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"There is a darkness upon the land. A savior is needed."
Elder Speaker

Castlevania is a 2017 animated series for Netflix produced by Frederator Studios and animated by Powerhouse Animation Studios. It's based on the Castlevania series of games, specifically the prequel Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse with elements of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and Castlevania: Curse of Darkness thrown in.

As such, it deals with Trevor Belmont (Richard Armitage), the last living member of the disgraced Belmont clan of superpowered vampire slayers. When darkness in the form of Dracula (Graham McTavish) appears in Eastern Europe, Trevor must take a stand to continue his family's tradition of killing the Prince of Evil...

The series is written by Warren Ellis and produced by Adi Shankar. Season 1, consisting of four 22-minute episodes, premiered on July 7, 2017. A second season consisting of eight episodes premiered on October 26, 2018. A third season is already in the works as well.


Witness the teaser, if you dare.

Castlevania contains examples of:

  • Accomplice by Inaction:
    • The reason Dracula decides all of Wallachia has to pay for Lisa's execution. The Bishop burned her at the stake, but the people, even those who knew it was wrong, didn't dare speak up.
    • Trevor feels the same way, telling the Speakers' Elder that by not speaking out against the Church, the populace is just as to blame for the Belmonts' excommunication and the Speakers' current situation.
  • Adaptation Expansion:
    • In Castlevania III, the game the series is based on, the Belmonts had been exiled with Trevor the last living member of the family, but while the Church may have been behind it, there was no character that was as much of a raging jackass as The Bishop.
    • Vampire court politics are given a lot of focus in season 2.
  • Adaptational Villainy:
    • In the original games, the Church played a very minor supporting role in the story (Sypha herself worked as their agent instead of being a nomadic scholar) and outside of exiling the Belmonts, they were never actual enemies. In the series proper, one of their members is responsible for kicking off the plot in the first place by executing Lisa, their exceptional corruption is emphasized and they serve as secondary antagonists for Season 1- granted, the burning of Lisa via witch hunt is directly lifted from Symphony Of The Night making this use of the trope tie into the series as a whole better.
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    • Hector from Curse of Darkness receives this treatment in Season 2. Whereas he was The Hero of his own game who betrayed Dracula because he was slaughtering humans, here he has no such problem serving faithfully to his master because Hector himself hates humans too. The only real issue he has is that Dracula is lashing out at mankind without any direction and would prefer that humans were just culled instead of completely exterminated, even then he remains loyal to him. He does betray Dracula, but under completely different circumstances: he is tricked by Carmilla into turning on him while believing he is working towards a better way to serve him.
  • Adaptational Wimp: In an odd example, Dracula's castle itself. Rather than being an Eldritch Location and a manifestation of chaos that seemingly creates its own hordes and cannot be destroyed, the castle in the series is fairly mundane, save for its magical engines that allow it to teleport. And by the end of the second season, it doesn't even have that any more.
  • Adapted Out:
    • This appears to be the fate of Grant Danasty. As of the end of the second season, Grant is the only one of Trevor's companions from the game not to show up, nor has he been featured in any form of advertisement for the series.
    • A minor one, but at no point does "wall chicken" make an appearance in Season 1. The closest to the infamous recurring health item is when Trevor buys a piece of dried goat meat for breakfast after entering Gresit. The upgraded whip, however, IS found in a wall.
    • Dracula's Mooks in Season 1 are all demons from Hell resembling gargoyles except for a large wolf-like demon. Traditional game enemy fodder like skeletons, zombies, and Medusa heads have yet to appear. This is rectified in the second season, which features what are easily indentifiable as Slogras and Gaibons in one battle.
    • Dracula's most loyal supporter Death was nowhere to be found in the first two seasons. Instead, it seems his role is shared by Isaac and Hector.
  • Adult Fear:
    • Dracula's motive for his revenge on mankind is very understandable: his wife was murdered while he was travelling, and no one tried to intervene and save her. Take away the magic, and he was a man who found his home ransacked, his wife dead and their son stricken with grief.
    • A series of disasters have overtaken your homes, killing everyone including babies in the night. Your best hope, the Church, turns against innocent people.
    • The Elder Speaker fears outliving his grandchild, Sypha, as she had yet to return from the Catacombs on her quest. Had Trevor not come, she would never have returned.
    • Alucard has to face the reality that his father has gone too far in his wrath and has to be stopped by deadly force. In addition, he has to deal with the fact that his father became abusive in his anger after his mother was killed.
  • Anachronism Stew:
    • In spite of the game/animation being set in 1476, there are many elements from more modern time periods thrown in, like intricate machinery that raises Alucard's coffin, or the electric lights in the Cyclops' catacomb lair. Although this is explained in-universe; the reason Lisa comes to Dracula's castle is that he has scientific knowledge beyond that of regular humans. Also, this is on par with the games as a whole, which feature futuristic technology outside of the time period any given game is supposed to be set in.
    • The language also reflects this trope; it uses a lot more modern slang like "Fuck" despite it not being very adequate for the time period, while Alucard refers to Dracula's plans as "genocide", a term that wasn't coined until the 20th century (by people who needed a word for The Holocaust.)
  • And the Adventure Continues: Season 2 ends with Trevor and Sypha going off to deal with the now-leaderless survivors of Dracula's armies scattered across Wallachia.
  • Animated Adaptation: Of Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse, with dashes of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (Alucard's appearance and Lisa's death) and Castlevania: Curse of Darkness (Hector appearing in Season Two) thrown in.
  • Animesque: Considering what Frederator Studios' other, more well-known titles are like, this can come as a very shocking surprise to anyone expecting something a lot more cartoonish (or that they'd ever work on something so contrastingly serious in the first place).
  • Arc Villain: The Bishop, acting as one for the first season. His witch hunts set the plot in motion with the execution of Lisa Tepeș, and he also blames the Speakers for the demon invasion, sending an angry mob after the only people who were trying to fix the situation. Ultimately, Dracula is the bigger threat, and see Big Bad Wannabe for what happens to him during the fourth episode.
  • Artifact Title: Unlike most games in the franchise, not much of the show's action takes place in Dracula's castle as the title would lead you to believe. The thrilling second to last episode of season 2 very much compensates for it though. It can be argued, however, that the title remains relevant because we see the villains plotting and scheming on the castle and it's surroundings throughout the show.
  • Artistic License – Biology: The people of Gresit choose to dispose of their dead by witlessly dumping them into the dried riverbed. Without burning said bodies – and the infectious agents along with them – a typical Middle Ages city would be dead of disease in a few days. Although considering they'd just been attacked by Dracula's forces the previous night, and likely many nights beforehand, they'd likely not gotten around to it yet. There's also the fact that burning a corpse pile that big could possibly set what remains of the town ablaze; the second season also emphasizes that Dracula's armies take away many of the corpses so that Isaac and Hector can turn them into more monsters, so the bodies might not stay around long enough to decay.
