- An Axe to Grind: The Axe subweapon, more specifically a throwing axe.
- Ancestral Weapon: All of the Belmonts (and Belmont relatives) use the magic Vampire Killer whip, passed down through the generations from Leon Belmont.
- Badass Family: The whole Belmont family has fought monsters for generations, and for a long time, they were the only people who could destroy Dracula.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: All of the notable Belmonts are stronger and faster than any normal human should be by virtue of their own specialized training that puts them on par with vampires. However, some members are actually stronger due to wielding magic or having other special abilities. It's implied the Belmont Clan actually has a natural predisposition to detect and confront vampires, or the forces of darkness in general, and dispel certain magic or curses.
- Epic Flail: The Morning Star variation of the Vampire Killer transforms it into one of these.
- Family Eye Resemblance: Nearly all of the Belmonts have the same pale blue eyes.
- Flechette Storm: The Dagger subweapon, although the trope itself is only inflicted via Item Crash.
- Generation Xerox: Each Belmont whips his way through Dracula's Castle to defeat the Dark Lord, just like the previous Belmont, and it keeps going for an entire millennium. This trope was played dead straight with the nearly-identical early Belmonts (aside from the hundred-year gap between them), but there are more distinct variations between IGA's Belmonts.
- Heroic Lineage: Every subsequent Belmont carries and builds upon the badass legacy of the previous ones, inheriting the Belmonts' famous Ancestral Weapon.
- Holy Hand Grenade: The Holy Water subweapon is almost literally a holy hand grenade, leaving a puddle of fire that damages enemies after it's thrown.
- Improbable Weapon: The Cross subweapon, which acts as a boomerang... somehow.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: True of most of them with Ayami Kojima's designs.
- Time Stands Still: The Pocket Watch subweapon is used to perform this.
- Vampire Hunter: All the Belmonts are locked in a perpetual struggle against Dracula and his followers.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: A plot-point in the games set after Symphony of the Night as the entire family apparently disappeared from Transylvania after Richter gave up the Vampire Killer to other Vampire Hunting families. Not reappearing to the public until the Demon Castle War of 1999.
- Whip It Good: The signature weapon of the Belmonts is the famous "Vampire Killer" whip, and every one of them uses it.
Appeared in Lament of Innocence
Voiced by (Japanese): Nobutoshi Canna
Voiced by (English): Dave Wittenberg
A near-invincible knight active during the medieval era, and along with Mathias Cronqvist, formed an invincible team. He abandoned his position when his betrothed Sara Trantoul was kidnapped (according to Mathias) by the vampire Walter Bernhard. Leon discards his sword and takes up the Whip of Alchemy from Rinaldo Gandolfi, and storms Walter's castle, only to find Sara in process of being vampirized. The only way to save her is to kill her. Leon does the job, changing the Whip of Alchemy into the legendary Vampire Killer.
Leon swears to kill Walter and the night. He almost succeeds, only to see Walter get backstabbed by Death, and Mathias reveal himself as the Magnificent Bastard behind the scenes. Leon refuses Mathias' offer to join him, survives a battle with Death, and swears that his family will always exist to oppose Mathias.
- Badass Long Coat: As shown in his folder image, he wears a red-white sleeveless coat, and he's a former knight and professional vampire hunter.
- Bishōnen: He held the title of, "The most androgynous Castlevania protagonist EVER".
- Break the Cutie: Good grief, the game does NOT like Leon. Sacrificed everything to find Sara and then forced to kill her, his vengeance on Walter was meaningless in the end since it played into Mathias' plans, and his best friend has stabbed him in the back and left him to be killed by Death for denying him. No words are spoken in the final scene before the credits, where he's just walking away from the destroyed castle, but you can almost feel how utterly ruined the poor man is.
- Famous Ancestor: He's the founder of the Belmont family, whose descendants would plague Dracula/Mathias as long as the line continues.
- Fire, Ice, Lightning: The Whip of Alchemy gains these powers whenever Leon defeats the respective element bosses, and even retains them when it becomes the Vampire Killer. Oddly enough, these powers rarely show up again (or at least in their full capacity) throughout the series.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Has blonde hair, is unquestioningly good despite the fact of being Lawful Stupid, and refuses becoming a vampire over the fact that Sara wouldn't have wanted that and his love of Sara motivating him. There's also the factor that he doesn't initially attack Matthias or Joachim. It says a lot for someone who's gone through one terrible night to not have suffered a Despair Event Horizon.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Mathias, until their "falling out."
- Kill the Ones You Love: To spare Sara from the fate of becoming a vampire, he reluctantly killed her (though with her consent).
- Knight in Shining Armor: Almost literally.
- Lawful Stupid: He comes to Walter's castle unarmed, having relinquished his sword along with his knighthood.
- Leitmotif: Lament of Innocence is considered to be Leon's theme.
- The Power of Love:
- Second Love: We're not told who she is, but he must've found a wife after Sara became the Vampire Killer (since most other games star his descendants).
- Shoot the Dog: Leon's original motive was to rescue Sara, not to gain a cool whip. This causes him to swear to hunt down Mathias as long as he still breathes.
- Unwitting Pawn: To Matthias. Knowing how far he is willing to go for love, as well as how Walter's boredom will pan out to make the "game" more interesting, Matthias essentially used Leon to kill Walter in order to steal Walter's soul and become a vampire.
- Wild Hair: Lacks the usual Barbarian Long Hair of most of his descendants, but it's still quite messy.
