Roman Bellic (Serbian: Роман Белић, Roman Belić) is a character in the Grand Theft Auto series who appears as the deuteragonist and a friend in Grand Theft Auto IV and a minor character in The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony. Roman is the older cousin of GTA IV's protagonist, Niko Bellic.
Roman was born in the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and moved to Liberty City in 1998, aged twenty-one. He later claims to be living the "American Dream" and that he has two women, four hot tubs and fifteen sports cars. This encourages Niko to join him in America, where Niko discovers that Roman lied about living in paradise; his cousin is actually the owner of a small, gritty taxi firm, a small, roach infested apartment in Broker, and has large gambling debts, owed to the Albanians and Vladimir Glebov. Roman later marries Mallorie Bardas. He is the nephew of Milica Bellic.
Roman Bellic was born in the area of Yugoslavia which is now modern-day Serbia, in Eastern Europe. He and Niko grew up together, and Niko claims that Roman’s mother raised both of them. After the war, she used all of the money she had saved to send Roman to the United States of America. She also wanted to send Niko to the United States, but he stayed behind to fight in the Yugoslav War. After arriving in Liberty City, Roman eventually saved up enough money, and bought two taxis, the cab depot, and eventually an apartment. When Niko complained about Roman's "shitty" apartment, Roman told him he slept under at his desk at his taxi depot for over a year before he was finally able to get the apartment.
In a conversation with Kate McReary, Niko says that he found Roman's mother raped and murdered, although Niko told Roman that she died in a house fire. In conversations between Niko and Roman and other characters, it is revealed that both Niko and Roman's fathers were alcoholic, wife-beating bullies.
Events of Grand Theft Auto IV
When Niko arrives in Liberty City, he soon finds out that Roman is heavily in debt with various powerful underworld figures in the city, including the Russian and Albanian Mafias, mostly due to his gambling addiction. Roman employs his girlfriend Mallorie at his taxi depot; although he is unaware that she is having an affair with Vlad Glebov. Niko kills Dardan Petrela, Kalem and Bledar Morina, three Albanians, when they attempt to collect their money.
Involvement with the Russians
When Roman finds out about Mallorie's affair with Vlad, he is upset, and Niko confronts and kills Vlad for him. Vlad's death causes Roman to become paranoid because he fears retaliation from Vlad's boss, Mikhail Faustin. His worst fears proved to be correct. He and Niko are later kidnapped on orders from Faustin. Faustin shoots Roman in the stomach (because his screaming would alert Mrs. Faustin upstairs, who was watching television at the time), but he survives. This leads to Niko doing a couple of jobs for Faustin such as killing a patched member of The Lost MC - Jason Michaels.
After Niko kills Faustin for Dimitri Rascalov, Rascalov and Ray Bulgarin betray Niko, burning down his apartment in Hove Beach and Roman's taxi depot. The cousins move into Mallorie's friend's apartment in Bohan, where he also opens another taxi depot with the insurance money he received from the fire.
Roman later has a "cold streak" in his poker games, leading the Russians to hire Johnny Klebitz with the help of Malc to kidnap him, taking him to a warehouse in the Industrial area of Bohan. The Russians hope that they can kill Niko when he tries to rescue Roman. But, Niko would later rescue him.
After Niko rescues Roman, he continues gambling. He goes on a hot streak, wins a lot of money, upgrades his taxis from Esperantos to Cavalcades and buys a luxury penthouse in Algonquin, telling Niko they are finally going to live the dream.
Towards the end of the storyline in GTA IV, Niko has to decide if he will kill Dimitri in revenge for his betrayal or work with him again in a heroin deal for Jimmy Pegorino. Roman urges Niko to forget revenge and work with Dimitri, considering the large amount of money he could receive for his work. He tells Niko he would be able to afford a great honeymoon with Mallorie and that maybe he and Niko could take a private jet to Vice City.
If Niko decides to strike a deal, Dimitri betrays Niko again during the mission and was forced to steal the money afterwards, he sends an assassin to kill Niko at Roman's and Mallorie's wedding. Niko fights and kills the assassin, but in the struggle, Roman is accidentally shot in the chest and killed.After Niko kills Dimitri with the help of Little Jacob, Mallorie will reveal that she is pregnant with Roman's son. She struggles that her son will grow up without a father, but Niko explains that her son will never have to worry about anything.
