Why are we still here? is a memorable quote from Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain.
Online, it is used in its full form; “Why are we still here? Just to suffer” as a catchphrase at the end of parodies, to express despair and frustration, similar to The Sound of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel.
The phrase was first heard in Konami’s “RED BAND Trailer” of Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain” which was uploaded to YouTube on June 11th, 2013.
The game was released on September 1st, 2015, achieving great success.
Starting in the summer of 2015, “Why are we still here?” would appear in various parody videos on YouTube, on channels of users such as PewDiePie and Lukidjano.
“Why are we still here?” was first defined on Urban Dictionary in 2018.