How old do you think Raiden is? *spoilers*

#1LeBronHendrixPosted 3/30/2013 5:15:40 PM
Back in MGS2, they said he was "barely 10" during his child soldier days during the 80's, but the Liberian Civil War was from '89-96, so either they were being very liberal with the term "barely 10", Kojima messed up and meant the 90's, or it's a retcon.

Based on that, I'd say Raiden is meant to have been around 24sh during MGS2 and that makes him 33 in this game.
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#2nonexistingheroPosted 3/30/2013 5:33:08 PM(edited)
Well, he's supposedly born during the 1980's. If he was born in the early 80's, it would've been perfectly possible for him to have been a child soldier of barely 10 during the Liberian Civil War. If he's born in 1980, then Raiden would be 29 during the Big Shell chapter in MGS2. That seems a bit on the old side, so I suppose a birthday of 1984-1985 seems most plausible. That would make Raiden 25-26 during the MGS2 Big Shell chapter.

1986 is pretty much impossible, since Raiden did spend a while as a soldier. I'd say at least a year or so. Him being born in 1984 or 85 would mean he may have known some happier days until he was around age 4-5. But he probably wouldn't remember that, since the following years were spent in war, until he became a child soldier himself. I think MGS2 also made a statement about Raiden killing before he even was a child soldier. Solidus picked him to train because of his talent/nature for killing.
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#3The_Ivory_ManPosted 3/30/2013 5:35:18 PM
I think he was born in the mid 1980's
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#4SugarBoogersPosted 3/30/2013 5:44:43 PM
He's a bit older than Kevin, who is 31.
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#5Drkr_ZenPosted 3/30/2013 5:45:34 PM
Well, the best ways to judge his birth year would be to look at two key things... the Liberian Civil War he took part in was in 1989 and the image of him during the flashback in MGS2 showing him as a child.

Based on those two things... I'd place his birth year between 1982 and '84. That would make him 5-7 years old in that flashback, which is typically when children fully develop their fine and gross motor skills. Alongside his forced training, I'm sure that would push his abilities reasonably beyond naturally developing kids his same age, though.

During the Big Shell Incident that would make Raiden about 25 to 27 and, in MGR:R, roughly 34 to 36 years old. Although, one should take into account that at some point during 2009, post-Big Shell, and 2014, pre-Liquid Ocelot Insurrection, Raiden under went the surgery that replaced his human body, therefore he may not age as a normal, pure human would.
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#6ShadowClown4evaPosted 3/30/2013 5:54:18 PM
Metal Gear wiki states 1980.
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#7LeBronHendrix(Topic Creator)Posted 3/30/2013 6:06:08 PM
1986 is pretty much impossible, since Raiden did spend a while as a soldier. I'd say at least a year or so. Him being born in 1984 or 85 would mean he may have known some happier days until he was around age 4-5. But he probably wouldn't remember that, since the following years were spent in war, until he became a child soldier himself. I think MGS2 also made a statement about Raiden killing before he even was a child soldier. Solidus picked him to train because of his talent/nature for killing.

MGS2 never says that Solidus picked Raiden specifically. He was one of many children whose parents he killed.
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#8Drkr_ZenPosted 3/30/2013 6:06:23 PM
ShadowClown4eva posted...
Metal Gear wiki states 1980.


Actually, it says c. 1980s.

And, according to the MGS4 DLC Database, he was armed with a gun at the age of 6 and, proving a superior soldier, rose to become captain of the Small Boys Unit at 10. That being said, I don't quite know how long the Liberian Civil War went on for... only when it started and took place.

Just a few more details to help place when he was born.
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#9LeBronHendrix(Topic Creator)Posted 3/30/2013 6:14:07 PM
I'm thinking this was just a case of an oversight on Kojima's part. The Liberian Civil war did technically start in the 80's but it was 1989. Sort of like how the Patriots "died a hundred years ago".
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#10caffiend7Posted 3/30/2013 7:06:55 PM
LeBronHendrix posted...
I'm thinking this was just a case of an oversight on Kojima's part. The Liberian Civil war did technically start in the 80's but it was 1989. Sort of like how the Patriots "died a hundred years ago".


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