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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.]]

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* In ''{{VideoGame/Touhou}}: Urban Legend in Limbo'''s PS4 [=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.]]
13th Jan '18 10:32:53 AM AlienPatch
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* At one point in ''Film/AceVenturaWhenNatureCalls'', Ace has to go up against the Wachootoo tribe's best warrior. A big, burly guy appears in front of him...only to then squat, drop the real boss from a backpack he carries and run away terrified.



* Played the other way round with Maiden Astreaea in ''VideoGame/DemonsSouls''. Her bodyguard, Garl Vinland, is a formidable fighter in his own right (though not near the class of the other bosses of the game). Once you kill him, Astraea is completely helpless and you can either slay her with a few hits, or talk to her, which results in her suicide. [[YouBastard Not without pointing out what you just did.]] She is supposed to be a heretic priest using demon powers, [[BeautifulVoid but the game doesn't tell you that]].

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* At the end of 1-3 in ''VideoGame/DemonsSouls'', you find a typical Fat Minister, the likes of which you've been fighting as regular enemies before. At first it looks like he would be the boss, but suddenly he gets stabbed from behind and thrown out by the real boss, [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The Penetrator]].
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Played the other way round with Maiden Astreaea in ''VideoGame/DemonsSouls''.Astreaea. Her bodyguard, Garl Vinland, is a formidable fighter in his own right (though not near the class of the other bosses of the game). Once you kill him, Astraea is completely helpless and you can either slay her with a few hits, or talk to her, which results in her suicide. [[YouBastard Not without pointing out what you just did.]] She is supposed to be a heretic priest using demon powers, [[BeautifulVoid but the game doesn't tell you that]].



* At the end of 1-3 in ''VideoGame/DemonsSouls'', you find a typical Fat Minister, the likes of which you've been fighting as regular enemies before. At first it looks like he would be the boss, but suddenly he gets stabbed from behind and thrown out by the real boss, [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The Penetrator]].
9th Dec '17 1:45:06 PM Exusia
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*** The first Wily Star II stage boss appears to be [=CWU-01P=] from ''VideoGame/MegaMan1'', but before its health bar even gets blown up it gets blasted from off screen by the real boss, Mecha Bubble Man.

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*** The first Wily Star II stage boss appears to be [=CWU-01P=] from ''VideoGame/MegaMan1'', but before its health bar even gets blown fills up it gets blasted from off screen by the real boss, Mecha Bubble Man.
9th Dec '17 1:43:51 PM Exusia
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** The second ''VideoGame/MakeAGoodMegaManLevelContest'' has two:
*** The Tier 7 boss appears to be Advertising/{{Pepsiman}} himself, but suddenly [[VideoGame/MegaMansChristmasCarol the Ghost of Christmas Future]] destroys him for fighting during his shift, and then fights you for thinking you're mocking him.
*** The first Wily Star II stage boss appears to be [=CWU-01P=] from ''VideoGame/MegaMan1'', but before its health bar even gets blown up it gets blasted from off screen by the real boss, Mecha Bubble Man.
4th Dec '17 9:23:16 AM AjWargo
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* In ''VideoGame/IWannaBeTheGuy'', right before you enter the Palace of The Guy, the moon, which has been pestering you throughout the game, drops down from the sky to confront you...and then the real boss, the robot dragon from ''VideoGame/MegaMan2'', beats it down and the real fight begins.

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* In ''VideoGame/IWannaBeTheGuy'', right before you enter the Palace of The Guy, the moon, which has been pestering you throughout the game, drops down from the sky to confront you...and then the real boss, the robot dragon Mecha Dragon from ''VideoGame/MegaMan2'', beats it down and the real fight begins.


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* ''FiveNightsAtFreddysWorld'' does this for it's added content boss. It looks like it's going to be Purplegeist, but [[spoiler:Chica's Magic Rainbow, who's main trait is being a Jerkass, literally drops in and attacks you instead.]]
21st Nov '17 6:01:04 AM FarSider
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* ''VideoGame/AbobosBigAdventure'' first has Jaws being eaten by the larger Big Daddy. Later, just as it seems you are about to fight the giant Contra end-boss alien, [[spoiler:he gets inhaled by Kirby, and things get ''nuts'']].



* ''VideoGame/AzureStrikerGunvolt'': After completing three of the six stages, you're thrown into a new mission, with a special boss icon and everything. Partway through the mission, you encounter Zonda, who uses [[AmbiguousGender xer]] illusion powers to flip the entire mission until right before the boss fight, where the illusion breaks. However, approaching the boss area reveals [[spoiler:that Copen, a human with a hatred for Adepts, has already defeated Zonda, and Copen replaces xem as the boss.]] [[spoiler:In the spin-off ''Mighty Gunvolt'', the inverse happens: Copen seems to be the final boss, only to be [[LaserGuidedKarma knocked out by Zonda]], giving the player a chance to finally face xem.]]



* In Creator/{{SNK}}'s ''Buriki One'', you work your way up in the tournament and when you reach the final match, the guy you're supposed to be fighting is suddenly knocked through the entrance door (with said door flying off its hinges) and into the ring's steel cage before crumpling to the ground. Then an evil-looking guy with [[GoodScarsEvilScars scars]] all over his body slowly walks in, and then leaps straight into the ring in a single bound.



* [[TheUnfought The Panther King]] from ''VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay''. At first, it looks like if you're going to fight him at the end of the game's final level, but then [[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere a Xenomorph queen]] shows up for no reason, kills the Panther King, and as a result the final boss battle actually pits Conker against her.



* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'': In the game's DLC, you eventually enter a colosseum and are met by an abyss creature you've already fought. It just takes a second or two for [[FallenHero Artorias]] to fall out of the sky and instantly obliterate the enemy.

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* In ''VideoGame/CrushCrush'', the girl unlocked after Bonnibel initially appears to be a purple-haired (and oddly eyeless) girl named Generica. However, when you view her introductory cutscene, she gets killed by a {{Yandere}} named [[VideoGame/YandereSimulator Ayano]] who takes her place afterwards.
* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'': In the game's "Artorias of the Abyss" DLC, traversing the [[TrappedInThePast Royal Wood]] leads you eventually enter to a colosseum coliseum behind a fog gate. Upon entering, you are greeted with a menacing-looking gangly monster, seconds before he gets pounced on by the imposing figure of the HandicappedBadass Knight Artorias, who, having skewered the monster on his sword, proceeds to throws it at you and are met by an abyss creature you've let out a deep roar.
* In ''VideoGame/DeadSpace2'', it looks like the majority of the game is leading up to a dramatic final confrontation with Tiedemann before you [[spoiler:destroy the Marker]]. Then you get there [[spoiler:and Tiedemann is
already fought. It horribly mauled and barely able to stand, then proceeds to ''shoot you through the chest twice'' with Javelins. A quick-time-event lets you pull them out, steal the Javelin gun, and shank him in return.]] Game over, right? [[spoiler:Nope. You hallucinate about Nicole one more time, only now she wants to absorb you into the Marker body and mind and you have to [[BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind hallucinate-fight her in your psyche]], after which you sit down to accept your imminent demise as the station explodes.]] And THEN the credits roll. [[spoiler:And ''then'' Ellie comes [[BigDamnHeroes crashing through the ceiling in a ship]] to rescue you.]]
** ''VideoGame/DeadSpace'' had this as well; after [[spoiler:Kendra Daniels turns out to be working against Isaac, and ruins his only hope for escape, the player is supposed to grip the controller with rage. When you finally see her next on the destroyed colony, she's
just takes a second or two for [[FallenHero Artorias]] on her way to fall out of leave...and is [[KarmicDeath smashed to bits by the sky and instantly obliterate the enemy.Hive Mind]]]].



* Played the other way round with Maiden Astreaea in ''VideoGame/DemonsSouls''. Her bodyguard, Garl Vinland, is a formidable fighter in his own right (though not near the class of the other bosses of the game). Once you kill him, Astraea is completely helpless and you can either slay her with a few hits, or talk to her, which results in her suicide. [[YouBastard Not without pointing out what you just did.]] She is supposed to be a heretic priest using demon powers, [[BeautifulVoid but the game doesn't tell you that]].
* Near the end of ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'''s Act IV, one of the "boss preview/warning" of sorts shows what seems to be [[spoiler:Imperius]] as the next boss, with earlier scenes highlighting a conflict between him and the Nephalem. Unfortunately, [[spoiler:Diablo reaches the Crystal Arch at about this time and begins extinguishing it, neutralizing every angel in the High Heavens and nipping this impending fight in the bud, meaning that Diablo becomes your final opponent]].
** The previous game provides an inversion of the usual trope. Act II of ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}} II'' plays up Baal as possibly being the final boss of the act, but instead you face the [[AllThereInTheManual Lesser Evil]] named Duriel (who is still a ''very'' tough boss, mind). Baal himself isn't confronted until the expansion.
* Halfway through playing in single-player in ''VideoGame/DigimonBattleSpirit'', one of your next opponents may be blasted off the stage by Impmon before the battle can start. If you manage to defeat him and collect 300 D-Spirit in total by the end of the playthrough, you can then unlock Impmon as a playable character.



** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemElibeSwordOfSeals'' does this in a few chapters. The earliest example is in Chapter 3, where [[spoiler:Zephiel]] is sitting on the throne before he, Brunya, and Narshen leave, leaving [[WakeUpCallBoss Slater]] to replace him.



* ''VideoGame/FurFighters'' has a rather humorous example. In the Space Station Meer, you bump into a [[Franchise/{{Alien}} Xenomorph]], but before the fight starts, [[AcceptableTargets a stereotypical lawyer]] barges in, claiming to represent 31st Century Films, and begins berating the game for breaking 35 different copyrights. The player character argues back, so the lawyer draws a gun and begins shooting at them.



* ''VideoGame/IttleDew'': When you first enter the final room of the [[BonusDungeon Master Cave]], it looks like you'll be fighting a simple [[TheGoomba fishbun]]. Naturally, it gets replaced by something much more threatening.



* In ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'', Chapter 8 has Pit fight through the SpacePirates on his way to confront the Pirate Captain, only for a [[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere space Kraken]] to show up out of nowhere, eat the Pirate Captain, and become the boss for the chapter.



* ''{{Subverted|Trope}}'' in ''Videogame/LastScenario''. At the end of the DiscOneFinalDungeon, [[spoiler:Ortas, the guy who you'd been led to believe was the BigBad]], gets [[InTheBack literally and figuratively]] stabbed in the back by [[spoiler:Castor]], who reveals that [[TheManBehindTheMan he's been manipulating him all along]]. Despite being mortally wounded, [[spoiler:Ortas]] [[{{Determinator}} gets back up and fights you anyway]].



* In ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}: RED'', you return to the mysterious pyramid after being [[ViralTransformation mutated]] to confront Joshua, but you find that [[TheStarscream Michael]] has finished him off first. He escapes and has his Champion Metalloids fight you in an arena battle similar to "You Think You're Big Time?", then the last act of the game is spent pursuing him.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' made you think that the entire final battle was going to be against Saren while the fleet dealt with Sovereign. While it is possible to get into a final boss fight with Saren [[TalkingTheMonsterToDeath or talk him into abandoning his plans and killing himself]], either way you get into a fight when Sovereign takes over Saren's body.



** ''VideoGame/MegaManDrWilysRevenge'' does an interesting variation -- at the end of Wily Castle, there is a room with four teleporters. Seasoned ''Mega Man'' players will assume this part to be [[BossRush rematches]] with the four Robot Masters fought earlier (lifted from the first ''VideoGame/MegaMan1''), but instead they lead to completely different Robot Masters (lifted from ''VideoGame/MegaMan2'').

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** ''VideoGame/MegaManDrWilysRevenge'' does an interesting variation -- at the end of Wily Castle, there is a room with four teleporters. Seasoned ''Mega Man'' players will assume this part to be [[BossRush rematches]] with the four Robot Masters fought earlier (lifted from the first ''VideoGame/MegaMan1''), but instead they lead to completely different Robot Masters (lifted from ''VideoGame/MegaMan2'').



* ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' made you think that the entire final battle was going to be against Saren while the fleet dealt with Sovereign. While it is possible to get into a final boss fight with Saren [[TalkingTheMonsterToDeath or talk him into abandoning his plans and killing himself]], either way you get into a fight when Sovereign takes over Saren's body.

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* ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' made you think that ** At the entire final battle was end of the fourth chapter in ''VideoGame/MegaMan8BitDeathmatch'''s single player campaign, it appears you're going to be against Saren while fight the fleet dealt with Sovereign. While it is possible Cockroach Twins, only for them to get into a be stomped flat by the [[ThatOneBoss Metool Daddy]].
** In ''VideoGame/Rockman4MinusInfinity'', [[spoiler:the
final boss fight with Saren [[TalkingTheMonsterToDeath or talk him into abandoning is set up to be the alien from ''VideoGame/MegaMan2'' before Mega Man climbs on a nearby structure and blasts it, revealing it to be a hologram (like in the original game). With this, Wily quickly distracts Mega Man long enough to flip a switch and trap Mega Man, stealing his plans weapons and killing himself]], either way you E-Tanks to create the [[WolfPackBoss Petite Robot Masters]].]]
*** Also, doing a NoDamageRun up through Wily 4 [[spoiler:has the third Chimerabot
get [[DiagonalCut slashed]] by [[RecurringBoss Shadow Man]], revealing [[ActuallyADoombot they were just holograms.]] The new boss [[ThatOneBoss is ''very'' hard]], but the reward for doing so turns every hit into a fight when Sovereign takes over Saren's body.[[CriticalHit critical one]], making the rest of the game a breeze.]]



* The final quest in ''VideoGame/MightAndMagic VI'' is to destroy the reactor in the Kreegan Hive to destroy the hive...which turns out to be surprisingly easy if you have followed the main quest[[note]]the reactor is immune to damage from everything but one specific rare kind of weapon -- but an earlier quest was specifically about gathering enough of that kind of weapon to equip every one of your characters[[/note]], as while the reactor ''is'' a boss, having a somewhat dangerous attack and a fair bit of health and immunities, it's also a reactor -- IE, stationary. [[spoiler:The ''real'' final boss is the Kreegan Hive Queen backed up by a horde of lesser Kreegan, who you get teleported in front of once you destroy the reactor and have to kill to get out.]]



* ''VideoGame/OnePieceUnlimitedWorldRed:'' The game has themed levels based on the locales of major arcs from the show, each of which has that area's ArcVillain as the main antagonist. There are a couple of points, though, where they get replaced at the last minute by someone a bit bigger on One Piece's Badass Scale.



* 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 Quartu". The heroes learn about this later.]]



* ''Shienryu'' aka ''Steel Dragon'' aka ''Geki-Oh'' has this with the FinalBoss, where you first fight the red [[HumongousMecha demon mecha]] from the game's [[SpiritualSuccessor spiritual predecessor]] ''Daioh'', only for it to be destroyed by a WaveMotionGun blast from a [[BulletHell much tougher]] [[RedOniBlueOni blue mecha]].
* ''VideoGame/Sly2BandOfThieves'' builds Arpeggio up as the main villain. Then during the final level, [[spoiler:Neyla]] betrays him and takes over as the real BigBad of the game.
* In the final chapter of ''VisualNovel/SocratesJonesProPhilosopher'', the Arbiter is about to summon Friedrich Nietzsche as Socrates's next debate opponent...until Socrates makes an offhand comment that accidentally qualifies as giving an answer to the Arbiter's challenge about finding the nature of morality, which leads to the Arbiter himself becoming Socrates's next opponent instead when Socrates disputes his judgment that his answer is incorrect.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Solatorobo}}'', Red finally wises up and answers the third guardian's riddle, gaining the last piece of the Flute without having to fight him. However, at that exact moment, Blanck shows up and a boss battle against him ensues.



* ''VideoGame/StreetsOfRage:'' At the end of stage 5 in the second game, the boss music immediately starts and replaces the main stage theme (rather than the usual fade out-fade in), and waiting for you is Big Ben (more than one in higher difficulty settings). An earlier incarnation of him in the first game was a boss character, but in the second game he's just an EliteMook that appears as a miniboss half way through stages every now and then (in fact, he even appears earlier in stage 5 being just that). But the way the boss fight of stage 5 prepares itself, with Big Ben waiting there, you take a breather thinking it's just a BreatherBoss. [[BigNo You're wrong.]] Further up the stage, hiding out of sight, is R.Bear waiting for you. [[ThatOneBoss Get ready to lose a lot of lives.]]



* In ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros for the 3DS/Wii U'', you'll initially just face the usual adversary of Master Hand at the end of Classic Mode. As you increase the intensity level, his unhinged counterpart Crazy Hand will eventually start tagging along, and the duo's HP will increase, which has been the norm since ''Melee''. However, once you hit 5.0 intensity, after you reduce their HP a little, they'll abruptly be replaced by [[EldritchAbomination Master Core]], who bursts out of the former in a rather disturbing manner, while the latter inexplicably disintegrates.



* 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.]]



* In ''VideoGame/VagrantStory'', Ashley interrupts a scene where [[spoiler:[[SmugSnake Rosencrantz]] is beating up [[AntiVillain Sydney]], demanding that Sydney teaches him mastery of the dark and berating him for choosing Ashley as his 'apprentice.' It looks like he's going to be the next boss fight...but then Sydney tricks him into discarding his weapon, and uses his dark magic to animate a statue sat against the wall, which crushes Rosencrantz with a giant sword. You end up fighting the statue instead]].



* Happens in chapter 10 of ''VideoGame/TheWitchAndTheHundredKnight'' whereby in the Old City Ruins, Hundred Knight encounters a giant spider which for some unknown reason died on its own after a while. When the Hundred Knight tries to leave the area, a giant half-golem will serve as the actual boss fight.



* ''{{Subverted|Trope}}'' in ''Videogame/LastScenario''. At the end of the DiscOneFinalDungeon, [[spoiler:Ortas, the guy who you'd been led to believe was the BigBad]], gets [[InTheBack literally and figuratively]] stabbed in the back by [[spoiler:Castor]], who reveals that [[TheManBehindTheMan he's been manipulating him all along]]. Despite being mortally wounded, [[spoiler:Ortas]] [[{{Determinator}} gets back up and fights you anyway]].



