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[[caption-width-right:320:''[[{{Tagline}} Face Your Demons]]'']]

->''[[PropagandaMachine Their truth is a lie]]... [[EldritchLocation their city is an illusion]]... [[{{Masquerade}} do not accept the world as it is]].''
--> --'''[[RebelLeader Vergil]]'''

'''''[=DmC=]: Devil May Cry''''' is a HackAndSlash ActionAdventure VideoGame developed by Creator/NinjaTheory. First announced as a ContinuityReboot to the ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'' series, it later became a {{prequel}}. It is now apparently an AlternateContinuity set in a parallel universe... [[FlipFlopOfGod or something]].

In this alternate continuity, demons secretly run the world, controlling everything from [[PropagandaMachine the media]] to [[MorallyBankruptBanker the financial sector]] to [[IAteWhat food production]]. Living on the fringes of the [[MassHypnosis brainwashed society]] is Dante, the [[ConvenientlyAnOrphan orphaned son]] of [[NonhumanHumanoidHybrid an angel and a demon]] at odds with the demons who have made his life hell for as long as he can remember. Over the course of his battles through the [[MalevolentArchitecture twisted streets]] of Limbo, Dante is contacted by a [[MysteriousWaif mysterious psychic]] named Kat on behalf of [[LaResistance The Order]], a rogue group led by Dante's [[LongLostRelative long lost brother]] Vergil. Vergil, [[SelfMadeMan a millionaire computer genius]], is hell-bent on exposing the demons to the world and freeing Limbo City from their clutches.

Gameplay combines multiple elements from previous entries, with further emphasis on platforming and aerial combos: The StanceSystem for instance now involves Dante switching between [[YinYangBomb demonic and angelic powers]] on the fly in both combat and exploration segments. However, a large arsenal of weapons is still available, including the [[CoolSword classic longsword]], a [[AnAxeToGrind demonic axe]], an [[SinisterScythe angelic scythe]], and [[PowerFist flaming gauntlets]]. Dante's signature [[LimitBreak Devil Trigger]] also returns, now allowing you to temporarily [[TimeStandsStill freeze time]] and kick even more ass. Exploration and platforming meanwhile revolve around the new Malice System, where Dante alternates between the [[RealIsBrown gloomy-looking real world]] and a [[DarkWorld demonic parallel world]] with [[ChaosArchitecture distorted architecture]] and [[BrightIsNotGood vivid colors]] where [[EverythingTryingToKillYou even the city itself is trying to kill you]].

''[=DmC=]'' was released in North America and Europe on January 15, 2013 for the {{Xbox 360}} and {{PlayStation 3}}, and on January 25th for PC.
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!!''[=DmC=]: Devil May Cry'' provides examples of:

* AdaptationDyeJob:
** Dante is naturally dark-haired in this universe. Vergil's is still white. Dante's hair turns white during his Devil Trigger [[spoiler:and permanently at the end]].
** Dante and Vergil's mother Eva has red hair in this [[AlternateContinuity continuity]]. In the classic universe, she was blonde.
* AdamSmithHatesYourGuts: In line with the series, the price of items goes up each time you buy one. Thankfully though, it doesn't apply to ability and weapon upgrades this time.
* AGodAmI: [[BigBad Mundus]], now a humanoid demon with a god complex.
-->'''Mundus:''' You don't ''fuck'' with a ''god''.
* AliceAllusion: The Succubus is a gigantic slug creature that bears resemblance to the caterpillar from ''Alice In Wonderland''. Her first words are "Who are you?", also the first words of said caterpillar.
* AlternateContinuity[=/=]ContinuityReboot: Capcom originally announced ''[=DmC=] Devil May Cry'' was a ContinuityReboot, then said it was a {{prequel}}, and then an AlternateContinuity... or [[FlipFlopOfGod something]]. At this point, AlternateContinuity looks like the safest bet.
* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: Dante's promise to save Kat.
* AmazingTechnicolorBattlefield: A lot of areas in [[DarkWorld Limbo]], which are full of blown-out, super bright colors and equally trippy designs. Lilith's nightclub deserves a mention, though - a literally demonic night club crammed with flashing neon lights and jittering sound waves with colors even more super-saturated than regular Limbo.
* AnotherSideAnotherStory: The {{DLC}} campaign ''Vergil's Downfall'', which puts you in control of Dante's brother after the events of the main game.
* AntiClimax: A humorous moment where Kat warns you that you'll need to get through "five floors of hell" while ascending an office building. How do you do it? Walk into the elevator. The electronic display will then read a few random numbers, and then switch back-and-forth between the third and fourth floors above your starting position. ''All while elevator music is playing.''
