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In Metal Gear Solid, Solid Snake remarks that he didn't expect a designer of world-class technology to be so cute. How could he notice she was cute if the codec directly stimulates the bones of the inner ear?

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He may have been commenting on how cute she sounds. In both the Japanese and English dubs Mei Ling VAs gave her a rather "cutesy" voice. A closer look at the conversation and you'll see he doesn't say she looks cute, only that she's cute.

Mei Ling : What's wrong?

Snake : Nothing...I just didn't expect a world-class designer of military technology to be so...cute.

Also, Snake has something of a reputation as a ladies man and was probably playing up the part. A latter conversation with Meryl alludes to this.

Snake : It's your eyes.

Meryl : My eyes?

Snake : They're not soldiers eyes.

Meryl : They're rookie's eyes, right?

Snake : No, they're beautiful compassionate eyes.

Meryl : Just what I'd expect from the legendary Solid Snake. You trying to sweep me off my feet?

Snake : Don't worry. You'll land back on them once you meet me. The reality is no match for the legend, I'm afraid.

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