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In 2004, 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 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 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 heel persona) wearing quite 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 B-movie way. But let's go into a little more detail. It's set up more like a fighting game than a wrestling game. Anesthesia, the 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, which was released in 2006 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 "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 brought the series to an end. The series fell into obscurity with the closest to a revival being Reiko making a playable cameo in Super Bomberman R. There's also a Japan-only slot machine game titled Rumble Roses 3D.


Tropes that are present in the games:

  • Action Girl: Everybody, naturally.
  • Always Someone Better: Dixie to Aisha.
    • As a more minor case, Aigle to Makoto.
    • In American marketing, Dixie to Reiko as well.
  • Beach Episode: 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.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: 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.
  • Bears Are Bad News:
    • Subverted in The Black Belt Demon's entrance.
    • But played incredibly straight with Non Non in Rumble Roses XX.
  • Carpet of Virility: Disturbingly sported by Sebastian the Clown.
  • Cross-Cultural Kerfluffle: 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.
  • Damn You, Muscle Memory!: 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.
  • Defeat by Modesty: 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.
  • Denser and Wackier: RRXX is a mild example, having added such things as the playable bear, the Street Fight mode where getting hit can the girls flying 20 feet in the air, and "moves" like Bloody Shadow's opponent-inhaling giant frog and Lady X Subsistence's robo-noogie and turn-into-a-fighter-jet.
  • Excuse Plot: 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.
  • Fanservice: The main selling point of the series.
  • Finishing Move: Picture "Stone Cold" Steve Austin's Stunner or The Undertaker's Tombstone. These girls dish out vicious airborne versions as standard and they get more exotic, complex and unrealistic from there. H-KO (humiliation submissions) vary from, well, presenting your opponent in a sexual manner to grounded knees until they are forced to tap out. Double team finishers are also possible.
  • Gorgeous Gaijin: 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.
  • Guilty Pleasure: The series was, and still is, seen as this overall. Despite the obvious fanservice, the game does sport some fun arcade-style wrestling like the early WWE Smackdown games.
  • Humiliating Wager: In Rumble Roses XX, the Queen's Match matchtype is essentially this; the loser must do whatever task the winner tells them to do, which in the game, usually means the loser doing a menial/embarrassing task in their wrestling gear or a bikini.
  • Idol Singer: Reiko and Makoto.
  • Jiggle Physics: Yup.
  • Leotard of Power: Noble Rose/Evil Rose, Benikage/Yasha.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Evil Rose is actually Reiko's Brainwashed and Crazy older sister while Lady X is a cyborg made from Kamikaze Rose's DNA (Kamikaze Rose is Reiko and Evil Rose's mother).
  • Make an Example of Them: The Humiliation Move is this; if you've filled up the meter to use this move, you likely could've won normally, and all Humiliation Moves are some kind of submission hold putting the opponent on display. It's also extremely embarrassing in Rumble Roses Canon to lose via H-KO/Humiliation Move, to the point that losing in such an embarrassing way ends feuds.
  • Male Gaze: Everything but the one that really stands out is when a character is ready to be finished off with a "humiliation move".
  • Moe Couplet: Reiko and Dixie; Miss Spencer and Candy Cane; Makoto and Aigle.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Literally every female in the game, to varying degrees (Reiko is a bikini model who strikes poses for the cameras during her entrance, Makoto is a judoka who doesn't wear pants).
  • My Hero, Zero: Reiko as a face is nicknamed "Zero Fighter" (having the word stamped on the outfit helps).
  • Ninja: Bloody Shadow and her alter ego, Judgment.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed:
    • Noble Rose is blatantly inspired by Cutey Honey.
    • Aisha is sort of a portmanteau of a few different pop starlets, including Britney Spears, Beyoncé and Jennifer Lopez.
    • Also there's Becky, Candy Cane's face gimmick, who looks like a cross between Spears at the start of her career and Emma Bunton.
      • Candy Cane is a teenage punk rocker from Canada. Although she is a lot "meaner" than Avril Lavigne, thus making her personality more akin to American female punk rockers like 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 Ryoko Izumo and Ryoko Kano, Makoto Aihara was almost certainly based on real-life judoka Ryoko Tani.
    • Reiko looks a lot like Asuka, particularly in her early career as Kana before she started dyeing her hair. The only major difference is Raiko wears boots while Kana was barefoot with kick pads.
  • Obvious Beta:
    • Rumble Roses had a couple of really blatant 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.
  • The One Guy: 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.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: A rather loose example, but with both incarnations of Becky and Miss Spencer in XX. In their original incarnations Candy wears make up and all of her official clothes (including her swimsuits) have skirts. Candy also has a girly heart shaped pendant she keeps even when she is wearing someone else's clothes, Miss Spencer is more stern and serious than Candy in terms of responsibility. While face Miss Spencer has some feminine traits her clothes are more mature and professional. In their Alter Ego's Becky doesn't wear nearly as much makeup (she does have painted nails however), while she did become more bubbly than Candy was, she doesn't tend to have many feminine quirks other characters tend to have such as Makoto when climbing the rope and getting in the ring and has a more unisex high flying moveset. Her alternates, while female clothes and more vibrant, are less feminine in nature than Candy's. Mistress Spencer on the otherhand wears more feminine oriented clothing (dominatrix)and her Superstar outfit is even a wedding dress. Mistress also speaks in a more seductive tone and has more feminine walking patterns.
  • Pro Wrestling Is Real: Real enough that an evil overlord wannabe is using the DNA of pro wrestlers to create an unstoppable robot army.
  • Recycled Premise: In Rumble Roses XX's Queen's Match mode, the loser of each match is subjected to public humiliation, which is similar to another all-girl fighting series that came years before it involving combat waitresses.
  • Ridiculously Human Robot: Lady X/Lady X Substance/Lady X 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. XX has Lady X "Subsistance", who is even stronger than Substance in terms of offense and defense, and even has an attack stronger than the "Human" girls Killer/Lethal attacks where she places her robotic fingers on her opponent's ears and uses her [[|rotating parts]] to rotate her fingers while they are in the ears of her opponent that can leave lower defense characters like Becky unable to kick out in 2 cycles.
  • 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. However both are not without their quirks in this area as Noble Rose's leotard rides up her backside to the point nothing is left to the imagination and Makoto, while she wears shorts in her Judo outfit, her panties are visible to a degree.
  • Super Move Portrait Attack: All the wrestlers' finishing moves fit this.
  • Third-Person Person: Aigle/Killer Khan.
  • Virtual Paper Doll: 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.
  • Walking Swimsuit Scene: The girls fight in swimsuits in mud wrestling matches.
  • Wrestling Doesn't Pay: As par for the course. Reiko is a race queen/bikini model, Miss Spencer is a teacher, Aisha is a pop idol, so on and so forth.


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