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"You didn't think I'd miss a good fight, did you?"
Voiced by: Hellena Taylor (EN), Atsuko Tanaka (JP)The main character of the series. Bayonetta is one of the Umbra Witches, a magical European clan that existed hundreds of years ago to protect the world's sacred darkness. However, she was born at the center of conflict – her parents were an Umbra Witch, Rosa, and a Lumen Sage named Balder, and their union led to the destruction of both of their clans. In the midst of the Witch Hunts that put her life in danger, Bayonetta was sealed away without her memories for five hundred years. Her awakening and resultant desire to remember her identity starts the events of Bayonetta.Like other witches, Bayonetta's powers are the result of a contract with a demon of Inferno, hers being Madama Butterfly, and her skills in combat are a mixture of magical gunplay and martial arts. Contrary to her bloody origin and training, though, Bayonetta is an outrageously carefree person who handles the angels sent after her with a mixture of playful sadism, camp, and sheer joy, all while remaining untouched by the carnage and ruin around her. While initially aloof to her allies and acquaintances, Bayonetta eventually warms up to them and displays fierce loyalty and protectiveness even in the worst of circumstances. Bayonetta also has an extremely soft spot for children, and will often provide care and support to her "little ones" in the midst of her quests.
- Adjusting Your Glasses: Usually does this when she's about to fight, or when she sees something interesting.
- Action Girl: Strong enough to lift a bus and suplex dragons at least three times her size, able to slaughter angels and demons without batting an eyelash, can summon and control demons large enough to swallow a skyscraper... yeah, it's safe to say she qualifies.
- Animal Motifs: Butterflies. Her contract is with a demon called Madama Butterfly, she can sprout butterfly wings during a double jump, and her Pulley's Butterfly accessory allows her to summon butterflies to block attacks.
- Anime Hair: The sheer number of things she can do with her hair are insane.
- Animorphism: She learns (or rather remembers) how to change into animals during the course of the game. She is very, very pleased by the development.
- Anti-Hero: On one side, she's generally nice and shows a very soft spot for kids, on the other, she is a witch with infernal powers, although considering she saves the world, this might be just a case of Dark Is Not Evil. The real problems, which could label her as at least a Sociopathic Hero, are her casual sadism and that wherever she goes, collateral damage follows and she doesn't seem to care too much about it. On the other hand, she only kills a single human being (her own father), total, in the series so far.
- Armed Legs: Provides the trope image. In the first game, she can sport freezing cold ice-skates, fiery or electrified claws, pistols, shotguns or bazookas on her legs, which she fires with her magic. In the second game, she can sport pistols, swords, chainsaws, or whips.
- Assist Character: Apart from her ability to summon demons, three of her accessories – Pulley's Butterfly, Infernal Communicator, and Sergey's Lover – let her summon helpers, being butterflies, the Little Devils, and ghostly copies of Madama Butterfly respectively.
- Astral Projection: One of Bayonetta's many powers, which primarily sees use whenever she has to protect Cereza.
- Badass Biker: In Chapter IX of the first game, she shows that she's just as skilled with a bike as Jeanne.
- Badass Boast:
Bayonetta: Sanity is a requirement for our kind.Young Balder: And your kind are...?Bayonetta: The kind of witches you don't fuck with.
- "Don't fuck with a witch!"
- She uses a variant of the above when talking with Young Balder.
- Badass in Distress: Near the end of the first game, she's captured by Balder and used to resurrect Jubileus. She is thankfully rescued by Jeanne, who was freed from Balder's mind control.
- Bad Liar: Bayonetta stammers and provides an extremely transparent lie when the Masked Lumen asks her how she knows his name. It's one of the few times in the series where she's visibly nervous.
- Bad Powers, Good People: Her powers come from demonic pledges and she is going to end up in Inferno when she dies... but she's trained to use her dark powers for the sake of protecting and guiding humanity, and she's really not a bad person when you get to know her.
- Barrier Warrior:
- One of her accessories, the Moon of Mahaa-Kalaa, allows her to create a barrier in the form of the Umbra Witch symbol. If an enemy strikes the barrier, Bayonetta will counter with a punishing headbutt.
- Her Crow Within allows Bayonetta to surround herself with a damaging ring of feathers.
- In the first game, Bayonetta can form a protective barrier around Cereza during escort missions while she fights the angels in Purgatorio. However, the barrier will only hold up for so long before it's destroyed.
- Bat Out of Hell: She can transform into a group of bats when hit by an attack to negate the damage and activate Witch Time.
- Beehive Hairdo: In place of a traditional pointy hat in the first game.
- Biker Babe: While she doesn't really ride a bike for much of the game, when she does, it's hot, and awesome.
- Black Speech: For a heroine, she (along with Jeanne) speaks Enochian, the language of angels, to summon demons and torture weapons.
- Blood Knight: A heroic example and more tame than most, but she loves a good brawl and derives an almost erotic pleasure from killing angels. This trait is played up in Bloody Fate, where she outright says she loves seeing angels' faces contort in pain.
- Boisterous Bruiser: See Blood Knight above and Hates Small Talk below.
- Boyish Short Hair: She uses her magic to give herself a shorter hairstyle in Bayonetta 2.
- Bullying a Dragon: Bayonetta invokes this trope after Loki plays a trick on her by making her think he was dead.Bayonetta: Do you really think it's wise to play dead with someone who can make you dead?
- Casting a Shadow: Bayonetta, like all Umbra Witches, can use dark magic, often channeling it through her weapons and can use it to bolster the strength of her physical attacks. During her fight with Iustitia, she focuses her dark energy into her hand to slice off one of its tentacles, and her "Wheel of Torture" Torture Attack has her impaling an angel on the spike wheel then focusing dark energy into her foot to kick it away with great force.
- Casual Danger Dialogue: As a testament to her boundless confidence, she'll regularly snark and make small talk with her enemies. Case in point: During the prologue of the second game, she and Jeanne are more concerned with planning a Christmas party rather than the fact that the Angels of Paradiso are trying to kill them.
- Celibate Hero: Surprisingly, given how openly flirtatious she is with everyone. Word of God states that, while she teases Luka, she'll never commit because of the negatives of a Mayfly–December Romance.
- Character Development: Becomes a hell of a lot nicer by the end of the first game, and much wiser and more motherly by the end of the second.
- Character Tics: Licking her lips when she gets a new set of guns to play with and adjusting her glasses with her guns when she's about to fight.
- Charge Attack: She can do this with every weapon through the Charge Modifier, which involves holding down the punch or kick button after the initial attack, but it's played straightest with her melee weapons, where she'll take a stance and build up power. Using the Charge Modifier with ranged weapons usually just makes Bayonetta fire them, although Sai Fung, Kafka, and the Charge Bullet technique play it straight.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Even without taking her magic into account, no human can replicate half of the downright supernatural stunts she can pull off, much less while wearing clothing made from hair. Case in point: During the beginning of the second game, she kicks a jet high into the air, then leaps up several thousands of feet after it, all while wearing her "Sunday best."
- Cleavage Window: Her outfit in the first game has this, although unusually for the trope it doesn't actually show very much cleavage..
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Her Torture Attacks.
- Combat Pragmatist: Put simply, Bayonetta does not fight fair. To her, everything is fair game in a fight whether it's sneak attacks, using pieces of the environment, using her enemies' weapons against them, using the enemies themselves against each other, Bayonetta will use any and every advantage afforded to her to win.
- Compressed Hair: She can hide it when wearing clothes, cover herself with it to form a battle uniform, extend it further for Umbran Climax or Serious Mode, and separate it entirely from her body for constructs or conduits. This, combined with how her default costume in Bayonetta 2 isn't connected to her hairdo, suggests that Bayonetta's hair is less like normal hair and more like a power source she can call upon or put away at will.
- Contralto of Danger: Subverted mostly. Her voice is normally high-pitched, but she tends to lower it when things get serious... or when she gets mad. At which point, you really should run away.
- Cosplay: The Wii U release of Bayonetta has her dressing up as Link, Samus, and Princesses Peach and Daisy. The Princess costumes in particular are Sexy Whatever Outfits while the Link outfit was designed to be very modest, but Nintendo insisted Link's Undershirt be removed and the tunic be more revealing. Bayonetta 2 adds a Star Fox costume to the mix, replacing Love is Blue with Arwings (and the fighter jet from the final chapter with a fully-functioned Arwing, smart bombs and all).
- Counter Attack:
- Several enemies in Bayonetta 2, like shield-bearing Accolades and the Masked Lumen in his second fight, can launch attacks that give Bayonetta a chance to counter in a quick-time event.
- Her Moon of Mahaa-Kalaa accessory lets her counter enemies with a headbutt if they strike her barrier.
- When wearing the Evil Harvest Rosary, Bayonetta will create a mine-like magical counterattack when dodging attacks instead of triggering Witch Time.
- Creepy Crows: She can transform into a crow to slow her descent and use Feather Flechettes.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Her Torture Attacks and Infernal Climaxes practically scream this trope. Put simply, being Dragged Off to Hell will be a mercy after Bayonetta's done with you.
- Dance Battler: Bayonetta wields her weapons with incredible fluidity and grace, employing intricate acrobatics, and actually dancing for her long taunts and the Breakdance move. Some of the lyrics to "Mysterious Destiny" reference this.Girl, when you fight, it looks like a dance. You are magic. You're magic.Dance. Fight. Spin around. Spin around.
- Dark Action Girl: Whether or not she is this is debatable; see Anti-Heroine above.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Despite Bayonetta being a centuries-old witch whose powers stem from demons, she's by no means a bad person and can be nice when you get to know her. But she is a snarky, incorrigible Troll who will mess with you non-stop and won't hesitate to pump you full of holes if you cross her.
- Dash Attack: She can do this with the After Burner Kick, Stiletto, and Heel Slide techniques. The Umbran Spear, which requires purchasing Crow Within first, is her fastest, but its lack of damage and stagger makes it more suited to being a "dash" instead of an "attack."
- Deadpan Snarker: She regularly snarks at her enemies to reflect how confident she is. She tends to drop it when she gets serious though. Or when she gets mad. That's when you really should be afraid.
- The Determinator: Failure isn't an option for her, even when she's traversing Inferno or going after gods.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Regularly does this to angels, with her crowning achievements being Jubileus and Loptr-Aesir.
- Diving Kick: Her descending After Burner Kick. May remind some players of Crimson Viper.
- Dominatrix: Her dialogue and personality aren't subtle about her dominant sexuality, but her Punish moves, Torture Attacks (especially the one she reserves for Joys), and the Umbran Elegance she wears for Kulshedra are the most blatant examples.
- The Dreaded: Has become this in the second game. Angels and demons alike are right to be afraid of her. Her slaying of Jubileus has earned her quite the reputation among the Angels of Paradiso, leading some to refer to her as "the famed witch." Likewise, her invading Inferno to rescue Jeanne's soul has earned her the fear of some of the Infernal Demons.
- Everything's Better with Spinning: A majority of her techniques involve her doing some graceful spins and twirls.
- Extremity Extremist: Certain weapons in both games can only be equipped to certain limbs. In the first game, Shuraba, Kulshedra, and Sai Fung can only be used on the hands, while Odette (ice-infused ice skates) can only be used on the feet. In the second, Takemikazuchi, Chernobog and Kafka (bow) are all hands-only, while the Chain Chomp is the game's only foot-only weapon. Strangely, the sword (Rakshasha, Salamandra) and whip (Alruna) weapons in the second game can be fitted to hands and feet alike, most likely because they come in pairs.
- Fairytale Motifs: She's compared herself to Alice of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in both games, whether through references or (in Bayonetta 2) outright calling herself "lost in Wonderland," referencing how she frequently gets caught up in bizarre plots.
- Fatal Flaw: Her pride and her insistence on doing everything herself carry her through most of the games' chapters, but when she actually starts going after the Big Bad, they're always more than she can handle on her own. Tellingly, both villains are only killed by a climax summon Bayonetta performs in tandem with a second character.
- Faustian Rebellion: In the second game, due to the Balance Of Good and Evil being thrown off, the forces of Hell are trying to kill Bayonetta, forcing her to fight them as well as the angels. Averted with a few demons, particularly Madama Butterfly, who continue to lend her assistance.
- Form-Fitting Wardrobe: Her outfits accentuate her curves. Justified in that they're made with her Magic Hair.
- Friend to All Children: Despite initial insistence to the contrary, Bayonetta has a soft spot for "little ones." Cereza is the first person Bayonetta warms up to, and she quickly warms up to Mouthy Kid Loki upon first meeting him in Bayonetta 2. She finally accepts it upon saving Loki from the Masked Lumen, as her next words are "What kind of adult picks on little children?!"
- Full-Contact Magic: With giant black fists and feet to back her up.
- Generation Xerox: When you see her mother in the second game, she looks exactly like Bayonetta, down to the hair style. This is why Cereza called her "Mummy" in the first game.
- Giant Foot of Stomping: Certain combos let her summon Madama Butterfly for a downward kick near the end, but she can also do this right off the bat with the Heel Stomp technique.
- Giant Hands of Doom: She can summon the massive hands of Hekatoncheir and Madama Butterfly through her Wicked Weaves.
- Godiva Hair: Her hair acts as Censor Steam when she summons demons with it.
- Guest Fighter: She's a DLC fighter for both Anarchy Reigns and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.
- Gun Fu: Taken to a whole new level. Bayonetta can quadruple-wield pistols, shotguns, and rocket launchers – and she can fire all four at once.
- The Gunslinger: Her signature weapons in both games is a quartet of massive pistols, and both cutscenes and gameplay show that she's capable of some astounding gunplay.
- Hates Small Talk: Her usual response to a boss enemy's rambling, hammy speech is to either shoot them or throw something at them to get them to shut up.Bayonetta: I'm not one for the talkative types. How about we have some fun instead? You did come to have fun with me, right? There'll be plenty of time for pillow talk after.note
- Hell-Bent for Leather: It's actually her hair that forms that outfit, but it has leather-like properties: black, shiny, and form-fitting.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Jeanne starting in Bayonetta 2.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.:
- A short-lived one after she fails to catch Luka after Balder tosses him out a window to his apparent doom. It takes her a minute to recover from what she had just seen, and when she does, she rounds on Balder guns blazing.
- In the second game, Loptr uses the Remembrance of Time to show Bayonetta the events of the Witch Hunts and that he killed her mother. When she recovers, Bayonetta is clearly shaken up and visibly sweating.
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath: She's the heroine, and yet she casually roughs up her friends (Luka and Enzo especially), and brutalizes her enemies with glee. And it's wonderful.
- High Class Gloves: Her regular outfits and the "Sunday Best" dresses she wears in Bayonetta 2 feature long gloves over her hands.
- Hot Witch: She's a witch who enjoys showing herself off and telling the camera where to go.
- An Ice Person: Apart from her Odette skates and her Undine flamethrowers, in the cutscene during her third fight with Jeanne, she freezes the moisture in the air to form a spear in an attempt to impale her.
- Impossibly Cool Clothes: They're made out of her Magic Hair.
- Informed Flaw: In the first game, characters repeatedly claim she's afraid of her destiny and memories... not that this ever influences any of her decisions or ability to kick ass.
- I Work Alone: Bayonetta pulls a gun on Rodin in the first chapter of both games when he implies that he's offering to help her. In Bayonetta 2, she actually starts shooting at him.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She can be nice, and is most of the time once you get to know her. Until you do, she's very snarky, a bit of a Troll, and willing to blow your head off if you cross her.
- Jiggle Physics: Surprisingly, her breasts are actually pretty much under control during the game. It's her butt that does the jiggling.
- Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: She has many fancy dress options, especially in the Wii U versions of the games. The second game bookends with each version of the "Sunday Best" outfit, which is a slinky Simple, yet Opulent dress that includes a huge Nice Hat and fur wrap.
- Kung-Shui: Up there with the Incredible Hulk in sheer property-damaging capacity.
- Lady of Black Magic: An Umbra Witch who uses her Magic Hair to summon monstrous demons, and is a classy and very sultry lady.
- Lady of War: She's a cool-headed and classy lady who uses many graceful acrobatics in battle to effortlessly kill angels, and looking very fancy while doing so.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: They don't hide that she's Cereza as an adult in Bayonetta 2.
- Lightning Bruiser: Fast, agile, strong as all hell and hits like an out of control freight train.
- Limit Break: Her Torture Attacks are the flashy one-time counterpart to her Super Mode, Umbran Climax.
- Literal Ass-Kicking: As a Torture Attack on Applauds, Affinities, and Ardors. Then she beheads them with a guillotine.
- Loves the Sound of Screaming: Her line after defeating Fortitudo.Bayonetta: You know, you're not nearly as ugly when you're screaming.
- Mage Marksman: Like other Umbra Witches, she uses guns alongside black magic.
- Magic Hair: She uses her hair to summon demons and make her clothes.
- Male Gaze: You can never have enough mentions about how much her ass is shown.
- Mama Bear: Mess with her "little ones" — especially Cereza — and Bayonetta will take you down.
- Meaningful Name: You get "Bayonetta" by adding "T and A" to "bayonet," which is a melee weapon attached to a gun, which mirrors Bayonetta's fighting style nicely.
- Metronomic Man Mashing: One of her Punish Attacks lets her do this to enemies, grabbing them by the leg and slamming them repeatedly.
- Misblamed: Luka spent the vast majority of the first game believing she killed his father. He was actually intentionally murdered by the angels she was fighting, but Luka could not see them at the time.
- More Dakka: Bayonetta certainly is a fan.Bayonetta: (to Rodin) Guns. Guns. GUNS! GUNS! GUNS!!!
- Morphic Resonance: Her animal forms always feature the gold chains on top her clothing in some form: in the first game, this also applies to the ribbon in her hair and in the second game, her pointed shoulderpads.
- Ms. Fanservice: The sheer amount of Fanservice here gives you an idea. Hell, the only problem her creator had when Rule 34 kicked in was that she was usually submissive in it — once she started being dominant, he had no complaints. It's also probably telling that when Platinum designed Bayonetta's Link-inspired costume with an undershirt for the Updated Re-release, Nintendo of all people said it would be a good idea to get rid of the undershirt because it would've otherwise been out of character.
- Naughty Nuns: Her first appearance in the first game has her in a form-fitting nun habit. She then gets clothing damaged.
- Nerves of Steel: As shown in the second game, so long as there is the slightest chance of saving a friend's life (even invading the Inferno), she doesn't ever seem to be nervous. When there's nothing she can do, she doesn't remain upset for long. Probably in part due to her overconfidence (which she usually can back up).
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Killing Father Balder in the first game erased the Right Eye of Light and caused an imbalance in the Trinity of Realities, which causes her demonic summoning of Gomorrah to go wrong and results in Jeanne Taking the Bullet and being sent to Inferno. In other words, she is directly responsible for the events of the second game.
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: She's a centuries-old witch with the power to summon massive demonic creatures to aid her in battle and can be very brutal and sadistic in a fight. If you piss her off, you'll be having nightmares for the rest of your life... if she lets you live for long.
- Oh, Crap!: Actually experiences a moment like this in the second game: she starts off her clash with the mysterious man in white as her normal snarky self. Then he bends time and casually brushes aside a barrage of bullets...Bayonetta: Oh my...you're a Lumen Sage!?
