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Videogame: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow

"Such a sad tale is ours. A tale of heroes who strove to save humanity, only to lose our own."
Gabriel Belmont

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is a 2010 action adventure reboot of the Castlevania franchise developed by Spaniard studio Mercury Steam with oversight by Hideo Kojima and published by Konami for PS3, Xbox360 and PC. Upon its release, the game was the first true 3D Castlevania title since Castlevania: Curse of Darkness on the PS2 in 2005.

Taking place in an Alternate Continuity from the previous games, the story concerns Gabriel Belmont, an orphan raised by the Brotherhood of Light on a quest to defeat the eponymous Lords of Shadow. Earth has been cut off from the Heavens, leaving the souls of the dead forever trapped in the mortal realm and giving unholy abominations free reign to prey upon the human race. In these dark times, humanity's only hope lies in Gabriel fulfilling the prophecy of a pure-hearted warrior who will unite the powers of the Lords of Shadow and restore balance to the world. Gabriel himself also has a personal stake in the matter: his wife Marie was recently killed, and he hopes the power the Lords of Shadow guard, pieces of an ancient relic called the God Mask, will give him a way to bring his love back.

Traveling through ancient groves, mausoleums, forgotten temples, swamps and castles, Gabriel must face all manner of characters both mortal and immortalnote , and come to terms with his own terrible destiny.

In short, It's God of War in Europe with friggin' werewolves.

Followed by the 2013 games Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate for the 3DS and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. Also had an August 2013 Updated Re-release with the DLC Expansion Packs included, Castlevania Lords of Shadow: Ultimate Edition.

Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow provides examples of:

  • A Girl and Her Magical Golem: Claudia and the Black Titan. She's a Cute Mute Last of Her Kind, he's a Magitek Black Knight Golem feeding off the souls of the baddies trying to do her harm.
  • Absolute Cleavage: Carmilla in human form.
  • Animal Motifs: Cornell and wolves, Carmilla and bats, Malphas and crows, and eventually Gabriel and dragons.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Cornell, the hero of Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness, is the first of the three Lords of Shadow.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Subverted with Carmilla and Death. They've both lost their signature powers (the giant floating skull that weeps acid blood for Carmilla and millions of sickles for Death) but have new powers making them equal to their counterparts (lightning for Carmilla, and Death is a powerful necromancer who can control who lives and who dies across the world).
    • Justified in the case of Dracula, since this story takes place before he becomes a vampire. By the end of the two DLC chapters he has gained power equal to what he's supposed to have.
    • Played straight with Brauner. In Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin he had the ability to create Portal Pictures and even bring his paintings to life, and he was so powerful than he almost managed to steal Dracula's Castle away from him. Like Carmilla and Death he loses his original powers, but unlike them his new powers are nowhere close to equal to what he had before.
  • Advanced Ancient Acropolis: Agharta, former home of the Precursors.
  • Aerith and Bob: Gabriel, Marie, Claudia, Laura... Zobek? You'll notice it fits better with Carmilla and Cornell.
  • Agony Beam: Used by powerful vampires, like Carmilla and Laura.
    • Also used by Zobek, by manipulating Gabriel's gauntlet.
  • Air Jousting: With Satan!
  • Alternate Continuity / Continuity Reboot: Is a retelling of the classic Castlevania continuity.
  • Anachronism Stew: Although this game is set in the year 1047, most of the deceased knights that you stumble upon are wearing Renaissance-era plate armor.
    • Clothing styles and architecture are also Renaissance era instead of 11th century era.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: The three eponymous Lords of Shadow — Cornell, Carmilla, and Death — used to be the founders of the Brotherhood of Light.
  • Anime Hair: Laura, whose hair would have to be twice as long as she is tall to make her crazy bouffant possible.
  • Anti-Hero: Gabriel, of Type IV in the first game, and of Type V in the second game. Trevor and Simon join him in the group as well.
