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This page lists tropes related to background characters who appear in the classic Devil May Cry continuity.

For other characters that appear in the DMC franchise, see the Devil May Cry Character Index. For tropes related to background characters in the alternate continuity reboot, see the DmC: Devil May Cry Character Page.


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    Sparda 
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"In age of darkness, when the Earth was overrun with demons and humans were powerless under their rule... Humanity's hope lived in a demon named Sparda."

The demon father of Dante and Vergil, he was revered as the "legendary dark knight", as he saved humanity from the demon armies that wanted to conquer the human world. His sword shares his name, and possesses incredible powers.
  • The Ace: "The Legendary Dark Knight". His sons Dante and Vergil each inherited half of Sparda's techniques (Dante the more stylish, Vergil the more practical and efficient), while the man himself could do practically anything with a sword. Subverted in that while Sparda's technique is unparalleled and his legend is omnipresent, both of his children are MUCH stronger than him by the end of the series, due in large part to their half-human nature.
  • Ascended Demon: He was a demon who fell in love with a human, and so chose to protect humanity and rebel against his kind.
  • Badass Longcoat: Wore a purple Victorian variant in human form. A fondness for longcoats must run in the family.
  • Big Fancy Castle: If the DMC4: Deadly Fortune novel is any indication, Fortuna Castle may have once belonged to Sparda.
  • Big Good: He was a legendary demon that turned good and sided with humanity.
  • Cool Sword: Force Edge/Sparda and Yamato, the latter of which he passed down to Vergil. He also had Rebellion, which would be passed down to Dante as a memento.
  • Defector from Decadence: Sparda apparently saw the good in humanity and decided to rebel against the demon world. He beat the crap out of everyone, sealed Mundus, and stayed in the human world. He married a human woman and had two sons—Dante and Vergil.
  • Disappeared Dad: Did he die? Is he just hiding? Who knows?
  • The Dragon: The prequel novel of 5 confirms he was Mundus's second-in-command, and most trusted general before his Heel–Face Turn, giving him a backstory similar to his DMC: Devil May Cry counterpart.
  • Famed In-Story: TAS (mostly) notwithstanding, there is a 99.9% chance that Sparda's exploits are directly related to whatever Dante's currently dealing with. Whether or not he gets praise or disdain, however, depends on who Dante is talking to; certain demons understandably hold Sparda in contempt, while others hold him in high regard (Fortuna, in particular, essentially worships Sparda as if he were a god, but it's unknown if Sparda is privy to the Order of the Sword's existence or if he would react negatively to them).
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: While it's assumed that using Devil Trigger allows those with demon blood to tap into their full potential, Sparda is the only one with an explicit mention that his human visage is not his true form. If you look closely at his shadow...
  • Dismantled MacGuffin: "The Legend of Sparda" document in 5 states that Sparda split his power into three weapons: clearly describing Sparda, Rebellion and Yamato. The Demon Sword Sparda was even further split into three parts: the two amulets given to Dante and Vergil and Force Edge. Combining everything but the Yamato eventually creates the Demon Sword Dante.
  • Game Face: His Devil Trigger, like all others. However, it's considerably more demonic and horrific than the others. This note  description sums it up pretty well.
  • Generation Xerox: Subverted/inverted; he's said to be like both of his sons in different aspects (Dante's playful banter and rebellious streak normally, Vergil's stoic ruthlessness in battle). This is symbolized by his color of choice, purple: the combination of red (Dante) and blue (Vergil). And completely inverted with his grandson Nero, who seems to be his polar opposite and wears both red and blue.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: In his true form, his eyes glow bright red.
  • Has a Type: Going by his relationships with Eva and Matier, it seems Sparda had a thing for human women.
  • High-Class Glass: In human form.
  • Hunter of His Own Kind: He switched sides and started killing demons.
  • I Know Your True Name: According to the 3 manga, Sparda was able to imprison The Seven Sins as the first of many seals placed upon the Temen-ni-gru by nailing them to the earth with cursed stakes and taking their names away.
  • Interspecies Romance: Eva is his human bride.
  • Long Dead Badass: He became a legendary dark knight, which is no small feat, however we never see him in action as he is stated to be dead near the beginning of 1.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: It'd be reasonable to assume she was somewhere in her 20s or 30s when she got hitched to Sparda and the two decided to settle down and start a family. Sparda was roughly one hundred times that (at least) and if he hadn't gone missing sometime after the boys' birth, it wouldn't be a stretch to say he probably would have outlived her by quite a large margin. Naturally, given how Shrouded in Myth the couple is, the ramifications of this facet of their relationship is never brought up.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: After falling in love with a human.
  • One-Man Army: This line from the opening narration of the first game says it all:
    "But somebody from the underworld woke up to justice and stood up against this legion alone."
  • Physical God: Implied to be this at the height of his power (before he sealed it in his sword), as he had defeated at least two top-class demon lords who themselves qualify for this trope.
  • Purple Is Powerful: He's pretty much the most powerful character in the setting, and his Color Motif is purple. May also overlap with Supernatural Is Purple, as he's a demon.
  • Really 700 Years Old: In his human form, he appears to be in his twenties or thirties. He lived to be more than two thousand years old at the very least.
  • Rebel Leader: In the backstory.
  • Red Baron: The Legendary Dark Knight.
  • Shrouded in Myth: So much that Dante comments that the Order of the Sword may have gotten a few of their facts wrong in 4.
    Dante: "Well from what I can figure there's a lot of confusion surrounding him."
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Granted, the only times Sparda appears in the series are as a costume for Dante, but it's strongly indicated that his human form really was a dead-ringer for Dante's and Vergil's.
  • Theme Song Reveal: Sparda's theme in the first game, "Super Public Enemy," was made very similar to Nelo Angelo's theme, ("Super") "Ultra Violet," to imply their relationship. An inversion, as you don't even get to play as Sparda until after you beat the game note ; thus, you already should have figured out the connection by then.
  • Worf Had the Flu: The reason he needed help to defeat Argosax is because he had sealed much of his power within the swords.
  • Worthy Opponent: It's clear that many devils crossed his path in the past. A few of them have actually fought him on par, including Berial, Bolverk, and Beowulf. The last one got his left eye slashed out.

