Five characters that could make an appearance in The Phantom Pain


Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will have its share of new characters, characters like Quiet and Code Talker, as well as feature some familiar faces such as Miller and Ocelot. Additionally, the time period and setting of the game make some reappearances of existing characters a good possibility. Kojima stated that Snake’s story in MGSV will partially be told through his interaction with other people around him. Big Boss played an important part in the lives of these five characters, so the potential for them to add something to the story is certainly there.


Gray Fox / Frank Jaeger


Big Boss found Frank Jaeger and his adopted ‘sister’ (Naomi Hunter) in Africa somewhere in the eighties. He took them both in, and Frank Jaeger would later join Big Boss to fight for him. Their first encounter adds up both timeline-wise and location-wise with The Phantom Pain, making their appearances in the game quite possible. As we know, Naomi would later become a very important character in the series, eventually helping to bring down The Patriots’ reign. From the moment Big Boss saved her and her brother, she would always remain on his side. It would be very intriguing to see either of them return, especially Gray Fox. He’s one of the most beloved characters in the series, and yet we’ve never seen him as a normal human being, aside from some artworks (not counting Portable Ops). Not to mention he would later join Big Boss’ Outer Heaven, after first fighting against it, so his relationship with Big Boss is certainly an interesting one. There’s lots of potential to further explore the ties between the two. Needless to say it would be amazing if he had a role in the game, and seeing how it’s very plausible given the setting, this is not just idle hope.


Zero / Cypher / David Oh


We can already assume Zero (or ‘Cypher’) will play an important role in the story. He was mentioned in Ground Zeroes, and at the end it is suggested Paz told Skull Face his secret location. In The Phantom Pain, both Big Boss and Kaz, as well as Skull Face are after Zero, and it is even implied the two groups join up in some way.
At the end of MGS4, Big Boss mentioned how he hasn’t been face to face with Zero for a long time. We know that Zero doesn’t go out in the open, so it makes sense that he will not appear in person in The Phantom Pain. Still, it’s not impossible. Maybe we get to see him in a cutscene. Maybe we will at least hear him talk – we haven’t heard him speak since MGS3. It would certainly be interesting to see a small glimpse of Big Boss’ arch enemy, and the elusive leader of the mysterious shadow organization known as The Patriots. “Did Zero really hate me?” Big Boss wonders in MGS4. “Or… did he fear me?”




We have only seen EVA in two different periods on the timeline: when she and Big Boss met during Operation Snake Eater in 1964, and 50 years later, when she was the leader of the resistance group Paradise Lost, trying to free Big Boss and end The Patriots once and for all. Aside from that, we know Big Boss rescued her in Hanoi in 1971, after which she joined The Patriots. She contacted Big Boss during the events of Peace Walker by sending him a cassette tape with a recording revealing more about the life of The Boss. EVA played an important part in the Les Enfants Terribles project, and contrary to Big Boss, she treasured her clone ‘children’.
It is clear that EVA cared about Big Boss from the moment they met until the moment she died, and she sided with him against Zero. Did they meet at any point after 1971? Right now it’s not clear, but it’s certainly possible they meet up in The Phantom Pain.


Chico / Ricardo Valenciano Libre


It is unclear what happened to Chico at the end of Ground Zeroes. Did he die in the helicopter crash, or did he survive, like Snake and Kaz? He could have, since he was the one farthest from the explosion, with Snake being a lot closer to it. Chico was a pretty important character in both Peace Walker and Ground Zeroes, so having him play a role in The Phantom Pain’s story would make sense. It would also tie in with MGSV’s theme of revenge: after all, he was tortured and saw the person he cared about explode before his eyes, all for the sake of Skull Face’s little scheme. He has plenty of reasons to be enraged with this character, and it could be interesting to see him return as a grown up, darker character who is driven by revenge. Kojima Productions also stated that ‘every character in the game has lost something’, and Chico certainly fits the bill.


