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Ruben, better known as Rusty is a recurring character in Zoophobia webcomic and the main antagonist in the short "Bad Luck Jack". He is a dog who is always making trouble, annoying others for no reason.


Rusty is a yellow dog with floppy ears and a red collar. However, in "Bad Luck Jack", he wears a red letterman jacket with white sleeves.


Rusty is belligerent and takes pleasure in mocking others. He is also somewhat soft-skinned, as it is difficult for him to take an insult without growing frustrated and angry. It is not the brightest, but he has moments of deep thoughts.



Due to Zill being of an unknown species new to even Safe Haven, Rusty takes the opportunity to mock Zill for his appearance by giving him the mocking nickname of "Piñata Boy". Rusty also mocks Zill for the way he defends his friends hoping to get Zill riled up until he starts a fight.


Jack is one of Rusty's main victims. Because of Jack's constant bad luck, Rusty sees Jack as a freak and takes a sadistic pleasure in reminding Jack of all the ways he gets injured. Rusty likes to nickname Jack with various insults like "Pussy", "Loser" or "Bad Luck Jack". Despite various attacks, Jack never rebelled against Rusty, however that changed when Jack later reminds Rusty that he has no friends and calling him by his despised real name of Ruben, Rusty storms away in embarrassment.


Rusty finds Autumn irritating since he stops Rusty from bullying others and always calls Rusty by his real name of Ruben. This drives Rusty to argue with Autumn a lot over why he hates his real name. When Rusty noticed Autumn laughing due to Jack calling him by his real name, Rusty felt even more humiliated. Their relationship carries tension.


the twins Max and Max are rusty's sidekicks/henchmen just following his orders all day.