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->'''Priestess''': How is this possible!?
->'''Kyran''': Lady, your god was a chicken. That's not exactly boss fight material.
-->-- ''Webcomic/EmergencyExit''

The ClimaxBoss is the boss at a pivotal moment of the story. The Anti-Climax Boss is when that boss gets killed with about as much effort as it took to fight some of the tougher EliteMooks. Or the first level WarmupBoss. Either way, there was a lot of buildup, and was expected to be a tense, critical, epic battle ended up being a breeze. Compare and contrast ThatOneBoss, which sometimes ''causes'' the feeling that, at the end of the game, you have met an Anti-Climax Boss.

Note that it doesn't count if you [[LevelGrinding grinded for six hours beforehand,]] and it probably doesn't count if you utilized the boss' unmentioned weakness to [[OutsideTheBoxTactic ginger ale]], or used the GameBreaker InfinityPlusOneSword that took three hours of {{Side Quest}}s to acquire.

Sometimes this can be a case of TruthInTelevision or RealityIsUnrealistic, of course -- especially when the enemy boss is just a leader and was never really presented as combat-capable on their own. In that case, this is also an often-deliberate subversion of AuthorityEqualsAsskicking. However, there are still ways to make such a fight challenging, with a FlunkyBoss, for instance. Also, this trope can be a NecessaryWeasel in WideOpenSandbox [[RolePlayingGames RPGs]] that encourage nonviolent solutions to problems; if there must be a ClimaxBoss or FinalBoss to round out the game, it has to be beatable by the weakest character who can survive to reach that point.

!!Related Tropes:
* '''BreatherBoss:''' Sister trope. When the boss is easy, but not plot critical.
* '''ZeroEffortBoss:''' A boss that's so easy, you have to actively try in order to lose. Sometimes, [[ForegoneVictory you can't even do that]].
* '''CutsceneBoss:''' When the boss is killed off outside of the gameplay.
* '''PostFinalBoss:''' Where the game does have a suitably challenging boss near the end, but for the very final encounter you fight an easy-to-effortless enemy to wrap up the story.
* '''HardLevelsEasyBosses:''' Related trope. Where the game is full of Anticlimax and Breather Bosses, especially in relation to the rest of the game.
* '''PuzzleBoss:''' Can be like this trope. If ''figuring out'' how to beat the boss is the main challenge rather than actually beating it.
* '''PaperTiger:''' Likely to be one of these.


!!Video Game Examples:

[[folder:Adventure Games]]
* At the end of ''VideoGame/StrongBadsCoolGameForAttractivePeople: Episode 5: 8-Bit is Enough'', Strong Bad confronts Trogdor and simply slashes the dragon's body, killing him right then and there. Strong Bad then lampshades this by saying with disappointment, "Well, that was a little anti-climatic." But then, it is greatly averted when Strong Bad becomes [[EleventhHourSuperpower an evolved, futuristic, mutated version of himself]]. [[OneWingedAngel Then a much more powerful and evolved form of Trogdor appears.]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome And then, the REAL battle with Trogdor begins!]]

[[folder:Action Adventure]]
* Quite a few examples in the ''Franchise/TombRaider'' series.
** Natla in the original ''VideoGame/TombRaider''.
** This trope is parodied in the ''Tomb Raider'' [[GameMod custom game]] "Simply Purple". Roaring sounds are heard, the player is bombarded with medipacks and other supplies, ominous music plays, and... the boss is a little dwarf that can't even attack Lara properly.
** [[spoiler:Joachim Karel]] in ''Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness'', if he could even count as a boss. All you have to do is run away from him. Considering that he's [[spoiler:a powerful Nephilim]], you'd think he'd be a little more challenging.
** [[spoiler:Eckhardt]] immediately before that "battle" also qualifies, as you can literally dodge most attacks by just ducking, and even if you do get hit it doesn't damage you that much anyway.
* Ganondorf from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''. He's a TennisBoss and not even a good TennisBoss. A previous boss called Phantom Ganon, which is supposed to be weaker than the real Ganondorf, is more challenging, as the arena you fight him in is much smaller, giving you less time to react to the blasts. Even in his Ganon form, he's still a complete joke as he's incredibly slow with equally slow attacks. Beating him is as simple as rolling under his legs and whaling on his tail over and over again.
** The final battle of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks'' can easily end up as this for aggressive players. When you start actually fighting Malladus, he will almost ''never'' attack if you constantly hit him with your sword (this is actually the point of the battle, to get Malladus to face away from Zelda so she can shoot him in the back). The short "short" sequence before this is also nearly impossible to fail, as Zelda, whom you must defend from Malladus' flaming boulders while she charges her magic, will never die if she gets hit, but simply lose focus. You lose health if Zelda is hit, but the flaming boulders tend to drop recovery hearts.
** Ganon from the infamous CD-I game ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaCdiGames Link: The Faces Of Evil]]''. All you have to do is throw the Book of Koridai at him, and..."No! Not into the pit! ''It burrrrrns''!!!"
** Also in ''The Faces Of Evil,'' a single bomb in the Glutko's mouth kills it.
** In ''The Wand of Gamelon'', Zelda just has to throw the titular Wand at Ganon to defeat him: "The chains! ''[[BigNo NOOOO!]]'' [[WeWillMeetAgain You haven't seen the last of me!]]"
** Hot Head, the next to last boss of VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening. Despite his only attack (the lava particles from when he submerges) doing '''four''' hearts of damage, it is very possible to stunlock him with the Fire Rod. The flames from the fire rod that stay for a few seconds can stunlock him, giving you free hits on him. It's possible to defeat him after dousing his flame shell, never submerging again.
*** Facade from the same game. The boss of Level 6, you can finish him off before he gets his second attack pattern off. It's possibly why he shows up in Level 2 in Oracle of Seasons [[DegradedBoss as a mini-boss]].
** [[spoiler:Ganon]] from the linked ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames''. His attacks, while strong, are very slow and predictable, allowing you to go up to him, spin attack, then use Pegasus seeds to get away before he launches his attack. To top it all off, he doesn't have a final form and is weaker than the vanilla bosses of each game ''and the boss just before him''.
** The series has following this trend since [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda the beginning]]. Zelda I's Ganon was probably the most anti-climatic boss in the whole series (not counting the CD-i games). At first he turns invisible and starts shooting at you while moving across the room, making you think that he's going to be insanely hard. But by just blindly slashing continuously in the air like you're expected to, you'll get him before losing even one quarter of your heath, turning him into harmless ashes at once. Slash those ashes a few more times and you're done, Ganon is officially dead. What makes this especially baffling is that most of the game had been [[NintendoHard pretty challenging]].
*** Level 6 is a challenging level, with Gleeok as a Midboss and Wizrobes in most of the rooms. The boss? Gohma, who is defeated in one hit from an arrow.
* ''TrueCrimeNewYorkCity'' has two ending paths. The "bad" ending ends in a simple 2-dimensional GoodOldFisticuffs fistfight against the police captain in a cramped subway car (where you simply punch him until you back him off the screen and off the train), which is rather anticlimactic compared to some of the insane Kung Fu boss fights earlier in the game (including a sword fight against a 7-foot tall Black Samurai Rap Star). Contrast that with the original ''True Crime: Streets of LA'', where the "true" final boss, General Kim, [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking was the best fighter in the game]], and pretty much the only opponent you had to beat with strategy (mostly blocking then counterattacking) instead of simply button mashing.
** General Kim was also the Anticlimax boss of the worst ending, a rather feeble opponent who could be taken down with repeated jumpkicks. If you played each ending in order, General Kim was surprising for two reasons; being the actual BigBad of the final ending, and being a ClimaxBoss requiring more fighting skill than any other fight and a tough driving-shooting challenge.
* Even though he's the leader of The Five, and actually knocks Mike on his ass in the cutscene where he's finally introduced, Dr. Victor Batrachian from ''{{Shadowman}}'' is far and away the easiest boss to kill. Given as how he had depopulated an entire prison over the preceding 72 hours without even bothering to unstrap himself from the electric chair, the fact that in the event he comes after you [[ImprobableWeaponUser with a baton]] is a little embarrassing.
* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}''
** You slug your way through ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaIISimonsQuest'', enter Dracula's castle with the kickass music, make your way slowly to his altar, re-assemble his body parts... then proceed to kill him with fire before he can even get out of his entrance animation. Lame.
*** Even if you don't use the GameBreaker fire weapon, he's still ridiculously easy. He goes around and around in circles, and doesn't do much else; all you have to do is stand in the corner and throw daggers.
** While much harder, Dracula is still nothing special in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight''. Despite having 10,000 HP and being able to hit pretty hard, it is very possible to beat him without any familiars, spells, or even items, since all that HP is shared among his three heads, making it possible to do three times the damage per hit that you'd normally do. He's still significantly harder than most of the bosses in the game, though.
** There's also his ''VideoGame/SuperCastlevaniaIV'' incarnation. Most of his attacks are easy to dodge with the possible exception of the second one; however, you can actually get healed after that attack (if you attack it), and he uses it on two occasions.
** Dracula Wraith in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaHarmonyOfDissonance''. His first form is just classic Dracula, which is really easy to dodge in this game, and his second form is a giant eyeball... thing. [[spoiler:It's basically an amalgamation of the body parts you had to collect to get to this point.]] Its only attacks are to shoot a beam, which can be dodged by simply crouching, and to swing his arm at Juste, which can be dodged by being at the edge of the room. Sometimes he uses these two attacks at the same time, but this can also be dodged by crouching and then sliding to the end of the room.
** ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow'' continues the series' tradition of underwhelming final boss fights, this time with Satan. He does a pretty credible impression of a challenging boss, with lots of health, potent and hard to avoid attacks that can be chained to devastating effect, the ability to summon groups of dangerous adds, and the same mechanic from the [[ThatOneBoss utterly brutal]] Silver Warrior fight, in which the player has to rapidly cycle between light and shadow magic in order to do more than ScratchDamage. He could easily be ThatOneBoss himself, except for one thing: so long as the player hits him with the right type of magic, each successful attack restores a preposterous amount of health. A single hit can bring back 20-25% of Gabriel's health, so the sort of 3-hit chain that any player who has gotten this far can execute in their sleep can restore one from critical to near-full. Oh yeah, and this is the one fight in the game in which Gabriel's magic gauges can never run out.
* The final boss of ''SaintsRow2''. The first 3 are fairly epic in their own right, including an ATV vs Jeep fight in a mall and a sword fight on a burning ship. The pre-boss fight was hell in a handbasket, using a helicopter to fend off other helicopters while attacking several gate locks in order to get at the guy. The final boss? [[spoiler:Dane Vogel in his office, who you can quickly proceed to blow up with a well-placed satchel charge]]. Even the lead-up to it isn't that great, making it feel like the whole thing was just put in for a final mission arc.
* [[spoiler:Mikiko]] in ''VideoGame/{{Daikatana}}''. After a fairly intense battle with Kage, you think you're done, but wait, one last fight...that will go down in two shots, tops. After an entire game of the poor AI keeping you from doing anything, shooting this final boss will give the player more satisfaction than anything else in this game.
** Kage Mishima's no Spring Chicken himself; despite being a melee-oriented enemy, he's very slow, making it very easy to just back away from him and unload your best heavy gun into his face. He does have a ranged attack where he sends a wave of ghosts at you, but that can also be avoided by running in circles.
* The Shadowlord in ''VideoGame/NieR'' is a prime example of just how much of a let-down Anticlimax Bosses can be, particularly if you are fighting him on a [[NewGamePlus second, third, or fourth playthrough]]. Sold as a badass, protective father in a CrapsackWorld, the final battle consists of dodging (read: rushing through with a spear) insane [[BulletHell waves of magic]] until you get close enough to strike him. After three hits, he's down and the game is over; his badassery from before not even dignified a {{handwave}} (although there was a bit of a hint that he'd [[DespairEventHorizon lost the will to live]]).
** Of course, that's just the final ''final'' part of the fight, after you're stripped of your magic. The battle up to that is still a challenge.
* Saddler from ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4''. As the final boss in a game filled with tough, memorable boss fights, you'd think his fight would be pretty epic. Sadly, he's probably the easiest boss in the game, with an obvious weak spot, a surprisingly low amount of health, and attacks that do relatively little damage. Plus, the fight takes place in [[BossArenaIdiocy an area that contains several traps which can be used against him]], making the fight even easier. On Normal difficulty, he even qualifies as a CutsceneBoss -- all you have to do is run away, lure him into 2 traps, and finish him off with the special rocket launcher Ada drops.
** Birkin's final form in Resident Evil 2 was also this. He was just a giant blob who couldn't even hit you if you didn't stand next to him.
* Kirie from the first ''FatalFrame'' game is unintentionally anticlimactic. The designers went out of their way to make her very hard in some aspects -- one hit from her is instantly fatal, and only a fully charged camera shot can hurt her. But to make the fight doable, she lacks most of the features that make other fights challenging: she's slow and has a low attack range. Once you get the hang of it, she's really not that challenging.
* [[FinalBoss Shredder]] in ''VideoGame/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' (1989) is this. He has [[OneHitKill very damaging attacks]], but he is the only enemy in game who can be knocked back by attacks, and his AI is also bad. It's possible to jump onto the right side platform and spam projectiles in his general direction, or even just corner him in the correct spot and smack him whenever he pulls his weapon out.
* [[spoiler:[[PerfectRunFinalBoss Evil Bomber]]]] in ''[[VideoGame/BomberMan Bomberman Hero]]''. After getting 5s on every level on the first five planets to unlock the sixth planet -- the toughest part of which is probably getting 5s on the boss levels -- and going through two of the most insane levels in the game, you get to the last boss and...he's about as tough as Nitros, at worst.
** Want proof? LetsPlay/TheStrawhatNO completely wrecked his sh** without letting him do anything but swoop. (He does have nastier attacks, but his AI never selected them.)
* Despite being one of the most powerful creatures in existence, doing battle with Kain in ''LegacyOfKain: Soul Reaver'' isn't very impressive in comparison to his sons. Each time you fight him, you only need to smack him three times while he stands still and shoots lightning bolts at you, and then you watch a cutscene.
** The end of ''Soul Reaver 2'', and the closest thing the entire game has to a boss encounter. [[spoiler:It's completely impossible to die because the Reaver keeps your health at maximum, and you can't even drop the sword to give yourself a challenge. Thanks to this, the final encounter against Sarafan Raziel becomes drawn out, but still unchallenging.]]
* The titular Hydra of the freeware Galius-like ''VideoGame/HydraCastleLabyrinth'' is a complete joke, mainly because you can safely position yourself under its four heads and send a constant strea of axes into them. Once the heads are gone, all the Hydra can do is charge at you, and the headless body goes down in just a few hits.
* The final battle in the official tie-in game to ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' makes it possible to kill Darth Maul in just a few seconds by Force-shoving him into a BottomlessPit. While this is (somewhat) faithful to the film, it does make it look kind of ridiculous that Maul was able to dispose of Qui-Gon so easily just beforehand.
* In ''[[Film/MastersOfTheUniverse Masters of the Unverse: The Movie]]'' on C64, in the fight against Skeletor, all you do is knock him closer to the edge of the stage until he falls off while trying to avoid his EyeBeams.
* Sir Kael, the main villain in episode 2 of ''VideoGame/TheLastResurrection''. When you finally meet up with him, he's standing still, facing the wall and not even noticing you. All you have to do to kill him is ''walk up and touch him''.

