Demitri Maximoff is a vampire who first appeared in Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors. Demitri was also a playable character in Namco × Capcom, Project X Zone and its sequel, SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos, and Capcom's very own Capcom Fighting Evolution. He's particularly known for his special move Midnight Bliss.
Demitri has been voiced in almost all his notable video game appearances by Nobuyuki Hiyama. In the English releases of Namco's Cross Edge, he is voiced by Richard Epcar. In the Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge OVA, Demitri was voiced by Akio Otsuka while in the English version he was voiced by Paul Dobson who also voiced Demitri's servant.
Deep within the mountains of Romania lies a castle that appears only on a full moon. The castle, named after the owner of the land, was called Zeltzereich. This castle belonged to a Makai Vampire, Demitri Maximoff.
100 years ago, he had challenged Belial Aensland for power. He lost the battle and was exiled from Makai for his crimes against its ruler. Sunlight was something that was troublesome for the vampires of Makai, especially for Demitri. If he were to be directly exposed, his body would be destroyed from the inside and would disappear.
To avoid the sunlight, he used his supernatural abilites and created a field to cover his castle. He used this field to recover his strength. For 50 years, he stayed within his casket. As he slowly regained his strength, he would step out only once a full moon to hunt for blood.
By this time, there were already people that would wander into the castle. They would somehow hear rumors of treasure's within the castle. They would bring crosses, stakes, garlic, holy water and silver bullets thinking they were safe and attack Demitri. To Demitri, humans were food as enjoyed their blood. To him, it was like drinking the best wine of Makai. Those who were bit by Demitri had turned into vampires that would become loyal servants to him. Currently, 40 people settle in Demitri's castle and care for him.
When Demitri recovered 80% of his original power, he was able to temporarily create an aura around him that would grant him the power to walk on a cloudy day. Demitri had conquered both night and day and had no weaknesses. After 100 years of humiliation for his loss, he had gained a lot. He acquired various knowledge. The Prince of Darkness steadily readied himself to take over the realm once again.
The presence of an alien life form on Earth was an unexpected event for Demitri. Demitri seized this opportunity to further gain strength and fought against Pyron and consumed the alien life form. He was confident that he was strong enough to challenge and defeat the ruler of Makai, Belial.
When he returned to Makai, he found out that Belial's daughter, Morrigan Aensland, had become heir to the Aensland family and the ruler of Makai. As Demitri prepared himself to challenge Morrigan, he and his castle were sucked into the realm of Majigen by Jedah Dohma. Believing that meeting Jedah was an important step, he went off to meet Jedah for help and a deal.
Demitri Maximoff is a villainous and power-hungry vampire who, like Dracula, sees humanity as an inferior race and only cares for their blood. His favorite type of blood is from innocent and beautiful girls, who seem to be loyal to Demitri and admire him (although this could be the work of hypnosis, as most vampires are capable of such ability).
He also seems to respect his fellow vampires such as Dracula, the king of vampires.
Powers and Abilities
Demitri is one of most dangerous vampires in the Darkstalkers series, second to only Dracula himself. This power stems from the fact that he gave Belial an intense battle despite losing against him due to his arrogance. After many years of gaining power by drinking the blood of humans and gaining knowledge throughout history, he has become wiser than ever since his war against Belial. He is able to turn people into vampires like himself for control, summon supernatural bats to attack his foes, transform into a vampire version of himself or a small bat, fly throughout the night, as well as turn his opponents into women, both human or supernatural alike.
Like most vampires, Demitri must feed on blood in order to increase his strength. In turn, his power remains limited by the amount of blood he has available. He has an aura that offers limited protection from sunlight, which is dependent on his power. Similarly to classical vampires, if his body is exposed to sunlight, the heat will cause harm to his body, and can be fatal for him.
About real vampires
A supernatural creature that rises during the night to drink the blood of the living in order to stay alive. Generally the word "undead" refers to a creature that should be dead but is still active within the realm of the living. The word "vampire" comes from the Slavic word "obyri" or "obiri", which evolved into the Bulgarian word "vampir". Although sources differ greatly, some say that the Greek word "nosophoros", which means "plague-carrier", that evolved into the Old Slavonic word "nosufur-atu" is a synonym for the word "vampire". In our culture, the words "vampire" and "nosferatu" are interchanged often.
