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BiographyEditRoberto, by his original name "Adolf Reinhart", was Karel Ranke's nephew and an orphan. Ranke's sister and her husband (Roberto's mother and father) were shot while trying to cross the Berlin Wall, leaving their son without any parents to turn to. Due to this tragedy, Ranke signed the papers to send Adolf to Kinderheim 511 under the impression that it would be a wonderful environment for him, as the institution was considered the ideal training ground for raising children with good backgrounds into the future communist elite.
Around 1963, Roberto entered the orphanage. There, he became close friends with Wolfgang Grimmer who was also of the same generation.
One day, Roberto brought Grimmer a cup of cocoa when he had a fever and was resting in the infirmary. Grimmer wanted to thank him and Adolf said that he wanted him to remember their friendship for the rest of his life. He also requested that Grimmer remember his name, a common ritual in the orphanage since the classes always caused the pupils to forget their own.
According to Grimmer, Roberto liked cocoa, drawing pictures, and bugs. He hated insect collecting, however, because he didn't like to see the bugs get killed. The activity he enjoyed the most was going to the forest with his parents; he would catch a lot of butterflies but would let them out of the insect cage on his way home. His dream was to become an entomologist.
As a BodyguardEditRoberto first appeared in the small port city of Nice, France, where he served as a bodyguard for Detective Müller and his family. While playing chess with Roberto, Müller told him that his very life was just like a pawn in one big chess match, being controlled by the unknown person who blackmailed him back when he worked as a police officer in Munich. Müller said that he was on the edge of failure, so he had become an active drug dealer along with his detective partner, Messener. "Someone" blackmailed them and they unwillingly made the following compromise: Müller and Messener would kill the Fortners (Nina's parents) in exchange for a large sum of money. If they refused to comply, however, they would have been reported to the police for their underground drug activities. At the time of his confession, Müller regarded Roberto as a faithful bodyguard and his friend, even though in reality he had nothing but ulterior motives. Müller later witnessed the death of a private detective he hired and crossed paths with Nina Fortner, who told him that Roberto was responsible for the man's death. The two were able to escape before he came upstairs. After driving for a while, Nina forced Müller out of the car, threatening to kill him just as he had her parents. However, she gave up on that after Müller started crying out for his own family, causing her to realize that they would have to endure the same pain she did.
Shortly after, Roberto called and told Müller to come home, where his family was -- for the time being -- safely waiting. Roberto wanted the bag with documents containing the investigation results compiled by the deceased detective.
Nina and Müller headed back and Müller gave the bag to Roberto. Roberto then left the house and headed to an abandoned building where his colleagues had been keeping Nina. He told her that Johan was in Munich before leaving, at which time he indicated that his next task would be to find Kenzo Tenma.
Meeting with EvaEditEva Heinemann was sitting in park when Roberto appeared and gave her a bag she had spent the day trying to locate. She didn't remember Roberto, but he told her that they were drinking together the night before. Roberto had actually stolen the bag even though he claimed to have simply found it. However, this provided the pretext for Roberto to spend the rest of the day with Eva, taking her out to lunch and, later that evening, to a dance club, where Eva confided in him.
Afterwards, Eva went with Roberto to his apartment. There, he inquired about some photographs in her possession, but, when Eva dismissed him, he abruptly knocked her to the ground and demanded she tell him where her old photo album was, since it contained pictures of Johan as a boy - thereby revealing his true intentions. When Eva realized this, she told Roberto that she saw Johan one year ago in Düsseldorf when Tenma followed Junkers to the construction building, which surprised him. Thereafter, Roberto decided to execute Eva after they had a tryst that night.Eva, however, tried to prevent Roberto from killing her, claiming that he wouldn't be able to find the photos of young Johan without her help, and that if she died they would be sent automatically to the confederate police agency.
Roberto was fascinated by Eva's attitude, even though he clearly saw her legs shaking. As a result, he, although fully aware of Eva's bluff, decided to use her to end Tenma's life. Roberto revealed Tenma's occupation as an underground doctor and his current whereabouts concerning a former mob boss in a mansion near Füssen.Eva and Roberto headed to the mansion and Roberto killed Helmut, the former lieutenant's bodyguard. He then gave a gun to Eva, which she was to use to shoot Tenma. On her way up, she met Dieter and told him to run away and order the others to escape. Realizing that she had betrayed him, Roberto shot Eva; Dieter consequently drug her to a nearby tree, away from his grasps. Dieter told Eva that Tenma would come and save them, to which she responded by saying that that is bad as it is exactly what Roberto wants. However, Roberto had already fled to scene by that point after realizing the great disadvantage he was at without Eva. Tenma arrived just as she was loosing consciousness and treated her wounds.
