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Solid Snake

This article is about the video game character. For the MSX2 video game, see Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake.

Solid Snake (Japanese:ソリッド・スネーク, Hepburn: Soriddo Sunēku) is a fictional character from the Metal Gear series created by Hideo Kojima and developed and published by Konami. He is depicted as a former Green Beret and a highly skilled special operations soldier engaged in solo stealth and espionage missions, who is then often tasked with destroying models of the bipedal nuclear weapon-armed mecha known as Metal Gear. Controlled by the player, he must act alone, supported via radio by commanding officers and specialists. While his first appearances in the original Metal Gear games were references to Hollywood films, the Metal Gear Solid series has given a consistent design by artist Yoji Shinkawa alongside an established personality while also exploring his relationship with his father and mentor Big Boss.

Solid Snake
Metal Gear character
Solid Snake as he appears in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (2001)
First appearanceMetal Gear (1987)
Last appearanceSuper Bomberman R Online (2020)
Created byHideo Kojima
Designed byYoji Shinkawa (Metal Gear Solid series)
Ikuya Nakamura (Metal Gear: Ghost Babel)
Tsubasa Masao (Metal Gear Acid series)
Portrayed byGiacomo Talamini (Metal Gear Solid: Philanthropy)
Oscar Isaac (upcoming film adaptation)
Voiced by
Motion captureMizuho Yoshida (Metal Gear Solid 2, The Twin Snakes)
Ryoji Okamoto (Metal Gear Solid 4)
Ian MacDougall (Metal Gear Solid 4 [facial capture])
In-universe information
Full nameDavid (Metal Gear Solid) (The Twin Snakes)
AliasesDave (Metal Gear Solid) (The Twin Snakes)
Iroquois Pliskin (Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty)
Old Snake (Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots)
AffiliationUnited States Army Special Forces (prior to series start)
FOXHOUND (Metal Gear series)
CIA (Metal Gear series)
Department of Defense (Metal Gear Solid)
Philanthropy (Metal Gear Solid 2)
Hired assassin (Metal Gear Solid 4)
Family
NationalityAmerican
Born1972

During the Metal Gear Solid games, the character has been voiced by voice actor Akio Ōtsuka in the Japanese version and by actor and screenwriter David Hayter in the English version. He also appeared in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Considered to be one of the most popular protagonists in the video game industry, Snake has been acclaimed by critics, with his personality and both Ōtsuka's and Hayter's voice acting being noted as primary factors of the character's appeal.

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In the early games, Solid Snake's visual appearances were references to popular actors. He was given his own consistent design in Metal Gear Solid. He also establishes Philanthropy, an anti-Metal Gear organization carrying the motto "To let the world be", with his friend Otacon. In Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, he has access to different disguises to make him look like other characters, as well as his younger self.

Snake possesses an IQ of 180 and is fluent in six languages. Solid Snake has been on the battlefield for most of his life, and says that it is the only place he feels truly alive. He is a hardened veteran, he has his emotions buried very deep inside himself during his missions, every one of which has different motives. He is also immediately shown as a loner, often with no intentions of taking orders from anyone anymore and he shows no sign of longing for the army or the country he was part of. However, along with these traits he has a more human side, being flirtatious, self-sacrificing and with a strong belief that even on a battlefield friendship and love can flourish, and that violence is not glorious. But Snake's perceived stance on violence may be a case of denial, as Snake's enemies and at least one of his allies have claimed that, in truth, he enjoys killing, and label him as more evil than the people he has killed. When he is not on duty, he acts as a musher.

Metal Gear & Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake

Metal Gear (released in 1987) introduces Snake, a rookie recruit of the elite special forces unit FOXHOUND. Snake is sent by FOXHOUND leader Big Boss into the rogue nation Outer Heaven to rescue missing teammate Gray Fox and discover who or what the "Metal Gear" is, mentioned in Gray Fox's last transmission. As his mission progresses, Snake finds out that he has been set up; Outer Heaven's leader is Big Boss, intending to use the experimental, nuclear-armed TX-55 Metal Gear to establish Outer Heaven as a nuclear power. After destroying the Metal Gear, Snake confronts and defeats Big Boss's phantom (Venom Snake).

The sequel Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake (initially released only in Japan in 1990) sees Solid Snake called up to infiltrate a heavily fortified enemy base in Zanzibar Land. Zanzibar Land has aggravated an international oil crisis and declared themselves a nuclear power by kidnapping Dr. Kio Marv after the creation of a bio-engineered algae that produces an oil substitute, and the Metal Gear original designer Dr. Pettrovich Madnar. Snake infiltrates the base and discovers that Pettrovich as well as his former comrade Gray Fox has defected to Zanzibar Land, and that Zanzibar Land is led by Big Boss. Snake destroys Metal Gear D, and defeats both Fox and Big Boss.

Metal Gear Solid / The Twin Snakes

Metal Gear Solid sees Solid Snake pulled out of retirement by Colonel Roy Campbell in a mission to deal with the "Sons of Big Boss" who, under Liquid Snake's leadership, seized an isolated American nuclear weapons disposal facility on Shadow Moses Island. Snake's mission is to retrieve two hostages (Donald Anderson and Kenneth Baker). Despite both Anderson's and Baker's deaths, Snake infiltrates and learns about Metal Gear REX after meeting up with rookie soldier Meryl Silverburgh and REX's engineer Hal Emmerich, and having confrontations with the Cyborg Ninja. As the game progresses, Snake confronts and defeats each member of the corrupt faction of FOXHOUND (consisting of Revolver Ocelot, Decoy Octopus, Psycho Mantis, Sniper Wolf, Vulcan Raven, and the Genome Soldiers), is able to destroy REX, and personally confronts Liquid. During their fight, it is revealed that Solid and Liquid are twin brothers, artificially conceived from Big Boss's genes during the "Les Enfants Terribles" government project designed to create the perfect soldier, in which one brother was genetically modified to be superior over the other. Liquid harbors a strong resentment towards Snake since Solid was given their father's dominant "soldier genes" and Liquid was cast aside. After a grueling series of battles, Liquid dies from the FOXDIE virus that was previously implanted into Snake by Naomi Hunter in order to wipe out FOXHOUND and the Genome soldiers without risking any damage to REX and the Genome soldiers for retrieval. In the end, it is revealed that Liquid got Big Boss's superior "soldier genes" while Solid was actually the inferior one. The game's ending reveals his real name is David (デビッド, Debiddo).

Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty shows Solid Snake as the playable character during the game's extensive prologue sequence in which he is sent by Otacon's anti-proliferation organization Philanthropy to infiltrate a cargo tanker and photograph Metal Gear RAY. During the operation, however, RAY is hijacked and the tanker destroyed, with Snake apparently dead and framed for the deed. During the game's main portion, Solidus Snake steals Snake's identity, and leads the "Sons of Liberty" (consisting of Revolver Ocelot, Fortune, Fatman, Vamp and Olga Gurlukovich) while Snake himself uses the pseudonym Iroquois Pliskin (イロコィ・プリスキン, Irokoi Purisukin) as a non-playable character who assists rookie agent Raiden through the remote offshore Big Shell facility and in taking down Solidus and RAY while also learning about the Patriots.

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

Promotional CGI render of Old Snake from Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

The PlayStation 3 game Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots features an aged incarnation of the character that is once again the protagonist identified as Old Snake (オールド・スネーク, Ōrudo Sunēku) during the game. Thanks to Otacon and Sunny, he wears a sneaking suit outfitted with "Octocamo" technology, which allows him to blend with his environment, as well as a face mask which alters his appearance. Snake is once again enlisted by his old friend Roy Campbell to assassinate Liquid Ocelot, CEO of a giant mother company that are trying to take control of the Patriots' AIs. During his final mission, he also learns from Naomi Hunter that his life has been artificially shortened as part of the cloning process so that his genes can't be used as a weapon in later research. As a result, Snake has the physical appearance of an elderly man, despite being only forty-two years old. Snake and his allies are forced to destroy the Patriots' AI and fight through Ocelot's forces until Snake defeats Liquid's doppelgänger in hand-to-hand combat. Learning that his DNA contains a mutated FOXDIE virus that might trigger an epidemic, Snake tries to commit suicide, however, he is approached by Big Boss telling Snake that he still has a chance to live "not as a snake but as a man", making up with his father. After Big Boss's death from a new FOXDIE strain, David decides to live out the remainder of his life in peace, vowing that he will live long enough to see what the future holds for the new world he has helped create.

