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- "What is a man? A miserable little pile of secrets! But enough talk, have at you!"
Voiced by (English): Gary Chalk (Captain N), Michael Gough (Symphony of the Night, Castlevania 64), Crispin Freeman (Lament of Innocence), Douglas Rye (Curse of Darkness, Portrait of Ruin), Patrick Seitz (Dracula X Chronicles and onwards)
Voiced by (Japanese): Hiroya Ishimaru (Rondo of Blood), Norio Wakamoto (Most games starting with Symphony of the Night), Nobuhiko Kazama (Lament of Innocence), Mahito Ōba (Curse of Darkness), Joji Nakata (Castlevania: Judgment)Good ol' Dracula, the King of Vampires you all know. In a twist, he doesn't start out as Vlad the Impaler, but a genius war strategist named Mathias Cronqvist. After his wife Elisabetha died, Mathias used his friend Leon Belmont to steal the soul of a powerful vampire named Walter Bernhard with the Crimson Stone, gaining the allegiance of Death. He reveals that he has forsaken God, who took away his wife, and will continue to curse Him for eternity. He retreats and changes his name to Vlad Tepes, while Leon swears to kill an entire time of day.He found a second chance at redemption after meeting a woman named Lisa Fahrenheit. They bonded and Lisa gave birth to half-vampire Adrian Fahrenheit Tepes aka Alucard. Unfortunately, Lisa ended up being burned at the stake for practicing medicine. Dracula snapped, declared that Humans Are the Real Monsters and decided to wage war against the world, and God himself. Thankfully for humanity, Leon's oath lasted throughout the centuries, and the Belmont clan (with assistance from the Morris and Belnades families on occasion) have thwarted his undead armies every time.Dracula's reign as the lord of Castlevania finally came to an end in the year 1999, when an alliance of various world armies, aided by the Catholic Church and the Hakuba Shinto shrine, succeeded in sealing Dracula away from his castle (the source of his power), with Julius Belmont finishing him off. At the moment, this has not been actually depicted in any game, possibly due to being entirely too awesome to do justice to.In Aria of Sorrow and Dawn of Sorrow, he is reincarnated as Soma Cruz, who unsurprisingly doesn't want to fulfill his destiny. With the help of Alucard and others, his fate is successfully averted.Of course, that hasn't stopped him in the least. He always finds a way to come back, no matter what. It's gotten to the point where people see him as a god, or something of a god, as lampshaded by him in Rondo of Blood and Symphony of the Night.Tropes associated with the Castlevania version of Dracula:
- Affably Evil
- A Glass of Chianti: Naturally the vampire-specific version, A Glass Of Blood. He'll often toss the glass and let it shatter on the floor just before he rises from his throne to whoop ass.
- The Anti-God: According to Aria and Dawn of Sorrow, he's the Evil Counterpart to God.
- Archnemesis Dad: Towards Alucard.
- As Long as There Is Evil: He loves to give this kind of speech after his defeats. He's right, too.Dracula: "It was not by my own hand that I am once again given flesh."
- Attack Its Weak Point: In the 2D games, almost all of his non-One-Winged Angel forms can only be damaged by hitting his head. Possibly a reference to how classic vampires must be decapitated before they can be properly killed.
- Back from the Dead: Way too many times.
- Badass Baritone
- Badass Cape
- Badass Mustache
- Balance Between Good and Evil: Dracula is the Dark Lord, a mandatory position that serves as the balance to God on Earth.
- Big Bad: Usually. In Castlevania II: Simon's Quest, Castlevania: Chronicles of Sorrow, Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance, Castlevania: Bloodlines, and Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin, he is more of a Greater Scope Villain.
- Big Bad Friend: Castlevania: Lament of Innocence is one big Batman Gambit by Mathias, manipulating everyone from Leon to Sara to Rinaldo to Walter so that he can obtain the power he needs in his fanatical battle against a God he believes to be wicked.
- Casanova Wannabe: Every time a lovely woman winds up in his domain, such as with Richter's girlfriend and Shanoa in Order of Eclessia, he offers her a chance to rule by his side for eternity. It's never worked. In all of his centuries on this earth, he's only ever managed to woo two women, and one's implied to be the previous woman reincarnated.
- The Chessmaster: You can always expect his plans for his minions to revive him to work every time the time comes for him to be resurrected, even if he's not at full power.
- Creepy Child: As Malus in Castlevania N64.
- Classy Cravat: Because he's Wicked Cultured.
- Deter Minator: No matter how many times Vampire Hunters, Witches, and even his own son blow through his castle and kill him, he just Will.Not.Stay.Dead. and will continue with his war on humanity every time without ever giving up on it.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He genuinely loved both of his wives, and although Alucard has all but disowned him as a father, Dracula still holds a place in his hardened heart for his son. In fact, it is also implied that the death of his wives (the latter wife via witch burning) was also the reason why he even became evil.
- Evil Is Burning Hot: He is generally associated with fire, especially his trademark triple fireball.
- Evil Laugh
- Faith–Heel Turn: When Elisabetha died while Mathias was out fighting in the Crusades, the grief-stricken man didn't take this well. With the progression of time, his renouncement of God escalated to new heights.
- Final Boss: It would be easier to count how many games don't have him as this.
- Freudian Excuse: See Even Evil Has Loved Ones.
- Genre Blind: So much that he's almost drowning in it. You'd think that by his third or so defeat at the hands of a Belmont or one of their allies that Dracula would take precautions such as sending out his legions post-mortem to kill the potential heirs before they reach maturity or setting up death traps early on, yet he's confident that the Belmonts pose no threat (despite his track record proving otherwise).
- God of Evil: Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow reveals that the Balance Between Good and Evil dictates that he is the evil opposite of God.
- Good Hair, Evil Hair: When it is not slicked back, it's usually not combed.
- Hijacked By Dracula: Happens fairly often. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance, and Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin are some examples.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: His rationale for destroying humanity.Dracula: "I was called here by... hooominssssss... who wished to pay me tribute!"
- Humanoid Abomination: In this series, he's really much more this than a standard vampire. In Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow, it's confirmed that he's literally the opposite of God.
- Joker Immunity
- Killed Off for Real: Julius Belmont finally did this to him in 1999.
- ...and he was then later reincarnated as Soma Cruz.
- Large Ham: Just look at some of his quotes!
- Leitmotif: "Dance of Illusions"/"Illusionary Dance" has become the iconic song for the battle with Dracula, having been used in Rondo of Blood, Dracula X, Symphony of the Night, Castlevania 64, Legacy of Darkness, Circle of the Moon, Judgment, and Harmony of Despair. It even shows up in Julius Mode of Dawn of Sorrow, when you have to face Soma as the new Dark Lord in a battle almost directly lifted from earlier battles with Drac.
- Love Makes You Evil: Lost two wives; one to sickness, the other to witch hunters. He did not take this well.
- Might do him in again depending on whether Soma outlives Mina. Mina's apparent murder is the trigger for his bad ending in Dawn.
- Manipulative Bastard: He is said to manipulate those who want to Kill All Humans as much as he does.
- Number of the Beast: He tends to have 6,666 HP in Metroidvania games.
- One-Winged Angel: Most of the time since the first game. Drops it a few times here and there, notably in Order of Ecclesia, but still hellishly tough.
- In some of said games, it just gets replaced with Turns Red (OoE included, though it's more of a Unfurls Cape and Gets Belmont-Trademarked Pimp Walk).
- Dracula has a ridiculous number of different One-Winged Angel forms and strategies. A list of them can be found here.
- Occasionally becomes Bishonen Line.
- Our Vampires Are Different: Really different, seeing as how he's more like Satan than anything else.
- Power Walk: In Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia.
- Public Domain Character: One of the oldest.
- Pretty in Mink/Fur and Loathing: As Mathias.
- Soma rocks a fur coat in Aria too.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over
- Reincarnation Romance: It's heavily implied that Lisa is the reincarnation of Elisabetha. The implications even extend to Soma Cruz and Mina Hakuba, who's suggested to be the next incarnation of these two women (similar to how Soma is Mathias/Dracula), much like Mina Harker (note the similar-sounding surnames) from Bram Stoker's Dracula.
- Resurrective Immortality: Dracula is resurrected in most of the games, the better for the player to have someone to fight. The exact methods vary.
- Retcon: All indications suggest that Castlevania's Dracula was originally intended to be Vlad Tepes Dracula, as Catlevania III is the first time Dracula is fought and the game takes place in 1476, which is when the real Tepes died. Alucard also laments over killing his father, something he probably wouldn't do if he knew his father was just going to come back in a hundred years. But then someone screwed up Dracula's age in the Symphony of the Night manual, Iga decided to just run with it, and Lament of Innocence was produced.
- Slouch of Villainy: Drac loves his thrones.
- Take That: His will to live forever is a form of this towards God's decree of limited human life.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: As Mathias. As Dracula, his appearance varies from game to game, going from a young man (as seen in Rondo of Blood), middle-aged with dark hair, to old and grey. While not the Biseinen Mathias is, Dracula is more often than not quite dashing. As of Symphony of the Night, Dracula's standard appearance is usually that of an older, moustachioed Alucard.
- Teleport Spam: A staple of all of his fights.
- This Cannot Be!: Many times when he's defeated.
- The Trickster: As Mathias, he fooled Leon so he could get the Crimson Stone and become Dracula. Definitely a great example of a trickster.
- Villainous B.S.O.D.: Implied to have suffered a massive one by his final defeat in Symphony of the Night, when he learns Lisa's true last words.
- Villain Teleportation: And follows it right up with a triple fireball or a twin meteor.
- We Can Rule Together: Tempts Leon with the gift of immortality and the chance of serving as his right-hand man. Leon resists, Mathias sics Death on him.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: His main motivation for trying to ruin the world and go against God is because of his wife dying. Twice.
- "Then for the Master, I'll feast on your soul this night!"
Voiced by (English): Dennis Falt (Symphony of the Night), Tom Wyner (Lament of Innocence, Curse of Darkness, Portrait of Ruin), Ken Lally (Curse of Darkness as Zead), Travis Willingham (All games starting with The Dracula X Chronicles), David Lodge (Harmony of Despair)
Voiced by (Japanese): Creator: Chikao Ohtsuka (Rondo of Blood), Masaharu Sato (Symphony of the Night, Lament of Innocence, Curse of Darkness and Harmony of Despair), Takuo Kawamura (Harmony of Dissonance), Yukitoshi Hori (Curse of Darkness as Zead), Yasuhiko Tokuyama (Portrait of Ruin), Masaru Suzuki (Order of Ecclesia), Kōichi Sakaguchi (Castlevania: Judgment)The Grim Reaper, stealer of souls, possibly the ruler of Hell, and... apparently Dracula's best friend. If nothing else, his closest confidant. It's hard to say how this came about, although many suspect the Crimson Stone ever since that has been added to the continuity. A recent game has suggested that a higher power may be responsible.As he is a god of death, one would expect the protagonists of the series to be incapable of killing him. Somehow, they manage it. Fortunately, he is never gone for long, ensuring a long career of Sinister Scythe battles that have made him beloved and feared by the fanbase.Outside of battle, his role is inconsistent. At times, he is only there to fight. At other times, he drives the plot, bringing the revival of his lord to fruition by any means necessary. He has been known to interact with the protagonists more often than his lord, as he tries to dissuade Alucard from interfering, compares notes with Juste, manipulates Hector under a false identity, and shares a common enemy with the vampire hunters when Brauner arrives. He is always loyal to Dracula (although this does not include Soma, his master reincarnated), and is Lawful Evil. Dialogue from Judgement and Curse of Darkness hints that he has strong hate toward time travellers.Tropes associated with Death:
- Affably Evil: Despite being Enemies with Death, the Belmonts tend to get little or no enmity from the Grim Reaper. Death tends to be somewhat polite towards his enemies, and is even on a First-Name Basis with Alucard (as seen in Symphony of the Night).
- Ascended Extra: Started off as a standard recurring boss in the series, and one that didn't even appear in every game (note the first two Game Boy games and Haunted Castle). Rondo of Blood gave him a few lines during his fights, but it was Symphony of the Night that gave him significant dialogue and solidified his role as Dracula's trusted confidant.
- Badass: Kind of hard to be Death and not be this.
- Badass Long Robe: Again, it's Death.
- Bald of Evil: As "Zead" in Curse of Darkness.
- Well, he is a skeleton, which doesn't have any hair...
- Battle Butler: Very samurai-like in personality.
- Big Bad Ensemble: In the games where he becomes Dragon Ascendant, he usually shares the title of Big Bad with another villain. In Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin with Brauner and in Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance with Maxim are a couple of examples.
- The Dragon: The most loyal of Drac's servants.
- Enemy Mine: Subverted in Portrait of Ruin: he almost makes an offer to team up with Jonathan and Charlotte to defeat Brauner, but Jonathan rejects him since he's still working for Dracula, after all. They still wind up helping him, regardless.
- Final Boss: In Lament of Innocence.
- Four Is Death: In most of his Metroidvania incarnations, he has 4,444 HP.
- The Grim Reaper: Or Shinigami, his name in Japan.
- Kaizo Trap: His scythe will often fall off the screen when he is defeated, but unique in Aria of Sorrow, this falling scythe can kill you when you beat Death.
- Lawful Evil: In-universe. The Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin manual explicitly states him as such. Oddly, this is the only canonical example of Character Alignment in the whole series.
- Mister Exposition: In an odd move in Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance, when he figures out what's going on with the castle(s) and Maxim, he explains it to Juste. This happens well before his boss battle.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: Considering Lament's reveal that Death aided Dracula centuries before he ever tried to kill humanity, and his opposition to Brauner in Portrait even as he sought to accomplish what Dracula had failed to do so often, it's likely that Death is not so much devoted to Dracula's goals as he is devoted to Dracula himself. As long as it is in Dracula's best interest, he will abide vampire hunters or even aid time travelers.
- Not Me This Time: Inverted in Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin. Death was completely unaware of a vampire other than Dracula having control of Castlevania during the events of the game until the protagonists (who deduced that Dracula was not responsible for Castlevania's return) accused him of working for Brauner (the vampire in question).
