* AwesomeButImpractical: The Flame Claws skill. Sure, it's the most damaging move in-game (rivaled only by Counterstrike Punch, but, well, the former requires blocking a normal attack before it could be performed), but putting it to good use is impossible due to its unclear aiming, plus one such occurrence drains a ''quarter'' of your maxed-out, non-overcharged Chaos meter. You are better off spending that energy differently.
* AwesomeMusic: Oscar Araujo returns for the sequel with an arguably even better score than the first game's, with amazing pieces such as [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-l4kHhbGCE Titanic Struggle]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQtAsQ1dY1g&index=34&list=PLODHP06Af9Hd5YxxWE48Q6iWl7-jegmrb Castlevania]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvAbmUck8rI&list=PLODHP06Af9Hd5YxxWE48Q6iWl7-jegmrb&index=4 Chaotic Battle]], and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DF9Q2_9KPQ Return to the Castle]].
** He was even able to top himself with his reinterpretation of the already awesome first game's final battle music.
* BreatherBoss: Whilst trying to evade him in the garden maze is incredibly frustrating, the actual boss fight against Agreus is considered to be one of the easiest battles in the game due to his predictable attack pattern.
** Abaddon is another straightforward boss, considering that the two bosses following him [[spoiler: Victor Belmont and Inner Dracula]] are much, much tougher.
* BestBossEver: Although most of the bosses are awesome (The bosses are a highly praised feature of the game), special mentions goes to [[spoiler: Victor Belmont, for being an epic MirrorBoss, and, Inner Dracula for sheer Nightmare Fuel ]]
* CompleteMonster: {{Satan}} [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow returns]] in the modern world, casually murdering his summoner-[[OffingTheOffspring his own son]]-for [[YouHaveFailedMe not eliminating Dracula and Alucard quick enough]]. Deciding to simply [[OmnicidalManiac destroy the world]], Satan also possesses Alucard to [[SadisticChoice force Dracula to choose between losing his life and killing his own beloved son]].
* CultClassic: Didn't do really well in sales, and got mixed reviews by critics, but got very positive user reviews, spawned a small, yet devoted fanbase, and is generally considered an improvement over the first game by Castlevania fans. Gabriel, and the portrayal of Dracula, as a character, is also very endearing to people who played the game.
* CrazyAwesome: The Chupacabra. Originally TheScrappy of the first game, it's revealed to be an all-powerful god-like trickster, that nearly drove the Prince of Darkness to madness, forcing him to lock him in the deepest, darkest, dungeon in his castle.
* CriticalDissonance: While it has mid sixties in critic reviews, it's done much better with an average of 80 (XBOX360), 79 (PS3), and 90 (Steam) from users.
* CrossoverShip: Folks at the ''Series/OnceUponATime'' fandom adore shipping Gabriel and Belle [[Creator/RobertCarlyle for some unusual reason]].
* DemonicSpiders: Dark Cultists. Cultists show up just before the game's finale for good reason; they always come in packs and all attack at once, all but one of their attacks is unblockable, they have standard health but can teleport away if they're not locked in a combo for more than three seconds in inclusion to already being able to fly, they can summon a demon portal that if you fail to close quickly will flood you with infected, and if five or more of them are present at once, they can fuse together to become a chaos demon that's hard to kill by normal means, and killing it just makes them turn back into the cultists. And during the endgame and post-game, these are just about the ''only'' enemies you'll fight in the City. Thankfully, the draw-in moves for the void sword and chaos claws (L2+Triangle or LT+Y) utterly destroys them.
* EpilepticTrees: Several.
** While it is implied to a ''great'' extent that Marie has been resurrected by {{God}}, it's never truly confirmed by WordOfGod, therefore this falls under the fanon category. Some even speculated that she is [[GodInHumanForm more than she appears]] given her curious speech pattern and the ability to warp between the modern city and the seemingly-abstract castle.
