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Characters: Castlevania
Here is the character list of the Castlevania series, sorted according to their in-game timeline appearances. There be spoilers here! The Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Alternate Continuity has its own character page.

But of course, the first to be listed here is...

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    Main Villains 

Dracula

"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 (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:

Death

"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), Travis Willingham (All games starting with Dracula X Chronicles), David Lodge (Harmony of Despair)
Voiced by (Japanese): Masaharu Sato (Symphony of the Night, Lament of Innocence, Curse of Darkness and Harmony of Despair), Takuo Kawamura (Harmony of Dissonance), Yasuhiko Tokuyama (Portrait of Ruin), Kōichi Sakaguchi (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 not including Soma, his master reincarnated), and is Lawful Evil. Dialogue from Judgement and Curse of Darkness hint 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.
  • 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.
    • However, as seen in the Sorrow games, this respect does not carry on to Soma, most likely because Soma rejected his destiny as the next Dark Lord.
    • Dragon Ascendant: In the games where Dracula has yet to revive, Death usually steps onto center stage in order to carry out his master's wishes.
  • 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 often will 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: invokedIn-universe. The 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 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...

    Lament of Innocence 

Leon Belmont

"I'll kill you AND the night!!"

Voiced by (English): Dave Wittenberg
Voiced by (Japanese): Nobutoshi Canna

A 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:

Walter Bernhard

"Welcome. I have been waiting, Leon."
Voiced by (English): Jamieson Price
Voiced by (Japanese): Yukimasa Kishino

A 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:

Joachim Armster

"It's too bad... You aren't Walter."
Voiced by (English): Liam O'Brien
Voiced by (Japanese): Hiroshi Kamiya

Once 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:

Rinaldo Gandolfi

"Don't you always? Ask away."

Rinaldo 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 fiancee 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:

    Legends 

Sonia Belmont

"We all decide our own fate. It was you who taught me that, Alucard."

A woman who was gifted with strange magical power. When her land is ravaged by Dracula, she takes up the Vampire Killer whip and invades Dracula's castle, encountering her friend Alucard along the way. After her ordeal is over, she settles down and has a child, Trevor.

She was slated to appear again in Castlevania Resurrection, but the game's cancellation prevented that. On top of that, when IGA took over the series, he retconned Sonia from the Castlevania timeline entirely.

Up until her retcon, though, the tropes associated with her were:

    Dracula's Curse 

Trevor Belmont

"No matter who may challenge, my clan will not falter."
Voiced by (English): Steve Staley (Curse of Darkness), Gideon Emery (Judgment)
Voiced by (Japanese): Kiyoyuki Yanada (Symphony of the Night) Yasunori Masutani (Curse of Darkness), Takashi Kondo (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 Longcoat: In CoD and all Pachislot slot machines, including III which takes place in the Dracula's Curse storyline..
  • Battle Couple: Along with Sypha. Though inverted 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.
  • Bishōnen
  • 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 Darknesshe'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 dissapears 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

Grant DaNasty

"Ugly freak! Good thing my blades don't discriminate."
Voiced by (English): Kirk Thornton (Judgment)
Voiced by (Japanese): Masaya Onosaka (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:
  • Badass Normal: Neither holy, nor magical/supernatural, nor a Belmont.
  • Badasses Wear Bandanas
  • 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 aseemingly 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 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.
  • Fragile Speedster: Second worst constitution, but makes up for it with wall-climbing.
  • Knife Nut: This aspect of him is played up in Judgment.
  • True Companions: What he believes he and Trevor to be right from the off 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 Runnerup: 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

Sypha Belnades

"If you wish to see the power of the elements, it would be my pleasure."
Voiced by (English): Ali Hillis (Judgment)
Voiced by (Japanese): Ami Koshimizu (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 battle. She fell in love with Trevor and ended up marrying him, thus augmenting the Belmont clan with magical power.

Tropes associated with Sypha:
  • Big Boobs Big Deal: In Judgment, Sypha is quite well-stacked. Maria even makes note of it. Sypha isn't so proud, though.
    Sypha: Will you stop? These things only get in the way.
  • 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 to 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
    • Judgment adds earth and wind-elemental spells to her repertoire.
  • 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 of her hood often falling down revealing golden hair and obviously feminine face, she's also given a pink skirt.
  • 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 and Golem), labelling them "evil without chance of redemption". You would think as a witch she'd know personally not all creatures of the night are evil.
    • 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.
  • Magic Wand: In artwork, as well as Judgment.
  • Official Couple: With Trevor.
  • Samus Is a Girl: In her later appearances, this is dropped.
  • 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.
  • Whipper And Sorceress: She's the latter. Trevor's the first.

