Humans are evil incarnate. Rage, fear, hate, revenge, destruction... Evil is humanity's true nature. As such, this world is too dull for us.

— To himself in Budding of Yggdrasil

Dante Zogratis 「ダンテ・ゾグラティス Dante Zoguratisu[1] is a member of the Spade Kingdom's Dark Triad[2] and the host of the devil Lucifero.[3]

Appearance

Dante is a tall man with green eyes and black, combed-back hair and noticeable facial hair. His most notable feature is a black mark that runs along the entirety of his forehead. He also has a large scar from his left shoulder to his right hip where Asta slashed him with Yami's katana.[4][5]

Dante wears a black shirt with a high collar, a brown jacket, and a dark blue fur cape with a short white fur mantle on top. His black pants are tucked into a pair of black, knee-high boots. Two black belts wrap around his waist, and a third crosses from his left shoulder to his right hip. The belt around his waist has the Spade Kingdom insignia on the buckle. He also wears a gold crown with tall spikes and red inset jewels.

While using 50% of his devil's power, a black substance forms a pair of curved horns from the his temples and a pair of bat-like wings from his back, and covers his mantle and chest. His irises change color, and his pupils become vertical slits. The marking on his face expands with the vertical lines extending up into his hairline and down over his eyes to his cheeks.[6] When he reaches 80% of his devil's power, two more horns appear on his forehead. The black substance covers half of his face and most of his body. He grows a tail with a tip that has a similar shape to the symbol on his chest, and a second set of wings grow from lower on his back.[7] After Dante reaches 100%, the dark-colored substance covers most of his body. The second set of wings on his back and set of horns on his forehead grows. A fracture-like pattern appears on lower of his wings and goes from the center of the mark on his body. Two long lines appear on the length of his limbs and horns. The light-colored substance forms another mark on his face, similar to one he has when using 50% of Lucifero's power. A black substance covers his crown entirely, making it seem fused to his head. His ears also become pointed.[8]

While serving as a soldier in the Spade Kingdom's military, Dante wears the standard soldier uniform. He has no facial hair or mark on his forehead.[9]

Gallery

Personality

Dante seems to be a calm and easygoing individual. Even in the face of a surprising turn of events, he does not lose his cool.[10] He is rather manipulative and will do anything as long as he gets his way. He pushes Asta to the extreme by harming Gauche.

He believes that evil is the true nature of humanity and the world is too dull because of not enough people being willing to give in to it.[11] Therefore, he considers being called evil a compliment, and encourages other people to embrace their malice, as it is a supreme emotion only humans have.[12] On top of this, he tends to give a satisfying smile when others embrace their "humanity".

Dante is sexist as he bluntly declares Vanessa Enoteca to be his woman after being impressed by her magic that can alter fate. When Vanessa uses her magic in an attempt to save Asta, Dante becomes extremely enraged that she would use her power for anyone else but him, showing a lack of care or respect for her as a person with her own will. This sexism is widened when he sees Grey's arcane magic, declaring that she shall be his woman as well.

Dante thinks lowly of people who have very little mana. He seems to enjoy fighting, as he maintains a wide smile on his face going up against Asta and Yami.

Biography

Dante's past in the Spade Kingdom.

Dante grows up in the Spade Kingdom and becomes dissatisfied with life. He later enlists as a soldier in the country's military but the killing of others and military victories do not bring him satisfaction. He takes part in overthrowing the royal family and killing the king, but is still left unsatisfied.[9] Alongside Zenon and Vanica Zogratis, he takes over the Spade Kingdom and they rule as the Dark Triad.[13]

Sixteen years later, Dante sends Zenon to attack the Diamond Kingdom as a test of his strength and devil powers.[14]

Six months later, Dante holds a meeting with the rest of the Dark Triad as they discuss which target they should attack next.[2] Dante sends Zenon to capture William Vangeance and Vanica to attack Princess Lolopechka and the Heart Kingdom. He then prepares to seek out Yami Sukehiro.[15]

Dante finds the Black Bull's base near the border of the Spade Kingdom but Yami is not there. He decides to lift and play with the base while he waits for Yami to return. When Henry Legolant and Gauche Adlai attack him, Dante is insulted and tries to slam the base into the ground. Vanessa Enoteca's Rouge protects the base, which intrigues Dante. Suddenly an Anti Magic slash and Asta fly from the base.[16] Dante dodges the slashes when his magic has no effect on the Anti Magic. He pulls the broken trees up into the air to smash Asta, but Rouge saves the boy.