Appeared in Legends
A woman who was gifted with strange magical power. When her land is ravaged by Dracula, she takes up the Vampire Killer whip and invades Dracula's castle, encountering her friend Alucard along the way. After her ordeal is over, she settles down and has a child, Trevor.
She was slated to appear again in Castlevania Resurrection, but the game's cancellation prevented that. On top of that, when IGA took over the series, he retconned Sonia from the Castlevania timeline entirely.
- Action Girl: She's just as willing able to fight demons as the rest of her clan.
- Babies Ever After: She's shown holding her newborn infant in the epilogue of Legends.
- Braids of Action: Wears a braid, and is a Belmont vampire hunter.
- Boobs of Steel: Like all Belmonts, she is a powerful warrior who can easily take on armies of monsters and demons. Also like all Belmonts, her chest is very large.
- Canon Discontinuity: IGA took her out of his Castlevania timeline.
- Magic Knight: Sonia does not make use of subweapons. Instead, defeating boss monsters grants her various magical powers, such as the ability to heal herself or obliterate everything on the screen. She can also enter a Burning Mode which improves her movement speed, damage and makes her invincible.
- Pregnant Badass: Implied. She and Alucard are hinted to have a thing for each other, he seals himself away after they spar, and the full ending shows that she gave birth not long after Dracula's defeat (looking exactly the same age), which is described as carrying "the bloodline of dark ways". The implication that the Belmonts may be related to Dracula starting with Trevor might have been a contributing factor for IGA's decision to leave it out of his timeline.
- Show Some Leg: You thought Isaac was the first to wear kinky boots in battle? Think again!
- The Smurfette Principle: So far, she's the only female Belmont protagonist in the series, and possibly the only female to wield the Vampire Killer.
- Stripperiffic It appears that dressing as a stripper is not limited to male Belmonts.
- The Southpaw: Played straight with her in-game sprites while facing right. Averted in artwork and in Resurrection where she's right-handed.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Subtly implied during her exchanges with Alucard. Official art definitely gives off this impression.
- Willing Suspension of Disbelief: Reportedly, a woman warrior being accepted in the 1400s broke IGA's, and that's one of the reasons why her game was removed from the timeline.
Appeared in Dracula's Curse
Voiced by (Japanese): Kiyoyuki Yanada (Symphony of the Night) Yasunori Masutani (Curse of Darkness), Takashi Kondo (Castlevania: Judgment), Ryotaro Okiayu (Netflix series)
Voiced by (English):Terrence Stone (Curse of Darkness), Gideon Emery (Castlevania: Judgment), Richard Armitage (Netflix series)
Voiced by (Latin American): José Gilberto Vilchis (Netflix series)
Leon's descendant (with or without Sonia) and the first Belmont to succeed in killing Dracula. When Trevor was young, he went into exile as the people feared the Belmont Clan's powers. But when Dracula strikes, Trevor takes up the Vampire Killer whip that was passed down through his ancestors, and travels around Wallachia to save the land and win the people's trust. It works, and the Belmonts are no longer feared. He also gets to marry one of his allies, Sypha Belnades.
He gets to reappear in Curse of Darkness as an uneasy ally for Hector. He ends up getting wounded by Isaac, but survives the overall ordeal. Unfortunately, he loses his headband in the process.
- All of the Other Reindeer: At his time, his family was feared due to their power, prompting him to fight Dracula to prove that his family is good.
- Anti-Hero: In the Netflix cartoon, he's portrayed as having started out as a down on his luck drunkard disillusioned from his family being banished by the church, and he didn't really give a damn about the demon invasion at first. His encounter with Sypha and Alucard convinces him to go after Dracula.
- Badass Longcoat: In CoD and all Pachislot slot machines, including III, which takes place in the Dracula's Curse storyline.
- Barbarian Long Hair: More so in Dracula's Curse. In Curse of Darkness, with Kojima's design, he's more of a Long-Haired Pretty Boy (although still relatively macho-looking).
- Battle Couple: Along with Sypha. Though inverted in that they're a fighting duo first before getting married.
- Big Brother Mentor: Grant sees him as this, along with being a part of his True Companions.
- Bishōnen: Only in Curse of Darkness, though.
- Divergent Character Evolution: In Dracula's Curse, he looks nigh-identical to Castlevania I Simon in both his game sprite and official art of the time. He was redesigned to be more visually distinct for later games (as was Simon).
- Dub Name Change: In Japanese versions, his name is Ralph Belmond in Dracula's Curse and Ralph C. Belmont in Symphony of the Night.
- Inverted in the Netflix series where he is called "Trevor" in all languages, including Japanese.
- Eyepatch of Power: Has this in Judgment.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: Gets a few physical combos sprinkled into his CoD moveset.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars:
- He has a scar on his face around his left eye in Curse of Darkness. It's stated in the Judgment manual that it (along with another scar on his chest) was incurred during his fight with Dracula, although he also wears an eyepatch in that game; presumably, he wears it since it's still healing, as he threatens to pay Dracula back for his scars but doesn't specifically call any attention to his eye.
- In the Netflix adaptation of the game, he already has a scar over his left eye from being lynched by paranoid Wallachians. The scar is shown as being a fresh cut in the show's opening credits.
- Henpecked Husband: Subtly and hilariously implied with his winning quote against Sypha in Judgment:I fought fair and won the day. If only that was true in the household.
