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The Internet raged when Ninja Theory revealed its
younger, emo-fied version of Devil May Cry's demon-hunting protagonist. But is
the new Dante really less chic than the old one – or any other character in the
series? Join us as we rate the fashion sense of Devil May Cry's characters.
I'm not a huge Devil May Cry expert, but I am an
expert at assessing video game characters. My stunning insight into the
characters of The Witcher prepared gamers for CD Projekt Red's sequel, and
my analysis of Soul Calibur's characters provided Namco Bandai with better
backstories for Soul Calibur V (which they still haven't used, but whatever). Now I'm evaluating the fashion
sense of Devil May Cry characters. Easy peasy.
Analysis: I'm all for hating on
characters, but I don't see a whole lot wrong with the new Dante. Granted, he might
be a little skinny for a demon hunter – but he also has flaming Hulk fists. That
makes up for looking like he could start his own boy band. I'd lose the Union
Jack patch, though; it's more entitled hipster than half-demon vigilante.
Fashion Rating: Flaming Hulk hands
are always fashionable.
Analysis: So this is what fans miss, huh? First of all, cows don't wear
this much leather. Dante's wearing leather chaps over what look like leather
pants, a full-length leather coat, and leather gloves. His shirt looks like it
might be leather too, and it's apparently being held on by three seat belts.
Someone also needs to tell Dante that only cowboys wear oversized belt buckles,
and I'm pretty sure they only wear them to prevent getting shot in the crotch.
Fashion Rating: Dante's white hair gives him a distinguished look – which
is immediately ruined by the gaudy Vegas rodeo getup. Also, no Hulk hands.
Analysis: What? How is this not Dante? All he did was trade his leather in
for denim. White hair? Check. Giant sword? Check. Useless buckles? Check. He's
even got a demon hand, for crying out loud. Is this one of those Clark
Kent/Superman deals? Does Dante become Nero when he parts his hair on the other
side of his head?
Fashion Rating: Nero's fashion sense is just as bad as Dante – probably
because he's clearly Dante.
Analysis: The old Vergil might be the most stylish male character of the
Devil May Cry series. He's still wearing a lot of leather like his younger
brother Dante, but he manages to make it look classy. His jacket even matches the
color of his eyes; I'm guessing he's a real hit with the ladies. Unlike Dante – who's clearly overcompensating for something – Vergil uses a normal-sized,
rather plain-looking sword. It still has super demon powers; Vergil just doesn't
have to flaunt it.
Fashion Rating: Still too many buckles and button flaps, but otherwise not
Analysis: Forget Dante's makeover; Vergil fans are the ones who should be
upset by his new look. He's gone completely overboard with his attempt to be
fashionable. First off, his jacket appears to be made out of black velvet,
which we all know should only be used for Elvis paintings. Second, what does a
half-demon badass need a wallet chain for? I bet he doesn't even have a wallet,
and if he does there's probably nothing in it. Third, the Joker called and
wants his pants back.
Fashion Rating: You know you've gone
too far when you're wearing powder blue women's gloves.
Coming Up Next: The leading ladies of Devil May Cry...
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