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This is my respect thread for one of the coolest Cowboys ever. Roland Deschain is the last Gunslinger of Gilead, and champion of the Dark Tower. The key character protecting Stephen King's linchpin of the multiverse that his horror stories take place. The lead characters of a 8 book epic from King himself. Time for some respect. This will include the canon books, and canon movie sequel feats. It will also have the Marvel Comic adaptations overseen by Stephen King.

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Roland is the last in the line of Eld. Basilica the last living ancestor of King Arthur himself. He exist in a world where technology has cross universes, psychics run rampant, magic is real, and monsters lurk around every corner. Yet, with just his six shooters, made from the Tower itself, he is able to save the day. Yes, he is that super human and bad ass.

Strength and Durability

Not Roland's strongest area. He is pretty Hollywood cowboy level in strength, and survived wounds that kill a normal man dozen times over. Pretty peak human here, but still worthy to bring up examples.

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Roland breaks a mans wrist with his grip alone.

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Roland punches his hand through solid dirt wall of a cellar.

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Roland as a teen smashes through wooden doors and kicks over tables with rage.

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Roland at the age of 14, and in a dream like trance fights off a man size wolf, and breaks it's neck.

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Roland at the age of 14 takes on Cort. Cort who trains all Gunslingers, and most capable weapon master in Gilead. You know this story. Roland at this age manage with his Hawk David to fight, and beat the hell out of Cort to become a man will before his time.

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Roland survives the long walk through a vast desert with little to no supplies. A thought of as an impossible task. Roland pushes on with no water or food well beyond the time frame of what is stated the human body can do without.

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Roland can tank blows to the head or arm from large wooden weapons that would break the bones of anyone else, but never faze Roland.

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Roland falls from stories through a bus, and then thrown out of the moving bus window and onto the road. Right after this Roland fights Walter and Roland get slammed into the wall by a few hundred pound pipe, and then has couple hundred pounds of concrete collapse on top of his body. He still fights on.

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Roland here is shot multiple times by large 7.56 rounds from WW2 era rifles. He not only is still standing, but gets a head injury after ward. In a few hours, Roland gets back on his feat, and saves another person with him. Carrying her to safety by running from the battlefield. All while still full of holes! One shot from those rifles kill normal men, and Roland is hit with several, bleeding out. Still he does all this! Insane.

Speed

Speed is where Roland is very superhuman in. He cannot run super fast, or fight as a blur. However, his ability to perceive the world, and fire his guns is just flat out super human.

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Roland was always the fastest in thought and hands out of all the other Gunslingers by far.

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Roland is able to reload his guns in incredible speeds.

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Stated to be supernatural fast at it in Wizard and Glass.

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Rolans is so refine in gun skill, he can impossibly reload his gun in rapid time.

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Roland even with one hand can reload his gun in super fast time with his teeth.

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Roland's skill and reaction time is so godly that he can accurately catch the 6 shells flying through the air perfectly in seated in the cylinders of the revolvers. Impossible in real life, but another day for Roland.

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Bats are fast as shit in flight speed, and are erratic as shit in flight patterns. Its hard as hell to pick them out of the air for real life gunmen. Yet Roland has five Sucker Bats that are within 5 feet of himself, and have him surrounded. Roland in that split second spins all around, firing a single shot, and nailing the bats before they move another foot. This was incredible speed and accuracy.

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Roland reaches in his pants, and pulls out another gun in stated blinding speeds.

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Roland stated to quick to see. Stated later in the same book as blindingly fast.

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Roland faces off one of the most notorious Gunslingers for hire, Eldrad Jonas. As a fresh teenager Roland quick draws and double fires faster than Eldrad could bring his own gun to bear. Putting the same bullet through the same bullet hole in the skull on the most infamous gunman of the Mejis.

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Eddie Dean states that Susana make myself look like a turtle walking up hill on glass in speed. Yet Roland makes Susanna look slow. This is proven when Eddie had issues shooting the antenna of this robotic rat. The rat was inches from Susanna's face. To Eddie it look like Roland would never act, or paying attention. After Roland saves Eddie right after with his draw speed on the robotic bat, Eddie realizes the speed difference is so huge. In that time that the rat was inches from Susanna's face, Roland could likely eat a burger, drink a shake, and still had time to draw and hit the ratbot. He is just that fast.

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Roland in this scene of the book and comic, is stated to draw his gun faster than thought. Like blue summer lightning. In the comic, we see the gun smoke of the bullet about to exit the barrel. In that time the bullet just nick Roland's chin, Roland already drew his gun and fire.

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Roland deflects bullets from Randall Flagg with his gun. These are bullet speed as the bullet that hits Roland clearly blows a hole in his hand.

