Voiced by (Japanese): Hiroya Ishimaru (Rondo of Blood), Norio Wakamoto (most games starting with Symphony of the Night), Nobuhiko Kazama (Lament of Innocence), Hikaru Midorikawa (Dawn of Sorrow), Mahito Ōba (Curse of Darkness), Joji Nakata (Castlevania: Judgment), Naoya Uchida (Netflix series)
Voiced by (English): Gary Chalk (Captain N), Wornell Jones (Perfect Selection Dracula album, Beginning track), Michael Guinn (Symphony of the Night, Castlevania 64), Harald Gjerd (Castlevania 64 as Malus), Crispin Freeman (Lament of Innocence), Douglas Rye (Curse of Darkness), Tom Wyner (Portrait of Ruin), Patrick Seitz (The Dracula X Chronicles and onwards), Charles Glover (Castlevania: The Arcade), Ric Dorr (Castlevania Tribute Vol.1 album, Vampire Killer track), Graham McTavish (Netflix series)
Voiced by (Latin American): Carlos Segundo (Netflix series)
Good ol' Dracula, the King of Vampires you all know. While he originally started out as Vlad the Impaler, a typo of his age in an instructional manual led to him being much older. Thereafter he was first 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. They bonded and Lisa gave birth to half-vampire Adrian F. 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.
- Absentee Actor: While stand-ins still appear, the former Mathias Cronqvist is absent from Harmony of Dissonance and the Sorrow games. Although the latter games do star his reincarnation.
- Affably Evil: He might be the lord of darkness, but he tends to be fairly formal with his enemies, if a bit smug, and he genuinely loves his son and late wives.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Dracula's defeat in Symphony of the Night is unusually sympathetic, as he expresses genuine remorse, laments his lost love, and asks her to forgive him.
- The Anti-Christ: This is what Dracula is, despite being described as God's opposite. Dracula serves as the focus for physical connection for all of the evil in the hearts of man. It's even made clear that it doesn't have to be Dracula as anyone with the right qualities can inherit the powers of chaos. In actuality, it's the force of chaos created by human evil and linked to hell that is the real power behind Dracula.
- The Anti-God: According to Aria and Dawn of Sorrow, he's the Evil Counterpart to God. Although in this case it's implied that he's just a foil to God and necessary as the focus of earthly evil. He isn't God's equal so much as the other half of the important equation between good and evil.
- Archnemesis Dad: Starting from Symphony of the Night, he's antagonistic towards Alucard, his hybrid son that he sired through his dead wife, Lisa.
- As Long as There is Evil: He loves to give this kind of speech after his defeats. He's right, too.Dracula: "It was not by my own hand that I am once again given flesh."
- Attack Its Weak Point: In the 2D games, almost all of his non-One-Winged Angel forms can only be damaged by hitting his head. Possibly a reference to how classic vampires must be decapitated before they can be properly killed.
- Back from the Dead: To the point of Joker Immunity.
- Badass Cape: Most games, he wears a stereotypical high-collared vampire cape, though he has alternated with a Badass Longcoat.
- Badass Mustache: Most of his incarnations have one.
- Balance Between Good and Evil: Dracula is the Dark Lord, a mandatory position that serves as the balance to God on Earth.
- Big Bad: Usually. In Castlevania II: Simon's Quest, Castlevania: Chronicles of Sorrow, Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance, Castlevania: Bloodlines, and Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin, he is more of a Greater-Scope Villain.
- Big Bad Friend: Castlevania: Lament of Innocence is one big Batman Gambit by Mathias, manipulating everyone from Leon to Sara to Rinaldo to Walter so that he can obtain the power he needs in his fanatical battle against a God he believes to be wicked.
- Boomerang Bigot: He despises humans even though (or because) he used to be one and is guilty of everything he accuses his former fellow men of.
- Breakout Character: He's the most consistent presence in the series and has gained the most dimension. In the "Lords of Shadow" continuity, they just dropped the pretense and straight-up made him the main character.
- Casanova Wannabe: Every time a lovely woman winds up in his domain, such as with Richter's girlfriend and Shanoa in Order of Eclessia, he offers her a chance to rule by his side for eternity. It's never worked. In all of his centuries on this earth, he's only ever managed to woo two women, and one's implied to be the previous woman reincarnated.
- The Chessmaster: You can always expect his plans for his minions to revive him to work every time the time comes for him to be resurrected, even if he's not at full power.
- Creepy Child: As Malus in Castlevania N64.
- Classy Cravat: Because he's Wicked Cultured.
- Depending on the Writer: How evil and twisted Dracula is varies from game to game. In some cases he's petty enough to kidnap people just to be a dick and other times cruel enough to slaughter the entire countryside for the hell of it, while in certain games he's Affably Evil and potentially even downright a Card-Carrying Villain. While a few games do give him sympathetic points, however, he is still the lord of darkness through and through. Part of this seems to stem from just how spontaneous yet another revival may be, while other scenarios seem to genuinely be a case of Motive Decay and basking in being a monster simply because he is.
- Determinator: No matter how many times Vampire Hunters, Witches, and even his own son blow through his castle and kill him, he just will not stay dead and will continue with his war on humanity every time without ever giving up on it.
- Dimension Lord: His existence as a Dark Lord is what maintains the Abyss a realm consisting of 6 separate hells filled with tortured souls he uses to create the monsters that populate his castle. The castle itself can also qualify as its own dimension as it's a symbol of not only Dracula's will, but the chaos within humanity itself.
- Dracula: You don't say!
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He genuinely loved both of his wives, and although Alucard has all but disowned him as a father, Dracula still holds a place in his hardened heart for his son. In fact, it is also implied that the death of his wives (the latter wife via witch-burning) was also the reason why he even became evil.
- Evil Is Burning Hot: He is generally associated with fire, especially his trademark triple fireball.
- Evil Laugh: Tends to do this a lot when he's fought in his first form.
- Evil Overlord: One of gaming's biggest examples. "Dark Lord" is his official title and occupation even.
- Evil Sounds Deep: He's usually given a pretty deep voice. As Mathias, it was a Badass Baritone.
- FaithHeel Turn: When Elisabetha died while Mathias was out fighting in the Crusades, the grief-stricken man didn't take this well. With the progression of time, his renouncement of God escalated to new heights.
- Fallen Hero: Mathias was once a respected scientist and hero from the Crusades. Then his wife died and he started to Rage Against the Heavens...
- Final Boss: It would be easier to count how many games don't have him as this.
- Flaming Meteor: His Dark Inferno attack, where he sends out several small meteors from his cape.
- Foil: To the entire Belmont Clan. While each of its members is able to overcome the tragedies that befall them and their loved ones, Dracula threw a diabolical tantrum when his wife died and continues to besiege humanity because he just can't get over her (and Lisa's) death.
- He is also this to God which he is explicitly stated in the series to be a counter to. God is the all powerful creator of the universe who is the ultimate force for good that by nature loves all and brings life. Dracula on the other hand is essentially a Deity of Human Origin who was once a mortal and flawed human being, willingly turned his back on the light, loves very few and hates most, and brings death and destruction while basically being nothing more than a pawn in the balance between good and evil empowered by the evil of humanity reinforced by the stygian powers of hell. It's even implied that for all of his hate and bitterness towards god he is still serving God by being an example of how far a man can fall and a warning as to what happens when you forsake everything for power and vengeance.
- Freudian Excuse: His first wife Elisabetha died of unknown circumstances while he was away fighting in the Crusades, stoking his rage against God for abandoning him. When he married Lisa, she was later apprehended and executed by witch hunters for practicing witchcraft, even though she was only making medicine to cure plague victims. Is it any wonder Dracula became such a monster?
- Fur and Loathing: In Lament of Innocence, back when he was Mathias, he wore a white/black fur mantle. He wasn't evil at first, but after his first wife died, the rest was history.
