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8th May '16 12:45:24 PM Steven
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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' has a few bosses that are essentially the classes players use (Thamatuge, Archer, Lancer, etc) and can use the same skills as the player can. However, some of the boss characters will use skills that are unique to them and can't be used by the players.

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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' has ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'':
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a few bosses that are essentially the classes players use (Thamatuge, Archer, Lancer, etc) and can use the same skills as the player can. However, some of the boss characters will use skills that are unique to them and can't be used by the players.players.
** This becomes the high point in the level 50 Dark Knight job quest with some foreshadowing leading up to it. [[spoiler: Fray, your companion throughout the Dark Knight job quests, isn't really Fray at all. Instead, they're a manifestation of your dark persona that is composed of your frustrations, anger, exhaustion, and just plain bitterness of always having to play the hero to the realm and getting nothing in return beyond a thank you. Your darker side fights you to gain complete control over you since you refuse to give in to them and they use the same exact techniques you use as a Dark Knight while also having some unique abilities of their own.]]
30th Apr '16 1:25:52 AM DarkHunter
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* In ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsIII'', [[spoiler: the Soul of Cinder is a composite of Gwyn and every Lord of Cinder who followed him, including the protagonists of the first two games. So it's only natural that he fights just like a player character in his first phase, using spells, miracles, pyromancies, abilities, and even tactics that veteran players will instantly recognize. In his second phase, he trades this out for a more powerful version of Gwyn's moveset.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsIII'', [[spoiler: the Soul of Cinder is a composite of Gwyn and every Lord of Cinder who followed him, including the protagonists of the first two games. So it's only natural that he fights just like a player character in his first phase, using spells, miracles, pyromancies, abilities, and even tactics that veteran players will instantly recognize. In fact, the Soul of Cinder does very little that the player cannot do themselves, if they have the proper equipment and spells attuned, although some of the Soul's variants of the techniques are more powerful versions of what the player has access to.In his second phase, he trades this out for a more powerful version of Gwyn's moveset.]]
25th Apr '16 11:40:54 AM Quanyails
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* A slight variation in ''StarTrekThe25thAnniversary'', where the final boss is a copy of the ''Enterprise'' but with plasma cannons and two escorts that show up about a minute into the fight.

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* A slight variation in ''StarTrekThe25thAnniversary'', ''VideoGame/{{Star Trek The 25th Anniversary}}'', where the final boss is a copy of the ''Enterprise'' but with plasma cannons and two escorts that show up about a minute into the fight.
25th Apr '16 11:38:48 AM Quanyails
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** Terra's final boss in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'' exclusively uses Terra's own moves against him. His best moves, like Quake and Meteor, Chaos Blade, and the like, and his two best Shotlocks: Dark Salvo and [[{{BFG}} Ultima Cannon]]. He can even go into Command Styles that Terra is able to use -- specifically, Dark Impulse. He can even do things that normally only the player characters can do, like dash, block, counterattack, and ''[heal himself with Cure spells'' (he even chuckles when he whips that one out). This is all handily explained by the fact that [[spoiler:Terra's final boss is ''Terra himself''. Specifically, it's Master Xehanort after having [[GrandTheftMe taken over Terra's body]]. You play as Terra's cast-off armor, which has [[AnimatedArmor risen up to fight]] under the influence of Terra's memories.]]

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** Terra's final boss in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'' exclusively uses Terra's own moves against him. His best moves, like Quake and Meteor, Chaos Blade, and the like, and his two best Shotlocks: Dark Salvo and [[{{BFG}} Ultima Cannon]]. He can even go into Command Styles that Terra is able to use -- specifically, Dark Impulse. He can even do things that normally only the player characters can do, like dash, block, counterattack, and ''[heal ''heal himself with Cure spells'' (he even chuckles when he whips that one out). This is all handily explained by the fact that [[spoiler:Terra's final boss is ''Terra himself''. Specifically, it's Master Xehanort after having [[GrandTheftMe taken over Terra's body]]. You play as Terra's cast-off armor, which has [[AnimatedArmor risen up to fight]] under the influence of Terra's memories.]]
10th Apr '16 6:27:25 PM MrUnderhill
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* In ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsIII'', [[spoiler: the Soul of Cinder is a composite of Gwyn and every Lord of Cinder who followed him, including the protagonists of the first two games. So it's only natural that he fights just like a player character in his first phase, using spells, miracles, pyromancies, abilities, and even tactics that veteran players will instantly recognize. In his second phase, he trades this out for a more powerful version of Gwyn's moveset.]]
29th Nov '15 7:36:58 PM nombretomado
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* In the SegaGenesis version of ''VideoGame/{{ESWAT}}'', the final boss is a man in a red version of your PoweredArmor, with several upgrades such as the ability to fire charged shots without charging.

