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Devil May Cry
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Genres Action-adventure, hack and slash, third-person shooter
Developer(s)
Publisher(s) Capcom
Creator(s) Hideki Kamiya
Platforms
Platform of origin PlayStation 2
First release Devil May Cry
August 23, 2001
Latest release DmC: Devil May Cry
January 2013

Devil May Cry (Japanese: デビル メイ クライ, Hepburn: Debiru Mei Kurai) is an action-adventure hack and slash third-person shooter video game series developed by Capcom and created by Hideki Kamiya. Originally intended to be an entry in Capcom's Resident Evil series, in development it became such a radical departure from the series' style that it was developed into a new property entirely. The series centers on the main character Dante's goal of avenging his mother's murder by exterminating demons. The gameplay consists of heavy combat scenes in which the player must attempt to extend long chains of attacks while avoiding damage in order to exhibit stylized combat; this element along with time and the number of items collected and used are taken under consideration when grading the player's performance.

The series is very loosely based on the Italian poem Divine Comedy by the use of allusions, including the game's protagonist Dante (named after Dante Alighieri) and other characters like Vergil (Virgil), Trish (Beatrice Portinari), Lucia (Saint Lucy), Trismagia (Satan), Furiataurus (the Minotaur), Geryon, and Cerberus. Many of the enemies are also named after the Seven Deadly Sins, such as "Hell Pride" or "Hell Lust".

The series has been a success with the first three games selling multiple million copies and being awarded the "Platinum Title" award by Capcom. The success of the video game series has led to the creation of comic books, novelizations, an animated series, guides, collectibles, publications, and a variety of action figures. A high-definition remaster of the three PlayStation 2 titles was released for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2012 and again in 2018 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. During the 2010 edition of the Tokyo Game Show, Capcom revealed a new game, named DmC: Devil May Cry. It was developed by Ninja Theory and was a reboot of the series that explores similar themes and also satirizes certain social themes.

At E3 2018, Capcom revealed a new installment in the original series, Devil May Cry 5, set for release on March 8th, 2019.

Overview[edit]

Timeline of release years
2001Devil May Cry
2002
2003Devil May Cry 2
2004
2005Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening
2006Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition
2007
2008Devil May Cry 4
2009
2010
2011
2012Devil May Cry HD Collection
2013DmC
2014
2015DmC: Definitive Edition
Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition
2016
2017
2018Devil May Cry HD Collection
2019Devil May Cry 5

The gameplay of the series focuses primarily on fast-paced, highly stylized combat; gaining a high style ranking requires long attack and evasion strings while avoiding damage. The game also features some puzzle-solving and exploration elements retained from its survival horror origins, but these are downplayed; Devil May Cry games place the emphasis on action. In later games, the system was slightly modified so players had to actively vary the attacks used, so as to maintain the style rank. The style rank is tracked during combat with letter grades, from worst to best: D, C, B, A, S. They are also represented by words that start with the first letter of the class, "Dull" for D for example. The third game introduced "SS" and "SSS" ranks, which continues in the fourth game in the series, as well as the reboot. The player's performance on each level is also ranked using these letters.[1]

The "Devil Trigger" ability enables the player's character to transform into a devilish form with additional powers based on their current weapon, while the character's strength and speed increase and health is slowly restored.[1] Notable weapons in the series include the swords Force Edge/Sparda in Devil May Cry,[2] Rebellion in Devil May Cry 2,[3] and Yamato in Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening.[4] Ammunition for the player's guns (semi automatic pistols named Ebony & Ivory throughout most of the series) is infinite due to the 'style!' meter and ranking encouraging players to attack continuously while avoiding damage.[1]

Dante is generally the lead character in the games, although most of the games do offer another character; Devil May Cry 2 featured Lucia, the Special Edition of Devil May Cry 3 allowed the player to use Vergil, Devil May Cry 4 featured a new protagonist named Nero (Special Edition added both Trish and Lady as playable characters), and Devil May Cry 5 carried Nero over as the co-protagonist alongside Dante and demon hunter "V". Devil May Cry 2 also allowed the player to use Trish once they had completed the game with either Dante or Lucia.

