14-16. Movie and TV quotes
Of course, videogames aren’t the only source for Bayonetta’s borrowed one-liners. There’s also this one, which she lets slip in Chapter X:
This, of course, comes from a certain snake-phobic archaeologist in a certain film about lost arks.
More perplexing is this line, which pops up in Chapter VI:
Who knew there were Kevin Smith/90-minute-gay-joke fans at Platinum Games?
Finally, there’s our favorite taunt, which you can activate by holding down the button:
Above: ‘I’ve got a fever, and the only cure is more dead angels!’
Apparently it comes from some obscure sketch-comedy show on which this guy talked about farm animals or something:
Here, you won’t get the full effect unless you watch them all:
17. Luka’s girlfriends
Near the beginning of Chapter V, Bayonetta’s confronted by comic-relief journalist Luka, who practically dares her to kill him. He quickly follows up by giving her reasons not to, though, which include the potentially broken hearts of four women: Claire, Trish, Silvia and Ammy. These are, of course, more than just random names.
This one’s another bout of Capcom references: Claire is Claire Redfield from the Resident Evil series, Trish is from Devil May Cry, and Silvia is Viewtiful Joe’s big-headed girlfriend. Ammy, meanwhile, is a nickname for Amaterasu, the white-wolf heroine of Clover’s Okami.
Above: Ha ha, Luka’s girlfriend is a dog
18. Luka’s lipstick pattern
Speaking of Amaterasu, there’s a moment just before this when Bayonetta – cloaked in the parallel dimension of Purgatorio – uses her lipstick to make Luka look like an idiot.
Above: Not too hard, really
The pattern she draws is pretty clearly inspired by – if not an exact copy of – the red markings around Amaterasu’s face.
19. The flower trail
As per usual, we just can’t let Okami go. Neither can Platinum, though, and they’ve tossed a reference to it into plain sight.
Above: The original had fewer skulls
When Bayonetta turns into her panther form later in the game, you might notice that stunted little flowers spring up wherever she runs. Again, this is straight out of Okami, in which Amaterasu’s every step made plants sprout up and bloom behind her.
20. The Golem
OK, one more Okami reference, and then we promise we’ll shut up about it for the rest of the article.
The Golem boss – a big, hovering sphere that rapidly changes into giant animals and a huge pair of swinging fists – is basically a techno-fied version of Yami, the spheroid final boss from Okami. Except it’s a much bigger pushover.
21. The lava spider
One of the most – if not the most – iconic enemies in Devil May Cry was Phantom, better known as the Giant Lava Spider. While Dante put him down more than once, a monster this cool just can’t be retired forever, and so he makes his return as one of Bayonetta’s summoned demons.
It’s good to see him back in action, and it’s even better to have him on our side for a change – especially considering what a bastard he could be to kill in DMC.
Above: You’re damn right it is
You might rightly argue that one lava-filled spider looks like any others, but our case here is helped by the fact that they more or less have the same name, as proven by this journal entry: