- For fighter info, see Bayonetta (SSB4) and Bayonetta (SSBU).
Official artworks of Bayonetta from Bayonetta 2 and Bayonetta.
|Smash Bros. appearances||SSB4|
|Most recent non-Smash appearance||Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon (2023)|
|Console/platform of origin||PlayStation 3|
|Species||Human (magically augmented via Dark Arts)|
|Place of origin||Vigrid|
|Created by||Hideki Kamiya|
|Designed by||Mari Shimazaki|
|English voice actor||Hellena Taylor|
|Japanese voice actor||Atsuko Tanaka|
|Article on Wikipedia||Bayonetta (character)|
Bayonetta (ベヨネッタ, Bayonetta), also known by her real name Cereza, is the titular main protagonist from the Sega and PlatinumGames game Bayonetta, its Nintendo-exclusive sequel Bayonetta 2, as well as the film adaptation of the first game Bayonetta: Bloody Fate.
Bayonetta is one of the last members of the Umbra Witches, an entirely female clan of black magic practitioners. Umbra Witches form contracts with Inferno, granting them immense strength, knowledge, and the ability to summon Infernal Demons, in exchange for losing their souls upon death. Bayonetta is bound to the mighty Infernal Demon Madama Butterfly, whose limbs she can conjure to attack. She can also summon other demons by using her hair as a power source; since she also uses her hair to form her outfit, her clothing disappears during summoning.
Bayonetta was born in 1411 as Cereza to Umbra Witch Rosa and Lumen Sage Balder. A law from both clans states that "The intersection of light and dark would bring calamity to this earth." The birth of Cereza breaks that law and causes a rift between with witches and sages that would eventually escalate into the clan wars. Rosa and Balder were ostracized from their respective clans, and Cereza was taken in by the witches. An outcast in her clan, Cereza had a lonely childhood. The only friend she ever had was a fellow child witch named Jeanne, who would often play with her, and her stuffed cat, Cheshire, to whom Cereza would confide her feelings. With Rosa having been punished with perpetual prison for her transgression, Cereza was eventually taken under the wing of Umbra Witch Morgana, who began her training in the dark arts of the clan. In spite of Morgana's aloofness and austerity, she and Cereza cared deeply for one another.
Around the age of ten, Cereza started having recurring dreams about finding a mysterious boy in the nearby Avalon Forest, who said she could find incredible power within the forest if she followed the "white wolf". Despite Morgana's warnings about Avalon Forest and the danger posed by the faeries which inhabited it, Cereza snuck out into the forest one night, driven by the desire to have the power to free Rosa. While in there, an attempt to summon a demon to ward off a faerie attack resulted in the demon inhabiting Cheshire's body, due to Cereza's incomplete training. Unhappy about its condition, but unable to do Cereza any harm due to her having summoned it, the demon (whom Cereza dubbed Cheshire after the body it inhabited) agreed to journey with her so that she could send it back to Inferno with the power she sought.
20 years after the start of the clan wars, as series of events known as the witch hunts begin. Jeanne was selected to be the leader of the witches during the hunts. Her final test was to battle whoever she believed was the strongest witch, which she decided was Cereza. During their battle, they were interrupted by an angel attack. Balder was falsely accused of leading this attack, which led to the death of Rosa. After learning this, Cereza loses her will to fight and allows Jeanne to kill her. Understanding that that something is not right, she instead seals Cereza away in a red jewel and throws it into the bottom of the lake to hide.
500 years later, Balder, still looking for his daughter, hires Antonio Redgrave to search for the red jewel. He and his son Luka eventually find it in the lake and manage to resurrect Cereza, but is immediately killed by Balder and his angels. Luka, unable to see the angels, assumes that Cereza was the one that killed his father. Cereza, having renamed herself as Bayonetta, has no memories of her past except that she is the last member of the Umbra Witches. She then dedicates her life to killing angels and regaining her lost memories.
For the next 20 years, Bayonetta begins to battle angels from Paradiso, working as a nun in order to locate them. She spends most of her time in Purgatorio — a world that exists between Paradiso and Inferno, parallel to the human world. Beings within Purgatorio are invisible to humans, though the environment is the same as the human world. Using weapons forged by the weapon smith/bartender Rodin, Bayonetta faces Paradiso's Hierarchy of Laguna, her friendly rival Jeanne, and even the very demons she summons. During one of these missions, Bayonetta meets a little girl named Cereza, who is actually her past self. She also briefly reunites with Jeanne, but has no memories of her past, so assumes she is a threat and battles her a few times. Luka also appears frequently, as he is trying to prove the existence of Purgatorio and avenge his father's death. Bayonetta eventually tracks down the person that has been sending the angels, Balder. He reveals that he is her father and Cereza is her past self. He also reveals that she is the left eye of the world and he is the right eye. Both are required to resurrect Jubileus, the Creator. Jubileus is revived, but Balder is killed during the ritual. With the help of Jeanne, Bayonetta defeats Jubileus and throws her into the sun. Bayonetta regains her memories, properly reunites with Jeanne, clears the misunderstanding with Luka, sends Cereza back to her own time, and still vows to kill the angels that get in her way.
