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5th Jul '16 8:08:22 PM Daedalis
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* A sports version in ''Film/Stickit'': at the national gymnastics competition, the movie plays up the rivalry between Haley and her EvilFormerFriend Tricia. As the competition unfolds, the true villain emerges in [[spoiler:the judges who use obscure rules to punish coaches via their competitors. Tricia joins Haley's rebellion.]]
15th May '16 4:21:33 PM foxmccloud4387
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* Throughout ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', a threat is being built up in the background in the form of [[spoiler:five more Winter Soldiers, each of whom is able to trump the original Winter Soldier in single combat and together are able to destabilize governments within a single night, and it's implied that Zemo is using the titular Civil War between the Avengers in order to distract them from this threat.]] When it comes time for the heroes to confront this threat, however, [[spoiler:Zemo is revealed to have executed them in their cryotubes, having had no use for them, and once he puts Steve, Bucky, and Tony all in his bunker, he expertly manipulates Tony into a rage by revealing that a brainwashed Bucky killed his parents and Steve hid this information from Tony. In essence - the FinalBoss of this film was not this ensemble of Winter Soldiers, but was instead Iron Man.]]

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* Throughout ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', a threat is being built up in the background in the form of [[spoiler:five more Winter Soldiers, each of whom is able to trump the original Winter Soldier in single combat and together are able to destabilize governments within a single night, and it's implied that Zemo is using the titular Civil War between the Avengers in order to distract them from this threat.]] When it comes time for the heroes to confront this threat, however, [[spoiler:Zemo is revealed to have executed them in their cryotubes, having had no use for them, and once he puts Steve, Bucky, and Tony all in his bunker, he expertly manipulates Tony into a rage by revealing that a brainwashed Bucky killed his parents and Steve hid this information from Tony. In essence - the FinalBoss of this film was is not this ensemble of Winter Soldiers, but was is instead Iron Man.]]
15th May '16 4:16:10 PM foxmccloud4387
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* Throughout ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', a threat is being built up in the background in the form of [[spoiler:five more Winter Soldiers, each of whom is able to trump the original Winter Soldier in single combat, and it's implied that Zemo is using the titular Civil War between the Avengers in order to distract them from this threat.]] When it comes time for the heroes to confront this threat, however, [[spoiler:Zemo is revealed to have executed them in their cryotubes, having had no use for them, and once he puts Steve, Bucky, and Tony all in his bunker, he expertly manipulates Tony into a rage by revealing that a brainwashed Bucky killed his parents and Steve hid this information from Tony. In essence - the FinalBoss of this film was not this ensemble of Winter Soldiers, but was instead Iron Man.]]

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* Throughout ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', a threat is being built up in the background in the form of [[spoiler:five more Winter Soldiers, each of whom is able to trump the original Winter Soldier in single combat, combat and together are able to destabilize governments within a single night, and it's implied that Zemo is using the titular Civil War between the Avengers in order to distract them from this threat.]] When it comes time for the heroes to confront this threat, however, [[spoiler:Zemo is revealed to have executed them in their cryotubes, having had no use for them, and once he puts Steve, Bucky, and Tony all in his bunker, he expertly manipulates Tony into a rage by revealing that a brainwashed Bucky killed his parents and Steve hid this information from Tony. In essence - the FinalBoss of this film was not this ensemble of Winter Soldiers, but was instead Iron Man.]]
15th May '16 11:03:30 AM foxmccloud4387
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* Throughout ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', a threat is being built up in the background in the form of [[spoiler:five more Winter Soldiers, each of whom is able to trump the original Winter Soldier in single combat, and it's implied that Zemo is using the titular Civil War between the Avengers in order to distract them from this threat.]] When it comes time for the heroes to confront this threat, however, [[spoiler:Zemo is revealed to have executed them in their cryotubes, having had no use for them, and once he puts Steve, Bucky, and Tony all in his bunker, he expertly manipulates Tony into a rage by revealing that a brainwashed Bucky killed his parents and Steve hid this information from Tony. In essence - the FinalBoss of this film was not this ensemble of Winter Soldiers, but was instead Iron Man.]]
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11th May '16 2:58:02 PM MegaMarioMan
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* In VideoGame/RatchetAndClank2016, [[spoiler:near the end of the game, Nefarious turns Drek into a sheep and sends him to a crash course to the recently constructed "New Quarty". The heroes learn about this later.]]

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* In VideoGame/RatchetAndClank2016, ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClank2016'', [[spoiler:near the end of the game, Nefarious turns Drek into a sheep and sends him to a crash course to the recently constructed "New Quarty".Quartu". The heroes learn about this later.]]
3rd May '16 1:54:23 AM Chabal2
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* ''ComicBook/BlackMoonChronicles'': Back when Ghorgor Bey was part of a traveling circus, one of their shows was offering Real Men a chance to prove their worth against the circus' best fighter, while a glowering dwarf stood next to the announcer. Naturally, every musclehead in the audience signed up, only for the dwarf to reveal he was only the curtain puller. Which curtain he then pulled, revealing a very happy Ghorgor (who was an adolescent half-ogre back then, and thus only around eight or nine feet tall). Curbstomping ensued.
28th Apr '16 2:42:55 AM Killerikala
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* In VideoGame/RatchetAndClank2016, [[spoiler:near the end of the game, Nefarious turns Drek into a sheep and sends him to a crash course to the recently constructed "New Quarty". The heroes learn about this later.]]
8th Feb '16 3:53:05 PM MyFinalEdits
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* ''VideoGame/AceCombatZeroTheBelkanWar'' has a secret boss that only appears on the hardest difficulty of the bonus mission if you can defeat a specific squadron under a certain amount of time. If you manage that feat, you're greeted with the squadron you would normally fight last, only for them all to be destroyed by the secret boss who then comes after you. [[spoiler:[[OhCrap Holy crap]], [[PreviousPlayerCharacterCameo it's]] {{M|emeticBadass}}obius {{One|ManArmy}}!]]