- Hero Antagonist: At first, to Hector in CoD.
- Honor Before Reason: In both Curse of Darkness and the Netflix series, he's very much a "fight first, ask questions later" kind of guy. He attempts to kill Hector (and Alucard) without bothering to check which Devil Forgemaster (or vampire) he is.Trevor: Wait! That crest... Are you the Devil Forgemaster?Hector: That whip... could he be?Trevor: Answer me! Are you the devil forgemaster?Hector: I am.Trevor: Then this is the hour of your death! *cracks whip*
- Jack-of-All-Stats: Out of the four heroes in Dracula's Curse, he's the balanced one. Strongest basic attack. Greatest variety of subweapons. Tied for strongest defense. Second-longest attack range.
- Knight in Shining Armor: Personality-wise in Curse of Darkness — he's quick to point out to Hector that he didn't beat Dracula alone; he had a LOT of help from people just as brave as him.
- Literally according to Grant in Akumajou Densetsu. He offers to join as the speedster because Trevor's heavy armour's gotta be slowing him down.
- Leitmotif: "Beginning" is strongly associated with Trevor, and he has "Belmont The Legend" as his boss theme in Curse of Darkness.
- Mysterious Middle Initial: "C." What it stands for is unrevealed, but it's most likely meant to be "Christopher", whom is mentioned in the original Japanese manual of Castlevania as Simon's ancestor and was used in a different game.
- Official Couple: With Sypha.
- Put on a Bus: In Curse of Darkness, Trevor all but disappears after he's attacked by Isaac while he's weakened from his battle with Hector. Julia mentions that she's hospitalized him, but he isn't in any condition to fight.
- Trademark Favorite Food:
- Both his encounter in Curse of Darkness and the Fake version in Portrait of Ruin drop Beef Curry.
- He has a thing for beer in the Netflix show.
Appeared in The Adventure / Belmont's Revenge
A Belmont descendant that takes on Dracula when he revives... that's all his story is about in Adventure. In Belmont's Revenge, his story was fleshed out a bit with the birth of his son Soleiyu, who was about to inherit the Vampire Killer until Dracula possessed him. Chris jumps back into action to save his son and succeeds. There is a remake of Adventure, which seems to be rather different in content.
- Barbarian Long Hair: He even has long hair as an old man; now, that's badass.
- Bootstrapped Leitmotif: "Battle of the Holy" has become strongly associated with Christopher.
- Cool Old Guy: "Belmont's Revenge" took place 15 years after his first appearance and he was still capable of kicking ass to save his son. Also one of only 2 Belmonts to fight Dracula on more than one occasion.
- Fore Head Of Doom: We can't deny it.
- Papa Wolf: He will go to hell and back to save his son.
- Playing with Fire: He one of the few Belmonts to gain the ability to shoot fireballs from his whip.
- Punny Name: "Soleiyu", his son, is a corruption of "Soleil", a French word which means sun. This name is corrected in Konami GB Collection Vol. 4.
- The Southpaw: Notable in the Gameboy titles, with his right-facing sprites using his left-hand for the whip and sub-weapons
- Averted in artwork, the comic, and the Wiiware remake. He is now whipping with the same hand as everyone else.
Appeared in Resurrection
Although Victor was born in the 1800s, the Powers That Be pulled him to the year 1666 to assist Sonia Belmont in destroying Dracula. When he was young, he decided that he wanted no part of the Belmont family's job as vampire hunters, and ran away from home. As he grew older, he took up gambling and also learned of the arts of warfare. One night in the 19th century, he got in a fight with another man when gambling. As Victor pulled out a knife, he was suddenly transported to the year 1666 by mysterious forces.
Victor was going to be one of the protagonists of Castlevania: Resurrection, along with Sonia Belmont, but the game was unfortunately canceled.
- Badass Beard: Has a distinguised mustache-beard combo, and like his ancestors and descendants, he's a capable vampire hunter (even though he wants no part in the family business).
Appeared in Castlevania / Simon's Quest
Voiced by (Japanese): Hideo Ishikawa (DreamMix TV World Fighters, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate), Kenichi Suzumura (Castlevania: Judgment)
Voiced by (English): Andrew Kevadas (Captain N), Keith Silverstein (Castlevania: Judgment, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)
The very first Belmont in the series, and by far the most well-known and popular of them all. At first, Simon's purpose is simple: Fulfill his family's legacy by entering Dracula's castle and defeating him. He did so. But, Dracula, in his dying breath, gave him a curse that would slowly kill him. He didn't count on Simon's badass qualities, though, so despite being cursed, Simon travels around Transylvania and collects Dracula's body parts so he can revive and destroy him, ending the curse.
He also gets to appear in Captain N, but he's a completely different character; a bumbling Jerk with a Heart of Gold instead of the straightforward hero he usually is in the games.
- Badass Normal: Armed with naught but a magical whip and a few subweapons, he defeats Dracula twice, by himself. Let it be known: Simon Belmont doesn't need silly things like Jump Physics, item crashes, massive inventories, or RPG Elements to kick your ass.
- Badass In Mink: His Barbarian Hero design comes with fur ruffles.
- Barbarian Hero: His first official appearances had him look like this, although as time went on he changed a bit; oddly enough, Ayami Kojima's Bishōnen design◊ for him is also the one in which he looks the most barbaric; go figure that one.
- Barbarian Longhair: Longest in Kojima's design.
