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Characters that debuted in Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker:
Paz Ortega Andrade/Pacifica Ocean
A Costa Rican high school student that studied and cherished peace. She is an orphan who lost her mother and grandparents to war when she was very young. Along with Galvez, she asks Militaires Sans Frontieres to drive the Peace Sentinels out of Costa Rica, and stayed in contact with Snake during the mission. She is taken to Mother Base after the events of Chapter 4. It turns out that she is actually an agent for a mysterious group called "Cipher" (actually the Patriots). She helped Galvez escape seven times as a distraction while she modified Metal Gear ZEKE.
- Alas, Poor Villain: An In-Universe example. After Paz is defeated and is launched into the Carribbean Sea as a result of ZEKE's destruction, Big Boss's only response to Paz's last speech is a melancholical "Paz..." and a pitying sigh.
- Becoming the Mask: As revealed in her diaries.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Paz turns out to be an Ax Crazy Manipulative Bitch. Don't take our word for it; just listen her audio diary and you'll agree.
- It might serve more as a horrific statement of just how far Zero had fallen, over the previous decade. Her diaries make clear that she was far more terrified of him than of death, to the point of verbally saying that.
- Break the Cutie: To say Paz loses it is somewhat wrong - she lost it a long time ago..
- Double Reverse Quadruple Agent. For a power you only know about from the other titles in the series.
- Conveniently an Orphan: Pretty much the only aspect of her life that has anything in common between her true self and her alias.
- Disney Villain Death: Seems to be the case.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Although Paz ultimately went through with Zero's plan and attempt to launch a nuke at the East Coast, she implies in her diary tapes that, loyal to Cipher or not, even she felt that launching a nuke at the United States and framing MSF as an extremist cult was far too extreme.
- Final Boss / True Final Boss: Though she is piloting ZEKE.
- Fate Worse Than Death: Pacifica Ocean implies that she'd suffer this should she either fail or disobey her mission at the hands of her boss, Zero.
- Femme Fatale
- Hair of Gold / Evil Blonde
- Hidden Depths: See Wrench Wench. Heck, she even lampshades this during the Reveal.
- Known Only By Their Nickname: Her real name is in fact Pacifica Ocean.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Or not.
- Kuudere / Tsundere
- Latin Lover: Althoug Paz/Pacifica might not actually be Costa Rican, the diaries make it clear that she is at the very least a Latino.
- The Mole
- Never Found the Body: One of several indicatiors that she's just hiding.
- The Pollyanna
- Scars Are Forever: She possesses scars on her arms. It's strongly implied that she got them from Hot Coldman when she was captured at the Puerto del Alba shipping facility and tortured.
- She's Just Hiding: Big Boss speculates that Paz has a chance of surviving the battle, as she was still wearing the SCUBA equipment and she landed in the Ocean.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Well, she didn't actually get around to destroying anything yet, although that's only because Naked Snake/Big Boss heavily damaged ZEKE and launched her into the water before she could get the chance to do so, but reading the diaries afterwards, and a few times before, you can't help but pity her for what she has to put up with.
- Wrench Wench: Is sufficiently good at mechanical engineering, based on her modifying ZEKE.
Amanda Valenciano Libre
The leader of a branch of the Sandinista National Liberation Front. Had to take the job after her father was killed.
- A Mother To Her Men: She cares for her troops.
- Big Damn Heroes: She and the Sandinistas, alongside MSF, saved Big Boss from Zadornov and his KGB troops by storming the communications tower, and her directly forcing Zadornov to surrender by holding him up and arresting him. Bonus points for the fact that this action also finally got her troops to refer to her by the proper title of Comandante.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Sort of: Her men do respect that she's their boss, but they insist on addressing her by first name basis instead of her rank of "Comandante" At least until they returned to Nicaragua and, alongside MSF, saved Naked Snake fron the KGB by overtaking the base they took over.
- Freudian Excuse: The reason she's a chain-smoker is because she survived a potentially bad infection of Malaria while she was young from a mosquito bite, and thus had a fear of mosquitoes.
