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Characters: Bayonetta

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    Umbra Witches 

Bayonetta (AKA Cereza)

"Heaven and Hell can tear each other to pieces for all I care. I've got my own problems to worry about."
- Bayonetta

Voiced by: Hellena Taylor (EN), Atsuko Tanaka (JP, anime)

The main character of the game. Bayonetta is a witch who has lost her memories after being awoken 20 years ago from a 500-year slumber at the bottom of a lake. Her goal in the game is to regain her memory of who she was.

Jeanne

"What's the matter, Bayonetta? All that sleeping made you soft?"
- Jeanne

Voiced by: Grey DeLisle (EN), Mie Sonozaki (JP, anime)

Bayonetta's rival throughout the game.

  • Animorphism
  • Anti-Villain: She's only attacking Bayonetta because she was brainwashed by Balder. She gets better, though. She also still gets a kick out of massacring her supposed allies the angels.
  • Badass
  • Biker Babe
  • Blondes are Evil: Well, eviler.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Her hairstyle in the first game.
  • Brainwashed: Why Jeanne is attacking Bayonetta. It wears off in the end.
  • Dark Action Girl
  • Disney Death
  • Distaff Counterpart: She is kinda similar to Dante she has white hair and dressed in red she even rescues Bayonetta and freed her from Jubileus just like on how Dante rescues Nero and freed him from The Savior
  • Evil Twin: To Bayonetta, from fighting styles, to clothes, to glasses. No family relation, though.
    Bayonetta: Who are you? And don't tell me you're my long lost sister or something.
  • Fluffy Fashion Feathers: Not on her outfit, but rather, she has massive feather tassels hanging off of the ends of her two guns. The concept artist, Mari Shimazaki, put them there to accentuate her movements, much like Bayonetta's long hair. They vanish inexplicably when she changes into her identical-to-Bayonetta's leather costume during their last battle.
    • The fan wiki speculates that the feathers are from Angels that Jeanne has slain.
    • The feathers are meant to be reminiscent of moth antennae. Look at their placement when Jeanne transforms into a beast or a bird. They also contrast with Bayonetta's hair ribbons, which are meant to be reminiscent of butterfly antennae.
  • The Gunslinger
  • Hidden Depths: A Throw away line near the end of Bloody Fate reveals that Jeanne's day job is a High School teacher of all things.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Her civilian clothing in both games.
  • Heel-Face Turn: When her brainwashing wears off.
  • Perfect Play A.I.: She follows this trope a shocking extent every time you fight her (and this starts as early as Chapter Two!), and she only gets better.
  • Really Six Hundred Years Old: She is around the same age as Bayonetta. note 
  • The Rival: Oddly enough, doesn't resent her status at all. Even though Bayonetta defeated her on the night of her own coronation, Jeanne still works tirelessly to save Bayonetta's life once the Witch Hunts begin.
  • Spanner in the Works: Jeanne is responsible for derailing Father Balder's plan, because he didn't count on her snapping out of her brainwashing and saving Bayonetta.
  • Vanity License Plate: The plate on her motorcycle reads "U1 QTJ" (Umbra #1 Cutie J).
  • Woman in White: In flashback sequences and during her last battle with Bayonetta when she dons a white outfit identical to hers.

Cereza

"Mummy is a witch, and witches protect people and are very strong. When I grow up, I'll be strong too and I'll protect my mummy!"
- Cereza

Voiced by: Stephanie Sheh (EN), Miyuki Sawashiro (JP, anime)

An adorable little girl that tags along with Bayonetta and Luka and sees the former as her mother. She's actually Bayonetta as a child.

  • Book Ends: A little complicated, but Cereza is inspired by Bayonetta and wants to be like her and fight the "monsters." But it makes complete sense since Cereza is Bayonetta as a child.
  • Cheerful Child: Barring one or two incidents where she is about to cry, Cereza is really not that fazed by the horrible monsters constantly trying to attack her.
  • The Cutie: Come on, just look at her!
  • Future Badass
  • Goggles Do Something Unusual: Her glasses allow her to see the supernatural things around her, like the angels. Luka borrows them from time to time. But only if she enchants them.
  • MacGuffin Girl: The angels need her as part of their plan. What she is actually needed for is to reawaken Bayonetta's memories.
  • Mathematician's Answer: When she meets Bayonetta.
    Bayonetta: Where did you come from?
    Cereza: I'm from my house.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name means "Cherry" or "Cerise" in Spanish.
  • Morality Pet: She is the first person we see Bayonetta be nice to. Which means that the first person Bayonetta is nice to... is herself.note 
  • Rapunzel Hair: Those are huge pigtails for a toddler.
  • Token Mini-Moe

Rosa

Rosa was an Umbra Witch and Bayonetta's mother. She conceived Bayonetta when she fell in love with a Lumen Sage called Father Balder. When Bayonetta was born, Rosa and Balder were punished greatly by their respective clans. This was because a child born of darkness and light would ultimately undo the age-old pact between the overseers. Rosa was imprisoned for the rest of her life.

