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Devil May Cry



  • Action-adventure

  • Hack and slash


  • Capcom


  • Ninja Theory



Capcom (2001–present)

Hideki Kamiya

  • Android

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  • Mobile

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  • PlayStation 2

  • PlayStation 3

  • PlayStation 4

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  • Xbox 360

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First release

Devil May Cry

August 23, 2001

Latest release

Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition

November 10, 2020

Devil May Cry (


: デビル メイ クライ,


: Debiru Mei Kurai) is a series of

action-adventure games

created by

Hideki Kamiya

. It is primarily developed and published by


. The series centers on the demon hunter


and his efforts to thwart various demon invasions of Earth. Its gameplay consists of combat scenes in which the player must attempt to extend long chains of attacks, avoiding damage and exhibiting stylized combat; this combat, along with time and the number of items collected and used, are considered in grading the player’s performance. Across the series, new characters with unique skills are available.

The series alludes to



Divine Comedy

. Hideki Kamiya created Devil May Cry after a failed attempt to develop a

Resident Evil

game. Kamiya wanted to create a game with more action features, which Capcom felt the series did not need. The games were directed by

Hideaki Itsuno

and writer

Bingo Morihashi

. Capcom announced a new game,

DmC: Devil May Cry

(developed by

Ninja Theory

and supervised by Capcom), during the 2010

Tokyo Game Show

. A high-definition remastering of the three

PlayStation 2

titles was released for

PlayStation 3


Xbox 360

in 2012, and in 2018 for the

PlayStation 4


Xbox One


Microsoft Windows

. The latest game is

Devil May Cry 5

, released on March 8, 2019.

The series has been successful; the main entries have sold several million copies and received Capcom’s Platinum Title award. The success of the video-game series has led to

comic books



, an animated series, guides, collectibles, publications, and a variety of

action figures

. Critical response to the gameplay


has been positive. However, the games’ narrative was considered simple until the third installment.

According to


, another Capcom franchise,


, was a vital influence on the Devil May Cry franchise,


and according to

Retro Gamer

, the over-the-top action of Devil May Cry draws from Strider, particularly in their inclusion of the “boss rush”.


Game overview[



Release timeline

Devil May Cry


Devil May Cry 2


Devil May Cry 3: Dante’s Awakening


Devil May Cry 4


Special Edition


2012 Devil May Cry HD Collection

DmC: Devil May Cry

2018 Devil May Cry HD Collection (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

Devil May Cry 5

  • Devil May Cry

    : Its gameplay focuses on fast-paced, highly-stylized combat; a high style ranking requires long attack and evasion strings while avoiding damage. Although the game also features puzzle-solving and exploration elements retained from its survival-horror origins, they are downplayed in favor of action. In later games, the system was modified; players had to vary their attacks to maintain their style rank.


    The Devil Trigger enables a player’s character to assume a devilish form with additional powers (based on their current weapon), while the character’s strength and speed increase, and health is slowly restored.



Dante attacks an enemy with the sword Alastor. The word “Cool!” assesses the player’s performance in combat.

  • Devil May Cry 2



    is generally the games’ lead character. However, most of the games offer other playable characters. The ability to perform combination attacks in mid-air and evasion and weapon-change buttons were introduced. With the latter, a player can cycle through ranged weapons without switching to the inventory screen.

  • Devil May Cry 3: Dante’s Awakening

    : A selection of gameplay styles were added, allowing the player to focus on favorite techniques or weapons. Each of the four styles gains experience points, which unlock more techniques and abilities without costing red orbs (the series’ currency). A second weapon-change button was added, allowing the player to cycle through a character’s melee weaponry.


    The game was re-released as Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition with new skills for Dante and the ability to play as Vergil.


  • Devil May Cry 4

    : Nero’s Devil Bringer arm gives players the ability to pull distant enemies in to be attacked or destroyed. Nero is also armed with a sword which can be throttled up, allowing players to pre-charge it for extra damage on the next hit; with precise timing, it can be charged after each attack for extra damage and style. As Dante, players can switch fighting styles in mid-combat.


    An updated version titled Special Edition was rereleased featuring the ability to play as Vergil as well as Dante’s two mates, Trish and Lady.

  • Devil May Cry HD Collection: A collection of the series’ first three games for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, ported by

    Pipeworks Software


    Double Helix Games

    , eventually released on March 22, 2012 in Japan and March 29, 2012 in the US.


