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Balder

Balder

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Balder, the Tyrant Sage
Biographical Information
Real Name Balder
Alias Masked Lumen, Tyrant Sage, Father Balder
Gender Male
Born October 25, 1379, Vigrid
Race Human
Clan Lumen Sages Logo B Lumen Sages
Family Rosa - Wife
Cereza/Bayonetta - Daughter
Occupations Formerly; CEO of Ithavoll Group
Affiliations Formerly; Ithavoll Group, Loptr
Physical Information
Eye Color Silvery Blue
Hair Color Creamy White
Magical Abilities
Pact with Angels of Paradiso
Weapon(s) Holy Glaive, Magic
Animal Forms Wolf
We may not see our next step, we may stumble, we may fall off the path. But we always move forward! That is the power of man! Bayonetta, shall we illustrate?

–Balder to Aesir

Balder (known as the Masked Lumen) was the the main antagonist of Bayonetta and a major character in Bayonetta 2. He is the father of the game's titular protagonist and his past self acts as Bayonetta's rival.

Being the bearer of the Right Eye, Balder was a noteworthy member among the Lumen Sages who brought upon the Clan Wars five hundred years ago when he and his wife, Rosa, conceived a child and broke a scared law among both the Lumen Sages and the Umbra Witches, facing exile and being known as the lone survivor of his clan. He was falsely believed to be one to have started the Witch Hunts after the war.[1]

In the present day, Balder is the CEO of the Ithavoll Group, having become evil after trapping the soul of Aesir[2], and conspires to revive the dea, Jubileus, and awaken his daughter's Left Eye to remake the reality in his own image.[1]

Balders acts as the penultimate boss in Bayonetta and one of the bosses in Bayonetta 2. He is also a playable character in Tag Climax.

Heiarchy of Laguna

Bayonetta

A tyrant of a man , motivated purely by self interest, who 500 years ago incited the witch hunts, annihilating not only the Umbra Witches, but also his fellow Sages. Balder also used his magical abilities to take control of the captured Jeanne. Named after the Norse God of Light, Balder showed promise in becoming a powerful Lumen Sage; however, he broke his clan's one unbreakable tenet of faith, consorting with an Umbra Witch, begetting a child. It was all a ruse to take possession of The Eyes of the World, the overseers of history that had previously been equally divided amongst the clans. During the following 500 years, Balder gathered the devotion of his pious followers. Now his ambitions has reached their climax, placing the last remaining Sage on the cusp of a universe anew, as he and Bayonetta, bearing his own very blood, become the Eyes of the World to resurrect Jubileus, the Creator, and unify the Trinity of Realities. Their fate nearly decided; who will truly see it through to the very end?[3]

Bayonetta 2

Masked Lumen

According to Vigird Chronicles of Avenllanedo, the 500-year struggle between the Umbra and the Lumen ended with the defeat of the last remaining sage at the hands of two Umbra Witches. Yet, as if to mock these records, a masked man appeared before Bayonetta with the power of heavens and the swiftness of light. The Lumen had not perished.[4]
Balder
A bright light seeps through, the mask's crack. It is a light unlike anything else found on Earth--the light of the Right Eye. Long ago, a tyrranical man was said to have led the Umbra Witches and Lumen Sages to their demise. Legends claim he killed his wife, sabotaged his daughter, and decived the people, all for the sake of building a new universe with the Eyes of the World. He was said to have achieved an omniscience almost equal to that of a god. How this main came to obtain this ambition remains unknown, yet a glimpse of the truth can be seen in the fragment of history the Prophet revealed to Bayonetta. A young man had been called from the Vigird of 500 years past to modern day. In his hands he held a weapon ready to strike at his enemy. His name is Balder. Later, he would have been known as the Tyrant Sage. In the Prophet's vision,however, he seems only lost in rage, seeking revenger for the death of his wife, Rosa.[5]

