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27th May '16 4:10:17 AM Killerikala
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* VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption has a variant. After the final member of Dutch's gang is killed, the game makes a TimeSkip and the player can hunt down a corrupt former "ally". This mission is a side-mission, but the credits wont roll before it's completed.
22nd May '16 8:55:52 PM nombretomado
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* The PS3 version of ''EternalSonata'' turns [[spoiler:Frederic]] into this by upgrading the previous battle from a rather easy battle against something close to a GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere in the Xbox 360 version to a much harder fight to the death with the EvilOverlord. If you managed to beat him, the Post Final Boss should be a walk in the park for you.

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* The PS3 [=PS3=] version of ''EternalSonata'' ''VideoGame/EternalSonata'' turns [[spoiler:Frederic]] into this by upgrading the previous battle from a rather easy battle against something close to a GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere in the Xbox 360 version to a much harder fight to the death with the EvilOverlord. If you managed to beat him, the Post Final Boss should be a walk in the park for you.
17th Apr '16 7:46:32 AM LucaEarlgrey
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* After the fight with [[spoiler: God-Flowey]] in the Neutral ending of ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' is [[spoiler: Asriel Dreemurr]] in the Pacifist ending. While it would be a challenging fight in its own right, the challenge is kind of neutered by the fact that you can't lose. Ever. Even if you die, you simply pick yourself back up through sheer determination and pick up where you left off.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'':
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After the fight with [[spoiler: God-Flowey]] in the Neutral ending of ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' is [[spoiler: Asriel Dreemurr]] in the Pacifist ending. While it would be a challenging fight in its own right, the challenge is kind of neutered by the fact that you can't lose. Ever. Even if you die, you simply pick yourself back up through sheer determination and pick up where you left off.off.
** The effective final boss of the No Mercy path is [[spoiler:Sans the skeleton]], as the two bosses following this one, [[spoiler:Asgore and Flowey, are [[CutsceneBoss killed automatically]].]]
16th Apr '16 7:28:53 AM GentlemensDame883
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* ''VideoGame/{{Crysis}} 3'': After the fight with [[spoiler:the Alpha Ceph]], which is very much a genuine challenge, [[spoiler: the True Ceph warship]], for all its buildup in-story, turns out to be this. [[spoiler: You hack into Archangel, line it up and fire.]] There is so much time to aim that you have to deliberately refuse to fire to lose.
28th Mar '16 2:11:31 PM LucaEarlgrey
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* The effective FinalBoss of most ''VideoGame/{{Gradius}}'' games is either a CoresAndTurretsBoss or an indestructible giant walker of some sort, as the Bacterian emperor (or whatever serves as a stand-in for it, such as Gofer from ''Gradius II'' or Original Visions of Ultimate Monster from ''Gradius Gaiden'') puts up little or no effort to guard itself.

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* The effective FinalBoss of most ''VideoGame/{{Gradius}}'' games is either a CoresAndTurretsBoss or an indestructible giant walker of some sort, as in the vast majority of games the Bacterian emperor (or whatever serves as a stand-in for it, such as Gofer from ''Gradius II'' or Original Visions of Ultimate Monster from ''Gradius Gaiden'') puts up little or no effort to guard itself.itself.
28th Mar '16 2:04:35 PM LucaEarlgrey
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* The effective FinalBoss of most ''VideoGame/{{Gradius}}'' games is either a CoresAndTurretsBoss or an indestructible giant walker of some sort, as the Bacterian emperor (or whatever serves as a stand-in for it, such as Gofer from ''Gradius II'' or Original Visions of Ultimate Monster from ''Gradius Gaiden'') puts up little or no effort to guard itself.
22nd Jan '16 9:18:21 AM TylerL320
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'', after [[spoiler:your party defeats [[FinalBoss Nyx Avatar]],]] you ultimately face the true form of [[spoiler:Nyx]] alone. It deals 4-digit damage every turn (and you can only have 3-digit HP), [[{{Determinator}} but you just get back up anyway, and after a few hits, you become immune to its attack.]] All you need to do is wait a few turns until you can use your only ability, [[spoiler:Great Seal]], which instantly ends the battle when used.

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* ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona'':
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In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'', after [[spoiler:your [[spoiler:the party defeats [[FinalBoss Nyx Avatar]],]] you the protagonist ultimately face faces the true form of [[spoiler:Nyx]] alone. It deals 4-digit damage every turn (and you (in a game where the heroes can only have 3-digit HP), [[{{Determinator}} but you just get back up anyway, ThePowerOfFriendship [[spoiler:grants the hero the Universe Arcana]], allowing the hero to continue fighting and after a few hits, you become eventually becoming outright immune to its attack.]] attack. All you need the player has to do is wait a few turns until you they can use your their only ability, [[spoiler:Great Seal]], which instantly ends the battle when used.used, [[spoiler:but at the expense of the hero having to sacrifice himself to do it]].
** ''{{Persona 4}}'' ends the same way [[spoiler:in the True Ending]], wherein ThePowerOfFriendship allows [[spoiler:the protagonist's initial Persona, Izanagi, to transform into Izanagi-no-Okami (Great God Izanagi)]]. After a few turns of eating 999 damage spells that would instantly KO him in regular gameplay, the hero unleashes one final attack, [[spoiler:Myriad Truths, to wipe away all of the lies and deceit in humanity]], instantly ending the battle.
1st Jan '16 8:02:10 PM finalsurvivor1
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* ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV'': The worst ending, bordering on NoFinalBossForYou, does this. After a trip to [[spoiler:alternate dimensions where you deal with Pluto, a poisonous machine sent by God, and Kenji, an human-turned Energy Being who ruled over one of the alternate Tokyos]], the White appear again and make an offer while revealing their true intentions: [[spoiler:Use Pluto and Kenji, as well as their victims, to make Flynn pass the Despair Event Horizon and destroy the multiverse. If you accept, you beat up on a defenseless Magical Particle Accelerator until it breaks, causing a massive apocalypse. The proper final battle is Kenji, but the powerless Control Device is the last opponent of the route]].
29th Dec '15 9:41:29 PM KingLyger
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The Post Final Boss is a fairly mediocre to [[ZeroEffortBoss effortless]] boss you fight to clean up the plot after you fight the real FinalBoss. They're more common in [=RPGs=] than other types of games mainly because [=RPGs=] pay more attention to the plot than other types of games, but they can also be found in nearly any game that has a plot. Handled well, it can be very cathartic, especially if it comes quickly after ThatOneBoss, with no SavePoint or AfterBossRecovery.

