Simon Belmont (シモン・ベルモンド Shimon Berumondo?, Simon Belmondo) is the main protagonist of Castlevania and Castlevania II: Simon's Quest. He also made an appearance as a playable character in Castlevania Judgment and Castlevania: Harmony of Despair. Simon is a renowned vampire hunter from the 17th century, and also the first and one of the most recognized of the heroes from the Castlevania series.
Various incarnations of him have appeared in other games in the series. Besides appearances in the main series, Simon has also made several cameos in other games from Konami, being regarded as one of the company's most renowned mascots.
Simon grew up hearing stories of his great ancestors who had defeated Dracula, along with those who helped them. As he trained in the ways of the whip, he would often wonder how he compared to these legendary warriors.
At the age of 22 in 1691, he would be given the opportunity to prove himself worthy of his family's legacy. On Easter Day, 100 years after he was defeated by Christopher Belmont, Count Dracula had returned. He was reawakened by a dark order of humans on Easter Day during a dark mass in an abandoned monastery.
Simon was determined to end the threat of a new reign of terror, and entered Dracula's Castle alone to face the Count. Simon slew Dracula's servants and then faced off against Dracula himself as his ancestors had. Unable to kill him in the battle and unbeknown to Simon at the time, Dracula had managed to place a curse on a wound he inflicted on Simon's back.
The curse that Dracula had placed upon Simon 7 years ago slowly began to ravage his body. He began to think that his death was near. One night, six years after he returned from the time rift, he was contemplating his situation at his family's cemetery.
Suddenly, a Mysterious Woman appeared behind Simon standing in the morning mist. She explained to him that this feeling he had was due to a curse that Dracula had placed on him and that his life was in real danger. In order to be free of this curse, he would have to collect Dracula's remains - his nail, heart, rib bone, eyeball, and ring, and burn them all in the ruins of Dracula's castle. While this would defeat him for the time being, she warned him that even this might not be enough to defeat Dracula forever. She then vanished within the mist as mysteriously as she had appeared.
Simon resolved to take up this challenge and began his new quest. The land had once again become infested with monsters and the villagers would board up their houses at night and hide from the creatures that would take over their towns. Some villagers, perhaps grateful to be able to help the man who had saved their land from Dracula years earlier, assisted Simon on his quest by offering him advice on where to go next. Others did so for the money and items he would give them in exchange for their goods. Other villagers, perhaps fearful that Dracula's return would be hastened if Simon was successful in gathering his remains, would refuse to help him or offered him misleading information.
Simon was able to find each of the remains that had been gathered by Dracula's servants and placed in their strongholds in various mansions throughout the land. He returned to the site of the ruins of Dracula's castle, which was abandoned by humans and monsters alike, and placed his remains there. However, through the power of a sixth body piece, the fang, Dracula was revived. Simon managed to defeat him a second time. This time, he burned his remains and his curse was lifted. He buried what was left of Dracula in a graveyard. He was forever remembered for his bravery.
After Simon's great effort fighting against Count Dracula, the long-hated Belmont family was reconciled with the residents. Simon was regarded as a life-saver, and people started to look upon him as a hero; little by little, the people started to gather around them. A village, therefore, was formed around the Belmonts. Juste Belmont would later grew up in this environment with his childhood friends Maxim Kischine and Lydie Erlanger.
Appearance and personality
Simon is rather brash and inclined to force his way through situations.
Simon first debuted in Castlevania for the Nintendo Entertainment System.
He wears a leather breast plate, tall boots, and a bandana. He is sometimes also depicted with a cape.
Simon's hair color is brown on the cover art, contrary to the artwork from the Japanese instruction manual, in which it is red. This hair color would later carry on to Kojima's design of the character.
In Castlevania II, Simon's barbaric design is dropped and he takes on a more knightly appearance.
He wears red armor decorated with yellow engravings and pearls, shoulder plates and iron gloves. Furthermore, Simon also wears a belt with a pearl in the middle, black trousers, knee-guards, and long boots.
His hair color is blond on the cover art and brown in the Japanese instruction manual.
Simon's appearance in the artwork for Castlevania Chronicles was designed by Ayami Kojima. Although the artwork was not made for Castlevania or Castlevania II, similar designs have since been consistently used to represent Simon's character.
Kojima's design is based on Simon's original appearance. Simon wears leather armor, long fingerless gloves, long boots and shorts. Over his left shoulder he wears part of a red vest with a fur edge. He also has a sword sheathed on his hip.
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- Main article: Simon Belmont (Captain N)
A reimagined version of Simon Belmont appeared in the '80s-'90s animated TV series Captain N: The Game Master. This portrayal of the character differed greatly from that of the video game series, both in his physical appearance as well as behavior, giving him a more vain and self-centered demeanor, although at the same time having a strong sense of justice; always making sure to never let down the family name and carry on his responsibility to always stop The Count from accomplishing his evil plans no matter what.
