Lion Rafale is a character from the Virtual Fighter video game series.
Lion Rafale is a wealthy Frenchman who learned Praying Mantis style from his father since he was five years old. Tired of his father's interference in his life, Lion enters the second World Fighting Tournament, winning his independence if he won the tournament. But he lost in the first round to Kage-Maru, but the experience awakened the fighting spirit inside of him.
However, he trains harder to improve his skills and enters the next two subsequent tournaments. Again he intended to win both times but fell short twice again. After the fourth tournament, Lion found documents linking his father's company to Judgment 6.
Deciding not to confront his father about it yet, he is invited to the fifth tournament. He enters it in part to discover what involvement his father has with J6.
- Averted in the anime—he does hit a villainess there, though he expresses regret about it.
- In Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown, Lion can be customized to resemble Picky from the Fighting Vipers series, but without armor. Both are teenage skateboarders who enter their respective tournaments to prove themselves.