  • Art Shift: The Reverie and Resurrection DLC feature new hand-drawn cutscenes as opposed to the pre-rendered cutscenes of the main game.
  • Badass: Gabriel Belmont, so very much.
  • Badass Grandpa: Zobek, a gray haired warrior who can fight off giant Titans and dozens of undead vampires.
  • Barred from the Afterlife: The plot revolves around stopping the titular lords, who are (among other nastiness) barring the way for dead souls to heaven using an evil mask.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: Played with. most of the monsters look fairly nasty. However Carmilla and Zobek, and eventually Gabriel, continue to be good looking, at least in their human forms.
  • Big Bad: Satan was the one behind all the events in the game, and the final boss.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Satan is defeated, but Marie cannot be brought back to life, and is forced to leave Gabriel behind as she passes on to Heaven. Then Gabriel ends up THE immortal vampire in the process of cleaning up the final legacies of the Lords of Shadow, forever separating him from his love.
  • Black and Grey Morality: Unlike the first series of games where one side was clearly good and evil this series is a bit more ambiguous. Dracula has become the Prince of Darkness and terrorizes the world, but the Brotherhood of Light knew what he would become so they convinced his wife to keep his son's birth a secret so said child may one day destroy him. However, it is implied that Gabriel going down the path where he became Dracula was the only way to stop Satan.
  • Blade Brake: Gabriel uses his Combat Cross to stop his momentum when fighting Malphas and Carmilla.
  • Boss Banter: Cornell, Carmilla, Pan and Satan.
  • Broken Bird: Malphas, whose love was killed by Baba Yaga, and who fell off the Despair Event Horizon because of it.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Gabriel and his wife Marie are explicitly stated to be this.
  • Bus Crash: Baba is killed by Zobek immediately after she sends Gabriel forward on his mission.
  • Byronic Hero: Gabriel recognizes that he has done "questionable things," as he puts it, during his quest...but that doesn't stop him from seeing things through to the end regardless of his angst.
  • Chosen One: Gabriel, the 'pure hearted warrior' spoken of in an ancient prophecy.
  • Christianity Is Catholic: Though the game was created in Spain, and specifically takes place in pre-Reformation Medieval Europe.
  • Church Militant: The Brotherhood of Light.
  • Colossus Climb: The Titan boss battles, which borrow heavily from Trope Codifier Shadow of the Colossus.
  • Compilation Re-release: Lords of Shadow will be re-released together with both its DLC and an HD version of Mirror of Fate, plus a demo of Lords of Shadow 2, in November 2013.
  • Creator Cameo: Hideo Kojima voices Chupacabras in the Japanese track.
  • Crusading Widower: Gabriel, whose wife has been killed shortly before the story opens.
  • Cute Mute: Claudia, though she is capable of communicating through Telepathy.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Shadow Magic is not inherently evil, though it does require proper discipline to prevent it from corrupting you...
  • Darker and Edgier: Easily one of the darkest entries in the Castlevania series, given both the level of Gorn and the exceptionally Crapsack World setting.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Gabriel at the end of the game is a broken man, having learned both that he killed his own wife under Zobek's control and that the MacGuffin he spent the entire story assembling can't bring her back.
  • Determinator: Gabriel perseveres despite some revelations that would have broken a normal man to bring back his wife. Unfortunately, things go From Bad to Worse afterwards.
  • The Dev Team Thinks of Everything: The Combat Cross used as a loading indicator during pre-stage narration gets the same upgrades as your Combat Cross in-game. The loading screen cross even loses the stake after Gabriel breaks the end off in Carmilla's chest.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Regular human Gabriel takes out both Old God Pan and Satan himself. The bestiary does specifically state that such beings are weaker outside of their home domains, however.
  • Dirty Coward: The Priest in charge of Wygol Abbey, who hoarded the only thing that could protect the village from the vampires for himself, leading to the devastation of his parishioners. Poetic Justice ensues.
