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"Achilles" is an unused support prisoner from Metal Slug 5

Gameplay

He was supposed to be a support character like Hyakutaro and Utan, who would cover the players' back after being rescued and run away when the player dies. However, due to SNK Playmore rushing the game, he ended up being unused, as he needed a lot more programming added to his AI to be of any real use.

He tries to keep positioning himself behind the character's back, so if enemies come from both sides and the players are turning a lot, he is rendered useless. His weapon supposedly has massive destructive power (his gun firing explosive rounds), but it does nothing in the game. He has the inability to shoot upwards, he will only fire when an enemy is in front of him, and, while he does turn his head around to check on his partner, he won't attempt to react towards enemies behind him. He cannot distinguish between enemies and destructible objects, like Hyakutaro does.

Unlike other support POWs, he has no unique end tally sprite nor an official given name. The game treats him as a standard POW (worth 10,000 points) with a randomized name and rank in the Recaptured Prisoners screen.

Using debug, this character is only found in an unused arena of Mission 3 (Area 3:9), alongside the Flame Shot (also unused). He appears standing still waiting for a player to tag him. One player can rescue both him and Hyakutaro in the area, and both prisoners follow that player until the player reaches a new area, dies, or leaves them stranded. Unlike Hyakutaro, he also leaves when the elevator "crushes" him.

Trivia

  • The name "Glen Achilles" was dubbed by Ragey, the owner of the fansite Metal Slug: Missing In Action. Ragey was among the first to discover the unused POW, and apparently, the name that appeared after rescuing him was "Achilles". Ragey added the first name "Glen" because the character reminded him of an old music teacher of his.
  • The name Achilles comes from a long list of randomized POW names present from Metal Slug: Super Vehicle-001 to Metal Slug 5.
  • "Achilles" and his partner appear in the PlayStation 2 port's and Microsoft's ACA NeoGeo flyer of Metal Slug 5. His partner, fan-named "Tabomba", does not have any sprites in the game's files.
  • When "Achilles" is shooting, he uses Marco and Tarma's backward shooting sprites from the first game.
  • Special Allen Jr. in Metal Slug Attack bears a resemblance to "Achilles".