    It was later ported to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows on March 13, 2018.



  • DmC: Devil May Cry

    : This title in the Devil May Cry series introduced changing environments to the gameplay. Players could reach hidden areas with the Ophion whip and grappling hook, and the weapon had similar functions to the Devil Bringer in Devil May Cry 4. The environment often “attacked” Dante by changing its architecture and infrastructure to a more-hostile form, prompting fast-paced chase sequences and platforming scenarios.



  • Devil May Cry 5

    : Released in 2019, this game introduces a character named V, who controls three demons in battle due to his weak physical state. Nero and Dante return as playable characters, although Nero is weaker with the replacement of his Devil Bringer by a mechanical prosthesis.


  • Devil May Cry: Peak of Combat: A mobile-phone game by Yunchang Games, based on Devil May Cry 3. Its rendition of Dante’s appearance was criticized, and the developers promised to fix it when the game left the beta period for release in 2020.


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The series begins two millennia before the first game with the demon Sparda, the Black Knight, defeating Demon World ruler


. Sparda stops Mundus from conquering the human world by sealing several Hellgates and Temen-Ni-Gru (the last portal) with a ritual requiring his blood and the aid of a human priestess. Sparda meets Eva, who gives birth to his twin sons Dante and Vergil.

The plot begins with Devil May Cry 3, a year after Dante has a falling-out with Vergil.


A large tower erupts from the ground near the shop, and Dante interprets it as a challenge from Vergil.


Dante is defeated in Temen-Ni-Gru by Vergil, who takes his locket and leaves with Arkham. Dante’s dormant devil power revives him, and he resumes pursuing his brother. Vergil wants to use the pendants their mother gave them in a ritual to create a portal to the Demon World. The battle is joined by


, who wants to avenge her mother’s death by Arkham; Arkham manipulated the three into completing the ritual, which would allow him to acquire Sparda’s sword: the Force Edge.



Dante and Vergil defeat him, and resume battling each other. The portal begins to close, and Vergil approaches it. Dante pleads with his brother not to go, but Vergil leaps into the Demon World before the portal closes. Vergil is tested and encounters Mundus, his mother’s killer. When Lady returns to the human world, she coins the phrase “devil may cry”; Dante uses it for the shop.



Dante is confronted in Devil May Cry by


, who reveals that Mundus is planning to return and only a descendant of Sparda can defeat him.


He explores Mallet Island (where Mundus is set to return), encountering demons which include Mundus’ general:


the undead Vergil, Nelo Angelo.


As Dante approaches Mundus, he falls into a trap which reveals that Trish is the demon’s agent; he saves her, however, because she resembles his mother. Trish saves Dante from Mundus, and Dante realizes his father’s power.


Dante defeats Mundus when Trish helps him return Mundus to the Demon World.


Dante and Trish escape as the island collapses and work together in the Devil Never Cry shop.

In the Devil May Cry: The Animated Series anime, Trish is a demon hunter; Dante is the bodyguard of Patty, a young heiress who becomes obsessed with him. Patty’s mother is descended from a sorcerer who sealed the power of Abigail, an ancient devil lord. Patty is targeted by Sid, a demon seeking Abigail’s power. Lady and Trish fight demons summoned by Sid, and Dante kills him.

Dante is invited by


in Devil May Cry 2 to meet her mother,


. Dante learns that


is collecting artifacts (Arcana) to summon the demon lord




Dante flips a coin, and decides to help.


Lucia confronts Arius, who reveals that he created her.


Lucia gives Dante the last of the Arcana before facing Arius alone.


Dante encounters Matier, who asks him to take the Arcana to save Lucia from Arius.


Lucia attacks Arius, but he captures her. Dante arrives, trades the Arcana for Lucia, and attacks Arius (who escapes).


A stream of energy strikes the


tower, and a portal to the demon world opens. Dante and Lucia argue about who will enter, and Dante determines that he will go.


After Dante leaves, Arius returns to the human world and Lucia defeats him.


