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15th Feb '17 6:38:05 PM bt8257
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This should not be confused with the boss [[PuzzleBoss you beat with a trick]]. Often overlaps with SequentialBoss. If the real boss takes down the fake one for you, it's a BaitAndSwitchBoss.

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This should not Not to be confused with the boss [[PuzzleBoss you beat with a trick]]. Often overlaps with SequentialBoss. If the real boss takes down the fake one for you, it's a BaitAndSwitchBoss.
10th Feb '17 2:47:06 PM MyFinalEdits
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*** ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' has [[spoiler:Doopliss]]. (Yes, his name is a spoiler.) He's actually at the physical end of the area, just like a boss would normally be. He turns into a shadowy duplicate of Mario in the middle of your fight with him. After you beat him, it looks like the normal end to a chapter, with Mario getting the Crystal Star and a recap of the events of the chapter... [[spoiler:but then the scene returns to the "duplicate" Mario, who is actually the real one. The rest of the chapter revolves around Mario trying to get his body back from the enemy, including a boss battle against him in which he has all your partners on his side.]]

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*** ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' has [[spoiler:Doopliss]]. (Yes, his name is a spoiler.) He's actually at the physical end of the area, just like a boss would normally be. He turns into a shadowy duplicate of Mario in the middle of your fight with him. After you beat him, it looks like the normal end to a chapter, with Mario getting the Crystal Star and a recap of the events of the chapter... [[spoiler:but then the scene returns to the "duplicate" Mario, who is actually the real one. The rest of the chapter revolves around Mario trying to get his body back from the enemy, including a boss battle against him in which he has all your partners on his side.]]



* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaPhantomHourglass'' has [[spoiler:Dongorongo. The battle is fought with Link and Gongoron, in which Link is stuck on one side of a sand pit, and Link has to wait until Gongoron knocks the boss over to attack. After you defeat it, the door leading to the pure metal opens, a bridge appears, and Gongoron leaves to get the pure metal for you.]] After you cross the bridge, the boss gets up. Cue the second phase of the battle.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' has [[spoiler:Levias, who is revealed to be controlled by another creature known as Bilocyte]]. It helps that ''both'' have BossSubtitles.

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* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
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''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaPhantomHourglass'' has [[spoiler:Dongorongo. The battle is fought with Link and Gongoron, in which Link is stuck on one side of a sand pit, and Link has to wait until Gongoron knocks the boss over to attack. After you defeat it, the door leading to the pure metal opens, a bridge appears, and Gongoron leaves to get the pure metal for you.]] After you cross the bridge, the boss gets up. Cue the second phase of the battle.
* ** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' has [[spoiler:Levias, who is revealed to be controlled by another creature known as Bilocyte]].Bilocyte]]. The former is presented as a huge threat during the first phase of the battle, but once the latter is exposed the rest of the fight is about killing it to cure the infected character. It helps that ''both'' have BossSubtitles.
10th Feb '17 1:10:57 PM MegaMarioMan
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*** ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' has [[spoiler:Doopliss]]. (Yes, his name is a spoiler.) He's actually at the physical end of the area, just like a boss would normally be. He turns into a shadowy duplicate of Mario in the middle of your fight with him. After you beat him, it looks like the normal end to a chapter, with Mario getting the Crystal Star and a recap of the events of the chapter... [[spoiler:but then the scene returns to the "duplicate" Mario, who is actually the real one. The rest of the chapter revolves around Mario trying to get his body back from the enemy, including a boss battle against him in which he has all your partners on his side.]]* ''VideoGame/SuperMetroid'' has a tiny version of the boss Kraid in the room before you fight the real, two-TV-screens-tall Kraid. This is both an "easy" Trick Boss and a {{Homage}} to the original Kraid from the first ''VideoGame/{{Metroid| 1}}'' game. Also, since (like real bosses, though not as much) he [[SuspiciousVideoGameGenerosity dumps large amounts of health and ammo when he dies]], the fake Kraid also serves to replenish your strength for the real thing. There's also a fake Kraid wandering around the lower sections of Kraid's Hideout in the original ''Metroid''. He can be taken out with a mere single missile and has a different palette, but otherwise looks the same as the real deal.

