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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.

GamesEdit

Card gamesEdit

Yu-Gi-Oh!
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! - Vampire Hunter - 01

    Vampire Hunter card from Yu-Gi-Oh!

    A card named Vampire Hunter depicts a man wielding a whip. Since Yu-Gi-Oh! is also property of Konami, it is probable this character was designed with a generic design of a member of the Belmont clan. Furthermore, the original Japanese name of this card is Vanpaia Kirā (Vampire Killer).

Video gamesEdit

3D Dot Game Heroes
  • 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, she quotes Dracula's infamous line from Symphony of the Night: "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.
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
Etrian Odyssey: Nexus
  • Etrian Odyssey Nexus - 01

    "Servant of Darkness" from Etrian Odyssey: Nexus.

    The upcoming dungeon crawler game, Etrian Odyssey: Nexus (known in Japan as Etrian Odyssey X) will feature a new class called "Servant of Darkness" which bares a striking resemblance to Alucard.
Guacamelee!
Hollow Knight
  • 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
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle
  • The character Jonathan Joestar can taunt by exclaiming "Your words are as empty as your soul!"
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
  • Otomedius Excellent features a Belmont character playable in this game, her name is Kokoro Belmont and she is the actual guardian of the Belmont Clan in 2011.
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
  • 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 is dressed in maid's attire and is in possession of a demonic vacuum.
Super Bomberman R
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.
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.
The Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures
  • This official video game based on the popular 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 design of the Holy Water item is based on the Holy Water sub-weapon in most Castlevania games.
  • When Eve's health is down to half a heart, she transforms into the "Whore of Babylon" and a screen will appear saying: "What a horrible night to have a curse...", a reference to Simon's Quest.
  • Death's summoning of whirling scythes is a reference to the Castlevania series' Death.
  • The Nail's effect could be a reference to Simon's Quest, where one of the items needed to progress is Dracula's Nail, which allows the character to break blocks when equipped.
  • Globins are a reference to Red/Blood Skeletons.
  • Edmund McMillen, the creator of the game, revealed on his Formspring account that the Mask of Infamy is a reference to Carmilla's appearance in Simon's Quest.
  • The green variant of the Brain enemy is named Poison Mind, like the boss theme from the original Castlevania.
  • The "Homunculus" enemy might be a reference to the Homunculus from Dawn of Sorrow. Other than sharing the same name, they both appear to be asleep until the player character is within range. Once spotted, they detach from the walls they are attached to and rush toward the player.
  • The Slipped Rib item might be a reference to Dracula's Rib as they both protect the playable character from projectiles.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Dawnguard
  • In Castle Volkihar, in the first room on the left is a display case with a heart, a nail, a ring, an eye and a rib. This is a reference to Dracula's relics.
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 is a security unit called the "Belmont Squad".
Van Helsing
  • Vanhelsing-ref2

    A book titled "The Belmonts", from Van Helsing.

    In the PlayStation 2 and Xbox game, Van Helsing, one of the libraries Gabriel Van Helsing walks through contains a book about an ancient clan of vampire hunters called "The Belmonts".
Yandere Simulator
Zombies Ate My Neighbors
  • In the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis game, Zombies Ate My Neighbors, the vampire enemy's name is "Vlad Belmont". Makes sense as the game was also published by Konami.
The Wonderful 101
  • Romanian fashion modeler, Mariana Kretzulesco (Wonder-Pink), wields the "Beautiful Whip", which is revealed to be made of "Belmont Alloy".

LiteratureEdit

MangaEdit

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

MusicEdit

Army of the Pharaohs
  • This hip hop group has a track named "Bloody Tears" which samples the classic Castlevania song.
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 has a song titled "Symphony of the Night", which appears to be sung from Alucard's perspective.
  • The band released another song called "Curse of Darkness", which 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
  • The band "Pryapisme" 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 was reminiscent of Bobby Pickett's 1962 novelty hit, Monster Mash, and talks about Simon Belmont crashing a party Dracula made for his friends. Not long after that, a video made by Flash animator Cas van de Pol, appeared on YouTube. It became very popular (with over 3,000,000 views since its initial release) and gave birth to the now iconic phrase: "Never fear, Simon Belmont is here!"
The Black Dahlia Murder

TV seriesEdit

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 is 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.
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 is 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 alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Josh Haber at Twitter.

External linksEdit