- One-Winged Angel: Sometimes transforms into a skeletal dragon thing with scythes for arms. Often is much easier to defeat in this form. He does have other One-Winged Angel forms, and a list of them can be found here.
- The Plan: Loves to use these to help Dracula revive.
- Praetorian Guard: Slogra and Gaibon.
- Sdrawkcab Alias: In Curse of Darkness, he uses the alias "Zead".
- Sinister Scythe: He's Death, what did you expect? He ups the ante with a wicked dual-bladed scythe in Aria of Sorrow. In Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth, he gets laser scythes. That's before getting into the million sickles he can summon out of thin air...
- Spam Attack: As mentioned above, one of his most common attacks consists of conjuring countless of sickles from thin air.
Lament of Innocence
- "I'll kill you AND the night!!"
Voiced by (English): Dave Wittenberg
Voiced by (Japanese): Nobutoshi CannaA near-invincible knight active during the medieval era, and along with Mathias Cronqvist, formed an invincible team. He abandoned his position when his fiancee Sara Trantoul was kidnapped (according to Mathias) by the vampire Walter Bernhard. Leon discards his sword and takes up the Whip of Alchemy from Rinaldo Gandolfi, and storms Walter's castle, only to find Sara in process of being vampirized. The only way to save her is to kill her. Leon does the job, changing the Whip of Alchemy into the legendary Vampire Killer.Leon swears to kill Walter and the night. He almost succeeds, only to see Walter get backstabbed by Death, and Mathias reveal himself as the Magnificent Bastard behind the scenes. Leon refuses Mathias' offer to join him, survives a battle with Death, and swears that his family will always exist to oppose Mathias.Tropes associated with Leon:
- Bishōnen: He held the title of "The most androgynous Castlevania protagonist EVER".
- Fire, Ice, Lightning: The Whip of Alchemy gains these powers whenever Leon defeats the respective element bosses, and even retains them when it becomes the Vampire Killer. Oddly enough, these powers rarely show up again (or at least in their full capacity) throughout the series.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Mathias, until their "falling out".
- Kill the Ones You Love: To spare Sara from the fate of becoming a vampire, he reluctantly killed her, with her consent.
- Knight in Shining Armor: Almost literally.
- Lawful Stupid: He comes to Walter's castle unarmed, having relinquished his sword along with his knighthood.
- Leitmotif: "Lament of Innocence" is considered to be Leon's theme.
- The Power of Love: Knowing that she'll eventually fully succumb to her vampirism, Leon's betrothed Sara willingly bonds her soul to the Whip of Alchemy, transforming it into the Vampire Killer.
- Second Love: We're not told who she is, but he must've found a wife after Sara became the Vampire Killer (since most other games star his descendants).
- Shoot the Dog: Leon's original motive was to rescue Sara, not to gain a cool whip. This causes him to swear to hunt down Mathias as long as he still breathes.
- Unwitting Pawn
- Wild Hair: Lacks the usual Barbarian Long Hair of most of his descendants, but it's still long.
- "Welcome. I have been waiting, Leon."
Voiced by (English): Jamieson Price
Voiced by (Japanese): Yukimasa KishinoA powerful vampire who rules the forest called Eternal Night. As he finds his immortality to be boring, he seeks a challenge, playing life and death games with brave humans and upping the ante by stealing that which is most precious to them. His latest act is spiriting away Sara Trantoul, Leon Belmont's fiancee.Tropes associated with Walter:
- Affably Evil
- Amulet of Concentrated Awesome: Walter's fate, it's a lot more terrifying than it sounds.
- Badass: He was the most powerful vampire before Dracula.
- Blood Knight: Seeks excitement as a means to pass the time.
- Evil Overlord
- Evil Redhead
- Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: He wants others to come after him. See "Blood Knight" above.
- Not So Invincible After All: He has Nigh-Invulnerability... except when faced by the awesome power of the Vampire Killer.
- Peek-a-Bangs: acts as a veil, a way of representing his magical powers, and separates himself from normal men.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over
- Unwitting Pawn: He was deceived by Mathias and Death into believing that the Ebony Stone would revive him after his defeat and allow him to control Death. Instead, Death claims Walter's soul and uses it to create the Crimson Stone.
- "It's too bad... You aren't Walter."
Voiced by (English): Liam O'Brien
Voiced by (Japanese): Hiroshi KamiyaOnce a human, Joachim was turned into a vampire by Walter Bernhard. He now harbors an ambition to defeat Walter and become the new master of his castle, but was bested in combat by Walter and imprisoned in the castle's prison as punishment.Tropes associated with Joachim:
- Foil: To Walter. Color scheme and appearance.
- Kamehame Hadoken: One of his limit breaks.
- Mind over Matter: Uses psychokinesis to wield five swords.
- Slouch of Villainy: Does this after killing Walter and taking his castle.
- Sore Loser: Hints at this with his conversation before challenging Leon:Leon: Why is a vampire locked away here?Leon: [perplexed]Joachim: Damn Walter, I would have won weren't not for his ebony stone.
- "Don't you always? Ask away."
Voiced by (English): Michael McConnohie
Voiced by (Japanese): Hidekatsu ShibataRinaldo is an old man who lives near Walter Bernhard's castle. Walter turned Rinaldo's daughter, Justine, into a vampire, and she killed the rest of Rinaldo's family. Rinaldo was forced to create the Whip of Alchemy and he then killed her with it. When Leon Belmont came to rescue his fiancé Sara Trantoul from the clutches of Walter, Rinaldo gave Leon the Whip of Alchemy, and later helped him perform a ritual which unlocked the whip's true power and transformed it into the Vampire Killer. He also provided a shop where Leon could buy or sell items.Tropes associated with Rinaldo:
- Cool Old Guy
- Crusading Widower/Best Served Cold: Rinaldo attempted to kill Walter after his family's deaths, but the whip had no effect on Walter. Walter allowed Rinaldo to live near the castle and help other vampire hunters, as he thought it would make the "game" more interesting.
- Heartbroken Badass
- Whip It Good: He created what would become the Vampire Killer, and helped unlock its true power.
- "If my soul can save others, then I won't die in vain. I do not want anyone else to suffer my fate."
- Badass: She's the Belmonts' Weapon of Choice, who has killed Dracula numerous times.
- Distressed Damsel: Leon journeys to Eternal Night to rescue her from Walter.
- Disposable Woman: Unlike the others, she at least gets a bit of screen time. And has a lot more tropes...
- Establishing Character Moment: When she willingly fused her soul to become the Vampire Killer. She should be crowned a saint for that.
- Samus Is a Girl: a rare weapon example; the Vampire Killer is Sara.
- Fate Worse Than Death: She considers being a vampire this. Also, she's still stuck inside the whip, even after Julius "permanently" kills Dracula, and later Soma.
- Good Is Not Soft: Leon feels lucky to have met such a sweet lady, with a nice personality. Until she becomes the Vampire Killer in the hope of stopping Mathias, as the Belmonts use her to plow through his forces.
- Heroic Sacrifice: She doesn't want others to suffer her fate, so she made a pact with Leon and Rinaldo to bind her soul to the Whip of Alchemy.
- Powered by a Forsaken Child: The Belmonts are using the soul of Leon's lover all this time. Kinda horrific when you think about it...
- Unwitting Pawn: it's implied she figured it out when Leon felt her anger, as she sensed Mathias has become a vampire.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: In a way, as she actually preferred to be sealed in the Whip of Alchemy to create the Vampire Killer, so Leon can permanently kill Walter, and later have his descendants hunt down Mathias.
- Walking Spoiler: If you haven't played Lament of Innocence, chances are you don't even know her; hell, she's not even acknowledged in recent games, her presence is only implied. But considering the Belmonts can't hunt the night without her, she is worth your respect.
- Whip It Good: Her fate as the Vampire Killer.
- Empathic Weapon: Ms. Trantoul is rather picky to whoever wants to wield her. If you're not a Belmont or in line with them, or you've been tainted by Dracula's power, she will drain the life out of you. Unless you prove your worthy, just ask Jonathan.
- "We all decide our own fate. It was you who taught me that, Alucard."
- Action Girl
- Babies Ever After: She's shown holding her newborn infant in the epilogue of Legends.
- Magic Knight: Sonia does not make use of subweapons. Instead, defeating boss monsters grants her various magical powers, such as the ability to heal herself or obliterate everything on the screen. She can also enter a Burning Mode which improves her movement speed, damage and makes her invincible.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Subtly implied during her exchanges with Alucard. Official art definitely gives off this impression.
- Ret Gone: IGA took her out of his Castlevania timeline.
- Stripperiffic It appears that dressing as a stripper is not limited to male Belmonts.
- Willing Suspension of Disbelief: Reportedly, a woman warrior being accepted in the 1400s broke IGA's, and that's why her game was removed from the timeline.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Grade A.
- "No matter who may challenge, my clan will not falter."
Voiced by (English): Steve Staley (Curse of Darkness), Gideon Emery (Castlevania: Judgment)
Voiced by (Japanese): Kiyoyuki Yanada (Symphony of the Night) Yasunori Masutani (Curse of Darkness), Takashi Kondo (Castlevania: Judgment)Leon's descendant (with or without Sonia) and the first Belmont to succeed in killing Dracula. When Trevor was young, he went into exile as the people feared the Belmont clan's powers. But when Dracula strikes, Trevor takes up the Vampire Killer whip that was passed down through his ancestors, and travels around Wallachia to save the land and win the people's trust. It works, and the Belmonts are no longer feared. He also gets to marry one of his allies, Sypha Belnades.He gets to reappear in Curse Of Darkness as an uneasy ally for Hector. He ends up getting wounded by Isaac, but survives the overall ordeal. Unfortunately, he loses his headband in the process.Tropes associated with Trevor:
- All of the Other Reindeer: At his time, his family was feared due to their power, prompting him to fight Dracula to prove that his family is good.
- Badass: The first Belmont to kill Dracula.
- Battle Couple: Along with Sypha. Though inverted in that they're a fighting duo first before getting married.
- Big Brother Mentor: Grant sees him as this, along with being a part of his True Companions.
- Eyepatch of Power: Has this in Judgment.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: Gets a few physical combos sprinkled into his CoD moveset.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: It's heavily implied that in the final battle with Dracula in III, Trevor got a parting gift from Dracula in the form of a scar across his left eye and chest. It's visible in Curse, although Judgment changed it around, instead claiming that Trevor lost his eye, hence the eyepatch.
- Not necessarily. Trevor never mentions his eye during the course of the game, but frequently threatens to pay Dracula back for his scars. An eyepatch can also be worn to help a wounded eye heal.
- Henpecked Husband: Subtly and hilariously implied with his winning quote against Sypha in Judgment:I fought fair and won the day. If only that was true in the household.
- Hero Antagonist: At first, to Hector in CoD.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: Out of the four heroes in Dracula's Curse, he's the balanced one. Strongest basic attack. Greatest variety of subweapons. Tied for strongest defense. Second-longest attack range.
- Knight in Shining Armor: Personality-wise in Curse of Darkness — he's quick to point out to Hector that he didn't beat Dracula alone; he had a LOT of help from people just as brave as him.
- Literally according to Grant in Akumajou Densetsu. He offers to join as the speedster because Trevor's heavy armour's gotta be slowing him down.
- Leitmotif: "Beginning" is strongly associated with Trevor, and he has "Belmont The Legend" as his boss theme in Curse of Darkness.
- Official Couple: With Sypha.
- Put on a Bus: In Curse of Darkness, Trevor all but disappears after he's attacked by Isaac while he's weakened from his battle with Hector. Julia mentions that she's hospitalized him, but he isn't in any condition to fight.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome
- "You ain't seen one quick as me before!"
Voiced by (English): Kirk Thornton (Castlevania: Judgment)
Voiced by (Japanese): Masaya Onosaka (Castlevania: Judgment)A pirate whose family was killed by Dracula. Grant opted to take revenge for his family, but was quickly beaten and turned into a monster that guards the clock tower. Trevor beats some sense into him and he ends up becoming his friend, fighting Dracula by his side. He later helps rebuild Wallachia. Can crawl on walls, throw knives, and bears an eerie resemblance to the Hunchback/Fleaman-type enemy, the Ripper.Tropes associated with Grant:
- Deadpan Snarker: In Judgement. It doesn't hurt his reputation as the Spider-Man of Castlevania.
- Demoted to Extra: Trevor reappears in Curse of Darkness, Sypha gets to have a lot of descendants, Grant was given nothing at all until Judgment.
- What's more, while Julius Mode in Dawn of Sorrow was conceived and plays out like a colossal Shout-Out to Dracula's Curse, it lacks a Grant counterpart in any form; you can switch between Julius, Yoko, and Alucard. Apparently they were originally going to include Hammer in Julius Mode as the Grant analogue, but seemingly couldn't justify a hearty tough guy like Hammer playing like a Fragile Speedster.
- Even more, in the 3rd Pachislot games, revolving around Dracula's Curse, Grant is absent while Trevor, Sypha, and Alucard got in (and even Sypha gets a 3D render of her original, non-Judgment art, while Alucard also gets a 3D render of his Bishōnen form in Symphony of the Night). The best Grant got is a 8-bit cameo in the exposition demo.
- He does get a bone thrown at him in Judgment, though; he's recognized as one of the "Legendary Three Heroes" and rises to prominence as the man who helped rebuild Wallachia.
- Another thrown bone, although extremely obscure: A novel serving as a sequel of Dawn of Sorrow featured a descendant of Grant called Michelle DaNasty, as a secondary protagonist along with an apprentice of Julius unaffiliated with any big families, Curtis Lang.
- He did get an appearance in Symphony of the Night and Portrait of Ruin, appearing as a trio of zombie bosses along with Trevor and Sypha.
- What's more, while Julius Mode in Dawn of Sorrow was conceived and plays out like a colossal Shout-Out to Dracula's Curse, it lacks a Grant counterpart in any form; you can switch between Julius, Yoko, and Alucard. Apparently they were originally going to include Hammer in Julius Mode as the Grant analogue, but seemingly couldn't justify a hearty tough guy like Hammer playing like a Fragile Speedster.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: At the end of the day... he got a wife and descendants.
