Gray Fox (real name Frank Jaeger) is a major character from the Metal Gear series, who has appeared since the original Metal Gear, until his death in Metal Gear Solid. In Metal Gear Solid, he is voiced by Greg Eagles in the English version and Kaneto Shiozawa in the Japanese version. However, Rob Paulsen voiced Gray Fox in Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes, the Gamecube remake of Metal Gear Solid, as well as for Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
Gray Fox's first appearance in the Metal Gear series is as a prisoner and FOXHOUND agent that Solid Snake is tasked with rescuing. Fox was captured by Outer Heaven forces, his final transmission simply stating "Metal Gear." Snake breaks Fox out of prison, and Fox returns the favour by laying down the facts about Metal Gear, before making his escape. Fox appears again in Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake, this time as an antagonist. More of his backstory is revealed here as well as his real name ("Frank Jaeger".) He first appears using Zanzibar Land's new Metal Gear model, D, as a means to threaten Snake into abandoning his mission (not killing him out of their friendship.) Despite this, Fox also covertly assists Snake anonymously over transceiver, referring to himself as Snake's "#1 Fan" and gives Snake various advice (as well as warning him when he's being hunted by the assassin Night Fright.) At the end, Fox challenges Snake to a final fist fight in a room laden with landmines. Snake is victorious, and Fox admits that he joined Big Boss out of both gratitude and belief that he is wholly unable to live a normal civilian life after his soldier days, as well as admitting that he was the "#1 Fan" helping Snake out, referring to it as "payback for [Fox] being so selfish." After his final words Fox is seemingly killed by a landmine explosion. Metal Gear Solid marks Fox's last living chronological appearance, in his now iconic Cyborg Ninja persona, having been revived and cruelly modified by gene therapy. It is also revealed that one of Snake's support staff, Naomi Hunter, was adopted as a little sister by Fox out of guilt for his killing her birth parents. Fox's fate in Zanzibar led to Naomi seeking revenge on Snake, but she begins to relent after having gotten to know Snake during the Shadow Moses mission. Seeking a final rematch with Snake, Fox's presence on Shadow Moses causes chaos amongst both Snake and Liquid's forces up to and including slicing off Revolver Ocelot's right arm. Despite this he once more anonymously assists Snake over Codec, this time under the alias "Deepthroat." Ultimately he dies helping Snake fight Metal Gear REX by destroying its radome, though Fox ends up crushed underfoot by REX. Fox asks Snake to tell Naomi the truth about her parents, but Snake is unable to do so in the end. He makes his first chronological (but canonically debated) appearance in Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops, as a scientifically engineered CIA assassin named "Null", and does battle with Big Boss. This game also reveals that his real name is also a German nickname given to him in his child soldier days owing to his honest brutality and skill (with "Frank Jaeger" essentially meaning "the frank hunter".)
Fox's signature "Cyborg Ninja" exoskeleton is a DLC skin for Raiden in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance as well as an unlockable skin (in its original PSX polygonal form) in Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes. Gray Fox also appeared in Konami Krazy Racers for the Game Boy Advance, simply referred to as "Ninja".
In Super Smash Bros. Brawl
As an Assist Trophy
Gray Fox makes an appearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as an unlockable Assist Trophy in his Cyborg Ninja form. He is unlocked as soon as the player unlocks Solid Snake. His attack involves moving quickly around the stage and swinging his sword, with his swings capable of reflecting projectile attacks. If he falls off a stage, he can come back from the top. He can also teleport from anywhere in the stage and come back from the top. His skill, according to DOJO!, is so great, that "it makes a few smashers want him as a playable character".
When summoned from an Assist Trophy, he will call out either "Make me feel alive again!" or "You can't defeat me with a weapon like that." or "Hand-to-hand. It is the basis of all combat." These are actual lines from Metal Gear Solid. He says different things when fighting Snake. Whenever Gray Fox is summoned while Snake is on the battlefield (regardless of whether Snake or the opponent summons him), he says "Like old times, Snake..." or "That's it! I've been waiting for this pain.".
A sticker of Gray Fox can be collected.
- An enigmatic soldier with great physical and combat skills. Calling himself "Deepthroat" and equipped with an enhanced environmental camouflage suit, he dedicated his life to fighting Snake. In a twist of fate, Gray Fox ends up protecting his sworn rival from Metal Gear REX. Long ago, Gray Fox fought Snake in Zanzibarland.
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- Gray Fox is voiced by Rob Paulsen in this appearance, with his voice samples lifted directly from The Twin Snakes; in the Japanese version, he uses archived sounds from Kaneto Shiozawa, his actor in Metal Gear Solid, who passed away in the year 2000.
- Gray Fox's projectile-reflecting ability is a reference to his hand-to-hand combat with Snake in Metal Gear Solid, where he blocked bullets with his sword to make Snake attack him without weapons.