    Eva 
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"Vergil, Dante... Happy Birthday."

Voiced by: Sara Lafleur (DMC1), Wendee Lee (DMC5), Atsuko Tanaka (DMC5, Japanese)

Sparda's human bride, and the mother of Dante and Vergil. Shortly after the twins' eighth birthday, demons attacked their household, and Eva was killed in her attempt to save her children.
  • Adult Fear: Picture yourself in your own home when armies sent by the Devil himself come kill you and your children. Imagine realizing that you are unlikely to survive, but your two sons might have a slim chance if you can find them. Now, imagine that you know where one of them is but not the other, and the house is burning down around you. Eva's last moments were horrifying.
  • All There in the Manual: Or rather, the Sound DVD Book, the non-canonical Gaiden Game Viewtiful Joe, and the novels. It's unknown if future games will use that characterization, but Kamiya and the author of the novels thought very highly of her.
    • Given that Kamiya is no longer with the series he helped create, it's anyone's guess at this point.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: Eva's color is gold, which associates her with the golden orbs. This makes sense, since she's the one who brought not just Trish but Dante back to life. She also wears a red shawl over her clothing, as Dante wears a red coat over his, referencing how he choose his mother's humanity over his father's power.
  • Continuity Snarl: The first game implied that Dante survived most of his near-fatal wounds through Eva haunting the amulet. That, and she had the power to bring Trish back to life. 3 just makes Dante really, really durable, the amulet doesn't do much except open the demon world. Eva's involvement with Trish being revived isn't so much as thought of in the installments taking place after 1.
    • Viewtiful Joe, created by the creator of DMC1 (Hideki Kamiya), stated that Dante actually did die during the initial attack, and was brought back to life by Eva's spirit in the amulet.
  • Disposable Woman: The first game came out in 2001, and there is still no real backstory given to Eva aside from her being the wife of Sparda and mother of Dante and Vergil, and grandmother of Nero.
    • In fact, it is Bayonetta (another title helmed by Kamiya) that sheds more light on Eva than this series ever did. In a brief Shout-Out, Eva is depicted as an accomplished and powerful Umbra Witch who was able to repel the forces of Inferno after making a contract with Sparda. Eva also apparently created the Bangle/Bracelet of Time and presented it as a gift to Sparda.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: At the very least, Sparda did. Mundus tried to capitalize on Eva's beauty by making Trish in her image in an (almost successful) attempt at baiting Dante.
  • Go Through Me: Implied through the manga and the first game's Crowning Moment of Heartwarming.
    Dante (lamenting over Trish's death): "My mother risked her life for me, and now you too. I should have saved you. I should have been the one to fill your dark soul with LIIIIIIGHT!!"
    • Not just implied in the first novel: Vergil caused Nell to perform a Heroic Sacrifice specifically to remind Dante of Eva's.
    • 5 finally reveals what happened, where in the middle of a demon attack on their home, Eva has Dante hide in the closet, while telling him that she still needs to go and find Vergil, as well as giving him instructions as to what to do if she doesn't return. While it's never shown on screen, it's implied that she died before she got to Vergil, resulting in believing he was left for dead.
  • Guile Heroine: In Viewtiful Joe, Mundus considers her this, going so far as to rant, "The real enemy was you, Eva!" The game reveals that she's responsible for basically all of the first game. If she hadn't brought Dante back to life, there would have been no one to stop Mundus, it's implied that it was the amulet that woke up Nelo Angelo and kept him from killing Dante, not to mention unsealing the Sword of Sparda and the arrival of Trish in time to save Dante, which seemed like a Deus ex Machina, was also her doing.
    • In the also second prequel novel, they visit an alternate universe where Eva took over Sparda's army after he was killed by human traitors. The people who are still alive in that universe practically worship her memory, and it's implied her leadership after Sparda's fall was the only reason Mundus hadn't already finished conquering the place, since they had nothing else going for them. After hearing that story, Dante comments something along the lines of "she's the same in every universe."
  • Interspecies Romance: Sparda is her demon husband.
  • Mama Bear: She was killed by demons while trying to protect Dante and Vergil.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: Human woman with a human life span paired with an immortal demon. So it goes.
  • Missing Mom: Heavily implied to have died protecting her children years ago, although her status as a Posthumous Character has an air of ambiguity around it.
  • Parental Favoritism: Subverted. Vergil believed that she abandoned him and left him behind to prioritize Dante's safety over his, which is the catalyst for his Start of Darkness and resentment towards Dante. However, 5 reveals that after securing Dante's safety, Eva's last moments were spent calling out to Vergil and trying to find him.
  • Widow Woman: Depending on if you believe Sparda to truly be dead. Certain continuities have Eva as a Determined Widow.

