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* In FinalFantasyIVTheAfterYears after the revelation that despite [[spoiler: Fusoya and Golbez successfully killing the Mysterious Girl she won't ''stay'' dead]], [[the moon's crystals are all shattered]] which results in [[spoiler: the resurrection of Zeromus with only Goblez and Fusoya there to stop him.]] Fans of the first game will immediately know how ''overwhelmingly fucked'' they are.

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* In FinalFantasyIVTheAfterYears after the revelation that despite [[spoiler: Fusoya and Golbez successfully killing the Mysterious Girl she won't ''stay'' dead]], [[the [[spoiler: the moon's crystals are all shattered]] which results in [[spoiler: the resurrection of Zeromus with only Goblez and Fusoya there to stop him.]] Fans of the first game will immediately know how ''overwhelmingly fucked'' they are.
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* In FinalFantasyIVTheAfterYears after the revelation that despite [[spoiler: Fusoya and Golbez successfully killing the Mysterious Girl she won't ''stay'' dead]], [[the moon's crystals are all shattered]] which results in [[spoiler: the resurrection of Zeromus with only Goblez and Fusoya there to stop him.]] Fans of the first game will immediately know how ''overwhelmingly fucked'' they are.
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* The battle with [[spoiler:Frenzied Toroko]] in ''VideoGame/CaveStory'' mixes this with a heaping helping of PlayerPunch for even more of a dramatic effect.
** And then there's the Core fight, which comes after a minor plot revelation and is followed by a more important one. Plus, it's got its own BGM track, loads of creepy atmospheric build-up, and is followed by both a PlayerPunch and a fork in the road.

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* ''VideoGame/CaveStory'':
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The battle with [[spoiler:Frenzied Toroko]] in ''VideoGame/CaveStory'' mixes this with a heaping helping of PlayerPunch for even more of a dramatic effect.
** And then there's the The Core fight, which comes after a minor plot revelation and is followed by a more important one. Plus, it's got its own BGM track, loads of creepy atmospheric build-up, and is followed by both a PlayerPunch and a fork in the road.



* Darth Vader in ''VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed''. In the Wii/[=PS2=] version, the second duel with [[spoiler:Kento Marek, aka., Galen's father]] may count as well.
** And for the future DLC, [[spoiler:OBI-WAN KENOBI AND LUKE SKYWALKER!]]

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* Darth Vader in ''VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed''. In the Wii/[=PS2=] version, the second duel with [[spoiler:Kento Marek, aka., Galen's father]] may count as well.
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well. And for the future DLC, [[spoiler:OBI-WAN KENOBI AND LUKE SKYWALKER!]]



* In ''VideoGame/GodOfWar II'', Lakhesis and/or Atrophos, two of the Sisters of Fate. (Clotho, the third sister, is more of a PuzzleBoss.)
** Subverted in the original game. Not only were there not a lot of actual boss fights (plenty of [[KingMook big mooks]] though), but [[strike:most of them]] every last one of them except [[FinalBoss Ares]] [[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere seemed to just randomly appear out of nowhere]].
** Also subverted in ''III'', where the real turning point of the game's plot ([[spoiler:finding and freeing Pandora]]) isn't done with a boss fight at all, but a puzzle. [[BizarrePuzzleGame Seems to be a common theme in this series.]] (Though some might suggest the rock scorpion would qualify as this trope.)

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* In ''VideoGame/GodOfWar II'', Lakhesis and/or Atrophos, two of the Sisters of Fate. (Clotho, the third sister, is more of a PuzzleBoss.)
''VideoGame/GodOfWarSeries'':
** Subverted in [[VideoGame/GodOfWar the original game.game]]. Not only were there not a lot of actual boss fights (plenty of [[KingMook big mooks]] though), but [[strike:most of them]] every last one of them except [[FinalBoss Ares]] [[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere seemed to just randomly appear out of nowhere]].
** Also subverted In ''VideoGame/GodOfWarII'', Lakhesis and/or Atrophos, two of the Sisters of Fate. (Clotho, the third sister, is more of a PuzzleBoss.)
** Subverted
in ''III'', ''VideoGame/GodOfWarIII'', where the real turning point of the game's plot ([[spoiler:finding and freeing Pandora]]) isn't done with a boss fight at all, but a puzzle. [[BizarrePuzzleGame Seems to be a common theme in this series.]] (Though some might suggest the rock scorpion would qualify as this trope.)



