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Recurring²[[folder:Vergil[=/=]Nelo Angelo]]²[[quoteright:300:]] ²[[caption-width-right:300:"[[BadassCreed Might controls everything.]]"]]²[[caption-width-right:300:[[labelnote:Click here to see Nelo Angelo]][[/labelnote]]]]²[[caption-width-right:300:[[labelnote:Click here to see him in DMC 4:Special Edition]][[/labelnote]]]]²[[caption-width-right:300:[[labelnote:Click here to see him]][[/labelnote]] [[spoiler:in [=DMC=] 5]]]]²²->''"Foolishness, Dante, foolishness. Might controls everything. And without strength, you cannot protect anything. Let alone yourself."''²²->'''Voiced by:''' David Keeley (Nelo Angelo, ''[[VideoGame/DevilMayCry1 DMC]]''), Jonathan Mallen (young, ''DMC''), Creator/DanSouthworth (''[[VideoGame/DevilMayCry3DantesAwakening DMC3]]'', ''VideoGame/ViewtifulJoe: Red Hot Rumble'', ''[[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3 Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3]]'', ''[[VideoGame/DevilMayCry4 DMC4: Special Edition]]''[[spoiler:, ''[[VideoGame/DevilMayCry5 DMC5]]]]''), Creator/HiroakiHirata (''Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3'', ''[=DMC4=]: Special Edition'', ''VideoGame/ProjectXZone 2''[[spoiler:, ''[[VideoGame/DevilMayCry5 DMC5]]]]''; Japanese)²->'''Face Model:''' Maxim Nazarov (''[[spoiler:[[VideoGame/DevilMayCry5 DMC5]]]]'')\²²The AntiVillain-[[WildCard slash]]-AntiHero HalfHumanHybrid son of an AscendedDemon named Sparda and a [[HumanMomNonhumanDad human named Eva]], and [[AlwaysIdenticalTwins twin brother]] of Dante. While Dante became a hotheaded but selfless AntiHero after [[DeathByOriginStory demons killed their mother]], Vergil grew to be a cool and collected AntiVillain [[AmbitionIsEvil out for his own gain]].\²²In the {{prequel}} game ''Devil May Cry 3'', Vergil came into conflict with his brother Dante when Vergil attempted to open a giant HellGate to obtain the power of their father. After multiple battles between the two, Dante emerged the ultimate victor. Vergil meanwhile chose to stay on the other side of the HellGate he had opened, only to come face-to-face with the [[BigBad demonic god]] his father had sealed away there: Mundus.\²²In ''Devil May Cry'', we learn Vergil lost to Mundus, and was enslaved by the BigBad to operate as his [[TheHeavy top enforcer]] under the name "Nelo Angelo." After several more clashes with his brother Dante, Vergil is seemingly killed and vanishes in a flash of light.\²²[[spoiler:Returns in a fashion in ''5'', being the one who kickstarted the whole game's plot.]]\²²Being half-demon, Vergil has SuperStrength, NighInvulnerability and a HealingFactor, along with the ability to transform into a demonic SuperMode called Devil Trigger. His weapon of choice was originally a [[KatanasAreJustBetter Japanese sword]] [[AncestralWeapon of his father's]] named Yamato, followed by a [[NoNameGiven nameless]] [[{{BFS}} giant demonic sword]] after becoming Nelo Angelo.²----²* AbsurdlySharpBlade: His signature [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]] Yamato is so sharp it can literally cut through dimensions; Vergil can cut through any object regardless of its size or distance, hence the name of its signature technique, "Judgment Cut". There are very little things he can't cleanly cut with it; usually objects imbued with demonic powers comparable to his (such as the Rebellion). Although if the user is weakened, this trope is subverted (it cannot even cut through Lady's very mundane Kalina Ann cannon). ''5'' reveals it's ''even sharper than originally thought.'' Its power to literally split ''anything'' in two kickstarts the plot [[spoiler:when Vergil uses it on ''himself'', splitting his own being in two: his demon half Urizen, and his human half V.]]²* AbusiveParents: [[spoiler:Played with. He rips one of his own son's arms off to get Yamato back in ''5'', but he wasn't particularly in his right mind at the time. Similarly, his demonic side, Urizen, tries to kill Nero at every turn, while his human side, V, is genuinely caring and paternal towards Nero. When V merges with Urizen and turns back into Vergil, he's ashamed by Urizen's actions in general and shows a more caring side to Nero, [[ParentsAsPeople though he still is a pretty aloof and distant individual]]. That he doesn't even learn Nero is his son until well ''after'' he reforms from V and Urizen muddies this further.]]²* TheAce: To Dante during the beginning of ''3'', as he defeats Dante with little effort in their first battle. Even as Dante catches up since Vergil doesn't gain as many power ups as Dante does during their respective journeys in Temen-ni-gru, Vergil still proves an even match for Dante during their second and third battle, even if he does lose the latter.²* AffablyEvil: Has moments of this. Most notably, [[spoiler:when he’s “revived” in ''5'', one of the first things he does is sincerely thank Nero for helping him get to his demon half as V.]]²* AlasPoorVillain: Dante ends up mourning his death. ''Twice.''²* AloofBigBrother: Fits this trope very well. He always treats Dante coldly through most of the game and is the older twin.²* AlwaysIdenticalTwins: Him and Dante. Their hair is actually the same length, which means they look completely identical, but Vergil slicks his hair back so it distinguishes them normally. [[spoiler:In ''[=DMC5=]'' they look significantly different--not even sharing the same face models.]]²* AmbiguouslyEvil: He's definitely a selfish villain out for his own gain, but just how evil he really is is left up to interpretation. Tellingly, in the games he doesn't have any moments where he completely JumpsOffTheSlipperySlope, and his motivation is solely for power to protect what matters to him, so he'll NeverBeHurtAgain like when he was too weak to protect his own mother.²* AmbiguousSyntax: [[spoiler:During his fight with Dante in ''5'', after Dante yells at Vergil for ripping off his own son's arm, Vergil retorts with the seemingly AbusiveParents line "My son means nothing to me!" only for the next scene to reveal [[LukeYouAreMyFather he didn't know he even had a son]], and was actually asking who his son was supposed to be in confusion.]]²* AmbitionIsEvil: His entire arc in ''3'' is about his desire for more power. It ultimately led to [[spoiler:his downfall into literal hell]]. Shortly after, he marches straight off to fight [[spoiler:Mundus]].²-->'''Vergil:''' If my father did it, I should be able to do it too!²* AntiVillain: He's honorable enough to [[LetsFightLikeGentlemen seek out a fair duel with his opponents]] and know when to draw the line (i.e. [[EvilerThanThou Arkham]]), but not enough to prompt a true HeelFaceTurn.²* ArchEnemy: He's easily the most prominent, persistent, and personal of Dante's many foes.²* ArtEvolution: The idea of Vergil being Dante’s pure identical twin has been slowly getting phased out of the narrative, at least visually, as his facial features since ''[=4SE=]'' have been modeled more closely to resemble Nero’s face than his brother’s. Some TruthInTelevision, as Vergil would [[ have a different lifestyle in a different environment]] compared to Dante. [[spoiler:Further emphasized with his facial-scan model being someone entirely different from Dante's in ''5''.]]²* AscendedExtra: Nelo Angelo was a MauveShirt in ''1'', used to turn Dante's feud with Mundus into a personal grudge. ''3'' would significantly flesh out Vergil's character, ''4:SE'' makes him a {{Posthumous Character}} whose legacy kickstarts the plot. [[spoiler:And in ''5'' he comes BackFromTheDead to be a major player in the story.]]²* TheAtoner: [[spoiler:At the end of ''5'', having recognized his desperation and reckless disregard of his own humanity created Urizen and made a colossal, avoidable mess of things, he makes peace with Nero and becomes more of TheRival to Dante, and then jumps into the Demon World with his brother to seal the portal Urizen made via the Qliphoth.]]²* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:Returns in ''5'', after seemingly exploding near the end of the very first game.]]²* BackToBackBadasses: In ''3'' with Dante in their EnemyMine moment, [[spoiler: as well as the final scene of ''5'' in which Vergil and Dante are preparing to face the LegionsOfHell together.]]²* BadassBoast: Vergil's flair for awesomely demeaning lines might just outdo his (almost) peerless swordsmanship. Hearing his BossBanter is literally half the fun in all three of his ''3'' boss battles, ''[[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3 Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3]]'', and ''4:SE'', including: "This may be fun." "Rest in peace." "Try and keep up." "You're going down." "You are not worthy as my opponent." "My power shall be absolute!" "You shall die!" "Now I'm a little motivated!"²* BadassCape: As Nelo Angelo.²* BadassCreed: "Might controls everything." reflecting his general AntiVillain belief that the only way to NeverBeHurtAgain is to become strong enough to protect yourself and what matters to you.²* BadassInANiceSuit: As Gilver in the now LooseCanon light novel prequel to ''1''. Interestingly enough, [[WhatCouldHaveBeen concept art]] for ''3'' depicts Vergil in a black suit with a ScarfOfAsskicking, not unlike that of Gilver.²* BadassLongcoat: A blue longcoat to contrast Dante's red one.²* BandagedFace: As [[SignificantAnagram Gilver]] in the [[CanonDiscontinuity novelization]].²* BatmanGambit: In the first prequel novel, he [[spoiler:sets Nell up to willingly perform a HeroicSacrifice on Dante's behalf, in order to awaken Dante. It worked]].²* BatmanGrabsAGun: He detests guns, seeing them as dishonorable weapons. That said, to finish off Arkham alongside Dante in ''3'', he fires one of Dante's own guns (although this is more for style points than any necessity).²-->'''Vergil:''' I'll try it your way for once.²* BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame: Inverted when he uses Sparda's other broadsword (Force Edge) to fight Dante at the end of ''3''. It doesn't work.²* BerserkButton: Dante's quip about Vergil never being like Sparda touched a nerve.²* BigBad: He's the main antagonist of ''3'', as he's trying to open a portal into the Demon World to get his hands on the power of Sparda that Dante has to stop. [[spoiler:Actually part of a BigBadEnsemble with Arkham, who's trying to do the same thing by manipulating Vergil and everyone else in the cast to open the portal and kill each other for him. In the end, he helps defeat Arkham and ends up as the FinalBoss of ''3''.]]²* BigBadEnsemble: [[spoiler:He and Arkham both attempt to {{Out Gambit|ted}} each other through the second half of ''3'', with Vergil trying to kill Arkham, and Arkham manipulating the protagonists to weaken or kill Vergil for him.]]²* BigBrotherBully: Spends most of ''3'' as this, but shows shades of BigBrotherInstinct in the ending when he urges Dante to leave the entrance to Hell as soon as possible, and takes a suicidal fall into Hell in order to prevent Dante from being stuck in the Demon World.²* BigDamnVillains: [[spoiler:Shows up to help out Dante against Arkham toward the end of ''3''.]]²* BlackKnight: As Nelo Angelo. Fittingly so, his name (if Nelo was spelled as Ne'''r'''o) is Italian for "Black Angel."²* BloodKnight: While he's not as open about it as Dante, Vergil does seem to enjoy a good fight, though it's mostly reserved for [[WorthyOpponent his brother]]. [[spoiler:The post-credit scene for ''5'' shows that they just spend their time fighting when they're not handling hordes of demons.]]²* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Has this dynamic with his brother as a result of choosing to embrace his Demonic heritage over his Human heritage, in contrast to Dante, who bases his personal code on Human morality. Vergil honestly seems to have no interest in actually killing Dante, despite the numerous times they've cut each other to pieces. He just wants to prove himself the strongest.²-->'''Lady:''' Although the same blood of their father flowed through their veins, the two battled each other fiercely like arch-enemies. It seemed as if they derived some sort of twisted pleasure from this brotherly fighting.²* BornWinner: Being the offspring of a powerful demon hero, both he and Dante have inherited said demon's powers.²* BossBanter: Chock full of it whenever he becomes your opponent in any game he appears in. The lines you hear depend on how you're faring, ranging from [[LetsGetDangerous "Now, I'm motivated!"]] to [[IAmNotLeftHanded "Don't get cocky."]]²* BossSubtitles:²--> [[spoiler:The Alpha and the Omega: Vergil]]²* BrainwashedAndCrazy: As Nelo Angelo.²* BreakoutVillain: Goes from being TheHeavy in the first game, then acting as the BigBad of ''3'' [[spoiler:as part of a BigBadEnsemble]]. Unlike all the other villains, he also became a PlayableCharacter in the {{Updated Rerelease}}s of ''3'' and ''4''. Finally, [[spoiler:Vergil is the undisputed BigBad of ''5'' in his Urizen form]].²* BroughtToYouByTheLetterS: His Devil Trigger form [[spoiler:in ''5'']] has a great big glowing V shaped HeartLight on it, in opposition to Dante's more star shaped one.²* ByronicHero: He's an Anti-Villain, but nonetheless has many traits of this archetype. He is a JadeColoredGlasses cynic with a DarkAndTroubledPast who considers his own values and passions as being above everyone else's and thus is doggedly determined to follow his values and passions, even if it means trampling over others (more specifically, seeking to acquire the power of his father in order [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans to re-establish the Kingdom of Sparda]]). As for the romantic element common to many Byronic Heroes, there is the [[spoiler:tryst that produced his son Nero]].²* CainAndAbel: The Cain to Dante's Abel.²* CameBackStrong: [[spoiler: Dante ended up stronger than Vergil by the end of ''3'', and by the end of ''1'' had defeated him as Nelo Angelo, and continued getting stronger after that. After reforming from V and Urizen in ''5'', he's now gained a Sin Devil Trigger which makes him the equal of Dante as well as the superior to Urizen's powered up form]].²* CannotSpitItOut: A non-romantic example. [[AllThereInTheManual Supplemental materials]] state that Vergil still has a great deal of respect for his younger brother, even if his pride would never allow him to actually say it. This is perhaps best seen at the end of ''3'', where Vergil tells Dante to not follow him and advises him to escape from the Demon World before the portal closes, without directly addressing the fact he now acknowledges Dante and further cares about his well-being.²* CharacterDevelopment: [[spoiler: His return in ''5'' marks a small, but noteworthy evolution of Vergil's character. By splitting himself into two fragments, Vergil's human half (V) witnesses firsthand where his lust for power could potentially take him, and is not pleased with the result (Urizen) to say the least. Upon becoming whole once again, learning that Nero is his son, and finally getting one hell of an asskicking from said son, his relationship with Dante mellows to a degree, and he also comes to acknowledge how strong his son Nero is. He then ventures with Dante into the Demon World in order to fix the problems he caused as Urizen.]]²* CharacterTics: His HairFlip in ''3'', which gives his hair its characteristic spikiness and reveals his forehead. [[GoodHairEvilHair This is done to further differentiate himself from Dante]], as their hairstyles are identical when his hair is wet. In homage to his brother, when Dante obtains the Yamato in ''4'', he runs his hand through his hair in the same manner as Vergil while entering Dark Slayer style.²* CoolSword: Yamato, a sword [[AncestralWeapon given to him by his father]].²* CrypticConversation: The above quote, which led to a metric ton of AlternativeCharacterInterpretation.²* CulturedBadass: [[spoiler:Through the BadassBookworm version of him, V, we learn the deadly half-demon Vergil has also been a fan of Creator/WilliamBlake poetry since childhood, loves ClassicalMusic enough to be able to know how to convincingly conduct and [[AirGuitar mime a violin solo]], and even knows how to tap dance.]]²* DarkIsEvil: Yamato is a blade said to have been forged in darkness, and allows its wielder to the "Dark Slayer" style, which gives them [[CastingAShadow the power of darkness]]. [[spoiler: He also wears black clothing in ''5'', but this is {{Subverted}} in a sense, as [[DarkIsNotEvil at this point Vergil is at the highest he's been in his morality.]] ]]²* TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget: [[spoiler:After separating his human and demon sides, the demonic side (Urizen) says that he can no longer remember various things from his past when Dante tries to jog his memory. The human side, V, remembers everything--including [[TraumaButton the things he'd rather not]].]]²* DarthVaderClone: Let's count the ways. EvilCounterpart to the Hero? Check. Formerly a good person that went through a FaceHeelTurn? Check. Brainwashed into [[TheDragon serving an evil Emperor]]? Check. Wears a mighty suit of armor while serving said Emperor? Check. Name change to hide his identity from the Hero as part of his EvilMakeover? Check. Horribly disfigured appearance after said brainwashing? Check. Pulls a last minute save to protect the Hero from the Emperor's plot? Check. LukeIAmYourFather reveal after their last battle? Check. [[BlackComedy Amusingly,]] another aside parallel with the trope namer is that [[spoiler:he also [[AnArmAndALeg dismembers his own son's arm.]]]]²* ADayInTheLimelight: He's the protagonist of his own story in ''4:SE'', which takes place before ''3''. [[spoiler:He also gets a ton of focus in ''5'', as both the BigBad Urizen and BigGood V, each of whom touch on different parts of his HeelFaceRevolvingDoor personality.]]²* DefeatMeansRespect: After losing in battle to [[spoiler:Nero in ''5'', Vergil heeds his son's demands to stop the Qliphoth instead of continuing his feud with Dante, and even gives Nero his poetry book to hang onto until the next time they fight. That said, this ''is'' Vergil, so strength is the only thing that can make him listen, and it's clear that he won't take this defeat lying down.]]²* DeflectorShields: In ''3'', he'll put one up to signify one of his deadlier moves - Devil Trigger in the second and third battle, Judgement Cut Storm in the third, and, in Dante Must Die mode, Summoned Swords and its derived moves in ''all three'' fights.²* DemotedToDragon: Timeline-wise, he goes from being the BigBad of the prequel game, ''3'', to being corrupted into TheHeavy to Mundus in the very first game. [[spoiler: Inverted, now that he has reascended the ladder to become the BigBad of ''5'']]²* DimensionalCutter: His sword Yamato can literally cut holes between the Human and Demon World and momentarily cut space itself into pieces.²* DisappearedDad: Has one (Sparda) and is one (for Nero). A rare twofer.²* DisneyDeath: Falls into an abyss at the end of ''3'' after having his HealingFactor exhausted by Dante, and still survives. He then gets horribly tortured and corrupted by the BigBad of ''1'', and then gets the crap beaten out of him multiple times by Dante again, and then seemingly ''explodes'' into nothing. [[spoiler:Only to return ''yet again'' in ''5'', though he has to take some pretty extreme measures to recover from the years of abuse his body had taken.]]²* DoesntLikeGuns: Is stated to think that firearms are [[LetsFightLikeGentlemen dishonorable weapons]]. He [[JustForPun gives them a shot]] near the end of ''3'', though. This also does not stop Vergil from using his Summoned Swords.²* DontMakeMeDestroyYou: [[spoiler:His fight with Nero in ''5'' has him telling Nero to stand down and generally not taking his son's attempts to make him stop fighting Dante and deal with the HellGate seriously until Nero impales him with his own sword.]]²* DoppelgangerAttack: [[spoiler:Gains the ability to summon a copy of himself made out of demonic energy after the experience of being split into two different beings during the events of ''5''.]]²* DoubleJump: Notable in that he is the ''only'' playable character in the series to lack one (even Lady, a normal human, can double jump via [[RocketJump Blaster]]). The only way Vergil can double jump is off the wall with Kick Jump.²* DrivenByEnvy: [[spoiler:''5'' reveals that his enmity with Dante was driven by the belief their mother saved Dante but left him to fend for himself, not knowing that Eva in fact died looking for him. He both wanted to be cared for and loved, and wanted his believed abandonment and loss to be somehow justified, and thus wanted to prove himself to be Dante's better.]]²* DualWielding: He neatly wields both Yamato and [[{{BFS}} Force Edge]] towards the end of ''3'' as well as in all of his playable appearances.²* EasilyForgiven: [[spoiler:While Vergil was dying and traumatized, and it's arguable how much Urizen is Vergil without his humanity, and V actively tried to save everyone, Vergil is still the cause of Urizen's birth and at least indirectly responsible for the untold amount of deaths in Red Grave City. And yet, Dante seems content to simply take Yamato from Vergil so he won't be able to do anything like this again if Vergil would actually give it up, while Nero prioritizes stopping his father and uncle from killing each other. However, Nero also makes it clear he ''hasn't'' forgiven his father for the ParentalAbandonment, taking off his arm, and so on.]]²* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Despite his dislike of humanity, Vergil never once speaks ill of his mother. Notice that when he's finally defeated by Dante in ''3'', the first thing he reaches for is his half of the Perfect Amulet. It can also be inferred that Nelo Angelo's pain when seeing Dante's half in ''1'' is due to the memories of childhood with Eva and Dante.²* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Ultimately, deep down, Vergil does still care quite a bit for his younger brother, despite his resentment. [[spoiler:After the events of ''5'', and his time as V changing him for the better, he's a lot less antagonistic towards Dante, and behaves very cordially towards Nero even before learning that Nero is ''his'' son, and not, as he believed, his nephew.]] ²* EvenEvilHasStandards: He follows a strict code of honor, and shows disgust towards anyone who uses cheap tactics or betrayal for their own agenda [[spoiler:such as Arkham]].²* EvilAlbino: His CGI-rendered scans in ''3'' have Vergil significantly paler than his brother. Nelo Angelo's skin is also of [[UndeathlyPallor a ghastly pallor]].²* EvilCounterpart:²** To Dante. Both went through the same trauma of losing their mother, yet reacted very differently to it. Vergil chose to embrace his demonic side so he could become more powerful, while Dante chose to protect humans.²** Also one to Nero. Both are primarily blue colored part-demons who inherited power from their fathers, and both seek to grow stronger throughout the course of their respective games. Nero, however, fights to protect others, and his strength comes from his love for Kyrie. Vergil on the other hand fights only for himself.²* EvilFormerFriend: It comes with being twins. Hard to believe considering how their relationship ended up, but he and Dante were close growing up, until their separation.²* EvilTwin: A textbook example at first glance. When they fight in the rain, Vergil's hair falls down, so he looks even more exactly like Dante.²* EvilerThanThou: [[ZigzaggedTrope A very weird example]] in ''3'' to Arkham. [[spoiler:Vergil considers Arkham unworthy of Sparda's power, unlike himself, and helps Dante defeat him. However, while both of them share the same goal in attaining said power, Vergil is a NobleDemon who wants it out of a desire to NeverBeHurtAgain, while Arkham is a truly selfish being who wants it to achieve godhood. In short, Arkham's more evil, but Vergil proves to be the superior villain.]]