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Gilver is the main antagonist of Devil May Cry novel. He is an enemy of Dante/Tony Redgrave who served Mundus.


A mysteriously bandaged man sporting a green suit, he is looking to join a popular group of mercenaries. He even goes as far as killing a harmless man looking for information on him to keep it a secret. Gilver is initiated into the group after picking a fight with Tony Redgrave which eventually becomes a vodka drinking contest. Unlike Tony, Gilver can't hold his liquor and passes out nearly immediately and gets mugged because of the guild's tradition of "whoever passes out first pays for the drinks". Understandably, Gilver expresses his dislike of alcohol for the rest of the novel.

He exhibits a chilling and calm attitude. It is stated that his stare will even give the meanest of men goosebumps; however, everyone envies his extraordinary strength and skills with his slim katana. He took on any high-paying jobs, unlike Tony, and would pay for the drinks at Bobby's Cellar (which is the novel's "hang out" bar for mercenaries) when he returned from his jobs thus earning him quite a reputation even though he was taking all the good jobs away from them.

This generosity was a clever ruse, as by earning the trust of the guild he then proceeded to feed them to the demons he released after slowly but surely unleashing the wrath of the Underworld back onto the Human World.

His evil scheme was to allow the darkness to distort and manifest all of the Human World so that he could release his true demonic powers. He was able to read Dante's fighting style even after the sword he wielded had awakened. Gilver tried to cut out Dante's heart but he failed thanks to Eva's amulet. He is fatally wounded after Dante opens fire on him with his new guns: Ebony & Ivory. It is then that the bandages covering his face fall off, revealing to Dante that his opponent shared the same face as his own twin, Vergil. He then fades away along with the demonic powers that tried to consume the Human World a second time.


  • In the novel, Gilver was originally revealed to be a disguised Vergil, but his fate, goals and behavior contradict the established canon of the games (especially after the release of Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening). Capcom later retconned the revelation of Gilver's identity by revealing that he was instead a prototype Angelo clone created by Mundus to eliminate the Sparda brothers and that his skills were based on the battle data of Vergil and Dante.
  • Gilver's design is very similar if not the same as Lupin the Third's bandage wrapped face from Castle Cagliostro/Red Vs Green, both sporting the same exact face wrapping and suit colors.
  • "Gilver" is an anagram of "Vergil."