[[folder:Beat 'Em Up]]
* In ''UrbanReign'', after proceeding through most of the game solo taking on various criminals, gang members, psychopaths, martial artists, and a couple of giants that the game simply describes as "monsters", the last boss is none other than [[spoiler:the corrupt Mayor, who dies with about 2-3 punches]]. On the other hand, he's the only one who uses a gun, and the game doesn't hesitate to make its damage realistic.
* [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in ''[[VideoGame/CrudeBuster Two Crude Dudes]]''. The last boss is a pint-sized scientist in a labcoat who can't do anything except run around and ineffectually thump you while you kick the bejesus out of him. Unfortunately, once you've had your fun, he mutates into a pretty badass SequentialBoss.
* The final boss of the first ''KunioKun'' game (''VideoGame/{{Renegade}}'' being the American localization), an evil Yakuza boss named Sabu, is depressingly easy to beat. Although he's the only baddie who uses a gun and can [[OneHitKill kill with one hit]], he can only shoot along one single trajectory, so all you have to do is duck right in front of him and keep whaling on him until he goes down.
** In ''VideoGame/RiverCityRansom'' for the NES, the final boss, Slick, is quite easy compared to the second-last fight against the Dragon Twins. Even more so if you have two players. Averted in the GBA remake, where Slick is a beast of a fight, using [[UnexpectedGenreChange telekinesis powers]] -- he still isn't as strong as [[ThatOneBoss the Dragon Twins]], but he's not a trivial fight anymore.
* In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'', Killer Croc is ''heavily'' built up as a massive threat, with a torn apart animal cage with skeletons in it, the patient diaries where he ''bites a man's hand off'', and the fact that he's a Nine-Foot-Tall lizard man. To fight him, you have to slowly walk across platforms, occassionally tossing a batarang if he decides to show his face.
** Joker. I mean, all you do is run in circles, wait for him to get bored, and beat up his mooks before pulling him down with the Batclaw and punching him in the face while he's stuck in the ground. This repeats three times. Honestly, the previous fight with the Titan henchmen and army of mooks was harder.
* Done intentionally with Electrocutioner in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins'', where it looks like you're about to have a difficult battle against him, only for him to go down with a single punch.
* ''[[DragonBallZ Dragon Ball Z Legacy of Goku 2]]'' has this with the final battle against Cell. Since your EleventhHourSuperpower is ridiculously overpowered even by ''that'' trope's standards, you cannot lose against what is statistically the strongest enemy in the game, even if you actually '''try''' to lose. Well, that's what the fight was like in the series the game is based on.

[[folder:Driving Games]]
* [[DiscOneFinalDungeon Stage 20]][[note]]Stages are displayed 20 at a time; to progress to the next group of 20 stages, you need to beat the current block of 20 stages first.[[/note]] of ''VideoGame/WanganMidnight Maximum Tune'' and its sequel pit you in a showdown with the Blackbird and the Devil Z. Said showdown ends on the straight 5-kilometer stretch of the Wangan Line, where the opponent AI is trivial to beat so long as you don't run into any walls or traffic cars.
* In ''VideoGame/NeedForSpeed [=ProStreet=]'', Nate Denver, the "Speed King" is this, since the type of races that he specializes in are long distance point-to-point sprint races across barren highways with minimal-yet-hypersensitive turning - essentially supercar territory. Yet, after unlocking his event and dominating the competition (including Nate's own teammates, one of whom has a ''[[CoolCar Pagani Zonda]]'') you get to Big Nate and find he's driving... a slightly above average '65 Pontiac GTO, which, while undeniably a CoolCar, is also outclassed by literally everything you've come past to reach him, turning the final races into a cakewalk.

