History Franchise / Castlevania

11th Jan '17 10:30:17 AM Kuruni
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* BatmanGambit: Dracula and his minions manipulate friends and allies about as much as they manipulate the dark powers. You'd think by now the average Belmont would recognize he's being had.
** Especially considering [[spoiler:their entire rivalry with Dracula was born from being tricked into granting him his power.]]

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* BatmanGambit: Dracula and his minions manipulate friends and allies about as much as they manipulate the dark powers. You'd think by now the average Belmont would recognize he's being had.
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had. Especially considering [[spoiler:their entire rivalry with Dracula was born from being tricked into granting him his power.]]



* BonusDungeon: An optional series of rooms filled with tough enemies, with no save points, exists in quite a few games starting with ''Circle of the Moon'', usually giving a very useful item as a reward.

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* BonusDungeon: BonusDungeon:
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An optional series of rooms filled with tough enemies, with no save points, exists in quite a few games starting with ''Circle of the Moon'', usually giving a very useful item as a reward.



** In the ''first'' ''Castlevania'' the battle against Frankenstein's monster and [[TheIgor Igor]].

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** In the ''first'' ''Castlevania'' ''Castlevania'':
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the battle against Frankenstein's monster and [[TheIgor Igor]].



** Carmilla in ''Castlevania Judgment'' has JigglePhysics, a {{Stripperiffic}} outfit, and her special attack includes a closeup of her crotch in the foreground.
*** Also in Lords of Shadow, where she sports AbsoluteCleavage so extreme the only thing keeping her dress on must be sheer force of will. [[FanDisservice Until she transforms into her vampire mode. . .]]
** ''Judgment'' Sypha as well. When she ''turns around'' her boobs bob up and down, and her ample chest is well, so ample, it's a wonder she ever managed to dress up as a man and ''convince'' people! (Though she did say they only get in the way.)
*** As of Pachislot, not only does she stop 'dressing like a man', she also sports CleavageWindow, wears a pink skirt, and some of the bonus sections had her using 'transformations' a la a MagicalGirl.

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** Carmilla in ''Castlevania Judgment'' has JigglePhysics, a {{Stripperiffic}} outfit, and her special attack includes a closeup of her crotch in the foreground.
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foreground. Also in Lords ''Lords of Shadow, Shadow'', where she sports AbsoluteCleavage so extreme the only thing keeping her dress on must be sheer force of will. [[FanDisservice Until she transforms into her vampire mode. . .]]
** ''Judgment'' Sypha as well. When she ''turns around'' her boobs bob up and down, and her ample chest is well, so ample, it's a wonder she ever managed to dress up as a man and ''convince'' people! (Though she did say they only get in the way.)
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) As of Pachislot, not only does she stop 'dressing like a man', she also sports CleavageWindow, wears a pink skirt, and some of the bonus sections had her using 'transformations' a la a MagicalGirl.



* LethalJokeItem: Put on all three Alucart items in ''SOTN'' and you gain a + 30 luck bonus.

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* LethalJokeItem: LethalJokeItem:
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Put on all three Alucart items in ''SOTN'' and you gain a + 30 luck bonus.



** In ''Rondo of Blood'', a Key must be held in place of secondary weapons. It can't be used to attack and trying to make Richter item-crash with it will just [[BreakingTheFourthWall make him wonder what the hell you're trying to do]]. However, since Richter is invulnerable while performing item-crash and the key's item-crash consumes no hearts, you can spam it to get out of tight situations -- just don't do it on moving platforms.
*** The key actually ''can'' be used to attack, and does insane damage -- it just has pitifully short range. [[note]]Don't get us started on the [[Franchise/KingdomHearts Keyblade]] jokes...[[/note]]
* LighterAndSofter: The ''Kid Dracula'' series.

