It’s time for the election, so, who will you choose if you could elect a fictional character?
Here are a few of my picks.
Princess Leia (Star Wars)
She’s courageous and not afraid to take action. Standing up to Congress will be a walk in the park compared to challenging Darth Vader and Tarkin.
Han Solo would be an asset, but he could cause an international incident if he shot first.
Negatives: With a family that includes Luke Skywalker, Kylo Ren, and Darth Vader, the gossip magazines would have a job for at least two terms. Leia’s birth certificate is most likely a forgery.
Elend Venture (Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson.)
Though he’s young, he’s honest and brave. He also became the ruler of a crumbling society when the world was about to end. This gives him plenty of experience with inheriting messed up countries. He knows when to listen to advisors and values life, so he’ll try to find a peaceful solution before going to war.
We’d also get Vin as First Lady. She’s an adept assassin and could end wars before they started. Eland wouldn’t need a secret service with Vin around.
Negatives: He’ll sometimes force people to do things for their own good, which means Libertarians will likely have a problem with him. He’s from a society without technology, but being young, he’d probably adapt fast. Vin might rig the election to get him in office.
Emperor Kai (Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer)
Kai will do anything for his people, even marry a murderous queen. He knows when to take advice from his elders and comes from a high-tech society.
Cinder would make a good first lady. She’s even from a persecuted minority group.
Negatives: He is very young and somewhat inexperienced.
Captain America (Marvel Universe)
If you want old fashioned values and someone who stands up for what they believe, it doesn’t get much more old-fashioned than Cap. He’s also willing to go against the establishment, a welcome change.
Negatives: His example may cause people to misuse steroids.
He can get out of anything wth a paperclip, so he’d probably be able to get the US out of economic trouble. His hair style would be great fodder for cartoonists.
Aragorn (Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien)
He’s a pretty cool guy with lots of combat experience, and he’s one of the few people listed here who is actually old enough to run for president. Being older, he could have trouble adapting to modern technology.
Martin the Warrior (Mossflower by Brian Jacques)
He’s basically the saint of Redwall. He’s courageous and good-hearted. Granted, people might not like taking orders from a mouse, even one who talks.
Deuce (Razorland Trilogy by Ann Aguirre)
As a teenager, this girl managed to get her own group together, form an alliance with an enemy species, and stop humanity from being wiped out. Diplomacy like that would be a big advantage.
Katniss Everdeen (Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins)
She might not be the most mentally stable option, but she’s an expert at removing corrupt politicians from office.
Still better than what we’ve got:
Peter Wiggin (Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card)
He may have been a bit of a psychopath, but in his teens, he stopped a war by blogging. He later mellowed out and became a world leader. Considering humanity still existed thousands of years after his rule, that qualifies him.
Jar Jar Binks (Star Wars)
Sure, he’s not the brightest character and he did support a Dark Lord of the Sith, but his speeches would be interesting and he’s not evil unless those rumors about him being a Sith Lord are true.
Erak (Ranger’s Apprentice by John Flanagan)
He may have a tendency to raid villages and such but he did have some sort of moral compass, which is better than I can say for most politicians.
Tony Stark (Marvel Universe)
He’s a womanizing billionaire narcissist who apparently likes the idea of big government, which isn’t that different from normal politicians. Tony does have some heroic tendencies. At the very least, he’d be able to find a source of clean energy.
What character would you pick for president?