The vampire is truly a global creature, with myths related to the dead which rise to drink the blood of the living coming out of cultures all around the world. From Africa to Japan to Spain and mostly Europe, the legand of the vampire has held humanity enthralled for years. Nowhere, however, do we see more vampire folklore than in the stories of the Slavic people. Perhaps the reason for this is the historically high population of gypsies in that area. The migration of the gypsies has been traced back across the continent to northern India, where the religion had a cast of certain deities with a love for blood, such as Kali, and creatures, such as a bhutu. It has been theorized that with this as a base of folklore, the gypsies picked up bits and pieces of other legends as they migrated toward the north-west and as a result, altered the folklore of the Slavic nations.
According to legend, the victims of a vampire can become a vampire themselves. Vampires could also be made in a variety of ways: a child born under certain omens, a cat or other animal jumping over a dead body, someone who committed suicide, and practicing witchcraft are some activities thought to be the cause of vampirism. Even inanimate objects and animals were thought to be able to become vampires: pumpkins, watermelons and other fruit that was left out past a certain amount of time, latches that were left unlatched too long, dogs, horses, sheep and snakes are among the objects with Vampiric potential in older superstitions of the Slavic gypsy community.
Vampires were thought to be able to take the form of a bat, or many other animals, as well as a mist. They were able to control creatures like rats and wolves, and the elements were at their command. Some kinds of vampires were thought to be endowed with the ability to fly. Most vampires of legend slept either in coffins, or returned to the earth to sleep in their grave. Among other superstitions, vampires were supposed to need to return to the earth from their homeland each night, could not cross running water, could not see their reflection in a mirror, could not enter a place uninvited, and could not tolerate the symbol of the Christian crucifix.
As protection against vampires, the cross or crucifix was thought to be very powerful in the Christian countries, due to how vampires are easily associated with demons, and are thought to possess the same weakness as demonic beings. Little is known of how holy symbols were used as vampire protection before the Christian era, however, folk-cures were often employed. Garlic was the most popular vampire repellent, as well as hawthorn and the mountain ash or rowan. Another defense was scattering seeds. Vampires were supposed to become so involved in counting every single seed that they would either lose interest or be caught counting even as the sun came up. Surprisingly, silver was not as traditional a protective metal as supposed in popular fiction, iron was the material of choice. Iron shavings were placed beneath a child's cradle, a necklace with an iron nail was worn, and other iron objects were placed strategically around the place needing protection.
Once a vampire was discovered, it could be destroyed by cremation, cutting off its head, exposing it to sunlight or by driving a stake through its heart. Other superstitions told that a vampire could be destroyed by using items commonly associated with divinity; touching it with a crucifix, drenching it in holy water and garlic, stealing his left sock, filling it with stones and throwing it in a river, or using a "dhampir", or a vampire's child. Dhampirs were allegedly the only people who were able to see invisible vampires and they often took advantage of this by hiring out their services as vampire hunters.
In modern times, methods to destroy vampires changed as well; ultraviolet radiation and light, the essential ingredients of sunlight is often seen as the destructive factor and allows a vampire hunter to directly wield the power of the sun even during night. Some even proposes cure to vampirism or their bloodlust factor, all while keeping the superhuman benefits of vampirism.
Medical explanations to vampirism have been proposed as well, including a real-life rare kind of skin disease that is similar to a vampire's weakness against sunlight called xeroderma pigmentosum. Actual real life vampirism, in terms of drinking actual blood, is a reported medical condition as well and a known but uncommon trait in some animals. People who behave like vampires and drink blood are called sanguinarines. They normally do not have aversions to sunlight and are not antagonistic to society.
Demitri's date and place of birth are shortly after the defeat of Count Dracula and the land that Dracula once ruled, respectively.