Note that this is distinct from AnticlimaxBoss; a climax is the "highest tension" part of a story or conflict, and everything after that is falling action after the rising action peaks. This would be a brief spike in the action before all conflicts are resolved and everything is summed up.

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The Post Final Boss is a fairly mediocre to [[ZeroEffortBoss effortless]] boss you fight to clean up the plot after you fight the real FinalBoss. They're more common in [=RPGs=] than other types of games mainly because [=RPGs=] pay more attention to the plot than other types of games, but they can also be found in nearly any game that has a plot. Handled well, it can be very cathartic, especially if it comes quickly after ThatOneBoss, with no SavePoint or AfterBossRecovery.

Note that this is distinct from AnticlimaxBoss; a climax is the "highest tension" part of a story or conflict, and everything after that is falling action after the rising action peaks. This would be a brief spike in the action before all conflicts are resolved and everything is summed up.
up. For that reason, a Post Final boss tends to very easy, if not outright [[ZeroEffortBoss effortless]], to defeat.



* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' features a showdown after the final boss. Ocelot jumps on board the escape plane and challenge Snake to a duel with two revolvers, one with one bullet and one totally empty. No matter what, Snake and Ocelot are unhurt (the bullet is either a blank or [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything you can miss on purpose]]), and the ending proper starts immediately afterwards.

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* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' features a showdown after the final boss. Ocelot jumps on board the escape plane and challenge Snake to a duel with two revolvers, one with one bullet and one totally empty. No matter what, Snake and Ocelot are unhurt (the bullet is either a blank or [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything [[DevelopersForesight you can miss on purpose]]), and the ending proper starts immediately afterwards.



* After beating the [[TheManBehindTheMan Elder Princess Shroob]] in ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time]]'', successfully repelling the Shroob invasion, and returning to the present, Elder Princess Shroob's remains merge with Bowser in a last ditch attempt to kill the Mario Bros. and their younger counterparts. Interestingly, the player is given no turns to actually attack, and instead must damage the boss entirely with counter-attacks and DeadlyDodging; despite the gimmick (or perhaps because of it) this battle is ''infinitely'' easier than what preceded it.

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* After beating the [[TheManBehindTheMan Elder Princess Shroob]] in ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time]]'', successfully repelling the Shroob invasion, and returning to the present, Elder Princess Shroob's remains merge with Bowser in a last ditch attempt to kill the Mario Bros. and their younger counterparts. Interestingly, the player is given no turns to actually attack, and instead must damage the boss entirely with counter-attacks and DeadlyDodging; despite the gimmick (or perhaps because of it) it), this battle is ''infinitely'' still much easier than what preceded it.



* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', after defeating the trope-naming OneWingedAngel form of Sephiroth, Cloud's mind is invaded by Sephiroth's consciousness in a last-ditch effort on the villain's part. During the fight's intro, Cloud's LimitBreak meter fills up, prompting the player to use Omnislash on Sephiroth. And even if the player stands there and does nothing, Sephiroth hits Cloud with a [[PercentDamageAttack gravity-based move]], which Cloud counters, [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything making the player win the fight anyways.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', after defeating the trope-naming OneWingedAngel form of Sephiroth, Cloud's mind is invaded by Sephiroth's consciousness in a last-ditch effort on the villain's part. During the fight's intro, Cloud's LimitBreak meter fills up, prompting the player to use Omnislash on Sephiroth. And even if the player stands there and does nothing, Sephiroth hits Cloud with a [[PercentDamageAttack gravity-based move]], which Cloud counters, [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything [[DevelopersForesight making the player win the fight anyways.]]
14th Dec '15 8:50:25 PM wolftickets1969
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* Possibly the earliest known example: In the original NES ''VideoGame/BionicCommando'', after killing Hitler, you must escape the base. As you climb out of the soon to explode base, you face one last enemy standing in the way of your escape: the cyborg soldier who was a boss in earlier levels. Interestingly enough, there's nothing stopping you from just ignoring him and continuing your climb.

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* Possibly the earliest known example: In the original NES ''VideoGame/BionicCommando'', ''VideoGame/BionicCommando'' and its remake, after killing Hitler, Hitler/Master D/The Leader, you must escape the base.base (or in the remake, the Albatross airship). As you climb out of the soon to explode base, you face one last enemy standing in the way of your escape: the cyborg soldier who was a boss in earlier levels. Interestingly enough, there's nothing stopping you from just ignoring him and continuing your climb.
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