phantom pain; Validity analysis of solid metal gripper 5 (second part)

The nature of parasites is a prominent theme throughout Metal Gear Solid 5. In the game, Kojima lays down several foundations for thinking about the relationship between parasites and their hosts. The XOF organization is described as a parasite of Cypher (because it survived and flourished by fixing and addressing Fox's and Cypher's sabotages) and eventually not only swallowed its host but replaced it. Skullface describes English as a "conquering parasite" that attaches itself to weaker languages and abandons them. "Code Talker" describes how an ancient parasite infected humans and was initially harmful to their health, but this relationship then changed into a peaceful symbiotic relationship and granted humans the ability to speak. phantom pain; Validity analysis of solid metal gripper 5 (second part)

Part Two: Venom Snake vs. Big Boss

Phantoms and Parasites

The nature of parasites is a prominent theme throughout Metal Gear Solid 5. In the game, Kojima lays down several foundations for thinking about the relationship between parasites and their hosts. The XOF organization is described as a parasite of Cypher (because it survived and flourished by fixing and addressing Fox's and Cypher's sabotages) and eventually not only swallowed its host but replaced it. Skullface describes English as a "conquering parasite" that attaches itself to weaker languages and abandons them. "Code Talker" describes how an ancient parasite infected humans and was initially harmful to their health, but this relationship then changed into a peaceful symbiotic relationship and granted humans the ability to speak.

In Metal Gear Solid 5, Phantoms are basically psychic parasites. With the loss of Soldiers Without Borders, Kaz fell into an abyss of blind rage in Metal Gear Solid 5. Instead of trying to soothe these feelings, Kaz feeds off them and accepts them as a part of himself. He allows the "phantom pain" of losing his comrades to control his mind and lead him to confront Skullface. This relationship between his cause and pain becomes an equally important relationship between any host and its parasite. phantom pain; Validity analysis of solid metal gripper 5 (second part)

Venom Snake is frequently referred to as Big Boss's "Phantom" in the post-reveal mission cassettes between Big Boss, Zero, Acelatt, and Kaz. This implies that Venom is a parasite that is living on through Big Boss. Not in a literal sense, but in a metaphorical or even spiritual sense. Venom is placed in Big Boss's life to live and fight as Big Boss. Big Boss became a legend through his own will and actions throughout his life, and then Venom was allowed access to the legend to carry on Big Boss's legacy.

In reality, the opposite is true. .Big Boss is Snake's Venom Angel. It is Big Boss who benefits from Venom Snake's efforts and achievements, not the other way around. Venom Snake is forced to do Big Boss's job against his will, and then gets out of the way with Big Boss's permission.

This is Phantom Pain. This is the pain that Venom Snake feels when he has to live as Big Boss. It's a pain we see throughout the events of Metal Gear Solid 5 as he is forced to do things against his nature by the situation he's in, by his subordinates and even by his own mind.

Make no mistake, Venom Snake hurts throughout the Metal Gear Solid 5 story. phantom pain; Validity analysis of solid metal gripper 5 (second part)


Revenge is the main motivation of almost every character in Metal Gear Solid 5:

  • Big Boss (the real Big Boss) wanted revenge on Skullface and Cypher for destroying Soldiers Without Borders. So he agrees to the PBBP plan.
  • Caz was looking for revenge against Skullface for destroying Soldiers Without Borders, so he goes along with the PBBP plan and works with Venom Snake to destroy Cypher.
  • Skull Face wants to take revenge on America for the destruction of his motherland, his language and his family, so he seeks to erase the vocal chords of the English language from the page of time through a parasite.
  • Kuwait wants Take revenge on Bigg Boss because he is sick Ann was seriously injured in Cyprus, so he sneaks into Big Boss's army to spread the English vocal cords parasite among his men. Engel invents the vocal cords. It could be argued that he eventually joins the Diamond Dogs to get revenge on Skullface for stealing the parasite and using it for nefarious purposes, or taking the Navajo hostage to force Code Tucker to continue his research.
  • Huey's motivations are a bit hard to decipher, as he seems to be a pathological liar. However, he was undoubtedly seeking revenge on Skullface for destroying the Soldiers Without Borders, holding him hostage for Nine years and stealing his metal detector plans. That's why he helped the Diamond Dogs. Huey was probably looking for revenge against Snake, Kaz or Diamond Dogs for the way they treated him as well, so instead he helped Eli steal the Sahalanthropus and cause a second wave of vocal cord parasites to spread on Mother Base.
  • Ilai wanted revenge on Bigg Boss for her perception of being abandoned by him and supposedly giving her weaker and recessive genes (which is not true and is also based on a misunderstanding of genetics). Later, Ilai seeks revenge for being robbed and disarmed by Big Boss.
  • Fiery Man or Colonel Volgin seeks revenge for the events of Metal Gear Solid 3 and being killed by Big Boss. It belongs to him.
  • The boy suspended in the air had no motive for revenge in practice, but he apparently mentally fed on those who had a high motive for revenge. As a result, control of Suspended Boy was traded between Fire Man, Skullface, and Ella.