  • Horrible Judge of Character: She fell in love with a monster who eventually killed her and who went on to instigate the witch hunt that led to the near-complete eradication of the Umbra Witches.
    • However the movie reveals that she and Balder genuinely loved one another, as it was being unable to be with her that made him into the psychopath we know. Her last words to Cereza were to beg her to save her father from his madness.
  • Living Emotional Crutch/Morality Pet: To Balder. He finally snaps when their clans tear them away from each other.

Umbran Elder

"In your wickedness, you have broken the ancient commandments and crafted a bond with one of the light. Our laws are clear. They demand you be eternally imprisoned. As for the impure child, she must be kept from the path of the dark arts forever!"
- Umbran Elder

At the beginning of the game, the Umbran Elder lectures Rosa and Balder about their law-breaking. Possibly Jeanne's mother.

    Demons 

Madama Butterfly

"Nikba!"
- Bayonetta, summoning Madama Butterfly
A demon taking the form of a woman who left this world under unfortunate circumstances, only to be reincarnated in hell. Unlike her beautiful, swallowtail butterfly-like appearance, this demon is particularly brutal, and her reputation is well known even amongst the denizens of Inferno.

Madama Styx

Queen of the River Styx, the boundary between humanity and Hades, Madama Styx is said to be a moth living within the human world. These insects, born from the magical power that flows from a woman's body, are charged with luring the souls of sinners into Inferno.

Gomorrah

"Avavago!"
- Bayonetta, summoning Gomorrah
A monstrous creature hailing from the demonic wood, Johnson Forest. Taking the form of a dragon, it is incredibly fierce, identifying all that moves as game and devouring it's prey. Territorial, it is most likely to be found alone.

Malphas

"Agraa ors!"
- Bayonetta, summoning Malphas
An enigmatic raven-black bird shrouded in the mysteries of the sky. Ever curious, Malphas has filled itself with all the world's knowledge and mysteries. However, this same curiosity has led to a rather brutal demeanor, causing the bird to tear those it encounters to shreds with its sharp beak and razor-like talons.

Hekatoncheir

"Affa iada! Effna!"
- Bayonetta, summoning Hekatoncheir
A giant endowed with six fearsome arms capable of pulverizing mountains, those unfortunate enough to fall underfoot of the demon are subject to days-long violent earthquakes.

Scolopendra

"Teloc vovim!"
- Bayonetta, summoning Scolopendra
A vile centipede hailing from Frejentonta, a river of boiling blood in the depths of Inferno, rumors speak of it's body exceeding ten kilometers in length. Moving unlike anything its size, its deftness allows it to wrap around and constrict its prey in the blink of an eye.

Phantasmaraneae

"Izazaz piadaph!"
- Bayonetta, summoning Phantasmaraneae
Phantasmaraneae nests upon a sea of magma, deep within the furthest reaches of Inferno. Rarely seen upon the face of the Earth, even sightings of the demon in hell are a seldom event, leading to its name, which means phantom spider.

  • Expy: of the boss Phantom from the first Devil May Cry.
  • Giant Spider: Gets summoned twice. The first time it is slightly larger than the battleship-sized Sapientia. The second time it is large enough to swallow Sapientia whole.

Little Devils

The Infernal Bad Boys, loyal to Little King Zero. Summoned by using the Infernal Communicator Bayonetta is able to temporarily contract the "Little Devils," calling upon their power to attack her foes.

Little King Zero

King to the Little Devils, he is an unlockable playable character, unlocked when the Lost Chapter is completed.

Queen Sheba

"Teloc vovim! Agraa ors, taba ors, avavago!"
- Bayonetta, summoning Queen Sheba
When the cosmos was split into light, darkness and chaos in between, the incredibly powerful Sheba was born alongside the darkness controlling the world of Inferno. As she lives in the hellish land, and is often classified as a demon; however, the full details of her existence are unknown.

