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We have no nation, no philosophy, no ideology. We go where we're needed, fighting not for country, not for government, but for ourselves. We need no reason to fight. We fight because we are needed. We will be the deterrent for those with no other recourse. We are soldiers without borders, our purpose defined by the era we live in.
~ Big Boss in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker.
I never thought of you as a son, but I always respected you as a soldier... and as a man.
~ Big Boss to Solid Snake in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots.
This is good, isn't it?
~ Big Boss' last words.

Big Boss (formerly known as Naked Snake, and real name John) is the codename of the legendary soldier and founder of the U.S. Army Special Forces unit, FOXHOUND. He is also the founder of MSF and Outer Heaven. He is the main protagonist/antagonist of the Metal Gear series and the central character of the franchise.

In Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, Portable Ops, and Peace Walker, he is voiced by David Hayter, who also portrayed Solid Snake in the series. In Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns for the Patriots, he is voiced by Richard Doyle. In Metal Gear Solid V, he is voiced by famous actor Kiefer Sutherland, who also voiced Samson in The Wild, Prince Hans/The Nutcracker in The Nutcracker Prince, General Monger in Monsters vs. Aliens, and Venom Snake in The Phantom Pain, and portrayed Jack Bauer in the 24 TV series.


Born in 1935 with the name of John (nicknamed Jack), Jack quickly became connected to war, joining the Green Berets at only fifteen and becoming the protege of The Boss, a female, legendary solider. The Boss trained Jack and they got in a very close relationship, even developing a series of martial arts like combat called CQC.

That was until they were separated for five years, finally seeing each other in 1964 when Jack joined Major Zero's FOX unit and took on the Virtuous Mission, rescuing soviet scientist Nikolai Stephanovich Sokolov. After Jack was codenamed 'Naked Snake' and ran into and defeating a young Revolver Ocelot (who was just Major Ocelot at the time), the mission seemed like a success until The Boss appeared, meeting Sokolov and Snake on a wooden bridge. It was found out that Boss defected over to the Russians, using her Cobra Unit (a small band of soldiers with supernatural abilities) to kidnap Sokolov again, and using her CQC to wound Snake and throw him off the bridge into the water.

Snake Eater

An electricity controlling sadist named Colonel Volgin then launched a nuke on Russian soil and blamed it on America. A few weeks later, Snake was sent back into the jungle on Operation:Snake Eater, kill The Boss to prove to the Russians it was not America who launched the nuke. At first trying to meet another male spy named ADAM, Snake instead met EVA, a female spy with a motorcycle, one of which he was attracted to.

Throughout his hunt for Boss, Snake killed the Cobra Unit one by one, The Pain, The Fear, The End, and The Fury. He then intercepted the base to rescue Sokolov and destroy the Shagohod, a prototype Metal Gear. However, Volgin saw through Snake's disguise and captured him. Volgin first killed Sokolov (who, at the end, was found out that he faked his death) and brutally tortured Snake, ultimately ending up with Snake's right eye shot out and to be put in a cell. After breaking out, he ran into the deceased Cobra Unit member's ghost, The Sorrow, got an eyepatch for his impaired eye, and killed/destroyed both Volgin and the Shagohod.

Snake finally met and killed The Boss in a beautiful field of flowers, leaving Snake cold and bitter at the fact he was forced to kill what felt like a mother to him to stop a nuclear war, especially when he found out the Boss didn't defect and was simply acting under her commanding officers' orders. He also found out EVA left him after they had slept with each other and found out she was a spy but not for the CIA, instead a double agent from China. Snake was then called an American hero for assassinating The Boss, Snake earned the title 'Big Boss'.

Portable Ops

Big Boss then met Frank Jeager and Roy Campbell in 1966 when got captured by FOX, his own unit, in 1970. Being blamed for making FOX go rouge, Big Boss created another organization to fight FOX back. He named the organization FOXHOUND that contained Major Zero, Big Boss' commanding officer during Operation Snake Eater, Ocelot, who was found out to be a triple agent who was really working for the US, Frank, EVA, and Para-Medic, another one of Big Boss' old contacts. With FOXHOUND winning the war against FOX, FOX's leader, Gene, gave Big Boss all of FOX's soldiers and money. Later on, Ocelot and Zero created yet another unit with Big Boss, this time in the form of The Boss' vision and an evolved version of the Philosophers that controlled the US government, called the Patriots.

