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[[caption-width-right:350:Keep Rockin', Baby!]]
''Devil May Cry: The Animated Series'' is {{the anime of the|Game}} ''Franchise/DevilMayCry'' video game series created and owned by Capcom, and animated by Creator/{{Madhouse}}. It is a story that ran for twelve episodes and takes place between the first and fourth video games.

The series follows half-demon Dante as he runs his supernatural Detective Agency, Devil May Cry, as a justification for carrying out his war against the Demon World. In addition to Trish and Lady, characters from the video game that the series is based upon, two new characters make an appearance. These are Morrison and Patty Lowell; Dante's informant and temporary ward, respectively.

The ''Devil May Cry'' animated series follows the tradition of the original animated series of ''Anime/{{Hellsing}}'' in that it chronicles primarily self-contained adventures before bringing them to a linked final conclusion at the end of the season. The animated series favors animation, music, and other elements of style over detailed plots or characterization.

In July 2015, the English dub started airing on U.S. cable network Chiller TV, a horror themed sister channel to Creator/SyFy, as part of their late night Anime Wednesdays block, along with other horror themed anime previously licensed and dubbed by Creator/{{Funimation}}.

!!This {{anime}} contains examples of:

* AbsurdlyHighStakesGame: The card game in the aptly named "Death Poker" episode, in which the losers lose their lives.
%%* ActionGirl: Trish and Lady
* AdaptationPersonalityChange: In the games, Dante is a wisecracking wild man, who always fights like he's having the time of his life. The anime made him far more laid back, and took away most of his personality quirks in the process. He also gripes more about not getting paid for his work, whereas several lines in the first game indicate that he's not that concerned about money.
* AllThereInTheManual[=/=]ContinuityLockout: You will understand a lot more if you have played the games.
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: Most of the demons that Dante fights are evil to the core, but there are exceptions to the rule, such as [[spoiler:Trish, Brad and Modeus]].
* AscendedDemon: [[spoiler:Brad]], thanks to ThePowerOfLove.
* BadassBiker: Dante and Lady. Dante himself puts his skill to the test in the second episode against a demonic bike.
* BadassLongcoat: Just like in the games, Dante wears a red one.
** [[spoiler: Modeus and Baul, the two apprentices of Sparda in episode 10, have these as well.]]
%%* BadassMustache: Morrison
* BadassNormal: Lady is the only normal human in the cast of demon hunters, the others being a half-demon (Dante) and full demon (Trish) respectively. She primarily makes up for this by using an extensive arsenal of firearms and her powerful rocket launcher Kalina Ann.
* BadGuyBar: Dante trashes one run by demons in the very first scene.
* BatmanGambit: In "Wishes Come True", Dante needs to get into Devil's Prison in order to rescue someone who got thrown in there due to the machinations of the evil demon mask that serves as the MonsterOfTheWeek. He does this by first causing a disturbance in order to get himself thrown into the prison, and then assaulting the creepy warden when he gets a little too handsy with him in order to get thrown into the same cellblock as the guy he's trying to rescue. This also has the side benefit of placing him in a position to stop [[spoiler:the sadistic "hunt" performed by the warden and his boys upon the inmates which has them taking on their true demonic forms]].
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor:
** The episode "Wishes Come True." is a prime example of this.
** Same applies to Elena Houston, the singer in the episode "Rock Queen." She wanted folks to become intoxicated with her singing? She got ''obsessively intoxicated'' fans. Both episodes involved demons who messed with people.
%%* BettyAndVeronica: Lady and Trish.
* {{BFG}}: Lady's rocket launcher Kalina Ann is enormous.
* {{BFS}}/CoolSword: Dante's Rebellion, a memento from his dad Sparda.
* BladeAcrossTheShoulder: One of Dante's favourite poses.
* BloodKnight: Dante enjoys his [[DemonSlaying job]].
%%* BloodyMurder
%%* BlownAcrossTheRoom
* BodyHorror: In "Wishes Come True", a demon makes his victims' bodies melt in gruesome fashion by means of hell-slime. This is the only "wish" that this particular demon can grant.
* BoringInvincibleHero: Dante. He dispatches most demons with a bullet to the head or a single sword swing. The ones that are meant to be a huge threat generally only last a few seconds longer and don't even hurt him. The games and the show illustrate the difference between this and a ShowyInvincibleHero: The fights in the games are a lot more spectacular.
* BottomlessMagazines: Just like in the games, Dante never has to reload his guns.
* BreathWeapon: The BigBad has one.
* TheButlerDidIt: [[spoiler:In the third episode, the one responsible for the murders Brad is being blamed for is the Mayor's butler, who wants to bring a powerful demon to earth by sacrificing his master and his daughter.]]
* ButtMonkey: Dante, to some extent. Also Isaac, the poor schmuck from episode 5.
%%* CannotSpitItOut: Trish in the fourth episode.
* CatScare: Played straight early on in the fourth episode.
** And again in the fifth.
* CharacterExaggeration: Dante is accused of being ridiculously over the top.
%%* ChildrenAreInnocent
* ClaspYourHandsIfYouDeceive: One person in Episode 9, "Death Poker," does this.
* ContinuityNod: The fact that Dante owes Lady a massive sum of cash is brought up numerous times. This debt is, of course, due to his wrecking of Lady's bike in ''Devil May Cry 3''. There's even a bonus image in that game of Dante shrugging while Lady stares in shock to the only part left of her beloved bike.
** The scar on Lady's leg also came from ''Devil May Cry 3'', when [[spoiler: her father stabbed her in the leg with her own bayonet.]]
* CoolBike: The show is full of them, including the ones owned by Dante and Lady.
* CoolCar: Morrison's classic car. Dante's red convertible also counts, though Patty doesn't seem to think so.
* CoolGuns/HandCannon: Dante's custom Colt 1911's Ebony & Ivory.
** Trish's Luce & Ombra are essentially her own versions of Dante's above mentioned custom pistols
* ConvectionSchmonvection: It's funny how Patty and [[spoiler: her mom]] can have a heartfelt reconciliation in a burning hotel without, y'know... roasting to death or dying of smoke inhalation.
* CrucifiedHeroShot: Dante is pinned to a cross by his own sword at the end of the penultimate episode, following the OnceAnEpisode routine of the games. [[spoiler:As anyone who knows Dante knows, he gets better]].
* CurbStompBattle: A lot of Dante's fight scenes are like this.
* DemonicPossession: A common problem in the series, which features most prominently in "Rock Queen" and "Death Poker", both of which feature a malevolent possessor preying on people. The latter [[spoiler:isn't even one of the gamblers, but a demon who possesses people through means of a pocket watch on the victim's person]].
* DemonSlaying: Dante's primary occupation.
* DepravedHomosexual: The warden of Devil's Prison.
* DestructiveSaviour: Part of the reason Dante is so poor all the time is because he racks up a lot of repair bills during his demon battles.
* DesignatedGirlFight: Lady vs. Trish in Episode 4, which turned out to have been instigated by [[spoiler:a priest who turned out to be a demon]].
* DirtyCoward: Sid, who not only runs whenever in the presence of stronger enemies, but also [[spoiler:pules and whines when the tables are finally turned against him in the final episode. No pity is had for him when Dante finally kills him]].
* DiscontinuityNod: Dante's love of strawberry sundaes is a reference to the first light novel that served as a prequel to the original game (until the third game went and [[ContinuityReboot kicked it out of canon]]).
** The name "Tony Redgrave" inscribed on Ebony & Ivory is used as a plot point in episode 8 "Once Upon a Time".
* EldritchAbomination: Belphegor in the third episode, although despite all the build-up about how he'll devour the entire city, Dante beats him in [[CurbStompBattle about five seconds]].
* FatBastard: The warden of Devil's Prison.
* FightUnscene: Some fights, like the demon in the third episode and the final clash against the BigBad, are underwhelming.
%%* GangstaStyle
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Lady sports attractive scarring across her face and on her right leg.
* GoodThingYouCanHeal: Dante tends to get stabbed, shot and impaled with alarming frequency.
* TheGunslinger: Dante's main form of combat usually involves a pair of stylish pistols called Ebony and Ivory. Lady and Trish use guns as well, though Lady is more into MoreDakka than Dante and Trish's GunFu.
* GunsAkimbo: Both Dante and Trish specialize in this style.
* GunsAreWorthless: Averted. Unlike the games which primarily have you using your sword to deal with enemies, Dante finishes most of his foes, [[spoiler:including the BigBad]], with either Ebony or Ivory.
* HalfHumanHybrid: Dante is the half-demon son of Sparda.
* HarmfulToMinors: Dante usually attempts to shield Patty from the gruesome battles he has with demons. He occasionally fails, though.
* HealingFactor: Dante and Trish, by dint of their demonic heritages.
%%* HighPressureBlood
* HuntingTheMostDangerousGame: The sadistic game that the warden and his men play with the inmates of Devil's Prison, involving setting prisoners free and sending them running. Any inmate they catch, they kill. [[spoiler:It doesn't go too well for them when Dante gets involved]].