- Fragile Speedster: Second worst constitution, but makes up for it with wall-climbing.
- Knife Nut: This aspect of him is played up in Judgment.
- Lean and Mean: Subverted in Castlevania Judgement. He definitely looks the part where he's skinny to the point of appearing like a skeleton, and he has a wry wit, but he's described as a champion of justice, and in his Epilogue, would be referred to as the hero who rebuilt Wallachia.
- True Companions: What he believes he and Trevor to be right from the start in CV3's Japanese script.
- Pirate: He has this design in Dracula's Curse.
- Ghost Pirate, according to the manual. Perhaps it's just referring to his cursed zombie-like form in the clock tower. Then again, there are those mummy wrappings...
- Punny Name: Apparently not intentional.
- Romantic Runner-Up: To Trevor in regards to Sypha. According to Judgment, he was so jealous of this status that he didn't even show up to their wedding. However, he gets over it and wishes the couple good tidings in the future.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: In Dracula's Curse.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Danasty or DaNasty?
- Theme Naming: DaNasty is taken from the name of a family that were enemies of Vlad Tepes: Dinesti.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Grant is usually depicted◊ as◊ one◊ in◊ artwork◊ for Dracula's Curse (both Japanese and American), even though he's clearly wearing a vest and/or undershirt in-game (more accurate artwork here◊).
- Wall Crawl
- "If you wish to see the power of the elements, it would be my pleasure."
Voiced by (Japanese): Ami Koshimizu (Castlevania: Judgment)A witch who disguised herself as a man, considering that at the time witches are meant to be burnt on a stake. She was eventually caught by Dracula and was turned to stone by a cyclops. Later, she was freed from her curse when Trevor kicked the cyclops' ass and she ends up joining his quest, revealing her gender only in the end of the battle. She fell in love with Trevor and ended up marrying him, thus augmenting the Belmont clan with magical power.Tropes associated with Sypha:
- And I Must Scream: Trevor finds her petrified in stone and frees her, and it was implied that she was conscious the whole time.
- Black Magician Girl: Not so rough in personality, but you get the idea.
- Boomerang Bigot: In her Judgment appearance, she is extremely prejudiced against those who are in any way aligned to darkness, even if it's only the source of their powers. This despite the fact she's a witch who calls upon the spirits of the dead to grant her Elemental Powers and is thusly condemned by the very church she serves so fervently — their official stance is that she is no different than the very creatures she hunts. Her storyline's boss fight is against Carmilla, who calls her on this.
- Cleavage Window: She sports one in her Pachislot art.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Her backstory was fleshed out in Judgment, stating that the creatures of the night under Carmilla flat out slaughtered her brethren in front of her before she was taken to the monastery. It does explain why she's that much of a Knight Templar.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Judgment-unique. According to her Judgment personality, she persecutes all that even dare wield dark powers, and is a bit bitchy in doing her job. By the end of Dracula's Curse, however, it is implied that she... got better by spending time with Trevor (or being captured and petrified then saved by Trevor does humble her a bit). This is totally absent in Castlevania III's JP iteration, where she's formal and amiable. In the Pachislot III re-interpretation, she is also much warmer from the get-go.
- Demoted to Extra: Many fans have expressed concern that Sypha is nowhere to be seen in the Pachislot Akumajo Dracula games, while Trevor is aided by a new girl, Angela. To be fair, her being Trevor's wife might have something to do with it, but it still brings up questions, since she can defend herself just fine. The justification is that Pachislot I & II is supposedly taking place in an Alternate Universe of Curse of Darkness, and Sypha is not present there by default.
- She does show up (with a new design closer to her original design, but being more obviously feminine than mysterious) in the third pachislot title, which is set during the events of III.
- Fantastic Racism: In Judgment, she evidences a hatred of any who bear any connection to the darkness. This means her storyline-important fights are against Cornell and Shanoa, and she gets extra-vehement dialogue before a fight with Golem or Alucard.
- Fire, Ice, Lightning: Her three basic elemental spells.
- Girliness Upgrade: Ever since her debut, she has been getting less mysterious and the fact that she's a woman has become more blatant. First, impersonators never seem to put on her hood, then Judgment gave her a nice pair of breasts, but with a different overall design. Pachislot gave her an upgrade of her classic outfit, but in addition to her hood often falling down revealing golden hair and an obviously feminine face, she's also given a pink skirt.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Her Knight Templar status in Judgement in a nutshell. She is willing to kill anyone who is a monster or otherwise has dark powers, even if they use them for good (granted, she did not know who any of them were, as she had not canonically met Alucard in this timeline) and even though she herself is a witch.
- Hot Witch
- In the Hood: Her outfit in Dracula's Curse. Occasionally in Pachislot too, but it tends to go off.
- Jiggle Physics: In Judgment.
- Knight Templar: The Sypha in Judgement shows that she was this before she met Trevor and Alucard, as she's quick to try and kill any creature of the night (including Cornell, Alucard, Golem, and Shanoa), labelling them "evil without chance of redemption". You would think as a witch, she'd know personally that not all creatures of the night are evil.
- Lady of Black Magic: She's feminine, graceful, and a capable witch.
- Magic Wand: In artwork, as well as Judgment.
- Official Couple: With Trevor.
- Samus Is a Girl: In CVIII due to a translation error in the scene where she offers to join Trevor using male pronouns to refer to her. Should Trevor have her with him when he defeats Dracula, in the ending animation she takes her hood off revealing her long blonde hair and leans against him. However, her gender was never hidden in the original Japanese, or in any games after CVIII.
- Spell My Name with an "S": In Harmony of Dissonance, her name is spelled as Cipher. Considering the little amount of story thus far (only existing so the Belmonts can have magic), it's almost fitting... until Judgment fixed her name back to Sypha.
- More than likely, her name is a pun on Cipher, seeing as she was supposed to be a character of mystery that you won't even know her gender until you beat CVIII with her.
- Her last name might have been the result of a Japanese corruption of "Fernandez", as noted with Carrie Fernandez (see below).
- Squishy Wizard: Lower constitution than Grant, but damn it, those spells!
- Sweet Polly Oliver: In her first game, she was introduced doing this to help avoid being persecuted. Subsequent appearances have dropped this angle, though.
- Silk Hiding Steel: Only in CVIII.
- Taken for Granite: This turns horrific when you realize that her original (Japanese) dialogue implies that she was conscious and aware the whole time she was a rock.
- No Ontological Inertia: She is restored from her petrification as soon as the cyclops dies.
Adrian Fahrenheit Tepes (Alucard)
- "Dracula! In the name of my Mother, I will defeat you again!"
Voiced by (English): Robert Belgrade (Symphony of the Night), Yuri Lowenthal (The Dracula X Chronicles, Castlevania: Judgment, Harmony of Despair)
Voiced by (Japanese): Ryotaro Okiayu (Symphony of the Night, Dawn of Sorrow, Harmony of Despair), Mamoru Miyano (Castlevania: Judgment, Nocturne of Recollection)If there's someone else surpassing the Belmonts' popularity... it's this guy. Adrian is Dracula and Lisa's son. Unlike Dracula, he got to hear his mother's last words: to not hate humans. When his father begins his war on humanity, Adrian rebels and takes the name Alucard and... goes into a slumber, waiting for a potential ally to help him beat his father. This person happens to be Trevor Belmont, who swiftly kicked his ass and offered his services. After beating his father, Alucard promptly got himself back to his slumber again......only to awaken again after hearing of Richter Belmont's disappearance. Nobody's around to investigate Dracula's castle, so Alucard goes in himself. He meets up with Richter's ally Maria and they search for Richter. They find that he's been Brainwashed by the dark priest Shaft and used to resurrect Dracula. Alucard frees Richter and defeats his father once again and returns to his slumber, waiting again to oppose his father.He resurfaces again in 1999, masterminding Julius Belmont's final defeat of Dracula. When the castle appears within an eclipse in 2035, Alucard (as his new identity of Japanese government agent Genya Arikado) goes in to help Soma Cruz and guide him in his discovery of his identity as Dracula's reincarnation.Tropes associated with Alucard:
- Aloof Ally
- Alucard: One of the oldest instances of this name.
- Amazon Chaser: Sonia's a female Belmont; it was almost a given that she'd gear up to effortlessly send Drac right back to Hell. At the very least, Alucard holds her in this regard.
- Ascended Extra, Breakout Character: In Dracula's Curse, Alucard's introduction was widely overlooked, mostly due to his generic look and a very limited, somewhat mediocre set of abilities. However, when Alucard was brought back eight years later in Symphony of the Night with a new appearance and some nifty new tricks under his belt, Alucard's popularity skyrocketed to the point that he became just as synonymous with the franchise as its chief family of protagonists and their mortal enemies (if not moreso), with his prominence within canon shifting to reflect these changes. It doesn't hurt that Alucard is practically immortal, making him the sole recurring hero with the best chance of reappearing in a Castlevania should the circumstances call for it.
- The Atoner: A few games have hinted that part of Alucard's "family business" with Dracula is to atone for his father's wrongdoings.
- Badass: No Belmont? No problem, Alucard will kill his father himself.
- Bag of Spilling: In Castlevania III, he could turn into a bat and throw Hellfire right from the get-go. In Symphony, he inexplicably has to search for and regain those abilities.
- Well, the bat form at least. He can use Hellfire right away if you know the input.
- Berserk Button: Messing with his mother is a terrible idea, as the succubus learned the hard way.
- Big Good: As Arikado.
- Bishōnen: Holy...
- Averted in his original CVIII design, where he looks more like a stereotypical vampire.
- Chick Magnet: What can we say? Vampires Are Sex Gods.
- Interspecies Romance: With both Sonia and Maria.
- Dark Is Not Evil: He has all the traditional vampire powers, but uses them for good.
- Dhampyr/Half-Human Hybrid: Lisa is human, Drac is a vampire... you get the idea.
- Flash Step
- Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: Well, Friendly Neighborhood Dhampyr.
- Good Is Not Nice: Very cold and aloof.
- I Hate You, Vampire Dad: Although Alucard hates Dracula, Dracula is still fond of him.
- Leitmotif: "Castle Dracula" has been used frequently to represent Alucard. "Tragic Prince" from the same game also sees use as this.
- Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me: Alucard can use shields in Symphony.
- Mr. Fanservice
- Name's the Same: There are major differences between him and the Alucard from Hellsing.
- Progressively Prettier: He looks like a craggy, middle-aged man in Dracula's Curse. In all subsequent appearances, he's a top-grade Bishōnen.
- Sealed Good in a Can: Once or twice canonically (after III and SotN, although Maria may have been able to talk him out of the latter; he also did this in Legends), with the large gaps between his appearances accounting for this trope at least a few more times.
- Slouch of Villainy: Inherited from his father, even though he's not a villain.
- You can make him sit on chairs in Symphony of the Night. Serves no practical purpose other than to show off the attention to detail in his sprites.
- In Dawn of Sorrow's Julius Mode, Alucard is the only character who can sit in chairs, probably because they could reuse the old sprites for him.
- The Stoic
- Summon Magic: SotN introduced us to Alucard's familiars.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: As Arikado. The suit definitely helps too.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Into a bat and a wolf.
Curse of Darkness
- "Isaac! I will hunt you down like the beast you are!!"
Voiced by (English): Crispin Freeman
Voiced by (Japanese): Takahiro YoshimizuHector was once a servant of Dracula, a Devil Forgemaster. When Trevor beats Dracula, Hector decides to just settle down and live in peace with his wife Rosaly... until another Devil Forgemaster, Isaac, accused her of witchcraft and got her burnt at the stake, prompting Hector to pursue Isaac (who was already forming a plan to revive Dracula.)Tropes associated with Hector:
- Anti-Villain: he was an ally of Dracula.
- Anti-Hero: He became a good guy though.
- Badass His powers equaled those of Death.
- Retired Badass: Unlike Leon, who probably had an impressive stash of weapons from his time as a knight, Hector voluntarily sealed away his Devil Forgemaster powers. When he went after Isaac, all he had was a short sword, and Hector had to spend the majority of the game regaining his former skills. It should be noted that as one of Dracula's generals, Hector's powers were considered equal to that of Death.
- Took a Level in Badass: And then he got his powers again.
- Dark Is Not Evil: After his Heel–Face Turn, Hector's dark powers were also used to combat Dracula's legions.
- Dark and Troubled Past: How he eventually ended up in Dracula's employ.
- Death Seeker: He was perfectly content to remain in the castle as it crumbled, but Julia managed to convince him to live... with her.
- Defector from Decadence: Dracula's callous nature towards humans appalled Hector. When he sent creatures to destroy Wallachia, this was the straw that broke the camel's back.
- Disposable Woman: Rosaly exists solely for this reason; at the end, he ends up with a woman who looks just like her...
- Hell-Bent for Leather
- Icy Blue Eyes
- Improbable Weapon User: Thanks to the marvels of the item-crafting system of CoD, Hector's arsenal includes a frying pan, a nail bat, a gatling gun, a holy police baton, and an electric guitar.
- Anachronism Stew: He predates a lot of the weapons in his arsenal.
- The Lost Lenore: Rosaly
- Mystical White Hair: As a good guy... either that or platinum blond.
- Revenge: Hoo boy, Isaac! You really shouldn't have implicated Rosaly as a practitioner of witchcraft...
- Slouch of Villainy: Hector gets to sit in more than 10 different types of chairs throught his adventure. Truly the pinnacle of this trope in the series.
- Does this number include the save points and teleporters?
- Spanner in the Works: Messes up the last part of Death's plan by not succumbing to Dracula's curse, but...
- Unwitting Pawn: The plan still worked to an extent, thanks to him, though Isaac is the ultimate Xanatowned party.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Recent info suggests that Rosaly's name should instead be spelled as Rosalee.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Before the story, probably.
- "You will receive the most gruesome fate for the humiliation you brought upon me three years ago!..."
