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16th Jun '18 9:00:26 PM nintendofanboy77
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* In ''VideoGame/SuperMarioOdyssey'', after leaving the [[LevelAte Luncheon]] [[CloudCuckooland Kingdom]], Bowser sics a previously unseen enemy, [[spoiler:the Lord of Lightning]], on Mario. Said enemy is [[spoiler:a massive [[NonstandardCharacterDesign photo-realistic]] dragon who looks like he flew in from ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' and is fought in grim, crumbling arena that would fit comfortably in ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsIII'']]. No explanation is offered for where he came from or what he is.

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* In ''VideoGame/SuperMarioOdyssey'', after leaving the [[LevelAte Luncheon]] [[CloudCuckooland Kingdom]], Bowser sics a previously unseen enemy, [[spoiler:the Lord of Lightning]], the [[spoiler:Ruined Dragon]], on Mario. Said enemy is [[spoiler:a massive [[NonstandardCharacterDesign photo-realistic]] dragon who looks like he flew in from ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' and is fought in grim, crumbling arena that would fit comfortably in ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsIII'']]. No explanation is offered for where he came from or what he is.
12th Jun '18 8:21:52 PM Gamermaster
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** And even before the Wiggler fight, in the area that ties the main overworld with Chucklehuck Woods, there's a moment where you have to go through a maze of barrels where you can barely even see the Bros. Once you get to the end of the maze, the bro in back has been replaced with some green guy who promptly runs ahead once the bro in front realizes that the man behind him is not his brother. Once Mario and Luigi enter the next room, the green man (whose name is Popple) is talking with his sidekick, Rookie ([[spoiler: Bowser had gained amnesia]]), and suddenly realizes the Mario Bros are watching, and engages a fight.

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** And even before the Wiggler fight, in the area that ties the main overworld with Chucklehuck Woods, there's a moment where you have to go through a maze of barrels where you can barely even see the Bros. Once you get to the end of the maze, the bro in back has been replaced with some green guy who promptly runs ahead once the bro in front realizes that the man behind him is not his brother. Once Mario and Luigi enter the next room, the green man (whose name is Popple) is talking with his sidekick, Rookie ([[spoiler: Bowser ([[spoiler:Bowser had gained amnesia]]), and suddenly realizes the Mario Bros are watching, and engages a fight.
29th May '18 11:18:52 AM DanteVin
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* ''VideoGame/GranblueFantasy'': Chapter 75 has the Rock Winger, a very large bird acting as a boss while being extremely durable and hits as hard as the powerful Primal Beasts. However, the game does not even give an explanation as to why it is so strong. Unprepared players can have a hard time fighting it.
30th Apr '18 2:39:04 PM Malady
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** Most of the creatures in the original ResidentEvil and its remake are this if you think about it. The Yawn gets foreshadowed by Richard, but if he's dead by the time that you reach him, then it comes as a huge surprise. The Web-Spinners just show up in the residence, same with the adders and hornets. The crows can attack you if you check on Forest's corpse without Barry, or if you press the wrong button in a certain puzzle room. The hunters get a short intro scene, but there is no mention of their existence before hand. The Chimera get a dedicated file to them, but it's after you've already run into a half a dozen of them. Really, the only creatures with an undisputed foreshadowing are the zombies, the Cerberus', Plant 42, the Neptunes, and the Tyrant, the last two of which are the only two with a dedicated holding cell.

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** Most of the creatures in the original ResidentEvil VideoGame/{{Resident Evil 1}} and its remake are this if you think about it. The Yawn gets foreshadowed by Richard, but if he's dead by the time that you reach him, then it comes as a huge surprise. The Web-Spinners just show up in the residence, same with the adders and hornets. The crows can attack you if you check on Forest's corpse without Barry, or if you press the wrong button in a certain puzzle room. The hunters get a short intro scene, but there is no mention of their existence before hand. The Chimera get a dedicated file to them, but it's after you've already run into a half a dozen of them. Really, the only creatures with an undisputed foreshadowing are the zombies, the Cerberus', Plant 42, the Neptunes, and the Tyrant, the last two of which are the only two with a dedicated holding cell.
23rd Apr '18 3:36:22 PM nombretomado
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Note that, [[IThoughtItMeant contrary to what the name might at first seem to indicate]], the Space Flea is not always an EldritchAbomination, though overlap is possible. If it makes sense in the plot, it is not this regardless of how weird the boss might be. In other words, [[VideoGame/ChronoTrigger Lavos]], [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Jenova]] and any other alien world-destroying parasites that are essential to the storyline of the game do not qualify, even if they're literal space fleas from the darkest depths of the universe. In more fantastical settings, they tend to be SingleSpecimenSpecies.