* At the end of the fourth chapter in ''VideoGame/MegaMan8BitDeathmatch'''s single player campaign, it appears you're going to fight the Cockroach Twins, only for them to be stomped flat by the [[ThatOneBoss Metool Daddy]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Solatorobo}}'', Red finally wises up and answers the third guardian's riddle, gaining the last piece of the Flute without having to fight him. However, at that exact moment, Blanck shows up and a boss battle against him ensues.
* ''VideoGame/AbobosBigAdventure'' first has Jaws being eaten by the larger Big Daddy. Later, just as it seems you are about to fight the giant Contra end-boss alien, [[spoiler:he gets inhaled by Kirby, and things get ''nuts'']].
* [[TheUnfought The Panther King]] from ''VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay''. At first, it looks like if you're going to fight him at the end of the game's final level, but then [[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere a Xenomorph queen]] shows up for no reason, kills the Panther King, and as a result the final boss battle actually pits Conker against her.
* Halfway through playing in single-player in ''DigimonBattleSpirit'', one of your next opponents may be blasted off the stage by Impmon before the battle can start. If you manage to defeat him and collect 300 D-Spirit in total by the end of the playthrough, you can then unlock Impmon as a playable character.
* In ''VideoGame/DeadSpace2'', it looks like the majority of the game is leading up to a dramatic final confrontation with Tiedemann before you [[spoiler:destroy the Marker]]. Then you get there [[spoiler:and Tiedemann is already horribly mauled and barely able to stand, then proceeds to ''shoot you through the chest twice'' with Javelins. A quick-time-event lets you pull them out, steal the Javelin gun, and shank him in return.]] Game over, right? [[spoiler:Nope. You hallucinate about Nicole one more time, only now she wants to absorb you into the Marker body and mind and you have to [[BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind hallucinate-fight her in your psyche]], after which you sit down to accept your imminent demise as the station explodes.]] And THEN the credits roll. [[spoiler:And ''then'' Ellie comes [[BigDamnHeroes crashing through the ceiling in a ship]] to rescue you.]]
** ''VideoGame/DeadSpace'' had this as well; after [[spoiler:Kendra Daniels turns out to be working against Isaac, and ruins his only hope for escape, the player is supposed to grip the controller with rage. When you finally see her next on the destroyed colony, she's just on her way to leave...and is [[KarmicDeath smashed to bits by the Hive Mind]]]].
* Played the other way round with Maiden Astreaea in ''VideoGame/DemonsSouls''. Her bodyguard, Garl Vinland, is a formidable fighter in his own right (though not near the class of the other bosses of the game). Once you kill him, Astraea is completely helpless and you can either slay her with a few hits, or talk to her, which results in her suicide. [[YouBastard Not without pointing out what you just did.]] She is supposed to be a heretic priest using demon powers, [[BeautifulVoid but the game doesn't tell you that]].
* In ''VideoGame/VagrantStory'', Ashley interrupts a scene where [[spoiler:[[SmugSnake Rosencrantz]] is beating up [[AntiVillain Sydney]], demanding that Sydney teaches him mastery of the dark and berating him for choosing Ashley as his 'apprentice.' It looks like he's going to be the next boss fight...but then Sydney tricks him into discarding his weapon, and uses his dark magic to animate a statue sat against the wall, which crushes Rosencrantz with a giant sword. You end up fighting the statue instead]].
* Near the end of ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'''s Act IV, one of the "boss preview/warning" of sorts shows what seems to be [[spoiler:Imperius]] as the next boss, with earlier scenes highlighting a conflict between him and the Nephalem. Unfortunately, [[spoiler:Diablo reaches the Crystal Arch at about this time and begins extinguishing it, neutralizing every angel in the High Heavens and nipping this impending fight in the bud, meaning that Diablo becomes your final opponent]].
** The previous game provides an inversion of the usual trope. Act II of ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}} II'' plays up Baal as possibly being the final boss of the act, but instead you face the [[AllThereInTheManual Lesser Evil]] named Duriel (who is still a ''very'' tough boss, mind). Baal himself isn't confronted until the expansion.
* ''VideoGame/Sly2BandOfThieves'' builds Arpeggio up as the main villain. Then during the final level, [[spoiler:Neyla]] betrays him and takes over as the real BigBad of the game.
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemElibeSwordOfSeals'' does this in a few chapters. The earliest example is in Chapter 3, where [[spoiler:Zephiel]] is sitting on the throne before he, Brunya, and Narshen leave, leaving [[WakeUpCallBoss Slater]] to replace him.
* In ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'', Chapter 8 has Pit fight through the SpacePirates on his way to confront the Pirate Captain, only for a [[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere space Kraken]] to show up out of nowhere, eat the Pirate Captain, and become the boss for the chapter.
* In ''VideoGame/Rockman4MinusInfinity'', [[spoiler:the final boss is set up to be the alien from ''VideoGame/MegaMan2'' before Mega Man climbs on a nearby structure and blasts it, revealing it to be a hologram (like in the original game). With this, Wily quickly distracts Mega Man long enough to flip a switch and trap Mega Man, stealing his weapons and E-Tanks to create the [[WolfPackBoss Petite Robot Masters]].]]
** Also, doing a NoDamageRun up through Wily 4 [[spoiler:has the third Chimerabot get [[DiagonalCut slashed]] by [[RecurringBoss Shadow Man]], revealing [[ActuallyADoombot they were just holograms.]] The new boss [[ThatOneBoss is ''very'' hard]], but the reward for doing so turns every hit into a [[CriticalHit critical one]], making the rest of the game a breeze.]]
* In Creator/{{SNK}}'s ''Buriki One'', you work your way up in the tournament and when you reach the final match, the guy you're supposed to be fighting is suddenly knocked through the entrance door (with said door flying off its hinges) and into the ring's steel cage before crumpling to the ground. Then an evil-looking guy with [[GoodScarsEvilScars scars]] all over his body slowly walks in, and then leaps straight into the ring in a single bound.
* ''VideoGame/FurFighters'' has a rather humorous example. In the Space Station Meer, you bump into a [[Franchise/{{Alien}} Xenomorph]], but before the fight starts, [[AcceptableTargets a stereotypical lawyer]] barges in, claiming to represent 31st Century Films, and begins berating the game for breaking 35 different copyrights. The player character argues back, so the lawyer draws a gun and begins shooting at them.
* ''Shienryu'' aka ''Steel Dragon'' aka ''Geki-Oh'' has this with the FinalBoss, where you first fight the red [[HumongousMecha demon mecha]] from the game's [[SpiritualSuccessor spiritual predecessor]] ''Daioh'', only for it to be destroyed by a WaveMotionGun blast from a [[BulletHell much tougher]] [[RedOniBlueOni blue mecha]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}: RED'', you return to the mysterious pyramid after being [[ViralTransformation mutated]] to confront Joshua, but you find that [[TheStarscream Michael]] has finished him off first. He escapes and has his Champion Metalloids fight you in an arena battle similar to "You Think You're Big Time?", then the last act of the game is spent pursuing him.
* ''VideoGame/OnePieceUnlimitedWorldRed:'' The game has themed levels based on the locales of major arcs from the show, each of which has that area's ArcVillain as the main antagonist. There are a couple of points, though, where they get replaced at the last minute by someone a bit bigger on One Piece's Badass Scale.
* In ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Super Smash Bros. for the 3DS/Wii U]]'', you'll initially just face the usual adversary of Master Hand at the end of Classic Mode. As you increase the intensity level, his unhinged counterpart Crazy Hand will eventually start tagging along, and the duo's HP will increase, which has been the norm since ''Melee''. However, once you hit 5.0 intensity, after you reduce their HP a little, they'll abruptly be replaced by [[EldritchAbomination Master Core]], who bursts out of the former in a rather disturbing manner, while the latter inexplicably disintegrates.
* ''VideoGame/StreetsOfRage:'' At the end of stage 5 in the second game, the boss music immediately starts and replaces the main stage theme (rather than the usual fade out-fade in), and waiting for you is Big Ben (more than one in higher difficulty settings). An earlier incarnation of him in the first game was a boss character, but in the second game he's just an EliteMook that appears as a miniboss half way through stages every now and then (in fact, he even appears earlier in stage 5 being just that). But the way the boss fight of stage 5 prepares itself, with Big Ben waiting there, you take a breather thinking it's just a BreatherBoss. [[BigNo You're wrong.]] Further up the stage, hiding out of sight, is R.Bear waiting for you. [[ThatOneBoss Get ready to lose a lot of lives.]]
* ''VideoGame/AzureStrikerGunvolt'': After completing three of the six stages, you're thrown into a new mission, with a special boss icon and everything. Partway through the mission, you encounter Zonda, who uses [[AmbiguousGender xer]] illusion powers to flip the entire mission until right before the boss fight, where the illusion breaks. However, approaching the boss area reveals [[spoiler:that Copen, a human with a hatred for Adepts, has already defeated Zonda, and Copen replaces xem as the boss.]] [[spoiler:In the spin-off ''Mighty Gunvolt'', the inverse happens: Copen seems to be the final boss, only to be [[LaserGuidedKarma knocked out by Zonda]], giving the player a chance to finally face xem.]]
* In the ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' Artorias of the Abyss DLC, traversing the [[TrappedInThePast Royal Wood]] leads you to a coliseum behind a fog gate. Upon entering, you are greeted with a menacing-looking gangly monster, seconds before he gets pounced on by the imposing figure of the HandicappedBadass Knight Artorias, who, having skewered the monster on his sword, proceeds to throws it at you and let out a deep roar.
* Happens in chapter 10 of ''VideoGame/TheWitchAndTheHundredKnight'' whereby in the Old City Ruins, Hundred Knight encounters a giant spider which for some unknown reason died on its own after a while. When the Hundred Knight tries to leave the area, a giant half-golem will serve as the actual boss fight.
* In the final chapter of ''VisualNovel/SocratesJonesProPhilosopher'', the Arbiter is about to summon Friedrich Nietzsche as Socrates's next debate opponent...until Socrates makes an offhand comment that accidentally qualifies as giving an answer to the Arbiter's challenge about finding the nature of morality, which leads to the Arbiter himself becoming Socrates's next opponent instead when Socrates disputes his judgment that his answer is incorrect.
* ''VideoGame/IttleDew'': When you first enter the final room of the [[BonusDungeon Master Cave]], it looks like you'll be fighting a simple [[TheGoomba fishbun]]. Naturally, it gets replaced by something much more threatening.
* 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 Quartu". The heroes learn about this later.]]
* The final quest in ''VideoGame/MightAndMagic VI'' is to destroy the reactor in the Kreegan Hive to destroy the hive...which turns out to be surprisingly easy if you have followed the main quest[[note]]the reactor is immune to damage from everything but one specific rare kind of weapon -- but an earlier quest was specifically about gathering enough of that kind of weapon to equip every one of your characters[[/note]], as while the reactor ''is'' a boss, having a somewhat dangerous attack and a fair bit of health and immunities, it's also a reactor -- IE, stationary. [[spoiler:The ''real'' final boss is the Kreegan Hive Queen backed up by a horde of lesser Kreegan, who you get teleported in front of once you destroy the reactor and have to kill to get out.]]
* In ''VideoGame/CrushCrush'', the girl unlocked after Bonnibel initially appears to be a purple-haired (and oddly eyeless) girl named Generica. However, when you view her introductory cutscene, she gets killed by a {{Yandere}} named [[VideoGame/YandereSimulator Ayano]] who takes her place afterwards.
* 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.]]
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* In ''Manga/{{Gantz}}'', the first target is the Onion Alien, a scrawny, panicky little man who can do little more than say "Onions are enough for me". The hunters corner him, taunt him, and then blow his head up... at which point a much larger, ''much'' brawnier alien walks up. He bears a slight resemblance to the Onion Alien (one hunter suggests he's the first one's dad), and he's ''[[PapaWolf really]]'' [[UnstoppableRage pissed off]]. This one slaughters all but four of the hunters before the survivors kill him.

