[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/lamentofinnocence_4533.jpg]]

->'''Walter''': ...But ''I'' am beloved by the Night! You will taste my powers!
->'''Leon''': I'll kill you ''AND'' THE NIGHT!!

''Castlevania: Lament of Innocence'' is a 3D game released for the {{Playstation 2}} in 2003, which serves as a {{prequel}} to the rest of the ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' series.

In the late 11th century, during the Crusades, Baron Leon Belmont's [[DamselInDistress fiancée is kidnapped]] by a vampire named Walter Bernhard. Under the urgings of his bedridden friend Mathias Cronqvist, Leon renounces his title and [[LawfulStupid leaves behind his sword]] to rescue his love. Luckily, in the vicinity of Walter's home, he comes across the alchemist Rinaldo Gandolfi, who gives Leon the [[WhipItGood Whip of Alchemy]]. Thus begins a journey that in one way or another codifies and justifies the many elements of the ''Castlevania'' storyline.

!!''Lament of Innocence'' provides examples of:

* AfterBossRecovery: The Orbs that you receive after defeating a boss heal you completely.
* AlwaysNight: Thanks to Walter's Ebony Stone, the castle and surrounding vicinity is forever cloaked in darkness. That is, until Leon [[{{Badass}} kills it]].
* AmericanKirbyIsHardcore: Inverted. The [[http://castlevania.wikia.com/wiki/File:Castlevania_LoI.JPG US cover for the game]] shows Leon looking upward, probably in prayer, while the [[http://castlevania.wikia.com/wiki/File:Castlevania_Lament_of_Innocence_Japan_cover.jpg Japanese]] and [[http://castlevania.wikia.com/wiki/File:Castlevania_Lament_of_Innocence_Europe_cover.jpg European covers]] show him in an action pose (and note how the European cover's done in CG, while the other two retain Ayami Kojima's famed artwork).
* AnAxeToGrind: An axe is one of the sub-weapons. The most common attack with it involves it spinning in the air.
* BadWithTheBone: The first type of the DemBones enemies have a large femur bone as their weapon.
* BadassBoast:
** "THE BELMONT CLAN WILL HUNT THE NIGHT!"
** "I'LL KILL YOU AND THE NIGHT!"
* BigShutUp: Joachim's response upon answering Leon's faultless question.
--> '''Leon:''' Why is a vampire locked away in here?
--> '''[[HairTriggerTemper Joachim:]]''' '''Shut up!''' *proceeds to answer the question anyway*
* BigWhat: Walter's reaction when he finds out that Leon can actually hurt him with his Vampire Killer whip.
* {{Bishounen}}: All over the damn place. Even a random dungeon boss is one.
* BlatantItemPlacement: While it is odd how in previous games Dracula lets holy water and crosses lie around his castle, it is justified by Walter wanting to make the hunters after him think they have some chance.
* BloodyMurder: As you whale on The Forgotten One, he'll eventually start attacking you by showering blood in your general direction.
* BonusBoss: The Forgotten One, a skinless demon under lock and key so huge Leon needs to [[ColossusClimb ride an elevator to reach it]].
* BonusFeatureFailure: Joachim mode has no item inventory and Orbs have no effect, making the reward for defeating the BonusBoss a CosmeticAward.
* BookcasePassage: One of the switch rooms in House of Sacred Remains is hidden behind a spinning bookcase. It can be recognized from the marks it has left on the floor.
* BossDissonance: Depends on the character you are using. Completing the levels with Leon can be challenging, while bosses can easier to handle due to their easily identifiable patterns and the items at your disposal. With Joachim, you can cut through enemies like butter but have tougher time with bosses since he lacks the ability to use items.
* BossRoom: Easily identifiable by being circular rooms in you map that are behind doors that are emblazoned with skull and crossbones.
* BraggingRightsReward: Defeating the [[BonusBoss Forgotten One]] gives you the Black Orb, which provides you with a new set of sub-weapon options. This would be really awesome, except that at this point you have already pretty much finished the game. While the Black Orb does help out against the next-to-last boss, the final boss is unaffected by your sub-weapons, rendering the Black Orb useless against him.
