Mundus (Lat: "World") is the primary antagonist of DmC: Devil May Cry. He is a Demon King of immense power who is the ruler of all demons and most humans. He watches the city through the CCTV system connected to a wall of video monitors in his large office.
In his human form, Mundus is a tall, bald man with a scarification tattoo of a third eye on his forehead, and he wears a dapper suit with gold pins on the shoulders. His grey eyes glow in the dark, his right one lacks a pupil, and he has a scar on his lower lip and chin. Mundus often speaks menacingly to a video image of Dante as he watches his exploits throughout the city.
When confronted by Dante, Mundus takes on the form of a pitch-black humanoid the size and complexion of his human disguise, whose body is covered with silver lines and cracks.
Mundus is ruthless, cruel, arrogant and egocentric, even for a demon. He has many megalomaniacal tendencies, and often refers to himself as a god. To further fuel his ego, he has demon followers who believe him to be a god as well, such as Bob Barbas. According to Vergil, Mundus sees the entire world as a "farm factory for human souls, and he likes to keep his animals monitored and docile." The "monitoring" part is obvious since he uses the surveillance systems installed in every part of the city. For the "docile" part, he spikes the Virility soft drink with its own "secret ingredient," and manipulates the surveillance footage for the Raptor News Network. He does, however, seem to show attachment to those who either help further his agenda or are related directly to him. This is evidenced when his succubus is killed and mostly with his child, as he shows extreme anger to it being threatened, killed, and its death brought up. Mundus also has a penchant for devouring hearts, as he did to Eva in Dante's childhood, and threatened to do so again to Dante when the two later meet.
After Dante’s battle with the Hunter at the pier is reported on the news, Mundus smirks, saying that it’s "just a matter of time," confident that he will kill the Nephilim. However, things change later on as Dante joins forces with his brother Vergil and The Order. While having sex with his mistress, Lilith, Mundus senses the death of his succubus. He becomes enraged as he realizes that Dante was the one who killed her. With Succubus gone, Mundus can no longer keep humans docile with the Virility drink. Soon afterwards, Dante takes out the Raptor News Network by killing Bob Barbas. Without the network, Mundus cannot monitor the humans anymore. But the demon king still has the upper hand, as his SWAT finds and raid's The Order's hideout, killing most of the members.
When Kat is captured by SWAT, Mundus has her tortured for information. He then sends a video message to Vergil, demanding that he trades Dante for the girl. However Dante kidnaps Lilith and sends a video back to Mundus, giving a counter proposal for the trade: Kat for his child. Mundus becomes furious with his child in danger, but agrees and has Kat brought to the docks by a SWAT team. He watches from his tower as the women walk towards their respective sides. But Mundus is enraged when Lilith and their child are killed by Vergil. Drawing power from the Hell Gate, he erupts the city, dragging Dante, Vergil and Kat into Limbo. But they manage to escape, and he becomes weakened due to his outburst.
Later on, when Dante approaches the front of the Silver Sacks Tower, Mundus comments that he's just like his father, too big for his boots. He then drags the Nephilim into Limbo and has his demon army attack him. But Dante fends them off and ascends the towers with Vergil, who overrides the security programs in the human world. Mundus and Dante finally face each other in person in the demon king's office. Mundus then asks why Dante killed his child, and the Nephilim answers that he did it for mankind's freedom. The demon king questions the answer, reasoning that before he ruled over them, humans were abusing their freedom by starving, fighting and killing each other. Dante then changes his answer, saying that he killed Mundus' child for revenge on Eva's murder. As the Nephilim claims that he enjoyed watching the child's gruesome death, the demon king blasts him out of the office. He then grabs Dante and zooms out of the Silver Sacks Tower, landing on a nearby roof. Pinning him down, Mundus drives his fingers into Dante's chest, digging for the heart. But back at the tower, Vergil closes the Hell Gate cutting off Mundus' power, and Limbo is merged into the human world. As he realizes that the Hell Gate is shut, Mundus is stabbed in the back by Vergil, who tells him to leave his brother alone. Dante then pushes Mundus off of the roof, spitting on his face as he lands on the car below.
However, Mundus rises again, using debris to form a gigantic humanoid. Now realizing that there are two Sons of Sparda, the demon king attacks them. But the brothers fight back as Dante distracts him while Vergil tries to open his third eye. When Mundus knocks Vergil, Dante unleashes his Devil Trigger, allowing Vergil to slash and open the third eye. Mundus is then brutally punched in the face by Dante, but he pulls the Nephilim off his face and slams him an a nearby building, rendering him unconscious. After Vergil saves Dante, they see that Mundus is showing cracks, and his true body that contains his soul is at the core. However the demon king attacks them again, sucking Vergil into the core. While Mundus's true body fights Vergil, the colossal shell battles Dante. But after destroying the arms and pulling out the eyes, Dante weakens the shell and rushes inside. After being kicked off by Vergil, Mundus is sliced by Dante. As the brothers escape togehter, Mundus' body explodes and his shell falls.
With the demon king dead and the Hell Gate closed, Limbo has now merged with the real world and the humans now see that demons are real.
Powers and Abilities
The extent of Mundus' power is unknown, though it is known that he is one of the most powerful demons in existence. He is the Demon King with godly authority over demons and socio-economic/political advantages over humans, including the President of the United States, whom he threatened to strip of power by collapsing the economy. All of these factors, combined with his own hubris, seem to be enough to make him think of himself as a god. With supreme control over Limbo, Mundus can send out crippling waves of energy that instantly twist the city.
Mundus is superhumanly strong able to strike with considerable force, enough to shatter thick concrete. He can also overpower angels, most demons, and even Nephilim. In the battle against Dante, Mundus showed tremendous telekinetic powers, the power to fly, and mastery over fire. He is able to effortlessly throw Dante a few hundred feet and assembles the whole mass of Limbo City to create a colossal humanoid battle form for battling Dante and Vergil with potent slams and fiery attacks.
- In insurance, a "Ryder" is a document attached to a policy that modifies coverage. This seems to be in keeping with Mundus' image of a banker who changes policies to keep humans enslaved.
- The tattoo on Mundus' forehead is a direct reference to how Mundus appears in much of Devil May Cry, as three eye shapes in the form of a downward-pointing triangle. In addition, the necklace that Mundus wears has three orbs arranged in a triangular formation, also representing the three glowing lights of Mundus' spectral form.
- Mundus' battle theme is called 'You don't fuck with a god' referencing his line that he says after Lilith is killed by Vergil.