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I'm hungry
~ Roman Pearce

We ain't hungry no more.
~ Roman

Roman Pearce is a professional street racer and a central protagonist of The Fast and Furious series.

He is an unseen character in The Fast and The Furious, the deuteragonist of 2 Fast 2 Furious, one of the tritagonists in Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6, Furious 7 and The Fate of the Furious and one of the two tritagonists (alongside Tej Parker) of F9. He is the best friend of both Brian O'Conner and Tej Parker, also a central member of Dominic Toretto's crew.

Roman is portrayed by Tyrese Gibson, who also portrays Robert Epps in the Transformers film series.

In the Franchise

Early life

Roman Pearce was born and raised in Barstow, California. As a child, he befriended another Barstow local, Brian O'Conner. Roman and Brian grew up together, and often caused trouble together and played sports. Roman and Brian attended high school together, and often dated the same girls, Roman dating the girls Brian was no longer romantically involved with. When Roman and Brian attended prom, Roman presumably had sex with an undesirable girl nicknamed "No Knees" Denise.

Not unlike Brian, Roman turned to a life of crime and began stealing cars. When Brian joined the Los Angeles Police Department, Roman presumably distanced himself from Brian, considering him the "enemy". Two months into Brian's career as police officer, Rome was arrested for housing stolen cars in a garage.

Roman believed that Brian, who was unaware of his arrest, could've done something to help him. While in prison, Roman later came to resent Brian.

Roman spent three years in an upstate prison and was later released on house arrest. He was not allowed to move beyond a hundred yards from his home, a trailer home. He wore a monitor on his ankle leg that prohibited his movement. Roman was later employed as a driver for a Demolition Derby in Barstow.

The Fast and The Furious

Although Roman does not appear in the first instalment of the franchise, he plays a major role in the finale. Brian allows Dom to escape from the police due to the fact he put his best friend (which happens to be Roman) in prison for three years, this is also explained in 2 Fast 2 Furious between both Brian and Roman.

2 Fast 2 Furious

Following Brian's arrest in Miami by Special Agent Bilkins and U.S. Customs Agent Markham, Brian agreed to help Bilkins and Markham expose and arrest drug lord, Carter Verone, if he could choose who would go undercover with him. Bilkins and Brian traveled to Barstow where Roman was making a living a demolition derby driver. When Roman won the derby, he spotted Brian in the stands with Bilkins and headed for his RV.

He ignored Brian's calls until he used his nickname, "Rome". Taking offense, Roman reminds Brian that only his friends could call him "Rome" and called Brian a pig. Brian clarified that he wasn't a cop any longer. Following Bilkins's confirmation that it was true, Roman punched Brian when he continued to try acknowledge Roman as his friend.

Roman was overpowered by Brian in their fight, but refused to listen Brian when he tried to convince him to come with him to Miami to earn his freedom. It was not until Bilkins again confirmed that Brian's offer was legitimate that Roman obliged the deal to have his criminal record expunged in exchange for his help.

After meeting with Monica Fuentes, an undercover U.S. Customs agent in a relationship with Verone, Roman remained standoffish with Brian during their undercover roles as Carter Verone's new drivers. He acclimated to his new environment and developed a friendly rapport with Suki and Tej Parker.

In the company of Monica and the U.S. Customs and FBI agents, he questioned Brian's dedication to the undercover sting whenever he interacted with Monica, reminding his friend that he often got in trouble because of his relationship with women. Brian dodged Roman's questions regarding Dominic Toretto, the criminal he let go free during his tenure as a police officer, and Roman held his actions against him. Monica warned Brian and Roman that Verone planned to kill them once his money was delivered to drop off point, then assumed to be the airstrip.

Brian and Roman work with Tej to lose Bilkins's and Markham's tracking devices on their Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIIand Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder. During that time, Roman finally takes responsibility for the actions that led to his arrest and reconciles with Brian, who he longer blames. Brain admitted that letting Dominic Toretto go was largely motivated by the guilt he harbored for being unable to help Roman. With help from Tej, they orchestrate a "scramble", after driving into a garage they later have hundreds of race cars coming out, having switched cars with Tej and Suki while in the garage.

