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Voiced by: Tim Phillipps (En), Benjamin Pascal (Fr), Borja Fernández Sedano (Sp), Massimo Di Benedetto (It)
"Good. I finally have your attention."

Click here to see white-haired Dante 

"My name, by the way, is Dante! But you can call me 'Dante the Demon Killer'! Has a nice ring to it, don't you think?"

The main character of DmC, Dante is the son of a demon named Sparda and an angel named Eva. Dante grew up in various institutions, orphanages, youth correction facilities, and foster homes, but these were mostly operated by demons, and often resulted in torture and violence. Now he fights to rid the city of tyranny.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Dante has black hair this time, whereas Vergil keeps the white hair. However, with his continuous usage of his Devil Trigger, his hair becomes a full white by the end of the story.
  • Adaptation Species Change: A Half-Human Hybrid in his original incarnation. Here he's a half-angel/half-demon Nephilim.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: He's much more brash, foul-mouthed, crude, and anti-social than the original Dante.
  • Adaptational Superpower Change: His Devil Trigger. The original Dante could use his DT to morph into a demonic form that granted him enhanced strength, agility, the ability to fly and regenerate health. Other than the Healing Factor, all it does here is freeze time for his opponents- possibly a reference to the Quicksilver style from DMC3.
  • Adaptational Wimp:
    • While Dante is still certainly one of the most powerful beings in the setting, able to kill thousands of demons and look good doing it, he doesn't do so with the effortless, almost bored, grace of his classic counterpart. He instead fights with a wild, unpolished, clearly self-taught style. He's still able to do ridiculous feats, but they are slightly more grounded in actual physics (slightly), and his Devil/Angel Arms manifest as comparably Boring, but Practical weapons.
    • His Devil Trigger merely slows down time for his enemies in this version, something far less impressive than the power boost the original Dante gained from his DT.
  • Age Lift: In the main continuity, Dante is the younger twin. Here, he's the older one.
  • The Alcoholic: Comes across as this in the opening, chugging it down in a nightclub, throwing a bottle at a bartender (after he sees a demon behind him), and taking a swig after a hangover.
  • Always Save the Girl: He adamantly refuses to abandon Kat after Mundus captures her and butts heads with Vergil repeatedly when he is ready to write her off and believe they can't save her.
  • Anti-Hero: Less interested in being a hero than taking his anger out on all the demons who made his childhood a living hell. Unlike Vergil, he firmly cements himself as an Anti Hero when, revenge complete, he decides to willingly give up on potentially ruling the world and allow humans to decide their own fates.
  • Apologetic Attacker: When fighting Vergil in Mission 20, Dante has one short moment in the battle where he tells his brother he's sorry. Vergil tells him not to be.
  • Audible Sharpness: Rebellion is so sharp you can hear it cut through the air when you swing it. Osiris is like this too (sounding even more audibly sharp when Feed is turned on).
  • An Axe to Grind: One of Rebellion's forms is a demonic axe called Arbiter. It is large and powerful, able to break enemy shields abd other objects.
  • Badass Baritone: Unlike his original incarnation, this Dante has quite a deep voice.
  • Badass Longcoat: Complete with a hood.
  • Bash Brothers: In this version, Dante and Vergil are allies who work together against Mundus. However, the only instance of the two brothers fighting together is against the villain himself in Mission 19, where the Sons of Sparda combine their abilities to expose Mundus' weaknesses so they can kill him. Then they turn against each other in the final moments of the story.
  • Big Brother Bully: Downplayed. While Dante is the jerk of the two brothers, he actually gets along pretty well with Vergil, with their only instance of mocking each other being a playful one, where both snark equally at each other. However, the Hollow Dante that Vergil fights in Vergil's Downfall plays it straight, berating Vergil and deeming him to be weaker and overall inferior to his "big brother".
  • Big Brother Instinct: Whenever Vergil is in danger, Dante becomes very motivated to save him, such as when he gets cornered by a demon in the Order's HQ. When Mundus sucks Vergil and traps him within his core, Dante gets very pissed off. Though he did it because of Kat's pleas, Dante refrains from killing Vergil at the end and helps him to his feet- like he did as a child.
  • Bond One-Liner: Fond of delivering these to his enemies.
    Dante: Breaking news, Bob! You're fired!
  • Blood Knight: He loves fighting, and has shown glee when his opponents see him coming — that means a better fight.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: On a good day, if he likes you. Minus the hugs but double the insults.
  • Book Dumb: Dante often comes across as undereducated and apathetic to learning in comparison with Vergil — admitting he devoted his time to "killing demons and getting laid" rather than anything like Vergil's self-taught and keen skills with "computer stuff". He does acknowledge its usefulness, however, and seems more uninterested in typical intellectual pursuits than genuinely stupid.
  • Boomerang Bigot: Dante displays a lot of racism towards demons even though he is half-demon himself. It doesn't help that demons were behind all the hardships of his life. He does get better, however, after meeting Phineas- though only after calling him a demon as a slur to demean him.
  • Born of Heaven and Hell: Being a Nephilim in this version, Dante is the offspring of a demon from hell and an angel from heaven. This is lampshaded by Lilith during her boss fight, who notes that Dante has "the power of heaven and hell" inside him.
  • Born Winner: Being the offspring of an angel and a demon, Dante was blessed with strength, agility and resilience that are far beyond those of any human. According to a legend, it also makes him and Vergil the only beings capable of slaying Mundus.
  • Boxing Battler: When he acquires Eryx.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Does this to Mundus of all people by explaining why he killed Lilith and Mundus’s demon child and bragging about stepping on the corpse. When the more experienced demon finally loses it, Mundus comes dangerously close to killing him. Had Vergil not intervened, Dante would have ended up with a hole in his chest.
  • Cain and Abel: Naturally. At the end of the game, Dante and Vergil fight each other to the near-death over whether they'll rule humanity as Vergil wants or step aside and allow them to be free as Dante hoped.
  • The Casanova: Dante is very popular with the ladies in this version, appearing surrounded by women more than once and even running into one of his several past dates at the Devil's Dalliance club. Before his Character Development, Dante flat out states that getting laid is one of his sole ambitions in life.
  • Character Development: At first, he's only interested in defending himself and openly tells Vergil he doesn't care what happens to humankind. As the story develops, he begins to witness the way that humans are suffering too, not just him, and expresses sympathy. By the end of the game, he steps up to their defense unprompted.
  • Character Tic: Bouncing the right part of his upper right part of his coat sleeve and collar back into place with his shoulder whenever it slips off.
  • Child of Forbidden Love: Dante and Vergil were born of the love between the angel Eva and the demon Sparda. Such union caused a great upheaval when Mundus hunted down the couple and declared it forbidden for angels and demons to love each other.
  • Composite Character: Combines various elements of Dante's moves from DMC 1-4, along with some of Nero's grabs, left-handed sword combos, and Unskilled Strength from DMC 4. In terms of personality, he has Dante's fun-loving nature and over-the-top stylishness (and more subtly, his sense of justice and faith in mankind) and borrows some of Nero's more antisocial tendencies and darker clothing style.
  • Cool Sword: The base form of his weapon, Rebellion, an angelic two-handed straightsword he usually wields in one hand and a gift from his father. He can summon and banish it at will (so technically he's never unarmed).
  • Cool Guns: Ebony and Ivory, two handguns that wields at the same time.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Shown through flashbacks and mentions, we see that his life has gone to hell after Mundus killed his mother. Dante became a delinquent growing up, who killed the abusive head of the orphanage he was taken into since she was a demon. He also broke out of prison several times and got into multiple confrontations with the police.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Well, he's not a complete jerk...
  • Demon Slaying: Since he was seven, by necessity.
  • Delinquent: According to Barbas, he violently broke out of juvenile detention eight times in five years. Dante himself voices mild amusement over breaking into a prison for once (one belonging to Barbas, in fact), is not excessively well-disposed towards the police, and has a clear and detailed set of instructions for getting taken in by SWAT without getting the crap kicked out of you that he can recite off the top of his head. All to be expected when the justice system is supernaturally corrupt and you happen to be their most wanted.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?:
    • When facing Mundus at one point, Vergil keeps telling over their hotline to get him mad. Dante tries telling Mundus he killed his heir for revenge, then says it was to reclaim freedom for humankind, but none of it works. With Vergil haranguing him, Dante decides to just fuck it and says he did it because it was funny. That works.
    • Then before the fight, while Mundus is stomping around making a largely incomprehensible speech about his mightiness, Dante and Vergil are trying to hash out a strategy. They get interrupted.
      Mundus: I AM MUNDUS.
      Dante: (pointing) You're an asshole!
  • Disappeared Dad: His father, Sparda, was exiled for eternity by Mundus.
  • Dual Wielding: His pistols, Ebony and Ivory.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Dante made his video game debut in Playstation All Stars Battle Royale well before DmC's release.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Definitely his reaction towards his brother, when he reveals his true intentions.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Despite being a rude and antisocial guy, Dante holds his mother Eva in high regards and fights against Mundus also out of revenge for her death at his hands.
  • Evil Brunette Twin: Averted, as not only he is the hero of the story, but both Sons of Sparda are on the side of good in this universe. And then, Vergil reveals his intentions of ruling humanity and becomes the final villain of the game. Also, Dante's hair turns into a full white in the ending.
  • Expy: He's one to Nero. Both are rebellious hothead young adult demon killers who fight authority figures that turn into big giant monsters with bad attitudes.
  • Extremity Extremist: When equipped with Eryx, Dante uses nothing but punches, unlike the gauntlet weapons of past games.
  • Fantastic Racism: Hates demons due to them tormenting him throughout his life. He gets a little better when he shows gratitude towards Phineas for helping him.
  • Fingerless Gloves: Wears these throughout the whole game.
  • Firing One-Handed: Much like the original Dante, he uses this version's shotgun, the Revenant, by firing it with one hand.
  • Foil:
    • To the Classic Dante. Whereas the classic Dante was an altruist who fought for the betterment of humanity and not his own personal gain, DmC Dante is initially self-centred, joining The Order so he can fight demons more actively after years of being ostracized and treated as a freak by them, which the humans ignored. By the end of the game, he's picked up genuine sympathy for humankind, especially Kat, and has more of his counterpart's idealism.
    • To Vergil. Dante is an impulsive and angry young man who fights with brute strength, predominately wears red, and ultimately comes to want to free humanity. Vergil is calm and controlled, fights with precision and finesse predominately wears blue, and wants to install himself as humanity's new ruler because he believes that humans cannot rule themselves.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Dante is the Foolish to Vergil's Responsible. He admits living solely to kill demons and get laid, showing no ambition or goal in life. It falls on his brother's shoulders to give him a purpose as part of the resistance movement he leads. By the end, it gets inverted: Dante dedicates himself to humanity's protection while Vergil dwells on his defeat and loses sight of his goal.
  • Forced to Watch: In the past, Mundus tore out his mother's heart right in front of him. Near the end of the game, he can do nothing but watch helplessly from Limbo as Kat is savagely beaten and arrested by a SWAT team.
  • Freudian Excuse: It's made clear that Dante's antisocial and abrasive personality- as well as his hatred of demons- is a result of his life being made hell ever since losing his mother at Mundus' hands. Flashbacks show it wasn't pretty: the head of the orphanage he ended up into was a demon and he had seemingly multiple altercations with the police.
  • Fuuma Shuriken: One of Rebellion's forms is Aquila, an angelic pair of oversized three-pronged throwing stars.
  • The Gadfly: Dante likes to mess with people for laughs. After learning the ingredients of Kat's spray substance, he wipes his fingers on her clothes as well as making sexual comments and playfully trying to grab her butt. He also knocks out a can of Virility from a random citizen's hands, which gets him the attention of Limbo's forces.
  • Going Commando: When he gets dressed at the beginning of the game (while hurtling through the air in slow motion), he clearly doesn't put on underwear.
  • Good People Have Good Sex: Though he isn't shown doing it, There's a clear contrast between how the heroic Dante is a hit with the dancers at the night club and states to get laid a lot and how the villainous Mundus' sex scene with Lilith is not arousing at well, as well as unfulfilling to him.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Dante has the scar of a small cut under his right eye; the same cut also clipped the outer edge of his eyebrow.
  • Go Through Me: He does it twice, one time more literally than the other; he's perfectly capable of surviving and recovering from being shot or impaled with normal weapons, it just hurts like a son of a bitch. He shields Kat from assault rifle fire with his own body when Vergil sabotages the hostage trade, and in the end, he says that he'll defend humanity's freedom from anyone trying to take it. Including Vergil, who tests Dante's resolve and was fortunate to walk away with his life.
  • Grappling-Hook Pistol: Dante has the Ophion, a hook that can either pull targets toward him (Demon Pull), or vice-versa, letting Dante hook himself to the target (Angel Lift). Most platforming sections mandate the use of this tool.
  • Grenade Launcher: Kablooey, a demonic remote detonation homing grenade launcher.
  • The Gunslinger: Has three guns, all of which, due to his powers, use Magic Bullets rather than requiring ammunition.
  • Hairstyle Inertia: Flashbacks show that Dante has the exact same haircut that he had as a young child. His hair color, however, gradually changes to a full white by the end of the story.