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*** ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' has [[spoiler:Doopliss]]. (Yes, his name is a spoiler.) He's actually at the physical end of the area, just like a boss would normally be. He turns into a shadowy duplicate of Mario in the middle of your fight with him. After you beat him, it looks like the normal end to a chapter, with Mario getting the Crystal Star and a recap of the events of the chapter... [[spoiler:but then the scene returns to the "duplicate" Mario, who is actually the real one. The rest of the chapter revolves around Mario trying to get his body back from the enemy, including a boss battle against him in which he has all your partners on his side.]]* ]]
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''VideoGame/SuperMetroid'' has a tiny version of the boss Kraid in the room before you fight the real, two-TV-screens-tall Kraid. This is both an "easy" Trick Boss and a {{Homage}} to the original Kraid from the first ''VideoGame/{{Metroid| 1}}'' game. Also, since (like real bosses, though not as much) he [[SuspiciousVideoGameGenerosity dumps large amounts of health and ammo when he dies]], the fake Kraid also serves to replenish your strength for the real thing. There's also a fake Kraid wandering around the lower sections of Kraid's Hideout in the original ''Metroid''. He can be taken out with a mere single missile and has a different palette, but otherwise looks the same as the real deal.
10th Feb '17 1:10:16 PM MegaMarioMan
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* In ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga]]'', [[spoiler:Bowletta (Cackletta's spirit inside Bowser's body)]] is the latter type of Trick Boss. She's not terribly hard, but your HP ''will'' [[HPToOne be all but wiped out]] in the battle's aftermath, so don't use up your healing items!
* ''VideoGame/SuperMetroid'' has a tiny version of the boss Kraid in the room before you fight the real, two-TV-screens-tall Kraid. This is both an "easy" Trick Boss and a {{Homage}} to the original Kraid from the first ''VideoGame/{{Metroid| 1}}'' game. Also, since (like real bosses, though not as much) he [[SuspiciousVideoGameGenerosity dumps large amounts of health and ammo when he dies]], the fake Kraid also serves to replenish your strength for the real thing. There's also a fake Kraid wandering around the lower sections of Kraid's Hideout in the original ''Metroid''. He can be taken out with a mere single missile and has a different palette, but otherwise looks the same as the real deal.

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* Franchise/SuperMarioBros:
** Main Series:
*** ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosWii'' has you fight Bowser in the final level, who's suspiciously easy for being the so called 'final boss', attacking just like he did in the NES days (there's Bowser on a bridge, that sort of thing). Until you realize that [[spoiler:Peach is really Kamek in a PaperThinDisguise, Kamek sprinkles some magic spell on Bowser, and in a just like ''VideoGame/YoshisIsland'' way, [[MakeMyMonsterGrow Bowser becomes about fifty feet tall]] and starts chasing you through the castle in a climactic escape sequence]].
*** ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBros2'' is very similar in that regard, except [[spoiler:this time, the giant Bowser is a BackgroundBoss]].
*** Both ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosU'' and ''VideoGame/NewSuperLuigiU'' (which have the same final boss) have this as well. Once again, you come across Bowser standing on a bridge in the final castle. Once you break the bridge, drop Bowser, and leave, [[spoiler:Bowser Jr. shows up in his Clown Car with Kamek attached and turns Bowser into a giant, who you fight by stealing Jr.'s Clown Car and bashing Bowser on the head with it]].
** ''Mario'' [=RPGs=]
*** ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'' has one of these in Barrel Volcano. You assume the Czar Dragon to be an arc-ending boss (it's even a SequentialBoss), but, when you try to claim your PlotCoupon from behind it, it's snatched away by [[spoiler:The Axem Rangers]].
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In ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga]]'', ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga'', [[spoiler:Bowletta (Cackletta's spirit inside Bowser's body)]] is the latter type of Trick Boss. She's not terribly hard, but your HP ''will'' [[HPToOne be all but wiped out]] in the battle's aftermath, so don't use up your healing items!
* *** ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime'' has [[spoiler:the Elder Princess Shroob, who was sealed inside the Cobalt Star and got released from it after you beat the ''first'' Princess Shroob.]]
*** In ''VideoGame/PaperMario64'', before you battle The Koopa Bros in chapter 1, you have to battle them in a very unconvincing Bowser mecha.
*** ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' has [[spoiler:Doopliss]]. (Yes, his name is a spoiler.) He's actually at the physical end of the area, just like a boss would normally be. He turns into a shadowy duplicate of Mario in the middle of your fight with him. After you beat him, it looks like the normal end to a chapter, with Mario getting the Crystal Star and a recap of the events of the chapter... [[spoiler:but then the scene returns to the "duplicate" Mario, who is actually the real one. The rest of the chapter revolves around Mario trying to get his body back from the enemy, including a boss battle against him in which he has all your partners on his side.]]*
''VideoGame/SuperMetroid'' has a tiny version of the boss Kraid in the room before you fight the real, two-TV-screens-tall Kraid. This is both an "easy" Trick Boss and a {{Homage}} to the original Kraid from the first ''VideoGame/{{Metroid| 1}}'' game. Also, since (like real bosses, though not as much) he [[SuspiciousVideoGameGenerosity dumps large amounts of health and ammo when he dies]], the fake Kraid also serves to replenish your strength for the real thing. There's also a fake Kraid wandering around the lower sections of Kraid's Hideout in the original ''Metroid''. He can be taken out with a mere single missile and has a different palette, but otherwise looks the same as the real deal.



* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'' has one of these. You assume the Czar Dragon to be an arc-ending boss (it's even a SequentialBoss), but, when you try to claim your PlotCoupon from behind it, it's snatched away.
* ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' has [[spoiler:Doopliss]]. (Yes, his name is a spoiler.) He's actually at the physical end of the area, just like a boss would normally be. He turns into a shadowy duplicate of Mario in the middle of your fight with him. After you beat him, it looks like the normal end to a chapter, with Mario getting the Crystal Star and a recap of the events of the chapter... [[spoiler:but then the scene returns to the "duplicate" Mario, who is actually the real one. The rest of the chapter revolves around Mario trying to get his body back from the enemy, including a boss battle against him in which he has all your partners on his side.]]
** In ''VideoGame/PaperMario64'', before you battle The Koopa Bros., you have to battle them in a very unconvincing Bowser mecha.



* ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosWii'' has you fight Bowser in the final level, who's suspiciously easy for being the so called 'final boss', attacking just like he did in the NES days (Bowser bridge, that sort of thing). Until you realize that [[spoiler:Peach is really Kamek in a PaperThinDisguise, Kamek sprinkles some magic spell on Bowser, and in a just like ''VideoGame/YoshisIsland'' way, [[MakeMyMonsterGrow Bowser becomes about fifty feet tall]] and starts chasing you through the castle in a climactic escape sequence]]. ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBros2'' is very similar in that regard, except [[spoiler:this time, the giant Bowser is a BackgroundBoss]].



* ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime Mario & Luigi: Partners In Time]]'' has [[spoiler:the Elder Princess Shroob, who is unknowingly released from the [[SealedEvilInACan Cobalt Star]] after you beat the ''first'' Princess Shroob.]]
6th Jan '17 2:04:15 AM Morgenthaler
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* Mr. X in ''StreetsOfRage 3''[='=]s 5th stage. [[spoiler:After wasting his minions, the top half of him [[NightmareFuel burns off]] to reveal that it's a robotic clone of Mr. X. The real Mr. X lies in stage 7, having been reduced to a brain.]]
* ''HenryHatsworth and the Puzzling Adventure'' has one of these. [[spoiler:Unlike the Weaselby fight in 4-6, Weaselby in 5-6 is incredibly frail. It's only then that Weaselby loses his top, so to speak, reveals that Cole is the {{Man Behind The Man}} (little crybaby), and then Cole breaks out The Machine to show his teacher that he is more than capable of handling himself.]]

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* Mr. X in ''StreetsOfRage ''VideoGame/StreetsOfRage 3''[='=]s 5th stage. [[spoiler:After wasting his minions, the top half of him [[NightmareFuel burns off]] to reveal that it's a robotic clone of Mr. X. The real Mr. X lies in stage 7, having been reduced to a brain.]]
* ''HenryHatsworth ''VideoGame/HenryHatsworth and the Puzzling Adventure'' has one of these. [[spoiler:Unlike the Weaselby fight in 4-6, Weaselby in 5-6 is incredibly frail. It's only then that Weaselby loses his top, so to speak, reveals that Cole is the {{Man Behind The Man}} (little crybaby), and then Cole breaks out The Machine to show his teacher that he is more than capable of handling himself.]]



