Metal Gear Solid (Video Game 1998) Poster

(1998 Video Game)


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Metal Gear (1987) (Video Game)
Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake (1990) (Video Game)

Followed by 

Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (2004) (Video Game)
Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops (2006) (Video Game)
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (2010) (Video Game)
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (2014) (Video Game)

Version of 

Metal Gear Solid: Integral (1999) (Video Game)
Metal Gear Solid: VR Missions (1999) (Video Game)

Remade as 

Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes (2004) (Video Game)


Metal Gear Solid: VR Missions (1999) (Video Game)
Metal Gear Solid (2000) (Video Game)
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (2013) (Video Game)


Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
Ocelot's line "We're going to launch that nuke and ride it all the way into history" is a reference to the "nuke ride" scene in Dr. Strangelove.
Goldfinger (1964)
Big Boss (1965)
Same name reference in the Fox-hound rank and name Mei Ling
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Characters named David and Hal.
WarGames (1983)
Gradius (1985) (Video Game)
On Floor B2 of the Nuclear Building, on the way to Otacon's lab, there is a room containing a Moai (Easter Island) head statue. This is a reference to the Moai heads featured prominently in Gradius (which is another Konami game).
Blue Velvet (1986)
Sniper Wolf mentions a love letter being a bullet from her gun just as Dennis Hopper's charachter does
Metal Gear (1987) (Video Game)
RoboCop (1987)
Akira (1988)
Twins (1988)
Near the end of the game, Liquid says he hates his twin brother Snake because Snake "got all of Big Boss' dominant genes" and he got the "flawed recessive genes". This is a reference to the movie Twins, where one twin brother gets all the good genetic material and the other "leftover crap" genes.
Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake (1990) (Video Game)
Snatcher CD-ROMantic (1992) (Video Game)
Policenauts (1994) (Video Game)
Outbreak (1995)
Suikoden (1995) (Video Game)
Character Psycho Mantis mentions the game
The Rock (1996)
The story and characters of MGS have several similarities to that of the Rock. For example, in The Rock, an elite US Marines Force Recon unit takes over an entire island and threatens to launch chemical weapons if their demands aren't met. In this game, an elite US Army Special Forces unit takes over an entire island and threatens to launch nuclear weapons if their demands aren't met. Also, both have the hero infiltrating the island by going underwater outside the complex and then surfacing inside.
Gattaca (1997)
The climax of the film's plot has many similarities to Gattaca's. In Gattaca, a genetically inferior man is destined to die at age 30 because of a heart condition. Solid Snake, a genetically inferior clone, who is also 30, is given Foxdie, an assassination virus that kills specific targets (and will kill him) by stopping their hearts. Gattaca's hero, Vincent, defeats his genetically superior brother Anton. In MGS, Solid Snake, the hero, beats his genetically superior brother Liquid Snake (Liquid only thought he was inferior - Snake is revealed to be the inferior clone at the end of the game, strengthening the Gattaca reference). Both games share a strong theme about not being controlled by your genes. Incidentally, Gattaca was later referenced in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty.
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (1997) (Video Game)
When the final Boss Fight starts, Liquid yells "Have at you, Snake!". This is a reference to Dracula's line "But enough talk - have at you!" from Castlevania: SOTN (which is another Konami game).