* BreathWeapon: Dullahan, Hellhound, Fishman, Undead Parasite and The Forgotten One have a fire-breathing attack. This is quite problematic with the latter since you are [[ColossusClimb right on front of its face]] when it starts using it.
* CameraScrew: The game has very few platforming sections, but all of them feature frustrating mid-jump camera moves. Fortunately with two rooms, [[NonLethalBottomlessPits falling instantly sends you to their entrance]], keeping the frustration factor from getting ''too'' high.
* CartographySidequest: Better armour will become available in Rinaldo's shop as your percentage from exploration increases.
* [[ChekhovsGunman Chekhov's Gunwoman:]] Elisabetha Cronqvist, [[spoiler:as her death drives Mathias [[RageAgainstTheHeavens away from God]], which ultimately leads to him becoming Dracula.]] In other words, Elisabetha is the initiator of the Castlevania series.
* ChurchMilitant: Leon's background in the Crusades.
* CoolOldGuy: Rinaldo, who takes Leon's [[LawfulStupid Lawful Stupidity]] in stride.
* CopyAndPasteEnvironments: Most of the levels are made from corridors and two different types of rooms.
* CreepyCentipedes: The Undead Parasite is a giant [[BreathWeapon fire breathing]] centipede creature that is infesting the House of Sacred Remains.
* CueTheSun: After Leon destroys the castle, AlwaysNight surrounding it subsides, letting sunlight through for first time in centuries.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Hoo '''boy.''' This game is damned close to {{Gorn}} territory... especially [[BonusBoss The Forgotten One]].
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: [[spoiler:Not only does Leon whip Death to... himself, he also explains why he could.]]
* DistressedDamsel: Sara. [[spoiler: [[DisposableWoman She doesn't make it.]]]]
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: It's sort of a ForegoneConclusion, being the origin of Dracula. But things don't end well for Leon at all. He lost not only the woman he gave up everything he was to save, but also his best friend, who sacrificed his humanity to become the infamous dark lord, [[TheBadGuyWins who leaves the game with his plans accomplished]]]].
* DualWielding: Thanks to his [[MindOverMatter telekinesis]], Joachim is able to wield five swords at the same time.
* EvilIsVisceral: The Undead Parasite's presence in the basement of House of Sacred Remains has turned it into a fleshy pulsating nightmare filled with [[ParasiteZombie Parasite Zombies]].
* EvilLaugh:
** Skeleton Flowers laught at you mockinly if you get hit in their presence.
** Accompanies Walter's teleports in the boss battle against him.
* EvilRedhead: Walter. This based on the concept strigoi, which according to old Romanian legends are people who rise from the dead as vampiric creatures due to their red hair.
* EvilSoundsDeep: Walter's voice deepens as he turns into a demon to fire a massive fireball.
* FaithHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Mathias [[RageAgainstTheHeavens renounces God]] after the death of his beloved wife, which came just after he returned from the crusades]].
* FallenHero: [[spoiler:Mathias, who was as much revered in the crusades as his friend Leon]].
* {{Fanservice}}: The Succubus. Also the metric ton of {{Bishounen}}.
* FinalBoss: It's not Walter, or [[spoiler: Mathias]]. For once it's [[spoiler:Death.]]
* FireIceLightning: The Whip of Alchemy gets FireIceLightning powers after destroying the respective elemental bosses for each. [[spoiler:You retain the ability to switch between them after the whip becomes the Vampire Killer.]]
* FlyingFace: Medusa is only a head made from snakes that floats in mid-air.
* FlyingWeapon: Flying swords with faces and elemental powers are one type of enemy.
* TheFourGods: There are several locked doors that grant access to hidden areas, and the four keys are named (and colored) after the four gods.
* FourIsDeath: Death has 4444 points of health.
* FrickinLaserBeams: Cyclops' and Red Ogres have an attack that has them shooting a laser [[EyeBeams out of their eyes]].
* GambitRoulette: For [[spoiler:Mathias']] plan to work, everything would have had to unfold ''exactly'' as planned. Which it does.
* GardenOfEvil: A garden is one of the levels, but it is mostly on the inside with random plant enemies due to engine limitations.
