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Mike Haggar
Final Fight Haggar
Mike Haggar, as he appears in the original Final Fight.
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Full Name Mike Haggar
Birthdate September 3, 1943[citation needed]
Birthplace 22px-Flag of the United States svg United States of America
Height 6'7"[1] (202 cm[2])
Weight 266 lbs[1] (140 kg[2])
Blood Type O[2]
Likes Curry rice, hamburgers[2], Cody, Guy, Jessica, justice
Dislikes Criminals, Mad Gear Gang, Skull Cross Gang
Measurements (Bust, Waist, Hip) N/A
Fighting Style Pro Wrestling

Michael "Mike" Haggar (マイク・ハガー Maiku Hagā?) is the deuteragonist of the Final Fight series of beat 'em up games and an playable character in the Slam Masters series of wrestling games. He is the mayor of Metro City, the father of Jessica and the ally of Guy, Cody (formerly), Maki, Carlos, Dean and Lucia.

Though Haggar hasn't made a playable appearance in the Street Fighter series to date, he still plays a role in the back-stories of Cody and Guy, as well as being a major enemy to the Mad Gear Gang characters such as Hugo, Sodom, Poison and Rolento. He has many cameo appearances in Street Fighter stages and in several characters intros and endings.

Haggar made his debut in the original Final Fight, originally released for the arcades in 1989. He is described as a former "Street Fighter" and pro wrestler turned mayor of Metro City.

BiographyEdit

ConceptEdit

Mike Haggar, speficaly his appearance in the Slam Masters games, seems to have been loosely modeled after real-life wrestler Randy Savage. His ring name in Slam Masters is Mike "Macho" Haggar, and the games even feature a winning pose in which he lifts his daughter Jessica onto his shoulder, a possible nod to Randy Savage and his valet, Miss Elizabeth.

In addition to Savage, Haggar seems to also be inspired by Jesse Ventura, a retired wrestler who would become a politician and later the Governor of Minnesota from 1999 through 2003.

Story Edit

Early life and Slam Masters>Edit

Haggar's early career was as a pro wrestler, although it's suggested that before this, he was a "champion street fighter". Whatever the case, Haggar gained enough fame and respect that he began serving as a mentor for up-and-comers like Biff Slamkovich and Gunloc. They eventually signed for the CWA. There, Haggar formed a tag team with Alexander The Grater, calling themselves the "Knuckle Busters".

Final Fight gamesEdit

Final FightEdit

The plot of Final Fight centers around the Mad Gear Gang's attempt to manipulate the newly-elected Haggar by kidnapping his young daughter, Jessica. Instead of submitting to the gang's demands, Haggar enlists the help of Jessica's boyfriend, Cody and his friend Guy, to combat the gang and defeat their leader Belger.

Final Fight 2Edit

In Final Fight 2, Haggar sets out to defeat the newly revived Mad Gear Gang led by Retu in order to rescue Guy's girlfriend and master. In this game Haggar is joined by Maki, Guy's future sister-in-law and Bushin-style fighter, and Carlos, a South American swordsman friend of Haggar staying with him at the time. Haggar's appearance did not change much between the two games, other than a slight change in his outfit. However, he did gain the Spinning Piledriver, replacing his regular Piledriver, as a special move.

Final Fight 3Edit

In Final Fight 3, Haggar is rejoined by Guy and the two team up with Lucia Morgan, a female cop, and another ex-Street Fighter named Dean to battle the Skull Cross Gang, a new criminal organization that has taken over Mad Gear's position by becoming the new dominant gang of Metro City. Haggar's design is changed drastically from the previous Final Fight games, with the character being given a pony tail and shorts. Haggar was also given a new super combo called the Final Hammer, which is actually a series of various wrestling moves.

Final Fight RevengeEdit

Haggar did not appear as a playable character again until 1999's Final Fight Revenge, an American-developed competitive fighting game set immediately after the events of the original Final Fight. Haggar's story in Final Fight Revenge revolves once again around the disappearance of his daughter, who has vanished following a series of riots in Metro City. Jessica's disappearance is not resolved in Haggar's ending, which is instead a recreation of Rolento's ending in Street Fighter Alpha 2, which depicts Rolento's attempt to take over the city.

Street Fighter gamesEdit

Street Fighter Alpha seriesEdit

Mike Haggar appears in the background of Guy's stage in Street Fighter Alpha 2, where he is seen putting J into a headlock. He is seen in the background of Guy's Street Fighter Alpha 3 stage as well.

=Super Street Fighter IVEdit

In Super Street Fighter IV, Haggar makes five cameo appearances. First, a statue of Haggar can be seen in the background of the Skyscraper Under Construction stage. Second, the bonus car stage has a billboard of Haggar which can also be seen in the background. The third cameo is seen during Cody's prologue, which shows a picture of him, Guy, and Haggar on a poster (with the caption "THE HEROES SAVED OUR CITY", a reference to the aftermath of Final Fight). The fourth is when he suddenly pops out of a false platform in the Mad Gear Hideout stage. Finally, one of Zangief's alternate costumes is based on Haggar's outfit in a reference to their rivalry and similarities.