- Genre Blind: So much that he's almost drowning in it. You'd think that by his third or so defeat at the hands of a Belmont or one of their allies that Dracula would take precautions such as sending out his legions post-mortem to kill the potential heirs before they reach maturity or setting up death traps early on, yet he's confident that the Belmonts pose no threat (despite his track record proving otherwise).
- A Glass of Chianti: Naturally the vampire-specific version, A Glass Of Blood. He'll often toss the glass and let it shatter on the floor just before he rises from his throne to whoop ass.
- God of Evil: Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow reveals that the Balance Between Good and Evil dictates that he is the evil opposite of God.
- Good Hair, Evil Hair: When it is not slicked back, it's usually not combed.
- Greater-Scope Villain: In many of the games, Dracula isn't an active threat until very late in the game, assuming he directly shows up at all. However, that doesn't mean people wanting to revive him won't step in for him.
- Hannibal Lecture: Gives one in the Castlevania Tribute Vol.1 album.
- Hellfire: His most iconic attack.
- Hijacked By Dracula: Happens fairly often. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance, and Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin are some examples.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He's partially responsible for the creation of the Vampire Killer whip and because he failed to slay Leon at the very beginning of his feud with the Belmonts, it's the primary weapon that has felled him time and time again.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: His rationale for destroying humanity. He's not entirely wrong, since humans wrongfully condemned his second wife for practicing witchcraft when she was only trying to cure plague victims.Dracula: "Your own kind called me forth with praise and tribute."
- Humanoid Abomination: In this series, he's really much more this than a standard vampire. In Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow, it's confirmed that he's literally the opposite of God.
- Hypocrite: Perhaps Dracula's most defining flaw. He is very quick to call out humanity for being violent and petty, but is himself causing mass destruction and death purely out of hateful spite. A lot of characters in the franchise lampshade Dracula's hypocrisy, especially Alucard.
- Ignored Epiphany: Despite his Heel Realization in Symphony Of The Night, he's unable to let go of his anger and would return again and again until he's finally put to rest in 1999.
- Jive Turkey: Courtesy of the Perfect Selection album, with his opening lines ending with a nice "Awwww Yeah!".
- Joker Immunity: No matter how often he's killed, he seems to always come back. However...
- Killed Off for Real: Dracula's soul was finally put to rest when an alliance of vampire hunters sealed away Castlevania in 1999, letting Julius Belmont permanently kill him. With Dracula's soul released from the evil that had empowered it, it reentered the wheel of reincarnation and was reincarnated as Soma Cruz.
- Large Ham: Just look at some of his quotes! The Japanese voice track in particular has him be voiced by Norio Wakamoto, the king of hammy seiyuu.Dracula: What is a man? A miserable little pile of secrets!
- Leitmotif: "Dance of Illusions"/"Illusionary Dance" has become the iconic song for the battle with Dracula, having been used in Rondo of Blood, Dracula X, Symphony of the Night, Castlevania 64, Legacy of Darkness, Circle of the Moon, Judgment, and Harmony of Despair. It even shows up in Julius Mode of Dawn of Sorrow, when you have to face Soma as the new Dark Lord in a battle almost directly lifted from earlier battles with Drac.
- Load-Bearing Boss: Once he's defeated, the whole castle comes down with him.
- Love Makes You Evil: Lost two wives; one to sickness, the other to witch hunters. He did not take this well. In the Chronicles of Sorrow series, It also might happen again, depending on whether Soma outlives Mina, and Mina's apparent murder is the trigger for his bad ending in Dawn.
- Manipulative Bastard: He is said to manipulate those who want to Kill All Humans as much as he does.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: He's the page image.
- Misanthrope Supreme: Gained this view after Lisa was killed.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Realizes he inadvertently denied Lisa her final wish by seeking revenge on mankind for her death when Alucard reveals that her final words had been to forgive humanity for their actions. Unfortunately, he isn't able to let go of his hate, and the next time he returns he's still the same old bastard.
- Not Me This Time: He doesn't appear in Harmony of Dissonance, but his power does as "Dracula Wraith".
- Number of the Beast: He tends to have 6,666 HP in Metroidvania games.
- One to Million to One: Another depiction of his Teleport Spam, where he splits into several bats and reforms in a different location.
- One-Winged Angel: Most of the time since the first game. He drops it a few times here and there, notably in Order of Ecclesia, but still hellishly tough. Some of said games, it just gets replaced with Turns Red (OoE included, though it's more of a Unfurls Cape and Gets Belmont-Trademarked Pimp Walk). It's gotten to such a ridiculous number that a full list of them can be found here. Occasionally becomes Bishōnen Line.
- Our Vampires Are Different: Really different, seeing as how he's more like Satan than anything else.
- Playing with Fire: His trademark form of attack, either with a flurry of smaller fireballs, pillars of flame, or a shorter series of larger fireballs.
- Vampires Are Sex Gods: Even as Dracula, he had a beautiful, loving wife (although it's very possible that she saw the good in him). He also has a Mad Love Psycho Supporter in the form of Carmilla, a fellow evil vampiress.
- Power Walk: In Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia.
- Public-Domain Character: One of the oldest.
- Pretty in Mink:
- As Mathias in ''Lament of Innocence. Unfortunately, he became evil later on.
- His reincarnation Soma rocks a fur coat in Aria too.
- Rage Against the Heavens: His will to live forever is a big ol' Take That! towards God's decree of limited human life... Though in the end even that is turned against him.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: The Big Bad of the series, and he's usually garbed in this.
- Reincarnation Romance: It's heavily implied that Lisa is the reincarnation of Elisabetha. The implications even extend to Soma Cruz and Mina Hakuba, who's suggested to be the next incarnation of these two women (similar to how Soma is Mathias/Dracula), much like Mina Harker (note the similar-sounding surnames) from Bram Stoker's Dracula.
- Resurrective Immortality: Dracula is resurrected in most of the games, the better for the player to have someone to fight. The exact methods vary.
- Retcon: All indications suggest that Castlevania's Dracula was originally intended to be Vlad Tepes Dracula, as Dracula's Curse is the first time Dracula is fought and the game takes place in 1476, which is when the real Tepes died. Alucard also laments over killing his father, something he probably wouldn't do if he knew his father was just going to come back in a hundred years. But then someone screwed up Dracula's age in the Symphony of the Night manual, IGA decided to just run with it, and Lament of Innocence was produced.
- Sealed Evil in a Six Pack: In various games, old Vlad is resurrected when you assemble (some of) his body parts or possessions which contain pieces of his essence, which are usually held by various bosses and grant the holder various attributes (such as improved stats, immunity to poison or curses etc), namely his Eye, Rib, Bone, Nail, Tooth/Fang and/or his Ring.
- Slouch of Villainy: Every time a Belmont encounters Dracula, he's usually slumped over his thrones as if he's gone bored.
- Sympathy for the Devil: In Symphony of the Night, we learn Dracula's motivations for evil stem from his wife Lisa being burned at the stake for practicing medicine. Lament of Innocence reveals his first wife Elisabetha also died, which also motivated him to evil.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: As Mathias. As Dracula, his appearance varies from game to game, going from a young man (as seen in Rondo of Blood), middle-aged with dark hair, to old and grey. While not the Biseinen Mathias is, Dracula is more often than not quite dashing. As of Symphony of the Night, Dracula's standard appearance is usually that of an older, moustachioed Alucard. Captain N had him appear as a full-on Gonk, however.
- Teleport Spam: A staple of all of his fights, with his depictions from Super Castlevania IV onwards having him disappear in a beam of light.
- This Cannot Be!: Many times when he's defeated.
- Throwing Down the Gauntlet: But enough talk, HAVE AT YOU!
- Tragic Villain: Dracula can be interpreted this way. The whole reason he became a villain in the first place was because he lost his wife, and then he loses his second wife, bringing him to a Despair Event Horizon.
