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21st Feb '17 4:52:58 AM CybranGeneralSturm
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* ''VideoGame/ApeEscape 2'' has Hikaru/[[DubNameChange Jimmy]] finally meet Specter after defeating the Freaky Monkey Five. Specter talks about how he'll beat Hikaru with a powerful mecha...when Yellow Monkey, the one who ran after you beat him, appears again, and [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever giant size]]. After Yellow destroys the mecha because he's told not to eat more Vita-Z bananas, Specter [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere immediately bails out]] and leaves you to deal with the new problem.



* ''VideoGame/ApeEscape 2'' has Hikaru finally meet Specter after defeating the Freaky Monkey Five. Specter talks about how he'll beat Hikaru with a powerful mecha...when Yellow Monkey, the one who run after you beat him, appears again, and [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever giant size]]. After Yellow destroys the mecha because he's told not to eat more Vita-Z bananas, Specter leaves you to deal with the new problem.
9th Feb '17 1:01:02 PM bt8257
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A Bait-And-Switch Boss is those times when the apparent boss for the stage gets replaced by the real boss, who then steps up to the plate to challenge you. The primary version has the [[AlwaysABiggerFish boss destroy the 'bait' boss before he even attacks]], but some games may have you fight the lesser boss for a bit before the real boss takes his place.

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A Bait-And-Switch Bait-and-Switch Boss is those times when the apparent boss for the stage gets replaced by the real ''real'' boss, who then steps up to the plate to challenge you. The primary version has the [[AlwaysABiggerFish boss destroy the 'bait' boss before he even attacks]], but some games may have you fight the lesser boss for a bit before the real boss takes his place.
21st Jan '17 12:31:35 PM Revaryk
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* In ''{{VideoGame/Touhou}}: Urban Legend in Limbo'''s PS4 version, it looks like the final boss of Reisen's Story Mode is [[spoiler:the main character, Reimu Hakurei. But then... All of a sudden, Reimu mysteriously vanishes and is replaced by Fujiwara no Moukou. This turns out to be a {{Sequel Hook}} to the next ''Touhou'' fighting game.]]
17th Jan '17 8:09:16 AM ZimFan89
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* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' does this in Season 4. After dealing with the DiscOneFinalBoss, the season seems to be setting up [[AIIsACrapshoot Aida]] as its new BigBad. [[spoiler: Then it turns out that she was still loyally serving her creator, [[MadScientist Dr. Radcliffe]], who has been driven insane by the [[TomeOfEldritchLore Darkhold]].]]
8th Jan '17 4:55:04 PM nombretomado
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* Creator/GregWeisman seems to be becoming fond of these. In addition to the ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' examples above, the second season of ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' builds up [[LegionOfDoom the Light]] and [[ScaryDogmaticAliens the Reach]] as a BigBadDuumvirate, with the former led (more-or-less) by VandalSavage and the latter by [[ManipulativeBastard the Reach Ambassador]]. As of the season's penultimate episode, the Light [[spoiler:has suffered a major setback, with many of its members captured, incapacitated, or forced to [[VillainExitStageLeft withdraw from the field]]]], and after a string of failures results in the Ambassador having a VillainousBreakdown [[spoiler:[[TheDragon Black Beetle]] forcibly removes him from command, takes over as head of the Reach invasion force, and decides to destroy the Earth, cementing him as the final villain for the season]].

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* Creator/GregWeisman seems to be becoming fond of these. In addition to the ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' examples above, the second season of ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' builds up [[LegionOfDoom the Light]] and [[ScaryDogmaticAliens the Reach]] as a BigBadDuumvirate, with the former led (more-or-less) by VandalSavage ComicBook/VandalSavage and the latter by [[ManipulativeBastard the Reach Ambassador]]. As of the season's penultimate episode, the Light [[spoiler:has suffered a major setback, with many of its members captured, incapacitated, or forced to [[VillainExitStageLeft withdraw from the field]]]], and after a string of failures results in the Ambassador having a VillainousBreakdown [[spoiler:[[TheDragon Black Beetle]] forcibly removes him from command, takes over as head of the Reach invasion force, and decides to destroy the Earth, cementing him as the final villain for the season]].
5th Jan '17 11:53:34 PM TheHolotome
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* In the Netflix animated series WesternAnimation/{{Trollhunters}}, during a trip to the marshlands of Florida, our heroes [[MacGuffin questing for an important stone]] run afoul of a bad Troll known as the Fake-King Blungo. Despite what the flow of the episode seems to dictate, this fake king sticks around just long enough to non-lethally antagonize one of our heroes for a bit, before quickly and unceremoniously getting petrified by the much more menacing and pertinent threat of Angor Rot and his poisoned dagger. He takes over as the main threat for the remainder of the episode.
30th Dec '16 3:26:08 AM Turrican
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* ''VideoGame/ArkhamOrigins'' does this with the Electrocutioner. He gets a lengthy introduction movie with panning camera shots and dramatic music, an enormous health bar, [[ZeroEffortBoss and goes down in one hit.]] The level continues for a few more mook encounters and seems to have reached its end with Batman interrogating the Penguin, when the REAL boss [[spoiler: Deathstroke]] shows up.

