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My grandmother was called the ".45 Caliber Virtuoso"... Legendary gunsmith. I hope to be like her someday. An artist, and a lethal artisan.

Nicoletta Goldstein[7], better known as Nico, is an expert craftswoman and a supporting character in Devil May Cry 5. She is an associate of Nero's branch of the Devil May Cry business as well as the mind behind the various cybernetic prosthetics he wields to hunt demons after the Devil Bringer was severed from his arm.[8]

DevelopmentEdit

According to Itsuno, Nico was created to have a supporting character for Nero, he mentioned that he thought Kyrie wouldn't be the type that would go out there and help him in fights, and that Kyrie is "the most important thing" to Nero.[6] Itsuno wanted Nico to be integral to Nero fighting, as it can be seen with her being the one who builds his Devil Breakers and who drives the van.[9] He also wanted this character to be sassy, a sassy type not yet seen in the Devil May Cry series.[10]

However, according to the lead character artist Kimihiro Tomino, Nico was originally not going to have a comical side to her, and instead was going to be a straight up "badass". Her motion actress ended up adding humor and lightheartedness to the character during her performance, which brought the character of Nico we know to life.[11]

One of Itsuno's inspirations in creating Nico was also his affinity for being scolded by "bad girls".[4] He stated that it would be "cool" to hang out with a girl who is sassy like Nico, who smokes all the time, points out your flaws, and gives you crap when you need it. As such, Nico was never thought out to be a playable character, but instead, someone who tells the player to "man up" and do better.[10]

AppearanceEdit

Nico is short but has an attractive figure and light-tan skin. She has black, wavy, waist-length hair which she keeps tied in a ponytail. She wears a black studded headband and red-rimmed glasses. Nico has several tattoos on her body.

Her outfit consists of a white tank top showing her midriff covered with a dark-yellow sleeveless jacket that resembles welding cape sleeve. She wears blue denim shorts with a brown worker belt which carries her brown leather gloves and several tools. She also wears a pair of brown, studded, leather cowgirl boots.

PersonalityEdit

Nico comes across as a cheeky Southern girl with a keen affinity for cybernetics. She takes great pride in her work, feeling that each of her designs are reliable and worth every dime. She seems to enjoy watching Nero slay demons, mainly because he's using her merch in his hunts. Nico comes across as foul-mouthed and snarky and seems to share a love-hate relationship with Nero, affectionately calling him "asshole". She's very much a wild child who enjoys her recklessness, sporting excessive tattoos, dressing provocatively, and being a reckless driver.

Despite her rough appearance and foul-mouthed language, Nico has a kind, selfless, fearless and friendly side, as she willingly accompanies Nero to the giant demon tree in spite of her concerns about the dangers they would face there and appears to get along well with Trish and Lady as well as Kyrie. Nico had also heard of Dante from her grandmother's stories and was instantly starstruck when she got to meet him.

Nico truly hated her father Agnus, due to him abandoning her and her mother. When she learned about his death from Nero, she felt relieved.

HistoryEdit

She is the granddaughter of Nell Goldstein, the creator behind Dante's Ebony & Ivory.[12] Her father, Agnus, had abandoned her and her mother, Alyssa, when she was around two or three years old. Alyssa died sometime afterwards.[3] Since then, she has been taken care of by her adoptive father, Rock Goldstein, the son of Nell. Sometime later, Rock taught her about machine and weapon craft.

At some point later in her life, Nico attempted to learn the truth behind the destruction of Fortuna. Due to the antiquated and secretive nature of the people on the island, she learned nothing.[13]

Devil May Cry 5: Before the NightmareEdit

Nico meets with Occult Times journalist Jeffrey Turner, who wrote an article on Fortuna's destruction, to discuss the event. She gathered that most of what was written was true, and questions him about a man in one of the pictures. Jeffrey informs her that "N" was a former Order member and his contact. Nico asks for his name and when she is questioned why, she says that she wants to meet N. Jeffrey tells her that his name was Nero, and with that, Nico finishes her drink and heads to Fortuna.[13]

Devil May Cry 5Edit

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Powers & AbilitiesEdit

Craftsmanship: Aspiring to be like Nell Goldstein, Nico has proven herself an incredibly talented gunsmith, able to create a replica of Kalina Ann from memory. She could even process raw materials from Demons to create the powerful Devil Breakers to replace Nero's missing Devil Bringer arm.

Alchemy: Nico is also a capable alchemist, able to use Agnus alchemy research to create Dr.Faust, an alchemical weapon.

FileEdit

Devil May Cry 5 promo site[14]
NICO
Artisan of Arms
The self-proclaimed "artisan of arms" teaming up with Nero. Her grandmother was Nell Goldstein, the legendary gunsmith. She creates the Devil Breakers that replace Nero's lost arm.
Mobile division of "Devil May Cry"
DMC Motorhome
A large trailer remodeled into Nico's lodgings and transportation. "Devil May Cry" glows in neon on the side, a present from Dante. Call her from any working phone line and she'll come running, letting you acquire Devil Breakers and skills from the weapons development workshop in the motorhome.
Nico's Character Report - Nico
Nico
God's gift to gunsmithin' and the queen of machines—that's yours truly.
I'm the granddaughter of the one and only Nell Goldstein, the .45 Caliber Virtuoso. Gunsmithin's in my DNA!
Gotta wonder whether Nero realizes just how lucky he is to be partnered up with a gal like me.
Nico at Work
Yeah, I tend to make any outfit look good, but my mechanic getup is a personal favorite.
When I put this on, it's like donnin' the holy vestments of the church of the gun. And I am ALWAYS ready to preach!
...The fact that cigarette ash don't leave a mark on it don't hurt, neither.
Nico in Fatigues
When you're working with bits and pieces of demons, it's wise to take a few precautions.
More than once I've been fiddlin' with the vitals of some netherbeast only to have them blow up in my face.
And let's be serious, this is a face that deserves protection. I know that hiding my good looks makes y'all a little sad, but hey, absence makes the heart grow fonder.
Don't worry—I'll finish up my work real quick.

Appearances in Other MediaEdit

Shin Megami Tensei: Liberation Dx2Edit

Nico appeared during the cutscenes of the Devil May Cry 5 collaboration chapters, unlike Nero, Dante and V, she could not be acquired by players in order to add her to their party.

TriviaEdit

Nico's "Alt Heroine costume"

Nico's "Alt Heroine" costume.

  • One of Nico's tattoos quotes William Blake's "Eternity" poem.[15]
  • Both the Japanese VA of Nico, Lynn, and Michiteru Okabe, one of the producers of Devil May Cry 5 were confused with the character at first, but ended up loving her after seeing the ending of the game.[4]
  • Unlike all other characters in the game, Nico's "Alt Heroine" costume is not based on a specific theme; the developers just thought the color scheme looked good on her.[16]
  • Matthew Walker's favorite arrival scene of Nico is when she suddenly comes down from the ceiling,[17] supposedly being the one in Mission 03: Flying Hunter.
  • Nico used a cigarette to hurt a Empusa; this may be a homage to the first trailer of DmC: Devil May Cry, because Dante did the same thing.
  • Nico replicates her father's stutter when talking to Dante about his research.

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