Voiced by (English): Liam O'Brien
Voiced by (Japanese): Moriya EndoThe other Forgemaster. Not particularly happy with Hector's betrayal of Dracula, blaming the man for the fact that Trevor was able to get to Dracula at all (he says this outright in the Tokyopop manga). He has a devious and original scheme with which to get back at Hector, but in truth it's not even really his scheme at all... Dracula is not the nicest of employers.Tropes associated with Isaac:
- Always Someone Better: Although their rivalry started out friendly, Isaac soon came to resent Hector for one-upping him in everything.
- Blade on a Stick: During his first boss battle, he wields the sinister halbeard called "Chauve Souris" (Bat), a large spear with bat wing-like blades. When you manage to forge it, it's actually stated in the description that this is Isaac's Weapon of Choice.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Stated outright to be his deal by Julia in the end. Dracula is a horrible boss.
- Combat Stilettos: And he's a dude.
- Truth in Television: High noblemen in Europe had been known to wear heels, so it's not much of a stretch.
- The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: As a spear-wielder, Isaac has the same moveset as Hector. However, while Hector can unleash the finishing moves only after the required number of hits, Isaac can spam them randomly after only one attack. For example, he can use the Twister attack after one blow, while Hector normally needs at least 3 moves before using it, and so on.
- Evil Counterpart/Foil: To Hector. Whereas Hector is masculine, Isaac is very effeminate and less level-headed. Their sense of dress and appearances are also mirrored. In a sense, Isaac represents everything Hector isn't.
- This is also mirrored by their Innocent Devils: Abel is Silver colored, while The End summonable by Hector is golden instead.
- Evil Laugh/Laughing Mad: During both his boss battles, usually when he uses a special attack.
- Evil Redhead
- Fiery Redhead: He has red hair and is more impulsive.
- Laser Blade: Wields one in your second battle with him.
- Meaningful Name: Biblically so. This goes for him and for his primary familiar, Abel.
- More Than Mind Control: Both straight-up and with Drac-trojan. His resentment of Hector is cranked up to eleven...with a heaping load of Dracula's anger and envy on top, because Hector's gone and hooked up with a blonde healer (like Lisa)... jealous much, Dracula?
- Rival Turned Evil: Mostly out of spite and jealousy, but exacerbated by Dracula's influence.
- Sissy Villain: Don't underestimate him because he's fabulous. He may wield a pink lightsaber, but he will destroy your face.
- Unwitting Pawn
- Villain Forgot to Level Grind: Averted, every time you fight him, he's stronger... But at the end you end up defeating him.
- "Be vigilant Hector. I have an ill feeling. It bodes not well."
Voiced by (English): Dorothy Elias Fahn
Voiced by (Japanese): Tomoko FujinoIsaac's younger sister, she's a witch who managed to escape the witch hunt and aids Hector in his quest by healing him, setting up shop, and managing his Innocent Devils. Although she tries to convince Hector to not slay her brother, she is prepared for the worst.Tropes associated with Julia:
- Hair Decorations
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Really sweet.
- Hot Witch
- Identical Stranger: She looks almost exactly like Rosaly, to the point that Hector mistakes her for a hallucination of his departed love. As CoD progresses, Hector manages to subvert a Loving a Shadow relationship.
- Pink Is Feminine
- Second Love/Replacement Love Interest: Although they are shown merely as good friends by the epilogue, it's implied that Julia will become this to Hector via a Relationship Upgrade in the near future.
Voiced by (English): Adam Clark
Voiced by (Japanese): Tetsuo SakaguchiA mysterious, eccentric man in a top hat who shows up as a neutral party. Nobody has a good concept of who or what he is, but he has some control over time. He at first seems to want to stop Hector from pursuing Isaac, but after a clash with Zead/Death, he changes his mind and leaves Hector to his own devices after dueling him in a rift where he can use some of his power. Fans suspect he may be in some sort of time watching organization with Aeon, if not the same person in a different form.Tropes associated with St. Germain:
- The Dandy
- Death Is Cheap: He rewinds time when he dies, reviving himself. He does this three times before the battle finishes.
- Green Thumb: His fast-forward technique makes thorny vines grow and try to entangle Hector.
- Foreshadowing: He appears in The Stinger and mentions of the final battle in 1999 (which has yet to have a game made about it).
- Nice Hat: A top hat, at that.
- No Flow in CGI: It's an odd case, looking from the from and behind, it looks really well done long hair. But when he moves... It's basically a yellow sheet.
- Schizo Tech: Uses a pistol in 15th-century Wallachia. Justified as he's a time traveler; he's outright shown pulling it out of a rift.
- Sword and Gun
- Time Master
- Time Stands Still
A Belmont descendant that takes on Dracula when he revives... that's all his story is about in Adventure. In Belmont's Revenge, his story was fleshed out a bit with the birth of his son Soleiyu (properly Soleil), who was about to inherit the Vampire Killer until Dracula possessed him. Chris jumps back into action to save his son and succeeds. There is a remake of Adventure, which seems to be rather different in content.Tropes associated with Christopher:
- Bootstrapped Leitmotif: "Battle of the Holy" has become strongly associated with Christopher.
- Fore Head Of Doom: We can't deny it.
- Papa Wolf: "I want my son back, you son of a bitch."
- Punny Name: His son, Soleiyu. His name is a mistranslation of the French word soleil, which means "sun". Sun = Son, which is what Soleiyu is in regards to Christopher.
- The Southpaw: He is the only left-handed Belmont to remain in canon. Richter is only a lefty when he's being messed with by Shaft and Drac. Trevor's ambidextrous, but that only half-way counts.
- In the Wiiware remake, he is now whipping with the same hand as everyone else.
Although Victor was born in the 1800s, the Powers That Be pulled him to the year 1666 to assist Sonia Belmont in destroying Dracula. When he was young, he decided that he wanted no part of the Belmont family's job as vampire hunters, and ran away from home. As he grew older, he took up gambling and also learned of the arts of warfare. One night in the 19th century, he got in a fight with another man when gambling. As Victor pulled out a knife, he was suddenly transported to the year 1666 by mysterious forces.Victor was going to be one of the protagonists of Castlevania: Resurrection, along with Sonia Belmont, but the game was unfortunately canceled.Tropes associated with Victor:
- Badass Beard
- Refusal of the Call: Victor attempted to escape his destiny, but he couldn't hide from it forever.
- Screw Destiny: He tried to, at least.
- Sharp-Dressed Man
- Video Game Fantasy Casting: Particularly in the pre-release screenshots, he looks like Tim Curry.
Vampire Killer/Simon's Quest
- "On my honor as a Belmont, I will destroy you."
Voiced by (English): Andrew Kevadas (Captain N), Keith Silverstein (Castlevania: Judgment)
Voiced by (Japanese): Hideo Ishikawa (DreamMix TV World Fighters), Kenichi Suzumura (Castlevania: Judgment)The very first Belmont in the series, and by far the most well-known and popular of them all. At first, Simon's purpose is simple: Fulfill his family's legacy by entering Dracula's castle and defeating him. He did so. But, Dracula, in his dying breath, gave him a curse that would slowly kill him. He didn't count on Simon's Badass qualities, though, so despite being cursed, Simon travels around Transylvania and collects Dracula's body parts so he can revive and destroy him, ending the curse.He also gets to appear in Captain N, but he's a completely different character; a bumbling Jerk with a Heart of Gold instead of the straightforward hero he usually is in the games.Tropes associated with Simon:
- Badass: His whole clan is a Badass Family, but Simon takes the cake. Not only is he one of the few Belmonts to take on a Dracula that wasn't resurrected early and is thus at his peak, he's also one of only two to fight him a second time.
- The second time deserves special mention. Simon was still suffering from wounds he received the first time around, and only had days to live. His solution? Personally go out and deliberately revive Dracula. Just to kill him again. BAD. ASS.
- Badass Normal: Armed with naught but a magical whip and a few subweapons, he defeats Dracula twice, by himself. Let it be known: Simon Belmont doesn't need silly things like Jump Physics, item crashes, massive inventories, or RPG Elements to kick your ass.
- Badass In Mink: His Barbarian Hero design comes with fur ruffles.
- Barbarian Hero: His first official appearances had him look like this, although as time went on he changed a bit; oddly enough, Kojima's Bishōnen design for him is also the one in which he looks the most barbaric; go figure that one.
- Barbarian Longhair: Since Super Castlevania IV, Kojima's design is more famous.
- Bishōnen: His Kojima design, probably to bring him in line with all the other Kojima-designed Belmonts. Though only from the neck up in Simon's case; below that, he's still built like a tank with ape arms that could rip the castle apart with his bare hands if he wanted to. It's an odd mixture.
- The Cameo: Input The Konami Code when the Konami symbol shows as you boot up Harmony of Dissonance, and you get to play as Simon in Boss Rush mode. 8-bit Simon. And he can still whoop every monster the game chooses to throw at him.
- Fan Nickname: His Judgment self is called "Simon Yagami", thanks to his character design.
- Hellbent For Leather: His Barbarian Hero design has a lot of leather tassles.
- Leitmotif: SCIV gave us "Dance of the Holy Man/Theme of Simon Belmont" which has appeared many times since. Vampire Killer from the original Castlevania is sometimes used as this as well, when not the theme of the series in general.
- Ornamental Weapon: His Kojima Chronicles design has a sword strapped to his hip, but he never uses it in place of the Vampire Killer. Castlevania Fighter and Haunted Castle makes him use it though. The action figure released by Neca also has it.
- Rated M for Manly: That moment you realize that even at his bishiest, he was a testosterone fueled killing machine.
- Wolverine Publicity: Has appeared in more games than any other Belmont due to his status as being synonymous with the entire franchise.
- "But isn't this world hellish already? People are intrigued by darkness, and covet power and chaos."
Voiced by (English): Karen Strassman (Castlevania: Judgment)
Voiced by (Japanese): Sayaka Ohara (Castlevania: Judgment)A devoted servant and worshipper of the Dark Lord, she has been actively involved in his resurrection on several occasions.In Circle of the Moon, she acts as the main antagonist. Carmilla manages to revive Dracula, but not to full power, so she planned to sacrifice the vampire hunter Morris Baldwin during a lunar eclipse of the full moon. She also enthralls Hugh Baldwin to her will to help prevent Nathan Graves' interference. While ultimately defeated, Carmilla still manages to complete the ritual to restore her master.Tropes associated with Carmilla:
- Full-Frontal Assault: Her true form usually is that of a naked woman riding ontop of a giant skull.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Her over-sexualized persona in Judgment.
- Hair Colors: Usually some bluish shade, but CotM had her as a brunette.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: She believes that darkness is the true nature of humans, and hopes that Dracula will bring it out. Unlike Dracula, she shows no enmity towards mankind.
- Iconic Item: Her mask, which first served as her appearance in Simon's Quest, has made frequent reappearances. It hangs on the wall during her Rondo of Blood battle, and she uses a mask-adorned iron maiden as her hyper move in Judgment. It also shows up in the Cave of Skeletons in Harmony of Dissonance alongside many other Shout Outs.
- Lesbian Vampire/Depraved Bisexual: Laura, the Cat Girl seen in Rondo and PoR, is her servant and apparently her lover. Now factor this into her vampish nature towards pretty much anyone else, and...
- Pimped-Out Dress: In Circle of the Moon, in a stark contrast to every other appearance.
- Psycho Supporter/Undying Loyalty: To Dracula, with heavy implications of Mad Love.
- Ms. Fanservice: Especially in Judgment.
- Shout-Out Theme Naming: Her namesake is... well...
- The Vamp
Harmony of Dissonance
- "Do not underestimate the power of Belmont..."
Voiced by (Japanese): Tadasuke OomizuSimon's grandson, a prodigious warrior who inherits the Vampire Killer in his mere teens. Juste is unique in that he has a LOT of the Belnades blood in him, making him a Magic Knight. For some reason, he likes decorating rooms. He is best buds with swordsman Maxim Kischine and is the lover of Lydie Erlanger. At one point, Lydie vanishes, Dracula's castle rises, and Maxim leads him there (acting a bit strange in the meantime). Juste investigates the castle, finding out that Maxim is being possessed, and ends up repeating Simon's feat of gathering Dracula's parts and reviving him only to destroy him again. Juste saves Lydie and Maxim, and it's all good.Tropes associated with Juste:
- Bad Ass: Even his Badass Family considers him such.
- Expy has the dubious distinction of being called "Alucard Belmont"
- Hot-Blooded: Just hear his battle cries. He even screams ORA ORA ORA ORA ORA
- Icy Blue Eyes
- Its Pronounced Tro Pay: Going by the katakana for his name, it's pronounced like juiced.
- Leitmotif: "Successor of Fate"
- Lightning Bruiser: Juste has to be one of the fastest and hardest hitting Belmonts. It's easy to spam his Video Game Dashing.
- Magic Knight: Has the most spells amongst the Belmonts, and still whips as hard as he can cast.
- Memento MacGuffin: His Bracelet.
- Mystical White Hair
- Peek-a-Bangs: Same motif as Walter.
- Power Glows: Juste's magical talent may account for the colored after-images he makes when he dashes, and he is always outlined in a glowing blue aura.
- Red Is Heroic
- Real Men Wear Pink: His decorating taste.
- "Tha-that bracelet... so you wore it after all..."
Voiced by (Japanese): Takuo KawamuraJuste's best friend since childhood. The two share a Friendly Rivalry, with Maxim occasionally trying to prove that he is more talented than Juste. Maxim specializes in fighting with martial arts and bladed weapons. In 1748, Maxim was possessed by the dark power of Dracula's remains and kidnapped Lydie Erlanger, his friend and Juste's lover, and brought her to Castlevania. With help from Juste, Maxim was able to keep it from completely overcoming him, until it left his body. After Juste destroyed the dark entity, he, Maxim, and Lydie escaped the castle.Tropes associated with Maxim:
- Cool Sword: His trademark weapon, the Stellar Sword.
- Demonic Possession
- Enemy Within
- Fragile Speedster: Moves even faster than Juste, but while he can heal, it takes a lot of hearts, and he noticeably takes a lot more of a beating. It's just notable as Maxim is so fast.
- Leitmotif: "Theme of Maxim Kischine".
- Memento MacGuffin: His Bracelet.
