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Raphael / Phantom R

"It's showtime!

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.

  • Birds of a Feather: He and Marie have a lot in common, starting with them being orphans.
  • But Now I Must Go: In the ending, he suddenly announces his departure which isn't completely explained in detail to even Marie. The bonus chapters reveal at least 2 years have passed since anyone has seen either Raphael or Phantom R.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Takes down dozens of minions in full armour with his bare hands. Also easily able to jump several feet while carrying Marie.
  • Chick Magnet: Quite a few girls in Paris swoon over Phantom R. One even frets about getting swept off her feet by him every time you talk to her. (In truth, there hasn't been a single record he has ever kidnapped ladies.)
  • Clark Kenting: Sort of Deconstructed towards the end of the game, as you realize that several characters such as Michel, Nathalie, or Paula have recognized him on their own.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: His outfits, both as Raphael and as Phantom R, incorporate the colors blue, white, and red — which happen to be the colors of the French flag.
  • Cultured Badass: He actually enjoys slipping into the Louvre at night because in his opinion, watching art alone is the best way to enjoy it.
  • 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.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: The bonus episode with Fondue doesn't really picture him in a good light till the end. He openly insults Fondue for being chased by a cat, saying he's half chicken, and that he's pathetic (all while smiling). The fact Fondue was not exactly special up until he helped Raphael escape the police implied his current caretaker wasn't that much into him.
  • Justified Criminal: He's actually making the museums BETTER by his thievery. His father made forgeries of paintings indistinguishable from the originals and slipped them into the museums, so he's stealing the forgeries back and replacing them with the rightful pieces.
  • Leitmotif: Kaitô R no Thema, or "Phantom R's Theme", which doubles as the leitmotiv for the whole game.
  • Meaningful Name: R for Rhythm. In the Western version of the game, Jean-François also jokes about Raphael being Marie's guardian angel.
  • Missing Mom: His mother was killed in a car accident when he was young.
  • The Name Is Bond, James Bond: The way that Phantom R introduces himself to Marie after he saves her from Napoleon.
  • 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. Look where he is 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!
  • 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.



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!

  • Animal Jingoism: Raphael meets him as he's being bullied by a cat.
  • Animals Lack Attributes: Well, this is a kid-friendly game, what did you expect?
  • A Dog Named "Dog": When they first met, Raphael and Fondue couldn't reach an agreement on how Fondue should be named, so Raphael just called him "the dog" for a time.
  • Big Eater: R06 and R32 consists of Raphael throwing legs of meat at him, which Fondue gulps down in no time. And then Raphael throws giant legs approximatively ten times bigger than Fondue. Fondue finishes them in a matter of seconds.
  • Bilingual Bonus: His French barking. Gets funnier when Phantom R must lure a hungry guard away from her post with the sound of steak. Deconstructed, however, in that his barking sounds nothing like how the French people actually transcribe dog barking, which is more something like /wʊf/.
    Fondue: Boeuf! Er, woeuf!
  • Butt Biter: Who else can boast having bitten over one hundred policemen in their derrieres in a single scene?
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Fondue's a bit of a coward, a glutton, and a lazy bum. But if Phantom R ever needs his help, butts are gonna be bitten.
  • Howling to the Night: He will do this if you complete one of this Rhythm games with an A rank.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Poor Fondue desperately tries to win the heart of a pink poodle on two occasions.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Not as ridiculously cute as many video game mascots, but he'll just make you go "aaaw" at some point or another.


"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 abandoned on the steps of a convent when she was a baby with a violin 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 traditionally represented in blue in Judeo-Christianist art. May be unintentional or not.
  • Determinator: She's the one who refuses to give up at the end when Raphael can't find a way to stop the reactor of the Hanging Gardens.
  • Friend to All Children: If her interaction with Emilie (a child with a balloon stuck in a tree) and a crying baby are any indication.
  • Honor Before Reason: Says she would rather be killed than help Napoleon. Turns out Napoleon had foreseen this scenario, and forces her to help him anyway by threatening Elisabeth.
  • Music for Courage: She plays her violin to incite Raphael not to lose courage when the Gardens are about to explode.
  • Motif:
    • The moon. She's the only one who can play the "Moon Princess", her hair dec represent a crescent, and the main colors of her design are blue and white.
    • Also, angels. Little cherubs will flutter around her if the player is good at her Rhythm games and Raphael compares her with an angel in Chapter 5.
  • Orphan's Plot Trinket: Two, in the forms of her violin and the Moon Princess song.
  • Parental Abandonment: She was left at the doorstep of the convent when she was a baby while carrying her trademark violin. It was done so Elisabeth could protect her daughter from Napoleon and his henchmen since Marie has Mixed Ancestry necessary to unlock the final weapon. Unfortunately, neither saw how Jean was in on it with the Chevaliers since the beginning.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: On one occasion, at Versailles. Raphael seemed to approve.
  • 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.