  • Artistic License – Engineering: The entirety of Gresit stands on spacious catacombs while teeming with three-storied houses, giant walls, and towering cathedrals. In real life, this sort of city would instantly cave in on itself. This does somewhat happen in the final episode of Season One, where the main square crumbles and lets Trevor and Sypha find the Sleeping Soldier.
  • Artistic License – History:
    • The Church as it's depicted in the series is clearly Roman Catholic. The setting is in medieval Romania, however, which was and still is Eastern Orthodox. The games have a bit of this, too, though they were vague enough that it wasn't noticeable.
    • Tying into that, Eastern Europe never really had a wide-scale practice of executing witches; neither did Roman Catholicism, which actually deemed belief in witchcraft as heresy. Burning was a punishment carried out by secular authorities.
    • As in many vampire stories, Dracula here is supposed to be the historical Vlad the Impaler. This version of Dracula has clearly been a vampire and been in hiding for many years, enough to have fallen into legend in 1455, when the real Vlad was in his twenties. The series is primarily set during 1476, when Vlad the Impaler was still alive and currently ruling the country.
  • Asshole Victim: At times the series needs a victim to set some kind of plot or character motivation into play. Sometimes they're sympathetic people in bad circumstances, other times they're this trope.
    • Isaac's dim view of humanity was born with the abusive treatment he received at the hands of his care-taker, a man who he exacted a violent and painful vengeance against. In spite of his misanthropy he was perfectly willing to share a watering hole with a group of travellers at the series end; but the men simply wanted to enslave and possibly eat him. Isaac kills them and sets out on a new potentially evil path, but seeing who they were he hasn't quite lost his sympathetic edge.
    • To show the escalation of the villain's internal conflict and fully display how dangerous Isaac can be, a Sacrificial Lion is put into play. It ends up being Godbrand who, just a scene before, was eating children.
  • Author Appeal: Gorn, a Dung Ages setting, and explorations into the evils of religious fundamentalism freely mixed in with anecdotes about goat-fucking. Yup, it's a Warren Ellis work all right.
  • Badass Baritone: Dracula naturally, courtesy of Graham McTavish. He even goes deeper in tone when going for pure menace.
  • Badass Boast:
    • Trevor tries one in episode 2, though it doesn't remain impressive for long:
      Trevor: I'm Trevor fucking Belmont, and I've never lost a fight to man nor fucking beast! ...Oh shit!
    • Trevor gets a more heartfelt one in episode 3:
      Trevor: I don't know any of you. But that doesn't matter, does it? My family: the family you demonized and excommunicated, has fought and died through generations for this country. We do this thing... for Wallachia, and her people. We don't have to know you all. We do it anyway. And it's not the dying that frightens us; it's never having stood up and fought for you. I'm Trevor Belmont. Of the House of Belmont. And dying...has never frightened me.
    • Alucard has his own, which is as understated and reserved as he is:
  • Bar Brawl:
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: A story recounted by Bosha the goat herder near the end of the first episode, wherein he blinded someone by bashing him across the eyes with his shovel after finding him "fucking [one of his goats] to within an inch of its life". Carmilla in Season 2 also says that she would go through every man on Earth, half the women, and more than a few animals before she slept with Godbrand.
  • Big Bad: As with pretty much all Castlevania works, Dracula is the main antagonist. This time around he's unleashed a plague of demons and monsters upon the lands in retaliation for the Church burning his human wife at the stake as a witch. And the only way for our heroes to save the innocents being caught in his Roaring Rampage of Revenge is to take the vampire down. During Season 2, he shares this role with Carmilla when she secretly plans a coup to oust him.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: The Bishop is ultimately taken down very easily by Dracula's minions once they find him, shrugging off the idea of God still protecting him, and only bother taking their time killing him because of his direct role in Lisa's death and Dracula's revenge on Wallachia. Otherwise, he's not a threat at all. Even his attempt of killing the Speakers falls apart as soon as Trevor reveals to the mob that the Church was the one responsible for the demon invasion.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Season 2's finale.
    • Dracula is destroyed and his genocidal campaign halted; however, Carmilla gets away with her actions and enslaves Hector in order to take advantage of the power vacuum.
    • Isaac is raising his own undead forces in a distant desert region for some unknown purpose.
    • Trevor and Sypha go off to have more adventures (and it's implied that something romantic might bloom between them), but Alucard chooses to stay behind and safeguard the combined knowledge of Castlevania and the Belmont Hold. He ends the season alone, grieving for his parents' deaths, and grappling with the fact that he killed his father. The season ends with him breaking down in tears to hammer in the bitterness.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Alucard, Trevor, and Sypha, respectively.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: Than anything put out by Frederator Studios in the past. The very first episode includes wanton slaughter of civilians, including children, complete with blood, gore, and entrails lining the streets.
  • Both Sides Have a Point: Alucard and Dracula's argument over his plan to Kill All Humans. Alucard is right that he can't kill all humans for what one person did and even suggests going after the Bishop who ordered Lisa's death, but Dracula makes a damn good point that anyone could have stood up for Lisa, but chose not to do so.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Unlike the game, where Sypha has long hair she keeps hidden in her robes, this incarnation has her hair cut short. Lampshaded by her telling Trevor that the Speakers traditionally dress their girls and women as boys to safeguard them while traveling.
  • Broad Strokes: How the show seems to treat Lament of Innocence, given that Leon Belmont is still acknowledged as the first Belmont to come into conflict with Dracula, chasing him all the way to Wallachia from France. However, no mention is made of Dracula's original human identity as Matthias Cronqvist, nor is any mention made of his first wife Elisabetha, who's death was the whole reason Matthias became Dracula in the first place, with Lisa being firmly established as Dracula's only human love. Dracula is also treated as the only master of the castle as well, with no mention ever being made of Walter Bernhard. There's also no indication-at least not yet at any rate- that the Morning Star/Vampire Killer whip is imbued with the spirit of Leon's lost love Sara Trantoul.
  • Burn the Witch!: Lisa's death, which is the event that starts off the entire plot of the series.
  • Bystander Syndrome: Brought up throughout the first season: Dracula blames "innocent" humans for doing nothing to save his wife from being burned at the stake, and Trevor paraphrases a line from Edmund Burke about how evil can succeed when good people do nothing when lamenting the fate of the Belmont clan.
  • Call-Back: In the second episode, Trevor is kicked in the testicles twice during a bar fight. In the fourth, he attempts the same on Alucard, who dryly states, "Please. This isn't a bar fight. Have some class."
  • Came Back Strong: A villainous example. The living Bishop of Gresit might have been abandoned by God, but the reanimated one has enough favour with God to bless an entire river, resulting in the deaths of many vampires due first to Carmilla's betrayal then later to the floods resulting from Castlevania's many movements.
  • Cannot Cross Running Water: The vampire generals talk about this superstition in "Old Homes" when Carmilla brings up attacking a river town. Isaac and Hector are skeptical, while Godbrand, a Viking, denies it. Later, they're seen crossing a bridge with no problem — at least not until the water is blessed.
