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- "In age of darkness, when the Earth was overrun with demons and humans were powerless under their rule... Humanity's hope lived in a demon named Sparda."
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: While it's assumed that using Devil Trigger allows those with demon blood to tap into their full potential, Sparda is the only one with an explicit mention that his human visage is not his true form. If you look closely at his shadow...
- Ascended Demon
- Big Fancy Castle: If the DMC4: Deadly Fortune novel is any indication, Fortuna Castle may have once belonged to Sparda.
- Big Good
- Cool Sword: The Force Edge/Sparda itself.
- Awesome, but Impractical: Is more powerful than the Alastor sword (roughly equaling out to Alastor when DTed) and provides a much longer range of attack, but it lacks a Devil Trigger, Air Hike, etc., so most players should probably just stick to using Alastor and Ifrit. When Dante does gain the Sparda's DT for the battle with Mundus, the sword becomes far more practical and far more awesome.
- BFS: The biggest of the swords when it is in its awakened form.
- Dark Weapon: The most sinister/grotesque-looking of all Devil Arms when fully awakened, but it doesn't actually do anything evil. It's more likely to help someone that's good of heart (such as Dante) rather than the bad guy (such as Sanctus).
- Dismantled MacGuffin: The sword's true form and power is only awakened if the dormant blade (the Force Edge) and Perfect Amulet (which was split in half and divided between Dante and Vergil) are brought together.
- Infinity+1 Sword
- Laser Blade: In Round 2 of the Mundus fight, red streaks of energy extend from the Sparda blade during combos. This is necessary for landing blows on Mundus with melee attacks.
- Morph Weapon: See below.
- Named Weapons: Named after the man... er... demon himself.
- Shaping Your Attacks: With Sparda's Devil Trigger finally activated, Dante is able to toss out flaming, spectral dragons vaguely resembling his dad during the aerial battle against Mundus. These dragons can be called once Dante has three DT runes filled and their power is dependent on how full the DT gauge is at the time of their summoning.
- Swiss Army Weapon: Can be a sword, a lance, or even a scythe in its true form.
- Sword of Plot Advancement: In 3. Arkham ends up getting it first. Vergil claims the incomplete Force Edge in the final mission. Dante finally obtains it after defeating Vergil, but doesn't use it until the events of the first game.
- Defector from Decadence: Sparda apparently saw the good in humanity and decided to rebel against the demon world. He beat the crap out of everyone, sealed Mundus, and stayed in the human world. He married a human woman and had two sons—Dante and Vergil.
- Disappeared Dad: Did he die? Is he just hiding? Who knows?
- Famed In-Story: TAS (mostly) notwithstanding, there is a 99.9% chance that Sparda's exploits are directly related to whatever Dante's currently dealing with. Whether or not he gets praise or disdain, however, depends on who Dante is talking to; certain demons understandably hold Sparda in contempt, while others hold him in high regard (Fortuna, in particular, essentially worships Sparda as if he were a god, but it's unknown if Sparda is privy to the Order of the Sword's existence or if he would react negatively to them).
- Game Face: His Devil Trigger, like all others. However, it's considerably more demonic and horrific than the others. This note description sums it up pretty well.
- Generation Xerox: Subverted/inverted; he's said to be like both of his sons in different aspects (Dante's playful banter and rebellious streak normally, Vergil's stoic ruthlessness in battle). This is symbolized by his color of choice, purple: the combination of red (Dante) and blue (Vergil). And completely inverted with Nero, who seems to be his polar opposite and wears both red and blue.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom
- High-Class Glass: In human form.
- Hunter of His Own Kind
- I Know Your True Name: According to the DMC3 manga, Sparda was able to imprison The Seven Sins as the first of many seals placed upon the Temen-ni-gru by nailing them to the earth with cursed stakes and taking their names away.
- Man of Wealth and Taste
- Mayfly-December Romance: It'd be reasonable to assume she was somewhere in her 20s or 30s when she got hitched to Sparda and the two decided to settle down and start a family. Sparda was roughly one hundred times that (at least) and if he hadn't gone missing sometime after the boys' birth, it wouldn't be a stretch to say he probably would have outlived her by quite a large margin. Naturally, given how Shrouded in Myth the couple is, the ramifications of this facet of their relationship is never brought up.
