[[folder: Fridge Logic ]]

* Lady may be a BadassNormal, but she's still just a human with guns and no armor, yet she cuts through hordes of baddies. One can only wonder therefore, how those same demons would fare against a whole army of soldiers with tanks, attack choppers, etc. Even more serious demons like Leviathan would be reduced to sushi by a good aerial bombardment. So if [[MugglesDoItBetter muggles clearly do it better,]] [[MilitariesAreUseless where the hell are they when you need them?]]
** ''2'' shows that there are parasites that can control choppers and tanks, so possibly might not be the best choice. And keep in mind that Lady can cut through hordes of demons because not only is she experienced, her arsenal is ''loaded'' (Kalina Ann being the prime weapon) and most likely modified from the standard firearms.
* In the form of a WhatTheHellHero for Sparda, several fans have wondered why exactly Sparda didn't leave his family with the Vie de Marli for safekeeping considering that he helped them kill an evil demon god (thus meaning that they probably owed him a favor) and that they were more than capable of warding off some measly demons sent by Mundus. The potential problem is never addressed in-game.
** Considering Sparda's age, it's quite possible he helped the Vie de Marli decades before meeting Eva. We also don't know what happened to Sparda, maybe he planned to do it but was killed before he could.
** The Vie de Marli could fend off common mooks, but what if more powerful demons were sent, or worse ''Mundus himself'' paid them a visit, like in the reboot?


[[folder: Fridge Brilliance ]]

