Let's talk more about The Fear, who's like Predator meets Spider-Man, with a whimsical touch of musical theater. He camouflages himself and scurries up trees while shooting poison darts at Snake, howling and singing his own name the entire time. It's a frustrating fight that will probably end in Snake's death on your first visit. Unfortunately, The Fear's compulsive need to hiss about everything he's doing hints at an easy way to beat him.
Leaping through trees and turning invisible apparently burns a lot of calories, so The Fear takes breaks to snack. You'll know this because The Fear never does anything without a histrionic announcement. So clever players can anticipate his snack breaks, drop poisoned food around the woods, and sit back and listen for his overenthusiastic voice actor to enunciate, "WHAT'S THIS!? LOOKS DELICIOUS! ACK! POOIIIIIISON!" It's almost exactly what it would sound like if a suicide cult and a Disney Channel casting call mixed up their caterers. And despite being a pretty clever way to kill a dramatic spider boss, there's an even easier, even sillier way to beat him.
You are given an item in the game called a Fake Death Pill, which is what it sounds like. You take it and the Game Over screen shows up. Normally, this does nothing, but The Fear is profoundly stupid. As soon as you fall over, he says, "Dead, already? And just when the real fear was about to begin ..."