Otacon provides Snake with a ration and ketchup bottle.

Ketchup (or catsup) is a sweet-and-sour condiment typically made from tomatoes, vinegar, sugar or high-fructose corn syrup, and an assortment of vegetable seasonings and spices such as onions, allspice, cloves, cinnamon, garlic, and celery. Ketchup is often served with fried foods such as French fries, fish and chips, and grilled foods such as hot dogs and hamburgers. It is also used to flavor cooked meat and as a base for other sauces.


Shadow Moses Incident

Main article: Shadow Moses Incident
Snake and ketchup

Snake using the ketchup to trick Johnny Sasaki into opening the cell door to do emergency treatment on Snake before he escapes.

During Solid Snake's imprisonment by FOXHOUND on Shadow Moses, Hal Emmerich provided him with a bottle of Italian[1] ketchup while the dim-witted Johnny Sasaki, who was on guard, was taking a bathroom break, under the pretense that Snake was hungry alongside a ration.[2] Having taken the time to find one of a suitable color and consistency, Snake quickly discerned that Otacon had provided him with a possible means of escape.[3] Utilizing the ketchup as fake blood, Snake lay down on the floor of his cell and pretended to be wounded. Upon returning, Johnny was shocked at the prisoner's apparent condition, and rushed into the cell to investigate.[4] He was subsequently taken by surprise and knocked unconscious by Snake, who then made his escape.

The Manhattan Incident

See also: Tanker Incident and the Big Shell Incident

Being a fairly common food condiment, bottles of ketchup were present in the Deck-D, crew's quarters on the tanker USS Discovery, and in the Strut C dining hall of the Big Shell offshore cleanup facility.[5]

Behind the scenes



Italian-tomato-based food condiment.
―Ketchup description in Metal Gear Solid
Tomato-based food condiment.
Press A to use.
―Ketchup description in Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes

In Metal Gear Solid, the player is provided with the Ketchup by Otacon after Johnny leaves the room temporarily. To use it, Snake must lie on the ground and spread the contents of the bottle beneath him by pressing the Circle button. In order for the deception to work, Snake must remain perfectly still while lying down, and must get into said position when Johnny is not present. After Johnny returns and opens the cell door, he must be quickly dispatched before he escapes and locks the cell again. If Snake fails to escape when using the ketchup bottle or does not use it at all, Snake will refuse to acknowledge Otacon's part in helping him escape in a Codec call with Otacon due to not figuring out the real purpose of the ketchup bottle. If Snake does succeed in using the ketchup bottle to escape, he'll tell Otacon in a Codec call that he can't believe it actually worked.

"The Calber's Fine English Ketchup bottle in the collection of Hal Emmerich's condiment storage pantry, brought over by supply boat three weeks prior to the insurrection, may prove more useful than one would first think. First and foremost, it adds a tangy, yet discernible "tomato" taste to any foodstuff (with the exception of military Rations). Calber's motto, "If it doesn't taste of tomato, then it's probably mustard" is justified in this instance, as six out of ten personnel aboard the Discovery (the Ohio Class nuclear submarine we're briefing you from) who expressed a preference said they preferred it to military ketchup. It can also be cleverly used as fake blood to fool exceptionally simple soldiers."
―Inventory description in the Metal Gear Solid: Official Mission Handbook

In Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, the ketchup containers can be shot at to distract the enemy by the ketchup's sound and explosion.

Notes and references

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  1. ^ It being of Italian origin is only specified in the original release for Metal Gear Solid. In the remake The Twin Snakes, it simply states it was a tomato-based food condiment.
  2. ^ Metal Gear Solid, Konami Computer Entertainment Japan (1998).
    Otacon: This lock won't open with a security card. You need a key like the soldiers carry. // Solid Snake: So what are you doing here then? // (Otacon reaches into his pockets and pulls out some food) // Otacon: I... I thought you might be hungry. If you need more food, I can bring some more later.
  3. ^ Metal Gear Solid, Konami Computer Entertainment Japan (1998).
    Otacon: Did you use the ketchup? It took me a long time to find that. It's exactly the right color and consistency too.
  4. ^ Metal Gear Solid, Konami Computer Entertainment Japan (1998).
    Johnny Sasaki: What the hell?
  5. ^ Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Konami Computer Entertainment Japan (2001).
    The bottles in the Tanker and Plant are each from different brands, though only the bottles in the Plant are legible. They read '"Homer," which is right beside a bottle of "Dog Sause," presumably a barbeque or steak condiment.
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