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, and is considered one of PlayStation's most iconic mascots.
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.
|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
|Evolution Skateboarding||October 9, 2002||PlayStation 2|
|DreamMix TV World Fighters||December 18, 2003||PlayStation 2, GameCube|
|Super Smash Bros. Brawl||January 31, 2008||
|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
Non-Video Game Appearances
|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||Novel|
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