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Bayonetta (AKA Cereza)
"I've got a fever, and the only cure is more dead angels!"
Voiced by: Hellena Taylor (EN), Atsuko Tanaka (JP)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. In the first game, she fights to regain her memories — and come the second game, to save Jeanne from Final Death at the hands of a demonic summoning gone wrong.
- Action Girl: Probably the most memorable female protagonist in an action game in quite some time, perhaps barring Samus Aran or Lara Croft.
- 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 even 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 one actual person in the entirety of the game.
- 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. In the second game, she can sport pistols, swords, chainsaws, or whips.
- Badass: On top of performing badass feats both in-game and in roughly every cutscene, she can punch God's soul into the sun. Both angels and demons are right to be scared of her.
- Badass Biker: One of the Unexpected Gameplay Changes in one of the first game's stages.
- 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, her training is 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.
- Bag of Spilling: Suffers from this in Bayonetta 2, where all of her previous weapons are absent for no apparent reason. She even brought normal handguns when she could have used the Scarborough Fair.
- 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.
- Berserk Button: Don't try to harm Cereza, or Luka, or any of her friends for that matter. Just... don't.
- Biker Babe: While she doesn't really ride a bike for much of the game, when she does, it's hot, and awesome.
- 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.
- Boyish Short Hair: She uses her magic to give herself a shorter hairstyle in Bayonetta 2.
- British Accents: She's voiced with an RP English accent. While Vigrid's ambiguous location in Europe makes is seem like her accent is out of place, Hideki Kamiya has said that she is of English descent.
- Bullying a Dragon: Bayonetta invokes this trope after Loki plays a trick on her by making her think he was dead.Bayonetta: Don't you know that it's not wise to play dead with someone who can make you dead?
- 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.
- 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.
- Cosplay: The Wii-U release of Bayonetta has her dressing up as Link, Samus, and Princess Peach/Daisy. The Princess costumes in particular are Sexy Whatever Outfits. 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 & all).
- Creepy Crows: She can transform into a crow to slow her descent and use Feather Flechettes.
- 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.
- Dark Action Girl: Whether or not she is this is debatable; see Anti-Heroine above.
- Dark Is Not Evil: But it sure is snarky.
- 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.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Regularly does this to angels, with her crowning achievements being Jubileus and Loptr-Aesir.
- Extremity Extremist: Certain weapons in both games can only be equipped to certain spots. In the first game, Shuraba and Kulshedra can only be used on the hands, whilst Odette (ice-infused ice skates) can only be used on the feet. In the second, Takemikazuchi, Chernobog and Kafka (bow) are all hands-only, whilst there are no feet-only weapons. 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.
- 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. Subverted in that Bayonetta doesn't go after the demons that give her her witch powers (in fact, most of them continue to lend Bayonetta their assistance).
- Fire, Ice, Lightning: Various weapons in the first game allow her access to all three — Durga provides fire and lightning, Odette gives ice.
- Form-Fitting Wardrobe: Her outfits accentuate her curves. Justified in that they're made with her Magic Hair.
- Friend to All Children: Despite insistence to the contrary, Bayonetta does have 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 first words afterward 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.
- 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 scoffs at mere dual-wielding, instead wielding FOUR guns at once.
- The Gunslinger: No character in videogame history comes close (yes, not even Dante). She can do things with guns that'd give The Punisher pause.
- Hates Small Talk: Her usual response to a boss enemy's rambling, hammy speeches 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, particularly in the sequel.
- Heroic BSOD: 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.
- 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: Both her "Sunday Best" outfits include black gloves.
- Hot Witch: She's a witch, and the game will find any excuse to show plenty of her skin. Even her powers show off her fanservice.
- 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.
- 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 even hide the fact 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.
- Mage Marksman: As an Umbra Witch, she uses guns alongside black magic.
- Magic Hair: She uses her hair to summon demons and make her clothes.
- Male Gaze: Because you can never have enough mentions about how much her ass is shown.
- Mama Bear: Mess with little 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.
