Trish is a main character from the Devil May Cry series of hack-and-slash 3D action games, introduced in the first installment. Trish is a creation of the demon emperor Mundus in the image of Dante’s deceased mother Eva. As a result of her demonic nature, she possesses several supernatural abilities, such as superhuman strength and lightning-based powers.
Trish is a female demon with a human form that looks identical to Eva. She has lengthy, blond hair, blue eyes, and a very fair complexion. Her clothing usually consists of black leather pants, high-heeled boots, a corset, double belts, a choker, and some kind of wrist accessory.
In Devil May Cry 1 and 2, her hair is parted slightly to the right, and her corset is black with a lighting bolt design that leaves much of her chest bare. She has black leather pants with a double belt and black knee-high boots. She accessorizes this outfit with a choker, a fabricated gauntlet on her left forearm, and a pair of sunglasses.
For a majority of the anime series, she wears her Devil May Cry attire, however in the episode "Rolling Thunder", she first appeared wearing a brown leather jacket. She would later change into a white tank top with various laces on it. Her black pants had yellow lightning bolts on both of the back pockets and were held up by a brown belt with a large silver bucket. This white outfit is accessorized by a black choker, a gold bangle on her left wrist, and a black arm band with a large metal plate on her right bicep.
In Devil May Cry 4, Trish's hair is mostly swept back with some bangs on the side. Trish wears a black corset with white filigree and a lightning bolt design on the front. The zipper on the front is also designed like a lightning bolt. Her black leather pants have lightning bolts on her rear and white filigree-like designs on the hips. Trish's pants are held up by a double-ended belts. Once again she has a pair of knee-high high-heeled boots. Her accessories consists of a black choker and a black leather gauntlet with three belts on it. Her nails are painted black.
Trish's retains a similar look in Devil May Cry 5, but her corset is smaller and more revealing, with a larger opening in the front (resembling a lightning bolt) and exposing more of her midriff. Her hair now has longer front bangs. After Dante rescues her from the inside of the demon Cavaliere Angelo during its defeat, she was completely naked until being covered with a light brown cloth when V explains to her about his origin. After she removed it, she uses some ability that has her wearing her main outfit again after a white light.
Trish's Devil Trigger encompasses her in a smoky yellow aura and she dons her sunglasses.
As a puppet of Mundus, Trish was originally cruel and uncaring, but after Dante saved her, she began to develop emotions and compassion towards him, and eventually sacrificed herself to save him from Mundus's attack. After being revived, Trish joined Dante at his shop, and showed excitement at being his partner. By the time of the animated series, she has gone off on her own.
Trish returns occasionally and seems to enjoy playfully picking on Dante and giving him trouble, and although she rejoins him in Devil May Cry 4, she has basically the same habits and bickers with Dante at several points in the game, she is also shown to be more feminine in her appearance than other women in the series, having been shown re-applying lipstick before leaving for a mission and has painted her nails. She also seems to enjoy mocking peoples' beliefs as one of her taunts the Order of the Swords belief in the Savior. Another taunt has her condescendingly asking if she looks like a demon. Despite her seemingly non-caring attitude, Trish was able to evacuate the people of Fortuna showing she has a moral sense when it comes to civilians.
Like Dante, Trish enjoys a good fight, prolonging a fight with Lady for up to two days rather than telling her who she is (although Trish compliments Lady's skill and determination and found her more interesting than she thought). In the epilogue of Devil May Cry, she challenges Dante to complete their mission in five minutes and Devil May Cry 4, refers to her up coming mission as a "party".
Concept and creation
Trish is named after Beatrice Portinari, from the Divine Comedy, who was Dante Alighieri's muse and unrequited love. She was created to be the heroine of Devil May Cry showing both sexual appeal as well as action sequences. The designer had problems making her 3D model due to her long hair, most notably in the ending of the game when she was shown on an airplane to the point of asking her to cut it in a joke. Motion designer Tomoya Othsubo further explained difficulties with making Trish's haircut as it was challenging as they had to multiple joints into her strands of hair, labeling as a "nightmare". Sawaki Takeyasu was the responsible main artist for her appearance, stating it was the first human-like character he made.
For the sequel Devil May Cry 2, character designer Daigo Ikeno stated the team aimed for a contrast between Trish and new heroine Lucia, making both look from different races. Hiroyuki Nara was responsible for including Trish in this game as an unlockable character. He used elements from Dante's original Devil May Cry features to give her gameplay while also apologizing to the team behind the first game. Nara noted that multiple designers helped him in the making of Trish's appearance, such as the flame effects for her moves. As Nara noted Devil May Cry 2 suffered negative response by fans and critics, he wanted to redeem himself with the next game, Devil May Cry 3, where he used elements from Trish into Dante's new model.
