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In 2004, Creator/{{Konami}} decided to put a foot in a genre that is rarely touched by video game companies, the wrestling genre (well, at least outside Japan) which in the last years was in the hands of {{THQ}}, the holder of the Wrestling/{{WWE}} license. However, to the surprise of many, Konami announced that this game would feature an all female cast (this may have been related to the announcement of ''[[Franchise/DeadOrAlive Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball]]'' around that time). The end result was a big {{fanservice}} extravaganza, with 10 ladies (each with her own {{face}} and a {{heel}} persona) wearing quite [[{{Stripperiffic}} revealing]] outfits, appealing to various fetishes. Aside from these regular in-ring costumes, they would also wear swimsuits for beach-side mud wrestling matches. Fanservice aside, ''Rumble Roses'' actually has good gameplay and nice graphics.

The story modes for each wrestler persona are also notable in a [[SoBadItsGood B-movie]] way. But let's go into a little more detail. It's set up more like a [[FightingGame fighting game]] than a [[WrestlingGame wrestling game]]. [[IncrediblyLamePun Anesthesia]], the [[BigBad big bad]] of the series, wants to take over the world. She plans to use a wrestling tournament to do it, offering a large cash prize to the winner as an incentive. She plans to take the DNA of the tournament winner to make an unstoppable cyborg army. Each of the girls has their own reason for being involved in the tournament. Reiko Hinomoto is trying to live up to her mother's legacy and search for her lost sister. Aisha is obsessed with a rematch against Dixie Clements, who she was never able to beat. Makoto Aihara is an Olympic judoka seeking competition. Candy Cane wants the cash prize to save the orphanage she grew up in. Miss Spencer ''enters the tournament accidentally'' while trying to chase down a recalcitrant runaway student (Candy Cane). Anyway, at the end of the tournament, the player fights one of Anesthesia's cyborgs, Lady X, and whoever wins goes home happy.

As right now there is one {{sequel}}, ''Rumble Roses XX'' for the {{Xbox 360}}. It introduced three new modes (Tag Team, Queens Match and Street Fight) as well as a very unelaborate create-a-wrestler feature. It also introduced "[[SuperMode Superstar]]" personas for each character's face and heel modes. Unfortunately, it featured no storyline mode at all, and an incredibly labyrinthine and time-consuming method of unlocking characters and rewards. Additionally, the extras like Queens Mode, Street Fight, the shoddy create-a-wrestler system and the playable bear proved very unpopular overseas. While ''Rumble Roses'' is generally considered to be a decent game, ''Rumble Roses XX'' was enough of a flop that it seems to have [[FranchiseKiller brought the series to an end]]. Oh, and there's also a Japan-only slot machine game called Rumble Roses 3D, but that's another story.

