* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Vergil is the ''most'' heavily debated character in the series. Is he a WellIntentionedExtremist [[FreudianExcuse trying to atone]] [[MyGreatestFailure for his failure to protect his mother]], or is he just a nefarious bastard with no care in the world for the repercussions of [[VisionaryVillain his goal to attain the power of his father]]? Is the fact that he [[spoiler:had a son]] a glimmer of light in his life, or just another way for Vergil [[GenerationXerox to be as similar to dear ol' daddy as possible]]?
** Kamiya's original vision was that Vergil had been [[TheWoobie kidnapped as a child]] (when Dante lost a mother and brother to evil twenty years ago), and was never anything but a [[MoreThanMindControl good guy]] who managed to break loose to help his brother. The author of the first novel decided to ignore that, and wrote Vergil as an [[MagnificentBastard evil]] {{badass}} who was around during Dante's teens. One of these Vergils was obviously much cooler than the other, and ''[=DMC3=]'' made the novel's version of the character canon.
** Eva as well. SilkHidingSteel or ActionMom? Dante saying that Trish, who is an ActionGirl, lacks her "fire" implies the latter, as does the fact that she was able to keep Mundus from getting her children in the attack that killed her. [[spoiler:Except in the original version, she didn't: Vergil was kidnapped and Dante was killed.]]
*** None of this even accounts for what is brought to the table if ''VideoGame/ViewtifulJoe'' and ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'' are taken as canon to ''DMC'' lore. For starters, the latter all but outright states that Eva is an [[DarkIsNotEvil Umbra]] [[HotWitch Witch]], while the former retroactively elevates her to [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]]-level {{Guile Hero}}ine [[spoiler:who plays the role of BigGood throughout the entirety of the original game]]. The ''[=DMC2=]'' novel, while non-canon, shares a similar view[[spoiler:, the only difference being that she explicitly takes command of her husband's army after his death in an alternate timeline]].
** Dante has his fair share of this, too, thanks in part to his LetsGetDangerous moments where he completely drops all signs of his usual jovial and flippant nature to start kicking copious amounts of ass without a single word wasted. And then there's [[TheStoic Dante's characterization in the second game]], which is so vastly ''different'' from every other appearance of his. The fact that Dante's personality isn't 100% consistent between games, the anime, the novels, and the like, coupled with his HiddenDepths, only adds to the layers of interpretation.
* AuthorsSavingThrow: Many fans are saying that the ''[=DmC=]'' preboot being an AlternateContinuity is clearly [[http://www.siliconera.com/2011/10/31/dmc-devil-may-cry-takes-place-in-a-parallel-world-with-a-different-dante/ this]] due to the [[InternetBackdraft backdraft]] caused by it. Basically, this means that it's a reboot, but it's still canon to the previous games in that it takes place in the same multiverse, so the classic Dante and lore still "exist."
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* AwesomeEgo: A handful of characters, but none more so than Dante, who spends nearly every encounter with enemy bosses (including when the player finds themselves fighting ''against'' Dante) mocking and belittling them at every turn, then proceeds to back it up, [[CutscenePowerToTheMax both in cutscenes]] and [[SlidingScaleOfGameplayAndStoryIntegration under the guidance of a skilled enough player]].
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: Love should also be given to the battle music, particularly the two tracks from ''Devil May Cry 3'', "Taste the Blood" and "Divine Hate." "Taste the Blood" crosses over with both [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Crowning Moment of Awesome]] and [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Crowning Moment of Funny]] when Dante gets the Nevan weapon--a literal electric guitar--and tests it out by performing the aforementioned song. Complete with sounds of an audience cheering (though no actual audience is seen) and stage pyrotechnics.
** The first track of ''3'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onwIcZt0-g4 "Dante's Office (7 Hells Battle)"]] is the perfect track to get you pumped for a hyperkinetic battle in the Devil May Cry office.
*** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRKPqQyIzA8 All]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Mi11pfUUrk three]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8I1Hku8GQk Vergil]] battle themes from ''3''.
*** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFhs9LylxUo This wonderful theme]] plays during the second half of the penultimate boss battle in ''3''.
