|“||Saladin. The noble Kurd whom even the great Lionheart could not wrest in battle.||”|
Saladin was the Kurdish leader of the Islamic army that Dante and the Crusaders fought against for King Richard I. His statue resided in Limbo in the Hall of Kings. When Dante came face to face with it, he recalled the reason why he was fighting in the Crusades.
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- Assuming that the game took place in 1191, Saladin's presence in Hell was incorrect as he did not die until 1193. However, Dante specifically mentioned that a certain amount of time passed before he returned home in the cutscene before he arrived home.
- Saladin was 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 putted 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 was implied by Lucifer in the game that Dante did not see all of his Muslim enemies in Hell due to the fact that it was Dante's Hell alone which depicted Saladin as a non-believer as Dante believed that it should somehow explain his presence in Limbo as Dante believed deeply during his visit that non-Christians are beyond saving. This could be seen in the anime, even though in the game, Dante only faced a statue of him.
- Despite being of Kurdish descent, Saladin's forces had a wide variation of Muslims fighting in his ranks which included the Arabs, Turks, Persians and Nubians among others.
- Saladin was the only Muslim character residing in Limbo.