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Dante Alighieri

Voiced by: Graham McTavish (ENG), Masashi Ebara (JAP)

"At the midpoint on the journey of life, I found myself in a dark forest - for the clear path was lost..."

  • Abusive Parents: His father constantly berated him when he was growing up and actually drove his mother to suicide, after which dear ol' Dad lied and told Dante she died of a fever.
  • Adaptational Badass: Specially in regards to his literature counterpart who was easily spooked by the horrors of Hell.
  • Adaptational Villainy: The real-life Dante Alighieri was a respected poet and scholar with decent military expertise, having fought during the battle of Campaldino in 1289, while his avatar in the Divine Comedy was merely a wanderer afraid to see the afterlife. The game incarnation of Dante makes him a member of the Third Crusade (1189), a man who gleefully slaughtered and indulged in several other sins under the misguided belief he was already absolved from them for being a "holy warrior". The plot of the game is all about shattering his earlier views as he works his way to save the one being he showed any humanity towards.
  • The Atoner: When Death tells him that not only is he damned, but also everyone he loved, he goes on a quest, not only to redeem himself, but everyone else he loves as well. Double Subverted at the end.
  • Ax-Crazy: Before the events of the game proper, he slaughtered 300 prisoners in a fit of rage.
  • Blood Knight: To the point even his fellow crusaders are unnerved by just how little hesitation he shows in killing "heathens." Francesco even tries to stop Dante at one point; it ends poorly for him.
    Dante: Fight with me, crusaders! Spill the blood of the heretics! There is no shame! Their souls are already lost!
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Zigzagged. Dante's father taunts him to do it, and Dante gives him a scathing condemnation about his character, but Dante absolves him instead of punishing him. Though this is completely played straight in the Animated Epic, where he kicks Alighiero into a vat of molten gold instead.
  • Church Militant: He is a Crusader in this game, and during the flashback sequences he was very much a negative portrayal of this trope (see his Blood Knight entry).
  • Dead All Along: Subverted when after being stabbed in the back by the assassin and is confronted by Death to take him to Hell, Dante instead fights back, takes his Scythe from the Grim Reaper himself and kills him with it. Double Subverted in that the ending reveals that Dante didn't survive getting stabbed in the back at the beginning of the game.
    • Possibly averted in the Animated Epic, as Dante was never shown getting stabbed in the back by the Assassin and the plot points revolving around this have been omitted.
  • Determinator: Dante starts out his quest by killing Death, then proceeds to bring a one man holy war down upon all of the legions of hell that dare to stand in his way, up to and including the Devil himself.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Dante is clearly shown to love his mom very much.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He may have been an asshole during the Crusades, to put it mildly, but he does honor his bargain with the slave woman to release her and her husband once they sleep together.
  • Expy: Of the Florentine poet Dante Alighieri himself as a knight who served in the Third Crusade.
  • Heroic BSoD: Dante experiences this when he finds his mother in the Forest of Suicides, since he always thought she had died from a fever when he was a child.
  • Historical Badass Upgrade: The real Dante Alighieri had some military service, having fought in the Battle of Campaldino when he was 24 years old, but was essentially a scholar and historian. This Dante is a muscle-bound crusader that kills demons and monsters by himself using Death's Scythe and a holy cross.
  • Holy Hand Grenade: Beatrice's cross which Dante uses in his journey.
  • I Gave My Word: He honors his bargain to let the slave woman and her husband go once they sleep together.
  • In Name Only: He is nothing like the 14th Century poet he's named after, or his representation within the Comedy. For starters, this incarnation lives in the 12th Century, and is a crusader.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Upon completing the Eighth Circle, Dante is told to face his sins of betrayal by the Queen of Hell, Beatrice. Believing himself eternally damned and Beatrice worthy of Heaven, Dante asks for forgiveness and places Beatrice's cross on the ground. This results in the restoration of Beatrice and her rescue by the archangel Gabriel, leaving Dante to face his final challenge.
  • Mark of Shame: At the beginning of the game, he sews a cross-shaped tapestry, depicting his various sins, onto his chest as a reminder of what he has done and his hope to be redeemed.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Two big examples:
    • First, he makes a deal with a female prisoner and sleeps with her, thus causing Beatrice to lose her bet with Lucifer and be taken to Hell.
    • Throughout the game, as he progresses through the nine circles, he also breaks the Chains of Judecca that were keeping Lucifer imprisoned.
  • Rescued from the Underworld: Dante's mission is to plumb the depths of Hell, find Beatrice, and fight his way back out. He succeeds. Sort of.
  • Say My Name: Especially in the movie.
  • Sinister Scythe: Death's Scythe, his primary weapon. Though its revealed to only be an illusionary replica of Death's Scythe following the battle against Lucifer.
  • Turn Out Like His Father: Having done so, one of Dante's side purposes in his journey is to avoid meeting the same fate that his father did. Made creepily evident by some combat and aesthetic similarities, like using the cross as a ranged weapon and a cross on the chest.
  • Villain Protagonist: Toyed with. While he is certainly this during his time serving in the Third Crusade, he subverts this for the rest of the game after doing a Heel–Face Turn upon completion of his tour of duty and seeks to atone for his actions during that war.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: After the first level, Dante spends the rest of the game without a shirt so that the cross sewn into his chest is in full display.


