This text is about the legendary soldier Massive Boss. You might be on the lookout for his mentor The Boss or his phantom.

Massive Boss

Biographical data

Actual identify


Often known as

  • Jack
  • Bare Snake
  • Vic Boss
  • Ishmael
  • The Legendary Soldier
  • The Legendary Mercenary
  • Saladin
  • The Man Who Bought the World






2014, Arlington, Virginia, United States


79 at loss of life

Bodily description

Eye shade

Blue, later brown

Hair shade

Brown, later white




  • 180 cm (1999) [1]
  • 192 cm (2005) [2]



89 kg

Profession and household data


  • United States Military
  • Inexperienced Berets
  • CIA
  • FOX
  • The Patriots
  • Lengthy-range reconnaissance patrol
  • SOG
  • Wild Geese
  • Militaires Sans Frontières
  • Outer Heaven
  • Zanzibar Land


Soldier, spy, mercenary, officer, politician

Notable household

  • The Boss (mom determine)
  • EVA (lover)
  • Strong Snake (clone)
  • Liquid Snake (clone)
  • Solidus Snake (clone)
  • Venom Snake (physique double)
  • Gene remedy topics (progeny)

Behind the scenes

Primary look(s)

Created by

Hideo Kojima

Designed by

Yoji Shinkawa

Voiced by (Japanese)

  • Akio Ōtsuka (, , , )
  • Chikao Ōtsuka ()

Voiced by (English)

  • David Hayter (, , )
  • Richard Doyle ()
  • Kiefer Sutherland ()

Movement seize

  • Mizuho Yoshida ()
  • Motosada Mori (; CQC)
  • Akio Ōtsuka ()
  • Miou Tanaka ()
  • Kiefer Sutherland (; facial)
  • Erik Brown (, )


―Massive Boss[src]

Massive Boss, actual identify John,[3] also called Jack, and previously often called Bare Snake, Vic Boss,[4][5][6] Ishmael, Saladin, or just Snake, was a famend particular forces operative and mercenary commander. He based U.S. Military Particular Forces Unit FOXHOUND, together with the mercenary firm Militaires Sans Frontières, and was one of many founding members of the Patriots. Massive Boss later established the army states of Outer Heaven and Zanzibar Land as bases for his corporations, with a view to notice his ambitions of making a nation for troopers. Thought-about by some as “The Greatest Warrior of the 20th Century,” he earned such monikers as “the Legendary Soldier”[7] and “the Legendary Mercenary,”[8] feared in fight by each pal and foe as a hero and a madman.[9]

In the course of the Chilly Conflict, Massive Boss was an apprentice to The Boss, the so-called “Mother of Special Forces,” and later served as a black ops area agent for the CIA‘s FOX Unit, underneath Main Zero. Having his genetic code used as a part of the federal government undertaking Les Enfants Terribles, Massive Boss was the genetic father of Strong Snake (his subordinate and later nemesis), Liquid Snake and Solidus Snake. He was additionally the psychological and bodily template for his physique double and former subordinate, Venom Snake, with whom he shared the title of “Big Boss”.


Early years

Born in 1935,[10] Jack’s army profession dated again to the Nineteen Fifties, changing into The Boss‘ disciple in June 1950, and combating within the Korean Conflict.[3] The Boss taught Jack extensively relating to fight, weaponry, survival, espionage, destruction, psychology and international languages (corresponding to Russian), later creating CQC collectively. By means of the expertise, Jack grew to carry The Boss in nice respect and reverence, viewing her not solely as a mentor, but in addition as a parental determine of types. They went their separate methods on June 12, 1959.[11]

In 1954, Jack was concerned within the Bikini Atoll check of the primary airborne detonation of a hydrogen bomb. In contrast to most of his mates current in the course of the check, Jack didn’t develop signs of leukemia, thyroid most cancers, or radiation poisoning, however was rendered sterile.[12]

Warning: The next data is from exterior Hideo Kojima‘s core “Metal Gear Saga.” It has some degree of canonicity throughout the continuity, however reader discretion is suggested.[?]

In 1961, Jack carried out covert operations alongside Python in the course of the early levels of the Vietnam Conflict, earlier than America formally participated. He later acknowledged that Python was one of many few troopers he might utterly depend on in battle. The 2 additionally performed poker collectively, leaving Python owing Snake cash. The 2 had been later concerned in a mission collectively the place Python was shot and presumed lifeless.

Non-“Metal Gear Saga” data ends right here.

Previous to August 1964, Jack served within the Inexperienced Berets for a number of years. By late 1964, he had develop into skilled at sniping in city and marine environments,[13] and had eaten snakes throughout earlier survival coaching workouts,[14] feats which might show helpful in future missions. By this time, Jack had additionally been awarded numerous commendations, together with the Military Achievement Ribbon, the Good Conduct Ribbon, Protection Distinguished Service Ribbon, Korean Service Ribbon, a ribbon that resembles the Vietnam Service Ribbon, and the Distinguished Service Cross Ribbon, together with a number of others.[15]

On August 24, 1964, underneath the command of Main Zero, the supervision of The Boss, and the help of Para-Medic, Jack took half within the Virtuous Mission as a member of the CIA’s FOX Unit, wherein he was to rescue defecting Soviet scientist Nikolai Stepanovich Sokolov. Working underneath the codename “Naked Snake,” he infiltrated the Soviet area of Tselinoyarsk after enterprise the world’s first Excessive Altitude Low Opening (HALO) leap. Evading KGB troops within the area, Snake efficiently made contact with Sokolov and escorted him to security, following a short battle with Main Ocelot of GRU. Earlier than he knocked the defeated Ocelot unconscious, Snake complimented the younger officer on his gun-fighting expertise, however steered that his quite flashy type was higher suited to revolvers than pistols. As Snake escorted Sokolov again to the extraction level, the professor defined to him that the Soviet authorities had pressured him to work on a brand new revolutionary weapon, the Shagohod. Fearing the harmful energy of this weapon, Sokolov begged Snake to verify to warn his authorities about its existence and see to its destruction.

Nevertheless, the mission led to failure with the shock defection of The Boss, and Snake was injured throughout a confrontation along with her, wherein he was thrown from a rope bridge. Sokolov was taken by The Boss’s Cobra Unit as a present for the rogue GRU colonel Yevgeny Borisovitch Volgin. The Boss additionally personally gave Volgin a stolen Davy Crockett Weapon System, together with two American nuclear warheads. Volgin instantly determined to check out his new weapon, by blowing up Sokolov’s check facility, with the injured Snake witnessing the explosion up shut as he waited for his emergency extraction.

Following his rescue, Snake was positioned in a sophisticated intensive care unit the place he was interrogated by brokers of the U.S. Authorities, relating to The Boss’s defection.[16] Every week later, Zero confirmed up at to the infirmary ward the place Snake was stored in custody, and briefed him on the scenario. The federal government had at first been planning to make use of them as scapegoats for the failed mission by charging each of them with excessive treason for his or her connection to The Boss, however had dropped the concept on account of extra urgent issues arising. Volgin’s detonation of the nuclear warhead had created a world incident, as Soviet intelligence had detected each the explosion and the American aircraft that had delivered Snake within the space, and now the Soviet authorities had been demanding an evidence. The Soviet chief, Nikita Khrushchev, was personally keen to imagine {that a} rogue factor of his intelligence service had been behind the detonation, however had identified that with none substantial proof to again this declare, he could be unable to persuade his cupboard and the Soviet military, who had been each urgent for a nuclear retaliation in opposition to the Individuals, of the U.S. authorities’s innocence within the matter. Khrushchev was capable of purchase the Individuals per week to seek out the proof, however warned that failure to take action would perhaps set off a full-scale nuclear struggle. So as a substitute, the U.S. authorities now had a suggestion for Snake and Zero. They might each be cleared of any involvement within the defection underneath the situation that Snake, once more underneath Zero’s command, would return to Tselinoyarsk, get rid of The Boss, destroy the Shagohod, and recuperate Sokolov and the remaining nuclear warhead. This mission was designated Operation Snake Eater. For his assist staff, Para-Medic was as soon as once more signed on, together with the brand new member “Sigint“, a expertise and weapons skilled

Regardless of not having utterly recovered from his earlier accidents, Snake was redeployed to Tselinoyarsk through a D-21 drone prototype.[17] Zero briefed him on the way in which, telling that his first order of enterprise was to satisfy up with a contact with the codename ADAM, an American mole within the KGB. Unbeknownst to him, nevertheless, he was secretly being adopted by XOF commander Cranium Face, who had been ordered to comply with, help and clear up after Snake. Shortly after his touchdown, The Boss appeared earlier than him on a white horse. Snake demanded an evidence for her actions, however she refused to supply one, and as a substitute disarmed him with ease, dismantled his gun, and destroyed the D-21 prototype. The Boss then advised him to go away the realm, saying she must kill him if he continued in following her, earlier than using away.

Undeterred, Snake continued to the place he was scheduled to satisfy with ADAM, however he as a substitute met a mysterious girl who recognized herself as EVA and claimed to be ADAM’s accomplice. She supplied him with a brand new gun, intel on Sokolov’s whereabouts – telling him that he was held at Graniny Gorki, a Soviet analysis plant within the space – and a scientist disguise to assist him infiltrate the bottom. Although Snake was cautious in the direction of EVA to start with, as she failed to present him the proper countersign to show her id, he grew to become satisfied that she was on his facet when she helped him to combat off one other assault from Ocelot, who tried to enact revenge on Snake for his humiliating defeat in the course of the Virtuous Mission. He did, nevertheless, additionally forestall EVA from taking pictures the fleeing Ocelot, allegedly as a result of he was “still young,” though he had really taken a liking to him.

Making it to Graniny Gorki, Snake donned his scientist disguise and infiltrated the complicated. As he looked for Sokolov, he got here throughout the bitter Soviet scientist Aleksandr Leonovitch Granin, Sokolov’s skilled rival, who drunkenly advised him concerning the prototype designs for Metallic Gear he was engaged on and the way he deliberate to share them with a pal in America as revenge in opposition to his superiors for not appreciating his work. Granin additionally advised Snake of the Philosophers’ Legacy, and defined that it was chargeable for making Volgin as rich and highly effective as he was. When Granin realized that Snake was an American agent and on a mission to extract Sokolov, he fortunately advised him that Sokolov was really being held on the army compound of Groznyj Grad the place he was being pressured to proceed his work on the Shagohod, after which handed him a key card that may assist him acquire entry to the fortress, within the hopes that Snake would achieve his mission and that having Sokolov out of the way in which would assist him advance his personal profession.

Throughout his trek by way of Tselinoyarsk, Snake fought and defeated numerous members of The Boss’s Cobra Unit, together with The Ache, The Concern, The Finish, and finally The Fury. He additionally had one other run-in with Ocelot, who challenged him to a gun duel on the Bolshaya Previous crevice, which ended inconclusively when Ocelot fled the scene after noticing one in all The Ache’s hornets scouting the realm. Confronted with having to infiltrate the Groznyj Grad fortress, with a view to find Sokolov and get nearer to the Shagohod, Snake was advised to incapacitate the GRU officer, Ivan Raidenovitch Raikov, who was Volgin’s secret lover, and steal his uniform with a view to infiltrate the bottom. Snake’s infiltration try did, nevertheless, fail when he occurred to run into Volgin, who noticed by way of Snake’s disguise, leading to his seize after shedding one other hand-to-hand encounter with The Boss.

Snake woke up with a bag over his head in an interrogation room to the sounds of Sokolov’s obvious loss of life at Volgin’s palms. Volgin then turned his consideration to Snake, repeatedly hitting him and electrocuting him together with his lightning powers, whereas demanding to know the main points of his mission and if he had any accomplices. When Snake refused to interrupt, The Boss stepped and tried to persuade Volgin that his makes an attempt had been in useless as she had personally skilled Snake to by no means give in to torture, however a annoyed Volgin as a substitute intensified the torture whereas asking Snake if he was after the Philosophers’ Legacy he had in his possession, earlier than telling him that he had hidden the Legacy in an underground vault in Groznyj Grad, so he would by no means get his palms on it. In the course of the torture, a transmitter fell from Snake’s physique. When Volgin demanded an evidence, The Boss claimed that she had planted it on him to trace his actions. Volgin then demanded proof and that she and Snake weren’t colluding in opposition to him and requested her to chop out Snake’s eyes. Earlier than The Boss might so, nevertheless, EVA, in her disguise as Tatyana, intervened and demanded that they cease, inflicting Ocelot to step in and accuse her of being the spy who had aided Snake. He determined to settle the query with a recreation of Russian Roulette, and ready to shoot EVA. Snake, making an attempt to guard EVA, ran into Ocelot, inflicting the gun to discharge in his face, which saved her life at the price of his personal proper eye. Happy with what had taken place, Volgin departed, telling a distraught EVA to affix him in his room. Ocelot, in the meantime, congratulated Snake on surviving the torture and punched him within the again (unbeknownst to Snake, inserting the transmitter on his physique once more), earlier than additionally departing. The Boss, in the meantime, covertly handed Snake a gun and a faux loss of life capsule and advised him to make his escape when he had the possibility. Earlier than the guards arrived to seize Snake, EVA leaned in on him and rapidly defined her hidden escape route from Groznyj Grad, telling him to satisfy her within the sewers underneath the complicated.

Again in his holding cell, Snake managed to outwit the jail guard, Johnny, and made his escape from Groznyj Grad. By sneaking into the sewers, Snake headed to the rendezvous website EVA had advised him about to satisfy her there. EVA, nevertheless, radioed in to warn that his escape had been found and that the Ocelot Unit was sizzling on his heels. Attempting to evade their pursuit, Snake discovered himself surrounded at a lifeless finish the place the sewer dropped off right into a waterfall. Ocelot confirmed up as soon as extra, demanding that the unit didn’t intervene as he gloated about attending to get pleasure from his revenge and loaded his revolver with a single bullet. As Ocelot cycled by way of the empty chambers, Snake narrowly escaped by leaping from the waterfall and touchdown within the pool under, virtually drowning within the course of and struggling a near-death expertise involving the deceased Cobra member, The Sorrow. Snake reunited with EVA behind a waterfall in Tikhogornyj, retrieved his gear from her, and adopted using an eye fixed patch. He returned to Groznyj Grad and efficiently destroyed the Shagohod’s hangar, ultimately defeating Volgin and destroying the Shagohod itself.