- 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 is dressed as a sexy nun. She then gets clothing damaged.
- Nerves of Steel: As shown in the second game, so long as there is even the slightest chance of saving a friend's like (even invading the Inferno), she doesn't even seem to be nervous. Even when there's nothing to be done, she doesn't remain upset for long. Probably in part due to her overconfidence (which she usually can back up).
- OOC Is Serious Business: By default, Bayonetta is a massive Deadpan Snarker who can throw out snazzy one-liners that can leave Deadpool speechless. But the moment when you really should be wetting yourself is when she stops snarking as it signifies that 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: She's practically refined it into an actual martial art.
- 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.
- Precision F-Strike:
- "Don't fuck with a witch."
- "I feel like a fucking celebrity in this town!"
- Prehensile Hair: A variation; she uses her hair to summon Wicked Weaves to pick up objects.
- 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 Nineties 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.
- Really 700 Years Old: Almost exactly 600 at the time of Bayonetta 1. 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.
- Scaled Up: A heroic example; in Bayonetta 2, she can transform into a cobra to swim more quickly.
- Reverse Grip: Bayonetta can achieve this with several weapons when linked with Odette, most notably the swords.
- 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 general role of the Umbra Witches as a whole.
- Sexy Backless Outfit: Pretty much everything she wears.
- Sexy Spectacles: During initial design stages, Sega executives really didn't like that Bayonetta wears eyeglasses. In protest, Kamiya gave spectacles or some eyewear to every single character in the game.
- Sexy Walk: Ah-yup.
- She-Fu: Mixed with Gun Fu and taken to ridiculous levels.
- She's Got Legs: Sports a pair that could go on for miles.
- 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 goons and even the new cardinal virtues she handles with relative ease, the main villains, especially the Lumen Sage, put her through her paces to the point she has a very realistic risk of dying as a result of almost all of their battles.
- Sociopathic Hero: She takes a lot of delight in killing those angels.
- Spy Catsuit: Her regular outfit resembles one, with a few odd touches here and there.
- Statuesque Stunner: Her actual height is unknown, but her apparent height from her appearance in Anarchy Reigns is between 5'7 and 6'2.
- Summon Magic: She uses her hair as a medium to summon demonic entities to aid her in taking down enemies.
- Super Strength: Even without her Wicked Weave, Bayonetta is unnaturally and immensely strong. She regularly tosses large enemies and bosses like ragdolls. At one point, she holds up a large bus with one hand as easily as one would hold a ball.
- 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 part of why she keeps saving him is just so she can keep messing with him.
- 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.
- 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: Rule of Thumb: If her voice has lowered and she stops snarking for any length of time, she's pissed off.
- 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.
- Troll: Getting a reaction out of people, including but not limited to teasing them, seems to her idea of good fun.
- 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: Can be thought of as Dante Up To Eleven. For example, Dante has a pair of musically themed pistols: Ebony and Ivory. Bayonetta has eight: Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme, collectively known as "Scarborough Fair" in the first game; Prelude, Minuet, Toccata and Nocturne, collectively known as "Love is Blue" in the second game.
- Use Your Head: In the second game, she will often headbutt her opponent as a counter.
- 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 Serpent Within, in the second game, for enhanced swimming abilities.
- Woman in Black: She's an extremely powerful witch who's dressed in black thanks to her Magic Hair.
- Wrestler in All of Us: She's fully capable of duplexing a dragon and a half dozen angels simultaneously.
- Yin-Yang Bomb: She is the child of Dark and Light.
- 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.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Certain outfits of hers have the thigh-high variants.
"I stake my honour as an Umbra!"Damsel in Distress for the second game.
- 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 her supposed allies, the angels.
- Badass: Jeanne almost has Bayonetta beat, seeing as she was the last survivor of the Witch Hunts — until Balder's timeline-altering Gambit Roulette fell into place and Bayonetta rose to fight alongside her, rather than be sealed away.
- Badass Biker: Moreso than Bayonetta herself.
