Metal Gear Solid 5’s Doctor Look-Alike Planning To Sue Kojima For Using Likeness And Theories

Viral campaign or a mere coincidence?

Posted By | On 21st, Apr. 2015 Under News | Follow This Author @GamingBoltTweet


Ever since Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain was unofficially announced at the VGA 2012 awards, the game has been nothing but a roller coaster ride. From the removal of long time voice actor of Solid Snake and Big Boss, David Hayter to the debacle behind the pricing of Ground Zeroes to the rumored firing of Hideo Kojima, The Phantom Pain has been facing a lot of negative controversy, and despite all of that the game’s hype meter is through the roof.

Before I proceed, take everything in this article with a massive grain of salt. Recently, the geniuses at Neogaf uncovered a possible viral campaign for Metal Gear Solid 5. Apparently a head transplant doctor, Mr. Canavero, bares an uncanny resemblance with the doctor showcased in the GDC 2013 trailer for Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. His works and theories on head transplant and phantom pain somehow all coincidentally line up with the themes of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. So what is actually going on?

mgs5 doctor look alike

A Reddit user thabtoUK somehow managed to get in touch with the doctor and asked him for clarification. For proof, he posted an image taken from Skype video call. Moving ahead, the doctor plans to sue Kojima and Konami for not only using his likeness but also using his theory of head transplant in The Phantom Pain. He plans to use the money to fund his head transplant project, provided he wins.

What is surprising is that the redditor claims that the doctor actually knew The Phantom Pain has a head transplant theory in it. Furthermore, the redditor also believes that he is not a doctor at all and has been hired by Konami for a viral campaign. However I don’t believe this is true since Mr. Canavero’s work has been published in books dating back to 2009. Could Kojima plan such a massive ruse 6 years ago? Very unlikely. But could Kojima could have got in touch with the doctor in 2013? Likely yes. But this is mere speculation from me.

Another interesting thing to note is that back in 2010, Hideo Kojima tweeted that he is partnering up with an ally to make his taboo project. The translation reads: “The next project will challenge a certain type of taboo. If I mess up, I’ll probably have to leave the industry. However, I don’t want to pass by avoiding that. I turn 47 this year. It’s been 24 years since I started making games. Today, I got an ally who would happily support me in that risk. Although it’s just one person. For a start, it’s good.”

There are two possible things to take away from here. Either this is all a BIG coincidence or Konami has a major viral campaign planned for The Phantom Pain. Whatever it’s, it will add more fuel to the fire. People who still believe that David Hayter is somehow involved In The Phantom Pain will have one more reason to put up their claims due to this bizarre head transplant theory.

Things have slowed down for The Phantom Pain ever since Kojima and Konami’s rumored fallout so it’s nice to see things getting flared up once again.

We will keep you updated as this builds.

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  • Jason Mounce

    There’s no evidence that Head Transplantation happens in Phantom Pain though… lol. They were just fan-theories that came from his talks.

    And as uncanny as they look, Konami said they used the head/actor of someone else, so ‘coincidence’ shouldn’t relate to evidence for lawsuits.

    • oo7PorscheMGS

      No evidence, but there are some clues that it could happen! He’s in a hospital with someone else laying next to him…and I still remember that trailer when they’re laying in the hospital bed and Kaz leans over big boss and says “what about him?” …implying that there is a 3rd person laying in the bed next to Big Boss + Kaz…

      It’s at 1:02 in the trailer below 🙂

    • Jason Mounce

      Being that there was another survivor has zero relevance to Head transplantation, and I know the trailers off by heart where I don’t need to watch it to know what you’re referring to lol.

      There are no clues, being in a Hospital can be very many reasons, and a hospital really in its own sense has no relation to head transplants because that’s not a bloody normal procedure even if it’s medical-related.

      I have no idea how or why you’re jumping to conclusions this drastically.

    • oo7PorscheMGS

      …I didn’t jump to conclusions lol, I said there’s a CLUE that it MIGHT happen in the game..and we’ll see… and obviously head transplants aren’t “normal procedures”, that’s why it’s TABOO, exactly what Kojima has been talking about for many yearrs now. Also, it’s not a normal procedure but it’s definitely something you’d want to do in a hospital setting if you were going to try it…

    • Jason Mounce

      Theories on Coincidences don’t equate to Clues is all I’m saying. Anything ‘Might’ happen in the game, it’s whether or not it sounds reasonable, logical, or plausible within the games’ universe.

