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Real name: Jack. A VR-trained, digital-era special forces unit member, he was responsible for resolving the Big Shell takeover incident as a new recruit to the reformed FOXHOUND unit.

Before his solo infiltration mission on the Big Shell, his only combat experience was the virtual reality training he received in the US Army's experimental Task Force 21 Unit. At the time of his deployment, he was operating under the codename Snake, but his alias was quickly changed to Raiden after the discovery that the leader of the terrorists shared the name Snake.

His objectives for the infiltration mission were to rescue President James Johnson and disarm the terrorist forces. He was outfitted with the Skull Suit, with Rosemary and Roy Campbell providing support.

Raiden eventually recovered the memory of his past, previously erased by Solidus Snake, the man behind the Big Shell takeover.

Raiden was a child soldier without a past, absent from the databases of the NSA, CIA, and FBI.

In the 1980s, Raiden (Jack) fought in the Liberian civil war under Solidus Snake as a killing machine known alternatively as the "White Devil" and "Jack the Ripper." Armed with a gun at the age of six, he proved a superior soldier, rising to become captain of the Small Boys Unit at ten.

Raiden actively sought to forget his past, and never mentioned it to his girlfriend, Rose.

Raiden was being manipulated by a program prepared by GW. The GW system was re-enacting the events of Shadow Moses in order to produce the world's strongest soldier through the "Solid Snake Simulation." According to Solidus, it sought to make Raiden a copy of history's strongest soldier, Solid Snake, by forcing him to negotiate a scenario similar to the Shadow Moses Incident.

But the Patriots' true S3 Project was not a "Solid Snake Simulation."

The True S3 Project was the Patriots' "Selection for Societal Sanity," a system engineered to control peoples' minds by controlling information. Raiden was selected to be the subject of the final test to prove its viability.

The rationale behind drafting a scenario using Shadow Moses as its motif lie in the extreme nature of that incident. It recreated the Shadow Moses conflict as a test of the S3 Project's boundaries, to see if GW could properly function in such an environment.

When Solidus Snake took the hijacked Arsenal Gear ashore in Manhattan, the fake Colonel (AI) and Rose created as an illusion within Raiden's brain by the Patriots' AI explained the truth to Raiden.

He had been used by both Solidus Snake and the Patriots. Even the codename Raiden, which referred to a type of interceptor craft used by the Japanese in World War II, held a clue to his existence as a disposable weapon.

Exercising his own free will for the first time, Raiden fought Solidus in a duel and won.

Then, free of the Patriots' bonds, Raiden set out to rescue Olga's daughter.

Raiden began living together with Rosemary, but the tragic memories of his days a child soldier started to resurface, causing tension in their relationship and leading him to leave her.

Raiden learned that Olga's daughter, Sunny, was being held in Area 51.

He successfully rescued Sunny with the help of the anti-Patriots resistance group, the Paradise Lost Army.

After hearing of Rosemary's miscarriage and subsequent remarriage to Roy Campbell, Raiden became despondent. He left Sunny in the care of Hal Emmerich and Solid Snake, then began work on retrieving Big Boss's remains from the Patriots for the Paradise Lost Army, leading to his capture.

As a prisoner, the Patriots used Raiden as a subject for experiments in exoskeletal enhancement surgery. Raiden was treated as a test subject in the Patriots' research into creating the perfect soldier, just as Gray Fox had been made into the enhanced and heavily drugged Cyborg Ninja before him.

With help from the Paradise Lost Army, Raiden managed to escape his captivity. After undergoing surgery to clear his body of nanomachines, he was successful in reclaiming Big Boss's remains from the Patriots. The enhancements implanted throughout Raiden's body, however, were too severe to allow him to live again as a normal human. He elected to disappear from the life of his fiancé, Rosemary.

Left to wander the earth, Raiden studied scouting techniques under a Native American shaman living in Alaska, also learning to hunt.

Upon receiving orders from Big Mama to assist Solid Snake and lead him to the Paradise Lost Army, Raiden set out into battle once more.

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