- Tranquil Fury: In the Netflix series, when he learns of Lisa's death. He has an even tone with the woman he told to leave Wallachia and the people of Targoviste he declares war upon. Averted immediately after those scenes, when he's seen smashing up part of his home in a fit of rage.
- The Trickster: As Mathias, he fooled Leon so he could get the Crimson Stone and become Dracula. Definitely a great example of a trickster.
- True Final Boss: In several games, beginning with Symphony of the Night.
- Unknown Rival: He became an earthbound demiurge to defy, spite, and hopefully defeat the deity he purports to be the antithesis of, but in a fitting twist of irony, God pays him little (if any) mind and Dracula is instead defeated and slain again and again by the descendants of the friends he betrayed to become a vampire.
- Vampire Vords: Only in Portrait of Ruin, possibly as a way to pay homage to Bela Lugosi's original film portrayal of Dracula.
- Villainous BSoD: Implied to have suffered a massive one by his final defeat in Symphony of the Night, when he learns Lisa's true last words.
- Villain Teleportation: And follows it right up with a triple fireball or a Dark Inferno.
- We Can Rule Together: Tempts Leon with the gift of immortality and the chance of serving as his right-hand man. Leon resists, Mathias sics Death on him. Also tries with his son Alucard, in the dialogue preceding the final boss battle Dracula states he will vanquish the human part within Alucard so his son can rule a world of darkness with his father, Dracula fails of course.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: His main motivation for trying to ruin the world and go against God is because of his wife dying. Twice.
Voiced by (Japanese): Creator: Chikao Ohtsuka (Rondo of Blood), Masaharu Sato (Symphony of the Night, Lament of Innocence, Curse of Darkness and Harmony of Despair), Takuo Kawamura (Harmony of Dissonance), Tetsu Inada (Aria of Sorrow, Dawn of Sorrow), Yukitoshi Hori (Curse of Darkness as Zead), Yasuhiko Tokuyama (Portrait of Ruin), Masaru Suzuki (Order of Ecclesia), Kōichi Sakaguchi (Castlevania: Judgment)
Voiced by (English): Dennis Falt (Symphony of the Night), Tom Wyner (Lament of Innocence, Curse of Darkness, Portrait of Ruin, Harmony of Despair), Ken Lally (Curse of Darkness as Zead), Patrick Seitz (The Dracula X Chronicles, Order of Ecclesia), Douglas Rye (Castlevania: Judgment, The Adventure ReBirth)
The Grim Reaper, stealer of souls, possibly the ruler of Hell, and... apparently Dracula's best friend. If nothing else, his closest confidant. It's hard to say how this came about, although many suspect the Crimson Stone ever since that has been added to the continuity. A recent game has suggested that a higher power may be responsible.
As he is a god of death, one would expect the protagonists of the series to be incapable of killing him. Somehow, they manage it. Fortunately, he is never gone for long, ensuring a long career of Sinister Scythe battles that have made him beloved and feared by the fanbase.
Outside of battle, his role is inconsistent. At times, he is only there to fight. At other times, he drives the plot, bringing the revival of his lord to fruition by any means necessary. He has been known to interact with the protagonists more often than his lord, as he tries to dissuade Alucard from interfering, compares notes with Juste, manipulates Hector under a false identity, and shares a common enemy with the vampire hunters when Brauner arrives. He is always loyal to Dracula (although this does not include Soma, his master reincarnated), and is Lawful Evil. Dialogue from Judgment and Curse of Darkness hints that he has strong hate toward time travellers.
- Absentee Actor: The only games he's missed are Haunted Castle, Castlevania: The Adventure, and Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge, and he was later added to the remake of Adventure.
- 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).
- Attack Reflector: Try to use a subweapon on his second form in Rondo of Blood, and he'll summon a hexagram to take the hit and send nigh-undodgeable projectiles your way.
- 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 Long Robe: It's Death.
- Bald of Evil: As "Zead" in Curse of Darkness. In other games, it's justified in that he's a skeleton.
- 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.
- Don't Make Me Destroy You: He is notably hesitant to fight Alucard in Symphony of the Night, even going so far as to spare him entirely during their first encounter so that Alucard might reconsider his choices.
- The Dragon: The most loyal of Drac's servants.
- Despite initially battling Soma due to him rejecting his destiny as the next Dark Lord, in the IGA-approved Light Novel "Akumajō Dracula: Kabuchi no Tsuisoukyoku", Death asks Soma to be the next Dark Lord and peacefully leaves him alone when he says no.
- 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.
- Expressive Skull: Usually averted, but Dawn of Sorrow gives his eyes more movement, allowing him to make angry glares.
- Final Boss: In Lament of Innocence.
- Four Is Death: In most of his Metroidvania incarnations, he has 4,444 HP.
- Game-Over Man: He does appear on the Game Over screen for a few games, but most notably taunts the player in the PSP version of SotN.
- The Grim Reaper: Or Shinigami, his name in Japan.
- Hero Killer: In the "Vampire Killer" trailer for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, he briefly killed Luigi by slicing his soul out of his body. Luckily, Simon wasn't having any of it.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: He tends to be a fair bit more active in the plot than Dracula, and he's known for usually being a more difficult boss fight.
- Instant Costume Change: In both of the Dracula X games, he switches costumes at least once in the story.
- Kaizo Trap: His scythe will often fall off the screen when he is defeated, but unique in Aria of Sorrow, this falling scythe can kill you when you beat Death.
- Lawful Evil: In-universe. The Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin manual explicitly states him as such. Oddly, this is the only canonical example of Character Alignment in the whole series.
- Light Is Not Good: Rondo of Blood depicts his sickles as spawning from one-pixel particles of light sent out from his body, with many games after it using variations of this effect. Leon from Lament of Innocence also acknowledges that he is a divine being, even while lumping him with the forces of darkness that he is sworn to destroy.
- Mister Exposition: In an odd move in Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance, when he figures out what's going on with the castle(s) and Maxim, he explains it to Juste. This happens well before his boss battle.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: Considering Lament's reveal that Death aided Dracula centuries before he ever tried to kill humanity, and his opposition to Brauner in Portrait even as he sought to accomplish what Dracula had failed to do so often, it's likely that Death is not so much devoted to Dracula's goals as he is devoted to Dracula himself. As long as it is in Dracula's best interest, he will abide vampire hunters or even aid time travelers.
- Not Me This Time: Inverted in Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin. Death was completely unaware of a vampire other than Dracula having control of Castlevania during the events of the game until the protagonists (who deduced that Dracula was not responsible for Castlevania's return) accused him of working for Brauner (the vampire in question).
- Old Retainer: Alucard describes him as an "old man" in the redub of Symphony of the Night, and he has been in service to Dracula for at least five centuries.
- 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 report directly to him, and he himself often acts as a Praetorian Guard to Dracula on occasions where he is the last line of defense in Castlevania.
- Put on a Bus: In Castlevania: The Adventure. He came back big time in the remake.
- 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, and in Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth, he gets laser scythes. That's before getting into the million sickles he can summon out of thin air...
- Soul Power: In games where he has a wider moveset, he will often summon apparitions of skulls or other varieties of spirits as projectiles.
- Spam Attack: As mentioned above, one of his most common attacks consists of conjuring countless sickles from thin air.
Appeared in Lament of Innocence
Voiced by (Japanese): Yukimasa Kishino
Voiced by (English): Jamieson Price
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 betrothed.
- Asshole Victim: After what he did to Leon, Sara, Justine, and Rinaldo, few people are sad to see him get his soul stolen by Death and used to turn Mathias into Dracula.
- Badass Baritone: God Bless you, Jamieson Price.
- Badass Cape: Coupled with his darkly-colored armor and clothing, Walter is one of the more physically-imposing (humanoid) villains.
