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* For all intents and purposes, the final witness/culprit of each case in the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' games can be considered the case's boss.
** One of the most memorable is the final showdown with [[spoiler: Dahlia Hawthorne's spirit]] at the end of the third game. [[spoiler: It's especially satisfying to take her down, knowing what she's done and tried to do, and that's before Mia steps in...]]
** Also von Karma. Franziska wasn't that difficult and she could literally whip the judge into submission.
** The confrontation with [[spoiler: Ambassador Quercus Alba]] in ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigations''. Unlike past games, all the cases are related in some way, and thus all the tragic events, such as [[spoiler: Oliver being Amano's scape-goat and having to abandon his daughter, and the death of Kay's father]], can be traced back to him. And God, does he put up one hell of a fight. No matter how many flaws and circustances you bring up pointing at him, he will always throw something back at you. Thus it is ''incredibly'' satisfying when he finally comes down.
** The confrontation with the ultimate BigBad of ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'', [[spoiler: Bobby Fulbright A.K.A The Phantom]]. This is without a doubt one of the most unsettling villains in the series, [[spoiler: being capable of ''actively sabotaging the mood matrix by nullifying or outright faking his emotions'']].
* The ''VideoGame/AceCombat'' games have a few awesome boss fights worth mentioning.
** The second to last and last missions of ''AceCombat 5'' are amazing, though lacking in a specific boss [[spoiler: unless you count the SOLG]].
** If you could count anti-fortress missions, ''04''[='=]s Megalith and ''6''[='=]s Chandelier are epic; facing enemy aces in any of the games is pretty great.
* ''VideoGame/AceCombatZero'':
** The final mission. One on one dogfight? Check. Super-advanced enemy fighter? Check. [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic Crazy Spanish guitar of awesome?]] Check. [[spoiler: The fact that you're fighting against someone established as your best friend in the war?]] ''Super Check''.
** The XB-0 Hresvelgr. [[ContinuityNod By extension]], the P-1112 Aigaion and its escorts in ''Ace Combat 6''.
* In the ShootEmUp ''VideoGame/AirGallet'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3V6fCfGKUk your final boss]] is a massive statue of a demon choking other people, with some nice looking attacks and the statue [[TurnsRed changing color]] and shedding TearsOfBlood the more damage it takes. On top of that, [[BattleAmongstTheFlames the final battle with this statue also has flames rising in the background]]! Finally, when you confront its final form, it becomes a simple fighter with a ''skull as its face''.
* The criminally underrated PSX game ''VideoGame/{{Alundra}}'' has its fair share of excellent boss fights, including a duel against a crazed werewolf in plain view of the horrified village, running from an animated stone colossus, fighting a dream demon while simultaneously trying to keep the man whose mind you are in from being sucked into the abyss of its maw, or maybe just the way the final boss battle sees you win through the prayers of all the (rather few at that point) surviving villagers granting you strength... before you finally set him on fire.
* Despite its rather cold reception, even in comparison to its prequel, most if not all of ''VideoGame/{{Alundra 2}}'''s bosses qualify. Highlights include an early boss fight against the giant robotic bull boss (prefaced by an entertaining fleeing scene reminiscent of the aforementioned Goht) and the demonic spider fought on a rapidly-descending elevator (doubly so when she smashes the guard rail protecting herself and Flint from smashing against the walls). The grand prize has to go to the demon whale, however; an enormous mutated whale swallows most of the game's cast, stranding them in a ScrappyLevel spanning its innards. After all the puzzles are finally said and done, the player comes face to face with the whale's mutated, mechanical heart, which defends itself with summoned mooks, beam spam, and more. It's a fair, yet challenging boss, and it's only vulnerable when it hangs down as if to say, "Take out the aggression of being stuck in this damn level out on me!"
* The Jabberwock from ''VideoGame/AmericanMcGeesAlice''. All the bosses' power is proportionate to their ability to mindrape, and this is the first one to wipe the smirk off Alice's face and make her scream. Tough battle, awesome lines.
* ''VideoGame/AnotherCenturysEpisode 3'' features an absolutely incredible final boss battle with the Shin Dragon from ''Shin GetterRobo Armageddon''. This is due, in no small part, to the massive size of the mech and the [[{{SaveBothWorlds}}incredible stage]] in which you fight it. The Buster Ark from ACE 2 deserves mention as well, quite simply for being the hardest fight in that game by far, as well as the true FinalBoss. To explain why the ACE3 fight was so awesome, it's because you're in between two alternate Earths being pulled towards each other into a collision, and between you and salvation is a city-sized dragon-like mecha who is to scale. And you are to scale, and chances are you might be in a 4 meter tall bug mecha.
* ''VideoGame/ApeEscapePumpedAndPrimed'' has a light feel to it, until you get to the final boss, a [[spoiler: Giant Face from hell, which is actually the core of the entire virtual world in which the tournament takes place.]] It's also the first and only boss to have multiple health bars. Coupled with the fact that it has more attacks than any other boss in the game, which deal a lot more damage, and it's [[ThatOneBoss One hell of a boss.]] Until you realize that Monkey Team's "Goliath Fist" special hits multiple times (due to it being so tall) for massive damage, and that it's mostly stationary...
* ''VideoGame/{{Aquaria}}'':
** The Sunken City boss (an invulnerable golem with hammers for hands, attended by a hard-to-damage wraith) not only works great as a PuzzleBoss and a normal boss battle, but the music is [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic kick-ass incredible]].
** Nautilus Prime, without the Energy Form... or the [[ThatOneBoss boss of the Sun Temple.]] The music for the latter's second form is just that good.
** Then there's the five-part battle against the final boss, [[spoiler: The Creator,]] who is basically a PhysicalGod. It all culminates with you [[spoiler: and your boyfriend]] facing off against a [[OneWingedAngel towering, twisted monstrosity]] with some of the best music in a game filled with excellent music. The final phase isn't really all that difficult (the hardest part is probably the second phase), but the sheer scope of the battle makes it pure awesome anyway.
* Nineball from ''VideoGame/ArmoredCore'' in all his appearances. Fast, powerful ThatOneBoss set to an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoGMJHbV4Wk incredible badass theme]] that gets you '''pumped up'''? Hells yes.
* The four legendary ships from ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag'' are fun and inventive ship boss fights and taking them down is a FinalExamBoss that represents the culmination of the Franchise's naval component. Special mention has to go to the two Spanish ships - ''[[MightyGlacier La Dama Negra]]'' and ''[[LightningBruiser El Impoluto]]'', with the latter being almost ''VideoGame/ShadowOfTheColossus'' worthy as a fight.
* ''VideoGame/{{Axelay}}'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KHRx-z7888 stage 5]]. It's a ''[[NinjaPirateZombieRobot burning cyborg lava ogre]].''
* ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie'':
** Though the games have many gloriously surreal moments, the battle against Mr Patch in the second game has got to come tops. In it, you fight a giant, inflatable dinosaur, or [[BuffySpeak "Strange Wobbly Inflatable Thing"]], [[BossSubtitles as the game puts it]] with the ability to summon boxing gloves from nowhere, patches you need to blow off with grenades and some of the most [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic wonderfully demented battle music ever]]. Also, his main attack is to ''spit exploding beach balls at you''. Awesome!
** The fact that you spend half the boss fight flying doesn't hurt either. But there's also Lord Woo Fak Fak, more fun when you realise you can fight him in submarine mode. And then the final boss, a witch in a giant [[ThisIsADrill drill]] [[TankGoodness tank]] who gives you trivia questions in mid-battle! (And the trivia level before as well, with hundreds of questions that stretch your knowledge of the game to the limit.)
** The first time Banjo and Kazooie fought Gruntilda, at the end of the first game, was pretty awesome as well. She has all the tactics of a FinalExamBoss, forcing you to use practically every move you've learned at your disposal just to survive. Including the epic phase of the fight where Banjo and Kazooie take to the sky and ''dogfight'' her.
* ''VideoGame/BatenKaitos'':
** Just about any time that Giacomo, Ayme, or Folon show up in ''BatenKaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean''. The battles against the three of them (especially the last time, immediately after you beat them they recover and you have to fight them a second time) are the best, but solo Giacomo near the beginning of the game can be ThatOneBoss, and solo Folon is pretty cool, too, if only because he's so funny. (He acts like a clown, he has blue skin and a blue-and-red mohawk, and one of his main attacks is called "Worg Laser". What's not to love?) Just to top it off, there's the boss theme, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_B64f48ewdo Chaotic Dance]], complete with incomprehensible lyrics.
** That said, for those who weren't very fond of [[ThatOneBoss Those Three Bosses]], there is also the fight with the "Angel of Darkness" [[spoiler:a.k.a. Kalas]] about three fourths of the way through the game. Although he too presents an incredibly difficult fight (being able to attack with HP-draining nine-hit combos), [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3Tx3DWeQcU the electric guitar version]] of [[AwesomeMusic/VideoGames The True Mirror]] is blasting and [[HeroicResolve you can practically feel the party's determination]] to overcome this challenge [[spoiler:and [[IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight bring Kalas back to his senses]]]]. Plus, there's the fact that, y'know, [[spoiler:''[[TheMole you're fighting]] [[FaceHeelTurn the main character]]'', which isn't something that's done in [=RPGs=] all that often!]]
** [[FinalBoss Malpercio]]. Yeah, he's a nightmare to fight, but my god, is it cool. You fight him on top of the Cor Hydrae, in the middle of a dimensional anomaly. As you whale on him, he goes from just stomping on your party to firing giant dark arrows at them, [[BarrierChangeBoss swapping his elemental alignments]], and finally stealing their health with Enchanted Blade. All while [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lB0b0fHbAY Violent Storm]] is blaring in the background.
** The fight against [[spoiler:Shanath]]. Everything about this fight was incredible - the fact that [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKPxXRbYl6s Iconoclasm]] was playing in the background, the fact that the [[PlayerPunch player]] had ''wanted to kill'' ''this guy'' for '''ages''', the fact that you get to use [[InfinityPlusOneSword your new attack]] on him...really, any descriptions of this fight just don't do the emotions justice.
** Any fight with [[HumanoidAbomination Wiseman]], be it the first fight where he sics a ''dragon'' on you, [[spoiler:or the second one where he possesses Verus' body and turns into a full-fledged EldritchAbomination.]]
** There's something about "The True Mirror", because when it shows up again in ''[[{{Prequel}} Origins]]'', it's fully orchestrated to lend a feeling of ''awesome'' to the fight with [[spoiler:Baelheit, also subtly alluding to the fact that he's the real spiriter]]. Seriously, the entire three-part confrontation is epic: first, he takes out Sagi's allies, [[DuelBoss forcing Sagi into a one-on-one swordfight]]; when Sagi starts gaining ground, he goes into a MotiveRant explaining his [[FreudianExcuse sordid history]], which Sagi finally interrupts by essentially saying "ShutUpHannibal!"; and finally, Sagi's allies regroup and stand with him for the real fight, during which the boss uses [[spoiler:[[ContinuityNod the same kind of special spiriter finishers Kalas used in the first game]]]]. It's almost a shame [[spoiler:that TheManBehindTheMan has to stab him in the back right then, because the fight with him had no chance of living up to such an amazing confrontation with the BigBad you had been fighting for most of the game.]]
** How about ''every'' late-game boss fight in ''Origins''? After the first half of the game, where you lose nearly every boss fight, it's so satisfying to watch Sagi shred through bosses like they're made of tissue paper. Destroying the machina armas, killing Wiseman, even the bosses of the chracter sidequests are incredibly fun to fight.
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'':
** Mr. Freeze, who COMPLETELY averts BossArenaIdiocy by making sure that once you use a strategy against him once, you can NEVER USE IT AGAIN. He's completely invulnerable to head-on attack and can kill you in under 5 seconds with his ice beam. Beating him requires that you utilize every stealth-based attack you have used, since once you have used one trick on him, he'll put up a defense that prevents it from working again. For example, if you try to attack him by gliding off of the top floor rafters and kicking him, it will work at first, but then Freeze will fire his beam into the air, making the air denser which ices over Batman's cape and and making gliding impossible. On NewGamePlus mode this will go UpToEleven, where you won't just have to use five or six tricks, you will have to use all of them due to his increased health and general [[BadAss Badassery]]. Oh and on top of that in NewGamePlus if you're the kind of player who abuses Detective Mode by turning it on and leaving it on? Freeze will punish you for that too by jamming it into uselessness unless you turn it off for extended periods of time much longer than the duration you left it on in the first place. Have fun having to actually track Freeze on your own.
** The fight Bruce has with [[spoiler: Ra's Al Ghul]] while tripping on the [[spoiler: Blood of the Demon]] is nearly as good. It has some of the best (and most outlandish) visuals in the game ([[VisualEffectsOfAwesome which is saying something]]), a tense atmosphere, and gives Batman the opportunity to counter attacks from over twenty opponents at the same time (He's normally capable of a mere three counters at the same time).
** One word: [[spoiler: Clayface]]. Fighting this [[spoiler: HumanoidAbomination]] with [[spoiler: Talia's scimitar]], while dodging its insane attacks and slicing up its {{Mooks}}, while near a [[spoiler: Lazarus Pit]] involved in the awesome FinishingMove against this boss....it's awesome.
* ''VideoGame/BatmanVengeance'' is a decent platformer that one heck of a finish. The very last fight in the game is Batman fighting the Joker, freefalling several thousands of feet in the air, with the Joker lobbying several of his traps at Batman forcing him to dodge them all and deliver a series of punches in order to finally knock his enemy out.
* ''beatmania IIDX 15 DJ TROOPERS'''s "Military Splash" extra stages represent your performance in the song with a shooter-like duel with a giant boss figure in the song background window. Hitting notes fires lasers at the boss to deplete its HP, while missing notes causes the boss to hit you. For full effect though, you'll need to be playing one of these songs in Expert mode or with the Hard gauge (both of which make you fail the song if the life gauge falls to 0%), because when you finish the song, the boss dies (regardless of HP left; a full combo will completely reduce it to 0), signifying that you survived the entire song.
* Satan from ''VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaac''. Yeah, you heard right - in the Halloween update's BonusLevelOfHell you have to fight the devil himself. To even get to the level you have to have beaten the extremely cheap TrueFinalBoss at least 10 times, then go through a level full of {{Degraded Boss}}es. Once you get there, he's got [[BaitAndSwitchBoss a fallen angel fighting for him]], which is spewing projectile blood like there's no tomorrow, along with death lasers. Then, at 50% health, [[AsteroidsMonster it splits in two]], making it faster and harder to hit, as well as doubling its firepower. When you finally beat it, Satan finally gets off his throne and grows huge. He's powerful, but his attacks aren't that hard to dodge. When you take him down, he just gets back up, grows another health bar and flies off the screen, so he can stomp all over you. When you finally really kill him, you're treated to one of the {{Mind Screw}}iest endings ever to grace a flash game. And his theme music is just [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWPWGk0wvcg one of best you'll ever hear]].
* ''VideoGame/BionicCommando'': "Whoah! Is that a long health bar or are you just happy to see me?"
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlueCalamityTrigger'' has the final battle in the [[{{Canon}} True Story]]. You play Unlimited Ragna, against Unlimited Nu, in a proper ThreeRoundDeathmatch (unlike every other story battle), on an AmazingTechnicolorBattlefield, to the tune of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ma5BpLXQ318 the game's theme song]], [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic Ao-Iconoclast]]. And it's ''marvelous''.
* ''VideoGame/BlueDragon'' has a notable boss fight part way through Disc 2. Whilst working through what is - easily - the biggest dungeon in the game at that point whilst set to a 1-hour time limit, the party re-encounter [[TheDragon the final boss of Disc 1]] and his four assistants - all 5 of which are robots who had been destroyed in the last dungeon of Disc 1, one at a time. This time? You get an epic cutscene, then face the four assistants in a 5 v 4 battle where the enemy AI works together with a beautiful set of teamwork attacks, after which you get to re-fight TheDragon who is riding a GIANT FLOATING CANNON. Mere words cannot express how awesome this fight actually is.
* ''VideoGame/{{Boktai}}'':
** The very final boss of ''Boktai 3''. You're on a motorcycle tearing through a castle that's orbiting the moon in space, and the boss you just thought you killed comes back completely unharmed and chases you down. Since [[WeakenedByTheLight sunlight is fatal to it]], all you can do is run for dear life to techno pipe-organ rock music until the castle orbits into view of the sun. ''And it kicks ass!''
** Trance Dumas in ''Lunar Knights''. He presents an actual challenge (he can drain your health and he's got his own Burst attacks) and his pattern (at the start, at least) mixes it up enough that it doesn't get too repetitive, and if you're smart enough to not hit him rapidly enough to constantly force him into the [[DesperationAttack bat swarm attack that gets faster and spreads further as his health gets lower,]] you can have a [[BraggingRightsReward satisfying conclusion to the battle]] by timing a parry well enough to [[SingleStrokeBattle go THROUGH the guy.]]
* The battle against the Wendigo in the little-known game ''VideoGame/BraveTheSearchForSpiritDancer''. Not only is the Wendigo the upper-half of a giant, red, horned, ''flying'', and flaming skeleton, Brave fights it by shooting at it with an amulet, whilst riding a large Bald Eagle spirit, over a pit of lava, with fireballs, rocks and explosives flying everywhere.
* From the criminally unknown ''VideoGame/{{Breakdown}}'' for Xbox, there is the ClimaxBoss, Solus. Every human enemy in the game involves using cover and the environment well, while the T'lan enemies require you to simply dodge the first hit and then beat the crap out of them before they can recover. Here, Solus is standing in the middle of an arena which is ''floating in mid-air'', and the last time you fought him he utterly curbstomped you and proceeded to stand in front of an exploding nuke without flinching. This time, you have exactly the same powers as he does, and the only way to beat him is to bring the fight to him in an awesome fistfight, countering his superspeed with your superspeed and dodging his energy blasts. The first time you knock him down, he congratulates you, since up until then ''he had never been knocked to the ground. Ever''. When you bring him down to roughly half his health, he simply shakes his head and declare "Your death was meant to be swift." before taking his performance up a notch.
* ''Videogame/BrutalLegend'' - [[ThePowerOfRock huge bosses plus metal soundtrack equal sheer badassery]].
** First boss in the game: Eddie rams a spiked gate through its head and celebrates with a guitar solo and a "Decapitation!!" shriek. And it's only the beginning, afterward you get to fight a metal spider with Brocas Helm's ''Cry Of The Banshee'' as background music, and of course, the final, axe-to-spear brawl with Emperor Doviculus set to the tune of, of all things, [[Music/JudasPriest The Painkiller!!!]]
** The demise of Doviculus makes the player really feel like a metal badass: DECAPITATIOOOOOOON!!
* A few in ''VideoGame/{{Bug}}''. One was Bug facing against a BackgroundBoss octopus who flung fish at Bug, so Bug had to use a tennis racket to swat the fish back to the octopus' head. The other one, while [[ThatOneBoss very difficult]], was the swamp worm- Bug had to stand on a tiny platform floating on [[SuperDrowningSkills instant-death water]] as the worm tried to attack Bug. The awesome part came when the platform started moving, and then both Bug and the boss had to trade shots with each other in what was essentially a ''spitting competition''.
* ''VideoGame/CaveStory'' does not have a single unfun boss fight in the entire game; but the [[SequentialBoss final boss sequence]] lines up three (normal ending) or five (true ending) awesome boss fights in a row:
** The BossBonanza starts with a fight against [[TheDragon Misery]], who can create blocks that will deal immense damage, fire energy balls, and shield herself with energy balls that turn into bats.
** Then, you fight [[BigBad The Doctor]], who is shielded by the Red Crystal he created and can fire energy balls either straight or in a circle surrounding him. After beating him, the Red Crystal will take control of him and cause him to go wild, at which point he punches you and fires a swarm of bats out of his hands.
** [[spoiler: Then we get the Undead Core, which is the Core fought before but merged with the remnants of the Doctor after he took control of Sue and Misery. The Undead Core attacks differently depending on how the Doctor is showing his face while Sue spins towards you and Misery creates Mooks.]] It is absolutely amazing...
** Then we get to the two bosses of the true ending. [[spoiler: The Heavy Press hides itself behind a wall while firing lightning. Also, two Invincible Minor Minions, Rollings, are attacking the whole time while Butes infinitely spawn. After defeating the Heavy Press, it acts like every other Press in the game and tries to one hit kill you by falling.]]
** [[spoiler:This act of falling, however, opens the path to Ballos. Ballos will fly at you and hover in midair and fire lightning at you to the tune of one of the main boss themes, Gravity. Then, he turns into a giant head and starts crushing you while creating waves of bones, this time to the tune of a boss theme more reserved for the harder bosses, including the Heavy Press: Eyes of Flame. After Ballos is defeated, he gains eight cycloptic rock satellite things that you need to shoot down and the music becomes Last Battle, previously only used for the Undead Core. After all eight of them are defeated, Ballos takes his position in midair and causes spikes to appear on the ground while platforms start orbiting around the rocks. After this phase is defeated, Ballos finally dies.]]
** Outside the final boss gauntlet, there is the fight with the Core. The boss that drowns you as one of its attacks. The rising water was used amazingly well here as a gameplay element, especially seeing as it impedes your movement. All this backed by SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic.
** The sixth to last boss, the Red Demon/Ogre, doesn't seem like one at first. Then you learn its backstory and you suddenly feel much more awesome. [[spoiler: Congratulations. Arthur would be proud of you, true hero.]]
* ''VideoGame/ChampionsOnline'':
** Shadow Destroyer, who, several times during the fight, [[spoiler:floats up and ''tears a rift in reality itself'', plunging the entire battlefield into the Lovecraftian Qliphothic realm, forcing the players to force it back, before they are destroyed by his increasingly powerful attacks, or the realm ''itself''.]]
** Therakiel, who shortly into the fight [[spoiler:moves it to the ground zero of the ''biblical apocalypse''. You can literally see, above and below you, the winged legions of heaven and hell circling towards the final confrontation which you are desperately trying to avert.]]
** And just for the awesomeness of his LargeHam delivery and sheer insanity, Foxbat has become a fan favorite as well.
* In ''VideoGame/ChromeHounds'', there's the Xbox Live Only "Unidentified Weapon Appears" mission, which is one of three examples of an Awesome Boss Fight. They're kinda rare, but damn once you've done one, you'll feel awesome. Nothin' beats a BattleshipRaid with 5 of your buddies.
