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28th Aug '17 11:37:22 AM nighttrainfm
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** ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2'' has [[spoiler:Xion]], who not only fights a lot like Sora from the first game, but also has several of his special attacks, including Sonic Blade, Ragnarok, and Ars Arcanum. [[spoiler:Which makes sense, considering what [[strike:she]] it [[OppositeSexClone is.]]]] Not to mention that in its Final Form, it will use Sora's [[LimitBreak Trinity Limit]] on you.
** 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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** ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2'' has [[spoiler:Xion]], who not only fights a lot like Sora from the first game, but also has several of his special attacks, including Sonic Blade, Ragnarok, and Ars Arcanum. [[spoiler: Her]] final form even has an attack that resembles Trinity Limit. [[spoiler:Which makes sense, considering what [[strike:she]] it [[OppositeSexClone is.]]]] Not to mention that in its Final Form, it will use she's built out of Sora's [[LimitBreak Trinity Limit]] on you.
memories.]]
** Terra's final boss in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'' exclusively uses Terra's own moves against him. His best ''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.]]
25th Jul '17 1:18:51 PM VVK
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* In ''{{VideoGame/Hexen}}'', you can choose to play as either the Fighter, the Mage or the Cleric. You also have to defeat all the heads of the orders to which each of the character classes belong to; they look like the player characters and have about the same abilities... including low hit points. They usually have their class's most powerful weapons, although Menelkir the Mage sometimes has to make do with the second most powerful.
15th Jun '17 12:11:18 AM harharhar
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* Kojack, the Access Hangar boss in ''VideoGame/MadWorld'', looks a lot like Jack and fights identically to him on a motorcycle. The commentators, of course, have a field day with this -- "Jack must feel like he's kicking his own ass!" [[BreatherBoss He's hardly a threat, though.]]
** Less notable but still present is [[spoiler: the final boss: The Black Baron]], who's on much more equal terms with Jack than most of the other bosses, edging on FearfulSymmetry in their power struggle. [[spoiler: They'd be even more similar if Jack's moveset was more like how it is in ''VideoGame/AnarchyReigns'', such as the spinning kick dive and [[LimitBreak Rampage Mode]]]].



* The ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'' series has a few of these:
** Bayonetta's rival, Jeanne. She'll gain abilities as Bayonetta does during the story, getting harder and harder but never outright overpowering Bayonetta and her abilities.
** The [[EliteMooks Joys]] are a minor version of this. They're much weaker than Bayonetta, but mimic a lot of her moves.
** [[MarathonLevel Angel Slayer]] has [[spoiler:Bayonetta herself as the ultimate Mirror Match]], who can use the exact same techniques and weapons she can, just while dealing much higher damage.
** ''Videogame/{{Bayonetta 2}}'' has the Masked Lumen, AKA [[spoiler:Balder]], who fights using Lumen Sage variations of Bayonetta's moves.
* ''VideoGame/TheWonderful101'':
** Prince Vorkken uses the Unify Morph, which functions much the same as the Wonderful Ones' Unite Morph. Vorkken, however, uses a bit of MyRulesAreNotYourRules (such as being capable of blocking ''any'' attack with Unify Guts) to increase the challenge. Like Jeanne in ''Bayonetta'', he will also gain abilities as the game goes on, and will never use an ability that the player has no access to yet (excluding Vorkken's Boomerang and Chewgi's Naginata, their own signature morphs that they will always have access to). In the case of their [[SecretAIMoves special Unite Morphs]] where they transform into GEATHJERK enemies, they won't transform into something the group hasn't encountered yet.
** [[spoiler:Wonder-Jergingha]] will use the pieces of the shattered platforms and machinery around him to mirror the Unite Morphs of the team. He will only use the main seven[[note]]Hand, Sword, Gun, Whip, Hammer, Claw, and Bomb[[/note]], though.

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* ''Creator/PlatinumGames''-developed games have a habit of pitting players against {{Mirror Boss}}es:
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The ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'' series has a few of these:
** *** Bayonetta's rival, Jeanne. She'll gain abilities as Bayonetta does during the story, getting harder and harder but never outright overpowering Bayonetta and her abilities.
** *** The [[EliteMooks Joys]] are a minor version of this. They're much weaker than Bayonetta, but mimic a lot of her moves.
** *** [[MarathonLevel Angel Slayer]] has [[spoiler:Bayonetta herself as the ultimate Mirror Match]], who can use the exact same techniques and weapons she can, just while dealing much higher damage.
** *** ''Videogame/{{Bayonetta 2}}'' has the Masked Lumen, AKA [[spoiler:Balder]], who fights using Lumen Sage variations of Bayonetta's moves.
* ** ''VideoGame/TheWonderful101'':
** *** Prince Vorkken uses the Unify Morph, which functions much the same as the Wonderful Ones' Unite Morph. Vorkken, however, uses a bit of MyRulesAreNotYourRules (such as being capable of blocking ''any'' attack with Unify Guts) to increase the challenge. Like Jeanne in ''Bayonetta'', he will also gain abilities as the game goes on, and will never use an ability that the player has no access to yet (excluding Vorkken's Boomerang and Chewgi's Naginata, their own signature morphs that they will always have access to). In the case of their [[SecretAIMoves special Unite Morphs]] where they transform into GEATHJERK enemies, they won't transform into something the group hasn't encountered yet.
** *** [[spoiler:Wonder-Jergingha]] will use the pieces of the shattered platforms and machinery around him to mirror the Unite Morphs of the team. He will only use the main seven[[note]]Hand, Sword, Gun, Whip, Hammer, Claw, and Bomb[[/note]], though.
** Kojack, the Access Hangar boss in ''VideoGame/MadWorld'', looks a lot like Jack and fights identically to him on a motorcycle. The commentators, of course, have a field day with this -- "Jack must feel like he's kicking his own ass!" [[BreatherBoss He's hardly a threat,
though.]]
*** Less notable but still present is [[spoiler: the final boss: The Black Baron]], who's on much more equal terms with Jack than most of the other bosses, edging on FearfulSymmetry in their power struggle. [[spoiler: They'd be even more similar if Jack's moveset was more like how it is in ''VideoGame/AnarchyReigns'', such as the spinning kick dive and [[LimitBreak Rampage Mode]]]].
** ''VideoGame/NierAutomata'' has A2, fellow [=YoRHa=] android like protagonist 2B who thus fights with similar techniques. If you decide to play [[spoiler:as 9S in some paths, he ends up running into multiple 2B clones, basically Mirror WolfpackBoss]]. Taken further in [[spoiler:Ending C and D, where 9S and A2 have one last fight before the ending; Fighting A2 will be mostly similar to her earlier fight, while fighting 9S will have you try to counter his hacking, just as how you've been using his hacking while playing as him.]]


