Adrian Fahrenheit Ţepeş (アドリアン・ファーレンハイツ・ツェペシュ Adorian Fārenhaitsu Tsepeshu?), better known as Alucard (アルカード Arukādo?), is a character in Konami’s Castlevania series of video games. His first appearance in the series was in the 1989 game Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse, but he is best known for his role in the critically acclaimed Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, released in 1997. His design in Symphony of the Night was created by Ayami Kojima, marking her first contribution to the Castlevania franchise.
In the series, Alucard is the son of Dracula, the antagonist of the Castlevania series. Due to his human mother, Lisa, Alucard is a dhampir, a half-human, half-vampire. His mother’s death and admonition not to hate humanity caused him to take up arms against his father. In Dracula’s Curse and Castlevania Legends, he fights against his father alongside the vampire hunters of the Belmont clan, and he is featured as the protagonist of Symphony of the Night. Alucard additionally is present in Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow and the follow-up sequel Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow, where he interacts with the protagonist of both games, Soma Cruz, as the Japanese government agent Genya Arikado (有角 幻也 Arikado Gen’ya?). Several video game publications have provided praise and criticism on Alucard’s character. In Aria of Sorrow and Dawn of Sorrow, where Alucard was present as Genya Arikado, reviewers noted that although he fell into a stereotypical character mold, the greater concentration on supporting characters was a welcomed change from previous Castlevania games.
Client: Konami, MercurySteamDate: February 2014Project: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2