Arius's facial features were inspired by the villain of the 1965 film For a Few Dollars More played by actor Lee Van Cleef.

"Arius' aquiline nose is an homage to that of Lee Van Cleef, who plays the villainous sheriff in the film "For a Few Dollars More". I think that feature is actually emphasized even more in the game than in his early artwork. I love making villains with strongly-defined facial features. He looks quite convalescent in the game, with his eerily pale skin. I gave him a pure white outfit and sort of a noble look to imply that he's compensating for a deep, dark evil that he harbors within. His color palette is also meant to contrast with Dante's."
Contributed by DrakeVagabond