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 he, his revenge complete, decides to willingly give up potential rulership of the world and let humans decide their own fates.
Author Avatar: His haircut looks a lot like creative director Tameem Antoniades' at the end of the game.
Word of God (on Capcom's part) is they wanted Dante to not look much like his old self and in fact both Capcom and Ninja theory OK'ed it. So this may be one case of a complete accident.
Tameem has addressed the resemblance, strongly denying that he asked the designers to do any such thing or that they'd do anything but laugh him out of the room if he did. In fact it's a bit of an Inverted Trope as he was changing his hairstyle to keep up with Dante's throughout the time they were showing the game.
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.
Cain and Abel: 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 give the people true freedom as Dante wishes.
Character Development: At first he is totally uncaring about whatever may happen to humanity, thinking only about himself. By the end of the game he is much more concerned and willing to protect humans in the chaos that will probably ensue from Mundus' defeat.
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, but Strong-ness 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.
Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: When facing Mundus at one point, Vergil keeps telling over their hotline to keep his attention. Dante tries, but Vergil keeps telling him to make Mundus angry, so Dante decides to just fuck it and express his enjoyment at killing Mundus' baby in the womb.
Et Tu, Vergil?: Definitely his reaction towards his brother, who reveals his true intentions.
Expy: In an ironic twist, he's one to Nero. Both are rebellious hothead teenage demon killers who fight authority figures that turn into big giant monsters with bad attitude. Plus, they both have human redhead love interests.
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.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He thinks very well of Kat for helping him when he told her to get lost, and by the end of the game honestly does want to free humanity from Mundus' control.
Jerkass Woobie: The guy's life has sucked. Parents died or captured when he was 7, raised in an orphanage run by demons, chased and battling them for years without a clue why with 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.
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 stops himself from killing Vergil.
Morph Weapon: Rebellion in this continuity, rather than keeping multiple melee weapons on him at any one time.
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.
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 comparedto 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 in any case. The final boss fight against Vergil highlights it, as Dante is throwing around Vergil for most of the fight, and a cutscene shows Dante just Devil Triggering through one of his attacks. The tables don't start to turn until Vergil uses his Devil Trigger, but obviously Dante still wins after that.
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".*Beat*. He gets into her car, then 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. Makes sense, he hasn't been formally trained and fighting since he was a child.
You Will Not Evade Me: The whips allow him to pull himself towards enemies or enemies towards himself from a pretty long range.
"I've been looking for you for a long time now."
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.
Asshole Victim: Vergil's Downfall turns him into this from his own twisted perspective, with his trip into his own mind convincing himself he is not to blame for the events that lead to his defeat at the end of the game, right down to blaming his allies and his own mother for his decent into darkness as the DLC Progresses.
Anti-Hero: Is willing to go to any lengths to liberate the city and make the demons who murdered his loved ones pay. Most likely a Type IV.
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.
Black and White Insanity: After he decides that Humans Are Flawed and, for the good of humanity, he must take Mundus's place as the world's ruler; and, both Kat AND Dante are outraged with this. He makes the conclusion that they're both evil and had betrayed him.
Cain and Abel: 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 give the people true freedom as Dante wishes. 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 as Mundus only knows of Dante being the son of Sparda. In public appearances he uses conventional weapons as opposed to his Yamato. However, no one from the demon side, not even Mundus himself, questions his white hair or similar appearance to Dante over the course of the game until the confrontation.
It's not hard to figure out, as most Demons who see him unmasked die soon after, hell he makes sure to shoot Lilith after he shoots Mundus' Spawn.
Foreshadowing: When Dante meets him for the first time he tells him they are fighting for humanity. Dante tells him mankind can die for all he cares, Vergil doesn't even blink showing that he truly doesn't care that much for mankind either. Not to mention his later disregard for Kat's life.
"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.
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. That said, he's also willing to do things Dante's "way". After Mundus' defeat, he reveals he wants to rule it as humans have messed up their world.
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 with his killing of Lilith and Mundus' heir. By the game's end, he reveals his true colors and shifts into Anti-Villain territory.
Start of Darkness: Oddly, his own seems to happen after his Face-Heel Turn. Following his death at Dante's blade, Vergil's Downfall depicts his corruption by Hollow Vergil, wherein he seeks power to fix problems with his heart... and in doing so destroying it by taking away the light within it.
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.
Dante even highlights this by asking him what he just said. To which in a noticeably colder tone, Vergil repeats.
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.
Worf Effect: In the comic Appear a kind of super demons called Onyx, 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
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.
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 cannot enter the real world to protect her. It doesn't matter, as she is quickly shot in the shoulder in spite of her surrendering and is beaten afterwards, and she visibly bears the marks of it until the end of the game.
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 check points 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 a well as specifics of how to get around security. She is also the one to talk down Dante from killing Vergil, after hearing Vergil bad mouth her race. 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 shuts her up.
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 until Dante forced him to. All while Kat is standing right next to him.
Third Eye: Can see into the demon world of Limbo, unlike most humans.
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.
TheDog: How other characters treat her is a very good indicator of what kind of people they are.
Hypercompetent Sidekick: 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 ,after Vergil states she was "useful", before fighting Dante.
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 human identity, and more background on his history with Sparda.
Affably Evil: Even when threatening you to eternal damnation, he (mostly) does it with a calm, businessman-like demeanor.
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- he already did it to Eva. And if it weren't for Vergil's intervention at the end he would have succeeded in giving Dante this fate.
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.
Evil Uncle: Sparda was his "blood brother", making him this to Dante and Vergil.
Humans Are the Real Monsters: "Freedom? And what would they do with that "freedom"? Humans were free before. And what did they do? War, murder, betrayal." Of course, Mundus himself is not exactly a saint… Could be considered a Jerk or Villain Has a Point moment
Meaningful Name: Mundus is Latin for "The World". When you look at his human body then world of Limbo/Limbo city it almost has dual meaning.
Dual Boss: With her son. Although she doesn't do anything herself during the fight and in fact is actually 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 hound.
Fan Disservice: Even before we see what she hides (a disgusting child with Mundus) and how she is "stitched up", she looks like nothing short of an even more disgusting, female version of Pete Burns. Taken Up to Eleven after you kill the Succubus and are rewarded with a cutscene of Mundus having sex with her, whilst her stitches come loose, making her look even more disgusting.
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.
Unreliable Narrator: Bob Barbas has never had a great track record for telling the truth, but when he starts talking about Dante's past during his boss fight, such as his violence against authority figures, it is supported by Dante's brief flashbacks. Whether he truly did murder a nurse at St. Lamia or if there is more to the story is a question that may have to be answered in future sequels. The game implies that anyone Dante killed in the past were actually demons in disguise.
Considering that Lamia in Greek mythology is a child eating-demon, it's probably justified.
"You want to kill me? You can't kill me! I'm 1200 years old!"
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 is 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.
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.
Recurring Boss: Averted /Subverted, although is mention that there are several hunters, Dante only has to fight against one.
Wake-Up Call Boss: Almost literally, as he aims for Dante's life as 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 toss a can of Wiccan material at his face.
What Happened to the Mouse?: Is mentioned both by Mundus and Kat that there are more than just one Hunter demons, but only one show 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 can hid 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.