-->'''Dante''': ...She was right. This ''is'' hell.
* AntiFrustrationFeatures: Enemies will be less aggressive when out of sight, keeping you from getting blindsided too often. Still better keep your fingers on the dodge button, though.
* ArtShift: While the game's overall look has a punkish, pop-art flavor, Dante's flashbacks are depicted in the style of Italian Baroque paintings with character-appropriate tweaks. Caravaggio, a 17th century artist, gets a lot of direct homage: seven-year-old Dante holding a demon's decapitated head is David with the Head of Goliath, Eva's death is posed similarly to The Death of the Virgin, and teenage Dante getting roughed up by police looks a lot like The Taking of Christ (except that Jesus wasn't trying to punch his captors' lights out). There's also the PietaPlagiarism mentioned below. Later, the story of the angelic/demonic war, the love between Sparda and Eva, their sons, and Sparda's ultimate fate uses a series of graffiti murals, including a nod to Gustav Klimt.
* AscendedGlitch: LagCancel has always been a mostly official GoodBadBug in the previous games, but ''[=DmC=]'' is the first game in the series to actually show off weapon cancelling in official media. In particular, one of the loading screens shows off a neat weapon cancel with the Rebellion's [[DeathFromAbove Helm Breaker]].
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: "Kyle Ryder" a.k.a. Mundus controls pretty much the entirety of Earth's economy. He's also pretty much invincible under most circumstances, and supremely strong under all others. He also seems to have a large degree of control over the chaos of Limbo.
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: [[spoiler: Mundus]].
* AudibleSharpness: The Angel Arms produce some kind of muted shouting effect when used.
* AnAxeToGrind: Arbiter, one of the Devil Arms.
* BadassInANiceSuit: Ally Vergil and enemy Mundus are both sharply dressed.
* BashBrothers[=/=]SiblingTeam: Dante and Vergil.
* BackToBackBadasses: Dante and Vergil.
* BadassFamily: Dante and Vergil, the sons of demon Sparda and angel Eva.
* BaldOfEvil: Both Mundus and Lilith, though the latter does cover herself with a wig.
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: Kat is loyal to Vergil to the point of near-worship because he once saved her from abuse and gave her a purpose. [[spoiler:That is until the revelation that he was using her and wants to rule over the humans, at which point she chooses Dante, who has by then also earned her loyalty ''and'' regards her as an equal.]]
* BedlamHouse: Dante is seen moving through a demonic asylum in the very first trailer.
* BigBad: Mundus is a large-size businessman. [[spoiler:He turns into a colossus when you actually fight him, though.]]
* BigBrotherIsWatching
* BigBrotherMentor: Vergil takes Dante back to their old home to help Dante recover his lost memories of his childhood... and to get some new powers, namely turning his sword into a greataxe or scythe at will.
* BigFancyHouse: The ruins of Dante and Vergil's childhood home.
* BizarreAndImprobableBallistics: The utterly weird behaviour of Dante's gunfire can be waved off as a subset of his supernatural powers (as in the original continuity).
* {{Bizarrchitecture}}: Limbo, being a demonic shadow of the real world, has some of this. Also, the city ''actively tries to kill you'' and otherwise impede your progress by squishing walls around you, tearing chunks of the floor away and revealing infinite space underneath, stretching rooms to many times their original length, demolishing environments until there's only floating chunks of debris left, and giving orders to the mooks.
* BladeOnAStick: With the appropriate upgrades, Dante can turn his sword, Rebellion, into a greataxe, the Arbiter, or a scythe, Osiris.
* BlindMistake: The second time Dante meets Phineas, the latter hears him approach and assumes he's under attack again.
* BlindWithoutEm: Phineas, a several-thousand-year-old prophet and inventor. He's completely blind in his flesh-and-blood eye, but his mechanical eye not only grants him sight, but some control over the chaos of Limbo.
* BondOneLiner: Another skill added to Dante's repertoire. It's especially notable during the boss fight against [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Succubus]], where he gives one for every stage of her boss fight.
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: Kat describes the contents of her regular-world-to-Limbo concoction, listing off typical witch-like ingredients and ending with squirrel semen. [[NoJustNoReaction Dante eventually tells her he doesn't want to know the rest]].
