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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
Solid Snake! I've been expecting you... I am the supreme commander of the FOXHOUND unit... And... The leader of the fortress of Outer Heaven, Big Boss! I gave this mission to you, a rookie, thinking I could use you to fool the rest of the world... But you were too good. You went too far! Solid Snake! I'm not going down alone. I'm taking you with me! Prepare to die!
~ Venom Snake's last words before his death in Metal Gear.

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 in Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain, and played Jack Bauer in the 24 tv series. Erik Brown did motion capture, and Rudy McCollum did so for The Phantom Pain in the prologue.



He was always the best man we had.
~ Big Boss on Venom Snake.

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.

Becoming Big Boss

Zero came to Big Boss and told him of his plan to have the medic be his body double and decoy, and Big Boss reluctantly agreed to do so. By using hypnotherapy, Venom Snake became Big Boss after being put into an induced coma. In addition, Revolver Ocelot agreed with Zero's plan, and altered the medic's state and implanted Big Boss' memories into him via induced hypnagogia. Later on, plastic surgery was added to cement his role as the body double and decoy for XOF to focus on him.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

In 1984, after he was helped by the original Big Boss (going by the alias "Ishmael") 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 alongside Kaz. Both Venom Snake and Kaz decided to leave Skull Face alive to suffer from his pain, but he was killed by Huey Emmerich.

He would later have to euthanize his own men, who had fallen victim to a second outbreak on Mother Base and pursue 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.
  • The fact that he is the Big Boss killed in Metal Gear is only revealed at the end of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
  • 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 him 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.
    • A bit later in the game, a DNA test shows that Eli (Or rather Liquid Snake) is not blood related in any way to him unlike the real Big Boss, who Eli is a clone of.


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