Metal Gear Profiles-Solid Snake Part IV

War has changed. It’s no longer about nations, ideologies or ethnicity. It’s an endless series of proxy battles, fought by mercenaries and machines. War, and its consumption of life, has become a well-oiled machine. War has changed. ID tagged soldiers carry ID tagged weapons, use ID tagged gear. Nanomachines inside their bodies enhance and regulate their abilities. Genetic control. Information control. Emotion control. Battlefield control. Everything is monitored, and kept under control. War has changed. The age of deterrence has become the age of control. All in the name of averting catastrophe from weapons of mass destruction. And he who controls the battlefield, controls history. War has changed. When the battlefield is under total control, war… becomes routine.

 

Five years past-and Snake starts to age much faster than anticipated, seeming to age nearly at 5 times the normal rate as he reaches his 42nd birthday, physically resembling a man in his early 70’s. Solid Snake becomes “old Snake”-although he’s still formidable. He grows a mustache as well. He appears to have only a year to live as well…

 

 

He lives mostly on board the carrier Nomad with Otacon and Sunny Emmerich, Olga’s daughter who was rescued by Raiden and adopted by Otacon. However, one day Roy Campbell-his former commanding officer-tells him that they’ve located Liquid Ocelot in the middle east-and it’s time to take him down. Ocelot has formed his own PMC-part of a military industry being controlled by the Patriots AI-which has extended it’s database into much of society (The dream of the Boss and Zero-but badly warped)…but has other plans up his sleeve as well.

 

Arriving in the Middle East-and musing the war has changed-and after evading multiple “Gekkos” (Mass produced Metal Gear-esque units) FROGS (Ocelot’s main soldiers) and the Beauty and the Beast Unit.Snake soon teams with Meryl’s rat patrol unit, and Meryl is shocked at the aged sight of her ex. Snake also receives some extra support in the field-gun runner Drebin 893 (Who gives Snake an injection to take control of SOP ID weapons) and Metal Gear Mk.II, a tiny remote robot much less deadly than it’s larger cousins.

However, about to confront Ocelot, Snake is incapcitated by Liquid activating the SOP system, causing all the soldiers in the area with nanomachines in their systems-including Meryl’s team (minus Johnny Sasaki) suffer seizures..and Liquid Ocelot escapes.

After recovering, the Nomad received a clue from Naomi Hunter-who helped Snake during the Shadow Moses inciddent. He went to meet her in South America, and also have her examine why he was rapidly aging. Unfortunately, he had double the bad news.

 

Not only was Snake aging to death because of his clone nature, but FOXDIE-the virus designed to target the rogue Foxhound unit-was mutating, and wouldn’t just target any specific person-it could target anyone. The only way to stop it was for Snake to die before it mutated to that stage. With the help of Raiden-now a cyborg ninja, he was able to rescue Naomi. Raiden-injured in a battle with Vamp-implored him to seek out the mysterious “Big Mama” who might hold the key to defeating Ocelot.

 

Big Mama as it turned out, was Eva, Big Boss’s friend and lover during Operation Snake Eater, and also one of the founding members of the Patriots. She outlined her involvement in his birth-The Les Infant Terribles-and how it led to the Patriots breaking into two factions-One-Big Boss, Ocelot, and Eva-who went with the “Outer Heaven” idea, and the others-Zero, SIGINT/Donald Anderson and Para-Medic/Dr.Clark-who went for AI control over society. She then worked with Snake to move Big Boss’s body to a safe location, but unfortunately Ocelot caught up with them, and used the body to hijack the SOP system, giving him total control over the world’s nano-machined controlled weapons-and starting his own war on the Patriots.

 

 

The chaos that followed led to a fire that consumed the body, fatally wounding Eva and burning Snake’s face, scarring him permanently (Meryl nearly died, but was saved by Rat Patrol team member Johnny Sasaki). He and Otacon next worked out that Liquid’s plan was to use Metal Gear Rex-which had laid dormant at Shadow Moses after his battle with Liquid nearly a decade before-to take out the Patriot’s AI using it’s nuke to attack an orbiting satellite. He would have to once again return to Shadow Moses, to get to the gear before Ocelot did.

