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Since the first title, released in 1986, the Castlevania series has been referenced in many forms of media, including video games, literature, music, and TV series.

GamesEdit

Card gamesEdit

Yu-Gi-Oh!
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! - Vampire Hunter - 01

    Vampire Hunter card from Yu-Gi-Oh!

    A card named Vampire Hunter depicts a man wielding a whip. Since Yu-Gi-Oh! is also property of Konami, it is probable this character was designed with a generic design of a member of the Belmont clan. Furthermore, the original Japanese name of this card is Vanpaia Kirā (Vampire Killer).

Video gamesEdit

3D Dot Game Heroes
  • This game references many video games with its loading screens. The original Castlevania is referenced in this way.
Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why'd You Steal Our Garbage?!!
  • Before Finn and Jake fight Marceline the Vampire Queen, she quotes Dracula's infamous line from Symphony of the Night: "Enough talk... Have at you!"
  • Soon after that, Jake calls the trash on the ground a "miserable little pile of trash", again referencing Dracula's original speech to Richter: "A miserable little pile of secrets."
Barnyard Blast: Swine of the Night
  • The entire game seems to be a Castlevania tribute or parody. The protagonist is called Robert Belmart.
Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon
  • The entire game is modeled after elements from classic Castlevania games such as Dracula's Curse and Rondo of Blood. These similarities include visual style, gameplay and much more.
Bunny Must Die: Chelsea and the Seven Devils
  • Vladmu

    Baron Vladmu waiting for the player.

    The fourth boss, Baron Vladmu, is a Dracula spoof that teleports in a similar manner and shoots fireballs from his crotch after opening his cape. In addition, the player can obtain weapons by breaking candles and a character called "Selena" throws scythes at the player just before they battle Vladmu, like Death guards Dracula.
Contra: Hard Corps
Dead Cells
  • A weapon appears in the game called "Valmont's Whip".
Dragon's Crown
  • Dragon's Crown - Vampire Hunter - 01

    Vampire Hunter artwork from Dragon's Crown.

    As a reward for finishing a quest in the Castle of the Dead (which seems to be a reference in itself), the game rewards the player with a picture titled "Vampire Hunter", which seems to be a reference to Alucard or the Castlevania series in general.
Dust: An Elysian Tail
Etrian Odyssey: Nexus
  • Etrian Odyssey Nexus - 01

    "Servant of Darkness" from Etrian Odyssey: Nexus.

    The upcoming dungeon crawler game, Etrian Odyssey: Nexus (known in Japan as Etrian Odyssey X) will feature a new class called "Servant of Darkness" which bares a striking resemblance to Alucard.
Final Fantasy XV
  • In the DLC story Episode Ardyn, when the main character, Ardyn Izunia, is ambushed by the Royal Guards of Lucis, the memory of his brother Somnus Lucis Caelum taunts him by saying "mankind ill needs a savior such as you", which had been Richter Belmont's retort to Dracula in the initial English localization for the prologue of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. Coincidentally, Ardyn had a similar backstory and to a certain extent characterization to Dracula, being a former human who had become an immortal demon and tried to doom the world out of spite for loved ones being brutally murdered (Aera in the case of Ardyn, Elisabetha and Lisa in the case of Dracula regarding lost loves, as well as Somnus in the case of Ardyn and witch trials in the case of Dracula regarding how they were murdered), even going as far as to have a name change afterward (Dracula originally being known as Mathias Cronqvist and Ardyn Izunia originally being known as Ardyn Lucis Caelum). Both were even willing to turn against their duties to their deities to enact their revenge due to blaming the deities in part for their misfortune (the Celestials in the case of Ardyn, especially in the ending of Episode Ardyn, and God in the case of Mathias/Dracula). Both even opposed a family line dedicated to stopping them (Lucis Caelum line in the case of Ardyn, the Belmonts in Dracula's case). A key difference between the two, however, is how they became evil (as Dracula willingly became a demon, or vampire in this case, in order to spite God, while Ardyn's becoming demonic was the result of absorbing the starscourge in an attempt to save humanity and being rejected by the Lucis crystal as a result).
  • Ardyn belonging to the same family line as that of Lucis Caelum also resembled Dracula's Lords of Shadow counterpart.
Guacamelee!
Hollow Knight
  • The boss Grimm resembles Dracula in both attack patterns and appearance. He is able to summon fireballs from his cape as well as spawn flame pillars form the ground.
  • The official Nintendo UK page for this game has a section titled "Symphony of the Knight".
Jeanne d'Arc
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle
  • The character Jonathan Joestar can taunt by exclaiming "Your words are as empty as your soul!"
Metal Gear Solid
  • MantisDigsVania

    Psycho Mantis reading the memory card.

    During the battle against Psycho Mantis, he will display his mental powers by reading the system's memory card. If he finds a Symphony of the Night file data, he will say: "You like Castlevania, don't you?"
Noitu Love 2
  • This indie game features two characters named O2-JOY and his servant the Grin Reaper, whose design is based on both Dracula and Death. Their stage is also a tribute to various Castlevania games.
Otomedius Excellent
  • Otomedius Excellent features a Belmont character playable in this game, her name is Kokoro Belmont and she is the actual guardian of the Belmont Clan in 2011.
Robotrek
  • Robotrek - 01
    A vampire character in the Super NES role-playing game Robotrek (Enix, 1994) is called "Count John Paul Belmont Prinky".
Rock of Ages
  • Rock of Ages - 01

    Wallachia stage Castlevania-like intro cutscene in Rock of Ages.