  • Downer Ending: At the end of the Resurrection DLC Gabriel abandons what's left of his humanity to defeat the Forgotten One, shatters his Combat Cross to pieces, and then returns to the human world to become Dracula.
  • Drop the Hammer: Cornell's weapon of choice.
  • Distant Finale: The epilogue picks up nearly 1000 years later, with Zobek attempting to recruit the now immortal Gabriel into preventing Lucifer's second coming.
  • Eldritch Location:
  • End of an Age: The Old Gods and mythological creatures that appear have long since been forgotten by mankind, and their last remnants are slowly vanishing as well.
    • Death of the Old Gods: The story takes place in an age where Christianity is slowly displacing the old gods humanity once worshiped. Gabriel eventually ends up killing Pan, apparently putting an end to the Old Gods once and for all.
  • Evil All Along: Zobek is the Lord of the Dead, and the final of the three Lords of Shadow.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Even after becoming a Lord of Shadow, Carmilla still despised Friedrich von Frankestein's twisted experiments on humans. She spends several centuries torturing him for these crimes.
    • Laura also qualifies, sparing Gabriel when she sees him and Marie embrace, and later enlisting his help in dealing with The Forgotten One.
  • Evil Overlord: The 3 Lords of Shadow Gabriel also ends up becoming the evil overlord of the series, Dracula.
  • Evil Plan: The entire story was orchestrated by Satan to obtain the God Mask and get back into Heaven. He was the one who manipulated Lord of the Dead Zobek into casting the spell that separated Earth from the Heavens and then manipulated Gabriel into killing his own wife. This leads to Gabriel's quest to reunite the 3 pieces of the God Mask, which Satan then plans to take, after eliminating his two Unwitting Pawns. Unfortunately for him, Gabriel won't stay dead.
  • Evil Tower of Ominousness: The final stage of the main story, The three towers of the Lord of the Dead.
  • Evil Makes You Monstrous: The Lords of Shadow all went from normal humans to demons with decidedly monstrous true forms.
  • Evil Makes You Ugly: The Dirty Coward Priest in Wygol village, Baba Yaga, and Malphas.
  • Eye Scream: Gabriel pokes out both of the Giant Ogre's eyes during their confrontation.
  • Face-Heel Turn: Having become a vampire freeing Laura and then absorbed the power of the Forgotten One, Gabriel executes the Demon Lord, destroys his combat cross and returns to Earth, where he goes on to become the Evil Overlord Dracula.
  • Fan Disservice:
  • Fate Worse Than Death: Gabriel becomes an immortal vampire who will never see his wife again, and is destined to do battle with his own descendants for the rest of time.
  • Fallen Hero: The Lords of Shadow, and in the epilogue Gabriel as well.
  • Foreshadowing: The fact that Gabriel killed his wife is flat-out shown in a vision in Chapter 1.
    • The increasingly ominous tone of Zobek's narration as the story continues.
    • When Gabriel, after several instances of fighting alongside with Zobek, Zobek's narration says that the vampire's reckoning is coming in the form of a "White Knight with Death at his side".
    • Baba Yaga saying that the "King of the Angels" told her Gabriel would arrive.
    • The Priest in Wygol Abbey raving that the Devil has been taunting the holy man in his dreams about the arrival of Gabriel and Zobek.
    • Gabriel's profile mentioning he may be an illegitimate son of the Cronqvist family. Mathias Cronqvist was Dracula's original name in Castlevania: Lament of Innocence.
  • From Bad to Worse: Gabriel awakes to find he stabbed Claudia in the chest, and it's all downhill from there...
  • Full Boar Action: Gabriel can capture and then ride around on a giant boar in certain sequences.
  • Genius Loci: A scroll you find speculates that Bernhard Castle, where Carmilla and the other vampires now live, may be a sentient creature.