* The Über-Soldat and, to a lesser extent, Olaric in ''[[VideoGame/Wolfenstein3D Return to Castle Wolfenstein]]''.
* Ugh Zan III in ''VideoGame/SeriousSam - The First Encounter''. Probably the tallest boss at its time in first-person shooters.
** Except that he's the FinalBoss. In First Encounter, the Uber Lava Golem may qualify. In Second Encounter, it's that horrid larva mech thing.

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* The Über-Soldat and, to a lesser extent, Olaric in %%* ''[[VideoGame/Wolfenstein3D Return to Castle Wolfenstein]]''.
* Ugh Zan III
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%%** The Über-Soldat.
%%** Olaric.
%%* The Uber Lava Golem
in ''VideoGame/SeriousSam - The First Encounter''. Probably the tallest boss at its time in first-person shooters.
** Except that he's the FinalBoss.
Encounter''.
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In First Encounter, the Uber Lava Golem may qualify. In ''VideoGame/SeriousSam - Second Encounter, it's Encounter'', that horrid larva mech thing.



* Vaas in ''VideoGame/FarCry3''.
** Yuma in ''VideoGame/FarCry4'' provides the game's only proper boss fight.

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* %%* Vaas in ''VideoGame/FarCry3''.
** * Yuma in ''VideoGame/FarCry4'' provides the game's only proper boss fight.



* Saturos in ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'', albeit far earlier than is the norm for this trope (barely a quarter of the way through the game, maybe even less if you accidentally went straight to Imil from Bilibin instead of going to Kolima first).
** Agatio and Karst in the sequel, which incidentally is the only boss fight you're allowed to lose.
** Blados and Chalis in the third game cap off an entire Climax ''Dungeon''. Given that you completed your original goal (obtaining a roc feather) just before entering the dungeon in question, this probably doubles as DiscOneFinalBoss as the only real hint that you're not nearing the end of the game is [[InterfaceSpoiler that you've only just reacquired your sixth party member and there are supposed to be eight of them.]]

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* ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'':
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Saturos in ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'', ''[[VideoGame/GoldenSunTheBrokenSeal The Broken Seal]]'', albeit far earlier than is the norm for this trope (barely a quarter of the way through the game, maybe even less if you accidentally went straight to Imil from Bilibin instead of going to Kolima first).
** Agatio and Karst in the sequel, ''[[VideoGame/GoldenSunTheLostAge The Lost Age]]'', which incidentally is the only boss fight you're allowed to lose.
** Blados and Chalis in the third game ''[[VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn Dark Dawn]]'' cap off an entire Climax ''Dungeon''. Given that you completed your original goal (obtaining a roc feather) just before entering the dungeon in question, this probably doubles as DiscOneFinalBoss as the only real hint that you're not nearing the end of the game is [[InterfaceSpoiler that you've only just reacquired your sixth party member and there are supposed to be eight of them.]]



* Jenova:LIFE in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' could be seen as one, even though the fight itself isn't too difficult.
** However, Hojo at the end of Disc 2 would fit the description most accurately, being late in the plot, being an Act Boss, and also giving his own revelation before going into battle.

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* Jenova:LIFE in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' could be seen as one, even though the fight itself isn't too difficult.
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difficult. However, Hojo at the end of Disc 2 would fit the description most accurately, being late in the plot, being an Act Boss, and also giving his own revelation before going into battle.



* Hrist Valkyrie and [[spoiler:Odin]] in ''VideoGame/ValkyrieProfile2Silmeria''.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny'' has Lydon.

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* %%* Hrist Valkyrie and [[spoiler:Odin]] in ''VideoGame/ValkyrieProfile2Silmeria''.
* %%* ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny'' has Lydon.



* ''VideoGame/TalesOfLegendia'' has [[spoiler:Vaclav]].

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* %%* ''VideoGame/TalesOfLegendia'' has [[spoiler:Vaclav]].



