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The Pain
Biographical information
Also known as Hornet Soldier
Born c. 1905 – c. 1914[1]
Died August 31, 1964,
Tselinoyarsk, USSR
Age 50s at death[1]
Physical description
Hair color Bald
Ethnicity Caucasian
Height 201 cm (6'7")[2][1]
Career and family information
Affiliation(s) Cobra Unit
Metal Gear information
Main appearance(s) Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
Voiced by (English) Gregg Berger
Voiced by (Japanese) Hisao Egawa
Motion capture Yasuhiro Masuda

The Pain was the "Hornet Soldier" of the Cobra Unit.


Early life and careerEdit

The Pain was born sometime during the mid 1900s to early 1910s.[1] During World War II, he became a member of the Cobra Unit, a secret special forces unit composed of elite soldiers from the Allied Forces, led by The Boss. Helping to lead the Allied forces to eventual victory, the unit was disbanded at the end of the war.

Operation Snake EaterEdit

See also: Virtuous Mission and Operation Snake Eater

In August 1964, during the Virtuous Mission, The Pain was reunited with The Boss and her Cobras. The unit, under the employ of GRU Colonel Volgin, captured Soviet rocket scientist Nikolai Stepanovich Sokolov from Tselinoyarsk, USSR, whom CIA agent Naked Snake, was attempting to extract himself. Approaching the suspension bridge in Dolinovodno by helicopter, which Sokolov and Snake were attempting to cross, The Pain distracted Snake with his large swarm of hornets, while his comrade, The Fear, used a zip line to descend from the gunship, and capture Sokolov. After Snake was thrown off the bridge by his former mentor, The Boss, The Pain commented that "the new blood [had] been rejected," and the unit then fled with their prize.

During Naked Snake's return to Tselinoyarsk in Operation Snake Eater, The Pain discovered his whereabouts at Bolshaya Past, as Snake duelled with GRU Major Ocelot. The Pain sent out his hornets to scout ahead, and they ended up attacking both men. While Ocelot escaped unharmed, thanks to his fancy gunplay, Snake accidentally fell into the crevice and escaped being stung to death. After traversing the enormous, pitch-black cavern of Chyornaya Peschera, he encountered The Pain in a flooded chamber. The Pain was ultimately defeated by Snake, despite his extraordinary ability to control hornets, where upon his death, his microbomb (with which all of the Cobras were fitted) activated, destroying his corpse and his entire swarm. He was the first of the Cobras to fall in battle with Snake.

Personality and traitsEdit

The Pain was a towering giant over 2 meters tall and had the ability to control large swarms of hornets at will. As a result of this, his face was covered with welts from the stings. He also carried a queen bee in the pack on the back of his hips, using the sound of her wings to guide the hornets. Additionally, he carried a large array of pheromone vials on his vest, which he flung at enemies to guide hornet swarms at them. His bees also came out of a ventilation opening on his suit, as well as entered his body through it.

The Pain unmasked

The Pain unmasked.

Besides his hornets, The Pain was armed with a Tommy Gun and grenades, and could use hornets in conjunction with these weapons. He could protect himself from gunfire and other attacks by coating himself with a layer of hornet armor, although this shield was easily broken with any heavy weaponry, such as the M37 shotgun or an explosive grenade. He even had the ability to create an exact duplicate of himself, shaped out of hornets, used to confuse and deter his enemies.

The Pain also raised special hornets called "bullet bees" inside his own body. After removing his balaclava, the bullet bees would be released from his mouth. They moved at extraordinarily fast speeds, and upon contact with enemies, they burrowed into their bodies and begin eating their insides until they eventually die.

The Pain's codename signified the unbearable torment he felt while on the battlefield. The Pain was also somewhat flamboyant, as evidenced by some of his erratic movements during the battle.

Unconfirmed historyEdit

The following information has been detailed in official Konami-licensed media, written by various external authors. Its status in the Metal Gear canon is unconfirmed.[?]

The Pain ostensibly developed his rare gift for hornet control by allowing thousands of the insects to sting him for months at a time, until the hive came to believe that he was in fact another hornet himself. His intense willingness to suffer pain for his art enticed The Boss to recruit him for the Cobra Unit.[3]

Behind the scenesEdit

The Pain (ザ・ペイン Za Pein?) had the ability to command his hornet swarm due to the sound produced by the queen wasp contained within his backpack, as revealed in the Metal Gear Solid 4 Database. This information was previously given in the unreleased voice casting sheet for Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater.[1] Likewise, in the voice casting sheet, it was also intended that he also create makeshift grenades by throwing beehives at his enemy so it detonates and releases hornets. However, as he is shown using frag grenades in the final version, it was dropped.[1]

ThePainTommy gun

The Pain prepares to use his Tommy Gun.

During the Virtuous Mission, the noise from the hornet swarm, which appeared at Dolinovodno, was intended to disguise the sound of the rotorblades of the Hind A carrying the Cobra Unit.[4]

During the boss battle with The Pain, it is possible to capture his bullet bees inside a Baltic Hornet's Nest. This makes the nest even more tasty and gives the player greater recovery of stamina. In addition, the name turns into Hive of Pain Hornets Nest. In addition, if the player dons the Snow camouflage uniform and face paint, The Pain's bees won't attack. According to director Hideo Kojima, this was inspired by a leisure trip at Karuizawa when he visited a honey shop, where wearing white is a famous bee-keeping trick.[5]

Draining The Pain's stamina allows Snake to unlock the Hornet Stripe camo. The camo prevents Snake from being stung, should he shoot down a hornet's nest, causing the insects to follow him instead. It also prevents animals like leeches from attacking Snake in swamps, as well as spiders and scorpions.

Defeating The Pain in the HD Collection will unlock the achievement/trophy "Pain Relief."

MGS3 The Pain Artwork

The Pain.

The Pain later appeared on the Versus Battle page for the series official website.

Huge, Hornet Swarm, Killer Bullet Bees
Heavy Weapons Pierce Hornet Armor
Over 2 meters tall, the Pain could shoot special “bullet bees” from his mouth which would burrow into enemies and eat them to death
―The Pain's bio on Versus Battle

The Pain, alongside his comrades in the Cobra Unit, also appeared in the Ground Zeroes app where they acted as officer characters in the Mother Base game. The Pain specifically are unlocked by send an enemy flying 20m or more while playing the app with Ground Zeroes.


Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f Metal Gear Solid 3 voice casting sheet [1][2]
  2. ^ METAL GEAR SOLID 3 : SNAKE EATER. Konami Digital Entertainment. Retrieved on 2011-04-05.
  3. ^ Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater Official Strategy Guide, BradyGames (2004).
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