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Compare to ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'', the ''VideoGame/GodOfWarSeries'' and Creator/HidekiKamiya's Creator/PlatinumGames {{spiritual successor}}, ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}''. Not to be confused with Music/RunDMC or ''Manga/DetroitMetalCity''.

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Compare to ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'', the ''VideoGame/GodOfWarSeries'' ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'' series, and Creator/HidekiKamiya's Creator/PlatinumGames {{spiritual successor}}, ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}''. Not to be confused with Music/RunDMC or ''Manga/DetroitMetalCity''.


* ''Devil May Cry HD Collection'' (2012): A compilation of remastered HD ports of the first 3 installments of the series for UsefulNotes/PlayStation3 and UsefulNotes/Xbox360. Re-released on March 18, 2018 for UsefulNotes/PlayStation4, UsefulNotes/XboxOne, and [=PC=]. ''Devil May Cry 1'' is also getting a port to the UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch in the Summer of 2019.

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* ''Devil May Cry HD Collection'' (2012): A compilation of remastered HD ports of the first 3 installments of the series for UsefulNotes/PlayStation3 and UsefulNotes/Xbox360. Re-released on March 18, 2018 for UsefulNotes/PlayStation4, UsefulNotes/XboxOne, and [=PC=]. ''Devil May Cry 1'' is also getting received a port to the UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch in June of 2019, followed by ''Devil May Cry 2'' in September the Summer of 2019.same year.


* TheLadysFavour: Lady handing Kalina Ann to Dante [[spoiler:with the request that he "free" her father]] is this minus, y'know, the whole love interest thing in ''3''.
** {{Gender flip}}ped in ''2'', where Dante bequeaths his lucky coin to Lucia before heading into Demon World to face Argosax.



* SiblingRivalry: Dante and Vergil, constantly. [[SiblingYinYang It's natural for such a diametrical pair]]. As Dante says before [[spoiler:fighting him in Mission 19 in ''{{Devil May Cry}} 5'']], as far as he can remember, they've always fought. [[spoiler:''Even'' when they're trapped in the Underworld undertaking the grand task of cutting the Qliphoth at its roots and demons are liable to jump in and try to kill them at any time, they'll take the time to duel each other yet again.]]



* SiblingRivalry: Dante and Vergil, constantly. [[SiblingYinYang It's natural for such a diametrical pair]]. As Dante says before [[spoiler:fighting him in Mission 19 in ''5'']], as far as he can remember, they've always fought. [[spoiler:''Even'' when they're trapped in the Underworld undertaking the grand task of cutting the Qliphoth at its roots and demons are liable to jump in and try to kill them at any time, they'll take the time to duel each other yet again.]]



* SpiritualSuccessor: [[Franchise/MetalGear It's a Japanese action game series with many nods to American action cinema. Twin sons fight over their inexplicably missing father's legacy.]]

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* SpiritualSuccessor: [[Franchise/MetalGear It's a Japanese action game series with many nods to American action cinema. Twin sons fight over their inexplicably missing father's legacy.]]legacy]].



* StanceSystem: Dante's Styles in ''3'', ''4'', and ''5''. Moreso in ''4'', where he can switch between them, even mid-combo.

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* StanceSystem: Dante's Styles in ''3'', ''4'', and ''5''. Moreso in ''4'', ''4'' and ''5'', where he can switch between them, even mid-combo.



* TheLadysFavour: Lady handing Kalina Ann to Dante [[spoiler:with the request that he "free" her father]] is this minus, y'know, the whole love interest thing in ''3''.
** {{Gender flip}}ped in ''2'', where Dante bequeaths his lucky coin to Lucia before heading into Demon World to face Argosax.



** The first game does it in the game manual, in an anecdote of one of Dante's human neighbors describing what Dante does for a living and how scary a DeathGlare Dante can pull off.

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** The first game does it in the game manual, in an anecdote of one of Dante's human neighbors former fixers, Enzo, describing what Dante does for a living and how scary a DeathGlare Dante can pull off.off to even "make the devil cry."



** Shadows from the first game in the literal sense. They then go right to TakingYouWithMe. The same can be applied to Blitz in ''4''.

