Alighiero di Bellincione is Dante's father. He is a greedy, gluttonous, hedonistic, and psychotic man who would arbitrarily steal money, farm crops and property from the poor serf families on his land to finance his private parties with his friends. He is seen mostly in flashbacks, but is later encountered as a hideously disfigured monster boss in the circle of Greed.
During Dante's childhood, Alighiero was a greedy and licentious man, who abused his wife, Bella Abati, and berated his son, believing him to be weak. He was a lecherous man who stole from the poor, using their money to have parties with his friends, and had sex with many women, including prostitutes. Because of Alighiero's actions, as well as his abusive behavior, his wife eventually committed suicide, though he tells Dante she died of a fever, citing her weakness as the reason her heart gave out. Shown through connecting flashbacks of Dante's malevolent actions during the Crusade and his childhood, Alighiero's influence is revealed to be the cause of the darker aspects of Dante's personality.
When Dante was away at the Crusades, Beatrice stayed with Alighiero as she awaited her fiance's return. Shortly before his death, Alighiero stated his belief that his son was dead while attempting to seduce Beatrice, but to no avail. Seconds later an assassin appeared and attacked them both. Alighiero quickly gained the upper-hand; he pushed the assassin onto the ground, but just as he was about to kill him, the assassin stabbed him in the eye with his own cross, killing him instantly.
In Hell Edit
For his sins and wretchedness, Alighiero was sent to the fourth circle of Hell, Greed, and was turned into a morbidly obese, demonic abomination, with chains wrapped around his neck and limbs. He appears to have had his right hand replaced with a pig's foot to symbolize his gluttony, flesh torn from his stomach. Alighiero wields a giant golden cross adorned with emeralds, modeled after the same one he wore in life and eventually used to end it as well.
When Dante first arrives in the fourth circle, he is surprised to meet his father, who taunts him about how much of a failure he was in life. Dante shouts back, "I fear I am too much the same man as my father." The father and son eventually fight at the Wheel of Fortune.
Dante defeats his demonic father, and chastises him for being so full of greed and hate. However, rather than abandoning him, Dante states that he will not be damned like his father, and absolves him of his sins, exonerating him of suffering eternal damnation for his crimes committed on Earth. By absolving his father, Dante gained the Sins of the Father spell, which features the same golden cross Alighiero used as a weapon against his son.
At the end of the game, the absolved soul of Alighiero, along with all the other souls that Dante had freed on his "pilgrimage" through hell, help to imprison Lucifer after his fight with Dante in Cocytus.
Dante's Inferno: An Animated Epic Edit
Alighiero's apperance in the film Dante's Inferno: An Animated Epic is very similar to his appearance in the game. He's first found murdered with his golden cross impaled through his eye. In Gluttony, Lucifer shows Dante a vision of Alighiero gorging himself while a starved but disgusted Beatrice watches. After watching the scene play out, Lucifer informs Dante that his father is in Hell as well before disappearing.
Shortly after arriving in Greed, and watching the damned being tortured, Dante flashes back to a memory of Alighiero beating him and his mother after only 3 of his golden coins went missing from a pile of several hundred coins. Once the vision ended, Dante encounters a deformed Alighiero awaiting him atop a demonic mechanical tower. He reveals that Lucifer has promised him a thousand years free of torture, and all the gold he could ever want, if he kills his own son. Dante tries to convince his father to let him pass, but to no avail. Both father and son seem to be evenly matched as they traded barbs. However, Alighiero manages to disarm Dante and rushes in for the kill. As he does, Dante kicks him into a giant vat of boiling gold.
Later, Dante has two more visions of Alighiero. Once, in Violence, consoling him after his mother killed herself, claiming she died of 'fever', then again in Fraud, trying to defend Beatrice from the assassin before being killed, his only positive (if futile) act.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
- Enhanced Strength: He possesses immense strength to even lift up his huge golden cross with only one hand.
- Enhanced Durability: Because of his corrupted form, he is able to endure most of Dante's attacks.
- Sins of the Father: He is able to launch smaller crosses that acts like shurikens.
- Greed-Based Attacks: He uses several attacks based on greed energies.
- Cross Turrets: He slams his cross into the ground where it acts like a turret, emitting greed energy that damages Dante when he gets too close.
