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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate artwork
|First appearance||Bayonetta (2009)|
|Latest appearance||Bayonetta 3 (2022)|
|Latest portrayal||Hellena Taylor (English) (2009-2018) |
Atsuko Tanaka (Japanese) (2013-present)
- “If you need to learn how to talk to a lady, ask your mum.”
- —Bayonetta, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U
Bayonetta (birth name Cereza) is the main protagonist from the Bayonetta series. She is an Umbra Witch, a member of an ancient clan affiliated with Inferno that practiced dark arts and was sealed away in coffins for 500 years. After being awakened in the present day, she has no memory of her past, and fights against the forces of Paradiso to remember and uncover who she really is.
|Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (downloadable)|
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (downloadable)
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (unlockable)
|Standard: Bullet Climax |
Side: Heel Slide / After Burner Kick
Up: Witch Twist
Down: Witch Time
Final Smash: Infernal Climax
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U
Bayonetta is a downloadable playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, chosen based on the results of the Super Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot, as the top most requested character in Europe, among the top five characters in the United States, and the most requested in the world out of all recognizable character suggestions. This makes her the second character in the Super Smash Bros. series to come from an M-rated series (the first being Solid Snake from the Metal Gear series), and the only female third-party fighter in the Super Smash Bros. series. Also, excluding the female variant of Corrin, Bayonetta is the only female DLC fighter in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. She comes bundled with her own stage, Umbra Clock Tower, and is voiced by her respective voice actresses from Bayonetta: Hellena Taylor in English, and Atsuko Tanaka in Japanese.
Bayonetta's play style is largely focused on combos as in her game of origin, though her moves are generally slow to start. Much like her games of origin, she uses four pistols, two in her hands and two attached to her heels, known collectively as Love is Blue. By holding down the attack button after performing a move, Bayonetta can use her Bullet Arts, in which she briefly fires each of her guns to deal more damage. The bullets do not cause flinching except at close range, can pass through characters, and cannot be reflected (such as with Reflector) or blocked with Link's shield. For her smash attacks, Bayonetta uses her Wicked Weaves, using her hair to summon the limbs of Madama Butterfly to attack. Finally, if the player dodges an attack too late (either rolling, dodging, or air dodging), she instead activates Bat Within, in which she briefly transforms into a swarm of bats to dodge, halving the amount of damage taken.
For her stage entrance, Bayonetta appears from Bat Within, briefly creating the symbol of Umbra magic. Her standard special move is Bullet Climax, in which she rapidly shoots opponents with her guns. She can charge this attack and cancel it by rolling. Her side special, when used on the ground, is Heel Slide, which slides across the ground and, if the player holds the button, can end with a kick into the air. When used in the air, it is After Burner Kick, in which Bayonetta kicks through the air. By default, Bayonetta makes a diagonally upward thrust, but if the player presses down shortly before the move is performed, similar to Ryu's Hadoken input, the thrust goes downward. She can reuse after a double jump. Her up special move is Witch Twist, in which Bayonetta spins up into the air to attack, and it can be used again after a double jump. Her down special is Witch Time, a counter-like move which slows down time around opponents caught by her, drawn from her signature ability in the Bayonetta games; this also activates Bat Within if an opponent attacks her too late after activating. Her Final Smash is Infernal Climax, which starts with Witch Time surrounding the whole stage, and after a meter is filled ends with her summoning Gomorrah to chomp on opponents. Her Final Smash has similar properties to the Danger Zones on some stages; if opponents have accumulated too much damage, they are instantly KO'd.
Bayonetta's taunts involve her dancing, and are the longest of any character in the series. Because of this, they can be canceled at any point.
While Bayonetta's normal appearance is largely based on her design in Bayonetta 2, her design from the original Bayonetta is available as an alternate costume, which also changes some of her visual effects to match her "red" design in that game. In addition, in the Japanese release Hellena Taylor's voice clips are used when using this costume, as the original release of Bayonetta did not have Japanese voice acting. She also has an alternate coloration based on her rival turned ally Jeanne, which also changes the color of her hair when using smash attacks and her Final Smash to white. Thus, Bayonetta is one of two characters in the series to change weapons depending on the costume (using her original guns, Scarborough Fair, rather than Love is Blue for her original design), and is the only character in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U whose visual effects are different depending on the costume.
Bayonetta can be equipped with the Suit and Boots equipment. Oddly, Bayonetta can also use the Zapper equipment, which is designed for characters who originated from a Nintendo Entertainment System game, though in her case, it is most likely to reference her reliance on guns.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Bayonetta reappears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, this time as an unlockable character. Bayonetta runs faster and her Bullet Arts can be angled during certain moves. However, her special moves have generally become weaker and slower, and she is now lighter than Falco and Rosalina. The sounds of her gunshots change slightly depending on the origin of her costume.