Devil May Cry 2 introduced the ability to perform combination attacks in mid-air and an evasion button. It also introduced a weapon-change button, so the player could cycle through ranged weapons without switching to the inventory screen.

Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening added a selection of gameplay styles, allowing the player to focus on their favorite techniques or weapons, whether it be swords, guns, evasion or defense. Each of the four basic styles gain experience points, which unlock more techniques and abilities without costing "red orbs", the common currency of the series. A second weapon-change button was added, allowing the player to cycle through the character's melee weaponry, specifically known as Devil Arms, as well.[5]

Devil May Cry 4 brought one major innovation in the form of the main character Nero's "Devil Bringer" arm, which gives players the ability to pull distant enemies in to be attacked, or smash them into the ground. Nero is also armed with a sword that can be "revved" up via a throttle handle, allowing players to precharge the sword for extra damage on the next hit, or with precise timing it can be charged after each attack, for extra damage and style. As Dante, players can also seamlessly switch fighting styles in mid-combat.[6]

DmC: Devil May Cry introduced the concept of changing environments to the gameplay. Players would be able to reach hidden areas through the use of the "Ophion" whip and grappling-hook, in addition to the weapon having similar functions to the "Devil Bringer" from Devil May Cry 4. Additionally the environment itself would often "attack" Dante by changing its architecture and infrastructure to a much more hostile form, often prompting fast-paced chase sequences and platforming scenarios.[7][8]

Series plot[edit]

Original series[edit]

The series lore opens two millennia prior to the first game, with the demon Sparda, The Black Knight, defeating Mundus, ruler of the Demon World. Sparda manages to stop Mundus from conquering the human world by sealing numerous hellgates around the world. With a ritual requiring his own blood and the aid of a powerful priestess, he was able to seal the last portal, Temen-Ni-Gru. Sparda chose to remain in the Human World, where he established a religious sect known as 'The Order of the Sword'. Long after, he would fall in love with beautiful, human woman named Eva, who would bear him twin boys, Dante and Vergil. The brothers, were each given half of a locket belonging to their father, consisting of a relic and a sword. Tragedy would befall the young boys time and again, starting with the murder of their mother at the hands of Mundus' as part of his revenge against his nemesis, Sparda. This article will detail the plot in chronological order rather than by release of each individual game, as each installment in the Devil May Cry series takes place out of a linear sequence.

The plot begins with Devil May Cry 3 released in 2005, taking place a year after Dante had a falling out with his twin brother Vergil, likely resulting from an argument over their mother. Dante had since finished setting up his new, as of yet unnamed shop, when he's visited by a man named Arkham, who stated he was calling Dante out on Vergil's behalf.[9] Soon after, an immense tower erupts from the ground a short distance away from the shop, and Dante takes it as a challenge from Vergil himself.[10] Dante encounters several powerful demons, including Cerberus and the mysterious Jester, before arriving at the tower's summit, now revealed to be Temen-Ni-Gru. Here Dante is attacked by his brother Vergil and despite Dante's growing abilities, loses. Vergil then takes Dante's locket and leaves with Arkham. Bloody and dying in the rain, the dormant devil power within Dante revives him and he resumes pursuit of his brother. Vergil, as it is revealed, wants to use the pendants their mother gave them in a ritual to create a portal to the Demon World. The battle is soon joined by Lady, a woman out to avenge her mother's death at the hands of Arkham: her father. Arkham, soon revealed to be Jester, had been manipulating the three into completing the ritual which would allow him to acquire Sparda's mighty sword, The Force Edge, and claim it's power as his own.[11][12] With the ritual complete, Arkham leaves the three of them for dead on the floor. Dante gives chase after the madman, whose new power, begins to mutate him into a massive abomination. Vergil re-joins together with Dante to aid him in defeating Arkham, and together they prove victorious. At the conclusion of the battle however, Vergil refuses to back down on his goal to open the portal to the demon world. The brothers then resume their battle with each other. Dante's new weapons and abilities prove too much for Vergil and he is victorious, able to reclaim his half of the locket. The portal begings to close with and Vergil makes his way towards it. Dante pleads with his brother not to go before Vergil, smirking, leaps into the Demon World before the portal closes once again. Here Vergil would be tested and challenged, eventually crossing paths with his mother's killer Mundus. Upon returning to the human world, Dante meets Lady outside the collapsing tower. There in an effort to comfort the grieving brother, she manages to coin the phrase "devil may cry". They remain close friends and allies in hunting down demons and those who would use then. Dante even named his shop after "Devil May Cry" in small thanks to Lady.[13][14]

