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Johnny Sasaki, nicknamed Akiba by his comrades in Rat Patrol Team 01, was a U.S. Army soldier, and sometimes mercenary, who participated in the Shadow Moses Incident, the Big Shell Incident and, more prominently, the events of the Guns of the Patriots Incident. His grandfather, also named Johnny, was encountered by Naked Snake during Operation Snake Eater.

During the Guns of the Patriots Incident, his entire body was often covered with wearable computers. Using a wrist-mounted keyboard and a goggle monitor, he specialized in scouting, patrolling, record keeping, data analysis, explosives, and traps. He became proficient in these areas in an attempt to match the skills of his nanomachine-enhanced teammates, though he would later admit that he never came close to doing so. Johnny suffered from irritable bowel syndrome and, due to his lack of nanomachines, also consumed local water without normal nanomachine filtration. This caused his diarrhea and cramps to become particularly bad during missions, although he seemed to blame the bouts of diarrhea on trying to hold up good-looking women during a mission.

Despite his poor hand-to-hand skills and generally hapless behavior, Johnny exhibited excellent firearms proficiency when he finally engaged in a gunfight with Liquid Ocelot's FROG troops (an earlier incident with the safety left on notwithstanding).


Early career

Circa 2004, Johnny joined the U.S. military.[1]

Shadow Moses Incident

Main article: Shadow Moses Incident

During the Shadow Moses Incident, Johnny was one of the Genome Soldiers that took part in Liquid Snake's revolt. He was the guard assigned to watch the DARPA Chief and Meryl Silverburgh's cells, during Solid Snake's first infiltration of the facility. Upon seeing Meryl for the first time, Johnny immediately fell in love with her.[2] Later, while in the bathroom, Johnny complained to himself about a cold he had caught and how much he hated Alaska, before commenting on how "built" Meryl was.[3] After hearing Meryl banging on her cell door, Johnny opened it and was immediately knocked unconscious and stripped of his clothes, which she used as a disguise. His Codec was also stolen by Meryl, which later ended up being broken when her cover was blown.[4][5][6]

Johnny is knocked unconscious during Meryl's escape.

After acquiring some more clothes, Johnny was later assigned to guard Solid Snake's cell in the medical room, after the latter was captured by Sniper Wolf. He only opened the cell for Snake whenever Revolver Ocelot requested that he be brought to him for further interrogation.[7] While guarding the cell, Johnny periodically complained about his cold, which he was still suffering from despite having taken medicine,[8][9] and also took frequent bathroom breaks due to his diarrhea. Despite his feelings towards Meryl, he was angered that she had earlier stolen his uniform, referring to her as a "witch."[10] Johnny was later fooled by Snake, when the latter played dead by lying down in a puddle of ketchup, resembling blood.[11] After unlocking the cell to investigate, he was subsequently knocked out again.

The Manhattan Incident

See also: Tanker Incident and the Big Shell Incident

Unlike the surviving Genome Soldiers who had participated in the rebellion, Johnny somehow managed to avoid being detained at Pease AFB in the aftermath of the Shadow Moses Incident and eventually joined the Gurlukovich Mercenaries. He participated in the takeover of the Big Shell, though he continued to suffer from stomach problems. During a bathroom break in the Shell 1 Core, he briefly talked about his time in Alaska and how much his commanding officer, Olga Gurlukovich, reminded him of Meryl. He also mentioned that "things really started to hit the skids" and "up to that point, [he] was steady cruising on the elite course." Finally, he commented that the "Russian crew [was] a pretty decent bunch", how much "the President's escort guys" annoyed him, and that he just had to hang in there. His monologue ended with him realizing that there was no toilet paper.

Johnny later ran into Emma Emmerich while she was crossing the Strut L Oil Fence. Although he was assigned to watch out for intruders, he lowered his gun when he saw that she was an unarmed woman. Johnny then reflected on the danger of associating with beautiful women during a mission, referring to his past experience with Meryl at Shadow Moses. He told Emma that it would cause diarrhea, right before being hit with a bout. Johnny was then forced to release Emma and run off to find the bathroom, with Emma commenting, "what a weird guy."[12]

Guns of the Patriots Incident

See also: Liquid Sun, Solid Sun, Third Sun, Twin Suns, Old Sun, and Naked Sin/Naked Son

Johnny attempts to hold up Solid Snake, without realizing his safety is still on.

