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My last promised Castlevania picture, and finished just nine days before Halloween! This picture I decided to have depict all main protagonists of the Castlevania franchise. I omitted Grant DaNasty and Sypha Belnades because Trevor is still the central hero in his own adventure and Maria Renard because you had to unlock her. This pic only counts protagonists that are readily playable throughout the game (the only exception to the rule is Henry Oldrey, whom I left out because he doesn't get to fight any monsters and only has to rescue children).
I will give a listing of every main Castlevania protagonist in both the classic series and the Lords of Shadow reboot, explaining what game they appeared in, when it took place, and how their story unfolded.
The progenitor of the Belmont Clan in the original continuity. He was the protagonist of the game Lament of Innocence for the PlayStation 2, known as simply Castlevania in Europe. His tale takes place in 1094 and is a prequel to pretty much every other classic Castlevania game, going so far as to explain the origins of Dracula as well as his feud with the Belmonts. Leon's story is that he used to be good friends with a man named Mathias Cronqvist, who was P.O'ed because his wife Elisabetha died of illness.
Leon's fiancee Sara Trantoul was kidnapped by a vampire named Walter Bernhard, who resided in a castle filled with monsters and often egged hunters into trying to kill him by kidnapping their loved ones just to keep his immortal existence from being boring. Leon Belmont was able to defeat Walter and his monsters with the Whip of Alchemy, a hunter's whip enchancted by a weapons master named Rinaldo Gandolfi that eventually became the legendary Vampire Killer whip when Sara sacrificed herself to unlock the whip's full potential.
After Walter Bernhard was defeated, Mathias appeared and revealed that he had used Leon, Rinaldo, Walter, and Sara in a plan to achieve immortality. Walter's death led to the creation of the Crimson Stone, which turned Mathias Cronqvist into a vampire of great power and made Death itself his top lieutenant. Leon was understandably furious that Mathias had used him, but the vampire lord had no time to play. so he fled and left Death to fight Leon. Leon defeated Death and vowed that his descendants would hunt Mathias until a day came that he was defeated for good.
As time went on, Mathias took on the name Dracula and had a new wife named Lisa, who was Elisabetha's reincarnation according to some sources. He also had a son named Adrian Fahrenheits Tepes. Unfortunately, Dracula became even more pissed than he was before when humans executed Lisa after they accused her of witchcraft because she studied medicine. Dracula swore vengeance against humanity, but his son Adrian disagreed and vowed to fight against his father, changing his name to Alucard to show his opposition to his dad.
She was actually the first attempt at explaining how it all began, but Koji Igarashi declared her adventure and her existence to be apocryphal. Sonia Belmont's adventure occurred in the Game Boy title Castlevania: Legends, which took place in 1450. Her backstory was that she was born with the ability to see supernatural creatures that most mortals can't see, so she was trained to be a vampire hunter by her grandfather. During her training, she encountered Alucard and the two become close friends. It is also implied that they may have been much closer than that.
Eventually, Sonia Belmont's grandpa died, so she took the Vampire Killer whip and journeyed through Castlevania to put an end to all the death and suffering Dracula caused. After plowing her way through tons of Drac's minions, she encounters Alucard again, who refuses to let her advance until she proves her power. Eventually, Sonia Belmont fought Dracula and became the first Belmont to successfully kill him. If you collected all of the secret items, you even get a bonus ending revealing her to have a child who is implied to be Trevor (and who's father may or may not be Alucard).
Sonia was planned to return as one of two playable characters (the other being a 19th century Belmont named Victor) in a Sega Dreamcast game called Resurrection, but the game was cancelled. All that is known about the story is that Dracula is resurrected by a mysterious Countess in the year 1666. With no Belmont around to defeat the lord of darkness, mysterious forces called upon the aid of a Belmont from the past and a Belmont from the (then) future: Sonia Belmont and Victor Belmont. The leaked graphics, artwork, and music were promising, but I am not sure if the franchise would have been better off with this game seeing the light of day.
It is no secret that Iga's decision to make Legends non-canon to his perception of the Castlevania timeline has earned him a considerable amount of flack. His own words in explaining the decision did not help. He basically said that female protagonists are hard to work in old vampire stories. Of course, one of the good things about being a fan is that we don't have to obey every rule of how the creator or owner of the franchise interprets it, even if that makes us an outcast to other parts of the fanbase. I know many fans (myself included) who still consider Legends canon despite what Iga said and regardless of the iffy Sonucard thing going on.