* The names of Sparda's keepsakes to Dante and Vergil, Rebellion and Yamato. Sparda rebelled against Mundus and sided with the humans, and Dante carries this with him as he rejects his demonic heritage. Vergil, on the other hand, is precise and quick with his sword swipes, even killing stronger demons with little effort.
* The legends of Sparda state that he fought against legions of demons by himself. A difficulty mode in 4 allows you to fight of legions of demons by yourself. The name of said mode? ''Legendary Dark Knight''. (Bonus points if Dante is using the Sparda costume)
* Vergil's moveset in Devil May Cry 4 is much flashier than before. However, considering that his story in 4 takes place before 3, it makes sense that he was not as precise then, even needing the Summoned Swords to help him perform [[FlashStep Trick]]. Vergil hasn't perfected his Darkslayer style at that point in his life. The Concentration Mechanic is basically proof of this.
** Also, notice how some of his moves (namely Yamato Combo C) have him wildly flailing Yamato. Hell, he straight up borrows some of Dante's moves (Kick 13, Million Stab, etc.).
* I was going through the Hard difficulty on ''Franchise/DevilMayCry 4'', and [[ThatOneBoss getting my rear handed to me by Dante]]. On the third try or so, I was getting a bit frustrated with the fact that he kept pulling out all the extra weapons that he didn't have on the Normal playthrough, then I realized: Hey, I'm going through a NewGamePlus, that means all the stuff I've gotten carries over to the new game, and yes, that applies to Dante too, even before I get to play as him! - {{Tropers/Reflextion}}
* In ''Franchise/DevilMayCry 4'', Nero could (theoretically) use [[RedRightHand Devil Bringer]] to save Kyrie on at least two occasions. However, the only things you use the Devil Bringer for in-game is as a grappling hook against non-corporeal targets or to lay the smackdown on the bad guys, neither of which requires a delicate touch. Perhaps the Devil Bringer is incapable of being used in a gentle manner?
** Also, rewatch the cutscene in which Kyrie first sees the Devil Bringer. Nero tries to ''hide it behind his back'', which would be hilarious if it weren't so tragic. He doesn't even want her looking at the mark of his curse (as he sees it), let alone coming into contact with it. It was no accident that the final cutscene of the game had Kyrie [[IntertwinedFingers interlacing her fingers]] with those of the Devil Bringer - it was the ultimate sign that she had accepted Nero for who he was.
* In the second Nero vs. Dante battle, Nero's final attack is identical to the one Vergil used in ''Devil May Cry 3'' to defeat Dante. However, Dante stops Nero as he has become more skilled. Although it is ridiculous that Nero would know Vergil's attacks, it could have been made to hint that he really is Vergil's son.
** As well as showing that Dante has learned from his fight with Vergil, and won't fall for the same trick twice.
* Dante letting Nero keep Yamato; by most laws of inheritance, a deceased person's possessions go to any offspring before sibling. So as Vergil's son, Yamato rightfully belongs to Nero, not his brother Dante. Dante knows this and is just using ItWasAGift as a convenient excuse to give it to him; Nero's not quite ready to learn who his dad was and it avoids the subject for a while.
* Many people wonder why Cerberus, a [[{{Hellhound}} hellhound]], is an ice elemental in [=DMC3=]. Anybody who has read Dante's Inferno (or at least studied up on it), however, would know that in the ninth circle, Satan was encased in ice. Another nod towards the epic, perhaps?
** The third circle of Hell in Literature/TheDivineComedy where Cerberus is the guardian is mentioned to constantly be rained upon with cold, miserable slush. DMC's Cerberus may be a bigger reference to that.
*** And the level on which the fight against Cerberus takes place? Level number 3.
* A bit of a meta-example, and may also be a bit of a stretch, as it was one of the things responsible for ''Franchise/DevilMayCry 2'''s [[{{Sequelitis}} much weaker reception]]. Why is this game easier than the others? Because it's the latest in the series' AnachronicOrder, and Dante has [[TookALevelInBadass taken several levels in badass]] by then, making the enemies in [=DMC2=] weaker in comparison. ''The game's easier because Dante is just that powerful now.''
** That also explains ''Dante's Awakening'' and its NintendoHard difficulty (at least its original release); since it was Dante's first major adventure.
* The final boss arena in ''Franchise/DevilMayCry 3'', where you fight Vergil, was not listed in the map, and therefore, it has no name. However, there is actually a possible name. It is a river that flows in(to) the underworld. What is the name of said river? ''[[spoiler:The River Styx]].''
** Actually it IS listed on the map if you check it during the fight, or even spot the area name at the bottom-left corner of the screen as the fight begins. It's the Unsacred Hellgate, the first area of Mission 18, which is only there to lead you into the Demon World and serve as the final arena later. Now granted, while the "infernal river" symbolism is still possible, and you can also apply the Styx to it (could be a representation of Dante swearing an oath to continue his job or his life [[spoiler:after Vergil saved his]]), the Lost Souls Nirvana also had waterfalls within it that [[AlienGeometries flowed into many different directions]], and given that the Forbidden Nirvana area also has a very water-like floor, it could be interpreted as [[spoiler:the fight with Arkham]] having sent all that water to the gate, again following the loopy logic of that realm.
* One peculiar trait of Nero in [=DMC4=] is that he swings the Red Queen around with just his left hand for a majority of his attacks. It seems like a pretty odd way to make him distinct from Dante. However, it may have served as a subtle connection to another character. Earlier in [=DMC3=], Vergil is shown wielding another BFS of the series, Force Edge, with one hand. Considering that Nero seems very similar to Vergil, perhaps this was done to further establish some relationship between them.
** There's also the fact that his right hand started in a sling and ended up a demonic claw, he might just be using his left hand to swing the Red Queen and fire the Blue Rose since it's still human and easier to use them.
** It gets even better on the few occasions Nero wields both the Red Queen and Yamato at the same time. What other character in the franchise has been shown to use a similar combat style?
* With all those actions Dante got and Sparda being left in the backstory, it seems that another game that stars Sparda would be fitting, until this troper realized: you don't need Sparda as a main character. ''[[spoiler: Whenever you use Sparda's costume, you're already retelling his tale!]]''
* Whether this was an intentional ShoutOut to Myth/ClassicalMythology or not is unknown, but the [[DemonicSpiders Nobodies]] from the first game are among the most difficult and/or annoying enemies to deal with. Does anyone know what alias Odysseus goes by in the Odyssey when he and his crew are up against and stab the Cyclops in the eye? "Nohbdy", which coincidently in English is pronounced and has the same meaning as "Nobody", albeit they differ in that they are brutish rather than clever. {{Tropers/JesseMB27}}
* All bosses in DMC3 possess a LogicalWeakness. Agni and Cerberus are weak against each other, for instance. A notable exception occurs during Dante's campaign, as none of his weapons deal extra damage against Beowulf. Vergil does not have that difficulty, as Yamato's darkness counters Beowulf's light. That explains his quick end by Vergil's hand.
* In the form of an AuthorsSavingThrow. There has been some speculation by fans as to why Dante is [[TheStoic more sober and serious]] in Devil May Cry 2, with one popular theory is that Trish and Lady (though the latter was not conceived yet) were killed or faced some other unfortunate fate and that he blames himself for that tragedy. Actually, if one recalls the events of the Devil May Cry 2 novel, he did experience [[TearJerker a depressing loss]] in that he [[spoiler: killed a Trish from an parallel universe [[TheDragon who served]] and remained loyal to Mundus despite his efforts to convince her to change sides. It was stated the novel that Dante [[AlasPoorVillain lamented having to go through with it]].]] {{Tropers/JesseMB27}}
* At first glance Vergil, who is established as being an honorable AntiVillain, stabbing Dante through his chest would seem as utterly [[ClicheStorm lazy]] if not [[BadWritingIndex terrible writing]] in seeming to inexplicably turn [[ByronicHero Vergil]] [[CharacterDerailment into something of a]] CardCarryingVillain out of nowhere. However when one considers that Vergil and Dante are well aware of their partly Demonic heritage, of which includes the benefit of HealingFactor, it would be obvious that Vergil would know that he wouldn't be able to kill Dante that easily and pierced him just to keep him down so he could leave with Dante's half of the Perfect Amulet and likely wanted to force Dante to awaken his Devil Trigger powers [[WellIntentionedExtremist to help him survive]] [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans in the new world]] [[VisionaryVillain he]] wishes to establish (via recreating the Kingdom of Sparda). {{Tropers/JesseMB27}}
* The games have generally established the idea that using a Devil Arm requires the user to be able to dominate the demon in some form. Alastor and Ifrit in DMC1 attacked and possibly tried possessing Dante when he came across their Devil Arm forms. The bosses in DMC3 seem to admit their loss to Dante, and offer their power to him. The one exception is Beowolf, whose soul or power is converted into melee armor by Vergil after failing to kill him. Nero continues this trend despite not being able to convert demons into Devil Arms. Most of his abilities for the Devil Bringer are gained by absorbing remnants of defeated bosses or the alchemically powered relics he comes across. This difference between what Nero can do, and what Dante has been shown to do, could be explained by the gap in power and experience between them.
* It's kind of brilliant how the three each have different demonic forms based on their interpretation of Sparda. Credo and Agnus both see him as a holy savior so they have light colors, and while Credo takes a purely angelic form as he sees Sparda as an AscendedDemon, Agnus' takes an insectoid form similar to how Sparda's wings actually looked. Compare and contrast Sanctus, who fully acknowledges that Sparda is a demon and grows horns for the final boss fight.
* Vergil never lost Beowulf to Dante. Unlike every other Devil Arm in 3 Dante doesn't get a cut-scene for getting it. Second unlike Force Edge when using the Corrupted Vergil costumes Devil Trigger form of Nelo Angelo he can still use it. Finally Nelo Angelo in first game is said in the file to generate light when charging his attacks.