  • Canon Foreigner: The Bishop responsible for burning Lisa and kicking off the plot in the first place was created solely for the series. Godbrand in Season 2 is an prominent character that also has no game counterpart.
  • Catchphrase: Trevor "I don't care" Belmont.
  • Character Blog: The series's official Twitter is done in-character as Trevor.
  • Christianity Is Catholic: A rather egregious instance, considering that the majority of real life Romanian citizenry is Eastern Orthodox. Although it's stated that the region's clergy has become corrupt and self-righteous, so maybe they decided to make a change in decorations, too. The Bishop's smug Info Dump as Trevor leaves the Church reveals that he's planning on using Dracula's invasion to rebuild the clergy into his own vision of how the Church was supposed to be. Hell, the only reason he was sent to Gresit in the first place was a "difference in clerical discipline" between him and the Archbishop.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Most of the characters drop obscenities when they speak, even the priests, and especially Trevor.
  • Contrived Coincidence:
    • While God has no love for the bishop or his corrupt cronies, it seems fortuitous that the one man who could save the people of Gresit arrives, and in just under a day, not only exposes the Bishop's evil, but helps remove the corrupt priests (namely by killing them in self-defense), saves the live of a heroic girl, trains the townsfolk to fight demons, and stops the hordes of demons from taking any more lives that night, and finds Alucard, gaining two allies to help save the people of this country.
    • During Season 2, the heroes just so happen to summon Dracula's castle as it's getting invaded by Carmilla's forces. While it doesn't really affect much for the heroes or Dracula, Carmilla's coup ends up completely ruined since her armies get destroyed during the ensuing chaos. In a further coincidence, her forces are destroyed by the very holy water she has the undead bishop create to initially only harm Dracula's forces. The movement of the castle causes it to get into the river and flood the hall, killing many vampires inside.
  • Corrupt Church: It'd be easier to list the amount of times the Church didn't mess up in a colossal way or pin the blame on the wrong people just for being different which is exactly once when Trevor commissions a local priest to consecrate some holy water during the nightly demon raid. It also didn't help their reputation that the Catholic Church in Wallachia was directly responsible for Dracula putting a death sentence on the human race when they burned Lisa at the stake for being a witch. Even the show's equivalent of Pazuzu calls out just how corrupt and self-righteous the Church has become, claiming that their actions makes God puke before biting the Bishop's face off.
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: When Dracula is preparing to build his army, Alucard, of all people, suggests that he go after the church officials directly responsible for Lisa's death rather than condemn all of humanity for the actions of a few men. Sadly, Dracula is long past the point of caring who killed Lisa.
  • Crapsack World: Wallachia turns into quite the hellhole after Dracula unleashes his legions upon it. Most of the major cities quickly fall, and the ones that haven't yet are ruled over by a corrupt church that pins the blame for nightly raids by monsters on whatever targets can be conveniently labeled as heretics.
  • Crazy-Prepared: The Belmont family as a whole. Ever since Leon Belmont moved the family from France to Wallachia, they have been gathering all they can about the supernatural and monsters. They even prepared a multilayered vault protected by a magic door that holds books written in Adamic, the original human language before God separated it during the Tower of Babel, ancient spells designed by past Belmonts, magic artifacts like a magic mirror that can see anywhere, corpses of monsters the Belmonts have killed and various weapons.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Dracula versus anyone who isn't Dracula. He soundly overpowers all three protagonists at once and is only defeated after a Heel Realization.
    • Isaac kills Godbrand with little difficulty despite the latter's power and effort.
  • Darker and Edgier: Than anything from the video game series up to this point, with heaping helpings of detailed gore, swearing, and a conscious absence of Improbable Infant Survival. Also counts for Frederator Studios; before Castlevania, they mostly did child-friendly shows for kids' networks.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    • Trevor, all the way. It might seem that the man has an untold stash of caustic remarks reserved for every occasion.
    • Sypha dabbles in this via Toilet Humour.
  • Death of a Child:
    • Not even children are spared the wrath of Dracula's hordes. One goblin is seen carrying a dead baby in its mouth.
    • In season 2, several of Dracula's generals raid a whole town. Children are among the many victims.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Trevor Belmont is given billing focus and is expected to be the one to destroy Dracula because that is just what Belmonts are expected to do. Ultimately, it's Alucard who deals the killing blow to Dracula, as he is the one with a much more personal investment than Trevor has, despite Dracula being his family's Arch-Enemy.
  • Defeat Equals Explosion: A solid hit from Trevor's whip will cause demons to swell and explode. The Morningstar in Season 2 is even more spectacular.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Season 1 ends with Trevor's fight with Alucard, although Blue Fangs — who is fought just before — is more fitting an example of this, as Alucard's battle with Trevor is more or less a Secret Test of Character.
  • Disproportionate Retribution:
    • Dracula decides to exterminate the population of Wallachia for the execution of his wife, Lisa. While Dracula is understandably upset at his wife's death, Alucard points out that the former's revenge will kill many more people who were just as innocent as Lisa. Unfortunately, by this point Dracula doesn't believe anyone is innocent.
    • A throwaway line in Season 2 suggests that the person who tipped off the Church to Lisa's activities was the village's old medicine woman, who was angry about losing her job.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Lisa, a woman who wanted to heal people and make the world a better place, is brutally executed for heresy. Her last words are "Forgive them, they don't know what they're doing."
  • The Dreaded: The Belmont clan to vampires. News of a possible Belmont is enough to divide the vampire's war council about how to deal with him. Trevor just entering the castle in episode 7 of season 2 is enough to get ALL the vampires to stop fighting each other in an attempt to kill Trevor as quickly as possible.
  • Dub Name Change: Averted in the Japanese dub. Long time fans of Castlevania will know that when the third installment was brought over from Japan, the vampire hunter known as Ralph was renamed Trevor. This was seemingly to forever remain an overseas change as the character continued to be called Ralph in Japan, until this animated series made its way over there and his overseas name was retained, marking the first time Japanese audiences were introduced to the character as Trevor, and not Ralph.
  • Due to the Dead: Lisa's neighbor lays a floral bouquet on the remains of her home after it is destroyed. Dracula thanks her by giving her advance warning to take her family and flee before he begins his attack.
  • Elite Mooks: Dracula's generals. Whereas the lesser vampire troops are taken out en mass by Trevor, Sypha, and Alucard in the blink of an eye; the generals take a bit more effort to individually defeat. Some require a bit of team work to overcome.
  • Enemy Civil War: By the end of season 2, Carmilla has betrayed Dracula and plans to usurp him.
  • Enemy Mine: In "For Love" the Dracula and Carmilla factions of vampires in the main hall stop their fighting each other upon the arrival of Trevor, Sypha, and Alucard.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Blue Fangs makes it very clear that the bishop, and the Church as a whole, completely disgusts him, and that they shame God.
  • Evil Is Petty: The medicine woman in Lisa's hometown that accuses her of witchcraft to the Church is just a bitter old woman who hates that Lisa's medicines actually worked and caused her to get run out of town.
