Rolento, as he appears in the Street Fighter IV series.
|Rolento F. Schugerg|
|Birthplace||United States of America|
|Height||5'10" (180 cm)|
|Weight||178 lbs (81 kg)|
|Fighting style||Military martial arts|
|Likes||Discipline, taking control|
|Rival(s)||Guy, Cody, Sodom, Poison|
|Special abilities||Ambushing, traps, military weapons|
|Moveset||Patriot Circle, Stinger, Mekong Delta Attack, Mekong Delta Air Raid, Mekong Delta Escape, Steel Rain, Mine Sweeper, Patriot Sweeper, Take No Prisoners|
|First game||Final Fight|
|English voice actor(s)||Scott McNeil (Street Fighter TV series)|
Jon St. John (Final Fight Revenge)
Dameon Clarke (Street Fighter X Tekken, Ultra Street Fighter IV)
|Japanese voice actor(s)||Jin Yamanoi|
- "To challenge me is to challenge my army."
- "Now ready to commence the attack! (これより戦闘を開始する！ Kore yori sentou o kaishi suru!?)"
- —Rolento (Street Fighter IV series)
Rolento F. Schugerg (ロレント・F・シュゲルグ Rorento F Shugerugu?), more commonly referred by his first name, is a video game character from both the Final Fight and Street Fighter series. Like Sodom before him, he first appeared as a boss character in the first Final Fight, but later evolved into a playable fighter in Street Fighter Alpha 2.
Rolento is a muscular, athletic, and acrobatic German-American man with solid white eyes (depicted as pupil-less in most official artworks), pronounced jaw and cheekbones, and a scar running down from his forehead through his nose bridge and into his left face.
In his appearance in the original Final Fight, Rolento wore green tiger stripe camouflage fatigues, and his staff and grenades were brown in color. In the Street Fighter series, he now wears a yellow military outfit with a red beret on his head, a red scarf on his neck, leather weapon belts going over his shoulders, brown militia leather boots and fingerless gloves and fights with a green staff and grenades. His staff and grenades were changed to a brownish-green hue in Street Fighter Alpha 3.
Rolento can be described as a somewhat "twisted", but not truly evil, patriot who consistently bases his entire life, dialogues and behaviors in the "strict military veteran" stereotype with a rather fanatical zeal. He is often heard praising absolute order and discipline and despising any rebellious or "inadequate" behavior. Having fought in countless wars, particularly the Vietnam War, Rolento is an expert in guerrilla tactics, psychological warfare, and weaponry such as knives and grenades, making him a dangerous ace-on-sleeve opponent.
His greatest dream is to build a utopia-style military nation, with himself as its supreme ruler, though the people would be happy, live their plain lives and have freedom to carve their own fates. Any form of violation against the people's rights would be ignoble in his world view; in the Alpha series, Rolento plots to overthrow the diabolical M. Bison and make his dream come true, thus refusing to contemplate the possibility of brainwashing his would-be citizens - such is the main reason why he completely scoffs usage of the Shadaloo machine known as the Psycho Drive. As twisted as he is, his acknowledgement of free will is, perhaps, his most redeeming quality. Rolento is also more than willing to recruit anyone he can - even former enemies or Mad Gear criminals - to this end.
According to former Capcom member Seth Killian, Rolento was created by Neo_G (Ishizawa Hidetoshi) and his name was stated to be "Laurence" (arguably "Laurent") when he was in the concept stages or first becoming a character, but due to L and R confusion in Japanese and additions of vowels at the end of words in transliteration, "Laurence" became "Rolento".
Rolento's appearance appears to be heavily inspired by Colonel, a character in the famous manga and anime series, Fist of the North Star. His militaristic tendencies and actions, prior gang membership, and nationality may also derive from the ideas of extremist paramilitary and pro Militia Movement groups that have acted criminally in the United States, in light of Rolento's views currently acting independent of such motives and political stance.