²* EvilWearsBlack: [[spoiler: Upon reappearing in ''5'', he wears now a predominantly black outfit. However, this game has Vergil at his least villainous in the entire series.]]²* {{Expy}}: Just as Dante takes elements from the lead of ''Manga/SpaceAdventureCobra'' and leads from late [=90s=] manga like ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'', ''Manga/InuYasha'' and ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'', Vergil borrows elements from TheRival AntiVillain characters in those stories, like Crystal Bowie (AffablyEvil, NobleDemon, uses blade rather than gun), Millions Knives (Twin brother, UsedToBeASweetKid, swept back hair), Sesshomaru (AloofBigBrother, TheStoic, NobleDemon, katana instead of {{BFS}}), and Alexander Anderson (DoesntLikeGuns, more formal BadassLongcoat, swept back hair).²* FailureKnight: Hinted at more than once throughout ''3''. It seems his initial motivation for wanting more power was due to a feeling of complete helplessness when Eva was killed, and wanting to protect Dante afterward. But, like any obsessive and dangerous thirst for more power, it corrupted him and he soon forgot even ''why'' he wanted that power. [[ManipulativeBastard Arkham promptly attempted to capitalize on this]].²* FearfulSymmetry: A viable tactic in any fight with Vergil is to parry his attacks with well-timed strikes of your own, putting a kibosh on his offensive while giving you a window of opportunity to counter. It's practically a necessity with Nelo, who tends to come back raring for another go with that blade of his even after being successfully warded off.²* TheFettered: He may pursue power relentlessly, but Vergil still follows a strict moral code and has lines he ''will not cross''. [[spoiler:Urizen in ''5'' shows just how heinous and monstrous Vergil would be without his humanity and honor code holding him back]].²* FinalBoss: ²** Of ''3''. Uniquely, his final encounter is the game's sole BossOnlyLevel.²** [[spoiler:Also serves as the final battle for both Dante and Nero in ''5'' in the final two missions, respectively.]]²* FinalBossPreview: Vergil uses many of the same attacks in the three battles you fight against him, but will add new ones each time he gains new weapons. In the first fight, he only carries his Yamato. In the second battle, he adds the Beowulf gauntlets and greaves into his arsenal, and will use his Devil Trigger. In the end, he lost his Beowulf in exchange for the Force Edge, will use a stronger Devil Trigger that lasts ''much'' longer that also enables him to perform his {{Limit Break}}s. In [[HarderThanHard Dante Must Die]] mode, he will use [[ThatOneAttack Summoned Swords]] in all three of his fights.²* FingerlessGloves: Like Dante in ''3'', he wears these as well.²* FlashStep: He does this ''[[TeleportSpam a lot]]''. It's part of his fighting style, called the Dark Slayer Style which focuses on teleportation and swordsmanship. Due to this, Vergil is more adept at teleportation than Dante because of his greater experience and knowledge with his demonic powers. As Nelo Angelo though, it becomes less effective as Vergil's sealed inside an oversized suit of demonic armor.²* ForWantOfANail: [[spoiler:At the end of ''5'', after learning from Dante their mother died looking for him, and didn't abandon him as he'd believed, he wonders if he had been with Eva instead during the night demons attacked their home, he would have had Dante's life, and vice versa.]]²* FriendlyRivalry: [[spoiler:After Nero forces him to make peace with Dante, he settles into this sort of relationship with his brother. Their final scene is of the two bickering over who has the better score in their sparring matches and working together to keep the demons sealed in the underworld.]]²* GangstaStyle: The one time he wields Ebony, he holds it in this manner.²* GoodHairEvilHair: His slicked back 'do. If wet, he looks exactly like Dante.²* GreaterScopeVillain: Of ''4'' [[spoiler:and ''5'']]. The Yamato was originally his, the Bianco and Alto Angelo demons were essentially weaker clones of his Nelo Angelo form, and the villains' major plan would fall apart without his influence. [[spoiler: In ''5'', he created Urizen and V, albeit by accident, and as a result the plot revolves around him despite him technically not being present. This ends in the final act, when Urizen is destroyed by V and they recombine back into Vergil.]]²* HalfHumanHybrid: Half-human, half-demon, like Dante.²* HealingFactor: In ''3'', he can Trigger and regain health in his second and third fights. However, it does have some limits as extreme exhaustion seems to reduce its effectiveness, as seen when Arkham makes his big play after his second fight with Dante.²* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: A {{Downplayed}} example in ''5''. He's still very stoic and ruthless, antagonistic and at the end of ''5'' he still picks a fight with both Nero and Dante, but his horrible experiences as Mundus's slave and as Urizen have changed him for the better; he's a lot more pleasant and polite, sincerely thanking Nero for helping him restore his form, agrees to help save the Human World when push comes to shove, and has finally mended his relationship with his estranged brother, settling for a FriendlyRivalry with him.]]²* HeadsIWinTailsYouLose: The [[BattleInTheRain first fight]] against him in ''3'' will result in a game over if you lose, and Vergil taking your amulet and then impaling you with your own sword if you win.²* HijackedByGanon: [[spoiler:After Dante beats Urizen in ''5'', V merges with him back into Vergil, leading to a final DuelToTheDeath between Vergil and Dante, and then Nero and Vergil (with a tired Dante deciding to just sit things out) to make the two focus on closing the HellGate.]]²* HotWings: [[spoiler:His new Devil Trigger in ''5'']] has blue flames in the shape of small wings erupting from his forearms.²* ICanStillFight:²** Pulls this in ''3'', refusing to stop fighting his brother despite his own exhaustion. This all plays [[spoiler: into Arkham's hands as both Vergil and Dante are left so worn out they can barely struggle against Jester who is well aware of how much stronger than him they are at full strength]].²** [[spoiler:In ''5'' he battles Dante to a near standstill, and both are worn down by the time Nero intervenes with his full Devil Trigger. Vergil then jumps straight into a fight with his son, ultimately being pushed back but adamantly claiming he's still able to battle. However, he acknowledges that destroying the Qliphoth is more important at the moment, as it'll destroy the human world if left unchecked, [[EvilVsOblivion which would get in the way of his quest for more power and his rivalry with Dante]].]]²* IHatePastMe: [[spoiler:Like V, he isn't particularly happy about the lows Urizen stooped to in his quest for power, and soon after goes to destroy the Qliphoth and portal to the Demon World his demon half spent the entirety of ''5'' setting up.]]²* IaijutsuPractitioner: His main fighting style consists of drawing Yamato against his enemies for quick and precise slashes.²* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:Gets to join in on the Sparda family tradition of [[RunningGag getting impaled by their own swords]], demonstrated if Nero can parry or Buster Vergil in ''5''[='=]s final fight.]]²* IneffectualLoner: His belief in living by one's own strength is always instrumental to his defeats as Dante is willing to accept the help of others, whether it be direct assistance or vis-a-vis a loaned weapon. To illustrate, Vergil blindly attacked [[spoiler:Mundus]] on his lonesome, and was utterly crushed. Whereas Dante managed to banish that same demon, but only with the devil sword Sparda and Trish's aid.²* InstantDeathRadius: Summoned Swords - Spiral Swords, used by Nelo Angelo during his final fight and by Vergil during ''3'''s Dante Must Die mode. [[ThatOneAttack Hope that you wrote your will.]]²* IsThatWhatHeToldYou: Stated word-for-word in ''3''. [[spoiler:Lady is under the impression that Vergil was manipulating her father, [[BlatantLies Arkham]], and was the reason he murdered Kalina Ann. In reality, [[MagnificentBastard it's the other way around]]. Appropriately, Vergil drops the trope name, calls her a foolish girl, and Lady begins to start piecing together the facts for herself.]]²* ItsAllAboutMe: Shown through [[spoiler:his half demonic side Urizen]] that he thinks Dante lost nothing, nevermind he also became an orphan. Vergil's taste for power and desire to beat Dante takes priority over everyone else.²* ItWasAGift: Much like Rebellion for Dante, his Yamato sword was originally a keepsake of his father.²* KatanasAreJustBetter: His WeaponOfChoice is his father's nodachi Yamato. Even when equipping the Force Edge broadsword, he also intersperses it with strikes from the katana as well. He is also an IaijutsuPractitioner when using the katana alone, as all his attacks are done from the draw. Dante and Nero both get to use the sword as well (with Nero using it as the key to unlocking his demonic side and Dante using Vergil's iai techniques).²* LackOfEmpathy: While Vergil is never shown to actively try to hurt innocent people in his role for ''3'', he is not shown to care for the number of people who died in the surge of Temen-ni-gru, the demon portal tower he participated in its summoning to further his goals. [[spoiler:His time as V in ''5'' seems to have lessened this.]]²* LetsFightLikeGentlemen: Vergil always fights fair. He never gangs up on you with other demons, refuses to use guns since he thinks they conflict with what a swordsman should be like, and won't strike at an opponent's back. This persists even during his time as the Nelo Angelo, where he always engages Dante on a level playing field and doesn't have any associated gimmicks; it's just a straightforward one-on-one swordfight each time. Part of the need to fight fair is of course his pride, but there's no doubt that Vergil considers fighting like this to be the only real way to prove he's better than his brother.²* LimitBreak: Judgement Cut Storm in his final battle in ''3'', where Vergil turns into Devil Trigger and disappears before spamming dimensional {{Razor Wind}}s that follow you around. He also has another, unnamed one in the same battle in which he enters DT and repeatedly teleports above Dante and cuts downward with Force Edge, with each teleport he will drop at a lower height and faster rate. In his playable appearance during ''4:SE'', Vergil has Judgement Cut End, which is fundamentally Judgment Cut Storm: he charges up for a second, then cuts up every enemy on-screen with Judgment Cuts. End can only be used if Vergil is in Devil Trigger and his Concentration Gauge is topped off, but does enough damage to one-shot every non-boss enemy in the game except for [[BossInMookClothing Blitz]].²* LukeIAmYourFather: Thought it's only hinted at in-game and the ''Deadly Fortune'' novelization, the ''[[ Devil May Cry]]: [[ 3-1-4-2 Graphic Arts]]'' [[ finally]] [[ confirms]] that Vergil is Nero's father in ''4''. [[spoiler:This becomes a major plot point in the finale of ''5'', where it turns out [[LukeYouAreMyFather even he didn't know that he was Nero's father]] until Dante spelled it out for him.]]²* MalevolentMaskedMen: As Nelo Angelo. [[spoiler:And as Gilver, in the first novel ([[GoodAllAlong although]] [[BrainwashedAndCrazy it's not entirely his fault]]).]]²* ManOfWealthAndTaste: As Gilver in ''1''[='=]s prequel novel, he wears a nice suit. His ''3'' outfit is far classier than Dante's trench coat and cargo pants.²* MementoMacGuffin:²** His half of the Perfect Amulet, gifted to him by Eva. [[spoiler:He uses it to partially unseal Temen-ni-gru in ''3'', and when he drops it as Nelo Angelo in ''1'', Dante combines it with his half to unseal Force Edge into Demon Sword Sparda.]]²** Yamato is often said to be a memento from Sparda. [[spoiler:It's used as a key to open the true Hell Gate in ''4'', and is used to separate his demon and human sides in ''5''.]]²** [[spoiler:He gives Nero his childhood book of Creator/WilliamBlake poems after Nero beats him in ''5'', telling him to hold onto it until they meet again.]]²* MightMakesRight: Lives by this sentiment. He thoroughly explains it to Dante as he's impaling him.²-->'''Vergil:''' Foolishness, Dante, foolishness. Might controls everything, and without strength, you cannot protect anything. Let alone yourself.²* MirrorBoss: ''Especially'' as Nelo Angelo, where his entire moveset consists of stronger versions of Dante's moves with longer range.²* MirrorMonster: When you first meet him in ''1'' he comes out of a mirror showing your reflection.²* MonsterKnight: As Nelo Angelo. Dante is surprised to find "a man with guts and honor" at a place like Mallet Island, and all of their battles are, unsurprisingly, fair, honorable duels with no tricks involved.²* MotiveDecay: Vergil's primary goal in 3 was to gain strength so he could protect the things that were close to him after losing so much in his past. His goals were noble, even though his methods were definitely not. But defeat after defeat at Dante's hands (plus his stint as the warped Nelo Angelo at Mundus's hands) twisted him to the point that [[spoiler:in ''5'' he expelled his human nature from his body, ([[LiteralSplitPersonality creating V and Urizen]]) with the latter destroying an entire city to gain power so he could finally kill Dante.]]²* MysteriousParent: [[spoiler:Nero finally gets to find out his father is Vergil[=/=]V[=/=]Urizen at the end of ''5'', leading to the climax of the story.]]²-->[[spoiler:'''Dante:''' He's your father!]]²* MysticalWhiteHair: Like his younger brother Dante, his silver-white hair is indicative of his half-demon nature.²* MyRulesAreNotYourRules: Vergil's Sin Devil Trigger lasts much longer than Dante's and his even restores health like the standard Devil Trigger state when fighting him as Dante. When fighting him as Nero, he will remain in that form indefinitely after transforming, although it no longer replenishes health.²* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Nelo Angelo means "Black Angel" in Italian. Why mess with someone with that name?²* NeverBeHurtAgain: His desire to never again be powerless, like he was when his mother was killed, is what turned him into the [[AmbitionIsEvil power-obsessed]] individual he became by the time of ''Devil May Cry 3''. See FailureKnight above for details. [[spoiler: ''5'' reveals, as projected through Urizen, he believes that the loss of his mother granted him power, and the reason he hates Dante so much is because Dante is still stronger than him without suffering as he suffered.]]²* NeverFoundTheBody: At the end of ''1'', after his final defeat he explodes into a flash of light, leaving nothing behind but his amulet. [[spoiler:Unsurprisingly, he shows back up in ''5'' still very much alive.]]²* NoDoubtTheYearsHaveChangedMe: When Nelo Angelo reveals himself to be Vergil, Dante doesn't seem to recognize him. Most likely, this can be chalked up to either the series' AnachronicOrder or the {{retcon}} brought about by Dante having met Vergil in ''3''. Had they never seen each other since they were children (resulting in Vergil being Mundus' slave for twenty years as opposed to just nearly a decade), there would have been enough time for Dante to not recognize[=/=]forget about him/consider him dead and gone.²* NonchalantDodge: Does the Type 1 variety in the cutscene where he fights a pack of Abyss.²* NotSoAboveItAll:²** He shows ''slight'' shades of it in ''3'', such as a willingness to (albeit ''very'' reluctantly) use a gun to finish off Arkham, and the occasional snark he throws Dante.²** He really starts to fall into this trope in [[spoiler:''5.'' At the very end of the game, once he mellows out a bit, he shows himself to be every bit as [[NotSoDifferent petulant and stubborn as Dante]] when their rivalry becomes a lot more brotherly. And then there's his human half V, who demonstrates a surprising capacity in being silly and a bit of a dork. [[NoodleIncident Where, and how, exactly did Vergil learn to tap dance?]] There's also his appearance in the new main menu screen after the game's beaten, where more often than not he's lazily lounging around in awkward silence with his brother and son, either watching Dante read an adult magazine or shoot mildly annoyed looks at Nero and his Devil Breaker.]]²** He also [[spoiler: remembers the one night stand that lead to Nero's conception during his fight with Dante, remarking that "''That'' was a long time ago" almost jokingly.]] ²** [[spoiler: Prior to the two mending their relationship, he even cracks several legitimate smiles towards Dante's comments and barbs. After that mending, the post-credit scene has the two engaged in a competition of who can win the most rounds of a duel between the two and Vergil protests that they have an even score when Dante suggests he's up one on Vergil. He then makes a legitimate joke about having plenty of time to settle that matter whilst they're trapped in the Demon World.]]²* NotSoStoic: During his brief VillainousBreakdown in ''3''. "''Why isn't it working?!''", indeed. He cracks a few more times later on.²* OedipusComplex: Played straight: Vergil's entire goal in the third game is to gain power and be like/surpass his father, and he's stated in the manga to dislike Dante ([[YouRemindMeOfX as a substitute for Sparda]]) simply because he thought [[TheUnfavourite Eva favored him more]].²* OhCrap: [[spoiler:Vergil is initially convinced Nero isn't going to be much of a threat in a direct fight compared to Dante, so Vergil decides to try fighting his son [[SuicidalOverconfidence right after a taxing battle with Dante]]. This is ''after'' he watches his son enter his ''true'' Devil Trigger state, and floor '''Dante''' of all people. Not only does Nero turn this idea around, he promptly hands Vergil's ass on a silver platter.]]²* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Inverted. Vergil is almost ''always'' serious, but just as Dante becomes slightly more serious when facing him, when he's around Dante, Vergil's stoic veneer starts to crack little by little. This is downplayed in ''3'' until the penultimate battle with Arkham, where Vergil taunts that Arkham doesn't deserve to be their ultimate nemesis, and joins Dante in yelling the "Jackpot!" catchphrase they used to say as kids. [[spoiler:This gets taken UpToEleven at the end of ''5'', where Vergil is cracking actual jokes while he and Dante are dueling, and even laughs as if he's having fun when the two spar in the Underworld.]]²* OrphansPlotTrinket: His half of the Perfect Amulet, same as Dante.²* OurDragonsAreDifferent: [[spoiler:His new Sin Devil Trigger form in ''5'' is more dragonic compared to Dante's more humanoid form, with a flattened nose, spiked tail, HotWings on the forearms, and four scaly, clawed wings on the back.]]²* OutOfCharacterMoment: [[spoiler: At the climax of Missions 17 in ''5'', Vergil genuinely thanks Nero for helping him return to his original form. No SmugSnake attitude, no snarkiness, but genuine gratitude. And this is ''before'' he learned Nero was his son. This is the first clue that V's experiences have changed him, and sure enough, he's become a lot more introspective and considerate in ''5'' than he was in ''3''.]]²* ParentalAbandonment: He lost both his parents, and later abandoned his own son Nero. In Vergil's defense on that last point, he seems to have left Fortuna as quickly as he arrived, so it's likely that he didn't know his (presumed) one-night stand with Nero's mother (heavily implied to be [[spoiler:[[TheOldestProfession a prostitute]]]] at that) led to a pregnancy. Regardless, outside of one mental encounter in the ''Deadly Fortune'' novel, it's unclear as to how Vergil would've interacted with his son if they ever met in person. [[spoiler:When Nero and Vergil actually meet in ''5'', calling it a rocky reunion is an understatement - Vergil actually believes Nero to be Dante's son, and Dante has to spell it out that Vergil is his father.]]²* PerfectPlayAI: Not a fully straight example. He walks to you and counters your attacks, but the strategy to defeat him is just that: let him attack first, dodge, and then retaliate. In ''4:SE'', his Concentration Gauge fills up the more he acts like this: slowly walking towards enemies, never missing his attacks, and never getting hit, which in return makes his moves more powerful.²* PolarOppositeTwins: He and Dante - Vergil focuses more on his demon side, uses his demonic powers primarily for himself, wears blue clothing, is far more stoic with an aloof and colder attitude (even though the stoic facade cracks every once in awhile), his fighting style is that of efficiency and doesn't really use firearms, and is a loner who doesn't really care for anybody else short of them being useful for his goals.²* PowerGivesYouWings: [[spoiler:Gains two pairs when obtaining his own Sin Devil Trigger in ''5''.]]²* PowerGlows: Nelo Angelo's zweihander is surrounded by some sort of [[TechnicolorFire blue fire]] as he swings it, while [[TronLines his armor and sword pulsate several different colors]] to show the player how much life he has left. The latter was removed from Vergil's bonus DT costume in ''3: Special Edition''. Nelo also gains a bluish BattleAura similar to his fire during the final battle with Dante.²* PowerMakesYourVoiceDeep: During DT and as Nelo Angelo, complete with PowerEchoes.²* PracticalTaunt: In ''4:SE'', the taunt where he twirls a small Summoned Sword on his finger can be used to juggle enemies.²* PromotedToPlayable: Goes from an enemy boss character in ''1'' and ''3'' to a playable character in ''3: Special Edition''.²* PsychopathicManchild: While he hides it behind his cold and ruthless attitude Vergil is just as if not more immature than Dante, in a more selfish and jealous way. [[spoiler: His entire character arc in the series is driven by his childhood trauma of believing himself to have been abandoned by his mother and is implied to having been a teenager when he fathered Nero, which shows a lot of irresponsibility.]]²-->'''Vergil:''' Well I want yours too.²* RazorWind: His Yamato's signature ability, Judgment Cut, ''looks'' like this. In ''3'' its use is signaled by the screen blurring, before summoning a distortion in space in the form of a transparent blue orb, before the RazorWind of Vergil's slashes cut up anything in its radius. In ''4'', Judgment Cut's early signal is removed, and the blue orb is much darker and more distorted in color and visibility. Vergil's LimitBreak Judgment Cut Storm/End is basically spamming Judgment Cuts at a rapid rate.²* RecurringBoss: You fight him three times in ''3''. Factor in his appearances as Nelo Angelo in ''1'' and you have a whopping total of six battles against him, the most in the entire series. [[spoiler:Considering his five boss encounters as Urizen and two as himself in ''5'', he's fought ''thirteen'' times across the series (fourteen if you count his AlternateSelf in ''[=DmC=]'').]]²* RedEyesTakeWarning: Nelo Angelo after his unmasking, along with TaintedVeins. Vergil's "Corrupted Vergil" costume in ''3'' retains these features while making the TaintedVeins more prominent.²* RedOniBlueOni: Blue Oni to Dante's Red Oni. It's even implied by their clothing.²* TheResenter: [[spoiler: As revealed in ''5'', he's been this towards Dante ever since the day their mother died and they were separated.]]²* {{Retcon}}: Just his presence alone in ''3'' completely wipes out what was implied in the first game. Dante not recognizing him as Nelo Angelo, as well as dialogue stating he believed Mundus killed Vergil in ''1'' makes it clear that Vergil was originally meant to have "died" as a child in the same attack that killed Eva.²* RideTheLightning: Nelo's escape after his second loss has him disappearing in a current of bluish-purple electricity.