* BrickJoke: In the first mission, a white wig lands on Dante's head and he shrugs it off in annoyance. A few fans interpreted it as a [[TakeThatAudience jab at their expense]] because it made Dante look almost identical to the original incarnation of the character, ''but'' it turns out that Dante's hair temporarily becomes white when he unlocks his Devil Trigger - it's an indication of overwhelming power. [[spoiler:By the end of the game, not only has Dante developed into a more heroic character, his control over his supernatural abilities has turned his hair completely and permanently white. The original Dante's iconic look is, in effect, a badge of honour that this Dante had to earn, and that he was originally not mature enough to appreciate.]]
* BrightIsNotGood: The real world is very muted and somber, while the demon world is full of vivid, over-exposed colors.
* CallBack:
** Dante's "Flock off, feather-face!" line in ''[=DMC1=]'' is repeated here when he first meets harpies.
** Also, the name of pretty much every trophy in the game.
* CatchAndReturn: Implemented as a core game mechanic against almost every ranged attack.
* ClusterFBomb: The Succubus boss fight sees the f-bomb used pretty liberally. Heck, the preceding cutscene just devolves into Dante and the Succubus having a bomb exchange. "Fuck you!" "No, fuck you!" "FFFUCK YOUUUU!"
* ColourCodedForYourConvenience: Usually, blue enemies or obstacles can only be attacked by angel weapons, red/orange ones can only be taken down by demon weapons.
* ColourCodedTimestop: Everything pulses into grayscale whenever Dante slows time using his Devil Trigger, but returns to its psychedelic Limbo colours after that. Usually.
* CompetitiveBalance: The Demon weapons Arbiter and Eryx are both slow, heavy and used ForMassiveDamage, good for breaking blocks and defences. The Angel weapons Osiris and Aquila are relatively weak, but their attacks cover a wide radius and hit faster - in the case of Aquila, ''much'' faster - making them well-suited to aerial combos. Rebellion is somewhere in the middle in terms of damage and close to Osiris in terms of speed.
* ConservationOfNinjutsu: If there are a bunch of enemies of the same type, they're going to be weak. If there's only one or two, it will be tough as nails. The Stygians versus the Dreamrunners, for instance.
* CrapsackWorld: And it's under demonic control.
* CyberSpace: Bob Barbas' lair inside Limbo.
* DarkWorld: The demon-infested Limbo, an alternate and very colorful version of Limbo City.
* DeadpanSnarker: If their particular flavour of snark can be considered deadpan, it would make it this: [[TitleTheAdaptation The Video Game]].
-->'''Kat''': You'll need to ascend through ''five. Floors. Of hell''. Be careful, Dante.\\
'''Dante''': ''(inside a glitchy elevator)'' She was right. This is hell.
* DeathByOriginStory: Dante and Vergil's mother Eva was killed by Mundus when they were 7.
* DemonLordsAndArchDevils: Mundus and his allies.
* DevilButNoGod: Vergil mentions that the angels and devils have been at war for thousands of years. You'll saw your way through hordes of devils, but the only angel you'll meet or even hear specific mention of is your deceased mother, Eva.
* DifficultButAwesome: The game has a parry mechanic that involves clashing weapons with enemies. While the timing is strict, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9GCTPViGIE the results can be very worth it.]]
* DontExplainTheJoke: After an instance of Limbo ''really'' messing with you by repeatedly lengthening a bottomless room of a church you're trying to escape from, which you escape using your grappling hook weapon...
-->'''Dante''': Well, that just seemed to drag on forever! ''({{beat}} and grin)'' Church!
** Kat just stares at him.
* DualWielding: Aquila, which is two giant shuriken.
* EldritchLocation: Limbo City, which is full of demons and can transform and warp into completely new environments.
* EmpathicEnvironment / MalevolentArchitecture: The DarkWorld of Limbo, which at times will actively try to kill you by changing the terrain around you, verbally threaten you, occasionally exclaim "NO" if you make unexpected amounts of progress, and outright ''taunt and insult'' you: "FUCK YOU DANTE".
* EverythingTryingToKillYou: Limbo City is full of demons who all want Dante dead, and [[MalevolentArchitecture even the environment itself will warp and transform at times to try and kill the hero]].
* EyeScream: In the level "Under watch", you have to destroy living cameras made out of giant demonic eyes.
* EvilMakesYouUgly: BigBad Mundus and his allies all have [[GoodScarsEvilScars scars]], [[BaldOfEvil thinning hairlines]] and other [[RedRightHand physical deformities]].
* TheFaceless: [[DisappearedDad Sparda's]] face is scratched out, obscured or simply turned away in all the photos and paintings of him.
