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"The most agile man in Vallachia."
— Grant's description in Judgment

Grant Danasty (グラント・ダナスティ Guranto Danasuti?) is one of the protagonists of Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse. He also appears in Castlevania Judgment as a playable character.

Character's history

In Wallachia, during the year 1476, the populace became disturbed when monsters, who had until that point only been talked about in legend, started to appear in populated areas. According to rumors, they were commanded by a mysterious Count in black known as Dracula.[5] Viewing the situation with great concern, the Eastern Orthodox Church sent out their troops to subdue to the threat. Because he was suspected to be a vampire, a secret team was deployed to find and defeat Dracula.[6]

Around the same time, within Wallachia, a group of rebels were plotting to overthrow Count Dracula. However, they were no match for Dracula's dark powers and the members of the resistance all met gruesome ends. Grant Danasty, a noble thief from Wallachia was among them. He was turned into a demon and was put in the clock tower as a guard.[6]

After receiving no word from Wallachia for some time, the Pope turned to the Belmont family as a last resort. Trevor Belmont stepped forward to end the oppression of Wallachia.[6]

Trevor managed to defeat Grant's cursed demon form after reaching the top of the Clock Tower, turning him back into a human, but retaining somehow the supernatural ability to climb and stick to walls as if he was a spider, and great speed, giving him the nickname of "the most agile man in Wallachia" Grant then decided to go along with him. Together with Sypha Belnades, a witch, and Alucard, Dracula's son, the four heroes fought their way to Dracula's throne room. Through their combined efforts, they managed to subdue him. After the fight, they watched the castle crumble at a nearby mountain cliff. All the monsters disappeared alongside with Dracula and Wallachia was at rest.

Boss

Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse

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Grant is fought as a boss in the Clock Tower. He was turned into a monster due to Dracula's magic. After he's defeated, he can be recruited by Trevor as an ally.

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

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Although Grant does not appear in person, a zombie impersonating him, along with two other zombies impersonating Trevor Belmont and Sypha Belnades, is fought as a boss in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, encountered in the Reverse Colosseum. He is an evil duplicate made to confuse Alucard.

Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin

Main article: Fake Grant
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The trio of zombies from Symphony of the Night return in Portrait of Ruin. They are encountered in the Nest of Evil, a special area where several bosses from previous games can be fought.

Battle

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Grant is one of three allies that can be recruited in Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse. Grant uses a small dagger to rapidly stab forward. In the Japanese version of the game, he's able to throw them instead, allowing him to be more effective compared to the American version. His usable sub-weapons are the Dagger, the Axe and the Stopwatch. In addition, Grant can climb on walls and ceilings, making it easier for him to traverse the stages and reach areas otherwise unreachable to Trevor.

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Strengths

  • Can hang to walls and ceilings.
  • Can change directions while jumping.
  • Can jump very high and very far.
  • Very high agility.
  • Large attack range (Japanese version only).

Weaknesses

  • Fairly weak offensively.
  • Fairly weak defensively.
  • Small attack range (Western versions only).

Dialogue

Upon defeating Grant (Video)

  • Grant: My name is Grant. I dreamed I was turned into a ghost.
  • Grant: Please take me with you. My family was killed by Dracula.

(A menu appears that says "What will you do?" with the options "Take him with you?" or "Leave him behind?")

  • Grant (If you choose "Leave him behind?"): Thanks for helping me. I hope we see each other again.
  • Grant (If you choose "Take him with you?"): I can help you a lot because I am very fast.

If Trevor chose Sypha or Alucard as his partner

  • Grant: My job is done, so you should go with him for now.

Upon defeating Grant (fan translation) video

  • Grant: Ugh... am I alive? I'm Grant. That... bastard turned me into...!
  • Grant: Everyone died here 'cause of him! Please let me help!

(a message appears asking "Accept a partner?" with options "yes" and "no")

  • Grant (if chosen "yes"): Really? My speed and skills are now at your service!

Other appearances

Castlevania Judgment

Main article: Grant Danasty/Judgment
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Galamoth plots to send the Time Reaper from 10,000 years in the future into the past to destroy his rival Dracula and change history. A time traveler named Aeon discovers this and pulls together champions from different eras of history into a dimensional rift in order to find a chosen one capable of destroying Galamoth's servant. Grant is one of these warriors.

After Dracula's defeat, Grant devoted himself to rebuilding the towns and villages that had been destroyed. He has feelings for Sypha, and therefore didn't attend her wedding to Trevor, whom he resents.

