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Villain Overview
What is a man? A miserable little pile of secrets!
~ Dracula's iconic quote (taken from the French writer André Malraux.)


Count Vlad Tepes Dracula is the primary antagonist of the Castlevania/Akumajo Dracula videogame franchise. He is a former Holy Knight who renounced God following the Death of his wife and became the Lord of Darkness. The game Aria of Sorrow reveals that he is the personification of Chaos, the source of Evil. He is based on Bram Stoker's character, which was in turn based on the infamous Vlad III Dracula of Wallachia. The idea of Dracula becoming a vampire following the death of his beloved was inspired by the 1992 film Bram Stoker's Dracula by Francis Ford Coppola.

Dracula appears as a completely different character in the Lords of Shadow reboot series. He is once again a Holy Knight whose Start of Darkness was caused by the death of his wife, but the story focuses on his transition from hero to villain, then his final redemption in the second game. 

Appearance

Dracula (Portrait of Ruins)

Dracula's Bela Lugosi-like depiction, as seen in Portrait of Ruins.

Dracula is portrayed as a classical Vampire Lord, with chalk-white skin and red eyes, clad in rich medieval clothing and a long black and red cape with a high collar.

However, depictions vary from game to game. The early games depict Dracula looking like Bela Lugosi's portrayal in the 1931 Dracula film; clad in the "classical" tuxedo and cape, and occasionally with grey hair. Since Symphony of the Night, he is almost always depicted as a tall, elderly vampire with aristocratic support, long grey hair, a mustache, and a goatee clad in an ornate coat and the "classical" cape. He is sometimes represented with ornate robes, sometimes younger, sometimes as a mix of both aspects.

Dracula-Chronicles

Dracula, as seen is Castlevania Chronicles.

When fought as a boss, Dracula almost always transforms into a gigantic demon of variable aspect, who most often resembles a humanoid monster with horns and bat-like wings. His most common demon form appears as a dark blue demon, looking like a mix between a dragon and a gargoyle, with wings attached to his arms, which was also seen looking like a black, bat-like demon; but he has also been depicted resembling a Mesopotamian-looking idol, an insectoid dragon, or a purple devil.

In some cases, he has turned into a giant bat, an immense vampiric face, a gigantic and devilish goat head, or turned his cape into a repellent amalgamation of demonic figures with giant arms and wings.

Personality

Dracula (Curse of Darkness)

Dracula's artwork in Curse of Darkness

Freedom is always sacrificed to faith good hunter. Or are you truly here by choice?
~ Dracula to Richter Belmont.


Dracula is awfully cruel, ruthless, hateful and contemptuous, yet poised and regal, with the aristocratic demeanor and imposing presence. He is very courteous and well-spoken, usually greeting the heroes politely and discussing their motives, though he frequently laces it with sarcasm and dark humor. There are games however in which he displays nothing but scathing spite and arrogant taunts.

He is cordial to his high-ranking generals and generous to those who resurrect him, granting their wishes if they pledge obedience. Yet, he is unforgiving to traitors, manipulative of his servants, and not above killing people he dislikes on the spot. He is finally highly intelligent and cunning: manipulating unsuspecting people, acting through proxies, or scheming to confuse the heroes and plague them if they win.

Lisa's death caused Dracula to loathe mankind, which he regards as petty, greedy and worthless. He states that everyone, including the heroes who confront him, has Darkness in their hearts and should stop denying their selfish desires. He also states that there is no freedom and that people are willing slaves to their religions; which he compares to his own harvest of human souls. Finally, he describes humanity's ambition and violence as the reason he keeps coming back.

Dracula often taunts his foes, telling them that they struggle in vain and that he will always return despite their best effort. He is very, though rightly, confident in his abilities and considers himself superior to any opponent. However, his softer side resurfaces when confronting his son or remembering his wives. Even in battle, he does not bear ill will towards Alucard, and he has once expressed regret over his evil ways after being reminded of Lisa's last wish.

Powers and Influence

Dracula (Castlevania Pachinko)

Dracula's artwork in Castlevania Pachinko.

You should bear that in mind. God is unable to help the souls of those terminated by my hand!
~ Dracula


Dracula is frighteningly powerful. It has been speculated, but not confirmed, that the longer he is around, the younger and mightier he becomes. When he unleashes his full might, he becomes a huge demon and his power skyrockets. He wields the power of Dominance (to absorb the souls and powers of any being), Mimicry (to copy someone else's power), and Hellfire (to conjure and shape fire from Hell itself).

He can sense people's presence and connections to others; manifest himself where he is not physically present; create and transform immense locations like his Haunted Castle that he completely controls; cause disasters and rains of blood; cast an everlasting night on his domain; drag his foes into hellish planes; possess things and people; and cast a wide array of curses over entire countries, to the point of withering the land and corrupting the population even after his death.

Dracula has complete control over Evil and Hell. He draws power from the Chaotic Realm in which human malice gathers. All monsters and malevolent beings pledge loyalty to him; most regarding him as a "savior" able to cleanse the world anew. His mere presence is enough to drive normal people mad and to corrupt his surroundings. He is also able to increase the evil in people’s hearts and to surround himself with evil energy or pure Darkness.

Dracula also masters the common vampiric powers to an unmatched extent. He can not only transform into a wolf, a bat or a cloud of mist but also into a gigantic swarm of countless bats, a cloud of poison and transform his cloak into bat-like wings or worse. He has incredible strength and he can compel hordes of animals into obedience, control the weather, and drain blood through mere contact.

Not only Dracula "lives" forever, but he can only be harmed when struck in the head or the chest with specific weapons. Even worse, he always resurrects 100 years after being killed, when enough human malice gathers. Not counting those who resurrect him through Dark Rituals.

