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Characters that debuted in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty:
Raiden/Jack/Jack the Ripper
Raiden came into existence out of Kojima's desire to show the main character Snake from a different perspective by making him not the player character, but no one got it. He got put through Hell and back, realized his entire life was a lie, was groped by the president, had to kill his father figure and be lied to by the man he admired, but gained no sympathy. As an apology to all the fans who were angered by having to play as a wimp Kojima created a helpless lookalike by the name of Ivan Raidenovich Raikov in Metal Gear Solid 3, who he put through all sorts of humiliation. He seriously improves in Metal Gear Solid 4. He will return in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance in a new Cyborg Ninja outfit thanks to injuries sustained while acting as a trainer and VIP bodyguard for the Private Military Contractor Maverick.
- Alien Blood: Raiden's got artificial blood by MGS4, colored white. This has an interesting effect in a later cutscene: He and Vamp mess each other up pretty badly, and since their blood is colored differently, we get to see how much is their own and how much is the other guy's splattered on them.
- Artificial Limbs: Not just his limbs, but his entire body save for his head and spine. His blood is artificial too, ever since Sons of Liberty.
- Ascended Fanboy
- Ax Crazy: Possibly is this in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, going by how he behaved in the trailer.
- Badass: Even before the fourth game, he was one.
- Badass Baritone: Only in the Japanese versions.
- Badass Long Hair
- Badass Longcoat: Wears one in the fourth game. A lot.
- Handicapped Badass: Becomes this in the latter parts of the fourth game due to a Life or Limb Decision followed by a non-fatal Heroic Sacrifice. But thanks to reconstructive surgery, he got better.
- Bigger Is Better in Bed: Implied by a guard's comment to Raiden if he sees him seemingly restrained in the torture device (he claims that he "wishes that he has that"). Not that it's apparent due to obvious reasons.
- Blood Knight: Was implied to have these tendencies in Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty, and the VGA trailer for Rising implies that he became a full-fledged one (When told to dispatch a renegade Cyborg (who bears a large passing resemblance to Vamp) unaffiliated to any PM Cs, Raiden basically says that its time to have some "fun.")
- Child Soldier
- Combat Stilettos: A rather odd feature of Raiden's MGS4 ninja outfit is the high heels, which he manages to make badass by holding his sword with his feet.
- Conveniently an Orphan: Raiden's birth parents were killed while he was still a very young child, and Solidus, being his "Godfather", took him in. It's later revealed that Solidus was the one who murdered Raiden's parents.
- A Day in the Limelight: Metal Gear Solid Rising is shaping up to be this for him--it may be the only game where he doesn't have to share the spotlight with Snake.
- Drowning My Sorrows: Rosemary claimed that Raiden took to heavily drinking after his Shell-Shocked Veteran memories as a Child Soldier returned to him.
- Executive Meddling: You might be wondering why his codename in Japanese is written in Kanji instead of Katakana like the other characters or his real name. That's because the Katakana variation of his name sounded a bit too close to "Ladin" (as in, "Osama Bin Ladin," the leader of al Qaida and the mastermind behind 9/11) for people's comforts due to the game having a similar plot to the 9/11 attacks, and it being released just a few months after the 9/11 attacks.
- Expy: Weirdly invoked. Most of MGS2 consisted of the Patriots supposedly trying to make him another Solid Snake, and for that they had to make his character and experiences match Snake's as closely as possible. However, during the Master AI's speech to Raiden, they reveal that molding him into the next Solid Snake wasn't even the true goal (they had misled Ocelot earlier), but to try to manipulate Raiden's experiences to craft him to be their viewpoint of the masses and essentially control humanity.
- Ironically, he himself gains an expy in the form of Major Ivan Raidenovitch Raikov in Metal Gear Solid 3 Snake Eater.
- Eyepatch of Power: Sort of. In Revengeance, Raiden is shown with a bandana over his left eye in a manner similar to an eyepatch. April 30th might explain what happened, if the teaser image (an ER medical report) on the site is anything to go by.
- Eye Scream: The viral marketing "decryption" trailers strongly imply that Raiden lost his left eye during a fight. Footage shown during the coverage of Rising in the Pre-E3 show revealed that he lost it during his fight against Sam.
- Foil: To Solid Snake. Snake is a gruff, grizzled, Tall, Dark and Handsome ladies man, Raiden is a young, idealistic, White-Haired Pretty Boy with a steady girlfriend.
- Flashback Nightmare: It is strongly implied in Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty that the reason he won't allow Rosemary to sleep next to him is because he suffers from nightmares relating to his Child Soldier status from the Liberian Civil War.
- Glasgow Grin: Seems to sport this in Revengeance. See Slasher Smile below.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Subverted in Act Four of the fourth game, but the act cost him his arms, making him a Handicapped Badass.
- Hot Dad: In the fourth game. The Reveal also serves as his Crowning Moment of Heartwarming.
- It's Not You, It's Me: It is heavily implied in Metal Gear Solid 4 Guns of the Patriots that the reason why he left Rosemary prior to the game was because of his PTSD worsening.