* ''DrawnToLife'': The Next Chapter has a pirate-version of an average {{mook}} as the first boss. You can simply kill him in one hit, just like you did to all of his comrades earlier. Well, guess what? [[spoiler:His ghost (who is three times your size) appears and sends small armies of ghost {{mooks}} your way.]] [[ThatOneBoss Good luck.]]

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* ''DrawnToLife'': ''VideoGame/DrawnToLife'': The Next Chapter has a pirate-version of an average {{mook}} as the first boss. You can simply kill him in one hit, just like you did to all of his comrades earlier. Well, guess what? [[spoiler:His ghost (who is three times your size) appears and sends small armies of ghost {{mooks}} your way.]] [[ThatOneBoss Good luck.]]
5th Jan '17 1:23:15 PM Lord_Chespin
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* In ''VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaac: Afterbirth'', the battle with the DLC's BonusBoss, [[spoiler:Hush]], is set up like this. You first have to fight a boss that acts and fights in every way like [[spoiler:the Blue Baby from the Chest]]. But upon taking this boss apart, the gigantic true boss emerges and "Chorus Mortis" starts up, setting the stage for one of the most BulletHell-tastic battles of the entire game.

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* In ''VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaac: Afterbirth'', the battle with the DLC's BonusBoss, [[spoiler:Hush]], is set up like this. You first have to fight a boss that acts and fights in every way like [[spoiler:the Blue Baby from the Chest]]. But upon taking this boss apart, the gigantic true boss emerges and "Chorus Mortis" "Morituros" starts up, setting the stage for one of the most BulletHell-tastic battles of the entire game.game.
** The GameMod ''VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaacAntibirth'' does a similar thing with [[spoiler:Mom]] in the Alternate Route [[spoiler:once you collect the three knife pieces.]] When you defeat the boss [[spoiler:and use the completed knife to open the fleshy door that appears, you have to fight a buffed version of Mom's Heart, but this time it has attacks that are even more of a BulletHell]]. Let's hope you didn't lose too much health on the first boss...
15th Dec '16 12:19:54 PM DrLombriz
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* In ''VideoGame/X-Kaliber2097'', the battle with the fourth boss Dr. Blast starts with you against a very slow, old scientist who fires slow, short-range, bouncing pellets that do the lowest amount of damage in the game. After you get in two or three hits in, Dr. Blast pauses, drinks a potion, and his health refills and he turns into a man-sized, flying scorpion, which you fight as the actual boss.

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* In ''VideoGame/X-Kaliber2097'', ''VideoGame/XKaliber2097'', the battle with the fourth boss Dr. Blast starts with you against a very slow, old scientist who fires slow, short-range, bouncing pellets that do the lowest amount of damage in the game. After you get in two or three hits in, Dr. Blast pauses, drinks a potion, and his health refills and he turns into a man-sized, flying scorpion, which you fight as the actual boss.
15th Dec '16 12:19:21 PM DrLombriz
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* In ''VideoGame/X-Kaliber2097'', the battle with the fourth boss Dr. Blast starts with you against a very slow, old scientist who fires slow, short-range, bouncing pellets that do the lowest amount of damage in the game. After you get in two or three hits in, Dr. Blast pauses, drinks a potion, and his health refills and he turns into a man-sized, flying scorpion, which you fight as the actual boss.
5th Oct '16 9:10:14 AM Dravencour
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* In ''VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaac: Afterbirth'', the battle with the DLC's BonusBoss, [[spoiler:Hush]], is set up like this. You first have to fight a boss that acts and fights in every way like [[spoiler:the Blue Baby from the Chest]]. But upon taking this boss apart, the gigantic true boss emerges and "Chorus Mortis" starts up, setting the stage for one of the most BulletHell-tastic battles of the entire game.
5th Oct '16 9:00:19 AM Dravencour
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A different form of Trick Boss is the type that's actually a challenge... but is a Trick Boss by story definition, as the real boss just wanted to sap your power.

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A different form of Trick Boss is the type that's actually a challenge... but is a Trick Boss by story definition, as the real boss just wanted to sap your power.
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