* GlamourFailure: The real Mirage Skeleton among its fakes can be recognized by the fact that it is the only one to have a reflection on the floor.
* GlassCannon: Walter. He doesn't have that much health to his name, but his attacks on Normal mode can hit you for around 60 damage a hit if you're wearing the strongest armor. By the way, you have at maximum 300 HP.
* {{Golem}}: The boss of the Anti-Soul Mysteries Lab. You first have to bring it to life with a small puzzle by placing a plate with the letter 'e' on it, to turn the word "meth" (Hebrew for "dead") to "emeth" (Hebrew for "truth").
* {{Gorn}}: If the BonusBoss isn't one of the goriest boss battles in all of video gaming, it comes pretty damn close.
* GodIsGood / GodIsEvil: [[spoiler: Mathias's motivation to become Dracula is his belief that GodIsEvil.]]
* GorgeousGorgon: Despite being a disembodied head covered in scales and snakes, Medusa's quite attractive.
* TheGrimReaper: Surprise! [[spoiler:He's the FinalBoss!]]
* HarderThanHard: Beating the game once gives you the chance play it in the Crazy Mode. In it, enemies are more aggressive and their placement has been re-arranged, bosses have new patters and you also [[NumericalHard have smaller stats]].
* HeWasRightThereAllAlong: The Golem boss waits patiently in pieces for you bring it back to life.
* [[HijackedByGanon Hijacked By Dracula]]: The ManBehindTheMan, [[spoiler:Mathias, becomes Dracula in the end]]. Not really a surprise since this is the origin story for the Belmonts.
* HopelessBossfight: Walter counts until the moment you hit him with Vampire Killer. If you don't and try to hit him with any other whip or attack instead, it'll be to no effect whatsoever. He can hit back though so unless you switch to the Vampire Killer, you'll eventually end up dead.
* HornyDevils: The Succubus, though her role is limited to draining Leon's health trough kisses.
* HuntingTheMostDangerousGame: Walter makes a hobby of inciting others to hunt ''him''. Possibly with a hint of WhoWantsToLiveForever, as it's indicated that he developed this hobby out of centuries of boredom. He's not stupid, however. [[spoiler: Until the creation of the Vampire Killer, Walter is seemingly invincible]]
* HyperCompetentSidekick: Dracula relies on Death to do all the heavy lifting [[spoiler:in the endgame such as stealing Walter's vampire soul and being is the FinalBoss]].
* ICannotSelfTerminate: [[spoiler:The origins of the Belmont family whip are revealed, as Leon finds himself being asked by his fiancée, who has already begun the irreversible process of turning into a vampire, to kill her. He does]].
* ImmortalityImmorality: [[spoiler:Mathias seeks to become an immortal vampire to give the proverbial middle finger to God.]]
* InescapableAmbush: Nearly ''every single room'' acts this way the first time you visit it; bars will drop down on doors and keep tehm shut until you have defeated all the enemies that just spawned.
* InvulnerableAttack: Joachim will be invulnerable when he uses a powered move that creates a [[WaveMotionGun massive beam]], this is invaluable because he has a very limited move set and can not dodge or block a lot of enemy attacks.
* LawfulStupid: Leon "I don't belong to the army any more, so it wouldn't be right for me to take an army sword with me to the ''vampire's castle''..." Belmont. Of course he had plans to take weapons from dead hunters in the area to compensate. So it's not entirely stupid, but still.
* LethalJokeCharacter: Pumpkin, who becomes playable after the game is beaten with Joachim: his max HP is lower than Leon's, but he starts with far more MP, hearts, higher defense and the Vampire Killer whip. He also starts with all special attacks and posesses an unique subweapon that he can't replace that also posesses a random assortment of other subweapons' [[EvolvingAttack Item Crashes]]. He's also a much smaller target and thus he has an easier time avoiding some enemy attacks.
* LostForever: Averted with the Soulless and Maggot entries in your encyclopedia. They only appear as part of a boss fight, but both entries can be retried on Boss Rush.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Played straight with [[spoiler:Mathias Cronqvist]] and subverted with Leon, who finds the very trope ridiculous...