Snake and EVA then made their option to Rokovoj Bereg to board a WIG that EVA had stashed away as an escape car. With enemy troopers nonetheless on their tail, EVA was severely injured in a motorbike crash, needing to be escorted by way of Zaozyorje by Snake whereas maneuvering round a search staff. Upon their arrival to the lake, nevertheless, The Boss was ready, and he or she confronted Snake in a area of white flowers. She reminded him of his responsibility as a soldier, previous to participating him in a remaining duel. To make sure that Snake would perform his mission, The Boss radioed Russian fighters, who had been solely ten minutes away from their place, to start bombing Rokovoj Bereg. She gave Snake some parting phrases, which might come to drastically form his worldview and hang-out him for the remainder of his life:


―The Boss to Bare Snake

Snake fought his mentor with nice reluctance, and after a fierce battle, his mastery of CQC now matching hers, he ultimately incapacitated her. As Snake approached the injured Boss, she gave him the Philosophers’ Legacy, explaining that she had stolen it from Volgin earlier, and advised him to maintain it secure. She then calmly gave him her gun and urged him to complete her off. Snake hesitantly obliged and pulled the set off.

Snake and EVA then began to make their escape within the WIG, however earlier than they may accomplish that, they had been as soon as once more confronted by Ocelot, as he used a flying platform to board the aircraft and problem Snake to a different combat. After an inconclusive fist combat, Ocelot as a substitute steered that he and Snake ought to settle it in a recreation that mixed Russian roulette and fast draw, however not earlier than they exchanged their actual first names with one another (Adamska and John). After they each fired off their weapons with out killing one another, an amused Ocelot revealed that he had performed a trick on Snake and that the bullet was a clean. He gave Snake a wry smile as he hinted they might most likely meet once more. He then jumped off the aircraft, permitting Snake and EVA to go away the realm.

EVA and Snake ultimately made their option to Galena, Alaska, the place two sought refuge in an deserted cabin, sharing collectively an evening of tumultuous ardour. As Snake awoke the following morning to seek out EVA had left him someday in the course of the evening, having taken the Philosophers’ Legacy along with her, he additionally found a tape recording she had left behind for him earlier than she deserted him. In it she defined that she had by no means been the actual EVA, however was really a triple agent working for China. Whereas underneath orders to kill anybody who knew this, she had however determined to spare his life, denying that she had carried out so as a result of she had fallen in love with him, however as a substitute as a result of she had personally promised The Boss that she would preserve him alive. She additionally advised him the reality about The Boss’ mission: particularly, that The Boss had been a double agent all alongside, the U.S. authorities having staged her supposed deflection in an try to each steal the Philosophers’ Legacy from Volgin and destroy the Shagohod in a single fell swoop. Nevertheless, because of Volgin’s unanticipated choice to detonate one of many American nuclear warheads in a show that may destroy Sokolov’s analysis facility, the U.S. was pressured to go together with a change in plans, having determined that sacrificing The Boss’ life by the hands of Snake, her personal favourite trainee and disciple, could be the easiest way of outwardly proving America’s innocence to the Soviets. The Boss herself had agreed to this alteration of the unique plan, willingly giving up her life and fame to avoid wasting each her nation and the world from nuclear struggle, all of the whereas understanding that historical past would later keep in mind her each as a traitor and a struggle prison.

Snake ultimately rendezvoused with the U.S. authorities, and was lauded for his efforts. In a ceremony at Langley Air Drive Base, Snake was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and the codename of “Big Boss” by President Lyndon B. Johnson. In the meantime, members of the federal government talked about his nice expertise as each a soldier and agent, contemplating that he could be the best man to coach and head a brand new unit of different folks together with his talents.

The newly-christened Massive Boss, nevertheless, discovered no feeling of delight or accomplishment in the entire affair. Having realized the true nature behind Operation Snake Eater, he solely felt disgrace. When Zero tried to congratulate him, Massive Boss was unable to look him within the eye, and quietly left the ceremony.

As he stood over The Boss’ nameless grave at Arlington Nationwide Cemetery, Massive Boss got here to the conclusion that he had overpassed what he was combating for, and with it his patriotism for his nation. Due to this, in addition to his blaming himself for permitting it to occur, he retired from FOX.[18]

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Unbeknownst to him, his disposing of Colonel Volgin had additionally made him a hero to the folks of the Soviet Union.[19]

Put up-Snake Eater

Snake’s retirement from struggle was quick lived, and his makes an attempt at changing into an teacher or searching information failed.[20] In 1966, Massive Boss encountered a struggle orphan often called Frank Jaeger in the course of the Mozambican Conflict of Independence. After defeating him and nursing him again to well being,[21] he escorted him to a rehab facility the place he may very well be taken care of. The rehab facility later gave Jaeger over to the CIA to be used within the Good Soldier Mission. Throughout this time, he additionally tried to seek out EVA, however was unable to discover a hint of her for years.[22]

Though he had been labeled Massive Boss and have become a legend within the black ops world on account of his exploits, he continued to make use of the codename Bare Snake as a result of he felt that he was unworthy of the title of Boss. In November 1970, the FOX Unit was thought of to be rogue after its members organized a revolt, capturing a Soviet base in South America, on the San Hieronymo Peninsula. Massive Boss was captured by FOX and brought to the peninsula, the place he was imprisoned and interrogated. Likewise, Massive Boss was additionally charged with treason by the Division of Protection for supposedly spearheading the FOX revolt. The agent who led the revolt managed to assemble FOX members who specialised in solo sneaking missions and kill off all those that opposed, with Snake believed to be the one one able to doing so.[23]

Massive Boss met fellow prisoner Roy Campbell, a member of the Inexperienced Berets. Massive Boss managed to contact Para-Medic, who advised him that each he and Main Zero had been charged with treason by the Pentagon, believing them the masterminds behind the revolt. Massive Boss and Campbell escaped and went on to influence former Crimson Military troopers, together with disillusioned FOX operatives, to affix them and stand up in opposition to the revolt. Para-Medic and Sigint additionally helped take down FOX and clear their names.

Throughout this time, Massive Boss met Null (Frank Jaeger) and the 2 fought on a variety of separate events. He additionally met Python as soon as once more, who had not died in the course of the Vietnam Conflict, however was stored alive by the CIA and skilled as an “anti-Snake.” Regardless of this, Boss nonetheless managed to defeat Python. Massive Boss additionally realized that FOX operative Cunningham‘s precise mission from the Division of Protection was to power Gene, the chief of the revolt, to launch Metallic Gear to tarnish the CIA’s fame. Massive Boss killed Cunningham and went on to kill Gene, though not earlier than studying that, opposite to what was advised to him, The Boss’s loss of life was really deliberate from the very starting by “a single deviously-cunning strategist.”

With the assistance of the Crimson Military troopers he had recruited, Massive Boss destroyed Gene’s nuclear missile. Gene left Massive Boss with a big cache of funds and provides that he meant to make use of within the creation of Military’s Heaven.

Non-“Metal Gear Saga” data ends right here.

In 1970, Massive Boss formally fashioned FOXHOUND, to hold on the custom of the FOX Unit.

The Patriots and Les Enfants Terribles

After Zero obtained management of the Philosophers’ Legacy, Massive Boss was invited to affix in his formation of a brand new group, comprising Sigint, Para-Medic, Ocelot, and himself, which might later be often called the Patriots. Devoted to reaching a unity of thought and consciousness in honor of The Boss’s remaining needs, Massive Boss was chosen to be an icon for the group, having identified The Boss higher than anybody else.

Round this time, Massive Boss participated in a mission to rescue EVA from Hanoi in 1971, who later joined Zero’s group herself. Tales about Massive Boss, riddled with exaggeration and misrepresentation, had been disseminated by Zero among the many plenty, elevating him to the standing of an idol; a logo to regulate the folks. Friction developed between the 2 as Zero’s lust for energy grew, with Massive Boss resenting his function because the puppet.

Afraid of shedding Massive Boss, Zero deliberate to complete up a secret undertaking known as Les Enfants Terribles whereby Massive Boss’s DNA was used to create genetically enhanced troopers.[note 1] The clones Strong Snake, Liquid Snake, and Solidus Snake had been produced on this undertaking and had been collectively often called the “Sons of Big Boss.” Different heirs to Massive Boss’s genetic legacy included the handfuls of failures produced early within the experiment, along with the abortion of six fetuses in the course of the creation of Liquid and Strong Snake. Massive Boss ultimately discovered concerning the undertaking, which grew to become the final straw for him. Decided to oppose Zero and his plans, Massive Boss broke away from the Patriots.

Massive Boss left america and FOXHOUND, drifting from nation to nation as a lone soldier. Throughout this time, he returned to Vietnam to affix an LRRP (Lengthy Vary Reconnaissance Patrol), and fought alongside SOG (Research and Commentary Group), the Inexperienced Berets and the Wild Geese, finishing greater than 70 missions.[1]

Assembly Kazuhira Miller

In late 1972, Massive Boss was employed by the Colombian authorities to work with its military. There, Massive Boss’s unit ambushed guerrilla chief Kazuhira Miller and his unit, wiping all of them out aside from Miller. Massive Boss later established his personal mercenary group often called Militaires Sans Frontières (Troopers With out Borders), or MSF for brief, and recruited Miller as second in command. With the intention to guarantee Miller was pardoned by the bottom commander as a substitute of interrogated and/or executed, he additionally blackmailed the bottom commander with a non-public journal coping with subject material that might outcome within the latter’s execution.

On November 4, 1974, Massive Boss stationed MSF within the Barranquilla Coast of Colombia, the place he was approached by Ramón Gálvez Mena and Paz Ortega Andrade from Costa Rica, a “Nation with out a Army.” Because the Cuban Missile Disaster, Latin America had develop into a key to sustaining the ability stability between East and West. Regardless of this, an unknown armed power stationed themselves in numerous areas of the nation, claiming to be an “international police force” employed by the Costa Rican Improvement Company (often called CODESA). Gálvez doubted their declare believing they had been really employed by “la cia.”

Massive Boss initially refused to carry again the invasion, not wanting his unit to develop into “dogs of war.” Massive Boss ultimately agreed when Gálvez confirmed Massive Boss a recording from Paz’s lacking pal wherein the voice of The Boss may very well be heard. Massive Boss accepted, taking Gálvez reward of an off-shore base and establishing it as the brand new Mom Base for the Militaires Sans Frontières.

Six days later, to protect peace within the area, MSF moved into motion. Massive Boss and Miller rapidly found that the CIA was bringing nukes into Costa Rica. On his option to Nicaragua, Massive Boss enlisted the assistance of a Sandinista Nationwide Liberation Entrance unit led by Amanda Valenciano Libre to seek out out extra data, whereas undercover as a Colombian ornithologist, although he was ultimately pressured to take Amanda to Mom Base after she was injured whereas attempting to avoid wasting her youthful brother Chico.

Massive Boss rescued Chico and headed to Mount Irazu, the place the nukes had been stationed. There, he encountered Pupa after overhearing an argument between Huey Emmerich and Scorching Coldman. Studying concerning the Peace Walker undertaking, in addition to an AI facility in a Mayan Pyramid, Massive Boss recruited Huey to MSF.

In some unspecified time in the future, Snake and Miller executed a mission with the help of a shared cardboard “Love Box” disguise, efficiently bypassing each an enemy truck and an AI weapon. Nevertheless, the cramped area between them induced issues, which together with Miller’s sun shades successfully blinding him, induced them to journey up from time to time, with Miller additionally complaining about Snake’s supposed unhealthy breath. Ultimately, they grew to become so irritated with one another that Snake inadvertently blew their cowl, lifting up the field whereas nonetheless inside enemy sights and expressing irritation on the Miller’s complaints.[24]

Afterwards, he managed to assist Cécile Cosima Caminades, the lacking pal of Paz, in addition to be taught a disturbing fact; The Boss’s voice he had heard was really an AI programmed in her picture, often called the Mammal Pod.

Massive Boss encountered Strangelove, who hated him, and took out Chrysalis and Cocoon. He tried to cease Peace Walker from reaching Nicaragua, however finally failed. Boss adopted Paz, who had been captured by Coldman, and located Peace Walker. Gálvez (whose actual identify was Vladimir Zadornov) revealed he was really utilizing Snake so the Soviet Union might conquer Central America with ease. Massive Boss was pressured to cease Peace Walker from inflicting a nuclear struggle after Coldman activated the launch sequence.

On the finish of the fiasco, Snake determined to formally establish himself as Massive Boss after studying of The Boss “putting down her gun”, which he seen as a betrayal of herself as a soldier. He eliminated The Boss’s former bandana from his head following Peace Walker’s sacrifice. Massive Boss, underneath Kaz, Huey, and Strangelove’s suggestion, commissioned the creation of Metallic Gear ZEKE utilizing components salvaged from the AI weapons.

In some unspecified time in the future, Massive Boss initially permitted of a sauna being put in at Mom Base when steered by Kazuhira Miller, however finally determined in opposition to it, particularly after an incident the place one of many MSF personnel, Armadillo, fainted with sufficient power to ship the seagulls flying away and in addition needed to be hospitalized for a complete month, regardless of being boasted as being as “sturdy as a tank.” He additionally proceeded to do an investigation on what really occurred there, ultimately studying from each Swan and Gazelle that Miller had been within the room on the time, with the previous even doing “soap play” with Miller on the time, and finally confirmed his suspicions when Miller inadvertently revealed that he knew Armadillo fainted within the room when he did not even point out who fainted. This led to Massive Boss to inform Miller off within the showers for his womanizing conduct setting a foul instance on the MSF forces, which rapidly escalated right into a extreme brawl. Afterwards, he sentenced Miller to a yr of cleanup responsibility as punishment, apologizing to all concerned, and maintaining a test on his philandering nature. Paz witnessed this and recorded this occasion in her diary with out their information.[25]

Whereas ZEKE was nearing completion on Mom Base, Massive Boss deduced there was a spy among the many ranks of MSF. Zadornov managed to flee a number of instances whereas Zeke was being constructed, and the person hinted as a lot after Massive Boss shot him in self protection. Earlier than they may consider what this might imply, Massive Boss obtained phrase that ZEKE was hijacked, and rushed to confront the hijacker.

