Why is Metal Gear Solid's Snake called Solid Snake? Kojima explains

Snake is the most appropriate symbol for something sneaky, and Metal Gear Solid is a sneaking mission...

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Snake looks about as confused as I am.
Snake looks about as confused as I am.

Just why is Solid Snake called Solid Snake? Contrary to popular belief, series creator Hideo Kojima has said that the name didn't actually come about from Escape from New York star Snake Plissken.

Kojima wrote on Twitter to explain the code name Snake in the original Metal Gear. "The reason I used Snake as code name in MG was Snake was the most appropriate symbol of living thing that hides his presence and sneaks without any noise."

"The reason I didn't make any specific snake like cobra, anaconda, viper was because the protagonist is the player," Kojima explained. And what about Solid? "The reason I use Solid was to give opposite impression of soft image," he said.

Moving on to the other Snake characters in the series, Kojima first explained the thinking behind Solid Snake's cloned brother Liquid Snake in 1998's iconic Metal Gear Solid, created from the DNA of Big Boss--known in prequel title Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater as Naked Snake.

"Like of all endings of any series are, the appearance of strongest enemy was a must in MGS. It's Snake who can surpass the Snake. Thus I brought about 'clone'. Solid vs Liquid. That is MGS."

Kojima also went on to explain the naming behind Solidus Snake in 2001's Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty.

"As to develop sequel, the 3rd snake was needed," he said. "Since both Solid & Liquid express state, means same true state. Naturally the next would be gas, but gas snake is like gas human, not handsome name."

"So I borrowed from physics terms of "solidus/liquidus". Solidus is not state but implies the boundary of liquid and solid."

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes will be released on March 18. If you want to know more about Big Boss' backstory, you can check out GameSpot's primer. You can also read Peter Brown explaining some of the rumours behind the title, and the reality of the finished game.

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Gaseous Snake would have sounded fine and cool.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I would also like to see Plasma Snake, then all 4 states of matter would be covered.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >>Actually, if you read this, a new state of matter called dropletons has been discovered, iflscience.com/physics/new-state-matter-discovered. Dropleton Snake, now that sounds odd.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >>It reminds me of Liquid Snake, since dropleton sounds like small amounts of liquid dropping/dripping at something, so perhaps he could work it in. MGS features far more contrived things than that, anyway.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Dropleton Snake? Sounds like he would be a part of an aristocracy.

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When I hear that my mind jumps to an image of Big Boss farting continuously.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Not mine, because most people use "Gassy" instead of "Gaseous" in the context of having excess gas.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> About the same here... but more like a replacement for the Taco Bell dog. xD

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Wow. one answer = one article.

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And it's not a very straight answer either............

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >>Well... It is about metal gear, so not really surprised.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> And yet so many people bought Gone Home.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >>Even Gone Home have more gameplay (and no cutscenes) than Ground Zeroes . And So many people didn't buy Gone Home , it sold less than 400K copies so far , GZ will sell in millions . Consolers .

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> so you have already played ground zeroes then :sigh:

This overreactiion is getting out of control btw gone home doesn't have the same quality and the production value of MGS. If All u care about is length u can play facebook games forever and its totally free

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I was gonna' mention the game Journey... but don't recall how much that was selling for... either way, was way too over-hyped. >_<

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"The reason I use Solid was to give opposite impression of soft image,"


MIND = BLOWN. METAL GEAR IS THE DEEPEST GAME EVAH !!!


Seriously though that is the second most redundant thing I have heard in the last few years.


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You just don't get it man, you're just too shallow and not deep enough man. Kojima is the Andy Warhol of our generation.

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Andy Warhol is so deep, I had to google who he was ;)

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> He was an alien in Men in Black 3 cmon

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >>I had to eat a can of Campbells soup to know who he is.

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@faizanhd Roughly translated, what they really meant is, "The reason I used Solid was because I was aiming for Solid".

Of course, there's been Solid Snake... Liquid Snake... do we really want to see something by the name of "Gas Snake" or "Gaseous Snake"!? ROFL >_<

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<< LINK REMOVED >> You forgot Plasma Snake, which sounds better than Gas Snake which sounds even worse than Gaseous Snake. So a quick recap, Plasma Snake > Gaseous Snake > Gas Snake.

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"Naturally the next would be gas, but gas snake is like gas human, not handsome name"

Indeed, that name isn't "handsome" ;)

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I was thinking more like a Gaseous Snake that took back their home turf of Taco Bell from terrorists... then got glutinous on Taco Bell to show us exactly why they're called "gaseous". xD

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Why not "Solid Snake"? Can you imagine the pick-up lines at the bars with the ladies... wait, what am I saying, don't even need pick up lines, "Hey baby, I'm Solid Snake"... "Oh really? Your room or mine?" xD #justsaying

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And I always though Solid Snake came from that creepy video about two men.......

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@nsa4live You say that like there's only ever been the one video... o_O

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Yeah, that's like saying "nothing is happening on the internet today" as if it was a tv channel with nothing on.

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As interesting as Metal Gear Solid has been... all these articles are starting to get kind of ummm, strange/odd... I mean, even if we were to disregard the fact that MGS:V is supposed to be like 2 hours long (or was it 4?)... they keep pumping out all these articles of things Hideo/Kojima is saying like they're Confucius. Half of them are usually first-person viewpoints told in a third-person narrative, like the new Metal Gear Solid is supposed to be the second-coming and God-send that will save us all from the darkside of gaming that we've obviously been trapped within. o_O

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Maybe it's because he's a bellend.

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Why "Solid Snake"...Oh man this is ripe for puns haha

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Oh you think? Sounds like a setup for an exclusive Porno-Remix if you catch my drift... xD

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<< LINK REMOVED >> ROFL, had to re-read the article as I kind of skimmed it the first time... he does make mention of a "Naked Snake"... hint, hint! *falls out of chair in hysterics* LMBO! xD

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I thought it's some sort of innuendo, or suggesting that Snake is a potent sob.

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Ahhh yes.....welcome to HideoKojimaSpot.com, once again.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> You noticed that too? And here I thought they were just interviewing the next Confucius... my bad. :P

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I'm a huge fan of the Metal Gear franchise, but come on!; Solid Snake is so similar to Snake Plissken that i can't believe it's just a huge coincidence.

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