  • The Hedonist: At the start of the game, he's waking after a drunken threesome with two dancers, and it's implied to be fairly normal behavior for him in the way of "killing demons and getting laid". It's not played positively, though — Word of God mentions that he's "a thrill-seeker hedonist" because he's aware that the way he's been living and the things that are after him, he probably won't be around for very long.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: The demons' Propaganda Machine sets him up as a terrorist and a "sexual deviant", though Dante obviously doesn't care what they think.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: His shape-shifting longsword, Rebellion. He doesn't even need a sheath for it — he can summon and banish it at will.
  • Hidden Depths: One conversation with Kat leads Dante to open up about his past and the angst he feels over not being human. As he shows it, he is actually very affected by all the anger and violence that have been a part of his life since his childhood. And it manifests itself as lots of issues about his identity.
  • Hunk: He's ruggedly handsome and well-built.
  • Hunter of His Own Kind: More out of necessity than anything, but Dante has been fighting demons since he was a child. Despite being half-demon himself, he is very eager to fight Mundus' army and that is one the reasons he took up the offer to fight alongside The Order. By the end of the game, he does it out of protection of humanity rather than his own anger at them.
  • Hybrid Power: Being Nephilim, Dante and Vergil's mixed heritage makes them the only ones strong enough to slay Mundus, according to Vergil. And indeed they succeed in their mission. In a minor example, it also makes them immune to Virility's mind controlling properties.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Subverted. Contrasting every other aspect of his muted, thuggish appearance, Dante sports a pair of gorgeous bright blue eyes, and they get a lot of focus when he's looking into his past or feeling strong emotions. Rather than Vergil, however, Dante is solitary, but not cold. They mark him as a loner, and while he does start off unfriendly and wanting to be left to himself, he warms up to those around him eventually.
  • I Have Your Wife: Dante is the one who comes up with the plan of kidnapping Mundus' mistress Lilith and trading her for the captured Kat. An unusual example in that is the hero who does this against a villain.
  • I Work Alone: He even says the words verbatim as he's rattling off a series of similar sentiments to Vergil, claiming "trust issues". The reality is that he's never had anyone else to work with. Fighting demons only you can see isn't really gainful employment, and he initially has doubts anyone would want to help him.
  • Informed Flaw: Classic Dante's fans, the Succubus, and Lilith all remind us that Dante is "scrawny"note , yet — despite being noticeably slighter than original Dante — he's quite well-muscled, most obvious when he introduces himself naked to Kat. Not that being scrawny would make a difference either way, because being a Nephilim, he is assured to be much stronger than any human.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Due to facial motion capture technology being used, Dante looks a lot like his voice actor Tim Phillipps.
  • Jerkass: He starts out as a rude, obnoxious, self-centered asshole only interested in killing demons out of a desire for revenge. He gets better.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He thinks very well of Kat for helping him when he told her to get lost, expresses sympathy for the victims of the demonic tyranny (such as the prisoners of Barbas), and by the end of the game honestly does want to free humanity from Mundus' control.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Whether it was to serve as a distraction or not, mocking Mundus over the death of his unborn child was an extremely shitty thing to do. However, it's hard to feel sorry for the villain given that he murdered Eva right in front of Dante's eyes.
    Dante: I gotta tell ya - killing your child like that, watching it explode into little wet chunks, hearing you scream like one of your little demon bitches? Priceless.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: To keep them hidden away among humanity, Sparda wiped the memories of both his sons at age seven. Dante initially doesn't remember his parents at all or have more than a clue he may not be fully human.
  • Last of His Kind: Dante and Vergil are the last of the known Nephilim alive in the world. All others were slain by Mundus and his forces.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Upon making their move towards the Virility factory, Vergil advises Dante to stay low and avoid attracting attention. He immediately ruins the plan by knocking out a can of the soft drink from a citizen's hands, which draws him the attention of the demon forces.
  • Light Is Good: Considering that he is also part-angel in this continuity.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He's no slouch in comparison to his original counterpart.
  • Locked into Strangeness: A section of his hair permanently turns white after he uses Devil Trigger for the first time. The rest of Dante's hair becomes permanently white after his last use of Devil Trigger in the game's ending.
  • Missing Mom: His mother, Eva, was killed by Mundus in front of him.
  • Morality Pet: Kat becomes one to him as the game goes on; in the ending, it's only thanks to Kat's pleas that he refrains from killing Vergil.
  • Mr. Fanservice: At the very start of the game, no less, you get to see him in all of his glory...fully naked! You also can unlock his jacketless and shirtless appearance in Play Station All Stars: Battle Royale.
  • Morph Weapon: Rebellion in this continuity, rather than keeping multiple melee weapons on him at any one time. It's a sword that can tap into Dante's Angelic or Demonic heritages, thus changing its form into either a scythe or an axe.
  • The Musketeer: Much like the original Dante, his fighting style revolves around his use of melee weapons and firearms. And his main equipment through the game is his sword Rebellion and his handguns Ebony and Ivory.
  • Naked First Impression: Meets Kat when she knocks on his trailer door and he opens it without bothering to put anything on first. He then proceeds to hold a short conversation with her, still naked. It is also, not counting the montage of his preceding threesome, his introduction to players.
  • Nephilim: This is Dante and Vergil's species in this universe. Rather than being giant offsprings of angels and humans, they are humanoid-looking hybrids of angels and demons, and draw their powers from this heritage.
  • Noble Male, Roguish Male: The Roguish to Vergil's Noble. Dante is a rude, very foul-mouthed and hot headed guy, noticeably contrasting with his brother's gentlemanly behavior. By the end of the story, however, Dante becomes kinder and more protective of humanity while Vergil becomes more ruthless, vengeful and ambitious.
  • Nonchalant Dodge: In cutscenes and a series tradition. When large, fast-moving objects come his way, he tends to move just far enough that they miss, exerting the barest minimum of effort.
  • Nonhuman Humanoid Hybrid: Angel + Demon = Nephilim.
  • Not What I Signed on For: Upon The Reveal that Vergil's real plan was to overthrow Mundus so he could rule humanity himself. Dante states outright that he didn't help Vergil defeat Mundus just so Vergil could take his place.
  • Orphan's Ordeal: In an orphanage run by demons, just for extra fun.
  • Orphan's Plot Trinket: The red crystal amulet he wears. It was a gift from his mother (one of his only childhood memories is of her giving it to him), intended to help him and Vergil recognise each other and containing a message for her son in the event of her death. It's also linked to his supernatural powers in some way — his hand goes to it unconsciously when he unlocks them.
  • Player Character: In the main game and challenge rooms.
  • Polite Villains, Rude Heroes: Downplayed in comparison to Mundus. He too is a jerk, but does have a pretense of affability. Dante, however, is openly brash and jerkish to roughly everyone, developing a soft spot for Kat and becoming determined to protect humanity by the end of the story, though. The contrast is played straight with the reveal of Vergil's evil intentions, as he too is affable and polite, but now a villain.
  • Power Dyes Your Hair: His hair turns white in Devil Trigger mode. After his first story-required use of it, his hair gains a permanent white streak in the back while the rest changes back. At the end of the game, his growing powers cause his hair to turn white permanently.
  • Power Fist: Eryx, a pair of demonic flaming gauntlets.
  • Power Floats: His feet leave the ground for a moment when he activates his Devil Trigger.
  • Power Glows: In Devil Trigger mode, his jacket glows bright red, his skin glows chalk-white, and his eyes have bright red sclera and pupils with white irises. Not to mention the glowing red veins on his face.
  • Power of Trust: Vergil and Kat, being the first two people in the world he remembers helping him against the demons, become the only two people he really trusts. He points this out in a conversation with Kat to learn more about her past and get her to trust him in turn.
  • Power Tattoo: On the middle of his back is a sigil that seems to represent Rebellion and glows when he uses his supernatural abilities. Presumably Vergil has one too, for Yamato, but he never gets shirtless, so it goes unseen.
  • Protectorate: Dante views himself as this by the end of the game for humanity going forward. Unfortunately, his first act is having to prevent Vergil from starting his own regime over humans, which doesn't really end well for either of them.
  • Pungeon Master: He seems physically unable to allow an opportunity for a pun to pass him by, especially if it's just before or after winning a battle.
  • Real Is Brown: His outfit was intentionally designed to be more "lifelike" than the original Dante's cowboyish red leather getup. As part of this, his color scheme is a lot darker and less saturated (though his coat still has a red collar, lower sleeves and lining).
  • Really Gets Around: The dancers at Lilith's nightclub are well acquainted with him, to the point that when he blows one of them off, she's not happy. One flashback image shows him in a bed surrounded by women.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: The sclera of his eyes turn red when using Devil Trigger.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Vergil's blue, being the more hot-headed, violent, and emotional of the two brothers.
  • Reluctant Hero: At first, but when Vergil reveals his plans to rule, he steps up without a second thought.
  • Remembered Too Late: During the raid on Mundus' HQ.
    Dante: So, I think she said... 105th floor... yeah, that's it.
    Kat: (flash back) Go to the 106th floor. No matter what, don't stop on the 105th, it's heavily infested.
    Dante: Oh, shit.
  • Right Makes Might: Dante is Unskilled, but Strong while Vergil is about as strong, yet also has superior skill. That said, during their duel, as Dante's Chaotic Good trumps Vergil's mix of Lawful Neutral and Lawful Evil, Dante wins anyways.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: At first, it's for killing his mother and imprisoning his father, then it's for torturing Kat. More generally, it's for his life lived on the run.
  • Sawn-Off Shotgun: The Revenant, which he uses by Firing One-Handed.
  • Shabby Heroes, Well-Dressed Villains: Dante lives in a trailer and his clothing style is noticeably scruffy, with a tank top and military boots, as well as a coat whose sleeves keep falling off his shoulders. Mundus is a wealthy executive who wears a nice suit. And Vergil is also a rich and well dressed man in very neat and probably tailored clothes.
  • Sibling Rivalry: A friendlier one in this version. Dante and Vergil take potshots at each other and fought as kids, as seen in flashbacks. However, the two are firm allies in their battle against Mundus and have each other's back. Until the end, that is, where Vergil reveals his intentions of ruling humanity and drives a wedge between him and Dante. Then the rivalry becomes serious.
  • Sibling Team: Unlike in a brief moment in the original series, Dante and Vergil are full-fledged allies in this universe, working together to defeat Mundus. Shortly after defeating him, however, the brothers turn against each other.
  • Sinister Scythe: An angelic scythe called Osiris.
  • The Scapegoat: Courtesy of Bob Barbas. He draws attention away from the existence of Vergil so the demons think there's only one threat.
  • Shout-Out: One of his quips when using the Ophion grapnel's demon form — which pulls enemies and objects towards him — is "Get over here!"
  • Shoryuken: A spinning one when Eryx is fully charged.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Drops the f-bomb, s-bomb and other mid-range expletives regularly, especially compared to Vergil.
  • Skunk Stripe: His first use of the Devil Trigger leaves a noticeable spot of white hair in his head.
  • Slasher Smile: The "your painful death is imminent" sort, which he flashes often in or just before combat.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Word of God said by the time of the game he's quit, but it did show up rather prominently in the early promotional material.
  • Sticks to the Back: Unlike the main continuity, DmC justifies this trope by having Dante's weapon conjured from the tattoo on his back whenever he has to bring it out.
  • Stronger Sibling: It's quite a reversal compared to the original DMC series, where Vergil was The Ace. Vergil doesn't disagree when Dante asserts this, and Dante is the one doing all the heavy lifting. Instead, Vergil's the brains of the family — plotting and using his electronic expertise to open what Dante can't smash. The final boss battle against Vergil highlights it; Dante is throwing Vergil around like a dishrag for most of the fight, and a cutscene shows Dante simply Devil Triggering through one of his brother's attacks. The tables don't start to turn until Vergil uses his Devil Trigger, but Dante obviously still wins.
  • Sword Beam: This version of Dante also has the "Drive" move from the original continuity. It causes a shockwave to jet across the ground and damage all enemies in its path.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: He gradually becomes a better and more caring person over the course of the game, though he remains pretty abrasive and violent towards his enemies and has a habit of expressing affection with insults.
  • Tsundere: When Kat asks Dante to come with her to meet her boss after she helps him defeat the Hunter, he replies "I didn't ask for your help". Then a police car with lights and sirens goes by. He gets into her car and motions her to drive.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Compared with classic Dante, he has a distinct lack of refinement, often making large haymakers and wild swings that leave him tripping over himself. He is, however, fast, strong, and agile enough to compensate for his lack of style, because he's been fighting since he was a child and never had formal training.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Flashbacks show Dante as a happy, innocent child... who grew up to a be a brash, uncaring and thuggish young man. One image of his past has him cradling Eva's body in his arms, and his facial expression conveys perfecly how he lost his innocence at that moment.
  • Whip It Good: The Ophion Whip, an Variable-Length Chain with both angelic and demonic forms that can be used in combat and for environmental traversal.
  • Whole Costume Reference: One of his alternate outfits is a homage to The Crow, particularly the Brandon Lee incarnation.
  • You Will Not Evade Me: The whips allow him to pull himself towards enemies or enemies towards himself from a pretty long range.