[[folder: Fridge Horror ]]

* In ''Devil May Cry 3'' Lady, after being caught by Dante as she was falling from the tower, shoots him in the head. Moments later he leans back, showing no reaction to the damage, and she muses that this means Dante's a demon, too. She couldn't have had any reason to suspect it before that moment--everything she's seen him do is within her own abilities. What exactly would she have done if he had ''died'' from that, mourned her murder of a human? Does she make a habit of randomly shooting other people who are killing demons to see if they're secretly demons?
** She saw ride a rocket like surfboard earlier. HOW in the hell would you consider Dante human after that?
*** She coulda chalked it up to pure luck. Either that or she [[WrongGenreSavvy thought]] RuleOfCool was in play.
*** First, Lady herself often exhibits skills and abilities that normal humans tend to be incapable of (e.g., rocket jumps). And second, that just raises more questions! Dante rode that rocket like a surfboard AFTER she shot it at him. So, either she assumed he was a demon all along and it was a stupid line on her part or she assumed that the guy fighting demons (in other words, the exact same thing she is doing) was a human, but she shot him anyway. He's not threatening her and she doesn't even see him attack a demon until later. As far as she is concerned, he could just be some guy standing in the wrong place at the wrong time, with odd hair.
*** Lady probably just thought anyone else hanging out at the Temen-Ni-Gru was up to no good, assumed Dante was a demon in human guise (the InferredHolocaust of the surrounding town probably fed into this idea), had it confirmed to her in a sense when she shot him, commented on it to herself and continued her crusade. She displays a little FantasticRacism towards demons, though CharacterDevelopment lets her get over it.