Characters: DmC: Devil May Cry
This page lists tropes related to the various characters that appear in DmC: Devil May Cry. For tropes related to the characters in the classic continuity, see the Devil May Cry Character Index.
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Voiced by: Tim Phillips (En), Benjamin Pascal (Fr)
"My name, by the way, is Dante! But you can call me 'Dante the Demon Killer'! Has a nice ring to it, don't you think?"The main character of DmC, Dante is the son of a demon named Sparda and an angel named Eva. Dante grew up in various institutions, orphanages, youth correction facilities, and foster homes, but these were mostly operated by demons, and often resulted in torture and violence. Now he fights to rid the city of tyranny.
- Anti-Hero: Less interested in being a hero than taking his anger out on all the demons who made his childhood a living hell. Unlike Vergil, he firmly cements himself as an Anti Hero when, revenge complete, he decides to willingly give up on potentially ruling the world and allow humans to decide their own fates.
- The Alcoholic: Comes across as this in the opening, chugging it down in a nightclub, throwing a bottle at a bartender (after he sees a demon behind him), and taking a swig after a hangover.
- Always Save the Girl: He adamantly refuses to abandon Kat after Mundus captures her.
- Audible Sharpness: Rebellion is so sharp you can hear it cut through the air when you swing it. Osiris is like this too (sounding even more audibly sharp when Feed is turned on).
- Bond One-Liner/Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Fond of delivering these to his enemies.Dante: Breaking news, Bob! You're fired!
- Blood Knight: He loves fighting, and has shown glee when his opponents see him coming — that means a better fight.
- Boisterous Bruiser: On a good day, if he likes you. Minus the hugs but double the insults.
- Book Dumb: Dante often comes across as undereducated and apathetic to learning in comparison with Vergil — admitting he devoted his time to "killing demons and getting laid" rather than anything like Vergil's self-taught and keen skills with "computer stuff". He does acknowledge its usefulness, however, and seems more uninterested in typical intellectual pursuits than genuinely stupid.
- Cain and Abel: Naturally. At the end of the game, Dante and Vergil fight each other to the near-death over whether they'll rule humanity as Vergil wants or step aside and allow them to be free as Dante hoped.
- Character Development: At first, he's only interested in defending himself and openly tells Vergil he doesn't care what happens to humankind. As the story develops, he begins to witness the way that humans are suffering too, not just him, and expresses sympathy. By the end of the game, he steps up to their defense unprompted.
- Composite Character: Combines various elements of Dante's moves from DMC 1-4, along with some of Nero's grabs, left-handed sword combos, and Unskilled Strength from DMC 4. In terms of personality, he has Dante's fun-loving nature and over-the-top stylishness (and more subtly, his sense of justice and faith in mankind) and borrows some of Nero's more antisocial tendencies and darker clothing style.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Well, he's not a complete jerk...
- Light Is Good: Considering that he is also part-angel in this continuity.
- Demon Slayer: Since he was seven, by necessity.
- Delinquent: According to Barbas, he violently broke out of juvenile detention eight times in five years. Dante himself voices mild amusement over breaking into a prison for once (one belonging to Barbas, in fact), is not excessively well-disposed towards police, and has a clear and detailed set of instructions for getting taken in by SWAT without getting the crap kicked out of you that he can recite off the top of his head. All to be expected when the justice system is supernaturally corrupt and you happen to be their most wanted.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: When facing Mundus at one point, Vergil keeps telling over their hotline to get him mad. Dante tries telling Mundus he killed his heir for revenge, then says it was to reclaim freedom for humankind, but none of it works. With Vergil haranguing him, Dante decides to just fuck it and says he did it because it was funny. That works.
- Then before the fight, while Mundus is stomping around making a largely incomprehensible speech about his mightiness, Dante and Vergil are trying to hash out a strategy. They get interrupted.Mundus: I AM MUNDUS.Dante: (pointing) You're an asshole!
- Then before the fight, while Mundus is stomping around making a largely incomprehensible speech about his mightiness, Dante and Vergil are trying to hash out a strategy. They get interrupted.
- Disappeared Dad: His father, Sparda, was exiled for eternity by Mundus.
- Dual Wielding: His pistols, Ebony and Ivory.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Dante made his video game debut in Playstation All Stars Battle Royale well before DmC's release.
- Et Tu, Brute?: Definitely his reaction towards his brother, who reveals his true intentions.
- Expy: He's one to Nero. Both are rebellious hothead young adult demon killers who fight authority figures that turn into big giant monsters with bad attitude.
- Fantastic Racism: Hates demons due to them tormenting him throughout his life. He gets a little better when he shows gratitude towards Phineas for helping him.
- Fingerless Gloves
- Forced to Watch: In the past, Mundus tore out his mother's heart right in front of him. Near the end of the game, he can do nothing but watch helplessly from Limbo as Kat is savagely beaten and arrested by a SWAT team.
- Foil: To Vergil.
- Arguably to Classic!Dante as well. Whereas the classic Dante was an altruist who fought for the betterment of humanity and not his own personal gain, DmC!Dante is initially self-centred, joining The Order so he can fight demons more actively after years of being ostracized and treated as a freak by them, which the humans ignored. By the end of the game, he's picked up genuine sympathy for humankind, especially Kat, and has more of his counterpart's idealism.
- Going Commando: When he gets dressed at the beginning of the game (while hurtling through the air in slow motion), he clearly doesn't put on underwear.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Dante has the scar of a small cut under his right eye; the same cut also clipped the outer edge of his eyebrow.
- Go Through Me: He does it twice, one time more literally than the other; he's perfectly capable of surviving and recovering from being shot or impaled with normal weapons, it just hurts like a son of a bitch. He shields Kat from assault rifle fire with his own body when Vergil sabotages the hostage trade, and in the end, he says that he'll defend humanity's freedom from anyone trying to take it. Including Vergil, who tests Dante's resolve and was fortunate to walk away with his life.
- The Gunslinger: Has three guns, all of which, due to his powers, use Magic Bullets rather than requiring ammunition.
- Hairstyle Inertia: Flashbacks show that Dante has the exact same haircut that he had as a young child.
- The Hedonist: At the start of the game, he's waking after a drunken threesome with two dancers, and it's implied to be fairly normal behavior for him in the way of "killing demons and getting laid". It's not played positively, though — Word of God mentions that he's "a thrill-seeker hedonist" because he's aware that the way he's been living and the things that are after him, he probably won't be around for very long.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: The demons' Propaganda Machine sets him up as a terrorist and a "sexual deviant", though Dante obviously doesn't care what they think.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: His shape-shifting longsword, Rebellion. He doesn't even need a sheathe for it - he can summon and banish it at will.
