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->''"This game would actually make a good recruiting tool for Christianity. Never has saving someone's soul been so hardcore! I'm sitting there on the good play through, and I'm forgiving every enemy I can, and going 'I forgive the shit out of you!' and 'mutha fucka, you just got forgiven' and 'oh, you little bastard, I'm gonna forgive you for that!' and the always good 'go to heaven fucker!' I just wish you could forgive the lust demons. Heaven would be so much better with those sexy bitches in it."''
--> -- [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujE-KLYwKuk Youtube comment about the game.]]

The ''Inferno'' part of Dante Alighieri's ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'' is one of the most well-known, well-referenced pieces of work today. It described in great detail Dante's vision of what hell would be like, and in doing so invented many of the tropes associated with Hell. This has led to several film adaptations, theme park rides, and -- most recently -- a video game adaptation, which is what this page is concerned with.

Rumored and announced midway through 2009 for a release date in February 2010, the game is about Dante, a fresh veteran of the Third Crusade, chasing after the [[DistressedDamsel kidnapped love of his life, Beatrice,]] through the Nine Circles of Hell while tearing the place -- and the demons which inhabit it -- to little pieces. Unlike Dante Alighieri, this Dante is muscle-bound, an expert magic wielder, and (after the first boss) carries Death's Scythe itself. As he descends deeper and deeper into the Inferno, he must confront his own sins, war crimes, and his family's past, and eventually faces off with Lucifer himself, who has kidnapped Beatrice in order to [[ArrangedMarriage wed her]] and break free of Hell.

A DLC titled "Trials of St. Lucia" was released on April 29th, 2010.

Around the game's release date, an AnimatedAdaptation of the game was released on DVD and Bluray with some differences in storyline.

A sequel to the video game is being planned.

Now has a [[Characters/DantesInferno character page]] under construction.

!!This work includes the following tropes:

* AbusiveParents: Dante's father Alighiero constantly berated him and [[spoiler: drove his mother to suicide]].
* AdaptationDistillation: The sinners Dante encounters in the book are all there, and you get the option of forgiving them or smiting them. They even say a lot of the same things. Virgil's speeches are mostly accurate. Even the original political satire survived mostly intact ("In these popes and cardinals, greed suffered its excess"). The design of the Nine Circles in-game is actually quite accurate with Alighieri's descriptions (except for the level of Greed, and the changes there are understandable). About the only thing that's really different is Dante himself, and the whole "Famous pagans as lords of hell" thing. Also, a few politically incorrect things, like Mohammad in hell, and crusaders in heaven have been taken out as well.
** The Gates of Hell. The Gate itself was modeled after Auguste Rodin's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gates_of_Hell Gates of Hell]], which was described in Dante's Inferno to have a sign at the top that read a poem[[note]]''Through me the way to the suffering city; Through me the everlasting pain; Through me the way that runs among the Lost. Justice urged on my exalted Creator: Divine Power made me, The Supreme Wisdom and the Primal Love. Nothing was made before me but eternal things And I endure eternally. Abandon all hope - Ye Who Enter Here.''[[/note]] about Hell. The sign itself was removed from the Door and is instead spoken by Charon (who is also half-demon half-ship and not a boatman demon).
* AnthropomorphicPersonification: A number of the demons, like those in Gluttony.
* AntiVillain: [[spoiler:Francesco, Dante's former best friend. Dante ended up framing him for the slave massacre in order to save his own skin, leading to Francesco's execution and condemnation to Hell. He's understandably pissed about it.]]
* ArtShift: The AnimatedAdaptation goes through at least four different art styles over the course of the story. Most notable with Vergil, who goes through the most drastic changes in appearance each time.
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: Pretty much what happens whenever you absolve someone of their sins and regrets.
* AscendedExtra: In Canto XIX of "the Inferno", there was a passing mention of an individual who Alighieri called ''lo perfido assassin'' ("the treacherous assassin"). In this videogame adaptation, the assassin becomes a more prominent character in which he kills Beatrice, Alighiero, and [[spoiler: later revealed to have killed Dante]].
