While video games may have become a staple of American entertainment, there are fictional stories within them that tell honorable tales of people defining what it is to be American. The 10 Most Patriotic Video Game Characters exhibit a love for one's country that goes far beyond normal pride. These characters have proven that they are willing to put everything they have on the line for the well-being of America. They have displayed a sense of selfless duty and honor all for the benefit, integrity and security of the United States and its people. Some of these characters might be soldiers, civilians or even non-humans, but the underlying similarity between them is that they are all patriots. So put down the barbecue, take your eyes off the fireworks for one second and blast Guile's theme, because this Independence Day, we honor and salute the 10 Most Patriotic Video Game Characters.
Liberty Prime - Fallout 3
Liberty Prime was giant, mechanized war machine that the Brotherhood of Steel reprogrammed to fight Enclave and mutant forces throughout the Capital Wasteland. How? By making him perceive them all as Communists, of course. That's right, it was a robot designed to literally obliterate Communism. "Liberty Prime is online. All systems nominal. Weapons hot. Mission: the destruction of any and all Communists."
Major Jackson "Jax" Briggs - Mortal Kombat Series
When his U.S. Special Forces partner, Sonya Blade, was captured by otherworldly forces, Jax ventured into Outworld to rescue her. And when the armies of Outworld came knocking at Earth's door, Jax got cybernetically-enhanced arms so he could rip off their appendages more effectively, all in the name of America.
William "B.J." Blazkowicz - Wolfenstein Series
Blazkowicz' escape from Castle Wolfenstein included him single-handedly killing an entire army of genetically and cybernetically-enhanced Nazis, ending with a boss fight versus Adolf Hitler in a giant robot suit equipped with four chainguns.
Niko Bellic - Grand Theft Auto 4
An immigrant coming to the States in order to escape an extremely impoverished country and chase the American Dream isn't just patriotic, it is part of the foundation of American society.
Duke Nukem - Duke Nukem Series
The cigar-chomping, babe-rescuing and alien-slaying hero has always been proud of his country. This patriotism hits its peak at the end of Duke Nukem Forever when he announces to the world that he would be running for President of the United States, which would probably make him the most badass Commander-in-Chief in gaming history next to Metal Gear Solid 2's Solidus Snake and Fallout 3's John Henry Eden.
Connor - Assassin's Creed 3
Half-British and half-Native American, Connor's heritage reflects the unclear future of a recently-formed country. Throughout Assassin's Creed 3, Connor fought in many of the Revolutionary War's pivotal battles and played a large part in America's conception, alongside George Washington, Benedict Arnold, Paul Revere, Samuel Adams (not the beer), and various other key figures of early American history.
Zachary Hale Comstock - Bioshock Infinite
We know what you're thinking, "isn't he the main villain?" But Comstock was a veteran of the Battle at Wounded Knee and oversaw the creation of Columbia, the floating setting of Bioshock Infinite, which was designed to be a symbol of American ingenuity. Comstock unveiled Columbia's destructive capabilities to the world in order to save American hostages during the Boxer Rebellion. Comstock treated Columbia as the true America, loved his country greatly and developed a culture which worshipped the Founding Fathers on a religious level. Despite his nefarious nature, that sounds pretty patriotic.
Captain America - Marvel vs. Capcom Series / Captain America and The Avengers
You know the costume, you know the shield, you know his name and you damn well better know that it doesn't get any more patriotic than Steve Rogers. Who could be more proud to be an American than good ol' Cap except..
Guile - Street Fighter Series
Guile is proof that if an American fires on you in combat, he's been holding back the whole time (or at least for two seconds). Guile's patriotism is unparalleled Look at those arms! Those aren't flags tattooed on his deltoids, those are birthmarks, for America!
The Boss - Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
The Boss's sacrifice is the greatest offerings of love for one's country that any soldier can ever give. Without going into major spoilers, the reasoning for The Boss' actions left most people in tears by the end of the game, including Snake. There might be only room for one Boss and one Snake in the world, but we will never forget The Boss for her sacrifice. "In Memory of a Patriot, Who Saved the World."
And that's our list for the 10 Most Patriotic Video Game Characters! Were there any other game characters that symbolize the stars and stripes more than the ones on this list? If so, let us know in the comments below and on our Facebook!