Dante breaches the base to find Rouge's owner.

Intrigued by the spell, Dante flies around Asta and into the base. He finds Vanessa who stands in front of her squadmates to defend them with Rouge. Since Asta is left unprotected, Dante snaps his fingers and causes the boy to slam into the ground. Dante then compliments Vanessa's magic, beauty, and figure and invites her to be his woman. Before Vanessa can respond, Asta reappears in his black form and chases Dante out of the base, and Dante is shocked that there is a devil in the Clover Kingdom. Dante continues to evade Asta's attacks so Gauche multiplies Asta in order to swarm Dante with Mirrors Meteorite.[17] Dante draws on 50% of his devil's power and warps the space around himself to move out of the attack's way. He then steps on the real Asta and slams the boy into the ground in order to talk. He explains his views on humanity and that giving into the darkest emotions is when a person is most human. Asta counters that a strong heart can control those emotions to do right. Dante increases the gravity holding Asta down, but Rouge protects the boy, which angers Dante. Drawing on 60% of his devil's power, Dante forces Rouge to dispel and Henry to exhaust his magic and immobilizes Vanessa, Gauche, Grey in midair. In order to awaken Asta's darkest emotions, Dante creates a sword and impales Gauche on it. Asta becomes enraged and his appearance becomes more devil-like. Dante dodges an attack and rejoices over the change.[18]

While dodging Asta's various attacks, Dante taunts the boy and asks his own devil, Lucifero, for the identity of Asta's devil. Lucifero does not recognize the other devil but considers it to be a low-ranked one. Dante then pulls several large rocks from the ground and throws them at Asta, who destroys them one by one and flies after Dante.[19] When Asta gets near, Dante turns three of the rocks around Asta into swords, which Asta blocks with Black Hurricane. When Dante warps out of the way of a Black Slash, Asta predicts where Dante will reappear, launches himself from his spinning, and manages to cut Dante's face, which infuriates Dante.[20] He resolves to defeat Asta with his fists and batters the Black Bull with Heavy Infighting.[21]

After defeating Asta, Dante notices that Grey is another Arcane Stage mage. He immobilizes Grey and Vanessa and requests both of them to be his women. Suddenly Yami arrives and blocks Dante's path.[22] Dante notes the captain's own malice but refuses to let Yami look down on him. He increases gravity to bring Yami and Finral Roulacase to the ground, and Yami uses Reinforcement Magic to catch himself and Finral from crashing and then negates Dante's magic with Black Moon. Impressed with the display of Dark Magic, Dante launches a large rock at Yami to test his abilities. Yami's Dark Cloaked Dimension Slash slices through the rock and forces Dante to warp out of its path.

Dante then crafts a sword and engages Yami in close combat. During the back and forth, Dante admits that Yami is his goal since Yami is a key that connects the living world and the underworld. He also expresses jealousy of Yami's ability to collect people with unique magic. Dante begins rapidly warping to different positions all around Yami, so the captain condenses his Mana Zone and waits for Dante to strike. Dante attacks from behind Yami, who quickly draws his sword, dodges Dante's sword, and slashes Dante across the chest.[23] Laughing, Dante heals the wound with Body Magic and explains that Yami and William and their magic are needed to create the Tree of Qliphoth, which will be used to unleash devils on the living world. Dante and Yami then prepare to continue fighting.[24]

Yami destroys Dante's torso.

After Yami continues to damage Dante, who is forced to heal himself with magic he despises, Dante decides to show Yami his true power as a devil host.[25] Dante draws on 80% of Lucifero's power and then creates a Gravity Singularity. Yami dodges the attack, which bores through a mountain, and counters with Dark Cloaked Dimension Slash. Dante creates a second black hole that bends space around Dante and diverts the slash. Dante then raises large rocks up from the ground to block Yami's approach and sends a black hole through the rocks. Although Yami dodges the black hole, Dante throws the broken rocks at Yami. Continuing this pattern, Dante manages to scrape Yami's left arm and face with a black hole and then drops a large rock on top of the captain. However, the injured Yami steps out of the rubble and destroys Dante's torso with Death Thrust.[26]

Dante thanks Yami for increasing his malice and regrows his torso, revealing that he dislikes his original magic attribute, Body Magic. He then monstrously transforms his body and renews his attack on Yami. Dante boasts about his own abilities and delights in how much Yami is pushing him, and one of Dante's attacks injures Yami's side.[27] Yami admits that he cannot beat Dante on his own, so he asks Asta to help out.[28] Dante happily takes them both on. He focuses most of his attacks on Asta while also avoiding the swings of the Demon-Slayer Sword.[29]

With Yami's katana, Asta slashes Dante.

