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Demons of Inferno

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  • Dark Is Not Evil: Played with. Demons are less of a problem in general than Angels, but it's implied that's because they're constantly in the midst of an Enemy Civil War.
  • Deal with the Devil: The Umbra Witches, including Bayonetta, make pacts with the demons of Inferno in exchange for magical powers. As a consequence, when they die, their souls are Dragged Off to Hell. Like the Lumen Sages, though, souls trapped in Inferno can eventually become demons or even demon lords, which is actually loosely implied to be a (slightly) better fate than becoming an angel.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Much more sinister than their "angelic" counterparts who are also Eldritch Abonimations on their own rights.
  • Expy: Several Demons are clearly intended to be analogues to Devil May Cry demons.
  • God and Satan Are Both Jerks: The Demons want human souls to devour and torture for their own pleasure. The angels basically want to turn humanity into a conformist fascist authoritarian theocracy.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: As noted in several biographies, demons eating other demons is both common and expected.
  • Magic Is Evil: Magical powers for mortals are apparently obtained only through contact with supernatural beings- in fact, ordinary humans can't even perceive supernatural beings, most of whom seem monstrous, destructive, and callously indifferent to mortal life, whether the demons of Inferno or angels of Paradiso. The Umbra Witches, including Bayonetta, have obtained their powers by selling their souls to (usually) malicious demons, and as a result, they are doomed to spend eternity in Inferno when they die, while the Lumen Sages apparently likewise gained their powers from serving Paradiso. Since Bayonetta is apparently no longer mortal, she has to kill angels or risk being Dragged Off to Hell. Declining a continue in the Game Over screen causes a bunch of reaching hands to rip through the ground and pull Bayonetta, struggling and screaming, into Inferno.
  • Our Demons Are Different: They are beings based in Darkness, not Evil, but both Dark Is Not Evil and Dark Is Evil varieties do exist. Madama Butterfly, the demonic lord that Bayonetta has her contract with, for instance, has only ever been shown to completely loyal to her, and even shares a fist bump of friendship in Bayonetta 2 when some of Bayonetta's demons start turning on her just to show she's still as trustworthy as ever.
  • The Social Darwinist: While Paradiso is a rigid hierarchy, Inferno is a chaotic battle for supremecy.
  • Turned Against Their Masters: Several of them turned against the Umbra Witches, even ones they have pacts with, during the aftermath of the Witch Hunts. Also, several demons who were Climax Summons in Bayo 1 end up as opponents in Bayo 2 due to Aesir's influence.
  • Was Once a Man: Most demons were once humans, animals, or even objects that ate their way to the top of Inferno's food chain.

Climax Summoned Demons introduced in Bayonetta

     Madama Butterfly, Mistress of Atrocity
"Pdee barma!"
- Bayonetta, summoning Madama Butterfly

A demon taking the form of a woman who left this world under unfortunate circumstances, only to be reincarnated in Hell. Unlike her beautiful, swallowtail butterfly-like appearance, this demon is particularly brutal, and her reputation is well known among the denizens of Inferno.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: As evidenced by her hands and feet, Madama Butterfly is huge. Outright confirmed in the second game where Bayonetta can manifest her fully. For scale, she's roughly the same size as Tempermantia and Bayonetta herself barely reaches her ankle.
  • Deal with the Devil: The devil in question, providing the pact that gives Bayonetta her powers as an Umbra Witch.
  • Gorgeous Gorgon: Despite being a demon and looking like one, she's still quite beautiful.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: In the sequel, despite being a demoness, she seems to be more than happy to help Bayonetta beat the crap out of her own kind in Inferno, even giving her a fist-bump there. This is probably because she used to be human and sympathizes with Bayonetta's goal of rescuing Jeanne.
  • Noble Demon: As mentioned under Undying Loyalty, she's one of the few demons who continue to honor their contract with Bayonetta.
  • Pretty Butterflies: She has a swallowtail butterfly motif.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Her main attack when her whole body is summoned.
  • The Red Baron: Madama Butterfly, the Mistress of Atrocity.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Her red eyes reflect how powerful she is.
  • Token Good Teammate: She's this among the demons Bayonetta contracted with, since she's one of the few that remained loyal.
  • Undying Loyalty: One of the few demons from the first game that remain loyal to Bayonetta in the sequel, which Bayonetta makes particular note of. Probably helps that Madama Butterfly apparently has her own history of pissing off Inferno's denizens.
  • Unknown Rival: To Alraune. Alraune hates her with a passion, but Madama Butterfly apparently doesn't know her or doesn't care.
  • Use Your Head: Is surprisingly fond of headbutts in the sequel, delivering them for Infernal Weaves, punish attacks on Gomorrah, and to reflect massive projectiles from Loptr.
  • Winged Humanoid: A humanoid female demon with butterfly wings.

