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After his father disappeared, he was raised by his human mother along with his twin brother, Dante. But tragedy would strike when he was 8 years old as his mother is killed. What he did after her death is unknown, but he would return almost 10 years later to claim the power his father sealed away... which would ultimately lead to his decent into hell where he is defeated and brainwashed by Mundus, the king of hell who Sparda sealed away 2,000 years prior. Mundus has made Vergil more powerful as his own dark knight-Nelo Angelo.
Vergil vs. Dante
Devil May Cry
Devil May Cry, the first game in the series (not chronologically) was Vergil’s first appearance in the series. Whilst on, Dante is confronted by the mysterious Nelo Angelo, a large individual clad in gothic armor; under the control of Mundus. During their first fight, Dante is bested by Nelo Angelo, though upon seeing Dante’s amulet, he relents and flees. However, Dante goes on to win their second fight. When Dante comes across Nelo Angelo for the third and final time, he removes his helmet revealing that he is Dante's twin brother...Vergil. Dante defeats Vergil once again, and Vergil disappears in a display of energy…leaving only his half of the amulet. It is up to the player to decide if he truly died or not. The amulet left behind coincides with Dante’s and "Force Edge” (Sparda’s legendary sword, now owned by Dante) to unlock Force Edge’s true form…the Sparda Sword.
Devil May Cry 3Vergil’s first appearance was in DMC1, chronologically however, Devil May Cry 3 is Vergil’s first video-game appearance. In this installment, Vergil is arrogant yet far more mature than Dante, he acts as the main protagonist whose main goal is to acquire more power.
In the Special Edition, Vergil’s cutscene shows him in a library in which he meets Arkham for the first time. Vergil comes to a reluctant agreement with Arkham, Vergil needs Arkham’s knowledge of the Temen-ni-gu- a huge tower dormant for millennia, essentially it is a gateway between the human and demon world), and Arkham seeks the story of Sparda.
Vergil appears as a boss fight 3 times, each time more challenging than the last as Vergil acquires new weapons. His signature katana, Yamato previously owned by Sparda appears in all three; Beowulf, the gauntlets and greaves, appear in the second, and Force Edge, Sparda’s signature weapon, in the third fight.
Dante is bested in their first fight; in turn unlocked his dormant Devil Trigger but losing his half of the amulet. Their second fight is interrupted by Lady, and soon after, Arkham/Jester, whom Vergil previously betrayed (though Arkham had plans to betray Vergil anyway). Vergil also loses Beowulf after this fight, leaving them for Dante. Whilst in the demon realm, Vergil aids Dante in destroying Arkham, who has absorbed Sparda’s power through Force Edge and the amulets and becomes a monstrosity. Straight after, the two battle for the final time, with Vergil uttering one of his most famous lines, “I need more power”. Vergil loses out, dropping Force Edge before falling (purposefully) of the cliff and plunging into the underworld.
In a bonus cut-scene, Vergil is shown in the underworld, making his decision to take the fight to Mundus (the main antagonist of DMC1, whom Sparda defeated millennia ago), saying “If my father did it, I should be able to do it too.”, before sprinting off to battle.
It is safe to assume Vergil lost this battle due to the events of DMC1.
Vergil inherited much of his father's incredible power. Already having far greater strength, agility, and healing than a normal human, Vergil's abilities are increased when he transforms into his demonic form. As Nelo Angelo, Vergil possesses the ability to project destructive balls of energy and teleport. He also has access to “Devil Trigger”, which temporarily unleashes his Demon Form, increasing his speed and strength even further. It also adds Yamato's sheath to Vergil's left arm.
Vergil also developed the use of "Phantom Swords," swords made of energy that levitate and move to Vergil's whims.
Vergil carries the sword his father left him, Yamato. And he carries an amulet that his mother left him. These however are keys that he has yet to use to obtain his father's immense power and the key to unlocking the door to the demon world.