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18th Dec '16 3:12:59 PM infernape612
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* After defeating Bane in ''Videogame/BatmanArkhamOrigins'', you fight some group of mooks until you get to the Joker, who goes down rather easily.
* Wild Arms 2 has [[spoiler:Lord Blazer]], fought after annihilating the main threat, the [[spoiler:Kuiper Belt]]. While [[spoiler:Lord Blazer]] himself is arguably a very large threat plot-wise, he is weak in battle, and the fight is scripted in that all you have to do to beat him is use a certain command multiple times.

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* After defeating Bane in ''Videogame/BatmanArkhamOrigins'', ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins'', you fight some group of mooks until you get to the Joker, who goes down rather easily.
* Wild Arms 2 ''VideoGame/WildArms2'' has [[spoiler:Lord Blazer]], fought after annihilating the main threat, the [[spoiler:Kuiper Belt]]. While [[spoiler:Lord Blazer]] himself is arguably a very large threat plot-wise, he is weak in battle, and the fight is scripted in that all you have to do to beat him is use a certain command multiple times.



* In ''DarkForces,'' you beat the final level's boss: the main general who's been the game's BigBad, though of course Darth Vader outranks him. He's got a suit that can do everything his Dark Trooper robots can, ''plus can shoot heat seeking missiles, up to ten at a time.'' How dead will he make you? ''Very.'' But once you get past him, you must get to a ship and escape. Guarding it? A single Imperial Officer. The weakest of the human enemies, with your standard blaster he goes down in one shot (Officers take one, Stormtroopers take two, Commandos take three.) He is the actual last enemy you will "fight." Of course, if you ''barely'' survived the BigBad on your [[VideoGameLives last life]], get taken out by ''this'' chump, and must [[ContinuingIsPainful retake the level from the beginning]], you will cry like a baby.

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* In ''DarkForces,'' ''VideoGame/DarkForces'', you beat the final level's boss: the main general who's been the game's BigBad, though of course Darth Vader outranks him. He's got a suit that can do everything his Dark Trooper robots can, ''plus can shoot heat seeking missiles, up to ten at a time.'' How dead will he make you? ''Very.'' But once you get past him, you must get to a ship and escape. Guarding it? A single Imperial Officer. The weakest of the human enemies, with your standard blaster he goes down in one shot (Officers take one, Stormtroopers take two, Commandos take three.) He is the actual last enemy you will "fight." Of course, if you ''barely'' survived the BigBad on your [[VideoGameLives last life]], get taken out by ''this'' chump, and must [[ContinuingIsPainful retake the level from the beginning]], you will cry like a baby.



* In ''WingCommanderIII'' after completing the final mission, which is basically a homage to the Trench Run in ANewHope, you come face to face with a quartet of heavy fighters before you can jump home and complete the game. Under normal circumstances these might be a legit threat, but at this point they spawn with no missiles and you are flying a ship that is pretty close to a game-breaker.

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* In ''WingCommanderIII'' ''[[VideoGame/WingCommanderTheKilrathiSaga Wing Commander III]]'' after completing the final mission, which is basically a homage to the Trench Run in ANewHope, you come face to face with a quartet of heavy fighters before you can jump home and complete the game. Under normal circumstances these might be a legit threat, but at this point they spawn with no missiles and you are flying a ship that is pretty close to a game-breaker.



* In Heart of the Ice, the FisticuffsBoss fight with [[spoiler:The Watcher during a DyingDream]].

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* In Heart ''Heart of the Ice, Ice'', the FisticuffsBoss fight with [[spoiler:The Watcher during a DyingDream]].



* 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.
* 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.]]

