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Rudiger is a character who appears in Tales from the Borderlands. Rudiger is the second villain to appear in the game, and is the first one that you confront in a fight.
Rudiger leads a group of bandits at Prosperity Junction. He has a small stand where he sells skag meat. He openly dislikes Hyperion, and is hostile towards Rhys and Vaughn when they first meet him because of this. He says that, "Even though Atlas were bastards, they had good sense to fail." It is implied that Rudiger cares for the people in the town.
When Rhys and Vaughn arrive at Prosperity Junction, the two of them encounter Rudiger and ask for directions to the World of Curiosities. Rudiger, upon noticing that the two strangers are from Hyperion, then summon the bandits and demand their briefcase. Rhys then calls a Loader Bot to their location, and takes on the bandits. Later, when Rudiger attempts to hit Rhys with his meat cleaver, Rhys knocks the cleaver away with his baton, leaving Rudiger defenseless. Rhys hits Rudiger with the baton, knocking him back into the billboard covering the World of Curiosities, causing it to fall down and expose the sign behind it marking the museum, upon which Rhys remarks that the confrontation could have been avoided had Rudiger pointed him to the World of Curiosities in the first place. It is assumed that Rudiger died upon impact with the sign, as it also fell atop him when it came down.
Rudiger is not seen or heard from again until the very end of the game when the player is prompted to select a team of Vault Hunters to defeat The Traveller. If Athena, who had been previously capture by Vallory, is chosen, a cutscene will play out with her at Prosperity Junction grilling meat with Rudiger when Rhys arrives. All seems well and Athena joins the mission. Not much is known of what happens to him after this point.
- If Rhys addresses Rudiger as "grease face" upon meeting him, his title card will also be changed to "Grease Face", with the tagline "He has a greasy face".
- His helmet is similar to that of a crimson lance.
- Aside from Hugo P. Vasquez, Rudiger is the first antagonist to appear in the game.