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General Helmut Von Stryker is the violent, prideful, and fearsome military leader of the Dingo Regime, who had long been at war with the Echidna populace on Angel Island. After the Dingoes returned to the Prime Zone (a result of Dr. Ivo Robotnik firing the Ultimate Annihilator which undid the effects of the Hyper-wave Projector) Von Stryker held Lara-Le hostage in an attempt to gain territory for the Dingoes. After this plan was foiled, he decided to take a more peaceful approach to coexist with the Echidnas in Echidnaopolis, as the Echidnas still had their city intact, while the Dingoes did not. Tensions between the two species continued to mount however, and Von Stryker attempted a violent protest to have his demands met. His rule over the Dingoes was temporarily ended when his son, Kage Von Stryker ousted him and took over, forming an alliance with the Eggman Empire. However, when Kage was killed by Enerjak and the Dingoes banished to Von Stryker's whereabouts in the Sandopolis Zone, he resumed command of the Dingoes.
Return to the Prime Zone
Decades ago, the Dingoes had attempted a nuclear strike on Echidnaopolis, which was prevented by the Guardian of that time period, Hawking. In an effort to save all life on the Floating Island from the radiation that began to spread, Hawking transported the Echidnas to one Zone and the Dingoes to another using the Hyper-wave Projector, leaving them there until the island was habitable again. Years later, Dr. Ivo Robotnik fired his weapon, the Ultimate Annihilator, in an attempt to erase Knothole Village and the Freedom Fighters from existence. His plot failed, but the Ultimate Annihilator undid the effects of the Hyper-wave Projector, resulting in the spatial barriers between the cities collapsing. While the people of Echidnaopolis attempted to find shelter (while panicking at the sight of spectral dingoes), the dingoes blamed the situation on the Echidnas and prepared for confrontation. Von Stryker attempted to gain an upper hand by having his soldiers hold the Guardian Knuckles' mother, Lara-Le, hostage. Knuckles managed to free her with the help of Archimedes. However, even the dingoes eventually decided to take shelter, while Von Stryker instead donned his Power Gauntlet and attempted to fight the intervening Echidnas. He was subdued by Knuckles and Julie-Su. In the end, the spatial fluctuations caused Echidnaopolis to return to the Prime-Zone intact, while the Dingoes city was left in ruin. (KtE: #4, #5, #6)
Politics in Echidnaopolis
Shortly after this however, the Echidnas and Dingoes were forced into an alliance. The Chaos-demigod Enerjak had returned from space, leading his Dark Legion followers in an all-out attack on Echidnaopolis. Von Stryker accepted the alliance offered by Constable Remington to defend the city together. (KtE: #8, #9)
Not long after this, the Echidnaopolis elections for the new High Councilor began. Von Stryker had the Dingoes protest at the politicians' speeches because he felt his people's needs were beings ignored. This often resulted in violent clashes between the Echidnas and Dingoes present. When the Dark Legion began their plot to rig the elections, Von Stryker was encountered by Xenin, a Dark Legionnaire, and captured. The Dark Legion's plot was foiled when their candidate Benedict was discovered to be a machine. (KtE: #22, #23, #24)
Some time later, Von Stryker became further dissatisfied with Echidna politics, which continued to delay the construction efforts for Dingo housing. Hoping to speed up the process, he once again resorted to violence, rallying the Dingoes for a massive, violent protest. Just as the protest began, however, the Dark Legion fired the Quantum Beam on Angel Island, banishing Echidnas and Dingoes alike to another zone. (SSS: #14)
After their return to the prime zone, the Dingoes once again formed a temporary alliance with the Echidnas, this time including the Dark Legion, in order to combat the Xorda during their attack of Mobius. (StH: #125)
At some point during Sonic the Hedgehog's lengthy absence of Mobius, Von Stryker's son, Kage, ousted him from his position and took over the Dingo Regime, banishing his father to the Sandopolis Zone. In his time of exile, Von Stryker finally began to see the Echidnas as an honorable people, and, coupled with witnessing the atrocities being committed by his people when Kage formed an alliance with Dr. Eggman, did what he could to support the scattered members of the crushed Fire Ant Council, personally working beside Archimedes for the purpose of finding ways to cripple the regime he once led and taking Deo Volente and Semper Fidelis as advisers. (StH: #138, #181, #186)
In the end, Kage's reign of terror was brought to a crashing end when the new Enerjak attacked the assembled Dingo Army at their city of Cavem Canus; proceeding to strip the Dingoes of their weapons, technology and pride; and then tossing them out into the Sandopolis Zone. Von Stryker quickly took back control and helped rally the Dingoes under his leadership once again. Kage, however, never received a chance for atonement, as he proved himself unrepentant in the eyes of Enerjak, who proceeded to kill him (via disintegration), judging the dingo as "beneath" him. (StH: #181)
Von Stryker led his people to do well and prosper in their new harsh environment, becoming strong and self-sufficient once again. Stryker also took Catweazle as his adviser, maintained a general opinion of Echidna arrogance, though he'd mellowed considerably and seemed to want to maintain his pride. Knuckles paid Von Stryker a visit in his command tent, at which point the General proudly pointed out the success of the Dingoes in the Sandopolis Zone, insisting that they'd endure all harshness and come out all the stronger. Knuckles went on to explain it was he who was Enerjak, and apologized for killing Helmut's son. The General was silent a moment before turning his back on the Guardian, saying Kage was a traitor (while narrowly avoiding calling him his son) and thanking him for his forwardness, which he said he found "refreshing" coming from an Echidna. As Knuckles thanked him for his time and left, Von Stryker let a bitter tear fall. (StH: #186)
Later, Von Stryker summoned Knuckles back to his camp. After explaining that he felt he and Knuckles were even as they had both lost a relative to Finitevus' schemes, He revealed to Knuckles a scouting party had located Dr. Finitevus' files on Project Enerjak: Reborn and that they knew Finitevus' whereabouts. Telling Knuckles he'd give him first dibs on Finitevus, he secretly hoped the two would kill one another. (SU: #9)
Von Stryker is an extremely prideful Mobian and a powerful figure of leadership. Due to his people's history with the Echidnas, he is quick to belittle and blame them for the hardships of his people, unfounded or otherwise. He largely considers them decadent, treacherous and arrogant, using these points to boost the morale of his own people. He sees Knuckles as somewhat of an exception, though his pride usually doesn't allow him to admit such. While gruff, he is well-spoken and commanding, though quick to see violence as a solution. Ultimately, he cares deeply for the well-being of his people and sees his cause as leading them above centuries of oppression. He often keeps his personal feelings to himself, as he knows the dingoes rely on his outward confidence.
- In his first appearance, the general was only addressed as "Stryker." "Von" was later added to his name.
- Von Stryker's first name was unknown up until Sonic the Hedgehog: #186, where it was stated as Helmut.
Von Stryker is a tall and more than well built Dingo with light brown fur, back straight and blonde hair kept neatly trimmed at all times. His muzzle is slightly shorter than that of other Dingos, he is considerably taller and more muscular though. At some point during Sonic's year in space, he lost an eye, his body also carry several scars. Dressed in green cargo pants and a gray shirt, the standard uniform of the Dingo Regime.