There are two other important characters whose actions are clearly not motivated by revenge.

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Aslat's first character is a revolver. He may be a key player in the Diamond Dogs, helping Venom and Kaz fight Skullface, but he was never part of the Soldiers Without Borders and thus has no strong feelings for its downfall and no particular reason to hate Skull. Face has no reason to want to take revenge on him. We finally find out that Zero asked Aslat to protect the comatose Bigg Boss and support the PBBP program. Beyond the overall loyalty to Big Boss, unfortunately we don't see deeper characterization or a better explanation of Aslat's motivations in Metal Gear Solid 5. I think this was a mistake on Kojima's part.

Sneak is clearly Venom's second character.

Venom's clear motivations throughout the game are similar to Kaz's: revenge against Skullface, XOF, and Cypher for Destruction of soldiers without borders. But there are two problems with this motivation. Firstly, we know that this motivation exists only because of the memories and the Bigg Boss personality imposed on him. Second, even though the Metal Gear Solid 5 trailers, Kaz, and pretty much everything in the entire game tell us that this is Venom's motivation... we don't actually see Venom say anything about it at all.

Venom never once shows an iota of anger or motivation for revenge against Skullface, XOF, or Cypher. The player frequently sees Kaz talking about all the things he has lost and angrily speaking of his thirst for destruction. He deliberately refrains from using prosthetic limbs to spare the pain of losing his limbs, to keep his drive for revenge at an intensified internal level. He brutally tortures Huey and Kuite in a fit of rage. The calm, calculating man who once conservatively supported Big Boss during Pace Walker has now become a ruthless lunatic in Phantom Pain, constantly arguing with the usually calm Acelatt and the reserved Venom Snake to the point of threatening to kill Venom Snake. when he tried to bring Kouite to the mother base.

However, Venom never says or does anything to indicate his personal feelings on the matter. phantom pain; Validity analysis of solid metal gripper 5 (second part)

Remember the death of Skullface. He loses control of his metal grip and is trapped precariously under the beam as the flames come closer and closer to him. Venom, Kaz, and Huey find Skullface in this state, naturally giving Venom the opportunity to finish Skullface and quench his seemingly burning desire for revenge. The player is placed in an exact situation similar to the ending of Metal Gear Solid 3 where Big Boss is standing over the head of a badly injured Boss and pointing a gun at his head. In Metal Gear Solid 3, the player has no choice but to shoot and complete the mission of Big Boss and Boss, but in Metal Gear Solid 5, the player as Venom has the choice to kill Skullface or not. Notice that in that sequence (stage video) Venom is as serious and calm as ever. He doesn't even show anger, confusion, excitement, or any other emotion that could be associated with revenge.

If the player chooses not to shoot Skullface, Kaz grabs Venom's hand and forces him to Skullface. shoot face Kaz doesn't quickly kill Skullface, he instead forces Venom to brutally shoot him in the arms and legs first in retaliation for his self-inflicted injuries. They then shoot Skullface seven times, leaving him under a beam to burn (though it is Huey who finishes him off in the end.)

This event is a metaphor for Venom Snake's character for the entire duration of the game. phantom pain; Validity analysis of solid metal gripper 5 (second part)

We don't really know what the real Venom Snake is He would have felt about Skullface, XOF, and Cypher if the Phantom Big Boss Project (PBBP) hadn't been run on him. what we know It is that the real Bigg Boss has enough reasons to be as vengeful as Kaz. Because of Skullface and Cypher, Big Boss lost Soldiers Without Borders, lost all of his soldiers, wasted nine years of his life in a coma, lost Paz and Chico, lost the power of Boss' vision. and change the world according to his wish. It's clear that Big Boss was so enraged by what happened to him at Grand Zero that he agreed to cooperate with Zero's crazy PBBP plan to brainwash and trick one of his best men just to get him into the shield. In other words, Big Boss's way of revenge was to erase Venom Snake's personality, inject his own personality into Venom Snake, and then use this new "Phantom Big Boss" against Skull. With the support of skilled people such as Kaz and Aslat, Face should work secretly behind the scenes to destroy Cipher once and for all. This is PBBP.

In my opinion, the most innovative aspect of Metal Gear Solid 5 is that ignoring Zero, Big Boss, Kaz, Acelatt, and everyone else (with the possible exception of Kuyt, which I'll cover later) seems like an unexpected twist on PBBP occurs:

The Big Boss character never quite manages to dominate Snake's Venom character.

One of the most common player complaints about Metal Gear Solid 5 is Bigg Boss completely transforms from this charismatic and ambitious legendary figure to a stoic and dry character who rarely speaks and rarely makes a decision despite being clearly the leader of the Diamond Dogs. In George Weidman's analysis of the game, he says that this character change was done by Kojima to merge the player with the protagonist, in a similar way to the silent protagonists of most video games, or even Solid Snake with an imperfect personality in the early Metal Gear games. For example, Weidman points to the end of the mission "Truth" where Venom looks in the mirror and sees his reflection as the avatar that the player created at the beginning of the game.

