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- The reveal trailer. It shows someone plugging a Netflix cartridge into an NES and selecting Castlevania from a small menu of other shows, before it changes to jaw-dropping visuals of that all too familiar castle and a field of skeletons impaled on spikes. It also shows Trevor, Alucard, and Sypha, revealing that it's an adaptation of Dracula's Curse.
- The fact this is the first western produced adaptation of a game to gain a PURE fresh rating (91%) in Rotten Tomatoes. This shows how far makers have gone in trying to make a game adaptation that manages to please both critics and fans.
- Furthermore, if you notice Konami's situation right now? It is great that those behind this adaptation knows and gives what the Castlevania fans wanted and not once did Konami's bad reputation sully the solid reception of the series.
- This series is also an awesome moment for Frederator, who animated a rated-R series for the first time. And they knocked it out of the park.
- Let's face it: The idea that a whip would be the ultimate weapon against evil is pretty silly. You are much more willing to accept that in the games, with heavy helping of Grandfather Clause. The series had to convince viewers that there was any sense in Trevor fighting with a whip instead of a sword or a mace or a spear or... Fortunately, the series passes that with flying colors. Trevor is shown using the whip with such agility and precision plus the creative uses of grappling things with the whip, you believe that is his weapon of choice.
- Lisa is dedicated to learning medicine and science no matter what, even if she's accused of being a witch and can't get materials for proper research. So what does she do? Walk RIGHT UP to Dracula's Castle (which on top of being an Eldritch Location also has dozens of impaled corpses out front) and demand to know the secrets of his knowledge, all so she can help people. She even calls him out for rudeness when he threatens to drink her blood ("You haven't even offered to take my coat"). One imagines Dracula fell in love with her for her bravery alone.
- Dracula's annihilation of Targoviste could damn well be the vampire king's Crowning Moment of Awesome across the entire Castlevania franchise. You fight Dracula's endless horde of demons in every game; in this show, you see him release his army for the first time as he sends them out to destroy Wallachia. In the games, you always see Dracula's power within the isolated confines of Castlevania; here, he unleashes his full power across an entire city and spares nobody from his hellish wrath. Also demonstrates how utterly fucked you are when Dracula starts getting pissy, unless your last name happens to be Belmont.Dracula: One year. I gave you one year to make your peace with your God. And what do you do? Celebrate the day you killed my wife. One year I gave you, while I assembled my armies. And now I bring your death. You had your chance.
- The first time Trevor whips out the Vampire Killer against a pair of corrupt priests, severing one's finger "accidentally" and knocking another's eye out of his socket. He then proceeds to escape the attempts of those corrupt priests's comrades to arrest/kill him, taking several of them out with thrown knives and axes, while using a simple flaming torch to bar a mob of angry villagers from pursuing him.
- Trevor killing a cyclops...a ten-foot cyclops.
- How he kills the cyclops: spin-kicking his sword into its eye.
- Trevor has played the Reluctant Hero up to now, but the moment he embraces his family legacy of heroism is awesome.Priest: Look at you. You're a wreck. You stink. You can barely keep your eyes open. What do you expect to achieve against us?
Trevor: Absolutely nothing.
Priest: So you're going to die for nothing? For people you don't know?
Trevor: I don't know any of you, but that doesn't matter, does it? My family, the family you demonized and excommunicated, has fought and died through generations for this country. We do this thing for Wallachia and her people. We don't have to know you all. We do it anyway. And it's not the dying that frightens us. [drops tattered old cloak to reveal his tunic with the Belmont crest] It's never having stood up and fought for you. I am Trevor Belmont, of the House of Belmont, and dying has never frightened me.
- Trevor giving the mother of all beat downs on the asshole priests and keeping the mob at bay at the same time. Basically showing how dangerous he really is. And also saving the Speakers by making sure they weren't there in the first place.
- Remember the priest whose finger was "accidentally" cut off by Trevor? That same priest gets stabbed to death by angry villagers when Trevor reveals the truth behind Lisa's death.