Encounter with ReichweinEdit
When the investigation of Richard Braun's death ceased after being confirmed as a "suicide", Rudy Gillen and Julius Reichwein began trying to unravel the Johan mystery on their own, as they knew the young man was connected to not only Braun's death, but also the events surrounding Tenma. The reasons the men were sure Richard's death was at least an assisted suicide included his lack of suicidal tendencies and exquisite taste in alcohol: he claimed he would only drink real Scotch, never drink "domestic junk" like Rache, which was found with his body.
At the subway station, a man tried to push Reichwein off the platform where an incoming train was pulling up, but was unsuccessful. He did, however, manage to escape, though he was followed by Reichwein to the bar where he met with a friend. The two beat him but just when it seemed he was about to lose consciousness, Reichwein reached an "over-limit" and, to put it frankly, kicked the heck out of them. He forced the man whom he met at the station to tell him why he pushed him and who asked him to. He said a large man hired him to carry out the task.Not long after the incident, Reichwein arranged to meet with a patient named Hess, who had been having a difficult relationship with his wife. They discussed trivial details until Hess mentioned that he killed a woman -- in his dream, that is. He also said that he felt lonely for some time until he met a handsome blonde guy. Reichwein felt suspicious about the man and went for tea. The patient -- revealed to be Roberto -- followed him and said that he was an actual murderer in the physical world, not just his dreams. Reichwein splashed him with a nice dose of hot tea and ran through the back exit. Roberto tried to aim at him but failed when Tenma shot from underneath.
Around the same time, Roberto formed a relationship with Blue Sophie, who was posing as the deceased "Margot Langer". When Blue Sophie attempted to extort Johan on the basis of her incriminating evidence of his involvement in the recent death of Edmund Fahren, Roberto revealed his true allegiance, approaching Blue Sophie from behind and aiming a gun at her head as Johan turned away and left the premises, before shooting the hapless prostitute dead.
The Library Inferno in MunichEdit
Hans Georg Schuwald announced the book donation ceremony at the University of Munich. Tenma planned to assassinate Johan there, so he placed himself on the top of bookcase, giving him a direct view of the stage where he predicted Johan would be standing next to Schuwald. The opening ceremony began and Tenma prepared to shoot the young man.Roberto appeared from behind and put a handgun to Tenma's head, then shoved it in his face as he turned around. Roberto snatched the rifle, telling Tenma to shut up and watch his performance as he moved the reticule from Johan to Schuwald, whom he planned to kill. Tenma jumped on Roberto, and the two fell. One of Johan's henchmen (the woman who was a former patient of Reichwein, Mrs. Hess) engulfed the library in flames. Tenma managed to grab the handgun and pointed it at Roberto. At the same time, Roberto pulled the rifle up to point at Tenma, but Tenma shot him first and Roberto fell off the balcony. He convinced himself that Roberto died as a result of his actions.
Alfred BaulEditTenma was arrested after Tomas Zobak, whom he had visited, called the police. Tenma met with Fritz Verdemann, his lawyer, and Verdemann said he would take his case, which made Tenma glad as he had already met with several lawyers, all of whom had refused to take him seriously.
Tenma later arranged to meet with Alfred Baul, Verdemann's legal partner and another expert lawyer who was willing to help him. Upon meeting the man face-to-face and realizing his true identity, however, Tenma was shocked. Roberto, alive and well, had managed to make it out of that sea of flames back in Munich a few months ago, in spite of losing much of the strength in his left arm and having lost weight from the ordeal. Roberto informed Tenma that his next target was Eva Heinemann; Tenma tried to persuade him to choose otherwise, saying that Eva wouldn't testify for his sake as she wants him to rot in prison for breaking up with her. Roberto responded to that by saying that it would be better for annoying women like her to be dead, so she wouldn't bother Tenma nor he and Johan. He also said that Eva knows too much and doesn't deserve to live. Roberto left Tenma in a state of shock, constantly thinking about how he could save her and eventually leading to his escape.Roberto used the pseudonym "Alfred Baul", presenting himself as a lawyer with hopes of getting close to Fritz Verdemann, as he wanted to get his hands on the lawyer's father's important memo with information about Franz Bonaparta and the Red Rose Mansion. In the end, it was Tenma who got the notebook, not Roberto.
