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5th Sep '17 3:21:44 PM AnotherGamer
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''[[UsefulNotes/KatanasOfTheRisingSun Yamato]]''. It turns out to be housing a hermit crab mech, who serves as the real endboss.
5th Sep '17 3:21:15 PM AnotherGamer
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* ''VideoGame/{{Darius}} II''[='=]s Earth stages have you fighting the mysteriously-reanimated wreck of the battleship ''[[UsefulNotes/KatanasOfTheRisingSun Yamato]]''. It turns out to be housing a hermit crab mech, who serves as the real endboss.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Darius}} II''[='=]s Earth stages have you fighting the mysteriously-reanimated wreck of the battleship ''[[UsefulNotes/KatanasOfTheRisingSun Yamato]]''. It turns out to be housing a hermit crab mech, who serves as the real endboss.
7th Aug '17 11:13:15 AM Luigifan
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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' has an example of the latter type of Trick Boss, with the Calcabrina in the dwarf castle. It's a particularly nasty example in the DS version, since Calcabrina can easily kill or seriously injure your characters with just one hit, and if Cecil goes into the following battle against Golbez with anything less than about half his health, that battle is {{Unwinnable}}. Another variant is Scarmiglione. He goes down fast, then tells you, "Ah yes, you've given me a fine death! A fine death indeed! And only in death can you know the true terror of Scarmiglione!" Presto, instant undead monstrosity.

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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' has an example of the latter type of Trick Boss, with the Calcabrina in the dwarf castle. It's a particularly nasty example in the DS version, since Calcabrina can easily kill or seriously injure your characters with just one hit, and if Cecil goes into the following battle against Golbez with anything less than about half his health, that battle is {{Unwinnable}}. Another variant is Scarmiglione. He goes down fast, then tells you, "Ah yes, you've given me a fine death! A fine death indeed! And only in death can you know the true terror of Scarmiglione!" [[OneWingedAngel Presto, instant undead monstrosity.]]



* A frequent occurrence in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII''. The general rule of thumb is that if you find yourself saying "Hey, that was surprisingly easy." after a boss battle, it was probably the first stage of a SequentialBoss. The end bosses of Chapters 3 and 4 are typical examples. (For 3's, the fact that its EnemyScan says it uses "powerful lightning based attacks" and it goes down before it uses any should clue you in, while 4's first form is essentially a tutorial on using the Sabouter role.) For the Warmechs in Chapters 7 and 9, [[spoiler: you actually end up fighting ''two'' of them!]]

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* A frequent occurrence in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII''. The general rule of thumb is that if you find yourself saying "Hey, that was surprisingly easy." after a boss battle, it was probably the first stage of a SequentialBoss. The end bosses of Chapters 3 and 4 are typical examples. (For 3's, the fact that its EnemyScan says it uses "powerful lightning based attacks" and it goes down before it uses any should clue you in, while 4's first form is essentially a tutorial on using the Sabouter role.) For the Warmechs in Chapters 7 and 9, [[spoiler: you [[spoiler:you actually end up fighting ''two'' of them!]]



*** ''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.]]

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*** ''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.]]Shroob]].



** In the mostly unknown Metal Slug 3D, [[spoiler:the first boss is a giant cyborg, Lugus. If you empty its life bar, [[HeadsIWinTailsYouLose it still shrugs off your bullets and blasts you to oblivion...]]]] or at least he tries the latter before [[spoiler:its supposed broken "brother", Lieu, shows up and absorbs it, becoming the final boss '''and''' level.]]

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** In the mostly unknown Metal Slug 3D, [[spoiler:the first boss is a giant cyborg, Lugus. If you empty its life bar, [[HeadsIWinTailsYouLose it still shrugs off your bullets and blasts you to oblivion...]]]] or at least he tries the latter before [[spoiler:its supposed broken "brother", Lieu, shows up and absorbs it, becoming the final boss '''and''' level.]]level]].



* In Red's Scenario in ''VideoGame/SagaFrontier'', there is a [[BossRush rush]] in the final mission. You first kill the "leader" of Black X, which just turns out to be a pawn for Dr. Klein; you then fight souped up versions of the Story bosses over again under Dr. Klein's command and after defeating them, the real boss shows up.

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* In Red's Scenario in ''VideoGame/SagaFrontier'', there is a [[BossRush rush]] in the final mission. You first kill the "leader" of Black X, which just turns out to be a pawn for Dr. Klein; you then fight souped up versions of the Story bosses over again under Dr. Klein's command command, and after defeating them, the real boss shows up.