To their shock, MSF realized that the hijacker was Paz (who was really Cipher agent Pacifica Ocean). The mission was deliberate by Cipher with a view to get Massive Boss to rejoin them. After he refused, Paz threatened to launch a nuke on the East Coast and body the MSF. Massive Boss defeated ZEKE and though Paz was seemingly killed, he suspected she survived. Miller admitted that he too was working for Cipher as a businessman, although Massive Boss forgave him. In time, they might come to be often called the founders of “Outer Heaven.”

Snake and Miller ultimately found Paz’s tapes and diary left behind on Mom Base. It was clear that her dedication to Cipher was wavering however with Paz’s disappearance, nothing else may very well be sure.

In some unspecified time in the future, Snake used Miller as “Subject D” for the R&D Staff’s Human Slingshot undertaking, on account of an absence of volunteers, upon receiving a report on the weapon.[26] At one other level, Snake and a minimum of three MSF troopers efficiently executed a mission close to a seashore, though Snake was so exhausted that he delayed returning and let his males go away on the extract chopper, a lot to their gratitude, whereas requesting a second chopper to select him up.[27]

Camp Omega

Warning: The next occasions happen within the pseudo-historical Aspect Ops in ; its degree of canonicity is ambiguous.

Aspect Ops

Afterwards, Massive Boss alongside the additional increasing MSF participated in numerous missions inside america Naval Facility in Cuba.

On December 3, Massive Boss infiltrated the bottom to assassinate an notorious sniper duo from the Laotian Civil Conflict, Glaz and Palitz, after MSF had been employed by KGB contacts of Miller’s. After neutralizing the targets, they started to suspect the bottom in Cuba because of the sniper staff being terrified to such an extent that it even exceeded their worry of loss of life itself.

On December 7, Massive Boss returned to the bottom to make sure the extraction of MSF Intel Unit agent Hideo. Meaning to rendezvous with Hideo on the heliport, Massive Boss supplied cowl hearth from a Hind whereas the agent escaped in a stolen jeep. Nevertheless, when Hideo’s jeep was disabled and he ended up knocked out, Massive Boss was pressured to disembark from the chopper to instantly intervene, taking out an APC earlier than carrying Hideo to the chopper. He additionally shot down a Blackhawk when it tried to pursue the Hind because it retreated.

On December 21, MSF was employed by the U.S. army’s Joint Chiefs of Employees (JCS) to rendezvous with their spy on the base, with Massive Boss infiltrating by hiding at the back of a truck. Following suspicions that the bottom had been secretly transformed to a black website, Massive Boss positioned and interrogated the agent, who revealed that he had stowed away data he had uncovered, being unable to instantly hand it over because of the excessive degree of safety. Massive Boss retrieved the tape cassette containing the knowledge after deducing its location and escaped. By means of this tape, MSF was capable of uncover the existence of a person identified solely as Cranium Face, in addition to affirm the JCS’s suspicions relating to the bottom.

On January 9, 1975, Massive Boss sabotaged all the bottom’s anti-aircraft emplacements with C4, in preparation for a MAGTF assault organized by the JCS. The MAGTF’s amphibious assault provider was detected sooner than anticipated by the bottom’s protection methods, forcing Massive Boss to function underneath a full alert, finally destroying an APC, whose cannon would have threatened the advance. He additionally rescued a prisoner who was a member of the MSF Intel Staff that had been captured on an earlier reconnaissance of the bottom. As he was about to retreat, nevertheless, he realized from Miller that two unidentified plane had proven up on radar, and had been headed in the direction of his location. He narrowly managed to flee the bottom through chopper, witnessing the plane’s bombardment throughout his departure, and inflicting MSF to suspect Cipher’s involvement within the affair.

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In February 1975, Massive Boss and Miller obtained a request by the IAEA to examine Mom Base.[28] Though the official cause given was as a result of that they had bought nuclear gasoline from Uzbekistani officers, they each knew that the actual cause was as a result of Cipher influenced them as revenge for his or her earlier defeat. Massive Boss acknowledged that they ship the IAEA an official letter of refusal on account of their standing as a non-public firm, not a nation underneath the NPT.[29] Nevertheless, Huey, the one MSF member who supported the inspection,[29] ended up sending one other letter that indicated that they modified their minds, forcing Massive Boss to permit the inspection to occur as a result of it could have in any other case drawn an excessive amount of suspicion. In preparation, numerous AFVs save for ZEKE had been relocated to shore in addition to numerous trouble-making personnel ordered to take necessary R&R.[30] All civilians save for Huey, together with Cécile, got papers to journey again to their dwelling nations. The remaining members of the FSLN group made rendezvous with Amanda who was already at Cuba. Massive Boss additionally realized that Strangelove had resigned from MSF and left Mom Base per week earlier (he had been away on an task on the time and thus had been unaware earlier than then).[28]

Ten days later, Massive Boss’s suspicions about Paz’s survival had been ultimately confirmed, when he realized that she had been rescued by a Belizean fisherman whereas she lay adrift within the ocean. Cipher suspected Paz was compromised as a double agent, and was being interrogated and imprisoned inside Camp Omega, a most safety army jail facility positioned on the southern tip of Cuba. Massive Boss steered to kill her on account of her information of MSF however Kaz opted to as a substitute rescue her as she was their solely viable hyperlink to Cipher. They determined to retrieve her later, as that they had the inspection to fret about.[31] Sadly, after Chico ended up sneaking off a provide ship that was refueling at Santiago de Cuba en path to Amanda in Havana,[32] in addition to his being captured, Massive Boss and Miller had been pressured to revise their plan to do a solo rescue op, after Chico confirmed their areas in an SOS transmission. Massive Boss volunteered to be the one to bear the operation, thereby lacking the inspection.[33] For the mission, Massive Boss assembled a skeleton crew to help him, together with the helicopter pilot Morpho, and one in all his high operatives, an exceptionally gifted MSF medic, to supply medical assist if want be.

On March 16, forty hours since Chico’s final contact, Massive Boss had arrived and scaled the cliff. In the course of the infiltration, U.N. inspection groups departed from Mom Base, with Miller holding down the fort. When nearing Chico’s cell, Miller radioed in telling him that they notified Amanda about Chico’s present standing, and expressed some disturbance relating to her oddly being elated about being “ready for the worst” relating to her brother. Massive Boss ultimately positioned Chico, though he was later pressured to choke him into unconsciousness because of the latter panicking on the sight of him, and thus risking his getting caught by the guards. He later carried Chico all the way in which again to the chopper, on account of his ankles being pierced with a nut and bolt.

Afterwards, Massive Boss inquired Chico about Paz’s standing. He was then provided with a cassette tape containing Paz being tortured by numerous personnel, with Chico claiming that she had died. Massive Boss managed to infer Paz’s location after additional inspection of the tape, and managed to retrieve her, who was alive, albeit unconscious, and took her again to the chopper. Shortly after boarding, nevertheless, the medic regarded over Paz and determined emergency surgical procedure needed to be carried out to take away a bomb implanted in her stomach. Massive Boss assisted the medic in holding down Paz as he lower her open, and was additionally capable of finding the bomb implanted in her; he instantly tossed it out of the chopper.

The staff’s return to Mom Base occurred in the midst of an assault by XOF forces. Miller and Massive Boss supplied assist and canopy hearth for MSF troopers making an attempt to evacuate the bottom through chopper, narrowly escaping earlier than the strut collapsed. After telling Massive Boss that the inspection was really a smokescreen, a livid Miller tried to interrogate Paz irritably, solely to be restrained. Massive Boss ultimately witnessed Paz’s loss of life when she exploded after leaping out, studying that she had actually been implanted with two bombs quite than one as earlier believed. Massive Boss solely suffered restricted accidents from the explosion because the medic jumped in entrance of him and shielded him together with his physique because the bomb went off, thereby taking the brunt of the explosion himself. Regardless, the explosion made the MSF chopper spin uncontrolled, sending it right into a collision course with a pursuing XOF chopper.

Later, Massive Boss, Miller, and the medic had been handled in a hospital emergency room, the place each Massive Boss and the medic’s lives was saved by a medical staff however, Massive Boss would fall right into a coma on account of accidents sustained from the crash. The medic, in the meantime, was then positioned into an artificially induced coma.

9-year coma

As soon as the 2 males had been secure sufficient to be moved, Zero had EVA transfer each Massive Boss and the medic to Dhekelia SBA Memorial Hospital in Cyprus with a view to be hidden, to obtain medical therapy, and to be sorted whereas they’re of their comas. Zero managed the knowledge in order that their enemies, together with Cranium Face and XOF wouldn’t have the ability to discover them whereas they had been unconscious.

Ocelot and Zero talked, with the previous being in command of the safety on the hospital. In the course of the dialog, Zero advised Ocelot that he aimed to create one other Snake, with Ocelot angrily assuming it was a product of the Les Enfants Terribles undertaking. Zero defined he really deliberate for the medic to develop into a psychological copy of Massive Boss, and act as a physique double meant to divert consideration away from the actual Massive Boss. Ocelot, who solely cared Massive Boss’s finest pursuits, reluctantly agreed to the plan.

After Miller recovered from his accidents, he observed that Massive Boss was lacking. Contacting Zero, he defined that for Massive Boss’s security, Miller needed to steer clear of Massive Boss till the latter awoke from his coma. Zero mentioned that the code phrase for when Massive Boss awoke was “V [had] come to.” Unbeknownst to Miller, Zero was really referring to the medic, who would act as the brand new Massive Boss, whereas the actual one was to vanish out of the general public eye.

In 1976, Cranium Face despatched Zero a lapel pin that belonged to The Boss which Cranium Face recovered from Tselinoyarsk, and coated the lapel pin with a type of the vocal wire parasites that contaminated Zero when the latter by chance pricked his finger. Cranium Face, not content material with simply killing Zero, coated the lapel pin with a type of parasites that may ultimately ship Zero right into a vegetative state that he would stay in for the rest of his life.

In 1977, Zero visited each Massive Boss and the medic, although he ignored the latter for essentially the most half. He solely inquired concerning the medic when asking the physician which was the actual Massive Boss and that the medical doctors did as instructed. When Zero requested if both of them had woken, the physician advised him that each Snakes’ EEGs confirmed secure exercise ranges. Nevertheless, there was no change and that the medical doctors moved their muscular tissues each 4 hours, in order that they’d be prepared to maneuver ought to they get up. Zero advised the physician that the 2 could be within the hospital for the remainder of the length of their comas because of the threat of transferring them, and their location was secure. After speaking to Massive Boss spiritually concerning the time Zero visited Massive Boss in hospital following the Virtuous Mission, Zero left the hospital and went again into hiding for good.


In early 1984, Massive Boss awoke from his coma within the Cypriot hospital, whereas the medic remained unconscious. Over a number of classes, Ocelot briefed him on what had occurred within the years he had been unconscious, and advised him that XOF had realized of his restoration and that the “Man on Fire” had woke up too. Recognizing the person who had saved his life in the course of the assault on Mom Base, Massive Boss was made conscious of the plan to make the medic into his bodily and psychological doppelganger, not solely as a decoy to guard him from Cipher, however to be his face on the world stage till the time got here for the his personal resurgence. Justifying to himself that the medic had risked his life to guard him beforehand, and possessed the talents to tackle this harmful function, Massive Boss agreed to the plan, regardless of knowingly inserting the lives of harmless hospital sufferers in danger within the occasion of an assault.

Massive Boss additionally obtained data from Ocelot relating to Les Enfants Terribles, studying that the undertaking was deserted in 1976, they usually mentioned how they need to reply to any potential encounter with the lacking clone “Eli“, who had given his British handlers the slip someplace in Southern Africa. Massive Boss acknowledged that he felt no actual connection to him, however ordered that he ought to nonetheless be handled like a human being and nothing extra.

Massive Boss was advised by Ocelot that the struggle enterprise Miller and himself began within the Seventies had a positive affect on Cipher by directing the general public’s animosity exterior their nations, they may unify their mind set, that weapons for rent might proceed the cycle, and the rewards would profit the economic system. In the future struggle would develop into a enterprise to govern the minds of the general public.

Regarding Zero’s location, Ocelot mentioned there have been no leads, they usually weren’t even certain if Zero was nonetheless alive, however the protocol he put into place was nonetheless progressing. Ocelot in contrast Zero to Massive Brother on account of his controlling of data and mentioned that Massive Boss was the Massive Brother of the battlefield. Nevertheless, Zero would ultimately have nations underneath his management, he would management folks’s lifestyle and prolong oppression to the entire world. In the future, Massive Boss and Ocelot must combat this oppression Zero had created.

Zero had been attacked, however Ocelot mentioned that whereas the main points weren’t utterly clear, a organic weapon was used. Zero obtained medical therapy, however he had not proven any progress in restoration. Because the assault, Zero’s speech and actions grew to become unhinged, and Zero’s new location was unknown, having used a blackout in New York to disrupt the transportation and data grids and had been lined up. Whereas the AI Cipher used would have the solutions, it had been sealed off. Whereas Cranium Face efficiently attacked Zero, even he did not know the place he was now.

Now that Zero was too in poor health to proceed working Cipher, Ocelot revealed that Donald Anderson had taken over command of Cipher, in addition to the AI he oversaw. The thought got here to thoughts in 1974 when the Mammal Pod penetrated NORAD, however on account of what occurred in the course of the Peace Walker Incident, the brand new AI had been given restrictions and its function was to filter knowledge it collected earlier than passing it on to folks, guiding their choice making. They achieved this by recruiting Strangelove into DARPA. That Zero’s final request was for Massive Boss to be secure. Anderson’s new undertaking was known as “the Patriots”, which was going for use to drive society to unify the world.

The medic woke up on February 26, 1984, and on March 11, Massive Boss made his transfer. Disguising his face in bandages, Massive Boss saved the still-recovering medic, whom he dubbed “Ahab,” from a feminine murderer, forcing her to leap from a window after setting her on hearth. When Ahab requested who he was, Massive Boss advised him that he was “talking to himself,” recognized himself as “Ishmael,” and defined that “he’s been watching over him for nine years” and that the entire world needed him lifeless. After Ishmael injected Ahab with digoxin to assist him transfer, the 2 proceeded to flee the hospital.