- I Work Alone: He even says the words verbatim as he's rattling off a series of similar sentiments to Vergil, claiming "trust issues". The reality is that he's never had anyone else to work with. Fighting demons only you can see isn't really gainful employment and he initially has doubts anyone would want to help him.
- Informed Flaw: Classic Dante's fans, the Succubus and Lilith all remind us that Dante is "scrawny", yet — despite being noticeably slighter than original Dante — he's quite well-muscled, most obvious when he introduces himself naked to Kat. Not that being scrawny would make a difference either way because being Nephilim, he is assured to be much stronger than any human.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Due to facial motion capture technology being used, Dante looks a lot like his voice actor Tim Phillipps.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He thinks very well of Kat for helping him when he told her to get lost, expresses sympathy for the victims of the demonic tyranny (such as the prisoners of Barbas), and by the end of the game honestly does want to free humanity from Mundus' control.
- Jerkass Woobie: The guy's life has genuinely sucked, especially compared with Vergil's. Parents died or captured when he was seven, raised in an orphanage run by demons, chased by and battling them for years without a clue why using powers he doesn't understand, and to top it all off, no one knows about his struggles with the demons only he can see or do anything about. He was told that he was delusional, and questioned his own stability after some particularly bloody battles. Hell, in one of his flashbacks, he's shown tearing open his own chest to make sure he had a heart.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: To keep them hidden away among humanity, Sparda wiped the memories of both his sons at age seven. Dante initially doesn't remember his parents at all or have more than a clue he may not be fully human.
- Locked into Strangeness: A section of his hair permanently turns white after he uses Devil Trigger for the first time. The rest of Dante's hair becomes permanently white after his last use of Devil Trigger in the game's ending.
- Missing Mom: His mother, Eva, was killed by Mundus in front of him.
- Morality Pet: Kat becomes one to him as the game goes on; in the ending, it's only thanks to Kat's pleas that he refrains from killing Vergil.
- Morph Weapon: Rebellion in this continuity, rather than keeping multiple melee weapons on him at any one time.
- Cool Sword: The base form, Rebellion, an angelic two-handed straightsword he usually wields in one hand and a gift from his father. He can summon and banish it at will (so technically he's never unarmed).
- An Axe to Grind: A demonic axe called Arbiter.
- Fuuma Shuriken: Aquila, an angelic pair of oversized three pronged throwing stars.
- Sinister Scythe: An angelic scythe called Osiris.
- Power Fist: Eryx, a pair of demonic flaming gauntlets.
- Whip It Good: The Ophion Whip, an Variable-Length Chain with both angelic and demonic forms that can be used in combat and for environmental traversal.
- Naked First Impression: Meets Kat when she knocks on his trailer door and he opens it without bothering to put anything on first. He then proceeds to hold a short conversation with her, still naked. It is also, not counting the montage of his preceding threesome, his introduction to players.
- Naked People Are Funny/Male Frontal Nudity: Spends a section of the beginning of the game naked.
- Nonchalant Dodge: In cutscenes and a series tradition. When large, fast-moving objects come his way, he tends to twist his body to slip by them, exerting the barest minimum of effort.
- Nonhuman Humanoid Hybrid: Angel + Demon = Nephilim.
- Orphan's Ordeal: In an orphanage run by demons, just for extra fun.
- Orphan's Plot Trinket: The red crystal amulet he wears. It was a gift from his mother (one of his only childhood memories is of her giving it to him), intended to help he and Vergil recognise each other and containing a message for her son in the event of her death. It's also linked to his supernatural powers in some way - his hand goes to it unconsciously when he unlocks them.
- Player Character: In the main game and challenge rooms.
- Power Dyes Your Hair: His hair turns white in Devil Trigger mode. After his first story-required use of it, his hair gains a permanent white streak in the back while the rest changes back. At the end of the game, his growing powers cause his hair to turn white permanently.
- Power Floats: His feet leave the ground for a moment when he activates his Devil Trigger.
- Power Glows: In Devil Trigger mode, his jacket glows bright red, his skin glows chalk-white, and his eyes have bright red sclera and pupils with white irises. Not to mention the glowing red veins on his face, as well as in the TGS 2010 trailer and in the end of the game. after defeating Vergil.
- Power of Trust: Vergil and Kat, being the first two people in the world he remembers helping him against the demons, become the only two people he really trusts. He points this out in a conversation with Kat to learn more about her past and get her to trust him in turn.
- Power Tattoo: On the middle of his back is a sigil that seems to represent Rebellion and glows when he uses his supernatural abilities. Presumably Vergil has one too, for Yamato, but he never gets shirtless, so it goes unseen.
- Protectorate: Dante views himself as this by the end of the game for humanity going forward. Unfortunately, his first act is having to prevent Vergil from starting his own regime over humans, which doesn't really end well for either of them.
- Pungeon Master: He seems physically unable to allow an opportunity for a pun to pass him by, especially if it's just before or after winning a battle.
- Real Is Brown: His outfit was intentionally designed to be more "lifelike" than the original Dante's cowboyish red leather getup. As part of this, his color scheme is a lot darker and less saturated (though his coat still has a red collar, lower sleeves and lining).
- Really Gets Around: The dancers at Lilith's nightclub are well acquainted with him, to the point that when he blows one of them off, she's not happy.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: The sclera of his eyes turn red when using Devil Trigger.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Vergil's blue, being the more hot-headed, violent, and emotional of the two brothers.
- Reluctant Hero: At first, but when Vergil reveals his plans to rule, he steps up without a second thought.
- Remembered Too Late: During the raid on Mundus' HQ.Dante: So, I think she said... 105th floor... yeah, that's it.
Kat: (flash back) Go to the 106th floor. No matter what, don't stop on the 105th, it's heavily infested.
Dante: Oh, shit.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: At first it's for killing his mother and imprisoning his father, then it's for torturing Kat. More generally, it's for his life lived on the run.
- The Scapegoat: Courtesy of Bob Barbas. He draws attention away from the existence of Vergil so the demons think there's only one threat.
- Shout-Out: One of his quips when using the Ophion grapnel's demon form — which pulls enemies and objects towards him — is "Get over here!"
