[[caption-width-right:300:That's the [[HeroWithBadPublicity heinous terrorist]] Metal Wolf!]]

->''"It is 2004. I am taking you on a journey to 2004. Our good friends at Creator/FromSoftware released a game that, unbeknownst to them, would lay the very foundation for the modern American political landscape. This game, this motherf***ing legendary piece of cold-rolled amazing, was forged in the most sacred elements of video game development: mechs, explosions and overly dramatic voice acting. Ladies, gentlemen, holy f***ing sh**, may I present to you [=FromSoftware=]'s 2004 masterclass in democratic mech warfare: METAL. WOLF. CHAOS."''
-->'''-- Devolver Digital'''
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Michael Wilson, veteran of the Arizona Conflict and [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent 47th President of the United States]] has been deposed in a [[TheEvilArmy military coup]] by his [[EvilChancellor running mate]], Richard Hawk. Now, he must take up the guise of Metal Wolf and take back America city by city, armed only with his MiniMecha and the power of '''[[HotBlooded burning]] [[PatrioticFervor American freedom]]'''.

[[WidgetSeries A game this American could only have been made in Japan.]]

''Metal Wolf Chaos'' is an original 2004 Xbox game made by Creator/FromSoftware of ''[[VideoGame/DemonsSouls Souls]]'' [[VideoGame/DarkSouls fa]][[VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}} me]], [[NoExportForYou unfortunately]] [[{{Irony}} (and weirdly)]] [[NoExportForYou never released in America]]. The game is a [[MechaGame Mecha]] title focused around the highly American pursuit of [[StuffBlowingUp blowing stuff up]], with a plot and dialog that is the epitome of HotBlooded American PatrioticFervor, regardless of coming from a different country altogether. Weaponry includes machine guns, rocket launchers, and a [[AbnormalAmmo shark]] gun -- [[RuleOfCool yes, a shark gun]] -- while the plot takes you to [[TheWildWest shootouts in the southwest]], [[HollywoodCalifornia bomb threats in Beverly Hills]], [[BigApplesauce mangling mechas in Manhattan]], redecorating the White House with ''missiles'', a [[ClimaxBoss showdown with Richard]] in UsefulNotes/LasVegas, and ''space'', assisted along the way by a [[RedshirtArmy resistance force]] skilled only in blocking tank cannons with their helicopters, and the President's [[AxCrazy slightly psychotic]] secretary, Jody Crawford.

Yes, [[AluminumChristmasTrees this is a real game]]. A Website/SomethingAwful LetsPlay of the game can be found [[http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/Metal%20Wolf%20Chaos/ here,]] with gameplay videos mirrored [[http://archive.org/details/LP_Metal_Wolf_Chaos here.]] The [[WebVideo/TwoBestFriendsPlay Best Friends]] also started their own Let's Play [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UW7WPn4pWEI here]]. Michael Wilson and his mecha made also a cameo appearance in [=FromSoftware=]'s ''VideoGame/EnchantedArms'' as a bonus boss which unlocks the ability to use him in battles once defeated.

[[https://www.pixeldynamo.com/news/gaming/2016/01/27/95585/devolver-digital-wants-localize-metal-wolf-chaos/ In 2016,]] publisher Devolver Digital announced their intent to bring this game to the USA... which indeed came to pass at [[UsefulNotes/ElectronicEntertainmentExpo E3 2018]] with [[https://twitter.com/devolverdigital/status/1006012882646007809 their announcement]] of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_395DCBLF0 a remastered version]] dubbed ''Metal Wolf Chaos XD'' for the UsefulNotes/PlayStation4, UsefulNotes/XboxOne, and PC, finally allowing North America to experience the insanity after 14 years of being an export-only game.

!!Mr. President, believe in your own tropes:
* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: In his brief reign as President, Richard has re-established slave labor, completely militarized and fortified the country's major metropolises, flooded the city of Chicago with poison gas, installed a WaveMotionGun on Alcatraz Island, and terrorized New York with ''a giant mechanical spider''. To his credit, he at least subconsciously acknowledges that everyone hates him and runs a {{Bathos}}-laced propaganda campaign to boost his approval ratings out of the .000%-range.
* AbnormalAmmo: Things Michael can fire from his guns includes some sort of land shark.
* ActionPolitician: Michael, probably THE most badass president ever (fictional or otherwise). [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eu50QXxyxYo#t=1m35s And if Ninja Blade is any indication,]] [[spoiler:[[InTheBlood he got it from his dad]]]].