- Bishōnen: His Kojima design, probably to bring him in line with all the other Kojima-designed Belmonts. Though only from the neck up in Simon's case; below that, he's still built like a tank with ape arms that could rip the castle apart with his bare hands if he wanted to.
- The Cameo:
- Input The Konami Code when the Konami symbol shows as you boot up Harmony of Dissonance, and you get to play as Simon in Boss Rush mode. 8-bit Simon. And he can still whoop every monster the game chooses to throw at him.
- Not to mention his random cameos in other Konami games, his most recent having him take part in a track-and-field tourney along with other Konami personalities like Pentaro, Vic Viper, and Solid Snake.
- Depending on the Artist: Simon's design differs depending on the game that you're playing. In the original Castlevania, Super Castlevania IV, Grimoire of Souls, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, he's portrayed with an appearance akin to a leaner version of Arnold Schwarzenegger's portrayal of Conan The Barbarian. Chronicles keeps his toned build but softens his face and makes him a red-head, and Judgement expands on this with the infamous Light Yagami-Simon hybrid.
- Determinator: In Simon's Quest — he manages to kill Dracula and his hordes while suffering from what is effectively magical leprosy... And in the best ending, he survives the affliction.
- Expy: Of Arnold Schwarzenegger as Conan the Barbarian.
- Guest Fighter: Appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as the main Castlevania representative.
- Hellbent For Leather: His Barbarian Hero design has a lot of leather tassles.
- Leitmotif: SCIV gave us "Theme of Simon Belmont" which has appeared many times since. Vampire Killer from the original Castlevania is sometimes used as this as well, when not the theme of the series in general; it was notably remixed as his theme in Judgment, and said remix later accompanied him into Smash Bros.
- Nice Guy: He is ridiculously polite and modest to everyone in Grimoire of Souls. Charlotte even notes that Simon is often thought of as the most noble of the Belmonts.
- One-Man Army: Unlike many other Belmonts, Simon fought Dracula entirely on his own. And he was able to do this twice!
- Ornamental Weapon: Following a precedent set by the games' box art, his Kojima Chronicles design and updated sprite havd a sword strapped to his hip, but he never uses it in place of the Vampire Killer. Castlevania Fighter and Haunted Castle makes him use it though. The action figure released by Neca also has it.
- Rated M for Manly: That moment you realize that even at his bishiest, he was a testosterone-fueled killing machine.
- Retraux: He uses his sprites from the original Castlevania in his playable appearances in Harmony of Dissonance and Harmony of Despair.
- Spell My Name with an "S": His name is listed as Simon Belmondo at the end of the first game (as well as Chronicles), but it's Simon Belmont in the sequel. Japanese material tends to be based on the former, while the latter is the English standard.
- Wolverine Publicity: Has appeared in more games than any other Belmont due to his status as being synonymous with the entire franchise.
- Your Days Are Numbered: As a result of being cursed by Dracula in Simon's Quest.
Appeared in Harmony of Dissonance
Voiced by (Japanese): Tadasuke Oomizu
Simon's grandson, a prodigious warrior who inherits the Vampire Killer in his mere teens. Juste is unique in that he has a lot of the Belnades blood in him, making him a Magic Knight. For some reason, he likes decorating rooms. He is best buds with swordsman Maxim Kischine and is the lover of Lydie Erlanger. At one point, Lydie vanishes, Dracula's castle rises, and Maxim leads him there (acting a bit strange in the meantime). Juste investigates the castle, finding out that Maxim is being possessed, and ends up repeating Simon's feat of gathering Dracula's parts and reviving him only to destroy him again. Juste saves Lydie and Maxim, and it's all good.
- Badass Longcoat: A red longcoat, which brings an interesting parallel to certain Devil Hunter
- Barbarian Long Hair: It runs in the family. Though with his overall mid-16th century nobleman design, it's less "barbarian" and more "stylish" by now.
- Bishounen: One of the bishiest of the Belmonts.
- Camp Straight: Decorating rooms is one of his hobbies and he has a very androgynous appearance. Even then, he is in a relationship with a girl.
- Charged Attack: Juste can land a strong blow with the whip if he is using an item that attaches to the end of his whip that slightly detracts the whip's normal strength, but allows him to destroy walls that require a charged attack to break and to deal double damage to enemies when this attack is used.
- Expy: Has the dubious distinction of being called "Alucard Belmont". Also the counterpart of Nathan Graves from Circle of the Moon which influenced his game.
- Hot-Blooded: Just hear his battle cries. He even screams ORA ORA ORA ORA ORA
- It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": Going by the katakana for his name, it's pronounced like "juiced".
- Kamehame Hadoken: His wind + sacred fist spell. It is so powerful it does a significant amount of damage even to enemies who are strong against wind attacks.
- Leitmotif: "Successor of Fate"
- Lightning Bruiser: He runs instead of walks (hence, he only does the classic "Belmont trudge" pose when on the very edge of a platform) and has the ability to dash not just backward but also forward at a mere press of a button, making him one of the speedier and more nimble Belmonts in gameplay. As NES-era Simon is playable in Boss Rush mode, he becomes the Mighty Glacier in comparison.
- Linear Warriors, Quadratic Wizards: Juste's ability to damage enemies with the whip without an item that allows him to use a Charged Attack with his whip is adequate if a bit weak throughout the game. His magical attacks with the books he finds near the beginning of the game is not really worth using unless you can memorize each enemy's elemental weakness. However, books found later in the game will allow him to deal major damage to enemies.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: The Belmonts went from looking like rough barbarians to bishounen under Ayami Kojima, but Juste is perhaps the one who best embodies this.
