Solid Snake, a legendary super-soldier, with an unusually high degree of both skill and will, his origins are just as unusual. Snake was a byproduct of the Les Enfants Terribles project, an attempt by the United States government to create incredibly skilled super-soldiers by cloning what many consider the greatest soldier of all time, Big Boss. Organized by the will of Patriots figurehead Zero, with assistance by other various figures close to him or Big Boss, like Dr. Clark (Para-Medic) using the Analog Cloning technology and the Super Baby Method, eight embryos from one Japanese woman, an assistant to Dr. Clark were used. Six were aborted intentionally, in order to promote stronger growth in the other two. Genetic modification and alterations would also imbue one of the embryos with "dominant" genes, with the other to receive the "recessive" genes.
These two embryos would eventually go on to become David (Solid Snake) and Eli (Liquid Snake) with Eva, the one to birth them into the world. Solid Snake, after this point in his early life, would live in the United States, having multiple foster parents. The Patriots would follow and monitor Snake, and his brother Liquid, as they could be used in their plans and strategy involved in potentially combating Big Boss and the Militaires Sans Frontières.
Snake would enter into military life in his youth, and as a teenager, he would be inducted into the Green Berets. He would also take place in the Gulf War. Snake would eventually also join an advanced military special forces unit, Foxhound, lead by Big Boss at the time, although at that point, neither were aware of their familial connection. It was here that Snake would earn the codename Solid Snake.
Solid Snake is a fictional character primarily created by famed video game designer and auteur Hideo Kojima and Japanese artist Yoji Shinkawa. Solid Snake first appeared in the 1987 video game Metal Gear. Originally Snake was created to be a blend of popular action heroes at the time. The limited capabilities of the video game hard wear, leading to a character that was mostly one dimensional in response.
Solid Snake would develop and grow as a character with future games, and his popularity and influence would grow as well. Eventually reaching a point where the Metal Gear Solid games would become a franchise extending into other media and mediums, including comic books. In 2004, comic publisher IDW would adapt Metal Gear Solid into a comic series. Written by Kris Oprisko with Ashley Wood on art. In 2006, the creative team of writer Alex Garner and artists Ashley Wood under the same publisher IDW would adapt Metal Gear Solid 2 into a Metal Gear Solid: Sons of Liberty comic series. Both series would respectively cover events and characters from the first two games.
Solid Snake is one of pop cultures most iconic and popular fictional characters, frequently appearing in news and magazine, articles, polls, blog lists as well as referenced and noted in other fiction and non-fiction. Although the character was originally quite one dimensional and more of a collection of tropes and cliches from action hero protagonists, certain technological breakthroughs in video game s allowed more depth and nuance to develop. The Playstation system would allow for large amounts of voice acting, and Solid Snake would become one of the first video game protagonists to have large amounts of spoken dialogue. More of Snake's past, personality, and ideologies would come through, earning the character more popularity and character.
Major Story Arcs
The Shadow Moses Incident
In 2005, Solid Snake would be called back into US military service when rogue members of Snakes former unit Foxhound turned and created a rebellion, becoming terrorists in the process and making a list of demands and threats. Snake would be deployed to Shadow Moses Island, by his close friend Roy Campbell and receive assistance from geneticist Naomi Hunter, his old ally Master Miller, weapons expert Nastasha Romanenko, Mei Ling. He would also meet Meryl Silverburgh who was already on Shadow Moses at the time of the rebellion.
The Tanker Incident
Snake and Otacon would also be involved in the 2007 Tanker Incident.
Powers and Abilities
Solid Snake is an exceptionally skilled and competent soldier. With knowledge and expertise in a wide array of weapons and warfare tools. Snake is also a skilled hand to hand combatant, even having trained in CQC (Close Quarters Combat) with Big Boss himself. Snake is also fluent in six languages and possesses knowledge and expertise in parachuting, scuba diving, submersible operations, mountain climbing, and many other activities useful in his line of work.
Solid Snake is especially known and famed for his stealth, subterfuge and infiltration skills. Snake is also known to have an IQ of 180.
- Height: 6'0" (182 cm)
- Weight: 165 lbs (75 kg)
- Eyes: Blue
- Hair: Brown
Metal Gear (1987)
Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake (1990)
Metal Gear Solid I (1998)
Metal Gear Solid II (2001)
Metal Gear Solid IV (2008)