* Magus in ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger''.
** From the same game, the HopelessBossFight against Lavos. It's actually winnable if you're of a high enough level, but you'll have to go through the NewGamePlus before you get to that point. And go through NewGamePlus ''several times'' before it ceases to be hard.
* [[spoiler:Asmodeus]] in ''VideoGame/StarOcean1''.
* Mother in ''VideoGame/{{Wild ARMS 1}}'', and Ziekfried in ''VideoGame/{{Wild ARMs 3}}''.
** Vinsfeld Rhadamanthus, BigBad of the first half of WildArms 2, fought at the transition point between the two halves of the game. Bucks tradition by including major plot points immediately after his boss fight, rather than before.
* [[spoiler:Shadow Mitsuo]], the boss of Void Quest in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}''. [[spoiler:Both in gameplay because he tends to be [[ThatOneBoss a brick wall for many players]], and in story because the Investigation Team thinks his arrest will bring the end of the kidnappings. [[YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle It doesn't.]]]]
** After this one, there's the bigger climax boss, Kunino-Sagiri, or as he could also be called, [[spoiler:Shadow Namatame. He has kidnapped your little cousin in an attempt to save her ([[ObliviouslyEvil or so he thinks]]), and at this point in time he is supposed to be considered the true killer. He can end up being the final boss of the game if you go with the bad ending. And on top of all that, [[ThatOneBoss he's another stone wall for players.]]]]
** Spin-off ''VideoGame/{{Persona Q Shadow Of The Labyrinth}}'' has a minor version in the form of the Old Doll FOE, which counts as this for the third labyrinth. Early on in the dungeon, it's only visible on the map and cannot be actually encountered. Then, it ambushes the player in a cutscene, but you escape. Then comes the last floor before the real boss fight, where it chases you through most of the floor. It ''will'' catch you at least once, and successfully trapping it is very much like a climax for that floor, though neither it nor the dungeon are over.

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* Magus in ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger''.
** From the same game,
In ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', the HopelessBossFight against Lavos. It's actually winnable if you're of a high enough level, but you'll have to go through the NewGamePlus before you get to that point. And go through NewGamePlus ''several times'' before it ceases to be hard.
* %%** Magus.
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[[spoiler:Asmodeus]] in ''VideoGame/StarOcean1''.
* %%* Mother in ''VideoGame/{{Wild ARMS 1}}'', and Ziekfried in ''VideoGame/{{Wild ARMs 3}}''.
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Vinsfeld Rhadamanthus, BigBad of the first half of WildArms 2, ''VideoGame/WildArms2'', is fought at the transition point between the two halves of the game. Bucks tradition by including major plot points immediately after his boss fight, rather than before.
%%* Ziekfried in ''VideoGame/{{Wild ARMs 3}}''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'':
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[[spoiler:Shadow Mitsuo]], the boss of Void Quest in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}''.Quest. [[spoiler:Both in gameplay because he tends to be [[ThatOneBoss a brick wall for many players]], and in story because the Investigation Team thinks his arrest will bring the end of the kidnappings. [[YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle It doesn't.]]]]
** After this one, there's the bigger climax boss, Kunino-Sagiri, or as he could also be called, [[spoiler:Shadow Namatame. He has kidnapped your little cousin in an attempt to save her ([[ObliviouslyEvil or so he thinks]]), and at this point in time he is supposed to be considered the true killer. He can end up being the final boss of the game if you go with the bad ending. And on top of all that, [[ThatOneBoss he's another stone wall for players.]]]]
** Spin-off * ''VideoGame/{{Persona Q Shadow Of The Labyrinth}}'' has a minor version in the form of the Labyrinth}}'':
** The
Old Doll FOE, which counts as this for the third labyrinth. Early on in the dungeon, it's only visible on the map and cannot be actually encountered. Then, it ambushes the player in a cutscene, but you escape. Then comes the last floor before the real boss fight, where it chases you through most of the floor. It ''will'' catch you at least once, and successfully trapping it is very much like a climax for that floor, though neither it nor the dungeon are over.



** Selvaria ''again'' in ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesIII'', because The Nameless is supposed to assassinate Prince Maximilian. Turns out she's the reason why nobody else tried doing this! [[spoiler:And then things goes downhill from there, with The Nameless branded as traitors and Gusurg missing, only to turn out to have switched sides.]]

