Solid Snake was always supposed to be the hero of the Metal Gear franchise. He was inspired by Snake Plissken from Escape From New York. His image on the cover of the NES version of Metal Gear is almost identical to Kyle Reese in The Terminator. He's saved the day countless times from the grips of nuclear holocaust. Solid Snake is, in many ways, the ultimate video game representation of the archetypal Hollywood hero; unwavering in the face of overwhelming odds, unflinching at the sight of threats both nuclear and supernatural. Even when Raiden takes center stage in MGS2, Solid Snake is still very much the hero of that game, even as he guides Raiden to complete his objectives.