Developed by PlatinumGames, Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon released worldwide on the Nintendo Switch on March 17, 2023. Unlike other Bayonetta games, Cereza and the Lost Demon is a spin-off title that thrusts a much younger version of Bayonetta into the spotlight, before she grows up into the kick arse, sassy Umbra witch we all know her to be.
With numerous characters, some who are well-known and others who are new additions to the world of Bayonetta, we felt it was high-time to showcase a few of them and now is time to talk about a demon that only trusts power, Cheshire:
Cheshire: (A Demon Trusting Only Power)
A demon summoned by Cereza on the night of the full moon.
Traditionally, Umbra Witches use their hair as a medium to control their demons, but the ritual proved too difficult for Cereza, and the demon somehow found himself in Cereza’s stuffed toy.
The demon, humiliated by such a vessel, demanded to be returned to Inferno immediately, but the inexperienced Cereza had no idea how to help. And being bound to the magical energy of whoever summoned him, he realised he was unable to separate himself from her. Reluctantly, he agrees to accompany her just until they find a way to send him home.
Having been just newly born in Inferno when called, he had yet to be given name. Cereza decides to simply call him Cheshire, after the name of the stuffed toy he inhabits.
With his bone-crunching fangs and razor-sharp claws, Cheshire has confidence in his strength, and an itch to prove his superiority to others, jumping into battle whenever the opportunity arises.
He also just happens to have a notorious sweet tooth, especially for Inferno Fruit and Avalon Drops. With his keen nose he can usually discern any Avalon Drops Cereza might be hiding, and sometimes nabs a quick snack when she’s distracted.
His demon nature would normally make him care only for destruction, but be it due to the hugs and affection that Cereza shows his medium, he feels an inexplicable fuzziness towards Cereza he can’t understand.
At first, his teamwork with Cereza is shaky. Cheshire is especially frustrated with the cowardice she shows during their first encounter with the Jabberwock. And even though it was a trap created by the faeries, attacking the illusion of Cereza’s mother sends a shock to Cereza so great a significant rift is born between them, sending them on their separate ways.
Though not one to prefer the company of others, his time apart from Cereza gives him the chance to reflect on their journey, and fills him with strange feelings of concern and sorrow, both emotions demons were assumed unable to experience.
After watching the bravery Cereza is capable of during his rescue and the care she shows sacrificing her hair to heal his wounds, Cheshire finally begins to accept Cereza as someone he relies on, and a bond between the two grows.
With Cereza, Cheshire is able to forge an irreplaceable bond of friendship most demons never experience. As of now, he is probably thrashing around Inferno, going wherever those brilliant claws lead him. Though he still might not be able to admit it, surely he is someday hoping for a fateful reunion.