Grant is mostly shrouded in bandages, has pale skin and white hair, and he wields a circle shaped weapon with daggers attached. He also appears to have spare daggers attached to his wrist. Grant's theme in Castlevania Judgment is Clockwork.

Pachislot Akumajō Dracula III

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Grant makes a small cameo appearance in Pachislot Akumajō Dracula III. He appears in his 8-bit incarnation during 'Bonus' mode, along with a small description.

Castlevania (animated series)

Project 51 Productions obtained the rights from Konami to create a movie based on Castlevania. Their planned project was a direct-to-DVD feature covering the story of Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse, with Grant as one of the protagonists. However, the project went on a long hiatus and it eventually came to light in the form of a Netflix animated series, with the first four episodes released on July 7, 2017, and its second season on October 26, 2018. Grant has yet to appear in the series.

Grant is briefly referenced in the animated series. In Bless Your Dead Little Hearts (S3E01) Trevor mentions "that one guy with the horse-drawn sailboat on wheels that called himself the Pirate of the Roads...", and Saint Germain comments about "[an] imbecile who put wheels on his boat again".

Trivia

  • Grant's surname, "Danasty", might be a reference to Dănești, a noble house from Wallachia. The House of Dănești was one of the two main lineages of the Wallachian noble family House of Basarab. They were descended from Dan I of Wallachia. The other lineage of the Basarabs is the House of Drăculești, which Vlad III Drăculea belongs to. Grant's surname could also be a play on "Nadasdy", a noble Hungarian family that produced Ferenc Nádasdy. A "lesser impaler" than Vlad Ţepeş, Ferenc was the husband of Elizabeth Báthory and father of their children.
  • In spite of his role in Castlevania III, Grant has been frequently excluded or relegated in media based off Dracula's Curse:
    • Pachislot Akumajō Dracula III shows his original sprite in an intermission screen while the other three playable characters are fully modeled, animated and voice acted.
    • Julius Mode does not feature any descendant of Grant, with Hammer supposedly being a Danasty given his planned inclusion in the mode before being cut.
    • The animated adaptation, initially based off Dracula's Curse, also ignores Grant entirely, with writer Warren Ellis specifically excluding him due to his "stupid name", the original film not having enough time to include him alongside every other character, and his pirate-like appearance being ill-fitting for a land-locked country.
    • Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon, a prequel to Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, takes much of its inspiration from Dracula's Curse and also includes four playable characters. However, while Trevor, Sypha and Alucard all have similar counterparts in Curse of the Moon, Grant does not, with the character Zangetsu resembling Getsu Fuma in abilities and aesthetic instead.
      • In the sequel, however, the character Robert seems to be his counterpart, being mostly a distance character with the ability to cling and crawl on walls.
    • The Lords of Shadow universe has a Danasty appear posthumously as a Brotherhood of Light knight (read bullet below), while Trevor/Alucard and Sypha all have major roles within the rebooted universe.
  • In Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate, in Dracula's clock tower, there is a dead Brotherhood of Light knight holding a scroll in which his story is told: "He's named Danasty and claims vengeance for the murder of his family by Dracula." While the name "Grant" is not explicitly shown, it can be assumed it a small Easter egg made by MercurySteam, as the Lords of Shadow universe has also a counterpart for all the other characters from Dracula's Curse.
  • In an interview about Season 3 of the Netflix Castlevania animated series, when asked about Grant, Warren Ellis stated that the Captain character had no connection to Grant, but the "Pirate of the Roads" was hinted to at least be a nod.[7]
    • In a similar case, a character named Greta, who hails from the town of Danesti, was introduced in the fourth season of the show. Due to the similarities of these names, there was some speculation if she was a reference to Grant. However, Kevin Kolde, executive producer of the show, stated in an interview that this was just a coincidence.[8]

See also

References

  1. Akumajō Densetsu ending.
  2. Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse US instruction booklet, page 9.
  3. The Castlevania Judgment instruction booklet states that he sees Trevor as an older brother.
  4. Dengekionline (Japanese language)成田:私も小説版でダナスティの子孫をヒロインにさせていただきました(笑)。その節はダナスティの子孫という私の考えた無茶なキャラクター設定を許してくださり、ありがとうございました。
  5. Castlevania: Curse of Darkness (comic). Tokyopop. 2008. p.19,20,21,22.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Castlevania 20th Anniversary Pre-order Bundle. Konami. 2006. Timeline. 1476: Castlevania Dracula's Curse.
  7. ‘Castlevania’: Warren Ellis & Kevin Kolde on the Psychedelic Horror of Season 3 at Collider.
  8. Castlevania Season 4 Interview: Kevin Kolde at Screen Rant.

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