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"Mummy is a witch, and witches protect people and are very strong. When I grow up, I'll be strong too and I'll protect my mummy!"
Voiced by: Joy Jillian (EN), Miyuki Sawashiro (JP, anime)

A supporting character in Bayonetta. Cereza is a young girl that Bayonetta finds wandering in the ruins of the Umbran Proving Grounds, lost, terrified, and hunted by angels. She's rescued by Bayonetta, whom she immediately grows attached to and mistakes for her "mummy", much to the witch's chagrin. As the story progresses, however, Cereza becomes more brave and confident through imitating Bayonetta, and she drives a significant mystery relating to her being the "key to Bayonetta's future."
  • The Cameo: In the first game, during the final battle with Jubileus, the boss can cast a spell on Bayonetta and regress her into Cereza. In the second game, if Bayonetta is hit by a Resentment's laser attack, she'll revert to Cereza for a while. If you can't avoid the Resentment crawling at you before the spell wears off, it will eat her.
  • Cheerful Child: Barring one or two incidents where she is about to cry, Cereza is really not that fazed by the horrible monsters constantly trying to attack her.
  • The Cutie: Come on, just look at her!
  • Empathy Doll Shot: The introduction of the Joys has one of them shapeshifting into Bayonetta in an attempt to kidnap Cereza. Failing to reach them in time will show the Joy doppelgänger retreating into Paradiso with Cereza, as her Cheshire doll drops to the floor. Also doubles as a Non-Standard Game Over.
  • Escort Mission: During two major chapters, you will have to protect Cereza. Bayonetta can cast a barrier around Cereza to protect her while she fights off the angels, but the barrier can only hold up for so long before it breaks. If you manage to keep Cereza from ever getting hit during the verse, you'll earn the achievement "A Mother's Love."
  • Future Badass: She turns out to be Bayonetta as a child who by the end is sent back in time.
  • Goggles Do Something Unusual: Her glasses allow others to see from the human world the supernatural things around them, like the angels, but only if she enchants them. Luka borrows them from time to time.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: She joyfully runs to Balder in the first game, blissfully unaware that her 'Daddy' was no longer the kind man who raised her.
  • MacGuffin Super Person: The angels need her as part of their plan. What she is actually needed for is to reawaken Bayonetta's memories.
  • Mathematician's Answer: When she meets Bayonetta. Though given her innocence, it's probably not intentional.
    Bayonetta: Where did you come from?
    Cereza: I'm from my house.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name means "Cherry" or "Cerise" in Spanish.
  • Meganekko: While Bayonetta herself tends more toward the Sexy Spectacles, Cereza's glasses just make her look adorable.
  • Morality Pet: She is the first person we see Bayonetta be nice to. Which means that the first person Bayonetta is nice to... is herself.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Those are huge pigtails for a toddler. Considering she's a young Bayonetta, this is hardly a surprise.
  • Regenerating Health: During the Escort Missions, Cereza's health automatically recovers after a short delay.
  • Stable Time Loop: Cereza is inspired by Bayonetta and wants to be like her and fight the "monsters." But since Bayonetta is Cereza all grown up, this means she inspired herself to grow up to become the badass fighter that inspires herself to grow up and become the badass fighter and etcetera.
  • Token Mini-Moe: She stands out from the rest of the first game's cast by being an adorable, innocent child.
  • Two Aliases, One Character: She and Bayonetta are the same person.

    Loki, the Sovereign One
"Welcome to hell, love. Too late to repent."
Voiced by: Mark Daugherty (EN), Junko Minagawa (JP)

