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V

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"What evil lurks... I must destroy."

Voiced by: Brian Hanford (English), Kouki Uchiyama (Japanese)
Face Model: Owen Hamze (DMC5)
Image Song: Crimson Cloud (DMC5)

The mysterious third Playable Character of Devil May Cry 5. After enticing Dante with a cash-up-front offer and Nero with information on the hooded man who attacked him to ostensibly stop the resurrection of a powerful demon, he soon becomes embroiled in the battle for Red Grave City himself.

He fights by utilizing three demons: Griffon, Shadow and Nightmare. Griffon is mapped to the gun button and functions as the primary ranged attacker, dealing damage with lightning-based projectiles and giving V air support by allowing him to glide. Shadow is the melee attacker, and deals powerful and wide sweeping strikes, and gives V faster ground movement. Nightmare is summoned when V uses his Devil Trigger, being an autonomous but incredibly strong golem-like demon who beats his enemies down with its bulk and fires a powerful laser from his eye. With an upgrade called "Promotion", V can directly take control of him by piercing its body with his sword cane. However, all three of his familiars share the same problem: they cannot actually kill any demon they attack, leaving V to finish them off himself (though a Promoted Nightmare can bypass the problem and kill enemy demons directly).
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V has also in his moveset other attacks with his cane to fight: teleporting himself to a chosen target with Gambit and Touch and Move or destroying all dying enemies in close proximity with his ultimate attack Royal Fork: a rain of demonic canes from above that empties his Devil Trigger gauge.

With Vergil's return as a playable character in 5 it is revealed that, instead of a Sin Devil Trigger, he uses his SDT gauge to turn himself back into V. In this mode, his familiars act on their own and have instant access to all of their moves.


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  • A Day in the Limelight: He's the protagonist of the manga Visions of V, which details his beginnings following Vergil splitting himself into V and Urizen, making a contract with Griffon and so on.
  • Ambiguous Situation: If you manage to defeat Urizen during the prologue mission (which is doubtful you'll be able to on your first run through it), V's fate becomes ambiguous as the photograph only shows off his cane as he approaches the DMC crew. It's unknown if he's still going to die, or if he managed to reform into Vergil after Urizen's defeated earlier than expected.
  • Ambiguously Human: He seems human and his body clearly lacks the supernatural strength of a demon, but other characters aren't quite convinced. He can also use Devil Trigger, which isn't something normal humans can do on their own. It's ultimately revealed he is the living personification of Vergil's human heritage, so he probably qualifies as human on some level, although his demonic powers certainly stem from Sparda's lingering influence on him.
  • Anti-Hero: Unscrupulous Hero. V is a very ruthless demon hunter, having no qualms with stealing, using Black Magic and injuring, or even killing humans if it achieves his goals. He's also a little Ax-Crazy when fighting demons and shows absolutely no mercy. That being said, he's staunchly opposed to all evil, worried about the survival of innocent people, and does his hardest to try and minimize civilian collateral damage. He may Pay Evil unto Evil, but he's on humanity's side for the right reasons. It's very telling that even Vergil's good side is so ruthless.
  • Air Guitar: One of his S-rank taunts has him miming playing a violin in the air, where he actually plays the opening part of Niccolò Paganini's Caprice No. 24. Another one has him conduct an air orchestra performing Richard Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries".
  • The Atoner: He considers what happened to Red Grave city to be his fault, so he goes to try and fix it.
  • Attack Animal: Griffon and Shadow are bestial demons and serve as his ranged and melee attacks respectively.
  • Ape Shall Never Kill Ape: V's familiars cannot destroy other demons so V himself must deliver the finishing blows with his cane. This is because V describes his demon familiars as "dreams" that can inflict pain but can never actually kill anything. Notably, the only way his demon Nightmare can get around this is for V himself to manually control the familiar with the skill Promotion, so in a sense it is still V himself who kills his enemies.
  • Badass Bookworm: V is often reading a book of Willam Blake's poetry and a letter from his past has the man who gave him the book calling him a bibliophile, Griffon even refers to him as "Shakespeare".
  • Badass Fingersnap: V summons his Super Mode familiar, Nightmare, by snapping his fingers together. Even more badass is that it can deflect projectiles and one-shot enemies.
  • Belly Flop Crushing: One of the ways V can summon Nightmare, having him drop from the sky and fall flat on enemies.
