Our hero, showing off some good facial cream for severe near-death burns.
Big Boss is the hero of the entire Metal Gear series.
Fact: This is debatable; Solid Snake is still the hero.
By Ravi Singh
Posted on August 03, 2008; Updated June 28, 2010
Out of fucking nowhere, Big Boss appears. Despite his two deaths, he's back
in full glory and for a burnt man whose been rebuilt using the flesh of his clones,
he looks to be in better shape than Solid Snake. Why is Big Boss here, in the
cemetery, with an old guy? He wants to talk to Solid Snake about stuff. That's
cool, Boss. Wait, this comes at a price though--Snake's FOX-DIE is targeted to
Big Boss' DNA. Big Boss doesn't seem to mind since, as a founding member of The
Patriots, he's actually doing the world a favor by killing the old man and having
himself killed. Hope the future generation doesn't fuck it as bad as his did.
"This is good, isn't it?"
Tons of Metal Gear fans stormed the internet, either full of love or hate, branding
Big Boss as the hero of the series. Some of these even go as far as claiming that
Big Boss has always fought for good while Solid Snake just gets used to do the
bidding of The Patriots. There are some truths behind these claims, but for the
most part, Big Boss was still a villain during the Outer Heaven uprising and Zanzibar
DESPITE ALL THE BULLSHIT, THEY'RE ALL GOOD GUYS RIGHT?!?!?! (oh, and is that
Let's understand what the hell was happening between Big Boss and The Patriots.
After the San Hieronymo Peninsula incident Big Boss, Zero, Ocelot, Sigint, and
Paramedic formed The Patriots, effectively replacing The Philosophers. They
all wanted to "reunite the world" or some shit because apparently that's what
The Boss wanted. Later, Big Boss finds Eva and recruits her as well, just to
complete the Snake Eater cast roster. I guess Sokolov didn't want to join?
Anyways, controlling the world and being dicks all in the name of some dead
woman was all cool for Big Boss until they cloned him in 1972. Then he was like
"fuck off" and leaves The Patriots like an angsty preteen. Ocelot and Eva, in
secret, agreed with Big Boss although this seems to be due to some sort of affection
towards him rather than being based on reason. So he's good because now he fights
against The Patriots right?!
No, not quite, because Big Boss had to have been at least forgiven by The Patriots
when he comes back to the United States, bringing along Naomi Hunter and Gray
Fox, and becoming the commander of FOX-HOUND once again. Sure, Big Boss was
still butthurt and indeed, his Outer Heaven (and later Zanzibar Land) was just
a way to stick it up to The Patriots... but was Big Boss going to end The Patriots
The Patriots were controlling the United States politically and economically.
Since the United States effectively became the super-power after World War II,
and especially after the fall of the Soviet Union, The Patriots also effectively
controlled the world. Outer Heaven practically questioned their powers with
Big Boss believing that The Boss would have wanted soldiers to have a place
of their own. This is, ultimately, the true beginnings of the civil war between
Zero and Big Boss' beliefs on what The Patriots should be doing. Solid Snake
ends up being thrown into this mess and eventually helps end it.
This jackass claims that Liquid Snake and Solidus' Outer Heavens were just
"trail-and-error" even though he practically let them get fucked over, and
HE'S the hero?
Big Boss only planned to replace The Patriots with Outer Heaven, much
like how The Patriots took over The Philosophers. Outer Heaven was not a plan
to get rid of what The Patriots were doing at all! If it were, then why on
Earth would Ocelot, a Patriot who was secretly working to revive Big Boss,
purposely fuck with Liquid Snake and Solidus Snake's Outer Heavens?
In the end, it was all about Big Boss. While Liquid Snake's Outer Heaven was
very much like his father's, Solidus Snake truly wanted to free the United
States of The Patriots' rule. However, since neither were Big Boss, their
plans didn't matter to Ocelot or Eva. By having them killed, Eva also was
able to score some identical tissue to rebuild Big Boss' burnt body with so
that he can wake up and practically take over.
Ocelot and Eva seemed to have intentionally kept Solid Snake alive, much like
how Big Boss did in 1995 during Operation: Intrude N313; to confuse The Patriots
and ultimately do their own deed. Naomi, however, lied to Snake and had him
believe that the only way to prevent a horrid catastrophe in the future was
for him to kill himself. This was a lie.
