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23rd Sep '16 1:18:30 PM KingLyger
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The Post Final Boss is a 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. For that reason, a Post Final boss tends to very easy, if not outright [[ZeroEffortBoss effortless]], to defeat.

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

the final boss was particularly difficult.

Note that this is distinct from AnticlimaxBoss; a climax AnticlimaxBoss. An Anticlimax Boss is a lot of build-up for no payoff; a boss that's meant to be challenging in theory, but misses the "highest tension" part of a story or conflict, and everything after that mark in practice. A Post Final Boss is falling action after the rising action peaks. This would be a brief spike in the action before all conflicts are resolved properly resolved, and everything is summed up. For that reason, a Post Final boss tends to very easy, if not outright easy to defeat; most of the time, the battle is [[ZeroEffortBoss effortless]], impossible to defeat.
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Compare PostClimaxConfrontation, ClippedWingAngel. Contrasts TrueFinalBoss.

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4th Sep '16 3:55:20 PM nombretomado
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* At the end of the Alien campaign in ''AliensVsPredator 2'', after a difficult battle against 2 Predators, the game ends with you fighting [[BigBad Dr. Eisenberg]], a human with a shotgun who goes down after one hit.

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* At the end of the Alien campaign in ''AliensVsPredator ''VideoGame/AliensVsPredator 2'', after a difficult battle against 2 Predators, the game ends with you fighting [[BigBad Dr. Eisenberg]], a human with a shotgun who goes down after one hit.
27th Jul '16 4:31:29 AM Adam43
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* VideoGame/StreetFighterV has this in ''A Shadow Falls''. Ryu fights Ken as the final opponent in ''A Shadow Falls'' after [[spoiler: Ryu kills M. Bison, and the credits roll. After Ken is defeated, Ryu's headband falls onto the ground, and Ken says that he feels like Ryu does not need it anymore, but Ryu grabs the headband back, saying that he still might need it, and Ryu and Ken fist-bump.]]
9th Jul '16 8:50:54 PM Mhazard
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Compare PostClimaxConfrontation, ClippedWingAngel.

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Compare PostClimaxConfrontation, ClippedWingAngel. Contrasts TrueFinalBoss.
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.
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