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25th Feb '17 2:33:57 PM KingBowser9001
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There are many different categories of bosses, some more memorable than others. There's the GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere, there's the ClimaxBoss, the FinalBoss...

And then, there's That One Boss, the boss that falls victim to poor playtesting or was thrown in by especially cruel developers. You're levelling up normally, plowing through every battle, until you reach this particular battle and suddenly meet a nasty road block. Eventually, you RageQuit, or you go on the Internet looking for assistance. In the event that you stop by the game's message board, lo and behold, everyone else is having the exact same problem, with entire topics asking "how do I beat That One Boss?". Walkthroughs usually list the worst offenders as "[[TheDreaded the hardest boss in the game]]", and eventually, such a beast receives a reputation for being just that freaking hard. A few of them [[BestBossEver may be awesome]], but that still doesn't mean you won't be chewing on the controller in frustration despite it.

Certain types of boss are not usually included in this consideration right off the bat: The FinalBoss, WakeUpCallBoss, and BonusBoss. People expect the FinalBoss to be tough ([[AnticlimaxBoss usually]]), and the BonusBoss is usually included solely to be difficult. Players will prepare for the Bonus Boss by overleveling, but for maximum frustration, That One Boss needs only to [[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere just show up out of nowhere, preferably having no place in the storyline beforehand.]]

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There are many different categories of bosses, some more memorable than others. There's the GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere, there's the ClimaxBoss, the FinalBoss...

FinalBoss... And then, then there's this guy.

That One Boss, the Boss is, well, that one boss that falls victim to poor playtesting or was thrown in by especially cruel developers. You're levelling leveling up normally, plowing through every battle, until you reach this particular battle and suddenly meet a nasty road block. Eventually, you RageQuit, or you go on the Internet looking for assistance. In the event that you stop by the game's message board, lo and behold, everyone else is having the exact same problem, with entire topics asking "how do I beat That One Boss?". Walkthroughs usually list the worst offenders as "[[TheDreaded the hardest boss in the game]]", and eventually, such a beast receives a reputation for being just that freaking hard. A few of them [[BestBossEver may be awesome]], but that still doesn't mean you won't be chewing on the controller in frustration despite it.

Certain types of boss are not usually included in this consideration right off the bat: The FinalBoss, WakeUpCallBoss, and BonusBoss. People expect the FinalBoss to be tough ([[AnticlimaxBoss ([[AntiClimaxBoss Well, usually]]), and the BonusBoss is usually included solely to be difficult. Players will prepare for the Bonus Boss by overleveling, but for maximum frustration, That One Boss needs only to [[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere just show up out of nowhere, preferably having no place in the storyline beforehand.]]



If the game has multiple {{difficulty level}}s, maybe the boss is hard on all difficulty levels, not just the hardest one. You might be up against a particular boss on Easy, but the difficulty of the boss is comparable to the average boss on Normal, or worse, the boss may as well belong on Hard difficulty.

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If the game has multiple {{difficulty level}}s, maybe the boss is hard on all difficulty levels, not just the hardest one. You might be up against a particular boss on Easy, but the difficulty of the boss is comparable to the average boss on Normal, or worse, worst-case scenario, the boss may as well belong on Hard difficulty.



Compare DemonicSpiders, which is more of a That One RandomEncounter, as well as the BossInMookClothing (we'll leave it up to you to decide which is worse). Most likely to be the one to use ThatOneAttack. See also ThatOneSidequest and ThatOneLevel. Contrast AntiClimaxBoss, where the boss is underpowered/easy for story reasons (or despite them), and BreatherBoss, where the boss is just pathetically easy unintentionally. For bosses that are not technically difficult, but are downright frustrating, see GoddamnedBoss. For bosses that are deliberately impossible to beat, see HopelessBossFight. If you're looking to read up on unfair bosses that the game seems to [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard deliberately give every known advantage to,]] requiring you to either get by on [[LuckBasedMission luck]] or [[NotTheIntendedUse cheap gameplay]], head on over to SNKBoss. That page is for brokenness - this is just plain hard.

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Compare DemonicSpiders, which is more of a That One RandomEncounter, as well as the BossInMookClothing (we'll leave it up to you to decide which is worse). Most likely to be the one to use ThatOneAttack. See also ThatOneSidequest and ThatOneLevel. Contrast AntiClimaxBoss, where the boss is underpowered/easy for story reasons (or despite them), and story reasons. Direct inverse of BreatherBoss, where the boss is just pathetically easy unintentionally. For bosses that are not technically difficult, but are downright frustrating, see GoddamnedBoss. For bosses that are deliberately impossible to beat, see HopelessBossFight. If you're looking to read up on unfair bosses that the game seems to [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard deliberately give every known advantage to,]] requiring you to either get by on [[LuckBasedMission luck]] or [[NotTheIntendedUse cheap gameplay]], head on over to SNKBoss. That page is for brokenness - this is just plain hard.



'''NOTE:''' FinalBoss and WakeUpCallBoss cannot be That One Boss without being overly hard by ''their'' standards. Please do not add them as examples. An EarlyBirdBoss will almost always qualify as That One Boss as well, but for reasons of the player's weakness rather than the boss's strength, so those bosses are better placed in the EarlyBirdBoss article. BonusBoss is completely banned from this page (though Rhythm Games are handled differently; see its section for why), as they are optional and they have to be overpowered. There is no measure for them.

