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4th Nov '16 8:17:50 PM Drope
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Mostly a video game trope. Though this can happen in other media, it is much harder to tell what counts as a "battle" in books or movies, while video games have a clear distinction between gameplay and [=FMVs=]. Contrast with ClimaxBoss, which these examples are hyped up to be. Not to be confused with ZeroEffortBoss or AntiClimaxBoss, where the villain in question ''is'' fought, but ends up being a wuss (deliberately or not, respectively). GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere is the logical inversion, being about fighting a boss despite it having little to zero relevance in the plot.

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Mostly a video game trope. Though this can happen in other media, it is much harder to tell what counts as a "battle" in books or movies, while video games have a clear distinction between gameplay and [=FMVs=]. Contrast with ClimaxBoss, which these examples are hyped up to be. Not to be confused with ZeroEffortBoss or AntiClimaxBoss, where the villain in question ''is'' fought, but ends up being a wuss (deliberately or not, respectively). GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere is the logical inversion, being about fighting a boss despite it having that has little to zero relevance in the plot.
4th Nov '16 8:16:44 PM Drope
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Mostly a video game trope. Though this can happen in other media, it is much harder to tell what counts as a "battle" in books or movies, while video games have a clear distinction between gameplay and [=FMVs=]. Contrast with ClimaxBoss, which these examples are hyped up to be. Not to be confused with ZeroEffortBoss or AntiClimaxBoss, where the villain in question ''is'' fought, but ends up being a wuss (deliberately or not, respectively). GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere is the logical inversion, being about a boss being fought despite having little to zero relevance in the plot.

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Mostly a video game trope. Though this can happen in other media, it is much harder to tell what counts as a "battle" in books or movies, while video games have a clear distinction between gameplay and [=FMVs=]. Contrast with ClimaxBoss, which these examples are hyped up to be. Not to be confused with ZeroEffortBoss or AntiClimaxBoss, where the villain in question ''is'' fought, but ends up being a wuss (deliberately or not, respectively). GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere is the logical inversion, being about fighting a boss being fought despite it having little to zero relevance in the plot.
4th Nov '16 8:15:14 PM Drope
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Mostly a video game trope. Though this can happen in other media, it is much harder to tell what counts as a "battle" in books or movies, while video games have a clear distinction between gameplay and [=FMVs=]. Contrast with ClimaxBoss, which these examples are hyped up to be. Not to be confused with ZeroEffortBoss or AntiClimaxBoss, where the villain in question ''is'' fought, but ends up being a wuss (deliberately or not, respectively).

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Mostly a video game trope. Though this can happen in other media, it is much harder to tell what counts as a "battle" in books or movies, while video games have a clear distinction between gameplay and [=FMVs=]. Contrast with ClimaxBoss, which these examples are hyped up to be. Not to be confused with ZeroEffortBoss or AntiClimaxBoss, where the villain in question ''is'' fought, but ends up being a wuss (deliberately or not, respectively).
respectively). GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere is the logical inversion, being about a boss being fought despite having little to zero relevance in the plot.
15th Oct '16 10:40:17 AM MyFinalEdits
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** In ''Film/TheHungerGames''. Katniss never [[spoiler: kills President Snow directly. Instead she kills RuleOfEscalatingThreat leaving Snow at the mercy of the people. Sure, he died anyway but many people wanted it to be at her hands.]]

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** * In ''Film/TheHungerGames''. Katniss never [[spoiler: kills President Snow directly. Instead she kills RuleOfEscalatingThreat leaving Snow at the mercy of the people. Sure, he died anyway but many people wanted it to be at her hands.]]
15th Oct '16 10:37:55 AM MarkRodriguez09
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** In ''Film/TheHungerGames''. Katniss never [[spoiler: kills President Snow directly. Instead she kills TheNextInLine leaving Snow at the mercy of the people. Sure, he died anyway but many people wanted it to be at her hands.]]

