Raiden is a protagonist, sometimes even the main protagonist from the Metal Gear Solid series, got his own game with Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (2013) and is also one of the playable characters in the crossover fighting game Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale (2012).

Raiden debuted in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (2001) as one of the two playable main protagonists. He returned in Metal Gear Solid 4 (2008) but is not playable in the game. He is also a part of the Metal gear Solid spinoff games Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Plus and Metal Gear Solid: Arcade. 

While the most characters in the Metal Gear Solid Universe stick to Guns, Raiden is mainly using a high-frequency blade which allows him to cut through almost everything. He is sometimes called a Cyber-Ninja due to his abilities and weapons. 


Raiden from the Metal Gear Solid Games: an Overview

Charactername: Raiden, White Devil   Developed /Created by Konami 
Gameseries: Metal Gear Solid   First seen on: Playstation 2 
First Game: Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty   Year first seen: 2001 
Last Game: Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (2013)   Birthplace: USA 
Role(s) and Characteristics:  Protagonist, Fighting Game Character   Weapons  High-frequency blade 
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Has Relations to: Solidus Snake    See also:  



Official Game Art like promotional Illustrations of Raiden from Metal Gear Solid

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (2013)

Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale (2012)

Metal Gear Solid 2 (2001)



Raiden from MGS drawn for the Game-Art-HQ Video Game Character Database

Raiden in his classic design from Metal Gear Solid 2 was drawn as one of the first characters for our Game Character Database and was submitted by Scowlingelf in May 2017 already!

This character was not very liked back in MGS2 but almost everyone today seems to like the badass he was in MGS4 and Metal Gear Rising!

Scowlingelf is a part of our Community since years and participated in multiple of the art collaborations, I recommend to visit her gallery on dA for a lot of Zelda, Digimon and much more!



Selected Fan Art and Cosplay of Raiden

Raiden MGR

By Hanzo Steinbach

Raiden MG Rising Wallpaper

by Chekydotstudio

Raiden MGR Portrait

By Greyradian

Metal Gear Rising Revengeance

by Patrick Brown

Raiden Speedpaint Art

by Tatouji 

Raiden in MGS4

by Ry-Spirit


Raiden in Metal Gear Revengeance

All by Chekydotstudio


Rule 63 Raiden from MGS Art

by B03DI

Video Game Crossover Art Bad Moon

Bad Moon Crossover Art

By TheFreshdoodle




Updates and Additions in Raiden’s Game Art Gallery and Character Overview

20.11.2017 – Creation of Raiden’s new gallery 🙂