²* TheRival: To Dante, throughout ''3'', [[spoiler:although he serves as the FinalBoss, it is Arkham who is the true villain of the game. In ''5'', he becomes a bit more [[FriendlyRivalry mellowed]] towards Dante, though the two are still quite competitive with each other.]]²* SecretAIMoves: Mostly averted - the only things his player version in ''3:SE'' can't do that boss version can is firing off more than 3 [[RazorWind Judgement Cuts]] at once, teleporting arbitrarily (player version can only to an enemy, above-and-forward, and below-and-backward) and using {{Limit Break}}s. [[InvertedTrope In fact]] there are three moves that only player Vergil can do (Aerial Rave with Yamato, [[EverythingIsBetterWithSpinning Lunar Phase]] with Beowulf and [[LauncherMove High Time]] with Force Edge). Completely averted for in ''Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition'', where his moveset is extended and even has access to some of Boss Vergil's {{Limit Break}}s.²** Actually inverted in 5. While his DummiedOut playable moveset is ''very'' incomplete, it also has several moves that he never uses as a boss. So, in a way, those moves are ''secret to the AI''.²* ShapingYourAttacks: As mentioned above, Vergil doesn't like guns. He gets around this with his Summoned Swords, [[SpectralWeaponCopy spectral projectiles modeled after his father's Force Edge]] that [[FlechetteStorm can be fired off individually]], [[ReverseShrapnel encircle]] [[OrbitingParticleShield Vergil]], or [[FlyingWeapon hang over Dante's position]] until Vergil signals them to drop Damocles-style.²* ShockAndAwe: Nelo Angelo uses electrified [[PowerFist gauntlets]] and [[ArmedLegs greaves]] in battle (not unlike how Vergil wielded Beowulf back in ''3''), switching to them whenever he decides regular swordplay just isn't [[{{Pun}} cutting it]] (mainly in the cutscene after his first duel with Dante and then during their second encounter).²* SiblingYinYang: Yin to Dante's Yang.²* SignatureMove: Judgment Cut. Vergil draws back and unsheathes the Yamato so fast that it cannot be seen by the naked eye. Nothing happens at first but then some distance away, a dimensional hole opens up and a group of slashes appear out of nowhere to cut up the target. Dante can also do this attack in ''4'' once he has the Yamato[=/=]Dark Slayer style, where it is called "Slash Dimension" instead (and has a different appearance as well as somewhat less precision).²* SignificantWardrobeShift: [[spoiler: In ''5'', his outfit is now predominantly black with navy blue instead of his traditional light blue. Black is usually associated with death and rebirth, which is exactly what Vergil undergoes in this game, and his personality also takes a notable shift in accordance with this change.]]²* SilverFox: [[spoiler: Since he's Dante's older twin and Dante is supposed to be around his forties by ''5'', he looks appropriately older as well, abandoning his almost pretty boy looks for a general rugged handsomeness instead. In fact, he actually looks slightly ''younger'' than Dante due to lacking his younger twin's facial stubble]].²* {{Sizeshifter}}: For some odd reason, Nelo Angelo grows to be about 1.5x the size of Dante when he unmasks and powers up for his final duel with Dante.²* TheSlowWalk: All part of his aforementioned PerfectPlayAI status. If Vergil is going to kill you, you had better believe that he's not going to actually ''run'' up to you. Teleportation is perfectly acceptable, though. In ''4:SE'', his Concentration Gauge fills up quicker if he walks towards his enemies rather than runs.²* SmugSnake: Vergil carries himself as someone who's far more powerful and intelligent than he actually is. He gets [[spoiler:enslaved by Mundus]] at the end of ''3'' after recklessly charging him (while still in a weakened state, at that) in the belief he could emulate one of his father's greatest feats. [[spoiler:Later in ''5'', as Urizen, he gets defeated by Dante ''again'' after spending the entire game enacting another lengthy and complicated grab for ultimate power. And even after being revived, he once again immediately battles Nero right after an intense DuelToTheDeath with Dante without considering his chances.]]²* TheStoic: No matter what, it's hard for him to speak in other than a calm, collected tone.²* StormOfBlades: Once Vergil gets rolling with his Summoned Swords, you'd best start dodging like mad.²* StrongAndSkilled: In addition to possessing the same powers as his brother (SuperStrength, SuperSpeed, SuperReflexes, a HealingFactor, etc.), Vergil is a demonic IaijutsuPractitioner.²* SuperMode: Like his brother, Devil Trigger. Vergil actually activated his before Dante did, [[WillfullyWeak but doesn't break it out]] [[IAmNotLeftHanded until his second battle with his brother]] in ''3''. In ''4:SE'', his Concentration Gauge also counts as this when filled up, as his moves become more powerful and when combined with DT he can perform a screen-clearing attack similar to his [[LimitBreak Judgment Cut Storm]] in the third game.²* TechnicianVersusPerformer: Vergil's play style leans heavily on being a "technician," whereas Dante's showy and cocky fighting style is most definitely the "performer." Particularly his delicate and precise use of Yamato shows he always strikes knowing where he'll hit. This is demonstrated at its best in ''4:SE'' where his gameplay includes a feature called "Concentration," wherein he can buff his attacks the more efficient and controlled he fights.²* TechnicolorFire: As mentioned above, one of Nelo Angelo's distinctive traits is his control over blue flames. His sword is coated in them when he swings it, his {{Flash Step}}s now have Nelo move around in a wisp of fire, and he's able to launch them from his fist as projectiles.²* ThemeNaming: In the ''Special Editon'' versions of ''3'' and ''4'', his special moves with Beowulf are all named after astrological and celestial bodies (Starfall, Rising Sun, Lunar Phase, Meteor).²* TragicVillain: Beneath all the cold pretension is an orphaned young man who's struggling to belong ''somewhere'', even going so far as to try and stay in Hell under the misguided belief he'd fit in with demons more only to be a pariah down there too.²* TronLines: Nelo Angelo's armor and sword sports these.²* {{Tsundere}}: [[spoiler:His dynamic with his son Nero in ''5''. After losing to Nero, he states "I can still fight", which is actually a bit of a stealth nod to Nero's statements eariler in the game that the strongest thing about humans is they never give up; a sentiment Urizen had completely rejected. Similarly, he leaves Nero for a potential OneWayTrip into the underworld by saying [[WeWillMeetAgain he won't lose to him next time]] and giving his son his treasured childhood book of poems from his mother.]]²* TheUnfavorite: [[spoiler: ''5'' reveals that he believed Eva left him behind and prioritized Dante's safety over his. This was the catalyst that caused his StartOfDarkness. (As an aside, [[AvertedTrope he's dead wrong in believing this]]; Eva's last words were his name, spoken after she had secured Dante's safety and went looking for him.)]]²* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: [[spoiler:In ''5'', he cut out the human part of himself in hopes it would power up his demonic abilities enough to save his life. Instead, he wound up creating Urizen, an EnemyWithout who is so [[TheUnfettered Unfettered]] Vergil destroys everything Urizen had done in disgust as soon as he's put back together.]]²* UsedToBeASweetKid: The implications are everywhere, from his former sibling bond with Dante as children or the happy times he spent with his family in the past.²* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: "Utopia" is not exactly the right word, but reclaiming Force Edge in order to re-establish Sparda's kingdom is certainly [[VisionaryVillain his]] [[TheSocialDarwinist preferred alternative]] to the [[PunyEarthlings human world's]] [[HumansAreBastards present state]].²* VillainForgotToLevelGrind: While Vergil easily bests Dante in their first fight, Dante ends up catching up to him and ultimately beats him thanks to unlocking his Devil Trigger and his growing repertoire of weapons. Vergil meanwhile remains relatively stagnant throughout ''3''; the only changes to his moveset throughout the story are his own Devil Trigger (which he already unlocked and deliberately didn't use in the first fight), Beowulf (which he loses after the second battle with him), and Force Edge (which he only gets at the end of the game).²* VillainsDyingGrace: After their final fight in ''3'', Vergil stops Dante from reaching out to him, [[spoiler:letting himself stay behind in hell in order to give his brother a chance to escape]].²--> [[spoiler:"Leave me and go, if you don't want to be trapped in the demon world."]]²* VillainousRescue: In the second-to-last mission of ''3'', he shows up in the nick of time to help Dante battle against [[spoiler:the Sparda-powered Arkham]].²* VillainRespect: Though he would probably never admit it, he has respect for his brother's abilities. In ''3'', after Arkham takes control of Sparda's power, he fights him alongside Dante stating that Arkham doesn't deserve to be the final antagonist of the conflict (implicitly implying that Dante is more deserving). [[spoiler:In ''5'', he refuses to fight Dante while he's in an exhausted state, stating that such a battle "has no meaning". He also finally does what Nero wants after Nero beats him in a duel, even giving Nero his poetry book under the pretense that he'll come to defeat Nero and take it back someday.]]²* VoiceGrunting: This is how Nelo Angelo communicates.²* TheVoiceless: Minus the grunts and the EvilLaugh, Nelo Angelo doesn't speak.²* WakeUpCallBoss: While he's only the boss of Mission 4 in ''1'', Nelo Angelo is a tank and will crush players who think that they can [[AttackAttackAttack aimlessly combo him to death]]. He also happens to be only a few missions after the fight with Phantom, the ''first'' WakeUpCallBoss of ''1''.²* WhiteHairBlackHeart: A great example outside of [=RPGs=]. He has the same white hair as his brother, but also a wicked lust for power which his brother does not share. Yet, he is an AntiVillain. [[spoiler:Downplayed a bit come ''5'', having mellowed out a bit.]]²* WildCard: Complete with the obligatory EnemyMine and HeelFaceRevolvingDoor.²* WorfHadTheFlu: Another name for this trope could be "Vergil Just Fought Dante." As seen in ''3'' [[spoiler:with Arkham and Mundus and ''5'' with Nero]], battles between the Sons of Sparda tend to be quite taxing… [[spoiler:yet they also get Vergil HotBlooded enough to think he can take on another enemy if they interrupt the fight or follow soon after. Naturally, he finds that his power is so depleted that Yamato can be blocked, he can't retain his health, and he's effectively tossed around like a dishrag. The Mundus case got him tragically turned into Nelo Angelo]].²* WorldsStrongestMan: His ultimate goal is to become this. [[spoiler:By the end of ''5'', he'll have to settle for sharing the title with Dante.]]²* WorthyOpponent: Sees Dante as one by the end of ''3'', as evidenced by his demeaning lines when he Devil Triggers in the second battle ("You are not worthy as my opponent!"), which he then stops using in the final battle. As Nelo Angelo, Vergil seems to be motivated by the same general mindset to have a good fight with Dante above anything else.²* YouDontLookLikeYou: [[spoiler: This actually applies to Yamato in ''5'', as all previous appearances of the sword showed it with a rounded gold tsuba (sword guard) and yellow sageo (the cord used to tie a katana sheath), but in ''5'', it has a notched gold and blue tsuba and dark blue sageo.]]²* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: After Arkham opens the final gate of Temen-ni-gru in ''3'', Vergil offs him, saying that his services are no longer needed. [[spoiler:Of course, Arkham wasn't ''[[FakingTheDead actually]]'' down for the count, and Vergil knew that Arkham was planning to do this to him first, making this a subversion.]]²[[/folder]]²²! ''Devil May Cry'' Villains²²[[folder:Mundus]]²[[quoteright:300:]]²[[caption-width-right:300:"Again I must face a Sparda... strange fate, isn't it?"]]²->''"So sad that humans will always be humans, no more. Has the Sparda blood been spoiled over the ages?"''²²->'''Voiced by:''' Tony Daniels\²²Two thousand... several thousand... ''[[OverlyLongGag a really long time ago]]'', the Human and the Demon Worlds were at war, and the dark emperor Mundus was at the head of the demon side. His plan was to rule both worlds, but Sparda defeated Mundus, sealing him and a number of portals to the Demon World away. Needless to say, the Prince of Darkness was not very happy.\²²He serves as the main villain of the first ''Devil May Cry'' game. Planning to use a portal on Mallet Island to return to the Human World, he used Trish [[HoneyTrap to lure Dante there]] and sent his generals, particularly Nelo Angelo, to kill him. They all failed. Trish, too, failed him, but Mundus decided to try a trick instead of outright killing her.\²²Once Dante arrived in his lair, Mundus used Trish as a hostage (''"Blink, and she dies!"''), and took advantage of Dante being distracted to attack him. Trish took the killing blow for Dante, which wound up making Dante very unhappy.\²²So the two fought a [[FinalBoss legendary]] [[TitleDrop battle]]. As Dante was trying to escape Mallet Island afterwards, Mundus showed up again, this time falling apart. Trish then showed up, and helped Dante send Mundus back to the Demon World. As he disappeared, he promised that he would return.\²²Plot points throughout the first game and the series in general heavily imply that Mundus was the one responsible for the death of Eva, the mother of Dante and Vergil. (Dante himself believes this and tells Trish so after Mundus offs Griffon.) Nothing has officially been disclosed.²----²* AdvancingBossOfDoom: Mundus, Round 3.²* AgonyBeam: If you're not up to par, expect to receive this.²* BeardOfEvil: His older form sports one.²* BigBad: The main antagonist of the original game.²* BigNo: Both after you defeat him the second time and when Dante seals him away with help from Trish.²* BlobMonster: His true form is implied to be a slimy orange mass with a lot of arms and eyeballs.²** Not just implied, his marble outer shell slowly but surely crumbles as you face him in mortal combat. By the time you've vanquished him for good, most of his [[EvilIsVisceral grotesque, fleshy true form]] -- nothing more than a writhing mass of living tissue, complete with three eyeballs dangling from their eyestalks and [[MultiArmedAndDangerous hundreds of arms]] - is exposed.²* CombatTentacles: In his third form, with hands at the end of them.²* ClippedWingAngel: The [[SequentialBoss third]] and ''final'' battle with him.²* TheEmperor²* EvenEvilHasStandards: It's pointed out in the enemies files that even Mundus despises [[PoisonousPerson the Nobodies]], hence why they never have an actual title. ²* EvilCounterpart: To Sparda. The GreaterScopeVillain to Sparda's GreaterScopeParagon, the BigBad to Sparda's BigGood, but is everything Sparda wasn't. While both have three eyes in their true forms, Mundus looked like a gigantic fallen angel while Sparda was essentially an ascended demon. Mundus has angelic, feathered wings and his benevolent appearance is a shell that hides his hideous true form. Sparda's disguise is far more human, and unlike Mundus' stone shell is much less creepy.²* EvilIsVisceral: His third form²* EldritchAbomination: More evident once you see his third form.²* EvilerThanThou: Some of the cast in ''[=MvC3=]'' like to deride his ability or diminish his accomplishments (that is to say, being the closest equivalent to ''the Devil'' in the ''Devil May Cry'' universe) by saying they've faced worse or ''are'' worse.²-->'''Comicbook/GhostRider''' (''intro to Trish''): "I eat demons like Mundus for breakfast."²-->'''[[Franchise/XMen Phoenix]]''' (''when beating Vergil''): "Perhaps if I'm not too busy, I'll take care of Mundus, too."²-->'''[[Comicbook/DoctorStrange Dormammu]]''' (''win quote against Dante''): "As you can see, not all demons are created equal. Stick to fighting Mundus, boy!"²** In-universe, he's this to everyone as the GreaterScopeVillain up until his defeat at the end of the original game.²* EvilSoundsDeep: He has a very low voice fit for a villain.²* EyeBeams: Three of them.²* ExtraEyes: He's commonly associated with three-points of lights for the placement of his eyes.²* EyesDoNotBelongThere: Besides [[AttackItsWeakPoint the eye-like core that is his weak spot]], there's the whole BlobMonster with three barely-connected eyes thing...²* FallenAngel: Is deliberately set up to look like this.²* FinalBoss: For the original game.²* GrandpaGod: His old man form definitely invokes this, but he's really more like {{Satan}} than anything.²* GreaterScopeVillain: Of the entire series up until his defeat. A lot of events can be traced back to his battle against Sparda. Many of the demons that show up in the sequels, like the Assaults, Angelos, and their relations, are his creations. While he's sealed away, he still torments Dante in the prequel novel to 5 by sending demons after him.²* LargeAndInCharge²* LightIsNotGood: He looks like an angel (with [[ThirdEye three eyes]], but still), and even has his lair in what looks like a ''church'', for crying out loud! He also uses a giant laser beam during the first round of his boss fight.²* LivingStatue: Subverted. Mundus in general seems to be a living statue with an angelic theme. Which turns out to be a shell for his [[EldritchAbomination true form]].²* LoadBearingBoss: Defeating Mundus for the second time results in the gradual collapse of Mallet Island. Not that Mundus stays down...²* MeaningfulName: In a way, given Mundus' basis as a SatanicArchetype, "mundus" is Latin for "the world" and is the root of the word "mundane."²** Furthermore, "Rex Mundi" ("king of the world" in Latin) was an euphemism used by some Christians to refer to the Devil (stemming from mentions of Satan as the "prince of the world" in the New Testament), as well as a title [[UsefulNotes/{{Gnosticism}} the Cathars equated to the Gnostic Demiurge]], whom they saw as a false God and the embodiment of all evil. All are traits true of Mundus.²* PerpetualMolt: Upon unveiling his old man form and wings.²* PhysicalGod: The best Sparda could do was kick his ass and then seal him away. Dante barely manages the same thing with his father's powers and a little help of Trish.²* PostFinalBoss: Ironically, he's this to himself. While not a pushover, Mundus' third form is considerably easier than the two that preceded it, even with [[spoiler:the loss of Sparda]]. It won't take much more than Vortex spam from Alastor to burn away his health. After that, all you need to do is gather three Devil Trigger runes by blasting away at him and then activate your Devil Trigger to blow Mundus out of the water for good.²* PunyEarthlings: Looks down on humanity as a whole, and wanted to also conquer the Human World.²* RedBaron: The Dark/Devil Emperor and The Devil King. In ''3'', Vergil also refers to him as [[{{Satan}} the Prince of Darkness]] before rushing in to face him in a hopeless battle. Inscriptions in the first game also call Mundus by the name of [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Pluto]].²* {{Revision}}: In ''5'', we learn that Mundus became King of the Underworld by eating the fruit of the Qliphoth tree. Urizen (and, to a lesser extent, Goliath) try to become his successors by eating the same fruit. ²* SatanicArchetype: Mundus harbors many parallels to Satan. He fancies himself as God in his throne room, which is filled with light and made of perfect white marble, he calls down fire from heaven as one of his attacks, summons a serpentine dragon as another and appears as a multi-winged angel who fell from the heavens. Of course, those images are a mask to his true BlobMonster form.²* SadisticChoice²-->'''Mundus''' (''holding Trish captive''): "Don't even think about it. Blink, she ''dies''."²* SealedEvilInACan: What Sparda did to him prior to the events of ''1''. Confirmed to be his current fate as of ''5.'' ²* ThirdEye: His three glowing eyes are his calling card.²* WeWillMeetAgain: He pulls a variant of this; when Trish gives Dante the power to reseal Mundus, he promises to return someday. Dante is nonplussed, and implies that he will pass on the responsibility to stop Mundus to a future generation.²-->'''Mundus:''' "Dante, I will return! AND I WILL RULE THIS WORLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLD!!!!!!!"²-->'''Dante:''' "Goodbye. And when you do come back, give my regards to my son, willya?"²** The novels confirm this somewhat. While other demons like Berial are stated to be his "heirs", Mundus has been sending lackeys to torment Dante despite still being sealed away in Hell. The implication is Mundus can't leave his prison, but he can send out other demons to fight in his stead.²* WingedHumanoid: As vaguely as this one can be applied, given [[BlobMonster what he really looks like underneath that marble shell]]. Only displays this during [[UnexpectedGameplayChange his first phase]] and, weirdly, during his BigNo after phase two.²* YouHaveFailedMe: He kills Griffon for failing to kill Dante (even relishing the moment with an EvilLaugh), and dialogue implies he's done the same to others that failed him in the past. [[EveryoneHasStandards Dante doesn't approve of this]].²* YouKilledMyFather: Dante confirms Mundus was the one who murdered his mother and brother [[spoiler:although his brother was actually still around at the time...]]²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Phantom]]²[[quoteright:300:]]²->''"Ack... argh... You... you're not just any ordinary human... What are you?"''²²->'''Voiced by:''' Howard Jerome\²²The first of Mundus's servants, he attacks Dante in a chapel in the castle at Mallet Island and later on the roof, as well as appearing as an AdvancingWallOfDoom in certain areas. He appears again for some reason in ''[=DMC2=]'' as a boss when you attempt to open the gate to the demon realm.²----²* AdvancingWallOfDoom: In some areas.²* BewareMyStingerTail: Will occasionally attack Dante with it.²* BreathWeapon: He can shoot heat beams out of his maw.²* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Unlike his fellow brethren under Mundus, Phantom makes no appearance or is even alluded to in the fifth game.²** However, he does make an appearance in the prequel manga centered on V, where he is cited as an example of a rebellious demon that is not easy to make allies of.²* TheBrute: He doesn't really have any special gimmicks like Griffon or Nightmare, or special skills like Nelo Angelo's swordplay or Trish's ability to pass as human. He just smashes/incinerates whatever he is ordered to.²* TheDragon: One of Mundus' generals and apparently his right-hand man. Whether or not he was CoDragons with Sparda before the demon knight's defection or became Mundus' general in Sparda's absence is unknown.²* EvilSoundsDeep: Has a deep, harsh voice. So deep and harsh, the game turns on a closed caption feature to make sure the player understands what he's saying.²* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: In the second game he literally falls from the sky. And no explanation is given.²* GiantSpider: He's basically this, with scorpion features. Made of stone and lava, that is.²* HoistByTheirOwnPetard: It's possible for him to kill himself during his final battle in ''1''; if he performs his body smash enough times on the glass centerpiece of the boss arena, he'll end up falling through and triggering his own death scene.²* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: He eventually falls through the glass ceiling and gets impaled on the Knight Statue's spear.²* MagmaMan: He manifests via earth and magma.