Other appearances

The Metal Gear Solid prequels alludes to Solid Snake's existence; Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops has him briefly alluded in a prophetic vision as Naked Snake's "son [that] will save the world" (after either Liquid or Solidus as Big Boss's "son [that] will bring the world to ruin"), and Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker shows Kazuhira Miller mentioning the "twin sons" that are two years old at the time.

Solid Snake is featured/mentioned in Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. The unlockable bonus mission "Déjà Vu" on the PlayStation platform and later Xbox platform of Ground Zeroes in which Naked Snake must re-enact situations from the original Metal Gear Solid game and answer a series of trivia questions after fulfilling the mission. If all the questions are answered correctly on the Normal difficulty setting, the mission can be replayed with his low-polygon model from Metal Gear Solid in place of his father's standard character model. The Phantom Pain also shows that his low-polygon model from Metal Gear Solid can be an alternate outfit for Venom Snake after transferring the save data from Ground Zeroes. David is also alluded to in association with Eli during a conversation between Big Boss and Revolver Ocelot.

Other Metal Gear media

Solid Snake also serves as the protagonist in Snake's Revenge, a sequel to the original Metal Gear for the NES released for the western market in 1990 and developed without Kojima's involvement. Set three years after the events of the Outer Heaven incident, Snake's Revenge has Snake leading a team of FOX HOUND operatives as they infiltrate an undisclosed enemy base where the Metal Gear weapon is being mass-produced. Snake is addressed by the military rank of Lieutenant and starts the game already equipped with a handgun and a combat knife, in contrast to the first game, where Snake had to procure all of his weapons on-site.

After the success of the original Metal Gear Solid, KCEJ produced a trilogy of Metal Gear spin-offs for portable platforms set in a parallel universe outside the main Kojima-directed series. All three of these portable games were directed by Shinta Nojiri. The first of these is Metal Gear: Ghost Babel (released outside Japan as Metal Gear Solid), in which Solid Snake must infiltrate a rebuilt Outer Heaven (now called Galuade) to defeat a FOXHOUND-like team of rogue agents called Black Chamber and destroy a stolen Metal Gear prototype, Gander. Although the actual in-game artwork of Ghost Babel was done by Ikuya Nakamura, Yoji Shinkawa provided the promotional art like he did with the original Metal Gear Solid. In the second of these titles, Metal Gear Acid, Snake must retrieve "Pythagoras" from the Lobito Physics and Research Laboratory, in order to satisfy hijackers who have kidnapped presidential candidate Viggo Hach. This mission is complicated by La Clown, an expert mimic who impersonates Snake's contact Teliko, and subtle brainwashing that nearly convinces him that he is Hans Davis, a ruthless scientist that worked at the Lobito facility. He overcomes both and contacts the real Teliko, then destroys the latest model of Metal Gear, Metal Gear KODOQUE. Metal Gear Acid 2 features a main character who is not the real version, but a clone created from tissue samples of the man from the original Metal Gear Acid, following the events of the Lobito Island mission; the Solid Snake from the original Acid is implied to be dead in the sequel.

The character appears in his Old Snake form as a playable character in Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Plus, a stand-alone expansion to the Portable Ops focusing on online play. In Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, the VR Missions DLC add-on for the game's Japanese version includes a new weapon that can be used by Raiden known as the Hebidamashi, a talking wooden sword which speaks with Solid Snake's voice (as portrayed by Akio Ōtsuka); the weapon was never made available for the English version.

Outside video games, Solid Snake appeared in the Metal Gear Solid audio drama that focuses on his missions following the battle from Shadow Moses. He also appears in Alex Garner's comic book adaptations of Metal Gear Solid and Metal Gear Solid 2. Raymond Benson's novelizations of these two games also feature Solid Snake; Benson's adaptation of the character frequently focuses on the comical aspects of his characterization. He also appears in Project Itoh's novelization from Metal Gear Solid 4 where his actions are told from Hal Emmerich's point of view.

Other video games and media

Solid Snake has appeared in a number of other games, including other Konami games. Hideo Kojima makes a habit of referencing his previous work. In the Kojima-produced Boktai 2: Solar Boy Django (and Shin Bokura no Taiyō: Gyakushū no Sabata), Snake appears as an unnamed character who sells items to the player. Konami's Evolution Skateboarding features Snake and Raiden as hidden characters, as well as two stages set in the Big Shell (the skateboarding minigame in Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance is a demo of Evolution Skateboarding composed exclusively of these elements). Solid Snake also appears in both halves of a crossover between the Metal Gear and Ape Escape franchises: the Ape Escape monkeys appear with Solid Snake in the "Snake vs. Monkey" minigame featured in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. In turn, Snake appears in the corresponding Metal Gear Solid minigame featured in Ape Escape 3, where he is rescued by Pipo Snake (Snake's character design in this minigame is taken directly from Naked Snake's).

He has also appeared in several cross-company fighting games. In DreamMix TV World Fighters, Solid Snake appears as a playable character alongside other Konami, Hudson Soft and Takara characters such as Bomberman and Optimus Prime. Similarly, in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the third installment from the popular fighting game series Super Smash Bros., Solid Snake appeared as a playable fighter alongside Sega character Sonic the Hedgehog and a variety of characters from Nintendo franchises such as Mario, The Legend of Zelda, and Donkey Kong. Brawl Director Masahiro Sakurai has stated that Snake was included under Kojima's request, and that he had talked to Sakurai about adding Snake to the roster of the previous game Super Smash Bros. Melee, which did not materialize due to the game being too far into production. Snake returned as a playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, after being absent in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. In addition, Snake has appeared as a playable character in other Konami crossover titles, such as New International Track & Field and Super Bomberman R. Also, Old Snake has appeared in the Japanese version of Scribblenauts, having been published by Konami in that region. Customizations in Media Molecule's LittleBigPlanet for the PlayStation 3 allow the player character, Sackboy, to take on the appearance of Old Snake. One of the robots in Astro's Playroom takes on the appearance of Solid Snake using the signature cardboard box. In December 2020, Paul W. Anderson stated that his 2020 film Monster Hunter had been based on a 2010 Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker crossover event with Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, in which a military squad briefly faced monsters from the Monster Hunter series, with Snake's equivalent in the narrative, US Army Ranger Artemis, being portrayed by Milla Jovovich. Oscar Isaac will be portraying Solid Snake in the upcoming film adaptation of Metal Gear Solid.

Solid Snake was apparently named after the fictional special forces operative Snake Plissken, Kurt Russell's character in Escape from New York. However, Kojima revealed in March 2014 that the character's name origins were something else. According to Kojima, he was given the "Snake" name because snakes are a symbol of stealth. Additionally, the "Solid" part of his code-name was given to give the opposite impression of a soft image. Kojima has compared Snake's personality with Lupin III of Monkey Punch's Lupin III franchise, stating that in "MGS, Snake became this sharp-tongued, Lupin III-like guy who flirted with women and told lots of jokes". His real name David is a tribute to the film 2001: A Space Odyssey that has a character with the same name (and coincidentally shared with his English voice actor David Hayter). Kojima later described Snake's role in the original Metal Gear as the "player's presence", contrasting the defined personality acquired in Metal Gear Solid.

Kojima created Snake while Shinkawa designed him.

In addition to expanding Solid Snake's backstory, as the first Metal Gear game to feature voice acting, Metal Gear Solid established his characteristic voice and appearance.

