|“||You ruined my life!||„|
|~ Rafael's villainous breakdown after having learned that Dartz was responsible for every misfortune that happened to him and his friends.|
Rafael is a supporting character in the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise, appearing only in the anime filler arcs "Waking the Dragons" and "Grand Championship".
He is the secondary antagonist in Season 4 and a cameo character in Season 5. He was the strongest of Dartz's henchmen, Doma's Three Swordsmen, and acts as his right hand man and is one of Dartz's elite henchmen along with Amelda and Valon. He is particularly notable for holding a large amount of comptempt for Dark Yugi.
He was voiced by Yoshihisa Kawahara in Japanese and Marc Thompson in English.
Growing up, Rafael had a perfect life with a wealthy and loving family but one day while they were on a cruise, it entered a typhoon caused by Dartz (though Rafael did not know this), and he was separated from his family, with them dying in the shipwreck (they forgot about him in the 4Kids version), and he became trapped on a deserted island. As he tried to find a city, which was merely an illusion, he was pulled underwater by Dartz, whom he joined up with. He then went to a graveyard and found the remains of his siblings there instead, confirming that his family had died in the shipwreck (found his Dark Duel Disk in the 4Kids version).
Rafael's main cards are the Guardian cards he kept with him during his time on the island. He dueled Dark Yugi and gave him the Orichalcos Card taking advantage of Yami's pride (which was enhanced because he was wearing Gurimo's orichalcos necklace) and pointing out he'd 'have' to use the card to win (even though no souls were at stake due to Yami's pride he uses Rafael's card). Rafael still wins however and the Orichalcos almost took Atem's soul but got Yugi's soul instead. Atem dueled Rafael in a rematch after Rafael defeated his treacherous partner Mai when she wanted to duel Dartz and defeated him but as the Orichalcos tried to take his soul, he overcame its power as he remembered his family and his beloved monsters. However, as the building collapsed, Rafael fell over the edge not before he gave Atem a computer chip for Dartz's location.
He survived the fall while carrying Mai Valentine's soulless body and soon finds Valon's as well and left them in a beach house and entered Dartz's temple, demanding him to release the captured soul, but Dartz instead revealed to him that he was the one responsible for the typhoon and also for the tragedies which ruined the lives of his friends Alister and Valon to encourage them to join Doma. An enraged Rafael attempted to use the Seal of the Orichalcos on Dartz but it backfired and took his soul instead.
He was released when Dartz and The Great Leviathan were defeated.
He made his last appearance in season 5 where he was seen searching for his family.
Rafael's deck is also Guardians.
His signature monster is his "Guardian Eatos". He used "Guarded Treasure" to draw two cards instead of conduct drawing one card during his draw phrase. His most powerful monster is his "Guardian Dreadscythe" an evil version of his "Guardian Eatos".