Vampires were popularized by the Irish author Bram Stoker with his story of Count Dracula, a Transylvanian vampire, in 1897. The story was probably based on Vlad Tepes, a medieval character of exceptional blood thirst. He supposedly impaled his enemies, hence his nickname "Vlad The Impaler", and cut off their heads. He ruled Walachia as Vlad III in the 15th century, which is now part of Romania. He signed his letters with "Vlad Dracula", which can be translated as "Vlad, Son of the Dragon" or "Son of the Devil" in modern interpretation. His father was called Dracul because he had a Dragon depicted on his coat of arms.
Before Stoker, Vampire literature was rare, but existent. Perhaps the most popular pre-Dracula stories were "Carmilla" by J. Sheridan Le Fanu; "Varney The Vampire" by James Malcolm Rymer; and "The Vampyre: A Tale" by John Polidori.
Vampires as they are often portrayed today in modern media, are much different than the vampires of the past. Methods to create vampires vary greatly, though they still involve bites, blood, and sometimes even artifacts and devices. They do not necessarily have the same limitations the vampires from legends had, or have completely different ones. Garlic and crosses offer no protection against them, they are supposed to be able to walk during the day without negative effects, and sometimes are not considered to be undead, but another species of humans. They usually still have extraordinary powers: their strength and speed surpasses that of humans, and their senses are heightened to a supernatural level. The need for blood, however, has not diminished, in spite of how we have seen in the last twenty years a trend toward a conscientious vampire who is tormented by his/her own humanity.
Some depictions of modern vampires are also not necessarily evil, and at times have been portrayed to actually align themselves with humanity to fight others who are bigger threats. In perhaps an attempt to add heroic flair to vampires, they have also been portrayed to innovate to find ethical means to satisfy their bloodlust-- whether through abstinence, medicine, practical means (ie. drinking from blood bags), technology, or by culinary means (feeding on animal blood or gore, giving rise to the term "vegetarian vampires").
Credit for many of the modern innovations with the vampire myth must go to Anne Rice, who is the author of the immensely popular "Vampire Chronicles", a five book series concerning a vampire named Lestat. The first book from the series, "Interview with the Vampire", was made into a movie in 1994, and joined the ranks of many other vampire movies made over the decades. Bela Lugosi will always be remembered as the first Count Dracula on the big screen, and he is primarily responsible for the popular wealthy aristocrat appearance, black cape, fangs, widows peak, and Transylvanian accent that is so characteristic of the vampire stereotype.
As is the case with the vast majority of vampire fiction, Demitri's portrayal as a Romanian is inconsistent with the actual cultural background of that region.
First off, neither of his names are Romanian. "Demitri" is an Americanization of the Russian name "Dmitriy" (Cyrillic: Дмитрий), which is in turn derived from the Latin name Demetrius and the Greek name "Demetrios", which are both masculine forms of the feminine "Demeter", the Ancient Greek goddess of the harvest. If the character were Romanian he would alternatively be named "Dimitrie" or "Dumitru", since both are more localized forms of the same name. "Dimitrie" being the Moldavian (North-Eastern Romanian) variant, and "Dumitru" as the Wallachian (South-Central Romanian) variant. Neither "Maximoff" or "Maximov" are native family names of the Romanian language, not even in the further Moldavian region, wherein Slavic influences are at their highest.
Secondly, Demitri's attire was nonexistent in the timeline in which he would have initially lived in, as in the late 1400s and early 1500s. The character wears a formfitting and hyper-masculine variant of a typical French Baroque outfit, which would have been a stark contrast to the Oriental style of Nobility in Wallachia, the Slavic Moldavia, or the Hungarian and Germanic clothes of Transylvania. French Baroque clothes did not come into fashion within the Romanian Countries until the 1800s, after it had been imported by the younger generations of Phanariot bourgeoisie.
Thirdly, the nationality of "Romanian", and as a direct corollary the country of "Romania", did not exist until the year 1918, on December 1st, after the two Romanian Countries of Wallachia and Moldavia, alongside the historical region of Transylvania, were finally united under the Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen royal dynasty into the Romanian Kingdom. The name of the castle in which Demitri resides, Zeltzereich, is of an obvious German cognate, which would imply it being located in the strongly Saxon (Romanian: Sas) influenced land of Transylvania. This is further emphasized by the fact that the mountains surrounding castle Zeltzereich would likely have been one of the three mountain ranges of the Carpathians: Meridian, Oriental or Occidental, which formed the natural borders of Transylvania.
- Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors
- Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge
- Darkstalkers 3
- Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower
- Darkstalkers Resurrection
In Japanese only games
Demitri appears in Darkstalkers the Animated Series, where he works for Pyron along side Morrigan. In the series he is the nephew of Dracula. Demtri also appears in the Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge OVA where his castle becomes under attack by Pyron's Huitzil units.In Udon Entertainment's Darkstalkers series, Demitri is on earth waiting to regain his strength and return to Makai to fight Belial. His first appearance in the series was in Capcom Summer Special 2004 fighting Morrigan in a vision seen by Belial.
- Demitri's preferred blood type to consume is AB. He also prefers blood from virgins.
- The girls on Demitri's stage named are Patricia, Elizabeth, Francoise and Angelica.
- In the Darkstalkers series, Demitri is voiced by Nobuyuki Hiyama, who is mostly known as the voice of adult Link in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, the Japanese voice of Bass in the Japanese version of Mega Man 8, Joe Higashi from the Fatal Fury and The King of Fighters series, Hiei from Yu Yu Hakusho, by starring twice within the Brave Series franchise as Maito Senpuuji of The Brave Express Might Gaine and Gai Shishioh of the King of Braves GaoGaiGar. He also voiced Viral and Old Coco in Tenga Toppa Gurren Lagann.
- In the American cartoon series, Demitri is voiced by Michael Donovan, who also voiced Guile in the Street Fighter cartoon series. He is also given a Romanian accent to match his nationality.
- Richard Epcar, Demitri's English voice actor in Cross Edge, had previously voiced characters of supernatural origin ranging from Franken in The Monster of Frankenstein (originally known as Kyofu Densetsu: Kaiki! Frankenstein) to Myotismon from Digimon. Epcar later voiced an ironical character who hunted a particular vampire and was killed by such (and later revived through timely intervention): Joseph Joestar from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders.
- In Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Vergil was given alternate colors based on Demitri.
- For Monster Hunter Frontier, Capcom released costumes of Demitri and Morrigan for the game. Their costumes came in 4 different colors; Demonic Series featuring their regular colors, Shadow Series featuring reds, Chaos Series featuring light blue and Soul Series featuring white.
- Demitri was planned to be a playable character in the cancelled game Capcom Fighting All-Stars: Code Holder.
- Maximoff is the latinized surname of Maksimov which is of Russian origin, meaning "son of Maksim". Curiously, in SVC Chaos, his surname was spelled as Maximov instead of the usual Maximoff.
- It is implied that Demitri's family is an enemy of Van Helsing in some Darkstalkers media such as the cartoon. Again, the Graz cartoon, much like the OVA and comics, this is not canon as it was never featured in the games.
|The full image gallery for Demitri Maximoff may be viewed here.|
- Demitri at Capcom Database
- Demitri at Project X Zone Wiki
- Demitri at Strategy Wiki
- Demitri at Game Ideas Wiki
- Demitri at MUGEN Database
- Demitri at Mizuumi Wiki
|Anita • Anakaris • Baby Bonnie Hood • Bishamon • Dee • Demitri Maximoff • Donovan Baine • Felicia • Hsien-Ko • Huitzil|
Jedah Dohma • Jon Talbain • Lilith • Lord Raptor • Morrigan Aensland • Pyron • Q-Bee • Rikuo • Sasquatch
Victor von Gerdenheim
|Belial Aensland • Dark Talbain • Le Malta • Mei-Ling • Oboro Bishamon • Ozom|
|Harry Grimoire • John Stately • Majorette/Thomas • Marionette • Shadow • Jack|
- Capcom, (2008). Darkstalkers Graphic File. Udon Entertainment Corp, pg. 28. ISBN 1897-37604-9
- Capcom, (2008). Darkstalkers Graphic File. Udon Entertainment Corp, pg. 142. ISBN 1897-37604-9
- Street Fighter V Treasures: Fighting All-Stars Materials (Demitri is shown by clicking the Shadaloo mark)