- Mama Bear: Amanda does deeply care for her younger brother Chico, and was willing to risk her life to rescue him when he was captured by the Peace Sentinels. However, she also doesn't have any qualms about killing him immediately when he was captured, rationalizing that its better for him to die than be tortured by the Peace Sentinels and then executed afterwards.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Her goal is to free her native country, Nicaragua, at any cost.
- You Killed My Father: It is implied in the game itself (and confirmed in her model viewer/strategy guide bio) that the Peace Sentinels were responsible for her father's death.
The twelve-year-old brother of Amanda and another member of the Sandinista National Liberation Front. An amateur cryptozoologist.
- The Atoner: He joined MSF primarily to redeem himself for having to sell out his compas from torture.
- Big Damn Heroes: See Amanda and Miller's entries.
- Child Soldier: Chico is constantly pissed at everyone treating him as a kid. Unlike most of the more tragic examples of this trope, Big Boss makes sure Chico is a volunteer, and also doesn't actually send him to go out fighting; Chico is a scout.
- Heroic BSOD: Had a relatively minor one when Big Boss met him at the village, due to having talked under torture. He later has a much bigger one after Paz was revealed to be an enemy spy and he failed to stop her. The fact that he had a crush on her beforehand didn't help things either.
- The Stool Pigeon: Lacerated Larry type: He was captured by the Peace Sentinels early into the game, and ended up revealing the locations of his comrades due to his being tortured by them. It's also implied that this happens to any FSLN member who is captured, and that most of them don't even live to see the light of day after they end up breaking from it.
- You Killed My Father: Same as Amanda.
Hal Emmerich's father and the creater of the Peace Walker. Like his son, Huey thought his machine was going to be used for a more peaceful purpose, and is upset to hear that it will not be. He is not able to walk, and instead uses a wheelchair.
- Child Prodigy: Kind of: He went to and graduated from MIT when he was in his late teens due to skipping ahead several grades.
- Defector From Decadence: See Not What I Signed on For below.
- Doomed by Canon: See Driven to Suicide
- Driven to Suicide: He drowned himself (and apparently nearly took Emma with him) when he learned that his son committed adultery along with his stepwife.
- Early-Bird Cameo: In Snake Eater, he can be seen in a photo in Granin's office.
- Everyone Has Standards/Even Evil Has Standards: Downplayed example regarding the latter, since this occurred before his official face-heel turn and depiction as a sociopath in Metal Gear Solid V, but if the player during the Date Paz mission has Snake lie down face first on Paz's crotch and calls via Codec, Huey will demand to know in a clearly outraged tone what Snake is planning to do to Paz.
- Genius Cripple: He spends most of his time in a wheelchair due to a malformed spine from birth (which is strongly implied to be the result of his father being in the Manhattan Project), and yet he's skilled enough to design and build several weapons and equipment.
- Possibly as another reference to "Dr. Strangelove".
- The Ghost: He's mentioned twice in Metal Gear Solid and Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty. The latter game also reveals he committed suicide due to Hal sleeping with his stepmother.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: If the fact that Coldman essentially used him to complete Peace Walker so he could then break his promise and launch one nuke from it didn't cause him to defect, Coldman pushing Huey (a paraplegic) down the stairs after the latter outright refused to continue to work with him certainly would have.
- Not What I Signed on For: He cooperated with Hot Coldman and the Peace Sentinels to develop Peace Walker under the belief that, under no circumstances, would Peace Walker launch a nuke. Unfortunately, his boss had other ideas, which is namely launching a nuke to test its effectiveness in deterrence, and most likely instigate a Nuclear War. After learning this (which by that time, the frame was already complete), he pretty much quit.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Huey isn't actually his real name. It was a nickname given to him by Strangelove, derived from the disabled service droid from the film Silent Running, in a not-too-subtle insulting reference to his being handicapped.
- Persona Non Grata: He ends up being blacklisted from the Central Heredia AI Lab's security clearance, apparently because he irritated Strangelove one time too many.