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Drops the f-bomb, s-bomb and other mid-range expletives regularly, especially compared to Vergil.
- Slasher Smile: The "your painful death is imminent" sort, which he flashes often in or just before combat.
- Smoking Is Cool: Word of God said by the time of the game he's quit, but it did show up rather prominently in the early promotional material.
- The Southpaw: While Dante may be ambidextrous, his sword is slung over his left shoulder, possibly indicating a preference for his left hand.
- Stronger Sibling: It's quite a reversal compared to the original DMC series, where Vergil was The Ace. Vergil doesn't disagree when Dante asserts this, and Dante is the one doing all the heavy lifting. Instead, Vergil's the brains of the family — plotting and using his electronic expertise to open what Dante can't smash. The final boss battle against Vergil highlights it; Dante is throwing Vergil around like a dishrag for most of the fight, and a cutscene shows Dante simply Devil Triggering through one of his brother's attacks. The tables don't start to turn until Vergil uses his Devil Trigger, but Dante obviously still wins.
- Submissive Badass: While reluctant to get swept up in Virgil's revolution, once he does Dante pretty much leaves the planning to his brother. The only times he drops his go with the flow attitude is when Virgil starts crossing the Moral Event Horizon.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: Initially. He's 6'2".
- Took a Level in Kindness: He gradually becomes a better and more caring person over the course of the game, though he remains pretty abrasive and violent towards his enemies and has a habit of expressing affection with insults.
- Tsundere: When Kat asks Dante to come with her to meet her boss after she helps him defeat the Hunter, he replies "I didn't ask for your help". Then a police car with lights and sirens goes by. He gets into her car and motions her to drive.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Compared with classic Dante, he has a distinct lack of refinement, often making large haymakers and wild swings that leave himself tripping over himself. He is, however, fast, strong, and agile enough to compensate for his lack of style, because he's been fighting since he was a child and never had formal training.
- You Will Not Evade Me: The whips allow him to pull himself towards enemies or enemies towards himself from a pretty long range.
Voiced by: David De Lautour (En), Jérémy Prévost (Fr)
"This is a message from the Order: Demons... we know your game. Your cameras watch us, your media brainwash us, your drinks poison us, and your banking system enslaves us. Demons.... the game has changed. We have a new weapon, and he's coming for you."Dante's twin brother. While Dante was admitted to an orphanage run by demons as a child, Vergil was adopted into a rich family. Highly-gifted, Vergil wrote a security encryption program that made him a multi-millionaire before he was even out of school.However, Vergil eventually recovered the memories of his biological parents' death and exile at the hands of Mundus, and swore to take revenge. He now uses his wealth in order to research and combat demons, making strategic decisions without letting emotions get in the way.
- Adaptation Explanation Extrication: Yamato's ability to open and close dimensional portals is demonstrated in the last two missions without any foreshadowing. Similarly, the original Vergil used psychic throwing knives for his ranged attacks because he didn't like guns, a hang-up this version of the character does not share.
- Audible Sharpness: Yamato.
- Anti-Hero: He's willing to go to any lengths to liberate the city and make the demons who murdered his loved ones pay. Any lengths. Note that any argument he has against a given course of action is never "But it would put people at risk..."
- Anti-Villain: After Mundus is defeated, he wants to appoint himself and Dante the benevolent god-kings of humanity. Falls into place as a Type III, given his ostensibly benevolent goals and love for his brother. In Vergil's Downfall, he destroys the last vestiges of his goodness and drops the "Anti" part.
- Bigger Is Better in Bed: Claims to have a bigger one when going playfully back and forth with Dante.
- Big Good: So he seems, until...
- Black and White Insanity: After he decides that Humans Are Flawed and, for the good of humanity, he must take Mundus' place as the world's ruler. Both Kat and Dante are outraged with this. He thus concludes that they're both evil and have betrayed him.
- Casting a Shadow: Uses a living shadow of himself as part of his doppelganger style.
- Cain and Abel: As is tradition in the series. Flashbacks show they often play-fought when they were young. At the end of the game, Dante and Vergil fight each other to the near-death over whether they'll rule humanity as Vergil wants or let them be free, which Dante would prefer. Though Vergil drew first, intending to be Cain, to no big surprise, he almost becomes the Abel.
- Clark Kenting: He conceals his identity as a Nephilim in order to keep Mundus away from the Order because Mundus believes there's only one son of Sparda, and thus only one threat. In public appearances, he uses conventional weapons as opposed to his Yamato and covers his white hair with a most excellent hat. However, no one from the demon side, not even Mundus himself, notices that he and Dante have identical facial features until the last confrontation. (It's possible he's never let anyone live long enough to report his heritage.)
- Cool Mask: As the masked leader of The Order.
- Control Freak: He taught himself his computer skills and created the Order for the same reason - to assert some kind of control over his life (whereas Dante's okay rolling with whatever happens). It turns out his desire for control goes beyond just that to ruling the human race, and then commanding the demonic armies after that fails.
- Combat Aestheticist: In contrast with Dante's wild lack of refinement, Vergil's swordsmanship is extremely graceful (and pumped up with Implausible Fencing Powers, since neither he nor his sword are of human origin). He also never uses guns during a melee battle, only picking up a sniper rifle when required to by the situation.
- Clean Cut
- Flash Step: As opposed to Dante's messy, flailing leaps and rolls, Vergil always teleports around the battlefield, efficient and elegant.
- Iaijutsu Practitioner: Unsheathing his sword and his opening strike in a combo are almost always animated as one and the same.
- Razor Wind: His Devil Trigger powers have this flavor.
- Unorthodox Sheathing: Spinning the sword several times before the sheathing, or even slipping it home in mid-air or behind his back.
- Storm of Blades: He can summon floating spiritual knives and fling them at enemies, impaling them to be later "detonated".
- Conveniently an Orphan: Just like Dante, obviously.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: In the comic, Vergil versus Onyx (a kind of super demon). The Onyx didn't stand a chance.
- Dark Is Not Evil: He maybe part demon and dress in a lot of black, but he doesn't share their malice or savagery. He is ultimately is revealed to be an Anti-Villain with a case of Light Is Not Good.
- Dark Messiah: The reality of his crusade to save humanity is to save them from themselves, in his mind. Dante believes Humans Are Flawed but they do not need a supreme ruler like Vergil to order them around in spite of it.
- Disappeared Dad: His father Sparda was exiled for eternity by Mundus.