As a result of digoxin taking too lengthy, Ahab and Ishmael opted to make use of the elevator the place they encountered Tretij Rebenok and the Man on Hearth, the latter who induced Ahab’s arm to dislocate, which Ishmael helped put again into place, telling Ahab that subsequent time he ought to do it himself, advising him that it was good to repair his accidents whereas hiding from the enemy. The hospital was then raided by a XOF strike power who got here to liquidate Massive Boss, and to realize this they started to indiscriminately and systematically kill everybody they got here throughout within the hospital, no matter whether or not they had been employees or sufferers. As they sneaked by way of the corridors of the besieged hospital, Ishmael saved Ahab from a number of shut brushes with loss of life by the palms of the XOF troopers. Whereas hiding amongst lifeless medical doctors and sufferers, they had been caught by a XOF squad who had been distracted and killed by the Man on Hearth, who’s assault induced Ahab’s ankle to dislocate, which Snake fastened himself. Ishmael, in the meantime, realized the Man on Hearth’s weak spot, shot the sprinklers, inflicting him to vanish. Ishmael and Snake had been then capable of recuperate some firearms from the fallen XOF troopers, and was now capable of combat again in opposition to the strike power. Making their option to the doorway corridor, Ahab and Ishmael separated because the latter ran interference to distract the troopers and permit Ahab to flee.

After making it exterior, Ishmael commandeered an ambulance and used it to run over the Man on Hearth to avoid wasting Snake who he then proceeded to drive to security. Ishmael drove, evading XOF troopers, however he was knocked unconscious after taking a shot from a helicopter. Ahab tried to drive the ambulance, however he crashed right into a river financial institution. Recovering from the accident first, Ishmael was pulled from the car by Ocelot and left the unconscious Ahab within the ambulance.

Ocelot returned to the bottom space to satisfy with Massive Boss, who discarded his bandages and function of Ishmael, and obtained clothes, an eye-patch and a motorbike from his ally. Ocelot then gave Massive Boss a U.S. passport and advised him to go by the identify in mentioned passport and suggested him to vary his face, so he might return to the States with out incident. Ocelot then knowledgeable him that the medic could be Massive Boss from right here on out, and believed himself to be Massive Boss, with the actual Massive Boss summarizing that the medic was his “phantom.”

Ocelot advised Massive Boss it was needed as the entire world needed him lifeless and warranted as soon as once more him that the phantom could be all proper and that he might deal with it. Earlier than going their separate methods, the 2 smoked a cigar and Ocelot left with D-Horse, although not earlier than Massive Boss promised that they might meet once more. Massive Boss then used the motorbike to be on his means and started his long run plan to create his new army nation: Outer Heaven.

Massive Boss’s plans following the hospital escape had been orchestrated by Ocelot, who guided the medic in his new function of Venom Snake and stand-in for the actual Massive Boss. He deliberately used Venom Snake and his mercenary firm Diamond Canine to additional the legend of his personal identify, all of the whereas making preparations for the institution of the “true” Outer Heaven, exterior of the general public eye.

Someday after Venom Snake defeated Cranium Face and regained his reminiscences, Massive Boss despatched a cassette tape to Venom Snake, labelled “From the Man Who Sold the World,” which revealed the reality:


―Massive Boss

Massive Boss’s actions, nevertheless, made him an enemy of Diamond Canine’ XO and former comrade Kazuhira Miller. Feeling that he had been betrayed after studying the reality, Miller determined to oppose Massive Boss and meant to help his phantom and “sons” in bringing about his downfall.

Later profession

Since then, Massive Boss appeared in quite a few territorial and ethnic conflicts world wide.[1] In some unspecified time in the future in the course of the Mozambican Civil Conflict, he was reunited on the battlefield with Frank Jaeger (then a RENAMO soldier), rescuing him from imprisonment and torture. Massive Boss later took each Jaeger and his foster sister, Naomi Hunter, to america the place he helped them set up regular lives. Massive Boss and Jaeger ultimately returned to Africa to proceed combating, leaving Naomi behind in America.

Massive Boss achieved near-mythical standing on account of his extraordinary army profession and the exploits of Venom Snake, incomes him the “Legendary Soldier” moniker. He was heralded as a real hero and made the entrance covers of in style magazines in lots of nations. Afterwards, he served as a fight teacher and labored to reintegrate former baby troopers into society.[3] Considered one of them was a younger Sniper Wolf, whom he rescued from a harsh upbringing and raised as a soldier.[3]

In some unspecified time in the future in the course of the Gulf Conflict, data relating to Massive Boss’s genes was used for experimentation on numerous troopers serving within the battle. Nevertheless, many of those troopers would later undergo from uncomfortable side effects attributed to Gulf Conflict Syndrome, and their offspring would undergo from bodily deformities (nicknamed the “Gulf War Babies”).[34]

Within the early Nineteen Nineties, he returned to the U.S. to as soon as once more take command of FOXHOUND, the particular forces unit he based virtually twenty years earlier. Whereas serving as FOXHOUND commander, he secretly constructed up his mercenary firm Outer Heaven into a bigger army institution, with Venom Snake performing in his stead. Throughout this time, he was chargeable for the wild and instinctive methods utilized by FOXHOUND throughout operations, which frequently gave the impression to be deliberate with little warning and element.[1]

Circa 1995, David, a former Inexperienced Beret who had fought within the Gulf Conflict, joined FOXHOUND. Figuring out that David was one in all his three cloned sons, Massive Boss designated him the codename Strong Snake. Massive Boss taught Snake the methods of CQC and the significance of getting the desire to outlive on the battlefield.[35] In some unspecified time in the future, he advised Snake that he was his father.[36]

In 1995, the U.S. realized of Metallic Gear’s growth in Outer Heaven. Massive Boss commissioned FOXHOUND to infiltrate the fortified nation and destroy the weapon earlier than anybody else so he might purchase Venom Snake time to complete the TX-55 Metallic Gear.[9]

Massive Boss first despatched in Grey Fox.[9] When Fox was captured, Massive Boss briefed Strong Snake, FOXHOUND’s least skilled member (however most succesful on account of his genetic engineering) concerning the scenario. He then despatched him in a follow-up mission codenamed Operation Intrude N313 to rescue Fox and destroy Metallic Gear, whereas additionally informing Venom Snake of the operation.[37]

Later, Strong Snake confirmed expertise past Venom Snake’s expectations, main Massive Boss to start out feeding Strong Snake with false data and ultimately telling him to abort the mission to forestall Strong Snake’s success.[38][39][40] Regardless of Massive Boss now actively making an attempt to sabotage the mission, Snake disobeyed his orders and succeeded in infiltrating Outer Heaven and destroying TX-55 Metallic Gear.

Afterwards, Venom Snake confronted Strong Snake personally, calling himself Massive Boss.[41] After participating the bottom’s self-destruct countdown, Strong Snake and Massive Boss’s phantom fought one on one, and the latter was finally killed. Along with his “phantom” and finest man lifeless, Outer Heaven destroyed, the actual Massive Boss left FOXHOUND for good and used Venom Snake’s loss of life to faux his personal earlier than going into hiding.

Following NATO‘s subsequent bombing of the realm, Massive Boss rescued lots of the survivors, together with refugees, orphans, and Resistance members.[42] Nevertheless, he solely did this as a result of he meant to make use of them on the battlefield.[43] He later fled with the survivors to Central Asia.[1]

In 1997, Massive Boss and his followers participated within the Mercenary Conflict, giving a fledgling nation on the border of the previous USSR, Pakistan, China, and Afghanistan its independence. Zanzibar Province, a former autonomous zone of the united states, thus grew to become Zanzibar Land with Massive Boss as its president. Recruiting struggle orphans from throughout the Third World and elevating them as troopers, Massive Boss hoped to create a nation by and for troopers the place troopers had been honored, not handled as political instruments. A few of the youngsters in Zanzibar Land would come to view Massive Boss as a father determine.[44] Massive Boss recruited Grey Fox to his trigger and, to make sure Zanzibar Land’s success, he as soon as once more commissioned the creation of a Metallic Gear: Metallic Gear D. This time, Dr. Madnar developed the brand new mannequin of his personal free will, after being branded a madman within the U.S. Dr. Madnar was additionally rumored to have supplied Massive Boss with cybernetic physique components to compensate for the accidents he obtained in Outer Heaven, underneath orders from an Japanese Bloc despot, who could not resist getting his palms on the legendary soldier.[45]

In December 1999, Massive Boss was pressured to deal with ex-FOXHOUND agent Strong Snake, who had been despatched to infiltrate Zanzibar Land’s stronghold. Elite mercenaries had been dispatched to get rid of the intruder, however every had been thwarted by Snake. In recognition of his professionalism, a dying Black Ninja imparted Snake with information on Dr. Kio Marv‘s location, claiming that Zanzibar Land’s chief would have needed him to.[42] After CIA agent Holly White was captured by Zanzibar Land forces and imprisoned, Massive Boss, anticipating the probability of Snake rescuing her, had one of many youngsters posted close to her cell to report whether or not he was close by, as Holly denied Snake’s presence.[46]

Regardless of Massive Boss’s efforts, Metallic Gear D was destroyed and his most trusted lieutenant Grey Fox was defeated in hand-to-hand fight by Snake. Massive Boss then confronted Snake within the underground base, interesting to the warrior inside Snake that craved the world of perpetual warfare that he was attempting to create.[47] Having spent his complete life on the battlefield, Massive Boss couldn’t conceive of a world with out struggle, and acknowledged that one of the best troopers had been in any other case lifeless weight and ineffective when faraway from the battlefield. After Snake proclaimed his defiance, Massive Boss imparted the ultimate phrases of his personal mentor, earlier than difficult his former subordinate to 1 remaining battle.


―Massive Boss to Strong Snake, in Zanzibar Land

Massive Boss tried to gun down Snake, however finally fell to Snake’s makeshift flamethrower, having underestimated his initially unarmed opponent. Massive Boss yelled Snake’s identify as he was engulfed in flames, unwilling to concede the battle, however ultimately collapsed from extreme burns and was left for lifeless by Snake.[48]

After “death”

Someday after his defeat in Zanzibar Land, Massive Boss’s physique was recovered by the Patriots. Regardless of struggling main accidents, he was nonetheless alive. The Patriots then had him injected with nanomachines with a view to artificially induce a coma, preserving him as an icon for the group. Massive Boss’s genome was then used to establish the so-called “soldier genes,” which had been carried out within the Subsequent-Era Particular Forces through gene remedy.[34] Massive Boss’s physique was later believed to be in chilly storage to protect his stays.

In February 2005, Massive Boss’s physique was one of many calls for issued by a rogue FOXHOUND Unit, which had launched a revolt on Shadow Moses Island underneath the command of Liquid Snake. Liquid deliberate to make use of Massive Boss’s DNA to remedy genetic mutations within the Genome Troopers, and to recreate Massive Boss’s dream of Outer Heaven, using the specter of a nuclear strike with the stolen Metallic Gear REX. In doing this, Liquid hoped to surpass the daddy for whom he had developed an intense hatred. Massive Boss’s supposed loss of life had additionally led a vengeful Naomi Hunter to make Strong Snake a goal of the FOXDIE virus, although solely Liquid’s genome proved recognizable to the bio-weapon, which led to his loss of life.

Previous to 2014, Massive Boss’s DNA and biometric knowledge was used for the Patriots’ ID recognition system, using which allowed entry to their AI community. The Patriots additionally declassified paperwork regarding Massive Boss’s exploits in the course of the Nineteen Sixties, which contributed to a resurgence in his reputation, with troopers starting to undertake CQC methods.

Information regarding the situation of Massive Boss’s comatose physique was saved within the Patriots’ AI, GW. This knowledge fell into the palms of Raiden supplying the knowledge to the Paradise Misplaced Military led by EVA, now often called Massive Mama. Utilizing the physique components of Liquid and Solidus Snake, EVA had Massive Boss’s physique rebuilt, ultimately restoring him to his former look, although he remained in a comatose state because of the Patriots’ nanomachines inside him.

By 2014, a tombstone to commemorate Massive Boss had been erected in Arlington Nationwide Cemetery. Positioned subsequent to The Boss’s grave, it learn: “A Hero Forever Loyal to the Flames of War, Rests in Outer Heaven. 193X – 1999.”

On account of his equivalent genome to Massive Boss, the stays of Solidus Snake had been used as a decoy with a view to idiot each the Patriots and Liquid Ocelot.[49] Previous to GW’s destruction, with which Liquid Ocelot had infiltrated the Patriots’ AI community, entry to the core AI JD was opened, revealing the situation of Zero. After the FOXALIVE virus was uploaded into GW, the Patriots’ system of management was destroyed thus permitting Massive Boss to awaken from his coma. Now totally revived, he proceeded to trace down Zero.

Massive Boss discovered that his former pal was now in a vegetative state, depending on life assist and confined to a wheelchair. He then took Zero to Arlington Nationwide Cemetery, the situation of The Boss’s grave. There he witnessed Strong Snake try suicide and counseled him when he refrained. Massive Boss revealed his presence to the startled Snake, disarming him with CQC after the latter drew his weapon in shock. Embracing him in a hug, Massive Boss advised his “son” (or quite “brother”), that he felt no hatred between them, and proceeded to elucidate his resurrection and the reality behind Liquid Ocelot.

Elaborating on the historical past of the Patriots, Massive Boss described the battle between Zero and himself to Snake. Massive Boss acknowledged that, though there was unhealthy blood between him and Zero, all he felt now was “a deep sense of longing, and pity.” He contemplated on whether or not Zero hated or feared him. Massive Boss proceeded to change off Zero’s air provide machine, killing him, and eventually ending their battle.

Quickly after, Massive Boss started to really feel the results of the brand new FOXDIE virus, which he had knowingly contracted from Snake. Whereas in ache, he requested that Snake take him over to The Boss’s grave, and warranted him that the previous FOXDIE mutation would not trigger an epidemic as the brand new pressure would supplant it. When he arrived at The Boss’s grave, he mirrored again on the day he killed The Boss, sorrowfully admitting that he was “already dead” ever since. [50] He then mirrored on The Boss’s will, lastly understanding it in spite of everything these years. He stood and saluted, echoing his salute 50 years beforehand.


―Massive Boss’s final phrases.

Sharing one remaining smoke, Massive Boss lastly made peace together with his final dwelling son, and, as a final request, pleaded with Snake to spend his remaining days in peace, to not waste them combating. Moments later, Massive Boss handed away on the grave of the lady whose life and loss of life had made him into the particular person he was.

