- Sep 7, 2010
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Kaosu (カオス, Japanese for “Chaos”)is an old, ancient demon who possesses god-like powers and abilities; one of his abilities is the ability to manipulate and summon inferior demons. The legend says he used to be a fine demon that stood up for justice and always helped the poor and the weak. He never stepped on anybody to achieve his goals, and always helped his colleagues. That being said, he was also a powerful demon even then, and went on many dangerous journeys alone, to help his fellow demons.
That was until he found a sword named Meiun (命運, Japanese for “Doom”, “Fate”) in one of his journeys, a sword that is told to possess god-like powers and is told to be a sword made out of the darkness. When he found out about its history, he decided to destroy it immediately, claiming neither demon nor any other should possess such a powerful, dark weapon. However, he didn’t destroy it, but kept it. From that day on, Kaosu became a corrupted, cruel, ruthless demon. It is said that it was then when he decided to take control over the Underworld and to enslave it to his own will. He crashed everyone who stood in his way without mercy. It didn’t take too long for Kaosu to become the most feared demon in the Underworld, nobody dared to cross paths with him. With time, he grew stronger and stronger, becoming the strongest demon to ever walk on the Underworld.
Mundus, who was considered to be a very powerful demon, even then, didn’t like that. He had plans to rule the Underworld for a long time, and the rise of Kaosu didn’t mix up with his plans too well. He had to kill Kaosu in order to fulfill his plan, however, even a demon as powerful as Mundus was no match for Kaosu.
As Kaosu became stronger, he grew thirstier and thirstier for blood and control. Kaosu knew about the existence of the sub-parallel Human World and decided to take over it. He decided to create his own demonic army, as he considered the rest of the demons weak and useless and knew that taking over the Human World with an army would be much easier and faster than taking over it by himself. His demon army consisted of no ordinary demons; he used dark energy absorbed from his sword in order to create a new race of demons. He named the race Project Nelo Angelo. This very same project will be implemented by Mundus and The Order of The Sword thousands of years later, only driven by less powerful objects. However, Kaosu was never able to finish his project.
Mundus then decided to form an alliance with Sparda, a demon known for his mercilessness and strength, in order to destroy Kaosu before he is able to finish his so called Nelo Angelo project. With Sparda, Mundus had a chance of winning, and so, the two rebelled against Kaosu. It was then when Kaosu made his biggest mistake: He’s underestimated the strength of Mundus and Sparda and used most of his strength to summon hordes of inferior demons to stop them rather than face them himself; claiming lesser demons like them don’t deserve his attention. This was a mistake he will pay for later, as the two slaughtered all his demons before he was able to regain his strength, giving Mundus and Sparda the edge. Mundus and Sparda were able to defeat him after a long struggle, but were unable to destroy him completely. They decided to lock him in the depths of the Underworld, hoping he’ll never be back.
His body slowly faded, and as his body began to fade, his beloved sword, Meiun, began to fade as well and eventually disappeared. The sword was never seen again. However, even though Kaosu’s body disappeared, Kaosu’s soul remained alive, observed, learned, and screamed for revenge. It was only a matter of time until he awakens once more. However, his reawakening was nothing immediate.
Mundus became the king of the Underworld, and Sparda became one of his loyal generals. After taking control over the entire Underworld, Mundus decided to finish what Kaosu had started-he decided to take over the Human World. It was then when Sparda realized the tyranny and injustice of Mundus and rebelled against him, sealing the demonic world.
Thousands of years later, Mundus decided to try to take over the Human World once again. He found out about Kaosu’s Nelo Angelo project and decided to implement it using a different object to drive it. Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately, it was only powerful enough to create one “Nelo Angelo”. Vergil, brother of Dante, a son of Sparda, who was imprisoned by Mundus at that time, was chosen to become the Nelo Angelo.
After the events occurred in Mallet Island, Vergil was released from the hold of Mundus and from his Nelo Angelo form, but lost all his strength and was sent to the Underworld via a portal that was opened once Mundus was defeated. Kaosu sensed the presence of Vergil, as he still carried some leftovers from his Nelo Angelo form. He took over Vergil’s wounded body, and made it his own, taking possession over Yamato, Vergil’s beloved Katana, and reawakened his sword, Meiun. Kaosu then spotted the portal and noticed that it’s about to get closed. He quickly jumped through it and appeared in Mallet Island, seconds before it exploded. However, he still managed to escape the island in time due to his devilish speed.
With his newfound body, he went on a path of vengeance. He decided to hunt down Dante and kill him, as he was the only seed of Sparda alive and as he is the one who sealed Mundus, taking the right to destroy Mundus from him. Kaosu’s power might still not be at its max, due to the host being incapable of hosting it, but he is still much deadlier than he was when Sparda and Mundus sealed him.