    Enzo Ferino 
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"Rumor says blue blood may be flowing in that guy's body. I tell ya, if he glares at a guy, even The Devil may cry."

An informer who sets up Dante's jobs, he's mentioned in the manual of Devil May Cry, and also shows up in Devil May Cry 3's prequel manga.
  • Canon Discontinuity: You see that above quote pertaining to Dante? That was the original Title Drop of the series until 3 came along.
  • Intercontinuity Crossover: Subverted. The Enzo of Bayonetta is a Mythology Gag/Shout-Out to Dante's Enzo by Kamiya, but they aren't the same person. The primary reason is due to how director Hideaki Itsuno of 2 through 5 stating that only the Human World and the Demon World exists in the DMC setting, whereas Paradiso also exists in Bayonetta's setting. Further lending credence that Dante's Enzo isn't the same person as Bayonetta's Enzo are the events played out in TAS's Audio Drama CD Vol. 1, where Dante had to amputate one of Enzo's arm due a Devil Arm gun that was going to completely possess Enzo after the events of 1 but before TAS, as well Enzo running a Devil Arm pawn shop of sorts.
  • Lovable Coward: How he's described.
  • Plot Armor: He's one of the very few to survive the prequel novel, since the game's manual established that he's still alive as of 1. TAS's Audio Drama CD Vol.1 has him lose an arm, but is running a Devil Arm pawn shop by the end.

    Nell Goldstein 
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"Why should I be making weapons for a cold-hearted guy who drops the product of my blood, sweat and tears into a fire?"

A prickly, no-nonsense retired gunsmith in 1's prequel novel. She fixes guns, Dante breaks them by pulling the trigger faster than humanly possible, she calls him an idiot but fixes him up new ones anyway, rinse, repeat.

    Grue 
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"Don't be so dramatic. Do you really think I'd be silly enough to die and leave my daughters behind?"

A jaded mercenary in 1's prequel novel who takes Tony somewhat under his wing. Not as hard-boiled as he tries to be. And it kills him.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: His default attitude.
  • Papa Wolf: He does it all for his three daughters. This gets extended to Dante later on.
  • Parental Substitute: Not to the same degree as Nell, but it's still there.
  • Perma-Stubble: Interior artwork shows him with this.
  • Properly Paranoid: He keeps saying that it's a business and people shouldn't get attached. Vergil targets him because he's Dante's friend.
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    Jessica 
Grue's daughter, who essentially holds the household together. And is a good cook. And doesn't deserve what happens to her.

    Beryl 
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A red-haired human demon hunter in the Devil May Cry 2 prequel novel with a big gun. Sound familiar? note 


  • Achey Scars: Has one along her collarbone that flares up in heat and pain whenever she's near the Beastheads, the demonic three-headed dog statue that her father had injured her with when she was a child.
  • Action Girl: She's a demon hunter and kicks just as much ass as the guys.
  • Badass Normal: And it actually affects her combat performance, unlike Lady. Although, what do you have to say to a normal demon hunter who actually helps Dante during the battle against the Big Bad and actually punches a hole through its armor? For comparison, Trish only showed up after Mundus was sufficiently weakened, and Lady shot Arkham after he was crippled.
  • Disappeared Dad: Her father was killed years ago by the Beastheads, the artifact the second prequel novel revolves around.
  • Fingerless Gloves: Artwork in the novel shows her wearing a normal pair, which suits her given the large anti-material rifle she uses.
  • Heroic BSoD: In the alternate universe, after learning that Sparda was betrayed and killed by humans in that universe.
  • Plucky Girl: Seriously, it takes guts to survive in an environment like hers.
  • Small Girl, Big Gun: She lugs around a rifle resembling the Spiral from 3 (both based off of the Lahti L-39 anti-tank rifle). Again, she was an obvious precursor to Lady.
  • Spy Catsuit: At the very least, the bodysuit she wears comes pretty darn close.
  • The Tease: She makes a few flirty passes at Dante during the course of the novel. She even plants a kiss on his cheek at one point.

    Matier 
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"You must not worry my dear. I am sure that he will return."
Voiced by: Flo Di Re

Lucia's mother and a member of the Vie de Marli, a clan of warriors who have the blood of demons in them. She is the one who sent Lucia to find Dante and informs him of Arius's machinations in Devil May Cry 2, bribing him with a story about Sparda. Despite the hardships Dumary Island faces, Matier remains cheerful and optimistic, sure that the "Son of Sparda" will eventually triumph.

It is later revealed that Matier is not Lucia's biological mother, having found Lucia when she was cast away by Arius and subsequently raising her as her own. Despite this, the two remain a tightly-knit family.

