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Let's dance, boys! ― Bayonetta at the end of the first two games

Bayonetta (real name Cereza) is the main protagonist of the Bayonetta series. She is a coquettish and mysterious Umbra Witch. Considered the black sheep of the Umbra Witches due to her Umbran and Lumen descent, she possesses a remarkable talent for Bullet Arts and possessed the Left Eye of Darkness.[1]

In the first game, she was sealed away during the Witch Hunts until she was found and awakened 500 years later. Spending 20 years with amnesia, she battles against the angelic hordes of Paradiso and fights to end the malicious plans of the last Lumen Sage, Balder.[1]

In the second game, Bayonetta journeys to Inferno to save Jeanne's soul while also uncovering a deeper plot of a former god conspiring to reclaim his lost power and discovering the truth behind the Witch Hunts.[2]

In the third game, Bayonetta encounters new enemies called Homunculi led by Singularity, who intends to destroy the Multiverse. She meets Viola, a witch-in-training from an alternate universe who joins her to defeat Singularity.

Bayonetta's past is explored in Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon, where her younger self is put to the test in Avalon Forest, a maze-like magical place where malevolent creatures known as Faeries reside.

As the main character, she is playable in all games in the series.

History[]

Original History[]

Childhood[]

Rosa gives Cereza her watch

Rosa gives a child Cereza the Umbran Watch.

Cereza was born as the forbidden child between a Lumen Sage and an Umbra Witch. Her birth caused a rift between the two clans due to a tenet claiming that "the intersection of light of dark will bring calamity to this earth". In turn, her father was exiled and her mother was imprisoned. She was originally prohibited from learning magic and grew up an outcast among the witches; despite this, Cereza met Jeanne and formed a strong friendship with her, often playing together as children and later forming a friendly rivalry. As a child, the little comfort Cereza had were the times she could sneak into her mother's cell. Her mother would try to express her affection despite her confinement, creating Cereza's Cheshire doll and often singing Fly Me To The Moon to her every night.[1][3] Cereza was later given her Umbran Watch as a birthday present from her mother.[1]

Origins[]

Main article: Bayonetta (character)/Bayonetta Origins

On the eve of Cereza's tenth birthday, Rosa was to be moved to an even more solitary cell with no hope of seeing daylight again. The girl tried to stage a rescue, but her lack of strength and ability in the dark arts meant it was doomed to end in failure.

Turning her back on the clan, Cereza travelled to the outskirts of town where she met Morgana, another exiled witch who lived in isolation. Sympathizing with the girl's plight, Morgana began to strictly train Cereza in using magic so that she could one day be strong enough to rescue her mother from her fate.[3]

Adulthood[]

Cereza-Bayonetta moments before being sealed away

Cereza moments before being sealed into the red jewel.

After the Clan Wars, the Witch Hunts began. Around this time, Jeanne was chosen to be the next leader of the Umbra Witches, and in her final test to prove her worth, she chose Cereza as her opponent due to being perhaps the most powerful witch in the clan, despite the Umbran Elder insisting that it was forbidden. Their battle was interrupted as the Angels attacked; unaware of the true mastermind behind the attack, the Umbra Witches, including Cereza, were led to believe that her father, Balder, had initiated the Witch Hunts and attack. After finding her slain mother, Cereza lost her will to fight; Jeanne, understanding Balder's plot to resurrect Jubileus by obtaining the Left Eye, sealed away Cereza in a special ritual which imparted her into her Umbran Watch's red jewel and was hidden inside a coffin at the bottom of a lake.[1]

Cereza-Bayonetta found by Antonio

Cereza found by Antonio shortly before his demise.

Five hundred years later, she is promptly found by Antonio Redgrave, who was hired by Balder to investigate her whereabouts. Shortly after being found, he is killed by Balder and his angels. His son, Luka, looks beyond and, due to being unable to see into Purgatorio, mistakes her for being the one that killed his father. Unable to remember much of her life, she retains that she is one of the last surviving Umbra Witches and dedicates her life to killing angels and regaining her memories.[1]


Altered History[]

Main article: Cereza (RoT: The Witch Hunts)

Due to Balder's manipulations by bringing forth a younger version of herself from the past, Bayonetta inadvertently changed her own past and history.[1] Although the changes made in her past do not affect her history in this world overall and instead spawned another, the Left Eye of Darkness would open in both the main universe and the parallel universe because of it.[4]

Story[]

Bayonetta[]

Bayonetta, working as a nun, acts out a funeral ceremony to summon the angels of Paradiso to her in order to fulfill her contract with Inferno. Casting aside her nun clothes, she is able to subdue them with ease with the help of Rodin. After her skirmish, Bayonetta travels with Enzo, a black market information broker, back to Rodin's bar in hopes of getting some answers regarding the Eyes of the World and the half that she carries in her watch. However, during the drive, the pair are ambushed by the crashing of a military plane and Bayonetta promptly takes to battle. There, she comes face to face with a mysterious woman who possesses similar weaponry and magical abilities to her. Despite the two of them working together in order to fend off the angels, the stranger disappears without an answer, though Bayonetta remarks that she seems to remember her from somewhere.

Back at the Gates of Hell, Rodin comments how the fight with the mysterious woman seemed to set up to be coincidence and promptly gifts the witch with Scarborough Fair to prepare her for the journey ahead. Meanwhile, Enzo informs Bayonetta of the information he has managed to procure regarding the Eyes. The Right Eye showed itself briefly on the black market before it was withdrawn and its origin was traced back to the small European town of Vigrid. Convinced that reuniting the two gemstones will regain her lost memories, Bayonetta sets off across the globe to find them.

Upon arriving in Vigrid, Bayonetta is pursued by the angels everywhere she travels and encounters a number of faces from her past. She is first greeted by a mysterious voice who tries to assure her that it is watching her and making sure she will come to no harm. She also encounters the mystery woman numerous times who reveals herself to be called Jeanne and Luka, a journalist who claims Bayonetta is the one responsible for his father's death. Including her battles with the angels, she also comes face to face with and defeats the Cardinal Virtues one by one, who all hint that at her connections to the past war 500 years ago that sent both the Umbran Witches and Lumen Sages to ruin.

Bayonetta also meets a young girl called Cereza, seemingly lost from her home and who mistakes Bayonetta for her mother. Though she is not comfortable with the situation at first, Bayonetta comes to care for the child a great deal, especially as her memories seem to hint that she may genuinely be the girls' parent. After a fight with Iustitia at the airport, Bayonetta gifts Cereza with a ribbon from her hair, along with the advice to never lose something she loves. In this case, Cereza's own watch, a present she claims her mother gave her on her birthday. The girl vows never to take the watch off and wears it around her neck.

Though further battles and gradual reveals of her past life, Bayonetta meets Jeanne one final time at the Isla Del Sol. Jeanne reveals the truth at long last. 500 years ago, a law between the Witches and Sages compelled them to stay separate as the intersection of both light and dark would bring destruction. However, a child was born between a Witch and Sage in violation of this tenet: Bayonetta. Her birth sent the clans into a spiral of chaos and brought about their eventual extinction. The two witches fight all across the island city and Bayonetta is finally able to best her opponent for good. Jeanne reveals that the pair of them used to be friends as children and that she sealed Bayonetta away in her coffin all those years ago in order to keep the Left Eye safe from the forces of Paradiso. Before narrowly saving Bayonetta from an incoming missile strike at the cost of her life, she refers to her old friend by her true name, Cereza.

