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This article is about the military group featured in Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes. You may be looking for the FOX Unit, from which the organization's name and logo were derived.
XOF logo.
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XOF was the proxy organization of Cipher that existed some time around the mid 1970s and early '80s. During this time, they were led by a heavily scarred man known by the codename of "Skull Face." The group's logo utilized an inverted image of a fox that was used by the (then defunct) FOX Unit.


"Skull Face", the commander of XOF.
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XOF was involved in the imprisonment of the former child soldier Chico at Camp Omega, prompting a rescue effort from Big Boss of the Militaires Sans Frontières. They had also detained ex-Cipher agent Paz Ortega Andrade, after a Belizean fisherman recovered her from sea, having held her for interrogation on behalf of her former employers.[1] During their operations at the naval prison facility, the XOF were frequently stationed at the admin building.[2]

After XOF's commander, Skull Face, visited Chico at Camp Omega, and told him to, "Give my regards to your Boss, when you get home," anticipating the arrival of Big Boss at Camp Omega, the group commenced their "Trojan Horse" operation; an assault on the MSF's Mother Base, under the guise of a UN nuclear inspection, though Big Boss, Kazuhira Miller, Huey, and one MSF soldier were able to escape.

While undergoing their activities, XOF claimed to be a CIA-based unit. However, an undercover agent uncovered and likewise relayed to Big Boss that XOF was not actually aligned with the CIA at all.

The Marines stationed at the base had no idea who XOF were but did have some suspicions about them.[3][4][5]

Equipment and functionsEdit

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XOF soldiers in a Blackhawk.
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During the events of the mid 1970s and early '80s, regular XOF soldiers wore Olive drab uniforms and combat boots, a chest harness, a balaclava, a ballistic helmet with a designation number painted on and eye protection goggles. Some also wore headsets for communication, and all wore black brassards on the left arm with XOF logo velcroed on for easy disposing. These soldiers were armed with M1911 series pistols, Ruger MP9s modified with Skorpion vz. 61 folding stocks, SAR-80s and SIG SG 550s, and had access to aircraft and vehicles, such as modified Blackhawks with retractable gears and refueling booms, APCs, and jeeps.

They also wore patches on their uniforms, which they disposed of when about to infiltrate an area. The patches and logo for XOF is a color inversion of the FOX logo.

Behind the scenesEdit

XOF personnel art.
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XOF first appeared in the PAX Prime 2012 demo for Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (at the time simply titled as Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes). In both the VGA 2012 trailer for The Phantom Pain, and the GDC 2013 trailer for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, there are soldiers shown attacking a hospital that utilize similar uniforms and equipment to XOF, although it is currently unclear if they are the same group.

In the demo shown at the Kojima Productions Los Angeles studio live opening, the XOF members, when disposing of their XOF badges, also released a FOX badge, with the player later finding it after interrogating a soldier about it. It was later confirmed that the XOF patches were indeed collectible in-game, and that collecting them all will unlock the extra op mission ("Deja Vu" for the PS3/PS4 releases, and "Jamais Vu" for the Xbox 360/Xbox One releases). In Jamais Vu, Raiden was offered payment in the form of XOF patches in exchange for having him wipe out the Body-Snatchers that took over the Cuban base, implying that XOF had been wiped out in this storyline.

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes demo, Kojima Productions (2012).
    Kazuhira Miller: Our 'friends' at Cipher suspect Paz could be a double agent. She’s being held for interrogation at a camp on the southern tip of Cuba.
  2. ^ Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, Kojima Productions (2014)
    Marine: Those XOF guys... always hang around the admin building.
  3. ^ Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, Kojima Productions (2014).
    Marine 1: All quiet? Those new guys - you see their choppers? Who are they with? // Marine 2: Beats me, man. Green Berets... SEALs? // Marine 1: Those ain't no jarhead birds. I can tell you that. Some kind of paramilitary setup? // Marine 2: Well, some of the guys were saying... You know what? Best we just drop this, all right? // Marine 1: Uh, sure.
  4. ^ Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, Kojima Productions (2014).
    Marine 1: All quiet? You know those choppers? I saw the marking on the side - "XOF." // Marine 2: "XOF"? That some kind of unit name? // Marine 2: Hell if I know. Maybe I saw it wrong. Any way, they're gone now. Guess we'll never find out.
  5. ^ Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, Kojima Productions (2014).
    Marine 1: All quiet? I didn't get a good look, but their boss's face, man... // Marine 2: Yeah, you didn't need to get close to see that was no mask, either. // Marine 1: I tell you, I am glad they're outta here. It was like rubbing shoulders with dead men. // Marine 2: Yeah... Their boss, his crew... like phantoms, every last one.

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