*** And who could forget [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-KlzfV8_DI "Devils Never Cry?"]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atGcliA-HNw "Ultra Violet,"]] Nelo Angelo's {{Leitmotif}} from the first game. From symphonic organs to rock and then back, it's the perfect theme for an [[WakeUpCallBoss earnestly strong opponent that you face four missions into the game]].
*** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTjS1H4zxGU "Swipe of Sword"]] from ''4'' is essentially its successor, being used for [[spoiler:Angelo Credo, an {{expy}} of Nelo Angelo himself]]. It is undoubtedly one of the best tracks in the game.
** The music that plays inside the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8oj_JIiq1M cathedral]] of the first game is also certainly deserving of this.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMuu3imd3ws "Out of Darkness"]] that plays in the opening scenes of ''4''.
** The main theme of ''Devil May Cry 4'', "Shall Never Surrender", starts strong giving ''Devil May Cry 3'' vibes. It then makes a calm pause and ends with touching lines fitting Nero's character.
* [[AwesomeBosses/VideoGames Best Boss Ever]]: Most fights against Vergil tend to count as this. In ''[=DMC4=]'', the second boss fight against Dante also counts.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: Comes right out of nowhere? Check. Has nearly nothing to do with the plot? Check. Ridiculously way over the top? Check. Never mentioned again? Check. If [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Dante and Agnus going Shakespeare on one another]] isn't a complete BLAM, what is?
** Phantom's reappearance towards the end of ''2''. He just randomly pops out of nowhere, despite (in his last appearance) ''melting after being impaled on a spiked pillar''. The fact that he's inexplicably [[TheVoiceless mute]] doesn't help, although the description for that particular mission hints that TimeTravel may be involved.
* BreatherBoss: Baal in ''4'' isn't a very hard fight, probably because he comes after a long slog through the castle collecting all the Gyro Blades. He telegraphs his attacks from a mile away, they're all easy enough to dodge, and he gives you tons of opportunities to damage him.
** He can become a pain in hard mode though. Echidna, however, is this on any difficulty.
* BrokenBase: The biggest point of contention in the fandom likely comes from the canonical status of ''Devil May Cry 4: Deadly Fortune'', a two-volume graphic novel written by Morihashi Bingo, the scenario writer for ''[=DMC3=]'' and ''[=DMC4=]'', and his assistant Yasui Kentarou. Bingo considers the novel to be the definitive version of the fourth game's story but it deviates from the game's plot at multiple points and was written ''after'' he left Capcom's employ. Because of this, it's been questioned if the novel can be considered anything more than [[WordOfSaintPaul semi-canon at best]], and not all fans ([[http://devils-lair.org/dmc4novel.html for example]]) are on board with certain portions of the narrative, such as [[spoiler:Vergil apparently having a one-night stand/brief fling with a prostitute when he visited Fortuna sixteen/seventeen years ago to learn more about Sparda's legacy, leading to Nero's birth]].
* CompleteMonster: From the third game, we have Arkham. Initially TheDragon to [[CainAndAbel Dante's brother Vergil]], Arkham is revealed as a sinister, power-hungry man who sacrificed his own wife to become a devil himself. Arkham manipulates everyone to lure them into a battle resulting in Dante, Vergil and Arkham's own daughter Lady weakened enough for Arkham to step in and seize the power of Sparda for himself. Arkham has no compunction brutalizing Lady or trying to kill her. When he unlocks the power of Sparda, Arkham plans to, as he puts it, "welcome Chaos" all through the world. When Lady confronts him at the game's end, Arkham angrily demands to know what he's done wrong, declaring he [[AGodAmI wanted to be a God]] and for that he had sacrificed just "one miserable human life, that's all! [[ItsAllAboutMe Was that really so awful!?]]
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* CrazyAwesome: For Sparda's sake, Dante uses [[CarFu Bike Fu]] in ''3''!
** Most cutscenes in ''[=DMC4=]'' also qualify. Dante performs Jeet Kune Do on a demon, Nero recharges bullets by throwing them and making his gun grab them, etc.
* DemonicSpiders: Blitz from ''[=DMC4=]''. They're more like Demonic Beetles, really, but most players can agree they'd rather fight an actual boss than one of these. Far from the only one though.