- Magic Knight: Has the most spells amongst the Belmonts, and he can fall back to his whip when he is out of magic.
- Memento MacGuffin: His Bracelet.
- Mystical White Hair: Has white hair, and it's noted that he has some magical power thanks to the Belnades blood in him.
- Nice Guy: He is very worried for the well-being of the merchant he finds in the castle, and polite in all their interactions.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Same motif as Walter.
- Power Glows: Juste's magical talent may account for the colored after-images he makes when he dashes, and he is always outlined in a glowing blue aura.
- Red Is Heroic: Dons a red Badass Longcoat to battle the forces of evil.
- Real Men Wear Pink: If his decorating taste is anything to go by.
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, The Dracula X Chronicles, Harmony of Despair), Shin-ichiro Miki (Nocturne of Recollection)
Voiced by (English): Scott McColloch (Symphony of the Night), Liam O'Brien (Portrait of Ruin, Dracula X Chronicles prototype), David Vincent (The Dracula X Chronicles, Harmony of Despair, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)
One of the more infamous Belmonts (thanks to Symphony of the Night) and probably Juste's son or at least his grandson. Richter has a girlfriend named Annette, until Dracula suddenly takes an active stance and assaults his home, kidnapping Annette, Maria, and several other women. Richter heads to the castle, saves the maidens, confronts Dracula, and kicks his ass.
Four years later, due to a plan by the dark priest Shaft, Richter gets possessed and raises Dracula's castle, acting as its master. He's freed by Alucard, and leaves the rest to him. Since the release of Portrait of Ruin, he is canonically the last full-blooded Belmont to wield the Vampire Killer until Julius Belmont in 1999.
- The Ace: Richter is outright called the strongest vampire hunter by multiple characters, and he clearly outclasses his ancestors in terms of raw power. The only Belmont who might possibly be stronger is Julius, who lives centuries later. The reason Shaft brainwashed Richter is because killing him would be so difficult.
- Badass Bandolier: His redesign in The Dracula X Chronicles, the remake of Rondo of Blood, has him carry holy water bottles in one.
- Badass Creed: In The Dracula X Chronicles:Richter Belmont: I'm a Belmont. That's my job.
- Badass in Distress: He was badass in his debut, then he got caught and below in Symphony of the Night. Then, he retains much of the badassery off-screen, but Jonathan Morris can feel it when he fought the Whip Memory in his form.
- Badass Longcoat:
- Dons one after the Time Skip in SotN.
- Also sports one in The Dracula X Chronicles.
- Barbarian Long Hair. He lets it grow out after Rondo of Blood.
- Big Brother Mentor: To Maria.
- Bishōnen: By this point, you should be able to notice that the Belmont family has really, really good genetics.
- Blue Is Heroic: Richter wears a blue coat in all of his depictions.
- Bonus Boss: In Portrait of Ruin. Or rather, the Vampire Killer's memory of him.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: In his tenure of distress in SotN.
- Chick Magnet: For a total of four girls!
- Dark Reprise: "Strange Bloodlines/Blood Relations", his battle theme in Symphony. The same goes for "Bloodlines Bequeathed" in Portrait of Ruin.
- Disc-One Final Boss: He's the last boss of Symphony of the Night... unless you get a particular item, then defeat him in an alternate manner, in which case defeating him grants access to the second half of the game, the Inverted Castle.
- Distressed Dude: After he goes missing, Maria goes into Castlevania to rescue him.
- FaceHeel Turn: Becomes the Big Bad of Symphony of the Night. Subverted, in that he was being controlled by Shaft and goes right back to being a hero once he's rescued.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: Sports a brown fingerless glove on his right hand in Rondo, so he can hold his whip carefully.
- Fragile Speedster: Played straight with the appropriate alternate modes in Symphony of the Night and Portrait of Ruin. He can't use equipment like the respective main characters can, resulting in monsters being able to inflict more damage, but that run speed. Just look at him go!
- Guest Fighter: Makes an appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a Moveset Clone of Simon.
- Hypnotize the Princess: The main objective of the first half of Symphony of the Night is to rescue Richter from Draculas Castle, but he turns out to be Brainwashed and Crazy. Its revealed that Shaft brainwashed him to get him out of the way, because it was easier than outright killing him, and would make trouble for Maria and Alucard.
- Large Ham: Less so than Dracula, but still. The opening dialogue of Symphony of the Night is infamously Ham-to-Ham Combat.Richter: Die monster! You don't belong in this world!
- Leitmotif: "Bloodlines/Divine Bloodlines/Opposing Bloodlines/Blood Relations of Heaven and Earth"
- Lighter and Softer: As opposed to the other Belmonts usually being depicted as stern and serious 24/7, Richter smiles more often and is cheerful towards the other humans he meets in Rondo of Blood.
- Lightning Bruiser: Moreso than other Belmonts, as he is capable of performing dashes, uppercuts, kicks, and even backflips.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Becomes one in Symphony of the Night with Ayami Kojima's design.
- Martial Arts Headband: Wears one in Rondo, though it's ditched in The Dracula X Chronicles remake. He does wear it again in Symphony, but not in the alternate outfit represented in the game's official artwork. Most other representations of Richter use the headband.
