I’ve always been a big fan of the Metal Gear Solid-series and I’ve always thought that Hideo Kojima’s characters were some of the most interesting in the game culture. He has a a way of writing interesting characters that are part cliché, part supernatural, part real and sometimes really far out - both in terms of backstory, presentation, preferences and… sexuality.
I was actually never able to figure out the last part on my own young as I was when I played my first MGS-games, it wasn’t until I got a new co-worker who was gay and a huge fan of the MGS-series. One day I noticed a tattoo of Gray Fox on the inner side of his upper arm (the one pictured above). I asked him why he had chosen Gray Fox and not one of the bigger characters? He replied that it was because it was his first experience with a really badass character who didn’t take shit from nobody and who could easily dispatch of his enemies while at the same time having strong homosexual vibes in his character and appearance. Over the next couple of weeks I replayed the MGS-games I had available and I noticed that a lot of the characters are experimenting with their sexuality, or should I say that Kojima is the one doing the experimenting. I think it’s incredible promising for the industry that a renowned guy like Kojima is so open to addressing homo-, hetero- and bisexuality in his games.
A great example is the newest MGS: Revengeance that features Raiden as the protagonist. He was a much hated character when he was introduced in MGS 2 back in the days, but now he has a huge following of fans of all sexualities. And he is clearly toying with our perception of what sexuality is. Is he a stereotypical hetero game character who solves every problem with violence or is he a
Once more, I think it’s fantastic that one of the biggest franchises on consoles are actively raising questions of games and sexuality by actively making the question a topic of debate. Just google “Metal Gay Solid” and you will see that the topic is hot both in LGBT and hetero communities. At one point in the fourth installment of the franchise, the confirmed bisexual character Vamp (who sleeps with a male military commander) even has Raiden suspended in iron wires while he is engaging in a little S/M with knives. Shortly thereafter he licks Raidens blood of his knives and the sexual statement is not very subliminal here. Oh, the blood is also white, which is because Raiden is a cyborg - maybe one more reference to the complexity of the character and his sexuality.
Nearly all of the bigger characters (besides from most of the women) in MGS has moments where they are at least playing a little bit with their sexuality. The protagonist Solid Snake is talking to Otacon about how he taught him to love, Ocelot kisses Snake and much, much more.
David Hayter who voiced Solid Snake since it’s introduction to Playstation eved admitted that he was told to play out his scenes with the character Otacon as a romance.
There is so much content regarding sexuality in this franchise that NEEDS to be talked about, researched and analysed.
For a full list of sexual references from the franchise see here: