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Sora and his comrades have fought against awesome bosses from many corners of the multiverse.

[[folder: Various ]]

* Alongside Chernabog, there's also Maleficent, Monstro the Whale, and every other hellish spawn of Disney's sinister mind that robbed you of sleep for nights on end as a child. Regardless of how good or boring the boss fight is, you cannot deny that getting vengeance on just about every last one of those bastards was ''sweet''. For example, kicking the godly ass of Hades in Kingdom Hearts II is freaking awesome - mostly because Hades ''explodes'' before the fight.
* Most of the bosses in the series are some form of awesome. Nostalgic awesome for the Disney villains, "holy crap I feel like a badass" for [[ThatOneBoss Those Several Bosses,]] and just plain cool battles like Dark Thorn and Groundshaker... Every player's going to love at least one.


[[folder: Kingdom Hearts (Original) ]]

* The first one had [[ClimaxBoss Dragon Maleficent and Riku]][[FanNickname nort]].
** Especially enhanced due to the [[WhamEpisode circumstances.]] You've been chasing down Maleficent throughout the entire game, and finally come face to face with [[RivalTurnedEvil Riku]], only to realize that he is possessed by [[BigBad Ansem!]] Cue [[ThatOneBoss That One]] [[WhamEpisode Wham]][[ClimaxBoss Boss]]... and it is [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome AWESOME.]]
** What makes Riku awesome is the fact that he is a fairly well designed [[DuelBoss Rival boss]], as you must actually apply some real sword-fighting tactics (Blocking, dodging, parrying, etc.) to [[ThatOneBoss even stand a chance.]] But the true awesomeness kicks in with [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic Forze Del Male]] as it rams in just how much of a [[WhamEpisode critical and emotional]] boss battle it is, along with the fact that Riku is more of a genuine challenge instead of an SNKBoss. Just awesome.
* Also, [[Disney/{{Fantasia}} Chernabog]]. Disney's ''Night on Bald Mountain'', crap-your-pants scary Chernabog. Set to the original piece by Mussorgsky.
* Darkside's first appearance as the first boss of the game. The dramatic music kicks in as Sora turns around to see his shadow rise up- and ''up'', becoming an enormous, tentacle-haired colossus intent on kicking your clown-shod arse. Though it turns out to be an easy boss almost every time you fight it (''Chain of Memories'' excepted), its entrance says very clearly that things are about to get serious. Sadly, the same can't be said for Roxas's own boss, the Twilight Thorn.
* An awesome AscendedFanboy moment goes to one Kurt Zisa of New York, for winning a Square contest "Name-in-Game", and having the BonusBoss in Agrabah ([[http://www.khwiki.com/Kurt_Zisa Kurt Zisa]]) named after him. And the fight with the actual Kurt Zisa boss is incredible; On one side, Sora and his friends. On the other is Zisa, a giant snake-headed six-armed sword-wielding whirling dervish of a Heartless that can disable your magic, create a shield, chop you up like a blender, and jump on your head in an attempt to squish you. Truly, this is the hardest non-Sephiroth boss in the game.
* Sephiroth's fights, especially the one in the colosseum in the original ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'', where there's no weird, {{Filler}} plotline between him and Cloud to present it with; he just appears and awesomeness ensues.
* Xemnas from the first game's Final Mix. With the insanely creepy cutscene prior to the battle, and the awesome music, this battle was absolutely perfect.


[[folder: Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories ]]

* As for ''Chain Of Memories'', Captain Hook takes the cake. he uses cards like you, but by that point in the game you'll be used to fighting against card-users. You really have to think strategically, especially during the part where you have to play your cards later or he'll counter yours.
* Far better than Hook is the final boss, Marluxia, ''especially'' in the [=PS2=] remake, in which he has three stages instead of just two. The [[LightningBruiser first]] and [[OneWingedAngel third stages]] are particularly awesome.
* Riku's battle with [[ManipulativeBastard Zexion]]. [[BadassAngster Riku]] finally [[HesBack comes out of his]] HeroicBSOD, [[IAmWhatIAm accepts the darkness as a part of himself without letting it control him]], and he gets ''[[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome infinite]] SuperMode''. Zexion is also one of the more creatively destructive bosses in the game, slowly winnowing your card set down and using your own attacks against you.
* Pretty much ''any'' time you fight an Organization member the second time, ''especially'' [[ShockAndAwe Larxene]] and [[AnIcePerson Vexen]].