Voiced by: Vanessa Branch (ENG), Ayako Kawasumi (JAP)

  • Absolute Cleavage: Her wedding gown as Lucifer's bride.
  • Arranged Marriage: Has this with Lucifer as result of losing a wager with him in regard to Dante remaining faithful while on duty in the Third Crusade.
  • Baby Factory: In the Animated Epic, Lucifer flat out declares that he will make a Mother of a Thousand Young out of Beatrice.
    Lucifer: Yes! Such passion! You have a fire inside you! After we are properly married, you will give me a brood to carry on my legacy. You will be birthing my children for eternity, sweet soul.
  • The Bait: She was but a pawn in order to get Dante to destroy the chains that held him in the process of rescuing her.
  • Breast Expansion: Likely unintentional and as a result of a stylistic choice (although analysts might note that the progress does correlate interestingly to the degree of her corruption by Satan), but it's been noted than in the Animated Epic, each style transition inevitably causes Beatrice' breasts to grow. She starts off merely (somewhat) well-endowed, but in a fully realistic fashion. By the end of it, she looks like a fetish hentai character.
  • Chickification: In the Comedy itself, Beatrice was a mind-reading immortal so beautiful that she could cause a man's mind to crack like a thunderstruck twig. Virgil goes out of his way when introducing her to mention how hellfire cannot damage her, yet in the video game all of her God-given powers are stripped (along with her clothes) and replaced with a passive submission to the Devil that forces her idiot lover to rescue her.
  • Damsel in Distress: Whom Dante is driven to fight his way through hell to rescue. Though arguably subverted in that she becomes a demon of her own free will via the consuming of the seeds of the fruit given to her from Lucifer. She remains by Lucifer's side until the corruption is cleansed from her via the Dante's cross.
  • Deal with the Devil: Beatrice made a wager against Lucifer betting her soul that Dante would remain faithful, She lost and ultimately honored her terms of the bet.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Beatrice is beautiful, pure, virtuous, and blonde.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: She is naked for most of the game, but no attention is brought about it.
  • The Lost Lenore: She dies before the game starts.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Beatrice is always nude whenever she puts in an appearance throughout the game, and she is actually appealing to look at unlike Cleopatra or the Lust Demons. She was also subject to a Playboy promo in January 2010.
  • Rerouted from Heaven: Beatrice has this happen to her as a result of losing the aforementioned wager. The whole plot is about fixing that.
  • Walking Spoiler: In large part due to her becoming Lucifer's consort.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Beatrice spends a good chunk of the game berating Dante for his breach of trust, especially after she temporarily joins with Lucifer.


