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Listed below are characters from all of the Castlevania video games in the order of their first appearances and game release order.

Recurring characters

Dracula (ドラキュラ ?, Dorakyura)
The Castlevania games have always had a single focus on the main antagonist, Dracula, who is based on the original character by Bram Stoker. With a few exceptions, Dracula has been the villain of every title.
Originally named Mathias Cronqvist, Dracula is a former mortal turned wicked following the death of his wife. His lust for vengeance turned him into an immortal vampire. He later took the name Vlad Tepes Dracula.[1] He desires to wage war against humanity and take the world under his possession, but has been foiled by the Belmonts in every generation of his immortal life. When defeated, Dracula is prophesied to return again every 100 years.
Despite being the primary villain of the series, his role is often passive, and he simply waits in his castle, letting his monsters confront anyone for him. His appearance varies from game to game, but a few recurring ones exist. He is one of the playable characters in Judgment. He is voiced by Scott McCulloch (Symphony of the Night), Crispin Freeman (Lament of Innocence, as Mathias), Douglas Rye (Curse of Darkness)), and Patrick Seitz (all other roles).

Death
Death, also referred to as the God of Death (死神 Shinigami ?) in Japan, is present in nearly all Castlevania games. Death is often a boss fought toward the end of the game. Most sources, such as game manuals, cite that he is Dracula's second in command. Sometimes he has played an important role to the story line, such as Castlevania: Lament of Innocence. He is a playable character in Castlevania Judgment.
In most of his appearances, Death looks no different than the cultural personification of The Grim Reaper. He wears a hooded cloak and holds a scythe. Like Dracula, he can change into a second form upon being defeated in the game. He is voiced by Dennis Falt (Symphony of the Night), and Tom Wyner (all other roles).

Alucard (アルカード ?, Arukādo)
Alucard is Dracula's only child, and his mother is human. He appears in Castlevania III, Symphony of the Night, Aria of Sorrow, Dawn of Sorrow, Judgment & Legends. He is voiced by Robert Belgrade (Symphony of the Night) and Yuri Lowenthal (all other roles).

Castlevania and Simon's Quest

Simon Belmont (シモン・ベルモンド ?, Shimon Berumondo)
Simon Belmont's appearances in the series include Castlevania, Castlevania II: Simon's Quest, Super Castlevania IV and Castlevania Judgment. Simon would fulfill the Belmont legacy via defeating Dracula. However, this was a ploy by Dracula, who sacrificed an early resurrection to lay a curse upon Simon- a curse that could only be broken if Simon found Dracula's body. Despite efforts by Dracula's minions, who hid parts of his body all over Transylvania, Simon located all the pieces. He then resurrected Dracula once more, fought him, and defeated him, breaking the curse.
Simon Belmont is the grandfather of Juste Belmont.[2] He is playable in the Harmony of Dissonance Boss Rush.
He is voiced by Keith Silverstein in Judgment.

Carmilla (カーミラ ?, Kārumira)
Carmilla appears in Castlevania II, Castlevania Dracula X: Rondo of Blood, Circle of the Moon, and Judgment. She is a servant of Dracula. Her name is a reference to the title character of the 1872 gothic horror novel Carmilla. Her first appearance was as an antagonist in Castlevania II: Simon's Quest[3]. She later reappeared in Akumajō Dracula X Chi no Rondo, and Castlevania: Circle of the Moon, and Castlevania Judgment. She is a devoted worshiper of chaos and Dracula. In 1830, she successfully resurrected Dracula in her Austrian castle, although he hadn't regained his full power. To restore it, they planned to sacrifice the vampire hunter Morris Baldwin, father to Hugh Baldwin and mentor to Nathan Graves, during a lunar eclipse of the full moon. As Nathan began making headway in the effort to rescue his master, Carmilla brainwashed Hugh to do her bidding and challenged Nathan to a battle in the Underground Waterway. Although she died, Carmilla relished the fact that the rite to restore Dracula's power was nearly finished.
Carmilla's appearances and names have differed. In Simon's Quest, Carmilla was originally known as Vampira (女吸血鬼 Jo Kyūketsuki ?, literally "Female Vampire") in the instruction manual, though the in-game hidden clue refers to her as Carmilla. Her appearance was interpreted as a mask that leaked tears of blood. Until the release of Rondo of Blood, Carmilla and her mask were available in the game as a boss. This was the first time in the series she was referenced by the name. She is called "Camilla" in Circle of the Moon.
In Rondo of Blood, Carmilla has a blue-haired companion called Laura (ローラ ?, Rōra). Laura was a character from the original novel, Carmilla. She is referred to in Portrait of Ruin as "Carmilla's eternal servant".
She is voiced by Karen Strassman in Judgment.

Ferryman
The ferryman's task is to carry people across dangerous rivers. He takes characters to "meet their destiny". He first appeared in Simon's Quest helping Simon reach Rover Mansion. He was later seen in Rondo of Blood, Symphony of the Night, Legacy of Darkness and Castlevania: Dracula X.

Selena
Selena[4] is a supporting character who appears exclusively in Haunted Castle (an arcade adaptation of the original Akumajō Dracula). At the beginning of the game, she and Simon are set to be married, but she is kidnapped by Dracula and brought to his castle. This prompts Simon to begin his quest to rescue her and destroy Dracula. At the end of the game, the lovers are reunited.

The Adventure and Belmont's Revenge

Christopher Belmont (クリストファー・ベルモンド ?, Kurisutofā Berumondo)
Christopher Belmont starred in two Castlevania games as a protagonist, both for the Game Boy system. In Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge, Christopher had to rescue his son, Soleiyu Belmont, after he was kidnapped by Count Dracula. He also was the protagonist in the limited Castlevania: The Belmont Legacy comic book series released by IDW Publishing. Christopher was a pre-existing character in the Castlevania universe even before the games he starred in were released, as he is mentioned by name in the Japanese manual for the first Famicom Castlevania title, as the last Belmont to have defeated Dracula, a hundred years before Simon.

