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Characters: Bayonetta

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    Umbra Witches 

Bayonetta (AKA Cereza)

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

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

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

Jeanne

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

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

Bayonetta's rival throughout the game.

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

Cereza

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

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

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

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

Rosa

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

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

Umbran Elder

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

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

    Demons 

Madama Butterfly

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

Madama Styx

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

Gomorrah

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

Malphas

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

Hekatoncheir

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

Scolopendra

"Teloc vovim!"
- Bayonetta, summoning Scolopendra
A vile centipede hailing from Frejentonta, a river of boiling blood in the depths of Inferno, rumors speak of 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.

Phantasmaraneae

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

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

Labolas

"Argedco!"
- Bayonetta, summoning Labolas
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.

  • Demon Bites Angel: Labolas's main method of attack is viciously mauling its foes with its three mouths.
  • Hell Hound: A variant of Cerberus, with the notable difference being each head having its own unique traits.
  • 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: 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.

Little Devils

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

Little King Zero

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

Queen Sheba

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

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

    Lumen Sages 

Father Balder

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

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

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

The Masked Lumen

"Umbra Witch... or should I call you Bayonetta?"
- The Masked Lumen

A mysterious Lumen Sage that appears as an antagonist in the second game. Not much is known about him other that he plans to kill Bayonetta, aiming to rid the world of the last of the Umbra Witches. He also shows some interest in Loki, having engaged the boy in combat before Bayonetta comes to his rescue.

  • Animorphism: Can transform into a white wolf during combat.
  • Bad Ass: For what little we have seen of him, he appears to be Bayonetta's equal in combat.
  • Blade on a Stick: His weapon of choice is a golden double-bladed halberd.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Bayonetta.
  • Fire, Ice, Lightning: During his boss fight, he shoots several fireballs and a massive ball of lightning.
  • Light 'em Up
  • 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.
  • Man in White
  • Malevolent Masked Man: His face is hidden behind an ornate golden mask styled to look like both a sun, and an eye.
  • 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. He does not utter a single word before engaging Bayonetta in combat.
  • Power Gives You Wings: Can fly through the air with peacock wings similar to the ones used by Father Balder.
  • 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. Fitting, as he is a Lumen Sage.
  • Time Stand Still: Using his Light Speed, the Lumen Sage can easily keep up with Bayonetta's Witch Time ability. Best seen during the demo fight, where he casually grabs a handful of bullets shot at him from almost point-blank range and drops them to the ground.
  • 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.

    Angels 

The Cardinal Virtues

"Jubileus qaal ovof vomsarg!"note 
- Repeated line

Fortitudo, 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.

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.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Their names mean Courage, Temperance, Justice, and Prudence in Latin.
  • Climax Boss: Not as much as Balder, but the fights against each of them is a chapter in and of itself.
  • Co-Dragons: As mentioned above, the four acted as the generals of Jubileus' army in Paradiso.
  • Dying Curse: The seemingly benevolent "May Jubileus, the Creator, grace you!" that all the Cardinal Virtues roar at Bayonetta as they die is actually this. Jubileus "gracing" anything will result in the utter destruction of everything in every universe and reality, so they're really just saying "Go to hell!" in their own way.
  • Eldritch Abominations
  • 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!"
  • Light Is Not Good: Being angels, they have holy halos and some light attacks.

Fortitudo, Bringer of Flame

"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?"
- Fortitudo

Amongst the spiritually powerful of the Middle Ages, it was thought Paradiso held for all a Divine Will, and as a result, they developed heavenly logic. The concept of the "Cardinal Virtues" was born of this logic, and classifies Paradiso's Divine Will into four broad groups.

These Cardinal Virtues occasionally become physical manifestations of the great intentions of Paradiso, and are known as the Laguna, inspiring awe in the masses. Personifying courage and fortitude, Fortitudo has been depicted as a terrifying being sporting an enormous face and two dragon's heads. He is said to be capable of summoning magma flows at will.

  • 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.
  • Elemental Powers: Fire and magma.
  • Motor Mouth: 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.
  • Our Dragons Are Different

Temperantia, Manipulator of Wind

"Ahh, the lovely Bayonetta. Such beautiful eyes... Despite the passing of time, you still hold the pride of an overseer, don't you?"
- Temperantia

Temperantia, the true embodiment of the Cardinal Virtue of Temperance, is often illustrated as a colossal giant. Its body rising like a castle, Temperantia possesses two tree-like arms; a composed figure said to illustrate the total reverence in which the Laguna are held by the faithful.

When the true power of the virtue of Temperance is laid upon our world, it is said to come as a tornado, capable of swallowing an entire country. Humans are helpless to guess at the impetus behind Divine Will, whether it be anger or happiness, and are left only with prayers and promises of personal temperance if only the heavens should make the storm subside.

Iustitia, Giver of Life

"It was as the Lumen Sage foretold. Your power is indeed magnificent."
- Iustitia

Within Paradiso's Divine Will, also known as the Cardinal Virtues, Iustitia is known to take a particularly strange physical manifestation. A large mass covered with numerous faces, and extending outwards via countless tentacles, Iustitia could easily pass for a demon.

This may be due to the fact that those depicting the angel are filled beyond comprehension with awe of the sheer difficulty of encouraging justice in the world. Among Paradiso's Divine Will, there are those who believe that Iustitia is the closest of the Cardinal Virtues to Inferno.

Justice is said to be based upon rules established by man, to be followed by man, and changing one's viewpoint can lead to a change in what is evil. This uncertainty may be a manifestation of the existing folklore and depictions of Iustitia.

Sapientia, Controller of the Seas

"Stone...? ...You think this is all about some worthless rock? [laughs] May Jubileus, the Creator, grace you! [laughs]"
- Sapientia

Artists have often depicted the Cardinal Virtue of Prudence, Sapientia, as a marine animal roaming the depths of the seas. This is likely due to the human disposition to characterize the sea as the source of all life, a veritable fountain of prudence and wisdom.

It is also thought that Sapientia is responsible for the rise and fall of the tides, and natural phenomena such as tsunamis. The grand idea that the living seas could be nothing other than the Divine will at work is actually evidence of Sapientia's narcissism, even amongst Cardinal Virtues.

When a man born as a slave led his people to freedom from ruling oppression, it is said that it was only Sapientia's favor that parted the seas and allowed for their escape.

  • Elemental Powers: Water.
  • 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.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: They pop up in the final phase of the fight.
  • 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
  • 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.

Jubileus

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

Father Rodin

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

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

    Others 

Luka Redgrave (AKA Cheshire)

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

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

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

Rodin

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

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

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

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

Enzo

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

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

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