|QUOTE (Adler @ Tuesday, Aug 27 2013, 21:27)|
| I still regard Solidus as an anti-villain rather than a hero. Remember when he forced the Small Boy Unit, Raiden included, to consume gunpowder in order to make them more easily controllable? Remember him callously shooting Olga even when completely aware that she was aiding Raiden to keep her child alive? He would kill Raiden just to find a trace of the Patriots in his nanomachines in his desire to destroy them. In the end, he did no more than the role that the Patriots assigned him in MGS2. |
I can look past all he did, because unlike either his brothers or his father, Solidus cared about people.
Snake doesn't, Snake is an apathetic man who goes where he's told, does what he's told and then has the gall to get offended when people use him like the tool he's allowed himself to be.
Liquid was a two dimensional misanthrope, given too much credibility by fans because of how awesome MGS was back in 1998.
And Big Boss? Well, Big Boss wanted to plunge the world into perpetual warfare because his girlfriend died. He was a crybaby and all his plans eventually boiled down to a giant revenge scheme because a single woman died. For her sake, he would happily ruin the lives of millions of people and murdered countless children out of pure vindictiveness.
Only Solidus gave a sh*t about other people, only Solidus was what I would class as heroic or possessing noble ideals. What he did in the past is of little consequence when you consider the man he chose to become. He was the favored son of the Patriots, given comfort and power and a life of luxury. Solidus was handed every opportunity and yet he traded it all in, he basically sacrificed his entire life to the pursuit of liberty and freeing his people.
Even his other objective, of being remembered by history, is a truly understandable and sympathetic goal in my eyes.
And how is his character rewarded? Does anyone give a sh*t? Does his father, in his quaint little deathbed confession, even give him the time of day? Nope. Just forgotten. Whilst Snake gets the big teary send-off, Big Boss glosses over a lifetime of evil and Liquid is kinda-sorta the main villain.
Solidus was the noblest of all the characters, the most heroic in my eyes and just got the short end of the stick at the end of it all.
If they put a child version of him in The Phantom Pain
, I think I'd probably buy it. I mean, they're obviously including Liquid, so why not go for all the brothers?