Final Fight seriesEdit
Rolento made his first appearance as fourth stage's boss in the original Final Fight. According to his original backstory, Rolento is a former member of the special forces unit, the Red Berets, explaining his military appearance and skills. He was put in charge of the gang's secret armory-producing plants in Metro City's industrial area and has great influence. He was defeated by Guy, who scarred him with a thrown shuriken. When defeated, instead of fading away like most enemies in the game, he blows himself up with his own grenades.
The Industrial Area stage, and by extension Rolento, was excluded in the SNES version of Final Fight (and its revised rerelease, Final Fight Guy) due to space constraint. Because of this, the developers of the SNES sequel, Final Fight 2, saw fit to include him in the following game to compensate his previous omission.
In Final Fight 2, he is the boss of the fifth stage, Italy. His general appearance and fighting style remained unchanged from the previous game, and he is the only returning enemy characer besides the Andore from the original game. As an in-joke, the Game Boy Advance version, Final Fight One (which included all of the stages and the Alpha sprites of Guy and Cody as bonuses) had an interaction with Alpha Cody and Rolento, where Cody says that he "doesn't remember going to this path".
Rolento was the third Final Fight character made playable in the Street Fighter Alpha series. He first appears in Street Fighter Alpha 2, following the first game's inclusion of Guy and Sodom, although he previously made a cameo appearance in Sodom's ending in the original game.
No longer content with being a lackey for the Mad Gear gang, Rolento seeks to create his own utopian nation. Sodom tries to convince him to rejoin Mad Gear, but Rolento refuses, saying he has no need for them anymore; Sodom brands him an "arrogant moron" and instead challenges him to a fight. Rolento then encounters Guy, realizing that he still views him as a Mad Gear "leader". Guy insults Rolento, saying he hasn't learned his lesson and that he hates slow learners, and Rolento threatens to "rebuild his empire" on Guy's face.
In his ending, he makes his move and attempts to start his new nation in Metro City, driving a tank through the business district, and Mayor Mike Haggar is called to stop him.
In Street Fighter Alpha 3, Rolento remembers Cody as a powerful fighter from the past, and searches for him to try to recruit him into his army. The Cody he finds, however, is in a prison uniform and handcuffs, causing Rolento to become disheartened at his fall. Rolento later encounters and defeats Sodom him once more, 'confirming' to the latter that the military man had indeed lost sight of what Mad Gear stood for.
Eventually, Rolento stumbles upon M. Bison's Psycho Drive after stealing weapons from Shadaloo for his army. He learns that the Psycho Drive brainwashes people, and decides against using it - a utopia cannot be created if people can't make their own decisions. Sodom, who had tracked Rolento down despite their earlier arguments, hears him proclaim this and realizes that Rolento did not lose sight of Mad Gear's ideals after all. They make up and decide to work together to use those values to make a great utopian nation.
Yoshinori Ono, producer for Street Fighter IV admitted that he liked Rolento's playing style, but he couldn't get into the final game because they needed the Final Fight license from Capcom USA. Oddly, when Super Street Fighter IV came about, two Final Fight characters joined the roster, neither of which were Rolento. However, Rolento did appear in Street Fighter X Tekken., and finally made a playable appearance in the Street Fighter IV series with the release of Ultra Street Fighter IV.
Here, after Rolento's army takes part in a conflict(s), Rolento makes a speech to his soldiers about how their mission is to save the world. He receives a report about a private military contractor, S.I.N., which will be testing a new soldier enhancement system (BLECE) at an upcoming tournament. In response, Rolento enters the tournament in order to obtain the enhancement system for himself and his army.
In his ending, Rolento confronts and defeats Seth, feigning an offer to make a deal with him, before using the opportunity to finish him off by blowing him up with his grenades. Afterwards, he tells his men that the ruined base now belongs to them, and that they are to scour the ruins for anything they can find. As the soldiers begin to search the base, Seth's heavily-damaged Tanden Engine is shown powering down.