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** Shadows from the first game ''1'' in the literal sense. They then go right to TakingYouWithMe. The same can be applied to Blitz in ''4''.



* VictorGainsLosersPowers: Started in ''3'', continued in ''4''. Nero has a lesser version of this, but Dante (and Vergil [[spoiler:while he was alive]]) can turn the spirits of defeated enemies into weapons. This is the implied origin of Ifrit and Alastor from ''1'', presumably thanks to Sparda.

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* VictorGainsLosersPowers: Started in ''3'', continued in ''4''.''4'' and ''5''. Nero has a lesser version of this, but Dante (and Vergil [[spoiler:while he was alive]]) can turn the spirits of defeated enemies into weapons. This is the implied origin of Ifrit and Alastor from ''1'', presumably thanks to Sparda.



--> '''Vergil''': "''Why isn't this working?!''"

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--> '''Vergil''': '''Vergil''' in ''3'': "''Why isn't this working?!''"



* WakeUpCallBoss: Phantom in the original, Cerberus in ''3''.

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* WakeUpCallBoss: Phantom in the original, ''1'', Cerberus in ''3''.



* YoungestChildWins: Dante against Vergil. Yes, they are twins, but conversations and in-game information seems to indicate Dante is the younger twin.

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* YoungestChildWins: Dante against Vergil. Yes, they are twins, but conversations and in-game information seems to indicate Dante is the younger twin.twin, which is finally confirmed at various points in ''5''.


* SiblingRivalry: Dante and Vergil, constantly. [[SiblingYinYang It's natural for such a diametrical pair]]. As Dante says before [[spoiler:fighting him in Mission 19 in ''{{Devil May Cry}} 5'']], as far as he can remember, they've always fought.

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* SiblingRivalry: Dante and Vergil, constantly. [[SiblingYinYang It's natural for such a diametrical pair]]. As Dante says before [[spoiler:fighting him in Mission 19 in ''{{Devil May Cry}} 5'']], as far as he can remember, they've always fought. [[spoiler:''Even'' when they're trapped in the Underworld undertaking the grand task of cutting the Qliphoth at its roots and demons are liable to jump in and try to kill them at any time, they'll take the time to duel each other yet again.]]

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* SiblingRivalry: Dante and Vergil, constantly. [[SiblingYinYang It's natural for such a diametrical pair]]. As Dante says before [[spoiler:fighting him in Mission 19 in ''{{Devil May Cry}} 5'']], as far as he can remember, they've always fought.

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* ArrangeMode: Starting from the third game, there's the "Heaven and Hell" mode where both you and the enemies are {{One Hit Point Wonder}}s.


Gameplay focuses on using mixtures of HackAndSlash, {{Launcher Move}}s, {{Ground Pound}}s, {{Dash Attack}}s, VideoGameDashing, {{Double Jump}}s, {{Super Mode}}s, and {{Stance System}}s to create stylish, fast-paced {{Combos}}. Onus is placed on the player's skill with their moveset, and their ability to alternate between different weapons and moves. However, AdventureGame elements such as puzzle-solving and exploration are also featured.

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Gameplay focuses on using mixtures of HackAndSlash, Hack and Slash, {{Launcher Move}}s, {{Ground Pound}}s, {{Dash Attack}}s, VideoGameDashing, {{Double Jump}}s, {{Super Mode}}s, and {{Stance System}}s to create stylish, fast-paced {{Combos}}. Onus is placed on the player's skill with their moveset, and their ability to alternate between different weapons and moves. However, AdventureGame elements such as puzzle-solving and exploration are also featured.


* ''Devil May Cry HD Collection'' (2012): A compilation of remastered HD ports of the first 3 installments of the series for UsefulNotes/PlayStation3 and UsefulNotes/Xbox360. Re-released on March 18, 2018 for UsefulNotes/PlayStation4, UsefulNotes/XboxOne, and [=PC=]. ''Devil May Cry 1'' is also getting a port to the NintendoSwitch in the Summer of 2019.

