyborg body, which makes sense as Raiden can fight with blades attached to his feet due to this as he has rubberized soles which combined with his ability to clench his feet without restrictions, basically turn turns them into two extra hands.hands shaped like crab pincers.



* DemotedToExtra: Metal Gear RAY shows up as a tutorial boss [[spoiler:and is dispatched by a pre-upgrade Raiden]]. As a consolation prize, this model makes the [=RAYs=] in ''Sons of Liberty'' look like bath toys.

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* DemotedToExtra: Metal Gear RAY shows up as a tutorial boss [[spoiler:and is dispatched by a pre-upgrade Raiden]]. As a consolation prize, this model makes the [=RAYs=] in ''Sons of Liberty'' look like bath toys.toys and Desperado thought it would be a better idea to replace the water cutter with a plasma cannon.



** Players of the original series will know that they can leave dirty magazines around so enemies will get distracted by it for a while. Sadly, cyborg inhibitors prevent them from being interested in one, let alone be able to find usable ones anyway. 3D Photo Frames however, are mini projectors which display a holographic shapely female body which gets the attention of ''any'' average cyborg.

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** Players of the original series will know that they can leave dirty magazines around so enemies will get distracted by it for a while. Sadly, cyborg inhibitors prevent them from being interested in one, let alone be able you being unable to find usable ones anyway. 3D Photo Frames however, are mini projectors which display a holographic shapely female body which gets the attention of ''any'' average cyborg.



* ExactWords: Raiden's sword is a tool of justice, not used in anger or for revenge. [[spoiler: ''Sam's'' sword]], on the other hand...

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* ExactWords: Raiden's sword is a tool of justice, not used in anger or for revenge. [[spoiler: ''Sam's'' [[spoiler:''Sam's'' sword]], on the other hand...



* EyeScream: Raiden loses his left eye to Sam early on.

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* EyeScream: Raiden loses his left eye to Sam early on. He has to wear a special eyepatch over it which is a temporary replacement for it until an artificial eye can be made.



* FailedASpotCheck: By equipping the Marachi disguise and a [[MobileShrubbery cardboard box]], you can sneak through war-zones, sewers and corporate offices as a cardboard box [[NiceHat wearing a sombrero]]. None of the guards will find this even ''slightly'' suspicious.

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* FailedASpotCheck: By equipping the Marachi Mariachi disguise and a [[MobileShrubbery cardboard box]], you can sneak through war-zones, sewers and corporate offices as a cardboard box [[NiceHat wearing a sombrero]]. None of the guards will find this even ''slightly'' suspicious.



* FeelsNoPain: Raiden and the cyborgs don't feel the damage received due to inhibitors. It's when Doc turns Raiden's inhibitors off that he gets really nasty.

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* FeelsNoPain: Raiden and the cyborgs don't really feel the damage received due to inhibitors.inhibitors, but it gives them an indescribable feeling that lets them know that they've been hurt, but not enough to cause them to recoil. It's when Doc turns Raiden's inhibitors off that he gets really nasty.



* FiveSecondForeshadowing: In the base in Mexico, Raiden comes across a set of organ-preserving units which he stops to look at and Voigt comments on how great they are at keeping organs fresh and safe. Given that the game literally stops to talk about this, you'd be expecting that Raiden has to throw something organic in there very soon. You're right. [[spoiler:Although it's not shown, Raiden put George's top and bottom half he severed to stop a Desperado scientist from killing him at gunpoint after George gave Raiden express permission to cut him in half even if he's going to die too. Thankfully the unit worked as intended and Voigt managed to save George with cyborg enhancements.]]



* MadeOfPlasticine: Nearly everyone Raiden fights he can chop into pieces really easily. {{Justified|Trope}}, as he's wielding a [[{{Vibroweapon}} high-frequency katana]] which is essentially a [[AbsurdlySharpBlade realistic but overpowered lightsaber]]. Ironically, this is {{subverted|Trope}} with one boss you'd think would easily apply to this considering who he is, but [[spoiler:Sam only suffers lethal blows and by the time of his defeat, he's in one piece despite being a BadassNormal who fought with an exoskeleton and a prosthetic arm, although it's likely that Raiden decided not to dice him like the other Winds of Destruction and kill him conventionally.]]



* MeaningfulName: [[spoiler: Senator Steven [[LightningBruiser Armstrong.]]]]

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* MeaningfulName: [[spoiler: Senator [[spoiler:Senator Steven [[LightningBruiser Armstrong.]]]]



* MegaCorp: Raiden uses the term "mega corp" by name to describe World Marshal. While certainly no where near as powerful as Liquid during ''Metal Gear Solid 4'', or the Patriots and their virtually limitless resources, they have enough power to fund a massive PMC business with cutting edge equipment and an army of cyborgs and unmanned gears. They even have enough political clout in the United States to utilize U.S military equipment, as Raiden encounters U.S Air Force drones at one point in the story and notes it should be illegal for a corporation to use U.S military equipment without permission; meaning that they have deep enough pockets to hire U.S personnel to scramble military equipment. On top of this they control the police in Colorado, and Raiden suspects their media branches are helping to censor the media the old fashion way.