In Devil May Cry 4, Dante and Trish discover foul play within the Order of the Sword and investigate while learning its religious leader’s scheme to conquer the world using demonic power. Dante seemingly assassinates the Sanctus, only to face a young demon hunter acolyte named Nero, who awakened his demonic forces as a descendant of Sparda. Nero quests to capture Dante while gaining Yamato, only to learn the Order’s dark secrets before being captured by Sanctus through his girlfriend. Dante manages to cripple Sanctus’s plans before freeing Nero to finish the job. The two part ways on good terms with Nero allowed keeping Yamato.

In Devil May Cry 5, set several years after Devil May Cry 4, Nero runs a mobile branch of Dante’s Devil May Cry business.


He befriends Nico, a weapons artist and descendant of the gunsmith who crafted Dante’s Ebony and Ivory handguns.


Nero’s Devil Bringer arm from Devil May Cry 4 is stolen; armed with a


Devil Breaker created by Nico, he leaves with Dante and the demon hunter V to face their “strongest foe yet”.



Although the series’ timeline had placed Devil May Cry 4 before Devil May Cry 2, it was


with the release of Devil May Cry 5.



DmC: Devil May Cry

, developed by

Ninja Theory

, is not part of the timeline and takes place in an alternate universe from the main series. It moves away from the gothic look of the previous games to a more contemporary setting with some social commentary on mass media and culture.





16th-century painting of Dante Alighieri

The series is loosely based on the

Divine Comedy


Dante Alighieri


After the completion of

Resident Evil 2

in 1998, preliminary work on a

PlayStation 2

installment of the Resident Evil series began by Team Little Devil under the direction of

Hideki Kamiya




research and development

included a trip to Spain to examine castles as a basis for the game’s environments. Its prototype, however, was a radical departure from the Resident Evil formula and the

survival horror

genre. Kamiya rewrote the story and changed its premise, drawing from Italian poet

Dante Alighieri


Divine Comedy




Devil May Cry



Despite the success of the original game, its sequel was not created by Kamiya or Team Little Devils.



Although an unidentified director was placed in charge of the project, Capcom was dissatisfied with their work and assigned

Hideaki Itsuno

“with only 4 to 5 months remaining in development” to steer the project back on course.


Despite Itsuno’s limited time on the project, he is the only person credited as director in the final version of the game.


According to


Tsuyoshi Tanaka, the design aim was to make Devil May Cry 2 bigger than its predecessor; Tanaka estimated that the game’s environments were about nine times larger than the first.


After Devil May Cry 2‘s mixed reception, Capcom decided to develop the next game like the more critically successful Devil May Cry. Gameplay elements, such as environment size and battle engine, were reconsidered.


In the original game, Vergil was killed by demons early and his soul was controlled by Mundus;

Bingo Morihashi

wanted to create an alternate universe in which Vergil was alive. However, Kamiya gave Morihashi the freedom to rework Vergil’s backstory and make him a living teenager for Devil May Cry 3.


As a result, the game was designed as a prequel to the series, set several years before the events of the first game.

Development of Devil May Cry 4 began shortly after its predecessor’s success.


The development team had 80 members.


A new protagonist was discussed many times at Capcom, but was not approved until producer

Hiroyuki Kobayashi

said that Dante had to be in the game.


Kobashi said before the game’s release that they wanted to make Dante seem significantly more powerful than Nero, to create an obvious difference between the strength of a “veteran” compared to a “rookie”.


Writer Morihashi collaborated with film director Yuji Shimomura, who worked on the earlier games. Morihashi left Capcom at one point, but returned at Itsuno’s request. It took him a year to finish writing the game; he had difficulty with the characterization of Nero, the new protagonist. Dante returned as a supporting character.


Although the fourth game was a commercial and critical success, the staff considered rebooting the series because other game series had better sales.


They chose Ninja Theory, impressed with their work on

Heavenly Sword

(which the staff thought would work with a Devil May Cry game).


However, in 2013 Itsuno expressed interest in developing a fifth installment.


It was originally thought that Itsuno intended for the series to go on hiatus or end if Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition was not a commercial success,


but he said in a GameSpot interview that the series’ future did not depend on Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition‘s sales. He alleviated fears that DmC: Devil May Cry‘s sales would kill the series, confirming that Capcom was satisfied with them.


In mid-January 2016, Itsuno tweeted that he had begun work on a new project.


Reuben Langdon and Johnny Yong Bosch, who had done voice acting and motion capture for Dante and Nero in Devil May Cry 4, took pictures of themselves in motion-capture gear in March 2016; this led to speculation that a new Devil May Cry game was in development.


