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Rolento is a character who debuted as a boss in the beat-em-up game Final Fight, before appearing as a playable fighter in the Street Fighter series starting with Street Fighter Alpha 2. He is a former member of the Mad Gear Gang, obsessed with turning Metro City into a military utopia.

Personality

Rolento can be described as a somewhat "twisted" (though very far from being 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 combat weaponry (having shown preferance for his staff, knives and grenades), making him a sharp-minded and dangerous ace-in-sleeve opponent.

His greatest dream is to build a utopia-style military nation, with himself as its supreme ruler; despite this, he would be a benevolent sovereign (in a similar way to Gill), and his people would ideally be happy, live their plain lives and have freedom to carve their own fates. Any form of violation against the people's rights (dystopia or totalitarianism, as with Urien's evil aspirations opposing Gill's good nature) would be ignoble in his world view; in the Alpha series, Rolento plots to make his dream come true by overthrowing the diabolical M. Bison and seizing full control of Shadaloo empire for himself, though he completely scoffs at the usage of the machine known as the Psycho Drive, refusing to contemplate the possibility of brainwashing his would-be citizens. 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 like Cody and Guy, or Mad Gear criminals like Sodom - to this end.


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