- Ninja: He uses a large shuriken in battle, delivers quick kicks, somersaults through the air, and can even create duplicates of himself.
- The Rival
- Walking Shirtless Scene
Voiced by (Japanese): Sanae KobayashiA childhood friend of Juste and Maxim. She is kidnapped and taken to Dracula's Castle, which leads Juste and Maxim to going there in the first place.Tropes associated with Lydie:
- Childhood Friend Romance: In the best ending, this is hinted at with Juste.
- Distressed Damsel
- Everyone Loves Blondes
- Leitmotif: "Theme of Lydie Erlanger".
- Pimped-Out Dress
The MerchantA mysterious merchant that got lost within Dracula's Castle, so set up a shop there.Tropes associated with the Merchant:
- What Happened to the Mouse?: In the ending, after Dracula's Castle is destroyed, he isn't seen.
Rondo of Blood/Dracula X
- "Die, monster! You don't belong in this world!"
Voiced by (English): Scott McColloch (Symphony of the Night), David Vincent (Portrait of Ruin, The Dracula X Chronicles, Harmony of Despair)
Voiced by (Japanese): Jin Horikawa (Rondo of Blood), Kiyoyuki Yanada (Symphony of the Night, The Dracula X Chronicles, Harmony of Despair), Shinichiro Miki (Nocturne of Recollection)One of the more infamous Belmonts (thanks to Symphony of the Night) and probably Juste's son or at least his grandson. Richter has a girlfriend named Annette, until Dracula suddenly takes an active stance and assaults his home, kidnapping Annette, her sister Maria, and several other women. Richter heads to the castle, saves the maidens, confronts Dracula, and kicks his ass.Four years later, due to a plan by the dark priest Shaft, Richter gets possessed and raises Dracula's castle, acting as its master. He's freed by Alucard, and leaves the rest to him. Since the release of Portrait of Ruin, he is canonically the last Belmont to wield the Vampire Killer until Julius Belmont in 1999.Tropes associated with Richter:
- A Sinister Clue: How do we know that Richter is Not Himself in SotN? When Shaft's possessing him, he uses his left hand to whip.
"I'm a Belmont. That's my job."
- Badass Creed: In Dracula X Chronicles, the remake of Rondo of Blood:
- Badass in Distress: He was Badass in his debut, then he got caught and below in Symphony of the Night. Then, he retains much of the badassery off-screen, but Jonathan Morris can feel it when he fought the Whip Memory in his form.
- Badass Longcoat: Dons one after the Time Skip in SotN.
- Also sports one in The Dracula X Chronicles.
- Barbarian Long Hair. He lets it grow.
- Big Brother Mentor: To sister-in-law Maria.
- Shipper on Deck: Noticing that Maria had developed a romantic attraction to Alucard, he assures Maria that she should go after Alucard and try to soothe his tormented soul.
- Bishōnen: By this point, you should be able to notice that the Belmont family has really, really good genetics.
- Bonus Boss: In Portrait of Ruin. Or rather, the Vampire Killer's memory of him.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: In his tenure of distress.
- Disc One Final Boss: He's the last boss of Symphony of the Night... unless you get a particular item, then defeat him in an alternate manner, in which case defeating him grants access to the second half of the game, the Inverted Castle.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: Sports a brown fingerless glove on his right hand in Rondo, so he can hold his whip carefully.
- Knight in Shining Armor: For a total of four girls!
- Leitmotif: "Bloodlines/Divine Bloodlines"
- Dark Reprise: "Strange Bloodlines/Blood Relations", his battle theme in Symphony.
- Martial Arts Headband: In Rondo.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Once he realizes he's helped to revive Dracula.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: In Rondo.
- World's Best Warrior: Stated in the Castlevania lore that Richter is, when it comes to vampire hunters and even the Belmont clan, the most powerful. This is most likely why Dracula tried to kill him preemptively by sending Death, normally and end of game boss, to kill Richter early and why he ordered his minions to launch a sneak attack destroying Richter's village. When that didn't work (Richter was not there at the time), Dracula kidnapped several women including Richter's fiance to use against Richter and lure him to the castle on Dracula's own terms. Richter is the only Belmont Dracula has put this much effort into getting out of the way instead of directly facing Richter. Richter's power is further emphasized when Jonathan has to fight the memory of Richter carried in vampire killer and even Richter's shade is utterly badass.
- Wolverine Publicity: Appears in several other games thanks to his popularity in Symphony. Only second to Simon in this regard.
- "So you do know how to be a gentleman."
Voiced by (English): Kimberly Forsythe (Symphony of the Night), Michelle Ruff (Dracula X Chronicles), Philece Sampler (Castlevania: Judgment, Harmony of Despair)
Voiced by (Japanese): Yoko Teppotsuka (Rondo of Blood), Chisa Yokoyama (Symphony of the Night), Sawa Ishige (Dracula X Chronicles), Miyu Matsuki (Castlevania: Judgment, Nocturne of Recollection), Chiwa Saito (Harmony of Despair)A distant relative of the Belmont clan, she was captured by Shaft due to her magical powers, but was saved by Richter. She assists him in battle and lives to see Dracula beaten. In the SNES version, she and Annette (Richter's fiancee) were made sisters, a relationship that did not exist in the PC Engine original (although it was mentioned again in the manual of Symphony of the Night, but this was because the translator was more familiar with the SNES version than the PC Engine original, which was a Japan-only release at the time).Four years later, when Richter vanishes, a grown up (and really hot) Maria tries to investigate the castle herself, but she ends up meeting Alucard and works together with him. She saves Richter, and develops feelings for Alucard but is unable to convince him to remain awake. (However, if you get the Best Ending, Maria runs after Alucard, leaving Richter on the cliff. In the audio drama Nocturne of Recollection, Maria and Alucard are living together.)Tropes associated with Maria:
- A-Cup Angst: Only in Judgment; she's obsessed about her chest size and admires the other females' assets.
- Badass Adorable: As a young girl she's very cute, but also very deadly with her attacks.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Particularly in Judgment, she's a lot lighter in tone than you'd expect of a Castlevania protagonist — she's practically a Magical Girl. Despite this, she's capable of going toe to toe with Dracula and every monster at his command. In Judgment, Eric proclaims that her power is legendary, said to be even greater than that of the Belmonts.
- Cute Witch --> Hot Witch
- Dojikko: In Judgment, she has a cutesy tendency to trip; her Hyper attack involves her tripping at the last moment, allowing an empowered Osca to beat up the enemy for her, while two of her special attacks can randomly fail due to this. This aspect is considered a Scrappy Mechanic, because it weakens her attack and gives opponents an advantage to press.
- Double Jump: She does this when jumps is pressed twice. In "Rhondo" Richter just does a backflip. So Maria can reach areas he can't.
- The Four Gods: Four of her animals are cuter versions of them.
- Full-Contact Magic: In Nocturne in the Moonlight (see "What Could Have Been"), Maria mainly uses punches and kicks to fight, but also fires energy blasts from her fingertips to strike long-distance enemies. She can cast spells normally though.
- Gratuitous Japanese: The names of her attacks.
- Hair Decorations: Has a red bow in her hair.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Has blonde hair, and as a girl, basically gives a Shut Up, Hannibal! to a defeated Dracula.
- Improbable Weapon User: Animals, including owls, doves, dragons, cats...
- Kid Hero: In Rondo.
- Leitmotif: "Slash"
- Lethal Joke Character: She's a very silly-themed character, even making her first game Lighter and Softer by choosing her and she regenerates health by eating cakes, but she has a very small hit box, a Double Jump (one of the first, if not the first, Castlevania characters with this), can abuse her slides and rolling, has different subweapons than Richter, AND has an insanely high-damage Invulnerable Attack Spell.
- Little Miss Badass: Her abilities put Richter to shame. In Judgment, she's the final boss for Eric in Story Mode, and he comments in awe that her abilities are said to be greater than those of the Belmonts.
- Pink Means Feminine: She wears a short pink dress when she's a little girl. Though in the PSP remake she's wearing a masculine outfit, but it's also pink.
- She's Got Legs: And Grade C Zettai Ryouiki to help flaunt 'em.
- Sweet Tooth: Richter's health powerups are meat. Maria's are sweet cakes, candies, and ice cream.
- Token Mini-Moe
- What Could Have Been: Older Maria was meant to be playable in SotN, but was scrapped due to time constraints (voice files can still be found on the disk). Nocturne in the Moonlight, the Updated Re-release for the Sega Saturn, and the port on the PSP remake of "Rhondo", made Maria playable.
Voiced by (English): Sally Cahill (Dracula X Chronicles)
Voiced by (Japanese): Atsuko Honda (Rondo of Blood), Sayaka Ohara (Dracula X Chronicles)Richter Belmont's girlfriend. She gets kidnapped in Rondo of Blood.Tropes associated with Annette:
- Distressed Damsel
- Evil Costume Switch: She gets a succubus outfit complete with demonic wings.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: If she becomes a lesser vampire.
- Tragic Monster: In the PSP game if you take too long she becomes a vampire/succubus.
Tera and Iris
Voiced by (English): Karen Strassman (Dracula X Chronicles)
Tera Voiced by (Japanese): Hiromi Murata (Rondo of Blood), Eri Sendai (Dracula X Chronicles)
Iris Voiced by (Japanese): Akie Yasuda (Rondo of Blood), Mizuhara (Dracula X Chronicles)Tera is a nun and Iris is the daughter of a doctor. Both were kidnapped along with Maria and Annette.Tropes associated with Tera and Iris:
Voiced by (English): Jeff Manning (Symphony of the Night), Dave Wittenberg (Dracula X Chronicles)
Voiced by (Japanese): Kiyoyuki Yanada (Symphony of the Night) and Dai Matsumoto (Dracula X Chronicles)
Who is the evil priest who is The Dragon to the lord of beasts?Now that that little obligation is out of the way, Shaft was an evil priest who was helping Dracula kidnap little girls. Later, he was instrumental in keeping Richter Brainwashed and Crazy during Symphony of the Night.Tropes associated with Shaft:
Ya damn right.
Who is the man that brings darkness to his brother man?
Ya damn right.
Who is the man that brings darkness to his brother man?
- Bald of Evil
- Diabolus ex Machina: Richter kills him twice — as both a human and a ghost — in Rondo. He should have been Deader Than Dead, yet even this doesn't stick, as Shaft goes on to enslave Richter so that Alucard can take the spotlight in SotN.
- The Dragon: To Dracula, and played this role to a brainwashed Richter.
- Evil Sorcerer: His narrative role.
- Light Is Not Good: He is technically a priest.
- Scary Black Man: Some of his sprites make him look like this.
- Something Only They Would Say: One major clue to the fact that he is possessing Richter in Symphony of the Night is the incantation that Richter uses to summon monsters to attack Alucard: it's the exact same thing Shaft says when summoning monsters to fight Richter in Rondo of Blood.
They say that cat Shaft is one Eeeevil mother...
Shut yo' mouth!
I'm talkin' bout Shaft!
We can dig it!
Shut yo' mouth!
I'm talkin' bout Shaft!
We can dig it!
GalamothAn extremely large demonic-looking being who resembles a dinosaur. Though originally introduced as the Big Bad in the Kid Dracula games, he made his first proper appearance in the Castlevania series in Symphony of the Night, followed by a cameo in Aria of Sorrow and a significant yet unseen villainous role in Castlevania: Judgment. Not much has been confirmed about him, but from what has been clearly established, he directly opposes Dracula and seeks to replace him as the lord of darkness. For some reason, he has spent far more time fighting Dracula's offspring.Tropes associated with Galamoth:
- Bonus Boss: In Symphony and Encore.
- Breath Weapon: He breathes fire in Kid Dracula. Given his appearance, this may also qualify as Dinosaurs Are Dragons.
- Bus Crash: Implied. Is a background villain that wants to oppose Dracula. According to Castlevania: Chronicles of Sorrow, one of Dracula's abilities, and possibly his most powerful, is the power of Dominance, which lets him take the souls of defeated enemies. What do you find hidden in a lantern, which according to Word of God contains the souls Dracula has stolen? That's right, Galamoth's soul, suggesting that some time before Dracula's Final Death, he finally settled things with Galamoth and won.
- Cool Sword: Wields a standard sword in Boku Dracula-Kun and a Laser Blade in Kid Dracula. He also holds a circular blade in his off hand in Symphony, but never actually uses it.
- Evil Versus Evil: Each time, the forces of good favor Dracula as the dark lord.
- The Ghost: Despite his involvement in Judgment's plot, he never appears in the game, save for a Say My Name from the Time Reaper.
- Immune to Fate: Given that he's the only villain to date to attempt to change history in his favor, and his soul's purpose in Aria is to prevent a Time Master enemy from turning back time, he likely possesses this ability in some form.
- Magic Knight: Wields both magic and swords.
- Make Wrong What Once Went Right: His attempt to remove Dracula from power by changing history in Judgment.
- Not in the Face!: His rather hilarious weakpoint in Symphony of the Night.
- Readings Are Off the Scale: He has so much HP that his bestiary entry doesn't display it.
- Rent-a-Zilla: Though several other bosses in the series outsize him.
- Shock and Awe: In all of his appearances, right down to his special ability in Encore of the Night.
- Spell My Name with an "S": He was known as Garamoth in Kid Dracula.
- The Starscream: Depending on his true role in relation to Dracula.
- Transsexual: His servant Frozen Half.
- Walk Like an Egyptian: In addition to his Symphony outfit's influences, he is animated in a manner that keeps him in constant profile.
Voiced by (English): Alison Lester (Symphony of the Night), Wendee Lee (Dracula X Chronicles)
Voiced by (Japanese): Rica FukamiDracula's second wife and the mother of Alucard. Introduced in Symphony of the Night, where it was revealed that her death provoked Dracula into a war with humanity.Tropes associated with Lisa.
- Burn the Witch!: Accused of witchcraft due to being, apparently, a very good doctor.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Burned at the stake for practicing medicine. Deconstructed due to Dracula's reaction.