Snake re-entered the base, which had been mostly abandoned except by Ocelot’s AI weapons, the Gekkos and their dwarf counterparts.  REX was still in it’s hanger, but Snake was too late-Rex’s railgun had already been taken-and he found himself surrounded by Gekkos. Naomi Hunter also took her life as well.

With the help of a grieving Otacon and Raiden, however, Snake was able to reactivate Rex, and the old gear still packed a punch.

Finally reaching the outside, Snake found himself to face with Ocelot, who had his Metal Gear Ray handy, and the two might war machines clashed. Eventually Ocelot however summonded his arsenal gear, the Outer Haven, and started heading toward a point where he could attack the satellite.

Snake and the others then boarded the USS Missouri, and laid out a plan to take out Outer Haven before Ocelot could use Rex’s railgun (Which Snake dubbed “Liquid’s very own Death Star” to attack the satellite. Their plan was to board the ship-despite heavy opposition-FROGS,Gekkos, Metal Gear RAYS and the last member of the Beauty and the Beast unit, Screaming Mantis.

 

Supported by Raiden, Meryl, and Johnny, as well as Otacon and Mei Ling in the Missouri, Snake undertook his final mission.  After grueling combat-and most agonizingly of all, a long  corridor of microwaves….

Snake finally reached the GW AI that was giving Ocelot control of the SOP system, and sent it a virus. Unexpectedly though, the virus actually erased the entire Patriot control network-undoing their influence but leaving several other systems intact. The virus was called “FOXALIVE”.

But there was still a score to settle with “Liquid”. On the top of Outer Haven, the two got into brutal hand to hand combat, mirroring Solid Snake’s duel with Liquid on top of Rex a decade before. Liquid also revealed that he wanted Snake to defeat the Patriots all along, although he thought society would tumble into anarchy, like the Wild West.

Finally, Ocelot collapsed, and seemed to once again regain his former personality, giving Snake his catchphrase one last time “You’re pretty good!” as he died.

As others celebrated at Meryl and Johnny’s wedding, Snake went to Arlington, and considered ending his life so that the FOXDIE virus would not turn into an epidemic. However, he had an unexpected guest-Big Boss-who had been revived.

However, Big Boss was not there to fight, but to explain things-and reconcile somewhat with his ‘son’. How both he, Zero, and the Patriots managed to mess up the will of the Boss; how Ocelot in fact hypnotized himself into believing he was Liquid to get the Patriots confused; how the body of Solidus-and not him-was used to get into the system etc. He also explained that the FOXDIE would not mutate into an epidemic-in fact, a *new* virus was implanted into Snake by Drebin earlier (as Drebin was acting on behalf of the Patriots), that actually killed Eva and Ocelot-and which would now kill Big Boss, but not anybody else.

 

Big Boss finally pulled the plug on Zero, who had been in a vegetative state since the 80’s due to the machinations of Skull Face, and ending the last trace of the original Patriots.

 

After finally saluting his mentor one last time, Big Boss implored his son to live not as a not as a snake-but as a man…although he probably would die soon himself, he would be at peace and not waste the life he had left fighting. Solid Snake lit his father’s cigar as he died.

 

Solid Snake then joined Otacon and Sunny once again, but as he left, Otacon noticed he forgot his cigarettes.

 

Otacon : Snake, wait up! You forgot these….

Snake : No thanks. I’m quitting.

Otacon : Snake? Snake : These things will kill ya.

Otacon : Where will you go…? Our fight is finished. There’s nothing left for us to do.

Snake : No. There’s one thing I still have to do. I have to see this age off… See what the future brings.

Otacon : Sounds good to me. I’ll go with you.

Snake : Otacon, I’m gonna be dead soon. You don’t have to come.

Otacon : You said it yourself, Snake. There’s nothing inside you can pass on to the next generation. No genes, no memes… You’re man-made… You’re a beast.

Snake : I know… A blue rose. There won’t be any happy “Beauty and the Beast” ending for me. What little time I have left will be spent living… As a beast. A shadow of the inside… Of the old age.

Otacon : Exactly. That’s why you need me. As a witness.

Snake : A witness?

Otacon : Yeah. Someone on the outside to bear witness to your final days. Someone to pass on your story… Not that I’m the only witness. But I’ll remember everything you were… And stick with you to the end.

Snake : Otacon….

