With Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes already released and The Phantom Pain on its way, you will soon be able to witness the transformation of Big Boss into a man fueled by revenge.
For the newcomers who want to understand MGS history, or the veterans who want to rediscover Big Boss’ legacy, here’s a summary of the events that lead to Metal Gear Solid V.
*BIG SPOILERS! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!*
In this article, we will also talk about real events that happened in real life and real organisations of real countries will be shown in blue.
April: Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev, later First Secretary of the Communist Party ofthe Soviet Union, is born.
Aleksandr Leonovitch Granin is born. He will be the scientist who will develop the concept for the first bipedal tank, Metal Gear.
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Nikolai Stepanovich Sokolov, a great scientist, is born.
27th August: Lyndon Baines Johnson, future 36th President of the United States, is born.
12th August: David OH, alias Major Zero, is born.
The Philosophers are founded after a secret meeting, the Wisemen’s Committee, by the wealthiest men of the United States, Soviet Union and China. They put their fortunes together, called the Philosophers’ Legacy, in order to lead the world from behind the scenes, to maintain peace all around the world.
The GRU (USSR), Glavnoye Razvedyvatel’noye Upravleniye (Main Intelligence Directorate), is established.
29th May: John Fitzgerald Kennedy is born.
The Joy, also known as The Boss, is born. She is and will be the last child born of one of the founders of the Philosophers and will be the future mentor of Naked Snake.
The Joy → The Boss
The last former Philosophers dies and leaves the organisation without any ethics or morals as its members now maintain wars for their own interests.
John, the future Naked Snake and Big Boss, also known as Jack, is born.
John / Jack → Naked Snake → Big Boss
15th May: “EVA“, also known as “Tatyana” and, in the future, as “Big Mama“, is born.
22nd June: Dr.Clark, alias Para-Medic, is born.
11th November: Donald Anderson, also known as Sigint, is born.
The Manhattan Project (US) officially starts and Huey Emmerich‘s father, and so Hal Emmerich‘s grandfather, participates.
The Joy creates the Cobra Unit which will later be composed of herself, The Pain, The End, The Fury, The Fear and The Sorrow.
The Pain, The Fear, The End, The Joy, The Sorrow & The Fury
6th June: The Joy gives birth to Adamska, known in the future as Revolver Ocelot, on a battlefield during the Normandy landings. He is snatched away from her and raised by agents of the Philosophers.The dad is none other than The Sorrow. Giving birth by caesarean section in the middle of the battle field, The Joy will have a scar which looks like a snake on her body.
6th August: Huey Emmerich is born. The US drop a nuke on Hiroshima.
9th August: The US drop a nuke on Nagazaki.
After the end of World War II, Boris Volgin, an agent of the Russian branch of the Philosophers and also father of Ievgueni Borisovitch Volgin,known in the future as Colonel Volgin, takes advantage of the confusion to seize the Philosophers’ Legacy. It is laundered in several banks from all around the world. A microfilm has the record of all the transactions.
The 3 Philosophers branches start to split up, which will bring even more tension to the Cold War.
The race to conquer space begins.
Philosophers‘ branches: US, USSR & China
Kazuhira Miller, also known as Kaz, McDonell Benedict Miller or, in the future, as Master Miller, is born.
The CIA (US), Central Intelligence Agency, is established.
The Joy disbands the Cobra Unit and becomes The Boss. She then returns to the United States while The Sorrow returns to Soviet Union.
Pacifica Ocean, alias Paz Ortega Andrade or simply Paz, is born.
John, the future Naked Snake, becomes the disciple of The Boss. They develop a new technique of close combat that The Boss created: the CQC (Close Quarters Combat).
John & The Boss
June: The Special Force Group, the “Green Berets“, is established.
4th November: The NSA (US), National Security Agency, is established.
September: Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev becomes the First Secretary of the Communist Party ofthe Soviet Union.
13th March: The KGB (USSR), Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti (Committee for State Security), is created.