[[folder: Kingdom Hearts II ]]

* Xaldin's boss battle. Sweet revenge...
* 1st Xemnas, although they're all awesome. Then again, he is the Nobody of one of the greatest bosses ever, Ansem (who has the added bonus of awesome music).
* Just as good as the World Of Chaos, the battle between Xemnas and his fortress is pretty epic, taking place ''inside Kingdom Hearts itself'' and being the last time you can use Donald and Goofy in the game, thus giving them a chance to go out with a bang.
* Both Armored Xemnas bosses. The first battle with Armored Xemnas has you fighting against him while he uses the weapons of every organization member defeated in this game. And the second takes it up a notch by having you battle in what seems to be basically space! You get to use the glide growth ability even if you haven't unlocked it yet, and you get to use aerial dodge as much as you want, making this battle one of the coolest fights in the game!
* The final Xemnas fight in ''Videogame/KingdomHearts II'', when he finally faces off with you in person in the void after a ''long'' SequentialBoss fight. It culminates with two Keyblade wielders fighting off literally thousands of laser beams!
* Of course, once Final Mix+ came out, we got the TRUE Awesome Boss. Roxas. Oh. My. God. ROXAS! Also gets points for having quite possibly one of the [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic best/most heartbreaking battle themes ever]], [[https://youtu.be/wHRL-JfXhFQ "The Other Promise"]].
** Really, all the Organization XIII Data battles count. [[ThatOneBoss They may be hard,]] but they are ''awesome''.
* Despite being an easy boss, the battle against Dark Thorn is strangely awesome. Especially the music.
** Same goes for the battle against Groundshaker. You're a tiny (and [[CuteKitten adorable]]) lion cub, it's a Heartless so massive it has a freaking tree growing on its back. The only bigger Heartless (so far) is the World of Chaos. Of course you feel like Superman after defeating it. The boss is the size of ''a freaking mountain''. (''VideoGame/ShadowOfTheColossus'', anyone?) And you're fighting this thing with Simba, who has one of the most badass combo attack with Sora in the whole game.
--->'''Sora & Simba:''' '''''TOGETHER!!'''''
--->''(Sora & Simba proceed to rip everything in the immediate area to shreds)''
** Another sweet part of the Groundshaker fight is that one of the reaction commands is to get stomped on by his huge-ass foot and, as a tiny lion cub, block the stomp, throw off his foot, then vault into the air to smack it around and ''knock it out'' for a bit.
* Twilight Thorn ''was'' pretty cool too though, especially when he knocks Roxas off the battle platform and into the air, throwing a huge ball of energy at him as he falls.
* While not technically a boss fight, it may qualify as the most epic battle for ''II'', if not the entirety of the franchise. On one side: Sora. Alone. On the other: 1,000 Heartless. ONE. THOUSAND. HEARTLESS. And your task? ''[[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Wipe the floor with them.]]''
** Plus, Leon has shown you them at the beginning of the game and at that point, 20 of them could cream you. Now, you fake right, pick up Guardian and give it a keyblade suppository until it vomits a shoop-da-whoop lazor capable of putting you from 0 to 110. Awesome.
** The only down point of the 1000 Heartless Battle is that the trailer showed a larger variety of Heartless, including several Behemoth Heartless. If only that had remained...
* The Lingering Sentiment is certainly ThatOneBoss, but that doesn't stop him from being insanely awesome. His relentless attacks are all the most unique and powerful attacks in the entire game, and ridiculous amount of health and defense makes it even better when you finally bring him down. And the song, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUd4-LIKusA "Rage Awakened"]], makes the battle even more epic than it already was.
