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  • The Netflix series shows that Dracula's castle has some intricate mechanisms strewn throughout it, acting as a method of transportation. With these in regard, it is possible that the mechanisms are why the castle is always different in each appearance, adding a new layer of depth to Alucard's "Creature of Chaos" comment.
    • It should be noted that the animated series occurs in a parallel universe. Even though the castle in the animation is depicted as a bizarre mechanism, a wonder of science, Alucard's comment in the video games is referring to the castle's supernaturally chaotic nature, not to actual engines and gears. It is now known that the castle's shifting nature in the video games is due to it being possessed.
  • In the Netflix series, the Bishop maintains his power by blaming other people for the invasion of Dracula's horde, while keeping the fact that it was his having had Lisa burned at the stake that was the cause of it all]]. He is in effect, a miserable little pile of secrets.
    • On the same topic, the Bishop could definitely be what fuels Dracula saying "Perhaps the same could be said of all religions" when being told that he steals souls and make people slaves.
    • And a more minor throwback: when he finds out what happens to Lisa, Dracula cries bloody tears.
  • The Elder Speaker says that their group is the Codrii Speakers. "Codrii Vlăsiei" is the name of the area that the series takes place in: its name literally means "The Forests of Wallachia." The major cities in the series are also based on real ones; Târgoviște was the capital of Wallachia, and Brăila was an important port town that connected the region with Spain, Portugal, and Italy. Argeș was the capital before Târgoviște. And, though Greșit is a fictional city, it could be argued that the location of it corresponds to Grădiștea (the area it is is in between Târgoviște, Brăila, and Argeș). The creators really Showed Their Work in looking at the geography of the area.
  • Blue Fangs, the demon in the Netflix series raises some ecumenical points, especially when it comes to the bishop:
    • "God is not here. This is an empty box.": Once a church becomes sanctimonious, God abandons it because it effectively worships itself. The bishop manipulated the people to his will, rather than God's.
    • "Your life's work makes Him puke.": Sin is a direct offense against God, said to be akin to a powerful stench. In this case, the bishop's 'work' not only consisted of having Lisa, an innocent woman burn at the stake, but creating a scapegoat out of the Belmonts and the Speakers, as well as leading the people on a wild goose chase of those he believes to be witches.
    • "We love you": It's all about family. If you don't belong to God's family, you belong to... them. The bishop defected from God's family through his actions, which allowed the demons of Castlevania to run amok.
      • Also brings to mind the fact that many of the holy items DO hurt the demons, meaning that in this universe, God Is Good and thus likely a being who would be disgusted with what the Bishop did. So in a way, God is basically handing over an evil man to hell personally while making sure the priest that did stay to help Trevor and Sypha could stop the demons (As he was able to make holy water). In a way, it shows who is the real righteous ones.
  • The Speakers prophecy of the Sleeping Soldier seems to be inaccurate, as Alucard has only been dormant a year, not a century. But the prophecy as presented (A soldier who sleeps under Gresit for a hundred years will awaken to fight evil) is exactly what happens in the opening sequence of his own game, Symphony of the Night.
    • Also, Alucard points out that the Speakers believe the information about the Sleeping Soldier came from the future. He probably sent (or will send) that information back in time at some point, so the Speakers would be ready for him.
    • Possible fridge brilliance, the speakers refuse to write anything down, meaning theres no codified original version of the prophecy, and oral traditions can change with time as it is told over and over slightly differently, its possible originally it did say one year, but one retelling simply said a long time, which was then assumed to be many years, which was then interpreted as a century
  • In episode 2, when Trevor is about to enter Gresit from the back, he notices that the water is ominously bubbling and makes some effort to avoid it. Perhaps the water being potentially lethal is why falling into it, at least in the classic games, was a One-Hit Kill.
    • This could also be a Mythology Gag to the Nintendo 64 Castlevania games, where the appearance of Dracula's Castle turns every river in Wallachia so poisonous it's more or less acidic.
  • The Corrupt Church as a major antagonist makes sense in a series with plenty of holy themed adversaries.
  • Lisa pleading to an unseen force to forgive her murderers while she's being publicly executed for wanting to help people seems very similar to Jesus doing the same while on the cross. Of course, the one Lisa is pleading to is a much less holy and benevolent entity, so it doesn't quite work.
  • Blue Fangs' Pre-Mortem One-Liner, "Let me kiss you," has raised plenty of Narm and Narm Charm accusations, but giving him something cool or righteous to say would run the risk of getting the viewer on his side. His scene is meant to be evil paying evil unto evil – so anything that wasn't creepy and disgusting wouldn't accomplish that.