  • Evil Versus Oblivion: A major conflict that develops within Dracula's forces in Season 2. Carmilla begins to undermine and scheme against Dracula viewing him as mad and inefficient. His senseless slaughter of humans will leave their own race without a food source, potentially killing them as well. Carmilla hates humans to, but would seek to control them and attain power for herself; Dracula's depression drives him to a goal of total annihilation of everything.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: At the end of season 2, Sypha explains to Alucard when she summons Dracula's castle to their location, she locked it permanently onto the ground above the Belmont Hold, the hold buried deep underground and covered by dirt, stone and wood. Now there is a huge castle atop it. They realize it would be best to get out of the area before something bad happens
  • Eye Scream:
    • When fighting one of the Bishop's men, Trevor whips his left eye out of the socket. Later, the poor bastard gets shot in his right eye with an arrow fired by a fellow priest.
    • Unsurprisingly, the cyclops is killed after being stabbed in its single eye.
    • Isaac in Season 2 seems to be rather fond of gouging out people's eyes with his thumbs.
  • Facial Horror: Isaac uses his spiked belt to tear off the face of one of the bandits who attacks him in the Season 2 finale.
  • Fat Bastard: The Targoviste archbishop is quite obese, and he decided to celebrate the anniversary of Lisa's death.
  • Femme Fatalons:
    • The Targoviste archbishop has these and, as expected, he's a fanatic who decides to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Lisa's death.
    • Dracula for obvious reasons. Season 2 reveals that they're common to vampires in general, and they're sharp and durable enough to scratch stone.
  • Fingore: Trevor removes a priest's finger when disarming him with Vampire Killer. He apologizes profusely as he was only trying to pull his stave away:
    Trevor: Oh, hell - I'm sorry. I was trying to snatch the stave out of your hand. How's your finger?
  • Flash Step: Alucard performs a few to hit Trevor from behind. It's recognizable as his signature backstab skill when wielding his personal sword in the games, Battle Aura and all.
  • Follow in My Footsteps: Lampshaded by Alucard when discussing why he (and indirectly Trevor) feel they must stop Dracula:
    Alucard: Because it is what my mother would have wanted. And we are all, in the end, slaves to our families' wishes.
  • The Fundamentalist: The bishop has Lisa executed because she was using medicine instead of prayer to heal people, and outright says that the archbishop "would prefer that life in Wallachia be kept simple" (i.e. an uneducated, easily manipulated populace). He's also utterly convinced that anyone not directly in service to the church (like the Belmonts or the Speakers) is an evil heretic that must be destroyed, and sees himself as the ultimate religious authority in Wallachia due to all the other major cities (and by extension, every priest who was his equal or superior in them) being destroyed by Dracula's forces.
  • Godzilla Threshold: The Belmont family was sent away from the land because of their superpowered nature. Who else but a Belmont could defeat Dracula?
  • Gorn: In the first episode alone, Dracula's legions are shown horrifically eviscerating people, tearing them to shreds and strewing their remains through the streets. Gresit, as shown in the second episode, is similarly decorated in blood, corpses, and body parts.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: When Blue Fangs "kisses" the Bishop (i.e. bites his face clean off), the scene cuts to the church's stained glass windows depicting indifferent-looking saints.
  • Greater-Scope Paragon: Leon Belmont is this to the Belmont family as he has prepared an underground library to prepare to fight Dracula and night he's sworn to.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Vlad Dracula Tepeș, who barely shows up in the first season, leaving the Belmont fighting and countryside terrorizing to lesser antagonists.
  • Groin Attack:
    • Happens to Trevor a couple of times during his Bar Brawl:
    Trevor: Would you please...leave my testicles alone?!
    Alucard: Please. This isn't a bar fight. Have some class.
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Sypha uses her magic from afar in combat, while Trevor and Alucard prefer a more hands-on approach with their weapons (and body, in Alucard's case).
  • Heel–Face Turn: In season 2, Alucard discusses the concept of this in regards to his father. He believes his mother was trying to change Dracula slowly, to move away from his truly darker aspects, to use his knowledge and wisdom of ages to help better people everywhere. She might have succeeded if not for her brutal execution at human hands.
  • Hero Antagonist: Alucard duels with Trevor after being discovered in the catacombs. Trevor figures out Alucard is a vampire, and that his resting place sharing resemblances to Dracula's castle, leading Trevor to one conclusion that Alucard purposely doesn't correct, right away. However, Alucard's only there in the first place to recover from injuries sustained when he tried to stop Dracula from unleashing his demonic army. When his duel with Trevor reaches a draw, he agrees to help Trevor and Sypha to fight Dracula.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity:
    • The Belmonts were excommunicated by the church for their dealings in magic when fighting the forces of darkness. Trevor carries this stigma with him.
    • Similarly, the Speakers, including Sypha, are blamed by the church for attracting Dracula's legion, with the bishop whipping the people of Gresit into an Angry Mob to kill them. Neither Trevor or the Speakers are too happy about this belief:
      Corrupt Priest: Witch!
      Sypha: No! I am a Speaker, and a scholar of magic. I serve no demon and I do no evil.
  • He's Back: After presumably years of wandering Wallachia after the Church had all of his family killed and his house burned, Trevor Belmont returns to his roots as a defender of innocent people when he saves the Speakers from the mob.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Subtly implied. Among the vampire skulls in the Belmont Hold is at least one that is noticeably smaller than the others, implying the Belmonts have killed child vampires. Alucard doesn't comment, but it's clear he's not happy about finding it.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard:
    • The priest that leads the mob to attempt to kill Trevor ends up killed by the mob when Trevor reveals that it was the Church - particularly, the current Bishop of Gresit - that caused Dracula's rampage.
    • The first step of Carmilla's plan to backstab Dracula was blessing a river and transforming it into Holy Water, and then dropping Dracula's troops into the water. Sypha destroys most of her troops when she accidentally teleports the castle right into the river, flooding the entire city and killing almost every vampire in the streets.
  • Holy Burns Evil:
    • Holy water and Sypha's magic ice spikes made from that water burn Dracula's demons.
    • Trevor's consecrated whip causes them to explode. The Morning Star flail is similarly consecrated.
    • The Bishop's church at the end of season 1 averts this because the Bishop's actions have desanctified the hallowed ground and demons enter it to kill him.
    • In Season 2, the undead Bishop is able to bless a whole river, so any vampire who falls into it or the waters touch burns up quickly.
  • Humans Are Bastards: What Dracula wholeheartedly believes. He didn't have much love for humans before he met Lisa, but once she was executed for being a witch, all bets were off. When Alucard attempts to talk Dracula down, claiming that his wrath will kill a lot of innocent people, Dracula snaps at him:
    Dracula: There are no innocents! Not anymore!
  • Human Resources: In the second season Hector starts turning the bodies of slaughtered Wallachians into demons, in order to boost Dracula's legions.
