* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken''. A sketch shows Simon Belmont arriving at Dracula's castle. Two werewolves very politely invite him in, only for Simon to start whipping them, then runs off to whip more monsters, who also just wanted to accommodate their guest. Simon then enters Dracula's room, and whips Dracula (who is huddling in fear on the floor in bat form) repeatedly while the werewolves from earlier watch in horror.
-->'''Werewolf''': What kind of sadist carries a whip!?\\
'''Other Werewolf''': ...maybe it's a fetish?
** The actual skit portrays the werewolves and Dracula as thoroughly underestimating the whip... right up until Simon starts hitting them with it.
** Similarly, ''Music/NinjaSexParty''[='=]s Starbomb album has Belmont as a party crasher who always shows up and ruins Dracula's get-togethers.
* AnimationAgeGhetto: ''Castlevania'' producer Koji "IGA" Igarashi attempted to sway younger audiences to the series with simplistic anime-style artwork for ''Dawn of Sorrow'' and ''Portrait of Ruin''. IGA went back to Ayami Kojima for the box art of ''The Dracula X Chronicles'', suggesting that the anime approach didn't go too well.
* ArchivePanic: To get the complete Castlevania experience requires at least 12 different consoles and multitudes of games, some of which only came out in Japan, as well as remakes or alternate versions of games, like ''Rondo of Blood'''s many variations.
* AwesomeArt: Ayami Kojima's gothic art must be one of the most recognizable and gorgeous video game art styles out there.
* BrokenBase:
** There are fans of the original set of games who dislike the 2D maze castles, and younger fans who only know the IGA titles and dislike ''Lords of Shadow'' and the original games.
** Most fans (i.e. fans of both) seem to hate ''Lords of Shadow'', or vice versa. Reasonably, ''Lords of Shadow'' fans hate the original timeline (both original and IGA titles) for confusing storylines and not deep-enough plot.
** Should [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome the battle of 1999]] be shown proper in a ''Castlevania'' game? Proponents argue that this peak of Belmont history deserves its own game, while opponents feel that no depiction of Dracula's [[KilledOffForReal true death]] at the hands of Julius would do it justice (a sentiment that has gained far more supporters and has intensified immensely ever since Iga left).
** Whether or not ''Castlevania'' deserves to be part of the namesake {{Metroidvania}}. Some fans feel that since ''Metroid'' came first, games in the subgenre should just be called "Metroid-inspired". Others feel that Castlevania has refined the formula in its own way to be unique from Metroid.
*** Since then, the term "Igavania" has come into use to some degree, mainly as a more accurate (IGA was the one to make the subgenre) and lawsuit-safe term.
** The previous broken bases -- the original fans, the IGA fans, and the ''Lords of Shadows'' fans -- have [[EnemyMine joined forces]] to [[InternetBackdraft bash]] on Konami for the Pachislot and Pachinko machines as of late, due to their heavy focus on {{Fanservice}} and the cancellation of other types of Castlevania games[[note]]Mind you, the previous pachinko iterations didn't cause any problems because they were in development alongside other games, came with new music, and weren't full of scantily clad women[[/note]].
* CargoShip: Hector with chairs. Lampshaded, of all things, by the Woodman's Chair instructing you to "sit carefully, or it may look rather rude."
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** [[TheDragon Death]]. He's generally considered harder than Dracula and is very popular among fans.
** Many characters ''not'' related to the Belmont family tend to have this status. [[AntiAntiChrist Soma]], [[ActionGirl Shanoa]], [[BadassAdorable Maria]], [[WeakButSkilled Grant]], [[BlackMage Sypha]] and [[TheAtoner Alucard]] get this a lot.
** And from inside the Belmont family, we have Richter and Julius. Fans of the [[BadassGrandpa latter]] are quite miffed that there still isn't a game chronicling Julius' battle in 1999 that did away with Drac once and for all.
*** Sonia from ''Legends'' gets quite a bit of this too, mostly in regards to her [[CanonDiscontinuity being written out of canon]]. It doesn't hurt that she almost had her own game on the Dreamcast before it was similarly canceled. However, she does have a good number of fans who genuinely like her.
*** The same rule of popularity coming from being exiled from canon (initially) applies to Nathan and ''Circle of the Moon'' as well, but again, there are many who like Nathan and his game.
