Trivia / Devil May Cry

  • Development Gag: Dante's alias, Tony Redgrave, likely serves as one to DMC's history as one of the many RE4 prototypes; the version that was retooled in the original game featured a protagonist with superhuman abilities spawned by biotechnology named Tony.
  • Divorced Installment: Devil May Cry started as an early concept for Resident Evil 4 (one of four) which was eventually ditched because the ability to juggle zombies with guns wasn't particularly scary.
  • Dueling Games: Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition with Batman: Arkham Knight, both being Spectacle Fighters released really close to each other.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Reuben Langdon, Dante's Ink-Suit Actor, had his hair dyed for the Japanese commercial of the third game. And he looks ALMOST exactly like Dante does in 3.
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  • Flip-Flop of God: Capcom originally announced Ninja Theory's DmC was a Continuity Reboot, then said it was a Prequel, and then an Alternate Continuity.
  • Fountain of Expies: Ironically Dante's gotten several expies over the years:
    • Brandon "Beyond the Grave" Heat is more a silent variation minus the BFS and more emphasis on shooting.
    • Gene. He also doubles as an expy to Kenshiro. Capcom would later take notes and base Nero partially off the former.
    • Bayonetta and Jeanne are both Gender Flip examples. The two ladies are snarkers that both fight with swords and guns, taunt their enemies, and the latter even has white hair and dresses in red. The only differences is that they are witches that fight angels. note 
    • Kagura is another gender flip example that is very Stripperific and arguably an expy of the DMC3 incarnation. A Half-Human Hybrid (Dhampyr in this case) that's young, snarky, taunts, and likes to show off. It fits the bill.
    • Wonder Blue, Dante in Super Sentai form.
  • No Export for You: A good amount of artbooks that goes into further details on things that got left out and the two-volume novelization of 4, Deadly Fortune.
  • Stealth Pun: Devil Arms are powerful weapons created from demons, usually seen as melee weapons (with some exceptions like Pandora, Geryon, and the Doppleganger). Nero never uses any Devil Arms as his weapon like Dante, but it isn't necessary because he literally has a devil arm.
  • The Other Darrin: Dante's voice actors. They didn't bring one back for a second game until 4 (see the Characters page for the full list). It wasn't until Reuben Langdon (Dante's Ink-Suit Actor) voiced him in 3 that a VA stuck. Subsequently, Langdon went on to reprise his role in 4 and The Animated Series, the latter causing a massive moment of fandom rejoicing when announced.
    • This is made even more jarring if one considers Dante's appearance as a Secret Character in the PS2 version of Viewtiful Joe. Although it came out a year after 2 (where he was voiced by Matthew Kaminsky), Dante's voice actor is the same as the original game (Drew Coombs). In other words, it went from Drew Coombs, to Matthew Kaminsky, back to Drew Coombs, and then finally to Reuben Langdon, who has been voicing Dante ever since 3.
      • This doesn't even factor in Dante's other out-of-universe appearance as a Guest Fighter in Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne, where Dante's voice actor is Kaminsky again (however, it's just a case of reusing his grunts and warcries from 2).
      • Dante was Darrin'd again for the reboot, this time being voiced by Tim Phillipps. Granted, that Dante is technically a different character with a different personality, so keeping the same voice actor would have been odd.
    • Trish was voiced by Sarah Lafleur in the first game, Luci Christian in TAS (Atsuko Tanaka in the original Japanese version), and then Danielle Burgio in 4 and MvC3 (with Tanaka reprising in Japanese).
    • It would seem that out of all of the recurring characters (what few there are), only Lady has kept her VA (Kari Wahlgren).
    • No longer as of DMC4:SE, which replaces her (at least in-game and in the new cutscenes) with Kate Higgins.
  • Throw It In: The enemy juggling mechanic was born from a glitch that accidentally allowed juggling in Onimusha. The glitch was fixed before Onimusha's release, but was so Crazy Awesome that Capcom added it to to the original DMC.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Dante was set to appear in Soulcalibur III, but didn't quite make the roster. It's a shame, considering the Guest Fighters in both previous and subsequent titles (not to mention that Dante's Japanese VA is Mitsurugi in the same series).
    • Arkham was originally going to go by the name of Hyne (pronounced "Hai-neh"), but Reuben Langdon (Dante) didn't think it would work in English and convinced Capcom to change it. His alter-ego Jester was also named Joker early on in production.
    • Though its probably obvious to anyone that DMC 4 was rushed due to the fact the second half is just the first half in reverse, but apparently Dante was going to have completely original levels with original bosses after a a bigger bad would be revealed. That would explain why the weapons Dante gets have nothing to do with the demons he kills to get them, which is a change from 3 where the Devil Arms were related to the demons Dante fought.
    • Nero was originally going to be named Rodin, after the famed French sculptor who once created a motif of a Hellgate mentioned in The Divine Comedy. He was additionally intended to be given a more complete Devil Trigger, as a counterbalance to a Perfect Devil Trigger conceived for Dante.
  • There were plans for two Devil May Cry games to be released on the PSP.
    • A Remake of the first Devil May Cry was in order, it reached a far stage of development as screenshots and an official Box Art became available, however the game got silently killed as Capcom simply stopped talking about it, oddly enough the media didn’t pursue answers either; it got swiftly swept under the rug.
    • A game with focus on The Legendary Dark Knight was planned, this one never went anywhere compared to the attempted portable remake though, it just got a tentative title of “Devil May Cry: Dance of Sparda” and nothing more.
  • The first E3 trailer for the first Devil May Cry had a few differences compared to the Final Game, Dante had no long coat, it was just a red jacket; Sparda as his demon self was exactly the same as what ended up being Alastor.

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