- One Woman Army: Countless angels have tried to kill her, and she takes them all down with style and class.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: By default, Bayonetta is a massive Deadpan Snarker who can throw out Deadpool-esque snazzy one-liners. But when she stops snarking, you have sorely and genuinely pissed her off and the final moments of your life will be in complete agony. Only three characters in the series have triggered this reaction. note To say it didn't end well for them would be the nicest way to describe it.
- Orgasmic Combat: Her in-game combat is really heavy on grunts and shouts.
- Panthera Awesome: She can transform into a panther to move faster on the ground.
- Person of Mass Destruction: And one who really doesn't give a crap about what she destroys as long as it suits her ends. Best shown in her fights with Jeanne, Gomorrah, Father Balder, and the Masked Lumen, where she causes enough collateral damage that would get most people arrested years ago.
- Powered Armor: In the second game, when traveling back in time to the Witch Hunts, she wields the Umbran Armor. One of her accessories, the Earrings of Ruin, allows her to use it instead of Umbran Climax.
- Power Makes Your Hair Grow: When she enters Climax mode (against gigantic angelic bosses in the first game and when she activates Umbran Climax in the second), her hair also grows, giving her a traditional Rapunzel Hair look on top of her usual hair outfit.
- Precision F-Strike: Being a bit nicer-mouthed than some of the other characters, her vulgarity uses this trope.
- "I feel like a fucking celebrity in this town!"
- "Don't fuck with a witch."
- Called back to in the second game: "The kind of witches you don't fuck with."
- Prehensile Hair: A variation; she uses her hair to summon Wicked Weaves to pick up objects.
- On a (relatively) more mundane front; this the easiest explanation for how she uses the guns on her feet - held in place with magically-reinforced strands of hair while other strands work the triggers.
- Pretty in Mink: In the opening of the second game, Bayonetta is going shopping at Christmastime, and she's wearing a white Pimped-Out Dress in the style of The Gay '90s that's topped with a silver fur wrap. At the end she's going after Christmas shopping in a pink dress with a white fox wrap. Both of these can be purchased at the Gates of Hell to be worn as alternate costumes.
- Really 700 Years Old: Almost exactly 600 at the time of Bayonetta (of course while she was in a magical sleep for most of that time, other material makes it clear witches and sages can naturally live a long time). Presumably 603 at the time of Bayonetta 2. note .
- Rapunzel Hair: Her hair becomes much longer whenever she uses it to summon demons, and in the fight against Jubileus, it becomes long enough to be the size of a skyscraper.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The emotional, warm, and vibrant red to Father Balder's cool, detached, and calculating blue, which is lampshaded in the eyes of Jubileus.
- Meanwhile, whenever she and Jeanne clash, Bayonetta is the more cool-headed and lighthearted (usually) of the two, while Jeanne is a lot more hot-headed, wrathful and serious-minded.
- The Sacred Darkness: The Left Eye of the World that she bears (or more precisely that she is), overseeing the Darkness, is just as important as the Right Eye that oversees the Light. This is also the role of the Umbra Witches as a whole.
- Sadist: A rare heroic version, but she takes a little too much glee when killing angels. In Bloody Fate, she outright says that killing angels and making their faces contort in pain really gets her excited.
- Scaled Up: A heroic example; in Bayonetta 2, she can transform into a cobra to swim more quickly.
- Sexy Backless Outfit: Pretty much everything she wears.
- Sexy Spectacles: During initial design stages of Bayonetta, Sega executives really didn't like that Bayonetta wears eyeglasses. In protest, Kamiya gave some form of eyewear to every character in the game.
- Sexy Walk: Unless you make her run at full speed, Bayonetta treats every walk like a catwalk.
- She-Fu: Mixed with Gun Fu and taken to ridiculous levels.
- She's Got Legs: Sports a pair that could go on for miles.
- Shoryuken: Her Witch Twist attack.
- Shoulders of Doom: A rare heroic version. Her new outfit in the sequel gives her pointed shoulderpads.
- Showy Invincible Hero: In the first game Bayonetta is never at any form of genuine risk from a story perspective; she handles threats with style and snarky insults and is never left visibly wounded until her fight with Balder. The second game dials this back a bit – while basic mooks and angelic bosses still get handled with ease, the main villains, especially the Lumen Sage, thoroughly test her to the point where she's visibly struggling in cutscenes with them.
- Slide Attack: Her Heel Slide and Stiletto attacks.
- Smug Super: Bayonetta brims with boundless confidence and has all the power to back it up.
- Sociopathic Hero: She takes a lot of delight in killing those angels and is generally apathetic to the horrendous collateral damage she leaves in her wake.
- Spy Catsuit: Her regular outfit resembles one, with a few odd touches here and there.
- Statuesque Stunner: Her actual height's unknown, but the camera loves to look up at her and the civilians we see in Vigrid and Noatun are always at least a head shorter than her.
- Stepford Smiler: The lyrics to "Mysterious Destiny" describe her as this.Bayonetta, you bury your loneliness deep down in your eyes.
Sadness lies in your smile.
- Summon Magic: She uses her hair as a medium to summon demonic entities to aid her in taking down enemies.
- Super Mode: Her Serious Mode in the first game and her Umbran Climax in the second game. Both of them back up every one of her attacks with a Wicked Weave.
- Super Strength: Even without her Wicked Weaves, Bayonetta is unnaturally and immensely strong despite her lithe figure, although this is mostly shown in cutscenes. She regularly tosses large enemies and bosses like ragdolls, can suplex Fortitudo, a giant dragon, with ease, and can slice of Iustita's tentacles with a single karate chop. At one point, after defeating Temperantia, she holds up a large trolley bus with one hand as easily as one would hold a ball and casually tosses it aside.
- Tall, Dark, and Snarky: She's tall, she's dressed in black, and she rarely misses a chance to snark at her enemies.
- The Tease: Frequently does this with Luka to the point where it seems like she keeps saving him just to keep messing with him.
- Technopath: Can use her magic to hotwire vehicles by jamming her middle finger in the ignition. And it's not limited to just vehicles. The first game had her hijacking and riding a missile to get to Isla De Sol.
- Thinking Up Portals: Her Umbran Portal Kick in the first game. Bayonetta creates a portal in the shape of the Umbran symbol and sinks into it. She then reappears to crash down from above, striking a sexy pose.
- Third-Person Seductress: Face it, she's looking at YOU, tiger!
- Time Stands Still: Her Witch Time in a nutshell. By dodging at the last second, Bayonetta can slow down time to mercilessly pummel her frozen opponents. Her Bracelet of Time accessory allows her to activate Witch Time whenever she wants.
- Too Many Belts: Her outfit has many buckled belts on the sleeves.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Her favorite snacks as well as healing items are lollipops.
- Tranquil Fury: If her voice has lowered and she stops snarking for any length of time, she's pissed off... and you're about to die. She usually does this when villains cross a line with her.(To Balder) I could never call the man behind this nightmare "Father!"(To Gomorrah) I'm not one for pets who don't listen to their masters.(To Alraune) Then it's going to be a bloody coronation. Now release my Umbran sister.(To Loptr) Then just try to take it back. You've destroyed more than you know.
- Transformation Sequence: Happens when she switches from the aforementioned nun outfit to her other one. She also learns how to shapeshift later.
- Tricked-Out Shoes: Weapons are attachable to the heels.
- Trigger Happy: Bayonetta has a permanently itchy trigger finger and won't hesitate to pull her gun on anything and anyone who pisses her off, including her friends.
- Troll: Getting a reaction out of people, including but not limited to teasing them, seems to her idea of good fun. Her main target is Luka, who she goes out of her way to embarrass to the point that you think she keeps saving his life just to keep messing with him.
- Unstoppable Rage: Is thoroughly repulsed by Balder from pretty much the second they meet, but as soon as he throws Luka to his doom, Bayonetta whips out her guns and opens fire on the Lumen Sage with a look of absolute fury on her face.
- Up to Eleven: Due to the series' numerous similarities with Devil May Cry, Bayonetta can be thought of as "Dante up to eleven." Bayonetta wields four named pistols at once in both games, while Dante wields two.
- Use Your Head: She likes using a headbutt to counter an enemy's attack, whether it's part of a quick-time event or using a parry.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: She needs to remember how (and buy certain abilities back), but she gains this ability over the course of both games. Panther Within for Super Speed, Bat Within to evade damage, Crow Within for limited flight, and – in the second game – Snake Within for enhanced swimming abilities.
- Wrestler in All of Us: She's fully capable of suplexing a dragon and a half dozen angels simultaneously.
- Yin-Yang Bomb: She is the child of an Umbra Witch and a Lumen Sage.
- You Killed My Father: To Father Balder, who is responsible for the witch hunts that killed her mother. In 2, this hatred transfers to Loptr, the actual culprit.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Certain outfits of hers have the thigh-high variants.
"I stake my honour as an Umbra!"
- Adaptational Villainy: While she served a villainous role in the first game, it was only because she was brainwashed by Father Balder. In Bloody Fate, there is no mentioning of her being brainwashed, so it seems her villainy was deliberate.
- Animal Motifs: Jeanne is the moth to Bayonetta's butterfly. Her contract is with Madama Styx, a moth-themed demon and her equivalent of Bat Within is a swarm of moths.
- Animorphism: She can transform into animals like Bayonetta.
- 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 the angels supposedly helping her.
- Attack Hello: On harder difficulties, Jeanne will start fights by immediately summoning a Wicked Uppercut directly under your feet.
- Badass Biker: She has her own motorcycle, complete with vanity plate, and gets a lot of screentime pulling stunts on it.
- Badass in Distress: The plot of the second game revolves around this. A freak accident involving a summoning gone wrong causes Jeanne's soul to be dragged to Inferno, giving Bayonetta only a day to rescue her before her soul is lost forever. Once she's rescued, she goes right back to kicking ass, and (in order) flies Bayonetta and Balder to Fimbulventr, holds off a massive dual army of angels and demons, and calls upon Gomorrah — the very demon that got her Dragged Off to Hell — to destroy Loptr's body.
- Badass Teacher: As revealed in the notes for the Bloody Moon and in Bloody Fate, Jeanne is a high-school teacher when she's not killing angels and does not take kindly to any harm coming to her students.
- Biker Babe: Jeanne is often seen riding a motorcycle of her own. She uses it in her third fight with Bayonetta.
- Boyish Short Hair: Her hairstyle in the first game. Bayonetta 2 switches things up, giving Jeanne longer hair and Bayonetta shorter hair.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Why Jeanne is attacking Bayonetta. It wears off near the end of the first game.
- Dark Action Girl: Played with in Bayonetta, where Jeanne's associated with the holy-but-evil angels.
- Divergent Character Evolution:
- Her character model – not her outfit, mind you, but her body structure and chest size – was altered in Bayonetta 2 to make her more unique compared to Bayonetta, with whom she shared almost an entire character model in the original game.
- In Bayonetta 2, Jeanne keeps her All 4 One moveset and animations from the previous game, while Bayonetta receives a brand-new set of animations and combos for Love is Blue.
- Drives Like Crazy: Not even the bustling downtown traffic prevents her from doing crazy stunts with her bike.
- Evil Twin: To Bayonetta, from fighting styles, to clothes, to glasses. No family relation, though.Bayonetta: Who are you? And don't you dare say my long-lost sister.
- Expy: Her white hair, red outfit, and rescue of Bayonetta from the Jubileus statue is reminiscent of Dante and his rescue of Nero.
- Fanservice Pack: Inverted. Her chest is noticeably flattened in Bayonetta 2 when compared to her model in the original Bayonetta, which Word of God states was to further differentiate her from Bayonetta.
- 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 feathers are reminiscent of moth antennae, as accentuated in her transformations into a beast or a bird. They also contrast with Bayonetta's hair ribbons, which are meant to be reminiscent of butterfly antennae.
- Foil: To Bayonetta, in a few ways.
- Jeanne's more of a daredevil than Bayonetta; she'll only choose to activate Witch Time through her One to Million to One Moth Within, and she takes 50% more damage from attacks (implying she's not trying to defend herself as much). In cutscenes, Jeanne tends to fight in close quarters, and her showy moves revolve around putting herself in harm's way, rather than the straightforward Camp that Bayonetta is known for.
- Jeanne is also harsher to her enemies. Bayonetta often shows a bit of sadism in combat and likes to play with her enemies before killing them, and her battle shouts and taunts show that she maintains a sense of humor in battle. Jeanne's battle cries and taunts are dominated by wrath and rage, and by far more profane than Bayonetta's (incidentally, she only uses profanity during playable combat). Her Wicked Weaves are 50% more damaging than Bayonetta's, implying that she's putting more of her power into them.
- Jeanne takes the plot much more seriously than Bayonetta, and provides drama and motivation during her scenes to contrast Bayonetta's comedy and flippancy.
- Jeanne's personality, outfits, and body language paint her as the conservative, classy foil to Bayonetta's outrageous, sexualized Camp.
- The Gunslinger: Just like Bayonetta, she wields four guns.
- Hidden Depths: Concept art and Bloody Fate reveal that Jeanne's day job is teaching history at a high school.
- Heel–Face Turn: When her brainwashing wears off.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: Her civilian clothing in both games is motorcycle leathers.
- Jeanne d'Archétype: When the Witch Hunts began, she was the most adamant to defend her clan – and still is, 500 years later. On the more obvious side of things, Jeanne shares both her first name and birthdate with the actual Jeanne D'Arc – and her jumpsuit in the first game is "D'Arc" brand; an Italian couturier.
- Mage Marksman: A gunslinger and Umbra Witch, just like Bayonetta.
- Ms. Fanservice: Zig-zagged. Outfits initially unique to her, like her d'Arc outfit and her biker suit, are quite conservative. When playable, though, Jeanne has access to the same fanservicey outfits as Bayonetta.
- Mirror Boss: As an Umbra Witch herself, her fighting style is more or less identical to Bayonetta's.
- Only Mostly Dead: Played completely straight in the sequel, where Jeanne's soul can last roughly a day in Inferno before it's absorbed and she's dead for good.
- Perfect-Play A.I.: Jeanne is the first enemy in the series capable of breaking out of your combos, adapting to your playstyle, and generally testing your ability to do something other than thoughtlessly spamming attacks. She'll do this in her first fight, which is in Chapter II, and she only gets tougher.
- Rapunzel Hair: Her knee-length hair◊ with Peek-a-Bangs in Bayonetta 2. Like Bayonetta, she used her magic to change her hairstyle.
- Really 700 Years Old: She is around the same age as Bayonetta. note
- Recurring Boss: Fought 4 times in the first game.
- The Rival: Fits this trope best in Bayonetta, where she's bitter and resentful that Bayonetta defeated her on the night of her own coronation. Turns into Bash Brothers once her brainwashing wears off.
- Royal Rapier: Fights with one, named Angel Slayer, musketeer-style during the Witch Hunts. She uses it during her third boss fight alongside her motorcycle.
- Shout-Out: Her quartet of guns are called "All 4 One" altogether – or "Porthos," "Athos," "Aramis" and "D'Artagnan" individually. In the second game, their feather tassels are replaced by cat plushies wearing musketeer hats◊.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Never in dialogue, but Jeanne's taunts (and battle cries) in both games are quite profane, compared to Bayonetta's."You motherfucker!"
- 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.
- Taking the Bullet: Pushes Bayonetta out of the way of a berserk Gomorrah in the prologue of the second game, getting hit so hard her soul is knocked out of her body.
- Undying Loyalty: To the Umbran cause, and Bayonetta once her brainwashing wears off.
- Vanity License Plate: The plate on her motorcycle reads "U1 QTJ" (Umbra #1 Cutie J).
- Wake-Up Call Boss: Jeanne is your first introduction to just how tough the game can get, especially if you haven't mastered dodging and Witch Time. She will break out of your combos at a moment's notice, put you into unbreakable combos of her own, and break out the Giant Foot of Stomping on you. Your first fight with her is Chapter II, less than a quarter of the way into the game, and she just gets tougher from there.
- Willfully Weak: According to Word of God, Jeanne is a compulsive daredevil, which is why she doesn't enter Witch Time if she doesn't use her Moth Within – that ability puts her at a far greater risk of being hit than simply dodging. Averted with her Wicked Weaves, which deal 1.5x the damage of Bayonetta's.
- Woman in White: During her last battle with Bayonetta, when she dons a white outfit identical to hers.
"Sure, my colleagues laugh at me for chasing fairy tales... amongst other things..."
- Action Survivor: How many times should he have died again? One notable instance had him surviving being left on a missile during Bayonetta's fight with Jeanne, and he still got away and survived. Bayonetta is as shocked by this as the player. Another case is when Balder sets a few Affinities on him, who nearly yank his limbs out of his sockets, and then he's tossed out of the top window of Balder's skyscraper. The next time we see Luka, he doesn't have a scratch on him, but his surviving the fall is justified by Bayonetta's control over another missile.
- Awesome McCoolname: Ironically combined with Punny Name, with a splash of Meaningful Name. His name sounds perfect for a warrior fighting the supernatural, but separate the syllables and ... well. "Look-A-Red-Grave." Guess how he watched his father die.
- Badass Normal: Luka never fights and his only fantastical aids are his grappling hook and his glasses (in 2), but somehow he's able to show up and try to save the day wherever Bayonetta is. Luka is also extremely lucky and has survived everything the plot has thrown his way, and when you're a squishy human in this kind of setting, ninety percent of badassery is just showing up in the same place as the heroes and villains.
- Berserk Button: The only time in the series when he's ever gotten close to violent is when Father Balder revealed that he ordered Antonio's death.
- Born Lucky: Anyone who survives around an Umbra Witch who doesn't make efforts to save him qualifies for this trope.Bayo: I don't know whether to shoot you or take you to Vegas for good luck.
- Butt-Monkey: Comes with the territory of being a Muggle among the cast. He doesn't have it nearly as bad as Enzo though. He's an Iron Butt Monkey, however, to the point where he should be suspected of possessing quantum immortality...
- The Casanova: He has a habit of flirting with any pretty women he sees.
- Chivalrous Pervert: He may be a shameless pervert, but he's ultimately a good guy who's very devoted to finding the truth.
- Disney Death: Gets thrown out of the top of Balder's building. And he's seen later without a scratch on him.
- Distracted by the Sexy: He's lost his train of thought twice thanks to Bayonetta's cleavage.
- Embarrassing Nickname: Bayonetta nicknames him Cheshire in the first game, and while she eventually calls him by his first name, she still calls him Cheshire when he does something embarrassing. In 2, Luka admits he isn't used to her calling him something other than Cheshire.
- Establishing Character Moment: His introductory cutscene gives the player all the information they need about him:
- He's being chased by a guard, presumably for being somewhere he's not supposed to be.
- He stops in the middle of the chase to hit on a girl who seems rather intrigued by him, but falls on his ass while trying to be smooth.
- He loses the guard through use of a Grappling-Hook Pistol.
- And finally, his interactions with Bayonetta show that he has some kind of grudge against her, while she sees him as someone to mess with.
- Friend to All Children: He and Cereza get along very well. Cereza's fondness for him stayed with her as she eventually grew up into Bayonetta. Carries over to 2 somewhat when he helps an incapacitated Loki get to the top of Fimbulventr.
- Goggles Do Something Unusual: Owns a pair of glasses that allow him to see Purgatorio that he got from Rodin in exchange for Japanese Shinshu Sake.