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Note that, [[IThoughtItMeant [[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant contrary to what the name might at first seem to indicate]], the Space Flea is not always an EldritchAbomination, though overlap is possible. If it makes sense in the plot, it is not this regardless of how weird the boss might be. In other words, [[VideoGame/ChronoTrigger Lavos]], [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Jenova]] and any other alien world-destroying parasites that are essential to the storyline of the game do not qualify, even if they're literal space fleas from the darkest depths of the universe. In more fantastical settings, they tend to be SingleSpecimenSpecies.
29th Mar '18 2:59:24 AM Robotnik
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** A giant Blooper is also fought in ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' in Rogueport Sewers, with only slightly more justification; the only way for Mario to proceed is to hammer the tentacle conspicuously poking up out of the water (otherwise, the Blooper would have no reason to fight him anyway); defeating the Blooper in question [[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext causes platforms that can be jumped across to appear]].
20th Mar '18 3:47:38 PM nombretomado
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* Every boss in ''VideoGame/SuperStarWars'' is a Giant Space Flea From Nowhere, including the Jawas' lava monster, a giant womp rat, and a mech in the Death Star. ''Super Empire Strikes Back'' was somewhat good about bosses making sense (giant probe droids aside), but then ''Super Return of the Jedi'' includes a boss fight with EV9D9 (Jabba's torture droid) in an Ewok Village, and a green fire-breathing tiger thing. What makes this an {{egregious}} example, though, is the fact that they tend to use these ''even when there was a real boss from the movies that would make more sense''. For example, in the Cantina Fight, there's a random giant dinosaur alien in place of simply making Greedo the level boss; there's a couple of Greedo-like mooks, but that's it.

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* Every boss in ''VideoGame/SuperStarWars'' is a Giant Space Flea From Nowhere, including the Jawas' lava monster, a giant womp rat, and a mech in the Death Star. ''Super Empire Strikes Back'' was somewhat good about bosses making sense (giant probe droids aside), but then ''Super Return of the Jedi'' includes a boss fight with EV9D9 (Jabba's torture droid) in an Ewok Village, and a green fire-breathing tiger thing. What makes this an {{egregious}} JustForFun/{{egregious}} example, though, is the fact that they tend to use these ''even when there was a real boss from the movies that would make more sense''. For example, in the Cantina Fight, there's a random giant dinosaur alien in place of simply making Greedo the level boss; there's a couple of Greedo-like mooks, but that's it.
17th Mar '18 4:32:07 PM thatother1dude
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[[folder:Non-video game Examples]]
[[AC: Advertisements]]
* One [[DeliciousFruitPies Hostess comic ad]] featured a giant flea market-eating flea that was stopped when ComicBook/CaptainMarVell [[http://farm1.static.flickr.com/176/422265022_eec9fe090b_b.jpg used Twinkies as bait to trap it.]]

[[AC: Anime and Manga]]
* In the very last part of the ''Franchise/{{Naruto}}'' series, Kaguya Otsutsuki shows up out of the blue and every bad thing that ever happened in the universe was attributed to her influence so the Uchiha couldn't be held responsible for all the evil things they did. It's very jarring considering every other villain in the series had heavy foreshadowing, or was a henchman of someone important. It's especially jarring considering the many years and hundred chapters spent with Madara and a man calling himself Madara being the BigBad of the story and at least 2 or so years in the final battle against both him and his [[DragonInChief dragon]] Obito. After all this, she's mentioned, introduced, and defeated within the final 40 chapters.
* The dragon near the end of ''[[Anime/PrettyCureAllStars Pretty Cure All Stars Spring Carnival]]''. Even the Cures themselves admit this.
* ''Manga/SgtFrog'': More like Giant Space Plant-based Moisture-hungry Seasonally-Appearing Creature... Thing From Nowhere.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOh'':
** After building up Malik as the Big Bad for Battle City, his dark side takes over and becomes the true antagonist. There was absolutely no foreshadowing and Dark Malik was made into a CardCarryingVillain [[note]]whether this pun was intended remains as of yet unknown[[/note]] to make his villainous alter-ego seem more sympathetic.
** The entirety of Season 2 was building up to the battle against Marik's dark side in the Battle City finals, but the first half of Season 3 suddenly presents a new villain in the form of Kaiba's adoptive father, Gozaburo, who traps the main characters in cyberspace. After his defeat, the arc is never spoken of again and Battle City resumes as if nothing had happened; Kaiba even lampshades how out-of-nowhere and pointless the entire thing was in the English dub.

