Annette (アネット Anetto?) (called Annet in Dracula X) is a supporting character in the Castlevania series. She is Richter Belmont's girlfriend. She made her debut in the 1993 NEC PC Engine game Castlevania: Rondo of Blood, reprising this role in a few other games such as Castlevania: Dracula X, Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles and CR Pachinko Akumajō Dracula.
In some games, and depending on the actions taken by the player along their journey, she can also be fought as a boss.
After being resurrected by the dark priest Shaft, as one of his first steps toward world domination, Count Dracula unleashed his unholy army to attack nearby villages, taking several of their inhabitants as prisoners, including Annette. Learning of this, Richter Belmont, Annette's boyfriend and current guardian of the Belmont Clan of vampire hunters, as well as heir to the legendary Vampire Killer whip, set off on a stormy night to the town of Aljiba, where Annette hailed from. Unfortunately, he arrived too late and encountered the town already in ruins, crawling with monsters and with no signs of the prisoners' whereabouts. And so, following the only lead he had, he set forth on a long and arduous journey toward the ominous vampire's castle, with the hope of still be able to find Annette alive. Along the way, Richter rescued a little girl named Maria Renard. Maria actually recognized him, as she happened to be a friend of Annette, who had told her everything about him.
Meanwhile, Annette was separated from the rest of the prisoners and taken to the castle's clocktower, presumably due to Dracula taking a special liking to her. At some point, Dracula entered her chamber with the intention of feeding on her, and proposed to give her eternal life in exchange and reign over the world together. Annette refused and took out a knife she had concealed, threatening to take her own life rather than becoming a savage creature. At that moment, Shaft entered the room and informed the Count that intruders had entered the castle, to which Dracula had to immediately take his leave.
After going through many hardships, Richter finally gave with Annette's prison in the clocktower. After embracing each other and Richter asking her if she wasn't hurt, Annette begged him to escape from the castle together, to which Richter replied that he had to continue with his mission and kill Dracula, as this was his destiny as a vampire hunter and his blood was calling to him. After assuring her that the path up to there was already safe –and knowing that she couldn't make him change his mind–, Annette then set on her way back to the village.
In this remake of Rondo of Blood, Annette's separation from the rest of the prisoners is expanded in an early cutscene where it is explained that she in particular was chosen by Dracula to be abducted due to her ties to the Belmont Clan, which he intended to exploit by turning her into a vampire.
In Rondo of Blood, largely because of the anime-style designs implemented in this game, Annette is depicted as having violet hair and turquoise eyes. She also wears an orange dress with some frills emerging near her neck.
In Dracula X, she was redesigned by Akihiro Yamada and she is instead portrayed with blond hair tied with a bow and a green dress with floral patterns in the chest that reveals slightly more of her shoulders.
In The Dracula X Chronicles, she was redesigned again by Ayami Kojima, although taking the basis of the Dracula X design. She has blond hair, green eyes, and also wears a green dress with frills that reveals slightly more of her shoulders, with white silk near the front bottom portion of the dress, as well as a necklace with a cross on it. When transformed into a vampire, she is depicted as wearing a very revealing bodice and bottoms, red opera gloves and long boots, with her hair let down, her eyes changed to red and possessing bat wings. Her appearance in CR Pachinko Akumajō Dracula is largely similar, although the silk portion of her dress was removed to reveal a side gap for her right leg, she has a more open cleavage, and she is depicted as having a more voluptuous body - also in her vampire form.
- Main article: Carmilla
Renamed "Annet" in this game and established as Maria's sister (whereas they were only friends in Rondo of Blood). Annet is held prisoner in Stage 5', which can only be reached if Richter succeeded in rescuing Maria in the Dungeon and exited that level through the door to the alternate path. Annet's prison lies hidden in the next room after the flooding section. Richter has to destroy a crack on a wall from where a copious amount of water is flowing out. Once destroyed, all water flooding the place will recede and access will then be granted to the floor below and to Annet's secret cell. She'll be considered to have been saved from this point onward, no matter if the player dies prior to completing the level.
If Richter fails to save her during his journey, once he reaches the top of the Clock Tower, a giant skull will descend from the sky and possess the hapless Annet before he can do anything to save her, transforming her into the vampire witch Carmilla, who replaces Death as the boss of that level. While Carmilla's appearance is similar to some extent to her Rondo of Blood incarnation, her attacks are instead almost identical to those of Shaft in that game.
It must be noted that Dracula X takes part in an alternate continuity and that the events in this game are non-canonical to the main timeline. Despite this, this plot element was later reused in the Rondo of Blood remake, Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles, although the form she takes if she's saved too late is changed to that of a Lesser Vampire instead.
- Main article: Annette/Pachinko
Annette reappears in this pachinko adaptation of the series, largely resembling her role in The Dracula X Chronicles and retaining a very similar design, as well as also including her vampirized form along the story.
- Main article: Annette/Gallery
- In Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles, if Annette is rescued, the Lesser Vampire is moved from Stage 7 (replaced with Shaft's Ghost) to Stage 5', where she serves as the alternate boss and is not the vampirized Annette, but merely a generic female vampire. It's possible this vampiress may be taking Annette's form in an attempt to psychologically torment Richter (as the Succubus did in Symphony of the Night by assuming Lisa's form to attack Alucard).
- Coincidentally, both Annette/Lesser Vampire and the Succubus/Lisa shared the same English voice actress, Jessica Straus.
- Her alternate appearance in the Monthly PC Engine strategy guide may be the basis or inspiration for her appearance in Dracula X and The Dracula X Chronicles.
- Her name is spelled "Annet" in the North American instruction booklet of the Castlevania: Dracula X.
- Although she was referred to be Maria's sister in Dracula X, Koji Igarashi has confirmed that this game is not canon, and therefore this is not the case in Rondo of Blood and The Dracula X Chronicles, where they're only friends.
- Castlevania: Rondo of Blood instruction booklet, p. 13.
- In Castlevania: Dracula X, Annet and Maria were made sisters, although they weren't blood relatives in Rondo of Blood. It also should be noted that neither of them is said to have the surname "Renard", Maria's family name in Rondo of Blood.
- Akumajō Dracula XX: Holy Bible guide. Kodansha. 1995.
- Castlevania: Dracula X instruction booklet, p. 15.
|Castlevania: Dracula X|
|Richter Belmont • Annet • Maria • Dracula|
|Keruberosu • Myotia • Dyurahan • Minotaurusu • Ghost • Lypuston • Salamander • Carmilla • Death|
|Burning Town • Gate and Entrance to Evil Castle • Great Hall • Clock Tower • Count Dracula|
|Dungeon • Courtyard|
|Caves • Stage 5'|
|Divine Bloodlines • Dracula Music Collection|
|Bestiary • Inventory|