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George Kasler

George Kasler

Kessler

Biographical information
Nationality Flag of the United States American
Physical description
Hair color Sandy-blond
Ethnicity Caucasian
Height 188 cm (as of 1999)[1]
Weight 90 kg (as of 1999)[1]
Career and family information
Affiliation(s) FOXHOUND
Zanzibar Land
French Foreign Legion[1]
Occupation Military advisor
Mercenary
Metal Gear information
Main appearance(s) Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake
Created by Hideo Kojima

George Kasler was a member of FOXHOUND during the events of the Zanzibar Land Disturbance. He was a well-known mercenary who possessed intel on every active mercenary in the world. It was said that those who were not aware of who he was were not worthy of being recognized as part of the elite.[1]

BiographyEdit

Early careerEdit

Kasler participated in various regional conflicts for South African mercenary companies and the French Foreign Legion.[1] He also briefly served as a military advisor for FOXHOUND.[1][2] Kasler fought for Zanzibar Land's independence during the Mercenary War, but suffered a deep wound to his right thigh, ending his career.[1] Afterwards, Kasler worked briefly as a hostage negotiator and lent his field experience to work as an expert in military intelligence.[1][2]

Zanzibar Land DisturbanceEdit

Main article: Zanzibar Land Disturbance

Kasler was hired to work as an arms advisor for FOXHOUND during the Zanzibar Land Disturbance.[3] For Operation Intrude F014, he provided Solid Snake with information on Zanzibar Land's mercenary forces and military hardware.[4][5] Kasler later informed Snake of Gray Fox's true identity towards the end of the mission, and told him that he would pass on the story among the mercenary community, if Snake won the duel against Fox.[4] During Snake's fight with Big Boss, Kasler had doubts as to whether Snake could defeat the renowned mercenary leader, contributed to by rumors that Big Boss had undergone cybernetic surgery.[5]

Despite working against Zanzibar Land's interests during the incident, Kasler still wore his bandana from his days fighting in the Mercenary War, emblazoned with the state's symbol.[6][7]

Behind the scenesEdit

George Kessler (MGS4DB)

Artwork of Kasler in the Metal Gear Solid 4 Database.

George Kasler (ジョージ・ケスラー Jōji Kesurā?) is a character who appears in Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake. He provides background information and the weaknesses of the game's bosses (the only weaknesses he doesn't provide are Jungle Evil,[8] Night Fright,[9] Gray Fox, and Big Boss). He can only be contacted via the transceiver during boss fights.[4][5]

Kasler's surname has two different spellings depending on the source: "Kasler" is the spelling used in the re-released versions of Metal Gear 2; in the original MSX2 version, and the Metal Gear Solid 4 Database, his surname is spelled Kessler.[2]

If Snake attempts to contact Kasler during the final fight with Big Boss, he will mention a rumor about Big Boss being turned into a cyborg.[5] This is a reference to Snatcher, a previous game that series director Hideo Kojima worked on. Another reference to Snatcher occurs when Roy Campbell warns Snake not to ask Kasler about "whale cuisine."[3] In Snatcher, the protagonist must investigate the death of a murder suspect, whose stomach contents contained whale cuisine (changed to buffalo meat in the English localization).

In the MSX2 version of Metal Gear 2, Kasler's portrait is based on actor Dolph Lundgren. His surname was presumably inspired by the main character, Frank Kessler, in the novel Crossfire, from which other influences can seen in the game's story.

AppearancesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake - User's Manual, Konami Corporation (1990).
  2. ^ a b c Metal Gear Solid 4 Database, Kojima Productions (2008).
  3. ^ a b Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake, Konami Corporation (1990).
    Roy Campbell: If you need to know anything about mercenaries or enemy weapons, ask our mercenary expert, George Kasler. [...] We'll pick up the tab for the info... just don't ask him about whale cuisine...Over and out.
  4. ^ a b c Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake, Konami Corporation (1990).
    George Kasler: Gray Fox... Real name, Frank Jaeger. Former member of FOXHOUND. He was the last man to hold the title of Fox in the Big Boss era. Decorated fives times... // Solid Snake: Yeah, I know all about how good he is... Better than anyone else. I fought with him. He's a cold-blooded hunter. He never let's his prey escape. Everybody in the unit respected him. Looked up to him. // Kasler: That may be, Snake... but do you know about his past? It might help you out... 10 years ago, we in the mercenary trade knew him as Hunter. That's what Jaeger means in German. Back then, he was involved with some woman from the Eastern bloc. He tried to get her to come over the fence, but it fell through. Apparently the West wasn't interested in taking her. That's when Frank started to hate the politics. // Snake: What was the woman's name? // Kasler: She was an Olympic skater. Name was Gustava Heffner... Real fine woman. Movie-star type. // Snake: G... Gustava...Heffner?! // Kasler: Snake! If you manage to beat Fox.. I'll tell everyone that Solid Snake is the greatest mercenary in the world. ...Over and out.
  5. ^ a b c d Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake, Konami Corporation (1990).
    George Kasler: Big Boss... There's not a mercenary in the world who hasn't heard of him. He's a [sic] like a god, a living legend. // Solid Snake: I already know all that! I need new information! // Kasler: OK, OK... but this is only a rumor, understand? Three years ago, when Outer Heaven fell, Big Boss was seriously wounded. He almost died... He lost both hands, both feet, his right eye, and his right ear. But somehow... he survived. Then an Eastern bloc despot took an interest in him. Probably couldn't resist getting his hands on a soldier of Big Boss's caliber. They decided to use Big Boss as a guinea pig in Madnar's snatcher project. I don't know the details, but apparently it involved turning him into a cyborg. Now he's half man and half machine. Hard to believe, I know. But if it is true, Snake, you're way out of your league. None of your current techniques is [sic] going to so much as put a scratch on him. Snake... give it up... There's no way you can win this time... Over and out.
  6. ^ [1]
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  8. ^ Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake, Konami Corporation (1990).
    George Kasler: Jungle Evil... A former hunter from Rex [sic] Command. He's an expert in jungle guerilla combat. In the jungle, he's more beast than man. They say he wiped out two entire companies on his own in Vietnam and Yemen...Over and out.
  9. ^ Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake, Konami Corporation (1990).
    George Kasler: Night Fright? Snake, did you just say Night Fright?! You have no idea just how much trouble you're in. He's the last surviving member of the Whispers, a legendary guerilla unit. In a jungle fight, he even puts the Green Berets to shame. He's got the latest in camo technology. In fact, NOBODY's ever seen him. And that includes me! That's why they call him the Phantom Assassin. Snake, I think your luck has just run out...Over and out.


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