Big Boss became a Snatcher after Outer Heaven.
Fact: It was RUMORED that he was turned into a Snatcher, which are those things
from a game that doesn't fit in the Metal Gear timeline.
DISREGARD THAT I LIED, see details at the end of this article.
By Ravi Singh
Posted in 2004; updated June 19, 2008
This isn't one of those myths that idiots believe. In fact, I understand why
they would believe that Big Boss, after the fall of Outer Heaven, made himself into
a Snatcher so he could live. I mean, hey, Gray Fox was revived in an exoskeleton.
Liquid Snake lived on as a fucking arm! So it wasn't too fucking crazy.
Where would anyone get this myth from? Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake, near the end when
George Kessler says:
...but what I'm about to tell you is only a rumor... The Outer Heaven showdown,
three years ago... His arms, legs, right eye, and right ear, they were all gone.
He was barely alive at all. Then a tyrant of the East became interested in him...
Petrovich Madnar was ordered to accelerate his Snatcher plan. It was tested on the
body of Big Boss with success. Now part of him is human and part is not.
Now I must also note that the above text is NOT from the official version of
Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake. The game was never released with an official English
translation (EDIT 05/11/06: Until 2006), so a couple of fans decided to translate it themselves and brought
us a very accurate translation that doesn't sound, well, "asleep." It's still very
faithful to the original version. So the official version probably had the above
statement... except in Japanese.
The key part of the statement from Kessler was that it's a rumor. He heard this
from somewhere and tells Snake. This is called gossiping.
Is it true? No. Let's see why.
Here's some official artwork made by Yoji Shinkiwa himself scanned by Gas Snake
straight from The Art of Metal Gear Solid.
Compare that to the dead body of a Snatcher:
Notice the thin layer of flesh that covers the robotic structure.
It's better shown here.
Looking at the previous sketches of Big Boss' corpse, it seems like the thin
layer of skin only reveals... more flesh. Also, seeing as the government preserved
his remains to help out with The Genome Army project, with no real caution or alert
regarding Snatchers and their development in Russia, it's most likely that the government
themselves didn't find any robotic structures inside of Big Boss.
Also, Zanzibar Land was in the middle east. Studies has shown that the middle east
is pretty fucking hot. Only by the end of the year 2045 (Snatcher takes place in
2045) the Snatchers manage to overcome their problem with their artificial skin.
Exposure to ultra-violet rays causes cancer. This problem surely would have fucked
up Big Boss, if he were, indeed, a Snatcher, at the time of Zanzibar Land. This
screenshot will sum what I'm trying to say pretty well:
And no, he's not talking about goths or emo kids.
Also, Snatcher and Metal Gear, though have some mentioning of each other, have
different storylines. Snatcher actually does mention of a "Metal Gear menace" in
the 20th century, but there's one thing that screws this all up: Dr. Pettrovich
Madnar. Or Modnar, according to Snatcher.
We can overlook the simple miss-spelling of Madnar/Modnar. But there's still contradictions:
In Snatcher, we learn that a Dr. Pettrovich Modnar was part of the development team
behind the Snatcher project in the USSR. The project was being conducted in the
1980's and early 90's in the game. The research facility blew up on June 6, 1996
and some biological weapon spread. Dr. Pettrovich Modnar fled with Benson Seed to
the United States. They later moved to Neo Kobe. It was Elijah Modnar who was still
interested in the Snatcher development and became a god to them.
There is no Benson Seed in Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake. To top it all of, Madnar dies
in Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake. Yet he's still alive in Snatcher. Also, he has a son
in Snatcher, Elijah. In the Metal Gear timeline, he only has a daughter, Ellen.
So why the fuck did Hideo Kojima plug his own game? I dunno, but he does that all
the time. Meryl was originally in Policenauts. There's a thing that looks like Metal
Gear TX-55 in Snatcher, and that very thing looks very much like Otacon's thing
in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots.
I actually think the statement of Big Boss as a Snatcher was directly mocking that
game that was made to be the sequel to Metal Gear for the NES in the United States:
Ever read my article about that game? I wasn't kidding about Big Boss being a robot
Not much of a robot.
Holy shit! Samus!
A similar mocking was possibly done in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty,
when Snake tells Raiden that he's "not a fan of blades."
So yeah. Rumors aren't always true. Just be glad that Big Boss wasn't a cyborg Power
Ranger Samus Aran thing. Purple power? No.
06/19/08 - Or I guess rumors are true. Out of fucking nowhere, the Metal
Gear Solid 4 Database's encyclopedia pretty much confirms that Big Boss was
resurrected from Outer Heaven due to the Snatcher Project.
Fuck. I guess I can't always be right. Can you believe that Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake and Snake's Revenge now share something in common? Oh, and the fact that Solid Snake manages to destroy a Snatcher using his ghetto flamethrower? Whatever.
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