Breaking Bad-The Basics

So I’ve just finished this series after six months of watching on Netflix. Like “The Walking Dead”, it’s a show that originated on AMC. Now, AMC technically means “American Movie Classics”, but given the quality of their original content, I won’t argue over the name ūüôā .


“Breaking Bad” tells the story of Walter White, a New Mexico man who’s just turned 50. Although supported by a loving, pregnant wife and son, Walt-who has pretty much a genius-level intellect-feels that he doesn’t get proper respect, even as a high school chemistry teacher (although he also moonlights at a car wash).


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This is partially because Walt was once part of a promising pharmaceutical company, Gray Matter technologies, but ultimately left due to a falling out with his then-girlfriend, Gretchen, taking only a small share of the company. Gretchen ended up marrying the other partner in the business-Elliot Schwartz-and the company ends up making billions. oops.


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…and if that’s not bad enough, Walt gets diagnosed with lung cancer after a collapse at the car wash, which will cost a ton of money to treat. Money Walt doesn’t have.

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However, opportunity eventually knocks. Walt’s brother-in-law Hank Schraeder, a DEA agent-takes Walt on a ride-along to bust a crystal meth lab-and learns that making meth can be easy-and a lot of-money.

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….and Walt recognizes one of his former students-Jessie Pinkman-as an escaping “cook”-“Captain Cook”.


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With not enough money, and a genius level intellect-Walt tracks down and offers Jessie a deal to make Crystal meth-a chemically pure, 99.1% and very blue type called “Blue sky”.

All of course, is very illegal….and as Jessie says to him-and the series gets it title from:

“Nah, come on, man. Some straight like you, giant stick up his ass all a sudden at age, what, 60, he’s just gonna break bad?”

…and that’s how it starts. Despite wanting the money mainly for his cancer and his family,Walt, like many notable fictional characters….

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finds that the road to hell is paved with the best intentions.

Walt becomes an addict of sorts-not to his product-but to the criminal lifestyle breaking from the tedium of his regular life , and his own bruised ego…and eventually, his formerly family man personality gives way to “Heisenberg”….a name he chooses for himself based on the German nuclear scientist who also died of cancer. Despite this kind of “badass” persona he begins to cultivate, Walt’s still only a man, and often gets out of potential arrests/death by pure luck; while at the same time often digging a bigger hole for himself.

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What’s worse, the very family he tried to help becomes his victims….first, because of his pathological need to lie-or cover up some of his harsher, more inhumane crimes. Hank in particular-who seems to be almost one step behind Walt (He initially has no idea that this criminal is his own brother-in-law, due in part to Walt’s quick thinking and elaborate falsehoods)-seems to often become the victim-sometimes mentally, sometimes physically. Hank’s pretty much one of the more heroic characters in the show, although in many ways, his “ride-along” is sort of what created Heisenberg (Who in many ways, is his personal White Whale) in the first place. This also takes a toll on his wife, the kind of quirky Marie (Skylar White’s sister) who is a bit of a nag and kleptomaniac, but also obsessed with purple….but who really loves her husband.

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Another victim of course is his wife Skyler. Although initially unaware of her husband’s crimes, she’s pretty intelligent herself and can tell Walt isn’t telling the whole truth-and he never really does, even to the end-although at times, she’s not quite innocent herself.

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Walter Jr, Walt’s disabled son, largely remains blissfully unaware of his father’s crimes, but it’s clear he’s emotionally distraught over his parent’s often strange behavior, even taking the alias of “Flynn” partially to avoid embarassment at school-a Nom de Plum which later becomes permenant for obvious reasons.

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Even Jessie-who starts as the criminal-also starts to become more of a victim as Walt goes on. Walt’s actions-intentionally or unintentionally-begin to leave a trail of bodies (although maybe not quite a “trail” as Walt’s chemistry skills is often used to dissolve said evidence) pretty much from day one. While some of these are in the drug trade, many innocents begin to get caught up in Walt’s web, intentionally or not. The harm or death of innocents-in particular, children-causes great moral conflict for Jessie, as well as killing in cold blood. In many ways, he’s actually far more sympathetic than Walt.


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Eventually, beginning in season 2, the universe of Breaking Bad expands even further beyond these initial characters.¬† We meet Mike, a sort of enforcer/cleaner/hitman who often tries to serve as a reality check to Walt….

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Saul Goodman, a highly unethical lawyer (and often comic relief) who often schemes with Walt (and ended up getting his own spin-off prequel).

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and most notably, Gustavo Fring, who, on the outside, seems to be the friendly owner of a chain of chicken resturants (Los Pollos Hermanos) but is actually a sociopathic drug kingpin. He later partners with Walt, a partnership which has consequences for them both.

