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Nastasha Romanenko
Nastasha face
Biographical information
Nationality Ukrainian [1]
Born 1975[2]
Prypiat, Ukraine[1]
Age 39 (2014)
Physical description
Hair color Blond[1]
Ethnicity Caucasian
Height 166 cm[3] (2005)
Career and family information
Affiliation(s) DIA[2][4]
Notable family Parents
Richard Ames
Metal Gear information
Main appearance(s) Metal Gear Solid
Created by Hideo Kojima
Voiced by (English) Renee Raudman
Voiced by (Japanese) Eiko Yamada

Nastasha Romanenko was a Ukrainian-Russian weapons analyst. As a member of the Nuclear Emergency Search Team, she assisted Solid Snake via Codec during the Shadow Moses Incident, providing him with information on firearms and nuclear weapons.

History Edit

Early lifeEdit

Nastasha was born and raised in Prypiat, Ukraine, and was 10 years old when she and her family were exposed to radiation due to the Chernobyl nuclear accident, on April 26, 1986.[1] In 1990, Nastasha's parents were killed when they were exposed to lethal amounts of radiation while helping in the clean-up. This made her become very strongly opposed to nuclear weapons and nuclear power, claiming that nuclear bombing represents "an invisible war that transcends borders and generations." She later moved to the United States when her parents died, still plagued by the effects of residual radiation poisoning and the gauntlet of procedures it entails. However, because she had never been diagnosed with cancer, the help she had been able to receive was limited.

Nastasha joined the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) as a teenager in 1992, then at the National Security Agency (NSA),[2][4] regularly dealing with top-secret information. While in the DIA, she met and later married Richard Ames, but the marriage didn't last long and they quickly divorced. In her own words they "spent much of [their] brief marriage in disagreement over virtually every issue," remaining single from then on. The end of the Cold War saw her join the ranks of displaced military analysts. She then wrote freelance military criticism for a variety of military intelligence journals including the U.S. Naval Journal.[1]

In 1996, Nastasha attended the Canberra Commission, the world's first nationally hosted nuclear weapon abolition proposal committee.[1] She participated in the Commission as an advisor. Afterwards, she joined the Nuclear Emergency Search Team (NEST) as a military and nuclear analyst.[1] During this time, she moved to Los Angeles.

Nastasha had a friend who became affected by PTSD, due to the trauma of having to fight against his fellow countrymen in Chechnya, and committed suicide six months after his return.[5]

Shadow Moses IncidentEdit

Main article: Shadow Moses Incident

Nastasha in 2005.

In February 2005, Ames made contact with Nastasha and forced her to help with an anti-terrorist operation, being conducted by Solid Snake on Shadow Moses Island. Her LA home was converted into a makeshift command center for DOD personnel, with Nastasha providing radio support to Snake as he infiltrated a nuclear weapons disposal facility. Since Snake was an amateur when it came to nukes, Nastasha kept him informed of the latest news on nuclear weapons development and military affairs.[1]

Ames kept many secrets from Nastasha during the operation, though she came to learn of various classified government projects and conspiracies, including the Patriots' existence. Some of the information she uncovered was so top secret that she began to wonder if she would even be allowed to live once Snake's mission had been accomplished.

After the terrorists were thwarted by Snake, Ames handed Nastasha a disc containing data on the Pentagon's FOXDIE virus, hoping that she could use it as leverage to keep herself safe. Ames disappeared from her life shortly thereafter.

Post-Shadow MosesEdit

Afterwards, Nastasha fled from her home in California and went into hiding. She felt incredibly affected by what she had heard during her time helping Snake. After failing to contact Ames through the DIA, Nastasha was convinced that buying her safety and freedom had been a costly act for him. Having grown tired of being an objective bystander, she decided to go public with what she knew and attempt to expose the conspiracy behind the incident. Putting herself in renewed danger, she wrote a book entitled In the Darkness of Shadow Moses: The Unofficial Truth.

After overcoming many obstructions, Nastasha was ultimately successful in publishing her book. She donated the royalties to help fund Snake and Otacon's anti-Metal Gear organization Philanthropy. Afterwards, she disappeared from the public eye once more, with even Snake being unaware of her location by the time of the Big Shell Incident in 2009, though he assumed she was still a heavy smoker.

