The Squad Leader (飛行隊長, lit. Air Force Leader) is a a minor boss character from Strider 2, appearing as the first mid-boss from the fourth stage.


Squad leader sprite
Score: 8000 PTS

The Squad Leader is the head of the aerial force escorting the Flying Battleship Balrog. He wears the same uniform and prosthetics as the Balrog's Infantry units, colored green and gold respectively to indicate his higher ranking. The Squad Leader uses a gold-colored Dual Linear Gun as his main weapon.

The Squad Leader is found commanding the Balrog's escort, flying a personal, silver airship. After Hiryu plows through the Flying Tortoises around the area, the leader signals every ship to clear off and confronts Hiryu directly. Easily killed, Hiryu then takes his airship and flies straight into the Balrog's tail.

The battle starts with Hiryu standing in a Flying Tortoise a screen away from the Squad Leader's airship. The Squad Leader acts identical to the Balrog's Infantry, shooting Hiryu while he's afar and using the stungun when close. He can be easily killed by simply jumping into his ship and attacking him constantly as he's incapable of fighting back.