Welcome to this week’s installment of Geek Girl Authority Crush of the Week, wherein we shine a spotlight on strong women who inspire us. Now, this not only includes fictional female characters in geeky media but creators as well. These ladies are a prime example of female empowerment and how crucial it is for youth to have said example to follow.

DISCLAIMER: This post contains major spoilers for Netflix’s anticipated series Castlevania. If you have been living under a rock – go binge it now!

Sypha Belnades

Fast Facts:

Sypha in battle in Castlevania.

Sypha in battle in Castlevania.

Sypha Belnades (voiced by Alejandra Reynoso) is a Speaker that has been traveling with her grandfather and other Speakers when they found themselves in Gresit during Dracula’s (voiced by Graham McTavish) attack. While the Church falsely accused the other Speakers of bringing the attacks, Sypha ventured down into the catacombs to awaken the “sleeping soldier” who would save humanity.

However, she found herself on the wrong side of a Cyclops and was turned to the stone until Trevor Belmont (voiced by Richard Armitage) saved her. She eventually found the “sleeping soldier” who turned out to be none other than Dracula’s son Alucard (voiced by James Callis). Together they searched out Belmont’s childhood home and uncovered the secrets to bringing an end to Dracula. But life never gets easy for these three.

After leaving Alucard behind, Sypha and Trevor set off the travel where the two butt heads about apathy and survivalist. On their journey, the two uncovered a group trying to raise Dracula from the dead and a man known as Saint Germain (voiced by Bill Nighy) who was trying to open the Infinite Corridor. The three are able to put a stop to the ritual but at the cost of the entire village.

In the final season, Sypha and Trevor continued onward, following a path and death and destruction caused by supporters of Dracula. They eventually meet back up with Alucard for one final stand against the forces of darkness. In the end, Sypha finally finds her moment of peace as she helps Trevor and Alucard rebuild the village outside of Dracula’s castle.

The Real Deal:

Sypha is the real deal. She isn’t just a Speaker, but a Magician as well. Sypha can cast powerful spells, including fire, ice, air, electricity and so much more. She can even use her spells to grant her flight for short periods of time and use them as defense and offense. But she doesn’t just kick major ass. Sypha is highly intelligent. Sypha knows multiple ancient languages that have been lost to humankind. She also has a vast knowledge of rebuilding civilization which she uses to help rebuild at the end of season four.

She has a strong sense of dedication to not only her friends but for humanity. Sypha follows in the footsteps of her grandfather and the other Speakers in the idea that her job is to help others before helping herself. She carries some of the heaviest responsibilities, being the prime candidate as the scholar mentioned in the “sleeping soldier” legend. But despite the horror she sees within the world, she tries to keep an upbeat and positive attitude.

Why She Matters:

Sypha in battle in Castlevania.

Sypha in battle in Castlevania.

So why does she matter? Sypha is a strong, intelligent, independent, kick-ass female in a series almost dominated by men. She breaks the mold of damsel in distress which we typically find within the fantasy franchise. But she doesn’t fall into the jaded hurt woman trope either. Sypha is a unique character who can hold her own in a fight against the terrifying enemies and still laugh alongside Trevor and Alucard later. She is dedicated to making the world a better place for humankind and tries to stay positive even in the worst situations.

So be like Sypha. Stay positive when things get tough. Dedicate yourself to making the world a better place. Stay true to yourself and your values. And always have a good laugh every once in a while.


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