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|“||We're losing our place in a world that no longer needs us. A world that now spurns our very existence. You should know that as well as I do. After I launch this weapon and get our billion dollars, we'll be able to bring chaos and honor back to this world gone soft.||„|
|~ Liquid Snake|
Liquid Snake is the main antagonist of the video game Metal Gear Solid, as well as the GameCube remake Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes. He is a clone of Big Boss created alongside Solid Snake.
In the video game Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, he appears as a supporting antagonist as a child, and frequently causes problems for Venom Snake. By the end of the game, he directly instigates the climax, and can be considered one of the game's primary antagonists.
In English, he was voiced by Cam Clarke in Metal Gear Solid and Metal Gear Solid 2, and by Piers Stubbs in The Phantom Pain. I n Japanese, he was voiced by Banjō Ginga in Metal Gear Solid and by Yūtarō Honjō in The Phantom Pain.
Super Smash Bros.
Liquid Snake appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as a sticker that increases any character's amount of health restored when eating food. He also appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a legendary grab type spirit, with his spirit battle being against Snake on Shadow Moses Island with increased physical power and the stage covered in a poisonous cloud.
Liquid Snake was best described as an uncompromising, obnoxious, vengeful, arrogant, and extroverted person with a lack of compassion and loyalty to his allies and only seeing them as expendable pawns at best. This contrasted to that of his brother Solid Snake who was calm, collected, and much kinder and loyal to his friends in spite of his bonds with them repeatedly put into a test. He was incredibly resentful and bitter towards Big Boss, believing he had been knowingly chosen by the man to be his "inferior" clone, whereas his brother Solid Snake was endowed with "superior" genes. His resentments was so immense that it overpowered both Skull Face and Volgin's control over Tretij Rebenok aka. Psycho Mantic (both of whom did so due to their mutual hatred of Big Boss) where it rendered Skull Face extremely incredulous to the point of losing his composure, reacting violently even the mere mention of the subject of fathers or parents, and even attacked Venom Snake for simply attempted to be friendly towards him. In addition, he bore hatred towards the Patriots as he had hunted them down for some time, and vowed to deal with them in such a gruesome and unpleasant manner enough to "cause even the reaper's stomach to turn." Despite his nature, Liquid was shown to be merciful and possess some skewed sense of pride and honor by letting Snake live to fight him unbound and unarmed in a one-on-one duel as well as spared Meryl when Ocelot offered to kill her. Owing to his arrogance however, he did so partly so he can use her as a pawn against Snake and further inflating his ego. He was also shown to be manipulative, as he was able to persuade anyone to get what he wants and even imitate others, but has trouble maintaining a disguise when excited.
Even as a child, he has already possessed psychopathic behavior stemmed from learning about his heritage, which exacerbated by his handlers' mistreatments of him prior to his escape in Africa. This even disturbed Miller who described him as having an "attitude problem". He despised adult authority and hated being treated as a kid, as when Venom Snake patted him on the back in friendly manner, Liquid almost immediately tried to kill him by taking his knife, only to have his right arm dislocated, which Snake immediately put back after lecturing him about respect and loyalty. He was also shown to have a lot of self-loathing to the extent of being suicidal in his younger years, as evidenced by his comment about freeing himself from his cursed heritage when about to fight Venom Snake, his lamentation about his fate being written into his genes, as well as his deeply considering suicide until he was convinced otherwise. He ultimately decided to prove himself superior, breaking free from what his genes had determined and even more than happy to tarnish Big Boss' name. He also largely believed for the same reasons that he couldn't become anything else than a soldier, and wouldn't have the right to even possess a real name, reacting angrily at one point when Snake claimed that he did have a name other than his codename. His loathing of his real name had been there since his youth, as he reacted violently when one of his fellow soldiers addressed him as such. Ironically, his brother Snake managed to proved what he wanted to prove and never realized that he already had superior genes all along until his demise.
Powers and Abilities
- Cloned Physiology: Liquid is a highly advanced soldier due to his genetic engineering. As result of his genetic engineering where he endowed with Big Boss' superior soldier genes, he possesses higher endurance, enhanced strength, speed, durability, recovery rate and a genius-level intellect.
- Enhanced Survivalist: By the events of Metal Gear Solid, Liquid demonstrated that he is able to survive numerous events that would kill others, which is best displayed throughout the fights against Solid Snake where the only thing that can kill him being the FOXDIE virus Naomi injected into Snake's system.
- Genius-Level Intellect: He possesses an IQ of 180. Due to his superior intelligence, Liquid became the squad commander of FOXHOUND, spoke seven languages (English, French, Spanish, Malay). His intellect, along with his charisma, enable him to persuade and manipulate others to get what he wants.
- Impersonation: His advanced intellect and charisma also enable him to assume the disguise of Miller near-flawlessly as long as he not undergo intense emotions and in his pre-teens, forming a militia of child soldiers in Africa.
|“||Have at you, Snake!||„|
|~ Liquid to Solid Snake|
- Master Combatant: Due to his superior genetics, he was better than the average soldier, easily disarming and pinning one to the ground. Even as a child, he can hold his own against body-double of Big Boss, Venom Snake, in hand to hand combat, dodging and countering his CQC attacks and even evading his gunfire while pinning him to a metal wall with a plastic chair. As he got older, his fighting and physical prowess had strengthened even more able to fight his twin, Solid Snake on nearly equal footing. His fighting style seems to be comprised of Boxing, Wrestling, Taekwondo, Karate, Krav Maga, Muay Thai, Jujitsu, and Judo.
- Special Forces Training: He became the youngest member of the Special Air Service, excelling at parachuting, rappelling, Scuba diving, free climbing, and use in small arms and military vehicles.
- Vehicular Intuition: Liquid was also an especially adept pilot; as demonstrated by his piloting of a Hind D during a blizzard when the gunship's IR and navigation systems were nonfunctional, especially in combat against two F-16s, as well as co-pilot it from within the weapons operator's cockpit, which Revolver Ocelot attributed to the successes of the "Les Enfant Terribles" project. He would later use the same chopper to combat Snake.
- FAMAS Assault rifle: Liquid used this assault rifle when attempting to kill Snake and Merryl while they tried to escape the base.
- Hind D: Liquid used this helicopter to take on two F-16's and during two attempts to kill Solid Snake.
- Metal Gear REX: Liquid was able to pilot Metal Gear Rex after tricking Solid Snake into activating it.
- Liquid speaks with a British accent due to him growing up in the UK and has some Japanese heritage from the egg donor in the Les Enfants Terribles.
- According to the cardboard box trophy in Super Smash Bros Brawl, Liquid, like Solid Snake and Big Boss, is fond of cardboard boxes.
- In the original script for Metal Gear Solid 2, Liquid was to have faked his death from FOXDIE and to be the main villain of at least the tanker chapter, but was scrapped.
- This concept was later arguably recycled by having Ocelot created his Liquid persona to become the latter's mental doppelganger with the use of Liquid's arm grafted in place of his original one that previously cut off by Gray Fox coupled with hypnosis and psychotherapy, drugs, and nanomachines all as means of lowering the Patriots' guard. However, Ocelot later forced to replace the arm with prosthetic one because of mental imbalance in form of Liquid persona's tendency to take over whenever Snake is around even in less-appropriate times, potentially putting his plan against the Patriots into the risk.
- In Metal Gear Solid 4, a ghost of Liquid appears in the cockpit of REX's remains if a photo is taken of it.