Devil May Cry

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Devil May Cry is a Japanese action-adventure hack n' slash series created by Kamiya Hideki. The series first appeared on the Playstation 2 in 2001 and mainly follows the story of a demon-hunter named Dante, secondary hero Nero, and rival Vergil.

As a son of the legendary Demon-King Sparda who once divided the human and demon realms, Dante is half-human, half-demon, and makes use of his demonic abilities to hunt the creatures who killed his human mother.

The Devil May Cry games are known for being highly difficult and deep in terms of combat, with writing that ranges the gamut of quality from game to game, with over-the-top action as well as silly moments and melodrama. The enduringly popular wacky-but-tortured Dante and cool badass Vergil in particular are major draws to the fandom.

Fandom
Name: Devil May Cry (JP: デビル メイ クライ)
Abbreviation(s): DMC
Creator: Kamiya Hideki, Capcom
Date(s): First entry in 2001; alternate continuity reboot in 2013; latest entry in 2019
Medium: Video game series
Country of Origin: Japan
External Links: Wikipedia
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Canon

The main games of the series are Devil May Cry (2001), Devil May Cry 2 (2003), Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening (2005), Devil May Cry 4 (2008), and Devil May Cry 5 (2019) with a special edition released in 2020.

Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition was released in 2015.

DmC: Devil May Cry was a reboot released in 2013.

Other Media

There are guides, manga, an anime, and novels that serve as interquels and supplementary material. As of the fifth game, most of it is canonical, with some exceptions (such as the identity of Gilver in the Devil May Cry 1 novel).

Characters

Fandom

Devil May Cry 2 is generally agreed to be the weakest entry in the series. After its troubled development, fans' attitude toward Itsuno, Kamiya's successor as the series' director, may have soured. However, fans changed their tune with the release of Devil May Cry 3, which many feel is even superior to the first game, both for its mechanics and for its polished storytelling.

Fan reaction toward Devil May Cry 4 was positive, although reaction was mixed toward Nero succeeding Dante as the protagonist.

Many fans were concerned that the release of DmC spelled the discontinuation of the original series. Many fans were overjoyed by the announcement of 5.

DmC: Devil May Cry

DmC: Devil May Cry is an attempted reboot of the main DMC series, and takes place in an alternate universe to the main series. It does not follow the canon events of the main series, and some notable differences include a completely redesigned Dante and Vergil. Fan reaction to this game was poor, and the original series was continued with Devil May Cry 5 in 2019 rather than the rebooted version. DmC: Devil May Cry is considered by most to be its' own entity rather than a part of the main Devil May Cry series due to its many differences.

Devil May Cry 5 (2019)

Many theorized about V's origins and whether Vergil would return. The fifth installment was a major revitalization of the fandom, which prior to then, had experienced its glory days around the time of the release of Devil May Cry 3.

Shipping

Due to the nature of the canon, there's a steep fandom divide between those who ship Original character and self-insert ships and those who prefer Incest ships involving the central characters, all of whom are related. Dante/Vergil has always been the most popular ship in the fandom since Devil May Cry 3, which focuses on their brotherly rivalry.

The prevalence of incest in the fandom has made Devil May Cry fandom a frequent target for Anti-shippers among English-speaking fans, though it's largely a non-issue among the significant Chinese-speaking fanbase.

The fandom also contains a high proportion of Guro as well as Monster Fucking fics featuring Dante, Vergil or Nero in Devil Trigger mode, as well as gender-based explorations of demon biology, with fantasy genitals, trans characters, and mpreg being fandom mainstays.

Popular crossover pairings include Dante and the Demifiend from Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne, since Dante appeared in the special edition of that game, and Dante and Bayonetta, another Kamiya character.

Notable Ships

Fan Works

Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.

Fan Fiction

  • "Opera Omnia" - a series of Dante/Vergil fics spanning pre-DMC3 to pre-DMC5.

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