In World of Light, Bayonetta is seen when the fighters oppose Galeem for the first time. She attempts to dodge Galeem's beams of light, but is unsuccessful and is turned into a puppet fighter who initially serves Galeem, but is later brought under Dharkon's control. She is fought in Dharkon's side of the Final Battle area alongside Dark Samus and Crazy Hand, and must be awoken to progress the story.
Classic Mode route
Bayonetta's Classic Mode route involving winged characters, representing various enemies from her home series. Unlike most other routes, the Bonus Game in this Classic Mode route takes place between rounds 5 and 6.
|The Requiem of Fallen Wings|
|1||Dark Pit||Umbra Clock Tower||One Of A Kind|
|2||Falco (black costume)||Castle Siege||Tomorrow Is Mine (Bayonetta 2 Theme) (Instrumental)|
|3||Ridley (Mecha Ridley costume)||Reset Bomb Forest||Riders Of The Light|
|4||Giant Charizard (white costume)||Skyloft||Time For The Climax!|
|5||Meta Knight (white costume)||Skyworld||Theme Of Bayonetta - Mysterious Destiny (Instrumental)|
|6||Pit ×6||Let's Hit The Climax!|
|Final||Giant Palutena||Palutena's Temple (Ω)||The Legend Of Aesir|
Profiles and statistics
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U trophies
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
- Pit: Who is THAT?
- Palutena: I have no data on this fighter. I can't believe it!
- Viridi: It must be an intruder from another dimension!
- Pit: Whoever it is, the goal remains the same: to fight and win!
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
- Pit: An Umbra Witch has entered Skyworld! AHHHHH!
- Palutena: Bayonetta. Nemesis of angels. Slaughterer of Centurions. Wearer of questionable outfits.
- Pit: I wonder why Bayonetta hunts angels.
- Palutena: If I had to guess, I'd say she drags them to the underworld so demons can devour their souls...
- Pit: AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
- Pit: Whooooo... OK. But the angels Bayonetta hunts aren't nice angels like me. They're monsters...right?
- Viridi: Angels can take many forms, just as goddesses can.
- Viridi: Take Palutena for instance... Her current appearance is something humans can comprehend, but it's not her true form.
- Palutena: You're one to talk, Viridi.
- Viridi and Palutena: Hahahaha! Hahahaha!
- Pit: HAHAHAHA! Fighting...tips...PLEASE?!
- Viridi: Ugh. If you get caught in one of her combos, just...like...wiggle around or something.
- Bayonetta is one of the last of the near-extinct Umbra Witches clan. She's a master of the Bullet Arts, can use her hair as a conduit to bring forth Infernal Demons, and ends up embroiled in a battle to save the world.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Super Smash Blog bio
- An Umbra Witch who equips guns on her arms and legs, Bayonetta has mastered the beautiful but brutal Bullet Arts fighting style. She can even slow down her opponents with Witch Time!
- "New 'do, dead you."
- "That all you got?"
- "You're making it easy."
- "Don't make me beg!"
- "Miss me, baby?"
- "Get out!"
- "See you!"
- "So close."
Bayonetta in her outfit from the first Bayonetta in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Bayonetta's Princess Peach costume in Bayonetta
Bayonetta with the Chain Chomp weapon in Bayonetta 2
Names in other languages
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|(This transliteration is not used for in-game texts in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)|
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- Before her appearance in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, Bayonetta already had Mario references in Bayonetta 2 and the Wii U port of Bayonetta:
- She could don outfits based upon Peach's and Daisy's signature dresses, with Mario and Luigi dolls attached respectively, which give her the ability to summon Bowser for Wicked Weave attacks (although only his limbs were shown; Bowser's voice can also be heard) and cause defeated enemies to drop coins rather than halos.
- In Bayonetta 2, she could wield a Chain Chomp as a weapon and don Mario's hat (albeit with a "B" instead of Mario's "M") when using an Umbran Elegance with the Chain Chomp, even saying, "Mama-mia!" when taunting. Her friend Jeanne could also wield the Chain Chomp, but instead gains Luigi's hat (with a "J" instead of an "L").
- For her forward throw, Bayonetta uses the Tetsuzanko (Akira Yuki's signature move). While performing it, there is a chance she will say his catch phrase "Jū'nen hayai'n da yo!" (「十年早いんだよォ！」; "You are ten years too early!"), even in the English version.
- According to Masahiro Sakurai, Bayonetta, along with Palutena, was considered to be the starter character for the World of Light; they were ultimately dropped for Kirby due to him being more beginner-friendly, and the fact that their presence would be implausible due to other similar entities from their home series not surviving Galeem's attack.
- Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U - Final Video Presentation
- SG (November 28, 2018). Sakurai Discusses The World of Light and Smash Ultimate. Source Gaming. Retrieved April 5, 2020.