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"As long as there's music, I'll keep on dancing."

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

The main character of the series. Bayonetta is one of the Umbra Witches, a magical European clan that existed hundreds of years ago to protect the world's sacred darkness. However, she was born at the center of conflict – her parents were an Umbra Witch, Rosa, and a Lumen Sage named Balder, and their union led to the destruction of both of their clans. In the midst of the Witch Hunts that put her life in danger, Bayonetta was sealed away without her memories for five hundred years. Her awakening and resultant desire to remember her identity starts the events of Bayonetta.

Like other witches, Bayonetta's powers are the result of a contract with a demon of Inferno, hers being Madama Butterfly, and her skills in combat are a mixture of magical gunplay and martial arts. Contrary to her bloody origin and training, though, Bayonetta is an outrageously carefree person who handles the angels sent after her with a mixture of playful sadism, camp, and sheer joy, all while remaining untouched by the carnage and ruin around her. While initially aloof to her allies and acquaintances, Bayonetta eventually warms up to them and displays fierce loyalty and protectiveness even in the worst of circumstances. Bayonetta also has an extremely soft spot for children, and will often provide care and support to her "little ones" in the midst of her quests.
  • Action Girl: Strong enough to lift a bus and suplex dragons at least three times her size, able to slaughter angels and demons without batting an eyelash, can summon and control demons large enough to swallow a skyscraper... yeah, it's safe to say she qualifies.
  • Adjusting Your Glasses: Usually does this when she's about to fight, or when she sees something interesting. Often with the business end of her gun.
  • Animal Motifs: Butterflies. Her contract is with a demon called Madama Butterfly, she can sprout butterfly wings during a double jump, and her Pulley's Butterfly accessory allows her to summon butterflies to block attacks. This ties in with the Butterfly of Death and Rebirth symbolism, referring to her "death" following the loss of her memories and the "rebirth" she undergoes once she's awoken again. There's also a bit of cat in there in both with her Panther Within ability and in regards to her personality: snarky and aloof with claws everywhere... unless she isn't being watched, in case she'll let down her guard and show a bit of emotional vulnerability.
  • Anime Hair: Not only is her hair ridiculously long, she uses it as her SOURCE OF CLOTHING, and controls it in such a way that it's a deadly weapon.
  • Animorphism: She learns (or rather remembers) how to change into animals during the course of the game. She is very, very pleased by the development.
  • Anti-Hero: On one side, she's generally nice and shows a very soft spot for kids, on the other, she is a witch with infernal powers, although considering she saves the world, this might be just a case of Dark Is Not Evil. The real problems, which could label her as at least a Sociopathic Hero, are her casual sadism and that wherever she goes, collateral damage follows and she doesn't seem to care too much about it. On the other hand, she only kills a single human being (her own father), total, in the series so far.
  • Armed Legs: Provides the trope image. In the first game, she can sport freezing cold ice-skates, fiery or electrified claws, pistols, shotguns or bazookas on her legs, which she fires with her magic. In the second game, she can sport pistols, swords, chainsaws, or whips.
  • Assist Character: Apart from her ability to summon demons, three of her accessories – Pulley's Butterfly, Infernal Communicator, and Sergey's Lover – let her summon helpers, being butterflies, the Little Devils, and ghostly copies of Madama Butterfly, respectively.
  • Astral Projection: One of Bayonetta's many powers, which primarily sees use whenever she has to protect Cereza.
  • Badass Biker: In Chapter IX of the first game, she shows that she's just as skilled with a bike as Jeanne.
  • Badass Boast:
    • "Don't fuck with a witch!"
    • She uses a variant of the above when talking with Young Balder.
      Bayonetta: Sanity is a requirement for our kind.
      Young Balder: And your kind are...?
      Bayonetta: The kind of witches you don't fuck with.
  • Badass in Distress: Near the end of the first game, she's captured by Balder and used to resurrect Jubileus. She is thankfully rescued by Jeanne, who was freed from Balder's mind control.
  • Bad Liar: Bayonetta stammers and provides an extremely transparent lie when the Masked Lumen asks her how she knows his name. It's one of the few times in the series where she's visibly nervous.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: Her powers come from demonic pledges and she is going to end up in Inferno when she dies... but she's trained to use her dark powers for the sake of protecting and guiding humanity, and while in no way "warm", she's not a bad person when you get to know her by any stretch.
  • Barrier Warrior:
    • One of her accessories, the Moon of Mahaa-Kalaa, allows her to create a barrier in the form of the Umbra Witch symbol. If an enemy strikes the barrier, Bayonetta will counter with a punishing headbutt.
    • In Wii U and Switch versions of both games, having Bayonetta wear her Hero Of Hyrule outfit allows her to use the Hylian Shield in the same way as the Moon of Mahaa-Kalaa, even if the latter isn't equipped.
    • Her Crow Within allows Bayonetta to surround herself with a damaging ring of feathers.
    • In the first game, Bayonetta can form a protective barrier around Cereza during escort missions while she fights the angels in Purgatorio. However, the barrier will only hold up for so long before it's destroyed.
  • The Baroness: Inverted. She is a domineering woman that likes abusing her enemies and happens to be the protagonist. Though she might be sexualized, she does have some Rosa Klebb attitude.
  • 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.
  • Beauty Mark: She has a beauty mark located right under the right corner of her lips. It's so iconic for her, that for her portrayal as a Guest Fighter in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U, whenever Franchise/Kirby uses its Power Copying ability on her, he gets her beauty mark in addition to her Boyish Short Hair.
  • Beehive Hairdo: She sports one in the first game, with the intention of it looking reminiscent to a witch's hat. It's Magic Hair that also forms her Spy Catsuit and is used in her most powerful attacks. She trades it out for a Boyish Short Hair in Bayonetta 2.
  • Beneath the Mask: It's slipped off a few times when Bayonetta thinks nobody's watching. In the first game, she looks almost worried after realizing Luka grew up thinking she killed his father. In Bayonetta 2, her efforts to wake up Jeanne devolve into panic when she thinks Jeanne's dead for good — but the mask goes back on as soon as Jeanne regains consciousness.
  • Biker Babe: While she doesn't really ride a bike for much of the game, when she does, it's hot, and awesome.
  • Black Speech: For a heroine, she (along with Jeanne) speaks Enochian, the language of angels, to summon demons and torture weapons.
  • Blood Knight: A heroic example and more tame than most, but she loves a good brawl and derives an almost erotic pleasure from killing angels. This trait is played up in Bloody Fate, where she outright says she loves seeing angels' faces contort in pain.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: See Blood Knight above and Hates Small Talk below.
  • Born of Heaven and Hell: A variation. Her mother was an Umbra Witch with connection to the demons of Inferno and her father was a Lumen Sage who are aligned with the Angels of Paradiso. Being female, she was raised as a witch and shows no particular affinity for the heavenly side of her ancestry.
  • Boyish Short Hair: She uses her magic to give herself a shorter hairstyle in Bayonetta 2.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Bayonetta invokes this trope after Loki plays a trick on her by making her think he was dead.
    Bayonetta: Do you really think it's wise to play dead with someone who can make you dead?
  • Casting a Shadow: Bayonetta, like all Umbra Witches, can use dark magic, often channeling it through her weapons and can use it to bolster the strength of her physical attacks. During her fight with Iustitia, she focuses her dark energy into her hand to slice off one of its tentacles, and her "Wheel of Torture" Torture Attack has her impaling an angel on the spike wheel then focusing dark energy into her foot to kick it away with great force.
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: As a testament to her boundless confidence, she'll regularly snark and make small talk with her enemies. Case in point: During the prologue of the second game, she and Jeanne are more concerned with planning a Christmas party rather than the fact that the Angels of Paradiso are trying to kill them.
  • Celibate Hero: Surprisingly, given how openly flirtatious she is with everyone. Word of God states that, while she teases Luka, she'll never commit because of the negatives of a Mayfly–December Romance.
  • Character Development: Becomes a hell of a lot nicer by the end of the first game, and much wiser and more motherly by the end of the second.
  • Character Tics: Licking her lips when she gets a new set of guns to play with and adjusting her glasses with her guns when she's about to fight.
  • Charge Attack: She can do this with every weapon through the Charge Modifier, which involves holding down the punch or kick button after the initial attack, but it's played straightest with her melee weapons, where she'll take a stance and build up power. Using the Charge Modifier with ranged weapons usually just makes Bayonetta fire them, although Sai Fung, Kafka, and the Charge Bullet technique play it straight. Wearing the Galactic Bounty Hunter outfit in Bayonetta 2 lets her fire a charge shot, even if she doesn't have the Charge Bullet technique. Also true of the Star Mercenary outfit, but only when Love Is Blue is equipped.
  • 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."
  • Child of Forbidden Love: She is the result of a forbidden union between her mother, the Umbra Witch Rosa, and her father, the Lumen Sage Balder. As punishment, Rosa was eternally imprisoned, while Balder was exiled from his clan.
