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The sequel to Metal Gear Solid The Abridged Snakes, by LordQuadros, parodying Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. Proposed as an April Fool's Day joke long before the first series was over, this series is nonetheless underway as a legitimate Abridged Series.

Has been concluded as of February 25th, with an abdridged series of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater announced in The Stinger.

This series provides examples of:

  • Actor Allusion: Very meta example. Adamwestslapdog provides the voice for Metal Gear RAY. The mass-produced RAYs are "voiced" by clips of CD-I Link. Adamwestslapdog is known in the abridging community for voicing Link in his own abridged series of Ocarina of Time. All versions of RAY are voiced by a humorous knockoff of Link.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Snake. "We're here, we're queer... I mean, all for one and one fo- forget it." (walks away)
    • The one mass-produced RAY asking Raiden for a kiss.
    • Ocelot, per source material, but definitely turned up to eleven.
  • As You Know: Campbell in Episode 1 explains the origins of the Big Shell, just as in the source material. Raiden has no idea why.
    Raiden: Again, these are things that everybody in the world knows...But go on...
  • Bait-and-Switch: Episode 0 starts with the intro speech to Snake Eater instead of Snake's MGS2 intro, but starts up normally afterward.
    • In the series proper, Raiden attempts a Snake impersonation during the beginning of Episode 1, but Campbell tells him to "Knock that shit off".
  • Better than a Bare Bulb: A lot of times. Vamp in particular moves on from making innuendos to being this, with regards to his role in the series.
  • Blatant Lies: Campbell's instant denial of any other intruders being in the base even though Raiden just saw him.
  • Boss Banter: Deconstructed. Solidus keeps taunting Raiden from within the Harrier, but it distracts and annoys Vamp, who is trying to pilot.
  • Call-Forward: In regards to the source material, at least. In the finale, Solidus begins a sinister speech, but gets interrupted by Raiden, who is using the exact same words the original Raiden would later use against the Final Boss in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. Complete with raspier tone.
    • A short video released at the beginning of 2014 using footage from the same playthrough has Otacon, Snake and Raiden predicting the future. Otacon and Snake start thinking about Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (because it's set in 2014) while Raiden headbangs to "Rules of Nature" from Revengeance. The other two give him weird looks.
  • The Cameo: Paul Eiding as "Big Teddy" in the opening of Episode 9. Very much an Actor Allusion, given the part of the game that episode covers.
  • Character Filibuster: The Colonel AI (with help from the simulated Rosemary) goes on a four minute-long speech about how the failure of DMCA means nothing given that SOPA has been proposed, the Patriots' ultimate ambition to monetize abridging and parodying as advertisements for the source material, and how Raiden (and all the stale jokes in this series) has played perfectly into their hands, concluding that Raiden forms a perfect Audience Surrogate by being amused at such stale humour, covering both This Loser Is You and Take That, Audience!. This is very much in keeping with the original MGS2, where the Patriots rant at length about societal control.
    • Solid Snake has a particularly heartwarming one after the end credits roll, about how one really shouldn't care about corporatism or being hated when making original work, and that as long as you're proud of what you've done it's worth it in the end.
  • Compressed Adaptation: it is an abridged series, after all. Still, it can be startling to see the entire Tanker half of the game squozen into exactly 481 seconds.
  • Creator Couple: LordQuadros and Whip0fAlchemy
  • Deadpan Snarker: Almost everyone, but Fatman takes it and rollerskates away with it.
  • Funny Background Event: While Solidus and Vamp are trying to recover from the Harrier fight, Metal Gear RAY keeps nagging Ocelot to pay attention to him.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Raiden, eating gunpowder, murdering people, all played for funny.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: All but Episode 0 and the final episode are named after puns of Big Shell, Dead Cell, or Arsenal Gear.
  • Idiot Ball: Snake points out how RAY, an anti-Metal Gear weapon, shouldn't be something they want to destroy.
    Otacon: This means we're against ALL models of Metal Gear, regardless of whether we end up shooting ourselves in the foot.
    Snake: Oh, I get it...So we're idiots, now.
    • Raiden electrocuting himself simply because Campbell tells him to.
  • Mind Screw: It's Metal Gear Solid 2, a competitor for Mind-Screwiest video game out there. Of course this gets lampshaded repeatedly, to the point of the opening theme being Everything You Know Is Wrong.
    • Episode 10 "ends" multiple times, each with a variation of METAL GEAR SOLID in a reference to the Fission Mailed Trope Namer.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: Used by "Campbell" about the PRESIDENT, no less.
  • "My name is Helena Dolph Jackson."
  • No Fourth Wall: Par for the course; Raiden trains for his mission by watching The Abridged Snakes, hoping to avoid visual gags and awkward tangents. Considering the source material, it's unlikely this will help much.
  • Once an Episode: "Metal Gear?!...There, I said it. Now nobody has to repeat it in the comments EVER again."
    • "Stop saying Metal Gear!!"
  • Only Sane Man: Zigzags. Raiden tried to keep track of all the crazy things happening but the counter ended up saying "FUCK THIS" but he has daft moments as well.
  • Parrot Exposition: It is Metal Gear Solid.
    Ocelot: "Stop saying Metal Gear!!"
  • PermissionToX: "P-p-permission to freak out sir... Sir?
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Metal Gear RAY
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: The Federal Hall statute of George Washington gives one to Solidus upon his defeat.
    Solidus: President Washington... lets go meet the other great revolutionaries...
    Washington: Solidus, I recruited men who were willing to fight for their freedom. You raised child soldiers to fight in a war abroad. You won't meet anyone great. You're going to Hell!
  • The Scream: Raiden's reaction to being told he has to talk to Rose.
  • Sequel Hook/The Stinger: To the inevitable abridged series of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater.
  • Serious Business: Mc Phayckneighm's view on cardboard boxes.
  • Shout-Out: Numerous; Episode 1 even starts with the definition of an Abridged Series found on this very site!
    • Episode 0 has Ocelot gives his name via a Mother/Earthbound screen.
    • Episode 7's fight with Vamp has Castlevania music playing in the background, complete with a song namedrop.
    Vamp: Fancy yourself a vampire killer, do you?
  • Shown Their Work: "McPhayckneighm" states that although Shell 2 exploded, the hostages were fine because since it was Sunday, they were all in Shell 1. Raiden contests that it's actually Wednesday. April 29th, 2009 was a Wednesday.
  • The Stinger: Announcing the future parody of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater.
  • Sue Donym: Sudonimm McPhayckneighm
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: 'What are you implying? That I betrayed your father and killed him? Hah, what a ridiculous accusation. You're crazy, paranoid and dumb.'
  • Synthetic Voice Actor: The mass-produced Metal Gears at the end are all "voiced" by CD-I Link.
  • Take That!: "Campbell" is not amused by Raiden's Snake imitation, and says that while everyone and their mother thinks they can do a good Snake voice, they ALL suck.
  • Take That, Audience!: The Colonel AI's rant on how only the throwaway jokes were considered funny and that nobody appreciates creativity in this information age. Lampshade Hanging when he bets that people are about to down-vote the video and unsubscribe from the channel.
    • A month later, the video has three downvotes and 225 upvotes. The fans must have been too amused to be offended.
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic: One of his songs, Everything You Know Is Wrong, is the opening theme.