Some time after this, Bayonetta and the rest of the main cast are seen doing their Christmas shopping when angels attack the city. However, Bayonetta's summonable demons go rogue and attack her instead. Jeanne sacrifices herself to save Bayonetta and her soul is dragged into Inferno. The only way to retrieve Jeanne's soul is for Bayonetta to go to Inferno herself. With the assistance of Enzo and Rodin, Bayonetta finds a portal in Fimbulventr and travels to it. On the way, Bayonetta meets a young boy named Loki who has powers similar to herself. Loki has no memories, so Bayonetta agrees to work with him to get his memories back. They both eventually come across Loptr, a mysterious masked Lumen who seems to know who Loki is. Loptr shows Bayonetta a vision of the past, which reveals that Balder was not responsible for the witch hunts and in fact tried to save Rosa before her death. The real killer was a mysterious figure that looked like Loki, but the vision ends before the identity was revealed. Bayonetta makes her way through the real Gates of Hell and defeats the demoness Alraune, who took Jeanne's soul. As Jeanne slowly revives, she tells Bayonetta that something big is about to happen. During all of this, Loki is attacked by a masked Lumen, who is revealed to be a young Balder from the past. As they fight, Loki releases a big shockwave that sends everyone to the time of the witch hunts. Bayonetta meets an alive Rosa, and both fight of the angels. The true killer is revealed to be Loptr, who was the real mastermind behind the witch hunts. Back in the present, Loptr reveals that he and Loki are two halves of Aesir, the god of chaos. Loptr takes control of Loki and becomes Aesir. But Bayonetta and Balder defeat him, with Jeanne destroying the physical body of Loptr. The soul of Loptr attempts to kill everyone one last time, but Balder forcefully absorbs Loptr in order to confine him. This would eventually turn him into his evil self, but before he corrupted fully, he told Bayonetta to kill him if it came to it. Loki, having fulfilled his purpose, fades away, but says he might return when he reincarnates again. Afterwards, Bayonetta and Jeanne continue with some after holidays shopping, but are interrupted by another angel attack.
Bayonetta 3 reveals that previous two games were only one of many multiverses, each possessing a different world with a different Bayonetta. In this game, an enemy named Singularity attempts to conquer and destroy the entire multiverse with his reality warping abilities. It takes the combined efforts of many Bayonettas, including the primary versions from all three mainline games, to take down Singularity and restore the multiverse to its natural state.
Personality-wise, Bayonetta is strong-willed, cocky, and flirtatious, and she always has a snarky comment on any situation she finds herself in. She is also shown to be very impatient with foes who give long-winded speeches; she will often become irritated and interrupt especially long tangents. However, despite being a witch who uses the powers of Inferno to kill angels, Bayonetta has a strong sense of morality. She may appear caustic and abrasive, but she is very loyal to those she cares about, including Rodin and Jeanne. When Jeanne's soul is stolen away in the second game, Bayonetta physically enters Inferno to save her.
She especially has a soft spot for children. Upon meeting young characters such as Cereza and Loki, she initially treats them with indifference, but gradually begins to open up and keep them safe from harm. Due to her indirect role in the death of Luka's father, she also makes sure to look after him throughout his life, giving him the nickname "Cheshire" after her own childhood doll.
Bayonetta's signature weapons are a collection of 4 guns — 2 are held in her hands and 2 are attached to her heels. In Bayonetta, they were red and name Scarborough Fair. In Bayonetta 2, they were blue and named Love is Blue. Using all 4 in combat is known as Bullet Arts. They have unlimited ammunition and are used to kill enemies at a distance or juggle them in the air. Bayonetta also has a plethora of Umbran witch abilities to use in conjunction with her weapons. The most famous ability is Witch Time, where dodging just before getting hit grants her super speed — causing everything around her to appear in slow motion. If the dodge is too early or too late, Witch Time will not activate, but Bat Within will instead. Her most powerful ability is the Infernal Climax, where she can summon demons to do her bidding in combat.