Soleiyu Belmont (ソレイユ・ベルモンド ?, Soreiyu Berumondo lit. "Soleil Belmondo")
Soleiyu Belmont appears as a non-playable character in Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge, which was released for the Game Boy in 1991. Judging from the spelling in the Japanese version of the game, the name "Soleiyu" was probably meant to be "Soleil," the French word for "Sun".
In 1591, Soleiyu, who recently celebrated his coming of age, went alone to explore four mysterious castles that appeared out of the fog. He was captured by Dracula's minions and bewitched to do the Count's evil bidding. With the youth's help, Dracula was able to take human form once again. Christopher Belmont, his father, ultimately rescued him.

Dracula's Curse and Curse of Darkness

Trevor C. Belmont (ラルフ・C・ベルモンド ?, Rafuru C. Berumondo, known as Ralph C. Belmondo in the Japanese versions)
Trevor C. Belmont appears in Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse, Castlevania Judgment, Akumajo Dracula Pachislot and is a supporting character in Castlevania: Curse of Darkness.
He was the first Belmont in the family to defeat Dracula. This was accomplished with the aid of Grant DaNasty, Sypha Belnades and Alucard. He would later marry Sypha Belnades and have children with her. This would add the prodigious magical powers of the Belnades line to the Belmont line, which would be most prominently seen in Juste Belmont.
He later plays a secondary role in Curse of Darkness, where he is investigating the rise of Dracula in the region. He confronts the Devil Forgemaster Hector, and although initially treats him with contempt, he aids him in his quest. After being injured by Isaac, Julia LaForeze gets to him in time, but he is unable to do anything for the remainder of the battle. Meanwhile, Hector succeeds in stopping Isaac and sending Dracula’s castle back into the abyss, effectively lifting the curse placed three years prior. So, despite his nearly fatal defeat, Trevor’s mission was accomplished.
He, along with Sypha Belnades and Grant DaNasty, later makes a cameo appearance in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night when zombies impersonate the trio to antagonize Alucard. The same zombie impersonators also appear in Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin when Jonathan Morris and Charlotte Aulin trek the Nest of Evil.

He is voiced by Steve Staley in Curse of Darkness, and Gideon Emery in Judgment.

Grant Danasty (グラント・ダナスティ ?, Guranto Danasuti)
Grant Danasty is a character in Castlevania III and Castlevania Judgment. His name was formerly localized as Grant DaNasty in the English version of Castlevania III. A young pirate whose ship was corrupted by Dracula's magic, he was transformed into a demon and took over a clock tower in Wallachia. When defeated by Trevor Belmont he became human again and decided to travel with Trevor to Dracula's castle. After Dracula's defeat he oversaw the restoration of the lands that had been affected by Dracula's evil. He had loved Sypha and wanted to marry her. He held jealousy to Trevor, and chose not to go to their wedding. While rebuilding the nation he ended up in a time rift, and was challenged to fight several champions. He believed that the time rift would give him a chance to change history allowing him to marry Sypha instead. But his encounters lead to battle with both Sypha and Trevor. After defeating them, he learned to forgive his friend. After Grant was returned to his own time, he was later remembered not as the one who had helped defeat Dracula but as the man who had rebuilt Wallachia (Castlevania Judgement). His surname is likely a reference to the historical House of Dăneşti, who were persecuted by the historical Vlad III.

He is voiced by Alessandro Juliani in Judgment.

Sypha Belnades (サイファ・ヴェルナンデス ?, Saifa Verunandesu, known as Sypha Vernandes in the Japanese versions)
Sypha Belnades (aka Sypha Fernandez according to Harmony of Dissonance) appears in Castlevania III and Castlevania Judgment. A priestess (called an apprentice monk in Japanese) and witch of the church who uses elemental magic in battle, Sypha hid her gender to become a vampire hunter. She fought for the church to destroy evil, though her sister witches were hunted down by the church. She went on a journey to confront and destroy Dracula. On her way to the battle she ended up in the Time Rift, and decided to take it upon herself to defeat those tainted by darkness, despite which side they were on. Upon the defeat of the Time Reaper she was returned to her own era (Judgment). She continued her journey to destroy Dracula confront, but was defeated by his minion, the Cyclops, and imprisoned in stone. She was freed when Trevor Belmont killed the Cyclops, and aided Trevor in his battle against Dracula. After Dracula's death she and Trevor married, adding her magical aptitude to the Belmont bloodline.
In the manual included with the Japanese Dracula's Curse, it's stated that she lost her parents when she was young, and was found wandering near a monastery in Wallachia. She was adopted by the monks there. Judgment expands that she belonged to a coven of witches who were executed as a result of Dracula's scheming.

Hector (ヘクター ?, Hekutā)
Main Protagonist of Curse of Darkness. Former devil-forgemaster. He betrayed Dracula and left for a normal life. He took back his devil forgemaster powers to defeat Isaac and once again bring peace back to the land. The player controls Hector in the normal play mode. He is voiced by Crispin Freeman.

Isaac (アイザック ?, Aizakku)
Isaac appears in Curse of Darkness and Akumajo Dracula Pachislot. He is Hector's fellow devil-forgemaster, he stayed loyal to Dracula after Trevor defeated him a few years before the start of the game. The player will fight Isaac a few times over the course of the game. He is voiced by Liam O'Brien.

Julia Laforeze (ジュリア・ラフォレーゼ ?, Juria Raforēze)
Isaac's sister, who is a witch. She provides items for the player in a shop. Hector notes she bears a resembelance to Rosaly, his deceased lover. She is voiced by: Dorthy Elias-Fahn.

Saint Germain (サンジェルマン ?, Sanjeruman)
St. Germain appears in Curse of Darkness and Akumajo Dracula Pachislot. He is a person against Death. He can travel through time. He constantly asks Hector to abandon his quest, but never succeeds. He does fight Hector at one point in the game. His name is likely a reference to the historical figure of the same name. He is voiced by Adam D. Clark.
Angela
Angela is a magical dancing girl from the Akumajo Dracula Pachislot game. She aids Ralph C. Belmont on his quest to stop Dracula, who has prematurely risen again. She casts a spell that annihilates a horde of skeletons and during Ralph's battle with Dracula, she is able to use magic to resuscitate him to continue the battle.

