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"Snake Eater" (Song)

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"Snake Eater" (Song) refers to the main theme of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, composed by Norihiko Hibino and performed by Cynthia Harrell. The track has been described as dramatic, campy and reminiscent of a James Bond theme. Online, it is widely celebrated and referenced in parodies. In particular, the song is a popular reference for when a video game character climbs a large ladder, as it recalls a memorable scene in Metal Gear Solid 3 in which Snake climbs a large ladder while the song plays.


In 2004's Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, the game's title theme, performed by Cynthia Harrell and composted by Nobiko Hibino, features prominently in multiple moments from the game[1] (shown below).

In particular, the song plays during a memorable scene where the player, as Solid Snake, climbs a long ladder (shown below). The scene would later be parodied in memes referencing the song.


In the years since the game's release, the song has become highly regarded and been widely parodied on social media. Often, the parodies feature ladders in reference to the famous ladder scene from Metal Gear Solid 3. For example, on September 24th, 2012, YouTuber Azure Crimson posted a Dark Souls parody where the Snake Eater theme plays as the player climbs a ladder (shown below, left). On March 13th, 2017, YouTuber Popato played the song over a similar ladder segment from Breath of the Wild, gaining over 44,000 views (shown below, right).

The song's lyrics have also been referenced in numerous image macros. For example, on March 12th, 2017, a Hiding From a Serial Killer parody referencing the song was posted to Imgur (shown below, left).[2] On August 24th, Tumblr user Captainkupo[3] posted a Distracted Boyfriend parody with the lyrics, gaining over 7,700 notes (shown below, right).

hiding from a serial killer* Me: omg l'm gonna die if he finds me Killer: l'm still Me: IN A DREAAAAAM SNAAAKE EATEEER! I GIVE MY LIFE, NOT FOR HONOR BUT FOPR YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!! y life you onor

On October 6th, 2020, Kotaku[4] wrote a positive review of the song, writing, "the song fits everything together, like the keystone at the top of an arch, making the rest of the game click."

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give my life Not for honor, but for youuu (snake eater) 42 ONE ART STILL DREAMING SERPENT DEVOVRER d give my life not for honor but For You

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External References

[1] Metal Geat Solid Wiki – Snake Eater

[2] Imgur – Snake Eater

[3] Tumblr – Captainkupo

[4] Kotaku – MGS3's "Snake Eater" Is Good Enough To Be A Bond Theme

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It's kind of interesting how the meaning of this song changes depending on context in MGS3.

At the start of the game it's a sort of cheesy yet loving call back to Kojima's favorite spy movies, but by the end of the game it becomes a melancholy reminder of the sacrifice the Boss had to make for her country.

It's very good indirect storytelling on the part of Kojima.


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