Rude is a member of the Turks in Final Fantasy VII who also appears in several of the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII titles. He is a tall, bald man with a little goatee and always wears sunglasses, carrying spares in case something happens to the pair he is wearing. Rude is rarely seen without his long-time partner Reno and is taciturn, tending to relegate the talking to Reno. He prefers to use his fists in battle.
Rude has a soft spot for Tifa Lockhart, and will not attack her if she battles him in their many encounters in Final Fantasy VII. In one of his rare lines of dialogue in Final Fantasy VII, he reveals to Reno he has a crush on her.
Rude is a tall man with a stern expression and brown skin. His head is shaved and he is rarely seen without his shades. Designer Tetsuya Nomura has stated Rude was designed to look South American. Rude wears the standard Turks uniform of a blue suit and black tie, and wears his uniform in a professional manner in contrast to his partner Reno's lackadaisical style. In Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children he has a small black goatee, but in Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII- field scenes and Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII- he is clean shaven.
Rude is serious and stern, unlike the laid-back Reno and inexperienced Elena. He rarely speaks, yet it's revealed Rude has a secret crush on Tifa, and in Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII- he had feelings for Chelsea. Although initially antagonistic towards the group in Final Fantasy VII, he has had a change of heart alongside the rest of the Turks in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children and becomes an ally to Cloud and the party.
Rude appears alongside Reno in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children and is more talkative but compared to Reno, is still quiet and serious. Rude and Reno provide comic relief in the movie, mainly being troubled by Reno. Rude and Reno are dedicated to their boss Rufus Shinra. The film animators noted Rude was the easiest character to animate, as he had no hair and minimal facial expressions due to his sunglasses and character, although the animators did animate his eyes behind the sunglasses in case fans caught a glimpse of them in some scenes.
With President Shinra deciding to dedicate SOLDIER to deal with the threat of AVALANCHE, the Turks are instructed to locate new SOLDIER candidates. Reno, Rude and the Player Turk travel the globe employing potential fighters. In Costa del Sol, the Player Turk enters a fight club called Club Duel and captures him the strongest fighter, known as "King", for the SOLDIER process. On the trip to Midgar the candidate population is killed by a sole candidate called Azul, whom the Player Turk confronts. Azul is eventually suppressed by Rude.
While on the docks, the ship is attacked by a contingent of AVALANCHE soldiers lead by Shears. Shears boards the ship and frees the candidates, defeating Rude while the Player Turk attempts to recapture them. As the Player Turk returns, Rude goes after Shears and, partnered up with Reno, defeats the AVALANCHE commander while a freed Azul returns to the Shinra ship willingly to finish his fight with the Player Turk and become a SOLDIER to become stronger.
Following the theft of confidential documents from the 45th floor of the Shinra Building, Reno and Rude guard the room and search for clues to the missing files. An intruder sets off the alarm and the Turks defend themselves against the building's security system, which had been sabotaged by the intruder. While Shuriken (Female) looks into the sabotage, Reno and Rude continue their investigation. When Reno notices a bearded man in a lab coat watching them from the shadows, the pair chase after him concluding the man was the person who stole the data, but the suspect escapes the building.
Recalled by Veld, Reno and Rude are ordered to continue their investigation as well as help stop the malfunctioning security robots that have escaped onto the streets of Midgar and begun attacking civilians. On the streets of Sector 8, Reno and Rude split up to find the machines. After finding and destroying a number of the machines, Reno helps out Rude and together the two make their way to LOVELESS Avenue where they find Shuriken (Female) cornered by two Genesis Copies.
Tseng arrives, along with newly promoted First Class SOLDIER, Zack Fair, but Shuriken defeats the clones on her own. Continuing their hunt for rogue robots, Reno and Rude spot the man in the lab coat. Gaining Veld's permission to follow him, they chase him into the sewer systems where they are attacked by robots which seem to take orders from the scientist. Cornering the man, they discover him to be Professor Hollander. Two Genesis Copies appear from a hidden passage and distract the pair, giving Hollander time to escape.
Veld orders the pair to return to Sector 8 as SOLDIER has taken over the investigation of the stolen documents.
Curious over Rude's unexplained disappearances after work, Reno orders the Player Turk to follow after him in Sector 8 to discover he goes on dates with a woman named Chelsea. While the Player Turk deals with a monster infestation in the sector, Reno follows Rude to one of his dates and discovers Chelsea attempting to place a bug on his PHS.
Reno follows her and discovers she works with AVALANCHE, but claims to her contact she was unable to place a wire tap on Rude's PHS in spite of Reno noting she had plenty of time to do it during the date. Reno informs Rude about his girlfriend's affiliations, but Rude already knows. When the Player Turk returns from destroying the monster nest they come across Chelsea attempting to quit AVALANCHE and defends her from her angered comrades.