    Alice 
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A mysterious girl featured in the Devil May Cry 3 prequel manga. She's the "missing person" job that Enzo had to convince Dante to take.

    White Rabbit 
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    J.D. Morrison 
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"We've known each other a long time. Ya never had this much trouble... You gonna make it through this?"

Voiced by: Akio Ohtsuka (The Animated Series, DMC5; Japanese), Rob Mungle (The Animated Series, English), Joey Camen (DMC5)

A character featured in Devil May Cry: The Animated Series. He acts as Dante's agent in the stead of Enzo Ferino. He also appears in the fifth game, albeit... looking different.
  • Badass Mustache: In the animated series.
  • Cool Old Guy: Not necessarily old, but does have a generally easygoing attitude.
  • Nice Hat: His fedora.
  • Race Lift: The black man smoking a cigarette in 5's E3 trailer is stated by Hideaki Itsuno to be Morrison, while in the animated series he was a Caucasian man.
  • Team Dad: Plays this role to some extent in maintaining Devil May Cry.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: His usual reaction to the amount of property damage that Dante racks up in the process of doing his jobs.

    Patty Lowell 
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Voiced by: Misato Fukuen (Japanese), Hilary Haag (English, The Animated Series), Haviland Stillwell (English, DMC5), Yu Shimamura (Japanese, DMC5)

A young girl who Dante takes care of until her mother can be found in Devil May Cry: The Animated Series.
  • Badass and Child Duo: Dante and Patty have this dynamic in the first episode.
  • Big Brother Worship: She may snark at him endlessly, but in reality Patty adores Dante.
  • The Cameo: She makes a brief vocal appearance in Devil May Cry 5, calling Dante up to very loudly and boisterously invite him to her 18th birthday. She's apparently been trying to get him for ages. Dante's reaction is look incredulous at her yelling down the phone before hanging up and then yanking the phone line as Morrison laughs. Data files you can find in the game suggest the two of them still have the same relationship they always did, with him lazing around and her berating him for it.
  • Famous Ancestor: Is descended from a magician/alchemist named Aeron Lowell who defeated the demon Abigail (the only demon he could not control with his black magic/summoning powers) and sealed him away within an amulet called Aeron's Tear. This amulet, now in Patty's possession, is what Sid seeks to unseal Abigail and take his power, and Patty herself plays a role in Sid/Abigail's defeat by rousing Dante into a Heroic Second Wind when it seems like he's on the verge of defeat.
  • The Gambler: She is very good at games like poker.
  • Hair Decorations: Usually a pink hairband with a red rose on the right side.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Prissiness aside, Dante does eventually take a shine to this kid, even becoming something of an older brother figure to the girl.
  • Has a Type: She stated to Dante she's into younger guys.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: She's far younger then Dante in the anime but they a pretty close, sister-brother relationship. 5 reveals they pretty much kept that strong friendship as she grew up, and at 18 Patty still adores him.
  • Meido: Is responsible for the upkeep of Dante's office and can be frequently seen cleaning it. Even after she leaves Devil May Cry to move in with her birth mother Patty returns often to make sure it's kept tidy.
  • Ojou: And it shows with her disdain for Dante's lack of cleanliness at his office.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Her primary attire is a semi-Pimped-Out Dress with this coloration.
  • Reckless Sidekick: In Episode 9 "Death Poker."
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Implied. Devil May Cry 5 describes her as having grown into quite the looker and being the subject of a lot of male attention...which she largely ignores. But on her 18th birthday she apparently spends a large part of her afternoon trying to get Dante on the phone to invite him to her party.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Dante often tells Patty she's a spoiled brat, and Patty often calls him a lazy, messy, pig, but it's mostly in good fun.

    Baul and Modeus 
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Baul
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Modeus

Baul voiced by: Joji Nakata (Japanese), Andrew Love (English)
Modeus voiced by: Shin-ichiro Miki (Japanese), Jay Hickman (English)

A pair of brothers from the Demon World introduced in Devil May Cry: The Animated Series. They were disciples of Sparda prior to his rebellion against Mundus.
  • Bishōnen: Modeus.
  • Call-Back: The speech Dante gives to Modeus after he killed his brother is an almost verbatim retelling of the one he to Vincent the Biker gang leader in Episode 2. However, this incident ends on a completely different note.
  • Continuity Nod: Their Devil Trigger forms are very similar to those of Dante and Vergil's in Devil May Cry 3. As the two siblings were Sparda's apprentices, they could also be considered his "sons" in a sense.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Modeus gave up fighting a long time ago to live as a pacifist and only attempted to kill Dante after the latter killed Baul.
  • Dual Wielding: Baul uses two swords simultaneously in combat.
  • Friend to All Children: Modeus seems to be this based on his interactions with Patty.
  • Light Is Not Good: Baul is arguably a subversion in that he doesn't demonstrate any desire to deliberately inflict violence on civilians or pursue any unambiguously malevolent goals. He seeks to prove his worth as a warrior against Sparda's son due to not being able to fight against his departed mentor.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Baul is this through and through. Averted in Modeus's case as he has chosen to take a more pacifistic path in life.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Baul is red while Modeus is blue overall. Though the brothers also have traits of the opposites in that Baul is a highly disciplined soldier and Modeus is not devoid of thinking in emotional terms, most notably when he was angered by Dante killing Baul and attempted a vendetta on Dante that cost him his life.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Following Dante's killing of Baul in combat, Modeus attempted to kill Dante in retaliation even after Dante told him of the futility of throwing his life away for such a cause.
  • Theme Naming: Their names are derived from demons in Judeo-Christian demonology. They are respectively in reference to Baal and Asmodeus.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Baul is this to Sid, who used his and his brother's corpses as part of the ritual to gain the power of Abigail.
  • Weapon Tombstone: After killing them both, Dante plants their swords into a boulder.