Personality

Appearance

Past

His true appearance is that of a attractive, young man with long, creamy white hair and silvery blue eyes. Possessing a light skin complexion, he usually also dons a monocle on his left eye.[2]

As the Masked Lumen, he dons a polished, golden mask in the shape of a stylized sun with nine circular indentations arrayed symmetrically across it. In addition to this, the Masked Lumen wears a white robe lined with gold patterns and red, diamond-shaped patterns that extend into a chain of sorts near his legs and down his sides. Gold, metallic rings appear at the base of the Masked Lumen's arms, and white boots made from leather with golden-tipped toes cover his feet. In his battle form, he appears much the same with the exception of an excess amount of peacock fathers adored around the backside of his robes. [2]

After his descent to evil from trapping the soul of a newly made Aesir without his good will, his attire changes slightly. Now adorned with peacock-like spikes behinds his back, he dons a new monocle in which appears similar to a mask that covers the left side of his face.[2]

Present

Father Balder has pale skin with a bluish tint. He wears a white robe and coat that are covered in gold patterns; a gold mask covers the left side of Father Balder's face. The corrupt Lumen Sage wears a monocle over his left eye, and a peacock is draped over his shoulders. The bird's feathers arch around the antagonist's neck.

During battle, Father Balder abandons his coat, and the gold patterns on his robe glow blue. Father Balder sprouts wings comprised of several peacock tail feathers, as well; in which the circle on Balder's chest held Cereza's body to allow her to continually witness Bayonetta as part of his plan. It is said that Balder's combative appearance was inspired by Father Rodin's angelic form.

History

Born into the Lumen Sages clan, Balder was named after the Norse god of light and showed promise in become a powerful sage. At some point, he would fall in love with Rosa and despite their sacred laws, married one another.[1]

Lumen Sages

Balder and Rosa receiving their punishment.

Together with his wife, Rosa, Balder conceived a daughter and named her Cereza. This act broke the tenet that was believed to have kept the delicate balance between the Umbra Witches and Lumen Sages in place. As punishment for his actions, Balder was exiled from his clan while Rosa was imprisoned as a results. Their actions led to the Clan Wars, with the Umbra Witches emerging victorious and most of the Lumen, save for Balder, killed.[1]

Balder and Rosa as they confront Fortitudio

Balder with Rosa confronting Fortitudio.

Approximately twenty years[6] after the Clan Wars, he was told by the light of a planned 'rebellion' by the Umbra Witches now that the Lumen were no longer able to keep them in check. He agreed to head to Vigrid to make sure this didn't happen and help enact the Witch Hunts with belief of stopping their rebellion. However, while in Vigrid with Rosa, he learned of the deception told to him by Fortitudo, who expressed the desire to eliminate both the Sages and Witches to reclaim the Eyes of the World from their grasp. As he prepared to help a dying Rosa, a mysterious boy with silver hair attempted to kill Balder, but his wife intercepted the attack and was struck down instead. With her dying breath, Rosa begged Balder to watch over and protect their daughter.[2]

While grief-stricken, Balder was snatched away by a mysterious power and is taken 500 years into the future.[2]

Story

Bayonetta 2 (Past)

Loptr and Balder watch Loki and Bayonetta from a projection

Balder watches a projection from Loptr.

Five-hundred years in the future, Balder found himself atop the sacred mountain Fimbulventr. Here, he met a man who calls himself the Prohpet, who claimed to have known who killed Rosa, not privy to himself being manipulated. He uses his powers to track Loki, whom had met the Umbra Witch known as Bayonetta. Fooled into believing Loki is the one who killed Rosa, he believes to recognize him from the Prophet's projection and travels to Noatun in order to kill him.[2]

Finding Loki in Noatun, he then proceeds to attack the boy. Loki is rescued from his attacker by Bayonetta; the Umbra Witch is shocked to discover that the enigmatic individual is a Lumen Sage, for she thought they had gone extinct when Father Balder perished mere months ago as a result of her actions. Unknown to his true identity, he is designated as the "Masked Lumen" and battle. As they are evenly matched, the Masked Lumen's first battle with Bayonetta ends in a draw.[2]

Masked Lumen (Balder) revealed to have the Right Eye

Balder, as the Masked Lumen, possessing the Right Eye.