Various scenes from the games relate Solid Snake's ideals with Hideo Kojima's. During Metal Gear Solid 2, Snake encourages Raiden to trust himself in making his own choices with the former representing the veteran developer and the latter the younger staff who are to decide whether a sequel to the series would be made without Kojima. In Metal Gear Solid 4, Snake tries to protect the next generation by stopping Ocelot which represented Kojima working with the staff to avoid bugs from occurring within the game. Kojima introduced the cloning origins of Snake to Metal Gear Solid in order to provide Snake with an adversary who would be his equal, since the story, being a continuation of the original MSX2 games, established Snake as an experienced soldier. Kojima explained that his decision to introduce a new playable character in Snake's place for Metal Gear Solid 2 was done in order to develop Snake from another character's perspective, but also to avoid treating Snake as a rookie by having a new character be instructed via Codec instead. Snake was written to act as father figure not only to protect those he cares but also leave a message for the future generation despite his imminent death. As a pacifist message, Snake's stress increases when killing enemies. Snake and Otacon were meant to die in the game, with Kojima being inspired by the movie Sacco & Vanzetti in regards to how the duo use death as a penalty for how they are criminals rather than heroes. While the novel retained this idea, the ending in the game was changed with Snake and Otacon surviving. According to Ryan Payton of Konami at the time, Metal Gear Solid 4 is the final canonical Metal Gear game to feature Solid Snake as the main character. Kojima himself stated that the series will continue. Despite previously stating that he does not want the character to be handled by anyone else, in an interview with French gaming magazine IG

Design

Solid Snake's look was based on Michael Biehn before Yoji Shinkawa took over the character's designs.

Much as Metal Gear began as a pastiche of action movies of the time with Solid Snake as a pastiche of contemporary action movie heroes. On the cover artwork of the original Metal Gear game, he resembles Kyle Reese, as played by Michael Biehn in The Terminator (although Kojima claims to have no involvement in the production of the game's packaging illustration), and the in-game portrait of Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake resembles Mel Gibson.

Yoji Shinkawa's Solid Snake design, characterized by his navy blue bandanna and "sneaking suit", would serve as the template for all future incarnations in later Metal Gear games. According to Shinkawa, Snake's physique in Metal Gear Solid was based on that of action star Jean-Claude Van Damme, while his facial appearance inspired by actor Christopher Walken. Shinkawa described his rendition of Solid Snake from Metal Gear Solid as a "middle ground" between the younger Snake who was in the cover artwork of the first Metal Gear and the middle-aged Snake from the MSX2 version of Metal Gear 2. For the initial events from the Big Shell chapter from Metal Gear Solid 2, Snake's visual appearance was sightly modified with his hair being more blonde, and his appearance somewhat resembling the Man with No Name. Snake was one of the characters easiest to draw by Shinkawa as he notes that his appearance is consistent despite suffering minor changes across the games.

By the time Metal Gear Solid 4 started development, Kojima told Shinkawa about his idea of making Snake look elderly, which surprised the designer. Once Shinkawa showed his artwork of Old Snake to the staff, they were all also surprised by the idea of playing as an old version of the character. However, they were satisfied with the end product as the staff began to like the character. In Metal Gear Solid 4, one of Kojima's endings would have had Snake and Otacon turn themselves in for breaking the law, and subsequently they would be convicted and executed. However, comments from Kojima's staff who were disappointed with his death resulted in the character's survival. In Metal Gear Solid 4, Old Snake is modelled after Lee Van Cleef who appeared in Escape from New York.

Voice actors

Solid Snake was voiced by Akio Ōtsuka (left) in Japanese and David Hayter (right) in English

In the games, Solid Snake has been voiced by Akio Ōtsuka in the Japanese version, and by David Hayter in the English adaptations. When working in Captain Planet, Hayter met the casting director of this show was Kris Zimmerman, who would later also be the voice over director for Metal Gear games. When debuting in Metal Gear Solid, Hayter was impressed by the game's cutscenes and the amount of dialogue. One of Snake's lines that Hayter liked was "I just didn't expect a world-class designer of military technology to be so… cute." when Snake interacts with Mei Ling, believing it showed a more fun side of him. Solid Snake's English voice was inspired by Hayter's experience with Japan's storytelling, resulting in minor changes for the script. Hayter himself felt shocked when Sons of Liberty was released as the narrative focused more on newcomer Raiden rather than him. Although there were no news about Snake's future role in Metal Gear, the actor believes Guns of the Patriots gave the character a proper closure. One of Snake's final scenes in this game bothered Hayter as during the ending the character hesitates to kill himself despite having killed multiple enemies in fights. Nevertheless, Hayter stated that he "loves" the character he was given to portray.

Popularity

Solid Snake's character was very well received by gaming media. Retro Gamer included him in the section "top ten forces of good" in their 2004 list of top 50 retro game heroes. In 2005, Electronic Gaming Monthly listed Solid Snake as number one as the top ten video game characters of all time. Solid Snake appeared in multiple GameFAQs "Character Battle" contests, and was runner-up in three: the "Character Battle V" in 2006, the "Character Battle VII" in 2008, and the "Character Battle IX" in 2013. In an Oricon poll from 2008, his character was voted as the most popular video game character in Japan, tying with Nintendo's Pikachu. In a Famitsu poll in 2010, Solid Snake was voted by readers as the most popular video game character. His character was amongst the last 16 contestants on the greatest video game hero on GameSpot contest held in 2009, and lost out to Gordon Freeman on a tiebreaker. In the Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition from 2011, Solid Snake was voted as the fourth most popular video game character. In 2011, Empire ranked Solid Snake as the 19th greatest video game character, adding that "beginning as an action pastiche, he swiftly evolved into his very own character". In 2007, ScrewAttack ranked him as the sixth "coolest" character in video games. 1UP.com listed him second in the list of top video game smokers, while GamesRadar placed him at the top of their 2009 list of manliest men in video game history. Complex ranked him as fourth on the list of top "pervs" in games in 2012 and as the seventh greatest soldier in video games in 2013. In 2021, Chris Morgan for Yardbarker described Snake as one of "the most memorable characters from old school Nintendo games".

Critical response

Critics have commented on his traits and appearance, often praising Solid Snake for his appealing personality. Solid Snake's endurance in the face of extreme punishment was even made the focus of a comedy article in the satirical newspaper The Onion. In 2013, Rich Knight and Gus Turner from Complex ranked him as the ninth best video game mascot, adding that he represents "deep, human emotion that other characters fail to match." IGN also remarked their rivalry, saying "Few rivalries in games have spanned as massive and confusing a timeline as Solid Snake and Liquid Snake".

Solid Snake's Metal Gear Solid 2 design was at the bottom of the worst game character makeovers list by GamePro, condemning his conversion in hairstyle in comparison to his Metal Gear Solid design, and was also at the top of IGN's list of the worst video game haircuts. Before Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, the character was thought to be the game's protagonist because of his physical resemblances with Naked Snake. However, later previews speculated how was it impossible for Solid Snake to be in the game's settings, leading to the conclusion it was a young incarnation of his father. A comparison between Solid Snake's and Big Boss's characters was made by IGN in article "Stars Thunderdome: Snake vs. Big Boss."

The character's appearance in Metal Gear Solid 4 has received mostly positive opinions. Before it was released, various speculations were made regarding his role. As he was the only one who suffered from a drastic change in appearance, IGN commented that the most famous rumor was the one of his body deteriorating across the game. Moreover, since it had been announced it would be his last appearance, IGN and GamesRadar wondered whether the character would die during the game and if Raiden would replace him following his death. GamesRadar commented that his character was one of the few gaming characters that aged across video games. GamePro also listed Old Snake as one of the biggest surprises from the game, as the character was found interesting in contrast to pessimistic thoughts they had before the game's release. GameDaily listed the "old hero" as one of their list of top video game archetypes, using the old version of the character as an example of this. PLAY gave praise to his moustache considering how highly detailed it is, and represents the change from Solid Snake's character. On the other hand, 1UP.com placed Old Snake third in their 2009 list of most gracelessly aging characters as it gave negative messages about aging. In 2013, Complex included Old Snake among the ten video game characters who look like sex offenders, but La Nueva España included him among the top ten sexiest video game characters of both genders.

