Why Is Dante The Coolest Protagonist In Gaming?

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#1 Edited by KaosAngel (13763 posts) -

NOTE:  I AM TALKING OF DANTE FROM DMC, DMC3, and I guess DMC4....FAKE DANTE IS NOT PART OF THIS!  FAKE DANTE IS NOT DANTE!   
 
Sup demon hunters, 
 
I recently got Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and use Dante, a lot.  Dude is my homeboy, I realized he is hands down the coolest protagonist in gaming history.  All men strive to be like him, dude gets his ladies, and he's a powerful demon's son.  He has wit, he has class (DOES NOT SMOKE), and stands up for justice. 
 
Even looking at his attacks Dante can chain shit up like he's casual about it.  Fought demons a countless number of times and hasn't been scared once.  Even in the worst of situations he just acts like nothing is going on.  The only time he does cry is when he defeats his brother, both times.   
 
He's a business man with a successful company, is having sex with a hot blonde AND a cute demon hunter in a school dress, but he's also a man who will stand up for what is right.  He'd never kill a demon if he wasn't doing anything to harm humans, but he'd also never kill a human ever.  Seriously, look at Dante.   
 
Look at him from DMC or DMC3.  He is the perfection and the apex of cool.  I know no guy here would deny it, but if you could pull off the Dante look...you guys know you totally would.   
 

Classy, He'd Pay For Dinner Too 
#2 Posted by FunExplosions (5407 posts) -

Smart. Keeps his stink finger covered.

#3 Posted by Animasta (14753 posts) -

no fing way, that guy is terrible for one very specific reason:
 
    

#4 Edited by ThatFrood (3418 posts) -

He is pretty cool, definitely up there. I wouldn't call him "the coolest", though.

#5 Posted by Fr0Br0 (3107 posts) -

I agree. Devil May Cry is a cool guy.

#6 Posted by KaosAngel (13763 posts) -
@Laketown: Can you blame a man for being poetic?  He did nail her so it makes up for it, a man has got to do what he has got to do so he can score some hot demon ass.
#7 Edited by Underachiever007 (2468 posts) -
@Laketown said:

" no fing way, that guy is terrible for one very specific reason:
 
    

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I have no idea what you're talking about. I use that line all the time. 
#8 Edited by Cyrus_Saren (547 posts) -

Hot blonde? Trish? I don't think he's getting down with the woman who looks like his mother. Or maybe he is, and Dante has more problems than I thought.
#9 Posted by Animasta (14753 posts) -
@KaosAngel said:
" @Laketown: Can you blame a man for being poetic?  He did nail her so it makes up for it, a man has got to do what he has got to do so he can score some hot demon ass. "
no, but I can blame a man for poor voice acting. A character could be the coolest motherfucker on the face of the earth, but if it's tied with terrible voice acting... I think Geralt from the Witcher is a cool character too, but his voice acting impacts his character poorly.
#10 Posted by SuperWristBands (2266 posts) -

I agree that Dante is an excellent protagonist.
 
However, being that I haven't played DMC3 in years I looked at some pictures on google and he is way to feminine in that game.
 
DMC4 Dante is the way to go. Not just an "I guess". Straight up better. Also he has a shirt and not a tube top in DMC4.

#11 Posted by Azteck (7449 posts) -

I ain't never played no DMC games, but goddamn is he fantastic in MvC3.

#12 Posted by Akrid (1356 posts) -

Everything he does and says just makes me laugh. 
 
It puzzles me when people don't think of Dante and DMC in general as a ridiculous joke.

#13 Posted by ricetopher (1046 posts) -
@Akrid said:
" It puzzles me when people don't think of Dante and DMC in general as a ridiculous joke. "

I was going to come in here and say something along the lines of that. Beaten to it.
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#14 Posted by kingzetta (4307 posts) -
@KaosAngel:
Is it because you jerk off to him?
#15 Posted by Green_Incarnate (1791 posts) -

He kills aliens and doesn't afraid of anything.

#16 Posted by N7 (3762 posts) -

Dante is a bad ass. The coolest of cool, the badass of badasses. Dante is the ONE and no one could disagree, be they haters or not.  The only reason Dante would ever be considered not the coolest of cool, is because of the people at Ninja Theory but those guys can go to hell. Seriously, if I wanted to play as the director from Ninja Theory -- you know what, no one wants to play as the dude from NT. Fake Dante is NOT Dante. 
 
Dante is my totally-not-weird-in-any-way-video-game-man-crush.

#17 Posted by Xanth93 (485 posts) -

Dante is quite a badass protagonist, but I wouldn't say he's the coolest in gaming.