Nastasha later provided information to Otacon, regarding rumors of the deployment of Dwarf Gekko. Otacon relayed this information to Snake by Codec, after the latter encountered said unmanned weapons upon his return to Shadow Moses.[6]

Personality and traitsEdit

Due to growing up during the disaster at Chernobyl, Nastasha developed a strong hatred of nuclear weapons, and sought to rid the world of them. Despite being impressed that Hal Emmerich's grandfather had participated in the Manhattan Project, she did not tolerate people who were weapons development scientists such as Hal himself, who were naive enough to not realize they were developing nuclear weapons.

Nastasha was a heavy cigarette smoker. Consequently, she was the only member of Snake's support team during the Shadow Moses Incident who didn't have a problem with his smoking.

Nastasha's favorite weapon was the Stinger missile. Coincidentally, her favorite novel was also a thriller titled "Stinger", and her favorite cocktail is the stinger. To put it in her own words, she seemed to "have a thing for stingers."[7]

Behind the scenesEdit


Nastasha's Codec portrait in Metal Gear Solid.

Nastasha Romanenko (ナスターシャ・ロマネンコ Nasutāsha Roma'nenko?) appears in Metal Gear Solid as the player's contact on matters related to weaponry. It is possible that the player may never interact with Nastasha during their playthrough, since contacting her by Codec is not necessary for completing the game, nor is she featured in any of the game's cutscenes. In addition, her fate is not revealed in the game. Her role during the events of the Shadow Moses Incident was later expanded upon in the in-game novel, In the Darkness of Shadow Moses, included with Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. In a Codec conversation regarding the Manhattan Project, she erroneously refers to Hal's father, as being involved in the project, rather than his grandfather. Her Codec portrait always shows her with a cigarette in her mouth.

Although Nastasha's official biography for Metal Gear Solid,[2] The Twin Snakes,[4] and the Official Mission Handbook states that she had been a member of the NSA, this is not mentioned in the game itself, nor in her novel, In the Darkness of Shadow Moses. However, the account is maintained in the Metal Gear Solid 4 Database.[8] In addition, Nastasha claims in her novel to have resigned from the DIA five years before the Shadow Moses Incident, although the mission briefing in Metal Gear Solid stated that she resigned in 1995.[9]

Nastasha was credited as the writer for In The Darkness of Shadow Moses in the end credits for Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, instead of Tomokazu Fukushima.[10]

In the Metal Gear Solid novelization, Nastasha assists Snake in defusing the nuclear module that was wired to Meryl Silverburgh, expanding on the bomb subplot from the game.


Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Metal Gear Solid, Konami Computer Entertainment Japan (1998).
  2. ^ a b c d e f METAL GEAR SOLID (Japanese). Konami Digital Entertainment. Retrieved on 2014-05-08.
  3. ^ Metal Gear Solid, Konami Computer Entertainment Japan (1998).
    Nastasha's height is given as 166 cm in the profile that is featured in the game's Briefing, but is quoted as 171 cm in her official character biography[1].
  4. ^ a b c d METAL GEAR SOLID: THE TWIN SNAKES. Konami Computer Entertainment Japan. Retrieved on 2014-05-08.
  5. ^ Metal Gear Solid, Konami Computer Entertainment Japan (1998).
    Nastasha explains this to Snake during an optional Codec conversation, while Meryl Silverburgh is being mind controlled by Psycho Mantis. In The Twin Snakes remake, the mention of her friend's suicide is omitted.
  6. ^ Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, Kojima Productions (2008).
    This is revealed in an optional Codec conversation during Act 4, Twin Suns.
  7. ^ Metal Gear Solid, Konami Computer Entertainment Japan (1998).
    Nastasha's interest in Stingers is revealed during an optional Codec conversation, after defeating Liquid Snake's Hind D.
  8. ^ Metal Gear Solid 4 Database, Kojima Productions (2008). [2]
  9. ^
  10. ^ The Document of Metal Gear Solid 2, Konami Computer Entertainment Japan (2002).

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