  • Human Shield: Trevor uses the Knife Nut priest as one when another tries shooting him with arrows.
  • Hypocritical Humor: After getting kicked in the groin by Trevor during their duel (to no avail), Alucard tells him "this is no bar fight" and to fight with class. After being slashed in the chest by Trevor, Alucard forgets his own advice and punches Trevor across the room.
  • Idiot Ball:
    • The people of Wallachia's reaction to Dracula's one year deadline to make their peace with God is to completely ignore it, and hold a celebration on the anniversary of Lisa's death. Dracula is not amused, has Castlevania erupt from the ground and destroy the Targoviste cathedral, then releases an army of demons which kill everyone in the city and begins to raze the countryside:
      Dracula: One year. I gave you one year to make your peace with your God. And what do you do? Celebrate the day you killed my wife. One year I gave you, while I assembled my armies. And now I bring your death. You had your chance.
    • The three men that jump Trevor in the bar take turns holding this. A normal reaction would be to not attack a member of a family famous for fighting monsters and demons.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Dracula has a field of skeletons on stakes in front of his castle.
  • Implied Love Interest: The second season sets up sparks between Trevor and Sypha, with the finale implying that it could bloom into something more.note 
  • Impoverished Patrician: Trevor Belmont, last member of the fallen noble house, who wanders the countryside with nothing more than a satchel of diminishing coins in his pocket.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Upon hearing that Dracula's Horde was seen near town, Piter runs to the pub and demands an ale which he downs in one breath before informing the other patrons of the news.
  • Infinity +1 Sword: The Morningstar whip that Trevor gets from the Belmont keep. It's so powerful that it kills any demon or vampire in one hit and while Dracula is too strong for it to finish him with a single stroke, it is powerful enough to bring him to his knees with a solid shot to the body.
  • Insistent Terminology: Bosha insists Kob is his cousin because Kob came out of Bosha's aunt, not caring for the fact they share the same father.
  • Irony: When Dracula convenes his war council, he condemns humanity for being deceitful, treacherous liars deserving of nothing less than wholesale genocide. In the end, however, the vampiric generals under his command are every bit as cunning and conniving as the humans he so despises, and the only allies he has who are unambiguously loyal are the two humans he took under his wing. Of course Dracula reveals he knows killing humanity will wipe out vampirekind, making their extinction an intended consequence of wiping out humanity.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch:
    • The bishop is devoured by demons inside his own church, as one calmly explains that even God is disgusted with him.
    • In the Season 2 finale, Isaac gruesomely kills a group of bandits that tried to sell into slavery and implied to wanting to eat him, and later raises their corpses as goblins.
  • Kill It with Fire: Dracula and his minions display the ability to command fire, and Trevor makes a comment implying that fire is fairly useless as a weapon against them. However, Sypha has no problem using magic to burn vampiric legions.
  • Kill It with Water: Trevor has a priest gather water to make into holy water, which burns Dracula's goblins. In Season 2, Carmilla has the newly-revived Bishop of Gresit consecrate an entire river at Braila as part of a trap for Dracula's troops.
  • Knight Templar: The bishop is obsessed with burning out his view of sin. Whenever someone rises up with a different belief, he condemns them as a heretic that is harming society and seeks to have them killed. He sees the church as the highest authority and uses the chaos brought by Dracula to rise up in the ranks. Trevor himself is taken aback not just by the man's cruelty, but by the utter conviction he has in his deluded morality.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: They stop hiding Sypha's gender soon after her petrification wears off. And rather than having his original design from Castlevania III Alucard is shown to be a Pretty Boy like in his appearance in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.
  • The Legions of Hell: Dracula's army is composed of demonic creatures that only attack at night and are commanded to slaughter everyone in Wallachia.
  • Light Is Not Good: Carmilla's army wears white and silver armor, but are all vampires that are just as bloodthirsty as she is.
  • Made of Explodium: Downplayed with Trevor's Vampire Killer whip, as demons exploding on contact with it is the result of it being consecrated. Played straight with the Morning Star whip, which glows brighter as its mace-tip gains momentum and explodes in a huge burst of fire when it strikes something at high speed.
  • Magitek: Dracula seems to operate with a knowledge of Steam Punkarcane tech” beyond the parameters of the era. He admits that his castle was designed to be an Airborne Aircraft Carrier, and the lighting and plumbing in Alucard's lair beneath Gresit (according to Trevor's grandfather's accounts) are also in Dracula's castle. This is seen as strange and mystical to others given the time period, evoking Clarke's Third Law.
  • Mauve Shirt: The Bishop's two main priests that Trevor maims are some of the most recurring of the minion characters. The bearded one is usually the main speaker for the group and rallies the mob and the bald one is their best fighter. Even the short flashback at the beginning of season 2 features them and the bald priest is the only one who explicitly returns, alongside the Bishop, as a particularly skilled demon.
  • Meaningful Echo:
    • Trevor paraphrases the Speaker Elder about not being afraid to die into the faces of four corrupt priests in the climax of third episode.
    • Before the final battle with Dracula, Alucard repeats the words he spoke to his father before his war with humanity: "I grieve with you...but I won't let you commit genocide."
  • Merging the Branches: In the original game, Trevor couldn't meet both Sypha and Alucard in a single playthrough. Here, both characters become valuable allies that fight alongside Trevor in the final battle.
  • Mexican Standoff: The Season 1 finale has one of these between Trevor and Alucard. Alucard is in a position to bite Trevor's neck, but if he does so Trevor will stake him through the heart. Sypha breaks the stalemate by charging a fireball about a foot from Alucard's head, giving him two threats to think about. Turns out that Alucard was just testing them to see if they had what it took to fight Dracula.
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: Trevor finds an old treasure box containing the Vampire Killer Morningstar whip, an even more effective whip stronger than his standard Vampire Killer leather whip.
  • Mohs Scale of Violence Hardness: Level 9. There's buckets of blood, and it loves strewing about entrails, but the violence itself isn't particularly intense, making it a fairly light Level 9.
  • Multinational Team: Dracula's vampire generals clearly come from all over the world, ranging from Europe to the Middle East to India to China.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: Isaac to Dracula, mostly because he too believes all Humans Are Bastards.
  • My Name Is Inigo Montoya: Trevor introduces himself this way when preparing to face off with the Bishop's men. Also, during the bar fight, he says "I'm Trevor fucking Belmont, and I've never lost a fight to man nor fucking beast."
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: When Sypha comes across the Belmont Hold, a collection of generations of books on vampires, monsters, and magic, she realizes the true value of writing one's knowledge down. A million Speakers over two generations couldn't pass down what is all in this repository.
  • Mythology Gag: Aplenty.
    • Trevor throws an axe in season 1, in a fight to defend the Speakers, and it moves in quite an arc.
    • The more powerful whip Trevor finds isn't called "Vampire Killer" or "Combat Cross" it's called "The Morning Star", a morning star was the whip powerup item for the platformers Castlevania I - (Super) IV.
