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FEFT Rutger.png
Artwork of Rutger from The Binding Blade.

A young man seeking revenge on Bern.








Sacaean and Bernite

Starting class


...You have no right to know.
— Rutger to Dayan in a support conversation.

Rutger (Japanese: ルトガー Rutger) is a playable character in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade. He first appears in Chapter 4.

Rutger is a reserved and rude swordsman working for Marquess Laus. He is the first enemy unit that can be recruited in The Binding Blade.

Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade


Rutger is first seen in the fourth chapter of The Binding Blade. When Roy's army trustingly passes through Laus, Erik, who had already betrayed the Lycian League, orders his own army to kill them. While Laus' troops are fighting the Lycian Alliance Army, Rutger goes to the cells and frees an imprisoned girl from Etruria, taking advantage of the confusion produced by the attack. After he does so, Erik, who has noticed that the opposing army is stronger than he thought, orders Rutger to go to the battlefield.

Shortly after he leaves the castle, Rutger meets again with the same girl, who tries to convince him to protect her. Clearly not interested, Rutger is more than ready to return to his work, but then she, determined to recruit him, adds that this army is fighting against Bern. This argument makes Rutger change sides immediately, and he remains in Roy's army until the end.

After Bern is defeated and the war is over, Rutger completely disappears; the only information on him comes from the records of this war.

Starting stats and growth rates

Normal Mode Hard Mode

Portrait rutger fe06.png
Level 4
Affinity Is gba darkaffin.png
Recruitment: Chapter 4, talk to him with Clarine.

Stats Growth Rates

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Weapon Levels
GBARankSword.gif C GBARankLance.gif -- Axe -- GBARankBow.gif --
GBARankAnima.gif -- GBARankLight.gif -- GBARankDark.gif -- GBARankStaff.gif --

Promotion stat gains

Class HP Str Skill Spd Luck Def Res Con Move Weapon level
Swordmaster +5 +2 +2 +1 +0 +3 +2 +1 +1 GBARankSword.gif +1

Personality and character

Rutger is a swordsman of mixed blood from Bulgar, the main city of Sacae. Although two of his grandparents were Sacaean, he looks more like a man from Bern.[1] This saved his life when Bern invaded Sacae; the troops spared him because he did not look like a native.

This massacre marked him deeply, and he became a man obsessed with revenge; when asked by Dayan about his future plans, he admits he has not thought about it.[2] He has also stated, in different degress of rudeness, that he uses his sword to kill, and therefore, he is not interested in training with other members of the army, such as Fir and Karel. However, after meeting Dieck, Rutger designates him as his rival, swearing to be the one to kill him - a statement that annoys and amuses Dieck.[3]

Despite all of this, Rutger is very aware of how wrong his path is, as he apologizes after grudgingly accepting Dieck's help, and asks Karel if he will be able to be accepted after all is done.[4] He also shows a softer side in his supports with Clarine, where he recognizes that, although her personality grates his nerves, he prefers her to be honest with herself and the others.[5]


Main article: Rutger/Supports
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Troubadour Is gba thunderaffin.png
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Mercenary Is gba thunderaffin.png
Initial: 10
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Initial: 1
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Rutger, Lone Swordsman
Short: Disappeared like the wind.

Long: 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...


Death quote

... No... more...
— Rutger.

Battle quotes

... It begins.
— In the final chapter.

Other appearances

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Rutger, under the name Rutoga, appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as a usable sticker.

SSBB Sticker Rutger.png Rutoga
from Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
Bonus: [Slash] Resistance +12
Usable by: marthike


Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Rutoga Used in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, though Smash Bros. names generally are not retained in mainline localizations.
Rutger See the Japanese name.
Japanese ルトガー Romanized as Rutger in the Fire Emblem Museum website. Rutger is the Dutch version of Roger, which means "famous spearman."[6]


Small portrait rutger fe06.png Sprite Gallery
Portrait rutger fe06.png Myrmidon Swordmaster
Bs fe06 rutger myrmidon sword.png
Bs fe06 rutger swordmaster sword.png