#18 Posted by falserelic (5407 posts) -

Dante is too smooth.

#19 Edited by kingclaw (757 posts) -

How about this guy?

#20 Posted by DocHaus (1446 posts) -

Dante is the coolest because he is essentially a Mary Sue character: He can never die no matter how many times he gets impaled or smashed or chopped up, he has one-liners for every scenario, he wields both a big "FUCK YOU" sword and a pair of guns that never need reloading and kill everything (well, in cutscenes anyway. In the game the guns usually have the stopping power of an angry gnat), and he scores with the ladies without even really trying. If he ever does fall in combat it is only so he can unleash his Super Sai...errr, Devil Trigger form and then beat the shit out of everything that's left. If he was named Shadow von Darkraven Bloodstein and his story was written by some 13 year old on FanFiction.net then you probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference without a visual aid.
 
Granted, DMC3 and 4 were guilty pleasures of mine because they didn't take themselves too seriously. It's when you start to take Dante's character seriously (see: the shitty anime adaptation) that the image falls apart.
 
On a semi-related note, I find it amusing that the writers have been twisting their story into a Gordian's Knot just to pretend that DMC2 never happened, which is what I think led to this upcoming reboot.

#21 Posted by easthill (351 posts) -


I disagree.
#22 Edited by Make_Me_Mad (3170 posts) -

Dante is awesome in the face of a hundred things that SHOULD make him lame.  He's a white haired, half demon pretty boy mercenary who dresses in red and black, fights for humans, uses tons of ridiculous catchphrases and hardly ever has to even break a sweat in a fight against final bosses.  He even goes so far as to have a twin brother who's evil and dresses in opposite colors from him.  He sounds, straight up, like a fanfiction character.
He still pulls it off with an amazing amount of class and style, despite the blindingly painful Oedipus complex he has going on.  Dante is pretty awesome.

#23 Posted by KaosAngel (13763 posts) -
@DocHaus said:
" It's when you start to take Dante's character seriously (see: the shitty anime adaptation) that the image falls apart.  On a semi-related note, I find it amusing that the writers have been twisting their story into a Gordian's Knot just to pretend that DMC2 never happened, which is what I think led to this upcoming reboot. "
Mistakes You Made 
  • DMC Anime was fairly good, the anime wasn't about Dante.  It was about his clients, that's why Dante was barely in it.  Plus Dante just owned everyone in the few seconds he would fight.  There would be no plot if Dante just fought...cause he'd win.
  • There is no DMC2.  The creators don't even know of a game called DMC2.  Why do people bring up this fake game?
#24 Posted by Lukeweizer (2817 posts) -

Shepard.

#25 Posted by audiosnag (1582 posts) -

Dante is awesome. But the coolest? No. That title belongs to somebody else.  

#26 Edited by Soapy86 (2631 posts) -



 Yeah, Dante is awesome. He's such a unique character. 
#27 Posted by TheFreeMan (2712 posts) -

Dante is a lot like Ash (evil dead), but....with matrix powers. 
 
there's really not much of a downside to that.

#28 Posted by Make_Me_Mad (3170 posts) -
@Soapy86:
I did actually end up liking Nero way more than Dante.  Mainly because Nero is actually reasonable and not just doing the craziest thing possible at any given moment.
#29 Posted by TheFreeMan (2712 posts) -
@Underachiever007 said:
"I don't know what you're talking about. I use that line all the time.  "
and now I'm following you. 
 
haven't laughed that hard in a while.
#30 Edited by bartok (2605 posts) -

Wait Dante is the coolest protagonist in gaming in a world where Mike Haggar exist ?  I find fault in your logic. Hell Dante isn't even in the top 3 coolest Capcom protagonist list.

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#31 Posted by Gabriel (4090 posts) -
@audiosnag said:
" Dante is awesome. But the coolest? No. That title belongs to somebody else.  
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Word.
#32 Posted by audiosnag (1582 posts) -
@TheFreeMan said:
" Dante is a lot like Ash (evil dead), but....with matrix powers.  there's really not much of a downside to that. "
But not as good as Ash...right?
I'm sure you just left that bit off....right? *shaking fist*
#33 Posted by carlthenimrod (1606 posts) -

Terry Bogard is way cooler.

#34 Posted by FancySoapsMan (5827 posts) -

Naked Snake is cooler because he has an eyepatch.

#35 Posted by TheFreeMan (2712 posts) -
@audiosnag: No one is as good as Ash. 
 
no one.
#36 Posted by RandomInternetUser (6789 posts) -
@easthill said:
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I disagree. "
"I HAVE TO SHIT SO FUCKING BAD, YOU BEST JUST LEAVE THE STALL!"
#37 Edited by audiosnag (1582 posts) -
@TheFreeMan said:

" @audiosnag: No one is as good as Ash. 
 
no one. "

High five dude.
High. Five.
 