Codenames and aliases

Massive Boss’s former codename of “Naked Snake” was in reference to the on-site procurement coverage of FOX, and to the stealthy nature related to snakes. It was additionally partially in honor of the Cobra Unit, which was based and led by his mentor, The Boss. In the course of the San Hieronymo Incident,[51] in addition to the Peace Walker Incident,[52] a number of of Massive Boss’s comrades usually mistook or joked concerning the which means behind the “Naked” a part of his codename; as if it had been that Snake had not worn any garments in the course of the Virtuous Mission. Though not a proper codename or alias, he was as soon as known as “Son of The Boss” by Colonel Volgin simply earlier than their combat within the Groznyj Grad hangar, in reference to the truth that he was The Boss’s final disciple.[53] Equally, whereas it isn’t a real alias, he did briefly check with himself as “Serpiente” (the Spanish phrase for “Snake”) when formally introducing himself to Amanda, shortly earlier than the latter misplaced consciousness.[54]

The title of “Big Boss” was awarded to Snake following Operation Snake Eater, being thought to be “above even The Boss” after his defeat of the previous legendary soldier. Nevertheless, Snake disliked the title—since he felt that he hadn’t really surpassed The Boss—and didn’t establish himself as such till 1974. Previous to this, a number of of his subordinates and comrades had however known as him “Boss,” or different variations corresponding to “Vic Boss” (“Boss of Victory”).[6] Massive Boss shared his principal title with Venom Snake after the latter awoke from his coma.

In 1984, Massive Boss was additionally identified by the alias Ishmael, which was the identify of the protagonist and narrator of .

Sniper Wolf referred to Massive Boss as Saladin, [55] in reference to the outstanding determine in Kurdish tradition, who led the Muslim opposition in opposition to the Christian Crusaders within the Levant.

Character and traits


―Massive Boss[src]

Massive Boss had an innate want for battle, principally as a result of that was the one factor he really knew, having been uncovered to fight at a reasonably younger age.[56] Massive Boss usually seen topics from a army perspective corresponding to utilizing environmental landmarks to set traps,[57] and figuring out with elements of different nations, corresponding to France, by their armed forces and nationwide anthem.[58][59] Nevertheless, he was tolerant to individuals who believed in peace; even when his Outer Heaven imaginative and prescient concerned giving the soldier a spot the place he would at all times be wanted on the planet, he had nothing in opposition to individuals who aspired for peace, as evidenced by his interplay with Paz’s alleged beliefs in the direction of peace.

He was additionally typically compassionate and forgiving in the direction of his mates and enemies, forgiving Kazuhira Miller after he admitted that he was in on Cipher’s plot and forgiving Ocelot for blinding his proper eye. Nevertheless, he was keen to kill Paz to forestall her from speaking after she was captured by Cipher.

As well as, Massive Boss disagreed with mercy killings, feeling that there was at all times one more reason to reside, as evidenced by his response to Amanda’s request that he put Chico out of his distress, if the latter ought to reveal data underneath torture. Although Massive Boss did kill his former pal Zero, it was primarily to complete off the Patriots.

Throughout his youth, he was additionally keen to sacrifice himself for his nation if want be, though his patriotism in the direction of America got here into critical query after he was pressured to kill The Boss in a conspiracy that showcased to him how even one of the best of troopers are expendable to the federal government. Whereas Massive Boss did nonetheless have some respect for his nation, he wasn’t going to reside his life the way in which The Boss had, as a instrument for corrupt political goals, and something he did could be carried out out of loyalty to himself quite than a rustic.

The cornea and lens of Massive Boss’s proper eye was broken, and the eyeball itself ruptured, because of the muzzle burn from Main Ocelot’s revolver in Operation Snake Eater. From then on he adopted using an eyepatch. Coincidentally, two of his clones would later make the most of related apparel, however on their left eyes as a substitute: Solidus Snake, to cowl his personal broken eye, and Strong Snake, to help the imaginative and prescient of his nonetheless functioning eye through the Strong Eye gadget.

Maybe the largest impact had on Massive Boss’s character was when he was pressured to kill The Boss, who was akin to a mom determine to him, throughout Operation Snake Eater, an motion that haunted him for the remainder of his life. He initially refused to establish himself as Massive Boss as a result of he felt he was nonetheless inferior to The Boss, and in his remaining moments, he advised Strong Snake that he was already lifeless from the second he killed her. It wasn’t till the tip of the Peace Walker Incident, ten years after Operation Snake Eater, that he was lastly keen to embrace the title of Massive Boss. On an analogous word, Massive Boss additionally wasn’t too keen on the heap of reward for his soldiering expertise initially, as he referred to his fame as “overblown” when Para-Medic claimed he was needed for treason because of the one who organized the FOX revolt using related expertise to him.[60]

Massive Boss was implied to be disillusioned after killing The Boss, misinterpreting her remaining message as The Boss needed absolute freedom for all. His disillusionment was pushed additional on the finish of the Peace Walker Incident when Strangelove mentioned that The Boss laid down her gun and needed to reside in peace. Massive Boss at this second believed that The Boss betrayed him and every little thing she stood for as a soldier. On his loss of life in 2014, Massive Boss lastly realized what her remaining will was.

In his later years, Massive Boss was proven to be a wise-cracker, corresponding to asking whether or not a uniform Snake procured was a lady’s highschool uniform, or whether or not he was transferring home after he positioned a cardboard field.[61][62]

Massive Boss was keen on smoking cigars, and would accomplish that even whereas enterprise a sneaking mission. He additionally ended up irritated every time folks both erroneously check with his cigar as a cigarette or act as if they’re the identical factor, as evidenced by his response to Para-Medic and Sigint’s statements about his cigar in 1964. Massive Boss additionally drank alcohol, though he had sufficient restraint to maintain himself from doing so throughout a mission. He additionally confirmed fluency in some international languages, corresponding to Russian and French, and was proven to know a minimum of a little bit of Spanish.

In the course of the time of Operation Snake Eater, Bare Snake was a fan of canine sledding.[63]

Massive Boss didn’t like spy-genre movies, particularly the movies, feeling that they did not painting agent life realistically in any respect, to the purpose that he could not assist however evaluate himself to Bond negatively even when he knew it was fiction. Due to this, he as soon as acquired into an argument with Main Zero, who was a giant James Bond fan. Zero assumed that one of many main elements for his distaste was associated to Bond’s interplay with femme fatales. He additionally typically didn’t watch or comply with popular culture elements corresponding to films, though he was satisfied by Para-Medic to see two films throughout his missions in Tselinoyarsk: and .

Having a big urge for food, Massive Boss was keen to eat something he might seize throughout his missions into Tselinoyarsk, typically not even caring in the event that they had been toxic so long as they a minimum of tasted good. This induced Para-Medic to both scold him if the animal in query was not one thing to eat, or jokingly name him a cannibal if he was consuming one thing like snakes or jackfruit. In the course of the Peace Walker Incident, he determined to not hunt any animals (though he did leap into the water to eat a uncooked Arowana fish whereas looking for the AI lab in Central Heredia in the course of the Peace Walker Incident), as he and his males had loads of meals to eat. In 1984, after Ocelot supplied data on sure animals, he would inform Venom Snake to not eat them.

On account of a mixture of each his coaching underneath The Boss and his drills in FOX, Massive Boss was resilient to various ranges of torture to forestall him from speaking.

Massive Boss possessed no qualms in using unorthodox techniques, corresponding to hiding in a cardboard field, or contemplating the concept of taking pictures down a hornets’ nest on an unsuspecting soldier in the course of the Virtuous Mission.

Throughout his days as a CIA agent and mercenary, Massive Boss indicated that he held a number of beliefs in myths and the supernatural, in conversations together with his comrades:

  • He acknowledged that interested by vampires gave him nightmares, in a radio dialog with Para-Medic relating to vampire bats. For that reason, he would quite she did not utter the identify “Dracula” when talking to him (as she was fairly the film buff). His worry of vampires was additionally famous by a feminine soldier within the Militaires Sans Frontières.[64]
  • Massive Boss revealed to Huey Emmerich that he believed in Santa Claus, going as far as to argue for his existence. Their dialog associated to NORAD, and was in reference to an annual occasion known as “NORAD tracks Santa.”[65]

Regardless of his beliefs, there had been cases the place he was unfamiliar with some supernatural creatures, a notable instance occurring throughout Operation Snake Eater, relating to the Zombie facepaint, the place he expressed unfamiliarity with the idea of zombies.

Within the early Seventies, Massive Boss obtained a snake-shaped scar throughout his chest, just like that of his mentor, The Boss. Though its look steered that it was self-inflicted, the scar was really a faux, and was used to retailer a jigsaw on his particular person in case he wanted it in an emergency scenario. However, the form and placement of the scar served as a visible testomony to Massive Boss’s ardour, and even obsession, with The Boss. As well as, just like his compatriots, he additionally revered the Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara.

Considered one of Massive Boss’s flaws was his tendency to underestimate folks with reference to conducting a activity. In a single occasion, in the course of the Peace Walker Incident, he allowed Chico to promote {a photograph} of the Chrysalis UAV and move it off as a UFO photograph, believing would not achieve success, and one other was throughout Strong Snake’s mission in Outer Heaven, the place he despatched Snake into the fortress state believing that he would not get far, in an try to unfold misinformation to the West. Each instances, this led to doubtlessly disastrous penalties. The primary time, Chico managed to promote the Chrysalis photograph to {a magazine}, which, together with different supposed proof, satisfied Prime Minister Gairy to request that the UN arrange an company to research UFOs, drawing the ire of the CIA whom thought of assassinating him. The second time resulted in Strong Snake gaining data on TX-55 Metallic Gear and finally destroying it, inflicting the lack of Outer Heaven, Massive Boss’s command of FOXHOUND and the loss of life of his finest pal and physique double, Venom Snake.

Massive Boss meant to develop into an teacher after the occasions of Operation Snake Eater.[20] In his later years, he ultimately served as a fight teacher, working to reintegrate former baby troopers into society.[3] Nevertheless, he ultimately got here to imagine that troopers on the battlefield might by no means be reintegrated into society.

By means of years of coaching and expertise, Massive Boss developed heightened ranges of endurance[66] and reflexes, surviving extended durations of ache, torture,[67][68] and narrowly evading quite a few near-fatal incidents.[69]


The Boss

The connection that Massive Boss had with The Boss was essentially the most impactful relationship he ever had. The Boss was Massive Boss’s mentor and mom determine. Having spent ten years dwelling collectively and having developed CQC collectively, they developed a powerful bond that may final for the remainder of their lives. Massive Boss, identified on the time as Bare Snake described to EVA that half of him belongs to The Boss and that their relationship is even deeper than mates or lovers.

When Massive Boss thought that The Boss had defected, he was devastated, much more so when he was given the mission to assassinate his mentor, one thing he discovered troublesome to return to phrases with throughout Operation Snake Eater. After nice hesitation, Massive Boss accomplished his mission and killed his beloved mentor, this could create a guilt that Massive Boss would undergo for the remainder of his life.

When Massive Boss found that The Boss didn’t defect and that the U.S. Authorities had her killed, he misplaced his patriotism for his nation and went on to create his personal mercenary firm. In the course of the Peace Walker Incident, Massive Boss misplaced some respect for The Boss on account of believing that The Boss put down her gun and rejected every little thing in her life.

Earlier than his loss of life, Massive Boss would communicate spiritually to The Boss and notice that she was proper and perceive the which means behind what she did. Massive Boss admitted sorrowfully that ever because the day he killed The Boss he was already lifeless.


Zero and Massive Boss had been mates with the previous being the latter’s commander throughout his time in FOX. They trusted one another and each of them had a factor in frequent that they each trusted and had identified The Boss rather well in some unspecified time in the future of their lives.

With the intention to fulfill The Boss’s will, they fashioned the Patriots, with Massive Boss trusting Zero with the Philosophers’ Legacy on the time. Nevertheless, their relationship started to pressure on account of Zero utilizing Massive Boss’s fame with a view to affect folks and organizations. The pressure went additional when Zero created Massive Boss’s clones within the Les Enfants Terribles undertaking, at which level Massive Boss left the Patriots for good.

Zero nonetheless valued Massive Boss as a pal and truly helped to avoid wasting his life and preserve him secure after Cranium Face put Massive Boss in a coma, one thing Zero couldn’t forgive. In 1977, Zero visited Massive Boss one final time to say farewell earlier than leaving the general public eye for good.

Simply earlier than their deaths, Massive Boss regarded again over the historical past of the Patriots and the way regardless that there was a lot unhealthy blood between them, he now not felt hatred for Zero, solely feeling longing and pity, and puzzled if Zero hated or feared him. Massive Boss then killed Zero, sending his former pal to peace.


Para-Medic and Massive Boss met in the course of the Virtuous Mission, having each served within the FOX unit on the time, they usually acquired on pretty effectively. She would give him steering on tips on how to deal with critical accidents and illnesses, in addition to giving him information on the edible wildlife in Tselinoyarsk. Para-Medic mentioned that, whereas there was a threat of her shedding her medical license, she mentioned that she did not care and was not fearful as she believed in Massive Boss. She loved sharing film plot traces and trivia with Massive Boss. She and Massive Boss would later develop into two of the founding members of Cipher.


Massive Boss and Ocelot first met in the course of the Virtuous Mission as enemies, however over time they might come to get pleasure from and respect one another, with the previous providing recommendation that Ocelot would give to others twenty years after their first encounter. They grew to become one thing like pleasant rivals who would try to outdo one another for sport. Massive Boss and Ocelot trusted one another immensely, as Ocelot was one of many few people to find out about Venom Snake’s true id and function. Ocelot idolized Massive Boss and, regardless of his deceiving nature, his loyalties had been at all times to Massive Boss and Massive Boss alone. Ocelot later carried on Massive Boss’s will in the course of the Weapons of the Patriots Incident by constructing Outer Haven.


Massive Boss met Sigint throughout Operation Snake Eater, who was assigned to present him intel on weapons, camouflage, armor, and autos. He additionally defined the story of The Sorrow after Massive Boss encountered him on the opposite facet. He and Massive Boss would later develop into one of many founding members of Cipher.


EVA met Massive Boss throughout Operation Snake Eater. Although initially distrusting and rejecting her advances, Massive Boss ultimately got here to belief and take care of EVA. At first solely attempting to seduce Massive Boss as a part of her mission, EVA additionally got here to like him and felt responsible when she was pressured to steal the Thinker’s Legacy from him (which turned out to be a false copy). They labored collectively all through the whole operation and spent the evening collectively in Alaska afterwards. Though Massive Boss discovered that EVA lied about her origins and aims, he did ultimately forgive her. They, together with their fellow Patriot founders, could be the one ones to find out about The Boss’s true loyalties.