** Golem (or more specifically, [[GentleGiant his]] [[IronWoobie characterization]] from ''Judgment'') and Cornell from ''Legacy of Darkness''.
** Hammer from the ''Sorrow'' games gets some of this, mostly due to not being playable in Julius Mode. Many were hoping for ''Harmony of Despair'' to change this, especially since some sound files buried in the game came to light. Unfortunately, he didn't make the cut.
** A few other of Dracula's followers have a bit of this going for them too, such as Carmilla and Slogra. Galamoth from ''Kid Dracula'' and ''[=SotN=]'' is pretty memorable too, but mostly due to his status as ThatOneBoss in the latter.
** Though not on par with Death or others, Joachim has quite a large fandom who wants to see him return.
* EpilepticTrees: It's commonly speculated that Maria convinced Alucard not to return to his eternal sleep after the events of ''Symphony of the Night''. It's also thought that he stayed with her during her lifetime and fathered children, whose eventual descendant generations later would be Eric Lecarde. Although the [[https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ttHbB7pq-rs radio drama sequel]], ''Nocturne of Recollection'', does show them living together, [[WordOfGod Konami]] has stayed silent about the possibility of them having children.
* EvilIsSexy:
** The various succubi, and the related liliths. There is official artwork of the succubus from ''Symphony of the Night'' with her nipples exposed, her sprite is bottomless, and a figurine of her with a piece of tape over her possibly-exposed boobs was shown at a NECA convention.
** Said figure was released with a top glued on to extend the corset- but if one carefully pries it off, sands down the glue and touches up the paint... the top was to please both retail stores and MoralGuardians
** Also, in ''Dracula X Chronicles'', [[spoiler:Annette turns into a cleavage-sporting vampire if you fail to rescue her]].
** [[MisplacedVegetation Venus Weeds]] / [[PlantPeople Alura Une]] and [[HotWitch Witches]], among others.
* FandomBerserkButton: Do NOT mention pachinko to any ''Castlevania'' fan.
* FanonDiscontinuity: A rare inversion, where most fans insist that ''Legends'' did actually happen, regardless of the revised timeline.
* FirstInstallmentWins: ''Symphony of the Night'' is near-universally regarded as the best Metroidvania in the series, despite it having been released in 1997 and with many games following after that attempting to emulate its style, and some actually making improvements.
* GameBreaker:
** In almost all of the pre-{{Metroidvania}} games, every major enemy and every boss had the universal weakness of the Triple Boomerang Spam; that is, getting a Cross/Boomerang and a '''III''' icon, which lets you throw up to three at once.
** Also the triple Holy Water spam in the Classicvania games, especially in the first. It can outright paralyze many bosses, including Death and Dracula's second form.
** ''Symphony of the Night'' is loaded with many weapons and item setups that completely wreck game difficulty. The Alucard Shield and Shield Rod combo makes you invincible and gives you practically limitless ammunition. The Crissaegrim and Yasustsuna strike multiple times per attack, and allow you to move unimpeded while attacking. Not to mention the Ring of Varda, which provides absolutely insane stat boosts.
** In ''Portrait of Ruin'', a bug enabled you to get quest rewards again and again, meaning you could sell them for potentially infinite gold. This coupled with the fact that the shop was right next to the quest reward guy, and that the shop sold the $300000 Holy Claymore, meant that you could get one of the most powerful weapons in the game before fighting the first boss.
** Sypha and Maria are playable examples. The former's lightning and freeze spells are very powerful, and the latter with her double jumps, slide, fast attacks, and animal friends can rack up a lot of damage. The fact that both take double damage compared to the typical Belmont does little to round out their advantages.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: Koji Igarashi said the series is more popular in the US than in Japan, with ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaRondoOfBlood Dracula X]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaOrderOfEcclesia Order of Ecclesia]]'' being released there first.
* GoddamnedBats:
** Medusa Heads and Tin Men, but only for Shanoa, since it wasn't that hard for Alucard.
** The avian species in ''Castlevania'', especially older titles, rival their ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'' kin for being pains in the ass. [[http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3645661737840311329 Just ask]] LetsPlay/DeceasedCrab.
** Flea Men, thanks to their erratic movement patterns and tiny hitbox. They have {{Palette Swap}}s in ''Aria of Sorrow'' that are elevated to {{Demonic Spider|s}} status, thanks to their ''throwing knives''. They also come in Armored flavor, giving them a giant battleaxe to swing around.