  • Cleavage Window: Her outfit in the first game has this, although unusually for the trope, it doesn't actually show very much cleavage.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Her Torture Attacks.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Put simply, Bayonetta does not fight fair. To her, everything is fair game in a fight whether it's sneak attacks, using pieces of the environment, using her enemies' weapons against them, using the enemies themselves against each other, Bayonetta will use any and every advantage afforded to her to win.
  • Combat Stilettos: She wears high heels with heels replaced with guns, which she uses to perform Gun Fu.
  • Compressed Hair: She can hide it when wearing clothes, cover herself with it to form a battle uniform, extend it further for Umbran Climax or Serious Mode, and separate it entirely from her body for constructs or conduits. This, combined with how her default costume in Bayonetta 2 isn't connected to her hairdo, suggests that Bayonetta's hair is less like normal hair and more like a power source she can call upon or put away at will.
  • Contralto of Danger: Subverted mostly. Her voice is normally high-pitched, but she tends to lower it when things get serious... or when she gets mad. At which point, you really should run away.
  • Cosplay: The Wii U release of Bayonetta has her dressing up as Link, Samus, and Princesses Peach and Daisy. The Princess costumes in particular are Sexy Whatever Outfits while the Link outfit was designed to be very modest, but Nintendo insisted Link's Undershirt be removed and the tunic be more revealing. Bayonetta 2 adds a Star Fox costume to the mix, replacing Love is Blue with Arwings (and the fighter jet from the final chapter with a fully-functioned Arwing, smart bombs and all).
  • Counter-Attack:
    • Several enemies in Bayonetta 2, like shield-bearing Accolades and the Masked Lumen in his second fight, can launch attacks that give Bayonetta a chance to counter in a quick-time event.
    • Her Moon of Mahaa-Kalaa accessory lets her counter enemies with a headbutt if they strike her barrier.
    • When wearing the Evil Harvest Rosary, Bayonetta will create a mine-like magical counterattack when dodging attacks instead of triggering Witch Time.
  • Creepy Crows: She can transform into a crow to slow her descent and use Feather Flechettes.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Her Torture Attacks and Infernal Climaxes practically scream this trope. Put simply, being Dragged Off to Hell will be a mercy after Bayonetta's done with you.
  • Dance Battler: Bayonetta wields her weapons with incredible fluidity and grace, employing intricate acrobatics, and actually dancing for her long taunts and the Breakdance move. Some of the lyrics to "Mysterious Destiny" reference this.
    Girl, when you fight, it looks like a dance. You are magic. You're magic.
    Dance. Fight. Spin around. Spin around.
  • Dark Action Girl: Whether or not she is this is debatable; see Anti-Heroine above.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Despite Bayonetta being a centuries-old witch whose powers stem from demons, she's by no means a bad person and can be nice when you get to know her. But she is a snarky, incorrigible Troll who will mess with you non-stop and won't hesitate to pump you full of holes if you cross her.
  • Dash Attack: She can do this with the After Burner Kick, Stiletto, and Heel Slide techniques. The Umbran Spear, which requires purchasing Crow Within first, is her fastest, but its lack of damage and stagger makes it more suited to being a "dash" instead of an "attack."
  • Deadpan Snarker: She regularly snarks at her enemies to reflect how confident she is. She tends to drop it when she gets serious though. Or when she gets mad. That's when you really should be afraid.
  • The Determinator: Failure isn't an option for her, even when she's traversing Inferno or going after gods.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Regularly does this to angels, with her crowning achievements being Jubileus and Loptr-Aesir.
  • The Diva: Bayonetta when not adventuring is quite the "opera star enjoying some recreation". She even manages to maintain the Diva personality while fighting.
  • Diving Kick: Her descending After Burner Kick. May remind some players of Crimson Viper.
  • The Dreaded: Has become this in the second game. Angels and demons alike are right to be afraid of her. Her slaying of Jubileus has earned her quite the reputation among the Angels of Paradiso, leading some to refer to her as "the famed witch." Likewise, her invading Inferno to rescue Jeanne's soul has earned her the fear of some of the Infernal Demons.
  • Dressed Like a Dominatrix: She wears a black Sexy Backless Spy Catsuit with gloves and Combat Stilettos, which double as her guns, and she can use whips to attacks. The only catch is that the whole costume is actually made out of her hair and that whips are usually hair as well. Her dialogue and personality aren't subtle about her dominant sexuality, but her Punish moves, Torture Attacks (especially the one she reserves for Joys), and the Umbran Elegance she wears for Kulshedra are the most blatant examples.
  • Easter Egg: If she ends up firing at a wall, she'll shoot a B with her bullet holes.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: A majority of her techniques involve her doing some graceful spins and twirls.
  • Expy: Many fans have noted general similarities between her and Dante: a hunter of the metaphysical who wields tons of weaponry, snark and style.
  • Extremity Extremist: Certain weapons in both games can only be equipped to certain limbs. In the first game, Shuraba, Kulshedra, and Sai Fung can only be used on the hands, while Odette (ice-infused ice skates) can only be used on the feet. In the second, Takemikazuchi, Chernobog, and Kafka (bow) are all hands-only, while the Chain Chomp is the game's only foot-only weapon. Strangely, the sword (Rakshasha, Salamandra) and whip (Alruna) weapons in the second game can be fitted to hands and feet alike, most likely because they come in pairs.
  • Fairytale Motifs: She's compared herself to Alice of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in both games, whether through references or (in Bayonetta 2) outright calling herself "lost in Wonderland", referencing how she frequently gets caught up in bizarre plots.
  • Fatal Flaw: Her pride and her insistence on doing everything herself carry her through most of the games' chapters, but when she actually starts going after the Big Bad, they're always more than she can handle on her own. Tellingly, both villains are only killed by a climax summon Bayonetta performs in tandem with a second character.
  • Faustian Rebellion: In the second game, due to the Balance Of Good and Evil being thrown off, the forces of Hell are trying to kill Bayonetta, forcing her to fight them as well as the angels. Averted with a few demons, particularly Madama Butterfly, who continue to lend her assistance.
  • Form-Fitting Wardrobe: Her outfits accentuate her curves. Justified in that they're made with her Magic Hair. However, when wearing actual clothing (such as her nun's outfit or stylish shopping clothes), they're still form-fitting — and almost always suffer Clothing Damage at some point.
  • Friend to All Children: Despite initial insistence to the contrary, Bayonetta has a soft spot for "little ones." Cereza is the first person Bayonetta shows genuine concern for, and she quickly warms up to Mouthy Kid Loki upon first meeting him in Bayonetta 2. She finally accepts it upon saving Loki from the Masked Lumen, as her next words are "What kind of adult picks on little children?!"
  • Full-Contact Magic: With giant black fists and feet to back her up.
  • Generation Xerox: When you see her mother in the second game, she looks exactly like Bayonetta, down to the hair style. This is why Cereza called her "Mummy" in the first game.
  • Giant Foot of Stomping: Certain combos let her summon Madama Butterfly for a downward kick near the end, but she can also do this right off the bat with the Heel Stomp technique.
  • Giant Hands of Doom: She can summon the massive hands of Hekatoncheir and Madama Butterfly through her Wicked Weaves. Or, if you have Mushroom Kingdom Princess or Sarasaland Princess as your current outfit, Bowser's fists will replace Madama Butterfly's.
  • Godiva Hair: She turns this trope on its head. She is a witch whose default wardrobe consists entirely of her own magically manipulated hair. Not surprisingly, she uses her Prehensile Rapunzel Hair for other things sometimes, which, in turn, makes this both an inversion and an aversion of the trope. And when she's doing some serious witchcraft, not much is left on her person nor to the imagination.
  • Guest Fighter: She's shown up in Anarchy Reigns and Super Smash Bros. as a playable fighter. In the latter, she was initially DLC before being added to the core roster in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
  • Gun Fu: Taken to a whole new level. Bayonetta can quadruple-wield pistols, shotguns, and rocket launchers – and she can fire all four at once.
  • The Gunslinger: Her signature weapons in both games is a quartet of massive pistols, and both cutscenes and gameplay show that she's capable of some astounding gunplay.
  • Hates Small Talk: Her usual response to a boss enemy's rambling, hammy speech is to either shoot them or throw something at them to get them to shut up.
    Bayonetta: I'm not one for the talkative types. How about we have some fun instead? You did come to have fun with me, right? There'll be plenty of time for pillow talk after.note 
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: It's actually her hair that forms that outfit, but it has leather-like properties: black, shiny, and form-fitting.
  • 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.
    • In the second game, Loptr uses the Remembrance of Time to show Bayonetta the events of the Witch Hunts and that he killed her mother. When she recovers, Bayonetta is clearly shaken up and visibly sweating.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: She's the heroine, and yet she casually roughs up her friends (Luka and Enzo especially), and brutalizes her enemies with glee. And it's wonderful.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: with Jeanne and Madama Butterfly. She's close enough to Jeanne that, not only is the latter the only cast member of 2 that calls her by her first name, the impetus of the plot was Bayonetta fighting to rescue Jeanne. As for Madama Butterfly, while she could just be a Noble Demon when it comes to honoring her contract with Bayonetta, the two sharing a brofist is a bit more casual than a mere business relationship.