The Masked Lumen appears before Bayonetta once again within the demon Insidious; he attempts to kill Loki once again when he sees that the boy has been incapacitated but is intercepted by Bayonetta once more. While they battle, Bayonetta notices a lipstick container hanging around the Lumen Sage's neck. When Loki awakens, the boy uses a card to damage his pursuer's mask. The Masked Lumen is revealed to be in possession of the Right Eye; before the man can do anything else, Insidious explodes as a result of his second clash with Bayonetta.[2]

At the real Gates of Hell, the Balder returns with an spiritual projection of Loptr at his side. He removes his mask and reveals his face to Loki to remind the boy of his crimes. Meanwhile, Loptr uses the Remembrance of Time to show Bayonetta that the Masked Lumen is truly a younger version of her father, Balder, and learns that Balder was not truly the one responsible for the start of the Witch Hunts. When Loki opens the Gates of Hell and escapes to Inferno with Bayonetta, Balder follows.[2]

Balder as he fights Bayonetta

Balder and Bayonetta battle for the third time.

In Inferno, Balder makes another attempt at killing Loki, only for him to be saved once more by Bayonetta. Balder grows irritated at her repeated intrusions in his quest to killing Loki, shattering his mask and make one final attempt to permanently kill the Umbra Witch and proclaims that as a Lumen Sage, he will kill Loki. Gaining the upper-hand in their fight, Loki is overtaken by a mysterious power and accidentally sends them both to the past 500 years ago.[2]

Balder revisits the moment of Rosa's demise for the final time

Balder revisits the moment of Rosa's death for the final time.

It is back in the past that the Balder realizes he has been deceived. Revisiting the moment in which Rosa is critically injured, this time directly by Loptr, he shares his last minutes with her. As Bayonetta pleads Balder to return to her present time, Rosa tells Balder to protect their daughter as she will awaken her power as the Left Eye before dying in his arms away. Accepting her death, he travels back to Bayonetta's present time to stop Loptr's quest from obtaining Loki and the Eyes of the World.[2]
Balder forms a temporary truce with Bayonetta; he travels on top of a jet with her and Jeanne at mach speed to the top of Fimbulventr in order to stop Loptr from realizing his plan to once again become the God of Chaos, Aesir. Along the way, the sage is curious about Bayonetta's knowledge of his true name and finds that both angels and demons have seem to have formed an alliance. He helps Bayonetta slay the obstacles in their wake, reaching Fimbulventr.[2]

Loptr steals the Right Eye from Balder

Loptr steals Balder's Right Eye.

At Fimbulventr, Balder and Bayonetta witness Loptr moments away from stealing his Soverign Power. Loptr speaks to Balder, seemingly adhering to his "promise" and gives him the opportunity to finally kill Loki. Instead, Balder strikes Loptr, aware of his attempted deception. As Loptr attempts to strike down Bayonetta as she goes to Loki's rescue, Balder intercepts his attacks and is render incapacitated as a result. He awakens a short time later, his Right Eye stolen by Loptr after he steals the Sovereign Power within Loki.[2]

After Loptr succeeds in stealing the Left Eye, he is remade into his complete beings (albeit without his good half), Aesir. As he states that human free will being a joke and proceeds to finish off Bayonetta, Balder interrupts and states that humans don't need any sort of being to obey. Despite Aesir's protest on humanity's free will on account of their feat of causing confusion and turmoil, he delivers an ultimatum that the power of man involves the ability to move forward no matter what. Both Bayonetta and Witch battle Aesir. During the battle, Loki destroys the Eyes of the World with his trump card, the power of "nothingness", or ability to destroy anything.[2]

Balder shares one last tender moment with Bayonetta

Balder's last moment with the future version of Bayonetta.

