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My whole life, all I ever did was fight.
~ Dutch Van Den Linde to John Marston.

Dutch van der Linde is the secondary antagonist in the 2010 videogame Red Dead Redemption, as well as the deuteragonist in its 2018 prequel Red Dead Redemption II. Van der Linde is the last of the three targets that John Marston must capture for the Federal Government in order for them to release his family.

Dutch is mentioned many times in the first two chapters, the New Austin and Nuevo Paraiso chapters. He finally makes an appearance in the third chapter, the West Elizabeth chapter, where he serves as the main antagonist.

In Red Dead Redemption II. Dutch acted as an ally during the first five chapters, before becoming the secondary antagonist in the sixth chapter and epilogue.

He was voiced by Benjamin Byron Davis.


You can't erase who you are, John! You can't just wish it away.
~ Dutch Van Der Linde to John Marston.

Dutch van der Linde is an outlaw having a gang consisting with John Marston, Arthur Morgan, Micah Bell, Charles Smith, Javier Escuella, Bill Williamson, Abigail Roberts and several others. They terrorized the West until 1899 when a botched train robbery occurs, and several gang members leave him to die. This leads to John and Abigail to retire, and the gang being disbanded due to Dutch's madness.

In 1899, Dutch and his gang hideout in Colter after a botched robbery in Blackwater. He plans on getting enough money to leave the United States. After a robbery Saint Denis goes bad, Dutch starts to become paranoid, this was noticed after setting up camp in Beaver Hollow. When Arthur confronted Micah Bell and called him out as the rat, Dutch still turned against Arthur and John before leaving them to fight off the Pinkertons. When Arthur and Micah are fighting to the death, he stops the fight. Arthur and Micah plead to dutch to turn on the other, but Dutch, not knowing who to believe anymore, simply walks away in silence. Eight years later, Dutch teams up with Micah once more to retrieve the money from Blackwater, which they succeed in doing. When John infiltrates Micah's hideout to kill him, Dutch appears, resulting in a standoff between the three. After being persuaded by John, Dutch shoots Micah in the chest, allowing John to finish him off. John tries to thank Dutch, but Dutch simply walks away in silence.

Red Dead Redemption

4 years later, Dutch returns after the death of Bill. John is ordered by Edgar Ross to kill him in order to get his wife and son back. He witnessed him murdering a police officer in his hideout and tries to kill John, but only knocks him out. Afterwards, he recruited young Native Americans for his army. They confront John when he tries to rob a bank. He escapes by murdering Muriel Scranton, a worker at that bank.

Later, John and the BOI took on his army, as he confronts Dutch by himself. He is cornered and exchange words with John on how to change the world before committing suicide by falling off the cliff. Ross shoots his dead body with John's gun, saying that it's better for a report.


  • In Red Dead Redemption II, Dutch rode an albino horse named "The Count" that won’t let anyone but Dutch ride him. Arthur Morgan once attempted to ride The Count but was quickly bucked off, and if he approaches The Count alone, the horse will become noticeable agitated.
  • He is about 5'10 and 154 lbs.


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Bad Bessie | Bloody Tom | Captain Bufias | Colonel Daren | General Diego | Governor Griffon | Grizzly | Holstein Hal | Longhorn Luke | Mr. Black | Pig Josh | Professor Perry | Sam | Smitty | Ugly Chris Bailey

Red Dead Redemption
Abraham Reyes | Agustin Allende | Archer Fordham | Bill Williamson | Dutch van der Linde | Edgar Ross | Espinoza | Javier Escuella | John Marston | Norman Deek | Randall Forrester | Seth Briars | Vincente De Santa

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Alberto Fusar | Andrew Milton | Angelo Bronte | Arthur Morgan | Bray and Tammy Aberdeen | Catherine Braithwaite | Cleet and Joe | Colm O'Driscoll | Colonel Henry Favours | Edmund Lowry Jr. | Elias Green | Ku Klux Klan | Laramie Gang Leader | Leigh Gray | Leopold Strauss | Leviticus Cornwall | Levi Simon | Micah Bell | Mr. Abel | Murfree Brood | Otis Skinner | Saint Denis Vampire | Skinner Brothers | Van der Linde gang

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