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* In the SegaGenesis UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis version of ''VideoGame/{{ESWAT}}'', the final boss is a man in a red version of your PoweredArmor, with several upgrades such as the ability to fire charged shots without charging.
7th Nov '15 3:54:44 PM Prfnoff
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** Bolverk from ''Franchise/DevilMayCry 2'' is often described as that game's equivalent of Nelo Angelo. He also has a connection to Dante (his father Sparda killed Bolverk's comrades, who were reincarnated as wolves) but it doesn't really come up in the plot.
** Vergil, Dante's [[CainAndAbel evil twin brother]] from ''Franchise/DevilMayCry 3''. [[spoiler:Yes, the same one who becomes Nelo Angelo.]] He is one of the game's main antagonists, and is an equivalent of Dante in almost every way; not only does he have his own [[SuperMode Devil Trigger]] form, he also [[PowerCopying turns Beowulf into a weapon]] like Dante does to the other bosses.
** Dante himself fills this role in ''Franchise/DevilMayCry 4'' when he goes up against Nero. [[spoiler:Angelo Credo]] counts as well.

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** Bolverk from ''Franchise/DevilMayCry 2'' ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry2'' is often described as that game's equivalent of Nelo Angelo. He also has a connection to Dante (his father Sparda killed Bolverk's comrades, who were reincarnated as wolves) but it doesn't really come up in the plot.
** Vergil, Dante's [[CainAndAbel evil twin brother]] from ''Franchise/DevilMayCry 3''.''VideoGame/DevilMayCry3''. [[spoiler:Yes, the same one who becomes Nelo Angelo.]] He is one of the game's main antagonists, and is an equivalent of Dante in almost every way; not only does he have his own [[SuperMode Devil Trigger]] form, he also [[PowerCopying turns Beowulf into a weapon]] like Dante does to the other bosses.
** Dante himself fills this role in ''Franchise/DevilMayCry 4'' ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry4'' when he goes up against Nero. [[spoiler:Angelo Credo]] counts as well.



* ''GargoylesQuest II'' had a literal Mirror Boss, a magic mirror who could transform into a copy of your character. There was [[PuzzleBoss a trick]] to beating it: [[spoiler:any damage you inflict while it's copying you is reflected back on you, so you can only attack it while it's in its natural mirror form]].

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* ''GargoylesQuest ''VideoGame/GargoylesQuest II'' had a literal Mirror Boss, a magic mirror who could transform into a copy of your character. There was [[PuzzleBoss a trick]] to beating it: [[spoiler:any damage you inflict while it's copying you is reflected back on you, so you can only attack it while it's in its natural mirror form]].



* Kojiro in ''BraveFencerMusashi'', a child swords[[strike:man]]boy summoned by Princess Fillet using the same [[SummonEverymanHero Hero Summon]] spell that called Musashi... but instead of rescuing her, he decides to kidnap her to goad Musashi into a duel. Also, the final boss, [[spoiler:Dark Lumina fused with Kojiro]], uses elemental attacks from the same five elements as Musashi's scrolls as well as a sword combo.

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* Kojiro in ''BraveFencerMusashi'', ''VideoGame/BraveFencerMusashi'', a child swords[[strike:man]]boy summoned by Princess Fillet using the same [[SummonEverymanHero Hero Summon]] spell that called Musashi... but instead of rescuing her, he decides to kidnap her to goad Musashi into a duel. Also, the final boss, [[spoiler:Dark Lumina fused with Kojiro]], uses elemental attacks from the same five elements as Musashi's scrolls as well as a sword combo.
9th Oct '15 12:07:18 PM Ganondox
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* DopplegangerAttack, where the boss summons copies of itself rather than the player.
20th Sep '15 8:56:14 AM Enlong
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** In ''Plague of Shadows'', the boss of the Explodatorium is [[spoiler:Shovel Knight himself, who fights even more like the player would; moving erratically, reflecting projectile, and using Relics]]. The penultimate boss fight against [[spoiler:the Plague of Shadows, which fights the same s Plague Knight does in Shovel Knight's story]], also counts.
9th Sep '15 10:55:10 AM Mhazard
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Depending on how close the boss' abilities are to the hero's, there may have to be some form of [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard "cheating"]] to insure that the boss is still a challenge. Giving them [[ContractualBossImmunity special immunities]] to things that would normally destroy the player, some SecretAIMoves to separate them from the hero, or just any general application of MyRulesAreNotYourRules to prevent the player from exploiting certain weaknesses. In a rare occasion, a Mirror Boss can turn out to be controlled by another player, as a PvP match in a boss's clothing.

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Depending on how close the boss' abilities are to the hero's, there may have to be some form of [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard "cheating"]] to insure that the boss is still a challenge. Giving them [[ContractualBossImmunity special immunities]] to things that would normally destroy the player, some SecretAIMoves to separate them from the hero, or just any general application of MyRulesAreNotYourRules to prevent the player from exploiting certain weaknesses. In a rare occasion, a Mirror Boss can turn out to be controlled by another player, as a PvP match in a boss's boss' clothing.
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