[[folder:Fighting Games]]
* The Shainto clan in ''BushidoBlade 2'' face an [[SNKBoss insanely difficult]] boss battle, but after this enemy is finally killed, the player learns that he was merely TheDragon and the true leader of the Narukagami is... an unarmed young woman kneeling in the next room. She patiently awaits her death, but the player can choose to spare her if so inclined.
* The boss that the Narukagami clan face in BushidoBlade 2 ''tries'' to put up a fight, but one blow to his armored front stuns him, and one more blow to his unprotected back kills him. The end.
* In the Adventure mode of ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Super Smash Bros. Melee]]'', both Bowser and the optional Giga Bowser are a joke compared to many of the previous fights in the mode (especially on the higher difficulties, where the team fights can be downright brutal). Both of them are huge targets, which makes them incredibly easy to combo, and also have an easily exploited AI. The only thing that makes them remotely difficult is that in the odd event they do decide to use one of their stronger attacks and manage to connect with it, it can send you flying even at a low percentage.
* ''VideoGame/SonicTheFighters'': After defeating the nearly impossible Metal Sonic, you are confronted by Dr. Robotnik in his Mecha Suit; you are also put in an InfinityPlusOneSword state known as Hyper Mode. Dr. Robotnik will rarely get an attack off. However, this is probably to make up for the fact that the Death Egg II itself is [[CollapsingLair about to go down]], giving the player a very short window of time in which to defeat him.
** Hacking has shown that Robotnik has a wide range of (almost instant kill-inducing) moves, so the decision to make the final stage a CurbStompBattle was probably done so as to frustrate kids less after the difficult Metal Sonic battle.
** [[AllThereInTheManual The game manual also mentions that this was the first time Robotnik had used this particular mech, making his ineptitude at using it justified.]]
* In ''VideoGame/XMenVsStreetFighter'', the (pre) final boss is Apocalypse. While he looks impressive and his ''arm'' is almost as big as you are, he is quite easy to take down with most characters by simply jumping over the arm and using heavy punches repeatedly.
* In ''VideoGame/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAsPortable: The Battle of Aces'', Material D, the Ruler of Darkness, is normally a decent fight, being a far more powerful EvilTwin of Hayate... except in [[spoiler:Reinforce]]'s story mode, where she serves as the final boss. This is because the game hands you [[spoiler:Unison Reinforce]], who has all eighteen skills in the game, making her a fast, tanky, barrier breaking, auto-guarding, {{Mana}} saving, healing, speedy {{Mana}} and SprintMeter-recovering PurposefullyOverpowered character with high damage on all ranges that could use her plentiful stocks of Super Modes with impunity since she gets them all back after every round. Needless to say, you'd have to try hard just to lose a round.
* In ''VideoGame/BlazBlueCalamityTrigger'', the final boss for Hakumen's Arcade Mode is Ragna. Not the [[SNKBoss Unlimited version]], just normal Ragna. As a result, while not a pushover, Hakumen still has it easier than most. To further reinforce the anticlimax-ness, the fight before him is (non-Unlimited) Nu.
* Shinnok in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat4'' definitely qualifies, seeing as you've known all along how he fights and he doesn't offer that much of a challenge like, say, Shao Kahn did in previous installments. And it's not just because you can regularly select him: RubberBandAI just doesn't seem to work on him like it did for Shang Tsung and Quan Chi in ''Deadly Alliance''.
* FightingGame veterans, and even some who've never played a Mortal Kombat game before, would find Shao Kahn this across the different installments. His taunts run in a pattern, which give fighters easy hits. [[FirstInstallmentWins Goro and Shang Tsung in the first one, on the other hand...]]
** Shao Kahn on the Game Gear is especially easy, as he has half the life of a normal contestant, and his attacks don't do any more damage than a normal fighter. Considering Kintaro can be beaten with simple strategy, one can play the game wondering why Mileena wasn't made the final boss.
*** Speaking of the Game Gear, one has to consider the first Mortal Kombat for the system. While Shang Tsung is still very hard, it falls onto Goro to be the letdown boss. Considering he is considered so iconic to the series, it's odd that Raiden is much harder to take down in the game, since Goro will only block when attacked, not retaliating unless you pause to rest your thumb (he can be beaten by continually hitting the "kick" button). It makes him feel like a chance to rest after those brutal endurance matches.