Referenced in 

Syphon Filter (1999) (Video Game)
Troldspejlet: Episode #23.17 (2000) (TV Episode)
Jakob Stegelmann mentions the video game in his review of Syphon Filter 2 (2000) (VG)
Saturday Night Live: Rob Lowe/Eminem (2000) (TV Episode)
Mentioned on Weekend Update
'Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty' - Making of the Hollywood Game (2002) (Video)
Many references are made to "MGS1" and its characters, like Meryl.
Fainaru fantajî X-2 (2003) (Video Game)
At the start of some battles with the 'snakes', Rikku says "snake, snake, SNAAKE!", like they say in MGS when Snake dies.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004) (Video Game)
A reference to Metal Gear/Metal Gear Solid's famous "Box hiding" is made by the character "Tenpenny"
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (2004) (Video Game)
Numerous references to MGS (Foxdie, the future of stealth camouflage, etc.).
Metal Gear Ac!d (2004) (Video Game)
Many of the cards feature characters from Metal Gear Solid.
Resident Evil 4 (2005) (Video Game)
Dialogue about shooting down a helicopter mirrors that in Metal Gear Solid.
Makai Kingdom: Chronicles of the Sacred Tome (2005) (Video Game)
The vehicle Gear Metal LEX
Metal Gear Ac!d² (2005) (Video Game)
Contains cards featuring characters from Metal Gear Solid, such as Naomi and Liquid Snake.
Metal Gear Saga Vol. 1 (2006) (Video)
The game is mentioned by name.
Ashens: alliwantforxmasisapsp (2006) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by MC as a great game on PSP.
Sam and Max: Moai Better Blues (2008) (Video Game)
While Sam adjusts a radio, one can hear the tansmission "Snake? Snake!"
Dairantô Sumasshu Burazâzu ekkusu (2008) (Video Game)
Shadow Moses Island is a stage; music and characters appear.
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (2008) (Video Game)
Throughout MGS4 there are refrences of all the past Metal Gear Solid games.
LittleBigPlanet (2008) (Video Game)
Metal Gear Rex appears as a boss in the final Metal Gear level.
Troldspejlet: Episode #41.21 (2009) (TV Episode)
Jakob Stegelmann mentions the video game in his review of Terminator Salvation (2009) (VG)
MGS: Philanthropy (2009)
Arms Tech Inc. is mentioned and plays a role in the plot.
Aaron Stone: Metal Gear Liquid (2010) (TV Episode)
Title reference/pun.
Metroid: Other M (2010) (Video Game)
If Samus dies, Adam Malkovich will yell over the radio "Samus, what's going on?! Respond! RESPOND!" before cutting to the Game Over screen
LittleBigPlanet 2 (2011) (Video Game)
Metal Gear Rex appears as a sticker.
Batman: Arkham City (2011) (Video Game)
Some of the stealth tactics and mannerisms of armed criminals does pay tribute to the classic videogame.
Conversations with Hollywood: Writing the Hollywood Blockbuster (2011) (TV Episode)
David Hayter, the voice of "Solid Snake" talks about the popular video game franchise Metal Gear Solid
Nostalgia Critic: To Boldly Flee: Part VII (2012) (TV Episode)
Angry Joe and Marzgurl dressed respectively as Solid Snake from Metal Gear and Major Kusanaji from Ghost in the Shell
Tosh.0: Male Cheerleader (2012) (TV Episode)
poster seen in background during clip
Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
When Ralph is looking for a medal in Tapper's Lost and Found, he briefly holds an Exclamation mark with an alert sound made famous by the Genome Soldiers of Metal Gear Solid.
Lego the Lord of the Rings: The Video Game (2012) (Video Game)
Playable section in the final level where Frodo walks around with a cardboard box, staying out of sight of Orks, complete with exclamation marks, encounter sounds and backup guards
Honest Trailers: Twilight 3 Eclipse (2012) (TV Episode)
"This is Snake. Colonel, do you read me?"
The Stanley Parable (2013) (Video Game)
One of the "Famous Demos" on display in the Stanley Parable Demo
The Avengers Badly Animated Adventures (2013) (Video)
In episode one the communicator sounds and look of the scene when Black Widow and Agent Coulson (and later Black Widow and Captain America) are talking are a nod to Metal Gear Solid video game. In episode 2, Hydra Agent #2 mentions that he heard that a secret agent skulking around in a cardboard box, slit someone's throat.
JonTron: The Zoo Race (2014) (TV Episode)
Sound effects from the game are used.
One Hit Wonderland: Blue (Da Ba Dee) (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue.
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Make New Friends But Keep Discord (2015) (TV Episode)
The red exclamation point appears.
Honest Game Trailers: Watch Dogs (2015) (TV Episode)
Solid Snake mentioned
Honest Game Trailers: Street Fighter (2015) (TV Episode)
"It's like one of my Japanese animes"
Ashens: Video Game Tat 5 Championship Edition (2015) (TV Episode)
Ashens mentions that he will give an action figure away to a friend of his who is a fan.
Honest Game Trailers: XCOM (2016) (TV Episode)
Metal Gear mentioned
Honest Game Trailers: Pokemon Black & White (2016) (TV Episode)
Metal Gear mentioned
The Dwarvenaut (2016)
Snake cosplay at Gen Con
The Life of Mentos Man (2016) (Short)
The exclamation points and the sound effects from the undercover "mustache" spy scene was a direct reference from this game series.
Honest Game Trailers: Overwatch (2016) (TV Episode)
"Just like one of my Japanese animes!"


Policenauts (1994) (Video Game)
In Metal Gear Solid, when Otacon is talking about his love of Japanese animation and robots, footage from Policenauts is shown.