* Played with at the end of ''SonicAdvance'' when you first face Robotnik piloting the bosses from [[GreenHillZone the first levels]] of Sonic 1 and Sonic 2, which are [[WarmupBoss obviously very easy]], before he takes you on in the real final boss. Obviously this is a homage to the earlier games.

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* Played with at the end of ''SonicAdvance'' when you first face Robotnik piloting the bosses from [[GreenHillZone the first levels]] of Sonic 1 ''Sonic 1'' and Sonic 2, ''Sonic 2'', which are [[WarmupBoss obviously very easy]], before he takes you on in the real final boss. Obviously this is a homage to the earlier games.



** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' has [[spoiler:Levias, who is revealed to be controlled by another creature known as 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.

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** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' has [[spoiler:Levias, who is revealed to be controlled by another creature known as Bilocyte]]. The former is presented as a huge threat during the first phase of the battle, but once the latter is exposed exposed, the rest of the fight is about killing it to cure the infected character. It helps that ''both'' have BossSubtitles.



** In ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'', you already know who the Champion is before you enter the league. Then you find out [[spoiler:N beat him]], forcing you to face SEVEN bosses instead of the usual five. Of course, [[GottaCatchThemAll you're not supposed to]] ''[[GottaCatchThemAll defeat]]'' [[GottaCatchThemAll one of them.]] And then as soon as you've beaten N, the ''real'' Final Boss and Team Plasma leader, [[spoiler:Ghetsis]], comes at you. A Trick Boss who replaces another Trick Boss.

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** In ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'', you already know who the Champion is before you enter the league. Then you find out [[spoiler:N beat him]], forcing you to face SEVEN bosses instead of the usual five. Of course, [[GottaCatchThemAll you're not supposed to]] ''[[GottaCatchThemAll defeat]]'' [[GottaCatchThemAll one of them.]] And then as soon as you've beaten N, the ''real'' Final Boss and Team Plasma leader, [[spoiler:Ghetsis]], comes at you. A Trick Boss who replaces another Trick Boss.Boss (who was also a BaitAndSwitchBoss).



* In ''VideoGame/ViewtifulJoe 2'', Alastor (after [[BaitAndSwitchBoss taking care of]] Big John) only has an orange healthbar. [[spoiler:And once defeated, the black film powers him up for another, harder, go.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/ViewtifulJoe 2'', Alastor (after [[BaitAndSwitchBoss taking care of]] Big John) only has an orange healthbar. ''way'' less life than you'd expect for the difficulty level you're playing on. [[spoiler:And once defeated, the black film [[ArtifactOfDoom Black Film]] powers him up for another, harder, go.]]



* The second-to-last Soviet mission in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3''. In the first part of the mission, you are supposed to backstab the Allies' forces coming to the peace conference, which is, by all means, suspiciously easy for a late game mission. After you wiped out the Allies, however... [[spoiler:Cherdenko decided that YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness and wished to get rid of you because [[HeKnowsTooMuch you knew too much]].]]

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* The second-to-last Soviet mission in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3''. In the first part of the mission, you are supposed to backstab the Allies' forces coming to the peace conference, which is, by all means, suspiciously easy for a late game mission. After you wiped wipe out the Allies, however... [[spoiler:Cherdenko decided decides that YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness and wished wishes to get rid of you because [[HeKnowsTooMuch you knew know too much]].]]



* ''VideoGame/HouseOfTheDead 4'''s final boss, The World, [[OneWingedAngel transforms]] into its Type Gamma form after its initial lifebar is depleted.

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* ''VideoGame/HouseOfTheDead 4'''s final boss, [[AnIcePerson The World, World]], [[OneWingedAngel transforms]] into its Type Gamma form after its initial lifebar is depleted.



* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2'' has this in the A scenario's second fight with G. After defeating its easy initial form, it transformed into a six-legged LightningBruiser with MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily, becoming ThatOneBoss.

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* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2'' has this in the A scenario's second fight with G. After defeating its easy initial form, it transformed transforms into a six-legged LightningBruiser with MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily, becoming ThatOneBoss.



** The "Dance of the Dead" quest. You're just going around destroying Macabre hordes, and you get down to the last one. Save your game before fighting it, because [[spoiler:when you defeat it, Fiend David shows up to tear you a new one.]]
** "Corpse Disposal" has you fighting Corpses in Shinjuku. All of them go down without incident, [[spoiler:but upon killing the last Corpse and triggering quest completion, a Hunter shows up to discover that you've finished the quest for him. He gets furious and takes a Red Pill, transforming him into the demon Dullahan, who fights you immediately.]]