- Blood Knight: Seeks excitement as a means to pass the time. He achieves this by playing life and death games with humans, and due to having Nigh-Invulnerability thanks to the Ebony Stone, not one has managed to kill him.
- Evil Is Burning Hot: Displays use of Dark Inferno, as Dracula does.
- Evil Overlord: Ruled the castle long before Dracula did.
- Evil Redhead: Tying in with the old tradition of vampires being redheads, particularly of the moroii variety.
- Faux Affably Evil: He speaks politely and courteously, but is more motivated by his desire to slake his boredom and Troll tendencies. Case in point, he turned Rinaldo's daughter into a Vampire who then slaughtered her own family, turned Sara into a Vampire when Leon got to him, and he even turned Joachim into a vampire if only to give him Cruel Mercy by locking him away into effective solitary confinement, to starve but not being able to die because of it.
- Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: He wants others to come after him. See Blood Knight above.
- It Amused Me: His reason for pulling his nightly games, besides his Blood Knight tendencies. It's also why he would kidnap humans and turn them into vampires so he could get off from the horror and tragedy that would result from these transformations. This is what happened to two of his victims, Sara Trantoul, and Justine Gandolfi.
- Leitmotif: Dark Night Toccata.
- Kick the Dog: He kidnapped Justine, turned her into a vampire, and let her loose on her own family until she was killed by the only survivor, her father Rinaldo. He later did the same to Sara, kisnapping and turning her into a vampire so he could derive pleasure from the suffering of her betrothed, Leon Belmont. This ends up biting him in the ass when Leon (with Sara's consent) turned Sara into the Vampire Killer and defeated him with it.
- Laser-Guided Karma: He ends up defeated with a whip that contained the souls of two women who died because they contracted vampirism from him, and also loses his magical protections when Leon destroys the Ebony Stone.
- Meaningful Name: Walter's name stems from the Germanic root wald, meaning "to rule". Translated into Slavonic, it becomes volod, which has a name form: "Vlad"
- Not So Invincible After All: He has Nigh-Invulnerability thanks to the Ebony Stone, except when faced by the awesome power of the Vampire Killer.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Acts as a veil, a way of representing his magical powers, and separates himself from normal men.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: His armor and hair is predominantly red while his cape is black, and he does what he does because it amuses him.
- The Night That Never Ends: Thanks to wielding the Ebony Stone, his castle and the forest around it, aptly called "Forest of Eternal Night", is constantly shrouded under darkness and night. This gets subverted when Leon destroys it thanks to Vampire Killer.
- Unwitting Pawn: He was deceived by Mathias and Death into believing that the Ebony Stone would revive him after his defeat and allow him to control Death. Instead, Death claims Walter's soul and uses it to create the Crimson Stone.
- Wicked Cultured: Look at the areas in his castle. House of Sacred Remains and it's semi-religious architecture, the Ghostly Theatre, the Garden Forgotten by Time and the Anti-Soul Mysteries Lab. The man clearly has some interest in the arts and sciences.
Voiced by (Japanese): Hiroshi Kamiya
Voiced by (English): Liam O'Brien
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.
- Ax-Crazy: As a result of being imprisoned and starved. His artwork really helps drive home just how disturbed he is.
- Berserk Button: His defeat at the hands of Walter and his imprisonment are very sore spots, and he cannot stand it when anyone mentions them.
- Cannot Cross Running Water: As a vampire, water is like acid to him, and a waterfall is what prevents him from escaping his prison.
- Cruel Mercy: What was done to him by his former master. Walter spared his life after defeating him, only to lock him up in a solitary prison, leave him to perpetually starve and to unwillingly guard one of the keys to Walter's inner sanctum.
- Femme Fatalons: A male example. He sports claw-like nails not only on his fingers, but according to his artwork, on his toes as well.
- Foil: To Walter. Color scheme and appearance.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: His piercing mode has this as his magic attack, creating a magic circle with his swords before throwing a high damage laser beam forth.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: One of the two ways he wields his swords in his playable mode, piercing them into enemies for high damage at the cost of something of a reload time.
- Kamehame Hadoken: One of his limit breaks.
- Laughing Mad: When he finally defeats Walter and becomes lord of his castle.
- Mind over Matter: Uses psychokinesis to wield five swords.
- Reverse Shrapnel: One of his two ways he wields his swords in his playable mode, carving away at enemies with lowish damage but also a low reload time. His magic attack in this form has him increase the blades size before spinning them around himself like a murderous blender.
- Sore Loser: Hints at this with his conversation before challenging Leon:Leon: Why is a vampire locked away here?Leon: [perplexed]Joachim: Damn Walter, I would have won weren't not for his ebony stone.
Appeared in Curse of Darkness
Voiced by (Japanese): Moriya Endo
Voiced by (English): Liam O'Brien
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.
- Always Someone Better: Although their rivalry started out friendly, Isaac soon came to resent Hector for one-upping him in everything.
- Ax-Crazy: Just listen to him or watch some cutscenes involving him. He's clearly unhinged, in no small part to losing Dracula due to Hector's betrayal. He's absolutely writhing with hatred.
- Blade on a Stick: During his first boss battle, he wields the sinister halberd called "Chauve Souris" (Bat), a large spear with bat wing-like blades. When you manage to forge it, it's actually stated in the description that this is Isaac's Weapon of Choice.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Stated outright to be his deal by Julia in the end. Dracula is a horrible boss.
- Big Bad: In Curse of Darkness, since he is the target of Hector's revenge who pursues him across Wallachia. He later gets hijacked by Dracula however.
- Combat Stilettos: And he's a dude. High noblemen in Europe have been known to wear heels, so it's not much of a stretch.
- Creepy Blue Eyes: He has greyish blue eyes, which only serve to add to his creep factor.
- The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: As a spear-wielder, Isaac has the same moveset as Hector. However, while Hector can unleash the finishing moves only after the required number of hits, Isaac can spam them randomly after only one attack. For example, he can use the Twister attack after one blow, while Hector normally needs at least 3 moves before using it, and so on.
- Evil Counterpart: A Forgemaster as Hector, but if Hector realized a HeelFace Turn, Isaac is loyal to Dracula.
- Evil Laugh: During both his boss battles, usually when he uses a special attack.
- Evil Redhead: The Evil Counterpart to Hector, with fire-engine red hair in contrast to Hector's mystical white.
- Fiery Redhead: He has red hair and is more impulsive.
- Foil: To Hector. Whereas Hector is masculine, Isaac is very effeminate and less level-headed. Their sense of dress and appearances are also mirrored. In a sense, Isaac represents everything Hector isn't. This is also mirrored by their Innocent Devils: Abel is Silver colored, while The End summonable by Hector is golden instead.
- Laser Blade: Wields one in your second battle with him.
- Malicious Slander: What caused Rosaly's death. He spread rumors about her being a witch to punish Hector for humiliating him and betraying Dracula, causing Rosaly to be wrongfully convicted and burnt at the stake by humans.
- Meaningful Name: Biblically so. This goes for him and for his primary familiar, Abel.
- More Than Mind Control: Both straight-up and with Drac-trojan. His resentment of Hector is cranked up to eleven...with a heaping load of Dracula's anger and envy on top, because Hector's gone and hooked up with a blonde healer (like Lisa)... jealous much, Dracula?
- Peek-a-Bangs: His hair covers his left eye, not that it affects him in battle any.
- Recurring Boss: He is fought twice in the game, first in the Cordova Town where he uses a lance and his Devil-type familiar, and the second time in Dracula's Castle where he uses a Laser Blade. That last part doubles as a Sequential Boss, since he summons different types of familiars to fight against you.
- Rival Turned Evil: Mostly out of spite and jealousy, but exacerbated by Dracula's influence.
- Sissy Villain: Don't underestimate him because he's fabulous. He may wield a pink lightsaber, but he will destroy your face.