* TheAtoner: Dante. When Death tells him that not only is he damned, but also everyone he loved, he goes on a quest, not only to redeem himself, but everyone else he loves as well. DoubleSubverted at the end.
* AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever: Cleopatra. Also Minos and Phlegyas.
* AxCrazy: Dante himself, during the Crusades.
* BadAss: Dante all the way. He starts off the game by ''killing Death'' and taking his scythe. He proceeds to fight his way through Hell, ultimately killing any and every demon that gets in his way. All as a [[BadassNormal baseline human]], to boot.
** He apparently gets it from his father, who, for all his faults, puts up a valiant fight against the unnamed assassin.
* BatmanGambit: [[spoiler:Beatrice is just Lucifer's bait to get Dante to destroy the chains holding him in Hell, as they are in Dante's way as he traverses Hell.]]
* TheBaroness: Cleopatra doubles with TheVamp (she is a [[HornyDevils succubus]], after all).
* BewareMyStingerTail: Minos has two of them.
%% * BigNo: Lucifer.
* BishounenLine: Lucifer starts out as a giant demon but partway through the fight shows his "true" form, which is only a bit taller than Dante.
* BloodyBowelsOfHell: Gluttony.
* BreakingSpeech: Lucifer and the rest of Hell spend the entire game delivering one to Dante.
* BuildingSwing: One of Dante's primary means of locomotion.
* CallingTheOldManOut: Subverted; Dante's father taunts him to do it, but Dante absolves him instead of punishing him. Dante's father's last words to his son are:
--> ''"Go on, use me as an excuse! Blame me for everything!"''
* CanonForeigner: Bella Abati and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alighiero_di_Bellincione Alighiero di Bellincione,]] the historical Dante Aligheri's mother and father respectively, were not featured in the poem.
* CensorSteam: Subverted in the final cutscene.
* ChewingTheScenery: Lucifer, full stop.
** Dante has his moments too.
* {{Chickification}}: This happens to Beatrice, when compared with her role in the original source material. Somewhat subverted by the fact that Beatrice doesn't become truly relevant in the poem until Purgatory and Paradise, where she serves as a new guide, given that Virgil cannot leave hell.
* ChristianityIsCatholic: Considering the poem was written about two centuries before the Reformation it's a given.
* CollapsingLair: Lust and Heresy once you beat their bosses.
* CombatTentacles:
** Temptresses uses these.
** King Minos has them, as well.
* ContinuitySnarl: The Dark Forest DLC, assuming it is even canonical to begin with, is supposed to take place after Dante's time in the Third Crusade and before arriving at his home. However he has in his possession Beatrice's Cross and the ability to perform magic attacks and has some familiarity about Demons which he shouldn't have yet.
* CorruptChurch: Very much so, if the various Popes in Hell and the LargeHam bishop in the cutscenes are any evidence on the matter.
%%* CrusadingWidower: Dante.
* CurbStompBattle:
** Every time Dante rides a Beast [[spoiler:or Phlegyas]]. The only enemies that are a threat while Beast riding are the Beast Tamers that try to retake control of the Beast. Everything else ''dies''. The only challenge is deciding on how you want to slaughter your foes. Roast them with firebreath? Turn them into pancakes with your fists? Literally stomp on them? Eat them? [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential It's a tough choice]].
** Also, between Dante and Death after Dante ''steals Death's scythe''... and cuts him in half with it. Turns out to [[spoiler: just be a delusion Dante is having.]]
* DeadAllAlong: Dante, [[SpoilerOpening of course]].
* DeadlyLunge: The disgustingly tubby Gluttons of the Third Circle are incredibly slow and easy to take down, but if you are distracted by other enemies, they may lumber towards you and snatch you up. If you fail the [[PressXToNotDie quicktime]] [[SmashingSurvival struggle]], they [[OneHitKill eat you alive]].
%% * DealWithTheDevil: Beatrice.
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Remaining relatively true to the source material, Dante's former mentor is in Hell for being a homosexual who engaged in sodomy. The dissonance may be why you earn an achievement for absolving him.
