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Jackpot

Dante and Vergil shout "Jackpot" in Devil May Cry 3.

"Jackpot!" (大当たり!, Ōatari!?, lit. “Big hit!” or "Right on the mark!") is a recurring line in the Devil May Cry series. It is Dante's catchphrase, often spouted off just before the main antagonist is finished off with a powerful charged shot. The catchphrase originates from Dante and Vergil's childhood, during which the two loved saying it. In real life, a "jackpot" is the grand prize in gambling.

Devil May Cry[]

The first time the phrase is heard is during the first cutscene. When Trish enters the Devil May Cry shop, Dante says, "The way I figure it, in this business, a lot of your kind comes around. And if I kill each one that comes, eventually I should hit the jackpot sooner or later." The phrase is again said by Dante at the end of his final fight with Mundus. After Trish lends her power to Dante, he shouts "Jackpot!" before releasing two charged shots from Ebony & Ivory – one with his own red energy and one with Trish's yellow energy.

At the time, "Jackpot" was a euphemism for the chance to kill Mundus; Dante had spent most of his Devil Hunting career searching for leads to Mundus's lair.

Devil May Cry 2[]

Although the line is never spoken aloud, the music track that plays during the scene where Dante defeats Argosax with a similar Over-powered shot from Ivory, is titled "Jackpot".

Devil May Cry 3[]

In the end of the final fight with Arkham, Dante and Vergil first slice him with their swords, and after Ebony is smacked out of Dante's hand and caught by Vergil and they each fire one overcharged shot in their respective colors.

Arkham: "It can't be! You cannot! Die!"
Vergil: "I'll try it your way for once."
Dante: "Remember what we used to say?"
Arkham: "Don’t do it!"
Vergil & Dante: "JACKPOT!"

Chronologically, it is the first time it is said on-screen.

Devil May Cry: The Animated Series[]

In the final, twelfth episode of The Animated Series, the demon Sid absorbs Abigail's power but later has it stripped from him, and in a last-ditch effort rushes at Dante. Dante says "And Jackpot," before shooting him at point-blank range.

Devil May Cry 4[]

This time the opportunity to say the phrase falls not on Dante but on Nero during his fight with Sanctus Diabolica. Nero shouts "Jackpot!" if the final blow dealt is a Devil Buster. If the player chooses not to use Devil Trigger, Nero will say "Checkmate!" or "Bingo!" instead.

In Devil May Cry 4 Refrain, Nero does say "Jackpot" after defeating Sanctus Diabolica with his Devil Bringer during the cutscene in Mission 10.

Devil May Cry 5[]

When first encountering Urizen, Dante says "Jackpot" after seeing he was able to defeat both Lady and Trish, and concludes he must really be his brother. Urizen recognizes Dante and reacts by calling his name, confirming Dante's suspicion.

During one of the ending cutscenes, as Dante and Vergil spar in the Underworld, they are interrupted by the arrival of several demons. As the two cut their opposition down, Vergil realizes what Dante plans to say and demands he refrain, but Dante shouts "Jackpot!" anyway while taking two demons out with gunshots to the head. In the Special Edition, the scene is expanded on when Dante tries to remind Vergil of how he used to love the phrase as a kid, but Vergil feigns ignorance. Despite this, playable Vergil can be heard exclaiming "Jackpot!" when he performs 3 perfect Judgement Cuts in a row in gameplay. If the player idles afterward, Vergil will sigh in embarrassment.

Nero may also say the line when landing one of his busters in DMC5. The first time it happens is when Nero slams Vergil against his Doppelgänger, yelling “JACK! POT!” as he throws him to the ground afterwards. The second instance is while Nero busters Vergil’s flying charge, yelling “Jackpot!” as he lands the maneuver.

Other appearances[]

Viewtiful Joe[]

When Captain Blue gives Dante the V-Watch, Dante gains his DMC1 costume. Dante transforms by saying "Devil May Cry's a rockin' baby, yeah!" He then says "Alright, JACKPOT!"

Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds[]

Dante says "Jackpot" right before the final blast of his Million Dollars Hyper Combo; he also says "Jackpot.. yeah baby!" during one variation of his victory cut-scene.

Project X Zone[]

"Jackpot" is the name of Dante & Demitri's Special Attack and Dante will sometimes say "Jackpot!" when he fires his charge shot to finish the attack.

In the sequel, Project X Zone 2, "Double Jackpot" is the name of Dante & Vergil's Special Attack. After the barrage of attacks from the brothers, Vergil uses Ebony and Dante uses Ivory to shoot a final shot at the enemy, while simultaneously saying, "Jackpot!"

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