Napoléon Bonaparte

"You will learn to kneel."

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..

Inspector Paul Vergier

"I'll see you in chains, Phantom R!"

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.

  • Action Dad: Charlie's father is a very competent cop and guns down several Chevalier Diabolique near the end of the game.
  • Badass Boast: If you receive an A-Rank as Vergier.
    "Paris's finest, at your service!"
  • Bottomless Magazines: In any game he's involved in, he never ever reloads. Ever.
  • Determinator: Will stop at nothing to apprehend Phantom R. Although he accepts to take a break from it to help R stop the chevaliers, he goes right back to chasing him once it's over, seen after the game ends.
  • Exhausted Eye Bags: His glasses seem to be purposefully designed to give off this impression. Justified, as he is a workaholic who admittedly spends several days straight at his office.
  • Heartbroken Badass: He vowed to his deceased wife that he would protect Paris no matter what.
  • Hidden Depths: The last bonus episode hints at him knowing something about Napoleon and the Chevaliers that he doesn't want to talk about with Charlie.

Charlie Vergier

"So you come quietly, or do you require a penalty kick to the head?"

The son of Inspector Vergier, who is just as hellbent on capturing Phantom R as his dad. At least Raphael and the audience are led to believe he is a guy. "Charlie" is really a girl called Charlotte.

  • Big Damn Heroes: Arrives just in time to grasp Phantom R's hand when he and Marie are about to fall to their death.
  • Captain Ersatz: A detective kid that isn't taken seriously by the police department and is actually a girl sounds very similar to Naoto Shirogane from Persona 4.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Charlie shows up in a hang glider at the rooftop of the Opera, deducing that Phantom R would try to escape that way.
  • Curiosity Is a Crapshoot: Especially in the bonus chapter. Only time will tell us if it ended well or bad for her.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Charlie uses footballs to attack with. In R31 he shoots them at enemies on a hang glider.
  • Leitmotif: Whenever you fight Charlie, the same catchy tune will play.
  • Missing Mom: Emma Vergier died when Charlie was very young.
  • Not So Different: Charlie and Phantom R both lost their mother at a very young age.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Either she disguised herself to keep her real identity safe, or she did so because France did not have female inspectors at the time and she wanted to help protect Paris as well.
  • Teen Genius: Not a prodigy per se, but possesses a sense of deduction that puts the whole police department of Paris to shame.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Funnily enough, she's the one dressing in a pink dress (when she's not in her private eye outfit) while Marie is the one wearing pants.
  • Tsundere:
    • Type A. Always quarreling with his father, when deep down they care for each other.
    • Also, at the end of Chapter 7, Charlie is honestly afraid of Phantom R dying. When Phantom R is revealed to be perfectly fine, Charlie yells at him for not saying so sooner.
  • Walking Spoiler: The fact he's a she is quite surprising.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Seeks recognition in the eyes of his father.

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Duchess Elisabeth

"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.

  • Heroic Sacrifice: Uses her own body as a shield to protect Maria from being shot. She gets better, thanks to the pendant of Marie she was wearing, which blocked the bullet.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Especially clear when you do Marie's bonus rhythm game and her entire personality becomes friendly and encouraging.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Cold and dignified. Marie inherited them, only with a more Innocent Blue Eyes vibe.
  • Iron Lady: She has a hidden influence over Paris' high society, and the official website mentions that even politicians lose their confidence in her presence.
  • Leitmotif: The beginning of "Marie and the Duchess" plays again when she's shot by Napoleon.
  • Memento MacGuffin: She's always wearing a pendant with a picture of a young Marie inside. When seeing it, Raphael comments that Elisabeth was like Marie's guardian angel.
  • Pocket Protector: The pendant with a photo of Marie she always wears saved her from being outright killed by a bullet shot.
  • Rich Bitch: She comes across as one at first, coldly shooting down the idea of being Marie's missing mother. Turns out it's all a front in order to protect her.


"I hope you are ready, Phantom R."

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.
  • Combat Pragmatist:
    • Why bother with swords and fists and the like when you can just pull out a gun?
    • Also, why bother with fairness when you can just pull out a huge laser-shooting mecha to fight your bare-handed opponent?
  • Evil All Along: Introduces himself as Maria's caring guardian, but is actually Graf and is allied with Napoleon.
  • Evil Brit: The English dub gives him 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.


"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.

  • Black Market: He was a forgery artist who replicated famous pieces of art to swap in secret for the real deals and sell those in the black market in order to pay doctors to cure the then-child Raphael.
  • Disappeared Dad: He is this to Raphael.
  • The Dragon: The final cutscene hints he is this to the real Napoleon.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: The red hair he has, albeit it's longer and messier than his son's.

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