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"My father taught me a lot. Like 'never take stuff that doesn't belong to you.'"
— Raphael narrating to Player about his father in Rhythm Thief and the Emperor's Treasure

Raphael (ラルフ, Rarufu) is the main protagonist in Rhythm Thief and the Emperor's Treasure. He is an eighteen year old student in Paris who leads a double life as a infamous thief at night with his faithful dog Fondue.

Raphael is nicknamed Phantom R, stealing valuable artwork only to return it days later. His father disappeared a few years ago. He meets a young girl named Marie after stealing a bracelet bearing the same symbol as a coin his father left him, and finds that her violin has the symbol on it too after helping to defend her from Napoleon's henchmen.


An unknown amount of time before Emperor's Treasure, Raphael's mother died in a car accident. Raphael was very sick as a child. His illnesses forced his father to take up art forgery, painting copies of artworks, then stealing the real work and selling it on the black market, leaving the fake in its place, in order to pay for doctors to look after him. He did eventually get better.

As a young boy, his father took him to Tuileries Garden to play, especially when the traveling amusement park comes around.

Three Years AgoEdit

Three years preceding Emperor's Treasure, Raphael's father left abruptly with no explanation. The only clue to where or why he left was a coin with a strange crest on it. Raphael kept this until he finally found a lead at the Louvre three years later. During this time, Napoleon's casket has been stolen and his father seems to have awaken Napoleon again and serving him.

When Raphael had found Fondue, he was being chased by a cat in an ally. Raphael rescued him, but he didn't like any names he suggested, so Raphael called Fondue "dog" for the time being. The first time Raphael had tried to steal one of his father's fake artworks, he was unsuccessful. He tried to escape, but there where too many constables in the way. Fondue rescued Raphael in the minigame, Fondue to the Rescue. Afterwards, Raphael decided to keep him and named him Fondue after his love of eating, and after the cheese fondue itself.