Other appearancesEdit

Slam MastersEdit

In addition to the Final Fight games, Haggar also appeared in pro wrestling games developed by Capcom: Saturday Night Slam Masters in 1993, which was followed by an updated version titled Muscle Bomber Duo and a sequel titled Ring of Destruction: Slam Masters 2 in 1994. According to the original Japanese plot, the games are set before Final Fight and depict Haggar's professional wrestling career prior to being elected mayor. However, the English localization of the series removes all references of the games being set in the past and even erroneously describes Haggar as the "former mayor of Metro City".

Capcom Fighting All-StarsEdit

Mike Haggar was planned to be a playable character in Capcom Fighting All-Stars but the game was canceled. If this game came out, it would have been the first time Haggar was playable in a fighting game that also featured characters from the Street Fighter series; instead, he makes that appearance in Marvel vs. Capcom 3.

Capcom Fighting EvolutionEdit

Haggar makes a cameo appearance in Alex's CFE ending where he is seen wrestling him.

Final Fight: StreetwiseEdit

In Final Fight: Streetwise, Haggar is no longer the Mayor of Metro City and now runs a gym, "Mike's Mat and Muscle" as well as a dock, "Mike's Maritime Maintenance". He has isolated himself from most of Metro City and bemoans how many of its residents have forgotten him. He aids Kyle by teaching him grappling techniques and advises him to find Guy if he wants information on finding his missing brother Cody.

Namco × CapcomEdit

Haggar makes an appearance in Namco x Capcom as an ally character where he is voiced by Tesshō Genda.

Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and UltimateEdit

Mike Haggar is one of the many playable characters in Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and its update; his attacks consist of moves using a steel pipe (his main weapon from Final Fight), his normal wrestling moves from Final Fight, and some of Zangief's moves. In his ending, his political career skyrockets after he defeated Galactus, eventually making him the President of the United States of America with Tony Stark (Iron Man) as his Vice President, being supported by Captain America and Chris Redfield.

Street Fighter X TekkenEdit

Haggar briefly appears in a cinematic trailer for Street Fighter X Tekken. He is seen being suplexed by King II.

In the background of the Final Fight-themed stage, Mad Gear Hideout, Haggar is seen chasing Sodom from the end of Round 2 onwards.

Animations Edit

Street Fighter cartoonEdit

He appears in the episode titled "Final Fight", in which his daughter Jessica is kidnapped by the Mad Gear Gang. Haggar is warned by Belger not to stop them. Haggar, being too lazy to obliterate the Mad Gear Gang himself by flexing his muscles, instead has Ryu and Ken go undercover and join Mad Gear to rescue Jessica. In the end Haggar kicks down the door to Belger's office while Cody and Guy defeat Belger.

Comics Edit

UDON comics Edit

Haggar makes an appearance in a bonus comic that details his origin.

In UDON's Street Fighter comics, Haggar is depicted as getting tired of calling in favors to keep Cody out of jail. After one brawl too many, Haggar berates Cody and gives him a lecture, at which Cody is unimpressed. Haggar finally gives up and decides that he can't keep Cody out of jail forever.

Hagger also appears in UDON's Super Street Fighter comics.

Gameplay and appearanceEdit

In Final Fight, of the three playable characters in the game, Haggar is the slowest but most powerful. He uses wrestling techniques such as a piledriver and the spinning clothesline. In addition, he also specializes in the use of a steel pipe (a pick-up weapon in the game), swinging it faster than the other characters.

In 1993's Final Fight 2, Haggar's appearance did not change much between the two games, other than a slight change in his outfit. However, he did gain Zangief's spinning piledriver, replacing his regular piledriver, as a special move.

In 1995's Final Fight 3, Haggar's design is changed drastically from the previous Final Fight games, being given a pony tail and shorts. Haggar was also given a new super combo called the "Final Hammer", which is actually a series of various wrestling moves.

TriviaEdit

  • Contrary to popular belief, Haggar was the basis for Zangief's moveset. In canon, Zangief having Haggar's moves was explained as Zangief seeing one of Haggar's fights and deciding to use the "Spinning Clothesline" in his array of techniques. Due to this, Haggar responded by using the "Spinning Piledriver" as if it were his own.
    • To reelect their similarity, one of Zangief's alternate outfits in Street Fighter IV is Haggar's attire from the first Final Fight.
    • While not directly related to either character, one of Hakan's alternate colors lends him somewhat of a resemblance to Haggar.
  • Haggar is of Scottish ancestry and seems quite proud. He bears the Scottish flag in his gym in Final Fight: Streetwise.
  • Mike Haggar is the only character from the Final Fight series to be playable in the Marvel vs. Capcom series (a case of irony, since he has yet to debut as a playable character in the Street Fighter series).
  • A bust in Haggar's likeness awards the player who comes across it 5000 points in Captain Commando, connecting the Metro City of the past with the Metro City of the future.
  • Haggar is the only one of the original Final Fight protagonists to appear playable in all the main games.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Capcom 30th Anniversary Character Encyclopedia
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 http://game.capcom.com/cfn/sfv/column-100868.html

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