After the Big Shell Incident, Johnny somehow returned to the U.S. military, despite his checkered history, and joined Meryl's Rat Patrol Team 01,[13] with his teammates calling him by the nickname Akiba due to his love of Tokyo's world famous Akihabara electronics district. The guns he carried were ID guns under the SOP System that he modified into non-ID guns using rare parts acquired through secret channels in Akihabara.[14] During Rat Patrol's undercover PMC investigation in the Middle East in 2014, Akiba hid within a drum barrel, presumably to scout the current situation of the area for Rat Patrol, but he ended up being hit with a bout of diarrhea, and was forced to blow his cover to release his bowels, drawing a Middle Eastern militia soldier to his location and having to run away with his pants partially up. This also inadvertently saved Solid Snake the trouble of hiding from the same militia soldier. He had a brief run-in with Snake, whom he didn't recognize, and attempted to hold him up at gunpoint. However, he kept the safety on apparently due to negligence. When Snake pointed this out and accused him of being a rookie, Johnny denied this and stated that he was a "ten year vet." However, despite his training, Johnny was ultimately unsure as to whether he did leave it on and tried to check, thus resulting in Snake easily disarming Johnny and then holding him up instead, causing Snake to question how he had even survived for ten years. Johnny accidentally attracted a large battalion of FROGS by the reflection of his binoculars. The Rat Patrol and Snake did battle with the FROGS, and Johnny, in typical Sasaki fashion, lost control of his bowels during the battle. After Liquid Ocelot shut off the SOP system present in all active soldiers (PMCs and Rat Patrol alike), Johnny was the only soldier on the battlefield who was not affected. After Snake collapsed in the middle of the warzone, Johnny was able to locate him and drag him to safety.

Johnny "Akiba" Sasaki, circa 2014.

Snake reconvened with the Rat Patrol in Eastern Europe on his mission to locate Big Mama, with Johnny excitedly greeting Snake before being knocked down by his comrade, and Snake irritably questioning what is wrong with him. Later, Rat Patrol led an army attempting to stop Liquid from escaping with the stolen body of Big Boss. Liquid shut off the SOP system once again, causing the entire U.S. military to fall to shambles. Johnny saved Meryl from drowning after she was knocked into the river, and for the first time, he removed his balaclava and sunglasses to perform CPR on her. After waking up from her near death experience, Meryl was surprised but relieved, as she shared a passionate kiss with him.

After a mission briefing on the USS Missouri, Johnny, along with Meryl and Snake, were launched by catapults onto Liquid's massive warship, Outer Haven. Johnny missed his mark and fell into the ocean. He somehow managed to board the ship and appeared with a Barrett M82-A2 (which he had gotten from Drebin) and his XM8 Compact, saving Meryl and Snake from a troop of FROGS.

Johnny arrives to protect Meryl.

Johnny was then attacked by Screaming Mantis and knocked unconscious, but Mantis was unable to control him using her Psycho Mantis doll due to his lack of nanomachines; he had skipped out on all mandatory injections of nanomachines because of his fear of needles. Snake defeated Screaming Mantis and left Johnny and Meryl to hold off the relentless waves of FROGS.

During their massive fire fight with the FROGS, Johnny revealed to Meryl that he had joined the unit to get close to her, because he had been in love with her since the day that he laid eyes on her on Shadow Moses. Eventually, he proposed to Meryl, while in the heat of battle. At first she rejected him, but Johnny persisted by asking her if they just moved in or that it didn't have to be official. After fending off more FROGS, Meryl decided that she wanted to do things "her way" and demanded Johnny to marry her. Johnny was briefly stunned but accepted saying that it would be a pleasure. They eliminated a few more FROGS then shared a kiss and continued with fighting the countless waves of FROGS. After Snake managed to pass through the microwave corridor, Johnny and Meryl were in a losing battle, as Johnny was incapacitated by gunfire, and the FROGS moved in to finish the two. However, Snake and Otacon had successfully deactivated the remainding SOP just in time, causing the FROGS to seize up and faint. After the mission had succeeded, and the two of them had been healed up, Johnny and Meryl married with fellow Rat Patrol members Ed and Jonathan serving as the priest and best man, respectively.


