- See also: Death
Official background: A man that seeks to abolish the curse that is afflicting Europe. He wishes for Isaac to be vanquished so that the curse may finally be lifted. He constantly supplies Hector with information about Isaac and his whereabouts.
Zead appears as a priest, who investigates the source of the curse that runs through Europe. Hector encounters him a few times, one of which reveals that he seems to have a grudge against Saint Germain. Eventually, although not directly stated, Zead manages to lock Saint Germain at the top of the clock tower in the Eneomaos Machine Tower, but Saint Germain escapes the trap after a duel with Hector where both leave alive. It is here where Hector questions his ideals of revenge towards Isaac, thereby preventing him from becoming the next host for Lord Dracula.
After Isaac's defeat, Zead reveals that he is actually Death in disguise. When Hector refuses to let the curse consume him, Zead applauds Hector's strength of will before assuming his true form and engaging the Devil Forgemaster in battle.
There is a point that should give him away who he is actually, despite Hector's unawareness. Zead is an anagram of Deaz or THE AD, which is similar the way that most monster encyclopedias in past games call death (デス). This might give the player an idea who he actually is.
- Main article: Death/Pachislot
Dracula's faithful servant Death makes an appearance in the Pachislot Akumajō Dracula series (I, II and III). He appears as Zead in many of the encounter scenes, but when fought, morphs into a towering Death similar in form to that found in Castlevania: Curse of Darkness. In the second game, Zead arrives to test Trevor. Three floating cards are displayed which represent which boss you may have to fight. This is similar to the mini-boss battles selected by whipping a floating card during the Death battle in Castlevania: Bloodlines.
- Zead also has a cameo in the Curse of Darkness manga, where he tells Trevor Belmont that his time had not yet come, while also making clear he knows Trevor's identity.
- One of the Bishop's lackeys in the animated series is very similar to Zead.
- Zead being a disguise for Death was probably inspired by a similar scene in the film The Seventh Seal.