** On a related note some theorized that Alucard and the young-apparition!Trevor are the same being. Both are never seen on-screen at the same time – Alucard [[spoiler: (in his disguise) even comes up with an excuse that “Zobek needs him” and walks off-screen... only for Trevor to appear minutes later.]] As further argument, Trevor's words of “use [the Wolf medallion] and ''I'' will come” make sense knowing that using the talisman spawns the White Wolf, who ''is'' Alucard (confirmed by canon material and artwork).
** The indefinite nature of the castle spawned a few hypotheses as well. Some suspect it is a MentalWorld [[JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind into which Dracula needs to plunge]] in order to recover his relics, others that it is an elaborate PocketDimension fueled by the power/blood of its resident [[GeniusLoci demon-possessed structure]].
** And, of course, the matter of Dracula himself. With the abundance of inexplicit proof and religious symbolism – God's continual Favor for one – it is safe to say that he is a FallenAngel. Some even speculated that he's saint ArchangelGabriel in the flesh dispatched by the Almighty to prevent the apocalypse.
* EvilIsCool: Dracula. Highly badass? Check. Highly philosophical?. Check. Highly sympathetic backstory? Check. Monster? Check. Voiced by Creator/RobertCarlyle? CHECK. It's like this trope was made for him. [[spoiler:Then again, [[GoodAllAlong "Evil" is not quite the right term for him]].]]
* EvilIsSexy: Carmilla.
** And Dracula himself has a fair share of fangirls.
* FridgeBrilliance: Dracula's dialog at times implies that he still thinks of himself as a sort of hero. Even when he's massacring villages he still acts like he's doing good, saying that he's sending them all to a better place. So, if Dracula isn't a monster, then why are there all these scrolls and memorials around describing him horrifically torturing people for fun? Simple. In the case of the memorials you find around the city in the present day those are all propaganda written by Satan's acolytes, intended to make Dracula out to be worse than he actually was. In the case of the Brotherhood's scrolls that litter the castle, almost all of them describe tortures being inflicted not by Dracula but by his minions who (as this game repeatedly shows) are all only barely controlled by Dracula if at all. While Dracula was definitely a villain prior to the events of this game, he was never as bad as people thought.
* FoeYayShipping: The Carmilla/Dracula ship started out strong, spawning several of one-shot fanfics, but with time lost most of its influence.
** The [[HoYay Alucard/Satan]] one is a pretty popular one as well. The fact that the former [[spoiler: had been possessed by the latter]] only contributes to the fervor.
* GameBreaker: The Void Sword's Whirlwind move (Block [LT/L2] + Direct Attack [X/Square] + Move [Left Stick]). Ridiculously quick, costs a pint-sized amount of magic, easy to execute, can stunlock bigger opponents, is devastating to the majority of bosses at higher mastery levels, '''and''' cheesegrates multiple foes if they're stacked into a row. Because of the latter, it is laughably easy to recover ''your whole health bar'' in one single swipe as compared to other, less-effective moves from the same repertoire. Once you discover/master this move it is ''guaranteed'' you will not use anything else to regain health. One drawback? It is ground-based. Meaning any air (harpies, though you can force them to the ground), or otherwise armored foes (Abaddon) cannot be exploited. A must-have skill on [[HarderThanHard Prince of Darkness difficulty.]]
** To a lesser extent the Chaos Claws' “ultimate” – [[DeathOfAThousandCuts Explosive Earthquake]] (Chaos Bombs selected + Secondary Weapon [RT/R2] + Area Attack [Y/Triangle]). It can annihilate enemies from a safe distance as well as stunlocks them. It is not as practiced because of its enormous Chaos energy cost and inefficacy against clusters of mooks, but against solitary bosses it is downright ''invaluable''.
** The Relics. You can carry up to five {{healing potion}}s and {{mana potion}}s which can be used in-battle, hourglasses which make the “do-not-break-any-shields” trials ''preposterously'' easy, and seals that temporarily increase the damage you deal. They would be a DiscOneNuke, if not for some hefty drawbacks – for example, the aforementioned mana potion erodes all of your “reserves” when the timer runs out, and the seals disrupt your weapon mastery progression. Still, the fact you have them is a valid argument on itself. If used carefully, you can beat even the toughest of bosses with ease... with the exception of [[spoiler: Victor, who disables your subweapons for the first part of his fight.]]