- Truth in Television: Believe it or not, women who practiced medicine were a common target of witch burnings by the church at the time for several reasons: the church required a license to practice medicine and women were barred from going to the proper schools, and medicine women often eased the pain of childbirth and helped women avoid dying while giving birth. This went against the Catholic Church's teachings that giving birth was part of every woman's punishment for Eve's sin.
Voiced by (English): Dennis Falt (Symphony of the Night), Kyle Hebert (Dracaula X Chronicles)
Voiced by (Japanese): Masaru SatoThe keeper of Dracula's Castle's library. He helps Alucard in his quest to find out why the Castle has reappeared by selling him items and equipment.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Just like with the Merchant in Harmony of Dissonance.
Circle of the Moon
Another non-Belmont, he is trained alongside Hugh Baldwin by Morris Baldwin, a member of a group of vampire hunters who defeated Dracula. He is chosen over Hugh to inherit the Hunter's Whip (not the Vampire Killer), which leads to resentment on Hugh's part. When Dracula is revived by Carmilla, Nathan and co. go to the castle to put him down. Dracula separates Hugh and Nathan from Morris, whom he kidnaps in order to use in a ritual to release his true power. Nathan and Hugh split up, and eventually come to blows when Hugh is put under More Than Mind Control by Dracula. Nathan beats him, frees Morris after a fight with Dracula, and everybody escapes the castle.CotM was also retconned by Igarashi, but this didn't stop him from borrowing the card system and adapting it into HoD's spellbook system. Igarashi un-retconned Circle of the Moon a few years later, but called this an Alternate Continuity.Tropes associated with Nathan:
- Awesome Mc Cool Name
- Badass No Belmont? Pff, here, let Nathan take care of it.
- Magic Knight: He has plenty of card-based magic skills to augment his whipping.
- Parental Abandonment: Both his parents died in the sealing of Dracula ten years prior.
- Show Girl Skirt: which gives the impression of a faux Badass Long Coat
Morris BaldwinA vampire hunter who sealed Dracula away along with Nathan's parents 10 years before Circle of the Moon. He chose Nathan as his successor, rather than his son, Hugh.Tropes associated with Morris:
Hugh BaldwinMorris' son and Nathan's rival. He is jealous of Nathan because Nathan was chosen as the successor to Morris. He also believes than Nathan is too weak to fight alongside him.Tropes associated with Hugh:
Order of Ecclesia
- "I am the blade to banish all evil, and I've come to see you annihilated."
Voiced by (English): Michelle Ruff
Voiced by (Japanese): Houko KuwashimaA tall, dark, and beautiful member of the Order of Ecclesia, an organization trying to find a way to defeat Dracula without using the Belmonts (or so she thought), and she has to contain the Glyph which contains her magical power. Shanoa was chosen to host Dominus, a glyph containing a portion of Dracula's power, to kill him, but the Glyph was stolen by her brother figure Albus, and in the process she loses her memories and emotions. She is told to hunt down Albus, but eventually smells a rat in her organization after Albus tells her the truth regarding Dominus. Albus was trying to protect Shanoa from Dominus, since anybody who uses its full power will have their soul consumed. It turns out that Barlowe, Ecclesia's leader and Shanoa's adoptive father, has been corrupted by Dominus and is trying to revive Dracula. Shanoa defeats him, but Barlowe manages to revive Dracula anyway. After Dracula is revived and his castle emerges, Shanoa goes to the castle and defeats Dracula with Dominus, but is spared death thanks to Albus, who uses his soul to save her. Shanoa vanishes after Dracula's defeat, and Ecclesia's achievements are lost to history.Tropes associated with Shanoa:
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Tall, dark, and beautiful as mentioned above, and while we don't know much about what she was like pre-Dominus, she fits the personality portion during the game.
- Cat Girl: Shanoa can transform into one with the right glyph. Aside from granting her different attacks, it also enables her to talk to the cats in Wygol Village, and enemy catwomen will become friendly and even aid her in battle.
- Emotionless Girl: After the first botched attempt to use Dominus.
- Expy: Likely of Yuumura Kirika; she's an amnesiac, emotionless young woman fighting on behalf of a mysterious church-based organization whose leader has a sinister ulterior motive... and she's even voiced by Houko Kuwashima.
- Even the Girls Want Her: Female NPCs and enemies flirt with her.
- Leitmotif: "An Empty Tome"
- Magic Knight: Thanks to the glyphs, she can wield any weapon you can think of.
- Power Copying: Some glyph attacks copy other enemies' attacks.
- Rapunzel Hair: She lifts her long hair up quite easily, to show off her Sexy Backless Outfit.
- Sexy Backless Outfit: Her dress and her armour. Justified because she needs to expose the Glyph tattoo on her back to absorb Glyphs.
- Swiss Army Hero: Shanoa can obtain glyphs that change her form into a Cat Girl, a bat-woman, and an automaton (a slow but sturdy little robot). The enemy bat-women keep attacking her, but enemy Automatons will promptly fall in love with Automaton!Shanoa when they spot her.
- Tykebomb: Most of the biography text regarding her pretty much states this, though she's more of an example used for good (at least intentionally).
- Vindicated by History: In-universe example. While the ending states the story was long forgotten, her appearance in Castlevania: Harmony of Despair indicates she may eventually have received some recognition as one who fought Dracula, as the game takes place in a tome that contains records of all the battles against Dracula.
- When She Smiles: Per Albus' Last Request, she smiles for him while tears trickle down her face.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Type A.
- "What... kind of brother would I be... if I didn't protect you...? That's... my role."
Voiced by (English): Keith Silverstein
Voiced by (Japanese): Toshihiko SekiA childhood friend of Shanoa's, whom he views as a younger sister.Tropes associated with Albus:
- Badass Bookworm: He is a researcher after all.
- Big Brother Instinct/Knight Templar Big Brother: Makes him more of an Antivillain.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: When he tries absorbing the third piece of Dominus, it doesn't end well.
- Demonic Possession: By Dracula. Albus tries his damnedest to wrest back control of his body, but...
- Disc One Final Boss: He's the last boss of the game if you don't rescue all of the villagers first.
- Expy: Iga says Albus was based around himself, but he resembles Balthier from Final Fantasy XII so much more.
- Fake Defector: He was Good All Along, but his ploy to spare Shanoa did veer a bit off of the deep end.
- The Gunslinger
- Heroic Sacrifice: Takes Shanoa's place for it.
- I Did What I Had to Do: "Let's just say I knew what mattered to me, and what had to be done."
- Last Request: Asks Shanoa to smile for him before he makes his Heroic Sacrifice. She does.
- Leitmotif: "Cantus Motetten".
- Like Brother and Sister: To Shanoa.
- Meaningful Name: His name is Latin for "white" or "bright", hinting at his true, heroic nature.
- Playing with Fire: His Quad Ignis kick.
- Spanner in the Works: His various interferences with the Dominus Glyph are ultimately what allow him to shield Shanoa from its fatal side-effects, as well as return her memories and emotions into the bargain. He gets bonus points from doing this while his soul is inside Dominus itself, making him a literal Spanner in the Works.
- Teleport Spam: Only when playable, though.You can't hit me.
Voiced by (English): Michael Mc Connohie
Voiced by (Japanese): Kōji IshiiThe leader of Ecclesia. Also a worshipper of Dracula.Tropes associated with Barlowe:
- Ax-Crazy: Reveals himself as such after the Awful Truth comes out.
- Big Good: Or not.
- Climax Boss: He's basically the final boss of the first act, after you find out Albus' real motives and what the Dominus ritual really does.
- Gratuitous Iambic Pentameter
- Large Ham: During the fight with him.
- Laughing Mad: During the fight with him, he does this during one of his attacks.
- Mole in Charge
- Power Floats: He spends most of his boss fight hovering high in the air.
- Punctuated Pounding: Combines this with Teleport Spam.Die, Shanoa! *warp punch* How dare you- *warp punch* Even forgetting- *warp punch* Who raised you- *warp punch* You... *warp punch* stupid disciple!
- Treacherous Advisor
- Walking Spoiler: And for very, very good reason.
- Villainous Breakdown: Completely drops all pretence of sanity when he realizes that Shanoa isn't buying his lies anymore.
Legacy of Darkness/ 64
The N64 Castlevanias are largely panned but have a dedicated cult following.
- "No one will listen to reason from the mouth of a beast."
Voiced by (English): John Nuzzo (Legacy of Darkness), Paul St Peter (Castlevania: Judgment)
Voiced by (Japanese): Katsuyuki KonishiA man-beast from a clan of similar individuals who sealed away their transformation ability in order to live alongside humans. Through rigorous training, he managed to regain such abilities. He heads to Dracula's castle to find the ones responsible for kidnapping his "sister" Ada, a survivor from a previous man-beast attack. After a confrontation with his jealous rival, Ortega, he destroys Dracula and saves Ada, but at the cost of his alternate form. A form that is used to revive Dracula again, stronger than ever...Tropes associated with Cornell:
- Always Someone Better: To Ortega.
- Big Brother Mentor: To Ada, his adoptive sister.
- Blessed with Suck/Cursed with Awesome
- Claw Beam
- Dark Is Not Evil
- Defector from Decadence: Seeing his clan wipe out an entire village and leave Ada as the only survivor made Cornell work vigorously to control his beast form for Ada's sake.
- Involuntary Shapeshifting: He gets over it... and eventually loses the ability altogether.
- Noble Wolf: His intensive training to control his wolf form has two reasons; disgust with his clan's savagery and a desire to protect his sister.
- Red Baron: The "Blue Crescent Moon".
- Wolf Man: His Judgment design kicks this up a notch by making Cornell a wolf knight.
- Wolverine Claws: Comes with the territory of being a man-beast.
- "The destiny of my blood means I must destroy Dracula."
Voiced by: Andrew HaniksonA distant relation to the Belmont clan, though not distant enough to free him from his duty of destroying Dracula whenever he arises. He was raised in the ways of the church and abhors attacking women and children, a trait that comes into question when he comes across a female vampire named Rosa in the abbey grounds. Even after her demise at the hands of Death, he remains resolute, successfully destroying Dracula's new incarnation and proving that even the damned are worthy of forgiveness. Unfortunately, he's very difficult to play as, and thus only those with the maddest of superskills (and stubbornness aplenty) reach the end of his story. And if you think he's got a silly name, well — he was almost Schneider Belmont.Tropes associated with Reinhardt:
- God Is Good: Believes God forgives all.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: For close-range foes, anyway.
- Knight in Shining Armor: His default costume in Legacy of Darkness.
- Pretty in Mink
- Scarf of Asskicking
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Initially, but then he's forced to fight Rosa, making him drop this.
- "While Dracula exists, children live in terror. I cannot desert them!"
Voiced by: Bianca AllenA young descendant of the Belnades clan of witches, she lost her family when she was a child. Hearing of Dracula's return, she sets out to put an end to his evil. It is through these events that she rediscovers the importance of family, most directly through her confrontations with the Wicked Witch Actrise. (And that Actrise really was quite a piece of work...)Tropes associated with Carrie:
- Cute Witch
- Energy Ball: Her weapon of choice.
- Homing Projectile
- Kid Hero
- Little Miss Badass
- Puppy Love: In-universe. In one of the endings, Malus makes Carrie promise to marry him when they're older. But remember, everyone, Malus is Dracula...
- Rings of Death: Her secondary attack; if you charge up a fireball beforehand, the rings hit with the ball's strength.
- Squishy Wizard: Though aside from her homing fireballs, she doesn't use any magic spells. Her subweapons are the same as Reinhardt's.
- Token Mini-Moe: Surprise surprise.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Or purple, depending on the costume.
Voiced by: Takashi Bratcher (Legacy of Darkness (child))A young boy who was caught in the middle of Dracula's latest attack when his wealthy family's manor was occupied by vampires. With the blessing of his not-yet-vampirized mother and Cornell's assistance, he managed to escape with his life.Years later, the forces of evil emerged yet again, abducting children to achieve their unholy goal. Henry decided that he would save the kids in the same way that he himself had been saved. Problem is, he's not a vampire hunter of any particular lineage. Solution? Wear a lot of armor and carry a gun.Tropes associated with Henry:
- Badass Normal
- Expy Of Judeau
- The Gunslinger
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold
- Heroes Prefer Swords: Like Reinhardt, for close-range foes.
- Knight in Shining Armor
- Ship Tease: With Ada.
A witch who valued her beauty more than anything else in the world. She entered Dracula's service by sacrificing 100 children, including her own daughter. Is defeated by Carrie Fernandez.Tropes associated with Actrise:
The son of Quincy Morris from Bram Stoker's Dracula novel. He witnessed his father's defeat of Dracula and swore to live up to his name. When Elizabeth Bathory tries to revive Dracula, he sets out with his buddy Eric Lecarde, wielding the Vampire Killer, and successfully defeats both of them.Unfortunately, since the Morrises are only distant relatives to the Belmont clan, the Vampire Killer drained his life away, and he was never able to fully heal the wounds that he received from Dracula. He trained his son Jonathan as best he could and gave him the whip, dying before he could explain the whip's true nature. Well, at least if you trust what Portrait of Ruin has to say about the matter.Tropes associated with John:
- Blessed with Suck: He's blessed with the power to kill Dracula by wielding the Vampire Killer, but that cursed him with the inability to heal his wounds.
- Bus Crash: The Vampire Killer consumed his soul between Bloodlines and Portrait of Ruin.
- Dub Name Change: Originally named Johnny Morris in the Japanese version, which is not much of a difference ("Johnny" is technically a common nickname for "John").
- Fan Nickname: "Whip Guy".
- Mighty Glacier: He's a bit less nimble than Eric, but he hits a lot harder.
- Plot Hole: Quincy Morris is the only hero in Dracula that didn't survive the book. How did he have a son?
- Wound That Will Not Heal
- "Witness the might of the Alucard Spear!"