Voiced by: Bart Mc Carthy (ENG-Videogame), Peter Jessop (ENG-Animated Movie)

  • Depending on the Artist: While many characters have different designs throughout the animated movie, Virgil has the most drastic changes in appearance each time. Some of Virgil's character designs can be seen here.
  • Expy: In contrast to many of the other main characters of the cast who are expies who have the same name as those in The Divine Comedy, he is an aversion in that he is a faithful depiction of the Roman Poet as portrayed in the original poem.
  • Mr. Exposition: Virgil provides some information via quotations, with some minor changes, from the poem about the new areas Dante will have to go through.
  • Spirit Advisor: He serves this role for Dante.
  • The Spock: In keeping with his portrayal in Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy. The Florentine poet regarded him as the pinnacle of human reason but also as the limitations of human reason.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Defied. During the second of Virgil's conversations with Dante, when the latter remarks that the punishment for those who refused to commit to a position in life was harsh, Virgil replied that it was an appropriate sentence for they were, to quote Star Trek: The Next Generation, "good men who let evil happen" and ends with a commanding "Move On!".

St. Lucia

Voiced by: Rosalind Drury (ENG)

  • Action Girl: One of only two in the game with the other being Cleopatra.
  • Eye Beams: Which operate very similar to Dante's cross attacks.
  • Flight: A key defining difference of her play style to that of Dante's.
  • Gold and White Are Divine: With some Heavenly Blue (her eyes and dress) as well.
  • Guardian Entity: The developers have described her as being like a guardian angel for Dante.
  • Hero of Another Story: Averted. She is a playable character in the Trials of St. Lucia DLC but it has no side story whatsoever.
  • Light 'em Up: Her elemental power, naturally.
  • Light Is Good: She is an Angel who is assigned to protect Dante.
  • Monochromatic Eyes: As a result of her original eyes being plucked out just before she was murdered. She was rewarded with a new set of eyes said to be more beautiful than any others in existence.
  • Mystical White Hair: Her hair is actually platinum blonde, but fits the trope for the most part.
  • Our Angels Are Different: In this game, just as some Humans can be turned into demons after death, some particularly virtuous Humans get to become angels.
  • Sinister Scythe: She wields a Holy Sickle that handles in the same way as the scythe.
  • True Blue Femininity: Represented with her blue dress and eyes.
  • Winged Humanoid: As she got to be transformed into an angel post-death.




Voiced by: John Vickery (ENG-Videogame), Steve Blum (ENG-Animated Movie), Atsuki Tani (JAP)