* GoodBadBugs: The oh-so-helpful “infinite Blizzard glitch” that, as its name suggests, cloaks Dracula in a continuous aura identical to his Void Sword's “ultimate” Blizzard ''without incurring a penalty to his energy reserves''. The gist of this glitch is that anything hostile that enters your periphery is instantly frozen – yes, including bosses with the exception of Raisa – and continue to take minor damage until Dracula moves away. Yes, you can pummel your enemies without ''any retaliation'', or you can just sit back and watch as everything drops dead in around thirty seconds. And how do you activate it? By triggering an “enemy's finishing move cutscene” (the one that plays at their deaths) with a Blizzard. Because of it, this glitch can only be duplicated in story mode. Freeroam won't work.
* MemeticMutation: Gabriel's [[AcCENTUponTheWrongSylLABle peculiar]] way of pronouncing his assumed name has led people to replacing the 'u' in 'Dracul' to a double 'o', resulting in a admittedly humorous 'Dra''cool'''. [[http://36.media.tumblr.com/10504f418e1a930ae8cb221ac2d23f42/tumblr_mwbfwmVqNT1rym2uyo1_500.png An image of him in shutter shades frequently accompany said gag.]]
** His choice of garb, and in particular his frighteningly impractical belt, which normally wouldn't allow for an average person to bend forward, has been pointed out numerous times as well.
** Satan's curiously placed wings – they jut out from his lower back – has earned him the nickname of “Buttwings”.
** The [[http://41.media.tumblr.com/540d80bdd95461a9a1413d7526c73f52/tumblr_n1tohpur531qhso87o2_500.png “Satan]] [[http://38.media.tumblr.com/1e466d555aa715cd83ac06f5f0f6aa8d/tumblr_inline_n1vpuremVi1r44gxs.jpg Expression”]], aka the SlasherSmile[=s=] both Dracula and [[spoiler: Satan in the possession of Alucard]] make.
** The fact that Google Romanian-English Translate reads the word “Dracul” as ''“the old gentleman”''. [[https://translate.google.com/#ro/en/Dracul Go ahead, try it.]]
* MostWonderfulSound: The sound of transferring a skill mastery unto your weapon. It is a moist squelch.
* {{Narm}}:
** Dracula needs blood badly.
--->'''Dracula:''' So weak now... must find blood!
** Dracula's over the top RoaringRampageOfRevenge speech from the second trailer.
--->'''Dracula:''' They will pay... Even if it takes an eternity, they will pay!
** The ridiculous ChurchMilitant knights after you.
--->'''Golden Knight:''' God is with me, monster!
** Dracula [[VomitIndiscretionShot barfing blood]] all over the Siege Titan's core.
** The generic stock scream used when Dracula feeds in the modern era for the first time.
** Marie's crying during the fight with Carmilla.
** After Carmilla is speared through the face, it looks like she's giving the spear a blow job. [[FreudWasRight This was probably intentional]], if not a reference to the original {{Dracula}}.
** Thanks to some unfortunate set design, some doors in the city look like they're either twice as big as Dracula, or that he's really short for the lord of vampires.
** There's the cutscene where [[spoiler: Dracula and Alucard come up with their plan to kill both Zobek and Satan, and Dracula agrees to be stabbed in the heart to put him to sleep.]]
--->'''Dracula:''' [[spoiler: Push... that damn sword... into my heart! Before I change my mind!]]
*** The hilarious part about that sentence: [[spoiler: He's saying it as the sword is already partway through his chest!]]