* Luxord. He begins the battle by turning you into a die. A die that can't attack, save for a weak body blow, and can't move without using that same move. After you wait that transformation out, your main method of attacking Luxord is accepting his games of chance, [[PressXToNotDie Pressing Triangle To Not Turn Into A Card]], and using the ActionCommand that gives you. And even after you've used the games to whittle down his health (or rather, "time." It's a TimedMission for both you and him, and attacks speed the time up.), he spreads cards all over the floor, turns into one himself, and hides among the pile. For a gimmicky battle, it is kind of fun and exhilarating.
* In the second game against Sephiroth, you start by pushing X to not die. Then the fight just gets faster from there. It isn't nearly as hard as the fight against Sephiroth in the first game, but for many gamers, it's much more enjoyable.
* [[Film/{{Tron}} Master Control Program and Commander Sark]]. Such an awesome ShoutOut to the movie, and the MCP's constant taunting you during the fight ("IS THAT THE BEST THE USER CAN DO?")
* Beating Scar in the Pride Lands, kicking the crap out of the guy for killing Mufasa! Lying to Simba! And lying to the whole pride! WHOO!
** Bonus points for taking place into the highest point of the Pride Lands with that epic scenery and [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic The Encounter]] made it even more epic.
** Hades. When you finally fight him, [[VillainousBreakDown he's lost his temper]] and goes absolutely stark raving mad - and with the awesomeness that is James Woods doing that voice it sounds so awesome! [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Auron]] is no longer his puppet, Hercules is over his HeroicBSOD, and now everyone wants to give Hades a piece of their minds. On top of that, their battle is also set to [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic The Encounter]]. Heck, any Disney boss with this music could qualify for the nostalgia value.
* Though he is ThatOneBoss to some, Demyx's attacks, especially the [[PowerOfRock guitar/sitar one-on-one]] [[PressXToNotDie quicktime reflex event]], make him one of the most awesome bosses. Especially compared to [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass his earlier appearances.]]
* [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl Barbossa]], the first Live-Action Disney villain to appear in the series.
* [[TheBerserker Saïx]]. This complete bastard arranged your girlfriend's kidnapping, has you [[KneelBeforeZod Kneel Before Him]], and then tells you to keep slaughtering Heartless for the Organization's EvilPlan. Taking him on as one of the ''last'' surviving Organization members and on the verge of a VillainousBreakdown, fighting this arrogant bastard tooth and nail and then triumphantly finishing him off is ''extremely'' satisfying.
* The Final Mix version gives us Zexion's Absent Silhouette battle, which starts on the same battlefield where Riku fights him in ''Re: Chain of Memories''. After you wail on him for a bit, he pulls you into a PocketDimension [[AmazingTechnicolorBattlefield inside his book]] and hides among the other books in said dimension. Like Luxord, he makes a game of his battle. His main gimmick is changing your commands into a book that can only be removed by selecting the right command. Along the way, there are options to restore your HP, MP and Drive Gauge as well as erase all of the other books briefly. Once his health gets low, he'll set up three spotlights and teleport his book between them at random. You need to get into the spotlight he ends with, which gives you the opportunity to get his book's health down, or get hit by meteors. Is it difficult? Yes. Are some of his attacks really cheap? Definitely. Annoying? At times. Is it fun? Hell yes!
* Another Final Mix exclusive boss is Lexaeus, a true spectacle of a boss who is constantly powering his BattleAura up to make himself invincible and using some really hard-hitting [[DishingOutDirt earth attacks]], with the method of defeating him being to '''counter''' his powerful uppercut slash and attack back with a '''more powerful''' swipe! It's basically the closest thing ''Kingdom Hearts'' will get to a full-out ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' fight.