  • Adaptational Badass: In the original poem, he was the epitome of The Devil Is a Loser, being stuck at the bottom of the lake, unable to freed himself and worse, his attempts only made himself get even more stuck. In the actual game, he is free to transverse everywhere on Hell, kidnaps the heavenly Beatrice, and is revealed to have been using her as a bait to lure him further into Hell so he can be freed.
  • Batman Gambit: Beatrice is just Lucifer's bait to get Dante to destroy the chains holding him in Hell, as they are in Dante's way as he traverses Hell.
  • Big Bad: He drives the plot by forcing Beatrice to marrying him which forces Dante to fight his way through Hell to rescue his beloved. His plan turns out to be even more sinister than merely making Beatrice his bride, but he wants to be freed from Hell too.
  • Bishōnen Line: Lucifer starts out as a giant demon but partway through the fight shows his "true" form that erupts from his greater body, which is only a bit taller than Dante.
  • Break Them by Talking: Lucifer and the rest of Hell spend the entire game doing this to Dante.
  • Composite Character: Lucifer having to "bow down" to humans is not something ever stated in Judeochristian teachings about the devil or the fallen angels. This is a trait of Iblis in Islam, who is not even an angel but a Djinn.
  • Dark Is Evil: For starters, he is depicted as a Living Shadow for much of the game and when confronted, he looks like a tall demon with charred black skin.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Lucifer is polite and soft-spoken, if somewhat sarcastic. It's just an act; once you start really putting the screws to him he goes full Large Ham.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: Lucifer's big floppy dong is in full display, though with the lighting and the angles, you'd have to actually be looking for it to notice it most of the time.
  • God Is Evil: He proclaims this in Dante's Inferno: An Animated Epic based on God choosing to create humans and their free will.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: During the final battle against him, he goes into a tirade about how Humans are evil creatures in contrast to him and his Angel brethren who believe in only Justice and Reason without compromise and should not have been replaced by such flawed creatures. Taken further in An Animated Epic when he goes so far as to call the physical world "Another Hell" and that "humans are its demons".
    Lucifer: You dare assault ME?! YOU, who have done far worse then I! I stood for my fellow angels, for reason and justice. And then He made you, in His "image". You, the flawed creation! And I was to bow down to you!?
  • Large Ham: He gives plenty of long winded speeches throughout and he really starts Chewing the Scenery after Dante has unwittingly freed him.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Considering he's literally Satan, this shouldn't be a surprise, but his motivation for taking Beatrice's soul wasn't because he wanted a bride. It was to lure Dante into Hell and free him from his prison; Beatrice was only the bait.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: He thanks Dante for having "a soul as black as mine" in being able to break the gigantic chains that kept him imprisoned and subsequently break the Titan outer shell that he was held in.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Whenever Lucifer slips into Large Ham mode, John Vickery (the actor voicing him) seems to be channeling Tim Curry. Appropriate, considering Curry once portrayed another version of The Devil.
  • Oh, Crap!: When he realises Dante, thanks to the absolved souls he's collected on his journey through Hell, has the power to reimprison him.
  • Post-Rape Taunt: During his boss fight, Lucifer can be heard gloating to Dante about how he "enjoyed plundering [his] woman".
  • Satan: Well, obviously. He's the Big Bad and Final Boss.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Just like in the original poem, he is trapped in the lowest circle of Hell in a lake of ice. That said, he is not completely helpless and can project a shadow version of himself all across his world and use it to kidnap Beatrice. His gigantic form is actually a prison in its own right, which his true form emerges after Dante beats it.
  • The Sociopath: Lucifer invented evil by rebelling against God, and has decided to spend his eternal imprisonment trapping any soul he can in eternal torture. He uses his shadow to corrupt people on Earth, sadistically taunting anybody who opposes him. The ending reveals that he has learned nothing from his imprisonment, and simply wants the entire universe gripped in his wretched claws.
  • Stupid Evil: In keeping with the original "Inferno" by Alighieri, this is how Lucifer is portrayed in this game. This shows pretty much everything wrong with modern Lucifer portrayals in media: the stereotypical pride and manipulative traits are so mixed up that, instead of an imposing figure, he ends up a raving melodramatic lunatic that only a moron would ever be fooled by.
  • Unholy Matrimony: Seeks to establish this with Beatrice which he has briefly, but even then she was merely bait to get Dante to go through Hell to break his bonds. According to the Animated Epic, he also took Cleopatra, Salome and Helen of Troy as brides.
  • We Can Rule Together: Lucifer proposes this to Dante due to being able to gather Human souls and thus now having the power to reimprison him. Dante refuses to hear it.
Lucifer: I will reclaim my rightful place in paradise. My path will be paved with the sins of man, and yours, Dante, shall be the bedrock of my return. And all that is good will be gone from the universe forever!
Dante: Not yet. I have collected many souls on this pilgrimage. Souls that I have freed from this inferno. And together, they now possess the power to free me! Father, mother, brothers: ABSOLVE ME!.
Dante: I would rather not.


Voiced by: Bart Mc Carthy (ENG), Norio Wakamoto (JAP)

  • Anti-Villain: He only escorts victims to Hell, he doesn't take great joy in it.
  • Bald of Evil: He has no hair on his burning head.
  • Body Horror: In this game, he is the boat.
  • Death Glare: He stares down Dante when he catches him stowing away on him.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: His voice is almost as deep as Lucifer's.
  • The Ferryman: Though in the case of this game, he is a rather literal combination of a ferry and man.
  • Flunky Boss: Since Charon is literally a boat, he requires minions to fight Dante for him.
  • Losing Your Head: This happens to him by way of Dante taking control of an Asterian Beast and ripping his head off the boat (his body).
  • Off With Hishead: Dante commands a Hell beast to rip Charon's head off and sends it into the abyss below.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: He gives Dante a death Glare with his demonic lava eyes.
  • Tempting Fate: When he is seen again at the citadel in Limbo detached from the boat, he boasts that he will never die just before Dante gets the opportunity to push him off into the Acheron. Perhaps he should have stopped while he was a head.
  • Welcome to Hell: He's pretty much Hell's greeter.