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** In ''Film/TheHungerGames''. Katniss never [[spoiler: kills President Snow directly. Instead she kills TheNextInLine RuleOfEscalatingThreat leaving Snow at the mercy of the people. Sure, he died anyway but many people wanted it to be at her hands.]]
15th Oct '16 10:35:36 AM MarkRodriguez09
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** In ''Film/TheHungerGames''. Katniss never [[spoiler: kills President Snow directly. Instead she kills TheNextInLine leaving Snow at the mercy of the people. Sure, he died anyway but many people wanted it to be at her hands.]]
14th Oct '16 3:00:18 PM MyFinalEdits
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* In the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' episode "Battle of the Badge", viewers expected to finally see Ash come face-to-face with Team Rocket's leader...[[AntiClimax only to be disappointed when Giovanni left the building and Ash had to instead fight his]] TerribleTrio [[AntiClimax for the Earth Badge instead.]]
** Ash finally came face-to-face with Giovanni in ''Anime/PokemonMewtwoReturns'', but with no battle, and [[spoiler: Giovanni [[LaserGuidedAmnesia doesn't remember Ash anyway]].]] His companions ''do'' face Gio's forces, but [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome that happens offscreen]].
** Ash and Giovanni finally meet and battle in the Meloetta arc of ''Best Wishes''. However, the title of The Unfought soon passed to Virgil, who stands as the only Major Tournament Rival Ash has never faced.
** Also in the Best Wishes series, Drayden from the Opelucid Gym and Marlon from the Humilau Gym become The Unfought to Ash, since they battle against Iris and Cameron, respectively, and don't appear until after Ash has already won eight badges.
** Barry of the Diamond and Pearl series and Bianca of the Best Wishes series are also The Unfought for Ash in their respective league tournaments, though Ash has had battles with both of them in prior episodes.
** A lesser example is [[TheRival Gary Oak]], Ash's rival from the early years. The anime's original intended StoryArc centered around their rivalry, building up to a final confrontation between them...but ExecutiveMeddling meant this didn't end up happening until ''five years'' after the series began. Gary didn't even appear that much in the series proper.

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* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
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In the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' episode "Battle of the Badge", viewers expected to finally see Ash come face-to-face with Team Rocket's leader...[[AntiClimax only to be disappointed when Giovanni left the building and Ash had to instead fight his]] TerribleTrio [[AntiClimax for the Earth Badge instead.]]
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]] Ash finally came face-to-face with Giovanni in ''Anime/PokemonMewtwoReturns'', but with no battle, and [[spoiler: Giovanni [[LaserGuidedAmnesia doesn't remember Ash anyway]].]] His companions ''do'' face Gio's forces, but [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome that happens offscreen]].
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offscreen]]. Finally, Ash and Giovanni finally meet and ''and'' battle in the Meloetta arc of ''Best Wishes''. However, Wishes''.
** In
the title of The Unfought soon passed to Virgil, who stands as the only Major Tournament Rival Ash has never faced.
** Also in the Best Wishes
''Best Wishes'' series, Drayden from the Opelucid Gym and Marlon from the Humilau Gym become The Unfought to Ash, since they battle against Iris and Cameron, respectively, and don't appear until after Ash has already won eight badges.
** Barry of
badges. There's also Virgil, who stands as the Diamond and Pearl only Major Tournament Rival in the series and Bianca of the Best Wishes series are also The Unfought for Ash in their respective league tournaments, though Ash has had battles with both of them in prior episodes.
never faced.
** A lesser example is [[TheRival Gary Oak]], Ash's rival from the early years. The anime's original intended StoryArc (Kanto) centered around their rivalry, building up to a final confrontation between them...them... but ExecutiveMeddling meant this didn't end up happening until ''five years'' after the series began.began (Johto). Gary didn't even appear that much in the series proper.



