“That time... I learned that it was the law of nature that the weak die out. That is the same anywhere, whether it be Sacae... or Bern!”
—Rutger talking to Dayan in a support conversation.
Rutger (ルトガー Rutogā, Rutoga in Super Smash Bros. Brawl) is a playable Myrmidon from Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade. Rutger frees Clarine in Chapter 4 after she has been kidnapped by Erik, the Marquess of Laus. He then comes out as an opponent, although after Clarine speaks to him, he joins the player's team. Rutger is half Sacaen and half Bern. Although this is very common in Bulgar, Rutger looks more like someone from Bern than he does from Sacae, which is a very rare occurrence. When Bern invaded Sacae, Rutger was the only one spared because Bern's forces mistook Rutger for one of them. He has sworn vengeance on Bern.
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- See also: Rutger/Supports
In Hard Mode, Rutger can prove to be a very reliable unit. His bases are higher than Dieck's and his offense is comparable to Marcus' early in the game. He is one of the few units to have enough accuracy to reliably hit some of the game's bosses. With a Killing Edge he is easily the best boss killer in the game. He will only become stronger upon promotion, where he gains +30 critical. He has enough speed to double practically every enemy in the game but Gel. While his strength growth is not spectacular, his base of 9 (in Hard mode), along with +2 strength granted upon promotion, should leave him with a sufficient amount of strength. He also has fairly high HP and usable defense. His only real flaws are his lack of ranged options and average movement.
Rutger's triangle support with Clarine and Dieck boosts his already high critical rate to extreme levels. With a Wo Dao and A/B support with them, Rutger can reach over 100 critical. This support also boosts his already good avoid. All of this can make Rutger a highly lethal unit.
- Rutger - Lone Swordsman (孤高の剣士 Kokō no kenshi)
After the war, Rutger disappeared. Many claimed that they had seen him in one place or another, but none of them had any solid proof. Today, his name only appears in the records of this war...
—Rutger's death quote in The Binding Blade.
—Rutger's final battle quote in The Binding Blade.
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Usable by: Marth, Ike
Rutger is illustrated in the trading card game Fire Emblem Cipher with the following cards:
Rutger is Dutch for Roger. The pronunciation would actually be ルトッハー Rutohhā in Japanese because the letter 'g' is pronounced as 'ch' (a voiced velar fricative) in Dutch. Rutger itself means famous spear.
- On the official Japanese website for Nintendo, Rutger won 2nd place out of 80 in the character popularity poll for Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade, second only to Roy. The male-female vote ratio is 2:1. The voter comments seem to generally focus on his character design, his brooding and reserved personality, and his versatility as a Myrmidon/Swordmaster.