- Significant Birth Date: Huey was born on the day of the Hiroshima bombing.
Former CIA director and main antagonist of Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker. He was also the one behind Operation Snake Eater.
- Ax Crazy: His idea of world peace and nuclear deterrence is start a nuclear war, nuke whoever started it, nuke whatever's left, and let "peace" reign.
- Bad Boss: He pushed Huey (who was a cripple) down the stairs after the latter states that he cannot participate in the project anymore when he learns that Coldman intends to use a live nuke for the test launch for Peace Walker. It is also heavily implied that Coldman also plans on killing off the Peace Sentinels once the Peace Walker tests are completed because they served their use in Strangelove's diary tapes. His stance as a bad boss was also just as bad back when he was the CIA director in 1964, where he manipulated the factors into creating a near catastrophe just to create an excuse to kill off one specific person, The Boss. It's also implied in EVA's tapes that he (if not the entire organization he was leading at that time) was also directly responsible for having The Boss's operation sabotaged by having a sleeper agent completely defect to the Soviet Union and feed NASA false information by having a large percentage of the sleeper agent's paycheck pocketed.
- Bald of Evil
- Big Bad: He's essentially this for Peace Walker, though it gets a bit more complicated later on.
- Bigger Bad: Aside from his being the one who instigated the events that led to Operation Snake Eater, he was also indirectly responsible for the actions of the Patriots AIs, and in fact, it says a lot that Zero had to prevent the AIs from getting the ability to think independently because of him.
- The Chessmaster
- Driven to Suicide: A notably spiteful version. After Zadornov changed the target to Cuba, as well as shot him, he activates Peace Walker with the implied intention of dying before he could divulge the abort code to ensure that no one can stop his plan.
- Establishing Character Moment: In his first scene, he pushes Huey Emmerich down a flight of stairs after a rant about how a nuke must be launched for his test to be completed.
- The Exile: It is strongly implied that he was sent to Central America as a Station Chief after being demoted from CIA Director because the CIA was disgusted enough with his planning Operation Snake Eater that they demoted him and packed him away, especially with the implication that he attempted to basically brag about it beforehand.
- Expy: Most of Coldman's character traits (including being responsible for a destructive and quite tragic event that sets off the game series with no remorse, not to mention being exiled for reasons relating to said destructive and tragic event) are eerily similar to that of Doctor Weil. Ironic, seeing how Naked Snake's real-life father also voiced that character.
- Evil Laugh:
- Fallen Hero: Was mentioned to be considered a hero during the Cold War by Huey, though he implies that this may have been an exaggeration by Coldman himself.
- Kicked Upstairs
- Lack of Empathy: For planning The Boss' death. His exchange when encountering Snake tells all:
Coldman: I know all about you. Tselinoyarsk? 10 years ago?
Snake: You were involved...?
'Coldman: The operation to eliminate the traitor? I planned the whole thing.
- Note that during the entire exchange, Coldman was grinning immensely and evilly.
- Laughing Mad: When he activates Peace Walker.
- Manipulative Bastard: Hot Coldman was implied to have set things up for The Boss to be killed off, including the ending of the Virtuous Mission. In addition, it was heavily implied that he may have orchestrated his death as well as also programmed the Mammal Pod to leak false data to NORAD, as well as manipulating various factors such as most of the Executive Branch's cabinet heading over to Vladivostok for the SALT II talks. The one thing that was probably not even his choosing was Zadornov changing the target to Cuba. Zadornov and Paz probably also qualify as well, seeing how they orchestrated Snake's mission into Costa Rica.
- Nietzsche Wannabe: He mentions that The Boss, her ideals, and even heroes themselves are bankrupt, buried, and over, vowing that the only heroes afterwards will be machines.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Hot Coldman nearly causes the destruction of the entire planet when he not only activates Peace Walker and have it launch a nuke at Cuba (thanks to Zadornov's betrayal), but also have Peace Walker's Mammal Pod transmit the false data to NORAD. Although he mentions that he wants them to not retaliate to prove that they are too weak willed to do effective retaliation, he also makes it quite clear that he wouldn't have cared if they actually did strike back. It's also heavily implied that he programmed this into the Mammal Pod from the start, and not as a last minute attempt due to his dying.
