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You always know what path is right, and which is wrong. There's no need to doubt yourself.
—Kyrie, Devil May Cry 5

Kyrie (pronounced /ˈkir-ē-ˌā/) is a supporting character first appearing in Devil May Cry 4. She is the younger sister of the leader of the Order of the Sword's Holy Knights, Credo, and the songstress for the Festival of the Sword. Kyrie is the childhood friend of Nero, as well as his love interest[2]. The love between Kyrie and Nero began before the events of Devil May Cry 4 and it is used as major plot point during the game.

Kyrie only makes a vocal appearance in Devil May Cry 5, providing Nero with emotional support.

EtymologyEdit

The Kýrie, eléison ("Lord, have mercy" in Greek) is the first part of the Catholic Ordinary of the Mass. It was traditionally sung in Greek and was later translated into Latin.

AppearanceEdit

Kyrie has auburn hair that is normally worn back with a gold and white beret. At about half way through the game, specifically after Agnus takes her hostage, Kyrie wears her hair down, reaching several inches past her collarbone.
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Close up of Kyrie's face.

Her bangs are worn short and parted, with most of it swooping over her right eye and several strains swooping over her left eye. She also has longer strains of hair from her bangs that frame her face. She has hazel eyes, appearing brown at the center and fading into a moss green at the outer rim of her iris. Her skin is also fairly pale. She was noted as being, "beautiful" by Nico in her journal entry about Kyrie in Devil May Cry 5
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Kyrie wearing the traditional clothing of the songstress.

Her attire in Devil May Cry 4 is a white dress worn traditionally during the Festival of the Blade by women part of the Order of the Sword. While not a knight, Kyrie's position as a songstress in the festival is highly regarded as essential in order for the ceremony to commence, much like how hymns of worship open a religious sermon in church. The dress features a ribbed, cream colored chest piece, framed in black fabric. The cuffs of the dress are also in the same cream color. Her upper sleeves are puffy and are also held by a belted, black fabric. They feature intricate gold patterns with the Order sigil. Black buttons with intricate rose engravings run from her collar bone done to her décolletage. Below the buttons is the sigil found commonly among members of the Order of the Sword. To finish her attire, Kyrie wears knee high brown boots with gold trimming. 

Kyrie's makeup is kept fairly simple. Her lips are nude, but appear to be glossy with a faint pink hue. Her nails are long and delicate, having no visible color to them but are in the style of a French manicure. 

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The necklace Nero gifted to Kyrie.

During her song Out of Darkness, Kyrie is wearing traditional jewelry. The headpiece is gold and intricate, with swirling carvings and cutouts found in it's design. She also wears golden dangling earrings with a blue gem dangling from each end. Over her arms, she wears a black lace shawl with intricate patterning.

At the beginning of Devil May Cry 4, Nero gifts Kyrie a golden necklace featuring a red crystal held in place by two overlapping wings similar to a seraph.

PersonalityEdit

Most people who meet Kyrie would typically describe her as a saint. She is kind, perhaps to a fault, and very caring towards everyone around her.

She is very protective of those close to her and is willing to charge into dangerous situations despite her lack of combative ability and her uncomfortability with carnage. When Dante first attacked the Order of the Sword, she rushed to protect Credo, albeit scared, and without much concern for her own well-being. She also instinctively went to aid Nero against his fight with Dante but was held back by Credo. She also has an unconditional protective instinct, having once thrown herself in front of a Scarecrow attack to protect a young boy.

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Kyrie protecting a little boy from Scarecrow.

She is also shown to be sentimental, becoming disheartened when Nero's gift to her was knocked out of her hand during the panic of Sanctus' apparent death. After everything has settled down, Kyrie finds his gift - a gold seraphic necklace - and wears it happily in front of Nero.

The beginning of Devil May Cry 4 shows her to be serious about her faith, being offended when Nero attempts to leave morning prayer due to his boredom.

Despite the large case Red Queen is stored in, Kyrie brings it to Nero's side, showing how much Kyrie wants to help even if she isn't as strong or as physically capable as those around her. She also deeply cares about Nero's well-being, reminding him to take care of himself due to a previous injury he received still in the process of recovering.

Kyrie has a deep love for her brother. She expressed both horror and betrayal when she believed Nero to be hurting him.

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Kyrie reaching for Nero, despite his failure in saving her.

Despite everything, Kyrie still cares for Nero, calling his name after his fight with Agnus while unconscious and reaching for him while inside of The Savior all the while smiling reassuringly at him.

Kyrie is shown to be ever patient and loyal, especially when involving all matters of the heart.

After the Order Of The Sword incident, Kyrie became something akin to a social worker, helping those who were affected by the Order by providing food and comfort to them. Eventually, leading to her opening and operating an orphanage for the children who lost their parents. She eventually left the Order of the Sword to be a part of Nero's branch of Devil May Cry. However, she doesn't join in on any of Nero's jobs, instead preferring to stay at home, tending to inquires and job offerings, and looking after the orphanage they operate together in Fortuna.

BackgroundEdit

Devil May Cry 4: Deadly FortuneEdit

(Note: The Devil May Cry 4: Deadly Fortune novel depicts the events that happen before, during, and after the events of Devil May Cry 4 with some changes.)

