If you compare the characters from Devil May Cry to other franchises, these characters will almost certainly win without much trouble. The characters here have powers you can’t even imagine, and it’s only fitting that they all go up against each other, since most other characters in their universe wouldn’t stand a chance against them.
With that in mind, here are the strongest Devil May Cry characters, Ranked. In this list, we’ve omitted characters that are different versions of the same person, and have considered certain characters’ powers gained through other means that weren’t inherently within them.
Updated June 5, 2023 by Jerel Levy: If you’re looking for the strongest characters in Devil May Cry, look no further. A series where Dante vs. Vergil will result in a battle stronger than any other character you can think of, we rank them all to see who the strongest DMC characters are. This list has been updated for formatting and readability, and maintains the answer to the question you asked, with plenty of characters from the series to consider.
15 Lady: Strong for a human
A famous devil hunter in her own right, Lady proved she can hang with the big boys by taking on demons in Devil May Cry 3. He is shown to be adept at killing common enemies, making him the ultimate human when it comes to fighting evil creatures.
However, her limits are also clearly visible when fighting demonic characters, as Lady failed against Dante, Virgil, and Trish. Being human, she can only take so much damage before her enemies’ invulnerability factor kicks in.
14 Kredo: A powerful human hybrid
Although technically human, Credo was imbued with demonic powers and became a different kind of being. He was in charge of the enemies created by Sanctus, he seemed to be something above those powerful armors.
He was strong enough to give Nero a real fight (even if he was handily defeated). Credo doesn’t have the power ability to deal with higher level creatures, but it could probably handle others.
13 Lucia: Limited screen time
Lucia would probably rank higher if they gave her more than just one game to tell her story. Since she had a devilish nature in her, she seemed to be about the same level as Dante in Devil May Cry 2 with a few weak points.
Her blades were such that she could pierce through just about any enemy that came her way, and she also had her own devil trigger that allowed her to become a bird demon. However, her lack of evolution of these abilities means that her placement isn’t really possible among top tier characters.
12 Trish: A powerful lower level demon
A demon created in the form of Dante’s mother, Trish has shown that she is unlike any normal demon as we have seen her defeat demonic enemies like they were nothing. On the skill side, Trish can jump several times higher than Dante.
He has a full set of super demon abilities similar to the anime characters, which are strength, stamina and endurance. Trish doesn’t stand a chance against higher creatures like Dante or the game’s antagonist, however, as those creatures’ abilities are superior to hers where it matters most. Even so, she is extremely powerful if we consider her opponents to be ordinary demons or very powerful humans.
11 Arkham: Brain Vs. Brown
Arkham made up for his lack of true demonic power by using his immense intellect. He brought Dante and Vergil to their knees by pitting them against each other and causing them to be greatly weakened to the point where Arkham was the one standing.
He was still very powerful in his Jester form as he had several tricks up his sleeve such as duplicity, manipulation and light sleight of hand that almost defeated Dante when they matched up. With Sparda’s power, Arkham briefly became stronger than Dante and Vergil, and both defeated him. However, it loses against other creatures because it does not have these powers by itself and relies on other means to obtain said power.
10 Berial: He once ruled Hell, you know…
Having been the ruler of Hellfire for thousands of years, it’s a shame we only saw Berial as a joke to Nero and Dante, both of whom surpassed him in strength, as Berial didn’t have to fight back. The problem was that Berial wasn’t in his native fiery inferno, making him an unlikely foe to defeat. Berial’s fire powers are such that he can burn down an entire city with just his presence. Any low level creature would be incinerated within seconds by the explosive projectiles produced by Berial. It would be interesting to see how Berial would fare against opponents of his level; too bad he had to meet Dante and Nero.
9 Q: Not quite Virgil
As the good side of Vergil, V brought many traits from his original self. He wasn’t all-powerful like the original version or Urizen, but he had the tenacity of spirit to summon the creatures at his disposal to fight his enemies.
V’s main strength came from his mind, as he had wit and brains that characters like Dante and Nero didn’t have. He wasn’t the most versatile in combat, but he was strong enough to take on the worst of them.
8 Argosax: Somewhat less powerful than Dante
Argosax was the ruler of hell for quite some time and he needed Sparda’s help to shut him down when he was shut down. When not in his true form, Argosax was able to assimilate other demons around him to gain shape and form; this meant that Argosax could not be truly harmed.