Kid Dracula

Kid Dracula is a spinoff of the Castlevania series. In Japan the series is called Akumajō Dracula Special: Boku Dracula-kun. It shares the name Akumajō Dracula (Devil's Castle Dracula) linking it to the rest of the series.

Kid Dracula
Kid Dracula is a 10,009 year old being, and said to be the Demonlord of Castle Dracula (in the famicom game). He had to retake the castle from Galamoth to return to his throne. Kid Dracula defeated Galamoth a second time, after the being attempted to capture the castle again. (Kid Dracula GB). Throughout the series Kid Dracula makes references to his "father".
In the Game Boy sequel, Kid Dracula is the son of the lord of the castle.

Galamoth
Galamoth (aka Garamoth) is the Lord of Space. He is originally from the Kid Dracula series. Galamoth once tried to take over the Dracula's Castle to become the new Demonlord, but was defeated by Kid Dracula (Kid Dracula Famicom). He tried to retake the castle again, but was defeated a second time (Kid Dracula GB).
Galamoth later appeared as the boss of the inverted Catacombs in Symphony of the Night. He is said to be a monster who wants to rule the underworld. His appearance in Symphony of the Night may hint at Kid Dracula being Alucard.
Galamoth appeared in Aria of Sorrow as a soul that allowed Soma Cruz to see past areas blocked by time.
He is referred to by name in Castlevania Judgment when the Time Reaper is defeated. He is implied to be the one who sent the Time Reaper back 10,000 years into the past destroy Dracula and erase history.

Rondo of Blood and Symphony of the Night

Richter Belmont is found in Chi no Rondo (and its remakes), and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.
Richter Belmont (リヒター・ベルモンド ?, Rihitā Berumondo)
Richter Belmont has starred as a protagonist in Castlevania X: Rondo of Blood (and Dracula X Chronicles, Castlevania Dracula X for the Snes), Symphony of the Night, and Akumajō Dracula: The Medal (an arcade medallion slot game). His first appearance was as the main character in Akumajō Dracula X Chi no Rondo (and its remakes). In Symphony of the Night, a direct sequel which takes place five years later, he became a possessed enemy, but upon completing the game, an option to play the entire game as him is unlocked. He is also playable in an extra mode in Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin.
Hero of the Castlevania: Dracula X games and also a major character in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Richter had to battle legions of Dracula's monsters to save his love interest Annette. In Symphony of the Night, Richter mysteriously disappears. He was cursed and placed under the control of Shaft, a dark priest and servant of Dracula. Players will end up facing Richter. Killing Richter will result in one of two bad endings, whereas saving him will continue the game.
In his first two appearances, as well as the prologue for the third, Richter wears a headband and a blue uniform. In Symphony of the Night, only in the Saturn version following the prologue, he wears his hair quite a bit longer and is dressed in much more regal attire. He also gains a few new abilities, notably a dash, a slide attack, and a super jump that doubles as an uppercut. Richter appears in two remakes of Rondo of Blood which include Dracula X and Dracula X Chronicles.
In Portrait of Ruin, something resembling Richter fights Jonathan Morris in a test created by Stella and Loretta Lecarde. Richter, considered to be the last memory of the Vampire Killer, fights Jonathan to test his worthiness in wielding its full power. As such, Richter can be construed to the last Belmont to wield the Vampire Killer whip before Julius Belmont killed Dracula in 1999. Richter also appears in the game as one of the Five Greatest. He is voiced by Michael G. (Symphony), and David Vincent in Dracula X Chronicles.

GamePro listed Richter Belmont as the 47th most diabolical villain of all time, stating that it was shocking to realize that he was the lord of Dracula's castle.[5]

Maria Renard (マリア・ラーネッド ?, Maria Rēneddo)
Maria Renard appears in Castlevania X: Rondo of Blood (and Dracula X Chronicles, Dracula X for the SNES), Symphony of the Night, Castlevania Judgment, and Akumajō Dracula: The Medal. She is a distant blood relative of the Belmont clan[6][7] (no mention of that connection is to be found in Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles, where she is instead said to be the daughter of a local lord). In Castlevania: Dracula X, she's also said to be the sister of Richter's beloved Annette, a detail that's not alluded to in the other games. She was later adopted by the Belmonts (Judgment).
In 1792, Maria's parents were killed, and she was captured, along with several other young women, and taken to Dracula's castle. Richter Belmont saved Maria from Shaft, one of Dracula's servants, who was attempting to cast a spell on her. Once Maria is rescued, she becomes playable and uses various magically enhanced animal attacks for combat. There exists an ending in which Maria confronts and defeats the Count instead of Richter. In the introduction sequence to Symphony of the Night (a retelling of the final boss battle Akumajō Dracula X), if Richter's health completely runs out, a twelve-year old Maria will appear and amplify Richter with her magic in his effort to defeat Dracula. Judgment further explains that she fought along side Richter in defeating Dracula and has power that rivals the Belmonts.
Four years after the defeat of Dracula, Richter vanished. Maria immediately set out to find him. After a year of searching, in 1797, she finally found Castlevania. In the castle she learned that Richter was working in concert with the dark forces. With Maria's help, the half-vampire Alucard was able to break Shaft's hold on Richter and defeat Dracula. Depending on certain player actions in Symphony, the player will receive different endings. In one, Maria will admit to not being able to live without Alucard and go after him. In another, she will resign herself due to the fact that she cannot ease his torment and returns home with Richter. She is voiced by Kimberly Forsythe (Symphony), and Michelle Ruff (all other roles).
Even though the Japanese spelling of her surname is the one generally used for the family name "Learned", Konami has been using the alphabet spelling "Renard", either on purpose or by mistake.

Shaft (シャフト ?, Shafuto)
Shaft is a dark priest that appears as antagonist in Akumajō Dracula X Chi no Rondo and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. In 1792, Shaft aids Dracula in his plans to kidnap several young women. He is defeated by Richter Belmont after conjuring several monsters in an attempt to defeat him. Later in the game, Shaft's ghost makes a final attempt to stop the hero.
In 1797, Dracula's monsters kidnap Richter and brainwash him. Shaft is instrumental in using his evil powers to control Richter, turning him against anyone who seeks to defy Dracula. Maria guesses that he is under their influence and helps Alucard to see past Shaft's deception. Alucard is able to save Richter instead of killing him, and goes on to defeat Shaft, although not before Shaft successfully revives Dracula. He is voiced by Kyle Herbert.