²* PlayingTennisWithTheBoss: If you're feeling especially cocky, you can deflect his fireballs back at him with a well-timed sword slash, which does good damage.²* RecurringBoss: With 5 appearances (4 in ''1'' and 1 in ''2''), he's second only to Vergil as the most recurring boss in the series. He also holds the record of having the most recurrences in a single game.²* ScaryScorpions: He has pincers and can turn his fat abdomen into a long scorpion-tail.²* TimeTravel: An excerpt from the ''[[FictionalDocument Guidepost]]'' suggests that Phantom was brought through some "door to the past" for his appearance in ''2''.²* TheVoiceless: In ''2''. Possibly {{justified|Trope}}, as he was only there for one boss battle.²* WakeUpCallBoss: If you try to mindlessly hack and slash Phantom to death as you have the puppets previously, he will ''incinerate you.''²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Griffon]]²[[quoteright:300:]]²->''"You! Are you the human, the son of Sparda, who challenges the Darkness Mundus?"''²²->'''Voiced by:''' Howard Jerome (''[=DMC1=]''), Brad Venable (''[=DMC5=]'', English), Tomoyuki Shimura (''[=DMC5=]'', Japanese)\²²The second of Mundus' servants to face Dante, Griffon appears as a huge demonic eagle which attacks Dante several times in his journey. He's eventually defeated and destroyed by an angry Mundus. His death prompts Dante to become more serious.²----²* BodyHorror: His "face," which is a half dozen upper beaks around a hole.²* CoDragons: With Phantom. Is stated to be another of Mundus's generals, unlike Nelo Angelo.²* EvilSoundsDeep: In the first game. Averted in his reappearance in ''5'', where his voice is now more higher-pitched and is fully intended to be just as annoying as that would imply.²* {{Expy}}: In ''5'', as the high-pitched FeatheredFiend {{Familiar}}, obnoxiously snarky JerkWithAHeartOfGold and the resident SnarkyNonHumanSidekick, he's basically the franchise's own [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Iago]]. ²* FeatheredFiend: Evil eagle-like demon.²* GiantFlyer: Emphasis on "Giant."²* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: In ''2'', Griffon is one of the [[BlobMonster heads]] of the FinalBoss Argosax the Chaos along with some other bosses, including the above-mentioned GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere Phantom. However, what makes this worse than Phantom's is that unlike all the other bosses, Griffon was never fought in the story and, in fact, did not even make an ''appearance'' in the whole game. Which means that he literally comes out of nowhere to be a part of the final boss. Quite possibly the most baffling version of this trope ever.²* GracefulLoser: He is rather hostile towards Dante during the duration of Mission 18 but [[spoiler:after being felled by Dante, he exchanges some words of respect before Mundus kills him]].²* HeelFaceTurn: In ''5'', alongside Shadow and Nightmare, a much smaller Griffon appears as one of V's summons. [[spoiler:They're revealed to be memories of Vergil back when he was Nelo Angelo, and when V and Urizen merge together once again to bring Vergil back, they fight Dante as he makes his way to Vergil. This is not out of malice; they care deeply for their new master and don't wish for him to suffer the mental trauma from Mundus's torture any longer. Having Dante destroy them frees Vergil from that.]]²* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Is pinned to a sacrificial pentagram by a giant pointy rock sent by Mundus when Griffon pleads for his master to aid him after Dante defeats him the final time.²* PunchClockVillain: In contrast to Phantom, Griffon's less evil and more fighting out of true loyalty to Mundus.²* RecurringBoss: He attacks Dante three times. [[spoiler:He returns for another round in ''5'', which is also his last.]]²* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler: While it's not clear if new Griffon is truly the original reincarnated, he commits SuicideByCop courtesy of Dante so the newly-resurrected Vergil can be free of the pain he had to endure as Nelo Angelo.]]²* RunningGag: In ''5'' several characters, completely independently of each other, compare him to a chicken.²* ShockAndAwe: With red lightning.²* UndyingLoyalty: To Mundus, tragically. ²** The new Griffon is the same way to V.²* VillainousValor: Even after getting a wing torn off, he still fights. Then he's crushed underneath a stone pillar. Griffon ''still'' refuses to give up. Dante even tells him he's mortally wounded, and Griffon acknowledges that Dante is the son of Sparda, but that he must keep fighting him for his master. Unfortunately for him, he's killed by Mundus.²* YouHaveFailedMe: Said word-for-word by Mundus, who fries him when he's [[RuleOfThree defeated for the third time]]. [[EveryoneHasStandards This doesn't sit well with Dante at all]].²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Nightmare]]²[[quoteright:300:]]²²->'''Voiced by:''' Brad Venable (''[=DMC5=]'')²²A bionic demon-weapon built by Mundus that is sent after Dante. It appears as a large BlobMonster with a lot of nasty powers. Dante will require the help of some special platforms to make it solid and hurt his cores.²----²* AnIcePerson: In "slime" form, Nightmare sends out little black slugs that latch onto Dante, freeze him, and explode into ice. In "solid" form, standing directly in front of it will prompt it to fire a high-damaging ice beam with a long duration from its "mouth."²* AttackDrone: Sends out several to cover its core, as well as make life for Dante hell in general.²* AttackItsWeakPoint: The cores.²* BlobMonster: The most obvious one.²* BossArenaIdiocy: Whenever it appears, there will be blue stones to keep it solid. Subverted as its description implies that the same stones allow it to exist in the world in the first place, and charging them to solidify it is a necessary drawback, not this trope.²* CombatTentacles: Which can become spears.²* EldritchAbomination: A giant blob monster containing the half-digested remains of its victims that may or may not even be alive in the first place.²* FlunkyBoss: When you fight it [[spoiler:in Mission 18 of ''5'', it is the main enemy that you must fight. During the battle, Griffon and Shadow will try to keep you busy. While you can put them into a permanent stalemate during the fight, when Nightmare comes into the arena it has the power to revive both of them with 1/4 of their total health, meaning you can never truly put them down until Nightmare goes down, at which point the whole fight ends]]. Essentially also counts as a KeystoneArmy example.²* FrickinLaserBeams: Its main attack when in "solid" state is an ice version of this.²* NighInvulnerability: Whenever it's a writhing pile of gloop. You have to activate the pedestals located in the room in order to force Nightmare to turn solid and reveal its weak point.²* NightmareSequence: [[MookBouncer If it absorbs Dante]], he is trapped in [[BlackBugRoom a dream world]] (really just a smallish arena with floating skulls), and must beat a ([[DegradedBoss much weaker]]) hallucinatory version of a previous boss. Success gives Dante a Green Orb (which heals him) and causes him to break violently out of Nightmare, tearing out a large chunk of its mass but not damaging the core.²* NoSell: As the Nightmare-β was designed in a similar fashion to the real Nightmare, its lasers (which are [[GameBreaker game-breaking]] if even ''three'' runes of Dante's Devil Gauge are {{charged|Attack}}) are ineffective against its brother bioweapon. Presumably, the same would apply for Trish's Nightmare-γ in ''2''.²* PowerParasite: Each time Nightmare absorbs Dante, it takes away some of his health and his Devil Trigger bar. If allowed to do this enough times, it will be able to activate a ''Devil Trigger'' of its own.²* RecurringBoss: It's fought three times, all towards endgame (Missions 16, 18, and 20). [[spoiler:You go for a fourth go-around in Mission 18 of ''5''.]]²* RedemptionPromotion: In essence. When fought by Dante, you can damage and kill him just fine. When the demon is under the player's control as V's LimitBreak, he's completely invincible.²* YourSizeMayVary: Noticeable in ''5'' if you fight Goliath as V. Throughout most of the fight Nightmare is his normal size which is roughly up to Goliath's hips. However, when V summons it for the finishing blow Nightmare grows to be the same size as Goliath.²²[[/folder]]²²! ''Devil May Cry 2'' Villains²²[[folder:Arius]]²[[quoteright:300:]]²->''"The world is already warped. Everything that belongs to the demons will eventually revert to its original form."''²²->'''Voiced by:''' Sherman Howard\²²The president of an international public corporation named Uroboros, he wishes to revive the demon king Argosax the Chaos and absorb his power. To complete this task, he travels to Dumary Island in search of the Arcana, magical artifacts necessary for breaking Argosax's seal.\²²It is revealed that Arius is the creator of Lucia, a "defect" who he abandoned long ago.\²²In the end, his ambition is thwarted by Dante's trickery, who [[UnwittingPawn sets up Arius]] [[FakinMacGuffin by switching the Arcana Medaglia with his own lucky coin.]] While defeated by Dante, Arius is revived as a demon... who is ultimately destroyed by his own faulty creation, Lucia.²----²* AffablyEvil: He's quite polite and refined... until the VillainDecay kicks in.²* BadassArmFold: Does a smug little one to signify his teleportation spell.²* BadassFingersnap: How all his magic is cast aside from his barrier (Arius holds up his hand for that) and his translocation ability (see directly above). He even has different animations depending on if he's merely summoning more flunkies or directly attacking.²* BadassInANiceSuit: He wears some pretty snazzy formal clothes, with a [[FurAndLoathing fur-lined]] [[BadassLongcoat longcoat]] over that... with a [[BadassCape cape]] attached to ''[[RuleOfCool that]]''.²* BarrierWarrior: Can create a dark barrier to deflect attacks, although he only does this randomly. It ''is'' completely impregnable, and Arius is smart enough to hold it up as long as Dante keeps attacking, so the only way he'll drop it is for the player to momentarily [[SheatheYourSword cease their offensive]].²* BeardOfEvil: That is one sinister goatee.²* BigBad: The primary antagonist of ''2''.²* BodyguardBabes: In your second fight against him as Dante, Arius is flanked by various women (according to files, these are his [[SexySecretary Secretaries]]). [[spoiler:They all happen to be [[ArtificialHuman artificially-created demons]] based off of the same template. Lucia also happens to be one of them.]]²* BodyHorror: Possessed Arius and Arius-Argosax, ''especially'' the latter.²* BreathWeapon: [[spoiler:One of Arius-Argosax's attacks (besides his PrehensileTail) is ''puking'' on you. Eww...]]²* CastingAShadow: Included in his arsenal are [[ThinkingUpPortals portals of dark energy that swallow up his enemies and send them crashing down to the ground in another location]], [[ShapingYourAttacks spires of darkness]], and -- [[FlunkyBoss of course]] -- his SummonMagic.²* ChestBlaster: Possessed Arius has two varieties: a burst of several covering a large area in front of him and a longer-lasting beam that follows you. Both can be avoided pretty easily by running under Arius when he levitates and flanking his side/back.²* ClippedWingAngel: [[spoiler:Upon somehow gaining some of Argosax's power, Arius returns to fight Lucia as a demon. He's bigger, vastly more powerful, and [[ImplacableMan resistant to most of your attacks]] ([[PowerMakesYourVoiceDeep and he gets a deeper voice, too]]), but he's also extremely clumsy and many of his attacks can be seen coming from a mile away, making them easily avoidable. [[SequentialBoss By the time you face his second form]], [[AntiClimaxBoss he's a painfully ridiculous and laughable cakewalk of a]] FinalBoss.]]²* CombatTentacles: Possessed Arius has two.²* CorruptCorporateExecutive: He is the CEO of an international enterprise that has spent decades corrupting a peaceful island into a desolate demon's paradise.²* EvilIsNotAToy: Done in a roundabout fashion. Turning himself into Arius-Argosax destroys his mind, and his previous title of ''Possessed Arius'' implies he's in little control of himself anymore.²* EvilSorceror: Has great magical prowess, having dabbled in the dark arts.²* FatalFlaw: His greed. Despite already being a rich and powerful sorcerer in his own right, he covets more and more power, trying to absorb the power of Argosax and make himself a god. Instead, he gets turned into a mindless lizardlike demon, losing his summoning magic and higher reasoning abilities. Lucia also kills him with ease in this state when he easily defeated her as a human.²* {{Foil}}: To Arkham. Both men are ordinary humans that wanted to gain godlike power. Unlike Arkham, he is already a rich and powerful man that owns his own island and corporation and didn't need trickery to get what he wanted. ²* FinalBoss: [[spoiler:Of Lucia's story in the second game, though he's the second-to-last boss in Dante's (third if you consider Argosax and The Despair Embodied to be two separate entities).]]²* AGlassOfChianti: Can be seen sipping on [[WineIsClassy red wine]] while [[SlouchOfVillainy lounging around on his desk/throne]] during your battles against him. Interrupt him (or let Arius finish his drink and inspect it) and he'll lazily start firing upon you with his revolver.²* {{Greed}}: As CEO of Uroboros, Arius was rich enough to own his own island, including his own helicopter and security systems, with an entire complex with the Uroboros logo on his buildings. He already has a task force of demons that serve him and demonstrates to be a far more powerful sorcerer than even Arkham or Sanctus in his own right. Despite this, he's still ''not satisfied'' with mere mortal power and wants to "transcend all living things. Even more than his overblown ego, this is his undoing.²* AGodAmI: At first. [[spoiler:When the VillainDecay hits, it then pulls a 360 and plummets straight into DrunkOnTheDarkSide.]]²* HeadsIWinTailsYouLose: The result of Lucia's battle with him. Dante's first fight against Arius subverts this as Dante is clearly the victor, but Arius gains a second wind, effortlessly dodges Dante's attempted deathblow, [[VillainExitStageLeft and then blows up his tower]].²* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Lucia ends up being the one to finally vanquish him. [[{{Irony}} All of this, after deeming her to be defective.]]²* HostageForMacGuffin: Demands that Dante hands over the Arcana in exchange for Lucia's life.²* LifeDrain: [[spoiler:Possessed Arius has an odd variation. One of his attacks has him slide across the ground and capture Lucia with the pulsating red orb found on his chest cavity. It drains Lucia's health bar, but doesn't restore any of his own.]]²* LargeHam: Sweet Jeebus. Mission 17 of Dante's disc ''firmly cements'' him as this trope, complete with [[EvilIsHammy a bout of chewery-scening]] [[EvilLaugh laughter]], MilkingTheGiantCow ''numerous times'', and an odd squealing battlecry right before Dante fights him.²* LukeIAmYourFather: He's Lucia's creator.²* MadScientist: Is explicitly stated to have created the Secretary demons and the Infestants were his idea.²* ManInWhite: His suit is predominantly white.²* ManOfWealthAndTaste: Look at that cigar and that suit.²* PsychopathicManchild: After being very composed and refined for the whole game, once it's apparent the summoning ritual for Argosax is complete, Arius squeals in [[EvilGloating uncharacteristically childish glee over how he will become an all-powerful immortal.]] The moment it's obvious something is wrong, however, he essentially throws a huge temper tantrum up to his demise.²* RevolversAreJustBetter: Subverted, it didn't do anything to Dante.²* SummonMagic: His main tactic. Just loves to summon various {{Mooks}} [[FlunkyBoss during his]] BossBattle. It becomes grating when coupled with his BodyguardBabes for Dante's second fight. Also, he summons one of the game's bosses ([[ALoadOfBull Furi]][[PlayingWithFire atau]][[DropTheHammer rus]]) to fight Dante in his stead.²* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:He was already loopy by that point, but with lines like "Wheeeooooooooo!" and "I was meant to be the [[LargeHam KEEEEEEEEEEEEENG]] of the this world!", yeah... And then Dante [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome "crowns"]] him. When he returns as a demon to face Lucia, he's ''even worse''.]]²* VillainTeleportation: [[GetBackHereBoss Tends to warp around the field using portals of dark energy.]]²* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: His accent is usually consistent, but when it does fluctuate (which happens in the middle of cutscenes), it goes all over the place. UsefulNotes/{{German|Dialects}} would be the most accurate descriptor, but there are times he sounds vaguely Eastern European. Some have even mistaken the accent as ''Chinese'', believe it or not.²* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: [[spoiler:Subverted. He starts going insane ''before'' his ritual to take Argosax the Chaos's power even begins.]]²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:The Servants of Arius]]²[[quoteright:350:]] ²[[caption-width-right:350:From the top right: Orangguerra, Jokatgulm, Infestant, Nefasturris, Furiataurus, Tateobesu, Bolverk, Noctpteran, Tartarussian & Plutonian, and Trismagia.]]²A series of powerful demons met by Dante and Lucia during the course of the game in many locations, they're powerful monsters serving Arius. The most noticeable are [[TheBrute Orangguerra]], [[StockNessMonster Jokatgulm]], [[DemonicPossession Infestant]], [[EldritchAbomination Nefasturris]], [[MagmaMan Furiataurus]], [[SeaMonster Tateobesu]], [[BladeOnAStick Bolverk]], [[MothMenace Noctpteran]], [[MacGuffinGuardian Tartarussian & Plutonian]], and [[ThatOneBoss Trismagia]]. Nefasturris, Orangguerra, Jokatgulm, and Furiataurus reappear later merged in Argosax's body.²----²* AdvancingBossOfDoom: The [[HellishCopter Infested Chopper]]. It chases Dante [[BattleAmongstTheFlames through a burning building]] and [[RooftopConfrontation across several rooftops.]]²* AllYourPowersCombined: Trismagia's strongest attack is to [[FusionDance recombine]] and then fire a blast of powerful magical energy utilizing [[ShockAndAwe all]] [[AnIcePerson three]] [[PlayingWithFire elements]].²* ALoadOfBull: Furiataurus.²* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: Nefasturris, which was brought to life from a ''skyscraper''.²* BigCreepyCrawlies: Noctpteran and her larvae.²* BladeOnAStick: Bolverk's weapon of choice is an extendable spear with a huge blade. It also further cements his status as a ShoutOut to [[Myth/NorseMythology Odin]] (see MeaningfulName below).²* BodyHorror: Trismagia, Tartarussian & Plutonian, and Nefasturris. Trismagia, in particular, literally rips himself apart in order to separate (complete with blood splashing into the air). And then there's Nefasturris continuing the battle as the deformed head known as Nefascapitas...²* BossArenaIdiocy: To an extent, Trismagia. Every once in a while, the white head will summon four pillars of ice to land on the platform you're fighting on top of. Hacking away at and breaking these icicles is a good method for building up your DT meter, which is the fastest way to shave off sizable chunks of health from his lifebar.²* BreathWeapon: Nefasturris can shoot a devastating laser beam. Orangguerra, Furiataurus, and Trismagia all can spit projectiles (or in Furiataurus' case, a jetstream of flames) from their mouths as well.²* TheBrute: Orangguerra.²-->'''Enemy File - Orangguerra:''' "A giant and hostile monster that possesses prodigious strength and agility."²* BulletHell: Trismagia attacks randomly and without discretion, usually having his heads fire upon you in quick succession. Prepare to dodge... ''a lot.''²* BullfightBoss: Subverted. As expected of a bovine demon, Furiataurus has a charging attack, but the only things it can collide into in the arena are you and the crates holding Green Orbs, so the only mileage you'll get out of dodging is ensuring that [[PunchedAcrossTheRoom you aren't flung halfway across the helipad]].²* CastingAShadow: Bolverk. Comes complete with [[BattleAura a dark-purple fume cloaking his upper body.]]²* CheshireCatGrin: Trismagia's blue head always sports this. Creepy is an ''understatement'' here, folks.²* CognizantLimbs: Target Orangguerra's arms and you can eventually lob them off. Jokatgulm's tentacles need to be eliminated from the equation if you want a clear shot at her head.²* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Trismagia's heads: the happy one is blue and controls lightning, the angry one is red and controls fire, while the sad one is white and controls ice.²* CombatTentacles: Jokatgulm.²* DeathFromAbove: Orangguera will latch onto the ceiling to move around the arena and then pounce on Dante/Lucia with a [[RollingAttack rolling spin]]. Bolverk will also perform a diving slash if Dante tries to attack him while [[SpinToDeflectStuff he's deflecting bullets with his lance.]]²* DeflectorShields: Jokatgulm can erect one to protect herself should Dante or Lucia make it on top of her belly. [[PunchedAcrossTheRoom It has a nasty habit of sending them flying across the room.]]²* DegradedBoss: Orangguera shows up as an enemy a few missions after your boss fight with it in Dante's disc. He also shows up randomly as a Boss in a corresponding mission of Lucia's.²* DemBones: Bolverk's body is skeletal in appearance.²* DoNotTouchTheFunnelCloud: When swinging around its preferred weapon over its head, Furiataurus' hammer creates a vacuum effect that sucks in Dante towards Furiataurus, its hammer, and the orbs of fire it conjures up around its body. The only real way to offset this is to constantly abuse the Dodge button's generous invincibility frames.²* DropTheHammer: Furiataurus' weapon.²* EldritchAbomination: '''Nefasturris'''. Nefascapitas isn't much better in this regard.²* EnigmaticMinion: Bolverk is an odd example in that he never speaks, so his personality and motives are very hazy. However, it's never clarified if he's actually a follower of Arius or just lurking around Dumary Island and Arius' HQ in wait for Dante.²* EpicFlail: Tartarussian and Plutonian have huge spiked balls in lieu of hands.²* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: Tartarussian and Plutonian tend to flail their maces around in wide, sweeping arcs.²* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Orangguerra, which is probably an orangutan-like demon.²* EvilLaugh: Trismagia has a very creepy one.²* ExtraEyes: Orangguerra and Tateobesu. Four to be exact.²* EyesDoNotBelongThere: The Infested Tank and Infested Chopper, being techno-organic monstrosities, sport a single eye. [[AttackItsWeakPoint Naturally, these are the demons' weak points.]]²* FireIceLightning: Trismagia's powers.²* FlatCharacter: Unlike the bosses of the other games, they lack personality and charm, except maybe Bolverk and Trismagia.²* FlunkyBoss: Bolverk is backed up by Freki and Geri, Plutonian can summon Agonofinis demons to aid him, Orangguerra does the same with the Msira, and Noctpteran continually lays eggs that hatch into Larvae which continue to attack even after their mother's death.²* FogOfDoom: Jokatgulm tends to spew a [[PoisonIsEvil poisonous mist]] that saps away your strength if you stay on her belly for too long.²* FrickinLaserBeams: Nefasturris and Nefascapitas, full stop.²* GatlingGood: Infested Chopper.²* GetBackHereBoss: Trismagia loves to hang back just outside the range of your firearms and only one of the three heads is vulnerable at a time.²* GiantFlyer: Noctpteran.²* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: Many of them, including Orangguerra, Noctpteran, Jokatgulm, and Nefasturris.²* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Tateobesu. It actually uses their glow to [[BlindedByTheLight temporarily blind Lucia before their fight]], though the flashing lights have no effect on her during gameplay.