Demons, superhumans. Meh. Same crap, different day.Dante
Dante is the main character of the Devil May Cry series by Capcom. He is the son of the demon Sparda and the younger twin brother of Vergil. He is a Devil Hunter dedicated on eliminating demons and supernatural entities that threaten the human world.
Like his father, the Dark Knight Sparda, Dante has naturally white hair and cyan eyes. As for clothing, he wears his Devil May Cry 3 outfit which consists of a red trenchcoat, black fingerless gloves, brown pants and brown boots. In Devil May Cry 3 he's shirtless, but in the rest of the series his shirt is closed.
Throughout the Devil May Cry series, Dante is incredibly cocky and flippant, mouthing off to even the most powerful demons, and generally enjoys rubbing people the wrong way. He does mature somewhat as time goes by, becoming much more calm by the time of Devil May Cry 4, but never really loses this attitude. Dante is seemingly totally unafraid at all times, or is at least stoic in this way, whether being attacked by the Seven Hells in his office or being swallowed by a giant serpent demon. His brother also shares this similar calm-and-fearless disposition.
With the exception of Devil May Cry 2 (which most fans ignore anyway), Dante rarely shows any seriousness. He can be serious when the situation calls for it, but can still remain calm during such situations and is never without a witty taunt or comeback. Dante can seem at times to be uncaring or even callous, but actually has a very strong sense of justice and prefers to fight fairly. He can be counted on to do the right thing, even if he makes cynical quips about it the entire time.
Unusually, while he has issues with his own demonic side, and was at one point totally unwilling to accept its existence (going as far to say he didn't have a father). Dante has little qualms about accepting demons who choose to be good, such as Trish and Bradley. Though Dante is quoted to believe that "humans are often worse than demons" in the anime, he refuses to kill full-blooded humans.
Dante values family and friends very highly, and always hides this behind his insincere, jokey attitude. He cared deeply for his mother and, even despite their extreme differences, also cares for Vergil. Even after 3 boss fights worth of fighting over the course of Devil May Cry 3, Dante still tried to save his brother when he was falling into the Demon World, and even shed a tear over losing him, hence inspiring the name of his demon-extermination agency, Devil May Cry. As of recent, the brothers seem to be rekindling their relationship and making up for lost time and huge differences, as per canonical events of Devil May Cry 5.
He's at his desk when he notices Mephisto behind him who offers to make a Dante a deal to bring back his mother and help bring him and his brother back together. However Dante turns on Mephisto and instead makes a new deal that he'll hunt down someone for Mephisto for a price, and he won't kill him. As a result, Mephisto is quick to bring up Blackheart so which Dante decides to go though with and makes Mephisto pay triple for the job.
Dante is involved in a number of situations regarding the story and functions as the story's overall protagonist. He is seen alongside the heroes in the failed raiding of Xgard to take on Ultron Sigma.
Dante is one of the ones that retreats back to the Avengers tower in New Metro City to decide wether or not it's safe to trust Thanos. Dante ultimately sides with Captain America as trusting him is the only option left to them, opposing Iron Man and Chun-Li.
Dante plays a vital part and is responsible for the destruction of Ultron Sigma and the overall defeat of Ultron Omega. After defeating Jedah with his Devil Trigger form, The Soul Stone shows him that even with the four remaining Infinity Stones they can't stop Ultron Sigma. Dante then goes rouge and decides to do it his way and he takes the Soul Stone and hands it to Ultron Sigma, seemingly betraying the heroes. When Ultron Sigma goes on to use it he is blasted back into Odin's throne confused. Dante informs Ultron Sigma that only the most noble of souls can bare and use the Soul Stone and reminds him that he doesn't possess a soul and he is far from noble. Ultron Sigma is destroyed by the Soul Stone and the Sigma Virus is cured.
However the threat is far from over and Ultron Sigma mutated into Ultron Omega due to being destroyed by the Soul Stone. Dante is captured and tortured by Ultron Omega who tries to take the Soul Stone again but Spider-Man intervenes and webs it away from him and throws the stone to Thor who catches it and uses it to free himself from Ultron Omega's control and saves Dante. Wanting payback Dante steps up to take down Ultron Omega and is joined by Captain Marvel who is equally unimpressed with Ultron Omega. Together the duo is able to overpower and overwhelm Ultron Omega clearing the way for X to fire the newly created Infinity Buster to end the threat once and for all. However, two world are still in converged states due to Reality Stone was cracked from the previous battle between Thanos and Ultron Sigma, leaving the said stone requires few times to be repaired. Afterwards, Captain America gets on Dante about taking a massive risk giving him the Soul Stone but Dante shrugs it off and disagrees and leaves with the other hero's, returning to his normal duties as a demon hunter.
Dante has a massive amount of command normals and special attacks, more so than any other character in the entire series. Dante's moveset gives him a powerful rushdown game with lots of combos, crossups, mixups and pressure, making him a character that excels well in literally any field as a souped-up Jack-of-All-Trades character, with average health and damage output to date. He makes an extremely effective battery character (or on-point altogether) since his specials allow him to extend his combos greatly without using his hyper combos. His normals also have great range, and his crouching L/A is a superb low hitting poke. His moves only deal average damage, and Dante only using a few of his tools, can be just as lethal; Dante in the hands of an expert or novice alike can at times see no need to rely on his full moveset.