    Kyrie 
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"Nero, you're you and it's you I want to be with. I don't know anyone who is as human as you are."

Voiced by: Stephanie Sheh (all appearances), Saori Hayami (DMC4: Special Edition, DMC5; Japanese)

Nero's love interest/sister figure, and Credo's little sister in Devil May Cry 4. She gets kidnapped as a power source for the Savior.
  • Almost Kiss: Her and Nero, thanks to the appearance of demonic Mooks. The cutscene after the credits reel shows them holding hands, implying that they kissed later.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Nero.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: It's stated by both Nico and Nero that Kyrie would be furious if she saw him holding the nude, unconscious Lady, regardless of what the circumstances for it were.
  • Damsel in Distress: Pretty much her only role and defining character trait is to be Nero's motivation for anything he does.
  • Demoted to Extra: Only gets a few lines from offscreen in Nero's prologue and in a few phone calls in 5.
  • Double Entendre: "She yearns for your touch." Who is Kyrie referring to: Red Queen or herself?
  • Expy: Looks suspiciously like Orihime, has a similar protector/love interest and even has the same voice actress.
  • Freakiness Shame: Mixed in with Be Yourself, Kyrie helps Nero get over his in the ending, positively regarding both the love of her life and his Devil Bringer when he tries to hide it from her. In his defense, she was more than a bit frightened the first time she laid eyes on it, thinking at the time that Nero was threatening her brother Credo when he was just stretching his hand out to help him up after they had a fight.
  • Hartman Hips: The hourglass figure is enough to shape the complexion of her dress.
  • The Heart: When Nero is so lost that he's beginning to doubt himself, he makes only a brief phone call to Kyrie, and she knows just what to say to put him at ease.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: She's got red hair and is Nero's love interest.
  • Heroic Bystander: Puts herself in danger to save a small boy from a demon (which Nero quickly dispatches). It's unclear as to whether she's shielding him with her body, trying and failing to push him down to avoid the blow, or just expects Nero will come save her when he might not otherwise have seen the kid in time.
  • Interspecies Romance: Truly loves Nero, regardless of his demonic heritage.
  • Nice Girl: Very sweet and patient with Nero, and quick to reassure him that she doesn't consider his demonic heritage something to be ashamed when his actions saved the day.
  • Parental Abandonment: 4's Deadly Fortune novelization reveals that her and Credo's parents died in a demon attack. The culprits were actually Order members who could not fully complete the Ascension ceremony (for lack of physical and/or mental strength, coupled with the fact that demon energy might not be so good for the skin) and instead devolved into mindless, insane demons. For obvious reasons, Credo never told her.
  • Satellite Love Interest: Her role in the series is inherently tied to Nero, and if he didn't appear in a game, it's unlikely that she would. She is also completely offscreen for the entirety of 5.
  • Say My Name: Nero has a terrible habit of screaming out her name whenever she's in danger.
  • Slipknot Ponytail: Her hair clip breaks after Agnus kidnaps her.
  • Theme Naming: Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, and Agnus are, respectively, the first, second, third, fourth, and fifth parts of the Catholic Ordinary of the Mass, a song traditionally sung in Latin (with the exception of the Kyrie, which is sung in Greek, the original language of the early church). This can be seen as Fridge Brilliance as Kyrie is the only one who's not a demon.
  • The Voice: In 5, she is only ever heard offscreen or over the phone.
  • Woman in White: More or less, with some gold embroidery.

    Nicoletta "Nico" Goldstein 
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"My brilliant, badass work is worth every dime, you know it."

Voiced by: Faye Kingslee (English), Lynn (Japanese)