[[AC:Comic Books]]
* DC Comics' ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'' kept building Darkseid up to be the final villain, but in the end Mandrakk the Dark Monitor showed up out of nowhere to be the real threat. This is mostly because the ''Superman Beyond'' miniseries, which explained him to be the GreaterScopeVillain, ended up getting delayed.

[[AC: Fanworks]]
* In the ''Anime/SonicX'' fanfic ''FanFic/DontKeepYourDistance'', the main characters meet a giant robot of Dr. Eggman's in the forest. It attacks them and they manage to kill it by toppling its heavy body onto the ground, but Star, another of Eggman's robots who has turned good and joined the heroes, feels miserably guilty. Nevertheless, the incident hasn't come up since, likely appearing only to show the extent of Star's emotions.

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* In the Made for DVD movie of ''Series/TokumeiSentaiGobusters'', the titular characters have to fight against a demon named Azazel. The enemies of the original series are all made from data and therefore fit a robotic/technological theme, while Azazel is a supernatural demon, despite demons not being an established part of the Go-Busters universe. He also literally comes from nowhere.

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* ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' begins with a creation story and then mostly details the struggles of the [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Ainur]] against [[SatanicArchetype Melkor]]. Just when it seems that Melkor has been driven off and the Ainur and Elves are granted a breather, he suddenly comes back, except this time he's accompanied by [[GiantSpider Ungoliant]], a mountain-sized demon spider, who was never mentioned up until that point, and whose origins and fate are only speculated on, even by the narrator. After drinking the light from the Two Trees of Valinor, Ungoliant becomes so powerful that she actually [[EvilVersusOblivion threatens to eat Melkor and then devour all creation]]. After being driven off by a host of Balrogs she is never seen again, except for a note mentioning that she may have eventually gone crazy and devoured herself.
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': Just one fight left. Environment is herding the survivors towards the lake for a final brawl. [[spoiler: SUDDENLY WOLVES!]]
* In the last book of the ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' series, after the Yeerks' invasion of Earth is stopped, four of the Animorphs go into space to hunt down a band that escaped in the Blade ship. When they find them, they're worshiping a creature ([[spoiler:that has possessed Ax]]) called The One, who has no foreshadowing whatsoever. [[BolivianArmyEnding We don't even get to see what happens]]. WordOfGod has even {{Jossed}} any theories that try to connect it with the series' mythology, such as it being the unknown being who chased [[CosmicHorror Crayak]] out of his home galaxy or the one who showed [[TheLeader Jake]] a fake BadFuture. The Blog/CinnamonBunzuh blog puts it best:
--> '''Ifi:''' [[LastEpisodeNewCharacter Three pages left in the book, yes, this is the perfect time to introduce this character]].
* The first book of ''{{Literature/Twilight}}'' has three evil vampires James, Laurent and Victoria appearing suddenly in the third act to serve as antagonists. The film adaptation averts this by showing them earlier, as well as mentioning the disappearances of several locals.
* In the first book in ''Literature/TheWorstWitch'', Mildred decides to run away from school towards the end - and stumbles across a band of {{Wicked Witch}}es plotting to take over Cackle's. They're led by Miss Cackle's never-mentioned before EvilTwin sister Agatha. The TV series turns this part of the book into a two-part episode, and foreshadows Agatha by having her appear as a guest at the Halloween celebrations.

[[AC:Music]]
* A musical example: Music/ElioELeStorieTese's song "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7x2_c22UsTI Supermassiccio]]" is actually ''about'' Giant Space Fleas from The Future that came out of a black hole. No, it's not supposed to make any sense.

