The inspiration

Writing about Dante’s Inferno and Devil May Cry got me thinking about character design. Both of them are based on Divine Comedy and with the latter for most of the part has a character that visually resembles Dante Alighieri. His red longcoat (and sometimes all-red clothing) and grey hair invoke the poet’s robe and hat.

Perhaps it’s unsurprising that the DMC reboot got flack for diverting away from the game’s actual inspiration. One could say similar things about the other Dante whose ‘Florentine’ costume is just downloadable content. It could also be applied to the way the character’s characterised and written as I mentioned before.

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