In the 2001 title Devil May Cry, the first released game in the series, Dante is confronted by Trish who wanted to test if he is the son of Sparda before revealing that Mundus is planning his return, and only a descendant of Sparda can defeat him.[15] Dante explores Mallet Island, where Mundus is set to return, encountering a variety of demons that included Mundus' generals who realized that Dante had ultimately surpassed Sparda in power.[16] Dante also encounters a strangely honourable opponent named Nelo Angelo who overpowered him in their first encounter before running off upon seeing Dante's locket.[17] It was only during their final battle that Dante learns that Angelo is Vergil after being defeated by Mundus and made into a thrall, Dante putting his brother out of his misery. As Dante draws closer to Mundus, he falls into a trap that reveals Trish as the demon's agent before saving her because of her resemblance to his mother. This act motivated Trish to risk her wellbeing to save Dante from Mundus, with Dante coming to understand his father's power.[18] Dante proceeds to battle Mundus, managing to defeat him when Trish arrives to help him send Mundus back to the Demon World.[19] Dante and Trish escape as the island collapses, work together in the shop as it was temporary renamed "Devil Never Cry".

In the 2007 Devil May Cry: The Animated Series anime, Trish having left to work as a solo demon hunter, Dante is hired as the bodyguard of a young heiress named Patty who grew to love him to the point of spending most of her time at "Devil May Cry", often cleaning it or decorating it in a "girly fashion" to Dante's dismay as he takes a few odd jobs on the side. Trish eventually returns to Dante alongside Lady when she hired Dante to pay off his huge debt to her. While the two women did not get along right away, they and Dante wind up working together to take on certain difficult jobs. Near the end of the series it is revealed that Patty's mother is the descendant of a human sorcerer who sealed away the power of an ancient devil lord named Abigail, Patty being targeted by a demon named Sid seeking to gain Abigail's power. While Lady and Trish fight off demons summoned by Sid while Dante kills the demon. Sometime later, Dante, Trish, and Lady all get hired on the same job and take bets on who will win. Patty comes into Dante's shop to clean, showing that the two continue to have a somewhat father-daughter type of relationship.

In the 2008 game Devil May Cry 4, Dante and Trish learn of foul play within the Order of the Sword and investigate while learning of its religious leader's scheme to conquer the world using Vergil's sword Yamato. Dante seemingly assassinates the Sanctus, only to face a young demon hunter acolyte named Nero who awakened his own demonic powers as a descendant of Sparda. Nero goes on a quest 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 parting ways on good terms with Nero allowed to keep Yamato.