  • The Beastmaster: He fights primarily by utilizing three creatures to do most of the fighting for him.
  • Being Good Sucks: Trying to help people in the month between the prologue and the first mission of 5 is just killing his dying body even faster. He still does it anyway.
  • Berserk Button:
    • V looks absolutely livid when he and Nero meet the Proto and Scudo Angelos for the first time. No doubt, the sight of them brought back memories of his, or rather Vergil's, time as Nelo Angelo.
    • Being called a weakling is a good way to piss V off. Just ask Nightmare!Phantom.
  • Blob Monster: Nightmare is an amorphous creature of shadowy ooze that manages to cobble together a roughly humanoid shape, but it can emerge and dissolve into a puddle of goo to enter and exit battle.
  • Body Horror: As the game progresses, V's body begins to start falling apart. Early in the process, you just see what looks like skin flakes constantly falling away, but as it progresses, cracks start appearing all over his body.
  • Break Out the Museum Piece: V quite literally took his cane from an antique shop to defend himself when a demon came after him. Luckily for him the metal used to make the cane was from the demon world from a previous event where the two worlds collided, making it an ideal conduit for magic.
  • Break the Haughty: In Before the Nightmare, he notes to himself after Dante tells him "There's no crime in turning tail V, these things might be a little too much for you." in the Qliphoth, that once upon time being told something like that would have angered him to no end, but now he is no longer motivated by such excessive pride.
  • Call-Back: His demons are all enemies from the first game who worked for Mundus. And Nero Angelo had authority over them.
  • Came Back Strong: In Special Edition after re-merging with Urizen to become Vergil, any time Vergil uses Yamato to return to temporarily being V, Griffon, Shadow and Nightmare, they all are insanely more powerful than before. With the full demonic power of Vergil, rather than the dregs V had left, they can constantly unleash super moves, all act on their own the entire time, and V just floats in the air.
  • The Cameo: He shows up alongside Dante and Nero as an event-only character in a collaboration with Shin Megami Tensei Liberation: Dx2 from March 14, 2019 until April 3, 2019.
  • Cane Fu: Utilized with V's Checkmate finishing moves. Although some of his attacks are fairly down and dirty stabs with his cane, others are more flashy; such as hooking an enemies limbs, brutal beheadings and crushing skulls using the head as an impromptu hammer.
  • Cassandra Truth: In Visions of V, much like their first meeting, Dante is initially skeptical about V's claims of there being a powerful demon that is about to resurrect and raise hell after having dealt with so many with the same circumstances. It's only after V tells Dante that the demon is Vergil and will launch an assault on Redgrave City that Dante takes him seriously.
  • Cast from Lifespan: V's body slowly decays over time, and him exerting his abilities only serves to accelerate the process.
  • Chess Motifs: Most of his summons's moves are based off of chess terms, such as Checkmate, Double Check, Hedgehog, Promotion, Round Robin, and Royal Fork.
  • Classy Cane: Carries an ornate antique cane with him, and he utilizes Cane Fu to finish off enemies - violently jabbing enemies or impaling them upon it. Nico comments the cane itself seems to be a mundane object but it is forged with an unknown metal which makes it an ideal conduit for channeling demonic energy. As such, the cane can be used as both a conduit to channel magic and a synchronisation medium to control demon familiars, and it can possibly even absorb the power of defeated demons because V evidently needs the cane to merge himself back with Urizen.
  • Continuity Nod: His familiars are all enemies you fought in the original Devil May Cry. This is not a coincidence.
  • Creepy Good: His mannerisms (especially in combat) can come off as rather sinister, but he's firmly on the side of the heroes.
    V: Scorch them... Gouge them... Pin 'em to the wall...
  • Cultured Badass: V constantly gives off the impression of someone with an impressive classical education: His love of literature, poetry, and classical music. As he is the human half of Vergil, it makes sense since he spent most of his childhood with his nose buried in books, with a special fondness for poetry and William Blake in particular.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He's ruthless and uses a lot of demonic summoning magic, but he's on the side of the good guys and is concerned about innocent bystanders.
  • The Determinator: Even when dead on his feet V keeps picking himself back up to finish his duty.
  • Death from Above: One of the ways he is able to summon Nightmare is as a meteor falling from the sky.