[[folder:First-Person Shooter]]
* Xenia from ''VideoGame/GoldenEye1997'' is a rather dangerous opponent dual wielding a machine gun and a grenade launcher, however the game's physical limitations means that if you are expecting her ambush, you can shoot her out in the open before she even reaches you. Even worse, she has to cross a narrow path to reach you, which can be trapped with your abundant supply of mines.
** Janus/006 in the final level Cradle can turn into this if one of the Mooks on the level happens to drop grenade ammo (which is actually rare). The final confrontation occurs on a tiny platform which Janus retreats to, you can opt to drop the grenade down the hatch and blow him up without actually following him onto the platform.
* The Pfhor cyborg from ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'' is the only boss in the game. He dies with less than one load of your pistol, although his countless guards will kill you if you do something stupid. Very fast.
* For an insane computer who thought herself as a goddess, SHODAN from ''SystemShock2'' is really a complete pushover, while the game was insanely hard (you always lacked ammunitions). Disable the shield with 3 ICE picks (bypassing the hacking minigame), shoot 2 EMP grenades. shoot 6 EMP grenades to her shield, shoot her twice. Use your assault rifle with AP cartridges: just pull the trigger, and she is downed... And you still have bullets in your magazine. Deactivate her shield, jump over the ledge, and hit her at close contact. Or, if you're the OSA type, just spam cryokinesis for 12 seconds. And you are not even hit once while doing this!
** This is not without precedent. The CyberSpace boss-fight with SHODAN in the original ''SystemShock'' is even easier. If you have upgraded pulsers, you can just park yourself wherever and spam the fire button for a few seconds. It's a little jarring how suddenly the end cutscene starts playing.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dv5Wmb7Ga7U This video]] says it all, really, and covers a handful of non-FPS games, too.
* In ''[[VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon F.E.A.R. 2]]'', [[spoiler:Colonel Vanek goes down after a whack in the face and a shot to the head in a ButtonMashing sequence.]]
** Paxton Fettel, the psychic clone-commander from the original, is equally disappointing. After the game shows him as the semi-ultimate bad guy, you find him [[spoiler:shellshocked from Alma's mental effects, and a single shot to the head drops him]].
* After fighting against hordes of highly trained, heavily armed mercenaries and mutant trigen monsters with rocket launchers for arms, the final opponent of the videogame ''VideoGame/FarCry'', [[spoiler:Doyle]], is an unarmored scientist with a gun that isn't very impressive at this point.
** Although at the ''beginning'' of the last level, you confront the BigBad, [[spoiler:Krieger, who's managed to [[OneWingedAngel mutate himself into a hulk-like super-mutant]].]]
*** While the BigBad himself is an utter pain normally, he can also be turned into an anticlimax boss if you know his big weakness, [[GroinAttack his groin]]. No, really.
* The final boss of ''VideoGame/NoOneLivesForever 2'' is your typical SuperSoldier GiantMook, but he has a painfully slow attack and can literally be killed in 2 or 3 seconds with the right weapon (i.e. explosive shotgun shells). All of the series' other bosses avoid this with clever programming (they have to be shot 20 times by any weapon, so you can't just headshot them with a rocket launcher and call it a day).
* The final battle of ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}'' consists of about ten seconds of throwing little glowing balls at some metal plates while gunships fire at you.
** If you want, you can shoot little glowing balls at the gunships, and ''then'' shoot the metal plates.
* In ''{{Halo 3}}'', after fighting through hordes of heavily-armed aliens and bringing down not one, but TWO galaxy-threatening {{Big Bad}}s, the final fight is an anticlimactic shootout against [[spoiler:343 Guilty Spark]]. It's anticlimactic not because he turns out to be the final enemy (players have been waiting to take him down ever since the very first game), but because he's ridiculously easy, having terrible aim with his uber beam weapon and making absolutely no attempt to dodge your slow-charging WaveMotionGun. Also sort of sad considering that [[spoiler:Spark is quite possibly the least threatening character in the entire series, and he was really only doing his job protecting the Halo.]]
* ''[[VideoGame/ModernWarfare Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare]]'' ends with [[spoiler:you pulling out a pistol and shooting the BigBad and his two bodyguards in the back while they're distracted by an allied helicopter. Even if you're really slow and give the BigBad enough time to turn around and shoot you, you can still survive a shot or two from his Desert Eagle, giving you plenty of time to still cap him.]] The way the scene is set up, it manages to be surprisingly not anti-climactic. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Rather the opposite]].
* ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDuty Call of Duty: World At War]]'' sort of avoids and uses this trope at the same time by not having a final boss. The last level is just like any other mission, except that [[spoiler:the game ends with your character getting shot but successfully hoisting the Soviet flag on top of the Reichstag.]]
* At the end of ''VideoGame/TheDarkness'', mob boss Uncle Paulie takes refuge at the top of a lighthouse, where the light robs you of your Darkness powers and leaves you just an ordinary man... yet ultimately Paulie's still just a fat, old dude armed with a peashooter, and a single bullet to the gut brings him down.
* The final shootout against [[spoiler:Sgt. Duvall]] in ''VideoGame/{{Haze}}''. You're equipped with an assault rifle (and can even bring a rocket launcher into the fight). He's got a pistol. For some reason, he can survive a ridiculous amount of damage, but that doesn't really help him since he can barely hurt you. It's probably so he's able to get through most of his long, pre-scripted MotiveRant before you manage to kill him.
* Many consider the boss of ''VideoGame/{{DOOM}}'''s third episode, the Spider Mastermind, easier than the boss of the second episode, the Cyberdemon. The Mastermind's biggest advantage is an autotracking chaingun attack, but the arena setup lets you manuver to stop this attack relatively easily. The {{BFG}} is only available on the third episode, making it even easier.
** Far more damning (heh) is ''[[VideoGame/{{Doom}} Doom 3]]'', in which the programmers had the right idea by making the Cyberdemon the final boss, but cocked it up by making him easier to kill than virtually any other enemy in the game. His rockets are fired rarely and are extremely easy to dodge, and he is taken down after a few hits with the game's superweapon that automatically hits after being charged up.
* The final boss of ''VideoGame/QuakeIV'', [[spoiler:the Nexus, which is essentially a giant brain]], is pathetically easy -- it simply rests there for you to shoot at it when its shield is down. The only challenge comes from the fact that it is sending regular enemies after you at the same time.
* Speaking of ''Quake'' - the [[VideoGame/{{QuakeI}} first game]]'s bosses are ''really'' weak. Chton looks awful and terrible and scary, but is only ever dangerous if you stand still as he suffers from HeroTrackingFailure (less so in the hard difficulty levels, but all you have to do then is add some jumping and random movements), and is eventually killed by a glorified bug zapper.
** As for the final boss Shub-Niggurath... she is inert. Literally. She does nothing but stay there with her tentacles swaying in the air; the challenge is in fighting a ton of [[BossInMookClothing high-level enemies]] standing between you and the teleporter, but when you do reach it the horrible EldritchAbomination, biggest of all [[BigBad bads]], ruler of an entire evil dimension and invader of worlds is killed... by [[TeleFrag telefragging]].
* The second chapter in the series features the Makron in the final level. While a fairly challenging boss in its own right, able to rapidly shoot its railgun and fire BFG blasts with impunity, any savvy players will have stockpiled a few quad damage and invulnerability bonuses. The game predicts this and strips your inventory of invulnerability bonuses before the fight, but it doesn't extend this to quad damages. Activate one, bring out the hyperblaster or chaingun, and the Makron doesn't stand a chance.
* ''VideoGame/CliveBarkersJericho'' has [[spoiler:the Firstborn]] as its final boss, aka [[spoiler:the very first being created by God, prior to Adam and Eve]], and it is extremely powerful -- it manages to [[spoiler:[[PlayerPunch kill both Cole and Jones by blasting them with lightning, causing them to explode into tiny little bits]]]]. Of course, once you actually start to fight it, its lightning blasts are unable to insta-kill your characters [[CutscenePowerToTheMax as seen in the aforementioned cutscene]], and all you need to do to defeat it is to use the supernatural powers of the remaining characters. Some consider it the easiest boss in the game.
** Also, it takes the form of [[spoiler:a small child]]. This wouldn't be so much of an anti-climax if you haven't seen the concept art of what the final boss was originally going to look like, however.
* The final confrontation with [[spoiler:Strelok]] in ''VideoGame/{{STALKER}}: Clear Sky''. He doesn't even try to fight you, you just watch him as he runs around the superstructure of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, and simply snipe him until his energy shield fails (enemy PoweredArmor mooks do spawn in to kill you while you're trying to do this, though).
* Although normally a decent fight, the Skaarj Queen at the end of ''VideoGame/{{Unreal}}'' can be taken down with a ''single shot'' from the beginning pistol if you've upgraded it fully and are charged up with a damage amplifier. [[note]]Only if you are on the unpatched version of the game, though.[[/note]]
* Likewise, the SealedEvilInACan Tosc that you fight at the end of ''Unreal 2'' can absorb a very large amount of damage and are armed with a number of one-hit-kill attacks, including an arm that fires a black hole. However, you're armed with the exact same weapon that kills them in one hit too.
* The final level in ''VideoGame/UnrealTournamentIII'' is just [[spoiler:a duel between Akasha and Reaper]] and plays out like any other match.
* The FinalBoss in ''VideoGame/TimeShift'' is the giant mechanical fortress you encounter at the very beginning, destroying the whole city. Instead of fighting it in a cool freeform boss battle, it's a stationary target that you just shoot at a few times from a rooftop a couple hundred feet away.
** What's worse is that you've known from the start of the game that the villain has the same kind of timesuit as you, and even though his is a beta version, you've been facing hundreds of SuperpoweredMooks with time powers reverse-engineered by the BigBad. So naturally the player expects an epic one-on-one battle against your evil counterpart, but no, what you get is not a battle but an execution.
* The final boss of the hastily released, shoddily built ''[[Area51FPS Blacksite: Area 51]]'' has literally ''no AI''. After his short scripted behavior runs out, he literally can't do anything except stand in one spot and shoot at you.
* ''VideoGame/IronStorm'': The "final boss" of this AlternateHistory game is a "rival fight" against a special forces officer who has some interesting tricks; he is equipped with multiple weapons (assault rifle, sniper rifle, machine pistol and grenades), never stops running in circles around you, and can take several dozen bullet hits before dying. However, his head is completely unprotected and all it takes is a few bullets to the face to drop him. Pretty poor compared to the game's earlier 3 bosses, who are all equipped with full body metal armor and full-auto mini-rocket launchers.
* The Destroyer, the final boss of ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'', is [[spoiler:[[EldritchAbomination an H.P. Lovecraft-esque alien abomination]]... which has one way to seriously damage you, a ranged attack launched from its tentacles. These are very easily shot off and take forever to regenerate. With the tentacles dealt with, you can just plink The Destroyer in its weak point ForMassiveDamage until it's dead, periodically taking cover to easily avoid its other, highly predicable attacks.]]
** Subverted in the first piece of {{DLC}}, ''"The Zombie Island Of Dr. [[strike:Z]]Ned"''. At first, you fight [[spoiler:the not-so-good doctor]] and he goes down as easily as any of the standard mooks (albeit with a good weapon) and the credits roll past at lightning speed. Then [[spoiler:Dr. [[strike:Z]]Ned comes back as an [[OneWingedAngel undead abomination]], tears away the end credits, and screams "It's not over yet!". Cue a proper final boss fight]].
** Also from ''Borderlands'' is Skagzilla. You place a corpse to lure him out, and a giant Skag the size of a building leaps out and does a huge epic screech [[spoiler:which exposes his auto-crit weak spot for a good fifteen seconds.]]
** Intentionally played for laughs with Slither. The god of a bandit cult, you arrive at the boss area to see an ominous crucifix, which fire swirls under as some of the most epic and ominous music the game has plays, and what emerges is... [[spoiler:a scythid crawler, one of the weakest enemies in the game. And no, it's not a case of it turning out to be a KillerRabbit -- it can take quite a bit more punishment than a normal one and deal a bit more damage, but it's still pathetically easy.]] Even the quest giver is openly disappointed by this.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'', Wilhelm is set up as a devastating combatant -- the Guardian Angel is terrified of him, and the four protagonists from [[VideoGame/{{Borderlands}} the previous game]] combined couldn't defeat him. But the actual boss fight is underwhelming, being [[GoddamnedBoss annoying at worst]]. [[spoiler:There's an in-story reason for this: letting you defeat him is part of Handsome Jack's BatmanGambit, as the power core Wilhelm gives you upon defeat ends up being sabotaged]].
* ''Franchise/BioShock''
** [[spoiler:Fontaine]] in [[VideoGame/BioShock1 the first game]]. It's rather easy to beat him on Hard with the Chemical Thrower in rather short order, without even using any medkits or EVE hypos.
** In ''VideoGame/BioShock2'', the final battle [[spoiler:just throws a bunch of Mooks at you in a HoldTheLine mission -- something you've been through at least a dozen times before. You can even equip the Natural Camoflage tonic, stand somewhere out-of-the-way, and shoot out the pipes at the end to win with the least effort possible.]]
* ''VideoGame/DeusEx''. The ending involves BigBad Bob Page lobbing threats at you while he's encased in a shielded anti-chamber, as he tries to merge with Helios. He never gets close to achieving his goal -- no matter which ending you take (merge with Helios, destroy the communications hub, disable the shield unit), Page goes out like a whimpering punk. The worst is Morgan Everett's ending (kill Page) -- to do so, you simply run around Area 51 to deactivate some power units. Page dies miserably seconds after you deactivate the final device.
** In ''VideoGame/DeusExInvisibleWar'': JC Denton (an optional boss and the protagonist of the first game) is really weak for a PhysicalGod.
** Maggie Chow from the original game also qualifies. She is armed with a CoolSword, but has no ranged weapons, and isn't remarkable in any other way. You can take her down with a single tranquilizer dart, or a single hit from your own Dragon Tooth Sword - and you can draw and swing it faster than she does hers.
* In ''VideoGame/KaneAndLynch 2: Dog Days'', this happens to both villains. Glazer (who turns on you early in the game) gets killed by a sniper just before you reach him (after chasing him through a whole level). Kane kills Shangsi [[CutsceneBoss in a cutscene]]. The final "[[PostFinalBoss bosses]]" of the game... are a pair of dogs that chase you at the very end of the final level.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Homefront}}'', the final boss of the game is the exact same weaponry (tanks and helicopters) that you've been fighting throughout the entire game. The only difference is that you get to rearm anti-aircraft guns to take them out.
* In ''Franchise/TheChroniclesOfRiddick VideoGame/AssaultOnDarkAthena'', you have bad guys who will do 1-2 blocks of your 5-6 blocks of health with every punch they land, mech suits, turret spiders, and big daddies {there's one level where you hijack one and carry a little girl on your shoulder}. The final boss is invincible -- until you realise you can just walk up and pistol whip her out the elevator shaft.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'', [[spoiler:Admiral Havelock]]. [[GuideDangIt It's not even that easy to provoke him to a fight]] -- you either kill him on the spot or walk past him to the final objective. If you do fight him, he goes down in a couple blows.
* Both the final bosses in ''VideoGame/NosferatuTheWrathOfMalachi''.
** The Count is a PuzzleBoss who's killed by running around and pulling a bunch of levers. Although he's powerful and fairly fast, once you figure out what you're supposed to do it's pretty easy (especially if you have the Potion Of Haste) to outrun him and complete the puzzle without getting hurt once.
** [[spoiler:Lord Malachi]], meanwhile, is set up in all the Scripts to be some sort of ultimate evil creature of godlike power. He fights you by...running at you and hitting you while you back away and unload everything into his weak spot. This is far from hard, since by this point you have a fully loaded Machine Gun, armour, and maybe also some Potions that make it even harder for him to hurt you, AND there's loads of health and ammunition scattered around. After spending a whole game with fights being desperate affairs of quick thinking and resource management, the final battle is won by running away while holding down the fire button. Oh, and you think that they would make the final boss immune to the overpowered weapon that annihilates everything? Nope. The final boss is extremely easy if you have the Chalice: around 2 hits will usually kill him.
* ''VideoGame/JurassicParkTrespasser'''s final boss (or technically only boss, since you aren't required to fight other large dinosaurs), the Alpha Raptor, is a slightly enlarged raptor that only takes a few more bullets to kill than a regular one, but is easier to hit due to its size.
* ''AlphaPrime'' has as its boss [[spoiler:a man enslaved by an alien entity and turned into a giant abomination]]. Which shoots easy-to-avoid fireballs and goes down with a single hit from fixed lasers.

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* In the ''[[Literature/FightingFantasy Fighting Fantasy]]'' game book ''Space Assassin'', the final boss has Skill 9 Stamina 12 -- the stats of a typical mid-tier enemy.