Voiced by (English): David Vincent (Portrait of Ruin), Stephanie Sheh (Castlevania: Judgment)
Voiced by (Japanese): Kohei Fukuhara (Portrait of Ruin), Yuko Sanpei (Castlevania: Judgment)Eric is a nobleman whose girlfriend was vampirized by Elizabeth Bartley (Erzsebet Bathory, really). He goes along with John to defeat Dracula, using the Alcarde/Alucard Spear.After learning that John became cursed, Eric opted to have his family become the guardians of the Vampire Killer, so the power and curse do not get misused. Unfortunately, when Eric investigates a recently raised castle before Portrait of Ruin, he gets ambushed by the vampire Brauner and is killed, and watches his daughters Stella and Loretta vampirized by Brauner. His spirit resides in the castle, and he helps out Jonathan and Charlotte in their quest.His appearance is different in each game for some reason: in Castlevania: Bloodlines he's a Bishōnen, in Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin he's a Cool Old Guy, and in Castlevania: Judgment he's a Wise Beyond Their Years child.Tropes associated with Eric:
- Always Second Best: Even though he is smarter than John, he'll always be second best because he uses the Alucard Spear, which in itself was made to do nothing but charge the Vampire Killer, something which frustrates him to no end. Actually, it's amazing he was never a Rival Turned Evil because of this.
- American Kirby Is Hardcore: The US version of Bloodlines has his portrait look like a man.
- Bishōnen: Bloodlines and Judgment self.
- Blade on a Stick: The Alucard Spear, which he's determined to prove the worth of in Judgment.
- Bus Crash: He died between Bloodlines and Portrait of Ruin, though he appears in the latter as Wind.
Portrait of Ruin
- "We can take on anyone. No problem!"
Voiced by (English): Liam O'Brien
Voiced by (Japanese): Takahiro SakuraiHotheaded son of John Morris and childhood friend of Charlotte Aulin. Jonathan dislikes his father for just teaching him the basic of combat, then leaving him to investigate Dracula's castle. However, he meets the ghost of his father's friend Eric and learns the truth behind his father's death and comes to respect him. He and Charlotte saved Eric's daughters from vampirization, and fought the memory of Vampire Killer (in the form of Richter Belmont), earning him the right to wield the Vampire Killer. Eventually, he confronts Brauner as well as Dracula (and Death at the same time!) and beats all three of them, with assistance from Charlotte.Tropes associated with Jonathan:
- America Saves the Day: How odd that the two games where the main hero is American occur during World War I and World War II...
- Berserk Button: Mentioning how his dad could use the whip and not him will get a reaction out of him. Once he learns the truth behind the whip, however, he gets over it.
- Catch Phrase: "No problem!"
- Hot-Blooded: SHOWTIME!
- Improbable Weapon User: Some of his sub-weapons qualify for this: namely the paper airplanes, cream pies, and darts.
- Informed Ability: The manual says he has a sense of humor, but we don't really get to see it. It also says he's Brilliant, but Lazy, but we don't get to see that either.
- He does show a cool calm confidence, however, which may imply he's not taking it fully seriously. Additionally, there's a quote at the very end which is telling Charlotte to just relax or something. It's close, but not fully defined.
- Like Brother and Sister: "[Charlotte]'s like my kid sister!"
- Locked Out of the Loop: In regards to the whip.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Charlotte's blue. Dressed in red and has the temper to match it.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: Around Charlotte.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: Gives one to Brauner.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Hates his dad at first, but in the end, he's something like this.
Voiced by (English): Stephanie Sheh
Voiced by (Japanese): Yumi Kakazu
- "I'll be with you, so relax. You'll be fine."
- Badass Adorable
- Berserk Button: "Jonathan! Stop treating me like a child!"
- Black Magician Girl
- Brainy Brunette
- Church Militant
- Cute Witch: No hats, but the broom is spot on.
- Death Glare: Every time her Berserk Button is pressed.
- Improbable Weapon User: Uses books. That have weapons inside them.
- Just a Kid: Everyone ridicules her as this, and she doesn't like it. Brauner, of all people, is the only one who doesn't treat her like this.
- Marilyn Maneuver: If the Persephone enemy has a vacuum cleaner and gets close enough, Charlotte's skirt gets caught in the gust, making her push her skirt down to protect her modesty.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Jonathan's red. She is dressed in blue , uses long-distance magic and the one who usually analyzes the situation before acting.
- The Tease: Not really a core part of her character, but hold Up long enough when using her and she'll twirl around, face the screen, place her arms behind her head, and strike a pose before asking "Well? Not bad, huh?" She does it even better in Harmony of Despair, where she sounds a bit older and opts for a more flirtatious-sounding "You like that?"
- True Blue Femininity
- White Mage: Also has some healing abilities (though mostly towards ailments) and stat-boosting spells. Throw in a time-stopping spell and one that negates projectiles, and she becomes more of a Red Mage.
- Zettai Ryouiki
Stella and Loretta
Voiced by (Japanese): Mariko SuzukiBrauner's twin vampire daughters (not really) who appear occasionally to antagonize the duo.
- Action Girl
- An Ice Person: Loretta.
- Anime Hair: How does Stella get her hair like that?
- Boobs of Steel: Stella.
- Brainwashed and Crazy
- Daddy's Girl/Daddy's Little Villain: They play with the latter trope due to being Brainwashed and Crazy while they deconstruct the former, since them rushing to help their father was what caused them to be vampirized.
- Elegant Gothic Lolitas
- Expy/Homage: Of Suiseiseki and Souseiseki.
- Impossibly Cool Clothes: Stella's Pimped-Out Dress, which doesn't seem that practical considering the above trope.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: They are actually the daughters of Eric Lecarde, and are thus able to help Jonathan power up his whip and defeat the vampire menace.
- Power Floats: The perks of being vampire twins. When playable, floating is their default movement — even though they're not vampires yet.
- Single-Minded Twins
- Spanner in the Works: If you think about it, Stella qualifies as this: she drops the pendant that allows the heroes to realize that they're brainwashed and that they can be cured, which then allows her and Loretta to open the gate to Brauner.
- Sword and Sorcerer: Stella and Loretta, respectively.
- Sword Beam: Stella, especially during the first fight against her.
- You Gotta Have Purple Hair
- This... is ART!
Voiced by (English): Jamieson Price
Voiced by (Japanese): Hisao EgawaAn artist whose daughters were killed during World War I, Brauner went insane from the grief and decided to become a vampire and Kill All Humans. He decided to use Castlevania as his base of operations for this purpose, but also decided that Dracula's failure rate was too great for the Dark Lord to be allowed to join in on the fun, and used his paintings to keep Dracula's power sealed up and easily controllable. (Death was not amused.)It is worth noting at this point that in the whole of the Castlevania series, Brauner is the only character to call out Dracula for dying so ridiculously often and never accomplishing anything.Later, Brauner noticed an interloper within the castle halls. This interloper turned out to be Eric Lecarde. Brauner ambushed and killed him... just as Eric's daughters burst into the room, attempting a Big Damn Heroes moment. Brauner, noticing that they bore an uncanny resemblance to his own daughters, instantly concluded that they must be his own daughters reincarnated and vampirized them in order to convince them of the same (all while the dying Eric looked on helplessly.)When Jonathan and Charlotte showed up some time later, Brauner wasn't happy about it, but underestimated the heroes. Unfortunately for him, Stella and Loretta were a bit too loyal to his cause, and tried to destroy Jonathan and Charlotte themselves (despite his repeatedly telling them to stay back, out of harm's way, and let him handle the situation). This just ended up giving Charlotte and Jonathan the opportunity to cure the sisters of their vampirism and brainwashing.When Brauner found out what had happened... well, he was rather upset. He promptly tried to destroy the heroes with his artistic powers, only to be crushed in battle. As he lay in his weakened state, he admitted that justice might not have been on his side after all, but adamantly refused to admit that his victorious opponents might have the moral high ground. That was all he got to say before Death showed up to finish him off and fully awaken the soul of Dracula.
- Big Bad: With Death for most of Portrait of Ruin. Though the plot mostly focuses on Brauner.
- Calling Your Attacks: "BLOOD ART TECHNIQUE!!!"
- Kick the Dog: He does this to Eric in the way mentioned above.
- Large Ham: "This... is ART!"
- "A PAINTING OF THE SOUL!!!"
- "I'LL MAKE YOU MY MASTERPIECE!!"
- Looks Like Orlok: ... Well, he does.
- Love Makes You Evil
- Mad Artist: Duh. Thankfully, he doesn't have a Wax Museum Morgue.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: If he didn't allow Stella and Loretta to open the door to his quarters, then the heroes would not have been able to stop him.
- Papa Wolf: His failure to protect his daughters is what made him a Mad Artist in the first place.
- My Greatest Failure: See above.
- Pet the Dog: His concern for Stella and Loretta appears genuine. He tries to keep them out of harm's way, and during the bad ending, he shows up and begs you to stop hurting them. He then aborts his plan rather than endanger them further.
- Purple Is Powerful
Aria of Sorrow/Dawn of Sorrow
- "If I lose the battle... I want you to kill me."
Voiced by (English): Eric Davies (Harmony of Despair)
Voiced by (Japanese): Hikaru MidorikawaA seemingly Ordinary High-School Student caught in an eclipse which brought him to Dracula's castle. Guided by Genya Arikado, he ventures through the castle and later discovers the horrible truth: He is the reincarnation of Dracula. However, he resists his fate as the Dark Lord and manages to come out safely as a normal human.Later, a cult confronts him, trying to revive Dracula, and chooses him as one of the candidates to become the new Dracula. Soma confronts them and eventually prevails in resisting to become the new Dark Lord (again).Tropes associated with Soma:
- Alternate Character Reading: How his last name is rendered; the kanji gives it the furigana reading of "Kurusu".
- Dub Name Change: Likewise, the "Kurusu" reading is kept in the Japanese versions with his nationality being Japanese; however, in the English versions, this becomes "Cruz" so it's explained by him being a foreign transfer student.
- Anti Anti Christ: Fated as the reincarnation of Dracula and to resume his reign of terror. He can fail to overcome the dark desires, or succeed. Canonically, he usually succeeds.
- Badass: Has the determination in Dawn of Sorrow compared to the previous game.
- Blessed with Suck/Cursed with Awesome: Is Dracula's reincarnation. But hey, he gets to use all those nifty souls to kick ass!
- Dark Is Not Evil: He fights by absorbing the souls of his defeated enemies, yet remains a fairly Nice Guy.
- Evil Laugh: If Soma becomes the Dark Lord in Dawn, he gains an epic Evil Laugh that would give the old Drac a run for his money!
- I Am Who?: He does not know that he is the reincarnation of Dracula until near the good end or the bad end of Aria of Sorrow.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: He's the reincarnation of Dracula. This is made explicit in the opening cutscenes of Dawn of Sorrow.
- Love Makes You Evil: If Soma does not wear the amulet he was given as he confronts Celia in the center of the castle, he suffers the same fate he did in his past life and becomes evil to avenge the death of a loved one, or whatever Mina is to him.
- Mega Manning: The Power of Dominance manifests as this.
- My Greatest Second Chance: From Dracula's perspective, Soma, since he's now free of the endless cycle of death and resurrection, and can now live happily with Mina.
- Mystical White Hair: As long as he can prevent himself from becoming Dracula again.
- Ordinary High-School Student: Initially.
- Pretty in Mink
- Reincarnation Romance: Soma as Mathias/Dracula, and Mina as Elisabetha/Lisa.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: Around Mina Hakuba, his Victorious Childhood Friend. It takes the sheer gravity of what he's been through (and 100% Completion) for him to even allow her to openly hold his hand at the end of Aria.
- Slouch of Villainy: He IS Dracula's reincarnation, after all.
- Spell My Name with an "S": The romaji of his given name has a long vowel via an extra "u"; the non-lazy way of writing/typing it is "Souma".
- Superpowered Evil Side: If the player is defeated while fighting the True Final Boss in Aria of Sorrow or makes the wrong choice in Dawn of Sorrow, this surfaces and Soma becomes Dracula.
- Technical Pacifist: Although he has no qualms against killing hordes of demons, he is disturbed and shaken when it appears as though he's killed Dmitri, and in the bad ending, is regretful that he had to put down Dario.
- Basically, What Measure Is a Non-Human?.
- Your Soul Is Mine: Soma's speciality, carried over from his previous lives.
- "It seems that your dark power triggered the return of my memories."
Voiced by (English): Daivd Lodge (Harmony of Despair)
Voiced by (Japanese): Osamu Ryutani (Aria of Sorrow), Tetsu Inada (Dawn of Sorrow, Harmony of Despair)The next Belmont after Richter to wield the Vampire Killer. Y'see, there was a prophecy that it wouldn't be wielded by the Belmonts again until a great battle in 1999, and when that magic time rolled around, Julius was the lucky one to be on Dracula duty. Julius has the honor of being the one who beat Dracula for good, sealing Castlevania in an eclipse (thereby denying Dracula's soul access to the stone that was keeping it out of the cycle of reincarnation long enough to resurrect), but the battle cost him his memory, and he lived as an amnesiac for over thirty years under the name "J".Since the name "Dracula" filled him with dread for reasons he couldn't explain, he headed to Castlevania during its return at the solar eclipse to hopefully restore his memory. He meets up with Soma, and is eventually asked to kill him should Soma ever fall to The Dark Side.Julius reappears to assist Soma in Dawn of Sorrow, and is the one to put him out of his misery in the bad ending of both games.In Otomedius Excellent, Kokoro Belmont is apparently his (non-canonical) little sister.Tropes associated with Julius:
- Author Avatar: Visually. He's essentially IGA with lighter brown hair.
- Badass: Julius is the Belmont that killed Dracula for good.
- Badass Beard: So far the only Belmont with facial hair, and quite impressive facial hair at that.
- Badass Grandpa: By the time Aria of Sorrow rolls around, he's in his fifties but can still kick Soma's ass. While consciously holding back. In Dawn of Sorrow, when Soma asks him how he's been dealing with the regenerating monsters, he says he never encountered any problems with regenerators. The implication being that he has been destroying the monsters before they can regenerate.
- Badass Longcoat: Just look at it! No wonder he killed Dracula for good!
- Big Bad Friend: In the bad endings, Soma succumbs to his inner darkness and becomes this to him, and he takes it upon himself to kill him. Averted in the good endings.