Otacon : Besides, you wouldn’t let me suffer Sunny’s eggs alone, would you?

Solid Snake, at some point later, died…but peacefully.

 

 

 

 

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Metal Gear Profiles-Solid Snake Part III

Life isn’t just about passing on your genes. We can leave behind much more than just DNA. Through speech, music, literature and movies… what we’ve seen, heard, felt… anger, joy and sorrow… these are the things I will pass on. That’s what I live for. We need to pass the torch, and let our children read our messy and sad history by its light. We have all the magic of the digital age to do that with. The human race will probably come to an end some time, and new species may rule over this planet. Earth may not be forever, but we still have the responsibility to leave what traces of life we can. Building the future and keeping the past alive are one and the same thing-Solid Snake

 

After the Shadow Moses incident, Snake and Meryl eventually parted ways, with her taking control of the “Rat Patrol” unit (Unknowingly controlled in part by the Patriots- “Rat Patrol” being an anagram of Patriots). It was soon discovered that Revolver Ocelot had stolen the plans to Metal Gear Rex and had sold them to various world powers….so now *everybody* could build a Metal Gear.

 

To combat this threat, Solid Snake, Otacon, Mei Ling and others from the Shadow Moses incident formed the group “Philanthropy” dedicated to ridding the world of these walking nuclear battle tanks.

 

Eventually, the US Navy began developing it’s own solution to the problem-an anti-Metal Gear…Metal Gear. RAY-sitting in a tanker on Hudson-held no nuclear weapons but still was formidable.

 

Snake and Otacon weren’t too happy about this, of course, although RAY had no nuclear capability. So Snake boarded the freighter where it was being stowed and worked to photograph it to expose it. However, they weren’t alone-Revolver Ocelot and the Gurlocovitch mercenaries had boarded too.

Snake confronted the second in command of the unit-Olga Gurlucovitch-and tranquilized her after a brief fight. He then headed to the hanger to photograph Ray, but the Commandant demonstrating the unit-Scott Dolph-was captured by Gurlucovitch’s father and Ocelot. Ocelot then turned on his former ally, killing both him and Dolph, before stealing the Metal Gear which damaged the tanker, causing it to to sink-allegedly with Snake onboard.  Before falling into the waves, Snake learned that Ocelot seemed to posses a split personality-that of Liquid Snake, whose arm now replaced Ocelot’s lost one.

In the two years that followed, Solid Snake was presumed dead, and Snake and philanthropy were framed for the loss of the tanker. A facility-Big Shell-was built on top of the wreck, supposedly to clean up the oil spilled in the bay…but in fact hiding something more serious. Soon, Big Shell, during a visit from the president, was taken over by the group known as the “Sons of Liberty”-which was led by a man claiming to be Solid Snake.

However, the real Solid Snake was still alive, and with Otacon’s help, infiltrated Big Shell as a member of the SEAL team, using the alias “Iroquis Pliskin”, where he ran into Raiden, the man tasked with rescuing the President, during an encounter with Dead Cell member Vamp. The two combined forces, helping defuse explosive devices left by Dead Cell member Fatman, and with Otacon. Solid also learned the identity of the man impersonating him-his other brother, Solidus Snake. They also learned that the Big Shell facility was in fact cover for a new Gear-the Arsenal Gear battleship, that Solidus intended to capture and launch a nuke to disrupt the Patriot’s network with an EMP.

 

No, that is NOT Solid Snake. Stop impersonating him!

Re-adopting his original identity, Snake also encountered Olga-working with her in her quise as Mr.X, and the two formed an alliance-in part because the Patriots held her child captive.  He also teamed with Emma Emmerich, Raiden and Otacon to attempt to disable Arsenal Gear’s AI GW, but was unfortunately unable to save Otacon’s stepsister, Emma Emmerich. Otacon was overcome with grief, but Snake trusted him to help save the rest of the hostages on Big Shell, while he and Raiden would take care of Arsenal Gear. The two shared an epic walk and handshake.

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Donning his old sneaking suit and bandana-although knocking out Raiden first as a distraction to sneak into Arsenal Gear, Snake and Raiden began working together against Solidus’s forces, including elite “Tengu” guards. He also gave Raiden Olga’s High Frequency blade-which she used in her disguise as the Cyborg ninja (It would later become Raiden’s trademark weapon when *he* became a Cyborg ninja!)

