"I've got a fever, and the only cure is more dead angels!"
Article by: Polo
Pictured from: Bayonetta
Created by: Platinum Games
First appearance: 2009
Bayonetta is an Umbra Witch, a commander of dark powers thanks to the pact she and her kind have made with demons from Inferno (hell). When battling the relentless swarms of angels from Paradiso (heaven) and other deadly opponents, the lady in black displays the full scope of her strength, agility, and combat tactics with an almost sexual lust.
Not content to wield just two guns, Bayonetta has extra firearms attached to her heels, which allows her to shoot in any direction no matter her position. Up close, the witch cuts down her enemies using various melee weapons, from swords to claws to whips, plus anything her fallen antagonists may leave behind. Sometimes, when dodging an attack at the last instant, Bayonetta can activate Witch Time, a brief moment that slows everything around her to a near halt and gives her a chance to deliver swift counterattacks. In a nod to actual witch lore, Bayonetta's hair is the source of her power, and it whips out around her whenever she casts a spell to summon Inferno demons, giant fists, or boots to finish off her enemies. Simply put, this Umbra Witch is a one-woman army.
Beyond the hell she raises, Bayonetta seeks answers to her past. Having awoken from a coffin after a 500-year-long slumber, the witch finds her memories have become hazy, the reasons for being sealed away forgotten. Recurrent flashbacks haunt her as she advances across Europe, and friends, rivals, and individuals more mysterious than herself play a hand in testing and sharpening her memories and skills. A lot can happen in five centuries, and with no telling what occurred during her absence, Bayonetta progresses while keeping her wits about her and her battle capabilities at the ready.
Selected game appearances
- Bayonetta (2009)
- Anarchy Reigns (2012)
- Bayonetta 2 (2014)
- Bayonetta Wiki - "Bayonetta (character)"
- Wikipedia - "Bayonetta"
- Platinum Games - "Designing Bayonetta by Mari Shimazaki"
- Bayonetta: The Perfect Witch Guide
- Bayonetta instruction manual