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"Let's get this party started!"

(For maximum stylish points read this page in the voice of Reuben Langdon (English) or Toshiyuki Morikawa (Japanese))

Oh hey, how are ya? Nature calls? It's in the back.

...Wait, you came here intentionally? Oh. All right then. Welcome to Devil May Cry. Have a seat, put your feet up, relax a little. Want some pizza? Yeah, I know it's hours old, I'm too lazy to order more. What? Yeah of course I know the phone is within arm's reach, what's your point? Anyway, I was havin a nice nap, doing R-rated things to the girls in my dreams before you rudely barged in here, but I don't hold that against you. You don't smell like a demon to me, so either you're a client or...

Hmm, what's that? An interview? You want to know all about me from my perspective? Can I get paid for this? In case you didn't know, I'm up to my ears in debt. Free? Aw, c'mon! Well okay, but just because I like ya. Besides, I got nothin' better to do.


Okay so, here's how it goes, I'm the son of a big shot demon named Sparda who once saved human kind. My mom was a nice lady, could barely harm a fly; She was human after all. Well, after dear old dad bit the dust, the demons took revenge on my mom, leaving me and my brother Vergil to be orphans. I stuck to my guns and made something of myself. Vergil... let's not talk about him.

What? I have to? *sighs* Fine. Well, Vergil turned evil and decided he wanted to destroy all humans. Don't ask me why, doesn't really make sense to me either. And anyway, he's not around anymore. Sure, Nero kinda suggests otherwise, but, eh, too lazy to look into it. The less I gotta deal with that guy the better, even if I sorta had to team up with him more than once.

So early in my career, Vergil got in my way and I fought him and a bunch of demons through a gigantic tower. I met a feisty young gal I call Lady. Yeah, I know her real name is Mary, but whatever. I met Trish years later, a demon created by Mundus that looks way too much like my mom for my liking. She also dragged me into doing battle with Mundus, originally trying to get me killed, but eventually had a change of heart.


And after that, I had a slew of adventures, dragging around a little girl in the process. Not the best party I've been to, but hey, at least it was better than the sequel to my first game. I like to pretend that was all a fever dream. Life's too short for you to go around like you've got a stick up your ass.

But that did happen, and I was asked by some red-haired girl to come to the island of Vie de Marli, stop some bad guy from summoning a powerful demon... the less said about that, the better, m'kay? I've been kinda moody throughout that whole ordeal. Call it my "blue period".

And after my adventures, I met Nero and fought the Savior. That about does it for my home series. I've had a few other appearances note  in other places, some more prominent than others. But those are some crazy stories, too crazy to talk about at length in full-detail when I'm not getting paid. And let's not even talk about DmC: Devil May Cry, featuring that other version of yours truly, the one who used to have black hair. Don't even get me started on the state of it being a reboot, or it being a retelling of how me and Vergil had our little falling out. Retelling seems like the best bet, anyway, kid does have style though, even if he's a long way to go before he becomes anywhere as cool as me.Sorry to disappoint but I don't meet the qualifications to join Ryu and Megaman in that crazy contest so you'll have to make do with a costume for your Mii Swordfighter.

Oh, you've come to hear about my latest escapades? It's a long damn story, but in short, some guy ripped Nero's arm off, and a demon lord named Urizen showed up in the city I was born in, with some ugly bloodsucking tree. He kicked my ass pretty hard, so hard that I took a month-long nap because he broke Rebellion. Rest in piece, buddy. Thankfully, Nero and that V guy held the line until yours truly came to. Eventually I found my old home and finally figured out what I was running away from all this time, and that revelation allowed me to take my real form. I kicked that demon's ass, but it turns out V and that freak were two halves of one being, and that being was none other than my long-dead brother Vergil. Along with my darling bro coming back to life, I let it slip that he's also the kid's dad. Crazy, huh? He came back, but I wasn't in the mood for a heartwarming family reunion. We clashed at the top of the tree, ready to rip each other apart to kingdom come, until Nero showed up to settle the score with his old man. Once he got satisfied, we took off to the Underworld to cut down the tree, but since we weren't in a rush, V and I decided to take a vacation there. No bills to pay, no nagging from girls... that's a free man's life.

