|Holotome Profile: Dante Vale|
|Relations||Metz (former mentor)|
|Group Affiliation(s)||Huntik Foundation|
|Base of Operations||Dante's house|
|Hair Color||Reddish Brown / Auburn|
|Eye Color||Amber Brown|
|Italian Voice Actor||Patrizio Prata|
|American Voice Actor||Marc Thompson|
|First Appearance||"A Seeker Is Born"|
Dante Vale, as the top Operative of the Huntik Foundation, is the king of treasure hunters. With the mind of a hard-boiled detective, the body of an extreme sports athlete and the nerves of a cowboy gunslinger at High Noon, Dante leads the team of Lok Lambert, Sophie Casterwill, and Zhalia Moon. Along with his signature Titan, the powerful Caliban, Dante Vale has played an enormous role in several major events in the modern Seeker world.
In his younger days, Dante Vale learned under the Seeker, Metz, who would later become a member of the Huntik Foundation Council. His relationship with Metz found Dante fighting alongside Lok's father, Eathon Lambert, and Simon Judeau on multiple occasions. As a teenager, he trained intensively under Metz' friend Master Storm in China alongside Lin Storm, with whom he formed a close friendship.
Dante's first Amulet to bond to, that of Solwing, was found all by himself while spending time in Turkey. Dante was also given a Caliban Amulet by Metz, though Dante took over a year to be able to invoke and master the Meso-Titan due to Caliban's immense power. Initially, Dante was only able to keep Caliban summoned for about a minute, though Dante increased this time through training.
Dante later gained an Ignatius Amulet while on an expedition to a volcano in Chile. As Ignatius Amulets were common in this country, both Dante and another Seeker acquired one during this expedition. Another Meso-Titan, Dante was able to control much faster after learning how to control Caliban, though Ignatius' flares occasionally would set something, such as buildings, on fire. Three water Titans were once needed to put Ignatius out.
In his youth, Dante also crossed paths with Montehue, a student of the history of war and fellow treasure hunter, with the pair instantly forming a competitive but nonetheless friendly rivalry. Whilst racing up a mountain, Dante secretly slipped a Tolivane Amulet into Montehue's pocket as a way of keeping things fair. After saving Montehue from falling to his death, Dante left a lasting impression on him, and introducing him to the world of Seekers. The pair's competitive friendship spanned many years, with the pair eventually becoming close friends through working together to use Mjolnir to defeat Ymir in the Temple of Thor and, later, fighting side by side against the Professor in King Solomon's mines.
During a mission to rescue Clements from the Ring of Arc, Dante entered a dreamworld, created by Arc, the Legendary Titan of Fate. Here, Dante had a vision of his own death with Zhalia and his friends crying at his grave. Despite being visibly haunted by this, he kept it to himself and told no one.
Dante was left saddened when Zhalia chose to leave the Huntik team, adamant she play to her strengths and infiltrate the Blood Spiral to fight them from the inside. Using Zhalia's Logosbook, the pair communicated with one another.
Deeply shaken by the vision of his future and with the threat of the Blood Spiral looming, Dante returned to train under Master Storm in China. After learning the Copykind spell, he used Umbra to join his team in the Castle of Vlad Dracul. Using Copykind to mimic Ignatius' flames, he caused the Heart of Vlad Dracul to overload and injure Tantras.
During the final battle at the Spiral Mark, Dante was able to defeat Rassimov one on one while helping Lok and Sophie destroy Legion. However, the Betrayer revealed that he had faked the last prophecies of Nostradamus, and in attempting to destroy the Mark, the team had activated it and sent the Red Comet hurtling towards Earth. Realizing the time had come to fulfill his destiny that Arc has revealed, Dante died sacrificing himself to prevent the Red Comet from hitting the Earth.
Attempting to destroy his enemies' will to fight, the Betrayer revealed Dante's death to Huntik Foundation and Casterwill family alliance, devastating Zhalia Moon, Metz and Montehue. However, Lok, enraged at the Spirals' mocking of Dante's sacrifice, made a motivating speech, inspiring the Foundation to finish what Dante started, knowing he would have believed they could win the war without him.
During the Betrayer's ritual, Dante's ashes were teleported back to Earth by Umbra. However, by using the Copykind spell on Phoenix, the Legendary Titan of the Rebirth, just prior to his death, Dante was able to rise back to life from his ashes. After the defeat of the Betrayer, Dante Vale became a member of the Huntik Foundation Council, leaving leadership of his old team to Lok Lambert.
Normally cool, collected and in control, Dante has a soft spot for his bedridden mentor and the leader of the Foundation, Metz. Dante Vale never hesitates to throw it down and take on the Organization. Dante is a natural born leader, who is usually a few steps ahead of his enemy. With confident and calm attitude, he very rarely shows any sign of stress unless faced with an exceptionally strong opponent, such as the Professor; or if one of his friends is in great danger. He also likes to make wise-cracks. As mentioned earlier, Dante is also intelligent and due to his years of experience a brilliant tactician. Dante is also known for his loyalty and will go to incredible heights to save his friends, such as Metz and his curse. He seems to pay more attention to good sides in people more than in the evil in their hearts, as in spite of his intellect he has fallen for the Professor's trap, giving him the Legendary Titans. He also stated that he doesn't believe in coincidences. He likes to have everything going according to the plan, but also easily conforms with unexpected events when needed.
He acts as a leader and mentor for Sophie and Lok, teaching them how to be Seekers. At first, he seemed to be a pro who doesn't do anything without getting a right payment, but it turned out that Dante is a friendly, helpful man who easily puts his whole heart in discovering secrets that interest him. He got involved in search for Eathon Lambert just because it was his job, but his feelings changed during the first season due to the growing bond with his young students. He has a crush on Zhalia Moon which seems to be mutual. He cares for her and even risks his life to protect her. He always tries to comfort her and bring her back to the right track when she is confused. Though he knows she will handle every job she is asked to do, he also gets worried every time she is in danger. They make a good team on the missions, fitting each other's style of fighting and perceiving what the other one is going to do.
Due to his natural intelligence and years of experience, Dante knows many facts about historical artifacts and events. He also serves as the tactician of the group during battle. His magic grants him superhuman strength and speed, and he can invoke a number of Titans. Unlike his old mentors, Dante Vale is an unusually talented martial artist, relying on his melee abilities almost as much as his Seeker powers. Dante focuses on and perfects powers that enhance his melee ability more than standard blast and shield powers. During battle, he relies on a combination of hand-to-hand combat and magic to deal with his opponents.
In addition to the following Titans, Dante was also in the possession of the Amulets of an unnamed Titan, a Redcap, a Strix, and a Springer that he stored in his drawer alongside his Ignatius, although he has not used these additional Amulets.
- According to Huntik Magazine, Dante is 28 years old.
- In first series trailer, Dante and Zhalia's hair colors were switched, with Dante having blue hair instead.
- The show's artistic director, Simone Borselli, revealed in an interview with Vanity Fair that Dante's appearance was modeled on that of the movie actor, Johnny Depp.
- The name Dante is of Italian origin and means "steadfast." His last name may be derived from the word valley, the Latin word for "farewell," or the Portuguese phrase vale tudo which refers to full-contact and unarmed combat.