In Bayonetta, if you decide to sit and shoot at a wall for a few seconds, the titular character will start drawing things with bullets.
There are a lot of little touches that make Bayonetta the classic that it is. The use of butterflies instead of blood to ensure that even when Bayonetta is damaged she never sullies herself with her own fluids, for example. Or how her hair doubles as both her clothing and method of summoning terrifying demons to defeat her enemies, revealing much of Bayonetta’s body in the process.
Or how Bayonetta literally can’t even walk without performing a supermodel strut, her back arched and long legs carrying her forward like some sort of goddess of fertility. With guns instead of high heels.
But it goes further than that. In Bayonetta, your guns magically never run out of bullets which means you can stare at a wall and mash the pistol button (which is usually X) all day long. If you do, you’ll find that Bayonetta doesn’t just dig a hole in the wall with bullets, but instead starts writing things like her initials for a heart.
We can thank Reddit ItsNotUnusualToB for posting this factoid and even providing a video demonstration.
We can also thank the comments for another tidbit. When game director Hideki Kamiya was contacted by Sega and asked to remove Bayonetta’s glasses, he adamantly refused. Her glasses, he argued, were precisely what set Bayonetta apart from every other female action hero, giving her an air of sophistication and mystery that most women in games lacked.
In fact, he pressed so hard for Bayonetta’s glasses that his underlings picked up on that and made sure that as many characters in the game had glasses as possible.
Perhaps the most surprising thing about Bayonetta is its legacy. For a game that quite deliberately objectifies women, Bayonetta herself has somehow become a feminist icon for her ability to portray an action hero without even a hint of masculine aggression. Her immense power is always presented with the utmost femininity, and she refuses to compromise that for anyone.
And she writes hearts with bullets. You go girl.