In the 2003 game Devil May Cry 2, Dante is invited by an associate named Lucia to meet her mother Matier on Dumary Island. Dante learns that a businessman named Arius is collecting artifacts called Arcana to summon a demon lord known as Argosax.[20] Dante flips a coin, and based on the result, he decides to help.[21] Lucia confronts Arius, who reveals that she was his creation.[22] Shortly afterward, Lucia gives Dante the last of the Arcana before leaving to face Arius alone.[23] Dante then encounters Matier who asks Dante to take the Arcana to save Lucia from Arius.[24] Lucia attacks Arius, though he captures her. Dante arrives and trades the Arcana for Lucia, then attacks Arius, who escapes.[25] A large stream of energy strikes the Ouroboros tower and a portal to the demon world is opened. Dante and Lucia argue over who will enter, but Dante flips his coin to determine that he will be the one to go.[26] After Dante departs, Arius returns to the human world, though Lucia goes on to defeat him.[27] After defeating the partially summoned Argosax, Dante finds himself trapped in the Demon World and decides to venture further in. In the aftermath, Matier assuring her that Sparda returned from a similar trip, Lucia looked after Dante's shop while musing over the Dante's coin as she discover it is two-headed. Outside the sound of a motorcycle echoes, and Lucia leaves to investigate.

In the 2019 game Devil May Cry 5, set several years after the events of both Devil May Cry 4 and Devil May Cry 2, Nero is entrusted by Dante to be put in charge of his old business.[28] He befriends Nico, a self-proclaimed weapons artist and descendant of the gunsmith who originally crafted Dante's Ebony and Ivory handguns.[29] At some point in the story, Nero's Devil Bringer arm from Devil May Cry 4 is dismembered and stolen by an unknown assailant. Nero, now armed with a versatile prosthetic arm called the "Devil Breaker" created by Nico, sets off to find something he's lost as he, Dante and a mysterious demon hunter named V face their "strongest foe yet".[30][31]

DmC continuity[edit]

DmC: Devil May Cry takes place in an alternate universe.[32] The game's story takes place in Limbo City, a modern-day city secretly controlled by all-powerful demons, manipulating humanity through the comforts of life, with the demons themselves residing in a parallel plane called 'Limbo'. Living on the fringes of the brainwashed society is Dante, a young man at odds with the demons who constantly hunt him, and the civilian authorities they control. Dante is warned by a young woman named Kat that he is in danger just as a Hunter demon drags him into Limbo. Dante navigates the Bellevue Pier's carnival and kills the demon with Kat's aid, who can see into Limbo with her psychic powers. Dante returns to the human world and accepts Kat's offer to meet with her boss, Vergil.

Along the way, Kat explains that Vergil leads "The Order", a rogue vigilante organization intent on exposing the demons and releasing the world from their control. Vergil tells Dante that with his help the Order can bring down the demons. Dante learns that he and Vergil are not only long lost twin brothers but also Nephilim, the children of Angel and Demon and the only beings capable of killing the cruel demon king Mundus. Their demon father Sparda was Mundus' chief lieutenant in the war against the angels until he betrayed Mundus when he fell in love with the angel Eva and sired the twins. Mundus, afraid of the Nephilim, attacked the family and killed Eva. Sparda spirited his sons to safety, wiped their memories for their own protection and gave each a sword (Rebellion for Dante, Yamato for Vergil). Mundus imprisoned Sparda and condemned him to eternal torture and has hunted Dante ever since. After learning of his past, Dante resolves to help Vergil bring down Mundus and his regime.

Dante, with help from Kat, gradually takes down Mundus' operations. During the final stages of his campaign, Dante witnesses a SWAT team raid the Order's headquarters, killing everyone in sight. Dante rescues Vergil from Limbo but he is helpless to protect Kat from being brutally beaten and dragged back to Mundus' lair. Dante then kidnaps Lilith, Mundus' demon concubine carrying Mundus' unborn child, and offers to trade her to Mundus for Kat. During the exchange, Vergil kills Lilith, her child and the SWAT troops. The three allies narrowly escape as Mundus tears much of city apart in an outburst of power that depletes the Hellgate, a portal to the demon world within his stronghold in Silver Sacks Tower. Kat, recovering from her injuries, leads the brothers through a detailed plan to infiltrate the Towers and defeat Mundus. Dante draws Mundus out of his lair and Vergil closes the Hellgate, rendering Mundus mortal. Mundus forms a massive body for himself and confronts the brothers but ultimately, Dante lands the killing blow to destroy Mundus for good. Limbo collapses into the human world, making demons visible to humans and creating chaos and pandemonium worldwide.