* LuckStat: Affects the chance of receiving items from the defeated enemies. It can be raised with the Coin of Happiness accessory.
* MenuTimeLockout: Averted. You can rearrange the items in your inventory as much as you want, but to use or equip them, you have to open a real-time window: attempting to do so in your inventory causes a message to pop up telling you to do so, which makes you wonder why they were so insistent to force you to do so to begin with.
* {{Metroidvania}}: You are free to explore the areas in the castle, but you have finish all five of them first to access the final area and the BonusBoss.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: The Forgotten One and [[spoiler:Cronqvist]].
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler: Nice job making Dracula, Leon!]]
* NotQuiteSavedEnough: [[spoiler:Leon Belmont just saved his lover Sara Trantoul from the vampire Walter Bernhard. Just when Leon thought he could just put everything behind, he found out one nasty thing: Sara has been vampirized and is about to suffer FateWorseThanDeath. He's forced to use his Whip of Alchemy to put Sara out of misery, incidentally evolving it to the legendary Vampire Killer]].
* OneWomanWail: "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yko8bREz-tE Prologue to the Black Abyss]]" and "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMpyKidpIYU&list=PLC9359A4F839EBF37&index=33 Dracula Appears]]".
* OriginsEpisode: The game explains the origins of Dracula and the Belmont clan's feud with him.
* OurGargoylesRock: A flying gargoyle that can turn you into stone is one of the enemies. There's also a fleshy version with the same skillset.
* PhilosophersStone: It's important to the backstory. There are a couple of vampire-enhancing alchemic stones going around that were made during failed attempts to create it.
* PimpedOutDress: The ladies in the game wear quite fancy ones.
* PowerFloats: Joachim's powers allow to hover over the ground.
* PoweredByAForsakenChild: [[spoiler:The Vampire Killer is made with Sara's tainted soul.]]
* {{Prequel}}: To the rest of the ''Castlevania'' games.
* PrettyInMink: Mathias's big fur collar.
* PromotedToPlayable: Joachim after you finish the game for the first time.
* RandomDrop: Two thirds of the enemies have at least one item hidden on them, ranging from common [[HealingPotion healing potions]] to useful accessories.
* RareRandomDrop: Every relic except two are found throughout all the levels, like good hidden items should be. With the exception of two. These two are the rare drops for somewhat difficult to kill monsters and it's rather frustrating to try to obtain them...
* RecycledTitle: Much like with ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaCircleOfTheMoon Circle of the Moon]]'', ''Lament'' was released [[MarketBasedTitle outside North America]] as just ''Castlevania'' with no subtitle, the same as [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaI the original NES game]] and [[VideoGame/{{Castlevania 64}} the first N64 outing]].
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Certain skeletons and gargoyles have glowing red eyes.
* RedIsHeroic: Leon's outfit has lots of touches of red.
* RespawningEnemies: Upon entering a room for the first time, you can't leave until you kill all of the enemies. They'll respawn eventually, but don't have to be killed, and ''Lament's'' control system makes it very easy to bypass them. On the Crazy difficulty level, not only are there more enemies, they respawn every time you enter a room.
* TheReveal: [[spoiler:Once Walter is defeated, it is revealed that Leon's [[BigBadFriend close friend Mathias]] has orchestrated the events from behind the scenes. [[BatmanGambit Knowing that Leon will kill Walter upon the death of Sara]], he takes Walter's powers for himself to wage a war against God, eventually becoming Dracula]].
* ReverseShrapnel: Using Axe with Red Orb creates this kind of attack.
* RewardingVandalism: As usual, candles provide hearts and sub-weapons upon being whipped.
* RollingAttack: If Medusa manages to turn you into stone, it will respond by rolling all over the room.
* SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou: European cover: [[http://castlevania.wikia.com/wiki/File:Castlevania_Lament_of_Innocence_Europe_cover.jpg Leon Belmont is about to whip you]] (and the night).
* SecretCharacter:
** Joachim Armster, the one time in the series you get to play as the villain. Leads to a MirrorMatch in the dungeon where he's the boss.
