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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MGS 4 is showings its age in graphics in that photos.

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He's so full of shit

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Kojima sure likes attention, and patronizing and confusing us.

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cool

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this guys a nutter. i bet he has steaming pots of potions and crazy hair.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> LOL. To be fair to him he is Japanese. No offense intended at all.

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I can't believe for a second Escape From New York had absolutely zero influence on the name, not when Kojima's the big movie fan that he is. Plus, maybe it's just a poor translation, but this explanation seems like a bit of a stretch.

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In metal Gear 2 when raiden actually finds Snake he calls himself Plissken.
Maybe it wasnt intentionally named after the movie but now it is.

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The sneak MGS is hinted for PC...So, there is a chance for PC ver.

Thumb Up if it is really true....

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Kojima should remake the 3 first MGS games.


It would be awesome to fight Big Boss in HD.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Sorry, but where in the first three Metal Gear Solid games do you fight Big Boss?

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Lol no he means Metal Gear (Snes) Metal Gear 2 (Snes) and Metal Gear Solid (PSX) although the last one DOES not include Big Boss in any way so in a nut shell he clearly meant the first two games in SNES

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >>I think perhaps he means the metal gear (big robots).

anyway almost all of the previous released are available HD on the PS3 now. physical and digital.

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Google it to find out. Don't be lazy. :-)

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> You're the one with the knowledge, how about you share it? Don't be lazy.

On a serious note though, Big Boss doesn't even appear in Metal Gear Solids 1 and 2, and of course you play as the man in 3. You certainly don't fight him.

Is it safe for me to assume you've simply had problems distinguishing Metal Gears 1 and 2 from the Solid chapters of the franchise?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Yes it would.

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You mean this song?...


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Is this the first time this info has been revealed to the public?

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Everything the man says is some artsy bullshit lie.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> He kind of reminds me of that Peter Molyneux(sp?), only a lot smarter, if that makes any sense.

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It would be nice to read something Kojima says with a proper translation one day...

Then again, he just talks crap most of the time anyway so I'm not too bothered.

Also, they could have called Solidus Plasma Snake, gas isn't the only other option, although Solidus probably sounds better still anyway, I just always felt it was too close to Solid. I don't think he should have had a Snake codename anyway, he didn't seem important enough to have that link with Solid and Liquid.

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I didn't waste my time reading the article. Solid Snake got his name from Kurt Russel's character Snake Plisken from Escape From New York.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> not sure if your being sarcastic and actually did read it but it stated "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." Not that i have any idea what the Snake Plisken is as I've never seen it.. : )

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> He can state all that he wants but one of the guys in MGS is named plissken and snake is the main characters codename.. come onnnnnnn

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Plissken is Solid Snake. Solid Snake calls himself "Plissken" after he fakes his death in MGS2.

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"... series creator Hideo Kojima has said that the name didn't actually come about from Escape from New York star Snake Plissken."

And that eye-patch? Purely coincidental. :|

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<< LINK REMOVED >> It was the result of faulty laser eye surgery.

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Whatever you say, Mr Hideo "Retcon" Kojima.

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They should do an HD remaster of MGS. Last game I really enjoyed.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Nope, Remake is a much better on Next-Gen Consoles and PC!

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Because Kojima is obsessed with crap? Remember Johnny?

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There are 4 snakes. Only 1 of them is original and it is BIG BOSS! 3 other Snakes are clones.

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Metal Gear = Escape From New York.

Snatcher = Blade Runner.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I guess those movies are old enough that Kojima doesn't think we'll remember? Ugh, I thought he was better than this.

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20 years ago he said it was a combination of Snake Pliskin and Snake Eyes... I guess time changes everything.

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Cool names and I love the idea of the Snakes coming in three besides that I didn't get isn he said but it all sure sound cool

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Kojima is part of a master race that ruled the Earth a long time ago... best developer in the world Kojima by the way not Konami.

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When the master speaks you kids should shut the **** up.

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kojima seems like to talk a lot these days.

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He's a master of talking your ear off without saying a single damn thing.

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