  • High Class Gloves: Her regular outfits and the "Sunday Best" dresses she wears in Bayonetta 2 feature long gloves over her hands.
  • Hot Witch: She's an Umbra Witch with Sexy Spectacles and a Sexy Backless Spy Catsuit. In fact, the entire game almost revolves around this concept, with her constantly getting naked after every combo or summoning demons to finish off a boss (due in part to the fact that her clothes are made from her Prehensile Rapunzel Hair, which she uses for her most powerful spells), and doing sexy victory poses to the sound of a camera shot.
  • An Ice Person: Apart from her Odette skates and her Undine flamethrowers, in the cutscene during her third fight with Jeanne, she freezes the moisture in the air to form a spear in an attempt to impale her.
  • Impossibly Cool Clothes: They're made out of her Magic Hair.
  • Improbable Weapon User: While many of her weapons are off-beat, in the original Bayonetta, she obtains a pair of demonic ice skates named Odette, fueled by the soul of a demonic witch of the same name with the power of ice.
  • Informed Flaw: In the first game, characters repeatedly claim she's afraid of her destiny and memories... not that this ever influences any of her decisions or ability to kick ass.
  • I Work Alone: Bayonetta pulls a gun on Rodin in the first chapter of both games when he implies that he's offering to help her. In Bayonetta 2, she actually starts shooting at him.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She can come off as a Sociopathic Heroine at first glance due to her causal sadism when killing angels and causing horrendous collateral damage during her fights that would have most normal people arrested for vandalism years ago. She can also deal out enough snark to give ol' Spider-Man lessons. But underneath it all is a girl who genuinely cares for her friends and unless you want a first-class, one-way, all-expense-paid trip to Inferno, don't even entertain the idea of harming them.
  • 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 and Switch 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.
  • Kid with the Leash: An adult variation, but the opening of Bayonetta 2 makes it clear that the Climax Summons that she pulls off are less 'allies' and more 'tamed beasts'; when the world starts getting thrown out of balance, her command over them becomes much more fragile, losing her hold on (at least) Gomorrah, Phantasmaraneae, and Scolopendra.
  • Kung-Shui: Up there with the Incredible Hulk in sheer property-damaging capacity.
  • Lady of Black Magic: She's an Umbra Witch who uses her Magic Hair to summon demons capable of causing great destruction, and acts in a cool and classy manner. She's also very sultry and sensual, from her appearance to her mannerisms.
  • Lady of War: She's a cool-headed and classy lady who uses many graceful acrobatics in battle to effortlessly kill angels, and looking very fancy while doing so.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: They don't hide that she's Cereza as an adult in Bayonetta 2.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Fast, agile, strong as all hell, and hits like an out of control freight train.
  • Limit Break: Her Torture Attacks are the flashy one-time counterpart to her Super Mode, Umbran Climax.
  • Literal Ass-Kicking: As a Torture Attack on Applauds, Affinities, and Ardors. Then she beheads them with a guillotine.
  • Loves the Sound of Screaming: Her line after defeating Fortitudo.
    Bayonetta: You know, you're not nearly as ugly when you're screaming.
  • Mage Marksman: Like other Umbra Witches, she uses guns alongside black magic.
  • Magic Hair: Subverted. It appears that she is using her hair to make giant fists, giant feet, and giant dragons, but reading Antonio Redgrave's notes reveals that witches need a medium in order to summon these things. In theory, they could use anything, but hair is the most readily available. It's not that the hair is magic, more like magic things are happening to the hair. In Bayonetta 2, you can tell shit is going south when Gomorrah breaks out of her hair and goes on a rampage.
  • Male Gaze: You can never have enough mentions about how much her ass is shown.
  • Mama Bear: Mess with her "little ones" — especially Cereza — and Bayonetta will take you down.
  • Meaningful Name: You get "Bayonetta" by adding "T and A" to "bayonet", which is a melee weapon attached to a gun, which mirrors Bayonetta's fighting style nicely.
    • Alternatively, her name is also a Portmanteau of "bayonet" and the gun manufacturer "Beretta".
  • Metronomic Man Mashing: One of her Punish Attacks lets her do this to enemies, grabbing them by the leg and slamming them repeatedly.
  • Misblamed: Luka spent the vast majority of the first game believing she killed his father. He was actually intentionally murdered by the angels she was fighting, but Luka could not see them at the time.
  • More Dakka: Bayonetta certainly is a fan.
    Bayonetta: (to Rodin) Guns. Guns. GUNS! GUNS! GUNS!!!
  • Morphic Resonance: Her animal forms always feature the gold chains on top her clothing in some form: in the first game, this also applies to the ribbon in her hair and in the second game, her pointed shoulderpads.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She is deliberately designed around sex appeal, to the point of campy parody, and has a sultry, flirty, dominatrix-like personality to go with it. 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 PlatinumGames designed Bayonetta's Link-inspired costume with an undershirt for the Updated Re-release, Nintendo of all companies said it would be a good idea to get rid of the undershirt because it would have otherwise been out of character.
  • Naughty Nuns: Her first appearance in the first game has her in a form-fitting nun habit. She then gets clothing damaged.
  • Nerves of Steel: As shown in the second game, so long as there is the slightest chance of saving a friend's life (even invading the Inferno), she doesn't ever seem to be nervous. When there's nothing she can do, she doesn't remain upset for long. Probably in part due to her overconfidence (which she usually can back up).
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Killing Father Balder in the first game erased the Right Eye of Light and caused an imbalance in the Trinity of Realities, which causes her demonic summoning of Gomorrah to go wrong and results in Jeanne Taking the Bullet and being sent to Inferno. In other words, she is partially responsible for the events of the second game (Balder never would have snapped to begin with if not for Loptr).
  • Oh, Crap!: Actually experiences a moment like this in the second game: she starts off her clash with the mysterious man in white as her normal snarky self. Then she sees him cast Light Speed and casually brush aside her bullets...
    Bayonetta: Oh my... you're a Lumen Sage!?
  • One-Woman Army: Countless angels have tried to kill her, and she takes them all down with style and class.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • By default, Bayonetta is a massive Deadpan Snarker who can throw out Deadpool-esque snazzy one-liners. But when she stops snarking, you have sorely and genuinely pissed her off and the final moments of your life will be in complete agony. Only three characters in the series have triggered this reaction. note  To say it didn't end well for them would be the nicest way to describe it.
    • A far sadder example is at the end of Bayonetta 2, when she watches Balder trap Loptr within himself, effectively damning himself to become the monster he was in the first one. At this point, Bayonetta realizes who her father truly was, and as Balder is dragged through a rip in time, she screams "DADDY!" in a heartbreaking tone.
  • Orgasmic Combat: Her in-game combat is really heavy on grunts and shouts.
  • Parent-Child Team: She and young Balder become a terrifyingly powerful one at the climax of 2.
    Balder: 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! Bayonetta, shall we illustrate?
    Bayonetta: Let's rock!
    (Asskicking commences)
  • Person of Mass Destruction: And one who really doesn't give a crap about what she destroys as long as it suits her ends. Best shown in her fights with Jeanne, Gomorrah, Father Balder, and the Masked Lumen, where she causes enough collateral damage that would get most people arrested years ago.
  • Pistol-Whipping: Her most basic fighting style: with Scarborough Fair, Love Is Blue, or similar weapons equipped, her punches and kicks have her smack angels and demons around with the four pistols. Far more evident in cutscenes, where the audience gets a number of close-ups of her slapping the taste out of angels with them.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With Jeanne starting in Bayonetta 2.
  • Powered Armor: In the second game, when traveling back in time to the Witch Hunts, she wields the Umbran Armor. One of her accessories, the Earrings of Ruin, allows her to use it instead of Umbran Climax.
  • Power Makes Your Hair Grow: When she enters Climax mode (against gigantic angelic bosses in the first game and when she activates Umbran Climax in the second), her hair also grows, giving her a traditional Rapunzel Hair look on top of her usual hair outfit.
  • Precision F-Strike: Being a bit nicer-mouthed than some of the other characters, her vulgarity uses this trope.
    • "I feel like a fucking celebrity in this town!"
    • "Don't fuck with a witch."
      • Called back to in the second game: "The kind of witches you don't fuck with."
  • Prehensile Hair: Her special moves are pulled off with help from her hair. Also, her hair composes her entire freaking outfit. Needless to say, the more powerful special move she uses, the more hair she needs (like using it to make a spider several stories tall), and the more skin we see. Subverted that it's not the hair moving by itself - she's summoning demons by using her hair as a conduit.
  • Pretty in Mink: In the opening of the second game, Bayonetta is going shopping at Christmastime, and she's wearing a white Pimped-Out Dress in the style of The Gay '90s that's topped with a silver fur wrap. At the end she's going after Christmas shopping in a pink dress with a white fox wrap. Both of these can be purchased at the Gates of Hell to be worn as alternate costumes.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Almost exactly 600 at the time of Bayonetta (of course while she was in a magical sleep for most of that time, other material makes it clear witches and sages can naturally live a long time). Presumably 603 at the time of Bayonetta 2. note .