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* ''VideoGame/AceCombatZeroTheBelkanWar'' has a secret boss that only appears on the hardest difficulty of the bonus mission if you can defeat a specific squadron under a certain amount of time. If you manage that feat, you're greeted with the squadron you would normally fight last, only for them all to be destroyed by the secret boss who then comes after you. [[spoiler:[[OhCrap Holy crap]], [[PreviousPlayerCharacterCameo it's]] {{M|emeticBadass}}obius {{One|ManArmy}}!]][[spoiler:It's Mobious One]]



* In the second DLC of ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'', as you're about to fight Flyboy, Piston kills him so that ''he'' can fight you instead.
** Oddly, Piston himself becomes a bait and switch boss soon after. Our heroes go to fight Piston, only for him to summon [[CrazyAwesome a giant robot/T-Rex/ monster truck]] that you have to fight instead.
* In ''VideoGame/CastleCrashers'', when you reach the first boss fight, you first see a barbarian about twice the size of the regular {{Mooks}}. Then there's pounding on the door behind him and it falls onto him, as an even larger barbarian shows up -- this one fills up nearly half the screen.

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* In the second DLC of ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'', 2}}'':
** In the second DLC,
as you're about to fight Flyboy, Piston kills him so that ''he'' can fight you instead.
** Oddly, Piston himself becomes a bait and switch boss soon after. Our The heroes go to fight Piston, only for him to summon [[CrazyAwesome a giant robot/T-Rex/ monster truck]] that you have to fight instead.
* In ''VideoGame/CastleCrashers'', when ''VideoGame/CastleCrashers'':
** When
you reach the first boss fight, you first see a barbarian about twice the size of the regular {{Mooks}}. Then there's pounding on the door behind him and it falls onto him, as an even larger barbarian shows up -- this one fills up nearly half the screen.



* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' has a few. In ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaHarmonyOfDissonance Harmony of Dissonance]]'', you enter the boss room in a later part of the game, and see a Living Armour marching towards you. Looks exactly like the one you fought about twenty levels ago, only with a {{BFS}}... Until it's destroyed in one hit by Talos, the real boss (the big armor that you ran away from at the start of the game).

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* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' has a few. few.
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In ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaHarmonyOfDissonance Harmony of Dissonance]]'', you enter the boss room in a later part of the game, and see a Living Armour marching towards you. Looks exactly like the one you fought about twenty levels ago, only with a {{BFS}}... Until it's destroyed in one hit by Talos, the real boss (the big armor that you ran away from at the start of the game).



* Fairly early in ''VideoGame/CaveStory'', you encounter a power switch that supplies power to the fans (which you need to activate) and something called "Malco." Turns out that Malco is the nearby security bot, which promptly prepares to kill you, before the RecurringBoss drops down out of the sky to take you on and lands on top of it.

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* Fairly early in ''VideoGame/CaveStory'', you In ''VideoGame/CaveStory'':
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encounter a power switch that supplies power to the fans (which you need to activate) and something called "Malco." Turns out that Malco is the nearby security bot, which promptly prepares to kill you, before the RecurringBoss drops down out of the sky to take you on and lands on top of it.
8th Feb '16 6:51:35 AM Naoto_best_waifu
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** Oddly, Piston himself becomes a bait and switch boss soon after. Our heroes go to fight Piston, only for him to summon [[CrazyAwesome a giant robot/T-Rex/ monster truck]] that you have to fight instead.
29th Jan '16 6:15:04 AM Prfnoff
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* In ''[[VideoGame/{{Gradius}} Salamander 2]]'', the sequel to Salamander (known as Life Force in the United States), you encounter the first boss of the first game, the giant brain Golem. Golem attacks you at the end of the first stage in Salamander 2. A few seconds later, Golem is gobbled up by a gigantic serpent-like creature. You then end up fighting this giant serpent instead as the boss proper. It is possible to actually destroy Golem for a large sum of points before the serpent kills it, but you have acquired a specific weapon type, have enough Options, and be constantly pounding on it.

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* In ''[[VideoGame/{{Gradius}} ''[[VideoGame/{{Salamander}} Salamander 2]]'', the sequel to Salamander (known as Life Force in the United States), you encounter the first boss of the first game, the giant brain Golem. Golem attacks you [[BrainMonster Brain Golem]], at the end of the first stage in Salamander 2.stage. A few seconds later, Golem is gobbled up by a gigantic serpent-like creature. You then end up fighting this giant serpent instead as the boss proper. It is possible to actually destroy Golem for a large sum of points before the serpent kills it, but you have acquired a specific weapon type, have enough Options, and be constantly pounding on it.
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