Balder and Bayonetta finish him off by summoning Omne to deliver the final blow, the being performing a dropkick powerful enough to seperate his soul from his body. Aesir's soul attempts to use its remaining power to return to the spirit realm so that it can be reborn in a new era; Balder traps the entity within himself in order to prevent this. Content with his sacrifice, Balder ignores Loki's warning that he will soon be corrupted. Balder refers to Bayonetta as "Cereza" and reveals that he had figured out that she was his daughter. The Lumen Sage makes Bayonetta promise to stop him if he strays from his chosen path; he asks that the Umbra Witch refer to him just once as "Daddy." Bayonetta obliges. Balder promises he will watch over his daughter and is sent back to his own time.[2]

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A corrupted Balder dons a new mask.

Having been corrupted by the influence of Aesir's soul that is trapped within his , the experience causes Balder to become evil. He then damages Crescent Valley by impaling a spear through the statue of a witch and dons a new mask. From that point on, he continued on with the Witch Hunts.[2]

Events between Bayonetta 2 (Past) & Bayonetta

As a result of the Witch Hunts, all but two of the Umbra Witches are declared dead. Balder then founded what was known as the Ithavoll Group at some point, starting out as a medium sized IT company and expanded it's business base to become one of the world's leading conglomerates. With the construction of Isla Del Sol, the rapid expansion of his organization, and the taking advantage of the worship of the Laguna by the people of Vigrid, he effectively bends the entire city-state to his will and control. With this, he plots to one day resurrect Jubileus and remake reality with Paradiso in control.[1]

Desiring to find his sealed daughter, he hires Antonio Redgrave and has him work to uncover the location of his daughter. However, Antonio begins spreading rumors concerning the nature of the Ithavoll Group and it's CEO. Balder intentionally begins leaking information regarding himself to the journalist, aware that Antonio has been spreading rumors in an attempt to uncover the truth and as a warning to his extent of his power and influence. Antonio succeeds in tracking down the location in which his daughter, Cereza, was sealed away. Promptly after she awakened, he sends angels to kill Antonio.[1]

Twenty years after his daughter's return from her sealed slumber, Balder and his forces later track down one of the surviving Umbra Witches, Jeanne. Capturing her, he then subjects her to mental reprogramming with his magical abilities in order to help Cereza, now going by the name Bayonetta, recover from her amnesia and awaken the power of the Left Eye of Darkness.[1]

Bayonetta

When Bayonetta finally reaches the Isla Del Sol, Father Balder reveals his daughter's parentage and Cereza's true identity. Father Balder tells Bayonetta of his plan to awaken the Left Eye; when Luka appears before him, the corrupt Lumen Sage states that he was truly the one who caused Antonio Redgrave's death. Father Balder throws Luka out a nearby window; he fuses with Cereza and fights Bayonetta as they fall from the Ithavoll Building. Bayonetta shoots Father Balder in the forehead with Rosa's lipstick, seemingly killing the man.

After she returns Cereza to her own time, Bayonetta is overcome with pain and Father Balder reveals that he survived his daughter's attack. The corrupt Lumen Sage explains that the Left Eye's power was reawakened after Bayonetta's memories returned; he ascends with his daughter up to the statue of Jubileus and launches it into outer space. Father Balder and Bayonetta become Jubileus' eyes, but the liberated Jeanne frees her Umbran sister in order to destroy the resurrected deity. Father Balder is seemingly killed once again when Jubileus absorbs him into her body.

Bayonetta: Bloody Fate

Father Balder seeks to recreate reality as a result of the madness that gripped his soul after he was exiled from his clan. As the bullet coming toward him, Balder sees the hallucination of Rosa and she said to him that she still loves him despite what have he done. The corrupt Lumen Sage is killed after the combined power of Bayonetta and Jeanne causes the body of Jubileus The Creator to disintegrate and his last word is "Rosa".