The reality was that the new FOX-DIE actually inhibited Solid Snake from becoming
the weapon of mass destruction Naomi told him he was going to become. The
side-effect, though, was something Ocelot, Eva, and Naomi did not like--Ocelot,
Eva, and Big Boss' deaths. Big Boss knew this beforehand, and he even tells
Snake that Naomi told him "everything." Upon waking up, he was debriefed about
what has happened for nearly fifteen years while he took a long nap. Considering
that Naomi had a video recorded for Solid Snake and Otacon upon the destruction
of JD--which triggers Big Boss' freedom--it's most likely that Naomi was able
to tell Big Boss to stay the fuck away from Solid Snake.
UPDATE (June 28, 2010) - 'Soup reader JohnKiller118 has brought up a good point to me which
may explain what exactly inspired Big Boss to save Solid
Snake and "turn everything back to zero." In his speech, Big Boss implies that it
was Naomi herself who wanted him to tell Snake everything.
"There's one more thing Naomi wanted me to tell you. About the... Old
FOXDIE in your body... The only that mutated. The new FOXDIE inside you continues
to multiply. At the same time... It is preventing the old... Mutated FOXDIE
from reproducing. The new FOXDIE is uprooting the old. Naomi confirmed it in
her follow-up. The mutants are receding. Before long, they'll be gone entirely."
What does this mean? It explains Big Boss' sudden change in behavior. It also
has Naomi's actions more questionable than ever. Was her plan the entire time to
help Big Mama and Ocelot in restoring Big Boss' fucked up version of The Boss' will,
or did she play along only because she believed that, if told everything, Big Boss
will be willing to save Solid Snake? Did she lie to Snake in order to fool The Patriots,
Big Mama and Ocelot... or both?
It's not certain as to why the fuck Big Boss had a change of heart. His "dying"
words were pretty much "FUCK YOU IT'S NOT EVER YET" and yet, upon waking up
and learning some things he decides to prevent Snake's suicide by sacrificing
his own life. Still, he did it. Was this a good thing to do? Certainly a very
selfless thing to do, but it doesn't make Big Boss the hero of the series
"FUCK YOU SNAKE NOT YET ITS NOT OVER GRRR WAR WAR WAR!!!"
"This is good, isn't it?"
In the end of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Luke Skywalker is attacked
by Emperor Palpatine. Darth Vader decides to go up to the Emperor, pick
his ass up, and throw him off a ledge. He dies later as Palpatine attacked
him while he was lifting him. Darth Vader is still a villain though. Yes,
his last act was noble, but he still fucking blew up a planet.
I WANT A CIGAR!
TAKE THIS FUCKING HELMET OFF!!!
Big Boss never actually succeeded in making a never-ending war, but
it was still his intention. Is it necessarily a bad thing to have soldiers
be really important and rage war everywhere? Even Big Boss doesn't seem
to agree with this idea during his last conversation with Snake.
"If you'd been in my place back then, maybe you wouldn't have made
the same mistakes I did."
Falling in front of The Boss' grave, Big Boss comes to a realization.
"It's not about changing the world. It's about doing our best to leave
the world the way it is. It's about respecting the will of others
and believing in your own." Fifty years after hearing The Boss' last
words, Big Boss, "At last" understands "the meaning behind what [she]
did" as well as "the truth behind [her] courage." Big Boss then expresses
his content upon his upcoming death, claiming the civil war between
him and Zero as a "fruitless war."
Even ignoring the fact that Big Boss himself repents what he did before
2014, isn't ending his The Patriots in it's entirety (which was NOT
his original plan) enough? "This is good. Isn't it?" Yes, definitely.
Even then though, it all revolved around Solid Snake. Yes, Solid Snake
was a tool being used by The Patriots. Despite this though, he acted
on behalf of what he felt responsible for. Big Boss kept on insisting
that what he did was what somebody he killed would have wanted.
Also keep in mind that while taking down a system that has mankind
in chains is noble, the original plan was to have Outer Heaven be
in control. Would Big Boss be less of a dick than Zero? Possibly.
Would the world be free, as it becomes when Big Boss kills Zero and
has himself killed? Not at all. Remember, The Patriots was formed
once The Philosophers were killed off. That didn't go so well, did
This is an odd myth article because, to some degree, the myth is correct.
Big Boss does do good at the end. However, if you want to beLIEve
that Big Boss is the hero of the Metal Gear series, then you must
believe that Darth Vader is the hero of the Star Wars series. I mean,
it is Vader himself who ends the empire, right? Luke had nothing to
do with it! Oh, the whole blowing up Alderaan shit was cool, right?
I mean, Vader couldn't have told Tarkin to shut the fuck up, huh?