 

Snake then confronted Dead Cell member Fortune while Raiden dealt with an army of mass produced  Metal Gear RAYS. Captured by Fortune, he was taken up to the hull of Arsenal gear, where he learned that Raiden’s mission was in part an attempt at gathering data for the Patriots-based on his own mission at Shadow Moses. He also learned that it was Ocelot’s Liquid persona who had lured him to the tanker in the first place. Once again, Ocelot escaped in RAY, although Snake was able to place a tracker on the gear…and gain some information on the Patriots via Emma’s work. He later met with Raiden after he defeated Solidus, and also vowed to rescue Olga’s daughter. He gave Raiden an inspiring speech, and then left him.

 

Otacon then looked at the information gleaned from Arsenal Gear, and briefed Snake on it….

Otacon : Snake, you there? It’s me. I’ve finished going over that disc.

Snake : Did you find the Patriots’ list?

Otacon : Of course. It contains the personal data of twelve people. There
was a name on it — Snake, it was one of our biggest
contributors.

Snake : What’s going on around here?

Otacon : I don’t know…

Snake : Anyway, where are they?

Otacon : Well, we were right about them being on Manhattan, but…

Snake : But what?

Otacon : They’re already dead. All twelve of them.

Snake : When did it happen?

Otacon : Well, ah…about a hundred years ago.

Snake : What the hell?

A mystery that would remain unsolved for quite some time-and just when Snake’s time itself was almost up.

Metal Gear Profiles-David/Solid Snake Part II

When his brother Liquid took control of Shadow Moses island, colonel Campbell once against sought out Solid Snake, living in retirement in the Alaskan wilderness fairly close by, raising 50 huskies and participating in Sleigh races. Although he was initially reluctant to accept the mission, the involvement of a rogue FOXHOUND unit, Big Boss’s remains being sought as the ransom and the fact that he resembled the FOXHOUND leader intriqued Snake-and likewise, Campbell revealed he’d release the ‘dirt’ on his files if he didn’t participate. Snake’s main mission was to rescue two hostages-Darpa Chief Donald Anderson (The former SIGINT) and Kenneth Baker, ARMSTECH president.

Getting his hair cut and dyed so he wouldn’t be mistaken for Liquid, Snake then infiltrated Shadow Moses from underwater. In addition to Campbell and Naomi Hunter, he was given technical and moral support by Mei Ling, Natasha Romenko and Master Miller..However, he soon discovered that Campbell-and mission Doctor Naomi-hadn’t been telling him the whole truth-Snake had been given a virus by Naomi-FOXDIE-designed to target the members of the rogue Foxhound unit (and possibly Snake himself); and also Shadow Moses was the testing ground for a new model Metal Gear-Metal Gear REX.

 

 

His initial mission failed when FOXDIE killed both Donald Anderson and Kenneth Baker (although in the first case, it was actually Decoy Octopus, who was misleading Snake in order to get him to actually activate Metal Gear REX). However, he was soon able to rescue other captives-Hal Emmerich, or Otacon, and Campbell’s “niece” (actually daughter) Meryl Silverburgh. He also had an ongoing semi-alliance with a  Cyborg Ninja-actually the cybernetically resurrected Grey Fox-who helped him but also craved one final fight with his former friend and rival.

 

Taking on the members of FOXHOUND in combat, as well as the genome army, Snake made his way through the base, and finally reached the Metal Gear after a long trial, including Meryl getting badly wounded and captured by Sniper Wolf. He finally reached REX’s hanger, but unexpectedly, instead of deactivating the Gear, he *activated* it, having been tricked by “Miller” who was in fact Liquid Snake in disguise. He also learned he had largely been a pawn used by Defense secretary Jim Houseman, and part of his mission was to cover up the existence of REX, the rogue FOXHOUND and the genome army.

Liquid also had a startling revelation about Solid Snake’s past-not only were they the sons of Big Boss, but they were the product of the Les Infant Terribles project, an attempt to clone the legendary soldier. Liquid then boarded the Metal Gear, and faced off against his brother, with Grey Fox aiding Snake in destroying the Radome, leaving Liquid more vulnerable.