A mysterious youth who acts as Bayonetta's Kid Sidekick during the second game. He aims to climb Fimbulventr, but has no idea why.
  • Amnesiac Hero: Has no idea of anything about himself save for his name and his need to climb the mountain. He very abruptly gets them back in Inferno during the last fight with the Masked Lumen.
  • Animorphism: He can transform into a flying squirrel to get out of situations.
  • Born-Again Immortality: Chooses to reincarnate as an infant to live along side humanity without interfering.
  • Catchphrase: Is fond of brushing off Bayonetta's questions with "Nothing comes to mind, love." Bayo even mocks him for it when he talks about the Cathedral of Cascades.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He has the power of black and blue darkness in contrast to Loptr's blue light.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: His hair is white, but close enough.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He's practically a gender-flipped, pint-sized version of Bayonetta in this regard.
    "So you are going to her party? Quite the popular one, isn't she? Sorry, mate, but I haven't the fucking slightest."
    "You know, love, you're probably the only person on the planet who says 'go to hell' and means 'take me there'."
  • Death Dealer: His cards are his main form of combat.
  • Distressed Dude: Though he can hold his own fairly well against the weaker angels, Loki is often outmatched by stronger opponents and usually has to be bailed out of tricky situations by Bayonetta. Additionally, he's captured by an angel, swallowed by a demon, and usually can barely stave off the Masked Lumen's attempts at assassinating him. He's also Loptr's primary target, and Loptr is responsible for the forces being sent after Loki.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Quickly and acrobatically eliminates an entire horde of Acceptance angels... and then makes a 'climax' joke in Bayonetta's direction. It sums up Loki nicely — he's quite capable, but also in way over his head.
  • Expy: Of Wonder-Black, since have near identical hairstyles and time-related powers.
  • Fragile Speedster: With a bit of effort, he can quickly dodge and weave around the Masked Lumen's highly skilled attacks, but one hit is all it takes to knock him down.
  • Frame-Up: Loptr frames him for killing Rosa.
  • God of Good: The good half of the God of Chaos. Which makes him the one of the benign supernatural beings in the setting.
  • God Was My Copilot: The good half of the God of Chaos, and Bayonetta's Kid Sidekick.
  • Good Is Impotent: Played With. For most of the game, it appears that Loptr got most of the power, until the end of the game it's revealed that he has the power to erase reality.
  • Good Is Not Nice: He is the pure good half of Aesir. Despite being literally made of pure good, he's just as snarky, rude, and foul-mouthed as Bayonetta herself.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: He's snarky and belittling as possible to Bayonetta when they first meet, not that she minds, giving it right back to him. However once he reveals he's lost his memories and Bayonetta relates her own history to him, we see a clear break in his facade. By the end of the game he proves himself quite noble and selfless, although still a bit snarky.
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: The symbol on his forehead is different than that on Loptr's.
  • In the Hood: Initially, he keeps his hood up. He drops it in the first fight with the Masked Lumen..
  • Kid Sidekick: The second in the series of Bayonetta's "little ones." He tags along with Bayonetta to serve as her guide to Noatun and the gates to Inferno and Paradiso, and, like most kid sidekicks, is substantially more immature and hot-blooded than the person he follows around.
  • Literal Split Personality: He is the good half of Aesir, the God of Chaos.
  • MacGuffin Super Person: Targeted by angelic forces and is referred to by them as "Sovereign One." Loptr reveals that he possesses the Sovereign Power, which is the power to control both the Right Eye of Light and the Left Eye of Darkness.
  • Mouthy Kid: He's just a child, but that doesn't stop him from being a Sir Swears-a-Lot and snarking up a storm.
  • My Skull Runneth Over: He gets brain-splitting headaches, usually when he's trying to remember why he wants to go up the mountain.
  • Promoted to Playable: Is briefly playable in the main story when he's being chased by a Gravitas. The player's able to run, dodge, and (when his magic meter is full) throw a hand of cards at the angel to slow it down. Unlike the other characters who fight with Bayonetta throughout the game, he otherwise isn't playable in the story or Tag Climax, and doesn't have a full moveset.
  • Protectorate: To Bayonetta, who's more concerned with his safety than she lets on. Bayonetta is constantly watching out for him and always arrives in the nick of time to save him. She even outright fights off the Masked Lumen while holding an unconscious Loki in her arms to protect him. During the final confrontation with Loptr, she's quite notably fixated on trying to get Loki out of Loptr's grasp.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He's happy to help Bayonetta for half of the game, but he understandably draws a clear line at literally following her into Inferno and attempts to bail, with Bayonetta arguing against him going off alone. An ill-timed attack by the Masked Lumen and Loptr changes his plans.
  • Shapeshifting Trickster: Fitting, given his name.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Good Lord, someone needs to wipe this kid's mouth out with soap. He cusses like a sailor when he's on screen.
  • Stepford Smiler: His carefree mischievous nature hides his genuine fear and confusion over his amnesia and the forces trying to kill him.
  • Tarot Motifs: His cards are loosely based on the Tarot, although considering his identity, it's probably more that the tarot is based on his cards. Notably, Loki himself is clearly identified as being The Fool.
  • Time Master: His powers are the opposite of Loptr's, in that while he has power over both time and space, his strengths lie in controlling time. Specifically, he controls the "Remembrance of Time", meaning that he can control a given area in space by rewinding it to a state it previously held in the past.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: You would NOT expect this kind of mouth on a child. Of course, the end of the game reveals that Loki's not a child. Like, at all.