Kaosu, driven by his blood thirst and by his thirst for vengeance, is able to track Dante, and now it’s only a matter of time before he reaches him and their fight will begin. Dante is known as a very powerful half-breed, some even go as far as to say his strength is greater than his father’s, but is he powerful enough to defeat a being as strong as Kaosu, a demon that is stronger than Mundus and Sparda combined?
As I wanted to go into as much details as possible, I came up with a couple of concept arts in order to convey my idea of how he should look like better. Presented to you here, is the finalized concept art for Kaosu in his true form: (this one took a while to come up with, as it involved some serious research and Photoshop work)
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As for the appearance of the possessed Vergil: Originally, I intended it to look just like the regular Vergil, but then I remembered that when he was under the control of Mundus, he took a different appearance, so I decided to slightly change his appearance as well. The DT form of Vergil in his black alternate color from Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 was exactly what I had in mind, so I decided to use it as the concept art for the possessed Vergil:
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This Vergil, just like the Mundus possessed Vergil from Devil May Cry 1, doesn’t appear in his human form. His color is mainly black because of Kaosu’s dark energy and aura.
Kaosu’s sword, Meiun, shares a color scheme similar to that of his true form. The shape of the sword is similar to that of the Force Edge, though some minor differences give it a more sinister and dark shape. The sword is mostly black, but it also has a blood-red colored zigzag pattern ending in an arrow looking tip on it. Here’s the concept art for Meiun:
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While Kaosu is in his true form, a dark-purple aura and a dark-red aura cover the sword, as its dark energy is raising, making itself & Kaosu more powerful.
During an Air Ride (see: battle, phase 1, skills, 14. Air Ride), Kaosu’s appearance gets some minor changes. The changes are:
1.The long claw-like things coming out of his hands are gone.
2.Kaosu grows 2 black-red wings attached to his body.
3.Kaosu’s chest hole becomes larger.
In order to demonstrate his Air Ride form better, I’ve made a concept art showing Kaosu’s upper body while in his Air Ride form:
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This concept art is actually a hand-drawn concept art, just like the Meiun concept art, and has been colored using Paint in order to convey the idea better. Please view the attached files to see the history of this concept art (organized like comic book pages for a better experience), as well as a larger version of it.
Measurement: Kaosu isn’t a gigantic demon, though he is higher than the average human/demon. Dante is about 183cm tall, as shown in the Devil May Cry 4 measurement chart, which can be found as an attached file to this entry. This led me to the decision that Kaosu’s height would be around 205cm-215cm, as he is intended to be higher than Dante, though not too high. Note that the height of Vergil’s body while Kaosu is in possession of him still remains the same.
The game starts off with a scene that resembles the one the first Devil May Cry game starts off with. In the scene, Kaosu’s story is told. Once the scene ends, the game will progress to another scene. In this scene, a man that looks just like Vergil in his devil trigger form is seen smiling, saying: “The time has come for you to die, Dante”. In the scene that follows this one, Dante receives a mysterious phone call from a stranger, who hires Dante on a mission to slay some demons. Dante accepts the mission, even though the voice of the stranger sounds horribly familiar to him.
After slaying the demons, Dante sees an oddly familiar silhouette in the darkness. A laugh is heard, and the silhouette disappears. Dante tries to follow the silhouette, but as he’s about to reach the darkness, a seal appears and blocks his path, and a large scaled demon appears behind Dante, challenging him. Eventually, Dante defeats the demon. As he’s fading away, the demon laughs and says that “He was right. You really are a strong half-breed nonetheless. That doesn’t matter though; you still don’t stand a chance against him-the most powerful creature the Underworld has ever seen!”. This shocks Dante, but he’s able to gather himself quickly and asks: “Who’re you talking about? Are you another servant of Mundus? Hasn’t he had enough already?”. The demon laughs in response, saying “Mundus is an insect in comparison to him!” and fades away laughing deviously. This event forces Dante to go on yet another journey in order to find out who’s this creature and to seal him away.
As the game progresses, Dante notices that the silhouette he saw earlier follows him. He’s eventually able to see the man behind the silhouette-none other than his own brother-Vergil. Dante is shocked by this discovery, as he thought that his brother died in the events occurred in Mallet Island. However, he notices that there’s something different with Vergil-he’s in his devil form; even though Vergil always hated the humans, he’s never stayed in his devil form for a long period of time, especially not just for the heck of it.