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* In ''Manga/{{Gantz}}'', the first target is the Onion Alien, a scrawny, panicky little man who can do little more than say "Onions are enough for me". The hunters corner him, taunt him, and then blow his head up... at which point a much larger, ''much'' brawnier alien walks up. He bears a slight resemblance to the Onion Alien (one hunter suggests he's the first one's dad), and he's ''[[PapaWolf really]]'' [[UnstoppableRage pissed off]]. This one slaughters all but four of the hunters before the survivors kill him.



* In the ''Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures'' book ''Alien Bodies'', a devastating superweapon from the relative future of the Whoniverse is put up in an AuctionOfEvil, with the greatest powers being invited to bid. Much to the Doctor's horror, a Dalek saucer approaches the auction and opens... revealing the ''[[NotSoHarmlessVillain Krotons]]'', [[TookALevelInBadass who have become an utterly ferocious warlike race]] since last time he'd seen them. And the Kroton has literally eaten the Daleks.

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* In the ''Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures'' book ''Alien Bodies'', a devastating superweapon from the relative future of the Whoniverse is put up in an AuctionOfEvil, with the greatest powers being invited to bid. Much to the Doctor's horror, a Dalek saucer approaches the auction and opens... revealing the ''[[NotSoHarmlessVillain Krotons]]'', [[TookALevelInBadass who have become an utterly ferocious warlike race]] since last time he'd seen them. And the Kroton has literally eaten the Daleks.



** Some of {{the teaser}}s do this. In one example, the episode begins with a pretty young woman walking into her apartment building late at night. It's completely empty, and after she presses the button for the elevator, we see a young man staring at her from the shadows. The music plays ominously as he slowly approaches her... at which point the young woman turns around and cheerfully greets him. It turns out the two are neighbors who live in the same building! They even joke about his scaring her -- and that's when the elevator doors open to reveal a bloody body at the bottom of the shaft.

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** Some of {{the teaser}}s do this. In one example, the episode begins with a pretty young woman walking into her apartment building late at night. It's completely empty, and after she presses the button for the elevator, we see a young man staring at her from the shadows. The music plays ominously as he slowly approaches her... at which point the young woman turns around and cheerfully greets him. It turns out the two are neighbors who live in the same building! They even joke about his scaring her -- and that's when the elevator doors open to reveal a bloody body at the bottom of the shaft.



** A quick version from season 1's ''Angel'': The Master decides to call in The Three. SmashCut to three intimidating bikers... who are immediately scared off by a trio of 7 foot tall vampires in medieval armor.

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** A quick version from season 1's ''Angel'': The Master decides to call in The Three. SmashCut to three intimidating bikers... who are immediately scared off by a trio of 7 foot tall vampires in medieval armor.



* ''[[VideoGame/AeroFighters Aero Fighters 2]]'' has something alike in the level that takes place in Australia, when a warship appears from behind you and starts attacking... just to be rammed and destroyed by the '''real''' boss: a [[BattleshipRaid far larger helicopter carrier-battleship]].
* In the final level of ''VideoGame/AlienVsPredatorCapcom'', you mow down your way to a fat colonel that is getting Aliens for the Weyland-Yutani company. After you take out his last mooks, he steps forward to face you... only to be impaled and torn in half by the Alien Queen, which you thought you killed three levels earlier and who isn't a StationaryBoss like she was earlier due to not being attached to her egg sac anymore. Cue hellish final boss fight.
* ''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 is 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.

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* In ''VideoGame/AdventureQuest'', Kimberly and One Eyed Doll decide to assist you in battling Chaos Lord Discordia. You battle your way to Discordia, but after defeating him and preventing him from summoning his Chaos Beast, Kimberly suddenly reveals that actually, ''she's'' the real Chaos Lord of the Mythsong saga, and Discordia was just a victim of her MindControl. And she's already got a Chaos Beast lined up for you to fight before you take her and the band on proper.
* ''[[VideoGame/AeroFighters Aero Fighters 2]]'' has something alike in the level that takes place in Australia, when a warship appears from behind you and starts attacking... just to be rammed and destroyed by the '''real''' boss: a [[BattleshipRaid far larger helicopter carrier-battleship]].
* In the final level of ''VideoGame/AlienVsPredatorCapcom'', you mow down your way to a fat colonel that is getting Aliens for the Weyland-Yutani company. After you take out his last mooks, he steps forward to face you... only to be impaled and torn in half by the Alien Queen, which you thought you killed three levels earlier and who isn't a StationaryBoss like she was earlier due to not being attached to her egg sac anymore. Cue hellish final boss fight.
* ''VideoGame/ApeEscape 2'' has Hikaru[=/=][[DubNameChange 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 is 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.



* Generalissimo Killt is setup as the BigBad of ''VideoGame/BionicCommando Rearmed''. When you meet him, he is immediately backstabbed by the newly-resurrected [[strike:Hitler]] "[[NoSwastikas Leader]]".
** Same in the original game, except [[strike:Hitler]] "Master-D" is somehow able to folgorate Killt from inside his resurrection chamber.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/BlazBlue: Continuum Shift'', where one battle in Hakumen's Arcade Mode path seems to set you up against [[spoiler:Tager]], but then [[spoiler:Rachel]] appears...and then she only speaks briefly with Hakumen before making way for [[spoiler:Tager]], for real.



** 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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** 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 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).



** Another version of Bait and Switch occurs in ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow Aria of Sorrow]].'' You've pounded Death and Legion, two of the more intimidating bosses so far, and are expecting a good challenge in the Battle Arena stage. You enter the boss room, and the bats hanging on the roof form into... the Giant Bat? A common boss, but universally a low-level boss in Castlevania. What's he doing this late a level?... Until a massive hand comes out of the background and crushes the bat in its grip. Meet Balore, the real boss.

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** Another version of Bait and Switch occurs in ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow Aria of Sorrow]].'' You've pounded Death and Legion, two of the more intimidating bosses so far, and are expecting a good challenge in the Battle Arena stage. You enter the boss room, and the bats hanging on the roof form into... the Giant Bat? A common boss, but universally a low-level boss in Castlevania. What's he doing this late a level?... level? ...Until a massive hand comes out of the background and crushes the bat in its grip. Meet Balore, the real boss.



