For the MGS sequel, Kojima wanted to try to pull the rug from underneath our feet. In this period of Snake’s life he’s stronger than he’s ever been in the series. No longer a rookie inside FOXHOUND, Snake had become the virtual embodiment of infallible doggedness. Understanding this, Kojima wanted to rattle things up and force fans to look at the character in a very different way. So, after a brief prologue mission, Snake saunters into the boots of side character, hidden under the transparent pseudonym Iroquois Pliskin, and we were assigned the swanlike FOXHOUND rookie Raiden. Raiden was an archetypal bishonen (beautiful boy) and his angelic and girly blond locks juxtaposed stupendously against Snake’s tousled and careworn appearance.