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27th Jul '16 5:20:32 AM OldBen
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** Two main paths in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' also feature a boss like this - in ''Birthright'' Chapter 26, Avatar needs to defeat [[spoiler:Xander]], and in ''Conquest'' Chapter 25, they must fight [[spoiler:Ryoma]]. In both cases, Avatar and the boss start in an isolated chamber in the middle of the map, while other units start outside and need to fight regular enemies. However, you can interrupt the duel in ''Conquest'' version, where after defeating one(on Normal difficulty) or both(on Hard or Lunatic) minibosses, the chamber will open and your units will be able to swarm the boss.
4th Jul '16 4:35:26 PM Bugfragged
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* Halfway into ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsInTheSky SC'', Joshua will face Mueller Vander, a LightningBruiser MasterSwordsman. On paper, this trope is averted because you have Josette as a guest character. In practice, she will fall very quickly and will deal ScratchDamage, meaning Joshua may as well be alone.
2nd Jul '16 8:10:12 AM nighttrainfm
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* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', when you confront [[spoiler:Loghain at the Landsmeet]], regardless of whether you won or not you will end up in a duel with him. [[CombatByChampion You can choose any party member]], apart from your dog, for this, or just do it yourself.

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In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', when you confront [[spoiler:Loghain at the Landsmeet]], regardless of whether you won or not you will end up in a duel with him. [[CombatByChampion You can choose any party member]], apart from your dog, for this, or just do it yourself.
2nd Jul '16 8:09:22 AM nighttrainfm
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* This happens to Sora repeatedly in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsI'': first against [[spoiler:Riku]], then the [[RuleOfThree third]] Darkside fight, and then two rounds with [[FinalBoss Ansem]]. He also has optional one-on-ones with Hercules, the Ice Titan and Sephiroth (oh, and all the Olympus tournaments have a solo mode).

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This happens to Sora repeatedly in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsI'': first against [[spoiler:Riku]], then the [[RuleOfThree third]] Darkside fight, and then two rounds with [[FinalBoss Ansem]]. He also has optional one-on-ones with Hercules, the Ice Titan and Sephiroth (oh, and all the Olympus tournaments have a solo mode).



** There's some odd zig-zagging examples in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3D'' in the form of [[spoiler: Ansem]] and the [[spoiler: Armored Ventus Nightmare]]. The former starts you off solo against him, with your dream eater alllies trapped in the darkness below until you reality shift, at which point they can aid you until he destroys the platform you've created. The latter periodically gathers the darkness engulfing the arena [[DarkIsNotEvil (And by extension, your dream eaters)]] and weaponizes it, forcing you to go solo during that time.

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** There's some odd zig-zagging examples in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3D'' ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance'' in the form of [[spoiler: Ansem]] and the [[spoiler: Armored Ventus Nightmare]]. Nightmare.]] The former starts you off solo against him, with your dream eater Dream Eater alllies trapped in the darkness below until you reality shift, at which point they can aid you until he destroys the platform you've created. The latter periodically gathers the darkness engulfing the arena [[DarkIsNotEvil (And by extension, your dream eaters)]] Dream Eaters)]] and weaponizes it, forcing you to go solo during that time.
16th Jun '16 1:01:31 PM WillKeaton
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** Two of the "regular" bosses, an ice dragon and TheDragon, who's curiously not a dragon but merely a brute with double BFSes, incapacitate your comrades, both times appealing to CutscenePowerToTheMax and incapacitating both your comrades with attack that later only damage you and make you fight alone.

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** Two of the "regular" bosses, an ice dragon and TheDragon, who's curiously not a dragon but merely a brute with double BFSes, [=BFSes,=] incapacitate your comrades, both times appealing to CutscenePowerToTheMax and incapacitating both your comrades with attack that later only damage you and make you fight alone.
6th May '16 6:01:22 AM aye_amber
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea2}}'' there's a situation where you have to do a HopelessBossFight against Laharl. You CAN win, but it ends up being a non standard game over, so to progress the story you have to lose, which you will likely do anyways because your first play through you're likely, at best, level 60, and Laharl is level 1200. When you lose, you're suddenly given control of [[spoiler:Rozalin]] in a full powered form and are level 2000. This is the only time in the game this happens, and you have no base panel so you can't summon anyone else to aid this character. The battle might as well be scripted, though, as it's nearly impossible to lose to Laharl unless you're deliberately trying because [[spoiler:Rozalin]] [[TookALevelInBadass is suddenly dishing out way more damage than Laharl can even attempt]].