** The final cutscene in which [[spoiler: Dracula destroys Satan once and for all]] takes place in front of that very same church where he was sleeping all that time. No, they did not choose some huge, open, grandly designed venue for either of these key moments in the game, they chose the dark street with a rundown cathedral engulfed by more modern architecture on one side and a ''pizza place'' on the other. That giant pizza sign hanging on its side is one of the last things you see following [[spoiler: ''the death of Satan.'']] Also, [[spoiler: the fact that one of Dracula's neighbors has been a pizza place for who knows how long, ''and will continue to be so after Satan was destroyed right across from it.'']]
** It's pretty hard to take [[spoiler: Satan]] seriously when his choice of pants is [[spoiler: armored chicken legs.]]
* NarmCharm / SoBadItsGood: Well, they're certainly upholding this series tradition. See above.
* NightmareFuel: [[NightmareFuel/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow2 Has a page.]]
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: Chupacabras was widely hated in the first game thanks to his tendency to steal your items and force you to play an annoying game of hide and seek to get them back, all the while being taunted by his annoying voice. His appearance in this game starts out with a nice bit of catharsis when you find him locked in a magical cage and you get to listen to him grovel and beg for his freedom. After he's released he opens a shop selling a variety of useful items. He also has a new voice which is far less obnoxious than it was in the first game.
* SignatureScene: [[spoiler: The reunion between [[MyGreatestSecondChance Alucard]] and [[GoodParents Dracula]] is fondly remembered by being a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming and being a great case of ILoveYouVampireSon]]
* ScrappyMechanic: If you try to avoid encounters with enemies by finding a ledge to parkour to, the enemies (every enemy in the game) has some form of ranged attack that's super fast, incredibly accurate, and always knocks you down. This mechanic stays even well past the point in the game where the only reason you'd be going through there in the first place is backtracking for collectables, when you can easily stomp flat every enemy that tries.
* TearJerker: [[TearJerker/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow2 Has a page.]]
* ThatOneBoss: The Hooded Man, [[spoiler: aka: Victor Belmont]]. He frequently parries your attacks, throws a flurry of projectiles that inflict a lot of damage if you get caught in the barrage, and rarely stays still long enough to hit him with a combo. If you try to jump up to evade his attacks, he will leap up and continue to strike you in mid-air, where you cannot escape his blows. However, parrying ''his'' blows and counterattacking makes him considerably easier.
** The Riders of the Storm are three separate opponents who aren't too challenging to deal with one on one. However, they will not hesitate to strike from behind whilst you are attacking one of the three warriors and they will constantly bombard you with projectiles if you try to create some distance between them. You WILL be slaughtered if you allow all three statues to mob you at the same time.
* ThatOneLevel: The Greenhouse maze has infuriated many a gamer with Agreus' aggressive moves, how easy it is to get his attention, and how quickly he can zero in on you. Using the mist ability is a must for getting through the section without tearing your hair out.
** The truth of the matter is, the maze is actually pretty easy when one uses the mist ability... but the game never tells you it's an option and instead try to encourage you to take the million times harder ledge-jumping, bell-distracting route...
*** This has been patched. Now the game warns you about the usefulness of the Mist Form right off the bat.
* MagnificentBastard: This incarnation of Alucard. [[spoiler: He manipulated the events of the entire second game, and succeeded in all of his plans.]]
* UglyCute: The Chupacabra.
* TheUntwist: A ''lot'' of players figured out that Zobek's bodyguard was [[spoiler:Alucard]] long before the reveal.
* TheWoobie: The Toy Maker. In his backstory, he was offered a home by the owner of Bernhard Castle, who ended up summoning a demon to curse him, forcing him to make deathtraps and such until the curse is broken by a child. Once he's reawakened, he suffers from temporary memory loss, and the blood of the castle transforms him into a demon, attacking Dracula. After he turns back to normal, he seems genuinely confused and concerned, and once he remembers who Dracula is (and presumably, what he's done), he breaks down crying.
** Dracula himself. It's quite clear poor Gabriel still retains what made him human, even if his humanity is ''long'' gone. And he's ''utterly miserable'' whenever his attempts [[CardCarryingVillain at enjoying being evil]] fall flat.