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Adrian's existence did not come without quirks, as the gentle, human side of his mother always seemed to cloud his "better judgment", as Dracula would have put it. Before his mother's death, Adrian was by her side. Even though he was enraged, she insisted that he not take that anger out on the humans. With those thoughts forever implanted into his being, his mind always wandered as he questioned his father's intentions. After standing by for as long as he could, he broke away from his father's army and disappeared. Understanding that Dracula was going to implore his wrath on the people, Adrian would turn his efforts towards destroying his father's army, hopefully encouraging him to reconsider. Furthermore, he chose to go under the name "Alucard" — his father's branded name in reverse — to represent that he stood for beliefs opposite that of his father's.
Alucard went by the name Genya Arikado in the game Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow.
The following list are the games which featured Alucard. He is a playable character only where noted. The games are listed in chronological order regarding the storyline of the Castlevania series.
- 1450 — Castlevania Legends (unplayable)
- 1476 — Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (playable after unlocked)
- 1797 — Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (playable)
- 2035 — Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (unplayable)
The following games aren't confirmed appearances for Alucard, but the similarities are strong.
Though speculative, it is quite possible that the character who stared in the game, Kid Dracula, was indeed Alucard early in his life. It has been noted that early in Alucard's life, he did indeed emulate his father and at one time, intended to completely follow in his footsteps. Kid Dracula could be documenting his life during this time.
However, since Kid Dracula takes on a hero's role, it is possible that Alucard has already renounced his evil father's ways and took on the path of a hero. The storyline of Kid Dracula states that Kid Dracula wakes from a long sleep, which seems very much like future "sleeps" that Alucard would put himself in.
The first game where Alucard chronologically appeared was Castlevania Legends, yet not as a playable character. In the year 1450, Alucard appeared as Sonia Belmont's lover. Almost as soon as they met, the two fell in love and became very close. Alucard then revealed his intentions to her: His father had to be stopped, and he was the one to do it.
Sonia revealed to Alucard that she intended to do the same. They had to part ways at this point, as Sonia would go on to battle her way through the castle of Dracula. During her adventure, Sonia would encounter Alucard one more time as he tested her skills in battle and found her to be more than worthy.
Feeling that he could be a danger to humankind afterwards, Alucard submerged his powers and put himself into a state of rest, much to the sadness of Sonia. He would rise again soon enough, however.
Castlevania 3: Dracula's Curse
In 1476 when Trevor Belmont was on his own quest to hunt out the Count Dracula, Alucard would be awakened. Alucard emerged from his state of rest and hid himself deep in the catacombs, waiting for Trevor Belmont to come by. Alucard acted like a boss at this point, once again testing the skills of a hero.
After taking so much damage in the game, Alucard reveals himself and his intentions to Trevor and agrees to help. He then becomes one of the four playable characters in the game.
After helping to destroy Dracula, and despite his good intentions, Alucard couldn't help but feel guilty for fighting and killing his own father. To ease his pain, he put himself back to rest, submerging his powers once more.
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
In 1797, due to an unexpected lack of a Belmont, Alucard had no choice but to awaken from his slumber to investigate the matter and infiltrate Castlevania. He was able to find out that Richter Belmont had been seduced by evil and was controlling the castle.
With the help of Richter's sister-in-law, Maria Renard, they were able to find out the truth: The Dark Priest Shaft was controlling Richter and wanted to raise Dracula from his dark slumber. After releasing Richter from Shaft's control, Alucard entered an upside-down version of Castlevania, with more powerful enemies, and confronted Shaft.
Having defeating Shaft, Alucard discovered that his efforts were in vain, as Shaft's plan had come to fruition regardless. He solely defeated his father in combat once more, and sent him back to grave. He then planned to put himself back at rest, but since Maria had fallen in love with him during their meetings, she tried to prevent him from doing so. Whether she managed to stop him in time is not known.
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow2035, a man named Genya Arikado and his close associate Yoko Belnades , a Catholic Church employee, began to frequently visit the Hakuba Shrine in Japan. Mina, the shrine caretaker's daughter, was not sure sure of what they were looking for, but she was always friendly to the duo. Genya, an extremely cold man with an inhumanly attractive face, was a member of a shadowy organization somehow related to national security. He and Yoko knew well about the events where the castle was sealed away in the eclipse by a group of vampire hunters, and about the prophecy that says someone would come to the castle in 2035 to inherit Dracula's powers.
In their investigation, they found the link between the Hakuba Shrine and the dark side of the eclipse. They decided to enter the castle, where they planned to prevent the rebirth of Count Dracula.
In reality, Genya Arikado was Alucard himself, risen from his resting place due to the absence of a Belmont to deal with the situation. Julius Belmont was present, roaming the castle, but his amnesia and advanced age made it too risky for him to get involved on big conflicts.
Alucard knew that the power of the seal holding Dracula was wearing off. If someone with bad intentions (like Graham Jones ) were to seize the opportunity and inherit that power, his father would return, reborn.
Alucard then came up with a plan. He would find someone with powers similar to the Dark Lord's (but with a good will) and summon him to the castle on the day of the solar eclipse. That person turned out to be Soma Cruz. Alucard helped him to discover his natural absorbing abilities in hope that Soma would use that power to collect the enemies' souls and the castle's energy essence, becoming someone as powerful as Dracula. A self-aware absorber who would use that collected power to enter into where only Dracula could go: The Chaotic Realm where the seal remained broken, having the chance to fix it by destroying the source.
Soma was able to destroy the source and rid himself of Dracula's spirit before it could take over his body completely, resealing the castle within the eclipse, bringing his friends to safety, and ending the threat of Dracula's resurrection. The kanji for "Genya" means "illusion", while "Arikado" means "to have horns".
Alucart is assumed to be a parody of Alucard. The Alucart Armor, Sword, and Shield equipment items appear in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. This equipment is weaker than that the Alucard versions of those items, but when the three Alucart pieces of equipment are worn, Alucard gains a lot more luck. To obtain Alucart status, Alucard must find the Alucart equipment scattered throughout the castle of his father, and equip them.
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