After Asta agrees to a bargain with his own devil, Asta slashes through Dante's Gravity Singularity.[30] Asta then cuts off part of Dante's right arm, so Dante additional limbs and reshapes rocks into giant swords for his arms to wield. As the battle continues, Dante decides to focus on disarming Asta. First, Dante knocks the Demon-Slayer Sword out of Asta's hands and covers it in one of his overgrown hands. When Asta calls the Demon-Dweller Sword back, Dante snatches it out of the air. Asta then pulls the Demon-Destroyer Sword out of his grimoire, but Dante slams it to the ground and attacks with his last free hand. Although Yami stops the attack and destroys Dante's body again, Asta is out of weapons while Dante regrows his body. Yami then passes his katana to Asta, who imbues it with Anti Magic and slashes Dante. Dante's transformation is nullified and he falls to the ground unconscious and with a large gash across his torso.[31]

Before Yami can restrain Dante, Zenon arrives to the battlefield and captures Yami. Zenon then scoops up Dante's body and admonishes him for his loss. Despite the Black Bulls' attacks, Zenon carries Dante and Yami through a Spatial Magic portal.[32] Dante is placed into a healing chamber and monitored by Moris Libardirt. Once awake, Dante looks forward to fighting Asta again.[33]

Jack overcomes Dante's regeneration.

Dante later takes his position in the large magic circle for the Qliphoth Advent Ritual. A squad of Magic Knights infiltrates the castle, and Jack the Ripper and Nacht Faust confront Dante.[34] Jack's Death Scythe: Lunatic Slash tears apart Dante's cloak, but Dante is unbothered due to his improved regeneration. Dante boasts that nothing can hurt him except for Anti Magic, and then uses Gravity Magic to incapacitate the two Magic Knights. Dante becomes excited when he discovers Nacht is also devil possessed. He tries to attack Nacht but is easily blocked. This furthers intrigues Dante as he asks if Nacht will continue to entertain him. He calls Jack boring and tries to punch the captain,[35] but Nacht blocks the attack. Dante gloats about Yami keeping him entertained. At that moment, Jack, who has covered himself with blades, manages to cut through the Gravity Magic. Dante, once again, proclaims that nothing can kill him; however, one of Jack's slashes seriously injures Dante.[36] After the slash, Dante excitedly asks if Jack will entertain him, too.[37] As soon as the first gate opens, Lilith and Naamah emerge in Dante's room and attack Dante's opponents.[38][39]

With the first gate open, Dante unleashes 100% of Lucifero's devil power. While Lilith and Naamah are preoccupied with Nacht, Dante manipulates gravity to pull Jack free from where he was frozen to a wall and then pummels him using gravitational forces.[40] Dante eventually lets Jack fall to the floor and turns his attention to the devils. He laughs excitedly at their malice. Behind him, Jack rises and promises to slash him up, which Dante is interested in testing.[41] After some time, Dante's Body Magic is able to regenerate from Jack's slashes, despite the magic's adaptations. Dante then notes that Jack has reached his limit, and prepares to kill the captain. Suddenly, Zora Ideale and Magna Swing arrive to protect the captain, with Magna's Exploding Fireball hitting Dante but causing no damage. Dante is unimpressed with them and disparages them, saying that they could not beat him even if they both fought him together. However, Magna replies that he will take him down himself.

Infuriated at the perceived mocking, Dante says that he will not use magic and grants Magna permission to attack him however he chooses. Magna then throws another exploding fireball, and after being hit, Dante is confused to see a chain coming a magic circle on his own chest. He is further confused when the chain reduces his magic power and sends it to Magna. The Black Bull then punches Dante in the face with a magic knuckleduster.[42] Magna explains how the chain works and then lands another punch to Dante's gut, causing him to cough up blood. Dante retaliates with a gravity-enhanced punch to Magna's face. After Magna points out that Dante broke his word about not using magic, Dante calls Magna a thief and tries to crush him, but Magna withstands the increased gravity and lands another punch, which blasts heat through Dante's body. Dante laughs as his injury heals and proceeds to barrage Magna with punches. Magna ducks around the fists and lands a punch to Dante's face, sending him crashing to the floor.[43]

Dante and Magna exchange one final punch.

