MGSV: A theory about ‘Those who “don’t exist”‘

I have a theory about those who “don’t exist”.  It could be wrong, or it could be a more common belief than I’m aware of, in which case it’s hardly much of a theory, but I want to share it nonetheless.


I think this group of people are actually real, but they simply “don’t exist” in the official sense.  They’ve been officially wiped from all government records.  As far as the world is concerned, they are nonexistent.  I believe Kojima purposely labeled them as people who don’t exist in order to mislead us into thinking they’re hallucinations of Big Boss after his coma.

Powerful psychics, capable of summoning flaming demons with their minds and float through walls; misshaped and soulless soldiers who leap into the air and shuffle toward you; they seem to be demons…

“We are not your kind of people — won’t be cast as demons”

That’s a lyric from the Garbage song used in the trailer.  This is probably the most important line in the song, considering we know Kojima was calling MGSV “the Demon Project” (or “Ogre Project”) for a long time.  Everything is pointing to these people either being real demons (not likely) or hallucinations.  But I like my idea more for a couple of reasons that I’ll get to.

They refuse to be cast as demons, and refuse to “not exist”.  The fact that there are quotes around the words “don’t exist” implies that this is a label they’ve been given, not actually true.  Why put quotes around it if its simply a statement of fact?

The CIA has marked these people as “nonexistent demons”, and after Big Boss’ nine year coma, he too has been marked as somebody who “doesn’t exist” anymore.  He’s officially been considered dead and forgotten.  He lost, and has fallen into mercenary Hell.  The CIA and enemies of Big Boss won, and now he has to join those who “don’t exist” in order to rebuild his influence and make his comeback.  He’s one of those “demons”, and this might even bolster his future obsession with recruiting “demons” from around the world, much like the Cobra Unit, or FOXHOUND.

To me, this all makes for a much more interesting story than Big Boss being brain-damaged and hallucinating.  Truth being stranger than fiction.  Can somebody really float through a wall and summon telekinetic demons?  I don’t know, but The Pain could control bees and shoot them like bullets, The End could come back from the dead using photosynthesis, and the dead ghost of The Sorrow could cause it to rain blood.  Oh, and Volgin could shoot endless amounts of electricity from his hands, and control machinery just by grabbing random wires.  Just sayin.

One last thought.  The whole theme of losing limbs and being stuck with the pain until you go crazy certainly makes Revolver Ocelot’s future psychosis more logical, don’t you think?

Kojima finally explains what Ogre Project means

I don’t understand Japanese, but Anoop Gantayat from Andriasang does.  He looks at Kojima’s tweet for us, and explains:

Hideo Kojima has been talking up his mysterious “Project Ogre” at Twitter for the past year. In Japanese, he refers to the project as “Oni Project.” Today, he clarified what the “Oni” means.

There have been a few theories of what the Oni might mean. Perhaps this is such a big project that it’s devilish or demonic. Or perhaps it’s a game that requires Kojima to close off his heart as he makes it (this is from a proverb involving Oni, I believe).

These two are both incorrect, said Kojima at Twitter today. The meaning is more literal. Oni Project is a game that deals with Oni in some capacity.

Oni can be translated to a variety of things, including demon, devil, and, of course, ogre. Based off Kojima’s Tweets, it’s unclear if he’s saying that the game deals with Oni as a subject matter, or if it’s the player who handles Oni in some form (collecting spirits and so-forth).

That’s actually a huge revelation: the game involves actual demons.  Kojima seems to be really passionate about this project, and I can’t wait to see what it’s about.  Sneaking through hell, smoking brimstone cigars and trying to fight a demonic Metal Gear?

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