Castlevania: Nocturne, a spinoff derived from Netflix’s successful four-season Castlevania anime, introduces Richter Belmont as its protagonist. But how does he fit into the Belmont clan’s lineage alongside Trevor? The Castlevania game series has featured numerous Belmonts over the years, whereas the anime primarily centered around Trevor Belmont, an earlier member of the family. Despite the series’ penchant for revising the Belmont family history, it’s not too challenging to discern Richter Belmont’s relationship with Trevor in “Castlevania: Nocturne.”
Originating on the Famicom in 1986, Castlevania has been a longstanding series of Metroidvania video games, often portraying different members of the Belmont clan in their quests to hunt vampires. While the series predominantly remained within the gaming realm, Netflix produced an anime adaptation in 2017, spanning four seasons and earning critical acclaim. This series followed Trevor Belmont, Sypha, and Alucard as they sought to vanquish Dracula and undertook various other adventures. Although the original series has concluded, “Castlevania: Nocturne” continues the Belmont legacy, with a focus on Richter Belmont during the French Revolution era.
Castlevania’s lore features two distinct Belmont lineages: one from the original series and another simplified version from “Castlevania: Lords of Shadow,” a 2010 series reboot. The anime doesn’t provide extensive details about Trevor’s family history, making it challenging to pinpoint the exact generational gap between Trevor and Richter. Nevertheless, some clues emerge. Firstly, “Castlevania: Nocturne” unfolds during the French Revolution, over 300 years beyond the original series’ setting. Additionally, Richter always directly descends from Trevor, meaning Trevor is Richter’s distant ancestor from many generations back. The conclusion of Castlevania season 4 reveals that, similar to the games, Sypha is pregnant with Trevor’s child. These elements, coupled with Richter’s absence from the “Lords of Shadow” timeline, suggest that Richter’s family tree in “Nocturne” will likely align with the original timeline.
Unraveling the Belmont Family Tree
It’s established that Richter is a remote descendant of Trevor, but determining the exact generational gap necessitates dissecting Castlevania’s intricate Belmont family tree. In the original timeline, the Belmont lineage unfolds as follows: Richter is Juste Belmont’s son, who, in turn, is Simon Belmont’s grandson—the protagonist of the Castlevania series. Simon traces his lineage back to Christopher Belmont, although it remains uncertain whether this connection stems from Soleil or Gerhart Belmont. Christopher is the offspring of Frediric Belmont, who is the child of Trevor Belmont and Sypha Belnades. This places Richter nine generations after Trevor, aligning with the era in which the Castlevania sequel series, “Nocturne,” is set.
“Lords of Shadow” simplifies the Belmont clan’s family tree, positioning Simon as Trevor’s son. While “Castlevania: Nocturne” could potentially draw from this timeline, significant alterations would be necessary for Richter to have been born during the French Revolution period.
Castlevania’s complex timeline spans over 30 main games, and given the series’ history of retcons, “Nocturne” may introduce changes to Richter’s lineage. However, the aforementioned explanation provides insight into Richter’s relationship with Trevor in the primary game series, a framework that “Nocturne” could potentially adapt. Regardless, Richter Belmont, the protagonist of “Castlevania: Nocturne,” is indeed a descendant of Trevor, albeit born approximately 300 years after the original Castlevania anime’s events.