Echidna is a giant serpent demoness who rules the great forest in the depths of Demon World. She has taken over the Mitis Forest, where she flies around and scatters her Chimera seed-eggs to propagate further demons, with which she plans to create a world where demons would prosper. Both Nero and Dante run into Echidna and fight her during the course of Devil May Cry 4.
In her dragon form, Echidna resembles a giant serpent with feathery frills on her neck, and several eyes on her head. However, the head can open up into four petals to reveal her true body, a woman's torso growing out of the tail, similar to a mermaid, with the serpent's "tongue" splitting large red plumes that grow from her head like hair.
Echidna is a demoness who likes to sneak up on her opponents and swallow them whole. She has a sentimental attachment to the forest she lives in, claiming it as her own. She has a desire for her children to merge with as many life forms as possible, believing it to be the kindest fate she has to offer. She is very protective of her Chimera children and is greatly angered when they are killed, as seen when Nero shot down some of her Chimera Seeds in battle. Aside from her children being harmed or killed, she is pretty thick-skinned, as she said that Nero and Dante's insults and jokes are futile against her.
Devil May Cry 4
Nero encounters Echidna while he travels through the forest searching for a way to the Order's headquarters. He is soon ambushed by Echidna while crossing the Ruined Valley, but manages to escape as she destroys the walkway behind him. He finds Echidna again at her den by the Hell Gate, and they fight. Nero manages to defeat Echidna, and grabs her tail with his Devil Bringer to prevent her from escaping into the Hell Gate. However, Echidna wrenches free, leaving Nero with only the Sephirothic Fruit.
On his way back to Fortuna, Dante encounters Echidna laying her egg-seeds throughout the forest. Dante responds by stylishly kicking several of them into the forest. They ricochet off the trees in a complex manner that leads to them all striking Echidna in the face. Furious, she tries to devour Dante, but he forces his way out of her mouth and fights her. After being defeated by Dante, she yells, "My forest...! My children...!" before Dante kills her by shooting her with Ivory. Dante then uses the Hell Gate's Devil Arm, Gilgamesh to destroy the monument. She is encountered again by Nero in the body of the Savior as one of the bosses fought in Mission 19.
Appearances in Other Media
Echidna does not have a card of her own, instead she is featured in one of Dante's cards (No. DANTE 009).
Illustrations from the Devil May Cry 4 Devil's Material Collection artbook.
Notes and References
- Devil May Cry 4 Devil's Material Collection, Echidna: "魔界の深奥に広がる巨大な森の主。意思を持つ種子をふり撒き、他の悪魔を宿主として魔界の植物を繁栄させよしている。龍を思わせる外観をしているが、その本体は花弁に包まわた女性型の体。"
- Devil May Cry 4, Boss File — Echidna: "Master of a forest home to many demonic mysteries, Echidna scatters its seeds to act as hosts for further demons. She aims to create a world where demons prosper through her plant-like progeny. Appearing to be a dragon, Echidna takes the shape of a woman wrapped in petals."