²* {{Hellfire}}: Furiataurus is made of it; it even bleeds lava when attacked.²--> '''Enemy File - Furiataurus:''' "Haunted by death, agony, and resentment of the condemned, its four limbs are still in flames."²* HornedHumanoid: Furiataurus, to complete its classic Devil-inspired look.²* {{Invisible Monster|s}}: Tateobesu is an odd variation. It can become invisible "by assimilating its body to water," [[VisibleInvisibility but you can still see it as clear as day.]] While in this state, however, you can't lock-on to it. Naturally, it's stuck in its invisible state in Lucia Must Die mode.²* JustEatHim: Tateobesu tries this frequently as you battle it.²* KingMook: Orangguerra for the Msira enemies and Tartarussian and Plutonian for the Finis enemies.²* LaserBlade: One of Bolverk's more potent attacks is empowering his spear and then [[DeadlyLunge performing a Stinger-like attack]] where a blade of energy extends from his (already long) weapon.²* LivingStructureMonster: Nefasturris, the Tower of Sin, is so massive that it uses a skyscraper as a conduit into the Human World.²* MacabreMothMotif: Again, Noctpteran and her larvae.²* MacGuffinGuardian: Tartarussian guards the Arcana Spada and Plutonian guards the Arcana Medaglia.²* MakeMeWannaShout: Orangguerra can fire a bubble-like projectile of concussive force from its mouth.²* MeaningfulName: Nefasturris (Tower of Sin), Nefascapitas (Head of Sin), Furiataurus (Bull of Fury), Noctpteran (Night Wing), Trismagia (more or less, Three Mages; could also draw comparisons to [[Literature/TheBible the Magi]]). Tartarussian and Plutonian come from [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Tartarus and Pluto]]. Bolverk is an alias [[Myth/NorseMythology Odin]] once took while masquerading as a human, while Freki and Geri were two wolves who accompanied him in tales.²* MiniBoss: Infested Tank. You face three as Dante and one as Lucia.²* MixAndMatchCritter: Jokatgulm. She has the head of a cobra, the body of a jellyfish, and the tentacles of [[TentacledTerror an octopus]].²* MothMenace: Noctpteran is a humongous moth demon.²* MultipleHeadCase: Tartarussian and Plutonian.²* NonMammalMammaries: Perhaps the only way you can discern Jokatgulm is one of the few female bosses in the game.²* NoSell: Averted. Trismagia, whether whole or separated, is ''not'' immune to his respective elements. The trick to the boss fight is instead figuring out which of the three heads is the vulnerable one and concentrating your attacks on it until your targets swap around and you're forced to play the guessing game all over again.²* PlayingWithFire: Trismagia's red head and Furiataurus.²* ThePowerOfHate: Bolverk, possibly. According to his enemy file, "his single eye possesses both knowledge and malice."²* PunnyName: Oranguerra is a play on orangutan and ''guerra'', the Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese word for "war."²* RecurringBoss: Bolverk and his wolves. Dante first faces the two wolves alone as mini-bosses in Mission 5. They later reappear alongside their master in Missions 11 and 16.²* ReligionIsMagic: Trismagia is the oracle of Demon World. Overlaps with EvilSorceror.²* RooftopConfrontation: Infested Chopper and Furiataurus.²* SavageWolves: Bolverk's [[FlunkyBoss pet demon wolves]], [[Myth/NorseMythology Freki and Geri]]. They're actually the [[{{Reincarnation}} reincarnated forms]] of [[BandOfBrothers his battle-mates]].²* ShieldedCoreBoss: Jokatgulm subverts this. You ''can'' go straight for her head, but it's a lot easier without her tentacles in the way.²* ShockAndAwe: Trismagia's blue head. Plutonian can also call forth electric beams to shoot out of the walls in its arena in order to attack Dante and entrap him by limiting his area of movement. Tateobesu's PrehensileTail appears to be electrified.²* SpinToDeflectStuff: Bolverk.²* SurpriseVehicle: Infested Chopper.²* TakingYouWithMe: When drained of all his health, Trismagia reforms to deliver one final blast that bites a chunk out of your lifebar. You need to survive or (more preferably) dodge it so that Trismagia can finally die. If it kills you (and given the length and structure of the battle, you'll probably be low on health at the time), you have to fight him ''all over again.''²* TankGoodness: [[AvertedTrope Not exactly]] in the case of the Infested Tanks.²* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Trismagia gives one to Dante. Dante, unfazed, counters with a ShutUpHannibal (see his entry).²* ThirdEye: All three of Trismagia's heads sport these.²* TrickBoss: Nefasturris --> Nefascapitas. Have fun.²* UnderwaterBossBattle: Tateobesu, exclusive to Lucia's disc.²* TheVoiceless: ''All of them'', barring Trismagia (who gets ''maybe'' three lines).²* VoiceGrunting: Bolverk at times. Jokatgulm also delivers a screechy wail as a death cry.²* TheWormThatWalks: Nefasturris is composed by swarms of lesser demons called "Nefasverminis" (Worms of Sin).²* WorthyOpponent: Bolverk fought Sparda in the past, and now he wants a rematch against his son.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Argosax the Chaos[=/=]The Despair Embodied]]²[[quoteright:300:]]²A King of the Demon World, Argosax is an ancient demon who was defeated by Sparda with the help of the Vie de Marli and sealed using four magical artifacts. Arius seeks the Arcana to undo the seal, revive Argosax, and then absorb his power.\²²Despite Dante and Lucia thwarting Arius' plans, the resurrection ceremony commences anyway, opening a portal to the Demon World. Ultimately, Dante volunteers to go forth and defeat him. Argosax then assumes a sleeker and more powerful form, The Despair Embodied. After a long and tenuous battle, Dante is ultimately victorious, blasting the former Demon King to bits.²----²* AmbiguousGender: The Despair Embodied is said to be a ''he'', but appears as an androgynous horned being [[ElementalEmbodiment made of fire]] whose sex changes depending on its WeaponOfChoice; the male uses a FlamingSword, while the female brandishes a {{whip|ItGood}}.²* BackFromTheDead: This one shouldn't come as a surprise.²* BishonenLine: The Despair Embodied resembles a transparent human with indistinct features. It is vastly more powerful than Argosax's base form.²* BlobMonster: When confronted by Dante, Argosax is presented as [[FusionDance a macabre amalgamation of]] [[BodyofBodies several bosses faced by Dante previously]] (Phantom, Furiataurus, Nefasturris, Jokatgulm, and Orangguerra, [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg as well as Griffon]] from ''1'').²* BodyOfBodies: Combined with the above-mentioned BlobMonster.²* EldritchAbomination: As Argosax, the form is constantly shape-shifting that could give Mundus's third form a run for its money.²* DemotedToExtra: Due to retcons. In ''2,'' Argosax is considered ''THE'' bad guy, the toughest demon Dante has faced yet. This was of course before the full inception of Vergil, Abigail and the Savior. Come the ''5'' prequel novel, Argosax has been relegated to barely registering on Dante's lifelong radar to the point where [[TakeThat he can't even be bothered to remember its name.]]²* FinalBoss: Of Dante's story in ''2''.²* FlashStep: A specialty of The Despair Embodied is disappearing from sight and then blindsiding you with one of its attacks.²* {{Foil}}: To Mundus. Both are angelic final bosses and rulers of hell. For Mundus, however, the angelic form is a mask to hide his true, pathetic BlobMonster form, and he fights mostly with projectiles and long ranged attacks aside from the rare punch. Argosax, by contrast, is fought first as an immobile blob, before taking on its true form of The Despair Embodied, who focuses mainly on teleporting about trying to stab Dante with its swords or whip him to death.²* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: Not the slightest mention was given to The Despair Embodied in the story. It simply bursts out of a cocoon that ejects from Argosax's withering husk and challenges Dante.²* GlassCannon: The Despair Embodied has ''much'' less health than Argosax, but [[LightningBruiser zips around the place and hits like hell.]]²* GreaterScopeVillain: All of Arius's plotting in ''2'' is done so that he can revive Argosax and take the demon king's power for his own.²* HornedHumanoid: The Despair Embodied.²* MarathonBoss: Argosax has a ton of health, but most of its heads can be safely blasted with the rocket launcher from outside their attack range.²* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: The ''Despair'' Embodied.²* NoIAmBehindYou: How Dante finishes off The Despair Embodied. [[spoiler:He charges at the entity with his sword, and Dante's opponent counter attacks. When the dust clears, the Rebellion falls into the ground and Dante is nowhere in sight. The Despair Embodied then checks his surroundings. Cue Dante, standing ''right next to him'' with his gun pointed at the side of his head. Dante smirks and then pulls the trigger, right as The Despair Embodied gives an OhCrap reaction (well, as best as a being with [[EyelessFace no eyes]] can), and the shot shatters the Demon King into millions of pieces.]]²* OtherworldlyAndSexuallyAmbiguous: The Despair Embodied.²* PhysicalGod: Unlike Mundus, Sparda actually ''did'' manage to kill him, though.²* PlayingWithFire: The Despair Embodied, albeit [[HavingABlast in the form of explosive combustion]].²* PowerCopying: See BlobMonster above. Notably, some of the bosses that comprise Argosax skip their TurnsRed phase and whip out their more powerful attacks from the get-go.²* PowerGivesYouWings: The Despair Embodied looks like a fiery angel. It even has an attack where it [[BeamSpam fires a volley of its feathers]] [[DeathFromAbove to rain down on you]].²* SealedEvilInACan: Of course, this isn't permanent.²* VoiceGrunting: The Despair Embodied. If you listen closely enough, the voices for The Despaired Embodied seem to be that of Dante (male) and Lucia (female), suggesting it may be a VoiceChangeling.²[[/folder]]²²! ''Devil May Cry 3'' Villains²²[[folder:Arkham/Jester]]²[[quoteright:300:]]²--> ''"Let's welcome chaos!"''²²->'''Voiced by:''' Adam D. Clark\²²Lady's father, who helped Vergil release the Temen-ni-gru from confinement. He's well-versed in the knowledge of the dark arts, even going so far as to sacrifice Lady's mother to gain more power and knowledge for himself.\²²He manipulates Vergil, Lady, and Dante, bringing them together, as all three characters were necessary to break Sparda's seal and open the portal to the Demon Realm. He often disguises himself as Jester in order to weaken them and keep all of them alive at the same time. He tries to claim Force Edge and Sparda's power, only to be mutated into a giant blob-like mass, which ''wasn't'' the power of Sparda, but in reality a reflection of the evil in his heart. In the end, after being severely weakened by the Sparda brothers and being thrown out of the demon realm, he meets his end by Lady's hand.²----²* ArchnemesisDad: [[spoiler:To Lady.]]²* BadassInANiceSuit: His default outfit is a good-looking suit.²* BaldOfEvil: Part of his ObviouslyEvil appearance is his menacing chrome-dome.²* BareHandedBladeBlock: [[spoiler:As Jester, he does this against Vergil in Mission 13.]]²* BigBad: [[spoiler:In ''3''. He is the one who manipulates the events of the game to open the portal to Hell and then get rid of anyone who can stop him from getting Sparda's power.]] ²** BigBadWannabe: [[spoiler:However, after gaining Sparda's powers, he degenerates into a larger, dumber demonic blob monster and is easily beaten by both Dante and Vergil, the latter of whom goes on to be the FinalBoss. Arkham is repeatedly shown to be a non-entity without Vergil's support as a DragonInChief. Arkham may have manipulated Vergil but he couldn't have accomplished ''anything'' without Vergil's aid.]]²* BigNo: [[spoiler:Before his death.]]²* BlobMonster: [[spoiler:The form he takes when Dante confronts him in Mission 19.]]²* BondVillainStupidity: [[spoiler:He goes into a ''[[Franchise/JamesBond Bond]]'' villain-style monologue in Mission 13 detailing his plan in manipulating the twins and his daughter into spilling their blood to undo the seal. He undid the final part of the seal by stabbing Lady with her bayonet through the leg, but failed to finish the job by killing her outright, which would have prevented her from getting up and turning her weapon on him... It also would have stopped her from killing him at the end, too.]]²* BulletDancing: [[spoiler:Jester does this when Dante shoots at him. Parodied when he starts doing the Charleston. Jester does this frequently in his boss battle, too.]]²* CardCarryingVillain: He refers to the word "Evil" with almost religious reverence. Vergil ignores him in these moments.²* ClippedWingAngel: [[spoiler:In his monster form, Arkham is much slower and dumber than he was in the form of Sparda, to the point that Dante and Vergil run rings around him and cleave him apart. The flavor text states that the evil in his heart made him unable to control Sparda's power properly.]]²* ConflictKiller: [[spoiler:Subverted as the Dante-Vergil sibling rivalry picks up ''immediately'' after [[RivalsTeamUp they]] [[EnemyMine team]] [[SiblingTeam up]] to kick his ass.]]²* DespotismJustifiesTheMeans: As he states, upon acquiring Sparda's power, he will "become the ultimate ruler of this wasteland engulfed with pandemonium."²* DirtyCoward: Unlike his partner [[NobleDemon Vergil]], Arkham displays no honor in combat. Even after [[spoiler:gaining Sparda's power]], he resorts to tactics like ambushing Dante, going into hiding during the FlunkyBoss phase of his boss fight, and begging [[spoiler:Dante and Vergil not to shoot him]] when he's defeated. He's also genuinely scared when [[spoiler:Lady encounters and kills him]].²* DivideAndConquer: [[spoiler:The entire plot of the third game revolves around Arkham deliberately pitting Dante, Vergil, and Lady against each other and then capitalizing on their strengths and contributions to his plan when the time is right.]]²* DoubleEntendre: Calling the Temen-ni-gru tower a "thick shaft that causes women to shudder."²* DrunkOnTheDarkSide: [[spoiler:He reaches near ChewingTheScenery levels when he opens the portal to Hell in Mission 13.]]²* EvenEvilCanBeLoved: {{Deconstructed}}. Arkham is unabashedly evil, and Lady hates him for all of the atrocities he's committed... and yet she can't bring herself to ''completely'' hate her father. [[spoiler:When she kills him, she breaks down CryLaughing]], and in ''5'' [[spoiler:she tells Nero that killing Vergil will leave a huge emotional scar on him, obviously speaking from experience]].²* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Arkham is apparently unable to understand that Sparda sealed off the Demon World to save humanity, and believes he did so to "become a legend." He even [[MotiveDecay rants]] about this to Lady, in regards to why he sacrificed his wife for power.²* EvilLaugh: [[spoiler:When he gets to open the portal to Hell.]]²* {{Foreshadowing}}: During his second (optional) boss fight in ''SE'', he summons a large, sentient ball to ride, whose scarred face calls Arkham to mind. Notice how it also has one blue eye and one red eye...²** Jester also wears a lot of purple, while the main conflict is between a man who wears red and a man who wears blue.²* GagNose: Jester has one.²* AGodAmI: [[spoiler:His ultimate objective is to possess the power of Sparda, thus becoming a god]].²* GoodScarsEvilScars: The burned, pulsating side of his face.²* HappyHarlequinHat: [[spoiler:Unsurprisingly part of his Jester outfit.]]²* ILetYouWin: [[spoiler:The additional Jester battles in ''Special Edition''.]]²* ItsAllAboutMe: [[spoiler:Rationalizes all of his evil deeds -- including the murder of his wife -- as necessary steps in his goal to become a god right before Lady kills him.]]²* TheJester: Uses this guise to manipulate Dante.²* LackOfEmpathy: His defining character trait.²* LargeHam: One of the hammiest characters in the ''whole series''.²* LaughablyEvil: [[spoiler:As Jester, he can get pretty funny with his antics.]]²* MeaningfulName: His name is a reference to the fictional town from the works of Creator/HPLovecraft. It was recommended by Reuben Langdon to emphasize his status as an occultist.²* MalevolentMaskedMen: [[spoiler:Assuming it isn't a part of his anatomy as Jester.]]²* ManipulativeBastard: [[spoiler:Plays everyone for a fool.]]²* MonsterClown: As Jester, he looks kinda scary.²* NotSoHarmlessVillain: [[spoiler:Subverted: Seriously, you thought he was TheDragon to Vergil, didn't you? His manipulation of the three main characters comes across as very unexpected. But his big plan gets him killed in the long run.]]²* ObliviouslyEvil: Judging by his MotiveRant to Lady at the end of the game, he honestly doesn't seem to understand that sacrificing his wife for the sake of power is ''not'' a good thing or something to be proud of, or why Lady would be disgusted with and hate him for it. This does ''not'' make Arkham more sympathetic or tragic, and just makes him come off as a selfish prick throwing a temper tantrum.²-->'''Arkham''': What have I done wrong?! Even the heroic Sparda sacrificed a woman so that he could become a legend! I wished [[AGodAmI to be a god!]] And I sacrificed one miserable human being for that reason. That is all! Was that really so awful?²* ObviouslyEvil: Does a guy in a black suit with half of his face pulsating and one red eye look like a good guy to you?²* OneWingedAngel: [[spoiler:That [[BlobMonster blob thing]] he turned into.]]²* PowerMakesYourVoiceDeep: Both his regular voice and his voice as Jester are reasonably pitched, but the moment he absorbs Sparda's power, his voice drops ''considerably''.²* PracticallyJoker: [[spoiler:His Jester form is an expy of ComicBook/TheJoker. He was even called "Joker" in development. The Jester boss fights in the Special Edition include a voice clip where he refers to himself as "Joker" instead of Jester.]]²* RecurringBoss: Can be played straight or subverted. You're only required to fight him twice: once as Jester and once as his BlobMonster OneWingedAngel. The extra fights added in ''Special Edition'' are optional.²* RedRightHand: His connection to the supernatural is signified by the pulsating burn scar on the left side of his face.²* AStormIsComing: Says this almost word-for-word.²* SharedUnusualTrait: [[spoiler:His heterochromia is used to hint both at Arkham's connection to Lady as well as the fact that he's Jester.]]²* TheStoic: In spite of the above LargeHam tendencies, Arkham manages to remain reserved in most cases while serving as Vergil's "advisor" of sorts. [[spoiler:All bets are off once Vergil "kills" him, though.]]²* TilMurderDoUsPart: Sacrificed his wife in a ritual to gain power.²* TreacherousAdvisor: To Vergil and Lady. [[spoiler:Jester is something of a StealthMentor to Dante.]]²* {{Troll}}: As Jester, he loves to taunt and insult his foes. So much that even ''[[TheGadfly Dante]]'' finds him annoying.²* {{Understatement}}: [[spoiler:As Jester, in his first encounter with Dante.]]²-->[[spoiler:'''Dante:''' "Zip it. Or I'll pierce that big nose of yours."]]\²[[spoiler:'''Jester:''' "... That could be a problem."]]²* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler: After he's defeated, forced to change back into a human and mortally wounded. He's confronted by his daughter Lady. He feebly tries to rationalize his actions, but only comes out looking like a selfish prick pathetically throwing a temper tantrum at the power he lost. This reaches its apex when Lady put a gun to his head to finish him off as he can only scream in terror.]]²²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Guardians of Temen-ni-gru in General]]²The various high-level Devils that guarded the demonic tower, a passageway between the Human World and the Demon World. Many of them fought Sparda in the past. All of them are later defeated, and (excepting Leviathan) are turned into Devil Arms (or powers) for Dante to use. They are Cerberus, Agni and Rudra, Leviathan, Nevan, Beowulf, Geryon, and Doppelganger.²----²!The entire group²²* DefeatMeansFriendship: With the possible exceptions of Leviathan and Beowulf.²* IFightForTheStrongestSide: Shades of it, the extent varying from demon to demon.²* QuirkyMinibossSquad: More like quirky boss squad, really.²* RedBaron: Which ones are listed on each demon.²* SadlyMythtaken: Each of those whose names are references differ from the actual myths in varying degrees.²* SevenDeadlySins: Just like the mooks in this game, every boss is themed after one of the sins. Cerberus's arrogant dismissal of Dante as a weakling is Pride, Nevan is an object of Lust, Beowulf is full of Wrath towards Sparda and his sons, Doppelganger emulates Dante's cocky ego, Leviathan is envy incarnate...²* ThresholdGuardians: Considering that ''3'' thrives on this trope as a way of displaying Dante's gradual CharacterDevelopment, it should come as no surprise that this group consists almost exclusively of these. By the time Doppelganger, the final member, is faced, [[LampshadeHanging Dante is well-aware of what each fight represents for him as a person]].²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Cerberus the Ice Guardian]]²[[quoteright:350:]]²->''"Leave now, mortal! The likes of you are forbidden in this land! You who are powerless are not worthy to set foot here!"''²²->'''Voiced by:''' Larry Leong\²----²* AchillesHeel: His heads once you break off his ice covering. Agni's fire element after obtaining him and Rudra, and replaying Mission 3.²* AnIcePerson: Covered in, and can manipulate ice.²* BreathWeapon: Breathes very cold air.²* EvilSoundsDeep: Especially his last head.²* GracefulLoser: After being defeated by Dante, he calmly acknowledges Dante's worthiness.²-->'''Cerberus:''' "Regardless, you have proved your strength. I acknowledge your ability. Take my soul and go forth! You have my blessing!"²* {{Hellhound}}: A demonic ice-elemental three-headed guard dog named after ''the'' Hellhound of Greek mythology.²* LogicalWeakness: Agni and Rudra, thanks to the former's fire element. You can't use it on your first try, but subsequent fights are fair game.²* MacGuffinGuardian: Guards the main gate.²* PunyEarthlings: Holds this view. Imagine his surprise once he realizes Dante holds demon blood within him.²* RedBaron: The Ice Guardian.²* RedEyesTakeWarning: The middle head sports these.²* SadlyMythtaken: Although he is still a three-headed hound as in Myth/ClassicalMythology, he has ice powers.²* ShoutOut: A possible one to ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'', where the deepest circle of Hell is frozen over, even though Cerberus guards one of the highest. But then again, [[FridgeBrilliance you fight this Ceberus on the lowest portion of Temen-Ni-Gru.]]²* {{Telepathy}}: Apparently his form of communication.²%%* TronLines²* TurnsRed: If you try to take on more than one head at a time, Cerberus will literally Turn Red and you will have a serious problem on your hands.²* UniquenessDecay: Come 5, it’s clear that Cerberus is just one member of the Cerberus race.²* WakeUpCallBoss: This boss is the first really nasty boss that you have to fight in this game, requiring reading of the boss's behavior in order to deal with his attacks, and some actual strategy instead of just charging in and swinging your sword at him. Quite a few DMC newbies have died to this guy the first time they fought him.²* YourHeadAsplode: Cerberus only has one head left after his defeat.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Agni & Rudra the Firestorm]]²[[quoteright:350:]]²->''"We must entertain our guest."''\²''"You're right, we need to be gracious hosts."''²²->'''Voiced by:''' Larry Leong\²----²* AchillesHeel: Agni to Cerberus's ice.