The 11th game in the long-running ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' series, '''Castlevania: Bloodlines''' (''Vampire Killer'' in Japan and ''Castlevania: The New Generation'' in Europe) was released for the UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis in 1994. This game is notable for the fact that it ties the ''Castlevania'' story with that of Bram Stoker's ''Literature/{{Dracula}}''.

It's the early 20th century, and the first World War has begun. Orchestrated by the vampire Elizabeth Bartley who wishes to use the countless souls to [[HereWeGoAgain raise Dracula from the dead.]] With no Belmonts in sight it falls on John Morris, son of [[Literature/{{Dracula}} Quincey Morris]], and Eric Lecarde, inheritor of the Alucard Spear, to stop Elizabeth from resurrecting Dracula once again.

The game's storyline continues in 2006's ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaPortraitOfRuin Castlevania: Portrait Of Ruin]]''.

Strangely, it is the only original ''Castlevania'' game on a console prior to TheFifthGenerationOfConsoleVideoGames to still not have a VirtualConsole release.

!!''Bloodlines'' provides examples of:

* AllThereInTheManual: The plot.
* AmericanKirbyIsHardcore: In the Japanese and European versions, Eric has a {{bishonen}} look, while in the American version, Eric's face was changed to [[RatedMForManly look more barbarian-like]].
** Also, instead of Boomerang Crosses, it's a Bladed Boomerang, and there's no hearts, just [[PowerCrystal crystals]]
* AutoScrollingLevel: Stage 2 and Stage 3 feature these.
* BlackBlood: The censored versions of the game replaced all of the blood with light blue water and recolored the reddish zombies to be bright green.
* TheBladeAlwaysLandsPointyEndIn: When Eric dies, his spear impales him on landing.
* BladeOnAStick: Appropriately vague, since Lecarde's weapon could become a spear, an axe-head spear, ''or'' a trident.
* BloodierAndGorier: Out of all the Classicvanias, this one had the most blood in it by far. Though, coming from a Sega Genesis game, this is [[VideoGame/{{Splatterhouse}} hardly]] [[VideoGame/MortalKombat surprising]]. Yet somehow it got an "all audiences" rating.
* BossRush: Stage 6
** Interestingly, it's presented as a boss rush within a boss fight. You encounter Death and think you have to fight him, but he's invulnerable. Instead of attacking, he summons a circle of tarot cards that cause different effects when you hit them with your weapon. Three of them take you to easier versions of the Stage 2, 3 and 4 bosses; two cause Death to launch a pillar of flame at you; and one gives you healing items. After you've hit them all, you fight Death himself on the same life bar.
* {{Bowdlerize}}: In the European version, all the blood was removed.
** Eric's death animation was also altered so that his spear didn't impale him.
* DeathDealer: A more literal example than most, in that {{Death}} uses tarot cards during his first phase.
* DegradedBoss: Some of Stage 6's monsters were bosses in the earlier levels.
* DenialOfDiagonalAttack: Averted when playing as Eric, who can twirl his spear in all eight directions. Somewhat averted when playing as John, who can attack upper left, upper right, and downwards while jumping.
* DifficultyLevels: Easy and Normal. Expert can be unlocked by either completing the game on Normal or inputting the KonamiCode on the title screen.
* TheDragon: Drolta Tzuentes, who is actually the second-to-last boss after John/Eric defeated Dracula's first form, despite what the American manual says.
* DubNameChange: Johnny to John, though it's not too different compared to other examples.
** Eric's spear became the Alcarde Spear due to a mistranslation. You can imagine the EpilepticTrees this caused.
* EasyModeMockery: As per Konami game at the time, you have to beat the Expert mode to get the full ending.
** [[HardModePerks There's plenty more incentive than usual to do it, though.]] There are special enemy attacks, several substages and even a few bosses that are only seen on the hardest difficulty.
* EternalEngine: Stage 4, the German weapons factory (the staple Castlevania [[ClockTower clock tower]] in all but name).
* [[EverythingIsBigInTexas Everything Is Badass In Texas]]: John Morris (AKA the guy with the whip).