* ''VideoGame/CliveBarkersUndying'' does this with the final boss fight, no less than ''four times''. Here we go:
** First, you fight Bethany, who's been set up to be the final boss all through the game.
** After killing her, [[spoiler:your friend Jeremiah]] appears and reveals that [[TheManBehindTheMan he's been behind the whole thing]]! Looks like he's the final boss, but then Patrick just unceremoniously [[OffWithHisHead decapitates him]] [[TalkToTheFist mid-speech]]. Which results in the much-hyped [[EldritchAbomination Undying King]] being summoned, leaping out of the ground looking like a pissed-off mummy, as befit his name, only to disintegrate into powder upon hitting the ground. Only ''then'' does [[spoiler:the ''real'' Undying King (the Celtic King was just a {{human sacrifice}}) rise out of the ground in the form of some odd-EldritchAbomination-crab-spider-scorpion ''thing'']]. After him, the game ends.



* Used creatively in ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 4''. The boss of mission five appears to be two luminescent HornyDevils with ice powers, fought in a snowing courtyard, but as you fight them, they seem unusually pathetic, rarely ever attacking and doing little when they do. Damage them enough, though, and [[spoiler:a massive toad demon with ice powers will suddenly lunge out of the blizzard, trying to swallow you whole. He's the actual boss -- the devils were just his lures.]]



* ''VideoGame/DragonsCrown'': In one stage's B-route, the players are tasked with stopping an evil cult from summoning the Demon King. They succeed with relative ease, banishing him before he can even leave the demon realm... only to be forced to face his [[TheDragon Dragon]], the Arch Demon.

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* ''VideoGame/DragonsCrown'': In one stage's B-route, the players are tasked with stopping an evil cult from summoning the Demon King. They succeed with relative ease, banishing him before he can even leave the demon realm... only to be forced to face his [[TheDragon Dragon]], the Arch Demon.



* You know Zouken Matou, big bad of the Heavens Feel route in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight''? Yea, turns out Sakura wasn't as brain dead as he assumed. Cue [[DroppedABridgeOnHim bridge drop]] with [[spoiler:Saber vs. Shirou and Sakura vs. Tohsaka, while the ''real'' BigBad, Kotomine, shows up. And then after that, Shirou still has to beat what is essentially the devil]].



* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' combines this trope with FluffyTheTerrible [[spoiler:with The Fury from the Necrohol of Nabudis. When entering the boss room, a huge behemoth greets the party... but it suddenly collapses and a [[KillerRabbit fuzzy little purple bunny]] shows up and the real battle takes place]].

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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' combines this trope with FluffyTheTerrible [[spoiler:with The Fury from the Necrohol of Nabudis. When entering the boss room, a huge behemoth greets the party... but it suddenly collapses and a [[KillerRabbit fuzzy little purple bunny]] shows up and the real battle takes place]].



** This is also seen in certain chapters of ''Sword of Seals''. For instance, when you go to free the Western Isles once and for all, Lord Arcard is sitting on the throne. When the chapter starts proper, he leaves and puts his and Narcian's subordinate, General Flaer, in charge... who then makes way for the Manakete Aine when he shows up.
** Also seen in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones'' in Ephraim's version of Chapter 10, after [[spoiler:Duessel defects]]. In the chapter preparation screen, it looks like you'll be facing against one of Grado's top generals, Selena... only for her to be replaced on the first turn by a much weaker boss named Beran. You do later face her for real, though, and she's ThatOneBoss at that.

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** This is also seen in certain chapters of ''Sword of Seals''. For instance, when you go to free the Western Isles once and for all, Lord Arcard is sitting on the throne. When the chapter starts proper, he leaves and puts his and Narcian's subordinate, General Flaer, in charge... who then makes way for the Manakete Aine when he shows up.
** Also seen in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones'' in Ephraim's version of Chapter 10, after [[spoiler:Duessel defects]]. In the chapter preparation screen, it looks like you'll be facing against one of Grado's top generals, Selena... only for her to be replaced on the first turn by a much weaker boss named Beran. You do later face her for real, though, and she's ThatOneBoss at that.
* In ''VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed 2'', while [[spoiler:rescuing General Kota]] on Cato Neimoidia, you end up with him in a gladiator arena, surrounded by the corpses of countless warriors and wild beasts. Suddenly, a large gate nearby opens up, and out steps a rancor. Starkiller smirks and readies his blades...and then, from beneath the ground, a ''humongous'' hand reaches up, smashes the rancor into the ground, and pulls it under. And then said hand's owner comes out to play. Say hello to the Gorog.
** Zig-zagged in the first game, where Maris Brood looks like she's the boss, then introduces a rather large bull Rancor, then turns out to actually be tougher than the Rancor after it goes down.



* Two of the bosses for ''VideoGame/GunstarHeroes'' qualify. After fighting your way through an entire army, the boss warning sounds as you approach an invulnerable soldier who's just standing there and... swaying his torso around? The boss read-out identifies him as "Final Great Soldier", and lists his attack as "Love Love Dancing". After a few awkward seconds, the real boss, the BigBad's [[TheDragon Dragon]], shows up, chews him out, and tosses him aside. The whole boss warning/read-out sequence starts up again to herald the upcoming fight.

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* Two of the bosses for ''VideoGame/GunstarHeroes'' qualify. After fighting your way through an entire army, the boss warning sounds as you approach an invulnerable soldier who's just standing there and... swaying his torso around? The boss read-out identifies him as "Final Great Soldier", and lists his attack as "Love Love Dancing". After a few awkward seconds, the real boss, the BigBad's [[TheDragon Dragon]], shows up, chews him out, and tosses him aside. The whole boss warning/read-out sequence starts up again to herald the upcoming fight.



* In ''VideoGame/IWannaBeTheGuy'', right before you enter the Palace of The Guy, the moon, which has been pestering you throughout the game, drops down from the sky to confront you... and then the real boss, the robot dragon from ''VideoGame/MegaMan2'', beats it down and the real fight begins.

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* In ''VideoGame/HenryHatsworthInThePuzzlingAdventure'', the final boss is apparently your ArchEnemy Weasleby. However, [[spoiler:after beating on him for a while, he suddenly starts twitching a whole bunch before his head pops off, with Henry's KidSidekick Cole coming out of his body. After a speech in which Cole reveals that [[TheDogWasTheMastermind HE'S]] the real BigBad, he summons out a massive Mech that he only managed to build thanks to [[AdamSmithHatesYourGuts all the money you've spent on upgrades in his store]].]]
* In ''VideoGame/IWannaBeTheGuy'', right before you enter the Palace of The Guy, the moon, which has been pestering you throughout the game, drops down from the sky to confront you... and then the real boss, the robot dragon from ''VideoGame/MegaMan2'', beats it down and the real fight begins.



* 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.
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'':
** There's a {{Bonus|Boss}} PuzzleBoss called the Guy Made of Bees. His opening line is "We are Bees. We hate you." There's also a special challenge path called Bees Hate You. Curiously, the Guy Made of Bees doesn't appear in his usual location during a Bees Hate You run. Given the page you're on, you've probably guessed that [[spoiler:he takes out the final, sausage-y form of the [[FinalBoss Naughty Sorceress]], [[TrueFinalBoss and you have to fight him instead]]]].
** Happens on the Avatar of Boris run -- [[spoiler:the final form of the Naughty Sorceress is taken out by an Avatar of Sneaky Pete, who takes the opportunity to attempt revenge on Boris for stealing his thunder back in their mortal days.]]
** In an Avatar of Jarlsberg run, [[spoiler:you find the Avatar of Boris has already defeated the Sorceress, and Jarlsberg seizes the opportunity to get revenge on Boris for being the JerkJock to Jarlsberg's HollywoodNerd]].
** The Zombie Slayer challenge path ends with [[spoiler:you facing Rene C. Corman, mastermind behind the ZombieApocalypse plaguing the kingdom, instead of the Naughty Sorceress's final form]].



* ''VideoGame/MegaManDrWilysRevenge'' does an interesting variation -- at the end of Wily Castle, there is a room with four teleporters. Seasoned ''Mega Man'' players will assume this part to be rematches with the four Robot Masters fought earlier (lifted from the first ''Mega Man''), but instead they lead to completely different Robot Masters (lifted from ''Mega Man 2'').

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* ''Franchise/MegaMan''
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''VideoGame/MegaManDrWilysRevenge'' does an interesting variation -- at the end of Wily Castle, there is a room with four teleporters. Seasoned ''Mega Man'' players will assume this part to be rematches [[BossRush rematches]] with the four Robot Masters fought earlier (lifted from the first ''Mega Man''), ''VideoGame/MegaMan1''), but instead they lead to completely different Robot Masters (lifted from ''Mega Man 2'').''VideoGame/MegaMan2'').
** In an early dungeon in ''VideoGame/MegaManLegends 2'', the MacGuffin at the end of the dungeon is gone when you get there. This is not surprising, as you already fought a CowardlyBoss pursuing the same MacGuffin twice in the same dungeon. He then shows up behind you...and informs you that he doesn't have it, then leaves you to fight the boss that does.
** In ''VideoGame/MegaManZero 3'', Zero boards a missile headed for a populated city block, and was informed beforehand that [[TheDragon Omega]] was inside (the missile was a ploy for Omega to capture the Dark Elf). Before Zero can reach Omega however, he confronts the [[DualBoss Baby Elves]] instead, who were placed there by [[BigBad Dr. Weil]] as Omega's bodyguards, knowing all along that Zero would try to sabotage the missile.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' made you think that the entire final battle was going to be against Saren while the fleet dealt with Sovereign. While it is possible to get into a final boss fight with Saren [[TalkingTheMonsterToDeath or talk him into abandoning his plans and killing himself]], either way you get into a fight when Sovereign takes over Saren's body.