And, well, that brings us to today and this so-called interview. What, I'm being pretty vague and skipping over a lot of details? Well, what more do ya want? You clearly know my place of business and my trade, and I just blew the family secret that I'm a half-demon to some big shot. What? You want me to list a bunch of tropes about myself? Well, all right, but only cause you asked nicely.

Oh yeah, did you know that in a past life I was an armored dragonfly superhero? Seems me an' Joe have a lot more in common than I thought.

Keepin' it stylish!

  • The Ace: Hey, I can't help it if I'm just better than Nero at everything.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Vergil might be a pain in the ass, but he's still my brother.
  • Always Identical Twins: If I was wearing blue and combed my hair back, you'd be unable to tell the difference between Vergil and me. ...Put that comb down. I like my hair the way it is.
  • Ancestral Weapon: I got my sword from dear old dad. Honestly, wish I had a father instead of a sword, but hey, this thing's saved my life at least once, which is more than pops ever did.
  • Angels Pose: I did this with Trish and Lady once.
  • Angsty Surviving Twin: Heh, can't get anything past you, can I?
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Only cause Vergil is a Big Brother Bully, so it balances out, I'd say.
  • Anti-Hero: I'm pretty much a more laid back, moral version of that other red-clad lunatic.
  • Arm Cannon:
    • Picked up the Nightmare-Beta on Mallet Isle. Drains my Devil Trigger power but the results are worth it.
    • My Devil Trigger form in my second game had me armed with one of these.
  • Armor Is Useless: And you wonder why it's just the coat and leather.
  • Badass Biker: Issac Newton's crying in his grave somewhere. What can I say? I'm just too cool for gravity. And lately I've got a really sweet bike that can turn into two chainsaw... things. What can I say? I love it when a thing has more than one use.
  • Badass Crew: Trish and Lady work part time for the Devil May Cry agency. When we work together I guess we fit the criteria for this one.
  • Badass Fingersnap: Watch me switch to Gunslinger style in my fourth game from an idle position and prepare to be amazed.
  • Badass Longcoat: It's my favorite jacket. Gives me an image people can easily attach to a name, drums up business for the agency you know. And it looks amazing.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: I did this with Lady during the adventure I met her and with Vergil during that rare time we teamed up.
  • Bag of Spilling: Hey, you try carrying as many weapons as I've acquired over the years and figure out where you're gonna put it all. Besides, sometimes using them just isn't my style. That kid with the talking yellow squirrel keeps hitting the Reset Button on his team, I can do the same for my equipment. Truth be told, I usually sell my trinkets off, so maybe I've got an offer just for you. Or I just let Enzo hang on to 'em.
  • Battle in the Rain:
    • How my first meeting/battle with Vergil goes in my third game.
    • You probably can't tell in that HD version but my last fight with good ol' Griffon on Mallet Island took place in a big downpour, too.
  • Big Good: Well, if you think of Nero as the protagonist in the fourth game, then this would be my role in it.
  • Blood Knight: Not the best example since I was having a rough day, but...
    "Well bring it on! I love this! This is what I live for! I'm absolutely crazy about it!" (cue Cheshire Cat Grin)
    • That said, I love a good fight. It runs in the family.
  • Boring, but Practical: Pandora's flashy with all of her combinations, but some just work well more than others, even if they're not that stylish.
    • Rebellion and Ebony & Ivory fit here too. I usually start my adventures with them, and while they aren't as flashy as the rest of my arsenal (relatively), they're still pretty good for kicking ass. Especially if I specialize into Swordmaster or Gunslinger!
  • Bottomless Magazines: Because I have demonic powers, I never have to reload. Yes, this includes the times I've used shotguns and rocket launchers.
  • Bring My Red Jacket: It's so bad guys can't see me bleed.
  • Broken Ace: Hey, being forced to kill a crap ton of demons that are after you just because of your old man since I was a kid doesn't exactly count as a normal childhood. That ended the day my mom died and I was separated from my twin brother.