- Averted in DmC, as Eva was an angel in that continuity.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much
- One-Demon Army
- Physical God: Implied to be this at the height of his power (before he sealed it in his sword), as he had defeated at least two top-class demon lords who themselves qualify for this trope.
- Purple Is Powerful: He's pretty much the most powerful character in the setting, and his Color Motif is purple. May also overlap with Supernatural Is Purple, as he's a demon.
- Really 700 Years Old: In his human form, he appears to be in his twenties or thirties. He lived to be more than two thousand years old at the very least.
- Rebel Leader: In the backstory.
- Red Baron: The Legendary Dark Knight.
- Shrouded in Myth: So much that Dante comments that The Order of the Sword may have gotten a few of their facts wrong.Dante: "Well from what I can figure there's a lot of confusion surrounding him."
- Theme Song Reveal: Sparda's theme in the first game, "Super Public Enemy," was made very similar to Nelo Angelo's theme, ("Super") "Ultra Violet," to imply their relationship. An inversion, as you don't even get to play as Sparda until after you beat the game; thus, you already should have figured out the connection by then.
- Worthy Opponent: It's clear that many devils crossed his path in the past. A few of them have actually fought him on par, including Berial, Bolverk, and Beowulf. The last one got his left eye slashed out.
- "Vergil, Dante... Happy Birthday."
Voiced by: Sarah LafleurSparda's human bride, and the mother of Dante and Vergil. Shortly after the twins' eighth birthday, demons attacked their household, and Eva was killed in her attempt to save her children.
- All There in the Manual: Or rather, the Sound DVD Book, the non-canonical Gaiden Game Viewtiful Joe, and the novels. It's unknown if future games will use that characterization, but Kamiya and the author of the novels thought very highly of her.
- Given that Kamiya is no longer with the series he helped create, it's anyone's guess at this point.
- Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: Eva's color is gold, which associates her with the golden orbs. This makes sense, since she's the one who brought not just Trish but Dante back to life. She also wears a red shawl over her clothing, as Dante wears a red coat over his, referencing how he choose his mother's humanity over his father's power.
- Continuity Snarl: The first game implied that Dante survived most of his near-fatal wounds through Eva haunting the amulet. That, and she had the power to bring Trish back to life. DMC3 just makes Dante really, really durable, the amulet doesn't do much except open the demon world. Eva's involvement with Trish being revived isn't so much as thought of in the installments taking place after 1.
- Disposable Woman: The first game came out in 2001, and there is still no real backstory given to Eva aside from her being the wife of Sparda and mother of Dante and Vergil.
- In fact, it is Bayonetta (another title helmed by Kamiya) that sheds more light on Eva than this series ever did. In a brief Shout-Out, Eva is depicted as an accomplished and powerful Umbra Witch who was able to repel the forces of Inferno after making a contract with Sparda. Eva also apparently created the Bangle/Bracelet of Time and presented it as a gift to Sparda.
- Everyone Loves Blondes: At the very least, Sparda did. Mundus tried to capitalize on Eva's beauty by making Trish in her image in an (almost successful) attempt at baiting Dante.
- Expy: Two (or more) in-universe ones: Trish is a deliberate one: Mundus meant to use his memories of Eva against Dante, and Nell in the first novel, a retired gunsmith who acts as a rather abrasive mother figure.
- Go Through Me: Implied through the manga and the first game's Crowning Moment of Heartwarming.Dante (lamenting over Trish's death): "My mother risked her life for me, and now you too. I should have saved you. I should have been the one to fill your dark soul with LIIIIIIGHT!!"
- Not just implied in the first novel: Vergil caused Nell to perform a Heroic Sacrifice specifically to remind Dante of Eva's.