"As long as there is light, the shadow remains cast."
Voiced by: Hellena Taylor (EN), Atsuko Tanaka (JP)

Rosa was an Umbra Witch and Bayonetta's mother. She conceived Bayonetta when she fell in love with a Lumen Sage called Balder. When Bayonetta was born, Rosa and Balder were punished greatly by their respective clans. This was because a child born of darkness and light would ultimately undo the age-old pact between the overseers. Rosa was imprisoned for the rest of her life.
  • Contralto of Danger: Has a deep, feminine voice.
  • Cool Mask: Wears a Butterfly-shaped mask.
  • Establishing Character Moment: In 2, Bayonetta runs into her in past Vigrid. She curbstomps a flock of Affinities, strangles them with the chains on her arms, and impales several on their own weapons. Bayonetta herself is left speechless.
  • Glass Cannon: In Bayonetta 2 she can dish out huge damage, but can't take much in return. When compared to Little Zero, Rosa still takes more hits than him.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Her Unforgiven revolvers were taken from her and had their magic sealed away after Rosa's relationship with Balder came to light. When the witch hunts started, they were given back and Rosa was released, though their magic within has not recovered.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Her relationship with Balder subverts this. As the second game reveals, she and Balder genuinely loved one another, and the latter was not evil when they knew each other. It was through sealing Loptr away inside of him that he became the villain you see in the first game. Furthermore, Loptr killed her, and Balder was horrified by this.
  • Moveset Clone: Her Unforgiven revolvers serve as one of the Onyx Roses from the first game. They share Scarborough Fair's combo list, but her post-hit shots are single, powerful blasts rather than a stream of fire.
  • Powered Armor: She wields the Umbran Armor in Chapter 12 of the second game. When playable, she cannot use a proper Umbran Climax like Bayo and Jeanne, and uses the Armor in lieu.
  • Power Limiter: The chains on her outfit seal her magic power. Or at least, they are meant to, but her power is just so high that all the chains can do is seal most of her power. This is reflected in gameplay, as the chains are the reason why she can't do a proper Umbran Climax like Bayonetta and Jeanne, and thus her Climax is summoning the Armored walker.
  • Revolvers Are Just Better: She uses revolvers as her main weapons.
  • Secret Character: She's unlocked as a playable character after beating the second game.
  • Shout-Out: Her guns are named after Unforgiven, a Western that featured plenty of revolvers and received a Japanese remake while Bayonetta 2 was in production.
  • Significant Double Casting: Rosa and her daughter, Bayonetta, are both voiced by Hellena Taylor and Atsuko Tanaka, highlighting their Strong Family Resemblance.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Balder.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She is basically Bayonetta as she was in the first game in all but name and personality. They have the same height, same build, and use the same demon contracts. They have the same voice actress. This resemblance extends into gameplay as Unforgiven uses the same moveset as Scarborough Fair. Hell, their official artwork poses are virtually identical to one another.
  • Taking the Bullet: Leaps in front of Loptr's attack, shielding Balder from harm at the cost of her life.

    Umbran Elder
"In your wickedness, you have broken the ancient commandments and crafted a bond with one of the light. Our laws are clear. They demand you be eternally imprisoned. As for the impure child, she must be kept from the path of the dark arts forever!"
Voiced by: Jenny O'Hara (EN), Reiko Suzuki (JP)

At the beginning of the game, the Umbran Elder lectures Rosa and Balder about their law-breaking. Possibly Jeanne's mother.
  • Blatant Lies: "The child must be kept from the dark arts forever." Whoopsie, messed that one up!
  • The Faceless: Her face is never seen.
  • Game-Over Man: Her voice is heard when the player chooses to continue after a game over.
    "The shadow remains cast."