Bayonetta reaches the top of the Ithavoll Tower to confront the person behind her journey; the last of the Lumen Sages and her own father, Balder. Balder explains that Cereza is actually Bayonetta's younger self brought from the past to the present and that the experiences the girl had in this time zone would help to reawaken Bayonetta's memories in the present. He also reveals that the Eyes of the World are not gemstones, but people and that Bayonetta herself is the Left Eye whilst he is the Right. She engages in battle with him and despite having to use all of her strength to defeat him, she eventually shoots him down in the forehead with the lipstick formerly belonging to her mother. With Cereza safe, Bayonetta uses the portal Balder has in his office to return the girl to her real time and reminds her that there is nothing she cannot do.

However, upon returning to the present, Bayonetta is suddenly struck down with pain as Balder rises from their fight seemingly unhurt. Upon sending back Cereza, the girl never forgot Bayonetta's advice and continued to wear her Umbran Watch around her chest until she was grown up. When Jeanne tried to seal her away in the past, the ritual failed because of the watch and Bayonetta never lost her memories. Now fully restored, they awakened the Left Eye within her and she is promptly taken to the heavens in order to reawaken Jubileus, The Creator as part of Balder's plan.

Jeanne, having saved herself from death and broken free from Balder's mind control, follows the Ithavoll Tower's ascent into space to revive Jubileus and manages to break Bayonetta free from the giant statue that would serve as the goddess' body. With a reminder for her to finish this, Jeanne floats off into space and Bayonetta vows to do the deed. Balder is killed by the resurrection and the witch clashes with Jubileus in a final showdown that could decide the fate of the universe. Through her combat prowess and Jeanne helping her to summon Queen Sheba, Bayonetta sends Jubileus hurtling into the sun and plummets back to Earth with her friend in tow.

Some time later, Rodin, Luka and Enzo are all attending Bayonetta's apparent funeral after assuming she died in the descent. However, the nun overseeing the ceremony is revealed to be Jeanne and the funeral was another ruse to summon the angels there for another pact fulfilling fight. As the two witches fight on, Bayonetta places a bud of rosemary behind her ear and remarks how it signifies remembrance and also now suits her.

Bayonetta: Bloody Fate[]

Despite slight location differences and minor details, Bayonetta's story in Bloody Fate is much the same as the first game. She travels to Vigrid in the hopes that doing so will reawaken her lost memories and encounters all of the characters and angels that get in her way in her quest to do so. For a detailed overview of all the changes in Bloody Fate, see here.

Bayonetta 2[]

After the events of the first game, Bayonetta is doing some Christmas shopping whilst dragging Enzo along in tow to carry her wealth of presents. She meets up with Jeanne, who explains she was looking into something that relates to how both Paradiso and Inferno seem to be acting strangely in regards to things that happened in the previous game. The aerial acrobatics display team Platinum Stars is suddenly hijacked by angels and Bayonetta takes to the skies to battle them. Jeanne quickly follows suit on her own hijacked jet. The two witches team up to take down Belief and Bayonetta summons Gomorrah to finish it off.

However, Gomorrah escapes from his portal, lashing out at Bayonetta who is only barely pushed out of the way Jeanne. Jeanne takes the hit instead, which knocks her soul out her body and, as part of a witch's contract, her soul is dragged down to Inferno. Despite being able to win against the demon, Bayonetta is left with her friend's lifeless body. At the Gates of Hell, Rodin explains that Jeanne is not truly dead as a soul needs to be completely absorbed by another realm in order to be permanently lost. Bayonetta asks about whether the real entrance to Inferno could be used to save her. Though Rodin doesn't feel optimistic of her chances, he gives Bayonetta Jeanne's Umbran Watch as a reminder of how much time she would have before it's too late. If Bayonetta is able to bring the watch to Jeanne's soul, then she can be revived in the human world once again. With this in mind, Bayonetta then grabs Enzo to take her there. Along the way, she learns that the sacred mountain of Fimbulventr contains a portal to Inferno that has so far never been found by human hands. With no other choice and a determination to save Jeanne, Bayonetta travels to Fimbulventr to find the real gates of hell.

Upon arriving in Noatun, the town at the base of Fimbulventr, Bayonetta quickly finds herself fighting off angels and then meets a mysterious boy. Though initially a little at odds with one another, the boy explains how Bayonetta needs his power in order to reach Fimbulventr and that he needs to head there anyway. Introducing himself as Loki, Bayonetta strikes a deal with him to protect him from their assailants if he will show her the way to the mountain. Their journey to the mountain suffers various setbacks from angels and demons alike and Bayonetta also finds herself facing off against a Lumen Sage who seems intent on killing her guide. Luka also shows up in Noatun, keen to help Bayonetta with his journalism skills. It is from him that she is first told about the legend of Aesir.

Eventually, the pair reach the real Gates of Hell, only to be stopped in their tracks by the Masked Lumen and a spirit projection of Loptr, a mysterious being who seems to know about Loki's identity. Unable to prevent the Masked Lumen from attacking Loki, Bayonetta faces off against Loptr and manages to hold her own until he beats her back. Loptr then encourages her to 'see' with the power of the Left Eye. Loptr disables Bayonetta and shows her a vision of the past using the Remembrance of Time. Bayonetta is shocked to see that her father was not responsible for the Witch Hunts and that he tried to save her mother from her death before he was snatched away. She also manages to see a figure resembling Loki as the murderer before she snaps back to the present. As Loptr explains that it is the truth as it really happened, the Masked Lumen prepares to strike Loki down. The boy fires his cards at the Gates behind them and tells Bayonetta to jump in with him to escape. She complies and wakes to find herself in Inferno. Realizing she has little time to rescue Jeanne, she makes her way into its depths.

Bayonetta finally makes her way into an infernal palace made of plant-life with some help from Rodin, eventually coming into conflict with the demoness Alraune. The demon has taken Jeanne's soul as her own to become more powerful and eventually rise up through the struggle for power that rages in Inferno. Realising that Bayonetta is an Umbra Witch as well, as she has a pact with Madama Butterfly, Alraune savagely attacks but is eventually no match for Bayonetta's powers. Before the witch can deal the final blow, Rodin intervenes and instead seals Alraune in a new weapon for Bayonetta to use. Bayonetta finally rescues Jeanne's soul and reunited it with the watch. When her friend doesn't initially wake up, Bayonetta falters and pleads with her to open her eyes. To her relief, she has made it and Jeanne begins to return to her body. As she leaves, Jeanne warns Bayonetta that something big is going to happen to world. With her mission complete, Bayonetta turns her attention back to Loki, who she realizes is being attacked by the Masked Lumen. Intervening in their fight, the Masked Lumen reveals his true identity as a younger Balder and the pair fight once again. Just as he has gained the upper hand, Loki reappears and lets out an uncontrollable shockwave of blue energy, sweeping up Balder and Bayonetta into it.

Bayonetta finds herself 500 years in the past in Vigrid, during the Witch Hunts. To her shock, she meets Rosa alive and well and the two witches team up to fight back against the influx of angels determined to destroy their sanctuary. Aiding her mother in combat with both her powers and an Umbran mech armor, Bayonetta meets the younger version of Loptr. It's here that she realizes her mother's eventual murderer would be Loptr, not Loki, and she instantly takes to battle. However, she is blasted away in an explosion and finds herself in the Crescent Valley. Balder, who has been transported back in time with her, meets with her and the pair enter the sanctuary to find Loptr having just killed Rosa. Bayonetta, realizing that Loptr is the true enemy of Balder and not Loki, opens a portal back to her time and implores her father to follow her. As she leaves, she whispers 'Mummy...' under her breath in a final farewell to Rosa.

