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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 has been greenlit and has been scheduled to premiere on October 26, 2018. And as of June 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.
  • 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.
  • Adapted Out:
    • This appears to be the fate of Grant Danasty. As of the end of the first 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. However, all of Trevor's allies have been introduced exactly as in the game so far (Sypha turned to stone by the cyclops, Alucard sleeping in isolation), and given how the show has been confirmed to have at least two more seasons, Grant could appear when the team reaches the clock tower.
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Artistic License – Engineering: The entirety of Gresit stands on spacious catacombs, but at the same time the town is teeming with three-storied houses, walls, and towering cathedrals. In real life, this sort of a 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 its 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.
    • 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 after the first twelve minutes is set during 1476, when Vlad the Impaler was still alive and currently ruling the country.
  • 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.
  • Bar Brawl: Trevor gets into one in the second episode with some drunks who blame the Belmonts for Dracula's evil, even over the other Great Houses and the Church.
    • Implied to have once happened to Alucard, of all people, when Trevor tries a Groin Attack, and is told their duel isn't one of these, so he should "have some class."
  • Big Bad: Dracula. It's Castlevania, of course it's Dracula.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • 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 women and children, complete with blood, gore, and entrails lining the streets.
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • Canon Foreigner: The Bishop responsible for burning Lisa and kicking off the plot in the first place was created solely for the series.
  • 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, 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.
  • 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 head off.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Defeat Equals Explosion: A solid hit from Trevor's whip will cause demons to swell and explode.
  • Devil, but No God: Averted. Dracula's minions acknowledge the presence of God, but take delight in lecturing the bishop that because of the bishop's hubris and self-righteous actions, he is beyond God's protection. By contrast, when a genuine and humble priest is called upon to consecrate holy water to aid in the town's defense a short while later, it works.
  • 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, their son 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.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 prefers a more hands-on approach with his whip and his sword.
  • 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.
  • Holy Burns Evil: Holy water and Sypha's magic ice walls burn Dracula's demons, while Trevor's consecrated whip causes them to explode.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kill It with Fire: Notably averted. Not only do Dracula and his minions display the ability to command fire, but Trevor makes a comment implying that fire is fairly useless as a weapon against them.
  • Kill It with Water: Trevor has a priest gather water to make into holy water, which burns Dracula's goblins.
  • 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 better-known 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.
  • Magitek: Dracula seems to operate with a knowledge of Steam Punk “arcane 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • 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 burnings that he, personally was responsible for.
  • 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: Trevor's Groin Attack doesn't faze Alucard at all.
    Alucard: Please. This isn't a bar fight. Have some class.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Rain of Blood: The invasion of Dracula's army is preceded by a rain of blood falling from the skies.
  • "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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 from 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Lisa devotes her life's work to healing the sick, only to be repaid by the people she healed burning her alive.
  • 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. 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.
  • 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.
  • "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.
  • 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