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Dead or Alive 4: The Devil Factor is a Devil May Cry/Dead or Alive Crossover Fan Fic written by Damon Black. The fic can be read here.

Set a year after Devil May Cry 2 and a few weeks after Dead or Alive 4, Dante is hired by Professor Victor Donovan of DOATEC to deliver a package to Kasumi and ends up embroiled in the war between DOATEC and the Mugen Tenshin clan. To make matters worse, Donovan has teamed up with Vergil and an army of demons to gain a great power sealed away by Sparda long ago...

The fic was last updated on August 6th, 2018 and has yet to be completed.

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This fic provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Accidental Pervert: After fighting a group of demons at Hitomi's apartment, Hayate unintentionally gets a moment when he discovers that Hitomi had sweat through her nightshirt, leaving it transparent and revealing that she wasn't wearing a bra underneath...
  • Action Girl/Dark Action Girl: Lucia, Trish, Kasumi, Ayane... the list goes on.
  • Adaptational Badass: Hayate has a considerably more impressive track record than his canon counterpart. He single handedly kills a Damned Shogun, fends off Bolverk's minions, holds his own against Dante and saves Ryu from a more powerful Doku , even helping him destroy the demonic samurai.
  • Affably Evil: Gentleman truly lives up to his name.
  • Affectionate Nickname:
    • Hitomi almost exclusively refers to Hayate as "Ein," the name she gave him while he was amnesiac.
    • Ayame also takes to calling Ayane her "little butterfly."
  • All Myths Are True: As the Dead or Alive crew discovers over the course of the story, demons and devils are quite real.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: Marller describes most demons as such, claiming that they have no true loyalty to each other.
  • Angrish: In chapter 5, Dante brushes off Kasumi's questions about the package Donovan had him deliver, telling her that he doesn't feel like being interrogated by a "top-heavy Japanese teenager." Kasumi is so angry and embarrassed by this statement that she can barely form a coherent sentence:
    "That's got nothing to do with…I just want to know…What's that supposed to mean?!"
  • Arbitrary Skepticism:
    • Dante fights demons, devils, and all manner of monsters on a regular basis, but still finds it hard to believe that Kasumi and co. are really ninjas.
    • Even after the Mugen Tenshin village is attacked by demons, Ayane is quick to dismiss Sparda as being nothing but a Fairy Tale.
  • An Arm and a Leg: In chapter 11, when she and Hayate are attacked by demons at her home, Hitomi is sneak-attacked by one in her bedroom and fights it off by herself, tearing off an arm and a leg in the process.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: In chapter 35, Dante forces Helena to realize the flaws in her plan to make Kokoro president of her remade DOATEC with this. Earlier, in chapter 7, he ends up making Ayane question her mission and desire to kill Kasumi by revealing his own conflict with Vergil.
  • Arranged Marriage: Kasumi's mother, Ayame, attempts to arrange one between Kasumi and Dante in order to get the Mugen Tenshin to call off the contract on the former's life.
  • Artifact of Doom: Three of them: the Jewel of the Forbidden, the Jewel of the Forsaken, and the Jewel of the Forgotten.
  • Asskicking Leads to Leadership: Vergil took control of most of his demons by defeating them.
  • Attempted Rape: With Helena at her mercy in chapter 19, Christie briefly threatens to rape her before killing her, but Dante shows up just in time to stop it before she can make good on the threat.
  • Back from the Dead: Both Doku and Raidou have been resurrected as demons and are working for Vergil.
  • Badass Adorable: Quite a few of the DOA fighters.
  • Badass Bystander: In chapter 18, Ayame calmly stands up to Gentleman when he attempts to intimidate her into revealing where one of the jewels Vergil is looking for is, and openly refuses to tell him.
  • Badass Longcoat: Dante and Vergil.
  • Badass Normal: Quite a few characters, such as Hitomi, Kokoro, and Helena. Let's not forget the Armstrongs; how many normal humans can hold their own against Dante in a straight-up fight?
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Most of the DOA characters rely entirely or mostly on unarmed combat. Most notable is Gen Fu and his "Fatal Iron Fists" technique.
  • Bash Brothers: A female example. When Ayane and Kasumi work together in a fight and coordinate, they're quite a deadly force. Too bad their relationship off the battle field isn't as good.
  • Bathtub Bonding: Hitomi and Leifang bathe together while discussing their respective boy troubles in chapter 22.
  • Berserk Button: In the early chapters, Ayane does not take being called Kasumi's sister well, to the extent that when Kasumi refers to her as such while talking to her, Ayane loses her temper and bitch-slaps her right then and there, making a public spectacle of herself in the process. Likewise, she has to be physically restrained from attacking Dante upon their first meeting when he snarkily asks if she "got a boob job" as part of her Dead or Alive winnings.
  • Berserk Mode: During chapter 8, Ayane, after being pinned by a DOATEC security guard on top of everything else that has happened to her, snaps and goes apeshit on several guards, butchering them so badly that she ends up covered head to toe in blood.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Donovan and Vergil.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Quite a few examples:
    • Trish shows up on two different occasions to help Kasumi and Ayane out of a jam, first in chapter 9, then in chapter 36.
    • Later, in chapter 19, Dante shows up just in time to save Helena from being killed and possibly raped by Christie.
    • In [[chapter 32]], Hayate steps into Ryu's fight with Doku to even the score. It ends with the two ninja defeating Doku once and for all.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: Both Dante and Kasumi's families are this, by both group's own admission.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: Well, demon biology in this case, and even then it's just invoked; while fighting Cait Sidhes at her home, Kokoro actually wonders if the creatures have bones to break.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: In chapter 9, Kasumi barely avoids getting sliced in half by an Elite Mook in Powered Armor using this.
  • Blood Is the New Black/Blood-Splattered Warrior: See Berserk Mode above.
  • Break the Cutie: Raidou ends up torturing Ayane by planting thoughts in her head and sending her nightmares. It gets to the point where Ayane begins to question her sanity.
  • Bring My Red Jacket: Who else but Dante?
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Shortly after arriving at Devil May Cry, Ayane, under the influence of Raidou's Mind Rapes, ends up masturbating while thinking of Hayate, much to her disgust.
  • The Brute: In chapter 10, when Kasumi is unable to crack the passcode to the door where Ayame is being held, Dante gets impatient and decides to break the door down with his bare hands. Bonus points for Ayane explicitly calling him a brute.
  • Canon Foreigner: Original characters such as Yuri, Gentleman, and Marller.
  • Canon Welding: Damon Black does quite a good job at making the two different series seem like one coherent continuity:
    • As already established, the fic takes place a few weeks after Dead or Alive 4, and a year after Devil May Cry 2.
    • During chapter 5, Kasumi recalls that her parents used to tell her about the legend of Sparda as a bedtime story.
    • Early on, Ryu tells Ayane and Hayate that he got wind of the events of Devil May Cry 3 and made his way to America to put a stop to the Temen-ni-gru, only to find that Dante had already resolved everything by the time he even got there.
    • Sparda actually entrusted one of the jewels that Vergil and Donovan are after to the Mugen Tenshin Clan twenty years before the events of the fic; Shiden had it made into a Kanoko Dome and gave it to Ayame as an anniversary gift.
    • Dante and Vergil also visited the Mugen Tenshin with their parents during that time; Dante snuck out out of boredom and came across Ayame while she was collecting herbs. During that time, he had the whole village in an uproar, with Shiden's father sending out his best ninja to search for him. Because of this, years later, Ayame recognizes Dante on sight, whereas Hayate finds Vergil's name familiar, but doesn't recognize him.
    • Likewise, the Protectorate of Vidu Mali entrusted another one of the jewels to Gen Fu's master.
    • Kasumi recognizes Dante's weapons as Devil Arms, having heard of them from her grandfather.
    • The Uroboros Corporation of Devil May Cry 2 was one of DOATEC's major competitors until Dante and Lucia took it down.
    • Dante was considered a candidate for the Dead or Alive tournaments, but was never invited.
  • Cassandra Truth: Jann Lee and Leifang laugh off Ryu's claims of demons until they themselves are attacked.
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: At DOATEC Paris, Hitomi pretty much stops the fight with Dante to trash Jann Lee about beating up the T-Rex in Dead or Alive 4 to save her. This leads to a small argument until Dante reminds them that he's still there and they're supposed to be fighting.