- Stripperiffic: An uncommon male example that goes beyond Walking Shirtless Scene. No shirt? Check. Tight, dangerously low-slung leather pants? Check. High-heeled boots? Checkmate. Combined with the decorative bits of metal and intricate tattoos on his torso, the overall effect is something like "gothic bondage stripper".
- Unwitting Pawn: Dracula takes advantage of his jealousy to hijack him for his own ends.
- Villain Forgot to Level Grind: Averted, every time you fight him, he's stronger... But at the end you end up defeating him.
Appeared in Castlevania / Simon's Quest
Voiced by (Japanese): Haruko Kitahama (Lament of Innocence)
Voiced by (English): Venus Terzo (Captain N), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (Lament of Innocence, Portrait of Ruin)
One of the three Gorgon sisters, she is one of the few bosses in the series to appear in nearly every game, in some form or another, mainly by the annoying Medusa Heads or in the flesh.
- Composite Character: Although only in Captain N, where she is mainly the Kid Icarus version, but still pays service to Dracula.
- Final Boss: For Henry's mission in Legacy of Darkness.
- Flying Face: Appears as one in both the original game and Lament of Innocence.
- Gorgeous Gorgon: Averted for the most part, where she looks more hideous or disturbing than beautiful.
- The Ghost: Stheno and Euryale are mentioned in her description, but never appear in the main timeline.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: She turns to stone upon defeat.
- King Mook: Technically one for the Medusa Heads, but she has also been referred to as "Queen Medusa".
- Mistaken for Granite: In both her debut appearance and her Super Smash Bros. Ultimate cameo, she starts off looking like a mundane stone bust of a woman before revealing her snake-haired monster form. In the "Vampire Killer" trailer for the latter game, she uses this to sneak up on and frighten Luigi.
- Scaled Up: Portrait of Ruin lets her turn into a giant snake for an attack.
- She's a Man in Japan: The Western release of Dracula's Curse turned her into a man for the haunted ship's midboss fight.
- Snake People: All appearances starting with Haunted Castle portray Medusa as a lamia-like creature, taking a page from Clash of the Titans (1981).
- Snakes Are Sinister: It's Medusa. Comes with the territory.
- Taken for Granite: Her most well known ability is her petrifying gaze. This was what she did to Sypha.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting:
- In Portrait of Ruin, she can briefly turn into a giant snake.
- Something similar occurs in Bloodlines where Elizabeth turns into Medusa for the first phase in her boss battle.
- Zerg Rush: Sends out either snakes or more Medusa Heads for certain attacks.
A creature made long ago by a very foolish man.
- Anachronism Stew: Appears in games that take place before the original Frankenstein story took place.
- Chainsaw Good: Has one for his right hand in Legacy of Darkness.
- Degraded Boss: This began with Circle of the Moon with enemies called "Frankens" appearing in the Eternal Corridor.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Mainly uses attacks that involve throwing rocks or bricks.
- Drop the Hammer: Has one in Symphony of the Night, along with a Rolling Attack
- Dual Boss: A Fleaman accompanies him in the original game.
- Dub Name Change: His name was initially Frankenstein; however, since this was actually the name of the scientist and not the monster in the original story, it was later changed to "Franken" in Japanese and "The Creature" in English.
- Flesh Golem: Was made out of pieces of corpses, sewn together and reanimated through an undisclosed method.
- Frankenstein's Monster: Inspired by the original film by Universal.
- Gatling Good: Has two built into his arms in Portrait of Ruin.
- Lightning Can Do Anything: Makes use of it in some fights.
Voiced by (Japanese): Sayaka Ohara (Castlevania: Judgment)
Voiced by (English): Karen Strassman (Castlevania: Judgment)
A devoted servant and worshiper 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.
- Barbie Doll Anatomy: Her skull-riding appearances, although blatantly naked, have no actual parts.
- Cute Monster Girl: she's usually a Giant Woman wearing little or nothing at all, except for Circle of the Moon, in which she's more of a cute and well-dressed (but still well-endowed) vampire girl. Either way, she tends to be more human-looking and attractive than most of the other evils lurking in the castle, including the Orlok-esque male vampire Brauner and the more overtly monstrous Ms. Fanservice Succubus.
- Depraved Bisexual: Laura, the Cat Girl seen in Rondo and PoR, is her servant and apparently her lover. Now factor this into her vampish nature towards pretty much anyone else, and...
- The Dragon: Only in Circle of the Moon.
- Full-Frontal Assault: Her true form usually is that of a naked woman riding ontop of a giant skull.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Her over-sexualized persona in Judgment.
- Hair Colors: Usually some bluish shade, but CotM had her as a brunette.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: She believes that darkness is the true nature of humans, and hopes that Dracula will bring it out. Unlike Dracula, she shows no enmity towards mankind.
- Iconic Item: Her mask, which first served as her appearance in Simon's Quest, has made frequent reappearances. It appears in Rondo of Blood before falling apart to reveal a skull for her boss battle, and she uses a mask-adorned iron maiden as her hyper move in Judgment. It also shows up in the Cave of Skeletons in Harmony of Dissonance alongside many other Mythology Gags, and serves as her appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
- Pimped-Out Dress: In Circle of the Moon, in a stark contrast to every other appearance.
- Psycho Supporter: To Dracula, with heavy implications of Mad Love.
- Ms. Fanservice: Especially in Judgment, where she dresses like a dominatrix. Though her other appearances where she is completely nude and lies seductively over a giant skull also counts.
- Shout-Out Theme Naming: Her namesake is... well...
- Spell My Name with an "S": Camilla in Simon's Quest and Circle of the Moon.note
- Tears of Blood: A common battle strategy from either her skull or her mask. It's no wonder "Bloody Tears" was used as her theme in Judgment.
- The Vamp: Very much so in both Circle of the Moon and Judgement, where she wishes for humanity to give into their true nature which she percieves as darkness and is implied to have had a part in corrupting Hugh. In Judgement, she outright revels in pain and suffering, commenting in her win quotes that her foes will "Come to enjoy this" and tries corrupting people to their true natures or being a true child of the night. Especially Alucard and Cornell.
Appeared in Harmony of Dissonance
Voiced by (Japanese): Takuo Kawamura
A being born of Dracula's remains and the evil soul that was created inside of Maxim Kischine after he came in contact with them.
Appeared in Rondo of Blood / Dracula X / Symphony of the Night
Voiced by (Japanese): Jin Horikawa (Rondo of Blood), Kiyoyuki Yanada (Symphony of the Night) and Dai Matsumoto (The Dracula X Chronicles)
Voiced by (English): Jeff Manning (Symphony of the Night), Tony Oliver (The Dracula X Chronicles)
Shaft was an evil priest who revived Dracula during the time of Rondo of Blood, and he helped the old Count kidnap multiple young women. Later, he was instrumental in keeping Richter Brainwashed and Crazy during Symphony of the Night.
- Arc Villain: For both of the Dracula X games, as he is the one who works to resurrect Dracula in their respective plots.
- Bald of Evil: Not that you would know it since his head is almost always covered.
- Crystal Ball: His signature - he primarily uses green crystal balls to attack during his boss fights.
- Diabolus ex Machina: Richter kills him twice — as both a human and a ghost — in Rondo. He should have been Deader Than Dead, yet even this doesn't stick, as Shaft goes on to enslave Richter so that Alucard can take the spotlight in SotN.
- The Dragon: To Dracula, and played this role to a brainwashed Richter.
- Evil Sorcerer: His narrative role.
- Faster Than They Look: During Rondo of Blood, in which he somehow manages to jump around the room like a ninja.
- Hyper-Destructive Bouncing Ball: The third attack he is capable of with the orbs, which sends them bounding all over the room.
