Bayonetta originally debuted on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 back in 2010, and it turned heads with its unique and devilishly amazing hack-and-slash, combo-laden gameplay. Then, Bayonetta 2 somewhat unexpectedly released on Nintendo's now-defunct Wii U in 2014, leaving the doorway open for Nintendo as a publisher to fully embrace the heroine, inviting her to Super Smash Bros. and bringing both Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2 to the Nintendo Switch this month.
The Umbra witch is Nintendo's latest addition to its already strong roster of awesome female characters. She may have arrived in a roundabout way and sure, she isn't a first-party Nintendo creation (we have Platinum Games and Hideki Kamiya to thank for that, but Bayonetta is the cream of the crop and you should absolutely be playing one or both of the games she stars in so you can prepare for the upcoming Bayonetta 3.
But why is she all that and a bag of chips? What sets her apart from the rest of Nintendo's cadre of heroines? Sit back, relax, and let me educate you.
She's unapologetic about her sexuality
Bayonetta is sexy and powerful, and she doesn’t care what you think about that. Whether it’s a crazy yet functional outfit or a provocative pose she’s striking, she owns her sexuality in a way that’s empowering to anyone who watches her blow enemies away. Wielding her Scarborough Fair pistols in both hands and on both feet becomes an enticing show that’s as much dangerous as it is entrancing, unless you're on the receiving end of it, that is. Bayonetta is the "sexy witch" trope come to life, and so much more than that. A strong, intelligent, compassionate, and fearless woman, she also knows she looks good. Hell, I'm still trying to get there myself.
She can use her own hair as a weapon (and clothes)
Bayonetta's hair is not only fierce long or short, it forms the entirety of her outfits and acts as a weapon. But it's more than just tendrils reaching out to grab you. Her hair also contains enormous monsters, boots, and creatures that can devour her enemies. As it unwraps from her body and she unleashes it upon those doomed to face her in battle, Bayonetta is left standing nearly naked (like a goddess, mind you) as her hair does the work and she works that Umbra magic. Yeah, you've had great hair days, but can your hair wrap around you like a bodysuit? Didn't think so.
Her friends are just as awesome as she is
Bayonetta keeps good company, and her best friend and fellow Umbra witch Jeanne is not to be trifled with. Jeanne is every bit as amazing as Bayonetta, with her own stylish personality and set of abilities to rival the only one in the world who could ever best her: Bayonetta herself. They've been friends since childhood, and despite the fact that they were briefly rivals and Jeanne ended up sealing Bayonetta away for while (long story), nothing could ever separate the two.
She'd go to hell and back for someone she loves
Bayonetta 2 is essentially a story about Bayo chasing after her best friend Jeanne into Inferno, which is essentially hell, to retrieve her soul. You remember Hercules going into Hades for Megara's soul? Kind of the same thing, except way cooler and way much more on the line here. When's the last time Zelda ripped Link's soul away from the depths of Inferno? She's got her moments, but come on. Bayonetta is the kind of person who would literally go into hell and return for the people she cares about. And this is just one example of her benevolence. Nothing but respect for my queen.
She's got excellent taste
No one can ever accuse Bayonetta of not being a fashion icon, because she's been through all of Nintendo's greatest hits: Samus, Peach, Fox McCloud, Link, you name it. Not only can she pull those looks off, but she's been a nun, her regular ol' witchy self, a policewoman, gorgeous pink dress, a schoolgirl—the list goes on. Rest assured, however, whatever outfit she chooses, she's workin' it. Maybe she should give Peach some fashion tips in the future if Princess Toadstool ever wants to serve classic gaming couture.