Despite being in the military and being very loyal to El Presidente, he is unable to participate in battles due to an accident before the presidente rose to power. He gives situation reports on the island's rebels, possible coup d'états, and natural disasters, but he tends to regard everything in military terms, such as referring to hurricanes and tornadoes as "enemies" and addressing tourists as "maggots" while directing them to different attractions on the island as if they were soldiers preparing for battle. He also does not like ruling as if there is a coup and he is asked to assist in establishing a Junta he would prefer not no.
In Tropico 6, he is depicted as incredibly paranoid, believing that everything is out to attack Tropico, and being of questionable competence - he openly refers to himself as a "modern armchair general" with no knowledge of prior battle tactics. He is also given the first name Rodrigo.
The first appearance of General Rodriguez occurs in the Tropico Above All mission. After starting a campaign of breaking world records, General Rodriguez asks for one of them to be "world's strongest army." To accomplish the record, he suggests hiring 5 of Marco Moreno's rebels - the toughest rebels in the world - to attack the island to show off Tropican's military might.
In the Bickering Factions mission, General Rodriguez is publicly called an "illiterate warmonger" by Miss Pineapple for wanting to expand Tropico's military instead of funding her S.E.T.I. project. If the presidente sides with him, Rodriguez will praise the decision and ask for 12 soldiers or generals to defend against Marco Moreno's rebels. If the presidente sides with Miss Pineapple, Rodriguez condemns the decision to ignore the rebel threat, saying that he would resign if he weren't so loyal. Once Marco Moreno declares that his rebels will attack the palace in 2 years, Rodriguez refuses to surrender and asks to recruit as many soldiers and generals as possible before the attack.
Fearing an imminent war that Tropico is unprepared for in Crisis, General Rodriguez asks to set up an armory. Once Tropico's army has been built up and Tropico has begun transitioning into a nuclear power by building a nuclear power plant, Rodriguez will start a nuclear research program to develop weapons.
While Tropico is preparing to host the Olympics in The Olympic Heist, General Rodriguez says that the island will need extra security during the games. Though he says the army can keep order simply by killing a few random civilians every month, he believes the island's citizens and the Olympics Committee would prefer security be handled by an actual police force.
If the presidente refuses peace with Marco Moreno in The Blind Revolution, General Rodriguez will warn that Tropico's army is too understaffed, out-gunned, and out-classed to take on Moreno's rebels. He presents several plans to fix the situation, such as amassing an army of 30 soldiers, building 5 army bases, having a nuclear program, modernizing the military, and donating $40,000 to military salaries.
In Operation Endgame, General Rodriguez becomes furious at the UN Defense Inspector when they threaten to reveal Tropico's nuclear program plans to the world unless the island sells 1,000 units of weapons at a reduced price.
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During the panic of the State of Emergency mission, General Rodriguez asks that the island's military be trained as a "doomsday squad" to help combat any potential doomsday scenarios, asking for at least 10 soldiers or generals.
When a devious clone of Penultimo is captured in The Truth is Out There, General Rodriguez is apparently in charge of interrogating him by using Penultimo's fear of heights. The clone eventually gives the location of the real Penultimo in maximum-security military compound. With a force of 30 military units at his disposal, General Rodriguez leads an assault on the compound to free the real Penultimo.
After Tropico is mocked in the media for entering the global War on Terror without any plan on how to actually combat terrorism, General Rodriguez asks the presidente to pick a strategy for finding the terrorists responsible for bombing the island's ministry. If the presidente chooses to use Tropico's military, General Rodriguez will urge them to convert the island's colonial fort into a dungeon to question terror suspects in, allow soldiers to kill several innocents to motivate people to cooperate with the investigation, and even to enact martial law to remove any civil rights that impede the investigation's progress.
In "Pirate King", Rodriguez serves as the Captain in charge of Tropico's colonial armed forces on his home island of Cala de Nada. After reading Penultimo's pirate stories, he decides to become a pirate and assists the Governor in establishing his pirate kingdom - calling himself Pirata del Tierra. After Lord Roger Wyndham attempts to bribe him to sabotage the pirate operation, he engineers a trap for Wyndham using a fort and encourages the Governor to declare independence. Following this, the now Presidente promotes Rodriguez to General, though by then Tropican piracy had all but cleared the waters of ships - to remedy this, Rodriguez has El Presidente construct more ships to sell and then loot. Once El Presidente has completes this, Rodriguez congratulates him for bringing prosperity and hope to his home.
- General Rodriguez's facial features are based on those of Puerto Rican actor Luis Guzman.
- General Rodriguez's uniform in Tropico 6 has an American naval aviator badge, National Defense Service medal and an Afghanistan Campaign medal.
- His full name given in Tropico 6 in an example of a reduplicated name.
|Tropico 4 Characters|
|Agent Sasha • Ambassador Crane • Antonio Lopez • Brunhilde Van Hoof • Comrade Vasquez • Donald PynchM • Dr. SteinschneiderM • El Diablo • El Toucan • General Igor FedorovM • General Rodriguez • Generalissimo Santana • Jorge • Juanito • Keith Preston • Lord Chuffney • Marco Moreno • Miss Pineapple • Nick Richards • Penultimo • El Presidente • Reverend Esteban • Sheik Sallim • Sunny Flowers • The ShadowM • Yu Li|
|M: Modern Times • D: Downloadable Content|
|Tropico 6 Characters|
|Ambassador Zhang • BorisF • Colonel Buck Scott • Elena Culpepper • El Presidente • Eline Dupont • Erich von Strohm • Fabiano VerdoneC • FunhouserF • General Rodriguez • Harland Zander • Hector Delgado • Lord Roger Wyndham • Marco Moreno • Mason Belmonte • Nadia Kuznetsov • Penultimo • Prince Thari • Raymond King • Sebastien D'EautchC • Sister Francesca • Sofia Ortega • Sonja WestC • Sunny Flowers • The Broker • Theodore Wyndham IIC • Vlad Orlov • Wynton Marlborough|
|C: Caribbean Skies • F: Festival|