Chelsea asks the Player Turk to inform Rude she would not meet him anymore, stating that, although she wished it otherwise, the Turks and AVALANCHE are enemies and cannot be together. President Shinra grows impatient to destroy AVALANCHE and Veld sends Reno and Rude to gather information on Fuhito's new Ravens while the Player Turk is to gather new Turk candidates.
The Turks turn against Shinra and decide to help a former SOLDIER member Zack Fair whom the Shinra wants killed, and want to find him before the Shinra military does. Scouting the areas around Midgar on a helicopter Rude looks for Zack but the Turks do not find him in time.
Rude helps Tseng and Reno find where Veld is being held and free him. Fuhito of AVALANCHE summons Zirconiade and Tseng, Reno, Rude, Veld and Elfé are captured by the Shinra military. Shinra bargains that the Turks would be spared if Veld and Elfé are killed, and Tseng feigns to execute them. As Tseng leaves with Veld and Elfé, Reno and Rude wait for their remaining comrades who are fighting Zirconiade. The Turks destroy Zirconiade but the shockwave emitted from its destruction destroys the construct on which the Turks are standing. Reno and Rude watch in horror as the construction vanishes in an explosion of light.
The Last Order -Final Fantasy VII- OVA illustrates the events surrounding Zack Fair and Cloud Strife's escape from Shinra Manor, overlapping with incidents depicted in Final Fantasy VII and Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII-.
The OVA covers the Turks' role during both the Nibelheim Incident and events leading up to Zack's Final Stand against the Shinra military, addressing the Turks' pursuit of Zack and Cloud through the Mythril Mine and their ill-fated search for the pair in the Midgar Wasteland.
Rude first appears at Shinra Headquarters to capture Cloud and his friends as they try to leave the building through an elevator. Sephiroth attacks the headquarters and kill President Shinra, and Cloud and his friends escape during the commotion. The Turks are assigned to hunt Sephiroth down, and gather info that he is heading for Junon. While on their way there they run into Cloud and his party in the Mythril Mine. In Gongaga Reno asks Rude who he likes and he reveals it is Tifa.
Rude goes on a vacation in Wutai Village with his colleagues Elena and Reno where they spend their time drinking at the bar. Shinra notifies them of Don Corneo, a man wanted by Shinra, being in the area, but Reno and Rude ignore the orders as they are on vacation. Elena is kidnapped by Don Corneo which spurs Reno and Rude into action. They team up with Cloud's party and track him down on the Da-chao Statue. Rude surprises Don Corneo who loses his balance on the edge of the cliff and Reno finishes the job. Afterward they get a call from Shinra to capture Cloud, but let them go since they are not officially on duty.
When Shinra plans to destroy the Meteor approaching the Planet by ramming a rocket loaded with Huge Materia into it, Rude oversees the launch. He protects the entrance to the Shinra No. 26 rocket, but is unable to stop Cloud and his friends from boarding the craft to steal the Huge Materia on-board.
After a Weapon shoots down the aircraft carrying various Shinra weapons and it plummets to the Bottom of the Sea, Reno and Rude are sent there to investigate, but run into Cloud and are defeated by him.
After Diamond Weapon has been killed and Rufus Shinra presumed dead, Professor Hojo takes over the Sister Ray cannon and Cloud's party storms Midgar to stop him. Rude, with Reno and Elena, intercepts Cloud and his friends in the Midgar sewers.
Although not shown in Final Fantasy VII, Reno and Rude helped evacuate Midgar during Meteorfall. Reno oversaw the evacuation of Sector 4, while Rude cleared Sector 2 and Elena cleared Sector 3. Moving to clear Sector 5 together with Tseng, the four were met and assisted by the previous Turks from Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII- and their former leader Veld.
Final Fantasy VII: Advent ChildrenEdit
Rude works for Rufus Shinra alongside Reno, Tseng and Elena. Tseng and Elena were dispatched to the Northern Cave where they found Jenova's remains but were captured by the three Remnants of Sephiroth born from the Lifestream. Crippled by this loss, Rufus asks Cloud to join them but he refuses. The remnants' search for Jenova's remains leads them to capture many children suffering from Geostigma and then infuse them with negative Lifestream to make them obey their orders.
They bring the children to Edge and Kadaj summons Bahamut SIN. Rude and Reno fight to protect the children from the ensuing chaos and later pursue the remnants heading toward the Midgar ruins using bombs and a helicopter.
Rude is fought in the Training Mode.
He is voiced by Crispin Freeman in the English versions of Crisis Core and Advent Children.
Rude appears in the following Final Fantasy media:
- Pictlogica Final Fantasy as a playable character.
- Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade as a playable character.
- Final Fantasy Artniks as a card.
- Final Fantasy Record Keeper as a playable character and a boss.
- Final Fantasy Trading Card Game as a series of cards.