- See also: Hector
Hector (ヘクター Hekutā?) is a major character in the Castlevania animated series, serving as one of Dracula's two human generals in his army (the other being Isaac). He is a Forgemaster who uses a hammer to bring humans and animals back from the dead and to call demons from Hell into corpses; the resulting creations become newly living monsters which can be enlisted in Dracula's army, loyal to Hector's intent.
Hector hates humans because of his hard childhood. As a child, he discovered an ability to reanimate dead animals, which he tried to keep as pets. For this, he was despised by both his mother, who wished he'd never been born, and father, a selfish alchemist. Eventually, Hector burned his house to the ground with his parents inside of it. After shunning human contact or they rejecting him, Hector eventually moved to live a solitary life in Rhodes, Greece, and was later found by Dracula while he was traveling who heard about him from local scholars. Hector eventually became a Forgemaster under Dracula's orders. After Lisa's death, Dracula asked for his abilities to build an army of creatures of the night.
Main events of the series
During the events of Dracula's war against humans, Carmilla gained Hector's trust and convinced him to join her coup against Dracula, pointing out that not only Dracula turned insane, but he also misled Hector about his original intentions, while really planning to destroy all humanity. Hector eventually joined Carmilla and was instrumental in the defeat of Dracula's vampire army.
However, after Dracula himself was killed, Carmilla took Hector captive while also brutally beating him into submission, and he had to follow her to Styria against his will, since she planned to use him for rebuilding her military power. On that march Hector suffered a lot of hardships, to the point of Carmilla even taking away his boots for herself, making Hector walk barefoot through the snow.
When they arrived to Styria, Hector was thrown in a cell, was fed spoiled food and wasn't even given any clothing. However, Carmilla's sisters from the ruling Council were critical of her treatment of Hector, pointing out that it wasn't helping his cooperation in building their army for her plans of conquest.
Lenore, their diplomat, took on herself the responsibility of making Hector cooperate with the Council. By showing him kinder treatment and social interaction she was able to gain his trust. As Lenore probed Hector what his supposed reward was for serving Dracula, Hector admitted that he assumed that he'd live out the rest of his life outside whatever enclosures that were placed for the caged humans. It's there that Hector finally realized that Dracula never honored his idea from the start and, like Carmilla, misled him.
During their conversations Lenore praised Hector for being stoic and never giving up on himself despite all his hardships. She took him on a walk at night showing Hector the panoramic view from the castle balcony, and Hector while first questioning whether she misses the daylight, admitted that the night view of the mountains under the stars is fantastic.
Eventually, Lenore managed to seduce him, practically making Hector fall in love with her while promising to run away with him. Hector proclaimed his loyalty to Lenore, which allowed her during intercourse with Hector to use a special magic bond through the rings created by the Blacksmith Magician that ensured that Hector and his night creatures had to remain loyal to Lenore and to the rest of the Council through the proxy of other rings that she gave to her sisters.
Hector was heartbroken as a result, not expecting such kind of betrayal from Lenore. Lenore, on the other hand showed some ambiguity toward their situation, hinting that she likely could also care about Hector more than just as about her job assignment.
Appearance and personality
Hector's physical appearance is similar to that in Curse of Darkness, as he is wearing his Forgemaster outfit. He has pale silver-gray hair cut into a bob, pale blue-green eyes and light bronze skin. After being imprisoned by Carmilla, Hector was stripped naked until presented a new, albeit ragged, set of clothes, such as a shirt, trousers and boots.
Though affable and reasonable, Hector ran afoul with the humans in his life because his gifts as a forgemaster are inherently repulsive. He is cold with those he does not trust, having a resentment toward humans due to his childhood. His mother despised him for his gifts and his father sought to use them cruelly for personal gain. Hector escaped their abuse by killing them. Since then, he has either been pushed away from or avoided interaction with humans. However, he does not wish for them all to be exterminated, hoping Dracula to have plans to cull them and keep a controlled, caged population. Ideally, humans would be treated mercifully in their caged conditions.
Despite his resentment for humanity, Hector is a gentle soul and is an honorable man who despises malice and values friendship. He started using his natural gift at forgemastery because he was sad that animals had died. Hector has a love for the dead animals that he revived using his abilities, even giving them names, and his inner warmth is often shown through the way he cares for them. Even though he has no connection or love for humans, he dislikes seeing them suffer. Hector keeps many undead pets but treats them, of all creatures, with empathy. He fails to realize how abusive most vampires are with their "pets".
