OccupationLeader of Nicholas' reindeer team
Known RelationsNicholas (current owner and caretaker)
Female reindeer as a mate
First Appearance"Empath And The Red-Nosed Reindeer"
UniverseEmpath: The Luckiest Smurf

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Rudolph is a reindeer that Empath and the Smurflings have encountered in the Smurf forest in the EMPATH: The Luckiest Smurf story, "Empath And The Red-Nosed Reindeer".


Like his popular namesake character, Rudolph was born with a red nose that mysteriously glows, which was an accident bestowed upon him by Mother Nature at birth, and thus was shunned by other reindeer, which caused him to live alone in the forest.

Empath sympathized with the reindeer's situation and took him home to the Smurf Village where they hoped they would find a suitable home for the reindeer. On Christmas Eve, when Chlorhydris had cast a thick fog upon the entire region that would prevent Nicholas from flying through the air with his team of reindeer to deliver toys unto the children, Empath noticed that Rudolph's glowing nose was able to be bright enough to cut through the fog. Realizing this, he and Rudolph traveled to Nicholas' workshop where the reindeer was accepted by the toymaker and made a member of his reindeer team, given the name Rudolph in memory of a child.

On Christmas Day, Empath discovered that Rudolph had found a female reindeer who was attracted to him and had become his mate. While Mother Nature appeared to offer Rudolph a normal nose for all the trouble his red nose had caused him, Empath pleaded on the reindeer's behalf to let him keep the nose, so Mother Nature relented.


His unique red nose shines a bright light that can illuminate a radius of at least several feet even in the densest fog.


  • Rudolph is based on the titular character of the song "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer," which has been made into a stop-motion animated Christmas special by Rankin-Bass Productions. The character and the song are both owned by The Rudolph Company, L.P.

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