** Chimera Assaults are especially so. To put it simply, in higher difficulty mode, simply trying to get near them is '''potential suicide'''.
** Then there's Alto Angelo. Its lesser brethren, Bianco Angelo, can't fight back if backstabbed, but Alto can and will teleport like kids on crack, impossible to buster unless their shield is down, and like Bianco, cannot be [[YouWillNotEvadeMe snatched]]. EVER.[[note]]At least trying to use the Snatch on them doesn't hurt you or anything; the game just treats them like a grapple target from the platforming sections.[[/note]]
** Shadows from ''[=DMC1=]'': they're fast, hit hard, can't be damaged by melee attacks and can only be finished off by attacking a core which is revealed briefly after a certain amount of damage -- plus they're spiteful enough to try a TakingYouWithMe, which you have to run around like a headless chicken for upwards of 10 seconds to avoid. Have fun trying to [[ThatOneSidequest beat three of them at once]] on a 100% run.
** The Arachne from ''[=DMC3=]'' also fit this trope when you fight them in swarms. Bonus points for being ''literal'' DemonicSpiders.
* DesignatedHero: Trish in ''4'', [[spoiler:for giving the most powerful weapon in the game to the Order, allowing them to wreak havoc much faster than they would have originally. The only thing possibly keeping Trish a hero is that she's sided with Dante.]]
** It's heavily implied that [[spoiler:she did such an act out of boredom but also to quickly rise up the ranks of the Order in a short period of time and then [[ReverseMole relay info back to Dante]]. Granted, it was still a terrible decision, but it doesn't make Trish that bad of a person, not to mention that she and Dante manage to contain and quickly clean up her folly.]]
* DisappointingLastLevel: In ''4'' due to aforementioned excess of BackTracking.
* DracoInLeatherPants: Vergil.
* EarWorm: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-KlzfV8_DI "Devils Never Cry"]] from ''Devil May Cry 3''. The battle music ("Taste the Blood" and "Divine Hate") will also get stuck in your head eventually, considering how often you'll be hearing it.
** Same goes for the introduction of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2iBNMn6GUss "The Time Has Come"]] (Nero's theme).
* EpilepticTrees: Some fans believe that the zweihander Nelo Angelo wields is actually a corrupted version of the Yamato (in ''3:SE'', Corrupted Vergil's DT has him become Nelo Angelo, with the Yamato replaced by Nelo's sword). Similarly, they believe that Nelo's death factors into the Yamato's broken appearance in ''4''.
** The collection of swords along the walls of Dante's shop could be a collection of Devil Arms from his off-screen missions.
** Besides the ContinuitySnarl behind the WordOfGod-confirmed facts that Vergil [[spoiler:[[KilledOffForReal is dead]] and [[LukeIAmYourFather Nero is his son]]]], there's questioning over whether or not the Yamato is acting as his SoulJar, considering that Nero's DT looks considerably like a fusion of Vergil's DT from ''3'' and Nelo Angelo. Not to mention that the quote in Nero's section is a pseudo-CallBack to one of Vergil's {{Motive Rant}}s in ''3''.
* EscapistCharacter: Dante, tell me you don't wish you'd be ''that'' {{Badass}}.
* EvilIsCool: Vergil seems to have more fans than Dante, even though he gets defeated in both of the games that have him.
** Vergil and Dante are badass on different scales. Dante's the carefree badass, and Vergil's the refined badass. Either way, both suffer from [[StupidSexyFlanders Stupid Sexy Sparda]].
* EvilIsSexy: Vergil, and Trish until her HeelFaceTurn. Then it becomes full-on [[InvertedTrope Good Is Sexy]].
** There's the more humanoid female demons, such as [[HornyDevils Nevan]], Bael and Dagon's [[AlluringAnglerfish Rusalka feelers]], and Arius' [[SexySecretary Secret]][[BodyguardBabes aries]]. Even the serpentine [[GiantFlyer Echidna]] (in her [[SnakesAreSexy human]] [[AbsoluteCleavage form]], at least) arguably makes a good case for this.
* FandomRivalry[=/=]CounterpartComparison: To ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden''. Two ActionGame series that came from Japan, are seen as some of the best and most popular in the history, and are the most commonly compared. Luckily, there isn't much of a hatedom between the two games' fandoms.