- Do Not Adjust Your Set: The transmissions made by the Order urging humankind to fight back against the demons.
- Doppelgänger Attack: His doppelganger style, which summons a living shadow of himself to fight alongside him.
- Et Tu, Brute?: Did anyone not see his betrayal at the ending coming from a mile away?
- Expository Hairstyle Change: In his DLC, his hair is more messy. And by the end, he has another change, combined with Glowing Eyes of Doom.
- Face-Heel Turn: Reveals he's going to take power for himself after Mundus is defeated, and he used Kat and Dante to dethrone Mundus. Though he intended for Dante to rule alongside him, it's obviously more as an enforcer than an equal. He claims he'd respect humanity, but it's hard to see how when he considers himself so much their superior.
- Fallen Hero: Regardless of his reasons for doing it, Mundus had to go and Vergil championed the cause. Even his ultimate goal isn't exactly evil, simply misguided and unappreciative for what humanity is capable of on their own. It was letting his defeat at Dante's hand turn him vengeful and power-hungry that finally caused his fall from grace and into full villain status.
- Fantastic Racism: Believes that humans are weak and stupid, and unable to be trusted with their own world. He says this right in front of Kat, fully aware of her help in bringing down Mundus, which Dante calls him out on.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: Just look at his coat.
- Foil: To Dante.
- Arguably to Classic!Vergil as well. The one of the Classic Continuity was a Jade-Colored Glasses wearing cynic who believes that personal empowerment trumped the common good of society. note In contrast, DmC!Vergil is someone who presents himself as a morally upright individual with a goal of doing what is necessary for humanity's protection. However, his belief in the righteous of his cause makes him a fanatical extremist who believes that his cause is so just that nothing will ever sully the ultimate ends of establishing his own allegedly benevolent regime to succeed Mundus's, which leads him to cross moral boundaries that the Classic counterpart would not have.
- Foreshadowing: When Dante meets him for the first time, he tells him they are fighting for humanity. Dante says he doesn't give a shit about mankind, and rather than try to convince him humans deserve to be free, Vergil smoothly changes his argument to make the stakes more personal. The freedom of humankind doesn't come up again as a worthwhile goal.
- "Meningitis is a human condition! You are not human!" Vergil's dialogue subtly makes it clear early on that he sees humans as weak, and that Nephilim are superior.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: After absorbing Hollow Vergil towards the end of Vergil's Downfall.
- Happily Adopted: Not only was his foster family extremely wealthy, they took good care of him - in direct contrast with Dante's upbringing.
- He Who Fights Monsters: At the end of the DLC story, he becomes the new ruler of the demon world.
- Hobbes Was Right: Vergil's viewpoint regarding humanity. He wants to defeat the Demons so he can put the Nephilim, himself and his brother, in charge.
- Hollywood Hacking: One of his abilities, because the demon world has computer-based security systems.
- Hypocrite: He absolutely despises Mundus for his poor treatment of the humans, but his own opinion of them isn't much better.
- Icon of Rebellion: He's the mouthpiece, Dante's the hammer.
- Katanas Are Just Better: His weapon of choice is the demonic Japanese sword Yamato.
- Knight Templar: Edges towards this, as he is willing to do whatever it takes to liberate Limbo City and eliminate the demons who control it, including sacrifice his comrades in the Order and give Kat up for dead when she's captured. With some browbeating from Dante, though, he does agree to rescue Kat. After Mundus' defeat, he reveals he wants to rule because humans can't take care of themselves.
- Long Lost Brother: Of Dante, naturally.
- Malevolent Masked Men: In the Order's videos, he wears a creepy mask inspired by the Guy Fawkes mask from V for Vendetta.
- Missing Mom: His mother Eva was killed by demons.
- Never My Fault: The first thing he does in Vergil's Downfall is whine about Dante "betraying" him when really it was pretty much the other way around. As the DLC progresses, he goes further and further to convince himself he's not to blame for the events that led to his defeat at the end of the game, right down to blaming Dante, Kat, and his own dead mother for his descent into darkness.
- Nice Hat: Owns a stylish black fedora.
- Nonhuman Humanoid Hybrid: Angel + Demon = Nephilim.
- Not So Different: From Mundus. Despite his disgust with Mundus for mistreating the humans, Vergil really doesn't think very highly of them himself, and in fact planned to take Mundus' place as ruler of humanity because he thinks humans need someone to guide them and keep them from killing each other. Dante even outright accuses him of being no better than Mundus.
- Orphan's Plot Trinket: His crystal amulet, twin to Dante's (except blue), given by his mother to make sure the brothers could find each other. It also seems linked to his supernatural abilities.
- Player Character: In the Downloadable Content Vergil's Downfall.
- Power Echoes/Evil Sounds Deep: In the DLC after absorbing Hollow Vergil.
- Power Glows: Glows white when using his Doppelganger style. After absorbing Hollow Vergil, his hands and eyes glow white-green and he has small but constant wisps of pale green smoke coming off of him.
- Pragmatic Hero: He's shown to be this, such as when he's ready to write Kat off rather than lose their best chance at getting to Mundus and especially when he murders Lilith and Mundus' heir. By the game's end, he reveals his true colors and shifts into Anti-Villain territory.
- Rich Idiot with No Day Job: Almost to a tee.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Dante's red, being the more responsible, intellectual, and level-headed of the two brothers. They're even color-coded.
- Rebel Leader: He's the head of the Order.
- The Resenter: Vergil's Downfall reveals that Vergil had always resented Dante for being the Stronger Sibling and for apparently being their mother's favorite.
- Self-Made Man: His foster family was wealthy, but he made his own fortune.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Compared to Dante's general scruffiness, Vergil's clothing is neat as a pin, probably tailored.
- Sore Loser: So he proves in the DLC - initially sorrowful that his remaining family is gone, he gets more and more bitter over the defeat, convinced he would not lose if he had a second chance. When he battles the shadow version of Dante, the fight's outcome is the opposite of his fight against the real Dante: Vergil has his brother pinned and helpless. But where Dante refrained from killing Vergil, Vergil viciously kills "Dante", gloats, and takes his amulet as a trophy.
- Start of Darkness: Oddly, his own seems to happen after his Face-Heel Turn. When he collapses from the wounds inflicted by Dante, Vergil's Downfall depicts a weird Near-Death Experience/Vision Quest involving his corruption by Hollow Vergil, wherein he tries to become more powerful by "fixing" his heart but destroys the kindness left in his nature instead.