- Biker Babe: Jeanne is often seen riding a motorcycle of her own. She even uses it in a fight with Bayonetta, at one point.
- Blondes Are Evil: Well, eviler.
- Boyish Short Hair: Her hairstyle in the first game.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Why Jeanne is attacking Bayonetta. It wears off in the end of the first game.
- Dark Action Girl: Even more so than Bayonetta, due to working for the more evil angels.
- 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, though her method is more direct.
- 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.
- 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 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: Just like Bayonetta, she wields four guns.
- Hidden Depths: A throwaway line near the end of Bloody Fate reveals that Jeanne's day job is a high school history teacher of all things.
- 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.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Not so much in dialogue, but Jeanne's taunts (and battle cries) in both games are quite profane, compared to Bayonetta's."You motherfucker!"
- 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. A person is only considered Deader Than Dead once their soul is completely absorbed into Paradiso or Inferno, a process that can take up to 24 hours. Bayonetta resolves to dive through the Gates of Hell to rescue Jeanne's soul, thus kickstarting the plot.
- 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. This alone categorizes her as the game's Wake-Up Call Boss, as well.
- 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
- 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.
- Royal Rapier: Fights with one musketeer-style during the Witch Hunts, and later wields her "Angel Slayer" against Bayonetta.
- 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◊.
- 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).
- 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 — since that ability puts her at a far greater risk of being hit than simply dodging. Averted however 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.
"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)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 Cameo: 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 during this, it will eat her.
- The Cutie: Come on, just look at her!
- Future Badass: Grows up to be Bayonetta.
- Goggles Do Something Unusual: Her glasses allow others to see the supernatural things around them, like the angels, from the human world, 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.
- 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.
- Token Mini-Moe: She stands out from the rest of the first game's cast by being an adorable, innocent child.
"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.
- Badass: In 2, you get to see her fighting in the Clan Wars five hundred years ago. Let's just say Bayonetta takes after her in more than just looks.
- 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 even uses them as an Improvised Weapon in 2.
- 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.
- 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.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Balder.
- Strong Family Resemblance: She more or less has her daughter's exact figure.
"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.
Demons of Inferno
"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 even amongst 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.
- 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.
- 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.
"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.
"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
- 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.
- Turned Against Their Masters: To Bayonetta at the start of the second game. Jeanne eventually uses him without that problem to destroy Loptr's body.
"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
- 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.
- 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.
"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 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.
"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
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: It's an utterly massive centipede.
- Creepy Centipedes: It's profile says its body is longer than ten kilometers.
- Expy: Of the Gigapede boss of Devil May Cry 3.
- 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.
"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
- 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.
- Playing with Fire: Also uses fire attacks when facing Bayonetta.
- The Swarm: Can summon a group of smaller, though still enormous, spiders like itself.
- Turned Against Their Masters: Bayonetta comes across one while in Inferno, where it promptly tries to kill her.
"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
- 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 Gommorah.
- 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: 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.
"Sundenna!"A new demon introduced in Bayonetta 2, he takes the form of a demonic unicorn with a very huge, sharp horn that serves as a sword.
- Bayonetta, summoning Diomedes
- Hellish Horse: A huge demonic unicorn.
- Implausible Fencing Powers: Swinging his head so quickly to slice and dice his victim certainly counts.
- Unicorn: With a BFS for a horn, no less!
- Was Once a Man: He used to be a human king before mutating into a demonic horse. Because of this pride, he considers it extremely degrading for someone to try and ride him, and only allows the worthy to do so (which naturally, Bayonetta is).
Little DevilsThe 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 ZeroKing to the Little Devils, he is an unlockable playable character, unlocked when the Lost Chapter is completed.
"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.
- 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.
- 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.
- A God Am I: Even 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.
- Laser-Guided Karma: She steals Jeanne's soul with the purpose of using it to get more powerful, and after he defeat, her own soul is stolen 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.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Her rivalry with Madama Butterfly is played this way. Alraune is livid, but Madama Butterfly doesn't even respond much, 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.