* FallingChandelierOfDoom: In the fifth stage, Versailles Palace has these in one section, though amusingly they instantly kill any Axe Knights that happen to get caught under it.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: How in the '''hell''' did [[{{Gorn}} this]] get a GA rating under Sega's rating system?
* GoroawaseNumber: The number 573 (ko-na-mi) is used to activate an EasterEgg via the option menu. [[spoiler: Setting the BGM to 05 and SE to 073 before exiting activates [[CallBack remixed music from the NES ''Castlevania'' trilogy]] after collecting enough power-ups.]]
* HappyDance: If you die during the [[spoiler: Gear Steamer (the Stage 4 boss)]] battle, [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments it will celebrate by spinning around and raising its hands in joy]].
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Like good old Vlad Tepes, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Bathory Erzsébet Báthory]] was upgraded to vampire status as "Elizabeth Bartley".
** Also, Drolta Tzuentes was based on on Bathory's real-life servant, Dorottya Szentes.
* IncendiaryExponent: Upgrade your weapons enough times and they're on fire for maximum damage. Shame you lose it on getting hit once.
* InterfaceScrew: The control-reversing pollen from the giant roses in Stage 5-1, as well as Stages 6-2 (where the screen splits into 3) and 6-3 (the inverted stage, and the vertical controls are reversed).
* InternalHomage:
** Stage 1-3 matches stage 02 from ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaI'', but includes slight changes.
** ''Bloodlines'' also includes remixed music from the three NES ''Castlevania'' games.
* KonamiCode: Inputting it on the title screen unlocks Expert difficulty without having to complete the game on Normal first.
* LimitBreak: A lesser version of the Item Crash (from ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaRondoOfBlood Rondo of Blood]]'') appears in this game.
* LosingYourHead: It's hard to pull off, but the Harpy enemies in stage 3 can be decapitated without immediately killing them. Following the ensuing bloody mess, they'll keep right on attacking.
* MagicSkirt: Eric's tunic, which stays in place even while completely upside-down and shooting upward.
* NamedWeapons: Eric wields the [[strike:[[BlindIdiotTranslation Alcarde]]]] Alucard Spear. And of course, John has the Vampire Killer.
* NintendoHard: It's bad enough that the game's difficulty gives ''Rondo of Blood'' a run for its money, but the limited continues are what really seal the deal. The EasyModeMockery doesn't help either.
* OffWithHisHead: You can actually decapitate Harpies in the Italy level with Eric, although, [[SomeDexterityRequired it's pretty hard to do.]]
* OneUp: These are often hidden in some rather hard-to-reach places.
* PasswordSave: At the end of each stage, you get a password with number of lives and continues remaining.
* {{Revenge}}: the main motive for Eric Lecarde to hunt down Elizabeth Bartley.
* RiseToTheChallenge: Stage 2-2 has water steadily climbing. As an AutoScrollingLevel, you're free to climb up beyond the camera. In the next stage, you find the enemy that causes the water to rise, and need to kill it before you drown.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Although the reference is pretty obvious, the BigBad is called Elizabeth '''Bartley''', not [[ElizabethBathory Bathory]].
* SuperDrowningSkills: A little relaxed by this series' standards; falling into water doesn't kill you unless you fall off the screen; it simply causes you to take heavy damage. If you have low enough health however, it will kill you.
* TimedMission: Stage 2's Water Mage mid-boss, who floods the screen with water until he's dead. Take too long and you get to see Eric and John's SuperDrowningSkills on display in the heat of battle.
* WhipItGood: Morris steps in to keep this a Castlevania game.
* WorldTour: Unique among the series for its usage of this trope. Granted, you only journey across Europe, but it's still fitting.
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarI: In the game's backstory, the BigBad of the game, Elizabeth Bartley was the mastermind behind the Archduke of Austria's assassination, which started World War I.