Hunchbacks (also known by a variety of names) are enemies in the Castlevania series. They are sinister human-like creatures that hop around like a bloodsucking flea. They may come armed with an axe and protected by armor.


Probably the most annoying of the original enemies from the Castlevania series, Hunchbacks are a thorn in the side of heroes and players alike. They generally hop about in erratic patterns, forward and backward, with small and large hops. Hoppers are often carried by a "dropper" enemy that flies at a certain height in unlimited streams from one end of the screen to the other, pausing to drop a Hopper. Different types of droppers are associated with different types of Hoppers.

The first Hoppers were small balding men called Hunchbacks, patterned after Igor, who is found in the original Castlevania game. Igor himself was an invincible version who fought alongside Frankenstein's Monster. This variety recurred in Vampire Killer, Haunted Castle, the parody game Konami Wai Wai World, the North American and European versions of Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse, and Castlevania Chronicles. Hunchbacks would sometimes be dropped by Eagles. Because Hunchbacks were not in the original Japanese version of Dracula's Curse, they are sometimes dropped by Harpies in that game outside of Japan.

The second type of Hoppers are known as Ghoul Rabbits in Japan, and Gremlins in North America. They were vicious hopping rabbits with long teeth. They appeared as a replacement for the Hunchback in the Japanese version of Dracula's Curse. In the North American and European versions, artwork for these rabbits was created for Nintendo Power and they were dubbed "Gremlins". This artwork was based on the gremlin-like art from the Japanese manual, but the sprite for the Gremlin was actually changed in the game itself to be the same as the sprites for the Hunchbacks. Ghoul Rabbits and Gremlins returned in Super Castlevania IV in all regions. They are sometimes dropped by Harpies in both games.

The third type of Hoppers are the Flea Men, which first appeared in Castlevania: Rondo of Blood. They were further deformed to have a small head and arms, and flea-like characteristics. Flea Men are the standard hoppers in the more recent games. These Flea Men are sometimes dropped by large Bats. Many other types of Flea Men exist.

The games created by KCEK have different type of droppers in them. A skinny green lizard-like Ghoul Hopper appears in Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness. A relatively large cross between a Hunchback (has long arms) and a Flea Man (has a small head) simply called a Hopper appears in Castlevania: Circle of the Moon.


Castlevania: The ArcadeEdit

Flea Men leap over walls in order to get you in the Rampart section of Stage 4 in Castlevania: The Arcade.

Enemy DataEdit

Enemy Data: Hunchback
Image Name - Game
Statistics Items Location
Hunchback (Hunchback/Fleaman) [ edit ]
Most of the time he stands perfectly still. But, if you get too close, he leaps at you and then clings to you. Strike him with you Whip just before or after he jumps.(*) HP: 1
Exp: 500
Atk: 3
3. Castle Ruins, 4. Catacombs, 5. Dungeon, 6. Clock Tower
Vkill-hback Hunchback  (Grim Man) [ edit ]
Vampire Killer
' Exp: 200
3. Castle Ruins
4. Catacombs
5. Torture Laboratory
6. Castle Keep
Fleamanww 12. Hunchback (Pill Bug Beast Man) [ edit ]
Konami Wai Wai World
' HP: 1
Atk: 1
Castle stage
Hc-hunch Dwarf (Small Man) [ edit ]
Haunted Castle
' HP: 4
Exp: 400
Atk: 1
3. Banquet Room
4. Basement
5. Clocktower
6. Hunchback/Gremlin (Ghoul Rabbit) (Ghoul Rabbit) [ edit ]
Dracula's Curse
' 1. Town, 3. Forest, 6A. Causeway, 7. Mountains, 7A. Lookout, 9. Villa
Cv4-gremlin 14. Gremlin  (Ghoul Rabbit) [ edit ]
Super Castlevania IV
' HP: 32
Exp: 100
Atk: 3
5. Castle Court
X68-hback-1- Hunchback  (Flea Man) [ edit ]
' Exp: 500
1. Monastery, 3. Courtyard, 5. Clock Tower
Rob-fleaman Flea Man  [ edit ]
Rondo of Blood
' HP: 1
Exp: 100
3. Cathedral, 4. Torture Chamber, 4'. River
Bl-fleaman-1- Gremlin  [alt] [ edit ]
' 5. Versailles Palace
Dx-fleaman-1- Flea Man  [ edit ]
Dracula X
' HP: 1
4. Dungeon, 5. Courtyard
Fleaman-1- 23. Flea Man  [ edit ]
Symphony of the Night
Strange human-like creature. Jumps like a flea. (...) Level: 7
HP: 11
Exp: 17
Drop: Takemitsu, Cheese
Marble Gallery, Long Library
Flearmor-1- 65. Flea Armor  (Armored Fleaman) [ edit ]
Symphony of the Night
Flea Man armed with axe and shield. Level: 16
HP: 18
Exp: 40
Drop: High Potion, Iron Cuirass
Clock Tower, Long Library
LOD-FLM Ghoul  (Flea Man) [ edit ]
Legacy of Darkness
' HP: 5
Forest, Castle Center, Tower of Ruins, Tower of Science, Clock Tower
Cotmfleaman Fleaman (Flea Flicker Man) [ edit ]
Circle of the Moon (Strategy)
' Strong: Darkness
HP: 60
Exp: 29
Atk: 142
Def: 45
Common Drop: Cotton Clothes (5%)
Rare Drop: Arm Guard (1.25%)
Catacomb, Audience Room, Triumph Hallway
Hopper Hopper (jpn) [ edit ]
Circle of the Moon (Strategy)
' Strong: Darkness
HP: 40
Exp: 8
Atk: 87
Def: 35
Common Drop: Cotton Clothes (5%)
Rare Drop: Gauntlet (1.5%)
See more at: Hunchback/Enemy Data 2


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