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* ''Devil May Cry HD Collection'' (2012): A compilation of remastered HD ports of the first 3 installments of the series for UsefulNotes/PlayStation3 and UsefulNotes/Xbox360. Re-released on March 18, 2018 for UsefulNotes/PlayStation4, UsefulNotes/XboxOne, and [=PC=]. ''Devil May Cry 1'' is also getting a port to the NintendoSwitch UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch in the Summer of 2019.


* ''Devil May Cry HD Collection'' (2012): A compilation of remastered HD ports of the first 3 installments of the series for UsefulNotes/PlayStation3 and UsefulNotes/Xbox360. Re-released on March 18, 2018 for UsefulNotes/PlayStation4, UsefulNotes/XboxOne, and [=PC=].

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* ''Devil May Cry HD Collection'' (2012): A compilation of remastered HD ports of the first 3 installments of the series for UsefulNotes/PlayStation3 and UsefulNotes/Xbox360. Re-released on March 18, 2018 for UsefulNotes/PlayStation4, UsefulNotes/XboxOne, and [=PC=]. ''Devil May Cry 1'' is also getting a port to the NintendoSwitch in the Summer of 2019.


* ExcusePlot: Actually averted, despite the great possibility to go in this direction (as the protagonist is a fearless badass and the whole point of the game is to be as stylish as possible, both of which would move product without any need for further exposition). There's a pretty well-woven tapestry of backstory and even some supplementary material for this series. Granted, the first game had few cutscenes and not much interesting dialogue and nobody can remember the story of ''2'' (or whether it even had one). ''3'' and ''4'', however, have more dialogues and character development.

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* ExcusePlot: Actually averted, despite the great possibility to go in this direction (as the protagonist is a fearless badass and the whole point of the game is to be as stylish as possible, both of which would move product without any need for further exposition). There's a pretty well-woven tapestry of backstory and even some supplementary material for this series. Granted, the first game had few cutscenes and not much interesting dialogue and nobody can remember the story of ''2'' (or whether it even had one). ''3'' and ''4'', beyond, however, have more dialogues dialogue and character development.

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* ExtraStrengthMasquerade: According to Morrison in ''5'', most people consider demons and the supernatural nothing but legends and he himself didn't believe in the occult at first. This is despite the fact that, in this universe, several cities have come under siege by demonic entities. A radio broadcast in ''5'' also has survivors traumatically screaming that the invaders in Red Grave City are demons, with disbelief.

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** ''Devil May Cry 5: Visions of V'' (2019): A [[https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-03-09/devil-may-cry-5-game-gets-manga-spinoff-about-v/.144360 manga spinoff]] showing V's side of the story leading up to the events of ''5''.


* ManlyTears: Both Dante and Nero has had their moments of crying.

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* ManlyTears: Both Dante and Nero has had their moments of crying. The franchise has the title for a reason.


** The only exceptions are ''2'', which is too vague and unclear to draw a proper conclusion on the timeframe, and ''DmC'', which has explicit resting periods between levels and seems to take place over a few weeks.


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** The only exceptions are ''2'', which is too vague and unclear to draw a proper conclusion on the timeframe, and ''[=DmC=]'', which has explicit resting periods between levels and seems to take place over a few weeks.

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* ExtremelyShortTimespan: Almost every game in the series:
** ''Devil May Cry'' opens in Dante's shop at night, and the rest of the game seems to take place over a single night, with the first level at dusk and Dante and Trish escaping as the sun rises.
** ''Devil May Cry 3'' is similar, with the first few missions seeming to take place as the sun sets, the action in Temen-ni-gru happening at night, and the end credits during the follow morning.
** ''4'' is a bit more vague, but seems to take place over a couple days - the game starts at daytime, the first boss is fought at night, daytime returns at the halfway point, night returns for the second trip through Fortuna Castle, and the final boss and credits sequence is during the sunset.
** The only exceptions are ''2'', which is too vague and unclear to draw a proper conclusion on the timeframe, and ''DmC'', which has explicit resting periods between levels and seems to take place over a few weeks.
** Besides the prologue taking place a month before the main events of the game, the main portion of ''5'' takes place over only about 11 hours from 5AM to 4PM, helpfully illustrated by the TitleIn present at the start of every mission. The sun appears to be setting during the credits sequence.

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