King Minos

Voiced by: Richard Moll (ENG-Videogame), Kevin Michael Richardson (ENG-Animated Movie)

  • Anti-Villain: Arguably qualifies as this as he is only doing his ordained job of judging the appropriate punishments of the damned.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: As a result of being turned into a demon after his death.
  • Beware My Stinger Tail: Minos has two of them.
  • Combat Tentacles: He has some weird tentacles he uses to assault Dante in their fight.
  • Creepily Long Arms: He has some huge, disfigured arms that he needs to grab as many souls as possible. He also utilizes them in his fight with Dante.
  • Everybody Has Standards: During the fight against him, Minos will repeatedly remind Dante of some of the crimes he has committed during his time at Acre and why he does not deserve to achieve any sort of happiness.
  • Facial Horror: His face is sliced wide open on his own torture wheel.
  • Gate Guardian: Serves this role in preventing any living being from being able to continue onward.
  • Handicapped Badass: He has no eyes, but he fights Dante on his own.
  • Hanging Judge: It doesn't matter if you have a case against him, all who stand before him are counted as guilty. Justified in that all of the souls in Hell have already been condemned by God Himself, and Minos is merely sorting out the details of their crimes and punishments as opposed to determining whether they are guilty or innocent.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: King Minos has his face split in half by his own spiked wheel.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Gets his skull impaled on his own torture wheel by Dante.
  • Karmic Death: He punishes Hell's damned by needlessly throwing them onto a torture wheel on the way down. He ultimately ends up getting his face brutalized by being killed on said wheel.
  • Kick the Dog: He allows anyone to plead their case, but it doesn't matter since he sees all as guilty. Fair enough, since God was the one to actually condemn them to Hell. What really seals this trope is that he unnecessarily impales them on a torture wheel on the way down.
  • Large Ham: Arguably only beaten out in this role by Lucifer and the Bishop.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: He can attack using loud screams across his battle stage.
  • Nice Hat: He wears a rather bizarre hat that's melded into his head.
  • No Sympathy: A man who's sole crime is suicide pleads for his life, but Minos just tosses him down the pain wheel.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: He only judges the souls of the damned, he takes no joy in what he does.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent/ Snake People: He appears as some kind of lizard creature as evidence by his sharp tail, scales, and snake tongue.


Voiced by: Alison Lees-Taylor (ENG)

  • Adaptational Ugliness: The most beautiful woman in all of Egypt is probably the last thing you'd think when viewing her in the game.
  • Ascended Extra: Both she and Antony where merely souls Dante identified as he walked throuh the circle of Lust in the original Comedy. The game ascends her to a demonic seductress who faces you in a boss battle with one of her many lovers aiding her.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Though she can switch to an average Human size such as when she attempts to seduce Dante.
  • Avenging the Villain: After her beloved Antony dies, she tries taking on Dante herself.
  • The Baroness: Cleopatra doubles with The Vamp (she is a succubus, after all).
  • Demoted to Extra: In the movie, she's just a random soul that blows by when Dante reaches the Circle of Lust.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Her final fight with Dante involves pouncing on top of him and trying to bite into his neck. However, Dante gains the upper hand, rolls her over, and penetrates her body with his weapon as she moans.
  • Dual Boss: You fight Marc Antony and Cleopatra together.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Cleopatra is genuinely grief-stricken when Dante kills Antony. They did damn themselves to be together forever, after all.
  • Fan Disservice: She goes topless all the time! But her breasts have tongues instead of nipples and constantly spawn unbaptized babies.
  • Fingore: Dante has to attack her hands while she unleashes minions at him.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: Cleopatra is a gigantic succubus who rules over Lust.
  • Horny Devils: Though instead of being attractive, she is extremely disturbing.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: She ends up jabbed by Dante's sword.
  • Load-Bearing Boss: After Dante kills Antony and her, the tower comes crumbling down.
  • Mook Maker: Cleopatra produces Mooks instead of fighting you directly.
  • Obligatory Swearing: Cleopatra is the only character who uses swear words other than "damn". It comes off as forced and unnatural.
  • Orgasmic Combat: She gives off a lot moans and disturbing noises when fighting Dante. Since she is the guardian of Lust, it's only natural.
  • Together in Death: Not only in their first death, since they are together in the circle of Lust, but Dante also kills them one after the other.
  • Unholy Matrimony: Has this with Marc Antony. She was also said to have been Lucifer's bride long before Beatrice in the Animated Epic.
  • The Vamp: Also doubles as The Baroness.
  • Villain Ball: Instead of finishing off Dante in her giant form, she shrinks down to his size to have a fair fight. This results in her death.
  • Villain Has a Point: She calls out Dante for cheating on his wife.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: She repeatedly taunts Dante about his lapse in his faithfulness in giving to his lust that brought about his ordeal.