  • Ghibli Hills: Gabriel travels through a number of picturesque European mountain chains during his quest.
  • Glass Cannon: Reapers, which can kill you in two hits but also die from two hits.
  • God Is Good: Gabriel clearly believes so, and... Satan is clearly furious that mankind can ask for redemption.
    • God Is Evil: What fate makes Gabriel turns out an antithesis to his belief above. "Where is this brother who is the supposed savior? Where is this warrior of light? More lies dreamt up by the Church to keep us subservient to their will, no doubt. How is it possible that God exists when he allows the murder and killing of so many of our brethren?"
  • Gone Horribly Wrong:
    • The founding members of the Brotherhood of Light's plan to purify themselves and ascend to Heaven as powerful spiritual beings worked well enough, but the evil they left behind in their bodies became the Lords of Shadow.
    • Gabriel fulfills the prophecy and defeats the Lords of Shadow just like the Brotherhood of Light and Pan wanted him to but then goes on to become a more terrible monster than all the Lords of Shadow combined.
  • Good Is Not Nice: The Game.
  • Gratuitous Romanian: "Eu sunt Dracul!" is delivered in a conversation otherwise held in English. It's not even the last line of the scene.
  • Grim Up North: The kingdom of the Vampires is in a very cold climate that gets little sun. Adjacent to their kingdom is Wygol Village, which instead of being a friendly haven for the player, is a Eastern Europe hellhole constantly under attack by the monsters.
  • Groin Attack: Gabriel knees the gremlins in the groin when he catches them, and then they explode.
  • Ground Punch: Gabriel Belmont has a move that involves punching the ground to create several explosions of magic around himself.
  • Haunted Castle: The eponymous Castlevania.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: At the end of Reverie, Laura makes Gabriel drink her blood till it kills her, so he'll have the strength neccessary to survive inside the Forgotten One's prison.
  • Heroic Second Wind: After Zobek kills Gabriel, the spirits of the departed resurrect him so he can break the spell that separated the Earth from Heaven.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Fighting against hosts of monsters alone and without sleep or much food is not good for Gabriel's sanity, though as The Stoic he doesn't show it much. Two thirds of the way in, Zobek describes him as talking to Marie as though she were still there. To his credit, he's resolute enough to ask for forgiveness when made aware of his unwitting evil acts. It remains to be seen if that repentance stuck during his time as Dracula.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: You've been playing as Dracula's past self all along, and just hijacked the Big Bad title from both the Lords of Shadow and Satan.
    • Of course, that happens after the game is already hijacked once, by Satan. You expect to fight the Necromancer Lord in a climactic showdown that the entire game has been building up to. Zobek appears, reveals that he was Evil All Along and is the Necromancer Lord himself, he gives Gabriel a big, long speech, and even (temporarily) kills Gabriel... and then Satan appears, anticlimactically does away with Zobek, and takes over as the real final boss.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Almost every boss is killed by wresting their weapon away and planting it in their skulls.
  • Idiosyncratic Difficulty Levels: Squire (easy), Warrior (normal), Knight (hard), and Paladin (very hard)
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Baba Yaga makes some comments about how "tasty" the knights who failed to get her the Blue Rose were during the Music Box level.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Gabriel seems to impale his enemies a lot. Becomes darkly humorous after the reveal.
    • In the tutorial level, Gabriel impales a Warg on a nearby sharpened log.
    • Carmilla gets impaled on one of the steeples in her own castle.
  • Interface Spoiler:
    • A minor example: the life and magic bars start off being able to be filled up to half of their visible length, and thus when you get all the upgrades for them, you have more or less twice as much health and magic you had in the beginning.
    • In the Updated Re-release version on Steam, the achievement description for "Chapter XII" is "Defeat Satan and save the world".
  • Interface Screw: Snow and ice will hit screen in snowy and frozen environments.
