White Queen of KMC
The summary of DMC storyline
Devil May Cry 3
The DMC3 director, Hideaki Itsuno, confirmed in an interview that Dante was 19 in DMC3. (The manga takes place a year prior to DMC3, so Dante is 18 in the manga.)
At first glance, DMC3 Dante may appear light hearted, optimistic, cheerful and free-spirited, but in reality Eva's death deeply affected Dante. After her death, he became disillusioned and detached, having no purpose in life, no real drive or goals, and he doesn’t really care about anything. Instead, Dante lives a hedonistic lifestyle; he is a thrill seeker, living for crude pleasures, cheap thrills and the adrenaline of battle. All he really has left is his deep hatred for demons and the demonic, the things that he sees as taking his family from him. Being half demon himself, Dante's heart is heavy with self-loathing, he despises his demon side, the darkness always within him. He is ashamed and disgusted that it is part of him, and in the manga he clearly hates to access it. Dante doesn’t even defend himself against the torrent of insults Lady throws at him during DMC3. He is reckless and unpredictable, bordering either on being extremely selfless or dangerously suicidal. Enzo comments sometimes he thinks Dante has a deathwish. Dante also harbours a hatred or dislike for his father and hates that he consistently finds himself “cleaning up his father's mess” and getting the blame for his father's actions from various demons that he meets. He wants to get out from under his father's shadow and stop being associated with him by every monster he meets and kills.
At the start of the DMC3 manga, Dante is already living in his new unnamed office, (which he apparently got on the cheap due to Enzo) and is working as a mercenary for hire, with Enzo as his manager. However, Dante hasn’t had work in a long time, as he keeps turning down all the “boring” jobs. (much to Enzo's frustration) In fact he hasn’t even left his office in days, and is basically living in squalor, eating pizza and drinking tomato juice. But he begins to realise he is running low on cash and food, and eventually the threat of losing his new place spurs him into action again, and Dante reluctantly accepts a missing persons case. The job isn’t so boring after all however and the resulting events lead him to learn that not only is his brother Vergil is still alive, but that he is planning to resurrect the Temen-Ni-Gru and use it to again open the gates of Hell.
By DMC3, a year later, Vergil's plans come to fruition and the Temen-Ni-Gru, the tower of fear, raises from the earth, right in the middle of the city. Vergil lures Dante to the tower, as he requires Dante's part of the amulet to eventually unlock the power he desires. Dante had to defend himself from the demons when they accosted him in his shop, and he suffers the unfortunate event of his shop being destroyed. Dante looks at the Temen-Ni-Gru and gazing up at the tower he goes to face his brother. Because at first Dante didn't care about the larger scheme of things, seemingly just goes seeing it as a game, and because he just doesn’t like Vergil all that much, he battles his way through the tower until he meets a girl called Mary. (or “Lady”, as Dante calls her after she says tells him she has no name.) She is there to settle her own family matter by killing Arkham, her father, because in order to gain demonic power he sacrificed his own wife, i.e her mother. Dante's experiences in the tower and with Lady changes Dante's outlook. He tells her that it’s because of her that he now knows what is important and what he must do. Dante has a purpose in his life again, and he actually cares about something. He heads into the demon world to stop his brother. However, after Dante defeats him, Vergil will not return to with him to the human world, and instead casts himself into the depths of the demon world, disappearing into the darkness below. After Dante and Lady escape, Dante is seen to shed a tear for his lost brother. Lady remarks that perhaps even a devil may cry when they lose a loved one.
After DMC3, Dante has seemingly come to terms with what and who he is (generally interpreted as him realising that just because he is part demon, doesn’t make him evil himself, the same way humans are not all good just because they are human.) It has been theorised by some that he has even forgiven his father, having been in his place, fighting for the human world, he identifies more with him, and understands him much more. (This is only speculation based on character development witnessed however) He continues his demon hunting business, only this time he actually cares about what he is doing; he has purpose, and finally picks a name for his place, calling it “Devil May Cry.”