- Necromancer: His main choice of magic, which he uses to revive the four bosses from Simon's journey into Castlevania, as well as preserving his own soul after being killed by Richter.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: He is ironically responsible for detecting and unlocking Maria's magical potential in the remake. In the original version, he simply caught her trying to be a hero.
- Playing with Fire: Shafton Fire, where he sets his orbs on fire and sends them towards their target.
- Scary Black Man: Most of his sprites give him a darker skin tone than his art would suggest.
- Shock and Awe: Shafton Lighting, where he uses his orbs to cast bolts of lightning.
- Sinister Minister: He is technically a priest.
- Something Only They Would Say: One major clue to the fact that he is possessing Richter in Symphony of the Night is the incantation that Richter uses to summon monsters to attack Alucard: it's the exact same thing Shaft says when summoning monsters to fight Richter in Rondo of Blood's PSP remake.
- Soul Jar: He preserves his soul in one of his trademark crystal balls after being killed in Rondo of Blood.
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 Castlevania: Judgment. Not much has been confirmed about him, but from what has been clearly established, he directly opposes Dracula and seeks to replace him as the lord of darkness. For some reason, he has spent far more time fighting Dracula's offspring.
- Bonus Boss: In Symphony and Encore.
- Breath Weapon: He breathes fire in Kid Dracula. Given his appearance, this may also qualify as Dinosaurs Are Dragons.
- Bus Crash: Implied. Is a background villain that wants to oppose Dracula. According to Castlevania: Chronicles of Sorrow, one of Dracula's abilities, and possibly his most powerful, is the power of Dominance, which lets him take the souls of defeated enemies. What do you find hidden in a lantern, which according to Word of God contains the souls Dracula has stolen? That's right, Galamoth's soul, suggesting that some time before Dracula's Final Death, he finally settled things with Galamoth and won.
- Cool Sword: Wields a standard sword in Boku Dracula-Kun and a Laser Blade in Kid Dracula. He also holds a circular blade in his off hand in Symphony, but never actually uses it.
- Evil vs. 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.
- Greater-Scope Villain: In Judgment, he was the one who sent the Time Reaper back in time.
- Immune to Fate: Given that he's the only villain to date to attempt to change history in his favor, and his soul's purpose in Aria is to prevent a Time Master enemy from turning back time, he likely possesses this ability in some form.
- Magic Knight: Wields both magic and swords.
- Make Wrong What Once Went Right: His attempt to remove Dracula from power by changing history in Judgment.
- Not in the Face!: His rather hilarious weakpoint in Symphony of the Night.
- Readings Are Off the Scale: He has so much HP that his bestiary entry doesn't display it.
- Rent-a-Zilla: Though several other bosses in the series outsize him.
- Shock and Awe: In all of his appearances, right down to his special ability in Encore of the Night.
- Spell My Name with an "S": He was known as Garamoth in Kid Dracula.
- The Starscream: Depending on his true role in relation to Dracula.
- Transgender: His servant Frozen Half.
- Walk Like an Egyptian: In addition to his Symphony outfit's influences, he is animated in a manner that keeps him in constant profile.
Voiced by (Japanese): Rika Fukami (Symphony of the Night), Haruko Kitahama (Lament of Innocence), Miyu Matsuki (The Adventure ReBirth)
Voiced by (English): Barbara Whitlow (Symphony of the Night), Wendee Lee (Lament of Innocence, Portrait of Ruin, The Dracula X Chronicles, Order of Ecclesia, Harmony of Despair), Karen Strassman (The Adventure ReBirth)
A total of three of these Horny Devils appear as bosses throughout the series. The first one was a minion of Walter's taking on the guise of Sara in order to attack Leon. The second one was a minor foe that appeared under Dracula's employ. The third and most well-known debuted first. She took the form of Lisa in order to lull Alucard into joining Dracula's side. Several other succubi appeared throughout the series as minor enemies.
- And I Must Scream: The fate of the Symphony Succubus upon Alucard killing her. "Death in the dream world will set your soul wandering for eternity, demon." Though she was asking for it, as Alucard said before the battle that she deserves a fate worse than death, her response, being more or less "Bring it on".
- Burn the Witch!: The Symphony Succubus recreates the moment of Lisa's death in order to break Alucard.
- Chest Monster: The Symphony Succubus uses a fake Save Point. In one room is a real save point and, just across the hall, is another room that looks like a different-colored save point, but will in fact trigger a "nightmare" cutscene and the battle with her.
- Cute Monster Girl: In comparison to the two before her, the Succubus from Rebirth seems more like this than Evil Is Sexy.
- Demoted to Extra: After the first appearance of the Succubus, more and more of them have appeared as lesser enemies, with a palette swap called Lilith appearing as a weaker version.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: After beating her in Symphony, at least in the original version. The Dracula X Chronicles port made her final cry sound a lot more like a death cry than a... you know.
- Doppelgänger Spin: The Succubus does this as part of her attack chain in Symphony, filling up the top of the screen with duplicates.
- Dream Weaver: The circumstances of the fight in Symphony, in keeping with the original legend of the incubus. She tries to mess up Alucard's memories through dreams.
- Full-Frontal Assault: The official art for the Symphony design shows that Succubus has exposed breasts with defined nipples.
- Horny Devils: Well duh.
- Karmic Death: She tried to appear as Lisa, Alucard's dead mother, to tempt him into joining Dracula. Little did she know that the topic of Lisa was a Relative Button for Alucard, who was not pleased with the fact that a demonic monster tried to sully his memory of Lisa. She ended up having her soul wander for eternity, never knowing rest..
- Ms. Fanservice: Par the course for any succubus, she is a scantily-clad and irresistible woman with the power to charm her foes. As mentioned above, she had been designed with her chest completely nude.
- Spot the Imposter: One of the Lament Succubus' attacks is creating two clones of herself, and if you strike the wrong one, you'll be hit with paralysis. The real one can be recognized by the rose petals she leaves in her wake.
- Stripperiffic: Natch. They wear only stilettos, a corset, and a babushka. The Rebirth Succubus is completely nude.
- The Shadow Knows: In Spot the Imposter above, one other way to tell the real Succubus from the clones is the fact that the real succubus casts a shadow, unlike the clones.
Appeared in Order of Ecclesia
Voiced by (Japanese): Kōji Ishii
Voiced by (English): Michael McConnohie
The leader of Ecclesia and Shanoa's adoptive father. He has tasked Shanoa with hunting down Albus, her childhood friend and surrogate brother, and retrieving the Dominus glyphs he stole.
- Big Good: He's the noble leader of the Order of Ecclesia, which he founded to oppose Dracula. Later subverted. He created the Dominus glyphs in order to finally defeat Dracula, but he spent so much time with them that he went insane because the glyphs actually contained portions of Dracula's power and influence. What he also didn't tell Shanoa is that using all three at once will kill the user. Since Dominus are just fragments of Dracula's power, using them will also resurrect Dracula himself. Insanity or not, Shanoa was still groomed by Barlowe to be a sacrifice no matter what the intentions were.
- Climax Boss: He's the final boss of the first act, after you find out Albus' real motives and what the Dominus ritual really does.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: His dialogue as he beats up Shanoa for defying him is heavily reminiscent of an abusive parental figure.
- Leitmotif: "Sapphire Elegy" within Ecclesia's first act. Later gets a Dark Reprise of the song Trace of Rage in the form of "Lament To The Master".
- Mole in Charge: Subverted. By Shanoa's comments, Barlowe was not originally insane, but working so long on the seal and/or spending time near Dracula's corruptive essence was enough to make him into a Dracula worshipper.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: He's really a crazy Dracula worshipper who wants to resurrect Dracula by breaking the seal keeping him from coming back. However, the very power he intended to use to break the seal was also very much capable of killing him again, albeit at the cost of the user's life.
- Power Floats: He spends most of his boss fight hovering high in the air.