- Charged Attack: He charges his cross with great amount of greed energy to create a big attack.
- Agility - Despite his heavy appearance, Alighiero possesses superhuman agility that allows him to leap from high places and land without injury.
In the Animated MovieEdit
- "There is no room to pity the dead here, son."
- "You think you're a greater man than me? That you're above reproach for your sins?"
- "No man can absolve you of your sins, but some men can be rewarded in Hell."
- "Lucifer offered me a thousand years free of torture, and endless gold, if I would slay my own son."
- "You became me, son. You belong here; you always have."
- "It's time to claim my prize, boy!"
In the Video GameEdit
- "Suffer like me!"
- "I should have taken Beatrice for myself! Hahaha!"
- "I'd be alive if not for you!"
- "Give it up, boy."
- "I hope you're damned forever."
- "This is real power!"
- "So, you think you're a better man than your father!"
- "Then we'll see who's the better man!"
- "My blood is on your hands."
- "You're not my son!"
- "Even in death, I am stronger."
- "She'll marry the devil first!"
- "Go on. Use me as an excuse. Blame me for everything!"
- "Where is that God you fought for?! Hahahaha!"
- "I am not responsible for the man you are!"
- "Your mother babied you!"
- "What a disappointment you are!"
- "Out of my sight!"
- "Are you man enough for this?!"
- "Sins of the Father!"
- "You know nothing of hell!"
- "This is for disapointing me!"
- "She doesn't want you anymore!"
- "I'm ashamed of you!"
- "I knew you'd amount to nothing!"
- "I'll cut you down!"
- "You're nothing!"
- "You're half a man!"
- "Come on! Be a man!"
- "You'll never take me!"
- "My murder was meant for you!"
- (phlegmy laughter)
- "All this for a woman?!"
- In real-life, Alighiero di Bellincione was the husband of Bella Abatia, and father of the famous poet Dante Alighieri. He was a respected Florentine moneylender, and was in truth a good parent, according to surviving documents. Upon his death, Dante was taken in by his mentor, Brunetto Latini.
- The voice actor in the anime is Mark Hamill. Coincidentally, Mark Hamill also did the voice of the antagonistic Watcher from the video game Darksiders, a game that shares similarities with Dante's Inferno and God of War.
- He is voiced by Chikao Ohtsuka in Japan.
- Alighiero's demon form bears some resemblance to the Gluttons. However, unlike the Gluttons, he actually retains his intelligence.
- In his demon form, Alighiero's right eye is noticeably more ravaged and bloody, likely serving as a grim reminder of his death from being stabbed through the eye with his own cross.
- In one of Dante's flashbacks, while on crusade he is seen engaging in excessive sex and drink against Francesco's warnings, mirroring his father's behavior when he was a child. He even repeats the belittling line Alighiero spoke to the young Dante at Francesco, "Who made you a priest?" It is implied that much of Dante's tendencies for sin were directly caused by his father's influence.
- Alighiero's treatment towards Beatrice in the animated film is wildly different from how he treats her in the game. In the game, Alighiero wastes no time trying to seduce his soon-to-be daughter-in-law. In the movie, Alighiero is never seen making any advances on Beatrice and, in an uncharacteristic act of self-sacrifice, quickly rushes to her defense when the assassin arrives, urging her to run as he tries to fight him off.
- Alighiero's appearances in the anime are different from the game, but he still has his actions of greed and gluttony in the film.
- In the game, he only said that Bella died out of fever, but in the Anime, he tells Dante after he said his line from the game, she was in paradise, but it was obviously a lie.
- He was never seen in the game beating Bella or Dante in any flashback, only in the anime, though in the game Bella mentions being abused by her husband, which drove her to suicide. Furthermore, in flashbacks he is shown mocking his son when the boy attempts to warn Alighiero against his lustful excesses.
- In the game, he is absolved by his son while in the anime, he was pushed into a boiling liquid of gold instead.
- His sentence to the Greed circle with a glutton appearance can be a reference to Gluttony being a desire to excess by overeating food and over-indulgence of wealth to a point of waste.
- Ironically, despite being used as a ruse to seduce Beatrice, Alighiero's assumption that Dante would not survive the Crusade turned out to have been correct.
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