- This article is about the original Dante. For the character created by Ninja Theory, see Dante (DmC).
Dante (ダンテ) is a main character and primary protagonist of the Devil May Cry series of hack-and-slash 3D action games. A famous mercenary, demon hunter and private investigator, he is the son of the legendary demon knight Sparda and his human wife Eva, the younger twin brother of Vergil and the uncle of Nero.
Dante is dedicated to exterminating demons, a mission he follows in pursuit of those that killed Eva and corrupted Vergil. As a result of his demonic heritage he possesses numerous superhuman abilities which he uses in combination with a variety of weapons to accomplish his goals. Dante has been featured as the protagonist in the first three games, a playable character in some missions in the fourth game and one of the playable main characters in the fifth game. He also appears in several Devil May Cry novels and manga volumes, and is featured in a 2007 anime series titled Devil May Cry: The Animated Series.
Devil May Cry started development as an early version of Resident Evil 4, so Dante bears a strong resemblance to Leon S. Kennedy. Like his father and brother, Dante has white hair. It remains in a consistent style throughout his appearances, although there are a few minor changes. In Devil May Cry and Devil May Cry 4 his hair is somewhat parted with his bangs brushed down; in Devil May Cry 3 his hair is simply brushed down, and in Devil May Cry 2 his hair is parted with his bangs in front of his right eye.
Dante's most obvious design trait is his affinity for red-colored apparel, in the form of a long, two-tailed coat. In Devil May Cry 3, the coat had zippers on the sleeves and a buckle around the waist, but after Dante's first battle with Vergil, the right sleeve is damaged and Dante tears it off. In the first game and the anime, the coat seems to be plain with an upturned collar and short sleeves with black cuffs, though the coat lacks coattails. In Devil May Cry 2, the coat has a more pronounced buckled collar and a black chest plate of sorts resembling a vampire hunter's coat. In Devil May Cry 4, the coat is given a much more detailed and stylish look, with western and Italian accents. Finally, in Devil May Cry 5, his red jacket is faded and has a washed-out look.
Dante's arsenal usually consists of firearms and melee weapons, including "Ebony and Ivory", twin handguns that never have to be reloaded, as well as a variety of swords. The guns are hand-made with "For Tony Redgrave, By .45 Art Works" written on them.
When the image of Ninja Theory's redesign of Dante was first shown, it puzzled and even outraged most fans. Capcom (who handed down directives to Ninja Theory specifically to change Dante's looks) once stated that Dante's old look "is no longer considered cool anymore". Ninja Theory's redesign of Dante was originally somewhat similar to his classic look but Capcom told them to keep going further away from that design, even though they expected this to create a negative response. All of this, of course, happened long after Hideki Kamiya's departure.
Alternate costumes Edit
Throughout the series, Dante has not always worn only his trademark red leather coat. Other outfits for him can be obtained, as well. After beating the original game on Hard Mode, players can unlock the costume of Dante's own father, Sparda. After clearing the "Dante Must Die" mode, Super Dante is unlocked. Super Dante's health regenerates as long as he is in Devil Trigger mode.
In Devil May Cry 2, there are two extra costumes for him. One is his traditional look from the first game, unlocked by beating "Dante Must Die". The other, Dante in jeans, is unlocked by beating the game on Normal.
In Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition, beating the game on different difficulties unlocks the following costumes: Easy - Shirtless Dante, Normal - DMC1 Dante, Hard - Sparda and Coatless Dante, and Very Hard - Super Dante and Super Legendary Dark Knight.
Beating "Dante Must Die" in Devil May Cry 4 unlocks Super Dante. Five alternate costumes can be obtained in DmC: Devil May Cry, beating the game on any difficulty unlocks "Original Dante" (meaning his original black hair), clearing "Son Of Sparda" unlocks Dante's coatless look and lastly, "Classic Dante", "Neo Dante" and "Dark Dante" were available as part of a DLC package.
Earlier in the series' chronological storyline, Dante is incredibly flippant, casually mouthing off to even the most powerful demons, and he generally enjoys rubbing people the wrong way. He does mature as time goes by, but never really loses his attitude. Dante is sometimes presented as a show off as, on several occasions, he performs exaggerated and over-the-top moves. Dante is seemingly unflappable, not showing fear whether he's being attacked by the Seven Hells in his office or being swallowed by a giant serpentess demon. It is quite rare for Dante to show any seriousness and rage but he can be serious when the situation calls for it, but he still maintains a laid-back demeanor during such situations and is never with out a witty taunt or comeback.
Dante can seem at times to be uncaring or even callous, but actually has a very strong sense of justice and prefers to fight fairly. He can be counted on to do the right thing, even if he makes cynical quips about it the entire time. Unusually, while he has issues with his own demonic side, Dante has little qualms about accepting demons that choose the side of good, such as Trish. Though Dante is quoted as believing that "humans are often worse than demons" in the anime, he refuses to kill full-blooded humans for any reason.