  • Death of Personality: Played with. Near the end of the story when becomes Vergil once more, the more affable and humble V's personality is subsumed into the arrogant and overly stoic Vergil. That said, he seems to be mellowed and he acknowledges Nero's help, suggesting that V at least influences him. Come Special Edition, Vergil can also use Yamato on himself to temporarily become V again, showing V isn't entirely gone for good.
  • Difficult, but Awesome: He is described as "tricky" and a strategic character: Powering up his abilities generally requires moving V closer to enemies he can't stagger himself and limiting his movement options. Further, his summons can be temporarily knocked out if you're not careful. However, he also allows you to carry out attacks with 4 different characters at once by using V and his summons in conjunction.
  • Disability-Negating Superpower: Short-range teleportation and assistance from summons help V compensate for his otherwise limited mobility.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Downplayed. He does wear sandals, which makes him the first character in the entire series to wear something open-toed, whereas almost everyone else is wearing boots.
  • Enemy Without: A heroic version, where he's made of all the human qualities like compassion, empathy, and sense of humor Vergil disdained in his quest for power. As a result, he's outright ashamed of the enormous Jerkass Vergil could be, and helps fight his demonic side, which he nicknamed Urizen.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: It's a little hard to tell given the tattoos covering most of his body, but he is quite the pale fellow. The jet black hair is pretty distinctive, however.
  • Elemental Shapeshifter: Shadow, V's panther familiar can transform into a shadow to help V move quickly.
  • False Flag Operation: Minor example. He fakes trying to stab Dante through the head with Sparda in hopes his Killing Intent will be enough to jolt the guy awake.
  • Familiar: V's demons are described this way, bound in service to him by magic.
  • The Farmer and the Viper: Noble as he might be, he's still Vergil and betrays Dante's trust to resurrect himself by reuniting with Urizen.
  • The Fettered: Despite living on borrowed time, he feels duty bound to stop the Qliphoth Tree and Urizen and spends the month after the prologue doing whatever he can to save whoever he can at great expense to his already short life.
  • Fingerless Gloves: Wears one on his right hand.
  • Finishing Move: While his familiars are the primary damage dealers, V has to finish off enemies himself. Against bosses, they tend to be cinematic.
  • Flash Step: His dodge has him move in this manner rather then rolling like other characters, but only when Shadow is available. He can also do one as one of his finishers.
  • Foreshadowing: There are multiple hints to his true nature as a part of Vergil.
    • Him having demons associated with Mundus as familiars hints at his past as Nelo Angelo.
    • His hair turning white when he summons Nightmare hints at his half-demon heritage.
    • His choice of a vest, Badass Longcoat and Fingerless Glove on the hand he uses a weapon with mirrors Vergil's own taste in clothing.
    • His battle theme, "Crimson Cloud", includes the lyrics "split myself in two". That's not just edginess for edginess's sake. Vergil really did split himself in two.
    • Urizen's name is a William Blake reference; and he quotes William Blake all the time. The "I am but two days old" quote counts in the sense that V was separated from Vergil on May 1 and then meets up with Dante on May 3, two days later.
    • And of course, there's his name, though he drops all but the first letter to signify his status as a small part of Vergil.
    • When he gets his hands on the Sparda and struggles to lift it before dropping it back down, he notes that the sword is "still too strong" for him. Vergil had dreamed of wielding the Sparda for years yet had never had the chance to wield its true unsealed form (the closest being the sealed Force Edge in 3, and Dante still kicked his ass).
    • Though he says at the time that it was just a ploy to make Dante wake up through natural instincts, V seems pretty genuine in his anger towards Dante when he fakes stabbing his unconscious body. Right before fusing with Urizen, he notes that his feelings towards Dante are the one thing he and Urizen share.
    • While in combat, V often uses the same lines as Vergil and, sometimes, Nero, use ("Die!", "Begone!" "Blast!", "Scum"); he also can use a line that will be used later by Urizen ("What an eyesore."). V also has access to a Dark Slayer style "near-enemy" teleport (a move nobody but Vergil and Trickster-using Dante know), which he performs to finish up distant enemies. His "Royal Fork" skill also resembles Vergil's Summoned Swords move. The way V swings his cane is identical to how Vergil swings Yamato while it's sheathed.
    • One of his taunts is the line "I need more strength." Series fans may find this reminiscent of Vergil saying "I need more power."
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: Nightmare will occasionally fire out deadly beams of light when running on auto, or V can do so at will when taking direct control.