Johnny's nickname "Akiba" refers to the Akihabara district of Tokyo filled with stores selling electronics, manga, anime merchandise, and other products designed to appeal to the otaku subculture. "Akibakei" is Japanese slang similar in meaning to "otaku."

Unconfirmed history

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.[?]

Prior to FOXHOUND's revolt on Shadow Moses Island, Johnny served as the head computer technician on the base.[15]

Behind the scenes

Metal Gear Solid, Integral, and The Twin Snakes

Johnny is a recurring comic relief character who first appears as an enemy guard in Metal Gear Solid. Johnny's character is never named in-game and is listed only in the end credits as Johnny Sasaki. His surname comes from the game's character model designer, Hideki Sasaki. According to the developers' commentary in Metal Gear Solid: Integral, Sasaki was known among the staff for his slackoff behavior and the character was included in the game as an in-joke.[16] His surname is never actually mentioned in-game, as it only appears in the end credits of the first two Metal Gear Solid games.

Johnny's about to suffer a bout of diarrhea while guarding Snake's cell in Metal Gear Solid.

Whenever Johnny is rendered unconscious in Metal Gear Solid, his body always falls to the floor in the same position; face down with his rear in the air. In the Japanese version, Johnny is shown wearing just his boxer shorts after having his uniform stolen by Meryl, whereas the English version (and the Nintendo GameCube remake The Twin Snakes) has him completely naked, with his private parts censored by a blur. The PC port, based on Metal Gear Solid: Integral, and a flashback in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, show him in his boxers. Johnny's character also features as a suspect in the lineup of "Mystery" Level 6 in Integral, in which his tendency to humorously fall in the same aforementioned position when knocked unconscious, can be used to identify him from the other soldiers.[17]

Following the torture sequence in Metal Gear Solid, Johnny can be tricked into unlocking Snake's cell, by either using the Ketchup provided by Otacon, or by hiding under the bed before he returns from the bathroom, though these methods will only work if Johnny has not seen them during a previous failed escape attempt. If Gray Fox ends up cutting down the door, Johnny will immediately run out of the bathroom to confront Snake, though unlike the other attempts, he cannot lock the player back in the cell since the door is damaged.

Johnny is fooled by Snake's use of Ketchup as fake blood.

The player then has three options in dealing with Johnny after escaping the cell:

  • The player can knock him unconscious.
  • The player can kill him by breaking his neck (non-canon).
  • The player can ignore him, resulting in Johnny attempting to give chase, but rushing to the bathroom soon afterwards due to more stomach pains.

Note that if attempting to confront Johnny directly in either of the first two instances, he is significantly more difficult to defeat compared to the other Genome Soldiers.

In the remake The Twin Snakes, Johnny has a dog tag, although the player can't actually procure it from him. Instead, they have to take it from Meryl while she is still disguised as Johnny in the Nuclear Warhead Storage building's first basement. In the sequence after Meryl knocks Johnny out; if the player attempts to shoot the unconscious Johnny, the camera will turn away from from him and thus prevent him from being killed.

The June 2009 issue of Game Informer ranked Johnny #7 in their list of the top 10 most pathetic enemies, based on his appearance in Metal Gear Solid.

Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

Johnny returns for a pair of voice-over cameos in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. In an early version of the story, his full name was to be Johnny Sasaki-Slater and he originally had a minor role in the main plot in which his character, a Patriot spy, would die from a pacemaker malfunction after coming in contact with Raiden. The scene was retained in the final version, but Richard Ames took said place.[18]

In Metal Gear Solid 2, Johnny does not make a physical appearance, though the player can listen to his conversations on two occasions. During Raiden's talk with Ames, where he uses the directional microphone to listen in on Solidus and Ocelot's conversation, if the player points the mic at the bathroom door in the corner, they'll hear Johnny talking to himself whilst on the toilet. Later, Johnny can be found during Raiden's sniper trial at the bottom of the Big Shell's Struts. When guarding Emma's advance with sniper fire, using the directional microphone while she is behind the second strut will trigger a conversation.[12] In addition, he does have a brief cameo in the Instruction Manga included in the instruction manual, where he was among the soldiers patrolling the USS Discovery, with Snake quickly tranquilizing him with his M9 and aiming for his head. After he passes out, Snake pondered if it was Johnny due to his sleeping position, referring to how he was knocked out in Metal Gear Solid.