Annette (アネット ?, Anetto)
Richter Belmont's love interest. She was kidnapped by Dracula's minions, along with Maria, Iris, and Tera. Failing to save her will result in having to face her in vampire form.

Tera (テラ ?, Tera) and Iris (イリス ?, Irisu)
Tera is the lead priest of Richter's village, and Iris is the doctor. They were kidnapped by Dracula's minions to taunt Richter, along with Annette and Maria.

Lisa (リサ ?, Risa)
Alucard's mother, and Dracula's second wife. Unlike others, she could see past his personality and see a lonely man. She died from being accused of witchcraft after healing villagers with mountain herbs. Alucard witnessed her death and promised her not to hate humans and tells Dracula she will love him for eternity, which Alucard relays in Symphony of the Night. She was indirectly the reason Dracula swore the destruction of mankind.

Master Librarian (図書館の主 Toshokan no Shu ?)
He is the loyal servant of Dracula in charge of the knowledge of the library. He will sell items to young master Alucard for a price.

Succubus (サキュバス ?, Sakyubasu)
In Symphony of the Night, the succubus copies Lisa to change Alucard's side. When she was defeated, she realized who Alucard was, and died by his hand. The succubus character or similar also appears in Lament of Innocence and Akumajo Dracula Pachislot. She is voiced by: Alison Lester in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and by: Wendee Lee in: Castlevania: Lament of Innocence.
Golem
Golem is a re-occurring character found throughout the Castlevania series. His first appearance was in Rondo of Blood[8]. Golem was originally created by Carmilla to be a mindless guard of ancient ruins. When he was pulled into the time rift by Aeon, the rift gives him self awareness. He fought the champions to become human, and discover the meaning of his existence. He lost his self-awareness, after being returned to his own time frame (Castlevania Judgment). IGA, says he is based on golem-type monsters, like the Franken, from Castlevania I.[10]

Bloodlines and Portrait of Ruin

The cast of characters from Castlevania: Bloodlines.

John Morris (ジョニー・モリス ?, Jonī Morisu, Johnny Morris in the Japanese versions)
John Morris made an appearance in a single Castlevania game, Castlevania: Bloodlines. He is a descendant of the Belmont family, and wields the Vampire Killer whip, much like his ancestors. Bloodlines is deeply intertwined with the storyline of Bram Stoker's Dracula. As such, the father of John Morris is Quincy Morris, a character from the novel. It is only known that the Morrises are somehow of Belmont lineage. It is interesting to note, that in the novel, Quincy stabs Dracula at the cost of his life, while Harker cuts off Dracula's head. The very fact however, that he managed to unknowingly deal a crippling blow to Dracula may have been the foundation for his part in the Castlevania version of these events. John was killed some time after the events of Bloodlines, as it was revealed his wounds wouldn't heal; this was caused by using the Vampire Killer whip, which would sap the strength of someone that was not a full-blooded descendant of the Belmont lineage. By the time John learned this, it was too late.

Eric Lecarde (エリック・リカード ?, Erikku Rikādo)
Appears in Bloodlines, Portrait of Ruin, and Judgment. Born on May 3, 1892 in Segovia, Spain, he uses the Alucard Spear (mistranslated as "Alcarde Spear" in Bloodlines). The spear was created by Alucard to unlock the true potential of the Vampire Killer, and fight alongside the Morris line. However, Eric believed that the spear's potential was greater than the whip, and sought to prove that. While training he found himself in a time rift, having been brought there by Aeon. Eric believed the rift would give him a chance to prove the spear's potential against the Vampire Killer. After the defeat of Galamoth he was returned to his own time (Judgment).
Years later, Eric volunteered to fight alongside his friend in the hunt. However, he had not told John the real reason behind his appetite for vengeance: the Countess turned the love of his life, Gwendolyn, into a vampire. Eric was later killed by Brauner, and his daughters were kidnapped.
He is voiced by Stephanie Sheh in Judgment.

Elizabeth Bartley (エリザベート・バートリー ?, , Erisabēto Bātorī, based on "Elizabeth Báthory")
According to the game story, Dracula's niece, raised back from the dead by Drolta Tzuentes. Based on the actual Countess Elizabeth Báthory. Her servant, Drolta Tzuentes (ドロテア・ツェンテス Dorotea Tsentesu ?, lit. "Dorothea Szentes"), revived her.

Jonathan Morris (ジョナサン・モリス ?, Jonasan Morisu)
Jonathan Morris is a descendant of the Morris clan of vampire hunters and appears in Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin. The wielder of the Vampire Killer in 1944, Jonathan is one of the two vampire hunters that successfully prevented the resurrection of Count Dracula in 1944, the other being Charlotte Aulin. As a child, Jonathan received basic training from his father John Morris. After his father died, Jonathan grew to resent him; he did not know the soul-sapping effects of using the Vampire Killer in battle resulted in his death. He did not learn this until the ghost of Eric Lecarde, known as "Wind", revealed this information to him. Growing a newfound respect for his father, Jonathan battled the whip's memory of Richter Belmont, the last Belmont to wield the whip, and successfully unleashed the full power of the Vampire Killer, knowing full well that he may perish from using it. Jonathan and Charlotte traveled to the top of Dracula's Castle, and battled the combined forces of Count Dracula and Death, which had not previously occurred before according to Charlotte. When Dracula was vanquished his castle was destroyed and Jonathan and the others escaped unscathed. He is voiced by Liam O'Brien.

Charlotte Aulin (シャーロット・オーリン ?, Shārotto Ōrin)
Charlotte Aulin is a magic user said to be descendant from the Belnades clan. Along with Jonathan, she ventures into the castle to destroy Dracula. She is a smart girl who relies on her books for information, but hates getting treated, or even called a child. Charlotte is also concerned about Jonathan's ability to wield the whip and she assists him with the best she can. She is voiced by Stephanie Sheh.