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea2}}'' ''VideoGame/Disgaea2CursedMemories'' there's a situation where you have to do a HopelessBossFight against Laharl. You CAN win, but it ends up being a non standard game over, so to progress the story you have to lose, which you will likely do anyways because your first play through you're likely, at best, level 60, and Laharl is level 1200. When you lose, you're suddenly given control of [[spoiler:Rozalin]] in a full powered form and are level 2000. This is the only time in the game this happens, and you have no base panel so you can't summon anyone else to aid this character. The battle might as well be scripted, though, as it's nearly impossible to lose to Laharl unless you're deliberately trying because [[spoiler:Rozalin]] [[TookALevelInBadass is suddenly dishing out way more damage than Laharl can even attempt]].
23rd Apr '16 5:41:17 PM MJTrooper
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* ''VideoGame/StarFoxZero'' has a one-on-one dogfight between Fox and Wolf.


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8th Apr '16 7:29:39 PM Arachnos
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* ''VideoGame/{{OFF}}'' has a rather peculiar example. If you pick the Judge ending, [[spoiler:you take control of the Judge and fight the Batter, your own PlayerCharacter, without his Add-Ons.]]

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* ''VideoGame/{{OFF}}'' has a rather peculiar example. If you pick the Judge ending, [[spoiler:you take control of the Judge and fight the Batter, your own PlayerCharacter, without his Add-Ons.Add-Ons ([[OneWingedAngel but in a monstrous form]]). Ironically, this fight is even easier than its opposite number (in which you fight The Judge, who has fairly low health, with Batter and all three Add-Ons), because the Judge can inflict Palsy, [[ZeroEffortBoss which stops the boss from doing anything]].]]
24th Feb '16 5:47:32 PM MegaMarioMan
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* In ''RatchetDeadlocked'', you spend most missions benefiting from fire support courtesy a pair of robots, who will also do most of the tedious unlocking bits and pieces so you can focus on killing everything in the area with [[MoreDakka machineguns]]. ''Every'' boss fight except Shellshock (whose battle takes place outside of the Battledome) takes these guys away, leaving you fighting solo against an experienced gladiator. Luckily Ratchet has saved at least two galaxies...

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* In ''RatchetDeadlocked'', ''VideoGame/RatchetDeadlocked'', you spend most missions benefiting from fire support courtesy a pair of robots, who will also do most of the tedious unlocking bits and pieces so you can focus on killing everything in the area with [[MoreDakka machineguns]]. ''Every'' boss fight except Shellshock (whose battle takes place outside of the Battledome) takes these guys away, leaving you fighting solo against an experienced gladiator. Luckily Ratchet has saved at least two galaxies...
24th Feb '16 2:12:42 PM Adept
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** In ''FinalFantasyTacticsA2'', after getting [[spoiler:Frimelda]] to join your party they have a special mission of their own where they fight Ghi Yelgi one-on-one.

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** In ''FinalFantasyTacticsA2'', ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2'', after getting [[spoiler:Frimelda]] to join your party they have a special mission of their own where they fight Ghi Yelgi one-on-one.



** In ''FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance'', there is a chapter where the main character, Marche, is trapped in a room with the BigBad's [[TheDragon Dragon]], Llednar Twem, and must fight him alone. Unfortunately, this is also a HopelessBossFight, and Marche's only options are to run and heal until reinforcements arrive. An alternate trick is available to well-prepared Thieves, as stealing the enemy's entire outfit leaves him very ineffectual (and gives you his outfit, which is quite useful for the point in the story the fight is at). The Damage to MP skill also makes the battle quite trival, because overflow damage doesn't hit HP (and you regain 5 MP a turn).

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** In ''FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance'', ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance'', there is a chapter where the main character, Marche, is trapped in a room with the BigBad's [[TheDragon Dragon]], Llednar Twem, and must fight him alone. Unfortunately, this is also a HopelessBossFight, and Marche's only options are to run and heal until reinforcements arrive. An alternate trick is available to well-prepared Thieves, as stealing the enemy's entire outfit leaves him very ineffectual (and gives you his outfit, which is quite useful for the point in the story the fight is at). The Damage to MP skill also makes the battle quite trival, because overflow damage doesn't hit HP (and you regain 5 MP a turn).



