Gustava Heffner was one of the heroes in Metal Gear series, first appeared in Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake. She was a member of the STB (the Czech State Security) assigned to protect Dr. Kio Marv during the Zanzibar Land Disturbance. She was fluent in Czech, Slovak, Russian, and English.
Gustava's mother was a Holocaust survivor who spent her days in the sewers under the city of Warsaw, Poland, fleeing from the Nazis during World War II.
Formerly an Olympic gold medalist figure skater, Gustava was known as the "Ice Princess" both in professional ice skating and in the Olympics, where she previously won two championships in a row. At the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, she met and fell in love with a Westerner named Frank Hunter. She tried to elope with him, but she was denied U.S. citizenship and could not leave her country. Because of her failed defection, Gustava was stripped of her competition rights and her family was constantly persecuted and humiliated. With very few places left to turn, Gustava joined the STB. While in the service of the STB, she managed to kill a man.
During the energy crisis of the late 1990s, Gustava had been assigned as a bodyguard of Dr. Kio Marv, the inventor of OILIX, when he was kidnapped by agents of Zanzibar Land. Gustava was able to escape, disguising herself as a Zanzibar Land soldier, although they took away her radio in the process of evading capture. However, she had been able to plant a microtransmitter on both Dr. Marv and Dr. Drago Pettrovich Madnar prior to their capture While incognito as the enemy, she also got a locker, which she used after using a sauna without being caught by the soldiers.
Gustava later established contact with Solid Snake, who had infiltrated Zanzibar Land to rescue Dr. Marv as part of Operation Intrude F014. With Snake's help, Gustava was able to ascertain Dr. Marv's location. Accompanying him for a brief time, she eventually developed feelings for him and he in return. She also helped Snake to free Dr. Madnar from his cell. While the trio attempted to cross the suspension bridge leading to the detention camp, they were ambushed by Metal Gear D in an elaborate trap set up by Dr. Madnar. As a result, Gustava was hit by a missile. Ironically, the man piloting Metal Gear was her former lover, Frank Jaeger. Before she died, she gave Snake a card key and her brooch shaped in the symbol of Zanzibar Land, which was secretly the key to Dr. Marv's locker, where he had hidden the OILIX formula.
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