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 (Dracula X Chronicles, Judgment, Harmony of Despair)
Voiced by (Japanese): Ryōtarō Okiayu (Symphony of the Night, Dawn of Sorrow, Harmony of Despair), Mamoru Miyano (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 prompted to get himself 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.
    • Badass Baritone: His original Symphony English voice. So fantastically smooth...!
    • Badass Cape: His Symphony sprites show his cape flowing around as he kicks ass.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mr. Fanservice
  • Flash Step
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampire
  • 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.
  • Name's the Same: There are major differences between him and the Alucard from Hellsing.
  • The Obi-Wan: For Soma.
  • 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.
    • 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 

Hector

"Isaac! I will hunt you down like the beast you are!!"
Voiced by (English): Crispin Freeman
Voiced by (Japanese): Takahiro Yoshimizu

Hector 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 planning some sort plan to revive Dracula.)

Tropes associated with Hector:
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Isaac

"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 Endo

The 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:

Julia Laforeze

"Be vigilant Hector. I have an ill feeling. It bodes not well."

Voiced by (English): Dorothy Elias Fahn
Voiced by (Japanese): Tomoko Fujino

Isaac'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:

St. Germain

Voiced by (English): Adam Clark
Voiced by (Japanese): Tetsuo Sakaguchi

A 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:

    Adventure/Belmont's Revenge 

Christopher Belmont

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:
  • Badass Grandpa: "Belmont's Revenge" took place 15 years after his first appearance and he was still capable of kicking ass to save his son. Also one of only 2 Belmonts to fight Dracula on more than one occasion.
  • Bootstrapped Leitmotif: "Battle of the Holy" has become strongly associated with Christopher
  • 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.

    Resurrection 

Victor Belmont

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:

    Vampire Killer/Simon's Quest 

Simon Belmont

"On my honor as a Belmont, I will destroy you."
Voiced by (English): Keith Silver Stein (Judgment)
Voiced by (Japanese): Hideo Ishikawa (DreamMix TV World Fighters), Kenichi Suzumura (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 collecting 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.
  • 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: His Kojima design.
  • Bishōnen: His Kojima design, probably to bring him in line with all the other Kojima-designed Belmonts.
  • 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.
    • Not to mention his random cameos in other Konami games, his most recent having him take part in a track-and-field tourney along with other Konami personalities like Pentaro, Vic Viper and Solid Snake.
  • 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.
  • Pretty in Mink: His Barbarian Hero design comes with fur ruffles.
  • Redheaded Hero: His actual hair color changed quite a bit, but eventually he wound up a redhead for good.
  • Wolverine Publicity: Has appeared in more games than any other Belmont due to his status as being synonymous with the entire franchise.

Carmilla

"But isn't this world hellish already? People are intrigued by darkness, and covet power and chaos."

Voiced by (English): Karen Strassman (Judgment)
Voiced by (Japanese): Sayaka Ohara (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:

    Harmony of Dissonance 

Juste Belmont

"Do not underestimate the power of Belmont..."

Voiced by (Japanese): Tadasuke Oomizu

Simon's grandson, a prodigious warrior who inherits the Vampire Killer in his mere teens. Juste is unique 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:

Maxim Kischine

"Tha-that bracelet... so you wore it after all..."

Juste'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:

Lydie Erlanger

A 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:

The Merchant

A mysterious merchant that got lost within Dracula's Castle, so set up a shop there.

Tropes associated with the Merchant:

    Rondo of Blood/Dracula X 

Richter Belmont

"Die, monster! You don't belong in this world!"
Voiced by (English): Scott McColloch (Symphony of the Night), David Vincent (Dracula X Chronicles, Harmony of Despair)
Voiced by (Japanese): Jin Horikawa (Rondo of Blood), Kiyoyuki Yanada (Symphony of the Night, 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.
  • Badass Creed: In Dracula X Chronicles, the remake of Rondo of Blood:
    "I'm a Belmont. That's my job."
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Wolverine Publicity: Appears in several other games thanks to his popularity in Symphony. Only second to Simon in this regard.

Maria Renard

"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 (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 (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
  • 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.
  • Hair Decorations
  • Fan Nickname: Misa Renard, her Judgment self.
  • 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. We know that the Castlevania games are made in Japan, but the only game that has anything to do with Japan is Aria of Sorrow (and Dawn of Sorrow, by extension, though in even lesser aspects).
  • 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 to Richter, AND has an insanely high-damage Invulnerable Attack Spell.
  • 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
    • 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.
  • 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, among other things, made Maria playable.
    • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Some were not pleased that the Maria in the PSP release of Symphony of the Night was not like the Saturn version of her in combat.