* AffectionateParody: Specifically of [[Creator/FromSoftware From's]] other series ''VideoGame/ArmoredCore'', but also of mecha shows, American action movies, and politics in general. Some people claim it's satire, but it's much too ''cheerful'' about everything to count as that. Specifically, it seems like a parody of movies with Action Presidents such as ''Film/IndependenceDay'' or ''Film/AirForceOne''.
* AlphabetNewsNetwork: DNN.
* AmericanRobot: One of the greatest examples IN AMERICA.
* AndYourRewardIsClothes: Alt skins. Some of which take the PatrioticFervor to extreme levels (ex. American Flag scheme).
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: The protagonist and antagonist are the ''President'' and ''Vice President'' of the '''United States'''.
* BattleCry: Michael's "Owkay... LET'S PARTYYYYY!!!"
* BeardOfEvil: See Richard Hawk's beard [[http://static.giantbomb.com/uploads/square_small/0/3564/456747-richardhawk_face.jpg here]].
* {{BFG}}: Many of the guns used by Metal Wolf are as long as it is tall. Enemies also carry their share of big guns.
%%* BoisterousBruiser: Michael
%%* BrokenPedestal: Twice, no less.
%%* BunnyEarsLawyer: Jody
* CardCarryingVillain: We never hear any of Richard's motivations beyond some incomprehensible propaganda near the beginning. He just hates freedom for some reason.
** We are told near the end that Richard is doing this because he believes America has become corrupt and lazy, possibly due to too much freedom, and he intends to create a stronger nation by culling the weak...or so we think. For all we know, he's merely using this as a testing bed for social engineering when Pax Economia comes.
* TheCameo: Michael and his mecha make an appearance as a bonus boss in ''VideoGame/EnchantedArms'', an RPG game also by [=FromSoftware=], however his mecha's name was dubbed "Executor" in that game. Defeating him unlocks him as a recruitable golem that also uses some of his catchphrases from ''Metal Wolf Chaos'' during attacks.
* CatchPhrase: No less than ''six'' -- "Believe in your own justice," for the game as a whole, "Because, yes! The pen is ''still'' mightier than the sword!" for Peter [=MacDonald=], "I, Richard Hawk," for, well, Richard Hawk, "Because I am the President of the United States!" for Michael, "The password is ______" for the Government Policy Promotion Department and "That's an ironclad battle tactic!" for the Resistance Commander. No, really.
** Also, "HOW DO YOU LIKE ME NOW!?!" for Michael.
** "Whatever!"
* ChestBlaster: Richard Hawk gets one as his answer to Michael's MacrossMissileMassacre.
--> ''Eat my flame of justice!''
* CurseCutShort: Michael's commentary on Richard's SpiderTank.
* CuttingTheKnot: Possible in gameplay when enemies are standing on destructible objects. The player can shot out the ground they are standing on, which is typically less durable than the enemies, and let them fall to their deaths.
* DeadlyGas: Richard set up poison gas dispensers all over Chicago, so he could [[FalseFlagOperation blame the attack on Metal Wolf]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Jody
--> *giant explosion*
--> ''I guess they won't be voting for you anymore, Mr. President.''
* DeflectorShields: Equipped on the giant spider-bot in New York.
* {{Dissimile}}:
-->'''RICHARD!:''' What do you think of [[SpiderTank my cute lil' pet]]? Thanks to him, the people of New York City are right now festively... uh... Running around and trying to escape! Uh, it's like a big ol' carnival, it's like Mardi Gras, in New York or something, heh heh heh...
* DisproportionateRetribution: The Government Policy Promotion Department's final broadcast announces that the following are subject to arrest and execution - Insurgents, Metal Wolf sympathizers, their families, their friends and acquaintances, anyone who has ever attended any form of school with them and any co-workers.
* {{Eagleland}}: This game is ''drowning'' in it, and it shows: 1up has labeled this as the Number 1 Most Insanely Patriotic Game. And Michael Wilson is the Number 1 President.
* ElevatorActionSequence: The finale.
* {{Engrish}}: Bizarre version. The dialogue is actually pretty good English; it's just that it is horrifically cheesy ([[SoBadItsGood but not]] [[NarmCharm necessarily bad]]) English. Having tons of phrases clearly translated from UsefulNotes/JapaneseStockPhrases, which few Americans would use in actual conversation, is a big factor.
* EverythingBreaks: And unlocking [[RewardingVandalism a couple of secret weapons]] demands that you [[RandomPowerRanking S-Rank]] the amount of property damage you do throughout the course of the game.
* TheEvilArmy: Though they are always referred to as the "coup d'etat forces", pretty much the entire United States Military seems to be in on the coup.
* EvilChancellor: Richard demonstrates once again that "Vice President of the United States" is a modern way to say "Grand Vizier."
