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Monsoon is one of the primary antagonists in the 2013 hack and slash action game Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. Monsoon”s nihilistic in-game monologue about memes as units of culturally transmitted information that control humanity gained much online notoriety, with fans eventually associating the speech with internet memes.
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On February 19th, 2013, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance was released in North America for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles. In the game”s main campaign, the player controls the mercenary Raiden, who eventually must fight the cyborg ninja Monsoon.<1> Prior to the boss battle, a cut scene is shown featuring a conversation between the two characters, during which Monsoon expresses his philosophical views on memes, calling them the “DNA of the soul” (shown below).
Monsoon: “Free will is a myth. Religion is a joke. We are all pawns, controlled by something greater: Memes. The DNA of the soul. They shape our will. They are the culture. They are everything we pass on.”
On September 22nd, 2012, prior to the game”s release, a page for Monsoon was created on the Metal Gear Wiki.
<1> On April 13th, 2013, Monsoon was mentioned in the “Memes: Metal Gear” article on TV Tropes.<10> On April 28th, the Tumblr ask blog “Ask Monsoon”<9> was launched, featuring cartoons of Monsoon answering various user-submitted questions.
On December 12th, FanFiction.net<11> user wheel-of-psychosis submitted a fanfic titled “Metal Gear Memevil: Code Monsoon.” On February 3rd, 2014, Tumblr user Suddenlywolf<3> posted an image featuring a Monsoon quote, gaining more than 29,000 notes over the following year (shown below, left). That month, the video game guide site Prima Games<8> published an article titled “10 Coolest Deaths in the Metal Gear Franchise,” ranking Monsoon”s demise as #10 on the list. On March 3rd, 2014, YouTuber Turkish Phantom posted a clip of Raiden saying the phrase “Your memes end here” after Monsoon”s defeat (shown below, right).