  • Butt-Monkey: Yeah, yeah Patty really laid into me, didn't she?
  • Cain and Abel: Vergil's the Cain, I'm the Abel.
  • The Cameo: We talked about these already didn't we? Oh well, no harm in reminiscing.
  • Catchphrase: "Jackpot!" I always use it to end my assignments.
    • "Devils never cry", but I use it sparingly.
  • Celibate Hero: I love ladies, don't get me wrong, but I've got my reasons not to pursue any deep relationships. Being perennially broke is one of them.
  • Character Development/Hidden Depths: While I'm always the snarky guy that ladies love that you want to invite to parties, I've matured a great deal since I first opened up this shop. I'm also a really good guitar player and a music aficionado, not that you could tell by looking at me.
  • Character Exaggeration: What? I wanted to look good to all the good little boys and girls when I went from 3D to pastel colors.
  • Characterization Marches On: And apparently whoever handles PR for me decided even Trish and Lady should keep their behaviors for our fourth game.
  • Charged Attack: Things get pretty crazy if I decide to charge up my melee based weapons. Even some of my guns get in on the fun!
  • Chekhov's Gun: I've got plenty, but my half of the perfect amulet and my magic coin strike me as the most well-known examples.
  • Chick Magnet: What can I say? The ladies love a man with talent.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Well look, just because I can swear doesn't mean I like to abuse 'em. If you want me but a sailor, Other Me's that-a way.
  • Conspicuous Gloves: Fingerless gloves, that's right. And unlike a certain cowboy's mine are just flat out awesome.
  • The Collector of the Strange: Take a good look at this office, kid. Everything in here has a story. ...Nah, I'm just messing with ya. It's all for aesthetics. I bought most of it myself.
  • Combat Pragmatist: From everyone else's viewpoint, especially Vergil's. Using firearms may be considered a low blow but they've gotten me out a few tight spots. And frankly, considering all the demons I go up against, I'd be nuts NOT to be this.
  • Cool Guns: *twirls gun* Ebony and Ivory, never leave home without 'em. It'd be like forgetting your car keys. And of course there's all the wacky armaments I pick up on my journeys. Did I ever tell you about the Nightmare-Beta for one thing?
  • Cool Sword: Even among swords of its type, my sword is pretty sweet, I admit.
  • Cool Uncle: This is how my relationship with Nero has been as of late. Now if only I could get him to work up the money to get a ring for that girl of his.
  • Cutscene Power to the Max: I slaughter enemies with no effort normally, but my version between gameplay events is possibly the coolest, most invincible badass ever, dodging missiles, shrugging off horrific injuries, and killing massive enemies with single attacks.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Hey, I might not look it at first, but I'm a pretty nice guy once you get to know me.
  • Desperation Attack: My Devil Trigger Majin form acts as this when I'm really in a pinch.
  • Deuteragonist: I share the spotlight with Nero in my fourth and fifth adventures and Lucia in my first game's sequel. Those stories were more personal to them.
  • Diving Save: I did this for Trish to save her from falling debris in the aftermath of Nightmare's defeat.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Hope you don't mind if I have a quick slice before we contin- Olives? Are you kidding me? I tell them every time, no olives!
  • Double Entendre: My interaction with Nevan and acquisition of Lucifer. I regret nothing.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: How I felt when I learned that Trish was created by Mundus to kill me.
  • Experienced Protagonist: No matter the game, it's never my real first rodeo. I've already got something akin to experience under my belt.
  • Expy: What? What do you mean I resemble that dog-eared kid? I look nothing like him. And whoo, if I smelled like that, I'd kick myself out of my own house. Heck, if his girlfriend had brought in some firearms, we would've been spared 500+ chapters of headaches. We do have at least something in common: dealing with older brothers that have something shoved up their butts. And wouldn't you know it, Vergil has a kid and so do the Dog Brothers. Hey don't look at me, I'm not ready to settle down anytime soon. Haven't you seen the Celibate Hero entry above?