Solid Snake


If we assume Eli is Liquid (and there are plenty of indications that he is), than it isn’t such a stretch to expect Solid Snake will be in the game as well. As the game takes place in 1984, he would make an appearance as a 12-year old child, like Liquid, but some fans theorize the game could also make another jump in time to the events of Outer Heaven, when Solid Snake was a young and relatively green soldier.
When asked about Solid Snake’s appearance in MGSV, Kojima said he couldn’t either confirm or deny it, since he wouldn’t want to spoil it for the players:  He did say in an earlier interview that he isn’t done with the character Solid Snake yet.
It had to be said that nothing in the timeline suggests Solid Snake met Big Boss at any point before joining FOXHOUND, so it’s not likely there will be an encounter between him and his in-madness-descending father. But if Kojima intends to close the circle with this game, as he suggested, ending with Solid Snake infiltrating Outer Heaven to defeat his old mentor may be the perfect way. In any case, Solid Snake is obviously one of the most important and beloved characters of the series, and many fans would be pleased to see him again.


Of course, there are more existing characters who could make an appearance in the game (Psycho Mantis, anyone?), and knowing Kojima, he will probably surprise us one way or another. At this point we aren’t even told of the full timespan or locations that will be present in this game, so who knows what’s in store for us? All the more reason to be excited!

  • SonOfBigBoss

    found this on internet

    • ray ex

      Interesting…in deep my heart

    • im a dot

      just reminds about this is the best game ever and that id sell everything for it

      • ThreeMadFrogs

        I’ll give you five bucks.

  • César H. Sandoval

    Please, no more Chico. his character arc as well as the one of Paz is done.

    I don’t need to see him anymore.

    • I strongly disagree here. Continuing with this character would fit perfectly with the revenge theme and darker mood of TPP. Seeing him return 9 years later as a grim, bitter man would be very interesting.

      • Daburcor

        And, BOY would he be both of those things! I know *I* would!

        • Yeah, he has good reasons to be.

      • César H. Sandoval

        I don’t really think he has the stuff to even become a grim/bitter man, he was always weak and a cowardly kid who believed war was a game and whose actions were always poorly planned, even while in torture, Paz was the stronger of the pair.

        Being dead is the only natural course for a kid like that who gets in the middle of a warzone; Amanda was the strong one in the family, not him, if he survived, I can only see him becoming a person like Otacon, trying to support the actual fighters from behind the lines, while still beign his doubtful and kinda whinny self, but grim and bitter? I highly doubt it, his personality wouldn’t match that kind of person.

        • Yes, but it would have changed him. ‘War transforms us.’ There are more characters who are going through dramatic changes. Besides, in PW and GZ he’s still a kid really, he’s just 12 years old.

          • César H. Sandoval

            Well, I agree that anything can happen and that Hideo may still tell a good story with him; but I feel is not really necessary anymore; after GZ destroying Big Boss’s past life as an heroic merc and puting him on a darker path thanks to losing MSF and the “innocent” guys like Chico; we’ll have to wait and see I guess.

          • cardboardbox engineer

            good point, however i think nyxus is right, chico has changed ,,, from that cuban kid to the tired child we see in gz,, i believe the whole point of creating this character was to see him transform into something else,, the other character i would like to see is amanda.

  • ray ex

    Its gonna be interesting

  • from these options i think the most interesting are Gray Fox And Solid, i would also like to see an appearance by Decoy Octopus in V

    • Venom Snake

      Decoy Octopus could be voiced by Troy Baker, i mean from the confirmed Cast Troy Baker is the one able to be Decoy Octopus, to be a realistic Decoy Octopus.

  • XIFF-5

    I WANT RAIDEN!!! No I am joking 🙂
    Indeed I want to see SOLID SNAKE and GRAY FOX.

  • Rikimaru

    No matter how much we expect from a Metal Gear game, Kojima always surprises us in a good way of course. I’d love to play the game but I’m keeping my anxiety at bay for now, I’m sure it will be an amazing experience!

  • Zlatan

    Nyxus, could you add one more answer to the poll? “all of them”.
    I basically can’t decide which one i want to see the most… If you ask me it’s time for Zero to show himself finally…

    • No, I’m going to make you choose. 😛

  • moto hellogoto

    If solid Snake is in TPP then I am going to lose my freaking mind (in a good way)

  • moto hellogoto

    I wonder what Solid Snake is like as a kid. I imagine eli is a little brat lol, so maybe young Solid is more calm and collected?