- 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. It's also what Rodin does to her to create one of his weapons.
"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).
- Affably Evil: He's a horrible man, but he's a very polite one that almost always maintains his manners.
- Agent Peacock: And he has an albino peacock stole.
- Animal Motifs: The peacock.
- Anti-Villain: Type II and III 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.
- It's easy to cite the fact this guy kills two of Bayonetta's summons and leave it at that, but the truth is that Balder is Badass enough to defeat Bayo-friggin-netta. It took a few dirty tricks, but Balder ultimately subdues Bayonetta on his own. The only reason he didn't win the day was because Jeanne interfered.
- This is strengthened in 2, when you fight him another three times in his Masked Lumen guise. Regardless of how well the player fares, the canon (cutscene) turn of events is that the first two fights end in a draw, while the third ends with Balder coming dangerously close to killing Bayonetta. It's implied that his sheer drive to avenge Rosa makes him more dangerous than Bayonetta; this can be seen in how he's always the first one to up the ante in their fights by yanking out a summon.
- And, in the second game's opening cutscene, he manages to keep Loptr's soul inside himself as he dies, so they will both die together.
- 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 game 1.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- 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.
- 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 and knocks Bayonetta out.
- Kick the Dog: He's rather fond of this, to say the least.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- No Sell: All of your summons do literally no damage to so much as his clothing before he kills them. Even the finish 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 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. He says "My, oh, my" instead of Oh Crap! because it wouldn't meet his standards of hammy theatrics.
- 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.
- Peacock Girl: He sports golden peacock feathers.
- Playing with Fire: Uses fire in some of his attacks.
- 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.
- 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.
- Sissy Villain: On the surface. He's a lot more dangerous than he seems.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 Masked Lumen/Young Balder
"What's wrong can be made right through human hands!"He is a young version of Balder, brought forth by Aesir.
- The Masked Lumen
- Animorphism: Can transform into a white wolf during combat.
- Badass: He duels Bayonetta to a draw... twice. He almost kills her the third time, but Loki inadvertently saves her life by sending the two back in time.
"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."
- Badass Boast: Prior to the final battle:
- 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, even 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.
- 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. 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. His boss fights take it even farther.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. 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.
- 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.
- Mirror Boss: He uses Lumen Sage versions of Bayonetta's moves.
- 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.
- 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. 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.
- Unwitting Pawn: Of Loptr.
- 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.
The Auditio/Cardinal Virtues
The Cardinal Virtues
"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.
- Repeated line
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.
- 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: Their appearances range from vaguely human to downright bizarre.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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").
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?"
Voiced by: George BallAmongst 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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: He has two dragon heads.
- Shockwave Stomp: Will attempt to crush Bayonetta under his feet.
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?"
Voiced by: Yuri LowenthalTemperantia, 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.
- Colossus Climb: Three times. The first two serve the purpose of ripping his arms off, while the third batters his torso and face.
- Elemental Powers: Wind and storm powers.
- Elemental Punch: One of his attacks to Madama Butterfly during the fight with the Masked Lumen is a lightning-charged punch.
- Evil Laugh: Chuckles after seeing a trolley (apparently) crush Bayonetta.
- 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.
Iustitia, Giver of Life
"It was as the Lumen Sage foretold. Your power is indeed magnificent."
Voiced by: Grant AlbrechtWithin 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.
- 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 is the only one that starts trying to kill Bayonetta on sight without bothering to make sure she's the right target (or giving a speech for that matter).
- Motor Mouth: 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.
- 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.
Sapientia, Controller of the Seas
"Stone...? ...You think this is all about some worthless rock? [laughs] May Jubileus, the Creator, grace you! [laughs]"
Voiced by: Dave FennoyArtists 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.
- Breath Weapon: Can spit out fireballs.
- Combat Tentacles: Which can shoot lasers.
- 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.
- 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.
Angels of Paradiso
"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.
- An Ice Person: Can fire ice shards from its mouth.
- The Dragon: Literally, and to Loptr.
