Heidern 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 battlefield.

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.

The King of Fighters '94

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The King of Fighters '95, The King of Fighters '98, The King of Fighters '98: Ultimate Match, The King of Fighters 2001, The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match, The King of Fighters XIV, The King of Fighters XV, SNK Vs. Capcom: Card Fighters Clash, Card Fighters Clash 2, Card Fighters Clash DS

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Page Updated:  Apr. 25th, 2023

(In best Jean Claude Van Damme voice) "I used to think Heidern was some kind of Bison wannabe, but I later learned he's more like Colonel from Fist of the North Star." KOF's original military man is one bony, grumpy old man who still likes to throw down. I think it's pretty cool he has two main color schemes and known for wearing both blue & green outfits. M.Bison also looks good in green, for the record. (FUN FACT: Green was Bison's first ever 2P color in SF2: CE.)

If you ask me, Heidern's moves and personality mostly fall under the "stiff" category. Literally. (His original KOF '94 stance always makes me laugh, because it definitely looks like he's scratching his butt. lol.) His stance and overall appearance in KOF '98 was much improved. Heidern didn't have a whole lot of playable appearances early on, but did play a role in KOF's storyline (and made many cameos). Heidern took a back seat to more interesting / exciting designs of the series over the decades. However, his 3D debut in KOF14 was his well-deserved (long-awaited for some) second coming. His 3D debut in KOF14 was a pretty cool evolution of his design overall, which continued in KOF15!

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