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Devil May Cry: The Animated Series is the anime of the Devil May Cry video game series created and owned by Capcom, and animated by Madhouse. It is a story that ran for twelve episodes and takes place between the first and fourth video games.

The series follows half-demon Dante as he runs his supernatural Detective Agency, Devil May Cry, as a justification for carrying out his war against the Demon World. In addition to Trish and Lady, characters from the video game that the series is based upon, two new characters make an appearance. These are Morrison and Patty Lowell; Dante's informant and temporary ward, respectively.

The Devil May Cry animated series follows the tradition of the original animated series of Hellsing in that it chronicles primarily self-contained adventures before bringing them to a linked final conclusion at the end of the season. The animated series favors animation, music, and other elements of style over detailed plots or characterization.

The US release was originally handled by ADV Films in 2007, but the license was transferred over to Funimation in 2008 in light of ADV's financial troubles. In July 2015, the English dub started airing on U.S. cable network Chiller TV, a horror themed sister channel to Syfy, as part of their late night Anime Wednesdays block, along with other horror themed anime previously licensed and dubbed by Funimation.


This anime contains examples of:

  • Adaptation Personality Change: In the games, Dante is a wisecracking wild man, who always fights like he's having the time of his life. The anime made him far more laid back, and took away most of his personality quirks in the process. He also gripes more about not getting paid for his work, whereas several lines in the first game indicate that he's not that concerned about money.
  • Advertised Extra: Despite being featured in the opening credits, Trish only appears in three episodes.
  • All There in the Manual/Continuity Lockout: You will understand a lot more if you have played the games.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: Most of the demons that Dante fights are evil to the core, but there are exceptions to the rule, such as Trish, Brad and Modeus.
  • Ascended Demon: Brad, thanks to The Power of Love.
  • Badass Biker: Dante and Lady. Dante himself puts his skill to the test in the second episode against a demonic bike.
  • Badass Longcoat: Just like in the games, Dante wears a red one.
    • Modeus and Baul, the two apprentices of Sparda in episode 10, have these as well.
  • Badass Normal: Lady is the only normal human in the cast of demon hunters, the others being a half-demon (Dante) and full demon (Trish) respectively. She primarily makes up for this by using an extensive arsenal of firearms and her powerful rocket launcher Kalina Ann.
  • Bad-Guy Bar: Dante trashes one run by demons in the very first scene.
  • Batman Gambit: In "Wishes Come True", Dante needs to get into Devil's Prison in order to rescue someone who got thrown in there due to the machinations of the evil demon mask that serves as the Monster of the Week. He does this by first causing a disturbance in order to get himself thrown into the prison, and then assaulting the creepy warden when he gets a little too handsy with him in order to get thrown into the same cellblock as the guy he's trying to rescue. This also has the side benefit of placing him in a position to stop the sadistic "hunt" performed by the warden and his boys upon the inmates which has them taking on their true demonic forms.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For:
    • The episode "Wishes Come True." is a prime example of this.
    • Same applies to Elena Houston, the singer in the episode "Rock Queen." She wanted folks to become intoxicated with her singing? She got obsessively intoxicated fans. Both episodes involved demons who messed with people.
  • Body Horror: In "Wishes Come True", a demon makes his victims' bodies melt in gruesome fashion by means of hell-slime. This is the only "wish" that this particular demon can grant.
  • Boring Invincible Hero: Dante. He dispatches most demons with a bullet to the head or a single sword swing. The ones that are meant to be a huge threat generally only last a few seconds longer and don't even hurt him. The games and the show illustrate the difference between this and a Showy Invincible Hero: The fights in the games are a lot more spectacular.
  • Bottomless Magazines: Just like in the games, Dante never has to reload his guns.
  • Breath Weapon: The Big Bad has one.
  • The Butler Did It: In the third episode, the one responsible for the murders Brad is being blamed for is the Mayor's butler, who wants to bring a powerful demon to earth by sacrificing his master and his daughter.
  • Butt-Monkey: Dante, to some extent. Also Isaac, the poor schmuck from episode 5.
  • Cat Scare: Played straight early on in the fourth episode.
    • And again in the fifth.
  • Character Exaggeration: Dante is accused of being ridiculously over the top.
  • Clasp Your Hands If You Deceive: One person in Episode 9, "Death Poker," does this.
  • Continuity Nod: The fact that Dante owes Lady a massive sum of cash is brought up numerous times. This debt is, of course, due to his wrecking of Lady's bike in Devil May Cry 3. There's even a bonus image in that game of Dante shrugging while Lady stares in shock to the only part left of her beloved bike.
    • The scar on Lady's leg also came from Devil May Cry 3, when her father stabbed her in the leg with her own bayonet.
  • Cool Bike: The show is full of them, including the ones owned by Dante and Lady.
  • Cool Car: Morrison's classic car. Dante's red convertible also counts, though Patty doesn't seem to think so.
  • Convection Schmonvection: It's funny how Patty and her mom can have a heartfelt reconciliation in a burning hotel without, y'know... roasting to death or dying of smoke inhalation.
  • Crucified Hero Shot: Dante is pinned to a cross by his own sword at the end of the penultimate episode, following the Once an Episode routine of the games. As anyone who knows Dante knows, he gets better.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: A lot of Dante's fight scenes are like this.
  • Demonic Possession: A common problem in the series, which features most prominently in "Rock Queen" and "Death Poker", both of which feature a malevolent possessor preying on people. The latter isn't even one of the gamblers, but a demon who possesses people through means of a pocket watch on the victim's person.
  • Demon Slaying: Dante's primary occupation.