- Trevor's "The Reason You Suck" Speech delivered just before this deserves mention too, exposing the real reason for Dracula's Roaring Rampage of Revenge to the townsfolk. The townsfolk become more and more enraged by the truth until they turn on the priest before Trevor can even swing his sword.Trevor: (Sees the Corrupt Priest) You.
Corrupt Priest: Kill them! Quickly!
Trevor: No. Just you and me. Come on. You're very big at telling people what to do, getting the people of Gresit to commit murder for you. Let's see how you do on your own.
(Sypha's flames dissipate, priest beings to panic)
Trevor: You and me. I can see you're carrying a blade. I wonder if the people of the great city of Gresit have ever seen a priest draw a knife before.
(townsfolk mutter about his words and the priest's knife)
Trevor: Your long knife, my short sword. Let's go. Come on, you had no problem beating an old man this morning. Huh? You had no problem lying to these people about the Speakers!
Corrupt Priest: The Speakers brought this upon us!
Trevor: No, they didn't, and you know it. The Speakers stayed here to offer aid. It was your bishop who brought all this down on us! Your bishop who started it all, by killing a defenseless woman! You would have made murderers out of these people, but the only one here who isn't innocent... is you.
- Trevor's "The Reason You Suck" Speech delivered just before this deserves mention too, exposing the real reason for Dracula's Roaring Rampage of Revenge to the townsfolk. The townsfolk become more and more enraged by the truth until they turn on the priest before Trevor can even swing his sword.
- Trevor showing the villagers how to fight the Horde and leading them in battle. The demons that had been tormenting these people for nights on end are slaughtered in minutes. The impromptu training Trevor gave was so effective that the villagers turned from dumping human corpses to dumping demon carcasses in a mere day.
- Special mention goes to the priest Trevor enlists to help them. After three whole episodes of the Church being anviliciously depicted as nothing but corrupt, power-mad, and greedy, the battle for Gresit is won because a nameless clergyman has the true power of faith to consecrate holy water that the townspeople could use against Dracula's forces.
- Sypha revealing her magical powers to protect Trevor from the angry mob, complete with a Badass Boast about not being a witch, but a sorceress for good.
- Trevor and Alucard discuss Theology and Philosophy before fighting. The fight is amazing. Their discussions are, too. At the end, you are ready for the three to go out and fight.
Killing you was the point; living through it was just a luxury.
- Not many people can look awesome while being outmatched by a stronger opponent, but Trevor finds a way. He gives a great fight against the Son of Dracula, armed with nothing but a leather bullwhip and a steel shortsword, human down to the marrow in his bones. He scores several good hits on Alucard, and it's clear that if he had the Morning Star, Alucard would have folded quicker than Superman on laundry day. Trevor even tries hand-to-hand with him, kneeing him in the groin and then headbutting him when that doesn't work.
- Alucard demonstrates the power of his lineage, as he seems to have Trevor on the ropes most of the time while in a fit of ennui. He doesn't react at all to being kicked in the groin beyond a snide comment ("Please, this isn't a bar fight, have some class") and then casually backhands him and sends him flying. He also uses a Flash Step ability in the sword duel.
- If you look really closely during the sword fight, you might notice that Trevor keeps switching hands, using the left to parry and deflect and the right to attack. He seems to be doing it to give the illusion to Alucard that he's actually ambidextrous, making him more cautious and deliberate. Mind games.
- And then, when Alucard has Trevor disarmed and at his mercy, Trevor defiantly shanks him with a dagger and tells him that he is perfectly happy to perform a Mutual Kill.
- Props must be given to the animators as well. A whip is an incredibly difficult weapon to animate and they nail it.
- To cap off all the awesome in that scene, Sypha tells Alucard in no uncertain terms that she'll burn him to cinder if he actually bites Trevor because, Sleeping Soldier or no, it was Trevor who saved her life.
- Of all people and entities, it's a demon called Blue Fangs giving one hell of a verbal smackdown to the corrupt Bishop who had Lisa burned alive and kickstarted Dracula's genocide, before brutally killing him. Adding to the moment, the various saints in the stained glass windows are seen looking away apathetically as the bastard dies a deservedly horrible death.Bishop: Who's that? Are the Speakers dead?