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* MegaCorp: Raiden uses the term "mega corp" by name to describe World Marshal. While certainly no where nowhere near as powerful as Liquid during ''Metal Gear Solid 4'', or the Patriots and their virtually limitless resources, they have enough power to fund a massive PMC business with cutting edge equipment and an army of cyborgs and unmanned gears. They even have enough political clout in the United States to utilize U.S military equipment, as Raiden encounters U.S Air Force drones at one point in the story and notes it should be illegal for a corporation to use U.S military equipment without permission; meaning that they have deep enough pockets to hire U.S personnel to scramble military equipment. On top of this this, they control the police in Colorado, and Raiden suspects their media branches are helping to censor the media the old fashion way.



** If you don't attack immediately in the first boss fight against Sam, he will slowly and casually approach you with his sword on his shoulder. After [[spoiler:Raiden's arm is chopped off]], Sam will casually walk behind you if you attempt to limp away from him.

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** If you don't attack immediately in the first boss fight against Sam, he will slowly and casually approach you with his sword on his shoulder. After [[spoiler:Raiden's arm is chopped off]], Sam will casually walk behind you if you attempt to limp away from him. Thankfully, he doesn't take advantage of this.



* GameplayAndStoryIntegration: Sam has the ability to bounce back if he's sent flying into a wall in normal gameplay. He does basically this off a helicoptor during the final Quick Time Event in his fight against Armstrong. He also sometimes does it while on the train in his very first battle against Raiden.

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* GameplayAndStoryIntegration: Sam has the ability to bounce back if he's sent flying into a wall in normal gameplay. He does basically this off a helicoptor helicopter during the final Quick Time Event in his fight against Armstrong. He also sometimes does it while on the train in his very first battle against Raiden.


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* TalkingTheMonsterToDeath: Sam jokingly references this when he meets Armstrong in person on the World Marshal helipad thinking that he'll do this under the assumption that Armstrong isn't a nanomachine-fueled juggernaut.

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* HealingWinds: The QuirkyMinibossSquad have a wind theme, and are all named for different types of wind around the world. They're all deeply broken individuals with their own motivations for joining their mercenary company, which serves as a less than perfect coping mechanism for their traumas, making them a dark twist on the trope.

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* ChevalierVsRogue: Raiden actually ''is'' a ninja (a cyborg ninja, in fact). TheRival, Jetstream Sam, is essentially a cyborg samurai (he even fights with a [[VibroWeapon High Frequency Blade]] made from his father's antique katana). Bonus points for the fact that Raiden started the game talking about his admiration for Bushido (the samurai's code of honour) but had started to abandon it [[spoiler: and embrace traits of his [[SuperPoweredEvilSide Jack the Ripper]] persona]] by that point.

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** When battling Gekko, QTEs can allow Raiden to pull off some of the moves he used to kill them in cutscenes during ''[=MGS4=]''.


* DifficultySpike: Both Sam and Wolf play drastically differently to Raiden, making them this until the player can get a grip on their playstyles.

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* DifficultySpike: Both Sam and Wolf play drastically differently to from Raiden, making them this until the player can get a grip on their playstyles.



* EverybodyLaughsEnding: A much darker example than usual in the ''Jetstream'' ending. [[spoiler:Sam and Armstrong laugh together at their new partnership and after the latter cracked a joke about how losing limbs wasn't a problem for Desperado as he himself reattaches his severed hand and can easily arrange for Sam to get his arm repaced.]]

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* EverybodyLaughsEnding: A much darker example than usual in the ''Jetstream'' ending. [[spoiler:Sam [[spoiler:Armstrong offers Sam a handshake to congratulate him on his new job at Desperado... except that in order for Sam to take the handshake, he'd need the use of his right arm, which Armstrong just stabbed through. As Sam looks from Armstrong's outstretched hand to his useless sword arm, the fact that Sam couldn't accept the handshake ''even if he wanted to'' is enough to get him laughing at the sheer hopelessness of his situation, and Armstrong laugh together at their new partnership and after the latter cracked a joke about how losing limbs wasn't a problem for Desperado as he himself reattaches his severed hand and can easily arrange for Sam to get his arm repaced.soon joins in.]]


* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Sam figures out during the final cutscene of his DLC that Armstrong has nanomachines that harden his skin. He cuts Armstrong's hand off before it can harden.

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* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Sam figures out during the final cutscene of his DLC that Armstrong has nanomachines that harden his skin.skin as well as how long it takes. He cuts Armstrong's hand off before it can harden.



* BottleEpisode: The ''Bladewolf'' DLC takes place before Raiden met Blade Wolf, which itself was a story told by him while living with Sunny.



* EverybodyLaughsEnding: A much darker example than usual in the ''Jetstream'' ending.