* In the [[BadFuture Dark World]] timeline of the ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'', [[spoiler:[[EvilOverlord Discord]] is ultimately never fought by the Elements of Harmony -- when they finally confront him, [[SixthRangerTraitor Rancor]] literally stabs him InTheBack, mortally wounding him. When the Elements find him again after that, he's on his deathbed and not a threat anymore; he dies minutes later.]]
** Also from Dark World, [[spoiler:Mad Tiara and Screwball (Diamond Tiara and her mother who became Discord's CoDragons before he finished corrupting the Mane Six into the role) are also never fought, as Discord [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes sends them away and tells them not to fight the heroes period because he knows they can't beat the mane cast and]] [[BiggerBad Nightmare Eclipse]] would make ''sure'' they die just to hurt him, and after Eclipse's defeat, perform a HeelFaceTurn and become good guys.]]

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* In the [[BadFuture Dark World]] timeline of the ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'', ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'':
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[[spoiler:[[EvilOverlord Discord]] is ultimately never fought by the Elements of Harmony -- when they finally confront him, [[SixthRangerTraitor Rancor]] literally stabs him InTheBack, mortally wounding him. When the Elements find him again after that, he's on his deathbed and not a threat anymore; he dies minutes later.]]
** Also from Dark World, [[spoiler:Mad Tiara and Screwball (Diamond Tiara and her mother who became Discord's CoDragons before he finished corrupting the Mane Six into the role) are also never fought, as Discord [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes sends them away and tells them not to fight the heroes period because he knows they can't beat the mane cast and]] [[BiggerBad Nightmare Eclipse]] would make ''sure'' they die just to hurt him, and after Eclipse's defeat, perform a HeelFaceTurn and become good guys.]]



* In ''Franchise/StarWars'': ''Film/ANewHope'', Luke Skywalker never directly fights this film's BigBad, Grand Moff Tarkin (Darth Vader was TheHeavy in this film).

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* In ''Franchise/StarWars'': Episode IV of ''Franchise/StarWars'', ''Film/ANewHope'', Luke Skywalker never directly fights this film's BigBad, Grand Moff Tarkin (Darth Vader was TheHeavy in this film).film); he simply dies after he refuses to evacuate the then-collapsing Death Star.



* Narutaki, technically speaking the main enemy of ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'' [[note]]as the one responsible for most of Decade's troubles[[/note]], never directly fights Decade or any of the KR allies he has made. Even in [[spoiler:the ''Final Chapter'' movie, where Narutaki basically reforms TheRemnant of Decade's old [[LegionOfDoom Dai-Shocker]] army into Super Shocker, with the help of a brainwashed Dr. Shinigami. Basically, as its top officer, Narutaki turns into what is presumably his true persona, [[Series/KamenRider Colonel Zol]]. Even in that guise, Narutaki remains in the sidelines, only ordering his troops around instead of fighting Decade.]]
** And then apparently getting killed when [[spoiler:the Neo-Organism Doras]] is released. Which he ''still'' manages to blame on Decade.
*** Finally subverted in ''[[Film/KamenRiderXSuperSentaiSuperHeroTaisen Super Hero Taisen]]'', where Narutaki [[spoiler:takes the form of [[Series/KamenRiderV3 Destron commander Doktor G]], revealing that this and his previous Colonel Zol form are mere disguises rather than true identities. While Narutaki did not assume the [[OneWingedAngel Werewolf form]] of the original Colonel Zol in ''The Last Story'', he does here assume Doktor G's Kani Lazer form, which is actually a whole new costume and much more powerful than the original. In this form, he is seen being easily able to hold off around a dozen Kamen Riders via, you guessed it, lasers. He is only defeated when the Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger lend their new reflect cards to Decade with [[Series/KamenRiderBlade Blade]] and [[Series/KamenRiderRyuki Ryuki]], allowing them to deflect Doktor G's lasers allowing them to [[FinishingMove finish him off with their respective finishers]].]]

