Dead or Alive 4: The Devil Factor is a Devil May Cry/Dead or AliveCrossoverFan Fic written by Damon Black. The fic can be read here.Set a year after Devil May Cry 2 and a few weeks after Dead or Alive 4, Dante is hired by Professor Victor Donovan of DOATEC to deliver a package to Kasumi and ends up embroiled in the war between DOATEC and the Mugen Tenshin clan. To make matters worse, Donovan has teamed up with Vergil and an army of demons to gain a great power sealed away by Sparda long ago...The fic is currently forty chapters long and on hiatus.Now has a character page.
This fic provides examples of the following tropes:
Accidental Misnaming: At one point, Bass refers to Hitomi as "German-Oriental," and Leifang is quick to correct him; it's politically incorrect to refer to Asian people as Oriental.
Accidental Pervert: After fighting a group of demons at Hitomi's apartment, Hayate unintentionally gets a moment when he discovers that Hitomi had sweat through her nightshirt, leaving it transparent and revealing that she wasn't wearing a bra underneath...
Hitomi almost exclusively refers to Hayate as "Ein," the name she gave him while he was amnesiac.
Ayame also takes to calling Ayane her "little butterfly."
All Myths Are True: As the Dead or Alive crew discovers over the course of the story, demons and devils are quite real.
Always Chaotic Evil: Marller describes most demons as such, claiming that they have no true loyalty to each other.
An Arm and a Leg: In chapter 11, when she and Hayate are attacked by demons at her home, Hitomi is sneak-attacked by one in her bedroom and fights it off by herself, tearing off an arm and a leg in the process.
Angrish: In chapter 5, Dante brushes off Kasumi's questions about the package Donovan had him deliver, telling her that he doesn't feel like being interrogated by a "top-heavy Japanese teenager." Kasumi is so angry and embarrassed by this statement that she can barely form a coherent sentence:
"That's got nothing to do with…I just want to know…What's that supposed to mean?!"
Dante fights demons, devils, and all manner of monsters on a regular basis, but still finds it hard to believe that Kasumi and co. are really ninjas.
Even after the Mugen Tenshin village is attacked by demons, Ayane is quick to dismiss Sparda as being nothing but a Fairy Tale.
Armor-Piercing Question: In chapter 35, Dante forces Helena to realize the flaws in her plan to make Kokoro president of her remade DOATEC with this. Earlier, in chapter 7, he ends up making Ayane question her mission and desire to kill Kasumi by revealing his own conflict with Vergil.
Armor-Piercing Slap: A rare female-on-female example in chapter 6; when Kasumi addresses Ayane as "sister" while trying to reason with her, she sets off Ayane's Berserk Button and gets slapped silly for it. Kasumi is so conflicted and saddened over it that she has to fight back tears and hides her face in Dante's coat sleeve.
Arranged Marriage: Kasumi's mother, Ayame, attempts to arrange one between Kasumi and Dante in order to get the Mugen Tenshin to call off the contract on the former's life.
Artifact of Doom: Three of them: the Jewel of the Forbidden, the Jewel of the Forsaken, and the Jewel of the Forgotten.
Bash Brothers: A female example. When Ayane and Kasumi work together in a fight and coordinate, they're quite a deadly force.
Bathtub Bonding: Hitomi and Leifang bathe together while discussing their respective boy troubles in chapter 22.
Berserk Button: In the early chapters, Ayane does not take being called Kasumi's sister well, to the extent that when Kasumi refers to her as such while talking to her, Ayane loses her temper and bitch-slaps her right then and there, making a public spectacle of herself in the process. Likewise, she has to be physically restrained from attacking Dante upon their first meeting when he snarkily asks if she "got a boob job" as part of her Dead or Alive winnings.
Brother-Sister Incest: Shortly after arriving at Devil May Cry, Ayane, under the influence of Raidou'sMind Rapes, ends up masturbating while thinking of Hayate, much to her disgust.
The Brute: In chapter 10, when Kasumi is unable to crack the passcode to the door where Ayame is being held, Dante gets impatient and decides to break the door down with his bare hands. Bonus points for Ayane explicitly calling him a brute.
Canon Welding: Damon Black does quite a good job at making the two different series seem like one coherent continuity:
As already established, the fic takes place a few weeks after Dead or Alive 4, and a year after Devil May Cry 2.
During chapter 5, Kasumi recalls that her parents used to tell her about the legend of Sparda as a bedtime story.
Early on, Ryu tells Ayane and Hayate that he got wind of the events of Devil May Cry 3 and made his way to America to put a stop to the Temen-ni-gru, only to find that Dante had already resolved everything by the time he even got there.
