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I won't scatter your sorrow to the heartless sea. I will always be with you. Plant your roots in me. I won't see you end as ashes. You're all diamonds. We'll make diamonds from their ashes, take them into battle with us. We are Diamond Dogs.
~ Venom Snake to his Diamond Dogs soldiers

Venom Snake is a minor character from "Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes", the main protagonist from "Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain" and the secondary antagonist from the original "Metal Gear" game.

He was voiced by Kiefer Sutherland, who also voiced Big Boss, and played Jack Bauer. Erik Brown did motion capture, and Rudy McCollum did so for The Phantom Pain in the prologue.



The medic was born in 1932 in California, and served as a member of Militaires Sans Frontières (MSF), and was combat medic. According to Big Boss, the medic was "always the best man we had", implying he was a phenomenal soldier, and his undying loyalty to Big Boss became one of the many reasons he was chosen as his body double.

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes

During his time as a medic, Venom Snake saved Big Boss's life during the destruction of MSF in 1975, and help get the bomb from Paz's stomach. When Paz sacrificed herself to save them from the other bomb in her body, the Medic saved Big Boss from taking the damage, causing him to have multiple injuries despite surviving.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

In 1984, after he was helped by the original Big Boss in the hospital, Venom Snake was saved by Ocelot was given command over the mercenary unit Diamond Dogs, which had been founded by Kazuhira Miller as a successor to MSF. While in charge, Venom Snake defeated the XOF unit and took vengeance on its leader, Skull Face.

He would later have to euthenize his own men, who had fallen victim to a second outbreak on Mother Base and persue Liquid Snake to purge the weapon developed by Cipher and employed by Skull Face.

Metal Gear

Venom Snake went on to command the military fortress of Outer Heaven during the time the real Big Boss returned to FOXHOUND. In 1995, Venom Snake was killed by Solid Snake, one of Big Boss's sons, in an operation commanded by the real Big Boss himself.



  • Though named Punished Snake, he is referred to as Venom Snake, and Snake or Boss.
  • There is a lot of foreshadowing that Venom Snake isn't Big Boss:
    • The player has to create an avatar, but it changes back to Big Boss' face when playing the prologue.
    • Both Miller and Ocelot remind of many events, indicating the memory transfer didn't go all the way through.
    • Venom Snake doesn't speak much, unlike Big Boss, and didn't process fluency in languages such as Russian.


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