In my opinion. This is a misinterpretation of Kojima's intent with Venom. The reason why Venom is so quiet and passive during the game is because there is a war going on in his mind; A battle between his own inherent personality and the implanted personality of Big Boss. phantom pain; Validity analysis of solid metal gripper 5 (second part)

One Different boss

Kojima promoted Metal Gear Solid 5 as a Metal Gear game where we will finally see Big Boss become a villain. He kept his promise, but did so in a way that deliberately obfuscated the process. Everyone expected to see how Bigg Boss's drive for revenge turns him into a mad man who will do anything to achieve his goals. Instead, Big Boss had reached that point before the start of Metal Gear Solid 5, and the final twist of the game showed his corruption and moral depravity in the most condensed form possible: sacrificing Venom Snake.

With all that said The question of what is the purpose of the Metal Gear Solid 5 story remains. If Big Boss's Phantom Project was really that important to the story, why did we have to follow Venom and see him build the Diamond Dogs and chase Skullface for eighty hours?

The whole story. Metal Gear Solid 5 is designed to show the evil of Big Boss in contrast to the actions of Venom Snake. Venom looks like Big Boss, talks like Big Boss and fights like Big Boss, but he doesn't act like Big Boss. The Metal Gear Solid 5 performs exceptionally well in this regard. The game masterfully plays with player expectations to obscure Venom's strange behavior compared to the Big Boss we've seen in previous games. I personally remember constantly trying to fit Venom's actions into my understanding of Bigg Boss's character. I thought maybe Big Boss was suffering from some kind of brain damage from the severity of his injuries and maybe his defeat at Grand Zero had humbled him. Walker does take a look (video here)

We are abandoning our countries. We leave our homelands behind and become one with the earth. We have no nationality, no philosophy, no ideology. We go wherever we are needed, we fight not for the government but for ourselves. We don't need a reason to fight. We fight because we are needed. We will be a deterrent to those who have no other choice. We are soldiers without borders, and our purpose is shaped by the age in which we live. We sometimes have to sell ourselves and our services. If the times need us, we will become revolutionaries, criminals and terrorists, and yes, we may all be moving towards hell, but what better place for us than here? This is our only home. Our heaven and hell. This is our foreign paradise" phantom pain; Validity analysis of solid metal gripper 5 (second part)

Is this speech and this Big Boss at all similar to Venom? Restrained, serious, and constantly thinking about Venom Sneak Metal Gear Solid 5? These words are more like the dialogues that Kaz says during the game. It can even be said that it looks like an optimistic version of what Skullface will say. But it's nothing like Venom.

Compare this big speech from Big Boss to his troops at the end of Pacewalker with Venom's two speeches in Metal Gear Solid 5.

First, Venom in conversation. with his lost men after ending the second wave of the vocal cord parasite outbreak in the mission "Shining Lights, Even in Death" (VIDEO)

"I will not scatter your mourning on the heartless sea... I will always be with you I will be. Find your roots in me... I will not let your end be ashes. You're all diamonds. phantom pain; Validity analysis of solid metal gripper 5 (second part)

Second, Venom's words to Bass at the secret end of the mission All Nukes Disposed "(Video)

"I haven't forgotten what you said, boss. We have no tomorrow, but there is still hope for the future. In our struggle to save the present, we push the future further and further back. Will it suffice my life? Probably not. So we have no time to waste. A day will come when the world will no longer need us; To the gun, or to the hand that pulls the trigger. I have to drive out this demon inside me and build a better future. This is what I, this is what we will leave as our legacy. Another mission, isn't it Boss?"

These two men may have similar looks and speak and fight in the same way, and may even have the same memories and comrades, but they are not the same. Their goals, motives and most importantly their tone are different from heaven to earth. Venom may have been physically and mentally broken and rebuilt by Zero, but his spirit remains beneath the mask. Metal Gear Solid 5 is about the remaining angles of Venom himself struggling to survive under the suffocating presence of Big Boss. phantom pain; Validity analysis of solid metal gripper 5 (second part)Who is in Bigg Boss?. Over the course of his life, Bigg Boss amasses a super-powerful private military force armed with modern military weaponry, metal detectors and even a nuclear weapon, and then refuses any oversight of his foot operations.

From an outsider's point of view, the obvious problem is that if Big Boss has sinister intentions, he is capable of destabilizing the world political order, wreaking unimaginable destruction and murdering many people. Yes, Bigg Boss claims that evil powers all over the world are trying to kill him and destroy his magnificent haven for underprivileged soldiers, so he has gathered all these forces and equipment to defend himself. But how do we know he is telling the truth? How do we know he won't change his mind later and decide to use his military arsenal for blackmail? Or prepare to invade another country? He may be a good person now, but he may lose his mind due to various reasons and go crazy. Maybe he dies or becomes incapacitated and his heir is a bad person, someone like Kaz who is on the border of psychosis or a master of deception and tricks Aslat.