- Jade-Colored Glasses: More apparent in the fourth game.
- Katanas Are Just Better: So much that, despite having a gun strapped to his leg throughout the fourth game, he never once uses it. (Ironically, his sword is not a katana at all, but rather a straight-bladed ninjato.)
- Knife Nut: Sort of. Unlike Snake, Raiden does prefer blades, even moreso than guns. The final trailer (according to the Facebook page) on the site sort-of explains why, as Solidus "demonstrates" its noble usages on a soldier in front of Raiden.
- Lightning Bruiser: Especially in MGS4. No pun intended.
- Mistaken Identity: In Metal Gear Solid 3 Snake Eater Subsistence's Secret Theatre clip "Metal Gear Raiden: Snake Eraser", Raiden ends up travelling back in time into Groznyj Grad's prison to kill Naked Snake in his cell, only for him to just miss Snake before he escaped. Volgin then finds him and mistakes him for Raikov, and it is heavily implied that Volgin either assaulted Raiden or attempted to commit Prison Rape on him as a result.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: "Jack the Ripper".
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: In the fourth game, Raiden's a ninja-cyborg.
- No Infantile Amnesia: Somewhat implied in Metal Gear Solid 4 Guns of the Patriots: Raiden mentioned that he was born on a rainy day, and given that his parents had died while he was still young, its unlikely they told him.
- One-Man Army
- The Other Darrin: Going by pre-release info, Raiden's going to be voiced by Toshiyuki Morikawa in Metal Gear Solid Rising. And according to Quinton Flynn's official site and Twitter, he has yet to be approached to reprise the voice. However, the English trailer for Rising confirms that, yes, he is still going to be voiced by Flynn.
- Similarly, in the English version of Secret Theatre film Metal Gear Raiden: Snake Eraser, Raiden was voiced by Charlie Schlatter (in other words, Raikov) instead of Quinton Flynn either because he was unavailable or the localizers wanted to make the similarities between Raiden and Raikov more apparent.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: It is heavily implied that he suffers from PTSD as a result of his experiences as a Child Soldier, and that it worsened by Metal Gear Solid 4 Guns of the Patriots.
- Shock and Awe: I'm Lightning. The Rain Transformed..
- And the tagline for his game is "Lightning Bolt Action".
- Shout-Out: Cyborg Raiden's blood being white could be a reference to the androids of the Alien franchise
- Slasher Smile: Seems to sport this in Revengeance, although the smile itself almost looks like a Glasgow Grin.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: His personality in Metal Gear Solid 4 Guns of the Patriots came across as exceptionally cold and emotionless. It is strongly implied that this was the direct result of the pain he had to endure from various factors, including the apparent miscarriage of his child, Rosemary supposedly marrying Colonel Campbell, the worsening of his PTSD, and his forced transformation into a Cyborg Ninja.
- Supporting Protagonist: In MGS2.
- Took a Level In Badass
- Talking to Himself: Sort of. Raiden doesn't share any voice actors with anyone else in Metal Gear Solid 4 Guns of the Patriots, but his motion capture actor also portrayed Little Gray, the monkey sidekick of Drebin 893. In fact, his motion capture actor was literally the reason why Little Gray was added into the game.
- Tyke Bomb
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: In Metal Gear Solid 2.
- White-Haired Pretty Boy: A heroic example.
- Zen Survivor
The leader of a Russian a mercenary group and Olga Gurlukovich's father. He was briefly involved in Liquid's revolt on Shadow Moses Island as being the supplier of some of the Sons of Big Boss's heavy weaponry and Liquid's Hind D. Sergei worked with Revolver Ocelot in the hopes of stealing Metal Gear RAY to restor power to Russia, but was stabbed in the back by Ocelot and killed.
- The Ghost: Was briefly mentioned in the first Metal Gear Solid as being one of Liquid's backers in his revolution, and his being the reason why Liquid had a Hind D in that game.
- Glorious Mother Russia
- Lame Comeback:
Ocelot: Gurlukovich, you and your daughter will die here.
Sergei: Damn you.
- Papa Wolf / Morality Pet: It's very clear that he does deeply care about his daughter, Olga, as well as the well-being of his grandchild. Also, as evidenced in the Lame Comeback line, he was not pleased with Ocelot's threat against his daughter when the latter betrayed him.
- Properly Paranoid: Just before the Olga battle, he tells Olga that she should leave, and cited that part of the reason he wants her to leave was because he saw the moon "pale as death" in the storm, and suspected that the mission wasn't going to end well. He's right, but not in the way that even he anticipated, as Ocelot betrays and guns him down in cold blood.
- Renegade Russian
Olga Gurlukovich/Mr. X
A Russian mercenary whom Snake first encounters aboard the Tanker, Olga is a tough cookie. She has been raised all her life to be strong, both out of necessity and because her father was a colonel for a Russian private army. She is seen again in the Plant, having inherited her father's unit after the old man died. She may or may not be having her own agenda. She is also being used by The Patriots, who are threatening to kill her child if she doesn't allow for Raiden's mission to suceed. To this end, she disguises herself as a ninja called Mr. X and randomly calls Raiden to give him advice. She dies in the end to save Raiden and her baby.