After Mundus' defeat, Vergil reveals his true intentions: with their family avenged, he intends to rule humanity in Mundus' place. Vergil argues that as their saviors, they must protect humans "from themselves" yet he callously dismisses the human Kat's role in saving humanity. Dante is appalled at Vergil's attitude and defeats him in a climactic sword fight. Kat stops Dante from killing his brother and Vergil leaves in disgrace. Faced with a world now infested with demons and abandoned by his own brother, Dante questions his own identity with Kat comforting him claiming he's "Dante, nothing more and nothing less". The game ends with Dante's eyes glowing Nephilim Purple.

The DLC chapter Vergil's Downfall follows Vergil after escaping from Dante. He finds himself in an unknown dimension, where he is guided by the voice of Eva to "head toward the lights". Vergil reaches the light area but is stopped by illusions of Kat and Dante, who stabs him again. Vergil is saved by a hollow version of himself and is transported to an area where he has to fight to heal his wounds. In his journey Vergil kills the illusions to heal his wounds, and left Eva to mourn after discovering what a monster he had chosen to become. Vergil later defeats his hollow counterpart and takes his amulet. Vergil then returns to the real world and encounters demons, who begin to bow at his feet. Confident in his future, Vergil becomes the new Demon King and leads his new army to the unknown.

Development[edit]

In 1998, after the completion of Resident Evil 2, preliminary work on a PlayStation 2 installment of the Resident Evil series began under the direction of Hideki Kamiya, under the name "Team Little Devil".[33] Early research and development work included a trip to Spain to examine various castles as a basis for the game's environments. However, in prototype status, it proved to be a radical departure from the established Resident Evil formula and the survival horror genre in general. Rather than abandon the project entirely, Kamiya rewrote the story and changed the premise, taking it from Italian poet Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy;[34][35] it eventually became Devil May Cry.[36]

Despite the success of the original Devil May Cry, the sequel was not created by Kamiya or Team Little Devils.[37][38] Following the mixed reception received by Devil May Cry 2, Capcom decided to develop the next game in a similar manner to the series' more critically successful first entry. Gameplay elements such as the size of environments and the game's battle engine were reconsidered.[39] Devil May Cry 3 was directed by Hideaki Itsuno and is considered a commercial and critical success.

While the fourth game was a commercial success, the staff thought about rebooting the series taking into account how other game series had better sales.[40] They chose Ninja Theory, impressed with their work on Heavenly Sword which the staff thought would work with a Devil May Cry game.[41] Nevertheless, in 2013 Itsuno showed interest in continuing the original Devil May Cry series by developing a fifth installment.[42] It was originally thought Itsuno revealed that the series could go on hiatus or end for good if Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition was not a commercial success.[43] However, in an interview with GameSpot, Itsuno confirmed that the series future did not rest on Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition's sales. He also alleviated fears that DmC: Devil May Cry's sales killed the series, confirming that Capcom was satisfied with them.[44] In mid-January 2016, Itsuno stated on Twitter that he’s begun work on a new project which couldn't be announced just yet[45] and later in March, Reuben Langdon and Johnny Yong Bosch, who had done voice acting and motion capture for Dante and Nero respectively in Devil May Cry 4, took pictures of themselves in motion capture gear, leading to speculation that a new Devil May Cry game is in development.[46] In response on Twitter regarding any truth about the speculation, Capcom Vancouver stated that "It's not a game that [they] announced that [they are] working on at [their] studio".[47] On May 17th 2018, the domain name "DevilMayCry5.com" was registered by an unknown entity under Capcom's Onamae domain register.[48] Devil May Cry 5, featuring the return of Dante and Nero, was confirmed at E3 2018 for a release the following year.[49]