- The Stoic: His reactions are generally low-key. Low-key joy when he meets Dante, low-key frustration when Dante gets stubborn. Even when things go dramatically wrong, he tends not to lose his cool.
- Not So Stoic: Cracks show when Dante wants to save Kat and again around the battle with Dante. His stoicism has fractured completely once he becomes a playable character.
- Suddenly Shouting: At the end, when Kat tries to intervene as he and Dante argue over ruling the humans. More than anything, that seems to convince Dante there's no talking it out, cueing the final boss fight.Vergil: (coldly) Stand aside.
Dante: Don't do this.
Kat: Vergil, please -
Vergil: Stay out of this!
- Tactical Suicide Boss: Vergil can block all your attacks and is only vulnerable when he attacks.
- Teen Genius: Wrote a security encryption program that made him a multi-millionaire before he was even out of school.
- Teleporters and Transporters: Can use his Summoned Swords to teleport to things, or to teleport things to him.
- Tragic Keepsake: The blue silk armband on his upper left arm. It has the initials S (for Sparda) and E (for Eva) intertwined, showing how highly Vergil values his mixed heritage.
- Voice of the Resistance: To the population as The Faceless leader of the Order.
- We Can Rule Together: Gives this speech to Dante, his brother, at the end of the game. See Wham Line.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Vergil does indeed want to protect humanity, but his methods leave little room for mercy or compassion. And one of the threats that he wants to protect humans from is human rule.
- Wham Line: "The path is clear for us to rule."
- Dante even highlights this by asking him what he just said. Vergil repeats himself in a noticeably colder tone.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Dante briefly calls him out after he shoots the defenseless and pregnant Lilith twice (once to kill the spawn, the second to kill her) in the middle of exchanging her for Kat, while Kat's still being held by Mundus.
- Dante gives him a bigger one, when Vergil says humans are weak, stupid, and need to be ruled, right in front of Kat to Dante.
- White Hair, Black Heart: An Anti-Hero version. Until the end, where he's revealed to be a villain.
- Whole Costume Reference: His initial appearance before The Reveal is based on V of V for Vendetta - smiling mask, black suit, brimmed hat and gloves.
- Worf Effect: In the comic, a kind of super demons called Onyx shows up. They are easily killed by Vergil's DT.
- Would Hurt a Child: Would Kill an Unborn Infant, to be exact. It's more his casual execution of an already-defeated hostage than the assumed innocence (or lack thereof) of the child that's troubling.
Voiced by: Sage Mears (En), Jessica Monceau (Fr)A mysterious agent of the Order, sent by Vergil to lead Dante to the Order's HQ and obtain the hero's cooperation in destroying Mundus.Unlike most humans, she is capable of perceiving the demonic Limbo, due to latent psychic abilities. Also able to use basic Wiccan witchcraft.
- Abusive Parents: Her demonic stepfather. She eventually killed him herself.
- Action Survivor: She killed her demonic stepfather, but primarily helps Dante by her interactions with Limbo from the outside world to allow him to bridge the gap with his powers rather than participating in combat herself.
- Astral Projection: Explicitly stated as one of her powers - she can leave her physical body behind and wander Limbo as a spirit. Unfortunately, she can only do it when subjected to extreme trauma, not at will, reducing its usefulness. That said, she has working knowledge of locations she's wandered in the past (such as the Virility Factory) and appears to have used it during her time being tortured in Mundus' tower to scout the place.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted. When about to be caught by the SWAT team raiding the hideout, Kat is advised by Dante to quietly surrender and make no attempt to fight back, after realizing that he can't enter the real world to protect her. It doesn't matter - they shoot her in the shoulder and beat her viciously before taking her into captivity. She's still visibly injured and limping to the game's end.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: She's loyal to Vergil to the point of near-worship because he once saved her from abuse and gave her a purpose. 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.
- Cute/Hot Witch: Uses Wicca-based Ritual Magic and may or may not be of legal age.
- Damsel in Distress: Captured by Mundus and interograted.
- Defiant Captive: She holds out against Mundus's interrogation so he thinks he's gotten her most important information when he gets Virgil's first name. Then gives the whole building floor plans to the brothers with security checkpoints and specific floors to avoid.
- Determinator: Successfully holds out under Mundus's torture to protect Dante and Vergil, then goes on to give them a detailed interior plan of the building she was held in after her rescue as well as specifics of how to get around security. She is also the one to talk down Dante from killing Vergil, after hearing Vergil badmouth her species. Then comfort Dante after he defeats Vergil, her arm visibly in a sling and walking with a limp.
- Eye of Newt: Her spray cans include an "old Wiccan recipe" that includes, but is not limited to, "sea salt, shark oil, iron shavings, desiccated squirrel semen, [and] wolf hair". Later, when she uses a gravity tilting charm to help Dante, she begins to tell him what she used to make it, but Dante promptly says he'd rather not know.
- Form-Fitting Wardrobe
- I'm Standing Right Here: At the end, when Vergil reveals his true intentions and actual opinion of humans, refusing to even acknowledge Kat's contributions — or existence — until Dante makes him. All while Kat is standing right next to him.
- In the Hood: At a key moment, she puts it down to indicate she's beginning to like and trust Dante.
- La Résistance: A very important member due to her powers, second only to Vergil.
- Malevolent Masked Woman: In the Order's videos.
- Meaningful Name: Her name is a reference to St. Catherine of Alexandria. To quote the Devil May Cry wikia, St. Catherine was "a Christian martyr who converted thousands to Christianity and became a Christian at the age of 14 (much like how Kat became a member of the Order at an early age)."
- Medicate The Medium: Being able to see into Limbo (and, possibly, claiming that her abusive step-father was a demon) led to her being medicated for "delusions". Some possibly meant well, but most were just the demonic order reinforcing their cover by suppressing her second sight.
- Morality Pet: Comes to serve as this to Dante; during the Final Boss battle, it's her begging him not to kill Vergil that stops him from doing so.
- Ms. Exposition: Basically she acts as a player's guide to the world of Limbo City/Limbo with various factoids she grasped in her time in Limbo or being a member of the order.
- Mysterious Waif: Delivering Dante's Call to Adventure right to his door! Unfortunately, Dante is a wee bit too hungover to appreciate the help.