Solid Snake was able to disable the gear, but the resulting explosion knocked him out. He woke up to face his brother again, on top of the unit and holding Meryl captive.

 

The two got into a tense fistfight, and Liquid fell off the gear, severely injured. Snake then rescued Meryl and the two escaped Shadow Moses….but Liquid wasn’t quite dead yet.

After a chase in the jeep, which ended up with both crashing, Liquid Snake finally succumbed to FOXDIE.

After that, Snake and Meryl found a jetski nearby, and Solid Snake wondered if he could now pursue a new life, a new purpose, perhaps a life with Meryl by his side. He also revealed his real name: David.

Unfortunately, you can’t always get what you want….as Snake would soon find out-and he would become further entangled in his father’s legacy.

Metal Gear Profiles-David/Solid Snake Part one

The Man Who Makes the Impossible, possible.

Whoever wins, our battle does not end. The loser is free from the battlefield, but the winner must remain there and the survivor must live his life as the warrior until he dies-Big Boss to Solid Snake

 

The man known as David, or “Solid Snake” was born in 1972, a product of the Les Infant Terribles project, which also spawned his ‘twin’ Eli, or Liquid Snake. Raised by Foster parents, Snake eventually joined the US military, and served as a green beret in the first Gulf War. His expertise in combat made him a prime candidate for the special ops unit Fox Hound-unknowingly led by his template/father, Big Boss. He was trained by Big Boss, as well as Master Kazuhira Miller, who was determined to make David stronger to overthrow his former friend.

 

After fellow FOXHOUND member Grey Fox went missing in Outer Heaven, David was dispatched to Outer Heaven to rescue him and uncover the secret of Metal Gear. However, Big Boss-along with his double, Venom Snake-were also the leaders of the mercenary state as well.

 

Despite giving him false intel and hoping that the rookie would fail, Snake accomplished his mission, rescuing Gray Fox, destroying the inactivate Metal Gear and killing Big Boss’s double, Venom Snake.

 

After the Outer Heaven incident, Snake did jobs for the CIA and as a freelance mercenary, before semi-retiring in Canada. However, five years later, he was contacted by the new FOXHOUND commander, Roy Campbell, about the theft of OILIX by Zanzibar land. Feeling that a return to active duty might help him deal with several of the nightmares that he’d endured since the incident-including the betrayal of his commander-Snake decided to accept the mission.

Zanzibar Land proved to be more linked to Outer Heaven that Snake realized-not only were Grey Fox, Dr. madnar and Schneider-the men who had rescued at Outer Heaven-now working for the enemy, but that enemy turned out to be, once again, Big Boss-and this time, with a fully operational Metal Gear.

 

After defeating Fox in the D, the two got into a final fistfight in a mine-trapped room, during which Grey Fox fell and activated one of the mines, explaining his motivations for joining Big Boss before triggering the mine. However, Grey Fox’s body was later recovered, and this would have consequences down the line.

Finally, Snake confronted his former mentor, and learned that he was in fact his father as well. Big Boss. Having lost most of his weapons in his previous fight with Grey Fox, Snake was able to create a makeshift flamethrower and immolate the warlord. However, like Gray Fox, Big Boss was not entirely dead.

 

After leaving Zanzibar Land, Snake once again retired to the Alaskan wilderness. Although he stated his nightmares had ended, his final fight with Big Boss would haunt him for years….and even more of Snake’s past would come to light….in the darkness of Shadow Moses.

Metal Gear Profiles-Big Boss part V

About a decade passes. Big Boss-as both Venom and himself-becomes even more of a legend. At some point, he returns to lead FOXHOUND, while developing Outer Heaven in South Africa with Venom. He also became a benefactor to the war-orphaned girls who would grow up to be Naomi Hunter and Sniper Wolf; and a friend of Frank Jaeger (Who possibly knew him as far as the San Hierenymo inccident). While Big Boss was publicly leading Foxhound, the identity of the leader of Outer Heaven remained a mystery.

 

During his leadership of FOXHOUND, Big Boss came across his cloned son, David, who was a rookie in the unit (Venom had an encounter with Eli, his brother, earlier on). At some point, Big Boss commissioned development of a new Metal Gear-the TX-55-which could hold two nuclear weapons, although it was smaller and squatter than it’s predecessors. He captured the scientist Dr. Madnar and his family to develop the device.