EVA, out of affection for Massive Boss, served because the surrogate mom to hold his “children”. Massive Boss, nevertheless, did not share EVA’s take care of them because of the nature wherein they had been created, and needed nothing to do with them. Even in 2014, she continued to respect and take care of Massive Boss and their final surviving “son”, Strong Snake.

Colonel Volgin

Volgin was one in all Massive Boss’s hated enemies because of the former’s ruthless and sadistic methods, the latter Massive Boss was on the receiving finish of. After being tortured by Volgin, Massive Boss advised Zero that he would pay Volgin again for the torture, seeing him totally because the ruthless and merciless man he was. Even previous to his torture, he expressed horror and disgust when he realized from EVA of not solely Volgin’s function within the Katyn Forest bloodbath, however the exceptionally sickening technique of him executing the prisoners by beating them to loss of life after eradicating the blindfolds. Throughout Operation Snake Eater, Volgin hated Massive Boss for his killing of the Cobra Unit and the risk he posed to Volgin’s plans. By the tip of Operation Snake Eater, Volgin hated Massive Boss a lot that each one he cared about was killing him, destroying virtually all of Groznyj Grad and killing a variety of his personal males in his wild rampage with the Shagohod.

After changing into the “Man on Fire”, Volgin’s solely objective in his undead life was to get revenge on Massive Boss for destroying his plans throughout Operation Snake Eater, his hatred and lust for revenge in opposition to Massive Boss was so nice that it allowed him to outlive his devastating accidents. Discovery of not solely Volgin’s survival, but in addition his impending arrival on the hospital alongside XOF, was additionally the rationale why Massive Boss was pressured to speed up the plan relating to Venom Snake performing as a decoy. The 2 encountered one another on the Dhekelia Memorial Hospital – nevertheless, Volgin went after the incorrect Snake, as a substitute searching down Massive Boss’s physique double Venom Snake. Later, on the Yakho Oboo Provide Outpost, Volgin attacked Venom, however upon realizing he wasn’t the identical man as Bare Snake who he carried a lot resentment for, let his anger fade and eventually returned to relaxation.

CIA Director

Snake and the CIA Director met in the course of the former’s award ceremony after Operation Snake Eater. The CIA Director supplied to shake Snake’s hand, however after discovering the true nature of Operation Snake Eater with The Boss’s defection being nothing extra then being an undercover mission and that the CIA fabricated it to the general public as true, Snake refused to shake the Director’s hand, telling the DOD Official that the rationale he refused is as a result of his loyalties didn’t belong to the Director or the CIA.

DOD Official

Although Snake and the DOD Official did not meet on the time, the DOD Official was there when Snake was awarded the title “Big Boss” by Lyndon B. Johnson and reconsigned the talents that Snake possessed and that he proved that they may use a unit like FOX within the military.

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Six years later, the DOD Official was implied to have been chargeable for supplying Massive Boss with FOXHOUND, thus finally getting his want for a FOX-like unit within the Military.

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Ten years after Operation Snake Eater, they might work together in the course of the Peace Walker Incident wherein Massive Boss efficiently satisfied the DOD Official that the nukes had been fakes, to which Massive Boss was grateful for.

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The DOD Official later repaid Massive Boss for this earlier motion by hiring him and MSF to discreetly retrieve intel positioned by an undercover JCS agent on the United States Naval Jail Facility in Cuba, after it was suspected to have been penetrated by Cipher.

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Snake had heard of Cunningham earlier than assembly him in the course of the San Hieronymo Incident. Cunningham tortured Snake repeatedly in the course of the incident, eager to know the situation of The Thinker’s Legacy, to which Snake knew nothing of. Snake’s disgust for Cunningham grew when he tried to kill his males to make him speak. Cunningham revered Snake and had hoped that they might each obtain the best honors a soldier can get, and in addition implied he genuinely hoped that Snake could be sympathetic sufficient in Cunningham’s hatred of the CIA to help within the DOD’s smear marketing campaign in opposition to the CIA, although in his final moments he tried to take Snake with him in loss of life, with Snake attempting to speak him out of utilizing the Davy Crockett in that method. Snake killed Cunningham throughout the identical incident.

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Roy Campbell

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Each Snake and Campbell had been prisoners of the FOX Unit in the course of the San Hieronymo Incident. They each labored collectively to defeat Gene. Snake saved Campbell’s life when he had malaria and gave him recommendation about the way it was okay to be scared, although Campbell misinterpreted this.

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Campbell grew to become Massive Boss’s vice commander in FOXHOUND and would come to command this unit on his personal after the Outer Heaven Rebellion. Campbell would assist Strong Snake to defeat Massive Boss in the course of the Zanzibar Land Disturbance, calling the latter a “madman.”

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Jonathan was the primary recruit into FOXHOUND and Snake complimented Jonathan’s fast restoration and his fast pondering. Jonathan known as Snake a hero when he realized that Snake was Massive Boss and defeated Volgin throughout Operation Snake Eater. Jonathan joined FOXHOUND and requested for his first mission. Jonathan was loyal to Massive Boss as he lead the staff that rescued him and saved Massive Boss’s life however at the price of his personal. Snake held Jonathan whereas he died and screamed in anguish.

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Venom Snake

Massive Boss regarded Venom Snake as MSF’s finest man. He trusted Venom Snake greater than virtually anybody else in MSF, as he was one of many few that knew that Paz had survived the Peace Walker Incident and vice versa, proven when as a medic Venom Snake leaped in entrance of Massive Boss to defend him from an explosion throughout XOF’s assault on Mom Base.

The medic would later be transformed right into a physique double for Massive Boss to guard the latter from his enemies. Massive Boss could be eternally grateful to Venom Snake, respecting him as a comrade and a pal. He noticed that they had been each Massive Boss collectively, creating the concept of the legendary soldier as a collective quite than as one single particular person. That the legend of Massive Boss belonged to each of them. Venom Snake continued to own his unwavering loyalty to Massive Boss, persevering with his function as Massive Boss even after being advised the reality. He would later go to battle in opposition to Strong Snake underneath orders from Massive Boss and lose his life in loyalty to his chief.

The Twin Snakes


―Massive Boss[src]

Massive Boss refused to acknowledge that Liquid and Strong Snake had been his sons, describing them as “sicker” than cells grown in a lab. His perspective stemmed from his being cloned by the Patriots with out his consent, with a view to additional their affect and energy. Regardless of this, Massive Boss felt they need to be handled like human beings, however nothing extra.

Massive Boss revered Strong Snake as a soldier, sufficient to personally prepare him in CQC as his commanding officer, and later tried to persuade him of his ideological views on warfare. Earlier than his loss of life, he made peace with Snake, lauding him for his selection in diverging from the trail he himself had taken, recognizing he had been mistaken.

Unconfirmed historical past

The next data has been detailed in official Konami-licensed media, written by numerous exterior authors. Its standing within the canon is unconfirmed.[?]

Bare Snake’s reluctance in the direction of shaking President Lyndon B. Johnson’s hand, following Operation Snake Eater, was partially on account of his view that Johnson was not a real president, having solely entered workplace due to President Kennedy’s assassination.

Shortly after Strong Snake’s initiation into FOXHOUND, Massive Boss gave a speech whereas shaking the palms of every recruit, telling them that the battles they might face had been in a struggle in contrast to any earlier than, and that none would inform of their successes, failures, and even deaths. Nevertheless, the battles the troopers confronted could be ones that they had been chosen for, no matter who gave the order, and that they might know no life however fight. Massive Boss additionally acknowledged that they had been in a option to be pitied, however knowledgeable the troopers that they weren’t instruments of the federal government, or anybody else, and that they might combat for themselves and to guard the issues they held expensive. Snake by no means realized the connection between this speech and Frank Jaeger’s final phrases on Shadow Moses till assembly with Massive Boss in Arlington virtually twenty years later.[70]

Behind the scenes

Massive Boss (ビッグ・ボス, ?) is the central character of the collection. He’s first launched within the authentic because the commanding officer of the protagonist, Strong Snake, solely to be revealed because the chief of the enemy forces, and thus the primary antagonist of the sport. He would resume the latter function in , wherein he was the ultimate boss. Massive Boss would then play a key function within the backstory of the collection the place and revealed that he is the genetic father of Strong Snake, Liquid Snake, and Solidus Snake.

Along with his function within the sequels, Massive Boss additionally seems as the primary protagonist in a collection of prequels set earlier than the occasions of the unique , starting with , adopted by , and and as a supporting character in and , the place he’s depicted as an American covert operative codenamed Bare Snake (ネイキッド・スネーク, ?), within the first two, being merely often called Snake in and and Ishmael in , sharing the namesake together with his sons, Strong Snake, Liquid Snake and Solidus Snake, and his phantom and physique double, Venom Snake.

Massive Boss can be the primary character within the collection to look because the protagonist and the primary antagonist in numerous video games.

As his youthful self, the character’s Japanese voice is supplied by Akio Ōtsuka. His English voice is supplied by David Hayter and Kiefer Sutherland. In his look in , Massive Boss was voiced by Chikao Ōtsuka (Akio Ōtsuka’s father) within the Japanese model and Richard Doyle within the English model.

Massive Boss’s identify in Chinese language is Tai Pan, which can be the identify of a household of essentially the most harmful snakes on the planet. In Cantonese Chinese language, Tai-Pan might additionally imply a international “Big Boss” or “Big Shot” in enterprise time period.

Whereas the Japanese MSX2 guide for shows Massive Boss’s eyepatch on his left eye, the character sprite shows it on the best eye, and it’s the latter look that carried over to later video games. The eyepatch itself could have been influenced by the looks of Snake Plissken within the movie , very similar to Strong Snake was. The identical guide additionally describes Massive Boss as having been a earlier member of the SAS and GSG 9. Nevertheless, this data was disregarded in all future biographies, and is assumed to now not be canonical. In art work that includes the sport’s boss characters, the unidentified Outer Heaven chief is depicted in silhouette with a strolling cane. It’s later revealed in that the “Big Boss” fought by Strong Snake in Outer Heaven was really a physique double, making the id of the silhouetted character ambiguous.

The packaging and instruction guide for the NES model of [71] and establish Strong Snake’s commanding officer as Commander South, and the enemy chief as Colonel Vermon CaTaffy. The names are references to Marine Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North and Libyan dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi, respectively. Regardless of this, the packaging and guide for contains a screenshot that identifies Massive Boss’s function as Snake’s CO through the Transceiver Mode. An identical distinction is made canonically in , with Massive Boss’s Phantom serving because the “Outer Heaven Commander” and Massive Boss serving as Strong Snake’s CO.

Massive Boss returns because the penultimate boss within the non-canonical NES sequel to , . He guards the ultimate fortress the place Metallic Gear 2 is positioned. Massive Boss reveals to Strong Snake that he survived his accidents in Outer Heaven by way of surgical procedures that turned him right into a cyborg. At first, he fights with a machine gun, however after being shot a number of instances, he then transforms into an enormous RoboCop-like cyborg, and proceeds to chase Snake round whereas firing napalm shells at him. Nevertheless, Snake lures him out of the command room and locations mines on his ft, which finally kills him. Regardless of his loss of life on this recreation, Metallic Gear 2 remains to be activated.

The packaging and instruction guide for establish the enemy chief as Higharolla Kockamamie, a reference to Iranian Supreme Chief Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

Like , Massive Boss returns as the primary villain within the canonical sequel . His look within the authentic MSX2 model was modeled after Scottish actor Sean Connery. Like different characters, this picture was up to date for later releases of the sport to replicate his look in official art work of , which was additionally carried over to his look in . His character sprite in depicts him carrying a purple beret, though his portrait, each within the authentic and the re-released variations, doesn’t replicate this.

Within the authentic guide, Massive Boss is acknowledged to have misplaced his eye within the late Eighties, after which he retired from the entrance line to give attention to army training and coaching. It is usually acknowledged that he was nominated as FOXHOUND’s worldwide planning commander within the ’90s, however his lust for energy led him to take management of Outer Heaven. Later video games within the collection would retcon this data, with Massive Boss shedding his eye and assuming command of FOXHOUND underneath completely different circumstances.

One of many mercenary models that Massive Boss was mentioned to have fought with, after serving in Vietnam, was the Wild Geese, a reference to the novel and 1978 struggle movie of the identical identify, a couple of mercenary group taking part in African conflicts. The novel itself was named after a Seventeenth-century Irish mercenary military.

In the course of the combat with Massive Boss in , George Kasler will point out a rumor that Massive Boss misplaced his proper eye in Outer Heaven, alongside together with his palms, ft and proper ear, earlier than he was reconstructed as a cyborg underneath the Snatcher Mission (referring to an earlier work by Hideo Kojima). Regardless of altered depictions of Massive Boss’s eye harm in later video games, Kasler’s account is included within the and the Mission Itoh novelization of . In the identical name, Kasler will remark that Massive Boss’s fame as a soldier was similar to that of American-born Cuban revolutionary William Morgan, though this reference was lower from the Digital Console re-release, on account of it being too obscure.[72] It’s revealed in that the rumor was false.

It’s first revealed that Massive Boss is the daddy of Strong Snake in . Snake tells Naomi Hunter that Massive Boss had advised him of this previous to his “demise” in Zanzibar Land. It’s generally assumed that Massive Boss relayed this data to him instantly previous to their remaining battle in , although the one element that is made clear is that Snake “killed” his personal father at the moment, with solely himself and Roy Campbell being conscious of this truth.[36]

Within the English model of , Liquid Snake states that Massive Boss was in a coma in the course of the time of Les Enfants Terribles.[73] Nevertheless, the unique Japanese script states that he had merely been sterilized on account of accidents from fight.[74] The latter account was briefly referenced in Nastasha Romanenko‘s e-book .[75] Regardless of the dialogue adjustments made for the remake , with a view to be a extra direct translation of the Japanese script, the particular line regarding the coma was retained.

Massive Boss’s relationship to FOXHOUND is elaborated on within the recreation’s guide, the place it’s revealed that he’s really the founding father of the group, having been impressed with the ability and effectivity of high-tech weaponry used in the course of the Gulf Conflict. additional retcons this by revealing he had based FOXHOUND twenty years sooner than initially acknowledged.

Technique information biography

The , printed in 1998 by Millennium Books, comprises a biography of Massive Boss’s early years. This data was disregarded in later video games, wherein Massive Boss was of a youthful age, and had been a member of the CIA within the early Nineteen Sixties. Equally, his clones’ Japanese heritage had really originated with an egg donor’s mitochondrial DNA.