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* Reiko in ''{{Onechanbara}} Vortex'' is ThatOneBoss in Story Mode... but in Survival Mode, she's an Anticlimax Boss. She's now a one-stage battle -- removing the painfully difficult second stage from Story Mode -- and rather than being forced to use Aya, you can now field Anna or Saki against her, who are ''much'' more effective for this fight.
* After the brutal ThatOneBoss ''Monsoon'' in ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'', you get to fight the biggest, evilest, most imposing member of the Winds of Destruction, their leader Sundowner...and he's actually pretty easy. Other bosses have to go through phases, but it's entirely viable if not ''easier'' to ignore his shield-gimmick and just flank him. Some players never even get to hear his {{Leitmotif}} insert because he just goes down so fast.
* [[ThatOneBoss Lu Bu, of all people]], becomes this in the battle of Xia Pi if you do well enough in [[DynastyWarriors Dynasty Warriors 5]]. Instead of staying around to fight, he tries to run off, gets captured, and gets executed for his trouble.
* [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] and [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta 2}}'', where the previously NintendoHard FinalBoss [[spoiler: [[PhysicalGod Aesir]] has the Eyes of the World he is in possession of destroyed by [[DeathDealer Loki]]]], subsequently losing his powers and becoming completely helpless as [[TheHero Bayonetta]] [[spoiler: and Balder]] take him apart, with his health dropping like a rock at the slightest of scratches.

* The final form of the Naughty Sorceress in the ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' is a [[spoiler:reality-altering sausage]]. She will kill you unless you have [[spoiler:the Wand of Nagamar]] in your inventory, which turns her attacks against her in a hilarious way and ensures an instant win. Also, Ed the Undying has less HP each round. By the seventh round, it's all but impossible to take more than one turn to kill him.
* In ToontownOnline, the [[spoiler:Chief Justice]] battle isn't even a battle. All it is is you and your friends trying to win a case in court!
* For the first day or so after the Vampire/Werewolf war in VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds ended, the boss of the war, a sparkly vampire by the name of Edvard, was the weakest war boss in the entire game (900 hit points and rather pathetic damage) in a TakeThat against ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''. He's since been upgraded to regular war boss status with 20,000 HP.
* Ragnaros is actually a ''lot'' easier than several other bosses fought within the same dungeon in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''. Really, Ragnaros is just....damage-the-snot out of him. Easier said than done, but he's still ''quite'' easy considering he's the lord of all fire elementals and created a volcano just by being summoned.
** Plenty of bosses became this over time when people begun to get used to them and could know the strategies. And in the case of ''Wrath'', all had epic gear from raids being more accessible so they could destroy the bosses ''very'' easily.
* Shiro Tagachi in ''VideoGame/GuildWars: Factions'' is extremely easy, especially when you consider that the missions you have to complete to get to him are rather hard or annoying.
** Shiro takes a few... [[spoiler:okay, [[TookALevelInBadass a handful of awesome skills classes]] by the time you see him in Nightfall. The Lich, not so much.]]
** Even easier than Shiro is the Undead Lich in ''Guild Wars: Prophecies''. The lich has so many weaknesses it's not funny, and even if you don't kill him correctly and are forced to fight him twice he's still a rather pathetic final boss.
** In fact you have to fight [[spoiler:BOTH Shiro Tagachi and the Undead Lich AT THE SAME TIME in Nightfall! That's how easy they are.]]
** [[spoiler:Abaddon]]; after the likes of [[ThatOneBoss Varesh]], the mission is ''far'' more laid back and easy to complete.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Guild Wars 2}}'', the hyped out end-game boss Zhaitan, one of the Elder Dragons, one of the most powerful beings in the [=GW2=] universe, practically an Eldritch God, ended up as this. You don't get to fight him at all; you board a gunship and defeat waves of monsters while Zhaitan flies above you. Once all the waves of monsters are down, a cutscene shows Zhaitan getting shot; you and your group boards a bunch of cannons, and basically shoot him while he stands there staring, for 5 minutes. Even ''after'' the bug that prevented him from attacking you was fixed, it's still much less difficult than the fights that came before it.
* In ''{{Runescape}}'', it is not uncommon for high leveled players to do no quests, then do them when they can tackle a dragon without breaking a sweat and beat the stuffing out of huge monstrosities with little to no trouble. It ends up making all but 2 quest bosses pathetically easy.
** Changes to leveling up prayer have made pretty much all of the bosses from earlier quests this. Some elaboration: the prayer skill has some mid level prayers which grant complete immunity to attacks, but only one style at a time. At first, prayer was tough to level, but now, it's become easier, such that Protect prayers are standard among lower mid level players. Since most monsters in older content used only one attack style, they can't even scratch a player. Special mention goes to Nezikchened and Tarn Razorlor, both of whom drain prayer to make up for only using melee. A single dose of Prayer Potion, which can be bought easily, will fix this. Nowadays, pretty much any boss, and many of the Mooks you fight on the way to them, will either ignore your prayer completely or use multiple attack styles, averting this.
** Ever since Evolution of Combat came out, all but the strongest of bosses from before it are now painfully easy, as the player can simply spam special attacks at them until they die.
** ''[=RuseScape=]'''s most infamous example is the [[HiveQueen Mother Mallum]], the BigBad of the Temple Knight quest series. The series is heavily inspired by the works of Creator/HPLovecraft and the Mother herself is based on [[EldritchAbomination his monstrosities]], so nearly everyone expected an extremely difficult fight. Instead she turns out to be a PuzzleBoss whom the player doesn't even fight; she takes control of you and control shifts to three supporting characters (the only time in the main game this happens, actually) who use tricks to take her down. WordOfGod says this was done to create a quest series that could be completed in its entirety by mid-level players; players overwhelmingly felt this goal was not worth foregoing a cool boss fight.

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* ''AnotherCenturysEpisode 2'' has [[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Bodolza]] as the last boss, who positively towers over your mech. To face him, you must hit the entry gate once to initiate a CutScene where your squad [[CurbStompBattle shoots him to death]]. Somewhat offset by the last stage being extremely hard: three long segments with [[RunTheGauntlet no health refills whatsoever]]. Plus, the cinematic is reminiscent of the final battle in ''[[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Do You Remember Love?]]'' where Hikaru completely annihilates Bodolza.

