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Count Vlad "Dracula" Tepes is the main antagonist of the Netflix original series, Castlevania. He is the father of Alucard, as well as the widower of Lisa Tepes.

He is voiced by Graham McTavish in the English version of the show.

Early lifeEdit

During the medieval period of Europe in Wallachia, there was a vampire named Dracula who had a dislike of humans, going so far as to kill his victims with impalement. He possessed vast knowledge of immortality and lived all by himself in a castle that was also a moving fortress.

Throughout the seriesEdit

In 1455, he had an unexpected visitor: a woman named Lisa who was conducting research to improve medicine and wanted to become a doctor. She had come to Dracula to learn of the science that only he knew, but he threatened her with his distrust of the humans. To his surprise, Lisa was not afraid of him, and she encouraged him to explore the changing world. Finding himself attracted to her, Dracula welcomed Lisa into his home.

At some point later, Dracula married Lisa. Together they had a son they named Adrian, who would later be known as Alucard. They then lived in a cottage outside of Targoviste, Wallachia, where Lisa continued her research into medicine.

In 1475, Vlad’s happy days with Lisa came to an abrupt and tragic end. One night, while returning home from his travels, he discovered that the cottage was completely burned down. He then encountered an elderly woman who was treated by Lisa. While she was laying flowers, Vlad learned from her that Lisa was arrested on false charges of witchcraft, and she was sentenced to death. Enraged, Vlad abandoned his human identity and became Dracula once more. He then warned the old woman to take her family and leave Wallachia before teleporting away in a pillar of fire. Arriving at the site of Lisa’s execution, Dracula demanded to know what happened to his wife. When the Bishop proclaimed that she was a witch and that he himself was just a myth, the vampire was angered and gave the people of Targoviste one year to make their peace with God before his return to destroy them. Returning to his castle, Dracula prepared to summon an army from Hell within one year. But then his son Alucard appeared and begged him not to kill innocent people. Dracula shouted that there were no innocents left because no one acted to save Lisa. He then attacked Alucard, leaving a large wound on the chest of his own son.

One year later, Dracula appeared in Targoviste, as promised, to a people celebrating Lisa’s death. He unleashed his army on them, resulting in a large scale massacre. The horde then descended upon the rest of Wallachia.

PersonalityEdit

Vlad Dracula Tepes is an immortal vampire and lord of the moving fortress, Castlevania.

At this time, it is not clear how much traditional Dracula and Castlevania lore applies to this Dracula's background. Thus, Dracula's background is largely a mystery. What is clear is that by 1455, he had once killed humans but now avoided them and lived an isolated life in Castlevania. Given Dracula's extreme intelligence, physical superiority, and discussion with Lisa, it is strongly implied he sees humans as far inferior life forms. Where he was once involved in human affairs, by 1455 he didn't see the point in wasting his time with "peasants".

While intelligent and lordly in stature, Dracula lacks charm. He has a feral and threatening nature to him that is only accentuated after Lisa's death. While many would use weapons in combat, he is known to use his own claws like a lion or bear. Lisa herself noticed his lack of charm and suggested he could relearn manners from her. During his married years, he took this to heart and had a far more human bearing than usual.

When Dracula and Lisa met and she requested to learn from him, they quickly developed a strong mutual attraction. Neither had met anyone like the other before. Dracula was, of course, attracted to Lisa's beauty but even more so by her character. He described her as being "definitely different to most humans" he had met. Lisa's courage, civility, intelligence, and good-hearted nature impressed him and he allowed her to study under him. They soon married and had a son, Adrian Tepes.

Lisa saw the best in Dracula and immediately acknowledged he had the potential to improve the lives of humans everywhere with his knowledge. As per Lisa's wishes, he would spend much of his time traveling. It was her hope that he would also learn from his travels and humans as she did from him. Dracula himself seemed to appreciate her encouragement, although his later actions imply he never was able to see other humans the way Lisa wished he would. If anything, the light of his experiences only turned into more ashes after he returned to his home and was informed that his wife had been executed.