- Action Girl: In the Tank Chapter
- Action Mom: In the Plant Chapter
- Anti-Villain: Type II: She legitimately cared for her own troops, and hated the fact that she had to betray and kill them off under Patriot orders, even though she had to do it to ensure the survival of her child.
- Bifauxnen: Which actually causes some awkwardness for the game's other androgynous platinum blond character when he's mistaken for her.
- Blood Knight / Child Soldier: It is heavily implied that she was born and raised on the battlefield, and that she has nowhere else to go besides the Battlefield.
- Double Agent: Albeit a reluctant one.
- Even Evil Has Standards: She did not take having to betray and kill her Gurlukovich comrades very well at all, even though it was to keep her child alive.
- Hot Shounen Mom
- The Ladette
- Mama Bear: Tragically exploited by the Patriots as blackmail to ensure she does her part in keeping Raiden alive in the S3 plan. Basically, she had to kill off the unit she had considered her family, never mind her friends, just to protect Raiden because if she failed, they would kill her baby.
- Military Brat: Well, for one thing, her father is both the leader of a pro-communist mercenary group, and he also served in the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan.
- Mysterious Informant: As Mr. X.
- The Pawn
- Pregnant Badass: Remember Solid Snake's fight with Olga during the Tanker Chapter? Well, she was pregnant at the time by at least three months, which served as the primary reason why her father wanted her out of the operation and off the Mercenary as soon as possible.
- Oh my god we riddled her with tranquilizer rounds. What happens to a developing fetus when her mother gets massive amounts of dope dumped into her system like that? Thank God Sunny turned out okay.
- Maybe that's why she was such a lousy cook. Some sort of birth defect.
- Oh my god we riddled her with tranquilizer rounds. What happens to a developing fetus when her mother gets massive amounts of dope dumped into her system like that? Thank God Sunny turned out okay.
- Scars Are Forever/Good Scars, Evil Scars: Olga possessed a long scar across her face, above her right eye to below her left eye (this is made more apparent in artwork of her, being barely visible in the game itself). Presumably, she got the scar during combat.
- Vasquez Always Dies
- You Killed My Father: She blames Snake for her father Sergei's death, but later discovers it was Ocelot's doing.
Commander of the United States Marines Corps in charge of safeguarding Metal Gear RAY during the Tanker Incident. Also Fortune's father.
- Bi the Way
- Papa Wolf: The reason he wasn't willing to allow Fortune, his daughter, to join the military was because he didn't want her to experience the harsh possibility of a nuclear war.
- Properly Paranoid: He anticipated that several politicians and military personnel would try to stop the project. He was right, and got killed for it.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He wanted to create RAY out of a genuine belief that it would end nuclear proliferation.
- Your Cheating Heart: It's implied that he still acted as Vamp's lover even while he was still married to his wife.
Raiden's girlfriend, who is determined to make him be a little more open with her. There may be more to her than it seems. Turns out there is - she was originally a spy for The Patriots sent to analyze Raiden, but sure enough, things got out of hand and her feelings became personal.
Reappears in Guns of the Patriots as Snake's psychiatric support. She's married to Colonel Campbell, to the disgust of everybody.
- Becoming the Mask
- Clingy Jealous Girl: She expresses a bit of jealousy when Raiden is escorting Emma.
- Convenient Miscarriage: Subverted. She only faked a miscarriage to protect her and Raiden's son from The Patriots.
- Gainaxing: While having Codec-conversations with Rosemary in Guns Of The Patriots, give your controller a few nice hard shakes and watch what happens on the screen...(snickers).
- Heroes Want Redheads
- Hey, It's That Voice: A meta example. Her Japanese voice actress also does The Boss and Sunny.
- Her English voice actress apparently voiced Lilah in the Ctrl+Alt+Del animated series.
- Hot Mom: In the fourth game.
- Lethal Chef: Take Raiden's word for it.
- And Roy Campbell's word (well, more like a hint, but still).
- The Mole
- Statuesque Stunner
- Woman in White: In MGS2.
- Your Cheating Heart: The Colonel, in an optional Codec conversation onboard Arsenal, will imply that Rosemary was cheating on Raiden the Saturday before the mission, although given what the Colonel was doing beforehand, not to mention the fact that it is implied that he is trying to "stop" Raiden, it is very unlikely to be true.
Raiden's commanding officer during the Big Shell incident. An AI recreation of Roy Campbell.
- Artificial Intelligence
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Well, until he turns out to be an AI.
- Mission Control Is Off Its Meds: Once affected by Emma's virus.
The Sons of Libery
A combination of two groups: The remnants of Sergei Gurlukovich's mercenary group (and Revolver Ocelot), and the rogue anti-terrorist group Dead Cell, made up of Fortune, Vamp, and Fatman, and led by Solidus Snake. The combined group took over the Big Shell decontamination plant, held everyone inside hostage (including the United States president) and was believed to have also demanded a ransom. In reality the group never actually demanded a ransom in the first place, and in fact planned to take control of the Arsenal Gear built under the Big Shell and uses it's nuclear payload to create an electromagnetic surge over Manhattan, destroying all it's electronics and cut it off from the Patriots.
