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Rose was pregnant with John during the Big Shell Incident. Rose told Raiden of the pregnancy after admitting that she had originally become his girlfriend in order to spy on him for the Patriots, before eventually falling in love with him legitimately. The baby's existence was threatened towards the end of the incident, when the Patriots ordered Raiden to complete his mission, warning him that they held Rose hostage and that they would kill her in addition to Olga Gurlukovich's child if Raiden did not kill Solidus Snake.
Rose gave birth to John sometime after the Big Shell Incident. However, she and Roy Campbell devised a plan to protect her son from possible danger as a result of Raiden's resistance activities against the Patriots. After Rose claimed that she had suffered a miscarriage, Raiden became disenchanted with his life, and began a long downward spiral of alcoholism and self-abuse, eventually breaking all ties with his former fiancée. Rose subsequently "married" Campbell, and John was outwardly raised as his son.
One month after the collapse of the Patriots' system, the five year old John met his true father for the first time. Rose took John to see Raiden in the hospital, where she revealed the truth of John's parentage and the motivations behind her actions. As Raiden attempted to embrace him, John bashfully ran away to the other corner of the room. Enquiring as to whether he was afraid of him, John denied this and told Raiden that he was "cool," while brandishing a toy sword. As an avid sci-fi movie and anime fan, John had grown up with the romantic notion of a hero. Afterwards, the three finally began their lives as a family.
|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.[?]|
John and his mother were later supported by Raiden's work for the PMSC Maverick Security Consulting, Inc. Although John rarely got to see his father due to his work, the few times he did see him made him happy.
- See also: Raid at World Marshal, Ambush in Africa, Abkhazian Coup, Investigation in Guadalajara, Raid in Denver, and Operation Tecumseh
In 2018, John and Rose were sent to New Zealand by Raiden, to ensure their safety as he hunted down members of rival PMSC Desperado.
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Behind the scenes
Little John is named after Jean Jack Gibson's robotic navigator in Snatcher.
Although Jennifer Hale is credited for providing John's English voice in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, many fans believe he was actually voiced by Nika Futterman. When questioned about this, Futterman stated that she could not remember, since neither her nor her agent keep specific details on her roles. However, Futterman did say that it was likely, as Hale usually voices girls whereas she usually voices boys.
Little John shares his first name with that of Big Boss's true name. It could also be said that Little John also shares his first name with his father's real name, Jack. This could also explain the "Little" in John's name.
- Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (indirectly mentioned)
- Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
- Metal Gear Solid: Social Ops (trading card)
- Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (mentioned)
Notes and references
|Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots characters|
| Old Snake — Otacon — Raiden — Naomi Hunter — Big Mama|
Liquid Ocelot — Vamp — Drebin — Little Gray — Solidus Snake
Roy Campbell — Sunny — Rosemary — Mei Ling — Little John
Meryl Silverburgh — Ed — Jonathan — Johnny
Laughing Octopus — Raging Raven — Crying Wolf — Screaming Mantis
Psycho Mantis — Zero — Big Boss