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** * Selvaria ''again'' in ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesIII'', because The Nameless is supposed to assassinate Prince Maximilian. Turns out she's the reason why nobody else tried doing this! [[spoiler:And then things goes downhill from there, with The Nameless branded as traitors and Gusurg missing, only to turn out to have switched sides.]]



* In the [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver second]], [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire third]], [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl fourth]], and [[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY sixth]] generations of Pokémon, the fights against [[BigBad the leader of the local crime syndicate]] typically take place immediately before battling the eighth Gym Leader and put an end to the main conflict of the story. In the third, fourth, and sixth generations, the battle against the game's flagship legendary also takes place in the same scenario. The first generation mixes it up as [[spoiler:Giovanni, the BigBad, ''is'' the eighth Gym Leader.]] The [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite fifth]] generation abandons this formula completely; [[spoiler:the leader, Ghetsis, IS the FinalBoss. Instead, the last Gym Leader acts as a Climax Boss, what with the coolness of the Gym and the difficulty of the fight.]]

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* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
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In the [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver second]], [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire third]], [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl fourth]], and [[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY sixth]] generations of Pokémon, the fights against [[BigBad the leader of the local crime syndicate]] typically take place immediately before battling the eighth Gym Leader and put an end to the main conflict of the story. In the third, fourth, and sixth generations, the battle against the game's flagship legendary also takes place in the same scenario. The first generation mixes it up as [[spoiler:Giovanni, the BigBad, ''is'' the eighth Gym Leader.]] The [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite fifth]] generation abandons this formula completely; [[spoiler:the leader, Ghetsis, IS the FinalBoss. Instead, the last Gym Leader acts as a Climax Boss, what with the coolness of the Gym and the difficulty of the fight.]]



** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones'' has: Tirado, Carlyle (Eirika's route), [[spoiler:Vigarde]] (Ephraim's), Orson, and [[spoiler:Lyon]].

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** * ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones'' has: Tirado, Carlyle (Eirika's route), [[spoiler:Vigarde]] (Ephraim's), Orson, and [[spoiler:Lyon]].



** ZODIAC Virgo from the prequel ''VideoGame/RefleX'' counts. Ever since this mechanical terror destroyed the Human-Type Cancer, it's inevitable that the player has to fight it later on, resulting in one of the [[SequentialBoss longest boss fights in the game]] besides [[FinalBoss ZODIAC Libra]].
* Dread Bomber in ''{{Raiden}} II'' is the last boss before you go into space, has [[SequentialBoss four forms]], and is considerably harder than previous bosses.

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** * ZODIAC Virgo from the prequel ''VideoGame/RefleX'' counts.''VideoGame/RefleX''. Ever since this mechanical terror destroyed the Human-Type Cancer, it's inevitable that the player has to fight it later on, resulting in one of the [[SequentialBoss longest boss fights in the game]] besides [[FinalBoss ZODIAC Libra]].
* Dread Bomber in ''{{Raiden}} ''VideoGame/{{Raiden}} II'' is the last boss before you go into space, has [[SequentialBoss four forms]], and is considerably harder than previous bosses.



* Father Dagon from ''VideoGame/CallOfCthulhuDarkCornersOfTheEarth''.

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* %%* Father Dagon from ''VideoGame/CallOfCthulhuDarkCornersOfTheEarth''.



* ''SinAndPunishment'' has the battle against Kachua, which actually shares its battle theme with the final boss, and where Saki first transforms into a monster.
** The second has the fight at the end of Stage 6, a lengthy, 3-stage ordeal, ending in a hand-to-hand fight, and ultimately resulting in one of the characters being knocked out, and the other transforming into a monster in order to storm the final level.

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* ''SinAndPunishment'' has the ''VideoGame/SinAndPunishment'':
** The
battle against Kachua, which actually shares its battle theme with the final boss, and where Saki first transforms into a monster.
** The second has the fight at the end of Stage 6, a lengthy, 3-stage ordeal, ending in a hand-to-hand fight, and ultimately resulting in one of the characters being knocked out, and the other transforming into a monster in order to storm the final level.