GameDaily made Solid Snake top their Smash Bros. characters list, while PLAY listed him as one of the characters they wanted to be playable in Mortal Kombat. The character customization in Soulcalibur IV that allowed to create Solid Snake was listed by UGO as one of the best ones from the series owing to his popularity within gamers. Gavin Jasper of Den of Geek ranked Solid Snake as 12th of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate characters, and stated that "bringing Snake in Smash Bros. was an act of pure dominance." Jeremy Parish of Polygon ranked 73 fighters from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate "from garbage to glorious", listing Solid Snake as 18th, stating that "The legendary super-soldier Solid Snake remains one of gaming's greatest and most tragic figures." People expressed some disappointment on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate when Solid Snake wears a skintight stealth suit, and the rendition being completely changed. Leaving the character's butt being reduced. HobbyConsolas named Snake as third of their "The 30 best heroes of the last 30 years."

Akio Otsuka's and David Hayter's performances as Solid Snake's voice actors has received praise. Ōtsuka remembers being surprised during his debut as a result of the large amount of dialogue Solid Snake was given. Hayter's performance was called one of the greatest in gaming as well as one of the character's most recognizable traits. In 2013, Game Informer ranked Hayter's role as Solid Snake as the seventh most memorable character voice in video games for "a portrayal that's considered to be a real classic in the history of video game voice acting".

Controversy

In the Tekken 7 Evo 2019 finals, Snake's character was used to have a chat with developer Katsuhiro Harada. The organizers of Evo stated this was a joke as many fans believed it was a hint for a possible usage of the character as downloadable content. David Hayter complained about this joke as Evo did not consult Konami or him when using the audio.