Devil May Cry 1
Trish remarks in DMC1 that demons took Dante's mother and brother from him 20 years before. DMC1s referencing is based on a previous version of the canon, so things said must sometimes be interpreted figuratively if the story is to gel together. Here, it could easily be assumed that she is referring to the attack that killed Eva, as Vergil was figuratively lost to Dante from then on, and because he was officially considered dead after the attack for a long time. Devil May Cry contradicts itself here, because it's confirmed that in Devil May Cry 1, Dante is 29 and in DMC3, he is 19. If one go from what the characters say, it's something like this, 20 years ago was the attack, 10 years later the manga, 1 year later DMC3, so DMC1 is set 10 years after DMC3 (if you go after what Trish say), Dante is around 29 in DMC1. Lady is nowhere to be found, so it can be assumed that she and Dante parted ways long before the events of DMC1 began, although on what terms (good or bad) it cannot be confirmed. Given that the concept of Lady's character most likely did not exist when DMC1 was being planned, nothing can be confirmed for now.
DMC1 Dante is considerably more mature now, and is a lot more experienced. He has been working as a mercenary, hunting demons, for nearly 10 years since DMC3, evidenced by a wall of trophies taken from his various kills. But he still retains his cocky, fearless attitude and his penchant for constantly mouthing off and insulting his enemies during battle. He also retains his deep hatred of demons, blaming them for stealing his mother and brother, and is hoping that as he continues his business, killing every last one he comes across, eventually he will hit the jackpot and finally have his revenge on the demon responsible for his mothers death. Various sources also indicate DMC1's Dante has quite a dark edge to him, although it is not really seen much in the game, and most are from now uncanonical sources, but it does show how Capcom seemed to interpret Dantes personality around the time of DMC1. It’s also worthy of note that by this time Dante has started using a password system with perspective clients. When he gets a call he asks them for the password, if they have it, that means they have gone through the right channels, and know exactly the kind of jobs Dante takes.
In DMC1, Dante is hired by Trish (a mysterious woman who looks nearly exactly like Eva did) to stop the resurrection of the demon emperor, Mundus. She was in fact created by Mundus and sent to lure him there. While on the island Dante is reunited with his brother, who is now under the control of Mundus and in the form of the dark knight Nelo Angelo. Trish eventually betrays Mundus to save Dante, and once Dante defeats Mundus, he and Trish escape the island together. Partly to comfort Trish and partly as a new opinion of Dante’s on the difference between devils and good, he renames his business “Devils Never Cry”, as true devils, true evil, cannot show emotions as Trish or even he does. Trish and Dante become partners in the demon slaying business from then on.
Devil May Cry 2
DMC2 is set an unknown time after DMC1, so Dante’s age in it is unknown. The official DMC2 strategy guide says that it is set a “few” years after DMC1, but it is unknown if that is canonical, and even it was, it remains rather vague.
In DMC2 Dante is very different to the lively cocky demon hunter we know in the other games. He is much more reserved, and he barely talks. He still cracks the occasional dry joke/comment, but only rarely, and they are arguably less humorous than those from the previous games. DMC2 Dante is all business and is very serious. He has also started carrying around and occasionally flipping a coin, which on close inspection has Trish's silhouette from the DMC1 logo on it. Dantes sudden and unexplained change in personality is theorised to be a reaction to some traumatic and horrific event that deeply affected Dante between DMC1 and 2, (to which the coin, and Trish's absence in the main storyline, perhaps bears relevance) but this has not been acknowledged by Capcom. Another point worthy of mention is that Dante has stopped using devil arms (except for the awakened Rebellion). The possible storyline relevance of this is also not explored right now.
At the end of DMC2 Dante must go into the demon world to stop the demon Argosax from escaping, but the gate closes behind him and he is trapped. With no way back to the human world, Dante heads even deeper into the demon world on his motorcycle. There is also an extra scene after the credits, which features Lucia sitting in Dantes office. She is thinking of Dante, when she hears a motorcycle outside and excitedly rushes to see who it is. It is therefore left vaguely open whether Dante remains trapped in the demon world or not.*
*According to some sources\theories, events of Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne describe Dante's pasttime in Hell realm after the ending of DMC2.