²* AffablyEvil: They muse about how they've been bad hosts for their visitor (Dante) and act quite cordial towards him. They only attack when Dante expresses his desire to pass through the gate they're guarding and then, [[GracefulLoser upon defeat]], [[BaddieFlattery show admiration of his skills]].²* BlowYouAway: Rudra has wind powers.²* BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine: With ''Dante'' as the StraightMan. The subversion comes from the fact that the two aren't stupid (although Rudra apparently doesn't know what a sigh is), but are ''extremely'' chatty, [[HypocriticalHumor much to Dante's annoyance]].²* ConservationOfNinjutsu: If one is defeated and the other isn't finished off quickly, the survivor grabs the other sword and starts DualWielding.²* DualBoss: They are BashBrothers, after all, although they have a tendency to bicker with one another and can actually hurt each other with their slashes in-battle by accident.²* DegradedBoss: In the Bloody Palace.²* DualWielding: When one is defeated, the other picks up his fallen brother's sword and resorts to this.²* EvilLaugh: During the [[BladeSpam Million Slash]] combo. As a CallBack to their agreement to remain quiet while traveling with Dante, Dante will yell [[BigShutUp "SILENCE!"]] as the combo finisher.²* EvilSoundsDeep²* GracefulLoser: They decide to work for Dante after he defeats them.²* LogicalWeakness: Cerberus, but only against Agni. Rudra doesn't have a specific weapon he's weak against.²* LoyalPhlebotinum: In a sense. Having spent their imprisonment waiting for someone stronger than them to appear, the brothers hastily plead with Dante to take them along with him on his journey.²* PlayingWithFire: Agni has fire powers.²* RedBaron: The Firestorm.²* RedEyesTakeWarning: Rudra.²* SadlyMythtaken: They are no longer the [[Myth/HinduMythology Hindu]] gods of fire and the storm respectively, but instead sentient scimitars wielded by headless brutes. While Rudra in Hindu mythology ''does'' have a secondary rubric in storms (and thus connected to [[BlowYouAway winds]]), his primary shtick is as an archer. The Hindu god of wind is [[ Vayu.]]²%%* SerratedBladeOfPain²* SinisterScimitar: Which, in fact, serve as their heads and spinal cords.²* WakeUpCallBoss: If Cerberus doesn't count.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Leviathan, the Evil God-Beast]]²[[quoteright:350:]]²----²* AchillesHeel: The hearts. Using Agni and Rudra on them will deal more damage.²* AnimalisticAbomination: Leviathan, whose body is a living gateway to the Hell of Envy, looks similar to a giant whale.²* ExtremeOmnivore: In Leviathan's stomach, you can find several ships, a bus, some ''skyscrapers'', and the remains of a bridge.²* GiantFlyer: Leviathan is probably the largest boss of the whole series, as a giant flying whale.²* JustEatHim: Leviathan does this to Dante. Backfires when Dante sliced apart the heart of the behemoth from inside.²* MissingSecret: The only boss who doesn't give you a new weapon or style. Though considering how much damage the heart's lasers and bombs do to enemies, [[GameBreaker that's probably for the best.]]²* ReactorBoss: An organic variant. When travelling through Leviathan's insides, you end up fighting his heart. Destroying it naturally [[LoadBearingBoss kills him]].²* RedBaron: The Evil God-Beast.²* WombLevel: Due to his size, Leviathan is fought from the inside out, traveling through his body to kill his heart.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Nevan, the Lightning Witch]]²[[quoteright:350:]]²->''"I'll treat you so nicely, you'll never want to leave."''²²->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/MaryElizabethMcGlynn\²----²* AchillesHeel: Takes lots of damage from Cerberus's ice and Beowulf's light.²* AffablyEvil: [[ Her introductory dialogue sounds like she's working at a brothel and asking for Dante to invite her into his pants.]] Next to the Lucifer acquisition scene in ''4'', this is the quintessential example of DoubleEntendre[=/=]DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything in the series. (The VisualInnuendo from Dante does not help in the slightest.)²* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: Her skin is a pale greenish-white color.²* BareYourMidriff: More than that, she's [[GodivaHair not wearing a shirt at all]].²%%* BossBanter²* DanceBattler: While most of Nevan's attacks use lightning to strike Dante, she has two attacks that send [[CastingAShadow a dark wave of energy]] at the Son of Sparda: the first [[SpinAttack has her gyrate multiple times]] while the second shows that Nevan is ''very'' flexible.²* EvilIsSexy: InUniverse, with Dante going along with it in his talk mostly because [[ItAmusedMe he feels like it]].²* EvilLaugh: An epic, [[EvilIsHammy hammy]] one.²* EvilRedhead: Very red hair, very evil.²* FoeRomanceSubtext: In the cutscenes both before and after her boss battle, as ShipTease that Dante follows [[ItAmusedMe for the hell of it]].²* MayflyDecemberRomance: ''Whatever'' she was attempting, genuine attraction or devious manipulation, Nevan's interest in Dante would have most likely ended with this.²* GenderBlenderName: Nevan is a boy's name, though not a particularly common one, originating in Ireland.²* GodivaHair: She's not wearing a shirt. Her breasts are covered by her hair.²* GracefulLoser: She ''does'' try one last sneak attack on Dante, though. A bullet to the stomach makes her ultimately relent.²* HornyDevils: It should be noted that [[WMG/DevilMayCry she may be a]] [[ídhe Leanan-Sidhe]] or a [[ Baobhan Sith]] and ''not'' a succubus like most think; regardless, this she-devil still counts.²* HotWitch: Most likely. Her title is "The Lightning Witch," and the profile for the mission you fight her in refers to Nevan as "[[EvilSorceress the sorceress]] of the abyss."²* IronicName: Nevan is a boy's name meaning "Little Saint."²* KissOfDeath: [[ She has one]] that [[LifeDrain steals a sizable portion of your lifebar to heal hers.]] You should do your best to either avoid her or ''immediately'' Devil Trigger when she latches onto you, as its result tends to be ''[[OneHitKill fatal]]''.²* LadyOfBlackMagic: A sexual MsFanservice demon known as "The Lightning Witch" with electric magic and a KissOfDeath that can do you in if you're not careful.²* LoveFatherLoveSon: Implied by her talk of Sparda and Dante.²-->'''Nevan:''' "Your father was a handsome devil. But you're no slouch yourself."²* MsFanservice: A nice chest, {{Stripperific}} outfit, ShipTease[=/=]FoeRomanceSubtext moments with Dante both before ''and'' after their battle ([[LoveFatherLoveSon her comments imply that she also lusted after Sparda at some point in the past]]), and a ''very'' sexy voice.²* MacGuffinGuardian: She stands between Dante and the Stone Mask.²* RedBaron: The Lightning Witch.²%%* RedEyesTakeWarning²* ShockAndAwe: She has electrical powers.²* SouthernBelle: Has some elements of this, between the long dress and accent.²* {{Stripperiffic}}: Due to her GodivaHair.²%%* SugaryMalice²* TheVamp: Both overtly sexual and overtly nefarious.²* VampiricDraining: Likewise, despite not being, y'know, a vampire. She has some of the associated attributes, though.²* VaporWear: Much like [[VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}} Morrigan and Lilith]], her "clothes" are made from bats. [[ShieldedCoreBoss You actually need to carve through some of them in order to damage her.]]²* VillainRespect: Admits that Dante is quite handsome moments before her death.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Beowulf the Lightbeast]]²[[quoteright:350:]]²->''"It's the stench of betrayal, the odor of that accursed Sparda. I will annihilate every last blood relation of Sparda!"''²²->'''Voiced by:''' Larry Leong\²----²* AchillesHeel: His eye. While Dante lacks a specific weapon which is super effective against Beowulf, Vergil's Yamato makes his own fight against Beowulf easier due to its darkness which counters the beast's light.²* AssholeVictim: Beowulf ends up being blinded and killed by the Sparda bloodline, but considering how AxCrazy he was, his HumiliationConga was fully deserved.²%%* BossBanter²* DesecratingTheDead: Done very casually by Vergil. Vergil tests out the gauntlets and greaves he acquired from Beowulf by smashing the Lightbeast's corpse around and then [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe bisecting]] it.²* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Unceremoniously killed by Vergil after being defeated by Dante.²%%* EvilSoundsDeep²* EyeScream: Had his left eye sliced by Sparda, and after his fight Dante takes care of the right one.²* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: Beowulf attacks Vergil and ends up having his head ''[[ diced]]'' by him.²* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: Posthumously; Vergil slices his corpse in two while demonstrating his new powers.²* IllKillYou: Says this during Dante's fight with him.²* ItsPersonal: With Sparda, and with Dante [[RevengeByProxy by proxy]].²* KnightOfCerebus: He's the most antagonistic guardian of the tower; all of his compatriots are either [[EldritchAbomination monstrous forces of nature]] of AffablyEvil enough to [[BaddieFlattery give the devil hunter]] [[DefeatMeansFriendship his due]]. Beowulf, on the other hand, has a murderous vendetta against Sparda's bloodline and is played completely seriously as a character, never showing a moment of lightheartedness or humor. ²* LightEmUp: His element, as well using beams of light attack Dante.²* LightIsNotGood: He has angelic wings and the power of sacred light, but he's still a devil.²* LogicalWeakness: Darkness, but the catch is Dante doesn't have any weapon with that element. Vergil's Yamato, on the other hand, exploits the weakness.²* MacGuffinGuardian: His room contains a fault generator you must take.²* TheNoseKnows: Tracks down Dante because his scent is so similar to that of Sparda's. After being blinded, he retreats, only to follow the scent's trail again... leading him right to Vergil.²* OhCrap: Ensues when he realizes that there's not only a ''second'' son of Sparda, but that Vergil is about to kill him.²-->'''Beowulf:''' "Y-You are not the one I faced before... But this smell... There are two of them! That excrement Sparda had two sons...!"²* RedBaron: The Lightbeast.²%%* RedEyesTakeWarning²* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: He is simply ''pissed'' at Sparda for gouging out his eye.²** His dialogue hints that he didn't take Sparda's betrayal of his demon brethren too lightly either.²* SadlyMythtaken: Greatly resembles [[ Pazuzu]] or a little [[Literature/{{Beowulf}} Grendel]]. [[RuleOfCool Probably they thought that Beowulf was a cool name for a weapon]].²%%* TurnsRed²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Geryon the Timesteed]]²[[quoteright:350:]]²----²* AchillesHeel: His carriage, if one manages to hit both him and his wagon. He also takes more damage from Cerberus.²* BulletTime: What happens if hit by one of his time orbs.²* HellishHorse: A demonic horse wreathed in wisp-fire and pulls a large wagon.²* HyperspaceArsenal: Probably inside his carriage, since it can conjure and fire a large amount of missiles and spears. Either this or SummonMagic.²* RedBaron: The Timesteed.²* SadlyMythtaken: A fiendish horse, whereas in Myth/ClassicalMythology he was a giant with three bodies. But he did own a herd of wild horses, so it's a subversion.²* TimeMaster: He has control over time.²* TimeStandsStill: He can cause time to stop or at least significantly slow.²* UniquenessDecay: Another Geryon is used as a mount by the Elder Geryon Knight in 5.²* WreathedInFlames: He's covered in blue flames.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Doppelganger the Deathvoid]]²[[quoteright:249:]]²----²* BattleAura: Always shrouded in shadowy, dark aura unless when under a particularly strong ray of light.²* BossBanter: Using Dante's trademark brand of TrashTalk, no less.²* CastingAShadow: The shadowy demon appears as a dark copy of its opponents by using his body mass of darkness to refract light around its true form. Bonus points for actually appearing from Dante's shadow.²* DarkIsEvil: The Doppelganger is basically a malevolent shadow with murderous tendencies.²* {{Doppelganger}}: With his powers, he can replicate Dante's Ebony and Ivory, Rebellion, and even Devil Trigger, and his is permanently active unless flashed upon.²* EnemyWithout: He is not actually Dante's, but the symbolism underlining the fight (particularly, understanding that the shadow represents a part of the person they must overcome) is actually {{lampshade|Hanging}}d by Dante.²-->'''Dante:''' I know why you're here. You want to ask me some questions. Well, too bad. I've already answered them myself. I don't need you anymore. Come on, you poser.²* LivingShadow: That can morph and refract light to take any form he wants.²* LogicalWeakness: Beowulf, due to utilizing light.²* NighInvulnerability: Even if you attack him, Dante can't even damage him as he simply morphs to phase through your attacks. You either have to [[LogicalWeakness weaken him by turning the lights of his arena on]], or [[HoistByHisOwnPetard reflect his projectiles back at him]].²* PlayingTennisWithTheBoss: If you don't want to turn on the lights, you can stall and wait until he decides to fire a dark ball of explosive energy at you. You can deflect it back with your sword, which he will reflect back. The projectile gets quicker with each deflect, but keep it up and it will end up taking out a nice chunk of his health. Repeat this enough times and he will be defeated entirely [[HoistByHisOwnPetard by his own attacks]].²* PuzzleBoss: The quickest way to defeat him is by turning the lights on as he approaches and forces him out of his Darkness Devil Trigger.²* RedBaron: The Deathvoid.²* RedEyesTakeWarning: In what seems to be his default form, his face resembles a GhostlyGape but with black complexion and red eyes and mouth.²* VoiceChangeling: Naturally emulates Dante's voice, but his tone randomly switches between Dante's normal inflection and higher/lower pitches.²* WeakenedByTheLight: You can only directly hurt him after shining light on him. Using Beowulf in this state also deals more damage to him.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Gigapede]]²[[quoteright:300:]]²----²* AdvancingBossOfDoom: Granted they are a DegradedBoss, but the ones inside Leviathan's intestines act this way.²* CreepyCentipedes: It resembles a monstrous myriapod or a tape worm.²* DegradedBoss: The first one you fight has more abilities (plus a health bar) and is harder to defeat. The ones you meet after that are much easier to deal with and completely optional to kill.²* LogicalWeakness: Ice has an advantage against electricity in this series, therefore use Cerberus when fighting Gigapede.²* MeaningfulName: Its name when translated means "giant foot". Gigapede a giant millipede-like demon with several legs.²* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: It isn't a guardian of Temen-ni-gru nor is associated with them. According to its ingame data file, it's an EldritchAbomination that freely travels through rifts in the space-time fabric. Due to this, it lacks a [[RedBaron fancy title]] like the other bosses.²* ProportionatelyPonderousParasites: Given the fact you face at least two of these in [[WombLevel Leviathan's stomach]], it's safe to say its species qualifies for this trope.²* ShockAndAwe: It's an electric elemental demon akin to Nevan.²[[/folder]]²²! ''Devil May Cry 4'' Villains²²[[folder:Credo]]²[[quoteright:300:]]²->''"You jest so lightly in a time of crisis?"''²²->'''Voiced by:''' T.J. Rotolo (English)[=/=]Creator/RikiyaKoyama (Japanese)\²²The well-respected Supreme General of the Holy Knights of Fortuna, a position he gained through [[InformedAbility his incredible skill with a blade]] and his unwavering loyalty to the Order of the Sword and its ideals. Likewise, he holds the same loyalty for Sanctus and his teachings. He is the older brother of Kyrie and treats Nero as family, despite not agreeing with Nero's lifestyle habits. When demons attack Fortuna, Credo leaves the task of demon-slaying to Nero.\²²Behind the scenes, he is plotting with Sanctus as well as overseeing the situation regarding Dante. He also expresses mixed concern behind the motives of Gloria. Eventually, he is charged with the job of defeating Nero. In the conclusion of their fight, Kyrie is kidnapped by Agnus, a move that shakes Credo's faith in the Order. He makes one final charge against Sanctus later on to free Nero, but things end bleakly. In his dying plea, he requests that Dante save Nero and his beloved sister.²----²* AntiVillain: He's actually not evil at all and Nero doesn't really have a problem with him (at least any more than he does with typically any other authority figure, and he gets along with him for Kyrie's sake). The battle you have to fight with him is simply because he was told to subdue Nero, so he's JustFollowingOrders. He's not privy to any of the real machinations of the Holy Order, and when Sanctus shows his true colors, he immediately turns his back on his organization and urges Dante to stop Sanctus.²* BadassBeard: A finely trimmed brown one. ²* {{BFS}}: His sword as Angelo Credo.²* BigBrotherInstinct: Towards Kyrie. Oddly enough, he's not vehemently against Nero and Kyrie's mutual attraction, but he does take ''major'' exception to [[spoiler:Sanctus's use of her in his EvilPlan]].²* BigBrotherMentor: It's implied that he plays this role to some degree in regards to Nero.²** According to the ''Deadly Fortune'' novel, it was Credo who taught Nero how to use a sword. Nero also admired Credo for his kindness and sense of justice (much like the rest of his adoptive family), which was part of the reason Nero decided to join the Order in spite of being an atheist (the other was to protect the home of his beloved Kyrie).²* TheBrute: Unlike Agnus or Sanctus, Credo relies more heavily on his swordplay and strength as Angelo Credo.²* DefectorFromDecadence: He turned on Sanctus in disgust when he decided to use Kyrie against Nero.²* DisappearsIntoLight: [[spoiler:Credo's death after issuing his final words.]]²* TheDragon: He's Sanctus' right-hand man.²* ForgottenFallenFriend: No one, not even ''Kyrie'', mentions him by the game's close. He's, however, mentioned in solemn passing in the prequel novel of ''5'', with Nero admitting, despite him being such a hardass, he and Kyrie both miss him dearly. Eventually subverted in ''5'', as Nero does consider being unable to save him [[MyGreatestFailure his worst failure]]. ²* HeroAntagonist: Credo genuinely wants to protect the citizens of Fortune and believed that the [[spoiler:Ascension ceremony was a good idea. He was also very reluctant in fighting Nero.]]²* InformedAbility: His swordsmanship. [[spoiler:You ''do'' get to see it, but by that point, he's not even human.]]²* JavelinThrower: He has the ability to conjure and hurl magical javelins but Nero can CatchAndReturn them.²* KnightlySwordAndShield: As Angelo Credo, he uses a shield in tandem with a sword as a proper knight should.²* KnightTemplar: Shades of it. When ordered to go kill his friend Nero, he just goes and does it. Or tries, anyway...²* KnightTemplarBigBrother: [[HeelFaceTurn Completely betrays the Order]] when he learns that Sanctus and Agnus used Kyrie in their plans. He implies he has more philosophical reasons for his flip, but this is clearly his primary objection.²* LastRequest: Credo, in his dying moments, asks Dante and Trish to save Kyrie, as he is in no condition to perform the task himself.²* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: Supposedly, the shield also symbolizes his willingness to remain loyal to the Order of the Sword.²* MasterSwordsman: An exceptionally skilled swordsman, he taught Nero everything he knows. [[spoiler:You get to see how good he is during his boss fight.]] ²* MirrorBoss: His fighting style is an odd combination of the first Dante battle and a souped-up Alto Angelo armor. He also shares a few traits with Vergil in the use of summoned swords.²* MrFanservice: ''Extremley'' handsome, even by the standards of the series.²* NobleTopEnforcer: Credo is the staunchest believer in the ideals of the Order, and the most heroic of them aside from Nero.²* NotWhatISignedOnFor: When he finally sees the folly of his actions, he denounces Sanctus. See ThisIsUnforgivable below.²* NotWhatItLooksLike: Used to dramatic effect in the aftermath of [[spoiler:his fight with Nero]].²* OneWingedAngel: A literal example in his [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin One-winged Dark Knight]] form.²* ParentalAbandonment: The ''Deadly Fortune'' novel reveals that his and Kyrie's parents died in a demon attack. [[spoiler:[[WasOnceAMan The culprits were actually Order members]] who could not fully complete [[SuperEmpowering the Ascension ceremony]] (for lack of physical and/or mental strength, coupled with the fact that [[ToxicPhlebotinum demon energy might not be so good for the skin]]) and instead [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity devolved into mindless, insane demons]]. As commander of the Order's forces, Credo was privy to this information, but never disclosed it to Kyrie or Nero for obvious reasons.]]²* PunchClockVillain: Is not remotely evil or sadistic, and only opposes Nero as Sanctus ordered him to.²* RecurringBossTemplate: Is the latest version of the Nelo Angelo boss fight.²* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Tries to save Nero and Kyrie, but Sanctus fatally impales him.]]²* RedBaron: One-winged Dark Knight, although his Japanese title literally translates to "Proud Blade: One-winged Dark Knight".²* SignatureMove: ''Deadly Fortune'' describes the 3-hit combination attack Angelo Credo uses as Credo's specialty move.²* TennisBoss: Complete with [[CatchAndReturn grabbing his swords and hurling them right back at him.]]²* ThisIsUnforgivable: Subverted. [[spoiler:While furious and appalled at how Sanctus used his sister as bait in his plans, thus shaking Credo's [[UndyingLoyalty unwavering loyalty]] to the Order, he utters this line ''after'' he was wounded by Sanctus. [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice Things only get worse]] [[KilledOffForReal from there]].]]²* TheUnfought: His human form.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Agnus]]²[[quoteright:300:]]²->''"Humans, they are but stubborn and foolish. It takes a journey to Hell for them to accept and praise their God! A fact that tickles irony's judgment."''²²->'''Voiced by:''' T.J. Storm (English)[=/=]Yuya Uchida (Japanese)\²²The Chief alchemist of the Order of the Sword, he is the one responsible for artificially creating several of the game's {{Mook}} enemies, such as the Cutlass, Gladius, Basilisk, and the Angelo Armors. He even takes credit for creating the Hell Gates that the bosses and other enemies use to enter the Human World (since he had to use many of their souls in the creation of the armors), but due to his shut-in behavior, few among the Order know of his existence.²----²* AssholeVictim: Played hysterically straight in ''5''. Nico, his own daughter ''felt nothing'' after her "asshole daddy" died. To be fair, [[ParentalAbandonment he was never around]] [[TakeOverTheWorld and was too busy scheming global conquest with Sanctus]]. The only way she acknowledges him was through biological factors of her birth, and that Nero pilfered his research and gave it all to her.²* BareHandedBladeBlock: Against Nero. With [[AffablyEvil pinkies extended]].²* BerserkButton: Don't refer to Agnus's lab as a "hellhole" or mock his stutter.²* BigCreepyCrawlies: His demon-form is a humanoid insect.²* {{BFS}}: The Gladius Demons he uses as his swords are not exactly small.²* BlackAndNerdy: Closer to AmbiguouslyBrown, but he is noticeably darker skinned than other characters in the Order of the Sword, and early concept art of his daughter Nico in ''V'', who points out that she takes after him in appearance, shows her with prominently African features.