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|Appears in||Saints Row|
Saints Row IV
|Aliases||Ben, Mr. King|
|Affiliations||Vice Kings SR|
3rd Street Saints
|Occupation(s)||Kingdom Come Records, Gambling, Prostitution, Gangster|
|Voiced by||Michael Clarke Duncan SR|
- "My name is Benjamin muthafuckin' King. I'm the man who took my crew from being a bunch of baby gangstas in Sunnyvale to being one of the most influential and feared forces in the god damn city."
- — Benjamin King, during a heated argument with Warren Williams
BiographyEditBenjamin King was the Leader and founding father of the Vice Kings. According to Johnny Gat[reference?], the Vice Kings are named after Benjamin King himself, a right he earned.[reference?] Benjamin King was active as a banger in the '70s. King formed the Vice Kings in the early '70s in order to protect Sunnyvale Gardens from Los Carnales.[reference?] Benjamin felt it necessary that the neighborhood came together in order to fight and defend their home at the time Los Carnales dominated,[reference?] but after several failed attempts of trying to flood the streets of Sunnyvale with drugs and weapons Los Carnales became more aggressive with the local kids.[reference?] This resulted in increased drive-by shootings in the neighborhood.[reference?] That's around about the time the neighborhood hoodlums were uniting under Benjamin's leadership.[reference?] One thing is very clear, when the Vice Kings became active and started launching their own pre-emptive attacks and engaging in gun battles it was certain they were there to stay.[reference?]
Los Carnales eventually got pushed out of Sunnyvale Gardens and then the Projects District, which became recognized as undisputed Vice Kings territory.[reference?] The Vice Kings over the years have remained a major contender in the city much thanks to Leader Benjamin King. Later on as events unfold, Benjamin revealed that he was a childhood friend of Julius Little (a photo in Benjamin's possession shows Benjamin and Julius in gang colors, though their taste in clothing may merely have served as an inspiration during the later formation of their respective gangs), and remarked that Julius was following in his gang path, even to the point of recycling Benjamin's old war cry speeches. Benjamin King eventually formed a financial empire with Kingdom Come Records serving as its crown jewel. Personally, Benjamin King had no qualms about doing his own dirty work, but in his pursuit of legitimacy preferred to exercise his power and influence with Stilwater's political machine to achieve his goals and maintain his status.[reference?]
The Vice Kings came into conflict with the 3rd Street Saints when Tanya Winters (Vice King lieutenant and possible head of prostitution) resorted to abduction in order to get new "talent" for her Prawn Court brothel, and the Vice Kings had the misfortune of unknowingly kidnapping the sister of R&B diva Aisha.
His approach to dealing with the 3rd Street Saints slowly caused internal tension within the Vice Kings, culminating when lieutenants Warren Williams and Tanya Winters staged a coup which forced King to flee for his life. Upon learning of his old friend's plight, Julius sent The Protagonist to rescue Benjamin during a gunfight in the Museum district, at which point King became an ally. The war ended with the dramatic deaths of Warren Williams and Tanya Winters, the latter at Benjamin's own hands. Later, after dropping his flags, Benjamin King was seen briefly glimpsing at an old photo of himself and Julius Little in their early days as he began to board a private jet.
After Saints Row, King wrote a book titled Regicide, which, according to civilians, is very inspiring. A movie was also being made of the book and he is being portrayed, in-game, by Michael Clarke Duncan, who is, in real life, King's voice actor. In Saints Row: The Third, there is a radio commercial about the movie. 
The title of his book, Regicide, is also the title of the Achievement unlocked in the first game after defeating the Vice Kings.
In Saints Row 2, The Protagonist has an Idle line along the lines of "I should read King's book. I wonder if I'm in it." A civilian will sometimes comment to The Protagonist saying, "You read Ben King's book? He said some nice things about you." A stripper with the "aspiring author" personality will sometimes claim that she ghostwrote King's book.
- He is the sole known survivor of the Vice Kings.
- His likeness and history is similar to Kwame Kilpatrick, a former mayor of Detroit accused of corruption.
- King is one of only five gang leaders not killed in the series, along with The Protagonist, Matt Miller, Viola DeWynter and Killbane.
- The Protagonist mentions King during the mission "Revelation"; in Saints Row 2 they say to Julius that the latter should have dropped his flags and wrote a book like King.
- King's appearance in Saints Row IV was alluded to the day after the "Meet the President" trailer for the game was released, where the official Saints Row Twitter account asked if anyone spotted "this royal blast-from-the-past".
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 YouTube: Saints Row IV - Meet the President trailer
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Twitter: Did anyone spot this royal ...
- ↑ Saints Row Manual
- ↑ Always Use Protection mission
- ↑ For King and Country mission
- ↑ All the King's Men mission
- ↑ Salting The Earth mission
- ↑ Shown on an in-game billboard
- ↑ Spoken by a civilian
- ↑ Regicide radio commercial
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