* EvilLaugh: Richard lets one loose almost every time he and Michael [[IncomingHam run into each other]].
* EvilIsHammy: Richard. He has some restraint when speaking in public, but when he interacts with Michael he has absolutely no restraint, breaking into an EvilLaugh and overacting like an 80s cartoon villain
* FauxAffablyEvil: Richard talks to Michael as if they were old friends, despite having nothing but envy and contempt for the latter.
* FictionalCounterpart: DNN serves as this for CNN.
* FightingYourFriend: Michael ends up fighting a lot of his old friends from the army. They don't come out well.
* ForTheEvulz: Richard pretty much does all his evil crap just to show us he's evil.
%%* GoodHairEvilHair
* GoombaStomp: Surprisingly effective against buildings and stationary structures.
* GratuitousEnglish:
** While most of the English is quite good, the song titles on the soundtrack are just strange. "The President Spirit"? "Moduration City"? "Assign Monk"? "Dept Blue"? Yeah...
** There are a few mistakes outside song titles, however. "Kill the legs, that's an iron-clad battle tactic" indeed.
* HamToHamCombat: Tons of it.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: [=Peter MacDonald=]]] spends most of the game as a reporter on Richard's side, until he sees Michael stop a giant from destroying the Statue of Liberty. Then he proceeds to claim that he was always a supporter of Michael.
* HeroicComedicSociopath: Jody seems to enjoy watching her boss wreak havoc across the country a little ''too'' much.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Michael still thinks there's some good left in Richard [[spoiler:despite how the latter tried to glass America. Richard just laughs at him for it in the ending.]]
* HotBlooded: [[SuperRobotGenre Super robot]]-levels of it.
* HumongousMecha: While most of them are MiniMecha, the game doesn't shy away from these in the least.
* HyperspaceArsenal: Metal Wolf carries a downright silly number of guns
* IncomingHam: Every single time Richard shows up.
* IntrepidReporter: Peter [=MacDonald=], an antagonist releasing propaganda for Richard.
* LandmarkingTheHiddenBase: The Air Force One is housed in an underground hangar beneath the White House, and the runway is beneath the Reflecting Pool, which splits apart when the plane needs to take off.
* LargeHam: Michael and Richard ChewTheScenery: Though, here, it's not so much as chewing as stuff starts spontaneously exploding around them.
* LaughablyEvil: Richard Hawk constantly spews cheesy lines with a smug and sarcastic tone, all while being a sociopathic dictator.
* LighterAndSofter: Considerably, compared to practically every ''VideoGame/ArmoredCore'' title barring ''FormulaFront''. (And if we're counting From Software's collaborative works, a couple notches softer than ''VideoGame/AnotherCenturysEpisode'' too.)
* LimitBreak: Obviously complete with HotBlooded Shouting and MoreDakka. ''Lots More Dakka.''
--> '''''HOW DO YOU LIKE ME NOW?!?!!?!?!'''''
* LudicrousPrecision: Jody flat-out ''guesses'' it will take the [[WeaponisedLandmark Alcatraz Cannon]] four minutes to recharge. This turns out to be accurate to the nearest hundredth of a second.
* MacrossMissileMassacre: Great for crowd clearing.
* MadeOfExplodium: Every machine you fight in the game explodes when defeated.
* MadLibAnimeTitle: The game's name is Metal Wolf Chaos, which can come across as this if you don't know that in this game, the main mecha is Metal Wolf and there's a ''lot'' of chaos.
* MarkedBullet: Richard's [[spoiler:nuclear missile on the space station]] is inscribed with the words "Merry Christmas" in cursive, although the story isn't set around the holiday.
* MeaningfulName: Richard Hawk and film star Money-Money Gold. No, seriously.
* MetaMecha: Richard Hawk's quadrupedal mecha in the final battle.
* MiniMecha: Metal Wolf and other mobile armors are only double the size of human infantry.
* MirrorBoss: Richard Hawk, in the penultimate level.
* MissionControl: Jody feeds the President with information and banter.
%%* MirroredConfrontationShot
* MonumentalDamage:
** Michael's very first action in the game is [[ThereWasADoor blowing up a Metal Wolf-sized hole]] on the White House's facade, with the explosion presumably ruining the interior as well. Later, the Air Force One grazes and destroys the roof of Lincoln Memorial as it's taking off from the secret base under the Reflecting Pool.
** Richard tries to do this to the Statue of Liberty. And while it's more of a WeaponizedLandmark, Jody and Michael consider the Fight House to be this.