* Let's give ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' some love. Yes, the last few hours are ''[[DisappointingLastLevel painful]]'', but the fight with [[spoiler:FATE]] is excellent. And the [[spoiler:Dragon God]] as well, even if the fight doesn't quite make up for [[ThatOneLevel Terra Tower]].
* ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'':
** Even today, despite the SNES-era storyline, graphics, and music, the ClimaxBoss at approximately the halfway point of the game can't be anything but one of the greatest boss battles of all time. Magus has brilliant build-up, [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic an amazingly kickass battle theme]], is one of the most difficult bosses up to this point, gets a wicked anime-cutscene introduction in [[VideoGameRemake the remakes]], and just generally exudes awesome. Such was the impact and awesomeness of that battle that many gamers think Magus is TheDragon at first.
** And there's also [[spoiler: Lavos']] final form, with the AmazingTechnicolorBattlefield and awesome animation after awesome animation. Or Black/Rust Tyranno, basically fighting against a HUGE fire-breathing T-Rex.
* There are plenty of ridiculously awesome fights in ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'':
** Showdowns with Praetorians, the Freedom Phalanx's {{Evil Twin}}s (or the Freedom Phalanx ''themselves'' for villains)...
** Player villains taking on [[spoiler:[[RageAgainstTheMentor their own chosen patron]] and eventually ''Lord Recluse himself'']]...
** Romulus Augustus empowered with the might of Nictus...
** Reichsman, who turns out to be [[spoiler:another EvilTwin of Statesman, who fought for NaziGermany during World War II in an alternate universe]]. The Reichsman is so powerful that ''he is literally in a class of his own''. Whereas other enemies are classified from something as lowly as "Minion" to something as powerful as "Archvillain" or "Hero" or "Giant Monster," the Reichsman is "Reichsman". [[OhCrap If that doesn't instill fear in the hearts of a poorly put-together pick-up group...]]
* The battle against [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0w5neFPat1w The Great Mighty Poo]] in ''VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay'', a giant, opera-singing pile of crap.
* ''VideoGame/{{Contra}}'':
** ''Contra III''[='s=] Stage 4 is epic in every way possible, but the boss at the end has you hanging taking down two turrets and core of an airship. What makes this epic? The fact that you're jumping from helicopter missile to missile or else falling to your doom.
** ''Contra: Hard Corps'' has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1EqF5kWz6Q Super Power Robot Ninja Yokozuna]]. A well-animated KillerRobot that races the train, pushes it to a halt, then fights you on top. It also comes with one of the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLO5PDrgO1Q best boss musics ever]].
** [[NintendoHard Red Falcon. Three Lives.]] Eff the [[ClassicCheatCode Konami Code]].
** The TrueFinalBoss of ''Contra: Shattered Soldier'', the Relic of Morai, and the final boss of ''Neo VideoGame/{{Contra}}'', Master Contra.
* ''VideoGame/CopyKitty'':
** Arikan is hard as hell, but is made awesome by the fact that it's a sword duel where the player is given every badass technique (including an obscure projectile attack, which replaces your default beam) the boss himself can do, and even powers up as he does. Taken UpToEleven in hard mode, where you start with the power of the normal fight's second phase, and then you both ''still power up''. The sheer number of particles and lighting effects will milk your FPS to the last drop, but it's so worth it. In the ''Turbo Edition'', though he isn't the FinalBoss anymore, he gets his own unique battle theme, and if you fight him as Savant, it's a ''drill'' duel rather than a sword duel!
** ''Turbo Edition'' adds a new FinalBoss: Fortress Virs and the Giga Dengrahx (which one you face depends on which character you're playing as), gigantic sized versions of the pilotable BossInMookClothing you've been fighting the whole game. Both of them tower over the player, standing at least 50 feet tall, and unleash attacks that could kill any other boss in the game in two hits. You even have to get inside the boss to fight its core to truly defeat it. The best part is that once you blow up the core... well, the lesser Virs and Dengrahx are pilotable, and ''so are these!'' You then fight the other giant boss with your own giant boss.
* In ''Covenant'', we have the battle with Astaroth. After a truly awesome ShutUpHannibal, "Astaroth", the best song in the game, starts playing and the throwdown begins.
* ''VideoGame/DadSeries'': The 'Dadgame has several epic [[ThatOneBoss (and epically hard)]] bosses for a free flash game. The [[HumongousMecha gigantic Final Weapon]] [[spoiler:and its secret counterpart, Final Weapon X]], sporting an arsenal that would make many a mech collapse in shame, including bombs, missiles, plasma bolts, lasers, [[FrickinLaserBeams more lasers,]] [[UpToEleven and even MORE lasers]], plus an [[PuzzleBoss unorthodox way of defeating it compared to most other bosses?]] [[SelfInsertFic Saku]][[GodModeSue pen]], who fires gigantic beams and explosions at you? Phantom, a [[TheMissingno living glitch]], and also a PuzzleBoss? And Mecha-Death, who seems to have been made of superconcentrated awesome?
* ''VideoGame/DantesInferno'':
** Lucifer. Man, you fight SATAN himself! And you are only a human!
** King Minos is also cool. A giant half-man, half-serpent who guards the entrance to Hell. The last moment when you have to impale his head on a sharped-wheel is just... gosh, just play the game!
* ''VideoGame/DarkChronicle'' had the battle with Emperor Griffon's true form [[spoiler: who happens to be a cute bunny child named Sirus who's angry at the humans for killing his best friend]] It's tough as hell, but very satisfying, especially considering the music that went with it. The battles against Gaspard are also pretty damn awesome.
* Pick pretty much any boss from ''VideoGame/{{Darksiders}}''.
** The "Payback's A Bitch" fight against Straga. A boss fight against a giant raging demon with a hammer the size of a large building who flings smaller enemies at you, ''all the while'' you're shooting portals to get to the back of his head and cut it open. Then there's the end cutscene when [[spoiler: you shoot a portal ''into his head'' and destroy him from the inside]]. Chills...
** The single most satisfying boss in the game is not [[spoiler:The Destroyer, Silitha, the Stygian, the Griever, or even Straga]], but the very first real boss you have to deal with, [[spoiler:Tiamat]]. She is the only boss in the entire game where you don't have way more health bars than necessary. The only boss where avoiding every single attack is a puzzle and a challenge in of itself. The only boss that never ends up laying down and submitting to inevitable defeat once the puzzle's solved. [[spoiler:Tiamat]] is thoroughly the best boss in the game because she is the only one that ''will kill you'' if you're playing anything but the best game of your life.
* ''VideoGame/DeadlyCreatures'':
** One of the most awesome Final Bosses ever. Not only do you fight a man with a shotgun, despite being a three-inch scorpion. You also get to stab him in the balls with your stinger. Three times!
** The boss fight against the rattlesnake in chapter 9 begins with you (as a tarantula) encased in a ring of fire, trapped with the snake as it constantly tries to chow down on you. After hitting it enough times, you move to a vertical battle on the gas pump (which is ON FIRE AND ABOUT TO EXPLODE) and finally, you have a sequence where you have to dodge all the rattlesnake's final, desperate attacks against you, culminating in an epic dodge maneuver where the rattlesnake misses and ends up biting ''itself''; then, as you scuttle away, leaving the snake to writhe under its own fangs, the pump explodes. Hell yes.
** And then, for some inexplicable reason, everything blows up. BadAss.
* The FinalBoss of ''VideoGame/DeadRising2'' is an epic fist fight against the BigBad on top of a building surrounded by a sea of zombies as an AC-130 blows holes in the building in the background. If you get knocked off the platform (and you often will), you have to cleave your way through zombies and avoid the AC-130's cannons to get back up while he shoots at you with his pistol. Alternatively, skip the epic battle and just [[CombatPragmatist have a shoot out with him if you bring a pair of sniper rifles and a bunch of healing items]], popping out of cover, getting a shot off, and rolling back in. Still fairly epic as you have to watch out for the zombies, the AC-130, and his pistol.
* The huge battle against [[RentAZilla Kojira]] at the end of the Japan area in ''VideoGame/DestroyAllHumans 2''. First you chase a giant, energy-spewing Godzilla lookalike across the countryside, avoiding its attacks and trying to zap it with your saucer's piddly weaponry before ending up in the middle of the city. You then have to ''destroy all the buildings in the city before she has a chance to'' to prevent her from healing while trying to avoid her huge salvos of energy missiles, and then you have to land and chase her about on foot while shooting her with your disintegrator ray. All while the Japanese army is sending out huge battalions of soldiers and laser-equipped tanks to deal with the both of you and your character makes snarky remarks about how unfair her healing is.
* ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' isn't exactly known for it's boss fights, but the "fight" against Bob Page is of epic proportions. Page himself in stuck inside a giant impenetrable globe of glass, taunting you as he activates every single base defence TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon is armed with. In addition to minigun turrets, he then starts unlimited spawns of the game's DemonicSpiders. At this time, Page is pretty much a locally omnipotent PhysicalGod. As you come closer and closer to defeating him, his taunts turn to pleading, then to taunts again as he comes closer to [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascension]]. You then get to pick exactly how you want to finish Page: Outright kill him, collapse his base taking the entire Internet down with it, or achieve godhood before Page does.
* ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'' is no slouch in this department, with some of the most memorable fights involving TalkingTheMonsterToDeath. And they're ''still'' awesome, since you either invoke HeelRealization or SlaveToPR to win.
* ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'':
** The first fight with Nelo Angelo (a.k.a. [[spoiler:Vergil]]). His introduction is badass as all hell, and after [[ThatOneBoss Phantom]], a down-and-dirty sword fight is just the thing to cleanse the system.
-->'''Dante:''' This stinking hole was the last place I ever expected to find anybody with some guts.
** Every one of the Nelo fights, actually. Most DMC bosses that you face like to do patterns on you. Nelo fights like you, can do moves like you, and if you are not at the very top of your game, he ''will'' hand you your ass. Especially during the final showdown with him, where he brings [[ThatOneAttack those swords]] into play.
** For that matter, ''any time'' Dante, Vergil or Nero crosses swords with another human-sized, humanoid enemy, [[spoiler: including each other]], the [[BishonenLine resulting fight is guaranteed to be]] '''[[BishonenLine awesome]]'''.
** The second duel with Vergil in ''DMC 3'' deserves special mention, because you and your opponent are essentially equally matched. Both the player and the boss have two weapons they can swap between to create combos, both have ranged attacks, both have Style-based abilities and both have access to the Devil Trigger for a temporary boost in stats and some health regeneration. But because Vergil (on most difficulties) does more damage and has more health, it's up to Dante (i.e. the player) to outwit and have better reflexes than his rival.
** [[ClimaxBoss Argosax]] from ''Devil May Cry 2'' manages to make up for its [[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere coming out of nowhere]] by being by far [[ThatOneBoss THE hardest boss in the game]] and having a detailed moveset that keep the player on their toes, all while you just freakin' annihilate all of the demons you've previously slain [[MomentOfAwesome in a truly awesome manner.]] [[NightmareFuel Bonus points for being as scary as hell, too.]]
** [[BishonenLine The]] [[ThatOneBoss Despair]] [[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere Embodied]] from ''Devil May Cry 2'' it just incredible, by not only being [[SarcasmMode legitimately]] [[SNKBoss hard]], but because it manages to do everything Vergil does minus [[SuperMode Devil]] [[TurnsRed Trigger]] and overall make the [[SoBadItsGood hilariously bad sequel]] worth the long slog. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGUSeu56oSQ The theme is also quite possibly the best thing to come from the game.]]
* The SoOkayItsAverage game ''VideoGame/{{DICE}}'' based on the [[DinoBreaker same anime]] is completely based on mindless repetitive action and nonsense plot. The Shell, main phlebotinum, is simply equal to [[Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace solarbenite]], so you can have a idea, the game was simply panned by critics. Everything is just stupid until the secret last mission, when you fight the true last boss: the Shell created a EldritchAbomination and it's up to you to impede him to destroy the universe (yes, the universe), with your TransformingMecha, with everything, since the bare hands to the [[{{BFG}} main cannon]]. It's truly the only SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome of the entire game, you just have to earn much patience.
* The HopelessBossFight against Etna in ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|CursedMemories}}'', especially if you'd never played the first one before and therefore don't know who she is. You've just plowed through the first three chapters of the game with little effort, and you're ready to take on another boss... but what's this? You're getting your ass kicked by the [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins Disgaea equivelant to Goombas]] and wondering why the boss keeps dodging everything you throw at her... [[OhCrap then you see what her level is.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 4|APromiseUnforgotten}}'':
** [[spoiler: Des-X]], the boss of chapter 8. Basically, [[spoiler: she's the one who killed Fuka because she wanted to be Mr. Kazamatsuri's only daughter, despite being a manufactured demon. In other words, time for revenge.]] The fight itself isn't too spectacular, just an average geo effect layout with some enemies you've fought throughout the chapter... Only for a ''second phase'' to show up afterwards. This time [[spoiler: Des-X]] is giant, has higher stats, there's no geo effects to screw with the fight, and you didn't get healed after the previous fight. Second phases are common in a lot of video games, but keep in mind that ''this is the first time this has ever been done in the series.''
** The free DLC battle with Baal. For a while it seemed like he was being phased out as the Ultimate BonusBoss in favor of Pringer X, but here he returns with a vengeance. His stats are through the roof (even by this series standards), his attacks are devastating, and he takes forever to go down. But nothing makes him seem more badass than his Evility, which allows him to attack any character you remove from your base panel, immediately. Unless you put in some serious prep time, he will literally kill your entire party before they can take a single step toward him. And when you finally kill Baal, you not only feel like the baddest mother in the cosmos, you ''make him your personal trainer'' so you can spar with him any time you want.
* [[spoiler:[[ProfessionalKiller Daud]]]] from ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'', who is a MirrorBoss, has clever AI that makes good use of his powers, and is a great character overall. Better yet, in a [[VideoGameCaringPotential Low Chaos]][[note]]Using stealth and killing very few or no people.[[/note]] run, he'll [[LetsFightLikeGentlemen fight you one-on-one]] rather than employing the help of his minions. And, in a Low Chaos run, once you wound him enough, you have the option to [[spoiler:spare his life after listening to his DespairSpeech... ''without'' it being a CruelMercy]]. For those who don't know what your (and thus, his) powers are, they consist of things like blasting your opponent with wind and ''freezing time''. However, neither of your best powers [[NoSell work on the other]], forcing both of you to improvise. Cue you and your opponent doing awesome shit like [[TeleportSpam Teleport Spamming]] all across the room, clashing blades the whole time, with [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic epic music blaring in the background]].
* ''VideoGame/DistortedTravesty'':
** The final boss, [[spoiler:The Artist]]. The fight is pretty insane, due to Jeremy and Hexor both attempting to screw with the game's code and out-hax each other (giving you all sorts of {{Eleventh Hour Superpower}}s in the process). Meanwhile you're hopping around, [[spoiler:destroying the Muffins]], and avoiding BulletHell attacks from the boss himself.
** Also, the Shroud Lord. This thing is hard (may even be the toughest boss in the game), has a ton of health, and a love of BeamSpam and BulletHell, but between the epic music, the [[ClimaxBoss context of the story]], and the fact that this thing and its minions have been dogging you for half the game, you'll be having too much fun to be frustrated.
* The fight with Bob Barbas in ''VideoGame/DmCDevilMayCry'' is something that even the detractors call the best part of the game, and for good reason. The sheer creativity of the arena's aesthetic, the pulse-pounding techno in the background, two cool segments where you get to control Dante from the view of a news chopper, the opportunity to finally beat the shit out of Bob Barbas... It's hard to find something you can't love about it.
* ''VideoGame/DoDonPachi'', or indeed any Cave game, is practically defined by soul-crushingly hard but extremely satisfying bosses. The [[TrueFinalBoss final boss]] Hibachi really kicks it into 11th gear (twice, given she has two forms) for your fight with her, which is appropriate, given that you have to play the game WITHOUT CONTINUES in order to reach her. Not only that, but the boss music from ''[[VideoGame/DonPachi DoDonPachi]]'' is enough to send shivers down the spine. It's just so epic and pulse-pounding. So memorable.
* ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'':
** The Cyberdemon. It's got to be about fifty feet tall, with a rocket launcher for an arm and loads of bionics, in a stage where it is often the only enemy, for which you have ammunition and weapons practically thrown at you, and explodes when killed because '''the ammunition inside it cooks off and detonates, reducing it to a pair of stubs where its legs were'''. The Spider Mastermind and the Icon of Sin might have their fans, but the Cyberdemon, on the 1-12 scale of badness, is a 37.
** In the sequel, in level 20 "Gotcha!", there's a room with a Mastermind and a Cyberdemon. If you get the two to start fighting one another, guess who doesn't win.
** [[BigBad Maledict]], the commanding demonic dragon made of the evil spirit of [[spoiler:[[MadScientist Dr. Malcolm Betruger]]]], in ''Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil''. You start the battle by landing on a flowing platform in the bottomless space of Hell. You have the [[ArtifactOfDoom the Artifact]] but it's only in limited use. Maledict demands you to hand over it, but the marine simply points the gun at it. The battle start with Maledict randomly throwing fires and summonding the local cannon fodders at you. You just simply kills them all and then use the Artifact to slow time and then you just fire whatever kind of guns right at Maledict's slow-flying ass. After a while, Maledict decides that its gonna stop bull-shiting around and then just throws ''meteors'' at you, and all you can do is to avoding them and not trying to fall over the platform, as well shoot the beast up. And you can't get any healthpack during the battle. That and everything else makes it to one of the most adrenaline pumping boss fights ever. Its really makes up ''Doom 3'''s Cyberdemon's status as the AnticlimaxBoss.
* ''VideoGame/DotHack'':
** The Boss fight against [[SmugSnake Sakaki]] in ''.hack//GU'' is very cathartic, and was a tough fight that makes you glad you were badass enough to beat the shit out of this creep.
** The crown jewel of ''GU''[='s=] boss fights, though, is undoubtedly the Cubia Core, especially if you don't go overboard on level grinding beforehand. The intensity never lets up thanks to the never-ending tide of [[MultiMookMelee respawning gomoras]], which can do quite a bit to keep you from doing significant damage to the arms or the core and turn the fight into a frantic battle of attrition demanding every single trick in the book for you to come out on top, all the while your ears are assailed by the [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic mind-numbingly awesome tunes]] of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoWtIbF4yRc Full Force.]] It ''more'' than makes up for the crap boss fights and pathetic combat system of the original quartet all by itself.
** The several boss fights against [[spoiler:Ovan]]... especially the final one where everything is unraveled, and the incredible amount of emotion displayed afterward. Truly a hard-won and well-worth it battle.
** Azure Kite is always a blast. Especially the final duel against him and the other Azure Knights in ''Redemption''. You are fighting the digital reincarnations of Kite, Orca, and Balmung, in the Hulle Granz Cathedral, with Azure Kite's amazingly epic {{Leitmotif}} playing throughout.
** The fight against Skeith in the first ''.hack//'' game. Especially if you've read the books and seen the first anime up to this point. Nobody has ''ever'' managed to win against this thing. Skeith ''is'' MindRape personified, and it requires an entirely new type of playing up to that point. All the Phases after this is just more of the same copying it. Skeith is so badass that the protagonist of the next series ''is'' Skeith, [[EnemyWithin more]] or [[SuperpoweredEvilSide less.]]
* The TrueFinalBoss of ''VideoGame/DoubleDragon II: [[RevengeOfTheSequel The Revenge]]'' for the NES and PC Engine, the Mysterious Warrior. This boss can only be truly fought on the hardest difficulty of both versions. When you reach the final mission of the game, you find what appears to be Marian waiting for you. When you go to her, though, the BigBad comes down and personally fights you. The boss battle takes place in [[FinalBossNewDimension either what appears to be Hell itself with the Devil watching over you or in outer space]] in the first part. When his health goes down a bit, though, the second part of the fight then has you continue the battle [[BloodstainedGlassWindows inside some sort of church]]. Upon defeating the boss, he goes down in slow motion.
* The final boss of ''VideoGame/DoubleDragonNeon'', [[OneWingedAngel Giga]] [[BigBad Skullmageddon]]. Like in ''Double Dragon II: The Revenge'', the battle is a FinalBossNewDimension fight, and the fight has the [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic awesome]] ''Double Dragon'' [[ThemeMusicPowerUp theme]] playing in the background. After defeating the boss, the credits roll, and you hear the villain sing the ending theme, titled "[[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic Dared to Dream]]", during which Skullmageddon announces, "Here's a medal for your victory!" and the [[{{Xbox 360}} Achievement Unlocked]]/[[{{PlayStation 3}} Trophy Unlocked]] message pops up, and as Skullmageddon finally finishes falling, Marian delivers an ''[[GroinAttack uppercut to his crotch]]''.
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII'':
** [[spoiler:Rhapthorne]], is an epic battle in and of itself. The first fight vs him has you fighting vs a little [[spoiler: fat roly-poly characture of a demon with a pipsqueek voice]], the second battle has you forced to fight him [[spoiler:on top of the goddess of light [[ShoutOut from a previous DragonQuest game, Ramia/Godbird Empyrea]]]]. The only thing that detracts from the fight is the fact that his English voice sounds like [[{{Narm}} a Disney villain with bad sinuses.]]
** The bonus boss, [[spoiler:Dragovian Lord]] is also pretty epic. You fight him several times, each time he gives you 1 item out of a set pool, and the next time you fight him he gets stronger. Until the last time, when you fight the first 7 forms and an 8th final form, all in a row, without healing.
* ''VideoGame/DragonsDogma'' has the Dragon himself. It's a MultiStageBattle where you have to alternate between fighting him and running away to seek a more strategic location. There are multiple tactics to defeat them, including engaging in a ColossusClimb, you can shoot him with ballistae, and at one point, you have to inch across his back to reach a weak point as he flies above the clouds. And while you're doing this, he is constantly delivering one awesome speech after another in his BadassBaritone voice, ending with [[WorthyOpponent genuine praise]] as you seriously start to wittle him down.
* ''VideoGame/DragonWarriorMonsters'' for GBC, either version, but easier if you've got Cobi's... DARCK. That mofo would NOT go down! Frustrating and enjoyable, because once you've beaten his 4000 HP ass...you win.