  • Depraved Homosexual: The warden of Devil's Prison.
  • Destructive Saviour: Part of the reason Dante is so poor all the time is because he racks up a lot of repair bills during his demon battles.
  • Designated Girl Fight: Lady vs. Trish in Episode 4, which turned out to have been instigated by a priest who turned out to be a demon.
  • Dirty Coward: Sid, who not only runs whenever in the presence of stronger enemies, but also pules and whines when the tables are finally turned against him in the final episode. No pity is had for him when Dante finally kills him.
  • Discontinuity Nod: Dante's love of strawberry sundaes is a reference to the first light novel that served as a prequel to the original game (until the third game went and kicked it out of canon).
    • The name "Tony Redgrave" inscribed on Ebony & Ivory is used as a plot point in episode 8 "Once Upon a Time".
  • Eldritch Abomination: Belphegor in the third episode, although despite all the build-up about how he'll devour the entire city, Dante beats him in about five seconds.
  • Fat Bastard: The warden of Devil's Prison.
  • Fight Unscene: Some fights, like the demon in the third episode and the final clash against the Big Bad, are underwhelming.
  • Gangsta Style: Dante's default firing pose, as well Trish.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Lady sports attractive scarring across her face and on her right leg.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: Dante tends to get stabbed, shot and impaled with alarming frequency.
  • The Gunslinger: Dante's main form of combat usually involves a pair of stylish pistols called Ebony and Ivory. Lady and Trish use guns as well, though Lady is more into More Dakka than Dante and Trish's Gun Fu.
  • Guns Akimbo: Both Dante and Trish specialize in this style.
  • Guns Are Worthless: Averted. Unlike the games which primarily have you using your sword to deal with enemies, Dante finishes most of his foes, including the Big Bad, with either Ebony or Ivory.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Dante is the half-demon/half-human son of Sparda and Eva.
  • Hand Cannon: Dante's custom Colt 1911's Ebony & Ivory.
    • Trish's Luce & Ombra are essentially her own versions of Dante's above mentioned custom pistols
  • Harmful to Minors: Dante usually attempts to shield Patty from the gruesome battles he has with demons. He occasionally fails, though.
  • Healing Factor: Dante and Trish, by dint of their demonic heritages.
  • High-Pressure Blood: Whenever Dante slices a demon, and demonstrated by Dante in the final episode when Patty tries to remove Rebellion that was impaling him.
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: The sadistic game that the warden and his men play with the inmates of Devil's Prison, involving setting prisoners free and sending them running. Any inmate they catch, they kill. It doesn't go too well for them when Dante gets involved.
  • Hybrid Power: Sid wonders why Dante was stronger than he was, despite Sid having absorbed Abigail's power before being defeated. It pretty much boils down that while Dante has the power of demons, it's also because he has the soul of a human that makes him more powerful. Director Hideki Kamiya of 1 has tweeted that it's because humans have heart, which demons lack, as well that Dante chooses to live as a human.
    Dante: "It's about souls. ... Basically, here's the story, Sid. Someone like you who's let a soul rot can't measure up by just getting some power, not to someone with a real soul. That's not how it works down here."
  • I Call It "Vera": Dante's pistols "Ebony & Ivory," Lady's rocket launcher "Kalina Ann," and "Luce & Ombra" for Trish's pistols.
  • I'm Melting!: The demon in "Wishes Come True" does a particularly nasty version of this to its victims.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: The episodes are called "Missions" instead of "Episodes," and the last two are named "Showtime!" and "Stylish!" in reference to the games.
  • Idiot Ball: As noted below, the world would have come a lot less closer to destruction if Dante had just killed Sid, the demon he encountered in the first episode.
  • Immune to Bullets: Dante can easily shrug off a lot of injuries that would kill a normal person, bullets are just one of many that don't phase him.
  • Instrumental Theme Tune: "d.m.c." by rungan. Not to be confused with Run–D.M.C..
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Dante, as standoffish as he can be, won't kill full-blooded humans for any reason. Doesn't mean he has to like them though. Also, despite constantly in the poor house, he does missions for the principle of them and rarely expects payment from poor clients.
  • Lost Food Grievance
    "MY strawberry sundae! Mine."
  • Ludicrous Gibs: It's amazing how much damage Ebony and Ivory can do to demons, especially compared to the games.
  • Made of Iron: Due to his half-demon origins, Dante can't be easily killed by conventional methods.
  • The Magic Poker Equation: In the episode "Death Poker," it's magic that's influencing the players' "luck" on getting the winning cards Lady (masquerading as a dealer) doles out.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Dante is rarely fazed by even the most grievous injuries.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Sid in a nutshell, most prominently shown in Episode 10 when he manipulates Baul and Modeus into getting killed by Dante.
  • Monster of the Week: Although most are much weaker than the bosses in games, often being killed with gunshots, which barely did anything even to mooks in the actual games.
  • More Dakka: Lady's massive arsenal of firearms.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Death Poker.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: So the final battle arrives, and Dante finally uses his Devil Trigger... for an instant, and all the viewers get is a hint to what it looks like.
  • Prison Episode: "Wishes Come True"
  • Prison Rape: Strongly hinted that the warden of Devil's Prison gets up to this with the inmates.
  • Rule of Cool: This anime, like the games that it's based on, is almost made of it.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Everything Sid does in this series is for the sake of releasing and taking the power of a very powerful demon.
  • Senseless Violins: Dante often carries his sword in a guitar case.
  • Shadow Discretion Shot: Done intentionally by Dante in the first episode with a theatre backdrop to prevent Patty from witnessing the violent ongoings.
    "Sorry, honey, but this show isn't for kids."

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