     Madama Styx, Decider of Ends
"Pdee barma!"
- Jeanne, summoning Madama Styx

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

     Gomorrah, Devourer of the Divine
- Bayonetta, summoning Gomorrah

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

"Agraa ors!"
- Bayonetta, summoning Malphas

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

     Hekatoncheir, Shatterer of the Earth
"Affa iada! Effna!"
- Bayonetta, summoning Hekatoncheir

A giant endowed with six fearsome arms capable of pulverizing mountains, those unfortunate enough to fall underfoot of the demon are subject to days-long violent earthquakes.
  • Drop the Hammer: Not the demon itself, but the sequel has a hammer weapon that allows Bayonetta to summon Hekatoncheir's fists with her Wicked Weaves.
  • Dumb Muscle: Its profile outright states that it lacks knowledge.
  • The Faceless: We only ever see its arms in the game.
  • The Klutz: Slightly. In its attempt to perform a volleyball-like finisher on Golem, it flubs the third bounce, leading it to opt to simply pulverize the damn thing. It apparently gets better in the sequel, where it tries the same thing in reverse order with more success.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: It has a total of six arms.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Its 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.
  • Third Time's the Charm: There are two (storyline) Golem fights in Bayo 1, and Hekatoncheir flubs the 'spike' of its volleyball routine on both. A different Golem appears in Bayo 2, and this time the Infernal spikes it successfully.
  • Undying Loyalty: One of the few demons from the first game to remain loyal to Bayonetta in the sequel.

     Scolopendra, Eradicator of Paradise
"Teloc vovim!"
- Bayonetta, summoning Scolopendra

A vile centipede hailing from Frejentonta, a river of boiling blood in the depths of Inferno, rumors speak of its body exceeding ten kilometers in length. Moving unlike anything its size, its deftness allows it to wrap around and constrict its prey in the blink of an eye.
  • Animalistic Abomination: A demonic centipede.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: It's an utterly massive centipede.
  • Creepy Centipedes: Its profile says its body is longer than ten kilometers.
  • Deadly Hug: Its main method of killing is to simply squeeze its prey to death. Father Balder gets around this by forming a large barrier around himself.
  • Demoted to Extra: Only makes one appearance in the sequel, where a group of them act as stage obstacles to Bayonetta while she explores Inferno.
  • Expy: Of the Gigapede boss of Devil May Cry 3.
  • Foreshadowing: In the first game, Scolopendra was Bayonetta's go-to demon for constriction attacks. However, when she finishes off Valor in Bayonetta 2, she summons Hydra for that purpose instead, suggesting that she already knew that the Scolopendrae she'd encounter in Inferno wouldn't be on the best terms with her.
  • Roar Before Beating: Screams just before proceeding to wrap its victim to death.
  • Turned Against Their Masters: While none outright pick a fight with Bayonetta in the sequel, a group of them try to hinder her while she's traversing Inferno.

     Phantasmaraneae, Twister of Flame
"Izazaz piadaph!"
- Bayonetta, summoning Phantasmaraneae

Phantasmaraneae nests upon a sea of magma, deep within the furthest reaches of Inferno. Rarely seen upon the face of the Earth, even sightings of the demon in hell are a seldom event, leading to its name, which means phantom spider.
  • Animalistic Abomination: A demonic spider that breaths fire.
  • Expy: of the boss Phantom from the first Devil May Cry.
  • Giant Spider: Gets summoned twice. The first time it is slightly larger than the battleship-sized Sapientia. The second time it is large enough to swallow Sapientia whole.
  • Informed Attribute: Its profile in the first game mentions that it inhabits the furthest reaches of Inferno upon a sea of magma, neither of which describes where Bayonetta actually finds one while in Inferno. However, Phantasmaraneae's profile in the sequel does in fact make note of this, and points out that, like many demons in the sequel, it's behaving differently than usual.
  • Magma Man: Well, it nests on a sea of magma, for one. It also spits balls of it at Bayonetta when it fights her.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Its Boss Subtitles, the Twister of Flame. It sounds intimidating and it references its power over fire.
  • Noble Demon: Its kind are noted to actually be one of the more benevolent demons and to have a curious nature, if one treats it respectfully then it will respect you in turn and provide gifts of rare treasures and secrets. Of course when we meet them in the second game they have gone a bit crazy from the universe's imbalance, and become highly aggressive.
  • Playing with Fire: Also uses fire attacks when facing Bayonetta.
  • The Swarm: Can summon a group of smaller, though still enormous by human standards, spiders like itself.
  • Tunnel King: Can burrow underground to attack Bayonetta from below.
  • Turned Against Their Masters: Bayonetta comes across one while in Inferno, where it promptly tries to kill her.
  • Wreathed in Flames: During the boss fight with it in the sequel, we get to see what it looks like without Bayonetta's hair and its body is constantly set ablaze.

     Little Devils, Infernal Bad Boys

An infamous band of demon youth who reside in Purgatorio and are loyal to King Zero, Little Devils can be summoned by Bayonetta using the Infernal Communicator, allowing her to temporarily contract them and call upon their power to attack her foes.

  • Cycle of Hurting: They have a decent stagger rate and can keep smaller enemies off-balance, allowing for extended combos.
  • Delinquents: They're described as being an "infamous band of demon youth".
  • Dem Bones: They're skeletal demons.
  • Sinister Scythe: They each wield a scythe.
  • Summon Magic: They can be summoned using the Infernal Communicator.

