Top 10 Video Game Politicians
8. King Mickey, Kingdom Hearts (PS2)
If you need a president who can fix the economy, look no further than the mascot of the Disney Corporation. Nowhere is this more true than in Kingdom Hearts, where Mickey is the literal king of his Magic Kingdom, and beloved by almost all of his constituents. The only people who don’t adore the King are those with elaborate plots to steal peoples’ hearts and control the darkness, but that’s why Mickey goes to battle them himself, keyblade in hand. Forget posing in a flight suit; nothing can boost a leader’s approval rating like standing over a foe they defeated, brandishing a magic sword shaped like a key.
7. Bowser: Mario and Luigi, Bowser’s Inside Story (DS)
Another example of a bad guy who’s not so bad, Bowser’s leadership qualities absolutely shine. He has the absolute loyalty of the Koopa army, and demonstrates surprising compassion towards his mushroom / turtle / beetle / sentient wrecking ball on chain constituents. It’s a testament to Bowser’s character that he can convince every one of his minions to help him kidnap the Princess time and time again, when he’s been thwarted by Mario every single time. If only Bowser directed his efforts towards more constructive ends, he’d be the greatest king the Mushroom Kingdom could ever hope for.
6. Rufus Shinra, Final Fantasy VII (PS1)
In the world of Final Fantasy VII, the Shinra Electric Power Company rules everything, and the corporation was inherited by its previous vice president, Rufus Shinra. Despite being a ruthless killer who openly talked about using fear to control the people, Rufus had several good points. He was brutal, but not outright corrupt, and devoted himself to the war against Sephiroth. Even Barret, the anti-establishment terrorist, had to admire Rufus’ courage. By the end of the game, it appeared that Rufus had been killed, standing defiantly before being destroyed by a barrage of Diamond Weapon fire; it turned out that he had not only survived, but had rebuilt his company and turned over a new leaf by the time of Advent Children. All it took for him to see the light was the near-destruction of Earth at the hands of a monster created by his father’s company.
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Neil Kapit is a freelance writer, cartoonist, and "La Li Lu Le Lo" agent based in Los Angeles. His work can be seen on www.therubynation.com.
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