** Of course, the DS sequel, Joker, had a BonusBoss battle against a high-powered...um, Estark. Yes, the King of Monsters himself from ''Dragon Warrior IV''. The battle goes on for what feels like ages, with Estark having the usual array of high-powered Dragon Warrior boss powers. Of course, once it's all over, what happens? He joins your team, of course. Honorable mention goes to Captain Crow, pirate extraordinare, who you run into from time to time when navigating the islands of the Green Bays Archipelago, only for him to throw increasingly-tough monsters at you until he stops screwing around and fights you himself; the fact that this fight is repeatable costs it in the awesome department, especially if you have the aforementioned Estark on your team.
* ''VideoGame/DukeNukem3D'''s final level: Duke, VS the big bad alien on a grid-iron field covered with powerups and cheerleaders. Come get some!
* Seabook Arno's final story mission in ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriorsGundam 2'', which teams him with Domon Kasshu of ''[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam G Gundam]]'' and half the cast of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Gundam ZZ]]'' to take down Master Asia. Master Asia, however, cannot be killed until after you've defeated the Devil Gundam, which just so happens to be ThatOneBoss. Meanwhile, enemy officers show up to harass your allies. By the game's standards it's a long and involved mission, which makes incredibly satisfying to beat; the MassiveMultiplayerCrossover nature of your allies makes it ''fun.''
* ''VideoGame/EarthBound'':
** Gigyas. In its third and final form, your party cannot defeat it on their own. [[spoiler:In an interesting twist on breaking the fourth wall, you, the player, kill Giygas with the final attack.]] To elaborate: [[spoiler:Paula has already reached out to everyone the party met on Earth, but Giygas hasn't been defeated. She prays again, but she doesn't know who else to reach out to. Her call is absorbed by the darkness because you're fighting Giygas, the embodiment of evil itself, in a dimension of absolute darkness. Paula prays one last time for someone to help them; the player, yes, ''you'', the person playing the game, begins to pray for them and destroys Giygas.]]
** Though not [[UniqueEnemy actually a boss,]] Negative Man. Moreover, like the previous ''Mother'', the game featured a [[PuzzleBoss unique final boss.]] In it, [[spoiler:the rest of your team is incapacitated, leaving you to face the Masked Man, your brother Claus, one on one. Any attempt to attack him is made impossible, as Lucas can't bring himself to attack his brother. Claus continues to attack you, though, so you must guard at every turn to slow down the damage ticker, and heal whenever your health gets too low. Over time, your deceased mother reaches out to the two of you and asks Claus to stop his assault. Claus continues to attack, but [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments his attack strength decreases as he gradually uses weaker and weaker PSI attacks.]] Eventually, he dies when a lightning PSI attack is reflected off of your Franklin Badge and strikes him.
** Earlier in the final chapter, there was Miracle Fassad. The fight starts out as a powered up version of the New Fassad fight in which Fassad uses all of his new technological enhancements on the party. However, he later goes OneWingedAngel and reverts to his New Fassad form. At this point, he reveals a little secret: [[spoiler:he can use PSI. Fassad goes berserk at this point, using PSI shields and using the Omega form of Freeze, Fire, and Thunder, as well as PK Starstorm. In short, a two part fight that tests both physical and special abilities and renders your physical shields worthless at the halfway point.]]
* The final boss of ''VideoGame/{{Einhander}}'', [[spoiler: Hyperion. After being betrayed and outgunned by your own allies, you decide to rebel against them and engage them in one final battle. The final stage is not a normal stage at all, first you battle against the new EOS ships made by Selene, then you battle Hyperion itself. The battle itself is also cool, with the camera spinning in 360 directions, and Hyperion firing a variety of attacks, including a WaveMotionGun. All of which is set to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTWi_wJXGPI this awesome music]]. Then comes the BolivianArmyEnding, where you engage the rest of the Selene nation, and after the credits, ''you actually end up [[OneManArmy winning]]''.]]
* The ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsOblivion'' expansion ''Knights of the Nine'' has a particularly epic final battle. After storming an enemy fortress with more allies than you ever have, continuing on solo, and defeating Umaril's physical form, you chase his soul to the afterlife, battle him miles above the Imperial City, and kill him enough that he stays dead.
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'': The fight with Miraak in ''Dragonborn'' and to a lesser extent the [[BonusBoss Ebony Warrior]]. Not to mention the [[spoiler: dual Revered Dragons]] in the Forgotten Vale and Arch-curate Vyrthur's fights in ''Dawnguard''.
* The final boss of ''VideoGame/EtherVapor'', [[spoiler: APITEX. When fighting the boss, most of your attacks barely do any damage against it. But after it sustains enough damage, a cutscene occurs in which you suddenly go into [[SuperMode Overdrive Mode]], and your weapons become powerful laser weapons. The second form of APITEX, APITEX-EVO, is much more epic, as you and APITEX engage each other with the most powerful weapons that you and APITEX can use.]]
* ''VideoGame/EverQuest'' has The Master of Dreadspire, [[spoiler: Mayong Mistmoore]]. After clearing through all of his lieutenants and minions in his underground castle/alternate dimension, he finally faces you himself, and to date he is the only boss in EQ raids to have his own theme music. After you defeat him, you learn that [[spoiler: you and your raiding party just [[ThanatosGambit fell into his trap]], and slaying him has had the unintended effect of causing his [[AGodAmI ascension to the Norrathian Pantheon.]] ]]
* ''VideoGame/EverythingOrNothing'': Escaping [[BigBad Diavolo's]] villa -- and, to unlock a new cheat code, you have to do it ''unarmed.'' It's NintendoHard in the very best sense -- damn near impossible, but the crazy awesome GoodOldFisticuffs make it ''way'' too much fun to be frustrating. And the BadAss [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic Spanish bullfight-style music]] barling away in the background doesn't hurt, either.
* ''VideoGame/EXCeed3: Jade Penetrate Black Package'''s final boss [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrQKB5LLWXg Celestia Lindwurm]] (note that the battle is supposed to go at about twice that speed). Awesome attacks and the two most [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic epic pieces of music]] in the entire game mean that she is far more awesome than even the BonusBoss.
* Belgar, the final boss of ''VideoGame/FinalFight''. While the battle is fun enough, the best part by far is punching the man who kidnapped your daughter (because let's face it, you're playing as Haggar, not Cody) ''through the windows of a skyscraper.''
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' has the final boss, [[BiggerBad Grima]]. The battle takes place [[ColossusClimb on on his own back]] while flying over the ocean with infinitely respawning enemy units and when you finally reach the point you're supposed to attack to win, Grima in the background responds to the damage done to [[spoiler: his vessel]] and attacks himself from behind instead of [[spoiler: the vessel]] attacking, and these attacks have several different animations instead of just one general. Oh, and you're also given the choice to strike the killing blow yourself [[spoiler: which might kill you, since you are him]] or Chrom with his Exalted Falchion. And of course the entire map, including the actual boss battle is accompanied by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4QTEzsCRIE the most epic BGM in the whole game]].
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemRadiantDawn'', (3-13) [[spoiler: [[RogueProtagonist Ike]]]] yeah! Alternatively, (3-7, 3-E) [[spoiler: Micaiah]] Yeah! Unfortunately, the latter three will be missed by most players since 3-7 and 3-13 end after a certain amount of turns and 3-E ends after 80 deaths between the three armies, and in all cases the boss is at the back of the map. But if you're fast enough you also get [[spoiler:Black Knight]] Yeah! in 3-7 and [[spoiler:Kurthnaga]] Yeah! and [[spoiler:Nailah]] Yeah! in 3-E.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fraxy}}'':
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sx5WVVSEUQs Any]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJ1xyo_SkNc boss]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D77d7Npra48 ever]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ww_qa53Ia8 made]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q06Nb6VAX24 by]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=732aI5WE8VM Eboshidori]]. (SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic optional.) Most of these are hard enough to qualify for ThatOneBoss as well, but they make up for it terms of sheer awesome. He even has a Fraxy version of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRD4OJX8Mls Hibachi]]!
** Add [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uL7zWdDCtOE True Acala]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7aOqHCP8es Sakra-Devanam Human Type]], and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80dCdMDb73s Sunyata]] to the list. Awesome Boss Maker?
** Prior to being nerfed, Landshark was more than deserving of its MemeticBadass status.
* ''VideoGame/GaiaOnline'':
** ''zOMG!'' has this with the second boss, the OMGWTF. After fighting your way through a graveyard, you come to the gate. When you approach, you're forced to fight a small army of OMGs. Then the boss comes out. Part dragon, part scorpion, part [[http://www.gaiaonline.com/marketplace/itemdetail/1586 hat]]. And it wants you gone. Just because words can't properly describe how awesome a dracoscorpiohat is, here's [[http://zomg.wikia.com/wiki/Image:OMGWTF.png a picture]]. Besides looking awesome, it's the first really tough enemy you'll face in the game, so defeating it for the first time really gives you a sense of achievement.
** And then you reach "[[FanNickname The Endboss]]". The buildup in the last few stages of Chapter One is a positive infodump that calls back about a dozen different aspects of the GaiaOnline plot-manga from several years ago, and the chapter boss itself must be seen to be believed. It is also ''extremely'' difficult to beat (even in Easy Mode) without being [[ThatOneBoss overbearing]], but rather awe-inspiring, which makes it completely satisfying when the last explosions fade and you teleport back to Barton Town for your rewards.
* Any of the [[HumongousMecha Impact]] battles from the N64 ''VideoGame/GanbareGoemon'' game, but especially the giant peach spaceship.
* In ''VideoGame/GDarius'', pick a boss. Any boss. To start, here's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHjyWMVIav4 Queen Fossil]], the boss of Zone Beta.
* In ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar 3'', finally getting to have a proper battle with a Brumak on foot was great.
* ''VideoGame/{{Ghostbusters}}'':
** The Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man fight from ''Ghostbusters The Video Game''. Blasting away at a 50 foot marshmallowman ((who throws helicopters and spits marshmallow minons at you)) while dangling from the side of a building only being supported by two other human beings surely defines Awesome Boss. It should be noted that this boss is the only boss that's 95% the same fight between the realistic style game and the cartoon style game.
** Stay-Puft be damned--what about ''the freaking Collector?'' Damn, but he's got a bitchslap from hell...
* The 2009 ''Ghostbusters'' was just a parade of wonderful boss battles. The Stay-Puft Man? You're dangling over a [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome goddamn building firing proton darts at it]]! The Librarian? You're down in secret passages within the library not opened for ''decades'', sealed in a creepy little chamber with you, her, and the classic team. Cool! The Spider Witch? Beautifully creepy, and double the {{Squick}} for any arachnophobes. You get to see what a Slor looks like (as mentioned in passing in the first film). And then, there's Shador himself. Oh. Wow. Thank ''you,'' Misters Aykroyd and Ramis!
* ''VideoGame/GodHand'': Any fight with Azel is awesome thanks to his kickass theme music and the ability to get into a pummel duel with him. Try thinking [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar ATATATATATATATATATA]] or [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure ORAORAORAORAORAORA]] for maximum effect. Elvis, while difficult, is still the best boss fight ever. [[MemeticMutation Fuck yes.]]
** Dr. Ion is immensely fun simply because he is much easier than the other bosses, while still retaining a level of challenge, especially the second fight with him. He changes into multiple forms to fight you, and when you hit him with a powerful attack, instead of being blasted away, he breaks apart.
* ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'';
** The [[ColossusClimb Colossus of Rhodes]]. It's as awesome as it sounds. It's also the first boss, and the game only gets [[SerialEscalation more epic]] from there.
** [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2007/3/19/ This comic]] perfectly sums up the general feel of the situation.
** The boss fights are Kratos writing a [[Film/KillBill The Bride-style list]] from a mythology textbook and working his way through it. Perseus, Theseus, The Kraken, Icarus...the list of mythological figures cut down by our favorite BadAss goes on and on. And he's not even halfway done yet.
** The first boss fight in the entire series is fairly epic. Fighting a hydra by pinning two of its heads into the deck of a ship, then slicing the hell out of the remaining central head until you use your chain-blades to haul it down and impale it on the jagged spike at the top of the mast is [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome awesome]]. And you do this in the ''first level of the first game''--you just know you're in for a good time after that. Also the fight against the giant minotaur was extremely cool, especially ''catapulting a huge burning battering ram into its chest cavity and nailing it to the wall.'' While these might seem less impressive these days in light of the amazing boss battles from its two sequels, these were CrazyAwesome at the time.
** The final battle against [[spoiler:Peresephone]] in ''Chains of Olympus'' is similarly awe-inspiring. [[spoiler:You're fighting the ''goddess of the underworld'' inside the tower that ''holds the world together''. At one point, you even have to scale ''Atlas himself'' when Peresephone knocks you out of the tower.]]
* ''VideoGame/GodOfWar III''
** Poseidon. Not the dude covered in TronLines from the previous game, but a huge construct of rock and seawater you have to fight with Gaia's help, culminating in [[spoiler: riding a MegatonPunch from Gaia to force Poseidon out, and then beating him to death from ''his'' Point of View.]]
** Killing Chronos. Yes, the guy who was in the first game. Yes, the guy who's WAY bigger than the other titans. And you do it KEEPING YOUR HUMAN SIZE. Cronos thinks he won after he ''eats'' you. Really, you wanted to be eaten to retrive the Omphalos Stone from his stomach. How do you get out of his stomach? You ''DISEMBOWEL'' him. More specifically, you ''drive the Blade of Olympus through his flesh, slice him open, and jump out while his intestines are falling out of his body.'' Afterwards, just for pissing off Kratos, you smash the crystal spike keeping Pandora's Temple chained to his back and ''drive it into his lower jaw'' to get up to his head, then ''stab the Blade into his forehead''.
** Also ''also'' from the third game is Hades. Let's do the short version: you duel the King of the Underworld inside his own palace, literally ripping pieces of flesh off his body and trashing the palace in the process. This leads to a tug-of-war - with the River Styx as the boundary. Once you pull Hades in, you obtain his magical chain-claws...but then the Lord of Death returns once more, so ravaged by your assault that his skull is sticking out of his flesh. After giving him a few more good hits, you sink his own weapon into him and ''tear his soul right out of his body and absorb it'', leaving his body to rot in the Styx as the souls of the dead fly back to the mortal world.
** The final boss fight with Zeus, even though nobody gets giant, is possibly the most truly epic boss in the entire series, as much for the mechanics of the fight which demand you pull out every trick in your arsenal as for the drama that unfolds in tandem with it: Pandora's sacrifice, Gaia's return, and the creepy blacklight sequence in which Kratos finally forgives himself for his sins. Truly the momentous send-off the series deserved.
** Also, Erinys in ''Ghost of Sparta''. After seeing all what she [[KickTheDog did]] [[TheWoobie to your soldiers]]?! Sweet revenge!
** Then there's her father, Thanatos. After rescuing Deimos and giving him the Arms of Sparta, Kratos joins him to fight ''the God of Death''. [[spoiler:Deimos is eventually killed by Thanatos during the fight.]] [[UnstoppableRage You almost feel bad for what's about to happen to Thanatos after that.]] But it was ''awesome''.
* ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'':
** Saturos and Menardi After all of the hype, you finally get to see what they're capable of. Of course, they live up to and beyond expectations. The following battle crosses into ThatOneBoss territory though...
** Saturos alone atop the Mercury Lighthouse, not only is the battle simply amazing, but the [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic battle theme]] that accompanies it should be considered the national anthem for boss battle music.
** Agatio and Karst atop Jupiter Lighthouse from the sequel. They split your party, and the first few turns are struggling to survive. Then you reinforcements start pouring in ones and twos saying they were worried about you. Agatio and Karst start to panic as they slowly get overwhelmed. When your party is complete, the battle turns barely in your favor. Barely. Made more epic by the fact that this is one of two battles in the game in which losing doesn't make you have to start over. However, if you lose a party, you now have a SECOND party ready to jump in to continue the fight and you can heal the fallen. That new mechanic alone makes the fight epic because now everyone worked out their differences and are working together as a team.
** The mark of a great boss is that he's hard to beat, but doesn't use any cheap tactics that you can't counter. By giving external mechanism for his various tricks, the Star Magician made for a great battle--balancing warding off his Star Ball attack and whaling on whichever ball was most dangerous (Refresh first, then Guard, then get any Anger balls before they selfdestruct; leave thunders alone so the magician can't spawn more of them) made for a great battle. The other two guardian bonus bosses, Sentinel and Valukar, were also fun (although Valukar using our Djinn summons against us was pretty cheap.) Dullahan, the ''final'' bonus boss? Um, [[ThatOneBoss No.]]
* ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'':
** Unfortunately, Blados and Chalis don't quite live up to the hype-- their fight is certainly awesome, but just doesn't live up to VideoGame/GoldenSun standards of awesome... especially since they're ''following'' some pretty epic boss fights. If you liked Star Magician, try Sludge, a (surprisingly sympathetic) disfigured crocodilian nightmare beast with similar allies and combat strategies. If you'd rather [[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu pluck the feathers of divinity]], try the [[GiantFlyer Mountain Roc]]...
** In the bonus round, defending champions Star Magician and Dullahan return, joined in [[ThatOneBoss That One Awesome Boss]] status by the Ancient Devil, whose claim to fame is [[spoiler: [[BrainwashedAndCrazy enchanting your party members to join him against you]], which depending on who he steals can be [[TierInducedScrappy hilarious]] or [[GameBreaker horrifying]].]] The Ogre Titans seem bland in comparison, except for the part where [[SortingAlgorithmOfEvil newer, stronger ones keep showing up]]...
* ''VideoGame/GotchaForce'' has the final boss, which is basically where you and all of your allies are blown up to ENORMOUS size to fight a giant space station of death. It can be frustratingly difficult, but the pure joy of actually BEATING that boss is magnified once you finally do win.
* ''VideoGame/GraffitiKingdom'''s final boss fights. The first guy is essentially a giant technicolor Satan that you have to beat twice, and then after that his own son [who you thought was dead] comes out and KILLS HIS OWN FATHER, then fights you in a six-stage epic complete with [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic the most amazing music in the entire game]].
* ''VideoGame/GrandChase'':
** The Corrupted Divine Tree in the Forest of Life. Four heads in each corner to take out before the main body, constant mook summoning, and when all the heads go, ACID RAIN starts pouring down.
** To even the odds a little, Gaia (the one you're supposed to rescue) periodically summons healing magic at certain spots, which is a full HP heal for you, and also extends the fight somewhat, as this also restores Gaia's HP.
* In ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'', the run-and-gun chase through the streets of Los Santos against Samuel L. Jackson's DirtyCop, Officer Tenpenny.
* Ricardo Di­az from ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity''. Boy, is he MadeOfIron (it takes 5 headshots with the sniper rifle to take him out!), but the resulting scene is so awesome it's well worth the pain.
* Lou from ''VideoGame/GuitarHero 3'', if only because you feel like the world's biggest BadAss after beating him. And you fight to "[[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic the Devil Went Down to Georgia]]" and they bleep out the cuss word. And when you beat Lou, you get to play a minute-long solo whilst he just stands there, utterly defeated and reduced to name-calling. Then, at the end, the game utters these final words: [[ThePowerOfRock "YOU ARE A ROCK GOD!"]] As if that wasn't enough, you fly up to Heaven on winged motorcycles and play Music/DragonForce whilst the credits roll.
* ''VideoGame/GundamVsSeries'':
** The final boss of ''Gundam Vs. Gundam''? The [[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam Devil Gundam]]. In its [[OhCrap Devil Colony]] form. It throws giant beams, explosive particles, Gundam Heads, Death Army MS, and even ''its own gigantic fists'' at you.
** In the sequel, the BonusBoss is [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Kira Yamato's Strike Freedom Gundam]], which is fought in three phases. First it fights normally, but after you damage it enough, Kira pulls out the [[MechaExpansionPack METEOR]] and begins assaulting you with BeamSpam and [[MacrossMissileMassacre Macross Missile Massacres]] galore. Once you destroy the METEOR, Kira [[IAmNotLeftHanded decides to be serious]] and enters [[SuperMode S.E.E.D. Mode]] until you finally take him down.
* [[spoiler: Garino Corsione]] in ''{{Gungrave}}: Overdose''. As the final boss of the game, you fight this guy in a ''[[spoiler: alien spaceship/cathedral....thing]]''. He constantly spouts AGodAmI-esque lines while playing a friggin' ''advanced-tech pipe organ'', but what really makes this fight awesome is '''Unlimited Demolition'''. Whoever you're playing as gains a [[EleventhHourSuperpower considerable power boost in that the Demolition Shot Gauge regenerates on its own]], allowing you to spam the uber Lv. 3 shots more often. During the second phase of the fight, when you empty the boss' life meter, you're treated to an epic boss fatality cutscene--'''[[spoiler: Triple. Final. Demolition. Shot.]]'''
* ''VideoGame/GunstarHeroes'':
** [[CainAndAbel Gunstar Green]]. First you fight against him and the huge transforming Seven Force robot in an [[SequentialBoss epic]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOCRCEAhluo high-speed underground battle]]. Then a reprisal battle against him with you at the helm of a massive, heavily-armed spaceship. Finally, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UJ--NjV2iI he faces the heroes mano-a-mano]], taking on both gun-wielding heroes with his ''bare hands'' and actually kicking your asses around the map if you don't stay sharp. Throughout it all he's never less than poised and in control, coolly acknowledging your victory even as his mecha explodes around him.
** The Seven Force fight gets better on higher difficulties. Seven Force always starts in the human-shaped Solider Force...but on Easy, you fight two more forms after that, four more in Normal, and on Hard Mode ''you fight a grueling marathon battle against all seven forms,'' each with about as much health to them as Pink's mecha in one of the other stages. All this, and you fight him while riding a gravity-defying mine-cart, constantly worrying about whether you should be clinging to the floor ''or the ceiling'' to avoid the myriad attacks of each form.
* The GBA sequel ''VideoGame/GunstarSuperHeroes'' pretty much reprises all of this, except in the rematch with Green, he doesn't hesitate to use his Seven Force forms mid-battle. The end result? A ninja teleporting behind your back, turning into a giant urchin, rolling at you, then leaping into the air and transforming into a giant crossbow. It's extremely hectic, pushes the system itself to its limits, and the whole fight is framed by a [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic minimalistic, yet heroic, theme.]]
* ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'':
** The glorious moment where you finally blast the everloving CRAP out of the Combine helicopter that's been dogging you for a level and a half at least. And it's a running battle through {{Absurdly Spacious Sewer}}s and wide-open spaces with plenty of eye candy. Oh, and you're riding a hovercraft armed with FrickinLaserBeams the entire time. ''Insanity.''