A self-proclaimed "weapon artist", Nicoletta "Nico" Goldstein is Nero's business partner in Devil May Cry 5. She created Nero's prosthetic arm "Devil Breaker" after he had his Devil Bringer ripped off. Her grandmother was gunsmith Nell Goldstein, the one who had created Ebony and Ivory for Dante. Meanwhile, her father was Agnus of Devil May Cry 4 infamy.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Likes to call herself "God's Gift to Gunsmithin'."
  • Ambiguously Bi: As detailed in the prequel novel of 5. She's completely awe struck by Kyrie the first time they meet, remarking she believes her to be the loveliest thing she's ever seen, and then appears to attempt to flirt with her. She later remarks to Nero how gorgeous Kyrie is, and that he doesn't deserve her. She also has some extremely suggestive dialogue when tuning up Red Queen, Nero's sword (who she starts flirting with, while referring to it in female pronouns). But then again, while it may just be her fangirling, the fact that she could barely not stutter when talking to Dante (who has a history of having some girls liking him ) and also her calling Nero "honey" in an almost similarly flirtatious manner says something.
    • That's not even getting into the fact that she made Sweet Surrender. Did she make it for Kyrie because she realizes that Nero's usual replacement arm isn't exactly suitable for such a task or was it for her to indirectly pleasure Kyrie as well, seeing as she invented it?
    • Upon seeing Lady naked, Nico remarks that she has a “smokin’ body”, and awkwardly stammers that she wasn’t checking her out.
      • In the Mission 5 start screen, she can be seen hovering over Lady, who is sound asleep, naked with only a Modesty Bedsheet covering her up. It looks like she's just making sure Lady's okay, but with way she's nervously leaning in and reaching and fumbling with her hands, it also looks like she's fighting the temptation to have a peek under the bedsheet or just outright remove it.
      • That being said, when Lady wakes up and casually discards the bedsheet, leaving her nude, Nico has no real reaction outside of an annoyed glare that reeks of Please Put Some Clothes On.
    • One cutscene has her mistake Nero for flirting with her, going so far as to say "Ew!" Is she irked by the idea of a guy flirting with her or was she just messing with Nero?
    • Likewise, when she meets Dante, she nervously stutters around him in a way that suggests either being starstruck, or having a Celeb Crush.
    • Add all of this together and you get Ambiguously Bi, as opposed to Badass Bisexual.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Her father is Agnus, implying a mixed heritage. Also worth noting that her model is Black and Malaysian.
  • Ambiguously Christian: Despite her very Jewish surname, in a comedic moment she makes the sign of the cross after barely stopping her van from driving off of a cliff.
  • Ambiguously Jewish: Her full name is Nicoletta Goldstein, though it's rather unclear if her adoptive father/uncle Rock Goldstein raised her with any religious beliefs, let alone Judaism.
  • Adorkable: In the TGS 2018 trailer, she can barely string two words together in front of Dante without vocally stumbling all over herself. Due to his signature guns Ebony and Ivory being her grandmother's work, she has heard a lot about him.
  • Alchemy Is Magic: She came to Nero in order to gain access to her father's alchemy research, and with it learns how to use parts of demons to forge increasingly more dangerous and effective weapons.
  • Badass Driver: She rams demons with the van she and Nero operate out of, and uses some debris as a ramp to let the van do a perfect barrel roll. And let's not get into how she reaches you while you're near the top of a multi-level building...
  • Badass Normal: She rivals Lady in her ability to keep up with the Sparda boys despite not having a lick of demon blood in her. Unlike Lady, she doesn't take as much of a combat role, save for a few roadkill demons.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Also shows off a row of tattoos on her belly.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: Her father was a Mad Scientist. Her grandparents all died before she was even born. Her mother died when she was a child from a terminal disease. And her adoptive father, who raised her for most of her life, is actually her mother's half-brother. Nico isn't even blood related to Nell Goldstein at all, as her mother was born from her grandfather's second marriage, after he divorced Nell, with only her uncle/adoptive father being Nell's child. All the same, she considers herself a Goldstein and Nell her grandmother.
  • Disappeared Dad: Nico was abandoned by Agnus along with her mother, so she's not upset at him being dead nor does she hold a grudge against Dante for killing him.
  • Drives Like Crazy: She drives a tad... aggressively.
    Nero: Hey! Do you have to hit every single bump in the road?
    Nico: *cackles*
    • Never mind Crazy, she drives downright Impossibly. Calling Nico to bring the van over for you to shop means she'll somehow get to you while near the top of a multi-level building or barrel through underground and up through concrete road.
  • Establishing Character Moment: When a demon tries to crawl through the driver-side window, Nico doesn't even turn her head and puts her cigarette out on its face in the intro sequence. Later on, after Nico deliberately sends the van flipping through the air after crashing into several cars and demons, she calmly moves her head enough to catch a cigarette with just her mouth while Nero's outside shooting demons.
  • Family Business: Nico comes from a family of renowned weapon makers. Her grandmother Nell made Ebony and Ivory, her uncle Rock created most of Lady's firearms, her father Agnus helped design Red Queen, and she herself is the one who created the Devil Breakers.
  • Funetik Aksent: Downplayed, as it only occurs once in the story despite her thick southern (American) accent. At one point, the game's official subtitles spell out a stunned exclamation on her part as "Oh my gawd."
  • Gameplay and Story Integration: Nico can't really do anything to power V and his demons up, so when V calls her the background animation for the upgrades menu will have a miniature Divinity Statue she keeps in the van.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Downplayed if going by "Nico" only. While "Nicoletta" is the Italian form of "Nicole", the origin of the name is the Greek "Nikolaos", to which "Nico/Niko" is a unisex name.