 

Eventually, Metal Gear neared completion. A member of FOXHOUND-Frank Jaeger-code named Gray Fox-was sent into Outer Heaven to investigate. Before he was captured, he sent of a transmission warning of the Metal Gear.

 

In his capacity as FOXHOUND leader, Big Boss sent David-now codenamed Solid Snake-into Outer Heaven, hoping he would fail the mission or give false intel. However, Solid Snake performed above Big Boss’s expectations, rescuing Fox and destroying the Metal Gear before it could be deployed as well. In an attempt to make him fail, Big Boss started to give him false information and orders, such as to abandon the mission. But Solid Snake pressed on, and then confronted the leader of Outer Heaven, Big Boss’s “phantom” Venom Snake, and killed him.

Image result for Metal Gear TX-55

 

After the defeat of Big Boss and destruction of the main Outer Heaven fortress, the county itself was destroyed in multiple air strikes (possibly ordered by the Patriots who still viewed Big Boss as an enemy, and his outer heaven counter to their world order), killing a large number of it’s civilian population, as well as those who had rebelled against Big Boss. However, Big Boss managed to evacuate many, who then devoted themselves to him. He also swore he’d meet Solid Snake again.

Presumed dead, Big Boss built up “Zanzibar Land”, possibly close to Tselinoyarsk…in a way, Big Boss had become like Volgin before him-a warmonger with a deadly nuclear weapon. With Madnar, Grey Fox, and former rebel leader Schneider now serving under him, he commissioned the development of a new Metal Gear-Metal Gear D. In order to create further conflict, he kidnapped the developer of a revolutionary algae called OILIX (in an attempt perhaps at a monopoly), and raided several nuclear sites using the fully operational Metal gear-to give Zanzibar band a leg up in nuclear power-and presumabely as ammo for D.

 

 

 

FOXHOUND-now led by Colonel Campbell-brought Solid Snake out of retirement, and sent him to Zanzibar land where he quickly learned the truth-and also was shocked about the loyalty of his former comrades to Big Boss. Nevertheless, he destroyed the new Metal Gear, and then finally confronted Big Boss, who outlined his somewhat more twisted vision of a nation for soldiers-but also a world in perpetual conflict so those soldiers would always be needed. He also revealed that he was Solid Snake’s father.

 

Snake-who had lost most of his equipment during the battle with the Metal Gear-was able to improvise a flamethrower with just a lighter and aerosol.

 

Seems familiar, doesn’t it? Plus this was a snake he was killing, to boot.

This left Big Boss heavily injured but still somewhat alive. Once again in a coma, the Patriots identified his “soldier genes” and used them to treat some soldiers to give them abilities similar to this, the “Next Generation Special Forces”, or Genome army. However, this caused unfortunate side effects, such as mutations. When he took over Shadow Moses, Liquid Snake wanted to procure the body of his father to help cure the mutations of the army, who were brainwashed or served Liquid willingly.

Big Boss’s body however-it’s DNA code, to be precise-also held another secret, a way to access the Patriot’s mainframe (The Patriots themselves had gained far greater control at this point, and had created a “War Economy” somewhat similar to Big Boss’s own vision) His body was eventually recovered by his former lover Eva thanks to the help of Raiden, and she managed to repair it in part using Liquid and Solidus’s body. The remaining parts of Solidus remained useful however-the DNA of Solidus was pretty much identical to Big Boss (although it was still a fast aging Clone) and could be used to access the system just as easily. It also served as another decoy-and once Liquid Ocelot was able to use it to access the Sons of the Patiots system, he destroyed it…and everyone assumed that Big Boss was dead for good.

But when Solid Snake finally defeated the Patriots AI, Big Boss was revived, and able to finally find Patriots leader Zero, now in a vegatative state, his location a secret hidden using the AIs. He took Zero with him to Arlington cemetery, where he met Solid Snake/David….not to fight, but to explain how this whole mess with the Patriots started, that he and Zero had been wrong about the boss’s will…that it meant not a world of perpetual war or a world of information control, but to respect the will of others and one’s self.

 

Standing in front of her tombstone, he once again saluted, as he had fifty years before.