* FanNickname: "Uncle Dante" for his portrayal in ''Devil May Cry 4'' as well as his relationship with Nero.
* FanPreferredCouple: There's quite a bit of art out there depicting Dante [[CrossoverShip with]] [[DistaffCounterpart his female counterpart]] VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}. Talk about a BattleCouple...
** Dante is also paired with Morrigan from ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}''.
* FauxSymbolism: See RuleOfSymbolism on the main page, for starters.
* FirstInstallmentWins/MagnumOpus: The first ''Devil May Cry'' is tied with ''3''. While the latter was criticized was for its strong difficulty, its updated edition fixed this by dialing the difficulty levels back a bit and became arguably the best ''Devil May Cry''. ''Devil May Cry 4'' is also viewed as the game with the most complex mechanics.
* FoeYay:
** [[{{Twincest}} Dante x Vergil]]
** Does Dante and Trish count in the first game?
* FreudWasRight: The ''entire theme'' of Trish (specifically, the implication was that Mundus was using her as a HoneyTrap for Dante in the first game), but subverted. As said in OedipusComplex under Dante's entry in the characters sheet, it doesn't work on Dante -- he's visibly disturbed by her appearance.
** RelationshipWritingFumble: Creator/HidekiKamiya [[https://twitter.com/PG_kamiya/status/26073831156 states that it wasn't his intention to portray Trish as Dante's love interest in the original game]] (although his response that she's ''more'' than that is open to interpretation). In spite of this, there was enough romantic subtext in some of their more touching scenes later on that Trish is still a popular partner for Dante among shippers.
* FriendlyFandoms: Fans upset over the reboot support ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'' for its fast gameplay and Raiden's appearance, which is closer to the original Dante than the reboot's Dante.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: "Hey Dante! ... Will we meet again?"
* GameBreaker: ''Devil May Cry 3''[='s=] style Quicksilver puts Dante into bullet time for rather long periods of time, though it eats up is devil gauge. However, with enough devil gauge restoring items it becomes a little broken.
** When playing in a unlocked mode with a certain costume, Dante has unlimited Devil Trigger. The game then essentially becomes "Dante slaughters everything in bullet time," so long as the player wants to be cheap.
** ''Devil May Cry'' has Shotgun Hiking. With Air Hike and a shotgun you can endlessly jump and juggle an airborne target until it dies or you mess up the trick. (This isn't a bug; it's an exploit.)
** The reboot has a Devil Trigger that paralyzes enemies. It gets even crazier with certain combinations. Using Devil Trigger and Demon Evade, Succubus can be defeated in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4EWDapQzkE 3 hits.]] Using Demon Evade, Devil Trigger and Overdrive results in the most anticlimactic boss fights. Even Mundus can be defeated in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QVH_rAKvzw 11 hits.]]
* GoddamnedBats: From ''[=DMC4=]'', you have the Chimera Seeds. [[LaymansTerms Bladey Planty thingies]] that just love to attach to other monsters so they can interrupt your combo. And that's just the tip of the iceberg, as on higher difficulties pretty much every mook is one.
** The Nefasturris boss in ''2'' is apparently ''made of them''.
* GoodBadBugs: ''[=DmC=]'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFLUE2kdemEis is full of these.]]
** Though commonly mistaken to be actual bugs, there are several unintentional exploits in the series: Jump Canceling in the third and fourth games, which allows for infinite aerial maneuvers; roll cancelling out of the Grenadegun's firing animation and Shotgun Hiking in the first game.
* SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments: The ending of ''Devil May Cry 4'' where Nero and Kyrie reconcile. The music "Shall Never Surrender" also helps.
** Though mixed with a TearJerker and {{Narm}}, [[spoiler:Dante crying over Trish's lifeless body]] is frequently thought of as one of the more touching (and hilarious) moments in the series.
* HesJustHiding: Vergil, Sparda... Eva might be next, at this rate.
* HilariousInHindsight: Arius' corporation goes by the name of [[{{Ouroboros}} Uroboros]]. [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil5 Sound familiar?]]
