In reply to Kraysus
in what way is this character based on Romeo? At first, I thought you mean he'd be a passionate man with a sense of theatre/romanticism, but that was out pretty quick. After, I thought he might be a version of Romeo who'd survived the ordeals of his story and was now jaded. In a way, that seems to be what you went with, but I'd like confirmation.
Actually from what I've read of the character, Roza perfectly mimics the character arc of Romeo only in reverse. While Roza begins all developed and shit, only to descend into social problems over time following the loss of his partner, Romeo classic began with heavy social problems (namely he was a fucking moron whose attempts to imitate Petrarchan lovers leaves him with the romantic ability of the fungal growth on my brother's big toe) but developed into somebody who would actually listen to other people and fit the bill of a proper heroic character after getting to know his partner. Take the mini-review I gave to Mono over PMs in which I listed all the ways Roza mirrors Romeo's character.
always convinced that whatever path he's chosen to take is the only one right for him
This matches very heavily with Romeo in the first half of the narrative in which he's constantly under the impression that he should act in the style of the Petrarchan Lover, despite the constant advice to the contrary from various other characters such as Mercutio as well as the constant signs he's given that he's wrong to act in such a way such as Rosa's rejection of him, even when told to his face that he'd be better suited acting in a more social manner he refuses to accept that belief and maintains the Petrarchan mindset for a large chunk of the narrative, only shifting to a more actually romantic mindset after a lot of influence and prompting from Juliet.
The man actively rejects the influence of others
See above, same reason.
He has no desire to fit into some kind of hierarchy, having long since abandoned the one he was born into.
Defies his parents in order to court Juliet. At the cost of his inheritance.
and does not entertain the idea of having superiors
Defies the law and direct word of the monarchy in killing Tybalt.
Ever since then, the man has refused to let others decide what he can and can't do.
See previous two comments.
On the surface, this mindset has given birth to a certain arrogance, an outward cockiness
Again, the time spent in the early half of the narrative as the model Petrarchan Lover and his refusal to accept the word or advice of other, far more experienced and knowledgeable characters such as Mercutio.
the death of his former partner, the inciting event that lead to Roza's departure
He was in this Petrarchan mindset when not influenced by his partner Juliet, makes sense that your Roza would undergo a similar development in reverse through the loss of his partner contrasting Romeo developing through gaining his partner.
and doesn't shy away from the occasional verbal spar
Is a Shakespeare character, even the generic dumbass mooks are god-tier verbal combatants in his writings, so deep as his prose. Let alone the intelligent characters such as Romeo.
To many, Roza is defined by his apparent smugness, something which shows in his work ethics: Roza is far from ashamed of his constant advertisement, and his prices definitely lean towards the more costly side of things.
The Montagues are rich as hell fuckers and Romeo is part of the actual main family unit rather than a manservant of any kind.
That might be because Roza is more than willing to tackle some of the shadier jobs Remnant has to offer
Dude defies the law, goes into exile, does a fair amount of shady shit.
walking the fine line between mercenary and criminal on several occasions. He's definitely partaken in his fair share of robberies and vandalism.He literally kills Tybalt in cold blood, the inciting act for his exile.
often coming across as rebellious
He actively fights against and defies the social order of his time.
But Roza isn't a murderer
Kills Tybalt, but only after Tybalt himself gleefully murders Romeo's dear friend, making it a revenge killing which did not count as murder during that time period (though it had been very recently outlawed) and gives Romeo the moral high ground in this regard.
Roza also displays a clear hatred for vigilantes and heroicism.
Playing the angle of the character arc Romeo underwent himself but in reverse, whereas Romeo began as an idealist and idiot for it and grew into a more realistic and heroic individual through the influence of Juliet, Roza quite interestingly begins more heroic and falls into a more cynical, realistic, and anti-heroic character through the loss of his Juliet.
Roza opts to just live in his own world.
Again, the Petrarchan Lover concept, lives in his own little world regardless of what reality keeps trying to tell him.
Sorry for the double post, but the literature student in me had to be sated.