Gallery

Gameplay Gallery

Metal Slug 5
Heroes Marco RossiTarma RovingEri KasamotoFio Germi
NPCs POWRumi AikawaMadoka AikawaHyakutaro IchimonjiPtolemaic Army
Enemies Ptolemaic InfantryFanaticsGrenade SoldierBazooka SoldierShielded SoldierBikersSniperMortarNatives • Commander • Masked Soldiers • Wall DroneUnitsSensor MineBatMaggotJellyfishSquid
Enemy Vehicles Di-CokkaNop-03 SarubiaGirida-OM-15A BradleyJet Hammer-YangMini-Sub 88LandseekA.P.C.R-ShobuMH-6S MasknellFlying TaraEaca-BHover VehicleHover UnitPtolemaic SlugPtolemaic Saucer
Bosses Metal RearShooting RayScreamerSand MarineAvatar of Evil
Mini-Bosses: Black HoundGaia Elephant
Weapons Heavy Machine GunRocket LauncherShotgunEnemy ChaserIron LizardSuper GrenadeDrop ShotTwo Machine GunsGrenade
Slugs SV-001Slug FlyerSlug MarinerSlug GunnerSlug MobileAugensterm
Missions Heavy AfricanWindy DayIntrigueRun ThroughLast Ditch Resistance
Other TransformationsRA-TTT
Unused Flame ShotPtolemaiosStone TurtlePink ZombiesThe Jet • "Achilles" • "Tabomba"
Characters
Heroes Main Series Marco RossiTarma RovingEri KasamotoFio GermiTrevor SpaceyNadia CasselRalf JonesClark StillLeona Heidern
Spin-Offs Walter RyanTyra ElsonHeroGimletRed EyeTequila
Mobile Roberto NicolaNathalie NeoAlisa StewartHeltonTildeNikitaMatildaAmirWhipHeidern
Support Hyakutaro IchimonjiRumi AikawaMadoka AikawaUtanNavelSelinaIssenman TarouErisHyakumantaroPupipi
Villains Main Series Donald MordenAllen O'NeilAbul AbbasRootmarsDoctorAvatar of EvilInvader King
Spin-Offs Allen Jr.OgumaMacbaLt. WiredKananHilde Garn
Mobile Unknown AlienVictorPtolemaiosAnubis the ChainedNanook
Instructors Sophia GreenvilleMargaret SouthwoodRiviera von WittenbergMaryell von WittenbergCynthia HartnettAnne
NPC AnnouncerPOWsDuke KoudouSatiko SuzukiGerhardt City CiviliansScott Amundsen Jr.MinerGenie of LampOrcaPresidentSurvivorsFishmanLumberjackSailorChinese Soldier
Crossover KOF TeamBattle Cats
Unused Phil GeneMichiko NakajimaAngry Man • "Achilles" • "Tabomba"
Metal Slug Attack
Regular Army Associates MS-AliceAnna WieseMidori SchumannMelloRita LewinskyAmberNikitaReika BradfordLouiseGiseeMS-HeartAshleyRockyGrowlJephetVictoriaClaudiaKanaeHowellPhiElizabeth Mariani
Metal Device Project PercheAmiMollyMenzelUlalaMaggieAvvioQuaithKaren
Rebel Army Associates RapidJuliaChloeIzabellaEddaGrowth & ClineNaomiAleshaJane Doe
ACE AbigailDionRomyKriemhildKatalina
"Frozen Brigade" BeatrizVickyDolores
Blaze Brigade GraziaLorettaNorah
Allen Platoon DestradeHuracanConnyNantesPadwah
Science Department VitaNavyNovaEmmaMillefieSylfieFluffyEight Eight
Arabian Army ShizukaAisha
Ptolemaic Army Rebellion DragunovYoshinoCarolineVeronicaSisiliaTowaSimonMiharuChunyanOwenShoLucyPhoebeJosetteMizunaMatildaLittle Lady BlackSvetlaHumphreyLithosYutongTatyanaCica
Cultists Mira D. GenesisMariaDamianAchettoSallyCaraOao-OneSorceress
Secret Sect Anastasia IVBelieversBeechamMelvinaAnastasia IZahara
Space Army Martians Professor "Aionion"Mars People NeoPercierClone AbbyClone BettyMars People RangersAriadnaGemini TwinsHalleBonnyClarioHarriotCode Marionette:UnPaulineLeoneClarisUnsignedDraco
Invaders OdetteAnnetteLydiaNowanSchwarz MetzeleiFedeln MetzeleiRillacleFrankeTelekoBloom MetzeleiOdileBersekGeweih MetzeleiPurple KingBarbelnBiene GoldenesSwordeistDrache GoldenesEis MonstrumAi Agate
Independent Army Amadeus Syndicate White BabyAlmaIron FortressValerian BearsFirst BabyType:Ant-Lion
Red Goblin Society Scotia AmundsenRed GoblinVatnJinAileenElenaLichtIchimaWendyYuki Tsuki HanaBushin Tenzan
Mummy Army PharaohCleopatraHemetArsinoeHatholSharifaRamalSekhat
Vampires AswangAgaliaSharlGrace
"World Military Corp." KellyMayaMirror Mantis
Mirage Circus CocatrixBunny
Independents El DoradoElysionEstherTeresaMinervaYang DaoOttoIdo
Unused Content
Phil GeneMichiko Nakajima • "Achilles" • "Tabomba" • Nazca LogoKT-21Angry Man • "The Jet" • Stone TurtlePtolemaios • "Scrap Fan" • Pink Zombies10th Anniversary Website Sprites
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