- Faceless Mooks: All of the soldiers of the Sons of Liberty, barring the top leaders, wear balaclavas. Justified, as those were the Gurlukovich Mercenaries, who often wore balaclavas to mask their identities and thus make it more difficult to trace.
In the first Metal Gear Solid, Solidus shows up in The Stinger at the end of the game in the role of the U.S. President, and is a major character in the second game. He's the third of Big Boss' clones, a former agent of the Patriots, and Raiden's adopted father. He was once the 43rd President under the alias of George Sears, but was forced to resign from office after Metal Gear REX and the Genome Project soldiers, as well as the events of the Shadow Moses Incident and his involvement in the Sons of Big Boss's actions, were exposed to the public. The Patriots pinned him as the scapegoat, as he'd before advocated against genetic engineering, and becomes a terrorist with the group The Sons of Liberty. He might reappear in flashbacks for Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, although what is certain is that he is certainly in the flashbacks in viral marketing trailers for the game.
- Alliterative Code Name
- Anti-Villain: Type III. Word of God stated that Solidus was intended to be of this trope.
- Badass: He took out three Metal Gear RAYs with just a submachine gun! That is cool.
- Badass Cape: Until it gets incinerated.
- Big Bad: In the second game.
- Child Soldier: It's implied that he led a unit of child soldiers in the Liberian Civil War during his teenage years.
- Combat Tentacles: The "snake arms" on his exoskeleton suit.
- Eye Scream: He loses his left eye following the destruction of the Harrier.
- Eyepatch of Power: Subverted.
- Early-Bird Cameo: He was first mentioned in the Meryl Ending of Metal Gear Solid.
- Fate Worse Than Death: See The Pawn.
- Knife Nut: Possibly. He was seen with a knife in the flashbacks to Liberia according to viral marketing for Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. The recent (and according to the Facebook page, final) trailer on the site has Solidus giving Raiden a speech on how blades are noble weapons compared to guns shortly before slitting a soldier he had another soldier interrogate regarding a botched mission as a demonstration of what knives do to Raiden.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: It turns out Solidus was Raiden's father, or rather, Godfather. Unlike other uses of the trope, it was even foreshadowed earlier when Solidus and Raiden first meet face to face ("Where do I know him from?")
- Military Brat: He's a clone of Big Boss, and he also participated as a Child Soldier (actually, not just a child soldier, but a child soldier who leads an entire army of child soldiers) in the Liberian Civil War.
- Named Weapons: His katana and wakizashi set (i.e. daishou), Minshuto ("Democrat") and Kyowato ("Republican").
- Possibly, the swords that come with the Powered Armors in the setting are also made by Tokugawa Heavy Industries.
- The Pawn: In MGS4, his corpse is used as decoy for Big Boss' body. He was also an unwitting pawn in Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty, as it turned out that he was actually helping the Patriots without his even realizing it until Ocelot made it clear.
- Papa Wolf: Let's just say that he did not take it well when he learned that the Patriots had wiped Raiden's memory, and probably took him from him.
- President Evil
- Properly Paranoid: Nearing the end of MGS2, Solidus gives Raiden a speech about how the Patriots intended to protect their own power via massive censorship. Come MGS4, and we see that Solidus' fears turned out to be quite correct.
- Super Soldier
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He wants to free America founded nature from the threat of the Patriots controlling nature, as well as having a personal motive of wanting to be remembered somehow, as he isn't able to pass on his genes due to his clone nature. However, in order to do this, he had to organize a terrorist organization in order to do so.
- Younger Than He Looks: Despite his appearance looking like someone in his sixties or seventies, he's actually in his thirties. He implies that his appearance was the result of genetic engineering done by the Patriots.
== Helena Dolph Jackson/Fortune ==]
The second-in-command of Dead Cell, with the miraculous ability to avoid death. She incorrectly believes that Solid Snake is responsible for the death of her father Dolph. A bit of a Death Seeker.
- BFG: Her weapon is a large and somewhat impractical railgun (but when you're impervious to bullets and explosives, I guess you can use any weapon you want).
- In a way, it's also due to her "powers" that she's even capable of using it, going by Rosemary's statements in a CODEC call.
- Bizarre Human Biology: She was born with her heart on the right side, due to situs inversus. It briefly prolongs her life expectancy when Revolver Ocelot decides to off her with a shot to the heart, while forgetting that little fact.
- Broken Bird
- Dark-Skinned Blond
- Death Seeker: "KILL ME NOW!"
- Determined Widow
- Deus Angst Machina
- Hopeless Boss Fight: You fight her once and the time spent fighting her is trying to avoid being hit by her railgun blasts until the colonel calls you.
- Leotard of Power
- Military Brat: Her father is Scott Dolph, the commandant of the marine corps killed in the tanker chapter.
- The Pawn: The Patriots used her for their own goals.
- She's Got Legs: Just about every scene she's in introduces her with the camera slowly panning up those long legs of hers.
