Vergil, the first son of the demon Sparda and human Eva, is a central figure in the Devil May Cry series. He is the older twin brother of Dante and plays various roles throughout the games.
After the death of their mother when they were children, Vergil and Dante part ways. Vergil rejects his humanity and embraces his demonic heritage, while Dante embraces humanity and initially rejects his demonic side. Vergil is stoic and reserved, driven by a relentless pursuit of power inherited from his father, Sparda.
In Devil May Cry 3: Dante’s Awakening, Vergil suffers defeat in a confrontation with Mundus in the secret ending. He is tortured and transformed into the Black Knight, known as Nelo Angelo in Devil May Cry. Throughout the game, he engages in numerous conflicts but is ultimately defeated by Dante and Nero.
Vergil is considered a quintessential rival character in the video game medium. While he initially had a more background presence in the original Devil May Cry, Devil May Cry 3 solidified him as one of the greatest video game characters of all time, serving as a foil to surpass and defeat in combat.
It’s important to note that the Devil May Cry series is known for its rich lore, which is often revealed in the background. Simply playing the games may not provide the full depth of Vergil’s character, as he is enigmatic and complex. However, Vergil is an integral part of what makes Devil May Cry so iconic.
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Five Facts About Vergil
1.Vergil Makes Use Of Dante’s Character Model In The First Game
In the original Devil May Cry, Vergil was designed to mirror the player’s character, Dante, so closely that the developers used Dante’s character model as a base for Vergil’s alter ego, Nelo Angelo.
This decision allowed for more dynamic interactions between the two characters in battle and saved development time by using existing assets. Vergil’s choice of summonable swords over guns was also influenced by this design choice, as it avoided the need for a separate firing animation.
2. Vergil Is Stronger Than Dante
Devil May Cry 5 highlights Vergil’s superiority in terms of raw power compared to Dante. Throughout the series, Vergil consistently demonstrates his strength and dedication to the philosophy of power.
While Dante ultimately prevails in their conflicts (except in Devil May Cry 5), it is more due to his own abilities rather than any lack of strength on Vergil’s part. Notably, Vergil nearly killed Dante in their first encounter in Devil May Cry 1.
3. Cameo Appearances
Despite not reaching the same level of prominence as Dante in the Devil May Cry series, Vergil has made cameo appearances in other gaming properties.
These appearances often take the form of cosmetics or card items in games like Viewtiful Joe, Sengoku Basara, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, and Teppen. He has also been playable in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, albeit in an updated version of the game. Given his popularity, it is likely that Vergil will continue to appear in future Capcom projects.
4. Dante And Vergil, Originally Identical Twins
In the earlier games, including Devil May Cry 4, Dante and Vergil were portrayed as identical twins. They shared a character model in Devil May Cry and a facial model in Devil May Cry 3.
However, Devil May Cry 4’s Special Edition introduced a divergence in their appearances, with Vergil retaining his Devil May Cry 3 look while Dante was aged up to align with the series’ timeline. Devil May Cry 5 further emphasizes their distinct appearances, with Dante looking older and Vergil appearing younger, indicating that they are no longer identical twins in the series.
5. Gilver, Vergil’s Alter-Ego
In Devil May Cry’s expanded universe, particularly in the series’ literature, Vergil is depicted using the alias “Gilver” before the events of the main games. According to one of the series’ side novels, written by the main writer of the series, Vergil worked alongside Dante under this alias, hunting demons.
This portrayal of Vergil as Gilver provides an intriguing perspective on his character, blending elements of his original depiction with his Devil May Cry 3 persona.
5 Facts You Don’t Know About Dante Devil May Cry
Devil May Cry is a series of video games set in the modern day, developed by Capcom and created by Hideki Kamiya. The success of the series has led to the creation of comic books, novelizations, an anime series, guides, collectibles, and a variety of action figures.
The series revolves around Dante’s quest to avenge the death of his mother, Eva, by exterminating demons. Along the way, he encounters his long-lost twin brother, Vergil, with whom he develops a complex relationship. As the story unfolds, it is revealed that the demon emperor Mundus is responsible for Dante’s mother’s murder and Vergil’s enslavement.
While Dante is often the playable character, players also control other characters involved in the storyline.
Five Facts About Dante
1. Dante Grew Up In Red Grave City
Despite the series’ diverse settings, Devil May Cry begins in the vibrant community of Mallet Island. However, Dante is not originally from Mallet Island but grew up in a remote home near Red Grave City with his family—Vergil, Sparda, and Eva.
In Red Grave City, Dante trains under Sparda’s guidance, unaware of his father’s demonic nature. It is the death of his parents that eventually leads Dante to leave this comfortable life. Despite any hostile memories associated with his hometown, Dante’s alias, Tony Redgrave, is a nod to his origins.
2. Dante’s 23 Years Old When DMC Begins
Determining the ages of video game protagonists can be complex, especially considering the passage of time between games or any implied stasis. Dante embodies the chaotic lifestyle of a young adult in his early twenties, confirmed by Drew Coombs, Dante’s voice actor.
Coombs revealed that the game’s original sample script indicated Dante’s age as 23. However, the franchise’s five core games span a significant period, with Dante allegedly being 43 in Devil May Cry 5.
3. Jack Daniel’s Is Dante’s Preferred Liquor
Many video game heroes have particular vices they indulge in, and Dante is no exception. Dante enjoys a good drink, as shown in numerous cutscenes throughout the series.
His preferred brand of whiskey is Jack Daniel’s, indicating his discerning taste and loyalty to a specific brand.
4. Dante’s Six-Foot-3-Inches Tall
Dante’s intimidating presence as a hero is influenced by various factors. Facing monstrous creatures and hordes of demons, Dante’s attire and confidence contribute to his stature.
He stands at a tall 6’3″, a height that commands respect without becoming excessive or bordering on parody.
5. Dante Possesses Telekinesis
In addition to his exceptional combat skills and weapon proficiency, Dante possesses other abilities. He exhibits superhuman strength, speed, durability, and healing, along with Demonic Power Manipulation, channeling demonic energy into physical objects.
Dante also demonstrates powerful telekinesis, such as stopping Trish’s motorcycle mid-air and using it throughout Devil May Cry: The Animated Series. He frequently uses telekinesis to summon his weapons when they are out of reach.
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