In the present day, with the help of a revived Jeanne in a fighter jet, Bayonetta and Balder make it to Fimbulventr to witness the older Loptr having taken hold of Loki. Loptr explains that he and Loki are two halves of the same soul and that together they were originally Aeisr. However, the good part of Aesir had split them apart when he had divided his power into the Eyes of the World. Loptr, the evil half of Aesir, had decided to take the Eyes back for his own use and to regain Aesir's power to rule over the realm. After Balder has the Right Eye taken from him, Bayonetta fights back valiantly against Loptr, but is ultimately subdued and has the Left Eye removed. Loptr, now having gained the power of his original self, mocks human free will, but Bayonetta scoffs at the motion and takes to battle again. With some help from Loki, who uses his remaining power to destroy the Eyes and weaken Loptr back to his original state, Bayonetta and Balder summon together and bring forth a fusion of Jubileus and Queen Sheba. The hybrid kicks at Loptr, propelling his physical body out to the ocean where a Jeanne-summoned Gomorrah lies in wait.

As Loptr's soul tries to escape, Balder intervenes and absorbs him, despite warnings from Loki that Loptr will poison his thoughts with pure evil intent. Bayonetta pleads her father not to do this and Balder reveals that he knew she was his daughter all along. He makes Bayonetta promise to be the one to stop him should he ever stray from his path thanks to Loptr and she obliges in his request to call him "Daddy" one more time. She cries after him when he is transported back into his time, finally realizing that he was not to blame for his schemes with Jubileus. Loki, having fulfilled his purpose, begins to fade away; Bayonetta asks whether she'll see him again, and the boy replies that they may do so in the future when he is reborn again.

Several days after the events at Fimbulventr, Bayonetta and Jeanne are enjoying another shopping trip to take advantage of the after-holiday sales. As the pair witness Luka helping Rodin out with advertising his bar, a woman pushing a pram walks by and one of Loki's cards flutters out of it. Bayonetta reaches for the dropped card, but it is blown away by the wind. Jeanne snaps Bayonetta out of her thoughts and she intends to drop her bags onto Enzo, before realizing he isn't there. The two witches wonder about Enzo's whereabouts, before noticing a plane flying their way with Enzo inside and angels in pursuit; they kick the plane upwards and enter Purgatorio, catching a ride atop the aircraft. Bayonetta complains about another one of her dresses getting ruined, before she and Jeanne get into uniform and face the angels once more.

Bayonetta 3[]

Upon receiving a mysterious message asking for help, Bayonetta investigates a cruise ship that is overrun by bizarre monsters. As the creatures launch an invasion of New York, she and Jeanne fight them and the Infernal Demon Kraken. When the Umbra Witches return to The Gates of Hell to discuss their situation with Rodin, they are introduced to Viola and learn about the threat that the Homunculi and their master Singularity pose to the Trinity of Realities. Despite their suspicions about why Viola knows who she and Jeanne are and how she can use Witch Time, the two of them agree to help her. Bayonetta privately notes that Viola's Demon Cheshire is strangely familiar, but refrains from saying anything about it.

Bayonetta chooses to accompany Viola to the hidden island of Thule in order to recover the Chaos Gears, which will open a path to the Alphaverse. She sees that Luka has somehow arrived there before her or Viola, but a Homunculus attack prevents her from investigating more closely. After exploring the island a bit, Bayonetta finds a multiverse portal generator and enters it; she is separated from Viola as the portal transports her to an alternate Tokyo, which is being ravaged by the Homunculi and Iridescent. After fighting some Stratuses inside a subway, Bayonetta summons Gomorrah to chase down Iridescent, who possesses a Chaos Gear. Eventually she comes across Rodin, who gives her the G-Pillar weapon. Through an underground passage, Bayonetta reaches a rail station, where she fights a couple of Pannus; afterwards she finds a hologram featuring Bayonetta β1 and Jeanne β1. Touching the hologram, Bayonetta gets a vision of Jeanne β1 being killed by an Asperatus and Bayonetta β1 fighting it using Phantasmaraneae. After the vision, Phantasmaraneae appears to Bayonetta and temporarily aids her. The two traverse the crumbling city amidst Iridescent’s rampage, before Phantasmaraneae has to return to his master. Bayonetta continues on her own, until she encounters a wolf beast called Strider; the beast picks a fight with her, but she is able to beat him expeditiously, after which Strider runs off. Later in another part of Tokyo, Bayonetta finds Luka being chased by some Homunculi; he runs past her, but stops in his tracks upon realizing she’s there. He backs up and briefly flirts with her, but the Homunculi interrupt them as a Fractus appears, and Luka hooks off. Continuing to follow Iridescent, Bayonetta spots Bayonetta β1 along with Phantasmaraneae fighting the giant Homunculi. Bayonetta β1 is able to keep up the fight, destroying Iridescent Core, until she is caught by a Uncinus that crushes her in its jaws. Bayonetta arrives at the scene, and Bayonetta β1 tosses her Ignis Araneae Yo-Yo to her before she is killed. Upon the death of Bayonetta β1, Iridescent evolves into Arch-Iridescent, growing to enormous size. In retaliation, Bayonetta performs a Deadly Sin ritual, in which she rips her heart out and uses its blood to empower Gomorrah, transforming him into Sin Gomorrah. The two giants fight it out and Gomorrah emerges victorious; Bayonetta then calls upon the forces of Inferno to pull Arch-Iridescent below and obtains the first Chaos Gear before returning to Thule.

Finding another portal, Bayonetta is transported to a universe resembling ancient China in the midst of war against the Homunculi. Finding another hologram, she has a vision of Bayonetta β2 riding Wartrain Gouon and leading an army. Afterwards, Wartrain Gouon appears and offers to aid Bayonetta. Eventually, Bayonetta stumbles across Viola fighting a Cumulonimbus; she watches amusingly as Viola gets trapped beneath a bell and joins the fight. She destroys the Homunculi using Wartrain Gouon before proceeding to lecture Viola on her recklessness, after which Luka reappears. After a brief encounter, Luka runs off again, and Bayonetta requests that Viola follows him.

Continuing to look for the Chaos Gear, Bayonetta makes her way inside a volcano where she fights Pyrocumulus; she is eventually picked up by Bayonetta β2 atop Wartrain Gouon. Pyrocumulus chases the witches down and Bayonetta utilizes the train’s arsenal to defeat it, pushing it into lava. Bayonetta β2 recovers the Chaos Gear, but Pyrocumulus rises from the lava and takes hold of her; it then absorbs her body and evolves into Arch-Pyrocumulus, flying up into the skies. Bayonetta performs another Deadly Sin ritual and empowers Madama Butterfly into Queen Butterfly. After a battle in the skies, Bayonetta has Arch-Pyrocumulus dragged to Inferno, obtains the Chaos Gear and returns to Thule.

The third universe transports Bayonetta to Egypt, where she finds Viola amid a fight with Strider. She attempts to fight the beast once more, but Viola reveals that Strider is actually a transformed Luka. Strider runs away, and Bayonetta demands that Viola finds him no matter what.