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* EverybodyLaughsEnding: A much darker example than usual in the ''Jetstream'' ending. [[spoiler:Sam and Armstrong laugh together at their new partnership and after the latter cracked a joke about how losing limbs wasn't a problem for Desperado as he himself reattaches his severed hand and can easily arrange for Sam to get his arm repaced.]]


** The spaceship Sunny helped develop is capable of transporting someone from the USA to the likes of Pakistan in about half an hour, but Raiden finds out firsthand through a very uncomfortable flight that it wasn't directly meant for passengers and is planned to be a cargo ship for the International Space Station.



* CombatStilettos: Raiden is such a fan of these that they're built into his cyborg body, which makes sense as Raiden can fight with blades attached to his feet due to this.

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Raiden is such a fan of these that they're built into his cyborg body, which makes sense as Raiden can fight with blades attached to his feet due to this.this as he has rubberized soles which combined with his ability to clench his feet without restrictions, basically turn them into two extra hands.



* CoolBike: Raiden finds a parked bike in Denver when he needs to leave. Turns out it was owned by [[spoiler:Sam]].



** CoolBike: Raiden then trades in the car for a massive chopper when he leaves Denver.



** Going for a NoDamageRun on the FinalBoss means avoiding all his attacks, but in cutscences Raiden still takes a beating and until the final part of the fight can barely stand.
* CutscenePowerToTheMax: Falling from a building in-game results in instant death or at the very least a mission failed, but falling [[spoiler:from a helicopter at near terminal velocity leaves a bit of a dent in the concrete.]]

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** Going for a NoDamageRun on the FinalBoss means avoiding all his attacks, but in cutscences cutscenes Raiden still takes a beating and until the final part of the fight can barely stand.
* CutscenePowerToTheMax: Falling from a building in-game results in instant death or at the very least a mission failed, but falling [[spoiler:from a helicopter at near terminal velocity leaves a bit of a dent in the concrete.concrete and a very confused police force.]]



* GratuitousForeignLanguage: [[GratuitousRussian Boris]] and [[GratuitousGerman Doktor]]. The [[ButNotTooForeign French-Algerian]] Mistral throws in [[EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench a bit of French for good measure]], and all of the moves involving her polearm have french names.

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* GrandTheftPrototype: After Raiden defeats Blade Wolf, he decides to send his remains to Voigt to see if he can be salvaged. He succeeds, and Desperado apparently aren't able to reproduce the [=LQ84i=] model and only have the basic LQ84's on hand.
* GratuitousForeignLanguage: [[GratuitousRussian Boris]] and [[GratuitousGerman Doktor]]. The [[ButNotTooForeign French-Algerian]] Mistral throws in [[EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench a bit of French for good measure]], and all of the moves involving her polearm have french French names.



** At the end of ''[=MGS4=]'', Raiden retired from battle [[spoiler:to settle down with his wife Rosemary and their son John]]. In this game, he has already come out of retirement to provide for his family.

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** At the end of ''[=MGS4=]'', Raiden retired from battle [[spoiler:to settle down with his wife Rosemary and their son John]]. In this game, he has already come out of retirement to provide for his family.family since being a cyborg meant he couldn't take a conventional job and signed up with a security firm to make use of his fighting prowess.



** You cannot win the boss fight against Sam at the beginning of the game: he's far more aggressive and has far less obvious tells than any other enemies fought during the intro level, you have no dodge move and even if you manage to block his attacks, you still take ScratchDamage.

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** You cannot win the boss fight against Sam at the beginning of the game: he's far more aggressive and has far less obvious tells than any other enemies fought during the intro level, you have no dodge move and even if you manage to block his attacks, you still take ScratchDamage. Thankfully, he decides not to kill you during the ControllableHelplessness despite having a good chunk of time to be able to do so.



** Taking the Patriots out of the picture for good hasn't solved all the ills of the world but merely started just another chapter in human history. For starters the war economy couldn't simply stop cold and has merely slowed, and the media filters the Patriots put in place are still being used by governments for their own ends.

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** Taking the Patriots out of the picture for good hasn't solved all the ills of the world but merely started just another chapter in human history. For starters starters, the war economy couldn't simply stop cold and has merely slowed, and the media filters the Patriots put in place are still being used by governments for their own ends.ends.
** While the standard pain inhibitors for cyborgs mean that they can usually tank a sword to the gut or something, it instead replaces the pain feeling with an indescribable one according to Raiden which at least let him know he was being hurt. Voigt notes that if the inhibitors blocked everything, this would be dangerous in the long run as a cyborg could go critical without even noticing.



* {{Ronin}}: Samuel before he joined the Winds of Destruction. He launched a one man attack on World Marshall [[ForGreatJustice simply because he felt they deserved it]], having grown tired of slaughtering drug cartels back in South America.

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* {{Ronin}}: Samuel before he joined the Winds of Destruction. He launched a one man one-man attack on World Marshall [[ForGreatJustice simply because he felt they deserved it]], having grown tired of slaughtering drug cartels back in South America.

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