** The final battle of Episode 2. Easily the most epic encounter in the entire ''Half-Life'' series.
** Gordon Freeman versus the Strider Army. Who will win? The fifty-foot tall, heavily armed monstrosities? Or the ''theoretical physicist?'' The best part is that they basically send Gordon out there alone... okay, he had help, but they don't last long. They think Gordon can handle the situation alone. And they're right. Completely.
* ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'':
** The Scarab Battle. While not technically a boss, when combined with the bgm, and all the other marines rallying behind Master Chief, bringing it down is surely an ego boost for many.
** For added awesome in the dual-Scarab battle, play with a friend and have him pilot a Hornet while you jump into a passenger seat. When he flies over one of the Scarabs, bail out and jump right on top of the beast. With luck, the guards on the Scarab will be too busy firing at the Marines above and below them to notice and you can slip right by them and take out the core with relative ease. Have them extract you off of the roof of the Scarab as it melts down or the ground after you jump off and repeat...
** The last boss, 343 Guilty Spark, for the sole reason that he's an annoying fuck and blasting him was one of the most satisfying acts ever.
** ''Halo 2'' has Tartarus, Cheiftain of the [[KillerSpaceMonkey Brutes]]. He's an 8 foot tall gorilla with a ''really'' bad temper, who is leading an entire race of crazy apes with nail guns but he has more than a nail gun, instead he has a [[DropTheHammer huge-assed hammer]] which sends enemies 50 meters away and his energy shield is almost indestructible, it takes three shots from a beam sniper to take it down and you still just has three seconds to shoot him as much as possible before the shield is back online.
* ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'':
** This is followed up, where there are no less than ''three'' Scarab battles, which combine both BestBossEver and BestLevelEver in varying amounts. You get to fight a Scarab on [=ATVs=] with Rocket Launchers, then you get to fight a Scarab at the conclusion of a massive tank battle. What could possibly top that? Oh yeah, [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome fighting TWO Scarabs in the midst of a massive aerial battle]].
** The last part of "The Ark" is fighting a Brute Chieftain, half a dozen Jump Pack Brutes, and two Jackal Marksmen. A little known fact is that if you don't go in guns blazing, you can actually fight the Chieftain on his own while his allies just watch the fight. So basically, you have the [[SelfImposedChallenge chance]] to beat a [[DropTheHammer Brute Chieftain]] on your own ''with nothing but melee attacks''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'':
** While technically not a boss battle, as soon as you reach [[spoiler: the UNSC ]]''[[spoiler:Infinity]]'', it's under attack by [[MechaMooks Prometheans]] and the Covenant remnant. To cap off that level, you're stationed on the deck of the ship, guns firing left and right, while the [[spoiler:Didact]] keeps scanning the ship. To add to this, you're in a ''[[HumongousMecha Mantis]]''.
** Another one in Spartan Ops is you, three friends, four Mantises vs. a thousand Banshees and Phantoms.
* Tiberius, the BigBad and FinalBoss of ''VideoGame/HardCorpsUprising''. He has laughable [[{{Narm}} Narmy]] dialogue he uses to taunt you repeatedly, uses a sword as his primary weapon, catches the bullets when he goads you to shoot him, and when he goes onto his OneWingedAngel form, he says, [[ThisIsTheFinalBattle "Let's begin... the final battle."]] The final phase of the battle has you [[FreeFallFight descend from the now destroyed battleship]] [[HighAltitudeBattle while falling from the sky]] as Tiberius tries one final attempt to kill you.
* ''VideoGame/{{Hellsinker}}'':
** The bossfight against Rex Cavalier is both a really [[MarathonBoss long boss]] and very well thought out. All the while, MickeyMousing is in full effect. As the fight goes on Rex changes attacks based on your performance, with everything from missiles to more lasers. And when he explodes and seems to be beaten, his Spirit Kernel takes over the fight in one last struggle while the music picks up and the background starts flying by very fast. And finally, in a last ditch attack, Rex tries to load over his spirit onto the protagonist. If you stop him it's on to the next stage; if he succeeds, however, you get a NonStandardGameOver where your spirit gets corrupted and is slowly turned into the PRAYERS you have been fighting.
** From the previous Segment, the Apostles of the Seed, [[DualBoss Dusk and Dawn]], who assault you with co-op attacks. After some damage, they switch to tag-teaming, taking turns with a wide variety of attacks, followed by a CombinationAttack where the two spin around and attack you both at the same time again, inverting the screen colors and super-attacking you if you time out this particular attack. Destroy one of them and the other fires at you with all they've got. Finally, after the two bosses are destroyed, you ''then'' have to run through a gauntlet of Unnamed enemies that spew out dense patterns or fire blue beams of death, until your character lands on [[{{BFS}} The Key]] and use it to unlock the next Segment. All to SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic with a combination of [[Laconic/AutobotsRockOut rocking out]] and a OneWomanWail. Of course, it's only an Awesome Boss if you like [[ThatOneBoss challenging bosses]]; if you don't like difficulty, this may very well be a DarthWiki/DethroningMomentOfSuck.
** The third-tier FinalBoss, Garland, who you fight over a [[FinalBossNewDimension trippy background]] that [[InterfaceScrew even takes over the interface]]. Who knew that [[spoiler:going to the lost-and-found service]] could be [[MundaneMadeAwesome so awesome]]? If you do unlock [[TrueFinalBoss Lost Property 771]], the massive spray of Mistletoes turns into hearts, allowing you to max out your lives and rake in gigantic Immortality bonuses. 771 is a HoldTheLine boss, where not only must you face its attacks until time runs out with the entire screen inverted in color, but continously shooting 771 will give you large quantities of {{S|coringPoints}}pirits.
* ''VideoGame/HeroCore'''s final boss fights are pretty awesome, at least due to the music. But then again, so are The Elites, Silencer, the Guardian...
* In ''VideoGame/HypeTheTimeQuest'', Mhasse is the only boss that really requires any tactical thinking.
* Although it was the only boss fight in the game, the battle between Ico and the Shadow Queen in ''VideoGame/{{ICO}}'' was immensely gripping and tense, right up to the moment when Ico drove the spirit sword right into her dark heart!
* ''VideoGame/{{Iji}}'':
** The FinalBoss Tor definitely qualifies. He's got attacks where he flies several miles away, and shoots lasers or missiles at you, then flies back. And when he's back, you face BulletHell of epic proportions. From blasts that leave rippling waves on the ground, to missiles that turn into other missiles, to a bolt of energy you have to reflect back at him. And he even has a one-hit kill that not only kills you, but wipes your stats. Also, if you've beaten the game before, you can find a terminal and power him up so he has even more HP and attacks more.
** The final fight with Asha. After [[spoiler: trying to (and possibly even succeeding in) killing Iji's brother]], being able to finally put him down for good is immensely satisfying, and the fight itself is suitably epic as well.
* The final portion of the Chapter 5 boss, Tageri, in ''VideoGame/{{Ikaruga}}''. The most awesome instance of PlayingTennisWithTheBoss ever.
* The final boss of ''VideoGame/InFamous'' is one hell of an epic fight in a game loaded with them. You're put in a one-on-one duel with Kessler, the man responsible for the deaths of thousands and the destruction of your city (not to mention killing your girlfriend)in the middle of a huge crater you woke up in at the very beginning of the game. Kessler has powered up versions of all of your moves, plus it's hard to actually hit him since he'll [[FlashStep teleport]] a few feet away everytime you shoot him unless it's during one of his moves. Beating him requires skill, patience, and liberal use of the dodge button.
** From ''VideoGame/{{InFamous Second Son}}'':
*** "He Who Dwells" [[spoiler: AKA Eugene Sims]], a massive, laser shooting angel who you fight inside of a video game. This results in you fighting in what looks like the fires of Hell against what Delsin compared at one point to God.
*** The [[spoiler: first]] battle against Augustine. Coming on the tail of [[spoiler: Reggie's death]], what follows is a very cathartic beatdown where Delsin calls out Augustine over all the crap she did to Delsin and his people. The end result is Delsin ''leveling'' the concrete island they were fighting on.
* The Final Boss of the Flash-based game ''VideoGame/{{Intrusion 2}}'', M.A.C.E. Your character is traveling through a deserted corridor, then this HumongousMecha comes after you, firing its EyeBeams through the windows, biting off the walkway, then using his FingerFirearms to attack you with fireballs and homing missiles. Then your character goes into a building, and the huge robot ''grabs the windows with his hands and picks up the building''. You then have to avoid the junk being tossed around, while firing at M.A.C.E.'s fingers to destroy them and force him to put the building down, after which his fingers attack you again. After this, the real fight starts- it spits out a BulletHell of fireballs, crushes you with its fists, uses EyeBeams, a twirling laser beam attack, and will periodically take a container to dump bad guys ([[BossArenaRecovery and health]]). Like Tor from ''VideoGame/{{Iji}}'', he also can fly away into the background to fire out a MacrossMissileMassacre or a huge sweeping laser, the second of which can only be avoided by hiding behind a wall which you need to operate. During then, the missiles will attempt to push the wall back down. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZUj2QyCaIY Words cannot describe the boss in its full glory]].
* ''VideoGame/IWannaBeTheGuy'':
** Dracula. He throws ''delicious fruit'' on fire, as well as [[VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou the frickin' moon]], at you, sets the floor ablaze several times, and [[spoiler:turns into a Waddle Doo]] at the end, all with [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic epic music]] playing in the background. Hard or not, that battle was pure awesome from start to finish. (Or, considering this IS ''IWBTG'' we're talking about: From start, to start, to start, to start...) He can even kill you in the ''intro speech'', when he [[spoiler:throws his wineglass at you. You have to jump over it.]]
** Mechabirdo's boss fight also counts as you ride huge-ass missiles and the BGM taken from Ikaruga's boss fight made it MORE AWESOME.
* In ''VideoGame/JaggedAlliance 2'', about halfway through the game you get to fight [[spoiler:"Mike"]], a fellow mercenary (the best recruitable merc from ''Jagged Alliance 1''). He's a a shameless opportunist, and is now hiring out his services to the enemy this time around, basically betraying his fellow mercenaries. In fact, each A.I.M Merc recruitable in the game (there are roughly 50 of them) has special spoken dialogue for when [[spoiler:Mike]] is spotted and for when [[spoiler:Mike]] is eliminated. He's extra bad-ass because he carries a very rare and powerful assault rifle (G11), which you'll definitely want to collect for yourself.
* ''VideoGame/JediAcademy'':
** The truly epic final duel against [[spoiler:Kyle Katarn]] on the Dark Side path, especially on Jedi Knight difficulty. He was every bit the worthy opponent you'd expect him to be, without being the [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard cheating, overpowered]], one-hit-kill murder machine that Desann was in ''Jedi Outcast''.
** The final battle against [[spoiler: Marka Ragnos, the "most powerful Sith Lord ''evah''"]] was also pretty good. Sure, he had a somewhat annoying instant-heal-to-full-health move (though he can only use it 4 times before running out), but at least he didn't kill you in 1 hit or have an impossible-to-break force choke like Desann did.
* Just about every damn boss in ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'' counts.
** Highlights include a reaper two stories tall, a [[spoiler: HumongousMecha, [[EveryoneHatesHades Hades]]]] himself... and the [[spoiler:[[KnightOfCerebus Chaos]] [[EldritchAbomination Kin]]]]. The latter technically takes up two boss fights - the first time it was [[spoiler: possessing Palutena]] and the second time was a straight up KILLKILLKILL fight.
** The battle with Phosphora is very cool. It's basically a frantic duel between Palutena's and [[spoiler:Viridi]]'s strongest warriors. The fast pace of the fight is matched by the atmosphere. Even the commentating gods and goddesses agree that the fight is very exciting to watch.
* ''VideoGame/{{Killer7}}'':
** Curtis Blackburn. MOST AWESOME SHOOTOUT EVER.
** Gotta add in Ayame Blackburn, sebaibu!
** Before them, [[spoiler: Andrei Ulmeyda]] manages to be one. In a much more [[TearJerker serious way]].
* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'':
** The class Nemeses, after which the BigBad is anticlimactic. Everyone has their favorite.
** Gorgolok the Demonic Hellseal, with bone shields that must be shattered before using your newly acquired [[ForMassiveDamage super-critical-bamming attack]].
** The Spaghetti Demon, for allowing you to do something you can't do anywhere else: Spam Entangling Noodles, a spell which you have been using at the start of most every fight since you hit level 3.
* ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters 2002'' Unlimited Match has longtime series villain Rugal Bernstein as a hidden boss. Getting to him in itself is quite difficult. When you do get there, you'll know by the kickass cutscene showing Rugal emerging from his cybernetic coat, ready to crush every dream you ever had. Then the fight starts. The game's camera-panning-down-from-the-ceiling effect with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbEqJIFvZ1A Unlimited R]] playing in time on his brand spankin' new Blacknoah stage (Which first appeared as an extra 3D stage in the PS2 port of the original, mind you) sets the mood to what is guaranteed to be a hell of a fight. You also can't continue against him, so give him hell before he gives it to you.
* The sorcerer duel with Mordak in ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVAbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder''. Graham is an ex-knight, not a sorcerer (that's Alex's department), and still manages to hand the guy his rear with some fast thinking and a borrowed wand.
* Alex's duel with Alhazred in ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVIHeirTodayGoneTomorrow''. Using a mostly useless sword and what had to be a crash course in sword fighting (he was raised a slave, after all), he manages to hold his own long enough for Cassima to break out the dagger she concealed in her robes and ''stab the guy in the back!''
* Leorina from ''VideoGame/{{Klonoa}}: Lunatea's Veil''. After she goes all OneWingedAngel [[spoiler: unwillingly]], she begins to skate around the arena. You know those lighting enemies you use to go up really high? When she tries to jump on you, you ''fly up using those to hit her in her weak point''. It doesn't sound that impressive, but actually playing it feels like you're playing Dragonball Z. It probably helps that the background music is quite possibly the biggest SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic in the series. For added effect, try yelling "SHORYUKEN!" every time you attack her.
* The final boss battle of the LightGunGame ''VideoGame/LAMachineguns'', which is a BattleshipRaid against the giant aircraft carrier terrorist organization Rage of the Machines.
* ''VideoGame/LaMulana'':
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTevN1yVk6U Tiamat]], the Guardian of the Dimensional Corridor. She continuously generates GoddamnedBats to slow you down, has an attack in which she whips out her hair in all directions, a tail whip attack that can chop off a good chunk of life, and gives you a split second to hit her face before she changes direction, should you choose to battle her the hard way (without getting on the infinity symbol you can generate onto her and stabbing her with the knife over and over). Her battle is more less the game's equivalent of ''Castlevania'''s Death, and it certainly helps that she has one of the most badass boss themes to grace video games.
** Viy is worth a mention just for the [[WaveMotionGun giant laser]] EyeBeams out of nowhere. They strike quickly, fill 2/3 of the screen, destroy platforms, and even vaporize the little helper demons keeping his eye open. The {{HSQ}} goes through the roof during that fight. Also, he finally makes the otherwise useless [[CherryTapping throwing knives]] useful.
** From the earlier part of the game, Ellmac surely counts. Not particularly hard, he's a ''giant frilled lizard'' that chases after you in a MinecartMadness segment with an awesome musical theme while you shoot shurikens in his mouth.
** Sakit, despite being a very difficult WakeUpCallBoss, still deserves a mention. You're fighting a fifty-foot tall giant statue, armed with little more than a whip and a knife, while one of the game's best boss themes plays in the background. If you can get past the step up in difficulty, it's a fun fight.
* The Passing from ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2''. Sure, there's the entire fact that, in general, you get to make your own awesome boss fights thanks to the AI Director, but there's something about just getting to the bridge and seeing the [[spoiler: remaining]] original survivors in all their glory, making idle banter with the new four survivors before going down to start the generator. First off, having the original survivors not just stand there like complete goofs but actually take up positions and open fire on the Horde as they try and stop you is awesome unto itself, but having [[ActionSurvivor Louis]], then normally cheery, optimistic, and most carefree of the survivors kill a ''Tank'' with a [[BigFreakingGun Browning .50 calibre machinegun]], ''all by himself'' is nothing short of [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome completely kickass]].
* ''VideoGame/LegacyOfKain: Defiance''- Kain Vs Raziel. You switch between playing as both during the fight, which is awesome enough. Throw in the fact that this is the climactic fight the series has been building to since Soul Reaver 1, that both have the Reaver (in their previous two fights Kain, then Raziel had the Reaver respectively), allowing for an even duel, plus the terrific vocal performances of Messuers Simon Templeman (Kain) and Michael Bell (Raziel), and you have one hell of a dramatic fight. Add in the fact that the actual gameplay is awesome (two telekinetic swordsmen slashing it up in a gothic cathedral) and the awesomeness quotient is of the scale.
* ''VideoGame/LegendOfLegaia'':
** [[spoiler:After making your way through the body of the Juggernaut/Cort fusion which took over Rim Elm, you meet the now completely deformed Cort. Made even more awesome if you saved those uber summons you just got till this battle and are fully decked out in the Ra-Seru equipment found in the dungeon.]]
** The fights against the Delilas family are epic. All three are {{Evil Counterpart}}s of the main characters, so their techniques and battling style are very similiar to your own. Your party is split up to take on each member one-on-one, and the only way to win the battles is to use ''everything'' you know about the combat system to it's fullest potential.
* ''VideoGame/LegendOfDragoon'':
** The dragon bosses, not only was the Divine Dragon incredibly difficult since you couldn't use dragoons, but the Sea Dragon is awesome for its sheer massiveness.
** The Virage in the Valley of Corrupted Gravity. The SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic is horribly desperate, and makes you think you're about to lose no matter '''how''' well you're doing. Every Virage is kind of an Awesome Boss, actually.
* ''Toys/LEGOLordOfTheRings'' has both battles against the Balrog. The first has Gandalf skydiving towards his sword to catch it, then hack at the Balrog while it breathes fire. The second is set on the snowy mountain, and Gandalf wins by standing under bolts of lightning, then using his sword to channel the lightning towards the Balrog's weak points.
* ''Toys/LegoPiratesOfTheCaribbean'':
** A cool boss fight in Lego games would be Kraken.
** From the same game, Blackbeard. The way you fight him is also pretty dang unique ([[spoiler:using the Fountain Of Youth's waters to give his health to his dying daughter]]).
* ''Toys/LegoMarvelSuperHeroes'' gives us Galactus. Basically, heroes and villains [[EnemyMine team up]] on the Helicarrier to stop Galactus from having our world for a tasty snack. At the end is a glorious attack that sends Galactus packing:
--> '''''HULK THOR SMASH!!'''''
** The entire Bifrosty Reception level and boss fight, with Loki taunting you every step of the way as the heroes use their powers to great effect to take him on. He even gets alternate dialogue in Free Play mode.
* The Rancor in ''[[LegoAdaptationGame Lego Star Wars 2]]''. It was awesome. Also, [[DualBoss Two Vaders!]].
** The big finale of the original trilogy. You fight Palpatine, with all his crazy acrobatic skills displayed in Revenge of the Sith. Oh, and to make it fit with the co-op gameplay style? Vader achieves his redemption a little earlier and teams up with his son to fight the Emperor. That's right, two generations of Skywalkers dueling against the BigBad of the whole Star Wars saga. They changed it, now it's ''awesome.''
** Fighting Darth Maul with "[[AwesomeMusic/JohnWilliams Duel of the Fates]]" in the background; in Freeplay mode you can play as Vader against Maul (or vice versa).
* The final boss of ''VideoGame/LethalEnforcers'', an Attack Apache Helicopter. On the SegaGenesis version, you were liable to be on your last or next continue, so the pressure was really on to stay alive. You really didn't want all your hard work to go to waste.
* ''VideoGame/LittleBigPlanet 2''. All the bosses you fight in ''[=LBP2=]'' are... different, to say the least.
** The first boss is a tutorial boss, yes, but it's a freaking giant monkey who throws punches at you and uses an electrified yo-yo while you're dangling from a grappling hook, trying to avoid touching the electricity.
** The second boss has you throwing freaking cake at it while it tries to shock you, vaporize you, and finally just beamspam you to death.
** The third boss is a giant turkey that you can't even fight. The only thing you can do is run away while guiding Sackbots, swinging from giant platforms, and yanking on levers before you get stepped on.
** The fourth boss is a giant scorpion mech that you fight with a flying bee while shooting honey bullets. It tries to shoot you out of the sky with FrickinLaserBeams. The [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic awesome boss theme]] doesn't hurt either.
** The fifth boss is inside the head of one of the creators. You actually shrink down and go into his body. You travel into his brain and shoot the hell out of the virus with the body's own white blood cells.
** Holy crap, the final boss. The BigBad of ''[=LBP2=]'' is a giant vacuum cleaner that you fight in three stages. Words cannot even describe how awesome and intimidating this boss is.
* The major boss battle of Chapter 3 of ''VideoGame/LostPlanet 2'' is a massive Akrid that has to be fought with a [[{{BFG}} massive cannon mounted on a train]]. The best way to fight this boss is with a full four-man party of players, since operating the cannon requires a lot of work to take full advantage of it: one person manning the controls, one to load rounds into the cannon, one to energize the rounds for added damage, and one to rotate the cannon. The sheer weight and overwhelming power of the cannon, however, makes it all worthwhile.
* In ''VideoGame/LufiaIIRiseOfTheSinistrals,'' your first encounter with the Sinistral Gades, Master of Destruction is meant to be a HopelessBossFight. If you encounter him normally he'll kill half your party with his first attack and cripple the other half- your chances of lasting more than 3 turns are practically nil. However he ''is'' beatable if you level grind considerably. ''Beatable,'' but never easy- if you put on about an extra 5 or 6 levels (about 3-4 hours of solid grinding) and apply a very tricky strategy revolving around predicting his actions you can (assuming your luck holds) survive against him long enough to chip away at his massive amount of HP and eventually beat him. This is not only immensely satisfying, it also makes it an incredibly tense and fun encounter and also nets you a powerful sword with a great IP skill.
* ''VideoGame/MadWorld'':
** Kojack fight is one of the most awesome things ever. Mostly because you see Jack ramming himself aginst himself. As Kreese put it: "We are witnessing the most violent masturbation ever."