      • Trevor finds the Morning Star whip hidden in a small chamber behind a broken wall. Not exactly a roast chicken, but close enough.
    • After the first season mostly had shadowy monsters of vague design with no real semblance to Castlevania mainstays, a Slogra and a Gaibon ambush the heroes in season 2 (alongside some other creatures), and several other recognizable beings assault the Belmont hold.
    • Speaking of the Belmont hold. Nearly everything in the Belmont hold. Among others, a White Dragon is suspended on wires, and a painting (and direct reference to) Leon Belmont is made as the one who created the hold.
  • Never My Fault: The bishop stubbornly insists that the reason Dracula's hordes are attacking is because of the presence of witches, excommunicates and non-Christians in Wallachia, even though Dracula publicly and explicitly stated that his war was in retaliation for the witch burning that the Bishop himself personally ordered.
  • No Ontological Inertia: Justified. When the cyclops falls, each of its victims immediately de-petrifies. As Trevor explains, this variety of cyclops uses its magic to keep its victims in their state because it leaves them conscious and aware of their surroundings so it can feed on their fear. Unfortunately, all the damage done to the "statues" persists when the spell keeping them petrified ends, meaning that the undamaged Sypha was the only one who actually survived the transition back to flesh-and-blood, while the other statues that were shattered reflect grievous mutilations when reverting back to their true form.
  • Noodle Incident: After No-Selling Trevor's Groin Attack, Alucard says their duel "isn't a bar fight" which implies he's been in a Bar Brawl before. One wonders when and why...
  • No-Sell: Seems to run in Dracula's family:
    Alucard: Please. This isn't a bar fight. Have some class.
    ** Trevor's punches to Dracula's face in their confrontation are utterly ignored by the vampire, who continues talking as if nothing was happening.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Even though the entire plot arc takes place in southeastern Europe, most of the cast is voiced by actors of American/British origin.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: Alucard's description of what the world will be like without humans. While everything will be the exact same as it was, there will be no humanity, ever again.
  • Not Hyperbole: Dracula's speech when he appears in the flames of Lisa's pyre. He makes a damn good effort to hold it up:
    Dracula: I give you one year, Wallachians. You have one year to make your peace, and remove any marks you have made upon the land. One year, and then I'll wipe all human life from the land of Wallachia. You took that which I love, so I will take from you everything you have, and everything you have ever been. One year.
  • Not So Above It All: Alucard, who treats his duel with Trevor as a very serious matter and even admonishes him for using a Groin Attack ("Have some class"), finally just ends the fight by punching Trevor square in the face.
  • Oh, Crap!":
    • When Sypha manages to stop Dracula's Castle from moving, and pins it to a location.
      Alucard: Sypha, where did you trap the castle?
      Sypha: Right on top of us! [realises what she said] Oh
    • When Isaac reveals that a raiding party's death was likely caused by Alucard. And that there was a Belmont with him. Godbrand doesn't get why that's an issue, but Carmilla buries him in expletives why this is indeed, a bad thing.
  • One-Woman Wail: The teaser (or rather the second half of the teaser) starts off with this.
  • Ornamental Weapon: Subverted. In artwork for the games and even in sprites/renders, Trevor and the other Belmonts carry swords that they never use in gameplay, but here Trevor wields his sword almost as much as the Vampire Killer whip.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: They are very standard ones as super-strong and fast undead with sharp features like Pointy Ears and Femme Fatalons. They can be killed with holy artifacts, decapitation and wooden stakes, while sunlight and running water is said to be unpleasant to them. Some might display other powers like teleportation, shape-shifting and telekinesis to name a few. It's possible for them to interbreed with humans and their children will be significantly more powerful since they have all their abilities, but none of their weaknesses. They also look significantly more human-like than their vampire parents, lacking the sharp nails and ears, and shedding normal tears instead of Tears of Blood.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • In what he describes as his last act of kindness, Dracula warns Lisa's neighbor (the one who came to pay respects to her memory) to take her family and flee Wallachia before he destroys it.
    • When all that stands between his furious son, a Belmont, and a speaker Witch and himself is Isaac, who would give his mortal life for his immortal one, Dracula casts him through a magic mirror, which takes him to (presumable) safety.
  • Pivotal Wake-up: Alucard does this, though not at a classic ninety degree angle; he pretty much floats out of the coffin.
  • Plucky Girl: Lisa. Having exhausted all of her other alternatives, she quite literally bangs her fist on the door of a vampire lord's castle and demands to be shown the tools of science. Dracula finds her antics amusing.
  • Power Perversion Potential: In Season 2, in the Belmont Hold, Sypha discovers one spell book which is a collection spells regarding penises. Nothing more is said of what they might do.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Hector takes this stance on Dracula's plan. While he shares his master Dracula's hatred of humanity, Hector would prefer that humans be culled or herded rather than wiped out. Since Hector himself is human, he knows what humanity is capable of under the right circumstances.
  • Precision F-Strike: Carmilla on witnessing Castlevania being dragged around the town of Braila, then disappearing altogether to the Belmont estate, wiping out most of her forces in the process.
    Carmilla: What the fuck was that?
  • Prolonged Prologue: The entire first season is more or less an explanation about the world of Castlevania, where Dracula only appears in the first episode (itself a prologue to what is itself effectively a prologue), and the quest to kill Dracula only truly begins at the end of the fourth episode — which is the last of the season. Thankfully, the second season was greenlit the day that the series made its debut on Netflix.
  • Put Them All Out of My Misery: By Season 2, it's clear that Dracula's not just content with wiping out the population of Wallachia, he wants to exterminate all of humanity. He's not all that concerned about the implications for the rest of the vampires, either, and is apparently using the whole thing as an elaborate suicide attempt.
  • Quality over Quantity: Carmilla's army may have the number, but only a handful of Dracula's surviving loyalists is able to hold them off.
  • Rain of Blood: The invasion of Dracula's army is preceded by a rain of blood and dead demon fetuses falling from the skies.
  • Rasputinian Death: At the end of season 2, Dracula is staked by Alucard, the withered corpse is then beheaded by Trevor, and the remains are burned by Sypha just to make sure Dracula stays dead.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • When Sypha enters the Belmont Hold, the collected knowledge of generations of Belmonts on vampires and other malicious monsters of the dark, she realizes how her people are fools for not writing down their knowledge. She notes that a million Speakers couldn't pass down in two generations the wealth of knowledge being held in this place.
    • When the stairs to the Belmont's vault are destroyed, Sypha creates a giant pillar of ice to lift her, Trevor, and Alucard. Then she throws it into a faraway forest, saying that it would have melted and ruined all the books in the vault.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: The bishop gets a coldly menacing one from Blue Fangs right before he's devoured face first:
    Blue Fangs: God is not here... this is an empty box. Your God's love is not unconditional. He does not love us, and He does not love you. Your life's work makes Him puke. Your God knows that we wouldn't be here without you.