Kamiya, now working at PlatinumGames, has expressed interest in making a remake of the first installment as well as a crossover game featuring Dante and Bayonetta.[50]

Other media[edit]

There have been multiple printed adaptations of the series. Two Devil May Cry light novels written by Shinya Goikeda and illustrated by Shirow Miwa have been published, first in Japan in 2002 and later translated and released in the United States in 2006. The first, entitled Devil May Cry Volume 1, was published in Japan in conjunction with the release of the first game and depicts Dante in an adventure set prior to the events of the game. The second novel (entitled Devil May Cry Volume 2 in the U.S.), was published in Japan to coincide with the release of the second game and takes place after the events of the first game. Publisher Tokyopop released the books in the United States in June and November 2006, respectively.

Two volumes of a planned three-part Devil May Cry 3 manga series have been published in Japan and the United States. Taking place a year before the events of Devil May Cry 3, the manga tells the story of how the characters came to be where they are at the start of the game.

An anime series entitled Devil May Cry: The Animated Series featuring Dante debuted on the WOWOW TV network in Japan on June 12, 2007. The series ran for 12 episodes.[51][52] The show was produced by the anime studio Madhouse and was directed by Shin Itagaki. Bingo Morihashi, one of the writers for the third and fourth games, was one of the writers on the show.

Three issues of a comic adaptation of the first game were published by Canadian publisher Dreamwave Productions in 2004, but the series was left unfinished when the company went bankrupt in 2005.[53] On July 25, 2008, both WildStorm (a DC Comicsimprint) and Capcom announced that they are joining to create a new Devil May Cry comic book series. The details on the new comic series, including creative team and launch month, will be announced at a later date.[54]

Bingo Morihashi also wrote a Devil May Cry 4 novel titled Devil May Cry 4 Deadly Fortune. The two volume series was released by in Japan in 2009 and featured multiple scenes that were not included in the original game due to time restraints.

On February 28, 2011, it was announced that Screen Gems, the company responsible for making Capcom video game series Resident Evil into a film series, had purchased feature film rights to the Devil May Cry series.[55] It has been stated that Kyle Ward will be writing the script for the film. It has also been confirmed by Capcom at E3, that the film will be based on the new game, DmC: Devil May Cry, though Dante's look will stay more true to his classic self. The film is being positioned as an origin story for Dante.[56][57][58]

In other games[edit]

  • In the Viewtiful Joe games, another Capcom series created by Hideki Kamiya, Devil May Cry characters appear in the PlayStation versions. Dante is a playable character in the PlayStation 2 port of the first Viewtiful Joe. The PSP version of Viewtiful Joe: Red Hot Rumble includes Dante, as well as costumes based on Vergil, Trish, Sparda, Marionette, and Plasma.
  • Dante was set to appear in Soulcalibur III, but did not make the roster. However, templates exist to make a number of characters using the create-a-character mode, including both Dante and Vergil.[59]
  • In a deal between Capcom and Atlus, Megami Tensei character designer Kazuma Kaneko did the designs for Dante's and Vergil's demonic forms in Devil May Cry 3. In return, Atlus included Dante (in his Devil May Cry 2 garb) as a character in an enhanced release of Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne titled Maniax in Japan. The later English localization of Nocturne was based on this Maniax edition of the game.[60]
  • Dante and Trish are playable characters in Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds. Vergil is also playable, along with Dante and Trish, in the updated Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. Both Dante and Vergil retain their Kazuma Kaneko-designed Devil Trigger forms for these installments, since their inclusions are based on the third game of the Devil May Cry series.
  • The DmC: Devil May Cry version of Dante is featured as a playable character in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale.
  • Dante is a playable character in Project X Zone for the Nintendo 3DS. He is part of a pair unit along with Darkstalkers' Demitri Maximoff, while Lady is a solo unit. He returns in its sequel, Project X Zone 2, alongside Vergil, with Vergil's future-self, Nelo Angelo as a rival unit.