** Even better is the final boss, [[spoiler: The Black Baron himself]]. It comes out of complete nowhere for anyone playing the game. But when they face him, they realize that this person got Rank 1 because they're STRONG AS HELL. Unlike Kojack, who you fight in an underground secret base with motorbikes, you face [[spoiler: The Black Baron]] in a brutal fist-fight, on an arena on a tower, WAY up high in the sky, with the audience cheering in the background, while an incredibly laid-back song (fitting, considering who the final boss is), which is actually quite refreshing to hear, plays in the background, stating how [[spoiler: Jack is cramping the Baron's style and he wants to basically pimp slap him in the face]]. If you get knocked out of the ring, you get bludgeoned with a spiked bat and then launched back into the ring. It gets even more intense after you take down half the final boss' HP. IMMEDIATELY, the music shifts from the laid-back 'Look Pimpin' into 'So Cold', stating just how ticked off you made him. The boss then gets a potential One-Hit KO, a lightning kick, and a rocket punch that can knock you out of the ring instantly. Throughout the fight, the clashes can be described as 'Multiple Cross-Counters', the two of you basically punching each other until [[spoiler: The Baron]] takes a bit too much damage and you slam the boss' head into the arena. And when you FINALLY drop his health down to zero, you get the pleasure of home-running the boss into a dartboard to finish him.
* The final battle of [[TheDragon Ruru's]] scenario in ''VideoGame/MagicalBattleArena'', where [[spoiler:[[OriginalGeneration Kirara, Sarara]], [[MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha Nanoha, and Fate]]]] appear to help you take down a [[BigBad Nowel]] that's permanently in SuperMode and [[MultiMookMelee accompanied by the usual army of Gadget Drones]] plus the clones of your comrades. Epic.
* Let's face it, pretty much every single boss in ''VideoGame/{{Magicka}}'' is awesome, but here's a few really good examples:
** Khan looks like he should be easy...after all, he's just another Orc, right? But no, the second the fight starts, he's dashing around the screen almost as fast as you can run with Haste activated, hacking at you with his sword, chucking bombs at you, and bashing you across the room with his shield. After five levels of facing down increasingly big and hulking monsters and powerful wizards, facing a single BadassNormal LightningBruiser is a nice change of pace, not to mention fighting someone who uses speed and aggression to beat you rather than just standing there while you blast him with spells.
** The next boss, [[spoiler:Grimnir]], is even better. After trekking through possibly the best level in the game, it's time to face [[spoiler:the most powerful wizard in the world]]. First, he transports you through a series of mini-challenges where you have to fight off waves of every magic-using enemy in the game, including ones you haven't seen yet. Then you fight him physically, and he is [[ThatOneBoss HARD]]. Even though he never even moves, you're fighting him on a tiny space surrounded by void, so one slip-up will send you into the abyss. And you will slip up, because unlike other spellcasters, he doesn't just chuck a few beams your way. No, he summons ethereal duplicates of himself to constantly blast you with powerful projectile attacks while he uses actual ''Magicks'', including Rain, Tornado, and Conflagration. Combined with one of the best music tracks in the game, it's truly awe-inspiring. Oh, and by the way, this is only the halfway point of the game.
** Then there's the Chapter 9 boss, [[spoiler:Vlad]]. [[BewareTheSillyOnes Yes]]. The previous bosses have all been some form of huge monster, powerful magic user, or leader of armies, and your next adversary is an ordinary [[spoiler:Vampire]] armed only with a sword. And it's awesome. Hell, not only does he have an awesome theme (an organ theme, no less), is the only boss with fight dialogue, is very challenging despite being very simple to fight, and is, you know, ''[[spoiler:[[MemeticBystander Vlad]]]]'', but after you beat him, he doesn't die. Instead, he decides you're too annoying to be worth fighting and teleports you into the underworld.
** The boss of the next chapter is no less than [[TheGrimReaper DEATH ITSELF]]. If it so much as touches you, you die instantly. It's constantly teleporting around, summoning minions, and will occasionally surround a player with duplicates of itself that charge towards them one by one, making them set off Life Spells as fast as possible destroy them all. All this makes it one of the most unique and most intense fights in the game. The music here is awesome too.
** Then there's the 11th level boss, [[spoiler:Fafnir]]. A ''Dragon''. He's huge, he's imposing, he's at the end of the hardest level in the game, he spits streams of fire at you, he can only be attacked for a few seconds at a time, he can destroy the ground under your feet, and can even [[InterfaceScrew invert your controls]]. This fight can't be described in any way but "intense".
** The final chapter is composed of THREE awesome bosses in a row. [[spoiler:Vlad]] and [[spoiler:Grimnir]] you've fought before but [[spoiler:Assatur]] is a different matter. He's a CaptainErsatz of a [[CthulhuMythos GREAT OLD ONE]]. He can shoot lightning out of his hands, release an almost undodgeable wave of energy, and conjure meteor showers and ''Black Holes''. All this while falling from the sky at the edge of the world, while one of the best pieces of SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic in the whole game plays.
** Finally, there's the final boss of the expansion ''The Stars Are Left''. Nothing more or less than [[spoiler:FREAKING CTHULHU]]. Need we say more?
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Mana}}'' series:
** ''Legend of Mana'' gives us the battle with Irwin. World at stake? Check. Battle on top of the dragon he's trying awaken? Check. Epic music? Big Check.
** ''Seiken Densetsu 3'' gives us Dangaard, God-Beast of Wind. That the music is epic goes without saying. The real kicker is that you're fighting him in mid-air ON TOP OF YOUR PET DRAGON!
** The same game also has Dolan, God-Beast of the Moon. You get to the very top of the tower and hear music unique to this boss. The boss doesn't appear right away, so you have some time to apply stat-ups. Then the tower shakes and two big hairy arms rise up and the battle with this wolf-beast {{kaiju}} begins. As GameFAQs' boss guide put it, "Now THIS is a God-Beast!"
* ''VideoGame/MarvelUltimateAlliance'':
** The final battle. [[spoiler:Against a {{Nanomachine}} infested Nick Fury. Fury unleashes the powers of almost a dozen heroes and villains against you, keeping you on your toes and switching tactics-all the while ranting about how you need to submit to the collective.]]
** The Deadpool boss fight. Partly because he attacks an enemy, followed by one of '' your own allies'' on account of disturbing his vacation to look at the cherry blossoms. Partly because he proceeds to get angry at ''[[NoFourthWall the player]]'' for laughing at the fact he came to see the cherry blossoms, and announces that it's '''"time for a little BossBattle, SUCKERS!!"''', and partly because you unlock him shortly after.
* Galactus in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'', just for the sheer scale of it. To start, every other fight in the arcade mode, save for the first, is preceded by a page-turning animation of the victory screen to show who your next opponents are. Galactus, just to show how far above the rest he is, disregards this convention and tears apart the victory screen as his entrance revealing the battlefield, a rocky plane overlooking the world. The game doesn't hide what is at stake- the announcer will shout "The battle for Earth!" before his usual stuff, and the HUD even changes in accordance, with "Time" replaced with "Earth Limit" and "Save the Earth!!" added as well. Heck, once Galactus summons his heralds to take care of you, he'll teleport to the background and loom over the planet! If you manage to take the heralds out, Galactus will return to the foreground and slowly approach you, as the camera slowly pans up to reveal how much he towers over you, as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c42hcl2wHuA: a truly pulse-pounding theme sets the mood]]. If you lose at any point, the game will remind you just how much you screwed up - instead of just a "K.O.", the screen will show "EARTH K.O." while the announcer says "Global destruction!", and to hammer it home, you are treated to a scene where Galactus destroys Earth. However, if you manage to beat him, the announcer declares "You have saved the Earth!" while Galactus falls off the stage. Yep, you just defeated a cosmic being that can consume whole planets with a team of three people. It's enough to make anyone feel like a hero. Yes, beating Galactus with a team featuring Thor, Amaterasu, and Doctor Doom is pretty much impressive, but it's even more satisfying if you use BadassNormal characters like Chris Redfield, Captain America, or even Frank West to beat Galactus. Yep. [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu Friggin' epic.]]
* ''Videogame/MasterOfTheWind'' has a boss fight during a rock concert. With the lead singer. Who summons a bunch of rock angels. All of whom look different (and awesome) and have music-themed attacks. While you have two {{Guest Star Party Member}}s. And "[[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic Spirit Never Dies]]" plays in the background (you know, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EB92K56U1Vo this song]]) because ''the singer is still rocking out''. Best. Boss. EVER.
* Not ''strictly'' a boss-fight, but the battle with [[spoiler: Nicole Horne]] at the end of ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'' is a charming combination of deeply satisfying (after all the shit she has put Max through) and '''utterly fucking badass'''. "What do you mean, 'he's unstoppable?'" '''So''' satisfying...
* The train fight in ''VideoGame/MegamanLegends 2'' if for just the sheer awesomeness of the music. It's a two part battle where you have to face both parts of the QuirkyMinibossSquad on a train outfitted with guns, bombs, lasers and in the second part missiles. It's not hard at all, in fact it's a cakewalk considering this is one of the last boss fights on Terra. The music changes when you get past the first part of the fight and have to face the Bonnes (again) except this time they start by firing servebot-guided missiles at you (some of them say hilarious things as they're flying out)the hilarity of this fight makes the fight one of the best in the game.
* ''VideoGame/MetalSlug'':
** A majority of final bosses could fall under this, such as the massive battle against the Martian Mothership where you team up with the enemy army in ''Metal Slug 2/X'', the grueling freefall battle against Rootmarks, the leader of the Marspeople, in ''Metal Slug 3'', and the colossal, two-screen tall, demon Scyther in ''Metal Slug 5''. The fact that they're all accompanied by SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic, especially in the case of ''5'', doesn't hurt either.
** Allen O'Neal:
*** He has come back to life three times throughout the course of the series, and is fun each time, especially in ''VideoGame/MetalSlug 2'', where he falls off of the cliff and is ''eaten by an orca'', which spits his bones out of the water afterward. The complete randomness of the scene made it that much more awesome. [[foldercontrol]]

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*** He is even more awesome than before in ''Metal Slug 7'', wherein you have a ''giant robot duel'' with him set to the hardcore [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3unTWC_DDbQ Assault]] theme.
*** Playing the third Training Mode (ie, Challenge Mode) version of that fight has you fight him on foot. Man vs mech.
** The final boss of ''Metal Slug 7/XX'', the Kraken, which is a giagantic mechanical octopus summoned after the destruction of the time portal. For once, outside of the first MetalSlug game, you actually fight [[BigBad Morden]] himself as the final boss. That's right, the Kraken is being controlled by Morden. And you fight the boss [[ClimacticVolcanoBackdrop on top of lava.]] And the boss battle has an [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic awesome violin remix]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGUG51NcNr8 of Final Attack]]. And finally, when you defeat the boss, the "Mission All Over" screen shows the characters defeating the final boss.
* Sheltem from the ''VideoGame/MightAndMagic'' games is probably one of the most {{Badass}} bosses ever. He gloats about being unstoppable, and he's basically right. [[HopelessBossFight Your party cannot kill him.]] If you try, he calls you fools, waves his hand, and you all die. Even if you get around this, you still don't fight him.
* ''VideoGame/MischiefMakers'':
** Quite a few bosses qualify, but Lunar deserves special mention. Your character rides on the back of a tiny thrill-seeking kitten (only makes slightly more sense in context), while Lunar gives chase in some sort of huge panther motorcycle thing; especially awesome when he screams "EAT LEAD!!!" and fires a machine gun at you, [[EvilLaugh laughing maniacally.]]
** Any of the times he {{Macross Missile Massacre}}s you, you can jump onto said missile and surf it for the greater part of the fight! And since the game's battle system revolves around throwing your opponent's attacks back at them, you can ''catch Lunar's WaveMotionGun beams and throw them back!''
** The final boss should also qualify. What other game lets you grab a 50-foot tall robot by the foot, effortlessly lift it into the air, slam it into the floor like you're beating out a rug, and toss it into the background?
* ''Game Over'' from the first ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare''. You engage in a car chase against Zakhaev and his men until you end up in a bridge. Then, you end up being severely wounded as Zakhaev and his bodyguards close in on you and your allies. Price then throws you his handgun and you personally finish off Zakhaev and his bodyguards.
* ''Endgame'' from ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare 2''. You pursue Shepherd in his helicopter on a boat until you reach a waterfall after Price shoots down the helicopter. Upon confronting Shepherd, he stabs you in the chest with your own knife and is about to shoot you until Price arrives and fights Shepherd. [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown Shepherd then beats down Price]] and you pull the knife out of your chest then you finish off Shepherd by [[EyeScream throwing the knife in his eye]].
* And finally, we have ''Dust to Dust'' from ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare 3''. You track Makarov at his hotel in the Arabian Peninsula, fighting off Ultranationalists and hotel security along the way, all while wearing Juggernaut armor. After shooting down a Little Bird helicopter, the chopper crashes into the elevator and your armor is destroyed. You then have to fight your way to the restaurant but as you arrive another Little Bird helicopter destroys the restaurant with missiles and you have to run to the roof and jump onto the helicopter to stop Makarov from escaping. After killing the pilots and the helicopter crashing back onto the roof, you struggle to get the gun only for Makarov to beat you to it, but before he can kill you, Yuri shoots Makarov and Makarov kills Yuri. Then you deliver an awesome NoHoldsBarredBeatdown to Makarov and finally kill him by hanging him with a steel cord and breaking the glass roof, causing both you and Makarov to fall. Then the words "Objective Completed" appear and you smoke a cigar as the police arrive.
* The battle of wits with [=LeChuck=] at the end of ''VideoGame/{{Monkey Island 2|LeChucks Revenge}}''. Never at any other point in the series has the villain (who's usually played for laughs) been this bloody terrifying. Any player who doesn't jump every time he enters the room with his crashing theme and that voodoo doll of his clearly must be a robot incapable of fear. And this takes place at the end of a point-and-click Adventure game where you can't even die. How many Adventure games have done a final boss that can actually stand head and shoulders with bosses from other genres?
* ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'':
** Technically almost everything you fight is a boss in comparison to the way most games are played, but the fight against Lao-Shan-Lung stands out for several reasons. First off, it's a [[OurDragonsAreDifferent frikin' huge dragon]], and secondly the music once you get to the final area comes with what is possibly the best out of the game's various SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic.
** And then ''MH Tri'' is released, and Jhen Mohran comes along. A dragon the size of Lao that swims in the sand. You get to fight him on a boat; a boat armed with cannons, ballista guns, and a dragonator (A giant clockwork spike). If this isn't enough, during the final segment of the fight, striking Jhen with the dragonator triggers a remix of the music heard while fighting Lao. And it's every bit as epic.
* ''Franchise/MortalKombat'':
** Goro, whose moves included grabbing you with two arms and beating you with the other two, or his four-arm version of the power slam.
** Goro's ''entrance'' deserves a mention. The match just before is a fight against two opponents, set in Goro's Lair. Once you beat the last guy, your points are tallied up...and then, with no transition, Goro roars and ''smashes through the ceiling and starts the fight.'' No announcer, no respite, just immediate ass-kicking.
* ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'':
** The final fight of [[spoiler:Cyber]] Sub-Zero's chapter in the ''MKIII'' act of the game. He goes up against both Goro and Kintaro, the game's two SNKBoss MidBoss characters in a tag-team (while Sub-Zero's on his own) and the game expects you to be able to win.
** Another mention goes out to Onaga, the final boss of ''MortalKombat: Deception''. Let's see... he starts off every battle with a great roar, his grab is sheer awesome, and it takes place in a spike-laced arena where the six Kamidogu stand on pedestals circling it. [[spoiler: And with each one you break, Onaga gets a little easier to fight. On top of that, he ''notices'' when you approach one and ''rushes to stop you.'']] Whoever came up with that subtle touch is ''amazing.''
* ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'':
** So many bosses. Whether it was [[RobotMaid Li'l Miss Marshmallow]] "spilling hot tea" on you or [[DreadfulMusician Lord Passion]] "making you cry by playing a sad song", almost all the bosses are worth mentioning!
** The entire final BossRush. First, you go up against the Natural Killer Cyborg, an enemy so massive its sprite completely fills up the screen. Then, you go through the [[spoiler:Porky Bots]], a horde of minibosses. Then, you come up against [[spoiler:Porky himself]], who you've undoubtedly wanted to beat up ever since you found out he was behind everything (and is gloriously hard to boot). Finally, you get to the final boss, who is covered below.
* ''VideoGame/MusashiSamuraiLegend'' gives you a final stage where you get to beat on all of Gandrake's directors, followed by the man himself. Rothschild is particularly fun, what with his magic tornadoes and such.
* ''VideoGame/MushihimesamaFutari'', TrueFinalBoss aside, has the Stage 1 boss. You've been flying forward for nearly the whole stage, when all of a sudden, you drop down a cliff and ''a T-Rex-like dinosaur starts chasing after you.''
* From ''VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm3'' we have the final boss battles with [[spoiler: Madara Uchiha and Tobi. In the former, you take charge as Tsunade and fight off each of his attacks in different stages until, while flying on Gaara's sand, engaging him on literally the top of the world while he's in Susano'o which you have to smash and hammer to defeat him. Against the latter, you engage the Edo Jinchuriki Six Paths of Pain...then face them in their Biju Forms. Naruto then gains ''Biju Mode'' and kicks the asses of Six Biju at once (one more than in the manga) and finally fights Tobi one on one and manages to shatter his mask with a last ditch punch while in ''base form''.]]
* ''VideoGame/NarutoStorm3'': The game [[ActionPrologue opens]] with Hiruzen Sarutobi vs [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever the Nine Tails itself.]] You end the fight by calling on ''every single ninja in the village as a support, to bombard the beast with a swarm of fireballs.'' And that's just the ''first boss!'' Things get even more awesome from there. From Natuto and Sasuke clashing again (you even get a choice of which prior fight to flash back to), Naruto taking on the Nine Tails himself in a BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind [[spoiler: aided by his mother]] to facing ''six of the Seven Swordsmen of the Mist ALL AT ONCE'', Darui soloing an entire battlefield by himself and Choji [[TookALevelInBadass Taking A Level In Badass]] and fighting a giant demonic statue, cumulating in [[spoiler: All five Kages vs [[InvincibleVillain Reanimated Madara Uchiha]] while Naruto fights all the tailed beasts and their hosts.]] This series is pretty much Awesome Bosses: The Game.
* ''VideoGame/NarutoUltimateNinjaStorm'':
** You have Naruto vs Gamabunta, Naruto vs Gaara and Shukaku, and Tsunade vs Orochimaru and Manda. For the last one, as in the anime, all three Sannin have their bigass monsters summoned, and instead of characters for supports, like the rest of the game, your supports consist of GAMABUNTA AND KATSUYU. You throw Manda against a MOUNTAIN. And at the end, Orochimaru just kind of lies down somewhere in pain, looking absolutely hilarious.
** The sequel maintains its fair share as well, such as adding in a Naruto vs. Sasuke fight that was only a minor scuffle in the original manga, which calls back to the final battle in the first game while showing how much the two has diverged since then. There is a fast-paced dogfight through the streets of the Hidden Sand Village between Gaara and Deidara. Sasuke loses control of himself to Orochimaru, who takes on a battle-of-the-titans between an eight-headed serpent and Itachi's Susano'o in the stormy ruins of the Uchiha Hideout. We have Jiraiya taking on Animal Path Pain, then three Pain bodies, then all of them plus his animal summons. This is taken even further when Pain fights Naruto, with him using every trick he used against Jiraiya, plus standing on a boulder he's levitating with his gravity powers while raining 100-foot meteors down on Naruto. Every boss fight has acrobatics and devastating moves the anime's budget could not possibly have done, even with the movies.
* The remake of ''VideoGame/NBAJam'' by EA Sports has the Magic Johnson boss battle. He's a literal one-man team.......because HE CAN TELEPORT! He'll lob the ball up and teleport to finish an alley-oop dunk, pass and teleport to where the ball is going, pump fake and teleport, and so on. What especially makes this so awesome is that the first time Magic pwns you, you'll be geeked out and amazed at how Magic effortlessly beat you. And you'll NEVER get frustrated. It takes time, but instead of thinking, "DAMMIT I LOST AGAIN" you think, "I'm getting there!"
* Two battles from ''VideoGame/TheNightmareBeforeChristmasOogiesRevenge'' come to mind.
** The first is the battle against Lock, Shock and Barrel. Even though Oogie is the BigBad, LS&B have been doing most of the work. They fight you when you're trying to reach plot points, they close off parts of town until you find keys, and generally share a role as TheDragon. You finally get to fight them in moonlight on the roof of the mayor's house. While they ride around in their mobile bathtub, charging into you, the background song is Jack berating them for refusing over and over again to stop causing chaos. They get a verbal comeuppance, they eventually fight you all at once, when previously only one was fought at a time, and you're on the roof of the mayor's house.
** Then you have the final boss, Mega Oogie. Throughout continuity, Oogie Boogie has been a DirtyCoward. Even here, he's never fought you directly, only used his LivingShadow. Now he leads you into the twisted junkyard that comprises the space between Holiday Towns and commands his insects to bring him garbage. This is built up around him to form a gigantic body made of holiday memorabilia and filled with boxes and cans. This oversized Oogie (slightly taller than the highest point you can reach.) can only be defeated by attacking his feet without being stepped on or by shooting burning gas at him. Then, when you defeat him, you still have to do one of the dance battles you've been doing for the whole game, with the catch that all missed buttons come out of your health. Not bad for a licensed game, hmm?
* The new ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'' series has a few. Granted, the ''Ninja Gaiden'' series is infamous for being NintendoHard, but Fiend Genshin ranks as one of the most fun and challenging bosses ever, particularly on [[IdiosyncraticDifficultyLevels Master]] [[HarderThanHard Ninja]], where it's just you and the WorthyOpponent with a redonculously powerful set of moves in a nerve-wracking fight where a single mistake means your doom.
* ''VideoGame/NoituLove 2'' has 2: The final boss, and 02-JOY, both due to music and innovative ways you take them down/expose them.
** The level 3 boss fight against Rilo Doppelori also deserves mention. On normal difficulty level, it doesn't seem that hard, but she will kick your ass back and forth on the higher difficultly levels if you haven't brought up your game enough.
** Also O2-JOY from the first Noitu Love. From his unreachable perch he's completely invincible, so how do you beat him? Bang keys at random on the piano until you piss him off enough that he drops his guard!
* ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'', given its boss-centric storyline and gameplay, is loaded with numerous thrilling, quirky fights. Read to follow.