Millions of events have the potential to cause change in a person. And suddenly this defensive shelter for the deprived and oppressed becomes the biggest threat the free world has ever seen. If a reporter sat down with Big Boss in 1975, after the events of Pace Walker and before the events of Grand Zero, and asked Big Boss how he could justify his actions, what would he say in response and in his defense?

Trust me.

Really. That's all. This is basically the only justification Bigg Boss has for himself. In today's world, most people don't trust governments like the North Korean government or organizations like ISIS to acquire nuclear power, but we must trust this disillusioned former CIA agent with a dark past and a cult of personality to acquire the most powerful weapons on the planet. Trust without any supervision.

Why should we trust Bigg Boss?

Well because he is Bigg Boss. He is a legendary soldier known throughout the military world not only for his fighting skills but also for his role in helping the suffering people in various war zones (at least in San Hiernimo and Costa Rica). We can see that he is absolutely adored by his subordinates, who all seem willing to sacrifice their lives for him (and have). His history with the CIA, the KAGB, Fox, the Philosophers, and all the other amazing Metal Gear characters gives him a unique perspective on the political nature of the world and how to change it. Most importantly, Big Boss was the ultimate disciple and killer of Boss, a legendary figure in Among the world's military. In this regard, Big Boss has the most claim to be the spiritual heir of Bass (which is even reflected in his nickname) and therefore has the right to claim unlimited power in the world of metal gear.

In other words, Big Boss should have the special right to personally take control of one of the most powerful military forces with total authority and control just because someone is so special. Checks and balances, balance of power, government-nation consensus, transparency, democracy, diplomatic cooperation, United Nations and the like are all irrelevant because Bigg Boss is such an amazing person. He is too noble, too important and too powerful to be contained by the normal limitations of human societies. phantom pain; Validity analysis of solid metal gripper 5 (second part)

Power and Authority

Compare the tyrannical Big Boss to Snake's Venom.

During the events of Pace Walker, Big Boss decides that Soldiers Without Borders It needs a metal detector. Col. Volgin had his own Metal Gear, and so did Jane and Hot Coldman. Cypher was in the process of making his own metal detector. Big Boss was tired of being the weaker side in his battles. He felt that Soldiers Without Borders needed a balancer on the battlefield, a weapon that would undoubtedly defeat any enemy in battle. So he used his resources to build Metal Gear Zeke to turn Soldiers Without Borders into a true force on the world stage.

At the end of the first act of Metal Gear Solid 5, Venom decides that Metal Gear Sahalanthropus is damaged but Restore repairable. Not only was this metal trap the most advanced of its kind up to that time, but it also had the power to launch metallic archaea. A revolutionary weapon made by Skullface that destroyed all metals and nuclear materials. Venom could easily repair Sahalanthropus and use it as his own anti-nuclear weapon. Despite the pure power of the Diamond Dogs, this weapon alone could turn Venom's army into one of the most powerful forces on the planet.

Watch this cutscene. Look at 2:48 where the recovered Metal Gear is standing in front of Venom and his lieutenants. This is where we see Sahalanthropus serving Venom. All this power, all this force in the hands of a great man who can use it however he wants. phantom pain; Validity analysis of solid metal gripper 5 (second part)

However, the venom does not regenerate Sahalanthropus. Instead, he sees it as a symbol, or rather a monument, to the Diamond Dogs' success. As Venom says on the cassette, "Sahalanthropus is a symbol that people like us ended at least one crisis." This is not an egotistical trophy of victory, but proof of a great and powerful weapon that the Diamond Dogs stopped from destroying the world.

There is a similar pattern between Big Boss and Venom Snake regarding nuclear weapons. . At the end of Pace Walker, Big Boss acquires Hot Coldman's atomic bomb and adds it to his arsenal. Of course, he justifies this action with the same reason he had for making Metal Gear Zik. Soldiers Without Borders needs the best possible weapons to ensure its survival. The news of the possession of a nuclear bomb by Soldiers Without Borders finally reaches the United Nations through Cypher, and therefore escalates the request for inspection of Soldiers Without Borders. Because of this, Bigg Boss decides to hide the nuclear bomb and Zeke and prefers to lie to the UN rather than risk conflict with the rest of the world, which naturally results in a rogue personal army armed with weapons of mass destruction. They were reacting strongly.

Determining Venom Snake's relationship with nuclear weapons is a bit more difficult. Venom can steal or build nukes, but only by the player's decision via the FOB online mode. Kojima used this online system to place the player in a simulator of the impact of nuclear weapons on international diplomacy. Players with nukes can launch them at hostile opponents. Obviously, this capability encourages other players to build nukes to use as a deterrent through the adversary's DE strategy. However, I think we can conclude that the player's decision to acquire the nuke is a semi-realistic embodiment of Big Boss' character in Venom Snake. After all, there is no action in the game that generates as many Demon Points as making a nuke (I'll explain later that this point represents Big Boss's influence on Venom), and no action removes as many points as destroying a nuke. Meanwhile, if enough players work together to get rid of the nukes in the online world, the game will reveal a secret ending where Venom talks to Big Boss about building a better future for the world.