Brauner (ブローネル ?, Burōneru)
Brauner is a famous painter and vampire who claimed Dracula's castle when it first appeared. He used his special paintings to keep Dracula sealed to get the dark lord's power all for himself. Brauner lost his daughters during the war and now screams for vengeance upon humanity for their deaths. When Eric Lecarde investigated the castle, he was ambushed by Brauner and when Eric's daughters Stella and Loretta tried to help their father, Brauner appeared and bit both girls, transforming them into vampires and into his slaves.
When Jonathan and Charlotte finally confront Brauner, he flies into a rage as he lost his "daughters" again. As he is defeated, he then explained the reason for his action. Suddenly, Death appears above Brauner and finishes him off with his scythe. Death then cackles as Brauner was the reason why Dracula couldn't be revived and he malignly thanks Jonathan and Charlotte for helping him out.

Stella (ステラ ?, Sutera) and Loretta (ロレッタ ?, Roretta)
Stella and Loretta are Brauner's "daughters" and servants that prevent Jonathan and Charlotte from investigating the castle. However, after they have a skirmish with Stella, they find a locket containing a picture with both girls and Eric Lecarde. As Eric finally explained what happened to his daughters and how he died, Jonathan and Charlotte searched the castle for a way to reverse Brauner's curse. Upon confronting Stella and Loretta, they use the purification spell to break the curse and thus saved them in time (should the player defeat them instead of curing them, it will get the bad ending of the game).
Upon regaining their senses, Stella and Loretta offer Jonathan a way to unlock the true power of the Vampire Killer and open a door that leads to Brauner's studio. Charlotte tells them that a special person wants to see them, but they both refuse as there are more important things to take care of. Upon defeating Dracula, Jonathan, Charlotte, Stella and Loretta escape the castle, and to the sisters' surprise, Eric appears before them. He tells them to stop being hard on themselves and to live on. Eric passes to the other side, leaving Stella and Loretta in tears, but they soon recover and thank Jonathan and Charlotte.
Stella and Loretta are playable in Sister Mode. Unlike Jonathan and Charlotte, the player use the stylus to attack and the D-Pad to move them around, as they can also fly. As Stella, the player attacks enemies by slicing enemies with the stylus, and as Loretta, the player points at enemies to shoot a beam of ice. However, neither of them have their normal attacks. Stella is a master swordwoman with powerful wind-based attacks, while Loretta has powerful ice spells.

Vincent Dorin (ヴィンセント・ドリン ?, Vinsento Dorin)
Vincent is a priest that serves as the game merchant. Jonathan and Charlotte meet him in front of the castle and then near the entrance. Vincent is a rather greedy person, even if he explains that it is for the church. He also get bitten during the game and begs the 2 heroes to cure him (the player can choose to cure him or not, and while it affects the ending, it is not something noticeable). Even when cured, he isn't as much in debt concerning his merchandise.

Castlevania (Nintendo 64) and Legacy of Darkness

According to IGA, in 2006, he claimed that Castlevania and Legacy of Darkness for the Nintendo 64 were considered side projects to his timeline.[9] However, the games were later listed on the 20th Aniversery Timeline, without any description.[10] IGA later clarified that he looks at the titles as "...a Castlevania "gaiden" (subseries)" and complimented them by stating "...they both have a really unique take on the Castlevania world."[11] Iga later included Cornell in Castlevania Judgment (Nov 2008) (drawn from his era of the timeline by magical forces[12]). The game and manual makes references to Legacy of Darkness story. Events and characters related to the game such as Ada are mentioned during Cornell's mission and by some of the characters who encounter Cornell during their missions (such as Death & Carmilla). Legacy of Darkness is said to be Cornell's previous appearance in the manual.[13]

Reinhardt Schneider (ラインハルト・シュナイダー ?, Rainharuto Shunaidā)
Though the Belmont surname may have been lost to Reinhardt Schneider, the blood inside of his veins remains the same, and his destiny is no different. He is the son of Michael Gelhart Schneider. Villagers have been found mutilated and drained of blood near Dracula's castle, and Reinhardt has to stop it. He carries the typical Vampire Killer whip, but can also wield a short sword for any time where the whip can prove awkward to use (early in development, his name was Schneider Belmont).

Carrie Fernandez (キャリー・ヴェルナンデス ?, Kyarī Verunandesu)
Carrie Fernandez is a magic-wielding girl descended from the Fernandez clan, a family related by blood to the Belnades. She was estranged from the Wallachian populace for her affinity with magic, her mother dying to protect her from an angry mob. She turned her back on others, but when she learned that Dracula had once again risen, she took it upon herself to use her powers to stop him. She is Camilla Fernandez's cousin, who is also captured by a vampire and tured into one.

Actrise (アクトリーセ ?, Akutorīsu)

Gilles de Rais (ジルドレ ?, Jirudore)
He is one of Dracula's servants. He used Cornell's power to reincarnate his master in the body of Malus. He later disguises himself as Dracula in preparation for his lord's eventual resurrection and kidnapped children to offer them as sacrifice and thus resurrect his master. He is later defeated by Reinhardt and Carrie in Dracula's throne room, where its revealed he was an imposter.

Renon (レノン ?, Renon)
Renon is a demonic salesman who appears intermittently throughout the game. He claims that "one needs gold even in Hell these days", and will gladly sell the player various powerups such as spells and potions. Renon can be summoned by picking up a contract scroll that appears in various levels. The scroll then turns into an open briefcase. If the player spends more than 30,000 gold pieces before encountering Dracula, Renon transforms into his demon form and attempts to claim your soul for Hell.