Blue Fangs: No.
Bishop: Well, get back out there! The Speakers have to die before the sun goes down!
Blue Fangs: (Emerging from the Shadows) The sun is already down.
Bishop: You... cannot enter the house of God.
Blue Fangs: God is not here. This is an empty box.
Bishop: God is in all His churches.
Blue Fangs: Your God's love is not unconditional. He does not love us. And He does not love you.
Bishop: I have done His bidding. My life's work is in His name!
Blue Fangs: Your life's work makes Him puke.
Bishop: I... am the Bishop of Gresit!
Blue Fangs: Your God knows that we wouldn't be here without you. This is all your fault, isn't it?
Bishop: SHE WAS A WITCH!
Blue Fangs: Lies? In your house of God? No wonder He has abandoned you. But we love you.
Blue Fangs: We love you. We couldn't be here without you. Let me... kiss you.
- Notice in the fight against the Blue Fangs and when the holy water is dumped on the ground, Sypha uses her magic to freeze and weaponize it into holy ice walls! In most settings where magic and holy things do not mix, seeing them being used in tandem here is badass!
- We get to see the trio's specialties in action again as they fight off the monsters, and special props go to the animators for Sypha's fight as she forces the beasts fire to swell up in its chest until she forces it to implode.
- It's mostly overshadowed given the tragic nature of Trevor's solitary life at such a young age but it also shows unbelievably skilled he and his family are. Trevor guessed he was around 13-15 when his family died and he's in his twenties or thirties. This means that despite being at such a young age, Trevor has retained his monster hunting skills despite not having his family to learn from and train with. And on the other hand, the fact that his family could train their members at such a young age shows they were a Badass Family indeed.
- The revelation of the hidden Belmont's archive of knowledge. A multi-floored, underground chamber containing enough books to be it's own large library and enough artifacts and monster corpses to be a museum. It leaves no question just how the family manages to churn out such excellent hunters over generations.
- Trevor finds an old treasure chest in a hidden room. Inside he finds the upgraded weapon to his Vampire Killer Whip: The Morning Star Whip.
- Dracula intimidating Godbrand. It becomes very clear, very fast just why Dracula is THE top Vampire.
- Camilla establishing the Belmont clan as a legitimate threat to vampires. She certainly saw a Belmont as being at least as dangerous as Alucard, Dracula's own son.
- Issac killing Godbrand. Despite being a normal human, he's able to take down and easily kill a centuries old vampire as if it was nothing with just a spiked belt and an enchanted knife. It certainly didn't help that Godbrand was foolish enough to turn his back on him.
- The entire plan to trap the castle essentially means ripping a hole in the fabric of time and space to drag an ancient unknowable Magitek Eternal Engine through a mirror. And it WORKS.
- Trevor defeats the entire hit squad of demons sent to the Belmont home 'on his own,' without a lick of help from Sypha or Alucard. First, he carves up a demon ten times his size with his sword, and then he slays a fire dragon with the Morning Star. A spear-wielding demon puts him on the ropes by throwing away the Morning Star, but Trevor kills the demon with its own weapon. He then dispatches a crow-like demon by essentially beating its head in and then impaling its skull. Finally, hes forced to fend off a strange wolf-bat demon long enough to recover the Morning Star, with a broken knob of a stick, which he uses to slay the final monster.
Trevor: When you get back to whatever steaming underworld shithole you came from, you tell them there are still Belmonts up here.
- There's a good reason why Trevor fought against the demons alone-he had to protect both Sypha and Alucard. Alucard had to control the mirror and concentrate on keeping the castle in view, and Sypha had to put together a partially finished spell to trap the castle. For Trevor, it was a Hold the Line moment; if he hadn't kept the demons away from the other two, the plan to trap the castle wouldn't have worked.
- This is particularly noteworthy because after spending most of the season getting the Butt-Monkey treatment because of how comparatively Book Dumb he is, this was finally Trevor's time to shine and remind the audience that he is indeed a Belmont.
- Note that he held off one with a broken stick and was kicking its ass long enough to retrieve his whip.
