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Zippo lighter.

A lighter is a portable device used to generate a flame. It consists of a metal or plastic container filled with a flammable fluid or pressurized liquid gas, a means of ignition, and some provision for extinguishing the flame.


Big Boss and Zadornov

Galvez lighter

Zadornov's prosthetic hand, which acted as a built in cigarette lighter.

Shortly after the events of Operation Snake Eater in 1964, Naked Snake used a lighter to smoke a cigar while listening to the debriefing that EVA had left behind.

While the Militaires Sans Frontières were stationed in Colombia in 1974, Big Boss had a cigar lighter, whose operation became temperamental after becoming wet. He eventually grew fed up with it during a meeting with Vladimir Zadornov, and the latter offered the use of his modified prosthesis as a substitute. Zadornov was formerly a heavy smoker, and his prosthetic right hand had been installed with a lighter in the forefinger. Later, after Big Boss killed Zadornov at Mother Base's firing range, he utilized the red prosthesis as a new lighter.

It was implied that Big Boss, undergoing the alias of Ishmael, utilized a lighter to save Venom Snake, his phantom, from an assassin (as the latter had earlier been drenched in medical alcohol earlier) during XOF's attack on the hospital in Cyprus.

Venom Snake

Although technically not a real lighter, Venom Snake a few times used his iDroid's flame hologram to "light" one of his phantom cigars to pass time when arriving back on Mother Base.

Solid Snake

During the Zanzibar Land Disturbance, FOXHOUND operative Solid Snake was forced to improvise in his fight against Big Boss, having discarded his weapons earlier after they caught fire. While pursued by Big Boss throughout an underground base, Snake eventually located a sterling-made Zippo lighter. Combining the lighter with a lacquer spray, he created a makeshift flamethrower, which he then used to burn Big Boss alive.

During his missions to stop Liquid Ocelot's Insurrection in 2014, Snake made use of a lighter so that he'd be able to smoke cigarettes.

Steven Armstrong

Warning: The following information is from outside Hideo Kojima's core "Metal Gear Saga." It has some level of canonicity within the continuity, but reader discretion is advised.[?]

Steven Armstrong, due to his status as a cigar smoker, frequently carried a lighter around.

Non-"Metal Gear Saga" information ends here.

Behind the scenes

"An ordinary dollar-store lighter. Its use is unknown."
―Lighter description in Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake

The Lighter is a weapon that appears in Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake. It is located in the southeasternmost room (Card 4) in the area where Big Boss is fought, within the underground base. When the spray item is equipped, the lighter functions as a flamethrower, providing the only method of defeating Big Boss. In the original MSX2 version, the lighter was stated to be a Zippo lighter. This reference was omitted in the re-released versions.

In the Secret Theatre film Made in the USA, EVA supplied an M1911A1 to Naked Snake upon their first meeting, only for Snake to realize, after admiring its craftsmanship, that it was actually a novelty cigar lighter, much to his disappointment.

A FOXHOUND-themed zippo lighter was developed around the time of the first Metal Gear Solid game. Similarly, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater also had a Metal Gear Solid 3-themed zippo lighter.


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