** Zig-zagged at the end of ''VideoGame/MetroidFusion''. You get mauled by the big nasty-looking boss ''first,'' then the boss you ''thought'' just died shows up... and gets destroyed in one shot (at least giving you the firepower to kill the original enemy).
* ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'' had three of these: [[spoiler:Boss #5, Letz Shake]], is taken out by [[spoiler:Henry (whom you don't fight until much later). This is played straight, with your character (and probably yourself) left angry and unfulfilled]]. Then, just before the fight with the final boss begins, [[spoiler:the real final boss punches straight through him, and one cutscene later, the real final battle begins]]. Then, after the final boss, you can watch the ending, where [[spoiler:an unnamed assassin kicks down the door while you're... [[ToiletHumor compromised]]. If you meet the requirements for the TrueFinalBoss, and select the 'real ending' option, he will then be chopped in half by the TrueFinalBoss (the aforementioned Henry), starting the fight]].

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** Zig-zagged at the end of ''VideoGame/MetroidFusion''. You get mauled by the big nasty-looking boss ''first,'' then the boss you ''thought'' just died shows up... and gets destroyed in one shot (at least giving you the firepower to kill the original enemy).
* ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'' had three of these: [[spoiler:Boss #5, Letz Shake]], is taken out by [[spoiler:Henry (whom you don't fight until much later). This is played straight, with your character (and probably yourself) left angry and unfulfilled]]. Then, just before the fight with the final boss begins, [[spoiler:the real final boss punches straight through him, and one cutscene later, the real final battle begins]]. Then, after the final boss, you can watch the ending, where [[spoiler:an unnamed assassin kicks down the door while you're... [[ToiletHumor compromised]]. If you meet the requirements for the TrueFinalBoss, and select the 'real ending' option, he will then be chopped in half by the TrueFinalBoss (the aforementioned Henry), starting the fight]].



* Done in ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaWarriorWithin'' in the TrueFinalBoss ending. If you got all the health upgrades, as you prepare for [[spoiler:a second battle with Kaileena, the Dahaka attacks again, but by this point, you have a weapon that can harm it, so you and Kaileena team up to kill it]]. Earlier in the game, you're about to confront the Crow on an outside ledge, but it just then gets killed by the Dahaka, and yet another EscapeSequence begins.

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* Done in ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaWarriorWithin'' in ''VideoGame/OnePieceUnlimitedCruise Episode 2'' plays this pretty straight with the TrueFinalBoss ending. If you got all the health upgrades, as you prepare for [[spoiler:a second battle with Kaileena, the Dahaka attacks again, but by this point, you have a weapon that can harm it, so you and Kaileena team up to kill it]]. Earlier in the game, against Donquixote Doflamingo. At first, it looks like you're about going to confront fight against Bellamy, the Crow on an outside ledge, but it just then gets killed relatively weak and easily dispatched villain from the Jaya arc. All of a sudden, a pink arm rises from the boss container and takes control of Bellamy. This is followed by the Dahaka, and yet another EscapeSequence begins.rest of Doflamingo's body, which proceeds to [[ThatOneBoss KICK. YOUR. ASS.]]



* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
** ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'': You fought the Elite Four and even Lance appears to set you up as the champion so all is well. Right? Nope! You WOULD have been the champion, but your rival beat you to the punch, so now you have to go beat him to obtain the title!
** ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'': [[spoiler:So, you've defeated the Elite Four and are on your way to challenge the Champion. Not easy by any means, but at least you know what to expect! You heal up your Pokemon and ascend the staircase...wait, what's N doing here? [[YouCantThwartStageOne Oh crap!]] At least you know who the Final Boss is now, though! Wait, ''Ghetsis''?! ''[[TrickBoss Oh crap...!]]'']]
** ''VideoGame/PokemonUltraSunAndUltraMoon'' does this a few times.
*** The first is the third trial, where Totem Wishiwashi seems to be assembling itself into its dreaded School Forme (which is what happened in ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon''), [[spoiler: only for Totem Araquanid to go and pull a Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo and blast all of the Wishiwashi away.]]
*** Much like the examples from the earlier games above, you beat the Elite Four and sit on the Champion's throne, [[spoiler: you think that the FinalBoss is Kukui (again, like Wishiwashi this was what happened in ''Sun and Moon''). Nope! Hau takes Kukui's place as the final opponent before the player becomes Champion.]]
* Done in ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaWarriorWithin'' in the TrueFinalBoss ending. If you got all the health upgrades, as you prepare for [[spoiler:a second battle with Kaileena, the Dahaka attacks again, but by this point, you have a weapon that can harm it, so you and Kaileena team up to kill it]]. Earlier in the game, you're about to confront the Crow on an outside ledge, but it just then gets killed by the Dahaka, and yet another EscapeSequence begins.
* In ''VideoGame/ThePunisherCapcom'', Frank Castle and Nick Fury spend the first two stages running after mafia boss Bruno Costa, eventually cornering him and setting up for a not so intimidating boss battle. Suddenly, a laser sweeps away Bruno and his henchmen in a single hit, and a huge robot sent by the Kingpin engages the player instead.



* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog:''
** In ''VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles'', when you reach [[FinalBoss Sky Sanctuary]] with Knuckles, it looks like you're going to fight the Eggrobo yet again, shortly before [[TheDragon Mecha Sonic]] shows up and destroys it (by accident, but still!).
** In ''[[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehogTripleTrouble Sonic Triple Trouble]]'', after you defeat Metal Sonic in act three of [[EternalEngine Atomic Destroyer Zone]], a sleeping Nack the Weasel awakens and it seems like you're going to fight him one last time, but then he panics and runs away from the true final boss, Dr. Robotnik.
** In ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog4'' ''Episode 2'', the first boss seems to be a rehash off the [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2 Aquatic Ruin Zone boss]], right before a ''giant flower robot serpent thing'' pops out of the background. Seeing as one of the major complaints of the first episode was boss rehashing, [[PlayingWithATrope it's obvious why this happened]].
** In ''VideoGame/SonicColors'', Eggman tries to use mind control to force a fight between Sonic and Tails, but when the device he's using breaks down, he's got a regular boss ready to go.
** In ''Videogame/SonicForces'', the boss fight against Eggman as Classic Sonic seems easy enough, as it's a copy of the wrecking-ball bot from ''Videogame/SonicTheHedgehog1''. Sonic defeats him in a few hits, and Eggman flies upwards...to board the '''''[[Videogame/SonicUnleashed Egg]] [[HumongousMecha Dragoon]]'''''!



* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'':
** In ''VideoGame/YoshisIsland'', when you get to the boss room in Baby Bowser's castle, it looks as though you are about to confront Kamek, but then Bowser wakes up, complains about the noise, and proceeds to stomp Kamek flat and kick him away. Kamek later shows up all fine just to provide a segue to the second phase of the battle and take Bowser away when he's defeated.
** In ''VideoGame/PaperMario'', what you expect to be a rematch against the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Koopa Bros.]] is interrupted when all four of them get knocked out by RecurringBoss Jr. Troopa, who demands one last fight from you.
** At the end of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'', just right before you even get to {{B|igBad}}owser, you see [[OverlordJr Bowser Jr.]] once more, but instead of fighting him, he simply flies away in his spaceship, and as a result you actually end up fighting Bowser directly.



* The final boss of ''[[VideoGame/CrudeBuster Two Crude Dudes]]'' was the evil scientist who'd unleashed all those hideous mutants upon post-apocalyptic New York. He's hilariously easy to beat the crap out of and throw around like a ragdoll... until he suddenly mutates into [[OneWingedAngel a gigantic asskicking monstrosity]].
* ''VideoGame/CliveBarkersUndying'' does this with the final boss fight, no less than ''four times''. Here we go:
** First, you fight Bethany, who's been set up to be the final boss all through the game.
** After killing her, [[spoiler:your friend Jeremiah]] appears and reveals that [[TheManBehindTheMan he's been behind the whole thing]]! Looks like he's the final boss, but then Patrick just unceremoniously [[OffWithHisHead decapitates him]] [[TalkToTheFist mid-speech]]. Which results in the much-hyped [[EldritchAbomination Undying King]] being summoned, leaping out of the ground looking like a pissed-off mummy, as befit his name, only to disintegrate into powder upon hitting the ground. Only ''then'' does [[spoiler:the ''real'' Undying King (the Celtic King was just a {{human sacrifice}}) rise out of the ground in the form of some odd-EldritchAbomination-crab-spider-scorpion ''thing'']]. After him, the game ends.