* FanDisservice:
** You were expecting the much-hyped [[HornyDevils succubus]] to be some kind of tantalizing beauty? No. [[http://cdn.fearnet.com/sites/default/files/images/Games/day_3_succubus.jpg Just... no]].
** Mundus' mistress Lilith, as well, especially once she ditches her wig. Oh, and it gets worse; you fight her as a boss while she uses her unborn child as a golem/shield, while the background music screams "Hey! You! What the [[ClusterFBomb fuck]] is wrong with you!?"
* FateWorseThanDeath: Sparda's punishment for betraying Mundus was eternal imprisonment and torture.
* FemaleAngelMaleDemon: Dante and Vergil's mother was an angel and their father was a demon.
* FetusTerrible: Played with by The Spawn of Mundus. It may be a hideous demonic abomination that Lilith is able to bring out of her body so it can fight while carrying her rather than vice versa, and it quite eagerly tries to kill Dante, but there is no reason to believe that it is consciously evil; rather that it's an oversized infant with demonic powers that only understands attacking Dante is "play time."
* FlippingTheBird: Dante gives the middle finger to demon news pundit Bob Barbas during their fight.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In mission 3, Vergil details the entire history of Sparda, who turned on Mundus rather than let humanity be enslaved. [[spoiler:The betrayal he described plays out once more in the ending, but with Vergil in the place of Mundus and Dante in the place of Sparda]]. Bonus points for [[spoiler:this version of Sparda being Mundus' blood-brother, at least according to Vergil's understanding]].
* FreudianTrio: Dante (Id), Vergil (Superego), and Kat (Ego).
** Dante is the hot-headed Id, motivated mostly by strong, basic emotions such as anger and lust, and often doesn't think his actions through. That said, he is compassionate at heart; it's just been scabbed over with aggression.
** Vergil as the cool, analytical Super-Ego, a planner driven by ambitious end goals he is willing to make fairly cold-hearted sacrifices to achieve. He thinks in the long-term and values control.
** Kat is the human, mediating Ego, emotional but loyal to Vergil's higher ideals. She not only is between the brothers in temperament but acts as their go-between, and she tempers Dante's seething distrust and rage into a more sympathetic sense of righteousness. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, she is revealed to have little influence on Vergil, which leads to the trio's split when he dismisses her as a mere human in announcing his plan to rule over them.]]
* GenerationXerox: [[spoiler:Two beings with a bond of absolute trust and loyalty stand at the precipice of conquering the human world. One, driven by affection for a woman, turns on his blood brother and defends the humans from his ambitions. Feeling betrayed, the defeated retreats to the demon world, swearing revenge. Now, are we speaking of Sparda and Mundus, or Dante and Vergil?]]
* GenreSavvy: [[spoiler:Mundus. During the introductory cutscene, he suddenly cuts off his revelling at the prospect of owning the entire world, concerned about a "loose end": Dante, the only living {{Nephilim}}, the only race potentially capable of killing Mundus.]] So he sends in a hunter demon, which messes with Dante's life for a bit and ensures that mission 1 has a boss fight in it.
* GetBackHereBoss: Inverted by Poison and [[spoiler:Mundus]]; you're expected to move between platforms during the fight, causing them to chase you. Succubus will retaliate by destroying said secondary platforms.
* HalfBreedDiscrimination: All the demons at ''least'' want half-breeds like Dante and Vergil dead. In fact, they mostly are. The twin brothers are the only two living Nephilim in existence; all the others were wiped out centuries ago.
* HarderThanHard: Son of Sparda, Dante Must Die, and the now traditional duo [[OneHitKill Heaven or Hell]] - [[OneHitPointWonder Hell & Hell]].
* HardLevelsEasyBosses: Is considered this.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: The demon-run "Raptor News Network" regularly smears Dante on-air and labels him a terrorist (in reality, the destruction he leaves in his wake was caused by the demons trying to kill him).
* HeroInsurance: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]]. Dante here is outright accused of being a terrorist because nobody can see him battle the demons in Limbo, only his leaving behind a trail of destruction. Dante himself, helpfully, couldn't care less what people call him.
* HostageForMacGuffin: In a nice twist, it's the ''heroes'' who arrange the trade, [[spoiler:demanding Kat in exchange for Lilith and Mundus' unborn child (admittedly after Mundus captured Kat and demanded Dante in exchange; the twins just decided to alter terms). Too bad Vergil has to go and kill their hostages before the exchange is complete]].
* HotterAndSexier: The opening all but shows Dante having a threesome with two of the dancers of a strip club. That scene aside, however, the only ''explicit'' sexuality is between [[FanDisservice Lilith and Mundus]].
