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Portrait bandit fe12.png
Ruffian's speaking portrait from New Mystery of the Emblem.





Altean (Presumed)

Starting class



New Mystery of the Emblem: Heroes of Light and Shadow

Gahahaha! Steal, burn, loot, pillage! Kill everyone who tries to flee! Gahahahaha!
— Ruffian, in New Mystery of the Emblem.

This unnamed Ruffian is a bandit employed by Legion to cause havoc in Altea's villages so as to distract the 7th Platoon while Eremiya's assassins aim for Marth. He has a verbal tic involving the distinctive laugh of "Gahahahaha."

New Mystery of the Emblem

Normal Hard Maniac Lunatic

Generic portrait barbarian fe12.png
Level 5
Max HP 25 Speed 10
Strength 11 Luck 0
Magic 0 Defense 5
Skill 7 Resistance 0
Is ds hand axe.png Hand Axe
Weapon Levels
DSRankSword.png -- DSRankLance.png -- DSRankAxe.png D
DSRankBow.png -- DSRankTome.png -- DSRankStaff.png --


Battle quote

Gahahaha! Just die already!
— Ruffian, in New Mystery of the Emblem.

Death quote

— Ruffian, in New Mystery of the Emblem.

Etymology and other languages


  • The Ruffian is the first Barbarian boss in the Fire Emblem series.
  • The Ruffian can be compared to the Captain from Shadow Dragon as an enemy unit without a real name, but with their own portrait.
    • Unlike the Captain, the Ruffian does not have a mini portrait, and uses the generic class icon instead. Additionally, the Ruffian has a battle and death quote.
  • The Ruffian is thus far the only character in the series to have quotes for battle and death without having a mini portrait, or name.
  • The Ruffian shares his portrait with nameless criminals in the DS games such as the Fighter who tied up and gagged Gordin in Prologue IV of Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon.
    • The Ruffian is the only boss in the DS games to have his portrait re-used.


Generic portrait barbarian fe12.png Sprite Gallery
Portrait bandit fe12.png Barbarian
Bs fe12 enemy barbarian axe.png

See Also

Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem: Heroes of Light and Shadow
Playable characters AbelArranAstramAthenaBantuBarstBeckBelfBordCaedaCaesarCainCastorCatriaCecilCordDarrosDiceDolphDraugEliceEllereanEstEtzelFeenaFreyFrostGordinHoraceJakeJeorgeJulianKatarinaKrisLeidenLenaLindeLukeMacellanMaliceMalliesiaMariaMarthMatthisMerricMichalisMidiaMinervaNagiNavarreNorneNynaOgmaPallaRaianRaddRickardRobertoRoderickRogerRosheaSamsonSamtoSedgarSheenaSiriusTikiTomasVylandWarrenWendellWolfWrysXaneYmirYubelloYumina
Non-playable characters Aurelis KingBoahCamusGotohJagenLangLorenz
Bosses AthenaCaedaCainClarisseDallDark BishopDraugEibelEllereanEremiyaEstFire DragonGailGharnefHardinIce DragonJagenJeorgeKatarinaLangLegionLorenzLumelLukeMage DragonMedeusNehringOgmaRoderickRuckeRuffianSheenaTorusWillowWyvernYodel
Regalia and personal weapons AumFalchionGradivusHauteclereImhulluMercuriusParthiaRapierStarlightWing Spear
Chapters Main story P1: Meeting • P2: Young Squires • P3: Training Begins • P4: New Companions (Jeorge, Athena) • P5: March Duty • P6: Bonds (Ogma, Draug) • P7: The Final Test (Est, Cain) • P8: Assassination of the Hero-King • 1: The Grustian Expedition • 2: Rebellion at Macedon • 3: Abducted Princess • 3x: Shadows Behind the Scenes • 4: Joy and Sorrow • 5: Liberation of Grust • 6: The Nest of Vice • 6x: Mercenary Squad • 7: The Scarlet Sword • 8: Soulful Bridge • 9: Sanctuary of Sorcery • 10: Two Sorcerers • 10x: The Mask Laughs • 11: Anri's Way • 12: Graveyard of Fire Dragons • 13: Frozen Land • 13x: Within the White Darkness • 14: A Mystery Revealed • 15: Return of the Prince • 16: Regaining the Capital • 16x: Reunion • 17: Gra's Sun Sets • 18: Battle of the Pass • 19: The Last Decisive Battle • 20: Dark Emperor • 20x: Depths of the Abyss • 21: The Wyvern's Dale • 22: The Dragon's Table • 23: The Dark Pontifex Lives • Endgame: Light and Shadow
New Archanea War Chronicles 1: Fall of the Palace • 2: Red Dragoon • 3: Thieves of Justice • 4: The Beginning
DLC bonus chapters 1: Wind and Thunder • 2: Three Assassins • 3: That Which Was Done by the Blade, Shall be Undone By the Blade
Locations ArchaneaAlteaAnri's WayAurelisDolhr (Dragon's Table) • Empire of ArchaneaGraGrustKhadeinMacedonTalys
Groups, objects and concepts Dragon (Divine DragonEarth DragonManakete) • HereticsSable OrderFire Emblem/Binding ShieldWar of HeroesWar of LiberationWar of ShadowsWhitewinged Order
Related topics Name chart • Other games (Shadow Dragon and the Blade of LightGaidenMystery of the EmblemBS Fire Emblem: Archanea War ChroniclesShadow DragonAwakening) • Pre-release information (Unused content) • Sound RoomTimeline