- Carmilla's plot: she's been manipulating Hector to follow her plans, setting up demons to get a go at the Belmonts and secretly ordering her forces to get ready to attack the castle and thus Dracula. She knows she can't win in a fair fight, so she tries to get an advantage. How does she do this? Get Hector to revive the Bishop that got his face chewed off, have him bless the entire river, and set up a situation so that the vampiric army would fall into it and immediately get killed. Say what you will about Carmilla, but the fact that she's using several vampiric weaknesses against Dracula and the opportunities to do so shows her levels of deviousness.
- The Trio finally make it into Dracula's Castle, and their starting battle against his generals and the soldiers is not only an awesome sight to behold, but the whole thing is done with a remix of Bloody Tears, a staple song of the original video game series. To put that in context, this is the first time we hear a soundtrack from the games in the series.
- The whole buildup to this scene is a moment of awesome. Dracula's and Carmilla's forces are fighting in the foyer, focused solely on killing each other, when suddenly everyone stops what they're doing mid-strike. All the vampires are suddenly looking in one direction. One of Carmilla's mooks even starts trembling. Then we see each one of them is giving their full attention to the three that just entered the castle, and it's clear the vampires can just tell that a Belmont and Dracula's son Alucard is in the room. The first few haunting notes of Bloody Tears fills the dead silence and everyone in the audience knows exactly what they're in for. What adds onto it is that the vampires stop fighting against each other and proceed to fight together if it means killing the hunters after them. Alucard then starts things off with a one-word Pre Ass Kicking One Liner:Alucard: Begin.
- Trevor starts off by massacring a bunch of soldiers with the Morning Star; his first strike caused one of Draculas' troops to explode in midair and knock the other vampires aside. Then he kills a spear wielding general by tying him up and feeding him the Morning Stars' business end, then kicks him towards another group of vampire knights in time for the general to explode, taking out the knights.
- Alucard changing into a Wolf, splattering a vampire against a wall by biting his throat and throwing him against a wall, then killing another guy with his sword WHILE STILL IN WOLF FORM!!
- Sypha gets her own moment by killing the Indian vampire general. First she proves to be no slouch at defending herself in close combat when she parries his strikes with floating icicles. Then she kills him by luring him into running across an ice blade that she suddenly swings upward and outward, neatly bisecting him.
- There's also the point with the Japanese Vampiress. When she seems to get cut by Alucard, she goes into Mist Form and proceeds to stay in it, attempting to kill them while in that form. However, it's called Mist form for a reason. Sypha freezes the mist, thus freezing that vampire, and she proceeds to get shattered.
- Also deserves mentioning is the last Vampire General who gets beaten. He gets knocked to the ground by Trevor, and than Sypha runs up and straight up burns him to death at point-blank range. If you've ever played Dungeons & Dragons and used Burning Hands, the way Sypha burns him is similar, and just as awesome.
- It should also be noted that Sypha killed THREE of the generals, while Alucard and Trevor killed one. One YouTube commenter summed it up perfectly:Just saying: Girl did work.
- The whole buildup to this scene is a moment of awesome. Dracula's and Carmilla's forces are fighting in the foyer, focused solely on killing each other, when suddenly everyone stops what they're doing mid-strike. All the vampires are suddenly looking in one direction. One of Carmilla's mooks even starts trembling. Then we see each one of them is giving their full attention to the three that just entered the castle, and it's clear the vampires can just tell that a Belmont and Dracula's son Alucard is in the room. The first few haunting notes of Bloody Tears fills the dead silence and everyone in the audience knows exactly what they're in for. What adds onto it is that the vampires stop fighting against each other and proceed to fight together if it means killing the hunters after them. Alucard then starts things off with a one-word Pre Ass Kicking One Liner:
- Dracula's fight with the trio. Everyone gets an epic moment, but Dracula himself proves exactly why he's the vampires' leader. Every trick that the heroes have pulled off, he stonewalls. Every attempt to kill him like a normal vampire, he resists. They set him on fire and he treats it like nothing. Dracula is top badass for a reason.
