Named after Florentine poet Dante Alighieri, the protagonist of Capcom’s Devil May Cry series is not one for calm negotiations. Being descended from legendary demon Sparda, the mission entrusted to him is to finish his father’s work and destroy the ultimate evil, Mundus. In stopping the rise of Hell once again Dante is on a mission of revenge against the death of his mother.
Of course, with such power and versatility comes a personality to match the body. Dante is known to have a large ego and a penchant for insults to his foes. Being aggressive and competitive is of his nature, not to mention a bit of a womanizer. Yet his connection with his mother is a strong one, propelling him to hunt the demons that killed her. After all, by killing every demon, it figures that he'll eventually end up killing the one that killed his mother.
The chronological order for the Devil May Cry series: DMC3, DMC, DMC4, DMC2, DMC5.
Devil May Cry
Dante is hired by a woman named Trish, to stop the demon king Mundus. She is actually setting up events to get Dante killed though. Mundus has control of Dante's brother, Vergil, and tries to use him to destroy Dante. Trish betrays Mundus to save Dante and they both work together to lock Mundus in the Demon World.
Devil May Cry 2
Dante is approached by a woman named Lucia, who needs help in defeating Arius, a man who uses demonic power and is trying to conquer the world. Arius completes the ritual to open the portal between worlds and summon the demon Argosax. Dante must travel to the Demon World to stop it from escaping into the human world. As Dante defeats Argosax, the portal closes trapping him in the Demon World. With the portal closed, Dante travels further into the demon world looking for a way out.
Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening
A young and cocky Dante is pulled into a struggle with his twin brother, Vergil, who is trying to reopen the portal to the demon world and obtain the powers of their father, Sparda. Dante tries to stop Vergil and Arkham, a human-turned-demon but is defeated long enough for Vergil to obtain half of their mother's amulet that Dante carries. The amulet is a key to opening the portal between the worlds. As he pursues them, he meets up with Lady, the daughter of Arkham, who is trying to avenge her mother. In the end, Dante is able to stop Vergil, leaving him in the demon world. Inspired by Lady's commitment to what she believes in, Dante continues hunting demons, opening up a business named Devil May Cry.
Devil May Cry 4
Dante travels to Fortuna and tries to assassinate the High Priest of the Order of the Sword, Sanctus. Unknown to everyone but Dante, Sanctus is trying to bring a demon named Savior to life. Dante ends up fighting against the Order and a man named Nero. Looking for his brother's sword, Yamato, Dante is shocked that it has ended up in the possession of Nero. He lets the younger man keep the sword. It isn't long before Sanctus reveals that he needs the blood of Sparda to awaken Savior. Dante was who he intended to use, but takes Nero instead, claiming he is also a descendant of Sparda. Yamato is used to open the Hellgate and release demons into the city. Dante fights his way back into Fortuna, reclaiming Yamato and destroying the Hellgate before facing Sanctus and Savior. With the help of Nero, Dante is able to defeat both.
Devil May Cry 5
A gigantic demonic tree rises in humans' world, and Dante found the reason behind this is a powerful demon named Urizen is trying to get more powers. This demon is so powerful that even Dante failed to defeat him. After getting knocked out for a long time along with his sword Rebellion cracked, Dante awoke from the coma and bid his only hope on finding his father's weapon Sparda Sword and releasing all his demonic power to reach his final transformation: Sin Devil Trigger.
The Animated Series
The animated adventure of Dante mostly focused on Dante's daily jobs. The most focused enemy of the series is Abigail who is a powerful demon nearly as powerful as Mundus and a lesser demon named Sid who gains the powers of Abigail. A lot of new characters made their appearances like Morrison and Patty.
- Drew Coombs - Devil May Cry
- Matthew Kaminsky - Devil May Cry 2
- Reuben Langdon - Devil May Cry 3, Devil May Cry 4, Devil May Cry 5, Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, Devil May Cry The Animated Series.
- Tim Phillipps - DmC Devil May Cry, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale
Aside from his role in the Devil May Cry series, Dante has made appearances in the PS2 and PSP versions of Viewtiful Joe and Viewtiful Joe: Red Hot Rumble respectively.
Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne
Dante makes a special appearance in Atlus's Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne as a boss towards the beginning of the game. He later appears again as an optional boss in an optional dungeon called the Labyrinth of Amala. In the Third Kalpa of the labyrinth, he plays a game of tag with the Demi-Fiend and pursues him throughout the kalpa's corridors. If the player advances to the Fifth Kalpa, Dante can be recruited to join the player's party. The cost to recruit Dante is determined by a coin toss that the player must guess. If the player guesses the toss correctly, Dante will join the party at the cost of a single macca. If the player guesses incorrectly, the player will be required to pay half of their total macca.
Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds
Dante is a playable character in Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds, along with fellow Devil May Cry character Trish. Dante and Trish are joined by Vergil in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. Dante's move-set primarily consists of DMC3 weapons and abilities with DMC1 Devil Trigger abilities when using the Alastor sword. Dante is one of the few characters introduced in the original Marvel vs. Capcom 3 to receive a new ending in Ultimate.
Project X Zone
Dante and other DMC characters are playable in the Capcom/Namco/Sega crossover, Project X Zone. In the game, he teams up with Demitri Maximoff from Darkstalkers. Lady from Devil May Cry also makes her first playable crossover appearance in this game.
SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters DS
Dante appears as a character card in SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters DS.
Weapons and Abilities
To have devil blood flowing through one’s veins is to be blessed with heightened power, endurance, and special abilities. Dante has been seen toying with launched rockets acrobatically, reacting nonchalantly to being shot in the head and mouth and suffering gaping blade wounds in the abdomen only to rise through and out of the sword (losing an incredible amount of blood), instantly regenerating organs, skin, and blood and walk away without a second thought.
Dante is never seen without his trademark handguns Ebony and Ivory and has been known to use a wide variety of Devil Arms (read: the soul of a demon turned into a weapon) which include the three swords that himself and Vergil inherited from Sparda, the Force Edge (later becoming the Sparda Sword), the Rebellion and the Yamato.
Devil Arms Dante has acquired himself include the Alastor, Gilgamesh, Ifrit, Agni and Rudra and Cerberus. While he uses these as he gains them he usually retires them on his shop wall and goes back to the Rebellion while Trish uses the Sparda sword.
The Devil Trigger transformation allows Dante to use the dormant demonic powers within him. This increases his natural power even further beyond that of a normal human and gives him access to new abilities such as flight through growing a pair of wings. Dante's physical appearance in this form varies from game to game. His Devil Trigger form as seen in Devil May Cry 3 and Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is a special design by Kazuma Kaneko, a character and demon artist at Atlus renowned for his demon designs in the Megami Tensei franchise. Kaneko provided the design in exchange for Capcom allowing Atlus to use Dante in Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne.
By using the Sparda sword Dante can access the form and power of his father, putting him on the level of the most powerful demons such as Mundus. Characterized by a red aura surrounding him, his senses become even more effective and his equipment can also gain special uses.
Majin Devil Trigger
In Devil May Cry 2, Dante uses a similar form once enough damage has been taken from enemies Dante, transforming into a form hailing from his father’s side, though the Sparda Sword is not present and this ability is not seen again. This might be because Devil May Cry 2 is the last game according to the timeline and Dante must have achieved this form between Devil May Cry 4 and Devil May Cry 2.
Dreadnaught is a form that minimizes the damage taken from the enemy. Dante can turn into his Dreadnaught form while using Royalguard style. Dante can release the energy that has been stored as an attack or convert it into life energy.
Sin Devil Trigger
Sin Devil Trigger is the upgrade form based on Devil Trigger and by far the most powerful form of Dante. This form appears in Devil May Cry 5, needed to transfer energy from Devil Trigger bar into Sin Devil Trigger bar to gather enough energy for transformation. After triggering this form, Dante's demonic power increased to the maximum level, also gains new abilities including teleportation, energy blasts, and creating explosions. Dante uses Devil Sword Dante as his only weapon choice in this form, which is a weapon birthed from the combination of Sparda Sword and cracked pieces of Rebellion.
One of the four basic styles of Dante is focused on dodges.
Another basic style unlocking the true power of Dante's Devil Arms.
A basic style that emphasizes Dante's mastery over his guns.
Basic style of Dante focused on countering enemy attacks and minimizing the taken damage.
One of Devil May Cry 3 only styles of Dante's can be obtained by defeating Geryon the Timesteed.
This style can send out a wave that makes the enemies slower while giving Dante super speed.
Another Devil May Cry 3 only style which Dante uses to create a shadow version of himself to aid him in battle.
DmC Devil May Cry is a reboot of the series which takes place in an alternate universe. It also features a reimagined version of Dante with a different origin and bloodline; his personality is still largely kept intact, only now with the added penchant for swearing. He is also meant to be around the same age as his DMC3 counterpart but has a more western influenced look and black hair. Though by the end of DmC he is shown to regain his white hair.
Alongside his new appearance are downloadable costumes, which also come packed within DmC's Definitive Edition, that allow him to dress up in classic Dante's DMC and DMC3 attire.
This Dante still makes use of his classic weapons Ebony & Ivory and Rebellion, and comes upon new Devil Arms as his story progresses.
He appears in the following games:
DmC Devil May Cry
Dante is contacted by the psychic Kat who takes him to meet Vergil. Vergil is the leader of an organization called The Order who fights to free mankind of the unbeknownst enslavement and brainwashing by the demons. Dante works together with Vergil and Kat to defeat the Demon Lord Mundus.
PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale
The reboot Dante appears as a playable character in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. His rival is Nariko from Heavenly Sword. He is one of several third-party characters that appear in the game.