    • I do favor more with that Vash dude. Cool coat and gun, by the way. Unfortunately, he too has a brother with a dim, grim, and contemptible view of humans.
    • The actual inspiration for me is this dude named Cobra. And no he's not that hooded kook trying (and failing) to take over the world. He's cool cat from a time where male anime protagonists weren't neurotic messes.
    • Fountain of Expies: Ironically, I've gotten several imitators over the years:
      • The quiet cowboy assassin with the backpack casket emphasized more on shooting than using a sword.
      • Gene. The brawler doubles as an expy to to the head exploding Bruce Lee wannabe. The boys at Capcom would later take notes and base Nero partially off the former. How ironic. Oh, and it's awesome that he gets to use God's right arm to spank demon women!
      • Bayonetta and Jeanne are both Gender Flip examples. Those ladies are snarkers that both fight with swords and guns, taunt their enemies, and the latter even has white hair and dresses in red like me! She's stealin' my looks! The only differences is that they are witches that fight angels. note  I gotta enough problems with demons, I don't need angels bothering me. Not that I couldn't handle it of course. Hey, maybe Bayo can send me an invite to that "fight club" she's a part of?
      • That stripperific zombie fighting game has another gender flip example named Kagura. She's a copy of my DMC3 incarnation. A Half-Human Hybrid (Dhampyr in this case) that's young, snarky, taunts, and likes to show off. You'd never catch me in a thong though. Oh man, the younger me would have loved meeting her! It's better than first meeting a chick who shoots ya in the head!
      • Wonder Blue, he's like me in Super Sentai or Power Rangers form. Though he wears his color well, I'll stick with the classic red. The funny thing is that his leader, Wonder Red, is based off my old pal, Joe. Somebody must miss us.
      • That Travis guy likes red coats too, but he carries a lightsaber for some reason. He even has a twin brother who fights him, but apparently Travis is supposed to the dumbass between the two of them. Not that I haven't been a dumbass, but my brother is a more dangerous one.
  • Fakin' MacGuffin: "A false coin, for a false god."
  • Final Boss: Oh, you think since I'm the main protagonist, I can't be a final boss? On that you're mistaken, since in Vergil's journey I hand him out some serious whoop-ass at the top of that tree. That's the way Sparda's boys settle their scores. Let me tell you, you're going to break some controllers trying to beat me.
  • Finger-Twitching Revival: The end result of "acquiring" Alastor. I shrugged it off like a bug bite.
  • Firing One-Handed: Because I'm awesome that way. Or Maybe it's the demon blood in me.
  • Foil: To my brother Virgil. Don't get me wrong, we're twins so we have a bit in common, but he wears blue, I wear red (our old man wore purple so it's pretty symbolic). He's quiet and reserved, I'm loud and boistrous, he wears his hair back, I let it slide down. If ya pay attention to how we speak, especially in DMC 3 you'll notice I basically translate his dork speech into something way simpler and cooler. Kinda like a Sophisticated as Hell to contrast his Wicked Cultured edge he's always so eager to show off.
    Virgil: It's time for the clown to bow out, Arkham.
    Me: Dude, the show's over!
  • Gangsta Style: The only stylish way to fire off sweet guns like these. And baby, I ain't talking about the ones resting on my arms.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Gimme a break! I just bought the agency and the whole thing collapsed! I was willing to take Arkham's job if it paid well. Besides, chicks liked the arrogant, cocky me. I've still got shades of it now that I'm older, but that's just cause some things never change. Although I guess I am...what's the word for it...altruistic now?
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: I would be dead several times over if I didn't have the ability to heal my own wounds.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: All right, you got me. But you try coming up with witty one-liners on the fly. Not every single one of them is going to be prime time stand-up comedy material. I leave most of the F-bombs to Nero. I start swearing properly come my fifth major adventure, though.
  • Guest Fighter: I ended up rolling with the Demi-Fiend in Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne for a little while.