* HybridPower: This version of Dante (and also Vergil) is half-demon and half-angel, and thus wields "the power of both worlds".
* IAteWhat: The soft drink known as Virility [[spoiler:is made from the acidic vomit of a giant, deformed succubus monster]].
* ICallItVera: Dante's guns Ebony and Ivory. He also calls them "girls" and occasionally greets or praises them fondly.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: The FinalBoss is on the receiving end. [[spoiler:Dante pretty decisively wins the fight by running Vergil through and pinning him to the ground. Vergil is resilient enough to survive, but only just, by Dante's mercy.]]
* ImStandingRightHere: Vergil almost completely ignores Kat when talking to Dante about [[spoiler: how they, the Nephilim, should be ruling over the human race now the demons are gone because humans are weak]], only paying her any attention when Dante makes him. It's ''really'' not played for laughs.
* InkSuitActor: Due to facial motion capture technology being used, Dante looks a lot like his voice actor [[http://www.imdb.com/media/rm1944367360/nm2960352 Tim Phillipps]].
* InvisibleToNormals: Limbo. Those of inhuman origins can get dragged in, and Mediums can see it (albeit somewhat blearily), but to everyone else in the world, stuff that happens in Limbo might as well not happen. Except when it involves Ferris wheels or newscasters.
* IWillFindYou: Mundus to Vergil, via e-mail.
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: [[spoiler: Vergil, after being defeated by Dante, goes from only briefly hesitating before running to help his vision of Kat, though he sees her as weak, to spitefully and remorselessly bragging about killing "Dante" to his vision of their mother]].
* KnifeNut: The Hunter's main weapon is a large knife.
* LaResistance: The Order, a resistance group fighting Mundus and his demonic forces.
* LoadingScreen: Dante performs various combos on a hapless mook, along with some gameplay tips. [[LoadsAndLoadsOfLoading This can drag on for a bit too long sometimes.]]
* {{Masquerade}}: Demons secretly control the human world.
** [[spoiler:BrokenMasquerade: Near the end of the game, Limbo is merged with reality and demons are now visible to humankind.]]
* MagicalNegro: Phineas, quite literally as well as trope-tacularly.
* TheManIsStickingItToTheMan: The game promotes breaking from the norm and rebellion, and criticizes conformity and commercialism. [[{{Irony}} Through the medium of a heavily commercialized Triple-A video game.]]
* MaybeEverAfter: Dante and Kat, in keeping with the first three games' pattern of introducing a new possible love interest but not definitively hooking them up.
* MetaphoricallyTrue: Bob Barbas' CatchPhrase of "just doin' God's work" technically is true, in that he's working for [[AGodAmI Mundus]].
* MiniBoss[=/=]BossInMookClothing: Tyrants, Witches, Dreamrunner and Butchers.
* MirrorWorld: Most areas you move through in the "normal" Limbo City will transform into warped areas of the same environments in the "demonic" Limbo. At least once, the environment itself will be flipped 180 degrees - memorably in the approach to Bob Barbas.
* MookDebutCutscene: Keeping the tradition of the old series (although the scenes are shorter and more plain).
* {{Mooks}}: Stygian.
** AirborneMook: Bathos, Shielded Pathos and Harpy.
** GiantMook: Greater Stygian and Shielded Pathos.
* MrFanservice: The below-mentioned NakedFirstImpression is a wonderful opportunity to examine Dante's muscle tone in detail, at length, and from several angles, for those inclined, as is any time he removes his jacket to wander around in a singlet.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: In the opening, Dante gets dressed in epic fashion while under attack by a 15-foot tall demon, using a series of acrobatics in the process.
* MythologyGag:
** Dante's hair turns white and his clothes red when using Devil Trigger.
** All the CosmeticAward examples are quotes of characters from the original series, most of them from Dante, but a few from other characters as well.
** In one of the first small scenes, an explosion causes a long haired white wig to land on Dante's head, making him look like the previous design of the character (which was used in all previous instalments of the franchise). After a pause to examine his reflection, he says "not in a million years" and shrugs the hairpiece off. [[spoiler:At the end of the last cutscene, his hair has turned totally white and grown long enough to have bangs covering his eyes like the original incarnation, though he still retains his shaven punkish style.]]
* NakedFirstImpression: Kat first meets Dante when she knocks on his trailer door and he opens it without bothering to put anything on. He then proceeds to hold a brief conversation with her, still naked. It's also, apart from the preceding montage of him having a threesome, how he is introduced to the audience.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny[=/=]SceneryCensor: Dante is naked for much of the very first scene. As his trailer gets attacked, he puts on his clothes while flying through the air.
