Characters: Rhythm Thief And The Emperors Treasure
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Raphael / Phantom R
A teenager who leads a double life as the mysterious Phantom R, who steals priceless works of art, only for those same artworks to reappear days later with no explanation. After his father disappeared, he sought to find him again no matter the cost. His only lead is a coin that his father left behind after his disappearance.
Color-Coded for Your Convenience: His outfits, both as Raphael and as Phantom R, incorporate the colours blue, white and red - which happen to be the colours of the French flag.
The Empath: At the end, he and Marie save Paris by channeling the Parisians' will to protect the city into the bracelet of Tiamat.
Gentleman Thief: Polite, cultured and a man of good words, R's definitely a textbook example.
Ill Boy: As a child. It's hinted that the reason why his father used to sell forgeries was to pay the doctors.
Justified Criminal: He's actually making the museums BETTER by his thievery. His father made forgeries of paintings so indistinguishable from the originals and slipped them into the museums, so he's stealing the forgerires back and replacing them with their rightful pieces.
Leitmotif: Kaitô R no Thema, or "Phantom R's Theme", which doubles as the leitmotiv for the whole game.
Luminescent Blush: Raphael is completely taken by surprise when Marie appears in a beautiful ballgown at Versailles. It takes a few minutes of Twice Shy before he regains his composure and asks her for one dance.
Self-Made Man: The bonus chapter with Fondue tells us how two years prior to the beginning of the game, he wasn't that good at infiltrating museums. Lookwhere heis now.
Shut Up, Hannibal!: To Napoleon towards the end, when the latter talks about becoming the emperor of the world.
Stealth Expert: So stealthy the Louvre guards don't notice him when he's standing right behind them!
Sympathetic Criminal: He's stealing priceless art pieces and artifacts, but only because they are clues to finding his father or forgeries that his father had switched for the real paintings.
Unwitting Pawn: Ever wondered why no Diabolique Knights showed up to steal the Queen's necklace and the King's cross? Napoleon purposefully let Raphael do all the hard work in order to easily retrieve them from him later.
Waif-Fu: takes down dozens of minions in full armour with his bare hands.
Phantom R's loyal dog, named after Fondue's favourite food. He often accompanies Phantom R on jobs after they saved one another: Fondue saved him from being arrested and amusingly, Phantom R saved Fondue from a cat. He's a French dog, so naturally, he barks in French!
"My mother left me this song. I've practiced it daily... Always hoping that I might play it one day for her."
A young violinist who was abandonned on the steps of a convent when she was a baby with a violon and a song. Hoping to find her mother, she continues to play the mysterious song "Moon Princess", in hopes that she may play it to her mother some day. She meets Phantom R after he rescued her from an attack at the hands of the strange Chevaliers Diabolique.
Birds of a Feather: The fact that Marie and Raphael share similar circumstances and motivations is one of the thing that draws them towards one another.
Child Prodigy: A bit older than the trope, but she has a gift as a violin player, and in her bonus chapter, she passes the examination for the Conservatory of Paris.
Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Dressed in blue and white from head to toe (with the exception of her bow which is sometimes colored light pink). Interestingly, the Virgin Mary is traditionaly represented in blue in Judeo-Christianist art. May be unintentional or not.
Plucky Girl: She insists on accompanying Raphael on his quest after the events taking place in Chapter 5, then comes back for him despite the danger when they're aboard the Hanging Gardens. Also, although not pictured, she's hinted to jump from platform to platform just like Raphael and Fondue in R44.
A strange man who appears out of nowhere, who claims to be seeking to reclaim France as his own, restoring his status as an Emperor. He is actually named Leonard Bonar, a stand in for the real Napoleon, who is still at large. He falls to his death in the Hanging Gardens of Babylon after being run through by Phantom R.
Animal Motifs: The front of his helmet represents the face of a lion. Quite fitting, seeing his ambitions.
A detective who has long been in pursuit of Phantom R, Inspector Vergier is hell-bent on arresting the thief. His son is Charlier Vergier, who he has some degree of animosity with thanks to him getting in the way of his work when attempting to solve the Mystere Incident.
Badass: Initially, he's played up as an incompetent Zenigata type of inspector, but when he actually engages in direct combat, he clearly proves himself Phantom R's equal in mowing down Napoleon's henchmen—and possibly in agility too, as he manages to climb on board the weather control machine, which was a challenge for Phantom R.
"Do not waste my time with this nonsense, Jean-Francois. She cannot be my daughter."
A rich French Duchess who Jean-Francois believes to be Marie's mother, despite her dismissal of these thoughts. She is often seen with her butler and bodyguard, Alfred. It turns out that she actually is the mother of Marie, who left her on the step of a convent to protect her.
Elisabeth's old butler, who accompanies her everywhere. Elisabeth has complete trust in him, and he's in charge of her fortune as well as all the administrative tasks that go with it. He's also her ruthless bodyguard.
"Raphael, I presume? I've always known Marie had a guardian angel, but I never expected him to be so snappily dressed."
Marie's guardian at the Convent, who initially brings up the assumption that Elisabeth may be Marie's mother. He's a kind person who looks out for Marie. That is, until he's revealed to have been working for Napoleon all along, whom he's just as interested in helping ascend back to power as the other bad guys.
Ambition Is Evil: Said almost word for word by Alain, his former history teacher at La Sorbonne.
Evil Brit: Likely unintentional, since he seems French, but he is voiced with a British accent.
Gentleman and a Scholar: He was a brilliant history student during his time at the Sorbonne, and also knows a bit about archeology.
Leitmotif: A rendition of Bach's "Fugue in G minor".
Manipulative Bastard: Earned Marie's trust to use her in his plans. He's also the one who came up with the plan to let Raphael and Marie do all the hard work before stepping in and easily retrieving the crown from them.
Walking Spoiler: Seriously, don't go search the Internet for pictures of him if you haven't completed the game.
"Forgive me, Raphael."
Raphael's Disappeared Dad, who left Raphael when he was 15 for an unknown reason. He is later revealed to have allied himself with Napoleon. Why he has done this is yet unknown. Back in the day, he was an art forger, who sold his "works" in order to pay for Raphael's many illnesses when he was younger.