The mansion of red roses had been burned down by Johan shortly after. Roberto, as usual, followed Johan and they moved to Frankfurt, though Roberto was not seen there in the series. His last playing role would be in Ruhenheim, during the massacre.
Massacre in RuhenheimEdit
Ruhenheim, a small, peaceful town surrounded by mountains, had become the victim of a terrible massacre that spread through the town at a near-exponential rate. Fear, hatred and sadness took over the city; neighbors found themselves compelled to kill each other. This act of cruelty doesn't seem too unusual when attributed to a certain person: yes, Johan Liebert came to town to seek revenge against Franz Bonaparta, destroying his "peaceful home" along with it.
Tenma, Anna, Dr. Gillen and a few other characters from before came to the town, trying to stop the massive genocide. On the other hand, there was Roberto who was helping Johan exterminate the population. He personally executed Konrad while he was in the nearby mountains that surrounded the rural hamlet.Johan's whereabouts remained unknown in Ruhenheim aside from his visit to the Vampire's House. Roberto settled in the Hotel Bergbach, where he hooked up with the lady who sells the sausages. He murdered the owner of the hotel, so the woman remained ignorant to what was going on outside. When she finally realized that the reason Roberto kept taking a shower and changing his clothes whenever he came back was because they were covered with blood, she fled the scene. After being directed to the Hotel Versteck by Lunge and Tenma, she noticed Grimmer and ran toward him; in the process, she was shot dead by one of Johan's henchmen. Later, Inspector Lunge confronted Roberto at the hotel. The two managed to shoot each other several times before they started wrestling, all while engaging each other in a battle of wits. Eventually, Roberto overpowered Lunge, kicked him into the hallway and began choking him whilst talking about how Johan helped him to regain some of his lovely, forgotten memories. Before Johan appeared, Roberto felt lonely, sad, and inhuman as he didn't know his real name nor his origin. Johan "sympathized" with him and offered him a cup of cocoa, triggering the one pleasant memory he had. Ever since that day, he obeyed Johan's every order, as he gave him a sense of purpose in life.
Lunge grabbed Roberto's mortal wound during his speech and took him down, demanding to know where Johan was located. Lunge eventually fainted from the exertion and Roberto walked out to meet Johan in hopes of seeing the "Scenery for a Doomsday".As Roberto walked, he noticed Johan was being held at gunpoint by Bonaparta, so he shot the elderly man dead before collapsing at his savior's feet. He stated that he still couldn't see the final landscape, to which Johan responded by saying that that was correct: he wouldn't be able to see it now or ever. Roberto shed a tear as he died from the injuries he received during his fight with Lunge.
According to Roberto, he felt extremely detached from reality no matter what happened in his life until he met a handsome blonde young man. He seems to find comfort in having his destiny chosen for him as long as it's chosen by Johan Liebert. Presumably, he does not want to disappoint Johan in a way that someone might not want to disappoint his/her mentor, boss, muse, savior, or God. He certainly wants to serve a function and that is to make both his and Johan's lives enriched at the expense of others.Roberto has a really lazy look: his eyes are half-open, giving him, as mentioned previously, an appearance which looks detached from reality. He is easy-going and carefree for the most part, but when he's irritated his aggression definitely shows. Most of the time, however, he is calm and isn't afraid of death in comparison to a normal human.
Despite being different in many ways, Roberto is, like Christof, very similar to Johan at some points. He knows how to intimidate people, resulting in his target feeling nervous and afraid for their life. Like Johan, he also enjoys watching his victims suffer from fear. For example, Eva acted really tough when dealing with Roberto, but when he saw her legs were shaking, he just smoothly laughed at how she was trying to be brave even when terrified. He managed to keep her ultimately under his control. Much later, when Eva again became Roberto's target, she was extremely paranoid after recognizing the voice of the fake "Alfred Baul". She started having hallucinations of Roberto everywhere around her. She then fled to her hotel room where she noticed a different brand of cigarettes and smelled Roberto's odor. When someone knocked at the door, she felt she had no chance of escape. During the scenes involving a game of cat and mouse between the two, her mind easily tells us that Roberto is a kind of man she doesn't want to see ever again.
Roberto shows so much dedication towards Johan at all times that it is reminiscent of Johan Liebert's dedication towards Kenzo Tenma for saving his life. However, the tendency he has to put Johan on a pedestal high above everyone else, including genuinely good people like Dr. Tenma, Nina Fortner, etc., makes him seem delusional, deranged, possessive, and possibly a bit disingenious.