29th July: The IAEA, International Atomic Energy Agency, is founded.
4th October: Sputnik 1, the Russian satellite, is launched in space.
1st February: Explorer 1, the American satellite, is launched in space.
1st October: The NASA (US), National Aeronautics and Space Administration, is established.
The Mercury Program (US) starts.
12th June: The Boss abandons Naked Snake to go for a confidential mission.
Ievgueni Borisovitch Volgin inherits the microfilm containing the Philosophers’ Legacy after the death of his father.
Volgin & the microfilm
The Boss is in direct contact with a double agent, put in place by herself, infiltrated within the Soviet Union space program to provide a lot of information to NASA. At the end, this information proves to be intentionally incorrect, which slows down the progression of the Mercury Program.
September: ADAM and EVA, two NSA agents, defect to the Soviet Union.
20th January: John Fitzgerald Kennedy assumes office as the 35th President of the United States.
12th April: The Boss is secretly sent into space by the United States and almost becomes, unofficially, the first person in space.
Yuri Gagarin is the first man in space. “The Earth is blue” he says.
15th April: The Bay of Pigs Invasion takes place with the approval ofJohn Fitzgerald Kennedy. By approving the invasion, John Fitzgerald Kennedy acts against the interests of the Philosophers.
Ricardo Valenciano Libre, alias Chico, is born.
The Boss then goes to the Soviet Union where she discovers that her double agent has been turned by The Sorrow, her former lover. Because of the involvement of the Philosophers in this spying situation, she has to kill The Sorrow as the organisation asks them to fight each other to the death, otherwise their child, Ocelot, will be killed.
The Sorrow killed by The Boss
Major Zero creates the FOX Unit, a special services division previously established by the CIA. It is also known as Force Operation X. John is part of the organisation.
14th – 28th October: Cuban missile crisis.
13th August: The Moscow–Washington hotline, also known as the “Red Telephone”, is created between the Pentagon and the Kremlin to allow direct communication between the leaders of United States and Russia.
24th August: Hideo Kojima is born.
22nd November: John Fitzgerald Kennedy is assassinated (supposedly by the Philosophers). Lyndon Baines Johnson becomes the 36th President of the United States.
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
24th August: Virtuous Mission
30th August – 2nd September: Operation Snake Eater
The existence of the Philosophers’ Legacy and the first concept for Metal Gear is revealed. Naked Snake meets Ocelot and Tatyana (EVA), works with Major Zero, Para-Medic and Sigint and also eliminates the Cobra Unit. In the end, he destroys the Shagohod, kills Colonel Volgin and The Boss, his mentor, and brings half of the Philosophers’ Legacy back to the CIA. Despite the fact that she has a been a real hero, a true patriot until the end, The Boss will be seen as a war criminal in the eyes of the entire world. Naked Snake, in spite of his grudge against all of this, earns the name Big Boss. On his side,Ocelot brings the blueprint for the first Metal Gear‘s concept back to the CIA.
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Somehow, Ocelot manages to recover the missing half of the Legacy later.
15th October: Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev is ousted from power.
Sigint joins ARPA, Advanced Research Projects Agency.
Big Boss rescues a young soldier called Frank Jaeger, later known as Null, the Perfect Soldier and, many years later, as Grey Fox. Frank will then be taken by the CIA (and so also the Philosophers) and used as a test subject in the “Perfect Soldier Project”.
EVA disappears in Hanoï.
Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops
Big Boss meets Roy Campbell and destroys the first model of Metal Gear which has been stolen by some members of the FOX Unit who have gone renegade. He also meets Gene, a super-soldier created by the Philosophers and modelled on The Boss as part of the “Successor Project”. After being defeated, Gene accepts Big Boss as the true successor to The Boss and gives him everything (soldiers, funds, plans…) that he will need to create his “Army’s Heaven”, the future “Outer Heaven”. Ocelot, under the orders of Zero who had orchestrated everything since the beginning, kills the Director of the CIA and seizes the other half of the Philosophers’ Legacy.