  • Cats Are Mean: Marller uses cat-like demons called Cait Sidhes as mooks.
  • Chick Magnet: Dante who has managed to attract the attention of Trish, Tina, Helena and Christie.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Dante admits he believes that Ayane and Kasumi are hot, but he doesn't make any moves on them due to their age. Case in point: when Ayane is brainwashed into trying to seduce him, Dante resists and instead helps her snap out of it.
  • Combat Breakdown: Dante and Vergil's fight in DOATEC Paris. It begins with the two using all manner of guns and Devil Arms, then with the two going Devil Trigger, and finally climaxes with the two utterly exhausted and swinging at each other, ending with Dante breaking Vergil's nose with a punch and Vergil pulling a tactical retreat.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Donovan, hands down.
  • Crazy-Prepared: While casing the joint in a DOATEC building, Ayane spikes all the coffee machines in the area with powerful sedatives to lessen security.
  • Crossover: Between Ninja Gaiden Dead or Alive (the former two already taking place in the same universe) and Devil May Cry.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: After seeing Dante's weapons and demon trophies, Ayane quickly recognizes Dante as this.
  • Cry into Chest: In chapter 11, Ayame gets a moment with Dante after being rescued from DOATEC while mourning the loss of her home and husband.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Mostly Dante and Ayane, but quite a few other characters have their moments.
  • Deal with the Devil: Miyako makes a deal with Gentleman to hand one of the jewels that Vergil and Donovan need to take over the world in exchange for herself and Kokoro being given sanctuary from the resulting apocalypse.
  • Death Seeker: Helena states on more than one occasion that, after she succeeds in taking down DOATEC and Donovan, she doesn't really care if she lives or dies.
  • Deck of Wild Cards: Raidou, Marller, and Bolverk all have their own plans independent of Vergil's; Marller and Bolverk are enemies of the late Sparda, and Raidou just doesn't like taking orders from anyone. Doku is the only member of Vergil's group who is genuinely loyal to him.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Christie. She tries to rape Helena in chapter 19 and mentions having seduced and killed a woman once whom she found attractive though Dante believes this is a lie. She also expresses interest in corrupting Kokoro and Cody.
  • Destructive Saviour: Dante, natch. When she hears an explosion in DOATEC Paris, Trish immediately knows that Dante is somehow involved.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Poor, poor Yuri.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Helena's endgame after taking down the corrupt members of DOATEC is to step down as President and then have her half-sister Kokoro inherit the company, believing such a sweet and all-loving girl will be able to make the company honest again. When Dante learns about this, he is annoyed and points out the flaws in this plan. As a sheltered and naive teenage girl, Kokoro has no business training or experience, and likely wouldn't be interested in running a company anyway.
  • Did You Just Have Sex?: Kasumi and Ayane were able to tell that Hitomi and Hayate had been intimate due to the lack of hesitation Hitomi had tending to Hayate's wounds and thus seeing him shirtless.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": Kasumi has a pet fish that she simply calls "Mr. Fish."
  • Don't Call Me "Sir": Ayame insists to Ayane that she stop addressing her as "Lady" and start calling her "mom."
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Apparently, Ayane mistakes Kasumi's love for her as pity, which only pisses her off even more.
  • Doomed Hometown: The Mugen Tenshin village is utterly decimated by Vergil's forces early on.
  • The Dreaded: Just about everyone in Dante's neighborhood is scared to death of him and won't dare mess with him or anyone else staying at his shop. Not only that, but the entire criminal underworld fears him as well. This includes The Mafia, The Mafiya, the Triads, the Colombians, and the Yakuza. It's to the point that, when he beats up an entire precinct of cops while helping Ayane and Kasumi spring their mom from DOATEC, no one even really tries to take any legal action against him.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Apparently, Miyako learned how to drive by playing Mario Kart Wii. To drive another nail in, she's not very good at the game itself.
  • Dying Declaration of Love: A more familial example. Shiden admits to Ayane that he always cared for her and wished she were his biological daughter. Played straight prior to Yuri's death.
  • Dying Race: According to comments made by characters such as Lady, Ryu, and Kasumi, since Sparda's time, full-fledged demons have become a rarity on Earth in comparison to fiends.
  • Elite Mooks: Complete with Powered Armor.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Raidou, thanks to his resurrection as a demon.
