Gabriel Belmont, the protagonist of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, was adopted by the Brotherhood of Light after he was orphaned as a child. He had great skill, and became an exceptional student. After he had grown, he took the name "Belmont", French for "Beautiful Mountains", as his surname due to his love of high places. During Lords of Shadow, he is searching the land for a way to bring back his dead wife, Marie. In his struggles, he wields the Combat Cross, a powerful weapon nicknamed "Vampire Killer," and wears the Dark Gauntlet, allowing him to lift heavy weights.
Gabriel's adventures take place in a continuity separate from that of the "official" Castlevania timeline established by Koji Igarashi and as such is not related to the other Belmonts of the franchise. He is, however, the father of the Lords of Shadow universe's incarnation of Trevor Belmont.
He is voiced by Robert Carlyle.
As the story of Lords of Shadow unfolds, it is revealed that it was actually Gabriel himself who killed Marie, under the influence of Zobek's Devil Mask. The events were set up by Zobek to manipulate Gabriel into collecting the pieces of the God Mask, so Satan could go to Heaven and challenge God.
After the battle with Satan, he encounters Marie one last time who confirms the God Mask cannot bring back the dead. They share a kiss and Marie leaves for heaven with the other souls as Gabriel mourns her loss.
Soon after, he is contacted by Laura and she tells him the defeat of the three Lords of Shadow summoned another threat, the Forgotten One. Both make their way to the Forgotten One's chamber, but only dark beings are able to enter the dimension where the Forgotten One is kept.
Laura asks Gabriel to drink her blood. Gabriel does it with reluctance, killing Laura but freeing her from her eternal torment in the process, while he himself becomes a creature of the night.
As he tracks down the Forgotten One in the dimensional prison, Gabriels personality is consumed by darkness. He becomes more violent and looses his humanity. As he is more terrible now than the Forgotten One, he consumes its demonic powers and destroys the beast once and for all. Just before leaving the Underworld, Gabriel destroys his Combat Cross, leaving the pieces lying broken and forgotten within the dark dimension.
In the epilogue, it is revealed that over the past 900 years, Gabriel has become an immortal vampire. In 2010, he is known as Dracul and meets Zobek once again. The former Lord of Death explains that Satan is gathering his forces again, and suggests they team up to prevent this and mentions it's the only way to free Gabriel from his curse of immortality.
His answer remains unknown.
- In the first Lords of Shadow, it is stated that the infant Gabriel was rumored to have been an abandoned bastard of the Cronqvist family. This is a reference to Mathias Cronqvist, Dracula's former human identity from the original Castlevania continuity. It is also subtle foreshadowing, as Gabriel himself eventually becomes Dracula.