- Grappling-Hook Pistol: His only notable skill is making flashy getaways (and incredible timing when it comes to arriving in places).
- Handsome Lech: He rattles off the names of four Capcom ladies when he's trying to brag to Bayonetta. Dovetails into Butt-Monkey when you realize one is "Ammy," and gets worse when you see who these "ladies" actually are.◊
- Harmful to Minors: As a small child, he sees his father graphically slain, with lots of his father's blood splashing on the grave he's hiding behind. Unfortunately, the only other being he sees there is Bayonetta, as opposed to his father's actual killers, the angels she was fighting.
- He Is All Grown Up: Bayonetta seems to think so, but knowing her, she's probably just teasing him.Bayonetta: You've certainly bloomed, haven't you, my little Cheshire puss?
- Hero of Another Story: Most of what you'd call his heroics – like stealing vehicles and showing up in unlikely places – happen totally offscreen.
- Informed Ability: Played straight and averted in different contexts.
- Luka is supposed to be a renowned journalist who is tracking Bayonetta to expose her to the world, but all he seems to do is general Butt-Monkey stuff. He does have a considerable amount of knowledge on the supernatural, though it's not made clear how much of that he picked up on and what he got from his father.
- Averted in the movie, which shows him doing actual investigative work and tracking down evidence of Bayonetta.
- Also averted in the second game, where he's in Noatun to discover the mysteries of Fimbulventr and you can find pages of his journal scattered about, showing that he's at least doing investigative work.
- Intrepid Reporter: He's pretty active in his investigations, sometimes to the point where he ends up in places he shouldn't be in.
- Iron Butt Monkey: The amount of abuse he gets will make you wonder how the hell he's still alive.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: He owns three cats, Claire, Trish, and Sylvia, and one dog, Ammy.
- Ladykiller in Love: Implied during the ending of the first game.
- Lovable Sex Maniac: He's a pervert, but a pretty nice guy otherwise.
- Morality Pet: Not to the extent of Cereza, but Bayonetta does not like to see him seriously hurt. That, and she finds his antics amusing.
- Motive Rant: Most of his dialogue. Subverted in that he can't seem to decide what his motive is himself, leading to the comical sight of him constantly switching motives, sometimes from one sentence to another.
- Mr. Exposition: In Bayonetta 2, when he's not being a Big Damn Hero (...kind of), he plays this role.Bayonetta: Where do you learn all this?
Luka: Well, you know, I did my homework.
- The Nicknamer: Refers to Cereza as Cerezita.
- Non-Action Guy: He's tied with Enzo (maybe) as the worst fighter in the main cast, but he's on the Silver trophies, ranking him above Enzo, Loki, and Cereza.
- Odd Friendship: At the end of 2, Bayonetta notes that he and Rodin appear to be getting along well.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: In 2, Luka aids Bayonetta by leaving pages of his notebook around Noatun in the hopes that she'll find them useful. They don't turn out to be very vital to the plot, but that doesn't change the fact that some of them are left in places that are damn near impossible for an ordinary human to reach, and the player usually ends up forced to carve a path through baddies of all kinds to reach those pages. This means that Luka either survived those very same monsters just to help Bayonetta in her quest, or they just didn't think he was worth killing.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: That's what happens when you don't have guns attached to your feet.
- Precision F-Strike: "Oh, fuck me!!"
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "My. Name. Is. LUKA!" It gets hilariously inverted in the movie. It also happens in almost the same way in 2.Bayonetta: I told you to babysit her at home, Luka.
- Really Gets Around: Or so he claims.
- Scarf of Asskicking: He wears a pretty nice scarf. In the second game he ties it a lot more neatly.
- Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: His goal in the first game is to try to expose Bayonetta to the world after believing she killed his father.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: It's rarely shown and is often disguised with creative camera angles, but he's a head taller than Bayonetta.
- Unfazed Everyman: Definitely by the end of the first game.
- You Killed My Father: To Bayonetta. It was actually done by some Laguna, under Father Balder's orders.
"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."Boss Subtitles of The Infinite One.
- Absurd Phobia: His bio in The Wonderful 101 reveals he has one. It's small birds.
- All-Powerful Bystander: Rodin is by far and away one of the most powerful characters in the series, but he's perfectly content to simply sit on the sidelines and make weapons.
- Badass Baritone: One of the most powerful characters in the series with a fittingly deep voice to match.
- Badass Santa: Shows up in Santa getup in 2 to deliver Bayonetta her new guns. The way he does it is beyond badass. According to Bayonetta, he might as well be the real Santa.
- Bald of Awesome: He's as bald as an egg, making it easy to see the slick tattoos he's got on his head, and alludes to his strength and preference for doing things with his bare hands.
- Ballistic Discount: Defeating him for the first time gets you his namesake Swiss Army Weapon. One of the possible weapons it turns into is a chainsaw on your arm.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: Despite being The Blacksmith, Rodin never fights with a weapon and prefers to use his fists. That said, given how immensely powerful he is, it's all he needs.
- Barrier Warrior: Can throw up a barrier to block enemy attacks as he cannot evade.
- The Blacksmith: Though not in the traditional sense of the word. Whenever you bring him Gold LPs, 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 Hierarchy of Laguna text claims that Rodin's skills as a smith were legendary amongst the echelons of Paradiso, 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. In the sequel, the item will massively boost his demonic power instead.
- Catch-Phrase: "Beautiful," said when Bayonetta is doing something particularly awesome.
- The Chew Toy: Downplayed. Rodin appears to receive a bloody beating every time Bayonetta hands him an LP, but he's actually just out of breath and the blood he's covered in belongs to the demon he just turned into a weapon. Except when he goes after the Chain Chomp, which is handed to Bayonetta without a scratch on it...
- Cool Shades: His sunglasses hide his eyes completely. In Tag Climax, they can also conduct his Eye Beams without sustaining damage.
- Combat SadomasochistRodin: I never thought a girl would beat my ass so hard. But I gotta admit, I kinda liked it.
- The Comically Serious: He does try to tell a joke now and then, but it's mostly negated by his intimidating presence. What really qualifies him for this Trope are the odd things that happen to him sometimes, such as stuff falling onto his head, or the time he dressed up as Santa, complete with a beard.
- Difficult, but Awesome: When playable. For starters, he has the slowest movement and attack speed of all the playable characters, he cannot evade attacks and cannot slow down time, he lacks the Wicked Weaves that his boss incarnation and the other playable characters have, and his only ranged attack is a weak eye beam. Basically, he's a charge character in a cast of rushdown characters. That said, he can erect a barrier to block attacks and has powerful, hard-hitting attacks and wide area stomps that make him great at dealing with large crowds.
- Dimensional Traveler: He can travel between the human world and Inferno at will.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: In the second game, when fighting him. After he uses his raging demon attack, he's lying down casually on the ground, smoking a cigar, while Bayonetta lies unconscious... and naked. Real subtle.
- Establishing Character Moment: The first game has him emerging from a coffin, turning to the angels (and by extension, the camera) with a murderous expression, and scaring them off with a loud shout. Tells you all you need to know about him.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
- In the first game, Rodin states that no matter how many times Bayonetta asks, he won't put a chainsaw on her arm. Can be subverted if the player chooses to obtain the Rodin or Salamandra weapons.
- In Bloody Fate, he is disgusted by Enzo's shady business practice of overcharging families for funerals.
- Is rather disgusted by Alraune devouring and torturing Jeanne offscreen, calling her a monstrosity to her face.
- Everything's Better with Penguins: The "Rodin's Treasures" screen at the Gates of Hell prominently displays an apron with three baby penguins on the front, along with the slogan "I LOVE CHICKS" in the game's demonic alphabet. Coupled with the flavor text from his guest appearance in The Wonderful 101, it seems Rodin's quite the penguin lover.
- Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: He may not be evil, but he likes to refer to himself as the devil... and he also enjoys using the shop screen as an excuse to say some of the cheesiest crap imaginable.
- Evil Laugh: Usually done in the form of a quiet, creepy chuckle. After talking to Bayonetta in Noatun, he lets out a more bombastic laugh as he returns to his bar, complete with Power Echoes. It's as unnerving as it sounds.
- Eye Beams: This is his ranged attack when playable in Tag Climax.
- Fallen Angel: He used to be an angel before he was cast out of Paradiso.
- Giant Hands of Doom: His boss forms can use their own version of Wicked Weaves, being giant projections of his hands. He can also fire them like rockets.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: His eyes are sometimes seen emitting a red glow from behind his sunglasses. In Bloody Fate, his eyes glow purple instead.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: Bayonetta thinks he has one; in 2, Rodin tries to complain about having to play Santa for Enzo's kids all the way through dinnertime, but she sees right through him and says he must've been delighted to.
- Holy Halo: Collects these. 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.
- I Got You Covered: Rodin tells Bayonetta he's not in Inferno to help her, but the verse he joins her for inevitably involves him one-shotting everything, including the minibosses, before they have a chance to attack either of them. Rodin was also near Alraune's palace when Bayonetta showed up, and a cutscene in chapter VII showed he was aware of Jeanne's time running out; this suggests that he showed up to keep Alraune's sentries from stalling Bayonetta. Presumably, he was aware that telling her this would end in him getting shot again.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Intimidating? Definitely. Morally ambiguous? Yes. Is he still a cool guy to hang out with? Yes. He's referred to himself both as "jollier than the average demon" and "the nicest angel you'll ever meet."
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: He literally kicks Alraune across the floor of her palace before sealing her within a weapon and giving it to the witch who just defeated her.
- Lightning Bruiser: In his boss forms, while his playable form is a Mighty Glacier. 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.
- Made of Iron: In the first game, he takes two coffin lids to the head and doesn't give a damn. In the second, after giving Bayonetta Love Is Blue, he stands in the middle of the street and catches the toy jet Enzo bought. A second later, a sign lands on his head, splitting, and he doesn't feel it.
- Mechanically Unusual Fighter: When playable, he lacks Wicked Weaves and the ability to slow down time on his own. He also blocks attacks in place for his defensive move rather than dodging. Rodin's moveset is also less combo-friendly than the rest of the cast, and he is built for using burst damage to clear enemies off the screen before his opponents can outscore him.
- Mighty Glacier: When playable. His attacks are slow, he cannot evade enemy attacks, and he moves slower than most characters. But his sheer strength and ability to throw up a barrier compensates for this.
- Named After Somebody Famous: Named after a French sculptor, Auguste Rodin. One of his popular works is called "The Gates of Hell."
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Having a title called "The Infinite One" doesn't exactly inspire visions of hope and peace.
- Nintendo Hard: His boss forms are the toughest single enemy in both games, and players who haven't mastered the combat system will die a lot. Rodin himself seems to be fully aware of his status as this as when you purchase the Platinum Ticket in the second game, he all but outright tells you that you're in for quite literally one hell of a fight.
- Occidental Otaku: He makes a few shout-outs to Japanese video games and likes Shinshu sake enough for Luka to bribe him with it; his outfit in 2 also shows some Japanese style.
- Odd Friendship: By the end of 2, he's struck up a business relationship of sorts with Luka, who now helps him advertise his bar in exchange for Rodin supplementing his journalism with an "anonymous source" – implied to be Rodin himself.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Every time he gets a Gold LP, he goes to Inferno to beat a demon into a bloody pulp so he can turn it into a weapon. All in just a couple of seconds. Not so offscreen in the sequel, though, as while most weapons are obtained in the usual method, you do get to see how Alruna is made, due to it being made from Alraune, the last demonic boss fought in Inferno.
- One-Winged Angel: In Bayonetta 2, the boss fight with him starts off against his human form, but partway through he'll turn into a towering demon that rivals his Father Rodin form. This new form is (mercifully) absent when fighting against him in Tag Climax.
- Pet the Dog: After Bayonetta drags Enzo off to fly her to Noatun, Rodin decides to play Santa for Enzo's kids. He begrudgingly admits he enjoyed it.
- Playing with Fire: He can control fire, but mainly uses it to light his cigar. Taken Up to Eleven as Father Rodin, who uses various fire-based attacks.
- Pocket Dimension: Both of Rodin's boss fights take place in some strange dimension apparently created by him. The fight with Father Rodin takes place in a heavenly realm that resembles Paradiso while the battle with his demon form takes place in a realm that resembles Alraune's palace. Bloody Fate shows that the Gates of Hell itself is a pocket dimension that he can create anywhere he wants.
- Pop-Cultured Badass: He makes several references to other video games and has a home run that would make the most skilled of baseball players jealous.
- Power Floats: As Father Rodin.
- Power Gives You Wings: His Father Rodin form uses twelve peacock wings similar to Father Balder's, while his demon form plays this a little more traditionally with two feathered wings.
- Power Glows: As Father Rodin, he gets a glowing halo and red Tron Lines on his outfit.
- Promoted to Playable: In Bayonetta 2's Tag Climax multiplayer mode.
- Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: In a game crammed full with this trope, his boss forms' variations are the most impressive. His most frequently used technique involves pummeling you about half a dozen times in the space of a second, and his signature move is a reference to Akuma's Raging Demon and beats you so quickly that the game doesn't bother rendering it, instead presenting a blank screen and the sound of a beatdown. It also really hurts.
- Really 700 Years Old: He used to be an angel, meaning that he's much older than he looks.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: his demon form is primarily black with traces of red all over, most notably his wings, which have red feathers.
- 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 demon from German folklore, who is most prominently mentioned in the Faust legend and has occasionally 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 for 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.
- Played straight in Bayonetta 2. After the Bonus Boss battle where he fights using his true demonic form, Rodin will congratulate Bayonetta, but then cryptically reminding her that "the devil always gets his due." Furthermore, his death animation in Tag Climax shows him being encased in a block of ice, a reference to Satan in The Divine Comedy.
- Scary Black Man: One of the most intimidating characters in the series and one of the most prolific examples in video gaming. That said, he's a pretty cool dude once you get to know him.
- Shockwave Stomp: One of his attacks when playable and as a boss.
- Soul Brotha: Groovy slang? Smooth delivery? Averting But Not Too Black? Cool and badass? Rodin says yes to all four.Rodin: Right on, baby. Right on.
Rodin: Chill, Bayonetta. Don't go shootin' up my target, ya dig?
Rodin: Damn... some of these fools are really 'bout that life.
- Super Mode: The demon form is his version of Umbran Climax when playing as him, effectively making it his Devil Trigger.
- Thinking Up Portals: Rodin can create red portals that lead to his bar.
- To Hell and Back: Waltzes 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.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Both in Tag Climax and in his tag battle in the story mode.
- On paper, Rodin's slow attacks and high damage make his combo potential inferior to those of the other four playable characters. When combined with his area-of-effect attacks, though, a Rodin player can effectively sabotage their opponent by quickly clearing the screen and ending the verse with a passable combo score before the other player has time to build a better one with extensive weak attacks. As a result, Rodin performs poorly against boss verses, but excels in multiple-enemy encounters.
- Rodin tag-teams with the player for one verse in Chapter X. The difficulty in getting a decent combo score for this verse comes not from the high enemy density, but because Rodin can immediately one-shot any enemy the player's trying to build a combo off of.
- We Will Meet Again: Whenever you beat him in one of his boss forms, he'll make some cryptic threat and promise a rematch.Rodin: (first game) I gotta hand it to you. You sure let me have my fun. I never thought a girl would beat my ass so hard. But I gotta admit, I kinda liked it. You win... This time, baby.Rodin: (second game) Shiiett... Where'd that come from? Credit where credit is due, you just put your foot straight up my ass. You won this time, but remember, the devil always gets his due.
"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!?"
Voiced by: Chick Vennera (EN. Bayonetta), John Kassir (EN, Bayonetta 2), Wataru Takagi (JP)A mobster who operates in the city Bayonetta calls home. Like Luka, Enzo's primary role in the series is to provide Bayonetta with information. However, Enzo's information usually springs from underworld connections and takes the form of tips that put Bayonetta in the right place to track down what she's looking for. Enzo's "business" doesn't put him in a position to help out during the main storyline, so his appearances in the Bayonetta series are at the beginning and end of the game.Enzo might be a feared, tough mobster in his day job, but in Bayonetta's world, he's a fish out of water. He (and his car) want nothing to do with the scenery-chewing angel fights that Bayonetta attracts, and heroes and villains alike seem to make a point of making his screentime miserable and humiliating. Still, Enzo seems to care about both of his "families," as much of his motivation for staying out of Bayonetta's business is so that he can come home to his beloved wife and children in one piece.
- Butt-Monkey: More than Luka. He's the one found on the worst level rating, Stone.
- Canon Welding: It's been suggested he's the same Enzo from Devil May Cry.
- Catch-Phrase: "Fuggetaboutit" and "motherfucker" seem to be the most common words he uses.
- Chew Toy: Life really hates Enzo.
- Chronically Crashed Car: Every time he gets a new car, it gets wrecked by Bayonetta's fighting in Purgatorio.
- Cool Car: Enzo has a pretty sweet ride. It gets trashed whenever Bayonetta starts fighting something, much to his hilarious chagrin.
- Cool Shades: They don't make him that cool, though.
- Cluster F-Bomb: He drops more than everyone else in the game. Of course considering who he sounds like...
- Groin Attack: He's had at least one near-miss per game with this trope. In the first game, he's almost had his junk crushed by a gravestone in a Disaster Dominoes effect. In the second game, it almost gets run over by Jeanne's motorcycle.
- Hidden Depths: He might be foul-mouthed and temperamental, but Bayonetta notes in 2 that he's quite the family man.
- Last Disrespects: Enzo's first act in game is pissing on someone's grave, establishing him as something of a Jerkass.
- The Mafia: As revealed in the first game, he is employed by the local mob. Bloody Fate expands on this to explain he's their personal undertaker, they pay him handsomely to bury any bodies they need disposed of.
- Mr. Exposition: At the beginning of the first game he gives a quick summery of Bayonetta's backstory, which the witch quickly calls him out on. In the sequel he gives a brief history of the holy mountain, Fimbulventr, as well as a quick nod as to why Jeanne is calling Bayonetta 'Cereza' during the Prologue.Enzo: 20 years ago, you woke up stuck in a casket at the bottom of a lake. All you can remember is that you're a witch. But now you're stuck, because you've gotta sacrifice our halo-wearing friends everyday or they'll drag your ass back down to hell. I know I thought I got screwed, but bein' forced to slap around the divine for a livin'? That's really getting screwed!Bayonetta: If I needed a biographer, you wouldn't be my first choice.
- Mythology Gag: Dante owes him money.
- Nice Hat: Wears a bowler hat.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: He's a short gangster guy who sounds a lot like Joe Pesci.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: In a cast of characters where nearly everyone drops a couple of F-bombs, he still swears more than everyone combined.
- Vanity License Plate: The plate on his car reads "ED N EDNA" — the names of his kids, as noted in 2.
"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!"
Voiced by: Joy Jillian (EN), Miyuki Sawashiro (JP, anime)A supporting character in Bayonetta. Cereza is a young girl that Bayonetta finds wandering in the ruins of the Umbran Proving Grounds, lost, terrified, and hunted by angels. She's rescued by Bayonetta, whom she immediately grows attached to and mistakes for her "mummy," much to the witch's chagrin. As the story progresses, however, Cereza becomes more brave and confident through imitating Bayonetta, and she drives a significant mystery relating to her being the "key to Bayonetta's future."
