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The Top 7… Worst videogame presidents

5. President Benford

From: Resident Evil 6

The Resident Evil series kind of has horrible luck when it comes to presidents. First, it saw the administration of President Graham. Graham fathered one of the most irritating female characters in videogame history, Ashley Graham, whose annoyingly chirpy voice was rivaled only by her near-total lack of a self-preservation instinct. That, and the fact that he sent a valuable government superagent to probably get decapitated like a billion times in an attempt to rescue her, should really have been enough to land him on this list.

But no – his successor, Adam Benford, is even worse. Why? Because Benford is a zombie. And zombies make terrible presidents.

Look at him. Look at that stupid zombie face. Is that a face that can put the economy back on track? Bring peace to the Middle East? Do something to stem the massive global tide of job losses in the wake of the Umbrella Corporation’s collapse? No! That is a face that slashes vital social programs, vetoes defense spending bills and writes legislation mandating that all hospitals build “presidential brain libraries,” describing them only as “tasty” (and also “itchy,” for some reason).

Never mind whatever his record was prior to zombification – we’re highly doubtful that a terrifying walking corpse can convince the nation that it’s in good hands during State of the Union addresses. Honestly, we’d be surprised if he even gets a second term.


4. President Johnson

From: Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

Yeah, yeah, we know – whenever anyone thinks “Metal Gear” and “president,” they think of George “Solidus Snake” Sears, who’s showed up on so many of these videogame-president lists that he’s become a huge cliché. Despite being the villain of MGS2, however, Sears’ goals of destroying America’s shadow government – the Patriots – and restoring democracy made him something of an awesome president. Besides, he shared MGS2 with a president who was such an unremarkable shitbird that most gamers barely remember he existed.

President James Johnson, Solidus’ successor, was a cynical ladder-climber who not only knew that he was nothing but the Patriots’ pawn – he openly embraced it, freely admitting that “his” policies came from them, and that elections were nothing more than elaborate performances staged for the public’s benefit. However, none of that stopped him from rebelling against them with Solidus’ terrorist group – although while Solidus was working for higher ideals, Johnson played along in the hopes that he could blackmail the Patriots into granting him more personal power.

Sure, he eventually has a change of heart and willingly sacrifices himself to avert a nuclear holocaust, but one good deed doesn’t erase a lifetime of knowingly knuckling under to a shadow government because you think being leader of the free world is a sham. Especially not when you do it after inexplicably cupping Raiden’s balls.

Above: As you do


3. Presidente Reyes

From: Red Dead Redemption

Who says the U.S. gets to have a monopoly on shitty videogame presidents? Mexico – or at least the version of Mexico we visited in Red Dead Redemption – boasts one of the all-time shittiest, and the best part is that we helped put him in power.

At first the larger-than-life leader of RDR’s Mexican revolution, Reyes quickly reveals himself to be little more than an adventuresome fraud, using social reform as a pretext for his own self-aggrandizement. His main ambitions include personal glory and banging as many peasant women as possible. Oh, and, uh, bringing democracy to Mexico, sure.

Above: Democracy!

True, the military dictatorship Reyes fought against was legitimately brutal and despotic, and Reyes’ intentions seem good enough at first – it’s just that he tends to forget what they are. He never intentionally sets out to harm the people who follow him like a messiah, but it also never occurs to him that they might be anything other than a stepping stone on his way to the presidency. Whatever his intentions, though, the end of RDR reveals that his administration is just as despotic and out-of-touch as the one he replaces – and that’s not even the worst of it.

As revealed in (the possibly non-canon) Undead Nightmare, Reyes’ vanity leads him to unearth an ancient Aztec mask and put it on. This action not only unleashes a plague of zombies throughout the neighboring territories, but turns Reyes into one as well. And as we all know from President Graham’s entry above, zombies make terrible presidents. We can only imagine how horrifying they’d be with dictatorial powers.

Above: Would you buy a used car from this man?

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38 comments

  • michael-undercoffer - February 17, 2014 3:53 p.m.

    Kind of disappointed President ShinRa wasn't on this list...
  • fattoler - February 22, 2012 7:34 a.m.

    What about the President from Apocalypse (Starring Bruce Willis!) who turned out to be, you know, THE DEVIL.
  • festerblatz82 - February 22, 2012 5:50 a.m.

    I hope we get to hear this discussed on T-Dar.
  • Fox_Mulder - February 22, 2012 12:59 a.m.

    LOL @ the president from Vanquish. I didn't remember that she committed suicide, much less the plot of the game. Shows you how memorable the story was! And as shitty of a prez as Johnson was, he did get one thing right: Democracy IS just filler for the history books.
  • DualWieldingIsNotFeasible - February 21, 2012 10:35 p.m.

    Everyone knows that it takes more than a giant robot suit to be a truly great videogame president. You need a giant robot suit AND know how to PARTYYYYYYY!!!
  • Gabezilla84 - February 21, 2012 10:15 p.m.

    Great article, I love your writing, Mikel! How about the President of the United Earth from Disruptor on PS1, who ends up being the main villain in a shocking plot twist (!) and places the main character into a trippy, psionic induced nightmare?
  • Ulukai - February 22, 2012 8:59 a.m.

    Bonus points for mentioning Disruptor! Best.Cutscenes.Ever. LOL
  • Pruman - February 21, 2012 3:19 p.m.

    Thanks for making me want to play Vanquish again, even though I beat it twice already. Hillary Clinton was quite evil in that game, although having her in it was worth it just to hear the Burns tell Sam that she thought of the war as an "economic stimulus package!"
  • josh-horvath - February 21, 2012 2:51 p.m.

    what about the president from sonic? he literally does fuck all
  • needles - February 21, 2012 1:05 p.m.

    Vote Deez nuts for president 2012.
  • codystovall - February 21, 2012 9:34 a.m.

    Destroy all humans on 3ds would be coolz. My great ideas fall on deaf ears though.
  • comaqi - February 20, 2012 7:37 p.m.

    Good job giving the love to Sam&Max!
  • rballa2 - February 20, 2012 7:07 p.m.

    Mikel, is TalkRadar coming back?
  • psycho ninja 4 - February 21, 2012 12:24 a.m.

    Gilbert wrote that its still going on another feature and that its been postponed while they figure something out.
  • talleyXIV - February 20, 2012 3:40 p.m.

    President Ronnie from the NES version is like fading into the background. Reptile Bush!
  • Datadog - February 20, 2012 3:18 p.m.

    The section on President Max is very incomplete. Giant battle robots and destroying the internet was just the beginning of his reign of terror for the next two seasons of the series. His presence in the final episode of Season 3 alone earns him the top spot on this list.
  • ShowMeYourKitties - February 20, 2012 3:13 p.m.

    I like how the #5 has become GR's go to joke entry
  • TheDCSniper - February 20, 2012 2:39 p.m.

    They're all better than that Kenyan socialist, Barack Obama. All he wants to do is tax the job creators
  • needles - February 20, 2012 2:52 p.m.

    I'm not a particular fan of Obama but read this: screw you faggot.
  • kyle94 - February 20, 2012 5:24 p.m.

    With a name like "TheDCSniper", don't bother. It's a troll.

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