Mistaking Big Boss for Solid Snake has Given Rise to the "No! That is not Solid Snake" Meme. 8Bit/Digi

A Mix up of the Three Snakes.

Gotta love the humor of the Metal Gear Solid fandom. No! That is not Solid Snake has become a new meme among Metal Gear fans after many news outlets mistook Big Boss or Punished Snake for the iconic character when reporting on Oscar Isaac being cast in the role.

Just to recap; Oscar Isaac is set to play Solid Snake in the upcoming movie adaptation of Metal Gear Solid. When reporting on the announcement, many news outlets used either a photo of Big Boss or Venom Snake instead of Solid Snake (who are different characters).

It should be noted that many media outlets have been quick to admit they used the wrong photo and have apologized to their readers.

Who Are the Snakes?

To those unfamiliar with the lore, Solid Snake is a clone of Big Boss designed by the Patriots to be the perfect soldier (which is why they almost look a like). Venom Snake is a body double who has been conditioned to believe he is Big Boss following the attack on Mother Base.

Solid Snake was the main character in Metal Gear, Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake along with Metal Gear Solid, Sons of Liberty and Guns of the Patriots. The story of Big Boss would begin in Snake Eater followed by Peace Walker and Ground Zeroes. He would also appear as the villain in Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake. Venom Snake would be the main character in The Phantom Pain and the villain in Metal Gear.

It’s also important to remember that Solid Snake does not have an eye patch.

Mistaking Big Boss for Solid Snake has Given Rise to the "No! That is not Solid Snake" Meme. 8Bit/Digi

“No! That is not Solid Snake” Meme

This mix up has given rise to the meme “No! That is not Solid Snake”. Using a clip and quote from Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, it has become a common reaction to the mix up. The clip is when Raiden first encounters Solidus Snake (who is pretending to be and introduces himself as Solid Snake). It’s then when the real Solid Snake appears to call out the imposter, resulting in the start of a boss fight.

You could find these reaction on Twitter and Facebook posts along with Metal Gear Solid groups and forums. Many have used the image and some have just used the quote. Here are some examples of the “No! That is not Solid Snake” meme that I found.

Got love it when fans take a mix up as an opportunity to make some hilarious memes.

Returning to Shadow Moses

Oscar Isaac is set to star as Solid Snake in the movie adaptation of Metal Gear Solid. It was the third game in the series and it was released for the PlayStation in 1998. The game has been praised as one of the best for the PlayStation and solidified Hideo Kojima’s legacy as an industry icon. Currently, there has been rumors and a push to remake it for Next-Gen consoles.

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  1. Or this shows what happens when fake news sites only hire SJW to meet a diversity quota instead of hiring real fans and experts

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