- Guile Heroine: In Viewtiful Joe, Mundus considers her this, going so far as to rant, "The real enemy was you, Eva!" The game reveals that she's responsible for basically all of the first game. If she hadn't brought Dante back to life, there would have been no one to stop Mundus, it's implied that it was the amulet that woke up Nelo Angelo and kept him from killing Dante, not to mention unsealing the Sword of Sparda and the arrival of Trish in time to save Dante, which seemed like a Deus ex Machina, was also her doing.
- In the also non-canonical second novel, they visit an alternate universe where Eva took over Sparda's army after he was killed by human traitors. The people who are still alive in that universe practically worship her memory, and it's implied her leadership after Sparda's fall was the only reason Mundus hadn't already finished conquering the place, since they had nothing else going for them. After hearing that story, Dante comments something along the lines of "she's the same in every universe."
- Mama Bear
- Mayfly-December Romance: See Sparda's entry above.
- Missing Mom: Heavily implied to have died protecting her children years ago, although her status as a Posthumous Character has an air of ambiguity around it.
- Widow Woman: Depending on if you believe Sparda to truly be dead. Certain continuities have Eva as a Determined Widow, while accepting Bayonetta as canon to the DMC mythos would make her an atypical Widow Witch as well.
- Woman in Black: Dante's photo of Eva◊ indicates that she wears predominantly darker colors underneath her iconic red shawl, not unlike Trish. This preference can also been seen with a regal family portrait◊ in Devil May Cry Graphic Edition. Eva's kindly and loving nature (not to mention the implications of Dark Is Not Evil from Bayonetta) make her a clean subversion of this trope.
- "You must not worry my dear. I am sure that he will return."
Voiced by: Flo Di ReLucia's mother and a member of the Vie de Marli, a clan of warriors who have the blood of demons in them. She is the one who sent Lucia to find Dante and informs him of Arius' machinations, bribing him with a story about Sparda. Despite the hardships Dumary Island faces, Matier remains cheerful and optimistic, sure that the "Son of Sparda" will eventually triumph.It is later revealed that Matier is not Lucia's mother, having found Lucia when she was cast away by Arius and subsequently raising her as her own. Despite this, the two remain a tightly-knit family.
- Cool Old Lady
- Interspecies Adoption/Parental Substitute: Although Lucia isn't aware of this until The Reveal. From there on, it turns into Happily Adopted, as their ties are "bound by history and experience, which is much deeper than blood." Matier then outright tells Lucia "You are my daughter."
- Retired Badass: In her prime, she and the other members of the Vie de Marli fought demons alongside Sparda. She could probably still kick your ass.
- Uneven Hybrid: The percentage is unknown, but she does have the blood of demons in her.
- "Nero, you're you and it's you I want to be with. I don't know anyone who is as human as you are."
- Almost Kiss: Her and Nero, thanks to the appearance of demonic Mooks. The cutscene after the credits reel shows them holding hands, implying that they kissed later.
- Damsel in Distress: Pretty much her only role and defining character trait is to be Nero's motivation for anything he does.
- Double Entendre: "She yearns for your touch." Who is Kyrie referring to: Red Queen or herself?
- Expy: Looks suspiciously like Orihime, has a similar protector/love interest and even has the same voice actress.
- Freakiness Shame: Mixed in with Be Yourself, Kyrie helps Nero get over his in the ending, positively regarding both the love of her life and his Devil Bringer when he tries to hide it from her (in his defense, she was more than a bit frightened the first time she laid eyes on it after Nero defeated Credo).
- That was more a case of Not What It Looks Like, as Nero was outstretching his hand to help Credo up, and Kyire walked up and thought he was threatening her defenseless brother.
- Hartman Hips
- Heroes Want Redheads
- Heroic Bystander: Puts herself in danger to save a small boy from a demon (which Nero quickly dispatches). YMMV as to whether she's shielding him with her body, trying and failing to push him down to avoid the blow, or just expects Nero will come save her when he might not otherwise have seen the kid in time.
- Parental Abandonment: See Credo's entry on the matter.
- Say My Name: Oh Lord.
- Slipknot Ponytail
- Theme Naming: Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, and Agnus are, respectively, the first, second, third, fourth, and fifth parts of the Catholic Ordinary of the Mass, a song traditionally sung in Latin (with the exception of the Kyrie, which is sung in Greek, the original language of the early church).