In his true form, Argosax was neither male nor female and had the appearance of a corrupt archangel. He had the power of electricity, conjuring a fireball, and shapeshifting. But we can’t rank Argos that high, because in the end they still lost to Dante, who doesn’t seem to have broken much of a sweat to defeat Argosax.
7 Sanctus: A decent challenge for Dante and Nero
Sanctus also had cunning and influence to his advantage, which he used to reborn as a higher being. In his demonic state, Sanctus could teleport, use lightning and shields, and display invulnerability. While Sanctus was certainly more powerful than almost any being at this time, those powers were tied to the Savior, meaning they weren’t truly his.
Still, the Savior and Sanctus gave Dante of all people a very difficult time, and Nero had to penetrate the Savior to finally confront and defeat Sanctus. If Sanctus had more time, he could have tapped into further powers.
6 Urizen: Shadow of Self
Urizen was a force of nature who had the power to take on Dante and Nero. While that sounds like reason enough to put him at the top, the truth is that his status as half of Vergil means he’s not quite up to par with the original version.
Urizen ticked all the boxes in terms of strength, showing incredible invulnerability and a devilish thirst for consuming the things around him. He might even be a subject to be feared in his own right if he wasn’t tied to his identity as half of Virgil.
5 Nero: Chill Out Little Dog
The only thing holding Nero back from the top spot is the fact that he doesn’t have enough experience. When we saw him charged, Nero was able to defeat Dante and even defeat Virgil.
His weakness is his immaturity and the way he runs his mouth. On the power front, Nero’s true devil trigger is the stuff of nightmares for his enemies, as no one has any idea how to react to it. Nero has defeated the biggest and the baddest, albeit with the help of Dante, and may be at the top of the list once he gets a few years of experience under his belt.
4 Virgil: I am Nero, but more
The perfected version of Nero must be his father Virgil. There is no one who exhibits the level of skill and sophistication that Virgil has. Virgil is familiar with all aspects of demonic lore and learned his demonic side long before his younger brother Dante.
On paper, no one should beat Virgil or even his corrupted form Nelo Angelo; but Virgil’s fatal flaw is his arrogance. He proved no match for Mundus by charging into battle in a weakened state, and every time Vergil lost it was due to underestimating his opponents. With Yamato and his mind controlled, Vergil can defeat any creature in the universe.
3 Mundus: Mundus is dead, long live Mundus
How do you kill a creature that cannot die? The answer is no. Mundus is still alive and out there somewhere in the Devil May Cry universe despite his defeat to Dante; it just can’t be finished. Mundus’s power seems impossible to measure as he can even go into space and beyond.
In his true form, Mundus is all-encompassing and can assimilate whatever he wants. Mundus has his lair in the demon world, because otherwise he would devour everything around him. He got lost in the first place because he didn’t have an answer on how to defeat Sparda and Dante, the only failure Mundus has ever experienced in his millennium of existence.
2 Sparda: A Mythical Legend
As far as we heard about Sparda, he never lost. Such was his power and legendary status that the people of Fortune worship him as a God, even though Sparda died some time ago. A fragment of Sparda’s true form made Arkham the most powerful being in existence, which speaks to how immensely powerful he was.
Using the sword of Sparda (not to be confused with Sparda the person), Dante was able to defeat Mundus of all beings, which proves what an insane level of power Sparda had to control. He’s not in first place because we’ve only heard about him and not seen him in action, and he also seems to have died like any mortal. But let’s not forget that every single powerful being in existence seems to have lost to Sparda at some point.
1 Dante: The Demonic Man Himself
Of course, there is no doubt that Dante had reached a point where he surpassed his father. While Sparda defeated the immensely powerful creatures, Dante destroyed almost all of them. He never lost in any fight or battle and not even the demon world could hold him back.
Dante showed he was on another level by beating Argosax like it was nothing, toying with Nero at every turn, defeating Mundus and defeating Vergil every time it counted. Dante’s devil trigger is such that in his true form he can accomplish just about anything. Regeneration, flight, power-ups, and super speed are second nature to him, among other things, and he does it in style. Imagine how ridiculously powerful Dante would be if he used all of his abilities instead of playing pranks.
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