Rafael is the strongest of Doma's Swordsmen and the most mysterious in his strategy.
He is the only swordsman to have defeated his target once. He is also the only swordsman to not lose his soul after being defeated by his target, and was one of the first characters shown to be able to see Duel Spirits. He and Alister were responsible for bringing Rex Raptor and Weevil Underwood to Dartz. He is the only character in the entire series, aside from Yugi Muto in the final episode, to have ever fairly defeated Yami Yugi in a Duel.


Rafael came from a very wealthy family, and led a perfect life. He had a little sister and brother, and two parents. During his birthday when he received his gift of "Guardian Eatos", Rafael was separated from his family, on a luxury cruise, the boat went off course and directly into a tidal wave. As a result the family was killed and he was the only survivor (In the english version the story was changed to say that the family survived and had forgotten about him). In the Japanese version, Rebecca stated that when she became the American champion, there were rumors that it was actually Rafael instead, even though he never participated in public Duels.

Rafael was stranded on a deserted island with only his Duel Monsters, which included "Guardian Eatos", "Guardian Grarl", and "Guardian Kay'est", which he treasured. As time passed, he ended up gaining longer hair with his only clothing being a tank top and what's left of his pants. During this time, his cards blew into the ocean and Rafael dove in and retrieved them. It appears at this time he began to see his cards Duel Monster spirits, but it was never shown if they talked back to him.

One day, Rafael saw a city right off the island. He quickly sailed towards it, but as he got near, it disappeared, and he was pulled down underneath the sea by a tidal wave. There, Dartz's voice told him to remember his voice, for they would meet again. Rafael became conscious aboard his raft, and was then rescued by a fishing boat.

At some point after joining Dartz, Rafael met Alister and Valon. Like Rafael, Alister and Valon had their childhoods tragically manipulated and destroyed by Dartz. Rafael obviously cared a great deal about his partners as he showed concern for Valon after he fell in love with Mai and was visibly upset when Alister lost his soul.


He was sweet and kind as a child. He cared about his family and try to save his siblings before they all drowned. While being the only survivor that survived that painful night on the cruise. Rafael kept the cards that his family gave to him on his birthday. He saw the cards as his only friends and as a memento of his late family. Once he got back to the city as a young adult, he didn't care about society anymore. He also became mean and cruel. He would also have arguments with Alister. However he was only friendly terms with Valon. When he found out that Dartz was the one responsible for his tragic life he tries to attack him, but to no success. After the ordeal with Dartz, Rafeal travels to Paris by never forgetting about the friends he made.


Rafael's usual outfit consists of a large open full-body coat with padded shoulders and belted sleeves and fingerless gloves with studded knuckles. His blonde hair is raised and points upwards behind his head it also features two locks in front of his ears turning through ninety degrees and pointing forward. His Orichalcos Stone is worn around his neck. He carries a Chaos Duel Disk on his left hand.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters (Anime)

Waking the Dragons arc

Rafael believed that he was following his set destiny, and proceeded to capture many souls, including Yugi Muto and Mai's. He believes the Pharaoh, Yami Yugi was evil and thus desires his soul above all others. To this end Rafael gave his "The Seal of Orichalcos" to Yami Yugi, using "Exchange". Yami Yugi activated "The Seal of Orichalcos" out of desperation, but proceeded to lose the Duel. Yugi Muto pushed Yami Yugi out of "The Seal of Orichalcos" and let the Seal take his soul instead.

After discovering that he had taken the wrong soul, Rafael Duels Yami Yugi again, this time playing the Seal himself. After Yami Yugi defeats "Guardian Eatos", Rafael calls forth "Guardian Dreadscythe". Rafael proceeds to sacrifice his monsters, like Yami Yugi did in their previous Duel. Yami plays "Underworld Circle", sparking a vision of Rafael's past that snaps him out of the control of "The Seal of Orichalcos". Rafael then concedes defeat by using "Soul Charge" to revive all his monsters and deplete his own Life Points as a symbolic apology to them.

Afterward the Seal attempts to take his soul, but his stone shatters and he is freed. It is revealed that because he had no negative emotions within him upon his defeat, the Seal could not take his soul. When the building starts collapsing, Rafael hangs from an edge and gives Yami Yugi a computer chip with a map to Dartz's lair before he seemingly falls down.

He rescues Mai and Valon from the collapsing building and confronts Dartz, who confessed that he was the one responsible for sinking the luxury cruise that he and his family were on, and for the suffering he and his friends had experienced all along. After this revelation, Rafael finally saw that Yami was right and that Dartz was the true evil, and as a result, Rafael was shocked, distraught, and angered. He used his remaining strength to materialize Guardian Eatos to attack Dartz, but it backfired on him and ended up taking his soul.

At the end of the arc he is set free along with all of Dartz's prisoners.

Dawn of the Duel arc

He is last seen standing before the Arc de Triomphe.


His family

Yugi Muto

Yami Yugi

Mai Valentine

Tea Gardner

Tristan Taylor

Joey Wheeler

Weevil Underwood

Rex Raptor

Mokuba Kaiba

Seto Kaiba

Duke Devlin

Rebecca Hawkins

Arthur Hawkins




Knownable Relatives

  • Unnamed Mother (Mother/dead)
  • Unnamed Father (Father/dead)
  • Sonia (Little Sister/dead)
  • Jilian (Little Brother/dead)


  • He and Yugi Muto are the only two,that defeated Yami Yugi in a fairly duel.

Voice Actors

  • Japanese : Yoshihisa Kawahara
  • English : Marc Thompson

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