  • Heads or Tails?: I pulled this stunt in my second game using my coin to determine whether or not I would help Lucia and Matier, most notably when deciding who between Lucia and me will go into Demon World and slay the recently-revived devil king Argosax and most likely be trapped there for eternity. Of course, Lucia doesn't notice until the epilogue that it's a trick coin, which is useful in screwing over Arius big time. I actually keep pulling this shtick during my dazzling appearance in Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne. Savvy players can actually recruit me for only one Macca if they know about my trick coin.
  • Healing Factor: I've been shot in the head, impaled in five different places, including the chest...a lot. But look, no scars. Must be our health care system.
  • Hero Antagonist: Probably what Nero saw me as for the first half of his debut adventure.
  • Hidden Depths: You wouldn't suspect it, but I actually like to quote Shakespeare from time to time. ...What? A guy can't enjoy a good english play and read Playboy?
  • Hired Guns: My job. I work for cash. Puts food on the table... and unfortunately very little else.
  • Human-Demon Hybrid: Well I am 1/2 demon, 1/2 human. But I'm all man, ladies.
  • Hunter of His Own Kind: It's what my dad would have wanted: protect humans, punish demons.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: I acquire a variety of giant guns and swords in every game, but you never me carry anything other than what is currently equipped. Maybe I'm a magician, or maybe I picked up a thing or two from that nice-looking red head from that country with the talking, flying cats.
  • Iaijutsu Practitioner: I can pull off some tricks from Vergil's book, like that time I had to save Fortuna by destroying the Hell Gate and fighting the so-called Savior.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: You know, I'd probably make more money if I had a ten spot for every time this happened to me. And now that I've got my own Devil Arm, it's become an everyday occurance. Booooring.
  • Implacable Man: Let's just say I'm far, far more impressive when you're watching me than when you're controlling me.
  • Immune to Flinching: When I activate my Majin form, there isn't a thing that can stop me. Pray I don't have to use it on you. You are human, right?
  • Impossibly Cool Weapon: Oh-ho, where to start? During years of kicking demon butt I've got my hands on some nice stuff:
    • Nevan, she's one sweet babe... oh, and she's also a literal electric guitar that shoots bats. It's always good to have a lady in my hands.
    • I've also got this briefcase, Pandora, during my ordeal at Fortuna. Heard it has 666 different forms, but I never bothered trying them all out.
    • One of my latest toys is a demonic motorbike named Cavaliere that can turn into two chainsaw weapons. You look stylish riding it, you look stylish shredding demons with it, so it's an S in my book.
    • Also I've got a hat... not just a regular one, but a weapon of mass destruction in a shape of hat, goes by the name "Dr. Faust". It absorbs Red Orbs as some sort of "mana", and boy, it has some nice uses. Firing Red Orb shards like bullets? No problem. Dropping Red Orb meteorites at whatever that's in my way? You got it. Eat your heart out, Italian plumber. Plus, it makes me look like a gunslinger from the Wild West, scarf and all, and I got to show off them sweet moves I've got, so the lesson is... gotta wear hats more often.
  • I Shall Taunt You: This is my bread and butter outside of my slicey-choppy skills. What can I say, it's nice to see my enemies get mad when I have fun screwing with them.
  • It Was a Gift: Rebellion and my half of the perfect amulet were gifted to me by good ol' dad and my mom respectively.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: I was pretty harsh to Trish when she stabbed me in the back and turned out to be working for Mundus, but thankfully my words got to her.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Hey, I might be a walking, talking pain in the ass, but I'm a nice guy. Here, I'll prove it: We'll go down to the pizza parlor, on the house. Oh...wait...uhhh, raincheck on that. I'm behind on the mortgage this month.