Depending on your feelings regarding Castlevania Legends, Trevor is either the first Belmont to defeat Dracula or the first MALE Belmont to defeat Dracula. He appears in the NES game Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse, which takes place in the year 1476. Prior to the events of the game, the Belmonts were feared by society because of their power over supernatural creatures. However, they changed their tone when it seems that a Belmont is their only hope against Dracula.
On his journey, Trevor encounters a pirate named Grant DaNasty, a witch named Sypha Belnades, and Dracula's son Alucard. The four all had their own reasons to defeat the Dark Lord, but worked as a team. At least, that's how the official story goes. You can never encounter all three of these three allies in the same playthrough and you can only encounter Grant and Sypha or Grant and Alucard.
Regardless of these insignificant details, Trevor and his allies fought Dracula's minions and managed to kill him. Trevor also fell in love with and married Sypha, ensuring that the Belmont legacy would continue to kick Dracula's ass.
A Demon Forgemaster once loyal to Dracula who appears as the protagonist of the PlayStation 2 game Curse of Darkness, which takes place 3 years after Dracula's Curse. Demon Forgemasters were sorcerers who had the power to summon innocent devils to do their bidding. Hector was one of two Devil Forgemasters working for Dracula, the other being Isaac. Hector gave up his demonic powers when he betrayed Dracula, but had to regain them when Isaac killed his wife Rosalee.
Eventually, Isaac became Dracula's vessel back to the world of the living, but Hector managed to defeat Dracula once again. Oh, and he also fought Trevor a couple of times.
One of the more obscure members of the Belmont family. He made his debut in the infamous Game Boy title Castlevania: The Adventure, which took place in 1576, a century after Trevor Belmont's adventure. As usual, Christopher marched through the castle, killed a bunch of monsters, and handed Dracula his ass. But Dracula was not dead! After Christopher left the castle, Dracula flew away to prepare his revenge.
Christopher's next adventure happened in the sequel also for Game Boy entitled Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge, taking place in 1591. At his son Soleil's coming of age, Christopher decides to train his boy and give him the Vampire Hunter, but he is kidnapped and corrupted by Dracula, who also spawns four castles, each the home of a different monster. Once again, Christopher saves the day. Only this time, Dracula actually dies.
Despite his obscurity and the bad reputation his games get, Christopher Belmont did get some slack. He was the protagonist of the IDW Publishing comic book Castlevania: The Belmont Legacy, which was a loose adaptation of The Adventure concluding with a sneak peek to the events of Belmont's Revenge. The Adventure also received a WiiWare remake called The Adventure: Rebirth, but it is considered by Iga to be an alternate continuity because it is so different from the original game that it seems more like a new game entirely rather than just a remake. I suppose it could also be because Dracula actually dies in this version and the prologue implies that there have been MANY Belmonts who challenged Dracula before Christopher as opposed to just Trevor, with or without Sonia.
The protagonist of the cell phone game Castlevania: Order of Shadows, taking place during the early 1600's in an unspecified year. He marched forth with his sisters Zoe and Dolores to take on Dracula, now being revived by a cult known as the Order of Shadows. As usual, Desmond kills Dracula. Iga considers the game non-canon, mainly because it was made and released exclusively in America.
Arguably the most famous of the Belmonts. He made his debut in the very first Castlevania game ever, the original Castlevania game for the NES, which took place in 1691, 100 years after Christopher actually killed Dracula. Being the first of its kind, the plot was basically the most generic plot a Castlevania game could give: Dracula's back, a Belmont has to kill him, and Belmont wins. One of the possible reasons why many are more familiar with Simon is that his game has been remade many times: Vampire Killer for the Master System (Japan and Europe only), the notoriously difficult arcade game Haunted Castle, Super Castlevania IV for the SNES, and Castlevania Chronicles for the PlayStation 1.
Simon's second adventure happened in Castlevania II: Simon's Quest, taking place seven years after the original Castlevania. It is revealed that before he died, Dracula placed a curse on Simon so that he would die and become his next vessel. Simon figured that the best way to solve his problem was to resurrect Dracula just so he could kill him again. On his adventure, he gathered Dracula's body parts and fought every supernatural fiend that got in his way. The game had three endings based on how long it took to beat the game. The worst ending had Simon killing Dracula but dying anyway, the neutral ending had both Simon and Dracula die, and the best ending had Simon succeed in breaking his curse and Dracula rise from his grave, even though he wouldn't be fought by a Belmont for another 94 years.
