Kojima discusses some of his favorite characters in the Metal Gear series

In an interview with IGN, Hideo Kojima talked about his favorite characters in the Metal Gear series.

The first should not be a surprise: Snake. This is the character closest to Kojima. He has been in every Metal Gear game since the beginning, and throughout the years his backstory grew.


Kojima also mentions Otacon. Even though he is not very heroic, like Snake, Kojima thinks his role in the series is very important. He also feels this is probably the most relatable character for those who play the Metal Gear games.


Kojima explained he always designs boss battles with two things in mind: how will the player fight them, and how will they fit into the story?

From Metal Gear Solid 1, Kojima likes Vulcan Raven a lot. He likes how the boss battle turned out. After being defeated by Snake, he still keeps standing, and never kneels down.

In Metal Gear Solid 1, you face ever stronger bosses as you progress, but then you come across Psycho Mantis, a skinny, ‘bondage’ character. You may first wonder how he is stronger than the others, but his power comes from his psychic abilities.


In Metal Gear Solid 3, the player faces The End, a legendary sniper. Kojima initially wanted the battle to last two weeks, but the staff advised against this idea.

In the same game, there was also The Sorrow. The fight against him was unique, because he was a ghost, a boss that did not exist, and the player has to defeat him by bringing himself back to life.

You can watch the entire interview for yourself below.

Source: IGN UK

  • Janeo

    It’s really hard to decide your favourite character there are so many I like it’s so hard to choose. I think the cast from peace walker might be my favourite I got to know them more then any other characters because I sat through all there tapes

  • PrinceHeir

    Good stuff 😀

    Though was hoping which “Snake” is his favorite. Solid, Liquid, or even Solidus??

    I think one of the most unique boss fights we Raven from MGS1. Even though it was easier in Twin Snake(thanks to the ability to manual change the camera angles)

    The original game was in overhead view and you have to rely on your first person view in order to plan you attack. It’s even harder when there’s no radar on it.

    I remember i planted multiple traps, and sometimes i get blown up by one of the traps i set up because i forgot most of them was in place due to the change of angles when you move around.

    The Best Boss fight for me was Young Ocelot from MGS3. I never felt a duel like this can this be exhilarating! Love the taunts you can do so you can initiate a showdown with him 😀

  • Theo Heisenberg Constantine

    i am tired of people asking him who is fav character is i want to know what is his least favorite character. i want to know what character in the mgs series does he not like or whatever.

  • William of Orange

    PFWEEERRTFH*Spits out his coffee*.TWO WEEKS?!! We were tasked to destroy the shagohod and eliminate the Bosswithin two weeks!

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