     Zero, King of Little Devils

The King of the Little Devils, Zero is a Grim Reaper-like demon and a secret unlockable character in Bayonetta. While playing as him, he has the disadvantage of being killed in only two hits but moves much faster than Jeanne or Bayonetta. He can also summon The Little Devils without the use of an accessory.

  • Dem Bones: He's a skeletal demon.
  • Eyepatch of Power: He sports one, despite seemingly not having any eyes.
  • Fragile Speedster: He can be killed in only two hits but moves much faster than Jeanne or Bayonetta.
  • The Grim Reaper: He looks like one, though it's unknown if he actually serves that function.
  • Two-Hit Points Wonder: Health damage is calculated differently for Little King Zero. He takes exactly 7900 damage from all attacks no matter how weak they are. This means a grab attack from a Decoration and an axe swipe from a Beloved will be equally as damaging for Zero. This also means that he will be reduced to 1 HP (an empty bar) from every attack unless he earns his last health bar extension. By earning the last Witch Heart fragment, Zero's HP will increase from 7900 to 8000, which means he will effectively be able to survive three hits instead of two.
  • Monster Lord: He's the king of the Little Devils.
  • Secret Character: Unlocking him requires the player to complete the "Lost Chapter", Angel Slayer. Alternatively, he can be "purchased" with 5 million Halos at the Character unlock cheat phone.

     Queen Sheba
"Teloc vovim! Agraa ors, taba ors, avavago!"
- Bayonetta and Jeanne, summoning Queen Sheba

When the cosmos was split into light, darkness, and chaos in between, the incredibly powerful Sheba was born alongside the darkness controlling the world of Inferno. As she lives in the hellish land, and is often classified as a demon; however, the full details of her existence are unknown.
  • The Anti-God: Equal and opposite to Jubileus, as the ruler of Inferno opposed to Jubileus' rule of Paradiso.
  • Arm Cannon: Uses one in Bloody Fate to finish off Jubileus
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: If Jubileus is a 50-Foot Whatever, Sheba is a 500-Foot Whatever, with her fist alone being larger than Jubileus' entire body. However, this is probably due to the fact Jubileus wasn't at full power, as 2 proves they're the same size normally.
  • 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.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: She has appeared twice (the second time fused with Jubileus as Omne) and both times she was used to destroy threats that would have destroyed the universe. Being a goddess, it is unlikely that she had to adhere to Bayonetta's contract and yet willingly fought for her anyway. Not only that, but while Jubileus and Loptr (in his Aesir form) have both tried to remake the universe to their whims, Queen Sheba has yet to attempt this herself despite being the only god among the three of them who isn't either dead, imprisoned or had her existence cessated in some way.
  • Evil Twin: She is basically this to Jubileus, although she is much bigger. Much more powerful too − she effortlessly punches God's soul from Pluto to the sun. This could be because Jubileus was at half power on account of Jeanne removing Bayonetta from the statue before Jubileus was revived. And if her file is to be believed, this is only a tiny portion of her real power.
  • The Gods Must Be Lazy: While all angels swear fealty to Jubileus, none of the demons seem to quite regard Sheba as their ruler, preferring to fight among themselves to become ruler of Inferno, suggesting that Sheba takes a very hands-off-approach to her title.
    • She might also be the only god who is still active - Jubileus having put to sleep to keep her from destroying the universe and Aesir being split into Loki and Loptr - and might be of equal might between the two of them (when they are at full-power of course), but is the only one who has not attempted to wipe out the universe. This could either mean that she likes the universe as it is or she isn't planning to do the same thing yet.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Being the most powerful demon to exist and a goddess, Queen Sheba has only ever been summoned when beings of near-equal might like fellow gods need a thorough ass-kicking. Not only that, but any witch that has ever tried to summon her alone died from the strain, requiring the power of two witches to summon her.
  • Identical Stranger: Like Jubileus, she resembles Bayonetta. According to Word of God, this is deliberate, and even more pronounced when she merges with Jubileus at the climax at 2. invoked
  • Infiniton Punch: Hits Jubileus so hard that her soul flies out of her body and burns up in the sun.
  • Our Demons Are Different: She's a giant demon that rules Inferno.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: They should give you an idea of just how powerful she is.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Jokingly suggested by artwork from the first game showing Sheba smiling while holding a framed funeral portrait of Jubileus posing cutely.
  • Whip It Good: Uses one in Bloody Fate during her fight with Jubileus.

Climax Summoned Demons introduced in Bayonetta 2

     Madama Khepri, Protector of Time

A goddess of Inferno who controls time and the sun. It is said that she can determine a person's fate simply by gazing upon the long shadow that forms between their body and the light extending from the land of the dead.

