30 'hidden' references in Bayonetta

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:


  • PatHan-bHai - April 5, 2013 5:30 a.m.

    God Hand..........................ONE FUCKING AWESOME GAME!!!!!
  • Darkhawk - June 21, 2011 11:01 p.m.

    The very first time you visit Paradiso through one of those portals, that entire area is a dead ringer for the River of the Heavens realm in Okami, right down to the location of background objects in the scenery.
  • birddogg62 - December 23, 2010 9:14 a.m.

    6. Rodin, bald space marine is a reference to warhammer 40,000 where most(if not all) space marines are bald.
  • FinderKeeper - December 18, 2010 8:15 p.m.

    References not just to Okami, but to God Hand as well. Clover Studios FTW. YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!
  • senseless - May 10, 2010 6:24 p.m.

    Father Rodin looks similar to The Despair Embodied from DMC2
  • crimsonsoulz - April 3, 2010 4:24 a.m.

    one missed and somewhat obvious reference in bayonetta is the whole angel thing and the song fly me to the moon which is used through out the game during fights, this is a clear reference to Neon Genesis Evangelion.
  • lightwolfj - March 26, 2010 9:37 p.m.

    First things first; no one else noticed that Bayonetta's Pillowtalk is the same as Waka's from Okami? Oh, and to Dante1924, after you clean up Sei-An in Okami, a little girl will ask you to draw her designs. One's a V, which, after drawing it, she yells "Henshin a go-go, baby!" So yeah, there's a reference there. ^^
  • announakis - March 23, 2010 4:14 a.m.

    An awesome reference to Virtua Fighter when you finish a verse with a pure platinum on the punch move. She then says "Juunen Ayaindayo!" this is a quote of Akira Yuki and means "come back in ten years"
  • The_Tingler - February 11, 2010 3:12 a.m.

    That 'Cannon' font doesn't remind me of Metroid as much as it does He-Man:
  • Ollieevil - February 7, 2010 10 p.m.

    Bayonetta is an amazing game but its too easy, I completed it in 1 hour on normal...
  • italiansniper9 - January 30, 2010 10:27 p.m.

    All you people only find references to other video games. What about real life? The French artist Auguste Rodin created his sculpture "The Gates of Hell" or "La Porte de l'Enfer." This is obviously reference to Rodin's Gates of Hell in this game.
  • KazeUdon - January 28, 2010 2:53 a.m.

    Wow, a couple of real obvious references. In the scene where Luka tries to lure Bayonetta with her lipstick and he talks about all the girls that would be hearbroken should he perish he lists. Claire (Resident evil) Trish (DMC) Sylvia(Viewtiful joe) and Ammy (Okami) The whole missile ride is remnicent of Space Harrier. and I cant place it but the music on the "Time to go Vrooom" level is from something Sega, "Hang on" maybe?
  • DVTC - January 25, 2010 9:45 p.m.

    just like d3v above said, I knew that rocket launcher had to do with something,, but had no idea. I saw few and small similarities in the game to other games that are not listed here, but they're a bit small, I don't know if they're worth mentioning it, but anyhow,, 1, As soon as I saw Grace & Glory, they reminded me of Agni & Rudra from DMC 3, instead of wind and fire, it's lightning and fire. 2, I forgot which costume from DMC 3(I think it was the Sparda, Dante's father, could be wrong..), but I know there's one that casts a shadow of a devil. or did Dante usually casted a devil shadow? I don't remember anymore. Bayonetta casts a butterfly shadow. 3, When fighting Jeanne the third time, at the building after riding the missle, there are times when Jeanne goes high-speed thousand punches or kicks on Bayonetta and Bayonetta, the player, has to counter and over come the speed of those punches or kicks, the very same way that God Hand fought Devil Hand, only with less hair. Youtube link of God hand vs Devil hand battle here, watch from 2:09, for 20 seconds of the clip, showing both punch duel and kick duel. That's all I remember so far that was not mentioned here. One thing about Henshin-gogo thing, from what I know, the word "Henshin" is the Japanese word for "Transform", a word used for magical girl like sailor moon, going "Henshin~ (transform~)" spin a couple and clothes change (, so I don't know if that is a direct reference. I think it's just the way of saying is similar. Minor similarity, yet can't ignore it.
  • danielamer - January 24, 2010 2:08 p.m.

    correct me if im wrong but isn't the guy doing LUKA's voice the one that did LUKE's voice in tales of the abyss ?
  • GrandMoffBubbles - January 21, 2010 10:09 p.m.

    I saw that Luka/Assassins Creed thing too. I thought I was imagining things.
  • d3v - January 21, 2010 3:44 p.m.

    Someone at Platinum is a fan of Apolcaypse Now since the rocket launchers (Lt. Col. Kilgore) are named after Robert Duvall's character (Lt. Col. Bill Kilgore) from the movie.
  • nickthegreat - January 18, 2010 7:13 p.m.

    this might be just me but using the key as a sword reminds me of the key blade from the kingdom hearts series
  • jamarr27 - January 18, 2010 6:48 p.m.

    i knew it was biting dmc all along no one ever belives me oh well
  • sixnine - January 18, 2010 9:32 a.m.

    I'm a little shocked! Honestly, no one saw or got the name 'Antonio Redgrave' at the end of the first journal page! Anyone remember the name 'Tony Redgrave' on Dante's gun (either Ebony or Ivory, can't remember). Out of all the DMC references, I would think that would be one of the most obvious.

Showing 1-20 of 54 comments

Join the Discussion
Add a comment (HTML tags are not allowed.)
Characters remaining: 5000