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|“||Smart girl. I like that. But your crystal was too clean, too pure. So I made sure you would obtain shards and acclimate yourself to demonic power. Then Gremory could possess you, after the battle with Gebel had worn you down.||„|
|~ Dominique Baldwin|
Dominique Baldwin is the main antagonist from the indie metroidvania Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night and a major protagonist in Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2. Dominique is an exorcist sent by the church in order to help Miriam in her journey to defeat Gebel and stop the demon invasion. She initially acts as one of the supporting characters by selling demonic crystals to the protagonist. However, as time went on, it's revealed that Dominique is the main antagonist of the game, with an agenda of her own.
In the Japanese version, she is voiced by Kaori Mizuhashi, who is best known for voicing characters like Mami Tomoe in Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Minami Shimada in Baka to Test, Purple Thorn in Accel World and Navi in The Legend of Zelda. In the English version, she is voiced by Fryda Wolff.
Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
Dominique appears as a beautiful and frail woman with long blonde hair and wearing glasses. She wears a nun-like dress, which identifies her as a servant of the Church.
After revealing her true nature, her appearance changed slightly; as she fuses with the demonic shard, her left eye is covered with a patch of red crystal as does some parts of her outfit.
Dominique initially appears as a kindhearted young woman that helps the main hero, Miriam, accomplish her journey by selling her demonic shards so that Miriam could suppress the demonic energy during her quest. At some points, she even has several humanizing moments such as befriending an innocent 12 year old girl named Anne. However, this was all part of the act put by Dominique, herself.
In reality, Dominique is a woman who is obsessed with power and will do anything to achieve it, no matter what it takes, to the point that she would kill anyone who gets in her way. Her personality could be attributed to the loss of her parents due to the demonic invasion, to the point she renounces her faith to the god that she worships.
Dominique develops a rather Social Darwinistic philosophy, as she considers the people who died in her plans and ambitions to be weaklings.
Powers And Abilities
- Since Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is a spiritual successor to Castlevania series, many major characters in the game share traits with certain characters from Castlevania franchise. In Dominique's case, she is likely based upon Barlowe from Order of Ecclesia for being formerly a helpful ally who turns out to be an enemy.
- She also shows similarities to Mathias Cronqvist (who is the former human identity of Dracula himself) from Lament of Innocence. Both of them were once religious people until they began to believe that God was too flawed and ignorant and turned against Him. They also pretend to be kind and manipulate the main heroes into their nefarious plans, until they revealed their true nature.
- Her name, Dominique, is rather ironic, as it was the feminine version of the name "Dominic", which came from a Latin word, "Dominicus", which means "Belonging To The Lord" since Dominique ceased her belief in the god she used to worship after her parents died, and tries her best to spite Him by gaining ultimate power.