* DemonSlaying: Considering that almost every enemy in the game is a demon, this is a given.
* DemotedToExtra: Malebolge and Cocytus, which compared to the other circles, are the less expanded levels. Many of the guardians of Hell in the original novel, however, appear as statues (like the Minotaur, Geryon, and Pluto).
* DerangedAnimation: The flashbacks to the Crusades.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Dante has a long resume of this. Among other things, he punches out [[GrimReaper Death]], [[HornyDevils Cleopatra]], [[{{Hellhound}} Cerberus]], [[HumanoidAbomination his own father]], [[FightingYourFriend his fallen comrade templars]], and [[{{Satan}} Satan]].
%% * DirtyOldMan: Dante's father.
* TheDeterminator: Dante starts out his quest by killing Death, then proceeds to bring a one man holy war down upon all of the legions of hell that dare to stand in his way, up to and including the Devil himself.
* DisproportionateRetribution: The nameless assassin, in retaliation for [[spoiler:Dante sleeping with his wife as part of a deal for freedom which Dante actually honored, a deal that ''she'' offered]], [[spoiler:kills Dante, travels all the way to Europe to find Dante's home, and kills Dante's father and his love Beatrice]]. His [[TheDeterminator determination]] is nearly on Dante's level.
* DistressedDamsel: Beatrice is the reason Dante is driven to fight his way through hell; she's held captive there in the deepest circle.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Lust is a [[FreudWasRight Freudian nightmare]], and it's not subtle about it.
* DualBoss: You fight Marc Antony and Cleopatra together.
* DrivenToSuicide: Well, the [[CaptainObvious Suicides forest]]. At one point, Dante is influenced by a demonic tree and, if not quick enough to resist, kills himself.
* EatMe: Against [[spoiler:Cerberus]].
* EnfantTerrible: The unbaptized babies are [[UglyCute cute little babies]] with [[BodyHorror scythes for arms]] who want to kill you.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Dante is clearly shown to love his mom very much.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Cleopatra is genuinely grief-stricken when Dante kills Anthony. They ''did'' damn themselves to be together forever, after all.
* EyeScream: Dante's father is murdered with a [[StealthPun cross through his eye]].
* FanDisservice: Lust, of course, includes attractive, nude, female demons that have [[VaginaDentata creepy ways of attacking]], as detailed below. There's also plenty of nudity in both the game and the animation from deformed monstrosities.
* {{Fanservice}}: Beatrice is an InnocentFanserviceGirl. Dante also goes through the majority of the game [[ShirtlessScene shirtless]], and is wholly naked at the end.
* FatBastard: The Gluttonous demons and Dante's father.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Lucifer is polite and soft-spoken, if somewhat sarcastic. It's just an act; once you start really putting the screws to him he goes full LargeHam.
* FireAndBrimstoneHell: As might be expected from a game set in ''[[TropeMaker Hell]]''. Though it actually is sometimes averted.
* FollowTheLeader: The developers are being pretty open about their ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'' inspirations.
* FullFrontalAssault: Lucifer's big floppy dong is in full display, though with the lighting and the angles, you'd have to actually be looking for it to notice it most of the time.
* GoodIsNotNice: The Absolve finishers aren't too terribly less brutal than the Punish finishers. For those who haven't played the game, the Absolve finishers literally burn the sin out of the damned, causing them to ''explode'' in holy light.
* TheGrimReaper: The first boss; he's sort of weak, actually, compared to the [[EldritchAbomination other things]] to be found in Hell.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Beatrice is beautiful, pure, virtuous, and blonde.
* HellIsThatNoise: Some of the background music is eerily reminiscent of the theme music from the [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Shadow Temple]].
* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler:Dante when he finds his mother in the Forest of Suicides, since he always thought she had died from a fever when he was a child.]]