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- One of his intro quotes is, "Let's rock, baby!", which is something of Dante's trademark Pre-Asskicking One-Liner. He also caps off his Million Dollars hyper with, "Jackpot!". This is Dante's personal Catch Phrase, used as a Pre-Mortem One-Liner before finishing off the Big Bads of the first and third games.
- At the end of his Million Dollars hyper, Dante fires two bullets made out of pure demonic energy, alluding to his finisher on Mundus in the first game and his combination attack with Vergil in the third to defeat Arkham, both which involved attacks of similar caliber being fired from Ebony & Ivory. This could also double as a nod to Dante's ability to charge up his own bullets with his demonic energy.
- His Level 3 is named Devil Must Die, a nod to the notoriously difficult "Dante Must Die" mode in the DMC games.
- His intro quote against every female character (minus Trish, Amaterasu and Morrigan) is "How come I never meet any nice girls?" This most likely references Dante's second meeting with Lady in DMC3, where he tries to woo her and ends up receiving a bullet to the head (Dante ends up lampshading this with the line "I'm beginning to think I've got rotten luck with women.").
- He was confirmed early May in Game Informer's May 2010 issue, also featuring Captain America, Deadpool and Felicia.
- Deadpool is set as Dante's in-game rival due to their many similarities. They are both wisecracking mercenaries who wear red and are adept in the usage of both firearms and swords. They both also have regenerative abilities, and the fact that both their names start with the letter "D" is little more than coincidence. They even have a very similar hyper combo where they continually shoot their guns at the enemy, with Dante firing rounds cooler, more fashionably and "stylishly". They are dissimilar in two respects, however - he isn't deformed, thus needing no mask, and isn't mentally deranged. Because of the latter, he cannot match Deadpool's humor and unpredictability, nor his constant breach of the fourth wall, being less ridiculous in fights.
- Dante's rivalry in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite appears to be Hawkeye (As both were seen fighting in the MVCI variant cover comic for Hawkeye Vol 5. #9). Both are wisecracking combatants who love taunting their opponents and have an affinity for projectiles. Both were also competing with each other in the beginning of story mode.
- In game, most, if not all, of his special moves were derived from Devil May Cry 3's different Gunslinger and Swordmaster style moves. When the player activates a special move, rings of light flash around Dante, similar to when one activates a Crazy Combo in DMC3. Additionally, when he guards, he is seen doing so with the Royal Guard style. The Air Trick and his air dash are from the Trickster style.
- His victory pose is lifted directly from the one he does at the end of Devil May Cry 3 when he and Lady were about to fight a horde of demons, in which he takes out his pistols Ebony & Ivory out, and swings them before pointing them at the screen. And according to this video, Dante's original victory pose was different, similar to his Devil May Cry 4 artwork.
- Several references in the Viewtiful Joe series (and in MvC3) imply that Joe and Dante know each other and are close friends. They were both created by former Capcom member, Hideki Kamiya, who created and directed both games as well. Also in the Playstation 2 version of the game Viewtiful Joe, he is a playable character with some of his moves from Devil May Cry along with the "Bangle of Time" (V-Watch), which was a hidden item in that game.
- He, along with Ryu and Chris Redfield, were featured in majority of the earlier gameplay video trailers, due to the fact that Capcom showing more of Felicia and Morrigan, the other 2 of the first 5 confirmed for Capcom could've raised a few corporate eyebrows from ESRB. Another reason could be that Devil May Cry, Street Fighter, and Resident Evil, are Capcom's three most successful video game franchises.
- Morrigan appears to have some level of seduction hold over Dante, as evident by his win quote against her that he 'loves it when a girl gets violent'. Notable similarities can be drawn between these two Capcom characters, such as each of them being related to powerful, but now deceased Demons (Belial and Sparda, respectively). Nevan from Devil May Cry 3 also seemed to have some hold over him as well.
- Dante's Devil Trigger form was designed by Kazuma Kaneko of Atlus fame, originally for Devil May Cry 3 as a present for Dante's inclusion in Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne.
- His win quote vs. Vergil is taken straight from Devil May Cry 3, when Dante defeats Vergil in his last boss battle.
- Ghost Rider has the same gameplay style of Devil May Cry's terminology on his movie based game. This makes his in-game rivalry even stronger.
- Dante has an infinite where it's possible to spam his Cold Shower on the foe in the corner for a repeated "OTG juggle". This requires no X-factor, but takes a lot of patience to fully K.O. one character due to damage scaling. In UMVC3, this is no longer possible in X-Factor due to the new speed buff ruining the flow of the timing.
- A glitch with a Team Hyper Combo/Variable Combination/Crossover Combination involves Dante performing an attack on the right frame of it enables him to freeze his partners in place while he is able to spam the screen with continuous attacks almost as time has stopped. This was discovered by player Rogueyoshi and is conned as the "Quicksilver glitch" (after the original style from DMC3). Ironically enough, the Quicksilver style itself in the original DMC3 game has a glitch as well.