  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Same as Madamas Butterfly and Styx, although more implicit in her case.
  • Deal with the Devil: The devil in question, acting as Rosa's contractor.
  • The Faceless: Unlike Madamas Butterfly and Styx, she is never seen fully. Rosa's Wicked Weaves manifest her arms and legs, but any of Bayonetta's Climax summons that invoke Madama Butterfly remain unchanged.
  • Gorgeous Gorgon: Although she never manifests fully in-game, concept artwork shows she's got nothing to be ashamed of.
  • Horned Humanoid: Unlike Butterfly's headdress and Styx's ring, Khepri's head is topped with some truly threatening crescent horns.
  • Time Master: Watches over time itself from Inferno.
  • Winged Humanoid: Rosa's shadow shows Khepri has an impressive pair of scarab wings.

     Labolas, Destroyer of Fates
- Bayonetta, summoning Labolas

A new demon introduced in Bayonetta 2, Labolas seems to be Bayonetta's new go-to demon for generic toothy power after Gomorrah turned renegade and attempted to kill her.
  • Animalistic Abomination: A demonic three-headed dog, with two of the heads doubling as the front paws.
  • Bonus Boss: Although not fought in the main game, he's available for battling in the Tag Climax mode.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: His lore says that he was a completely normal dog that found its way into hell and somehow managed to become a top predator over even the likes of Gomorrah.
  • Hell Hound: A variant of Cerberus, with the notable difference being each head having its own unique traits.
  • Man Bites Man: Labolas's main method of attack is viciously mauling its foes with its three mouths.
  • Meaningful Background Event: Look closely at the background of the Masked Lumen's fight where Labolas and Fortitudo are slugging it out. The better Bayonetta does, the more hits Labolas lands on the Auditio.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Though most of them are so much smaller than its fangs that they're basically decoration.
  • Summon Bigger Fish: Although this trope is kind of what Bayonetta's demons are for, Labolas has two notable instances:
    • His first appearance in the game is getting called in to take out Gomorrah, who is being fought because Gomorrah got called in to take out a large-size angel, but went renegade on its former mistress immediately afterward.
    • Switching it up from the usual appearances of this trope in the games, Bayonetta summons Labolas upon seeing the Masked Lumen bring out his summon, getting the demon to keep Fortitudo busy so she can focus on the sage.

     Mictlantecuhtli, Presser of Destruction
- Bayonetta, summoning Mictlantecuhtli

A four-winged demonic bat introduced in Bayonetta 2 that attacks by pressing foes against the ground while drilling into them, Mictlantecuhtli is one of the only Infernal Demons to not be summoned as a Climax attack on its own.
  • Animalistic Abomination: A giant four-winged bat. It also possesses a spiritual sensory organ on its head that allows it to access the world in a way beyond the human senses.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Some of its Umbran Climax attacks have it attacking with a loud shriek that can destroy enemies in a large radius.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Since it only appears as part of Umbran Climax attacks and Greed's torture attack, it comes off as one of the smaller Infernal Demons to be summoned.
  • Plague Master: It is said that spreads the plague wherever it goes.
  • Razor Wings: When used in Umbran Climax, most of Mictlantecuhtli's attacks have it use its wings to cut up enemies.
  • This Is a Drill: Its torture attack against Greed has it drill its body into Greed with a tornado-like force from above before crushing them to death.

     Baal, Empress of the Fathoms
"Ex fa!"
- Bayonetta, summoning Baal

A giant crowned toad demon with a spiky tongue introduced in Bayonetta 2.
  • Acrofatic: Surprisingly averted despite being based on a toad. The Book of Inferal Demons states that she is so heavy, she has trouble moving her body. She uses her freakishly long tongue to make up for her lack of mobility.
  • Adipose Rex: She's a giant obese frog that also holds a position of royalty in hell.
  • Animalistic Abomination: A giant demon toad with a barbed tongue.
  • Cool Crown: Fitting for a creature that is claimed to be royalty.
  • Eaten Alive: Her climax and torture attacks have her swallowing her enemies whole. Can double as a Karmic Death in Resentment's torture attack, as Resentment is also capable of a One-Hit Kill on Bayonetta by swallowing her.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Baal in mythology is one of the seven princes of hell. This depiction of the character is female.
  • Non-Mammal Mammaries: Despite being a demonic amphibian (and not even a humanoid one), Baal has a very pronounced bust to emphasize its femininity.
  • Overly Long Tongue: No surprise given she's a giant toad, but this tongue is covered in barbs.
  • Whip It Good: Besides eating angels and demons, she can also use her tongue as a whip as part of an Umbran Climax with Alruna. She also slams Resentment around before eating them.