Making her way to some ruins, Bayonetta sees a hologram of Jeanne β3 and chases her, eventually falling into a cave. She finds another hologram depicting a duel between Bayonetta β3 and Jeanne β3, along with Baal; she engages in a fight with the holographic Jeanne β3 and Baal, which ends with Jeanne β3 getting her in chokehold. Bayonetta gets a vision of Jeanne β3 winning her initial duel with Bayonetta β3, before finding the real Baal, who offers to help her. Baal must eventually return to her mistress, whom she feels is growing weaker. Bayonetta soon finds a temple that has been overtaken by Infernals; reaching the top, she finds a summoning circle where she gets a vision of Bayonetta β3 summoning Malphas, proceeding to do the same. After solving a temple of puzzles with the aid of Malphas, Bayonetta finds a Chaos Gear atop a mountain of gold; soon after obtaining it, the room begins collapsing and she takes a ride on Malphas through the caves as Homunculi chase them down. Eventually, she finds herself inside an arena surrounded by a barrier, along with Jeanne β3, and they face off against Cirrocumulus and Cirrostratus. Jeanne β3 is caught and begins being absorbed by Cirrostratus; she begs Bayonetta to kill her and the beast, but Bayonetta hesitates. That’s when Bayonetta β3 swoops in and slays Cirrostratus and Jeanne β3 herself. Cirrocumulus then consumes the remains of Cirrostratus, evolving into Stratocumulus and the two Bayonettas flee on Malphas as the temple collapses. Once outside, Bayonettta performs yet another Deadly Sin ritual, empowering Phantasmaraneae into The Phantom. With cooperation from both The Phantom and Malphas, Stratocumulus is destroyed, but the impact creates a black hole; Bayonetta, weakened by the ritual, falls off Malphas and approaches the black hole. Bayonetta β3 flies in her direction and jumps off, grabbing Bayonetta and throwing her back to Malphas, sacrificing herself. Bayonetta wakes up and watches as her Variant is sucked into the black hole before Malphas flies her back to Thule.

The fourth universe takes Bayonetta to Paris. Exploring the streets, she comes across a hologram depicting Bayonetta β4 and Rosa β4 chasing a couple of Stratuses, along with Mictlantecuhtli. She then has a vision of Bayonetta β4 and Rosa β4 finding a Chaos Gear while running away from Inspector Enzeau, before the two Stratuses steal the gear. Bayonetta is taken aback at seeing a Variant of her mother, before Mictlantecuhtli appears to aid her. Eventually, Bayonetta comes across Rosa β4, who has the Chaos Gear in her possession; however, she attacks Bayonetta as she has been hijacked by a Perlucidus. Bayonetta fights Rosa β4 until she flies off on an Umbran Armor and Bayonetta chases her on Mictlantecuhtli, attempting to shoot her down. After coming to a stop, Rosa β4 summons the Umbran Clock Tower and Bayonetta uses Mictlantecuhtli to destroy its layers. Rosa β4 is defeated and Bayonetta checks on her, concerned. Rosa β4 temporarily comes to her senses before the Perlucidus resumes its hold on her; she demands that Bayonetta kills her to avoid causing any more harm. Bayonetta is hesitant, but shoots her anyway, making her drop the Chaos Gear. She is about to obtain it before Mictlantecuhtli snatches it and flies off.

Continuing to traverse the crumbling Paris, Bayonetta finds that even soldiers fighting against the Homunculi are being hijacked by Perlucidus and being used to do their bidding. Eventually, she encounters Bayonetta β4 and the two battle for the Chaos Gear. After the fight, Bayonetta β4 is hijacked by a Perlucidus and used as a puppet by Singularity. Surrounded by hundreds of Perlucidus, Bayonetta performs a Deadly Sin ritual, summoning Baal and empowering her into Baal Zebul. Through the demon’s powerful voice, Bayonetta β4 is destroyed, and Bayonetta obtains the final Chaos Gear.

Upon returning to Thule, Bayonetta meets with Jeanne, who has fetched Dr. Sigurd to help open the portal to the Alphaverse. After the portal is opened, Bayonetta heads into the Alphaverse on her own, where she fights an Aureole with some aid from Madama Butterfly. Once boarding the giant aircraft, Strider reappears and Bayonetta, knowing his true identity, attempts to pacify him, only to engage in another fight with him. At the end of the fight, Strider dangles off the Aureole and Bayonetta tries to ease him once more, but he pushes her aside as the consciousness of Dark Adam exits his body and he falls off. After Bayonetta extinguishes Dark Adam, Viola, along with the faerie king Lukaon, appear and recover Strider. The group soon notices a supposed clone of Dr. Sigurd hanging above them, realizing that Singularity is possessing the Sigurd on Thule and that the Alphaverse was just a ploy to trap them. With help from Lukaon, Luka regains his original form and the ability to control his faerie magic at will; he tells Bayonetta and Viola that he will help them reach Singularity and transforms back into Strider, jumping into Singularity’s void to neutralize it, and allowing Bayonetta and Viola to enter it.

Bayonetta later wakes up in a ruined New York where she confronts Singularity, challenging his phenomenal affirmation. Singularity transforms into Singularity Chaos, and Bayonetta resummons Sin Gomorrah to stand against him. Despite putting up a fight, Sin Gomorrah isn’t enough, so Bayonetta resummons Queen Butterfly as well, who launches Singularity Chaos all the way to the moon. Following suit, Bayonetta flies to the moon to fight Singularity Balance; eventually, she is able to free the souls of the many Variants Singularity has slain, including Bayonetta’s respective Jeanne, and they temporarily aid her in her fight. After crashing back to Earth, Bayonetta faces Singularity Definition; she begins to falter as Singularity’s reality-altering power overwhelms her, and she’s soon caught in his grip. Viola shows up and attempts to fight Singularity, only to be overpowered as well. Singularity prepares to kill Bayonetta with a spear, but the spear is destroyed by bullets. Bayonetta drops to the ground and she sees her rescuer, another Bayonetta Variant resembling the one from the first game. Soon after, a second Bayonetta Variant resembling the one from the second game appears, summoning Labolas. The two Bayonetta Variants fight Singularity to the best of their ability, but are overpowered as well; Bayonetta, however, refuses to stand down, and she and her Variants fuse into one, their combined power successfully keeping Singularity at bay. The two Bayonetta Variants fade away after Singularity is weakened, allowing Viola to land a stab on him; however, Singularity takes hold of her and threatens to kill her, only to be interrupted as Luka swings into the scene. Bayonetta and Luka (as Strider) fight Singularity for the final time, and a final attack from Gomorrah destroys him completely. Despite the victory, Bayonetta’s Umbran Watch (having been heavily damaged from the fight) breaks completely, causing her to lose control of Gomorrah, who proceeds to attack her and knock her soul out of her body. Strider slays Gomorrah and reverts to his human form; the forces of Inferno prepare to drag Bayonetta’s soul downward, and Luka attempts to save her from her fate. The two take the moment to confess their feelings for each other and have a final embrace as her body is restored. Bayonetta removes her glasses and she and Luka share a kiss as they are both pulled down to Inferno.

In the aftermath of Singularity’s defeat and Bayonetta’s death, Viola is confronted by Dark Eve and engages in a duel with her. Dark Eve tells her to defeat her if she wants to ‘prove herself’; Viola succeeds, and Dark Eve reveals herself as the remaining consciousness of Bayonetta. She commends Viola for her growth, and pronounces a new name for her before fading away.