- Psychic Powers
- Third Eye: Can see demons/into the demon world of Limbo, unlike most humans. The tattoo on her forehead symbolises her ability. It may also be tied to her magic; it's a pentagram, whose five points signify the five natural elements (earth, air, water, fire, and spirit/aether), a symbol tied strongly with Wiccan rituals and beliefs.
- Post-Modern Magik: It takes hours or days to prepare the proper materials for drawing occult formulae, so she stores it in a spray can and avoids the lengthy process of needing to draw her spells by spraying it through a stencil. Although she's perfectly happy to paint regular old graffiti for fun as well, if the murals around the Order building are any indication.
- The Dog: How other characters treat her is a very good indicator of what kind of people they are.
- One of the biggest Kick the Dog moments is when Vergil, the man she willingly sacrificed herself for because he once saved her and then mentored her, talks about ruling over the weak, subservient humans after defeating Mundus. He does this right in front of her and only acknowledges her when Dante practically makes him; this, more than his fight with Dante, establishes that he is now a villain. This is foreshadowed earlier when during the raid on the Order headquarters, Vergil seems genuinely surprised she's still alive, not particularly upset that she's very likely to be killed, and doesn't even thank her for helping him destroy the database, even though she's about to be dragged off by SWAT for her trouble. He's also totally unmoved when every other member of the Order is dead and there are no signs he ever even considered helping them.
- During her capture, the Feds shoot and brutally beat her even after seeing that she's quietly surrendering.
- Though Dante is initially unwilling to accept her help, after a rough first impression, he's perfectly happy doing what she says, listening to or even confiding in her.
- Reality Warper: She can construct spells that alter the physics of Limbo, as well as spells that breach the gap between it and the real world.
- Portal Picture: One of her stencils has a spell that can create a temporary pathway to or from Limbo.
- Art Initiates Life: She can paint markings that become physical objects in Limbo for Dante to manipulate. Other, more complex spells and paintings allow her to create barriers in Limbo that demons can't pass through and magically reinforce doors.
- Rose-Haired Sweetie: It's not super-obvious because she rarely makes appearances in fully-saturated colour, but she's a sweet, helpful person with pink-red hair. Both that and her hand-markings show she uses henna dye, a plant compound that can both color hair and create temporary tattoos, adding to her general appearance as a post-modern graffiti witch who uses natural spell compounds.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: Helps Dante take out the Hunter Demon, briefs Dante on all his missions, plans the assault on Mundus' fortress at the end of the game, and knows spells to manipulate Limbo. Dante even says both he and Vergil would have failed twenty times over if not for her. Vergil deigns to admit that she was "useful", before fighting Dante.
- Who Wears Short Shorts?
- Youthful Freckles: Her age is never said, but it's visibly late teens to early 20s.
Voiced by: Louis Herthum (En), Patrick Béthune (Fr)
"Just like your father: too big for your fucking boots. Me, a god, versus you, a piece of shit."The Big Bad in charge of all the demons in Limbo City, who in the human world operates under the guise of "Kyle Ryder", a banker who thanks to the Raptor News Network is considered a philanthropist by the general public.
- Adaptation Expansion: DmC gives him a mistress, a child, a human identity, and more background on his history with Sparda.
- A God Am I: Has a serious god complex, to the point his lines used in the first trailers featuring him are basically this trope.
- Physical God: According to the voice actor, he actually is an immortal demonic god.
- And Show It to You: In his very first appearance, Mundus proclaims his intention to tear Dante's heart out with his bare hands and eat it. He's not bluffing, either — that's what he did to Eva. And if it weren't for Vergil's intervention, he was well on the way to making good on his word with Dante.
- Bald of Evil
- Berserk Button: Killing his unborn child. That would be anyone's berserk button, but Vergil smashes it hard and Dante rubs salt into it. Unstoppable Rage ensues.
- Big Bad
- Blackmail: In the opening, he's blackmailing the President of the Eagleland (Flavor II) counterpart.
- Blood Brothers: Once upon a time, he and Sparda, who was his most trusted lieutenant and friend. Mundus was really unhappy when he found out Sparda had fallen in love with an angel.
- Composite Character: He's an old enemy of Sparda's (classic Mundus), he is a Corrupt Corporate Executive (Arius), his human form sports a Bald of Evil (Arkham), and his boss fight is a Level in Boss Clothing (The Savior).
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: He is evidently powerful enough to threaten the president with public humiliation.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Though Phineas claims that he is incapable of love, he is clearly concerned with the fate of his unborn child, unhesitatingly agrees to trade Kat's life for his baby, and is completely outraged when Vergil kills it. His concern does not extend to the child's mother, however.
- Evil Sounds Deep
- Faux Affably Evil: Even when threatening you with eternal damnation, he (mostly) does it with a calm, businessman-like demeanor.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom/Throat Light: When in combat.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: A messy vertical slash that nearly reaches his nose from the left side of his lips. His right eye is also cloudy.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: "Freedom? And what would they do with that 'freedom'? They had it once before, and what did they do? They fought. They killed. They stole."
- Humanoid Abomination: An ancient demonic God in human form, and it becomes more obvious when he decides to throw down.
- Immortality: He's thousands of years old.
- Immortality Inducer: The Hell Gate is what keeps him invincible. Cutting him off from it is the only way to destroy him.
- Man of Wealth and Taste
- Sharp-Dressed Man: His human form.
- Meaningful Name: Mundus is Latin for "The World". It's ultimately revealed his control is so complete he shreds Limbo City to pieces during a tantrum, so it may not be simply figurative.
- Mighty Glacier: Mundus is the strongest character in the game, but his attacks are somewhat slow.
- Moral Myopia: Is bewildered and absolutely furious when Vergil deliberately murders his unborn child. Never mind that he personally, gruesomely killed Sparda's wife, administered a Fate Worse Than Death to Sparda, and has been trying to kill his children ever since.
- Morally Bankrupt Banker: His human form, as he's literally out to control everything on earth through debt.
- Oh Crap!: His reaction when he finally realises Dante is not the only son of Sparda.
- Ominous Multiple Screens
- One-Winged Angel: Turns into a black humanoid covered in silver Tron Lines. And then he makes a colossal humanoid living statue made from Limbo City itself which he uses to fight Dante and Vergil.
- Orcus on His Throne: Justified, as his Immortality Inducer is in his throne room. Most of the game is spent trying to get him mad enough to forget this.