  • Just Toying with Them: Consider this, no matter the situation, I'm rarely serious. Most of the stuff you struggle with I could do without your help much easier. However, even I know when the chips gotta go down and the grins and banter gotta go away. Once that happens, all bets are off and not only are ya gonna have a bad time, but likely I am too.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: You know, being able to One-Hit Kill everything wit a massive laser from my Majin Devil Trigger form takes the fun out of a good scuffle, but dammit if it's not awesome.
  • Large Ham: I think this just about covers it. Oh, hey more Shakespeare.
  • Le Parkour: Nothing says parkour like midair jumping and teleporting aside, dashing in and out of tight spots, running up walls, using enemies as springboards, and flipping through the air in a way that'd make even some of the most hardcore gymnasts fall and break their necks.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Nero, Nero, Nero, you should've known better than to actually make me try. Mundus also learned the hard way what happens when you legitimately tick me off.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Fast, agile, and I hit like a runaway ice cream truck. Bottom line, I know my moves better than you do.
  • Living Legend: Let's just say defeating and sealing away Mundus gave me a bit of a claim to fame and leave it at that.
  • Lured Into a Trap: I got baited by Trish into Mundus' trap. I made him pay for that dearly.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Like I said, I shrug off impalement like a really bad itch and nothing more.
  • Manly Tears: What? Come on! Someone like me shed some tears? It's just the rain. Don't overthink it. Well...okay, I guess even I cracked a little when Trish died, but shhhhhhhh, just between us all right?
  • Meaningful Rename: What're you talking about? The store's always been called Devil May Cry. It's never been renamed, not once...okay look, she asked me to change it back to Devil May Cry since she didn't wanna always be seen as the co-owner of it. Happy?
  • Mirror Boss: Dark Link ain't got nothing on me. Isn't that right?
    • I've also had to deal with a few of these, like Vergil or that knockoff Doppelganger.
  • The Musketeer: Well...I guess I technically qualify.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Well, it's not like I ever wear a shirt in my third game.
  • The Nose Knows: I smelled that giant, ugly frog from a mile away, but well, with a lure like that I just had to humor him. What was it I said again? Oh right:
    "You can hide that body. But that smell, woo!"
  • No-Sell: I let Nero think he'd beaten me within an inch of my life, even let him impale me with my own sword. I'm used to it by now. Of course, everyone watching at home knew better. So, it didn't come as a huge shock when I managed to pull out the blade like a harmless splinter and subsequently made my escape.
  • Odd Friendship: He can be an odd little squirt but ol' Joe and I get on real well actually. Probably because me showing up in his games. We were also in that big comic book throwdown and we're still cool.
  • Oedipus Complex: Sorry, no Greek tragedies playing out today.
  • Older and Wiser: Should I grow a beard to prove it? I dunno, I think the 5 o' clock shadow does enough.
  • Orphan's Plot Trinket: My half of the Perfect Amulet.
  • Painful Transformation: My (chronologically) first Devil Trigger transformation. And keep in mind, I get impaled on a regular basis. So imagine what that probably felt like.
  • Papa Wolf: As a babysitter for Patty. I also don't like seeing people attack my nephew.
  • Parental Abandonment: Leeeeeeet's not talk about this, mmkay?
  • Patrick Stewart Speech: It's true, humans are weak, but hey we've got much better qualities to make up for it. And you find me a demon that makes good pizza and strawberry sundaes.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: You may not have noticed, but my hair is actually usually combed this way. What? Good side? They're both equally amazing, that's why you hardly noticed.
  • Perma-Stubble: I grow some in my fifth escapade. And like everything else I do, I make it work stylishly. One time I make fun of this by shaving it... with a captive and still spinning bladed demon. Dangerous? Sure. Convenient? You betcha!
  • Perpetual Poverty: Hey, now that's rude, don't ya think? But yeah, I own it, I'm in some large debts all the time and have the bills coming in. Can't a guy get a break? Those utility people are worse than demons, seriously.