Simon Belmont's grandson and the protagonist of the Game Boy Advance game Harmony of Dissonance, taking place in 1748. An attempt at reviving Dracula leads to Juste's childhood friends Maxim Kischine and Lydie being abducted. Play your cards right and Juste manages to save them both and battle the Dracula Wraith, a spirit assuming the form of Dracula, but not Dracula himself.
Protagonist of Castlevania: Rondo of Blood, a PC-Engine game only released in Japan that later had a SNES port called Dracula X (Vampire's Kiss in Europe) and a PlayStation Portable remake called The Dracula X Chronicles. Richter's adventure takes place in 1792 and has him fight a more competent Dracula (the first thing the vampire lord does after the dark priest Shaft revives him is terrorize his village). Richter saves a young girl named Maria Renard and she becomes his ally. As he goes on, he rescues his fiancee and two other women and defeats Dracula as his ancestors did.
While he first appeared in Dracula's Curse as one of the allies that could join you on your quest, most remember him from the PlayStation title Symphony of the Night, which also had a modified remake featuring new voice acting for PSP included as an unlockable in The Dracula X Chronicles. Alucard's adventure takes place five years after Richter's.
Shaft brainwashes Richter in an attempt to revive Dracula again, but Alucard awakens from his slumber to set things right. In the best ending, he snaps Richter out of Shaft's spell and kills both Shaft and his resurrected father.
Following Alucard's adventure, Richter heard of a prophecy and had to give up the whip until the day Dracula was supposed to die permanently came.
The heroine of the Nintendo DS game Order of Ecclesia, taking place during the early 1800's in an undefined year. The Order of Ecclesia is an organization that studies magic, the head Barlowe attempting to teach Shanoa the Dominus ability.
Her surrogate brother Albus interrupts the procedure and she ends up with amnesia. A most realistic case, even (The sad truth is that real life amnesia is permanent. So don't go and get yourself hit on the head real hard if you care about remembering who you are and what you've done!) Shanoa uses her glyph-absorbing powers to advance on her journey, but she learns from Albus that Barlowe is not to be trusted.
Barlowe sacrifices himself to resurrect Dracula and Castlevania, but Shanoa brings the Count down again when she uses the Dominus spell at the cost of Albus' life. Before he dies, he manages to kind of restore Shanoa's lost memories. After Dracula's defeat, Shanoa disappeared and all records of Ecclesia's existence became lost.
The hero of the Game Boy Advance title Circle of the Moon, taking place in 1830. Ten years before the game, Dracula was sealed away by a group of vampire hunters. Nathan's parents died, but he was raised by Master Baldwin along with his own son Hugh.
As an adult, Nathan had to use the Hunter's Whip to fight another revival of Dracula when the vampire was freed by Carmilla (for some reason misspelled as Camilla). As other heroes did before him, he succeeds.
A werewolf featured in the Nintendo 64 game Legacy of Darkness, a touched-up revision of the N64 game entitled simply Castlevania, but referred to as Castlevania 64 both to distinguish it from Simon Belmont's adventure and to go with the tradition of game series installments on the N64 having 64 in the title.
Cornell's story is the only one you can play when you start the game and took place in the year 1844, where he fought Dracula to rescue his adopted sister Ada. On his quest, he also rescues a young Henry Oldrey and battles his rival Ortega. The only sacrifice Cornell makes is the loss of his lycanthropic powers, which enable Dracula to reincarnate.
Reinhardt Schneider and Carrie Fernandez-
An indirect descendant of the Belmonts and a descendant of Sypha Belnades who journeyed through Castlevania in 1852. Their stories happened in both Castlevania 64 and Legacy of Darkness.
Henry Oldrey also enters the castle shortly after Reinhardt and Carrie during his adventure to rescue children trapped in Dracula's castle.
Reinhardt and Carrie never encounter each other during their separate adventures, but it is implied that they fought Dracula's forces together. Both of them had their own nemesis: Reinhardt fought Death and Carrie battled the cruel Actrise.