Roman heads for the airstrip as planned, but is warned by Brian that changed had planned. Roman talks, distractingRoberto, one of Verone's men, long enough to use the nitrous trap in the passengers seat to eject Robert from the car. Head heads for the docks and knocks out one of Verone's men before he helps Brian with Enrique, who attempted to shoot Brian in the 1969 Yenko Camaro SYC. Roman and Brian save Monica, driving the Yenko off the top of the docks and crash the vehicle into the boat Verone was using to escape the authorities. Roman's arm was broken in the process, but they were able to help Monica, who later apprehends Verone.

After the arrest of Verone, Roman and Brian's criminal records are cleared. Roman and Brian reveal that they've taken their share of Verone's money and planned to open up a high performance garage in Miami together.

Fast Five

Roman traveled to Rio de Janeiro when he is contacted by and Brian, Mia and Dominic Toretto. He was recruited on account of his skills as "fast-talker", in their attempt to steal $100 million from a corrupt Brazilian businessman.

He is reluctant at first, thinking the mission is personal and not being good business until Dominic announces that the score is $100 million, Tej adding that his cut would be a little over $11 million.

Convinced that the benefits of the score outweighed the risks, Roman decided to help Toretto's crew. With his share of the money he buys a Koenigsegg CCXR from a sheikh in Abu Dhabi, as well as his own private jet.

Fast & Furious 6

Roman is called away from his respective life of comfort and privilege to help Dominic and Brian bring Letty Ortiz, Dominic's wife, back into the fold, after DSS agent Luke Hobbs learns that she is alive and living in London. Roman was on his way to Macau when he was contacted by Dominic. Roman immediately reunited with the crew in London with Hobbs and Riley. They learned Shaw's crew was building a Nightshade device, which can disable a country's military communication grid for 24 hours, endangering countless lives and they were only one component away from finishing it. Hobbs offered them a chance to reunite with Letty, who was presumed dead, but Brian pushed the negotiations one step further for full-pardons to every member of the crew.

Later they attempted to capture Shaw's crew but failed due to the advanced equipment of Shaw's crew. They were however, able to learn about the makeup of the Flip Cars Shaw's crew utilized just from hearing their engines and seeing their performances. Using this, Rom, Riley, Han and Gisele were able to track down the manufacturer. They were however, ambushed by Shaw's men but were able to retrieve more information and find out Shaw was working withBraga. Brian left to the United States under the alias of a fake criminal to interrogate Braga while the rest of the crew found out Shaw's hide out. Though it was abandoned, they deduced he was after their final component in an army base in Spain. As they were about to leave, Brian made it back just in time to join them.

Upon finding out one of Shaw's men was "caught", Brian, using the information from Braga, deduced Shaw wanted it to happen. Tej, who was talking with Hobbs, told the crew they were following protocol and transporting the component to a safe location. Having realized this, the crew deduced Shaw wasn't after the base, but the convoy transporting the component. Instead of rendezvousing with Hobbs they crew went to escort the convoy. They were too late as Shaw's crew already took the convey only to find the component was inside a tank. Roman drove in front of the tank and Shaw's crew tried to shoot him but he narrowly dodged it, but it resulted in his car being disabled by the tank.

Roman was able to use a cable to link his car to the tank before jumping onto Brian's car. Brian then used Roman's destroyed car as an anchor by pushing it over a bridge, disabling the truck and Shaw's crew was arrested. However, Shaw had a backup plan. Using Mia's life, the crew was forced to let him go. However, Tej disabled all communication grid and the crew pursued Shaw once again so he can't contact the his men to kill Mia. They saw Shaw was planning to escape via airplane. After a length chase, Brian was able to use Tej's hook gun to attack the plane's flap, preventing it from taking off and destroyed it. As promised, the crew was issued full pardon for their previous crimes and had a meal at the Toretto house with Roman saying grace, honoring Gisele, who died while helping the crew take down the plane.



