Alucard (アルカード, Alucard), full name Adrian Fahrenheit Ţepeş, is the human/vampire hybrid son of Dracula, and recurring character in the Castlevania series. He first appeared as in Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse as a supporting playable character alongside Trevor Belmont, with the purpose of defeating his father. After defeating his father, he goes into an eternal slumber. However, he is reawakened over 300 years later in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night due to the disappearance of a Belmont.
Born as Adrian Fahrenheit Ţepeş in 1459, he is the son of Dracula and the human woman Lisa, making him a dhampir by nature. He is able to utilize the abilities of a vampire without many of the setbacks of vampirism. Adrian was present at his mother's execution in 1475, after she was tried for witchcraft and burned at the stake. Hearing her final words and her request to deliver them to his father, Adrian attempted to dissuade his father from turning his anger against humanity, telling him that it would be more suitable to punish the ones responsible for the execution rather than everyone present for her burning. Dracula declared that there were no innocents for this crime, wounded his son, and began his war against humanity one year later, attacking the very same town where she was burned. Adrian assumed the name "Alucard" as a way to symbolize his opposition to Dracula. In his debut in Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse, he can be recruited as one of Trevor Belmont's allies. Trevor encounters Alucard in the Catacombs below the Mad Forest's marshlands; after engaging in a battle to test his skill, he joins Trevor as an ally. Together with Sypha Belnades and Grant Danasty, this group becomes the first in history to directly confront and defeat the dark lord in his own lair.
Following his father's demise, Alucard was besieged by the guilt of patricide, despite the threat his father posed to the world, and thus returned to his own coffin to rest. Trevor's bloodline continued to live on, as his descendants Simon and Richter both followed in his footsteps to confront Dracula's return. However, Alucard was suddenly awoken after nearly 300 years of slumber due to the reappearance of his father's castle, and the absence of a Belmont to stop him. In Symphony of the Night, Alucard traverses through the castle, faces various monsters, and collaborates with Maria Renard to solve the mystery of the castle's return and Richter's disappearance. As Alucard soon discovers with Maria's aid, Richter was possessed by the Dark Priest, Shaft, in an attempt to resurrect Dracula once again; with this power, Shaft summons an inverted castle above the original. Alucard navigates this second castle, kills Shaft once and for all, and defeats his father once again, this time passing on his mother's final words: "Do not hate humans. If you cannot live with them, then at least do them no harm, for theirs is already a hard lot." With the knowledge that Lisa would love him for all eternity, Dracula begs for her forgiveness as he fades away, and Alucard's guilt returns once again.
Alucard did not reappear, even in an instance where a Belmont was not present to fight Dracula, for nearly two centuries. In the year 1999, Alucard fought alongside Richter's descendant, Julius, as well as members of the United States military, a Belnades clan member, and a priest from the Hakuba Shrine in Japan. Together, they sealed Dracula's Castle away in a solar eclipse, cutting off his father's source of power and destroying him once and for all. Even so, in Aria of Sorrow, Alucard remains active as a member of a top-secret Japanese government agency, under the name "Genya Arikado". Though Dracula's most recent defeat at the turn of the century was final, his powers were inherited by humans who were born at the time of his demise; these followers have attempted to carry on his legacy, starting with the reappearance of his castle. Though the Belmont clan is still alive, only Soma Cruz—the true reincarnation of Dracula, now free from his vengeance—is able to truly prevent Dracula's influence from returning. Soma vows to absolve himself of his past and start anew, and Arikado stays by his side to watch over him.
In the Lords of Shadows timeline, Alucard is the name given to Trevor Belmont after he was turned into a vampire by his father Gabriel, now known as Dracula.
As an Assist Trophy
Alucard's primary weapon as an Assist Trophy is the Crissaegrim (sometimes referred to as Valmanway), an extremely rare and powerful blade in Symphony of the Night. Similarly, only the sword slashes are visible when attacking rather than the sword itself being visible in motion, similar to the original games. He is also capable of using the Power of Mist, a transformation that lets him travel through certain walls and avoid attacks completely, Soul of Bat, a bat transformation that leads into the hard-hitting Wing Smash tackle, and both his jump kick and back dash techniques, which have become standard abilities for all Castlevania main characters since their introduction.
He also appears as a special guest character during Pit's conversations with Palutena in Palutena's Temple if Richter is present. Palutena formally introduces Pit to Alucard, with the latter recalling the events of Symphony of the Night afterwards before ultimately telling Pit not to underestimate Richter. He is the only Assist Trophy to have this role, and he even acknowledges his status as an Assist Trophy after Palutena inquires about his participation.
Finally, he is a Legend class Primary Spirit located in the Dracula’s Castle segment of the Dark Realm of World of Light. His Spirit Battle has the player fighting Simon while Alucard drops in to attack the player. Only Simon must be defeated to win. His Spirit can also be claimed from the Spirit Board or from the shop located in “Vault”.
In a Famitsu interview, Masahiro Sakurai stated that Alucard was briefly considered as a playable character, due to a lot of fans probably being most familiar with him. However, he instead chose Simon and Richter, feeling that players would probably prefer one of the Belmonts, resulting in his Assist Trophy and cameo roles.
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