A while later, Dante confronts Vergil, and as the two are about to fight, Dante notices that Vergil is carrying a sword he’s never seen before. Dante then says: “Cut the bullshit! I don’t know who you are, or where you came from, but you sure as hell aren’t my brother! Who the hell are you and what’s with that ‘most powerful demon to ever walk on the Underworld thing?” and in response, Vergil smiles. He then reveals that he isn’t actually Vergil, but an ancient demon named Kaosu-the strongest demon to ever walk on the Underworld. Kaosu tells Dante his story, and explains that he spied on Dante throughout his journey in order to see if Dante is as powerful as he’s told to be. He states that Dante is indeed powerful, though he wouldn’t last for long in a fight against him, even with a host not capable of hosting all of his power. Dante, in response, tells Kaosu that he will not forgive him for taking over Vergil’s body, and their fight begins.
Phase 1 – Vergil Form
Weapons: Yamato and Meiun.
1.Judgment Cut – Normally, this attack would cause purple orbs to appear. However, with Kaosu’s dark powers being the ones driving this attack, it will cause black orbs to appear.
2.Dimension Slash – Acts just like the Dimension Slash hyper Vergil has in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, with the exception of the orbs being black instead of purple.
3.Yamato Combo – Just like the one Vergil has in Devil May Cry 3. However, if you let Kaosu finish sheathing his sword, a black aura will appear around him and he will gain a slight amount of vitality back.
4.Aerial Rave – Just like the one Vergil has in Devil May Cry 3.
5.Upper Slash – Just like the one Vergil has in Devil May Cry 3.
6.Rapid Slash – Again, just like the one Vergil has in Devil May Cry 3. However, the color effect of this move will be black because of Kaosu’s dark powers, and he will be able to recover immediately after performing this attack, meaning he’ll be able to combo from it.
7.Stinger (Meiun) – This version of the stinger attacks has a longer recovery time than the other versions of Stinger, though it causes more damage.
8.Wall of Fire – Kaosu sticks Meiun in the ground, causing a wall of fire to appear and cover his front. This damage output of this attack is huge. However, it only lasts for a few seconds and Kaosu can’t more nor block as long as it lasts, meaning the player can attack him from behind. Any attack would cause a hard knockdown though, meaning the player won’t be able to combo off of it.
9.Meiun Combo – 3 regular hits. If the player allows Kaosu to finish sheathing his sword, Kaosu will gain a low amount of vitality.
10.Fire Rain – Kaosu throws his sword to the air, resulting in a fire of rain that covers most of the screen. This move is completely unpunishable, and Kaosu can only access it after losing 70% of his health.
11.Round Trip – A stronger version of Dante and Vergil’s round trip moves. Meiun is thrown and moves extremely fast in this attack, making it almost impossible to avoid. It is an unblockable attack. Kaosu can use this attack only 4 times during the fight. In this attack, the sword gains a black aura and Kaosu becomes invincible, meaning he can’t be attacked during the duration of this move.
12.Awakening – Kaosu goes into his true form for a short period of time. In this form, all of his attacks gains a damage and speed boost. If he has less than 30% health left, he will also gain back lost vitality in this form.
13.Kneel! – Kaosu shouts “kneel before me!” and then sticks Meiun at the floor. This will cause demonic hands to appear all over the surface. If the player gets caught by those hands, Kaosu will jump high to the air and stub Dante with a powerful hit from Meiun as he falls down. This attack causes an extremely massive damage to the player. The only way to avoid this attack is to jump into to air and then perform an Air Hike (double jump). This way, the hands will be gone when Dante hits the ground again. Kaosu can access this attack only when he’s at his true form. This attack will take a bit of Kaosu’s health, as he needs to use his strength in order to summon the demonic hands.
14.Air Ride – Kaosu gains access to this attack only when he’s at his true form. This ability allows Kaosu to go into an air ride mode similar to that of Dante from Devil May Cry 1&3 with only one difference: It isn’t limited by time, but by damage. Kaosu can stay airborne as long as he doesn’t get hit by a devil arm. As long as he’s airborne, a red aura covers him and he gains access to the following moves:
15.Fire Breath – Kaosu breathes a small/medium/large fireball (if he has above 50% health left, the fireball will be a small fireball, if he has between 50-25% health left, the fireball will be a medium fireball and if he has less than 25% health left, the fireball will be a large fireball. The fireball becomes more damaging as it gets bigger).
16.Fire Shield – A dome made of fire wraps Kaosu and explodes almost instantly. It causes massive damage and hits Dante if he’s close to Kaosu.
17.Air Vortex – This attack acts pretty much the same as the vortex from previous Devil May Cry games, with its color effect being dark red.