When Lisa was unjustly killed in 1475, any love that Dracula had in his heart died with her. He would later admit that she was the only true love he had ever known. Immediately after Lisa's bones burnt into ashes, Dracula rose from his wife's flames and demanded an explanation. He was enraged to learn that his wife had been killed out of unjust dogmatic stupidity and further enraged when the Bishop who ordered the execution denied Dracula's existence. In that moment, Dracula proclaimed he would take everything from the citizen's of Wallachia and leave no signs they ever existed. Although he surely knew his wife wouldn't want him to take vengeance, his heart was now dead and filled with absolute misanthropy. Humans were no longer peasants to him but animals he could no longer tolerate. To Dracula, Lisa was the one good thing humanity had ever produced and humanity had killed it.

Proof of Dracula's loss of love came shortly after when he inflicted a near fatal blow on his son, Alucard, when he tried to reason with him and stop him from committing genocide, although knowing Alucard had inherited his immortality and regeneration powers, it is possible Dracula knew fully well those wounds would heal and it is likely he did it only to incatipate his son long enough for him to carry out his goal of exterminating humanity. The fact that he did not chase after and attempt to further wound Alucard to make sure he truly died is further proof that he has no desire to kill his son and may still care for him, although he is more than willing to put him in place. In this confrontation, Alucard advocates for only punishing the guilty, but Dracula refutes this argument. In his mind, all humans were guilty because none of them stood up to stop the unjust murder. It is worth noting that he issued a one-year warning to humanity to make peace; Dracula was further disappointed in humanity that no humans heeded his warning or repented to him, saying to them before unleashing his army that "you had your chance".

One year later, Dracula began his war of extermination, unleashing an army of Hell on Targoviste, bidding his army to kill all humanity and accepting his future eternity of endless hatred.

Powers and abilitiesEdit

Immortality: Dracula is immortal and cannot die of old age. The specifics of his immortality are not yet clear.

Vampirism: Dracula is a vampire; likely the strongest one in the world. He possesses many of the usual features of vampirism: fangs, claws, pale skin, and drinks blood. It is unknown if he possesses normal vampire weaknesses but it is implied he may not. He scoffs when he wonders aloud if Lisa was armed with silver, crosses, and garlic; calling them superstitious. So far Dracula has not been seen in sunlight, although he traveled on foot around the world for many years.

Extreme physical superiority: Dracula is a towering man in his physical prime and has superhuman strength, speed, and reflexes beyond his appearance. He is able to smash hard objects with his bare hands and overtook Alucard in an instant, his son being a masterful warrior in his own right.

Apex intellectual: Dracula is easily the most knowledgeable being in the world as of 1476. During his immortal life, he had become a brilliant scientist and the foremost expert in the world in the following fields: physics, astrology, chemistry, engineering, and other fields beyond. Many of his inventions and constructions are centuries beyond his time and some are even beyond the technology of the 21st Century. Additionally, he is well educated in the use of magic, which he has applied to his inventions. It is strongly implied that he designed and constructed Castlevania himself.

Connections in Hell: Dracula's exact relationship with Hell, and Heaven for that matter, are unknown, but he has clear influence over the demons of Hell. It is not clear if he is the supreme ruler of the demons, but when he calls, demons answer without disobedience. Two facts are clear: he has the power to command demons unquestionably and can raise an army of monsters if given enough time.

Pyrokinesis: Dracula has tremendous control over fire. He can transform his body into flames and project himself through fires in any location. He can manifest fire anywhere, even in the sky. He can teleport through flames as well.

Affiliation with bats: Bats often flock around Castlevania. Dracula has been shown to project his own image and voice through flocks of bats.

AppearancesEdit

Season 1Edit

Season 1
01. Witchbottle
Yes
02. Necropolis
Yes
03. Labyrinth
No
04. Monument
No

Season 2Edit

TBD

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