    • It also works as a parallel to Judas Iscariot and Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus granted Judas great gifts, but Judas betrayed Jesus and identified him with a kiss. The Archbishop's burning of Lisa was a gift to Blue Fangs, since it led directly to him and all evil being released on Wallachia. In this way, the line takes on even more ironic meaning.
  • Lisa was accused by the village's former wise woman. This might not be out of jealousy; as a wise woman who sold potions, she could have been dragged before the church like Lisa was.
  • Dracula's master plan to exterminate humanity, as pointed out by some of his generals, would be disastrous for vampirekind as well: with no humans, where would the vampires get the blood they need to survive? After all, there is a limit to how long a vampire can subsist on animal blood. Then again, that is the point of Dracula's plan, and for a deceptively clever reason: Dracula condemned humanity for being scheming, treacherous vermin, but his generals are every bit as scheming and treacherous. Every vampire was once a human, and as such, were just as flawed and given to humanity's shortcomings as the humans they would exterminate. In short, Dracula's plan is to exterminate humanity in its entirety, vampiric or otherwise.
  • One of Godbrand's Establishing Character Moment s is him arguing with Issac, Hector and Carmilla on the vampiric weakness of not being able to enter running water. Almost everyone there regards him as being an idiot for not comprehending that fact, but consider some of his character traits. He is a vampiric Viking, and Vikings are well known for raids on other countries by boat and sea! Not to mention boating/boat making is mentioned as something he knows of by Hector. As well a dream showing him having a crew of vampiric vikings working a boat over assuredly running water, and given he IS one of Dracula's Generals, he's probably of good enough reknown to have his own court of vampires and thus the dream probably actually happened. It's more likely that he simply misunderstood how running water affects vampires because he used to going over it via boats!
  • Isaac and Hector's armor designs are actually quite practical around the vampires. Since it protects their necks, it's less likely their assailants will rip their throats out and force them to actually have to fight them. It was likely Dracula's idea, since he doesn't want to lose his close human advisors to a greedy vampire.
  • Sypha's using a lot of ice magic in the episode 7 fight, most of which is being generated specifically from the floor of the hall... which was flooded with holy water not that long ago. No wonder she's gotten everyone's number in that fight; she's throwing holy icicles at people.
  • Not that it was hard to imagine a powerful, hardline church treating fringe minority groups like the Speakers as scapegoats in the first place, but it makes even more sense in season 2 when Sypha explains to Trevor and Alucard that the Speakers are a Nay-Theist order. They consider themselves enemies of God because, in their version of the Tower of Babel story, God destroyed the tower and removed humanity's ability to unify because He was jealous of human achievements.
  • It feels a bit stilted for the Speakers to very deliberately refer to the Elder's "grandchild" instead of "grandson" or "granddaughter", and seems strange that Trevor wouldn't remark on it. But since the Speakers deliberately dress everyone the same to safeguard their women, then them intentionally adopting neutral language referring to their own would be a reasonable extension of that when faced with someone they don't know well enough to trust yet, and it would be logical that Trevor, familiar with this Speaker tradition, would take their word-choice in stride.
  • In Castlevania's canon, Dracula explicitly does everything he can to spite God — and that's probably part of why he fell for Lisa. She's blatantly a woman of science, and she wants to spread knowledge to make people less "superstitious" and more rational. He probably saw her as an ally, someone who could help him to spite God by turning people away from Him (according the paradigm that science and faith cannot mix).
    • Adding to the above, Dracula and Lisa both share a passion for medicine. Dracula became a vampire because his first wife died of illness, which he saw as God taking her away; what better way to spite God than to learn how to save the ones He condemned? What better ally than another doctor?
  • Alucard is noticeably less capable than he is in the games. This is not a mistake; Alucard is much, much more powerful in later time periods than he is here. Castlevania 3 had him at his weakest—he wouldn't reach his peak until a few games later.
  • Why is Grant DaNasty absent from the series? Because Trevor could only recruit two characters in one playthrough of Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse.
  • When Trevor is fighting the two priests to save the Elder Speaker, he dryly mentions how odd it is for a man of the cloth to be carrying a thief’s dagger, let alone knowing how to fight with it. This seem to strongly hint that the dagger wielding priest was not a real priest, but an actual thief and killer that the Bishop dressed up as one of his own to act as an enforcer. Given how many of the priest who attack Trevor know how to fight with weapons, it seems plausible that most of them may have really been just thugs that the Bishop hired and or coerced into working for him to seize control over Gresit.
  • The flashback showing General Cho battling a vampire hunter, playing with him, and then easily sundering his blade, shows the reason why the Belmonts use consecrated whips. You can't break a whip, especially when grabbing it makes your hand explode.