Dante values family and friends very highly. He cared deeply for his mother and was so devastated by her death that it was the primary reason of his taking up the path of a Devil Hunter. Even years after Eva's death, Dante's love for his mother remains as strong as ever, which was exploited effectively by Mundus, who made Trish a look-like of Eva, causing Dante to strongly desire to protect her. Even after he was betrayed by Trish, Dante still saved her solely as she looked like his mother and this began their partnership, although it initially hindered him, with Dante showing hesitation to engage Mundus when threatened with Trish's death and later crying on how he was not able to make her be more like Eva or even protect her. This is why Dante resents Mundus so much, as Mundus was the one behind the death of his mother. When Mundus mocked that he would create a mother for Dante if that is what he wants, Dante immediately coldly silence him. Despite their differences, Dante still cares for his brother considerably. Even after all the fighting the two did over the course of Devil May Cry 3, Dante still tries to save Vergil from falling into the demon world, and goes so far as to cry over losing him. In addition, he resented his father bitterly for leaving him and not being able to protect Eva but Dante was able to overcome this and acquire genuine respect for Sparda, as shown by how while he at first bitterly said that he does not have a father when Vergil asked Dante why does he not seek Sparda's power, in their last fight, Dante proudly says that he carries not only Sparda's blood but also his soul.
Dante also enjoys fighting shown when he sometimes does not fight at his full potential so he can toy with his opponent or make a fight last longer. In the anime, Dante gets bored with fighting weak opponents and only finds entertainment in fighting strong opponents who will give him a challenge. Dante's enjoyment of fighting was reflected in his dialogue with Echidna during which he asked her if she agreed with him that a fight every now and then makes life more interesting.
In the anime, Dante was shown to be one of the few characters in the Devil May Cry series to swear. Dante was frequently shown to be foul-mouthed, repeatedly swearing in almost every episode.
Despite verbally complaining about being in debt, Dante seems quite willing to perform missions solely for the good of them, and rarely enforces payment from poor clients. In fact, Dante will typically refuse any job he dislikes, regardless of how much it pays, but will immediately take on any paranormal cases, especially those involving demon hunting, with or without pay. Many of his clients take advantage of this good nature of his, and leave bills for property damage caused during the mission instead of paying for his services. He often borrows from Lady or gambles to repay these debts. However, he has extremely bad luck with all forms of gambling (Dante even has bad luck with a simple coin toss), and loses any game not involved with demon hunting. As a result, he is horribly in debt to Lady, and is often left with no money at all after she takes her cut. However, in the post-credits scene in Devil May Cry 4 Lady actually pays him a small amount for his "assistance", implying that he no longer owes her money.
Ironically despite Dante's handsomeness, his luck with woman is awful, which is often shown by how many of the women who he met attacked him. Indeed, Dante's notoriously bad luck with women is such a particularly sore aspect that it is one of the few things able to irritate him.
Dante has a fondness for pizza, and while he complains about olives, he always ends up with them on his pizza. His liking for pizza was added because the director believes that pizza is the "best food ever". In the anime, he is also shown to favor strawberry sundaes as well as pizza with it being pointed out on several occasions that those two foods are all he eats.
Concept and development Edit
Dante's name comes from Dante Alighieri, who was a great Florentine poet of the Middle Ages. His central work, Divine Comedy, is often referenced or used as a background throughout the Devil May Cry series. Dante debuted in Devil May Cry, a game originally intended as part of Capcom's Resident Evil franchise. Series creator Hideki Kamiya rewrote the story, taking it from Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy.
According to series creator Hideki Kamiya, the title character of Buichi Terasawa's Cobra manga series was the basis of Dante's personality. He based the character's idea on "stylishness", dressing him in a long coat to make him "showy" and making him a non-smoker (since Kamiya saw that as "more cool"). Dante wears red (the traditional Japanese color for a heroic figure) in contrast to Leon S. Kennedy, another character Kamiya created for Resident Evil 2 (who wears blue clothes). Kamiya said that he saw Dante as "a character that you would want to go out drinking with", someone who was not a show-off but would instead "pull some ridiculous, mischievous joke" to endear people to him (and familiarize the character with audiences). Although Kamiya was not the main writer of the first two Devil May Cry novels, he saw Shinya Goikeda's depiction of Dante as similar to his own. In development, Dante was originally called Tony Redgrade and did not carry a sword.
Artist Yuichiro Hiraki described Dante as a "nihilistic anti-hero with a dark side", based on early concept art by character designer Makoto Tsuchibayashi. As a result, he wrote him as a character who would rely on his demonic powers (Devil Trigger) during the game. Shortly after the game's development, Kamiya said that his personality would be more animated (which gave Hiraki the idea that Dante would be an "incorrigible joke-cracker") and the Devil Trigger was downplayed. Hiraki began drawing the character stylishly, working on Dante's gameplay, his swordsmanship Stinger (スティンガ Sutinga ) and his handling of the guns (Ebony and Ivory). Other gameplay elements were based on the fighting-game series Virtua Fighter and Tekken. Dante's use of a shotgun was retained for Capcom's horror game, Resident Evil 4. Devil May Cry was designed from the ground up around Dante's acrobatics and combat abilities.