Featured in 

Playstation Underground Issue 2.2 (1998) (Video Game)
A trailer is featured on the second disc.
Playstation Underground: Issue 2.3 (1998) (Video Game)
A playable demo is featured on the second disc.
Troldspejlet: Episode #21.15 (1999) (TV Episode)
Playstation version reviewed + footage used
Playstation Underground: Issue 3.1 (1999) (Video Game)
Footage is shown during a "Cool Moves" segment on the game.
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (2001) (Video Game)
Footage from MGS is shown when Liquid is talking about being inside Ocelot's arm all along. Also, the end credits say that footage from this game is in it.
'Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty' - Making of the Hollywood Game (2002) (Video)
When Kojima initially talks about Metal Gear Solid (MGS1) some scenes from MGS1 are shown.
Troldspejlet: Troldspejlet Special: Computerspillets historie (2005) (TV Episode)
Jakob Stegelmann mentions the video game in his recap of The History of Video Games + clip shown
Grandma's Boy (2006)
A poster in the office.
Metal Gear Saga Vol. 1 (2006) (Video)
Footage from the game is shown.
ScrewAttack's Top 10s: Top 10 Ninjas (2007) (TV Episode)
Footage is shown.
ScrewAttack's Top 10s: Top 10 E3s (2007) (TV Episode)
Footage is shown.
The Angry Video Game Nerd: Metal Gear (2009) (TV Episode)
Footage is shown.
Atop the Fourth Wall: Darker Image #1 (2010) (TV Episode)
"What is this, Metal Gear Solid all of a sudden?"
ScrewAttack's Top 10s: Top 10 Worst Doctors (2011) (TV Episode)
Footage is shown.
Fountain (2011) (Short)
Clip from a recorded walkthrough (featuring Snake's successful bathroom assassination attempt) is used.
Anime Abandon: Doomed Megalopolis Part 1 (2011) (TV Episode)
Sage recognizes a voice from this game
Visionado obligado: Troll Hunter (2012) (TV Episode)
clip shown
Show of the Week: 2012 Year in Review (2012) (TV Episode)
Clips of the video game are shown while it is being commented upon as being a needless HD remake.
Outside Xbox: The 5 Worst Boss Battles in Games (And the Good Ones They Can Learn From) (2013) (TV Episode)
The boss fight against Psycho Mantis is reviewed as one of the 5 best in video games.
Anime Abandon: Top 20 Greatest Giant Robots (2013) (TV Episode)
Metal Gear Rex takes #15
Outside Xbox: 6 Videogame Moments That Broke Reality (2014) (TV Episode)
Clips of the video game are shown while the cast comment on the game.
Video Games: The Movie (2014)
Game footage is shown.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Satisfying Villain Deaths in Video Games (2015) (TV Episode)
Liquid Snake's death ranks at #10
Show of the Week: Titanfall and How to Kill a Giant Mech (2015) (TV Episode)
Clips of the video game are shown while the cast comment on how to destroy a Metal Gear REX.
The Best Ever!: The Best Ever! Final Boss Battle (2015) (TV Episode)
Liquid is Shaun's pick.
Honest Game Trailers: Banjo Kazooie (2015) (TV Episode)
Clip is shown
The Best Ever!: The Best Ever! Metal Gear Moment (2015) (TV Episode)
Footage is shown.
Honest Game Trailers: Metal Gear Solid (2015) (TV Episode)
Used in trailer
Professor Juice: Metal Gear Solid - Juicy Treat (2015) (TV Episode)
Clips shown.
Previously Recorded: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (2015) (TV Episode)
gameplay is shown
ScrewAttack's Top 10s: Top 10 Epic Action Hero Moments in Video Games!! (2016) (TV Episode)
The Liquid Snake fight is the #2 pick.
ScrewAttack's Top 10s: Top 10 Gamer Pet Peeves (2016) (TV Episode)
Footage is shown.

Spoofed in 

Mega64 (2004) (TV Series)
Spoof scenes from Metal Gear Solid
Project: Snake - Low Budget Espionage (2006) (Video)
Parody film of the popular Video game by Konami
Metal Gear Ben (2009) (TV Mini-Series)
Smosh: If Video Games Were Real (2010) (TV Episode)
Colonel Campbell and Snake infilitrates Otacon's new base
Ben 10: Omniverse: Evil's Encore (2013) (TV Episode)
When Diamondhead hangs off the edge of the bridge and then disappears, a question mark appears and a sound effect is heard. In the Metal Gear Solid series of video games, the same sound effect is heard and an exclamation mark appears when Snake is discovered.
Saints Row IV (2013) (Video Game)
The mission "The Case of Mr.X" parodies elements from the video game
The Badly Animated Adventures of Spider-Man (2013) (Video)
The Spider-Sense sound effect references the alert sound effect in the Metal Gear Solid video games.
The Avengers Badly Animated Adventures (2013) (Video)
When Black Widow is in the warehouse, she walks past a cardboard box marked wit a Foxhound logo and Hido Kojima Industries (creator of Metal Gear), riddled with holes sitting on top a pool of blood.
Robot Chicken: Joel Hurwitz Returns (2016) (TV Episode)
Parody skit

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