- Papa Wolf: He is absolutely furious when Vergil snipes his baby, to the point of blowing up half of Limbo City, then attempting to rip Dante's heart out while he's still alive.
- Playing with Fire: In his demonic form, he can cast fireballs.
- Reality Warper: Limbo conforms to his wishes — possibly even to his thoughts. When Dante is under attack, the landscape itself contorts to crush him and orders/taunts flit around the environment; "KILL DANTE", "TRAP HIM", "DIE" and so on.
- Third Eye: There's a noticeable mark on his forehead in human form. In his demon form, it's an eye. His kid has the same eyeball configuration.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Though to be honest, he's mostly polite and soft-speaking in the beginning, and gets more and more vulgar as Dante thwarts his plan.
- Tranquil Fury: When his unborn child and Lilith is killed by Vergil, he calmly recites the page quote before demolishing a section of the city to try and kill Vergil, Dante and Kat.
- When Dante and Mundus meet face-to-face for the final confrontation, he gives them a calm, detached What the Hell, Hero?, but it is clearly obvious that he is trying very, very hard to maintain his temper and composure. But when Dante calls his reaction to his child's death "priceless", his composure and temper run out of ground.
- Villainous Breakdown: Once when Vergil kills his child, again when Dante taunts him about his child's death. Both times result in mass urban devastation. And a third time, just for a split second, when Dante slices him in half and kills him.
- Villain with Good Publicity: In his human guise, he's Kyle Ryder, a respected banker.
- What the Hell, Hero?: "Why did you kill my child?" Dante hesitates to answer — he didn't do it, Vergil just took an opportunity without warning him — but he goes along with it to get Mundus mad. It's just a tad hypocritical of Mundus to ask considering the fate of Sparda, Eva, and their children.
Voiced by: Robin Riker (En), Émanuelle Bondeville (Fr)
"This is exactly the opportunity I've been waiting for!"Mistress of Mundus and owner of a popular nightclub, she is a high value target of the Order. Was expecting to be the mother of Mundus' heir.
- Bald of Evil
- Bald Women: Though she wears a wig to cover it.
- Body Horror: During the boss fight, she is inside her child's belly attached by an umbilical cord. And he comes out of her head.
- Even before that, her skin is actually loosely sewn onto her body (the wig covers the stitches).
- Boom, Headshot: Her ultimate fate at the hands of Vergil.
- Dark Mistress: Though she wants to gain more power. Carrying the spawn of Mundus is supposed to be one of her ways in.
- Dual Boss: With her child. Although she doesn't do anything herself during the fight and in fact is the boss' weak point.
- Enfante Terrible: Pregnant with one. To give you a clue, it will thrust itself far beyond her abdomen and growl at Dante like some sort of hellish beast.
- Fan Disservice: Even before we see what she hides (a disgusting child with Mundus) and how she's "stitched up", her skin is papery and looks like badly-tailored clothing. Taken Up to Eleven after you kill the Succubus and are "rewarded" with a cutscene of Mundus having sex with her while her stitches come loose, making her look even more disturbing.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: Once Dante successfully neutralises her defences, she gives herself up without further protest or attack.
- Meaningful Name: Named for a biblical demon associated with the sin of lust. It's also associated with the story of Adam's first wife, who was made from clay like Adam himself, but abandoned him (or was abandoned) and took to bearing hundreds of demonic children.
- Pregnant Badass: With Mundus' child. She is also capable of manipulating Limbo to her will.
- Reality Warper: In Limbo.
- Small Name, Big Ego: When Dante challenges her directly, Lilith flat out says that she would come down to fight, but Dante is "beneath her," instead having him run a particularly crazy gauntlet to reach her. Outside of that moment, she is aware she's just one among several "concubines" to Mundus (the only thing that makes her special is that she's bearing his child), but does not react well to Dante pointing this out.
- Uncanny Valley: In-universe. Just look at her. It's even worse when the stitching on her human skin starts to come loose.
Voiced by: Louis Herthum (En), Stépahane Roux (Fr)
"This is Bob Barbas of the Raptor News Network, just doing God's work."Anchorman on the Raptor News Network, the prime outlet of demon propaganda for Limbo City.
- The Alcatraz: He runs a prison where all those who opposed the "holy demonic order" are kept. The prisoners cannot talk, cannot commit suicide, cannot even think against Mundus, and have to listen to Bob's voice all day long.
- Blatant Lies: His news-reporting style.
- Catch Phrase: He always ends his segments with the above phrase.
- Cyberspace: His domain in Limbo resembles it.
- The Dragon: See Mouth of Sauron.
- Evil Genius
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul
- Meaningful Name: Barbas is the name of a demon from the Book of Goetia, appropriately enough.
- Malicious Slander: Demonizes both the Order and Dante by blaming all the destruction the bad guys cause on them.
- Mechanical Lifeforms: Well, Digital Lifeforms, but his true form appears to be made of data.
- Mouth of Sauron: He is the Warden of Limbo's jail, the source of all anti-Order/Dante Propaganda and is the public face of Mundus' control. And, hell, he really is doing God's work. Mundus may as well be God to him. Taken to the literal extreme when you notice his voice actor in English is the same as Mundus.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Serves as a parody of Bill O'Reilly and similar pundits.
- Bill O'Reilly in particular. "We'll do it live!" And just look at his hair...
- One-Winged Angel: During his boss battle he turns into a sort of giant, holographic face with tentacles coming out from the top.
- Pivotal Boss: A giant laser-spitting head in the center of the Raptor News background, which is a globe.
- Pompous Political Pundit: Unsurprising, considering who he's a parody of.
- Propaganda Machine: He runs it.
- Shock and Awe: In his battle form.
- Shout-Out: During his battle, weakening him will cause the various news stories around the arena to change into Villainous Demotivators, telling the viewers at home to "increase debt" and other such bad advice that strengthens the demonic hold on the world.
- Strawman News Media
- Unreliable Narrator: Bob Barbas never has much use for the truth, but when he starts talking about Dante's past during his boss fight, such as his violence against authority figures, it's supported by Dante's brief flashbacks. Whether Dante truly did murder the head nurse at St. Lamia or if there's more to the story is left unexplored, but it's implied that anyone Dante killed in the past was actually a demon in disguise, and Lamia in Greek mythology is a child eating-demon. Bob's description of the nurse as a sweet lady who "especially enjoyed working closely with children" is... suspect.
- Visual Pun: His demon form? A literal talking head.