  • It Sucks to Be the Chosen One: Gabriel loses everything he loves and slowly gives up more and more of his humanity as the story progresses.
  • Jitter Cam: Not to a huge extent, but the camera is never completely still. It's especially noticeable in the menus which have this effect as well, probably to complement the book motif.
  • Karmic Death: The abbot Vincent Dorin was indirectly responsible for an entire village being killed by vampires because he kept the only artifact capable of killing them to himself. Guess what becomes of him when he is left at the mercy of vampires when the artifact is taken from him by Gabriel Belmont and Zobek.
  • The Killer In Me: Gabriel killed Marie, under the effects of the Devil Mask.
  • Kill the Cutie: Claudia.
  • Kill 'em All: Every single main character dies horribly, save for Gabriel, Zobek and Satan.
  • Kleptomaniac Hero: Gabriel taking gems from his fallen brethren. Scrolls of the fallen also suggest nearly all Brotherhood of Light members loot the dead for such items, as they are too precious to leave behind. Most of the Brotherhood are suitably somber about it.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: Gabriel. After having done so many terrible things to some others - or so he said, he still continues his journey bitterly thanks to the heavy weight the world has placed upon him as well as the thought of his beloved wife.
  • Large Ham / Evilis Hammy: Most of the villians, particularly Evil Gloating fans Zobek and Satan.
  • Last of Her Kind: Claudia, last of the Agarthans.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Cornell, thanks to his Sprint Shoes. Also serves as a Wake-Up Call Boss.
    • Brauner, who can be miles away one moment and right in your face the next.
  • Load-Bearing Boss: When Malphas goes down, so does her entire castle.
  • The Low Middle Ages: The game takes place in 1047 AD.
  • Manly Tears: When Marie's spirit ascends into Heaven during the ending, uber-badass Gabriel Belmont breaks down and starts sobbing.
  • Mind Screw: The epilogue jumps the story forward to present day, reveals Zobek is still alive, and also that Gabriel has become a world weary Dracula, Prince of Darkness.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Zobek Unfortunately for him, Satan is the true manipulator in the entire game.
  • The Many Deaths of You
  • Milking the Giant Cow: The Lord of the Dead spends almost five minutes prancing around Gabriel, gesturing wildly while gleefully describing his evil plan.
  • Mythology Gag:
  • Necromancer: Several, including the third Lord of Shadow.
  • Necromantic: Gabriel, in a rare heroic version, wants the God Mask because it may be able to bring back his dead wife.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Averted. Unlike the original series, where everybody had an American accent, the Lord of Shadows series is pretty good about everyone having a European accent since the game takes place in Medieval Europe. Granted, it seems like they can't quite decide which specific part of Europe (you have characters with English, Scottish, and German accents in the same family), but it's something.
  • Notice This: Corpses of dead knights carrying scrolls bearing hinds glow. Also, wheels, switches and levers. Enemies awaitng the killing blow (or the mounting) as well. Practically everything Gabriel can interact with.
  • Not So Different: All three of The Lords of Shadow deliver speeches like this to Gabriel. Carmilla even goes so far to say that Gabriel is even worse than her, since killing the Lords would also kill their heavenly counterparts, which Gabriel was all too willing to do.
  • Older Than They Look: Laura and Carmilla obviously, but also Claudia, whose longevity is a genetic trait of her people.
  • Only a Flesh Wound: Getting skewered by Carmilla and Satan doesn't seem to deter Gabriel in the slightest.
  • The Only One: Gabriel is apparently the only one who can defeat the Lords of Shadow Because Destiny Says So.
  • The Ophelia: Played straight by poor, poor Malphas. Knowing her story, even Gabriel regrets having to kill her.
  • Orgasmic Combat: Just close your eyes and listen to some of Gabriel's grunts. Heck, even the sounds he makes while climbing sound dirty!
  • Our Ghouls Are Creepier: Rather than being undead, the ghouls in Lords of Shadow are living beings descended from cannibalistic humans. Also a case of Shown Their Work, as this is pretty much what ghouls originally were.