      Taboo could reference anything taboo, as I see you’re referencing everything Yong has just basically frothed about, there are many things that are taboo and are already taboo in the game that we know about which especially doesn’t mean we already haven’t seen the taboo, like Child soldiers, Rape, Explicit torture scenes and so-on. His ‘taboo’ may already be simply those three. Yes, it would be, but in a hospital in 1970-80’s? Not so much in my books. The hospital there gave an accurate Amputee-arm replacement of the timeline, setting, location, hospital theme but then magically Head transplantation is the one ‘Futuristic’ scientific thing to happen? Sounds implausible by that alone. The ‘Future tech’ moreso, whenever it happens in MGS is because it’s from a private military,or, top secret project that’s primitive or that you research something advanced yourself with funds like with some guns you can get in PW. Not exactly in hospitals like those I’d say. If it were a hospital that was deeply rooted with the Patriots and had advanced, state of the art machinery that were well-ahead of its time and was not in any way a public hospital, but a top-secret hospital that’s off the radar? I’d start believing it more. Though it’s just simply a hospital so far.

      The Medic in the helicopter crash is the most logical conclusion, that of which, he had the voice of Keifer and later becomes known as Ishmael. Whatever happened to Chico is another question as well if it isn’t Chico on the bed who gets taken away – or simply dies, but I doubt that.

      I’ve known of everything Yongyea has spoken about in that video since when the neogaf thread first started. It’s still debated merely of “Viral campaign or coincidence” so I dispute it’s not Clues, as Clues lead to something. We will never get an answer because everyone ‘potentially involved’ are playing it off ‘Naturally’ as David Hayter wherein if he has ANY involvement, he is tightlipped and playing it convincingly, or people are snapping their tinfoil hats by saying he is still in it even if he says “No, I’m not” 50 times. The ‘coincidences’ are uncanny, and it could easily be viral marketing – or coincidence, but that’s it. Especially since the Head Transplantation guy went on a skype call apparently with some random person on reddit and says he’s suing Konami – which again is either consequence of the coincidences or is more viral campaigning.


      He gets an arm transplant (robotic arm) doesn’t he? Some people have phantom pains (heh) when they have prosthetic arms.

  • Sobekflakmonkey

    “The next project will challenge a certain type of taboo. If I mess up, I’ll probably have to leave the industry.” Crazy considering everything that has happened as of recent.

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  • oo7PorscheMGS

    Cmon guys…what is the likelihood that this doctor “knew” about MGS V and that it has stuff to do with phantom pains, etc…. yes, it’s obvious from the title of the game, but isn’t it curious that this doctor knows about the game? hmm.. 😉 Really, I know some conspiracies about MGS have been crazy (chico being paz..that was pretty believable too lol), but this one is even more believable in my book…guess we’ll see though!

  • andy

    Don’t forget about the roller coaster ride that is the Xbone version’s resolution that is 67% of the PS4’s. Imagine the whole Kojima thing didn’t happen and they wanted to make some kind of sequel and they decide to drop something like the framerate like they did with MGS3 on PS2 so that they can make an even more detailed and impressive game.
    Well what would happen the Xbone version? What do they actually drop on the version that already been borked for it to be able to keep up?
    Another example is, what if Mortal Kombat X-2 (lol) or XI comes out in 2 years time on the Unreal 4 engine. If MK X couldn’t reach even 1080p on Xbone on Unreal Engine 3, what does that mean for a game that is supposed to excel on its predecessor in every way, on THAT platform??? Now back up another second and ask this about EVERY game coming to the console and not just the 2 franchises I happen to mention.

    Anyway, I’m just having a laugh i.e. asking things that need to be answered, don’t mind me.
    Oh and “The Phantom Pain has been facing a lot of
    negative controversy, and despite all of that the game’s hype meter is
    through the roof”. ITS METAL GEAR FRIGGIN SOLID. It is going to be another incredible experience by a master genius, regardless what overblown modern day gaming “journalist” websites say about it.

    • GotNews4Ya

      You are starting a fan boy flame war for absolutely no reason.. No one is even talking about the PS4 or Xbox One, neither Negatively or Positively..

    • GamingBolt

      Dont worry. Taken care of 🙂

  • tplarkin7

    The man’s face is so accurate in Phantom Pain that it looks scanned. Remember that Quiet’s face and body were scanned for the game. I’m sure that Kojima didn’t sneak into his house and scan his face while he was sleeping. So, I think this is a PR stunt.

    • Gatsu

      The actor Ian Moore, who live in Japan I think, his face look really similar to TPP doctor also. I heard that he was used as the model for the doc. It’s possibly that two men look similar in the world.

  • Gabe Brady

    Well this certainly backfired XD

  • holy crap!
    that does look like him!

  • Sohaib Baig

    This is 100% a Kojima stunt.

    If you go on the doctor’s website, you can see that the doctor’s logo is clearly a modified red “V” from the “MGSV” logo.

  • Captain

    This reeks of PR

  • Dirkster_Dude

    If it isn’t a viral campaign – not sure about being paid for his likeness, but his theory of head transplants and being able to sue over them will not work. If this supposed doctor put his theories out there for all to see then this would qualify as fair use at least in the United States and probably the United Kingdom as well because you can’t copyright or trademark theories. Otherwise, think of all the scientists that would have ended up rich men and women.


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