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22nd Jul '17 7:48:54 AM BGFU
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* The beginning of ''VideoGame/UltimateSpiderMan'' perfectly demonstrates [[CurbStompBattle the nature]] of "super-powered person vs. non-super-powered one" type of fights. When you first play as Spider-Man, you only battle extremely non-challenging foes like random thugs and Shocker. Not only that, but then you get to play as Venom and discover a whole new set of abilities: you can jump high, whip out tentacles, throw stuff and even eat people to gain health! Can it get any easier than that? Overjoyed by your newfound powers, you grab the nearest bike and smash the windom of a random bar... [[spoiler: To find out that the bike, in fact, belonged to Wolverine and you just signed yourself up for the first actual boss fight of the game. Oops.]] While [[spoiler:Wolverine]] isn't particularly hard in comparison with some of the latter bosses, he's still far above anything you've encountered before at that point: he can actually dodge and regenerate health, his attacks are all combos, oh, and that awesome health-gaining ability? You better not try it on him. [[/folder]]

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* The beginning of ''VideoGame/UltimateSpiderMan'' perfectly demonstrates [[CurbStompBattle the nature]] of "super-powered person vs. non-super-powered one" type of fights. When you first play as Spider-Man, you only battle extremely non-challenging foes like random thugs and Shocker. Not only that, but then you get to play as Venom and discover a whole new set of abilities: you can jump high, whip out tentacles, throw stuff and even eat people to gain health! Can it get any easier than that? Overjoyed by your newfound powers, you grab the nearest bike and smash the windom window of a random bar... [[spoiler: To find out that the bike, in fact, belonged to Wolverine and you just signed yourself up for the first actual boss fight of the game. Oops.]] While [[spoiler:Wolverine]] isn't particularly hard in comparison with some of the latter bosses, he's still far above anything you've encountered before at that point: he can actually dodge and regenerate health, his attacks are all combos, oh, and that awesome health-gaining ability? You better not try it on him. [[/folder]]
18th Jul '17 6:31:45 AM ENiG
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* ''TheWitcher3'' has an [[spoiler:elemental]] boss [[spoiler:from a cold, cold place]] that walks the line between this and ''ThatOneBoss'', as he will kick your teeth in if you're not properly prepare and still comes early enough in the game to pose a real challenge for you, especially if you haven't yet mastered the art of dodging and alchemy preparation. Adding to that, you meet him right after defeating a Mid-Boss and your health may already be drained. Now, imagine a gamer who still had no idea that potions could be replenished via meditating and you've won yourself [[SomeDexterityRequired some Lessons, learned the hard way]].
11th Jul '17 3:23:01 AM LucaEarlgrey
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* In spite of being a FinalBoss, Violent Ruler from ''VideoGame/{{Darius}}burst Another Chronicle'' is this as well. Fought in Zone H, the topmost and therefore easiest of the five final stages, it [[DamageSpongeBoss has a lot of hit points]] and, unlike most prior bosses, has no parts that can be chipped off to disable or weaken attacks, effectively teaching you that it and the other four final bosses (nine in ''Dariusburst Another Chronicle EX'') can't simply be cheesed.

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* In spite of being a FinalBoss, Violent Ruler from ''VideoGame/{{Darius}}burst Another Chronicle'' is this as well.well, due to the game being short and designed around replay value. Fought in Zone H, the topmost and therefore easiest of the five final stages, it [[DamageSpongeBoss has a lot of hit points]] and, unlike most prior bosses, has no parts that can be chipped off to disable or weaken attacks, effectively teaching you that it and the other four final bosses (nine in ''Dariusburst Another Chronicle EX'') can't simply be cheesed.
11th Jul '17 3:22:45 AM LucaEarlgrey
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* In spite of being a FinalBoss, Violent Ruler from ''VideoGame/{{Darius}}burst Another Chronicle'' is this as well. Fought in Zone H, the topmost and therefore easiest of the five final stages, it [[DamageSpongeBoss has a lot of hit points]] and, unlike most prior bosses, has no parts that can be chipped off to disable or weaken attacks, effectively teaching you that it and the other four final bosses (nine in ''Dariusburst Another Chronicle EX'') can't simply be cheesed.
10th Jul '17 7:04:21 PM FlakyPorcupine
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* ''VideoGame/DarkestDungeon'' gives you an idea of the difficulty ahead of you by sticking one of these bosses as the ''second fight of the game'', who is more than capable of killing your starting heroes for the more unfortunate players. Similarly, the Crimson Court DLC has a miniboss hidden as early as your first expedition there and is rather unforgiving.
6th Jul '17 10:33:29 AM MisterVercetti
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** In [[VideoGame/CrashBandicoot1996 the first game]], Papu Papu [[WarmupBoss is an absolute pushover who most players will trounce in less than a minute]]. Ripper Roo, the very next boss, is a PuzzleBoss who must be defeated by carefully timing TNT detonations, all while navigating extremely tiny platforms surrounded by water (which, of course, is [[SuperDrowningSkills instant death]]). Most players will burn through many a life trying to take him down, and it's as sure a sign as anything that [[DifficultySpike things are only gonna get harder from there]].
3rd Jul '17 12:39:06 PM WillyFourEyes
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** Ymir (Whelk), just like the Mist Dragon in FF4, is there to teach about the Active Time Battle system - and that one has to take care when selecting targets.
** Number 024, fought in the Magitek Research Facility. It's a cakewalk if you know what to do. However, for newer players (to the game or the series) or if you don't pay attention to its Barrier Changes, it's going to be an uphill battle. The fight teaches you why it's important to cast Scan/Libra for bosses' weaknesses.

