Characters appearing in Roman's Empire.
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Roman and His Associates
Roman TorchwickAn up and coming mob boss in Vale. Find his tropes here.
NeopolitanRoman's personal assistant. Find her tropes here.
Dwight GoldingRoman's original partner. He met Roman while working with Kincaid and helped Roman get his criminal empire off the ground.
- Affably Evil: No problem killing rivals when ordered to, but he's genuinely a nice guy compared to Roman. He even tries to keep Chloe safe when it's clear that torturing her won't get anything out of Roman, despite what Kincaid wants.
- Anti-Villain: Hes not really a bad guy (and much more morally sound than Roman).
- Co-Dragons: With Roman under Kincaids employ.
- Colourful Theme Naming: While his last name obviously has it, his first name loosely fits since it's basically "white" with a D in front of it.
- Didn't Think This Through: Roman pretty much lampshades this about his decision to rejoin Kincaid.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: He is abruptly killed by Kincaid in a fit of rage.
- Enemy Mine: He works with Kincaid to take down Roman.
- Et Tu, Brute?: He ends up betraying Roman when he finds out that his rise to power has upset Kincaid.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He is appropriately horrified when he realizes that Kincaid is really going to kill Reeds family. He also is disturbed when Roman considers doing the same for the police commissioner. He also tries to keep Chloe alive since she was innocent when Kincaid would rather pointlessly kill her.
- The Fettered: He'll go to some pretty far lengths considering he is in organized crime, but he still has standards and won't compromise them under any circumstances.
- Moral Myopia: Roman calls him out for working with Kincaid. But Dwight notes that she knows Pragmatic Villainy better than Roman does. Roman only goes for power.
- Number Two: For Roman at the beginning of his career.
- Only Sane Man: Pretty much the only main character with enough of a conscience to know when things are messed up. He also has to deal with Romans ego.
- Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: After betraying Roman, hes killed by the very woman he teamed up with to betray him.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He decides to abandon Roman when he suggests killing someones family.
- Those Two Bad Guys: With Roman. They constantly bicker with each other even when they are out being enforcers for Kincaid.
- Took a Level in Badass: It's a subtle one, but it is still very noticeable in his character development. Dwight was much more meek and timid at the beginning of Roman's Empire, but after spending years with Roman, he grows bolder more assertive. Dwight starts speaking his mind more and is more willing to call out Roman. Years of being in organized crime with Roman definitely helped him grow a spine. He even has the guts to both go back to Kincaid to defy Roman and to stand up to her when she tries to kill Chloe. It ultimately doesn't pan out for him, but hey. At least he made some improvements.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Roman calls him out on this when he sides with Kincaid.
- Villainous Friendship: He used to have this with Roman.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Roman notes that now that hes betrayed him, theres nothing stopping her from killing him since the only reason she cared about him was that he was associated with Roman.
Chloe Torchwick (nee Price)Roman's wife and financial manager.
- Boom, Headshot!: How Kincaid kills her.
- Conditioned to Accept Horror: Shes aware of her husbands profession and what he does on a daily basis. But shes still there. And she doesnt seem to be too bothered by it.
- Cuteness Proximity: She thinks Neo is absolutely adorable and cant help but pinch her cheeks whenever she sees her.
- Deadpan Snarker: The only aversion in the World of Snark that is the story Roman's Empire.
- Dropped a Bridge on Her: Chloes death is rather abrupt.
- Electric Torture: She was soaked and had her feet stuck in a small tub with a lightning Dust crystal.
- Hidden Depths: Shes good at accounting. And shes aware of Romans Lack of Empathy. But shes also very perceptive of noticing that Neo is an exception.
- I Have Your Wife: She is kidnapped by Kincaid to invoke this. Though Dwight correctly noted that it wouldnt work on Roman.
- Shout-Out: She isnt one. Even though her maiden name is the same as the character from Life Is Strange, that was not intended as the writer later admits.
- The Smart Gal: She handles the finances for Romans criminal enterprise.
- Trophy Wife: Roman initially marries her so he can have a queen for his empire.
- Undying Loyalty: But not blind loyalty. Shes still upset that Roman let her get tortured, but she wouldnt divorce him.
Candice TorchwickRoman's mother.
Violet KincaidRoman's old mob boss and mentor. She hired Roman after his father decided to leave the organized crime business.
- Asshole Victim: Yeah. Its probably a good thing that this woman got eviscerated by Neo.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: She definitely shows herself to be the strongest members of the crew when a mobster attempts to kill her at one of her own parties. She effortlessly takes on guys with guns and comes out without a scratch.