Division in the Patriots

Around this time, Big Boss participated in a mission to rescue EVA from Hanoi in 1971, who later joined Zero's organization herself. Stories about Big Boss, riddled with exaggeration and misrepresentation, were disseminated by Zero among the masses, elevating him to the status of an idol; a symbol to control the people. Friction developed between the two as Zero's lust for power grew, with Big Boss resenting his role as the puppet. In 1971, FOXHOUND is now an official US unit, however, Big Boss was wounded and put in a coma. Afraid that Big Boss will die along with his legendary outline, Major Zero took Big Boss' DNA and gives it to EVA to be the surrogate mother. She gives birth to three children/clones. Liquid Snake, Solidus Snake, and Solid Snake. Angered at what Zero did to him and how they're corrupting the original image The Boss visioned, Big Boss left The Patriots.

Peace Walker

In late 1972, Big Boss was hired by the Colombian government to work with its army. There, Big Boss's unit ambushed guerrilla leader Kazuhira Miller and his unit, wiping them all out except for Miller, who Big Boss saved and recruited him. Big Boss later established his own mercenary group known as Militaires Sans Frontières (Soldiers Without Borders), or MSF for short, with Miller as second in command.

Big Boss discovered that the CIA unit Peace Sentinel were building a Metal Gear called Peace Walker. It is used to destroy other war machines that launch nuclear weapons, but it's AI has the psychology of The Boss. CIA chief, Hot Coldman reprograms Peace Walker to fire on Cuba right before his death. Big Boss had to fight Peace Walker, until Peace Walker's AI/The Boss 'drowns' itself to stop itself from doing any harm in an emotional scene. Big Boss then built another Metal Gear, only for it to be stolen by Major Zero, where Zero plans to attack America with it and blame Big Boss. Thwarting the plan, Big Boss makes his another organization to defend called Outer Heaven.

Ground Zeroes

During and investigation supposedly run by the IAEA, Big Boss attempted to save Chico and Paz from their capture on a Cuban-based prison under control of the US military. Unfortunately, both of them were lost when the inspection turned out to be a ruse from Cipher's XOF strike force. Paz had a bomb inside her stomach which detonated, killing her and causing a helicopter crash that killed Chico and put Miller, Big Boss, and the Medic (Venom Snake) in a hospital. This hospital is where Big Boss and Venom Snake would fall into their nine year comas.

The Phantom Pain

Because he had to working on Outer Heaven while Skull Face after him and wanted him to dead, and he wishes to avenge Mother Base' destruction by scarred XOF leader, he was forced to hiding and brain

Metal Gear

Somewhere before 1995, a new member joins FOXHOUND, in which his name is Solid Snake. Outer Heaven, Big Boss' other nation (a fact unknown to FOXHOUND), is building another Metal Gear and captured the FOXHOUND member Frank Jeager, now known as Grey Fox. Big Boss then sends in the rookie soldier, Solid Snake, to destroy the Metal Gear and rescue Grey Fox. Secretly trying to stop Snake from completing his mission, Big Boss steps in and reveals his plan. He was the leader of Outer Heaven and is trying to stop Snake from destroying the Metal Gear. Snake defeats Big Boss, sets the facility to self destruct, and escapes.

Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake

Big Boss survives and a few years later, creates another nation in Zanziber Land. This nation kidnaps a Dr. Marv for his intelligence to stop the world's oil spills and of course, are trying to build another Metal Gear. The new FOXHOUND commander, Roy Campbell (the same one from before) sends in the now elite soldier Solid Snake. However, Grey Fox shows up to kill Dr. Marv and attack Snake, only to be defeated twice. Big Boss challenges Snake, only to be defeated once more. Before Big Boss' 'death', he reveals to Snake that he is his father.

Guns of the Patriots

15 years later, Big Boss, still apparently dead, is mourned by EVA. Solid Snake, who is a hardcore veteran but is suffering from rapid aging and has FOXDIE, a disease that will kill him and spread, is sent on one final mission: Assassinate his evil brother, Liquid, who possessed Revolver Ocelot. Big Boss' decomposed corpse is thrown into a fire after having it's genes and EVA sacrifices her elderly self in order to save it, but it is in vain, as she dies from the wound. In the end when Liquid is killed and Snake is about to die, he is about to kill himself to stop FOXDIE from spreading, until Big Boss, somehow still alive, stops him and explains everything.

