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"Die monster. You don't belong in this world!"
— Richter to Dracula in Symphony of the Night

Richter Belmont (リヒター・ベルモンド Rihitā Berumondo?, Richter Belmondo) is a descendant of Simon Belmont and Juste Belmont. He is a renowned vampire hunter. He is the main protagonist of Castlevania: Rondo of Blood and has reappeared frequently as the supporting character in later games. He has a strong sense of justice and unwavering will. Every generation of the Belmont Clan has produced tougher, more dedicated vampire hunters — yet Richter stands as one of the most powerful in the family. Brandishing the legendary sacred whip which so many of his predecessors wielded, this hot-headed youth pushed Dracula to the brink.

Character's history

Castlevania: Rondo of Blood

Count Dracula, resurrected by evil humans led by a dark priest called Shaft who sacrificed a young virgin female's blood and life, commanded his forces to kidnap Richter's girlfriend, Annette, from the village of Aljiba, alongside the villagers Maria Renard, Tera and Iris, among many others. On his way to the village via wagon, Richter was ambushed by Dracula's second in command, Death, with the latter also "testing" him by using various attacks on him. After Richter dispelled the attacks, Death took his leave, although not before vowing that he wouldn't go easy on the vampire hunter in their inevitable next encounter. After ridding the town of creatures of the night, Richter, obligated to battle the Dark Lord in every incarnation, slayed the Count's massive army –including Shaft– alongside Maria, who joined his quest after rescuing her, and together arrived in time to both save the women and defeat Dracula — proving to himself that he was worthy of his vampire-hunting destiny.

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

Shaft, who had somehow survived the events of Rondo of Blood by preserving his soul inside an invisible crystal ball, managed to manipulate Richter four years later to be the new master of the castle and aid him to revive Dracula, acting as the ultimate guard so nobody could stop his schemes. Richter was manipulated because he was not feeling totally pleased with his victory over the Count, as he told Alucard: "Dracula rises once a century. One chance for each Belmont to shine, and then we're finished, forgotten. If I bring him back now, the battle can last for eternity!". It was Alucard who arose from his slumber, braved the evil castle, and with Maria's help figured a plan to release Richter from the evil control. Alucard fought him and freed Richter from the possession by destroying Shaft's crystal ball, severing the link between him and the hunter, and then moved on to stop the evil priest who later revealed that he brainwashed Richter because, due to his status as a Belmont, he was supreme among vampire hunters and thus could not be defeated in a straight up fight between various ones, effectively acting as a deterrent regarding anyone trying to stop Dracula's resurrection. Alucard then proceeded to face his father for the second time, while Richter and Maria awaited for him outside the castle.

Castlevania: Nocturne of Recollection

After the events of Symphony of the Night, Richter quit the vampire hunting job ashamed for being manipulated by Shaft, but wields again the sacred whip, the Vampire Killer, to help Maria and Alucard. Richter sends a letter to Maria, warning her about vampire attacks in the village that she and Alucard were staying in, he also tells her to be wary of the vampire.

It wasn't long before Richter tracked down the vampire attacks. There, he encountered Cyril and Alexis, the self-proclaimed vampire hunters. He rescued them from a skeleton, making himself known.

Later on, Richter rescued Maria, who was hurt by the potion Cyril made, and brought her back to Alucard. There, he told him that the ones closest to him would be sacrificed once he gave in to his vampiric urges. He advised Alucard to tell Maria why he was letting her to stay with him.

On his journey to find the vampire responsible for the attacks, he met Cyril again. He told Richter that Alexis had been kidnapped by a black-winged demon. Richter immediately knew it was Magnus and set out with Cyril to rescue Alexis.

Richter and Cyril finally met up with Alucard for the final battle against Magnus.

Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin

The Vampire Killer is under the ownership of Jonathan Morris, who is unable to use the whip effectively. After Jonathan Morris and Charlotte Aulin cure Loretta and Stella from vampirism, the two sisters offer to aid Jonathan in learning to use the whip's full power.

This is an optional choice, up to the player, and if they choose to do so, the sisters accomplish this by sending Jonathan into another realm to fight the living memory of the last full Belmont to wield the whip — Richter Belmont. Richter fights the player using Daggers, Crosses, Holy Water, Axes, Grand Cross, a fast Dash strike and a fully powered version of the Vampire Killer. Once Richter's illusion is defeated, Jonathan's whip becomes one of the most powerful weapons in the game.