- Bad Boss: While she may act like a Benevolent Boss when interacting with underbosses, its all pragmatic. Shed rather be violently fighting them. Regular workers are more susceptible to her Bad Boss tendencies as Chapters 2 and 6 prove. The only low-level employees she treats well are Roman and Dwight. And even then, she just wants to get into Roman's pants and thinks she'll upset him if he goes after Dwight.
- Big Bad: Of Romans Empire. The end of Chapter 4 confirms her antagonism towards Roman.
- Blood Knight: She takes pride in fighting and says that she'd prefer a fight just before torturing Cordovan. She smiles when she has to kill some intruders during her party.
- Boobs of Steel: Shes very busty and great fighter.
- Buxom Is Better: She mentions that she would prefer Chloe to be bustier, implying a preference for busty ladies. She also has a nice rack herself (all natural as she points out) and likes showing it off. Especially for Roman.
- Card-Carrying Villain: She's a subtle example, but she is proud to be a mobster and doesn't even try to paint herself as the victim.
- Control Freak: Implied. She never likes having any threats to her power and will do anything to keep it. In Chapter 5 of Roman's Empire, the reason she goes after Roman for draining her profits even though she's still very wealthy. Her Villainous Breakdown is triggered by Roman and Neo escaping.
- Cool Old Lady: Can you really get much cooler than a badass mob boss who lives like a playboy? Roman definitely looked up to her. At least until she tries to punish him for infringing on her business.
- Damn, It Feels Good to Be a Gangster!: She's a rich and successful mob boss who lives like a playboy. She hooks up with men and women left and right while enjoying dominating the underbosses under her control.
- Dark Action Girl: Shes not just the kind of mob boss to sit around and torture helpless people. She shows how well she can fight people during the party.
- Depraved Bisexual: Downplayed. She seems to have no sense of boundaries and will flirt with anyone, but her major sociopathic behaviors have nothing to do with her bisexuality. If anything, her moments of sexual harassment and promiscuity are her least harmful offenses.
- Dirty Old Woman: Shes in her fifties at the beginning of the story, but she is still a shameless pervert. Roman even says that she constantly sexually harasses wait-staff at her parties and is even seen doing this in Chapter 2. These tendencies havent stopped in her sixties as evidenced by her comments about Roman and Chloe.
- The Don: She is the head of all organized crime in Vale.
- Evil Mentor: She was this to Roman. She taught him everything he knows.
- Evil Old Folks: After the Time Skip, Roman notes that she has to be at least 62. (The oldest she could be is about 67.) Even when she was in her fifties, Roman loved to poke fun at this."Pssh. I'm not that old."
- Evil Redhead: Roman mentions that she has red hair.
- Faux Affably Evil: She is incredibly charismatic and Roman even notes how good she is at not looking like a greedy, violent sociopath. Even When shes mad at Roman for taking her business, she still has a sarcastic tone.
- Gayngster: An unapologetically bisexual mob boss who was even introduced flirting with a girl.
- Grandma, What Massive Hotness You Have!: Still a bombshell even in her sixties.
- The Hedonist: When she's not working, she's going out flirting with young and attractive people and hooking up with them. Even killing people is often for her pleasure.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: By Neo in the climax just before getting killed.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: She has a fondness for Roman and treats him nicely, but he sees right through it and knows its because she wants to get in his pants. She confirms this years later. She is also nice to Dwight, but its simply because hes an associate of Romans, as he points out years later.
- Kick the Dog: Killing Chloe despite Dwights protests against it.
- Love Is a Weakness: She continually states how getting attached to people is what gets people caught.Even if I did get hitched and they took my lover hostage, Id go over there and shoot them myself. Much cheaper than divorce.
- More Deadly Than the Male: The most powerful mob boss in Vale and most sadistic. Many of her male counterparts fear her. And the one to finally take her down is Neo.
- Mrs. Robinson: She frequently goes after people who are at least two decades younger than her. She regularly attempts to sleep with Roman, who is about thirty years younger.
- Ms. Fanservice: Shes busty, got some nice hips, a Sexy Walk, wears outfits to accentuate it, and is unapologetically sexual.
- Oh, Crap!: When shes about to be killed by Neo.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: The biggest sign that Kincaid has officially lost it is when she kicks Roman directly in the face. Something she tried to avoid since she was attracted to him. After making a fool out of her after messing with her business, she really doesn't care anymore.
- Pragmatic Villainy: The reason she cant indulge in her sadistic desires more often. She needs to keep peace and make sure everyone stays happy, so they dont try to revolt against her.
- Proud Beauty: She's sexy and she knows it. It's rare to see her downplaying how attractive she is.
