Richter Belmont (リヒター・ベルモンド, Richter Belmondo) is a main character in several Castlevania games. He first appeared in Castlevania: Rondo of Blood as the main protagonist along with his blood relative Maria Renard (whom is an unlockable playable character and the first girl he rescues as well as the adoptive younger sister of his fiancée, Annette). He has gone on to become an unlockable playable character in later Castlevania titles.
Richter's story begins as he is away training and studying a map of Dracula's Castle, before seeing smoke rising in the direction of Aljiba, the hometown of his fiancée Annette Renard. Rushing there on horseback and briefly encountering Death, Richter finds Aljiba in flames and Annette kidnapped by the newly resurrected Dracula and his army of monsters.
Entering the castle halls and avoiding a grotesque monster known as the Behemoth, Richter rescues Annette's younger sister, Maria, and the two team up to stop Dracula and save Annette. En route, they rescue Iris, the daughter of a doctor; and Tera, the village nun. Richter then makes his way to the Castle Keep for a final showdown against Dracula, with both combatants offering differing views on humanity. With Dracula defeated, the castle begins to collapse, as Richter, Maria, Annette, and the other women watch as the sun rises over the rubble.
Five years later, Richter is brainwashed by the Dark Priest Shaft, not long after he entered the newly resurrected castle to investigate. Maria entered the castle herself to investigate his disappearance, which in turn forces Alucard to awaken from his slumber, due to the unexpected lack of a Belmont to handle what is going on. The brainwashed Richter does battle with Alucard in the Castle Keep, where Alucard is able to see the enchantments controlling Richter before he is ultimately saved by Alucard.
Because of the prophecy originally stated by Nostradamus about the end of the world and the return of Dracula in 1999, Richter gave up the Vampire Killer to other descendants of the Belmont clan, including Reinhardt Schneider and the Morris clan. The Morris clan was given official guardianship over the Vampire Killer sometime before 1897, holding onto it until the time came for the Belmonts to reclaim it.
However, a caveat came with those who were not a direct descendant of the Belmonts: the Vampire Killer would slowly drain the life away from its wielder, a fact discovered by John Morris and his friend Eric Lecarde in the aftermath of their encounter with Dracula; John was wounded during the battle against the Count and his neice, Elisabeth Bathory, yet his wounds were not healing. John died sometime after his son, Jonathan, inherited the whip, never telling him of its secrets and how to unlock its true strength, with the wounds ultimately claiming his life.
Jonathan and his friend Charlotte Aulin undertook the test of unlocking the Vampire Killer's full power during their mission to destroy Dracula, where the power of the whip manifested as a memory of Richter. Upon defeating the Whip's Memory, Jonathan is given a few words of encouragement from Richter's spirit: "I'm counting on you..."
As a playable character
Main article: Richter (SSBU)
Richter is an Echo Fighter for Simon in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. However, it is noted that Simon himself takes inspiration from Richter to a greater extent as well, making them derivatives of each other. As a result, Richter is almost identical to Simon in regard to functionality. However, there is one notable mechanical difference between them: Richter's Holy Water possesses the Aura effect, whereas Simon's possesses a flame effect. Aesthetically, Richter has his own taunts and victory poses in reference to Rondo of Blood and Symphony of the Night, while his Holy Water's flame is blue compared to Simon's red.
Richter's design is based on his appearance in Castlevania: Rondo of Blood and Dracula X, combining aspects from both games such as how his pants are tucked into his boots, which match their design in Rondo of Blood, while having the white underside on his clothes similar to Dracula X. It also sports some adjustments inspired by Symphony of the Night, now having buttons on his tunic.
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