     Hydra, Spinner of Destiny
- Bayonetta, summoning Hydra

Introduced in Bayonetta 2, Hydra takes on the appearance of a severed head with a snake-like body and seven smaller snake-like heads coming out of the main body like hair.
  • Animalistic Abomination: A giant demonic seven-headed snake with a human-like head for its main body.
  • Cephalothorax: Her main body is giant Gorgon-like head with a veil over her face. Whether this head is cognizant or not is ambiguous.
  • Composite Character: Despite her name and appearance being a straightforward reference to the Hydra of Greek mythology, she also incorporates aspects of Medusa.
  • Deadly Hug: Similar to Scolopendra before her, Hydra uses her smaller serpentine heads to squeeze her enemies to death.
  • Eyes Do Not Belong There: Ignoring the torso that is clearly a human head, the snake heads each have their single eye inside their mouths.
  • Gorgeous Gorgon: Or rather the disembodied head of one turned into a hydra.
  • Horn Attack: The snake-like heads have horns that can be weaponized during Umbran Climaxes.
  • Hydra Problem: True to form, only one of her snake-like heads are real.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Her heads are capable of releasing soundwaves that can deflect projectiles.
  • Meaningful Background Event: Look closely at the background of the Masked Lumen's fight where Hydra and Sapientia are slugging it out. The better Bayonetta does, the more hits Hydra lands on the Auditio.
  • Was Once a Man: She was once a beautiful maiden who was sent to hell for her younger sister's sins before being turned into a multi-headed serpent. Now a savage beast that will attack anything she considers an enemy, the only trace of humanity left is the human-like head that makes up her main body, and even that is obscured by a veil.

     Diomedes, Severer of the Dark
- Bayonetta, summoning Diomedes

A new demon introduced in Bayonetta 2, it takes the form of a demonic unicorn with a very huge, sharp horn that serves as a sword.

     Carnage, Reveler of Plague
- Bayonetta, summoning Carnage

Carnage is a group of demonic dragonflies in Bayonetta 2 that are summoned at the final combo of Kafka and also during its Umbran Climax.
  • All There in the Script: The Carnage lack an entry in the Book of Infernal Demons, with their names being divulged from the in-game model gallery.
  • Animalistic Abomination: They're large, demonic dragonflies.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: They're very big dragonflies.
  • Dreadful Dragonfly: They have particularly large jaws.
  • Eaten Alive: When summoned in the battle against Malicious, they perform one of the most brutal Torture Attacks in the series during which they viciously swarm the demon to devour it before causing its orb-like body to explode.
  • Suicide Attack: As soon as it leaves the bow which is eaten by the target body, it dies quickly, but its body is composed of various kinds of poison and bacteria, allowing it to kill numerous enemies in a short period of time.
  • The Swarm: After being summoned, they viciously swarm and consume their target.

Demon Bosses introduced in Bayonetta 2

     Insidious, Consumer of All

An enormous manta-ray like Infernal Demon that serves as the first boss of Chapter VII in Bayonetta 2, attacking Bayonetta and Loki when they use the Ark to travel to Inferno through Fimbulventr's underground water caverns. Though they apparently defeat it, they are quickly swallowed alive, and the rest of the chapter's action takes place inside it.

Another Insidious is fought near the climax of the game when Bayonetta makes her way to Fimbulventr.

  • Animalistic Abomination: A huge, demonic manta-ray.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: This thing is about twice the size of the Ark.
  • Beam-O-War: Engages one with Loki when he uses the Ark's laser cannon. It loses.
  • Big Eater: It's called the "Consumer of All" for a reason.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: This thing has a skull-like face on its chest that can open up to inhale its victims whole. It has eyes on its wings that wield Combat Tentacles and shoot lasers. Not to mention that its left eye can move out of its socket to attack enemies directly and it also has a mouth.
  • Combat Tentacles: Its eyes attack with these and can fire lasers from them.
  • Cool Ship: According to its profile, it served as a warship during wars with Paradiso.
  • Eye Scream: Courtesy of its eyes being the primary targets, it gets a lot of this during the initial boss fight. Not only must Bayonetta attack its eyes to damage it, but she also has Madama Butterfly rip its eyelid open and then rip out its left eye. And when it engages in a Beam-O-War with Loki using its right eye, the eye gets blasted off.
  • Faking the Dead: Both battles against an Insidious seemingly end victorious, only for one to show up behind Bayonetta and co. and attempt to inhale them. It's unclear whether it's the same Insidious; both times, the camera is either obstructed or too zoomed-in to see the demon's wing eyes and whether they're the ones Bayonetta damaged.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: In the intro to the game, an Insidious is sliced in half by Valiance.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In Chapter X, Rodin summons one to help him and Bayonetta get to Alraune's palace.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: Can spit torpedoes from its massive maw.
  • Made of Iron: The one Rodin and Bayonetta ride on in Inferno is definitely this. You know those shockwave stomps Rodin fights with in the tag battle? The ones capable of clearing every demon, even the miniboss Pain, off the screen in one hit? That Insidious can tank them with no problem.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Anything named Insidious cannot possibly be good, now can it? Neither does its title as "Consumer of All."
  • Recurring Boss: Is fought again near the end of the game during the fighter jet section.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: It has giant red eyes.
  • Throat Light: Its mouth glows with an eerie purple light.
  • Tron Lines: Has red ones on its back.
  • Underwater Boss Battle: The first fight with it.
  • Vacuum Mouth: Will attempt to inhale Bayonetta in its mouth. Like with Gomorrah, Madama Butterfly will pry open its jaws to save her. The next attempt is more successful.
  • Womb Level: After being Swallowed Whole, Bayonetta spends the next few verses inside of it, culminating in a second fight with the Masked Lumen.

