The main protagonist of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain is Punished Snake (aka Big Boss) - one of the key characters in the Metal Gear universe, which is well-known veterans of the series, among other things, thanks to Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. He wakes up after nine years of coma, which is the result of injuries, including the loss of his left hand. The events that led him to this state, are presented in the prologue of the game, titled Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes. Shortly after regaining consciousness, the hospital in which he resides Snake is attacked by gunmen and the hero has to flee. It helps him in this mysterious patient with veiled face, showing up as Ishmael. Punished Snake later becomes an army Diamond Dogs and starts to follow the trail of a terrorist organization, responsible for their problems and the death of comrades, including hitting Afghanistan and Africa.