* MoralDissonance: Who knows who many perfectly innocent Americans, not to mention soldiers just doing their jobs, Michael blows up in his fight for freedom? More importantly, [[RuleOfCool who cares]]? [[StuffBlowingUp Go blow more of it up]]! And don't worry about killing innocents. Only the really evil people die. [[spoiler:Barring Richard himself, presumably.]] [[spoiler:[=POWs=], hovewer, can die, if you try to destroy the cage with explosives or shockwave stomp. [[WhatTheHellPlayer Jody will even scold you for that.]]]]
* MoreDakka: No one can EVER have enuff dakka, but between this and all his MacrossMissileMassacre goodness, Metal Wolf sure does make a mighty effort towards having almost enuff. An extra mode after beating the game gives you unlimited ammo. Read that again: '''UNLIMITED. AMMO.'''
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: A number of minibosses were Wilson's comrades in the Insurrection, who refuse to betray Richard Hawk despite sympathizing with Michael's cause.
* NonstandardGameOver: Losing to Richard in the final level will result in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GVzrZBlwCo#t=9m22s him humilating you when you are dying.]] [[ItsAWonderfulFailure "Way to go, Meester Presidenth!"]]
* NoodleIncident: While it's hinted at that Michael's presidency, Richard's evilness, and nearly every involved party's past is connected to a conflict called the Arizona Conflict or the Arizona Insurrection, we are never shown or told about what exactly happened there. All we are told (as an aside, no less) is that Michael received a Congressional Medal of Honor during that conflict. (If VideoGame/ArmoredCore is any indication, Arizona attempted to secede from the Union only to be met with the superweapons of the US, which included Michael's power armor.)
* NoPronunciationGuide[[labelnote:*]]Unless there's a trope for misreading? WikiMagic, please help![[/labelnote]] : Richard at one point comments about [[SpotOfTea having his afternoon tea]]. For some reason, he mispronounces "Darjeeling" tea as "Darjileeng."
* NotSoWellIntentionedExtremist: Richard Hawk claims he's trying to improve America by culling the weak and lazy. [[spoiler:Then he tries to nuke the country out of spite for his rival, showing that he doesn't care about anything except his own power.]]
* ObviouslyEvil: When your name is [[NamesToRunawayFromReallyFast Richard Hawk]] and you look [[http://media.giantbomb.com/uploads/0/3564/456747-richardhawk_face_large.jpg like this]], you're not just MadeOfEvil, you're "Special Order" Evil.
* OneLiner: Too many to count. Too ludicrous to replicate here.
* OppressiveStatesOfAmerica: Richard enacts all kinds of horrible policies, like selling his own citizens as slaves, testing weapons on civilians, enacting martial law to take down that [[BlatantLies heinous terrorist]], [[spoiler:and building an orbital nuke to fire at the country in case he loses]]. Averted when Michael defeats him and takes back the White House.
* OurPresidentsAreDifferent: Michael is President Action distilled to its raw form and equipped with a MiniMecha, while Richard is a straight-up PresidentEvil.
* PatrioticFervor: Only because it's a Japanese video game, it's more like HotBlooded translated into the world of politics.
* PropagandaMachine: This trope has been an announcement from the Government Policy Promotion Department, where our motto, "Justice over Theory," is your motto.
* ProtectionMission: The Statue of Liberty and White House missions require the player to win without letting either structure's health bar get emptied.
* PsychoSupporter: While Jody doesn't really ''do'' anything outside her support role, her AxCrazy tendencies reach a new high when shooting down and capturing all of the game's EasterEgg [=UFOs=] nets you her alien-themed rendition of "Ten Little Indians." (Which begs the question: [[{{Squick}} How did Jody know the aliens were boys?]])
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: "I! [[EvilChancellor RICHARD]] [[BigBad HAWK]]! WILL UPHOLD! AMERICAN! JUSTICE! WITHOUT! FAIL!"
* RatedMForManly: [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent President Michael Wilson]] must reclaim America using his [[AmericanRobot All-American]] MiniMecha "Metal Wolf", a ton of guns, and '''HIS [[HotBlooded BURNING]] LOVE OF FREEDOM AND JUSTICE!'''
* RedshirtArmy: Most of the non-boss enemies are incapable of seriously damaging Metal Wolf.
* RefugeInAudacity: ''And how!''
** It's so over the top that it's the more ''subdued'' moments that really jump out at you.
** The game ''starts'' with the President in a MiniMecha bursting out of the White House with a extremely {{Engrish}}y "LET'S PARRRTYYYYYYYYY!" and goes up from there.
* RocketPunch: The president's mecha is equipped with one of these.
* RuleOfCool: '''Everything''' that Michael does.
