Illustration by Mike Neeson
Rowdy Roddy Vile has developed a fearsome reputation in the Danger Pits, and boasts a winning streak longer than the entire career of many lesser gladiators. His eminence as a Fighting Man is matched only by his prowess as a lover, and the slave girls at the Pleasure Palaces of Ploog are said to have lost countless hours to his insatiability. He is a dedicated philanthropist and has also dabbled in politics.
He first gained notoriety for his flashy, over-the-top fighting style, but it was his match against the Gnargathian Chimera which made him a superstar. Fans note this match as the first appearance of The Amphibulator, Vile's signature finishing move. The Amphibulator is a difficult maneuver, combining technicality with utter brutality, and is the chief source of spinal injuries among amateur battle enthusiasts.
Though his star seems continually on the rise, the Murder Girdle continues to elude him. Vile hopes to change this, and his upcoming battle with archnemesis and current Girdle-holder Lord Bartholomew Bloodfart is expected to be a defining event in the careers of both combatants.
It is said that no gladiator lives forever. But when the lights have dimmed and the blood has dried, Sir Roderick Vile will live on in our hearts. The batrachian who became a champion, the toad with a heart of gold.