** Dr. Peace? He stands on the pitching mound of a baseball stadium, effortlessly parrying your lightsaber with his trusty six-shooters, which he also casually fires at you, while music plays which can only be described as 'Wild West Techno.' And his introductory song, his other SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic can be played [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PYMZVuse4U here]].
** Rank 8 boss Shinobu. As [[WakeUpCallBoss the first boss where blindly attacking is a good way to die quickly]], the resulting fight is extremely tense and very cool, the majority of which will be spent silently circling your opponent waiting for an opening.
** Destroyman is a complete psychopath. And he has machine gun nipples, and a crotch cannon. It's no wonder [[spoiler: they brought him back in the sequel. The sequel's incarnation, incidentally, takes place in a large warehouse with an upper area, and the boss himself now consists of his two seperated halves.]]
** Harvey Moiseiwitsch Volodarskii, a stage magician armed with DualWielding [[LaserBlade Laser Blades]], death traps, and InterfaceScrew.
** Speed Buster, sees you in a RuinsForRuinsSake cleared-out street, and consists of you trying to avoid her insanely powerful weapon by smashing your way into abandoned buildings and edging up, whilst fighting yakuza hitmen, and wrestling her giant laser cannon with your katana, to simply make it to where she stands.
** Bad Girl from the first game has by far the largest library of attacks in the series (some of which evolve throughout the battle), employs a [[WoundedGazelleGambit devious one-hit kill move]] (which you can turn against her if you know how), [[FlunkyBoss summons mooks]] (by hitting them off of a gimp conveyor belt (!!!), and you can [[TennisBoss hit them back]]) and possesses a large enough lifebar for a satisfying battle. She is easily one of the most memorable fights of the entire series,due to both her insanity and her...[[{{Fanservice}} fascinating visual design.]]
** [[spoiler:Jeanne]] is fast to the point of hilarity and can counter your grab moves. She is also one of the only times when [[spoiler:charged strikes are]] really effective.
** [[spoiler: Henry]] is the exact boss you've been waiting for. A beam claymore, high flying martial arts, plenty of health, and an [[MeteorMove awesome instant kill]]. [[spoiler: You fight your twin brother as a boss with the same basic attacks.]]
** ''NoMoreHeroes 2'' has many more incredible boss battles, such as have Charlie [=MacDonald=]. You arrive in a football stadium and meet up with a bonehead jock and cheerleader cohorts. What kind of fight do you get? A giant fucking robot battle in the middle of Santa Destroy, of course.
** Margaret Moonlight, an ElegantGothicLolita armed with a laser guided sniper rifle dual scythes. Seems they really weren't holding back the crazy in this game. And her SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic, a [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech song insulting both Travis and the average gamer]].
** Matt Helms, a horror movie {{pastiche}}, with an flamethrower-axe and molotov cocktails. The battle area seems small at first, but is mostly completely destructible.
** Mimmy, not particularly the boss herself, but rather the actual fight. [[spoiler: You play as 'Mister Sir' Henry 'Motherfucker' Cooldown. You get to play as the Best Boss Ever.]]
** The Rank Three, Captain Vladimir, is a former Soviet cosmonaut who had been lost in space for who-knows-how-long with robotic tentacle arms. And a goddamn KillSat.
** The fight against Alice Twilight, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMl3Mlsjhzc features one of the most tragic finales to a boss fight ever.]]
** [[spoiler: Jasper Batt Jr. is, to some, dissapointing, but looking at a different light, it may be on this list. A Three. Part. Boss Fight. And yet, they cleverly avoided RousseauWasRight with the revenge theme by making the entire thing ridiculously camp. Lampshaded by Henry.]]
--> It's not happening, brother. I can't be associated with that travesty. I've got standards for fuck's sake.
** Rank 7 Ryujii, while the first part on bikes is annoying, the battle itself is amazing. His fight is quite difficult, but it's not unfair and it feels awsome once you finally defeat him.
* ''VideoGame/OdinSphere'''s final book is basically a BossRush [[BestBossEver of awesomeness]]. Bonus points to Levanthan, who is his own stage, and Darkova, for being such a tearjerker.
* ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'':
** Particularly amazing is the fight against Lechku and Nechku, [[OminousOwl enormous clockwork owls]] with top hats, canes, and monocles.
** Also, in this fight, you're joined by SHIRANUI, Amaterasu's pre-incarnation from 100 years earlier, who's essentially Amaterasu amped up to 11 - you can in fact just sit back and let Shiranui take care of the boss herself the first time you fight them. The second time, Shiranui AND Oki fight alongside you, and in order to damage them, you have to stun them, then get Oki to FIRE AMATERASU LIKE AN ARROW at them. Oki and Shiranui also attack the bosses themselves. It's the boss fight that you don't fight on your own, and Oki and Shiranui are truly badass allies. Shiranui ''also'' has the Celestial Brush on her side. Think your Cherry Bombs are strong? Shiranui has a goddamn ''holy nuke.'' Galestorm, powerful? Shiranui doesn't even ''need'' the upgraded version to damage.
** The Ninetails fight. A boss with similar moves to you! Ninetails's surprise ability to de-inkify you with its own brush if you're too slow to draw your attacks is just one of the many aspects of that fight that made it one of the game's most memorable. There's also the emotional lead-up to the battle [[spoiler: After Ammy finds Himiko dead, Rao reveals she's now just the vessel of evil bent on plunging the world in darkness, and mockingly thanks Ammy for foolishly handing over the Fox Rods she needed to unleash Yami]] and the wonderfully dark atmosphere of the stage itself. Just have a listen to Ninetails's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdMFVSR7oNg awesome track]]. It's extremely satisfying when Ninetails almost haughtily raises its lightning sword high up in the air like it's invincible, and you know exactly what to do...
** ''[[spoiler: Yami]]''. You have to use ''[[FinalExamBoss every single brush technique to fight him]]'', including the ones perceived as useless. In the last round[[spoiler: Ammy gets knocked out for the count and due to everyone's prayers ''gets restored her to her former glory.'' Cue howl, Intro music to one of the best boss tracks in this game. And the showdown with the final boss's final form.]]
* In ''VideoGame/OnePiece Pirate Warriors'', the final boss. After [[spoiler:[[EnsembleDarkHorse Ace]] gets downed by [[GeneralRipper Akainu]], instead of seeing Luffy break like he did in the original series, the player gets to [[MomentOfAwesome MAKE LUFFY BEAT THE LIVING SHIT OUT OF AKAINU]], with Ace's spirit aiding Luffy in a similar way to how [[DragonBall Goku helps Gohan in the Cell Saga]]]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Onimusha}}'':
** Fortinbras, the final boss from the first game is a fantastic battle against a demon version of AGodAmI. If you were lucky enough to grab the [[InfinityPlusOneSword Bishamon Sword]] beforehand, you're in for a real treat.
** Following that, all three [[MasterSwordsman Gogandantess]] fights from the second game qualify but the third ''Onimusha'' game is where the boss fights ''really'' shine. Not only do you finally get to fight [[MadScientist Guildenstern]], a bad guy who you've wanted to slice and dice for three games straight, but also [[EvilOverlord Lord]] [[BigBad Nobunaga]]. ''Twice'' in a human([[EvilMakesYouMonstrous ish]]) form and once more in a "[[OneWingedAngel One Winged Demon]]" form. The only time you and he went head-to-head previously was in a single demon form in the previous game before you fought a giant golden statue that fired spiky masks at you.
** The fourth game has his share of epic bosses, paired with SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic. The very first boss battle consist in [[DarkIsNotEvil Soki]] curb-stomping a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Giant Mecha Demon with Cannons in his chest]] and a BigFuckingSword while Soki's epic {{Leitmotif}} plays.
** Dulcis in Fundo: [[spoiler: Fortinbras the God of Light. You have to take down his gargantuan, White Serpent form first using the powers of the God of Darkness while flying in the air and slashing him with his sword. The following battle with his human avatar is probably the most difficult and awesome fight of the series.]]
* ''VideoGame/ParasiteEve'':
** Pick a fight with Eve. Any fight with [[BigBad Eve]]. But the two best have to be where you fight her while running from one side to the other on a flaming horse and buggy, and the final fight with her [[spoiler: at the wrecked remains of the Statue of Liberty]]. Especially the second one, where you get a great ShutUpHannibal moment against Eve and go on to what is easily the toughest boss battle in the game. And every fight with her is highlighted by the game's iconic operatic score.
* The final battle of ''VideoGame/PerfectDark Zero''. Facing off with the Graal-empowered Zhang Li in a [[FinalBossNewDimension floating coliseum]], accompanied by equally AwesomeMusic.
* ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarIV'' surely has the greatest bosses in the series. Including the new games.
** Zio. Just... Zio. Smug, twisted, genuinely TERRIFYING once he cuts the cultist crap, and he can and WILL rip you to shreds... and oh yes, the first time you fight him, he will finish the battle by plot-killing [[spoiler: Alys Freakin' Brangwin.]] Killing him is sweet revenge indeed.
** Dark Force. Three times. The first time can count as a That One Boss if you haven't been paying attention, the second time is in a tower of meat, and the third time... well... [[spoiler: let's just say Seth never saw it coming...]]
** [[spoiler: The Profound Darkness.]] Three forms, devastating attacks, and the ability to use The Strongest Spell Ever (before Online and Universe nerfed it anyway). Even using the almost cheatery fifth character doesn't even come close to giving you a definite win.
** [[spoiler: Re Faze's Alys.]] The most painful way to get a killer spell ever...
* ''Videogame/PhantasyStarOnline2'' introduced one of the best boss fights in the series with the content update that added the mines exploration mission. The thing you are pitted against at the end of the mission, the Big Varder, is an enormous land battleship with turrets and missile launchers all over that constantly harass you to prevent you from climbing up to the deck. And when you're finally on the deck, the battleship's core turns into a HumongousMecha with destructible parts that, unlike with other bosses, actually do something specific and hamper the boss' capability to fight when destroyed. And all this while AwesomeMusic is playing in the background to keep you pumped.
* Even if ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarUniverse'' isn't necessarily well-known for having awesome bosses, one has to admit that the battle against [[spoiler: Dulk Fakis' second form]] is pretty awesome. The battle takes place on a glowing platform in space with a panoramic view of the entire Gurhal system. Some of the boss' strategies are a nice homage to Dark Falz and Olga Flow from ''Online''. Oh, and the boss [[spoiler: ''[[SlapOnTheWristNuke fires a giant meteor at the stage and blows up the entire arena.]]'']]
* ''VideoGame/{{Pikmin}}'':
** ''Pikmin 2'''s battle against the final boss, the [[spoiler: Titan Dweevil]], which is pretty much a living tank that can shoot fire, water, electricity, and poison.
** The Man-At-Legs. It's essentially a giant [[ClockworkCreature mechanical spider]] that attacks with a ''laser-guided MacrossMissileMassacre system.''
** ''Pikmin 3'' gives us the battle with the Quaggled Mireclops, which currently holds the title for biggest creature in the ''entire Pikmin series'' (and considering the game is set in a {{Lilliputians}} enviroment, this is saying a lot). It's essentially a giant sentient land mass on three legs, and can create giant puddles of water just by moving around. Just the sheer size of it in relation to your tiny captains and Pikmin makes it epic, but for those of you wondering, yes, [[ColossusClimb you can totally go]] ''VideoGame/ShadowOfTheColossus'' [[ColossusClimb on it and ride it around once it gets back up.]] (Although, nine times out of ten, it'll knock you off shortly after it gets back up.)
** Just something to mention, even the lowliest boss fight in ''Pikmin'' bears more than a passing resemblance to SquirrelGirl vs. DoctorDoom.
* [[KarmaHoudini The Coachman]] from the video game version of ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}''. You actually get to kill him!
* The fight (in a sense) with [=GLaDOS=] at the end of ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}''.
** The dialogue in that fight's the icing on the [[MemeticMutation you-know-what.]]
** The fight with [=GLaDOS=] at the end of the Prelude mod is even more epic, spanning the ''entire building'' and not featuring one god damn NintendoHard fling puzzle (the same, sadly, could not be said of the ''rest'' of the mod).
* ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'':
** The "fight" at the end of VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}, which, if it doesn't top the original, at least is just as awesome. Especially the ending. ''Lunacy.''
** [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Concept versions]] of that fight were considerably more awesome. [[spoiler:Wheatley]] had access to [[MoreDakka turrets.]] And [[AdvancingWallOfDoom mashy spike-plates.]] And ''[[KillItWithFire flamethrowers.]]''
* ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' features a MeleeATrois between Alex Mercer, [[ZombieApocalypse the infected]] (and their [[EvilMatriarch Mother]], Elizabeth Greene), and the [[SemperFi Marines]] and [[ArmiesAreEvil [=BlackWatch=]]]. In Times Square. And Elizabeth's OneWingedAngel form is practically a Kaiju. And Mercer gets to take her down. The final boss battle is slightly less epic, but a Melee with the closest thing to an EvilCounterpart the game throws at you, onboard an aircraft carrier, while a nuke is ticking away and the carrier's fighter wing is bombing the deck is definitely awesome.
* A possible ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'' SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome (and SugarWiki/{{Funny|Moments}}) Boss would be "Kochamara" from the Lungfishopolis level. He's not that hard to beat, but he manages to lampshade both a bunch of combat video game tropes and the entire giant-monsters-in-Tokyo type genre as well.
* ''VideoGame/PunchOut'':
** The Wii version's BonusBoss: [[spoiler: '''Donkey. Freaking. Kong.''']] What makes it even better is the sheer difficulty of this fight. He's constantly taunting you, he offers few opportunities to get stars, he hits hard, and his patterns are hard to predict. A truly epic battle from [[spoiler: a character from the ''Mario'' universe, of all places.]]
** Also from the Wii game, Mr. Sandman in Title Defense mode makes for one heck of a FinalBoss. He gains the ability to wink and QUICKLY follow it with an uppercut that can wipe out a third of your health bar, and he delivers increasingly long barrages of these at the start of each round and after each knockdown (yours OR his) before resuming his normal patterns. If you knock him down enough times, he'll fly into a rage where he'll do nothing BUT wink and uppercut for a whole minute! However, if you can survive the onslaught, Mr. Sandman tires out and leaves himself completely open; you can punch him freely for as long as you like, gaining a star with every third punch, before finally putting your accumulated Stars into one last Star Punch to finish him off! Epic off the charts with this fight.
** The Club Nintendo Premium match against Doc Louis, mainly the "Sparring" difficulty, where you really see Doc is more than a fat guy who keeps taking your bike.
-->'''Doc Louis''': I ''INVENTED'' the Star Punch!
* The final boss of ''VideoGame/{{Purple}}'' gets irritated by his health display, so he throws his Ultra Frisbee at it, cracking it and rendering it useless. You go through the rest of the battle with no indication whatsoever of how much health he has left.
* Lord Bane of ''VideoGame/PuzzleQuest: Challenge Of The Warlords'': He will kick your ass fast. He will kick your ass hard, with 4 devastating spells, each requiring only 5 of ''one'' type of mana. So when you manage to return the favor, the sense of satisfaction is major. Particularly if you didn't take time out to load up on uber-spells like Berserk Rage, Stone Gaze, and/or Death Gaze.
* Due to the fact that ''VideoGame/RadiantSilvergun'' has about two dozen of bosses (none of them which are recycled) witch almost every single one of them seems to determine to kill you using every trick in the book, you'll experience a SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome very often (at least if you are a skilled player).
* The TrueFinalBoss of ''Videogame/{{Raiden}} IV'', [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=il_9pV3OeDw Horda Gestorada]], also qualifies, being one of the only {{True Final Boss}}es in the ''Raiden'' series with the other one being from ''Raiden DX''. The boss is only accessable on the second loop, and the boss consists of the Red Crystal being attached to a huge battleship, with three phases for the battle. The battle is even better if you don't use any bombs on the boss. Oh, yes, and just before the final battle with the boss, you hear an [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic awesome]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DyqLANgXHko remix of Raiden II's first stage theme]] leading up to this boss.
* The battle with Courtney Gears in ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankUpYourArsenal''. A firefight with an insane robotic popstar on an MTV-esque stage while a remix of said robot's hit single "Death to Squishies" blares in the background? Awesomeness.
* The battles with Dr. Nefarious in both ''Up Your Arsenal'' AND ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureACrackInTime A Crack In Time]]''. He's one of the few you can't RYNO spam to death and he shoots freakin' laser beams and does all sorts of crazy stuff.
* ''VideoGame/{{Rayman}}'':
** Reflux from ''Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc''. The champion of a race of feared warriors, who you have to battle in an underground arena surrounded by lava. While the rest of his people watches the fight. Who keeps hurling fireballs at you and calls down flaming rocks. Epic.
** The first boss fight against Hoodstomper. You have to activate switches to get a missile power-up to fire at him, while running around and avoiding his legs (ItMakesSenseInContext), and making sure that he doesn't destroy the missile power-up before you can get to him. After you defeat him, YOU get his contraption, which you then use to annihilate waves of Hoodlums effortlessly, all while awesome music plays and hilarious commentary is played.
** Every battle with Wild Dog is awesome, especially in ''3'', where Wild Dog and his partner, Wild Fang, fight you together in a 2-on-2 battle.
* The FinalBoss of ''VideoGame/RazingStorm''. [[spoiler:You encounter a huge freaking battleship and begin by dismantling the cannons and lasers on its underside with a rocket launcher. Then the rear hatch opens and you proceed to blow away troops firing down at you ("Have a nice flight, sucker!"). After more BeamSpam, the battle culminates with you facing off with the front of the battleship, which has A SKULL FACE WITH A [[WaveMotionGun WAVE MOTION GUN]] ON IT. "Let's show them who the real soldiers are!"]]
* ''VideoGame/RefleX'':
** Stage 7 is basically one long boss fight against Raiwat Virgo (angelic HumongousMecha), in which, partway through, the boss delivers a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown that even your reflection shield-equipped fighter cannot possibly withstand, causing you to die and your ship to be destroyed. Then your ship [[PowerGivesYouWings grows wings]] and becomes the ZODIAC Ophiuchus and it gains the ability to survive just about ''everything the increasingly-desperate Virgo throws at it'', including the aforementioned beatdown, and WaveMotionGun blasts so huge that they cover the screen!
** The final Area, set years after Area 7 and the ZODIAC Ophiuchus's destruction of ten other ZODIAC units ([[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome which we don't get to see]]), [[SubvertedTrope though at the expense of a huge majority of the Earth's population]]. It's a free-for-all deathmatch battle in Earth's orbit against the final ZODIAC, Libra, '''and two freaking Kamui fighters''' with all the artillery from the previous game, all the while a [[ThePowerOfRock a rock-powered]] DarkReprise of ''VideoGame/{{KAMUI}}''[='=]s stage 1 theme plays.
** Libra:
*** Late into the battle, ZODIAC Libra charges up a massive WaveMotionGun and fires it upward at you and any remaining Kamui units. The Kamui units explode spectacularly, but of course the Ophiuchus's infinite-use shield holds out against it. Libra tries it again and ''[[HeroicRROD damages itself in the process]]!''
*** Finally, the penultimate phase of Libra consists of {{Attack Drone}}s firing blue bullets at you. If you know of the Ophiuchus's special weapon, the Photon Blaster[[labelnote:*]]reflect bullets, but before they disappear, releas the shield button[[/labelnote]], you can use the shots to kill Libra before it has a chance to go into its final (and [[ThatOneAttack exceptionally brutal]]) phase!
** On the subject of Kamui: ALLTYNEX. A MasterComputer that appears to also be a RealityWarper, as it teleports you to other arenas and summons lesser bosses to fight you before engaging you directly by creating colorful hexagons that fire various weapons at you. Plus the boss itself [[RuleOfCool looks really cool]] and has SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic playing in the background.
** Finally, we have the second FinalBoss itself, the Adjudicator. Which just so happens to [[BrainUploading contain the mind]] of the protagonist's father.
*** The Del Lago, an enormous lake monster that you fight using harpoons while on a boat.
*** El Gigante, basically a giant. At one point you fight two of them at the same time.
*** Salazar, who doubles as ThatOneBoss unless you use the [[OneHitKill Rocket Launcher]].
*** The U3 a GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere, you have to dodge it's attacks while quickly moving through three container pods before they drop, and then finishing it off when you get to land.
*** [[spoiler: Krauser]], who is mentioned above.
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil'':
** ''Resident Evil 3'''s Nemesis. As if the fact that his name's in the title doesn't hint that he's a tough bastard, he pretty much ruins your day constantly throughout the game. Near the end, where you're in the Dead Factory, ''he literally won't stop until you blast his limbs and head off''. The fight where he mutates into a giant monstrosity's also memorable, since you finally get to kill him. With a railgun the size of a truck.
** And from ''Resident Evil 4'', we have [[spoiler:Jack Krauser]]: coming nearly immediately after another taxing boss fight, this epic three-parter boss fight is the one everyone remembers. Crazy ambushes? Check. Rambo-esque traps? Check. Crazy awesome quick time events? Oh yes. Your knife, normally a desperation weapon, doing as much damage as a magnum? Or how abut his super-human abilities, the fact that his primarily weapons are a knife an exploding bow, grenades and a machine gun, or him entering his One-Winged Angel from as he sets up explosives, giving you a time limit that, while generous, truly kicks up the adrenaline. Combine this with over-the top machismo and enough {{foeyay}} and two way motivation rants with Leon, and it's enough to make any gamer squeal with delight.
** Speaking of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' that game had a lot of great boss battles.
** The [[spoiler: Ndesu]] fight from ''Resident Evil 5'' definitely qualifies. Fanservice? Check. Satisfying weapon? Check. Unlimited ammo? Check. A sudden break away from the slightly repetitive third person action? Check. Mass destruction? Check. Balance? Check. It. Is. Awesome.
** [[spoiler:Wesker]]. The QTE events, the smack talk between characters, the EPIC cutscene that takes place in the assault bomber? Also doubles up as a SugarWiki/{{Funny Moment|s}}: succeed in counter-attacking certain boss abilities, and Chris will shake his fist around after nearly breaking it on the other guy's face.
** The final fight with Simmons in the Leon campaign of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6''. He takes on the form of a giant monster fly, with blades, absorbs zombies wandering around to heal (which double as a way to farm ammo if needed - and you'll probably need it.) Stabbing one of those zombies with a massive pole to use a lightning rod so when the boss tries to heal using that zombie, so it'll get a massive electric shock. Simmons being a Determinator from the point you do start fighting him, though, makes the final decisive rocket to his big fly face, massive drop and impalement all the more satisfying.
