Rutan (born day 147, 3250), is a character that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics. He is a teenage mobian echidna, and son of Lien-Da and the cousin to Lara-Su. Generally a trouble maker and showing enjoyment at poking fun at the Guardians, Rutan is forced to live under the strict parenthood of his mother, though from time to time his great ancestor Dimitri will step in to stand up for him. After the alterations to the timeline, Rutan lost contact with his mother when she was made an outlaw, but continued to live with Dimitri.
During a class on the politics of Echidnaopolis, Rutan inquired as to the status of the Guardians, poking fun at Lara-Su when the professor informed him of the Guardian's special status in society. In response, Lara-Su smacked Rutan over the head with a text book, bruising him. When he returned home, his mother inquired as to the injury, though Rutan refused to divulge how he had obtained it.
Some time later, Rutan took Salma, the daughter of Espio the Chameleon, to Locke's Park where the two could make out in private. However, Rutan briefly overhead a part of the conversation between Knuckles and Emissary Rotor about the dimension’s deterioration. When Knuckles discovered the two with his cybernetic eye, Rutan took Salma and ran off, returning to his home.
After taking Salma home, Lien-Da confronted her son about where they truly were that night, as she could tell they'd lied when saying they went to stay with friends. Although his mother's interrogation was briefly delayed by Dimitri when he stepped in, eventually she managed to force Rutan to admit he was making out with Salma at the park. However, he quickly divulged what he'd learned from the conversation between Knuckles and Rotor, causing his mother to forgive him.
After the timeline was altered and reality saved by King Sonic, Rutan still existed. Forced to remain confined to his house like his ancestor Dimitri, Rutan listened with unease as his mother explained Enforcer Knuckles arrested Lara-Su, Tails and Sonic.
Five Years Later...
After King Shadow had fallen, Rutan was taken away from his mother and she then sought revenge on those she viewed as responsible for it, namely Lara-Su, King Sonic, Queen Sally, Knuckles, and Julie-Su.
Lara-Su later showed up right at Rutan's door and demanded to know where Lien-Da was, but he denied having any contact with her for five years, and became angry when Lara persisted until Dimitri stopped the arguing. Dimitri suggested that he contact Salma, but Rutan blew him off, prompting Dimitri to worry that the old cycle of the Dark Legion would repeat itself.
Rutan is generally a troublemaker, and as such hates living at home due to his mother's ever watchful eyes. He doesn't get along well with Lara-Su, though he showed concern in the altered timeline when his mother revealed she had been arrested.
Before the timeline was altered, Rutan had a secret relationship with Salma. In the altered timeline, the two are still in a relationship, but seem to be estranged.
- Many fans believe that Doctor Finitevus may be Rutan's father due to the white tips of Rutan's dreadlocks.
- Rutan shares his name with an alien race from the original Doctor Who television series.