- Woman in White: More or less.
- Victorious Childhood Friend: To Nero.
- "Why should I be making weapons for a cold-hearted guy who drops the product of my blood, sweat and tears into a fire?"
- Ace Custom: She made Ebony and Ivory.
- "Blind Idiot" Translation: Her personality is used to justify one of the few instances of it in the original game. (The inscription of Ebony and Ivory saying '45 Art Warks, instead of '45 Art Works.)
- Cool Old Lady
- Empathic Weapon: Technically, she temporarily is one.
- Expy: Of Eva.
- Heroic Sacrifice: She stayed in a burning building to complete Ebony and Ivory for Dante. Vergil knew that she would and set it up in order to trigger Dante's memories of Eva.
- High-Class Glass: Wears glasses most of the time, but a monocle while working.
- Killed Off for Real: Like practically everyone else in the novel.
- Memento MacGuffin: She made Ebony and Ivory and haunted them at least long enough to perform the series' first chronological "Jackpot."
- Parental Substitute
- Replacement Goldfish: For Eva, not that "Tony" knows this. Dante, on the other hand, reminds her of her dead son.
- Retired Badass: A lot of mercenaries really want her to make guns for them. She's not impressed by threats. Of course, that may be because she's not all that attached to her life...
- Unwitting Pawn: She died but it backfired painfully for Vergil.
- "Don't be so dramatic. Do you really think I'd be silly enough to die and leave my daughters behind?"
- Badass Normal: Fights and kills for a living.
- Killed Off for Real
- Knight in Sour Armor
- Papa Wolf: He does it all for his three daughters. This gets extended to Dante later on.
- Parental Substitute
- Perma Stubble
- Properly Paranoid: He keeps saying that it's a business and people shouldn't get attached. Vergil targets him because he's Dante's friend.
Grue's daughter, who essentially holds the household together. And is a good cook. And doesn't deserve what happens to her.
- "Rumor says blue blood may be flowing in that guy's body. I tell ya, if he glares at a guy, even The Devil may cry."
- Canon Discontinuity: You see that above quote pertaining to Dante? That was the original Title Drop of the series until 3 came along.
- Intercontinuity Crossover: A prominent character in Bayonetta also goes by the name of Enzo. Given that his manner of speaking is similar to his testimony in the manual to DMC1 and he shows the same cowardice that characterized Enzo in the DMC3 manga, it's implied that the creators intended for DMC's Enzo and Bayonetta's Enzo to be one in the same.
- Lovable Coward: How he's described.
- Plot Armor: He's one of the very few to survive the novel, since the booklet established that he's still alive as of the first game.
A red-haired human demon hunter in the second novel with a big gun. Sound familiar? note
- Action Girl: Duh.
- Badass Normal: And it actually affects her combat performance, unlike Lady. Although, what do you have to say to a normal demon hunter who actually helps Dante during the battle against the Big Bad and actually punches a hole through its armor? For comparison, Trish only showed up after Mundus was sufficiently weakened, and Lady shot Arkham after he was crippled.
- Disappeared Dad: Her father was killed years ago by Beast Heads, the artifacts the second novel revolves around.
- Expy: She has two, in the games that were made after the novel was written. Lucia shares her look (to an extent) and Lady's character is very clearly based on hers.
- Fingerless Gloves
- Heroic BSOD: In the alternate universe, after learning that Sparda was betrayed and killed by humans in that universe.
- Red-Headed Heroine
- Plucky Girl: Seriously, it takes guts to survive in an environment like hers.
- Small Girl, Big Gun: She lugs around a rifle resembling the Spiral from 3. Again, she was an obvious precursor to Lady.
- Spy Catsuit: At the very least, the bodysuit she wears comes pretty darn close.
- The Tease: She makes a few flirty passes at Dante during the course of the novel. She even plants a kiss on his cheek at one point.
A mysterious girl featured in the Devil May Cry 3 manga.
- Alice Allusion: One of several references to Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland.
- The Bait: The Mad Hatter intends to use her as a way of luring the Sons of Sparda out of hiding.