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Flathearty and his gang of 17 soldiers that consisted of of Type 3 Vampires, Low Men, and Taheen. All are killed before they could fire their own guns back. Flathearty himself is killed while halfway drawing his gun by Roland who still had his hand up to his mouth. In this Roland with the super speed compared to Flathearty, fires off two shots. In a split second as stated, Eddie fire 6 shots, then Roland reloading his two fired another 6, then Eddie who reloaded again fired another 5 shots. All in the time that these train soldiers could bring up there own weapons.

Accuracy

This is another area that Roland is supernatural in. he simply never missed a shot at the start of the first novel, The Gunslinger. Very rarely he miss shots as a teen kid, but in the time of the first major book, he never missed a shot. No matter how impossible the shots are.

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Roland shows incredible accuracy and skill here. He already been dodging and killing towns people, but then in the last few moments of the fight, Roland has over half the town still coming at him. Roland dodges attacks, keeps from being overwhelmed, dodges thrown objects, and reloads when needed. putting a single bullet in over all 58 people. One bullet per person. Stated never a shot missing the target, and each shot a kill shot.

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Wolves of Calla are Dr Doom like robots, using Golden Snitches bombs and Lightsabers, who can only be taken down by shooting the thumb size antenna device on their head. Roland alone takes them down in droves at range, firing from the hip no less and taking out these fighting bots whose only weakness is the thumb size antennas on the heads. Never missing a shot.

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Roland outshoots a sniper in the middle of a dodging bullets and hand to hand fighting.

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One shot, while dying from poison and fever. Instead of dozens of M-16 rounds on one target in perfect health. Just saying. Leon is simply outclass. Roland does not even need to reload his guns, though even if he had to his reload skills are sick as shit.

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Roland accurately making head shot on Mutants trying to kill Jake. The insane thing is this scenario is near pitch black, and Roland even blinds himself from the flash of his own pistols, but still never misses a head shot.

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Roland here has a friend using binoculars to see the enemy who by scale of the pictures is more than 500 yards away. Its foggy as hell too. Roland with no binoculars takes the shot from the distance they are at, and hit a head shot on a guy who is at the base of that tower. no one sees Roland make the shot even though there is a small army station around the area.

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Here again Roland makes a shot from what is drawn as a easy 100 yards away in heavy smoke conditions. He makes the shot with no issues, and runs to the area. Its not like he was next store with a clear day shot. Even his fellow posse is asking him to wait for the wind to blow the smoke away to make their own shots, and they are all proven marksmen in the first 5 graphic novels as well.

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The Not Men use future tech to turn perfect invisible, and train as military hit men for the Crimson King. In Roland's first encounter with them, and takes out one of them out handily by determining their position.

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Roland's second encounter with invisible Not Men has Roland taking out a small force of them. Heavily armed force at that.

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Roland is able to accurately ricochet bullets without missing.

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Golden Snitches from Harry potter stories are pretty fast and small. With zig zag patterns too boot. It be impossible to nail that thing right? Right?

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Roland spends nearly a full day shooting down 3-4 Golden Sneetches at a time. Shooting down over a couple dozen. Best part is Roland is dehydrated with thirst, and has the painful migrain thanks to the drone of the Dark Tower in his head the whole time while doing this. Making IMPOSSIBLE shots over most of the day.

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As stated, Roland hits multiple men with a single bullet of his own gunfire while being shot to hell himself in a blind rage. he is being shot down, total tunnel vision with rage, and still kills more men than he had bullets.

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Roland is so damn good, he simply closes his eyes, listens, and accurately head shots a foe dragging Jake behind him. Through all the obstacles, and at great distance.

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Roland's best feat comes in the movie where Roland fires a bullet, and then ricochets another bullet to hit his fired bullet. Changing its trajectory last second to hit Randall Flagg who catches bullets.

Awareness

Roland is a hell of tracker, and has supernatural like awareness of his surroundings. Noticing details no on else would, even in states where perception is hindered.

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In this scan, Roland is poison and dying of fever from previous attacks. He shares the senses of Eddie Dean, which is complicated magic tech of another universe. The point is he is dying of fever, and poison burning him up, but still remains fully aware through Eddie Dean's own body, Roland easily notices that Eddie was being studied and followed by various agents trying to work a sting on Eddie and the drugs he smuggled.

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Still suffering the fever, and side effects of the poison now being treated, Roland falls asleep. only to sense while asleep that the bad personality of Susanna was slipping off and away. In his condition. Then halfway through the feat, she studied him, and Roland forced sleep on himself again till she looked away which he sensed in sleep yet again. All in terrible condition of illness!

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In this, it states what Roland's train eye and senses were able to discern in a very hectic scene. Roland's mind transported by the Beams (Psychic forces that balance the multiverse) to a stand off where his closest to a son Jake was surrounded by Taheen and Low Men. Yet in this few seconds he smelled the roast of human flesh, discern the tapestries in the building, and determine the threats lurking in the next room of Grandfather Vampires.