Now with a [[Characters/RumbleRoses character sheet]].
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!!Tropes that are present in the games:
* ActionGirl: Everybody, naturally.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Dixie to Aisha.
** As a more minor case, Aigle to Makoto.
* BeachEpisode: There's a beach arena. There's also the option to wrestle in swimsuits. Oh, and by the way, there's also a mud wrestling match, which takes place at said beach arena, and the only selectable outfits for that match type are the swimsuits.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: The girls' heads and hair repel the mud in the mud matches. There's also no blood in this game, even though blood was commonplace in wrestling games at the time the original ''Rumble Roses'' was released.
* BearsAreBadNews:
** Subverted in The Black Belt Demon's entrance.
** But played incredibly straight with Non Non in ''Rumble Roses XX''.
* CarpetOfVirility: Disturbingly sported by Sebastian the Clown.
* CrossCulturalKerfluffle: Queens Mode in ''RRXX''. The idea was that the girl who lost the match would suffer a penalty, like having to sweep around a pool with a push broom, and then she'd react to it by getting angry, sad or embarrassed. This was supposed to be a selling point of the game. In Japan, it was. Western audiences, however, found it to incredibly weird and creepy.
* DamnYouMuscleMemory: ''RR'' has the same control scheme as the contemporary games in the ''WWE'' series, but the actual buttons aren't mapped exactly alike, so get ready to run headlong into your opponent a few times when you meant to grapple them.
* DefeatByModesty: Sort of. Using a hold that presents your opponent to the audience in a suggestive way fills up the humiliation meter. If it fills up all the way, it triggers humiliation mode, a temporary stun that opens up special finishing moves, and a special victory type. Some maneuvers add to the attacker's meter, or to both, if it puts them in a compromising position. There's a special match type that only allows victory by humiliation.
* ExcusePlot: Described in the intro.
* {{Face}} & {{Heel}}: Gets a little weird. See, each character has a face and a heel persona. For some though, it is not as simple. For example, Bloody Shadow is a good, if not nice person. However, because Bloody Shadow's dressed darker than her alter ego Judgment, she is labeled the heel persona. Same thing goes for Candy Cane to Becky. Likewise, Anesthesia, the face persona, is lighter than Dr. Cutter despite also being presented as evil. This aspect is actually more accurate than most wrestling games since heel and face doesn't mean "good" and "evil", but who is "cheered" and "booed". Everybody else plays this straight, though.
** EvilCostumeSwitch / GoodCostumeSwitch: Goes with the face to heel / heel to face switches.
** StartOfDarkness: Conveniently provided in the introduction to the heel storylines of normally face characters.
** [[ThatManIsDead That Girl Is Dead]]: The essence of some of the Roses' responses to their former friends' [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan attempts to get through to them]] [[FaceHeelTurn post heel turn]].
* {{Fanservice}}: The main selling point of the series.
* ForeignFanservice: Provided most blatantly by Dixie Clements with her height, blonde hair and having the largest bustline of the cast, although Miss Spencer could be argued to provide it as well.
* GuiltyPleasure: The series was, and still is, seen as this overall.
* IdolSinger: Reiko and Makoto.
* JigglePhysics: Yup.
* LeotardOfPower: Noble Rose/Evil Rose, Benikage/Yasha.
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler:Evil Rose is actually Reiko's BrainwashedAndCrazy older sister while Lady X is a cyborg made from Kamikaze Rose's DNA (Kamikaze Rose is Reiko and Evil Rose's mother).]]
* MaleGaze: Everything but the one that really stands out is when a character is ready to be finished off with a "humiliation move".
* MoeCouplet: Reiko and Dixie; Miss Spencer and Candy Cane; Makoto and Aigle.
* MyHeroZero: Reiko as a face is nicknamed "Zero Fighter" (having the word stamped on the outfit helps).
* {{Ninja}}: Bloody Shadow and her alter ego, Judgment.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed:
** Noble Rose is blatantly inspired by ''Anime/CuteyHoney''.
** Aisha is sort of a portmanteau of a few different pop starlets, including Music/BritneySpears, Music/BeyonceKnowles and Creator/JenniferLopez.
** Also there's Becky, Candy Cane's face gimmick, who looks like a cross between Spears at the start of her career and [[Music/SpiceGirls Emma Bunton]].
*** Candy Cane is a teenage punk rocker from Canada. Although she is a lot "meaner" than Music/AvrilLavigne, thus making her personality more akin to American female punk rockers like [[Music/BikiniKill Kathleen Hanna]] or Brody Dalle, the similarity is obvious.
*** Candy Cane plays in a band called "The Killer Bambies", an obvious nod towards Spanish punk band The Killer Barbies, who provide her theme song "Have Some Fun" in the original ''Rumble Roses''.
** Much like [[VideoGame/WorldHeroes Ryoko Izumo]] and [[VideoGame/FightersHistory Ryoko Kano]], Makoto Aihara was almost certainly based on real-life judoka [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryoko_Tani Ryoko Tani]].
* ObviousBeta:
** ''Rumble Roses'' had a couple of really blatant [[AIIsACrapShoot flaws in the AI]] ("ignore the running opponent", "continually go for pins in submission-only matches" and the usual "just doesn't work right outside the ring"), one ''completely finished'' ring that just wasn't included in the final version along with a couple partly-finished ones, a match type that wasn't actually selectable (although you could configure the rules to get the same thing).
** Dixie's swimsuit character model had a glaring mesh error on her right hand.
** ''Rumble Roses XX''[='=]s labyrinthine unlocking system is believed to be the result of inadequate playtesting.
* TheOneGuy: Sebastian the Clown (the gimp with clown makeup who accompanies Mistress Spencer during her ring entrance) is an unlockable character in the Japanese version of the first game. He is unlockable is all versions of ''Rumble Roses XX''.
* ProWrestlingIsReal: Real enough that an evil overlord wannabe is using the DNA of pro wrestlers to create an unstoppable robot army.
* RecycledPremise: In ''Rumble Roses XX'''s Queen's Match mode, the loser of each match is subjected to public humiliation, which is similar to another [[Anime/VariableGeo all-girl fighting series that came years before it]] involving combat waitresses.
* RidiculouslyHumanRobot: Lady X/Lady X [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty Substance]]/Lady X [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater Subsistence]].
* {{SNK Boss}}: Lady X Substance. She has a ridiculously overpowered unblockable move for a ''taunt'', but even without the taunt, most of her regular moves are other wrestlers' finishing moves, and her humiliation meter fills at about a tenth of the speed of anyone else's.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Everybody except Lady X. Lady X wears a full suit and tie ensemble. Other than that, Makoto and Noble Rose have the least skimpy outfits in the game. They wear a judogi and short-shorts and a backless leotard with thigh boots, respectively.
* SuperMovePortraitAttack: All the wrestlers' finishing moves fit this.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Aigle/Killer Khan.
* VirtualPaperDoll: In ''Rumble Roses XX'', there are outfits that can be unlocked, although the process of doing so is as labyrinthine as everything else in the game. The girls also come with a slider that can cause them to gain muscle or gain fat. This slider is adjusted by which moves you use in the matches.
* WalkingSwimsuitScene: The girls fight in swimsuits in mud wrestling matches.
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