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"Happy Birthday // Congratulations // Happy Birthday // With Salutations // Happy Birthday // May your sky stay blue // Happy Birthday to you"
―Diamond Dogs birthday song
Birthday Cake

Birthday cake from the Diamond Dogs in 1984 for Venom Snake.

A birthday is an occasion when a person or institution celebrates the anniversary of their birth. It is not to be confused with birthdate, which details the exact date a person was born.

Known birthdays

Peace Walker Incident

Main article: Peace Walker Incident

The Militaires Sans Frontières had a specific "birthday" every month to celebrate those soldiers whose birthday fell on a month, which generally included parties, though Paz Ortega Andrade implied in her diary that it was an excuse for the members to get drunk and make noise once in a while, including smoking, drinking, eating meat, telling tasteless jokes, and dishing insults towards each others' hometowns, though it rarely got serious. The MSF's lieutenant Kazuhira Miller once tried to shield Paz (whom he believed to still be a young girl) from the more crude atmosphere of the party, but eventually got drunk himself and proceeded to moon everyone present while claiming it was "the real Kazuhira Miller."

Phantom Pain Incident

See also: Hospital Escape and Phantom Pain Incident

Venom Snake, the leader of Diamond Dogs, was called back to Mother Base by Miller under the pretense of a grave emergency that befell Mother Base.[1] Upon arrival, Snake found the base to be seemingly empty only to hear explosions from fireworks only to relax when he discovers his men had actually lured him back to celebrate his birthday, with those in attendance including Miller and Ocelot and several Diamond Dogs members, who after singing a variation of Happy Birthday with a boombox playing the tune, then wished him a happy birthday. Snake then attempted to use one of the candles to light a cigar provided by Ocelot, only for Miller to snatch it away and gently remind him that he's supposed to blow out the candles on the birthday cake, which he does. Later that evening, Snake then proceeded to try and smoke the cigar he got earlier, only to suddenly be shot at by Quiet via a high-powered sniper rifle. However, he then discovered she was not actually aiming at him, but was firing a birthday salutation message ("HBD") into the cigar storage crates just behind him, and then used another round to help Snake light one of the cigars before taking her leave.

Behind the scenes

Several characters in the Metal Gear series have a birthday that fell on either important events in history or on holidays: Donald Anderson's birthday fell on November 11, which is the American holiday Veterans Day; Revolver Ocelot's fell on June 6, during the Allied Invasion of Normandy; and Huey Emmerich's fell on August 6, the day of the Hiroshima bombing in World War II.

MGS2 birthday

Birthday message in name input screen from Metal Gear Solid 2.

In Metal Gear Solid 2, the player is given the chance to input their name, birthday, blood type, and nationality when they log into the first node of the Plant Chapter. If the player's birthday is the same date as their console's internal clock, they'll be greeted by a "Happy Birthday!" message with a matching birthday cake. Similarly, if the player is holding a soldier's dog tag and they highlight it showing their name, underneath it will display "Happy Birthday!" if the internal clock matches up with that soldier's birthdate.

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Venom Snake's birthday scene in 1984.

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Quiet's birthday message to Venom Snake.

In Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, the player character Venom Snake, due to essentially being an avatar for the player, is given the birthday of the assigned player. As such, if the player completes a mission on their birthday, a cutscene will occur where the player is called back to Mother Base under the pretense of an emergency with Miller not willing to explain what is going on. It then shows the Mother Base staff wheeling out a birthday cake and singing their own variation of the Happy Birthday song. The scene will vary depending on when the player gets the birthday cutscene: If the player has Huey Emmerich among the base members, but not Code Talker, Huey will be present with the group of staff. Likewise, if it occurs after Huey was evicted from Mother Base, Code Talker will be present. If it occurs after Code Talker joins the staff, but before Huey leaves, both will be present. In addition, if the player has Quiet's bond level reach a high enough level, there will be an additional scene where Quiet manages to give Snake a birthday salutation in her own way. Encountering the first staff member after this cutscene will also have the staff member greet Snake with "Many happy returns, Boss!" instead of the usual "Boss, welcome home!"

Notes and references

  1. ^ Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Kojima Productions (2015).
    Benedict "Kazuhira" Miller: Boss, we have an emergency! Get back to Mother Base, right now! I mean it - hurry!

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