According to Capcom Vancouver, “It’s not a game that [they] announced that [they are] working on at [their] studio”.


On May 17, 2018, the domain name “” was registered under Capcom’s Onamae domain register.


Devil May Cry 5, featuring the return of Dante and Nero, was confirmed at

E3 2018

for release the following year.


Most of the team had worked on the recently released Resident Evil 7, and were experienced with the

game engine

; Itsuno was influenced by his work in

Monster Hunter: World

to provide content appealing to new gamers but also felt that making the game challenging would appeal to long-time fans.


Other members of the staff had worked on the reboot game

DmC: Devil May Cry

, but the Osaka team was more willing to make a sequel to the fourth installment of the main series. The team listened to fan opinions about previous games to ensure that the new game appealed to them; an “auto” mode facilitated combos.


Itsuno was moved to tears by a film in which three robots combined into a giant robot to overcome their foe, and wanted to create similar moments.


He wanted to convey the style of a Hollywood movie such as






Kamiya, currently working at


, was interested in making a remake of the first installment and a crossover game with Dante and




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Other media[



Light novels[



The series has several print adaptations. Two

Devil May Cry light novels

, written by Shinya Goikeda and illustrated by

Shirow Miwa

, were published in Japan in 2002 and translated and published in the United States in 2006. The first, Devil May Cry Volume 1, was published in Japan in conjunction with the release of the first game and explored Dante in an adventure set before the game’s events. The second, entitled Devil May Cry Volume 2 in the US, was published in Japan to coincide with the second game’s release and is set after the first game’s events.


published the books in the United States in June and November 2006, respectively.



Bingo Morihashi wrote a Devil May Cry 4 novel entitled Devil May Cry 4 Deadly Fortune. The two-volume novel, published in Japan in 2009, has a number of scenes which were not included in the original game due to time constraints.



A prequel novel by Morihashi titled Before the Nightmare, set before Devil May Cry 5 and leading to the beginning of the game, was published on March 1, 2019.


Comics and manga[



Three issues of a comic adaptation of the first game were published by the Canadian

Dreamwave Productions

in 2004, but the series was left unfinished when the company went bankrupt the following year.


On July 25, 2008,



DC Comics


) and


announced that they would collaborate on a Devil May Cry


series. Details about the series were planned to be announced at a later date,


but no new information has been provided.

Two volumes of a planned three-part

Devil May Cry 3 manga

series have been published in Japan and the United States. Set a year before the events of Devil May Cry 3, the manga describes how the characters come to be at the beginning of the game.

On March 7, 2019, Capcom announced that a tie-in manga entitled Devil May Cry 5 Visions of V would be serialized on the Japanese manga-hosting site Line Manga (LINE マンガ).


The manga’s prologue was published before the serialization began. Illustrated by Tomio Ogata, the manga (only available in Japan) would update every other Sunday beginning on April 27.










Devil May Cry: The Animated Series

, premiered on Japan’s


TV network on June 12, 2007. The 12-episode series,




produced by


, was directed by Shin Itagaki. Bingo Morihashi, a writer of the third and fourth games, was one of its writers.

In November 2018,

Adi Shankar

announced that he had acquired the rights to produce a Devil May Cry anime series for




Shankar, who has been completing a similar

animated series

for Konami’s


franchise, said that he considered both series part of a shared “Bootleg Multiverse”.


In November 2021, Shankar revealed that the show’s first season will have 8 episodes.


He also have plans for a connected “multi-season arc”, like what he did with


, and that fan-favorite characters will make their debut throughout the series.





On February 28, 2011,

Screen Gems

(which made Resident Evil into a

film series

) had purchased feature-film rights to the Devil May Cry series.


Kyle Ward was hired to write the screenplay for the film (based on DmC: Devil May Cry), which would be Dante’s origin story.




No news has emerged about the project’s status.




Capcom produced Sengoku Basara vs. Devil May Cry a staged amalgam of the Devil May Cry and

Sengoku Basara

series, in August 2015. In the play, Dante, Lady, Trish, and Vergil encounter mysterious historical ruins while chasing a devil and are sent back in time to Japan’s

Warring States period

; there, they meet Date Masamune, Sanada Yukimura, and other characters from the Sengoku Basara franchise. The play ran at the AiiA 2.5 Theater in Tokyo for 18 performances.