  • Fusion Dance: V forcefully re-merges with Urizen after Dante beat the crap out of the demon to make a recompleted, The Fettered Vergil again.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: V grows increasingly sickly and reliant on his cane as the game goes on, but when played he can leap and sprint around as easily as Dante or Nero, and his showier finishing moves stay as showy as ever.
  • Good Counterpart: To Urizen, being Vergil's cast off human side made manifest. Though it turns out "good" is relative when it comes to Dante - make no mistake, V is out to save as many human lives as he can, but even he possesses the same hatred of Dante as Urizen, as he notes that the power to defeat Dante is the one thing he and Urizen share right before he fuses with Urizen back into Vergil proper.
  • Handicapped Badass: The cane isn't just to look cool, as he walks with an increasingly noticeable limp as the game goes on. This comes across in gameplay, as he doesn't run as much like the other past playable characters, but instead surfs on Shadow or teleports to cross large distances.
  • Hazy Feel Turn: V's motivation is rather cloudy, he expresses disdain for Urizen's depravity in the name of quest for power, to the point where he blames himself entirely for Urizen's entire existence. He also sincerely regrets his past actions and attitude as Vergil, as detailed in Before the Nightmare novel. However, in the finale V seizes the opportunity to take the power Urizen had obtained and becomes Vergil once more to challenge Dante to a Duel to the Death, cryptically implying that even after being separated from his demonic half and undergoing Character Development, he still cannot rid himself of his lust for power and his resentment for Dante.
  • The Heartless: His demon familiars are in fact manifestations of his negative emotions over the time he spent as Nelo Angelo in the first game. In a twist on the trope, they actually deeply care about their original self, and happily commit Suicide by Cop at Dante's hands to free Vergil from their pain.
  • Helpless Good Side: He's all Vergil's humanity with almost none of his demonic power, making him no match on his own for the fully demonic Urizen. Notably, he's so weak he can barely even lift Sparda, the devil arm he spent years dreaming of wielding, when he actually gets his hands on it.
  • Hidden Depths: In chapter 9 of the Visions of V manga, when trapped in Nightmare’s pocket dimension we see that deep down that V, and by proxy Vergil, feels that Dante cares for him and will protect him. While V himself believes that Nightmare is showing him he will never be a powerful as Dante, it should be noted that the illusionary Dante was able to save V from a Nightmare version of Nelo Angelo and even open a path directly to Nightmare’s core, meaning V’s feelings towards his brother were stronger than Nightmare’s own power.
  • Horrifying Hero: He comes across as this in the Visions of V manga. Though he saves a woman from being mugged, she is horrified by the means in which he took them out and jerks away from him when he moves to return her necklace to her. On another occasion, during the demonic invasion in Redgrave City, he defends a group of civilians from a mob of demons and all of them are scared out of their wits, with one of them saying he's "not human."
  • I Hate Past Me: His internal monologue in Before the Nightmare reveals he feels deep shame about his past self's Pride and It's All About Me attitude.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: V tells Trish that all he had wanted growing up was for people to love and protect him. Funnily, it's "Vergil" talking to the doppelganger of his dead mother, Eva, from whom he still secretly yearns for motherly love.
  • Incurable Cough of Death: One of his taunts is actually him doubling over in a brief coughing fit before he collects himself. Indeed, his body is degenerating without the demonic power that keeps it going.
    V: Have to keep going...
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In chapters 12 and 12.2 of Visions of V, V unintentionally saves a woman from being mugged after hearing that the necklace the thieves were demanding was a memento from her mother, reminding him of Eva gifting Vergil and Dante their amulets on their birthday. After the muggers are taken care of, V returns the necklace to the woman before leaving.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: He's not stupid enough to pick fights with demons he has no hope of beating.
    V: [faced with a 30-foot tall metallic demonic monstrosity] I'm afraid that...that's a little bit more than I can take on right now.
  • Literal Split Personality: He's Vergil's human half. Similarly, his familiars are his twisted thoughts and emotions from Vergil's time as Nelo Angelo.
  • Living Dream: His familiars are described as "dreams" that can hurt demons, but never kill them, so V has to finish the job by himself. They're specifically Vergil's bad memories of the time when he was Nelo Angelo and commanded the three demons. Later, after Vergil's reawakening, Griffon asks Dante to kill them so that Vergil could be free of his bad memories.