  • Physical God: Huh? Am I? Guess I never noticed the body count I've been piling up lately that would qualify me for this.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: Vergil and I are like night and day, summer and winter, peanut butter and pickles... maybe not that last one quite so much.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Lady didn't like it very much when I made it sound like I was her father's killer. To be fair, I don't think the real culprit would've been quite so... patient with her.
  • Possession Implies Mastery: What can I say? Weapons are like women: You just gotta know how to treat them right and communicate with their body in the right way to make 'em do what you want.
  • Power Gives You Wings: Sometimes *nodding* sometimes, most notably in my Majin form. And Sin Devil Trigger gives me some too.
  • Power Makes Your Voice Deep: While using my Devil Trigger Majin Form, you should hear how low my pitch drops. Sin Devil Trigger, too.
  • Practical Taunt: The taunts ain't just for show! I get more Devil Trigger, and my style stays longer or goes higher. Nothing is more cool than taunting a demon before laying the smack down on it.
  • Purple Is Powerful: The fire blasts, body energy and overall color theme for my Majin Form DT are a mix of Black and Purple, its power of course is ridiculously strong, making my Sparda DT form look normal in comparison.
  • Razor-Sharp Hand: I wrecked an entire slab of stone while using Gilgamesh for the first time. Did I mention it started with Bruce Lee's one-inch punch?
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Pretty much what I said to Trish when I first found out her true nature:
    "Don't come any closer, you devil! You may look like my mother but you're nowhere close to her. You have no soul! You have the face but you'll never have her fire!"
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: In my first game, after Mundus killed Trish, my eyes did the red, glowing thing and I even got a spiffy battle aura. I dropped the wisecracks, summed up a Death Glare and a Shut Up, Hannibal! moment before awakening to my my Sparda Devil Trigger form. And then Mundus had a really bad day.
    • My Sin Devil Trigger is arguably even scarier.
  • Refuge in Audacity: The more brazen stunts I pull, the less my opponents expect it. For instance: need to kill the leader of an order of holy knights with demonic powers? Show up during one of his sermons and cap him in the face.
    • Also, one time I drove up a tower on my motorcycle. And then I used said motorcycle to beat the crap out of some demons.
      • Relatedly, that Cavaliere weapon I mentioned earlier? Yeah, it functions as a fully working motorcycle when I'm not using it to crush and slash poor saps.
  • Rejected Apology: I didn't let Trish off easy after she betrayed me in my first game.
  • Rocket Ride: Okay, how could I not jump on the missile Lady fired at me and ride it like a surfboard? It was begging to be done.
    • And it seems like Nero took after me the next time we teamed up with that cyber arm of his... must admit, it's pretty neat.
  • Rogue Protagonist: What, you thought I was a bad guy when I showed up and killed that preacher in front of his clergy? True, it seemed like I've gone off the deep end, but I had my reasons. Too bad the kid didn't know about this at first.
  • Running Gag: Oh, gee, I don't know, maybe this has something to do with how often my own sword gets sheathed in my chest?
  • Sarcastic Clapping: I do this this after seeing Sanctus unleash The Savior after Agnus opens the Hellgate to Demon World.
  • Save the Villain: I tried to save Vergil, but he rejected my offer so he could stay in the demon world. Selfish to the end as little imps sing him to his rest.
    • I had more success in my fifth game, with a little help from my nephew...okay, a lot of help. What? I was having a rough day.
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: I'm living in debt, but I'm not that desperate for cash. I want a job that's fun and doesn't compromise my morals, hear me?
  • Shirtless Scene: Even going beyond how my coat's open the entire game, I'm not even wearing it when demons attack my shop at the beginning of the third game.
  • Shout-Out: Apparently my personality is based off of the titular character of Space Adventure Cobra.
  • Showy Invincible Hero: Like I said, hardly take anything seriously.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: At least two; one to Mundus at the end of the first game, and another to Arius in 2 after my second fight with him. The second case is more flashy, as it was a Shut Up, Hannibal! performed with bullets.