Bayonetta 2 (Present)

Following the destruction of Jubileus, The Creator, Father Balder is revealed to have survived the deity's battle with Bayonetta. The last Lumen Sage struggles to contain the soul of Aesir within himself; in his last moments, free of Aesir's corruption, Balder puts on his monocle and falls to the ground. He thanks Bayonetta for keeping her promise to him and vows that he will always watch over her. Balder then happily fades away in a burst of golden light, taking Aesir with him into the afterlife. After his death, the right eye of light was lost from the world forever and the Lumen Sages are now extinct.

Abilities

Physical

In his younger years, Balder was an extremely powerful foe; his skills rival those of Bayonetta herself in the present time. Throughout their altercations, he held his own with his daughter and was one of the few opponents Bayonetta didn't have a clear victory with. Possessing superhuman strength, stamina, agility, and durability, he is a skilled sword and staff wielder. He also proved superior in fighting skill to Loki. Although little is seen, he has some skill in hand-to-hand combat as he uses kicks within his style. Perhaps his best asset is his speed. He is capable of appearing to his foes at the blink of an eye and moving in such speeds that he creates afterimages of himself. During his first fight with Bayonetta, he was able to throw his glaive and outpace it after being thrown and appeared behind the witch to catch his weapon.[2]

In the present day, he was still formidable fighter. he although he doesn't possess the same speed he had in his youth, he was still a physically powerful opponent. He was able to snap the neck of Gomorrah with incredible ease, backhand a large satellite. He was also very durable in the present day, able to survive an attempt of being devoured by Gamorrah and the colliding of a building and later a satellite towards himself. Despite this, however, his daughter proved to be a superior opponent [1]

Magic

Balder Wings Model

Balder when he dons his peackock appearance to use magic.

Balder was noteworthy within his clan in becoming a powerful Sage.[7] As a Lumen Sage, he has vast ability in the usage of magic. In some instances when using almost exclusively magic, he wings in which resembles a peacock.[2]

He is proficient in known Lumen Sages techniques such as Light Speed, a technique in which he stops time altogether, and Beast Within technique, in which he assumes his "Wolf Within" form, taking the form of a white wolf.[2]

He also displays powerful varying magics; he can create multiple celestial fireballs or spheres of lighting, call down a ray of light, create lava from the ground, levitation to achieve flight, create harden rays of light similar to that of a sword, a shield, and healing. He also was capable of sealing, having taken the soul of Loptr into his own body and proved sufficient enough to seal him for the rest of his life, despite the risks.[2]

In his older years, he grew proficient enough to be capable of mentally reprogramming people as powerful as the Umbra Witch, Jeanne, and once merge the younger version of Cereza to his body.[1] In Bloody Fate, he explained that he was capable of creating a portal through space-time distortion from the influence of the impending resurrection of Jubileus to bring back the Cereza of the past, showcasing a greater ability of time manipulation.[8]

Right Eye of Light

A treasure of the Lumen Sages, Balder later inherited one of the Eyes of the World given to the Lumen Sages by Aesir long ago. With both Eyes, those who wield them could alter reality.[1] Alone, however, their power wasn't as great.[2] In his older years, Balder was capable of using the Right Eye of Light proficiently. He was capable of easily destroyed the moon with a powerful ray of energy.[1] He was also said to have achieved a level of omniscience close to that of a god[9], although he is not all-knowing.[1]

Summoning

As a Lumen Sage, he is seen capable of summoning various angels at his beckoning, summoning either using the peacock feathers in his wings as a conduit or a snap of a finger. He is capable of summoning the Auditio, whom are among the highest ranking of the angels.[2]:

Due to the father/daughter bond between that of himself and Bayonetta as well as their affiliation with the respective light and dark powers, both of them were capable of summoning the omniscient being, Omne.[2] In Bloody Fate, Balder was also capable of bring forth Jubileus after having his daughter awaken her Left Eye. After being separated, he was then capable of healing her body and taking control of Jubileus.[8]