    Antonio Redgrave
"They say that some things come at the cost of your life, but to me, truth IS my life. In this age filled with lies and deception, I forever pray that truth will shine its light on the path of righteousness."
– Antonio, A Voyage Towards The Truth
Voiced by: George Ball (EN), Yasushi Miyabayashi (Bloody Fate)

Luka's father and a renowned journalist and investigator. Twenty years before the events of Bayonetta, Antonio investigated the city of Vigrid and the Ithavoll group in search of the truth behind their holy façades, meticulously documenting everything he uncovered in a battered notebook. Antonio is never interacted with in Bayonetta's present-day storyline, but the actions he took in the past would eventually shape much of Bayonetta's journey to remember her identity.

The notes taken by Antonio are scattered around Vigrid, and can be recovered piece by piece over the course of the game's adventure chapters.
  • Badass Baritone: He narrates the first game's Action Prologue with a deep, resonating voice.
  • Canon Welding: Most likely another example connecting Bayonetta with Devil May Cry. "Tony Redgrave" was an early alias used by Dante, and Word of God states that it was the name of a journalist he respected.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: He's the diver who finds and awakens Bayonetta.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: He was killed by invisible Angels seemingly ripping him apart by all four of his limbs. Father Balder later tried to have Luka killed the same way.
  • The Faceless: In the game, his sole appearance is in full scuba gear, so his face is covered by the goggles and respirator. We do get to see a good portion of his face in Bloody Fate.
  • Five-Second Foreshadowing: One of his notes, found outside of Vigrid's coliseum at the end of Chapter III, explains that it was built as a shrine to Fortitudo. Guess who the boss of Chapter IV is?
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Notes throughout Bayonetta gradually foreshadow that the Big Bad is Balder, and his identity as the last Lumen Sage.
    • A note from Chapter V of Bayonetta links directly into The Stinger of Bayonetta 2:
      Today, the statue of the Umbra Witch is a truly gruesome sight, as a giant spear has pierced the woman’s chest. If it was shoved through the statue during the witch’s age of persecution, it would have required unspeakable power from the Lumen Sage who carried out the act.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Played for Drama. If his last journal entry is anything recent, it's highly possible that Antonio died ashamed of his heroic deeds and convinced that his son saw nothing good in him, even though present-day Luka believes he was someone to look up to.
  • Human Resources: He notes that someone in Vigrid is trying to extract spirit energy from the witch corpses buried around the city. It's strongly implied to be Father Balder, and some of the structures at the bottom of the Ithavoll Building look like coffins hooked up to machines, suggesting that he's using dead witches to help revive Jubileus.
  • Intrepid Reporter: Thorough, insightful, and his notes are often found in places no normal human being has business in. Just like Luka. Father Balder kills him for threatening to undermine his plans.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: Best seen in Bloody Fate, showing his resolve and determination.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Luka would eventually pick up his father's interests (and his sense of style) in Bayonetta 2.
  • Mr. Exposition: He doesn't give any useful exposition for gameplay or getting through levels, but he does help expand and explain what's already there.
  • Narrator All Along: Hideki Kamiya confirmed that he's the narrator of "The Witch Hunts".
  • Nice Hat: Wears one in Bloody Fate, drawing attention to the top of his head and alluding to his intelligence. Luka is wearing it in 2.
  • Only One Name: One of two characters in the series to avert this trope, the other being his son Luka.
  • Posthumous Character: He's been dead for twenty years by the time Bayonetta visits Vigrid, but we don't initially know who did it.
  • Shout-Out: Refers to the place where he's set up an office as "a wretched hive for all sorts of scum and villainy".
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: His last notes, uncovered after finding all others, contain a letter to Luka, expressing his shame and regret for being consumed by his work and never giving himself time to spend with his son. However, it's averted in that Luka still considered his father "a great man" and eventually takes up his quest to investigate the witches and sages of Vigrid.
  • Wretched Hive: Names the trope when describing a place where he met Rodin.

    Rodin's weapons
"You know I'm all 'bout them Angelic Hymns Gold LPs. Angels in agony are pretty much my slow jams. I play that back home, and the demons will be lined up to get down. Lucky for me, I got a few jams of my own cookin' that'll need a little demon kick to finish them off."

Outside of the pistol quartets she uses from the start of the games, Bayonetta can optionally fight with weapons provided by Rodin in exchange for special LPs found during the games' adventure levels. While not characters in the traditional sense, the specific demons Rodin uses to power his creations have backstories of their own, and continue to have personalities and styles even after being sealed.