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Major Zero disbands the FOX Unit. However, Big Boss will still wear the badge in homage to his first unit.
After having hunted the FOX Unit‘srebels during the San Hieronymo events and with the help of other soldiers rescued on site, Big Boss and Roy Campbell create a new unit, FOX HOUND.
Major Zero, with the help of Ocelot, now has the entirety of the Philosophers’ Legacy and after having killed the last members of the Philosophers he changes the name of the US branch of the Philosophers into the Patriots, also called La-Li-Lu-Le-Lo. They will control every aspect of the US government. Besides Zero, the Patriots are also composed of Ocelot, Sigint and Para-Medic. Big Boss, who joins them for a short period of time, is turned into a mascot by Zero who uses his legendary status for his own purposes. Later, Big Boss finds EVA in Hanoï and she joins the Patriots. Zero wants to follow a version of The Boss‘ ideology that puts him in control of everything. Quickly Zero and Big Boss‘ ideologies begin to diverge…
FOX HOUND is now operational and composed of Zero, Para-Medic, Sigint, Ocelot, Frank Jaeger, Roy Campbell and Big Boss.
25th December: Yoji Shinkawa is born.
The “Les Enfants Terribles” (French for The Terrible Children) Project is carried out by Zero, who is helped by Para-Medic. As a result of the project, Solid Snake (David), Liquid Snake and, later, Solidus Snake (George Sears) will be created from Big Boss‘ DNA. EVA is the surrogate mother.
Big Boss leaves the Patriots after he finds out about the “Les Enfants Terribles” Project and because he doesn’t agree with the direction Zero is taking to fulfil The Boss‘ wish. Big Boss meets Kazuhira Miller during a mission, saves him and asks him to join his unit. Big Boss then forms “Militaires Sans Frontières” (French for Soldiers Without Borders) with him.
After that, the Patriots start to fall apart: Sigint and Para-Medic stills follow Zero‘s vision while Ocelot and EVA are more following Big Boss‘ vision but stay on Zero‘s side for now.
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
The “Militaires Sans Frontières” headquarters is relocated offshore in the Caribbean and called Mother Base. A new Metal Gear has been built, equipped with an Artificial Intelligence based on the psychology of The Boss. Big Boss meets the Sandinistas with Amanda and Chico. He crosses the path of Coldman (a CIA member who wants to create a infallible retaliation machine and bombard the USSR) and Zadornov (a KGB member who wants the US to be hated by the rest of the world). Against all odds, a nuclear crisis and the inevitable retaliations are avoided. Finally, Big Boss has to neutralise his own Metal Gear which has been stolen by Paz, a secret agent sent by Zero, alias Cipher, to convince Big Boss to join him back. Paz is ejected into the ocean and Big Boss has to carry on with “Militaires Sans Frontières”, known in the future as “Outer Heaven”, with the entire world eyes on them.
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These events will confirm Zero and Big Boss‘ grudge against each other,making it irreversibly strong.
Later, EVA leaves the Patriots.
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
Paz survived after drifting into the ocean and has been rescued by fishermen. Cipher (Zero), thinking that she could have had defected to “Militaires Sans Frontières” side, captures her and has his agents interrogate her in a US naval base in Cuba, called Camp Omega. Chico, who has feelings for Paz, decides to save her but is also captured. Big Boss and Kaz receive a distress call from Chico. Big Boss has no other choice than to save him. He also has to rescue Paz, who could reveal a lot of information about “Militaires Sans Frontières” to Cipher but also provide information about Cipher to him. By listening to the cassette tapes, Big Boss will discover a lot more about Paz, what happened in the Camp Omega and what the goal of Skull Face is. At the same time, Mother Base is being inspected by the IAEA…
End of the “Les Enfants Terribles” Project.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Bound to Hell, Venom Snake, the Fallen Legend, will have his Revenge and his Outer Heaven…