J.D. Morrison is a character in Devil May Cry: The Animated Series who brings Dante most of his job requests, much like Enzo Ferino did previously. He also acts as a chauffeur, often driving Dante to his jobs. Unlike Enzo, Morrison is calm and exhibits no fear around demons, as shown in the final mission of the anime. Morrison is also shown to be a handyman of sorts when Patty asks him to fix the TV in Dante's office.
Like Lady, Dante owes Morrison a sum of money although how much is never really implied, although he continues to bring Dante jobs even with a lack of confidence he will ever be paid, no matter how many good jobs he brings Dante. Regardless of this, Morrison trusts Dante's conviction and will do whatever he says in tight situations, as seen in the final episodes of the anime when Dante ordered him to evacuate the hotel they were in so Dante could face off against Abigail without any civilian casualties.
One of Dante's most trusted confidants, Morrison's lack of supernatural prowess is vastly overshadowed by his resourcefulness, be it on a minute to minute encounter basis or long-term precautions.
Whereas Morrison was originally white/Caucasian and looks to be around 30-40 years old in the anime, for his first game appearance in Devil May Cry 5, he was redesigned to be black/African and perhaps in his 50s or 60s. At Devil May Cry, he introduced V to Dante and left the office to seek out Trish and Lady to help with the job. In the end, Morrison takes ownership of Devil May Cry as he assigns Trish and Lady on a job due to the rent.
- Nico's Character Report - Morrison
- Ain't never met this fella myself, so all I got to go on is rumors. J.D. Morrison: The info broker who set Dante on a bunch of his demon-killin' jobs. Lady seems to have had a few run-ins with him too.
- So great, we finally got someone around who's in the know. Why can't he pass Nero a gig or two?
- It's been a good 30 years since I last wrote something like a letter. Don't have a typewriter or nothing, so unfortunately you're stuck with my shitty handwriting for now.
- I heard you're heading back to Red Grave. Wasn't sure exactly what I could do for you... I'm not a powerhouse like you, or the sharpest knife in the drawer.
- Still, given my business, the least I can do is get you a few leads. Can't say exactly how useful they'll be to you, but hey...gotta be better than nothing, right?
- So the first time I met Dante, he actually went by a different name: Tony Redgrave.
- Bet that got your attention, huh? Tony Redgrave.. Red Grave City... Just a coincidence? Or something more? I honestly can't say.
- Still, figured if you're heading in that direction you might be able to learn the truth yourself. That's why I've decided to tell you everything about the Dante I know.
- It ain't every day that I just give this stuff away, boy. You'd best be grateful.
- Back when Dante went by Tony Redgrave, there was this place: Bobby's Cellar... A dive infested with bounty hunters, would-be soldiers of fortune, and, often enough, our old pal Tony. He'd show up from time to time like any of the other punks and low-lifes looking to make a quick buck. That's the kind of place Bobby's Cellar was.
- There were plenty of guys like me around, too. Every one of us knew to make the rounds to these joins and peddle our information like precious gems. Most importantly, getting those jobs covered kept the cash flowing in. You better believe ol' Tony made me a pretty penny.
- Still, that guy was always broke as a bottle of wine. He'd end up busting his guns on every job. Sure, it all makes sense now, but at the time I was dumbfounded. I'd ask myself, what kind of shots is this guy packing to break a pair of pistols on every single job?
- This old gunsmith in the neighborhood was always giving him an earful. "Normal pieces must be like a pair of pop guns to a guy like you, huh, Tony?" Eventually he got wise that he'd never make a solid payday at this rate, so he got the old lady to design a pair of pistols just for him.
- You guessed it...she ended up introducing Dante to his old pals, Ebony & Ivory. But wouldn't you know it, she died just as soon as the job was finished.
- Well, more like she was killed. I never figured out who did it, either—I was out of town on a big job myself at the time, you see. But Tony...no, Dante. He knew, from the sound of it. One of the toughs from his regular haunt said that after she passed, he went off somewhere with the most crestfallen look he'd ever seen.
- That's the last anyone would ever see of Tony Redgrave at Bobby's Cellar.
- Before long I got wind that ol' Tony had opened a little racket of his own...
- Devil May Cry.
- I managed to track it down, and walked in to find a man by the name of Dante...said that'd been his real name all along.
- That was the start of a beautiful friendship, let me tell you. I'd never believed in demons or anything like that, but hanging around that guy long enough is a goddamned eye-opener, that's for sure.
- Met Lady around the same time. Dante always played fast and loose with his money, y'see. I'd see her toss a few bones his way sometimes, even a job or two (griping about it the whole time, of course). The way they carried on, you could tell they shared some kind of past.
- Nothing romantic or some nonsense like that. No, it's more like...they got what the other had been through. I tried the roundabout route to figure it out, but those two dodge questions the way they dodge bullets. The past isn't something they bring up lightly.
- One time, Lady let something slip about "cutting ties that bind." She was on a pretty heavy bender...mentioned something about them each having killed family. Dante, his brother...and Lady, her father.
- Can't say for sure if that's the whole story. I suppose I could look into it... It is my line of business, after all. But I'm not the kind of scum to drudge up a friend's past just to sate my own curiosity. So I just chalk it up to the drink..a bunch of booze-induced nonsense, as far as I'm concerned.
- A few years went by, and Dante went off to an island—something about a case this pretty young thing brought in. Seems the demon king was trying to break seal to get into our world and she wanted Dante to stop him...
- So off our boy went, on a ship to Mallet Island I'd chartered for him. And the pretty young thing that went with him? That was Trish. I gotta say, I was first taken aback when I first laid eyes on her...a dead ringer for Dante's late mother. I'd never met the woman—but can you believe the guy used to have a framed photo of her on his desk? Bet you'd never guessed that one.
- Anyway, it was only later that I learned of Trish's true, demonic nature. She was to lure Dante to his death on Mallet Island; a sad creature created for the birth of the demon king. The photo on Dante's desk was common knowledge at the time I guess the demon king wanted to take advantage of his filial affection.
- All sorts of things went down on that island... Dante took out the demon king once and for all and came back to Devil May Cry with Trish in tow. I don't know all the detals of what transpired out there... prying into such matters is unbecoming of one in my position.
- Besides, the important thing is that back then, Dante defeated the ruler of the demon wordl. And this time around, when V showed up, guess what task he had for our boy Dante?
- "Defeat the resurrected Demon King..."
- So Dante took the case, and hoofed it to Red Grave City.
- Is the "demon king" waiting for him there the: same one from Mallet Island? Your guess is as good as mine. Still, I can't shake the feeling that this whole thing is connected to Dante's roots somehow. After all, this is THE "Tony Redgrave" we're talking about here...
- And there you have: the whole kit and caboodle. If I learn anything new I'll be sure to contact you, so don't go dying on me before I do. I think I see another beautiful friendship in the works here, kid. Don't let me down.
- In an interview for Devil May Cry 5 at E3 2018 Hideaki Itsuno revealed that the cigarette smoking man from the trailer was, in fact, Morrison from the animated series.
- This marks the first time that a character from the animated series appears in the video games, as well as being the most extreme redesign any character in the series has ever received due to the change in race.