- Mysterious Waif: She has some supernatural powers. The third of the originally three-volume prequel manga was supposed to go more in-depth before production of it ended abruptly.
- Younger Than They Look: She is circa 12 years old, but she uses her powers to give herself the appearance of a woman in her early twenties.
Voiced by: Akio Ohtsuka (Japanese), Rob Mungle (English)A character featured in Devil May Cry: The Animated Series. He acts as Dante's agent in the stead of Enzo Ferino.
- Badass Mustache
- Cool Old Guy: Not necessarily old, but does have a generally easygoing attitude.
- Nice Hat: His fedora.
- Team Dad: Plays this role to some extent in maintaining the Devil May Cry Detective Agency.
- What the Hell, Hero?: His usual reaction to the amount of property damage that Dante racks up in the process of doing his jobs.
- Badass and Child Duo: Dante and Patty have this dynamic in the first episode.
- Famous Ancestor: Is descended from a magician/alchemist named Aeron Lowell who defeated the demon Abigail (the only demon he could not control with his black magic/summoning powers) and sealed him away within an amulet called Aeron's Tear. This amulet, now in Patty's possession, is what Sid seeks to unseal Abigail and take his power, and Patty herself plays a role in Sid/Abigail's defeat by rousing Dante into a Heroic Second Wind when it seems like he's on the verge of defeat.
- Hair Decorations: Usually a pink hairband with a red rose on the right side.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Prissiness aside, Dante does eventually take a shine to this kid, even becoming something of an older brother figure to the girl.
- Likes Older Men: Inverted, she outright states that she prefers to date younger guys.
- Meido: Is responsible for the upkeep of Dante's office and can be frequently seen cleaning it. Even after she leaves Devil May Cry to move in with her birth mother Patty returns often to make sure it's kept tidy.
- Ojou: And it shows with her disdain for Dante's lack of cleanliness at his office.
- Pink Means Feminine: Her primary attire is a semi-Pimped-Out Dress with this coloration.
- Reckless Sidekick: In Episode 9 "Death Poker."
- Token Mini-Moe
- Youthful Freckles
Baul and Modeus
Modeus voiced by: Shinichiro Miki (Japanese), Jay Hickman (English)A pair of brothers from the Demon World introduced in Devil May Cry: The Animated Series. They were disciples of Sparda prior to his rebellion against Mundus.
- Bishōnen: Modeus.
- Call Back: The speech Dante gives to Modeus after he killed his brother is an almost verbatim retelling of the one he to Vincent the Biker gang leader in Episode 2. However, this incident ends on a completely different note.
- Continuity Nod: Their Devil Trigger forms are very similar to those of Dante and Vergil's in Devil May Cry 3. As the two siblings were Sparda's apprentices, they could also be considered his "sons" in a sense.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Modeus gave up fighting a long time ago to live as a pacifist and only attempted to kill Dante after the latter killed Baul.
- Dual Wielding: Baul uses two swords simultaneously in combat.
- Friend to All Children: Modeus seems to be this based on his interactions with Patty.
- Light Is Not Good: Baul is arguably a subversion in that he doesn't demonstrate any desire to deliberately inflict violence on civilians or pursue any unambiguously malevolent goals. He seeks to prove his worth as a warrior against Sparda's son due to not being able to fight against his departed mentor.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: Baul is this through and through. Averted in Modeus's case as he has chosen to take a more pacifistic path in life.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Baul is red while Modeus is blue overall. Though the brothers also have traits of the opposites in that Baul is a highly disciplined soldier and Modeus is not devoid of thinking in emotional terms, most notably when he was angered by Dante killing Baul and attempted a vendetta on Dante that cost him his life.
- Revenge Before Reason: Following Dante's killing of Baul in combat, Modeus attempted to kill Dante in retaliation even after Dante told him of the futility of throwing his life away for such a cause.
- Theme Naming: Their names are derived from demons in Judeo-Christian demonology. They are respectively in reference to Baal and Asmodeus.
- Unwitting Pawn: Baul is this to Sid, who used his and his brother's corpses as part of the ritual to gain the power of Abigail.