Roberto takes everything Johan says as absolute fact and has no desire to see anything else around him as real. At the very least, he seems to mimic, copy, or mirror anything Johan encourages people to believe, and he will reinforce it as much as he can.
Also, Roberto for some odd reason gets laid by women more than anybody else in the show. It's not exactly clear how or why he gets so many women, though it could be speculated that he is using the charisma he adopted in Kinderheim 511 to satisfy his carnal desires.
Despite simply being creepy, he has something about him that sets him apart from any regular, plain old, typical henchman, since he's ferocious, loyal, and built like a tank. As evidence of this statement, Tenma has major trouble whenever he encounters Roberto, and he has practically no choice but to shoot the giant man down.
Roberto certainly has stamina that goes well off the charts, the details of which are further expanded on in the "Skills" section below.
Cocoa and Wolfgang GrimmerEdit
One of his few redeeming points is that he really loves cocoa and cherishes the memory of his childhood friend who gave him that cocoa in Kinderheim 511. Johan Liebert was the one who helped jog his memory regarding the warm cocoa and his friend that he didn't want to forget. It becomes very clear in the final part of the show that Wolfgang Grimmer once had a friend named Adolf, whom he gave his one and only warm cocoa drink to help cheer up once, which seemed to make him genuinely happy to be alive.
Roberto seems to briefly express lament the feeling of being forgotten by everyone while describing his memory to Heinrich Lunge before attempting to finish him off. Roberto never realizes that his friend is actually Wolfgang Grimmer, who is also in the same town trying to stop the massacre at all costs, for the sake of finding a way to preserve the integrity of the nearly forgotten abused children's rights.
Devotion to Johan LiebertEdit
Roberto admires Johan and has complete faith in whatever he decides to do. Johan is the one who gave Roberto a reason for living and he always looks forward to contributing to Johan's plans in any way he can. One of Roberto's primary interests was to see the "scenery for a doomsday" that he came to learn about from Johan.
Although Roberto's devotion to Johan is undeniably strong, he does act on his own from time to time. The most noticeable instance of this is when Roberto ordered his men to kill Ana, which obviously would have upset Johan. The reason he ordered this was never directly stated, but it can be assumed that Roberto may have felt jealousy towards Ana as she is so extremely important to Johan. Killing her would have left a hole in Johan's life that Roberto may have wanted to fill since he admires Johan so much. Or he may have just wanted to kill her because he felt that she was beginning to become a problem for Johan.
Roberto finds Eva to be an annoying and grueling bitch that'd be better off dead, than to cause nuisance to both Tenma and Johan. However, he didn't hesitate to screw with her the night after he gave her back a bag she lost (that Robert found). Apparently this happened due to her physical appearance, not because he had some romantic interest in her.
Roberto acted as Michael's bodyguard for his own purposes and not out of any concern for him. Roberto did say that as far as employers went, he wasn't too bad.
Relationship is unknown, the only thing known is the made-up story of their marriage problems. The Hess woman once again appears in library to set fire for Johan.
The same case as with Eva, why he had a sexual intercourse with her. Though it seems that she doesn't appear to be irritating to him, as did Eva.
Roberto is a very difficult opponent in fight. He is burly and that already gives him a large advantage over an opponent. He is quite strong and could be categorized at the same level as some professional wrestler. Roberto is more oriented as a wrestling style fighter and is very well trained in using wrestling techniques in combat, but when it is needed, he doesn't hesitate to kick or punch his enemy.
Roberto has developed an incredibly high pain tolerance. He was able to fight with Inspector Lunge, even after his earlier fall into a sea of flames during the library inferno in Munich. His right hand was seriously injured from back then, but that hand was still a serious threat to Lunge, when he grabbed his neck, choking him. We can only think of how troublesome it was for poor Lunge to deal with him, after Roberto grabbed him with his right hand. Roberto might even be capable of choking Lunge to death, if his right hand was movable, since he stated at one point that he is right-handed.
Roberto is an excellent shooter as he was able to trick Lunge to aim on the wrong side, when Roberto shot him from behind but Roberto didn't kill him, yet he intentionally missed his vital points.
- According to the "Monster" fandom, Roberto's emotions, whenever he happens to have any, are slug-like. TV Tropes places Roberto's obsession with Johan squarely in the the Ho-Yay category.