* HarsherInHindsight: Similar to the ''Franchise/MegaMan'' series, critics in the mid 2000s were quick to criticize the series for sticking to a formula that seemed to be producing game after game with no end in sight. Come TheNewTens, and both series have been left to languish by their companies with no new games made in years.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** The fact that Iga believed that Sonia and Alucard settling down in ''Legends'' and having a child believed to be Trevor from ''III'' would ruin the Belmonts' family history by making them descendants of Dracula could definitely be seen in a different light thanks to ''Order of Ecclesia''.
** Even more so since, according to ''Lords of Shadows: Mirror of Fate'', [[spoiler:''that'' timeline's Trevor Belmont is the son of Gabriel. Yes, the same Gabriel that not only became a vampire, but ''Dracula himself''.]]
** {{Creator/Patrick Seitz}} playing Dracula (from ''The Dracula X Chronicles'' and beyond) in a series that heavily references ''{{Manga/Jojos Bizarre Adventure}}''. He was later cast in the 2012 anime adaptation as Dio Brando, ''[=JJBA=]''[='=]s main vampire antagonist. What a horrible night to be a Joestar...
* ItWasHisSled:
** It was all a plot to resurrect Dracula early.
** Soma is the reincarnation of Dracula. ''Dawn of Sorrow''[='=]s box and intro cutscenes make no attempt to hide this.
* MagnificentBastard:
** Dracula. Even if he's an ObviouslyEvil vampire lord who uses the power of darkness, he's quite charming and charismatic. His plans for his servants to resurrect him always work time after time, even if he's not at full power once it does. With his "AsLongAsThereIsEvil" gig, this makes sense. He very often never loses his cool, and his aspiration to remake the world is motivated by his love for his two lost wives Elizabetha and Lisa. And what makes it even more magnificent is his affinities for patiently waiting for the heroes' arrivals as well as drinking from a wine glass, then tossing it to the ground and breaking it before entering battle with them.
** Celia Fortner of ''Dawn of Sorrow'' could very well count as well, seeing as she has all kinds of plans and tricks up her sleeve. Not to mention she's quite [[ManipulativeBastard manipulative]] as well. Of course, she didn't count on Dmitrii using the Mina doppelganger she created to fool Soma to make a surprise comeback and later using her as a sacrifice to gain dominance over an extremely powerful demon found in the abyss.
** Death, Dracula's [[TheDragon Dragon]], certainly counts, as he comes up with all kinds of plans to revive his master as Dracula had planned. He even fooled Walter into thinking he controlled Death himself and like his master, he's quite sophisticated.
* MemeticBadass:
** An infamous ''Magazine/NintendoPower'' cover, created to promote ''Simon's Quest'', depicts Simon holding Dracula's severed head. Coupled with the fact that he's the first Belmont and one of few to take on Dracula by himself, twice, it's easy to see where it comes from.
** Richter's [[UnflinchingWalk pimpin' stride]] is considered incredibly manly... even ''divine''.
** The only reason Julius' climatic final battle against Dracula in 1999 hasn't been chronicled? It wouldn't do him any justice.
* MemeticMutation: [[Memes/{{Castlevania}} Here. Enjoy.]]
* MisBlamed: Heavily debated, but generally the accusations that IGA is sexist, mostly for removing Sonia and ''Castlevania Legends'' from continuity (he said he found it unrealistic for a female warrior [[ValuesDissonance that far in the past]] to be accepted and trained). Not helped by his clumsy explanation when interviewed by EGM and asked whether fans could expect a female protagonist at some point in the future: [[note]]Order of Ecclesia and his upcoming independent SpiritualSuccessor BloodstainedRitualOfTheNight, made after this interview, both have female protagonists[[/note]]
-->'''IGA:''' "It's possible I guess. Although, I purposefully left the Sonia Belmont character (from ''Castlevania: Legends'' for GBC) out of the official ''Castlevania'' chronology. (''laughs'') Usually, the vampire storyline motifs, females tend to be sacrificed. It's easier to come up with weak, feminine characters. I'll think about it more in the future, though."
* {{Moe}}: Maria, especially in her younger portrayals. Check out [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vMc7cullbU her introduction]] as proof.
* MostAnnoyingSound: The death jingle in the "Classicvania" games. [[NintendoHard Get used]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6W3obQfByo to it.]]
