Trivia: Bayonetta

  • Acclaimed Flop: Despite the fact that it was widely considered to be the better version of the game, the Xbox 360 version didn't sell very well. The PlayStation 3 version did better despite being criticized for being the weaker version.
  • The Bechdel Test: Surprisingly, it passes. None of the on-screen female characters talk about romance or even male characters (beyond addressing the Lumen Sages as a group): Jeanne and Bayonetta interact as any rivals/enemies interact, while Bayonetta and Cereza is a maternal relationship.
  • Executive Meddling: Actually subverted. When the Link costume for the Wii U version of Bayonetta was being designed, Platinum tried not to make it too revealing out of fear that Nintendo would object to it. When it was shown, Nintendo actually wanted the outfit to show more of her chest, since having the outfits not be revealing was out of character for Bayonetta.
  • Fan Nickname: The names of the Cardinal Virtues are rather cumbersome, so some fans have taken to using the nicknames Forty, Tempo, Iusty, and Sapo, or variations on them.
    • Bayonetta herself is commonly referred to as Bayo.
  • Genius Bonus: All of Bayonetta's summons and torture attacks are evoked in Enochian, the language of angels. Not only that, there're a ton of references to real medieval beliefs about witches (like the hair thing) and angels. Really, you have to admire the amount of research put into an ostensibly campy game.
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  • Name's the Same: Angel Attack? The minigame or the song from Neon Genesis Evangelion?
    • Interestingly enough, a few fans have notice the standard angel mooks bear a suspicious similarity to the Production Evas in Evangelion, whose game adaptations were handled by Sega.
    • On another note, Bayonetta makes use of the song "Fly Me to the Moon" in numerous epic combat sequences. The same song was covered over and over again for Evangelion.
  • No Export for You: Not the game itself, at least for most territories, but the incredible strategy guide by Future Games. Due to a North American exclusivity deal with BradyGames, it is illegal for the company to sell to Americans or Canadians. BradyGames later declined to make a guide themselves due to not being able to complete their own guide by the time of the game's release. Despite this, the exclusivity deal still holds, meaning that the only way North Americans can get their hands on it is either by importing itnote  or buying it on eBay.note 
  • What Could Have Been: Along with the many Sega and Capcom references already in the game, the development team considered adding in Ulala from Space Channel 5 for a dance-off between her and Bayonetta. Unfortunately, legal rights came up and so they couldn't do it. Word of God even confirms Bayonetta was meant to have an outfit based on Ulala, but Sega refused.