After the success of the first Devil May Cry game, Capcom inserted Dante into a game already in development. The forced development of the game matured his characterization. Dante's change to a more-taciturn character was the decision of a producer who disliked his previous incarnation. The staff aimed to make him look older than his original self (in his 30s), implying that something dramatic had happened to change his personality. Dante and Lucia in Diesel fashions appealed to the developers. The staff still felt that Dante's stylishness remained true to the original character, despite his change in personality, because of his movements. Daigo Ikeno was responsible for Dante's appearance in Devil May Cry 2 and 3. In developing the former, he attempted to make Dante more handsome. In retrospect, Ikeno was disappointed with the character's inaction in the game.
In the prequel game, Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening, Dante was a younger, more arrogant character than in the previous installments. The designers of Devil May Cry 2 returned to design his new look, which was based on the Japanese band Johnnys. Dante exposed more skin under a jacket, which the staff believed would fit his younger persona. Trying to remain true to Kamiya's original take, the staff worked carefully to make his actions and personality appealing. Bingo Morihashi said that Dante's characterization was meant as a departure from Kamiya's style, and more of a team effort. According to Morihashi, despite seeing the character in three games he had trouble understanding him. Although Dante is a strong character, he opens up to others. Fan response to this Dante led Morihashi to say that the team was inspired by the Devil May Cry Dante, but needed to change him. Nevertheless, the character's role in facing the world impacted the writer. Dante and Vergil's relationship represents one of the themes of Devil May Cry 3: familial love. While initially Dante only wishes to have fun while fighting demons, he is moved by Lady's determination to stop her father. He decides to stop both Lady's corrupted brother as well as Vergil who wishes to upon the gate to the demon world.
Dante's final design was left up to Kamiya, who discussed with Morihashi how the character should be portrayed. Kamiya felt that early depictions of Dante were too quiet, and wanted a character who was more "wild" and wore different clothing (such as his sleeveless jacket). Dante's Devil Trigger forms were designed by Kazuma Kaneko of Atlus. The Capcom staff was impressed with Kaneko's work, and Ikeno felt that it was not difficult to model. A wallpaper with Dante and Vergil's Devil Trigger forms was designed, as a tribute to the Japanese show Super Sentai once defeating the game. Dante was designed to be easy to control, in contrast to Vergil (who was more difficult, but stronger).
Devil May Cry 4 producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi noted before the game's release that they wanted to make Dante seem significantly more powerful its other protagonist, Nero, to create a difference between the strength of a "veteran" compared with a "rookie"; the series' continuity also dictated that Dante display the power he possessed after the events of the first game and its prequel Devil May Cry 3. The use of a new proagonist was discussed multiple times but Capcom did not get the approval for it, Kobayashi said that Dante also had to be in the game. The staff were afraid of negative feedback similar to what happened to Konami's 2001 game Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, controversial because of switching protagonists. As a result, the team tried balancing Dante and Nero's strenght. In order to balance the two protagonists, Dante and Nero were given unique gameplay; Dante retained his change of styles from Devil May Cry 3 but now could change between each of them within a battle rather a stage. Due to physical similarities between Dante and Nero, the staff aimed to make their designs more unique and make their personalities stand out in their interactions with other characters; an example was the Devil May Cry 4 antagonist, Agnus. Nero remained at odds with Agnus in cutscenes, but Dante mocked Agnus in a musical taunt before the boss fight with him which signified how different were the two playable characters in term of personality.
Dante was designed in Devil May Cry 4 by Tatsuya Yoshikawa, who called the character in his original appearance "the ultimate Hollywood action superstar." Yoshikawa wanted to make Dante older, in his 30s or 40s. His design included a stubble which reflected his "cool" personality (since he did not care about shaving). For Devil May Cry 4, Dante's body was more suitable for fighting and his personality was more intense; Yoshikawa emphasised the character's sternness and naughtiness. Dante was given a variety of costumes, with one intended to indicate mystery. Several weapons in the series are character-specific. One is Pandora, a firearm designed by Kobayashi (who noted that he wanted to include a "transforming, multi-purpose AWD in Dante's arsenal. Something that could be used as an over-the-shoulder rocket launcher, or a crossbow, etc. In its final form, [he] wanted it to transform into something that would be even bigger than Dante himself." The weapon was inspired by anime series such as Macross and Gundam. The staff felt that Dante received more missions and weapons than they had originally intended.
Dante and Nero's appearance was changed in the E3 2018 trailer for Devil May Cry 5, confusing fans who wondered if Nero was Dante. After seeing the older Dante at the trailer's end, Capcom noted that fans realized who was who and were pleased with the designs. According to company, Dante "hasn't gone wild for no reason". Because the graphics of the game are meant to be as realistic as possible, Dante's face was modeled after an actor named Adam Covie.
Early life Edit
Dante and Vergil were born to the legendary dark demon knight Sparda and his human wife Eva. Sometime before their eighth birthday, Eva gave the twin brothers each a half of the Perfect Amulet. Eventually, Sparda disappeared and later died, and Eva and the twins were left alone. When Dante was eight years old, he and his family were attacked by demons sent by the demon emperor Mundus, who wanted to hurt Sparda's loved ones. Eva was killed and though the twin brothers survived, they were separated and Dante believed Vergil to have died up until they met each other one year before the events of Devil May Cry 3.