Castlevania: Moonlight Rhapsody

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"Die, you don't belong in this world! As long as I am needed, I will keep fighting."
— Richter's official profile tagline (translated)
A descendant of the Belmont Clan who defeated Dracula in 1792 to rescue the people who were captured by him. In 1797, he was controlled by the Dark Priest Shaft and became the temporary Lord of the Castle. Although he was released from control when Alucard came, he still couldn't forgive himself. He handed the holy whip to the Morris family and then lived in seclusion.

Appearance

Castlevania: Rondo of Blood

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Richter debuted in Rondo of Blood for the PC Engine, where he was designed by Kouji Yamada, Reika Bando and Toshiharu Furukawa. Richter's original design was heavily inspired by protagonists of popular shōnen anime from the time (e.g.: Fist of the North Star). He is equipped with a blue uniform, long white pants and boots. The sleeves of his uniform are ripped from the part of the shoulders. He has short, brown hair all outfited with a white bandana.

Richter's design from the Super NES port, Castlevania: Dracula X, closely matches his appearance from the Japanese cover and instruction booklet. Richter is depicted with the same outfit in the Japanese manual.

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and Akumajō Dracula X: Tsuioku no Yasōkyoku

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Richter's subsequent appearances were designed by Ayami Kojima. Kojima depicted Richter with bishōnen-style art. Kojima's depiction dropped the anime-looking design and went with a completely different look, adding him long hair, gloves and a more aristocratic outfit.

Gameplay

Castlevania: Rondo of Blood

Richter can back flip by pressing jump twice in quick succession. His greatest ability is to be able to perform an Item Crash with all the sub-weapons in the game. If Richter performs Item Crash without a sub-weapon equipped, he will instead empower his whip with fire. There are very few opportunities to do this because Richter will spend the vast majority of the game with an active sub-weapon.

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

Main article: Richter Belmont/Symphony of the Night

In Symphony of The Night, Richter was controlled by Shaft, you need to equip the holy glasses and destroy the little ball. As defeating Richter, players who complete the game and get the best ending are able to play as Richter by entering his name as the name of a new save file. In Sega Saturn version, he is always available (as well as Maria) and has an alternate costume. Richter also gains many new abilities which are executed with a combination of directional arrows and the attack button. Unlike Alucard, Richter does not depend on MP, thus he can use these abilities indefinitely. Richter can also sprint.

Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin

As his second appearance as a boss in Portrait of Ruin, Richter is the only memory of the Vampire Killer. He's an optional boss; if you defeat him, the whip becomes stronger and one of the best weapons in the game.

Richter is also playable in one of the game's alternate modes, along with Maria Renard as his partner. This mode can be unlocked after completing a game where Whip's Memory has been defeated. Richter plays much as he did in Rondo of Blood, except that he lacks item crashes. This mode has no story.

Castlevania Puzzle: Encore of the Night

Main article: Castlevania Puzzle: Encore of the Night/Arcade Mode

Richter appears as an opponent in story mode of Castlevania Puzzle: Encore of the Night. He also is available as a playable character in Arcade Mode. He carries his Cross weapon into battle with him for his spells in Arcade Mode, which he can toss or crash.

Castlevania: Harmony of Despair

Main article: Richter Belmont/Harmony of Despair
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"A descendant of the Belmont clan, the world's most powerful vampire hunters. Richter prefers the brute force approach, and excels at a wide variety of Martial Arts."
— Description

Richter appears as a downloadable character in the multiplayer game Castlevania: Harmony of Despair. He plays much as he did in Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin. He can use the Vampire Killer, several sub-weapons, and a variety of martial arts.

Other appearances

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Richter doing his iconic Rondo of Blood peace sign.

Richter was confirmed to appear in the upcoming fighting game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for the Nintendo Switch along with fellow vampire hunter Simon Belmont, with Richter being an Echo character from the latter. His tagline is "Richter crosses over", which is presumably a reference to how his debut on a Nintendo system, Castlevania: Dracula X, was originally a heavily modified port for the game Castlevania: Rondo of Blood. It is also likely a direct reference to the Grand Cross item crash, which Richter uses in all of his appearances throughout the series.

He also appears in the trailer Vampire Killer, where he saves his ancestor Simon from Dracula's attack, and yells "Begone! You don't belong in this world, monster!", a variation of his famous line from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.