* The final boss of ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'' is slightly anticlimactic. [[spoiler:It consists entirely of running away from the final boss and waiting for your EleventhHourSuperpower gauge to refill. The abomination is invulnerable to your normal attacks, but the instant the slowly-but-constantly-filling gauge hits max, [[CatAndMouseBoss you get to turn around and watch the boss cringe and try feebly to block your attacks as you beat the living hell out of him]].]] One could argue that this was done intentionally for [[RuleOfSymbolism symbolic purposes]], given the situation Raz is in story-wise, but the trope still remains.
* SEGA Saturn platformer ''VideoGame/{{Bug}} Too!'' has [[spoiler:three stoned caterpillars]] for a final boss. Yes, really.
* After a grueling four-part SequentialBoss battle against [[TheDragon Reflux]], the last enemy pitted against you in ''[[VideoGame/{{Rayman}} Rayman 3]]'' is [[BigBad André]], who can do nothing but beg for mercy until you use a special technique to remove TheCorruption from him.
* ''Franchise/PrinceOfPersia'':
** The final "boss" of ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaTheSandsOfTime'' merely creates a couple of clones of himself, which put up no more resistance than a standard enemy, and is then rendered defenseless and can be killed with a single attack.
** ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaTheTwoThrones'' has an anticlimax boss as well. [[spoiler:After defeating the Vizier once and for all, the Dark Prince tries to take you over. However, this basically amounts to little more than some more platform jumping inside the Prince's mind (in which it's impossible to die) while he and the Dark Prince trade arguments, and getting to attack the Dark Prince every once in a while while he does nothing to fight back. Finally, you get to a big room with the Dark Prince where once again, he does nothing to fight back (except multiplying every time you hit him). The only way to win is to just ignore him and go up the nearby staircase, while the Dark Prince practically begs you to come back and keep fighting.]]
*** This is very reminiscent of ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersia1'': when you confront your shadow, you're prompted to fight... but any damage you deal you also receive, and if he dies, so do you. As it turns out, the thing to do is simply to [[SheatheYourSword put away your sword]] -- if you don't fight, neither does he. As for the vizier himself, while no particular weakling, he is no stronger than the rest of the enemies you've fought, and is just as vulnerable to the [[ThreeHundred Spartan-approved]] tactic of knocking him down a giant pit.
*** Except in the SNES version, where the Vizier begins the fight by casting spells at you, and once enough damage is dealt, reveals himself to be a skilled, if not annoying swordsman. No pits.
*** Also averted in the ''Classic'' remake, where Jaffar is armed with a deadly magic staff, and there's no pit either.
** In the NintendoDS game ''Prince of Persia: The Fallen King'', the final boss has three [[AttackPatternAlpha attack patterns]], two of which were used by bosses of previous stages. Which means that, once you figure out the third, you can defeat him inside of ''thirty seconds''.
* The master brain in ''SpaceStationSiliconValley'', who, after much ado, is introduced as... Well, exactly what it sounds like: A brain in a jar. The main character, at that point a killer robot with EyeBeams, uses about two seconds to flash-fry him.
* Both subverted and used in ''VideoGame/KirbySqueakSquad''. Upon defeating the penultimate boss and swiping its weapon, the game has you follow a small purple star throughout a rocky landscape, deep through outer space. At the end of the trail, the purple star goes OneWingedAngel into a much larger purple star with a pink serpentine eye (the subversion). However, it's easier then almost every boss before it, having extremely predictable and easily avoided attacks and a low amount of HP. Even if you somehow manage to lose the Triple Star ability before you reach it, beating with no ability at all is a simple task.
** In ''VideoGame/KirbySuperStar Ultra''[='s=] "Revenge of the King" mode, you make your way to the arena, fighting Phan Phan and Twin Fire Lions along the way. But right before you get to the arena you're attacked by... (cue suspenseful music)... A WADDLE DEE IN A BANDANNA! All it does is walk around aimlessly. Plus, you can inhale him from the start of the battle just to save time. This one, however, isn't supposed to be a real fight as much as it's supposed to [[TearJerker invoke an emotional response.]]
** In ''VideoGame/Kirby64TheCrystalShards'', the PerfectRunFinalBoss, [[spoiler:Zero-Two]], is considerably easier than most of the other bosses in the game, but especially stands out when compared to the normal FinalBoss, Miracle Matter.
* In ''[[TyTheTasmanianTiger Ty the Tasmanian Tiger 2]]'', Boss Cass' last form is... Cass himself. Granted, cassowaries are the most dangerous birds on Earth, but you're using the game's most powerful ''mech''. Beating the snot out of him is very satisfying.
* ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}'':
** In ''Super Metroid'', Mother Brain has absurdly predictable attacks. Occasionally, you can get unlucky and die when it's supposed to just drain your life down to a certain point in preparation for a cutscene, but normally it's almost impossible to lose to this boss; even if you have to fall back to charged shots, it gets to its second phase pretty quick, and once [[spoiler:the titular Metroid revives you and you get the Hyper Beam]], it's almost a joke.
** The Omega Metroid in ''Metroid: Fusion'' as well. It can certainly kick your butt if you make too many mistakes, but it's still a ''lot'' easier than many of the previous bosses. It is simply a final challenge during the timed escape after the real final boss, the SA-X.
** The final boss of ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM'' may as well be the poster child for this trope. After the long, grueling, painful battle against [[spoiler:the Metroid Queen]], you battle [[spoiler:MB, the cybernetic reincarnation of Mother Brain]]. What does it take to defeat it? [[spoiler:Aiming a charged shot at it. The Federation shows up and '''''strongly''''' insists on taking care of her for you.]]
*** [[spoiler:Note that in this case, MB had been established as a rather sympathetic villain, so this was arguably meant to feel less like a fight and more of an execution. Of course, story-wise, Other M was flawed at best, so this may not have worked for everyone.]]
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkFIIPfsHos Final "Boss"]] of the arcade version of ''VideoGame/BionicCommando'' is an unarmed general ''weaker'' than the generic Mook fought through the game.
* ''VideoGame/{{Mega Man X}}6'' plays this trope straight and inverts it. First you fight Gate, who cannot be damaged by a direct attack; you have to dissipate his attacks so the shrapnel can hit him. When you fight Sigma in the next level, Gate hasn't had time to restore his body to full specs once again (and Sigma backstabs him without letting him finish repairing him). Instead, you start with his "Reborn" form, which is a zombie-like, worn-down, minimally functioning body that can barely move. With the right powerups, you can literally shoot him to death from your starting position. After this, Sigma ditches the junker body for his "Final" form, which ''is'' functioning and literally armed to the teeth with a plasma cannon array in his mouth. Sigma's battle body can be easy depending on which character you select. Ultimate Armor X can quickly stomp everything in the stage but this, while Shadow Armor X can shred Final Sigma in a minute-90 seconds, but struggles with the stage enemies Sigma generates.
** ''VideoGame/MegaManX3'' has Dr. Doppler. He was set up as the original BigBad of the game (before [[HijackedByGanon Sigma ended up being behind it all]]) and is the boss of the third fortress stage, which is also the BossRush stage. Doppler himself has three moves, one of which isn't even an actual attack and the other two of which are extremely easy to dodge. He even has a weakness to the Acid Burst, which can do up to ''five'' units of damage to him when fully charged.
* In ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'', Harpuia appears to be intimidating as a general, but he has a very infamous chink in his attack pattern you can exploit to make him all but helpless. Switch to the [[ForMassiveDamage Ice Chip]], charge up the Z-Saber, leap over his two sword slashes with a jump dash and then leap over him once he tries to pull a third, nail him from behind with the Z-Saber, and he gets knocked back and frozen by the charged ice attack, which plays against his [[ElementalRockPaperScissors elemental weakness.]] It also resets his pre-programmed pattern and makes him repeat his sword slashes over and over each time he gets struck by the fully-charged ice attacks. Rinse and repeat, he's done. If he can use his EX Skill because you're at S or A-rank, that adds in a little unpredictability. Unfortunately, this is all but killed in the next game installment: Harpuia becomes ''FAR'' deadlier, now zipping around too fast to lock into a cycle, and given new moves that force you to back away and rely on long-range weapons like the Buster Shot Gun or Shield Boomerang. Worse, he's flat-out ''lethal'' if he uses his new EX Skill, where he resorts to a BeamSpam hellstorm around half health that can rape you dead in seconds- one you'd have to be insanely lucky to dodge unscathed each time he uses it.
* ''VideoGame/MegaManZero 2'' has [[spoiler:Elpizo]]. This game one-ups its predecessor in NintendoHard, but [[spoiler:Elipzo averts it entirely. After what is quite possibly one of the hardest BossRush stages in any Mega Man game (which they totally cheat in by replacing one of the bosses with a new two-against-one situation with a fresh set of attacks on tap), Elipzo shows up and is an absolute pushover. His first form can be beaten easily as long as you avoid the six-orb drain attack, which he telegraphs and is relatively easy to dodge. His second form is even easier. He's a huge floating target with only one attack that is actually somewhat hard to dodge. The rest of his attacks are pathetically simple, another isn't so much an attack as much as giving you a platform to jump on and take a ''free shot'' at him, and one can even be stopped by slashing the orbs.]] The only truly nerve-racking part of this final stage in the game was the spike pit nightmare you have to traverse just to reach him. Harpuia was actually more threatening in his normal form than the final boss ever was, because the BeamSpam he keeps pulling mid-fight is a real mean bitch to constantly and very barely dodge in such a confined space, while in the final battle, it's just a cheap throwaway boss that made use of a room too big for the fight to get truly interesting (though for SceneryPorn and plot-related reasons).
** Compare this to the way Copy X reduced the solid ground below him to a puny ''block'' right before assuming [[OneWingedAngel seraph form]] -- which he could incinerate (a literal case of "don't touch the floor, it's hot lava"), forcing you to leap onto the spike-tipped shields hovering around him and cling to them for dear life. He even had a restraining energy halo spam attack and a deadly EX Skill variant of the move that could paralyze you mid-air and cause you to plummet into the abyss below without having a chance to break free in time and land safely by angling your fall to the one safe platform left. [[spoiler:Elpizo]]'s boss fight amounted to using a room with too much empty space for rent -- you could literally pound away at his health from the safety of a corner. However, the third game polished the boss fights with the final boss Omega Zero, who is fast enough to keep up with you no matter how hard you try to outrun him, and his attacks leave nowhere to hide instead of slowly hitting a minimum of the room, dashing any hope of retreating from him. The fourth game's final boss [[TimeLimitBoss gives you only 2 minutes to win]], leaving you with no room to resort to cheap tricks,
* ''VideoGame/MegaManZero 3'' pulls this with Omega due to Gameboy Advance limitations. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Omega was meant to be an agile, threatening giant instead of a lumbering pushover]] in his first form, which served as the intro boss. After he absorbs the Dark Elf, he turns gold and the only things different from the first battle are faster attacks that are still painfully easy to dodge and he now makes use of his huge broadsword, which, too, was meant to do more than just stabbity-stab. Then Omega kicks it into high gear and [[OneWingedAngel transforms]] into a [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever giant armored warrior]] with some dangerous moves at his disposal, but he's still fairly predictable and easy to beat. But ''then'' he sheds the armored bulk and reveals himself as your counterpart, a badass LightningBruiser who can tear you to pieces if you drop your guard at the wrong time or choose to face him head on instead of a distance, which strips you of the reaction you now ''need'' to avoid getting pummeled by his move repertoire.