He also ended the life of Zero as well, cutting off his life support and choking him, ending the Patriots. However, he quickly got the FOXDIE virus from Solid Snake, which had been used to target specific enemies of the Patriots (But, to Solid Snake’s relief would not become a non-specific epidemic as he feared). As he lay dying, he shared one final smoke with his son, and told him to spend his remaining months not as a Snake, wasting his life fighting, but a man.

 

 

“This is good, isn’t it?”-he says, and Big Boss-hero, villain, legend-passed.

 

Metal Gear Profiles-Big Boss Part IV

We may all be headed straight to hell. But what better place for us than this? Its our only home. Our heaven and our hell. This is Outer Heaven.-Big Boss

 

Wake up, old Friend. Time is running short.-Zero.

Who am I?…you’re talking to yourself-“Ishmael”.

 

After the Peace Walker threat is ended, Big Boss decides it would be best to fortify Mother Base with their own AI weapon. Using leftover parts from the Peace Walker prototypes, and the input of Drs. Huey Emmerich and Strangelove,  Metal Gear ZEKE is created-and armed with a nuke, as well as controlled by an AI system.

 

Eventually though, a series of escapes by Galvez-who is being detained at MSF after revealing his true identity as KGB agent Zadarnov-leads Big Boss and Kaz to suspect a mole at the base. After Zadarnov’s final escape-and death-Zeke is surprisingly launched.

 

 

The pilot turns out to be Paz-going by her real name, Pacifica Ocean. She is in fact a CIPHER triple agent, who wants Big Boss and MSF to rejoin the organization as it’s armed forces-or else Paz would launch ZEKE’s nuke and frame MSF for it, leading to it’s destruction.

Big Boss was able to disable the gear, and Paz was flung into the ocean. ZEKE continued to run, but with it’s backup AI instead. Big Boss however, realized that the events of the Peace Walker project had gotten MSF noticed by the world’s superpowers during the cold war-and that MSF might’ve upset the balance of power….and that CIPHER would come “knocking real soon”. He also stated that they would have to fight against the changing times-and perhaps sacrifice their moral high ground to do so

 

 

A few months later, Mother Base was scheduled for a UN inspection. For the inspection, ZEKE was placed in the ocean. At the same time, it was revealed via MSF intel that Paz had in fact, survived, and ended up captured and interrogated at a “black site” military site in Cuba. MSF’s teen soldier, Chico, went searching for her as well and was also captured. As the inspection proceeded, Big Boss infiltrated the base, and rescued them both.

 

 

 

 

However, the inspection was a ruse-the UN inspection team were in fact Cipher’s XOF branch, who were plotting a coup against Zero led by Skull Face-and wanted Big Boss out of the way as well. XOF launched an assault on Mother Base, killing many soldiers and destroying the base itself by planting explosives. They had also booby-trapped Paz in the helicopter as well. Despite being able to extract Kaz, they could not get the other device out of her body.

 

She exploded, although she threw herself clear of part of the helicopter. The resulting explosion injured Miller, Big Boss, and a medic, and killed helicopter pilot Morpho and Chicho.

 

Big Boss and the medic spent the next nine years in a coma, while Miller-obsessed with revenge-began hunting down those who he felt were responsible for the attack.

 

Unbeknownst to Miller, the helicopter medic was altered into a physical and partially mental double of Big Boss, known as “Venom Snake”-partially by Zero’s instruction himself, who still felt some sympathy for his old friend, and that he was needed.

My full profile of “Venom” is available here.

https://chrism227.wordpress.com/2017/02/12/metal-gear-profiles-venom-snakebig-boss-spoilers/

Big Boss woke from his coma earlier than his counterpart-where Ocelot briefed him on several detailed,-and assisted Venom with his escape from the hospital, masking his face in bandages and perhaps a false eye. He also adopted the alias “Ishmael” (labeling Venom “Ahab”)

After escaping the hospital, Big Boss met with Ocelot and boarded a motorcycle, while his ‘double’ remained in the ambulance and would also be recovered by Ocelot.

 

Eventually, when Venom Snake recovered his memories of being the medic, Big Boss sent him a tape after Venom had had success foiling the plans of XOF and Skull Face, and started to build his concept of Outer Heaven-a country for soldiers-something rejected by Kaz, who vowed to take down his former friend.