- My God, What Have I Done?: In Symphony, after Alucard has saved him from Shaft's control and he realizes he's helped to revive Dracula.
- Ornamental Weapon: His Rondo and Symphony sprites and character art have him wear a short sword in a brown scabbard, but he doesn't use it in-game until Symphony as part of a super jump that doubles as a slash attack. (He's holding it in a Reverse Grip.)
- The Paladin: If his opening dialogue with Dracula in SotNis any indication, he's an idealistic Hunter of Monsters who is completely dedicated to fighting the forces of evil. Until he suddenly ends up the lord of Castlevania, that is.
- Shipper on Deck: Noticing that Maria had developed a romantic attraction to Alucard, he assures Maria that she should go after Alucard and try to soothe his tormented soul.
- A Sinister Clue: How do we know that Richter is Not Himself in SotN? In artwork, he holds his whip with his left hand.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: In Rondo.
- Spell My Name with an "S": His name is spelled "Rihiter" in the Japanese manual of Dracula X for Super Famicom, and "Richiter" when selecting his mode in Portrait of Ruin.
- Stone Wall: He is just about as slow as most other Belmonts in Rondo of Blood. Unfortunately, most enemies are made more agile, so he comes off as slow. His normal attack is only as half as potent as Maria's normal attack as well. However, he can take much more damage than Maria can before he dies. Averted in SotN, however, as he is given an expanded moveset that allows him to move at a much faster pace.
- Victory Is Boring: In Symphony, he tells Alucard that his reasoning for reviving Dracula is so that he and Dracula can be locked in glorious combat for eternity. He's actually being brainwashed by Shaft.
- World's Best Warrior: Stated in the Castlevania lore that Richter is, when it comes to vampire hunters and even the Belmont Clan, the most powerful. This is most likely why Dracula tried to kill him preemptively by sending Death, normally a late-game boss, to kill Richter early and why he ordered his minions to launch a sneak attack destroying Richter's village. When that didn't work (Richter was not there at the time), Dracula kidnapped several women including Richter's girlfriend to use against Richter and lure him to the castle on Dracula's own terms. Richter is the only Belmont Dracula has put this much effort into getting out of the way instead of directly facing him. Richter's power is further emphasized when Jonathan has to fight the memory of Richter carried in the Vampire Killer and even Richter's shade is utterly badass. In Symphony, Shaft thought it would be easier to control Richter's mind and make him Lord of Castlevania than to risk fighting him again. Alucard even states it outright:Alucard: But Belmont's power is supreme among vampire hunters. None other could defeat him.
- Given that the Belmont line canonically grows stronger with every generation, it is only logical Richter should be stronger than those who came before him. Richter was also the last Belmont to wield the Vampire Killer (it was passed on to the Morris clan until the end of the 20th century, when it was given to Julius Belmont). While Julius was more powerful than Richter, the 20th century was a time of enlightenment, scientific progress, and a time where magic and mysticim was slowly losing power over the hearts of humankind, and thus weakening as a result. While Julius was the strongest in terms of power, he wasn't the best in terms of combat ability. Richter gets the title of best warrior due to combat experience and body count while Julius get the title of strongest due to having enough power to seal away the castle and sever Dracula from the cycle of death/rebirth.
- Wolverine Publicity: Appears in several other games thanks to his popularity in Symphony. Only second to Simon in this regard.
Appeared in Castlevania 64 / Castlevania Legacy of Darkness
Voiced by (English): Andrew Hanikson
Though carrying a different name, he is a Belmont by blood and recognized as such by Death itself, who only addresses him as 'Belmont'. He's inherited the Vampire Killer whip as well as the duty of destroying Dracula whenever he arises. He was raised in the ways of the church and abhors attacking women and children, a trait that comes into question when he comes across a female vampire named Rosa in the abbey grounds. Even after her demise at the hands of Death, he remains resolute, successfully destroying Dracula's new incarnation and proving that even the damned are worthy of forgiveness.
- All the Other Reindeer: No pun intended. As explained in his backstory, Reinhardt grew up being known as a descendant of the Belmont Clan, but without their last name, he was mocked as a child as a pretender. This caused self-doubt in him, which eventually turned into a powerful drive to prove himself worthy of his family's legacy. Seeing as how Death itself recognized him as a Belmont by the end of the game, it's safe to assume he succeeded.
- An Axe to Grind: As part of his standard equipment of possible sub-weapons for a Vampire Killer of his line, Reinhardt can use the deadly Axe in it's characteristic arc. As per usual, he can eventually throw several at a time and, in Legacy of Darkness, he gains the ability to imbue his axes with power so that holy lightning bolts strike wherever he throws them.
- Badass Normal: Ok, he comes from a long line of badass Vampire Killers, however Reinhardt plays pretty much like the old school Belmonts... just in 3-D. He doesn't get crazy magical powers or item crashes like the later Belmonts, he doesn't have vampiric or werewolf powers, temporary invincibility, or more modern weaponry. Just like Simon, Reinhardt accomplishes the task of defeating Dracula with only the Vampire Killer whip, the sub-weapons, a short sword and nothing else.
- Church Militant: Reinhardt is said to be part of an organisation within the Church. They are the ones who send Carrie and Henry along with him to vanquish Dracula.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: If you do everything right, Reinhardt not only rids the land of Dracula and his servants, but he also redeems Rosa's tortured soul and presumably lives happily ever after with her.
