Top 10 Castlevania Heroes
Konami has been releasing Castlevania games since 1986, and with around 34 games to date, along with numerous tie-ins and even more to come, the canon has evolved along with the cast of characters. Though Dracula is the pricipal antagonist for Castlevania's heroes, we’ve seen them do battle with all sorts of incarnations of evil. Whether struggling within themselves to balance good and evil, finishing up long-standing blood fueds, or chasing after the ghosts of loved ones, the Castlevania series has let us play as an array of great heroes over the years.
GameDynamo has compiled a list of our ten favorites here for you – so sit back, grab your favorite vampire-slaying weapon, and prepare to find out who made the list and who didn’t.
10. Grant Danasty
Games: Castlevania: Dracula’s Curse, Castlevania: Judgment
Grant didn’t appear much in the games, but he was the first protagonist other than a Belmont in the Castlevania series. With his ability to climb walls and throw knives, Grant was a fresh change from the formulaic gameplay the series had taken on. In Dracula’s Curse he had been turned into a monster and set to guard the Clock Tower by Dracula. However, Trevor Belmont freed him and they became allies. His last name was inspired by the real life Dinesti family who were historic rivals of Vlad Tepes – the bloodthirsty Romanian prince for whom Dracula was originally based.
9. John Morris
Games: Castlevania: Bloodlines
The direct son of Quincey Morris (one of Lucy's three suitors from Bram Stoker's Dracula), John held onto the infamous whip, Vampire Killer, which he would later give to his son, Jonathan Morris (from Portrait of Ruin). As one of the few Americans in the Castlevania series, he goes after Countess Bartley when she attempts to resurrect Dracula, undoing all his father had accomplished in the novel, Dracula. His mythos, tied to real-life literature, makes John a memorable character even if he was only playable in one game.
8. Eric Lecarde
Games: Castlevania: Bloodlines, Castlevania: Judgment, Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin
Despite teaming up with John Morris in Bloodlines, Eric Lecarde hasn’t been much of a staple in the Castlevania series. However, his spear-wielding abilities were a fresh mark for the franchise, leading to alternative weapons to complement the basic whip. Hailing from Spain, he chases after Elizabeth Bartley in revenge for turning his love into a vampire (a secret he initially withheld from his partner, John Morris). Judgment develops his character further, in which we learn his spear is the Alucard Spear, forged by Alucard himself. We soon see much of Eric’s story and life are focused on this weapon of which he has become a master. With a character’s history tied so closely to one weapon, and his journey to claim it as his own, along with tragic love stories, Eric makes the list at number eight.
Games: Castlevania: Judgment, Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia, Castlevania: Harmony of Despair
A slick look and an awesomely powerful warrior, Shanoa hasn’t made many waves in the series to date, but her quest in Order of Eccelsia shows her to have a ton of potential both with her glyph-absorbing powers and her somewhat, unwritten, mysterious past. With such high potential to become the next Alucard or Simon Belmont of the series, and with only a few appearances in the games to date, she ranks in at number seven on our list.
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