It is unknown what exactly happened to Dante after he was separated from his family other then that he inherited one of his father's most powerful swords, the Rebellion, and two of his guns, Ebony & Ivory. He would grew up to become a powerful and famous mercenary, and demon hunter. He eventually opened up his own mercenary-for-hire shop in an unknown city somewhere in America.
Dante is first seen sitting in his yet-to-be-named shop. Arkham comes to the shop and gives Dante an "invitation" to the Temen-ni-gru (a holy tower constructed by devil worshippers) on behalf of his brother Vergil; as soon as he leaves, Dante is attacked by a swarm of hell jailers. Dante effortlessly kills them all, and heads to the tower in search of an "interesting time".
Meanwhile, Vergil speaks to Arkham about his plan to reopen the portal to the demon world and obtain his father's power, in the form of the Force Edge sword that lies there. Within the tower, Dante encounters and defeats the demonic gatekeepers who were sealed away by his father, as well as the demon hunter Lady, who is in pursuit of her father Arkham, and the demon Jester, who guides him through the tower for his own reasons. Upon defeating most of these demons, Dante acquires their souls in the form of new weapons and combat styles. Dante, Lady, and Vergil eventually discover that Arkham is Jester, and was using all of them in order to open the portal and acquire the Force Edge for himself, using it as a means to gain Sparda's power and become a god. After defeating Arkham in the demon world, Vergil and Dante duel for the ownership of the Force Edge. In the end of the battle, Dante claims ownership of the Force Edge, while Vergil chooses to remain in the netherworld.
Dante matures considerably as a result of his ordeal, and inspired by Lady's courage and commitment to her own family, he continues his demon hunting business with a greater sense of purpose. They become partners and he decides to call his shop "Devil May Cry", in reference to what Lady said to comfort him over the loss of his brother Vergil.
Dante gets attacked in his office by a mysterious woman named Trish. He impresses her by easily brushing off her assault, and tells her that he hunts demons in pursuit of those who killed his mother and brother. She says the attack was a test and that the demon emperor Mundus is planning a return at Mallet Island. She takes him to the castle there, but abruptly disappears.
Dante explores the castle, slaying minor demons and finding weapons, and encounters the spider-like demon Phantom, while looking for a way to proceed through the castle. Dante wins the battle, but Phantom soon reappears and chases him through the halls of the castle. After further exploration and combat, Dante battles a demon named Nelo Angelo who impresses Dante with his confidence. The demon pins Dante to a nearby wall, but suddenly flees upon seeing the half-amulet Dante wears. The demon attacks twice more in later missions, and is eventually revealed to be Vergil, manipulated by Mundus. After Nelo Angelo's final defeat, his half of the amulet joins with Dante's half-amulet, transforming the Force Edge into its true form, the Sparda.
When Dante next meets Trish, she betrays him and reveals that she is also working for Mundus. She lures Dante into a final fight with the bio-weapon Nightmare, but Dante manages to kill the monster. In the resulting chaos, the room collapses, and Trish is almost crushed. Dante saves her, claiming it was solely because of her resemblance to his mother. Furious because of her betrayal, Dante warns her to stay away from him. Yet when he finally confronts Mundus, who is about to kill Trish, Dante chooses again to save her but is injured. Mundus tries to finish him off, but Trish takes the attack instead. Dante's emotion at this tragedy unleashes his full power, allowing him to take on the form of his father. Afterwards, Dante and Mundus battle on another plane of existence with Dante victorious.
Dante leaves the Perfect Amulet and Sparda sword with Trish's immobile body before departing. However, just as Dante reaches the castle's hangar, Mundus, who is now back to his regular strength, returns and corners Dante. However, Trish also returns and lends Dante her power. Dante is able to defeat Mundus by sealing him away again. When Trish tries to apologize, she begins to cry. Dante tells her that it means she has become human and not just a devil, because "devils never cry". Dante and Trish narrowly escape on a plane as the island collapses. After the credits, it is revealed that Dante and Trish are working together as partners and have renamed the shop to "Devil Never Cry".
Everything was set into motion when Lady came to Dante's office (which for some reason has been renamed to "Devil May Cry" again), offering a job. She told him about the Order of the Sword — a small congregation in the castle town of Fortuna, which worships Sparda, much to Dante's surprise.
She explained that there is a legend of Sparda in that he served as a feudal lord at the city a long time ago. She also said that although peaceful worship can't be condemned, the Order's members recently started catching demons and collecting Devil Arms, interfering with her work. Trish, who was present and heard all this, departed with the Sparda sword, leaving a "see you there" message written in lipstick on the wall. There was nothing for Dante to do but to go to Fortuna after her.
Later it is revealed that the Order's increased activity was because of The Savior, a giant artificial demon created by the Order, which is only controllable with Sparda's blood and sword. They started creating smaller copies of the true Hell Gate, which they powered with the gathered Devil Arms. These were needed to harvest demons in order to power The Savior, as well as to lure Dante to Fortuna. It seems that Dante became aware of their plan, most likely through Trish, who disguised herself as Gloria and handed over the Sparda sword to infiltrate the Order.