** Doubly so if you consider Arius' international enterprise and the fact that [[spoiler:Possessed Arius sports some pseudo-Ouroboros tentacles.]]
* InNameOnly: ''Many'' are saying this of Creator/NinjaTheory's reboot.
* ItsEasySoItSucks: The usual reaction to ''2'', and to [[VideoGame/DmCDevilMayCry the reboot]].
* MagnificentBastard: Vergil in the first novel. The third game, which otherwise copied the first novel's version of the character [[spoiler:ended up with him as the UnwittingPawn instead.]]
** Arkham [[spoiler:uses a brilliant {{plan}} and acting convincing of a joker to turn [[MeleeATrois Dante, Vergil, and Lady against one another]], effectively allowing him to open the door to Demon World and receive Sparda's power.]]
* MemeticBadass: Dante, although it's not ''entirely'' memetic.
* MemeticMutation: [[http://img205.imageshack.us/i/119767809896vn5.png/ UR A FAGET.]]
** It didn't take long for a ''[=DmC=]: Devil May Cry'' [[http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/comment/9/2010/09/f2cdd856207ea71c0ee50ac77b60ddf4/original.jpg variant]] to pop up. [[http://i737.photobucket.com/albums/xx18/CosmicHumor/notdante.jpg The fans are having]] [[http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/comment/9/2010/09/d6dec222f882a2d66f97735b36d7995b/original.jpg a field day with this one.]]
** Is sanity the price to pay... '''[[HamToHamCombat FOR POWER?!]]'''
*** Any of Dante's one-liners.
** I should have been the one to fill this dark page with '''''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79ddOyvnh6o LIIIIIIIIIIIGHT!!!!!]]'''''
*** That last one is notably bad to the point that several videos have the audio edited in. There's even a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDLuXNpUF7w version]] swapping his lines with that of [[VideoGame/MegaManX Zero]] ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUbZbAWVYZg and vice versa]]), a character who also had a [[TearJerker legitimately heartfelt moment]] [[{{Narm}} ruined for the same reason]].
** Vergil's BossBanter in ''3'' and his words to Dante after their first battle (see {{Narm}} below). A good 90% of his iconic lines from ''[=DMC3=]'' were re-recorded for Vergil's appearance in ''[[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3 Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3]]'' for this very reason.
** Nero's theme from [=DMC4=] managed to inspire a variation of the popular "I Came" image macros, featuring a picture of an orgasmically smug Nero with "The time has come -- and so have I" as the caption.
** A slight one came after Dante's redesign, where people drew other famous characters such as [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]] and [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Sonic]] in a similar style, [[TakeThat mocking]] the "edgy" look of Donte. [[StylisticSuck Being drawn in MS Paint]] helped.
** The [[http://forums.gametrailers.com/thread/new-dmc-designer-on-fan-reacti/1133371 response]] from Ninja Theory director Tameen Antoniades regarding how people feel about the remake, as follows:
-->''Tameen looked at me a moment and took a drag of his cigarette. Then without blinking, and without pausing to exhale the smoke from his mouth he said, "I don't care."''
** There's no one defining example, but after ''[=DmC=]'' was first shown at TGS 2010 and especially once backstory elements like ''[=DmC=]''!Dante being half-''angel'', half-demon were revealed, there was a rather organized movement of using just about ''everything'' from the original games (plus fan art, as seen above) to mock plot developments in Ninja Theory's take on ''DMC'' lore. Related, but distinct, was [[ItMakesSenseInContext "culture"/"cultural"]], which floated around [=NeoGAF=] for a time (and preceded the similar Shakespearean meme in ''[=DmC=]'' proper [[note]]Context: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWiS75oRxKI A developer's diary with Lilith's VA had her describing the story and its characters as "almost Shakespearean" in nature.]] Like sharks attracted to blood, the ''DMC'' fanbase [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bSgQzIs3Zk was all over it within seconds.]][[/note]]).
* MemeticSexGod: Dante, just Dante.
* MoralEventHorizon: Arkham crosses this line several times in ''Devil May Cry 3'' due to [[spoiler:how he used his wife and daughter.]] Sanctus and Mundus too but their actions feel less personal.