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25th Jul '17 2:41:57 PM LucaEarlgrey
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* Maia Ouroboros in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiStrangeJourney'' is built up as [[DiscOneFinalBoss the last demon in your way of escape]] and is also the first major boss after the Tyrants. She is also a massive step up in difficulty after the already tough Asura and must be fought twice. If you follow the Law or Chaos routes, there is also [[spoiler:Commander Gore]]. He is regarded as one of the hardest bosses in the entire game, and will [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard restore half of his full HP when you first get it down to 0]]. Luckily, if you go Neutral, then this fight is avoided, as you are fighting for the good of humankind. On Neutral, the ClimaxBoss is [[spoiler: Zelenin]], your brainwashed former ally who guards two of the {{Mac Guffin}}s necessary to save the world.

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* ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' main games:
** As a general rule of thumb, bosses immediately before alignment lock or as a consequence of choosing your alignment tend to be this.
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Maia Ouroboros in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiStrangeJourney'' is built up as [[DiscOneFinalBoss the last demon in your way of escape]] and is also the first major boss after the Tyrants. She is also a massive step up in difficulty after the already tough Asura and must be fought twice. If you follow the Law or Chaos routes, there is also [[spoiler:Commander Gore]]. He is regarded as one of the hardest bosses in the entire game, and will [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard restore half of his full HP when you first get it down to 0]]. Luckily, if you go Neutral, then this fight is avoided, as you are fighting for the good of humankind. On Neutral, the ClimaxBoss is [[spoiler: Zelenin]], your brainwashed former ally who guards two of the {{Mac Guffin}}s necessary to save the world.



** Krishna, leader of the Divine Powers, serves this role, as the threat that the Divine Powers pose is [[TheDreaded enough]] to make humans, angels, and demons [[EnemyMine cease their three-way war]] [[TeethClenchedTeamwork as much as they need to]] in order to stop them. He is fought in Tsukiji Konganji, which he's set up as HQ for himself and his fellow polytheistic gods, and once he's downed, the first three factions go back to being at each other's throats. [[spoiler:Then it turns out the Powers all faked their defeats and they proceed with the next step of their plan for humanity's [[DeadlyEuphemism "salvation"]].]]
** After the second of two alignment locks, you either fight [[spoiler:Dagda]] on Bonds as [[spoiler:he takes your powers away in revenge for betraying him while Danu tries to make a new Dagda to keep you alive]], or [[spoiler:all of your partners (except Asahi, who's already dead by this point)]] on Massacre as [[spoiler:they try to stop you and by extension Dagda from carrying out your omnicidal plans to remake the universe]].

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** *** Krishna, leader of the Divine Powers, serves this role, as the threat that the Divine Powers pose is [[TheDreaded enough]] to make humans, angels, and demons [[EnemyMine cease their three-way war]] [[TeethClenchedTeamwork as much as they need to]] in order to stop them. He is fought in Tsukiji Konganji, which he's set up as HQ for himself and his fellow polytheistic gods, and once he's downed, the first three factions go back to being at each other's throats. [[spoiler:Then it turns out the Powers all faked their defeats and they proceed with the next step of their plan for humanity's [[DeadlyEuphemism "salvation"]].]]
** *** After the second of two alignment locks, you either fight [[spoiler:Dagda]] on Bonds as [[spoiler:he takes your powers away in revenge for betraying him while Danu tries to make a new Dagda to keep you alive]], or [[spoiler:all of your partners (except Asahi, who's already dead by this point)]] on Massacre as [[spoiler:they try to stop you and by extension Dagda from carrying out your omnicidal plans to remake the universe]].
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** ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse'' has Krishna, leader of the Divine Powers, serving this role, as the threat that the Divine Powers pose is [[TheDreaded enough]] to make humans, angels, and demons [[EnemyMine cease their three-way war]] [[TeethClenchedTeamwork as much as they need to]] in order to stop them. He is fought in Tsukiji Konganji, which he's set up as HQ for himself and his fellow polytheistic gods, and once he's downed, the first three factions go back to being at each other's throats. [[spoiler:Then it turns out the Powers all faked their defeats and they proceed with the next step of their plan for humanity's [[DeadlyEuphemism "salvation"]].]]