- Energy Weapon: Once you've managed to fully upgrade the Vampire Killer whip in Legacy of Darkness, it becomes a weapon of pure energy, producing impressive detonations on contact with the enemies.
- Epic Flail: Though Reinhardt's whip starts as a leather one at first and becomes a weapon of pure energy in it's ultimate form, the second form of the Vampire Killer whip in Legacy of Darkness is essentially a long flail.
- Fiery Redhead: Averted. While Reinhardt is a badass Vampire Hunter, and while he does have a mane of red hair, his is a far more introspective story, and, unlike Carrie who's resolve and confidence in her power is unshakeable, Reinhardt's backstory establishes he's had to deal with bouts of self doubt over his destiny, mainly because of people always doubting his status as a Belmont, since he doesn't carry their name.
- Flaming Sword: A variation. When Reinhardt uses the fully upgraded knife sub weapon, he throws volleys of them, all wreathed in flame.
- God Is Good: Believes God forgives all.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: Reinhardt has a short sword strapped to his waist, though it's a secondary weapon meant for close-range foes.
- Heroic Build: Reinhardt is built like a Tank. He has massive arms and shoulders, which he accentuates wearing some huge pauldrons. He stands alongside Simon as being one of the strongest-looking Belmonts, particularly considering the Bishonen style later taken by the series. He stands out even more when compared to the petite Carrie and the lean Cornell.
- Holy Hand Grenade: His Holy Water, as usual, which is spectacularly compounded once you fully upgrade the weapon, allowing him to burn his undead opponents in a veritable inferno of holy flames.
- Hunter of Monsters: Though the protagonists of Castlevania are usually referred to as Vampire Hunters, Reinhardt, like a good Belmont scion, vanquishes every kind of monster in his quest to kill Dracula, from spiderwomen, to werewolves, spectres, demons and even Death itself.
- Knife Nut: The first and most basic of the fabled vampire hunter sub-weapons that Reinhardt can use.
- Knight in Shining Armor: His default costume in Legacy of Darkness. His standard costume in 64 also counts, although his chest plate and pauldrons are of a much subtler color and under his vest. His alternate costume in 64 also has him wearing a red suit of armour meant to evoque Simon Belmont's armour.
- Knight Templar: Played with, although subtly. Reinhardt has no doubts dealing death to all the monsters he encounters in his quest... up until he meets Rosa, the tragic beauty. Her pacific and noble demeanor make him question his idea that Vampires and demons are without redemption. He even saves Rosa from suicide, and after she sacrifices her life for him, he prays for her absolution and comes to believe anyone can be redeemed.
- Men Are Tough: Reinhardt is one of the more manly-looking examples of a protagonist in Castlevania lore, and he seems to subscribe to these expectations about men, telling the boy Malus "You are a man, you can do it." when he sends him off after helping him escape Dracula's castle.
- Pretty in Mink: His outfit in 64 has what basically amounts to a fur high collar. Legacy of Darkness ditches it for more practical armor.
- Precision-Guided Boomerang: His cross subweapon acts as such. In particular, once upgraded, each cross will home-in on any enemies in the area until it has killed three of them.
- Rated M for Manly: Quite the rugged-looking individual. In particular because his design stands out among the other Kojima designed or redesigned heroes. He doesn't have a bishonen version, and his muscular frame also helps in marking him as this.
- Religious Bruiser: Physically the strongest and toughest playable character in both 64 and Legacy of Darkness, raised by his father and the Church, Reinhardt is built like a tank and as religious as they come.
- Scarf of Asskicking: A bright red one in 64.
- The Paladin: Reinhardt is undoubtedly one of the most devout vampire hunters in Castlevania, making the sign of the Cross at the game's start, he prevents Rosa's suicide saying that God forbids suicide even if you are a vampire, and he also prays to God for Rosa's absolution, giving her his cross to hold and reassuring her that she would be welcomed in Heaven, as she lays dying in his arms. Deconstructed, as Reinhardt was raised in the ways of the Church and his Father's teaching to protect women and children, yet as a good Paladin, he has no qualms about destroying vampires wherever he finds them... up until he meets Rosa, a vampire who laments her curse and the damnation of her soul. By the game's end, Reinhardt has come to believe anyone can be saved and forgiven. His unshakeable faith is rewarded when Rosa is resurrected, healed from her vampirism, thanks to her sacrifice and Reinhardt's bravery.
- Vampire Hunter: Reinhardt and all of his distinguished ancestry are renowned for this, though they do hunt everything that goes bump in the night.
- Whip It Good: As befits a Vampire Hunter from the Belmont line. Reinhardt can turn the whip into an incredibly cool weapon made of pure energy once it is fully upgraded.
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Subverted. Initially, but then he's forced to fight Rosa, making him drop this out of necessity.
Appeared in Aria of Sorrow / Dawn of Sorrow
Voiced by (Japanese): Osamu Ryutani (Aria of Sorrow), Tetsu Inada (Dawn of Sorrow, Harmony of Despair)
Voiced by (English): David Lodge (Harmony of Despair)
- "Farewell, my friend. Don't let me use that whip again."
The next Belmont after Richter to wield the Vampire Killer. There was a prophecy that it wouldn't be wielded by the Belmonts again until a great battle in 1999, and when that magic time rolled around, Julius was the lucky one to be on Dracula duty. Julius has the honor of being the one who beat Dracula for good, sealing Castlevania in an eclipse (thereby denying Dracula's soul access to the stone that was keeping it out of the cycle of reincarnation long enough to resurrect), but the battle cost him his memory, and he lived as an amnesiac for over thirty years under the name "J".
