The Heartbreaker (ハートブレイカー) is an obstacle used in all three Regular VIKING tournaments. For its first two, it was the final obstacle of the Second Adventure Stage. In VIKING 3, it was relocated to Final Viking, again as the final obstacle. After clearing the timed portion of the Second Adventure Stage, the competitor's were allowed a brief period of rest before attempting the obstacle.
The obstacle's I-beam design could be likened to a reverse staircase which the competitors had to climb underneath. It started with a vertical plank competitors climbed to a perpendicular one right above it that the competitors had to transfer to in order to repeat the process once more suspended higher in the air. If this was successful, the topmost plank featured a small foothold the competitor could rest on before having to jump a 2.2 meter gap backwards towards the other side. If successful, the competitor needed to climb to the top of the other side where they would raise a sword, signifying the stage cleared (or as the case of VIKING 3, Kanzenseiha). Due to the Rope Maze's dominance in the previous competition, it was attempted in VIKING 2 by TERU, the first man to clear the timed portion of the Second Adventure Stage. He seemingly struggled on the obstacle from the start, constantly trying to use his feet to sustain his stamina. He was able to make it to the bottom of the topmost plank, even trying to use the foothold to help with his grip but ultimately fell into the water before he could hoist himself up. However, the very next competitor, SASUKE All-Star Nagano Makoto was a polar opposite. He sped through the first portion of the obstacle, only resting a bit once at the topmost plank before completing the jump with virtually no trouble.
In VIKING 3, the obstacle returned, however in a new stage, Final Viking. It was made the final obstacle of the course, likely due to its intimidating demeanor. However, it was not attempted in this tournament (which turned out to be the final regular VIKING tournament).
It returned in a slightly easier form during the Shin-SASUKE era of SASUKE, being placed as the seventh obstacle in the Third Stage from SASUKE 18 to SASUKE 24, and named as the Spider Flip. Coincidentally, the first competitor to attempt and complete the Spider Flip in SASUKE was Nagano Makoto (in SASUKE 21), who was the first and only competitor to complete the Heartbreaker in VIKING.
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- All results based on the Fuji TV broadcast and external information found