If Niko decides to get revenge on Dimitri, Jimmy Pegorino will be furious about his business being ruined. During Roman's and Mallorie's wedding, Pegorino attempts to kill Niko in a drive-by shooting, but kills Kate McReary, Niko's love interest, by accident.After Niko kills Pegorino, Roman tells him that Mallorie is pregnant, and that if it's a girl, her name will be Kate. Niko is still in mourning over Kate's death, but is relieved that now he, Roman and their allies will be able to live calmly without fear of mob retaliations.
Roman mainly appears to be concerned more about making money, possibly being more desperate to prosper than any of the other characters, which has led him to build a bad reputation in the city for his gambling addiction, of which he is constantly reminded by Niko. Despite his love of money and his problems, he cares a lot about his friends and family, and is sometimes annoyed at Niko's affiliation with organized crime. Out of all the characters, Roman appears to be the least interested in organized crime, as he only wishes to earn money and live the "American Dream."
Roman understands that Niko is unable to find regular work, and does not trouble him about his life as a criminal, but instead tells him to be careful, as some of the crimes Niko commits (racketeering, armed robbery, car thefts, assassinations, delivering drugs, etc.), could get Niko an extremely long jail sentence.
Roman has 3 outfits:
- A black and white tracksuit top with olive trousers and bowling shoes.
- A black shirt with square and circle patterns.
- A black suit with a bordeaux untucked dress shirt. (seen only on his wedding day, the final mission, and TBoGT)
Favorite Friend Activity Hangouts
These are Roman's favorite places during a friend activity with him:
- Eating at any Burger Shot will increase his likeness by 7%
- Drinking at any bar (Uncle Vlad needs to be completed to drink at Comrade's Bar without Roman worrying about Vlad being there) will increase the player by 5%.
- Going to any of the two strip clubs will increase his likeness by 8%
- Playing Darts will increase his likeness to the player by 4%
Getting his likeness percentage high will unlock his special ability to service taxi rides for Niko for free and it will unlock the achievement, Driving Mr. Bellic.
LCPD Database Record
2006 - Public Intoxication and Disorderly Conduct
- Heavily in debt.
- Owns a livery cab service believed to be used by criminals for illegal purposes.
- Grand Theft Auto IV
- The Cousins Bellic (Boss)
- It's Your Call (Boss)
- Three's a Crowd (Boss)
- First Date (Phone call/Only if Bleed Out is completed second)
- Bleed Out (Boss)
- Easy Fare (Boss)
- Jamaican Heat (Boss)
- Uncle Vlad (Boss)
- Crime & Punishment (Boss)
- Logging On (Boss)
- Shadow (Phone call)
- Rigged to Blow (Phone call)
- Roman's Sorrow (Boss)
- Out of the Closet
- Hostile Negotiation
- Dust Off (Phone call/Only if Hostile Negotiation is completed first)
- Weekend at Florian's
- That Special Someone
- One Last Thing (Phone call)
- Post-mission phone calls
After completing certain GTA IV missions, Niko can call Roman; this keeps Niko in touch with his cousin, it explains Niko's opinion and explanation of these missions, and they can even reveal more detail about Niko's character.
- It's Your Call
- Concrete Jungle
- No. 1
- Have a Heart
- The Holland Play (Only if Hostile Negotiation is completed first)
- Three Leaf Clover
- Museum Piece
- Weekend at Florian's (Roman calls Niko to talk about his engagement. This is different from other post-mission phone calls and unlike the others, Niko does not initiate the call)
- I'll Take Her
- Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend
- Truck Hustle
- Pegorino's Pride
- Pest Control
- The Lost and Damned
- The Ballad of Gay Tony
- Roman drives a black taxi named Roman's Taxi from his depot, which is a custom Esperanto. After getting the Middle Park East penthouse, they are replaced with Cavalcades and cannot be gained again.
- If Revenge is chosen and the player takes him to a club in a drinking activity, Roman might say: "I would have sealed the deal there if I didn't have to see Mallorie later!". This makes it clear that Roman still has desires for other women, but will stay loyal to Mallorie.