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** In ''Rondo of Blood'', a Key must be held in place of secondary weapons. It can't be used to attack and trying to make Richter item-crash with it will just [[BreakingTheFourthWall make him wonder what the hell you're trying to do]]. However, since Richter is invulnerable while performing item-crash and the key's item-crash consumes no hearts, you can spam it to get out of tight situations -- just don't do it on moving platforms.
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platforms. The key actually ''can'' be used to attack, and does insane damage -- it just has pitifully short range. [[note]]Don't get us started on the [[Franchise/KingdomHearts Keyblade]] jokes...[[/note]]
range.
* LighterAndSofter: LighterAndSofter:
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The ''Kid Dracula'' series.



* LoveMakesYouEvil: Twice in Dracula's case; it also justifies the [[NonstandardGameOver bad ending]] of ''Dawn of Sorrow''.

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* LoveMakesYouEvil: LoveMakesYouEvil:
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Twice in Dracula's case; it also justifies the [[NonstandardGameOver bad ending]] of ''Dawn of Sorrow''.



*** The Succubus in Symphony of the Night seems to wear nothing but a corset.

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*** ** The Succubus in Symphony of the Night seems to wear nothing but a corset.



** ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow Dawn of Sorrow]]'': Switching characters has the current character shout the next character's name. "Yoko!" "Julius!" "Alucard!"

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** ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow Dawn of Sorrow]]'': Sorrow]]'':
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Switching characters has the current character shout the next character's name. "Yoko!" "Julius!" "Alucard!"



*** Or rather "Richiter Mode"...
11th Jan '17 8:13:33 AM MugenKagemaru
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*** The key actually ''can'' be used to attack, and does insane damage -- it just has pitifully short range.

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*** The key actually ''can'' be used to attack, and does insane damage -- it just has pitifully short range. [[note]]Don't get us started on the [[Franchise/KingdomHearts Keyblade]] jokes...[[/note]]
1st Jan '17 6:04:25 PM TriggerLoaded
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-->'''[[spoiler:Barlowe]]:''' How dare you! Keep on forgetting! [[spoiler:Who raised you! ''YOU!!'' '''''STUPID DISCIPLE]]!!'''''

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-->'''[[spoiler:Barlowe]]:''' How dare you! Keep on Even forgetting! [[spoiler:Who raised you! ''YOU!!'' '''''STUPID DISCIPLE]]!!'''''
30th Nov '16 1:54:53 PM WanderingTedium
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* HeartsAreHealth: A notable aversion across the series, as Hearts act as ammo for your subweapons or your ManaMeter, depending on the game. As such, newcomers to the franchise tend to get confused. In its stead, [[HyperactiveMetabolism food items]] heal your [=HP=].
16th Nov '16 8:17:17 PM darkabomination
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* DestructibleProjectiles

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* DestructibleProjectiles{{Determinator}}: If your last name is Belmont, and you own a whip, ''you are this.''
** This includes anyone closely related to the Belmont family by blood (John Morris), by friendship (Alucard, Grant [=DeNasty=]), or by marriage (Sypha Belnades).
** Special mention goes to Simon Belmont, who didn't just kick Dracula's ass with jack shit, but after being cursed by the vampire's dying breath, decided the best solution was to '''resurrect Dracula himself so he could kick his ass again!'''
** Extra special mention goes to Julius Belmont, who defeats Dracula once and for all (with some help from Alucard, admittedly), then returns in his fifties and beats the ever-loving crap out of Dracula's reincarnation. Then he returns one year later and (though non-canonical) ''does it again''.
** Nathan Graves is not part of a legendary clan, in fact he's a vampire hunter still in training who gets bested by his rival time and time again during lessons, and yet still whups Dracula's ass. That's like a karate student who doesn't even have his blackbelt yet, going out and beating up Chuck Norris.
13th Nov '16 1:09:45 PM DustSnitch
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* {{Badass}}: If your last name is Belmont, and you own a whip, ''you are this.''
** This includes anyone closely related to the Belmont family by blood (John Morris), by friendship (Alucard, Grant [=DeNasty=]), or by marriage (Sypha Belnades).
** Special mention goes to Simon Belmont, who didn't just kick Dracula's ass with jack shit, but after being cursed by the vampire's dying breath, decided the best solution was to '''resurrect Dracula himself so he could kick his ass again!'''
** Extra special mention goes to Julius Belmont, who defeats Dracula once and for all (with some help from Alucard, admittedly), then returns in his fifties and beats the ever-loving crap out of Dracula's reincarnation. Then he returns one year later and (though non-canonical) ''does it again''.
** Nathan Graves is not part of a legendary clan, in fact he's a vampire hunter still in training who gets bested by his rival time and time again during lessons, and yet still whups Dracula's ass. That's like a karate student who doesn't even have his blackbelt yet, going out and beating up Chuck Norris.