Voiced by: David De Lautour (En), Jérémy Prévost (Fr), David Robles (Sp), Ruggero Andreozzi (It)
"I've been looking for you for a long time now."

"This is a message from the Order: Demons... we know your game. Your cameras watch us, your media brainwash us, your drinks poison us, and your banking system enslaves us. Demons.... the game has changed. We have a new weapon, and he's coming for you."

Dante's twin brother. While Dante was admitted to an orphanage run by demons as a child, Vergil was adopted into a rich family. Highly-gifted, Vergil wrote a security encryption program that made him a multi-millionaire before he was even out of school.

However, Vergil eventually recovered the memories of his biological parents' death and exile at the hands of Mundus and swore to take revenge. He now uses his wealth in order to research and combat demons, making strategic decisions without letting emotions get in the way.

  • Adaptational Heroism: The original Vergil is Dante's Arch-Enemy, while this one starts off as his ally. Of course, it's subverted at the end when he decides to seize power for himself and in the process becomes far worse than original Vergil ever was.
  • Adaptational Superpower Change: His Devil Trigger. While the original Vergil's DT morphed him into a demonic form that gave him enhanced strength, agility and resistance, all this counterpart can do with it is summon a doppelganger to fight alongside him- possibly a reference to the Doppelganger style from DMC3.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Whilst Vergil was always a villain, in the previous series, he genuinely seemed to care for Dante, and had an occasional nice moment. However, DmC's Vergil shoots past the point of no return in Vergil's Downfall when it's revealed he blames Dante for his troubles, and eventually tosses aside his moral scruples, becoming the leader of the demons.
  • Adaptational Wimp: This version of Vergil is almost explicitly confirmed to be weaker than Dante (something that Vergil himself doesn't deny), whereas in the original series, Vergil was the more skilled and stronger fighter at first, with Dante taking several fights against him (and embracing his powers more) before they were an even match. Here, the first time they do fight, Vergil loses badly and has to have Kat step in to stop Dante from killing him.
  • Adaptation Explanation Extrication: Yamato's ability to open and close dimensional portals is demonstrated in the last two missions without any foreshadowing. Similarly, the original Vergil used psychic throwing knives for his ranged attacks because he didn't like guns, a hang-up this version of the character does not share (though Vergil still doesn't make use of firearms in actual combat, relying on his Yamato instead like his original counterpart).
  • Adaptation Personality Change: This version of Vergil is much more outspoken and emotional compared to his Classic counterpart. The original was The Stoic compared with Dante, whilst this version doesn't possess the same cold soft-spoken demeanour that the original version had. The original version of Vergil also desired power as a consequence of feeling weak and helpless to do anything to save his mother, Eva as well as to live up to his father Sparda's legacy. This version desires power because he believes he's entitled to it as a birthright, additionally serving as a form of revenge against Mundus. The original Vergil also didn't like guns, whilst this version has no problem using firearms like assault rifles.
  • Adaptation Species Change: Like his twin brother, he goes from a Half-Human Hybrid to a half-angel/half-demon Nephilim.
  • Age Lift: Vergil is established to be the older twin in the original series. This isn't confirmed in this continuity. Also, in Vergil's Downfall, an apparition of Dante calls himself the "big brother", which would make Vergil the younger twin in this version.
  • Always Identical Twins: Played with. Their faces are identical, both modeled after Tim Philipps, but Dante has black hair in this continuity. Even after it becomes white due to his Devil Trigger, their hairstyles are still different enough to distinguish them from one another.
  • Always Second Best: Vergil's Downfall reveals him to have felt this way towards Dante since they were kids, and Vergil actually calls the trope by name when talking to Eva.
  • Always Someone Better: Vergil's Downfall reveals he always resented Dante for being the stronger of the two, as well as being supposedly favored by his mother. The Hollow Dante he finds even taunts Vergil over being weaker and not as handsome as him, which he takes very seriously.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Much like his original counterpart, Vergil is very ambitious and driven by the pursuit of power. After Mundus is gone, he reveals his desires of ruling humanity, which means he manipulated his brother and subordinate towards that goal. In Vergil's Downfall, he is convinced by the Hollow version of himself to abandon all of his goodness to become stronger.
  • Audible Sharpness: Yamato.
  • Anti-Hero: He's willing to go to any lengths to liberate the city and make the demons who murdered his loved ones pay. Any lengths. Note that any argument he has against a given course of action is never "But it would put people at risk..."
  • Anti-Villain: After Mundus is defeated, he wants to appoint himself and Dante the benevolent god-kings of humanity. Falls into place as a Type III, given his ostensibly benevolent goals and love for his brother. In Vergil's Downfall, he destroys the last vestiges of his goodness and drops the "Anti" part.
  • Badass Driver: Though Dante is helping him throughout it, he's definitely this in Mission 15.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: A black, double-breasted, high-collared coat with pale blue floral printing and silk lining.
  • Badass in Distress: Vergil is powerful enough to be the final boss but gets in trouble a few times throughout the game. In the first instance, he's cornered by a demon and has to be saved by Dante (mainly because Vergil can't use his powers without outing himself as a Nephilim- which would give away their trump card to Mundus). The second time is during the fight with Mundus, where Mundus sucks him into the vortex and keeps him there until Dante busts him out.
  • Big Bad Friend: Turns out his endgame is to rule humanity for himself, not free them. Who knew?
  • Big Brother Instinct: Inverted, as he is the younger brother in this universe. Still, he gets very protective of Dante whenever he is in trouble, and protested his decision to trade his life for Kat's. He also shouts at Mundus to leave Dante alone as he is almost tearing off his brother's heart from his chest- and intervenes just in time to save him. This changes after he reveals his true intentions and in Vergil's Downfall, where he reveals his resentment of Dante.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Inverted in this version, where he is the younger brother. Still, Vergil is the one who gives Dante a purpose in life and explanation about their origins, as well as being the one who comes up with the plans to defeat Mundus. Vergil becomes an Evil Mentor at the final level of the game.
  • Big Damn Heroes: He saves Dante's life twice during the battle with Mundus. In the first instance, he impales the villain from behind, stopping him from almost ripping off Dante's heart. In the second time, after he's knocked unconscious and is falling off a skyscraper, Vergil teleports them both into the building.
  • Big Good: He's the leader of the resistance against the demonic overlords. It eventually turns out he's not much better than them.
  • Bigger Is Better in Bed: Claims to have a bigger one when going playfully back and forth with Dante.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Despite posing as a righteous rebel leader against Mundus' tyranny and a noble leader to Kat and brother to Dante, Vergil is actually manipulating them both towards his goal of ruling humanity after Mundus' fall. He shows his true colors when he dismisses Kat as being merely "useful" and Vergil's Downfall reveals he Always resented Dante and well as his mother for supposedly favoring him.
  • Black and White Insanity: After he decides that Humans Are Flawed and, for the good of humanity, he must take Mundus' place as the world's ruler. Both Kat and Dante are outraged with this. He thus concludes that they're both evil and have betrayed him.
  • Born Winner: Being the offspring of an angel mother and a demon father, Vergil was blessed with strength, agility and resistance superior to that of any human. As he tells Dante, there's a legend that says that only Nephilim such as them can slay the Demon King.
  • Broken Pedestal: More to Kat than Dante. After revealing his intentions to rule humanity, he loses almost all of the respect she had for him. The once-loyal subordinate to Vergil, who thanked him for rescuing her from demons and endowing her with knowledge and a place in The Order, chooses to follow Dante. The only care Kat shows for Vergil after that is begging Dante not to kill him, but she has cut all ties with him.
  • Casting a Shadow: Uses a living shadow of himself as part of his doppelganger style.
  • Cain and Abel: As is a tradition in the series. Flashbacks show they often play-fought when they were young. At the end of the game, Dante and Vergil fight each other to the near-death over whether they'll rule humanity as Vergil wants or let them be free, which Dante would prefer. Though Vergil drew first, intending to be Cain, to no big surprise, he almost becomes the Abel.
  • Child of Forbidden Love: Both him and Dante were the offspring of the forbidden union of the angel Eva and the demon Sparda, which attracted the rage of Mundus, who separated the lovers and prohibited relationships between angels and demons.
  • Clark Kenting: He conceals his identity as a Nephilim in order to keep Mundus away from the Order because Mundus believes there's only one son of Sparda, and thus only one threat. In public appearances, he uses conventional weapons as opposed to his Yamato and covers his white hair with a most excellent hat. However, no one from the demon side, not even Mundus himself, notices that he and Dante have identical facial features until the last confrontation. (It's possible he's never let anyone live long enough to report his heritage.)
  • Cold Sniper: In Mission 15, Vergil uses his sniper rifle to coldly gun down Lilith and her unborn child, driving Mundus into a rage. This makes clear his pragmatism and ruthlessness in pursuit of his goals, which are revealed to be evil in the end.
  • Cool Car: In this universe, Vergil owns a car that he tells Kat to use to drive Dante towards The Order's hideout. In Mission 15, he becomes the getaway driver, and Dante has to follow him.
  • Cool Mask: As the masked leader of The Order.
  • Control Freak: He taught himself his computer skills and created the Order for the same reason — to assert some kind of control over his life (whereas Dante's okay rolling with whatever happens). It turns out his desire for control goes beyond just that to ruling the human race and then commanding the demonic armies after that fails.
  • Combat Aestheticist: In contrast with Dante's wild lack of refinement, Vergil's swordsmanship is extremely graceful (and pumped up with Implausible Fencing Powers, since neither he nor his sword are of human origin). He also never uses guns during a melee battle, only picking up a sniper rifle when required to by the situation.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: Just like Dante, obviously.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: In the comic, Vergil versus Onyx (a kind of super demon). The Onyx didn't stand a chance.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He may be part demon and dress in a lot of black, but he doesn't share their malice or savagery. He is ultimately is revealed to be an Anti-Villain with a case of Light Is Not Good.
  • Dark Messiah: The reality of his crusade to save humanity is to save them from themselves, in his mind. Dante believes Humans Are Flawed, but they do not need a supreme ruler like Vergil to order them around in spite of it.
  • Digging Yourself Deeper: This is how he ends up turning Dante and Kat against him when he reveals his true intentions. Claiming they would rule humanity gets Dante to say he's not being different from Mundus. Then, he refers to humans as his future "subjects", which offends Kat. And then further when Vergil claims she has only been "useful" to him so far. By this point he's lost all the respect he had from his former allies.
  • Disappeared Dad: His father Sparda was exiled for eternity by Mundus.
  • Do Not Adjust Your Set: The transmissions made by the Order urging humankind to fight back against the demons.