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair becomes much longer whenever she uses it to summon demons, and in the fight against Jubileus, it becomes long enough to be the size of a skyscraper.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The emotional, warm, and vibrant red to Father Balder's cool, detached, and calculating blue, which is lampshaded in the eyes of Jubileus.
    • Meanwhile, whenever she and Jeanne clash, Bayonetta is the more cool-headed and lighthearted (usually) of the two, while Jeanne is a lot more hot-headed, wrathful and serious-minded.
  • The Sacred Darkness: The Left Eye of the World that she bears (or more precisely that she is), overseeing the Darkness, is just as important as the Right Eye that oversees the Light. This is also the role of the Umbra Witches as a whole.
  • Sadist: A rare heroic version, but she takes a little too much glee when killing angels. In Bloody Fate, she outright says that killing angels and making their faces contort in pain really gets her excited.
  • Scaled Up: A heroic example; in Bayonetta 2, she can transform into a cobra to swim more quickly.
  • Sexy Backless Outfit: The game takes Third-Person Seductress to whole new levels; she wears a variety of these, all made out of her hair. In Bayonetta 2, the backless outfit actually becomes functional in addition to alluring, since she can now use her demonic summons to become a Winged Humanoid.
  • Sexy Spectacles: During initial design stages of Bayonetta, Sega executives really didn't like that Bayonetta wears eyeglasses. In protest, Kamiya gave some form of eyewear to every character in the game.
  • Sexy Walk: Unless you make her run at full speed, Bayonetta treats every walk like a catwalk.
  • She-Fu: Mixed with Gun Fu and taken to ridiculous levels.
  • She's Got Legs: Sports a pair that could go on for miles.
  • Shoryuken: Her Witch Twist attack.
  • Shoulders of Doom: A rare heroic version. Her new outfit in the sequel gives her pointed shoulder pads.
  • Showy Invincible Hero: From a story perspective, it takes a Lumen Sage to even inconvenience her. The first game's cutscenes have Bayonetta trashing everything from Affinities straight up to the Cardinal Virtues; even Jeanne's fights only leave her out of breath, and Balder is the first enemy that actually gives her trouble. Less prominent in the second game; aside from Gomorrah's betrayal catching her off-guard, Infernals don't give her much more trouble than the angels do, but the Masked Lumen and Loptr both end up either matching or outright defeating her.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: This is one of Bayonetta's specialties. Any angel that decides to prattle on for too long tends to get promptly interrupted with bullets to the face. Her disdain for speeches is lampshaded in Bayonetta 2 during an encounter with the Masked Lumen:
    Bayonetta: Well, at least you're the silent type. The last sage I met spent 20 minutes rambling on and on!
  • Slide Attack: Her Heel Slide and Stiletto attacks.
  • Smug Super: Bayonetta brims with boundless confidence and has all the power to back it up.
  • Sociopathic Hero: She takes a lot of delight in killing those angels and is generally apathetic to the horrendous collateral damage she leaves in her wake.
  • Spy Catsuit: Her regular outfit resembles one, with a few odd touches here and there.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Her actual height's unknown, but the camera loves to look up at her and the civilians we see in Vigrid and Noatun are always at least a head shorter than her.
  • Stepford Smiler: The lyrics to "Mysterious Destiny" describe her as this.
    Bayonetta, you bury your loneliness deep down in your eyes.
    Sadness lies in your smile.
  • Stripperiffic: She is a gun-toting witch wearing a Spy Catsuit made of her hair. That she strips off her body as she uses her magic. And turns it into a hair dragon while standing around in the nude.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She is implied to look exactly like her mother, Rosa, down to her outfit of choice. This causes Bayonetta's time-displaced child self, Cereza, to mistake her for her own mother.
  • Summon Magic: She uses her hair as a medium to summon demonic entities to aid her in taking down enemies.
  • Super Mode: Her Serious Mode in the first game and her Umbran Climax in the second game. Both of them back up every one of her attacks with a Wicked Weave.
  • Super Strength: Even without her Wicked Weaves, Bayonetta is unnaturally and immensely strong despite her lithe figure, although this is mostly shown in cutscenes. She regularly tosses large enemies and bosses like ragdolls, can suplex Fortitudo, a giant dragon, with ease, and can slice of Iustita's tentacles with a single karate chop. At one point, after defeating Temperantia, she holds up a large trolley bus with one hand as easily as one would hold a ball and casually tosses it aside.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: She's tall, she's dressed in black, and she rarely misses a chance to snark at her enemies.
  • The Tease: Frequently does this with Luka to the point where it seems like she keeps saving him just to keep messing with him. It’s implied by Kamiya, that she does this for the hell of it.
  • Technopath: Can use her magic to hotwire vehicles by jamming her middle finger in the ignition. And it's not limited to just vehicles. The first game had her hijacking and riding a missile to get to Isla De Sol.
  • Thinking Up Portals: Her Umbran Portal Kick in the first game. Bayonetta creates a portal in the shape of the Umbran symbol and sinks into it. She then reappears to crash down from above, striking a sexy pose.
  • Third-Person Seductress: The series takes this to its logical conclusion; her magical hair forms her costume and is used for her attacks. This means that parts of her clothing disappear during attacks, and her finishing moves render her entirely naked aside from just enough coverage to keep it from getting an AO rating. The pure absurdity of the sex appeal on display in the trailers alone - never mind the final product - was almost certainly intentional on the part of the development team, many of whom are Clover refugees. Knowing their previous worksnote , they seem quite happy keeping a self-mocking sense of humor throughout.
  • Time-Shifted Actor: She is voiced by Hellena Taylor and Atsuko Tanaka as an adult and by Joy Jillian and Miyuki Sawashiro as her child self, Cereza.
  • Time Stands Still: Her Witch Time in a nutshell. By dodging at the last second, Bayonetta can slow down time to mercilessly pummel her frozen opponents. Her Bracelet of Time accessory allows her to activate Witch Time whenever she wants.
  • Too Many Belts: Her outfit has many buckled belts on the sleeves.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: She can craft a number of her favorite snacks, as well as healing items, all of which are lollipops.
  • Tranquil Fury: She never outwardly expresses her anger. Her reaction to most situations is to normally snark it out. In fact, the only warning that you have severely pissed her off and have simultaneously carved your own headstone is her voice lowering a few octaves and the lack of any snappy one-liners. If that happens, make your peace with whatever made you and pray you at least end up in critical condition.
    (To Balder) I could never call the man behind this nightmare "Father!"
    (To Gomorrah) I'm not one for pets who don't listen to their masters.
    (To Alraune) Then it's going to be a bloody coronation. Now release my Umbran sister.
    (To Loptr) Then just try to take it back. You've destroyed more than you know.
  • Transformation Sequence: Happens when she switches from the aforementioned nun outfit to her other one. She also learns how to shapeshift later.
  • Tricked-Out Shoes: Weapons are attachable to the heels.
  • Trigger Happy: Bayonetta has a permanently itchy trigger finger and won't hesitate to pull her gun on anything and anyone who pisses her off, including her friends.
  • Troll: Getting a reaction out of people, including but not limited to teasing them, seems to her idea of good fun. Her main target is Luka, who she goes out of her way to embarrass. Considering how much rescuing he needs, he's potentially earned it.
  • Two Aliases, One Character: She and Cereza are the same person.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Is thoroughly repulsed by Balder from pretty much the second they meet, but as soon as he throws Luka to his doom, Bayonetta whips out her guns and opens fire on the Lumen Sage with a look of absolute fury on her face.
  • Up to Eleven: Due to the series' numerous similarities with Devil May Cry, Bayonetta can be thought of as "Dante up to eleven." Bayonetta wields four named pistols at once in both games, while Dante wields two.
  • Use Your Head: She likes using a headbutt to counter an enemy's attack, whether it's part of a quick-time event or using a parry.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: Where she gets the lipstick she uses to kill Balder.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: She needs to remember how (and buy certain abilities back), but she gains this ability over the course of both games. Panther Within for Super Speed, Bat Within to evade damage, Crow Within for limited flight, and – in the second game – Snake Within for enhanced swimming abilities.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Unlike the other Nintendo costumes, Bayonetta's Hero of Hyrule outfit isn't substantially altered from its source — aside from removing the undershirt and adjusting the length and tightness of the rest of the costume, it's basically the same, but it still fits her personality very well.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: She's fully capable of suplexing a dragon and a half dozen angels simultaneously.
  • Yin-Yang Bomb: She is the child of an Umbra Witch and a Lumen Sage.
  • You Killed My Father: To Father Balder, who is responsible for the witch hunts that killed her mother. In Bayonetta 2, this hatred transfers to Loptr, the actual culprit.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Certain outfits of hers have the thigh-high variants.

