A former professional
wrestler, Mike Haggar was elected mayor of Metro City. He quickly became
popular with his reforms and cheerful personality, but he made several
enemies among the city's criminal element. Haggar had a daughter named
Jessica, who was dating a young fighter named Cody.
Haggar took a liking to the youth, and the two became good friends.
though he was an elected official, Haggar continued to lift weights and
practice his wrestling moves to keep in shape. While in the ring, his trademark
move had been the "Spinning Clothesline," and he was surprised and flattered
when he learned that a Russian wrestler named Zangief
had copied the move. In response, Haggar copied Zangief's Spinning Piledriver,
a move that Haggar quickly learned to love. One of Haggar's goals when
he was running for mayor had been to rid Metro City of organized crime,
and he was constantly pushing for stricter rules and harsher punishments
The Mad Gear Gang, the largest criminal operation in the
city, perceived Haggar as waging a war on crime, and vowed to stop him.
One day, a Mad Gear member named "Thrasher"
contacted Haggar at his office. The angered Haggar learned that the Mad
Gear had kidnapped Jessica, and were holding her for ransom. Haggar either
had to ignore the Mad Gear's criminal activities, or Jessica would be killed.
Haggar did not want either to happen. Enlisting the aid of Cody and Guy,
one of Cody's friends, Haggar set out to destroy the Mad Gear personally
and rescue his daughter. The three were all skilled fighters, and by themselves
they crushed the mighty criminal organization.
One by one, the crime bosses
fell until they reached Belger, the supreme leader
of the Mad Gear. He was no match for Haggar and his friends, and he plunged
out of his office window to his apparent death. Haggar was relieved to
have his daughter back, and publicly honored Guy and Cody for their bravery
and service to the city. With the Mad Gear gone, the city was a little
safer. However, Haggar was always prepared to strike against crime, whether
it be as mayor or as the greatest fighter in Metro City.
Updated: Dec. 21st, 2014
He was a blast
to use in Final Fight.... Grab, headbutt, headbutt, jumping backwards
piledriver into barrel FTW!!!! Haggar was a pretty fleshed out design for back in the
day, and yes he looks a bit like Jesse Ventura. Ironically enough, Haggar's original design as a
"wrestler and a mayor" was created
way back in 1989, before Ventura (an ex-wrestler as well) was elected as
a "governor". XD
Haggar never made the jump to the Street Fighter series (besides
appearing in a few backgrounds) probably due to the fact
that he fights so similarly to Zangief. In fact, Capcom even included an alternate
Zangief in SF4 which is a tribute to Haggar's attire.
Finally, Haggar returned to fighting game scene in MVC3.
Why did Capcom
decide to put Haggar in the game? I'll tell you why... Haggar walked the streets
of Metro City (with his shirt off) and busted the skulls of hundreds upon
hundreds of wannabe-thugs to save his daughter... and if that doesn't scream
"SUPER HERO" I don't know what does. Haggar absolutely deserves to be
in MVC3, especially since Cody & Guy got their recent resurrection in SSF4!
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