is known as the General of the Soldiers of Fortune. After losing his family, he
created the Ikari Warriors, his own Mercenary Unit. He has a cold personality
due to the loss of his family and his eye; He is an experienced strategist,
especially when trying to stop an important threat.
Eight years before the
events of The King of Fighters '94, Heidern was 34 years old and was
promoted to his current rank for his proficiency in martial arts and strategy.
His promotion took place at a top-secret base in Brazil and his wife and
daughter were present for the ceremony. Before this event, Rugal
learned of Heidern's promotion and high marks. While Heidern was away, Rugal
stormed the base, killing fifty secret service officers on arrival. When Heidern
returned to base, Rugal defeated him and deprived him of his right eye, deeming
him unfit to be a part of his collection. After this, he murdered Heidern's wife
and child. Afterwards, Heidern was left disgraced and alone. He soon developed
his own fighting style and mercenary unit, the Ikari Warriors.
Since then, he
pursued Rugal to avenge his family.
Sometime before the King
of Fighters tournaments, he stumbled upon a little girl who was the last
survivor of a destroyed village. Her name was Leona
and she was suffering from severe amnesia. Heidern decided to adopt her and care
for her. He
originally forbid her to partake in any training but eventually decided it would
be good for her and the current situation. However, he refused to give Leona a
formal rank, which is his way of protecting her from some of the dangers on the
In The King of
Fighters '96, he assigns Leona to join Ralf
and Clark on the Ikari Warriors team, taking his place
while he issues orders from the sidelines. He plays a major part in the NESTS
Saga of the series, as the Ikari Warriors are on a mission to destroy the NESTS
group. Heidern researches the incidents surrounding the mysterious group Those
From the Past. When Leona experiences the Riot of the Blood after the 2003
tournament, he orders her to sit out of the next tournament so that she can
recover. After hearing Ralf and Clark's assessment of Leona, he decides to let
her enter the tournament once again. He orders them to investigate whatever role
Those from the Past and Rose
Bernstein have in the KOF XIII tournament.
Updated: Oct. 6th, 2020
(In best Jean
Claude Van Damme voice) ... "I used to think Heidern was some kind of Bison
wannabe... but I later learned Heidern more closely resembles the Colonel from Fist
of the North Star." Even so, I'm still not a fan of generic ol' Heidern and find
him to be pretty boring as fighting game character design, especially when considering other (more exciting) KOF characters and
fighting game characters of the era Heidern is from.
If you ask me, Heidern's moves and personality fall under
the "stiff" category. His original stance from KOF '94 makes me laugh...
he looks like he's
scratching his butt. lol. His stance and overall appearance in KOF '98 was
much improved, but
his design hasn't really evolved much since then. In fairness, Heidern has played an interesting
role in the KOF storyline (and made some cool cameos
in later installments), but as a standalone character... he still pales in comparison to similar designs
in terms of originality, moveset, and excitement. It would seem SNK somewhat agrees with
me, because they didn't put him in many titles.
Style / Moveset