Rodin (ロダン, Rodan) is a supporting character in Bayonetta. He runs a bar called the Gates of Hell, acting as the shop-keep and weapons smith for Bayonetta. With the usage of Golden LPs, magical records found in the Bayonetta series, he can supply her with powerful new weapons.
Rodin is a high-ranking demon who acts as a demonic weaponsmith, forging weapons made from the souls of demons for those capable of wielding them and able to afford them. Once a weaponsmith for Paradiso, he was a high-ranking angel with the Dea status, second only to its ruler Jubileus, The Creator. However, after a failed attempt to take over Paradiso for his own reasons (or perhaps after being falsely accused of doing so by jealous rivals, as his profile in the Hierarchy of Laguna suggests), he was cast from Paradiso to Inferno.
Now one of the most powerful ranking demons in Inferno, he harvests the souls of the fellow damned and fuses them into weapons. He hawks these wares from his bar, the Gates of Hell. Rodin created Bayonetta's signature guns "Scarborough Fair" and "Love is Blue".
In the first game, he has a mostly professional relationship with Bayonetta. He provides her with the weapons she needs to slay angels, and she provides him with halos, the in-game currency. In the second game, he is shown to be far more light-hearted than before; dressing as a street-side Santa during the holiday season, and proclaiming that disbelief in Santa Claus is "sacrilege". He also has a seemingly strong bond with the family of Enzo, Bayonetta's informant.
After Jeanne lost her soul, he uses magic to preserve Jeanne's body on Bayonetta's behalf, proclaiming in secret he hopes she can “create miracles”. After Bayonetta manages to get into Inferno, he claims that if she dies, he would be the first to devour her soul, before fighting alongside her and protecting her from multiple waves of powerful demons. By the end of the game, Rodin is there to celebrate Bayonetta's victory alongside the rest of the main cast, working with Luka to hand out flyers for his bar as the post-holiday season was known for lots of heavy drinkers.
Rodin serves as a secret boss in both Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2; the first game has him using his former angel combat skills, while the second has him use his current demonic powers at full strength. He is also a playable character in the second game’s multiplayer mode, Tag Climax.
As an Assist Trophy
Rodin appears as an Assist Trophy. He is voiced by Dave Fennoy in the English version and Tesshō Genda in the Japanese version and reuses clips from Bayonetta 2. He will say "Let the games begin!" when summoned, and traverses around the stage using abilities similar to Bayonetta's, though significantly stronger.
His attacks consist of:
Before he departs, he will toss a random item (usually a battering item or projectile-firing weapon like the Super Scope) while announcing "Huh! Drink's on the house!". He can be KO'd and will give a point if that happens. If items were turned off, then he will leave the stage without tossing items.
Rodin also appears as two different primary spirits. His spirit can be summoned using the cores of Brewster and Aegislash. Rodin, the Infinite One can only be obtained by enhancing the Rodin spirit at level 99.
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