Morpho was the callsign of a helicopter pilot in the Militaires Sans Frontières, who flew one of the group's HP-48 gunships during the 1970s. He and a co-pilot were dispatched to retrieve MSF commander Big Boss, along with any VIPs and prisoners that had been rescued, from a United States prison facility in Cuba, during MSF's operations there.
On December 7, 1974, Morpho was dispatched to retrieve an MSF Intel Team agent that requested emergency extraction. He attempted to hail the agent, although the agent did not respond. Eventually, the agent hailed the chopper. After Morpho was given the go-ahead by the MSF deputy commander Kazuhira Miller, he attempted to make contact with the agent. However, static interference with the communications resulted in Morpho being unable to decipher the agent's location. He eventually followed the trail from a flare to the agent's location, with Big Boss covering the chopper from the base personnel. After clearing out any enemy resistance in the way of the agent, Morpho proceeded to escort the agent, who had hijacked a jeep, to the heliport. However, the jeep ended up hit with a portable missile, forcing him to land so Big Boss could recover the agent and place him on board the chopper. He was later forced to ascend into the air before Big Boss could safely secure the agent inside when an APC burst into the helipad, as the APC would have destroyed the chopper otherwise. After both Big Boss and the agent were secure aboard the chopper, Morpho then left, with Big Boss also taking care of a Blackhawk chopper that was pursuing them. He then proceeded to return to base.
On January 9, 1975, Morpho extracted Big Boss from the base after it became apparent that the base was going to be bombed by two unidentified aircraft, rescuing him just in time.
On March 16, 1975, Morpho was assigned to recover Big Boss, Chico and Paz Ortega Andrade from the base in Cuba, once the former had rescued the latter two. After recovering them, Morpho then headed back to Mother Base, but was unable to make contact due to the base having fallen under heavy attack by the military group XOF. With Big Boss's help, he then extracted Miller and another surviving MSF soldier, before one of the struts collapsed due to C4 being rigged on its legs. Morpho then lost control of the Hind, when a bomb planted inside Paz's body detonated outside the cabin, causing it to collide with an XOF chopper in mid-flight. Afterwards, Morpho was replaced by pilots who used the callsign Pequod.
Behind the scenes
Morpho is the callsign used by the MSF helicopter pilot in Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes. If Morpho's chopper is shot down during the mission, his role is replaced by an identical pilot of the same name and voice. In the E3 2014 demo of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, a character identified himself as Morpho. In the E3 2015 demo and the final version of the game, however, they showed a new voice identifying himself as Pequod. Morpho is shown in two group photos standing next to Miller, Big Boss and Venom Snake. His callsign is shown on the back of one of the group photos which implies that he is canonically a single character.
Morpho was first identified in the TGS Daytime demo of Ground Zeroes, as well as two later gameplay videos posted by the Spanish video gaming site Hobby Consolas. The first was nearing the end, where they show the player what happens when a player shoots down one of their own choppers in friendly fire. The second was midway through, where they show Big Boss delivering a prisoner to the chopper.
If the player has Morpho perform an attack run on the base in "Destroy the Anti-Air Emplacements," just as Miller reports the incoming aircraft attack, Morpho will break off and demand that the player hurry and board to escape.
Notes and references
- ^ Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, Kojima Productions (2014).
Morpho: This is Morpho. Aborting attack run and heading for nearest LZ. Don't keep me waiting - get on board as soon as I touch down!