[[folder: Kingdom Hearts: 358/ 2 Days ]]

* The bosses in ''358/2 Days'' are all awesome, with the one absolutely stealing the show being the Infernal Engine. You rush through Beast's Castle, trying to find the unidentified Heartless, when all of a sudden, [[TheWorfEffect Beast is freakin' launched over the gates of his castle, landing in the courtyard all battered.]] This makes you start wondering, 'What the hell could take out ''the Beast?'' So, you rush out the gates, and then, [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic Vim and Vigor kicks in]], as a gigantic battering ram/siege tower rolls towards the main gates, and from that point on, you're basically reenacting the scene from Return of the King with Grond, if the heroes began viciously attacking it before it could reach the gates. It may be ThatOneBoss to some, but to others, it cemented the game as truly magnificent.
* [[spoiler: Xion]]. Pure awesome and the music in final stage is just so [[TearJerker indescribable]].


[[folder: Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep ]]

* In ''Birth by Sleep'' you fight [[spoiler:Hades and the Ice Titan]] at the same time. It bears repeating: [[spoiler:Hades and one of the first game's {{Bonus Boss}}es. At the same time.]]
** [[spoiler:Although you discover after the fight that it's not the Ice Titan but the Ice Colossus, which Hades admits to effectively being a cheap knock-off of the original. It's still an ''OhCrap'' moment for the player before this is revealed.]]
* Another one from ''Birth By Sleep'' is Ven's final battle with Vanitas. Not only are fighting one on one with basically [[spoiler: an [[EvilTwin evil version of Sora]]]] but it also has ''[[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic one the most epic tracks in the entire series]]''. Watch it in full [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BReGlkos6j8 here]].
** All Vanitas battles are awesome, though the final one above does take the cake. Coming in close second is [[spoiler: Vanitas possessing Ven, in which you fight him as Aqua with King Mickey himself on your side.]]
** [[spoiler: The Ventus-Vanitas battle becomes truly awesome when Ventus-Vanitas uses his ultimate attack, which ''will'' destroy you if you don't use Mickey's help. ''"None of this can be changed"'' indeed.]]
* Terra's FinalBoss fight. To clarify: [[spoiler:You play the fricking ''Lingering Sentiment'' against a GrandTheftMe'd Xehanort in Terra's body! All the while, [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic Rage Awakened]] is playing in the background. For those who suffered through the BonusBoss in Final Mix, this is sweet, sweet vindication.]] Also, all of his attacks and combos are [[spoiler:things that the Lingering Will itself can use (including Curaga) if the player hunts for the commands.]]
* Trinity Armor. Out of the Unversed boss fights, that one was the best; unlike the similar [[AnimatedArmor Guard Armor]] from the first game, its Unversed counterpart is an [[HumongousMecha actual Mech]]! [[CombiningMecha Composed of three different Unversed, no less]]! And a kickass TransformationSequence! Not to mention it's one of the few boss battles in the game where you get allies; in this case, the OTHER two playable characters(so it's Terra, Ven and Aqua vs. Trinity Armor)! Easily one of the best boss fights in BBS.
* The secret bosses of ''Birth By Sleep'' qualify as well; [[spoiler: Vanitas Remnant, while only having one HP bar, is fast and strong; and if you use Cure spells, he does too. Annoying as heck, but an interesting challenge. The Mysterious Figure, first shown in the NA version of BBS, has a bevy of tricks which make him hard as heck, but beating him is sweet indeed. The Final Mix bosses keep up the pace: Armor of the Master (Eraqus' Armor) uses a spell which whips up energy chains to do all kinds of crap, from tying you up, acting as projectiles, and more, has lightning fast combos, and other painful crap. The other new FM boss, No Heart (Xehanort's Keyblade armor, which happens to look a HECK OF a lot like Xemnas' armor, and even has a mix of the Ansem fight music and the final Xemnas fight music as his theme); first he creates a barrier, sitting pretty on his throne while you bash it. After that, he gets off his rear, and kicks your ass with Keyblade combos, hand to hand attacks, dark energy blasts, impaling you with Keyblades....Holy badass.]]
* Either of the encounters with Braig. If nothing else for the awesome music, it shows just how powerful Xigbar was before he was even Xigbar.
* The Dark Hide in Final Mix. Perhaps the most badass Pureblood Heartless ever created. [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic Helps that its theme is epic as well.]]
* The TrueFinalBoss fight, i.e. [[spoiler: Aqua vs. Terra-Xehanort, a.k.a [[FanNickname Terranort.]]]] One of the most epic boss fights of the series. Why? [[spoiler: [[MoralEventHorizon Xehanort has completely ruined the heroes' lives and has plagued the universe with the Unversed.]] [[PlayerPunch As Aqua, you have lost your master, your home, AND your two best friends because of him.]] [[CatharsisFactor Now it's payback time.]]]]
* While it's not as dramatic or important as these other battles, Ventus vs. Captain Hook is just plain ''fun''. You get to beat him up, light him on fire and watch him jump around like an idiot, and hit him into the water surrounding the arena so the crocodile attacks him. This may make Captain Hook seem like an easy fight, but he's not. He'll block your attacks, throw his trademark exploding presents, and deliver painful sword combos. If you're not careful, ''you'll'' end up as food for the crocodile instead!