** A second secret character is Pumpkin, who appears to be a small child wearing a pumpkin-headed Halloween costume. While he uses Leon's moveset (to the point he is seeing pulling himself up ledges in the air; Leon would touch them, but he is smaller...), he has different stats (making him more of a GlassCannon), a unique subweapon that mixes and matches Leon's subweapon attacks and gets his own end credits sequence.
* SequentialBoss: Walter and [[spoiler:Death]], even in Boss Rush Mode where you're not given the usual hearts and potions between fights, you get sent right to the latter directly after the former.
* SlouchOfVillainy: Walter spends mosts of his time sitting on his throne, waiting for heroes to come to him.
* SmartBomb: There's always a small chance that a defeated enemy will drop a Rosary (or a bloody skull in Joachim's case) that will inflict 9999 point of damage to everything in the room.
* SmugSnake: Walter, primarily because his motivation for doing evil was ''being a bored, unkillable vampire asshat''. Can't get much more smug than that.
* SpotTheImpostor: One of Succubus' attacks is creating two clones of herself, and if you strike the wrong one, you'll be hit with paralysis. The real one can be racognized by the rose petals it leaves on its wake.
* StakingTheLovedOne: [[spoiler:Rinaldo was forced to slay his daughter who had killed the rest of his family [[BrainwashedAndCrazy after she had been turned into a vampire]] by Walter. After failing to slay him, Rinaldo now resides next to Walter's castle to supply those who seek to defeat him]].
* StandardStatusEffects: Poison staggers Leon with constant damage, Paralysis and Stone freeze him on his tracks and with Curse, he is unable to use gained skills to perform combos or dodges.
* StartOfDarkness: For Dracula's eternal war with the Belmonts.
* StationaryBoss: [[ChainedByFashion The chains]] on the Forgotten One aren't there just for the show.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: The Succubus, whose outfit consists of a pair of panties and a corset.
* SuicideAttack: If a skeleton enemy loses its sword due to your attack, it will turn red and charge at Leon so that it can blow up on his face.
* TakenForGranite: Medusa makes an appearance as a boss, along with a shot of the many soldiers who've tried to kill her that she's turned to stone. Leon can only be petrified as a status ailment, though.
* ThemeMusicWithholding: The classic "Vampire Killer" theme doesn't make an appearance until the end credits.
* ThisIsUnforgivable: "You have become a cursed being and I will never forgive you."
* UndergroundMonkey: Mostly prevalent with skeletons (regular, better armed, teleporting etc.), zombies (rotting, burning and freezing) and hounds (regular, bony and shadowy).
* TheUnfought: You never do get to face [[spoiler:Mathias. After giving a MotiveRant, he leaves and puts you against his [[TheDragon new servant]], Death]].
* UniqueEnemy: Storm Skeletons, Mirage Skeletons and Poison Zombies appear in exactly one room of their respective areas. This holds true even in Crazy Mode, which otherwise re-arranges the placement of enemies.
* UnwittingPawn: Almost the entire cast, really. [[spoiler:Walter's habitual games combined with Rinaldo's alchemy and Sara's sacrifice enable Leon's defeat of Walter, which allows Death to steal Walter's power and give it to [[TreacherousAdvisor Mathias]], who then uses it to become the king of the night, Dracula. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Oops.]] ]]
* VillainProtagonist: The vampire Joachim Armster is an unlockable playable character and his game ends with him becoming lord of the castle.
* VomitIndiscretionShot: Regular zombies have an attack where they vomit a sizeable putrid puddle on the floor.
* WakeUpCallBoss: The Elementals, especially the first one since you won't have the whip of the opposite element yet. While not incredibly difficult, the require more skill and a defensive style than the typical area boss.
* WhipItGood: The Whip of Alchemy [[spoiler:which becomes the Vampire Killer by the end of the game.]]
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Played with in Walter's case. Rinaldo says early on that he is bored with his immortality and plays his twisted games with mortals simply as a means to pass the time.
* WithThisHerring:
** Subverted. Once you get the Yellow Orb from the Succubus, the Dagger subweapon gets a nice power boost at a very reasonable cost.
** Played straight though with Leon rushing into the demon-infested castle ''unarmed''. (Good for him he ran into Rinaldo...)

----