So if the player builds a nuke, he turns Venom Snake into the bloody incarnation of Big Boss. If the player defuses the nukes, it will trigger the game's final ending, where Venom is He says his heart's interest in world peace (I will explain about this in the third part). Like the Metal Gear Soliders, Big Boss arms himself with nukes because he believes he has the unique moral right to possess extremely dangerous weapons, while Venom advocates the abolition of nukes because he believes no man should wield such supreme power. phantom pain; Validity analysis of solid metal gripper 5 (second part)

Huey Emerick

Big Boss A tyrant is a tyrant because he believes that standard rules of behavior do not apply to him. Venom denies this view and Big Boss's belief with the way he deals with Metal Gear and atomic bombs, but the final manifestation of his view is not known until Huey America's trial. (On a side note, I think Huey is an amazing character in Metal Gear Solid 5. He is a prime example of cleverly subverting expectations and reality. Before Metal Gear Solid 5, Metal Gear fans were used to identifying with American characters. Huey, Hal, and Emma) with physical weaknesses and often emotional weaknesses as well as moral goodwill, sympathy, and sadness. Kojima used Huey to reverse this trend, not only narratively, but even Huey himself from his weak exterior. (He uses it to evoke pity and sympathy in those around him.)

At the end of the second act, Huey is captured by the Diamond Dogs and put on "trial" for various crimes: working with Skullface to destroy Soldiers Without Borders; , cooperation with Skullface on the construction of Metal Gear Sahalanthropus. Killing Dr. Strangelove, helping Eli repair and steal Sahalanthropus, and mutating Wolbachia, which leads to the re-invasion of the vocal cord parasite in the mother base.

Luckily for Huey, except for killing Dr. Strangelove, There is no solid evidence to convict him of the above crimes. Unfortunately for Huey, there is enough strong evidence to find him guilty on all counts. Their comrades, Kaz and Aslatt, lead a group of Diamond Dogs soldiers to capture Huey and give him a formal trial, demanding his death at the hands of Venom Snake. This is one of the most powerful and moving moments of the game (VIDEO) where the camera is always close to Huey's point of view so that we can feel the danger of the situation he is in. The soldiers seem ready to tear him to pieces and only the heavy presence of Venom Snake stops them. Aslat silences the crowd with an aerial shot and Kaz turns to Venom:

Kaz: We're out of bounds. What should we do, boss? Just give an order, the rest is with us. (Here, Kaz is going along with the real Big Boss's view of their place in the world, that they are people with unique characteristics and therefore above the limitations of normal people.)
Venom pauses a bit to understand the situation. Consider.
Venom: Prepare a lifeboat. Big enough for one person. Same with water and food.
Kaz: Boss?
Venom: He's leaving here.
Kaz: You he's responsible for all this! Think about people! He has not lost anything! This is an enemy! And now he's kneeling here!
Venom: Kaz. You're right, he's not one of us but we're not responsible for judging the enemy. He leaves the mother base and that's the end of it.

So Venom puts someone in front of him. He finds himself doing untold damage to Soldiers Without Borders, Diamond Dogs, and Mission Big Boss. All of Venom's men want him dead and scream for blood. This person has no family, friends or acquaintances who would be saddened by his death, let alone want to do anything for him. There's almost nothing stopping Venom from executing Huey right here in public. In fact, it will be a convenient, acceptable and even right thing to do. However, Venom lets Huey go because he believes that Diamond Dogs is in no position to judge anyone. Big Boss thinks that he alone is wise enough to collect the world's most dangerous weapons and rule as an unbridled military dictator, while Venom believes that he has no right to punish a single person even though he has enough evidence against that person. /p> phantom pain; Validity analysis of solid metal gripper 5 (second part)

Yes, Venom kills a lot of people in Afghanistan and Africa during the game, and there is a problem trying to kill Skullface. does not have But all these confrontations take place on the battlefield, which has completely different moral principles. Huey is not a warrior let alone a soldier. He had surrendered and been stripped of power. He is nothing more than a prisoner who survived at the request of his jailer. Venom realized that he was not judge, jury, or executioner, no matter how much Kaz and the Diamond Dogs wanted him to play those roles. Venom had the wisdom to know how to behave in time of war and how to behave in time of peace, while that Bigg Boss seems to see the entire world as an eternal battlefield, where all his actions are morally justified by the standard of self-defense. phantom pain; Validity analysis of solid metal gripper 5 (second part)

Baby Soldiers

Bigg Boss has no problem using baby soldiers. Venom Snake is his opposite. It's a minor point of difference between Big Boss and Venom compared to how they use their powers or what their ultimate goals are, but it's still an interesting contrast between the two men and their views of the world.

I doubt it. Almost the majority of readers agree that it is immoral to force or allow someone to kill or be at risk of being killed before the person reaches the age of majority. The mental breakdown caused by child soldiers is a prominent motif in the Metal Gear series. For example, Liquid Snake and Solid Snake talk about the destructive effects of being born and raised with the sole purpose of fighting in Metal Gear Solid 1 (you all enjoy killing). Raiden's background as a child soldier left him with PTSD, an inability to express his emotions, and a general fear of close relationships with others in Metal Gear Solid 2. Sniper Wolf, Psycho Mantis, and Gary Fox are all child soldiers who have been seriously traumatized by their pasts.