Dante and Vergil also visited the Mugen Tenshin with their parents during that time; Dante snuck out out of boredom and came across Ayame while she was collecting herbs. During that time, he had the whole village in an uproar, with Shiden's father sending out his best ninja to search for him. Because of this, years later, Ayame recognizes Dante on sight, whereas Hayate finds Vergil's name familiar, but doesn't recognize him.
Likewise, the Protectorate of Vidu Mali entrusted another one of the jewels to Gen Fu's master.
Kasumi recognizes Dante's weapons as Devil Arms, having heard of them from her grandfather.
The Uroboros Corporation of Devil May Cry 2 was one of DOATEC's major competitors until Dante and Lucia took it down.
Dante was considered a candidate for the Dead or Alive tournaments, but was never invited.
Cassandra Truth: Jann Lee and Leifang laugh off Ryu's claims of demons until they themselves are attacked.
Casual Danger Dialog: At DOATEC Paris, Hitomi pretty much stops the fight with Dante to trash Jann Lee about beating up the T-Rex in Dead or Alive 4 to save her. This leads to a small argument until Dante reminds them that he's still there and they're supposed to be fighting.
Chivalrous Pervert: Dante admits he believes that Ayane and Kasumi are hot, but he doesn't make any moves on them due to their age. Case in point: when Ayane is brainwashed into trying to seduce him, Dante resists and instead helps her snap out of it.
Combat Breakdown: Dante and Vergil's fight in DOATEC Paris. It begins with the two using all manner of guns and Devil Arms, then with the two going Devil Trigger, and finally climaxes with the two utterly exhausted and swinging at each other, ending with Dante breaking Vergil's nose with a punch and Vergil pulling a tactical retreat.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: Vergil and Donovan decide not to move Ayame to another location after Dante, Kasumi, and Ayane discover she is within Dante's city, simply because the three have a habit of finding things they're not supposed to either way.
Deadpan Snarker: Mostly Dante and Ayane, but quite a few other characters have their moments.
Deal with the Devil: Miyako makes a deal with Gentleman to hand one of the jewels that Vergil and Donovan need to take over the world in exchange for herself and Kokoro being given sanctuary from the resulting apocalypse.
Death Seeker: Helena states on more than one occasion that, after she succeeds in taking down DOATEC and Donovan, she doesn't really care if she lives or dies.
Destructive Saviour: Dante, natch. When she hears an explosion in DOATEC Paris, Trish immediately knows that Dante is somehow involved.
Don't Call Me Sir: Ayame insists to Ayane that she stop addressing her as "Lady" and start calling her "mom."
Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Apparently, Ayane mistakes Kasumi's love for her as pity, which only pisses her off even more.
Doomed Hometown: The Mugen Tenshin village is utterly decimated by Vergil's forces early on.
Dragon with an Agenda: Raidou, Marller, and Bolverk all have their own plans independent of Vergil's; Marller and Bolverk are enemies of the late Sparda, and Raidou just doesn't like taking orders from anyone.
The Dreaded: Just about everyone in Dante's neighborhood is scared to death of him and won't dare mess with him or anyone else staying at his shop. Not only that, but the entire criminal underworld fears him as well. This includes The Mafia, The Mafiya, the Triads, the Colombians, and the Yakuza. It's to the point that, when he beats up an entire precinct of cops while helping Ayane and Kasumi spring their mom from DOATEC, no one even really tries to take any legal action against him.
Expendable Clone/Clone Army: Donovan uses numerous defective Kasumi clones as household staff, largely because though they are unable to fight, they nonetheless are capable of ordinary functions and he hates wasting products.
Ayane initially revels in Kasumi's sorrow when she discovers that the Mugen Tenshin village has been razed by demons and her father is dead, but is quickly disgusted with herself for doing so because she, too, had lost a father and wouldn't wish such a thing on anyone else.
Early on, Vergil explicitly states that he hopes that Donovan doesn't use the aforementioned Kasumi clones for sex. Donovan replies that such an act is beneath him, and besides that, he's not that desperate.
When Hayate states that they may have to use lethal force to put any dent in Dante at DOATEC Paris, both Hitomi and Jann Lee are reluctant to do so, the latter remarking that, while he likes a good fight, he's not a killer.
Exact Words: After they rescue Ayame from DOATEC, Trish asks Dante to distract the cops so she can get everyone back to Devil May Cry. Of course, she should have specified that she wanted Dante to have said cops chase him around for a while, not beat the stew out of the whole precinct.
Face Palm: When Dante confesses to getting into a fight with Hayate at DOATEC Paris, Trish rubs her eyes in annoyance.