Masanari Ujigawa

wrote and directed the play, and

Hideaki Itsuno


Izaki Matsuno

collaborated on the scenery.

Kazushi Miyakoda


Tetsuya Yamaura

were the producers, supervised by

Hiroyuki Kobayashi


Makoto Yamamoto



Devil May Cry: The Live Hacker, a musical, ran for 13 performances in March 2019 at

Zepp DiverCity

in Tokyo. Jun Yoriko wrote and directed the musical and its video,


and a DVD was released in late August of that year.


In other games[



Devil May Cry characters appear in the


versions of the

Viewtiful Joe

games, another Capcom series created by Hideki Kamiya; Dante is a playable character in the

PlayStation 2

port of the first Viewtiful Joe. The


version of

Viewtiful Joe: Red Hot Rumble

also includes Dante and costumes based on Vergil, Trish, Sparda, Marionette, and Plasma.

In a deal between Capcom and



Megami Tensei

character designer

Kazuma Kaneko

created Dante and Vergil’s demonic forms in Devil May Cry 3. In return, Atlus included Dante in his Devil May Cry 2 costume as a character in an enhanced release of

Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne

(Maniax in Japan). The English localization of Nocturne was based on the game’s Maniax edition.


Dante and Trish are playable characters in

Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds

, and Vergil, Dante, and Trish are playable characters in its

Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3

update. Dante and Vergil retain their Kazuma Kaneko-designed Devil Trigger forms since they are based on the third game of the Devil May Cry series. Dante is also a playable character in

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite


The DmC: Devil May Cry version of Dante is a playable character in

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale

, and he is a playable character in

Project X Zone

for the Nintendo 3DS as half of a pair with


Demitri Maximoff

; Lady is a separate character. Dante returns in its sequel,

Project X Zone 2

, with Vergil; Vergil’s future self, Nelo Angelo, is a rival character.

On June 28, 2021, it was announced that a


costume based on Dante would appear in the crossover fighting game

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

, as a set for the Mii Sword fighter character with clothing inspired by his design from the original Devil May Cry game. The set was released the following day alongside the game’s new DLC fighter,

Kazuya Mishima

from the




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Aggregate review scores
As of March 11, 2019.


Devil May Cry

(PS2) 94


Devil May Cry 2

(PS2) 68


Devil May Cry 3: Dante’s Awakening

(PS2) 87


(PC) 66


Devil May Cry 4

(PS3) 84


(X360) 84


(PC) 78


DmC: Devil May Cry

(X360) 86


(PS3) 85


(PC) 85


Devil May Cry 5

(PC) 90


(PS4) 88


(XONE) 87


By March 31, 2021, the Devil May Cry series has sold 23 million units worldwide;


each installment is a Capcom Platinum Title, selling over a million units.


As of March 31, 2021, Devil May Cry 5 is the best-selling game in the series having sold 4.3 million units worldwide.


The series has received generally positive reviews. In 2010,


ranked Devil May Cry number 42 and Devil May Cry 3 number 18 on its “Top 100 PlayStation 2 Games” list.



The series’ gameplay has been praised as innovative.




Devil May Cry has been cited as beginning a subgenre of “extreme combat” action games, which focus on powerful heroes fighting hordes of foes with stylized action.


It has been described as the first game that “successfully captured the twitch-based, relentlessly free-flowing gameplay style of so many classic


action games”.


The series is the standard against which other


hack and slash

action games are measured, with comparisons in reviews of games such as

God of War




Chaos Legion




Blood Will Tell



Devil May Cry 5 has three protagonists with distinctive abilities, increasing the number of moves available.




According to Hiroyuki Kobayashi, the team’s work on Devil May Cry 4 influenced Capcom’s

Dragon’s Dogma



Response to the series’ narrative has been mixed, despite Dante’s increased popularity.



The series’ popularity led to a line of Devil May Cry action figures produced by Toycom,




produced a Devil May Cry 2 and Devil May Cry 3 Dante action figure.



According to a reviewer, the story was overly short and the characters underdeveloped.


Dante’s cockiness was noted as largely absent from Devil May Cry 2.



Devil May Cry 3 and its relationships among the cast in the narrative were found to be superior to Kamiya’s original version.




Dante’s dynamic with Nero in the following game was praised, with critics saying that neither overshadowed the other.




