Not to be confused with Tear of Blood.

Bloody Tears is a music theme originally composed by Kenichi Matsubara for Castlevania II: Simon's Quest. It has since been redone several times across the game line and has become one of the Castlevania series' most well known tracks to date.


Castlevania games featuring "Bloody Tears"Edit

Non-Castlevania games featuring "Bloody Tears"Edit


Appearances of the concept throughout the seriesEdit




  • The concept of religious imagery weeping tears of blood or presenting stigmata —believed to originate from supernatural means— are widely-known phenomena often associated with divine miracles, especially in Catholic beliefs.
  • Dracula-has-risen-from-the-grave-christopher-lee-cries-blood

    Dracula Has Risen from the Grave
    (Hammer Film Productions, 1968)

    The name of this theme could be a reference to the classic Hammer "Dracula" horror films, where Count Dracula (portrayed by Christopher Lee) is sometimes seen crying tears of blood.
  • The introductory segment in Bloody Tears bears an uncanny resemblance to the 1985 song "Marching Out" by renown heavy metal guitarist Yngwie J. Malmsteen. The song predates the release of Castlevania II: Simon's Quest by two years, making both products relatively contemporary. Konami is well known for making numerous references to rock music in their games.
  • There is a common misconception that the Perfect Selection Dracula Battle version of Bloody Tears was performed by Gothic Metal band Cradle of Filth; however, this is not true, as it was arranged by Naoto Shibata.

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