Other Appearances

Castlevania Judgment

Dracula Castlevania Judgment
Dracula is a playable character in the fighting game Castlevania Judgment. He also serves as the final boss of the "Castle Mode", which emulates a normal Castlevania game, in which he is fought in the Throne Room stage. Contrary to the other characters, Dracula was not adapted for close-range melee. He is extremely slow but he can teleport and uses powerful attacks that can prove deadly when used in succession, in between teleports:
  • Dark Void: Teleport.
  • Dark Psychic Blast: a Telekinetic wave that blasts his foe away.
  • Demonic Cleansing: Column of dark energy under his foe.
  • Hellfire: Three fireballs.
  • Dark Inferno: Homing spheres of dark energy.
  • Dark Blaze: Powerful flaming pillar around him.
  • (Hyper Attack) Demonic Megiddo: A giant sphere of destruction causing a tremendous dark blast.

Castlevania Netflix Series

One Year. I gave you one year to make your peace with your god. And what do you do? Celebrate the day you killed my wife! One year I gave you while I assembled my armies, and now... I bring your death! You had your chance.
~ Dracula, to the people of Wallachia he is about to slaughter.


Count Vlad Tepes Dracula is the main villain in the Netflix animated series adaptation of the game Dracula's Curse. The story is set in XV Century Romania, where Dracula is established. It closely follows the games' background, while hinting that Dracula might have been the infamous Prince Vlad III of Wallachia instead of Mathias Cronqvist, or both.

Season One

Comte Dracula (Castlevania animé)

Count Dracula in the cartoon adaptation, before turning evil.

The story begins in 1455, with Dracula being an extremely powerful Vampire Lord expert in many forms of science and sorcery, much like his original novel counterpart, yet brooding, solitary and misanthropic, but not yet fully evil. He lives in his immense castle, which he can make travel everywhere, which he filled with all sort of modern technology replicated from what he saw when viewing into the future; a nod to the many anachronisms and to the Castlevania's ever-changing location in the games.

A young woman named Lisa Fahrenheit, training in science and medicine, comes to his castle surrounded by hundreds of impaled skeletons to ask for his tutelage while resisting his intimidation attempts and offering to teach him to reconcile with the world in exchange. Impressed by her resolve and bravery, Dracula gives her access to all his considerable resources. As time goes by, they grow close and fall in love, giving birth to their son Adrian Fahrenheit Tepes, who would later be known as Alucard. She even inspires Dracula to travel and see the world.

Alas, while Dracula was away, Lisa was taken by a fanatical, corrupt, power-hungry and retrograde bishop and burned at the stake for witchcraft. When Dracula comes back to her house and finds it in ruins, it is already too late to save her.

Maddened with grief, Dracula laments that he could have been on time to save her, had he used magic instead of traveling like a man, and swears bloody revenge. He disappears in a pillar of fire and manifests in the pyre flames as a giant, fiery head, cursing the townspeople for burning an innocent physician. Rebuked by the Bishop who dismisses him as a myth, he gives the Vallachian population one year to put their business in order or flee, before he wipes them from the map. As an enraged Dracula prepares to raise an army of monsters from Hell itself by next year, Alucard attempts to talk him out of it, as innocents like Lisa would suffer. Dracula retorts that there are no innocents for they would have stood for her, attacking him in a blind rage and grievously wounding him with a claw swipe.

Dracula est en rogne

Dracula, manifesting in fire or in a swarm of bats and ravens.

One year later, as the Archbishop of Targoviste foolishly brags that the promises of Doom by "the devil" were but lies, blood starts raining over the city and the stained-glass windows of the cathedral shatter, with the shards impaling the Archbishop and his attendants.

The cathedral suddenly sets itself ablaze and Dracula manifests in the fire, cursing the crowd for celebrating instead of heeding his warning, swarming the city with winged monsters and horribly slaughtering everyone around. As the Castlevania rises over the city, Dracula orders his forces to destroy the entire country, town by town. However, a man named Trevor Belmont, armed with the Holy Vampire Killer whip sets out to defeat the vampire, engaging both the monsters and the corrupt agents of the Bishop who killed Lisa.

Trevor protects a group of scholars called the Speakers from the Bishop, who excommunicated the Belmont Clan and burned their mansion, and is now using the chaos to take control of the country, scapegoating anyone opposing him for the monsters' invasion. Trevor saves the Chief Speaker's granddaughter, the magician Sypha Belnades who was turned into stone by a Cyclops.

The Castlevania (anime)

The Castlevania, as seen in the series

Later, as the Bishop is killed by a powerful demon who gleefully reveals that his actions disgust God so much that he no longer protects him and ironically thanks him for enabling their rise on Earth, Trevor reveals the Bishop's corruption and lies, and helped by a pure-hearted priest and the Speakers, organizes the population of the city of Gresit to successfully fight back against Dracula's hordes.

Then, Trevor and Sypha venture in the crypt and meet Alucard, who just recovered. Together, they form an alliance to stop his father and save Wallachia before it is too late.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Dracula has been confirmed to appear as a "boss character" in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in a Direct revealed on August 8, 2018 along with his castle as a stage, as well as his mortal enemies Simon and Richter, the latter two which were revealed to be playable characters. Dracula may appear under certain conditions in his castle, which currently are unknown at the moment.

Quotes

Go now and kill! Kill, for my love! Kill, for the only true love I've ever knew! Kill for the endless lifetime of hate before me!
~ Dracula, to his armies of demons


Gallery

Trivia

  • In Castlevania II: Simon's Quest, Dracula's appearance resembles that of a grim reaper instead of a vampire.

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