It's worth noting that because of his many years living on the island of Rhodes in isolation from humans with only forged night creatures as the only company he keeps, Hector was left guileless of the world around him. As a result, he never mentally grew as a functioning adult without anyone to morally guide him or find another form of life.
All Hector wants is to freely engage in his work, have fun with his pets and be respected. Unlike humans, vampires see value in Hector's knowledge and forgemastery. The vampires are his natural social group. Unfortunately for Hector, most vampires disdain humans, are cruel and see him only for his use. Worse still, vampires are physically superior, with ages of experience in manipulation. If pushed, Hector will fight back, but lacks the strength to overcome vampires. Hector is naive and easy prey for them.
Hector is intelligent, educated and gifted, although he's also very naive. He's often described as a child in a man's body, and he is called a "puppy" by Carmilla. Hector takes people at face value. He's especially vulnerable to feigned respect and empathy. Because he is unsuspected, Hector can be swayed by those who point out how he's already being deceived. By not understanding the social factors around him, Hector lacks a strong center. Because of his child-like naivety, Hector is easily manipulated by the likes of Carmilla and Lenore, realizing all too late that their plans involve abusing him.
While being naive, Hector is stoic in the face of hardships that befall him. Lenore found it nice, that even "beaten down a dozen different ways" Hector doesn't give up on himself.
Powers and abilities
- Necromancy: Hector can bring creatures back to life from the dead. He considers these resurrected beings to be fully alive. As Hector explains to Godbrand, his revived dog Cezar is "not dead" because Forgemasters "make life from death" rather than merely raising the dead. Nevertheless, Hector is able to bring the Bishop back to partial life as a zombie.
- Devil Forging: Hector has the power to create new creatures of the night from corpses. The eyes of his creations glow blue, as opposed to Isaac's red.
- "You do not question my loyalty. All I'm saying is that our goal can be met without gleefully padding in the blood of children." ("Old Homes")
- - Hector: And which am I? Child or animal?
- - Carmilla: Puppy. Somewhere between the two.
- - Hector: I thought you wanted me to believe you respected me.
- - Carmilla: I did. Now you're implicated, so I don't need to. You're hip-deep in this now, puppy, and the only way out is forward.
- — ("Last Spell")
- - Hector: I know I can't kill you, but you call the guard and tell him to unlock this *** door or I will rip your *** throat out and break your *** neck, and we'll just see how *** well you live.
- - Lenore: (beat him into a pulp and hiss) My *** throat?
- — ("Investigators")
- - Lenore: (about Carmilla) And if she'd meant to torture you, you would have arrived here carrying your guts in both hands with a spike up your ***.
- - Hector: I suppose that's true. I mean, I can see her doing it. In nightmares and such.
- - Lenore: She does have a temper, but she's logical. She never lets it run away with her to the point of, oh, I don't know, condemning the entire human race to death? Just a recent example of what being genuinely insane with murderous rage looks like.
- — ("The Good Dream")
- - Lenore: I have all the power, and you're a pretty man in a box.
- - Hector: I'm- I'm pretty?.
- — ("What the Night Brings")
- Main article: Hector (animated series)/Gallery
- Hector and Isaac initially weren't shown to be rivals in the animated series. In fact, Isaac mentioned that he had respect for him. However, as the story progressed and Hector joined Carmilla betraying Dracula, Isaac started plotting revenge against Hector.
- Despite their origins in Castlevania: Curse of Darkness, in which they excelled in the art of summoning Innocent Devils, the main occupation of both Forgemasters in the animated series is to perform rituals similar to necromancy to either bring people and animals back from the dead (probably victims of previous raids) or transmogrify their corpses into creatures of the night in order to enlist them in Dracula's army. Like in the games, all forged beings are loyal to the Forgemaster's intent.
- Hector's pet puppy, Cezar, is an homage to Sam Deats's late dog "Bunny", who passed away shortly before Season 2's production started.
- Hector's hammer resembles the Warhammer from Curse of Darkness, although smaller.
- The wind rose shaped symbol that Hector bears on the back of his Forgemaster uniform has a passing resemblance to the Devil Forgemasters' symbol from the original timeline.
- Miranda, another Forgemaster, also bears a similar symbol on her neck.
- His Japanese voice actor, Takahiro Sakurai, also voiced Jonathan Morris in the Japanese version of Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin.
- Theo James is the Devil Forgemaster Hector at Adi Shankar's Bootleg Universe (Instagram).
- Samuel Deats's "Bunny" tweet
- Main article: Castlevania (animated series) Easter eggs: Hector's Warhammer