- The Cameo: In the first game, during the final battle with Jubileus, the boss can cast a spell on Bayonetta and regress her into Cereza. In the second game, if Bayonetta is hit by a Resentment's laser attack, she'll revert to Cereza for a while. If you can't avoid the Resentment crawling at you before the spell wears off, it will eat her.
- 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!
- Escort Mission: During two major chapters, you will have to protect Cereza. Bayonetta can cast a barrier around Cereza to protect her while she fights off the angels, but the barrier can only hold up for so long before it breaks. If you manage to keep Cereza from ever getting hit during the verse, you'll earn the achievement "A Mother's Love."
- Goggles Do Something Unusual: Her glasses allow others to see from the human world the supernatural things around them, like the angels, but only if she enchants them. Luka borrows them from time to time.
- MacGuffin Super Person: 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. Though given her innocence, it's probably not intentional.Bayonetta: Where did you come from?
Cereza: I'm from my house.
- Meaningful Name: Her name means "Cherry" or "Cerise" in Spanish.
- Meganekko: While Bayonetta herself tends more toward the Sexy Spectacles, Cereza's glasses just make her look adorable.
- 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.
- Rapunzel Hair: Those are huge pigtails for a toddler. Considering she's a young Bayonetta, this is hardly a surprise.
- Stable Time Loop: Cereza is inspired by Bayonetta and wants to be like her and fight the "monsters." But since Bayonetta is Cereza all grown up, this means she inspired herself to grow up to become the badass fighter that inspires herself to grow up and become the badass fighter and etcetera.
- Token Mini-Moe: She stands out from the rest of the first game's cast by being an adorable, innocent child.
Loki, the Sovereign One
"Welcome to hell, love. Too late to repent."
Voiced by: Mark Daugherty (EN), Junko Minagawa (JP)A mysterious youth who acts as Bayonetta's Kid Sidekick during the second game. He aims to climb Fimbulventr, but has no idea why.
- Amnesiac Hero: Has no idea of anything about himself save for his name and his need to climb the mountain. He very abruptly gets them back in Inferno during the last fight with the Masked Lumen.
- Animorphism: He can transform into a flying squirrel to get out of situations.
- Born-Again Immortality: Chooses to reincarnate as an infant to live along side humanity without interfering.
- Dark Is Not Evil: He has the power of black and blue darkness in contrast to Loptre's blue light.
- Dark-Skinned Blonde: His hair is white, but close enough.
- Deadpan Snarker: He's practically a gender-flipped, pint-sized version of Bayonetta in this regard."So you are going to her party? Quite the popular one, isn't she? Sorry, mate, but I haven't the fucking slightest.""You know, love, you're probably the only person on the planet who says 'go to hell' and means 'take me there'."
- Death Dealer: His cards are his main form of combat.
- Expy: Of Wonder-Black, since have near identical hairstyles and time-related powers.
- Fragile Speedster: With a bit of effort, he can quickly dodge and weave around the Masked Lumen's highly skilled attacks, but one hit is all it takes to knock him down.
- Frame-Up: Loptr frames him for killing Rosa.
- Good Is Impotent: Played With. For most of the game, it appears that Loptr got most of the power, until the end of the game it's revealed that he has the power to erase reality.
- God of Good: The good half of the God of Chaos. Which makes him the one of the benign supernatural beings in the setting.
- God Was My Copilot: The good half of the God of Chaos, and Bayonetta's Kid Sidekick.
- Identical Twin ID Tag: The symbol on his forehead is different than that on Loptr's.
- In the Hood: Initially, he keeps his hood up. He drops it in the first fight with the Masked Lumen.
- Jerkass Façade: He's snarky and belittling as possible to Bayonetta when they first meet, not that she minds, giving it right back to him. However once he reveals he's lost his memories and Bayonetta relates her own history to him, we see a clear break in his facade. By the end of the game he proves himself quite noble and selfless, although still a bit snarky.
- Kid Sidekick: The second in the series of Bayonetta's "little ones." He tags along with Bayonetta to serve as her guide to Noatun and the gates to Inferno and Paradiso, and, like most kid sidekicks, is substantially more immature and hot-blooded than the person he follows around.
- Literal Split Personality He is the good half of Aesir, the God of Chaos.
- Mouthy Kid: He's just a child, but that doesn't stop him from being a Sir Swears-a-Lot and snarking up a storm.
- Promoted to Playable: Is briefly playable in the main story when he's being chased by a Golem and an angel.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He's happy to help Bayonetta for half of the game, but he understandably draws a clear line at literally following her into Inferno and attempts to bail, with Bayonetta arguing against him going off alone. An ill-timed attack by the Masked Lumen and Loptr changes his plans.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Good Lord, someone needs to wipe this kid's mouth out with soap. He cusses like a sailor when he's on screen.
- Time Master: His powers are the opposite of Loptr's, in that while he has power over both time and space, his strengths lie in controlling time. Specifically, he controls the "Remembrance of Time," meaning that he can control a given area in space by rewinding it to a state it previously held in the past.
- The Trickster: Fitting, given his name.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: You would NOT expect this kind of mouth on a child.
- Tarot Motifs: His cards are loosely based on the Tarot, although considering his identity, it's probably more that the tarot is based on his cards. Notably, Loki himself is clearly identified as being The Fool.
"As long as there is light, the shadow remains cast."
Voiced by: Hellena Taylor (EN), Atsuko Tanaka (JP)Rosa was an Umbra Witch and Bayonetta's mother. She conceived Bayonetta when she fell in love with a Lumen Sage called 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.
- Animal Motifs: Butterflies. Just like Bayonetta. This isn't a coincidence.
- Animorphism: Like the other characters in the game, she can use Beast Within, transforming into a tiger, a falcon, a cobra, and a swarm of hornets.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: With Bayonetta in the second game.
- Bling-Bling-BANG!: Her revolvers are gold.
- Chained by Fashion: Wears a thick collar and shackles connected by chains, placed there by her clan after she broke their code and was imprisoned by them. She uses them as an Improvised Weapon in 2.
- Contralto of Danger: Has a deep, feminine voice.
- Cool Mask: Wears a Butterfly-shaped mask.
- Evil Weapon: Her revolvers, Unforgiven, were sealed away and sapped of most of their magic after they were used in the betrayal and injury of an Umbran Witch. Rosa is forced to use them during the Witch Hunts.
- Glass Cannon: In Bayonetta 2 she can dish out huge damage, but can't take much in return. When compared to Little Zero, Rosa still takes more hits than him.
- 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 second game reveals that she and Balder genuinely loved one another and the latter was once an actually heroic individual. It was through sealing Loptr away inside of him that he became the villain you see in the first game. Furthermore, Loptr killed her, and Balder was horrified by this.
- Powered Armor: She wields the Umbran Armor in Chapter 12 of the second game. It becomes her Umbran Climax when playable.
- Revolvers Are Just Better: She uses revolvers as her main weapons.
- Secret Character: She's unlocked as a playable character after beating the second game.
- Shout-Out: Her guns are named after Unforgiven, a Western that featured plenty of revolvers and received a Japanese remake while Bayonetta 2 was in production.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Balder.
- Strong Family Resemblance: She is basically Bayonetta in all but name and personality. They have the same height, same build, and use the same demon contracts. They have the same voice actress. This resemblance extends into gameplay as Unforgiven uses the same moveset as Scarborough Fair. Hell, their official artwork poses are virtually identical to one another.
"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
Voiced by: Jenny O'Hara (EN), Reiko Suzuki (JP)At the beginning of the game, the Umbran Elder lectures Rosa and Balder about their law-breaking. Possibly Jeanne's mother.
"They say that some things come at the cost of your life, but to me, truth IS my life. In this age filled with lies and deception, I forever pray that truth will shine its light on the path of righteousness."
– Antonio, A Voyage Towards The Truth
Voiced by: Richard Epcar (EN), Yasushi Miyabayashi (Bloody Fate)Luka's father and a renowned journalist and investigator. Twenty years before the events of Bayonetta, Antonio investigated the city of Vigrid and the Ithavoll group in search of the truth behind their holy façades, meticulously documenting everything he uncovered in a battered notebook. Antonio is never interacted with in Bayonetta's present-day storyline, but the actions he took in the past would eventually shape much of Bayonetta's journey to remember her identity.The notes taken by Antonio are scattered around Vigrid, and can be recovered piece by piece over the course of the game's adventure chapters.
- Badass Baritone: He narrates the first game's Action Prologue with a deep, resonating voice.
- Canon Welding: Most likely another example connecting Bayonetta with Devil May Cry. "Tony Redgrave" was an early alias used by Dante, and Word of God states that it was the name of a journalist he respected.
- Chekhov's Gunman: He's the diver who finds and awakens Bayonetta.
- The Faceless: In the game, at least. We see a good portion of his face in Bloody Fate.
- Notes throughout Bayonetta gradually foreshadow that the Big Bad is Balder, and his identity as the last Lumen Sage.
- A note from Chapter V of Bayonetta links directly into The Stinger of Bayonetta 2:Today, the statue of the Umbra Witch is a truly gruesome sight, as a giant spear has pierced the woman’s chest. If it was shoved through the statue during the witch’s age of persecution, it would have required unspeakable power from the Lumen Sage who carried out the act.
- Five-Second Foreshadowing: One of his notes, found outside of Vigrid's coliseum at the end of Chapter III, explains that it was built as a shrine to Fortitudo. Guess who the boss of Chapter IV is?
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Played for Drama. If his last journal entry is anything recent, it's highly possible that Antonio died ashamed of his heroic deeds and convinced that his son saw nothing good in him, even though present-day Luka believes he was someone to look up to.
- Human Resources: He notes that someone in Vigrid is trying to extract spirit energy from the witch corpses buried around the city. It's strongly implied to be Father Balder, and some of the structures at the bottom of the Ithavoll Building look like coffins hooked up to machines, suggesting that he's using dead witches to help revive Jubileus.
- Intrepid Reporter: Thorough, insightful, and his notes are often found in places no normal human being has business in. Just like Luka. Father Balder kills him for threatening to undermine his plans.
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: Best seen in Bloody Fate, showing his resolve and determination.
- Like Father, Like Son: Luka would eventually pick up his father's interests (and his sense of style) in Bayonetta 2.
- Mr. Exposition: He doesn't give any useful exposition for gameplay or getting through levels, but he does help expand and explain what's already there.
- Narrator All Along: Hideki Kamiya confirmed that he's the narrator of "The Witch Hunts".
- Nice Hat: Wears one in Bloody Fate, drawing attention to the top of his head and alluding to his intelligence.
- Posthumous Character: He's been dead for twenty years by the time Bayonetta visits Vigrid, but we don't initially know who did it.
- Shout-Out: Refers to the place where he's set up an office as "a wretched hive for all sorts of scum and villainy".
- When You Coming Home, Dad?: His last notes, uncovered after finding all others, contain a letter to Luka, expressing his shame and regret for being consumed by his work and never giving himself time to spend with his son. However, it's averted in that Luka still considered his father "a great man" and eventually takes up his quest to investigate the witches and sages of Vigrid.
- Wretched Hive: Names the trope when describing a place where he met Rodin.
"You know I'm all 'bout them Angelic Hymns Gold LPs. Angels in agony are pretty much my slow jams. I play that back home, and the demons will be lined up to get down. Lucky for me, I got a few jams of my own cookin' that'll need a little demon kick to finish them off."Outside of the pistol quartets she uses from the start of the games, Bayonetta can optionally fight with weapons provided by Rodin in exchange for special LPs found during the games' adventure levels. While not characters in the traditional sense, the specific demons Rodin uses to power his creations have backstories of their own, and continue to have personalities and styles even after being sealed.
- Abnormal Ammo: In place of Wicked Weaves, Kafka fires giant dragonflies. Infernal Weaves just fire colossal dragonflies.
- A.I. Breaker: Lt. Col. Kilgore's rockets wreak havoc on Jeanne in the first Bayonetta.
- Angry Guard Dog: The Chain Chomp, which will happily munch on nearby enemies while Bayonetta's attacking with hand weapons.
- Armor-Piercing Attack: The Master Sword and Fire Durga are the only melee weapons capable of hitting flaming enemies outside of Witch Time.
- Assist Character: The demons Bayonetta summons for Umbran Climax depend on the weapons she's swinging, and Scarborough Fair and Love is Blue allow access to the greatest variety. Averted with Salamandra, the Handguns, and Rodin, which have no Infernal or Wicked Weaves of any kind.
- Awesome, but Impractical: Shuraba's Moonlight Massacre - Half-Moon Slash and Full-Moon Slash attacks. Bayonetta draws a magic circle in the air in front of her and fires either a Sword Beam or a full on laser beam depending on if the circle is half or fully drawn. It can deal decent to heavy damage to strong enemies, but given that they require Bayonetta to stand completely motionless during the charging period, odds are you won't be using this attack often.
- Bag of Spilling: In Bayonetta 2, she's ditched Scarborough Fair for reasons unknown. This could be averted in future games, as Alruna is non-optionally given to Bayonetta as part of the storyline.
- Bottomless Magazines: Thanks to Bayonetta's magic, ranged weapons – the handguns, Scarborough Fair, Love is Blue, the Onyx Roses, Lt. Col. Kilgore, and Sai Fung – never need reloading, and Kafka doesn't need a quiver.
- Butt-Monkey: Bayonetta never has anything nice to say about the handguns.
- Catching Some Z's: If Bayonetta remains stationary, the Chain Chomp will stop bouncing and take a nap with visible Zs, making it the only weapon with an idle animation.
- Charge Attack:
- Every weapon has a charge modifier that allows Bayonetta to attack again if the punch or kick button is held after her initial attack is complete. With ranged weapons, Bayonetta will fire for a few seconds, while melee weapons usually put her in a charging stance for a powerful attack.
- Salamandra in Bayonetta 2 has two charge modifiers possible with every swing; holding the attack button makes Bayonetta drag the saws through her opponent for a bit, but with a quick second press — which is executed when the saws have glowed fully red — Bayonetta will perform a quick second swipe that deals as much damage as the first, then allowing the chosen combo to continue. This characteristic gives Salamandra the most damage per combo of any series weapon, excluding Shuraba's Moonlight Massacre.
- Chainsaw Good: Salamandra has astounding damage output and speed at the cost of range.
- Close-Range Combatant: Without Umbran Climax bolstering its range, Salamandra encourages a highly in-your-face fighting style, especially if players are using its charge modifier for maximum effect.
- Colonel Kilgore: The soul behind Lt. Col. Kilgore is called a "Vietnam War madman" who led a campaign of slaughter.
- Developers' Foresight: Overlapping with Bag of Spilling above, Bayonetta's fight against Iustitia in Bayonetta has her using a hand chop to sever its tentacles, just in case the player didn't obtain any bladed weapons.
- Drop the Hammer: Takemikazuchi in Bayonetta 2, a hammer that's bigger than any playable character and can generate lightning with a built-in motor of sorts.
- Elemental Punch: Both Fire and Lightning Durga inflict damage through this, with Lightning Durga attacking through electrical punches while Fire Durga attacks with fiery slashes and swipes.
- Epic Flail: The Chain Chomp in Bayonetta 2 is this.
- Extremity Extremist:
- Hands-only weapons include Shuraba, Kulshedra, Sai Fung, and Pillow Talk from Bayonetta and Kafka, Chernobog, Takemikazuchi, and the Master Sword from Bayonetta 2.
- Weapons only equippable on Bayonetta's legs are less numerous, with Odette from Bayonetta and the Chain Chomp from Bayonetta 2.
- Fighting with Chucks: Sai Fung, which have built-in revolvers and the best stagger capabilities in the first game. Complete chapters 100 times and they're yours.
- Fire/Ice/Lightning: Bayonetta can have all three equipped to a single moveset in both games; in Bayonetta Durga provides fire and lightning while Odette provides ice, and in Bayonetta 2, Takemikazuchi provides lightning while Undine provides fire and ice.
- Firing One-Handed: Every ranged weapon aside from Kafka is fired in this manner, whether it's a pistol-based weapon like Love is Blue or a heftier one like Lt. Col. Kilgore.
- Fluffy Tamer: Like every other weapon, the Chain Chomp gets introduced to Bayonetta after it's done beating the crap out of Rodin... except this time, the Chomp is still alive, and Rodin warns her that it might be too much even for her to handle. Naturally, it puts on its best behavior as soon as she takes it."A curious creature Rodin encountered while traveling through the ancient capital of Japan. Unable to get close to it due to its penchant for biting everything it comes into contact with, Rodin waited until it was sleeping, then dragged it away, chain and all. However, after multiple failed attempts to tame it, Rodin gave up and begged the witches to take it."
- Guest Fighter: The Chain Chomp from Bob-Omb Battlefield makes a guest appearance, alive and kicking, as the only leg-exclusive weapon in Bayonetta 2.
- Iaijutsu Practitioner: Shuraba's charge modifier works like this.
- An Ice Person:
- Undine's ice stance and Odette allow Bayonetta to attack with ice and freeze weak or weakened enemies.
- The witch Odette, whose soul powers the latter, specialized in ice magic.
- Joke Item: The handguns cannot conduct Wicked Weaves and lack the strength, firing capabilities, and style of Bayonetta's standard pistols; additionally, their flavor text suggests that Bayonetta has to hold back when using them. Their only saving grace is the ability to rack up lots of combo points, but this often comes at the expense of completing verses within an acceptable time limit.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Shuraba is one of the best melee weapons in the series and returns in Bayonetta 2.
- Laser Blade: Pillow Talk in Bayonetta.
- Lethal Joke Item: The Chain Chomp from Bayonetta 2, yes, an actual Chain Chomp from Bob-Omb Battlefield, is one of the better heavy weapons in the series thanks to its meaty damage and combo points, ranged explosive Wicked Weaves, and helpful tendency to get in extra damage on its own while you're using hand weapons.
- Light 'em Up: The Master Sword, which Bayonetta wields in place of Shuraba when wearing Link's costume, has light-based graphics instead of Shuraba's red and black.
- Lightning Bruiser: Rakshasa in Bayonetta 2 certainly qualifies. It has the same damage per hit as Shuraba, except it's a hell of a lot faster and better at staggering, and its charge attacks take almost no time to charge up and have better range. And then there's its Umbran Climax, which adds the most damaging Wicked Weave in the game to the quickest attacks in the game...
- Mechanically Unusual Fighter: The weapons themselves are diverse enough to make "usual" meaningless, but a few stand out anyway.
- Kulshedra works as a pulley and grapple weapon; rather than damaging enemies, its best use is to control the space between and position of Bayonetta and an enemy.
- Kafka is essentially an extension of the gun button with better damage and combo points.
- Fire Durga's most practical damage is done by setting mines, something no other weapon in the series can do.
- Some weapons, such as Salamandra and Alruna, have unusual animations and attack properties for techniques like Stiletto, Heel Slide, Tetsuzanko, and Heel Stomp.
- Mix-and-Match Weapon: Sai Fung in Bayonetta and Chernobog in Bayonetta 2 are revolver nunchucks and a shotgun triple scythe, respectively.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Durga is called "a demon with a thousand arms" in its weapon description.
- No Name Given: The Bazillions are powered by a demon, but it's never named in the description.