Annette

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:

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:

Shaft

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?
SHAFT!
Ya damn right.
Who is the man that brings darkness to his brother man?
SHAFT!
Right on!
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:

They say that cat Shaft is one Eeeevil mother...
Shut yo' mouth!
I'm talkin' bout Shaft!
We can dig it!

Galamoth

An 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 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 Sorrrow 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.
  • 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.

Lisa

Dracula's second wife and the mother of Alucard. Introduce 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.

Master Librarian

Voiced by (English): Dennis Falt (Symphony of the Night), Kyle Hebert (Dracaula X Chronicles)
Voiced by (Japanese): Masaru Sato

The 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.

    Circle of the Moon 

Nathan Graves

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:
  • 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.]

Morris Baldwin

A 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 Baldwin

Morris' 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 

Shanoa

"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 Kuwashima

A 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 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. 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:

Albus

"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 Seki

A childhood friend of Shanoa's, whom he views as a younger sister.

Tropes associated with Albus:

Barlowe

The leader of Ecclesia. Also a worshipper of Dracula.

Tropes associated with Barlowe:

    Legacy of Darkness/ 64 

The N64 Castlevanias are largely panned but have a dedicated cult following.

Cornell

"No one will listen to reason from the mouth of a beast."
Voiced by (English): John Nuzzo (Legacy of Darkness), Paul St Peter (Judgment)
Voiced by (Japanese): Katsuyuki Konishi

A 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:

Reinhardt Schneider

"The destiny of my blood means I must destroy Dracula."
Voiced by: Andrew Hanikson

A 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:

Carrie Fernandez

"While Dracula exists, children live in terror. I cannot desert them!"
Voiced by: Bianca Allen

A 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:

Henry Oldrey

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:

Actrise

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:

    Bloodlines 

John Morris

The son of Quincy Morris from Bram Stoker's Dracula novel. He witnessed his father's defeat of Dracula and swore to live up 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:

Eric Lecarde

"Witness the might of the Alucard Spear!"
Voiced by (English): Stephanie Sheh (Judgment)
Voiced by (Japanese): Kohei Fukuhara (Portrait of Ruin), Yuko Sanpei (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 Bloodlines he's a Bishōnen, in Portrait of Ruin he's a Cool Old Guy, and in Judgment he's a Wise Beyond Their Years child.

Tropes associated with Eric:

    Portrait of Ruin 

Jonathan Morris

"We can take on anyone. No problem!"

Voiced by (English): Liam O Brien
Voiced by (Japanese): Takahiro Sakurai

Hotheaded 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:

Charlotte Aulin

Voiced by (English): Stephanie Sheh
Voiced by (Japanese): Yumi Kakazu

"I'll be with you, so relax. You'll be fine."

Originally named "Charlotte Orlean" during the beta period of the game's development, a Cute Witch deployed from the church to assist Jonathan in his task. Charlotte mostly acts as the intellectual foil to the hotheaded Jonathan. She eventually learns a spell that proves to be vital in curing the vampirization of Stella and Loretta, and later helps Jonathan out in defeating Dracula.

Tropes associated with Charlotte:

Stella and Loretta

Brauner's twin vampire daughters (not really) who appear occasionally to antagonize the duo.

Brauner

This... is ART!
Voiced by (English): Jamieson Price
Voiced by (Japanese): Hisao Egawa

An 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 rooms, 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.
  • 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.

    Aria of Sorrow/Dawn of Sorrow 

Soma Cruz

"If I lose the battle... I want you to kill me."
Voiced by (English): Eric Davies (Harmony of Despair)
Voiced by (Japanese): Hikaru Midorikawa

A 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 where Dracula could be revived. Soma confronts them and eventually prevails in resisting to become the new Dark Lord (again).

Tropes associated with Soma:

Julius Belmont

"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:
  • 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.
  • 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.

Yoko Belnades

"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), Ao Takahashi (Dawn of Sorrow, 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:

Hammer

"You'll visit my shop again, won't ya? I'll be waitin' for ya."

Formerly 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:
  • Bald of Awesome
  • 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

Mina Hakuba

"No, not at all! At first we were shocked, but everyone believes you'll get through this."

Soma'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:

Graham Jones

"I was born on the very day that Dracula was destroyed... So, in short, that means that I AM Dracula!"

The 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:

Chaos

A 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:

Celia Fortner

The 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.

Dario Bossi

A 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:

Dmitrii Blinov

A 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: See 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.
  • The Starscream: He promptly takes the position of Big Bad from Celia upon his revival.

    Judgment 

Aeon

"My name is Aeon. Shall we begin the first trial?"
Voiced by (English): Ezra Weisz
Voiced by (Japanese): Hiroshi Kamiya

A 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.
  • 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.

Golem

"Where is place for me?"

An 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:


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