- Reassigned to Central America: Implied to be the reason why Coldman was made the CIA Station Chief of Central America shortly after losing his job as CIA Director. See The Exile or Kicked Upstairs.
- Relationship Voice Actor: Both Akio Ohtsuka and Mugihito (the respective Japanese voice actors of Naked Snake/Big Boss and Hot Coldman) had also voiced and interacted with each other in Mega Man X 7, playing Red and Sigma.
- Slasher Smile: In virtually every single appearance made by him.
- The Sociopath
Ramón Gálvez Mena/Vladimir Alexandrovich Zadornov
A professor who contacts MSF along with Paz, requesting they to drive the Peace Sentinels out of Costa Rica. Actually a KGB agent.
- Dirty Communists: He's a KGB Agent. In case you're wondering why this is unspoilered, that's because his affiliation to the KGB was revealed in quite literally his first appearance (albeit in flashback in the intro mission).
- Even Evil Has Standards: Apparently, Zadornov did not plan on Coldman actually going through with launching the nukes, and he certainly did not plan or want Coldman to leak the fake missile data to NORAD.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Remember the FSLN group he and the rest of the KGB manipulated earlier? Well, they ended up turning on him right as he was about to execute Big Boss, which was ironically right after he himself betrayed Coldman.
- Obviously Evil: He reveals he's working for the KGB... in the first cutscene.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: He tries to pass himself off as a University for Peace professor. However, Big Boss for various reasons (particularly his literal Red Right Hand) doesn't buy it and sees right through him.
- Rocket Punch: Tries to kill Big Boss in this way before his death. It doesn't work.
- Red Right Hand: His red prosthetic hand. This also acted as the reason as to how Big Boss deduced he was in fact a KGB Agent from the get-go. It has cigarette lighters in the fingertips.
- Smug Snake
- Unwitting Pawn / Double Agent: Paz's choice of words imply that he could either have been unknowingly working for Cipher, or that he could have actually been a Cipher agent like Paz herself.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Zadornov almost pulled this off on Big Boss, had the MSF and FSLN not burst in at what is literally the last moment. Might have also himself been placed this way by Paz later on, although unlike most examples, he seemed to be aware of and fully accept that his death meant his own usefulness was expended.
Cecile Cosima Caminades
An ornithologist from France that was visiting Costa Rica when she was kidnapped by the Peace Sentinals. She escaped and was found by Big Boss, who took her back to Outer Heaven.
- Everyone Looks Sexier If French / Everything Sounds Sexier in French: Cecile looks stunning as a blond parisenne, enough for Miller to attempt to flirt with her on multiple occasions. It backfires though.
- Fan Girl: Downplayed. In the Japanese version, when Snake mentions Sartre as well as his being the one who referred to Che Guevara as the "most complete human being of the century", she emits a fangirl squeal, with Snake wondering if she was shocked before denying it and mentioning that Sartre was largely sympathized with left-wing politics. The English version has her giving her assessment on Sartre in a more level-headed manner (ie, she never squealed like a fangirl), causing some mistaken assumptions that she may not have necessarily agreed with him on Che Guevara.
- Foreshadowing: Cecile tells Miller that although the tape was hers, she wasn't Paz's friend, and in fact never even met her. This foreshadows that Paz was not who MSF thought she was.
- Freudian Excuse: She implies that most of her character traits were the byproduct of her participation in the events of May 1968.
- Genius Ditz: She is skilled at birdwatching and ornithology, and is shown to be at least familiar enough with Sartre's philosophy of Existentialism to educate Snake on the matter, but other than that... she's not too bright. Paz even privately remarked to herself that Cecile was a ditz when she asked her if she was attracted to Big Boss.
