- For fighter info, see Simon (SSBU).
Simon Belmont (シモン・ベルモンド Shimon Berumondo?) is the first main protagonist of the classic Castlevania series (particularly the first game and its sequel Simon’s Quest), and a newcomer in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He is the eighth third-party character, following Solid Snake, Sonic the Hedgehog, Mega Man, Pac-Man, Ryu, Cloud Strife and Bayonetta.
A member of the vampire hunter clan Belmonts and one of the main wielders of the family's "Vampire Killer" whip, Simon Belmont began his battle against Count Dracula in the year 1691 AD, following in the footsteps of his distant ancestors, such as Trevor, Christopher and Leon Belmont. When a black mass successfully resurrects Dracula on Easter Day, Simon storms the vamire's castle to fulfill his destiny as a vampire hunter. Simon was successful in defeating Dracula, but in his death throes, the vampire dealt Simon a blow that left the hunter cursed with an affliction that made his body steadily rot, with the curse also threatening to blanket Transylvania.
Seven years later as the curse comes close to taking Simon's life, a mysterious woman tells Simon of a possible way to rid himself of the curse: by gathering Dracula's remains (his eyeball, ribcage, nail, heart and ring,) and burning them to ashes to finish the job he started seven years prior. The people of Transylvania, nervous that Simon's quest could lead to Dracula's early return, gave him extremely vague hints to him or even lied to him out of fear that he'd inadvertantly re-unleash Dracula upon the land. Simon reached the ruins of Castlevania to carry out the cremation, but a hidden sixth relic, Dracula's fang, emerged along with the other remains Simon had collected, summoning a revenant form of the dark lord. Simon was ultimately successful in his endeavor, banishing Dracula completely and curing himself of the curse whilst also saving the world from Dracula's menace once more. For this, Simon and the Belmont clan were hailed and belovved as legends.
Many years later, Simon's descendants followed his example. One hunter in particular, Juste Belmont, the protagonist of Harmony of Dissonance, would undergo a similar quest to gather Dracula's remains in order to save his friends and fulfill his destiny as a Belmont.
The crossover game Castlevania Judgment is an interquel where Simon is brought into the Time Rift by the time-traveler Aeon, as part of a plot to stop a demon called the Time Reaper from destroying reality. Simon's personal story in this game, set between the first and second games, has him seeking a battle with his ancestor Trevor to gauge his own worth with the Vampire Killer. Simon eventually defeats Trevor and accepts that he is much more than the weapon itself. His arcade mode ending leads directly into the events of Simon's Quest.
Simon's first adventure has been retold in many different forms, with the Sharp X68000/Castlevania Chronicles version bearing the most resemblance to the NES original. Super Castlevania IV has Simon traverse a harrowingly dangerous land even before setting foot in Dracula's Castle, and the arcade game Haunted Castle has Simon storm Dracula's castle on a mission to rescue his wife Serena, who had been kidnapped by the vampire lord on the Belmont's wedding day.
In the alternate Lords of Shadow universe, Simon is the direct son of Trevor Belmont, who supposedly died while fighting Dracula (who in this continuity was in fact their distant ancestor and Trevor's father, Gabriel Belmont,) with Simon journeying to the vampire's castle to seek revenge for the deaths of his parents. As he fights his way to the castle, Simon is assisted by the mysterious Alucard, who is revealed to be Trevor, having been killed by Dracula/Gabriel, who upon learning of their relation, then tried to revive Trevor out of regret and desperation.
Simon's visual design in earlier installments paid homage to 80s "barbarian"-style heroes such as Conan the Barbarian. His most famous visual design stemming from Castlevania Chronicles as drawn by Ayami Kojima, combines the general appearance with a "bishounen"-style character design seen in various other Kojima works. While his Judgment design reflects the Kojima design fairly loyally, it was somewhat mocked by fans for Simon's facial resemblance to manga character Light Yagami of Death Note fame, though as the game's cast all received heavy redesigns by Death Note artist Takeshi Obata, it was difficult to avoid. His alternate Lords of Shadow design pays homage to both designs in terms of outfit and color scheme while giving him a much larger, rougher build. His appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate uses his classic late 80s design.
Simon has made appearances in crossover games including the Wii fighting game Castlevania Judgment and as a DLC character for the HD team-based multiplayer game Harmony of Despair in his original 8-bit form. Simon's first appearance in a multi-universe crossover game was the GameCube fighting game Dream Mix TV World Fighters alongside fellow Konami guest Solid Snake. In other media, Simon's most infamous appearance was in the cartoon Captain N: The Game Master, portrayed as a dimwitted and haughty braggart frequently at odds with protagonist Keven Keene.
In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
As a playable character
Simon appears as a playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Simon was announced in mid August 2018, alongside Richter Belmont who served as an Echo Fighter to Simon, meaning that they share the same moveset, although some of their moves originated from Richter. Simon's visual design is of his classic 80s Conan-inspired look.
Simon’s voice actors are reprised from both Japan-exclusive’s Dream Mix TV World (Hideo Ishikawa) and an English dub version of Castlevania own fighting game Judgement (Keith Silverstein) respectively.
- Along with Mario, Mega Man, and its fast paced military action themed sibling Contra, Castlevania has long been considered a Nintendo classic for filling in the niche of a horror themed and fantasyesque platforming game. Classic Castlevania games are also considered to have helped represent the difficulty testament of Nintendo Hard, being games that are challenging, tricky, yet sense tempering and extremely rewarding with the effort.
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is Simon's second appearance in a multi-franchise crossover fighting game, with his first appearance being the Japan-exclusive GameCube game Dream Mix TV World Fighters which also starred Solid Snake as a playable fighter. Simon and Richter, or homages to them at least, were also originally planned to be playable characters in the Konami fighting game Battle Tryst, under the names "Shemon" and "Rheter."
- While Simon is portrayed in his classic Conan-esque 80s/Sharp X68000 design in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the hilt of his and Richter's Vampire Killer whip is cross shaped, in reference to the Combat Cross weapon from Lords of Shadow, which the Simon of that universe also wielded.