El Presidente (Spanish for "The President") is the head of the state and autocratic ruler of Tropico, being the only person able to create new laws, allow the construction of buildings, and issue arrests and execution warrants. Dying or being ousted from government will end the game.
Each presidente has an avatar which the player creates and controls. This avatar can be selected and ordered to move around the island, interact with buildings, and deal with protestors. Typically, interacting with buildings temporarily improves their efficiency, quality, and production, but avatars also have the option to give speeches at the palace, gamble at casinos, or decorate soldiers in army bases.
Each presidente looks and dresses differently, though this has no impact on gameplay. It is possible to create a female presidente, in which case clothing options and speaking voice will be different.
Each presidente has a background (notable achievements before becoming presidente), a rise to power (how they became presidente), and two traits (three traits in Tropico 4). Tropico 3 also includes two flaws. All of these options affect different aspects of the game, from relations with factions to the efficiency of certain buildings.
In Tropico 5, the player controls a dynasty, instead of a single character. These members can be Managers of buildings, serve for the country overseas, and even become Presidente for the dynasty during the elections.
At first a single Governor from the Dynasty rules Tropico in Colonial Times, until independence is declared. From the beginning of the World Wars Era (1914) any of the Dynasty's members can be elected Presidente and rule constantly until the end of times.
- 1946-1950 – Martin Gomez (resigned and retired)
- 1950-1959 – Unnamed Presidente (ousted from office)
- 1959-1965 – Generalissimo Santana (desposed by a revolution)
- 1965-1972 – Unnamed Presidente (resigned and retired)
- 1972-1984 – Penultimo (de facto controlled by his predecessor)
- 1984-present – Unknown President
|Tropico 4 Characters|
|Agent Sasha • Ambassador Crane • Antonio Lopez • Brunhilde Van Hoof • Comrade Vasquez • Donald PynchM • Dr. SteinschneiderM • El Diablo • El Toucan • General Igor FedorovM • General Rodriguez • Generalissimo Santana • Jorge • Juanito • Keith Preston • Lord Chuffney • Marco Moreno • Miss Pineapple • Nick Richards • Penultimo • Presidente • Reverend Esteban • Sheik Sallim • Sunny Flowers • The ShadowM • Yu Li|
|M: Modern Times • D: Downloadable Content|
|Tropico 5 Characters|
|Abraham Zweistein • Adriana Diaz • Evita Vasquez • Leon Kane • Lord Oaksworth • Lulu • Penultimo • Presidente • Rudolf Thompson • Veronica Veneno|
|W: Waterborne • D: Downloadable Content|