     Alraune, Whisperer of Dementia/Whisperer of Insanity
Whisperer of Dementia
Whisperer of Insanity

"Enough games! Had you cried for mercy, you may have lived, but now nothing but your last breath awaits you!"
- Alraune

Voiced by: Tara Platt

A demon character in Bayonetta 2. She is the one that holds Jeanne's soul in Inferno, and as such Bayonetta is forced to fight against her. Not helped is her grudge against Madama Butterfly.
  • Affably Evil: Is willing to be merciful to Bayonetta, until she breaks more of her palace out of pettiness and reveals her pact with Madama Butterfly.
  • And I Must Scream: She is sealed in a weapon by Rodin.
  • Arch-Enemy: Apparently one to Madama Butterly. Not that the latter cares that much.
  • Asshole Victim: After Rodin does his "dirty work" and seals her in a weapon against her will, Alraune is never mentioned again and the best sympathy she gets for her fate is Bayonetta snarkily calling it "not very romantic."
  • Beam Spam: In her monster form, she'll use Jeanne's power to fire magic blasts from her hands in a sweeping motion.
  • Beware My Stinger Tail: In her One-Winged Angel form, she'll attempt to stab Bayonetta with her tail. Bayonetta can use this to her advantage to stun her so she can free Jeanne's soul.
  • Blatant Lies: Alraune claiming that Jeanne's soul had already been completely devoured, but being 'gracious' enough to spare Bayonetta if she leaves her palace ... Bayonetta doesn't buy it for a moment and uses Madama Butterfly to trash her palace and force Alraune out of hiding.
  • Chest Blaster: Can fire a blast of dark magic from her chest in monster form.
  • Climax Boss: She's fought in chapter XI (out of 16) and her fight wraps up the "rescuing Jeanne" plot, although Bayonetta still has some other business afterwards.
  • Combat Tentacles: Can turn her hands and feet into vines. She can also sprout a purple vine from her back to summon large demonic flowers and can use them to drain Bayonetta's health.
  • Dance Battler: Not as much as Bayonetta, but her fighting style is quite graceful and elegant, with beautiful flips, cartwheels, and spins.
  • Dash Attack: She will occasionally attempt to dash at Bayonetta and impale her with her claws, telegraphed by her raising her right hand in the air and the claws giving a brief flash.
  • Depraved Bisexual/Psycho Lesbian: 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, one of the tropes has to apply.
  • Devil Complex: 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.
  • Femme Fatalons: Her main attack in both forms is to slice Bayonetta with her claws.
  • Flower Motifs: Roses. Demonic red roses, but still, roses.
  • Flunky Boss: When fighting her in her normal form, she will spawn large flowers that will fire a sort of Super Spit at Bayonetta, stunning her and leaving her open to attack.
  • Green Thumb: Has power over plants, particularly carnivorous plants.
  • Horn Attack: Can use her horns as a weapon in monster form.
  • Large Ham: She practically dances as she challenges Madama Butterfly before her boss fight.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: She steals Jeanne's soul with the purpose of using it to get more powerful, and after her defeat, her own soul is stolen by Rodin to empower a new weapon for Bayonetta.
  • Meaningful Name: She is named after the play Alraune. Namely, the play's connection to the mandragora myth reflect her association with vegetation.
  • Noodle Incident: It's never been explained exactly what happened between Alraune and Madama Butterfly. Bayonetta sums it up best:
    Bayonetta: I don't know what you did to piss her off, but whatever it was, nice.
  • One-Winged Angel: Transforms into a dragon-like form thanks to Jeanne's soul.
  • Planimal: Her One-Winged Angel form looks like the cross between a dragon, scorpion, and a plant.
  • Precision F-Strike: When Bayonetta beats down the first phase, Alraune calls her a "filthy bitch". Yes, in Enochian. Somebody at PlatinumGames is Doing It for the Art.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Her rivalry with Madama Butterfly is played this way. Alraune is livid, but Madama Butterfly doesn't respond, and Bayonetta is rather amused by the whole thing.
  • Soul Power: Consumed Jeanne's soul and uses it to power herself. She also attempts to steal Bayonetta's in their fight.
  • Spikes of Doom: Can stab the ground with her claws to create thorns.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She's One Head Taller than Bayonetta, who herself is a Statuesque Stunner in her own right.
  • Turns Red: After nearly defeating her first form, Alraune gets pissed and uses Jeanne's soul in order to transform herself into some sort of draconic abomination.
  • Underestimating Badassery: She completely underestimates Bayonetta when she enters her demonic lair, assuming she's just some normal human who stumbled into Inferno ... completely ignoring the fact to have gotten there Bayonetta would have needed to (and did) get through legions of infernals. She's not so cocky once she discovers Bayonetta is an Umbra Witch, however.
  • Unknown Rival: To Madama Butterfly. Alraune hates her with a passion, but Madama Butterfly doesn't seem to acknowledge she exists.
  • Vacuum Mouth: In her monster form, she will use this to draw Bayonetta in and absorb her soul.
  • Whip It Good: Has a few vine-based attacks like this. It's also her ultimate fate, as Rodin turns her into a whip weapon for Bayonetta after she softened the demon up for him.
  • Your Soul Is Mine: This manifests as one of her attacks that you have to wiggle the left stick to get out of, as well as being her planned fate for Jeanne. It's also what Rodin does to her to create one of his weapons.