After watching Nero defeat a group of Scarecrows from the rooftops, Dante makes his entrance in Fortuna through the roof of the Opera House during the Festival of the Blade, executing the town's vicar, Sanctus, and slaying several Holy Knights who try to subdue him. Nero, one of the Holy Knights, enraged that his love-interest Kyrie has been endangered, interrupts Dante and keeps him busy until Kyrie and her brother Credo can escape.
After a brief fight with Nero, Dante reveals to him that the slain knights were actually demons, and leaves with a cryptic message to Nero, claiming that he and Nero (as well as the fallen knights) are the same, although Dante suspect that Nero carries something different from the others. He then leaves Nero and heads for Fortuna Castle. On Credo's orders, Nero follows Dante, catching up to him at the entrance to Mitis Forest. However, Dante escapes by falling from the cliff into the forest. Nero finally confronts Dante within the Order's headquarters, but Nero no longer seeks to capture Dante because he has been betrayed by the Order. However, Dante challenges him for his brother's sword, Yamato, which Nero now possesses.
After an intense battle, Nero at last gets the upper hand, but then Dante easily knocks Nero down, making Nero realize that Dante has been playing with him from the beginning. Dante explains that Yamato is the key to opening the demon world, but allows Nero to continue using the sword because he needs it to rescue Kyrie.
However, Nero is absorbed by the Order's partly awakened Savior, which is controlled by the revived Sanctus. Credo is mortally wounded trying to stop Sanctus, and the Yamato is taken by the Order's scientist, Agnus, to open the true Hell Gate in Fortuna. At the dying Credo's request, Dante follows the Savior back to town to rescue Nero and Kyrie after sending Trish to help the citizens escape to safety. Along the way, he kills Echidna, Dagon and Berial, destroys the three fake Hell Gates they had emerged from and obtains the Devil Arms that had powered the gates. Once he returns to the Opera House where it all began, he finds Agnus. The two fight, ending with Dante killing Agnus. Dante recovers the Yamato, closes the Hell Gate, and destroys it.
This catches the attention of Sanctus, who attempts to kill Dante using the Savior. However, Dante is able to weaken the artificial demon enough that he can reawaken Nero by returning the Yamato to him. Dante continues to distract the Savior while Nero tracks down Sanctus and slays him. Nero succeeds and breaks free of the Savior with Kyrie and the Sparda in his hands.
However, before Dante could drag away an apology from Nero, the Savior reawakens as "The False Savior", a weakened version of the creature created by the weapon's merge with Sanctus. Nero hands Dante the Sparda, and attacks the atrocity with his Devil Bringer, destroying it. When the battle is finally over, Nero thanks Dante for his help. Afterwards, he attempts to return the Yamato to Dante, but tells him to keep it. Nero asks if he will meet Dante again, but Dante leaves only with a simple wave and later along with Trish and Lady watches for a bit as Nero and Kyrie kiss each other.
In a post-credits scene, Dante and Trish have returned to their shop. Lady enters and thanks Dante and Trish for helping her by eliminating the Order. She hands them the case with their payment, but it is revealed to contain only a few banknotes. Against Trish's protests, Lady claims that it was her fault that the situation got out of hand. Dante calms them down by commenting that "[they] take what [they] can get". Suddenly, the phone rings, and Trish informs Dante that it is a customer with a password that they have been apparently looking for and that it is in the vicinity. The game ends with Dante accepting the job and heading out of the shop along with Trish and Lady who both decides to help him.
The game begins by showing Dante and a mysterious female demon hunter named Lucia separately entering a museum where an important item called the Arcana Medaglia is stored. After defeating a group of demons in the museum, Lucia invites Dante to follow her to the Dumary Island, where he is introduced to Matier, her mother. Matier explains that she once fought alongside Dante's father, Sparda, to defend the island against demons. She asks Dante to help fight Arius, an international businessman who uses demonic power and seeks to conquer the world. Dante flips a coin as an answer, and decides to help when the coin lands on heads. After Dante leaves Matier and Lucia discuss the Arcana, the items required for Arius to release the demon Argosax.
Lucia eventually confronts Arius, who reveals that she was his creation. When Lucia moves to strike Arius, he uses his magic to blast her away. Shortly afterwards, Dante meets up with Lucia, who gives him the last of the Arcana before leaving. Dante then encounters Matier and tries to pass the Arcana to her. Matier, in turn, asks Dante to take the Arcana to save Lucia, who has gone to fight Arius again. Dante flips the coin again to decide if he will help; it lands on heads, and he departs to aid Lucia. Meanwhile, Lucia enters the Uroboros building and attacks Arius, who captures her. Dante arrives and trades the Arcana for Lucia, then attacks Arius. To escape, Arius forces Dante to decide between saving Lucia or killing him.
Lucia, worried about the ritual and conflicted about herself, wonders how they will stop Arius. Dante waves her off, stating he will find a way. Dante leaves Lucia to think as he departs to defeat Arius. Matier arrives a short time later, sets Lucia's mind at ease, and decides to rejoin the fight against Arius.