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** Ymir (Whelk), just like the Mist Dragon in FF4, ''FF IV'', is there to teach about the Active Time Battle system - and that one has to take care when selecting targets.
** Number 024, fought in the Magitek Research Facility. It's a cakewalk if you know what to do. However, for newer players (to the game or the series) or if you don't pay attention to its Barrier Changes, {{Barrier Change|Boss}}s, it's going to be an uphill battle. The fight teaches you why it's important to cast Scan/Libra for bosses' weaknesses.



** Yet another early boss exists to demonstrate the Active Time Battle system - this time, it's the Guard Scorpion. Thanks to some shoddy translation, the instructions on when to hold off on attacking it can be interpreted backwards. Luckily in this game, the characters have more health and the bosses retaliatory attack does less damage.

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** Yet another early boss exists to demonstrate the Active Time Battle system - this time, it's the Guard Scorpion. Thanks to some [[BlindIdiotTranslation shoddy translation, translation]], the instructions on when to hold off on attacking it can be [[TutorialFailure interpreted backwards.backwards]]. Luckily in this game, the characters have more health and the bosses retaliatory attack does less damage.



* VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII:
** Elvoret. He is just the third boss in the game, and you have to fight him right after the Biggs and Wedge boss fight, who are more than your average Galbaldia soldiers. He has good health for the time, has spells that tempt one to grind, and an attack called Storm Breath that can wipe out your party in two hits, meaning keeping low health for Limit Breaks is unsafe. The player can easily die if not careful.

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* VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII:
''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII:''
** Elvoret. He Elvoret is just the third boss in the game, and you have to fight him right after the Biggs and Wedge boss fight, who are more than your average Galbaldia soldiers. He has good health for the time, has spells that tempt one to grind, and an attack called Storm Breath that can wipe out your party in two hits, meaning keeping low health for Limit Breaks is unsafe. The player can easily die if not careful.



** Though both are an absolute joke if you unlocked even 1 Quickening for each character. Which is not difficult to do unless you ignored their existence and wasted your LP picking up spells and armor you can't even find in shops yet. 1 good Quickening Chain will 1-shot both. The Elder Wyrm is a much bigger wakeup call and often ThatOneBoss, being one of the first times a good Quickening Chain can't 1-shot a story boss.

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** Though both are an absolute joke if you unlocked even 1 Quickening for each character. Which character, which is not difficult to do unless you ignored their existence and wasted your LP picking up spells and armor you can't even find in shops yet. 1 good Quickening Chain will 1-shot both. The Elder Wyrm is a much bigger wakeup call and often ThatOneBoss, being one of the first times a good Quickening Chain can't 1-shot a story boss.



* There's the battle between [[spoiler:Gurdurr and Scraggy]] in ''Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity''. It's essentially the first major boss, but at this stage in the game, they can easily wipe you. They're both very strong, you've got only two team members, and if you're too reckless, you won't last long unless you keep healing up. There's also nothing you've got that's super-effective against any of the two, leaving you to chop away with regular-powered moves. If you chose Tepig or Pikachu as your character/partner, watch out; if [[spoiler:Gurdurr]] gets burned or paralyzed as a side-effect of Ember or Thundershock, his Attack will skyrocket, and he'll easily destroy you in three, if not two hits. Plus, [[spoiler:Scraggy]] has surprisingly high defenses. It's difficult enough that later on, when [[spoiler:Gurdurr fights alone]], it's ''much'' easier since it's a two-on-one battle. But still, this is enough to warn you of what's to come in this game's bosses.
* PokemonRanger: Shadows of Almia has Drapion. First off, you have to fight it directly after two Ryhorn and three Stunky. Secondly, the only nearby Pokemon with an assist that's super effective against it at the time is Drowzee, which may or may not help. Third, it hits HARD. However, what really makes this fight difficult is that is has a nasty habit of leaving poison puddles, limiting the area you can circle it and latter starts spamming a poison cloud attack, limiting the time you can circle it.