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots


Meryl and Johnny

Meryl and Johnny in Metal Gear Solid 4.

In Metal Gear Solid 4, Johnny's face is revealed for the first time in the series. Concept art indicated that he, like Meryl, was to have originally worn a regular military cap, albeit sideways. During the battle in Advent Palace, Johnny will give Old Snake some ammo if he starts to run low. If Johnny dies, images of his past, including those from Shadow Moses, will flash on-screen, instead of Snake's. In addition, when Snake first encounters Johnny in Act 1, pressing the X button will result in flashbacks to when Meryl held up Snake when he walked out of the DARPA Chief's cell.

Johnny's grandfather, the Soviet jail guard who befriends Naked Snake in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, was originally planned to make a cameo in the ending of Metal Gear Solid 4 as a guest attending his grandson's wedding with Meryl. This would've been the first time in the series that Johnny and his grandfather ever appeared together, but the elderly Johnny's cameo was scrapped and only the concept art was published.[19]

Johnny was also a playable character in Metal Gear Online, and had the M82A2 along with the XM8 Compact as his exclusive weapons. He was unlockable via the GENE expansion, and his skills included displaying all traps on the current map if playing as him and disarming traps and simultaneously turning them into useful items via pressing the Triangle button, and after he killed a certain amount of players he would lose control of his bowels causing a green gas cloud to form behind him, causing every character around him to start coughing. In addition, his eyewear could also be unlocked in the Rewards shop of Metal Gear Online. If he was tranquilized, he'd sometimes say "Pass me...the TP...please?", alluding to his bowel problems.

Game Informer ranked Johnny #7 in their list of the top 10 dorks of 2008.

His infamous downed pose was replicated by Liquid Ocelot after the latter is defeated.

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker

Johnny's bowel problems are given a brief reference in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, where a random Militaires Sans Frontières soldier will say "Ohhh... my stomach..." on their profile on Mother Base's soldier menu.  Additionally, Johnny's likeness is also used for character portraits assigned to random MSF recruits.

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes

Johnny has a voice only cameo in the extra op Déjà Vu. When passing by several port-a-johns near Camp Omega, groans will be heard coming from one of them, alluding to Johnny's diarrhea problems, and Kazuhira Miller will call the player telling him to leave him be as he has his own problems.[20] Calling Miller will have him reiterate his earlier statement to the player,[21][22] as well as briefly wonder if he's Johnny Sasaki before dismissing the thought.[23] In addition, one of the questions on the hard mode post-mission quiz involves what Johnny was wearing when Meryl knocked him out and stole his uniform in the English version (or rather, what was covering him).

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Johnny and his bowel problems were given an indirect reference in The Phantom Pain as a context-dependent cassette tape, which could be used while hiding in a port-a-john to cancel a soft alert to imply that the port-a-john was "occupied."

Versus Battle

Johnny Sasaki also appeared in Versus Battle.

Skilled Sharpshooter When it Counts
IBS, Usually Klutzy, Not Always Dressed
Unenhanced with nanomachines unlike his Rat Patrol teammates, Johnny nevertheless became a versatile scout, sniper, data, & explosives expert
―Johnny Sasaki's bio on Versus Battle