Charlie Vincent

Cornell (コーネル ?, Kōneru)
Cornell, AKA "Blue Crescent Moon" is a wolf-beast seen in both Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness and Castlevania Judgment. He is a member of a warrior clan cursed to turn into beastmen. He is the only member of his clan who had the ability to control his change. He was the only one of his bretheren who refused to join the forces of Dracula. He trained his skills in hopes to find a cure for his clan, and to protect his sister Ada. One day while out training he found himself unable to control his powers and was stuck in beast form (Castlevania Judgement). He encountered Aeon, a time traveler, who told him he had entered a time rift. Aeon challenged him, and told him the time rift would let him learn more about the nature of the curse. After encounting several champions from different eras, he learns from Carmilla and Death that they still need him, and is told that there is a possiblity of a cure for him (though he doesn't trust them). After the defeat of the Time Reaper, Cornell was returned to his own era, 1844. He returned to find his village in flame, and his sister Ada kidnapped. He then journeyed after the kidnappers to save his sister. He discovered that Dracula's castle had risen again, and that his fellow man-beast Ortega had kidnapped his sister. During his battles he saves the young Henry Oldrey, and later defeats Ortega. He learned from Ortega, that Death, Gilles De Rais, and Actrise had plotted the kidnapping of Ada to empower a newly raised Dracula. Dracula later reveals to the audience that his sister is not a blood relative. Cornell fights Dracula to save her causing Dracula to be pulled into a vortex of energy. Dracula traps Cornell with his last power and tries to take Ada with him. The beast within Cornell freed itself from his body and saves Ada, but is captured and pulled into the vortex by Dracula. Cornell had become fully human, and was able to live the rest of a normal life with Ada (Legacy of Darkness).
According to IGA, "I believe many people did not expect to see Cornell. I really wanted to include a beast man type character, so I picked him."[11]
He is voiced by John Nuzzo (Legacy of Darkness), and Paul St. Peter (Judgment).

Ada (エイダ ?, Eida)

Ortega (オルテガ ?, Orutega)
Ortega grew up in the same village as Cornell, a fellow man-beast, being a friend of his, but also a rival. The rivalry caused Ortega an increasing amount of frustration, as he was constantly being outdone on every occasion, and he started searching for a way to gain the kind of powers that would make him stronger than even Cornell.
This search led him on the path of darkness, as the only one able to grant him the request proved to be Dracula. As a condition for gaining the new powers, Dracula demanded of Ortega to aid his demons on their mission to kidnap Cornell's sister Ada and destroy the village. He was also to stop Cornell from rescuing Ada. Ortega accepted these conditions, and thus sealed his pact with the devil, gaining amazing power, but losing his humanity.

Henry Oldrey (ヘンリー・オルドレー ?, Henrī Orudorī)
The son of Mary and J. A. Oldrey. He was rescued by Cornell. Years later he became a knight of the church. He helped rescue the children kidnapped by Gilles de Rais.

Circle of the Moon

According to IGA in 2006, he claimed that Circle of the Moon was considered a side project to his timeline.[9]

Nathan Graves (ネイサン・グレーブズ ?, Neisan Gurēbusu)
The protagonist of Circle of the Moon. Nathan's parents were friends of his teacher, Morris Baldwin. Ten years before the events in Circle of the Moon, Nathan's parents banished Dracula, at the cost of their lives. Morris managed to survive, and took Nathan as a student. Nathan was trained alongside Morris' son, Hugh, to become a vampire killer. Nathan has been chosen by Morris to be the successor of the Hunter Whip.

Hugh Baldwin (ヒュー・ボールドウィン ?, Hyū Bōrudowin)
The son of Morris and Nathan's rival. Hugh envies Nathan for being chosen by his father for possession of the Hunter Whip. However, Nathan does not reciprocate his hate, and often tries to reason with him. At the end of the game, Hugh comes back to his senses and feels a newfound respect for Nathan.

Morris Baldwin (モーリス・ボールドウィン ?, Mōrisu Bōrudowinlit. "Maurice Baldwin")
Morris is Hugh's father and a veteran Vampire Hunter. He and Nathan's parents sealed Count Dracula in 1820, ten years before the events in Circle of the Moon. Morris chose Nathan as his successor instead of his son, Hugh, because he suspected that his son only wanted the whip for the glory of inheriting the family heirloom.

Necromancer
The Necromancer was one of Carmilla's cohorts. He showed surprise that Nathan had survived being dropped into the Catacombs, and vowed to prevent Nathan from continuing further. After Nathan showed his defiance, the Necromancer explained that they already had Morris under their power and that they plan to sacrifice his soul once the full moon arises. Upon the Necromancer's death Nathan vowed he would save his "Master".

Harmony of Dissonance

Juste Belmont (ジュスト・ベルモンド ?, Jusuto Berumondo)
Juste Belmont is the primary protagonist in Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance and grandson to Simon Belmont. In 1748, he entered Dracula's castle with his ally Maxim Kischine to locate the remaining relics of Dracula and save his friend Lydie Erlanger. He wears his bracelet, as does Maxim his own, and carries the "Vampire Killer" whip. Juste is an exceptional spellcaster due to the Belnades blood running through his veins, and his abilities are considered prodigious among his fellow family members. Juste received the Vampire Killer when he was only 16.[14]

Maxim Kischine (マクシーム・キシン ?, Makushīmu Kishin)
Childhood friend and rival of Juste. Wielder of the Stellar Sword. He is responsible for unwillingly triggering the events that take place in 1748, during Harmony of Dissonance, by wishing to relieve Juste of his fate and become more powerful than him, which became for Dracula an opportunity at revenge.

Lydie Erlanger (リディー・エルランジェ ?, Ridī Eruranje)
Childhood friend to both Juste and Maxim, a person whom they deeply care about. Her presence is comforting to the young men, who underwent strict physical training. She was first kidnapped by the Maxim's dark side, then kidnapped by Death in order to further corrupt Maxim and resurrect Dracula.

