Demons from DMC4 Bonus Art

Part of the "Demons" bonus art from Devil May Cry 4.

Demons (also Devils) are an often-thought malevolent race of beings primarily originating from the Demon World.



Most demons are generally very selfish, power-hungry, and cruel; often seeking to increase their own power or influence at the expense of either other demons or humans. Very rarely do demons ever show remorse or pity, particularly when regarding humans - whom most demons regard as lesser beings. On the other hand, a few demons can be capable of love and compassion, and decide to live in the human world.

Dante suggests that when a demon becomes selfless or loves, or at least chooses to fight for something other than themselves and their own ambition, they can achieve greater powers.[1] Furthermore, it is suggested that demons can even become figuratively human, at least metaphorically, by learning to feel and express complex emotions such as sadness and love for another, both of which are considered definitive characteristics of human beings.

According to Dante's statements, humans can be, in a way, often worse than demons, by choosing evil out of their own volition, whereas demons are malevolent by nature. Lady makes a similar remark, realizing that there are humans who are just as evil as any demon, as well as demons who are capable of kindness, love and compassion.

Relations with HumansEdit

Because of their inherent beyond-human physical and mystical abilities, most known demons view themselves as superior to humans, and as such wish to rule over them. It is implied that before Sparda's uprising, the demons held dominion over the human world and there were many gates and portals created between the two realms; ever since Sparda sealed off the demon world from the human world, demons have been attempting to regain dominion over the humans.

It is seen that certain demons have disguised themselves as humans and gained an incredible amount of influence in the criminal underworld, the wealthy upper-class, and even close family members and business associates of powerful individuals. However, there are also demons who deny their heritage and go to the human world to live in peace.[2][3]

Despite the inherent differences and metaphysical inequalities between humans and demons, they are able to mate and produce half-demon offspring which possess the physical and mystical qualities of demons, and the spiritual qualities of humans. Such example is the protagonist Dante, along with his twin Vergil, who were the sons of the human Eva and the demon Sparda. Nero, Vergil's son, is also of both human and demonic lineage. Hybrid demons are generally greatly despised by full-blooded demons, as they are seen as incomplete and thus a mockery of their power.

Types of DemonsEdit


The most overwhelmingly common type of demon, the ones which come from Demon World. This is usually the type meant about whenever the word "demon" is mentioned. These vary greatly in shape and intelligence, forming the basis of the majority of enemies throughout the series.

Weak lesser demons often act as grunts of stronger demons. For example, the Red Empusa and Green Empusa often company the stronger Empusa Queen in a similar vain as Ants. 


DMC2 - Dante Render

Dante, a renowned hybrid sired by the demon knight Sparda.

A hybrid describes a individual with both demonic and human ancestry, usually born from the result of a demon and human relationship, but also those whose relations can be traced to a demon within their ancestry. Because of this, these hybrids innately exhibit enhanced physical prowess and unique abilities thanks to the demon blood within them. With their demon blood, they can transform into their demon state via ability called Devil Trigger.[4]

Despite the potential for power, however, many demons looks upon hybrids with scorn and label them no more better than that of a human or simply half-breeds.[5]

Some human-demon hybrids include:

Half-human, Half-demon
  • Dante - Demon Father, Human Mother
  • Vergil - Demon Father, Human Mother
3/4 Human, 1/4 Demon
  • Nero[6] - Half-demon Father, Human Mother
Unknown ratio

Artificial DemonsEdit

Demons that are created unnaturally using various methods, typically through a combination of magic and science. They all share some form of demonic capabilities, whilst their form is often dependent on their intented function. Some may resemble pure-blooded demons or just normal humans with some supernatural abilities.

Arius' Secretary demonEdit

Secretary DT DMC2

A Secretary

Secretaries are artificially-created female demons used by Arius and the Uroboros Corporation in which are similar in appearance and capabilities to that of a human hybrid despite being fully demon. They're capable of retaining both a human appearance and transformation via the Devil Trigger abilities. These demons have the notable characteristics of the form of beautiful, dark-skinned women with red hair. Arius considers Secretaries to be similar to mannequins, and at one point were subject to "defects" that made them unsuitable for Arius to use.[8]

Order of the SwordEdit

Angelo Credo render

Angelo Credo, a notable Ascension Ceremony demon

The Ascension Ceremony is a method to give humans both demonic power and forms that are used by the Order of the Sword. The ceremony has varying effects, giving the participant a transformation similar to Devil Trigger, permanently transform them into a demon, or give them demonic power.