- At one point Dracula hammers Alucard with a double-fisted hammer punch to the top of the head that's so powerful it shatters the floor that Alucard is standing on.
- And bear in mind, this is a slightly nerfed Dracula who's supposedly weakened due to heartbreak and not feeding in a while. Godbrand noticed this, but he made it clear he still wouldn't want to take on Dracula in a fight. Considering the Curbstomp Battle that Dracula unleashes on our heroes, he was totally right.
- The thing that does work on him? Sypha piercing his foot with icicles and Trevor swinging the Morningstar at him. The impact causes an explosion that manages to bring Dracula to his knees and get his respect.Dracula: The Morningstar whip... well-played, Belmont.
- It's important to note that Dracula took a hit from the Morning Star whip, a weapon that has so far guaranteed a One-Hit Kill on any vampire it touches, and not only does he not die, he then decides it's time to really start kicking the trio's collective shits in.
- It looks like the trio are getting the upper hand on the old man. Then Dracula gets...annoyed.Dracula: But I am no ordinary vampire to be killed by your human magics... I am Vlad Dracula Tepes... AND I HAVE HAD ENOUGH! (Unleashes Dark Inferno down the hallway)
- That fireball is then stopped and pushed back through the combined efforts of Sypha, who stopped it with her magic, Trevor, who supported her by pushing his back to hers to prevent her sliding back and add power to her barrier, and Alucard pushing the fireball back against Dracula by thrusting and charging into it with his sword.
- Make no mistake, even after taking all of their best shots, it was clear that Dracula still had plenty of gas left in the tank to keep kicking their asses. The heroes won in the end only because Dracula gave up.
- Isaac is met by a group of cannibals in the desert. He, however, does not care about what they can try. He effortlessly kills them all, ripping one's face off, and decides to build his own undead army.
- It's drowned by the general mood and the fact that it does not end well for him, but Hector deciding to resist Carmilla is notable. After having had enough of her taunting, mocking, and manipulating him, she finally tells him absolutely, firmly that he will work for her. How does he respond?Hector: GO TO HELL!
- Alucard takes up the throne of Dracula's Castle, and Trevor permits him ownership of the Belmont Hold.
- Trevor and Sypha completely dish out a Curb-Stomp Battle to the monsters that "ambush" them on the road. Belnades and Belmont have truly come into their own. Sypha displays her usual magical mastery, toying with a night creature before blowing its head off, and she's learned to fly using fire from her hands as thrust. Trevor displays cunning and skill even when disarmed, as he is forced to fight close-quarters in the woods with a werewolf, which has a clear advantage in raw strength. Trevor turns the tables on the werewolf by punching it in the throat, and repeatedly stomping on its right leg, breaking it. Trevor then grabs the beast's head and forces it backward until its neck breaks and the flesh around his throat tears open. Trevor is a true monster hunter, armed or not.
- The introduction of the Count Saint Germain, where he shows incredible social savviness. Even though he fails, he then simply pays up for his apples with no hard feelings.
- We meet Carmilla's sisters, who are cool in various ways. Morana in particular shows herself to be far smarter than Carmilla, Striga's towering height and muscular frame belie her tactical mind, and Lenore's demure and soft-spoken disposition betrays her nature as a schemer.
- The hilarious and awesome reveal of Sypha and Trevor's Relationship Upgrade: Trevor, after mentioning that beer is "better than sex", finds himself on the receiving end of Sypha's annoyance.
The Reparation of My Heart
- The Captain not only manages to charm Isaac (who had just finished slaughtering an entire city with his night creatures) into sparing him and his crew, but also successfully bargain Isaac into paying for passage to Genoa (as opposed to slaughtering the crew and commandeering the ship).
- Hector doesn't fall for Lenore's tricks initially, showing the very same spirit he did when Carmilla threatened him. He grabs Lenore by the throat and threatens to kill her. While it doesn't end well for him, it's nonetheless a display of unexpected bravery and ingenuity on his part.
- Lenore gets her own by completely kicking Hector's ass in under a second, reminding him that despite her demure demeanor, she's still much stronger than he is.