Lesser Demons

     Hideous, Craver of Hatred
Hideous A
Hideous B 
Hideous C 

Hideous are armor-clad creatures that wields a multitude of weapons from rifles on one of its arms to long scythe-like weapons. They can also use their wings to fly above and around the battlefield if they so choose.

  • Mooks: They're the most basic and common demonic enemies found in the game.
  • Serrated Blade of Pain: Hideous B wield a pair of sharp, chainsaw-like swords.
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: Hideous C carry shotguns which they use to fire powerful shots from quite a distance.
  • Sinister Scythe: Hideous A wield long scythes with dark, purple blades.
  • Underground Monkey: Hideous come in 3 distinct types, each wielding a different weapon.
    • Hideous A carry a long scythe that has a dark purple blade. Though the majority of their attacks are easily telegraphed, on harder difficulties the swing time for their attacks are much shorter and the demons tend to use a fast cleave that has no audible cue frequently.
    • Hideous B wield a pair of sharp, chainsaw-like swords. Their attacks are slightly stronger and faster than Hideous A's but are still easily telegraphed, meaning only a little more precision is required to beat them.
    • Hideous C carry a shotgun which they use to fire powerful shots at Bayonetta from quite a distance. The main cue for an attack from them is the shot path that appears along the ground, giving a visual note as to whether Bayonetta is in the line of fire.
  • Winged Humanoid: They have wings with which they can fly above and around the battlefield if they so choose.
  • Zerg Rush: They constantly scuttle in groups, searching for unfortunate prey who have lost their way. However, they display no cooperation in movement, instead scrambling for prey in a mad dash.

     Hatred, Holder of Enmity

A tougher and stronger version of Hideous, Hatred tends to accompany groups of Hideous on the battlefield and can sometimes appear in pairs. They wield double-scythe weapons and adorn more decorations to their armor. Like Hideous, they can also fly around the battlefield to avoid attacks.

  • Cannibalism Superpower: Hatred used to be Hideous who were forced into starvation and resorted to devouring their siblings to survive, thus gaining their current power.
  • Elite Mooks: They're stronger and tougher versions of Hideous.
  • Heavily Armored Mook: They have better armor than Hideous.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: They had to eat their siblings in order to survive.
  • Sinister Scythe: Similar to the A variant of Hideous, Hatred wield double-bladed scythes and utilize them in slashing attacks that can either be easily telegraphed or hard to see.
  • Winged Humanoid: Like Hideous, they can also fly around the battlefield to avoid attacks.

     Fury, Gatherer of Rancor

A small demon with bat-like wings and a single red eye in the center, Fury can perform a simple claw slash attack slow down Bayonetta's movements with special magic shots from its single eye.

  • Airborne Mook: They are basic flying enemies.
  • Animalistic Abomination: It's a demonic bird.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: It has the body of a bird with the wings of a bat, head of a dragon, and tail of a snake.
  • Taken for Granite: Fury can slow down Bayonetta's movements with special magic shots from its eye, working off the theme of a paralyzing gaze. Bayonetta can tell when it will attack, due to being on whether it has opened up its eye or not.
  • To Serve Man: It visits the bedrooms of hysteric humans nightly, caws in their ears until they weaken and die, then they devour their flesh.

     Pain, Driver of Agony

A large, blue colored mechanical demon, Pain makes its first appearance in the Cathedral of Cascades after Bayonetta and Loki have restored the Cathedral's bridge to Fimbulventr. It uses its gear-like limbs to move and make large sweeping attacks at Bayonetta, though it's ultimately destroyed after she summons Diomedes to slice it into pieces.

  • Animate Inanimate Object: According to its profile, Pain's wheels were used for torture, until becoming sentient themselves and reincarnating in Inferno.
  • Degraded Boss: After fighting one as a boss, the rest of the game has you fighting weaker versions of it as regular enemies.
  • Emotion Eater: Like his name, Pain is said to feed on the subconscious feelings of injury and hurt in one's soul and will appear anywhere people misguidedly attack each other in an effort to obscure their own sense of loss and loneliness.
  • Gatling Good: Can turn their arms into gatling guns for ranged attacks.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Its Boss Subtitle is the Driver of Agony.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Pain is the weaker blue demon while Pride is the stronger, more aggressive red demon.
  • Transforming Mecha: When not attacking, they transform into a compact, coffin shape.
  • Turned Against Their Masters: Like with all demons in the second game, they're attacking Bayonetta due to the imbalance in the Trinity of Realities.