 

Listening to the tape (A reference to a David Bowie song, The Man Who Sold The World), Big Boss thanked his friend-and had him keep up his facade-for it would be useful later.

 

Now do you remember? Who you are? What you were meant to do? I cheated death, thanks to you. And thanks to you I’ve left my mark. You have too – you’ve written your own history. You’re your own man. I’m Big Boss, and you are too… No… He’s the two of us. Together. Where we are today? We built it. This story – this “legend” – it’s ours. We can change the world – and with it, the future. I am you, and you are me. Carry that with you, wherever you go. Thank you… my friend. From here on out, you’re Big Boss.

Metal Gear Profiles: Big Boss Part III

 

After the death of the boss, Snake retired from the FOX unit, and the unit itself was mostly disbanded. However, during a revolt by members of the FOX unit in San Hieronymo-during which he and the other members of FOX were framed-Snake-who did not wish to fully adopt the title “Big Boss” yet-sprung into action. However, the exact nature of these events is not clear-due to “Portable Ops” having a sort of tricky place in the Metal Gear “canon”….what is known is that Big Boss shortly created the FOXHOUND unit as successor to the FOX unit, although he would shortly abandon it for years….

 

 

 

Shortly thereafter, using the funds from the Legacy secured during the rebellion, Big Boss, Major Zero, Ocelot, EVA and the other survivors of Operation Snake Eater formed a new group to help realize the Boss’s vision of a united world. Called the Patriots, or Cipher after Zero himself, they worked on several ways to make this happen.

 

However, eventually Big Boss’s ideal of a haven for soldiers “Outer Heaven”-and Zero’s view of the world being united through control-collided. Zero wanted to use Big Boss as an icon to draw people into Cipher. Fearing that Big Boss would leave, Zero asked Paramedic to create clones of Big Boss. Using DNA from Dr. Clark’s assistant as the “mother”, the embryos were then placed in Eva’s womb. Later, they were born-David and Eli, with a third, more ‘perfect’ clone Solidus being born through another method.

However, this made Big Boss even more angry, and he totally abandoned the Patriots and FOXHOUND, and in 1974, he formed the mercenary group Militaries San Frontieras in Columbia, co-led by fellow mercenary Kaz Miller. Starting with a few recruits, the size and significance of the group grew when they accepted an unusual contract-from a “Professor of Peace” (In reality a KGB agent) Professor Galvez and his “student” Paz. Their bait-an apparent tape-was a recording of what seemed to be the Boss, who had somehow miraculously survived Operation Snake Eater. They wanted Big Boss as well to investigate the mysterious group known as “Peace Sentinel” which were operating in Costa Rica-and bringing in nukes as well.

MSF took the job-in part because of the pleas from Paz. Galvez supplied them with an offshore facility, which eventually swelled to over 300 men and women. He quickly discovered that Sentinel-a somewhat rogue CIA unit-was developing a mobile walking tank weapon known as the Peace Walker, which was, in part, based on Granin’s “Metal Gear” ideas.

 

The voice heard on the cassette was in fact an AI pod used as part of Peace Walker’s “brain”, developed by Dr. Strangelove and Dr. Huey Emmerich. Strangelove was a colleague of the Boss’s, and blamed Big Boss in part for her death. MSF also teamed up with a group of Sandinista led by Amanda Libre, who also grew to admire Big Boss, and bailed him out of a hairy situation at a Peace Sentinel base.

 

 

After fighting various prototypes, Big Boss then confronted the Peace Walker itself which was on a buildup to launching a nuke, and after damaging it-but still about to fire-the unit submerged itself in Lake Nicouraga-successfully ending the nuclear threat, supposedly as the will of the Boss AI.

 

Snake took this the Boss giving herself up as a soldier; putting down her gun, and somehow rejecting his mercenary lifestyle. He vowed to not follow the same path, and threw away her bandana. He finally decided to accept the title given to him ten years before.

 

Big Boss: in the end, she put down her gun… and when she did… she rejected everything in her life up to that point, including me.

Kaz Miller:what do you mean?

Big Boss: in giving up her life she abandoned everything she was as a soldier…

Kaz Miller and you consider that betrayal…

Big Boss: I won’t make the same choice as her, my future’s going to be different…

 then…

 yeah, that’s right… from now on… call me BIG BOSS!