  • Living on Borrowed Time: He walks with an increasingly noticeable limp, and one of his taunts is an Incurable Cough of Death. He later reveals to Trish that his body is falling apart and decaying, and what little demonic power he has left after being split from Vergil is the only thing keeping him alive.
  • The Load: Although he and his demons are fairly formidable, he still considers many of the bosses in the game above his pay grade requiring Nero to fight them in his stead. The earliest example probably being when Gilgamesh, the giant four-legged demon appears. V's first reaction to seeing it is to run for his life, while Nero's first reaction is "Welp, guess I need to take care of that" and proceed to destroy it. This becomes especially so near the end of the game when V's body begins to degrade. Eventually Nero has to basically start dragging him onward when he is no longer able to stand on his own.
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  • Manipulative Bastard: He's a good person overall, but he's still ultimately using Dante and Nero for his own ends. While it's hazy just how much he loathed his old self, there's no doubt that his true intentions required Dante and Nero beating Urizen into submission long enough so he may re-merge into Vergil. Thankfully, V's experience and better nature triumphed, making Vergil into a better man in the end.
  • Master of Illusion: Used briefly in his Checkmate against Cavalier Mirage, who stabs him only for what he stabbed to vanish while V appears behind him unharmed and finishes the job with his cane.
  • Mechanically Unusual Fighter: He's basically the Devil May Cry equivalent to a Puppet Fighter, a la Zato-1/Eddie. Most of his attacks are done by summoning familiars, and the only attack he does, himself, is a finishing blow with his cane.
  • Memento MacGuffin: His book of poems is a treasured keepsake from his childhood that he used to often read, fantasizing it was a Tome Of Prophecy And Fate predicting a future Hero's Journey for himself through a world of magic and myths.
  • Must Make Amends: Feels personally responsible for the events in Red Grave City, and is commited to making it right.
    V: I have a duty to see this through.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: By separating from his demon half, V regains enough presence of mind to see creating a completely unfettered pure demon version of himself was a terrible, terrible idea. He sought out Dante in hopes that maybe he could help him fix it. He even asks Trish, likely because of how much like his mother she looks, if she thought he could do it.
  • My Greatest Failure: He regards what's happening in Red Grave City specifically the existence of Urizen to be all his fault and is committed to doing whatever it takes to set this mistake right.
  • Mysterious Stranger: Basically shows up out of nowhere with a load of cash and a lot of info on what's going on in Red Grave City, offering Dante a job and serving as the contact Nero is looking for in his hunt for the hooded figure who took his arm.
  • Mystical White Hair: V's hair is actually a natural white, shown when he summons Nightmare as the magical ink used to dye his hair dissolves to give Nightmare form. This of course is a sign that he is of Sparda's bloodline.
  • Necessarily Evil: He got the money to pay Dante by stealing from mercenaries with his demons. It is noted he only injured rather than killed them though.
  • Nice Guy: While his stoicism and aloofness make this a bit of a downplayed trope, he is still regardless polite and kind to everyone who isn't an enemy. During the one-month period after the crew got their asses kicked by Urizen in the first round, he spent the whole time in the city rescuing people and fighting off whatever demons he could, to his increasing detriment. After V re-merges into Vergil, this trait actually rubs off on Vergil even if only just a little bit, mellowing him out some.
  • No-Gear Level: In his final level V is trapped in another dimension where he must fight a Boss Rush and has to retrieve his demons one at a time.
  • No Name Given: Lampshaded when he first meets Dante, as "V" sounds more like a nickname than an actual one. As it turns out, he was only kidding about not having a name.
    V: "I have no name, I am but two days old." ...just kidding. You can call me "V".
  • Not Hyperbole: Turns out that crack about him being two days old wasn't a joke.
  • No Shirt, Long Jacket: He actually does wear a vest underneath his Badass Longcoat, but it too is open, exposing most of his chest.
  • Not Quite Dead: While it seems like he ceases to exist when he merges with Urizen to reconstitute Vergil, Special Edition reveals Vergil can retake his form at will using Yamato.
  • Not Quite Flight: V himself cannot, but he can hitch a ride by having Griffon carry him.
  • Not Quite Human: Multiple other characters keep noting he seems somehow "off", not quite acting or moving like a normal person should, despite it being clear he's basically a normal human without his Power Tattoos.