According to GameCored, many fans were eager to play as Vergil again in Devil May Cry 5 and were disappointed that he was not a playable character.


HobbyConsolas hacked into the game to find code which mentioned the character’s name, but was unable to determine if Vergil would be playable as downloadable content.


Devil May Cry 5s handling of its characters and their connections was well received.






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    Arkham: Is your name Dante? Son of Sparda? Dante: Where did you hear that? Arkham: From your brother. He sent this invitation to you. Please accept it. Dante: Invitation huh? (Devil May Cry 3) Capcom, 2005

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    Dante: It’s been nearly a year since we last met. Where does the time go? No doubt you’ve got some fun planned for me. Right Vergil? (Devil May Cry 3) Capcom, 2005

  16. ^

    Jester: It was quite a ride, you know! If any of you had died before getting here, our little plan would have gone to waste! Therefore, my job was to get you to battle each other in order to weaken you. But at the same time, I needed to guide you here and make sure you were kept alive. I even went so far as dressing like a complete idiot! (Devil May Cry 3) Capcom, 2005

  17. ^

    Arkham: He plucks the threads that make us dance, finger and toe! We surrender in joy to the lowest of the foul and rank; we submerge through darkness, rancid filth. Hour by hour, we move downward, ever closer to Hell, in a slow, steady gait. Now, let the world resonate! Sloth! Gluttony! Greed! Envy! Lust! Wrath! And pride! A bell of chaos that tolls human desires! After two thousand long years, the once sealed gate to the demonic world will open! Destruction! Carnage and Despair! Let your instincts drive you! Entrap this world in fear! As its very name, Temen-ni-gru strikes terror into the heart of mankind. Then I will become the ultimate ruler of this wasteland engulfed with pandemonium. The demonic power that Sparda once imprisoned … will be mine! (Devil May Cry 3) Capcom, 2005

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    Lady: Are you crying? Dante: It’s only the rain. Lady: The rain already stopped. Dante: Devils never cry. Lady: I see. Maybe somewhere out there, even a devil may cry when he loses a loved one. Don’t you think? Dante: Maybe. (Devil May Cry 3) Capcom, 2005

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    Lady: Oh, speaking of a kind devil, he finally decided on a name for his shop. It took him quite a while to pick one. Want to know the name? Devil May Cry. (Devil May Cry 3) Capcom, 2005

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    Trish: Yes, his powers were sealed by Sparda, he’s attempting to take control of the human world again. He has been preparing to open the gate on … Mallet Island. (Devil May Cry) Capcom, 2001

  21. ^

    Griffon: Yours is definitely the power of Sparda … No. Even more so. (Devil May Cry) Capcom, 2001

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    Dante: This stinking hole was the last place that I thought I’d find anyone with some guts. (Devil May Cry) Capcom, 2001

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    Dante: How much longer are you going to keep zapping? Come out and show yourself, Mundus! (Devil May Cry) Capcom, 2001

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    Trish: Dante, use my power! Dante: Trish! Okay! (Devil May Cry) Capcom, 2001

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    Matier: Son of Sparda … we must ask this favor, of you … You see, there’s a man who’s transformed our land into a demon’s paradise; his name is Arius. And although he is the president, of an international public corporation … he uses the demon power. Please, deal with Arius and his master for us. (Devil May Cry 2) Capcom, 2003

  26. ^

    (After flipping a coin and noticing the result is heads.) Dante: … Looks like it’s your lucky day. (Devil May Cry 2) Capcom, 2003

  27. ^

    Arius: You are my creation. Lucia: Liar! Matier is my mother. Arius’ secretary removes her mask, revealing the fact her face is identical to Lucia’s. Arius: She merely found you when you were about to be disposed of, and then raised you as a soldier. Is that what you consider to be a mother? (Devil May Cry 2) Capcom, 2003

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External links[



  • Capcom USA’s Devil May Cry portal

  • Devil May Cry 2 website

    (in Japanese)

  • Devil May Cry 3 website

    (in Japanese)

    • Devil May Cry 3 Special Edition website

      (in Japanese)

  • Devil May Cry 4 website

    (in Japanese)

  • Devil May Cry HD Collection website

    (in Japanese)

  • DmC: Devil May Cry website

    (in Japanese)

  • Devil May Cry 5 website

    (in Japanese)

  • Devil May Cry series



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