- Wave Motion Gun: See BFG.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Vamp and Fortune want to destroy Manhattan (which was also against Solidus' supposed goals) as their revenge against the Patriots for their involvement in the destruction of Dead Cell's unit, and presumably for framing Dead Cell for terrorist actions that the Patriots orchestrated. Not to mention the pain they endured from the deaths of Scott Dolph and Colonel Jackson. Unfortunately, they ended up being used by them anyways.
- You Killed My Father
Vamp is an apparently immortal Romanian with a penchant for knives and a taste for blood. He was once involved with Commander Scott Dolph before becoming close with Dolph's daughter Helena/Fortune.
In the fourth game, he begins to look for a Worthy Opponent who can finally finish him - Raiden.
- Ax Crazy: Enjoys knives, blood, and stabbing people a little too much.
- It's significantly downplayed in MGS4, however, where he questions some of Liquid Ocelot's plans, and was shown to be the only one capable of controlling the definitively Ax Crazy BATB unit (like when he threw a knife at Laughing Octopus specifically to stop her from slaughtering too many of the rebel soldiers).
- Badass Longcoat
- Badass Long Hair
- Blood Lust
- Beard of Evil
- Carpet of Virility: Vamp has a lot more chest hair in Metal Gear Solid 4 Guns of the Patriots than he did in Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty. This is probably why he's switched to wearing dog tags to count how many people he's killed today.
- Combat Sadomasochist: Vamp really loves hurting people. Especially Raiden. Just watch this fight scene.
- Likewise, Vamp also really enjoys being hurt himself in the same scene. Note what he said to Raiden when Raiden delivered the final blow.
- Compelling Voice: This is apparently how Vamp manages to "pin" his opponent's shadow to the ground and get them stuck. He uses a hypnotic voice and then uses the light on the blade to amplify it.
- Conveniently an Orphan: He lost his entire family in a Romanian church bombing that he himself was also a victim to.
- Dance Battler: Flamenco with knives.
- Death Seeker: In the fourth game.
- Driven to Suicide: Implied by his injecting himself with the nanomachine suppressor when he is severely injured.
- Depraved Bisexual: He sleeps with Scott, may be sleeping with Fortune and may want Raiden too. He also does most of what he does in a sexually suggestive manner.
- The Dragon: Acted as the second-in-command to Helena Scott Dolph and to Liquid Ocelot in Metal Gear Solid 2 and Metal Gear Solid 4, respectively.
- Driven to Suicide.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Vamp was not too pleased when learning about Fatman's attempt at bombing the Big Shell afterwards.
- Based on his stopping Laughing Octopus when she went wild on POWs, he's not fond of needless bloodshed either, especially when such does absolutely nothing to advance current objectives.
- Evil Sounds Deep
- Foe Yay: Quite a lot of this with Raiden.
- Freudian Excuse: The reason for Vamp's desire for drinking blood is because that's literally what he had to drink from his family members just to survive is predicament of being impaled by a cross for three days after a church he attended in Romania was bombed. Had it also been included, his fear of the crucifix would also have stemmed from the same event.
- Get Back Here Boss
- Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: When Laughing Octopus was enjoying herself too much when killing the Rebel soldiers, Vamp threw a knife at Laughing Octopus to get herself to stop, and told her to let one live.
- Healing Factor: Due to the Patriots giving him an experimental strain of nanobots, although Naomi implies that he had a rapid healing ability even beforehand, albeit to a significantly lesser degree.
- Icy Blue Eyes: In the second game.
- Implacable Man: Even more so than Liquid.
- Knife Nut: Heck, he even is capable of parrying bullets with his knives.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: After the bombing of a Romanian church during his childhood, he was orphaned as a result of the destruction, and was also impaled by a crucifix that was knocked down during the destruction. It is also what caused him to feast on human blood, as he needed it to survive for three whole days, and was also implied to be his first "death." This was also originally intended to also have a major role in the story, with the traumatic experience actually causing him to develop the stereotypical vampire fear of the cross.
- Lecherous Licking: Towards Raiden.
- Licking the Blade: He does this in the 4th game, often with Raiden's white blood on the knife, to the point where you wonder if the game is making fun of his tendency to do this.
- Lightning Bruiser
- Made of Iron: Vamp can consistently take an incredible amount of punishment thanks to his natural healing ability, even without his nanomachines.
- Minor Injury Overreaction: Subverted: Similar to Kuja from Final Fantasy IX, Vamp managed to dodge all of Raiden's gunfire, but ended up being grazed on the cheek. He actually is impressed with Raiden for inflicting the cut, as he notes that he has the ability to predict people's actions by their muscles, but Raiden's are "different" (referring to the Skull Suit's pressure against his vital organs), and notes that this will be as much of a promising battle as Ocelot mentioned.
- In Metal Gear Solid 4 Guns of the Patriots, not only does Vamp not react negatively to being injured, he even reacts with ecstasy when Raiden delivered the final blow in Act 2, asking if Raiden will be the one to finally finish him off.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: His design is modeled on flamenco dancer Joaquin Cortes.