- Pistol-Whipping: With a bow! Using the Stiletto technique with Kafka equipped will start a unique combo where Bayonetta slashes at the foe with it instead of firing arrows.
- Poisoned Weapons: Kafka's arrows will inflict further damage on the target for a few seconds after they hit, but won't provide combo points alongside that damage.
- Powered by a Forsaken Child: Except for the Chain Chomp, if Rodin needs an Angelic Hymns LP to make it, it's powered by a demon sealed for all eternity.
- Ray Gun: The Bazillions and the Arwing Guns.
- Recoil Boost: Using Stiletto with Lt. Col. Kilgore on Bayonetta's hands will do this, and it's notable for being the only Stiletto that lets Bayonetta dash to an enemy above her when used in the air.
- Reverse Grip: Bayonetta can achieve this with several weapons when linked with Odette, most notably Shuraba.
- Rule of Cool: Takemikazuchi's description states that it originally started as a sword, but Rodin made it into a hammer "to suit his personal tastes."
- Short-Range Shotgun: The Onyx Roses trade Scarborough Fair's range for brutal up-close power and quicker charge attacks.
- Shotguns Are Just Better: Except for range, the Onyx Roses outperform Scarborough Fair in every way.
- Shoryuken: The Witch Twist technique in Bayonetta and the Witch Strike technique in Bayonetta 2 allow Bayonetta to do this with whatever weapon she has in hand.
- Sai Fung is a shoutout to Bruce Lee's childhood nickname. Tang Lung, which is Jeanne's equivalent, is named after Lee's character in The Way of the Dragon.
- The handguns bear a striking resemblence to Ebony, Ivory, Luce, and Ombra from Devil May Cry – the former two being Dante's guns and the latter two being guns used by Trish and Sparda.
- The Bazillions are a reference to Red Photon Zillion.
- Durga and Rakshasa, as well as Jeanne's equivalents, are shoutouts to Hindu Mythology.
- Lt. Col. Kilgore's name and backstory is a shout-out to the Apocalypse Now character of the same name, and the LP used to unlock it, "Ride of the Valkyries," is a reference to one of the film's most famous scenes.
- Jeanne's equivalent, Col. Slade, is named for the main character in Scent of a Woman.
- Kafka references The Metamorphosis. Samsa, Jeanne's equivalent, is named for the story's main character.
- Odette's name and backstory provide an alternate take on the Swan Lake character it's named after. Jeanne's equivalent, Karen, is a reference to The Red Shoes.
- Snakes Are Sinister: Kulshedra is made from a snake demon of the same name, and the end of the whip is shaped like a snake.
- Stance System: Durga and Undine allow Bayonetta to switch between elements using a Bullet Climax command – in particular, Durga's playstyle and combo list are also switched, playing this trope a little straighter. Coincidentally, both weapons can be equipped to Bayonetta's hands and legs.
- Swiss Army Weapon: Rodin is built around transforming into the enemy arms that Bayonetta can normally only get through a Torture Attack.
- Take That!: The handguns are a fairly detailed reference to Devil May Cry, but get very little screentime and are insulted and handled roughly before being replaced with the much more effective Scarborough Fair or Love is Blue, suggesting that the Bayonetta staff have a bit of an attitude towards the Devil May Cry franchise.
- Too Spicy for Yog Sothoth: After receiving an LP of "Bob-Omb Battlefield," Rodin uses a hellgate to travel to the Super Mario 64 level of the same name and go after its Chain Chomp. The Chomp, as it turns out, is too much for him to handle.
- Whip It Good: Kulshedra and Alruna both qualify, complete with Instant Knots and superb crowd-control abilities.
Bosses and Villains introduced in Bayonetta
The Cardinal Virtues in general
"Jubileus qaal ovof vomsarg!"noteFortitudo, Temperantia, Iustitia, and Sapientia are the embodiments of the 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.
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Tropes common to all four of the Cardinal Virtues:
- Affably Evil: Outside of battle, they're very polite and respectful to Bayonetta, complimenting her strength while also providing exposition — while their speeches before battle aren't of much interest to her; the ones afterward tend to contain something Bayonetta's interested in.
- Back for the Dead: Inverted. When Bayonetta gets transported back 500 years to the destruction of the Umbra Witches, she gets to fight the Virtues all over again as minibosses. They survive, of course, because Bayonetta has to kill them in the first game.
- 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.
- Celestial Paragons and Archangels: Basically this setting's equivalent of the archangels.
- Co-Dragons: As mentioned above, the four acted as the generals of Jubileus' army in Paradiso. They also play this role to the main antagonist, although they would prefer to think of themselves as part of a Big Bad Ensemble.
- 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 telling Bayonetta to die in screaming agony.
- Eldritch Abominations: Their appearances range from vaguely human to downright bizarre.
- Elemental Powers: Each one commands a different element. Fortitudo can command fire, Temperantia controls wind, Iustitia can control plants, and Sapientia commands water.
- Embodiment of Virtue: Goes without saying.
- 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!"
- Four-Element Ensemble: Each embodies a different classical element—Fortitudo is fire, Temperantia is air, Iustitia is earth, and Sapientia is water.
- Irony: All of them display traits that are a stark contrast to the virtue they embody. Fortitudio repeatedly tries to discourage Bayonetta from confronting him, Temperantia has some rather suggestive dialogue with her, etc. They may behave in opposition to their virtues in order to inspire the corresponding virtue in humanity. Or they're just a bunch of hypocrites.
- Light Is Not Good: Being angels, they have holy halos and some light attacks.
- Omnicidal Maniac: All of them basically want everyone dead via ressurection of Jubileus.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Being one seems to be a requirement to be one of the Auditio as all of them are this. Fortitudo can turn a battlefield into a death trap using his power over fire and lava, Temperantia can create storms and hurricanes by sheer will, Iustitia can create large pools of acidic poison, and Sapientia can create whirlpools and floods with his control over water.
- Seven Heavenly Virtues: Represent the four classical virtues in greek philosophy and the catholic church: courage (Fortitudo), temperance (Temperantia), justice (Iustitia), and prudence (Sapientia, though his name means "wisdom").
- Unexplained Recovery: Each of them are torn to pieces and dragged to Inferno when defeated, and yet they are back for the sequel under the control of the Masked Lumen. No one seems to think it strange.
Fortitudo, the Cardinal Virtue of Fortitude (Auditio)
"The taint of the dark world is upon you. Yet you have made but a pact with the darkness in exchange for the powers of a witch. It was said that one such pitiful creature survived the annihilation. Tell me, my child. What is your name?"
Voiced by: George BallThe first of the Audito, representing the viture of Courage and Fortitude, as well as the element of Fire. A massive, two-headed, dragon-like creature, he played a large role in the Witch Hunts, and therefore is a key part of Bayonetta's lost memories. She encounters him the most during her journey.According to the Hierarchy of Laguna, his terrifying appearance is meant to inspire courage in those that see it.
- Affably Evil: Of all the Cardinal Virtues, he is the most polite, always speaking in a formal tone and actually apologizing for attacking Bayonetta earlier.
- Beware My Stinger Tail: In the second phase of the fight, he attempts to impale Bayonetta with his tail.
- Breath Weapon: Breathes fire from all of his mouths.
- Colossus Climb: Bayonetta runs up his body on two separate occasions to grab one of his heads and flip him over before twisting it off.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Fortitudo appears in the short introductory fight and in subsequent flashbacks before confronting Bayonetta in the actual game's present.
- Eaten Alive: Does this to several Umbra Witches in the first major fight with him, and has it done to him during the end of the fight with him.
- Elemental Powers: Fire and magma.
- Fantastic Racism: Doesn't think too highly of humans, as in Bayonetta 2 he brags about how easy it is to manipulate us since we "crave chaos."
- Irony: He is supposed to be courage, and while he isn't outright cowardly, he prefers to avoid violence.
- Manipulative Bastard: In Bayonetta 2, he deceived Balder into initiating the witch hunts. He also brags about it before him and Rosa as the latter is dying.
- Our Dragons Are Different: He has two dragon heads.
- Shockwave Stomp: Will attempt to crush Bayonetta under his feet.
- Tail Slap: Will often employ this against Bayonetta.
- A Twinkle in the Sky: In Bayonetta 2, Rosa and Bayonetta toss him clean into the sky.
- You Talk Too Much: 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.
Temperantia, the Cardinal Virtue of Temperance (Auditio)
"Ahh, the lovely Bayonetta. Such beautiful eyes... Despite the passing of time, you still hold the pride of an overseer, don't you?"
Voiced by: Yuri LowenthalThe second of the Audito, Temperantia embodies the Cardinal Virtue of Temperance as well as the element of Air. He is a massive, castle-like giant with giant arms that look like gun turrets. He uses his power over wind to antagonize Bayonetta throughout her trek through Vigrid until he is defeated.According to the Hierarchy of Laguna, Temperantia appears in the world as a mighty storm, meant to inspire temperance on the part of the faithful as they beg for the wind to spare their lives.
- Barrier Warrior: In the third part of the fight, he protects his vulnerable face with a barrier.
- Breath Weapon: Can fire gusts of wind from his mouth.
- Colossus Climb: Three times. The first two serve the purpose of ripping his arms off, while the third batters his torso and face.
- Combat Tentacles: His "fingers" are very flexible, allowing him to hold the debris Bayonetta stands on while shooting her all with one hand.
- Elemental Powers: Wind and storm powers.
- Elemental Punch: His most often used attack is an electrified punch.
- Evil Laugh: Chuckles after seeing a trolley (apparently) crush Bayonetta.
- Eye Beams
- Gatling Good: Possibly overlapping with Pistol-Whipping; Temperantia's "fingers" double as guns, though he's perfectly happy to ball them up and take swings at Bayonetta.
- Irony: He is supposed to be temperance, yet he has anger issues and possibly lust as well, since he makes remarks about how attractive Bayonetta is.
- Rock Monster: His face and neck are the only organic parts he has — everything else is either stone or metal.
- Shock and Awe: Can fire lightning from his eyes and the jewel on his forehead.
Iustitia, the Cardinal Virtue of Justice (Auditio)
"It was as the Lumen Sage foretold. Your power is indeed magnificent."
Voiced by: Grant AlbrechtThe third of the Audito, Iustitia represents the Cardinal Virtue of Justice and the Element of Earth. It appears as an indecipherable mass of vaguely plant-like, demonic-looking tentacles, which serve to hinder Bayonetta's progress until she finally confronts their source.According to the Hierarchy of Laguna, Iustitia's appearance is not fixed, and it changes with principles of justice established by mankind. Because of the ambiguous nature of justice, Iustitia is said to be the closest of Audito to Inferno.note
- Colossus Climb: Bayonetta must run along Iustitia's tentacles to strike their roots.
- Combat Tentacles: Two varieties; thinner, thorned ones ending in flowers, and thicker ones ending in vulnerable faces.
- Covered in Gunge: Can spit out a substance that looks and functions like glue to briefly immobilize Bayonetta.
- Elemental Powers: Earth, poison, lightnote , and plants.
- Hard Light: Overlapping with Laser Blade. Trying to run down Iustitia's tentacles will make it summon some of these to slow you down.
- Irony: The cardinal virtue of justice attempts to kill Bayonetta without a word, and doesn't care about plowing through the innocent child and mortal man nearby to get to her.
- 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 Teammate: 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. Ironically, it is also the only Auditio to actually display any traits of its virtue.
- Vocal Dissonance: Iustitia's voice is noticeably higher than the other Virtues' voices.
- You Talk Too Much: Noticeably averted in that it's the only Cardinal Virtue that doesn't give a speech — or speak at all, for that matter — before its battle.
Sapientia, the Cardinal Virtue of Prudence (Auditio)
"Stone...? ...You think this is all about some worthless rock? [laughs] May Jubileus, the Creator, grace you! [laughs]"
Voiced by: Dave FennoyThe last of the Audito, Sapientia represents the Cardinal Virtue of Prudence and the element of Water. He appears with Jeanne during her second confrontation with Bayonetta and challenges the Umbra Witch almost immediately afterwards. He acts as the main villain's second in command, and displays a none-too-subtle contempt for humanity. His appearance somewhat resembles a cross between an alligator and a panther.According to the Hierarchy of Laguna, Sapientia is a narcissist who treats the rising and falling of the tides as an expression of the divine will despite the fact that he's the one doing it. He is also said to be the one who split the seas for Moses during the Exodus.
- Breath Weapon: Can spit out fireballs.
- Combat Tentacles: Which can shoot lasers.
- Elemental Powers: Water, though he doesn't use it as often as the others.
- Evil Laugh: After Bayonetta defeats him, she taunts him — "I have no idea why you would want this stone!" — thinking it's the Left Eye. Sapientia finds this hilarious.
- Fantastic Racism: Clearly regards humanity as inferior - including the Lumen Sages -, though it bears a special disdain for Umbra Witches.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: They pop up in the final phase of the fight.
- Irony: He's meant to represent wisdom and prudence, yet he is a reckless, boastful asshole that is bigoted against humans. All of this only makes Bayonetta want to kill him even more.
- Macross Missile Massacre: Can fire missiles from its back.
- Oh, Crap!: He tries to run away after seeing Bayonetta summon Phantasmaranae — too bad she jumps on him and steers him back so the demon can munch on his face.
- Sea Monster: It vaguely looks like a crocodile with a shark's mouth.
- Video Game Historical Revisionism: Sapientia's profile states that he parted the Red Sea as reward to Moses' faith.
- Walk on Water: Zig-zagged. Sapientia is capable of standing on top of water, but also swimming in it.
"Rise, my child! Rise to realize your true potential! Unleash your power and awaken the Eyes of the World!"
Voiced by: Grant Albrecht, Crispin Freeman as the Masked Lumen (EN), Norio Wakamoto, Takehito Koyasu as the Masked Lumen(JP)The mysterious CEO of the Ithavoll Group, who is eventually revealed as both the Big Bad and as Bayonetta's father. His past version is in the sequel (see Masked Lumen).
- Agent Peacock: Both the most powerful and the most effeminate man in the whole series. And he has an albino peacock stole to really drive the point home.
- Animal Motifs: The peacock.
- Anti-Villain: In Bloody Fate, where he is shown to have been driven mad from past experiences (namely losing Rosa) and is something of a Well-Intentioned Extremist, his reasons to basically cause omnicide being out of a misguided desire to make a better world. Notably, Bayonetta's opinion of him in the movie is more pity than disgust, unlike the game. Becomes full-on this in the second game, where we see his younger self. He's vehemently against the Witch Hunts and genuinely loves Rosa and Cereza. Sealing Loptr, the mad god, away inside himself drives him to insanity... and over the edge. It makes playing the first game a hell of a lot different.
- Archnemesis Dad: To Bayonetta.
- Badass Finger Snap: When he commands his Kill Sat to fire.
- Barrier Warrior: Uses one to defend himself during the boss fight, especially when Bayonetta uses her demon summons.
- Biblical Motifs: Has elements of Lucifer (specially the Yezidi edition, Melek Taus; particularly ironic in the latter since Satan Is Good in that religion), and Enochian Angels (Babogel, Bornogo).
- Big Bad: Of the first game.
- Bilingual Bonus: His battle cries are in Enochian.
- Bond One-Liner: After tossing Luka through a window:It looks like my plans have gone right out the window.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: As revealed in 2, he was actually a good person. The influence of Loptr's soul drove him into his madness and evil.
- Catch-Phrase: He has a tendency of referring to Bayonetta as "My dear, sweet child" and other variations.
- The Chessmaster: Naturally, being a Big Bad who only actually appears in a small segment of the game, Balder has been pulling the strings from behind the scenes since the very first chapter of the game, faking his own death in the process. Although he only appears in a small segment, his voice is present throughout the whole game, you just don't know who it is until you meet him.
- Climax Boss: In more ways than one. He meets all the criteria of the trope in the sense that he is fought after a hefty heaping of plot-twisting exposition, and the fight itself is overwhelmingly dramatic in every sense of the word — you're falling off the top of an impossibly high tower, headbutting skyscrapers at him and playing catch with a satellite. You have to hammer him with no less than three Climax attacks (where just one suffices against building-sized archangels) before he finally suffers a Critical Existence Failure. He can also be fought on Non-Stop Infinite Climax difficulty, while wearing the Climax bracelet. Needless to say, like everything else, this game takes the trope Up to Eleven.
- Colony Drop: During the boss fight, he'll occasionally summon a large meteor to hit Bayonetta. Also, in the last leg of the fight, he'll pull the Kill Sat out of space and throw it at her, leading to a Tennis Boss moment.
- Combat Sadomasochist: He does an awful lot of moaning throughout the fight.
- Cool Mask: He wears a golden mask that covers half of his face.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: He's the CEO of the Ithavoll Group and the first game's Big Bad.
- Driven to Madness: Subverted in the case of Rosa's murder. His actual event of this happening was after his Heroic Sacrifice, which led to Loptr gradually driving him completely insane by the time of the first game.
- Dying as Yourself: As he's dying, Loptr tries to escape his body. He regains his sanity and proves himself truly heroic by keeping Loptr sealed as he dies.
- Early-Bird Cameo: He is The Lumen Sage from The Intro.
- Elemental Powers: As a Lumen Sage, his powers are derived from the Sun, hence all of his attacks technically count as solar magic.
- Evil Albino: Balder is a megalomaniac with stark white hair and unnaturally pale skin. He wasn't always like that, though: he looked normal enough in the second game. He had the white hair back when he was normal, but he lost the healthy glow to his skin when Loptr possessed him. Once that happened he began looking really sickly and pale.
- Evil Counterpart: He is the right eye of the world while Bayonetta is the left eye of the world.
- Evil Is Hammy: As the Big Bad, he's one of the hammiest characters of all in the first game.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: He wears a black glove on one hand and a golden ring on the other.
- Faux Affably Evil: In the first game, he is shown to be an incredibly horrible person and while he seems at first polite he is merely hiding how bad he actually is. The second game reveals that it was actually Loptr in control of him.
- Fauxlosophic Narration: In substance, his exposition is very straightforward, but its couched in terms so lofty and obscure that Bayonetta doesn't know what the hell he's talking about.
- Feather Motif: Besides having a lot of feathers in his design, he also uses feathers as a makeshift hair comb.
- Fluffy Fashion Feathers: His outfit is decorated with peacock feathers.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: Can fire a beam of light from his hand.
- Glass Cannon: Played with. Balder has various, powerful attacks at his disposal, but he only has one bar of health unlike most bosses. Whenever Bayonetta performs a climax, Balder will kill the demon and replenish his health.
- Gold and White Are Divine: His colors reflect his angelic powers.
- Good All Along: He himself is actually rather benevolent as far as the Lumen Sages go. As revealed in 2, he was Brainwashed and Crazy on account of Loptr's influence. See "Masked Lumen" for more on his prior self.
- Heads I Win, Tails You Lose: As soon as you beat him, he gets back up once Bayonetta returns from returning her younger self to her own time and knocks Bayonetta out.
- I Was Quite a Looker: The Masked Lumen in 2 is him. And he was quite the Bishounen in his day.
- Kick the Dog: He's rather fond of this, to say the least. From trying to have Luka pulled apart by angels like he did with his father twenty years earlier before sending him out a window to mocking Jeanne in front of Bayonetta and revealing he had her Brainwashed, you will have every reason to kick this bastard's smarmy ass by the time the battle starts.