* SaveTheVillain: [[spoiler:In the ending, Michael tries and fails to save Richard from getting killed in the atmosphere while claiming that the latter must love America deep down. Richard just [[RedemptionRejection mocks his former ally's sense of justice]].]]
* SayMyName: '''"MICHAEL!!!" "RICHAAAAAAAAARD!!!"'''
* SexySecretary: Jody, of course. Also a SassySecretary.
* ShieldSurf: Michael does this [[spoiler:when escaping from the space station]].
* ShoutOut: Among other things, the massive assault helicopter/floating fortress is named Olajuwon, after Hakeem Olajuwon, the star of the Houston Rockets during the 90's who led the team to winning back-to-back world championships.
** In the first stage, the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool splits in the middle so the Air Force One takes off from under it, just like in Manga/MazingerZ.
* SkySurfing: More like [[spoiler: ''atmospheric reentry surfing'']].
* TheSocialDarwinist: Richard claims his actions are for the sake of culling America's weak.
* TheSociopath: [[BigBad Richard Hawk]]. Though he is more a cartoonish parody of the sociopathic variety of villains.
* SoreLoser: You can't get much sorer than [[spoiler:nuking the country because the rightful president took it back from you.]]
* SpiderTank: Richard terrorizes New York with one. It's intended to be a HopelessBossFight until some targets are destroyed to disable its DeflectorShields and a gun that can kill the player in seconds.
** When facing Richard the final time, he puts his own mecha inside of a giant tank, which turns into a SpiderTank when it takes enough damge.
* SpiritualSuccessor: It's basically ''VideoGame/ArmoredCore'' with more '''BURNING AMERICAN JUSTICE!'''
** And later From Software game ''VideoGame/NinjaBlade'' is the spiritual successor to ''Metal Wolf Chaos'', doing to ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'' what this did to ''VideoGame/ArmoredCore''. The game is set chronologically earlier than ''MWC'', and Michael Wilson (well, his father at least) gets a PreviousPlayerCharacterCameo as the player's boss. He's taken hostage by a villainous ninja halfway through the game, and an entire {{cutscene}} is devoted to him breaking out of his bonds and ''beating the shit out of the ninja with his bare hands.'' (Yes, the President gets kidnapped by a ninja, but [[VideoGame/BadDudes he's a bad enough dude to save himself]].)
** Gameplay-wise Armored Core 5 is a tweaked ''Metal Wolf Chaos'' with some ''VideoGame/ChromeHounds'' thrown in.
* StrawmanNewsMedia: DNN is no longer actual concerned with real journalism and instead acts entirely as Richard's propaganda mouthpiece.
* StuffBlowingUp: Almost everything explodes when shot enough.
* SuperDrowningSkills: A real pain in the ass when dealing with a cruiser off the coast of Miami requires you to take aim from [[MadeOfExplodium perfectly destructible gunboats]] parked just outside the shallow water Metal Wolf can safely navigate.
* SurprisinglyGoodEnglish: While the writing may be [[NarmCharm fantastically cheesy]] {{Engrish}}, the actual voice actors are native English speakers.
%%* TestosteronePoisoning
* TheyFightCrime: He's the [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking President of the Great United States of America]]. She's his secretary with [[AxCrazy an appetite for random destruction]].
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: The game pulls the standard ambiguous date of "20XX", but since the player character is the 47th President the game is guaranteed to take place (as of 2012) between 2020 and 2040.
* UnexplainedRecovery: Characters regularly survive helicopter explosions, hand waving it by saying "we have thorough knowledge of how to escape", or even just "I have somehow managed to escape!".
* UpdatedRerelease: ''Metal Wolf Chaos XD'' features remastered visuals, widescreen support, gameplay tweaks, and a new save system over the original.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Richard blames Metal Wolf for every atrocity ''he'' commits, calling it ''[[GoshDangItToHeck meaner]]'' ''than Satan''.
* VocalDissonance: For such a badass president, much like UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt, Michael has a somewhat high-pitched voice.
%%* VoiceWithAnInternetConnection: Jody
* WaveMotionGun: The Alcatraz Cannon, an ''anti-terrorism'' weapon. As the narrator on the Let's Play video above comments on it:
-->"I just ''love'' the idea of building a massive particle cannon to fight terrorism. I can just picture some poor sap with a dirty bomb in a shopping mall, blown to smithereens by giant laser artillery. Wouldn't be out of place in ''this'' game."
* WeaponizedLandmark: Building a [[WaveMotionGun giant electromagnetic cannon]] inside Alcatraz, 'nuff said. Apart from cladding the White House in armor and weapons to make it the Fight House.