- The Judge and his local militia managed to fend off a demon attack using salt and shit. Very impressive for a group of normal soldiers. Even Trevor compliments the Judge's tactics.
I Have a Scheme
- Isaac, after offering mercy to Genoa, ends up cornered. The guards continually threaten him, until he finally dishes out a hell of a speech and unleashes his horde to kill them all.Isaac: You know... One day, the last one of you will ask me: "Why did you work with Dracula himself to murder all the people?" And you know what I'll say? "It's because you're all so fucking rude."
- It was stated back in Season 2 that summoning night creatures via forging takes a long time to do. Isaac shows how much he has mastered his craft by instantly being able to turn people that he kills with his magic dagger into his minions.
- Saint Germain manages to deduce the nature of the Priory via alchemical knowledge.
- Sypha outsmarts the Priory's cultists, and even delivers a veiled threat to one of them as she and Trevor leave.
- Via Sumi and Taka's flashback, we get to see a full fight scene featuring Cho against a samurai. Even as she curb-stomps him and dances around him with utter impunity, he never stops trying to fight. Between both combatants, it's a glorious fight.
- Considering that Cho had been doing this for centuries, the flashback also highlights just how powerful and competent Trevor, Sypha, and Alucard are, as the three of them annihilated Cho and the other vampire generals in a matter of seconds, blazed through their accompanying armies, and then went on to beat The Lord of Vampires in a single day.
Worse Things Than Betrayal
- Trevor dukes it out with two Monks of the Priory in a gorgeous fight scene in which he displays his skill at hand-to-hand combat and utterly destroys both, even killing one.
What the Night Brings
- Eagle-eyed viewers will spot a certain sword in Dracula's castle, that sword specifically being Rebellion. Whether it's just a cameo or a hint of something more, it's a pretty cool Easter Egg.
- Isaac and his army raid a town controlled by a dark magician. In an absolute Wham Shot, the magician assembles a ball of corpses in the sky, forming them into Legion. Isaac then proceeds to take on Legion and kill the magician.
- When Isaac finally confronts the wizard himself, the old man attempts to brainwash him into becoming another one of mind-controlled slaves. Isaac, however, manages to fight off the spell's influence long enough to break it before driving his blade through the wizard's heart.
Abandon All Hope
- Trevor and Sypha fighting back to back against demons in a massive battle. This includes such badass feats as Sypha mixing lightning with water to kill a demon and Trevor dual-wielding his old leather whip and the Morningstar.
- Saint Germain ends up saving the day with some epic Xanatos Speed Chess; he susses out that the Priory's captive Night Creature is what's keeping the portal open, and uses his charm to switch the portal away from Hell so Dracula can't get through. He then switches it to the dimension holding the lost person he seeks in the Infinity Corridor, with Trevor providing the finishing blow to close the portal for good.Saint Germain: Show me what I want to see, you fucking bastard! (slams his charm into the Creature's forehead)Trevor (stunned): He really is a magician!Saint Germain: Belmont! Kill it! (falls through the portal)(Trevor kills the Creature)Saint Germain: I'm closing the Corridor! Get out now! Thank you both! I'll see you again!
- A particularly dark example, but still: The Judge tricks Sala into running away to his death. Unfortunately, it's soon cut short by the reveal that he is in fact a monstrous Serial Killer.
- While what comes next isn't at all awesome on her part, Lenore completely succeeds in her plan to force Hector into the service of Carmilla's court, even giving the court complete control of the monsters he forges, circumventing their weakness when it comes to him. At first, the way she shows it off is pretty badass due to the sheer effortlessness with which she handled it. Unfortunately for both Hector and the audience, this awesomeness passes very quickly and Lenore reminds us all just how monstrous she is.
- While, like most things in this episode, the end result is tragic, Alucard uses his sword to kill Taka and Sumi after they betray him. He then puts them on pikes as a warning to all outsiders. Horrifying and tragic, but a demonstration of how badly the two underestimated their mentor.
- While most characters end the season having failed in their goals and ending up with a tragic fate, Isaac comes out with a complete win, even at the cost of his own soul.