  • Retraux: The teaser begins with someone booting up a Nintendo Entertainment System version of Netflix to bring up the footage of Castlevania.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Of the two forgemasters, Hector chooses to betray Dracula and Isaac doesn't. Hector ends up chained, beaten up and dragged behind a horse by Carmilla, as a slave to make an army for her when she gets home. Isaac on the other hand is saved by Dracula himself by being sent away for his own good, and begins building up an army by the end of season 2 - amusingly with one of his new army being dragged behind Isaac's horse like Hector.
  • Rugged Scar: Trevor has the "cut over one eye" variation on the left side of his face. Alucard has a scar across his chest from his first battle with Dracula.
  • Run or Die: Dracula tells this to the last woman Lisa treated before being taken and executed by the church.
    Dracula: She said to me, "If you would love me as a man, then live as a man. Travel as a man."
    Villager: She said you were traveling.
    Dracula: I was. The way men do. Slowly. No more. I do this last kindness in her name, she who loved you humans and cared for your ills. Take your family and leave Wallachia tonight. Pack and go, and do not look back. For no more do I travel as a man.
  • Sadly Mythtaken: In-universe: Sypha claims that God destroyed the Tower of Babel and brought about the existence of different languages as a malicious act intended to prevent humans from cooperating. From their confused looks, Trevor and Alucard clearly know better, but stop short of correcting her.
  • Salt Solution: Trevor teaches the villagers to bathe their blades in salt to cut through Dracula's demons.
  • The Scapegoat: The Belmonts and the Speakers are both blamed by the church and the populace for inviting Dracula's legion upon them due to their dealings in the arcane.
  • Secret Test of Character: In "Monument," Alucard duels with Trevor when told he is of the monster-hunting Belmont clan. This is not only to determine his strength and skills, but to see if his resolve to kill Dracula is stronger than his will to live. To Alucard's bemusement, Trevor passes with flying colors. It also turns out to be one for Sypha as well, by accident, as she proved to be willing to kill Alucard when he threatened to kill Trevor.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Hector got his start with his misanthropy when he burned his abusive mother alive in their house. Alucard, being the one to deal the death blow to Dracula, also counts as this.
  • Sequel Hook: At the end of season 2, Carmilla declares there is an Evil Power Vacuum left in the wake of Dracula's death and other vampire lords will try to fill the gap. With her armies devastated by Sypha's spell, she enslaves Hector to make her an demonic army like Dracula's. Meanwhile, Isaac is exiled to an distant desert and decides to raise his own demon army for some unknown purpose.
  • Shaming the Mob: Trevor manages to turn the mob against the priests rallying them by pointing out that the bishop was the one to blame for Dracula's war against humanity in the first place.
  • Shirtless Scene: Alucard awakens wearing only a pair of really tight pants, boots, and a pair of belts. On top of that, he only stops to pick up his shirt and coat after his fight with Trevor, which takes up the majority of the latter half of episode 4.
  • Shrouded in Myth: Dracula. When he appears after Lisa's execution, the mayor of Targoviste recognizes the name, but protests that he was supposed to be a myth, while the bishop refuses to even believe that he exists, despite the twenty-foot high head made of fire that is talking to him. And according to Trevor, nobody even knows what he looks like.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Just as a defeated Blue Fangs is howling at Trevor and Sypha that Dracula has an army of demons, Trevor shuts him up with a crack of his whip, splitting his head in two.
  • Silent Credits: The final episode of Season 2 has no music at all during the end credits, following Alucard's breakdown at the loss of both of his parents.
  • Sinister Minister: Not just the bishop, but the priests under his influence. Trevor casually points out that they act rather un-priestly (hassling old men, carrying edged weapons, and using dirty language), and for contrast, he later requests an actual, ordained priest to come forward and help save Gresit from the demons.
  • Sky Face: Dracula, twice. The first time around he uses this trick to give the people of Targoviste a warning, and the next to order his demons to lay waste to all cities of Wallachia.
  • Spanner in the Works: Whether it would have worked without interference, Carmilla's plan to backstab Dracula failed mostly because Sypha destroyed most of her troops by accident while trying to move Dracula's castle.
  • Stable Time Loop: It is implied that Alucard may have sent (or will send) the information about the Sleeping Warrior back in time so the Speakers would learn of it and wake him when the time was right.
  • The Starscream: Carmilla's goal during Season 2 is to usurp Dracula and take control of the war for herself. While Dracula does end up dying, its not by her hand nor is she able to take power for herself because Sypha unwittingly destroys her army.
  • The Stoic: Alucard, par for the course with his character. While his father demonstrates his anger by trashing his laboratory and loudly declaring that all of Wallachia shall pay, Alucard calmly implores him to let it go as he himself also grieves for his mother's death.
  • Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum: Dracula's war is suggested to be this. If every human is killed, then the vampires will have nothing to drink from but animals; there's a very big suggestion that not only is Dracula attempting to commit suicide, but is also aiming to bring about the end of vampirekind as well.
  • Survivor Guilt: Though unstated, Dracula almost certainly feels this way, as does Alucard. He had gone on a journey "as a man" (walking instead of using his powers to teleport), and while he was away, his and Lisa's home was raided, with the bishop using her medical supplies — which Dracula had of course provided — as evidence that she was a witch and must be killed.
  • Sympathy for the Devil:
    • Before she dies, Lisa doesn't beg for mercy from the people around her but rather for the people around her.
    • Trevor has this for Dracula, of all people. His genocidal rage against the people of Wallachia comes down to revenge for the death of his wife, Lisa, a doctor and woman of science who was burnt alive as a witch while begging for mercy for the people around her. While it's impossible to justify what he does, it does make the ensuing carnage a bit easier to watch considering those people were celebrating the anniversary of Lisa's death just to spite him. It would be even easier if it weren't for the children dying right along with the adults.
    • At the end of season 2, Sypha feels this way about Dracula as well. After Alucard kills him, she notes it is fine if Alucard needs to mourn for the man his father once was.
  • Take a Third Option: The Speakers refuse to leave the city, even with the threat of an angry mob. Trevor in turn refuses to leave them and wants them out of the city before the mob, and the monsters, come. He eventually reaches a compromise by hiding them in the catacombs, still within the city but out of sight.
  • Take Me Instead: A silent version; Trevor, after getting the Speakers to the catacombs, waits in their residence for the mob. He then leads them on a chase as they demand the location of the Speakers.
  • Taken for Granite: Sypha is first discovered by Trevor in a petrified state. In contrast to the backstory for the Famicom version, she doesn't seem to be fully aware of being petrified this whole time, although she's aware of how Trevor climbs on her as he use her to boost himself to kill the Cyclops.
  • Talk to the Fist: Or whip, rather. As Alucard challenges Trevor to a fight and begins snarking that Trevor can only throw insults, Trevor knocks him to the ground with a crack of his whip.
  • Teleport Spam: Dracula's Castle itself does this when Sypha attempts to force it to teleport above the Belmonts' home and it starts fighting back against her.