    • Okay three. Aaaaaaand action:
    Trismagia: "The Son of Sparda. You must repent your sins!"
    Me: "Don't speak, just die!"
  • Sins of Our Fathers: Okay, dad, if you can hear me, can you give me a small request and make me stop cleaning up your messes?
  • Skyward Scream: Oh man, do I have to talk about this? *sigh* Yeah, Trish never let that "fill your dark soul with LIHIIIIGHT" thing go.
  • Smug Super: What can I say? Experience has tempered me so there's very little that can actually give me a hard time.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: What, just 'cause I like killing demons and defying physics with how awesomely stylish I am, I can't pick up a good book and have a li'l philosophy on the side? My brother's not the only one who can talk like he just completed an audiobook of Macbeth, you know! Besides, chicks dig a guy with class.
  • Super Mode: Devil Trigger, plain and simple. Then I got freakin' Sin Devil Trigger, and hoo boy, does it feel like I become a godslayer when that's in play.
  • Taunt Button: With the exception of 2, all of my games have one.
  • Tell Me About My Father: I really don't care about my dad's exploits. He's dead, I'm alive, and I've got my own bills to pay and worries to ponder.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: My Round Trip technique turns good ol' Rebellion into a Precision-Guided Boomerang. Atta girl, always comes right back to her master where she belongs.
  • Time to Unlock More True Potential: Majin Devil Trigger. Let's just say Super Saiyans and I have a lot in common after that became a thing. And then Sin Devil Trigger. I'm full of surprises.
  • Too Many Belts: I don't have as many as say, that kid running around with the giant key, but they don't call me stylish for nothing.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Pizza! As well as strawberry sundaes in the anime, original novels, and in Project × Zone.
  • Trash Talk: I'd love to have a battle of wits with you right now actually... but you appear unarmed.
  • Trickster Mentor: I guess I'm this way to Nero, but you'd have to squint to see it. Of course, by the end of that adventure I'm less this and more a Big Brother Mentor. I guess part of me is trying to do what Vergil can't anymore.
  • The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny: In this one webshow, I got called to take out this witch calling herself Bayonetta. Quite the looker, but every rose has her thorns, right? Thorns that, sadly for her, didn't earn her a victory against me. Speaking of which, I wonder what happened to Trish and that Jeanne girl during that fight? Something tells me Trish ain't gonna be happy with me.... How come I never meet any nice girls?
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: To put it simply, it doesn't matter to me what your genes are, but how you feel. In the anime, I actually called off a hit I was hired to do on a demon because he wanted to live like a human. By contrast, I'll also kill a human if I think there's nothing redeemable about them and they're just as bad as any one of the fodder I have to cut or shoot on a regular basis.
  • Who You Gonna Call?: Certainly not the guys in the brown suits with the proton packs. Let them handle the incorporeal. I got me a date with the underworld and all of their ilk like it's a bad day at a company picnic with the CEO's extended family... in the south.
  • Willfully Weak: I could destroy everything around me with the demonic blood boiling inside me, but there's just something about cutting a demon's head off, batting it with my sword and launching it via cannonball effect at the enemies coming at me like a group of bowling pins that make an adventure so much more entertaining.
  • The Worf Effect: Urizen's got me pretty bad, didn't he? Destroyed Rebellion and kicked my ass so hard I went into a coma, but after I woke up and unlocked my true potential, I managed to turn the tables on him.
  • Would Hit a Girl: I've fought Lady and Trish in certain circumstances and don't even get me started on Nevan and Echidna. In fact, I think a quote of mine from that time I tangled with those guys in costume put it nicely:
    "How come I never meet any nice girls?"
  • You Remind Me of X: Could everyone please stop comparing me to my dad? Enough's enough already. I'm me!

Huh? Interview's over? All right. See ya, then. (puts magazine over face and leans back in chair with feet up on the desk) Just don't break the door on the way out.