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

  • Christopher Belmont (The Castlevania Adventure)
  • Desmond Belmont (Castlevania: Order of Shadows)
  • Gabriel Belmont (Castlevania: Lords of Shadow)
  • Hanz Belmont (Castlevania: The Bloodletting)
  • Julius Belmont (Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow)
  • Juste Belmont (Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance)
  • Kokoro Belmont (Otomedius Excellent)
  • Leon Belmont (Castlevania: Lament of Innocence)
  • Richter Belmont (Castlevania Dracula X: Rondo of Blood)
  • Simon Belmont (Castlevania)
  • Simon Belmont III (Konami Wai Wai World)
  • Sonia Belmont (Castlevania Legends)
  • Trevor Belmont (Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse)
  • Victor Belmont (Castlevania Resurrection)

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:

The Belnades

  • Carrie Fernandez (Castlevania for the Nintendo 64)
  • Charlotte Aulin (Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin)
  • Sypha Belnades (Castlevania: Judgment)
  • Yoko Belnades (Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow)

Other Heroes

  • Aeon (Castlevania: Judgment)
  • Adrian "Alucard" Fahrenheit Tepes (Castlevania Legends)
  • Albus (Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia)
  • Cornell (Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness)
  • Eric Lecarde (Castlevania: Judgment)
  • Grant DaNasty (Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse)
  • Gretchen Renard (Castlevania: The Bloodletting)
  • Hector (Castlevania: Curse of Darkness)
  • Henry Oldrey (Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness)
  • Maria Renard (Castlevania Dracula X: Rondo of Blood)
  • Maxim Kischine (Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance)
  • Pumpkin (Castlevania: Lament of Innocence)
  • Roberto (Castlevania: The Bloodletting)
  • Shanoa (Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia)
  • Soma Cruz (Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow)

Bosses and Playable Enemies

  • Actrise (Castlevania for the Nintendo 64)
  • Barlow (Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia)
  • Brauner (Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin)
  • Carmilla (Castlevania II: Simon's Quest)
  • Celia Fortner (Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow)
  • Dario Bossi (Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow)
  • Death "The Grim Reaper" (Castlevania Legends)
  • Dmitrii Blinov (Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow)
  • Elizabeth Bartley (Castlevania Bloodlines)
  • Graham Jones (Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow)
  • Isaac (Castlevania: Curse of Darkness)
  • Joachim Armster (Castlevania: Lament of Innocence)
  • Old Axe Armor (Castlevania Dracula X: Rondo of Blood)
  • Olrox, the German Count (Castlevania: Symphony of the Night)
  • Ortega (Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness)
  • Shaft (Castlevania Dracula X: Rondo of Blood)
  • Stella and Loretta Lecarde (Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin)
  • Vlad "Tepes" Dracula (Castlevania Legends)
  • Walter Bernhard (Castlevania: Lament of Innocence)