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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.

Games

Card games

Yu-Gi-Oh!

Video games

3D Dot Game Heroes
  • 3D Dot Game Heroes - 01
    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, the Ice King quotes Dracula's infamous line from Symphony of the Night: "But 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.
Boktai
Bomberman
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
  • An item in this game, called the "Mysterious Wall Chicken", can be found by destroying certain walls in a nod to how similar items are often found in the Castlevania series hidden behind breakable walls.
  • An item in this game, the Red Orb, is a direct reference to the Red Crystal in Castlevania II: Simon's Quest. The reference goes as far as having the same use: the orb must be taken to the topmost part of a cliff (itself being a reference to Deborah Cliff), and kneel and wait for a whirlwind spirit to carry the player to a secret area.
Etrian Odyssey: Nexus
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).
  • Ardyn belonging to the same family line as that of Lucis Caelum also resembled Dracula's Lords of Shadow counterpart. In addition, Ardyn's Japanese voice actor, Keiji Fujiwara, also voiced Dracula from Lords of Shadows.
Frogger: The Great Quest
Guacamelee!
  • Guacamelee! - 01
    A mosaic of Simon Belmont fighting a skeleton can be found in one of the levels.
Hollow Knight
  • Grimm - 01
    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
  • Near the end of the game, when facing the main antagonist, Jeanne says: "Die, monster! You don't belong in this world!", referencing Richter Belmont's encounter with Dracula at the beginning of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle
  • The character Jonathan Joestar can taunt by exclaiming "Your words are as empty as your soul!"
Mega Man X: Command Mission
  • The character Zero has a transformation called "Absolute Zero" in the game that has a strong resemblance to some of Dracula's true forms in various games. Coincidentally, Zero's Japanese voice actor, Ryōtarō Okiayu, also voiced Alucard, who had some similarities to each other in terms of overall demeanor, as well as being tied to the main antagonists (Alucard being the son of Dracula, while Zero was the ultimate and final creation of Dr. Wily).
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
  • Kokoro Belmont - 09
    Otomedius Excellent features a Belmont character playable in this game; her name is Kokoro Belmont and she's 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
  • Flash Puzzle - Maxwell's Mysterious Notebook - 02
    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's dressed in maid's attire and is in possession of a demonic vacuum.
Suikoden
Neclord - 01
  • A vampire antagonist character called Neclord appears in the two fantasy role-playing games Suikoden and Suikoden II (also by Konami) for the PlayStation. While never officially stated, it's widely believed that he's based on Dracula, the main antagonist of the Castlevania series.
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
  • Simon and Richter Belmont appear as playable characters in this versus fighting game.
  • Dracula appears as a boss and many of his minions, such as Death, Carmilla, Medusa, The Creature and Flea Man, the Werewolf, the Mummy and even Kid Dracula himself, appear either as environmental hazards or simply as aesthetics for the stages.
  • Dracula's Castle appears as a playable stage, with its layout modeled after the original Castlevania.
  • Many other Castlevania references appear in the game, such as weapons and music tracks, as well as unlockable Spirits (support entities) of several characters from the entire franchise.
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.
Terraria

This sandbox video game with building, metroidvania and role-playing elements features a number of references to classic Castlevania games:

  • Arkhalis - 01
    The Arkhalis sword is a reference to the Crissaegrim from Symphony of the Night; it behaves similarly, has an almost identical icon and its description says: "I didn't get this off of a Schmoo", in reference to how the Crissaegrim can only be obtained by the Schmoos in the Forbidden Library.
  • Likewise, the Terragrim is also a reference to the Crissaegrim, behaving similarly, sharing a similar icon, and even being phonetically similar.
  • The Bloody Tear is a reference to "Bloody Tears", one of the most well known music themes in the Castlevania series.
    • Its tooltip reads: "What a horrible night to have a curse.", the same text that appears in Castlevania II: Simon's Quest whenever night befalls.
    • Its appearance in item form could be a reference to the Tear of Blood from the Castlevania series - a red gem in the shape of a teardrop.
  • The Death Sickle is a reference to Death's Scythe. It looks very similar to Death's trademark weapon and is swung in a similar fashion.
    • When swung, it flings out spinning energy scythes; these are most likely a reference to the Deathscythe ability.
  • The Demon is apparently a reference to the Tiny Devil from the Castlevania series.
    • This enemy attacks with an energy projectile called the Demon Scythe, which apparently is another reference to the Deathscythe ability.
  • The Holy Water is a reference to the classic Holy Water sub-weapon from the Castlevania series.
The Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures
  • The Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures - 01
    This official video game based on the popular internet 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 (series)
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's a security unit called the "Belmont Squad".
Van Helsing
Yandere Simulator
  • Yanvania - Senpai of the Night - 01
    While in the Bedroom, the player is able to play a minigame called Yanvania: Senpai of the Night. It parodies the prologue sequence of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.
Zombies Ate My Neighbors
  • Vlad Belmont - 01
    In the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis game, Zombies Ate My Neighbors, also published by Konami, the vampire enemy's name is "Vlad Belmont".
The Wonderful 101
  • Romanian fashion modeler, Mariana Kretzulesco (Wonder-Pink), wields the "Beautiful Whip", which is revealed to be made of "Belmont Alloy".

Literature

Manga

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 a slight resemblance to a vampire) and her main-weapon is a flail.

Music

Army of the Pharaohs
  • This hip hop group has a track named "Bloody Tears" which samples the classic Castlevania theme.
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
  • This band 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 series

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's 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.
Gods & Heroes
  • Gods & Heroes - 01
    The promotional poster for this upcoming Netflix original series bears a striking resemblance to the cover artwork of the original Castlevania, and could probably be intended to attract the audience of the animated series toward it.
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's 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 also

References

  1. Josh Haber at Twitter.

External links

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