NOTE: This YKTTW
is here because I'm sure that Legacy Boss was
a trope. but the article and list of examples was missing. So I'm not sure if it was deleted or move. So I'm making this in the hope of finding it or replacing something that seemed to never existed.
Indexed, Video Game Bosses
, Video Game Tropes
A Legacy Boss Battle
is a boss from one game that appears as a boss in a later installment, often as a Bonus Boss
and as a result generally much harder
than the original boss fight. Though some storyline bosses can fit as well.
If the boss' game of origin is from another franchise, than these may be Mythology Gags
or Lawyer Friendly Cameos
Of important note, is that most Legacy bosses are only fight able in the post game and don't have any role in the plot. So Big Bad Final Boss
examples don't qualify unless the Big Bad
of the game his cameo is in is different, or because the fight feels more familiar than the context would indicate.
Compare and contrast Degraded Boss
, Recurring Boss Template
, Previous Player-Character Cameo
, Sudden Sequel Heel Syndrome
and Giant Space Flea from Nowhere
. Nostalgia Level
is the Level version.
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Hack and Slash
- In Mega Man ZX, Omega from Mega Man Zero 3 appears as a Bonus Boss in the N area. Defeating him nets you the Model O Biometal, the strongest in the game. If you have completed both Zero 3 and 4 in their cartridges, linking them to the DS slot can let you fight 4 of each game's bosses in the same area and defeating them all gives you the same reward.
- In Mega Man Zero 3, taking a secret detour in the second fortress stage will take you to a teleporter. Go inside, and you'll meet Phantom from the first game, or rather his "ghost" since he died. Defeat him and you'll get the Infinity Plus One Foot Chip.
- Mega Man 10 has Downloadable Content, among them three stages featuring bosses from the Game Boy games. More specifically, the "Mega Man Killers"
- Super Mario Galaxy 2's Boss Blitz Galaxy is a Boss Rush bonus mission, where all five bosses are ones from the original game not fought anywhere else.
- In Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Galacta Knight from Kirby Super Star Ultra appears as an extra boss in the True Arena. In this game he cannot be fought everywhere else.
- A Pre-Final Boss example. In Sonic Advance's final stage, Dr. Eggman reprises the first bosses from both Sonic The Hedgehog 1 and Sonic the Hedgehog 2, complete with the boss themes from both games, before the actual Final Boss battle occurs. And there seems to be no other reason for Eggman to go to the trouble of reenacting fights that he had lost before.
Real Time Strategy
- Warcraft III has an optional fight against an enormous monster called the Butcher, a boss from the Diablo series.
Role Playing Game
- The Trope Namer is Dragon Quest IX. In it, you can fight every single Big Bad (and some Dragons) from all the previous games as some of the Bonus Bosses. However they use the same grotto system as the other Bonus Bosses, but with a few differences. Such as only one floor, and the fact that you can level up the bosses by giving up the EXP rewards. Beating them usually gives you some cosplay gear related to their original games or some Orbs.
- Sephiroth appears as a Bonus Boss in Kingdom Hearts 1 and Kingdom Hearts II. The first one as one of the coliseum matches with no context except for one Final Mix exclusive cutscene, the latter game has him cameo during the 1000 Heartless War where he asks where Cloud is, vanishes and then taunts Cloud a little bit later.
- Pokémon has a few examples:
- Cynthea, Sinnoh's champion appears as a Bonus Boss in Pokémon Black and White
- Later, in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, you can face every Gym Leader, Elite Four member, and Champion from preceding games (Most of them are fought in the World Tournament, but some the retired Gym leaders from Black And White, and N are fought in different areas, and only one Gym Leader (Koga) is excluded)
- In later versions of Final Fantasy I starting with the Game Boy Advance version, there are bonus dungeons featuring four bosses each from Final Fantasy III , IV, V and VI. There are no bosses from Final Fantasy II because that game is usually bundled with I
- The Final Dungeon of Final Fantasy IV: The After Years has bosses from I to VI, with only a couple of them being optional.
- Tales of Vesperia has previous Tales Series bosses fightable. Phantasia's Dhaos, Eternia's Shizel, Destiny's Barbatos, and Symphonia's Kratos are all opponents in the coliseum's 200-Man Melee.
- In the Bonus Dungeon of Mana Khemia: Alchemists of Al-Revis, you can fight the dark versions or Alvero, Yula, and Crowley, bosses from Atelier Iris 3.
- Golden Sun: Dark Dawn has two optional fights against the Star Magician and the Dullahan, two of the strongest Bonus Bosses of the previous game, now even stronger.
- The Updated Re-release of Bravely Default features optional bosses from Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light that will be distributed online.
Turn Based Strategy
NOTE: I'm not sure if I should Include Previous Player Character Cameos
) or recurring Bonus Bosses
). However, I'm am sure that bosses that had roles to play in the plots of their debut game and the games they appear in afterwards (Like Xehanort
) don't count unless they were a Bonus Boss
first (and those case would be inversions). That may change if I rename it Nostalgia Boss Battle