''Maō Dante'' or ''Demon Lord Dante'' is a 1971 {{manga}} by Creator/GoNagai. Remakes of the manga were released in 1994 and 2002. A [[TwelveEpisodeAnime 13-episode]] {{anime}} was released in 2002. Unfortunately, the animation of that series was extremely poor, the story was filled with plot holes, and to get it worse, the English dubbed version was dreadful at best.

Many themes from ''Maō Dante'' recur in other works by Nagai, including ''Manga/{{Devilman}}'' and ''Manga/DevilmanLady''. In fact, ''Devilman'' came into being because Toei wanted to make a LighterAndSofter version of Dante.


* AttemptedRape: [[spoiler:Lamia]] to [[spoiler:Medusa]].
* BattleOfTheStillFrames: the majority of the anime's action sequences were this.
* EyeBeams: [[spoiler:Dante]] starts using these out of nowhere in the last episode.
* FanService: This is written by Creator/GoNagai, so it's expected to pop out here and there.
* [[spoiler:GodIsEvil]]
* HeroicSacrifice: Ironically, most [[spoiler:demons]] get this treatment, especially [[spoiler:Medusa]] in her CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
* HijackingCthulhu: The title demon tricks Ryo into freeing it, then rewards the boy by eating him. But somehow, Ryo's personality survives this, taking over Dante's body and displacing its previous human identity [[spoiler: [[Literature/TheBible Judas Iscariot]] ]].
* HotbloodedSideburns: Obviously.
* LightIsNotGood: [[spoiler:God]] speaks to his followers via a pillar of light.
* LostInTranslation: Official subs have... questionable quality. Prime example is calling Beelzebub "Veil Zebub". His demon form is even a giant fly.
* MaleGaze: Comes up during {{Fanservice}} parts. Shower scenes come to mind.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Dante and Medusa are combinations between dinosaurs, mechas, humans and even God's pure power. Typical cooking, right?
* PowerOfLove: In the final episode [[spoiler:Ryou and Saori's]] mutual love destroys the BigBad. Subverted in that it also [[spoiler:destroys the world, kills everyone else, and puts them in the roles of Adam and Eve of the new world]].
* RapeAsDrama: While it was never shown on screen, one can guess how [[spoiler:Lamia]] impregnated dozens of kidnapped women in her dimension/lair. Scene with them hanging down naked and pregnant from her nets.
* {{Satan}}: One of the sealed Demon Lords. [[spoiler:He's actually a pretty nice guy]].