Created By: kevatuwMarch 20, 2011

Just get behind the boss

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This is when a boss battle in a video game can be won very easily just by getting behind the boss and hitting them from there. The implication is that the developers did not intend for you to get behind the boss; nevertheless, it is possible. It isn't always easy, however. You may take damage or get hit while attempting it. You may only be able to do this for a few seconds before dying yourself. But if you can do it, well you've just saved yourself a lot of trouble. The boss will never turn around. Sometimes their attacks won't even hurt you, so it's basically an easy win. Examples:

  • Castlevania: Symphony of the Night - Scylla
  • Kingdom Hearts: Ursula
Community Feedback Replies: 20
  • March 20, 2011
    Koveras
    If it's not just about getting behind the boss but to any location it cannot attack, then I might have a few examples...

    • In No One Lives Forever, That One Boss Magnus Armstrong can be beaten by jumping on top of him while he ducks. Because he doesn't move and his attacks don't reach that high, Cate can punch him to death with no trouble.
    • In Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening, you can use a bug to fall "inside" the Final Boss, letting you kill her with impunity.
  • March 20, 2011
    Stratadrake
    This needs some clear differentiation from Attack Its Weak Point. Maybe call it Attack Its Blind Spot?
  • March 20, 2011
    RodrigoVega
    Interestingly enough the Jurassic Park: The Lost World game for the PS 1 had 2 inversions of this. You had to fight an Ankylosaurus with the velociraptor and you could only attack it face to face. And with the T.rex you had to fight some stegosauruses (more like minibosses) that required the same strategy. Both hervibores having their defensive weapons on their tails. This was hoever played straight with the Triceratops which you had to attack from behind.
  • March 20, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    Stratadrake - I made the 'blind spot' YKTTW some time ago. It should still be here somwehere. EDIT: Found it. It's Attack His Blind Spot - it includes both video game bosses and any situations in fiction where limited field of vision becomes a plot point. As it's one of the many YKTTW I made and forgotten, you guys are free to flesh out and launch it if you wish.
  • March 20, 2011
    Glowsquid
  • March 20, 2011
    Thebes
    I don't know if this is quite the same thing but;

    In Borderlands, one of the bosses (Krom) sits in a turret at one end of a canyon crawling with enemies. The game expects you to fight your was through the mooks while taking cover from the turret. However, a character with a strong sniper rifle or an accurate rocket launcher can kill Krom from beyond his effective range, making it the easiest boss battle in the main storyline.

    Another example from the same game is Undead Ned. In order to fight him, you drop into a large cavern. If you control your fall, you can land on a ledge a few meters above the floor. You're too high from his arms to reach, and his only ranged attacks are ground-based.

    I do like the name Attack Its Blind Spot.
  • March 20, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    Not quite the same - these fall under Sequence Breaking .
  • March 20, 2011
    Thebes
    I think Undead Ned would count, even if Krom doesn't.

    And I don't think it's quite Sequence Breaking, seeing as it's only breaking the sequence of a single boss battle; Krom is sort of a Flunky Boss, but with the right weapons/build, you can kill him without fighting any flunkies.

    If I'm reading this right, the key to this trope is taking advantage of errors or programming oversights to make a boss battle extremely easy.
  • March 23, 2011
    Darthcaliber
    Air Man in Mega Man 2
  • March 23, 2011
    warriorpoet
    Twinblade in the first fable. Ridiculously easy to defeat if you get behind him.
  • March 23, 2011
    kevatuw
    So is this bad boy safe to launch now?
  • March 23, 2011
    Stratadrake
    Assuming the name is agreed upon....
  • March 23, 2011
    kevatuw
    I've never done this before, and I'm afraid I'm going to screw up. Somebody else want to do it for me? Pretty please? By the way, would an exclamation mark at the end of the title be problematic for coding and stuff?
  • March 23, 2011
    Rolf
    It seems short on examples.
  • March 24, 2011
    Thebes
    ^Kevatuw just hasn't updated the main entry.
  • March 24, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    So, do you want it limited to video games?
  • March 30, 2011
    kevatuw
    Most of the examples are going to come from video games, but I don't suppose it's impossible for other things to be included as well.
  • April 29, 2011
    Darthcaliber
    Wart in Super Mario Bros. 2
  • April 29, 2011
    troacctid
  • April 29, 2011
    jaytee
    ^in addition to Sonic CD, this happens at least once in almost every Sonic game.

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