Devil May Cry and the Bible Part 1: Dante (DmC)

Devil May Cry Intro
*Note: All images below come from Devil May Cry Wiki and YouTube unless otherwise noted.

*For biblical information about the original Dante, click here.

In the beginning of the game, Dante appears naked. A bit of what the Bible says about that:

Behold, I am against thee, saith the Lord of hosts; and I will discover thy skirts upon thy face, and I will shew the nations thy nakedness, and the kingdoms thy shame.” (Nahum 3:5)

And I [God] will also give thee into their hand, and they shall throw down thine eminent place, and shall break down thy high places: they shall strip thee also of thy clothes, and shall take thy fair jewels, and leave thee naked and bare.” (Ezekiel 16:39)

Thy nakedness shall be uncovered, yea, thy shame shall be seen: I [God] will take vengeance, and I will not meet thee as a man.” (Isaiah 47:3)

Behold, I [God] come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.” (Revelation 16:15)

Dante is a half demon-half angel hybrid. This points to Lucifer, as he was once an angel, but is now a fallen angel-the Devil:

How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!” (Isaiah 14:12)

And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” (Revelation 12:9)

Dante’s devil and angel ancestry allow him to switch between an angel form…

Angel form

And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” (2 Corinthians 11:14)

…and a devil form:

Devil form

Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.” (Revelation 12:12)

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” (1 Peter 5:8)

Neither give place to the devil.” (Ephesians 4:27)

Dante has an ability called Devil Trigger, during which his hair turns pure white:

Dante's Devil Trigger Form

And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man [this is Jesus], clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;” (Revelation 1:13-14)

I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days [God] did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.” (Daniel 7:9)

A quote from Dante: “Come on down, guys! Let’s get VIOLENT!

Let not an evil speaker be established in the earth: evil shall hunt the violent man to overthrow him.” (Psalm 140:11)

A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good.” (Proverbs 16:29)

The Lord trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.” (Psalm 11:5)

Dante collects red orbs (which are souls) and uses them throughout the game to upgrade himself:

DmC's Red Orbs-Souls from Devil May Cry Wiki

Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the Lord hath wrought this? In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.” (Job 12:9-10)

For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul?” (Job 27:8)

Dante’s signature weapon is Rebellion:

DmC's Rebellion from Devil May Cry Wiki

An evil man seeketh only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.” (Proverbs 17:11)

But if ye will not obey the voice of the Lord, but rebel against the commandment of the Lord, then shall the hand of the Lord be against you, as it was against your fathers.” (1 Samuel 12:14)

In all their affliction he [God] was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old. But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them.” (Isaiah 63:9-10)

Woe to the rebellious children, saith the Lord, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin: That walk to go down into Egypt, and have not asked at my mouth; to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, and to trust in the shadow of Egypt!” (Isaiah 30:1-2)

Dante does strengthen himself in the strength of Pharaoh, as Osiris (a scythe named after the Egyptian god) is one of his main weapons.

Ebony and Ivory are Dante’s signature handguns:

DmC's Ebony and Ivory from Devil May Cry Wiki

The men of Dedan were thy merchants; many isles were the merchandise of thine hand: they brought thee for a present horns of ivory and ebony.” (Ezekiel 27:15)

The horn-like grips on Dante’s Ebony and Ivory match the horns of ivory and ebony.   Here is part of the judgment God pronounces on these people later on in the chapter:

In the time when thou shalt be broken by the seas in the depths of the waters thy merchandise and all thy company in the midst of thee shall fall. All the inhabitants of the isles shall be astonished at thee, and their kings shall be sore afraid, they shall be troubled in their countenance.

The merchants among the people shall hiss at thee; thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt be any more.” (Ezekiel 27:34-36)

Arbiter is Dante’s devil axe:

DmC's Arbiter from Devil May Cry Wiki

[God speaking] “Thou art my battle axe and weapons of war: for with thee will I break in pieces the nations, and with thee will I destroy kingdoms;” (Jeremiah 51:20)

Attacks made with this weapon are known as: Judgment…

The Lord is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah.” (Psalm 9:16)

…Trinity Smash…

(Trinity: )

For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.” (1 John 5:7)

(Smash: )

Is not my word like as a fire? saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?” (Jeremiah 23:29)

He [God] shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor.” (Psalm 72:4)

…and Tremor, which allows Dante to hit the ground so hard that it cracks open:

If these men die the common death of all men, or if they be visited after the visitation of all men; then the Lord hath not sent me. But if the Lord make a new thing, and the earth open her mouth, and swallow them up, with all that appertain unto them, and they go down quick into the pit; then ye shall understand that these men have provoked the Lord.

And it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground clave asunder that was under them:” (Numbers 16:29-31)

Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together; I the Lord have created it.” (Isaiah 45:8)

Dante’s Eryx gauntlets both increase his strength and damage enemies with fire:

Eryx Gauntlets from Devil May Cry Wiki

Thou hast a mighty arm: strong is thy hand, and high is thy right hand.” (Psalm 89:13)

Behold, the Lord God will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.” (Isaiah 40:10)

Therefore have I poured out mine indignation upon them; I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath: their own way have I recompensed upon their heads, saith the Lord GOD.” (Ezekiel 22:31)

For, behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire.” (Isaiah 66:15)

The main antagonist of DmC, Mundus, calls himself a god:

DmC's Mundus from Devil May Cry Wiki[speaking to Dante] “Me, a god…versus you [profanity]”

Thus shall ye say unto them, The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens.” (Jeremiah 10:11)

The newscaster Bob Barbas (who is actually a demon according to the game) calls Mundus a god as well:

DmC's Bob Barbas from Devil May Cry Wiki

This is Bob Barbas of the Raptor News Network. Just…doin’ God’s work.

Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.” (James 2:19)

Mundus sees everything in Limbo City using these CCTV cameras:

DmC's CCTV Cameras from Devil May Cry Wiki

The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.” (Proverbs 15:3)

Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the Lord.” (Jeremiah 23:24)

Mundus can physically manipulate Limbo City, literally turning it upside down:

Behold, the Lord maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof.” (Isaiah 24:1)

The Lord preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down.” (Psalm 146:9)

This is part of what the Bible says about the wicked:

Yet they [the wicked] say, The Lord shall not see, neither shall the God of Jacob regard it.” (Psalm 94:7)

Here’s how this connects:

Mundus calls himself a god, and does things the way only God can. Dante has several times been identified as wicked-and even the Devil-in previous verses.

Dante fulfills The Lord shall not see by actually ripping out the the eye-cameras with which Mundus watches Limbo City.

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Finally, Mundus is being set up as God, Dante as the Devil, and both are at war…this scenario is actually seen in the Bible:

And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.

And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.

And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” (Revelation 20:7-10)

Which side will you choose?

*Do you want to be saved?

*Do you want to make sure that you are saved?

*More articles about video games and the Bible.

About Nelson

Writer, amateur #gamedev, and Founder o' Video Games and the Bible. My interviews bring the boys to the yard. Featured from Kotaku to Rock Paper Shotgun. Dropsy.
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2 Responses to Devil May Cry and the Bible Part 1: Dante (DmC)

  1. XcitingStuart says:

    Great as always 🙂

  2. Anitra Vickers says:

    i’ve heard this before but i’ts interesting nonetheless.

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