  • Tempting Fate: The archbishop gives a speech to his people to celebrate Lisa's death, and celebrating about how "the Devil's" warning a year prior was a lie. Before he's finished talking, blood starts raining from the sky, and all hell literally breaks loose.
  • The Theocracy: Wallachia is portrayed as this in Season 1 with the Church as more-or-less de factor government and the religious inquisition being empowered to arrest anyone they like and burn them at the stake as an witch. Whatever sovereign such as a prince or a king to actually rule and rein them in is absent, and the only secular officer we see - in this case, the Mayor of Targoviste - is terrified of offending the Church since they could very well charge him for heresy. When Dracula's genocidal purge begins, the Church becomes the official administrative body as well as religious head of several cities that haven't fallen to Dracula's forces.
  • The Unfought: This isn't a typical Good Vs. Evil storyline:
    • The Bishop. Trevor had the chance to attack him, but the Bishop was instead killed off by Dracula's forces for settings the horrific things in motion.
    • Godbrand. He was killed by Isaac. One does not lure a true loyal servant of Dracula to betray him and come back out alive.
  • The War Has Just Begun: Blue Fangs yells this at Trevor and Sypha after he's defeated.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: In Episode 2, Trevor cites this as a reason while attempting to discourage the second corrupt priest from attacking him:
    Corrupt Priest 1: Kill him now!
    Trevor: Last warning, this'll get nasty...
  • Toilet Humour:
    • Trevor comments that "God shits in [his] dinner once again" upon encountering and nearly getting shot by the Cyclops.
    • Sypha offers to "pee in a bucket" and pass it off as beer when Trevor asks the Speakers for some.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Dracula outright tells the people of Wallachia to make their peace. Not only do they fail to do so, but they celebrate the day they burned Dracula's wife. Dracula sounds just as annoyed with them as he is outraged when he points this out.
  • Too Important to Walk: The archbishop of Wallachia is carried out of his cathedral on a palanquin borne by four priests to address the people on the anniversary of Lisa's death and Dracula's prophesied day of doom (almost) passing without coming true.
  • Torches and Pitchforks: The bishop raises a mob against the Speakers, who he's blamed for the demon attacks.
    • Alucard alludes to the Belmont clan being "chased by one" when they moved from France to Wallachia.
  • The Tooth Hurts: A swipe of Trevor's whip is enough to saw off Blue Fangs', well, fangs.
  • Training the Peaceful Villagers: When Dracula's demons attack Gresit, Trevor quickly mobilizes the villagers and teaches them how to properly fight the demons by bathing their blades in salt and using holy water to harm them.
  • Trophy Room: The Belmont Hold is just as much this as a library, including having a giant dragon skeleton in it, not to mention whole shelves of vampire skulls. Alucard is not impressed — especially when he sees a case full of vampire skulls, one of which is suspiciously child-sized.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Lisa devotes her life's work to healing the sick, only to be repaid by the people she healed burning her alive.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: The unnamed and undepicted "wise woman" who laid charges of witchcraft against Lisa with the church because she was driven out of business by the fact that Lisa's medicines actually worked.
  • Van Helsing Hate Crimes: Trevor initially assuming Alucard is evil simply because the latter's a vampire comes across as this.
  • Villain Ball: Dracula's goblins embrace this in the last episode of season 1. They're giant flying demons who were previously shown to effortlessly overpower any human, and yet, apparently, being walled in by Sypha's Blue Splash was enough to make them suicide-charge the pikemen.
  • Villain Has a Point:
    • Dracula's minions hammer on the bishop that it was his actions and arrogance that lead to the destruction of Wallachia, not the Speakers... as they're eating him.
    • Godbrand asks Dracula a rather obvious question in season 2, If they kill all the humans, then what exactly would Vampires feed on?
    • While her motives are constantly suspect, Carmilla does bring up good strategic points when she argues for attacking Braila and keeping an eye on the remnants of the ancestral Belmont home. Just as she feared, Trevor and his companions were indeed on their way to the Belmont vault for information and weapons to aid in the fight against Dracula. Meanwhile, Braila is an effective chokepoint for the country, allowing the vampires to pin down the remaining humans more easily; of course, she'd also already taken it over to set up a trap for Dracula and his forces, but that's neither here nor there.
  • Villain Respect: How Dracula and Lisa's relationship begins. She enters his castle unannounced, and while his appearance and behavior does seem to rattle her, she doesn't directly show fear, and berates him for rudeness. He seems mildly amused by her bravery, and decides to indulge her request for knowledge. Of course, after that they fell in love, married, and had a son, but that part isn't shown.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot:
    • Trevor after leaving the bar.
    • Sypha after returning from a stone state.
  • Walk the Earth: Lisa convinces Dracula to "walk as a mortal man" in exchange for teaching her science, even continuing to do so while they were married. It surprises nobody that he stops doing it after she's killed.
  • Whip It Good: The signature Vampire Killer can be seen as Trevor's weapon of choice. The wounds it inflicts demonstrate how effective a whip is in a Belmont's hands, as he can use to remove limbs and eyes, or alter the course of the whip mid-throw by using his hand. It is also consecrated so that it can be an effective weapon against the demons and vampires that the Belmont family constantly faces.
    • The Morning Star Vampire Killer is even better, with the ability to make evil creatures explode when it hits.
  • "World of Cardboard" Speech: Trevor delivers an even-voiced-yet-soulful summation of why the Belmont family continues to stand up against demons, even when the Corrupt Church has demonized them. This solidifies his renewed faith in the cause, and cements that He's Back.
  • World's Strongest Man: Dracula is far and away the most powerful character on the show. Some of his feats include massive displays of pyromancy, controlling huge swarms of bats, control a vast army of demons, and in the final battle shows that even without his Magitek he is still a person of mass destruction that, while harmed by the attacks of the heroes (particularly the Morningstar Whip), can shrug off almost any punishment dealt to him. This makes one question Carmilla's sanity or intelligence when she thinks she can overthrow him. The heroes kill her soldiers and the vampire generals without taking any real damage or putting in a 100% effort and Dracula was more than a match for them. How exactly was she going to kill this 7 foot tall death machine? Either she was overconfident and thought he was vulnerable from lack of feeding and his emotional turmoil (although let's face it, if Superman at full can throw a mountain then even at 50% he'd still be able to chuck a building) or she really, absolutely had no idea what she was dealing with.
  • Wound That Will Not Heal: The reason Alucard went into a slumber was to heal the wound that Dracula inflicted upon him after he tried to stop him from summoning a demon army. He can regenerate simple wounds well enough, as Trevor later finds out.
  • You Have No Chance to Survive: Dracula gives Targoviste a year to flee or make their peace with their god before he annihilates them. They ignore him, and he honors his threat.
  • You're Insane!: Trevor doesn't say it directly to the bishop, but he does express astonishment that the bishop genuinely believes that killing all "heretics" in Gresit will get Dracula's army to leave them alone, then later describes him to the Speakers as "over the top and into new lands of snake-fuckingly crazy."

Alternative Title(s): Castlevania