The one who killed Dracula in Bram Stoker's novel Dracula, published in 1897. We only have Bloodlines/The New Generation's word for it, but Quincy Morris is part of the Castlevania canon because he is John Morris' father. Contradictions of the novel made by the game series, however, may indicate that the events of the book did not happen in quite the same way they did in the Castlevania universe. He is drawn as a silhouette with a question mark because we can't be certain what he was supposed to look like in the Castlevania universe and the novel was made before illustrations were common, so exactly what Quincey looks like is open to interpretation.
Anyway, his story is that he killed Dracula with the Vampire Killer at the cost of his life, and he is an indirect descendant of the Belmonts.
John Morris and Eric Lecarde-
Also known as Whip Guy and Spear Dude. John Morris is Quincy Morris' son and Eric Lecarde has been speculated to be descended from Alucard and Maria Renard (I don't know about Maria, but I am almost certain Alucard has some connection with the Lecarde family. He did create Eric's weapon the Alucard Spear, after all!) They are the two playable heroes in Castlevania: Bloodlines for the Sega Genesis (called The New Generation in Europe and simply Vampire Killer in Japan).
These two battled Dracula in 1917 during World War One. Apparently, the Archduke's assassination was done by Drac's niece Elizabeth Bartley to resurrect her uncle (Don't ask me how he had a niece. NO SOURCE I'VE READ GAVE ANY EXPLANATION!) The two young heroes were victorious, but John eventually died because the Vampire Killer sapped the life energy of anyone who used it that was not of pure Belmont blood.
Jonathan Morris and Charlotte Aulin-
John Morris' son and a young witch. Their adventure happens in the DS game Portrait of Ruin, taking place in the year 1944. Using the souls of the people slain during World War Two, a vampire artist named Brauner brings back Castlevania as a plan to destroy humanity, but keeps Dracula from rising because of his past failures.
In addition, Brauner has also brainwashed Eric Lecarde's daughters Stella and Loretta because he believes them to be reincarnations of his own daughters, who died in the First World War. Brauner is eventually killed by Jonathan and Charlotte, both of them mentored by Eric's ghost, and Dracula wakes up only to be killed once more. He laughs that he'll only keep coming back after each death, but our heroes point out to him that his resurrections won't keep going forever.
Supposed reincarnation of Dracula and the protagonist of the GBA game Aria of Sorrow and the DS title Dawn of Sorrow, taking place in the respective years 2035 and 2036.
The Sorrow games establish that Dracula was killed for good in 1999. All that is known about the event is that the victor of the battle was Julius Belmont and that at least two of his allies were Alucard and a Belnades. Aria of Sorrow begins with Soma using his soul-absorbing powers to obtain creatures' abilities and defeats a man named Graham Jones, who believes himself to be the true reincarnation of Dracula. After Graham's death, Soma enters the chaotic realm with help from Mina Hakuba, Yoko Belnades, Alucard, and Julius Belmont and defeats Chaos, a surreal being that is the source of Dracula's powers, and therefore could be the real antagonist of all other Castlevania games preceding Aria in the timeline.
Dawn of Sorrow has a woman named Celia attempt to revive Dracula by either giving the power to two candidates (A pyromancer named Dario Bossi and a power-mimicking man named Dmitri Blinov, both of whom were born the same night Dracula perished for good) or manipulating Soma into embracing his inner darkness. Do the right thing and Soma stops the evil plan. Goof up, and Julius has to save the day.
Dawn of Sorrow's Julius Mode is unlocked whether you beat the game with the Good Ending or the Bad Ending, but the story is still the same: Celia made Soma become the Dark Lord again and Julius has to keep the promise he made Soma in the first game and put him out of his misery. He can have Alucard and Yoko Belnades join him as a nod to Dracula's Curse, but Grant DaNasty has no counterpart. Hammer was planned to be Grant's equivalent at some point, but he was dummied out.
Canonically, Soma Cruz thwarts the attempts made at making him become Dracula again, but Alucard makes it clear that a new Dark Lord will rise whether Soma is involved or not.
The main protagonist of the Lords of Shadow series. I know he is the villain in Mirror of Fate, but the series still for the most part focuses on him. I just didn't have enough room to draw Trevor, Simon, and Alucard's Lords of Shadow counterparts. I drew him in shadow because it took an assload of time to make this picture, and I would be damned if I had to spend any more time on this!
