Devil May Cry Fashion Watch
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 bad.
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.
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Analysis: Kat is a new character in the upcoming Devil May Cry, and is described as having a "sweet innocence." This should be obvious by her ample cleavage, hand and face tattoos, and penchant for graffiti. Unless she's actively trying to look like a street urchin or convenience store robber, it's time for a new ensemble.
Fashion Rating: Kat needs to learn the difference between "good attention" and "bad attention." Zipping up her hoodie would be a good start.
Analysis: Now this is how you pull off "sweet innocence." Kyrie looks less like a Devil May Cry character and more like a participant on Colonial House. Don't let her conservative demeanor fool you, however; Kyrie is Nero's lover, and still wants to get it on with him even after she sees his freaky demon arm. I'm guessing she has a wild streak, but her clothes are 100-percent classy.
Fashion Rating: I'm still in shock that Capcom designed such a normal-looking character.
Analysis: Oh, okay. It all makes sense now; Kyrie must have been the first character Capcom created after Lady, who clearly used up all of the developer's nonsensical design ideas. Lady's attire even manages to overshadow the humungous, bayonet-equipped rocket launcher she's got. I guess this is what passes for business casual in the demon-hunting industry.
Fashion Rating: Put some clothes on, Lady!
Analysis: Trish might not don the classiest of outfits, but at least she's coordinated. I still fail to understand how anyone in this series can hunt demons in these getups, though. Shouldn't they be wearing armor or something? How is she going to fight demonic monsters when she catches a cold? I'm sure the high-heel boots are really effective on the battlefield, too. Trish's style may work in an S&M club or biker bar, but unless you can kill a demon with cleavage, it's time to change things up.
Fashion Rating: Trish's wardrobe could use some color – not to mention cloth. Compared to Lady, however, Trish still looks like a nun.
Analysis: Lucia is actually a demon, so maybe her midriff is protected by some magical demon spell. Aside from the lack of protection – which every demon hunter in Devil May Cry character is equally guilty of – Lucia is in good shape. I'm still not sold on her shawl, however. She's going to look a lot less elegant when a gust of wind blows that thing over her head.
Fashion Rating: Capes are for superheroes. If Lucia stitches hers into a full-length shirt, she'll be set.
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