Marc Antony

Voiced by: Lewis Macleod (ENG)

  • Adaptational Villainy: Downplayed. The historical Marc Antony was known for being a ruthless warrior in the battlefield, not to mention his reputation as a ladies' man among Roman citizens, but he did have a sense of nobility and honor, and was valued by the Roman Republic (by Caesar especially) as a strong and loyal defender. The game chooses to focus on his violent and lustful tendencies so he'd be a better fit as a boss for the second circle.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: All he wanted was to be with his beloved forever, but Dante's quest causes him to die in battle.
  • Ascended Extra: Both he and Cleopatra were only shades Dante identified in the circle of Lust as he and Virgil passed by. Here he's the Lust guardian standing in Dante's way towards Gluttony.
  • The Brute: He's one of the few physically involved fighters encountered in the game.
  • The Dragon: For Cleopatra.
  • Dual Boss: You fight Marc Antony and Cleopatra together. Though the former is the one who fights Dante directly with the latter providing assistance.
  • Facial Horror: Unlike his beloved's, his face is noticeably disfigured.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: Marc Antony is a seven to eight foot tall warrior wearing golden armor that looks like it's made out of other shades.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Out of all of Hell's demons, he's the closest to looking humanish.
  • Lady and Knight: Implied that he views his relationship with Cleopatra as being something along the lines of the Dark Lady and Black Knight variant.
  • Unholy Matrimony: With Cleopatra.


  • Eat Me: How Dante manages to kill it.
  • Eldritch Abomination: This game's depiction is a three-headed worm with multiple mouths per head.
  • Hellhound: Averted in that it is depicted as a three-headed worm rather than a three-headed dog as in Classical Mythology, but nonetheless serves the same purpose. Though it should be noted that was in keeping with the way it was portrayed in the poem.
  • Kill It with Fire: Fire by itself will not kill it, but it will stun the creature's heads and give you an opportunity to inflict some damage on it.
  • Off with His Head!: Gets all three heads cut of by Dante.
  • Too Many Mouths: Cerberus has four mouths on its middle head and five mouths on the other heads, equaling fourteen in total.


Voiced by: JB Blanc (ENG-Videogame), Mark Hamill (ENG-Animated Movie), Chikao Otsuka (JAP)