  • Doppelgänger Attack: His doppelganger style summons a living shadow of himself to fight alongside him. This is also the last phase of his Final Boss fight.
  • Enemy Without: In Vergil's Downfall, he meets Hollow Vergil, which is all of Vergil's evil, selfishness and ambition made manifest in a physical form. Though initially a Treacherous Quest Giver, it becomes the sole boss of the DLC campaign.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Did anyone not see his betrayal at the ending coming from a mile away?
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Subverted. Though he hates Mundus for having killed his parents and saves her from an Imprisoner, Vergil's interactions with Eva in the Vergil's Downfall DLC show him raging at her for supposedly favoring Dante over him and claims all she and Sparda taught him was wrong.
  • Evil All Along: To the shock of Dante and Kat, Vergil reveals his intentions to rule humanity after killing Mundus. This also puts many of his earlier actions in a different light: he wasn't being pragmatic when suggesting Kat had to die for the cause. He just saw her as a tool, claiming she was "useful" (which enrages Dante even further). Vergil's Downfall also reveals that, despite claiming to love his brother, he resented him for supposedly being their mother's favourite.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He takes it as a given that Dante will be on board with ruling the humans after Mundus is dead. He seems just as shocked at Dante's revulsion at the idea as Dante is about Vergil's true nature.
    Vergil: The path is clear for us to rule.
    Dante: What did you say?
    Vergil: (In an "Um...duh" voice.) The path is... clear... for us... to rule?
  • Evil Genius: Vergil is established in this continuity to be a genius since his teenage years and that operates mainly in the sidelines by hacking security systems while leaving the fighting to Dante. He also taught Kat about demonology and occultism. However, he does all that with the purpose of ruling humanity after defeating Mundus.
  • Evil Mentor: In this continuity, Vergil acts as a mentor to Dante and Kat, explaining to his brother his origins as well as giving him a purpose towards which he guides him. To Kat, he taught her about demonology and occultism, skills she puts to use in their mission. However, it's all a ploy to install him as the new ruler of humanity after defeating Mundus. He gives Dante the chance to rule alongside him, but more as an enforcer. As for Kat, he merely deems her "useful" after all is said and done.
  • Evil Twin: Vergil eventually subverts the Adaptational Heroism he was given in this version and reveals his intentions to rule humanity after Mundus' fall, making him the final villain of the story. And Vergil's Downfall has him abandoning all of his goodness and embrace his anger and resentment of Dante to become the new Demon Lord.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: In his DLC, his hair is messier. And by the end, he has another change, combined with Glowing Eyes of Doom.
  • Expy:
    • Henri Ducard/Ra's Al-Ghul from Batman Begins due to being a mentor figure who is revealed to be the true villain.
    • V of V for Vendetta due to being a masked freedom fighter with rather questionable methods.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Reveals he's going to take power for himself after Mundus is defeated, and he used Kat and Dante to dethrone Mundus. Though he intended for Dante to rule alongside him, it's obviously more as an enforcer than an equal. He claims he'd respect humanity, but it's hard to see how when he considers himself so much their superior.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Though Vergil appears trustworthy and is handsome, charming and well dressed, he is driven by an ambition of ruling humanity and displays more and more ruthlessness as the story goes on, culminating in turning against Dante after he won't follow his ideal. He loses none of his good appeal in Vergil's Downfall, even after he sheds away his remaining goodness.
  • Fallen Hero: Regardless of his reasons for doing it, Mundus had to go and Vergil championed the cause. Even his ultimate goal isn't exactly evil, simply misguided and unappreciative for what humanity is capable of on their own. It was letting his defeat at Dante's hand turn him vengeful and power-hungry that finally caused his fall from grace and into full villain status.
  • Fantastic Racism: Believes that humans are weak and stupid, and unable to be trusted with their own world. He says this right in front of Kat, fully aware of her help in bringing down Mundus, which Dante calls him out on.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Just look at his coat.
  • Flash Step: Vergil's Sword Illusions in Angel mode would make him teleport to the pierced enemy.
  • Final Boss: After it's revealed that he intends to take Mundus' place as the human's ruler, Dante faces him in a climactic final duel. Similarly, the final- and only- boss of the Vergil's Downfall DLC is the Hollow version of him.
  • Foil:
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Vergil is the Responsible to Dante's Foolish. Vergil lives by a philosophy of control over aspects of his life and has the duties of leading a resistance movement towards a clear goal in contrast to his brother's initial lack of ambition in life other than revenge and his hedonistic lifestyle.
  • Force and Finesse: The Finesse to Dante's Force. Dante serves the rebellion with violence, Vergil does it with communication. Dante uses loud and messy handguns, Vergil uses a sniper rifle and throwing knives. Vergil also later gives him a more precision-based weapon than the shotgun, a gun that shoots timed explosive bolts. The greatest example is in their fighting styles, with Dante taking large swings and Vergil using timed, practiced slashes. Notably, while Vergil can't take too many hits himself, letting him get a single hit in on Dante can lead the player to getting absolutely shredded if they're not careful.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • When Dante meets him for the first time, he tells him they are fighting for humanity. Dante says he doesn't give a shit about mankind, and rather than try to convince him humans deserve to be free, Vergil smoothly changes his argument to make the stakes more personal. The freedom of humankind doesn't come up again as a worthwhile goal.
    • "Meningitis is a human condition! You are not human!" Vergil's dialogue subtly makes it clear early on that he sees humans as weak, and that Nephilim are superior.
  • Full-Circle Revolution: Turns out he doesn't intend to overthrow Mundus — he intends to replace him. He claims that he will be a better ruler than Mundus was, but Dante and Kat don't fall for his bullshit.
  • Genius Bruiser: Vergil may be the brains behind the entire operation against Mundus and focuses on disabling security systems and hacking while leaving the fighting to Dante. Yet this doesn't stop him from being a formidable swordsman on his own, being able to take on hordes of demons by himself and even fight his own brother.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: After absorbing Hollow Vergil towards the end of Vergil's Downfall.
  • Happily Adopted: Not only was his foster family extremely wealthy, but they also took good care of him — in direct contrast with Dante's upbringing.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: At the end of the DLC story, he becomes the new ruler of the demon world.
  • Hidden Disdain Reveal: Vergil's Downfall reveals that he always resented Dante for supposedly being favored more by Eva. This marks a contrast from their clash in the main game where, despite having become enemies, Vergil claimed to have loved his brother.
  • Hiding Your Heritage: Unlike Dante, whose presence and status as a Nephilim are sensed by Mundus, Vergil manages to conceal himself and slip under the radar. He goes to great extents to hide his powers and when he exposes himself to attack Mundus after destroying his Hell Gate, the villain is taken aback by the existence of a second Nephilim and Son of Sparda.
  • Hobbes Was Right: Vergil's viewpoint regarding humanity. He wants to defeat the Demons so he can put the Nephilim, himself and his brother, in charge.
  • Hollywood Hacking: One of his abilities, because the demon world has computer-based security systems.
  • Humans Are Flawed: How he really sees them. He wanted to save them, yes, but he also wants to rule over them, taking Mundus' place. He believed the humans are like children, weak, stupid, and unable to protect themselves. Dante does not approve.
  • Hybrid Power: As a Nephilim, Vergil's power exceeds that of any human, angel or demon. According to the legend he tells Dante, their heritage makes them the only ones able to take sown Mundus. Also, they have the minor benefit of being immune to Virility's mind controlling properties.
  • Hypocrite: He absolutely despises Mundus for his poor treatment of the humans, but his own opinion of them isn't much better.
  • I Can Rule Alone: When he realizes he is not convincing Dante to rule humanity alongside him, Vergil straight up tells him to step aside so he can rule alone.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Vergil's determination to do whatever it takes to reach his goals is perfectly displayed in Mission 15, where he guns down Lilith and her unborn child after Kat has been brought back to him and Dante. When his brother asks him why he did that, Vergil replies that he had to.
  • Iaijutsu Practitioner: Like his original counterpart, Vergil's fighting style revolves around drawing his Yamato for quick and powerful slashes.
  • Icon of Rebellion: He's the mouthpiece, Dante's the hammer.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Played much straighter than his brother. Like his twin, Vergil has piercing bright blue eyes, to go along with the other motifs (white/blond hair, pale skin, well-dressed) that mark Vergil as solitary and aloof, as well as someone not to be crossed. His overall character ends up very befitting of them.
  • Ideal Hero: Vergil presents himself as a morally upright man with the goal of doing whatever is necessary for mankind to be set free, however, Vergil's belief in the righteousness of his cause actually makes him a fanatical extremist who will stop at nothing until his goal accomplished and his allegedly benevolent regime is constructed.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: It is first shown when Vergil casually hits a Spotter in the face with a throwing knife, without much effort. Later, he guns down a SWAT team which very precise shots from his sniper rifle.
  • Interspecies Romance: In the comics, he (a Nephilim) and Kat (a human) fell in love with each other. Though the romance didn't last, as Vergil wiped away her memories from those moments.
  • It's All About Me: Vergil shows himself as really self-centered when he reveals his plans of ruling humanity. As Dante rightfully puts it, he wasn't fighting for mankind's freedom, but rather his own freedom and was only using his brother and Kat towards that goal. Vergil's Downfall has him dwell on his defeat and resentment at Dante and believe he has been the one betrayed. This is glimpsed earlier in the story, when he derails Dante's plans to trade Lilith's life for Kat's by doing what he felt he had to do.
  • I've Come Too Far: This is implied during his fight with Dante. Halfway through their battle, Dante tells him that it's not too late, to which Vergil replies it is.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: In spite of his friendly attitude, Vergil can be quite callous when the situation gets dire as evidenced by his leaving Kat behind. It almost seems like he's a darker anti-hero until the reveal of his own power-hungry tendencies. By the end of Vergil's Downfall, he shows himself to be a lot crueler and ambitious than he first appeared.
  • "Just Frame" Bonus: Releasing his Judgement Cut with a precise timing makes it deal more slashes and a higher damage than usual.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: His weapon of choice is the demonic Japanese sword Yamato.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: More like two of them...
    • Vergil’s main goal is to bring down Mundus by destroying most of his resources.
    • Then, he shoots down Lilith and her (and Mundus’) unborn demon child. Of course, she fully deserved it.
  • Knight Templar: Edges towards this, as he is willing to do whatever it takes to liberate Limbo City and eliminate the demons who control it, including sacrificing his comrades in the Order and giving Kat up for dead when she's captured. With some browbeating from Dante, though, he does agree to rescue Kat. After Mundus' defeat, he reveals he wants to rule because he thinks humans can't take care of themselves.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: He too suffered from it, and was led to believe he lost his memories in a car accident when he was seven. However, he learned the truth way before Dante.