The original NES Castlevania version of Simon Belmont is able to participate in the Boss Rush mode of Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance.
- Main article: Simon Belmont/Judgment
Galamoth plots to send the Time Reaper from 10,000 years in the future into the past to destroy his rival, Dracula, and change history. A man named Aeon discovers this and pulls together champions from different eras of history into a dimensional rift, in order to find a chosen one capable of destroying Galamoth's servant, the Time Reaper. Simon is one of these warriors.
Despite having already beaten Dracula a year ago, Simon remains troubled. He is uncertain if he was able to accomplish this with his own strength or with the strength provided by his whip.
Simon wears a black vest and pants with a silver lining and a golden symbol of a cross at his back. Following Kojima's artwork, Simon has red hair, he also wears slightly armored arm guards and boots with black and silver lining with small cross motives on some parts of the armor.
Simon's theme in Judgement is Vampire Killer.
- Main article: Simon Belmont/Harmony of Despair
The Grimoire is a magical book that records the history of Dracula's castle. A memory of Simon is recorded in this book. Certain individuals find themselves trapped in the Grimoire and borrow the powers of the heroes which are recorded in the book in order to find a way out.
Simon appears, in his 8-bit version, as a bonus downloadable character. He uses the Vampire Killer and subweapons to fight his enemies.
Hai no Majutsushi is a mahjong game that was released only in Japan for the MSX2 in which eight Konami mascots are included. Simon is not playable in this game. Instead, you can pick him as one of the three opponents against whom you want to play. It is said in the game that after Simon defeated Dracula, he became a pervert.
Ganbare Goemon Gaiden 2: Tenka no Zaihō
In this RPG game on the Famicom, Simon Belmont is a recruitable character. He is met by the party when it arrives in Europe. In combat, he can use a Holy Water ability.
Wai Wai World 2: SOS! Parsley Castle is the sequel to Konami Wai Wai World. The main character is a robot named Rickle who has to rescue the princess of Konami World. Unlike the previous game, Rickle does not rescue other characters; rather, he has the ability to transform into three other Konami heroes via power-ups, determined at random at the beginning of the game. One of these heroes is Simon, who controls like he did on the original game, though without his Cross. Simon is nearly invincible, but can only be played as for a limited amount of time before reverting to Rickle.
Simon makes an appearance as a secret boss in the Hard Corps entry of Konami's Contra series. In it, if the player climbs the wall before the door to the boss of stage 3, they will be invited to participate in arena fights, the first opponent being Simon, entering by first destroying a candle in the middle and grabbing the sub-weapon that drops from it. Simon's appearance is very different in this game, sporting sunglasses and a large afro with a guitar on his back. He uses the Vampire Killer, which seems to extend from the inside of his arm, and also a fish as a sub-weapon, which functions in the same way as the Cross. Once the player damages him enough, his head explodes and reveals wires, possibly suggesting him to be an android. After he has been defeated, a large amount of the fish sub-weapon gushes out of his neck and he explodes. The theme song used for this battle is a techno version of Vampire Killer called 'Simon 1994RD'. The Simon portrayed in this game is a mixture of Simon Belmont and Simon Masato, a Japanese singer, and the fish sub-weapon is an allusion to one of Masato's famous songs, "Oyoge Taiyaki-kun", with "taiyaki" being a fish-shaped Japanese cake.
Battle Tryst is a rare arcade game released in 1997. It was intended to have cameo roles for Simon Belmont and Richter Belmont, but these were canceled. They are still playable, but they are known as Shemon and Rehter.
Dream Mix TV: World Fighters is also one of Konami's mascot-themed games, but characters from other companies (Hudson Soft, Takara and Red Entertainment) are also included. One of these characters is Simon (his appearance is based on how he is portrayed in Castlevania Chronicles), and he fights with his traditional whip and cross sub-weapon. Simon can use his whip for basic attacks and combos, while his cross is used for three different special attacks (He can throw it forward, upward, or in a circle). This game also includes two Castlevania stages (based on a typical main-hall). In both stages "Bloody Tears" plays in the background.
New International Track & Field is an Olympic-sports game released for the Nintendo DS. The game puts normal competitors and Konami icons against each other in certain events (100-meter dash, the 110-meter hurdle, bicycling, long-jumping, swimming, archery, the shot put, pole-vaulting, sprinting, gymnastics, javelin-throwing, high-jumping, etc.). There is also an archery event known as "Belmont's challenge", where the player must shoot bats to gain points and a chance to destroy the planks that cover the windows, to let sunlight in and destroy Dracula. The music that plays is yet another version of Vampire Killer.
Simon appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate alongside Richter Belmont as a playable character. He uses his Vampire Killer whip and sub-weapons (Axe, Holy Water, Cross), as well as Martial Arts to fight his opponents. Some of his moves are inspired by Richter, who is an Echo fighter (clone character) based on Simon.