[[folder: Kingdom Hearts: re:coded ]]

* [[spoiler: Sora's Heartless]] in coded. Reasons:
** It's an awesomer version of the Darkside.
** Its second/third forms are a [[spoiler: Heartless Sora clone... thing.]]
** [[AwesomeMusic/KingdomHearts Guardando nel Buio]], Ansem's theme not heard since [=KH1=].
** He launches flying Keyblades at you from friggin' everywhere.
** The [[spoiler: Drag 'n' Drop command]], which transforms him into a [[spoiler: Shadow]], letting you mercilessly beat the crap outta him.
** [[spoiler: You get to deliver the final ''[[KilledOffForReal final]]'' blow, [[DeaderThanDead wiping him off the face of the datascape permanently.]]]]
* The FinalBoss. This guy in a Black Coat's been screwing with you all throughout Castle Oblivion, and if you've played ''Chain of Memories'', you're probably expecting Marluxia. You're ''dead'' wrong. Cue SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome as the man in the black cloak summons [[spoiler: Oblivion. And then Oathkeeper. Enter Roxas, ready for a rematch with Sora after ''Kingdom Hearts II''.]]


[[folder: Kingdom Hearts 3 D: Dream Drop Distance ]]

* BonusBoss [[spoiler: [[WesternAnimation/RunawayBrain Julius]]]]. Not only is he [[NintendoHard hard]], not only is he a [[spoiler:Creator/{{Disney}} BonusBoss]], not only does [[spoiler: [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic The Encounter]]]] play during this fight [[spoiler:for the first time on a Creator/{{Nintendo}} [[UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS handheld]]]], but he's also one of the fairer [[BonusBoss secret bosses]] to recent date in the KH series, being hard because he is legitimately hard, not unfair hard. Quite a refreshing sight after the [[FakeDifficulty unfairness]] that is [[spoiler:Vanitas Remnant and Mysterious Figure AKA Young Xehanort]], especially the latter.
* [[spoiler: Young Xehanort, aka The Mysterious Figure from Birth By Sleep.]] He's fought at the climax as the game's [[spoiler:pen]]ultimate boss, and as the [[spoiler: younger form of the BigBad]], he's a truly vile [[spoiler: human being]] who's effectively responsible for [[spoiler: [[PlayerPunch what happened to]] [[MoralEventHorizon the heroes]] in BBS, as well as Sora's [[MindRape fate]] in this game.]] He's fought in an incredibly fierce and agile battle against Riku, the series' resident badass. Also, Master Xehanort is possessing his younger self, which is why he's able to move during Mickey's Stopza attack. So you, as Riku, are fighting the overall antagonist of the game at his physical prime - and Xehanort still loses.
* Chill Clawbster! You've just seen Monstro [[spoiler:swallow Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket]] and as you're preparing for a fight, it comes out from nowhere and [[spoiler:freezes Monstro alive]]! What follows is a battle around [[spoiler:the frozen Monstro]] as it flies away from you, smashes down the ice platforms, fires lasers, and is an all-around dick! When you've whittled down its HP, it decides to tuck its tail and flee! What follows is that [[spoiler:you must smash a crack on the frozen Monstro to free a part of it, then proceed to Reality Shift and blow bubbles on the freed crack]]. The result is at the end of the boss fight, you are chasing down Chill Clawbster ''using'' - yes, you guessed it, and by god, of all the awesome battles in the series, and there are many, this is by far the most awesome - ''Monstro the whale!'' Who then proceeds to ''eat the Dream Eater whole'' as payback.
* [[spoiler:Xemnas.]] He is [[spoiler:the last boss in Sora's story]] and you fight him after one hell of a WhamEpisode! From the awesome line he spouts at you before the battle starts, to throwing buildings at you (again), to teleporting and floating all around the place, he is one satisfying bastard to beat! At one point, he'll throw a building at the platform you're on, and you have to use Reality Shift to cleave another in two, which allows you time to go ''completely'' nuts on him.
