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Rolento F. Schugerg

"In my ideal nation,
there would exist no
one as weak as you!"



A deadly ex-Red Beret and current militia commander that first appeared in the original Final Fight arcade game. My figure is based on his Final Fight 2 incarnation.

Trivia

  • Rolento's first appearance was in the Capcom arcade game Final Fight, where he was the boss of Round 4, the Industrial Area. This level, and Rolento, were cut from the Super Famicom/Super Entertainment System (SNES) port of Final Fight, due to cartridge memory restraints. Some people believe that Rolento's inclusion in the SNES-exclusive Final Fight 2, as the boss of Stage 5, Italy, is an attempt to "make up" for his omission in the first game.


  • When you defeat Rolento in Final Fight, he intentionally blows himself up with his own grenades--apparently he refuses to be taken alive.


  • The final boss of Final Fight 3, Black, resembles Rolento. He wears a red beret, a military uniform, and fights with a riding crop similar to Rolento's baton. It is unknown if there is any relationship between the two; perhaps they served in the same red beret unit.


  • In addition to Final Fight 1, 2, and Revenge, Rolento appears as a playable character in Street Fighter Alpha 2 and 3, as well as Capcom vs. SNK 2.


  • El Gado and Hollywood, two other former members of the Mad Gear gang, are Rolento's subordinates. In Final Fight: Revenge it was revealed that El Gado was only working for Rolento in order to get close to him so that he could exact revenge for the deaths of his family--a tragedy he holds Rolento directly responsible for.


  • Red Berets are worn by NATO military police, the Internal Troops of the Russian MVD, and Kopassus (Indonesia's Special Commando Force), amongst others.


  • Rolento stands 5' 9" tall, weighs 179 pounds, and has Type "O" blood.



BACKGROUND:
Little is known of Rolento's early life, other than that he was born in the United States and that he served in a Special Forces Red Beret military unit during the Viet Nam war. While Rolento eventually left, or was ejected, from the armed forces, he still continued to live a military lifestyle, centered around the core principals of strict discipline and survival at all costs. Some years later, he, and his small army of devoted mercenaries, joined up with the criminal gang Mad Gear, which operated out of Metro City. At the time, Rolento believed that Mad Gear would somehow help to bring about the kind of utopian society he envisioned (namely an unconquerable militarized nation). In the first Final Fight game, Rolento was seen to be a high ranking member of said group, second perhaps only to Horace Belger, Mad Gear's mastermind, and was in charge of all of Mad Gear's drug production operations. After Mad Gear's destruction at the hands of the heroes Haggar, Cody, and Guy, another evil crime boss, the Japanese Retu, built up a second Mad Gear group, this time a global operation, which Rolento also joined. Once more, Rolento was placed very high in the organization, second only to Retu, and oversaw Mad Gear's interests in Italy. Unfortunately for Rolento, and his villainous comrades, Haggar, along with two new allies, Maki and Carlos, crippled the Mad Gears again, this time permanently. Disillusioned, Rolento renounced Mad Gear and decided to strike off on his own. He still hopes to conquer Metro City and build up a society that champions the ideals he believes in, but, has yet to accomplish this monumental task. Rolento has been approached by another former colleague, Sodom/Katana, several times, in the hopes of reviving Mad Gear yet again, but, thus far, Rolento has declined, opting to work alone.


ABILITIES:

  • Superhuman Speed/Agility

  • Rolento can move much faster than an average human. In fact, he moves so swiftly that he often leaves shadowy after-images trailing behind him, similar to a motion blur effect. Rolento is also extremely acrobatic, performing rolls, flips, wall jumps, and other such feats, with ease. It is extremely difficult for an opponent to keep track of, let alone hit, Rolento when he's in motion.

  • Unarmed and Armed Combat

  • Rolento is a skilled unarmed combatant, having mastered the techniques taught to him in the Special Forces, in additional to a slew of other moves he's picked up on his world travels. However, that said, he much prefers stick-fighting, with his trusty baton, to fisticuffs.

  • Military Prowess

  • Rolento is a veteran soldier, well versed in the ways of warfare. He is trained to fight and survive in all types of terrain and climate, anywhere from a steaming tropical jungle to the frigid tundra. Rolento has a great deal of experience commanding soldiers, on both a large and small scale, and is a skilled battle tactician. He is familiar with the use and maintenance of most types of military ordinance and can operate/drive many types of vehicles such as jeeps and tanks. While he respects their usefulness in combat, Rolento has never been a great fan of firearms; his weapons of choice are the baton, hand grenades, and daggers.


WEAKNESSES:

  • Zealot

  • Rolento holds very strong views regarding how he thinks society should operate and has no use for anyone whose opinions differ from his own. He regards the current U.S.A. government and people as disgustingly weak and soft. Rolento wants to transform his country into a militaristic powerhouse, with him at its helm. Rolento's unshakable resolve to see these dreams come to fruition often blinds him to reason and leads others to brand him as crazy. He is also an extremely strict disciplinarian with his mercenaries--he has been known to occasionally execute individuals for serious rule infractions, as an example to the others. While this practice certainly keeps his subordinates in line, and inspires fear, it's bad for morale--several of his soldiers secretly despise him, and would jump at the chance to eliminate him if the opportunity arose.


Materials:
Newsprint, cardboard from a cracker box, tissue paper, white paper, wire twist ties, white glue, hot glue, and acrylic paint.


Dimensions*:
(*The dimensions for this model can vary, depending on how the joints are positioned. The numbers given are for the figure in a 'neutral' standing pose without any accessories attached.)
7.5 cm/3.0 in. x 3.0 cm/1.2 in. (highest point x widest point)


Articulation:
Nineteen points total: Neck (2), waist, shoulders (2), elbows (4), wrists (2), hips (2), knees (4), and ankles (2).


Time:
Four days; construction ran from 10/25/07-10/29/07, with no work performed on the 26th.


Rolento photo collage.




For comparison purposes, below are two images of Rolento. The first, on the top, is Capcom's official Final Fight 2 art for Rolento. The second, on the bottom, is Rolento's game sprite, tossing some grenades, taken from the Japanese Super Famicom version of Final Fight 2. You'll notice that there were some relatively minor cosmetic design changes in the translation to digital form (a baton, rather than a quarterstaff, as a weapon, the loss of the black stripes on the uniform, and color changes in the grenades/boots/inside shirt).

Rolento official art.

Rolento SNES game sprite.



REFERENCES:
(In no particular order of importance.)


  •   Super Famicom/Super Entertainment System Final Fight 2 video game.

  •   Super Entertainment System Steet Fighter Alpha 2 video game and instruction manual.

  •   Sony Playstation Steet Fighter Alpha 3 video game.

  •   Wikipedia Final Fight, Final Fight 2, Rolento, and Red Beret articles.

  •   GameFAQs Final Fight 2 game guides/information.

  •   Fighting Street.com Final Fight 2 official art page.



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