²* ChewingTheScenery: [[ No.]] [[ Seriously.]]²* DirtyCoward: Likes to send minions after you instead of facing you himself like Credo does, and for your first fight against him, he's behind a tough-to-break glass window. He's also quite fond of dirty tactics in Angelo form (such as his opening cheap shot).²* TheDragon: While Credo is Sanctus' NobleTopEnforcer, Agnus is the guy responsible for much of the Order's more evil doings aside from Sanctus himself, and is the final opponent that both Dante and Nero fight before their requisite final battles.²* EnergyAbsorption: One of his attacks.²* EverythingIsBetterWithSpinning: One of his attacks has him [[SpinAttack spin around]] on the battlefield while two Cutlasses are attached to his arms. [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks He then hurls them.]] Buster him at the wrong time and he'll spin-kick you away too.²* EvilGenius: He's an alchemist and is working with the bad guys. Bonus points for personally creating the angelic-looking demons.²* FantasticRacism: He hates humans viewing them as inferior. He was all too willing to shed his own humanity in pursuit of power.²* {{Foil}}: To Credo, being a callous, cowardly EvilGenius to Credo's NobleTopEnforcer and status as TheBrute.²* FlunkyBoss: Puts a spin on it, as his summoned creatures act as his weapons instead of attacking independently.²* GeniusBruiser: He personally created many of the various mooks, he fights you himself in his OneWingedAngel form, and to reiterate, in his human form he catches Nero's sword bare-handed. With [[AffablyEvil pinkies extended]].²* LargeHam: Did we mention this guy tried to out-ham Dante? He had a good try at it, too, what with the posturing, and pausing every word or two...²* MadScientist: Everything he does is ForScience.²* MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter: While traveling outside Fortuna long before the events of ''4'', he fathered Nico, your WrenchWench friend in ''5''.²* MoeGreeneSpecial: How Dante kills him. With the added effect of destroying ''all'' of his written research.²* NonStandardCharacterDesign: Most of the human characters look realistic with the exception of the hammy and cartoonish Agnus. ²* OneWingedAngel: Angelo Agnus, the One-eyed Dark Knight.²* ParentalAbandonment: According to Nico, Agnus abandoned her and her mother and left them for dead. As such, she doesn't care much for him nor the fact that Dante killed him.²* RecurringBoss: This guy is fought a total of four times. Nero fights him three times, once in his normal form where he just sends Gladius demons your way, another in his Angelo form, and the last during the BossRush in Mission 19. Dante, on the other hand, only fights him once in order to [[spoiler:reclaim Yamato]], and this fight is Agnus's last.²* ThisCannotBe: Goes into this when Nero resurrects Yamato and awakens his Devil Trigger for the first time. "This is preposterous! ''Preposterous''!"²* VerbalTic: His s-s-s-stutter, which Nero naturally mocks.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Berial - the Conqueror of The Fire Hell]]²[[quoteright:300:]]²->''"When I came to this world 2,000 years ago, there was no such human as the likes of you."''²²->'''Voiced by:''' Larry Leong (English)[=/=]Creator/TaitenKusunoki (Japanese)\²²The Conqueror of the Fire Hell, Berial is a huge, centaur-like devil who's wreathed in flames from hell. He fights Nero in an abandoned mine village, but is defeated. He later reappears, but is stopped and slain by Dante. His Hell Gate is powered by the [[SomethingAboutARose Lucifer]] Devil Arm, which Dante claims.²----²* {{BFS}}: In this case, F can also stand for {{Flaming|Sword}}.²* BlindIdiotTranslation[=/=]SpellMyNameWithAnS: It's supposed to be "Belial" but is misspelled Berial, and as such, his English VA [[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY pronounced it "burial."]]²* BurningWithAnger: Stun him and his flames go out. Once he recovers, he gets ''[[TurnsRed pissed]]'' and his fire gets bigger than it was at the start.²* ContinuityNod: He's said to be the conqueror of the Fire Hell, from which the devil Furiataurus (met by Dante in ''2'') probably came from. The novel states he is Mundus's heir as well.²* DefiantToTheEnd: After defeating him, Dante offers to spare his life if he'll go back quietly through the Hell Gate he came from. Berial refuses and performs a last desperation attack on Dante instead, getting blown away for his trouble.²%%* EvilSoundsDeep²* FlamingHair: A [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Balrog-like]] mane.²* FlamingSword: An absolutely humongous one.²%%* LargeHam²* PlayingWithFire: He's a huge, centaur-like devil who's wreathed in flames from hell. Of course he has fire powers.²* RecurringBoss: He's fought twice in total, one with Nero and one with Dante. He is also fought in the BossRush in Mission 19.²* RedBaron: The Conqueror of The Fire Hell²* SilenceYouFool: Roars this in response to Nero's quip after the quote above ("Wanna make it another two thousand?").²* TakingYouWithMe: Attempted on Dante but failed.²** After sacrificing most of his body and using his flaming, flying head for one last DesperationAttack, Dante finishes him off [[CherryTapping with one pistol shot]].²* VillainousValor: He wanted to avenge all the fellow Devils slain by Dante (which, by now, are quite a lot).²* WakeUpCallBoss: Especially in Bloody Palace, where the 101 stages are filled with enemies of increasing difficulty with bosses every 20 stages; the mooks preceding and after him are at Devil Hunter (Normal) difficulty level, but he himself is at DMD (HarderThanHard).²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Bael and Daegon - the Masters of The Frozen Soil]]²[[quoteright:300:]]²->''"Don't think this is the end... there are more of us."''²²->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/KyleHebert (English)[=/=]Kosei Hirota (Japanese)\²²Two twin devil toads from the coldest inferno. Bael attacks Nero in the castle on Fortuna but is slain by Nero. Later, his brother Daegon assaults Dante but meets the same fate. Their Hell Gate is powered by the Devil Arm [[BriefcaseBlaster Pandora]], which Dante claims after killing the latter.²----²* AchillesHeel: Their tongues.²* AlluringAnglerfish: Can use the pretty Rusalka demons on his feelers to lure his opponents. Of course, Dante is not fooled. Nero ignores them.²* CombatPragmatist: Tend to lure in the darkness and use sneak attacks.²* ConservationOfNinjutsu[=/=]DegradedBoss: A single devil toad is a Boss, five devil toads are EliteMooks.²* CurseCutShort: ²-->'''Bael:''' "You think... you've... beaten me!? Never! You piece... of..."²-->'''Nero:''' "That's ''exactly'' what I think!"²* LiterallyShatteredLives: Their death animations in the rematches.²* HornyDevils: The Rusalka twins.²* AnIcePerson: They can use ice and conjure blizzards.²* JustEatHim: Can try this on Nero/Dante.²* MesACrowd: For some reason, there are many Dagon-like demons. Bael refers to them as his brothers.²* MixAndMatchCritters: They look like a hybrid of a toad and an anglerfish.²* RecurringBoss: Same as Berial, though both Dante and Nero kill members of the same species. Dagon is fought in the BossRush.²* RedBaron: The Masters of The Frozen Soil.²* TwinThreesomeFantasy: The imagery the Rusalka twins give off, sensual embraces and everything. Dante, ever the cunning fox, [[ItAmusedMe decides to go along with it to toy with Dagon]], who does ''not'' take kindly to the Son of Sparda's practical joke.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Echidna - the She-Viper]]²[[quoteright:300:]]²->''"You may jest, but the kindest fate I offer is to unify and spend eternity with a child of mine!"''²²->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/MaryElizabethMcGlynn(English)[=/=]Creator/UraraTakano (Japanese)\²²A huge demon who has infested the forest on Fortuna Island. Appears as a huge serpent-like dragon, but hides her true body in the mouth and can appear as a part woman-part serpent devil. She's laying a bunch of eggs which gives birth to the hellish Chimera. Her Hell Gate is powered by a Devil Arm, the Gilgamesh, which Dante claims after slaying her.²²----²²%%* AbsoluteCleavage²* GiantFlyer: She hovers over the forest the whole time.²* GreenThumb: She seems to have some relationship with plants.²* JustEatHim: Attempted again on Dante.²* MamaBear: She gets pissed when Nero blows her eggs out of the sky with Blue Rose and when Dante starts kicking them around like footballs.²* MeaningfulName: Named after the monster from [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek myths]]. Echidna's name meant "she-viper," and she was the mother of various other monsters, including the Chimera and (humorously enough) Cerberus. This explains her appearance and MamaBear tendencies (never mind the fact that serpents are seen as symbols of fertility in certain cultures).²* NonMammalMammaries: Her real appearance may be unmistakably feminine, but she's still a reptilian demon at the end of the day.²* OminousFog: When Dante ventures through Mitis Forest, the area is now shrouded within a dense fog accompanied by a fierce thunderstorm. Set up by Echidna to prevent Dante from making his way to her, the fog creates dimensional warps that make the task of navigating the forest even more haphazard and difficult than usual. All the while, you can hear Echidna's [[EvilLaugh laugh]] echoing in the distance. Naturally, the forest clears up when Echidna is finally slain.²* PunyEarthlings:²-->'''Echidna''' (''trying to escape from Nero''): "How shameful to be beaten by a human...!"²* RecurringBoss: Same deal as Berial and Bael/Dagon. She is also fought in the BossRush.²* RedBaron: The She-Viper.²* SnakesAreSexy: Her humanoid form, maybe?²* VaginaDentata: It doesn't help that the mouth of her serpentine form folds back to resemble a Venus Flytrap when she reveals her true self.²* VillainousValor: She really cares for her children. And her forest.²-->'''Echidna''' (''shortly before her death''): "My forest...! My children...!"²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Sanctus]]²[[quoteright:300:]]²->''"2,000 years ago... the Dark Knight Sparda, turned against his demon brethren and took up his sword for the sake of mankind. Though despite his brave efforts in our names, I fear some have forgotten the great truth of that great sacrifice."''²²->'''Voiced by:''' [[Creator/LiamOBrien Liam O'Brien]](English)[=/=]Ikuya Sawaki (Japanese)\²²The Vicar of Sparda, Sanctus is the leader of the Order of the Sword (and by proxy, Fortuna). He is a kindly and benevolent man who is praised and loved by his subjects. In the middle of one his Sparda-centered sermons, Dante swoops in and kills him, setting off the events of the game.\²²Shortly afterward, he is revived via the Ascension ceremony. It is revealed that he is the mastermind of the Order's plot [[TakeOverTheWorld to conquer the world]] using the vast power of The Savior. He lures Dante to Fortuna by using the Yamato to open up {{Hell Gate}}s so that he can use Dante as The Savior's core, but switches his plans when he kidnaps Kyrie to instead goad on Nero. While he does gain immense power thanks to the Sparda sword, Dante and Nero work together to quell his goal of world domination.²----²* BackFromTheDead: Thanks to the [[AppliedPhlebotinum Ascension Ceremony]], which infuses its participants with demonic energy.²* BarrierWarrior: [[ShieldedCoreBoss One of the more frustrating tactics Sanctus employs during your battles with him.]]²* BigBad: The main antagonist of ''Devil May Cry 4''.²* BoomHeadshot: Gets this treatment from Dante at the very start of the game. He gets better.²* ClippedWingAngel: As the [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever False Savior]].²* CorruptChurch: And he's the head of it.²* CrystalDragonJesus: He's the head of a seemingly [[ChristianityIsCatholic Roman Catholic church]], resembles the Pope (and is even called "His Holiness"), and worships a statue in Sparda's image known as The Savior. [[FauxSymbolism Need we go on?]]²* DirtyCoward: Spends most of his fights hiding from you behind something, be it a shield, his drones, or the Sparda sword. He only beats Nero the first time because he uses Kyrie as a human shield, and after the final boss fight, he holds her hostage when his powers prove insufficient to beat Nero. [[spoiler:It is ''very'' satisfying when Nero guts his ass like a fish.]]²* EvilCannotComprehendGood: See his merciless stabbing of Credo when Credo is pissed by the use of his sister in Sanctus' plans. The man's reply? "Love...? For a sibling? How foolish. All that is needed... is absolute power." Nero calls him on this after kicking his ass in the final battle, pointing out that Sanctus could never hope to be like Sparda, even with his power, because he considered love, which Sparda had for Eva, to be a weakness.²* FinalBoss: In ''Devil May Cry 4''.²* FinalBossPreview: You fight Sanctus twice: once after his ascension in Mission 11 and then again in Mission 20 as "Sanctus Diabolica" when he's using Sparda's sword. Ultimately, both fights employ similar strategies.²* GetBackHereBoss: This guy loves to dart away when you try to get close to him after you break his shield, forcing you to pursue him often in order to pin him down.²* AGodAmI: "A Savior is among you!"²* InformedAbility: ''His'' swordsmanship. You might be surprised to find the Data File of the game saying he used to be a Supreme General of the Holy Knights. In the actual game, he primarily lets his powers do the fighting for him, and isn't even in Nero's league, let alone Dante's or Vergil's.²* LightIsNotGood: Head of a church, wears white, quite evil.²* LoveIsAWeakness: Derides Credo's brotherly love for Kyrie, and Nero's romantic love for her, as foolish. This bites him in the ass, since this view is what prevents him from being able to truly harness Sparda's power.²* ManInWhite: [[GoldAndWhiteAreDivine It'd be a bit strange for his religious vestments to be any other color.]]²* NiceHat: Given his resemblance to the Pope, this was inevitable.²* ObviouslyEvil: Not his human form, but as Sanctus Diabolica.²* OneWingedAngel: Sanctus [[MeaningfulName Diabolica]].²* RecurringBoss: He's fought twice -- once in Mission 11, and once in Mission 20. The latter battle has him in full red-eyed Sanctus Diabolica mode, and with the Sparda sword to boot.²* RedEyesTakeWarning: Briefly when he is revived. His eyes become red for good when he becomes Sanctus Diabolica.²* SinisterMinister: In Sanctus's case, a very sinister Pope version -- even more so when he gets his hands on the Sparda sword and becomes Sanctus Diabolica.²%%* TeleportSpam²* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Is absolutely revered and adored by the inhabitants of Fortuna. Of course, this was probably made null around endgame, where the dwellers of Fortuna see him on top of The Savior, [[EvilLaugh cackling]] as demons swarm the city. According to the semi-canon tie-in novel ''Deadly Fortune'', some of the citizens had a hard time believing Nero's words about Sanctus' true nature until Kyrie vouched for him.²* WakeUpCallBoss: If you don't know how to move quickly in the air, and especially the use of Calibur, you will have a bad time against Sanctus.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:The Warriors of the Order]]²²* EliteMooks: Bianco Angelo.²* HelpfulMook: Mainly because their primary goal is protecting the citizens of Fortuna from demonic infestations.²* MiniBoss: Alto Angelo.²* WolfPackBoss: Gladius in Mission 6.²[[/folder]]²²! ''Devil May Cry 5'' Villains²²[[folder:Urizen - the Nefarious Usurper]]²²[[quoteright:400:]]²[[caption-width-right:400:''"It has begun!"'']]²->''"I will show you your worst nightmares. I will give you despair, and... '''death'''."''\²²->'''Voiced by:''' [[spoiler: Creator/DanSouthworth]] (English), Shunsuke Sakuya (Japanese)\²²A demon king behind the demonic invasion in Red Grave city and the primary antagonist of ''Devil May Cry 5''. According to V, Urizen is a demon stronger than even the likes of Mundus. [[spoiler:He is actually Vergil's demonic half, split from V, Vergil's human half. Without any of Vergil's redeeming qualities, he slaughters humans by the hundreds in pursuit of more power for himself.]]²----²* AllForNothing: [[spoiler:Vergil sacrifices his humanity for more power, slaughters an entire city of humans, and turns himself into a three-eyed devil just like Mundus all for the sake of beating Dante. As Urizen he only manages to beat Dante in round one, like always, and in the long run Urizen's lack of humanity and overreliance on brute strength means he's weaker than he was as Vergil. Urizen's entire plan was for nothing.]]²--> '''Dante:''' You've been chasing this for an eternity... and it's nothing but ''useless shit''!²* AllYourPowersCombined: As a nod to his drive to seek power at any cost, he can utilize the attacks of the other bosses in the game. He can use Goliath's fireballs, Artemis' lasers, the time slowing magic of Geryon, and Malphas' teleportation. And in Dante's final fight with him, he starts summoning spikes from the ground and spectral swords. ²* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: A demon with blue skin.²* AmbitionIsEvil: [[spoiler:He's literally Vergil's ambition and greed manifested into a malevolent, power-hungry demon.]]²* ArchnemesisDad: [[spoiler:He's the demonic half of Nero's father Vergil, who is more than happy to kill a useless human like Nero.]]²* BarrierWarrior: Can generate a crystal made of demonic energy that in turn create barriers that block any attack against him, forcing you to first crush the crystal completely to actually damage him before he eventually restores it again. He can also have the crystal jut out spikes to attack. [[spoiler:The crystal is actually Yamato.]]²* BigBad: Of ''5'', as the one in control of the demonic Qliphoth tree terrorizing Redgrave City. If V's words are any indication, he's also responsible for Nero losing his arm and may be even more powerful than Mundus. [[spoiler:Until he is defeated by Dante and merges back together with V. Vergil then takes over the main antagonist role for the last few missions, though in the end it's mostly over what form his atonement for Urizen's actions should take.]]²* BishonenLine: [[spoiler:After eating the Qliphoth's fruit he loses the demonic tree root armor, taking on a more acrobating humanoid form. Similarly, after V forces a re-merge with him into Vergil, he becomes an attractive human man again rather than a monstrous demon.]]²* BoomerangBigot: [[spoiler:Hates humans, but is part of a half-human demon. This is justified, as he's partly made from Vergil's own self-hate over being born part-human.]]²* BossSubtitles:²--> Nefarious Usurper: Urizen²* TheBrute: [[spoiler: At his core, Urizen is this, and it's deconstructed. Lacking any of the original Vergil's finesse or skill, he relies solely on spamming his magic and brute strength to beat any opponent. When faced with an opponent of equal strength and superior skill, he is easily beaten into the ground.]]²* CantKillYouStillNeedYou: [[spoiler:After defeating Trish and Lady, he decides to turn them into his demonic servants rather than kill them.]]²* TheCoatsAreOff: The many tentacles trailing from his organic armor resemble a cape, and they're the first things he sheds after gaining the power of the Qliphoth fruit.²* CombatTentacles: He can use the demonic tree tentacles covering his body and throughout the Quliphoth to stab his enemies.²* CurbStompBattle: Effortlessly defeats all of the main heroes without even leaving his chair. Even Dante, who has taken on the likes of Mundus and Argosax, is no match for him initially and it takes [[spoiler:Dante absorbing the power of both the Sparda and Rebellion to finally even the odds.]]²* DarkLordOnLifeSupport: [[spoiler:Due to Vergil separating himself into V and Urizen, Urizen's body would decay just like V's. So to counter this, Urizen attached himself to the Qliphoth Tree to feed off of its power until the Qliphoth Tree was ready to bear its fruit.]]²* TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget: Urizen is so obsessed with power that he no longer remembers his past or the reason why he wanted it in the first place. This lack of true motivation is the reason he finally loses to Dante, who actually has something he means to protect.²* DeathByIrony: [[spoiler: After all that, you'd expect Dante to be the one to destroy him, not his own powerless, weak human half.]]²* DemonLordsAndArchdevils: He's referred to by V as "Urizen the Demon King".²* DespotismJustifiesTheMeans: He only cares about gaining power, and if he has to unleash a blood-sucking demon tree upon the human world and slaughter an entire city full of humans to get it, then so be it. Sadly, this bites him in the ass; Dante is ultimately able to defeat Urizen because he actually fights to protect others and those he cares about, whereas Urizen just wants power for power's sake.²* EmphasisOnTheWrongSyllable: Urizen speaks in a very slow and stilted speech pattern, often placing odd emphasis on various words or syllables. This makes him sound somehow "off". [[spoiler:Which makes sense, as he's Vergil's demon half, and without the thoughtful and poetic word usage that V has.]]²* EnemyWithout: [[spoiler:Vergil had simply wanted to heal all the damage that had been inflicted on him over the years by removing the human part of himself, in hopes it would release more of his demonic power. But instead, he got a [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope far more evil]] version of himself without any of his NobleDemon qualities or even a reason for seeking power. His [[TheUnfettered unfettered]] actions similarly disgust his human half and the recompleted Vergil alike.]]²* EvilIsHammy: A villainous demon behind the invasion of Red Grave city who talks about over the top things like bringing about people's worst nightmares, a world of demons, despair, and of course death. Also isn't above unnecessarily shouting "It has begun!" when the Qliphoth starts [[ShowDontTell doing something everyone can clearly see]].²* EvilCannotComprehendGood: He can't understand how Dante is beating him in their final confrontation, despite Dante being part human and in Urizen's eyes having given up nothing to pursue power. Dante then points out that simply fighting for the sake of something, in his case to protect others, makes him stronger than Urizen, who has no real motivation to his actions other than gaining more power, could ever be.²-->'''Urizen:''' How... How are you so powerful?! You never lost ''anything!''\²'''Dante:''' [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech It's not about loss... Strength is a choice. Fighting like hell to protect what's important. You threw away everything you ever had. No wonder you have no true power!]]\²'''Urizen:''' [[VillainousBreakdown Danteeeeee!]]²* EyesDoNotBelongThere: Has a multitude of eyes growing on his body. Like Mundus before him, he has an [[ThirdEye eye in the middle of his forehead]] as well. [[spoiler:After eating the Qliphoth's fruit]], he sheds his tree armor and reveals his true form, which has eyes covering every inch of it.²* FamousLastWords: "Is limit?" Says this on the rare chance you defeat Urizen during the prologue scene, which is highly unlikely unless your [[NewGamePlus replaying the mission with an upgraded Nero]]. [[spoiler:It also doubles as a MeaningfulEcho, as Urizen's death quote here is also Vergil's death quote in ''Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition'']].²* FinalExamBoss: It's not immediately obvious, but most of Urizen's attacks are taken from various bosses you face later--Goliath's fireballs, Geryon's time stopping magic, Artemis's lasers, and so on.²* {{Foreshadowing}}: There are multiple hints to his true nature [[spoiler:as a part of Vergil]].