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** The "Dance of the Dead" quest. You're just going around destroying Macabre hordes, and you get down to the last one. Save your game before fighting it, because [[spoiler:when you defeat it, Fiend David shows up to tear you a new one.]]
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** "Corpse Disposal" has you fighting Corpses in Shinjuku. All of them go down without incident, [[spoiler:but upon killing the last Corpse and triggering quest completion, a Hunter shows up to discover that you've finished the quest for him. He gets furious and takes a Red Pill, transforming him into the demon Dullahan, who fights you immediately.]]immediately]].



* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'': One of the very first missions has you don a PoweredArmor and wield a [[GatlingGood Minigun]] to take down a bunch of raiders, including their leader Gristle. Gristle is stronger than the raiders, but he can't hurt you much thanks to your armor and falls quickly to your Minigun. Shortly after that, a [[LightningBruiser much stronger, faster and tougher]] Deathclaw [[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere pops out of the ground]] and serves as the actual boss.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'': One of the very first missions has you don a PoweredArmor and wield a [[GatlingGood Minigun]] to take down a bunch of raiders, including their leader Gristle. Gristle is stronger than the raiders, but he can't hurt you much thanks to your armor and falls quickly to your Minigun. Shortly after that, a [[LightningBruiser much stronger, faster faster, and tougher]] Deathclaw [[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere pops out of the ground]] and serves as the actual boss.



** 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...
* In ''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.
* In ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsII'', if you go to the Throne of Want when you're supposed to, which is ''after'' obtaining the Giant's Kinship, then after defeating DualBoss Throne Defender and Throne Watcher, the FinalBoss will enter the arena through the fog wall and start the battle with you immediately. For this reason, many players opt to take care of Defender and Watcher first, to avoid two boss fights in a row. [[spoiler:Of course, if ''Scholar of the First Sin'' is installed and the right conditions are met, the TrueFinalBoss pulls this after the FinalBoss regardless, leading to a possible ''three' boss fights in a row]].

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** The GameMod ''VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaacAntibirth'' does a similar thing with [[spoiler:Mom]] in the Alternate Route [[spoiler:once you collect the three knife pieces.]] 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...
* In ''VideoGame/XKaliber2097'', the battle with the fourth boss boss, Dr. Blast 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.
* In ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsII'', if you go to the Throne of Want when you're supposed to, which is ''after'' obtaining the Giant's Kinship, then after defeating DualBoss Throne Defender and Throne Watcher, the FinalBoss will enter the arena through the fog wall and start the battle with you immediately. For this reason, many players opt to take care of Defender and Watcher first, to avoid two boss fights in a row. [[spoiler:Of course, if ''Scholar of the First Sin'' is installed and the right conditions are met, the TrueFinalBoss pulls this after the FinalBoss regardless, leading to a possible ''three' boss fights in a row]].row.]]
13th Jul '17 12:23:26 AM wolftickets1969
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Shantae}} and the Pirate's Curse'', you may think you've defeated the {{Cyclops}} [[ManEatingPlant Plant]] when it [[DefeatEqualsExplosion explodes]], but that was [[TurnsRed just the first phase]]. Then the eyeball [[HyperDestructiveBouncingBall bounces wildly around the room]], only stopping to fire its EyeBeam.
20th Jun '17 10:53:46 PM bt8257
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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.

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Not to be confused with the boss [[PuzzleBoss you beat with a trick]]. Often overlaps with SequentialBoss. If the real ''real'' boss takes down the fake one for you, it's a BaitAndSwitchBoss.
6th May '17 9:39:37 PM Exusia
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** This is reversed in ''VideoGame/MegaManV'', where Dr. Wily is ''not'' the final boss, but rather Sunstar, an ancient weapon he found who [[spoiler:attacks Dr. Wily so he can get a piece of Mega Man]].
26th Apr '17 8:15:39 AM finalsurvivor1
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* In the DS remake of ''VideoGame/KirbySuperStar'', one of the new BossRush modes, Helper to Hero, ends with a fight against Wham Bam Rock, the FinalBoss of the Great Cave Offensive. Once it's beaten, [[spoiler:Wham Bam Jewel, the actual Final Boss of the mode, appears]].
22nd Apr '17 10:46:58 PM TheCuza
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* In ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsII'', if you go to the Throne of Want when you're supposed to, which is ''after'' obtaining the Giant's Kinship, then after defeating DualBoss Throne Defender and Throne Watcher, the FinalBoss will enter the arena through the fog wall and start the battle with you immediately. For this reason, many players opt to take care of Defender and Watcher first, to avoid two boss fights in a row. [[spoiler:Of course, if ''Scholar of the First Sin'' is installed and the right conditions are met, the TrueFinalBoss pulls this after the FinalBoss regardless, leading to a possible ''three' boss fights in a row]].
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.
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