    • ThreeMadFrogs

      My thought would be that he’s eager to be great. Maybe a bit like Meryl before she had her eyes opened.

  • PrinceHeir

    Was Zero’s other name was David Oh?

    I’m actually having doubts Gray Fox will be appearing in this game since Kojima has shown zero hints or anything of him appearing.

    Not to mention his JPN VA died and Kojima was reluctant on bringing the character back(maybe that’s why Raiden was the reason he became a Ninja). Same thing with Campbell who’s VA passed away last 2012.
    i won’t be surprise if he appears in the next MGS, but not TPP.

    Eva will definitely be appear, but probably just cameo and not like a support member living in Diamond Dogs.

    Lol it would be funny if Kojima pulled something like Chico being Gray Fox XD

    Solid Snake will definitely be appear, i guess it’s no surprise the Eli is Liquid after all. I hope they could finally fix the history and confirm once and for all that Liquid and Solid Snake did meet and trained under the same camp. Liquid says he never met Big Boss, yet it clearly shows him interacting with Big Boss(assuming Eli is Liquid).

    The Boss will appear through flashbacks, i have to wonder if The Sorrow will make an appearance since he did appeared in MGS4.

    One character i would like to appear is Sniper Wolf or Naomi. But since Kojima already put lots of new characters here. I guess he’ll have to save them on the next MGS along with Frank Jaeger.

    • David Oh is Zero’s real name.

      Liquid and Solid never met before the Shadow Moses Incident, unless Kojima decides to change that. There are things he will adapt, so it’s hard to make predictions.

  • David Calderon Huerta I Did This For all the Metal gear Solid Fans ! Oo

    PD: Frank Jaeger Is Venom Snake.

    • ThreeMadFrogs

      No he’s not.

  • MichaelPayneV

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    The countdown as well.

    So, whoever can capture at Footage, please do it.

  • Fraaancis

    Eva and Big Boss reunion would be so intriguing to see.

    • MichaelPayneV

      Yeah, Imagine Eva finding Big Boss with Quiet doing some…Crawling Training…in Bed…no clothes.

      [ ! ]

      • Diego Guedes

        Huhaeuhauhaeuh LOL

  • LukesAlike

    I’m gonna throw speculation to the wind and surprise myself.

    Although Eli is clearly Liquid…

  • MichaelPayneV

    Ground Zeroes PC in 4K Off Scree from the Nvidia Booth.
    That’s all we have so Far.

  • Will

    Eyo, Big Boss already met Frank Jaeger. Frank Jaeger is Null from portable ops.

    • True, but we don’t really know if that’s still considered canon, or if that’s one of the ‘details’ Kojima considers to be off.

      • Will

        Good point my friend

  • SpiralKingFluffy

    Seriously? No Solidus or Raiden?

    They were 100% involved in the child soldiers fiasco taking place in africa the mid 80’s as well as being in the middle east in the mid 80’s.

    • This was just a selection, there are more characters you can think of of course.

    • Zeldaocto

      Raiden would have been around 4 years old in 1984, not to mention, the game most likely doesn’t take place in Liberia.

  • Hanna-Mari

    Poll should be like ” Which of these characters you don’t want to see in TPP?” Oh yeah, it’s chico. But no, Nyxus makes our life harder with hard polls.

  • andy

    Chico is Quiet 🙂

    • daftguy


    • AgitAngst

      The truth is…Chico is the dude that have bandages all over his head that helps Big Boss in the hospital!

  • Big_Boss88

    I wonder how Solid Snake look like as a kid or what kind of personality he would have :). I hope we meet few of these characters in TPP if not all!

    About Chico, well I’m not sure about him. As we haven’t seen him at all in TPP trailers, it makes me think something horrible happens to him after GZ ending :(. Or then Kojima just might keep his fate as a secret and he really could be in TPP.

    But as we hear in GZ Skull Face’s favorite song few times, it makes me think that not only Paz disappears but Chico too. To further enrage Big Boss for losing him.
    “Here’s To You Chico and Paz…rest forever here in our hearts.”

