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Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (/ˈniːtʃə/ German: ˈfʁiːdʁɪç ˈvɪlhɛlm ˈniːt͡sʃə; 15 October 1844 – 25 August 1900) was a German philosopher, cultural critic, poet, composer, and Latin and Greek scholar. He wrote several critical texts on religion, morality, contemporary culture, philosophy, and science, displaying a fondness for metaphor and irony.
Relation to the Metal Gear series
The Piggyback Guides book for Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, in its analysis section, speculated that Friedrich Nietzsche and his works, more specifically The Eternity of the Same, served as a major influence on the themes of not just Metal Gear Solid 3, but the entirety of the Metal Gear franchise as well.
In Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, parrying 10 attacks in a row in a minute or less during story mode will net the player with the achievement/trophy "Whatever Doesn't Kill You...", which is the beginning portion of Nietzsche's dictum "Whatever doesn't kill you, makes you stronger."
In Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, the mission "Truth: The Man Who Sold the World," opens with the Nietzschean quote, "There are no facts. There are only interpretations." The quote relates to the revelation that Venom Snake and Big Boss are actually separate characters, despite the player being led to believe otherwise, which serves as a major plot twist in the game. Unlike Emil Cioran, Nietzsche is not mentioned by a character in the game.