  • Evil Twin: She is basically this to Jubileus, although she is much, much, much bigger. Much more powerful too − she effortlessly punches God's soul from Pluto to the sun. And if her file is to be believed, this is only a tiny portion of her real power. Good thing the enemy in the game is not Inferno, really.
    • But considering Inferno becomes an enemy in Bayonetta 2, this might be a serious problem.
  • Our Demons Are Different
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning
  • Satanic Archetype: As the ruler of Inferno and the most powerful demon in the setting.

    Lumen Sages 

Father Balder

"Rise, my child! Rise to realize your true potential! Unleash your power and awaken the Eyes of the World!"
- Balder

Voiced by: Grant Albrecht (EN), Norio Wakamoto (JP, anime)

The mysterious CEO of the Ithavoll Group, who is eventually revealed as both the Big Bad and as Bayonetta's father.

    Angels 

The Four Cardinal Virtues

Fortitudo, Temperantia, Iustitia and Sapientia are the embodiments of The Four Cardinal Virtues and serve as Paradiso's generals and effectual leaders in Jubileus's absence. Their main objective is to bring their beloved creator back at any cost, and aren't above making use of their nature bending powers to do so.

  • Affably Evil/Faux Affably Evil: Mostly evident with Fortitudo and Temperantia - the Cardinals were very kind and polite as they addressed the heroine. However, as they were dragged down into Inferno, they chose to spend their last breathes giving Bayonetta one final curse: "May Jubileus, the Creator, grace you!"
  • Bilingual Bonus: Their names mean Courage, Temperance, Justice, and Prudence in Latin.
  • Climax Boss: Not as much as Balder, but the fights against each of them is a chapter in and of itself.
  • Co-Dragons: As mentioned above, the four acted as the generals of Jubileus' army in Paradiso.
  • Colossus Climb: Although not played totally straight, Bayonetta must get onto Temperantia's body to attack the joints of his arms, and run along Iustitia's tentacles to strike their roots.
  • Combat Tentacles: Iustitia.
  • Dying Curse: The seemingly benevolent "May Jubileus, the Creator, grace you!" that all the Cardinal Virtues roar at Bayonetta as they die is actually this. Jubileus "gracing" anything will result in the utter destruction of everything in every universe and reality, so they're really just saying "Go to hell!" in their own way.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Fortitudo appears on the short introductory fight and in subsequent flashbacks before confronting Bayonetta in the actual game's present.
  • Eldritch Abominations
  • Elemental Powers: Fire for Fortitudo, Wind for Temperantia, Earth for Iustitia, and Water for Sapientia.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Played straight with all but Iustitia, who sounds child-like and high pitched in comparison to the others.
  • Famous Last Words: "May Jubileus, The Creator, grace you!"
  • Gender-Blender Name: Being named after abstract concepts in Latin, Temperantia, Iustitia, and Sapientia are all given feminine names, yet the Laguna guide (when it uses pronouns) refers to all of them as male.
  • Light Is Not Good: Being angels, they have holy halos and some light attacks.
  • Motor Mouth: Fortitudo. The cutscene prior to the actual Boss Battle against him opens with him talking to himself about cryptic things and Bayonetta needing to draw his attention to her by shooting at him. Then she has to shoot him in the face to interrupt him again twice when he tries to go off on long involved rants about her before the boss battle can actually begin. While this would apply to all the Virtues as far as Bayonetta is concerned, he's definitely the worst of the lot in this regard.
    • Although prior to the battle with Iustitia, it does not utter a single word, and only starts talking after its defeat.
  • Spell My Name with an S: Iustitia's name is spelled with a capital I, not a capital J or a lowercase L.
  • Token Evil Team Mate: Iustitia is described as "the virtue closest to Hell," due to the ambivalence of Justice. His profile points out that he looks slightly less angelic and more Eldritch Abomination-like than the other virtues due to this.
    • Although ultimately it is only slightly more evil than the others, as they all want the same thing.
  • Video Game Historical Revisionism: Sapientia's profile states that he parted the Red Sea as reward to Moses' faith.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Iustitia as mentioned above.

Jubileus

A mysterious entity referenced countless times throughout the game, who never appears until the final part of the game.

Father Rodin

A fallen angel, cast out of Paradiso long ago. Once Bayonetta provides him with enough Halos, he is able to regain his true form, whereupon he serves as the game's Bonus Boss.