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* The final boss of ''[[VideoGame/CrudeBuster Two Crude Dudes]]'' was the evil scientist who'd unleashed all those hideous mutants upon post-apocalyptic New York. He's hilariously easy to beat the crap out of and throw around like a ragdoll... until he suddenly mutates into [[OneWingedAngel a gigantic asskicking monstrosity]].
* ''VideoGame/CliveBarkersUndying'' does this with the final boss fight, no less than ''four times''. Here we go:
** First, you fight Bethany, who's been set up to be the final boss all through the game.
** After killing her, [[spoiler:your friend Jeremiah]] appears and reveals that [[TheManBehindTheMan he's been behind the whole thing]]! Looks like he's the final boss, but then Patrick just unceremoniously [[OffWithHisHead decapitates him]] [[TalkToTheFist mid-speech]]. Which results in the much-hyped [[EldritchAbomination Undying King]] being summoned, leaping out of the ground looking like a pissed-off mummy, as befit his name, only to disintegrate into powder upon hitting the ground. Only ''then'' does [[spoiler:the ''real'' Undying King (the Celtic King was just a {{human sacrifice}}) rise out of the ground in the form of some odd-EldritchAbomination-crab-spider-scorpion ''thing'']]. After him, the game ends.
monstrosity]].



* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'':
** In ''VideoGame/YoshisIsland'', when you get to the boss room in Baby Bowser's castle, it looks as though you are about to confront Kamek, but then Bowser wakes up, complains about the noise, and proceeds to stomp Kamek flat and kick him away. Kamek later shows up all fine just to provide a segue to the second phase of the battle and take Bowser away when he's defeated.
** In ''VideoGame/PaperMario'', what you expect to be a rematch against the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Koopa Bros.]] is interrupted when all four of them get knocked out by RecurringBoss Jr. Troopa, who demands one last fight from you.
** At the end of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'', just right before you even get to {{B|igBad}}owser, you see [[OverlordJr Bowser Jr.]] once more, but instead of fighting him, he simply flies away in his spaceship, and as a result you actually end up fighting Bowser directly.
* In ''VideoGame/ThePunisherCapcom'', Frank Castle and Nick Fury spend the first two stages running after mafia boss Bruno Costa, eventually cornering him and setting up for a not so intimidating boss battle. Suddenly, a laser sweeps away Bruno and his henchmen in a single hit, and a huge robot sent by the Kingpin engages the player instead.
* 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.
* ''VideoGame/OnePieceUnlimitedCruise Episode 2'' plays this pretty straight with the battle against Donquixote Doflamingo. At first, it looks like you're going to fight against Bellamy, the relatively weak and easily dispatched villain from the Jaya arc. All of a sudden, a pink arm rises from the boss container and takes control of Bellamy. This is followed by the rest of Doflamingo's body, which proceeds to [[ThatOneBoss KICK. YOUR. ASS.]]
* You know Zouken Matou, big bad of the Heavens Feel route in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight''? Yea, turns out Sakura wasn't as brain dead as he assumed. Cue [[DroppedABridgeOnHim bridge drop]] with [[spoiler:Saber vs. Shirou and Sakura vs. Tohsaka, while the ''real'' BigBad, Kotomine, shows up. And then after that, Shirou still has to beat what is essentially the devil]].



* Generalissimo Killt is setup as the BigBad of ''VideoGame/BionicCommando Rearmed''. When you meet him, he is immediately backstabbed by the newly-resurrected [[strike:Hitler]] "[[NoSwastikas Leader]]".
** Same in the original game, except [[strike:Hitler]] "Master-D" is somehow able to folgorate Killt from inside his resurrection chamber.
* In an early dungeon in ''VideoGame/MegaManLegends 2'', the MacGuffin at the end of the dungeon is gone when you get there. This is not surprising, as you already fought a CowardlyBoss pursuing the same MacGuffin twice in the same dungeon. He then shows up behind you... and informs you that he doesn't have it, then leaves you to fight the boss that does.
* In ''VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed 2'', while [[spoiler:rescuing General Kota]] on Cato Neimoidia, you end up with him in a gladiator arena, surrounded by the corpses of countless warriors and wild beasts. Suddenly, a large gate nearby opens up, and out steps a rancor. Starkiller smirks and readies his blades... and then, from beneath the ground, a ''humongous'' hand reaches up, smashes the rancor into the ground, and pulls it under. And then said hand's owner comes out to play. Say hello to the Gorog.
** Zig-zagged in the first game, where Maris Brood looks like she's the boss, then introduces a rather large bull Rancor, then turns out to actually be tougher than the Rancor after it goes down.
* In ''VideoGame/HenryHatsworthInThePuzzlingAdventure'', the final boss is apparently your ArchEnemy Weasleby. However, [[spoiler:after beating on him for a while, he suddenly starts twitching a whole bunch before his head pops off, with Henry's KidSidekick Cole coming out of his body. After a speech in which Cole reveals that [[TheDogWasTheMastermind HE'S]] the real BigBad, he summons out a massive Mech that he only managed to build thanks to [[AdamSmithHatesYourGuts all the money you've spent on upgrades in his store]].]]
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/BlazBlue: Continuum Shift'', where one battle in Hakumen's Arcade Mode path seems to set you up against [[spoiler:Tager]], but then [[spoiler:Rachel]] appears... and then she only speaks briefly with Hakumen before making way for [[spoiler:Tager]], for real.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' made you think that the entire final battle was going to be against Saren while the fleet dealt with Sovereign. While it is possible to get into a final boss fight with Saren [[TalkingTheMonsterToDeath or talk him into abandoning his plans and killing himself]], either way you get into a fight when Sovereign takes over Saren's body.
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog:''
** In ''VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles'', when you reach [[FinalBoss Sky Sanctuary]] with Knuckles, it looks like you're going to fight the Eggrobo yet again, shortly before [[TheDragon Mecha Sonic]] shows up and destroys it (by accident, but still!).
** In ''[[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehogTripleTrouble Sonic Triple Trouble]]'', after you defeat Metal Sonic in act three of [[EternalEngine Atomic Destroyer Zone]], a sleeping Nack the Weasel awakens and it seems like you're going to fight him one last time, but then he panics and runs away from the true final boss, Dr. Robotnik.
** In ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog4'' ''Episode 2'', the first boss seems to be a rehash off the [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2 Aquatic Ruin Zone boss]], right before a ''giant flower robot serpent thing'' pops out of the background. Seeing as one of the major complaints of the first episode was boss rehashing, [[PlayingWithATrope it's obvious why this happened]].
** In ''VideoGame/SonicColors'', Eggman tries to use mind control to force a fight between Sonic and Tails, but when the device he's using breaks down, he's got a regular boss ready to go.
** In ''Videogame/SonicForces'', the boss fight against Eggman as Classic Sonic seems easy enough, as it's a copy of the wrecking-ball bot from ''Videogame/SonicTheHedgehog1''. Sonic defeats him in a few hits, and Eggman flies upwards... to board the '''''[[Videogame/SonicUnleashed Egg]] [[HumongousMecha Dragoon]]'''''!
* In ''VideoGame/AdventureQuest'', Kimberly and One Eyed Doll decide to assist you in battling Chaos Lord Discordia. You battle your way to Discordia, but after defeating him and preventing him from summoning his Chaos Beast, Kimberly suddenly reveals that actually, ''she's'' the real Chaos Lord of the Mythsong saga, and Discordia was just a victim of her MindControl. And she's already got a Chaos Beast lined up for you to fight before you take her and the band on proper.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
** ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'': [[spoiler:So, you've defeated the Elite Four and are on your way to challenge the Champion. Not easy by any means, but at least you know what to expect! You heal up your Pokemon and ascend the staircase... wait, what's N doing here? [[YouCantThwartStageOne Oh crap!]] At least you know who the Final Boss is now, though! Wait, ''Ghetsis''?! ''[[TrickBoss Oh crap...!]]'']]
** ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'' pulls off a similar trick. You fought the Elite Four and even Lance appears to set you up as the champion so all is well. Right? Nope! You WOULD have been the champion, but your rival beat you to the punch, so now you have to go beat him to obtain the title!
** ''VideoGame/PokemonUltraSunandUltraMoon'' does this a few times. The first is the second trial, where you are about to fight Totem Wishiwashi, [[spoiler: only for Totem Araquanid to go and pull a Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo and blast all of the Wishiwashi away.]] Then, when you beat the members of the Elite Four, [[spoiler: you think that the champion is Kukui again. Nope! Hau takes Kukui's place as the champion.]]
* Used creatively in ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 4''. The boss of mission five appears to be two luminescent HornyDevils with ice powers, fought in a snowing courtyard, but as you fight them, they seem unusually pathetic, rarely ever attacking and doing little when they do. Damage them enough, though, and [[spoiler:a massive toad demon with ice powers will suddenly lunge out of the blizzard, trying to swallow you whole. He's the actual boss -- the devils were just his lures.]]
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'':
** There's a {{Bonus|Boss}} PuzzleBoss called the Guy Made of Bees. His opening line is "We are Bees. We hate you." There's also a special challenge path called Bees Hate You. Curiously, the Guy Made of Bees doesn't appear in his usual location during a Bees Hate You run. Given the page you're on, you've probably guessed that [[spoiler:he takes out the final, sausage-y form of the [[FinalBoss Naughty Sorceress]], [[TrueFinalBoss and you have to fight him instead]]]].
** Happens on the Avatar of Boris run -- [[spoiler:the final form of the Naughty Sorceress is taken out by an Avatar of Sneaky Pete, who takes the opportunity to attempt revenge on Boris for stealing his thunder back in their mortal days.]]
** In an Avatar of Jarlsberg run, [[spoiler:you find the Avatar of Boris has already defeated the Sorceress, and Jarlsberg seizes the opportunity to get revenge on Boris for being the JerkJock to Jarlsberg's HollywoodNerd]].
** The Zombie Slayer challenge path ends with [[spoiler:you facing Rene C. Corman, mastermind behind the ZombieApocalypse plaguing the kingdom, instead of the Naughty Sorceress's final form]].