- Bootstrapped Leitmotif: The remix/combination of "Heart of Fire/Don't Wait Until Night" became associated with him.
- Cool Old Guy: See above.
- Growing Up Sucks: Or so he says. The fact that most of his adult life has been spent as an amnesiac hobo has probably affected his judgement in this matter.
- Its Pronounced Tro Pay: Despite how he went by "J" for so long, his name is not pronounced with one. Everyone in Dawn says his name with a Y sound at the beginning.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia
- Shout-Out: Like most Castlevania games since and including Symphony of the Night, both Aria and Dawn featured a mode of play that allowed you to go through the game as if it were a classic Castlevania. The best part? If you get Soma's bad ending a little over halfway through the game, it still counts as beating the game and unlocks Julius Mode. Soma's bad ending is of course canon to Julius mode.
- "Ha ha ha. It's so much fun to tease you. But this is not the time to be fooling around."
Voiced by (English): Karen Strassman (Harmony of Despair)
Voiced by (Japanese): Hiroko Takahashi (Aria of Sorrow; created by her real name Ao Takahashi in Dawn of Sorrow and Harmony of Despair)A descendant of Sypha. Yoko is a powerful witch, and is very skilled in the use of magic spells. She is a member of the church, and was sent to the Hakuba Shrine in 2035 to investigate the return of Castlevania, along with Genya Arikado. She was injured in the incident, but later recovered. In 2036, she assisted Julius, Arikado, and Soma in fighting the cult that was seeking to resurrect the dark lord.Tropes associated with Yoko:
- Action Girl: She's playable in Julius Mode in Dawn of Sorrow, where she can really unleash her abilities.
- Cool Big Sis: To Mina Hakuba.
- Fire, Ice, Lightning: Her three spells she can cast when you play as her. Also meant as a Continuity Nod to Sypha's spells in Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: Is taken out of the action in Aria by being stabbed, with an ordinary knife. No other character has been so easy to take down, and indeed, come Dawn, she can take quite a few stabs from random mooks.
- Hot Witch
- Ineffectual Loner: In Aria of Sorrow, she suspects Graham of wrongdoing and goes after him on her own. This gets her stabbed. She does a much better job when part of a team.
- Lady of War
- Nosy Neighbour: Not a neighbour, but she's very nosy about Soma's love life...
- Spell My Name with an "S": Another romaji example via long vowels; it's also common to spell Yoko as "Youko".
- Squishy Wizard
- White Mage: A variation. Her primary attack in Dawn of Sorrow is to swing her Magic Wand, and it doesn't do very much damage, but it heals Yoko for a little HP every time she hits something.
- "You'll visit my shop again, won't ya? I'll be waitin' for ya."
Voiced by (Japanese): Tetsu InadaFormerly a soldier in the U.S. Army, Hammer is one of Soma's friends and allies. He was sent by the army to investigate the Hakuba Shrine in 2035, and ended up inside Castlevania. After becoming friends with Soma, he decided to quit the army and get into the shopkeeping business. In 2036, he helped Soma find the base of the cult that was trying to revive the dark lord, and then unexpectedly showed up there to help Soma out by opening a shop. Hammer has a crush on Yoko Belnades, but seems to be too nervous to tell her.Tropes associated with Hammer:
- Badass He's a soldier. Of course he's badass.
- Bald of Awesome
- Christmas Cake: An odd male example — he says stuff like "love is a young man's game" despite only being 34. Doubly strange since he's American.
- Dummied Out: Was going to be playable in Dawn's Julius mode. A few voice clips hidden in Harmony of Despair hinted that Hammer may have been planned for that game as well. Unfortunately, no such luck.
- Gentle Giant: Despite being a big, tough guy, he's not really into fighting.
- Intrepid Merchant: It's implied that he gets his expanding inventory from exploring the castle.
- Longing Look: He does this to Yoko in Dawn of Sorrow, according to Soma's chats with her.
- Non-Action Guy
- "No, not at all! At first we were shocked, but everyone believes you'll get through this."
Voiced by (Japanese): Ao TakahashiSoma's classmate and best friend. Mina is the caretaker of the Hakuba Shrine. She is quite sociable, and makes friends easily. She and Soma are clearly romantically interested in each other, but neither of them will admit it. In 2035, she was going to watch the solar eclipse with Soma, but the two ended up inside Castlevania, where it was discovered that Soma is the reincarnation of Dracula. In 2036, after she and Soma were attacked by a cult seeking to resurrect Dracula, she was placed in the protective custody of Arikado's colleagues while he and Soma were off fighting the cult.Tropes associated with Mina:
- Hair Decorations
- Everyone Can See It: Her relationship with Soma. Julius, Yoko, and Hammer certainly see it.
- Meaningful Name: Looks awfully similar to "Mina Harker", doesn't it?
- Miko: In Aria of Sorrow, she's even wearing the uniform.
- You Are Not Alone: She and the others to Soma, right before the final boss battle of Aria.
- Zettai Ryouiki: In Dawn of Sorrow.
- "I was born on the very day that Dracula was destroyed... So, in short, that means that I AM Dracula!"
Voiced by (Japanese): Tetsu InadaThe founder and missionary of a religious group who appears in Aria of Sorrow. He possesses magical powers due to having been born at the exact moment of Dracula's death, and thus believes that he is the reincarnation of Dracula.Tropes associated with Graham:
- A Dark Lord Am I
- Affably Evil: Is vary polite and friendly to Soma... but only because he doesn't see him as a threat. Once Soma mentions his own powers, Graham starts going off the deep end.
- Background Boss: His second form.
- Big Bad: For Aria of Sorrow.
- I Just Want to Be Special
- Light Is Not Good
- Man in White
- One-Winged Angel
- Sinister Minister: Head of a religious cult that worships Dracula.
- Villainous Breakdown: Starts when he learns about Soma's power of dominance, and reaches its peak when you fight him.
- White Hair, Black Heart
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Is convinced that being born on the same day makes him Dracula reincarnated. Not only is he not Dracula's reincarnation, Dawn of Sorrow reveals that he wasn't the even only person born that day.
ChaosA monster that is the source of all of Dracula's power. It gets destroyed by Soma at the end of Aria of Sorrow.Tropes associated with Chaos:
- The Anti-God: Considering how it's the reason Dracula has been able to do much of anything and can choose other Dark Lords, it's probably safe to assume that Chaos is the real anti-God.
- Background Boss: Second form.
- Chaos Is Evil
- Eldritch Abomination
- Faustian Rebellion: He's the source of Dracula's power, Soma's the reincarnation of Dracula, Soma kills him, do the math.
- God of Evil: Once again, Drac would be nowhere without Chaos.
- Greater Scope Villain: For the series.
- True Final Boss
Celia FortnerThe head priestess of a cult known as "With Light". She fervently believes that good cannot exist in the universe without an equal evil to balance it. With this in mind, she seeks to find someone to step up to the position of lord of darkness in Dracula's absence, or coerce Soma to change his mind.Tropes associated with Celia:
- Big Bad: Essentially.
- Hoist By Her Own Petard: If she manages to turn Soma into Dracula, he promptly kills her. If the honor goes to Dmitrii, he uses her as a sacrifice.
- Noblewoman's Laugh
- Stuffed into the Fridge: Kills (a doppelganger of) Mina in front of Soma's eyes in an effort to make him give in to his darkness.
- Summon Magic: She never actually fights, but calls forth demons to her aid. She is likely responsible for the various monsters that appear throughout the game.
- The Unfought: Soma never has the chance to fight her, as she is killed offscreen by Dmitrii, with her corpse serving as a sacrifice to aid him against Genya.
Voiced by (Japanese): Takahiro FujimotoA potential dark lord candidate, he is a criminal born on the same day as Dracula's demise. He possesses the ability to control fire.Tropes associated with Dario:
- Avenging the Villain: Subverted. He is less annoyed that Soma killed Dmitrii and more that he wasn't the one to do it.
- Brought Down to Normal: In the true path, Soma refrains from killing Dario and instead goes after Aguni, stopping his power at the source. He promptly flees.
- Deal with the Devil: Strengthens his fire magic through a pact with Aguni.
- Dumb Muscle
- Jerk Ass
- Playing with Fire
- The Mirror Shows Your True Self: During the second fight against him, you can see Aguni in the mirror in the background whenever Dario passes in front of it. If you have Paranoia's soul, you can enter the mirror and fight Aguni himself. If you defeat Aguni, you cripple Dario and at the same time, spare his life. See Brought Down to Normal.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Dmitrii's blue. Not only he dresses in red, but also controls fire and spends most of dialogues with No Indoor Voice.
- Stupid Evil
Voiced by (Japanese): Hidehiko KanekoA potential dark lord candidate who was born on the same day that Dracula died. He possesses the ability to mimic any attack with which he is hit.Tropes associated with Dmitrii:
- Affably Evil: He is far less malicious than Dario, and repeatedly states that he is merely interested in learning the meaning behind his abilities. Until the end.
- Back from the Dead: Via a Grand Theft Me.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: The first time we see him, although the creature is called Malachi in this game.
- Eldritch Abomination: His second death spawns one in the form of Menace, a gigantic amalgamation of every soul he absorbed.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: The dark lord's power overcomes him, killing him and turning his souls into Menace.
- Grand Theft Me: Has his soul absorbed by Soma, copies his power of dominance, and then manages to possess a doppelganger to use as a new body.
- My Soul Is Yours: When defeated, he promptly dies and Soma absorbs his soul, to his horror.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: He's the only villain in the series to ever defeat Alucard, with the help of human sacrifices and a "calamitous demon". Soma arrives after the battle is over.
- Power Copying: His inherent ability.
- Power-Up Letdown: His only available attack is the last soul ability with which he was hit. As a result, he can be forced to assume a particularly wimpy offense.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Dario's red. Not only he's dressed in mainly blue, he is calm for most the time and plots his plans carefully.
- The Starscream: He promptly takes the position of Big Bad from Celia upon his revival.
- "My name is Aeon. Shall we begin the first trial?"
Voiced by (English): Ezra Weisz
Voiced by (Japanese): Hiroshi KamiyaA mysterious wanderer of time, and a member of a group of similar individuals. He's the one responsible for gathering a large number of Dracula-related individuals from history to further his own goals.Tropes associated with Aeon:
- Arc Number: 13. The number...
- ...of warriors Aeon summons in his crusade.
- ...of hits in his Limit Break, Requiem of the 13th Hour.
- ...of hours in his clock.
- ...of soul keys needed to confront the Time Reaper in the True Story Mode.
- The Chosen One: Seeks a warrior who can defeat the Time Reaper and restore the timeline. If the player fails to beat him in his second encounter in True Story Mode or defeats Dracula (after the rest of the cast) in Aeon's own, he decides to confront the Reaper by himself.
- Aeon: "You are not the one. Then I must go myself."
- Evolving Attack: His Hour of Judgement attack, which is dependent on his clock's color.
- Colorless: Extension - Extends his blade for a single attack.
- Blue - Suffer the March of Time - A Kamehame Hadoken which resembles a similar attack used by the Time Reaper.
- Green - The Clock Strikes Thrice - A triple-hit attack from his clock and swords.
- Yellow - Behold Absolute Power - Freezes time for a short while. Best used to lead up to his Limit Break.
- Expy: Of St. Germain from Curse of Darkness; his alternate color scheme even matches his outfit.
- High-Class Glass: Unlike St. Germain, he doesn't normally wear the appropriate top hat.
- Improbable Weapon User: Uses a "Clock Blade", which looks like an enlarged, weaponized minute hand of a clock that is used as a spear.
- Kamehame Hadoken: Hour of Judgement - Suffer the March of Time.
- Leitmotif: "Darkness of Fear", a remix of Judgement's main theme.
- Limit Break: Requiem of the 13th Hour, where Aeon taunts the enemy (one for each member of the roster) and strikes them with 12 short swords and one final longsword.
- Place Beyond Time: The time rift; in addition, it is revealed that he has no home time.
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong/Time Police: His goal is to stop a plot by Galamoth of Kid Dracula and Symphony of the Night fame to dispose of Dracula in the past, replace him, and, you guessed it, Take Over the World.
- Sharp-Dressed Man
- Stealth Mentor: To the point of imparting words of wisdom to his opponent before landing the final blow.
- The Stoic: Very composed and collected despite the dire situation of the timeline being at risk by the Time Reaper. Though some of his words do reflect some disapproval and even disappointment at times, he definitely doesn't show it on his face.
- Not So Stoic: When he confronts the Time Reaper himself, his tone noticeably sounds more irate.Aeon: You will pay for disrupting the flow of time. Your hour is up!
- Not So Stoic: When he confronts the Time Reaper himself, his tone noticeably sounds more irate.
- Time Master: Duh. Most of his moves (Nick of Time, Hour of Judgement - Suffer the March of Time/The Clock Strikes Thrice and Requiem of the 13th Hour) follow a time motif as well.
- Time Stands Still: One of his specialties, as well as his strongest variation of Hour of Judgement, Behold Absolute Power.
- Verbal Tic: He is in love with the word "time". Loves making puns with it, too.
- "Where is place for me?"
Voiced by (English): Jamieson Price
Voiced by (Japanese): Hiroshi ShirokumaAn artificial being originally created by Carmilla to mindlessly guard ruins. Somehow, its arrival in the time rift granted it sapience, along with the ability to question its lot in life.Tropes associated with the golem:
- Breath Weapon: Its hyper move.
- Dark Is Not Evil
- Expy: It could pass for The Creature in a pinch, if not by matching his physical appearance.
- Gentle Giant: It would stop fighting if it could.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In the end, it chooses to repair the time rift and save humanity, even if it means never being able to think again.
- Hulk Speak
- Innocently Insensitive: Upon learning that Cornell is a human cursed to become a wolfman, it considers that a curse might be able to make it human and pesters him about it. Cornell doesn't like his curse, though, and eventually loses his temper.
- Is It Something You Eat?: "Love? What love? Love tasty?"
- Mighty Glacier: It has an admittedly fast roll, but otherwise fits this trope in design.
- Pinocchio Syndrome
- Shock and Awe
- What Measure Is a Mook?