Appearance[]

Bayonetta[]

Bayonetta is portrayed as a beautiful woman with a slender yet curvy bewitching figure. She has black hair, gray eyes and a beauty mark on her chin. Her hair is wrapped into a beehive hairdo adorned with gold chains and two red ribbons. Her signature glasses have the design of butterfly wings close to the lenses. Her main attire is composed of a black skin-tight bodysuit with gold chains and rose-like patterns and an opening at the back, as well as a crescent-shaped keyhole on the chest. She has white gloves with red palms, black and gray heels, three buckled straps on each arm with 'sleeves' of hair draping down, and a pair of gold, cat-shaped earrings. She wears her Umbran Watch on her chest which contains a red jewel thought to be the Left Eye of Darkness. Because of her Wicked Weave techniques, Bayonetta's outfit becomes more revealing as she uses them. Her suit's inner section becomes a leotard and her hair drapes over her chest to cover it. When summoning full demons, the entire suit disappears, leaving behind only her gloves, shoes and watch.

Bayonetta: Bloody Fate[]

Bayonetta's appearance in Bloody Fate is very similar to her appearance in the first game with a few slight differences. Her earrings have changed to golden crescent moon shapes and the medallions hanging from her 'sleeves' of hair have been removed. The black pattern around her wrists has also changed to a simple ring of black and the extra loop of leather above her shoes has been removed as well. Apart from these changes, she still retains her former outfit's major features.

Bayonetta 2[]

In Bayonetta 2, Bayonetta's hair has been cut short and her glasses have a ribbon design near the lenses. She retains her skin-tight bodysuit, though the design has been radically altered. The suit is more gray in color with jagged patterns resembling thorns and a frilly collar. She has sharp shoulder pads and a cloak of hair over her chest, as well as triangular earrings. The palms of her gloves are blue with frills at the wrists. The back of her suit features a diamond shaped opening, and several diamond cutouts on her legs.

Bayonetta 3[]

In Bayonetta 3, Bayonetta's appearance perfectly encapsulates her larger-than-life personality and design, as it is the most regal and decorated outfit she's worn to date. Her facial features are softer, while her hair is styled in thick braids, similarly to Cereza's, with her red ribbon wrapped in between. Her new glasses have a more wavy, textured design that seemed to resemble her Wicked Weaves with smaller decorative elements that look like the Lumen Sages' watches and larger, more rounded lenses. She also wears new earrings with floral designs. She wears a black bodysuit with puffy sleeves and a braided skirt decorated with medallions and a large braided bow on the back, both fashioned out of her hair. The sides of her legs feature slits with floral designs. She wears light purple gloves with purple palms decorated with golden roots, flowers, a crescent moon on the back of the palm and golden decorative fingernails.

Personality[]

As a child, Cereza often looked up to her mother, Rosa, regarding her as a hero. She also maintained an attachment to her father, Balder. Despite her cheery nature, she had a tendency to cry a lot.[1] As a teen, Cereza's desire to become strong enough to free her mother gives her the bravery needed become a true Umbra Witch. This confidence and pride later reflects in her life as a young adult, being a proud Umbra Witch despite being the black sheep of her clan.

As an adult, Bayonetta's personality can be described as nonchalant and is perceived as somewhat callous towards others, such as Enzo, whom she often disregards. Throughout the first game, she's shown to enjoy fighting angels in a playful yet brutal manner, maintaining her cool and even tends to banter with the more serious angels such as the Auditio, as well as Infernal Demons.

Bayonetta tends to enjoy using her sexuality to taunt and tease her enemies and friends alike. She tends to operate alone and prefers to not get encumbered by other people, at least initially. She can also be construed as somewhat impatient, especially towards the more "talkative type" of enemies she encounters such as that of Temperantia and Father Balder.[1]

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Bayonetta contemplating on Luka's words concerning her.

Despite coming off as callous, Bayonetta has also expressed genuine care and sympathy. It's witnessed that she's done her best to explain to Luka in the past that his father's death wasn't her fault and has been seen taking his venting of anger and frustration to heart.[1] Despite claiming to dislike children, she becomes fiercely protective of her younger self,[1] as well as Loki in Bayonetta 2.[2] After rekindling her friendship with Jeanne, she was willing to risk going down to Inferno to rescue her, placing the blame on herself for not foreseeing Gomorrah's attack in time.[2] She also dislikes being seen emotionally vulnerable; in one instance, Loki wouldn't wake up after she got him out of a lake, making her panic before he woke up laughing, and she kicked him for making her worry. Another is when she saved Jeanne from Alraune; her soul wouldn't wake up, making Bayonetta fear that she had lost her friend, but Jeanne wakes up and she immediately regains her composure.[2]

She is also not above expressing outright anger and hatred, having done so for both her father[1] and Alraune.[2] Despite her close connection to her father, upon re-learning her memories concerning his supposed actions of starting the Witch Hunts, she denounced him.[1] In Bloody Fate, she goes even further and blames him for the death of her mother.[5] However, her hatred for her father dissipated upon learning the truth of her mother's death at Loptr's hands and willingly called him "Daddy" one last time before he sacrificed himself to contain Loptr.[2]

Abilities[]

Physical[]

Bayonetta has an unprecedented skill for the Bullet Arts and shows near mastery of a new weapon whenever she picks it up. Her combat skills are brutal yet graceful. She also appears to be extremely perceptive, able to evade attacks from all directions through anticipating her enemy's movements in battle. She has immense superhuman strength and endurance, being able to toss a satellite back at Balder several times and headbutt an entire skyscraper thrown at her by the former,[1] as well as using only her lower body to redirect an even larger satellite at Aesir.[2] She is also able to effortlessly lift the likes of a Belief and block and hold a thrusting attack from a Valiance; she also was able to physically toss back Fortitudo with the aid of her mother, Rosa.[2] She possesses superhuman speed and agility, allowing her to perform numerous acrobatic feats with ease, and able to fight on par with Jeanne, whom was stated to be either just as or stronger than her. She also can lift a light post[1] and physically overpower the likes of Alraune.

Her physical skills, combined with her magic, makes her capable of defeating countless hordes of forces from Paradiso and Inferno.[2] She also manages to hold her own against opponents that overpower her such as the likes of Loptr (and him as the ascended and reborn Aesir)[2] and Jubileus, The Creator[1], which, in order to be truly defeated, required the aid of another.

She also possesses longevity and doesn't seem to age.

Magic[]

As an Umbra Witch, Bayonetta possess varying powerful magics that assist her in her daily life and allows her to fight against even the most powerful of beings. As an Umbra Witch, she is easily capable of seeing the other realm known as Purgatorio and entering it at will. Skilled in the Dark Arts, Bayonetta also possesses some magical abilities unrelated to the dark arts, such as freezing the moisture in the air to form a spear in an attempt to impale her opponent.