It turns out Big Boss did survive his last run in with Snake, and the corpse that was thrown into the fire was really Solidus Snake. Big Boss injected himself with FOXDIE, lifting it from Snake but, it will quickly kill Big Boss. Big Boss quickly grows weaker (but not before euthanizing Major Zero, who is in a vegetative state) and weakly falls against his own grave. He tells Snake to live the rest of his life as a peaceful civilian because the world does not need snakes. Snake lights Big Boss' final, iconic cigar, and watches him as he dies, with his last words being, 'This is good...isn't it?'


Big Boss is considered to be the greatest soldier to ever fight. He single handedly defeated the entire Cobra Unit, the legendary Boss, Colonel Volgin in a fistfight, the Shagohod, the Ocelot Unit along with it's commander, Peace Walker, and put up a fight against Solid Snake in his own elderly age. also easily disarming him at the elder age of 79. He developed the martial art known as CQC along with the Boss, and literally knows about almost every weapon, and is especially able to operate them.

He usually does not kill people if he does not have to and has a large appetite, able to eat almost anything and is perfectly capable of survival in the jungle for days without any equipment.

Though, he does have a few weaknesses but none too large or ever stands in his way. He has a slight addiction to cigars, though controllable. He also believes in Santa Claus and vampires, with vampires being one of the only thing he fears.


Big Boss was a Caucasian male with long brown hair, beard and blue eyes, however his right eye was shot out during Operation: Snake Eater, thus forcing him to don his iconic black eye patch. During Snake Eater and the Virtuous mission (excluding his several disguises), he wore a full body military jumpsuit (the color is dependent on the player's choice, though it is usually depicted as a camouflage color) overlapped by a black STABO harness, a single right legged knee supporter, and pair of combat boots. He also had his iconic dark green bandana and black gloves (which seem to be leather), with the thumb and first two fingers cut out for better gun and CQC handling.

In Portable Ops, he wore a black sneaking suit with an olive harness and heavily protected leggings. During Peace Walker, he wore a black bodysuit overlapped by an olive vest with several harnesses and utility straps.

After becoming the leader of FOXHOUND, his brown hair went to white-grey and was cut shorter and slicked back. He also sported a white-gray beard, and he usually donned a brown trench coat.




  • Big Boss has received the Army Achievement Ribbon, the Good Conduct Ribbon, the Defense Distinguished Service Ribbon, the Korean Service Ribbon, the Distinguished Service Cross Ribbon, and several others.

See Also


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Metal Gear
Solid Snake | Gray Fox | FOXHOUND | Kyle Schneider | Diane | Ellen Madnar | Jennifer

Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake
Solid Snake | Colonel Campbell | Master Miller | George Kasler | Johan Jacobsen | FOXHOUND | Gustava Heffner

Metal Gear Solid
Solid Snake | Roy Campbell | Naomi Hunter | Mei Ling | Meryl Silverburgh | Nastasha Romanenko | | Miller | Otacon | Donald Anderson

Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
Raiden | Solid Snake | Roy Campbell | Otacon | Philanthropy | Peter Stillman | Rosemary

Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
Naked Snake | Signit | Eva | The Boss

Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops
Naked Snake | Null | Roy Campbell | Python | Signit

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
Old Snake | Roy Campbell | Otacon | Raiden | Naomi Hunter | Rosemary | Mei Ling | Meryl Silverburgh | Sunny | Jonathan | Johnny Sasaki | Drebin 893 | Little John

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
Snake/Big Boss | Kazuhira Miller | Paz Ortega Andrade | Amanda Valenciano Libre | Chico | Strangelove | Militaires Sans Frontières

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
Raiden | Boris Vyacheslavovich Popov | Kevin Washington | Courtney Collins | Maverick Security Consulting, Inc. | Blade Wolf | Sunny Emmerich | George

Metal Gear Solid V
Ground Zeroes
Big Boss | Kaz Miller | Militaires Sans Frontières | Paz Ortega Andrade | Chico
The Phantom Pain
Venom Snake | Kaz Miller | Diamond Dogs | Quiet | Code Talker | DD | D-Horse