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11th May '17 7:29:12 PM Onlythrice
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* Letho in ''VideoGame/TheWitcher2AssassinsOfKings''. As a Witcher himself, he can use Signs as well as use traps and bombs like Geralt does.

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* Letho in ''VideoGame/TheWitcher2AssassinsOfKings''. As a Witcher [[HunterOfMonsters Witcher]] himself, he can use Signs as well as use traps and bombs like Geralt does.does.
* In ''VideoGame/TheWitcher3WildHunt'', one of the Witcher Contracts involves hunting down a [[VoluntaryShapeshifting Doppler]] who takes on Geralt's form at one point and even uses the Signs Quen and Igni against him.
1st May '17 3:32:53 PM KeithLaKulit
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* The final boss of ''Videogame/{{Yakuza0}}'' [[spoiler:Keiji Shibusawa]] is a three stage boss that mimics the battle styles Kiryu has collected throughout the game, starting with a copy of [[SpeedBlitz Rush]], then a copy of [[TheBerserker Beast]], ending with [[UnskilledButStrong Brawler]], or, if you have it unlocked, the [[PurposelyOverpowered]] [[spoiler: Legend/Dragon of Dojima style based on his latter appearances.]]

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* The final boss of ''Videogame/{{Yakuza0}}'' ''Videogame/Yakuza0'' [[spoiler:Keiji Shibusawa]] is a three stage boss that mimics the battle styles Kiryu has collected throughout the game, starting with a copy of [[SpeedBlitz Rush]], then a copy of [[TheBerserker Beast]], ending with [[UnskilledButStrong Brawler]], or, if you have it unlocked, the [[PurposelyOverpowered]] [[PurposelyOverpowered "Legend"]] [[spoiler: Legend/Dragon Dragon of Dojima style based on his latter appearances.]]
1st May '17 3:31:38 PM KeithLaKulit
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* The final boss of ''Videogame/{{Yakuza0}}'' [[spoiler:Keiji Shibusawa]] is a three stage boss that mimics the battle styles Kiryu has collected throughout the game, starting with a copy of [[SpeedBlitz Rush]], then a copy of [[TheBerserker Beast]], ending with [[UnskilledButStrong Brawler]], or, if you have it unlocked, the [[PurposelyOverpowered]] [[spoiler: Legend/Dragon of Dojima style based on his latter appearances.]]
** To a lesser extend, Majima's "final boss" also ends with a boss that has somewhat comparable fighting styles.
25th Apr '17 12:09:02 PM VampireBuddha
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* Helena in ''Videogame/{{Lost Kingdoms}}'' has a runestone and uses cards to summon monsters, just like Katia. She also has basically the same backstory and goal.
23rd Apr '17 5:09:57 PM nombretomado
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* ''Franchise/TalesSeries''

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4th Apr '17 6:40:22 PM Prometheus117
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* The TrueFinalBoss of ''VideoGame/MegadimensionNeptuniaVII'', [[spoiler:with the twist being, like the ''VideoGame/MegaManZero 3'' example above, the BigBad is the original Uzume Tennouboshi [[FaceHeelTurn gone insane and evil]], while TheHero is the [[EnemyWithout goodness left inside her having taken physical form]]]]. This is a crucial plot point, as [[spoiler:they're engaged in a BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind for the ownership of their body BackFromTheDead post-HeroicSacrifice]].
15th Feb '17 6:42:06 PM bt8257
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But what if those same powers were used against you?

A Mirror Boss, simply put, is a boss in a game whose abilities are the equivalent of the playable character's somehow. This doesn't have to be exact, and it's relative to what the other bosses tend to be like; if most of the game's bosses are gigantic, then just being the same size as the hero counts for a lot, but if everyone in the game is humanoid, a Mirror Boss will have a very similar fighting style.

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But what if those same powers were used against ''against'' you?

A Simply put, a Mirror Boss, simply put, Boss is a boss in a game whose abilities are the equivalent of the playable character's somehow. This doesn't have to be exact, and it's relative to what the other bosses tend to be like; if most of the game's bosses are gigantic, then just being the same size as the hero counts for a lot, but if everyone in the game is humanoid, a Mirror Boss will have a very similar fighting style.
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