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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.
  • Jerkass: The bonus episode with Fondue doesn't really picture him in a good light till the end. He openly insults Fondue by 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.
  • Lightning Bruiser
  • Lovable Rogue
  • 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.
  • Master of Disguise: In-universe. For the audience, it's Paper-Thin Disguise.
  • Master of Unlocking
  • 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.
  • Nice Guy: Especially as Raphael. As Phantom R, he gets more confident and mysterious.
  • Nice Hat
  • One-Man Army
  • Orphan's Plot Trinket: The coin his father left him.
  • Parental Abandonment: His father left him behind for reasons unknown.
  • Perpetual Frowner: His in-game Phantom R model.
  • Phantom Thief: Duh.
  • 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!


"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.

  • Music for Courage: The way she incites 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 Decorations 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.
  • Nice Girl
  • 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.



Napoleon 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. He falls to his death in the Hanging Gardens of Babylon after being run through by Phantom R.

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: For Charlie.
  • 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.
  • Perpetual Frowner
    • When He Smiles: Expect him to be reconciliating with Charlie in some form when this happens.
  • Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: One of the policeman mentions that Vergier hasn't gone back to his home for several days straight.
  • Workaholic

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 so. "Charlie" is really a girl called Charlotte.

  • Action Girl
  • Amateur Sleuth
  • Big Damn Heroes: Arrives just in time to grasp Phantom R's hand when he and Marie are about to fall to their death.
  • Crazy-Prepared: The guy showed up via a hang glider at the rooftop of the Opera because he had correctly deduced that Phantom R would try to escape that way.
  • Curiosity Is a Crapshoot: Especially in his bonus chapter. Only time will tell us if it ended well or bad for her.
  • Improbable Weapon User: He uses footballs (that's soccer to Americans) to attack with. In R31 he shoots them at enemies on a hang glider.
  • Leitmotif: Whenever you fight him, the same catchy tune will play.
  • Missing Mom: His mother, Emma Vergier, died when he 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
    • 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.


"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.
  • Blue Blood
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Smug Snake
  • Parental Substitute: For Marie.
  • Uncle Pennybags: He makes huge contributions to the convent where Marie lives.
  • Two Aliases, One Character: "Graf" is not Raphael's father. It's Jean-François.
  • 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.

  • 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: To the real Napoleon.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: The red hair he has, albeit it's longer and messier than his son's.