- Kill Sat: He tries to hit Bayonetta with a satellite laser cannon. When that doesn't work, he drops it on top of her. It doesn't help.
- Knight of Cerebus: Barring a bad pun he throws out, the brief screen time he has is completely humorless. Bayonetta gets pissed enough at him that she quickly drops her Deadpan Snarker attitude.
- Knight Templar: He is bound and determined to make sure that Paradiso is victorious in their struggle against Inferno, even if the entire world is destroyed in the process. Subverted in the second game where we learn that this is just the result of being tainted by Loptr's evil.
- Kung-Shui: He destroys buildings and satellites throughout his fight with Bayonetta.
- Large Ham: The guy chews the scenery into an extravagant paste.
- Laser Blade: His main attack during the boss fight with him.
- Last of His Kind: His doing, alongside the genocide of the Umbra Witches. Or rather it isn't, but rather it's Loptr's fault.
- Light 'em Up: Primarily fights using the power of light.
- Light Is Not Good: The fact that he's the last Lumen Sage does not in any way diminish his evilness.
- Love Makes You Crazy: According to Bloody Fate, he was driven mad after being forced to separate from the woman he loved. Crazy enough that he ended up killing her so that he could remake the world. As revealed in 2, this alone wasn't enough. He was also corrupted from the inside out by the soul of Loptr in his body over time.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: He's Bayonetta's father, with some shades of Pervert Dad as well. Bayonetta is understandably weirded out.
- Man in White: His predominantly white outfit gives him a rather ominous presence.
- Meaningful Echo: After spending the first game calling Bayonetta, "My dear, sweet child," and telling her "Fear not, for I am always watching over you," in the most creepy way possible, at the beginning of the second game, when he dies, he finally says those words the way a father should, foreshadowing his fundamental goodness.
- Mind over Matter: Has powerful telekinesis and uses this to fling a building, fire a Kill Sat, then throw said Kill Sat at Bayonetta.
- Mythical Motifs: Balder (both in name, powers, and role as the Last of His Kind).
- A Nazi by Any Other Name: After Balder makes his speech all about his Evil Plan and how he wants to destroy the universe Luka states that everything he says is "Diarrhea in the mouth" because there's been infamous genocidal figures just like him.
- Neck Snap: How he kills Gomorrah.
- No-Sell: All of your summons do literally no damage to so much as his clothing before he kills them. Even the finishing blow, a tube of lipstick shot like a bullet right into his head is proven afterwards to have done pretty much nothing.
- Oh, Crap!: He's too theatrical to say "oh crap," but he has this reaction after he realizes that Jeanne's action of pulling Bayonetta from the Jubileus statue not only foiled his century-long plans, but would eventually unleash an insane deity on the universe.
- Omnicidal Maniac: His plan to reunite the three realms would end up killing everyone.
- One-Winged Angel: When he prepares to fight Bayonetta, he sprouts twelve wings.
- Orgasmic Combat: Even your most powerful attacks does nothing more than make him groan or moan.
- Path of Inspiration: He's been manipulating the people of Vigrid with the Lumen Sages' religion to expand the ranks of his army and destroy all traces of the Umbra Witches. Not to mention his ultimate goal of reviving Jubileus, which means the end of the world.
- Playing with Fire: Uses fire in some of his attacks such as tossing fireballs or summoning pillars of flame from below.
- Polite Villains, Rude Heroes: He's very polite towards Bayonetta. She considers him a horrible, irredeemable monster and treats him as such.
- Power Gives You Wings: Twelve of them, in fact.
- The Power of the Sun: As a Lumen Sage, he derives his power from the sun.
- Purple Prose: Don't expect his speeches to be simple.
- Really 700 Years Old: Over 600 years old. How old he is exactly isn't stated.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Bayonetta's red. Best seen in the cutscene before his boss battle, when his cold, calculating personality clashes with Bayonetta's showy, emotional, and furious comments.
- Satanic Archetype: The best and brightest of an angelic holy order that fell from grace and eventually destroyed them all. On top of that his boss form's design was based after Lucifer, and in 2 rebelled against God alongside one of the forces of hell. Ironically enough, he wasn't even evil.
- Silver Fox: He might have gray hair, but he still possesses an air of sophistication.
- Sinister Minister: He's the self-styled High Priest of Vigrid's pseudo-religion, but is also an Omnicidal Maniac responsible for the extermination of the Umbra Witches.
- Sissy Villain: On the surface. He's a lot more dangerous than he seems.
- Sphere of Destruction: Can trap Bayonetta in a ball of light, leaving her open to attack.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Rosa, as the movie shows. The fact that the world drove them apart eventually drove him mad, causing him to try and destroy it and remake it anew. His final moments as Sheba kills Jubileus has him longingly calling out for Rosa.
- The Stoic: He's calm throughout both chapters he appears in, but when Jeanne pulls Bayonetta from the statue of Jubileus he totally loses his shit (and for good reason):Balder: Are you insane?! Light and dark! Unless both halves remain, the universe will lose its balance and face another Armageddon!
- Taking You with Me: In the opening for 2, he appears to do this for an evil influence that has inhabited his body, apparently driving his madness, dying, but adamant that the influence and he will "perish together." As the ending of the same game reveals, that is Loptr, whom he imprisoned within his body.
- This Is Gonna Suck: Of course, once Balder realizes that he's going to die for nothing, he accepts his fate, taking care to make his Famous Last Words Meaningless Meaningful Words.
- Time Stands Still: Like all Lumen Sages, he can perform Light Speed and slow down time. Though he only uses it once during the cutscene before the fight, the difficulty of getting a slowdown off of his normal attacks suggests that he can undo Witch Time as fast as it's triggered.
- Tragic Villain: Bloody Fate explains his motivations as being driven to madness by being seperated from Rosa as well as from the "injustices" of the world. 2 further explains it as his evil being caused by being Brainwashed and Crazy due to a Heroic Sacrifice earlier in his life.
- Villain with Good Publicity: He credits the visible opulence of Isla Del Sol to his leadership skills. He's probably right in that regard, though of course he doesn't make it publicly known that his ultimate goal is to destroy everything.
The creator of the the world, the ruler of Paradiso, and the embodiment of the Divine Will. The Angels of Paradiso seek to revive her in the first game in order to reunite the Trinity of Realities, which would result in the complete destruction of the world.
- Abnormal Ammo: One of her attacks has her firing what appears to be small, spiraling galaxies at Bayonetta. Getting hit by them turns her into a child.
- Adaptational Badass: While still a powerful goddess, Bayonetta escaping as the ritual was underway made her significantly less powerful, letting her be easily curb-stomped by Queen Sheba. In Bloody Fate she is depicted as Queen Sheba's equal and fights her on relatively equal terms.
- Almighty Idiot: Due to her ressurection being incomplete, she is revived as a mindless, uncontrollable force of nature.
- Came Back Wrong: Revived at fifty percent, communicates entirely through shrieks and screams, fights sloppily and predictably, and is significantly less powerful than her counterpart, Sheba.
- Climax Boss: A standout example in the history of Hack and Slash video games.
- Combat Tentacles: It uses its "hair" to impale Bayonetta. The hair ribbons also have mouths that fire various blasts of elemental magic. They also serve as her weak points and damaging them causes them to lose their golden feathers.
- Deader Than Dead: Her soul burns up in the sun.
- Distaff Counterpart: Fanon says she is this to either Mundus or The Savior.
- Elemental Powers: Possesses control over many elements.
- Final Boss: Of the first game.
- Finger Poke of Doom: It uses this when summoning lightning.
- Fountain of Youth: One of her attacks can turn Bayonetta into a child.
- Gender-Blender Name: Reverse of the Virtues, Jubileus is an explicitly masculine name yet the holder is visibly female and holds the title Dea, meaning goddess.
- God: The most powerful angel of all and is referred to as The Creator by just about all the other bosses. Subverted in the second game, where she's just the head of the light. Aesir is the head of everything. Her Boss Subtitle is Dea, which is Latin for Goddess.
- God Is Evil: This god is not benevolent at all.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: Attacks by punching you.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Of the first game. Subverted, in that it's really Loptr who's the Greater-Scope Villain, but Jubileus takes the credit through Lumen Sage mythology.
- Have You Seen My God?: She was forced into sleep in order to form the Trinity of Realities, but her mere presence is required to keep the world in balance. Her destruction at the end of the first game has serious reprecussions in the sequel.
- An Ice Person: Can turn the battlefield into a winter wonderland, complete with nasty freezing effects.
- Macross Missile Massacre: Can summon missiles.
- Mighty Glacier: Hits like a tank and moves as fast as one.
- Light 'em Up: She is the god of light after all.
- Light Is Not Good: She's the most powerful being in Paradiso, and the first game's final boss.
- Playing with Fire: She'll turn the floor into lava while doing this.
- Rasputinian Death: She has her powers beaten out of her several times, a Great Demon is summoned to punch her out, and her soul fries in the Sun. Half of her is still able to be summoned by Young Balder in spite of this in the second game.
- Reality Warper: Being a goddess, it is capable of warping reality at a whim. As the fight rages on, it changes the arena several times, from a lava-filled field to a winter wonderland to a stormy backdrop.
- Shock and Awe: Has some electric attacks and can turn the battlefield into a stormy backdrop.
- Shows Damage: As Jubileus takes damage, her porcelain skin begins to crack, revealing a black void in place. Also, as you damage her hair, it begins to lose its golden feathers.
- Troubled Fetal Position: Her default pose throughout the fight.
- The Unpronouncable: Her real name is composed of divine syllables that no human can speak. They just gave her the name "Jubileus" out of convenience.
- Unrealistic Black Hole: One of her attacks is to punch a hole straight through the sphere they're fighting in, causing a vacuum effect that will suck Bayonetta into outer space. It's instant death if it's successful.
- Your Size May Vary: She's around Sheba's size when we first see her, then during the boss fight with her she's more around the size of the Cardinal virtues.
Bosses and Villains introduced in Bayonetta 2
Glamor (First Sphere, Seraphim)
"Sovereign one. You must flee no more. Accompany me. The Prophetic one is waiting."
Voiced by: Tara PlattAn angel seen in Bayonetta 2, it is a massive dragon-like creature that is antagonizing Loki for some reason.
- Ambiguous Gender: It's voice seems to have a feminine tone, but like with all angels it's distorted enough to not be certain.
- Co-Dragons: With Valiance.
- Defiant to the End: Its fianl act is to fire one last attack to prevent Bayonetta from rescuing Loki, and it laughs triumphantly while being dragged off to Inferno.
- The Dragon: To Loptr.
- Eldritch Abomination: Even weirder than the Auditio.
- Elemental Powers: Can manipulate water and ice.
- Evil Is Petty: Though to be fair, throwing ice shards at Loki as a final insult was probably a last ditch effort to fulfill its mission. It was still enjoying it a lot, though.
- Evil Laugh: Gives one after throwing ice shards at Loki, as a final insult for being dragged to Inferno.
- Feather Flechettes: Can fire off its feathers at Bayonetta.
- Femme Fatalons: If female, the massive claws it uses to fight are certainly this.
- "Get Back Here!" Boss: The first half of the fight is Bayonetta chasing it after it swallows Loki.
- An Ice Person: Can fire ice shards from its mouth.
- Light Is Not Good: It is very evil, in fact.
- Lightning Bruiser: Surprisingly mobile for a giant serpent.
- Our Dragons Are Different: Has a massive, serpentine body with many legs and flies with clear wings. Makes sense, since it's described as a seraphim, a type of angel usually described as draconic or at least related to fiery serpents in scripture.
- Recurring Boss: Though unlike most examples, this one is justified in that there are multiple Glamors throughout the game.
- Tail Slap: One of its attacks during the fight.
"What's wrong can be made right through human hands!"Aesir.
- The Masked Lumen
- Animorphism: Can transform into a white wolf during combat.
- Badass Boast: Prior to the final battle:"Humans need not be told what their will shall be. We can create our world with our own eyes! ... We may not see our next step. We may stumble. We may fall off the path. But we always move forward. That is the power of man."
- Bishōnen: You can tell he's one just by looking at the tiny sliver of his face that gets revealed in the introduction. Balder was quite a looker when he was younger.
- Call-Back: The entire last battle against him. He sprouts a huge set of wings shaped like peacock feathers, he fights like he did in the first game, and the exact same music plays.
- Colour Coded Time Stop: Starting with his second boss fight, he will perform an attack where he shoots out a deceptively fast beam of symbols shaped like clocks. If it hits Bayonetta she will be left defenseless while everything turns black and white.
- Combat Stilettos: Fittingly given he's a Mirror Boss, he has high heels much like Bayonetta's, making him a Rare Male Example.
- Determinator: He is determined to kill Loki, and come hell or high water he will make sure of it.Masked Lumen: He will not be forgiven! He will never be forgiven! On my soul as a Lumen, he will draw his last breath before me!
- Double Weapon: His weapon of choice is a golden double-bladed halberd. It can be split apart to form two swords.
- Feather Flechettes: Uses this to deflect Loki's cards when he first encounters him. The final battle with him has him firing a barrage of these. He also throws them as projectiles instead of shooting a gun when he's playable during Tag Climax.
- Fire/Ice/Lightning: When playable in Tag Climax, his kick button is replaced with a variety of elemental spells, mostly fire and lightning. His boss fights take it further.
- Good All Along: He is an uncorrupted version of Balder who just wants to have peace between the two clans. Unfortunately, he became an Unwitting Pawn of Loptr in the process.
- High-Class Glass: Unmasked, he wears a monocle with stylized rays of light around the side of it.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He chose to seal Loptr away inside of himself, knowing that he will eventually be corrupted. As such, his final words to Bayonetta are to ask her to strike him down when the time comes.
- Humans Are Special: He's an ardent believer in this as the quote above will tell you. When Loptr claims that human free will is a joke, the Sage pretty much tells him to shut the hell up and launches into a Patrick Stewart Speech boasting about how free will means that humanity's outgrown him and has no need for Aesir's Eyes of the World. He ends up being right. And to top his speech off:Masked Lumen: Bayonetta! Shall we illustrate?Bayonetta: Let's rock!
- I Am Not Left-Handed: In the final fight with him, he completely cuts loose and makes full use of his Lumen Sage powers, fighting exactly like he does in the first game.
- Knight in Shining Armor: The Masked Lumen behaves with remarkable chivalry and honor in a series full of underhandedness and combat pragmatists. He repeatedly says that he has no interest in fighting Bayonetta, only Loki, and gives her the option to step aside in the first two fights. Each time, she doesn't, so he engages her in combat, but makes a clear effort to hold back. It's only after Bayonetta interferes a third time that he declares that he's going to kill her and fights at full power.
- Knight of Cerebus: Like his future counterpart, things get very serious when he makes an appearance.
- Light 'em Up: As a Lumen Sage, he fights using light magic.
- Light Is Not Good: Dressed in immaculate white robes, summoning angels to fight for him, and wielding both fire and lightning powers. Anybody's who's played the first game knows this fellow is trouble. Subverted in that he's just misguided. He actually falls under Light Is Good.
- Limit Break: His most damaging attack can only be used once he has a summoned Virtue out on the battlefield, and it involves standing in place and channeling light over his head as he focuses; as he does so, the Virtue in question will suddenly gain the upper hand in its brawl with Bayonetta's summoned demon and turn its focus on her. Unless Bayonetta can stagger the Masked Lumen in time, the Virtue will hit her with a powerful attack.
- Magic Knight: While every major character in the setting is this to some degree, he fits the classic description the best: in Tag Climax, the kick button is used to cast various elemental spells instead and he doesn't use his feet in combat at all.
- Man in White: His white outfit gives him a dangerous presence.
- Malevolent Masked Man: His face is hidden behind an ornate golden mask styled to look like both a sun and an eye.
- Mechanically Unusual Fighter: He's the only playable character who doesn't have kick attacks, rather they're replaced with powerful elemental spells.
- Mirror Boss: He uses Lumen Sage versions of Bayonetta's moves.
- No Fair Cheating: If you use an item during the first two battles with him, he will actually stop what he's doing just to shame you for it.Masked Lumen: ...you have disappointed me.
- No-Nonsense Nemesis: Compared to the previous bosses in the series and their tendency to devour the scenery with relish, the Masked Lumen seems to find little use for Trash Talk. The first time he is fought he does not utter a single word before engaging Bayonetta in combat.
- One-Hit Kill: Deals out a headshot to Labolas with his glaive once the hellhound succeeds in finishing off Fortitudo. Judging by the demon's reaction, he picked the right head.
- Outgrown Such Silly Superstitions: Invoked, at the climax of the second game he goes into a lengthy diatribe about how mankind can make up for its own past misgivings without courtship from an all powerful jackass sitting on high, that whatever's been made wrong can be righted again by humanities own hand.
- Power Gives You Wings: Can fly through the air with peacock wings similar to the ones used by Father Balder. Fitting, as he is him, and so has the same pacts.
- Revenge: Against Loki for killing Rosa. But in reality, it was actually Loptr disguising himself as Loki to manipulate him.
- Summon Bigger Fish: Just as our heroine can call forth demons, the Masked Lumen can call forth angels. In his case, he brings out the Cardinal Virtues from the previous game.
- The Power of the Sun: His weapon, clothing, and mask all have sun motifs and he has sun magic. Fitting, as he is a Lumen Sage.
- Time Stands Still: Using his Light Speed, the Lumen Sage can easily keep up with Bayonetta's Witch Time ability. Best seen during the first boss fight, where he casually grabs a handful of bullets shot at him from almost point-blank range and drops them to the ground. Also, one of his attacks is to fire a set of clock-shaped magical blasts that will slow Bayonetta down if it connects.
- Unwitting Pawn: Of Loptr.
- Villainous Vow: A given when taking his honorable nature into account. Before his last fight with Bayonetta, he specifically calls her by name, asking if he can do so beforehand, and declares that she will be the first Umbra Witch to die at his hands. When he pins Bayonetta with his light beam and begins to gain the upper hand, he vows that Loki will die before him, never to be forgiven.
- Would Hurt a Child: Attempts to strike down Loki without an ounce of remorse or hesitation. Had Bayonetta not interfered, he would have killed him then and there. Then again, he does believe that said child killed his lover...
- Wrath: He's a little blinded by his desire for revenge and isn't too keen on making sure he's killing the person who's actually responsible.
- You Killed My Father: His reason for trying to kill Loki; he's mistaking him for Loptr, who he saw kill Rosa.
Valor (First Sphere, Cherubim)
"Sovereign one, you shall not be allowed to reach Fimbulventr!"
Voiced by: Fred TatascioreAnother major angelic boss, he, like Glamor, also chases after Loki.
- The Ace: Zig-zagged. Valor is the last solitary angel that Loptr sends after Loki and Bayonetta, and afterward, he declares that his pawns can't serve his purposes any further. This, along with how Valor destroys the Bridge to the Heavens in seconds and renders the entire previous chapter a waste of time, suggests that he's the best Loptr has at his disposal, but in combat, Valor is weak, his attacks are easily telegraphed, and the player's main difficulty lies in his battle being aerial, which limits the combos and techniques they have to work with.
- Battle Tops: Can ride his shield like one.
- BFS: Can extend its sword to great lengths.
- Co-Dragons: With Glamor.
- The Dragon: To Loptr
- Knight Errant: Designed with this look in mind.