In Super Smash Bros. 4
As a playable character
Bayonetta appears as a newcomer in Super Smash Bros. 4, and is the seventh and final downloadable character announced. According to Masahiro Sakurai, she was the winner of the Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot, being the highest-voted character in Europe and among the top 5 in North America, making her the overall #1 worldwide among realizable characters. Her appearance is based on her redesign for Bayonetta 2, while four of her alternate costumes are based on her appearance in the first Bayonetta, which is known as "A Witch With No Memories". She was confirmed during the Super Smash Bros. - Final Video Presentation on December 15th, 2015, and was released on February 3rd, 2016.
Bayonetta's playstyle involves use of mechanics from her original game, such as Bullet Arts that allow her to pelt opponents from a distance with invisible bullets after any attack, and Wicked Weaves that summon Madama Butterfly for enormous punches and stomps during her smash attacks. In a similar manner to Ryu, Bayonetta's fighting style involves heavy use of combos, although she specializes in chaining aerial attacks. To compensate for her strengths, her ground attacks have slightly more startup than most standard attacks, her aerials gain landing lag after each successful chained combo, and her smash attacks are slow and have low priority compared to their size.
Bayonetta is currently ranked 1st out of 55 characters on the tier list, placing her at the top of the S tier. Bayonetta's most noteworthy attribute is her combo-orientated playstyle, with many moves reliably connecting into each other, even potentially scoring her a Zero-to-death. She can also deal damage easily from afar, as almost all of her attacks can inflict damage via Bullet Arts. She also possesses a powerful counterattack in Witch Time, which, if it connects, slows down the opponent, usually allowing enough time for her to strike them with a powerful attack that can easily KO them. Despite her strong positives, she does have some weaknesses, such as average frame data on the ground, and her tall and light build makes her fairly easy to KO. Although Bayonetta would go on to receive considerable nerfs in updates 1.1.5 and 1.1.6, the latter of which weakened her powerful combo game somewhat, she is still a highly regarded character by top competitive players, acquiring very strong tournament representation and results.
- Bayonetta is one of the last of the near-extinct Umbra Witches clan. She's a master of the Bullet Arts and can use her hair as a conduit to bring forth Infernal Demons. She brings all these skills and more to Smash, where she'll unleash additional damage if you hold the attack button. Damage and distract your foes with this move!
- Bayonetta is one of the last of the long-extinct Umbra Witches clan. She's a master of the Bullet Arts, and can use her hair as a conduit to bring forth Infernal Demons. She brings all these skills and more to Smash, where if you hold down the attack button, she'll fire bullets at the enemy. They don't just do damage; they even work as a feint!
- Bayonetta (01/2010)
- : Bayonetta 2 (10/2014)
- Bayonetta (Alt.)
- If you use Bayonetta's side special in midair, she'll do a diagonal kick upward that goes through platforms. If you press down just before doing the move, it'll turn into a downward attack! Plus, if you hit an enemy in midair, you can use the attack again before you hit the ground—great for combos and recoveries!
- If you use Bayonetta's side special in midair, she'll do a diagonal kick upward that even goes through platforms. If you press down just before doing the move, it'll turn into a downward attack! Plus, if you're hit by an enemy, you can use the attack again before you hit the ground—great for combos and recoveries!
- If you use Bayonetta's side special in mid-air, she'll do a diagonal kick upwards that even goes through platforms. If you press down just before doing the move, it'll turn into a downwards attack! Plus, if you hit an enemy in mid-air, you can use the attack again before you hit the ground - great for combos and recoveries!
- Bayonetta (01/2010)
- : Bayonetta 2 (10/2014)
- Bayonetta (Original)
- This Umbra Witch awakens after hundreds of years without any memories of her past life. Usually Bayonetta spends her days pretending to be a nun to lure out angels, until a witch with the same powers as her starts to slowly bring her memories back. She ends up embroiled in a battle to save the world!
- This Umbra Witch awakens after hundreds of years without any memories of her past life. She spends her days with shenanigans like dressing as a nun to lure out angels to fight, until a witch with the same powers as her starts to slowly bring her memories back. As her memories return, she ends up embroiled in a battle to save the world!
- Bayonetta (01/2010)
- A small girl Bayonetta finds wandering the stronghold city of Vigrid with her stuffed toy, Cheshire. For some reason, Cereza is convinced Bayonetta is her "mummy" and wants to be just like her. No human should be able to see angels, but somehow Cereza can...
- A small girl Bayonetta finds wandering the stronghold city of Vigrid with her stuffed toy, Cheshire. For some reason, Cereza is convinced Bayonetta is her "mummy", and wants to be just like her. No human should be able to see angels, but somehow Cereza can...
