The subject of this article appears in the Metro 2033 novel. The subject of this article appears in the Metro 2034 novel. The subject of this article appears in the Metro 2035 novel. The subject of this article appears in the Metro 2033 video game. The subject of this article appears in the Metro Last Light video game. The subject of this article appears in the Metro Exodus video game.

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By fire and sword, we'll take back our world!

— Miller

Sviatoslav Konstantinovich Mel'nikov (Russian: Святослав Константинович Мельников) also known as Miller (Russian: Мельник - Mel'nik, literally "miller"), is a major character of both the Metro novels and the Metro video game series. Miller is a veteran Stalker, a former GRU Special Forces Colonel before the war and commander of the post-apocalyptic Spartan Order.

History[edit | edit source]

Before the apocalypse, Miller married an unnamed woman and had Anna some time later. Due to the stress of being a soldier, he had a strained relationship with his wife leading to them both becoming alcoholics. After his wife committed suicide with a bottle of poison, he quit drinking and took care of Anna more than when her mother was alive.

Games[edit | edit source]

Metro 2033[edit | edit source]

As Miller is the implied head of the Rangers of the Order, it is he that Artyom must seek out in Polis, and it is him that Artyom asks for assistance from in dealing with the new threat. After explaining the situation at his home station, Miller reassures that even though the council in Polis will not help him regarding the Dark Ones, he will help Artyom get to the old library where he can find the location to D6. Along with other Rangers, Miller guides and instructs Artyom along the way to D6, offering his own expert insight in the situation - and what uncovering D6 means for the rest of the metro. While ascending the Ostankino Tower, Miller is wounded by a demon and leaves Artyom to finish the mission on his own. In D6, Miller states that the bunker has "Soviet soul", but that Artyom would not know anything about that. In the book, Miller says he is a Colonel but not of military forces, and in Metro Exodus he confirms this, stating he was with the GRU.

Metro: Last Light[edit | edit source]

In Metro: Last Light, Miller retained his role as the leader of the Rangers. Like in 2033, he is shown to hold a great deal of hatred towards the Dark Ones, and, unlike Khan, constantly reminds Artyom about how they should be destroyed. Early in the game, he sent his daughter Anna on a mission along with Artyom to eliminate the Dark One that was found by Khan in the gardens. Near the end of the game, Miller attended the peace conference along with the leaders of Hansa, the Red Line, and Fourth Reich - uncovering it to be a mask for the Reds to secretly assault D6. Miller, Artyom and Khan rushed back to D6 in order to defend it from the Reds. In the C'est La Vie ending of Metro Last Light, he died along with Artyom in D6, when Artyom detonated D6 to prevent the Reds getting their hands on the technology there. In the Redemption ending of Metro Last Light however, he survived, albeit his feet were cut off by the Reds' armored train in the ending and became the leader of the guards in Polis.

Metro Exodus[edit | edit source]

Miller returns once again in Metro Exodus as the head of the Spartan Order, and is shown to have suffered greatly after the assault on D6. Having lost his legs, Miller was briefly wheelchair bound before having prosthetics installed by Andrew, revealed in a journal entry written by Artyom under Miller. Artyom mentions in the Metro: Last Light prologue that he became the head of the Polis guard, but it can be assumed that he left that post to once again lead the Rangers from the field. Miller resents Artyom for leaving the Rangers after the battle, and taking Anna with him back to VDNKh, but after accompanying a detachment of rangers to meet with an injured Artyom, he offers them both a place within the Order once again, to train new recruits from the comfort of Polis.

Miller and the same detachment are tasked with securing a Hanza weather station on the outskirts of Moscow, only to discover the assailants are Anna and Artyom, and the weather station is actually a signal jammer and houses the Hanza supply train. Faced with his current predicament, Miller hijacks the Train and escapes Moscow, Hanza and their invisible overlords. Its is revealed that after the battle for D6, the invisible watchers made themselves known to Miller, with a simple "you talk, you die" policy. Miller is lied to about the state of the country, the ongoing war as well as the Russian government and is ordered to train Hanza troops in defending Moscow and keeping anybody in, as well as out.

Miller along with Anna, Artyom, and a small squad of Rangers make their way across the country in search of the Ark project, in the Yamantau Mountains, where they are told the remnants of the Government are. When it is revealed this is not the case, Miller hatches a plan to obtain satellite image maps of radiation hot spots to find a clean place to live. After it is revealed that Anna is dying due to an exposure of toxic gas in Volga, Miller and Artyom go in search of a potential cure located in Novosibirsk. They come across a boy, Kirill, suspected to be the last survivor in the city, who reveals there are recent satellite images in a nearby facility his father ventured to.

Miller and Artyom split up, with Artyom going to the institute to find the serum and Miller going to the facility to get the maps. Miller is successful in his task and manages to find a gravely injured Artyom at the institute. He uses a dose of anti-radiation serum meant for himself on Artyom and drives himself, Artyom and Kirill out of the city. However Miller succumbs to the radiation in the middle of the road and dies leaving an injured Artyom to drive the van to the Aurora.