* HistoricalBadassUpgrade: Dante. In real life, he had some military service, but was essentially a scholar and historian.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: You find famous souls scattered about all over the place, such as Boudica, Attila the Hun, and a couple different Roman emperors, among others. In addition, there are a significant number of people present who were not famous, but whom the real life Dante had a personal beef with and so wrote into the original story to get back at.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Justified, since they work for hell and probably have gotten powers because of it:
** Cleopatra is a 30-foot tall [[HornyDevils succubus]] who rules over Lust.
** Marc Antony is a 10-foot tall warrior wearing golden armor that looks like it's made out of other shades.
** Another individual worth mentioning is Alighiero. The historical Alighiero di Bellincione, father of Dante Alighieri, was a respected banker and, as far as is known from surviving documents, [[GoodParents a decent parent]]. The character of Alighiero presented here is an avaricious, lecherous, and abusive bastard [[spoiler: who gets worse when he is turned into a demon who really crosses the MoralEventHorizon]].
* HoistByHisOwnPetard:
** Dante kills Death with his own scythe.
** King Minos has his face split in half by his own spiked wheel.
* HolyHandGrenade: Dante's trusty cross.
* HornyDevils: The Temptresses and Cleopatra, but instead of being attractive, they're [[FanDisservice extremely disturbing]].
* InfantImmortality: Completely, utterly averted: among the first monsters you meet are the unbaptised children of Limbo, little weeping babies with scythe blades instead of arms.
* InnocentFanserviceGirl: Beatrice is always nude whenever she puts in an appearance throughout the game.
* InvulnerableAttack: Enemies will still try to attack Dante during a grab, but as long as you have started the kill animation -- as opposed to still mulling whether to Punish or Absolve -- any attack that is not another grab will just pass harmlessly through him.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Upon completing the Eighth Circle, Dante is told to face his sins of betrayal by [[spoiler:the Queen of Hell, Beatrice]]. Believing himself eternally damned and Beatrice worthy of Heaven, Dante asks for forgiveness and places Beatrice's cross on the ground. This results in the restoration of Beatrice and [[spoiler:her rescue by the archangel Michael]], leaving Dante to face his final challenge.
* KarmaHoudini: The unnamed assassin [[spoiler:never receives punishment for his killing spree, though he will implicitly end up in Hell. Maybe. It's sort of ambiguous.]]
* KarmaMeter: Albeit one with GameplayAndStorySegregation. You level up your cross and scythe depending on how you execute enemies. Absolving them earns you Holy points that give you more Cross moves to buy and "Punishing" them earns you Unholy points for scythe moves.
* KingMook: Malacoda, a fiery demon. Fittingly enough, he was the boss of the Malebranche devils.
* TheKnightsTemplar: Dante seems to have been one, judging by his uniform.
* LargeHam: Many; King Minos, Lucifer, and the [[NoNameGiven cutscene bishop]] are the most obvious examples.
** One of the damned souls in Heresy gives us a fine example of scenery chewing:
-->"What will become of '''MYY GOOD NYYAAAAAAMMMMEEE'''!?!!!"
* LikeABadassOutOfHell: Dante's mission is to plumb the depths of Hell, find Beatrice, and fight his way back out. He ''succeeds''. Sort of.
%% * LoadBearingBoss: Cleopatra after you kill Marc Antony.
* TheLostLenore: Beatrice, who dies before the game starts.
* MaleFrontalNudity:
** Lucifer's big floppy dong is in full display, though with the lighting and the angles, you'd have to actually be looking for it to notice it most of the time.
** Dante's is also visible during the ending. Blink and you'll miss it, but it's clearly there.
* MarkOfShame: The cross Dante sewed onto his chest to remind himself of his sins.
* MookDebutCutscene: The various "sin" demons all have one, a {{squick}}y one if possible.
* MookMaker: Cleopatra produces Mooks instead of fighting you directly.
* NewGamePlus: They call it ''Resurrection Mode'' and you get to play through with all the upgrades and relics you collected the first go around. However, it skips over the opening of the game and starts you off already on the descent into Hell.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** Didn't you notice that during the whole game, several things you break in order to advance are in fact [[spoiler:the gigantic chains that kept Lucifer imprisoned]]? Why do you think you kept hearing his laughter every time you approached one?