- Light Is Not Good: Double points for looking like a medieval knight and having solar motifs.
- Taking You with Me: After being beaten by Bayonetta, it uses the last of its strength to slash open a rift in the floor of the boss arena in an attempt to kill her and Loki.
Insidious, Consumer of All
An enormous manta-ray like Infernal Demon that serves as the first boss of Chapter VII in Bayonetta 2, attacking Bayonetta and Loki when they use the Ark to travel to Inferno through Fimbulventr's underground water caverns. Though they apparently defeat it, they are quickly swallowed alive, and the rest of the chapter's action takes place inside it.Another Insidious is fought near the climax of the game when Bayonetta makes her way to Fimbulventr.
- Animalistic Abomination: A huge, demonic manta-ray.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: This thing is about twice the size of the Ark.
- Beam-O-War: Engages one with Loki when he uses the Ark's laser cannon. It loses.
- Big Eater: It's called the "Consumer of All" for a reason.
- Bizarre Alien Biology: This thing has a skull-like face on its chest that can open up to inhale its victims whole. It has eyes on its wings that wield Combat Tentacles and shoot lasers. Not to mention that its left eye can move out of its socket to attack enemies directly and it also has a mouth.
- Combat Tentacles: Its eyes attack with these and can fire lasers from them.
- Cool Ship: According to its profile, it served as a warship during wars with Paradiso.
- Eye Scream: Bayonetta inflicts a lot of this on it. Not only must Bayonetta attack its eyes to damage it, but she also has Madams Butterfly rip its eyelid open and then rip out its left eye. And when it engages in a Beam-O-War with Loki using its right eye, the eye gets blasted off.
- Faking the Dead: Both battles against an Insidious seemingly end victorious, only for one to show up behind Bayonetta and co. and attempt to inhale them. It's unclear whether it's the same Insidious; both times, the camera is either obstructed or too zoomed-in to see the demon's wing eyes and whether they're the ones Bayonetta damaged.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: In the intro to the game, an Insidious is sliced in half by Valiance.
- Heel–Face Turn: In Chapter X, Rodin summons one to help him and Bayonetta get to Alraune's palace.
- Macross Missile Massacre: Can spit torpedoes from its massive maw.
- Made of Iron: The one Rodin and Bayonetta ride on in Inferno is definitely this. You know those shockwave stomps Rodin fights with in the tag battle? The ones capable of clearing every demon, even the miniboss Pain, off the screen in one hit? That Insidious can tank them with no problem.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Anything named Insidious cannot possibly be good, now can it? Neither does its title as "Consumer of All."
- Recurring Boss: Is fought again near the end of the game during the fighter jet section.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: It has giant red eyes.
- Throat Light: Its mouth glows with an eerie purple light.
- Tron Lines: Has red ones on its back.
- Underwater Boss Battle: The first fight with it.
- Vacuum Mouth: Will attempt to inhale Bayonetta in its mouth. Like with Gomorrah, Madama Butterfly will pry open its jaws to save her. The next attempt is more successful.
- Womb Level: After being Swallowed Whole, Bayonetta fights the Masked Lumen.
Loptr, the Prophetic One
"I see you've already discovered the truth. They don't call you the Left Eye for naught, do they?"
Voiced by: TJ Ramini (EN), Takumi Yamazaki (JP)A youth who looks almost exactly like Loki, but is far more malevolent. He frequently appears in Loki's visions and seems to have a grudge against him.
- Agent Peacock: If you thought Balder was flamboyant, wait until you see Lotpr's white/blue lipstick, neatly and fabulously tied hair and his ridiculous outfit, that looks like a burqa and yet manages to be very skimpy underneath (particularly in contrast to Loki's more traditionally masculine clothes). It makes him look like Ghirahim. Suffice to say, just like Ghirahim, he's exceptionally dangerous and one of the world's most powerful beings. These pieces of concept art show he was originally going to have a more feminine appearance.
- A God I Am: Well he's half of one to be precise, but he's so arrogant he sees himself as above all other beings including his other half.
- Big Bad: Killed Rosa and manipulates the events of the second game in order to regain the Eyes of the World and become whole.
- Big NO: When Loki destroys the Eyes of the World to render him powerless.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: Had he simply killed Loki after draining him of his Sovereign Power, Loki wouldn't have been able to use power over Nothingness to erase the Eyes of the World and render him powerless.
- Chaos Is Evil: He is the half of the original God of Chaos that represented the negative aspects of chaos.
- The Chessmaster: Masterminded the events of the second game and retroactively causes the events of the first game.
- Cold Ham: While his tone of voice is perfectly measured and calm, his actual dialogue drips with theatricality which is only accentuated by his exaggerated arm movements.
- Colony Drop: Can call down meteors. In particular, the fight with him in his child form has him using his hands to pull a meteorite from space to toss at Bayonetta.
- Creepy Child: In his kid form.
- Creepy Monotone: How he normally talks.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: His fights with Bayonetta usually end with him winning. Not to say that she doesn't put up a valiant fight though. Finally on the receiving end of this when Loki renders him powerless.
- Death Dealer: Like Loki, he can use tarot cards as a form of attack. Rosa learns this the hard way.
- Devour the Dragon: Pulls this on Balder, stealing the Right Eye out of Balder's head and tossing him aside. Balder lives, but is in noticeable pain afterwards.
- Didn't See That Coming:
Loptr: What on earth was that?!Bayonetta: Just some fool always swinging in out of nowhere, albeit with absolutely impeccable timing. I suppose not even a god can see him coming?
- Doubling as a Funny Moment, Luka swinging in to rescue Loki after he's drained him of his Sovereign Power causes Loptr to react with genuine surprise and briefly drop his calm demeanor. Bayonetta doesn't miss a beat in Lampshading it.
Loki: His first mistake was thinking all I had to me was some shit "Sovereign Power." Stupid fool doesn't get why I'm the better half.
- Takes a much more serious tone later on when Loki reveals to have Aesir's power over Nothingness, which Loki uses to erase the Eyes of the World and leave him powerless. Loki doesn't miss a beat in Lampshading it.
- Does Not Like Shoes: In his adult form, and as Aesir which isn't a bother for him since he mainly levitates above the ground.
- Establishing Character Moment: The first time we clearly see him separately from an event with Loki, he murders Rosa, showing his evil up front and how he masterminded the entire plot.
- Evil Counterpart: To Loki, Bayonetta and Balder.
- He IS Loki's evil half, with similar card playing tricks and hidden godlike powers. While Loki is ultimately benevolent, yet mischievous, Loptr is sadistic and cruel. Loki wants the eyes to destroy them, Loptr wants to use them to conquer the world. Loki respects humanity while Loptr sees humans as sheep that need a ruler.
- Like Bayonetta, Loptr calls upon monsters to fight for him and also fights with insane fisticuffs and giant projections of limbs. He has a similar dramatic flair and a connection to the eyes of the world, and can manipulate time in a manner that exceeds Bayonetta's own time-stopping powers. Also both are the "dark half" of a divine pair of beings — while Loptr is evil, Bayonetta is simply dark.
- Lastly, Loptr and Balder both model themselves after divine figures — Loptr IS one half of Aesir, while Balder gave himself numerous parallels to Father Rodin and Jubileus. Both of them use light attacks and can summon angels to their aid. However, Balder is not evil, and considers human free will their greatest asset. Loptr considers human free will to be a sick joke.
- The Evils of Free Will: Believes human free will to be an illusion and that humans should obey only him.
- Evil Twin: Looks exactly like Loki, almost. He uses this to frame Loki for Rosa's murder.
- Faux Affably Evil: He's infallibly polite and cordial towards others, but none of it is real and he always carries an arrogant, condescending tone.
- Final Boss Preview: He fights you early on as The Prophet.
- Foreshadowing: His appearance, his faux-politeness, his manner of speaking, his Summon Magic cinematic attacks, and even the specific demons he killsnote all point to him having some connection to Father Balder, which is made much more blatant when we learn that Balder was actually quite heroic when he was younger.
- Four Is Death: He beats the hell out of Bayonetta in their first three fights, but she's able to survive every time. When he fights as Aesir the fourth time and channels his power entirely from the Eyes of the World, it becomes his undoing when Loki destroys the Eyes and renders him powerless. Bayonetta, Balder, and Jeanne go to town on Loptr and give him a very humiliating death.
- Frame-Up: Does this to Loki by killing Rosa while in his child form.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: One of his signature attacks is firing beams of blue light and he can call down golden beams of light from the sky.
- Giant Hands of Doom: His other Signature Move is creating giant hands of blue light in a manner similar to Bayonetta's Wicked Weaves. His child form takes things a step further with six hands to fight with that he keeps out for the whole battle.
- Greater-Scope Villain: His corrupting influence within Balder eventually drives him insane with evil, retroactively causing the events of the first game.
- God of Evil: As the evil half of the Top God. Loki's goal is to prevent him from becoming the only half of Aesir in him.
- Humiliation Conga: Hoo boy! It wasn't enough for him to get beaten by Bayonetta. Oh no, he had to suffer first. First, Loki uses his power over nothingness to destroy the Eyes of the World and render him powerless. Next, Bayonetta and Balder beat the everloving crap out of him, then summon Omne to drop kick him so hard that his soul is separated from his body. His body is sent flying over the horizon and is eventually eaten alive by Gomorrah, summoned by Jeanne. And as his soul tries to make and escape to another era, Balder absorbs him. Much later, when Balder dies, Loptr dies with him.
- Hypocrite: Saying human free will is a joke considering the havoc and evil they'd wrought in the wake of the clan wars, while true mankind hasn't put on the most stellar representation throughout their history. This coming from someone who admitted to instigating half of all human atrocities caused. Coupled with Word of God stating that Loptr, as the God of Evil, feeding from and being the manifest of all mortal malice since the dawn of his sundering. He really shouldn't toot his own horn with such flimsy justification, even Balder states this point of fact to him feeling mankind does not need such a two faced douche bag as any kind of lord or master.
- An Ice Person: Can fire ice shards during battle.
- Identical Twin ID Tag: The symbol on his forehead is different from that on Loki's. This allows Bayonetta to play Spanner in the Works by letting Balder know who his lover's murderer really was.
- In the Hood: In his kid form.
- It's All About Me: The man is utterly incapable of acknowledging the value of anything that isn't him.
- Knight of Cerebus: The game gets MUCH darker when he decides to get up and do something (barring the Didn't See That Coming moment mentioned above), with Bayonetta being shown that he personally killed Rosa to manipulate Balder into going after Loki.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: After being separated from his body, Loptr's soul attempts to escape into another era to be reborn. Balder stops him by absorbing him into his body. When Balder dies at the end of the first game, Loptr dies with him.
- Lack of Empathy: Loptr cares only for himself. Everything else is no different than an insect as far as he's concerned.
- Light 'em Up: His primary attacks are light-based, from laser beams, to giant hands, to energy blades.
- Light Is Not Good: While he isn't specifically aligned with Paradiso (though he does bear the Right Eye for longer than the Left Eye), his attacks include blue beams of light, and he is thoroughly associated with gold.
- Meaningful Name: Loptr is another name for the Norse god Loki.
- Mind over Matter: Has powerful telekinesis which he employs in his first fight with Bayonetta, constructing and tossing a large building at her.
- Mind Rape: Does this to Bayonetta by using the Remembrance of Time to show her how he killed her mother.
- Mr. Fanservice: He's a disgustingly malevolent being, but in his adult form, he's got quite a Heroic Build.
- No-Sell: Shrugs off all of Bayonetta's demon summons during cutscenes. In battle, he can parry any Wicked Weave unless it's being used during Umbran Climax.
- Not So Stoic: Has several instances of this in the finale. First there's the Didn't See That Coming instant mentioned above, during the final battle with him as Aesir, he lets out an Evil Laugh on occasion, he lets out a Big NO when Loki destroys the Eyes of the World, and has an Oh, Crap! when Omne drop kicks his body from his soul. And while he is flying through the sky straight toward Gomorrah's waiting maw, he's frantically flailing through the air in a very comical manner.
- Oh, Crap!: The exact look on his face when Omne drop kicks his body from his soul.
- Physical God: He's half of one to be precise. The evil half of the god Aesir.
- Power of the Void: One of his attacks is to create a small void to suck Bayonetta in. Fittingly enough, he also has ice powers to go along with it.
- Recurring Boss: Fought three times throughout the game. Four if you count Aesir.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: His ultimate fate: his body destroyed by Gomorrah, and his soul trapped in Balder. Though he manages to corrupt him in order to attempt to make him do the very same thing he once did, Balder manages to keep him inside and die with Loptr.
- The Sociopath: Cruel, manipulative, remorseless, and extremely arrogant. Everything to him is either an expendable tool or an insect to crush.
- Space Master:
- Like Loki, his powers encompass both time and space, but his time powers are limited compared to Loki's. His powers over space are far more developed, and he uses them in combat through telekinesis (during his fight at the gates to Inferno) and force constructs (through both his hand projections and the meteor creation he uses in his Witch Hunts fight).
- As Loptr-Aesir, both his time and space powers get some extra oomph, making his red Witch Time-like slowdown move much harder to wiggle out of. His cinematic attacks now exclusively consist of Summon Magic pulling machines from different times and places, including the Ithavoll Kill Sat and Isla Del Sol missiles from Bayonetta, along with an entire space colony. He also brings the fight off of Fimbulventr into a dimensional void located in the upper atmosphere.
- Vapor Wear: A rare male example. The cloak he wears is made of see-through material, but is still dense enough to not fully expose him.
- Walking Spoiler: His placement in the plot ruins the big reveals of it.
- You're Insane!: His reaction to Balder attempting to absorb his soul.
Alraune, Whisperer of Dementia/Whisperer of Insanity
"Enough games! Had you cried for mercy, you may have lived, but now nothing but your last breath awaits you!"
Voiced by: Tara PlattA demon character in Bayonetta 2. She is the one that holds Jeanne's soul in Inferno, and as such Bayonetta is forced to fight against her. Not helped is her grudge against Madama Butterfly.
- Affably Evil: Is willing to be merciful to Bayonetta, until she breaks more of her palace out of pettiness and reveals her pact with Madama Butterfly.
- And I Must Scream: She is sealed in a weapon by Rodin.
- Arch-Enemy: Apparently one to Madama Butterly. Not that the latter cares that much.
- Asshole Victim: After Rodin does his "dirty work" and seals her in a weapon against her will, Alraune is never mentioned again and the best sympathy she gets for her fate is Bayonetta snarkily calling it "not very romantic."
- Beam Spam: In her monster form, she'll use Jeanne's power to fire magic blasts from her hands in a sweeping motion.
- Beware My Stinger Tail: In her One-Winged Angel form, she'll attempt to stab Bayonetta with her tail. Bayonetta can use this to her advantage to stun her so she can free Jeanne's soul.
- Blatant Lies: Alraune claiming that Jeanne's soul had already been completely devoured, but being 'gracious' enough to spare Bayonetta if she leaves her palace ... Bayonetta doesn't buy it for a moment and uses Madama Butterfly to trash her palace and force Alraune out of hiding.
- Chest Blaster: Can fire a blast of dark magic from her chest in monster form.
- Combat Tentacles: Can turn her hands and feet into vines. She can also sprout a purple vine from her back to summon large demonic flowers and can use them to drain Bayonetta's health.
- Dance Battler: Not as much as Bayonetta, but her fighting style is quite graceful and elegant, with beautiful flips, cartwheels, and spins.
- Dash Attack: She will occasionally attempt to dash at Bayonetta and impale her with her claws, telegraphed by her raising her right hand in the air and the claws giving a brief flash.
- Depraved Bisexual: It's stated in her Lemegeton's Guidebook entry that she pretty much lures souls by injecting them with poison and making them her "lovers." Since she's done that to Jeanne and the first scene we see her, she's admiring Jeanne's captured soul and licking her lips...
- Femme Fatalons: Her main attack in both forms is to slice Bayonetta with her claws.
- Flower Motifs: Roses. Demonic red roses, but still, roses.
- Flunky Boss: When fighting her in her normal form, she will spawn large flowers that will fire a sort of Super Spit at Bayonetta, stunning her and leaving her open to attack.
- A God Am I: She didn't realize how much of a power boost Jeanne's soul would give her, once tapping into it and transforming into some beastly demonic dragontaur, she declares with this sort of power at her fingertips she could become the ruler of Inferno.
- Green Thumb: Has power over plants, particularly carnivorous plants.
- Horn Attack: Can use her horns as a weapon in monster form.
- Laser-Guided Karma: She steals Jeanne's soul with the purpose of using it to get more powerful, and after her defeat, her own soul is stolen by Rodin to empower a new weapon for Bayonetta.
- Meaningful Name: She is named after the play Alraune. Namely, the play's connection to the mandragora myth reflect her association with vegetation.
- Noodle Incident: It's never been explained exactly what happened between Alraune and Madama Butterfly. Bayonetta sums it up best:Bayonetta: I don't know what you did to piss her off, but whatever it was, nice.
- One-Winged Angel: Transforms into a dragon-like form thanks to Jeanne's soul.
- Planimal: Her One-Winged Angel form looks like the cross between a dragon, scorpion, and a plant.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Her rivalry with Madama Butterfly is played this way. Alraune is livid, but Madama Butterfly doesn't respond, and Bayonetta is rather amused by the whole thing.
- Soul Power: Consumed Jeanne's soul and uses it to power herself. She also attempts to steal Bayonetta's in their fight.
- Spikes of Doom: Can stab the ground with her claws to create thorns.
- Statuesque Stunner: She's One Head Taller than Bayonetta, who herself is a Statuesque Stunner in her own right.
- Turns Red: After nearly defeating her first form, Alraune gets pissed and uses Jeanne's soul in order to transform herself into some sort of draconic abomination.
- Underestimating Badassery: She completely underestimates Bayonetta when she enters her demonic lair, assuming she's just some normal human who stumbled into Inferno ... completely ignoring the fact to have gotten there Bayonetta would have needed to (and did) get through legions of infernals. She's not so cocky once she discovers Bayonetta is an Umbra Witch, however.
- Unknown Rival: To Madama Butterfly. Alraune hates her with a passion, but Madama Butterfly doesn't seem to acknowledge she exists.
- Vacuum Mouth: In her monster form, she will use this to draw Bayonetta in and absorb her soul.
- Whip It Good: Has a few vine-based attacks like this. It's also her ultimate fate, as Rodin turns her into a whip weapon for Bayonetta after she softened the demon up for him.
- Your Soul Is Mine: This manifests as one of her attacks that you have to wiggle the left stick to get out of, as well as being her planned fate for Jeanne. It's also what Rodin does to her to create one of his weapons.
Aesir, God of Chaos
"Human free will is a joke; it is a worthless illusion. You need only obey me."Ruler of the Realm of Chaos of the Trinity of Realities as well as God of Chaos, he is the creator of the Eyes of the World. First appears in Bayonetta 2.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: His skin is entirely blue, with various traces of gold.
- Balance Of Good and Evil: As the God of Chaos, he oversees this.
- Cool Plane: After taking some damage, he summons Valkyrie Military Transport planes to carpet bomb the arena.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Is completely barefoot, which isn't much of a bother for him since he normally hovers above the ground.
- Energy Ball: Two variations. Large ones he tosses at Bayonetta and smaller ones.