  • Our Goblins Are Different: They look more like pygmie chimpanzee-men than the usual gremlins you may be used to. They're fond of throwing around grenades, too.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: At the very least, mention must be made of the Wargs, which are horses that have contracted lycanthropy and are ridden by other werewolves.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: The vampires here are fairly standard, except they can't assume human forms unless they're at least several centuries old. They also have weird Crab-leg-claw-talon thingies protruding from their shoulders in addition to large bat wings. Olrox and Brauner aren't even human in origin; they're demons that Carmilla turned into vampires.
  • Power Glows:
    • Cornell when he transforms into werewolf form, and the pillars he transfers his power near the end of his boss battle as well.
    • Pan, who is covered in light blue runes.
    • Gabriel glows red or blue respectively when he uses Shadow or Light magic
  • Precision F-Strike: When Claudia is trying to distract the Stone Titan.
    Claudia: "Down here, you bitch!"
  • The Precursors: The architects of Agharta and the Titans, who were eventually all wiped out by the Lords of Shadow.
  • Pre-Order Bonus: Gamestop preorders got a black Castlevania shirt with a Combat Cross motif. Best Buy preorders got a download code for Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.
  • Press X to Not Die: Used for grabs, avoiding certain enemy attacks, platforming, and boss battles. They come in a few forms: mashing one of the 4 face buttons as fast as you can, hitting a shoulder button to avoid falling, and timed button presses based on two on-screen circles intersecting.
  • Protagonist Journey to Villain: The story is in many ways a chronicle of how heroes can descend into evil and madness, especially in the Reverie and Resurrection add-ons.
  • Real Is Brown: Averted. Despite its "gritty" art direction, the game uses a wide range of colors, from lush green swamps to stark white glaciers to dark blue castles gleaming in the night. Only the Land of the Dead uses a predominantly brown color pallet.
  • The Reveal: Zobek is the Lord of the Dead, Gabriel killed his own wife, and Satan is the real Big Bad.
  • Rewarding Vandalism: A series mainstay. Even in this game, breaking pots and what-not will usually net you refills on your sub-weapons.
  • Right Behind Me: Done to Gabriel by Skeleton Warriors, Dracolich Necromancers and more. Gabriel's reactions range from shocked to Dull Surprise.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Gabriel's devotion to destroying the Lords of Shadow is half the hope to save Marie and half revenge on all the creatures of evil that he believes killed her.
    • The Black Knight also goes into one after arriving to find a dead Claudia with one of Gabriel's daggers sticking out of her chest. Cue Boss Fight.
  • Scenery Gorn: Later stages shows how far the influence of evil is displayed, from decaying corpses in an abandoned village to the Land of the Dead, the very definition of Hell on Earth.
  • Scenery Porn: To an absolutely ridiculous extent. A very early level, a swamp, may have you remarking upon how gorgeous the foliage is (and marveling that apparently the swamp is filled with the fallen corpses of green dragons.)
  • Schizo Tech: The game is supposed to be set in 1047 AD, yet Frankenstein's laboratory is filled with mechanical devices powered by electricity, the robot with a human brain Mechanical Monster, and a Tesla coil despite Nikola Tesla not being born till 1856.
  • Screwy Squirrel: The Chupacabra for the player.
  • Sequel Hook: After the credits, we see Zobek is still alive in modern day, Satan is about to return, and Gabriel has become the immortal Dracula.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The Forgotten One from the Resurrection add-on.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Superpowered Evil Side: The three Lords of Shadow to the three founding members of the Brotherhood. Simply put, the founders used a spell to become angels, but their dark sides were left behind as a result.
  • Stealth Mentor: Pan in a sort of way. His boss battle is also a way to teach how to fight Satan (he even states this in one of his battle quotes).