** Half of the stuff the reboot's Vergil does including [[spoiler:not caring about Kat's safety, shooting Lilith and her child when she was completely defenseless, his plans after Mundus' death and his "revenge" in the DLC chapter.]]
*** Dante also gets really close to the line to some when he [[spoiler:mocks Mundus for his child's death. He does it to get him far from the Hell's Gate but several people reacted with a WhatTheHellHero and care for Mundus.]]
* MostAnnoyingSound: KULUE!!! KULUEEEEEEE!!!! Made even worse when Nero starts to have a reverse puberty similar to Dante's below when he cries after fighting Agnus.
* {{Narm}}: The writers are ''bad'' at dramatic moments... ''[=DMC1=]'' being especially bad, and ''[=DMC3=]'' being somewhat more competent.
--> '''Dante''': "I should have been the one to fill your dark soul with ''liiiiiiiiiiiight''!"
** For bonus points, Dante's voice cracks very unmanfully right at the end of that line, like he was suddenly struck with reverse puberty.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBXNHlQ6_ik Vergil lecturing his brother]] in ''[=DMC3=]'' deserves some points.
-->'''Vergil''': "Foolishness, Dante. Foolishness."
** The voice acting in the reboot becomes laughable sometimes. Dante's voice acting is often hard to understand which resulted [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXbHJtKcoKc in comparisons with a participant from Gordon Ramsay's show.]]
* NightmareFuel: Depending on your personal threshold, Nobodies and The Underworld in ''1''. But especially Nobodies.
** Fittingly enough, [[ThatOneBoss Nightmare]]. Yes, it is a large mass of gelatinous darkness with human bones stuck inside and it's slithering towards you. Have fun.
** The entire castle in the second half of the first game is practically ''built'' out of NothingIsScarier. There are still enemies around to compromise the mood... but that's not much consolation when they're [[EliteMook Frosts]] or [[UncannyValley Nobodies]].
** Mundus' crumbling appearance during the final fight with him can only be described as this.
** The sequence inside the Leviathan in ''3''. Especially running away from the hungry, giant Gigapede in the intestines.
** Most of the guardians of Temen-ni-gru, especially Beowulf.
** Phantom, for those who hate spiders.
** Griffon. His head is composed of several upper jaws around a hole.
** Trismagia and anything relating to Argosax (excluding [[OneWingedAngel The Despair Embodied]]) in ''2''.
** Bael/Dagon in ''4''.
* PeripheryDemographic: See [[SugarWiki/SoCoolItsAwesome So Cool, It's Awesome]].
* PolishedPort: The PC version of ''Devil May Cry 4'', which not only runs very smoothly on a wide array of systems, but puts higher-end systems to the test with ''[[IdiosyncraticDifficultyLevels Legendary Dark Knight Mode]]'', which [[ZergRush fills the screen with enemies]]. Quite the breath of fresh air for PC gamers. It doesn't have a leaderboard, though.
* PortingDisaster: The port of ''3'' from console to PC, thanks to Capcom outsourcing the porting job to another developer (one of the notable problems is missing crucial cutscenes). Thankfully, Capcom learned their lesson after ''[=DMC3=]'' and ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'', resulting in the above.
* ReplacementScrappy: Many fans saw Nero as one of these [[TaintedByThePreview before the game finally came out]]. Although most agreed that [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap the hate was ill-placed]], some could never shake the image off.
** A general complaint about ''[=DmC=]'' is that Ninja Theory and Capcom have somehow managed to make Dante a Replacement Scrappy ''to himself.''
** Lucia became this to Trish in the second game and ironically so, as Lucia's creation was likely in response to the lack of a playable Trish in the original ''DMC''. It seems to have died down in the intervening years, partially because a good number of fans actually like the character (or feel that she was wasted potential), but mainly because most of the fanbase still wants to blot out ''Devil May Cry 2'' from memory.
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: As soon as people learned that Nero was going to replace Dante as the lead for ''Devil May Cry 4'' they hated the character but grew a soft spot for him when seeing him in action. Nero was also accidentally rescued from the heap when ''[=DmC=]'' was released. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0a_QlurNZU#t=24s For example, Gaming Brit took back every negative comment he said about Nero when seeing Dante's characterization in the reboot.]]