** Death also has a second, more monstrous form in some games. One notable form is turning into a giant skeleton turtle with scythes for hands. Both {{Badass}} yet rather silly at the same time.
* [[OnlyKnownByHisNickname Only Known By Its Nickname]]: Castlevania is actually the name of Dracula's castle, but it's more commonly just called "Dracula's castle".

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** Death also has a second, more monstrous form in some games. One notable form is turning into a giant skeleton turtle with scythes for hands. Both {{Badass}} badass yet rather silly at the same time.
* [[OnlyKnownByHisNickname Only Known By Its Nickname]]: OnlyKnownByHisNickname: Castlevania is actually the name of Dracula's castle, but it's more commonly just called "Dracula's castle".
3rd Nov '16 10:53:15 PM craigj
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* ShoutOut: The series was built on nods to various [[UniversalHorror monster]] [[HorrorFilms horror movies]], with the title screens of the first three NES games and ''Vampire Killer'' sporting [[LampshadeHanging film borders]]. {{Manga}} references became more blatant beginning with ''[[CastlevaniaRondoOfBlood Rondo of Blood]]'' making nods to ''[[Franchise/JoJosBizarreAdventure JoJo]]'' and ''Manga/{{Bastard}}''. Once [=IGA=] was in charge, the [[ReferenceOverdosed floodgates were open]].

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* ShoutOut: The series was built on nods to various [[UniversalHorror [[Film/HammerHorror various]] [[Franchise/UniversalHorror monster]] [[HorrorFilms horror movies]], with the title screens of the first three NES games and ''Vampire Killer'' sporting [[LampshadeHanging film borders]]. {{Manga}} references became more blatant beginning with ''[[CastlevaniaRondoOfBlood Rondo of Blood]]'' making nods to ''[[Franchise/JoJosBizarreAdventure JoJo]]'' and ''Manga/{{Bastard}}''. Once [=IGA=] was in charge, the [[ReferenceOverdosed floodgates were open]].
3rd Nov '16 10:48:31 PM craigj
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** The Vampire Killer, at least in [=IGA=]'s canon, shares a lot with the Beast Spear in ''Manga/UshioAndTora''. [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaLamentOfInnocence Created]] by [[spoiler:[[PoweredByAForsakenChild sacrificing a girl]] after showing nothing less could [[HopelessBossFight harm the villain]]]], it became a weapon passed down in a centuries long feud. Its unlocked powers can [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaPortraitOfRuin feed off the user]], and for a time it served as a [[SealedEvilInACan sealing artifact]].
** One of the bosses in ''Order of Ecclesia'' looks a lot like [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar Raoh]]... There's also Zephyr in ''Dawn of Sorrow'', which is a ShoutOut to [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Dio Brando]]
** Also, the Grave Digger monster in ''Order of Ecclesia'' bears an uncanny resemblence to Wrestling/{{WWE}} wrestler The Undertaker.

