Hal Emmerich is a genius programmer and anime devotee from which he derives his nickname "Otacon. Both Huey and Hal's mother Strangelove worked with Big Boss during his days establishing a mercenary group not beholden to any nation. Huey would later commit suicide by drowning himself in the family's pool upon discovering that Hal had been seduced by his stepmother. Huey accidentally dragged his stepdaughter Emma in with him, instilling her with a lifelong fear of water. Determined to dodge the "family curse" of nuclear weapons, Hal strove to become a scientist to develop robots like the ones in the anime he enjoyed. He received multiple degrees from MIT and Princeton at a young age and was recruited by the FBI, though later fired for hacking into their databases. Otacon was lead to believe that REX was a solely defensive measure, only learning that it was intended as a nuclear launch platform after being rescued by Solid Snake from a Cyborg Ninja during the Shadow Moses Incident.
A curated/researched collection of information of LGBTQ content in digital games from 1980s-present
After the events of Metal Gear Solid , he helped Solid Snake form Philanthropy , a group whose main objective is to prevent proliferation of Metal Gear -type weapons. Snake and Otacon infiltrate the military installations and facilities of the world, delving into their compounds through stealth and cyber hacking. In a sense, Snake is the brawn and Otacon is the brains behind "Philanthropy.
Otacon : Another Chinese proverb: "Those who look to the Heavens prosper, those who defy it are no more. The meaning here is - hold on a sec - that you can only survive as long as you're a part of the natural order of things. You remember pre-ripped jeans? Manufacturers thought that just because people loved old, broken-in jeans, they would want to buy new jeans that looked old. So they purposefully
Following the Guns of the Patriots Incident , he became the adoptive father of Sunny. A devoted fan of anime, Hal's chosen nickname was derived from the Japanese animation convention Otakon. Huey was a big fan of science fiction movies, specially the HAL computer featured in A Space Odyssey , as a result of the film getting himself and Strangelove closer.