  • Generation Xerox: Exhibits some of the same Mad Scientist and stress-induced Speech Impediment traits of her father Agnus, in particular her stuttering when excited.
  • Genki Girl: Nico has no off switch. She talks constantly, particularly about her weapons, and will never miss an opportunity to gush. She's also so blown away meeting Dante that she joins in his Michael Jackson dancing, pulling off his final pose and applauding enthusiastically. Hilariously contrasted to Trish who is looking very glad she's not actually Dante's mother.
  • Happily Adopted: She has a very good relationship with her adoptive father, who's actually her uncle by blood, whom she considers also her mentor and teacher.
  • Hair Decoration: A hairband holding most of her hair back except for a stray bang.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Not only does Nico not have a problem with Dante having killed her father Agnus, but she absolutely geeks out at the mere idea of meeting a legend like him, and mimics his eccentric method of showing off the Faust Devil Arm when she gives it to him like an overeager fangirl.
  • Impossibly Cool Clothes: Downplayed. The boot harness/straps she wears are decorated with bullets.
  • In the Blood: On top of carrying on the Family Business, she got her looks, and nervous stutter, from Daddy Angus.
  • Intrepid Merchant: Played for Laughs, Nico will always arrive where ever the player calls her in her van no matter the improbability of it.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Pretty much her reaction upon meeting Dante, acting like a fan meeting their idol for the first time.
    Nico: Wooahh. Yoou... are the infamous Dante!
  • Like Father, Like Daughter: Her obsession with experimenting on Demons and eccentric behavior makes her a heroic counterpart to her old man Agnus. Thankfully she seems to lack his complete lack of morality.
  • Machine Empathy: She often speaks about how weapons are feeling when she's tuning them up.
  • Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: The attractive Nico is the daughter of Agnus, the Mad Scientist secondary villain from DMC 4.
    Nero: How's it feel to be rescuing the guy who killed your father?
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Her reaction to Nero getting his arm ripped off is to ask him what happened in a tone that sounds like he backed the van through the garage door.
    Nico: I leave you alone for two minutes! What the hell happened!?
  • Meganekko: A girl with a red-framed pair of glasses.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Her outfit is very easy on the eyes, and the way she reaches down when revealing a new Devil Breaker for Nero gives the player a nice look at her.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Downplayed. When V tosses her one of Goliath's talons she asked for, she huffs the thing's fumes before exclaiming she can make something useful with it. A flabbergasted Nero can only ask "Did you just sniff that?"
    • Her reports are somewhat filled with this though, playing it straight. She uses Goliath's ability as inspiration to expand the arsenal, spends her entry on Artemis gushing on how it was a gun made by a top tier gunsmith that fused to a human and made it, before talking on how the energy beams it shot were graceful and like "a ballet of destruction".
  • No Hero Discount: She fully charges the trio in exchange for her stuff despite knowing they're on a mission to save the world. At least, she gives one Devil Breaker of each types to Nero, also leaving them spread about the place for him to pick up just in case, and gives Dante the Dr. Faust.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Lives together with Nero and Kyrie at their Devil May Cry franchise office, while it also being very clear those two only have eyes for each other.
  • Sick and Wrong:
    • When Nero compliments Nico saying that they're finally acting like a real team, she accuses him of flirting with her. The quiet "Oh my Gawd" she gives after he walks away has created a number of interpretations. The number of times Nico has fondly checked out female characters, gives the impression that she's put off by male advances.
    • In the epilogue, Nico is grossed-out by the fact that Nero regrew his right arm.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Catching a cigarette with your mouth in the middle of a barrel roll inside a van is certainly pretty badass. That being said, the definitely-very badass Nero and V alike clearly don't care for her smoking and react to it with fanning the air with their hands.
  • Southern-Fried Genius: A rather brilliant inventor with a Southern accent.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Really looks like her old man, especially their shared curly long fringe.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Once she meets Dante, she gets absolutely nervous, to the point of fans feeling she has a Celeb Crush, and delves into Papa Angus' stuttering habit.
  • Verbal Tic: She's inherited her father's stutter. While Agnus could barely go two sentences without it cropping up, Nico's seems to slip out whenever she gets excited, like when she first meets Dante.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Nico is the big sister Nero never knew he needed...and considering how much they snark at each other she's definitely the sister he's never sure he wanted. The pair are constantly throwing jibes, insults and knocks at each other whether it's regarding Nero's skills or Nico's quality control. She's also his most reliable partner and backup throughout the game, never far behind and creating his arsenal. Most of her jokes are at his expense too. The two are pretty much joined at the hip.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: Nico sports a pair of jean shorts rolled up so high they barely even cover her thighs.
  • Womanchild: A bit of a dork and all too prone to childish jokes, the occasional bratty fit at Griffon or the like, and a bit of fangirling over Dante. For example, there's her sarcastic response to Nero in the Nightmare Fetishist scene above.
    Nero: Did you just sniff that? Do you have any idea where that's been?
  • Wrench Wench: Wears a tool belt, likes to work with machinery and maintains Nero's prosthetic arms.
  • You Killed My Father: Subverted; when Nero asks her about coming to the rescue of her father's killer, she states that since Agnus left her and her mother to die she feels nothing for him.