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* Narutaki, technically speaking the main enemy of ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'' [[note]]as the one responsible for most of Decade's troubles[[/note]], never directly fights Decade or any of the KR allies he has made. Even in [[spoiler:the ''Final Chapter'' movie, where Narutaki basically reforms TheRemnant of Decade's old [[LegionOfDoom Dai-Shocker]] army into Super Shocker, with the help of a brainwashed Dr. Shinigami. Basically, as its top officer, Narutaki turns into what is presumably his true persona, [[Series/KamenRider Colonel Zol]]. Even in that guise, Narutaki remains in the sidelines, only ordering his troops around instead of fighting Decade.]]
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]] And then he apparently getting gets killed when [[spoiler:the Neo-Organism Doras]] is released. Which he ''still'' manages to blame on Decade.
*** Finally
Decade. This is finally subverted in ''[[Film/KamenRiderXSuperSentaiSuperHeroTaisen Super Hero Taisen]]'', where Narutaki [[spoiler:takes the form of [[Series/KamenRiderV3 Destron commander Doktor G]], revealing that this and his previous Colonel Zol form are mere disguises rather than true identities. While Narutaki did not assume the [[OneWingedAngel Werewolf form]] of the original Colonel Zol in ''The Last Story'', he does here assume Doktor G's Kani Lazer form, which is actually a whole new costume and much more powerful than the original. In this form, he is seen being easily able to hold off around a dozen Kamen Riders via, you guessed it, lasers. He is only defeated when the Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger lend their new reflect cards to Decade with [[Series/KamenRiderBlade Blade]] and [[Series/KamenRiderRyuki Ryuki]], allowing them to deflect Doktor G's lasers allowing them to [[FinishingMove finish him off with their respective finishers]].]]



* This happens many times on ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', most notably between Arthur and Cenred, the antagonistic king of a neighbouring kingdom. After being set up as a WorthyOpponent throughout the course of series three, Cenred is killed off by one of his own allies in a case of YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness. They ''do'' have a brief scuffle in a DeletedScene, but it still feels a bit of a waste.
** Arthur never gets to confront his uncle Agravaine after he realizes that he was in cahoots with Morgana. Instead, Merlin dispatches him in a tunnel, and it's unclear whether Arthur is even told whether he's alive or dead.

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* This happens many times on ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', most notably between Arthur and Cenred, the antagonistic king of a neighbouring kingdom. After being set up as a WorthyOpponent throughout the course of series three, Cenred is killed off by one of his own allies in a case of YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness. They ''do'' have a brief scuffle in a DeletedScene, but it still feels a bit of a waste.
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waste. Arthur never gets to confront his uncle Agravaine either after he realizes that he was in cahoots with Morgana. Instead, Merlin dispatches him in a tunnel, and it's unclear whether Arthur is even told whether he's alive or dead.
13th Oct '16 11:12:06 PM Loekman3
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* In ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' Vegeta is stunned to realize he never actually fought Piccolo-Nappa had. What's worse to him is he was LateToTheRealization: even Goku had realized it before him.
26th Sep '16 1:24:48 PM rafi
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* In ''First Test'', ''Page'', and ''Squire'', the first three books of the ''[[Literature/TortallUniverse Protector of the Small]]'' quartet, the closest Kel has to an enduring enemy is [[HotGuysAreBastards Joren]]. Kel gets into fights with Joren while they are both still pages, but when he becomes a squire he stops and finds other ways to hassle her. He never challenges her to combat. [[http://tpwords.wordpress.com/2007/08/26/joren-the-chamber-and-kel/ According to]] WordOfGod:

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* In ''First Test'', ''Page'', and ''Squire'', the first three books of the ''[[Literature/TortallUniverse Protector of the Small]]'' quartet, the closest Kel has to an enduring enemy is [[HotGuysAreBastards [[BeautyIsBad Joren]]. Kel gets into fights with Joren while they are both still pages, but when he becomes a squire he stops and finds other ways to hassle her. He never challenges her to combat. [[http://tpwords.wordpress.com/2007/08/26/joren-the-chamber-and-kel/ According to]] WordOfGod:
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