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…and the Salamanca clan, who are part of a Mexican cartal that has a long-standing rivalry with Gus…and also complicate things for Walt and Jessie fairly early in the series.

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(On a side note, pretty much all these season 2/3 characters are given more backstory in the “Better Call Saul” series, which I haven’t started yet hence part of the brevity of the descriptions).

While of course a drama, the series often has moments of comedy, although kind of “dark comedy”, especially in the first season. (some parts-such as Walt and Jessie’s early attempt to dispose of a body-something which unfortunately begins to become second nature for him-are definitely not for the squeamish)

After all, this is a series whose early publicity image is fairly comic himself…

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…and Cranston’s most well-known earlier roles were pretty comic in nature. Of course there’s Hal, the goofy dad from Malcolm In the Middle….

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Tim Whatley, the dentist on Seinfeld for example. On a side note, Walt’s almost a bit like the characters on Seinfeld-who are pretty much narcissists who often don’t give much of a damn about the collateral damage they often do (For instance, Susan’s death), although, like Walt, they do eventually get their comeuppance.


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But despite the comedy, this is often a very, very dark show, although a different beast altogether from AMC’s other hit, “The Walking Dead”.

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Anyway, I’ll probably be writing more on Breaking Bad as time goes on, but here’s sort of the fundamentals, along with some of my own thoughts.





Metal Gear Survive-A look


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Metal Gear Survive-with the beta due tomorrow, and the full game due in late February-¬† is the somewhat controversial follow-up to “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain”-the first main Metal Gear title released since the game, unless you count the “Pachislot” version of Metal Gear Solid 3, which, although mainly a video gambling machine, does have some nice updated renders of some of the scenes from the game using MGSV’s “Fox” engine.


MGS Survive is also built on the FOX engine, but includes some gameplay features that were included in some other Metal Gear games, but largely absent from others-mainly “Snake Eater’s” cure and food options, although from what I’ve read this system is even more important to gameplay than Snake Eater’s use of it, with the player needing to scavenge food, water, and oxygen to well, survive.


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The game will also incorporate a co-op system. While other MG games have had multiplayer modes, The co-op recalls Peace Walker, which had a co-op mode where Big Boss could team-up with other MSF soldiers (or “himself”, and given the amount of times the character either gets impersonated or cloned, that’s not as canon-breaking as you’d expect!) played by other players in the campaign/story mode.


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Metal Gear Survive also appears to put a bigger emphasis on melee weapons than before. While the series has often used hand-to-hand combat/chokeholds quite frequently-these are stealth games after all….they certainly haven’t used that many spears….(Although there’s been a share of¬† swords, mostly used by the Raiden or the fellow Cyborg ninjas, naturally; and rarely of course by Snake himself).

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and it looks like with Peace Walker and Phantom Pain, a great deal of base management is used, although it seems to be a bit more ‘real-time’ like “Fallout 4” than the gradual expansion of Mother Base in Peace Walker and Phantom Pain.

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….especially since the base is under siege….and here we come to the main problem many have with the game.

Even without Kojima, Konami still holds the rights to the Metal Gear licence, and I assume many of it’s characters. There’s still a lot of gaps in the series that they could cover (As I’ve written about in some articles): The Boss and the Cobra Unit during World War II; Big Boss’s falling out with Zero; more of the gap between Phantom Pain and the original game, or even some of Solid Snake, Otacon’s and Raiden’s unseen adventures such as Philanthropy or the search for Sunny….. or even remake some of the older, more dated games (especially the original MSX games, which are closest to “Phantom Pain” in the timeline and are referenced quite frequently in most of the “Solid” games of course.).

Metal Gear Survive however, decides to instead take place between the two parts of V: Ground Zeroes and the Phantom Pain. In Ground Zeroes, MSF’s mother base is destroyed by XOF…Big Boss and a medic go into a coma….and the story picks up 9 years later.

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But according to Survive, some MSF soldiers got left behind-but not only that, they were sucked into a wormhole along with the wreckage of Mother Base! (Wormholes, to be fair, were an extra feature for the Fulton balloons and multiplayer modes of The Phantom Pain, but not really brought up otherwise).

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Recent trailers have shown that a mysterious agency called WardenClyffe section has, for some reason, decided to send somebody into the destination of the wormhole-some other dimension. It’s naturally been speculated by many fans-including myself-that WC might in fact be yet another front, division, or name for CIPHER (Like XOF, The Patriots, and even FOXHOUND at times).

