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The Protectors also known as the Guardians (護り手, mamorite?) is a clan located in Vie de Marli charged with the duty to safeguard the island from would-be evil entities and once sided with Sparda in a conflict.[1]


Before Devil May Cry 2[]

The clan was formed long ago when Vie de Marli was founded. Many people with different beliefs, languages, and culture came together and merged themselves with the intention of coexisting peacefully due to their common belief of being pagan. As time passed, all their belief began merging into one.[2]

Battle with Argosax[]

Several centuries ago, the clan summoned Sparda as an ally to help defeat the king known as Argosax the Chaos, who was worshiped and ruled the Demon World. Sparda defeated Argosax and prevented him from entering the human world, sealing him using the four relics known as the Arcana.[3]

Devil May Cry 2[]

In the current era, when Arius, the president of Uroboros, begins collecting the Arcana relics for his selfish gains and turns the land into a paradise for demons, the Protector known as Matier summons Dante for assistance[1]

Members of the clan[]

Members of the clan are sworn to safeguard Vie de Marli, uphold peace between each of the townsfolk on the island, and secure the shrines in which contain the Arcana. Protectors are trained by their own into their various duties and can even include members who are not part of the clan by blood.[1]

Name Rank Status
Matier Protector Active
Lucia Protector Active


While Japanese name of the clan 護り手 (, mamorite?) is translated in the English version of the game as "Protectors"[4], both Japanese and English version instruction manuals give the name as "Guardians"[5].


In Bradygames Devil May Cry 2 Official Strategy Guide, the clan is called the "Protectorate", and described as consisting of female devil hunters with demon blood.[6] The latter claim however is not supported by other media in the series.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Devil May Cry 2
  2. Devil May Cry 2 Instruction Manual
  3. Devil May Cry 2, Prologue: "One recent tale, only a few hundred years old, told of a great swordsman appearing from 'the outside' to aid in exorcising the most evil god of all time."
  4. Devil May Cry 2: "Guidepost for the Protectors"
  5. Devil May Cry 2 (Japanese release) Manual, p. 17: "Lucia is the newest of the Guardians, powerful priests who can destroy even gods."
  6. DMC2 Brady Strategy Guide - Lucia the Protector Page: Since that dark page in history, the islands of Vindu Mali were cleared of demonic influences and protected from that time by a race of heroric half-demon women.