Equipment

  • Peacock Feathers: Balder's range weapon of choice is magic peacock feathers that acts as knife-like weaponry. He can create many of these using his magic in addition and surround his opponents with them.[2]
  • Battle Robes: Balder wore a battle robe in his youth weaved in divine thread capable of warding off evil. These robes also came with a mask that help him focus on a singular target.[2]
  • Holy Glaive: Balder in his younger years wielded a glaive in which was capable of split into two weapons or combined to act similarly to a staff. He also used his magic to teleport and enlarge it's size towards his enemies.[2]

Quotes

Bayonetta

  • "My name is Balder. But if you so choose, you may address me as… Father."
  • "The Trinity of Realities wrapped up in a vortex of creation!"
  • "My, oh my…"
  • "The time has come to awaken the Eyes of the World."
  • "May Jubileus, The Creator, grace you!"
  • "Fear not, my child, for no harm will come to you. I'm always watching over you… My dear, sweet child."

Bayonetta: Bloody Fate

  • "I'm waiting, dear daughter."
  • "I've waiting for 500 years to come."
  • "The girl will find her way here in the end."
  • "Her path is predestined. And I'll tell you why."
  • "I understand the rules of the three worlds. I see it all.
  • "Our actions will help in the reconstruction of the supreme world."
  • "You're wrong. The world is already in chaos."
  • "My daughter and I must become the eyes of the world. And unless the three world merged as one, there will be no true order, no true peace."
  • "You don't have capacity to understand."
  • "Yet you cannot distance yourself from me.
  • "The angels work hard for me."
  • "You too, Jeanne."
  • "I've waited for 500 years."
  • "You must be looking forward to seeing her again."
  • Everything we do is to prepare for the coming of the Creator, Jubileus."
  • "The creation of a new world draw close."
  • "Awaken, dear daughter!"
  • "Yes... come here."
  • "If you're a good girl. Mummy will come for you."
  • "You can wait on your own?"
  • "I've been waiting for 500 years... ...for the chance to purge the chaotic worlds......of heaven, hell and human world...With the resurrection of Jubileus, the three worlds will become void and be reborn."
  • "Cereza, You and I will become gods of this new world!"
  • "What have you done? What have you done!! What have you done!! What have you done!!"
  • "My dear daughter, Cereza. How dare you turn a sword on me? I won't have it!"
  • Transform the world... There's still time. Open your eyes, Cereza."
  • "Such nonsense. The creation of the new world will bring true salvation."
  • You struggle in vain!"
  • "Daughter......this lowly world torn Rosa and I apart. The world must be transformed. It must be!"
  • "Rosa..."
  • "Rosa..." (last words)

Bayonetta 2

  • "Where is she?"
  • "Then this will be all the easier."
  • "Umbra Witch…or shall I call you Bayonetta?"
  • "Your impudence will cost you your life, Witch!
  • "Very well then, Bayonetta. You shall be the first Umbra Witch to die at my hands! I swear it on my honour as a Lumen Sage."
  • "Why must you keep interfering!?"
  • "He will not be forgiven! He will never be forgiven! On my soul as a Lumen, he will draw his last breath before me!"
  • "We may not see our next step, we may stumble, we may fall off the path. But we always move forward! That is the power of man!'"
  • "What's wrong can be made right through human hands!"
  • "Cereza... Just one time, call me... Daddy..."
  • "Thank you... Cereza... My dear, sweet child..."
  • "You will not escape this fate! We will perish together!"
  • "My dear, sweet child… At last, you have fulfilled your promise to me… Fear not, for I am always watching over you…" (last words before his death)

Taunts

  • "Are you frightened?"
  • "Face me anytime."
  • "The power of the Sage is infinite!"
  • "You have no chance here!"
  • "Those who have taken from me will see that they're taken from."
  • "Light shines forever!"
  • "This is your fate!"

Character Selection/Tag Climax

  • "I am the Right Eye."
  • "Glory be to the Lumen!"
  • "I accept this task…humbly."

Gallery

For more pictures and screenshots of Balder, click here.