* Chernabog may fit this, despite his easiness. While you will be diving, he sends out [[PlayingWithFire projectiles and pillars of fl]][[{{Hellfire}} ame]] at you, and can also [[AnimateDead send out spirits of the deceased]] to slowly drain your HP. Additionally, the fight is set up so that you get to hear one whole go of [[{{Leitmotif}} Night on Bald Mountain]], whose 3D piece is even more epic than the original KH one, making the fight 10 times more epic than it should be.
* Rinzler. Unlike the other bosses up until this point, he has a ''much'' more sinister sounding theme playing, and it's much like fighting Tron. And then you find he pulls an InterfaceScrew on you... literally turning the battle upside down.
* Spellican is also awesome. After you pursue the bastard from worlds to worlds, you ''finally'' manage to catch its cowardly ass and give it proper beating. During the boss fight, not only you get to listen to "The Sorcerer's Apprentice", but also you fight it in ''[[AmazingTechnicolorBattlefield a field of stars]]''. Not to mention getting payback for that lousy bird summoning all those Dream Eaters in Traverse Town.
* Wargoyle, Riku mode. You're approaching the outskirts of town, when this enormous gargoyle comes up and starts shooting at you. It chases you out of town, then heads back to the tower, where you get to fight it. The music, "Majestic Wings", is great, and as much as it's a pain in the ass, escaping the Wargoyle is just plain awesome. Then there's the part where the whole city is lit on fire and you get to ride the heat given off by the flames to attack a giant flying gargoyle with cannons for hands.
* The Anti Black Coat. You fight it after a particularly cool BadassBoast from Riku. It's certainly tough and can easily defeat you if you get careless or lack the proper abilities, but the fight is made awesome by the epic and nightmarish music, the shadowy arena, and the bright attacks. You have constantly dash about to prevent the Nightmare's attacks from hitting you. Combined with the eager anticipation of what the story's gonna throw at you next, it's a pretty exhilarating boss fight.
* The final boss of the game is [[spoiler:''Sora wearing Ven's armor!'']] While definitely [[PostFinalBoss easier than the fight before him]], the music and inky black abyss of a stage really set the atmosphere and make you determined to save the day. He also uses several ''Birth by Sleep'' skills, including a Shotlock, and it climaxes in a CallBack to the final Ven vs Vanitas fight with him and Riku charging at each other repeatedly.


[[folder: Kingdom Hearts 0.2: A fragmentary passage ]]

* The Demon Tide. Remember that gigantic horde of Heartless in the trailer for ''Kingdom Hearts III''? Well, now you get to fight it: an immense swarm of Shadows that attacks quickly and relentlessly, and no matter how many individuals you destroy, there always seem to be hundreds more behind them. There is a brief scripted sequence as well, where Aqua and Mickey team up to shackle the dark orb at the heart of the swarm to unleash a combination attack. But it's in the second phase that things get truly amazing: the sky darkens, the swarm reorganizes itself into a massive tornado of Heartless, and the music switches to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9bQEkr7fbg a full orchestra and choral arrangement]] of the boss music. The whole fight is extremely fast-paced and serves to underscore a simple fact: unlike most fights against the Heartless in the franchise, this time you are in the Realm of Darkness, and this is ''their world''.
* The Zodiac BossRush, but especially the FinalBoss: a [[NintendoHard harder version]] of [[MirrorBoss Phantom Aqua.]] She can keep you on your toes due to her guard-breaking moves and leaving very little openings, but she forces you to react, counter, and punish her moves in order to win. And the best part: she feels more like a ''Kingdom Hearts II'' boss, having a consistent stagger and predictable counter! Makes you hopeful for what ''Kingdom Hearts III'' would be like.