* {{Nephilim}}: Dante and Vergil, twin sons of an angel and a demon.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The "Raptor News Network" and Bob Barbas, parodies of FoxNewsChannel and Bill O'Reilly.
* NonhumanHumanoidHybrid: Dante and Vergil have been re-imagined as half-demon and half-angel Nephilim.
* NotSoFastBucko: Much like the old continuity, some bosses don't stay dead once you've defeated them. [[spoiler: In the case of the Succubus, however, her second fight is more of a platforming sequence with some nice atmosphere and one-liners.]]
* OppositesAttract: The Angelic Eva and Demonic Sparda were married before Mundus killed Eva and subjected Sparda to a FateWorseThanDeath.
* OrphanageOfFear: Dante was raised in various demon-run orphanages and institutions.
* OurDemonsAreDifferent: The most glaring example being the Succubus: succubi are usually portrayed as very attractive, winged demonesses, while this Succubus is a vulgar, disgusting and multi-armed caterpillar monster.
* PietaPlagiarism: The flashback of Eva's death has a shot where Dante cradles his mother's corpse. Also count as an inversion seeing as a Pičta usually involves the Virgin Mary cradling the dead body of Jesus (ie. mother cradling son).
* PolarOppositeTwins: Dante and Vergil. Let's count the ways...
** RedOniBlueOni: Dante's color is red, Vergil's is blue. Dante is impulsive, brash and emotional, while Vergil is a cool-headed, cautious thinker.
** BrainsAndBrawn: Vergil is both brilliant and educated, but it's Dante who goes out to smash the demons.
** ForceAndFinesse: Dante wields his two-handed sword pretty haphazardly, but his superhuman strength and speed carry him through battles. Vergil carries a katana and has a refined, graceful combat style.
** FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: Dante is an alcoholic, extremely foul-mouthed, prone to violence, a wanted criminal and has a boisterous, goofy demeanour. Vergil is well-read, shows no signs of vice, conceals his activities and existence from the authorities, and has a much more understated personality.
* PosthumousCharacter: Eva. She has several lines, appears in flashbacks, gave the twins their matching amulets to help them find each other, was personally murdered by Mundus in front of Dante, and left messages to help guide her children to unlock their powers. Her presence in the story is actually felt more than that of Sparda, who gets name-checked once or twice and gave the twins their signature weapons, but makes no active appearance and has no dialogue at all. Even his face is unseen, unless you count the family resemblance in his sons.
* PostModernMagik: On one side, Demons are trying to take over the world via banking, news pundits, CCTV, club scenes and soft drinks, and on the other, the human resistance has a witch who carries her EyeOfNewt in spray cans and magic symbols printed onto stencils, and on two different occasions, powerful magic spells are linked to computer servers.
* PowerDyesYourHair: [[SuperMode Devil Trigger]] turns Dante's hair from black to white.
* PrecisionFStrike: [[MemeticMutation In the trailers]]. Also Vergil's approach to swearing, compared to Dante's enthusiasm.
* PregnantHostage: In an unusual twist, it's the ''heroes'' who take Lilith hostage specifically because she's pregnant with Mundus's EnfantTerrible [[spoiler:so they can trade her for Kat]]. They don't bother being nice about it either, since both she and the FetusTerrible are clearly monsters, but Dante's mildly uncomfortable with it [[spoiler:whereas Vergil kills them both in the middle of the hostage exchange to provoke Mundus]].
* PreMortemOneLiner: Dante all over the place.
-->'''Dante''': ''(to Poison, clinging for her life to a stone pillar)'' You know what your problem is? You're...too... clingy!
* PropagandaMachine: The demon run "Raptor News Network" that slanders Dante and the Order.
* ProperlyParanoid: [[LaResistance The Order]] isn't insane at all, demons actually ''do'' run the world.
* {{Pun}}: Dante is ''made'' of these.
-->'''Dante''': ''(after a boss gets churned to death in a mixer)'' I think you're all mixed up.
* PuzzleBoss: The boss fight [[spoiler:against Vergil]] is a straightforward, skill-dependent battle until the boss's health bar is down to its final dregs, at which point the boss bunkers up and counters ''all'' damage, blade or bullet, [[spoiler:with his doppelganger]]. Spend too long pounding away uselessly at the defences and the boss will charge back into the fight with renewed health. How do you win? [[spoiler:Activate Dante's Devil Trigger, allowing Dante to tear through both the doppelganger and Vergil's remaining health with one slash.]]