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** In perhaps one of the most obscure shout out ever on the series, the first name of Castlevania 64's Belmont is Reinhardt, and the person who introduced actor Max Schrecks to director F.W. Murnau (of ''Nosferatu'' fame)? Max Reinhardt.
** And of course, the requisite shout outs to the original Dracula novel by Bram Stoker, such as his name (mangled) being in the credits of [=CV1=], John Morris' father being Quincey Morris and Mina Hakuba of the Sorrow duology's name being similar to Mina Harker.
** The series' frequent [[CastlevaniaRondoOfBlood JoJo]] references began with Maria Renard's [[FightingSpirit Guardian Knuckle]] being fashioned after and [[RapidfireFisticuffs hitting like]] Star Platinum. Sacrificial stone masks started dropping since ''[[CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight Symphony of the Night]]''. [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow Soma Cruz and his enemies]] would by far land the most references. Soma used several of his powers to resemble and quote Jotaro and Dio, including the "[[RapidfireFisticuffs Ora ora ora]]" and "Muda" shouts. Among the monsters, the [[Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland White Rabbit]] put him through the same process as Jotaro learning how to [[TimeStandsStill stop time]], while second had [[KnifeNut Zephyr]] as a CaptainErsatz of Dio. Both Soma and [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaPortraitOfRuin Jonathan]] could throw knives in frozen time to speed off later.
** The Vampire Killer, at least in [=IGA=]'s canon, shares a lot with the Beast Spear in ''Manga/UshioAndTora''. [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaLamentOfInnocence Created]] by [[spoiler:[[PoweredByAForsakenChild sacrificing a girl]] after showing nothing less could [[HopelessBossFight harm the villain]]]], it became a weapon passed down in a centuries long feud. Its unlocked powers can [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaPortraitOfRuin feed off the user]], and for a time it served as a [[SealedEvilInACan [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow sealing artifact]].
** One of the bosses in ''Order of Ecclesia'' looks a lot like [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar Raoh]]... There's also Zephyr Raoh]].
** The Crimson Mask has appeared
in ''Dawn of Sorrow'', which a few games. Its design is a ShoutOut red copy of Char Aznable's iconic mask.
** Among dozens of other cross Konami references: The Bat familiar acting like The Vic Viper's (and other main ships) Options from VideoGame/{{Gradius}}, even going so far as
to [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Dio Brando]]
** Also,
add extra bats as the Grave Digger monster in ''Order of Ecclesia'' bears an uncanny resemblence to Wrestling/{{WWE}} wrestler The Undertaker.main one levels up. It's awesome and adorable.



** The Griffon Wing relic, which lets you triple-jump and beyond, lets Jonathan in ''Portrait of Ruin'' do an underpowered [[StreetFighter Shoryuken.]]
** The [[http://community.livejournal.com/kamenrider/175438.html Kicker Skeleton]] in ''Aria of Sorrow'' spends all day jumping in the air and [[Franchise/KamenRider Rider Kicking]] you, its ScarfOfAsskicking flapping in the wind.

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** The Griffon Wing relic, In the Saturn version of Symphony of the Night, Maria can summon a [[http://www.castlevaniadungeon.net/Images/Screens/nitmb.png blue dragon]], which lets you triple-jump and beyond, lets Jonathan in ''Portrait of Ruin'' do an underpowered [[StreetFighter Shoryuken.]]
** The [[http://community.livejournal.com/kamenrider/175438.html Kicker Skeleton]] in ''Aria of Sorrow'' spends all day jumping in
looks like the air and [[Franchise/KamenRider Rider Kicking]] you, its ScarfOfAsskicking flapping in the wind.[[http://www.castlevaniadungeon.net/Images/Weird/SotN/ssdracx-dragon2.gif Intruder/Fire Dragon]] from ''Life Force''.



** ''Lords of Shadow'' is chock full of these, though they are, in fact, shout outs to the Castlevania series at large. For instance, part way through the game, Zobek has this to say about the Combat Cross, your main weapon: "The Villagers called him 'God's Savior' and his weapon they called 'Vampire Killer'. Ah, Gandolfi, how that would make you smile." Also, before the fight with Carmilla: "Poor, beautiful Carmilla, you will cry bloody tears before this night has ended!" Many of the boss characters (Cornell, Malphas, Brauner, Olrox, Carmilla) are named after characters from other games. Even the song that plays in the Music Box level (Level 9-3) is the (in)famous theme from the original Castlevania, "Vampire Killer." Mercury Steam went out of their way to include many different shout outs for their reboot.