Reception[edit]

Aggregate review scores
As of September 11, 2015.
Game Metacritic
Devil May Cry (PS2) 94[61]
Devil May Cry 2 (PS2) 68[62]
Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition (PS2) 87[63]
Devil May Cry 4 (PS3) 84[64]
(X360) 84[65]
Devil May Cry HD Collection (X360) 77[66]
(PS3) 74[67]
DmC: Devil May Cry (X360) 86[68]
(PS3) 85[69]
DmC: Devil May Cry Definitive Edition (XONE) 86[70]
(PS4) 83[71]

The Devil May Cry series has sold more than sixteen million copies worldwide,[72] with each installment receiving Capcom's "Platinum Title", awarded when a title sells over a million units.[73] Devil May Cry 4 stands as the franchise' top-selling title, reaching 3 million units sold by June 30, 2015.[74]

The Devil May Cry series has received overall positive reviews. In 2010, IGN placed Devil May Cry at #42 and Devil May Cry 3 at #18 in their "Top 100 PlayStation 2 Games".[75][76] Devil May Cry has been cited as the beginning of a subgenre of action games called "Extreme Combat", which concentrate on powerful heroes fighting hordes of foes with a focus on stylized action.[77] The game has also been described as being the first game that "successfully captured the twitch-based, relentlessly free-flowing gameplay style of so many classic 2D action games".[78] The series has become the standard against which other 3D hack and slash action games are measured, with comparisons in reviews of games including God of War,[79][80] Chaos Legion,[81] and Blood Will Tell.[82]

Dante's confident and fearless attitude have gained him popularity. He was ranked as the seventh of GameCrush's "Top 10: Most Badass Video Game Characters" list,[83] and third among ScrewAttack's "Top ten coolest video game characters" list.[84] The popularity of the Devil May Cry series led to a line of Devil May Cry action figures produced by Toycom.[85] Japanese company Kaiyodo produced a similar line for Devil May Cry 2 and a Devil May Cry 3 Dante action figure.[86][87]

China ban[edit]

On June 12, 2015, the Chinese Ministry of Culture listed Devil May Cry among 38 anime and manga titles banned in China.[88]

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  9. ^ 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
  10. ^ 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
  11. ^ 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
  12. ^ 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
  13. ^ 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
  14. ^ 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
  15. ^ 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
  16. ^ Griffon: Yours is definitely the power of Sparda... No. Even more so. (Devil May Cry) Capcom, 2001
  17. ^ Dante: This stinking hole was the last place that I thought I’d find anyone with some guts. (Devil May Cry) Capcom, 2001
  18. ^ Dante: How much longer are you going to keep zapping? Come out and show yourself, Mundus! (Devil May Cry) Capcom, 2001
  19. ^ Trish: Dante, use my power! Dante: Trish! Okay! (Devil May Cry) Capcom, 2001
  20. ^ 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
  21. ^ (After flipping a coin and noticing the result is heads.) Dante: ...Looks like it's your lucky day. (Devil May Cry 2) Capcom, 2003
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  23. ^ Lucia: But... actually... I do not deserve this power... Lucia: Bring this to Matier for me... please... I... I've got something that I need to take care of... (Devil May Cry 2) Capcom, 2003
  24. ^ Matier: There is one more thing I need to ask of you, son of Sparda. My daughter went to face Arius all by herself... Please, take these, and save Lucia. (Devil May Cry 2) Capcom, 2003
  25. ^ Arius: You cannot win... someone is holding you back... Lucia: Ugh, forget about me! Kill Arius! Dante: Don't worry. I've got you... (Devil May Cry 2) Capcom, 2003
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