1. Michael Wilson (Metal Wolf Chaos)
Sometimes, a character comes along that embodies an ideal so much that there’s no doubting their commitment to said ideal. Nowhere is this more evident than in the character of Michael Wilson, the 47th President of the United States in the From Software title Metal Wolf Chaos. When Vice President Richard Hawk stages a rebellion and takes over the country in his giant robot, what does Wilson do? Hide in a bunker? Call on international aid? Retire somewhere and just live out the dystopia free of conflict? Hell no! He gets in his own robot and takes the fight to Hawk directly. Why? Because America needs his help, and come hell or high water, he’s going to save it, even if he has to fly out into space and fight a giant war machine to do the job. Flying the red, white, and blue as he darts across the country, spouting the most American catchphrases this side of “from sea to shining sea,” and beating the living daylights out of anything that would endanger the lives of average red-blooded Americans (even stopping to save them mid-battle), Michael Wilson is his homeland personified and shoved into a super robot. Who better to be the #1 President?
Honorable Mention: Steven Armstrong (Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance)
You didn’t think we’d make this list without including this piece of work, did you? Sadly, Metal Gear Rising Revengeance’s Senator Steven Armstrong is merely a candidate in the 2020 election and never made it to the Oval Office (you can thank everyone’s favorite silver-haired cyborg ninja Raiden for that one). We had to find some way to include him, though, because…come on! Look at this guy! He’s a walking megaphone for the furthest extreme of American individualism, espousing ridiculous diatribes about people needing to fight and die for what they believe in rather than to any special interests. Armstrong’s boss fight (the source of the infamous “Nanomachines, son!” meme) is a bare-knuckled smack down filled with the man shouting/barreling into every American stereotype you can imagine. It’s over the top, it’s goofy, and it’s just damn fun to watch. But, just like in MGR, Armstrong’s ambitions for the #1 spot were just not meant to be. Sorry, Senator.