Ascension Ceremony demons vary in behavior that ranges from ordanary humans with free will, to robotic machines. According to the novelization, strong-willed individuals retain their free will and independent power, while those of weak will who undergo the Ascension Ceremony lose their free will entirely and become feral, with their human souls becoming completely subverted or devoured by the demon soul possessing them.[9] Artificial demons created through the Ascension ceremony include:

Agnus uses another, unknown method to create demons by magically combining various animals with weapons. Among them are:

The AngelosEdit

Nico said that Agnus wrote in his journal about the "Black Angel", a powerful demon being made by transubstantiating unwilling human victim into demonic ones. This process is likely also used by Urizen to create his armies of Proto, Scudo, and Cavaliere Angelo.[10] However, Agnus could be wrong about his hypothesis, because Cavaliere Angelo and the original Black Angel himself were not made by unwilling human victim, but a demon and an human-demon hybrid respectively.


This is unique example. According to Nico's Enemy Reports, Artemis was created by Urizen fusing the Devil Arm Artemis with a human host. The demon shared the same colouring and long range laser attacks as its gun counterpart. It is unknown whether it is possible to do this with other devil arms or with non-humans, similarly to the Angelos.


This is another unique example. Gilgamesh was a Qliphoth root encased the demonic metal it was named after.

Nightmare DemonsEdit

A unique type of demon created in the process of spiliting man from devil using the Yamato, created when Vergil disgarded his trauma from his time as Nelo Angelo. Whether they can be created in any other circumstance is unknown.

Nightmares look similar or identical to their real life counter-parts going on case-by-case basis. They can attack, but not kill other creatures and require a human host to survive, until they fade. The only time they may survive alone is then V and Urizen remerged.


Demons are hierarchical in nature in a manner similar to pack animals or hive insects. The abilities of demons are often greatly varied among the middle and higher ranks. Demons usually seem to possess powers that are based on a certain element, such as fire, ice or lightning. Demons also come in a wide array of shapes and sizes, are generally considerably stronger and tougher than both humans and earthly animals in order to survive and thrive within the otherworldly and often harsh terrain of the Underworld, and are able to perform superhuman and supernatural feats with relative ease. The most prominent ability displayed by almost every demon seen in the series thus far is immortality; demons are known to live for over two thousand years without being subject to old age or death. In Devil May Cry 2, Arius sought this power by summoning the powers of Argosax.

After a demon is killed, it is possible for its soul and power to be turned into a weapon known as a "Devil Arm", though, as with the Sword of Sparda, a demon does not necessarily have to die to create a weapon from its power. Some demons willingly give their souls in battle if their opponent proves their strength.

Even though demons possess abilities beyond that of any human, that does not prevent humans from being able to fight and even kill a demon. Humans with enough skill to do so seem to be very rare, but those that do often become Devil Hunters.


  1. Devil May Cry 4
  2. Devil May Cry graphic novels
  3. Devil May Cry: The Animated Series
  4. Devil May Cry
  5. Devil May Cry 4 - Echinda: How shameful to be beaten by a human!
  6. Devil May Cry 5, Nico's Reports — Character Reports — Restored Nero: "Battlin' demons, seein' all kinds of crazy crap comin' up from the underworld—that's all in a day's work for devil hunters. But to watch a guy who's three- quarters human just bust out a new arm? That is deeply unsettlin'. [...]"
  7. Lucia: I thought I was a descendant of the clan that protects Vie de Marli... the ones who have the blood of the devils. (Matier is a descendant of the clan, therefore she is consider one of these).
  8. Devil May Cry 2
  9. Devil May Cry 4: Deadly Fortune
  10. Devil May Cry 5

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    • I just thought that since he dosnet care, he should at least say something on the line that hes fine with it and dosent let it make him down.
    • Well Dante did have a problem with his demonic side in DMC3 and the DMC3 manga. In the manga he has huge gripes with Vergil wanting to open ...
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