Simon is the first third party character to have an Echo fighter based on him to appear in a Smash Bros. game.
- Castlevania Judgment, for Nintendo's Wii, marks Simon's third appearance in a 3D fighting game, after his bouts in Battle Tryst and DreamMix TV: World Fighters. Like many of the other playable characters, Simon is also able to use his traditional sub-weapons in the game.
- The original concept behind the 2010 series reboot Castlevania: Lords of Shadow was to remake the original Castlevania starring Simon. While this idea was ultimately not followed through, Lords of Shadow's protagonist, Gabriel Belmont, wears armor which is reminiscent of Simon's artwork and sprite from Simon's Quest. Lords of Shadow developer, David Cox, mentioned in an interview that Gabriel is wearing armor similar to Simon's. This is presumably a reference to Gabriel being the first main character of a new Castlevania series, as Simon was of the original franchise.
- Simon Belmont's sprite also appears in Lords of Shadow after enabling Cheat mode. The sprite copies Gabriel's movements.
- Simon Belmont was the protagonist of Paul Anderson's original script for Castlevania: The Movie. Several rewrites of this script have taken place and it is not known if he will make an appearance in the final cut.
- At the end of the original Castlevania, the name listed in the credits under "The Hero" is Simon Belmondo, while in Simon's Quest it is consistently Simon Belmont.
- In Chronicles, Simon has a rapier but never uses it.
- ↑ BradyGames Order of Ecclesia Official Strategy Guide p.142
- ↑ Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth Official Website
- ↑ Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance. Konami. 2002.
- ↑ Keith Silverstein - IMDb
- ↑ Castlevania Judgment instruction booklet. Konami. 2009. p.21.
- ↑ Castlevania Judgment. Press release bio.
- ↑ Castlevania Judgment. Konami. 2009. Story mode. Simon Belmont. Opening prologue.
- ↑ Akumajo Dracula instruction manual. Konami. 1986. p.4, 5, 6, 7. KDS-AKM.
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 Dracula II Noroi no Fūin instruction manual. Konami. 1987. p. 4. 5. 6. 7. KDS-DRK.
- ↑ Dracula II: Noroi no Fūin Kanzen Hisshōbon.
- ↑ Castlevania II: Simon's Quest. Konami. 1988. Ending.
- ↑ https://web.archive.org/web/20090402012951/http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=77052
- ↑ Castlevania Judgment instruction manual. Konami. 2009.
- ↑ Castlevania: Harmony of Despair Original Soundtrack Cover
- ↑ Castlevania 20th Anniversary Pre-order Bundle. Konami. 2006. Timeline. 1691: Castlevania.
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|Phantom Bat - Queen Medusa - Mummy Man - Frankenstein & Igor - Grim Reaper - Count Dracula - Spirit of Dracula|
|The Castle Entrance - The Chapel - The Castle Ruins|
The Catacombs - The Dungeons - The Clock Tower and the Castle Keep
|Underground - Vampire Killer - Stalker - Wicked Child - Walking on the Edge - Heart of Fire - Out of Time|
Nothing to Lose - Poison Mind - Black Night - Voyager - Akumajo Dracula Best Vol. 1
|Akumajo Dracula Perfect - The Official Nintendo Player's Guide - Nintendo Game Atlas|
|Bestiary - Inventory|
|Castlevania II: Simon's Quest|
|Simon Belmont - Mysterious Woman - Ferryman - Villagers - Priests|
|Death - Carmilla - Dracula|
|Alba - Aljiba - Andole - Belasco Marsh - Berkeley Mansion - Bodley Mansion - Brahm's Mansion|
Camilla Cemetery - Dabi's Path - Dead River - Debious Woods - Deborah's Cliff - Denis Marsh - Denis Woods
Dora Woods - Dracula's Castle - East Bridge - Ghulash - Jam Wasteland - Joma Marsh - Jova - Jova Woods
Laruba Mansion - Lower Road - North Bridge - Oldon - Rover Mansion - Sadam Woods - South Bridge
Storigoi Graveyard - Uta Lower Road - Veros - Veros Woods - Vlad Graveyard - West Bridge - Wicked Ditch - Yuba Lake
|Message of Darkness - Within these Castle Walls - Bloody Tears - The Silence of the Daylight|
Dwelling of Doom - Monster Dance - Last Boss - A Requiem
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|Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance|
|Maxim Kischine - Lydie Erlanger - Merchant|
|Death - Dracula Wraith|
|Talos - Giant Bat - Living Armor - Skull Knight - Golem - Minotaur - Devil - Giant Merman - Max Slimer - Peeping Big - Legion (saint) - Shadow - Pazuzu - Minotaur Lv2 - Legion (corpse) - Cyclops|
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