Michael Haggar, commonly known as Haggar, is a character from both the Slam Masters series and Final Fight series by Capcom. He is a pro wrestler turned mayor of Metro City, bearing the responsibility of protecting his city from thugs and criminals.
Haggar is seen in the White House, his political career having skyrocketed after he defeated Galactus and became elected the President of the United States of America, with Tony Stark as the Vice-President. Captain America and Chris are shown visiting him, making sure everything is okay. Haggar then goes on to explain his faith in the people of America and why he was chosen to be President.
Haggar is popular for his wrestling/street-brawling fighting style. That being said, all of his moves are based from the aforementioned style. He's also much of a contact bruiser like Hulk, for he is not as quick as the rushdown characters in the game. However, it's safe to say that Haggar is more combo oriented, as some of his throws create openings and combo extentions in addition to inflicting damage, and they are also good for punishing and wakeups.
However, his Double Lariat move that predated Zangief's fame is rather like Maki's Reppuukyaku (Gale Leg) from Capcom vs. SNK 2 in that like the original Final Fight series, as his Megacrash it inflicts damage to Haggar himself, but packs a good amount of invincibility, making it one of the best assists in the game despite its drawback. His crouching H/C is a drop kick, which seems to count as an untechable knockdown on Haggar himself, and thus he must be careful when using it (though he can get-up via a tech roll to plan some strange possible mindgames). All of his jumping normals save for his j.S all stay active till Haggar lands, and his standing H/C causes a ground bounce.
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- Haggar was briefly mentioned in Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter in one of Zangief's win quotes: "No one can compare to me. Not even a mayor!"
- Haggar shouts "Come here!", which is also a nod to Scorpion from Mortal Kombat.
- His moveset is a mixed case with Zangief. While Zangief (in the Street Fighter-verse) copied Haggar's grappling move and Double Lariat (As Spinning Clothesline to him), Haggar adopted some of Zangief's moves in this game, while adding up a few of his own such as the pipe and his special moves (the Violent Axe and the Angry Hammer) from Slam Masters.
- His character theme is an amalgam remix of both Guy and Cody's themes from Street Fighter IV, which themselves were remixes of "Metro City Slums" and the title theme from Final Fight.
- On January 6th, Haggar and Phoenix were officially revealed to be included in Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds.
- Haggar and Zangief's movesets are similar due to that Zangief was inspired by a certain "American wrestler" and copied Haggar's signature Spinning Clothesline. Haggar was flattered and in turn used Zangief's Spinning Piledriver.
- Haggar's rival in Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is Phoenix as they have a protector vs. destroyer rivalry between each other. Haggar has protected his community of Metro City from the great threat of the Mad Gear Gang, while Phoenix has destroyed whole planets in Dark Phoenix mode. They are also opposites in their attributions, Haggar's a male, who fights physically and (after Sentinel's health was lowered in a patch) had the most health in MvC3, while Phoenix is a female, who fights mentally with projectiles and has the lowest health in the game.