Lament of Innocence

Leon Belmont founded the Belmont Clan in the Castlevania series.
Leon Belmont (レオン・ベルモンド ?, Reon Berumondo)
Leon Belmont was a baron in 11th century Europe up to the events of Castlevania: Lament of Innocence. He lost both parents at a very young age, and was knighted at the age of 16. When his love interest Sara Trantoul is kidnapped by the vampire Walter Bernhard he enters the castle grounds unarmed, but is given a whip that is blessed with the power of alchemy by the old man Rinaldo Gandolfi, who lives on the grounds. Using the whip and his magic gauntlet, he enters the castle hoping to rescue his fiancée.
Within the castle, Leon fights five guardians: Medusa, a Succubus, a Golem, the vampire human Joachim Armster (Walter Berhardt's former ally), and an undead parasite. He gets a magical orb from each of them that unlocks the way to Walter's lair. When he gets past the initial barrier, Walter is there with Sara, who appears to be in some sort of trance. Walter returns Sara to Leon, who finds out that Sara has been tainted and will soon become a vampire. In an act of self-sacrifice, Sara offers her soul to Leon in a ritual that will make Rinaldo's magic whip deadly to vampires and thus allow Leon to defeat Walter. This is where the whip officially becomes "Vampire Killer." Leon, armed with the powerful whip, Rinaldo's grief, and his anger, defeats Walter. However, Walter's death was in actuality orchestrated by Leon's friend Mathias Cronqvist to get Walter's coveted "Ebony Stone" which was a powerful vampire artifact and had the power to cast eternal night upon the forest. Mathias reveals himself as the mastermind, the owner of the "Crimson Stone" (another powerful vampire artifact), and as a vampire, which Vampire Killer can now sense. He offers Leon eternal life, which Leon refuses, saying that eternal life would be empty without Sara. Mathias then sends his servant Death after Leon, who is defeated by him and gives him a message to pass on to Mathias. Leon swears that his clan and the whip he now carries will destroy Mathias one day, and from that day onward the Belmont clan would hunt the night. Mathias would later be known as Dracula.
Leon appears in sprite form in Portrait of Ruin as one of the "Greatest Five". He is voiced by Dave Wittenberg.

Rinaldo Gandolfi (リナルド・ガンドルフィー ?, Rinarudo Gandorufī)
An alchemist whose daughter was taken and vampirised by Walter Bernhard. He now lives in a small hut in the Forest of Eternal Night. Rinaldo creates the Whip of Alchemy for Leon to use in Walter's castle. This whip is later fused with the soul of Sara Trantoul to create the Vampire Killer, which would be present, in one form or another, in every Castlevania game. He is voiced by Michael McConnohie.

Sara Trantoul (サラ・トラントゥール ?, Sara Torantūru)
The fiancée of Leon Belmont. She is kidnapped by Walter Bernhard and bitten. Not wanting to become a vampire, she sacrifices herself to create the Vampire Killer whip. She is voiced by Karen Strassman.

Walter Bernhard (ヴァルター・ベルンハルト ?, Varutā Berunharuto)
A vampire of unknown age. Having grown bored with eternal life, he decides to kidnap young maidens and play a game of Cat-and-mouse with the Hunters who come to rescue them, and attempt to destroy him. He is the antagonist of the game, luring the protagonist Baron Leon Belmont to his castle by kidnapping his fiancée, Sara Trantoul. The forest where he lives is called Eternal Night, as it is covered in unending darkness by the means of a jewel called the "Ebony Stone". In the end, Walter is defeated, and Mathias absorbs his soul, along with the Ebony Stone. He is voiced by Jamieson Price.

Joachim Armster (ヨアヒム・アルムスター ?, Yoahimu Arumasutā)
Another vampire who is kept prisoner by Walter in his castle. Joachim has a hatred for Walter and what he has done to him. As well as being a minor boss character, the game includes an unlockable secret mode where Joachim is a playable character; he has the ability to summon flying swords of darkness. He is voiced by Liam O'Brien.

Order of Ecclesia

Shanoa (シャノア ?, Shanoa)
Shanoa appears in Order of Ecclesia and Castlevania Judgement. She is the most prodigious member of the Order of Ecclesia, a secret organization devoted to stop Dracula from reviving after the Belmont clan disappeared. She is also a glyph user, capable of absorbing sigil-like characters and using them as weapons. She is voiced by Michelle Ruff in all roles.

Albus (アルバス ?, Arubasu)
Albus is one of Ecclesia's veteran members. He wields a magically-infused flintlock pistol that is capable of firing a variety of projectiles, and also has the ability to warp across short distances. Initially, Barlowe promised Albus that he would receive the Dominus seal, but changed his mind without his consent and chose Shanoa instead. After stealing Dominus from Ecclesia during the ceremony in which it was to be implanted within Shanoa, Albus flees with the glyph and becomes the enemy of Ecclesia. He is voiced by Keith Silverstein.

Barlowe (バーロウ ?, Bārou)
Barlowe is Ecclesia's leader. He created the Dominus glyph and plans on using it to destroy the seal on Dracula's power using Shanoa as a sacrifice.

Villagers of Wygol
Shanoa encounters several villagers from a location called Wygol in Order of Ecclesia. They are later revealed to be indirect descendants of the Belmont clan.

Order of Shadows

Order of Shadows is considered a "gaiden" or side story to IGA's "Castlevania canon".[15]

Desmond Belmont
Main character of Order of Shadows.

Zoe and Dolores Belmont
Zoe and Dolores Belmont[15] are the the sisters of Desmond. Dolores is the youngest of the three vampire hunter siblings. She is equally capable of handling the Vampire Killer Whip, though she is not of age yet.

Giovanni
A descendant of Rinaldo Gandolfi who aided the Belmont Clan in tracking The Order in the game Order of Shadows. The Belmont sisters came upon the Alchemic Gauntlet in the Order's possession and he tells them that it will be able to give its owner the ability to use alchemic artifacts.

Rohan Krause
Rohan Krause is the leader of the The Order who attempts to resurrect Dracula in the late 17th Century. He claims to have killed Desmond Belmont's father even though he had the Vampire Killer Whip. He is a master of alchemy and was in possession of the Magic Gauntlet which Rinaldo had given Leon Belmont centuries ago. He plotted to resurrect Dracula using a blood sacrifice and planned to serve at his side. However, the Belmont's and their allies were able to track down the order long before they were ready to revive the Dark Lord properly. He is defeated at the hand of Desmond, who indicated that he was only seeking the prevention of Dracula's revival, not revenge for what he had done to his father. Though his dreams of being one of Dracula's right hand men during his reign was shattered, his own blood was sufficient to raise his lord and Desmond had to battle an early risen Dracula shortly afterwards.

Judgment

According to Iga, "So as many of you know, the Castlevania timeline goes over 1000 years", "And there is a character trying to destroy that timeline. Due to magic forces, a variety of characters from different eras are brought together."[16]

Aeon (アイオーン ?, Aiōn)
Aeon is a time traveler with no era to call his own. He pulled together various heroes and villains from different eras into a time rift to collect soul keys, and to find a champion to stop the Time Reaper from destroying the universe. Of note is that Aeon utters some of the Same lines used by Time Traveler Saint Germain in Castlevania: Curse of Darkness, an association between the two characters is not implicetly stated. He is voiced by Ezra Weisz.
Time Reaper
The Time Reaper is a being sent from 10,000 years in the future by Galamoth to destroy Dracula.