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** ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse'' has ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse'':
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Krishna, leader of the Divine Powers, serving serves this role, as the threat that the Divine Powers pose is [[TheDreaded enough]] to make humans, angels, and demons [[EnemyMine cease their three-way war]] [[TeethClenchedTeamwork as much as they need to]] in order to stop them. He is fought in Tsukiji Konganji, which he's set up as HQ for himself and his fellow polytheistic gods, and once he's downed, the first three factions go back to being at each other's throats. [[spoiler:Then it turns out the Powers all faked their defeats and they proceed with the next step of their plan for humanity's [[DeadlyEuphemism "salvation"]].]]]]
** After the second of two alignment locks, you either fight [[spoiler:Dagda]] on Bonds as [[spoiler:he takes your powers away in revenge for betraying him while Danu tries to make a new Dagda to keep you alive]], or [[spoiler:all of your partners (except Asahi, who's already dead by this point)]] on Massacre as [[spoiler:they try to stop you and by extension Dagda from carrying out your omnicidal plans to remake the universe]].
25th Jul '17 12:10:42 PM Luigiofthegods
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Boss fight usually occurring after a major revelation in the plot (e.g., about 2/3 into the game). Usually notable for being a long and difficult battle... that is, if its not a HopelessBossFight.

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Boss fight usually occurring after a major revelation in the plot (e.g., about 2/3 into the game). Usually notable for being a long and difficult battle... that is, if its it's not a HopelessBossFight.



Contrast AntiClimaxBoss, ThatOneBoss, FinalBoss. Inversion is TheUnfought, where this kind of battle is set up, but never happens. [[AccidentalInnuendo It isn't usually required to beat them in]] OrgasmicCombat.

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Not to be confused with PivotalBoss, which is literally so. Contrast AntiClimaxBoss, ThatOneBoss, FinalBoss. Inversion is TheUnfought, where this kind of battle is set up, but never happens. [[AccidentalInnuendo It isn't usually required to beat them in]] OrgasmicCombat.
18th Jul '17 9:56:46 AM nighttrainfm
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** Master Eraqus in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep''. Also, the final bosses of all three story modes might qualify since there is a FinalBoss for the game in the Final Episode unlocked after completing the three story modes.
** In ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance Kingdom Hearts 3D]]'', Sora has [[spoiler:Xemnas, who appears to drop bombshells about the Organization's purpose and ends Sora's storyline but not the game.]] Riku has [[spoiler:Xehanort's Heartless, and the teenage Xehanort]]. The last one is arguably more challenging than the final boss, who is fought after the villains' main plan is already stopped.

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** Master Eraqus for Terra's story in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep''. Also, the final bosses of all three story modes might qualify since there is a FinalBoss TrueFinalBoss for the game in the Final Episode unlocked after completing the three story modes.
** In ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance Kingdom Hearts 3D]]'', Sora has [[spoiler:Xemnas, who appears to drop bombshells about the Organization's purpose and ends Sora's storyline but not the game.]] Riku has [[spoiler:Xehanort's Heartless, and the teenage Xehanort]]. Xehanort.]] The last one is arguably more challenging than the final boss, who is fought after the villains' main plan is already stopped.
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* So you've rang the bell tower in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil3Nemesis'' and Jill declares "[[TemptingFate it's finally over]]" as the rescue helicopter descends. [[RecurringBoss Nemesis]] has other plans: he shoots down the helicopter, infects Jill with TheVirus, and it's the first time in the game you're actually forced to stand your ground and fight (either as the sick and dying Jill or [[BigDamnHeroes as Carlos]]). Cue a two day time skip, the game is far from over, and now Jill and Carlos are stuck in their DarkestHour.
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* Lazarus Malkoth in ''VideoGame/DarkWatch'' is a rare example where the BigBad qualifies as this trope instead of being the final confrontation. He is fought at the start of the story's final act when the main protagonist's lover Tala turned traitor and allowed his forces to invade the Darkwatch citadel.
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* The penultimate boss of ''VideoGame/{{Einhander}}'', Schwarzitgiest. After defeating the boss leads to the game's WhamEpisode.

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* The penultimate boss of ''VideoGame/{{Einhander}}'', Schwarzitgiest. After defeating the Schwarzgeist. Defeating this boss leads to right into the game's WhamEpisode.
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