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The Divina Commedia (Ita: "Divine Comedy") is an epic poem written by Dante Alighieri between 1308 and his death in 1321. The poem consists of three parts, Inferno (Lat: "Hell"), Purgatorio (Lat: "Purgatory"), and Paradiso (Lat: "Paradise"), and draws on medieval Christian theology and philosophy. It is heavily used as inspiration in the Devil May Cry series.

Allusions to Divine Comedy in the Devil May Cry series[]

Devil May Cry[]

  • Dante - The main character of the Devil May Cry series shares the same name of Dante Alighieri, the author and main character of the poem.
  • Vergil - The Roman poet Virgil is Dante's guide through Hell and Purgatory.
  • Trish - Dante Alighieri's idealized woman, Beatrice, guides Dante of the poem through Heaven.

Devil May Cry 2[]

  • Trismagia - In the Divine Comedy, Satan is depicted with three heads.
  • Furiataurus - The minotaur appears in the Seventh Circle of Hell: Violence.
  • Lucia - A saint who came to help Dante in the Divine Comedy.

Devil May Cry 3[]

  • Temen-ni-gru - Dante climbs the Mount of Purgatory to reach Heaven. The mountain consists of a bottom section, seven levels corresponding with the Seven Deadly Sins, and a topmost section akin to paradise on earth.
    • This relationship is somewhat subverted in the game, as the top of the Temen-ni-gru leads to Hell.
    • The Temen-ni-gru can also be seen as allegorious to the Tower of Babel, which is also mentioned in Purgatorio.
  • "Lady" (birth name: Mary) - Named after The Blessed Virgin Mary who appears in The Divine Comedy as a symbol of Divine Mercy to aid poet Dante Alighieri on his quest calling on St. Lucia and Beatrice to assist him. "Lady" is likely a reference to one of the virgin's other names, "Madonna" (Italian for "Lady").
  • Beowulf
  • Geryon
  • Cerberus

Devil May Cry 4[]

  • Several mission titles, La Porte de L'Enfer, The Ninth Circle, Inferno, and La Vita Nova, are taken from Divine Comedy.
  • "Abandon All Hope" - These words appear on the "Game Over" screen when the player dies and has no Gold Orbs remaining (or if the player selects "NO" if he or she has such). These words appear in the final line of the inscription on the Gates of Hell, "Abandon all hope, ye who enter here."

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