The Paradise Lost Army was an anti-Patriots group formed by Big Mama. The group was made up of war orphans, much like Big Boss's Outer Heaven and Zanzibar Land. The group's name is a reference to Paradise Lost, John Milton's famous poem.
The Paradise Lost Army worked closely with Raiden following the Big Shell Incident, helping him rescue Sunny from a Patriot hideout. In exchange for the information, Big Mama requested Raiden hunt down the remains of Big Boss, who was being kept alive by the Patriots. In attempting to do so, Raiden was captured and kept in Area 51 where he was severely tortured. The Patriots used him as a guinea pig for their experiments in exoskeletal enhancement surgery, during which part of his head was severed at the jaw and transplanted to an entirely synthetic body, similar to the experiments conducted on Gray Fox years earlier. Raiden was later rescued by Paradise Lost, who succeeded in acquiring the remains of Big Boss. At an unknown point in time, they also managed to acquire Solidus Snake's body and often used it as a decoy after removing his arms, legs, and most of his skin and bodily organs.
The PMC Raven Sword swiftly trapped Paradise Lost in Eastern Europe and attempted to steal the body of Big Boss from them for Liquid Ocelot (who also framed them with a riot against the U.S. Embassy in regards to developing an oil pipe) who required the body in order to gain control of the SOP system.
Solid Snake attempted to find Big Mama in order to find out about the history of the Patriots. The Paradise Lost members anticipated his arrival, but were surprised at his aging body. Their leader, Big Mama, then proceeded to tell Snake the history the origins of the Patriots, as well as the current conflict. He also discovered that Big Boss was not only alive, but Paradise Lost had also recovered his body. However, he unknowingly led Raven Sword right to their hideout. After a harrowing motorcycle chase with a decoy van, they crashed, and Big Mama was severely injured. With Big Mama dying and all of the members slaughtered, the FROGS found the real van and stole the body, allowing Liquid Ocelot to gain control of the system.
However, it was later revealed to Snake that the body Ocelot had used was not Big Boss', but Solidus Snake's. Ocelot succeeded either way because the body was an exact genetic duplicate of Big Boss, but Paradise Lost were earlier able to rebuild Big Boss using the real body and pieces from Liquid Snake and Solidus.
The surviving members of the Paradise Lost Army later went on to join the Colorado-based American PSMC Maverick, having been taken in by the PMC's leader, Boris, under the condition that they fight for what they believed in, and kept their actions clean. He also did this because he felt it was wrong to simply abandon them. They eventually left, although they never forgot their condition for joining Maverick.
- Big Mama (leader)
- At least 11 members
- Triumph Bonneville motorcycle (at least seven)
- Triumph Bonneville T1000 (Post-2001 Hinckley remake) (used by Big Mama)
- Triumph Speed Triple 1050s (most members)
- Vans (at least three)
Behind the scenesEdit
The acronym for the Paradise Lost Army, PLA, is also the acronym for the official military of China, the People's Liberation Army, which Big Mama worked for during her youth, as EVA.
In Metal Gear Online, the player can acquire several items that were derived from the clothing adopted by the Paradise Lost Army, including a hunting cap, a Full-Face Motorcycle Helmet, a Leather Coat, and Leather Gloves.
Notes and referencesEdit
- ^ Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, Kojima Productions (2008)
Snake enters the Church while holding the arriving member in a half nelson. // Bald soldier: Who's there? // Both him and another soldier point their weapons at Snake and approach Snake. // Solid Snake: I'm here to see Big Mama. // A soldier wearing a cloth hat emerges from the chapel and poins his gun at Snake's back // Soldier: Is this the guy? // Bald soldier: What do you think? // Member: I didn't hear him coming at all. He's gotta be the one. // Bald soldier: Yeah, but look at him - He's ancient.