  • Not So Above It All: V may be the most serious of the three protagonists, but he's not above jokes as evidenced by his using a literary quote to describe himself as two days old before clarifying that he's kidding. Three of his taunts also include doing a little tap dancing jig, playing an air violin, and pretending to conduct an orchestra. His Ex Provocation taunt is the dance from Singin' in the Rain. TVTropes shits you not.
  • Older Than They Look: V looks like a young man around Nero's age, but he acts like someone much older, calling Nero a "boy" or a "child" many times. This is explained as he is Vergil, a man at least in his forties.
  • One-Letter Name: He typically goes simply by the letter "V".
  • Power Incontinence: His theme song includes the line "Summoning the power, drag myself through pain" implying his Summon Magic is causing him immense pain. Similarly, as the game goes on, he has increasing trouble walking, his skin begins cracking, and his veins start turning black.
  • Power Tattoo: His tattoos are actually where his demons are summoned from. When he summons his creatures, his tattoos will dissolve to give them form.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: When dealing the final blow to a boss, V always caps it off with a quote from a William Blake poem that usually relates to the boss in some way.
    (To Goliath) "Little Wanderer. Hie thee home!"
    (Before fighting Nidhogg) "As the air to a bird, or the sea to a fish, so is contempt to the contemptible."
    (To Nidhogg) "The cut worm forgives the plow". What do you say?
    (Before fighting Elder Geryon Knight) "I see. I know what you are. Don't worry, I'll be gentle."
    (To Elder Geryon Knight) "The hours of folly are measur'd by the clock, but of wisdom, no clock can measure". Die.
  • Psychotic Smirk: When Nero agrees to help him get to where Dante and Urizen are fighting near the end of the game, he flashes one satisfied smirk.
  • Really Was Born Yesterday: Though he claims to Dante he was "just kidding" when saying he's two days old (actually quoting William Blake), he really was not: He was born indeed two days before he met Dante at his Devil May Cry shop.
  • Redemption Demotion: Vergil is one of the strongest characters in the franchise, while his human half can barely run under his own power and uses demon familiars to fight for him.
  • The Reveal: He is in reality the human half of Vergil, left behind when Vergil used Yamato to cut out the human part of himself in hopes of leaving behind his weakness. Similarly, his familiars are the Shell-Shocked Veteran parts of his personality from the time he spent as the slave of the demon who killed his mother.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: Since he regularly quotes William Blake poetry, he often says lines that rhyme with each other. Griffon occasionally also teases him about it.
    Griffon: Okay Shakespeare, just remember this: You and I like to exist. So get rid o' those demons quick, 'cause killin' ain't my shtick! I've got your back, 'cuz dyin' is whack!
  • Secret Identity: Goliath appears to recognize him, but is killed by V before the demon can explain how.
    Goliath: Why? Why are you...
    V: Little wanderer... hie thee home! *Stab*
  • Shape Shifter Weapon: Shadow, V's panther familiar transforms into lashing tentacles, sharp spines and blades in order to attack enemies.
  • Shock and Awe: Griffon, V's bird familiar attacks with red lightning from long range.
  • Skill Gate Character: V is easy to use on a lower difficulty setting because he can stay safely at long range while his summons do the heavy lifting, but on higher difficulties he receives a significant difficulty spike because managing the vitality of said summons becomes a bigger priority with the more powerful enemies.
  • Slasher Smile: The closer he gets to Urizen, he starts breaking out these. This is because he is eager to restore himself into his original form alongside claiming Urizen's power. By the time he reaches Urizen, he is positively grinning while insisting that he deliver the finishing blow and promptly sports a Cheshire Cat Grin while standing over him.
  • The Slow Walk: When he is locked on an enemy he doesn't really run like Dante or Nero do and just calmly strides around the chaos while summoning monsters and occasionally intervening himself. However, he can sprint around normally otherwise.
  • Snarky Non-Human Sidekick: Griffon who can be chatty and obnoxious to contrast with V's more subdued personality.
  • Speaks in Shout-Outs: A ton of his lines are just quotes from William Blake poems.
  • Spectral Weapon Copy: He can conjure copies of his cane to launch at enemies as projectiles Storm of Blades style to finish off all critical enemies.
  • Spell Book: Downplayed. By reading from his book, V will restore his Devil Trigger gauge and the closer he is to enemies the quicker it will restore. The book itself is just a book of poems though, and V is only reading from it to focus himself.