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  2. Roy Campbell: ...You were there too I believe. Didn't you infiltrate western Iraq with a platoon of Green Berets? Snake: I was just a kid myself back then. (Metal Gear Solid)
  3. Snake: It's only when I'm cheating death on the battlefield. The only time I feel truly alive. Meryl: Seeing other people die makes you feel alive, huh? You love war, and don't want it to stop... Is it the same with all great soldiers throughout history? (Metal Gear Solid)
  4. Colonel Campbell: [Solid Snake], there's enough dirt in your file from your days as an agent to keep you in the stockade until you're a very old man.
  5. Snake: Right now my fifty huskies are my only family. I've got to take care of them. (Metal Gear Solid)
  6. Meryl Silverburgh: Is there anyone you like? Solid Snake: I've never been interested in anyone else's life... Meryl Silverburgh: So you are all alone. Just like Mantis said. Solid Snake: Other people just complicate my life. I don't like to get involved. Meryl Silverburgh: You're a sad, lonely man.(Metal Gear Solid)
  7. Solid Snake: I'm retired from FOX-HOUND. You're not my commander anymore, and I don't have to take orders from you or anyone else. (Metal Gear Solid)
  8. Solid Snake: I told you, even if I do owe you I don't owe anything to this army or this country!. Colonel Campbell: You will accept this assignment! Solid Snake: Why should I be stupid enough to do that? I'm no patriot. (Metal Gear Solid)
  9. Solid Snake: ...I just didn't expect a world-class designer of military technology to be so...cute. Mei Ling: You're just flattering me... Solid Snake: No, I'm serious. Now I know I won't be bored for the next 18 hours. (Metal Gear Solid)
  10. Naomi: ...Why did you go so far out of your way to save her? For Campbell's sake... or... maybe it's because you like her? Solid Snake: I don't want to see any woman die right in front of me. Naomi Hunter: Oh really? Since when did anybody's death bother you so much? Colonel Campbell: Naomi! It's true that [Solid Snake] has killed a lot of people, that doesn't mean he doesn't have a heart. (Metal Gear Solid)
  11. Naomi Hunter: ...Friends? Solid Snake: ...Frank Jaeger Naomi Hunter: But... didn't you try to kill each other? Solid Snake: That's true. We did. In Zanzibar. But it was nothing personal. We were just professionals on opposite sides, that's all. Naomi Hunter: And you still call yourselves friends? Solid Snake: Hard to believe? War is no reason to end a friendship. (Metal Gear Solid)
  12. Otacon: I wanna ask you... Do you think love can bloom even on a battlefield? Solid Snake: Yeah...I do. I think at any time, any place... people can fall in love with each other. (Metal Gear Solid)
  13. Vulcan Raven: Rejoice, Snake! Ours will be a glorious battle. Solid Snake: This isn't glorious. It's just plain killing. Violence isn't a sport! (Metal Gear Solid)
  14. Solid Snake: It's only when I'm cheating death on the battlefield. The only time I feel truly alive. Meryl Silverburgh: Seeing other people die makes you feel alive, huh? You love war and don't want it to stop... Is it the same with all great soldiers throughout history?
  15. Meryl Silverburgh: You monster! Snake: Let him talk. He doesn't have much time left. Psycho Mantis: I've seen true evil. You Snake. You're just like the Boss... No, you're worse. Compared to you, I'm not so bad.
  16. Solid Snake: I don't want that kind of world! Liquid Snake: Ha! You lie! So why are you here then? Why do you continue to follow your orders while your superiors betray you? Why did you come here? Solid Snake: ...... Liquid Snake: Well... I'll tell you then. You enjoy all the killing, that's why. Solid Snake: What! Liquid Snake: Are you denying it? Haven't you already killed most of my comrades? Solid Snake: That was... Liquid Snake: I watched your face when you did it. It was filled with the joy of battle.
  17. talk after fight with Psycho Mantis (and before with Sniper Wolf for the first time): Meryl Silverburgh: How do you know so much? Solid Snake: I ride dog sleds. I'm a musher. (Metal Gear Solid)
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Solid Snake Language Watch Edit This article is about the video game character For the MSX2 video game see Metal Gear 2 Solid Snake Solid Snake Japanese ソリッド スネーク Hepburn Soriddo Suneku is a fictional character from the Metal Gear series created by Hideo Kojima and developed and published by Konami He is depicted as a former Green Beret and a highly skilled special operations soldier engaged in solo stealth and espionage missions who is then often tasked with destroying models of the bipedal nuclear weapon armed mecha known as Metal Gear Controlled by the player he must act alone supported via radio by commanding officers and specialists While his first appearances in the original Metal Gear games were references to Hollywood films the Metal Gear Solid series has given a consistent design by artist Yoji Shinkawa alongside an established personality while also exploring his relationship with his father and mentor Big Boss Solid SnakeMetal Gear characterSolid Snake as he appears in Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty 2001 First appearanceMetal Gear 1987 Last appearanceSuper Bomberman R Online 2020 Created byHideo KojimaDesigned byYoji Shinkawa Metal Gear Solid series Ikuya Nakamura Metal Gear Ghost Babel Tsubasa Masao Metal Gear Acid series Portrayed byGiacomo Talamini Metal Gear Solid Philanthropy Oscar Isaac upcoming film adaptation Voiced byEN David Hayter Metal Gear series Super Smash Bros series Super Bomberman R EN Peter Lurie Ape Escape 3 JP Akio ŌtsukaMotion captureMizuho Yoshida Metal Gear Solid 2 The Twin Snakes Ryoji Okamoto Metal Gear Solid 4 Ian MacDougall Metal Gear Solid 4 facial capture In universe informationFull nameDavid Metal Gear Solid The Twin Snakes AliasesDave Metal Gear Solid The Twin Snakes Iroquois Pliskin Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty Old Snake Metal Gear Solid 4 Guns of the Patriots AffiliationUnited States Army Special Forces prior to series start FOXHOUND Metal Gear series CIA Metal Gear series 1 Department of Defense Metal Gear Solid Philanthropy Metal Gear Solid 2 Hired assassin Metal Gear Solid 4 FamilyBig Boss Genetic template father EVA surrogate mother Liquid Snake twin brother Solidus Snake brother NationalityAmericanBorn1972 During the Metal Gear Solid games the character has been voiced by voice actor Akio Ōtsuka in the Japanese version and by actor and screenwriter David Hayter in the English version He also appeared in Super Smash Bros Brawl and Super Smash Bros Ultimate Considered to be one of the most popular protagonists in the video game industry Snake has been acclaimed by critics with his personality and both Ōtsuka s and Hayter s voice acting being noted as primary factors of the character s appeal Contents 1 Characteristics 2 Appearances 2 1 Metal Gear amp Metal Gear 2 Solid Snake 2 2 Metal Gear Solid The Twin Snakes 2 3 Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty 2 4 Metal Gear Solid 4 Guns of the Patriots 2 5 Other appearances 2 6 Other Metal Gear media 2 7 Other video games and media 3 Creation and development 3 1 Design 3 2 Voice actors 4 Reception 4 1 Popularity 4 2 Critical response 4 3 Controversy 5 References 6 External linksCharacteristics EditIn the early games Solid Snake s visual appearances were references to popular actors He was given his own consistent design in Metal Gear Solid He also establishes Philanthropy an anti Metal Gear organization carrying the motto To let the world be with his friend Otacon In Metal Gear Solid 4 Guns of the Patriots he has access to different disguises to make him look like other characters as well as his younger self Snake possesses an IQ of 180 and is fluent in six languages Solid Snake has been on the battlefield for most of his life 2 and says that it is the only place he feels truly alive 3 He is a hardened veteran he has his emotions buried very deep inside himself during his missions every one of which has different motives 4 He is also immediately shown as a loner 5 6 often with no intentions of taking orders from anyone anymore 7 and he shows no sign of longing for the army or the country he was part of 8 However along with these traits he has a more human side being flirtatious 9 self sacrificing 10 and with a strong belief that even on a battlefield friendship 11 and love 12 can flourish and that violence is not glorious 13 But Snake s perceived stance on violence may be a case of denial as Snake s enemies and at least one of his allies have claimed that in truth he enjoys killing and label him as more evil than the people he has killed 14 15 16 When he is not on duty he acts as a musher 17 Appearances EditMetal Gear amp Metal Gear 2 Solid Snake Edit Metal Gear released in 1987 introduces Snake a rookie recruit of the elite special forces unit FOXHOUND Snake is sent by FOXHOUND leader Big Boss into the rogue nation Outer Heaven to rescue missing teammate Gray Fox and discover who or what the Metal Gear is mentioned in Gray Fox s last transmission 18 19 As his mission progresses Snake finds out that he has been set up Outer Heaven s leader is Big Boss intending to use the experimental nuclear armed TX 55 Metal Gear to establish Outer Heaven as a nuclear power 20 After destroying the Metal Gear Snake confronts and defeats Big Boss s phantom Venom Snake 21 The sequel Metal Gear 2 Solid Snake initially released only in Japan in 1990 22 sees Solid Snake called up to infiltrate a heavily fortified enemy base in Zanzibar Land Zanzibar Land has aggravated an international oil crisis and declared themselves a nuclear power by kidnapping Dr Kio Marv after the creation of a bio engineered algae that produces an oil substitute and the Metal Gear original designer Dr Pettrovich Madnar 23 Snake infiltrates the base and discovers that Pettrovich as well as his former comrade Gray Fox has defected to Zanzibar Land and that Zanzibar Land is led by Big Boss 24 Snake destroys Metal Gear D and defeats both Fox and Big Boss 25 26 Metal Gear Solid The Twin Snakes Edit Metal Gear Solid sees Solid Snake pulled out of retirement by Colonel Roy Campbell in a mission to deal with the Sons of Big Boss who under Liquid Snake s leadership seized an isolated American nuclear weapons disposal facility on Shadow Moses Island Snake s mission is to retrieve two hostages Donald Anderson and Kenneth Baker 27 Despite both Anderson s and Baker s deaths Snake infiltrates and learns about Metal Gear REX after meeting up with rookie soldier Meryl Silverburgh and REX s engineer Hal Emmerich and having confrontations with the Cyborg Ninja As the game progresses Snake confronts and defeats each member of the corrupt faction of FOXHOUND consisting of Revolver Ocelot Decoy Octopus Psycho Mantis Sniper Wolf Vulcan Raven and the Genome Soldiers is able to destroy REX and personally confronts Liquid During their fight it is revealed that Solid and Liquid are twin brothers artificially conceived