** Also, [[spoiler:slaying Lucifer's titanic body frees his human-sized true form that was trapped within.]]
* NippleAndDimed: Completely averted, to occasionally [[{{Squick}} squicktastic]] effect.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Whenever Lucifer slips into LargeHam mode, the actor voicing him seems to be channeling TimCurry. Appropriate, considering Curry once portrayed [[{{Film/Legend}} another version]] of TheDevil.
* NoNameGiven: The LargeHam cutscene bishop.
* NoOSHACompliance: It ''is'' Hell, after all. Bridges are especially prone to collapsing, cracking, and generally falling apart.
* NonStandardGameOver: If you're seduced by Cleopatra, the game's over.
* NoticeThis: There's a glowing wheel attached to anything in need of pushing, pulling, or climbing.
* ObligatorySwearing: Cleopatra is the only character who uses swear words other than damn. It comes off as forced and unnatural.
* OedipusComplex: Dante and his father [[spoiler:end up duking it out in the Fourth Circle of Hell.]]
%% * OffModel: The Anime's animation ranges from gorgeous and/or fluid (Creator/{{Manglobe}}, Creator/FilmRoman[[note]]plus Creator/BigStar and Creator/DigitalEMation[[/note]] and Creator/{{Dong Woo|Animation}}), to sub-par (ProductionIG) to just average (Creator/JMAnimation).
* OminousLatinChanting: It wouldn't be a game set in Hell without it.
* OneTrueFaith: ZigZagged. Pagans are in supposedly in Hell, but Lucifer tells Dante that those he fought in the Crusades are not, after all, in ''this'' Hell. What he means by that is anyone's guess, and is probably best left that way.
--> '''Satan''': This isn't ''their'' Hell, Dante. It's ''yours''.
* OneWomanWail: The slopes in between each layer generally feature a creepy version of this usually sorrowful wail.
* PoliticallyCorrectHistory: Averted and played straight. The game pulls no punches about the conduct of Dante as a Crusader (the whole story’s about sin, after all), but removes the original poem’s indications that Mohammed was in hell, and puts Crusaders there as well for their murder of Muslim civilians.
* PosthumousCharacter: The majority of the characters shown in-game are already dead -- this being Hell, after all -- although Beatrice and Dante deserve special mentions.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: Dante returns [[spoiler:Lucifer to his prison by using the souls of his family and friends.]]
* RatedMForManly:
** Dante is now a very muscular Crusader who neglects to wear a shirt...so the player can easily see the cloth-tapestry cross that he's ''[[FanDisservice sewn onto his skin]]''.
** Somewhat subverted as this was meant to be a realistic depictions of what hell is said to be like. Which would be horrifying and filled with nudity (especially in lust) and violence, not to mention people only go there for one reason. While it did change the basic story of what the book was about, it was pretty faithful to its core message of redemption and ends on a peaceful note.
* RecycledINSPACE: It's ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'' '''[-IN (Christian) HELL!-]'''
%% * RedemptionEqualsDeath
* ReroutedFromHeaven: Beatrice. The whole plot is about fixing that.
* RuleOfCool: Seems to be the line of thought behind the development process of this game: "How can we take the ''[[DivineComedy Inferno]]'' and make it badass?"
* RuleOfSymbolism: Every Circle of Hell is designed in such a way that the scenery shows the sin it embodies, although Lust, Gluttony, and Greed deserve special mention in this regard.
* {{Satan}}: Well, obviously. He's the BigBad and FinalBoss.
* SceneryGorn: The one positive trait everyone can agree on.
* SecondHourSuperpower: Death's Scythe.
* SerialEscalation: Often, primarily in the level design, and most visibly in terms of [[{{Squick}} squick factor]]. Gluttony is somewhere near the top of this, although Violence's ''giant river of boiling blood'' competes.
* SequelHook: Don't forget, the ''Inferno'' is only the first canticle of Dante's epic. [[spoiler:After defeating Lucifer, Dante arrives at the base of Purgatory and is briefly reunited with Beatrice. He tears off the cross on his chest and casts it aside. As he begins his climb to redemption, the cross transforms into a snake, which sneaks away as Lucifer's laugh is heard.]]
