|“||Saladin. The noble kurd whom even the great Lionheart could not wrest in battle.||”|
Saladin is the Kurdish leader of the Islamic army that Dante and the crusaders fought against for King Richard I. His statue resides in Limbo in the Hall of Kings. When Dante comes face to face with it, he recalls the reason why he had been fighting in The Crusades.
- Assuming the game takes place in 1191, Saladin's presence in Hell is incorrect, as he did not die until 1193. However, Dante specifically mentions that a certain amount of time passes before he returns home in the cutscene before he arrives home.
- Saladin is actually the western variation of his actual name, Ṣalāḥ ad-Dīn Yūsuf ibn Ayyūb.
- Saladin was highly respected not just among his own men, but among the Crusaders who fought against him. He held a very high opinion of Richard I, and greatly desired a chance to meet the king. Like Richard, he regretted never getting to meet face-to-face.
- In the anime, he was already killed by Dante and was put in Limbo because, although he did not sin, he did not believe in the Christian God due to his status as a follower of Islam, despite both religions sharing one monotheistic god.
- It is implied by Lucifer in the game that Dante does not see all of his muslim enemies in hell due to the fact that it is Dante's hell alone which depicted Saladin as a non-believer as Dante believed therefore it should somehow explain his presence in the Limbo, as Dante believed deeply during his visit that non-christians are beyond saving. This can be seen in the anime, even though in the game Dante only faces the statue of him
- Despite being of Kurdish descent, Saladin's forces had a wide variation of muslims fighting in his ranks, which included Arabs, Turks, Persians and Nubians among others.
- Saladin is the only muslim character residing in the Limbo