     Pride, Enveloper of Flame

A demon that acts as a more powerful variation of Pain, except having a red colored body doused in flame and a sideways mask with different markings. Pride is first encountered during Chapter VIII, guarding the second mechanism required to destroy the barriers around the Gates of Hell.

     Greed, Confuser of Elements

Greed is a three-headed demon who resembles a cross between Cerberus from Greek Mythology and a metallic dragon that Bayonetta encounters as she journeys to Inferno in Bayonetta 2. Greed first appears in Chapter VIII and is one of the stronger demons that players will encounter over the course of the game.

  • A Head at Each End: It appears to have two bodies fused into one at the waist, with two heads and two front legs on one side and one head and two front legs on the other.
  • An Ice Person: The lone head at its back can breathe ice.
  • Animalistic Abomination: Its a three-headed demon possessing three necks, six legs, and nine stomachs.
  • Draconic Abomination: It partially looks like a metallic dragon.
  • Expy: Greed's design is likely a reference to Cerberus from Greek and Roman mythology.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Those who are devoured by Greed are destined to be trapped for eternity, forever cut off from the cycle of death and rebirth. Previous "owners" still remain trapped inside his stomachs, waiting for the day of his defeat.
  • Gate Guardian: At times, he was tasked as the gatekeeper of hell, denying entrance to unwanted visitors.
  • Horror Hunger: They are constantly hungry and are unable to send the waste left behind from their constant gluttony.
  • Multiple Head Case: It has two heads at the front and one at the back.
  • Playing with Fire: The two heads at its front can breathe fire.
  • Vertebrate with Extra Limbs: It has six legs.
  • Villainous Glutton: According to its profile, no victim can ever satiate his endless appetite.

     Malicious, Gazer of Death

Malicious is a bird-like demon with a spherical lower half instead of legs that appears in Bayonetta 2. It appears during the Jetfighter Assault in Chapter XVI, where it fires volleys of feathers by swiping it wings.

  • Eaten Alive: If a Torture Attack is unleashed on Malicious, Bayonetta will summon the dragonfly demons collectively known as Carnage to gorily tear it to shreds.
  • Faux Affably Evil: It can act kind or courteous in order to get others to trust it, but in reality finds his greatest delight in deceiving and betraying others, trapping them in regret and hopelessness.
  • Feather Flechettes: It can fire volleys of its feathers like homing missiles.
  • I Have Many Names: It has stolen various names from different creatures in hell, Malicious is just one name by which it is known.
  • Mook Commander: Malicious accompanies other Demons on the battlefield to act as an enhancer. It buffs its allies into an enraged state, though the effect will disperse when they get hit.
  • Playing with Fire: It can fire large, purple fireballs.
  • Precision-Guided Boomerang: It can throw the crescent blade on its back like a boomerang.
  • Razor Wings: It can attack by swiping with its feathery arms at enemies.

     Resentment, Swindler of Progress

Resentment is a large, snake-like demon that serves as one of the enemies that Bayonetta encounters as she journeys through Inferno in Bayonetta 2. Though rare to encounter, Resentment is one of the few enemies that can cause an instant death if players are caught unaware.

  • Creepy Souvenir: It wears a necklace made of filthy bloody Lumen Sage skulls.
  • Determinator: Its tenacity is far beyond that of other demons of Inferno, and it is said to have the ability to open the Gates of Hell through sheer willpower.
  • Fountain of Youth: It can fire a charged beam at enemies that, if it succeeds in hitting them, it will transform them into their child incarnation. If Resentment then manages to get close enough, it will draw its enemy into the 'hood' on its head and swallow them whole.
  • Jousting Lance: Its right hand is composed of a lance with two brains as a pommel and a long row of spikes running down the blade.
  • The Power of Hate: Resentment was born from the sludge of Inferno as an exact manifestation of bitter, repressed feelings of hatred and ill will inside humanity.
  • Super-Persistent Predator: Once it has chosen a victim, it will follow them forever, no matter the distance, until it can tie them down and make them feel the weight of the pains of hell.
  • Tail Slap: It can whip at enemies with its tail.
  • Your Soul Is Mine: It can grab enemies with its tail and attempt to tear out their soul.

     Sloth, Embracer of Extremes

Sloth is a humanoid demon with six arms that serves as one of the enemies that Bayonetta encounters deep in Inferno in Bayonetta 2. Sloth is one of the most challenging enemies to appear in the game thanks to its relentless speed and resistance to being staggered.

  • Dual Wielding: It wields six swords, one for each arm. The swords represent gluttony, profanity, doubt, idiocy, rage and arrogance and each blade awakens feelings in victims of its respective sin when cut.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Sloth is ironically one of the fastest attackers in the game and will usually dodge most of Bayonetta's attacks unless Witch Time is activated.
  • Master Swordsman: It can perform various sword slashes that are executed with a wide range on the ground and in mid-air.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: It has six arms, two of which are used as its feet.
  • Rerouted from Heaven: Sloth lies in wait for pious believers to be granted entrance to Paradiso so he can slice them apart and cast them to Inferno during their ascension. Not only concerned with humans, Sloths have been responsible for countless fallen angels.

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