Gabriel Belmont made his debut in Lords of Shadow for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, with a new PC port including the DLC chapters Reverie and Resurrection. The game took place in 1047 and explained that Gabriel was an abandoned child who was raised by the Brotherhood of Light, a religious order of knights who kill monsters and demons for God. Becoming a Brotherood knight himself, Gabriel took on the surname Belmont, French for "beautiful mountain", and married his childhood friend Marie.
Then one day, Gabriel saw Marie dead and heard that he could revive her if he had the God Mask, the problem being that it was split into three fragments and each of them were guarded by the titular Lords of Shadow: Cornell the werewolf, Carmilla the vampire, and the mysterious necromancer who also happened to be Death himself.
On his journey, Gabriel is aided by a reclusive Brotherhood knight named Zobek and the young hero gains several weapons and power-ups. After killing Cornell and Carmilla, Gabriel learns that the Lords of Shadow were actually demonic remnants of the original founders of the Brotherhood of Light, created when their good halves ascended to heaven. Gabriel eventually finds out that Zobek is Death and ends up fighting and defeating Satan. After finally having the God Mask assembled, Gabriel is grief-stricken to find that it does not resurrect the dead. The game ends with Gabriel upset that he had been deceived and lied to and shows an epilogue revealing that he becomes the new continuity's Dracula.
The DLC chapters explain exactly how Gabriel Belmont became Dracula. Basically, Carmilla's surrogate vampire daughter Laura informs Gabriel that the deaths of the Lords of Shadow has enabled a greater evil known as the Forgotten One to escape his prison. In order to ensure that Gabriel survives in the dark realm that the Forgotten One is imprisoned in, Laura forces the hero to drink her blood. The process kills Laura, effectively ending her immortal angst, and turns Gabriel into a vampire. Gabriel kills the Forgotten One, gains his powers, and swears vengeance against the Brotherhood of Light, God, and pretty much everyone else who screwed him over.
The second entry was Castlevania: Lords of Shadow- Mirror of Fate for the 3DS, with an HD version due in November. The game's story is divided into a prologue and three chapters.
The prologue takes place a year before the original Lords of Shadow and reveals that Marie gave birth to a son, Trevor, while Gabriel was sent to capture a Daemon Lord. As it turns out, the Brotherhood hid Trevor and raised him in secret, leaving Gabriel unaware that he had a son and explaining how the Belmonts exist in the Lords of Shadow continuity.
Chronologically, the game's three chapters happen in this order: Third chapter first with first and second chapters happening simultaneously.
Chapter Three takes place in 1073. Trevor Belmont is now an adult who has married a red-haired Sypha Belnades and has a son named Simon. As a member of the Brotherhood of Light, Trevor is informed of his father's past and mother's death. Plagued by vengeance, he goes to Carmilla's former castle to kill Dracula. Failing to heed the warnings of the Lost Soul, a personification of the titular mirror, Trevor is killed by his father. When he learns that Trevor is his son, Gabriel is so horrified that he attempts to revive him as a vampire. When it seems to fail, Gabriel puts him in a coffin labeled "Alucard". The reason for the name seems to be because Gabriel didn't know his son's name and may have been inspired to reverse his own name because he learned the truth from the Mirror of Fate. It should also be noted that Gabriel refers to himself as Dracul, which means "The Dragon", and Dracula means "Son of the Dragon".
Chapters One and Two have an adult Simon Belmont challenge Dracul to avenge his parents' deaths while Trevor comes back from the dead as the vampire Alucard. The two manage to defeat Dracula, but Alucard knows that he isn't dead.
As the centuries go on, Gabriel continues fighting his son Alucard, his descendants the Belmont Clan, and possibly the Brotherhood of Light granted he didn't wipe them out after Trevor's death.
The upcoming Lords of Shadow 2, which has been delayed twice (proving that the folks at MercurySteam care about the game's quality), has Gabriel as the main protagonist once more. In modern times, Dracula has grown weary of fighting his descendants to the death, so he has begun to wish his immortality would end. Zobek returns alive and well to inform Gabriel that Satan is returning, promising to free him of his immortality if he helps him defeat The Devil. Gabriel has weakened over the years, so he returns to his old castle to reclaim his powers. Only two problems: 1, Dracula's castle has turned against him and he must fight his former minions, and 2, Victor Belmont, the last of Gabriel's descendants, is hellbent on killling him and finally restoring honor to the Belmont name.
We won't find out how it all ends until February 27, 2014, but I am sure that when the game finally comes out, the long wait will be worth it.
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