Untitled Netflix animated series

Richter was confirmed to appear in an upcoming Netflix series that serves as a sequel/spin-off to the previous Castlevania animated series, also by Netflix.[3]

Quotes

Portrait of Ruin

  • I'm counting on you...

The Dracula X Chronicles

Character Select Screen

  • Leave it to me!
  • I'm a Belmont. That's my job!

Events

  • What?!
  • Annette!

Battle

  • Hydro Storm!
  • Grand Cross!
  • (attacked) What?
  • (attacked) No!

Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls

  • You were so adamant about defeating Dracula. A herd of horses couldn't hold you back.
  • To think of it, we Belmonts existed to fight for humans like that. Without them, we wouldn't serve a purpose.
  • You seem to have traveled a twisted road... Still, I'm glad it lead you here.
  • Hah. That's the Maria I know.

Enemy Data

See also: Belmont-like enemies
Enemy Data: Richter Belmont and Similar Enemies
Image Name - Game
Description
Statistics Items Location
Sotn-richter.gifSotn Saturn-richter.png
(PS1/Saturn)
140. Richter Belmont  [ edit ]
Symphony of the Night
Master Vampire hunter. Strong: Holy, Stone (both immune)
Weak: Dark
Level: 48
HP: 400
Exp: n/a
Castle Keep (Alucard only)
Richter-whipmem.gif 135. Doppelganger [Richter]  [ edit ]
Portrait of Ruin
A demon who assumes the form of its intended victims before killing them. Weak: Piercing
HP: 2000
Exp: 2000
Skill Pt: 99
Guard: Greatest Five
Nest of Evil
Richter-whipmem.gif 153. Whip's Memory (jpn) [ edit ]
Portrait of Ruin
A memory of the last Belmont to wield the Vampire Killer. Strong: Holy
Weak: Dark
HP: 5,000
Exp: 0
Skill Pt: 0
Master's Keep
Richter  [ edit ]
Encore of the Night
''Abil: Cross Toss - The opponent instantly does 20 damage to the player.
HP: 2550
Exp: +1 level
Steal: ~75 silver
Castle Keep

Item data

Item Data: Richter Belmont
Image Name - Game
Description
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Weapons
Vampire Killer RoB Icon.gif Belmont Family Whip - Rondo of Blood (unofficial name) [edit]
' Weapon
Richter 
Find: Starts out with
Flame Whip RoB Icon.gif Flame Whip - Rondo of Blood (unofficial name) [edit]
' Weapon
Richter 
Consume: 15 Hearts 
Sub-weapons
RoB Dagger.pngDagger SOTN DXC Icon.png
(RoB/DXC)
Dagger - Rondo of Blood [edit]
' Sub-Weapon
Richter 
Consume: 1 Heart (10 by using his Item Crash
RoB Axe.pngAxe SOTN DXC Icon.png
(RoB/DXC)
Axe - Rondo of Blood [edit]
' Sub-Weapon
Richter 
Consume: 1 Heart (10 by using his Item Crash
RoB Cross.pngCross SOTN DXC Icon.png
(RoB/DXC)
Cross - Rondo of Blood [edit]
' Sub-Weapon
Richter 
Consume: 1 Heart (15 by using his Item Crash
RoB Stopwatch.pngStopwatch SOTN DXC Icon.png
(RoB/DXC)
Pocket Watch - Rondo of Blood [edit]
' Sub-Weapon
Richter 
Consume: 5 Hearts (30 by using his Item Crash
RoB Holy Water.pngHoly Water SOTN DXC Icon.png
(RoB/DXC)
Holy Water - Rondo of Blood [edit]
' Sub-Weapon
Richter 
Consume: 1 Hearts (20 by using his Item Crash
RoB Holy Book.pngBible SOTN DXC Icon.png
(RoB/DXC)
Magic Book - Rondo of Blood [edit]
' Sub-Weapon
Richter 
Consume: 3 Hearts (10 by using his Item Crash
RoB Key.pngKey SOTN DXC Icon.png
(RoB/DXC)
Key - Rondo of Blood [edit]
' Sub-Weapon
any 
Consume: none  Find: 2. Entrance, 7. Clocktower
Items
RoB Heart.pngSmall Heart SOTN DXC Icon.png
(RoB/DXC)
Small Heart - Rondo of Blood [edit]
Increases the number of times you can use the special items. Item
any 
Heart +1
RoB Big Heart.pngLarge Heart SOTN DXC Icon.png
(RoB/DXC)
Large Heart - Rondo of Blood [edit]
Increases the number of times you can use the special items. Item
any 
Heart +5
Giant Heart.pngExtra Large Heart SOTN DXC Icon.png
(RoB/DXC)
Extra Large Heart - Rondo of Blood [edit]
Increases the number of times you can use the special items. Item
any 
Heart +50
Find: 3'.Caves
RoB Invincibility Potion.pngPotion SOTN DXC Icon.png
(RoB/DXC)
Invisibility Potion [alt] - Rondo of Blood [edit]
You become invincible for a short amount of time. Item
any 
RoB 1Up.png1 Up SOTN DXC Icon.png
(RoB/DXC)
1UP - Rondo of Blood [edit]
An extra life. Item
Richter 
Drop: Great Armor (Stage 2')
Rob-magiccrystal.gifMagic Jewel SOTN DXC Icon.png
(RoB/DXC)
Magic Jewel - Rondo of Blood [edit]
You must obtain this to clear a stage; it will completely revive the player's health. Item
any 
Drop: Bosses
Foods
RoB Pot Roast.pngPot Roast SOTN DXC Icon.png
(RoB/DXC)
Pot Roast - Rondo of Blood [edit]
' Item (Food)
Richter 
Drop: Mummy Man
RoB Giant Roast.pngGiant Pot Roast SOTN DXC Icon.png
(RoB/DXC)
Giant Roast - Rondo of Blood [edit]
' Item (Food)
Richter 
Find: 3. Cathedral
RoB Rotting Roast.png
(RoB)
Half-Eaten Meat - Rondo of Blood [edit]
' Item (Food)
Richter 
Find: 3'. Caves