** In the Japanese version of ''Order of Ecclesia'', before [[StormingTheCastle storming Dracula's castle]], Shanoa calls herself [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWars a sword that cleaves evil]].



** And of course, the requisite shout outs to the original Dracula novel by Bram Stoker, such as his name (mangled) being in the credits of [=CV1=], John Morris' father being Quincey Morris and Mina Hakuba of the Sorrow duology's name being similar to Mina Harker.
** In the Saturn version of Symphony of the Night, Maria can summon a [[http://www.castlevaniadungeon.net/Images/Screens/nitmb.png blue dragon]], which looks like the [[http://www.castlevaniadungeon.net/Images/Weird/SotN/ssdracx-dragon2.gif Intruder/Fire Dragon]] from ''Life Force''.
** In perhaps one of the most obscure shout out ever on the series, the first name of Castlevania 64's Belmont is Reinhardt, and the person who introduced actor Max Schrecks to director F.W. Murnau (of ''Nosferatu'' fame)? Max Reinhardt.
** Another [=JoJo=] reference can be found in the Stone Mask item.
** ''Lords of Shadow'' is chock full of these, though they are, in fact, shout outs to the Castlevania series at large. For instance, part way through the game, Zobek has this to say about the Combat Cross, your main weapon: "The Villagers called him 'God's Savior' and his weapon they called 'Vampire Killer'. Ah, Gandolfi, how that would make you smile." Also, before the fight with Carmilla: "Poor, beautiful Carmilla, you will cry bloody tears before this night has ended!" Many of the boss characters (Cornell, Malphas, Brauner, Olrox, Carmilla) are named after characters from other games. Even the song that plays in the Music Box level (Level 9-3) is the (in)famous theme from the original Castlevania, "Vampire Killer." Mercury Steam went out of their way to include many different shout outs for their reboot.

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** And The Griffon Wing relic, which lets you triple-jump and beyond, lets Jonathan in ''Portrait of course, the requisite shout outs Ruin'' do an underpowered [[StreetFighter Shoryuken.]]
** The Grave Digger monster in ''Order of Ecclesia'' bears an uncanny resemblence
to the original Dracula novel by Bram Stoker, such as his name (mangled) being Wrestling/{{WWE}} wrestler The Undertaker.
** The [[http://community.livejournal.com/kamenrider/175438.html Kicker Skeleton]] in ''Aria of Sorrow'' spends all day jumping
in the credits of [=CV1=], John Morris' father being Quincey Morris air and Mina Hakuba of the Sorrow duology's name being similar to Mina Harker.
** In the Saturn version of Symphony of the Night, Maria can summon a [[http://www.castlevaniadungeon.net/Images/Screens/nitmb.png blue dragon]], which looks like the [[http://www.castlevaniadungeon.net/Images/Weird/SotN/ssdracx-dragon2.gif Intruder/Fire Dragon]] from ''Life Force''.
** In perhaps one of the most obscure shout out ever on the series, the first name of Castlevania 64's Belmont is Reinhardt, and the person who introduced actor Max Schrecks to director F.W. Murnau (of ''Nosferatu'' fame)? Max Reinhardt.
** Another [=JoJo=] reference can be found
[[Franchise/KamenRider Rider Kicking]] you, its ScarfOfAsskicking flapping in the Stone Mask item.
** ''Lords of Shadow'' is chock full of these, though they are, in fact, shout outs to the Castlevania series at large. For instance, part way through the game, Zobek has this to say about the Combat Cross, your main weapon: "The Villagers called him 'God's Savior' and his weapon they called 'Vampire Killer'. Ah, Gandolfi, how that would make you smile." Also, before the fight with Carmilla: "Poor, beautiful Carmilla, you will cry bloody tears before this night has ended!" Many of the boss characters (Cornell, Malphas, Brauner, Olrox, Carmilla) are named after characters from other games. Even the song that plays in the Music Box level (Level 9-3) is the (in)famous theme from the original Castlevania, "Vampire Killer." Mercury Steam went out of their way to include many different shout outs for their reboot.
wind.



