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Bayonetta (birth-name Cereza) is the main protagonist from the Bayonetta series developed by PlatinumGames and owned by Sega. She is an Umbra Witch, an ancient clan affiliated with Inferno that practiced dark arts, that was sealed away in a coffin 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. Bayonetta appears as a downloadable character in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / 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 realizable 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.
Her neutral special move is Bullet Climax, in which she rapidly fires her guns as opponents. 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 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 NES titles, though in her case it's probably to reference her reliance on guns.
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Bayonetta shares the stock conversation with the game's other downloadable characters.
Names in other languages