*Mid-Fight Cutscene*:Dante struggles against Kaosu, but is hardly able to lend a hit on him. Kaosu, on the other hand, easily dodges Dante’s attacks and counters with powerful attacks of his own and mentions that he’s overestimated Dante. Dante seems to be using all of his strength, while Kaosu seems as if he’s only getting started. Vergil, who witnesses it, struggles to get free of Kaosu’s hold over his body and to help Dante. However, Vergil’s struggle only makes Kaosu more powerful. Kaosu is now finally able to transform to his true form for an unlimited period of time, and so he does, consuming all the power Vergil had left, consuming Vergil himself, destroying him. He then breaks Yamato and throws each part of it in a different direction, claiming he doesn’t need that sword to defeat Dante and that it’s not that effective either. That makes Dante angry, and his anger allows him to access his absolute devil form-the majin form. * In the second phase of the fight, Dante’s regular Devil Trigger form changes to the majin form, with all of its abilities as seen in Devil May Cry 2, except for its invincibility. *
Phase 2 – True Form
1.Awakening (Passive Skill) – During this part of the fight, Kaosu is going to be in his true form for the whole fight. He gains a damage and speed boost, though cannot recover lost health.
2.Destroyer – This is a counter attack. A slight black aura appears around Kaosu’s body as he says: “Your weapons mean nothing against me!”. If the player tries to attack Kaosu while he’s speaking the dialog, Kaosu will break the devil arm the player uses to attack him in a mini in-game cinematic using his sword, Meiun. The player won’t be able to use that devil arm for the rest of the fight. This attack can hit only once, meaning Kaosu is unable to destroy more than one devil arm in a single fight.
3.Rise – Kaosu summons an army of demons to the field, and the player has to destroy all of them in a short period of time. Summoning the demons costs Kaosu about 3-5% of his health. If the enemy isn’t able to destroy all demons during the given period of time, Kaosu will absorb all of the enemies left in the field and will gain the vitality he used in order to summon them back. The demons are regular inferior demons, and they can damage the player.
4.Doppelganger – This ability acts pretty much like the Doppelganger style from Devil May Cry 3 does, only with a few minor difference: The damage output is cut by half while in this mode, meaning 2 Kaosus performing the same attack does the same damage Kaosu usually does without this mode, and the doppelganger created using this ability doesn’t copy the attacks Kaosu does, but does different ones. It only lasts for a few seconds.
5.Unleash – This ability allows Kaosu to go into an even darker form. His appearance doesn’t change, but a strong black aura covers him while in this form. In this form, his attack becomes even stronger, though he loses vitality fast in this form. It only lasts for a few seconds.
6.Devilishly Fast – Kaosu teleports to the front of the player. He disappears and appears with a blackish dust. His recovery after this attack isn’t really that quick, so the player is able to punish his teleport if he’s fast enough.
7.Phase 1 Skills – Kaosu still has all non-Yamato related abilities from the first part of the fight and can still use them in this part of the fight.
What Makes This Villain Perfect?
As we all know, the last two Devil May Cry games left us with a lot of questions:
1.How is Nero related to Sparda?
2.How is Nero related to Yamato/Vergil?
3.Who/What shattered Yamato? How did it come back from the Underworld?
4.What happened to Vergil?
And some other questions of this kind. All of these questions are good questions that should be answered, and that’s something I took into consideration while making this boss, in order to make it the perfect villain. This boss answers most of these questions. The backstory of Sparda is another mystery in the Devil May Cry series, and I’ve seen many people requesting a game that’ll be just about Sparda, explaining his backstory. This villain sheds some light on his backstory. That and the fact he answers many questions fans have been wondering about for a long time make this villain a more attractive one to fans of the series (at least to most of them). Also, Sparda is related to the backstory of every final boss (and to the backstory of most normal bosses as well) in the Devil May Cry franchise directly, so I decided to add Sparda to his backstory in order to keep the tradition as well.
Also, every final boss in the series failed mainly because he was weaker than Sparda. As Dante is said to be stronger than Sparda (this has already been confirmed in the second Devil May Cry novel-Dante easily slaughters Mundus, confirming that Dante is significantly stronger than Sparda), I came to the conclusion that in order to make the perfect villain, he must be, among other things, stronger than Sparda. I ended up making Kaosu stronger than Sparda & Mundus combined in order to make him a bigger challenge and more of an interesting character.
Another thing I kept in mind while making this boss is that the emphasis in the Devil May Cry franchise is on the combat, so I tried my best to come up with an interesting and entertaining moveset as much as possible in order to, again, keep it Devil May Cry’ish. There are also some shout-outs to other games in Kaosu’s bio in order to make him more canonical and interesting.
Those are the ideas I had in mind when I started to make this villain, I wanted to point them out so that you’ll be able to understand the concept behind the villain better (and hopefully be able to lend me more points ) .
That's it for my entry! I had a lot of fun making it
Good luck everybody!
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