Click here to see her appearance in Bayonetta 2 
"I stake my honour as an Umbra!"

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

Jeanne is a major antagonist in Bayonetta and a major protagonist in Bayonetta 2. An Umbra Witch of prodigious skill, Jeanne was Bayonetta's childhood friend and her frequent sparring partner, despite Bayonetta's stigma as an impure outsider and Jeanne's status as heir to the clan. When the Witch Hunts threatened the safety of her clan, Jeanne sealed Bayonetta away and spent the next five hundred years fighting the forces of Paradiso as the last of her kind.

She is Bayonetta's equal in battle, and similarly fights with four magical pistols, martial arts, and the limbs of a demoness, Madama Styx. However, Jeanne is much more serious and proud, holding her status as an Umbra Witch in high regard, and she often concerns herself with the supernatural workings of her world even when no one else does. She regards combat as a fierce, no-nonsense proving ground for skill, and is merciless to her opponents. However, she shows an emotional side sometimes, often being shocked at displays of friendship; she's also a daredevil who thoroughly enjoys performing dangerous stunts on her motorcycle.
  • Adaptational Villainy: While she served a villainous role in the first game, it was only because she was brainwashed by Father Balder. In Bloody Fate, there is no mentioning of her being brainwashed, so it seems her villainy was deliberate.
  • Animal Motifs: Jeanne is the moth to Bayonetta's butterfly. Her contract is with Madama Styx, a moth-themed demon and her equivalent of Bat Within is a swarm of moths.
  • Animorphism: She can transform into animals like Bayonetta.
  • Anti-Villain: She's only attacking Bayonetta because she was brainwashed by Balder. She gets better, though. She also still gets a kick out of massacring the angels supposedly helping her.
  • Attack Hello: On harder difficulties, Jeanne will start fights by immediately summoning a Wicked Uppercut directly under your feet.
  • Badass Biker: She has her own motorcycle, complete with vanity plate, and gets a lot of screentime pulling stunts on it.
  • Badass in Distress: The plot of the second game revolves around this. A freak accident involving a summoning gone wrong causes Jeanne's soul to be dragged to Inferno, giving Bayonetta only a day to rescue her before her soul is lost forever. Once she's rescued, she goes right back to kicking ass, and (in order) flies Bayonetta and Balder to Fimbulventr, holds off a massive dual army of angels and demons, and calls upon Gomorrah — the very demon that got her Dragged Off to Hell — to destroy Loptr's body.
  • Badass Teacher: As revealed in the notes for the Bloody Moon and in Bloody Fate, Jeanne is a high-school teacher when she's not killing angels and does not take kindly to any harm coming to her students.
  • Biker Babe: Jeanne is often seen riding a motorcycle of her own. She uses it in her third fight with Bayonetta.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Her hairstyle in the first game. Bayonetta 2 switches things up, giving Jeanne longer hair and Bayonetta shorter hair.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Why Jeanne is attacking Bayonetta. It wears off near the end of the first game.
  • Combat Stilettos: She wears high heels with heels replaced with guns, which she uses to perform Gun Fu.
  • Cool Teacher: Is said to be mild-mannered and popular with her students. And she's a Umbra Witch.
  • Cosplay: Like Bayonetta, she too gets dressed up in various costumes (sharing most of them with Bayonetta in-game), although by her own admittance she doesn't quite enjoy it as much as Bayonetta.
  • Dark Action Girl: Played with in Bayonetta, where Jeanne's associated with the holy-but-evil angels.
  • Divergent Character Evolution:
    • Her character model – not her outfit, mind you, but her body structure and chest size – was altered in Bayonetta 2 to make her more unique compared to Bayonetta, with whom she shared almost an entire character model in the original game.
    • In Bayonetta 2, Jeanne keeps her All 4 One moveset and animations from the previous game, while Bayonetta receives a brand-new set of animations and combos for Love is Blue.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Not even the bustling downtown traffic prevents her from doing crazy stunts with her bike.
  • Evil Twin: To Bayonetta, from fighting styles, to clothes, to glasses. No family relation, though.
    Bayonetta: Who are you? And don't you dare say my long-lost sister.
  • Expy: Her white hair, red outfit, and rescue of Bayonetta from the Jubileus statue is reminiscent of Dante and his rescue of Nero.
  • Fanservice Pack: Inverted. Her chest is noticeably flattened in Bayonetta 2 when compared to her model in the original Bayonetta, which Word of God states was to further differentiate her from Bayonetta.
  • Fleur de Lis: The sigil appearing behind her name when she is introduced in battle and in her entry for the Hierarchy of Laguna book is a heavily stylized Fleur-de-Lis. Fitting, since she is strongly implied to be of French descent.
  • Fluffy Fashion Feathers: Not on her outfit, but rather, she has massive feather tassels hanging off of the ends of her two guns. The concept artist, Mari Shimazaki, put them there to accentuate her movements, much like Bayonetta's long hair. They vanish inexplicably when she changes into her identical-to-Bayonetta's leather costume during their last battle. The feathers are reminiscent of moth antennae, as accentuated in her transformations into a beast or a bird. They also contrast with Bayonetta's hair ribbons, which are meant to be reminiscent of butterfly antennae.
  • Foil: To Bayonetta, in a few ways.
    • Jeanne's more of a daredevil than Bayonetta; she'll only choose to activate Witch Time through her One to Million to One Moth Within, and she takes 50% more damage from attacks (implying she's not trying to defend herself as much). In cutscenes, Jeanne tends to fight in close quarters, and her showy moves revolve around putting herself in harm's way, rather than the straightforward Camp that Bayonetta is known for.
    • Jeanne is also harsher to her enemies. Bayonetta often shows a bit of sadism in combat and likes to play with her enemies before killing them, and her battle shouts and taunts show that she maintains a sense of humor in battle. Jeanne's battle cries and taunts are dominated by wrath and rage, and by far more profane than Bayonetta's (incidentally, she only uses profanity during playable combat). Her Wicked Weaves are 50% more damaging than Bayonetta's, implying that she's putting more of her power into them.
    • Jeanne takes the plot much more seriously than Bayonetta, and provides drama and motivation during her scenes to contrast Bayonetta's comedy and flippancy.
    • Jeanne's personality, outfits, and body language paint her as the conservative, classy foil to Bayonetta's outrageous, sexualized Camp.
  • The Gunslinger: Just like Bayonetta, she wields four guns.
  • Heel–Face Turn: When her brainwashing wears off.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Her civilian clothing in both games is motorcycle leathers.
  • Hidden Depths: Concept art, Bloody Fate, and the sequel reveal that Jeanne's day job is teaching history at a high school.
  • 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 birth date with the actual Jeanne D'Arc – and her jumpsuit in the first game is "D'Arc" brand; an Italian couturier.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Her ice skates are fueled by the soul of Karen, the vain and spoiled child from the Hans Christian Andersen story "The Red Shoes".
  • Living a Double Life: She actually lives three lives: A high school teacher, her city's local Super Hero, and an Umbra Witch!
  • Mage Marksman: A gunslinger and Umbra Witch, just like Bayonetta.
  • Magical Girl: She's either this, or a straight-up superhero when she dons the "Cutie J" costume, complete with a cute mask and dorky creed. A loving reference to Cutey Honey.
    "The battle uniform of the Umbra Witches. The strong, tightly woven hair forming this bodysuit repels all attacks. But in the hands of the seemingly mild-mannered schoolteacher Jeanne, the suit allows her to transform into the powerful Cutie J! Defending her city and her beloved students, she cuts through evil with her crimson blade, Bloody Moon! Those distant, hear the sound... Those close by, see the spectacle... Evildoers, fear final justice, because the Platinum Knight has arrived to defend the weak and innocent! CUTIE J IS HERE!"
  • Mirror Boss: As an Umbra Witch herself, her fighting style is more or less identical to Bayonetta's.
  • Motifs: Jeanne has a strong musketeer theme. She canonically fights with sword and gun, has pistols named after the four musketeers, has a modern steed in her motorcycle, might be Umbran royalty, and rocks a snazzy-looking feathered cavalier hat in an early cutscene. She's also very task-oriented and is motivated by duty and loyalty.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Zig-zagged. Outfits initially unique to her, like her d'Arc outfit and her biker suit, are quite conservative. When playable, though, Jeanne has access to the same fanservicey outfits as Bayonetta.
  • The Musketeer: Jeanne alternates between using sword and gun during her boss fights.
  • Nice Hat: She wears a very nice cavalier hat during a scene in the first game's prologue.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: She slaughters the Big Bad's entire demon-angel army offscreen during the second game's finale. The next time we see her, she's waiting in the clear Noatunian air for her chance to leap into action, and there isn't a single damn scratch on her or the jet she rode in on.
    "I'll take care of them, Cereza. Hurry to the temple!"
  • Only Mostly Dead: Played completely straight in the sequel, where Jeanne's soul can last roughly a day in Inferno before it's absorbed and she's dead for good.
  • Perfect-Play A.I.: Jeanne is the first enemy in the series capable of breaking out of your combos, adapting to your playstyle, and generally testing your ability to do something other than thoughtlessly spamming attacks. She'll do this in her first fight, which is in Chapter II, and she only gets tougher.
  • Purely Aesthetic Glasses: It's not made clear if Bayonetta's specs are prescription, but Jeanne's certainly aren't; she only wears them once, during the first game's Epilogue while waiting for the Laguna to crash Bayonetta's funeral, and by Bayo 2 she's traded them out for a proper pair of biker goggles.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her knee-length hair with Peek-a-Bangs in Bayonetta 2. Like Bayonetta, she used her magic to change her hairstyle.
  • Really 700 Years Old: She is around the same age as Bayonetta. note 
  • Recurring Boss: Fought 4 times in the first game.
  • The Rival: Fits this trope best in Bayonetta, where she's bitter and resentful that Bayonetta defeated her on the night of her own coronation. Turns into Bash Brothers once her brainwashing wears off.
  • Royal Rapier: Fights with one, named Angel Slayer, musketeer-style during the Witch Hunts. She uses it during her third and fourth boss fights, and it serves as her equivalent of Bayonetta's Shuraba in both games.
  • Shout-Out: Her quartet of guns are called "All 4 One" altogether — or "Porthos", "Athos", "Aramis" and "D'Artagnan" individually. In the second game, their feather tassels are replaced by cat plushies wearing musketeer hats.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Never in dialogue, but Jeanne's taunts (and battle cries) in both games are quite profane, compared to Bayonetta's.
  • Spanner in the Works: Jeanne is responsible for derailing Father Balder's plan, because he didn't count on her snapping out of her brainwashing and saving Bayonetta.
  • Taking the Bullet: Pushes Bayonetta out of the way of a berserk Gomorrah in the prologue of the second game, getting hit so hard her soul is knocked out of her body.
  • Undying Loyalty: To the Umbran cause, and Bayonetta once her brainwashing wears off.
  • Vanity License Plate: The plate on her motorcycle reads "U1 QTJ" (Umbra #1 Cutie J).
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Jeanne is your first introduction to just how tough the game can get, especially if you haven't mastered dodging and Witch Time. She will break out of your combos at a moment's notice, put you into unbreakable combos of her own, and break out the Giant Foot of Stomping on you. Your first fight with her is Chapter II, less than a quarter of the way into the game, and she just gets tougher from there.
  • Willfully Weak: According to Word of God, Jeanne is a compulsive daredevil, which is why she doesn't enter Witch Time if she doesn't use her Moth Within – that ability puts her at a far greater risk of being hit than simply dodging. Averted with her Wicked Weaves, which deal 1.5x the damage of Bayonetta's.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Father Balder had already previously decided that she was supposed to die in order to help Bayonetta regain her lost memories. However, she snaps out of her brainwashing at the last moment and escapes, coming back later to save Bayonetta from Balder.