Voiced by: Race Davies (En), Nathalie Homst (Fr)
"Dante...? Son of Sparda...and Eva? The whooore?!"A Succubus, which is the production source of the "secret ingredient" put in the soda Virility.
- Achilles' Heel: Her weakpoint, a carbuncle just above her head...though it's usually covered by a layer of fat. It is exposed for a short while after she attacks, and you can force her to expose it longer if you smack it enough.
- All There in the Manual/Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: Although her introductory scene names her "Poison", the characters always use her Japanese name, "Succubus".
- Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: During her boss fight, she's prone to giving out some disgusting death threats.
- Determinator: Gotta give her credit, coming back from a vomit dip then doing everything in her power to keep from being minced by a sewer fan.
- Extra Eyes: On her carbuncle.
- Hoist By Her Own Petard: You end up using the cables she's attached to to defeat her, and then she falls in a pool of her own acidic vomit.
- I Drank What?: Virility sure doesn't taste so good when you know where it comes from.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous
- No Indoor Voice: She sure screams a lot.
- Our Succubi Are Uglier: One of the rare depictions of a succubus as an ugly monster, rather than a buxom demoness.
- Pivotal Boss: More or less. She is attached to giant pipes that go to the ceiling and you fight her jumping between several platforms around her.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Not only does she swear a lot, she literally vomits her insults.WHOOO THE FUUUUCK ARE YOOOOUUUUUUUHUARGHHGHGHH!?
- Stealth Pun: She looks a bit like some sort of caterpillar. Caterpillar can be used to describe a person who uses other people for their own personal gain.
- Technicolor Toxin: Green-ish yellow poisonous vomit and mucus.
- Vomit Indiscretion Shot: How she attacks, part of the way. The rest is her insults.
- Warmup Boss: In Bloody Palace.
- Whole Plot Reference: Many have noticed the similarities to Poison's part in the plot and the Futurama episode "Fry and the Slurm Factory".
Voiced by: Richard Ridings (en), Jean-Claude Sachot (fr)
"You're dead... just like your whore mother."An ape-like demon armed with a knife and a grappling gun. He attacks Dante's trailer and forces him to come out and fight. He'll procceed to stalk and attack Dante through the Limboified piers and into an abandoned park.
- Attack Its Weak Point: Aim for the gash (wound or other kind) on its face.
- Achilles' Heel: Doubles as one, considering that only his face can be hit for damage.
- Bounty Hunter
- Dishing Out Dirt: Sometimes he'll shoot his grapple hook in the ground, conjuring a large claw made of concrete.
- Evil Sounds Deep
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: A rather large scar on his face, which apparently took out his nose as well.
- Go Out with a Smile: Plus a little of Defiant to the End.
- Grappling-Hook Pistol: Which he can use to grab Dante and pull him near him.
- Immune to Bullets: Until Kat hits him with a magical Molotov cocktail.
- Killer Gorilla: Looks a lot like one, and is huge to boot.
- Knife Nut: His weapon of choice is a massive military knife. For anyone else it would work as a giant falchion.
- Lightning Bruiser: Despite his enormous frame, he's very fast and nimble.
- My Death Is Just the Beginning: Claims that even if he dies, Mundus knows where to find Dante.
- Precision-Guided Boomerang: He uses his knife as this during the boss fight.
- Recurring Boss: Subverted. Although there are supposed to be several hunters, Dante only has to fight against one.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: Almost literally — he attacks Dante while he's recovering from a raucous night out.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Is impervious to any kind of damage during his first appearence, but becomes vulnerable when Kat tosses a can of Wiccan material at his face.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: It's mentioned both by Mundus and Kat that there are more Hunter demons, but only one shows up.
- Youkai: Hard to spot, but he seems to be based on the Nue, a Japanese chimera-like monster: both have furry, humanoid bodies, the Hunter's grapple hook reminds of the Nue's serpent tail, and he can hide himself in a black mist (the Nue can turn into a black cloud). Plus, they're both an omen of ill things.
Powerful Swordsman and an elite bodyguard to Mundus.
- The Dragon: To Mundus. Unlike Bob Barbas, he seemingly takes care of the more physical threats to Mundus' power.
- Dual Wielding: Swords, like all the Dreamrunners.
- King Mook: To Dreamrunner. He also reveals his name to Dante only during their last confrontation.
- Lightning Bruiser: With some Teleport Spam for good measure.
- Non-Indicative Name: Drekavac is the Slavic word for "Screamer", and is also the name of a mythological south-Slavic monster.
- Recurring Boss: You fight him three times.
- Sinister Scimitar: Opposed to Dante's single straight sword.
- Spin to Deflect Stuff
Voiced by: Lou Beatty Jr. (En), Benoît Allemane (Fr)A demon prisoner who Dante meets while making his way to Barbas. He was incarcerated for his loyalty to Sparda.
- Armor-Piercing Question: "And once Mundus is gone, who will rule in his place?" It becomes the final plot point of the game.
- Artificial Limbs: The right side of his head, which contains his 'eye'...
- Blind Without 'Em: ...He can't 'see' his way through Limbo without it otherwise.
- Black and Gray Morality: Teaches Dante that not all demons are bloodthirsty monsters devoted to Mundus. On the other hand, it's he who tells Dante (who then tells Vergil) just what it will take to get Mundus really mad i.e. killing his spawn. To his credit, he makes sure to warn that doing this will cause potentially thousands of deaths and isn't to be undertaken lightly, but loyalty to Sparda's bloodline or no, the guy's still a demon.
- Cool Old Guy: Centuries old.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Self-admitted.
- Meaningful Name: On two levels. In the Bible, Phineas was a son of the high priest Eli and means something like "oracle" in ancient Hebrew. More whimsically, Phineas Gage was a railroad worker who survived an iron rod accidentally getting punched through his skull in 1848, destroying his left frontal lobe and his left eye, but leaving him otherwise unharmed (at least bodily). His demonic namesake looks as though he suffered a similar injury and somehow replaced the damaged part of his head with a mechanism.
- Mr. Exposition: Informs Dante of the Nephilim race that came before him and how they were wiped out.
- Noble Demon: More or less... we don't know how he was before, but he's certainly much less evil than the other demons we meet in the game.
- He calls Dante his master, implying he's still loyal to Sparda's family.
- Reality Warper: To an extent, he can remake platforms and bridges with his eye, which allow Dante to proceed forward.
- Undying Loyalty: To Sparda, even calling Dante "my master".