How Netflix’s Castlevania Finds the Fun in Bitter Monster-Slayers

Netflix's Castlevania is considered by many to be one of the few exceptional video game adaptations out there, and one reason for that is because of the characters. While the series is faithful to the games, the characters are fleshed out even more in the adaptation, as seen with Trevor Belmont, who is equal parts humours and bitter.

The Belmonts in Castlevania are well known for being the best vampire and monster hunters around; however, they were wrongfully excommunicated because of rumors that they practiced black magic. The people turned on them, their land was stolen, and the family eventually died off, making Trevor the last of his clan. With a reputation like this, it wouldn't have been too surprising to see Trevor as an all impressive yet solomon warrior, but that is far from the case.

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When Trevor is first introduced, he is a hot mess to say the least, drunk in a bar and getting beaten on by some random patrons. While he proclaims that he has never lost a fight to man or beast, he barely manages to stumble away from the brawl, vomiting all over the ground before wandering away. This depiction does not live up to the legends surrounding the Belmonts, instead establishing Trevor as a reluctant hero who is done with humanity's nonsense, which makes sense since the people the Belmonts swore to protect betrayed them. Plus, how over it he is at some points -- especially in comparison to Sypha's optimism and the over-overdramatics of the vampires -- is truly funny.

Despite the poor hand Trevor has been dealt, he still fights for humanity and even develops some genuine relationships with Sypha and Alucard, showing there is a heart to him after all. Even when he is at his lowest, Trevor still has his wits and humor about him, as seen in his debut bar fight.

It's not so much about quippy one-liners or jokes with Trevor. Instead, he comes across as a painfully realistic character, one who understands that dealing in black magic and working alongside vampires is wrong. While the series has a lot of remarkable action sequences that make being a Belmont or a Speaker look cool, Trevor never fails to remind audiences that this is not an awesome profession and a world where evil vampires, and night creatures roam freely is a living nightmare.

With Season 4 coming soon, it appears Trevor's dry sense of humor is still present, even after the spirit breaking events of Season 3. Sypha and Trevor discover that someone is trying to bring back Vlad Dracula, which makes no sense in Trevor's eyes. He has no issue calling out how stupid it is for someone to attempt this, again acting as a bitter voice of reason that's refreshing in a high fantasy series.

Jaded characters like Trevor are not a rarity. The Boys has Butcher, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has Bucky Barnes, Star Wars has Han Solo, and these are only a few of the many characters that aren't traditional heroes who bring a dry sense of humor to their respective properties. With so many characters like this, to make one a stand out, good writing and acting are a must. Thankfully, like the most iconic anti-heroes and jaded characters before him, Trevor has both, with Richard Armitage perfectly capturing the tragedy and comedy within the last Belmont.

Castlevania stars Richard Armitage as Trevor Belmont, Alejandra Reynoso as Sypha Belnades, James Callis as Alucard, Theo James as Hector, Adetokumboh M'Cormack as Isaac, Jaime Murray as Carmilla, Jessica Brown Findlay as Lenore, Bill Nighy as St. Germain, Jason Isaacs as The Judge and Rila Fukushima as Sumi. Season 4 arrives on Netflix May 13.

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