  • All three seasons have a theme that permeates the season:
    • Season 1 has a theme of religion. Most of the season, from the Speakers to the corrupt Bishop, is focused entirely upon religion. This includes very heavily its use as a weapon both for good and evil. While the Speakers (And a random Priest) are heroic because they are genuine believers in their religion, those who take advantage of it are excessively evil.
    • Season 2's theme is children. (And to a lesser extent, parents.) Carmilla calls anyone she doesn't like a manchild, and notably seduces Hector, who, due to something of an Ambiguous Disorder, is truly a manchild. The season focuses heavily on Alucard's conflict with Dracula, who ultimately breaks down because he cannot kill his own son. All three of the main trio are all childish in some way, due to Sypha's incredible idealism, and Alucard and Trevor never getting proper childhoods. While Isaac's affection toward Dracula is (maybe) romantic in nature, Dracula seems to care for him much as he would a son.
    • Season 3's theme is betrayal, a theme which becomes clearer in the end of the season. Isaac continually ends up slaughtering towns due to presuming that the people there would have any sort of basic trust and being enraged when they do not. Trevor and Sypha come to trust the Judge, who turns out to be a genuinely monstrous Serial Killer with a large bodycount. Alucard trusts Sumi and Taka, only to end up forced to kill them when they seduce and attempt to murder him. Hector perhaps gets it worst of all: He's finally broken out of his shell by Lenore, who gaslights him into believing she loves him in a way he never got before, only to end up enslaving him and outright stating her intent to sexually abuse him. In the end, every character is broken by this betrayal, left further in darkness.
  • There also seems to be a twisted symbolism in the way food is introduced in Season 3 and the way it's presence is emphasized throughout: Alucard is first seen making a meal for himself in great detail emphasizing how isolated he has become from the outside world and after he has a mock battle with Sumi and Taka they joke about how he's now their slave and playfully demand him to make lunch. Lenore brings food to Hector in her plan to manipulate him into her slave and violently attacks him when he fights back. Only to give him one last berry in a (false) act of pity. Alucard freely gives his guests food as a show of friendship and trust, Lenore brings her 'guest' food as a way of feeding into the illusion that she's on his side.
  • Season 3 shows that Sypha adores the monster hunter lifestyle, showing a disturbing amount of glee towards her adventures with Trevor. This combined with her disillusionment with Speakers' methods of recording information compared to the Belmont Hold goes a long way of explaining why would she leave the Speakers and marry into the Belmont family.
  • Viewers of Season 2 mocked Trevor for trying to punch Dracula repeatedly, even after said blows didn't even make Dracula buckle. Season 3 begins with Trevor trying something similar on a werewolf, to similar effect—however, Trevor continues attacking and slowly begins to break the monster's bones (including its neck). Thus we learn the method to his madness: Trevor's hand-to-hand training already took into account the Super Toughness of the monsters the Belmonts fight...but with enough skill and persistence, the force of their blows will slowly damage the creatures (especially if they refuse to dodge from overconfidence) and allow for a more lethal blow. It probably just didn't work on Dracula because he was no ordinary vampire.
  • Why did Lenore make a point of mentioning that Striga, specifically, was the one who wanted Hector to wear a collar on their walk? Well, she did mention earlier that Striga rarely if ever thinks about Hector, so she might've been picking the sister she feels most sure will not go anywhere near Hector (and risk accidentally raising his suspicions about her by reacting with confusion to the collar or something) until her plan was finished.
  • One odd design difference between Lenore and the other vampires of Carmilla's court is that she seems to have rosy cheeks rather than being fully pale like the other sisters. Was it a mistake? Most likely not. Lenore sees herself as a diplomat to humanity. She tries to make herself look good, sweet and soft, all the better to socially deal with (and manipulate) humans. What better way to mimic human liveliness than by using abit of makeup to fake the blush of warm flesh?

    Fridge Horror 
  • Continuing a bit from the Bishop's resurrection as an unholy creature that still carries God's blessing, there's one huge question that comes to mind: what does this say about God in the Castlevania setting? The Blue Fangs show that God's love isn't unconditional, which implies he can spread his protection if he desires to, but because he doesn't, hundreds if not thousands of innocents have died which could've easily been stopped. Heck, the first thing Dracula does is blow up a Church before proceeding to teleport his castle atop the remains! Granted, the Church is genuinely being corrupt in the setting, but that does not excuse the fact that God hasn't made much, if any visible moves to counteract what could've been the end/enslavement of humanity.