  • Abnormal Ammo: In place of Wicked Weaves, Kafka fires giant dragonflies. Infernal Weaves just fire colossal dragonflies.
  • A.I. Breaker: Lt. Col. Kilgore's rockets wreak havoc on Jeanne in the first Bayonetta.
  • Angry Guard Dog: The Chain Chomp, which will happily munch on nearby enemies while Bayonetta's attacking with hand weapons.
  • Armor-Piercing Attack: The Master Sword and Fire Durga are the only melee weapons capable of hitting flaming enemies outside of Witch Time.
  • Assist Character: The demons Bayonetta summons for Umbran Climax depend on the weapons she's swinging, and Scarborough Fair and Love is Blue allow access to the greatest variety. Averted with Salamandra, the Handguns, and Rodin, which have no Infernal or Wicked Weaves of any kind.
  • Awesome, but Impractical
    • 修羅刃 -Shuraba-'s Moonlight Massacre — Half-Moon Slash and Full-Moon Slash attacks. Bayonetta draws a magic circle in the air in front of her and fires either a Sword Beam or a full on laser beam depending on if the circle is half or fully drawn. It can deal decent to heavy damage to strong enemies, but given that they require Bayonetta to stand completely motionless during the charging period, odds are you won't be using this attack often.
    • The bracelets obtained from (and named after) Rodin let Bayonetta use angel arms (or demon arms in 2) as her normal swings. Powerful enough to take down most common angels in a single blow.... and consequently making it damn near impossible to get a decent combo score.
  • Bag of Spilling: In Bayonetta 2, she's ditched Scarborough Fair for reasons unknown. This could be averted in future games, as Alruna is non-optionally given to Bayonetta as part of the storyline.
  • Bottomless Magazines: Thanks to Bayonetta's magic, ranged weapons – the handguns, Scarborough Fair, Love is Blue, the Onyx Roses, Lt. Col. Kilgore, and Sai Fung – never need reloading, and Kafka doesn't need a quiver.
  • Butt-Monkey: Bayonetta never has anything nice to say about the handguns.
  • Catching Some Z's: If Bayonetta remains stationary, the Chain Chomp will stop bouncing and take a nap with visible Zs, making it the only weapon with an idle animation.
  • Chainsaw Good: Salamandra has astounding damage output and speed at the cost of range.
  • Charge Attack:
    • Every weapon has a charge modifier that allows Bayonetta to attack again if the punch or kick button is held after her initial attack is complete. With ranged weapons, Bayonetta will fire for a few seconds, while melee weapons usually put her in a charging stance for a powerful attack.
    • Salamandra in Bayonetta 2 has two charge modifiers possible with every swing; holding the attack button makes Bayonetta drag the saws through her opponent for a bit, but with a quick second press — which is executed when the saws have glowed fully red — Bayonetta will perform a quick second swipe that deals as much damage as the first, then allowing the chosen combo to continue. This characteristic gives Salamandra the most damage per combo of any series weapon, excluding 修羅刃 -Shuraba-'s Moonlight Massacre.
  • Close-Range Combatant: Without Umbran Climax bolstering its range, Salamandra encourages a highly in-your-face fighting style, especially if players are using its charge modifier for maximum effect.
  • Colonel Kilgore: The soul behind Lt. Col. Kilgore is called a "Vietnam War madman" who led a campaign of slaughter.
  • Developers' Foresight: Overlapping with Bag of Spilling above, Bayonetta's fight against Iustitia in Bayonetta has her using a hand chop to sever its tentacles, just in case the player didn't obtain any bladed weapons.
  • Difficult, but Awesome: Sai Fung is capable of stunlocking anything from Affinities to Grace and Glory to Father Balder. However, it does this by landing several hits per button press, making it difficult to gauge where one hit ends and the next begins, and it's the only ranged weapon that doesn't allow you to hit, fire, and then continue hitting, making pulling off a combo other than PPPPP(K) much more difficult.
  • Drop the Hammer: Takemikazuchi in Bayonetta 2, a hammer that's bigger than any playable character and can generate lightning with a built-in motor of sorts.
  • Elemental Punch: Both Fire and Lightning Durga inflict damage through this, with Lightning Durga attacking through electrical punches while Fire Durga attacks with fiery slashes and swipes.
  • Epic Flail: The Chain Chomp in Bayonetta 2 is this.
  • Extremity Extremist:
    • Hands-only weapons include 修羅刃 -Shuraba-, Kulshedra, Sai Fung, and Pillow Talk from Bayonetta and Kafka, Chernobog, Takemikazuchi, and the Master Sword from Bayonetta 2.
    • Weapons only equippable on Bayonetta's legs are less numerous, with Odette from Bayonetta and the Chain Chomp from Bayonetta 2.
  • Fighting with Chucks: Sai Fung, which have built-in revolvers and the best stagger capabilities in the first game. Complete chapters on Normal or higher 100 times and they're yours.
  • Fire, Ice, Lightning: Bayonetta can have all three equipped to a single moveset in both games; in Bayonetta Durga provides fire and lightning while Odette provides ice, and in Bayonetta 2, Takemikazuchi provides lightning while Undine provides fire and ice.
  • Firing One-Handed: Every ranged weapon aside from Kafka is fired in this manner, whether it's a pistol-based weapon like Love is Blue or a heftier one like Lt. Col. Kilgore.
  • Fluffy Tamer: Like every other weapon, the Chain Chomp gets introduced to Bayonetta after it's done beating the crap out of Rodin... except this time, the Chomp is still alive, and Rodin warns her that it might be too much even for her to handle. Naturally, it puts on its best behavior as soon as she takes it.
    "A curious creature Rodin encountered while traveling through the ancient capital of Japan. Unable to get close to it due to its penchant for biting everything it comes into contact with, Rodin waited until it was sleeping, then dragged it away, chain and all. However, after multiple failed attempts to tame it, Rodin gave up and begged the witches to take it."
  • Guest Fighter: The Chain Chomp from Bob-Omb Battlefield makes a guest appearance, alive and kicking, as the only leg-exclusive weapon in Bayonetta 2.
  • Iaijutsu Practitioner: 修羅刃 -Shuraba-'s charge modifier works like this. Bayonetta 2 gives it an actual sheath to return to while charging.
  • An Ice Person:
    • Undine's ice stance and Odette allow Bayonetta to attack with ice and freeze weak or weakened enemies.
    • The witch Odette, whose soul powers the latter, specialized in ice magic.
  • Joke Item: The handguns cannot conduct Wicked Weaves and lack the strength, firing capabilities, and style of Bayonetta's standard pistols; additionally, their flavor text suggests that Bayonetta has to hold back when using them. Their only saving grace is the ability to rack up lots of combo points, but this often comes at the expense of completing verses within an acceptable time limit.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: 修羅刃 -Shuraba- is one of the best melee weapons in the series and returns in Bayonetta 2. Ironically, the trope is inverted; when Bayo wears the Hero of Hyrule outfit, 修羅刃 -Shuraba- is exchanged for the Master Sword, which has the ability to strike flaming foes without damage.
  • Laser Blade: Pillow Talk in Bayonetta.
  • Lethal Joke Item: The Chain Chomp from Bayonetta 2, yes, an actual Chain Chomp from Bob-Omb Battlefield, is one of the better heavy weapons in the series thanks to its meaty damage and combo points, ranged explosive Wicked Weaves, and helpful tendency to get in extra damage on its own while you're using hand weapons.
  • Light 'em Up: The Master Sword, which Bayonetta wields in place of 修羅刃 -Shuraba- when wearing Link's costume, has light-based graphics instead of 修羅刃 -Shuraba-'s red and black.
  • Lightning Bruiser:
  • Mechanically Unusual Fighter: The weapons themselves are diverse enough to make "usual" meaningless, but a few stand out anyway.
    • Kulshedra works as a pulley and grapple weapon; rather than damaging enemies, its best use is to control the space between and position of Bayonetta and an enemy.
    • Kafka is essentially an extension of the gun button with better damage and combo points.
    • Fire Durga's most practical damage is done by setting mines, something no other weapon in the series can do.
    • Some weapons, such as Salamandra and Alruna, have unusual animations and attack properties for techniques like Stiletto, Heel Slide, Tetsuzanko, and Heel Stomp.
  • Mix-and-Match Weapon: Sai Fung in Bayonetta and Chernobog in Bayonetta 2 are revolver nunchucks and a shotgun triple scythe, respectively.