Bigg Boss seems to agree with the majority that using child soldiers is wrong if someone else has them. This child employs soldiers, but if he is the one using and training them, there is no problem. This belief is because, as I mentioned before, Big Boss is a classic autocratic character who believes that his unique virtues and values put him beyond the constraints that others must operate under. Only he has the skill and good intentions to raise a child in war without harming or destroying that child's life. In Pace Walker, Big Boss recruited Chico, who was twelve at the time, and Paz, who was twenty-five but was pretending to be a teenager, into Soldiers Without Borders to fight Hot Coldman. Similar to many of Big Boss's unethical actions, the game cleverly frames the roles of Chico and Paz in a positive frame, portraying them as motivations for Big Boss and the Soldiers Without Borders. Paz is the perfect symbol of innocence and goodness who asks Big Boss to free his country, while Chicoy Rand takes an interest in him and plays the role of a revolutionary. All of these issues do not change the fact that Big Boss knowingly used children in his military missions.

This becomes a trend for Big Boss during the events between Metal Gear Solid 5 and Metal Gear 2. Although he rescued several child soldiers from the battlefields and tried to reintegrate them into normal society, when he took command of the land of Zanzibar with the aim of launching his own massive rebellion, Bigg Boss embarked on an ambitious plan to children. Recruit war orphans around the world and train them to become child soldiers in his service. On the other hand, in Metal Gear Solid 5, Venom Snake is tasked with finding a group of child soldiers and but he instead decides to bring the children to the mother base (Venom and Kaz initially acted as if they were going to complete the mission to kill the children, but it turns out they did it to trick their client with an audio file (where Venom Snake appears to have killed these child soldiers). Once there, Venom contemplates retraining the children as child soldiers in the service of the Diamond Dogs ("I think he's tougher than he looks. He needs some training and then he can be used"). According to Big Boss's point of view on this matter, these thoughts are most likely caused by the inculcated character of Big Boss in Venom.

But instead (video):

Kaz: You probably noticed along the way that we developed housebuilding. They will have their own residence, apart from us. They will not be recognized as staff of the organization. (In Pace Walker, the player could control Chico and Paz as personnel.)
Venom: What happened.. so we're running a kindergarten now?
Kaz: They're learning how to read and write and Do simple things.
Venom: A chance to have a real life not just behind a gun.
Kaz: Being behind a gun is our job. There's no place for angels in our heaven.

(First note Venom's sarcasm about the chance at a normal life that was stolen from him by Big Boss, but now Venom is trying to get what he could never have. provide for others.)

More broadly, Big Boss's willingness and willingness to use child soldiers and Venom's unwillingness to do so are related to each character's view of their role in the world. Although Venom doesn't dwell on this issue specifically, we can conclude that he is like Most people have a problem with child soldiers. Only those who choose to fight should do so, and children are too young to make responsible decisions about whether to kill others or risk being killed, especially given the devastating psychological effects that long, drawn-out combat usually has. They bring. Meanwhile, Bigg Boss may be trying to bring some child soldiers back into society, but he apparently believes that his foot skills and world view give him the special privilege of recruiting and training child soldiers. phantom pain; Validity analysis of solid metal gripper 5 (second part)


This section is mostly speculative. The problem is that we don't know much about Kuwait. However, there is evidence to suggest that the character's storyline was based on the differences between Big Boss and Venom Snake. What we do know about Kuyt is that he was an XOF assassin sent to a hospital in Cyprus to kill Big Boss (who is actually Venom Snake). But the real Big Boss successfully fends off Venom and sets Koite on fire (twice) before he jumps out the window. Coyote's injuries should have killed him, but he was saved by a parasitic cure and gained the powers we see throughout the game. Coyote is then deliberately infected with the English strain of the vocal cord parasite by Skullface and sent to Afghanistan to be captured by Snake's Venom and taken to Mother Base so he can spread the infection there, but after meeting Venom he apparently changes his mind. And it can be said that with the progress of the story, he is fascinated by Venom and finally sacrifices his life to save his life. First of all, the question arises as to why he accepted Skullface's suicide mission. In his monologue, Quait says, "Revenge is what drove me to them... The only language I had left was revenge." Additionally, Code Tucker states on a tape that "Part of him still wanted revenge...against you (Venom)." It is implied that Couyt accepted the mission out of his strong revenge motive to kill Venom, but it is not clear why. Was it because of the injuries he sustained after trying to kill Venom in Cyprus? If so, shouldn't he have realized that it wasn't Venom who set him on fire? (He didn't know that the real Big Boss did it, but that doesn't matter) And why should he blame Venom for his suffering when Koite himself was out to kill him? He was just trying to defend himself. phantom pain; Validity analysis of solid metal gripper 5 (second part)

We also have a clear chain of events regarding Kuwait's motivations after We don't see him being captured by Venom at all. His mission was to spread the pink thread parasite, so all he had to do was talk to Venom, but he avoids doing that. Then during the game he forms a deep relationship with Venom that is somewhat similar to Big Boss's relationship with Boss (a relationship based on respect and admiration instead of love). Eventually, the relationship grows to the point where she is willing to spread the contamination to save Venom's life and sacrifice herself for him.