from Big Boss s genes during the Les Enfants Terribles government project designed to create the perfect soldier in which one brother was genetically modified to be superior over the other 28 Liquid harbors a strong resentment towards Snake since Solid was given their father s dominant soldier genes and Liquid was cast aside After a grueling series of battles Liquid dies from the FOXDIE virus that was previously implanted into Snake by Naomi Hunter in order to wipe out FOXHOUND and the Genome soldiers without risking any damage to REX and the Genome soldiers for retrieval 29 In the end it is revealed that Liquid got Big Boss s superior soldier genes while Solid was actually the inferior one 30 The game s ending reveals his real name is David デビッド Debiddo Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty Edit Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty shows Solid Snake as the playable character during the game s extensive prologue sequence in which he is sent by Otacon s anti proliferation organization Philanthropy to infiltrate a cargo tanker and photograph Metal Gear RAY 31 During the operation however RAY is hijacked and the tanker destroyed with Snake apparently dead and framed for the deed 32 During the game s main portion Solidus Snake steals Snake s identity 33 and leads the Sons of Liberty consisting of Revolver Ocelot Fortune Fatman Vamp and Olga Gurlukovich while Snake himself uses the pseudonym Iroquois Pliskin イロコィ プリスキン Irokoi Purisukin as a non playable character who assists rookie agent Raiden through the remote offshore Big Shell facility and in taking down Solidus and RAY while also learning about the Patriots 34 Metal Gear Solid 4 Guns of the Patriots Edit Promotional CGI render of Old Snake from Metal Gear Solid 4 Guns of the Patriots The PlayStation 3 game Metal Gear Solid 4 Guns of the Patriots features an aged incarnation of the character that is once again the protagonist identified as Old Snake オールド スネーク Ōrudo Suneku during the game Thanks to Otacon and Sunny he wears a sneaking suit outfitted with Octocamo technology which allows him to blend with his environment as well as a face mask which alters his appearance 35 Snake is once again enlisted by his old friend Roy Campbell to assassinate Liquid Ocelot CEO of a giant mother company that are trying to take control of the Patriots AIs 36 During his final mission he also learns from Naomi Hunter that his life has been artificially shortened as part of the cloning process so that his genes can t be used as a weapon in later research As a result Snake has the physical appearance of an elderly man despite being only forty two years old 37 Snake and his allies are forced to destroy the Patriots AI and fight through Ocelot s forces until Snake defeats Liquid s doppelganger in hand to hand combat Learning that his DNA contains a mutated FOXDIE virus that might trigger an epidemic Snake tries to commit suicide however he is approached by Big Boss telling Snake that he still has a chance to live not as a snake but as a man making up with his father After Big Boss s death from a new FOXDIE strain David decides to live out the remainder of his life in peace vowing that he will live long enough to see what the future holds for the new world he has helped create 38 Other appearances Edit The Metal Gear Solid prequels alludes to Solid Snake s existence Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops has him briefly alluded in a prophetic vision as Naked Snake s son that will save the world after either Liquid or Solidus as Big Boss s son that will bring the world to ruin 39 and Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker shows Kazuhira Miller mentioning the twin sons that are two years old at the time 40 Solid Snake is featured mentioned in Metal Gear Solid V Ground Zeroes and Metal Gear Solid V The Phantom Pain 41 42 The unlockable bonus mission Deja Vu on the PlayStation platform and later Xbox platform of Ground Zeroes in which Naked Snake must re enact situations from the original Metal Gear Solid game and answer a series of trivia questions after fulfilling the mission If all the questions are answered correctly on the Normal difficulty setting the mission can be replayed with his low polygon model from Metal Gear Solid in place of his father s standard character model The Phantom Pain also shows that his low polygon model from Metal Gear Solid can be an alternate outfit for Venom Snake after transferring the save data from Ground Zeroes David is also alluded to in association with Eli during a conversation between Big Boss and Revolver Ocelot Other Metal Gear media Edit Solid Snake also serves as the protagonist in Snake s Revenge a sequel to the original Metal Gear for the NES released for the western market in 1990 and developed without Kojima s involvement Set three years after the events of the Outer Heaven incident Snake s Revenge has Snake leading a team of FOX HOUND operatives as they infiltrate an undisclosed enemy base where the Metal Gear weapon is being mass produced Snake is addressed by the military rank of Lieutenant and starts the game already equipped with a handgun and a combat knife in contrast to the first game where Snake had to procure all of his weapons on site After the success of the original Metal Gear Solid KCEJ produced a trilogy of Metal Gear spin offs for portable platforms set in a parallel universe outside the main Kojima directed series All three of these portable games were directed by Shinta Nojiri 43 The first of these is Metal Gear Ghost Babel released outside Japan as Metal Gear Solid in which Solid Snake must infiltrate a rebuilt Outer Heaven now called Galuade to defeat a FOXHOUND like team of rogue agents called Black Chamber and destroy a stolen Metal Gear prototype Gander Although the actual in game artwork of Ghost Babel was done by Ikuya Nakamura Yoji Shinkawa provided the promotional art like he did with the original Metal Gear Solid In the second of these titles Metal Gear Acid Snake must retrieve Pythagoras from the Lobito Physics and Research Laboratory in order to satisfy hijackers who have kidnapped presidential candidate Viggo Hach This mission is complicated by La Clown an expert mimic who impersonates Snake s contact Teliko and subtle brainwashing that nearly convinces him that he is Hans Davis a ruthless scientist that worked at the Lobito facility He overcomes both and contacts the real Teliko then destroys the latest model of Metal Gear Metal Gear KODOQUE Metal Gear Acid 2 features a main character who is not the real version but a clone created from tissue samples of the man from the original Metal Gear Acid following the events of the Lobito Island mission the Solid Snake from the original Acid is implied to be dead in the sequel The character appears in his Old Snake form as a playable character in Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops Plus a stand alone expansion to the Portable Ops focusing on online play In Metal Gear Rising Revengeance the VR Missions DLC add on for the game s Japanese version includes a new weapon that can be used by Raiden known as the Hebidamashi a talking wooden sword which speaks with Solid Snake s voice as portrayed by Akio Ōtsuka the weapon was never made available for the English version 44 Outside video games Solid Snake appeared in the Metal Gear Solid audio drama that focuses on his missions following the battle from Shadow Moses 45 He also appears in Alex Garner s comic book adaptations of Metal Gear Solid and Metal Gear Solid 2 46 Raymond Benson s novelizations of these two games also feature Solid Snake Benson s adaptation of the character frequently focuses on the comical aspects of his characterization 47 48 He also appears in Project Itoh s novelization from Metal Gear Solid 4 where his actions are told from Hal Emmerich s point of view 49 Other video games and media Edit Solid Snake has appeared in a number of other games including other Konami games Hideo Kojima makes a habit of referencing his previous work In the Kojima produced Boktai 2 Solar Boy Django and Shin Bokura no Taiyō Gyakushu no Sabata Snake appears as an unnamed character who sells items to the player Konami s Evolution Skateboarding features Snake and Raiden as hidden characters as well as two stages set in the Big Shell the skateboarding minigame in Metal Gear Solid 2 Substance is a demo of Evolution Skateboarding composed exclusively of these elements 50 Solid Snake also appears in both halves of a crossover between the Metal Gear and Ape Escape franchises the Ape Escape monkeys appear with Solid Snake in the Snake vs Monkey minigame featured in Metal Gear Solid 3 Snake Eater In turn Snake appears in the corresponding Metal Gear Solid minigame featured in Ape Escape 3 where he is rescued by Pipo Snake Snake s character design in this minigame is taken directly from Naked Snake s He has also appeared in several cross company fighting games In DreamMix TV World Fighters Solid Snake appears as a playable character alongside other Konami Hudson Soft and Takara characters such as Bomberman and Optimus Prime Similarly in Super Smash Bros Brawl the third installment from the popular fighting game series Super Smash Bros Solid Snake appeared as a playable fighter alongside Sega character Sonic the Hedgehog and a variety of characters from Nintendo franchises such as Mario The Legend of Zelda and Donkey Kong Brawl Director Masahiro Sakurai has stated that Snake was included under Kojima s request and that he had talked to Sakurai about adding Snake to the roster of the previous game Super Smash Bros Melee which did not materialize due to the game being too far into production 51 Snake returned as a playable fighter in Super Smash Bros Ultimate after being absent in Super Smash Bros for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U In addition Snake has appeared as a playable character in other Konami crossover titles such as New International Track amp Field and Super Bomberman R 52 Also Old Snake has appeared in the Japanese version of Scribblenauts having been published by Konami in that region 53 Customizations in Media Molecule s LittleBigPlanet for the PlayStation 3 allow the player character Sackboy to take on the appearance of Old Snake 54 One of the robots in Astro s Playroom takes on the appearance of Solid Snake using the signature cardboard box 55 In December 2020 Paul W Anderson stated that his 2020 film Monster Hunter had been based on a 2010 Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker crossover event with Monster Hunter Freedom Unite in which a military squad briefly faced monsters from the Monster Hunter series with Snake s equivalent in the narrative US Army Ranger Artemis being portrayed by Milla Jovovich 56 Oscar Isaac will be portraying Solid Snake in the upcoming film adaptation of Metal Gear Solid 57 Creation and development EditSolid Snake was apparently named after the fictional special forces operative Snake Plissken Kurt Russell s character in Escape from New York 58 59 However Kojima revealed