** Arguably the SecretBoss [[spoiler:Hidden Phantom]] as well, through seen by many as the hardest boss in the game, since that battle takes place in Cyberspace, you will have the abilities of all the Fusion Elves, meaning two health bars, secret Z-Saber moves, plus two extra Sub Tanks, making this less of a challenge than what it is supposed to be.
** ''VideoGame/MegaManZX'' brings back Omega as a SecretBoss... on ''steroids.'' He's actually so tough, he dwarfs the difficulty of Serpent in retrospect -- although when you crank up the difficulty all the way, you can go ahead and consider Serpent a real threat all his own.
* Parodied in the [[StylisticSuck intentionally crappy]] mini-game "Hero Klungo Saves Teh World" in ''{{Banjo-Kazooie}}: Nuts & Bolts'': The boss of the mini-game is [[spoiler:Grunty drawn in craptacular [=2D=], who does nothing but spit a single fireball at you. Jump over it and she dies for no apparent reason.]]
* The final "boss," so to speak, in ''VideoGame/MirrorsEdge'' (insofar as the game can ''have'' bosses). After the ClimaxBoss Fight against the assassin in level 7, one might be expecting the game to end on a similar note in level 9, the finale... [[spoiler:but you take out Jackknife by jumping at his helicopter, much like you did at the end of the prologue. Faith grabs the bar and swings into the helicopter, propelling her feet squarely into Jackknife's chest, sending him flying out of the helicopter and plummeting to his doom. If you're fast enough, he won't even get a shot off.]] Given the fact that boss fights don't really fit the tone of the game (the assassin fight is an argument for UnexpectedGameplayChange), it was good idea.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/BrutalMario''. In the level "Dedede's Sky Castle", after you fight King Dedede, {{Kirby}} wakes up, dialogue taken almost word-for-word from ''YoshisIsland'' is said, and you're thrown into a battle remiscent of Baby Bowser's first phrase. Except it's even easier than the original battle: just knock Kirby out once, and quickly let Yoshis eat him. But then... "You fool... Now you will see Kirby's true power... This is the end!" You guessed it, it's only one third of the SequentialBoss, and you still have to do the OneWingedAngel phase of the Baby Bowser knockoff battle.
* The original ''[[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1 Super Mario Bros.]]'' did this, making this trope as old as the NES (obviously). You ''can'' kill Bowser with fireballs if you're equipped with a Fire Flower, but all you ''need'' to do to beat him is grab the axe behind him and watch as he falls into the lava pit below.
** Specifically, he is almost impossible to lose to if you make it to him with even a normal mushroom. Just charge in, take a hit, and get to the axe. Only Normal (small) Mario has to use any strategy at all, and even then it's usually down to one well timed jump.
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3''[='=]s final boss is in comparison much easier than all the other bosses (except for dumb Boom Boom and the flying form is actually harder!) because he [[BossArenaIdiocy suicides himself with butt smashes.]]
** It's actually even better. You can also exploit the fact that you can touch Bowser's lower part of the body and not take damage. (If you're in Super form, just crouch.) In other words, you just have to wait until when you have to dodge on the very moment Bowser slams through the final layer of the floor and falls to his doom. This is Boss Arena Idiocy at its best.
* Corona Mountain, the final level of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine'', can bring gamers to tears, particularly the section where you have to navigate the volcano's interior on a shaky mudboat by squirting water at specific angles. However, if you can make it to Bowser, the final boss fight is a piece of cake; all you have to do is GroundPound the platforms around his hot tub (which is very easy once you learn his pattern, which isn't overly difficult to do) and he's finished.
* The final Bowser fight in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2'' is somewhat difficult... at least for the first phase. After a big to-do about him reemerging from the fight even more powerful, the fight changes to a very gimmicky section of ground-pounding meteors at Bowser. This fight is especially sad due to [[LongSongShortScene the wonderful music that you might not even get through one listen of]].
* The final bosses in VideoGame/MarioIsMissing and Mario's Time Machine (the NES versions). Both are supposed to be Bowser. The former is about half Mario's height, looks more like Wendy Koopa and dies in seconds, the latter looks correct, but still dies in seconds. Their AI is even worse, because it doesn't exist. They just walk back and forth endless in a straight line and take damage when jumped on, in a game in which Mario/Luigi can neither get hurt nor die. It's as pathetic as it sounds, and probably explains why the other versions just didn't bother to have a final boss at the end of them.
* In ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'', the Chaos 6 boss battle in Big's story can be beaten in under 10 seconds.
** Perfect Chaos himself is not very hard at all and is ''the final boss of the entire game.'' To wit: you cannot actually be damaged in this fight, simply be blown backwards (Super Sonic is invincible, after all). Your enemy is your ring counter (much like it was in the Doomsday Zone of ''Sonic 3 & Knuckles''), which will plunge you into the water when it expires. You collect rings along the way and the objective of the fight is to reach Perfect Chaos as fast as possible while dodging his attacks, so you're encouraged not to shuffle your feet anyway. You damage Perfect Chaos simply by running into him at top speed.
** In ''[[VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles Sonic and Knuckles]]'', near the end of Sonic's game, you finally get the chance to fight Knuckles -- who's been a thorn in your side in the cutscenes since the beginning of ''Sonic 3'' -- and it's trivially easy to beat him without getting hit once.
*** The final boss in a normal playthrough of Sonic 3, Big Arm. It isn't necessarily ''easy'', per se, but compared to other 16-bit Sonic games, it definitely doesn't feel like final boss material.
** The final boss of ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehogCD'', the Psycho-Egg, is just Eggman in his normal vehicle with four panels that flip around and whatnot, and it's a case of dodging predictable attacks and waiting for a chance to hit him, or just taking the hit and then damaging him using invincibility frames. It's not overly hard or very exciting, especially compared to the final bosses of Sonic 2 or 3&K. It's made worse by the fact that [[ThatOneBoss the epic race with Metal Sonic]] comes before the final boss.
* The final boss of ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank 2'' can be an example unless you're under-levelled, and if you have the [=RYNO2=] it's basically a matter of holding down the fire button.
** Hell, it's actually possible to kill him ''without so much as setting foot in the arena''. (See [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3D5UDohVgk here]].)
** The final boss fight in the third game may be a straighter example. While the fight right before (fought on foot) is fairly difficult and requires pretty good dodging, the second and final fight can be won by just circling the boss and holding down the fire button. Because you're in a vehicle at the time, running out of ammo is a non-issue, and the boss's attacks all boil down to "shoot a bunch of missiles that probably won't hit if you're moving".
* The endboss of ''VideoGame/HeroCore''[='=]s [[HarderThanHard Annihilation mode]] is ridiculously easy compared to the kind of stuff you have to put up with on Hard. Granted, you are fighting it at level 0, but you'd think it would be a slightly more difficult endboss, or one that made Hard seem easy.
* Though not the final boss, Annihilator Iosa from ''VideoGame/{{Iji}}'' is surprisingly easy for someone who, in the backstory, survived a shot from a weapon that annihilated an ''entire planet''. She can only fire horizontally, and there are platforms conveniently located above her head that allow you to dodge her weapons ''and'' fire down lasers onto her.
* The spider in ''{{Limbo}}'', being as it's the only recurring enemy in the game, qualifies: its legs are razor-sharp, can ([[NintendoHard and will]]) impale you in a single strike, and it can follow you pretty much anywhere. However, the last time you encounter it, it's taken so much punishment that it only has one leg left, which attacks once and then gets stuck.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Croc}}: Legend of the Gobbos'', the [[BonusBoss Secret Sentinel]] can be wiped out in something like 20 seconds.
* Gnasty Gnorc from the original ''SpyroTheDragon''. He takes ''two'' hits, and spends three quarters of the battle running away from you.
* This trope is a plot point for ''VideoGame/SuperStarWars: Return of the Jedi''. Darth Vader was the final boss in ''The Empire Strikes Back'' and was quite challenging. In this game, Vader is fought before the Emperor and goes down very quickly. This shows how Luke has grown stronger between games when he completed his Jedi training.
* The true final boss for [[WarioLand Wario Land II]], once you've unlocked all of the treasures and [[TreasureMap golden panels]], is the [[GiantMook Giant Spear Man]], a RecurringBoss who only needs to be [[GoombaStomp jumped on]] a few times in order to be beaten.
* ''[[Creator/{{Cactus}} Shotgun Ninja]]'': The final boss rides a grenade-spamming MiniMecha. Except, if you have some grenades left (and you most likely do), you can simply stay above him and toss down a couple of them, which is enough to kill him.
* In ''VideoGame/SlySpy'', the FinalBoss has no attacks other than trapping you with a DescendingCeiling behind a destructible force field. (His EvilLaugh doesn't count as an attack.) After breaking through the barrier, you can take him down in one hit.
* The final boss of ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns'', [[spoiler:Tiki Tong]]. The stages leading up to him are NintendoHard, at times bordering on PlatformHell, but the fight itself is shorter and easier than most of the other boss fights throughout the game; he dies after seven hits (a tougher, earlier boss takes nine), all of his attacks are ''glaringly'' telegraphed, and all but one are extremely easy to avoid. In addition, a couple of his moves actually involve dropping a health-restoring item onto the arena! (They're meant to trick you into getting hurt, but it's fairly easy to nab the item and dodge the hit). If you do lose a life, you're not given the chance to get Diddy Kong back, meaning your health is shot in half, but if you made it that far in this challenging game in the first place, it really shouldn't hold you back.
* The final boss of ''VideoGame/MegaMan3'' doesn't have any attacks that are really hard to dodge (though he can still punch you for an instant kill), a few hits from [[RocketPunch Hard Knuckle]] beats his first form, and then one from [[JokeWeapon Top Spin]] is all it takes to finish him off.
* ''VideoGame/IWannaBeTheGuy'': Sort of. After a grueling battle in which [[Franchise/{{Castlevania}} Dracula]] throws pillars of fire, flames, unkillable blobs, the freaking Moon, and Delicious Fruit at you, he claims that he's tapping into an even more powerful form. Cue transformation into [[spoiler:a Waddle Dee that dies in a single shot]].
* Wood Man of ''VideoGame/MegaMan2'' has the inglorious distinction of having the most vulnerabilities of any Robot Master in the series. Worse for him is that all of his weaknesses fall under LogicalWeakness (wood can be burned down with Atomic Fire, it can be cut down with Metal Blades, trees are easily knocked over by tornadoes like the ones created by the Air Shooter, and his shield can be crushed with the barrier-busting Crash Bombs).
* Ballser in ''VideoGame/{{Something}}'', mostly because he is a spriteswap of the noob boss sprite. His patterns are easy to predict as a result.
* Baby Bowser in ''VideoGame/YoshisStory'' isn't a particularly difficult final boss to begin with, but is made still easier by the fact that you're provided with a near infinite amount of fruit to recover your health with. There's even a [[InvincibilityPowerup Heart Fruit]] available, and taking him out before it wears off is a breeze thanks to the infinite eggs it grants you.
* In ''VideoGame/TheAdventuresOfLomax'', Evil Ed. Pretty much all you have to do is to keep spinning around and throwing rocks at him while avoiding occasional bombs. The only thing Ed does is making boulders and bombs appear on the stage. During the first part, he just stands on a floating rock and does nothing while boulders keep coming from left and right. It's made even more ridiculous when you notice that during the second part of the fight, he uses ''hand puppets''.
* In the ''VideoGame/MegaManClassic'' games for the UsefulNotes/GameBoy you get to face off against a "Mega Man Killer" before the Wily Stage. These opponents usually have no weaknesses to anything but your default Mega Buster, and are nearly as hard as Wily himself. The big exception to this is ''VideoGame/MegaManII'', which gives us Quint -- a modified future version of Mega Man himself, who spends the battle slowly hopping around the arena on a jackhammer/pogo stick device which does a whopping three points of damage if it hits you. Not only is he very easy to take down with the Mega Buster, but Hard Man's weapon will finish him off in ''five hits''.
* The "final" boss in ''VideoGame/SpoilerAlert''. He dies in one hit (other bosses take three or more hits to kill).