Overall, Quait's storyline is not well explained. We know what happens but we don't know why. Anyway, my hypothesis is that Quoit was seeking revenge against Bigg Boss for the injuries he inflicted on him. Coyote was so enraged and filled with a sense of revenge that he accepted Skullface's plan. He agreed to carry the vocal cord parasite against Bigg Boss even though it would undoubtedly kill him, but when he met the man he thought was Bigg Boss, he was subtly different from what Quoit had imagined. . His curiosity prevented him from spreading the parasite and was instead attracted to the character of Venom. A strange kinship was formed between these two, which can be said to have originated from their similar behavior. Venom and Coyote are both silent. They often convey their message through subtle glances and body language, as opposed to what is usually expected of metal gear characters and their grandiose speeches (such as Kaz, Aslat and Skullface). Both were true warriors whose lives were spent fighting on the battlefield. phantom pain; Validity analysis of solid metal gripper 5 (second part)

My guess is that Venom's unique characteristics endeared him to Coyote and shaped his character's storyline. Quoit expected to meet Bigg Boss and his drive for revenge led him to kill himself and Bigg Boss but instead met Venom and formed a deep relationship with him. It's impossible to say for sure what it was that Kouyt saw in Venom that made him prefer him to Big Boss, but I think this change of heart can be attributed to Venom's more restrained and generous demeanor.

Hence, Kouyt's storyline. And protecting the Diamond Dogs against the English strain of the vocal cord parasite is another example of Venom's divergence from Big Boss. phantom pain; Validity analysis of solid metal gripper 5 (second part)

Fighting the Conspiracy

Metal Gear Solid 5 is about Big Boss' ultimate betrayal of his creative principles in the form of Big Boss's Phantom Project. Earlier, it could be argued that Bigg Boss was kind of a villain, but at least he was a bad guy with good intentions. Soldiers usually become scapegoats for governments that are more concerned with abstract issues than the lives and health of combatants. While Big Boss's efforts to build a military army posed a real threat to most of the world, he was also a great ally to disenfranchised soldiers who needed a movement to protect their rights. But Big Boss's decision to collaborate with Big Boss's Phantom project was to follow this belief and opinion, which will be repeated by Big Boss from now on. From here on, Bigg Boss put his goals above all else and had no problem sacrificing the lives of others to achieve his goals. This predatory view of the world is in marked contrast to Venom Snake's actions during Metal Gear Solid 5. In this game, Venom Snake constantly fights for his soldiers even if his life and limb are in danger.

This trend is a continuation of a common motif throughout the Metal Gear series. Typically, the epic characters in Metal Gear (early Big Boss, Solid Snake, Raiden, etc.) achieve their goals through direct and personal combat, while the villains in Metal Gear (Vulgin, Solidus Snake, Patriots, Zero, and Big Boss in the last years etc.) they try to achieve their goals indirectly and often by deception and intrigue. phantom pain; Validity analysis of solid metal gripper 5 (second part)

Remember the story of Metal Gear Solid 1. Solid Snake is commissioned by the United States government to infiltrate Shado Moss to kill Liquid Snake and other Foxhound terrorists, destroy their nuclear weapons, and stop them from blackmailing the US government. So Solid Snake, armed with a suit of clothes, a few cigarettes, and a remote backup team, goes to the base alone and infiltrates it. Liquid Snake, on the other hand, doesn't know how to activate these acquired nukes, so he hatches a secret plan to get Solid Snake to do it for him. The plan involves using the Decoy Octopus to impersonate a dead hostage, killing Kaz and having Liquid take his place so that he can misinform Solid Snake and allow him to go to locations of his choosing, and finally activate a nuclear weapon.

Meanwhile, the United States Department of Defense didn't actually send Solid Snake to defeat the terrorists, he was sent there to spread the Fox-Dye virus, which was sent to Solid. Snake had been injected without his permission and knowledge so that the Ministry of Defense could recover all the military materials stolen by Liquid Snake. Meanwhile, Ministry of Defense employee Naomi Hunter secretly planned Fox Day. He changed the US government so that he could take revenge on Solid Snake for killing Gary Fox according to his own plan.

On the other hand, Aslat was actually sent by Solidus Snake, the President of the United States of America, to take over the entire Liquid Snake operation. start this game and see if the rebellion against the patriots is likely to succeed or not, and besides, the attention of the country distracting the Patriots from Solidus' own operations.

And simultaneously, Acelatt was originally working for the Patriots, only going along with Liquid Snake and Solidus Snake's plans to maintain his cover.

And at the same time, Aslat was secretly loyal to Big Boss all the time and planned to one day start a revolution similar to the foreign paradise from his own side, but he had to remain as a spy for the patriots to keep abreast of their activities.