in March 2014 that the character s name origins were something else According to Kojima he was given the Snake name because snakes are a symbol of stealth Additionally the Solid part of his code name was given to give the opposite impression of a soft image 60 Kojima has compared Snake s personality with Lupin III of Monkey Punch s Lupin III franchise stating that in MGS Snake became this sharp tongued Lupin III like guy who flirted with women and told lots of jokes 61 His real name David 62 63 is a tribute to the film 2001 A Space Odyssey that has a character with the same name and coincidentally shared with his English voice actor David Hayter 64 Kojima later described Snake s role in the original Metal Gear as the player s presence contrasting the defined personality acquired in Metal Gear Solid 65 Kojima created Snake while Shinkawa designed him In addition to expanding Solid Snake s backstory as the first Metal Gear game to feature voice acting Metal Gear Solid established his characteristic voice and appearance 66 Various scenes from the games relate Solid Snake s ideals with Hideo Kojima s During Metal Gear Solid 2 Snake encourages Raiden to trust himself in making his own choices with the former representing the veteran developer and the latter the younger staff who are to decide whether a sequel to the series would be made without Kojima 64 In Metal Gear Solid 4 Snake tries to protect the next generation by stopping Ocelot which represented Kojima working with the staff to avoid bugs from occurring within the game 67 Kojima introduced the cloning origins of Snake to Metal Gear Solid in order to provide Snake with an adversary who would be his equal since the story being a continuation of the original MSX2 games established Snake as an experienced soldier 68 Kojima explained that his decision to introduce a new playable character in Snake s place for Metal Gear Solid 2 was done in order to develop Snake from another character s perspective but also to avoid treating Snake as a rookie by having a new character be instructed via Codec instead 69 Snake was written to act as father figure not only to protect those he cares but also leave a message for the future generation despite his imminent death As a pacifist message Snake s stress increases when killing enemies 70 Snake and Otacon were meant to die in the game with Kojima being inspired by the movie Sacco amp Vanzetti in regards to how the duo use death as a penalty for how they are criminals rather than heroes While the novel retained this idea the ending in the game was changed with Snake and Otacon surviving 71 According to Ryan Payton of Konami at the time Metal Gear Solid 4 is the final canonical Metal Gear game to feature Solid Snake as the main character 72 Kojima himself stated that the series will continue Despite previously stating that he does not want the character to be handled by anyone else 68 in an interview with French gaming magazine IG 73 Design Edit Solid Snake s look was based on Michael Biehn before Yoji Shinkawa took over the character s designs Much as Metal Gear began as a pastiche of action movies of the time with Solid Snake as a pastiche of contemporary action movie heroes On the cover artwork of the original Metal Gear game he resembles Kyle Reese as played by Michael Biehn in The Terminator although Kojima claims to have no involvement in the production of the game s packaging illustration 74 and the in game portrait of Metal Gear 2 Solid Snake resembles Mel Gibson 75 Yoji Shinkawa s Solid Snake design characterized by his navy blue bandanna and sneaking suit would serve as the template for all future incarnations in later Metal Gear games According to Shinkawa Snake s physique in Metal Gear Solid was based on that of action star Jean Claude Van Damme while his facial appearance inspired by actor Christopher Walken Shinkawa described his rendition of Solid Snake from Metal Gear Solid as a middle ground between the younger Snake who was in the cover artwork of the first Metal Gear and the middle aged Snake from the MSX2 version of Metal Gear 2 59 76 For the initial events from the Big Shell chapter from Metal Gear Solid 2 Snake s visual appearance was sightly modified with his hair being more blonde and his appearance somewhat resembling the Man with No Name 77 Snake was one of the characters easiest to draw by Shinkawa as he notes that his appearance is consistent despite suffering minor changes across the games 78 By the time Metal Gear Solid 4 started development Kojima told Shinkawa about his idea of making Snake look elderly which surprised the designer Once Shinkawa showed his artwork of Old Snake to the staff they were all also surprised by the idea of playing as an old version of the character However they were satisfied with the end product as the staff began to like the character 67 In Metal Gear Solid 4 one of Kojima s endings would have had Snake and Otacon turn themselves in for breaking the law and subsequently they would be convicted and executed 68 However comments from Kojima s staff who were disappointed with his death resulted in the character s survival 79 In Metal Gear Solid 4 Old Snake is modelled after Lee Van Cleef who appeared in Escape from New York 80 Voice actors Edit Solid Snake was voiced by Akio Ōtsuka left in Japanese and David Hayter right in English In the games Solid Snake has been voiced by Akio Ōtsuka in the Japanese version and by David Hayter in the English adaptations When working in Captain Planet Hayter met the casting director of this show was Kris Zimmerman who would later also be the voice over director for Metal Gear games When debuting in Metal Gear Solid Hayter was impressed by the game s cutscenes and the amount of dialogue One of Snake s lines that Hayter liked was I just didn t expect a world class designer of military technology to be so cute when Snake interacts with Mei Ling believing it showed a more fun side of him Solid Snake s English voice was inspired by Hayter s experience with Japan s storytelling resulting in minor changes for the script Hayter himself felt shocked when Sons of Liberty was released as the narrative focused more on newcomer Raiden rather than him Although there were no news about Snake s future role in Metal Gear the actor believes Guns of the Patriots gave the character a proper closure 81 One of Snake s final scenes in this game bothered Hayter as during the ending the character hesitates to kill himself despite having killed multiple enemies in fights Nevertheless Hayter stated that he loves the character he was given to portray 82 Reception EditPopularity Edit Solid Snake s character was very well received by gaming media Retro Gamer included him in the section top ten forces of good in their 2004 list of top 50 retro game heroes 83 In 2005 Electronic Gaming Monthly listed Solid Snake as number one as the top ten video game characters of all time 35 Solid Snake appeared in multiple GameFAQs Character Battle contests and was runner up in three the Character Battle V in 2006 84 the Character Battle VII in 2008 85 and the Character Battle IX in 2013 86 In an Oricon poll from 2008 his character was voted as the most popular video game character in Japan tying with Nintendo s Pikachu 87 In a Famitsu poll in 2010 Solid Snake was voted by readers as the most popular video game character 61 His character was amongst the last 16 contestants on the greatest video game hero on GameSpot contest held in 2009 and lost out to Gordon Freeman on a tiebreaker 88 In the Guinness World Records Gamer s Edition from 2011 Solid Snake was voted as the fourth most popular video game character 89 In 2011 Empire ranked Solid Snake as the 19th greatest video game character adding that beginning as an action pastiche he swiftly evolved into his very own character 90 In 2007 ScrewAttack ranked him as the sixth coolest character in video games 91 1UP com listed him second in the list of top video game smokers while GamesRadar placed him at the top of their 2009 list of manliest men in video game history 92 93 Complex ranked him as fourth on the list of top pervs in games in 2012 94 and as the seventh greatest soldier in video games in 2013 95 In 2021 Chris Morgan for Yardbarker described Snake as one of the most memorable characters from old school Nintendo games 96 Critical response Edit Critics have commented on his traits and appearance often praising Solid Snake for his appealing personality 35 Solid Snake s endurance in the face of extreme punishment was even made the focus of a comedy article in the satirical newspaper The Onion 97 In 2013 Rich Knight and Gus Turner from Complex ranked him as the ninth best video game mascot adding that he represents deep human emotion that other characters fail to match 98 IGN also remarked their rivalry saying Few rivalries in games have spanned as massive and confusing a timeline as Solid Snake and Liquid Snake 99 Solid Snake s Metal Gear Solid 2 design was at the bottom of the worst game character makeovers list by GamePro condemning his conversion in hairstyle in comparison to his Metal Gear Solid design 100 and was also at the top of IGN s list of the worst video game haircuts 101 Before Metal Gear Solid 3 Snake Eater the character was thought to be the game s protagonist because of his physical resemblances with Naked Snake However later previews speculated how was it impossible for Solid Snake to be in the game s settings leading to the conclusion it was a young incarnation of his father 102 103 104 A comparison between Solid Snake s and Big Boss s characters was made by IGN in article Stars Thunderdome Snake vs Big Boss 105 The character s appearance in Metal Gear Solid 4 has received mostly positive opinions Before it was released various speculations were made regarding his role As he was the only one who suffered from a drastic change in appearance IGN commented that the most famous rumor was the one of his body deteriorating across the game 106 Moreover since it had been announced it would be his last appearance IGN and GamesRadar wondered whether the character would die during the game and if Raiden would replace him following his death 107 108 GamesRadar commented that his character was one of the few gaming characters that aged across video games 109 GamePro also listed Old Snake as one of the biggest surprises from the game as the character was found interesting in contrast to pessimistic thoughts they had before the game s release 110 GameDaily listed the old hero as one of their list of top video game archetypes using the old version of the character as an example of this 111 PLAY gave praise to his moustache considering how highly detailed it is and represents the change from Solid Snake s character 112 On the other hand 1UP com placed Old Snake third in their 2009 list of most gracelessly aging characters as it gave negative messages about aging 113 In 2013 Complex included Old Snake among the ten video game characters who look like sex offenders 114 but La Nueva Espana included him among the top ten sexiest