Dante arrives to find Arius in the middle of his immortality-inducing ritual. Apparently not at all phased by the completion of the ceremony, Dante stands confident. Another fight ensues, in which Dante finishes Arius off with his pistols. Outside, Lucia confronts Dante and demands that he kill her because she fears she will become a demon herself. Before the issue can be resolved, a large stream of energy strikes the tower and a portal to the demon world is opened. Dante and Lucia argue over who will enter and close it from the inside; Dante offers to leave the issue up to fate. He flips the coin and it once again lands on heads, leaving Dante to enter the portal to deal with Argosax after leaving the coin with Lucia.
After Dante departs, Arius returns to life bearing demonic power. While Lucia fights Arius, he finds himself injured and attempts to distract her, a tactic which fails; Lucia goes on to defeat him. Within the portal, Dante fights and defeats the partially summoned Argosax. Finding the portal closed, Dante instead drives further into the demon realm on a motorcycle. In the aftermath of the battle, Matier attempts to reassure Lucia about Dante's fate, insisting that Sparda returned from a similar trip. Lucia examines the coin Dante left with her and discovers that both sides are identical. Sometime later in Dante's shop, Lucia muses about Dante and how Sparda, having taken the exact same journey to hell, came back. Outside, the sound of a motorcycle echoes, and Lucia leaves to investigate who it is. It is not shown whether the arrival is Dante or not. Because of his reappearance in the next chronological sequel, Devil May Cry 5 and bearing new devil arms, particularly in the form of a motorcycle, it is highly likely Dante is the one who showed up.
Dante appears as one of the three playable main characters in the game. After somehow getting out of the demon realm, Dante left someone behind before entering the fictional Red Grave City. Here, V enlists him for a high-paying work, which crosses paths with Nero's own investigation, making him go at odds with his nephew.
Powers and abilities Edit
Dante possesses extraordinary powers far beyond that of any human being and most demons thanks to the blood of his father, Sparda, running through his veins. Being a half-demon who is able to gain more powers and weapons from the powerful demons he is defeated, Dante grows increasingly stronger throughout the series. By Devil May Cry 4, Dante is able to take on The Savior empowered by Sparda's power, and by Devil May Cry 2, he is able to singlehandedly defeat the demon king Argosax whom Sparda sealed, implying Dante currently has power rivalling, if not surpassing that of the legendary Dark Knight.
Even since Devil May Cry 3, before Dante fully awakens hia demon blood, he rarely shows himself to struggle in battle and wins most of his fights with such ease it's as if he was merely toying with his opponent. However, when his opponents can prove themselves to be worthy adversaries, Dante stops toying with his opponents and fights them seriously, as shown on his battles against his twin brother Vergil, and the demon king Mundus.
Notably, these same opponents were the only ones who have ever defeated Dante in combat. Even then, he only suffers his first defeat at the hands of Vergil in their first battle in Devil May Cry 3 because Vergil has already fully awakened his own demonic blood. Post his awakening and after gaining a few Devil Arms, Dante is able to fight evenly with his brother, and by the end of DMC3, Dante is ultimately able to defeat Vergil. However, his later defeat against the Mundus-empowered Vergil as Nelo Angelo was legitimate, as Dante's half of the Perfect Amulet interferes with Nelo's memories, causing him pain and preventing him from finishing Dante. Mundus is also able to easily defeat Dante at first but after acquiring the power of the Force Edge, the dramatic boost he acquired was enough for Dante to ultimately triumph. In Devil May Cry 5, the main antagonist Urizen is proven capable of overpowering Dante without much effort, even when he was aided by Trish and Lady, with Dante seemingly requiring the aid of Nero and V to stand a chance against Urizen in their later encounters.
After his victory against Mundus at the end of Devil May Cry, Dante is powerful enough to be known as the legendary "Devil Hunter" among the demons, much like how his own father was called the "Dark Knight". His powers are tremendous, to the point where he is almost never shown fighting seriously thereafter. Nero apparently defeated him at the beginning of Devil May Cry 4, but Dante admitted the battle only ended the way it did because he underestimated Nero. In their second fight, although Nero had gotten even more powerful, Dante, while still not using all his power, ultimately trounced Nero. This rare show of struggle is another example of his tremendous power, showing that Dante simply holds back greatly against opponents who are in theory stronger then him, and in the end defeats them without any signs of difficulty.
Throughout the Devil May Cry series, it is constantly implied that Dante's strength is not just due to his father, but also from his will to protect others. It is implied that any demon who possesses the will to protect and love others rather than to simply destroy will gain the full might of their demonic power, though Dante and Vergil may simply be exceptions due to their hybrid souls and human upbringing by their mother.
Superhuman strength: Dante possesses incredible raw bodily strength even while in human form. He is able to easily throw around street thugs and an obese prison warden. He is also able to easily snap handcuffs. He can shatter stone with little difficulty, and often overpowers demons much larger and more imposing than himself without much effort. Although his strength has been seen to be matched and even at times surpassed by his older brother and nephew, Dante is more often than not capable of besting them, as shown by how he could go blow-to-blow with Vergil in their first fight despite being considerably pressured, eventually being able to match him and ultimately overpower him in their last duel after being fully awakened, although he lost to Nelo Angelo, he later bested his brother. In addition, he could also force back Nero with the sheer force of his sword blows without much effort while holding back, forcing him to use his Devil Bringer to overpower him while holding back. Upon revealing more of his power, Dante easily blocked a punch from Nero's Devil Bringer and even casually forced him back with enough force to destroy a wall behind him and knocked down Nero with a single push to the back, even with Nero's improvements, although it seemed Nero was still capable of blocking Dante's blows and even pushing him back, it was only due to Dante still not fighting to kill. He's even strong enough to block The Savior's punch with little strain.