There are several layers of intrigue and intrigue layered on top of Solid Snake's relatively straightforward actions. phantom pain; Validity analysis of solid metal gripper 5 (second part)

The common point between all these evil schemes is that they have no problem playing and deceiving others to achieve their goals. People who have their own lives and desires have been demoted to pieces on a chess board. Whether it's Liquid Snake forcing Solid Snake to work against his mission or the Patriots creating a massive information control system to trick the entire world into working towards their agendas and goals, the villains of Metal Gear are always there. They operate through indirect maps.

Consider Big Boss' actions before and after Grand Zeros. Before Grand Zeros, Big Boss was placed in the traditional form of the hero of Metal Gear. In Metal Gear Solid 3, he was sent to stop a group of terrorists from igniting the Cold War, and he personally infiltrated their operations to stop them, while several evil secret plots were going on around him (states that were on the legacy of the Philosophers were fighting, the US government sending Bass on a suicide mission, etc.). Even when Big Boss has his own army in portable apps and Pacewalker gained He still does most of his fighting through direct military action. After Grand Zero, Big Boss becomes the scheming villains he swore to fight. Instead of rebuilding his army to fight Skullface directly, he agrees to Big Boss Zero's Phantom plan to create a Phantom and use him to fight his wars, misleading Cypher for a decade until he's ready to launch. become his own coup. phantom pain; Validity analysis of solid metal gripper 5 (second part)

Make no mistake, this plan is based entirely on extensive trickery, deception, and even a form of It is pseudo-slavery. Big Boss chooses to become a classic Metal Gear villain who hides in the shadows and achieves his goals through betrayal and intrigue instead of heroic deeds. A good example of this in action (apart from what he does with Venom) is Big Boss' treatment of the Cyprus hospital staff. While Bigg Boss uses Venom as a metaphorical human shield to get Cypher's attention, he uses the hospital staff as actual human shields. In other words, Bigg Boss knew that Cypher was trying to kill him, but still decided to keep Venom in the hospital to hide himself from the public, so to speak. In practice, this decision of his put all the hospital staff and patients in extremely serious danger, which ultimately led to their horrible deaths.

For better clarity, the risk that Bigg Boss brought to the hospital staff was not accidental. On the Doublethink tape, Aslatt clearly talks about using the staff to protect Big Boss, and Big Boss has no problem with that (audio file):

We're putting the people in this hospital in the crosshairs of the enemy. They will be our shield and a necessary distraction to buy us enough time." phantom pain; Validity analysis of solid metal gripper 5 (second part)

While most of the blame still goes to Cypher, there is no doubt that Big Boss, the hero, should be complicit in the gruesome deaths at the beginning of Metal Gear Solid 5. It is not clear why Bigg Boss is taking this approach after the events of Grand Zeroz. Some players criticized Metal Gear Solid 5 for suddenly turning Big Boss evil for no apparent reason (although I think Big Boss was a bad character at the time and only got worse). My hypothesis is that the events of Grand Zero proved to Big Boss that his old tactics won't work in the long run. No matter how popular he became or how many people he added to his movement, Cypher could always undo his gains with treacherous acts; So after Bigg Boss saw his private army wiped out by a surprise attack in less than a day, he decided to change his tactics. He found out that Zero had more or less established a secret government in America through Byzantine secret schemes, so Big Boss decided to take a similar path to destroy Cypher.

Contrary to Big Boss, who Relying on intrigue and human shields (metaphorical and real), Venom Snake is a frontline leader who constantly fights and bleeds for his supporters. Recall that Venom never shows Kaz's motive for revenge against Skullface, but rather that he sought out Skullface to stop him from doing more harm to the world, especially his own soldiers. Especially in the last third of season 1, Venom's main motivation was to prevent the spread of the vocal cord parasite among his people. When the second wave of vocal cord parasite outbreaks broke out on Mother Base, Venom risked her life to enter the quarantine platform alone and investigate the situation. Unfortunately, this decision put him in a difficult and heartbreaking situation, which led to the massacre of his people by his own hands. The psychological cost of this action was so intense that we witness several emotional explosions from Venom throughout the game and the appearance of his demonic body.

In the aftermath of the second wave of the outbreak, we see Venom holding a mourning ceremony for his soldiers. He rubs the ashes of his soldiers and tastes the bitter taste of their unnecessary death. He swears he will never forget the men who died in his service. His eulogy is one of the best parts of the game in my opinion. (VIDEO)

I will not scatter your mourning in the heartless sea I will always be with you. Find your roots in me... I will not let your end be ashes. You're all diamonds. phantom pain; Validity analysis of solid metal gripper 5 (second part)

This cutscene really shows the difference between Big Boss and Venom Snake. Big Boss puts dozens of innocent lives at risk to carry out a plan to steal and brainwash his "best soldier" (who almost lost his life to save Big Boss) and turn him into his human shield to He himself continues to live in secret and security, and on the other side is Venom Snake, who says and does the things we see in the cutscene.

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