After being absent from Devil May Cry 3, Trish returned as a supporting character in Devil May Cry 4. Writer Bingo Morihashi said he had no clear understanding of both Trish and Dante since these two characters were created by Kamiya. Nevertheless, Morihashi included her in the story as a form of fanservice. Furthermore, the writer stated if the story had been focused more on Dante rather than the new protagonist Nero, he might have feature her more. Character designer Tatsuya Yoshikawa received notes from Hideaki Itsuno, who served as the game's director, to make her "cute". Yoshikawa did not find difficulties in designing her. A fellow designer said Trish had become "the series' sexiest gal" on how the team cherished here. In contrast to her original version, Trish had her hair tied back which made her model easier to animate. Another artist felt that Trish's zipper on her top was one of the key's design point. Producer Hiroyuki Bobayashi stated that Trish's alternate form, Gloria, was meant to be a new sexually appealing who replaces previous heroines from the franchise. Capcom were afraid "not to make her sexuality vulgar in any way" while noticing her design was popular within the fanbase. For the Special Edition Itsuno said Capcom wanted to make Trish unique in terms of gameplay.
Trish comes to the Devil May Cry shop one night to meet Dante. There she attempts to electrocute him, but with his demon powers he easily overpowers her. Trish is defeated, but tells Dante that she needs his help. She takes him to Mallet Island, where Mundus is planning to open the gate to the Underworld to cross over to the Human World.
It is eventually revealed that Trish was actually created by Mundus as a lure to kill Dante in the island. After betraying Dante during a fight with Nightmare and trying to kill him, Dante still saves her life from falling rocks, stating he only did it because of Trish's physical resemblance to his mother and then warns her to stay away from him. Trish is deeply moved by this, although she still returns to her master. Later, the demon king tries to kill Dante by using a very powerful beam from his third eye. However, Trish returns Dante's favor and sacrifices herself instead, pushing Dante out of the beam's path and allowing herself to be struck instead.
Before following Mundus into the Underworld, and believing Trish to be dead, a sorrowful Dante yells out that "[he] should have been the one to fill [her] dark soul with light". He then leaves her with the Sparda and the Perfect Amulet. Later, cornered by a heavily mutated Mundus, Dante hears his mother's voice, and Trish bursts through the wall to aid him. She lends him her power and Mundus is defeated. With Mundus destroyed, Dante and Trish embrace, and she begins to cry. Dante tells Trish that she has become human, because "devils never cry". Dante and Trish escape on a plane as Mallet island collapses. In the end, She and Dante are shown working together as partners out of the renamed "Devil Never Cry" office.
Trish's appearance in Devil May Cry 2 is a bonus feature, as she is not a part of the game's plot, presumably carrying out official demon eradication elsewhere. She appears as a playable character by beating the game on Hard Mode as Dante. Trish can be used in the entire game, equipped with Sparda, Luce & Ombra and Nightmare-γ as her weapons. She also retains her ability to shoot lightning.
Trish also appears in Devil May Cry: The Animated Series (which takes place between Devil May Cry and Devil May Cry 4). She has gone solo in demon hunting, but reappears at intervals to work with Dante, who gave her an open invitation to come back to the shop at any time.
When Lady informs Trish and Dante about the actions of the Order of the Sword (a religious order that worships Dante's late demon father Sparda), Trish takes the Sparda sword, leaves a lipstick message to Dante on the wall and goes outside the shop where she encounters and fights off some demons. With a little help from Lady, she leaves the scene.
Trish eventually arrives to the city of Fortuna and joins the Order of the Sword by giving the Sparda sword to the Order's leader Sanctus and helping with the completion of the Savior, all while posing in an alternate form named "Gloria", and is made an Executive of the Holy Knights. Trish uses this placement to spy on the Holy Knights but because of her looks and rapid promotion, she enjoyed a somewhat negative reception by the other members of the Order and despite the disguise, Sanctus would eventually learn of her true identity.
At some point after this, she meets Nero who is on his way through a supernatural blizzard to Fortuna Castle. After some exposition, the two of them go their separate ways. Trish is later seen in a meeting where the captain of the Holy Knights Credo informs her, Sanctus and some other members about the current situation of Dante's whereabouts. When the Order's scientist Agnus burst in and informs everyone about Nero's demonic powers, Sanctus gives his request to Credo to apprehend Nero. Credo obliges but questions who shall be responsible for Dante's capture, to which Trish volunteers for the task.