  • Abusive Parents: Dante's father Alighiero constantly berated him and drove his mother to suicide.
  • Asshole Victim: Considering how he treated his son, living a sinful life, and driving his wife to suicide. Hardly any tears were shed.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Downplayed in the anime. While he is still a villainous character who abused his family, he never made any attempts to seduce Beatrice, expressed concern for her well-being during a flashback scene in Gluttony, and even tried to fend off the Assassin in a futile attempt to save her (as opposed to attacking the Assassin out of outrage for him breaking into his house).
  • Attempted Rape: During the scene where he attempts to console Beatrice over his son's supposed death, he attempts to undress her and it was implied he was going to attempt to rape her if the Assassin hadn't interfered. Averted in the animated version.
  • Canon Foreigner: Alighero di Bellincione, the historical Dante Aligheri's father, was not featured in the poem.
  • Deal with the Devil: Lucifer said he promised Alighiero a thousand years free of pain and suffering if he succeeds in killing his son. However, given that Dante has been Dead All Along, this would be impossible for Alighiero to achieve, thus his battle was likely for the purpose of giving Lucifer a chance to observe and test Dante's skill.
  • Dirty Old Man: As evident when he attempted to seduce his own future daughter-in-law and later makes various lewd comments about Beatrice during his boss fight. Averted in the animated adaptation.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: During the fight against him, he frequently decries his son "wasting his time" to rescue Beatrice when there are numerous other women left for him to fornicate with, showing that Alighiero is unable to understand that people can form intimate relationships out of genuine love for each other and not just for base carnal desires.
  • Eye Scream: Dante's father is murdered with a cross through his eye.
  • Fat Bastard: He was portrayed as this in life and is exacerbated when he becomes a demon.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: From the surviving documents of the time, Alighiero di Bellincione was said to be an overall decent parent to Dante, not to mention a skilled banker, accountant and merchant. The character of Alighiero presented in this game is an avaricious, lecherous and abusive bastard who becomes the guardian for the circle of Greed, standing in Dante's way once again.
  • Humanoid Abomination: One that has a resemblance to the Gluttons with some differences (including hair, a pig-like hoof replacing his right hand, and retaining some, though shredded, clothing) but keeping his sentience.
  • Pet the Dog: In the Animated Epic, he protected Beatrice and orders her to run, though it's unknown if it's for a selfish reason or not. Nonetheless, it wasn't enough to save him from eternal damnation though.
  • Red Right Hand: In his case, his right hand is that of swine hoof.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: The corpse of Dante's father is left for him to discover, a cross rammed into his eye.
  • Villain Has a Point: In the Animated Epic, the mocking speech about the Bishop's ability to absolve sins is given to him (in Greed) instead of to Lucifer (in Gluttony).
  • Villainous Valor: Even before the full reveal of his unsavory nature, Alighiero comes across as an aggressive and predatory man; but when the assassin comes for him he puts up a fairly impressive fight, even getting the better of him at one point.


Voiced by: Kevin Michael Richardson (ENG-Animated Movie)

  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: The one of the two largest beings in the game rivaled only by Lucifer in his shell. Phlegyas is so large that the Asterian Beasts, which are roughly three stories tall, barely reach his knees.
  • Breath Weapon: Which comes in the form of a beam of fire.
  • The Ferry Man: He carries souls bound for the lower circles on his head, the top of which is just barely above the Styx.
  • Magma Man: His body is shown to be at least covered in lava as shown in the scene when Dante commandeers Phlegyas in order assault the City of Dis.
  • Non-Dubbed Grunts: Phlegyas vocal effects are based on recycled sound clips of the Hive Mind from the Dead Space games (also created by Visceral Games, the developers of Dante's Inferno). Averted in the Animated movie in which Kevin Michael Richardson does the vocal effects for him.
  • That's No Moon!: How Phlegyas reveals himself in the Styx River.
  • The Unfought: While he does make some swipes at Dante by swiping him with his fists or fire breath, there is never any sort of boss battle against him, though you do get to use him to break into the city of Dis.


Voiced by: Tom Tate (ENG), Jin Yamanoi (JAP)

  • Anti-Villain: Francesco is not evil like Alighiero or cruel like Minos, but he was still a part of the Third Crusade along with Dante, meaning he was responsible for several atrocities and gruesome deaths. Nevertheless, he took the blame and died in his brother's place while Dante raised no objections, merely making the promise that he'd protect Beatrice. Now a monster sentenced to the circle of Violence, Francesco is understandably pissed with his former comradee about his situation.
  • Canon Foreigner: Not just in terms of the poem, but also in the annals of History, since there are no records of the real Beatrice Portinari having a brother. Though it is interesting to note that Dante Alighieri had a half-brother of the same name, which this character is likely to have been based upon.
  • Expy: More so in terms of appearance, post-demon-transformation Francesco has been noted as being similar to that of the Barbarian King Alrik.
  • Flunky Boss: He summons Damned Crusaders during his boss fight.
  • Ironic Hell: He got sent to the Abominable Sands with the other Crusaders after he died for killing in the name of God.
  • Protectorate: Was one for Dante as part of a promise to Beatrice, Francesco's sister, that he would protect him as if he were his own. Dante ultimately fails in this not because of lack of skill or strength, but because of a lack of integrity in clarifying the details about the massacre at Acre that would have saved his life.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: He will do this throughout the battle against him in the Abominable Sands at the end of the Seventh Circle.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: During your fight with him, Francesco condemns Dante for betraying him by refusing to tell the truth about the massacre of prisoners at Acre for which he was executed in Dante's place.