- No Shirt, Long Jacket
- Nanomachines: The reason for his apparent immortality.
- Obviously Evil: Come on, he's a very pale guy with an eastern European accent, loves to lick blood from his knife, has red eyes in the fourth game, wears a Badass Longcoat when he isn't shirtless, has a Beard of Evil, this could go on for paragraphs.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Inverted in Metal Gear Solid 4 Guns of the Patriots. When he is defeated by Raiden, he asks with ecstasy if Raiden is going to be the one to finally kill him for good.
- Only Sane Man: In comparison to his boss, Liquid Ocelot, whom he questions his plans somewhat, and the B&B Corps, who are so Ax Crazy that the only way to prevent them from getting out of hand is to throw a knife at them, Vamp seems to be the closest thing to a sane member of Outer Heaven that they could have.
- Our Vampires Are Different: Vamp apparently only drinks blood due to a neurosis, and his running on water as well as straight up high walls is apparently due to wearing special footwear. Gets back into familiar territory with his Healing Factor; while nanomachines enhance it and allow him to revive from mortal wounds in seconds without a scratch, it's stated that he always had this trait to a lesser degree.
- Overly Long Tongue
- Pet the Dog: He keeps Dead Cell's dog tags on his person.
- Psycho for Hire
- Recurring Boss
- Shadow Pin: Can immobilize you by hitting your shadow with a knife. But he only does this in the second game. Shooting out the lights in the room will prevent this.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Has red eyes in the fourth game for some reason.
- The Coats Are Off
- The Vamp: Despite his codename being "Vamp", its subverted, as it is hinted that he did genuinely love Marine Commandant General Scott Dolph (if he hadn't and played the trope straight, then Helena/Fortune, Scott's daughter, certainly would not have even been friends with him, never mind possible lovers).
- Walking Shirtless Scene
- What Could Have Been: Vamp was originally supposed to be envisioned as a woman, but for some reason, his gender was changed in development. Also, he was originally supposed to be, similar to a real life Vampire, afraid of the crucifix, although it was mostly due to the trauma he experienced when the church he was attending in Romania was bombed with him and his family in it, where he actually was impaled by one.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Vamp and Fortune want to destroy Manhattan (which was also against Solidus' supposed goals) as their revenge against the Patriots for their involvement in the destruction of their unit and presumably their framing them for terrorist actions that the Patriots orchestrated, not to mention the pain they endured from the deaths of Scott Dolph and Colonel Jackson. Unfortunately, they ended up being used by them anyways.
An obese man on roller-skates. Fatman is a bomb-making expert that revels in blowing things up. Fatman places several explosives around Big Shell that Raiden has to defuse.
- Annoying Laugh
- Ax Crazy
- Bald of Evil: The game's script implies that the reason for his baldness is from severe burns.
- Calling Card: Fatman has two in two different mediums. The first, from Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty, has him placing trace amounts of cologne on the C4 he uses to blow up targets. The second, from The Last Days of Foxhound, is leaving behind a smoking rubble of the location he was at.
- Card-Carrying Villain: If his introductory statement is anything to go by, he apparently takes pride in being the lowest humanity has to offer even moreso than being the greatest humanity has to offer.
- Deceptive Disciple
- Double Agent
- Evil Laugh
- Evilly Affable: Compared to the other characters, it's actually quite refreshing to meet someone who wouldn't feel out of place in Team Fortress 2.
- Fat Bastard
- Fat Idiot: Inverted. Although he is shown as severely insane, his backstory indicates that he was also quite intelligent, at least in regards to bomb-making.
- Genius Bruiser: Aside from his weight, and thus large size, it was also stated in his backstory that he managed to build an atomic bomb at age 10, simply from the use of a guidebook, and his high marks under Stillman's training were unprecedented.
- Guns at School: It is heavily implied in a Codec conversation that this happened with Fatman, as Stillman mentions that although he desired fame due to being hated at his own high school, the only thing he ever amounted to before being transferred to Indian Head was occassionally bringing a gun into school.
- I Have Your Wife: Inverted: The Patriots got him to cooperate by offering to let him kill Stillman in exchange for participating in the S3 Plan.
- Laughing Mad
- Lightning Bruiser: For a guy who is extraordinarily overweight, and has his overall weight made even heavier with his bomb blast suit (complete with a cooling vest), a laminated ballistic protector covering most of his head, and a protective plate for his spine (which, overall, would add about 50 kilograms to his body), he is surprisingly very good at rollerblading, something that the Colonel Lampshaded by stating that the amount of added weight that Fatman has should render him incapable of rollerblading.
- Mad Bomber: Vamp even refers to him by that specific name.
- Not in This For Your Revolution: The only reason he agreed to act as an agent to the Patriots and participate in the S3 Plan as a test for Raiden's skills was for the opportunity to kill off his mentor Peter Stillman, and otherwise did not actually care one bit for the Patriot's plans.
- Parental Neglect: While he was very young, he was pretty much neglected by both his own parents, and often hung around at his father's clock shop.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Going by how he's behaving when meeting up with Raiden, as well as saying "It's time to start the party!" in a clownish tone, he seems to be both insane and almost childish.