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* ''VideoGame/ArkhamOrigins'' ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins'' does this with the Electrocutioner. He gets a lengthy introduction movie with panning camera shots and dramatic music, an enormous health bar, [[ZeroEffortBoss and goes down in one hit.]] The level continues for a few more mook encounters and seems to have reached its end with Batman interrogating the Penguin, when the REAL boss [[spoiler: Deathstroke]] shows up.
30th Dec '16 3:25:11 AM Turrican
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* ''VideoGame/ArkhamOrigins'' does this with the Electrocutioner. He gets a lengthy introduction movie with panning camera shots and dramatic music, an enormous health bar, [[ZeroEffortBoss and goes down in one hit.]] The level continues for a few more mook encounters and seems to have reached its end with Batman interrogating the Penguin, when the REAL boss [[spoiler: Deathstroke]] shows up.
28th Dec '16 10:28:49 AM Morgenthaler
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** In Stage 1 of HardCorpsUprising, the first major enemy you fight is one of the game's standard mooks driving a rather bizarre CoolCar that can detach into two halves, and has an arsenal including [[ThisIsADrill a huge mining drill]] and [[KillItWithFire a flamethrower]]. After you deplete its life meter, the player and the boss go zooming off a cliff together...and the latter promptly gets devoured by a giant robotic sand worm named Lotus Wyrm (Kanechiku in the Japanese version), who fills in for the now-vacant position of stage boss. Subverted when [[spoiler:you take out the mecha-worm and move on--at the very end of the stage, when you've gotten back on a motor-bike, the camera cuts to the fallen worm...and the mook-driven CoolCar]] ''[[spoiler:rips its way out of the mecha-worm's body]]'' [[spoiler:to continue the fight]].

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** In Stage 1 of HardCorpsUprising, ''VideoGame/HardCorpsUprising'', the first major enemy you fight is one of the game's standard mooks driving a rather bizarre CoolCar that can detach into two halves, and has an arsenal including [[ThisIsADrill a huge mining drill]] and [[KillItWithFire a flamethrower]]. After you deplete its life meter, the player and the boss go zooming off a cliff together...and the latter promptly gets devoured by a giant robotic sand worm named Lotus Wyrm (Kanechiku in the Japanese version), who fills in for the now-vacant position of stage boss. Subverted when [[spoiler:you take out the mecha-worm and move on--at the very end of the stage, when you've gotten back on a motor-bike, the camera cuts to the fallen worm...and the mook-driven CoolCar]] ''[[spoiler:rips its way out of the mecha-worm's body]]'' [[spoiler:to continue the fight]].
29th Nov '16 11:24:07 PM DustSnitch
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* A Olympus Coliseum mission in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2'' has you fighting in a tournament (which plays in the exact same way as the tournaments in the first ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts''). The final opponent there is...Xigbar? Just wail out some of his lifebars and cue the uninvited appearance of the mission's boss: the Guard Armor from the first game. And when it seems like Xigbar will assist you in fighting it, he instead dumps you for the boss battle. That [[strike:clever]] little sneak.

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* A Olympus Coliseum mission in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2'' has you fighting in a tournament (which plays in the exact same way as the tournaments in the first ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts''). The final opponent there is... Xigbar? Just wail out some of his lifebars and cue the uninvited appearance of the mission's boss: the Guard Armor from the first game. And when it seems like Xigbar will assist you in fighting it, he instead dumps you for the boss battle. That [[strike:clever]] little sneak.
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