Notes and references

  1. ^ Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, Kojima Productions (2008).
    Solid Snake: You haven't even taken the safety off, rookie. // Johnny (Akiba): Careful, I'm no rookie! I'm a 10-year vet!
    This exchange occurred in 2014, during Snake's infiltration of Advent Palace in the Middle East.
  2. ^ Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, Kojima Productions (2008).
    Johnny (Akiba): Meryl... I've always loved you. Ever since Shadow Moses, when I first laid eyes on you.
  3. ^ Metal Gear Solid, Konami Computer Entertainment Japan (1998).
    Johnny Sasaki: ...Caught a damned cold. I hate Alaska. Boy oh boy that woman [Meryl Silverburgh] is built all right.
    This cutscene is unlocked if the player makes a left turn, after entering the air ducts of the Tank Hangar's B1 floor, and looks down a vent.
  4. ^ Metal Gear Solid, Konami Computer Entertainment Japan (1998).
    Kenneth Baker: I was in contact with [Meryl Silverburgh] by Codec. Until I was tied up here that is. // Solid Snake: Codec? // Baker: Yes. She stole it from the guard. If she still has it, you should be able to contact her.
  5. ^ Metal Gear Solid, Konami Computer Entertainment Japan (1998).
    Solid Snake: Meryl, the engineer's okay. // Meryl Silverburgh: That's a relief. // Snake: I want you to look after him. Where are you now? // Meryl: Very close. // Guard: There she is! Over there! // Meryl: Oh no! Damn...they've spotted me!! // (Meryl gasps as she loses contact with Snake) // Snake: Meryl! What happened!?
  6. ^ Metal Gear Solid, Konami Computer Entertainment Japan (1998).
    Solid Snake: Why didn't you contact me? // Meryl Silverburgh: My Codec was broken.
  7. ^ Metal Gear Solid, Konami Computer Entertainment Japan (1998).
    Johnny Sasaki: [Solid] Snake. It's show time. [Revolver] Ocelot wants you.
  8. ^ Metal Gear Solid, Konami Computer Entertainment Japan (1998).
    Solid Snake: Is there any cold medicine on this base? // Otacon: What's wrong, Snake? You caught a cold? I think there's some in the commander's room. [...] I gave directions to another soldier [Johnny Sasaki] who had caught a cold. // Snake: Well it looks like he gave the cold to me.
  9. ^ Metal Gear Solid, Konami Computer Entertainment Japan (1998).
    Johnny Sasaki: That cold medicine knocked me out ...and it doesn't even work!
  10. ^ Metal Gear Solid, Konami Computer Entertainment Japan (1998).
    Johnny Sasaki: Hachooh!!! Damn! ...I caught a cold... That witch! She took my clothes!
  11. ^ Metal Gear Solid, Konami Computer Entertainment Japan (1998).
    Johnny Sasaki: What the hell?
  12. ^ a b Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Konami Computer Entertainment Japan (2001).
    Johnny Sasaki: Freeze! // Emma Emmerich: Ack! // Johnny: A girl! What're you doing here? // Emma: It's not by choice, thank you very much. // Johnny: Oh. // Emma: You're not gonna -- shoot me? // Johnny: Nope... // Emma: Why not? // Johnny: Stay away from good-looking women when you're fighting. Otherwise you get hit with diarrhea. // Emma: Huh? // Johnny: One of the few things I learned from Shadow Moses. // Emma: What are you talking about? // Johnny: Ancient history. Don't worry about it. // Emma: Ah, I have no idea what you're talking about, but does this mean you're letting me go? // Johnny: Well, you could have found a nicer way to say that, but sure. Better hurry. // Emma: Thanks... // Johnny: Don't mention it, just run like hell -- oh no, my stomach -- not again -- // (Johnny groans in pain) // Johnny: ...this place is about to sink. Just get out fast, okay? Ohhh... // Emma: Wait! // Johnny: What? // Emma: What's your name? // Johnny: Don't have one. // Emma: ...huh? // Johnny: OK, fine, it's Johnny. Ohhh -- I'm not gonna make it! // Emma: Hey! If we run into each other again -- // Johnny: Ohhhh! // Emma: Ha! What a weird guy....
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  15. ^ Metal Gear Solid by Raymond Benson, Del Rey Books (2008).
    "I'll live. Is that idiot guard out there?" "Johnny? He used to be the head computer technician here at Shadow Moses. I guess the terrorists brainwashed him or something to work for them."
  16. ^ Metal Gear Solid: Integral (Japanese version), Konami Computer Entertainment Japan (1999).
  17. ^ YouTube video "MGS VR SPECIAL MISSION 06" [1]
  18. ^ Metal Gear Solid 2 Grand Game Plan, Konami Computer Entertainment Japan (1999).
  19. ^ Metal Gear Solid 4: Master Art Works, page 176.
  20. ^ Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, Kojima Productions (2014).
    Kazuhira Miller: Someone's in the outhouse... Some soldier with stomach trouble? I think he's gonna be a while. Better leave him alone.
  21. ^ Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, Kojima Productions (2014).
    Kazuhira Miller: I'd say he's having a tough time in there.
  22. ^ Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, Kojima Productions (2014).
    Kazuhira Miller: Better leave him alone.
  23. ^ Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, Kojima Productions (2014).
    Kazuhira Miller: Is that... Johnny? ... No, forget I said anything.