  • Badass: He IS the game's Bonus Boss after all.
  • Bald of Awesome
  • Boss Subtitles: "The Infinite One: Father Rodin." Cue the player's Oh Crap Reaction.
  • Cool Shades
  • Fallen Angel
  • Holy Halo: Seeing as how he is a fallen angel, it's only natural that he'd sport one of these. In a rather intimidating twist, the halo around his head is the same halo that Jubileus (i.e. God) herself wears.
  • Lightning Bruiser: HOLY JESUS.
  • Nintendo Hard: He practically takes this trope to levels few still living can imagine, especially when you have the Gaze of Despair equipped when fighting him.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: In a game crammed full with this trope, this guy's variations are the most impressive. His most frequently used technique involves pummeling you about half a dozen times in the space of a second. One of his grab techniques involves hitting you so many times in a single instant that the game doesn't even bother rendering them - all you get is a white screen and the sound of a savage beating, which is a reference to Akuma's Raging Demon. It also really hurts.
  • Power Gives You Wings: Lots and lots of them.
  • Power Floats
  • Power Glows: Like all the other angels, he's pimped out with a shiny, glowy halo.

    Others 

Luka Redgrave (AKA Cheshire)

"Sure, my colleagues laugh at me for chasing fairy tales... amongst other things..."
- Luka

Voiced by: Yuri Lowenthal (EN), Daisuke Namikawa (JP, anime)

The Non-Action Guy of the game. A womanizing Intrepid Reporter who accuses Bayonetta of killing his father.

Rodin

"Take care of my babies, will ya? Some people may have a thing for the forty-fives, but to me, these are the real works of art."
- Rodin

Voiced by: Dave Fennoy (EN), Tessho Genda (JP, anime)

A Scary Black Man who serves as Bayonetta's shopkeeper with the Gates of Hell bar. He's also apparently a fallen angel, cast out of Paradiso.

  • Badass: So much so that the rulers of Paradiso are apparently terrified of him. He IS the game's Bonus Boss after all. The prologue provides some decent evidence in case the player wouldn't buy the rumors; He takes a coffin over the head without even flinching, then scares off a group of angel by shouting at them.
    • When he turns back into Father Rodin, his halo is the same as Jubileus. Think about it. In the angel hierarchy, he's UP THERE WITH GOD HERSELF.
  • Bald of Awesome
  • The Blacksmith: Though not in the traditional sense of the word. Whenever you bring him LP's, he teleports into the bowels of Inferno and plays the angelic music recorded on the disc, summoning demons to him like moths to a flame. He then defeats the demons and uses their spiritual essence to forge new weapons for Bayonetta. The Laguna text claims that Rodin's skills as a smith were legendary even amongst the echelons of Heaven, and that he often crafted weapons which struck terror into the hearts of The Legions of Hell.
  • Bonus Boss: You can buy an item that will cost enough Halos to turn him back into Father Rodin.
  • Cool Shades
  • Combat Sadomasochist
    "I never thought a girl would beat my ass so hard. But I gotta admit, I kinda liked it."
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    "No matter how many times you ask, I'm not putting a chainsaw on your arm."
  • Fallen Angel
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: His eyes are sometimes seen emitting a red glow from behind his sunglasses.
  • Holy Halo: Seeing as how he is a fallen angel, it's only natural that he'd sport one of these when you return him to his true form. In a rather intimidating twist, the halo around his head is the same halo that Jubileus (i.e. God) herself wears.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Especially when you have the Gaze of Despair equipped. Rodin has ridiculous amounts of health, insane damage output, unbelievable attack speed - all the criteria you'd tend to associate with the Bonus Boss gets cranked Up to Eleven here.
  • Like a Badass out of Hell: Walks in and out of Inferno on a regular basis. Seeing as how he tends to be soaked in demon blood whenever he returns from one of his trips, it can be surmised that the results of these escapades are rather...messy.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Named after a French sculptor, Auguste Rodin, who one of his popular works called "The Gates of Hell".
  • Pop Cultured Badass: He makes several references to other video games and makes a home run that would make even the most skilled of baseball players jealous.
  • Really 700 Years Old
  • Scary Black Man
  • Satanic Archetype: Oddly, all of the character art for Rodin in the unlockable extras never uses that name, giving his name as "Mephisto", the name of a German folklore demon most prominently mentioned in the Faust legend and occasionally has been used as another name for the Devil himself. Appropriately, Rodin's role is broadly similar to the traditional devil: a fallen angel who is thwarted and punished from trying to conquer Heaven (and is feared by it) who rules his own "sub-basement" location after his punishment, and jokes about the "deals" he provides Bayonetta.

Enzo

"You have any idea how much this is going to cost to fix? How the fuck do I always get wrapped up in this shit!?"
- Enzo
Voiced by: Allan Groves (EN), Wataru Takagi (JP)

Bayonetta's informant. He is the one that tells her of the other Eye of the World rumored to be in Vigrid, starting her quest.

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