  • Last of His Kind: He and Dante are the last of the known Nephilim alive. All others were hunted down and slain by Mundus' forces.
  • Long-Lost Relative: Of Dante, naturally. They grew up in different homes and wouldn't meet again as adults. It actually takes some time for Dante to truly believe Vergil is his brother, as he has no memory of him and doesn't recognize him.
  • Malevolent Masked Men: In the Order's videos, he wears a creepy mask inspired by the Guy Fawkes mask from V for Vendetta.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: Vergil is one rich man, and his wealth is made visible in the sharp and neat clothes he wear as well as the Cool Car he owns even before he mentions he's a millionaire. There's also the fact that the entire Order gets financed by him. And, after the fall of Mundus, Vergil shows his true colors as the final villain of the story.
  • Might Makes Right: With the influence of Hollow Vergil over him and his own resentment of Dante, he starts to fall in line with his original counterpart and believe power is all that matters for oneself. He even says one of the original Vergil's most famous lines: "I need more power".
  • Missing Mom: His mother Eva was killed by demons. In Vergil's Downfall, Vergil gets to meet her in hell.
  • Never My Fault: The first thing he does in Vergil's Downfall is whine about Dante "betraying" him when really it was pretty much the other way around. As the DLC progresses, he goes further and further to convince himself he's not to blame for the events that led to his defeat at the end of the game, right down to blaming Dante, Kat, and his own dead mother for his descent into darkness.
  • Nice Hat: Owns a stylish black fedora though he doesn't wear it often.
  • Noble Male, Roguish Male: The noble to Dante's roguish. Though both brothers end up united in the same cause, it's the more articulate and persuasive Vergil who has to appeal to the initially uncaring and rude Dante for help. Their designs and fighting style clearly accentuate this contrast between then until Vergil reveals he wants to rule humanity and fights Dante. By the end of the game and Vergil's Downfall, the trope gets inverted: Dante has dedicated himself to humanity's protection while Vergil has discarded all pretenses of honor and good intentions.
  • Nonhuman Humanoid Hybrid: Angel + Demon = Nephilim.
  • Not So Above It All: Despite carrying himself as a more serious and focused man than his brother, Vergil can get as immature and playful as Dante. Before their assault on Silver Sacks Tower, he engages in a playful bantering with Dante which ends with Vergil claiming to have a bigger dick.
  • Not So Different: From Mundus. Despite his disgust with Mundus for mistreating the humans, Vergil really doesn't think very highly of them himself, and in fact, planned to take Mundus' place as ruler of humanity because he thinks humans need someone to guide them and keep them from killing each other. Dante even tells Vergil point-blank that he's no better than Mundus.
  • Not So Stoic: Cracks show in his stoic personality when Dante wants to save Kat and again around the battle with Dante. His stoicism has fractured completely once he becomes a playable character.
  • Orphan's Plot Trinket: His crystal amulet, twin to Dante's (except blue), given by his mother to make sure the brothers could find each other. It also seems linked to his supernatural abilities.
  • Player Character: In the Downloadable Content Vergil's Downfall.
  • Polite Villains, Rude Heroes: After he shows his true colors, Vergil still keeps his affability while Dante preserves his rude demeanor. However, by the end of Vergil's Downfall, he sheds all of his politeness for pure, unabashed resentment towards his brother.
  • Power Echoes: In the DLC after absorbing Hollow Vergil.
  • Power Glows: Glows white when using his Doppelganger style. After absorbing Hollow Vergil, his hands and eyes glow white-green and he has small but constant wisps of pale green smoke coming off of him.
  • Pragmatic Hero: He's shown to be this, such as when he's ready to write Kat off rather than lose their best chance at getting to Mundus and especially when he murders Lilith and Mundus' heir. By the game's end, he reveals his true colors and shifts into Anti-Villain territory.
  • Psychotic Smirk: He busts out a rather creepy one during his fight with Dante.
  • Rich Idiot With No Day Job: Almost to a tee. However, he does employ all of his resources into his resistance movement against Mundus, even though it's not for noble reasons.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: In Vergil's Downfall, he appears with blood-red eyes in the cutscenes, clearly symbolizing his gradual rejection of all that's good within him.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Dante's red, being the more responsible, intellectual, and level-headed of the two brothers. They're even color-coded.
  • Rebel Leader: He's the head of the Order.
  • Regenerating Shield, Static Health: Vergil can do this if his health goes low enough, making the fight impossible to win unless he's forced out of it with a well-timed Devil Trigger because the phantom he summons will immediately teleport to him to block any attack Dante performs that would interrupt his healing.
  • The Resenter: Vergil's Downfall reveals that Vergil had always resented Dante for being the Stronger Sibling and for apparently being their mother's favorite.
  • Self-Made Man: His foster family was wealthy, but he made his own fortune.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Compared to Dante's general scruffiness, Vergil's clothing is neat as a pin, probably tailored.
  • Sibling Rivalry: A friendlier one in this version. Dante and Vergil take potshots at each other and fought as kids, as seen in flashbacks. However, the two are firm allies in their battle against Mundus and have each other's back. Until the end, that is, where Vergil reveals his intentions of ruling humanity and drives a wedge between him and Dante. Then the rivalry becomes serious, even more so after the DLC reveals he always resented Dante.
  • Sore Loser: So he proves in the DLC — initially sorrowful that his remaining family is gone, he gets more and more bitter over the defeat, convinced he would not lose if he had a second chance. When he battles the shadow version of Dante, the fight's outcome is the opposite of his fight against the real Dante: Vergil has his brother pinned and helpless. But where Dante refrained from killing Vergil, Vergil viciously kills "Dante", gloats, and takes his amulet as a trophy.
  • Spanner in the Works: Invoked. Throughout the game, Vergil aims to make his entire existence unknown to Mundus. And indeed, when Kat is captured by him, she only gives him Vergil's name, and the villain admits he doesn't know who he is. Vergil not only celebrates his lack of knowledge about his identity and heritage, but also manages to sneak into his room and destroy his Hell Gate near the end of the game. Mundus is completely taken aback by the presence of a second Nephilim, and never planned for that.
  • Start of Darkness: Oddly, his own seems to happen after his Face–Heel Turn. When he collapses from the wounds inflicted by Dante, Vergil's Downfall depicts a weird Near-Death Experience/Vision Quest involving his corruption by Hollow Vergil, wherein he tries to become more powerful by "fixing" his heart but destroys the kindness left in his nature instead.
  • The Stoic: His reactions are generally low-key. Low-key joy when he meets Dante, low-key frustration when Dante gets stubborn. Even when things go dramatically wrong, he tends not to lose his cool.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: At the end, when Kat tries to intervene as he and Dante argue overruling the humans. More than anything, that seems to convince Dante there's no talking it out, cueing the final boss fight.
    Vergil: (coldly) Stand aside.
    Dante: Don't do this.
    Kat: Vergil, please -
    Vergil: Stay out of this!
  • Supporting Leader: Vergil is the leader of The Order and recruits both Kat and Dante as his subordinates, though he isn't the main character, but rather his brother. Until he stars in his own campaign, Vergil's Downfall.
  • Teen Genius: Wrote a security encryption program that made him a multi-millionaire before he was even out of school.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: Can use his Summoned Swords to teleport to things, or to teleport things to him.
  • Tragic Keepsake: The blue silk armband on his upper left arm. It has the initials S (for Sparda) and E (for Eva) intertwined, showing how highly Vergil values his mixed heritage.
  • Turns Red: The battle with him will deliberately highlight this. Initially, Dante wields raw power while Vergil favors strict and refined skill, making him very dangerous but not enough to keep him from getting his ass kicked around the arena. As he takes more damage, though, he starts to use more and more of his powers. By the time he's full-on using Devil Trigger, the fight turns from fairly even to incredibly dangerous. What it shows is that Vergil may not have as much experience fighting as Dante, but he's much more in control of his power.
  • The Un-Favourite: In Vergil's Downfall, he believes himself to be this, claiming his mother always favored Dante more. Given the nature of the DLC campaign and his own self-serving personality, it's likely to be false.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: When all is said and done, the best praise he can give Kat is that she was "useful". Dante points out that they would have failed 20 times without her.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: While Vergil hides it better than Dante, the murder of Eva also took its toll on him and completely changed him from the carefree and innocent kid he once was. In Vergil's Downfall, however, he reveals another reason for his evilness and lust for power: resentment of his brother and belief that his mother loved him more.
  • Villain Protagonist: As the DLC focusing on him takes place after the main game, he’s already turned on Dante and Kat. The DLC itself then proceeds to turn him into a true villain.
  • Visionary Villain: As he shows through the reveal of his true intentions, Vergil's entire arc in this universe has been about killing Mundus so he would rule humanity, though in a way he claims it would be more respectful towards his future "subjects".
  • Voice of the Resistance: To the population as The Faceless leader of the Order.
  • We Can Rule Together: Gives this speech to Dante, his brother, at the end of the game. See Wham Line.
  • We Used to Be Friends: While Vergil was actually manipulating Dante and Kat all along in his scheme to replace Mundus as ruler of humanity, he held some degree of respect and companionship with his brother, as Vergil is shown to feel betrayed when Dante refuses to rule alongside him. Kat was supposedly a loyal subordinate to him before he claimed her to have only been "useful".
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Vergil does indeed want to protect humanity, but his methods leave little room for mercy or compassion. And one of the threats that he wants to protect humans from is human nature.
  • Wham Line: "The path is clear for us to rule." Dante even highlights this by asking him what he just said. Vergil repeats himself in a noticeably colder tone.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Dante briefly calls him out after he shoots the defenseless and pregnant Lilith twice (once to kill the spawn, the second to kill her) in the middle of exchanging her for Kat, while Kat's still being held by Mundus.
    • Dante gives him a bigger one when Vergil says humans are weak, stupid, and need to be ruled, right in front of Kat to Dante.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: An Anti-Hero version. Flashbacks show that Vergil had white hair since he was a child, unlike Dante. Until the end, where Vergil's revealed to be a villain, playing the trope straight.
  • Whole Costume Reference: His initial appearance before The Reveal is based on V of V for Vendetta — smiling mask, black suit, brimmed hat, and gloves.
  • Worf Effect: In the comic, a kind of super demons called Onyx shows up. They are easily killed by Vergil's DT.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Would Kill an Unborn Infant, to be exact. It's more his casual execution of an already-defeated hostage than the assumed innocence (or lack thereof) of the child that's troubling.