** Among dozens of other cross Konami references: The Bat familiar acting like The Vic Viper's (and other main ships) Options from VideoGame/{{Gradius}}, even going so far as to add extra bats as the main one levels up. It's awesome and adorable.
** The Crimson Mask has appeared in a few games. Its design is a red copy of Char Aznable's iconic mask.
** In the Japanese version of ''Order of Ecclesia'', before [[StormingTheCastle storming Dracula's castle]], Shanoa calls herself [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWars a sword that cleaves evil]].
3rd Nov '16 9:53:41 PM craigj
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* ShoutOut: One of the bosses in ''Order of Ecclesia'' looks a lot like [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar Raoh]]... There's also Zephyr in ''Dawn of Sorrow'', which is a ShoutOut to [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Dio Brando]]

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* ShoutOut: One The series was built on nods to various [[UniversalHorror monster]] [[HorrorFilms horror movies]], with the title screens of the bosses first three NES games and ''Vampire Killer'' sporting [[LampshadeHanging film borders]]. {{Manga}} references became more blatant beginning with ''[[CastlevaniaRondoOfBlood Rondo of Blood]]'' making nods to ''[[Franchise/JoJosBizarreAdventure JoJo]]'' and ''Manga/{{Bastard}}''. Once [=IGA=] was in ''Order charge, the [[ReferenceOverdosed floodgates were open]].
** The credits on the first Castlevania for the NES consisted purely
of Ecclesia'' looks a lot like [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar Raoh]]... There's also Zephyr in ''Dawn of Sorrow'', which is a ShoutOut shout outs to [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Dio Brando]]classical monster actors and the roles that made them famous. Dracula being played by Christopher Bee, for example.



** The Vampire Killer, at least in [=IGA=]'s canon, shares a lot with the Beast Spear in ''Manga/UshioAndTora''. [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaLamentOfInnocence Created]] by [[spoiler:[[PoweredByAForsakenChild sacrificing a girl]] after showing nothing less could [[HopelessBossFight harm the villain]]]], it became a weapon passed down in a centuries long feud. Its unlocked powers can [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaPortraitOfRuin feed off the user]], and for a time it served as a [[SealedEvilInACan sealing artifact]].
** One of the bosses in ''Order of Ecclesia'' looks a lot like [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar Raoh]]... There's also Zephyr in ''Dawn of Sorrow'', which is a ShoutOut to [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Dio Brando]]



** The credits on the first Castlevania for the NES consisted purely of shout outs to classical monster actors and the roles that made them famous. Dracula being played by Christopher Bee, for example.
20th Oct '16 5:17:32 PM Tailikku
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-->'''[[spoiler:Barlowe]]:''' How dare you! Even forgetting! [[spoiler:Who raised you! ''YOU!!'' '''''STUPID DISCIPLE]]!!'''''

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-->'''[[spoiler:Barlowe]]:''' How dare you! Even Keep on forgetting! [[spoiler:Who raised you! ''YOU!!'' '''''STUPID DISCIPLE]]!!'''''



--> ''"DIE, SHANOAAA! HOW DARE YOU! *Punch* EVEN FORGETTING! *Punch* WHO'' [[spoiler:RAISED ''YOU! *Punch* YOU..! *Punch* '''STUPID DISCIPLE'''!!! *MegatonPunch*]]"''

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--> ''"DIE, SHANOAAA! HOW DARE YOU! *Punch* EVEN KEEP ON FORGETTING! *Punch* WHO'' [[spoiler:RAISED ''YOU! *Punch* YOU..! *Punch* '''STUPID DISCIPLE'''!!! *MegatonPunch*]]"''
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