"I am Raoul. How delightful! You've awakened my true form. Very well, walk your chosen path without fear of mistake!"
Arsène Raoul Lupin is a fictional thief created by Maurice Leblanc, first published in the magazine Je sais tout in 1905. He was featured in a multitude of short stories and novels, including numerous films, television, stage plays and comic adaptations. He was known as a "gentleman burglar" who likes to target extremely wealthy individuals and criminals who were much worse than himself.
Raoul was first mentioned in "The Queen's Necklace," a short story included in Arsène Lupin, Gentleman Burglar, and was also alluded by the narration to be Arsène Lupin's true name. Raoul also appears in multiple other novels as a common alias for Lupin, such as The Countess of Cagliostro as Raoul d'Andrésy.
Other examples include:
- Raoul/Ralph de Limézy (The Damsel With Green Eyes aka Arsène Lupin, Super-Sleuth)
- Raoul d'Avenac (The Mystery of The Green Ruby aka La Barre-y-va)
- Monsieur Raoul (The Woman With Two Smiles aka The Double Smile)
- Raoul Averny (The Revenge of the Countess of Cagliostro)
- Raoul d'Enneris (briefly mentioned in The Revenge of the Countess of Cagliostro, taking the last name of Jean d'Enneris, another alias used in The Mysterious Mansion)
- Raoul d'Argery (The Last Love of Arsène Lupin)
In contrast to Arsène, who resembles a Victorian gentleman, Raoul has a more modern and steampunk-inspired design. Its most apparent distinctions are the mechanical wings made of leather and metal, with a shape akin to the wings of bats. It is dressed in a vivid red jacket with golden trims, a white shirt paired with black-tie underneath and topped with a red fedora. It wears a black belt with a gold buckle, dark pants and thigh-high boots that are decorated with gold studs on the sides of its thighs. It wears white, fingerless gloves with gold-tipped claws at the end of its fingers. It is also equipped with long, bladed heels much like Arsène. Similarly, it has a demonic face with red eyes and holds a cigarette in its jagged mouth resembling sharp teeth or fangs.
"Another alias of Maurice Leblanc's hero, Arsène Lupin. Infamous as a phantom thief, he was also known to be a man of many friends, lovers, and treasured allies."
Raoul is the third-tier Persona of the protagonist only available through DLC. It is purchasable for 300 yen. In the English version, Raoul is bought alongside other DLC Persona in a bundle for $9.99.
- Excluding the Picaro variants of existing Personas, such as Orpheus and Izanagi, Raoul is the first DLC Persona that was not present and introduced in prior games.
- After completing the game's third semester, Raoul's concept art can be bought in the Thieves Den.
- Despite being a third tier Persona (and supposedly more powerful than its predecessors), Raoul starts at a lower level than Satanael and has a weakness, while Satanael doesn't. This is in accordance with the other third-tier Personas of the party members, who all retain their weaknesses.