@Gabriel:
Also High Five.
#38 Posted by Undeadpool (5059 posts) -
@DocHaus: Just remember: Long, red trenchcoat; shoulder-length white hair and no shirt=cool badass. 
Long, BLACK trenchcoat, shoulder-length BLACK hair, and no shirt=totally emo and uncool.
#39 Posted by Undeadpool (5059 posts) -
@xobballox said:
" @easthill said:
"
I disagree. "
"I HAVE TO SHIT SO FUCKING BAD, YOU BEST JUST LEAVE THE STALL!" "
Is that Limburger cheese? I ASKED YOU A QUESTION, MOTHERFUCKER!!!!
#40 Posted by Rockanomics (1150 posts) -
@audiosnag: What? How is Gordon even a character? I mean Half Life could easily be my favorite series ever but he's just a sociopathic destruction engine. 
#41 Posted by RandomInternetUser (6789 posts) -
@Rockanomics said:
" @audiosnag: What? How is Gordon even a character? I mean Half Life could easily be my favorite series ever but he's just a sociopathic destruction engine.  "
Also, I agree with this.  Half-Life is a good game and all... but I don't see how anyone can find a silent protagonist as the coolest protagonist ever.
 
Anyways, Dante is in my top 3 for sure, if not my favorite.  I just love everything about his sarcastic attitude and ridiculous one-liners.
#42 Posted by Landon (4164 posts) -
@Gabriel said:
" @audiosnag said:
" Dante is awesome. But the coolest? No. That title belongs to somebody else.  
"
Word. "
Half Life 2 is one of my favorite games of all time. But no one liked the game because Gordon Freeman was a cool character. You can't be cooler than Dante if you have no personality to compare.
#43 Posted by TheHT (12101 posts) -




This man disagrees.
 
Even as an old man Solid Snake is the coolest mofo in gaming.
#44 Posted by project343 (2839 posts) -

Meta Knight disagrees. 
 

#45 Edited by eternitymemory (153 posts) -

This thread makes me want to go and replay DMC3, but I'm too lazy to hook up my PS2 at the moment. 

@Make_Me_Mad

said:

" Dante is awesome in the face of a hundred things that SHOULD make him lame.  He's a white haired, half demon pretty boy mercenary who dresses in red and black, fights for humans, uses tons of ridiculous catchphrases and hardly ever has to even break a sweat in a fight against final bosses.  He even goes so far as to have a twin brother who's evil and dresses in opposite colors from him.  He sounds, straight up, like a fanfiction character.He still pulls it off with an amazing amount of class and style, despite the blindingly painful Oedipus complex he has going on.  Dante is pretty awesome. "

I agree with this so much. Dante just defies logic. I ought to be banging my head against something whenever he opens his mouth during a cutscene, but instead I'm unashamedly cheering him and his stupid one-liners on. 
 
"THIS PARTY'S GETTING CRAZY! LET'S ROCK!" *cue heavy metal background music*
#46 Posted by s10129107 (1224 posts) -

are you being sarcastic?

#47 Posted by audiosnag (1582 posts) -

 @Rockanomics:@xobballox: @Landon: 
Sorry but I completely disagree. Gordon Freeman absolutely has a personality, a lot of it is what you put into it which is part of what makes the silent protagonist so interesting. Instead of the developers  telling you what the character is like you can come up with that on your own. I love his background and I love his character design from a stylistic standpoint.
Dante is awesome but there's nothing unique about him. He looks like any other number of anime characters and his personality has been copied from any other number of devil may care, extreme, hey look at all this batshit crazy stuff I can do characters. Like I said, he's awesome, it's a fun character to play, but it's nothin new.
And most importantly, Freeman is my choice. So to me, that's the right one.

#48 Posted by Akrid (1356 posts) -
@xobballox: I have little love for Freeman, but I suspect the backstory and personality is filled in with the reactions and relationships with the other characters. Alyx constantly references his past, and nearly all the characters have a reverential attitude towards Freeman, implying many previous accomplishments. It turns into a mary-sue thing at that point. They immerse you as a character you wish to be and you begin to roleplay, whether you know it or not. Everything you do lends itself to you're own personal version of Gordon Freeman. 
 
That's the only reason I can see for people loving him so much.
#49 Posted by audiosnag (1582 posts) -
@Akrid: 
Summed it up better then I did.
#50 Posted by spankingaddict (2768 posts) -

I'd agree to that.

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