Dark Arts & Magic Techniques[]

  • Umbran Climax & Serious Mode: Techniques that allow Bayonetta to enter into an ascended state of power. Both techniques allow her to continually manifest the limbs of various infernal demons and increase her damage output. In Umbran Climax, she also gains the capability to perform "Infernal Weaves" and even recover her health while in that state.[2][1]
  • Witch Time: Bayonetta is capable of using Witch Time to speed herself up, causing enemies to appear to move in slow-motion. This Dark Art is capable of allowing her of countering the likes of Light Speed used by a sage. Furthermore, she is able to "stack" over Witch Time to counter another witch and even a angel.[2][1]
  • Beast Within: A magic technique that allows transformation into various animals.[1]
  • Witch Walk: Bayonetta can use the Witch Walk technique, allowing her the power to defy gravity and walk on any vertical or horizontal surface during a full moon[1] or on select devices created by Lord Aesir.[1]
  • Wicked Weaves: Using her hair as a conduit, Bayonetta can use Wicked Weaves to summon forth various demons and also summon forth their limbs to attack.[1]
  • Infernal Weaves: An even more powerful variant used during Umbran Climax. At the end of her combos using Wicked Weaves, Bayonetta summons a full demon for a large area-of-effect finisher.[2]
  • Infernal Kiss: This allows her to indirectly to control various machines at will, such as in Bayonetta 2, when she blew a kiss at the Cessna-like small plane that contains Enzo while on her way to Fimbulventr before jumping off. Despite Enzo's fumbling, the small plane actually made it all the way to the city she lived in and was only destroyed by angels. This is in contrast to direct control, with which she can shove her middle finger through any machine key holes to take control, such as Enzo's car or even the witches' power walkers.
  • Alchemy: Bayonetta is able to gather crystallized magical compounds such as Mandragora Roots, Baked Geckos and Unicorn Horns to concoct lollipops. These can bolster her power, render her impervious to all damage, or simply restore her health or magic.
  • Healing Factor: When being stabbed by Luka while being in Strider form in the third game that would normally be fatal for a normal human, it is shown that Bayonetta can heal from the wound in a few seconds.

Torture Attacks[]

Bayonetta is capable of using special attacks which can deal massive damage to most forces of Paradiso and Inferno. By chanting in Enochian, she can summon various objects to potentially finish her enemies.

Summoning[]

Main article: Infernal Demons
Main article: Enochian

Demon Masquerade[]

In Bayonetta 3, Bayonetta has now gained the ability to directly channel the power of the Infernal Demons through her body, allowing her to transform into humanoid approximations of the Demons themselves. Similar to the way that Demons were bound to particular weapons during Umbran Climax and Wicked Weaves in the previous games, the Masquerade changes are also tied to whichever weapon Bayonetta is currently using.

While using Masquerade, Bayonetta can either use the transformations to boost the attack power of her combo finishers, or unleash special "Rage" moves that act as special attacks to deal massive damage to her foes. The transformations can be changed on the fly by changing Bayonetta's weapons.

Bayonetta can also access Demon Masquerade at will to traverse areas, glide, climb walls, all depending on the weapon equipped.

Demon Slave[]

Another ability from the third game, Demon Slave allows Bayonetta to summon the Infernal Demons and control their actions directly on the battlefield, draining the magic gauge in a similar way to Umbran Climax. While the Demon is active, Bayonetta can follow the displayed button prompts to cause the Demon to unleash their attacks against individual or groups of foes, but she remains fixed in place and is susceptible to damage from other enemies during the summon. This requires her to switch between summoning the Demon and attacking enemies herself. The chosen Demon can be a combo finisher ("Wink Slave"), a set up for Torture Attacks, or even be a counter against enemy moves ("Assault Slave").

Left Eye of Darkness[]

Main article: Eyes of the World

Formerly, Bayonetta possessed one of the powers of the former Lord Aesir known as the "Left Eye of Darkness". Despite having possessed a formidable power, Bayonetta has rarely ever used it to her volition. After awakening the Left Eye, she was (unwittingly) surrounded by an aura that made her untouchable to others with the exception of Balder, whom possessed the Right Eye of Light.[1] According to comments from Loptr, the Left Eye of Darkness makes it possible for her to see through deception by looking through time.[2]

Equipment[]

Clothing
  • Umbran Watch: A gift from her mother on her birthday which has her name and date of birth engraved on it. This watch also allows her to remain youthful and halt her aging.[1]
Weapons
Main article: Weapons
Accessories
Main article: Accessories

Character Relationships[]

Relatives[]

Rosa[]

Rosa is Bayonetta's mother whom she possesses immense love and respect for. As a child, Bayonetta looked up to her mother, regarding her as hero, and looked for any chance to spend time with her. She was devastated when Rosa was killed during the Witch Hunts, so much so that she lost her willingness to continue fighting. In the time displacement, Cereza mistook her older self as her mother, likely due to their strikingly similar appearances.[1] In Bayonetta 2, Bayonetta got to fight alongside her mother after being transported to the past by Loki's Remembrance of Time; according to The Eyes of Bayonetta 2 artbook, the skill level which Rosa exhibits with the Bullet Arts had left Bayonetta speechless.[2] In Bayonetta Origins, Cereza was determined to find whatever power was needed to save her mother and willingly explored Avalon Forest to achieve this goal.

Balder[]

Balder is Bayonetta's father whom she has a more complex relationship with. Originally, she didn't see her father often due to his exile, but held an attachment to him. When she first met him as a adult 500 years after the Witch Hunts, she denounced him for supposedly kickstarting those events, and even blamed him for her mother's death. In Bayonetta 2, she was unaware of the Masked Lumen's identity of being a young Balder brought to the future, only finding him somewhat annoying as he constantly made attempts to kill Loki, and had no qualms battling him. After finding out his true identity and further learning he was not responsible for causing the Witch Hunts and his devastation over her Rosa's death, she instead finds herself sympathizing with him and becomes concerned for his well-being. Her genuine love for her father is what enabled the both of them to summon Omne. She was also saddened to learn his corruption to evil came from his honorable sacrifice to contain Loptr, and willingly called him "daddy" one last time before he succumbed.[2]

Viola[]

Viola is Bayonetta's daughter from an alternate universe, although Bayonetta herself is unaware of this for the majority of Bayonetta 3. She frequently poked fun at Viola for her inexperience and short temper, but took a liking to her and became genuinely concerned for her safety. She ultimately passes down the name "Bayonetta" to her after she lays Dark Eve to rest.

Friends & Allies[]

Jeanne[]

Jeanne is Bayonetta's best friend. They knew each other from childhood and when Jeanne was chosen as the heiress for the Umbra Witches, she chose Cereza as her duel rival. When Bayonetta lost her will to fight during the Witch Hunts, Jeanne sealed her and the Left Eye away to keep them safe from Paradiso. 500 years later, Bayonetta met Jeanne again, but had no recollection of their past together. It wasn't until their final fight at Isla Del Sol that she discovered Jeanne's identity and was dejected when she supposedly died. The two witches worked together to defeat Jubileus and rekindled their friendship.[1] When Jeanne's soul was dragged to Inferno in Bayonetta 2, Bayonetta ventured to Noatun with the intent to rescue her, and is terrified at the thought of losing Jeanne. Much like all her friends, she has a tendency to exchange banter with Jeanne, which the latter reciprocates. It is also said that the two of them live together.[2]

Luka[]

Luka is a close friend and ally of Bayonetta. Initially, he followed her under the assumption that she was the killer of his father, and her calling him "Cheshire" annoyed him greatly. However, they soon formed a solid partnership which included Luka looking after Cereza while Bayonetta kept them from danger; in turn, she came to respect and trust Luka, finally calling him by his name.[1] In Bayonetta 2, however, she finds him to be mildly irritating; most of the time Luka tends to annoy her with his constant boasting and his failing antics, though she is impressed by his ability to seek useful information. In Bayonetta 3, Bayonetta remains slightly annoyed with Luka, but still genuinely cares for him; when she realized he was suffering within his Strider transformation, she did everything in her power to help him, even admitting that despite what a clumsy fool he is, she does not wish to live without him. After he regained his human form, she attempted to initiate a kiss, which he teasingly rejected. At the end of the game, the two fought against Singularity and were dragged to Inferno together.

