* AcclaimedFlop: Despite the fact that it was widely considered to be the better version of the game, the UsefulNotes/{{Xbox 360}} version didn't sell very well. The UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation 3}} version did better despite being criticized for being the weaker version. The even better UsefulNotes/WiiU port sold even less, because it ''was'' on the Wii U.
* ColbertBump:
** Some went out to get it when the rather critical [[Creator/TheCynicalBrit TotalBiscuit]] gushed over it when he dubbed it his game of the year during its year.
** The titular character's inclusion in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' as [[DownloadableContent DLC]] prompted such renewed interest in ''Bayonetta 2'' that it sold out in many stores and made Nintendo issue a discounted re-release of the game.
* DummiedOut: The 修羅刃 Shuraba katana was actually supposed to have a special animation where the hilt would open and show the beating heart of an Ashura, just like in its description. However, somewhere down the line the animation was never programmed into the katana, although the file still remains buried in the game data.
* ExecutiveMeddling: Actually subverted. When the [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Link costume]] for the Wii U version of ''Bayonetta'' was being designed, Platinum tried not to make it too revealing out of fear that Nintendo would object to it. When it was shown, Nintendo actually wanted the outfit to show more of her chest, since having the outfits not be revealing was out of character for Bayonetta.
* FanNickname:
** The names of the Cardinal Virtues are rather cumbersome, so some fans have taken to using the nicknames Forty, Tempo, Iusty, and Sapo, or variations on them.
** Bayonetta herself is commonly referred to as Bayo.
* GeniusBonus: All of Bayonetta's summons and torture attacks are evoked in Enochian, the language of angels. Not only that, there're a ton of references to real medieval beliefs about witches (like the hair thing) and angels. Really, you have to admire [[ShownTheirWork the amount of research]] put into an ostensibly campy game.
* HeyItsThatVoice:
** Hellena Taylor is Bayonetta. In the Japanese dub, Creator/AtsukoTanaka once again voices [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight a sexy and slightly sadistic witch.]]
** After [[Music/GreyDeLisle Jeanne]] kicks your butt, [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender you'll never rise from the ashes of your shame and humiliation!]]
** Allan Groves ([[VideoGame/ResidentEvil5 Ricardo Irving]]) is Enzo. In second game, John Kassir ([[VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance Moonson]], [[Series/TalesFromTheCrypt The Crypt Keeper]]) replaces him.
** Creator/YuriLowenthal is Luka.
** Creator/DaveFennoy is Rodin.
** Grant Albrecht ([[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater The End]]) is Father Balder. And his Japanese dub? ''[[Anime/CodeGeass Emperor]] [[Creator/NorioWakamoto Wakamoto]]''
** Think the [[Creator/CrispinFreeman Masked Sage]]/[[spoiler:young Balder]] is a dog? [[{{Hellsing}} Then you're dog food]]. His Japanese counterpart? You thought it was a new villain, but it was him, [[Creator/TakehitoKoyasu Dio]]!
* NamesTheSame:
** Angel Attack? The minigame or the song from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''? Interestingly enough, a few fans have noticed that the Affinities bear a suspicious similarity to the Production Evas in ''Evangelion'', whose game adaptations were handled by Sega.
** On another note, Bayonetta makes use of the song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQ2QgcRrWlc&feature=related "Fly Me to the Moon"]] in numerous epic combat sequences. The same song was covered over and over again for ''Evangelion''.
* NoExportForYou: Not the game itself, at least for most territories, but the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ch1U73QXTsY incredible strategy guide]] by Future Games. Due to a North American exclusivity deal with [=BradyGames=], it is illegal for the company to sell to Americans or Canadians. [=BradyGames=] later [[EpicFail declined to make a guide themselves]] due to not being able to complete their own guide by the time of the game's release. Despite this, the exclusivity deal still holds, meaning that the only way North Americans can get their hands on it is either by importing it[[note]]Expensive, and at the moment, not an option due to it being sold out through most retailers, the one retailer that still carries it won't ship to North America[[/note]] or buying it on Website/{{eBay}}.[[note]][[CrackIsCheaper Which is ridiculously expensive]].[[/note]]
* RuleThirtyFourCreatorReactions: [[http://ca.kotaku.com/5538030/bayonetta-creator-not-thrilled-with-erotic-bayonetta-send+ups Kamiya has complained about this,]] not because of the erotic send-ups being made in general, but because of Bayonetta ''[[OOCIsSeriousBusiness being depicted as a submissive woman]]'' in them, which is completely out of character.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Along with the many Sega and Capcom references already in the game, the development team considered adding in [[http://www.segashiro.com/2010/04/03/ulala-vs-bayonetta-the-ultimate-sega-dance-throwdown/ Ulala]] from ''VideoGame/SpaceChannel5'' for a dance-off between her and Bayonetta. Unfortunately, legal rights came up and so they couldn't do it. WordOfGod even confirms Bayonetta was meant to have an outfit based on Ulala, but [[http://i.imgur.com/pLl7nDB.jpg Sega refused.]]
** Along with the many Capcom references, the game itself was originally going to be a Capcom published game back at CloverStudios, but it was rejected and it was a partial reason for the dissolution of Clover Studios.
** The original opening cinematic was intended to have Bayonetta leading a legion of [[http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/bayonetta/images/b/ba/Hideous_Prototype.png/revision/latest/scale-to-width-down/339?cb=20150602155141 demonic Affinities]] in battle against the angelic Affinities seen at the beginning of the game. However, due to technical limitations this idea had to be scrapped and the demonic Affinities were only ever seen briefly in the anime adaptation ''Anime/BayonettaBloodyFate'', and their designs were later used for the Infernal Demons named Hideous in ''{{VideoGame/Bayonetta 2}}''.