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"Ghaa haah hah hah!"
—Heidegger

Heidegger (ハイデッガー, Haideggā) is a non-player character in Final Fantasy VII. His trademark was his "horse laugh," "Gya haa haa haa!", much to Rufus Shinra's annoyance. He also has a tendency to slap random people when irritated by President Rufus' orders, mostly given when Heidegger fails something or messes up. He is a high ranking member of the Shinra organization, and the head of Public Safety (a euphemism for the military). Scarlet, the head of Weapons Development, believes him to be an idiot, but still is often seen working with him. Like most of the Shinra Staff, Heidegger is arrogant and pig-headed, often refusing to believe that he can make mistakes despite the clear evidence in front of him.

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Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII-

Heidegger in Before Crisis

During Shinra's war against the eco-terrorist group named AVALANCHE, Heidegger is briefly given control over the Turks from their former leader, Verdot. President Shinra began to distrust Verdot following AVALANCHE's series of successful attacks using suspiciously well-coordinated intelligence. He attempts to command the Turks in an operation in Junon, but his incompetence and over-reliance on the military almost allows AVALANCHE to take the city's airfield, and the Airships. Verdot blackmails the President to take back control of his Turks, talking of releasing information on a mysterious "top secret directive". With Verdot back in command, the Turks defeat the AVALANCHE forces.

When Verdot is revealed to be a traitor, Heidegger takes command of the Turks again. He keeps his command over them until well into Final Fantasy VII.

Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-

Heidegger does not appear in-game, but he is the one who takes command of SOLDIER following another traitor to Shinra, Lazard Deusericus, the former head of the organization's departure.

Final Fantasy VII

Heidegger's field model in Final Fantasy VII.

Heidegger begins the game working under President Shinra, and agrees to the plan to drop the Plate upon Sector 7 to destroy the second, far less ruthless AVALANCHE organization. He is at the meeting with the Shinra Executives that decides the plans for Neo Midgar, but leaves Headquarters before Sephiroth appears. Surviving the attack from Sephiroth, Heidegger works closely with his successor, the President's son, Rufus Shinra.

Heidegger personally puts together Rufus's inauguration celebration in Junon, and goes with him during their hunt for Sephiroth. Heidegger is aboard the Cargo Ship, infurating Barret, due to the fact that he killed Biggs, Wedge and Jessie. After the fight with Jenova, the gang enters Costa del Sol with the Shinra employees. After Cloud and his gang leaves the port, Heidegger and Rufus Shinra exit the ship. Rufus tells Heidegger he messed up big time. The embarrassed executive responds by throwing locals into the sea in frustration.

Heidegger survives the Diamond Weapon's attack upon Midgar, and joins forces with Scarlet in the ensuing chaos in the city. Together they try to fight Cloud Strife's party on their giant robot called the Proud Clod. When the machine is destroyed, it explodes, seemingly killing Heidegger and Scarlet. They have yet to reappear.

Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII-

He is mentioned briefly in Dirge of Cerberus. Reeve notes that he was one of the only Shinra executives privy to the secrets of Deepground.

Etymology

It is possible that he is named after the German philosopher Martin Heidegger.


This article uses material from the "Heidegger" article on the Final Fantasy wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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