Solid Snake (ソリッド・スネーク, Soriddo Sunēku?), whose real name is David (デイビッド, Deibiddo?), is a fictional character and the main protagonist of Konami's Metal Gear series of stealth video games. Created by Hideo Kojima, Snake is introduced in the first game of the series, Metal Gear from 1987. Snake has appeared in the majority of subsequent games and spin-offs. Japanese voice actor Akio Ōtsuka voices Snake in Japanese, while actor and screenwriter David Hayter provides the English voice of the character.
Introduced in Metal Gear, Solid Snake is a combination of spy, special operations soldier and mercenary commando of FOXHOUND, a fictional black operations and espionage unit. He is tasked with disarming and destroying the latest incarnation of Metal Gear, a bipedal nuclear weapon-armed mecha. Controlled by the player, Solid Snake must act alone, supported via radio by commanding officers and specialists.