    The Wallachia stage features the famous Castlevania entrance bridge, an unnamed Belmont-like character, and a bat-transforming Vlad Ţepeş.
Saints Row 2
Scribblenauts
  • Alucard can be summoned to protect Maxwell in the Japanese version of the game.
Skullgirls
  • The character Double quotes Dracula multiple times; "What is a man?" and "A miserable little pile of secrets" included.
  • The main antagonist and boss, Marie, may be a nod to Persephone, being that she is dressed in maid's attire and is in possession of a demonic vacuum.
Suikoden
Neclord - 01
Super Bomberman R
Super Meat Boy
  • Super Meat Boy

    Castlevania-like intro from Super Meat Boy.

    "Chapter 2: The Hospital" starts out with a short intro in which Dr. Fetus flies into the night with Bandage Girl outside the gates of the hospital, which resembles Dracula's Castle. Meat Boy looks upward while a theme very similar to Prologue plays. This is a reference to the intro from Castlevania for the NES.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Main article: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Tournament Fighters - 01

    Wing Nut's profile screen.

    In Wing Nut's profile screen, on his "Favorite Activities" section it reads he likes "Castlevania 2095". Furthermore, Wing Nut himself is a bat-like mutant.
The Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures
  • This official video game based on the popular character of the same name features a level called "Assholevania", which is a parody of most common stages in the Castlevania series.
The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Dawnguard
  • In Castle Volkihar, in the first room on the left is a display case with a heart, a nail, a ring, an eye and a rib. This is a reference to Dracula's relics.
The End Is Nigh
  • One of the tracks for this game is titled "Catastrovania".
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines
  • At the end of the test chambers in the Fu Syndicate (an organization dedicated to hunt vampires) there is a security unit called the "Belmont Squad".
Van Helsing
Yandere Simulator
Zombies Ate My Neighbors
  • In the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis game, Zombies Ate My Neighbors, the vampire enemy's name is "Vlad Belmont". Makes sense as the game was also published by Konami.
The Wonderful 101
  • Romanian fashion modeler, Mariana Kretzulesco (Wonder-Pink), wields the "Beautiful Whip", which is revealed to be made of "Belmont Alloy".

LiteratureEdit

MangaEdit

Hellsing
  • The last chapter of Volume 8 is titled Castle Vania 1.
Rosario + Vampire
  • Rosario + Vampire - 01
    In the Rosario + Vampire II manga series, the main character, Tsukune Aono, learns to control his vampire powers through the use of a magical whip that dispels demon power, called "Belmont". This is clearly a reference to the Vampire Killer whip and the Belmont Clan.
Zatch Bell!
  • The manga series Zatch Bell!, called in Japan Golden Gash!! (金色のガッシュ!! Konjiki no Gasshu!!?) featured a character named Sherry Belmont (シェリー・ベルモンド Sherī Berumondo?). She assists her partner Brago (who has has a slight resemblance to a vampire), and her main-weapon is a flail.

MusicEdit

Army of the Pharaohs
  • This hip hop group has a track named "Bloody Tears" which samples the classic Castlevania song.
Dignity
  • This European metal band covered the Dracula's Curse track Beginning in their debut album, Project Destiny. The track is called "Inner Demons" and features lyrics about the inner fight of a man.
DragonForce
  • The band's 2014 album, Maximum Overload, features a song titled "Symphony of the Night", which appears to be sung from Alucard's perspective.
  • Likewise, a song from their 2017 album, Reaching into Infinity, called "Curse of Darkness", appears to be sung from Hector's perspective.
Malice Mizer
  • This popular Japanese visual kei band has a song named "Gekka no Yasoukyoku" which is the Japanese name for Symphony of the Night.
Pryapisme
  • The band "Pryapisme" references Castlevania, among many other video games, in their music video for the song "Un Druide est Giboyeux Lorsqu'il se Prend Pour un Neutrino".
Starbomb
  • Starbomb - Crasher-Vania - 01

    Starbomb - Crasher-Vania - 01

    Gaming music band, Starbomb, composed of American comedy duo Ninja Sex Party and Flash animator and internet personality Egoraptor, released their first and eponymous album in 2013, which included a song called "Crasher-Vania". The song is reminiscent of Bobby Pickett's 1962 novelty hit, Monster Mash, and talks about Simon Belmont crashing a party Dracula made for his friends. The chorus of this song gave birth to the now iconic phrase: "Never fear, Simon Belmont is here!"
The Black Dahlia Murder

TV seriesEdit

Captain N: The Game Master
  • Simon Belmont appears as one of the title characters and a member of the N Team in this American-Canadian animated series which ran from 1989 to 1991. Instead of the barbarian vampire hunter determined to stop Dracula at all costs, he is portrayed as an arrogant and vain individual who enjoys tending to his appearance more than fighting evil. Likewise, Dracula, known in the series as The Count, plays a major role as a recurrent villain and outright antagonist, commanding a roster of minions conformed primarily on enemies from Simon's Quest and Dracula's Curse.
Game of Thrones
  • One of the fictional languages created for the show by linguist David J. Peterson makes a reference to Castlevania, where the word for chain is "belmon"; "that's clearly a shout-out to Castlevania II: Simon's Quest.", he said.
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
Robot Chicken
  • Robot Chicken - "Is that a Whip?"

    Robot Chicken - "Is that a Whip?"

    In the episode Maurice Was Caught there is a segment called "Is that a whip?" which pokes fun at the Castlevania series.
Yu-Gi-Oh! GX
  • In episode 31, the vampire Camula (a homonym of "Dracula") summons a castle with a card named Infernalvania. While the name could just be a reference to Transylvania, Yu-Gi-Oh! is a Konami property and has referenced Castlevania in the past.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Josh Haber at Twitter.

External linksEdit