* TheScrappy: Trish. Besides the fact that she doesn't really guide him much, her betrayal to Dante in Mission 20 has what nails her to be hated by fans.
** [[IntendedAudienceReaction More than likely the intended reaction]], and a temporary one at that, what with the [[spoiler:HeelRealization and HeroicSacrifice]] that followed soon after. Aside of her debated FauxActionGirl credentials and some controversy about [[spoiler:being the catalyst of ''4''[='s=] plot by handing Sparda over to the Order of the Sword]], judging by the general warm welcome she received by ''DMC'' fans for ({{unexpected|Character}}ly) joining the ''[=MvC3=]'' roster, most of the hate delivered at Trish seems to have long-since subsided (unless we're talking about shipping, which is an entirely different can of worms).
* ScrappyMechanic: Okay, so whose great idea was it to invent the Proud Soul system and have it work [[AdamSmithHatesYourGuts the exact same way]] as the regular Red Orb purchases?
** It works because earlier games forced you to choose whether you wanted to spend your Red Orbs on items or abilities, and refunds weren't allowed. However, in ''4'', you can return abilities for a refund in Proud Souls (and at the current price!), allowing you to effectively customize your moveset.
*** Although to compensate for the customizeability, you can only get additional Proud Souls after you finish a mission, making it so that you can't get any new abilities mid-mission, and the cost of every single ability goes up when you buy one, making maxing out all abilities prohibitively expensive, far more expensive than the total cost of all abilities in any of the previous games... and naturally [[LastLousyPoint there's an achievement for getting all abilities]]. Furthermore, few people actually use the Red Orbs for anything beyond the storebought [[HeartContainer Blue and Purple Orbs]] and thus most of them just end up going to waste after you get the maximum number of both. The only good aspect about them is the fact that Proud Souls are shared between characters, meaning Dante won't start off with zero abilities when the game switches over to him.
** Whose great idea was it to put a time limit on Bloody Palace?
** While the [[DownTheDrain underwater sequences]] in the first game were neither horrible nor impressive, in ''2'', [[ThatOneLevel they become this]]. And guess what? You get to play as them with ''only'' Lucia. And did we mention that there's [[UnderwaterBossBattle a boss to be faced]]? [[SarcasmMode Have fun!]]
** The style system in ''3''. Why the hell should the player choose between the ability to FlashStep and that to guard? Between multi-aiming with guns and additional melee attacks? This is a great source of FakeDifficulty against bosses or enemies you face for the first time, and gets especially annoying in the penultimate boss, where the fact of having Vergil fighting with you ''prevents you from using any of your styles''. Thankfully, ''4'' allows you to change styles whenever you want, including mid-combo, making the system much more interesting to exploit, [[DifficultButAwesome if tricky to master]].
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: When it came out, reviews lauded the first game for its fast action and deep gameplay; today many players who try it find it kind of slow, clunky and limited (not to mention the infamous [[DamnYouMuscleMemory triangle jump]]). It has the right to be, since it basically set all the foundations of the modern Beat 'em All genre, three years before ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'' and Itagaki's ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden''.
* [[SugarWiki/SoCoolItsAwesome So Cool, It's Awesome]]: As a credit to the gameplay, let it be known that ''Devil May Cry'', a series of ''single player'' action games, '''''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_DWmuXQ7Qk is tournament worthy.]]'''''
* SpiritualLicensee: The first game is often thought of as the best 3D ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' ever made.
** For a long time, playing the PC version ''Devil May Cry 4'' on Legendary Dark Knight was the closest one could get to a ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'' game on PC.
* StopHavingFunGuys: You play on Easy Automatic? [[LeetLingo GTFO n00b]]!
* TaintedByThePreview: "NERO!"
** ''[[VideoGame/DmCDevilMayCry DmC: Devil May Cry]]'' received an '''astronomical''' amount of this, with several fans [[FanonDiscontinuity refusing to acknowledge its existence]]. We're talking about even more flak than ''Devil May Cry 2'' got.
* TearJerker: The opening video for ''4''.
* ThatOneAttack: If you get swallowed by Nightmare, you're sent into a demonic dimension where you must fight several [[DemBones Sargassoes]] and one of the previous bosses to get out.
