- Not to be confused with Future Rufus.
- For an image gallery of Rufus, see here. For a list of Rufus' injuries, illnesses, and deaths, see here. For a list of anecdotes about Rufus, see here. For a list of Rufus' quotes, see here.
Rufus is the playable protagonist of the Deponia series. He lives on Deponia, the trash planet, but dreams of living in the beautiful floating city of Elysium, and constantly concocts new schemes to get there.
Rufus has a grungy, unkempt appearance. He has messy dark brown hair, a short, scruffy beard, and thick eyebrows. He has a long, thin neck, lines under his eyes, and (like most characters) four fingers on each hand.
He wears a gray-green cap with straps that hang down past his ears and have gold-colored rectangles at the bottom. He also has matching gold-colored goggles with small spokes around the rim and a gray-green strap.
Over all his clothes Rufus wears a light purple-brown coat that goes a little past his knees and is folded at the end of the sleeves. On the back of the coat, at the waist, is a decorative strap held at either end by square gold buttons. On each of the lapels are misshapen gold buttons.
Rufus wears an orange shirt with small white buttons down the middle, two white stripes around the lower half of the shirt. Around his neck is tied a dark red scarf, and around his waist are two diagonally crossed brown belts with several pouches.
He wears beige pants and heavy, dark brown boots just below knee-level. The boots have folds on the top with tiny gold buttons and straps over the middle of the shoes with rectangular gold buckles on the ends.
Rufus was originally designed by Hermes to as a prototype prior to the mass production of the Organon, an army of dispensable workers. Hermes attempted to improve them by taking away their respect for life, but it caused them to not fear death; the clones took dangerous risks and it is implied many of them died. Only Rufus (Prototype R), Cletus (Prototype C), and Argus (Prototype A), survived the process. Hermes thought he could tell the three apart by giving them each different hair colors (Rufus had red hair). However, the color was not permanent and faded after puberty.
Rufus, or one of his identical clones, was later found in the trash of Kuvaq, a kicking and screaming baby. He was adopted by Seagull, the mayor of Kuvaq, whose name at that time was different. During his childhood, he caused a lot of trouble and bodily harm to others through his dangerous antics, and was neglected and punished by his father. Seagull abandoned Rufus when he was eight, telling Rufus that he was leaving to live in Elysium. Ever since, Rufus has spent his life designing elaborate, but often unsuccessful, plans to reach Elysium.
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Rufus is first seen during the optional tutorial, confused that the game hasn't started yet. Wenzel says that the junk press broke down, and the time could be used for a short tutorial. The two explain how to look at an object, talk to someone, open inventory, and more. Rufus combines yin and yang pieces and places it in a slot on the junk press control panel. Despite Wenzel attempting to warn him, Rufus stands directly beneath the junk press while he pushes the button to test if it's working, and, to Wenzel's amusement, is crushed beneath it.
The game begins with Rufus at Toni's house, looking through a telescope at the landscape outside. He is disappointed that there is only junk as far as he can see, and expresses his desire to leave Deponia. He looks at his list of items to pack for his journey. He collects the items from around the house, and finds several notes from Toni complaining about him and asking him to take better care of the house. After his suitcase is packed, he carries it outside to the backyard.
Chaos on Deponia Edit
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Goodbye Deponia Edit
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Deponia Doomsday Edit
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- Hermes (creator) -
- Seagull (adoptive father, formerly) -
- Unknown adoptive mother (deceased) - Little is known about Rufus' adoptive mother, except that she died and Rufus thinks it's his fault.
- Argus (clone) -
- Cletus (clone) -
- Toni (ex-girlfriend) -
- Goal (girlfriend) -
- This gallery only contains a few select images. For a full gallery, see here.