Character Bio: Solid Snake

(This post contains spoilers for most of the MG/S series. If you want to complete the games yourself I’d advise against reading this)

Name: David

Age: 42 (As of Metal Gear Solid 4)

Codename: Solid Snake

Known Aliases: Iroquois Pliskin (Metal Gear Solid 2), Old Snake (Metal Gear Solid 4), Legendary Hero, The Man Who Makes The Impossible Possible

First Apperance: Metal Gear (1987)


  • Very skilled at hand to hand combat due to training in a special martial art style known as CQC (Close Quarters Combat).
  • Able to use just about any weapon he comes across.
  • Is a master of espionage.
  • Is in almost peak physical condition.
  • Is fluent in 6 different languages.
  • Has an IQ of 180.


  • Is only human, one well-placed shot or stab will kill him as well as it would anyone else.
  • A mixture of Nano-Machines and Cloning have caused Snake to physically age rapidly (though he is only 42, he physically appears to be about 70 years old).
  • As previously mentioned, Snake’s body has rapidly aged, this has caused Snake to suffer from heart problems from time to time.
  • Was injected with a Retrovirus known as FOXDIE before the Shadow Moses Incident in 2005 by Dr Naomi Hunter. This virus will kill Snake one day but we are unsure of when.


Snake was cloned from the genes of the world’s greatest soldier Big Boss. Snake and one another child that was cloned were given the ‘weaker genes’ in order to allow their brother to gain the ‘solider genes’. This was done to make their brother the perfect soldier. The program was called ‘Les Enfant Terribles’ (Translation: The Terrible Children).

Snake joined the Green Berets and then the CIA. His skill in the field had not gone unnoticed so he was later inducted into the high-tech special forces group called FOXHOUND.

Snake received training from Big Boss (the man he was cloned from). Big Boss trained Snake in the art of CQC himself.

Snake’s first mission for FOXHOUND is shown in Metal Gear. It was supposed to be a simple infiltration mission. Supposed to be… But then Snake learned that the facility he had infiltrated contained a bipedal tank capable of launching a nuclear warhead from any location in the world. It was called ‘Metal Gear’ (“Did someone say Metal Gear?”     “(Sigh) Yes David, I said Metal Gear” “METAL GEAR!”). Compulsory Metal Gear joke aside, Snake managed to destroy the Metal Gear and discovered that Big Boss was the one in charge of the facility. He had supposedly killed Big Boss… But not really.

Since then, whenever a Metal Gear popped up, Snake would always be there at the forefront. Snake had even made an anti Metal Gear organisation known as ‘Philanthropy’ with the aid of his friend Hal Emmerich (AKA Otacon).


  • Octocamo (a special suit that allows Snake to blend in with whatever surface he is up against.
  • Solid Eye (an eyepatch that is equipped Night Vision, Thermal Vision and Active Sonar. It can also provide information on heavy artillary, track footprints and show a person’s physical and emotional state. Also works as a corrective lens for far-sightedness)
  • Mine detector
  • Magazines (For ‘distracting’ the enemy)
  • Metal Gear MK II/I (Created and piloted by Otacon. A compact verson of the Metal Gears that has stealth camo and a shocker. Used for recon)
  • Ruger Mk II Pistol (Equipped with a built-in Suppressor, Laser Sight and the bolt is locked in place. Almost completely silent. Single-shot weapon that uses tranquilizer rounds. Non-leathal.
  • SA 1911 Operator (.45 Handgun equipped with a Removable Silencer and Flashlight. Lethal.
  • M4 Custom (A fully automatic assault rifle with multiple attachments. Attachments: Scope, Removable Suppressor, XM320 (Underbarrel Grenade Launcher), Masterkey (Underbarrel Shotgun), Foregrip, Laser Sight and Flashlight. Note: only one underbarrel attachment can be used at a time).
  • Stun Knife (A Combat Knife with built-in stun capabilities. Can generate an electric shock on par with a stun gun. Can be used in Lethal and Non-Lethal takedowns.
  • Grenades
  • Any other usable weapon that Snake can find in the field
  • A Cardboard Box (…No really, a cardboard box. There’s nothing special about it… It’s just a fucking box)
  • Cigarettes (Snake always manages to sneak these onto his missions somehow. While they do deplete his health, they are quite helpful for finding laser traps)
  • Bandana (Gives Snake infinite ammo… When you’re not playing as him)


  • Has single handedly destroyed numerous Metal Gears
  • Was able to single-handedly destroy a tank with nothing but grenades
  • Was able to defeat his genetically superior brothers (Liquid Snake and Solidus Snake)
  • Once defeated Big Boss with nothing but an Aerosol Can and a Lighter
  • Managed to wield a Man-Portable Railgun (For those who don’t know a Railgun is a device which employs electromagnetic induction to fire. Despite the fact that it is Man-Portable, the recoil of a weapon like this would be about the same as picking up and firing a Tank Turret)
  • Managed to travel through a corridor filled with microwaves… No not the machine the… The actual waves (A normal person’s skin would deteriorate in mere seconds while snake lasted about 3 minutes while traversing the corridor)
  • Once piloted a Metal Gear REX to destroy a Metal Gear RAY (a Metal Gear designed to destroy other Metal Gears)
  • Several other feats of Badassery in general


In short, there’s a reason why Solid Snake is known as The Man Who Can Make The Impossible Possible. Snake as demonstrated on multiple occasions the sheer power of having the will to survive and has not failed to foil the plans any villain he’s come across. No matter what the odds are, Snake will always find some way to pull through and save the day. He deserves his title of Legendary Hero (even if he, himself doesn’t consider himself a hero).

“I am a shadow, one that no light will ever shine upon. As long as you follow me, you will never see the day” – Old Snake (MGS4)

If you think I left out something important then please feel free to let me know by leaving a comment. Tell me what you think about this Bio while you’re at it! Also, if you want me to make a Character Bio about someone else, then tell me who and I’ll do some research!

Thanks for reading!

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