Voiced by: Sage Mears (En), Jessica Monceau (Fr), Sandra Jara (Sp), Francesca Perilli (It)
"Good luck."

A mysterious agent of the Order, sent by Vergil to lead Dante to the Order's HQ and obtain the hero's cooperation in destroying Mundus.

Unlike most humans, she is capable of perceiving the demonic Limbo, due to latent psychic abilities. Also able to use basic Wiccan witchcraft.

  • Abusive Parents: Her demonic stepfather. She eventually killed him herself.
  • Action Survivor: She killed her demonic stepfather, but primarily helps Dante by her interactions with Limbo from the outside world to allow him to bridge the gap with his powers rather than participating in combat herself.
  • Art Initiates Life: She can paint markings that become physical objects in Limbo for Dante to manipulate.
  • Astral Projection: Explicitly stated as one of her powers — she can leave her physical body behind and wander Limbo as a spirit. Unfortunately, she can only do it when subjected to extreme trauma, not at will, reducing its usefulness. That said, she has working knowledge of locations she's wandered in the past (such as the Virility Factory) and appears to have used it during her time being tortured in Mundus' tower to scout the place.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted. When about to be caught by the SWAT team raiding the hideout, Kat is advised by Dante to quietly surrender and make no attempt to fight back, after realizing that he can't enter the real world to protect her. It doesn't matter — they shoot her in the shoulder and beat her viciously before taking her into captivity. She's still visibly injured and limping to the game's end.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: She's loyal to Vergil to the point of near-worship because he once saved her from abuse and gave her a purpose. That is, until the revelation that he was using her and wants to rule over the humans, at which point she chooses Dante, who has by then also earned her loyalty and regards her as an equal.
  • Damsel in Distress: Captured by Mundus and interrogated.
  • Defiant Captive: She holds out against Mundus's interrogation so he thinks he's gotten her most important information when he gets Vergil's first name. Then gives the whole building floor plans to the brothers with security checkpoints and specific floors to avoid.
  • Determinator: Successfully holds out under Mundus's torture to protect Dante and Vergil, then goes on to give them a detailed interior plan of the building she was held in after her rescue as well as specifics of how to get around security. She is also the one to talk down Dante from killing Vergil, after hearing Vergil badmouth her species. Then comfort Dante after he defeats Vergil, her arm visibly in a sling and walking with a limp.
  • Eye of Newt: Her spray cans include an "old Wiccan recipe" that includes, but is not limited to, "sea salt, shark oil, iron shavings, desiccated squirrel semen, [and] wolf hair". Later, when she uses a gravity tilting charm to help Dante, she begins to tell him what she used to make it, but Dante promptly says he'd rather not know.
  • Hot Witch: Uses Wicca-based Ritual Magic and is an attractive woman in a cleavage-bearing shirt and short-shorts.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Helps Dante take out the Hunter Demon, briefs Dante on all his missions, plans the assault on Mundus' fortress at the end of the game, and knows spells to manipulate Limbo. Dante even says both he and Vergil would have failed twenty times over if not for her. Vergil deigns to admit that she was "useful", before fighting Dante.
  • I'm Standing Right Here: At the end, when Vergil reveals his true intentions and actual opinion of humans, refusing to even acknowledge Kat's contributions — or existence — until Dante makes him. All while Kat is standing right next to him.
  • In the Hood: At a key moment, she puts it down to indicate she's beginning to like and trust Dante.
  • Kick the Dog: How other characters treat her is a very good indicator of what kind of people they are.
    • One of the biggest Kick the Dog moments is when Vergil, the man she willingly sacrificed herself for because he once saved her and then mentored her, talks about ruling over the weak, subservient humans after defeating Mundus. He does this right in front of her and only acknowledges her when Dante practically makes him; this, more than his fight with Dante, establishes that he is now a villain. This is foreshadowed earlier when during the raid on the Order headquarters, Vergil seems genuinely surprised she's still alive, not particularly upset that she's very likely to be killed, and doesn't even thank her for helping him destroy the database, even though she's about to be dragged off by SWAT for her trouble. He's also totally unmoved when every other member of the Order is dead and there are no signs he ever even considered helping them.
    • During her capture, the Feds shoot and brutally beat her even after seeing that she's quietly surrendering.
    • Though Dante is initially unwilling to accept her help, after a rough first impression, he's perfectly happy doing what she says, listening to her, or even confiding in her.
  • La Résistance: A very important member due to her powers, second only to Vergil.
  • Malevolent Masked Men: In the Order's videos.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name is a reference to St. Catherine of Alexandria. To quote the Devil May Cry wiki, St. Catherine was "a Christian martyr who converted thousands to Christianity and became a Christian at the age of 14 (much like how Kat became a member of the Order at an early age)."
  • Medicate the Medium: Being able to see into Limbo (and, possibly, claiming that her abusive step-father was a demon) led to her being medicated for "delusions". Some possibly meant well, but most were just the demonic order reinforcing their cover by suppressing her second sight.
  • Morality Pet: Comes to serve as this to Dante; during the Final Boss battle, it's her begging him not to kill Vergil that stops him from doing so.
  • Ms. Exposition: Basically she acts as a player's guide to the world of Limbo City/Limbo with various factoids she grasped in her time in Limbo or being a member of the Order.
  • Mysterious Waif: Delivering Dante's Call to Adventure right to his door! Unfortunately, Dante is a wee bit too hungover to appreciate the help.
  • Portal Picture: One of her stencils has a spell that can create a temporary pathway to or from Limbo.
  • Post-Modern Magik: It takes hours or days to prepare the proper materials for drawing occult formulae, so she stores it in a spray can and avoids the lengthy process of needing to draw her spells by spraying it through a stencil. Although she's perfectly happy to paint regular old graffiti for fun as well if the murals around the Order building are any indication.
  • Reality Warper: She can construct spells that alter the physics of Limbo, as well as spells that breach the gap between it and the real world, and her spells and paintings allow her to create barriers in Limbo that demons can't pass through and magically reinforce doors.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: It's not super-obvious because she rarely makes appearances in fully-saturated colour, but she's a sweet, helpful person with pink-red hair. Both that and her hand-markings show she uses henna dye, a plant compound that can both color hair and creates temporary tattoos, adding to her general appearance as a post-modern graffiti witch who uses natural spell compounds.
  • Third Eye: Can see demons/into the demon world of Limbo, unlike most humans. The tattoo on her forehead symbolises her ability. It may also be tied to her magic; it's a pentagram, whose five points signify the five natural elements (earth, air, water, fire, and spirit/aether), a symbol tied strongly with Wiccan rituals and beliefs.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: This girl is never seen without them through the whole game.
  • Youthful Freckles: Her age is never said, but it's visibly her late teens to her early 20s.




Voiced by: Louis Herthum (En), Patrick Béthune (Fr), Luis Mas (Sp), Silvano Piccardi (It)
"You don't fuck with a god."

"Just like your father: too big for your fucking boots. Me, a god, versus you, a piece of shit."

The Big Bad in charge of all the demons in Limbo City, who in the human world operates under the guise of "Kyle Ryder", a banker who thanks to the Raptor News Network is considered a philanthropist by the general public.

  • Adaptational Wimp: The original Mundus, whilst he could be defeated, couldn't be permanently killed, merely sealed away/trapped in the demon world. This version, whilst still incredibly powerful, doesn't have that luxury and is very much killable.
  • A God Am I: Has a serious god complex, to the point his lines used in the first trailers featuring him are basically this trope. However, Word of St. Paul shows that he's not bluffing.
  • And Show It to You: In his very first appearance, Mundus proclaims his intention to tear Dante's heart out with his bare hands and eat it. He's not bluffing, either — that's what he did to Eva. And if it weren't for Vergil's intervention, he was well on the way to making good on his word with Dante.
  • Ascended Extra: DmC gives him a mistress, a child, a human identity, and more background on his history with Sparda.
  • Asshole Victim: He suffers a massive loss from Dante and Vergil destroying his resources and demonic servants including Lilith and his unborn child. However, given his previous misdeeds, its hard to feel sorry for him.
  • Bald of Evil: His human form is a bald man, and as a high-ranked demon, you wouldn't assume he's a very nice guy.
  • Berserk Button: Killing his unborn child. That would be anyone's berserk button, but Vergil smashes it hard and Dante rubs salt into it. Unstoppable Rage ensues.
  • Big Bad: He is the direct master of all the threats faced during the game.
  • Blackmail: In the opening, he's blackmailing the President of the Eagleland (Flavor II) counterpart.
  • Blood Brothers: Once upon a time, he and Sparda, who was his most trusted lieutenant and friend. Mundus was really unhappy when he found out Sparda had fallen in love with an angel.
  • Composite Character: He's an old enemy of Sparda's (classic Mundus), he is a Corrupt Corporate Executive (Arius), his human form sports a Bald of Evil (Arkham), and his boss fight is a Level in Boss Clothing (The Savior).
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: He is evidently powerful enough to threaten the president with public humiliation.
  • Create Your Own Hero: Mundus' murder of Eva and torture of Sparda led Vergil and Dante to embrace their Nephilim heritage and be reunited. This ultimately comes back to bite Mundus in the ass, big time, as he is later killed by the twins.
  • Dark Is Evil: Wears a black suit and later turns into a black, sludge-like monster later in the game, but is very evil.
  • Death by Adaptation: The original Mundus, though defeated, was fully expected to make a return by Dante in the future. This version ends up Killed Off for Real.
  • Eldritch Abomination: His true form is a giant black sludge monster composed of various metal and other materials.
  • Establishing Character Moment: His first scene has him calmly and casually threatening the President with public humiliation, to which he complies over the phone. That alone displays his vast power over the world as well as the monster he is under his veneer of sophistication.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Though Phineas claims that he is incapable of love, he is clearly concerned with the fate of his unborn child, unhesitatingly agrees to trade Kat's life for his baby, and is completely outraged when Vergil kills it. His concern does not extend to the child's mother, however.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: His normal voice is already lower than that of Dante and Vergil, and becomes a full blown Guttural Growler in his demon form.
  • Expy: A demon lord version of The Kingpin.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Even when threatening you with eternal damnation, he (mostly) does it with a calm, businessman-like demeanor.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: When in combat.
  • Go for the Eye: As Vergil points out before the fight, his eye is his weak point. He orders Dante to distract Mundus until his eye is exposed, which makes him able to be fought and killed.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: A messy vertical slash that nearly reaches his nose from the left side of his lips. His right eye is also cloudy.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: "Freedom? And what would they do with that 'freedom'? They had it once before, and what did they do? They fought. They killed. They stole."
  • Humanoid Abomination: An ancient demonic God in human form and it becomes more obvious when he decides to throw down.
  • Immortality: He's thousands of years old.
  • Immortality Inducer: The Hell Gate is what keeps him invincible. Cutting him off from it is the only way to destroy him.
  • Jerkass: He may act like a gentleman, but it's plainly obvious that he views everyone him around with smug contempt.
  • Karmic Death: He tore out Eva’s heart and tried to do the same to Dante. However, Dante ends up killing Mundus by slicing through him.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Mundus killed Eva and took Sparda’s freedom from him, only to lose everything, including his child, at the hands of Sparda’s children.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: Justified, since he poses as a banker.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Mundus is Latin for "The World". It's ultimately revealed his control is so complete he shreds Limbo City to pieces during a tantrum, so it may not be simply figurative.
    • His name, like that of the classic counterpart, is also a reference to a name given by the Gnostic-like Cathars to Satan as Rex Mundi ("King of this World"), believing the material world to be one and the same with Hell.
  • Mighty Glacier: Mundus is the strongest character in the game, but his attacks are somewhat slow.
  • Moral Myopia: Is bewildered and absolutely furious when Vergil deliberately murders his unborn child. Never mind that he personally, gruesomely killed Sparda's wife, administered a Fate Worse than Death to Sparda, and has been trying to kill his children ever since.
  • Morally Bankrupt Banker: His human form, as he's literally out to control everything on earth through debt.
  • Oh, Crap!: His reaction when he finally realises Dante is not the only son of Sparda.
  • Ominous Multiple Screens: Has a room of these, which are live footage of his demonic surveillance cameras.
  • One-Winged Angel: Turns into a black humanoid covered in silver Tron Lines. And then he makes a colossal humanoid living statue made from Limbo City itself which he uses to fight Dante and Vergil.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Justified, as his Immortality Inducer is in his throne room. Most of the game is spent trying to get him mad enough to forget this.
  • Papa Wolf: He is absolutely furious when Vergil snipes his baby, to the point of blowing up half of Limbo City, then attempting to rip Dante's heart out while he's still alive.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: When Dante gets him angry enough at Mission 19, Mundus unleashes his full power, causing a wave of energy that destroys several buildings in Limbo City at once. This was foreshadowed earlier by Phineas, who claimed "thousands" could perish in the wake of Mundus' wrath.
  • Physical God: According to the voice actor, he actually is an immortal demonic god.
  • Playing with Fire: In his demonic form, he can cast fireballs.
  • Polite Villains, Rude Heroes: Downplayed in comparison to Dante. He is a jerk, but does have a pretense of affability. Dante, however, is openly brash and jerkish to roughly everyone, developing a soft spot for Kat and becoming determined to protect humanity by the end of the story, though.
  • Reality Warper: Limbo conforms to his wishes — possibly even to his thoughts. When Dante is under attack, the landscape itself contorts to crush him and orders/taunts flit around the environment; "KILL DANTE", "TRAP HIM", "DIE", and so on.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: His true form is that of a large and dark demon with glowing red eyes and a core which is his weak point.
  • Shabby Heroes, Well-Dressed Villains: Dante lives in a trailer and his clothing style is noticeably scruffy, with a tank top and military boots, as well as a coat whose sleeves keep falling off his shoulders. Mundus is a wealthy executive who wears a nice suit.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: His human form.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Though to be honest, he's mostly polite and soft-speaking in the beginning, and gets more and more vulgar as Dante thwarts his plan.
  • Third Eye: There's a noticeable mark on his forehead in human form. In his demon form, it's an eye. His kid has the same eyeball configuration.
  • Tranquil Fury:
    • When his unborn child and Lilith are killed by Vergil, he calmly recites the page quote before demolishing a section of the city to try and kill Vergil, Dante, and Kat.
    • When Dante and Mundus meet face-to-face for the final confrontation, he gives them a calm, detached What the Hell, Hero?, but it is clearly obvious that he is trying very, very hard to maintain his temper and composure. But when Dante calls his reaction to his child's death "priceless", his composure and temper run out of ground.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Once when Vergil kills his child, again when Dante taunts him about his child's death. Both times result in mass urban devastation. And a third time, just for a split second, when Dante slices him in half and kills him.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: In his human guise, he's Kyle Ryder, a respected banker. The backing of the Raptor News Network — run by his right-hand demon Bob Barbas — makes him a very literal example of the trope.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: "Why did you kill my child?" Dante hesitates to answer — he didn't do it, Vergil just took an opportunity without warning him — but he goes along with it to get Mundus mad. It's just a tad hypocritical of Mundus to ask considering the fate of Sparda, Eva, and their children.
  • You Killed My Mother: He murdered Dante and Vergil's mother, all because her husband, Sparda, betrayed him. And he did it right in front of Dante as a kid!


