!!What a terrible night to list tropes specific to this series:
* AngstWhatAngst: [[spoiler:Should Richter fail to rescue Annette in ''The Dracula X Chronicles'', she's [[BrainwashedAndCrazy possessed by dark forces]], and transformed into a [[HornyDevils succubus]]. While Richter laments that he was unable to save his beloved, he notes that his job as a hunter of the night comes first. While [[TearJerker depressing]], it should be noted that vampirism in this series seems to be irreversible without the Sanctuary spell ([[VideoGame/CastlevaniaBloodlines which may not have]] [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaPortraitOfRuin existed at the time]]), so [[MercyKill Richter was probably doing Annette a favor]]. Luckily, this isn't canon, as Richter needs to rescue all four of the girls in order to confront Shaft's ghost, thus eradicating the one barricade in his way to Dracula.]]
* 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. Part of it was Iga wanting Kojima to focus on one project at a time, though he did go straight to the anime style, rather than someone who could at least emulate the theme, if not Kojima's style directly.
* 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''.
* 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:
** 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. Soma, Shanoa, Maria, Grant, and 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]]. 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 are 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.
* 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.
** Also, in ''Dracula X Chronicles'', [[spoiler:Annette turns into a cleavage-sporting vampire if you fail to rescue her.]]
** [[MisplacedVegetation Venus Weeds]] and [[HotWitch Witches]], among others.
* 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. [[WordOfGod Konami]] has stayed silent about this possibility either way.
* 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.
* 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.
* GoddamnedBats:
** As well as 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. (They have {{Palette Swap}}s in ''Aria of Sorrow'' that are elevated to {{Demonic Spider|s}} status, too.)
* HilariousInHindsight[=/=]HarsherInHindsight:
** 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 moreso 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''.]]
* 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 {{manipulative |Bastard}} 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 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:
** Dracula's "What is a man?! A miserable little pile of secrets!" line from the PSX version of ''Symphony of the Night''.
** What a horrible night to have a curse!
* MisBlamed: Heavily debated, but generally the accusations that IGA is sexist, mostly for removing Sonia and ''Castlevania Legends'' from continuity. 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:
-->'''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."
* 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.
** Christopher Belmont was mentioned as being a legend as far back as the Japanese manual for the original ''Castlevania''.
* ScapegoatCreator: In certain fan circles (particularly the Castlevania Dungeon forums), Iga is blamed for almost everything wrong with series.
* ThatOneBoss: Death.
* ThatOneLevel: The Clock Tower.
* ToughActToFollow: Developers are trying to surpass ''Symphony of the Night''.
* ToyShip: Carrie and Malus in ''Castlevania 64'', Maria and Eric Lecarde in ''Judgment''.
* UglyCute: The Golem.
* UnfortunateImplications: InternetBackdraft occurs when one discusses the merit of Sonia's story and whether Iga was being sexist in removing her. His own words don't help. "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. It's tough to fit a female hero into the early history of Castlevania, but as you move into the modern day, females can then more easily become a hero."
* 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]].
* {{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]]."