Raphael

Feb 20, 2012
Raphael
  • Raphael Sorel
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    Character
    Debut: Soulcalibur II
    Voice (E): Charles Klausemeyer (current)
    Paul Jennings (SC2)
    Voice (J): Yasunori Masutani
    Biography
    Age: 32 (has stopped aging)
    Birthplace: Rouen, French Empire
    Birthday: November 27, 1559
    Blood: A
    Height: 5' 10" (178 cm)
    Weight: 159 lbs (72 kg)
    Family: Foster daughter / Amy
    Fighting Style
    Type: English Sword Rapier
    Weapon: Flambert
    Discipline: La Rapière des Sorel
    Raphael Sorel (ラファエル・ソレル, Rafaeru Soreru) made his first appearance in Soulcalibur II and returned for Soulcalibur III. He returns in Soulcalibur IV. As a character introduced in Soulcalibur II, Raphael's weapon, a fencer's foil, was chosen before other aspects of the character were. His design and concept were built to revolve around it, starting with gender, then physical measurements, and lastly background details.


    Biography: Soulcalibur II(top)

    Raphael, the young master of the Sorel family, grew up with the rapier and medicine as his playmates. His cool, unemotional demeanor created many enemies, but his quick and precise decision-making and execution skills solidified the foundation of his family amongst the nobles. Unfortunately, Raphael was cast out one day when he made a critical mistake.

    Raphael hid himself in an impoverished town to escape from his pursuers. There he met a little girl named Amy, who hid the weakened Raphael from his enemies. For the little girl, helping Raphael was only a simple deed motivated out of spite for the soldiers. For Raphael, however, it marked the first time he owed his life to someone else. He felt emotions that he had never experienced before, and Amy became an irreplaceable presence in Raphael's life.

    Convinced that the chaos of the war was no place to live a meaningful life. Raphael took Amy and left the poverty-stricken town. But even with the new surroundings, he could not get Amy to open her heart to the world. One day, in the library of the mansion he acquired under dark pretenses, Raphael found a letter with references to the Evil Seed. It wasn't long before he made the connection between Evil Seed and Soul Edge.

    What if such a sword were thrust into the hands of the pathetic nobles? It would all be worth it if the petty, war-mongering nobles could be eliminated to secure a meaningful future for Amy. But in order to accomplish his goal, Raphael needed Soul Edge; he was determined to obtain the sword by any means necessary. A grand, insane plan was brewing in his mind - all for the sake of a young girl.

    Biography: Soulcalibur III(top)

    On his quest for Soul Edge, Raphael eventually met up with Nightmare in Ostrheinsburg Castle. He faces the evil knight, but lost. His body weakened. His breath haggard. He looked up to see the giant, ghastly sword wielded the embodiment of a Nightmare. "A...Amy..." For an instant, he was filled with an emotion that was neither anger, nor pride. This emotion drove him to move. He trusted his sword, which hit it's mark, piercing the centre of Soul Edge. That was all he remembered. The last thing he saw before losing consciousness was his opponent writhing in pain.

    He should have been dead, but the azure knight left without finishing him off. Raphael dragged his body wounded body back to his mansion, where he spent several days on the brink of death. But, he eventually recovered. At this time, however, he failed to notice the evil energy radiating from his wounds that he received from Soul Edge. Energy that was changing his body. The phenomenon of "malignity transformation" - He has come across this term while researching Soul Edge. By the time these words flashed into the back of his mind, it was already too late. The symptoms had even spread to Amy, who had nursed him back to health. She had likely been infected by his blood.

    No symptoms indicated their minds had been affected, but their skin lost it's colour, their eyes shone with an evil glow. During the day, they felt weak and sluggish. At night, they felt a powerful thirst. They were no longer human. The nearby villagers learned of their symptoms. Thinking it was a plague, they attempted to drive away their lords. Furious, Raphael contemplated taking revenge on the peasants, but his priority was protecting Amy. Together, they left the south of France. It was a frustrating fate. This was the second time the evil sword had forced him to endure this kind of humiliation.