Rodin[]

Rodin serves as of Bayonetta's weaponsmith. She maintains what resembles a professional relationship with him and has even accepted his aid. Like many of her friends, she tends to banter with him, though doesn't take his teasing kindly, often threatening to shoot him even.[2] According to Hideki Kamiya, when asked if they shared a relationship beyond a professional one, he only states that they have a "special relationship"[6], with character designer Mari Shimazaki elaborating that Rodin plays a "big brother" role to Bayonetta.[7]

Enzo[]

Enzo serves as Bayonetta's informant. She is incredibly callous and inconsiderate about his problems, regarding him as a "broke, bumbling wise guy" and often using him for transport; though she does care enough to save him from harm's way. Jeanne even once suggested that she should be nicer to Enzo for a change.[2]

Cereza[]

Cereza is the younger form of Bayonetta who was brought to the present by Balder. Bayonetta finds the girl running around Vigrid and is initially annoyed with her. Over the course of the game however, she becomes protective of her and even indulges in acting as her mother figure. Upon finding out that Cereza is her younger self, Bayonetta returns her to the past, leaving some encouraging words for her and even sings Fly Me To The Moon to her, just as her actual mother would have.[1]

Loki[]

Loki served as Bayonetta's companion throughout Bayonetta 2. She first found him being attacked by angels and was impressed with his ability, though she didn't trust him to look after himself. She grew highly protective of him and saved him from many threats, including Balder. After defeating Loptr, Loki began to fade away, and Bayonetta wondered if they would meet again, even granting him permission to call her Cereza, although the latter commented she still didn't look like a "Cereza" to him.[2]

Madama Butterfly[]

Madama Butterfly is Bayonetta's contracted demon. Although rarely interacting with her personally, she is grateful for the fact that she maintains her loyalty and honors their contract.[2]

Cheshire[]

Cheshire was the first Infernal Demon Bayonetta summoned, during her youth.

Gallery[]

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Quotes[]

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Appearances in Other Media[]

Samurai & Dragons[]

Cereza makes an appearance in Samurai & Dragons: a strategic fighting game developed by Sega, was exclusively released on the PS Vita, and is only available in Japan. She was included in the SEGA All-Stars DLC Pack[8] as a stat card for the series playable characters.

Anarchy Reigns[]

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Bayonetta in Anarchy Reigns

Bayonetta appears as a playable DLC character in the game Anarchy Reigns (Max Anarchy in Japan), an online beat 'em up developed by PlatinumGames and released in 2013. She was initially a pre-order bonus for those who pre-ordered the game at Gamestop. However, several months after the game's release, Bayonetta was made available for purchase on PSN and Xbox Live.

In the game, Bayonetta has access to most of her abilities from her original games. Using Scarborough Fair as her weapons of choice, her attacks are a mixture of her combos from the first game, including moves such as Bullet Climax and Afterburner Kick. Some of her stronger attacks allow her to also use Witch Time and Torture Attacks to incapacitate her foes. Holding down the L2/LT buttons will allow Bayonetta to summon Wicholked Weaves with her attacks. When strung together, this can leave enemies helpless as Madama Butterfly's fists slam opponents into the ground.

The Wonderful 101[]

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Wonder-Bayonetta in The Wonderful 101

Bayonetta, Jeanne, and Rodin appear as secret unlockable playable characters in The Wonderful 101, another action title for the Wii U developed by PlatinumGames.

In order to unlock Bayonetta normally, players must obtain Platinum Rankings on all stages of the game and certain bottle caps (the in-game equivalent to Bewitchments in the Bayonetta series). However, with the release of Bayonetta 2 in western territories, PlatinumGames released a special cheat code, dubbed the "Platinum Code", that players can activate in the first chapter to unlock Bayonetta right away. After beating the story for the first time and having 2,000,000 O-Parts in the original Wii U version of the game, at the start of Operation 001-A, enter the following command: [↑ ↓ ↑ → ← XBYA] while holding the ZR button.

A small jingle will sound if entered correctly. In the Remastered version of The Wonderful 101, the directional inputs for the code were changed to [↓ ↑ ↓ ← → XBYA] while holding the ZR button.

In game, Bayonetta operates in a similar manner to Wonder-Green, summoning her Scarborough Fair guns as weapons whose power is interdependent with the amount of Wonderful Ones she unites up with. The more Wonderful Ones that are being used, the larger the number of guns, which can reach up to a maximum of four. Her most powerful ability drastically increases her in size where she uses one of her standard combos on enemies for massive damage.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U[]

Main article: Super Smash Bros. 4

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Bayonetta in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U

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Bayonetta (Alt) in the game

On December 15, 2015, Bayonetta was confirmed as the final DLC character for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U during the game's final post-release presentation, alongside Corrin. Her inclusion was thanks to the Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot where players around the world voted for their ideal characters to be included in the game. Bayonetta ranked first place in Europe and among the top five in North America; among the negotiable and realizable characters, she ranked first place worldwide.[9] Bayonetta's inclusion became controversial when it was revealed that some of her preliminary data was added to the game only two weeks after the Fighter Ballot opened,[10] eight months before the announcement, but this may indicate that the bulk of the votes took place within that two-week time period.[11]

Bayonetta, seven Trophies, and a stage modeled after the Umbra Clock Tower were released on February 3, 2016 in North America and on February 4, 2016 in Europe and Asia. 11 music tracks from the series were also included for the Wii U version of the DLC. Bayonetta's default outfit is based on Bayonetta 2 and features Love Is Blue, while her alternate outfit is based on the original Bayonetta and features Scarborough Fair. Due to the game's E10+ rating, Bayonetta's hair-based attacks such as Wicked Weaves were slightly censored to maintain the rating. Instead of most of her outfit disappearing when summoning Wicked Weaves or Gomorrah, Bayonetta's top becomes sleeveless and the rest only disappears up to her upper thighs. The diamonds on her default Bayonetta 2 outfit were slightly darkened to avoid showing too much skin.

In the game, Bayonetta is a powerful high-tier combo fighter. Many of her moves and abilities come from the original games. Almost all of her attacks have many individual strengths and can reliably combo into each other, allowing her to dominate against other characters. Bayonetta was allegedly the best and one of most hated character in the game. She was so unbalanced that some tournaments banned her use.

As with other Super Smash Bros. fighters, amiibo figurines based on Bayonetta were released on July 21, 2017. Two versions were released: one with her default outfit based on Bayonetta 2 and one with her alternate outfit based on Bayonetta. The latter, named "Bayonetta - Player 2", was exclusively released at Best Buy in the United States.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[]

Main article: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

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Bayonetta in Ultimate

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Bayonetta (Alt) in Ultimate

Bayonetta was confirmed to appear in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate along with every other character that was ever playable in the series' history. Rather than DLC, Bayonetta is unlockable in the base game through gameplay. Her cosmetic appearance mostly remained the same, though Love Is Blue and Scarborough Fair have louder sound effects to more easily differentiate them.

