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Official artworks of Bayonetta from Bayonetta 2 and Bayonetta.
Universe Bayonetta
Debut Bayonetta (2009)
Smash Bros. appearances SSB4
Most recent non-Smash appearance Bayonetta 2 (2018, Nintendo Switch)
Console of origin PlayStation 3,
Xbox 360
Species Human
Gender Female
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 Wii U-exclusive sequel Bayonetta 2, as well as the film adaptation of the first game Bayonetta: Bloody Fate.

Character description[edit]

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 their souls upon dying. Bayonetta is bound to the mighty Madama Butterfly, whose arms, legs, and even head are summoned during battle. She fights angels from Paradiso on a regular basis, working as a Nun as a way to locate them. She spends most of her time in the world between the human world, Inferno, and Paradiso called Purgatorio, where she and anyone else inside said world appear invisible to humans, though the environment is shared between the two. Using various weapons forged by the weapon smith/bartender Rodin, Bayonetta faces various members of the Laguna, her friend and rival Jeanne, and even the very demons she summons.

Personality wise Bayonetta is strong willed, determined, cocky, flirtatious, snarky, and has an endless supply of sarcastic come-backs for anything and everything thrown at her. Despite being a witch, and using the powers of Inferno to kill angels, Bayonetta's moral compass is as straight as an arrow. She has a soft spot when it comes to interacting with children. Upon meeting characters such as Cereza and Loki she initially acts like she doesn't care about them, treating them as an annoyance. However it does not take long for her to grow attached to said children, and begins fondly referring to them as "Little One", and will start going out of her way to make sure either child is safe regardless of the situation. Also being indirectly responsible for the murder of Luka's father when he was a small child, Bayonetta made it a point to always check up on him as he grew up, even going so far as to give him the nickname "Cheshire", after her favorite doll she had as a child.

She is also very loyal to those she cares about. In the second game, Jeanne's soul is stolen away as a result of one of Bayonetta's demons turning on her. Bayonetta was determined enough to save Jeanne that she would physically enter Inferno in order to save her friends soul. Despite the relationship between Rodin and Bayonetta being stated to only be a professional one, Rodin does have a soft spot for Bayonetta, just as she does for him, seeing each other as comrades and friends.

Bayonetta has a strong distaste for enemies who talk for long periods of time. When enemies who, in general campy fashion, go into tangents and begin giving speeches before fights, she is shown to be very irritated. Rubbing her temples, groaning, rolling her eyes, and even pacing around if there is room to do so. If these speeches go on for far too long, she will interrupt them by ether giving off an insulting snarky retort, or out right assaulting them in order to get them to shut up with either gun shots, or flinging parts of the surrounding terrain at them.

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

As a playable character[edit]

Main article: Bayonetta (SSB4)
Bayonetta in Super Smash Bros. 4.

Bayonetta appears as a newcomer in Super Smash Bros. 4, and is the seventh and final downloadable character announced, as well as 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 off of her redesign for Bayonetta 2, while four of her alternate costumes are based off 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 placed 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.


North America 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!
Europe 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)
Wii U Logo.svg: 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!
Bayonetta (01/2010)
Wii U Logo.svg: Bayonetta 2 (10/2014)
Bayonetta (Original)
North America 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.
Europe 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, Chesire. 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)

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

As a playable character[edit]

Main article: Bayonetta (SSBU)
Official artwork of Bayonetta in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Bayonetta returns in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a playable character, She retains her alternate costume based off her appearance from her franchise's first entry. Unlike Smash 4, she is available in the base game as a unlockable character.




  • The "Bayonetta (Original)" trophy states that Bayonetta pretends to be a nun in order to lure in angels. However, this is 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.
  • Bayonetta is one of four characters featured in the Super Smash Bros. series to appear in M-rated games, the other three being Snake, Simon, and Joker.
    • However, unlike all three of them who have appeared in games with lower ESRB ratings, she is the only one to only appear in M-Rated games outside of Smash.
  • Bayonetta is one of three fighters to use an alias and not a form of their real name, the other two being Snake and Joker.
  • Bayonetta is the only female third-party character in the Super Smash Bros. series.
    • She is also 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.
  • 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.
  • Bayonetta, Dark Samus, Wii Fit Trainer, and Inkling are the only characters to have never appeared on a handheld outside of Smash, although if the Nintendo Switch is counted as a handheld console, Bayonetta and Inkling do not hold this distinction.
  • Excluding Wii Fit Trainer in the PAL regions or when the Switch's region settings is set to Europe, she and Shulk are the only two British accented characters in the series.
  • Bayonetta is the only character to wear glasses in her default costume. The other characters who wear eyewear are alternate costumes: Iggy the Koopaling wears glasses but is an alternate costume for Bowser Jr., while the Inkling's 6th alternate costume grants him glasses. 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 first released.
  • Bayonetta is the only playable character that can wall cling, but not crawl.

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