Lords of Shadow

Gabriel
Voiced by Robert Carlyle. He is a member of the Brotherhood of Light, an elite group of holy knights who protect and defend the innocent against the supernatural. He learns of a Mask which has the power to bring back the dead, and contemplates using it to revive his murdered wife.
He wields a whip-like weapon called the Combat Cross.
Zobek
Voiced by Patrick Stewart. He's a mysterious swordsman who encourages Gabriel to use The Mask to bring back his dead wife Marie.
Marie
Gabriel's beloved wife. She was brutally murdered by the evil forces of darkness and her soul trapped for eternity. Her spirit guides him on his quest to rid the land of evil.Voiced by Natasha McKelhone.

Non-canonical characters

Sonia Belmont (ソニア・ベルモンド ?, Sonia Berumondo)
Sonia Belmont is the protagonist of Castlevania Legends. At the age of seventeen she lived in a remote part of Transylvania.[17] She was born with special abilities that allowed her to sense the presence of physical and spiritual beings, and was taught how to use a whip by her grandfather.[18] It is not explicitly stated whether the whip she uses is Vampire Killer or not.
Within the castle, she encounters Alucard, the half-vampire son of Dracula. She had met him some time before and it can be inferred from their dialog that the two had formed a romantic relationship.[19] Alucard was intent on dissuading Sonia from her goal, planning to stop his father alone. When Sonia would not yield, he challenged her to a battle to test her abilities. After she defeated him, Alucard was confident that Sonia could overcome Dracula and he went into a self-imposed sleep. Sonia defeated Dracula, and spared Europe from his evil influence for a time. Sometime after Dracula's defeat, Sonia bore a child who "would carry on the fate and tragedy of the Belmont family, and the bloodline of dark ways."[20] The child would grow up to fight Dracula again and become a hero.[21]
Sonia was one of the confirmed leads in the Dreamcast game Castlevania: Resurrection, up until that game's cancellation.[22]
Sonia was rendered non-canonical when Castlevania Legends was retroactively redacted from the series timeline due to inconsistencies.[23]

See also

  • List of characters in Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow and Dawn of Sorrow

References

  1. ^ From opening crawl: Meanwhile, powerful forces were struggling for the soul of a man named Alucard. The very same Alucard who had teamed up with Trevor Belmont to battle his immortal father, Count Vlad Tepes Dracula. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. Konami. PlayStation (in English). 1997-10-02.
  2. ^ Juste: My grandfather, Simon, gathered and destroyed the relics to end Dracula's curse. Konami. Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance. Konami. Game Boy Advance. 16-9-2002. [1]
  3. ^ Castlevania Judgement manual, pg 23
  4. ^ (in Japanese) Game Simulation Video series: Akumajō Dracula (arcade version. http://castlevania.classicgaming.gamespy.com/Images/Scans/HC/hctape.jpg.  
  5. ^ http://www.pcworld.idg.com.au/section/mobile_advisor/psp_gameboy_and_games?q=article/210911/47_most_diabolical_video-game_villains_all_time&pp=1
  6. ^ "Rondo of Blood manual". The CastleVania Dungeon. http://castlevania.classicgaming.gamespy.com/Games/rondomanual.html. Retrieved 2006-08-15.  
  7. ^ Castlevania Judgement Manual, pg 21
  8. ^ Castlevania Judgement Manual, pg 24
  9. ^ a b http://www.1up.com/do/feature?pager.offset=4&cId=3152109
  10. ^ http://www.flickr.com/photos/puyo/314073086/in/set-72157594405290664/
  11. ^ Nintendo Power, July 2008
  12. ^ http://www.coveritlive.com/index2.php?option=com_altcaster&task=viewaltcast&altcast_code=9cfac7534b&ipod=y
  13. ^ "Appearances: Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness", Castlevania Judgment manual, pg 23
  14. ^ (2002) Konami: Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance -- Instruction Booklet. Konami, 22.
  15. ^ a b http://wireless.ign.com/articles/814/814655p1.html
  16. ^ http://www.coveritlive.com/index2.php?option=com_altcaster&task=viewaltcast&altcast_code=9cfac7534b&ipod=y Konami's E3 press conference
  17. ^ From Manual: However, at about the same time a baby girl possessing special powers was born to a family living in a remote area of the country. (1998) Konami: Castlevania Legends. Konami, 1. [2]
  18. ^ From Manual: She was taught how to handle a whip by her grandfather and learned at an early age of her ability to sense the presence of beings physical and spiritual that cannot be seen by ordinary humans. (1998) Konami: Castlevania Legends. Konami, 11. [3]
  19. ^ Alucard: Do not trouble yourself about it, Sonia. Now, I must sleep. I fear we shall not meet again. Farewell, my beloved, my beautiful vampire hunter. KCE Nagoya. Castlevania Legends. Konami. Game Boy (in English). 1998-3-11.
  20. ^ Epilogue: After some time, the young girl of our legend became a mother, whose child would carry on the fate and tragedy of the Belmont family, and the bloodline of dark ways. KCE Nagoya. Castlevania Legends. Konami. Game Boy (in English). 1998-3-11. [4] [5]
  21. ^ Epilogue: And yet this child, once content in the arms of its mother, will also rise to fight courageously against the Prince of Darkness, who will return once again. This child who, one day, will be praised by all the people as a hero...... KCE Nagoya. Castlevania Legends. Konami. Game Boy (in English). 1998-3-11. [6] [7]
  22. ^ "Castlevania Resurrection." IGN.com. 2007. IGN Entertainment Inc. 21 June 2007. <http://dreamcast.ign.com/objects/012/012004.html> [8] [9]
  23. ^ Kurt Kalata (2006-07-26). "Tales from the Crypt: Castlevania's 20th Anniversary Blow-out". 1UP.com. http://www.1up.com/do/feature?pager.offset=4&cId=3152109. Retrieved 2008-07-13.  
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