In the anime
Roman is the owner of the Seven Stars Restaurant on the Valor Lakefront. Trainers must battle him and his fiancée in a Double Battle in order to eat in the restaurant for free.
Roman and Kylie first battled Ash and Brock and were easily defeated by them. They were then about to battle May and Dawn when Team Rocket broke into the restaurant and stole all of the food. Roman was upset by this and wondered what his father would say.
After May and Dawn dealt with Team Rocket, Roman and Kylie officially started their battle with May and Dawn. Despite putting up a good fight, they were defeated in the end.
This listing is of Roman's known Pokémon in the anime:
In the games
A character named Roman appears at the Seven Stars Restaurant in the English translation of Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum and may also be battled in a Double Battle alongside a character named Kylie. However, the game Roman's Japanese name is リオ Rio and his only Pokémon is different from what is shown in the anime. In the games, Roman's father is the head cook, while Kylie's father is the owner of the restaurant.
This listing is of Roman's known Pokémon in the games:
- "Fufufu, my date's really enjoying my dad's cooking. She has a dreamy expression after every bite!"
- "I'm feeling great! Sure, I'll have a battle with you. That's why you approached us, right?"
- "I never thought I'd lose at Papa's restaurant..."
- "My prowess as a Trainer isn't up to snuff... It's not like my father's scrumptious cooking..."
- Roman's Japanese name contains aki, meaning autumn. His fiancée's Japanese name contains natsu, meaning summer.
- Pokémon.com's summary for the episode mentions Roman as Charleton, possibly indicating it was an initially planned name for him.