Rodin

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Rodin
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Official artwork of Rodin from Bayonetta 2.
Universe Bayonetta
Debut Bayonetta (2009)
Smash Bros. appearances SSB4
Ultimate
Most recent non-Smash appearance Bayonetta 2 (2018, Nintendo Switch)
Console of origin PlayStation 3,
Xbox 360
Species Demon (Fallen Angel)
Gender Male
Place of origin Paradiso
English voice actor Dave Fennoy
Japanese voice actor Tesshō Genda

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.

Origin[edit]

Rodin offers Bayonetta a drink in the Gates of Hell in Bayonetta.

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, made from a special demonic alloy that “the Devil himself would do anything to get his hands on”. He had the gemstones embedded into the chambers of each gun, which house the spirits of demonic fairies from Hell. Through their magic, each gun contains an infinite number of automatically loading magical bullets.

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.

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Rodin appears as a trophy. The trophy is automatically collected when Bayonetta is downloaded.

Rodin
This shady figure owns the Gates of Hell bar and runs a side business in mysterious objects and powerful weaponry made from the souls of demons. He's known for being a talented gunsmith and counts Bayonetta as a loyal customer, but it's said that if any human uses his wares, they'll suffer a terrible fate...
Bayonetta (01/2010)
Wii U Logo.svg: Bayonetta 2 (10/2014)

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Rodin gave Bayonetta her name. He summons a giant arm and unleashes a powerful blow, and sometimes he'll even give you a powerful weapon as he leaves.
Super Smash Blog, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Official Site

As an Assist Trophy[edit]

Rodin as an Assist Trophy in Ultimate.

Rodin appears as an Assist Trophy. He uses his own version of the Wicked Weaves and After-Burner Kick, as well as generating random items and tossing them to those who summoned him. If items were turned off, then he will leave the stage without tossing items. He reuses voice clips from Bayonetta 2.

Spirits[edit]

No. Image Name Type Class Ability Series
1,012
Rodin SSBU.png
Rodin Attack ★★★ Can Be Enhanced at Lv. 99 Bayonetta Series
1,013
Rodin Infinite.png
Rodin, the Infinite One Attack ★★★★ Critical-Health Attack ↑ Bayonetta Series

Gallery[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • In the Nintendo Switch version of Bayonetta 2, players are capable of scanning 32 amiibo per day from any supported series in Rodin's shop, with him claiming she has a package from someone. Depending on the series of amiibo, he will make a comment about the location the package is from. If a SSB4 amiibo is scanned, he claims Bayonetta has a package from her "fight club", and then asks her that she take him with her the next time she's invited.
    • The Bayonetta 2 port for Nintendo Switch came out before Ultimate was revealed, making this chronologically fitting.
  • Oddly, the blog post for Rodin has "63: BAYONETTA" as one of the tags, which are normally reserved for the fighters themselves.

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