- Co-Dragons: With Valiance.
- 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.
- 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.
"Sovereign one, you shall not be allowed to reach Fimbulventr!"
Voiced by: Fred TatascioreAnother major angelic boss, he, like Glamor, also chases after Loki.
- Affably Evil: Is rather polite to Bayonetta and initially wants her to come along peacefully, but she obviously refuses.
- Battle Tops: Can ride his shield like one.
- BFS: Can extend its sword to great lengths.
- The Dragon: To Loptr
- Co-Dragons: With Glamor.
- Knight Errant: Designed with this look in mind.
- Light Is Not Good: Double points for looking like a medieval knight and having solar motifs.
- Polite Villains, Rude Heroes: See Affably Evil above.
- 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.
Father RodinA 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: Just one signal of just how powerful he is.
- Boss Subtitles: "The Infinite One: Father Rodin." Cue the player's Oh Crap! Reaction.
- Cool Shades: You don't want to see him without them.
- Fallen Angel: He used to be an angel, until he was cast out of Paradiso.
- 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: Fast as lightning, stronger than a god, and durable beyond belief.
- 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: He's always floating through the air thanks to his sheer power.
- Power Glows: Like all the other angels, he's pimped out with a shiny, glowy halo.
The Highest Powers
A mysterious entity referenced countless times throughout the game, who never appears until the final part of the game.
- 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.
- Distaff Counterpart: Fanon says she is this to either Mundus or The Savior.
- Elemental Powers: Possesses control over many elements.
- An Ice Person: Complete with nasty freezing effects.
- Final Boss: Of the first game.
- 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.
- Greater Scope Villain: Of game 1. Subverted, in that it's really Loptr who's the Greater Scope Villain, but Jubileus takes the credit through Lumen Sage mythology.
- 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.
- Shock and Awe: Has some electric attacks.
- Unrealistic Black Hole: A One-Hit KO attack.
- 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.
"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.
- 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 Jeane 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.
"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.
- Badass: Implied to be even stronger than Jubileus, capable of fighting both Bayonetta and the Masked Lumen on relatively equal terms, and was only defeated when Loki used his power over nothingness to destroy the Eyes of the World, rendering him powerless.
- Balance Of Good and Evil: As the God of Chaos, he oversees this.
- Greater Scope Villain: As the creator of the Eyes of the World, he is this to the first game. With the caveat he isn't actually a bad guy, not before being corrupted by his evil half.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
"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.
Luka Redgrave (AKA Cheshire)
"Sure, my colleagues laugh at me for chasing fairy tales... amongst other things..."Non-Action Guy of the game. A womanizing Intrepid Reporter who accuses Bayonetta of killing his father.
- 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 tosses him out of the top window of his skyscraper, and the next time we see Luka, he doesn't have a scratch on him.
- Badass Normal: He does absolutely no fighting and has no means of defending himself, but keeps up with Bayonetta by staying one step ahead of her in terms of investigating important local lore and showing up in unearthly places no human has business being in. He also has an amazing habit of surviving whatever the plot throws at him.
- Butt Monkey: Comes with the territory of being a Muggle amongst 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 will often start conversations swearing he will destroy Bayonetta, then start ogling some particularly attractive body part of hers, lose his train of thought, segue into sexual innuendo, then remember he's supposed to not like her by the end of the conversation.
- Embarrassing Nickname: Cheshire. Quoth Cereza:"His name is Cheshire. He's cute, isn't he?"
- 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.
- Freudian Excuse: There is something odd about seeing a really hot woman kill your father, then spending the rest of your life chasing after her, but also flirting with her a ton and being a general Handsome Lech.
- 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.
- Grappling-Hook Pistol: His only notable skill is making flashy getaways.
- Handsome Lech: He's even known some Capcom characters along the way. Dovetails into Butt Monkey when you realize one is "Ammy," and gets even worse when you see who these "ladies" actually are.◊
- 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?
- Informed Ability: 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.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: Take a look at that link above. Though one is technically a dog...
