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Simon Belmont
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Simon Belmont is the main protagonist in nine Castlevania installments. Simon's design and appearance has changed significantly from game to game. At the age of six, his parents were murdered by the forces of Count Dracula, and Simon was lucky to escape with his own life. Lost and alone, he was found in the forest by some of the mountain people, taken in and raised amongst them. However he never forgot what had happened to his parents and vowed to deliver vengeance one day upon those responsible. He trained hard and was extremely gifted in combat, yet life was hard for young Simon growing up. Always an outcast amongst the tribe, he developed a strong will and stubborn attitude that would always boil over into rage, and men soon came to fear him and his prowess in the arts of war. He fiercely protected a fragment of mirror given to him by his father and always wore it around his neck for safekeeping.

 During the life of Simon Belmont, the Belmont name was well known and quite famous, making Simon famous as well. When the Dracula once again awoke in 1691 and started terrorizing the people of Transylvania, they sought out Simon, who was promptly on the case. Simon would fulfill the Belmont legacy once again, defeating Dracula. However, Dracula was not one to just up and admit defeat. Instead, this time he sacrificed an early resurrection and placed a curse on Simon. By having his minions take his body parts and hide them all over Transylvania, he believed and hoped that Simon could not find them all in time and the curse would overtake him and the Belmont family lineage would succumb. However, that did not happen, as Simon would be successful in locating all the body parts to resurrect Dracula and promptly defeating him, thus lifting the curse.

His Castlevania: Judgment storyline is as follows: One fateful night a year later, he entered a dark forest while pursuing the last of Dracula's minions. However, he soon found himself in a strange place and greeted by a time traveler who called himself Aeon. Aeon explained that he had entered a time rift, which is where he would find what he desired. Confused, but recognizing that there was a strange air to the place, Simon decided he had no choice but to believe him and took a series of trials, starting with a test battle with Aeon. These trials allowed him to test his skills against heroes from many different time periods, including the legendary three warriors (Alucard, Sypha, and Grant) he had learned about as a child. After defeating these warriors, he finally had a chance to face off against his ancestor Trevor Belmont himself. By defeating him, who also wielded the Vampire Killer, Simon was finally convinced that his power was more than just the whip. He then returned to his normal era.
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Castlevania Judgment

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Page Updated:  Sep. 17th, 2020

Back in 1991... I absolutely fell in love with Super Castlevania IV on SNES. The game and soundtrack became one of my all-time favorites from that era. I also loved whipping those skeletons into pieces... "free whip control" mechanics FTW! Good times. Anyhow, the main character of Castlevania 4 is, of course, Simon Belmont. The evolution of Simon's design sure is interesting. He looks very different depending on which Castlevania installment we're talking about.

I may be on the side of the unpopular opinion on this one, but I think Simon's "gothed-out" appearance in Castlevania Judgment isn't terrible (although he could've done without the shorts). He definitely looks a bit too reminiscent of Light Yagami from Death Note, but it was pretty cool to see the Death Note artist (Takeshi Obata) make designs & artwork for Castlevania. In the end, I do like the "darker" designs of Simon Belmont... I guess going through all those evil monster-infested dungeons & castles really does catch up with you in the end. Cool character development. Simon sure doesn't look like a typical good guy anymore... which is pretty cool I might add.

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