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…and that the man in the suit might be Donald Anderson/SIGINT, as he appeared in the mid 70’s (and who was largely the human control of CIPHER along with Para-Medic with Zero’s declining health)

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This soldier goes into the other dimension, and encounters what looks like Zombies with crystals in their heads and flesh, whom the MSF survivors-including yourself-will have to fend off in this bizzare wasteland. (On a side note, the tactic of poking at zombies through fence holes with spears kind of reminds me of a certain other series….


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Granted, “Zombie modes” in games seem to be a popular thing, even if the base game itself doesn’t feature zombies. The “Red Dead Redemption” expansion Undead Nightmare was pretty popular….

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….and Call of Duty of course has had a few zombie add-ons. And of course Zombies are big in many game series-“Last of Us” “Fallout” (With the Ghouls), “Left 4 Dead” (Which might’ve inspired Survive a bit too) and of course, “Resident Evil”.

It can even be argued that Metal Gear used Zombies in “Phantom Pain” already, with the Skull unit, soldiers exposed to versions of Skull Walker’s parasites, giving them superhuman abilities but messed-up (although quickly regenerating) flesh and an appearence not unlike Star Trek’s Borg, who in their own way, were zombies too.

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….and their “puppet soldiers” look and act even more zombieish.

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I suppose in part a lot of the criticism toward the game might be leveled that-like I stated-that out of the possibilities for a new game in the lore, they decided to take an easy choice (and pretty much just build on top of the same engine)….and it’s also the first really post-Kojima Metal Gear game, although certain games in the series-The ACID! games, Portable Ops, Rising, Ghost Babel and of course the NES sequel Snake’s Revenge….did not have his direct involvement (although Ops, Rising and Babel sort of had his blessing). Time will tell if the game will really be good, and how it will influence the series going forward without it’s creator.


Metal Gear Tech profiles-Sneaking suit

The Sneaking suit was a special outfit that was designed to somewhat mimic human anatomy, giving an extra layer of protection to it’s wearer, but also be fairly lightweight at the same time.

Initially soviet technology, it was first fielded by the Boss during Operation Snake Eater, and later a black version was discovered and used by Snake-the soon to become Big Boss- during their final confrontation.


The Boss’s whitish/silver outfit in particular recalls those of the Mercury astronauts-of whom she was a part of (but officially wasn’t and got airbrushed out of this photo in Metal Gear continuity).

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A version of this suit was also available for the female members of Diamond Dogs (except for Quiet), although with some modifications such as the footstep-dampening effects of later models.

After Big Boss’s return from Operation Snake Eater, the outfit was further developed and modified for use by the FOX unit, including enhancements for close-quarters combat (CQC)

This version of the suit was given further modifications when Big Boss created MSF-adding further noise-canceling abilities and insulation for comfort for it’s wearer, in many ways becoming a true “sneaking” suit.

A further modification-with a little extra padding-was given to Big Boss’s “Phantom” Venom Snake, the leader of Diamond Dogs.

One was also provided for Venom Snake’s dog scout/buddy/”Good boy”, D-Dog.




Although Solid Snake largely went with a different sort of tactical outfit during the Outer Heaven and Zanzibar Land missions, he got a sneaking suit for the harsh, cold temperatures of Shadow Moses, similar to Venom’s but with far more padding, especially on the shoulders, and a generally more streamlined design.


Joining Philanthropy-an Anti-Metal Gear organization after the events of Shadow Moses and dissolution of FOXHOUND, Solid Snake wore a similar outfit, but lacking the big vest, as New York Harbor wasn’t quite as cold as Alaska. After donning a Navy seal outfit as “Snake Plisskin”, Snake once again wore the suit when he helped Raiden in infiltrating Arsenal Gear.

Raiden likewise wore a variation called the “Skull suit” based on it’s ribbed chest appearance and somewhat skullish diving helmet. ¬†Designed with more water operations in mind (Since Big Shell was on the ocean), it functioned more like a wetsuit, allowing ease of swimming. It also functioned as a “smart suit”, able to interact with the Nanomachines in Raiden’s blood-able to help regulate his injuries and body temperature, and probably of course provide data and additional control to the Patriot’s AI.


A few years later, during which time Solid Snake experienced rapid aging, he wore the “Octocamo” Sneaking suit, which gave him the ability to automatically adopt a chameleon-like camo with the environment-including objects such as watermelons. It also-like several of the other Sneaking suits-gave padding to his badly weakened muscles, almost functioning like a second body to his now-frail frame.



In addition to Snake, Rat Patrol also used partial sneaking suits for their upper bodies-I assume more for the insulation and strength support than the cancelling footsteps noise part.


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.





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.

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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.

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…


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