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The Life and Mind of DamnBlackHeart
This is to help me stay actively writing. So expect to see rants, tips on writing, thoughts on subjects, me complaining of boredom, reviews, anime, movies, video games, conventions, tv shows and whatever life throws at me.
Devil May Cry: Vergil
“Foolishness, Dante, foolishness. Might controls everything. And without strength, you cannot protect anything. Let alone yourself.” — Vergil, Devil May Cry 3

This is mostly my take and understanding of Vergil. I’m writing this down as a reference for me to use in the future when it comes to writing fanfiction (or roleplays) dealing with Vergil.

For a villain, Vergil is a decent one. He’s not the stereotypical villain who does terrible things because he’s evil. He was a good guy with good intentions but his ruthlessness at living up to his aspirations turn him into a bad guy.

He is honorable enough to seek out a fair duel with his opponents (even as Nelo Angelo he refused to attack his opponent’s back) and he knows when to draw the line, but not enough to become a good guy. So we do know that he has a set of standards, certain lines that he will never cross.

Most bad guys don’t have any morals and are willing to do anything and nearly everything to get what they want. It’s true that some villains are like that but people are complicated, no matter what they are (demon, angel, alien, etc). There’s more to them then doing bad things because they are bad. No one is truly born evil or good, it’s how they were raised, how their environment, and the people around them influenced them — that helped shape them into who they are now.

We do know that Vergil and Dante were living a happy and loving home with their mother when they were seven years old. But the loss of their mother, of each other and their childhood definitely made an impact on them. Vergil’s goal of wanting power most likely came from his inability to prevent what happen. He was helpless to do anything, to protect his mother, his brother and himself from the demons attacking.

Such an event is traumatizing for a child. He probably figured that the only way to protect himself and anything that he holds close to himself is to be powerful. That with power he could control everything around him and prevent it from hurting him — from making him feel weak and helpless ever again. Which is why he doesn’t like the fact that he’s half human (with human emotions) because he believes it to be a weakness; a reason for why he’s not as powerful as his father.

But what Vergil doesn’t understand is that it’s not a weakness but a strength. It is what helped his father become the legend in the first place and the reason why Dante keeps going, overcoming so many challenges despite not being a full blooded demon. It’s the theme of Devil May Cry.

And on top of that I’m sure that Vergil felt overshadowed by Sparda in many ways, hence why he wants to become just as powerful as Sparda was. It starts to wear a person down when everywhere they go they’re always known as son of Sparda. Many would have high expectations of Vergil to be just like his father, if not even more powerful than him.

So it wouldn’t be surprising that his need for power isn’t just because he wants to protect what is his but to also prove to himself and everyone around him that he’s just as strong as his father. To be known for his own greatness, for his own accomplishment and not of his father.

Vergil is an interesting character because his pursue of power isn’t evil by definition (he believed it was the only way to protect anything and it was a way for him to be known for his own deeds) however because he doesn’t value human life and doesn’t care about anyone besides himself (and maybe Dante). Vergil’s means to accomplish his goals are deemed evil from the point of view of any person with a standard sense of morals. It shows that Vergil is a complicated character and is not just a typical or generic villain.

Also Vergil doesn’t like guns. He believes firearms to be dishonorable weapons because they are cowardly and aren’t something that a “true warrior” would use. He feels that swords are superior because they require a lot more skills in order to use them. That swords require more dedication, effort, strength, speed and a clever mind to use them. While firearms only require precision and concentration than actual technique which isn’t all that difficult to master from his perspective.

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