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* VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption ''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.
* VideoGame/StreetFighterV ''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.]]
1st Dec '16 12:14:53 PM BossKey
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** After defeating the FinalBoss of ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'', [[OlympusMons Tapu Koko]] recognizes you as a WorthyOpponent and appears as your final encounter before the credits roll.
2nd Nov '16 10:50:55 AM HeinousActsZX
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** After the fight with [[spoiler: God-Flowey]] in the Neutral ending 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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** After the fight with [[spoiler: God-Flowey]] Photoshop Flowey]] in the Neutral ending 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.
18th Oct '16 1:21:08 AM 1810072342
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* In ''VideoGames/{{Skullgirls}}'', most character's Story Mode arcs culminate in a battle with Bloody Marie the Skullgirl in her three forms. After this fight in Squigly's story, though, one of Marie's Dragons named Double reveals that [[spoiler: she was responsible for the death of Squigly and her family]], and you fight her in the final match [[spoiler: alongside Filia]]. Double's AI is very strong, though, so the battle is not a pushover.
** Eliza's story mode goes one beyond this: after defeating Marie, Double appears again and reveals this time that [[spoiler: Eliza ''killed the Divine Trinity'', Double's masters, thousands of years before the game took place]] and you fight Double in a new area called [[WombLevel Gehenna]]. Then, after that, [[spoiler: Squigly and Filia]] mount a BigDamnHeroes attack on Eliza in her home, which you then fight as well. Then Eliza's ending plays, in which [[spoiler: The Bad Guy Wins]].
15th Oct '16 10:12:08 AM Luigifan
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Note that this is distinct from 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 mark in practice. A Post Final Boss is be a brief spike in the action before all conflicts are properly resolved, and everything is summed up. For that reason, a Post Final boss tends to very easy to defeat; most of the time, the battle is [[ZeroEffortBoss impossible to lose]].

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Note that this is distinct from 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 mark in practice. A Post Final Boss is meant to be a brief spike in the action before all conflicts are properly resolved, and everything is summed up. For that reason, a Post Final boss tends to very easy to defeat; most of the time, the battle is [[ZeroEffortBoss the battle is]] [[ForegoneVictory impossible to lose]].



* 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 still much 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 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 still much easier than what preceded it.



** In ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2'' the "real" FinalBoss is Xion, with her fight and subsequent destruction at the hands of Roxas fueling the emotional climax of the narrative. The fight with Riku afterwards is significantly easier and shorter since he has one form compared to Xion's four and is much less aggressive with his attack patterns. The confrontation is there mainly to tie the ending into the prologue of ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII''.

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** In ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2'' ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2'', the "real" FinalBoss is Xion, with her fight and subsequent destruction at the hands of Roxas fueling the emotional climax of the narrative. The fight with Riku afterwards is significantly easier and shorter since he has one form compared to Xion's four and is much less aggressive with his attack patterns. The confrontation is there mainly to tie the ending into the prologue of ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII''.



* At the end of ''VideoGame/LiveALive'', after a long and difficult battle against the [[BigBad Demon Lord Odio]], you either fight Odio's "true form" [[spoiler:(Oersted, the protagonist of the Medieval chapter, who gets no benefit from HealthDamageAsymmetry and goes down in a few hits)]], or spare Odio and end up fighting all the game's previous major bosses from the previous chapters (who have ''[[VillainForgotToLevelGrind not]]'' [[VillainForgotToLevelGrind leveled up in the interim and thus pose only a very minor threat]]).

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* At the end of ''VideoGame/LiveALive'', after a long and difficult battle against the [[BigBad Demon Lord Odio]], you either fight Odio's "true form" [[spoiler:(Oersted, the protagonist of the Medieval chapter, who gets no benefit from HealthDamageAsymmetry and goes down in a few hits)]], or spare Odio and end up fighting all the game's previous major bosses from the previous chapters (who have ''[[VillainForgotToLevelGrind not]]'' [[VillainForgotToLevelGrind leveled up in the interim interim]] and thus pose only a very minor threat]]).threat).
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.
lose]].



Compare PostClimaxConfrontation, ClippedWingAngel. Contrasts TrueFinalBoss.

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Compare PostClimaxConfrontation, ClippedWingAngel. Contrasts Contrast TrueFinalBoss.
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.
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