    "I shall make use of my fate. Even this!" Raphael swore to himself. He arrived in Eastern Europe, took advantage of the war that had spread throughout the land, and bought a ruined castle in the mountains, beginning a life apart from the outside world. Raphael had no intention of living his life in seclusion forever, however. He had become a creature incapable of interacting with the world. So, he needed to change the world! His plan, woven from the threads of madness, proceeded in secret. Starting with the area around the castle, moving on to the nearby villages, towns, and city.

    Eventually, this country, this continent, this world would change! His plan had been proceeding smoothly, but one day, there was an incident in which some people who had been transformed returned to normal. It seemed that something called the "Holy Stone," which a visitor had brought to the land was the cause. Raphael tried to touch the faintly glowing stone. but quickly drew his hand back in pain. His hand was blistered, as though burned. He destroyed the stone in a fit of rage. After calming down, he wondered if other stones, or objects with similar powers existed in the world. This was a threatening prospect. He would not allow anything that threatened Amy, or her world, to exist.

    Raphael decided to go on a journey to discover the true nature of this "Holy Stone" and obliterate it from the world. Just as he made this decision, an army a appeared outside of his castle. They had noticed the abnormality of this region, and intended to attack the source. He would need to drive these fools off, first. "Amy, I won't be back for a while. Be a good girl while I'm gone." Raphael bid farewell to his beloved Amy and descended to the world that refused to accept him. The expression on the face of the reticent girl who watched him leave betrayed no hint of what lay hidden in her heart.

    Biography: Soulcalibur IV(top)

    To Raphael, Amy was everything. He had even schemed once to turn the whole world evil, to "manifest" it, for the sole purpose of creating a world Amy could call home. But the Holy Stone had caused his plans to unravel by bringing some of the townspeople he had transformed back to their senses. That meant a power even greater than the evil sword must exist. He needed another way to acomplish his goals, and so he vanised into the darkness to find it.

    After extracting some useful information from the creaturs of the dark, ha arrived at an answer; he must find a tribe that called themselves the "guardians of the spirit sword." Though themselves lost in the darkness of history, they had continued to pass down their lore; the story of Soul Calibur, the one weapon that could stand against the cursed sword Soul Edge. This was the answer he had been seeking! Raphael looked heavenward, up at the night sky.

    Countless lights darted across his vision, and he followed them until they vanished over Ostrheinsburg, where he had once contfronted Soul Edge. The series of lights were proof that the cursed sword was reviving. If Soul Calibur was once again fated to stop it, then it would inevitably appear there at the castle. Draped in moonlight, Raphael began to cackle. He would give Amy her perfect world, and none of the fools who flocked toward the sword would be able to stop him. Any star with the insolence to try to outshine the moon was fated to be extinguished!

    Biography: Soulcalibur V(top)

    How long had he been dreaming? How long had he climbed that endless spiral staircase? Somehow, he knew her room was at the top... France had been devastated by war, and Raphael, head of the once-proud Sorel legacy, was devastated by a betrayal that cost him everything. But then he met someone, someone who took him in and sheltered him in his hour of need, and suddenly none of it mattered. Her name was-"Amy!"

    He awoke with a start to find himself in a dark dungeon cell, thick with grim and the stench of death. He had no memory of how he had gotten there, but that wasn't important - he had to find Amy. When Raphael burst out of the prison, everything outside looked different than he remembered...but no matter. This world was but a fleeting dream, destined to be transformed into a new and better place - a world twisted to the needs of he and his beloved.

    "Don't worry, Amy...I'll be with you soon." A force of madness was loose upon the world, a man who would stop at nothing to find his beloved...

    Character Artwork(top)

    Art: Soulcalibur II(top)

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    Art: Soulcalibur III (+UFS)(top)

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    Art: Soulcalibur IV (+BD)(top)

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    Art: Soulcalibur V(top)

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