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

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

Luka is a significant supporting character in the series, being an antagonist of sorts in Bayonetta while being firmly on Bayonetta's side in the sequel. Like his father Antonio, Luka is an intrepid journalist dedicated to uncovering the truth, and also puts his talents to use in uncovering the mysteries of Vigrid's Lumen Sages and Umbra Witches. His interest in the subject began when his father – who was also investigating the clans – suffered a strange death; Luka's subsequent investigations eventually led to him encountering Bayonetta twenty years later.

As a normal human, Luka has no special powers, but he's often forced to keep up with everyone else anyway. His investigative instincts, coupled with a clever grappling-hook device, often get him into places and trouble that a regular person wouldn't normally be near, and he has a knack for uncovering local legends that play a vital role in the plot. When not doing his research, Luka usually provides comic relief through his theatricality and his shameless flirting with any pretty woman he meets – both of which make him a frequent target for Bayonetta's teasing.
  • Accidental Pervert: Nearly grabs Bayonetta's ass when she's pushing him down to avoid a deadly attack.
  • Action Survivor: How many times should he have died again? One notable instance had him surviving being left on a missile during Bayonetta's fight with Jeanne, and he still got away and survived. Bayonetta is as shocked by this as the player. Another case is when Balder sets a few Affinities on him, who nearly yank his limbs out of his sockets, and then he's tossed out of the top window of Balder's skyscraper. The next time we see Luka, he doesn't have a scratch on him, but his surviving the fall is justified by Bayonetta's control over another missile.
  • Awesome McCoolname: Ironically combined with Punny Name, with a splash of Meaningful Name. His name sounds perfect for a warrior fighting the supernatural, but separate the syllables and ... well. "Look-A-Red-Grave." Guess how he watched his father die.
  • Badass Normal: Luka never fights and his only fantastical aids are his grappling hook and his glasses (in Bayonetta 2), but somehow he's able to show up and try to save the day wherever Bayonetta is. Luka is also extremely lucky and has survived everything the plot has thrown his way, and when you're a squishy human in this kind of setting, ninety percent of badassery is just showing up in the same place as the heroes and villains.
  • Berserk Button: The only time in the series when he's ever gotten close to violent is when Father Balder revealed that he ordered Antonio's death.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Downplayed in the last chapter of Bayonetta 2, Loki's had his Sovereign Power stripped out of him, Bayonetta is holding him in her arms, and Loptr has the Right Eye with intention to take the Left. Luka proceeds to swing in out of nowhere, get Loki out of the fight zone, free up Bayonetta to draw her weapons, and befuddle the crap out of the Prophet.
  • Born Lucky: Anyone who survives around an Umbra Witch who doesn't make efforts to save him qualifies for this trope.
    Bayo: I don't know whether to shoot you or take you to Vegas for good luck.
  • Butt-Monkey: Comes with the territory of being a Muggle among the cast. He doesn't have it nearly as bad as Enzo though. He's an Iron Butt Monkey, however, to the point where he should be suspected of possessing quantum immortality...
  • Call-Back: When escorting (carrying) Loki to Fimbulventr in Bayonetta 2, he is not ashamed to admit he preferred the 'cute little Cerezita who weighs like ten pounds'.
  • The Casanova: He has a habit of flirting with any pretty women he sees.
  • The Cavalry: Even for a Badass Normal, Luka's almost mystical with his rescue attempts.
    Bayonetta: (to Loptr) Just some fool always swinging in out of nowhere, albeit with absolutely impeccable timing. I suppose not even a god can see him coming?
  • Chivalrous Pervert: He may be a shameless pervert, but he's ultimately a good guy who's very devoted to finding the truth.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Luka, normal, unpowered human, tells off beings far more powerful than himself, including and up to Loptr.
  • Disney Death: Gets thrown out of the top of Balder's building. And he's seen later without a scratch on him.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: He's lost his train of thought twice thanks to Bayonetta's cleavage.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Bayonetta nicknames him Cheshire in the first game, and while she eventually calls him by his first name, she still calls him Cheshire when he does something embarrassing. In Bayonetta 2, Luka admits he isn't used to her calling him something other than Cheshire.
  • Establishing Character Moment: His introductory cutscene gives the player all the information they need about him:
  • 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 Bayonetta 2 somewhat when he helps an incapacitated Loki get to the top of Fimbulventr.
  • Goggles Do Something Unusual: In Bayonetta 2, he gets his hands on a pair of permanently enchanted specs from Rodin so he can see the angels (and Bayonetta) in Purgatorio whenever he wants.
  • Grappling-Hook Pistol: His only notable skill is making flashy getaways (and incredible timing when it comes to arriving in places).
  • Handsome Lech: He rattles off the names of four Capcom ladies when he's trying to brag to Bayonetta. Dovetails into Butt-Monkey when you realize one is "Ammy", and gets worse when you see who these "ladies" actually are.
  • Harmful to Minors: As a small child, he sees his father graphically slain, with lots of his father's blood splashing on the grave he's hiding behind. Unfortunately, the only other being he sees there is Bayonetta, as opposed to his father's actual killers, the angels she was fighting.
  • He Is All Grown Up: Bayonetta seems to think so, but knowing her, she's probably just teasing him.
    Bayonetta: You've certainly bloomed, haven't you, my little Cheshire puss?
  • Hero of Another Story: Most of what you'd call his heroics – like stealing vehicles and showing up in unlikely places – happen totally offscreen.
  • Informed Ability: Played straight and averted in different contexts.
    • Luka is supposed to be a renowned journalist who is tracking Bayonetta to expose her to the world, but all he seems to do is general Butt-Monkey stuff. He does have a considerable amount of knowledge on the supernatural, though it's not made clear how much of that he picked up on and what he got from his father.
    • Averted in the movie, which shows him doing actual investigative work and tracking down evidence of Bayonetta.
    • Also averted in the second game, where he's in Noatun to discover the mysteries of Fimbulventr and you can find pages of his journal scattered about, showing that he's at least doing investigative work.
  • Intrepid Reporter: He's pretty active in his investigations, sometimes to the point where he ends up in places he shouldn't be in.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: The amount of abuse he gets will make you wonder how the hell he's still alive.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: He owns three cats, Claire, Trish, and Sylvia, and one dog, Ammy.
  • Ladykiller in Love: Implied during the ending of the first game.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: He's a pervert, but a pretty nice guy otherwise.
  • Morality Pet: Not to the extent of Cereza, but Bayonetta does not like to see him seriously hurt.note  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.
  • Nice Hat: He starts wearing one in Bayonetta 2.
  • The Nicknamer: Refers to Cereza as Cerezita.
  • Non-Action Guy: He's tied with Enzo (maybe) as the worst fighter in the main cast, but he's on the Silver trophies, ranking him above Enzo, Loki, and Cereza.
  • Odd Friendship: At the end of Bayonetta 2, Bayonetta notes that he and Rodin appear to be getting along well.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: In Bayonetta 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. Although angels and demons being in Purgatorio (and thus being unreachable from the human world) means the monster fights are excusable, the locations are NOT.
  • Only One Name: One of two characters in the series to avert this trope, the other being his father Antonio.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: That's what happens when you don't have guns attached to your feet.
  • Parental Substitute: For Cereza. Which is why Bayonetta likes him.
  • 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 Bayonetta 2.
    Bayonetta: I told you to babysit her at home, Luka.
  • Really Gets Around: Or so he claims.
  • Scarf Of Asskicking: He wears a pretty nice scarf. In the second game he ties it a lot more neatly.
  • Spanner in the Works: Luka's main superpower, aside from being Born Lucky. He disrupts events just enough to tip things on Bayonetta's side.
  • Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: His goal in the first game is to try to expose Bayonetta to the world after believing she killed his father.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: It's rarely shown, and is often disguised with creative camera angles, but he's a head taller than Bayonetta.
  • Unfazed Everyman: Definitely by the end of the first game.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: He shows up at Father Balder's lair at the end of the first game and picks him apart with an impressive Breaking Speech befitting of a journalist. Balder throws him out the window and continues his showdown with Bayonetta like Luka was never even there.
  • You Killed My Father: To Bayonetta. It was actually done by some Laguna, under Father Balder's orders.

"You got halos. I got items. Welcome to the foundation of a barter economy."

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

Rodin is Bayonetta's armorer, and the bartender and owner of the Gates of Hell in his spare time. Menacing and dangerous, his weapons are powered by the souls of demons he personally beats into submission, but he prefers to watch Bayonetta put his "works of art" to use instead of getting directly involved in the games' storylines. Despite his bloody place in the cast, Rodin's shown a softer, more affable side on occasion, and cheerfully greets the player with cheesy jokes and pop-culture references whenever they visit his shop.