  • Moveset Clone: From the first game, the Onyx Roses and Bazillions have entirely the same moveset as Scarborough Fair, only with different post-hit shots triggered by holding the button, and Pillow Talk uses the same moveset as 修羅刃 -Shuraba-. On a broader note, the only 'kick' combos that are changed in the first game are those which are exclusively kick combos; any combination of punches and kicks will only change the Wicked Weaves used, if applicable.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Durga is called "a demon with a thousand arms" in its weapon description.
  • No Name Given: The Bazillions are powered by a demon, but it's never named in the description.
  • Pistol-Whipping: With a bow! Using the Stiletto technique with Kafka equipped will start a unique combo where Bayonetta slashes at the foe with it instead of firing arrows.
  • Poisoned Weapons: Kafka's arrows will inflict further damage on the target for a few seconds after they hit, but won't provide combo points alongside that damage.
  • Powered by a Forsaken Child: Except for the Chain Chomp, if Rodin needs an Angelic Hymns LP to make it, it's powered by a demon sealed for all eternity.
  • Ray Gun: The Bazillions and the Arwing Guns.
  • Recoil Boost: Using Stiletto with Lt. Col. Kilgore on Bayonetta's hands will do this, and it's notable for being the only Stiletto that lets Bayonetta dash to an enemy above her when used in the air.
  • Required Party Member: During the mid-credits verses of each game, Bayonetta's weapons slots will be automatically filled with certain weapon combinations (regardless of whether the corresponding weapons have been acquired for normal use).
  • Reverse Grip: Bayonetta can achieve this with several weapons when paired with Odette, most notably 修羅刃 -Shuraba-.
  • Rule of Cool: Takemikazuchi's description states that it originally started as a sword, but Rodin made it into a hammer "to suit his personal tastes."
  • Short-Range Shotgun: The Onyx Roses trade Scarborough Fair's range for brutal up-close power and quicker charge attacks.
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: Except for range, the Onyx Roses outperform Scarborough Fair in every way.
  • Shoryuken: The Witch Twist technique in Bayonetta and the Witch Strike technique in Bayonetta 2 allow Bayonetta to do this with whatever weapon she has in hand.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Sai Fung is a shoutout to Bruce Lee's childhood nickname. Tang Lung, which is Jeanne's equivalent, is named after Lee's character in Way of the Dragon.
    • The handguns bear a striking resemblence to Ebony, Ivory, Luce, and Ombra from Devil May Cry – the former two being Dante's guns and the latter two being guns used by Trish and Sparda.
    • The Bazillions are a reference to Red Photon Zillion.
    • Durga and Rakshasa, as well as Jeanne's equivalents, are shoutouts to Hindu Mythology.
    • Lt. Col. Kilgore's name and backstory is a shout-out to the Apocalypse Now character of the same name, and the LP used to unlock it, "Ride of the Valkyries", is a reference to one of the film's most famous scenes. Jeanne's equivalent, Col. Slade, is named for the main character in Scent of a Woman.
    • Kafka references The Metamorphosis. Samsa, Jeanne's equivalent, is named for the story's main character.
    • Odette's name and backstory provide an alternate take on the Swan Lake character it's named after. Jeanne's equivalent, Karen, is a reference to The Red Shoes.
  • Snakes Are Sinister: Kulshedra is made from a snake demon of the same name, and the end of the whip is shaped like a snake.
  • Stance System: Durga and Undine allow Bayonetta to switch between elements using a Bullet Climax command – in particular, Durga's playstyle and combo list are also switched, playing this trope a little straighter. Coincidentally, both weapons can be equipped to Bayonetta's hands and legs.
  • Swiss Army Weapon: Rodin is built around transforming into the enemy arms that Bayonetta can normally only get through a Torture Attack.
  • Take That!: The handguns are a fairly detailed reference to Devil May Cry, but get very little screentime and are insulted and handled roughly before being replaced with the much more effective Scarborough Fair or Love is Blue, suggesting that the Bayonetta staff have a bit of an attitude towards the Devil May Cry franchise.
  • Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: After receiving an LP of "Bob-Omb Battlefield", Rodin uses a hellgate to travel to the Super Mario 64 level of the same name and go after its Chain Chomp. The Chomp, as it turns out, is too much for him to handle.
  • Whip It Good: Kulshedra and Alruna both qualify, complete with Instant Knots and superb crowd-control abilities.