Superhuman speed and agility: Dante is blindingly fast, and in some cases appears to be teleporting. During his younger years, he was capable of swinging his sword so fast that rain drops cannot escape his blade over a wide area. Also while Dante was running down the side of Temi-Ni-Gru, he shot Rebellion, causing it to fall so quickly it began superheating the air around it, then he chased his sword fast enough to catch up to it and eventually reaching a speed great enough that the air around his hand became superheated as well. Dante's reflexes are fast enough that he can dodge bullets, slice them, shoot them out of the air, and even catch them with his teeth. He is extremely agile as well; able to jump to great heights or even balance himself on a flying rocket, as well as run up vertical walls. In addition, his agility allows him to perform amazing feats of acrobatics that easily surpass even the finest human acrobat.
However, Vergil is shown to be capable of keeping up with him just fine, as shown by how he had difficulty matching Vergil's speed, needing genuine effort to repel his attacks and outpaced by Vergil twice, having Rebellion ripped out of his grasp and stabbed twice before he could react, although by the end, Dante had gotten used to Vergil's speed, even managing to outmaneuver him. As Nelo Angelo, Vergil later outpaced Dante yet again, disarming and outfighting him in hand-to-hand combat and only being beaten with moderate difficulty later on. Nero could also contend with Dante in terms of speed, albeit granted Nero was fighting Dante at less than full power, as his nephew could react to his blows fairly well in their first fight despite being slowly pressured due to Dante's superior sword skills and even managed to outpace him by the time his speed had grew alongside his other powers, forcing him back and disarming him, but once Dante used more of his power, he proved able to easily dodge the incoming attack and outpace him.
Superhuman durability: Dante's tremendous durability has been shown to allow him to simply shrug off wounds that would either disable or outright kill a normal demon. As of thus far, the only weapons seen capable of genuinely harming Dante are the extremely powerful demon magical swords wielded by his father Rebellion and Yamato, although even they did no lasting harm on him. Apart from aformentioned weapons, the only beings to ever considerably harm Dante was Mundus and Urizen, with Mundus briefly incapacitating him with spears of red energy and hurling him out of Devil Trigger with a barrage of meteors, while Urizen proved capable of knocking him out for a time after having easily trounced him and later on knocking him out of Devil Trigger with a single punch while silmutaneously destroying Rebellion. Not even the Devil Bringer, while able to stagger him, could injure him. He was also punched by Beowulf so hard that his body made an imprint in the stone ground, but Dante showed no signs of injury. His teeth are also strong enough to catch bullets. He is capable of withstanding Hellfire and lightning strikes with no signs of injury.
Superhuman endurance: Despite some of the physically punishing things Dante has gone through, he has the ability to move forward with little difficulty. Even while impaled with Hell Pride's scythes lodged in his torso and arms, he casually walks about his office. He often went on hours long missions with constant fighting, no rest, food, or water and shows no fatigue. This attribute serves to compliment Dante's durability, allowing him to thus quickly recover from even attacks capable of actually damaging him.
Accelerated healing: Dante can instantly heal from nearly any wound; even the Hell Pride were surprised when he ignored their attacks. Combined with his great resilience, Dante's healing factor makes him nearly unkillable.
Demon power manipulation: Dante is able to channel his demonic energies into various physical objects, ranging from his guns to the air itself.
Telekinesis: Dante demonstrates telekinetic abilities, catching Trish's motorcycle in mid-flight before shooting it with Ebony and Ivory. He also appeared to show telekinetic abilities in the anime, shown when he splayed his hand and Rebellion smashed through the ceiling window before landing in his hand, although this could also be related to Dante's metaphysical connection to the sword.
Master Combatant: Dante is extremely proficient in all forms of combat, which combined with his physical powers, makes him extraordinarily deadly, having fought and beaten multiple enemies with no effort as well as doing the same to most other singularly powerful foes and even fighting and beating those with immense power and highly extensive combat training such as Nero and Vergil, although against them requires considerable effort.
- Master Swordsman: Dante is an extremely adept swordsman, capable of easily outfighting many knights of the Order of the Sword, soundly besting Credo, the Order's finest swordsmaster, and swords are his preferred weapons. Dante was also capable of standing up to Vergil in their first fight and although ultimately overpowered by his older brother's experience, Dante soon grew in skill to almost match, effectively fight side-by-side with and eventually defeat Vergil in their final duel. Even when Vergil had been turned into Nelo Angelo, Dante remained capable of overpowering his brother in swordplay, only being beaten when caught off-guard and disarmed bare-handed. While holding back, Dante was able to steadily overwhelm the also extremely skilled Nero in their sword duel. However, due to him holding back still, Nero's later improvements allowed him to disarm Dante in swordplay in their recent duel.