Humiliated and furious, Dante lifts himself up with magic and then throws blocks of stone at Magna, and while Magna is distracted defending, Dante crafts a sword and swings it down at Magna. Although Magna dodges the blade, another block of stone slams into him. At the same time, Magna lands a punch to Dante's shoulder, but Dante dismisses the injury and points out that Magna's own injuries are mounting. Magna refuses to give up fighting, and the two exchange series of punches. Eventually they both run out of magic power, which catches Dante by surprise. He also loses his connection to Lucifero because of his lack of magic power. Taking advantage of Dante's confused and weakened state, Magna uppercuts Dante's jaw. They then exchange one final punch to each other's cheek. Magna remains standing whereas Dante falls to the ground unconscious. As the soul chain disintegrates, Magna lets out a triumphant yell.[44]

Dante loses control of his magic.

Shortly after the Magic Knights leave, Dante regains consciousness, but his Body Magic is out of control, warping and twisting his body. Jack returns to the room and slashes Dante.[45]

Battle Prowess

Magic

  • Body Magic: Dante uses this magic attribute to manipulate his bodily tissues,[46] allowing him to repair and alter his physique at will.[47] He can also greatly distort his body and form additional limbs.[48]
  • Gravity Magic: Dante uses this magic attribute to manipulate gravity. He can weaken gravity to levitate himself and large objects or strengthen gravity to slam things into the ground with tremendous force.[49][50] By increasing the pressure all around a target, Dante could immobilize a person in midair or condense and shape a large amount of material into an object.[51]

Abilities

  • Master Hand-to-Hand Combatant: While he normally keeps his hands in his pockets, Dante is highly proficient in unarmed combat. He completely dominates a berserk Black Asta with his bare hands.[52]
  • Master Swordsman: Dante is a very skilled swordsman. His skill in wielding a sword is equal to Yami Sukehiro.[53]
  • Enhanced Speed: Dante is extremely fast. He easily dodges multiple attacks from Asta, including high-speed attacks that hone in on magic.[54][55] With his Gravity Magic, his mobility is augmented further by weakening gravitational forces acting on him.[56]
  • Enhanced Strength: Dante possesses great physical strength. He kicks in a magically-reinforced door and breaks the stone wall around it effortlessly.[57] His strength is further augmented when he uses Gravity Magic, as shown when his fists possessed enough strength to knock a berserk Black Asta unconscious.[58]
  • Immense Magic Power: As a devil host, Dante possesses an immense amount of magic power[59] and can exert this strength over a wide range.[60]
  • Rapid Regeneration: Dante's Body Magic grants him rapid regeneration, and due to enhancement from his devil's power, his self-healing is unnaturally quick and extensive, enabling him to survive decapitation and to regenerate his whole torso in mere seconds. This enhancement also stops his natural aging process.[47] After undergoing treatment from Moris Libardirt, Dante's regeneration is further enhanced to the point he is able to heal from damage instantaneously.[61]
  • Devil-Possessed: As a member of the Dark Triad, Dante is host to a high-ranking devil, Lucifero, who grants him immense power.[3] He can use up to 80% of the devil's power;[62] after the first gate to the underworld opens, he is able to access 100%.[8] The more power he draws on, the more devil-like his appearance becomes. With 50% of the Lucifero's power, Dante can distort space to defend himself from incoming attacks,[63][64] and with 60%, his sheer power can nullify Vanessa Enoteca's Red Thread of Fate spell.[65] At 80% of Lucifero's power, Dante is able to use Gravity Singularity, which is able to destroy mountains.
  • Dual Mana Attribute: Due to being devil-possessed, Dante has the ability to use both his own Body Magic and Lucifero's Gravity Magic.[66]

Equipment

  • Grimoire: Dante possesses a spade grimoire that contains various body-based magic spells.[46]

Fights

Notable Quotes

  • "Humans are evil incarnate. Rage, fear, hate, revenge, destruction... Evil is humanity's true nature. As such, this world is too dull for us." 「人間とは悪だ 怒り 恐怖 憎悪 復讐 破壊... 人間の本性は悪なのだ そんな我々に この世界は退屈すぎる... Ningen to wa akuda Ikari Kyōfu Zōo Fukushū Hakai... Ningen no honshō wa akuna noda Son'na wareware ni Kono sekai wa taikutsu sugiru...[11]

Trivia

  • Dante's grimoire design is the background for Volume 25's cover.
  • Dante's favorite things are himself and malice.[1]
  • In the VIZ popularity polls, Dante ranked #21 in the fifth.
  • Dante's forehead mark and gravity powers may be references to the Newtonian Apple from Tabata's previous series, Hungry Joker.
  • Dante may be named after Dante Alighieri, the author of Inferno, an epic poem in which Dante travels through the nine circles of Hell.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Black Clover Manga — Vol. 25, Character Profile
  2. 2.0 2.1 Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 231 (p. 13-15) and Episode 158.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 243 (p. 5) and Episode 162.
  4. Black Clover Manga — Chapter 259 (p. 14-15).
  5. Black Clover Manga — Chapter 278 (p. 2).
  6. Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 242 (p. 4) and Episode 162.
  7. Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 256 (p. 2) and Episode 166.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Black Clover Manga — Chapter 280 (p. 8-9).
  9. 9.0 9.1 Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 246 (p. 6) and Episode 164.
  10. Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 240 (p. 14-15) and Episode 162.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 239 (p. 14) and Episode 162.
  12. Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 242 (p. 7-8) and Episode 162.
  13. Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 233 (p. 12) and Episode 159.
  14. Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 227 (p. 14-15) and Episode 129.
  15. Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 239 (p. 14-15) and Episode 162.
  16. Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 240 (p. 7-15) and Episode 162.
  17. Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 241 (p. 1-15) and Episode 162.
  18. Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 242 (p. 3-19) and Episode 162.
  19. Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 243 (p. 1-9) and Episode 162.
  20. Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 243 (p. 11-15) and Episode 162.
  21. Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 244 (p. 1-3) and Episode 163.
  22. Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 244 (p. 13-15) and Episode 163.
  23. Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 245 (p. 1-15) and Episode 163.
  24. Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 246 (p. 3-10) and Episode 164.
  25. Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 255 (p. 14-15) and Episode 166.
  26. Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 256 (p. 1-15) and Episode 166.
  27. Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 257 (p. 1-9) and Episode 166.
  28. Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 257 (p. 11-12) and Episode 166.
  29. Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 258 (p. 1-9) and Episodes 166-167.
  30. Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 258 (p. 12-15) and Episode 167.
  31. Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 259 (p. 2-15) and Episode 167.
  32. Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 260 (p. 3-15) and Episode 167.
  33. Black Clover Manga — Chapter 273 (p. 1-3).
  34. Black Clover Manga — Chapter 275 (p. 16-17).
  35. Black Clover Manga — Chapter 278 (p. 2-9).
  36. Black Clover Manga — Chapter 278 (p. 13-18).
  37. Black Clover Manga — Chapter 279 (p. 4-5).
  38. Black Clover Manga — Chapter 279 (p. 14-16).
  39. Black Clover Manga — Chapter 280 (p. 1-3).
  40. Black Clover Manga — Chapter 280 (p. 7-10).
  41. Black Clover Manga — Chapter 285 (p. 2-3).
  42. Black Clover Manga — Chapter 291 (p. 4-17).
  43. Black Clover Manga — Chapter 292 (p. 7-15).
  44. Black Clover Manga — Chapter 293 (p. 1-17).
  45. Black Clover Manga — Chapter 294 (p. 6-9).
  46. 46.0 46.1 Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 246 (p. 4) and Episode 164.
  47. 47.0 47.1 Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 257 (p. 3-5) and Episode 166.
  48. Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 259 (p. 4-5) and Episode 167.
  49. Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 240 (p. 8) and Episode 162.
  50. Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 240 (p. 12-13) and Episode 162.
  51. Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 242 (p. 12-13) and Episode 162.
  52. Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 244 (p. 2-3) and Episode 163.
  53. Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 245 (p. 9-12) and Episode 163.
  54. Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 241 (p. 2) and Episode 162.
  55. Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 241 (p. 10-12) and Episode 162.
  56. Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 244 (p. 2-3) and Episode 163.
  57. Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 241 (p. 5-6) and Episode 162.
  58. Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 244 (p. 2-3) and Episode 163.
  59. Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 231 (p. 12) and Episode 158.
  60. Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 241 (p. 8) and Episode 162.
  61. Black Clover Manga — Chapter 278 (p. 2).
  62. Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 256 (p. 2) and Episode 166.
  63. Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 242 (p. 4-5) and Episode 162.
  64. Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 243 (p. 13-15) and Episode 162.
  65. Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 242 (p. 10-11) and Episode 162.
  66. Black Clover Manga and Anime — Chapter 252 (p. 5) and Episode 163.

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