* In ''{{Disgaea2}}'' there's a situation where you have to do a HopelessBossFight against Laharl. You CAN win, but it ends up being a non standard game over, so to progress the story you have to lose, which you will likely do anyways because your first play through you're likely, at best, level 60, and Laharl is level 1200. When you lose, you're suddenly given control of [[spoiler:Rozalin]] in a full powered form and are level 2000. This is the only time in the game this happens, and you have no base panel so you can't summon anyone else to aid this character. The battle might as well be scripted, though, as it's nearly impossible to lose to Laharl unless you're deliberately trying because [[spoiler:Rozalin]] [[TookALevelInBadass is suddenly dishing out way more damage than Laharl can even attempt]].
* ''FireEmblem Radiant Dawn'' (quoted above) features a twist on this battle: Ike and the BlackKnight fight each other on one half of the battlefield, while everyone else fights on the other half; neither half can interfere with the other. Being a tactical RPG, a simple duel would be short and not require much strategy (such a duel is featured near the end of ''FireEmblem Path of Radiance'', where it is quite luck based); in fact, the only thing that prevents the player from just killing him in under 2 turns is '''1)''' EXP (being 3 fractions of a chapter away from the end boss, you likely don't need it) and '''2)''' getting the other boss's [[InfinityPlusOneSword Infinity Plus One Lance]].

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* In ''{{Disgaea2}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea2}}'' there's a situation where you have to do a HopelessBossFight against Laharl. You CAN win, but it ends up being a non standard game over, so to progress the story you have to lose, which you will likely do anyways because your first play through you're likely, at best, level 60, and Laharl is level 1200. When you lose, you're suddenly given control of [[spoiler:Rozalin]] in a full powered form and are level 2000. This is the only time in the game this happens, and you have no base panel so you can't summon anyone else to aid this character. The battle might as well be scripted, though, as it's nearly impossible to lose to Laharl unless you're deliberately trying because [[spoiler:Rozalin]] [[TookALevelInBadass is suddenly dishing out way more damage than Laharl can even attempt]].
* ''FireEmblem ''VideoGame/FireEmblem Radiant Dawn'' (quoted above) features a twist on this battle: Ike and the BlackKnight fight each other on one half of the battlefield, while everyone else fights on the other half; neither half can interfere with the other. Being a tactical RPG, a simple duel would be short and not require much strategy (such a duel is featured near the end of ''FireEmblem Path of Radiance'', where it is quite luck based); in fact, the only thing that prevents the player from just killing him in under 2 turns is '''1)''' EXP (being 3 fractions of a chapter away from the end boss, you likely don't need it) and '''2)''' getting the other boss's [[InfinityPlusOneSword Infinity Plus One Lance]].



* ''OgreBattle 64'' has Grozz Nuy, the Divine Dragon, whom you must beat if you want to get the Sword of Tiamat and unlock the Dragoon class. You'll face off against him with the leader of whichever unit you sent. He's actually really easy to beat as long as you send someone that gets three attacks per turn.

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* ''OgreBattle ''VideoGame/OgreBattle 64'' has Grozz Nuy, the Divine Dragon, whom you must beat if you want to get the Sword of Tiamat and unlock the Dragoon class. You'll face off against him with the leader of whichever unit you sent. He's actually really easy to beat as long as you send someone that gets three attacks per turn.



* In ''LaPucelleTactics'', Captain Homard has a duel with Demon Lord Veloute, the last of Noir's Demon Lord lieutenants and the one who murdered Homard's parents. It's pretty much Unwinnable...for Veloute since Homard unlocks his Burning Soul super move (which deals ''massive'' damage to demon lords like Veloute) during the fight.

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* In ''LaPucelleTactics'', ''VideoGame/LaPucelle Tactics'', Captain Homard has a duel with Demon Lord Veloute, the last of Noir's Demon Lord lieutenants and the one who murdered Homard's parents. It's pretty much Unwinnable...for Veloute since Homard unlocks his Burning Soul super move (which deals ''massive'' damage to demon lords like Veloute) during the fight.
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