Rodin is also a fallen angel whose power used to be on par with that of Jubileus. Players can purchase the Platinum Ticket for 9,999,999 halos to restore his power and face him as the game's bonus boss; in Bayonetta, he manifests as Father Rodin, while in Bayonetta 2, he fights as the demon Rodin – both of which bear the Boss Subtitles of The Infinite One.
  • Adorkable: When the topic is weapons, combat, business, the Trinity of Realities, or making cool one-liners, Rodin's as smooth as his scalp... but when he's trying to make small talk or relate to the people around him, he's uncharacteristically awkward. And then there's his apparent love of penguins.
    Rodin: Santa don't get paid enough for this shit. When Ed and Edna found out their daddy wasn't coming home, they made me stay all the way through dinner!
    Bayonetta: Oh, don't pretend you weren't delighted. I hear Enzo's wife makes a lovely casserole.
  • Absurd Phobia: His bio in The Wonderful 101 reveals he has one. It's small birds.
  • All-Powerful Bystander: Rodin is by far and away one of the most powerful characters in the series, but he's perfectly content to simply sit on the sidelines and make weapons.
  • Badass Baritone: One of the most powerful characters in the series with a fittingly deep voice to match.
  • Badass Santa: Shows up in Santa getup in Bayonetta 2 to deliver Bayonetta her new guns. The way he does it is beyond badass. According to Bayonetta, he might as well be the real Santa.
  • Bald of Awesome: He's as bald as an egg, making it easy to see the slick tattoos he's got on his head, and alludes to his strength and preference for doing things with his bare hands.
  • Ballistic Discount: Defeating him for the first time gets you his namesake Swiss Army Weapon. One of the possible weapons it turns into is a chainsaw on your arm.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Despite being The Blacksmith, Rodin never fights with a weapon and prefers to use his fists. That said, given how immensely powerful he is, it's all he needs.
  • Barrier Warrior: Can throw up a barrier to block enemy attacks as he cannot evade.
  • The Blacksmith: Though not in the traditional sense of the word. Whenever you bring him Gold LPs, he teleports into the bowels of Inferno and plays the angelic music recorded on the disc, summoning demons to him like moths to a flame. He then defeats the demons and uses their spiritual essence to forge new weapons for Bayonetta. The Hierarchy of Laguna text claims that Rodin's skills as a smith were legendary amongst the echelons of Paradiso, and that he often crafted weapons which struck terror into the hearts of The Legions of Hell.
  • Bonus Boss: You can buy an item that will cost enough halos to turn him back into Father Rodin. In the sequel, the item will massively boost his demonic power instead.
  • Catchphrase: "Beautiful", said when Bayonetta is doing something particularly awesome, or earns a Pure Platinum medal.
  • The Chew Toy: Downplayed. Rodin appears to receive a bloody beating every time Bayonetta hands him an LP, but he's actually just out of breath and the blood he's covered in belongs to the demon he just turned into a weapon. Except when he goes after the Chain Chomp, which is handed to Bayonetta without a scratch on it...
  • Combat Sadomasochist
    Rodin: 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.
  • Cool Shades: His sunglasses hide his eyes completely. In Tag Climax, they can also conduct his Eye Beams without sustaining damage.
  • Difficult, but Awesome: When playable. For starters, he has the slowest movement and attack speed of all the playable characters, he cannot evade attacks and cannot slow down time, he lacks the Wicked Weaves that his boss incarnation and the other playable characters have, and his only ranged attack is a weak eye beam. Basically, he's a charge character in a cast of rushdown characters. That said, he can erect a barrier to block attacks and has powerful, hard-hitting attacks and wide area stomps that make him great at dealing with large crowds.
  • Dimensional Traveler: He can travel between the human world and Inferno at will.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: In the second game, when fighting him. After he uses his raging demon attack, he's lying down casually on the ground, smoking a cigar, while Bayonetta lies unconscious... and naked. Real subtle.
  • Drop the Hammer: Wields the hammer Yagyu in The Wonderful 101 and turned the sword Takemikazuchi into a hammer for the cool factor, which is a logical preference for someone who creates weapons.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The first game has him emerging from a coffin, turning to the angels (and by extension, the camera) with a murderous expression, and scaring them off with a loud shout. Tells you all you need to know about him.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • In the first game, Rodin states that no matter how many times Bayonetta asks, he won't put a chainsaw on her arm. Can be subverted if the player chooses to obtain the Rodin or Salamandra weapons.
    • In Bloody Fate, he is disgusted by Enzo's shady business practice of overcharging families for funerals.
    • Is rather disgusted by Alraune devouring and torturing Jeanne offscreen, calling her a monstrosity to her face.
  • Everything's Better with Penguins: The "Rodin's Treasures" screen at the Gates of Hell prominently displays an apron with three baby penguins on the front, along with the slogan "I LOVE CHICKS" in the game's demonic alphabet. Coupled with the flavor text from his guest appearance in The Wonderful 101, it seems Rodin's quite the penguin lover.
  • Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: He may not be evil, but he likes to refer to himself as the devil... and he also enjoys using the shop screen as an excuse to say some of the cheesiest crap imaginable.
  • Evil Laugh: Usually done in the form of a quiet, creepy chuckle. After talking to Bayonetta in Noatun, he lets out a more bombastic laugh as he returns to his bar, complete with Power Echoes. It's as unnerving as it sounds.
  • Eye Beams: This is his ranged attack when playable in Tag Climax.
  • Fallen Angel: He used to be an angel before he was cast out of Paradiso.
  • Fingersnap Lighter: Tends to light his cigars with a plume of hellfire off his thumb. It even serves as his victory pose in Tag Climax.
  • Giant Hands of Doom: His boss forms can use their own version of Wicked Weaves, being giant projections of his hands. He can also fire them like rockets.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: His eyes are sometimes seen emitting a red glow from behind his sunglasses. In Bloody Fate, his eyes glow purple instead.
  • Graceful Loser: If you manage to beat him.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Bayonetta thinks he has one; in Bayonetta 2, Rodin tries to complain about having to play Santa for Enzo's kids all the way through dinnertime, but she sees right through him and says he must've been delighted to.
  • Holy Halo: Collects these. Seeing as how he is a fallen angel, it's only natural that he'd sport one of these when you return him to his true form. In a rather intimidating twist, the halo around his head is the same halo that Jubileus (i.e. God) herself wears.
  • I Got You Covered: Rodin tells Bayonetta he's not in Inferno to help her, but the verse he joins her for inevitably involves him one-shotting everything, including the minibosses, before they have a chance to attack either of them. Rodin was also near Alraune's palace when Bayonetta showed up, and a cutscene in chapter VII showed he was aware of Jeanne's time running out; this suggests that he showed up to keep Alraune's sentries from stalling Bayonetta. Presumably, he was aware that telling her this would end in him getting shot again.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Intimidating? Definitely. Morally ambiguous? Yes. Is he still a cool guy to hang out with? Yes. He's referred to himself both as "jollier than the average demon" and "the nicest angel you'll ever meet."
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: He literally kicks Alraune across the floor of her palace before sealing her within a weapon and giving it to the witch who just defeated her.
  • Lightning Bruiser: In his boss forms, while his playable form is a Mighty Glacier. Rodin has ridiculous amounts of health, insane damage output, unbelievable attack speed — all the criteria you'd tend to associate with the Bonus Boss gets cranked Up to Eleven here.
  • Made of Iron: In the first game, he takes two coffin lids to the head and doesn't give a damn. In the second, after giving Bayonetta Love Is Blue, he stands in the middle of the street and catches the toy jet Enzo bought. A second later, a sign lands on his head, splitting, and he doesn't feel it.
  • Mechanically Unusual Fighter: When playable, he lacks Wicked Weaves and the ability to slow down time on his own. He also blocks attacks in place for his defensive move rather than dodging. Rodin's moveset is also less combo-friendly than the rest of the cast, and he is built for using burst damage to clear enemies off the screen before his opponents can outscore him.
  • Mighty Glacier: When playable. His attacks are slow, he cannot evade enemy attacks, and he moves slower than most characters. But his sheer strength and ability to throw up a barrier compensates for this.
  • Moveset Clone: His lack of maneuverability, focused power, and demon-based Super Mode make him play more like a Devil May Cry character than anyone in the Bayonetta universe.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Named after a French sculptor, Auguste Rodin. One of his popular works, a depiction of a scene from Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy, is called "The Gates of Hell."
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Having a title called "The Infinite One" doesn't exactly inspire visions of hope and peace.
  • Nice Guy: While he may be a demon (possibly THE demon), he's easily the coolest and nicest guy in the game. Taken Up to Eleven in the sequel, where he even dresses up as Santa Claus for Enzo's kids and sticks around through dinner.
  • Occidental Otaku: He makes a few shout-outs to Japanese video games and likes Shinshu sake enough for Luka to bribe him with it; his outfit in Bayonetta 2 also shows some Japanese style.
  • Odd Friendship: By the end of Bayonetta 2, he's struck up a business relationship of sorts with Luka, who now helps him advertise his bar in exchange for Rodin supplementing his journalism with an "anonymous source" – implied to be Rodin himself.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Every time he gets a Gold LP, he goes to Inferno to beat a demon into a bloody pulp so he can turn it into a weapon. All in just a couple of seconds. Not so offscreen in the sequel, though, as while most weapons are obtained in the usual method, you do get to see how Alruna is made, due to it being made from Alraune, the last demonic boss fought in Inferno.
  • One-Winged Angel: In Bayonetta 2, the boss fight with him starts off against his human form, but partway through he'll turn into a towering demon that rivals his Father Rodin form. This new form is (mercifully) absent when fighting against him in Tag Climax.
  • Pet the Dog: After Bayonetta drags Enzo off to fly her to Noatun, Rodin decides to play Santa for Enzo's kids. He begrudgingly admits he enjoyed it.
    • He didn't HAVE to go out of his way to preserve Jeanne's body, or give Bayonetta the first Alraune weapon free of charge, either.
  • Playing with Fire: He can control fire, but mainly uses it to light his cigar. Taken Up to Eleven as Father Rodin, who uses various fire-based attacks.
  • Pocket Dimension: Both of Rodin's boss fights take place in some strange dimension apparently created by him. The fight with Father Rodin takes place in a heavenly realm that resembles Paradiso while the battle with his demon form takes place in a realm that resembles Alraune's palace. Bloody Fate shows that the Gates of Hell itself is a pocket dimension that he can create anywhere he wants.
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: He makes several references to other video games and has a home run that would make the most skilled of baseball players jealous.
  • Power Floats: As Father Rodin.
  • Power Gives You Wings: His Father Rodin form uses twelve peacock wings similar to Father Balder's, while his demon form plays this a little more traditionally with two feathered wings.
  • Power Glows: As Father Rodin, he gets a glowing halo and red Tron Lines on his outfit.
  • Promoted to Playable: In Bayonetta 2's Tag Climax multiplayer mode.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: In a game crammed full with this trope, his boss forms' variations are the most impressive. His most frequently used technique involves pummeling you about half a dozen times in the space of a second, and his signature move is a reference to Akuma's Raging Demon and beats you so quickly that the game doesn't bother rendering it, instead presenting a blank screen and the sound of a beatdown. It also really hurts.
  • Really 700 Years Old: He used to be an angel, meaning that he's much older than he looks.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: His demon form is primarily black with traces of red all over, most notably his wings, which have red feathers.
  • Running Gag: At least three times across the first two games, something big and hard (like a tombstone or sign) falls onto him, hitting him in the head, and breaking while he expresses absolutely zero reaction to it.
  • Satanic Archetype:
    • Oddly, all of the character art for Rodin in the unlockable extras never uses that name, giving his name as "Mephisto"note , the name of a demon from German folklore, who is most prominently mentioned in the Faust legend and has occasionally been used as another name for the Devil himself. Appropriately, Rodin's role is broadly similar to the traditional devil: a fallen angel who is thwarted and punished for trying to conquer Heaven (and is feared by it) who rules his own "sub-basement" location after his punishment, and jokes about the "deals" he provides Bayonetta.
    • Played straight in Bayonetta 2. After the Bonus Boss battle where he fights using his true demonic form, Rodin will congratulate Bayonetta, but then cryptically reminding her that "the devil always gets his due." Furthermore, his death animation in Tag Climax shows him being encased in a block of ice, a reference to Satan in The Divine Comedy.
  • Scary Black Man: One of the most intimidating characters in the series and one of the most prolific examples in video gaming. That said, he's a pretty cool dude once you get to know him.
  • Shockwave Stomp: One of his attacks when playable and as a boss.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Loads of them to the Divine Comedy, and that isn't even including his dialogue.
    • When he Turns Red in the fight against him in Bayonetta 2, he turns into a demon form with wings, being a reference to Devil Trigger.
  • Smoking Hot Sex: His most powerful attack in the second game, is clearly meant to symbolize this.
  • Soul Brotha: Groovy slang? Smooth delivery? Averting But Not Too Black? Cool and badass? Rodin says yes to all four.
    Rodin: Right on, baby. Right on.
    Rodin: Chill, Bayonetta. Don't go shootin' up my target, ya dig?
    Rodin: Damn... some of these fools are really 'bout that life.
  • Super Mode: The demon form is his version of Umbran Climax when playing as him, effectively making it his Devil Trigger.
  • Thinking Up Portals: Rodin can create red portals that lead to his bar.
  • To Hell and Back: Waltzes in and out of Inferno on a regular basis. Seeing as how he tends to be soaked in demon blood whenever he returns from one of his trips, it can be surmised that the results of these escapades are rather... messy.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Both in Tag Climax and in his tag battle in the story mode.
    • On paper, Rodin's slow attacks and high damage make his combo potential inferior to those of the other four playable characters. When combined with his area-of-effect attacks, though, a Rodin player can effectively sabotage their opponent by quickly clearing the screen and ending the verse with a passable combo score before the other player has time to build a better one with extensive weak attacks. As a result, Rodin performs poorly against boss verses, but excels in multiple-enemy encounters.
    • Rodin tag-teams with the player for one verse in Chapter X. The difficulty in getting a decent combo score for this verse comes not from the high enemy density, but because Rodin can immediately one-shot any enemy the player's trying to build a combo off of.
  • We Will Meet Again: Whenever you beat him in one of his boss forms, he'll make some cryptic threat and promise a rematch.
    Rodin: (first game) I gotta hand it to you. You sure let me have my fun. I never thought a girl would beat my ass so hard. But I gotta admit, I kinda liked it. You win... This time, baby.
    Rodin: (second game) Shiiett... Where'd that come from? Credit where credit is due, you just put your foot straight up my ass. You won this time, but remember, the devil always gets his due.