- The Mole: Was planted by the Patriots to test Raiden's capabilities in exchange for gaining the chance of killing his mentor Peter Stillman (Although Ocelot's explanation during The Reveal implies that he was closer to a Wild Card).
- Unfavorite: Presumably the reason why he desired fame and was not controllable: he was neglected by his parents while he was very young, and even though he built an atomic bomb at age 10 from a guidebook, and was well known in the bomb trade for this, he was hated and shunned at his own school.
- Villainous Glutton: "Laugh and grow fat!"
- Wild Card: Is strongly implied to be this: Ocelot mentioned during The Reveal that even the Patriots had a lot of trouble getting him to cooperate in the S3 Plan, with the proposed murder of Peter Stillman being implied to be the only reason they successfully managed to get him to cooperate.
Hal's younger step-sister. When they were young Hal and Emma had a very close relationship, which was ruined when Hal was seduced by Emma's mother. Hal's father found out and tried to drown himself, but accidentally pulled Emma in too, and Hal couldn't hear Emma screaming because he was with Emma's mother.
As a young woman working on developing the AI for Arsenal Gear, Emma is taken hostage by The Sons of Liberty. Hal asks Raiden to rescue her.
- Conspiracy Theorist: Emma's explanation of what the Patriots have or could have done to information ("You know how the alphabet has twenty-six letters? Well, it could have been thirty. What if the other letters were deleted by a program?") and her "justifications" ("Have you ever seen a gene? Have you counted them yourself?") make her sound like this to the point that she can come off sounding like a parody.
- It’s worth notating the whole censored alphabet thing makes much more sense in Japanese as they are missing letters, like La Li Lu Le Lo.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight
- Distressed Damsel: A very classic example of this trope. She does not make it alive...
- Escort Mission: You have to take her from the Shell 2 core to the Shell 1 core. She can't walk very well due to her being injected with something to keep her from running away, so Raiden has to carry her.
- Kill the Cutie: Especially jarring in that it happens almost immediately after the Escort Mission.
- Why Did It Have To Be Water? Her step-father's drowning death left her with a crippling fear of water at an early age. Naturally, by the time you reach her, the hallways leading in and out of the area she's kept are completely flooded.
Allegedly as a member of the secret service under official records, Richard is actually a DIA/Patriot agent going undercover, presumably to assassinate President Johnson for "betraying" the Patriots. Of course, he ends up being an unwitting pawn himself and dies from his nanomachines getting shut down in a similar fashion to FOXDIE.
- Jerkass: In the beginning of the novel, he is shown to be somewhat unpleasant: He forced Nastasha Romanenko into participating in the Shadow Moses Incident, and was also implied to have forced Roy Campbell into participating in the incident as well.
- Love Redeems: It is heavily implied via Nastasha Romanenko's novel, In the Darkness of Shadow Moses: The Unofficial Truth, that the reason why he ended up not only letting her live from the Shadow Moses Incident, but also supplying evidence against his superiors, the Patriots, to ensure they don't hurt her was because he was starting to fall for Nastasha Romanenko again.
- Redemption Equals Death: Initially believed to be what happened to him in the novel, ends up happening for real during the Big Shell Incident.
- Unwitting Pawn: Ultimately turned out to be this, and killed for this, along with other reasons.
- You Have Failed Me: After reading In The Darkness of Shadow Moses: The Unofficial Truth, it becomes especially apparent that one of the reasons why he was killed off by the Patriots (by causing his pacemaker nanomachines to malfunction) also dealt with this, since he was directly responsible for supplying Nastasha Romanenko with the evidence that led to the publishing of the book in the first place, in addition to the more obvious reasons.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: When playing the game without reading Nastasha's novel first, it initially seems like they did this for this trope only.
A bomb disposal expert and Fatman's mentor. Stillman helps Raiden and Plissken defuse several of his student's bombs, then dies trying to defuse one himself.
- Cool Old Guy
- Fallen Hero: Not to the extent that he turned evil, but after he failed to disarm a bomb at a church, he mainly attempted to deflect his evident panic attack by faking his leg being lost, although it did him more harm than good before he atoned for his sins at the Big Shell.
- Heroic Sacrifice: See My Greatest Second Chance and Redemption Equals Death.
- My Greatest Failure: He panicked when attempting to disarm a bomb at a church, which blew up and left several victims, including children. He also had to hide the fact that he lost his cool: See Obfuscating Disability below for more details.
- My Greatest Second Chance: His participating in the Big Shell, and ultimately his death.
- Obfuscating Disability: Peter faked his disability to avoid facing the families of the victims of a bomb he was unable to defuse.
- Redemption Equals Death: He ends up redeeming himself for his failure by willingly staying near the bomb at Shell H after his attempts at disarming it failed, and he got trapped in its microwave proximity sensor.
President James Johnson
The 44th president of the United States, but really a puppet of the Patriots. Raiden is tasked with rescuing him.
