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Rolento is an American-born German who wears a militant outfit, with weapon belts (where he keeps his grenades) going over his shoulders, and a red beret on his head. He has a red scarf under his worn yellow outfit and fights with a green staff. This is a change from how he originally appeared in Final Fight, in which he wore an olive green uniform, and wielded a brown staff.
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 fights using 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. When defeated, instead of fading away like most enemies in the game, he blows himself up with his own grenades. After being defeated by Guy, he gained a scar on his face caused by a shuriken thrown by Guy.
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 named 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" as a reference to the Industrial Stage's omission in the SNES version of Final Fight.
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. He fights using many of the same techniques he uses in Final Fight. In the game's storyline, no longer content with being a lackey for the Mad Gear gang, he sought to create his own utopian nation. He fights Sodom, who tries to convince him to rejoin Mad Gear. 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 has an encounter with Guy. Rolento realises Guy still remembers him as his "leader". Guy insults Rolento, saying he hasn't learned his lesson and that he hates slow learners. Rolento makes one last threat, saying he will have to rebuild his empire on Guy's face. In the end, he makes his move and attempts to start his new nation in Metro City, driving a tank through the business district. Mayor Mike Haggar is called to stop him.
In Street Fighter Alpha 3, Rolento, remembering Cody as a powerful fighter from the past, searched for him to try to recruit him into his army. When he eventually found Cody in a prison uniform and handcuffs, Rolento became disheartened about his defeat at the hands of Guy when he was a member of the Mad Gear Gang. He wanted the hero from back in the day, not a loner convict, even though Cody had refused to join anyway. He also sees Sodom and defeates him once more, who then claims the military man had indeed lost sight of what Mad Gear stood for. Eventually, he stumbles upon M. Bison's Psycho Drive after stealing weapons from Shadaloo for his army. He learns the Psycho Drive brainwashes people, and decides against using it. He can't have a utopia 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.
Rolento's army takes part in at least one conflict; after a battle, Rolento makes a speech to his men 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.
Rolento defeats one of Bison's cyborgs. After finishing it off he tells his men that the ruined base belongs to them now and that they are to scour the ruins for anything they can find. As he speaks, the last active part of the cyborg powers down.
Other appearances Edit
After Street Fighter Alpha 3, Rolento made an appearance in the American-developed Final Fight Revenge. His playing style was similar to one he had in the Alpha games and even his storyline was the same (the game takes place between the events of Alpha 2 and Alpha 3).
Rolento appeared playable in the crossover game Capcom vs. SNK 2.
Rolento is also playable in Street Fighter X Tekken, where he is paired with Ibuki.
El Gado, Holly Wood, Axl and Slash are the primary foot soldiers in Rolento's "army", all trained by Rolento himself. Both El Gado and Holly Wood are knife-wielding enemies who wear military outfits, 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 Street Fighter Alpha 3 as part of Rolento's special techniques and win poses.
Axl and Slash are a pair of tough bikers who, in Final Fight, were the only enemies that could block the player's attacks.
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 that he's still alive later on in Capcom's canon) and calls him "E.G." at this point, which may be his nickname. He's typically stronger than Holly Wood and sports a beard, wearing a dark green outfit, although in Final Fight, he is shown wearing a greenish-yellow outfit and has no beard. He is of Arabic origin, and his fighting style is Souo-katsuken (Double Scorpion Tail technique).
Holly Wood is named primarily after his singing and dancing talents, and never enters a battle without his knives. Another version of him appears in Final Fight that throws molotov cocktails at the opponent, though he's weaker in this state. He is dressed in an orange jumpsuit and cap, similar to his superior.
In Street Fighter x Tekken, Ibuki joins Rolento 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.
- According to former Capcom member Seth Killian, Rolento was created by Neo_G and was originally given the name "Lawrence". Due to the funny Japanese translations where adding vowels to the end of a words and mixing L & R sounds is common, his name was somehow changed into "Rolento".
- 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 what so ever.
- Yoshinori Ono, producer for Street Fighter IV, has 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.
- 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. 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.
- 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).
- Rolento also appeared in the Japan-only released Capcom World 2 game.