  • Spiritual Successor: V is described in interviews as a more bookish, intellectual character, making him very similar to the original concept for Nero when he was envisaged as a more Victorian, Sherlock Holmes-esque character.
  • Squishy Wizard: He is not physically gifted as the other characters, needing a cane to hobble along and having less knockback resistance than the other playable characters. V also cannot heal himself with his Devil Trigger making him even more vulnerable. That being said, the ability for him to fight at a distance while his familiars gang up on enemies gives him a HUGE advantage, he's the only character who can build his Devil Trigger at will during battle, and he can transfer DT to Shadow and Griffon to power them up and have them act independently for a short time.
  • Suicide by Cop: His familiars all throw themselves at Dante rather than re-merging with Vergil, even though they know they can't possibly beat him, so Vergil can finally be free of all the trauma from his time as Nelo Angelo they represented in him.
  • Summon Magic: His gameplay revolves around him summoning three of the first game's enemies to attack demons.
  • Super Mode: Can use his devil power gauge to temporarily summon knightmare, a titanic juggrenaut who can barrel through any all enemies with ease. He similarly becomes Vergil's equivalent of Dante's Sin Devil Trigger in DMC 5: Special Edition, simultaneously directing the Griffon, Shadow, and Nightmare aspects of himself, now with the full demonic powers of a Sparda, to destroy their enemies.
  • Sword Cane: A variant; looking closely enough at V's cane reveals a very distinct bladed edge, which means he is, essentially, using a sword AS a cane. This also neatly explains why it functions as a weapon, though V doesn't seem to have enough strength to actually inflict damage to demons without his familiars weakening them first.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: Tall? According to in-game models, he's just a bit taller than Nero, so, check. Dark? Black hair and and clothes, check. Snarky? He can deliver as good as Nero and Dante can.
  • Tattoo as Character Type: His body is covered in various symbols, symbolizing his link with the occult.
  • Teleportation: He can throw his cane and use it as a teleportation beacon. He can also do this with Nightmare when taking direct control.
  • Tragic Hero: A slowly dying human trying to fix his failure before he falls apart completely and who is being drawn to recombine into his former Anti-Villain self in something akin to More Than Mind Control.
  • Tranquil Fury: When V is confronted by one of Vergil's lingering "nightmares", which happens to be Phantom, he becomes eerily quiet when the overgrown spider mocks him when Griffon suggests he form a contract to survive, claiming that there is absolutely no reason, much less sense, that he should serve a "pathetic human." V's response?
    V: Ah, is that so. I understand. *flashes a Slasher Smile* I have no need for you.
  • Trauma Button: Reacts poorly to seeing the Proto Angelo and Scudo Angelos, seemingly momentarily overcome before becoming enraged. This is of course because they are the prototype version of the Nelo Angelo armor Vergil was trapped in.
  • Undying Loyalty: While this Griffon differs greatly from the previous Griffon in terms of personality, as he is a more loose and extroverted demon in contrast to the original’s very formal and composed self, in the end both share a common sense of loyalty towards their masters, Griffon in 1 was loyal to Mundus to the very end even when his master had enough and killed him for failing to kill Dante several times while Griffon in 5 choose to die as a means to erase Vergil’s unpleasant memories as Nelo Angelo.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Not V who's very tactical and precise in battle, but Nightmare. Due to it basically being pure instinct, Nightmare either just flails around or fire beams willy-nilly, even when V takes direct control to be more precise. Despite that, it still hits like a truck, can't be stalemated, and can even revive Shadow and Griffon when summoned.
  • Voice for the Voiceless: Since Griffon is the only one who can speak the human language, he speaks on behalf of Shadow and Nightmare.
  • Warrior Poet: V is a skilled warrior on his own, capable of facing hordes of demons with his cane and familiars, all while quoting his favorite poet, William Blake. This is best seen before he faces a group of Angelos: he recites a quote from Blake's poems before proceeding to kick their asses.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Aside Nightmare's attacks he lacks damaging attacks to stagger the stronger enemies and on higher difficulty his summons can get stalemated fast. However being able to mix range and melee attack while recovering Devil Trigger at the same time makes it very easy to get style points and offers better crowd control.
  • Younger Than They Look: His use of the William Blake poem was surprisingly on point. He was born exactly two days before meeting and enlisting Dante's help for stopping Urizen.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: His body is slowly decaying, with the process accelerating the more he exerts himself.

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