** This also doubles as Nightmare's AchillesHeel. Escaping from this dimension deals a sizable portion of damage to Nightmare's health bar, and also makes the light switches needed to keep Nightmare solid last longer for the rest of the battle. However, {{it only works once}}; you can only be swallowed up by Nightmare once as all subsequent attempts to eat Dante simply results in a normal bite.
*** The fact it only works once is FridgeBrilliance; the dimension is stated to be a result of Dante's underlying mental trauma from all his demon-hunting. The bosses that appear are also KilledOffForReal by the time the fight they can appear in happens. So Dante is facing his demons in the form of his most recent traumas; the most recent bosses. The attack only works once for that fight because it's Dante overcoming that particular trauma.
* ThatOneBoss: Griffon, Nightmare, Trismagia, Leviathan's Heart, Arkham, Vergil, Dante, etc... You take your pick.
* ThatOneLevel: Mission 10 in ''4'' will make you ''hate'' [[LaserHallway lasers]]! And that's just before fighting [[ThatOneBoss Dante]]...
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: How the ones not screaming ruined reacted to ''[[VideoGame/DmCDevilMayCry DmC]]''.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: In ''[=DMC4=]'', Nero is eventually revealed to [[spoiler:"have the blood of Sparda."]] '''Nobody cares.'''
** This is how many fans are treating [[LeftHanging several plot threads left hanging]] (i.e. the ''full'' extent of [[ShroudedInMyth Sparda (and Eva)'s tale]], hints that Nero is Vergil's son, the SequelHook for Nero at the end of ''4'', etc.) in lieu of ''[=DmC=]'' being a reboot.
** In general, Vergil Mode in ''3:SE''. It's a full-on retread of Dante's story, complete with facing a [[PaletteSwap red-clad]] Vergil (dubbed [[FanNickname "Vante"]] by fans). Playing as Vergil is undeniably cool, but it's a crying shame that you only get a glimpse of his side of the tale for all of two cutscenes.
** Not only that, but TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter to fight against in Bloody Palace mode. When playing as Nero or Dante in Bloody Palace mode, the final boss... is Dante/[[PaletteSwap Shadow]] [[MirrorMatch Dante]] respectively. You never get to fight an A.I.-controlled Nero as the last boss when playing as Dante.
* UnnecessaryMakeover: Lady in ''4'', considering she wasn't unattractive to begin with and appealed to a lot of fans in ''3''.
* VillainDecay: When you first see Arius in ''2'', he's a [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal calm, cunning, and competent]] villain who actually poses a threat to Dante. He even seems to be slightly GenreSavvy, considering that he tries to use Lucia [[spoiler:being held hostage]] against Dante. The next time you see him, it's like he's a completely different person. ''And there's no viable reason for it.''
* WhatAnIdiot: Trish. [[spoiler:Taking a powerful sword capable of subduing the Prince of Darkness and handing it to a CorruptChurch is NOT a good idea.]]
** Not necessarily idiotic and possibly done because [[ItAmusedMe It Amused Her]]. Judging from the way she and Dante act throughout the course of the game, it was a stunt she pulled without his permission because it was fun. Considering that Dante is a OneManArmy {{Badass}} and will curbstomp the bad guys anyway, any entertainment is welcome.
** Also, in the first game, Dante saves Trish when she is about to be crushed by debris. Why? Because she looks like his mother. He could have convinced her to pull a HeelFaceTurn after this since she only betrayed him [[JustFollowingOrders due to following orders]] so that they can defeat Mundus together and leave Mallet Island, but no, he just leave her behind after the third boss fight with Nightmare all because he is mad at her for revealing she's working for Mundus.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotDidactic: The plot from ''Devil May Cry 3'' appears to be loosely based on ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'' by Dante Alighieri with similar developments in the story. While in the poem Dante understands Christ's divinity, the Dante from ''Devil May Cry 3'' learns to respect his father Sparda. There is also an amount of FridgeBrilliance such as Cerberus' frozen body.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical: The [[spoiler: [[CorruptChurch Order of the Sword]] ]] in ''4'' seems like an obvious TakeThat against Christianity, but the director denies this is the case.