- Master Hand-to-Hand Combatant: Dante is also an extremely capable martial artist, with a large array of knowledge and mastery of many martial arts, as shown by how he ultilizes an improved version of many martial arts techniques. Both armed with Devil Arm Gauntlets and with solely his bare hands, he could defeat lesser demons with no difficulty and he once managed to, with a single swift maneuver, knock down and disarm Nero.
- Master Weapon Expert: Swords maybe Dante's preferred method of combat, but Dante is also highly proficient in utilizing other weapons, even improvised ones, such as scythes, greaves and even guitars.
Devil Trigger Edit
Dante has the ability to enter a temporary transformation called "Devil Trigger". In this state, Dante possesses more speed, steady health regeneration, and further abilities with his equipped melee weapon. Also, his physical appearance changes into a demon-like form.
His demonic power reaches its peak form in this state and becomes even more powerful, boosting existing skills and easily imbuing any attack with demonic energy.
Dante has another type of devil trigger in Devil May Cry 2 called the "Majin Form" which can only be used if his health is almost gone. It gives him temporary immunity to attacks and has his strength greatly increased.
- See also list of Dante's weapons.
Dante's trademark weapons are the Rebellion, the Sparda, and Ebony & Ivory. He has also used a shotgun in every title in the series, though its exact form changes throughout the games. Over the course of the past four games, Dante has collected a wide variety of weapons in addition to his regular arsenal, ranging from a curious electric guitar and several pairs of gauntlets/greaves to twin submachine guns and a shape-changing, demonic briefcase. He keeps many weapons and trophies displayed within his office, so it is likely that he keeps old weapons there as well.
Dante is an extremely adept combatant. He is incredibly proficient with any type of weapon, displaying near-mastery of them within moments of picking them up. He is also quite skilled in unarmed combat, managing to disarm and subdue Nero barehanded in their second fight; his hand-to-hand combat skills are also displayed by his usage of gauntlet-style Devil Arms.
Dante's skill with firearms is impeccable. He has displayed enough accuracy to hit targets as small as the pommel of his sword; shoot his opponents' bullets out of mid-air; and hit the same target over and over with such unerring precision that his bullets stack on top of each other. Dante is also shown to have incredible hand-eye coordination; for example, he kicks the Neo-Generator into the statue above the bridge approximately 20 meters away from where he stands in Devil May Cry 3, and kicks the seed of Echidna the She-Viper back at her to get her attention in Devil May Cry 4.
Other appearances Edit
Dante has made playable appearances and cameos in several games outside of the Devil May Cry series.
- In the Viewtiful Joe series, also created by Hideki Kamiya, he and Trish appears in the PlayStation 2 version of the original Viewtiful Joe game and the PSP version of Viewtiful Joe: Red Hot Rumble.
- He appears as an enemy and optional ally in the North American release of Nocturne: Shin Megami Tensei III.
- Dante also appeared as a card in SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighter DS.
- Dante was also set to appear in Namco's Soul Calibur III as a guest character, but he did not make the roster. However, templates exist to make a number of characters using the create-a-character mode, including both Dante and Vergil.
- Dante (along with Trish) appeared as a playable character in Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and its updated version (where his twin brother Vergil also appeared). Dante appears playable in the newest installment Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite.
- Dante appears as a Rasta in Monster Hunter Frontier G, and his outfit is available as armor to players.
- Dante appears in Project X Zone along with Lady who appears as a Solo Unit. He is paired up with fellow Capcom character Demitri Maximoff of Darkstalkers fame. He appears in the sequel, Project X Zone 2, this time paired up with Vergil.
- In Sengoku BASARA 4, Masamune Date has Dante's original DMC appearance as a DLC outfit. Masamune's six swords are all replaced by Alastor.
- He appears as one of the available characters in the Capcom crossover puzzle game Puzzle Fighter.
- In Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, Dante's Devil May Cry 4 outfit is one of the alternate costume cosplay for Ken Masters.
- Traditionally, Dante's mixed lineage of a demon father and human mother would make him a cambion, although the name is never given in the games, and he is usually referred to as "half-demon" or just "demon", along with other similar characters with demonic heritages.
- In addition to resembling Leon S. Kennedy, Dante's Japanese voice actor, Toshiyuki Morikawa, is the current voice actor of Leon in the Japanese version of the Resident Evil games.
- Excluding the second game and Ninja Theory's game, Dante is impaled by a sword in every installment by an opponent.
- In the original Devil May Cry, Trish pins him to the floor with the Force Edge. He also gets stabbed by Alastor.
- In Devil May Cry 3, Vergil stabs him with the Rebellion.
- In Devil May Cry 4, after hurling Dante into the Sparda statue, Nero spears him with the Rebellion.
- Additionaly, Dante gets also impaled by the Rebellion in the anime.
- When a fan asked Kamiya if Trish was meant to be Dante's love interest, Kamiya replied no, stating that their bond was superior to love.
- According to Devil May Cry 4: Deadly Fortune (a two-volume graphic novel covering the events before, during and after DMC4), Dante actually ages like a normal human. This would be later supported by Dante's current appearance in DMC5.
For more images of this character, see their Gallery.
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