  • The End of the World as We Know It: Vergil's endgame: reopening a portal to the demon world.
  • Expendable Clone/Clone Army: Donovan uses numerous defective Kasumi clones as household staff, largely because though they are unable to fight, they nonetheless are capable of ordinary functions and he hates wasting products.
  • Everyone Has Standards/Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Ayane initially revels in Kasumi's sorrow when she discovers that the Mugen Tenshin village has been razed by demons and her father is dead, but is quickly disgusted with herself for doing so because she, too, had lost a father and wouldn't wish such a thing on anyone else.
    • Early on, Vergil explicitly states that he hopes that Donovan doesn't use the aforementioned Kasumi clones for sex. Donovan replies that such an act is beneath him, and besides that, he's not that desperate.
    • When Hayate states that they may have to use lethal force to put any dent in Dante at DOATEC Paris, both Hitomi and Jann Lee are reluctant to do so, the latter remarking that, while he likes a good fight, he's not a killer.
  • Exact Words: After they rescue Ayame from DOATEC, Trish asks Dante to distract the cops so she can get everyone back to Devil May Cry. Of course, she should have specified that she wanted Dante to have said cops chase him around for a while, not beat the stew out of the whole precinct.
  • Face Palm: When Dante confesses to getting into a fight with Hayate at DOATEC Paris, Trish rubs her eyes in annoyance.
  • Fakin' MacGuffin: Eliot tricks the bad guys into taking a completely ordinary jewel.
  • Fingore: See Invulnerable Knuckles below.
  • Fire, Ice, Lightning: Doku, Raidou, and Apophis control fire, ice, and lightning respectively.
  • Flaming Sword: After dying in battle against Ryu and Hayate, Doku returns as a sword of blue fire to continue to aid Vergil.
  • Functional Addict: Apparently, Helena has been so badly traumatized by her mother's death that she has constant attacks and flashbacks and uses special drugs to cope.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: After the Berserk Mode and Blood Is the New Black situations mentioned above, Ayane is left in a furious trance and Kasumi only manages to snap her out of it by slapping her.
  • The Glomp: Kasumi gives one to her mother after they break her out of DOATEC.
  • Godzilla Threshold: After the Mugen Tenshin Clan are decimated by demons, Hayate becomes desperate enough that he decides to turn to the Dead or Alive participants for help.
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language: Kasumi, her siblings, Ryu, Kokoro, Jann Lee, Helena, and Leifang all speak in their native languages at various points, often leaving Dante, who only speaks English, at a loss as to what they're talking about.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Gentleman spends his time helping both the heroes and villains, as well as Playing Both Sides.
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • Kasumi undergoes a brief one when she discovers from Hayate that the Mugen Tenshin has been decimated by a demon attack.
    • When shot at by soldiers at DOATEC Paris, Leifang is in such shock that she nearly pukes.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Yuri distracts a demon fighting Ayane and gets impaled for it.
    • Senseless Sacrifice: Also doubles as this, because Ayane was playing possum and about to pull off A Handful for an Eye before Yuri stepped in. His death results in quite a bit of Survivor Guilt for Ayane, not to mention his mother, whose other son was killed earlier, AND who is already widowed.
  • Honor Before Reason: During their fight, Dante returns Hayate's sword to him, and later uses this to convince Hayate to give him back his gun. Jann Lee even calls Hayate out on it.
  • Human Mail: Invoked in chapter 5, Ayane at first refuses to sit next to Kasumi in the car ride back to Dante's shop, to which Dante blows up and threatens to "stuff her in a box and mail her sorry ass back home" if he hears any more complaints from her. Ayane, not wanting to make a public spectacle, sullenly complies.
  • Half-Breed Discrimination: Apparently, Dante and Vergil were shunned during their childhood for their half-demon status, with Sparda's legend having faded into obscurity.
  • I Can Still Fight!: Jann Lee acts as such after getting cracked ribs to the extent that Leon dopes him with morphine just to shut him up.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Miyako's deal with Gentleman in Stealing the (fake) Jewel from Ayame in order to keep Kokoro safe. Gets a huge What the Hell, Hero? from said daughter.
  • I Want Them Alive!: As Ayame knows where the final jewel is, Vergil insists to his minions that they capture her alive.