Trivia

Bayo2 - Balder Story Mode Screenshot

Early screenshot of Balder being playable in Story Mode.

  • It was revealed for the 2 Year anniversary of Bayonetta 2's release that Yasuke Hashimoto, director of Bayonetta 2, had initially planned to have Balder playable in Story Mode with his own stages. They would start at different point's on the 'table' that represented the stage selector, with him fighting Demons as she fought Angels. His story would be told from his perspective, up until the two separate story paths would come together as he and Bayonetta join forces to take on Aesir.
  • During development of the first game, Kamiya described that he had envisioned Balder as originally having good intentions in the past and that he would have wanted to explore his history with Rosa. This is partially addressed in the second game, in which Balder is depicted as being sympathetic whereas his antagonistic role in the first game is depicted to be the result of Loptr's influence corrupting his soul. When asked if he had planned the general idea of Balder's character well before development of the second game or if it was merely thought of afterwards, Kamiya acknowledged that it was the former.
  • An eye appears at the center of the Masked Lumen's mask; this is a reference to his possession of the Right Eye.
  • The wings the Masked Lumen can spawn during battle are identical to those of Father Rodin and, subsequently, his older self. This is because Balder's combative appearance was inspired by Father Rodin's angelic form..
  • Just as the blood Bayonetta sheds in battle transforms into rose petals before it disappears, the blood spilt from the Masked Lumen transforms into golden feathers.
  • The Masked Lumen is the first light-based boss to wield a melee weapon.
  • The Masked Lumen is the only character in the Bayonetta series thus far who is capable of summoning members of the Laguna.
  • The Masked Lumen is voiced by Crispin Freeman and Takehito Koyasu in the English and Japanese versions of Bayonetta 2, respectively.
  • His Beast Within form, the wolf, is rather ironic considering that Balder is named after the norse deity of light, and wolves in norse mythology chase after and hunt the Sun and Moon.
  • Father Balder is voiced by Grant Albrecht and Norio Wakamoto in the English and Japanese versions of Bayonetta, respectively.
  • Kamiya described that he had envisioned Balder as originally having good intentions in the past and that he would have wanted to explore his history with Rosa. This is partially addressed in the second game, in which Balder is depicted as being sympathetic whereas his antagonistic role in the first game is depicted to be the result of Loptr's influence corrupting his soul. When asked if he had planned the general idea of Balder's character well before development of the second game or if it was merely thought of afterwards, Kamiya acknowledged that it was the former.
  • The wings that appear on Father Balder's back during his battle with Bayonetta resemble those of Father Rodin.
Satellite's System 16

System 16's cameo appearance in Bayonetta

  • "System 16," the name of SEGA's arcade board system, is written on the satellite that Father Balder uses as a ray gun in his battle against Bayonetta.
  • If the player does not steer Bayonetta's lipstick bullet correctly, Father Balder regains his composure and lunges at the screen in which it triggers a game over. The resulting animation sequence depicting Balder's recovery before the game over sequence is shared with Jubileus and Lotpr in the second game respectively; specifically when the player fails to steer Jubileus around the planets in space, or when the player fails to steer Loptr into Gomorrah's mouth.

References

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 Bayonetta
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 2.22 2.23 2.24 2.25 2.26 2.27 2.28 2.29 Bayonetta 2
  3. Bayonetta - Father Balder's entry in the Hierarch of Laguna book
  4. Bayonetta 2 - Balder/Masked Lumen Hierarchy of Laguna entry. (Note: this is the entry present before the reveal of him being Balder).
  5. Bayonetta 2 - Balder/Masked Lumen Hierarchy of Laguna entry. (Note: this is the entry present after the reveal of him being Balder).
  6. Bayonetta 2 - Rosa:It's been twenty years since i last saw you...
  7. Bayonetta - Father Balder's entry
  8. 8.0 8.1 Bayonetta: Bloody Fate
  9. Bayonetta 2 - Balder's Heirarchy of Laguna entry mentions this

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