President Phyronix, referred to often as the Galactic President, is a support character in Up Your Arsenal and the comic series, mentioned in other titles. He is the Galactic President of the Solana Galaxy, with command over the Galactic Rangers, and the father of Sasha Phyronix, the captain of the Starship Phoenix (prior to becoming mayor of Metropolis).
Ratchet & Clank
Up Your Arsenal
The war against Dr. Nefarious begun the year that President Phyronix was up for re-election, which would take place in the fall. After planet Veldin was under attack by tyhrranoids fighting under Nefarious, President Phyronix sent the Galactic Rangers to combat them. The battle was a losing battle, until Ratchet and Clank warped to Solana from the Bogon Galaxy and fought back against the attack, during "Save Veldin!". After driving the tyhrranoids back from F-Sector during "Eliminate the Enemy Forces", President Phyronix congratulated them both through a message, in which he mistook Clank for his fictional persona Secret Agent Clank from the holovision series, which President Phyronix was a huge fan of. Phyronix then instructed Ratchet and Clank to find Captain Qwark, the only man who had ever faced Nefarious and lived, sending them to Florana after receiving a top-secret report that Qwark had been sighted there.
Later, the presidential palace on Marcadia was invaded by the tyhrranoids during a surprise attack. He sent an emergency transmission to his daughter Sasha aboard the Starship Phoenix, and Sasha deployed both the Galactic Rangers and Ratchet to defend the palace. After reaching the palace, in "Secure the Area", Ratchet and Clank repelled the tyhrranoid attack with the Rangers in Operation: IRON SHIELD. President Phyronix congratulated them both, and assigned them the mission "Repair the Laser Defense Shield", in which they had to repair the city's laser shield.
When Qwark regained his memory and formed the Q-Force, President Phyronix appointed Qwark in charge of the fight against Nefarious. From this point on the President, was less directly involved, though he gave his condolences after Qwark's apparent death following "Escape the Starship" when he did not escape Nefarious' self-destructing cruiser, the Leviathan.
Later, Nefarious used the Biobliterator to transform the population of Metropolis into robots. President Phyronix appeared to have given up on the fight, as in an interview with Darla Gratch, he stated that robots would make up 100% of the galaxy's population in the following week, which would apparently help his re-election campaign as he himself was half-robot. For this interview, Phyronix showed that half of his face was robotic, a look that was never seen following the interview.
After the war with Nefarious was over, the President appeared for the premiere of the latest Secret Agent Clank movie.
After Up Your Arsenal
Phyronix was reelected after the Nefarious war. He remained relatively quiet after the war with Nefarious was over, though he was mentioned in a few other titles. Vox News alleged that he had been involved with an amoeboid mafia scandal and installed his daughter as mayor of Metropolis to cover for the scandal. Vox News also claimed that Ratchet had voted against the president, causing a rift between him and Sasha, and also that the president had been trying to set Sasha up with Captain Starshield.
Phyronix was briefly mentioned during Deadlocked, but did not appear or intervene. In Size Matters, Phyronix awarded Ratchet and Clank medals for defeating Otto Destruct. After Clank's covert rescue and defaming of Ratchet, Phyronix was debriefed by Ms. Cute Anastasia Bot (after Secret Agent Clank).
Phyronix appears in Issue 3: Lost and Spaced. In Artemis Zogg's attempt to create his own Artemis Galaxy, President Phyronix went on a goodwill trip to the Polaris Galaxy, but lost communication with his daughter, Sasha. He was then kidnapped by Artemis Zogg and forced to work on planet Zaurik as a Trillium miner.
After geo-swifting the planet away from Polaris and into the Artemis Galaxy, Zogg arrived before the President, who tried to convince Artemis that he could not simply impose his leadership, which Artemis denied, believing it was for the good of the universe. President Phyronix claimed that Zogg was acting as a dictator, comparing him to Tachyon's cruelty and accusing him of being more misguided than Nefarious.
Zogg offered President Phyronix the position of Zogg's personal vice president, which he refused, opting to stay in the trillium mines. Before Zogg left, Phyronix asked him what had happened to him, to which he simply answered that he had "wised up" and suggested that Phyronix do the same.
Following Zogg's defeat, President Phyronix was reunited with Sasha.
President Phyronix is a large male cazar with dark brown fur and blue eyes. He typically wears a dark blue suit with golden highlights. Though he revealed himself to be half-robot during an interview, after this, he was never seen with a robotic face again.
Phyronix is shown to be a passionate leader who cares deeply for his daughter. He also provided positive upbeat encouragement following the apparent death of Qwark. Phyronix is also characterized as placing his political career and personal electability ahead of salient issues. This was seen when he gave up following Nefarious' Biobliterator attack on Metropolis, instead focusing on how it would affect his electoral chances. At other times, he is uncompromising in his noble beliefs, as seen during his confrontation with Artemis Zogg.
Phyronix believed Secret Agent Clank was real, and acted as crazed autograph hound.
Behind the scenes
President Phyronix was voiced by Lindsay Schnebly. Phyronix was inspired by Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States, sharing similar voices. His comment about his electoral chances following the Biobliterator attack, in which he claimed to be half-robot, was a direct reference to Bill Clinton's triangulation and efforts to appease everyone for the purpose of electability.
While President Phyronix did not appear in the original Ratchet & Clank, his image is shown in a news report in the 2016 re-imagined movie and is mentioned several times by name in both the film and re-imagined 2016 game, as the incumbent president at the time.
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