    • It also forces Gabriel to realize he's been a bit of a selfish prick.
  • Snow Means Death: The castle is now constantly snowy and covered in ice.
  • Start of Darkness: For Gabriel, especially in the DLC.
  • Swamps Are Evil: Goblins, trolls, poisonous bogs... and clingy naiads that have really let themselves go.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome: Gabriel. Even Zobek thinks so: "He's so dark, so beautiful".
  • Telepathy: How Claudia communicates with Gabriel.
  • That Man Is Dead: "Don't you dare call me that! EU SUNT DRACUL!"
  • Theme Tune Cameo: Baba Yaga's music box plays some of the series' recognizable tunes, such as Vampire Killer.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: The climax of the Carmilla battle has Gabriel stabbing her multiple times with a stake, and the impaling her on a tower in her castle.
  • Tragedy: Lords of Shadow is all about Fallen Heroes, how You Can't Fight Fate, and that all things come to an end.
    Gabriel: Such a sad tale is ours. A tale of heroes who strove to save humanity, only to lose our own.
  • Tragic Dream: Gabriel's hope of resurrecting Marie from death is shattered at the end of his journey, when he learns the God Mask couldn't bring her back after all.
  • Tragic Hero: Gabriel, who loses his wife, his humanity, and in the end his soul.
  • Tragic Monster: The ending reveals Gabriel became Dracula after the events of the game.
  • Tron Lines: Pan's animal forms feature these.
  • Unblockable Attack: Any attack indicated by a white chargeup.
  • Undead Enfant Terrible: Laura, the immortal, temper tantrum throwing, Agony Beam spewing child vampire.
  • The Unfought: Zobek, who Satan upstages as the final boss.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Zobek, who hides the fact he was the final Lord of Shadow from the audience, and doesn't even know himself that he's under Satan's control.
  • The Vamp: Carmilla, who tries to seduce Gabriel with promises of pleasure and power before their fight.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: In some sequences you're free to endlessly light enemies on fire, jump on monsters backs and snap their necks, turn them into living bombs, and plenty of other horrible things.
  • Villain Protagonist: The ending reveals Gabriel became Dracula after the events of the game, and the sequels further confirm his status as one such character.
  • We Can Rule Together: Carmilla makes this offer to Gabriel, only to go in a rage when you turn her down. Satan also offers this to Gabriel, but is quick to withdraw the deal when Gabriel refuses.
  • Wham Line: "Don't you dare call me that! EU SUNT DRACUL!"
  • Whip Sword: The Silver Warrior uses one during his Boss Battle.
  • Whispering Ghosts: Disembodied voices can be heard in The Dead Bog stage.
    • The souls that engulf Gabriel once he gets fried by the Lord of the Dead's Agony Beam also whisper things like "Your time has come!" "Stay with us!" "Come with us!"
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Gabriel, in the epilogue, lives to modern times as the immortal Dracula. Unfortunately, it seems all he really wants to do is die. Zobek tries to recruit him to prevent Satan's return, and promises to free Gabriel of his immortality if the fallen hero does.
  • Wicked Witch: Baba Yaga. She sends Gabriel on a quest to assist in a spell that will make her a Hot Witch, but it's never revealed if it worked.
  • Woman in Black: Carmilla, who wears flowing long black robes and will enslave, torture or kill you if you dare cross her.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Dracula.
  • Worthy Opponent: The Forgotten One calls Gabriel this.
  • Yin-Yang Bomb: Gabriel gets two of pendants that let him use Light and Shadow magic in battle. Switching between the two on the fly can cause some truly devastating combos.
  • You Can't Fight Fate
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: How Gabriel deals with practically every mount that isn't a shapeshifted Pan. The spiked chain Rinaldo Gandolfi created was for such a purpose.
    • You can also do this to your own white pieces after winning the Vampire Wargame.
    • Also done by the Big Bad, Satan, once Zobek is no longer necessary.

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