Her character was somewhat based on Meryl Silverburgh yet Kojima wanted to make her look like a professional rather than a rookie.
Early life and career
"I grew up on the battlefield. Conflict and victory were my parents."
Olga is the daughter of one of the foremost leaders of the former Soviet military, Colonel Sergei Gurlukovich, head of the Russian Special Forces known as Spetsnaz GRU. During the difficult Soviet Afghanistan campaign of the late 1980's, she traveled with her father and learned a wide range of military and survival skills.
After the downfall of the Soviet Union, Olga became instrumental in aiding Colonel Gurlukovich's private Russian army in various freelance enterprises, usually in conjunction with Revolver Ocelot, a long-time associate of her father.
The Manhattan Incident
Olga led her father's mercenaries when they captured the transport ship Discovery in his attempt to seize Metal Gear RAY in 2007. Sergei's intention at the time was to use RAY as a super weapon with which to re-establish Russia as a major world power. She boarded the ship with the help of Revolver Ocelot. However, she did not trust Ocelot, even with the knowledge that he was the only one of the unit who had undergone the appropriate VR training for piloting RAY. After the ship was secured, Sergei ordered Olga off the ship out of concern for her unborn child, but she refused, stating that she belonged there with the unit. Sergei reminded her that she was carrying his grandchild but she still refused to leave and waved away the helicopter that had been sent to pick her up. Caught off guard, she was then ambushed by Solid Snake, though he was hesitant to shoot.
She tossed her gun overboard at Snake's command, and was ordered to do the same with her survival knife. However, when the storm stopped briefly, she decided to attack Snake by firing a round from the Spetsnaz NRS-2 Special Scout Knife, which he successfully dodged, before taking cover. Undeterred by Snake's skills, Olga's loyalty to her comrades and family pushed her to battle the interloper, using her (formerly concealed) USP handgun and frag grenades. However, she was ultimately rendered unconscious by Snake's tranquilizer pistol, before having her own gun stolen by Snake. Her opponent then expressed surprise at her possession of an American gun.
Personality and traits
Olga was driven to fight on the battlefield, having experienced it from a young age, and would remark that "conflict and victory" were her parents. She was very loyal to her unit, whom she considered family, wishing to stay and fight during the Tanker Incident despite her father ordering her to leave. However, her love for her child and willingness to protect it, resulted in her betraying her comrades during the Big Shell Incident, and ultimately her own death, due to the Patriots' machinations.
Olga initially felt vengeful towards Solid Snake during the Big Shell Incident, believing him responsible for her father's death, until she learned the truth after confronting him.
Olga often wore a telnyashka, a horizontally striped undershirt, which is a type of dress uniform worn by Russian naval and airborne troops.
Skills and Abilities
Olga is expertly trained in all facets of Spetsnaz GRU tactics, making her an exceptionally formidable opponent.