- Ladykiller in Love: Implied during the ending of game 1.
- 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.
- 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 replaces it with a Nice Hat.
- 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.
- 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."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.
- 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 Hierarchy of Laguna, he's UP THERE WITH GOD HERSELF.
- In 2, he briefly tags along with Bayonetta in Inferno and fights demons with his bare fists, showing off how tough he is even after his De-Power. He also casually stops a punch from Madama Butterfly with one hand. Plus, when you give him the Platinum Ticket in this game, instead of turning him back into an angel, it increases his demonic power to the same level as his old angel state, and he is STILL referred to as The Infinite One.
- Badass Santa: Shows up in Santa getup in 2 to deliver Bayonetta her new guns. The way he does it is beyond Badass.
- Bald of Awesome: It really adds to how Badass he is.
- 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 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. In the sequel, the item will massively boost his demonic power instead.
- Cool Shades: Another thing that makes him Badass.
- 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.
- 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.
- Eye Beams: One of his attacks when playable in Tag Climax.
- Fallen Angel: He used to be an angel before he was cast out.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: His eyes are sometimes seen emitting a red glow from behind his sunglasses.
- 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.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Intimidating? Definitely. Morally ambiguous? Yes. Is he still a cool guy to hang out with? Yes.
- 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.
- Made of Iron: One example. 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 large piece of wood falls on his head and he doesn't seem to even feel it.
- 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 even called "The Gates of Hell".
- 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.
- Pop-Cultured Badass: He makes several references to other video games and has a home run that would make even the most skilled of baseball players jealous.
- Promoted to Playable: In Bayonetta 2's Tag Climax multiplayer mode.
- Really 700 Years Old: He used to be an angel, meaning that he's much older than he looks.
- Scary Black Man: He's easily one of the most intimidating characters in the series.
- 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 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.
- 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.
- Super Mode: The demon form is his version of Umbran Climax when playing as him, effectively making it his Devil Trigger.
- 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.
"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 1), John Kassir (EN, Bayonetta 2), Wataru Takagi (JP)Bayonetta's informant. He is the one that tells her of the other Eye of the World which is rumored to be in Vigrid, starting her quest.
- Butt Monkey: Even more so than Luka. He's the one found on the worst level rating.
- 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.
- Cool Car: Enzo has a pretty sweet ride. It gets trashed whenever Bayonetta starts fighting something.
- 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...
- 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."
- Hidden Depths: He might be foul-mouthed and temperamental, but Bayonetta notes in 2 that he's quite the family man.
- Mythology Gag: Dante owes him money.
- Nice 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.
"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-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 Aseir, 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.
- Reality Warper: Capable by manipulating the Remembrance of Time. Angels and Loptr call this the "Sovereign Power".
- 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.
- 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.
"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/Sissy Villain: 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.
- 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.
- An Ice Person: Can fire ice shards during battle.
- Badass: He and Father Balder are the only people in the series that hold the honor of winning every fight they have with Bayonetta. There's a very good reason for this.
- 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.
- The Chessmaster: Masterminded the events of the second game and retroactively causes the events of the first game.
- 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 speaks in his adult form.
- 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.
- Didn't See That 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.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?
- Does Not Like Shoes: In his adult form, and as Aesir.
- 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.
- 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.
- Frame-Up: Does this to Loki by killing Rosa while in his child form.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: His Signature Move 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 in particular has him summoning six hands to fight with.
- 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.
- 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 Young 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 getting sent into the past to see the war between the Witches and the Sages, and that he personally killed Rosa to manipulate Balder into going after Loki.
- Know When to Fold 'Em/Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: 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.
- Made of Evil: As Aesir's evil half.
- 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: Yes he's a horrible, malevolent being, but he's also quite attractive. This pic showing him without his cloak says it all.
- No Sell: Shrugs off all of Bayonetta's demon attacks.
- 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.
- Recurring Boss: Fought three times throughout the game. Four if you count Aesir.
- Sealed Evil in a Can/Sealed in a Person-Shaped 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.
- 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.