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* There's the battle between [[spoiler:Gurdurr and Scraggy]] in ''Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity''.''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonGatesToInfinity''. It's essentially the first major boss, but at this stage in the game, they can easily wipe you. They're both very strong, you've got only two team members, and if you're too reckless, you won't last long unless you keep healing up. There's also nothing you've got that's super-effective against any of the two, leaving you to chop away with regular-powered moves. If you chose Tepig or Pikachu as your character/partner, watch out; if [[spoiler:Gurdurr]] gets burned or paralyzed as a side-effect of Ember or Thundershock, his Attack will skyrocket, and he'll easily destroy you in three, if not two hits. Plus, [[spoiler:Scraggy]] has surprisingly high defenses. It's difficult enough that later on, when [[spoiler:Gurdurr fights alone]], it's ''much'' easier since it's a two-on-one battle. But still, this is enough to warn you of what's to come in this game's bosses.
* PokemonRanger: ''VideoGame/PokemonRanger: Shadows of Almia Almia'' has Drapion. First off, you have to fight it directly after two Ryhorn and three Stunky. Secondly, the only nearby Pokemon with an assist that's super effective against it at the time is Drowzee, which may or may not help. Third, it hits HARD. However, what really makes this fight difficult is that is has a nasty habit of leaving poison puddles, limiting the area you can circle it and latter starts spamming a poison cloud attack, limiting the time you can circle it.
3rd Jul '17 3:42:08 AM Technature
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*** Masked Marth actually serves as this (no, he isn't a villain. You fight him in a CombatByChampion tournament). On the higher difficulties, his stats are considerably higher than anything you've fought so far, he ''moves'', unlike [[OrcusOnHisThrone most bosses]], and the cheap tactic of wearing out the boss' weapons won't work because his [[SwordOfPlotAdvancement Falchion]] has infinite uses just like [[TheHero Chrom's]]. (And unlike Chrom, he can use to ''heal'' himself, too!) If you haven't learned how to effectively use the Pair Up system, Marth will walk all over you.

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*** Masked Marth actually serves as this (no, he isn't a villain. You fight him in a CombatByChampion tournament).this. On the higher difficulties, his stats are considerably higher than anything you've fought so far, he ''moves'', unlike [[OrcusOnHisThrone most bosses]], and the cheap tactic of wearing out the boss' weapons won't work because his [[SwordOfPlotAdvancement Falchion]] has infinite uses just like [[TheHero Chrom's]]. (And unlike Chrom, he can use to ''heal'' himself, too!) If you haven't learned how to effectively use the Pair Up system, Marth will walk all over you.
20th Jun '17 4:22:22 PM bt8257
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Compare with ThatOneBoss, though this trope is specifically for bosses that appear early in the game and are merely a sample of the rest of the game's challenges. Also compare with DisappointingLastLevel and EarlyGameHell (for when not just the first or second boss is difficult, but also the early levels or chapters as well). Contrast with WarmupBoss, a first boss that frequently is impossible (or at least very difficult) to lose to. See also HopelessBossFight and FinalBossPreview. Compare SkillGateCharacters, which are [=PvP=] characters/factions/whatever that serve a similar purpose in separating newbies from the experienced.

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Compare with ThatOneBoss, though this trope is specifically for bosses that appear early in the game and are merely a sample of the rest of the game's challenges. Also compare with DisappointingLastLevel and EarlyGameHell (for when not just the first or second boss is difficult, but also the early levels or chapters as well). Contrast with WarmupBoss, WarmUpBoss, a first boss that frequently is impossible (or at least very difficult) to lose to. See also HopelessBossFight and FinalBossPreview. Compare SkillGateCharacters, which are [=PvP=] characters/factions/whatever that serve a similar purpose in separating newbies from the experienced.
17th Jun '17 2:58:01 PM BGFU
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* The beginning of ''VideoGame/UltimateSpiderMan'' perfectly demonstrates [[CurbStompBattle the nature]] of "super-powered person vs. non-super-powered one" type of fights. When you first play as Spider-Man, you only battle extremely non-challenging foes like random thugs and Shocker. Not only that, but then you get to play as Venom and discover a whole new set of abilities: you can jump high, whip out tentacles, throw stuff and even eat people to gain health! Can it get any easier than that? Overjoyed by your newfound powers, you grab the nearest bike and smash the windom of a random bar... [[spoiler: To find out that the bike, in fact, belonged to Wolverine and you just signed yourself up for the first actual boss fight of the game. Oops.]] While [[spoiler:Wolverine]] isn't particularly hard in comparison with some of the latter bosses, he's still far above anything you've encountered before at that point: he can actually dodge and regenerate health, his attacks are all combos, oh, and that awesome health-gaining ability? You better not try it on him.

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[[/folder]]
* The beginning of ''VideoGame/UltimateSpiderMan'' perfectly demonstrates [[CurbStompBattle the nature]] of "super-powered person vs. non-super-powered one" type of fights. When you first play as Spider-Man, you only battle extremely non-challenging foes like random thugs and Shocker. Not only that, but then you get to play as Venom and discover a whole new set of abilities: you can jump high, whip out tentacles, throw stuff and even eat people to gain health! Can it get any easier than that? Overjoyed by your newfound powers, you grab the nearest bike and smash the windom of a random bar... [[spoiler: To find out that the bike, in fact, belonged to Wolverine and you just signed yourself up for the first actual boss fight of the game. Oops.]] While [[spoiler:Wolverine]] isn't particularly hard in comparison with some of the latter bosses, he's still far above anything you've encountered before at that point: he can actually dodge and regenerate health, his attacks are all combos, oh, and that awesome health-gaining ability? You better not try it on him. \n [[/folder]]
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