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Rothman, also called "Agent Rothman", is an enigmatic high-ranking member of the Order of the Illuminati and the overarching antagonist of Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation.
He was portrayed by James Gale.
Very little is known about Agent Rothman; he only appears in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation and is never mentioned in any of the other movies. He is first seen when he enters the Sawyer family house and he tells Vilmer Slaughter to "show the true meaning of horror", he also displays predatory behaviour towards Jenny, licking her face, these facts could suggest that Rothman is in fact Vilmer's boss, and that although he seems deranged, he seems to show a slight amount of remorse for Jenny, at one point, implying that Vilmer was doing the wrong thing by capturing Jenny.
He is next seen when Jenny is being chased by Leatherface and Vilmer. He arrives on the scene in his limousine unbeknownst to Jenny. When she gets into the car, Rothman tells her to relax, that there is nothing to fear. He apologies for his earlier actions, though Jenny understandably does not believe him and says "f--k you". Despite this, it seems that Agent Rothman dropped Jenny off at a police station, then, he is never seen or heard from again.
He wears much more upper class clothes, and has strong elocution.
- The character Rothman clearly seems to be a play off of the numerous conspiracy theories concerning the Rothschild banking dynasty.
- Rothman's nature is very similar to the infamous Men in Black.
- Rothman is perhaps the most mysterious character in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre series.
- There have been many theories as to who Rothman may actually be. Some believe that he has a firm objective similar to that of a terrorist, but without capturing innocents. Some also believe that he might actually be an undercover FBI agent, hence his mysteriousness and impeccable dress sense.