Dante, your fate is decided: everlasting damnation for your sins.
~ Death

Death was a major antagonist in the video game Dante's Inferno, in which he functioned as the first boss.


Since the beginning of time, Death had been tasked with ferrying the souls of those that died and bring them to their place in the afterlife.

After Dante Alighieri was stabbed in the back by an assassin at Acre harbor, time stopped and Death appeared before him. Death tells Dante that he would suffer eternal damnation for his sins. He demanded that Dante come with him to Hell, but the crusader refused to accept his fate.

Death drew him into a void between the mortal world and the spiritual world, and there the two battled. Despite the grim reaper almost succeeding in winning, and sending Dante to Hell, Dante managed to take his scythe.

Despite Death begging Dante to spare him, Dante finish him off with Death's scythe. Afterwards, Dante kept Death's scythe and used it in his travels back to Florence, and more importantly, his journey through Hell.

Powers and Abilities

Death has great spiritual powers and is able to freeze time, bring souls to their place in the afterlife, and teleport. In combat, his main weapon is his scythe, which he can attack with in various ways.




  • Dante may not have actually destroyed Death during their encounter since people continued to die afterwards. It is possible that Dante simply weakened him enough to dispel him and drive him away. This can be further supported by the fact that Dante had been dead since the beginning of the game, when he was stabbed in the back, meaning that Death was right when he said no one can cheat death.
  • Death was voiced by Richard Moll and Dee Bradley Baker in the English version of the game and Norio Wakamoto in the Japanese version.
  • He has never made any appearance in Dante's Divine Comedy, despite it being about the realms of the afterlife.
           Dante's Inferno Villains

Death | Charon | King Minos | Cleopatra | Marc Antony | Cerberus | Alighiero Alighieri | Phlegyas | Francesco | Lucifer
Gluttons | Hoarder/Waster
The Bishop | Beatrice | The Avenger | Slave Girl