Functional Addict: Apparently, Helena has been so badly traumatized by her mother's death that she has constant attacks and flashbacks and uses special drugs to cope.
Gag Boobs: When he first meets Kasumi and Ayane, Dante simply cannot help but make quips about their bust sizes, at one point wondering to himself how they don't get back pains from them. Later, Trish asks Tina if she got a second spine transplanted in to handle her own bust.
The Glomp: Kasumi gives one to her mother after they break her out of DOATEC.
Godzilla Threshold: After the Mugen Tenshin Clan are decimated by demons, Hayate becomes desperate enough that he decides to turn to the Dead or Alive participants for help.
Gratuitous Foreign Language: Kasumi, her siblings, Ryu, Kokoro, Jann Lee, Helena, and Leifang all speak in their native languages at various points, often leaving Dante, who only speaks English, at a loss as to what they're talking about.
Honor Before Reason: During their fight, Dante returns Hayate's sword to him, and later uses this to convince Hayate to give him back his gun. Jann Lee even calls Hayate out on it.
Human Mail: Invoked in chapter 5, Ayane at first refuses to sit next to Kasumi in the car ride back to Dante's shop, to which Dante blows up and threatens to "stuff her in a box and mail her sorry ass back home" if he hears any more complaints from her. Ayane, not wanting to make a public spectacle, sullenly complies.
I Want Them Alive: As Ayame knows where the final jewel is, Vergil insists to his minions that they capture her alive.
If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: Ryu gets in a fistfight with Kokoro over Helena, and though he has and will kill without hesitation, he refuses to kill innocents and holds back from using lethal force against Kokoro, a girl simply trying to protect her sister, because it would make him no better than those he has already killed.
Kasumi: "Ayane, could you... could you try to spare them? Ayane: "WHAT?!Are you insane?! In case you haven't noticed, there are guys out there armed to the teeth who would kill you in a heartbeat, not to mention they're the hired thugs of the same corporation that are our clan's sworn enemy, and you want me to spare them?!" Kasumi: "We are not cold-blooded killers!" Ayane: "Yes... we...are! We are ninja. That's what we do. We are assassins, we are spies, and we work in the shadows. If you think that just because we still hold the code of honor that we can act all noble and compassionate, then maybe it was a good thing you ran away because with that kind of attitude, you'd neverbe a true ninja!"
Let Us Never Speak of This Again/Old Shame: Kasumi and Lisa/La Mariposa regard the events of Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball as embarrassing and do not explain them to Dante in detail. Leifang also briefly brings up the events of Zack's Island while bathing with Hitomi, but she immediately stops her, nearly phrasing this trope word-for-word. Apparently all of the ladies agreed to never mention what happened on the island.
Raidou begins to torture Ayane by implanting emotions and thoughts in her mind, and later sending her nightmares. Eventually, he brainwashes her into attempting to seduce Dante, who resists and gets her to snap out of it.
Gentleman also forces Miyako to let Kokoro accompany Dante and Christie back to Paris by showing her visions of the apocalypse that will occur if/when Vergil's plans succeed.
Moral Myopia: When Dante reveals his fratricide of Vergil to her, Ayane, despite having wanted to kill Kasumi for years, finds herself nauseated at that information. Indeed, her hatred of Kasumi actually begins to waver at that thought.
Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: The guardian to Ayame's cell in the DOATEC building is Apophis, a robotic demon dragon that shoots red lightning.
No Infantile Amnesia: Averted; when Dante and Vergil went to the Mugen Tenshin village with their parents, Dante was apparently too young to remember it.
No True Scotsman: During chapter 8, Ayane spitefully tells Kasumi that, given her compassionate nature and reluctance to kill, she'd never be a real ninja.
Not Helping Your Case: When their attempts to sneak into DOATEC Paris go haywire and result in a raid and battle, Ryu attempts to get to Helena but is stopped by Kokoro. Though Ryu insists that they mean Helena no harm and just want to ask her some questions, he nonetheless admits to Kokoro that, given the raid and bloodshed going on around them, he wouldn't believe his story if their positions were reversed.
Not Me This Time: In chapter 36, Ayane congratulates Dante for taking out Doku, but Dante tells her that that was Ryu who did so.
Not So Different: Dante compares Ayane to Vergil early on, and during the aforementioned Mind Rape seduction scene, recognizes Ayane's feelings of isolation and need for love as feelings that he himself dealt with as a child. Furthermore, Gentleman remarks to Ayame that Dante and Vergil both share the same mentality and dislike of their mixed-species heritage, the only difference between the two being that Dante fights to protect others.
Oh My Gods!: Ayane and Kasumi exclaim "Oh, Kami!" or "Thank Kami!" at various points. Of course, "Kami" is Japanese for "God." Ayane even explicitly exclaims "Oh, Gods!" during chapter 4.