* ''VideoGame/{{Rez}}'':
** The final sequence [[spoiler: (with the four minibosses and the big room)]]. That's an experience that no game will ever recreate.
** The Area 4 boss, where you chase a giant shapeshifting creature of cubes through corridors while the pounding rave tune "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiHIyqgAteI Rock is Sponge]]" plays.
* ''VideoGame/{{Ristar}}'':
** Adahan, another example of the sheer fun resulting from fighting in an endless vertical shaft, with the bonus of showing up early enough to take on before the game gets hard enough that you ''really'' wish you could save your game or earn a password...
** How about [[EternalEngine Automaton's]] boss? It's against a large, brutish, ogre-like alien with cyber-armor. No stategies here, just headbutt! Occasionally, he faints, and you have to headbutt a CRANE ARM to cause damage to it. About halfway through the fight, it even shoots HADOUKENS at you!
** Even better is the final boss, [[BigBad Kaiser Greedy]], who throws bullet-shooting drones and red versions of the mushroom-like enemies seen throughout the game, black balls with eyes that can only be described as enemies' CORPSES, [[ThatOneAttack nigh-unavoidable]] lightning strikes, and even rips open ''one hit kill black holes. And you can avoid being sucked into them.'' Did we mention that you're a cute little star with stretchy arms and sneakers? ''And you win?''
* ''VideoGame/RocketKnightAdventures'':
** The first fight against [[EvilCounterpart Axel Gear]]. You just spent the entire level being [[AdvancingWallOfDoom chased by Axel in a giant robot]]. At the very end of the level, you cross a series of platforms only to be confronted by ''another'' robot. Only this one is empty. At which point, It is officially On.
** That pales in comparison to the last fight against Axel Gear. After an already epic [[DuelBoss one-on-one]], he shatters the spaceship's hull, and you spend the next few minutes duking it out with him while clinging ''horizontally'' to a set of exposed plumbing with debris flying past you into vacuum. [[spoiler: Your last hit detonates his jetpack, and the screen [[DeliberatelyMonochrome fades gray]] as he's flung, trailing fire, into open space in slow motion]]. It wasn't just an awesome boss, it was an Awesome Moment for the SegaGenesis ''itself''.
** Then there's the final boss battle against the [[ItMakesSenseInContext pig supercomputer]]. He rolls out a pretty slow series of attacks for awhile, with the music being a rather odd choice for a final battle. After a few hits, though, the supercomputer teleports to the top of the screen, a sped-up version of the normal boss music plays, and the boss starts firing out those slow attacks ''way'' faster. After defeating it, the player makes their way to a nearby escape pod out of the space station, and the player is treated to an end-game cutscene of the pod escaping just in time to escape the...wait, what's that behind Sparkster's pod? OhCrap. Cue the core of the supercomputer chasing you ''through space itself'', with you being defenseless inside your weaponless escape pod. How do you win this battle? [[spoiler: The boss is so hell-bent on killing you that it chases you into the atmosphere, where it ''burns up and explodes due to the heat of re-entry.]] Yet another Awesome Moment for the SegaGenesis itself.
* ''VideoGame/RType'':
** The third level. Yes, the whole level is the boss, and you spend your time flying around blowing bits off it.
** ''R-Type'' was in love with that kind of fight. Stage 4 of ''Super R-Type'' is just your small craft flying in and around a giant ship, culminating with a fight against its power supply. ''R-Type FINAL'' had Stage 3.0, where you do the same as in the original R-Type, but in 3D (and with all the interesting quirks that that implies), plus this one has a city-destroying laser that sucks you in while it charges. (Of course, you can destroy the laser for some massive points, if you're feeling adventurous.) The boss is, again, the core of the ship, except this one has much more BulletHell going for it.
** Of course, then there's level F-C of ''R-Type FINAL''. It's the best-hidden ending, and...wait, it doesn't have a boss! No matter; what it has instead is ''the longest and hardest level in R-Type history''. Heroic music blares throughout, the story implies you're traveling through time to stop the Bydo before they ever cause the universe any trouble, and your skills ''will'' be put to the ultimate test. The lack of a single large enemy might make this fit better under BestLevelEver, except ''you only get one life.'' The challenge is above and beyond anything a simple boss could ever provide, exemplified near the ''halfway point'' by a HUGE wave of the standard mook spacecraft. It sounds unimpressive, but in-game, it's completely overwhelming to be caught in a huge wave of starfighters for a full minute.
* ''VideoGame/SaGaFrontier'' - Metal Black 3. Especially if [[spoiler: Red learned Al-Phoenix before fighting him, then after Metal Black 3 uses Dark Phoenix, when Red uses Al-Phoenix again it becomes an even stronger version of that attack called Rei-Al-Phoenix. Bonus Points if Metal Black 3 uses Dark Phoenix on Red, makes it seem more rewarding.]]
* ''VideoGame/SakuraTaisen V'', pretty much every battle from the second battle against Ranmaru at the end of Chapter 6 up to the first battle with [[spoiler:Nobunaga]] in chapter 8. The two battles that bookend this period are sheer awesome {{Marathon Boss}}es, but in between you also get some bitchin' awesome defense missions and a PuzzleBoss in the form of the third Ranmaru battle...oh, right, and [[spoiler:[[EnemyWithin Dark]] [[EnemyWithout Shinjiro]]]].
* ''VideoGame/ScottPilgrim'':
** Matthew Patel, the first boss of ''Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game''. As soon as he jumps out of the background and your character deflects an attack from him, you know epic shit's about to go down. It also helps that his theme music is [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic one of the best in the game]].
** From the same game, Nega Scott, who is a combination of this trope and ThatOneBoss.
* Ugh-Zan III, the final boss of ''VideoGame/SeriousSam: The First Encounter''. He's 330 feet tall and has rocket launchers and laser rifles the size of buildings! And the music is pretty epic too.
* ''VideoGame/ShadowComplex'' deserves a mention for its final boss. An entire lake drains away to reveal a huge gantry which has missile silos and launches an AirborneAircraftCarrier. You can't attack it directly; your only option is to fight through the army of SpiderTank and [[HumongousMecha Strider Robot]] enemies and respawning soldiers to use the base's own missile silos against the carrier. It's pretty awesome. And in order to get one of the achievements, you've got to forsake the powered armor and other upgrades in the game and do this armed only with a pistol, grenades, [[AbnormalAmmo a foam gun]] and the clothes on your back.
* In ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'' was the final DuelBoss against Fox Face, helped a lot by [[TearJerker the scene that comes before it]]. There's also [[ScrewDestiny Atman]].
* Pretty much every one in ''VideoGame/ShadowOfTheColossus''. This is, after all, the game that named the ColossusClimb.
** Nearly every colossus in the game was pants-wettingly awesome, but in particular battle with the 13th colossus. A simply ''gigantic'' flying serpent which soars over the desert, you have to puncture the three gas sacks on its underside with arrows to cause it to lose altitude until its fins are trailing along the ground. Then you have to chase it down on your horse until you're riding alongside one of its fins, leap from your speeding horse onto the fin and climb up the fin until the colossus returns to the sky again. Running along its massive back towards it vulnerable points as it soars hundred of meters in from the ground is an ''incredible'' thrill.
** Phalanx, the 13th colossus (physically the largest Colossus, [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-2V4IJLW1U14/TmMYpPnQOyI/AAAAAAAAAc0/cMzvd7WoDjg/s1600/Colossi+size+chart_800x600.jpg even including Malus]] (the last one)), is also notable for how emotionally powerful the fight is. While all the other Colossus to some degree fought back and thus you could always see them as enemies, the 13th Colossus ''never fights back at all''. He runs from you frantically the whole fight, trying to escape the desert bowl he seems to be trapped in, really hammering in the MyGodWhatHaveIDone theme of killing the Colossi.
** Search Website/{{Youtube}} for Avion, otherwise known as Colossus #5, and you might find a particular stunt where the player hangs from one wing, waits for the colossus to bank sharply in one direction, then drops straight down and grabs hold of the other wing without even touching the main body. Also, it's relatively easy to leap from the body almost to the tip of the tail in one jump when the colossus is flying straight, since you have strong air currents at your back.
** The final colossus is a titanic and menacing colossus fought on a stormy night, which hurls devastating bolts of energy at you from range. You have dash from cover to cover and dive into trenches even to approach it, then you have to climb it. And while the entire game is about climbing colossi, this is almost unquestionably the greatest challenge in the game- it's not as much of a puzzle as some of the other colossi, it's simply ''hard-'' and unbelievably awesome. He also has some of the most [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic epic music]] in the history of epic music in the entertainment industry. It's even more intense if you decide to ditch the whole cover thing and do [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLF3bZ48Qzs this]].
* ''VideoGame/SilentHill2'', Pyramid Head. Whether it's the HopelessBossFight (in which he can't be damaged), whether it's when he becomes ThatOneBoss (in which there's suddenly ''two of them''), or whether it's simply fleeing from him in the Labyrinth, it's easy to see why this utterly terrifying monster (literally and figuratively) of an ImplacableMan is one of the most iconic elements of the series.
* From ''VideoGame/SinAndPunishment: Successor to the Earth'', while it's hard to pick just one, the fight against Fake Earth was suitably awesome. Let that sink in for a moment. You fight ''an entire planet.''
** Its sequel, ''VideoGame/SinAndPunishmentStarSuccessor'', has a lot of fantastic boss fights as well. Just to name one, the Gryphon Keeper -- it is two previous bosses of the stage combined {{Voltron}} style!
* The boss fights from ''Soul Reaver'' (at least, most of them... oddly enough, the fights against Kain were the least interesting in a lot of ways) were all great because they all involve using the bosses' environment in some way against them, although the challenge pretty much goes out of all of them once you figure out how you're supposed to wipe them out. They also have awesome intro sequences...in one, the boss has turned into a giant immobile insect whose body is gradually engulfing the building and you walk into some weird organic-looking halls before actually getting to him. In another, you climb a spiral set of "steps" in the spectral realm to emerge above the water and go back into the real world, to find the water you were just in contains a giant shark-monster.
** In ''Soul Reaver 1'' you learn that [[spoiler:Kain resurrected you and your vampire brethren from the souls of six Sarafan knights, warrior-priests dedicated to ridding Nosgoth of the vampire menace.]] At the end of ''Soul Reaver 2'' you [[spoiler:break into the Sarafan stronghold and kill those same knights, ending with a climactic duel against your mortal self. Incredibly. Awesome.]]
* ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries Soul Calibur]]'' has the following:
** The hidden fight against [[spoiler: Night Terror, a winged version of Nightmare with WINGS and that enjoys shooting FrickinLaserBeams at you.]] in ''Soul Calibur III''.
** Floor 60 ascending in Tower of Lost Souls in ''4''. You get three characters against a single Algol. And for good reason: he has 200 Health, Attack, and Defense, and uses some of the most epic combos in the series.
** One of Algol's combos merits its own mention. Algol knocks you into the air, hits you a couple of times, and then uses his THRONE as a BASEBALL BAT!
* ''VideoGame/SpaceChannel5'' has amazing bosses in the series, but there are two that really stand out from the rest. The first is King Purge, a primate like robot with speakers on it's hands, and you have to use the power of Michael Jackson to beat it. The second is Great Purge, where you sing the main theme song with the final boss.
* Another one from Sierra. ''VideoGame/SpaceQuest 4'''s fight against Vohaul. Holy crap. The MasterComputer is on a countdown to self-destruct and Vohaul has pulled a GrandTheftMe against Roger's KidFromTheFuture. Roger, who isn't the most athletic of guys, is fighting ''hand to hand'' with his hijacked kid, manages to knock him back, gets the disk, manages to swap his kid back into his body and Vohaul to disk just as the counter runs down. Whew!
* The {{Deadpool}} battle in ''VideoGame/SpiderManShatteredDimensions''. A chaotic confrontation against ''three'' Deadpools, none of whom [[MotorMouth stop talking]], some great bits of comedy (such as 'Pool teleporting in with a card to announce the start of the next "round" or two Deadpools interviewing Spidey-as a grapple attack.[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUt2hLd4Thg A great score]] helps too.
* ''VideoGame/{{Splatterhouse}}'': The new remake features Biggy Man, an enemy with CHAINSAWS FOR HANDS!!! The fight starts out with you blasting him with a shotgun, before he disappears and drops you through the floor, separating you from your gun. Next, you have to duck and weave, avoiding his chainsaw attacks and hitting him between attacks. If he hits you with one of his attacks, he'll vanish and reappear, trying to cut you down from behind. During the final phase, you rip off one of his arms, then use his chainsaws against him, giving you a chance to pay him back for any difficulty this fight gave you, before finally going in for the big finish.
* ''VideoGame/SpongeBobSquarePants''. The underrated ''Battle for Bikini Bottom'''s final boss is one of the most epic things in [=SpongeBob=]. Its battle is long and hard and has 2 forms. And the best part is it has the [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic best music ever.]] Click [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBBwrWY_oYg here]] for really awesome music. Which sounds like ''Final Fantasy''. Very memorable to any gamer who has played this game. Also the cutscenes are very amusing with a HoYay joke. One of the best boss ever. TheMovie's final boss can also be mentioned, and its music also [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAxEBhoQ8UU great]].
* The final battle with Ripto in ''VideoGame/SpyroRiptosRage''. The Ominous Latin Chorus, the orbs you've collected throughout the game can be used to unleash destructive power that both you AND the boss can use, and the finale where Ripto blasts the entire ground apart, converting it into a lava pool, forcing you and Ripto to use Golden Orb powerups to fly and shoot fireballs at each other.
* Many of the boss fights in ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheSecondStory''. The final boss of the PSP remake [[spoiler: Gabriel]] comes across as extremely badass when he states in prior to the battle [[spoiler: That he didn't need anyone else and getting this far barely phases him]]. This along with her attacks and boss music fit the atmosphere of a SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome perfectly.
* ''StarOceanTillTheEndOfTime'':
** The battle against the Marquis of Dragons, Crosell. Battling a huge dragon while one of the game's best battle songs plays in the background? Amazing.
** While many final bosses have some alternate form or transformation. Crosell [[spoiler: just gets back up and ''stops fucking around''.]]
* ''VideoGame/StarWarsRogueSquadron'':
** The first time you get to go head-to-head against an insanely huge Star Destroyer in your dinky lil' B-Wing is... memorable to say the least.
** It gets better. A later mission has you versing ''two'' Star Destroyers at the same time, with hordes of TIE fighters exploding everything around you (literally; you and possibly your two wingmates are the only Rebel fighters remaining at the end of the mission). A similar mission in ''Rogue Squadron III'' goes even further, tasking you with disabling ''three'' Star Destroyers only to launch an attack run against the freaking ''Executor'', a ship at the ''very least'' eight times the size of a Star Destroyer, ending with you [[RammingAlwaysWorks ramming into it's command bridge, causing it to crash into the Death Star]]. Absolutely incredible.
* ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheForceUnleashed'':
** Even though the rest of the game was okay, the best part is the boss fight against an entire FRIGGIN' Star Destroyer.
** The battle against the Star Destroyer is at least an awesome concept, if executed poorly. Darth Vader, on the other hand, pulled off both concept ''and'' execution.
** Both the Emperor ''and'' Darth Vader; you fight the latter at the end, then for your final boss fight you choose between one of them by moving towards and attacking one or the other. Warning: if you choose Vader you not only get the Dark Side ending, but he's NintendoHard.
** At the [[spoiler:second]] mission to Raxus Prime, PROXY reveals that he's kept one of his forms hidden for years until just this moment -- [[spoiler:Darth FREAKIN' Maul]].
* ''VideoGame/StreetFighter'': Any game where Akuma is a boss usually has a fun, albeit difficult fight with him. Akuma's AI is noted to be the one most similar to a real human player's, so the challenge comes from outfoxing him.
* ''VideoGame/StreetsOfRage 2''. Shiva. An amazing example of a DualBoss. A DuelBoss from the first game gives people nightmares, but they re-appear in the third game with a new look and a new set of moves. They are ironically easier to beat, and it's much faster paced and more manic.
* ''VideoGame/SuikodenII'':
** The ClimaxBoss battle against Luca Blight, often voted as one of the most memorable boss battles in RPG history. Finally taking down this psycho is satisfying enough, but pelting him with countless arrows, battling him three times with three squads of your most powerful characters, pelting him with more arrows, and ''then'' defeating him in a one on one duel is [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome just unbelievable]].
** There's also Lord Gorudo, late in the game. After the evil bastard [[spoiler:hits Nanami with an arrow, possibly giving her a fatal injury]], the hero and his former best friend Jowy, who were enemies but moments ago, are QUITE pissed, and team up to whip his ass to hell and back. Quite literally to hell and back, seeing as Jowy has several attacks that seem rather demonic, thanks to his Black Sword Rune. Attacks that stand out are one that heavily resembles a hellish version of [[FateStayNight Gilgamesh's]] [[StormOfBlades Gate Of Babylon]]. The other attack seems to throw the victim so hard into [[PowerOfTheVoid the Void]] that [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyV Exdeath]] would be jealous.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'', being made of Epic and Awesome by its very nature, manages to deliver a quite a few bossfights of this nature. Others verge on NintendoHard.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration'': Come unprepared, and Dark Brain can be the most annoying boss, ever. But if you do get prepared, then get ready to face the hardest, best and probably most epic boss battle in OG Gaiden. Dark Brain himself has tons of HP, regenerating greatly and has powerful attacks, and has TWO forms (both still have huge ass [=HPs=]). Taking both forms at one turn each does prove to be a challenge on your party formation (who support attacks who), what Seishin skill to use, etc etc. It even out-epics the final battle with Shu in Alpha Gaiden (and as a result, [[spoiler:fighting against Shu after DB is beaten feels easier]]) And that's not even counting the fact that he has possibly [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGSt2FsJOdI&translated=1 the single most destructive attack animation of any game, ever]]. [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Super Nova?]] Puh-lease.
** ''2nd Original Generations'' is full of awesome bosses throughout the climax of the game, namely final bosses from several of the other games in the franchise, including [[spoiler: [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsMX AI-1]], [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsDestiny Perfectio]], and [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Nashem Gan Eden]]]]. Then comes the TrueFinalBoss, [[spoiler: the Adamatron, piloted by Euzeth Gozzo]], which is essentially a combination of [[spoiler: the AI-1 and the Gan Eden]]. Also it has what is probably the longest attack in the franchise yet.
* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Melee'' introduced Crazy Hand, the destructive yang to Master Hand's creative yin. Even better, its appearance was at first a total surprise - you cruise along the classic mode, fighting hard against an old, familiar foe as the final boss... then [[EvilLaugh that cackle]] erupts, and Crazy makes its appearance. The rules had changed, and it was time to face up to the beatdown.
** Mr. Giga Bowser! After completing adventure mode on normal, no continues, 15 mins (most likely 1-2 lives left) you face this MONSTER of MONSTROUS proportions! [[spoiler: In SSBB you can actually control Giga Bowser as Bowser's Final Smash.]]
** [[spoiler: Tabuu]], the final boss of the Subspace Emissary in SSBB. You're fighting [[spoiler: basically a hologram humanoid--think Fighting Wire Frames from Melee but on MAJOR 'roids. He's spent much of the game manipulating The Ancient Minister, AKA the ''playable'' ROB, into sacrificing his robotic brethren so that Tabuu can invade from Subspace.]] He's mind-controlling Master Hand, which, in a case of Fridge MindScrew, kind of implies he's '''the player''' (as Master Hand was in turn implied to be a child playing with his toys, which is effectively the player if usually minus the "child" part). At one point, he simultaneously one-shots the entire playable roster, resulting in terror when you go to save the game and all your character icons are ''gone''. And that's just before you actually fight him, which involves instant teleport-explosions, throwing you with the chain he was using on Master Hand, various lasers (including one which involves him growing huge and his massive head approaching from the side of the stage) and, oh yeah, OFFWAVES. If you don't know how to spotdodge or roll with precise timing, or you're not playing a character that can stall offstage for a while, or you're on an Easy difficulty, it's an unavoidable kill. And with obligatory SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic to boot. Surprisingly, he's not that hard until you get to upper difficulties, since he moves slowly on lower ones (and his every move isn't an OHKO). SSE had a couple other epic fights, such as Rayquaza, Duon, Galleom, and Meta Ridley.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Syndicate}}'' remake, enemy Agent Tatsuo makes for a hectic battle as you chase each other round the train station, trying to get behind him before he gets behind you while Tatsuo [[FlashStep flash steps]] everywhere and deploys [[DoppelgangerSpin holographic duplicates to confuse you]]. When you finally manage to wear him down, you get to [[HoistByHisOwnPetard hack his hologram projector and blow it up in his face]]. Not to mention {{Skrillex}}'s remix of the main theme playing in the background.
* The Final battle of ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland'' is also terrifying. In theory, you know you don't have a health meter of any kind, but the fantastic voice acting will make you feel like you really can't take another hit.
* ''VideoGame/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesTurtlesInTime'', when Super Shredder turns into a teleporting magic ninja capable of shooting trails of flame, crescents of ice, and an instant-kill bubble shot that de-mutates the turtles. Yes, he only has three attacks, but his life bar is huge and he moves ''fast.'' All those years of calling themselves ''Ninja'' Turtles finally comes to fruition, as the fight moves at blinding speed.
* ''VideoGame/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesTurtlesInTime'':
** The first Shredder fight in the Technodrome, for the home console versions. That highly amusing CameraAbuse {{mook}} toss? Actually has a use, and is the only way to defeat Shredder.
** Super Shredder is difficult but entertaining, with each of his attacks requiring a unique way to dodge (jump over the fire, stay on the ground when he shoots ice, avoid the green mutagenic fireball), and him only being open to attack after launching one of his attacks.
* Play ''VideoGame/{{Tekken 6}}''. Arcade mode. Make it to [[SNKBoss Azazel]]. Beat him. CELEBRATE!
* ''VideoGame/{{Tenchu}}'':
** In the first game, the first fight against Onikage definetly counts; on top of a Shogun's palace, on a moonlit night, with Onikage's awesome LeitMotif. So epic.
** In ''Tenchu 2'' there is Ayame versus Tatsumaru. You just wanted so badly for it to happen, and it was very delivered.