"You have any idea how much this is going to cost to fix? How the fuck do I always get wrapped up in this shit?!"

Voiced by: Chick Vennera (EN. Bayonetta), John Kassir (EN, Bayonetta 2), Wataru Takagi (JP)

A mobster who operates in the city Bayonetta calls home. Like Luka, Enzo's primary role in the series is to provide Bayonetta with information. However, Enzo's information usually springs from underworld connections and takes the form of tips that put Bayonetta in the right place to track down what she's looking for. Enzo's "business" doesn't put him in a position to help out during the main storyline, so his appearances in the Bayonetta series are at the beginning and end of the game.

Enzo might be a feared, tough mobster in his day job, but in Bayonetta's world, he's a fish out of water. He (and his car) want nothing to do with the scenery-chewing angel fights that Bayonetta attracts, and heroes and villains alike seem to make a point of making his screentime miserable and humiliating. Still, Enzo seems to care about both of his "families", as much of his motivation for staying out of Bayonetta's business is so that he can come home to his beloved wife and children in one piece.
  • A Birthday, Not a Break: Played for Laughs. The opening level has him repeatedly attacked and nearly killed by angels, Enzo complaining about the situation happening on his birthday.
  • Butt-Monkey: More than Luka. He's the one found on the worst level rating, Stone — falling on his ass, of course.
  • Catchphrase: "Fuggetaboutit" and "motherfucker" seem to be the most common words he uses.
  • Chew Toy: Life really hates Enzo.
  • Chronically Crashed Car: Every time he gets a new car, it gets wrecked by Bayonetta's fighting in Purgatorio.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: He drops more than everyone else in the game. Of course considering who he sounds like...
  • Cool Car: Enzo has a pretty sweet ride. It gets trashed whenever Bayonetta starts fighting something, much to his hilarious chagrin.
  • Cool Shades: They don't make him that cool, though.
  • Desecrating the Dead: Enzo's first act in-game is pissing on someone'snote  grave, establishing him as something of a Jerkass.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Two of them in his first scene:
    • We meet Enzo as he finishes urinating on a tombstone (Hideki Kamiya's, no less!) and starts to talk shop about the body du jour with the nun performing the burial service — setting him up as callous, foul-mouthed, sacrilegious and utterly desensitized to the "business" he performs for the mob, but he's not too much of a Jerkass to brag about how his kids have baked him a birthday cake.
    • When the game's first Affinities show up and the "nun" and "body" start shooting and smashing them to shreds, all Enzo can do is hide and cower... until an Applaud snatches him up and flies off, and as Bayonetta jumps off of a cliff to pursue and free Enzo, she accidentally smashes his new car. Once the job is over, the subsequent interactions between him and Bayonetta/Rodin serve to show us that for all his tough mob experience, Enzo is the smallest fry in Bayonetta and Rodin's world... and that his smashed-up car is entirely his problem.
  • Groin Attack: He's had at least one near-miss per game with this trope. In the first game, he's almost had his junk crushed by a gravestone in a Disaster Dominoes effect. In the second game, it almost gets run over by Jeanne's motorcycle.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • He might be foul-mouthed and temperamental, but Bayonetta notes in Bayonetta 2 that he's quite the family man. In 1, he may be Vitriolic Best Buds with Bayo, but he really does care about her.
    • A bonus piece that Mari Shimazaki drew for the Bayonetta artbook shows Enzo quite merrily kicking a slightly offscreen demon hunter's ass — well, at strip poker, that is. He even has a few cards hidden under his leg, the cheater!
  • 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.
  • Male Gaze: He can't help but stare at Bayo rising to the heavens in her nun outfit during the opening cutscene.
  • Mr. Exposition: At the beginning of the first game he gives a quick summery of Bayonetta's backstory, which the witch quickly calls him out on. In the sequel he gives a brief history of the holy mountain, Fimbulventr, as well as a quick nod as to why Jeanne is calling Bayonetta 'Cereza' during the Prologue.
    Enzo: 20 years ago, you woke up stuck in a casket at the bottom of a lake. All you can remember is that you're a witch. But now you're stuck, because you've gotta sacrifice our halo-wearing friends everyday or they'll drag your ass back down to hell. I know I thought I got screwed, but bein' forced to slap around the divine for a livin'? That's really getting screwed!
    Bayonetta: If I needed a biographer, you wouldn't be my first choice.
  • Mythology Gag: Dante owes him money.
  • Nice Hat: Wears a bowler hat.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: He's a short gangster guy who sounds a lot like Joe Pesci.
  • Odd Friendship: By the end of 2, both Bayonetta and Jeanne realize that actually do like having him around, and not just as a lackey.
  • 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 Bayonetta 2.

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