The Characters of Castlevania

There have been a lot of characters in the Castlevania series. Although the series original started out as the adventures of Simon Belmont against the forces of Dracula (one hero, six bosses), with the second game reusing a few of those same bosses (adding in one new one), the series quickly got out of control, adding in a different Belmont and three other heroes plus a bunch of new bosses all within the third console title for the series.

From there it just went off the rails -- each new game seemed to feature a new Belmont (or some other related kin) and newer and more different bosses were thrown in just to keep things "fresh".

That's where we come in. We at the Inverted Dungeon feel it's our duty to try and make sense of the convoluted continuity, and we'll do our best here to give context for every hero and villain, talking about their personal stories, what games they were playable in, and where you, the gamer, should go for your best fix of heroic vampire slaying goodness. Heroes are presented in alphabetical order by clan (with their first chronological game in parenthesis):

(Note: Where possible we will also include any historical, mythological, and/or pop-culture context we can for the origination of these characters.)

The Belmonts

Keepers of the Whip

After 1800, the Vampire Killer passes hands among many of the Belmont kin (and other powerful heroes). These are the Keepers of the Whip:

Due to the questionable story of Castlevania: The Arcade, we're not sure if the whip-wielder in that game is a Belmont or not, or even what his story may be.

The Belnades

One additional playable sorceress is included (as a secret character) in Castlevania: The Arcade. While the character, the Little Witch, does use the Belnades spells, there's just not enough story available for us to know who she really is.

Other Heroes

A female hero is also available in Castlevania: The Arcade. Called the Lady Gunner, very little is known about her (beyond the fact that she uses a gun).

Prominent Bosses and Playable Enemies