* ''VideoGame/{{Tetris}}: The Grand Master 2 PLUS''[='=]s "invisible roll" is one minute of playing ''[=TGM2=]'' at instant-drop speed with the pieces turning invisible upon locking down. Achieving the conditions for this is a SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome in itself, and then there's ''surviving it'', which rewards you the titular Grand Master rank. You can watch someone complete it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7WGNx4OiPE here]] (starting at 8:32).
* The ''VideoGame/ThunderForce'' series of ShootEmUps has plenty of awesome boss fights.
** In ''V'' when you fight [[spoiler: the Rynex ship you pilot in ''Thunder Force IV''/''Lightening Force'', which docks into several giant mech armors during the course of the fight, all while the awesome intro theme from ''TFIV'' plays in the background.]] Also, the newest game in the series, ''Thunder Force VI'', has [[spoiler:giant versions of ''Thunder Force III'', ''IV'', and ''V''[='=]s player ships as bosses.]]
** Made even more awesome if [[SelfImposedChallenge you don't use]] [[LimitBreak Over Weapon]] or Syrinx's [[GameBreaker Wave]] shot to cheese through these bosses.
** ''Segagaga'' for the Dreamcast parodies the TF bosses with a ShootEmUp that ends with you fighting a Sega SG-1000...which then morphs into a Mark III (aka Master System)...then a Genesis (complete with Sega CD and 32X addons)...and finally a Saturn. All the boss forms except for the Saturn consist of the system shooting sprites from its various games (the Mark III fires off Fantasy Zone bosses for example). All this punctuated by truly epic boss music.
* ''VideoGame/TimeCrisis'':
** Jack Mathers, the Stage 2 boss of ''Time Crisis 4''. Captain Rush teams up with you and ''wrestles him'' throughout the battle. The final boss battle, which has you in a last-ditch effort to destroy the BigBad on top of a [[spoiler:human pyramid and stop squadrons of unmanned bombers from nuking major U.S. cities]], would qualify too, if it weren't for the fact that the ending of this boss battle is AlwaysClose. But it does make up for that with OminousLatinChanting.
** The first boss, Marcus Black, is worthy of note: after pursuing him in the streets of a big city while he's on a truck, you're in an helicopter and the enemy's tanks try to stop you in all manners, you finally blow his truck's tires with a sniper rifle making it slip and fall down. NoOneCouldSurviveThat, right? WRONG: the boss literally blows his way out of the truck and says "You want it? Then come over here and... take it!" before starting to shoot you with AN ANTI-TANK RIFLE. Cue guitar riffs, boss fight and StuffBlowingUp.
* ''Franchise/TombRaider'''s [[FanNickname Bacon Lara/Doppelhoe]]. She's a PuzzleBoss who copies Lara's every move in a symmetrical room [[spoiler:except for a small pit of lava she can fall into]].
* ''VideoGame/ToontownOnline'' had the epic CFO, CJ, AND CEO.
** CFO (Chief Financial Officer) has his boss battle located in a warehouse. To win, [[spoiler: you have to drop a safe on him, by using one of the magnetic cranes hanging from the ceiling! This is the only time in the game where you can actually use those cranes!]]
** CJ (Chief Justice) has his/her boss battle in a Cog Court of Law. It was metaphorically a great big case, where [[spoiler: you would go to the witness' stand and take evidence. The evidence is literally a scroll, that you throw into a big scale in the center of the court where you are supposed to make your side of the scale go to the bottom, where you would win the case.]]
** CEO (Chief Executive Officer) has his boss battle in a ''Golf Club'' where you [[spoiler: are supposed to go on the tables and use seltzer bottles to try to squirt him into submission. You can also use the golf balls on the side of the stage to slow him down.]]
* Morganem [[spoiler:or to be more precise, Uthurak Incarante]], the FinalBoss from the ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'' custom campaign "ToTheBitterEnd". In a custom campaign that has a number of intense and very difficult [[BossBattle boss battles]], he really takes the cake. First, the player discovers that the enemy they've been trying to defeat the whole game has [[spoiler:become the gateway for an EldritchAbomination that wants to unmake the entire universe]]. Then, [[MarathonBoss the entire last Chapter is dedicated to this one climatic battle]]. As well as being ungodly tough, the boss gets [[TurnsRed progressively harder and smarter]] throughout the fight. You only have a chance of winning because damaging him causes [[BossArenaRecovery "Mana Splinters"]] to spawn in the area. By the end, the entire BossRoom is filled with enemies, earth-shaking spells get thrown back and forth, and Morganem even tries to usher in the Apocalypse and all the while [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic wicked music plays in the background]]. If you survive against all the odds, you're rewarded with a [[CutscenePowerToTheMax suitably impressive end cinematic]] to round it all off.
* ''VideoGame/{{Transformers}}'':
** The [[TransformersArmada Armada]]-based game for the PS2 reminds you of just what "Robots in Disguise" really means in the Mid-Atlantic stage, when the aircraft carrier you've infiltrated [[ThatsNoMoon turns out to be Tidal Wave]].
** Starscream. You get to fight him twice, being kept on your toes a lot of the time by his dashing sword attack, almost unavoidable semi-WaveMotionGun laser cannon blasts and his aerial missile barrages against which the only real defence was to transform to vehicle mode and drive like hell. The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PH67e9Qh-TI kick-ass battle music]] adds to the awesome. And in his first appearance, he [[UnflinchingWalk unflinchingly walks]] [[OutOfTheInferno out of an aircraft hangar that just blew up around him]].
* Meanwhile, in ''VideoGame/TransformersWarForCybertron'', there's the first boss fight against Trypticon. You're in jet mode, blasting him as he plummets from orbit to crash into Cybertron. In freefall. It was a thing of beauty.
** Then comes the ACTUAL fight with Trypticon, which is just as awesome. And of course, five levels before in the Decepticon campaign, you have the fight between Megatron and the last line of Autobot defense, Omega Supreme...the game has other bosses besides those two, but they pale in comparison.
* ''VideoGame/TransformersFallOfCybertron'':
** Its final battle is the one vs. one showdown with Optimus Prime and Megatron...and you get to play as either to determine the ending. Play "The Touch" during this fight and you've got your recipe for Awesome.
** The last stage is full of awesome and has one heck of a boss for the Autobots. You must play as Jazz against the apparently unstoppable super-combiner Bruticus. You're a lone special operations head agent with a shotgun, and you have to face one of the most dedicated killing machines on Cybertron. As might be expected, standard weapons...really don't amount to a lot, as even your best guns will just annoy him. You're not going to defeat a monster that size with just firepower--you're expected to bring Bruticus down with the same three tools Jazz always uses: mobility, cleverness, and style.
** The fights against the three main Insecticons Kickback, Hardshell, and Sharpshot aren't necessarily the best mechanically, since they're, naturally, all manner of {{Flunky Boss}}es, summoning hordes of Insecticon drones to do their fighting for them. However, bashing the stuffing out of the Insecticons that have given Grimlock and his Dinobots so much grief is ''incredibly'' rewarding. Kickback simply sends in a swarm and [[DirtyCoward attempts to flee for his life when he thinks he's cornered]], only to have Slug politely drop a door on him with a humorous CallBack to the original [[WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie animated movie]]. Hardshell then tries to fight from a turret while sending more Decepticons to stop Grimlock, but the angry Dinobot just grabs ExplodingBarrels and chucks them at Hardshell, then pulls the Insecticon from his destroyed turret afterwards and bashes his face against an optical security scanner--which lightens the mood by accepting ''that'' as a valid scan. Finally, Sharpshot gets it in his crazy head to torture one of Grimlock's Dinobots while deploying endless hordes of Insecticons to try and stop him. This is a ''horrible'' idea, since Grimlock's incredibly protective of his team, and when electrical feedback [[ExplosiveInstrumentation blows up Sharpshot's control console]] and knocks him down to Grimlock's level, we're given another brief Callback to the movie before Grimlock [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath mauls the ever-loving scrap]] out of Sharpshot. Not stunningly inventive as boss fights go, but it definitely feels good to give the three psychotic, sadistic bugs a taste of their own medicine.
* Destroying Savato in ''Videogame/TraumaCenter: Second Opinion''. The level is hell in the DS version, but on the Wii it's not only made easier (that is, beatable) but significantly more fun, and still presents a good challenge.
** Similarly, Cardia from ''New Blood''. Not particularly hard, but the fact that it transforms into a glowing jellyfish monster right on cue to the OminousLatinChanting just seals the deal. The boss is actually designed so that the player must use every tool with most of them being equally essential; most surgeries until now use multiple tools but rely heavily on one or two.
* ''VideoGame/TronTwoPointOh'':
** The Kernel. He's truly a WorthyOpponent, and you end up facing each other DeadlyDisc against DeadlyDisc. Fuse it with the fact Jet's trying to ''rescue his enemy'' and a side order of EscortMission as Alan is trying to stay out of the way of the combat.
** There's also the FinalBoss - the digitized abomination that Crown, Popoff, and Baza became when they digitized themselves. You're battling them ''inside'' the transit beam going back to the analog world on a series of floating platforms. The artwork is ''beautiful.''
* ''VideoGame/TronEvolution'' has Abraxas. Man, he is actually [[StarWars Darth Vader]]! Covered in TronLines!
* ''VideoGame/{{Turok}}'': Thunder is a genetically engineered bio-mechanical TyrannosaurusRex, armed with rocket launchers, flame breath, giant teeth and claws, shockwave stomp, and '''a freaking photon cannon on its head.''' That [[TurnsRed gets faster as you damage it]]. And can survive not one, not two, but '''[[MadeOfIron all three shots from your]] [[NukeEm fusion]] [[{{BFG}} cannon]].''' {{Badass}}.
* Any fight with a vehicle in ''VideoGame/{{Uncharted}} 2'', these are definitely large parts of why the game rates so high.
** The first vehicle is a helicopter that attacks you, destroys a sky bridge while you are in it, and chases you across rooftops and into a hotel, where it ''blows holes in the side of the building to get at you!'' The best part? It eventually gets fed up and [[spoiler: blows up the building's foundations, causing it to collapse ''while you're inside of it!'' You're forced to jump out, then fight the copter with grenade launchers to send it down.]]
** The second chopper fight is definitely more awesome. It's broken into two parts. The first, you have to flee from it while it blows cars off the train you are on. You escape (barely) by going into a tunnel, just as you were about to be crushed by a car flung about by missiles! When you see it next, it's still following the train, but this time you fight it by using an AA gun mounted on a tank which is strapped to the train. The resulting fight has you keeping missiles from hitting your tank as you try to gun the helicopter to the valley floor a thousand meters below, with snow swirling everywhere as the entire party careens along the side of the mountain. Just awesome.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtuyxVLc8ak The final boss battle]] in the BulletHell shooter ''VideoGame/UnderDefeat''. It's a big ass [[TankGoodness tank fortress]] with a {{BFG}} and with ''[[MoreDakka tons of guns]]''. [[TurnsRed The more damage it takes, the more bullets the boss will unleash on your helicopter]]. And that {{BFG}} the boss has? When it fires, it sends you flying backwards, and unleashes bullets from behind you. Finally, upon defeating the boss, like all other bosses in ''Under Defeat'', [[StuffBlowingUp the entire boss explodes all over the screen]] until the screen goes off in a massive explosion. And the boss resembles the Chandelier from ''AceCombat6FiresOfLiberation''...
* ''VideoGame/ViewtifulJoe'':
** The two second-to-last boss battles in the main series. In this first game, you ([[spoiler:and your DarkSide-turned mentor]]) are piloting mechs that are large enough to circle the globe in about a dozen steps. It only gets bigger in the next game. In the second, Six Machine (said mech) turns into the head of a much larger giant robot. And this time, it can circle a star system in a few short seconds. And the boss mech is bugger than Jupiter.
** Both are then followed by mano a mano battles sans mecha.
* The final stage of ''VideoGame/WanganMidnightMaximumTune3'''s Story Mode pits you against the manga's two major characters on one long 25-something-kilometer stretch of the high-speed Wangan Line. By this point your car is powerful enough to blast down the expressway at a constant 340 km/h (211 mph).
* ''VideoGame/WarioLand The Shake Dimension'':
** The second boss. Basically, Wario in a unicycle complete with spring loaded boxing glove, in a high speed battle against a race car going at jet speed down a long road. HighSpeedBattle indeed. Neat music too.
** Also the final boss in said game. You can only wish Bowser would wisen up and use that many attacks in a future [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]] game. Basically, four stage battle with The Shake King, complete with a final form using multiple laser beam blasts, lightning attacks and shooting fireballs around.
* ''VideoGame/WildArms1'' has Zed and Boomerang, mostly for theme music (in the [[VideoGameRemake remake]], ''Wild Arms: Alter Code F'', said themes were made worse and better, respectively). And in Zed's case, because the man sure knows how to make an entrance.
* The FinalBoss, [[spoiler:Lord Blazer]], of ''VideoGame/WildARMs2'', which combines SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome, SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic, ThePowerOfFriendship, CombinedEnergyAttack, DuelBoss, and ClimaxBoss into one ''incredible'' experience.
* [[spoiler:Nega Filgaia]], the final boss in ''VideoGame/WildArms3''. THIRTEEN consecutive forms each with their own ability, strengths and weaknesses. Unless you have Violators, this is an epic battle that will test your endurance and skill to their very limits. Good luck - you will need it.
* ''VideoGame/TheWitcher''
** The King of the Wild Hunt. He's been tailing, menacing and even personally attacking Geralt throughout the game. When he makes his final appearance, he basically tells Geralt he's been his bitch the entire time. Fighting him is optional, but it gives Geralt the best lines, a thrilling fight, and the more awesome climax to the game.
** Berengar is another that deserves mention, coming as it does shortly after being knighted by a Goddess and given an InfinityPlusOneSword. This is a character Geralt has been chasing and hearing shady reports about, and when finally found has been brusque, evasive, then openly provocative, lying and taunting. Also an optional fight; sparing him grants less satisfying lines and [[spoiler: he goes on to die rather lamely and inevitably during another boss fight Geralt must finish himself unless you are really really lucky.]]
** Also, the fight with Zeugl is pretty awesome as well and it is not optional. You have to fight its tentacles and cut them off, and than its head comes out of the water and you have to hit it.
* ''VideoGame/Wolfenstein3D'' had you fighting AdolfHitler himself [[StupidJetpackHitler in a suit of mechanical power armor]] with four miniguns attached. Enough bullets would take his armor off, but he would still carry [[GunsAkimbo a minigun in each arm]]. Luckily, it didn't take much more after that to kill him and watch him melt into a puddle of gore, complete with replay!
** In ''VideoGame/{{Wolfenstein}}'', we have the final battle with [[spoiler: [[TheDragon Hans Grosse]].]] B.J. enters the Black Sun dimension and faces off against [[spoiler: Hans and Deathshead]] and both B.J. and [[spoiler: Hans]] have their very own Veil wielding powers. After such a long battle, you end up [[spoiler: sacrificing all your veil powers to destroy Hans, first the Shield power, then the Mire power, and when you destroy the machine, you then destroy his Empower ability]].
** ''VideoGame/WolfensteinTheNewOrder'' has [[spoiler: the [[TragicMonster Prototype Robot]] and more importantly, the final showdown with Deathshead. When fighting Deathshead, he'll be piloting a giant robot that has a shield powered by the [[DramaticThunder storm]], forcing you to destroy the Zeppelins to destroy the shield. Then, when you fight him in the second phase, he'll also say, [[PreAssKickingOneLiner "Die, Allied schweinehund!"]]]]
* The FinalBoss of ''[[VideoGame/TheWonderful101 The Wonderful 101]]'', [[spoiler: Jergingha]], will go down in history as one of the single most ridiculous, overblown boss battles ever conceived. Just about [[SequentialBoss all three]] of his forms count to a degree, but none more so than his final [[spoiler: Planet Destruction]] Form. While the setting on its own is awesome enough ([[spoiler: fighting a HumongousMecha ''half as big as Earth'' while battling in outer space]]), the fight itself is decently difficult, is set to [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic a bombastic boss theme]], and can take upwards of ten minutes to beat. Yet, none of that compares to the grand finale of the whole thing: [[spoiler: after the characters unload all they have on him, Jergingha stops messing around and reveals his [[WaveMotionGun CHI-Q Marble Buster]], a weapon guaranteed to wipe Earth out of existence. The Wonderful 101 respond by charging up a laser of their own using the combined cannons of the Virgin Victory, Vorkken's ship, and Immorta's ship. The resulting lasers from the Wonderful 101 and Jergingha clash in a glorious BeamOWar, with the player being forced to mash the A button for roughly a full ''30 seconds'', with even the Wonderful 101 themselves joining them in the ButtonMashing. When all is said and done, the laser transforms into a gigantic W, and proceeds to consume and destroy Jergingha for good, with the player surrounded with an air of simple satisfaction and ''[[RuleOfFun joy]]'']].
* ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'':
** Uzuki and Kariya. Their fighting style is similar to yours, right down to having a light puck and fusion, and [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic the rock music in the background]] is ''excellent''.
** Also, [[spoiler:Draco Cantus]] is pretty awesome. It's [[spoiler:the only one-player fight in the game, because your partners are ''part of it'', and once you get its health down to zero, [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Neku and his partners do a four-way fusion, at which point he summons a giant Player Pin symbol and fires a]] WaveMotionGun [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome from it.]]]] The aforementioned boss also fires [[BeamSpam so many fireballs]] that the DS literally ''lags'' a bit trying to keep up. You feel a bit BadAss just having beaten it... unless you eventually get frustrated enough to hit "retry on Easy" since switching to Normal would have meant fighting [[SequentialBoss the two preceding boss fights]] again.
** The Giant Bat on Day 2 of Week 3. Mainly because of the hunter/hunted relationship it has with Neku when the bats on the top screen are covering up the stage lights, then the utter pwnage of pummeling it to death once the lights are on. A nice change of pace after getting ThatOneBoss after ThatOneBoss. This one also counts for another reason, since it's an upgrade of the first true 'boss' Noise you fought way back in early week 1. Back then, You had only half a clue what's going on, a few weak pins, no stat-ups, and you were still coming to terms with the combat system, creating a grueling fight out of something you ''know'' should be simple. When you see this thing again, you have a full suite of high-level abilities, stats that look much more impressive both on paper and in practice, and you've got combat down pat. Fighting this thing again on proper terms is ''very'' satisfying.
** Panthera Cantus in Another Day. A very challenging fight and a test of your skill without being a MarathonBoss.
** If you decided to fight it at the earliest opportunity, Progfox. It's the introduction to the Fox Noise, which change forms depending on the amount of tails they have. They range from a defenseless mushroom to a masked Neku. The Progfox is the only one that can obtain [[GeniusBonus nine tails]]. If it does, it does a Fusion Attack ''by itself''.
* Fighting Victor Creed as Wolverine in the fairly decent game adaptation of ''VideoGame/XMenOriginsWolverine'' is incredibly brutal. Since both Wolverine and his half-brother Creed have a HealingFactor, they beat the everloving shit out of each other through various means. Since one of the game's main mechanics involves throwing enemies into dangerous objects, and the game refreshingly lacks ContractualBossImmunity, there's plenty of of things laying around that you can use to [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential impale, bludgeon, crush, and otherwise horribly maim your dear brother]]. Of course, [[BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame he can do all the same to you.]]
* Speaking of X-Men, the Sentinel Core from ''VideoGame/XMen2'' on the Megadrive was one of several moments of awesome from the game - a [[WakeUpCallBoss tricky]] boss fight against a holographic nightmarish apparition of the Sentinel, armed with eyebeams and lightning bolts and one hell of a electronic wail. This finishes off with a [[LoadBearingBoss Metroid style escape sequence]] where you must escape from the factory it is contained in, complete with alarms, earthquakes and explosions galore. Combine this with some pumping music, you have one of the most memorable sections of the game. The best part? It's the FIRST boss.
* The second ''VideoGame/XMenLegends'' game has Apocalypse as the final boss. On his own, he's not a pushover, but depending on how powerful your team is, he's not too hard either. Then he summons his 4 Horsemen who you've beaten individually at the end of the previous 4 acts, turning it into a Battle Royale With Cheese. After one or two occasions of knocking his health down to zero, only for him to respawn almost instantly, do you realise that he's also a ''Puzzle Boss''. After using his machine to power yourself up the same way he has, you have to tear through mooks to smash up generators for his machine (as well as Apocalypse himself who teleports to it in order to guard it). Only once the machine is destroyed is the boss fight over.
* ''VideoGame/{{Ys}}'' tends to have really fun bosses on the whole, but the battle with Jenocres in ''Origin'' stands out. Between the boss [[BulletHell shamelessly filling half the room with death]] and the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HRybmCCeTw rowdy jazz arrangement of series legacy theme Tension blasting trumpets all over the place,]] it's rather difficult to not start cackling like a madman.
* ''VideoGame/ZoneOfTheEnders'' has a few awesome boss fights to its name.
** Nohman and Anubis from ''VideoGame/ZoneOfTheEnders 1'' and ''2'', mostly by benefit of his world class buildup. You first meet him at the end of the first game, and in a stunningly unexpected sequence he ''beats the hero''. Soundly. He then appears right at the beginning of the second game to do the same to the new main character. As a result you're really spoiling for battle by the time the final boss fight against him starts up... only to find out that said boss fight is really against your girlfriend in an remotely controlled Anubis mock up. The real Anubis then appears behind you and instantly takes out the hero of the first game in a really cheap sneak attack before squaring off against the player in a final showdown... and he shoots you with an orbital cannon. What follows is undoubtedly the two most satisfying boss fights in gaming history, where you ''finally'' get to beat the crap out of the guy (in a heavily damaged mech no less).
** Then you get an upgrade that essentially makes Jehuty the HumongousMecha equivalent of a ''PhysicalGod'', after which you get a playable sequence in which waves of enemies that were previously a challenge (including multiple clones of a boss you had to fight ''three times'' to finally kill) come at you and you rip them apart like so much ''papier mache'', and then fight Nohman, who got a similar upgrade, ''inside aumaan itself''. ZOE2 ending, pretty much one long CMOA. Not to mention the fact that ''both'' of you are now capable of TeleportSpam, which makes the last fight one long frantic slugfest where you're both teleporting all over the place while you beat the crap out of him.
** Halfway through the second ''Zone Of The Enders'' game, one enters a mech fight against Vic Viper. Yes, [[{{Gradius}} THAT Vic Viper.]]
** Also worthy of mention are Inhert, where half of the fight is conducted in pitch darkness, and Zakat, the planetoid-sized genocidal superweapon.
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