* {{Narm}}: [[Narm/{{Castlevania}} Has its own page.]]
* NarmCharm: Many of the above have caught on via MemeticMutation.
* OlderThanTheyThink:
** Carmilla, according to ''Judgment''. The game's version of Sypha comes from before 1476, and while Dracula was alive back then, she doesn't know him and treats him like a generic vampire that needs to be vanquished. Meanwhile, she knows Carmilla by name and Carmilla knows enough about Sypha's life to taunt her about it. The logical conclusion is that Carmilla was doing her thing even before Lisa's death. TruthInTelevision; the book Carmilla is older than Bram Stoker's novel by 25 years. Doubles as a GeniusBonus.
** Christopher Belmont was mentioned as being a legend as far back as the Japanese manual for the original ''Castlevania''.
** ''Erotic Violence'' isn't the first time a pachislot game has been made that's based on ''Castlevania''; three had already been produced at that time.
** The DS titles weren't the first to use a bishoujo-influenced art style, that honor goes to ''Rondo of Blood''. The reception was different due to Rondo being pre-[=SotN=] and looking to be the start of a new generation of the series.
* ScapegoatCreator: In certain fan circles, particularly the Castlevania Dungeon forums, Iga is blamed for almost everything wrong with the series.
* ScrappyMechanic: Most IGA-produced games disable the pause menu for unlockable characters. While not having menus for items, equipment, etc. is fine, what isn't is also [[BonusFeatureFailure preventing the player from accessing system options like sound and BGM volume and control configuration]].
* SpiritualAdaptation: People who are into ''Dungeons & Dragons'' may find these to be the best ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' video games.
* ThatOneBoss: Death in nearly every game.
* ThatOneLevel: The Clock Tower in most games.
* ToughActToFollow: ''Rondo of Blood'' and ''Symphony of the Night'' are the most consistently praised, both by critics and fans. The latter for codifying the {{Metroidvania}} style the series would adopt as the standard, and the former for perfecting the stage-based progression with alternate paths and bosses, many secrets, a second playable character, and introducing the Item Crash mechanic. While Classic-style games all but ceased after ''Symphony''[='=]s release, it's understandable it's considered the peak of linear gameplay. Symphony, on the other hand, despite having many followup entries that improved its formula and gameplay over time, can't seem to get out of its shadow. Critically, only ''Order of Ecclesia'' managed to come close.
* ToyShip: Carrie and Malus in ''Castlevania 64'', Maria and Eric Lecarde in ''Judgment''. The former can get a bit twisted since Malus is [[spoiler:Dracula in disguise]].
* UglyCute: The Golem.
* WhatAnIdiot: [[spoiler:Dracula has a ''window'' in his throne room. He's a vampire. Sunlight is bad for him. Sunlight coming in through this window is the cause for his death after his defeat in more than one game.]]
** It's entirely possible that he's so damn powerful that sunlight can't hurt him unless he's already had the crap beaten out of him first. Though that's more WMG territory.
* TheWoobie:
** Gabriel.
** Laura.
** Dracula in some of the games is portrayed as a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds, considering the deaths of both his wives (first by suicide, the other by [[BurnTheWitch witch-burning]]). In the latter event, Dracula, upon learning of his wife's last wish from Alucard after being defeated by him, [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone is implied to feel remorse for his actions]]. [[IgnoredEpiphany It doesn't stick, though]], and in some games, [[MoralEventHorizon his behavior arguably destroys any sympathy he might have had]].
** ''Alucard''. Forced to watch the death of his mother, who then tells him to not hate humans despite having every justifiable reason to do so. Forced to fight his own father when no one else can. Forced to go on despite the loss of his companions because of his immortality. The man will never waver in his fight against evil, but damn does he deserve at least a hug for enduring for ''centuries''.
* {{Woolseyism}}:
** The series is known as ''Akumajō Dracula'' ("Demon Castle Dracula") in Japan. Likewise, "Belmondo" was changed to "Belmont" in Western releases, "Ralph" to "Trevor," Kurusu Sōma the Japanese high school student to transfer student Soma Cruz, among other things.
** The skull-kicking skeleton enemies were originally named "Soccer Boy," but the English translation gave them the much more amusing name of "[[Theatre/{{Hamlet}} Yorick]]."
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