  • If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him!: Ryu gets in a fistfight with Kokoro over Helena, and though he has and will kill without hesitation, he refuses to kill innocents and holds back from using lethal force against Kokoro, a girl simply trying to protect her sister, because it would make him no better than those he has already killed.
  • Innocent Bigot: At one point, Bass refers to Hitomi as "German-Oriental," and Leifang is quick to correct him; it's politically incorrect to refer to Asian people as Oriental.
  • Insistent Terminology: This little exchange between Dante and Ayane in chapter 34:
    Dante: "Look, we can all stand around and talk about who started what or who shot at who…
    Ayane: "You shot our brother?!"
    Dante: "Shot at. Not shot. There's a difference."
  • Invulnerable Knuckles: Averted. While defending Mei Lin from demons attacking Gen Fu's temple, Eliot ends up breaking several fingers.
  • I Want Grandkids: Normally, Bass Armstrong is overprotective and doesn't want his daughter Tina dating anybody. However, when Tina remarks on what fine children she would have if she and Dante were married, Bass becomes excited and imagines himself playing with grandchildren.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Ayane and Kasumi's brief argument on sparing their enemies counts as this on Ayane's end:
    Kasumi: "Ayane, could you... could you try to spare them?
    Ayane: "WHAT?! Are you insane?! In case you haven't noticed, there are guys out there armed to the teeth who would kill you in a heartbeat, not to mention they're the hired thugs of the same corporation that are our clan's sworn enemy, and you want me to spare them?!"
    Kasumi: "We are not cold-blooded killers!"
    Ayane: "Yes... we... are! We are ninja. That's what we do. We are assassins, we are spies, and we work in the shadows. If you think that just because we still hold the code of honor that we can act all noble and compassionate, then maybe it was a good thing you ran away because with that kind of attitude, you'd never be a true ninja!"
    • Indeed, Kasumi ends up having to kill a DOATEC soldier in order to save Ayane's life. Ayane has a brief moment of smug satisfaction before realizing that if not for Kasumi she'd be dead.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Both Dante and Ayane have their moments.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Gentleman remarks to Ayame that, while Vergil is not quite pure evil, he's pretty damn close.
  • Lap Pillow: Ayane gets this with Ayame in chapter 18. Ayame states that she had wanted to do so since the day Ayane was born.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again/Old Shame: Kasumi and Lisa/La Mariposa regard the events of Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball as embarrassing and do not explain them to Dante in detail. Leifang also briefly brings up the events of Zack's Island while bathing with Hitomi, but she immediately stops her, nearly phrasing this trope word-for-word. Apparently all of the ladies agreed to never mention what happened on the island. Because of this, it seems to also serve as a Take That! to the game itself.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Both Dante and Vergil.
  • Little "No": Kasumi gives out one after learning of the attack on the Mugen Tenshin by Vergil's demons.
  • Made of Iron:
    • Kokoro manages to stay conscious and on her feet after Ryu performs the Izuna Drop on her, though she doesn't exactly just shrug it off either.
    • Jann Lee remarks that fractured ribs are just "boo-boos" to him.
  • Me's a Crowd: God knows how many Kasumi clones Donovan has made.
  • Mexican Standoff: Dante and Vergil end up in one, with Dante holding Vergil at gunpoint and Vergil holding him at bladepoint. It ends with Vergil getting shot in the head and Dante getting his throat slashed, neither of which last long.
  • Mind Rape:
    • Raidou begins to torture Ayane by implanting emotions and thoughts in her mind, and later sending her nightmares. Eventually, he brainwashes her into attempting to seduce Dante, who resists and gets her to snap out of it.
    • Gentleman also forces Miyako to let Kokoro accompany Dante and Christie back to Paris by showing her visions of the apocalypse that will occur if/when Vergil's plans succeed.
  • Misplaced Retribution: Bass Armstrong wanders into a store and finds a poster of his daughter Tina posing nude. Enraged, he beats up the clerk and throws him through a window, ignoring his protests that he just mans the cash register and has nothing to do with the merchandise.
  • Moral Myopia: When Dante reveals his fratricide of Vergil to her, Ayane, despite having wanted to kill Kasumi for years, finds herself nauseated at that information. Indeed, her hatred of Kasumi actually begins to waver at that thought.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After the Berserk Mode incident mentioned above, Ayane, after snapping out if it, undergoes one of these moments.