Open Heart Dentistry: Both Dante and Vergil dig bullets out of their own bodies at different points.
Outliving One's Offspring: Yuri's older brother had previously perished during the Mugen Tenshin's assault on the DOATEC Tri-Towers, and when Yuri dies as well during the demon attack on the village, Yuri's mother, now completely alone, is reduced to a near-catatonic state.
Parental Incest: Indirectly. In chapter 7, Dante and Trish briefly make out and begin to have sex, but it ends badly when Dante remembers just who she looks like.
Powered Armor: While rescuing their mother, Kasumi and Ayane face off against a bunch of Elite Mooks using this, and it's only thanks to Trish that they get out alive.
Rescue Romance: Yuri fell in love with Ayane after she saved him from drowning in a river as a child. It's sadly one-sided, though.
Revenge Before Reason: In chapter 36, Hayate acknowledges that he had become this in his vendetta against DOATEC. He snaps out of it, acknowledging that there's no point in taking down DOATEC if he destroys himself in the process and promising his sisters that he will plan his steps better in the future.
Shrouded in Myth: Subverted when Ryu recognizes Dante as the son of Sparda on sight. Played straight when Ayane laughs off Sparda as being nothing but a legend.
Sins of Our Fathers: Poor Dante has to put up with this; when Ryu recognizes him as the son of Sparda, he explicitly tells him that he isn't taking any flak for his father anymore, and later tells Marller not to even bother telling him what her beef with Sparda is, because he's heard it all.
Smooch of Victory: After they spring Ayame from DOATEC, Kasumi gives Dante a peck on the cheek as thanks, an act that confuses them both.
The Starscream: Two of Vergil's minions, Marller and Bolverk, have a grudge against Sparda and his sons by extension.
Stealth Hi/Bye: Ryu and the Mugen Tenshin ninjas are quite fond of this.
Super Soldier: Donovan's new Project Beta, featuring duplicates of Kasumi's super-clone Alpha-152 and similarly augmented clones of Ayane in pairs.
Surprisingly Good English: Kasumi, Ryu, Hayate, and Ayane are noted by Dante to speak perfect, albeit heavily accented, English.
"Well, not that I'm admitting to anything, but there might have been an incident where someone might have said a few unflattering things to said ninja. A scuffle could have broken out as well, but nothing I'm willing to confirm."
Take a Third Option: Dante's reaction to Kasumi's dilemma (be hunted by her clan for the rest of her life, or enter an arranged marriage and sever all ties to the Mugen Tenshin, thus never being able to go back home again). He explicitly says that when someone only give him two choices, he will take a third one every time.
Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Between Ayane and Dante, and Ayane and Kasumi, at least early on. Hell, in the latter case, Ayane can barely restrain herself from blowing her stack whenever Kasumi simply speaks.
Tempting Fate: This gem between Ayane and Helena while fighting demons in DOATEC Paris:
That Came Out Wrong: After the incident at DOATEC Paris, during which Hayate fights Dante over his current job with Helena, Dante defends himself to Kasumi and Ayane by stating that Hayate attacked first and he wasn't about to help him "insert his sword." He realizes just how that sounds after he says it.
Thou Shalt Not Kill: Kasumi prefers not to kill and, when confronted with armed DOATEC guards, asks Ayane if she would at least try to non-fatally subdue them. Ironically, their positions on this statement end up reversed, albeit unwillingly and reluctantly on Kasumi's end, after the Berserk Mode incident listed above and when they fight a group of Powered ArmoredElite Mooks.
Trademark Favorite Food: Dante, as usual, loves pizza, while Kasumi enjoys strawberries. Ayane, being herself, actually bitches about this to them, going so far as to accuse Kasumi of having a "strawberry fetish."
Vomit Discretion Shot: After going crazy on and brutally killing several DOATEC guards, Ayane, after coming back to her senses, is so horrified by how she lost control like that that she promptly goes into a bathroom stall and throws up.
Ayane calls out Hayate for focusing on his vendetta against DOATEC rather than trying to locate their Missing Mom.
Ayane and Kasumi (well, mostly Ayane) call Dante out for fighting Hayate at DOATEC Paris. However, as Dante points out, Hayate attacked him first, and he was acting in self-defense.
Where Did We Go Wrong?: Ayame's word-for-word question to Dante when she reflects on the state of her family and her children's relationships.
Woman Scorned: Marller was apparently betrothed to Sparda before he left her for Eva. She bares him no ill will for betraying demonkind, as demons are for the most part Always Chaotic Evil, but she's pissed that he left her, let alone for a human.