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All that is needed is absolute power!
—Sanctus, Devil May Cry 4

Sanctus, more commonly known by his followers as "His Holiness", is the leader of the Order of the Sword, the Vicar of Sparda, a previous Supreme General of the Holy Knights and the main antagonist of Devil May Cry 4.[1] As the leader of Fortuna, he is behind all of the actions of the Order, and is the mastermind of their plot to conquer the world using The Savior. He is considered one of the greatest leaders of the Order, and has the total loyalty of the populace.[1]


Before undergoing Ascension Ceremony, Sanctus appears as an elderly man in Vicar's clothes. However, this mild and frail appearance masks his nefarious, power-hungry and calculating personality. As Sanctus Diabolica, his appearance changes drastically, taking on demonic and wicked features, such as horns and wings of energy tendrils.[2]


Sanctus' most notable trait is his hunger for power, doing whatever it takes to attain greater power and have it under his command. Due to this, he is extremely manipulative, as seen when he manipulates the whole city of Fortuna, including the very members of the Order into his ways. He is also ruthless, cruel and does not care about the methods he uses; in fact, without hesitation, he used Kyrie despite the fact that she was the sister of Credo, who was extremely loyal to him. He also does not care about the citizens who could die as a result of the demons he summoned for his plans.[2]

He thinks quite highly about himself as the leader he is, and he also commands the Savior as well as being the most powerful Ascended being. Ironically, he is incredibly cowardly as he prefers to let his henchmen do his bidding and he uses Kyrie as hostage to prevent Nero from attacking him. He also hides using his manipulated Alto Angelo while he is inside the Savior. He could also be described as somebody who is desperate for victory as seen when he used Kyrie to make sure Agnus activates the true Hell Gate, as well as fusing himself with the Savior as a last ditch effort to defeat Nero (which failed miserably as he made the Savior weaker). He can also be described as sadistic to some point as he constantly laughs due to finding it absurd that both Nero and Credo fight for love while nonetheless uses this for his evil agenda.[2]

Despite his vile nature Sanctus is also surprisingly pragmatic and intelligent, able to devise a plot without anybody (save for Lady) noticing, as well as deduce the true identity of Gloria. He also seems to value his subordinates according to their usefulness and comparative evil to him, shown in how he's far less moved to disrespect Agnus, a scientist with no qualms about doing research with demonic powers which greatly aided Sanctus' plans, as opposed to Credo, who cares a lot about his sister as well as being mainly a fighter.[2]


Main articles: Mission 11 and Mission 20

Both fights are basically the same, although after acquiring Sparda, Sanctus becomes slightly more powerful.


Past of Deadly Fortune[]

Many years ago, Sanctus is the Supreme General of the Holy Knights, and the leader of the Order was called Solemnis. Sanctus becomes the leader for himself, he murdered Solemnis with poison. Later, he met a mysterious man in Fortuna Castle, this man is Vergil, Dante's brother and Nero's father.

Devil May Cry 4[]

Sanctus is killed by Dante during a sermon, but is later resurrected through the Ascension Ceremony. Unlike the other ascended knights, he initially retains his original form after the ceremony, while gaining incredible demonic power.[3]

Sanctus originally planned to use Dante as the Savior's core, and had the Order take the Yamato and open the Hell Gates as a method of luring Dante to Fortuna. However, when Agnus reveals to the Order that Nero possesses demonic power, Sanctus orders him to kidnap Kyrie, Nero's love interest, in order to lure Nero to the Savior and use him instead. Though he is unable to convince Nero to be absorbed willingly, he is able to overpower and absorb him anyway, in the process, recovering the Yamato which Nero had taken. During the activation of the Savior, he is also attacked by Credo, who considers Sanctus' exploitation of Kyrie to be a betrayal, but Sanctus mortally wounds him with Yamato. As Credo falls down, he is caught by Dante, who came in along with Trish. Sanctus isn't surprised with her appearance, and claims that he knew that Trish was actually Gloria. He then declares that the awakening of the Savior cannot be stopped anymore. As expected, they do fail in stopping it, despite Nero's attempt to smash Sanctus with his Devil Bringer's power. Sanctus retaliates by piercing Nero's Devil Bringer with Yamato, weakening him further. As Nero is absorbed completely, The Savior awakens and flies away, along with Sanctus.

Shortly after, Agnus opens the true Hell Gate, which resided in Fortuna, causing total havoc in the city. In this chaos, the Order's knights will come to "save" the people from demons, and shortly after, the Savior itself appears in the sky above Fortuna, eradicating all demons with its power. Sanctus declares that they should not fear, as the Savior will deliver them salvation.