Other appearances Edit
After Alpha 3, Rolento then made an appearance in the American-developed Final Fight spin-off game, Final Fight Revenge. His playing style is similar to one he has in the Alpha games and even his storyline is the same (the game takes place between the events of Alpha 2 and Alpha 3).
Rolento also appeared in the Japan-only released Adventure Quiz: Capcom World 2.
Crossover Appearances Edit
Rolento appeared playable in the crossover game Capcom vs. SNK 2.
Rolento is a playable character in Street Fighter X Tekken, where his tag partner is Ibuki.
Rolento makes an extended cameo appearance in the fourth episode of the anime Kaitou Tenshi Twin Angel, hiding in the bushes during the night and trying to take pictures of women in uniform (to him, ordinary girls "become saints" in uniform). The Twin Angels find him, shoot an arrow at his camera, and begin to pursue him. They are stopped when someone takes their picture, not realizing that the angels are her friends; the flash gives Rolento plenty of time to escape.
Later on, the Twin Angels go undercover to investigate gunshots and spot Rolento, who has taken over a family restaurant with three accomplices who also escaped the Twin Angels' clutches. When Rolento demands that they enter so he can take pictures and add them to his photobook, their teacher poses as one of them, creating a diversion that allows the Twin Angels time to escape and transform.
Later, their friend from earlier challenges Rolento to see who would take better pictures; at that moment, the Twin Angels enter, and he charges towards them, wanting to take pictures. The duo agrees under the condition that their faces remain censored, and Rolento and his crew take several pictures of them posing while holding a black bar over their eyes. He eventually begins ignoring one in favor of the other, angering the offended twin into blowing up the restaurant. Rolento survives the explosion, and is last seen laying the on the floor, smiling dizzily.
Cameo Appearances Edit
Rolento makes a small cameo at the end of the Sakura Ganbaru manga along with Dhalsim (and his wife), complaining that they never made an appearance (every other playable character in Street Fighter Alpha 2 appeared in either the Street Fighter Alpha manga or Sakura Ganbaru).
El Gado and Holly Wood are the primary foot soldiers in Rolento's "army", both trained by Rolento himself. Both El Gado and Holly Wood are knife-wielding enemies who wear military outfits, are known for their agile movement which they forged by dancing, and have a special technique known as the "Jumping Knife Attack". These two also appeared in the Street Fighter Alpha games as part of Rolento's special techniques and win poses.
Holly Wood is named "namely" after his singing and dancing talents, and never enters a battle without his knives. Another version of him appears in Final Fight to throw molotov cocktails at the opponent, though he's much weaker in this state and wears red instead of the usual orange attire.
El Gado has a prominent role as a playable character in Final Fight Revenge, in which it is revealed that he infiltrated Mad Gear to get revenge on Rolento, who was responsible for the deaths of his family. In the end, Rolento bargains with him (apparently successfully, given he's still alive later on in Capcom's canon) and calls him "E.G." at this point, which may be his nickname.
In Street Fighter X Tekken, Rolento hires Ibuki to join him in the search for the Pandora artifact. During the course of the story, Rolento promotes her from Private to Corporal, and then to Sergeant, much to her annoyance.
In the Final Fight series, Rolento is known for fighting with a baton, and his special techniques include a wall kick and his throw. When he's low on energy, he relies on throwing grenades instead.
Fighting style Edit
Rolento's fighting style shares similarities to (and is probably inspired by) Eskrima.
- His appearance and personality are also very similar to those of Bayman from the Dead or Alive series and Heidern from the King of Fighters series.
- Rolento's Street Fighter Alpha 2 theme is an arranged version of the Bay Area stage theme from Final Fight. However, he does not make an appearance on this stage, as he is the boss of a different stage, the Industrial Area. As of Ultra Street Fighter IV, Rolento's theme has reverted to his original boss theme.
- Rolento is said to have played a big part in Doctrine Dark's story in the Street Fighter EX series, as he is the reason that Doctrine Dark was driven mad. However despite this, Rolento is not playable, nor does he make any non-playable appearances in the entire series whatsoever.
