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NES and SNES Castlevanias:

  • The poster seen in this page is a near shot-for-shot recreation of the first Castlevania's box art, albeit with Trevor rather than Simon.
  • The series opens with Lisa knifing a bat that flies at her face.
  • As Trevor is evading the angry mob, he makes use of several items he finds around the town and on his person which are direct references to various sub-weapons Belmonts are known for, primarily his Knives and the Throwing Axe, plus the Torch from the lesser-known Haunted Castle. When he rallies the townsfolk against the demonic horde, he also makes use of Holy Water in a similar manner.
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  • When Trevor hits a goblin with his whip it explodes into Ludicrous Gibs, similar to how enemies in the NES games burst into flames upon death.
  • After entering Gresit, Trevor talks to the various villagers, in a manner reminiscent of gathering quest information from NPCs in Simon's Quest.
  • When Trevor agrees to recover the body of the Speaker Elder's grandchild (who's spoken of in gender neutral terms), he assumes it's his grandson. After finding out said missing grandchild is his granddaughter, he snarks that he wishes the Speakers would quit having their men and women dress the same, with Sypha saying afterward that it makes it "safer to travel [that way]". All of this is a reference to how Sypha's gender was (mistakenly) left ambiguous in Castlevania III.
  • Alucard emerges from a coffin like in Dracula's Curse. The ensuing duel with Trevor also mirrors Alucard being a Boss Fight before he can be playable.
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  • Trevor taking off his cloak in the third episode mirrors the opening of the game, where he whips off his cloak after praying.
  • The pillar of fire Dracula envelopes himself in before teleporting strongly resembles the beam of light he uses in the final battle of Super Castlevania IV.
  • Dracula's goblins' attack seems to parallel the first stage of Castlevania: Rondo of Blood.
  • Dracula's special attack is a straight up Dark Inferno.
  • Sypha's magic spells resemble Ice Needle, Gale Force and Flame. All classic Castlevanias' magic
  • Several different goblins in Season 2 resembles monsters from the series such as Slogra & Gaibon(Who still attack as a tag-team), Malphas (resembling the design used in the Castlevania: Lords of Shadow series) and a Minotaur.
  • Trevor upgrades his leather Vampire Killer with the morning-star Vampire Killer whip, likely a reference of the whip upgrades in the older games. However the morning-star whip already has a longer link, so Trevor doesn't need to upgrade it further.
    • In addition, he finds the upgraded whip in a hidden alcove behind a wall that he breaks by accident. While the whip upgrades themselves are in candles, stuff being hidden in walls is a classic Castlevania trope.
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  • One of the bandits who attack Isaac in the Season 2 finale is very similar to Grant Danasty.
  • One member of Isaac's monster horde is the series' iconic Fishman, complete with fireball breath attack.
  • Season 3 has a running gag of people complaining about a pirate who rides a ship on wheels. Likely referencing the fact that Grant was a pirate who was operating in a landlocked country.

IGA Castlevanias:

  • In a case of Colour-Coded for Your Convenience, the head art director for the show went with using the NES sprite colors as a palette reference while designing Dracula, Trevor, and Sypha to make them more recognizable for fans of the game. Alucard, on the other hand, uses a slightly simplified version of his Symphony of the Night design instead of his original NES look.
  • The series intro has Alucard holding his sword in front of his face, very similar to the box art from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.
  • Alucard's sword is shown flying through the air and fighting on its own, much like the Sword Familiar from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.
  • Episode 1 has a moment where Dracula is framed in such a way that it looks identical to his character image in text boxes from Symphony.
  • Alucard's coffin directly references Dracula's Curse. But since he hibernates to recover from wounds, it also mirrors the coffin save points in Symphony which fully restore the player's health (which the design seems to have been taken from).
  • The artefact Dracula uses to teleport the castle is a shape similar to the save points in Symphony (before the player uses them).
  • Alucard does one of his special moves from Symphony during his fight with Trevor. Specifically, the Alucard Sword's teleport slash.
  • Trevor paraphrases Edmund Burke's "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing", a nod to Symphony of the Night which had Alucard using the same quote in the Good Ending.
  • Blue Fangs, the demon that kills the Bishop, seems to be the show's equivalent of Pazuzu, who appears in Harmony of Dissonance as a boss, and in Symphony of the Night as the Lesser Demon.
  • Adding into Composite Character, the Cyclops now has an Eye Beam similar to Balore and Medusa.
  • When Lisa is arrested by the Bishop, she's wearing the same red dress as in her Symphony of the Night artwork and Alucard's nightmare.
  • Leon Belmont is still considered an early ancestor who started the hunt for Dracula. His portrait looks exactly the same as his in-game appearance as well.
  • When the holy water from the river floods into the castle, several vampires can be seen hopping backwards repeatedly to get away, in a very similar manner to Alucard's backwards jump in SotN. Possibly even referencing the way speedrunners would use it to move more quickly (as repeatedly back-dodging allows the player to move faster than just running).
  • A collection of tormented souls leaves Dracula as he is killed, similar to soul drops in the Sorrow duology. In addition, it is also similar to Richter's ending in Rondo of Blood, where waves of souls erupt from the windows as Dracula dies, but the castle itself does not collapse.
  • Dracula's lack of a One-Winged Angel transformation and preference for hand-to-hand combat is a nod to Order of Ecclesia, where instead of transforming, his attacks instead grow faster and fiercer.
  • When the gang storm the castle, Alucard begins the battle by transforming into his wolf form and charging to the end of the hall. This references the Soul of Wolf and Power of Wolf relics from Symphony of The Night.
  • While not from a main character, the Asian Vampiress Cho is seen using mist in her attacks, to move around and even to nullify Alucard's swipe through her head by dissipating into mist. Many fans can recall this as the power of Mist Form, something Alucard could use in Symphony of the Night and Harmony of Despair to avoid damage.
  • The Belmont family archives are all but literally an orgy of gagsnote : Near sprite-perfect renditons of the Cross, Axe, and Holy Water subweapons; as well as several potions and other healing items. A glass cabinet contains the remains of several enemies, from Medusa Heads and Axe Armor to Slogra and Gaibon(again), labeled with their actual bestiary numbers from Symphony of the Night.
  • Recurring Castlevania boss Legion makes an appearance in the 9th episode of Season 3, as a floating mass of mind controlled humans.
  • One of the monsters unleashed in the priory is recurring Metroidvania foe Cthulu (also called Malachi due to a translation error).
  • Trevor and Sypha start season 3 fighting a minotaur and a werewolf. While these two have been series staples, specifically pairing them together may be a nod to Symphony of the Night, where they were fought together as a dual boss.

3D Castlevanias:

  • The Speakers are said to have messages from the future, similar to St. Germain knowing of the Battle of 1999.
  • On the subject of Curse Of Darkness, the protagonist Hector appears in Season 2. While he never quite changes his allegiance to Dracula nor is he seen in combat, he does uses his devil-forging powers to create a goblin much like his Innocent Devil familiar.
  • Lenore, the "diplomat" of the quartet of vampires who Camilla forces Hector to work for in season 3 shares her name with Hector's The Lost Lenore and seduces him to bind him to their will.
  • The Belmont crest that Trevor has on his chest and back is near-identical to the Belmont coat-of-arms from the Lords of Shadow continuity.
  • Dracula's goblins are clearly based on the Vampire Warriors and Carmilla's monstrous One-Winged Angel design from Lords of Shadow.
  • The Belmont clan isn't originally from Wallachia: the family moved to the country when the monsters went east, specifically when Leon Belmont went chasing after Dracula. A painting of Leon can also be seen on the wall.
  • Minor example of Curse of Darkness, Godbrand is dressed more akin to Isaac in that game, and funnily enough, Isaac is dressed as the Isaac from the manga prequel.
  • Isaac is less similar to his game namesake and more to Death - he is a loyal friend who is willing to lay his life down for Dracula, he possesses necromancy and can revive the dead, and his tall, bald appearance resembles Death's human disguise from Curse of Darkness, Zead.
  • Season 3 Episode 10's title "Abandon All Hope" is a quoted reference from Dracula in Lords of Shadow 2, when Alucard and Dracula meet after Dracula defeats the Brotherhood of Light's invasion of the castle.
  • It’s unknown if it’s a coincidence or not, but this isn’t the first time Jason Isaacs has a role in a Castlevania project

Other:

  • A portrait of a very young Alucard shows him with messy hair reminiscent of Kid Dracula's.
  • A series-wide reference, a piece of meat can briefly be seen inside a crumbled section of wall while the group fights Dracula as a Freeze-Frame Bonus.


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