  • Never Bring a Gun to a Knife Fight: Vergil proves just why Guns Are Worthless against him.
  • Never Gets Drunk: Subverted; Dante can get drunk, but not hungover.
  • Never Hurt an Innocent: Christie uses Ryu's moral code against him by using Kokoro as a Human Shield.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: The guardian to Ayame's cell in the DOATEC building is Apophis, a robotic demon dragon that shoots red lightning.
  • No Infantile Amnesia: Averted; when Dante and Vergil went to the Mugen Tenshin village with their parents, Dante was apparently too young to remember it.
  • No True Scotsman: During chapter 8, Ayane spitefully tells Kasumi that, given her compassionate nature and reluctance to kill, she'd never be a real ninja.
  • Not Helping Your Case: When their attempts to sneak into DOATEC Paris go haywire and result in a raid and battle, Ryu attempts to get to Helena but is stopped by Kokoro. Though Ryu insists that they mean Helena no harm and just want to ask her some questions, he nonetheless admits to Kokoro that, given the raid and bloodshed going on around them, he wouldn't believe his story if their positions were reversed.
  • Not Me This Time: In chapter 36, Ayane congratulates Dante for taking out Doku, but Dante tells her that that was Ryu who did so.
  • "Not So Different" Remark: Dante compares Ayane to Vergil early on, and during the aforementioned Mind Rape seduction scene, recognizes Ayane's feelings of isolation and need for love as feelings that he himself dealt with as a child. Furthermore, Gentleman remarks to Ayame that Dante and Vergil both share the same mentality and dislike of their mixed-species heritage, the only difference between the two being that Dante fights to protect others.
  • Oh, My Gods!: Ayane and Kasumi exclaim "Oh, Kami!" or "Thank Kami!" at various points. Of course, "Kami" is Japanese for "God." Ayane even explicitly exclaims "Oh, Gods!" during chapter 4.
  • Open Heart Dentistry: Both Dante and Vergil dig bullets out of their own bodies at different points.
  • Our Monsters Are Different: Demons and fiends are treated as separate species, though the exact differences are not elaborated on. Fiends can also become demons, as seen with Doku, who was once a fiend, becoming a demon.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Yuri's older brother had previously perished during the Mugen Tenshin's assault on the DOATEC Tri-Towers, and when Yuri dies as well during the demon attack on the village, Yuri's mother, already a widow and now completely alone, is reduced to a near-catatonic state.
  • Parental Incest: Indirectly. In chapter 7, Dante and Trish briefly make out and begin to have sex, but it ends badly when Dante remembers just who she looks like.
  • Powered Armor: While rescuing their mother, Kasumi and Ayane face off against a bunch of Elite Mooks using this. It is only thanks to the timely intervention of Trish that they get out alive.
  • Rescue Romance: Yuri fell in love with Ayane after she saved him from drowning in a river as a child. It's sadly one-sided, though.
  • Revenge Before Reason: In chapter 36, Hayate acknowledges that he had become this in his vendetta against DOATEC. He snaps out of it, acknowledging that there's no point in taking down DOATEC if he destroys himself in the process and promising his sisters that he will plan his steps better in the future.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Dante is initially unwilling to answer Kasumi's questions, stating that he's "not in a Mister Rogers mood."
    • When Ayame questions Dante where she went wrong as a parent, Dante laughs and remarks to her that his own family "isn't exactly The Brady Bunch."
    • When Ryu pulls a Stealth Hi/Bye on Dante and Kasumi, Dante asks "What is he? Houdini?"
    • When Kasumi explains that they're ninjas, Dante quips "Sure, and I'm Captain Kirk."
    • When he first meets Dante, Gentleman asks if he is really the son of Sparda. Dante sarcastically replies, "No, I'm the son of Ronald McDonald."
    • Miyako apparently learned how to drive by playing Mario Kart.
  • Shrouded in Myth: Subverted when Ryu recognizes Dante as the son of Sparda on sight. Played straight when Ayane laughs off Sparda as being nothing but a legend.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: Poor Dante has to put up with this; when Ryu recognizes him as the son of Sparda, he explicitly tells him that he isn't taking any flak for his father anymore, and later tells Marller not to even bother telling him what her beef with Sparda is, because he's heard it all.