In line with the , Massive Boss was a 3rd technology Japanese-American who was born in Hawaii. All the American facet of his household had perished in the course of the Japanese assaults on Pearl Harbor. Whereas his Japanese family members had been locked up in internment camps, he joined the 442nd Infantry Regiment in his teenagers. Massive Boss gained his first fight expertise combating in France, the place his unit had contributed to liberating cities from Nazi management in 1944. After returning to America after the struggle, he misplaced patriotism for his nation, on account of prejudice in the direction of his Japanese heritage. Massive Boss later participated as a mercenary for France within the Congo Disaster, from 1961 to 1968, later serving in wars in Asia, Africa, and the Center/Far East. He additionally particularly selected missions that associated to folks’s liberation, even declining numerous missions from an abundance of governments, army organizations, and terrorist teams that had been well-paid. It was additionally implied that his sterility was recognized on account of numerous battlefield accidents, and that he covertly agreed with the U.S. Authorities to take part within the Les Enfants Terribles. Massive Boss additionally allegedly mentioned, upon being defeated by Strong Snake, that “Even after my demise, I [Big Boss] shall live on, in the fears and tormented minds of my hated enemies.”[76]

In , another sequel to the unique , Massive Boss did combat with Strong Snake in Outer Heaven however was killed. It’s acknowledged that Massive Boss was initially underneath orders by the U.S. Authorities to kind Outer Heaven as a part of Mission Babel, however he broke ties with the undertaking, leading to Operation Intrude N313. As well as, Strong Snake reveals to Chris Jenner that Massive Boss is his father, throughout an non-obligatory Codec dialog, though it isn’t specified whether or not their relationship is thru pure means or through Les Enfants Terribles.[77] He additionally alluded to killing his father in a Codec dialog with Weasel, relating to rumors of the latter murdering his brother in a battle.[78] No. 4 of the Particular Levels part of , speculated that the rationale Massive Boss went renegade was so he’d have a possibility to combat his son to the loss of life.[79] No. 4 additionally talked about that utilizing Metallic Gear within the undertaking was Massive Boss’s thought, and indicated that he meant for the TX-55 to incorporate a rail gun to fireside stealth missiles.[80] One of many principal antagonists of the sport, “General” Augustine Eguabon, was additionally a former disciple of Massive Boss in the course of the Outer Heaven Rebellion.[81]

Previous to the discharge of , Massive Boss was initially to have realized the artwork of warfare from Lifeless Cell strategic grasp Outdated Boy, in Hideo Kojima’s “Grand Game Plan” for . Within the recreation itself, Massive Boss seems reverse each Strong Snake and Liquid Snake in a cutscene, throughout Solidus Snake’s rationalization to Raiden of the similarities of their connection to the one shared by the Twin Snakes and Massive Boss.

In line with a voice casting sheet for , Bare Snake’s “physical constitution” was meant to be just like actor Arnold Schwarzenegger by way of bulk. It additionally acknowledged that Snake was to be 6’5, although cutscenes present Colonel Volgin (who’s greater than 6’7) towering over Snake.[82] In the course of the recreation’s growth, Kojima meant that Bare Snake be given a extra human really feel (having emotions and ache) to instantly distinction him to his clone, Strong Snake. Previous to the sport’s launch, nevertheless, Kojima when requested about Bare Snake’s id stored the matter imprecise in interviews, owing to the trailers by no means instantly indicating who Bare Snake was.[83]

Bare Snake within the Olive Drab uniform could be very related seeking to the looks of Iroquois Pliskin, the Navy SEAL who Strong Snake disguised himself as in the course of the Plant Chapter in . In early testing variations of , Pliskin’s mannequin served as a placeholder for Bare Snake, as could be seen right here.

Earlier than commencing the HALO leap into Tselinoyarsk, Bare Snake stamps out a cigar that’s virtually blown out of the plane he’s on board. In line with Hideo Kojima‘s commentary on , this was carried out as a response to Strong Snake throwing away a cigarette into the Hudson Bay in the course of the Tanker chapter in , of which numerous offended reactions had been made to it. The director’s commentary, in addition to Para-Medic’s dialog about Snake’s masks, reveal that parts of his masks had been based mostly on the movie , and was carried out each to present it a really feel of the time interval, the Nineteen Sixties, in addition to a homage to Raiden. His curling up and spinning after leaping off the aircraft earlier than going into place was additionally meant to be an homage to . Concerning Snake’s use of the excessive velocity drone, throughout graduation of Operation Snake Eater, Kojima commented on his lack of stress go well with compared to the pursuing MiG pilots, and jokingly acknowledged that this was the second when he grew to become superhuman.

Within the Trial Model demo for , within the name regarding Indian Gavials, Bare Snake, when Para-Medic referenced the film , took specific word of her description of Godzilla as being “…radioactive and pissed off…”, foreshadowing how he himself was irradiated in the course of the Bravo Shot check at Bikini Atoll and his final descent into villainy as Massive Boss within the MSX2 video games. This was omitted within the remaining launch.[84]

Shortly after Bare Snake advised Para-Medic that his actual identify was John Doe, she claimed that he was “a real Captain Nemo.” This can be a reference of Akio Ōtsuka, Bare Snake’s Japanese voice actor, who beforehand supplied the voice of Captain Nemo in .

In the course of the recreation, Snake mentions that he cannot scent, in a radio dialog with The Boss; it’s really the participant that can’t use their sense of scent to assist play the sport.

A dialog with Zero, relating to Massive Boss’s brothers (or lack thereof), is a refined reference to the three future clones: Strong, Liquid, and Solidus. The dialog originated when Zero famous the coincidence that Main Raikov technically had the identical identify as Bare Snake (“Ivan” is the Russian model of “John” or “Jack”), and that frequent Russian folklore had the youngest within the household, normally named “Ivan,” handled badly by the household, and but he usually ended up higher off than his elder brothers.

Bare Snake mentioning that he could not assist however evaluate himself to James Bond is an inside joke. Within the authentic MSX2 model of , Massive Boss’s look was modeled after Sean Connery, as famous above. Connery famously portrayed Bond from 1962–71 and once more in 1983 and 2005 (the latter because the voice of Bond within the online game ).

Bare Snake’s movement actor all through the sport was Mizuho Yoshida, the only real exception being in the course of the CQC battle at Dremuchij North originally of Operation Snake Eater, wherein Motosada Mori did the movement seize performing after deciding that the way in which Mori did it was extra painful in comparison with how Yoshida did it, and thus extra real. Equally, Mori additionally did the movement seize of The Boss touchdown the deciding blow on Bare Snake in the identical scene.

Bare Snake’s immense information of handguns, extra particularly his rationalization and response to the M1911A1 customized that he obtained from EVA, was the results of one of many manufacturing employees suggesting that they characterize Snake as being just like a gun maniac at a Gun Store. This suggestion additionally resulted within the authentic idea of Snake getting a spy-film gun being lower.

When EVA makes an attempt to kiss Bare Snake, throughout their rendezvous on the Krasnogorje mountaintop, he freezes up. The explanation for this was as a result of Snake’s movement seize actor, Mizuho Yoshida, acquired nervous and froze up on account of his ending up being in an emotional scene, whereas the common actresses had been advised to do motion scenes.[86]

If the participant inputs the Konami Code on the sport cleared display screen, Bare Snake will likely be heard saying “One More to Go…”

Whereas dealing with The Sorrow, Bare Snake encounters the souls of all of the troopers that the participant has killed in the course of the recreation (if any), together with the Cobra Unit members. Given The Sorrow’s dialogue that Snake would face “all those whose lives he had ended,” it’s unclear whether or not that is meant to suggest that he had by no means killed anybody previous to the Virtuous Mission, although the kill depend could merely be a gameplay factor.

Throughout The Boss’s speech about what being a soldier entails, Bare Snake affirms that he’ll “obey the will of the president, no matter who is in charge.” In actual life, the American army and its numerous troopers swear to defend the Structure of america, and to not the President himself.

Bare Snake seems in a number of of the Secret Theater movies, which had been included in . In , Raiden travels again in time to assassinate Bare Snake, à la , in order that he can usurp Strong Snake’s function as principal character within the subsequent recreation. Nevertheless, Raiden is unable to convey himself to kill Bare Snake when he had him at his mercy in the course of the Shagohod chase. This may later come again to hang-out him when he determined to focus on Strong Snake instantly in the course of the Zanzibar Land Disturbance, which ends in Massive Boss taking pictures Raiden. Massive Boss proclaims that Snake belongs to him, whereas Raiden angrily states he ought to have killed Massive Boss when he had the possibility. Equally, in , Sigint continuously managed to beat Bare Snake to the punch with reference to key occasions, ending with Snake being caught up in an air raid at Rokovoj Bereg as Sigint and EVA escape within the WiG.

Bare Snake appeared as a novel character within the On-line Mode of . His stats had been just like these in the primary recreation. His CQC was equivalent to straightforward characters, though it surprised enemy gamers immediately. He additionally had a particular taunt that concerned smoking his cigar. In Sneaking Mission guidelines, the participant who’s Snake should steal a microfilm and take it to the objective to win, whereas the enemy gamers should preserve the microfilm secure to win. Though he was stronger and sooner than enemy gamers, he could not respawn if killed, and use of Stealth Camo had a shorter length, with the stolen microfilm remaining seen if procured. Performing his taunt would additionally give away Snake’s place because of the burning cigar.

San Hieronymo insurgent employees







Preliminary LIFE
Preliminary STMN

120 (180)

180 (-)

400 (600)

500 (-)

50 (50)

Fight Capability

A (A)

B (B)

A (A)

B (B)

A (A)

A (A)

S (S2)

A (A)

A (A)

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A (A)

If Para-Medic is recruited in , Massive Boss can study El Dorado in an non-obligatory radio dialog along with her. Upon listening to about golden knives, Massive Boss expresses intrigue in them, since he might use it to distract the enemy throughout CQC, a lot to Para-Medic’s annoyance. If the participant makes use of a radio frequency within the City space gained from interrogating a Soviet soldier, Massive Boss will name in and faux his id to HQ as a patrolman claiming {that a} suspicious particular person was sighted on the south of the city and that they request backup.

He additionally seems within the enlargement for , , and in addition does the opening narration for the sport. In addition to his look in that recreation, he additionally was the primary commanding officer-type character on the official website, the place he provides the brand new recruit (the web site consumer) with the mission of finding numerous Kerotans throughout numerous components within the City. Afterward, Snake congratulates the consumer and provides the consumer with an unique wallpaper, and was about to shut the mission, however then found that extra Kerotans have been noticed within the REX hangar, dispatching the recruit to find them. Afterwards, he provided the consumer with a second wallpaper, earlier than stating that he has to depart, feeling his place was at a spot for troopers like himself. If the participant ends the dialog prematurely, Massive Boss will say “Hey, don’t interrupt me!” earlier than signing off.


―Character description in

Massive Boss seems (as Bare Snake) in as each a trophy and sticker.


―Trophy description for Bare Snake

His trophy depiction had him carrying bandages over his torso and arms, referring to the accidents he sustained each when combating in opposition to The Boss within the ending of the Virtuous Mission, and when he was tortured by Colonel Volgin throughout Operation Snake Eater.

His look as a sticker grants the second highest attainable Flinch Resistance of +160 within the Subspace Emissary Journey Mode (solely being crushed by The Boss’ sticker by one level).

A sticker depicting his art work from / was additionally unlockable, granting its wearer a rise by 30 in Trophy drops.

Throughout a Codec dialog about Toon Hyperlink, Strong Snake mentions to Mei Ling that “there’s been more than one Snake.” He’s referring to his counterparts, Massive Boss, Liquid Snake, and Solidus Snake (and probably Raiden and Venom Snake).

Additionally, a number of of Bare Snake’s camouflage uniforms seem as alternate costume choices for Strong Snake. presents Strong Snake as a composite of the Strong Snake and the Bare Snake, as in Snake has Bare Snake’s beard and inexperienced bandanna, however his personal sneaking go well with from .


Whereas Massive Boss by no means bodily appeared within the authentic , he does so within the 2008 novelization by Raymond Benson, as one in all Psycho Mantis’s illusions. After Mantis enters Strong Snake’s thoughts, Massive Boss, Meryl Silverburgh, and Hal Emmerich, are trapped contained in the mirrors of a funhouse, in a theme park the place Strong Snake spent a lot of his childhood summers. Whereas he was finally resigned to his destiny, Massive Boss begs Snake to enter the detonation codes for Metallic Gear REX, as in any other case the Sons of Massive Boss would kill him.

Within the Japanese model of , Massive Boss was voiced by Chikao Ōtsuka, the actual life father of Akio Ōtsuka, who portrays Strong Snake and Massive Boss’s youthful self. In line with the and , this was intentional, as Akio Ōtsuka and Chikao Ōtsuka had fallen out years earlier than, so Kojima organized for the 2 to work collectively. Idea artwork for the sport indicated that Massive Boss would have worn his previous sneaking go well with beneath his trench coat when assembly Snake, although this was modified to beige costume pants.

Within the English model of , Massive Boss is voiced by Richard Doyle, quite than David Hayter.

Massive Boss’s headstone in revealed that he had been born someday within the Thirties (later confirmed to be circa 1935 in ), retconning him to be a minimum of one decade youthful than acknowledged in earlier video games.[87]

The sport’s Digital Vary additionally options targets named “John Doe,” one in all Massive Boss’s aliases, and later the identify of the Patriots’ core AI.

At one level in the course of the remaining battle with Liquid Ocelot, Outdated Snake‘s well being bar identifies him as Bare Snake, on account of reusing well being bars from .

Though the sport depicts Massive Boss carrying an eyepatch in Bare Son, the novelization for by Mission Itoh mentions that Massive Boss was not carrying his eyepatch on the time of his assembly with Snake at Arlington and his loss of life.

Though Massive Boss himself did not seem in , a number of gadgets had been launched that referenced him, corresponding to a STABO Harness, Fight Boots and supporters, and leather-based gloves, resembling those Massive Boss, then often called Bare Snake, utilized throughout his missions into Tselinoyarsk. These things additionally got here in numerous colours, in addition to the choice to make use of them within the coloring that was initially utilized by Bare Snake. As well as, Massive Boss’s eyepatch in addition to a Crocodile Cap that was acknowledged to have been previously utilized by Bare Snake throughout his missions at Tselinoyarsk may be outfitted, though in contrast to the above gadgets, these had a hard and fast shade scheme.