- Punctuated Pounding: Combines this with Teleport Spam.Die, Shanoa! *warp punch* How dare you- *warp punch* Even forgetting- *warp punch* Who raised you- *warp punch* You... *warp punch* stupid disciple!
- Treacherous Advisor: He's been driven crazy, or controlled by Dracula from the get-go. He lies to Shanoa about Albus stealing her memories, neglects to mention using Dominus can and will kill her, and that the "vessel" is actually a Seal keeping Dracula from resurrecting.
- Walking Spoiler: And for a very, very good reason.
- Villainous Breakdown: Completely drops all pretence of sanity when he realizes that Shanoa isn't buying his lies anymore.
Appeared in Legacy of Darkness / 64
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.
- Dark Chick: To Dracula.
- Evil Albino: Has white hair, and willingly sacrificed 100 children, including her own daughter, to earn Dracula's favor.
- Gemstone Assault: Befitting her vain nature, she creates magic crystals with her power and uses them to shield herself as well as attacking others.
- Glamor Failure: Upon her defeat, her face horribly rots away before she is destroyed completely.
- Hot Witch: Is as beautiful as she is evil, and has the magic power to back them both up.
- Nice Hat
- Offing the Offspring: As said multiple times here, she's killed her own daughter.
- Vain Sorceress: She's motivated by trying to stay young in appearance.
- Wicked Witch: She gleefully sacrificed 100 children, including her own daughter, just to get in Dracula's good graces!
Voiced by (English): Michael Guinn (Castlevania 64)
A vampire servant to Dracula. He is one of the three responsible for bringing Dracula back into the world in 1844 and again in 1852.
- Battle Butler: Has the look of one.
- Genius Bruiser: Serves as one, especially during Reinhardt and Carrie's quests.
- Final Boss: If you make it to the keep in 11+ days, he has already turned Charlie Vincent into a vampire, making it impossible to face Dracula himself. He also takes Dracula's appearance in Carrie and Rienhardt's quests.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: The real Gilles de Rais was certainly not a vampire, but he did end up becoming a mass murderer after the death of Joan of Arc.
- What Could Have Been: He was originally going to appear in Symphony of the Night alongside Elizabeth Bartley.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has a blue beard.
Cornell's childhood friend, Ortega is a fellow man-beast soldier and master of the martial arts. He is Cornell's best friend, but also rival. Ortega is often frustrated because it seems that whatever he does, Cornell does better.
- One-Winged Angel: Turns into a Chimera for his boss fight.
- Panthera Awesome: His man-beast form is that of a were-lion
- Redemption Equals Death: Upon defeat, he realizes that he made a horrible mistake, and helps Cornell one last time before dying.
- The Rival: Who eventually becomes a Rival Turned Evil.
Appeared in Bloodlines
A vampiress and Dracula's niece. She was executed in the 1600s but was revived by the witch Drolta in the eve of the Great War to revive Dracula.
- Been There, Shaped History: According to the backstory, Bartley arranged the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand of Austria, which triggered World War I.
- Big Bad: She serves as this with Drolta as her Dragon.
- Climax Boss
- Composite Character: With Carmilla in Judgment. Carmilla's profile mentions bathing in the blood of virgins, a pastime that the real Bathory would do. But it should be noted that Eric's ending in that game mentions that he went after Dracula's niece rather than Carmilla herself.
- Easy-Mode Mockery: She dies after fighting her as Medusa on Easy mode. The Normal and Hard modes have the full fight.
- Greater-Scope Villain: She inadvertently led to the death of Brauner's original daughters and his transformation into a vampire.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: Like good old Vlad Tepes, Elizabeth Bartley is based on a historical figure, Erzsébet Báthory her name is even rendered identically in Japanese.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: The first phase of the fight has her take the form of Medusa.
- What Could Have Been: She was originally going to appear in Symphony of the Night, alongside Gilles de Rais.
Drolta is an mysterious old witch and a servant of Elizabeth, being the one who revived her. She obstructs the vampire hunters quest by controlling demons.
- The Dragon: She serves as one to both Dracula and Elizabeth, appearing as the second phase of the final battle.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: Drolta was based on one of Bathory's real-life servants, Dorotya Semtész, which is also made more clear in Japanese.
- Inept Mage: She is described as an "amateur witch" in the English manual.
- Magic from Technology: She constructed the game's first boss, the Armor Battler, as well as the similar mecha-knights seen in the fifth and sixth stages.
Appeared in Portrait of Ruin
Voiced by (Japanese): Mariko Suzuki
Brauner's twin vampire daughters (not really) who appear occasionally to antagonize the duo.
- Action Girl: They're both powerful vampires. They're also shown to be pretty strong even before they were vampires in their own mode.
- Anime Hair: Stella's hairstyle is... rather complicated to pull off.
- Blow You Away: Stella's attacks seem to be wind based. One of her attacks is called "Hurricane", and her Furious Wave appears the same as Shanoa's Pneuma Glyph which is also wind based.
- Boobs of Steel: Stella, she is the more powerful fighter of the two (even taking into account Loretta's stronger magic) and proudly displays a bust that would make a succubus envious.
- Daddy's Little Villain: They play with the trope due to being Brainwashed and Crazy while they deconstruct the Daddy's Girl trope, since them rushing to help their actual father was what caused them to be vampirized.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita: Loretta's clothes look more fitting on a doll than on a human, but she looks well enough in it.
- Expy: Of Suiseiseki and Souseiseki from Rozen Maiden.
- An Ice Person: Loretta's attacks all involve the use of ice magic.
- Impossibly Cool Clothes: Stella's Pimped-Out Dress, which doesn't seem that practical considering the above trope.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: They are actually the daughters of Eric Lecarde, and are thus able to help Jonathan power up his whip and defeat the vampire menace.
- Power Floats: The perks of being vampire twins. When playable, floating is their default movement even though they're not vampires yet.
- Single-Minded Twins: They are very focused on taking out Jonathan and Charlotte, and they wish to help their father by any means necessary. This is somewhat subverted by the fact that they have their own personalities though.
- Spanner in the Works: If you think about it, Stella qualifies as this: she drops the pendant that allows the heroes to realize that they're brainwashed and that they can be cured, which then allows her and Loretta to open the gate to Brauner.
- Stiff Upper Lip: Stella seems to believe in this, as they have a duty to carry out. When Loretta seems ready to cry over how Eric died before their eyes, Stella lashes out at her and tells her to remember their dignity.
- Sword and Sorcerer: Stella and Loretta, respectively.
- Sword Beam: Stella, especially during the first fight against her.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Inherited from their father.
Voiced by (Japanese): Hisao Egawa
Voiced by (English): Jamieson Price
- "This... is ART!"
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. So he used his paintings to keep Dracula's power sealed up and easily controllable (Death was not amused).
It is worth noting at this point that in the whole of the Castlevania series, Brauner is the only character to call out Dracula for dying so ridiculously often and never accomplishing anything.
Later, Brauner noticed an interloper within the castle halls. This interloper turned out to be Eric Lecarde. Brauner ambushed and killed him... just as Eric's daughters burst into the room, attempting a Big Damn Heroes moment. Brauner, noticing that they bore an uncanny resemblance to his own daughters, instantly concluded that they must be his own daughters reincarnated and vampirized them in order to convince them of the same (all while the dying Eric looked on helplessly).
When Jonathan and Charlotte showed up some time later, Brauner wasn't happy about it, but underestimated the heroes. Unfortunately for him, Stella and Loretta were a bit too loyal to his cause, and tried to destroy Jonathan and Charlotte themselves (despite his repeatedly telling them to stay back, out of harm's way, and let him handle the situation). This just ended up giving Charlotte and Jonathan the opportunity to cure the sisters of their vampirism and brainwashing.