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As stated here, when fighting the Android death machines, Roland mentally was not there, but his eyes painted and projected everything he needed to know of the battle going on. taking shots, guiding forces, all the while not mentally thinking about those things specifically.

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Roland in a strange forest to him casually glances around and notices all the surroundings, and track rabbits across the stream.

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Roland in the darkness of night runs through the forest, and tracks Jake who was sleep walking to his doom. Never needing to study the terrain, just running and tracking on the go in darkness.

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Roland is so damn good, he simply closes his eyes, listens, and accurately head shots a foe dragging Jake behind him. Through all the obstacles, and at great distance.

Mental Resistance

It should be noted that Roland has incredible strength of will. His durability feats show this physically, but mentally as well. Roland regularly faces telepathic beings that would mentally feed off you, and entrance you. Roland surviving these beings and worse fine.

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Roland is entranced by the demonic oracle. What kills most men once entrap, Roland was able to fight the effects off.

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Roland is mentally manipulated by a Dust Devil while dying of dehydration in the hot desert.Roland still breaks free of its influence.

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Roland is flat out stated to be too strong of mind for Randall Flagg to mentally manipulate.

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Roland's mind is sent to the beginning if the Multiverse. A act that kills any other man dead, or drives those that live insane. Roland takes it easily in stride.

Guns of Deschain

The revolvers Roland use are more than normal guns. They are the weapons of the Dinh, and forge from Excalibur itself, which was forge from the Dark Tower.

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These guns are not of this world, and lasted a millennia without ever breaking.

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These guns are stated in both novel and comic to use 45. rounds of various kinds. The modern worlds Winchester .45 not being the exact round as Gilead made, but the modern world equivalent that the guns can use.

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These weapons being forge from the Dark Tower can kill immortal beings as well. Only limit to them was the kill shot had to be an kill shot, and the immortal creature is not true undead like the Type One Vampires are.

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Beings like Dust Devils, and Demonic Oracles who have no solid bodies run in terror of the threat being shot by Roland's guns.

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The bullets from Gilead can also be used as ear plugs to block out the siren like drone of Thinnies that force you to go mad with insanity, or commit suicide.

Oy

Oy is the name of Roland's Billy bumbler. Roland had a Billy Bumbler partner before Oy, but Oy was the main one and played the biggest role in Roland's quest. Always by his side like a guard dog. A trained Wolverine with human level intellect.

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Billy Bumbler's attack and kill mutants in a close quarter combat scenario. In it Roland also shows he uses guns in close combat fights as well.

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Roland again uses his Bumbler to engage a foe in close combat while Roland does the shooting.

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The Billy Bumbler helps Roland take down a invisible Not Man.

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In the fight with Mordred, a powerful Were-spider, good old Oy engage in close combat buying Roland time for gun play.

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#2 Posted by SirFizzWhizz (37749 posts) - - Show Bio
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#3 Posted by lubub55 (12896 posts) - - Show Bio

It will also have the Marvel Comic adaptations overlooked by Stephen King.

You might want to change this word. It means that Stephen King couldn't care less about the comic adaptations.

But great work anyway!

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#4 Posted by RolandDeschainGokuGhostRider (698 posts) - - Show Bio

Whew its been awhile thank you SirFizzWizz.

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#5 Posted by Zensum (545 posts) - - Show Bio

Great thread!!! Do you have any other DT character threads? I wanna read them

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#6 Posted by Patera_All (448 posts) - - Show Bio

Solid start. Never read the comics, but I'll send you some passages from the book that need to be on here. One particularly amazing strength/endurance/reaction feat comes to mind that is flat out superhuman.

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#7 Posted by SirFizzWhizz (37749 posts) - - Show Bio

Solid start. Never read the comics, but I'll send you some passages from the book that need to be on here. One particularly amazing strength/endurance/reaction feat comes to mind that is flat out superhuman.

Please do. Been awhile since I read the novels and no doubt missing some good feats.

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#10 Posted by nickzambuto (29288 posts) - - Show Bio

I watched this about 20 times before I finally saw what was happening, and now I think it's the coolest thing I've ever seen.

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#13 Posted by SirFizzWhizz (37749 posts) - - Show Bio

UPDATED WITH MOVIE FEATS FROM THE FILM! Decent quality.

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#14 Edited by StrangeMinion (11 posts) - - Show Bio

Much like your thread on Flagg, this is really thorough. Nice work, dude.

I definitely gotta mention a couple of other good feats for the Gunslinger, though.

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Roland was strong enough to kick doors into splinters when he was only a teenager, as shown here when he completely destroyed Cort's doorway with a kick..

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Here's him doing it again to a completely different door. Scan even says he smashed the wood.

Also, here's something related to Roland's guns. They shoot normal .45 rounds, sure, but the guns themselves are stronger than any regular revolvers.

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This is what a point-blank shot did to a mutant dog. 'Nuff said.

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