In the good ending of Metro Exodus, Artyom has a vision of Miller standing on the shores of Lake Baikal, who apologizes for letting Anna down and for obsessing over the occupying forces and the state of the war. He explains that he is glad that Anna has Artyom and he finally accepts him as his son. In his parting words he passes the command of the Order to Artyom and says that he wishes to be buried on the shores of Lake Baikal.

In the Bad ending of Metro Exodus, Artyom has a much darker vision of Miller, commanding the Aurora in the afterlife, on an eternal journey battling the occupying forces. Miller is shown to be much bitter, still full of hatred, and not giving up on his obsession with the war. Miller is shown to be buried on the shores of Lake Baikal along with Artyom.

Novels[edit | edit source]

Metro 2033[edit | edit source]

In Metro 2033, Miller, known as Melnik, is the leader of a number of Stalkers, who is sharp and an expert on survival in post-apocalyptic Moscow. He fills much of the same role as he does in the video game, while only minor details different in their actions between the two of them. Contrary to his Metro 2033, or even his Last Light personas, he his quite cold and impersonal with Artyom, often expressing his frustration in whom he considers incapable or green. That said, Melnik is hardly a cruel or bad person - on the contrary, he is quite heroic, and he seems to genuinely take care of Artyom and his soldiers. Melnik used a light machine gun when he first met Artyom, and had an ammunition belt across his chest. That machine gun is identified by Artyom in Metro 2035 as being the PKP 'Pecheneg' Machine gun, a gun used extensively by pre-war Spetsnaz units.

Metro 2034[edit | edit source]

Melnik was injured while searching for Hunter. He lost his right arm and has to use a wheelchair. He does not believe Homer as he comes to him saying that Hunter is alive. After he sees the ex-ranger, Melnik is visibly glad. But still, he reluctantly gives his right-hand permission and a "token" necessary to carry on his mission.

Personality[edit | edit source]

Another push! Can't die twice anyway!

— Miller

Miller seems to have quite a stubborn personality, and does not take no for an answer. Although, when considering the circumstances, Miller also seems to be rather confident that success is within reach. He appears to be a serious man, disliking Ulman's liberal use of profanity and his constant jokes, and Khan's mysticism. He is a capable soldier who is confident in his own abilities, as well as those of his Rangers.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Metro 2033:

Metro: Last Light:

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Melnik stands for windmill worker in Russian, making his English dub surname, Miller, a machine translation. It is generally agreed upon that names, surnames and patronymics are transliterated, not translated. However, as of Metro Exodus, he has mentioned his actual, full name from the novels in dialogue; this suggests that "Miller" is merely a callsign or alias.
    • In the Polish version of the game, Melnik's name is Młynarz - which is also a direct translation rather than a transliteration. This could be a reference to the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games in which most characters had nicknames, not family names.

Metro 2033[edit | edit source]

  • Miller is the only NPC to use the Volt Driver and Kalash 2012.
  • Miller is the only person to mention the Soviet Union in the game. He says he served in the army before the nuclear war, therefore he is at least forty or older.
  • Miller is the only known character to use military grade rounds.
  • Despite disliking Ulman's constant joking, he did chuckle at a joke made by Danilla in the library.
  • Miller constantly loses and gains his night vision goggles throughout the game. This creates some continuity conflicts, as he has them with him in Sparta, does not have them in D6, yet has them again on his way to the Surface.
  • Miller's weaponry also changes quite often: at Prologue, Dark Star, Dungeon and Library, he is seen wielding a Kalash with a laser sight and bayonet, at D6 and at the base of Ostankino he has a Volt Driver and at the top of the tower he has a Kalash 2012.
  • Miller, along with Khan, Bourbon, Pavel and Ulman, is considered one of the main companions of the Metro 2033.
  • Miller's appearance and voice remains largely unchanged in Metro 2033 Redux, unlike most other characters including Artyom himself, who are set to the Last Light version.
  • While in D6's missile control centre Miller says to Vladimir "I told you the military was a worthwhile institution" which could mean that Vladimir and Miller knew each other before the nuclear war and Miller convinced him to join the military.
    • Another theory is Miller convinced Vladimir to join the rangers or this could be Miller telling Vladimir about his love for the military.

Metro Last Light[edit | edit source]

  • In Last Light, Miller's appearance changed significantly, he bears a slight resemblance to King Leonidas from 300. This is fitting, given the large amount of references Miller makes to Sparta.
  • Miller's role in Last Light is much smaller, he only appears in the beginning and near the end of the game.
  • His fate in the Redemption ending is similar to his condition in Metro 2034. Metro: Last Light Redux confirms that the Redemption ending is canon.
  • Millers uniform switches quite a bit through out the game. When Artyom first meets him in the control room he is wearing the short sleeved version, then when he is at the peace conference he has the long sleeve version with extra armour and helmet with face guard, but switches back to the short sleeve uniform with face guard helmet with night vision goggles at D6 battle.
  • His codename during the battle of D6 is Windmill, a fitting and none too obvious name.

Metro 2035[edit | edit source]

  • In Metro 2035, Miller's full name is revealed to be Святослав Константинович Мельников (Sviatoslav Konstantinovich Melnikov; Melnikov = Miller).
  • Miller may be the only character to have appeared in all three Metro books written by Glukhovsky and in all of the games thus far.

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