Notes

  • Richter is likely Juste Belmont's grandson, as Juste's battle takes place in 1748 while Richter's takes place in 1792. This would give the 18 year old Juste plenty of time to have a grandson.
  • In Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Richter is said to be the most powerful Belmont, and is described by the game as "Master Vampire Hunter". As Alucard stated in the game: "...Richter's powers are supreme among vampire hunters. None other can defeat him." However, he has been surpassed by his descendant Julius Belmont, as he is explicitly stated to be the most powerful vampire hunter in Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow and Grimoire of Souls, for being the Belmont capable to destroy Dracula in 1999, which was his most powerful incarnation. The Belmonts grow in power with each generation, as stated in Grimoire of Souls and the manual description of Richter from Symphony of the Night.
  • Even though Richter has a different character design in Symphony of the Night, his in-game sprite is the same one from Rondo of Blood, except in the Saturn version, which gives him the coat but neither the long hair nor the white shirt and pants underneath.
  • Richter has been portrayed using the Cross more than any other sub-weapon. It is seen in artwork for Rondo of Blood, The Dracula X Chronicles intro, as well as in Encore of the Night.
  • Richter can extend the Vampire Killer by pressing forward just as the whip reaches its maximum length.
  • It seems that Richter's sprite from the canceled game "Castlevania: The Bloodletting" might have been modified into Fake Trevor in Symphony of the Night.

Gallery

Main article: Richter Belmont/Gallery

Trivia

  • Richter's given name is a German word, which literally means "judge" when translated.
  • Richter was given his name by composer Akiropito, who named him after his favorite conductor, Karl Richter.[4]
  • The original Rondo of Blood version of Richter closely resembles Ryu from the Street Fighter series by Capcom. Even though this could had been merely coincidental, this design was neither reused in his following appearances in Symphony of the Night nor in The Dracula X Chronicles, probably to avoid lawsuits.
    • Despite this, Richter returned with his original design once more in the 2018 crossover fighting game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate alongside Street Fighter's Ryu .
  • When Richter is encountered in the Colosseum area of Symphony of the Night, he says: "Open, Hell's Gate! Come forth, my servants! Crush this flea who invades my castle!", which foreshadows who was controlling him.
    • Coincidentally, Kiyoyuki Yanada, Richter's Japanese voice, also dubbed Shaft in the same game.
  • It's possible to see a fingernail painted over one glove in one of Richter's artworks for Symphony of the Night, which may imply that his original redesign didn't have gloves in the first place.
  • The theme song "Chapel of Dissonance" from Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance, is Richter's theme song "Opposing Bloodlines" slowed down, giving the reference to the upcoming birth of himself even from his ancestor's game.
  • Richter's English voice actor in The Dracula X Chronicles (and onward), David Vincent, also provided the voice of Eric Lecarde/Wind in Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin.

See also

References

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