[[AC:Theatre]]
* In the Broadway version of ''[[{{Disney/Tarzan}} Disney's Tarzan]]'', instead of being chased by a group of baboons Jane is captured by a giant spider.

[[AC:Web Original]]
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'', when the main characters complain that they live in a classic fantasy world and that the Warmech hunting them is completely thematically inappropriate.
* ''Roleplay/DestroyTheGodmodder'': Almost every boss that ever pops up. The paradox monster, the grandmatriarch army, Lord Helix...
* In ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'', from the [[OurTrollsAreDifferent Troll's]] point of view, [[RealityWarper Bec]] [[OmnicidalManiac Noir]] is this [[UnwinnableByInsanity to their game of SBURB]]. Especially since [[ItMakesSenseInContext he came from a completely different session of the game.]]
* Most ''WebVideo/EpicRapBattlesOfHistory'' are billed as 1-on-1 showdowns, but occasionally a third fictional[=/=]historical character ([[ExaggeratedTrope and sometimes a fourth and fifth as well]]) will appear near the end to rap against both of the original combatants.
* ''WebVideo/PlayStationAccess'': This was discussed in a few of the entries in ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-_kBaXN4nc 7 Times The Final Boss Wasn't Really The Final Boss]]".

[[AC:Western Animation]]
* In the five episode second season multi-parter of ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales''. The first four parts all focus on the Beagle Boys trying to steal Scrooge's money, and eventually using it to successfully take over the entire town. Then part five comes in, and suddenly robotic aliens appear and steal the Money Bin forcing Scrooge, Launchpad, and Gizmoduck to chase after them while the Beagle Boys are almost completely forgotten.
* ''Three's A Crowd'' of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has Twilight Sparkle and Cadance's day invaded by Discord who's sick and needs care from his "friends", which culminates in the trio going to the middle of absolute nowhere to pick a flower that will treat his illness. So they pick it and '''OUT OF NOWHERE GIANT-ASSED WORM'''. It appears so spontaneously you half expect a [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda boss subtitle and battle music]].
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17th Mar '18 12:47:02 AM Robotnik
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** The ghosts that abduct the cows in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask''. Who are they, what are they, and why are they there all go unexplained, and they have no bearing on the plot whatsoever.

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** The ghosts ghosts/aliens/whatever that abduct the cows from Romani Ranch in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask''. Who are they, they are, what are they, they are, and why are they are there all go unexplained, and though they're somewhat important to a subplot involving the ranch itself, they have no bearing on the overall plot whatsoever.
16th Mar '18 6:30:48 AM Koveras
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* ''CybermageDarklightAwakening''. You've fought your way through all manner of gun-toting {{mooks}}, [[MechaMook killer robots]] and genetically-engineered SuperSoldiers in high-tech research labs, a crime-infested WretchedHive, the headquarters of a Megacorporation, a blasted-out battlefield, and an AbsurdlySpaciousSewer (twice) - all bread-and-butter for a FirstPersonShooter in the CyberPunk genre. Then right before TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon you find yourself inside a gothic citadel with unmistakably medieval architecture, fighting off robed cultists and [[LivingShadow LivingShadows]] that wouldn't look horribly out of place in Origin Systems Inc's other game, ''{{VideoGame/Ultima}}''. Even AllThereInTheManual sheds no light on the in-universe origins or plot significance of this place.

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* ''CybermageDarklightAwakening''. You've fought your way through all manner of gun-toting {{mooks}}, [[MechaMook killer robots]] and genetically-engineered SuperSoldiers in high-tech research labs, a crime-infested WretchedHive, the headquarters of a Megacorporation, a blasted-out battlefield, and an AbsurdlySpaciousSewer (twice) - all bread-and-butter for a FirstPersonShooter in the CyberPunk genre. Then right before TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon you find yourself inside a gothic citadel with unmistakably medieval architecture, fighting off robed cultists and [[LivingShadow LivingShadows]] that wouldn't look horribly out of place in Origin Systems Creator/OriginSystems Inc's other game, ''{{VideoGame/Ultima}}''. Even AllThereInTheManual sheds no light on the in-universe origins or plot significance of this place.
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