- Purple Is Powerful: She's the head of all organized crime in Vale, she can fight and kill three armed men at once, and her name is "Violet." She even wears a purple dress during her party where she beats up three armed men on her own. As Roman notes, purple is the color of royalty.
- Really Gets Around: Implied. She makes many comments alluding to her sexual conquests.
- Sadist: Whether she be fighting people, torturing them, or just causing emotional distress, Kincaid loves to cause pain.
- Self-Made Woman: She rose up the ranks of the organized crime scene in Vale all on her own by the time she was thirty.
- The Sociopath: Roman calls her a "greedy, violent sociopath" in Chapters 2 and 5. She is a textbook example of the trope, fitting every single point on the main trope page:
- Lack of Empathy and Devoid of Conscience: Shes willing to do anything including murder and torture to get ahead or for kicks. Shell even torture other peoples loved ones.
- Consummate Liar and Manipulator: She has a lot of charisma and will use clever wording to make her selfish motives into something that looks like it will benefit others. She basically does this to Dwight since he kills Chloe against his wishes.
- Pathological Need for Stimulation: She enjoys being violent with people whether it be murder, torture, or brawling. She also spends her downtime flirting and having sex with attractive young men and women.
- Shallow Affect and Complete Lack of Emotional Reciprocity: While she does have a fondness for Roman, it is purely because of her sexual attraction to him (as he points out many times) and his usefulness to her. All her kindness is to make him sleep with her. And she throws it out the window when Roman screws up her business.
- Grandiose Sense of Self-Worth: She thinks shes hot stuff and she certainly acts like it. Shell take every moment to compliment herself. It crosses with Narcissist since shes not happy about any threats to her power.
- Torture Technician: And she gets pretty creative, too. She uses a curling iron to burn Cordovan after he messes with her business. She also uses lightning Dust to perform Electric Torture on Chloe. She puts her bare feet in a tub of water with the Dust.
- Villainous Breakdown: She starts going through one when Roman and Neo escape. She drops all her charm and only has rage. She shoots Dwight in cold blood during a fit of rage, and even gives Roman a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown starting with kicking him in the face.
- Would Hurt a Child: She plans to kill Reeds family, young daughters included. She also casually mentions the fact that she has killed several children.
- You Killed My Father: She killed Roman's father. The circumstances are not elaborated upon, but the trope is subverted since he has since accepted that's how things work in the mob. He harbors no ill-will towards her because of it.
Brick "Cord" CordovanOne of Kincaids rival underbosses.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Hes the victim of this at the hands of Kincaid.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Implied at the hands of Kincaid.
- Dirty Coward: He tries to avoid paying tariffs to Kincaid, but the moment Roman and Dwight to come to confront him, hes cowering in fear.
- Evil Old Folks: He's a mob boss and said to be an old man. This fact is mocked by Dwight, Roman, and Kincaid.
- Groin Attack: Kincaid drives her heel into his crotch.
- In-Series Nickname: He is sometimes called "Cord".
- Ironic Name: Roman notes how his first name is this.
- Killed Offscreen: Kincaid mentions that he died (read: she killed him) during the party in the second chapter.
- Two First Names: "Cordovan" can be a given name.
Russel ReedOne of the underbosses.
Stacy "the Stace" GreeneOne of Romans rival mob bosses.
- Arms Dealer: When Roman tries to sell arms, Stacy stops him and says that Roman is cutting into his business.
- Atrocious Alias: Everyone notes how stupid his self-proclaimed nickname is.
- Colourful Theme Naming: His last name fulfills it rather than his first name.
- Gender-Blender Name: Probably one reason he insists on a pseudonym.
- Laughably Evil: From his stupid nickname to his overconfidence. Hes not a villain thats meant to be taken seriously.
- Oh, Crap!: When he sees Neo for the first time in action.
- Third-Person Person: He talks like this a lot using his ridiculous nickname.
Junior and the Malachite Twins
- The Cameo: They show up for a short time in the series.
Hei "Junior" XiongA local club-owner in Vale and associate of Roman.
- Benevolent Boss: As much as he hates the incompetence of his men, he shows concern about Neo killing them so often. Even if it's just for pragmatic reasons (he needs them to work), it's more than Roman can say.
- Snark-to-Snark Combat: He engages in this with Roman.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Outright calls his men idiots.
- Unfortunate Name: Lampshaded by Romans narration.
Melanie and Miltiades MalachiteTwo associates of Junior.
- Oh, Crap!: The mere mention of Neo causes this in them.
- One Steve Limit: An accidental aversion. The writer hadnt realized that there was a character named Melanie on the show already before naming Mercurys mother. However, they don't meet each other anywhere in the series.
- Valley Girl: They still talk like this, as Roman notes.