Baron Von Dorf is the main antagonist of the video-game Valiant Hearts: The Great War, set in World War I. He is a fictional commanding figure in the German army that has gained many enemy's with his wrong doings, including: kidnapping Anna's father, capturing Emile and killing Freddie's wife. When Karl is drafted into the army he is put under Baron Von Dorf's command up until Baron left Karl to die when his zeppelin crashed, leaving him saved by Anna. By this, he indirectly unite them into an unlucky band of heroes that pursue the Baron across the infamous battle-grounds of the era.
Baron Von Dorf was a ruthless commanding officer in the German army during World War I with considerable power and intelligence, utilizing some of the most advanced military tactics and technology of his time in order to inflict incredible suffering on those that opposed him. Amongst his most infamous tools of war was a massive personal zeplin and a terrifying mustard gas factory. He was also able to inflict personal casualties on almost all the central characters in the game's story - which would prove his own downfall in the end.
Despite his considerable villainy and ruthless pursuit to ensure German's victory, Von Dorf was not killed in action, instead he was demoted by his own army due to his continual failures but to a man such as Von Dorf, demotion was a fate worse than death.
Von Dorf has the appearance of a stereotypical commanding officer in the German army of World War II era and has obviously underwent many years of service as his uniform is highly decorated: He also has a skull on his busby cap, a traditional symbol of the Prussian army associated with the elite Death's Head Hussars (who indeed wore busbies with a skul emblem) and the Shock Trooper units towards the end of World War I.
Von Dorf was a ruthless military genius who thought little of the use of what we would now consider highly illegal modes of warfare: Chemical warfares and mass bombings. Even prior to his downfall, he was an ambitious commander and had his men kidnap a top scientist in order to try and create more advanced weaponries in order to ensure victory.
Although, Von Dorf himself not above personally engage in combat unless absolutely necessary, valued his own survival over those of his fellow German soldier. When he did, he piloted war machines for better advantages against his enemies before resort to fight in close combat.
- Baron Von Dorf is likely very loosely based on a real commander in World War I named Franz Conrad von Hötzendorf. However, unlike Frandz Conrad, Von Dorf's actions and character are unique for the game in order to made him more personal enemy and story.