A promotional picture for depicted Massive Boss carrying a beret although he wears a bandana within the recreation itself. This was presumably to emphasise the similarities between Massive Boss and Che Guevara, which is famous in the course of the story. Massive Boss additionally wore his fatigues collars up, just like The Boss.

When Massive Boss contacts Kazuhira Miller after escaping from the torture space, he briefly coughs violently because of the results of the torture. In line with David Hayter in a podcast, he really needed to power himself to vomit throughout recording with a view to give you these coughs.[88]

Massive Boss’s snake-shaped scar in resembles the tattoo of protagonist Snake Plissken. The sport can be the primary to outline Massive Boss’s age, being 39 years previous on the time of the Peace Walker Incident in November 1974. This was talked about by KGB agent Vladimir Zadornov, when he remarked upon the irony of Massive Boss being lifeless on the similar age as Che Guevara, earlier than making an attempt to execute him.[89] In briefing tapes regarding the non-canon missions, Massive Boss was revealed to have the power to talk cat language, and, though shocked that he might really perceive what Trenya was saying, he implies that he could have realized tips on how to communicate the language from “picking up the local lingo.”[90]

As well as, two Further Ops missions in will painting Massive Boss as being bisexual, giving him the chance to this point both Paz Ortega Andrade or Kazuhira Miller (though the briefing for the latter half implied that he was caught off guard and not sure). Given the 2 missions’ non-serious nature, in addition to contradictory proof between them and the story (corresponding to Paz declaring twice in her third entry of her diary tape that she has completely no real interest in Massive Boss, and Miller’s womanizing character all through the story), neither mission is taken into account to be canon.

Militaires Sans Frontières Mom Base employees



Massive Boss

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Massive Boss is just usable in missions, and thus doesn’t seem in Mom Base’s employees.

Massive Boss was the idea for 3 motion figures within the line of the Sq. Enix toy-making subsidiary Play Arts Kai. Every had been based mostly on uniforms the participant might get hold of within the recreation (the Jungle Fatigues, the Sneaking Go well with, and the Battle Gown). Of the three, two of the figures (Jungle Fatigues and Sneaking Go well with) additionally got here with a move code that may unlock a soldier for Mom Base if inputted. Likewise, the Battle Gown was additionally customizable so it could resemble an MSF soldier.

Throughout gameplay, Massive Boss might push press the AI weapons Cocoon and Peace Walker, in addition to ZEKE through a button immediate to counter their respective crush and stomp assaults. Equally, in missions regarding the Mine Base, relying on whether or not the participant is enjoying through single participant (previous to finishing the story line within the case of Primary Ops) or through the sport’s CO-OP mode, Massive Boss both is required to raise up a storage door that acted as the only real remaining impediment between him and Peace Walker’s hangar, or in any other case permit a pal to do it for him.

Yoji Shinkawa painted an image of Massive Boss for a small reside viewers as a part of his “The Art of Yoji Shinkawa” exhibit on the Konami Model retailer.[91] This similar portray was additionally used for the duvet of the Equally, additionally “snuck in” T-shirts that bore this design into the 2011 Comedian Con, with them reporting to their Fb web page that followers “infiltrate” to purchase one and provides constructive evaluations to Kojima.[92]

In the course of the Further Ops mission “Base Defense” for the Mine Base inside, Massive Boss after defeating each 10 troopers will contact the participant through radio, marking the primary time since that Massive Boss contacts the participant through radio (not counting the official web site).

Massive Boss additionally appeared within the android/iOS recreation , each as a serious character and as a number of playing cards. As such, he additionally possessed essentially the most bios within the recreation, containing separate entries for his Virtuous Mission look, his Operation Snake Eater look, and his Peace Walker Incident look.

On June 6, 2013, Kojima confirmed that Kiefer Sutherland could be the voice and facial seize actor for Massive Boss.[93]

Massive Boss is the primary character of . He returns in as an incidental character. Within the preliminary trailer, he seems to have a completely grey head of hair after taking off his NVGs, though Kojima acknowledged that this was really the results of lighting, quite than an indicator that he had gone grey.[94] Within the precise gameplay demo, he nonetheless retains brown hair for essentially the most half, though his beard has gone grey. Massive Boss can be the playable character within the majority of the pseudo-historical Aspect Ops, which occur previous to the occasions of the primary recreation.

In addition to the primary recreation, Massive Boss is out there as an officer-type character for the Mom Base growth recreation on the app, launched on the iPhone and Android methods. He’s obtainable from the beginning of the sport, alongside Kazuhira Miller. Except for this, his Bare Snake self can be an unlockable officer-type character, on this case being unlockable by doing a no-kill run throughout Floor Zeroes whereas related to the app.

Massive Boss later appeared within the VGA 2012 trailer, underneath the guise of Ishmael. Nevertheless, as a result of it was initially acknowledged that the sport was being developed by a seemingly separate Swedish firm known as Moby Dick Studio, he wasn’t explicitly recognized as such. It was additionally revealed that whereas Akio Ōtsuka would reprise his function for the Japanese model, David Hayter wouldn’t for the English model. In line with Hayter, Kojima had left him out of the choice.[95] This was not the primary time the place Hayter was thought of for alternative, or {that a} completely different voice actor for Bare Snake was thought of, as Kojima had meant for the character to be voiced by Kurt Russell (who had beforehand performed Snake Plissken, one of many inspirations for Strong Snake and, to a lesser extent, Bare Snake/Massive Boss) as early as .[96]

Previous to the official announcement of , and by extension, , throughout GDC 2012, Massive Boss appeared on two footage on a Builders Sans Frontières web site recruiting numerous recreation builders for the brand new recreation. The primary image, on the entry gate for the web site, was Massive Boss, stylized in an analogous method to Uncle Sam recruitment posters, pointing on the consumer with the phrases “BIG BOSS [sic] wants YOU! THE “NEXT” MGS DEVELOPMENT WITHOUT BORDERS GDC 2012 Booth #1914″ under him. The second image, contained in a “classified” manila folder, confirmed Massive Boss carrying a poncho with a Rhodesian Ridgeback-like canine accompanying him, in addition to a emblem that was later revealed by Kojima to be the emblem for “Diamond Dogs.”

As Ishmael, Massive Boss appeared within the GDC 2013 trailer for . Though his true id was initially a thriller, his English voice actor was found to be the identical as that of Massive Boss, Kiefer Sutherland.[97][98][99] The identify Ishmael is a reference to the character from the novel . trailer additionally featured an apparition resembling a burning whale, and the participant character was known as Ahab, one other main character within the novel.

Ishmael’s likeness was later used for a masks worn by Kojima throughout an interview with host Geoff Keighley, whereas posing because the supposed creator of the sport, Joakim Mogren, on March 28, 2013. The Ishmael masks was earlier hinted at in a Twitter put up on Kojima’s Twitter account, the place he claimed that he was bringing “a secret weapon” to the GDC 2013 presentation. Equally, an earlier interview on the March 14, 2013 episode of , which aired previous to the GDC 2013 announcement of , had “Mogren” carrying related bandages to Ishmael, though he claimed that it was on account of him moving into an “accident.”[100]

Within the Reality ending, after Venom Snake flips the tape “From Man Who Sold the World”, he sees Operation Intrude N313, which is the identify of the mission within the authentic . Within the subsequent scene, Venom sees himself within the mirror with a bloody face and bigger horn, earlier than punching the mirror. The precise time is intentionally imprecise, and Venom disappears into fog after smashing the mirror. Although Venom Snake and Massive Boss are established within the Reality ending and the Reality tapes to be separate entities, the iDroid transcripts for the ending and the tapes involving Massive Boss nonetheless record him as “Snake” just like Venom Snake.

Venom Snake, Massive Boss’s phantom and double.

Mom Base infiltration

The Gamescom 2014 Multiplayer trailer revealed {that a} participant might infiltrate one other participant’s Mom Base as Snake, with the opposite participant’s firm being modified to Roughneck Raven, one other PMC working within the area, the Diamond Canine logos being (principally) changed by that firm’s emblem. It was additionally revealed that the proprietor of the bottom might ambush the infiltrator, although apparently each seem as Snake, with the second carrying a special camouflage uniform.

Allusions to earlier video games

Massive Boss’s rivalry with Ocelot all through is considerably akin to that of siblings. Gene additionally referred to himself and Massive Boss as being “like brothers” throughout . These relationships mirror the one between Strong Snake and Liquid Snake within the authentic . On a considerably associated word, Kojima, in his commentary of the previous recreation, famous that Ocelot and Liquid’s Japanese names rhymed, additional evaluating Bare Snake and Ocelot’s rivalry with Strong and Liquid Snake’s rivalry.

In , Huey Emmerich asks Massive Boss if he would ever combat a clone of himself, utilizing it as a metaphor for nuclear deterrence. Massive Boss solutions “I wouldn’t want to do that, no telling who’d survive.”[101] That is an apparent allusion to the long run battle between Massive Boss and his clone Strong Snake, wherein the previous is defeated.

E3 Battle

In Might 2012, Massive Boss, recognized as Bare Snake, appeared as a participant within the Konami sponsored internet occasion E3 Battle, the place he beat out Ash Lambert from the 1996 recreation within the first spherical. He proceeded to face off in opposition to, and defeated Murphy Pendleton from within the second spherical. He proceeded to face off in opposition to, and defeated, Psycho Mantis within the third spherical. He then confronted off in opposition to and defeated Strong Snake within the fourth spherical. He proceeded to face off in opposition to, and defeated Raiden within the semifinals. He’ll face off in opposition to Metallic Gear REX within the remaining spherical of the occasion, in a no-holds barred beat-down.[102] Bare Snake managed to defeat REX and have become the champion of the E3 Battle.

“Metal Gear (1987, as ‘Big Boss’)”

―Bare Snake’s bio in E3 Battle

Versus Battle

Massive Boss appeared in Versus Battle twice, first combating in opposition to Metallic Gear REX and later FOXHOUND underneath the identify Massive Boss, and in addition underneath the identify Bare Snake whereas combating in opposition to Strong Snake.

―Massive Boss’s bio on Versus Battle; in opposition to REX

―Bare Snake’s bio on Versus Battle

―Massive Boss in Versus Battle; in opposition to FOXHOUND

Massive Boss seems within the non-canon recreation within the flashback of the Floor Zeroes Incident.

Except for this, he additionally was alluded to within the taste textual content for the Occasion Episode “The Encounter: Begin 1964 Event!”, and his Jungle Fatigues are an unlockable merchandise in the identical occasion on the worth of 5000 Battle Factors earned in the course of the occasion interval.

References in different media

Owing to the recognition of the collection, Massive Boss has made cameos in numerous media, some with direct relation to the video games he was at present in as crossover materials.

As a part of a crossover promotion between and , male gamers can obtain a Massive Boss outfit in a particular quest. Feminine gamers obtain The Boss outfit, whereas Felyne comrades get a Strong Snake outfit.[103][104][105]

Massive Boss seems as a dressing up in a -themed DLC pack for .

Archie Comics

Though Massive Boss doesn’t seem in any Archie Comics tales instantly, his incarnation seems as a Halloween costume for the character Roll Mild of the serial in a Halloween 2013-related weblog by Ryan Jampole. Her related quote for the costume was additionally a direct reference to the beginning of the Virtuous Mission phase of the identical recreation.[106]

Massive Boss, extra particularly his look in , makes a short cameo ultimately credit for the freeware recreation , as a part of a collection of portraits depicting the earlier “guys”, together with his portrait being based mostly on his look within the authentic MSX2 model of quite than his look within the re-released variations of the sport.

Bare Snake and his son Strong Snake appeared as downloadable characters in . Each characters are voiced by David Hayter, marking the primary time he voiced the characters in a online game since and , respectively.

Naming controversy

A lot controversy and debate surrounds Massive Boss’s actual identify. When was launched, gamers safely assumed his actual identify was Jack, as The Boss and Main Zero known as him by this identify on a number of events. As well as, a voice casting sheet leaked earlier than ‘s launch acknowledged that Massive Boss’s actual identify was Jack.

Nevertheless, early on within the recreation, Massive Boss is requested by Para-Medic what his actual identify is, to which he responds “John Doe” with Para-Medic replying “and they call you Jack for short?” On account of barely tongue-in-cheek nature of the dialog, in addition to Para-Medic jokingly responding that her actual identify is Jane Doe, most initially thought it was nothing greater than a joke. Nevertheless, on the finish of , Massive Boss additionally tells Ocelot that his identify is John, and in Japan, a launch of included a e-book known as which acknowledged Massive Boss’s actual identify was John Doe. The grasp Patriot AI, which is accessed through Massive Boss’s biometric knowledge, can be named John Doe (though it’s also attainable that JD was named as corresponding to a reference to the truth that the final leaders of the Patriots had been “no one” (i.e. AIs)). In , when Snake tells Gálvez that Massive Boss is only a codename the CIA made up, Gálvez then asks if he would favor it if he known as him John.

To additional add to the confusion, the listed Massive Boss’s identify as merely “John.”

Kojima was requested in session 08 of the which helped have fun the North American launch of whether or not Massive Boss’s actual identify was Jack or John. Kojima answered by saying that it may very well be each since each names could be relevant because the identify “Jack” in English is the diminutive type of the identify “John.”

The identify John Doe is used as a colloquialism when the true identify of a male is unknown or is being deliberately hid.

To a lesser extent, there was additionally a minor controversy surrounding the Vic Boss nickname that Massive Boss possessed in , whether or not it was a South American dialect pronunciation of Massive Boss or whether or not it was shorthand for Boss of Victory. Nevertheless, the dialogue bubble included within the remaining model of the sport makes clear that the Vic Boss was meant to the latter. Coincidentally, “Vic Boss” sounded just like , the primary spaceship utilized by Dr. Venom within the first recreation (additionally made by Konami).[107]

Whereas Massive Boss’s clones are most sometimes called his sons within the collection, they’re biologically extra just like equivalent twins, since they share extra genes with him than youngsters born by regular sexual replica.




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    Within the English model of , Liquid Snake tells Strong Snake that Massive Boss was in a coma when the Les Enfants Terribles undertaking occurred. Within the Japanese model, it is merely acknowledged that Massive Boss was left sterile on account of a fight harm.


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