The Assassin

Voiced by: Daniel Curshen (ENG-Videogame), John Paul Karliak (ENG-Animated Movie)

  • Ascended Extra: In Canto XIX of "the Inferno", there was a passing mention of an individual who Alighieri called lo perfido assassin ("the treacherous assassin"). In this videogame adaptation, the assassin becomes a more prominent character in which he kills Beatrice and Alighiero, and later revealed to have killed Dante.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: The nameless assassin, in retaliation for Dante sleeping with his wife as part of a deal for freedom which Dante actually honored, a deal that she offered, kills Dante, travels all the way to Europe to find Dante's home, and kills Dante's father and his love Beatrice. His determination is nearly on Dante's level.
  • Karma Houdini: The unnamed assassin never receives punishment for his killing spree, though he will implicitly end up in Hell. Maybe. It's sort of ambiguous.
  • No Name Given: Though he is sometimes referred to as "The Avenger" in some supplemental material.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: In a way. His wife, the Slave woman, by offering herself to Dante in exchange for his release, achieved his freedom. His response was to have her killed for committing adultery despite her act of seduction having a good intention.

Slave woman

Voiced by: Charlie Norfolk (ENG)

  • Blatant Lies: She is really the assassin's wife not his sister as she claimed.
  • No Name Given: Slave woman is the closest thing she has to a name.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Her act of seduction ended up putting the plot in motion by angering her husband, the Assassin, who killed Dante, Alighiero, and Beatrice and also cause Beatrice to lose her wager with Lucifer.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Her fate following the Third Crusade is never specified. Though An Animated Epic does imply that the Assassin, her husband, would have her killed for her act of adultery even despite it achieving his freedom in addition with Dante and his loved ones.

The Bishop of Florence

Voiced by: Peter Egan (ENG)

Richard I the Lionhearted of England

Voiced by: Peter Egan (ENG-Videogame), H. Richard Greene (ENG-Animated Movie)

  • Badass Beard: Richard the Lionheart is a notable military leader thus can back up the badass part.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: In contrast to some other Crusaders (namely Dante who committed the Massacre at Acre), he was willing to treat his enemies with respect and not assume that they were soulless sub-human beings for simply following another religion and looking different from them.


  • Badass Beard: He is a notable military leader thus can back up the badass part.
  • Noble Demon: At least from the perspective of the Crusaders, thus gets to be in Limbo in the Hall of Virtuous Heathens.


Voiced by: Pollyana Mc Intosh (ENG-Videogame), Victoria Tennant (ENG-Animated Movie)

  • Canon Foreigner: Bella Abati, the historical Dante Aligheri's mother, was not featured in the poem.
  • Driven to Suicide: As Dante finds out the hard way when going through the Wood of the Suicides.
  • Foreshadowing: During her conversation with her living son, she informs him that it is too late for them to change their ways, which provides a vague hint of the reveal that Dante has been dead along.


  • Light Is Good: He comes to help Dante by bringing Beatrice's soul to Heaven as it would have had she not made her wager with Lucifer.
  • Mercury's Wings: Which are on his head with the tips pointed forwards... and just so happen to make them look like horns when seen at a certain angle. Make of that what you will.
  • Our Angels Are Different: Gabriel's design follows closely to the "winged humanoid" representation of angels in popular culture, likely to make it clear who he's supposed to be.
  • Telepathy: Seems to have this ability as he doesn't move his lips when communicating with Dante.
  • Teleportation: Gabriel was able to travel to Hell in order to retrieve Beatrice. He then ascends with her soul so Dante can face Lucifer.
  • Vagueness Is Coming: His scene with Dante when taking Beatrice to Heaven suggests that Dante's actions will play a role in the ongoing war between God and Lucifer.
  • Winged Humanoid: As would be expected of the traditional image of an angel.


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