** ''VideoGame/DeadSpace'' had this as well; after [[spoiler:Kendra Daniels turns out to be working against Isaac, and ruins his only hope for escape, the player is supposed to grip the controller with rage. When you finally see her next on the destroyed colony, she's just on her way to leave... And is [[KarmicDeath smashed to bits by the Hive Mind]]]].

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** ''VideoGame/DeadSpace'' had this as well; after [[spoiler:Kendra Daniels turns out to be working against Isaac, and ruins his only hope for escape, the player is supposed to grip the controller with rage. When you finally see her next on the destroyed colony, she's just on her way to leave... And and is [[KarmicDeath smashed to bits by the Hive Mind]]]].



* In ''VideoGame/VagrantStory'', Ashley interrupts a scene where [[spoiler:[[SmugSnake Rosencrantz]] is beating up [[AntiVillain Sydney]], demanding that Sydney teaches him mastery of the dark and berating him for choosing Ashley as his 'apprentice.' It looks like he's going to be the next boss fight... but then Sydney tricks him into discarding his weapon, and uses his dark magic to animate a statue sat against the wall, which crushes Rosencrantz with a giant sword. You end up fighting the statue instead]].

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* In ''VideoGame/VagrantStory'', Ashley interrupts a scene where [[spoiler:[[SmugSnake Rosencrantz]] is beating up [[AntiVillain Sydney]], demanding that Sydney teaches him mastery of the dark and berating him for choosing Ashley as his 'apprentice.' It looks like he's going to be the next boss fight... but then Sydney tricks him into discarding his weapon, and uses his dark magic to animate a statue sat against the wall, which crushes Rosencrantz with a giant sword. You end up fighting the statue instead]].



* The final quest in ''VideoGame/MightAndMagic VI'' is to destroy the reactor in the Kreegan Hive to destroy the hive... which turns out to be surprisingly easy if you have followed the main quest[[note]]the reactor is immune to damage from everything but one specific rare kind of weapon -- but an earlier quest was specifically about gathering enough of that kind of weapon to equip every one of your characters[[/note]], as while the reactor ''is'' a boss, having a somewhat dangerous attack and a fair bit of health and immunities, it's also a reactor -- IE, stationary. [[spoiler:The ''real'' final boss is the Kreegan Hive Queen backed up by a horde of lesser Kreegan, who you get teleported in front of once you destroy the reactor and have to kill to get out.]]

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* The final quest in ''VideoGame/MightAndMagic VI'' is to destroy the reactor in the Kreegan Hive to destroy the hive... which turns out to be surprisingly easy if you have followed the main quest[[note]]the reactor is immune to damage from everything but one specific rare kind of weapon -- but an earlier quest was specifically about gathering enough of that kind of weapon to equip every one of your characters[[/note]], as while the reactor ''is'' a boss, having a somewhat dangerous attack and a fair bit of health and immunities, it's also a reactor -- IE, stationary. [[spoiler:The ''real'' final boss is the Kreegan Hive Queen backed up by a horde of lesser Kreegan, who you get teleported in front of once you destroy the reactor and have to kill to get out.]]



* 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.]]

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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 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.]]



* In ''WesternAnimation/StreetFighter'', while Guile and M. Bison were in Hell during ''[[WebAnimation/TheFrolloShow Leet Fighters]]'' episode "Daring Death", they accidentally free Hans Frollo from a prison cell. Hans then breaks open the cell next to him before escaping. That prisoner that was broke free was [[Manga/LuckyStar Konata]] who was killed and eaten on a pizza by Guile and Bison in the first episode. She rants about getting revenge on them and starts powering up... [[spoiler: only for [[UsefulNotes/McDonalds Ronald McDonald]] to arrive behind her and snap her neck, and then ''he'' starts to transform.]] Fortunately, Guile and Bison [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere abandon ship]] and escape through Hell via [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Gaston]]'s spring. In the next episode, Konata peeks through a window of the Leet Fighters' apartment, still wanting payback. [[spoiler:She's quickly taken out again--albeit accidentally--this time by Mormon Jesus, who is then swept aside by T. Hawk. Luckily, he's friendly.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/StreetFighter'', while Guile and M. Bison were in Hell during ''[[WebAnimation/TheFrolloShow Leet Fighters]]'' episode "Daring Death", they accidentally free Hans Frollo from a prison cell. Hans then breaks open the cell next to him before escaping. That prisoner that was broke free was [[Manga/LuckyStar Konata]] who was killed and eaten on a pizza by Guile and Bison in the first episode. She rants about getting revenge on them and starts powering up... [[spoiler: only for [[UsefulNotes/McDonalds Ronald McDonald]] to arrive behind her and snap her neck, and then ''he'' starts to transform.]] Fortunately, Guile and Bison [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere abandon ship]] and escape through Hell via [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Gaston]]'s spring. In the next episode, Konata peeks through a window of the Leet Fighters' apartment, still wanting payback. [[spoiler:She's quickly taken out again--albeit accidentally--this time by Mormon Jesus, who is then swept aside by T. Hawk. Luckily, he's friendly.]]
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* ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'': [[spoiler:So, you've defeated the Elite Four and are on your way to challenge the Champion. Not easy by any means, but at least you know what to expect! You heal up your Pokemon and ascend the staircase... wait, what's N doing here? [[YouCantThwartStageOne Oh crap!]] At least you know who the Final Boss is now, though! Wait, ''Ghetsis''?! ''[[TrickBoss Oh crap...!]]'']]

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* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
**
''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'': [[spoiler:So, you've defeated the Elite Four and are on your way to challenge the Champion. Not easy by any means, but at least you know what to expect! You heal up your Pokemon and ascend the staircase... wait, what's N doing here? [[YouCantThwartStageOne Oh crap!]] At least you know who the Final Boss is now, though! Wait, ''Ghetsis''?! ''[[TrickBoss Oh crap...!]]'']]



* In ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'', there's a {{Bonus|Boss}} PuzzleBoss called the Guy Made of Bees. His opening line is "We are Bees. We hate you." There's also a special challenge path called Bees Hate You. Curiously, the Guy Made of Bees doesn't appear in his usual location during a Bees Hate You run. Given the page you're on, you've probably guessed that [[spoiler:he takes out the final, sausage-y form of the [[FinalBoss Naughty Sorceress]], [[TrueFinalBoss and you have to fight him instead]]]].
** Something similar happens on the Avatar of Boris run -- [[spoiler:the final form of the Naughty Sorceress is taken out by an Avatar of Sneaky Pete, who takes the opportunity to attempt revenge on Boris for stealing his thunder back in their mortal days.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'', there's ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'':
** There's
a {{Bonus|Boss}} PuzzleBoss called the Guy Made of Bees. His opening line is "We are Bees. We hate you." There's also a special challenge path called Bees Hate You. Curiously, the Guy Made of Bees doesn't appear in his usual location during a Bees Hate You run. Given the page you're on, you've probably guessed that [[spoiler:he takes out the final, sausage-y form of the [[FinalBoss Naughty Sorceress]], [[TrueFinalBoss and you have to fight him instead]]]].
** Something similar happens Happens on the Avatar of Boris run -- [[spoiler:the final form of the Naughty Sorceress is taken out by an Avatar of Sneaky Pete, who takes the opportunity to attempt revenge on Boris for stealing his thunder back in their mortal days.]]



** Likewise, the Zombie Slayer challenge path ends with [[spoiler:you facing Rene C. Corman, mastermind behind the ZombieApocalypse plaguing the kingdom, instead of the Naughty Sorceress's final form]].

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** Likewise, the The Zombie Slayer challenge path ends with [[spoiler:you facing Rene C. Corman, mastermind behind the ZombieApocalypse plaguing the kingdom, instead of the Naughty Sorceress's final form]].
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** ''VideoGame/PokemonUltraSunandUltraMoon'' does this a few times. The first is the second trial, where you are about to fight Totem Wishiwashi, [[spoiler: only for Totem Araquanid to go and pull a Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo and blast all of the Wishiwashi away.]] Then, when you beat the members of the Elite Four, [[spoiler: you think that the champion is Kukui again. Nope! Hau takes Kukui's place as the champion.]]
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* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'': In the game's DLC, you eventually enter a colosseum and are met by an abyss creature you've already fought. It just takes a second or two for [[FallenHero Artorias]] to fall out of the sky and instantly obliterate the enemy.
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