* SettingUpdate: Something of an inversion in regard to time period. Whereas TheDivineComedy was composed in circa 1300 and its events occur at that time, the game changes the setting to take place earlier in 1191 shortly after the conclusion of the Third Crusade.
* SevenDeadlySins: Not all of them, however. Lust, Gluttony, Greed, and Wrath are all prominently featured in their own circles (all in Upper Hell, outside of Dis), but like in the poem, where the others aren't referenced until the ''Purgatorio'', enviers, acediacs, and the vainglorious are absent.
* SinisterMinister: There's the bishop in the flashbacks, and the heretic and pagan enemies.
* SinisterScythe: Taken from and used against Death himself.
* ShoutOut: The Achievement for finding all 30 pieces of silver is "[[JesusChristSuperstar Good Old Judas]]".
* SoundtrackDissonance: The commercial famously uses Bill Withers's "Ain't No Sunshine" to honestly pretty cool effect.
* SpiritAdvisor: Virgil.
* StarterVillain: Death, though starter antagonist might be a more fitting name for him given that he has no connection to Satan or any of Hell's other inhabitants and was [[PunchClockVillain simply doing his job]] of [[DontFearTheReaper sending the souls of the deceased to their appropriate destinations]].
* StockScream: A falling soul in Limbo does the Wilhelm Scream.
* StupidEvil: Satan. This shows pretty much everything wrong with modern Lucifer portrayals in media: the stereotypical pride and manipulative traits are so mixed up that, instead of an imposing figure, he ends up a raving melodramatic lunatic that only a moron would ever be fooled by.
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: The corpse of Dante's father is left for him to discover, a cross rammed into his eye.
%% * TaintedVeins
* ThatsNoMoon: How Phlegyas reveals himself in the Styx River.
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: How Beatrice ends up biting it, thus resulting in her being condemned to Hell. Also Francesco.
%% * ToHellAndBack: Subverted.
* TooManyMouths: The Gluttons and their boss, Cerberus.
* TurnOutLikeHisFather: Having done so, one of Dante's side purposes in his journey is to avoid meeting the same fate that his father did. Made creepily evident by some combat and aesthetic similarities, like using the cross as a ranged weapon and a cross on the chest.
* UndeadChild: The unbaptized babies, because well, you know... [[BlackComedy and you get the "Bad Nanny" achievement from killing them/]]
* UnholyMatrimony:
** Cleopatra and Marc Antony.
** [[spoiler:Beatrice and Lucifer, briefly.]]
* VaginaDentata: The "temptress" creatures in the circle of Lust have these. On top of having ''prehensile'' vaginas.
* TheVamp: Cleopatra, who doubles as TheBaroness. The temptresses may also count, but they don't really try to seduce Dante, as they're too focused on tearing him to shreds.
* VideoGameCaringPotential[=/=]VideoGameCrueltyPotential: The "absolve" or "punish" options.
* VillainProtagonist: Dante is a mass-murderer. [[BossBanter People remind]] [[WhatTheHellHero him of this frequently]].
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Just look at the box cover.
* WallCrawl: One of the other ways of getting around Hell. By the way, the walls you crawl on throughout Hell are made out of the ''souls of the damned'' -- who keep moaning and screaming over their damnation as you crawl all over them.
* WeCanRuleTogether: Lucifer proposes this to Dante in the end. Dante shoots him down with, "All I want is to be rid of you!"
* WhatTheHellHero:
** Beatrice spends a good chunk of the game doing this, especially after [[spoiler:she temporarily joins with Lucifer.]] So does Francesco, [[spoiler:during your fight with him.]]
** Both Lucifer and Cleopatra repeatedly remind Dante of just how the whole thing is his fault.
* WorldOfHam: It's Hell. If people aren't screaming lamentations or cackling madly, something's wrong.
* YinYangBomb: The scythe for Unholy attacks and the cross for Holy attacks.