- "Hold back if you want. It's your funeral."
- —Haggar (Marvel vs. Capcom 3 )
Michael "Mike" Haggar (マイク・ハガー Maiku Hagā?) is the deuteragonist of the Final Fight series and an ex-wrestler from Slam Masters. Though he hasn't made a playable character in the Street Fighter series, 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.
Early career and Saturday Night Slam MastersEdit
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 CPWA. There, Haggar formed a tag team with Alexander the Grater, calling themselves the "Knuckle Busters".
Final Fight seriesEdit
After retiring from wrestling, Haggar ran for mayor of Metro City and won, swearing to diminish the city's ever-increasing crime rate after winning the election. The plot of Final Fight centers around the Mad Gear Gang's attempt to manipulate the newly elected Haggar by kidnapping his 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.
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. Haggar is joined by Maki, Guy's future sister-in-law and Bushin-style fighter, and Carlos Miyamoto, a South American swordsman friend of Haggar staying with him at the time.
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 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 Alpha seriesEdit
In Super Street Fighter IV, Haggar makes five cameo appearances. First, a statue of Haggar can be seen in the background of the Metro City 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.
In addition to the Final Fight games, Haggar also appeared in a trilogy of pro wrestling games 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 actually set before Final Fight and depicts 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 goes as far to describe Haggar as the "former mayor of Metro City".
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.
Haggar makes a non-playable appearance in Alex's CFE ending where he is seen wrestling him.
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.
Haggar makes an appearance in Namco x Capcom as an ally character where he is voiced by Tesshō Genda.
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.
Haggar briefly appears in a cinematic trailer for Street Fighter X Tekken. He is seen being suplexed by King II.
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.
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.
- Haggar seems to have been loosely modeled after real-life wrestler Randy Savage in the game; 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.
- Also, Haggar switches his career from wrestler to politician sometime between Slam Masters 2 and Final Fight. Coincidentally, Jesse Ventura would go on to be the Governor of Minnesota from 1999 through 2003, years after retiring from wrestling.
- 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).
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Capcom 30th Anniversary Character Encyclopedia
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 http://game.capcom.com/cfn/sfv/column-100868.html
|Marvel vs. Capcom Characters|
|X-Men vs. Street Fighter||Akuma · Cammy · Chun-Li · Dhalsim · Ken · M. Bison · Nash · Ryu · Zangief|
|Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter||Cyber-Akuma · Dan · Dark Sakura · Mech-Zangief · Sakura · Shadow|
|Clash of Super Heroes||Shadow Lady|
|New Age of Heroes||Guile|
|Fate of Two Worlds||C. Viper · Haggar|