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Roger Smith from The Big O.
Roger Smith from The Big O.

Roger Smith is the main character in the anime television series and the manga, The Big O. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (357x632, 68 KB)Roger Smith from The Big O. File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (357x632, 68 KB)Roger Smith from The Big O. File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... // A scene from Cowboy Bebop (1998) Anime (アニメ) is a style of cartoon animation originating in Japan, with distinctive character and background stylings that visually set it apart from other forms of animation. ... For other uses, see Manga (disambiguation). ... The Big O (THE ビッグオー) is the title of an anime television series, which also has a manga adaptation. ...

He is Paradigm City's top negotiator, and lives in the Illegal Residential Sector in a former bank with his butler Norman Burg and R. Dorothy Wayneright. In the anime series The Big O, Paradigm City is a place with no memory any further back than forty years. ... Negotiation is the process whereby interested parties resolve disputes, agree upon courses of action, bargain for individual or collective advantage, and/or attempt to craft outcomes which serve their mutual interests. ... R. Dorothy Wayneright R. Dorothy Wayneright (the R. presumably stands for Robot, a prefix coined by Isaac Asimov for his robots) is a female android—or more properly a gynoid—in the anime series Big O. She is modeled after Dr. Waynerights late daughter Dorothy. ...

He is the Dominus, or pilot, of the Big O, a giant robot known as a Big-type "Megadeus". When negotiation fails or danger threatens the city, he summons Big O by calling him through his watch. The word pilot has several meanings: In aviation, a pilot, also known as an aviator, is someone who flies an aircraft. ... The Megadeuses, or Megadei are the great robots of the anime series Big O. The title derives from the Greek Megas (Μεγας, Great) and the Latin Deus (God). Inexplicably, the voice-actors of the series invariably pronounce the title as though it were Megadeuce (the Japanese language lacks the sounds to... A wrist watch A watch is a small portable clock that displays the time and sometimes the day, date, month and year. ...

Smith appears to cultivate a playboy image--one of his "rules", for instance, is that beautiful young women are to be admitted into his receiving room immediately, and both Angel and R. Dorothy Wayneright refer to him on separate occasions as a "louse". Classic Playboy logo. ... Suborders Anoplura (sucking lice) Rhyncophthirina Ischnocera (avian lice) Amblycera (chewing lice) Lice (singular: louse) (order Phthiraptera) are an order of over 3000 species of wingless parasitic insects. ...

This seems to be more for the sake of appearances, as it becomes clear that he holds himself to a strict gentleman's code of conduct, including such things as being kind to women, children, and the elderly.

Another one of his rules is that everyone in his house must wear black, with no exceptions. He himself follows this dress code. The only episode which departs from this is Act 7, "The Call from the Past", in which he wears a t-shirt and slacks rather than the usual impeccable black suit -- and this is only so he will not get his black suit dirty.

Roger's past is an enormous enigma in the series, even more so than the that of the rest of Paradigm City. What is known is that he used to be a member of the Military Police, but resigned due to conflicts with those who were really in charge. One day, he came into a mysterious abandoned bank, and met Norman. Norman welcomed Roger although this perplexed him because the two had never met before. Norman claims though, that although he can't remember why exactly, he knows that it was his job to wait for the Dominus of a massive black Megadeus, which he called "Big O". Although Roger at first has reservations over such a bizarre occurrence, he eventually makes his home and business in the bank and pilots the Big O for no other reason other than the gut feeling that he's supposed to. In the anime series The Big O, Paradigm City is a place with no memory any further back than forty years. ...

The second season offers an enormous amount of mysteries concerning Roger Smith. The three most especially ominous details is the sight of a factory "mass producing" Roger Smith-like robots, the sight of Roger in a World War II-like pilot's uniform dead in Big O; and finally most ambiguous of all is a picture of Roger Smith shaking hands with a young Gordon Rosewater. Gordon is the founder of Paradigm City, and its construction can clearly be seen behind the two. The mystery is that the picture was taken 60 or more years ago, yet Roger doesn't look a day older and has no memory of this whatsoever. Several times Gordon Rosewater implies to Roger that he is an artificial clone of a human being, while at other times (such as the Roger-robot factory scene) it seems that he might be a robot. At other times, the question is raised that perhaps everyone in Paradigm City is a clone or a robot. Rosewater revealed this to Roger using the allegory of genetically-engineered "artificial" tomato crops he was growing on his farm, asking Roger if the tomatoes were grown in the ground for several generations like the others, wouldn't that make them real? The meeting leaves Roger shaken with the possibility that he is "a tomato" (as he often refers to the situation). However, at other times Roger is told that Rosewater is lying - Gordon himself tells Roger near the end of the series that he is not one of his "beloved tomatoes" - or given solid evidence that he is a real person. Yet he will just as often be given just as solid evidence to the contrary. Roger's quest to find out which of these myriad hints and half-truths is actually real or not comes into focus during the second season. Combatants Allies: • Poland, • UK & Commonwealth, • France/Free France, • Soviet Union, • USA, • China, ...and others Axis: • Germany, • Italy, • Japan, ...and others Casualties Military dead: 17 million Civilian dead: 33 million Total: 50 million Full list Military dead: 8 million Civilian dead: 4 million Total: 12 million Full list World War II... Gordon Rosewater is a fictional character in the anime series The Big O. He is often credited as the man responsible for the construction of Paradigm City. ...

The nature of these mysteries, however, may never be resolved unless a third season is produced. See the main stub for Big O for more details on this.



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