- Bayonetta (01/2010)
In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
As a playable character
Bayonetta returns in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a playable character, retaining both of her designs based on her appearances in Bayonetta 2 and the original Bayonetta. Unlike Super Smash Bros. 4, she is now available in the base game as an unlockable character. Likely due to her status as a top tier character in the previous installment, Bayonetta was heavily nerfed in her transition to Ultimate (evidenced after MkLeo performed a ladder combo with her in front of Masahiro Sakurai during the Super Smash Bros. Invitational 2018). She now has much more lag on a lot of moves, a slightly less flexible combo game, and shortened reach on her Bullet Arts.
|1,015||Cereza||★||1||Bunny Hood Equipped||Bayonetta Series|
Names in other languages
- Bayonetta is the first character who speaks during:
- Their rapid jab; in English, she says "Get out!", while she simply shouts like other characters in Japanese.
- Their forward throw; she says, "十年早いんだよ! (Ten years too early!)", even in the English versions. Ken also shares this distinction.
- This is a reference to Akira Yuki from the Virtua Fighter series, who frequently says the exact same phrase. The assist trophy in Ultimate even uses that phrase as his disappearing quote.
- A spot dodge; she says "Dreadful." (退屈だわ, Boring.)
- The "Bayonetta (Original)" trophy states that Bayonetta pretends to be a nun in order to lure in angels. However, this is partially incorrect, as the Bayonetta art book reveals that she actually does work as a nun. This is reinforced by her appearance in The Wonderful 101, which lists nun as her occupation and, like the Bayonetta series, was developed by PlatinumGames.
- She is the first third-party character to be female, and one of three along with Kazooie and Alex.
- Bayonetta is one of the only three characters featured in the Super Smash Bros. series to appear in M-rated games, the other two being Snake and Joker.
- However, unlike the other two, who have appeared in games with lower ESRB ratings, she is the only one who appears exclusively in M-rated games apart from The Wonderful 101 and Smash.
- Bayonetta is one of three fighters to use an alias and not a form of their real name, the others being Snake and Joker.
- Bayonetta is the second Sega character to be playable in the Super Smash Bros. series, following Sonic. This makes Bayonetta the second third-party character owned by a company already having one of their characters in the game, following Ryu from Capcom.
- Bayonetta and Min Min are the only sole playable characters from a universe who are female regardless of costume, as while both Wii Fit Trainer and Inkling are also female by default, they have male alternate costumes.
- Super Smash Bros. 4 marks Bayonetta's third playable guest appearance in a video game, with the others being Anarchy Reigns and The Wonderful 101 (as "Wonder-Bayonetta"), both of which were developed by PlatinumGames.
- It is also her second video game appearance in any form alongside various characters from the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise and Akira Yuki of the Virtua Fighter franchise. The first was their mutual appearances as monster cards as part of the SEGA All-Star Pack in the Japan-only game Samurai & Dragons for the PlayStation Vita.
- Excluding Wii Fit Trainer in the PAL regions or when the Switch's regional settings are set to Europe, she and Shulk are the only two fighters with a British accent in the series.
- Bayonetta is the only character to wear glasses in their default costume. The other characters who wear eyewear are alternate costumes: Both Roy and Iggy Koopa wear glasses, but are alternate characters that share Bowser Jr.'s slot; the Inkling's sixth alternate costume grants him glasses; and Joker only wears glasses in his Shujin Academy outfit. Mii Fighters can also wear glasses, but only if they are given a pair in the Mii Maker.
- In the Japanese version of both SSB4 and Ultimate, Bayonetta's 'Witch with No Memories' outfit from the first Bayonetta uses her English voice instead of her Japanese one, referencing the fact the original only had English voice acting when it was first released.
- This also makes her one of the few fighters voiced by a non-Japanese voice actor in all language tracks of Super Smash Bros. games who is not from the Mario universe, with the others being Zero Suit Samus, Lucas, Banjo and Kazooie. However, Bayonetta is a unique case, as she is the only fighter to have both Japanese and English voice clips.
- Bayonetta is the only playable character that can wall cling, but not crawl.
- Bayonetta's Player 2 "A Witch with No Memories" Wii U render is her only official Super Smash Bros. render to not depict her winking. This includes her appearance in the "Everyone is Here" artwork.
- Bayonetta (character) on Bayonetta Wiki
|Fighter||Bayonetta (SSB4 · SSBU)|
|Stage||Umbra Clock Tower|
|Trophies and Spirits||Trophies · Spirits|
|Music||SSB4 · Ultimate|