Due to her being the best character in the previous game, Bayonetta was incredibly nerfed in Ultimate. Among other nerfs, many of her combos were removed or changed to make them much less powerful and harder to pull off; her KO potential was made much lower; and her present weaknesses were made worse. Despite having some noteworthy buffs, the rest of the roster in Ultimate received many more buffs. As a result, Bayonetta is considered the most-nerfed character from 3DS and Wii U into Ultimate and one of the worst characters in the game overall. Updates to the game have since granted her buffs and made her more competitive against the other characters while still keeping balance.

Bayonetta also appears as two Fighter Spirits, each wearing her unique outfits from the first two games. 17 other Spirits based on other characters from the series are also available: five Primary Spirits and 12 Support Spirits. Rodin was added as a new Assist Trophy. All of the music tracks previously available in the previous game, as well as the Umbra Clock Tower stage, are also included in Ultimate.

Dx2 Shin Megami Tensei: Liberation[]

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Bayonetta and Jeanne's appearance in Dx2

In January 12th 2019, Dx2 announced a collaboration with Bayonetta. On February 14th 2019 , the collaboration event began and It was revealed that both Bayonetta and Jeanne would be playable demons and that Beloved was an enemy boss. Bayonetta's appearance is based on the first game and she wields Scarborough Fair, featuring her exact moveset from the first game.

Trivia[]

  • Bayonetta was voiced by Hellena Taylor in all of her English appearances prior to Bayonetta 3, where she is instead voiced by Jennifer Hale, and was initially the only voice for Bayonetta upon the first game's initial release in Japan. Hideki Kamiya explained in an interview that he wanted a British accented voice actress for Bayonetta, because witches were more of a European myth than Japanese.[citation needed] Bayonetta's Japanese voice actress is Atsuko Tanaka, who is known for her portrayal as Motoko Kusanagi from Ghost In The Shell, Hibana From Kunoichi as well as Lisa Lisa from JoJo's Bizzare Adventure.
  • Bayonetta's watch contains the numbers 14111219. It represents the year/month/date of Bayonetta's birthday, which is December 19, 1411.
  • When playing as Jeanne in either game, the outfit that resembles Bayonetta's default look is referred to as a 'battle uniform' of the Umbra Witches. It can be assumed from this that Bayonetta's outfit is the usual outfit Umbra Witches would wear when in battle.
  • The ribbons that Bayonetta initially wears in her hair read the word "BAYONETTA" in demonic script, which is supposed to hint where she got her modern alias from. According to Enzo in Bloody Fate, the name "Bayonetta" was given to her by Rodin. The ribbons were originally supposed to be the thing that bound the hands and feet of dead Witches in their resting places, as shown in the Eyes of Bayonetta artbook.
  • Bayonetta's ability to weave her magic through her hair is a reference to an old European belief that women with long hair were more likely to be targeted by incubi, which later evolved into the idea that witches used their hair in magic.
  • In his commentary for the first game, Hideki Kamiya calls Bayonetta's "Serious Mode" one of the first tested basic designs for the character that was rejected because the hair would cloak the figure. During playthroughs, developers realized that Bayonetta has a hard time fighting big bosses with her usual attacks and thus, Serious Mode was born, where every attack creates a Wicked Weave; the older character design was then reused to spice the scene up.
    • Kamiya also mentioned that at some point in development a teenage version of Bayonetta was present in the game, linked to an older version of Magic Gauge - the Gauge used to replenish with time, and if the player would use up all the orbs, Bayonetta would morph into this teenage version of herself. When the way the Magic Gauge works was changed, teenage Bayonetta was dropped too.
  • In both games, Bayonetta is never seen without her glasses. In one of the cutscenes in the first game before fighting Temperantia, she does take them off, but her face remains off-camera. In his commentary, Kamiya mentions that one of the developers once said: "For Bayonetta, her glasses are like her underwear: never let yourself be seen without them". Ironically, Cereza was seen without her glasses.
  • If Bayonetta shoots idly at a wall, she will start writing her initials and hearts with the bullets.
  • Jubileus, The Creator roughly resembles Bayonetta, especially regarding Jubileus' wearing eyewear similar to Bayonetta's butterfly glasses, a similar hairdo and something similar to her Umbran Watch on her chest. According to Hideki Kamiya in the official artbook commentary, this design was intentional as Jubileus, Bayonetta and Queen Sheba are supposed to represent the most powerful beings in their respective dimensions.
  • When questioned if Bayonetta and Jeanne were blood related, Hideki Kamiya stated that they are not related by blood but are just of the same clan. He elaborated that Bayonetta is of English descent whilst Jeanne is French.[citation needed]
  • Bayonetta makes several references to the novel "Alice in Wonderland" that was written by author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson in both games: repeatedly calling Luka "Cheshire", which is also the name of Cereza's stuffed doll, and calling herself "An innocent little girl lost in Wonderland, suffering at the hand of the queen's trumped-up troops" to Loki in their first introduction.
  • As a running joke through out the three games, during the game intro, Bayonetta would be forced to use regular firearms before getting her magical guns (Scarborough Fair, Love Is Blue and Colour My World) and complain when said firearms break under the stress. Another gag is between her and Luka, where Luka would come to her "rescue" without realizing she is in Purgatorio, which would therefore cause him to fail and then slam into a wall.
  • When in Beast Within form, a trail of black roses and skull-headed flowers are left wherever Bayonetta runs. This is a reference to Okami, where, depending on how fast Amaterasu is running, grass or flowers bloom in an identical manner.
    • Bayonetta's ability to transform into a crow and a panther are similar to a concept in Okami that had Amaterasu transforming into a dolphin and a falcon—although, unlike Bayonetta, the idea did not appear in the final version of Okami.
    • As another reference to Amaterasu, when Bayonetta draws on Luka's face with the lipstick in the first game, she draws the circle of the wolf on his forehead, along with whiskers and an animal's mouth.
  • In a scene during Chapter III of the first game, Bayonetta surfs on a wave of lava and says "Dancin'-a-go-go, baby!" which is a reference to Viewtiful Joe.
  • Bayonetta was going to be included in the Sega crossover kart-racing game Sonic All-Stars Racing Transformed as a playable character, but according to a forum post from the developers, she was scrapped because the developers had trouble trying to keep her in-character without the ESRB/PEGI rating potentially going up.[12]
  • Bayonetta's intolerance of crying babies and cockroaches is referenced in The Wonderful 101, when one of the later bosses calls the titular superheroes "crying baby cockroaches".
  • Bayonetta's long taunt in Bayonetta 2 is a reference to Hideki Kamiya, who frequently responds to questions asked of him on Twitter with "Ask your mom."
  • According to the other-media appearances, Bayonetta's weight is 4.67 Umbran Witch Weight and her stature is 11.951 Umbran Witch Height.
  • In the Japanese version of Super Smash Bros. 4, if the player picks Bayonetta's "A Witch With No Memories" costume, she will speak English, but in her Bayonetta 2 outfit, she will speak Japanese. This reflects how Japanese dubbing wasn't put in the original Bayonetta, and was exclusive to Bayonetta 2.
  • Bayonetta holds the titles of two titles that control reality; The Left Eye of Darkness, and Arch Eve.
  • Enzo is the only member of "Team Bayonetta" to not have been a boss with Bayonetta. Jeanne faces Bayonetta four times in the first game, Luka has fought her once, and Rodin fought her in secret bosses.
  • Bayonetta inspired the real world with a famous TikTok trend/filter, known as "Bayonetta glasses" it started as a trend and a filter, but its got so popular that her style of glasses in major famous fashion shows https://www.teenvogue.com/story/bayonetta-glasses

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