In late 1964, Naked Snake carried Habano-brand Cuban cigars with him during the Virtuous Mission and Operation Snake Eater. He also gets annoyed whenever people either mistake cigars for cigarettes or treat both as the same thing. Immediately prior to making his HALO jump in the Virtuous Mission, Snake smoked a cigar in the back of the plane, much to the annoyance of his instructor and Major Zero, before stamping it out. After Snake was hospitalized following the first mission's failure, Zero visited him in an ICU, and provided him with a cigar. Aside from recreational use, Snake also used them to burn leeches from his body, and as an improvised torch in darkened areas.
While meeting with clients prior to the Peace Walker Incident in 1974, Snake's lighter stopped working in the rainy weather in Colombia, and he was unable to smoke a cigar. Ramón Gálvez Mena then offered him the use of his own lighter, which was built into the forefinger of his prosthetic hand. Snake later supplied FSLN comandante Amanda Valenciano Libre with a Cuban cigar after rescuing she and her troops in Rio del Jade, Costa Rica. Amanda's brother Chico intended to smoke one of Snake's cigars after he was seemingly given one, though Snake immediately snatched it back when it was lit, telling Chico that it wasn't for kids. Following Galvèz's death, Snake continued to use his prosthetic hand as a cigar lighter. Big Boss continued smoked cigars in the 1980s, after he came out of his coma. He smoked one while on a motorbike, ready to drive off, and one in Afghanistan while rescuing Kazuhira Miller from the Soviets.
During 2018, the Colorado senator Steven Armstrong frequently smoked cigars. He smoked a cigar when meeting up with Samuel Rodrigues before having his "final interview" with him in 2016, and later when meeting with Raiden in 2018 before fighting him with Metal Gear EXCELSUS, and later after beating Raiden to a pulp on EXCELSUS' wreck during their fight in Pakistan.
Behind the scenes Edit
- "Highly addictive and hazardous to your health."
- — Cigars description in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
The Cigars item appears in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater and it's based on the H.Upmann No.2. In addition, the cigar brand itself is fictitious, although its name was based on a real Cuban tobacco company, Habanos S.A. It is almost identical to the cigarettes from previous games, slowly depleting the Life Gauge whenever it is equipped. Cigars also have additional uses, such as removing leeches in the Survival Viewer, driving away hornets, or providing some illumination in dark areas.
Although Naked Snake does not smoke in Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops, he does make up a story about intending to procure Colombian cigars for Major Ocelot, to explain why he knew the latter's radio frequency, upon contacting him. Similarly, although Big Boss was not shown smoking cigars in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker during gameplay, he does smoke them during various cutscenes.