  1. "Rutger: Yes. My father's mother and my mother's father were Sacaean. Bulgar is near Bern's border, so there are a lot of mixed people there. But usually the Sacaean side is stronger in mixed childrens' appearances. But I... Only in me did the Bern side come out more, so I was kept alive... The people of Bulgar...they were kind to me, even though I looked different... But they...they were killed, so brutally! I must destroy Bern...! That one man isn't enough to satisfy my revenge..." - Rutger and Dieck's B support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
  2. "Rutger: ...I know no other way to live." - Rutger and Dayan's B support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
  3. "Rutger: Ha... It's already decided that I'll the first one to land a blow on your back.
    Dieck: All right, obviously we were out to kill each other when we were on different sides. But why the hell are you trying to slice me in half when we're on the same side?
    Rutger: The others bore me. I need someone of your strength to duel with.
    Dieck: So I'm gonna get killed because you're bored. Wonderful.
    " - Rutger and Dieck's C support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
  4. "Karel: You were able to hear the sky and the earth once. Although, now it seems that your hate is covering your ears.
    Rutger: ...Do you think I'll be able to hear them again once this war ends?
    Karel: Of course you will. The breeze that runs through the plains... It never forgets those that it loves.
    " - Rutger and Karel's A support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
  5. "Clarine: Thank you for rescuing me that time... I know it is already too late, but if you would accept my thanks...
    Rutger: ...Not like you.
    Clarine: What?
    Rutger: Don't try something you're not used to. You're good at screaming, so why don't you do it?
    Clarine: W-What!? What do you mean by that!?
    Rutger: There you go... That's more like you. Come like that and make me laugh once in a while, Clarine.
    " - Rutger and Clarine's A support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
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Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
Playable characters AlenAstoreBathBartreBorsCathCeciliaChadClarineDayanDieckDorothyDouglasEkhidnaElenElphinFaeFirGarretGeeseGonzalezGwendolynHughIgreneJodelJunoKarelKleinLalumLanceLilinaLotLughMarcusMerlinusMiladyNiimeNoahOgierPercevalRaighRoyRutgerSaulShannaSinSophiaSueTheaTrecWadeWoltZelotsZeiss
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Trial Map characters BrunnyaEliwoodGalleGuinivereHectorMurdockNarcianZephiel
Bosses ArcardoBrakulBrunnyaChanDamasDebiasDoryEinErikFlaerGalleGuerreroHenningIdennKabulKelKudokaJahnLeganceMaggieMarralMartelMonkeMorganMurdockNarcianNordOatesOrloPeresRaithRandyRoartzRobertsRoseRuudScollanScottSiguneSlaterThorilTickWagnerWindhamZephielZinque
The Eight Generals AthosBariganBramimondDurbanElimineHanonHartmutRoland
Regalia and personal weapons ApocalypseArmadsAureolaBinding BladeDurandalEckesachsForblazeMaltetMulagirRapierSaint's Staff
Chapters Tutorial • 1: Breath of Destiny • 2: The Princess of Bern • 3: Latecomer's Sorrow • 4: Crumbling League • 5: Fire Emblem • 6: Ensnared • 7: The Ostian Revolt • 8: Reunion • 8x: The Blazing Blade • 9: The Misty Isles • 10A: Western Resistance • 11A: The Hero of the West • 10B: Amidst a Struggle • 11B: Flight Toward Freedom • 12: The True Enemy • 12x: The Thunder Axe • 13: Rescue Mission • 14: Arcadia • 14x: The Infernal Truth • 15: The Dragon Child • 16: Storming the Capital • 16x: The Glorious Ascension • 17A: Ocean's Parting • 18A: The Frozen River • 19A: Bitter Cold • 20A: Ilia's Salvation • 20Ax: The Blizzard Spear • 17B: The Bishop's Teachings • 18B: The Laws of Sacae • 19B: Battle in Bulgar • 20B: The Silver Wolf • 20Bx: The Bow of Swift Wind • 21: The Binding Blade • 21x: The Elder Revelation • 22: An Undying Dream • 23: The Ghosts of Bern • 24: Legends and Lies • Final: Beyond the DarknessTrial Maps
Locations ElibeBern (Dragon SanctuaryShrine of Seals) • Etruria (Aquleia) • IliaLycia (AraphenLausOstiaPheraeThria) • Missur (ArcadiaNabata) • Sacae (BulgarTaras) • Western Isles
Groups, objects and concepts Disturbance of BernEnding WinterFire EmblemThe ScouringWar Dragons
Related topics Fire Emblem: Hasha no TsurugiName chart • Other games (Fire Emblem) • Pre-release information (Unused content) • Sound RoomTimeline