- Rolento's Japanese voice actor, Jin Yamanoi, also voiced Street Fighter EX character Vulcano Rosso.
- In Pocket Fighter, when Ibuki throws her kunai, her outfit changes to that of Rolento's, referencing his Stinger move.
- Ibuki would go on to become Rolento's tag partner in Street Fighter X Tekken.
- Rolento can be considered "Lawful Neutral" because of his strict belief in order and discipline, as explained above. For this reason, though he envisions a utopia, his methods can be questionable, but he does have noble leanings, such as his non-canon Street Fighter Alpha 3 ending, where he destroys the Psycho Drive because he feels that his utopia is not possible if people do not have their own freedom to choose.
- A character with similar appearance who uses similar tactics, Jack Krauser, appears in Resident Evil 4, another Capcom property.
- Due to the majority of his attacks being named after the Mekong River Delta in Vietnam, Rolento might have been a veteran in the Vietnam War. His original attire further supports this—tiger stripe camouflage was first worn by the U.S. Army for use in jungle combat in Vietnam.
- Rolento's English voice actor, Dameon Clarke, is best known of voicing Cell and Future Gohan in the Dragon Ball franchise, and Handsome Jack in the Borderlands franchise.
- In the original Final Fight, Rolento's dialogue portrait shows him in a color scheme that would later be used for his Alpha 3 appearance.
- In the Street Fighter cartoon episode "Final Fight", Rolento has the ability to teleport and create clones of himself.
See also Edit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 http://www.capcom.co.jp/sf4/rolento.html
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 Street Fighter: World Warrior Encyclopedia Hardcover
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Capcom 30th Anniversary Character Encyclopedia
|Final Fight Characters|
|Protagonists||Carlos · Cody · Dean · Guy · Haggar · Kyle · Lucia · Maki|
|Bosses||Abigail · Belger · Bratken · Damnd · Edi. E · Freddie · Philippe · Rolento · Sodom · Retu · Won Won|
|Enemies||Andore Family (Hugo) · Axl and Slash · Bill Bull, G. Oriber and Wong Who · El Gado · Eliza · Holly Wood · Mary · Poison and Roxy|
|Supporting||Jessica · Zeku|
|Street Fighter Alpha Characters|
|Alpha||Adon · Akuma · Charlie · Chun-Li · Dan · Guy · Ken · M. Bison · Rose · Ryu · Sagat · Sodom|
|Alpha 2||Cammy · Birdie · Dhalsim · Evil Ryu · Gen · Rolento · Sakura · Zangief|
|Alpha 3||Balrog · Dee Jay · Blanka · Cody · E. Honda · Fei Long · Guile · Juli · Juni · Karin · R. Mika · T. Hawk · Vega|
|Portable||Eagle · Ingrid · Maki · Yun|
|Street Fighter IV Characters|
|Original||Abel · Akuma · Balrog · Blanka · Chun-Li · C. Viper · Dhalsim · E. Honda · El Fuerte · Guile · Ken · M. Bison · Rufus · Ryu · Sagat · Vega · Zangief|
|Console||Cammy · Dan · Fei Long · Gen · Gouken · Rose · Seth · Sakura|
|Super||Adon · Cody · Dee Jay · Dudley · Guy · Hakan · Ibuki · Juri · Makoto · T. Hawk|
|Arcade Edition||Evil Ryu · Oni · Yang · Yun|
|Ultra||Decapre · Elena · Hugo · Poison · Rolento|
|Street Fighter X Tekken Characters|
|Default||Abel · Akuma · Balrog · Cammy · Chun-Li · Dhalsim · Guile · Hugo · Ibuki · Juri · Ken · M. Bison · Poison · Rufus · Rolento · Ryu · Sagat · Vega · Zangief|
|Downloadable||Blanka · Cody · Dudley · Elena · Guy · Sakura|