Voiced by: Robin Riker (En), Émanuelle Bondeville (Fr), Elsa Pinillos (Sp), Silvana Fantini (It)
"I've been looking for a chance to unwind."

"This is exactly the opportunity I've been waiting for!"

Mistress of Mundus and owner of a popular nightclub, she is a high-value target of the Order. Was expecting to be the mother of Mundus' heir.

  • Asshole Victim: She ends up being shot dead by Vergil, but she was far from a sympathetic character.
  • Bald of Evil: Just like Mundus himself.
  • Bald Women: Though she wears a wig to cover it.
  • Body Horror:
    • During the boss fight, she is inside her child's belly attached by an umbilical cord. And he comes out of her head.
    • Even before that, her skin is actually loosely sewn onto her body (the wig covers the stitches).
  • Boom, Headshot!: Her ultimate fate at the hands of Vergil.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Oh sure, Lilith; it is a great idea to taunt Dante about his dead mother and about Kat’s torture even though the guy killed three powerful demons and is currently carving through your demon servants. That’s totally not going to end badly for you. News flash: It does.
  • Dark Mistress: Though she wants to gain more power. Carrying the spawn of Mundus is supposed to be one of her ways in.
  • Dual Boss: With her child. Although she doesn't do anything herself during the fight and in fact is the boss' weak point.
  • Enfante Terrible: Pregnant with one. To give you a clue, it will thrust itself far beyond her abdomen and growl at Dante like some sort of hellish beast.
  • Fan Disservice: Even before we see what she hides (a disgusting child with Mundus) and how she's "stitched up", her skin is papery and looks like badly-tailored clothing. Taken Up to Eleven after you kill the Succubus and are "rewarded" with a cutscene of Mundus having sex with her while her stitches come loose, making her look even more disturbing.
  • Horny Devils: Averted. Despite being one of Mundus' mistresses and named after a famous lust demon, she doesn't seem to have any supernatural ability to seduce Dante, nor does she draw power from sex and is bald and overall quite repugnant.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Once Dante successfully neutralizes her defenses, she gives herself up without further protest or attack.
  • Meaningful Name: Named for a biblical demon associated with the sin of lust. It's also associated with the story of Adam's first wife, who was made from clay like Adam himself, but abandoned him (or was abandoned) and took to bearing hundreds of demonic children.
  • Pregnant Badass: With Mundus' child. She is also capable of manipulating Limbo to her will.
  • Reality Warper: In Limbo.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: When Dante challenges her directly, Lilith flat-out says that she would come down to fight, but Dante is "beneath her," instead having him run a particularly crazy gauntlet to reach her. Outside of that moment, she is aware she's just one among several "concubines" to Mundus (the only thing that makes her special is that she's bearing his child), but does not react well to Dante pointing this out.
  • Uncanny Valley: In-universe. Just look at her. It's even worse when the stitching on her human skin starts to come loose.

    Bob Barbas 

Voiced by: Louis Herthum (En), Stéphane Roux (Fr), Eduardo Bosch (Sp), Alessandro Conte (It)
"My personal view on the terrorists, is that they are disgusting, degrading, and generally nauseating."

"This is Bob Barbas of the Raptor News Network, just doing God's work."

The anchorman on the Raptor News Network, the prime outlet of demon propaganda for Limbo City.

  • Alliterative Name: Bob Barbas emphasized by him referring to himself by his full name and being one of the few characters with a last name in the game.
  • Blatant Lies: His news-reporting style. The player, Dante and the Order all know this, but the general public only sees it as the news due to the conditioning imposed by the demons.
  • Catchphrase: He always ends his segments with the above phrase.
  • Cyberspace: His domain in Limbo resembles it.
  • The Dragon: Essentially one to Mundus, being the one in charge of depicting him as a philanthropist and his enemies as terrorists to maximize Mundus' sway over the world of mortals.
  • Energy Weapon: His main mode of attack, since all of his attacks are laser-based in some capacity.
  • Evil Genius: He fills this role among Mundus' servants, even though he is unusually more of a master manipulator than a scientist or technician.
  • Eye Scream: During the first two phases of the boss battle, you end up grappling hook-jumping into his eyes to proceed to the next stage of the battle.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Fairly self-explanatory — he wears glasses and is a foul propaganda-spewing demon.
  • Ironic Name: Barbas is the name of a demon from the Book of Goetia who is said to truthfully answer questions if summoned. In this game, he still deals with information, although the "truthful" part is all-but-forgotten.
  • Jerkass: He's basically Bill O'Reilly, but as a demon, so what would you expect?
  • Malicious Slander: Demonizes both the Order and Dante by blaming all the destruction the demons themselves cause on them.
  • Mechanical Lifeforms: Well, Digital Lifeforms, but his true form appears to be made of data.
  • Metaphorically True: "Just doing God's work". Well... for all intents and purposes, Mundus is his "God".
  • Mouth of Sauron: He is the Warden of Limbo's jail, the source of all anti-Order/Dante Propaganda, and is the public face of Mundus' control. And, hell, he really is doing God's work. Mundus may as well be God to him. Taken to the literal extreme when you notice his voice actor in English is the same as Mundus.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: The fact he's meant to invoke Bill O'Reilly isn't at all subtle, to the point he downright quotes his infamous "WE'LL DO IT LIVE!" shout in the third phase of his fight.
  • One-Winged Angel: During his boss battle, his real form is revealed to be a sort of giant, holographic face with huge, fire-like mishmashes of data coming out of his head.
  • Pivotal Boss: A giant laser-spitting head in the center of the Raptor News background, which is a globe.
  • Pompous Political Pundit: Unsurprising, considering who he's a parody of.
  • Propaganda Machine: He runs it. And God help you if you go against it.
  • Shock and Awe: His battle involves a lot of lasers and electric-based attacks.
  • Shout-Out: During his battle, weakening him will cause the various news stories around the arena to change into Villainous Demotivators, telling the viewers at home to "increase debt" and other such bad advice that strengthens the demonic hold on the world.
  • Strawman News Media: All of the Raptor News Network functions as this, given its nature as an unsubtle satire of Fox News.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Bob Barbas never has much use for the truth, but when he starts talking about Dante's past during his boss fight, such as his violence against authority figures, it's supported by Dante's brief flashbacks. Whether Dante truly did murder the head nurse at St. Lamia or if there's more to the story is left unexplored, but it's implied that anyone Dante killed in the past was actually a demon in disguise, and Lamia in Greek mythology is a child eating-demon. Given what we know of the demons in this world, Bob's description of the nurse as a sweet lady who "especially enjoyed working closely with children" is... suspect, to say the least.
  • Wardens Are Evil: In addition to being Mundus's propagandist, he runs the prison where Mundus's enemies are sentenced. His news broadcasts play throughout the prison stage telling the incarcerated that they should be happy to be alive even if they are in agony.
  • Visual Pun: His demon form? A literal talking head.


Voiced by: Race Davies (En), Nathalie Homst (Fr), Gádor Martín (Sp), Elisabetta Cesone (It)
"You want to kill me? You can't kill me! I'm 1200 years old!"

"Dante...? Son of Sparda... and Eva? The whooore?!"

A Succubus, which is the production source of the "secret ingredient" put in the soda Virility.