- Evil Is Bigger: Towers over Bayonetta and the Masked Lumen.
- Evil Laugh: Does this frequently during the boss fight. It is Loptr controlling him after all.
- Final Boss: Of the second game, or more accurately Loptr after completely dominating his reborn form.
- Giant Hands of Doom: Can create projections of his arms to attack.
- God Is Good: Before splitting in to his good and evil halves, he took actions that gave humanity its free will.
- God of Evil: Played with. He's not a bad guy per se, but Loptr absorbing the Eyes of the World allows him to reform into Aesir with Loptr in complete control.
- Greater-Scope Villain: As the creator of the Eyes of the World, he is this to the first game. Except subverted. He isn't actually a bad guy, but his evil half steals his name and most of his powers. The Eyes weren't intended to be artifacts of doom, but tools of knowledge.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: In the last leg of the fight, he tries to throw a large particle cannon at Bayonetta, Bayonetta tosses right back at him, causing massive damage.
- Kill Sat: After taking more damage, he takes a page from Father Balder's playbook and uses one to nuke the arena, knocking the Masked Lumen out of the fight and forcing Bayonetta to fight him solo. He also uses it in the last leg of the fight.
- Light 'em Up: Primarily makes use of light-based attacks. Just like Loptr.
- Light Is Not Good: Played with. Aseir himself is not evil, but his evil half, Loptr, regaining the Eyes of the World allows him to reform into Aseir with Loptr in control.
- Literal Split Personality: Upon his creation of the Eyes of the World, he split into a good half and an evil half: Loki and Loptr. Regaining the Eyes leads to him re-forming into Aesir at the expense of both sides.
- Macross Missile Massacre: summons a swarm of Gjallarhorn surface-to-air missiles to attack Bayonetta.
- Power of the Void: The true power of the God of Chaos is "nothingness," or the ability to erase anything from existence. Loki uses it to outright destroy the Eyes, rendering Loptr-as-Aesir almost powerless.
- Portal Network: Uses his control over time to summon various objects from across time and space to fight.
- There's No Kill Like Overkill: When you try to finish off your opponent by throwing a giant particle cannon at them, that's beyond overkill.
- Walking Spoiler: Due to his place in the story, this is inevitable.
- Yin-Yang Bomb: As the deity in charge of the balance between light and darkness.
Pain, Driver of Agony
A mechanical demon that serves as a miniboss in Bayonetta 2. Has a stronger, fiery version of it called Pride that is fought during Chapters VIII and X.
- Degraded Boss: After fighting one as a boss, the rest of the game has you fighting weaker versions of it as regular enemies.
- Fallen Hero: According to its profile, Pride was once an Angel of Paradiso that served as a flaming chariot.
- Gatling Good: Can turn their arms into gatling guns for ranged attacks.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Both of their names and Boss Subtitles. Pain is the Driver of Agony and Pride is the Enveloper of Flame
- Playing with Fire: Pride uses fire attacks.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Pride is the stronger, more aggressive red demon while Pain is the weaker blue demon.
- Transforming Mecha: When not attacking, they transform into a compact, coffin shape.
- Turned Against Their Masters: Like with all demons in the second game, they're attacking Bayonetta due to the imbalance in the Trinity of Realities.
Climax Summons introduced in Bayonetta
Madama Butterfly, Mistress of Atrocity
"E varma!"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 among the denizens of Inferno.
- Bayonetta, summoning Madama Butterfly
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: As evidenced by her hands and feet, Madama Butterfly is huge. Outright confirmed in the second game where Bayonetta can manifest her fully. For scale, she's roughly the same size as Tempermantia and Bayonetta herself barely reaches her ankle.
- Gorgeous Gorgon: Despite being a demon and looking like one, she's still quite beautiful.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: In the sequel, despite being a demoness, she seems to be more than happy to help Bayonetta beat the crap out of her own kind in Inferno, even giving her a fist-bump there. This is probably because she used to be human and sympathizes with Bayonetta's goal of rescuing Jeanne.
- Noble Demon: As mentioned under Undying Loyalty, she's one of the few demons who continue to honor their contract with Bayonetta.
- Pretty Butterflies: She has a swallowtail butterfly motif.
- Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Her main attack when her whole body is summoned.
- The Red Baron: Madama Butterfly, the Mistress of Atrocity.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Her red eyes reflect how powerful she is.
- Undying Loyalty: One of the few demons from the first game that remain loyal to Bayonetta in the sequel, which Bayonetta makes particular note of. Probably helps that Madama Butterfly apparently has her own history of pissing off Inferno's denizens.
- Unknown Rival: To Alraune. Alraune hates her with a passion, but Madama Butterfly apparently doesn't know her or doesn't care.
- Winged Humanoid: A humanoid female demon with butterfly wings.
Madama Styx, Decider of Ends
"Givi varma!"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.
- Jeanne, summoning Madama Styx
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Same as Butterfly.
- Evil Twin: Of Madama Butterfly. Though technically, they're both evil.
- Gorgeous Gorgon: Much like Madama Butterfly, she's still quite beautiful.
- Pretty Butterflies: Moths, actually.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Just as dangerous as Madama Butterfly.
- Winged Humanoid: Much like Madama Butterfly.
Gomorrah, Devourer of the Divine
"Avavago!"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 its prey. Territorial, it is most likely to be found alone.
- Bayonetta, summoning Gomorrah
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: While in the first game, we only saw its head, the boss fight with it in the second game shows it to be absolutely massive to the point that half of its body is stuck inside the portal it uses to emerge in the human world.
- Animalistic Abomination: A demonic dinosaur-like creature.
- Breath Weapon: When fighting Bayonetta it breaths fire and can spit out large globs of flesh.
- Eaten Alive: What it does to your opponents.
- Enemy to All Living Things: If it moves, he's gonna kill it.
- "Get Back Here!" Boss: Bayonetta fights it as it scales a skyscraper.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: His Boss Subtitle Devourer of the Divine.
- Our Dragons Are Different: Its roar sounds like an elephant's trumpet and it resembles a cross between a dragon and a T-Rex.
- Purple Is Powerful: It's mostly purple and is quite strong.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: His red eyes warn you of his vicious appetite.
- Roar Before Beating
- Turned Against Their Masters: To Bayonetta at the start of the second game. Jeanne eventually uses him (or possibly another individual of his race) without that problem to destroy Loptr's body.
- Vacuum Mouth: It will attempt to inhale Bayonetta in its mouth. If successful, Madama Butterfly will pry open its jaw to let Bayoneta escaped.
"Agraa ors!"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.
- Bayonetta, summoning Malphas
- Animalistic Abomination: A demonic crow.
- Creepy Crows: It's a very intimidating crow, not helped by its additional eyes.
- Demoted to Extra: The only demon from the first game that doesn't make a full appearance in the sequel. However, the wings that Bayonetta summons for aerial combat apparently belong to it.
- Expy: Of Griffon from Devil May Cry.
- Extra Eyes: Has eight primary eyes and two vestigial eyes.
- Feathered Fiend: It's a demonic crow that eats its prey by tearing their heads off.
- Giant Flyer: It's about the size of a small house.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Delivers one to Fortuitio, viciously pecking him over and over until it cracks a hole in his chest.
- Off with His Head!: Tears off the head of an Inspired and swallows it while it continues to scream.
- Sinister Scythe: Has a bizarre crest on its skull resembling a scythe-blade.
- Undying Loyalty: One of the few demons from the first game to remain loyal to Bayonetta in the sequel, providing her wings for aerial battles.
Hekatoncheir, Shatterer of the Earth
"Affa iada! Effna!"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.
- Bayonetta, summoning Hekatoncheir
- Drop the Hammer: Not the demon itself, but the sequel has a hammer weapon that allows Bayonetta to summon Hekatoncheir's fists with her Wicked Weaves.
- Dumb Muscle: Its profile outright states that it lacks knowledge.
- The Faceless: We only ever see its arms in the game.
- The Klutz: Slightly. In its attempt to perform a volleyball-like finisher on Golem, it flubs the third bounce, leading it to opt to simply pulverize the damn thing. It apparently gets better in the sequel, where it tries the same thing in reverse order with more success.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: It has a total of six arms.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: It's entire role in the game is to beat everything to a pulp.
- Our Giants Are Bigger: Its arms are as large as Madama Butterfly's, who's already the size of a building.
- Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Does this a couple times, especially against Golem; having six arms helps.
- Undying Loyalty: One of the few demons from the first game to remain loyal to Bayonetta in the sequel.
Scolopendra, Eradicator of Paradise
"Teloc vovim!"A vile centipede hailing from Frejentonta, a river of boiling blood in the depths of Inferno, rumors speak of its 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.
- Bayonetta, summoning Scolopendra
- Animalistic Abomination: A demonic centipede.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: It's an utterly massive centipede.
- Creepy Centipedes: It's profile says its body is longer than ten kilometers.
- Deadly Hug: Its main method of killing is to simply squeeze its prey to death. Father Balder gets around this by forming a large barrier around himself.
- Demoted to Extra: Only makes one appearance in the sequel, where a group of them act as stage obstacles to Bayonetta while she explores Inferno.
- Expy: Of the Gigapede boss of Devil May Cry 3.
- Foreshadowing: In the first game, Scolopendra was Bayonetta's go-to demon for constriction attacks. However, when she finishes off Valor in Bayonetta 2, she summons Hydra for that purpose instead, suggesting that she already knew that the Scolopendrae she'd encounter in Inferno wouldn't be on the best terms with her.
- Roar Before Beating
- Turned Against Their Masters: While none outright pick a fight with Bayonetta in the sequel, a group of them try to hinder her while she's traversing Inferno.
Phantasmaraneae, Twister of Flame
"Izazaz piadaph!"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.
- Bayonetta, summoning Phantasmaraneae
- Animalistic Abomination: A demonic spider that breaths fire.
- 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.
- Informed Attribute: Its profile in the first game mentions that it inhabits the furthest reaches of Inferno upon a sea of magma, neither of which describes where Bayonetta actually finds one while in Inferno. However, Phantasmaraneae's profile in the sequel does in fact make note of this, and points out that, like many demons in the sequel, it's behaving differently than usual.
- Magma Man: Well, it nests on a sea of magma, for one. It also spits balls of it at Bayonetta when it fights her.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Its Boss Subtitles, the 'Twister of Flame. It sounds intimidating and it references its power over fire.
- Noble Demon: Its kind are noted to actually be one of the more benevolent demons and to have a curious nature, if one treats it respectfully then it will respect you in turn and provide gifts of rare treasures and secrets. Of course when we meet them in the second game they have gone a bit crazy from the universe's imbalance, and become highly aggressive.
- Playing with Fire: Also uses fire attacks when facing Bayonetta.
- The Swarm: Can summon a group of smaller, though still enormous by human standards, spiders like itself.
- Tunnel King: Can burrow underground to attack Bayonetta from below.
- Turned Against Their Masters: Bayonetta comes across one while in Inferno, where it promptly tries to kill her.
- Wreathed in Flames: During the boss fight with it in the sequel, we get to see what it looks like without Bayonetta's hair and its body is constantly set ablaze.
"Teloc vovim! Agraa ors, taba ors, avavago!"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.
- Bayonetta, summoning Queen Sheba
- The Anti-God: Equal and opposite to Jubileus, as the ruler of Inferno opposed to Jubileus' rule of Paradiso.
- Arm Cannon: Uses one in Bloody Fate to finish off Jubileus
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: The largest demon Bayonetta summons in either game.
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Every witch who's attempted to summon her in the past died in the attempt due to how unbelievably powerful she is. It takes both Bayonetta and Jeanne together to do the job.
- Evil Twin: She is basically this to Jubileus, although she is much bigger. Much more powerful too − she effortlessly punches God's soul from Pluto to the sun. This could be because Jubileus was at half power on account of Jeanne removing Bayonetta from the statue before Jubileus was revived. And if her file is to be believed, this is only a tiny portion of her real power.
- Our Demons Are Different: She's a giant demon that rules Inferno.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: They should give you an idea of just how powerful she is.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Jokingly suggested by artwork from the first game◊ showing Sheba smiling while holding a framed portrait of Jubileus posing cutely.
- Whip It Good: Uses one in Bloody Fate during her fight with Jubileus.
Climax Summons introduced in Bayonetta 2
Labolas, Destroyer of Fates
"Argedco!"A new demon introduced in Bayonetta 2, Labolas seems to be Bayonetta's new go-to demon for generic toothy power after Gomorrah turned renegade and attempted to kill her.
- Bayonetta, summoning Labolas
- Animalistic Abomination: A demonic three-headed dog, with two of the heads doubling as the front paws.
- Bonus Boss: Although not fought in the main game, he's available for battling in the Tag Climax mode.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: His lore says that he was a completely normal dog that found its way into hell and somehow managed to become a top predator over even the likes of Gomorrah.
- Hell Hound: A variant of Cerberus, with the notable difference being each head having its own unique traits.
- Man Bites Man: Labolas's main method of attack is viciously mauling its foes with its three mouths.
- Meaningful Background Event: Look closely at the background of the Masked Lumen's fight where Labolas and Fortitudo are slugging it out. The better Bayonetta does, the more hits Labolas lands on the Auditio.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Though most of them are so much smaller than its fangs that they're basically decoration.
- Summon Bigger Fish: Although this trope is kind of what Bayonetta's demons are for, Labolas has two notable instances:
- His first appearance in the game is getting called in to take out Gomorrah, who is being fought because Gomorrah got called in to take out a large-size angel, but went renegade on its former mistress immediately afterward.
- Switching it up from the usual appearances of this trope in the games, Bayonetta summons Labolas upon seeing the Masked Lumen bring out his summon, getting the demon to keep Fortitudo busy so she can focus on the sage.
Mictlantecuhtli, Presser of Destruction
"Noqodi!"A four-winged demonic bat introduced in Bayonetta 2 that attacks by pressing foes against the ground while drilling into them, Mictlantecuhtli is one of the only Infernal Demons to not be summoned as a Climax attack on its own.
- Bayonetta, summoning Mictlantecuhtli
- Animalistic Abomination: A giant four-winged bat. It also possesses a spiritual sensory organ on its head that allows it to access the world in a way beyond the human senses.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: Some of its Umbran Climax attacks have it attacking with a loud shriek that can destroy enemies in a large radius.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Since it only appears as part of Umbran Climax attacks and Greed's torture attack, it comes off as one of the smaller Infernal Demons to be summoned.
- Plague Master: It is said that spreads the plague wherever it goes.
- Razor Wings: When used in Umbran Climax, most of Mictlantecuhtli's attacks have it use its wings to cut up enemies.
- This Is a Drill: Its torture attack against Greed has it drill its body into Greed with a tornado-like force from above before crushing them to death.
Baal, Empress of the Fathoms
"Ex fa!"A giant crowned toad demon with a spiky tongue introduced in Bayonetta 2.
- Bayonetta, summoning Baal
- Acrofatic: Surprisingly averted despite being based on a toad. The Book of Inferal Demons states that she is so heavy, she has trouble moving her body. She uses her freakishly long tongue to make up for her lack of mobility.
- Adipose Rex: She's a giant obese frog that also holds a position of royalty in hell.
- Animalistic Abomination: A giant demon toad with a barbed tongue.
- Cool Crown: Fitting for a creature that is claimed to be royalty.
- Eaten Alive: Her climax and torture attacks have her swallowing her enemies whole. Can double as a Karmic Death in Resentment's torture attack, as Resentment is also capable of a One-Hit Kill on Bayonetta by swallowing her.
- Gender-Blender Name: Baal in mythology is one of the seven princes of hell. This depiction of the character is female.
- Non-Mammal Mammaries: Despite being a demonic amphibian (and not even a humanoid one), Baal has a very pronounced bust to emphasize its femininity.
- Overly Long Tongue: No surprise given she's a giant toad, but this tongue is covered in barbs.
- Whip It Good: Besides eating angels and demons, she can also use her tongue as a whip as part of an Umbran Climax with Alruna. She also slams Resentment around before eating them.
Hydra, Spinner of Destiny
"Canilu!"Introduced in Bayonetta 2, Medusa takes on the appearance of a severed head with a snake-like body and seven smaller snake-like heads coming out of the main body like hair.
- Bayonetta, summoning Hydra
- Animalistic Abomination: A giant demonic seven-headed snake with a human-like head for its main body.
- Cephalothorax: Her main body is giant Gorgon-like head with a veil over her face. Whether this head is cognizant or not is ambiguous.
- Composite Character: Despite her name and appearance being a straightforward reference to the Hydra of Greek mythology, she also incorporates aspects of Medusa.
- Deadly Hug: Similar to Scolopendra before her, Hydra uses her smaller serpentine heads to squeeze her enemies to death.
- Eyes Do Not Belong There: Ignoring the torso that is clearly a human head, the snake heads each have their single eye inside their mouths.
- Gorgeous Gorgon: Or rather the disembodied head of one turned into a hydra.
- Horn Attack: The snake-like heads have horns that can be weaponized during Umbran Climaxes.
- Hydra Problem: True to form, only one of her snake-like heads are real.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: Her heads are capable of releasing soundwaves that can deflect projectiles.
- Was Once a Man: She was once a beautiful maiden who was sent to hell for her younger sister's sins before being turned into a multi-headed serpent. Now a savage beast that will attack anything she considers an enemy, the only trace of humanity left is the human-like head that makes up her main body, and even that is obscured by a veil.
Diomedes, Severer of the Dark
"Sundenna!"A new demon introduced in Bayonetta 2, it takes the form of a demonic unicorn with a very huge, sharp horn that serves as a sword.
- Bayonetta, summoning Diomedes
- Animalistic Abomination: A demonic unicorn with a razor-sharp horn.
- Blade Spam: Swinging its head so quickly to slice and dice its victim certainly counts.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: According to the Book of Infernal Demons, it's not King Diomedes of Thrace himself, but rather one of his four horses who were trained to eat human flesh and then went to hell after the kingdom fell. This particular horse took the king's name and was reincarnated as a demon.
- Hellish Horse: A huge demonic unicorn.
- Horn Attack: Uses its sharp horn as a sword.
- Moody Mount: It considers it extremely degrading for someone to try and ride it, and only allows the worthy to do so (which naturally, Bayonetta is).
- Sword Beam: Can fire these from its horn.
- Unicorn: With a BFS for a horn, no less!
- Vertebrate with Extra Limbs: It has eight legs like Sleipnir.
Omne, Controller of Creation
"Agraa ors, taba ors, avavago!"
- Bayonetta's half of Omne's incantation
"Isious hononol obelisong!"A mysterious being that resembles a fusion of Jubileus and Queen Sheba, she is actually a different being altogether. Summoned by both Bayonetta and young Balder to finish off Loptr.
- Balder's half of Omne's incantation
- Diving Kick: Uses a massive drop kick to hit Loptr so hard his body is separated from his soul!
- God: Heavily implied to be the original creator from before the split of the trinity of realities.
- Fusion Dance: Subverted. Although it looks like half Jubileus, half Sheba, it's a separate being altogether that looks like them.
- Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: Specifically, one used by the player to finish off the Final Boss.
- Walking Spoiler: Comes completely out of nowhere to beat the already spoilery final boss of the second game.
- Yin-Yang Bomb: Is the result of being summoned by the power of Paradiso and Inferno together.