    Some might say it’s maybe a bit far fetched, but it’s what I think anyway that the song gives that meaning.

  • Ninja_Se7eN

    Oh boy, I can’t wait to get Gray Fox, Quiet and Diamond Dog into a chopper and go wreck some caos in Afghanistan :D!

  • August74

    I’d really like to see child-soldier-crazy-murderer Raiden.

  • From The Distant Future


    Frank has to make an appearance. It’s like you said, “Their first encounter adds up both timeline-wise and location-wise with The Phantom Pain.” I can not fathom a great opportunity like this one being missed especially by Hideo Kojima. As we know, Frank will one day become Big Boss’ most trusted lieutenant. A relationship between the two has to happen as well. Seeing their relationship grow will be interesting and hopefully enthralling. I have no doubt in my mind he’ll appear. I’d be surprise if he didn’t, really.

    2. Zero / Cypher / David Oh

    Zero is the “big bad wolf” in the entire series. He’ll have a pivotal role in one form or another.

    3. EVA

    I think it’s reasonable for Big Mama to make an appearance. Perhaps she is looking for her twins? Maybe, they (Patriots, Skull Face, etc.?) taken them from her and she’s looking for them? Or maybe she meets up with the man she fell in love with only to see someone different. Idk, however, many possibilities can rise with her making an appearance.

    4. Chico


    5. Solid Snake


    Who would I like to see make an appearance? It’s hard. My inner-fanboy shouts Solid Snake, but anyone of these characters can make the game that more interesting. Frank – We’ll see his relationship with Big Boss grow as Frank will gain his trust completely and Big Boss will gain his loyalty unquestionably. Zero – He’ll bring out the worst in Big Boss- his emotions particularly hatred, loathe, and anger all of which can disrupt his choices on the right thing to do. Eva – She can be the one to slow him down on mass murdering, make him think before acting, show the errors in his ways, perhaps “love” can bloom between them before something huge happens and Big Boss shuts her out completely. Chico – the guy that might keep Big Boss walking down the wrong path. Things get so crazy between them they end up fighting or whatever. Finally, the legend himself…SOLID SNAKE! I really don’t need to say anything. Let’s leave this small part unknown until we see it for the first time while gaming ‘Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain’.

  • Likwid

    Venom Snake – Big Boss
    Punished Snake – Gray Fox

  • Dtoxz

    ” He did say in an earlier interview that he isn’t done with the character Solid Snake yet.”

    -That is all I have ever wanted to hear. Ever.

  • Soviette

    1. Grey Fox – I doubt it. No hints or insinuation that he will be appearing and I think Kojima has said in the past he’s not a big fan of GF.

    2. Zero / Cipher – Yes, definitely. If not in person, then we’ll probably hear his voice. Ground Zeroes seems to hype us up to encounter him at some point.

    3. EVA – I hope so. I can’t quite imagine what role she would play, but it’d be a shame if she doesn’t play a role in The Phantom Pain, given the fact she’s quite prominent.

    4. Chico – I suspect that he’s dead, personally. Like Paz. I think the themes of “revenge” only apply to Big Boss and Kaz, and Chico’s death will be one of the many MSF deaths that need to be avenged.

    5. Solid Snake – I’m honestly not sure. We’re 99.9% sure Eli is Kid Liquid, so why shouldn’t we see the other twin. Though it’s clear in MGS1 that Solid and Liquid never met each other prior to that point – Snake didn’t even know Liquid existed, and Liquid Snake was jealous of Snake since Big Boss told him he was the inferior one.

    Other characters that could appear in TPP

    Strangelove – Even though she’d left MSF by the time GZ took place, a KP Alert suggested she’ll be appearing, which is good news I think, she was one of my favourites in PW.

    Paramedic / Sigint – They’re Patriots, nuff said.

    Amanda – 50/50 chance, really. If Chico is dead, then she’ll undoubtedly want revenge for her kid brother like Big Boss. She forged her loyalty in with Big Boss and MSF, so there’s no reason that loyalty wouldn’t continue years later.

    Cecile – Definitely won’t appear

    We’ll see how right/wrong I am come September…….

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