During the events of 2 Fast 2 Furious, Roman is still dealing with the knowledge that childhood friend, Brian O'Conner, has become a police officer and did not use his power as an officer to help him while in prison. By default, Roman does not trust the police and considered anyone who entered their ranks the "enemy". In general, Roman has a problem with authority figures or individuals who use their power and privilege to undermine him.

Roman holds grudges and is not lenient toward anyone who he feels betrayed him. However, Roman has a tendency to blame others for consequences from his own actions, and will avoid taking responsibility for those actions on account of his pride. His relationship with Brian suggests a strong bond of trust fostered from their youth. Following their reconciliation, Brian revealed the reasons that led him to let Dominic Toretto go in Los Angeles was connected to the guilt of not being able to help him.

Roman is not of the mind that personal vendettas and business ventures are a wise unions, but is not against mixing the two when great sums of money are involved. When he is not preoccupied with his anger, Roman often allows his ego to get the better of him and as a result, he is often picked on, his physical features (such as his forehead) exaggerated for jokes. Roman's strongest suit is often his mouth. Roman's sense of humor is often disarming to strangers who question the motives of the crew, or make assumptions about his temperament based on his record with Dominic Toretto. His need to be the center of attention and hear himself speak can be used to distract opponents during scores or other situations.

Roman also tends to be somewhat impulsive. This was shown when he was playing with a new weapon Tej developed from Shaw's crew, narrowly missed Dom and Han.


Immense Physical Strength: Roman is muscular and strong due to serving three years in prison, being able to shatter a car window with a single punch and kick out another car's windshield with Brian. Also being able to lift his opponents in hand-to-hand combat. He also has a high metabolism.

Expert Combatant: Although Roman likes to do a lot of talking, he is able to back it all up. His fighting skills were fairly solid to begin with, he fought Brian after coming face to face with him, years on after his arrest. Roman seems to easily take down the opposing boss' henchmen such as Enrique, Roberto and several other unlisted henchmen. Roman isn't the most tactical fighter and doesn't plan ahead of his fights, the main source to his victories is his brute strength, this has come useful on several occasions, however has also been his downfall too. He was able to land hits on martial artist Jah, but was later taken out with ease. Roman is able to give fighters like Brian and Jah a run for their money, but would probably end up losing. He also took out several guards during the crew's search for Jakob. Roman's fighting style has improved and it's fair to say he is a solid threat in hand to hand combat.

• Master Marksmanship : Roman's usage with a gun is clear in levels amongst his allies and enemies. His experience with a gun is shown several times in the series, he was able to take out four enemies with four bullets whilst on ice, he was also able to take out several armed soldiers in one of the crew's latest jobs. Roman's ability with aa gun has been highlighted by Brian O'Conner.

Verbal Manipulation: Whenever there's a chance for Roman to shine out amongst his allies, is when he's allowed to run his mouth. Roman's best asset to the team is speaking out and "bullshiting" his way out of anything. Roman's confidence has always been keen, he enjoyed mocking Varone's henchmen on thier appearance, he was mocking thier vocabulary before setting fire to their window, he was able to use his charm to sneak past guards and use his mouth to get himself out of bad situations.

Despite his goofy personality, Roman is quite capable of contributing majorly to the crew. He was capable of identifying the engine type of Shaw's crew after one encounter. This was due to his vast history with cars. Another notable skill is his fast talking skill. This skill earned him a place among the crew since he could talk his way out of any situation. He can also draw the attention of large crowds to himself, enabling his crew to slip past security or anything else that could inhibit their mission. Although Roman likes to talk a lot, he can definitely back that talk when it comes to a fight.

Expert Driving Skills: Roman's skills behind the wheel have been presented several times throughout the series and have been commended by his allies, including Brian. His demolition skills are superior, evidence is provided several times in his appearances, including the time he took out Deckard Shaw in the crew's search for Ramsey.

Skilled Engineer: Despite his sometimes-goofy personality, Roman is quite capable of prominently contributing to missions along with his friends. He was capable of identifying the engine type of Shaw's crew after one encounter. This was due to his vast history with cars.