  • Achilles' Heel: Her weakpoint, a carbuncle just above her head...though it's usually covered by a layer of fat. It is exposed for a short while after she attacks, and you can force her to expose it longer if you smack it enough.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: She resembles an enormous grub.
  • Breath Weapon: Occasionally weaponizes her vomit to make a whole platform unusuable, forcing you to jump somewhere else.
  • Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: During her boss fight, she's prone to giving out some disgusting death threats.
  • Determinator: Gotta give her credit, coming back from a vomit dip then doing everything in her power to keep from being minced by a sewer fan.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Although her introductory scene names her "Poison", the characters always use her Japanese name, "Succubus".
  • Extra Eyes: On her carbuncle.
  • Hoist by Her Own Petard: You end up using the cables she's attached to defeat her, and then she falls in a pool of her own acidic vomit.
  • Horny Devils: Averted. Though a Succubus, she doesn't have any supernatural ability to seduce Dante (or if she does, she thankfully doesn't use it), nor does she draw power from sex and she is - to put it mildly - incredibly hideous.
  • I Ate WHAT?!: Virility sure doesn't taste so good when you know where it comes from.
  • Mighty Glacier: Being massive and fat, she's hardly mobile but quite resistant to damage, unless hit in her weakspot.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: She has multiple humanoid arms of various size she employs in her boss fight, using them to clutch to the platforms or just smash Dante into a pancake.
  • No Indoor Voice: She sure screams a lot.
  • Not Quite Dead: After depleting her life bar, she's detatched from all her support cables and falls into the pool of vomit below... but as Dante tries to leave the chamber she re-emerges from the pool, starting the second part of the battle which ends in her death.
  • Our Demons Are Different: One of the rare modern depictions of a succubus as an ugly monster, rather than a buxom demoness.
  • Pivotal Boss: More or less. She is attached to giant pipes that go to the ceiling and you fight her jumping between several platforms around her.
  • Really 700 Years Old: She claims to have lived for 1200 years and quotes this as a reason why Dante cannot kill her.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Not only does she swear a lot, she literally vomits her insults.
  • Stealth Pun: She looks a bit like some sort of caterpillar. Caterpillar can be used to describe a person who uses other people for their own personal gain.
  • Technicolor Toxin: Green-ish yellow poisonous vomit and mucus.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: How she attacks, part of the way. The rest is her insults.
  • Warmup Boss: In Bloody Palace.
  • Whole Plot Reference: Many have noticed the similarities to Poison's part in the plot and the Futurama episode "Fry and the Slurm Factory".

    The Hunter 

Voiced by: Richard Ridings (En), Jean-Claude Sachot (Fr)

"You're dead... just like your whore mother."

An ape-like demon armed with a knife and a grappling gun. He attacks Dante's trailer and forces him to come out and fight. He'll proceed to stalk and attack Dante through the Limboified piers and into an abandoned park.

  • Achilles' Heel: Doubles as one, considering that only his face can be hit for damage.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: Aim for the gash (wound or other kind) on its face.
  • Bounty Hunter: His equipment, title and the fact that goes after Dante, who's wanted by Mundus, suggests that he may be a demonic equivalent of this trope.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Sometimes he'll shoot his grapple hook in the ground, conjuring a large claw made of concrete.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Fitting such a demonic massive brute, he has a booming voice.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: A rather large scar on his face, which apparently took out his nose as well.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Plus a little of Defiant to the End.
  • Grappling-Hook Pistol: Which he can use to grab Dante and pull him near him.
  • Immune to Bullets: Until Kat hits him with a magical Molotov cocktail.
  • Killer Gorilla: Looks a lot like one, and is huge to boot.
  • Knife Nut: His weapon of choice is a massive military knife. For anyone else, it would work as a giant falchion.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Despite his enormous frame, he's very fast and nimble.
  • My Death Is Just the Beginning: Claims that even if he dies, Mundus knows where to find Dante.
  • Precision-Guided Boomerang: He uses his knife as this during the boss fight.
  • Recurring Boss: Subverted. Although there are supposed to be several hunters, Dante only has to fight against one.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Almost literally — he attacks Dante while he's recovering from a raucous night out.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Is impervious to any kind of damage during his first appearance, but becomes vulnerable when Kat tosses a can of Wiccan material at his face.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: It's mentioned both by Mundus and Kat that there are more Hunter demons, but only one shows up.
  • Youkai: Hard to spot, but he seems to be based on the Nue, a Japanese chimera-like monster: both have furry, humanoid bodies, the Hunter's grapple hook reminds of the Nue's serpent tail, and he can hide himself in a black mist (the Nue can turn into a black cloud). Plus, they're both an omen of ill things.


Powerful Swordsman and an elite bodyguard to Mundus.

  • The Dragon: To Mundus. Unlike Bob Barbas, he seemingly takes care of the more physical threats to Mundus' power.
  • Dual Wielding: Swords, like all the Dreamrunners.
  • King Mook: To Dreamrunner. He also reveals his name to Dante only during their last confrontation. He also appears before they do.
  • Giant Space Flea From No Where: His first appearence: Dante is running through Limbo to save Kat in the Order's HQ, having met regular enemies and a new Miniboss so far... then this creepy swordsman appears out of nowhere and disappears into a portal after dueling with the son of Sparda for a while.
  • Lightning Bruiser: With some Teleport Spam for good measure.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Drekavac is the Slavic word for "Screamer", and is also the name of a mythological south-Slavic monster.
  • Recurring Boss: You fight him three times.
  • Sinister Scimitar: Opposed to Dante's single straight sword.
  • Slasher Smile: Forms a creepy one when he first meets Dante, which the latter lampshades.
  • Spin to Deflect Stuff: If you try to shoot him with Ebony and Ivory he will just deflect the bullets with his spinning swords.
  • Thinking Up Portals: Can form circular mirror-like portals to disappear and reappear from behind Dante with a lunging sneak attack.



Voiced by: Lou Beatty Jr. (En), Benoît Allemane (Fr), Abraham Aguilar (Sp), Luca Sandri (It)

A demon prisoner who Dante meets while making his way to Barbas. He was incarcerated for his loyalty to Sparda.

  • Armor-Piercing Question: "And if you do kill Mundus... Who will take his place?" It becomes the final plot point of the game.
  • Artificial Limbs: The right side of his head, which contains his 'eye'...
  • Black-and-Gray Morality: Teaches Dante that not all demons are bloodthirsty monsters devoted to Mundus. On the other hand, it's he who tells Dante (who then tells Vergil) just what it will take to get Mundus really mad i.e. killing his spawn. To his credit, he makes sure to warn that doing this will cause potentially thousands of deaths and isn't to be undertaken lightly, but loyalty to Sparda's bloodline or no, the guy's still a demon.
  • Blind Without 'Em: ...He can't 'see' his way through Limbo without it otherwise.
  • Cool Old Guy: Centuries old and loyal to Sparda.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Suggested as one of the roles he states having done in the past, in addition to being a scholar and prophet, is that of an inventor.
  • Meaningful Name: On several levels.
    • In The Bible, Phineas was a son of the high priest Eli and means something like "oracle" in ancient Hebrew.
    • More whimsically, Phineas Gage was a railroad worker who survived an iron rod accidentally getting punched through his skull in 1848, destroying his left frontal lobe and his left eye, but leaving him otherwise unharmed (at least bodily). His demonic namesake looks as though he suffered a similar injury and somehow replaced the damaged part of his head with a mechanism.
    • It is interesting to also note that in Classical Mythology, there is man with a very similar name known as Phineus. In the most well-known account of him from Greek Mythology, he showed the future to mankind and for that was punished by Zeus by being blinded and having harpies torment him and steal his food. Similarly, Phineas (who like Phineus is also a prophet) is also punished by a powerful supernatural being (Mundus in this case) and tormented by Harpy demons.
  • Mr. Exposition: Informs Dante of the Nephilim race that came before him and how they were wiped out.
  • Noble Demon:
    • More or less... we don't know how he was before, but he's certainly much less evil than the other demons we meet in the game, particularly because he assists Dante after the young man retrieved his eye.
    • He calls Dante his master, implying he's still loyal to Sparda's family.
  • Reality Warper: To an extent, he can remake platforms and bridges with his eye, which allows Dante to proceed forward.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Sparda, even calling Dante "my master".


Brother to and formerly a lieutenant of Mundus and the father of Dante and Vergil. He was banished to eternal torment for betraying his fellow demons and forming a romantic relationship with the angel Eva.

  • Adaptational Wimp: The original continuity's Sparda was a legendary demon warrior who, when he turned on Mundus, took on his army. And won. Then he took on Mundus himself. And won. This Sparda, after Mundus finds out he betrayed him, goes into hiding. When Mundus finds him, Mundus easily kills Eva, before his demons capture Sparda and take him away to be imprisoned and tortured without much resistance. This is even reflected in his design. The original Sparda looked like a truly imposing demonic warrior. DmC Sparda looks like just some dude with horns.
  • Defector from Decadence: Like his original counterpart, he chose to turn on his own kind for the benefit of Humankind.
  • Disappeared Dad: The fate of this continuity's Sparda, rather than having passed away of unspecified causes as the Classic one.
  • The Faceless: Sparda's face is scratched out, obscured, or simply turned away in all the photos and paintings of him.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Sparda's punishment for betraying Mundus was eternal imprisonment and torture.
  • Female Angel, Male Demon: He is a demon married to the Angel Eva.
  • Horned Humanoid: What little we do see of Sparda's true appearance shows he looks human, but with a pair of horns protruding from his head.
  • Opposites Attract: The Angelic Eva and Demonic Sparda were married before Mundus killed Eva and subjected Sparda to a Fate Worse than Death.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Whilst it's not exactly clear what happened to him, Sparda is deceased in the original continuity. This version is currently still alive, but might be wishing he wasn't.


Voiced by: Rebecca Blackson (main game), Andrea Deck (Vergil's Downfall) (En), ??? (Fr), ??? (Sp), Donatella Fanfani (It)

An angel who formed a romantic relationship with and married the demon Sparda. She was killed by Mundus.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Dante and Vergil's mother Eva has red hair in this continuity. In the classic universe, she was blonde.
  • Adaptation Species Change: Dante and Vergil's mother, Eva, was a human in the original series. In this depiction, she is an angel.
  • Death by Origin Story: Dante and Vergil's mother Eva was killed by Mundus when they were 7.
  • Ethereal White Dress: In Dante's memory of her death and her hidden message to her son, she wears a white, sleeveless dress.
  • Mythology Gag: This game's Eva retains the original one's association with the color red, though by way of her hair color rather than the color of her coat.
  • Once Done, Never Forgotten: Whenever she is brought up by demons, she is referred to as being a "whore" for persuading Sparda to turn on his own kind.
  • Opposites Attract: The Angelic Eva and Demonic Sparda were married before Mundus killed Eva and subjected Sparda to a Fate Worse than Death.
  • Pietà Plagiarism: The flashback of Eva's death has a shot where Dante cradles his mother's corpse. It also counts as an inversion, seeing as a Pièta usually involves the Virgin Mary cradling the dead body of Jesus (ie. mother cradling son).
  • Posthumous Character: She has several lines, appears in flashbacks, gave the twins their matching amulets to help them find each other, was personally murdered by Mundus in front of Dante and left messages to help guide her children to unlock their powers. Her presence in the story is actually felt more than that of Sparda, who gets name-checked once or twice and gave the twins their signature weapons, but makes no active appearance and has no dialogue at all.
  • Statuesque Stunner: In the brief instances they are shown together, this version of Eva is almost as tall as Sparda.
  • Theme Naming: Along with Lilith, granted it is Faux Symbolism in reference to pre-existing mythologiesnote  rather than having any actual importance to the story. Eva is a variation of the name "Eve", of which is the name of the first woman and wife of Adam in the Bible. Meanwhile, Lilith is derived from the name of a woman from apocryphal texts and Jewish folklore who was the first wife of Adam (who was created simultaneously with him) who became a demon after being banished from the Garden of Eden and subsequently replaced as Adam's mate with Eve. The lovers of Sparda and Mundus, Eva and Lilith respectively, are a good-hearted female and a villainous demon respectively, but beyond that have little else in common with their namesakes.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Delivers one of these to Vergil in the Vergil's Downfall DLC Campaign after the spoiler-protected individual claims to have killed his twin brother Dante; granted, Vergil, unbeknownst to her, had done a Face–Heel Turn by that point.


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