    • It's in keeping with the games, really. There are a fair few monsters scattered throughout the various incarnations of the castle that used holy spells and iconography, and a number of protagonists who've used darker powers to fight them with. The ethics of the game seem to be that holiness and darkness are just tools, and it's how they're used that determines their morality; so too God, in the animation, if He exists.
    • If you look at the Old Testament, you'll see that there are instances of God's wrath and the punishment against humanity for sins. Remember, this is the guy who flooded the Earth, sent ten plagues against Egypt, and destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. It would make sense, in the context of the Old Testament, for the destruction rained down on Targoviste and Gresit to be a form of divine retribution for the variety of sins done in the name of God.
    • Or at least, God didn't intervene directly to thwart Dracula's plans, the people of Wallachia having reaped what they've sown. On the other hand, He did make sure Trevor Belmont was in the area, and met the exact people he needed to in order to be snapped out of his funk...
    • Of note is that when the undead Bishop blessed the river, he was killed by it as well due to standing in the water - and was set ablaze. If ever there was a justification to let the undead cast a miracle...
  • The child vampire's skull in the Belmont Hold is pretty chilling for a couple of reasons. For starters, we don't know if this was a kid that was turned by a vampire, a Dhampir like Alucard or a pure born vampire offspring of two other vampires. Either way, that kid ended up suffering for their short life before the Belmonts hunted them down and killed them. And, even if there's some justification for the Belmonts killing the kid, it's still sobering to think about adults killing kids and taking their skulls for hunting trophies.
    • Downplayed somewhat when you remember they are, well, vampires, in all likely the vampire was an adult but was simply turned young, of course there is still the fringe horror that a vampire would do that to a child
  • All the ordinary people of Wallachia who didn't leave when Dracula told them to. Too Dumb to Live, right? Well, remember that this was still a point in time where most people never left the town they were born in, much less the country. Travel is still expensive and time-consuming, not something the average peasant could undertake. Likely the overwhelming majority stayed put because they didn't have any ability to leave.
    • Alternatively, the ones who could leave were forbidden from doing so by the Church. It's not unreasonable to assume that the Church would twist people trying to escape Dracula's wrath as a grievous sin.
  • Even with Trevor, Sypha, and Alucard all working together and even in Dracula's blood-starved condition, it's clear from the word go that they don't stand a chance against him. For most of the "fight", it's all they can do just to survive. Hell, it takes all three of them to repel Dracula's Dark Inferno. So how the hell did Trevor's ancestors survive fighting him at his peak?
    • They didn't. The Belmonts have opposed Dracula since at least the 12th century. Dracula is still around. Trevor is the last Belmont, and Leon was the only one powerful enough to fight Dracula. All other attempts went... poorly.
    • If this is anything like the original timeline, there won't be a Belmont capable of beating Dracula for another century or so...
  • Why...just, WHY is Lisa in Hell? Because she loved Dracula? She tried to redeem him and actually came pretty close to doing so. Because she used advanced science and alchemy? She literally did nothing but heal and help people using it. Because the Church condemned her to burn at the stake? Her last moments of life, while burning in agony, were pleading with her incredibly powerful husband to spare the people who betrayed her. Lisa is the closest thing to a Christ allegory in the entire story (redeeming those considered abandoned and wicked, healing the sick, and begging for her powerful benefactor to forgive those who tormented and killed her), so if God let her go to Hell, then how many other people are there for reasons they can't even understand? It's possible that she chose to go down there (again, like Christ allegedly did) just so that she could be Together in Death with her beloved—but that also raises the concern that one can actually feel lonely in Heaven.
    • If Flies Eyes story is to be taken at face value, apparently getting into Heaven or Hell is a lot more complicated than "were you a good person or not." Dante's Inferno was all about how, given the rules of the Church, Hell is probably filled with people who, strictly speaking, probably shouldn't be there.
  • The entire flashback of Chō that Sumi and Taka tell Alucard is laden with this. As most commentors in the video say, Chō's fighting style isn't just flashy and a mere performance, she's basically acting as if it were all a song and dance to amuse her. She uses kabuki forms to mock him, have human spectators to watch his failed attempt to kill her. Even at the end, when the man attempts to reclaim his honor in traditional Japanese fashion, Chō steals that last moment away from him and proceeds to drain him, possibly turning him into a vampire and denying him the possibility of ever reclaiming it. In short, Chō's fight showcases that she completely dominates and humiliates her foes that come before her.
  • Related to that, take note of the guards present. Who's to say they didn't start out like the samurai in question, attempting to kill Cho, only to end up forced into servitude instead? And what are the chances he did end up joining their ranks? It's quite likely this is how Cho recruited, and it's quite possible other vampires do the same.


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