While Kyrie's parents were volunteering at an orphanage, they encounter a young Nero. They took a special liking to Nero, due to his appearance reminding them of Sparda. Through her parents, Kyrie met Nero and befriended him. Eventually, they took Nero in and began to foster him. Unfortunately, both of Kyrie's parents were later killed by demons who were once those who failed the Ascension Ceremony.

One day, while Kyrie was taking a day trip with some orphans through the Mitis Forest, they were attacked by demons. Kyrie was injured during the attack but has since healed before the events of the Festival of the Sword.

Devil May Cry 4Edit

During the beginning of the game, Kyrie is shown singing Out of Darkness at an Order of the Sword gathering, occasionally glancing at the empty pew where Nero is supposed to be sitting. Nero appears just before the song ends, and he hands her a small gift as she comes to sit beside him while Sanctus explains the history of Sparda's rebellion against Mundus and his demon brethren. As the people begin to pray, Dante crashes in and shoots Sanctus, causing widespread panic which briefly separates Nero from Kyrie. She drops the gift given to her in the confusion, and it is quickly trampled. As Dante approaches her brother Credo, Kyrie runs to Credo but is knocked down and shudders in fear before Nero comes to her rescue. Credo orders Nero to hold off the assassin while he takes Kyrie to safety and fetches help. After Nero's skirmish with the Devil Hunter, Kyrie brings him his custom sword. While he prepares it for battle, she locates the contents of her package - a necklace - and puts it on. Afterwards, she goes with Credo as Nero investigates the demon uprising that Dante reportedly caused.

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Kyrie is taken hostage by Agnus.

Kyrie is not seen for a while, it isn't until she is brought to the duel between her brother and Nero by Agnus did she appear again. Here, she discovers Nero's Devil Bringer arm that he had been hiding from her. Stun and confused, she does not resist as Agnus captures her and flees the scene. Later on, she is seen as a captive in some kind of magical cage in Agnus's room, where Nero attempts to rescue her. Just when it seems as if Nero has won, as the newly resurrected Sanctus enters the scene, Nero is stalled, and Sanctus takes Kyrie away. Nero strikes out in rage as he tries to break free from the Bianco Angelos that attempt to capture him. He reaches out to grab her, but is only able to grasp her necklace instead and remove it.

Sanctus then takes Kyrie to The Savior, where she is absorbed into its head. This is a ploy by Sanctus to lure Nero into joining her in forming The Savior's core; when Nero refuses, Sanctus and Nero battles. Nero almost wins, but Sanctus forces Kyrie to appear in his place, causing Nero to falter and allowing Sanctus to defeat him.

Kyrie is not seen again until the last mission where she is being kept deep inside of the core of the Savior in a fleshy prison. Nero comes to her rescue and promptly defeats Sanctus Diabolica. The madman threatens to kill her if Nero advances any further, but Nero tosses the Yamato to the false prophet to distract him, then slams him into a wall with the Devil Bringer. With a swift cut from the Yamato, Nero frees Kyrie and impales Sanctus, killing him. Nero escapes the confines of the Savior with Kyrie safe and sound. Sanctus returns as the False Savior, but Nero quickly attends to the matter by pulverizing the twisted visage of the statue while Dante and Kyrie watch.

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Kyrie and Nero are finally together and safe.

After settling matters with Dante, Nero approaches Kyrie cautiously, unsure of how she will react to his demonic powers. She responds by taking his Devil Bringer in her hands and expresses her desire to be with him, regardless of his demonic nature. The two almost exchange a kiss, but some Scarecrows show up to interrupt the moment. Kyrie patiently waits for Nero as he attends to the matter.

After the post-battle credits, Kyrie and Nero watch some birds fly over the city, with Kyrie taking the Devil Bringer in her hand. In Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition, the ending cutscene for the Lady/Trish campaign shows the two girls, accompanied by Dante, arriving at the scene where Nero and Kyrie are about to kiss, while the kiss is not shown on-screen, the dialogue of the trio implies that this time there was no abrupt interruptions.

Devil May Cry 4: Deadly Fortune (continued)Edit

After the Savior incident, Kyrie reassures the people of Fortuna and provides them with the truth that the Order was behind the demon attacks. While most people believed her due to her being virtuous, others didn't and believed the Order died fighting against the demons. Some claimed she was possessed, especially once Nero revealed the demonic appearance of his arm. Despite this, Kyrie encourages Nero to not hide his arm regardless of the cold reception it received from the citizens of Fortuna.

At this point, Nero lives with Kyrie in an apartment they rent together and Kyrie busies herself by trying to help the people who lost their homes and family and prepares food for them via a soup kitchen.

