Originally named Mathias Cronqvist, Dracula is a former mortal turned wicked following the death of his wife. His lust for vengeance turned him into an immortal vampire. He later took the name Count Dracula Vlad Ţepeş. He desires to wage war against humanity for having killed his second wife, who was accused of witchcraft and burned at the stake, and take the world under his possession, but has been foiled by the Belmonts in every generation of his immortal life. When defeated, Dracula is prophesied to return again every 100 years, with a curse placed on the Belmont Clan, beginning with Leon Belmont. The only known Belmont Dracula has been able to defeat, though posthumously, is Simon Belmont.