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Since the first title, released in 1986, the Castlevania series has been referenced in many forms of media, including videogames, movies and TV series.

Note: Fan references should be added at the Castlevania Fan Wiki.

GamesEdit

Card GamesEdit

Yu-Gi-Oh! - Vampire Hunter - 01

Vampire Hunter card from Yu-Gi-Oh!

  • Yu-Gi-Oh!
    • A card named Vampire Hunter depicts a man wielding a whip. Since Yu-Gi-Oh! is also made by Konami, it makes sense this character was designed to resemble a member of the Belmont clan. Furthermore, the original Japanese name for this card is Vanpaia Kirā (Vampire Killer), thus also referencing Castlevania.

Video GamesEdit

Dragon's Crown - Vampire Hunter - 01

Vampire Hunter artwork from Dragon's Crown

  • 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.
    • The enemy list in the game seems to have been inspired by Castlevania, but since Castlevania has been around for almost three decades and covers creatures from many mythologies, it might just be a coincidence. Enemies encountered in both games include: bats, skeletons, lizardmen, giant wasps, wood golems, lesser demons/imps, zombies, knights, ghosts, hellhounds, mudmen, harpies, minotaurs, vampires, golems, Medusa, dragons, cyclops and Grim Reapers.
  • Guacamelee!
  • Otomedius Excellent
    • Otomedius Excellent features a Belmont character playable in this game, her name is Kokoro Belmont, and she's the actual guardian of the clan (2011).
  • Saints Row 2
    • In Krunch 106.66 , when someone calls in to request The Black Dahlia Murder's "What a Horrible Night to Have a Curse", she reveals that her name is Belmont, which is the surname of the protagonist from Simon's Quest, where the song's title was inspired.
Super Meat Boy

Castlevania-like intro from Super Meat Boy

  • 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.
  • The Binding of Isaac
    • When Eve's health is down to half, she transforms into the "Whore of Babylon". Her attack is multiplied (x3) 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 for the NES, where one of the items needed to progress is Dracula's Nail, which allows the character to break blocks when it's equipped.
    • The design of the Holy Water item is based on the Holy Water sub-weapon in most Castlevania games.
    • 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 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 from Simon's Quest.
  • Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines
    • In the PC game Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines there's a security unit at the end of the test chambers of the Fu Syndicate named the "Belmont Squad". Digging more into this reference, at one point in the game the player's character (a vampire) will be forced to take part in a series of studies to learn more about the weaknesses of the kindred, making the Fu Syndicate some sort of "vampire hunters", as are the members of the Belmont Clan.
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A book titled "The Belmonts", from Van Helsing

  • Van Helsing
    • In the PS2 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".
  • 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, since the game was also published by Konami.

InternetEdit

While there are perhaps thousands of references to Castlevania all throughout the web, here is just a sample of those appearing in third party or sponsored pages and video channels:

Did You Know Gaming? - Castlevania & History07:27

Did You Know Gaming? - Castlevania & History

  • Did You Know Gaming?
    • Gaming blog site "Did You Know Gaming?" released a video in their YouTube channel on August 25, 2014 titled "Castlevania & History", featuring guest reviewer Markiplier. The video covers many interesting facts and origins of some of the topics prevalent in the series.

LiteratureEdit

MangaEdit

  • Rosario + Vampire
    • 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 and the Belmont Clan.
  • Zatch Bell!
    • The manga series Zatch Bell!, called in Japan Konjiki no Gasshu!! (金色のガッシュ!!?, lit. Golden Gash!!) featured a character named Sherry Belmont (ベルモンド シェリー Berumondo Sherī). She assists her partner Brago (who has has a slight resemblance to a vampire), and her main-weapon is a flail.

MusicEdit

  • The popular Japanese visual kei band "Malice Mizer" has a song named "Gekka no Yasoukyoku" which is the Japanese name for Symphony of the Night.
  • European metal band "Dignity" 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.
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Starbomb - Crasher-Vania - 01

  • Starbomb
    • 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!".

TV seriesEdit

Main article: 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's 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.
Robot Chicken - "Is that a Whip?"01:06

Robot Chicken - "Is that a Whip?"

  • Robot Chicken
    • In the episode Maurice Was Caught there is a segment called "Is that a whip?" which pokes fun at the Castlevania series.
  • 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.
MLP FiM - Castle Mane-ia

The Castle of the Two Sisters from Castle Mane-ia


ReferencesEdit

  1. Josh Haber at Twitter.

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