Much later, after Dante takes Yamato from Agnus and destroys the true Hell Gate, Dante is confronted by Sanctus in his Alto Angelo form. He destroys this demon, revealing it to be nothing more than an empty puppet, and proceeds to attack the Savior to get at the real Sanctus, who is inside. While Dante pierces the main core of the Savior, Sanctus proudly proclaims that not even Yamato can harm the Savior only for Dante to shoot the Yamato using Ebony and Ivory to make it go through the main core and to the pod where Nero is imprisoned, shocking Sanctus because Dante is able to weaken the Savior. Nero is freed from his prison thanks to Dante so Nero proceeds through the statue to the Sacred Heart, where he encounters Sanctus in his fully ascended form — Sanctus Diabolica.

After Nero defeats this form of Sanctus, Sanctus wonders why Sparda won't lend him more power to which Nero responds that Sparda had a heart, something that Sanctus lacks. Not wanting to accept defeat, Sanctus points Sparda to Kyrie, threatening to kill her if Nero moves. Nero distracts Sanctus by throwing Yamato, then he grabs Sanctus with Devil Bringer, making him fall down. With this Nero impales Sanctus with Yamato, while he simultaneously saves Kyrie. Sanctus screams as he fades away while Nero and Kyrie escape from the Savior. As they return to town, the Savior reawakens as the False Savior by merging with Sanctus' remains, and taking on his face. However, it is much weaker than it was earlier, and Nero is able to easily overpower it with his Devil Bringer. As it tries to rise back up, Nero seizes its face in his Devil Bringer and crushes it.

Powers and Abilities[]

Of all the members of the Order of the Sword to appear, Sanctus is the only one who is shown to be completely human - before being killed. However, the Ascension Ceremony revives his corpse and grants him demonic powers.

Demonic Powers[]

At first, Sanctus didn't undergo any drastic physical transformation. Shortly after becoming one with The Savior, his powers had increased dramatically and he had received the ability to teleport, levitate, and encase himself in a protective shield. In the form of attacks, he unleashes torrents of energy blasts that grind against the ground and beams of energy that rain from the sky.

While the demonic energies have decreased his degrading vitality as an elderly man and given him superhuman endurance, he is still human, and thus, more susceptible to attacks that a demon would merely flinch at. He is also shown to take telepathic possession of the armor of an Alto Angelo twice. In the end, despite being empowered by the massive demonic energies contained within Sparda's sword, Sanctus' power still falls short of Nero. Although his corrupted soul is one with The Savior, he actually ends up weakening the colossus and is overpowered and killed by Nero with ease.

Sanctus Diabolica[]

Sanctus Diabolica

Sanctus Diabolica

Sanctus Diabolica (魔皇サンクトゥス, Makō Sankutusu?) is the fully Ascended form of Sanctus. He is encountered by Nero within The Savior's Sacred Heart, during Mission 20: La Vita Nuova. In this form he is fused with all the fiendish powers of Hell and is able to resonate with the Sword of Sparda he wields, amplifying his power and warping his form into a Hellish visage: horn-like appendages on his back which sprout fiery wings, a jewel on his forehead resembling The Savior's, and the angelic halo-like horns of Ascended Humans.[4]

Appearances in Other Media[]


Sanctus appears in an action card that was added with the Day of Nightmares pack.


Sanctus composition by Mozart

The Sanctus ("Holy, Holy, Holy" in Latin) is the fourth part of the Catholic Ordinary of the Mass. It is traditionally sung in Latin.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Devil May Cry 4, Character — Sanctus: "Sanctus is the infallible ruler of the Order of the Sword, and the Vicar of Sparda. Having gained absolute trust from his flock, he has earned a reputation as one of the greatest leaders in the history of the Order. He once served as Supreme General of the Holy Knights, and is known to have an undying appetite for knowledge."
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Devil May Cry 4
  3. Devil May Cry 4, Boss File — Sanctus: "The leader of the Order of the Sword and the one behind all of its machinations. Surpassing the bounds of human power via his Ascension Ceremony, unlike other knights, Sanctus’s appearance has changed little. However, he has gained incredible demonic power."
  4. Devil May Cry 4, Boss File — Sanctus Diabolica: "The demon form taken by Sanctus after his Ascension ceremony. The ability to resonate with Sparda that the ceremony gave Sanctus is amplified, giving him power far beyond that of any normal demon, and warping his body into a hellish visage."