video game characters of both genders 115 GameDaily made Solid Snake top their Smash Bros characters list 116 while PLAY listed him as one of the characters they wanted to be playable in Mortal Kombat 117 The character customization in Soulcalibur IV that allowed to create Solid Snake was listed by UGO as one of the best ones from the series owing to his popularity within gamers 118 Gavin Jasper of Den of Geek ranked Solid Snake as 12th of Super Smash Bros Ultimate characters and stated that bringing Snake in Smash Bros was an act of pure dominance 119 Jeremy Parish of Polygon ranked 73 fighters from Super Smash Bros Ultimate from garbage to glorious listing Solid Snake as 18th stating that The legendary super soldier Solid Snake remains one of gaming s greatest and most tragic figures 120 People expressed some disappointment on Super Smash Bros Ultimate when Solid Snake wears a skintight stealth suit and the rendition being completely changed Leaving the character s butt being reduced 121 HobbyConsolas named Snake as third of their The 30 best heroes of the last 30 years 122 Akio Otsuka s and David Hayter s performances as Solid Snake s voice actors has received praise Ōtsuka remembers being surprised during his debut as a result of the large amount of dialogue Solid Snake was given 123 Hayter s performance was called one of the greatest in gaming as well as one of the character s most recognizable traits 124 125 In 2013 Game Informer ranked Hayter s role as Solid Snake as the seventh most memorable character voice in video games for a portrayal that s considered to be a real classic in the history of video game voice acting 126 Controversy Edit In the Tekken 7 Evo 2019 finals Snake s character was used to have a chat with developer Katsuhiro Harada The organizers of Evo stated this was a joke as many fans believed it was a hint for a possible usage of the character as downloadable content 127 David Hayter complained about this joke as Evo did not consult Konami or him when using the audio 128 References Edit Solid Snake profile MGS4 Database Roy Campbell You were there too I believe Didn t you infiltrate western Iraq with a platoon of Green Berets Snake I was just a kid myself back then Metal Gear Solid Snake It s only when I m cheating death on the battlefield The only time I feel truly alive Meryl Seeing other people die makes you feel alive huh You love war and don t want it to stop Is it the same with all great soldiers throughout history Metal Gear Solid Colonel Campbell Solid Snake there s enough dirt in your file from your days as an agent to keep you in the stockade until you re a very old man Snake Right now my fifty huskies are my only family I ve got to take care of them Metal Gear Solid Meryl Silverburgh Is there anyone you like Solid Snake I ve never been interested in anyone else s life Meryl Silverburgh So you are all alone Just like Mantis said Solid Snake Other people just complicate my life I don t like to get involved Meryl Silverburgh You re a sad lonely man Metal Gear Solid Solid Snake I m retired from FOX HOUND You re not my commander anymore and I don t have to take orders from you or anyone else Metal Gear Solid Solid Snake I told you even if I do owe you I don t owe anything to this army or this country Colonel Campbell You will accept this assignment Solid Snake Why should I be stupid enough to do that I m no patriot Metal Gear Solid Solid Snake I just didn t expect a world class designer of military technology to be so cute Mei Ling You re just flattering me Solid Snake No I m serious Now I know I won t be bored for the next 18 hours Metal Gear Solid Naomi Why did you go so far out of your way to save her For Campbell s sake or maybe it s because you like her Solid Snake I don t want to see any woman die right in front of me Naomi Hunter Oh really Since when did anybody s death bother you so much Colonel Campbell Naomi It s true that Solid Snake has killed a lot of people that doesn t mean he doesn t have a heart Metal Gear Solid Naomi Hunter Friends Solid Snake Frank Jaeger Naomi Hunter But didn t you try to kill each other Solid Snake That s true We did In Zanzibar But it was nothing personal We were just professionals on opposite sides that s all Naomi Hunter And you still call yourselves friends Solid Snake Hard to believe War is no reason to end a friendship Metal Gear Solid Otacon I wanna ask you Do you think love can bloom even on a battlefield Solid Snake Yeah I do I think at any time any place people can fall in love with each other Metal Gear Solid Vulcan Raven Rejoice Snake Ours will be a glorious battle Solid Snake This isn t glorious It s just plain killing Violence isn t a sport Metal Gear Solid Solid Snake It s only when I m cheating death on the battlefield The only time I feel truly alive Meryl Silverburgh Seeing other people die makes you feel alive huh You love war and don t want it to stop Is it the same with all great soldiers throughout history Meryl Silverburgh You monster Snake Let him talk He doesn t have much time left Psycho Mantis I ve seen true evil You Snake You re just like the Boss No you re worse Compared to you I m not so bad Solid Snake I don t want that kind of world Liquid Snake Ha You lie So why are you here then Why do you continue to follow your orders while your superiors betray you Why did you come here Solid Snake Liquid Snake Well I ll tell you then You enjoy all the killing that s why Solid Snake What Liquid Snake Are you denying it Haven t you already killed most of my comrades Solid Snake That was Liquid Snake I watched your face when you did it It was filled with the joy of battle talk after fight with Psycho Mantis and before with Sniper Wolf for the first time Meryl Silverburgh How do you know so much Solid Snake I ride dog sleds I m a musher Metal Gear Solid Kojima Productions Metal Gear Solid 3 Subsistence Metal Gear Konami Big Boss Big Boss speaking Operation Intrude N313 Penetrate the enemy s Outer Heaven and destroy the ultimate weapon Metal Gear Kojima Productions Metal Gear Solid 3 Subsistence Metal Gear Konami Big Boss First contact missing Gray Fox and destroy Metal Gear Kojima Productions Metal Gear Solid 3 Subsistence Metal Gear Konami Big Boss Solid Snake You ve finally come here Yeah I m Big Boss General Commander of Foxhound And in charge of this castle Outer Heaven Kojima Productions Metal Gear Solid 3 Subsistence Metal Gear Konami Solid Snake This is Solid Snake Metal Gear s destruction is a success The History of Metal Gear Solid UGO com Archived from the original on 2005 03 31 Retrieved 2005 07 15 Kojima Productions Metal Gear Solid 3 Subsistence Metal Gear 2 Solid Snake Konami Roy Campbell Snake Right on time as always Let s get started Commencing Operation Intrude F014 Let s go over this one more time Your mission is to infiltrate Zanzibar Land and rescue the kidnapped Czech biologist Dr Kio Marv Kojima Productions Metal Gear Solid 3 Subsistence Metal Gear 2 Solid Snake Konami Solid Snake Big Boss Madnar The very same With Metal Gear and OILEX he plots to rule the world We cannot let the secret of OILEX fall into his hands Kojima Productions Metal Gear Solid 3 Subsistence Metal Gear 2 Solid Snake Konami Gray Fox Snake I m not the same as I used to be And neither is Metal Gear I ll show you what fear really is Prepare to taste defeat Kojima Productions Metal Gear Solid 3 Subsistence Metal Gear 2 Solid Snake Konami Big Boss Even I make mistakes from time to time Snake This will be our final battle Let s end this once and for all Konami Computer Entertainment Japan Metal Gear Solid Konami Solid Snake FOX HOUND hijacking a nuclear weapon Campbell Now you understand how serious the situation is You ll have two mission objectives First you re to rescue the DARPA Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Chief Donald Anderson and the ArmsTech president Kenneth Baker They re both being held as hostages Konami Computer Entertainment Japan Metal Gear Solid Konami Liquid Snake There s a killer inside you You don t have to deny it We were created to be that way Solid Snake Created Liquid Snake Les enfants terribles the terrible children That s what the project was called It started in the 1970 s Their plan was to artificially create the most powerful soldier possible The person that they chose as the model was the man known then as the greatest living soldier in the world Konami Computer Entertainment Japan Metal Gear Solid Liquid Snake The Pentagon only needed for you to come into contact with us That s what killed the ArmsTech president and Decoy Octopus Solid Snake You don t mean Liquid Snake That s right You were sent in here to kill us so they could retrieve Metal Gear undamaged along with the bodies of the genome soldiers From the beginning the Pentagon was just using you as a vector to spread FoxDie Konami Computer Entertainment Japan Metal Gear Solid Revolver Ocelot Yes although Solid Snake proved he was superior and was the winner after all That s right Until the very end Liquid Snake thought he was meant to be the inferior one Konami Computer Entertainment Japan Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty Konami Solid Snake All right I ll head to the bridge ASAP Otacon Try to avoid confrontations Our goal is to collect evidence on Metal Gear development and expose it to the world It would be best if you could get out of there without alerting anyone Solid Snake Don t worry I know the drill we re not terrorists Otacon Very good Don t you forget that you re a part of Philanthropy now an anti Metal Gear organization and officially recognized by the UN Konami Computer Entertainment Japan Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty Konami Revolver Ocelot Yes at the location we discussed Yes I have photographic evidence of Snake on the scene The Cypher was most useful I look forward to tomorrow morning s news flash I would say the Marine Corps plans are on indefinite hold Kojima Productions Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty Konami Raiden So your the boss around here Solidus Snake No not just around here I m the boss to surpass Big Boss himself Solid Snake Solid Snake No That is not Solid Snake Solidus Snake What a pleasant surprise brother Konami Computer Entertainment Japan Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty Konami Solid Snake I m not an enemy Calm down My name is S My name is Pliskin Iroquois Pliskin Lieutenant Junior Grade a b c MacDonald Mark 2005 Metal Gear Solid 4 101 1up com Ziff Davis Media Inc Archived from the original on 2007 09 27 Retrieved 2006 12 25 Kojima Productions Metal Gear Solid 4 Guns of the Patriots Konami Campbell His will lives on in the body of the man once known as Ocelot He aims to fan the flames of war even higher to create the perfect world once envisioned by Big Boss Old Snake The one world in which soldiers will always have a place Campbell He must be stopped Before it s too late Kojima Productions Metal Gear Solid 4 Guns of the Patriots Naomi Hunter You re clones created 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