- Crotch Grab Sex Check: How he makes sure Raiden is a man.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: He defected to Son's of Liberty because he wanted more power, as he was essentially used as a puppet for the Patriots.
- Puppet King: See Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The Patriots have Ocelot kill him.
A nebulous, possibly ancient conspiracy introduced in Metal Gear Solid 2. They secretly manipulate American politics and media, and use the "GW" AI to censor and control information flow. The events of the Big Shell incident are a test to extend this control to human thought with Raiden as the test subject. The Patriots themselves may or may not be: A group of twelve people who have been dead for 100 years, a sentient white house, or sentient internet memes. Metal Gear Solid 4 reveals the truth behind The Patriots: they were founded by Big Boss, Major Zero, Ocelot, Eva, Sigint, and Para-medic some time after Portable Ops, and perpetuated by five AIs: GW, TJ, AL, TR, and JD. (the first four being named after the initials of the Presidents on Mount Rushmore and the latter one meaning "John Doe"). They later reappeared in Peace Walker, this time under the alias of Cipher.
- Abusive Parents: If Paz's diary tapes are anything to go by, the Patriots, under the alias of Cipher, adopted her when she was an orphan, and they apparently threatened her with a fate far worse than death if she failed or disobeyed her mission. Then there's their creation of the Sons of Big Boss, which is borderline sexual abuse considering that they created the children without Big Boss's consent.
- AI Is a Crapshoot
- Ancient Conspiracy: Subverted. They were actually formed in the 1970s and only used the real Ancient Conspiracy, The Philosophers, as a cover story.
- Bigger Bad: Word of God stated that the reason why the Patriots were created was so Solidus would not be shown as the absolute bad guy.
- The Bad Guy Wins: It was heavily implied that the Patriots were the true villains in Metal Gear Solid 2 and the overall series, and that they actually won in the end of [MGS2]. Arguably, they also won in Metal Gear 2, when Solid Snake defeated Big Boss.
- The Chessmasters: Obviously, as they instigated the events of Metal Gear Solid 2, and were also heavily implied to have had a hand in instigating the events of Metal Gear Solid in Nastasha Romanenko's book.
- Genocide Backfire: Subverted. They deliberately spared only a few members of Dead Cell when they liquidated it specifically to have them try to get revenge on them just to further manipulate them for the S3 Plan. It worked.
- He Who Must Not Be Named: Not that anyone with nanomachines is actually capable of saying their name, anyways, thanks to those nanomachines being programmed to force the person to say and hear "La Li Lu Le Lo."
- I Have Your Wife: The Patriots kidnapped Olga's daughter shortly after she gave birth to her, and then forced Olga into secretly aiding Raiden in his mission, even killing off her own unit if that's what needs to be done, with the threat that they murder Olga's child via Raiden's nanomachines going offline. They are later revealed to have done the exact same thing to Rosemary, and intended to kill her (and by extension, aborting Raiden and Rosemary's unborn child) should Raiden fail or refuse to kill Solidus Snake. It's also implied in Nastasha Romanenko's novel that the Patriots, via Richard Ames, also arranged for Meryl to be captured as a means of forcing Roy Campbell into aiding Snake in his mission and keep secrets of the true nature, with the threat of having Meryl murdered, and him as well, should he refuse to help or keep secrets.
- Instant AI, Just Add Water
- Mission Control: Except for Ocelot, all founding members served as one. Big Boss in the original game, Zero, Para-Medic, SIGINT and EVA during MGS3, though EVA is not an official part of the FOX crew.
- New Media Are Evil: The Patriot AIs in MGS2 plans to take control of world media in order to "purify" it. How good or bad this is depends on you. Oh, and in MGS4, they're also all for constant war.
- Not Me This Time: Inverted: the populace (and President Johnson, more specifically), believed that the entirety of the Shadow Moses Incident was not done under their orders (as in, the development of FOXDIE and REX was not under their protocols), and was Solidus who instigated it. However, several things in the game (including In The Darkness Of Shadow Mose: The Unofficial Truth by Nastasha Romanenko), as well as various things within the game itself heavily implies that the Patriots did indeed have a very large involvement in the Shadow Moses Incident, even if it did ultimately go out of their control.
- Omniscient Council of Vagueness
- Playing with Syringes: Responsible for both Les Enfants Terribles and turning Gray Fox into the Cyborg Ninja.
- Don't forget FOXDIE.
- Redemption Equals Death: Well, at least for Big Boss, Ocelot and EVA...
- The Scottish Trope: The Patriots have programmed everybody's Nanomachines with the same blindspot: whenever you try to say, "The Patriots," your vocal cords actually produce, "The La-li-lu-le-lo." If you have nanomachines in you, you Cannot Spit It Out. ("La-li-lu-le-lo" can be seen as the Japanese equivalent to "X-Y-Z".)
- Villains With Good Publicity: Sort of. It's not so much that they have good publicity to the people so much as they are so unknown to the people that, even if they didn't like what was happening, they couldn't pin it on the Patriots as they don't know they even exist.
- Two Guys and a Girl: When the group was torn into two factions with the six founding members being divided into two groups consisting of the trope to lead each.