* ICallItVera: Dante's pistols "Ebony & Ivory," Lady's rocket launcher "Kalina Ann," and "Luce & Ombra" for Trish's pistols.
* ImMelting: The demon in "Wishes Come True" does a [[BodyHorror particularly nasty]] version of this to its victims.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: The episodes are called "Missions" instead of "Episodes," and the last two are named "Showtime!" and "Stylish!" in reference to the games.
* IdiotBall: As noted below, the world would have come a lot less closer to destruction if Dante had just killed Sid, the demon he encountered in the first episode.
* ImmuneToBullets: Dante can easily shrug off a lot of injuries that would kill a normal person, bullets are just one of many that don't phase him.
%%* ImplausibleFencingPowers: Dante
%%* ImpossiblyCoolClothes
* InstrumentalThemeTune: "d.m.c." by rungan. Not to be confused with Music/RunDMC.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Dante, as standoffish as he can be, won't kill full-blooded humans for any reason. Doesn't mean he has to ''like'' them though. Also, despite constantly in the poor house, he does missions for the principle of them and rarely expects payment from poor clients.
%%* KnightInSourArmor: Dante
* LostFoodGrievance
-->"MY strawberry sundae! ''Mine''."
* LudicrousGibs: It's amazing how much damage Ebony and Ivory can do to demons, especially compared to the games.
* MadeOfIron: Due to his half-demon origins, Dante can't be easily killed by conventional methods.
* TheMagicPokerEquation: In the episode "Death Poker," it's magic that's influencing the players' "luck" on getting the winning cards Lady (masquerading as a dealer) doles out.
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: Dante is rarely fazed by even the most grievous injuries.
* ManipulativeBastard: Sid in a nutshell, most prominently shown in Episode 10 when [[spoiler:he manipulates Baul and Modeus into getting killed by Dante]].
* MonsterOfTheWeek: Although most are much weaker than the bosses in games, often being killed with ''gunshots'', which barely did anything even to {{mooks}} in the actual games.
* MoreDakka: Lady's massive arsenal of firearms.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Death Poker]].
%%* NiceHat: Morrison's fedora.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: So the final battle arrives, and Dante ''finally'' [[spoiler:uses his Devil Trigger... for an instant, and all the viewers get is a hint to what it looks like.]]
%%* {{Ojou}}: Patty
* OurDemonsAreDifferent: Lesser demons are AlwaysChaoticEvil, devils like Trish and Sparda's disciples are {{Noble Demon}}s, or just not evil to begin with. (One of Sparda's disciples is too much of a ProudWarriorRaceGuy to pass up a chance to fight Dante, and the nicer one [[HonorBeforeReason is compelled to avenge his death.]])
* PercussiveMaintenance: Dante to his jukebox on occasion.
* PerpetualPoverty: Demon hunting is barely enough to pay Dante's bills, especially with the damage he tends to rack up during his jobs.
* [[CutlassBetweenTheTeeth Pistol Between The Teeth]]
%%* PreAsskickingOneLiner: Dante is full of these.
%%* PrecisionFStrike: Used three times in "Wishes Come True."
* PrisonRape: Strongly hinted that the warden of Devil's Prison gets up to this with the inmates.
%%* RecklessSidekick: Patty.
* RuleOfCool: This anime, like the games that it's based on, is almost made of it.
%%* SealedEvilInACan
* SenselessViolins: Dante often carries his sword in a guitar case.
* ShadowDiscretionShot: Done intentionally by Dante in the first episode with a theatre backdrop to prevent Patty from witnessing the violent ongoings.
-->"Sorry, honey, but this show isn't for kids."
%%* ShirtlessScene
* ShockAndAwe: Trish's lightning powers.
* ShoutOutToShakespeare: "[[Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet Capulet City]]", the main city of the series.
* SingleStrokeBattle: Dante has quite a few of these.
* SticksToTheBack: Dante stows Rebellion this way when he's not stowing it in a guitar case.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Most of the show's female characters, to varying degrees.
* SwipeYourBladeOff: Dante occasionally does this with Rebellion after slaying a demon. Other times the blood just sort of magically vanishes off his sword.
%%* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks
%%* TokenMiniMoe: Patty.
* ToplessnessFromTheBack: Lady in the change room.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Dante with strawberry sundaes and pizzas with no olives (and possibly garlic potatoes).
* TwelveEpisodeAnime: The series has twelve episodes, referred to as "missions".
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: People generally tend to find little, if anything out of the ordinary about the tall, white-haired guy in the [[BadassLongcoat long red coat]] with a [[{{BFS}} big-ass sword]] [[SticksToTheBack slung across his back]].
%%* UnwittingPawn: Dante