Posters are a type of tapestry hung to walls that depict an image of a person or elements. They are often used for promoting events or people, or even ideals.
Posters have been used in many locations for various purposes. Some examples include:
- Pin-ups, sometimes in lockers (Groznyj Grad, USS Discovery, Big Shell, Mother Base, M21);
- Propaganda, sometimes for recruitment purposes (Soviet Army, private military companies);
- Illustrating personal interests (Hal Emmerich's laboratory on Shadow Moses Island);
- Creating distractions (Diamond Dogs).
Behind the scenes
Posters appear in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty as Easter eggs in both the Tanker Chapter and the Plant Chapter. Lockers featuring posters of gravure models can be "kissed" by the player character with the First Person View button, when hiding inside them. In the Tanker Chapter, knocking on the gravure model poster on an open locker door will emit a "bouncing" sound if the player character's hand strikes the bikini top, whereas striking the bikini briefs will initiate the Alert phase and draw enemy soldiers if any are nearby.
Posters also appear in Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes, the GameCube remake of Metal Gear Solid. One of the posters in the Armory depicts a skeletal figure wearing centurion armor, alluding to Pious Augustus, the main antagonist of the game Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem, which like The Twin Snakes was made by Silicon Knights.
Posters also appear in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, such as one in the M21 drone cockpit featuring a Japanese woman, as well as during a scene where Naked Snake hides Ivan Raidenovitch Raikov's body inside a locker. The woman on the poster in the former is Yumi Kikuchi, a gravure model who is an old acquaintance of series creator Hideo Kojima. The latter features a poster of Raiden as he appears in Metal Gear Solid 2, an indirect reference to the similarities between Raikov and Raiden (as Raikov was deliberately made in Raiden's likeness due to Raiden's controversial reception in his debut game). Kikuchi's posters also appeared in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots.
Owing to the PMCs playing a major role in Metal Gear Solid 4, the PMCs Praying Mantis and Raven Sword are shown to have posters advertising the company in Act 1 and Act 3, respectively. The only ones of the five PMCs (six if one counts their mother company Outer Heaven) to not have any printed advertisements are Werewolf (due to the location Werewolf's operating at in Act 4, Shadow Moses Island, lacking any people present to advertise the company), Otselotovaya Khvatka (owing to it not actually fighting against Solid Snake in any of the game's five acts), and Outer Heaven itself (due to it existing in secret). While Pieuvre Armement lacks posters advertising its company in Act 2, it does make use of billboards advertising the company in its place.
In Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, the Poster has a bigger role in the game, acting as a form of camouflage that can be applied to the Cardboard Box. Posters can be used to fool enemy soldiers, resulting in them saluting those that depict superior officers, or ogling those depicting women, causing a distraction that the player character can use to escape or to take them out. The posters will only trick the enemy if the player remains still in the appropriate stance for the poster they're using. Soldiers may eventually figure out that they've been staring at a poster if they've been looking at it for a long time.
Mother Base features some posters on the Command and Animal platforms featuring an idol singer named Paz. If Venom Snake takes the Paz posters down several times, a random Diamond Dogs soldier will remark, "Hey, who keeps taking down my posters? Those cost a lot!" when Snake returns to the base.