- If Deal is chosen, Roman's phone number will remain on Niko's cell phone until getting a call from Kate.
- He goes to Maisonette 9 with Brucie Kibbutz regularly and is seen in The Ballad of Gay Tony, dancing in the club. He briefly converses with Luis Lopez.
- Roman has forgotten some of his native language during his ten-year stay in America. This can be seen in The Cousins Bellic, as Niko greets him in Serbian and Roman doesn't understand, responding with 'What?', and randomly saying 'Cabbages?' He also mentions this himself that he has forgotten his native language a little.
- Roman's favorite radio station is apparently The Vibe 98.8 as he will respond positively when the radio station is turned on.
- Like most characters in the game, Roman will don a unique helmet when riding alongside Niko on a motorbike. His helmet is white, with two horizontal green stripes along the temples.
- Roman is one of only two characters to interact with the three protagonists. (the other one being Isaac Roth) He helps Niko throughout the story, he gets kidnapped by Johnny, and briefly meets with Luis.
- From It's Your Call onwards, his voicemail will say, "Ladies, this is Roman Bellic, but I guess you already know that. Leave a message". Although Mallorie's voicemail will change later in the game to reference her engagement, Roman's will not.
- When bringing Roman home from an activity, if the player parks in the marker so that the passenger side door is blocked, Roman will punch Niko and say a line like "This is mine!" and switch to the driver's seat for a few moments before getting out of the car and disappearing as usual.
- If he is picked up on a friend activity in a helicopter, he will say "Niko, you are really stepping up in the world! Let's go."
- Roman's like percentage is already at 50% in The Cousins Bellic. This is possibly due to the fact that he and Niko are relatives.
- The Guinness World Records 2012 Gaming Edition incorrectly states that Roman is Niko's brother.
- In GTA V, it is possible to see Niko's Lifeinvader page on Jimmy's laptop; Roman is listed under Niko's family.
- If watched closely, Niko seems to have written Happy Birthday Roman! on his wall.
- Also in GTA V, Tavell Clinton mentions Roman's cab depot by name on Bleeter and calls it the "worst cab company ever". However, it is unknown whether Roman is still alive or whether his cab depot kept his name after his death.
- In addition, Rockstar stated that Roman's fate is completely up to the player.
- A certain hidden underwater hatch in GTA V produces a series of morse code signals. The community of gtaforums.com translated it, and it produced the sentence: "Hey, you never call. How do you fancy we go bowling?", an obvious reference to the bowling meme of GTA IV.
- During one of the fares for Downtown Cab Co, Franklin has to bring a man down to the docks to deal with some bikers. They will be standing next to two Albany Emperors with customised number plates, one reading "ROMANB" and the other one 'NIKOB' (Niko Bellic).
- Roman has appeared in every game in the HD Universe in some way. In GTA IV he was the deuteragonist to his cousin Niko Bellic, in TLAD he was kidnapped by Johnny Klebitz, in TBoGT he interacted with Luis Lopez in Maisonette 9, in GTA Chinatown Wars his cab depot was seen, rebuilt, and in GTA V the player can see his Lifeinvader account on Jimmy's laptop, as well as hearing about his cab company from Tavell Clinton's LifeInvader page.
- Roman is one of the three deuteragonists that are related to the protagonist, the other two being Sweet Johnson and Lance Vance.
- Roman's voice actor, Jason Zumwalt, is heard on one of the radio stations in Saints Row 2, in which he narrates an ad for "Ship It," a boat dealership. He uses, quite nearly, the same accent with his narration as he does with Roman. Coincidentally, the name of the narrator is Vlad, the same as the first antagonist in Grand Theft Auto IV.
- In Tom Clancy's The Division, the player can find a purple bowling ball with "cousin" written on it. This is an obvious reference to Roman calling Niko to go bowling.
- Rockstar Games have officially stated that there are no "true paths" for the game's storyline, and it's all determinant to the player. “...we really don’t have a straight and true path for how the Niko ‘character’ would react in life or death situations – it’s all down to the individual who plays him.”— "Asked & Answered: Max Payne 3 and Grand Theft Auto V" - Rockstar Newswire