    "Crewcut" 
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Voiced by: Patrick Seitz (English)

One of the human soldiers fighting the open demonic invasion of Redgrave City, a first for the series.


  • Action Survivor: Is saved by the timely intervention of Nero, and brings Nico up to speed on the invasion happening all over the world.
  • Badass Normal: It is possible, although unconfirmed, that the military fought to contain the demon invasion of Redgrave and the surrounding area for over a month. Considering most humans last a matter of seconds against demons, it's a miracle there were any soldiers alive in the city whatsoever.
  • Dull Surprise: Though he's clearly speechless upon seeing how easily Nero can handle demons, his expression is very hard to read underneath that helmet.
  • Hold the Line: Held his ground against the hordes of hell with an ordinary M4, and managed to kill one.
  • In-Series Nickname: The soldier gets dubbed "Crewcut" by Nero, and his actual name is never given. The fanbase took to it like moths to a flame, and the devs noticed.
  • Misplaced Accent: Redgrave is seemingly a city in the United Kingdom, but Crewcut speaks with an American accent and is armed with standard U.S. Army gear.
  • Narrator All Along: Interestingly, for the series timeline overview leading up to 5, as he's the guy that narrates it. Looks like he took Nero's advice to take notes to heart.
  • No Name Given: His real name is never stated in-game. Nero gives him the nickname "Crew Cut", and Nico refers to him as "soldier boy".
  • Red Shirt: His team is killed to show how powerless most traditional force is against a supernatural threat.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: Written all over his face as his team is killed right in front of him.
  • Underestimating Badassery: To be fair, his entire squad just got slaughtered, he himself is severely wounded, and the guy he sees charging in to fight the demons is wearing a prosthetic arm. Of course he tries to get this seeming amputee to run away. Thankfully for everyone but said demons, this is Nero, with the new Devil Breaker courtesy of Nico, and he's a One-Man Army more than capable of demon slaying.

    Balrog 
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"Ignite the flame!"

The new ruler of the Fire Hell who once served as The Dragon to Argosax. He appears in prequel novel of 5 on Dumary Island and battles Dante, but is defeated and willingly becomes a Devil Arm for him.


  • Counting Bullets: A non-firearm example. Balrog counts every hit you use with him when building up Ignition from 1 to 10. When not using him, Balrog then begins counting backwards and once he says zero, the flames on the Devil Arm go out.
  • The Dragon: To Argosax according to Matier in a similiar way to how Sparda was once Mundus'.
  • Eyes Do Not Belong There: In his Devil Arm form, he has a large yellow eye on each gauntlet.
  • I Need You Stronger: A self example as his reason for becoming a Devil Arm is so Dante can make him stronger by using him in battle, then eventually they can have a rematch.
  • Living Weapon: Balrog rather then dying or becoming a soul for Dante to absorb transformed into a Devil Arm and is consciously aware of everything around him. He even counts your hits when using him.
  • Playing with Fire: Balrog can conjure and control flames that rival even Berial and is powerful enough to shatter the ice Devil Arm Cerberus.
  • Worthy Opponent: Balrog sees Dante as his superior and becomes a Devil Arm for him to use.
  • Wreathed in Flames: Can set his body on fire similiar to his Devil Arm form. He even shouts "IGNITE THE FLAME!" during Kick Mode when he uses Ignition.

     Puff the Dragon Demon 
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A member of a tribe of powerful dragon-like demons that dwell deep inside Hell. Little is known about him and his species.
  • Assist Character: Despite the fact that Dante's battle with Mundus is a one-on-one duel, either of them can call upon the dragon demons at any time for help.
  • Bit Character: They appear only once in the entire series, during a single level and boss fight in the first game. That's it. We don't ever get any dialog, mention, personality or even a lore backstory about Puff and his species.
  • Dragons Are Demonic: It's a fire/lava elemental demon that resembles either a Western (when summoned by Sparda/Dante) or an Eastern dragon (when summoned by Mundus).
  • I Fight for the Strongest Side: Possibly. Given the fact it can be summoned by both good devils like Sparda and Dante, as well as evil demons like Mundus, it's likely that Puff and his people are this trope.
  • Shout-Out: Hideki Kamiya twitted that the dragon in the original game is called Puff, most likely based on the song Puff the Magic Dragon.
  • Summon Magic: Puff and the other dragon demons can be called forth to serve and assist high-ranking devils, such as Sparda/Dante and Mundus.

     God of Time and Space 
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A mysterious deity whose likeness can be found on Divinity Statues, it has seen all there is to see and will offer the secret arts of war to those who make offerings of demon blood.
  • Ambiguous Gender: The Divinity Statues depicts the God of Time and Space as a woman with the head of a male lion holding an hourglass. Given its godly nature, it very well may be both and neither.
  • Dungeon Shop: The statues are everywhere even in places where the locals worship a different god. In 5 they are even in places where Nico can't get to so you still have a way to get supplies and edit your skills.
  • Enigmatic Empowering Entity: There is very little known about it, but the powers it has are very real.
  • The Power of Blood: The Divinity Statues take Red Orbs, crystallized demon blood as an offering in exchange for granting boons.
  • Suspicious Video Game Generosity: Statues often appear right before a boss so you can stock up and change your skills and abilities.
  • The Watcher: The God's job description naturally, it has seen all there is and ever was as its domain is time and space and they do not intervene except to grant boons to those who offer it demon blood.

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