Known Inconsistencies

The Garage

  • At the end of 2 Fast 2 Furious, Brian and Roman intended on starting a garage together. In Fast & Furious, however, Brian has become a FBI agent. Brian and Roman’s plans are never mentioned or referenced in the series after 2 Fast 2 Furious. While a likely continuity error, Fast & Furious is considered a "reboot" for The Fast and the Furious franchise by Universal Pictures, the franchise distributor.


  • 2 Fast 2 Furious establishes that Roman's date of birth is April 12, 1973, according to the California DMV database, which Verone had access to. Roman's file also lists his Barstow details and credit card info.
  • The DSS database in Fast Five states that Brian O'Conner's birth date is July 14, 1978. Brian's file in Fast Fivecontradicts the initial 1973 birth year given to them in 2 Fast 2 Furious (where it's said they grew up together as kids) and Furious 7 where Brian states that both he and Rome attended prom together. Any relevant details on Roman's DSS profile is obscured by Gisele Yashar's profile and is not readable at any point in Fast Five.
  • Roman can be seen as the central tritagonist now Dwayne Johnson has left the franchise.





  • Roman's quote, "We ain't hungry no more" is a popular online meme.
  • According to Roman, he has a high metabolism.
  • Although Roman appears to be Brian's best friend, Tej slipped into the role of being Roman's best friend and partner.
  • Roman incorrectly states that Cipher killed Elena. The person who killed her was Connor Rhodes, whom Dom later killed.


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The Fast and the Furious: Brian O'Conner | Dominic Toretto | Letty Ortiz | Mia Toretto | Vince | Jesse | Leon | Agent Bilkins | Sergeant Tanner | Hector
2 Fast 2 Furious: Brian O'Conner | Roman Pearce | Monica Fuentes | Tej Parker | Suki | Agent Bilkins | Agent Markham
Tokyo Drift: Sean Boswell | Neela | Twinkie | Earl | Han Seoul-Oh
Fast & Furious: Dominic Toretto | Brian O'Conner | Mia Toretto | Letty Ortiz | Gisele Yashar | Han Seoul-Oh | Tego Leo | Rico Santos | Agent Michael Stasiak | Agent Penning | Agent Sophie Trinh
Fast Five: Dominic Toretto | Brian O'Conner | Mia Toretto | Roman Pearce | Tej Parker | Han Seoul-Oh | Gisele Yashar | Vince | Tego Leo | Rico Santos | Luke Hobbs | Elena Neves | Agent Wilkes | Agent Fusco | Agent Chato | Agent Macroy
Fast & Furious 6: Dominic Toretto | Brian O'Conner | Luke Hobbs | Letty Ortiz | Roman Pearce | Tej Parker | Han Seoul-Oh | Gisele Yashar | Mia Toretto | Elena Neves | Owen Shaw | Agent Michael Stasiak
Furious 7: Dominic Toretto | Brian O'Conner | Luke Hobbs | Letty Ortiz | Roman Pearce | Tej Parker | Ramsey | Mr. Nobody | Deckard Shaw | Agent Sheppard | Mia Toretto | Elena Neves | Sean Boswell
The Fate of the Furious: Dominic Toretto | Luke Hobbs | Deckard Shaw | Letty Ortiz | Roman Pearce | Tej Parker | Ramsey | Mr. Nobody | Little Nobody | Elena Neves | Owen Shaw | Magdalene Shaw | Tego Leo | Rico Santos
Hobbs and Shaw: Luke Hobbs | Deckard Shaw | Hattie Shaw | Jonah Hobbs | Mateo Hobbs | Timo Hobbs | Kal Hobbs | Madame M | Professor Andreiko | Magdalene Shaw
F9: Dominic Toretto | Letty Ortiz | Roman Pearce | Tej Parker | Ramsey | Mia Toretto | Jakob Toretto | Han Seoul-Oh | Elle | Magdalene Shaw | Mr. Nobody | Agent Michael Stasiak | Sean Boswell | Twinkie | Earl | Rico Santos | Brian O'Conner | Deckard Shaw

Fast & Furious: Spy Racers: Tony Toretto | Layla Gray | Echo | Frostee Benson | Cisco Renaldo | Mrs. Nobody | Gary | Dominic Toretto