- Ink Suit Actor: Sort of, although not voiced by her, Cecile's design was literally based on the real life Cecile Caminandes, who is the foreign relations manager for Konami Paris. This was apparently the result of a deal Kojima made with her back during the development of Metal Gear Solid 4.
- Really Gets Around: Kind of. She is shown to be sultry in her demeanor, and has flirted with several in the main cast.
- Voice Changeling: She's perfectly capable of mimicking various bird sounds, as well as sounds of a pig, a monkey, and even a rabbit. She cites that her altering her voice was actually part of her job as an ornithologist.
- Write Who You Know: Cecile is a real woman; the communications manager for Konami France. Her name and appearance are based on the real woman, though a few years seem to have been shaved off. As noted above, this had been the result of a deal that the real Cecile and Kojima made during the development of MGS4.
The scientist developing the AI for the Peace Walker. She's basing it on The Boss' mind. A misanthropist.
- Anti-Villain: She who only worked with the Peace Sentinels so she'd have a chance to revive The Boss.
- Bi the Way / Depraved Bisexual: It's implied in the second ending as well as in one of the briefing tapes that she does possess some attraction to someone who is of the opposite sex, namely Huey, and we already know about her attraction to The Boss and possibly Paz. Was Depraved Bisexual near the start of the game before settling for simply being Bi the Way. Earlier hints were also given in her Huey briefing tape, where she contradicted herself when listing her problems with Huey by claiming that the worst thing about him was that he was male, yet she earlier implied that she would have liked him more if he actually "manned up" to her, and also when trying to give an objective assessment of Huey ended up accidentally praising him.
- Covert Pervert: Unlike most examples, she really doesn't let it known until well after the main game is over - and that's if you bother to listen to tape files. Paz has no idea she's getting fondled by her.
- Does Not Like Men: Dr. Strangelove doesn't even bother to hide it. It's not impossible for her to respect or be attracted to a man, but in general, they really aren't her thing. Then again, most women don't measure up to her criteria either; there's only been one woman she's really loved.
- Driven to Suicide: Subverted: She did consider committing suicide or at the very least embracing death after the Peace Walker project was completed, but she changed her mind after The Boss/Peace Walker sacrificed herself again to avert nuclear war.
- Evil Albino: It's not so much as "evil" as "has her own motives for working with evil".
- Heroic Albino: She is working with Coldman, but her primary motivation is to resurrect the Boss. She really doesn't care about his ulterior motive, and helps Snake destroy the AI since it'll turn the world into ash and nuclear waste if he doesn't.
- Evil Brit: Subverted, Strangelove just has her own reasons for serving evil.
- Evil Genius: To Coldman's Big Bad (Well, maybe not so on "Evil").
- Otacon, I Might Be Your Mother: It's never confirmed, but the scene in the second ending where Strangelove and Huey come to a better understanding that had a somewhat romantic undertone has led some people to speculate that Strangelove at the very least married Huey, if not gave birth to Otacon/Hal Emmerich. The fact that Nastasha Romanenko's book also made it clear that Hal had some British relatives seemed to support it.
- I Am Very British
- Lipstick Lesbian: Though her attire is definitely masculine.
- Goes a bit towards butch in her backstory - she scorned the other girls for being girly. Turns out to be Bi the Way after the true ending, which had also been implied in the Huey tape.
- Misplaced Accent: Strangelove was born and raised in Manchester, but has a posh U.S. Southern accent (performed by an American voice actress).
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Strangelove's nickname, despite sharing the same name as the title of a certain film, is derived from her evident sexuality, and was used in a rather insulting manner (though in that case, she adopted it as pride).
- Persona Non Grata: When Strangelove requested to join MSF to Big Boss via Kazuhira Miller, Miller stated that she was unable to return to England for reasons that, despite Miller telling Big Boss that she'll explain why, we never actually find out.
- Stealth Pun: In the cutscene where she debuts, you can zoom in to find that her "heart" has lilies inside. The Japanese word for lily is "Yuri", which also happens to be a term for a particular genre/audience that deals with lesbians, her implied sexuality.
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