When Brauner found out what had happened... well, he was rather upset. He promptly tried to destroy the heroes with his artistic powers, only to be crushed in battle. As he lay in his weakened state, he admitted that justice might not have been on his side after all, but adamantly refused to admit that his victorious opponents might have the moral high ground. That was all he got to say before Death showed up to finish him off and fully awaken the soul of Dracula.
- Barrier Maiden: Played straight and subverted. He's placed his paintings around Castlevania with the intent of them all acting as a seal upon Dracula and to drain his power to use for himself. In other words, his presence is what keeps Dracula from fully resurrecting. The subversion is that he ultimately has the same goal as Dracula: kill all of humanity.
- Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: Apparently Brauner became a vampire and had two daughters in World War 1.
- Big-Bad Ensemble: With Death for most of Portrait of Ruin, although the plot mostly focuses on Brauner.
- Calling Your Attacks: "BLOOD ART TECHNIQUE!!!"
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His own two deceased daughters, which caused his Start of Darkness, and brainwashed or not Stella and Loretta, enough so that he's willing to completely forsake his own goals in the bad ending to protect them.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: Brauner may be inspired by, or the Castlevania equivalent of Victor Brauner, except here he's planning on destroying all of humanity with Dracula's power.
- Kick the Dog: He does this to Eric in the way mentioned above.
- Large Ham:
- "A PAINTING OF THE SOUL!!!"
- "I'LL MAKE YOU MY MASTERPIECE!!"
- Looks Like Orlok: The pale features, bald head, vampiric designs the overtones are obvious.
- Love Makes You Evil: His love for his original daughters was so strong that he was desperate to be reunited with them, even if it meant becoming a vampire and taking Eric's daughters as his own.
- Mad Artist: Duh. Thankfully, he doesn't have a Wax Museum Morgue.
- My Greatest Failure: His failure to protect his daughters is what made him a Mad Artist in the first place.
- 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.
- Pet the Dog: His concern for Stella and Loretta appears genuine. He tries to keep them out of harm's way, and during the bad ending, he shows up and begs you to stop hurting them. He then aborts his plan rather than endanger them further.
- Purple Is Powerful: Has a rather nice suit, and is one of the few antagonists to manage to outclass Dracula by sealing him away and using his power for himself. Not to mention that he managed to kill Eric Lecarde.
- Tragic Villain: Brauner differs from most of Castlevania's usual one-note Dracula servants/worshipers and vampires in that he's got a tragic backstory to rival Drac himself: Brauner's two beloved daughters lost their lives in WWI, driving him insane with grief and causing him to forsake his own humanity out of disgust with them. Even though what he does cannot be excused, Brauner is still motivated chiefly by the death of his daughters while fervently believing Stella and Loretta to be their reincarnations, even abandoning his own evil goals to ensure they're not harmed any farther in the bad ending. At the end of the day, Brauner's just a pitiable, insane wreck of a man whose unceremonious murder at the hands of Death comes off as more ignominious and tragic than karmic.
Appeared in Aria of Sorrow / Dawn of Sorrow
Voiced by (Japanese): Tetsu Inada
The founder and missionary of a religious group who appears in Aria of Sorrow.
- Affably Evil: Is very polite and friendly to Soma... but only because he doesn't see him as a threat. Once Soma mentions his own powers, Graham starts going off the deep end.
- Background Boss: His second form.
- Big Bad: For Aria of Sorrow.
- A God Am I: Or more specifically, "A Dark Lord Am I".
- I Just Want to Be Special: He believes himself to be Dracula's reincarnation, and is bent on his desire to gain all of his powers.
- Light Is Not Good: Has a light color scheme and his second form of his boss fight looks angelic, but he's anything but good.
- One-Winged Angel: His second form is akin to Dracula's form in Symphony of the Night, save that instead of being dark and demonic, he's cushioned between two angelic-looking women whose internal organs are on display and a laser ring of death is shown above.
- Reincarnation: 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.
- Sinister Minister: Head of a religious cult that worships Dracula.
- Villainous Breakdown: Starts when he learns about Soma's power of dominance, and reaches its peak when you fight him.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Has white hair, but beneath his polite appearance lies a man who wants to become the Dark Lord. The biggest act that lead to him being pegged as evil is stabbing Yoko.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Is convinced that being born on the same day makes him Dracula reincarnated. Not only is he not Dracula's reincarnation, Dawn of Sorrow reveals that he wasn't even the only person born that day.
A monster that Soma destroys at the end of Aria of Sorrow. Is the source of all of Dracula's power. It gets destroyed by Soma at the end of Aria of Sorrow.
- The Anti-God: Considering how it's the reason Dracula has been able to do much of anything and can choose other Dark Lords, it's probably safe to assume that Chaos is the real anti-God.
- Eldritch Abomination: The source of Dracula's power, presumably representing all of humanity's evil.
- Faustian Rebellion: He's the source of Dracula's power. Soma's the reincarnation of Dracula, Soma kills him, do the math.
- Greater-Scope Villain: For the series. It's the source of Dracula's power.
Voiced by (Japanese): Yuka Shioyama
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.
- Big Bad: Essentially, she moves forward the plot, she's the one who wants to resurrect Dracula after all, and took every measure possible.
- Expy: She's a more powerful and sane version of a similar cultist and head priestess from another Konami property; who? Well, Claudia Wolf, of course.
- 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: Every time she teleports herself or someone else, she gives off one of these.
- 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. In this case, she's the stuffer.
- 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.
- Would Hurt a Child: Has no qualms in shooting a 19-year old girl in the chest. Or so it appears.
Voiced by (Japanese): Takahiro Fujimoto
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.
- Avenging the Villain: Subverted. He is less annoyed that Soma killed Dmitrii and more that he wasn't the one to do it.
- Brought Down to Normal: In the true path, Soma refrains from killing Dario and instead goes after Aguni, stopping his power at the source. He promptly flees.
- Deal with the Devil: Strengthens his fire magic through a pact with Aguni.
- Dumb Muscle: A sort. He is powerful, but it's hard for him to connect the dots or he sucks at planning things out.
- Jerkass: Is nothing but rude and disrespectful, especially to his own allies.
- Playing with Fire: Has the ability to control fire. Defeating the demon, Aguni (if you have Paranoia's soul, that is), allows Soma to render him completely powerless.
- The Mirror Shows Your True Self: During the second fight against him, you can see Aguni in the mirror in the background whenever Dario passes in front of it. If you have Paranoia's soul, you can enter the mirror and fight Aguni himself. If you defeat Aguni, you cripple Dario and at the same time, spare his life. See Brought Down to Normal.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Dmitrii's blue. Not only he dresses in red, but also controls fire and spends most of dialogues with No Indoor Voice.
- Stupid Evil: He only really cares about getting as much power as he can, with no planning or cares about how to go about it.
Voiced by (Japanese): Hidehiko Kaneko
- "You dare pity me? Soon you shall be the one that will be pitied upon."
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.
- 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.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: The first time we see him, although the creature is called Malachi in this game.
- 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.
- 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.
- Powerup Letdown: His only available attack is the last soul ability with which he was hit. As a result, he can be forced to assume a particularly wimpy offense.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Dario's red. Not only is he dressed in mainly blue, he is calm for most the time and plots his plans carefully.
- The Starscream: He promptly takes the position of Big Bad from Celia upon his revival.
- Villainous Breakdown: Dmitrii learns the hard way in the Golden Ending, to his disbelief, that the power of dominance he copied from Soma isn't so easily contained and that, according to Arikado, his soul can't withstand a power that intense. His condition only continues to get worse even after he shoves Arikado away, and it isn't too long before the demons under his dominance burst out of his back, leaving him to die as a result before fusing together to form the Menace.
- Your Soul Is Mine: When defeated, he promptly dies and Soma absorbs his soul, to his horror.
Appeared in The Battle of Old Castle
An actor who was slated to play the role of Dracula.