  • Smooch of Victory: After they spring Ayame from DOATEC, Kasumi gives Dante a peck on the cheek as thanks, an act that confuses them both.
  • The Starscream: Two of Vergil's minions, Marller and Bolverk, have a grudge against Sparda and his sons by extension.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Ryu and the Mugen Tenshin ninjas are quite fond of this.
  • Super Soldier: Donovan's new Project Beta, featuring duplicates of Kasumi's super-clone Alpha-152 and similarly augmented clones of Ayane in pairs.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Not quite a denial on Dante's end, but what he tells Ayane and Kasumi after fighting Hayate counts a bit:
    "Well, not that I'm admitting to anything, but there might have been an incident where someone might have said a few unflattering things to said ninja. A scuffle could have broken out as well, but nothing I'm willing to confirm."
  • Take a Third Option: Dante's reaction to Kasumi's dilemma (be hunted by her clan for the rest of her life, or enter an arranged marriage and sever all ties to the Mugen Tenshin, thus never being able to go back home again). He explicitly says that when someone only give him two choices, he will take a third one every time.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Between Ayane and Dante, and Ayane and Kasumi, at least early on. Hell, in the latter case, Ayane can barely restrain herself from blowing her stack whenever Kasumi simply speaks.
  • Tempting Fate: This gem between Ayane and Helena while fighting demons in DOATEC Paris:
    Ayane: "Only one? Wow, I'm insulted."
    (a small army of demons appears)
    Helena: "You had to say something, didn't you?"
  • That Came Out Wrong: After the incident at DOATEC Paris, during which Hayate fights Dante over his current job with Helena, Dante defends himself to Kasumi and Ayane by stating that Hayate attacked first and he wasn't about to help him "insert his sword." He realizes just how that sounds after he says it.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: Ayane ends quite a few sentences towards Kasumi this way.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Kasumi prefers not to kill and, when confronted with armed DOATEC guards, asks Ayane if she would at least try to non-fatally subdue them. Ironically, their positions on this statement end up reversed, albeit unwillingly and reluctantly on Kasumi's end, after the Berserk Mode incident listed above and when they fight a group of Powered Armored Elite Mooks.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Dante, as usual, loves pizza, while Kasumi enjoys strawberries. Ayane, being herself, actually bitches about this to them, going so far as to accuse Kasumi of having a "strawberry fetish."
  • The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny: During the raid on DOATEC Paris, Dante ends up fighting none other than Ryu Hayabusa. Cool Versus Awesome much?
  • Undying Loyalty: So far, Doku is the only Dragon of Vergil that is truly loyal to him. Taken to a literal example when he reforms as a Devil Arm for Vergil after death.
  • Vigilante Man: According to this fic, Dante also dealt with human criminals in addition to demons; in the case of the latter, the entire criminal underworld is completely terrified of him.
  • Villain Team-Up: Vergil and Donovan.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: After going crazy on and brutally killing several DOATEC guards, Ayane, after coming back to her senses, is so horrified by how she lost control like that that she promptly goes into a bathroom stall and throws up.
  • We Have Become Complacent: Vergil accuses Dante of this, saying that after his major victories, Dante's been taking it easy by only fighting minor demons and the occasional criminal, while Vergil had been constantly fighting powerful demons in Hell. Despite this, Dante proves to still be an even match for him.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Ayane calls out Hayate for focusing on his vendetta against DOATEC rather than trying to locate their Missing Mom.
    • Ayane and Kasumi (well, mostly Ayane) call Dante out for fighting Hayate at DOATEC Paris. However, as Dante points out, Hayate attacked him first, and he was acting in self-defense.
    • Kokoro calls out her mother for giving up one of the jewel's locations to keep both of them safe, tearing into her Skewed Priorities.
  • Where Did We Go Wrong?: Ayame's word-for-word question to Dante when she reflects on the state of her family and her children's relationships.
  • Woman Scorned: Marller was apparently betrothed to Sparda before he left her for Eva. She bares him no ill will for betraying demonkind, as demons are for the most part Always Chaotic Evil, but she's pissed that he left her, let alone for a human.