Trish discards her Gloria disguise after the second battle between Dante and Nero, and after the Savior is activated, she goes to evacuate the island's townspeople while Dante attacks the giant statue. After Sanctus and the Savior are defeated, Trish, Dante and Lady watches for a bit as Nero and Kyrie share a kiss.
In the post-credits scene, Trish returns to the Devil May Cry shop with Dante. When they get a phone call from a customer with another job for him, Trish and Lady join Dante on the way out of the shop to help him out.
While Trish is unplayable in the original version of the game (appearing only as a story character), she appears playable in the Special Edition version along with Lady and Vergil. Her Gloria alter-ego is playable as well as an alternate costume.
Trish appears in the game's story, once again assisting Dante in demon-hunting.
Powers and Abilities
Though the player is never required to fight directly against Trish, she is shown to have a combat style that relies heavily upon melee attacks. She has some degree of superhuman strength as she is able to lift a motorcycle and throw it at Dante. She also has superhuman speed, agility and endurance similar to Dante. In the anime series, she is able to hitch a ride on one of Lady's rockets and amplifiy its power at the same time while fighting Abigail. Like most demons, she has a considerable healing factor as she was seen healing from a bullet graze in a few seconds.
In the original Devil May Cry, she first fights Dante with a combination of hand-to-hand combat and the element of electricity. She also seems to be able to use this electricity to teleport from location to location. After the first game, she intersperses this style of fighting with usage of the Sparda and Luce & Ombra. Because she has already given the Sparda to Sanctus by the beginning of Devil May Cry 4, she only carries Luce & Ombra during this game.
Her style of combat is unclear, as she is never shown fighting. However, in her disguise as Gloria, she wields two small blades, each of which folds in on itself. She appears to keep them tucked in the back of her thigh-high boots when they are not in use. Trish seems to favor a melee style here as well.
The appearance of her character in Devil May Cry 2 is not story-driven, but rather an unlockable playable character for both Dante and Lucia's discs. In this game, it looks as if Trish has taken Dante's moveset from the said game, having access to all of his attacks, including the original Stinger and Round Trip attacks. However, she can now utilize a Devil Trigger, which changes her avatar to have sunglasses and gives her the ability to fly (Air Raid). She is capable of firing extremely powerful energy blasts that home in on the target (Majin Form). Trish wields the twin pistols Luce & Ombra and the Sword of Sparda.
In the anime series, she retains her power over lightning, though it is now colored blue. She is also shown to be a very skilled fighter, able to easily overwhelm a renowed Devil Hunter like Lady on two occasions.
In Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and its updated re-release, Trish features the ability to place magic "mines" on both the ground and air, the groundbound ones launching a lightning bullet when in close proximity and the airborne ones stunning her enemies. She once again takes up Sparda and uses it extensively and in conjunction with her lightning powers.
Outside of Devil May Cry, she has made several appearances and cameos like Dante.
- Trish appeared exclusively in the PlayStation 2 version of Viewtiful Joe alongside Dante, and as a playable character in the PlayStation Portable game, Viewtiful Joe: Red Hot Rumble.
- She appeared as a card in SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters DS.
- She appears in volume two of the Devil May Cry novel.
- Along with Dante, she is a playable character in Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds, where she also has her Gloria form as a alternative color scheme, and its updated version, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. In Ultimate, her Gloria color scheme becomes a full-fledged DLC outfit.
- It is widely believed that the silhouette woman on the "Devil May Cry" logo is Trish but according to series creator Hideki Kamiya, the woman is just "a cool girl", and in-universe is not meant to represent Trish.
- While Trish possesses the power of Devil Trigger, it does not change her shape. Hideki Kamiya suggested that the Devil Trigger form seen in Devil May Cry 2 may not be her true Devil form.
- 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.
- In English, Trish is voiced by Sarah Lafleur in Devil May Cry, and Viewtiful Joe: Red Hot Rumble, Danielle Burgio in Devil May Cry 4 and Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and Luci Christian in The Animated Series. In Japanese, she is voiced by Atsuko Tanaka in The Animated Series, Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition. Tanaka has said she liked relationship between Trish, Lady and Dante.
- If the player make a fresh save file of Devil May Cry on the PlayStatin 2 memory card, and click on the memory card options; the save file is of a chibi version of Trish. If the player attempt to delete the save file Trish puts her hand on her forehead and shakes her head in disappointment. If they copy the file she'll pump one arm in the air in excitement and if they actually copy the data to another memory card, Trish will start dancing while it's copying to the new memory card.
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- No. She is more than that. RT @Ketchups92: @PG_kamiya Did you intend Trish to be Dante's love interest in DMC1?
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