* RealIsBrown: The real world is drab and full of muted colors. By contrast, the demon world is [[BrightIsNotGood disturbingly colorful]].
* RealTimeWeaponChange: ''[=DMC1=]'' allowed switch between two weapons, ''[=DMC3=]'' between four weapons, ''[=DMC4=]'' between seven. ''[=DmC=]'' between ''eight''. To elaborate, on one hand you use the triggers to switch stances, on the other hand you use the D-Pad to change the Angel weapon (left), the Demon weapon (right) and the fire-arm (up), Rebellion being the default melee weapon when you're not holding a trigger.
* RebelLeader: Vergil, the leader of [[LaResistance the Order]].
* RecurringBoss: Drekavac.
* RedOniBlueOni: Dante and Vergil
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified: Except by the in-universe press.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: The Virility mascot is a cutesy-looking slug with four anime eyes. Becomes amusing when the Succubus it represents shows up.
* RuleOfSymbolism: When in Limbo, most of the real world is hard to see through all of the fog and twisted landscape. What's left that's easy to see? Gambling machines and carnival rides. Apparently your addictions really will follow you into hell. Similarly, every major plot cutscene get visual symbolism all over the place - look at what's behind Dante when he wakes up in the opening level, or where Vergil and Dante are located when in front of a painting depicting half demons and half angels.
* SarcasmFailure: There is no opponent in the face of whom Dante will not pun...except when he's fighting Lilith's spawn, when he abandons his typical TrashTalk in favour of sounding alarmed and disturbed.
* SceneryPorn: Features among other locations {{Ominous Floating Castle}}s in the sky, {{Amazing Technicolor Battlefield}}s and [[SceneryGorn demonic cityscapes that rip and tear themselves apart]].
* SharpDressedMan: Vergil. Also Mundus.
* ShoutOut:
** Billboards and signs will transform into messages saying things like [[SubliminalSeduction "consume, submit, obey"]] when the world shifts into Limbo, in a nod to the cult sci-fi film ''Film/TheyLive''.
** The Order and its leader the Masked Man borrow heavily in terms of both appearance and methodology from V and his allies of the Creator/AlanMoore comic book series ''ComicBook/VForVendetta''.
** The visual effects in the Bob Barbas BossBattle were specifically based on scenes from the cult {{Cyberspace}} films ''Film/{{Tron}}'' and ''Film/TheLawnmowerMan''.
** The soft drink Virility and the giant slug-like succubus monster that produces it in an underground factory are inspired by Slurm and the Slurm Queen from ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''.
** Dante's Devil Trigger temporarily transforms him with white hair and a blood red coat. [[DevilMayCry Sound familiar?]]
** During his journey through a demon prison, Dante helps [[JasonandtheArgonauts a blind old man who is being tormented harpies.]]
** One of the first things Dante says when he learns Ophion Demon Pull is "[[Franchise/MortalKombat Get over here!]]"
* SequelHook: Several are set up at the end. [[spoiler:'''WE HAVE AWOKEN''' - Limbo is merged with the human world and demons and humans co-exist, laying bare all demonic manipulations. The world is forever changed and chaos almost certainly lies ahead. Vergil leaves after the battle to places unknown (and does so again after ''Vergil's Downfall''). And Dante has now sworn to protect humans and developed his powers further, as indicated by his hair becoming totally white in the end scene like his Devil Trigger, but he has not yet reached his ''full'' potential, whatever that may be]].
* ShipTease: Kat and Dante. Although the close friendship that develops between them [[MaybeEverAfter never becomes explicitly romantic]], they share several moments that can be perceived as romantic (and are by some fans). It would, however, be in poor taste to give Kat a romantic arc with a guy she's just met, in light of the revelation that she [[spoiler:was abused]].
* SiblingRivalry: A friendly version. "I'm stronger", "I'm smarter", "I'm better looking", "I've got a bigger dick".
* SimplifiedSpellcasting: To cast a spell to affect Limbo, you can spend hours mixing ingredients, researching, combining and painting the symbols to get them just right...or you can prepare the ingredients in an aerosol can and spray it through a stencil.
* SmokingIsCool: The impression the first trailer gives off, though WordOfGod says [[http://pt-br.twitch.tv/capcomunity/b/320560252 Dante's kicked the habit]].
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: The exact title of the game is ''[=DmC Devil May Cry=]'', with a lower case m and no colon.