Devil May Cry 5: Before the NightmareEdit

After Kyrie started living with Nero, they formed a new branch of Devil May Cry in Fortuna. While Kyrie never attended any of the jobs they received, she monitored the phones for Nero. Eventually, Kyrie and Nero became the owners of an orphanage and Kyrie became one of the soul providers for the orphanage along with Nero's help. In time, the branch in Fortuna was closed due to a lack of demon activity within the city and Nero went mobile with the assistance of the gunsmith Nico.[3]

Devil May Cry 5Edit

In a flashback Nero is having, both he and Nico are repairing and making improvements to the Devil May Cry RV while Kyrie is preparing dinner for the three of them. When suddenly, a mysterious cloaked demon attacks Nero, in his panic Nero yells for Kyrie to go back inside (possibly implying she came to check on Nero after hearing him talking to someone in the garage). Once Nero's arm is removed and the mysterious stranger has left via through a portal created by the Yamato, Kyrie runs to him and comforts him.

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Nero calling Kyrie, asking her for advice.

Later in the game, after Nero finds out about his relation to Vergil, he calls Kyrie in search for help on how to handle the whole situation, stating that he had nothing as a child, and that Kyrie and Credo were everything to him, and now suddenly he has a family (being that of Dante and Vergil). Kyrie responds to him saying that Nero has always known what the right thing to do was and there is no need to doubt himself, which gives him the confidence he needed to face Vergil at the top of the Qliphoth and stop both father and uncle from ending their lives.

Before the end credits, Nero receives a call from Kyrie, asking if he's coming home and if he's alright. Nero reassures her he is returning home and has a surprise for her that he doesn't want to spoil, Nico intervenes and teases Nero saying it's a huge surprise in which he tells her to shut up. Kyrie is surprised that Nero has told her to shut up in which he quickly apologizes and explains he wasn't telling her that but Nico due to her loud mouth. After some more antics from Nico, Nero tells Kyrie he'll call her back later and that he needs to get back to work.

Character FileEdit

Devil May Cry 4Edit

Character - Kyrie
A young woman who has treated Nero, an orphan, like family since they were both children. Her devout and kind nature has earned her the trust of those around her. She's also a skilled singer and, as such, was selected to be the songstress for the Festival of the Blade. Her exact relationship with Nero is unclear, at once being his family, friend, and even lover.

Devil May Cry 5Edit

Profiles - Kyrie
Every once in a while you'll meet a lady so kind people call her a living saint. Well, I can safely say that in all my years on God's green earth, I ain't never met a girl that fit the bill like this here Kyrie.
These days you can find her looking after the little ones in an orphanage on Fortuna. After all the awful things that went down on that island, it's safe to say she's just about the only thing holding them poor folks together.
And don't get me started on how beautiful she is. She'd be beating the boys back with a stick if it wasn't for Nero. Don't know what a sweet girl like that's doing with a punk like him, but hey... ain't none of my business. Different strokes, I reckon.

Appearances in Other MediaEdit

Onimusha SoulEdit

Kyrie makes a cameo appearance in Onimusha Soul, another Capcom property.

TEPPENEdit

Kyrie is featured in two unlockable cards in the mobile game TEPPEN, one being of unit type and the other being of action type. They are both green cards. Her unit type card was released in the base pack along with a handful of other Devil May Cry characters. Her second card, the action type, was released with the core card pack and is a rare card. It features Kyrie praying to the visage of Sparda found in the opening cinematic of Devil May Cry 4

QuotesEdit

"She yearns for your touch."
―Kyrie[src]
"So... Is this the end? [...] The city's a wreck. [...] I... I am still alive, right?"
―Kyrie[src]
"Nero, you're you. And it's you I want to be with... I don't know anyone who is as human as you are."
―Kyrie[src]
"It's alright... I'll wait."
―Kyrie[src]
"Hello? Nero? Is that you, Nero? Did something happen? [...] You always know which path is right, and which is wrong. There's no need to doubt yourself."
―Kyrie[src]

TriviaEdit

  • The lures used by Bael & Dagon in Devil May Cry 4 were made using Kyrie's nude model.[4]
  • Stephanie Sheh, Kyrie's voice actress, also plays Orihime Inoue in Bleach and Eureka in Eureka Seven. In both, Johnny Yong Bosch, Nero's voice actor, plays her love interests, Ichigo Kurosaki and Renton Thurston respectively. Kyrie's dress is also similar to Orihime's once she is captured by the Arrancars and in Ulquiorra's care.
  • In the description of the Devil Breaker "Sweet Surrender" Kyrie is noted as the sole reason the arm was crafted. In the description it reads: "A Devil Breaker made with Kyrie in mind. The pliable materials are gentle on the skin, and it vibrates to sooth away pain." Possibly implying Kyrie suffered from an injury that continues to cause her pain well into Devil May Cry 5 from Devil May Cry 4, or to help with pain brought on from the rambunctious children at the orphanage she volunteers at as seen in Devil May Cry 5: Before the Nightmare.

ReferencesEdit

  1. TGS 2018 - Sep 22, 2018 Livestream
  2. Devil May Cry 4, Character — Kyrie: "Kind and loyal, Kyrie is trusted by everyone. She is renowned for her musical ability, and has earned her the coveted role of songstress for the Festival of the Blade. Having accepted Nero into her family, their relationship can resemble that of brother, friend, and lover all in one."
  3. Devil May Cry 5: Before the Nightmare
  4. Devil May Cry: 3142 Graphic Arts. p.127


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