Since the name "Dracula" filled him with dread for reasons he couldn't explain, he headed to Castlevania during its return at the solar eclipse to hopefully restore his memory. He meets up with Soma, and is eventually asked to kill him should Soma ever fall to The Dark Side.
Julius reappears to assist Soma in Dawn of Sorrow, and is the one to put him out of his misery in the bad ending of both games. In Otomedius Excellent, Kokoro Belmont is apparently his (non-canonical) little sister.
- Author Avatar: Visually. He's essentially IGA with lighter brown hair and blue eyes.
- Badass Baritone: All of his voice clips tend to give him a deep and somewhat gruff voice.
- Badass Beard: So far the only Belmont with facial hair, and quite impressive facial hair at that.
- Badass Longcoat: Just look at it! No wonder he killed Dracula for good!
- Badasses Wear Bandanas: He's never caught without a red bandana around his neck.
- Braids of Barbarism: He trades the Belmont's trademark long hair for a neat combed braid. He can still kick your ass, though.
- Big Bad Friend: In the bad endings, Soma succumbs to his inner darkness and becomes this to him, and he takes it upon himself to kill him. Averted in the good endings.
- Bootstrapped Leitmotif: The remix/combination of "Heart of Fire"/"Don't Wait Until Night" became associated with him.
- Cool Old Guy: He's in his late fifties, and he is regarded even in-universe as one of the more awesome Belmonts.
- Creepy Cool Crosses: He has his own distinct variation of the "Holy Cross" Item Crash that summons a giant cross of energy behind him that pulls enemies in.
- Fragile Speedster: Zig-zagged with Lightning Bruiser in his gameplay mode in Aria of Sorrow to some extent. While Julius does grow in overall power by defeating the games boss encounters, becoming quite a powerhouse if all save for his Final Boss are defeated, one thing that he will always have an edge over Soma on is his overall movement speed. Defensively, though, Soma has him beat. Painfully averted in his gameplay mode in Dawn of Sorrow, though.
- Growing Up Sucks: Or so he says. The fact that most of his adult life has been spent as an amnesiac hobo has probably affected his judgement in this matter. And being that he says it in Dawn of Sorrow, it may also be referencing his age starting to catch up to him. Need further proof? Play Julius Mode in Dawn of Sorrow, and compare how Julius performs there to the same mode in Aria of Sorrow.
- It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": Despite how he went by "J" for so long, his name is not pronounced with one. Everyone in Dawn says his name with a Y sound at the beginning.
- I Work Alone: He initially invokes this when he enters the castle in Dawn of Sorrow... then he ultimately decides to cooperate with Soma and Arikado when they enter as well.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: His battle against Dracula cost him his memory, though he gets it back during the events of Aria.
- Lightning Bruiser: Like Richter before him, he is capable of performing dashes and uppercuts.
- Shout-Out: Like most Castlevania games since and including Symphony of the Night, both Aria and Dawn featured a mode of play that allowed you to go through the game as if it were a classic Castlevania, with Dawn's variety being modeled after Castlevania III. The best part? If you get Soma's bad ending a little over halfway through the game, it still counts as beating the game and unlocks Julius Mode. Soma's bad ending is of course canon to Julius mode.
- Superior Successor: He's this to every preceding Belmont because, whereas every other one only temporarily killed Dracula, he killed Dracula so permanently that, when Drac came back, it was as the good natured Soma Cruz. He basically fulfilled his bloodline's destiny, and permanently ended Dracula.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Relatively speaking compared to the other Belmonts. Julius came up during relatively peaceful times. While trained, he doesn't have as much combat experience as the previous Belmonts, who had to deal with evil beyond just Dracula's Castle.
- Willfully Weak: He has a habit of holding back his true strength, either for personal reasons or because of the amount of stamina it would deplete him of. So one can imagine how scary it must be to see that, despite having been confirmed to be holding back during his fight, Julius' Grand Cross damages the castle in the background!
- Worlds Greatest Warrior: While Richter is the best fighter of the Belmont line due to being the last Belmont to wield the Vampire Killer until it was reclaimed by Julius in modern times, the latter is the strongest. The Belmont Clan gets more powerful with each generation and Richter came up in a time where the supernatural forces of darkness were at their peak. Richter has the most combat experience along with being the second strongest in terms of raw power. Julius, while well trained, didn't have to fight much in the way of supernatural evil beyond attacking and making his way through Dracula's castle and then fighting Dracula. Not a small feat, to be sure, but it's par for the course for any Belmont that's challenged the castle. Julius instead gets distinction from being the only Belmont strong enough to seal the castle and sever Dracula from the endless chain of death/rebirth.
Appeared in The Battle of Old Castle
An actor descended from his namesake.
- Canon Foreigner: He only appeared in The Devil Castle Dracula: The Battle of Old Castle, an early gamebook in the franchise.
- Legacy Character: Named after his ancestor, the original Simon Belmont. Just like him, he takes up the Vampire Killer and defeats Dracula.
- Sole Survivor: Of the film crew that was making a film on Dracula's fight with the original Simon Belmont, alongside Lucy.
Appeared in The Legend of Satanic Castle: The Vampire Hunters
A descendant of Trevor Belmont.
- Canon Foreigner: He only appeared in The Legend of Satanic Castle: The Vampire Hunters, an early gamebook in the franchise.