²** The contrast between two of the cutscenes which were released prior to the full game, where [[spoiler:one clearly shows a broken-down and cloaked Vergil stealing Nero's devil arm and another has V telling Nero that Urizen was the culprit of the same act]].²** V claims Urizen is one of Dante's reasons for fighting [[spoiler:hinting at him being a member of Dante's FreudianExcuse, his lost family.]]²** When Urizen punches and breaks Rebellion, knocking Dante out of Trigger and sending him flying back, the camera zooms in close to Dante's right eye and Urizen's image is reflected there. [[spoiler:In ''3'' after their first boss fight, Dante gets knocked back by Vergil and the camera zooms in close to Dante's right eye with Vergil's image being reflected just before he stabs Dante with Rebellion.]]²** He's a demon with blue skin and green eyes. [[spoiler:Just like Vergil's ''3'' and ''4'' Devil Trigger forms.]]²** His voice actor in English is a pitch shifted [[spoiler:Creator/DanSouthworth, who is also Vergil's voice actor.]]²** Look closely at his arms and legs. [[spoiler:Their armor resembles Nero's original Devil Bringer arm from ''4''. Vergil is Nero's father.]]²* FreudianExcuse: [[spoiler:He is a being born of Vergil's painful past and is the reason for Vergil's lust for power. While Urizen himself no longer remembers his mother and the reason why he desired power in the first place, he still seems to retain a sense of loss, which he believes to be the reason for his power. He says this once he begins to be overwhelmed by Dante, claiming that Dante has lost nothing compared to him.]]²* FusionDance: [[spoiler:V forcefully re-merges with Urizen after Dante beats the crap out of the demon to make a recompleted, [[TheFettered fettered]] Vergil again.]]²* GenericDoomsdayVillain: Urizen has no real motivation for his actions beyond seeking power for power's sake. [[spoiler:Justified as he is the physical manifestation of Vergil's demonic side, specifically his lust for power, but with none of humanity to balance it out, thus reducing him to a monster mindlessly seeking power with no rhyme or reason for it.]]²* GlowingEyesOfDoom: A powerful demon with eyes that glow bright blue.²* AGodAmI: Labels himself divine, despite being a monstrous demon.²* HeroKiller: Non-lethally, thankfully. He single-handedly wipes out all the heroes and even [[WreckedWeapon breaks Dante's sword]], Rebellion.²* HeWhoFightsMonsters: [[spoiler:He's essentially replaced Mundus as the Emperor of Hell, and has become a giant mass-murdering three-eyed devil in the process. He traps people in suits of armor as living batteries, just as he was trapped as Nelo Angelo. He's become everything about demons Vergil despised.]]²* HomingLasers: Can generate multiple laser blasts that fly into the air before homing in on you.²* HopelessBossFight: You face him five times throughout the game, only two of them are winnable. [[spoiler:Although beating him in the Prologue, or beating his second phase in Mission 8, unlocks an alternate ending.]]²* IAmTheNoun: "I am without a name. I am power, absolute."²* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: One of his moves has him using the giant pointed roots of the Qliphoth to stab straight through your body.²* KarmicDeath: He spends most of the game labeling humans as worthless and weak [[spoiler:despite being part of a half-human demon, and espouses SocialDarwinist pseudo-logic that even Vergil would find disgusting. So it's only fitting that his own powerless, dying, weak human half is the one who finally destroys him.]]²* LargeAndInCharge: He's a demon king who's about three times taller than a normal person.²* LiteralSplitPersonality: [[spoiler:He's actually Vergil's demonic half, without any of the humanity.]]²* MeaningfulName: Urizen is the god of reason and order in William Blake's lore. The Urizen here is an exceptionally powerful being of pure logic in his pursuit of power that he will ignore all scruples if it means the most efficient way in obtaining it. [[spoiler: Also, "Urizen" sounds awfully similar to "your reason", which is the term V uses to describe Urizen to Dante. Additionally, given that V is a Blake enthusiast and is the one to name Urizen, it makes sense that he would name his antithesis as such given that the original Urizen is the main antagonistic figure of the Blake mythos.]]²* MinorInjuryOverreaction: When Nero actually manages to wound him in their second fight, Urizen is so pissed that a mere mortal could hurt him that he rises from his throne to confront him directly even though the wound in question is a relatively minor cut across the palm of his right hand that heals up quickly thanks to his demonic HealingFactor.²* MotiveDecay: A justified example. [[spoiler:As the living incarnation of Vergil's desire for power, he has no memory of the reasons why Vergil desires power and simply amasses it for its own sake.]]²* NoNameGiven: His name was completely left out of Capcom's promotional material, only starting to show up once news sites started running their own previews of the game.²* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: "Urizen" is just what V dubbed him. He himself claims he has no name, he is simply power incarnate. [[spoiler:As you learn in the finale, his actual name is Vergil.]]²* OrcusOnHisThrone: Urizen doesn't seem to have any interest in actively aiding his fellow demons in wreaking havoc, just intent on lounging around inside that hellish tree of his. That being said, he's ''far'' from incompetent. [[spoiler:Turns out to be justified; he retains enough of Vergil's memories to hate demons and view them as nothing but means to an end of more power.]] Also, the armor he wears is physically connected to the Qliphoth tree so he can leech its power. It's only when Nero actually manages to wound him does he finally get off the throne to confront him directly.²* PlayingWithFire: Can summon fireballs into his hands or generate balls of flaming magma around his body and then send them hurtling at you.²* PunyEarthlings: Like most demons, Urizen believes humans are weak, as evident by his words to Nero.²-->'''Urizen:''' You will regret being born ''useless'' and ''human''!²* PunnyName: When V is bringing Dante into the fight, he describes Urizen as "your reason" to fight. Urizen. Your Reason. Haaaaaaaaaaaaa.²* RecurringBoss: You fight him ''five'' times, although only about half are winnable. [[spoiler:Add two more as Vergil. And those hopeless fights can be won, but they are incredibly difficult.]]²* RedHerring: The three eyes on his face, his status as Demon King, and control over demons like the Angelos seemed to imply he was connected to Mundus. [[spoiler: He's actually half of Vergil.]]²* ScaryTeeth: Like Dante in Devil Trigger form or Sparda, despite his humanoid appearance, his mouth is filled with jagged teeth. [[spoiler: It runs in the family.]]²* ShadowArchetype: To [[spoiler:Vergil. As Vergil's enemy without, he is all of Vergil's ambition and greed for power and represents the logical extreme of what Vergil's quest for power turned him into.]]²* ShedArmorGainSpeed: After shedding his armor he starts moving much faster, using acrobatic kicks and more flexible punches against Dante. It doesn't help.²* SlouchOfVillainy: He is shown sitting contently on his throne with an elbow propped against the armrest, giving off a bored vibe. He clearly has the power to back up this attitude as he fights the heroes ''while sitting in this pose'' and effortlessly crushes Dante in Devil Trigger, who is at the strongest we've seen him the series.²* SpikesOfVillainy: The tree roots[=/=]tentacles on his body end in spikes that cover the top of his head and shoulders, just so you're clear he's a villain.²* SuperpoweredEvilSide: [[spoiler:Without Vergil's humanity holding him back, he steals power from anyone he can and becomes strong enough to easily beat Dante during their first confrontation. V is noticably shocked Urizen managed to get this powerful this quickly in the prologue.]]²* ThirdEye: His face contains not only two regular eyes, but a third one in the middle of his forehead.²* ThisCannotBe: His reaction during the final showdown; Urizen is utterly shocked and bewildered that [[spoiler:even after he consumed the [[PowerUpFood Qliphoth fruit]]]], Dante is ''still'' overpowering him.²* ThroneMadeOfX: Has a throne made of nothing but demonic tree roots and demon skulls which he is bound to.²* TimeMaster: Can create spheres of energy that slow down everything caught inside them to a crawl.²* TomatoSurprise: V and Dante both know the truth about him from the start, [[spoiler:namely that he's Vergil, or at least Vergil's demonic half,]] but Nero and the audience don't get this completely confirmed till the finale of the game.²* TheUnfettered: [[spoiler:All Vergil's selfishness and ambition without any of his humanity. He kills thousands upon thousands with his own hands, steals Mundus's army for himself, and turns anyone who seems powerful enough into his slaves, things the original AntiVillain Vergil would have been disgusted with and found beneath him.]]²* UnskilledButStrong: He has none of [[spoiler:Vergil]]'s fighting skills and defaults to raw power to see him through his battles.²* TheUsurper: He's taken control of all Mundus's remaining forces following the Demon Prince's resealing by Dante, using Mundus's various Angelo demon knight prototypes and so on in his army. His BossSubtitles even call him the "Nefarious Usurper".²* VillainousBreakdown: He spends the first part of the game sitting on his throne completely styling on Dante and Nero, not even bothering to move against them. However, in the middle when Nero's sheer determination allows him to land a lucky blow, Urizen becomes enraged enough to actually stand and fight, [[spoiler:but is promptly interrupted by Sin Devil Trigger Dante who overwhelms him. This prompts Urizen to opt for a retreat to obtain the fruit for a power-up before confronting Dante. Despite the power-up, Dante still proves to have the upper hand, reducing Urizen to [[ThisCannotBe howling in disbelief]] in how powerful Dante has become and [[SayMyName screaming his name]] in rage. After finally being defeated, all Urizen can do is repeatedly state that he will not lose to Dante and that he needs more power until V re-merges with him.]] ²* WhenTreesAttack: Seems to have some level of control over the demonic Qliphoth tree, using its roots as weapons or making it erupt in fountains of blood on command. His armor[=/=]body similarly appears to be covered in demonic tree roots.²* WorthyOpponent: The ''only'' person in existence he seems to have any respect for [[spoiler:is Dante, whom he is far more subdued and respectful towards.]] ²* WreckedWeapon: Invokes this trope by doing something that no villain in the series up to this point has done before: ''[[UpToEleven shattering Rebellion into a million pieces with a single punch!]]''²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Goliath - the Incandescent Colossus]]²²[[quoteright:400:]] ²[[caption-width-right:400:"Human! I wasn't expecting any survivors!"]]²->''"Your blood... is a very precious sacrifice... Eating you would do me no good."''²²->'''Voiced by:''' Joey Camen (English), Creator/KentaMiyake (Japanese)\²²A large demon encountered by Nero in Red Grave City. He seeks to become the King of the Underworld, but is sadly not in Nero's league.²----²* BellyMouth: He can suck anything close to him into the mouth on his stomach and spit out a huge fire storm or magical fire balls in return.²* BigBadWannabe: He plans to get the fruit before Urizen and becoming king of the Underworld. He gets tossed around by Nero and finished by V before achieving much.²* BossSubtitles:²--> Incandescent Colossus: Goliath²* DumbMuscle: Mocked by Nero to be not the sharpest tool in the shed.²* ExtraEyes: He has eyes all over his body, mixing with EyesDoNotBelongThere.²* ExtremeOmnivore: As a result of his BellyMouth's sucking in anything nearby.²* GroinAttack: One of in battle quotes has him screaming "My balls!", indicating you may have nailed him in the gonads.²* {{Leitmotif}}: ''Blazing Muscle''.²* PrecisionFStrike: Sometimes when being hurt, Goliath can drop some swear words, such as F-bombs.²* VacuumMouth: One of his attacks involves using his BellyMouth to violently suck up everything around him. If caught, Nero can escape this attack by detonating one of his Devil Breakers.²* YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe: Says this nearly verbatim if you manage to stun him in the third phase of the fight.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Artemis - the Illuminating Corruption]]²²[[quoteright:400:]] ²²A winged female demon encountered by Nero.²----²* BossSubtitles:²-->Illuminating Corruption: Artemis²* FrickinLaserBeams: Uses various types of blasts of pure energy and light to attack you.²* {{Leitmotif}}: ''Lunatic Ray''.²* LivingWeapon: A demonic gun fused with a living host to be able to act on its own [[spoiler:with that host being none other than Lady.]]²* MagicMusic: Her song seems to conjure her laser attacks.²* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: While she seems to have the face of an ordinary woman (albeit one without the upper half of her head), she reveals herself to have these before Nero fights her.²* OurMermaidsAreDifferent: A flying woman with multiple scaled wings and a finned tail.²* {{Phlegmings}}: These can be seen when she bares her teeth before her boss fight.²* TheSpeechless: Unlike the other bosses, it cannot speak and merely tries to kill you.²-->'''Nero:''' What, no chit-chat or monologue? Just getting right to the point, huh?²* TorpedoTits: She uses her breasts as a makeshift AttackDrone, which Nero questions.²-->'''Nero:''' Hey! Don't you, uhhh, need ''those''?²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Nidhogg - the Parasitic Fiend]]²²[[quoteright:400:]] ²[[caption-width-right:400:"I'm heeeeerrreee!"]]²->''"Did you insult me?! You insulted me! I'm going to kill you!"''²²->'''Voiced by:''' Jay Preston (English), Tadashi Miyazawa (Japanese)\²²A parasitic demon encountered by V and his familiars during their trip to the Qliphoth.²----²* TheBlank: He has no face. It's not explained how he can see or talk despite this.²* BossSubtitles:²-->Parasitic Fiend: Nidhogg²* DoppelgangerAttack: On Dante Must Die, [[TurnsRed once his health gets low enough]], he starts summoning clones of himself instead of the usual serpents.²* DumbMuscle: He can barely talk coherently, is genuinely confused how you managed to dodge his overly obvious attacks, and is generally just dumb as bricks. ''Goliath even pales in comparison to him,'' because while the former simply overestimates his power, strategy, and place in the demonic pecking order, ''Nidhogg barely seems to comprehend anything.'' He's even unaware of Griffon and Shadow's nature as demons!²* EvilIsVisceral: His "core" body is mostly made of red, skinless flesh.²* FlunkyBoss: He can summon plantlike serpents to aid him in battle.²* LameComeback: His "rebuttals" to V and Griffon's mockery are lacking, to say the least.²-->'''Griffon:''' [laughs] Even the big bad kitty knows you got shit for brains!²-->'''Nidhogg:''' Qu-qu-qu-''quiet''! You... you... bird and cat!²* {{Leitmotif}}: ''Splitting Fool''.²* PlotIrrelevantVillain: He is not part of Urizen's army nor is he racing for the fruit like Goliath, he is just a parasite that lives in the Qliphoth. His hatchlings have a more important role than him in the story and Griffin tells V they shouldn't bother with him as he is probably too dumb to even know what is going on.²* SandWorm: A giant parasite that travels through the Qliphoth.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Gilgamesh - the Marauding Titan]]²[[quoteright:350:]]²A giant demon formed by Qliphoth's roots combined with a pile of demonic metal.²----²* AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever: It's a giant quadrupedal demon that smashes everything in its way.²* BossSubtitles:²-->Marauding Titan: Gilgamesh²* ColossusClimb: Big enough that you generally have to climb it in order to get at its weak spot on its back.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Cavaliere Angelo - the Voltaic Black Knight]]²[[quoteright:350:]]²->''"SPARDA!!!"''\²²->'''Voiced by:''' Jamison Boaz (English), Takayuki Nakatsukasa (Japanese)\²²A powerful Angelo demon warrior that is first encountered by V as the vanguard of Malphas upon a demonic mount called Geryon, and then fought again by Dante.²----²* {{BFS}}: He wields a serrated one with multiple blades on one hilt that's about as long as it is tall.²* BossSubtitles: Has two sets of these:²--> Abyssal Cavalry: Elder Geryon Knight (when fought as V)²--> Voltaic Black Knight: Cavaliere Angelo (when fought as Dante)²* CapeWings: Has a pair of metallic ones that it likes to use as a shield against Dante.²* CoolBike: When Dante destroys this boss, its parts merge with a sliced-up motorcycle to become Dante's new ride/weapon Cavaliere.²* HellishHorse: When V fights the Angelo, it is astride a powerful demonic mount called Geryon.²* KingMook: When he's fought as Cavaliere Angelo, he's essentially a bigger, meaner version of the Angelo-type enemies you encounter throughout the game.²* {{Leitmotif}}: ''Abyssal Time'' and ''Voltaic Black Knight''.²* LivingBattery: [[spoiler:The armor suit contains a comatose Trish that powers it.]]²* RecurringBoss: Fought twice, first as V while it is riding Geryon (he flees after being beaten), then again as Dante.²* ShockAndAwe: Likes to make with the lightning as well as the swordplay.²* {{Teleportation}}: Uses this every once in a while to get away from Dante.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder: Malphas - the Diabolical Amalgam]]²[[quoteright:350:]]²->''"Feast your eyes upon Hell's mightiest sorcery!"''²²->'''Voiced by:''' Becky Boxer (English), [[Creator/ToaYukinari Toa Yukinari]] (Japanese)\²²A three-armed, three-headed demonic sorceress attached to a demonic, birdlike creature, and Urizen's second-in command, coordinating the other demons to make sure Urizen's plans are flowing smoothly. Nero ultimately fights her down in the Qliphoth.²----²* BodyHorror: Nico is not sure where the bird parts start or end.²* BossSubtitles:²-->Diabolical Amalgam: Malphas²* TheDragon: Serves as Urizen's second-in-command.²* EvilLaugh: Delivers one to V after capturing his familiars and forcing him to fight her illusions.²* EvilSmellsBad: During their fight, Nero taunts her that she "stinks."²* EvilSorcerer: Claims to be using the strongest art of demonic sorcery.²* IShallTauntYou: Her BossBanter mostly consists of her mocking Nero for his "weakness".²* {{Leitmotif}}: ''Diabolical Incantation''.²* MultipleHeadCase: Has three heads and is very, very creepy.²* OhCrap: Her reaction when Nero performs a Buster move on her.²* PunyEarthlings: She calls Nero "human" in a mocking tone before they fight. During the fight, she challenges him to follow her with his "foolish human eyes."²* ThinkingUpPortals: Her main power, used both for movement and to attack through.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder: King Cerberus - the Gatekeeper Unleashed]]²[[quoteright:350:]]²->'''Voiced by:''' Pauk Stanko, Nicky Scorpio, and [[Creator/PatrickSeitz Patrick Seitz]] (English), Naomi Kusumi, Tetsuo Gotoh, and [[Creator/TsuyoshiKoyama Tsuyoshi Koyama]] (Japanese)\²²The alpha of the Cerberus Demon tribe, and a more powerful version at that.²----²* BossSubtitles:²-->Gatekeeper Unleashed: King Cerberus²* EvilSoundsRaspy: Appropriately for an ice demon, the ice head has a very raspy voice.²* FireIceLightning: Unlike his counterpart from 3 which only uses ice, King Cerberus can call upon fire, ice ''and'' lightning, and is even more powerful than some of the other elemental demons Dante has taken on. His Devil Arm grants these same powers to Dante.²* HellHound: Just like his less powerful kin.²* {{Leitmotif}}: ''Roar, Roar, Roar!!''²* MultipleHeadCase: He's a Cerberus demon. Do the math.²[[/folder]]²²! Lesser Demons²Demons serving higher-level demons and the enemies of the series.²----²[[folder:In General]]²²* AscendedExtra: While Shadows were mere {{Mini Boss}}es originally, a Shadow is the third of V's familiars in ''5''.²* DegradedBoss: Hell Vanguards in ''3''.²* GiantMook: Mega Scarecrows, Abyss, Green Arachne and Fausts in ''4''.²* MiniBoss: Hell Vanguard, Green Arachne, Shadows, Fausts, the Fallen, Blitz, Empusa Queens, Behemots and Proto Angelos.²* {{Mooks}}: Marionetes, the Finis demons, Msira demons, the 7 Hells, Scarecrows and Empusas fulfill this role, are generally weak and only pose a threat if there are many of them.²* NiceHat: The Fausts²* TheWorfEffect: [[EliteMooks Assault and Abysses]].²[[/folder]]²²! ''Devil May Cry'' Manga and Anime-exclusive Villains²²[[folder:Chen]]²[[quoteright:300:]]²²The main villain of the ''Devil May Cry 2'' prequel light novel, the head of [[TheSyndicate a human underworld crime syndicate]] who seeks the power of the Beastheads. Dante and Beryl join forces to stop him.²----²²²* BigBad: Of the ''2'' prequel novel.²%%%* ClassyCravat: Shown wearing one in his lone illustration.²* DiabolicalMastermind: He is a crime lord who uses his wealth to study and acquire demons and arcane artifacts.²* EvilLaugh: Does this when he discovers something to his benefit.²* FourEyesZeroSoul: Wears a pair of [[ pince-nez]], and is a mob boss.²* AGodAmI: He desires the powers of Sparda to achieve godhood.²* ManOfWealthAndTaste: As seen [[ here.]]²* RedBaron: He also goes by [[NamesToRunFromReallyFast "Chen the Cannibal" and "Cold-Blooded Chen."]]²* TookALevelInBadass: Upon injecting demon genetic material into himself and also acquiring the Beastheads and a Devil Arm, he manages to be a genuinely powerful fighter who gives Dante some trouble.²* YellowPeril: While he has unmistakably Asian physical characteristics (in contrast to any other villain in the series), he generally averts this trope otherwise.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Sid]]²[[quoteright:300:]]²²->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/NachiNozawa (Japanese), Creator/ChrisAyres (English)²²A villain who is featured in [[Anime/DevilMayCryTheAnimatedSeries the anime series]].²----²* BigBadWannabe: Subverted when he [[spoiler:manages to acquire the powers of Abigail and becomes a legitimate threat]]. He even manages to [[spoiler:rough up Dante for a bit, though the favor is returned in full once Dante activates his Devil Trigger. {{Offscreen|MomentOfAwesome}}. [[CurbStompBattle In a matter of seconds.]]]]²* EvilCannotComprehendGood: When Dante tells him that love is superior in strength to selfishness [[spoiler:shortly after Sid is BroughtDownToNormal]], he simply accuses him of being a lying bastard.²* FromNobodyToNightmare: He appears in the very first episode and [[spoiler:is spared by Dante. He later comes to regret that when Sid gains Abigail's power]].²%%* ChekhovsGunman²%%* {{Gonk}}²* IHaveYourWife: Holds Patty's mother hostage and uses her as leverage so that he can obtain Aeron's Tear and unseal Abigail from his prison.²%%* MookPromotion²* OneWingedAngel: In the last two episodes of the anime.²* YouCantThwartStageOne: Subverted in that Dante could've ''easily'' thwarted the first stage if he simply took care of Sid in their first meeting. [[UnderestimatingBadassery Because Dante didn't deem Sid a threat]] (which ''was'' an admittedly valid assessment at the time), he let him go, an act of mercy that came back to bite him the ass when the MythArc of ''TAS'' was front and center during the final three episodes.²* VillainousBreakdown: After [[spoiler: he's depowered and left at Dante's mercy, he dances around the prospect of Dante letting him go again. When Dante says it isn't going to happen, Sid charges at him in a blind fury before being shot down.]]²[[/folder]]²----


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