* StanceSystem: The combat revolves around switching between "Angel mode" and "Devil mode" by holding the triggers. Each mode has its own moves and weapons associated.
* SubliminalSeduction: Billboards and signs will transform into messages saying things like [[Film/TheyLive "consume, submit, obey"]] when the world shifts into [[DarkWorld Limbo]].
* SuperMode:
** Devil Trigger for Dante. As per series tradition, on higher difficulties the enemies and bosses can do it too.
** EliteMooks get their own version on lower difficulties, called Enrage. They [[TurnsRed turn gold]], are ImmuneToFlinching and can unleash deadly unblockable attacks.
* TakeThat:
** NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The "Raptor News Network" and Bob Barbas, parodies of FoxNewsChannel and Bill O'Reilly.
** TakeThatAudience: The game features a few jabs at the original series' [[TaintedByThePreview disgruntled fanbase]].
--->'''Dante:''' ''(looking at a long haired wig reminiscent of classic Dante's hairstyle on his head)'' Not in a million years.
* TakeThatAudience: The boss fight against a mother and her unborn...ish child. The background music constantly repeats the line, "Hey! You! What the fuck is wrong with you?!" Though it's ambiguous just who is in the wrong here.
* TimeStandsStill: [[LimitBreak Devil Trigger mode]], which freezes time while active. [[ContractualBossImmunity It doesn't work on bosses, though.]]
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil:
** The first Vergil character trailer gives away that the [[RebelLeader leader]] of [[LaResistance the Order]] is Dante's [[LongLostRelative long lost brother]].
** The trailer for the DLC expansion ''Vergil's Downfall'' gives away that Vergil [[spoiler:left Kat and his brother for parts unknown at the end of the game.]]
* TrainingDummy: The Stygian in the training room.
* TrappedInAnotherWorld: The plot of the [[spoiler:Vergil]] DLC episode.
* TrashTalk: A technique Dante uses as liberally as his sword and firearms. Boss characters often respond, making their battles as verbal as they are physical.
* UnskilledButStrong: This Dante, compared to classic Dante.
** [[spoiler: Mundus's son]] as well, to a greater degree.
* VillainWorld: The world is ruled by demons who uphold TheMasquerade.
* VolleyingInsults: Dante meeting the Succubus in the Virility Factory. It eventually degenerates into {{Cluster F Bomb}}s.
* WakeUpCallBoss: The Hunter, who has a wide range of attacks and multiple phases. You face him after ploughing through small groups of the two weakest enemies in the game.
* WhamLine: [[spoiler:"The path is clear for us to rule."]]
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: This question is the primary difference in motivation between Dante and Vergil.
* WhatTheHellHero:
** Dante chews Vergil out for [[spoiler: shooting Lilith and her fetus in the middle of exchanging her for Kat, while Kat's still in the crossfire]] and again when he [[spoiler: announces his plan for them to rule over the weak, subservient human race, right in front of Kat.]]
** Mundus also calls Dante out for the above incident, never mind that he killed Sparta's wife and has been trying to kill his children ever since. Dante, despite having plenty of ground to claim innocence or point out Mundus's hypocrisy, instead taunts him about it - though his specific motivation was to make Mundus ''angry,'' not placate him.
* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: When all you have for platforming is a medium-range grappling hook and a double-jump, if you're stuck, there's a good chance that you just need to look up.
* [[WouldHitAGirl Would Shoot A Girl]]:
** [[spoiler: The SWAT team that storms The Order's base shoot Kat in the shoulder as soon as they enter the server room, even though she has her arms raised in surrender and no way to defend herself.]]
** [[spoiler:Vergil has no issue gunning down a defenseless Lilith and her demon child]].
* WrongGenreSavvy: Dante gets a moment of this. Stuck in Limbo, he tries to make the best of a panicked, helpless Kat by giving her step-by-step instructions on how to peacefully surrender to a SWAT team so that they at least don't shoot her. Then they bust through the door and shoot her.
* YinYangBomb: Dante and Vergil are Nephilim, who are hybrids of and thus have the power belonging to both demons and angels.
* YouRemindMeOfX: Phineas notes that Dante isn't ''just'' like Sparda; he also bears resemblance to his mother, Eva.
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: [[spoiler: Mundus is defeated and TheMasquerade is broken... then Vergil starts talking about ruling humanity ''himself''.]]
* YouWillNotEvadeMe: The Devil Pull and Angelic Lift skills, which bring enemies to you and you to enemies, respectively. You can accompany these skills with a kick or an uppercut if your timing is right.

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