|Ebony & Ivory|
|Franchise||Devil May Cry|
|Debut||Devil May Cry|
Ebony & Ivory are Dante's trademark pair of personally customized semi-automatic pistols, designed to rapidly fire bullets instilled with his demonic power, and are the only weapon to appear in every installment in the series. The right-handed white gun, Ivory, was custom built for rapid firing and fast draw times, while the left-handed black gun, Ebony, has been modified for long-distance targeting and comfort.
Ebony & Ivory are both M1911-style handguns chambered for the .45 ACP round, and boast a plethora of customized features:
- Both pistols have been modified with pivot-style triggers as opposed to the 1911's usual straight-pull trigger
- Both feature custom sight systems; Ebony uses a set of target sights, while Ivory uses a pair of combat sights
- Both feature ported muzzle compensators that reduce recoil and counteract muzzle flip. Both barrels are extend through the compensators and are ported to match the cuts in the compensators.
- Both use custom slides that have been noticeably thickened and reinforced along the slide travel rails and around the chamber and firing mechanism. The result is a slide that bears a resemblance to SIG-Sauer's M1911 line.
- Rails have been bolted to the forward portion of both frames. These rails are used to hold the compensators in place.
- Both use double-stack magazines with slam-pads.
- Both have gold-plated magazine releases, hammers, safety switches and triggers.
- Ebony features a hooked, two-handed trigger-guard, while Ivory uses a more traditional rounded trigger-guard.
- Both weapons use ergonomic wood grips which are inlaid with portraits of Victorian women; as befits their names, Ebony's is dark-haired, and Ivory's is fair-haired.
- Ebony's Ejection port is located on the left side of the weapon, as opposed to the right side (as Ebony is meant to be used left-handed, this causes spent brass to be ejected away from Dante.)
In addition, several customized features are inconsistent between the various games:
- In the original Devil May Cry game, Ebony utilizes an extended safety latch and a ring hammer. Ivory uses a standard length safety latch and a spur hammer. In later incarnations, both feature spur hammers and standard length safety latches.
- For Devil May Cry 3, Ivory's frame and slide are both completely left-handed, with all of the controls being mirrored from their normal positions.
The inward-facing side of each weapon's slide (Ebony's right and Ivory's left) is engraved with "Ebony & Ivory" in a cursive script along with the unique design of piano keys, further alluding to its name. The outward facing sides (Ebony's left and Ivory's right) are engraved with a dedication to Dante which is explained in Devil May Cry Volume 1 to be from Nell Goldstein:
- For Tony Redgrave
By .45 Art Warks
Oddly enough, this engraving also appears on the Luce & Ombra, a similar set of pistols belonging to Dante's father and used by Trish which the Ebony & Ivory are modeled after.
The model used for the Ivory within Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening gameplay is simply a recolored copy of that used for the Ebony. The spent shells still behave as though the ejection port is pointed outward, appearing out of thin air above the gun and falling to Dante's right side. Dante tends to cross the guns when firing them.
The Ebony and Ivory are named after the song of the same name composed by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder, which references the black and white construction of piano keys while also referencing racial harmony.
- The Ebony is the only gun that Vergil is ever shown using, during the battle against Arkham in Devil May Cry 3, after stating that he'll "try it [Dante's] way for once."
- In Devil May Cry 4, in the secret ending, Dante is seen reading a magazine called the "Two HandGun". An image of the guns and a line "Ebony & Ivory™" can be seen on the page Dante is reading.
- In DmC: Devil May Cry, Dante once again wields Ebony & Ivory, but refers to them as "girls", in contrast to how the original Dante called his pair "guys".