Saphir was portrayed more sympathetically, just as the rest of his clan was. A past relationship is alluded to between Saphir and the oldest Ayakashi sister, Petz, even though they are never in the same scene together in the manga. (The English dub also implied that he had an unrequited love for Esmeraude.) In a flashback, Saphir recalls growing up on bleak Nemesis with his brother, who promised him that one day they would go to Earth and he would show him real flowers. Saphir overhears the Wiseman talking out loud about how he is only using Prince Demand and the others for his own goals, and, barely escaping with his life, Saphir steals the power of the Black Crystal and takes it to the Earth of the past. He is briefly reunited with Petz, and aided by the Sailor Senshi, but Wiseman kills him before he can warn his brother about the coming treachery. After he dies, the bandage on his head falls off, showing that his Black Moon symbol has disappeared.