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'''NOTE:''' FinalBoss and WakeUpCallBoss cannot be That One Boss without being overly hard by ''their'' standards. Please do not add them as examples. An EarlyBirdBoss will almost always qualify as That One Boss as well, but for reasons of the player's weakness rather than the boss's strength, so those bosses are better placed in the EarlyBirdBoss article. BonusBoss is completely banned from this page (though Rhythm Games are handled differently; see its section for why), as they are optional and they have are meant to be overpowered. There is no measure for them.
17th Jan '17 12:50:14 PM Aipom14
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8th Dec '16 1:28:51 AM LucaEarlgrey
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It is useful to note that, as its name implies, most videogames only have ''one'' That One Boss. If a game appears to have several candidates for the title -- especially if ''every'' boss battle feels this way -- you are probably looking at EasyLevelsHardBosses, or a game that is just plain NintendoHard.

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It is useful to note that, as its name implies, most videogames only have ''one'' That One Boss. If a game appears to have several candidates for the title -- especially if ''every'' boss battle feels this way -- you are probably looking at EasyLevelsHardBosses, or a game that is just plain NintendoHard.
NintendoHard. In fact, if anything, a generally easy game will be ''more'' vulnerable to this trope, as while hard games will have expectedly hard bosses, it can be a shock to play a comparatively effortless game and come across a boss where you ''have'' to be on your toes for once.
28th Oct '16 3:57:44 AM morenohijazo
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* BloonsMonkeyCity takes this to Tower Defense genre. Can you take on Bloonarius who can spawn a lot more bloons as it degrades? How about Vortex who stuns Bloons in its radius? Or maybe Dreadbloon who can cover itself in ceramic properties every degrade while also having lead properties? Or something like Blastapopoulos who can shoot stunning lava? Didn't we mention they can get even tougher than a Z.O.M.G.?

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* BloonsMonkeyCity ''BloonsMonkeyCity'' takes this to Tower Defense genre. Can you take on Bloonarius who can spawn a lot more bloons as it degrades? How about Vortex who stuns Bloons in its radius? Or maybe Dreadbloon who can cover itself in ceramic properties every degrade while also having lead properties? Or something like Blastapopoulos who can shoot stunning lava? Didn't we mention they can get even tougher than a Z.O.M.G.??
* ''Franchise/AloneInTheDark'': Li Tung in the third game. He moves and attacks much faster than Carnby can, and can close the distance very quickly and jump-kick you from halfway across the room you fight him in. Beating him essentially requires running back and forth, popping off Winchester shots whenever you get the chance.
** A couple from the fourth game.
*** The Procuraptor in the library can take a lot of damage, which forces you to use the rocket launcher. Even then, you can't damage it in its normal state, but shooting it with any weapon (even the revolver) will cause it to enter a vulnerable state during a few second where you can actually damage it. However, since this is not obvious, you can waste a lot of rockets by using them during the first state. If you didn't find enough rockets, expect a very long fight as you'll run out of them and have to resort to the shotgun.
*** [[spoiler: Alan Morton]]. A brutal LightningBruiser with no clear attack pattern (thank goodness he can only attack at close range). And to top it off, he's a PuzzleBoss (your weapons can only knock him out for a while). [[spoiler: You have to knock him out and find the right door which will lead you to a magical spear [[CutsceneBoss that kills him with one hit]]. And if you reach a door while he's up, he'll teleport and slam you down. [[CurbStompBattle But once you know the right door...]]]]
16th Oct '16 11:32:40 PM Crossover-Enthusiast
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29th Jul '16 1:20:29 PM Morgenthaler
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*** Also from that game, [[BigBad Sae]]. Majority of the time, she is surrounded by a [[SmokeOut red mist]] that [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy makes it very difficult for your camera to focus on and damage her]] and she only has short moments without the mist, that allow you to properly attack her. The main issue is her apparently random AI and tendency to teleport around; she can easily teleport right in front of you and get a good hit in. Fortunately, she is the only FinalBoss without a OneHitKill... unless the difficulty is set to [[HarderThanHard Nightmare]] and the player is forced to do a No Damage Run against her.

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*** Also from that game, [[BigBad Sae]]. Majority of the time, she is surrounded by a [[SmokeOut red mist]] that [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy makes it very difficult for your camera to focus on and damage her]] her and she only has short moments without the mist, that allow you to properly attack her. The main issue is her apparently random AI and tendency to teleport around; she can easily teleport right in front of you and get a good hit in. Fortunately, she is the only FinalBoss without a OneHitKill... unless the difficulty is set to [[HarderThanHard Nightmare]] and the player is forced to do a No Damage Run against her.
21st Jul '16 11:18:07 PM YpsiFang
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17th Jun '16 11:43:27 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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''I'll keep my [[EmergencyEnergyTank E-Tank]] safe in reserve just as long as I can!''

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''I'll keep my [[EmergencyEnergyTank E-Tank]] E-Tank safe in reserve just as long as I can!''
15th Jun '16 1:24:45 AM harharhar
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** ''ThatOneBoss/MegaMan''
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11th Jun '16 7:41:31 PM Kecleon2
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* ''ThatOneBoss/PokemonCrystalKaizo''
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