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Solid Snake, also referred to as Snake, is the protagonist for many of the Metal Gear games. He was first introduced in 1987 with the game Metal Gear. He is known for his amazing stealth abilities and his diverse knowledge of weapons and languages. He is a highly popular character, ranking high on several "Top Video Game Characters" lists,[1][2][3] and is considered one of PlayStation's most iconic mascots.[4]


Solid Snake is the cloned son of Big Boss, a special force operative and founder of FOXHOUND. Snake is a former green beret, and a skilled special ops soldier who specializes in stealth and espionage. He is most often tasked with the dealing with and destruction of mechas known as Metal Gears. During his missions Snake must act alone, recieving help over a radio from various commanding officers and specialists such as Colonel Campbell, Mei Ling, and his best friend Otacon.


Name Release Date Console
Metal Gear July 13, 1987 MSX2
Snake's Revenge April 1990 Nintendo Entertainment System
Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake July 20, 1990 MSX2
Metal Gear Solid September 3, 1998 PlayStation
Metal Gear: Ghost Babel April 27, 2000 Game Boy
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty November 13, 2001 PlayStation 2
Metal Gear Acid December 16, 2004 PlayStation Portable
Metal Gear Acid 2 December 8, 2005 PlayStation Portable
Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops December 5, 2006 PlayStation Portable
Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Plus September 20, 2007 PlayStation Portable
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots June 12, 2008 PlayStation 3
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker April 29, 2010 PlayStation Portable
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance February 19, 2013 PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes March 18, 2014

PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain September 1, 2015 PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360

Non-Metal Gear Games[]

Name Release Date Console
Evolution Skateboarding October 9, 2002 PlayStation 2
DreamMix TV World Fighters December 18, 2003 PlayStation 2, GameCube
Super Smash Bros. Brawl January 31, 2008

Nintendo Wii

New International Track & Field June 24, 2008 Nintendo DS
Scribblenauts* September 15, 2009 Nintendo DS
Super Bomberman R March 3, 2017 Nintendo Switch
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate December 7, 2018 Nintendo Switch
  • Appeared only in the Japanese release[5]

Non-Video Game Appearances[]

Name Release Date Type
Metal Gear Solid October 24, 1998 Audio Drama
Metal Gear Solid September 2004 Comic Series
Metal Gear Solid May 27, 2008 Novel
Metal Gear Solid 2: The Novel: Sons of Liberty November 24, 2009 Novel
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots January 1, 2008[6] Novel



  1. Field, Damian (February 16, 2011). Top 50 Video Game Characters of All Time Announced in Guinness World Records 2011 Gamer’s Edition. Gamasutra. “4. Solid Snake (Metal Gear, Konami, 1987)”
  2. MacDonald, Mark (December 15, 2005). Metal Gear Solid 4 101.
  3. Top 10 Super Smash Bros. Characters. Gamedaily. “#3 Snake”
  4. Top 20 Iconic Playstation Characters. PlayStation Enthusiast.
  5. Gantayat, Anoop (January 27, 2011). Scribblenauts? More like SCRIBBLESNAKE!!!. Andriasang.
  6. Itoh, Project (June 19, 2012). Metal Gear Solid: Guns of the Patriots. Goodreads.
  7. Kojima, Hideo (January 26, 2011). 小島秀夫 on Twitter. Twitter.