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* The Hive Tyrant Alpha in the ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar II'' campaign. Though powerful, in this mission the player has control of all six of their squads (whereas it is limited to four in all other missions) as well as [[MemeticBadass Gabriel Angelos]], and the poor thing manages to attack maybe three times before being killed. In contrast, the entirely optional {{Bonus Boss}}es, the Avatar of Khaine and Warboss Bonesmasha, are at least a magnitude more resilient, with the former in particular the single most difficult task in the game.
* In ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianTwilight: Firestorm'''s last mission Cabal deploys against you the gigantic Core Defender. Three times the hitpoints of the second-heaviest unit in the game, weapons so powerful they'll devastate any ground force, level buildings in two hits, and with a longer range than all fixed defenses. Surely it must be suitably defended from air attacks, right? Nope - scare up a few jumpjet infantry units and down the fearsome Defender goes.

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* Nearly ''any'' boss that is vulnerable to an [[OneHitKill Instant Death]] spell, or its ReviveKillsZombie counterpart. {{Roguelike}}s, especially ''VideoGame/NetHack'', are a notable exception.
* The ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series has its fair share.
** In the ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasy1 original Final Fantasy]]'' on the NES, it's very well possible to defeat the final boss, Chaos, in one turn. A Master in particular can defeat him in one attack, potentially depleting all of his 2,000 HP.
** In a very stunning moment, the UselessUsefulSpell in ''Final Fantasy Legend'' '''actually works''' on the final boss! This is a bug, though; the Saw is supposed to instantly kill any enemy with defense below a certain (fairly high) value, but instead it only kills enemies with a defense ''above'' that value. Obviously, the final boss has the highest defense in the game, so. This was fixed in the WSC remake.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyMysticQuest'', the Dark King is weak to the hero's Cure. Cast Cure on the boss to break the damage limit and do over 10,000 damage. You can potentially kill him in two-three casts if your level is high enough. Even more amusing: the Dark King has multiple OneWingedAngel forms. However, they all use the same HP counter -- the Dark King merely changes form dependant on how damaged he is. If your Cure spell does enough damage, the Dark King will actually skip forms trying to keep up.
*** Also in Mystic Quest, the very first boss is undead, and vulnerable to your cure spell. Chances are you'll be hoarding your casts till Fireburg, but you can spare one to take him on with right? Failing that, just have Kaeli cast Life, since she leaves the party right after anyways.
** Palmer in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' easily qualifies. Most players who get into the boss fight against Palmer expect him to be strong since they had fought Shinra villains (the [=TURKs=] and Rufus) previously and they were able to hold their own in a fight. However, Palmer in battle is downright pathetic. His only attack is shooting his mako gun that has a fire, ice, or lightning effect and can be nerfed with M Barrier or nullified/absorbed with certain armor or materia. His only redeeming feature is having a big chunk of HP.
*** Probably on purpose, due to him being such an IdiotBall.
*** Also in ''[=FFVII=]'', the final ''final'' battle is anticlimactic from a technical standpoint: the player is effectively invincible, and the boss has 1 HP (from a story standpoint, though, the fight is decidedly ''not'' anticlimactic).
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', the fight against [[spoiler:Seymour Omnis]] is pretty much a joke considering that his previous appearances have been ThatOneBoss for many players. It makes it even easier if you utilize his own built-in ElementalRockPaperScissors that '''YOU''' can manipulate to choose his weakness...or just summon [[GameBreaker Anima]]. And then there's Yu Yevon...
-->'''[[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment The Spoony One]]:''' And now, the final battle! The group has battled all over the planet, fighting demons, dragons, monsters, unholy abominations, and finally we reach the [[TheChessmaster ultimate puppetmaster]]. The [[GodIsEvil Demonic Deity]] that perverted the entire world in its image. ''This'' is the ultimate evil that dominated the wills of men, leveled entire continents, [[KneelBeforeZod brought the world to its knees]], killed millions, [[OverlyLongGag and commanded the destiny of all life in Spira]] and '''[[PostFinalBoss what is this?]]'''
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'', [[spoiler:the final form of Orphan is quite weak compared to its first form and Barthandelus. It can be pretty easily defeated within one or two staggers, and is vulnerable to several status effects.]] As an homage to the ''Final Fantasy Legend'' final boss, it is possible to kill it with Vanille's Death Full ATB Skill while it is staggered; however, the chances of that happening are pretty slim.
* Towards the [[spoiler:apparent]] end of BravelyDefault, you have to storm the last Eternian stronghold. One of the paths pits you against a menacing-looking Zombie Dragon. [[GenreSavvy If you know]] [[ReviveKillsZombie Square Enix]], two Phoenix Downs is all you need.
* After the intensely difficult task of acquiring all of the [[MacGuffin demon's souls]] in the [[DemonsSouls aptly named title]], you take a trip to the FinalBoss, [[spoiler:King Allant, who has no offensive ability whatsoever as he is in a captive and weakened slug-like form, effectively letting you punch him to death, if you so desire it.]]
* In the SNES game ''LiveALive'', the final boss battles against Demon King Odio result not in his death, but merely him turning back into [[spoiler:the knight Oersted]], though he still remains thoroughly evil. He's not entirely defenseless, but now is reduced to the same stats he had in his chapter of origin, which absolutely pale compared to the levels your heroes have reached. He's easily dispatched. The best ending requires you to spare him, which makes him summon all the bosses you fought already in a BossRush. However, they're only slightly more powerful when you first fought them, and they still fall before your powerful party.
** [[spoiler:Straybow, the final boss of the Medieval Chapter]], is also pretty easy. Sure, he can ditch some real damage and has some insane range, but he'll fall in 3 or 4 attacks if you're properly leveled.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Gothic}}'', the final boss just stands there occasionally sending demons or firing fireballs at you. Its human bodyguards present a much greater threat.
** ''Gothic 2'' had a similar issue, especially if you're a mage. The final boss is an undead dragon, and most players pick up the spell "destroy undead" at some time or other. They fixed this in the expansion by giving all dragons insane regeneration and high armour.
* The final battle against BigBad Mankar Camoran in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'''s main quest is fairly anticlimactic. He's a decently leveled character, but certainly not even as tough as Jyggalag or Umaril. The only caveat is that he's resistant to magic weapons (which you'll almost certainly be wielding by default at this point) and also backed up by his two kids, who keep respawning after you kill them.
** There is also Jyggalag the Daedric prince of Order (''Shivering Isles'') and Umaril the Unfeathered, a Ayleid sorcerer (''Knights of the Nine''). Both are far easier to defeat than they should be, but by then the player character can be very tough anyway and it seem they simply haven't kept up.
** Mannimarco of the Mages Guild questline also seriously fails at delivering the level of threat he was renowned for in-story, being a fairly generic mage.
*** That's because the MacGuffin that Traven gave you [[spoiler:when he trapped his own soul in said MacGuffin]] protects you from Mannimarco's OneHitKill spell.
* Monstar in ''PaperMario'' is an intentional example. He only has 20 HP, low for that point in the game, and he has one attack, whick looks flashy and ultra-powerful, but ends up only doing 1 point of damage. Once you defeat it, it's revealed that the creature was being controlled by a gang of Star Kids wanting to keep intruders out.
* [[spoiler:Pope Zera]] in ''GrandiaII'' is initially very tough, having [[spoiler:superimposed his will over the dark god Valmar]]'s. But after the first time you beat him, the [[spoiler:Valmar]] portion breaks apart and he flees, leaving [[spoiler:the pieces of Valmar you collected earlier in the game behind him]] to stall you. Every single one turns out to be stronger than he is, the only dangerous spell he has is the game's ultimate explosion-damage spell, but you can see it coming a mile away and all your characters are faster than him, fast enough to knock him out of it and cost him a turn while he's charging up. He also has a meagre 32000 HP, it's possible to kill him in two to four turns without even letting him move. {{Lampshaded}} in that the characters themselves mock him for being so pathetic before delivering the final blow. His mind may have been strong enough [[spoiler:to bend a god to his will]], but he forgot he was a puny human beneath all that bluster.
** This battle was so simple for the basic reason that [[spoiler:Zera]] was a single target, in a game where strategy is based around locking down your opponents' actions -- the harder bosses in the game have you outnumbered, but you outnumber [[spoiler:Zera]] 3 to 1. Subsequently, this encounter was subverted in the final boss fight from ''GrandiaIII'' who is ALSO a single target, but charges his skills so quickly that he's almost impossible to interrupt and is subsequently extremely tough (especially compared to [[spoiler:Zera]]).
** As though that weren't enough, the GrandiaII final boss fight also subverts ContractualBossImmunity -- he's not immune to Spellbinding Eye's paralyzing effect, so if you use it on him it's entirely possible that you'll kill him without him ever getting a turn.
* In ''ReturnToKrondor'', the final boss, 7-foot-tall pirate leader Bear, dies pretty much automatically after you click the cursor on him to attack him (due largely to your character having been transformed into a absurdly overpowered avatar with 16 attacks per turn and a huge flaming greatsword).
** [[spoiler:That, and Bear probably relied on that amulet for so long, his fighting skills diminished to the point that he could not fight properly against an opponent that could actually hurt and kill him.]]
* The four dragons in ''VideoGame/LunarDragonSong''. The plot makes you expect one hell of a fight, as do the graphics -- the dragon is so big your characters are shrunk slightly to fit them on the screen. But the dragon will go into rest mode, not to awaken until the next turn ends, if you hit it hard enough... which is easy to do. Rinse, repeat. Unless you're underlevelled, the dragons are pretty much the easiest bosses in the game.
** One exception to the rule is the Black Dragon, who will eventually take a form of a darkened version of Jian who won't be stunned like the other dragons while in this form and also inherits Jian's special ability of attacking three times at once and stacking damage. This, however, is hardly an exception, because once you learn Dark Jian only attacks when your Jian attacks and mimics every other command Jian does, you can make your Jian stall by using items or cards while Dark Jian will continuously heal himself with HP Gabryel and Flora can tear through anyways.
* Rhapthorne in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII''. After Dhoulmagus put up ''SUCH'' a fight, and several other of the people Rhapthorne is either directly controlling or influencing putting up another fight (Sir Leopold, Jessica[[note]]Though most of the challenge in THAT fight is pretty much crowd control and how you are missing your crowd control ''character''[[/note]], Marcello), the only way you can't finish the battle in less than 10-15 turns is if you decide to gimp yourself or refuse to exploit tension.
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIX''. Just like Rhapthorne, Corvus doesn't appear to get that much stronger when he goes into his second form. (He has less health than a mere ClimaxBoss, King Godwyn... and that's not even ''adding'' the health from his first form. Heck, Godwyn even has more HP than [[TheDragon Barbaros]] in his second form!) He more or less just gains a few new attacks, can inflict status ailments, etc... but once more, he doesn't really offer that much new to the game. Kind of a shame that this was intended to be the hardest game.
** That is, until you reach the first [[WakeUpCallBoss Grotto or Legacy Bosses]]. Corvus was practically just put there to make sure you're ready for them.
** [[TheDragon Barbaros]], again. Almost a case of OverratedAndUnderleveled.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' has both a BigBad and TheDragon, but it's possible to kill them both without ever meeting them. [[spoiler:You can kill Lou Tenant near the vats by hacking into the computers near his office and activating the base's self-destruct command. The Master, for some reason, has a live nuclear warhead in his Vault compound, which you can set the timer on and then get out of there.]]
** Similarly, the final boss of ''Fallout 2'' was absolutely brutal, and borderline impossible... unless you hack the turrets in his room and convince a squad of Enclave soldiers to back you with a high Science and Speech skill respectively. After that, he can still kill you easily if you're not careful, but he'll go down fairly easily. Justified, as doing this requires abnormally high stats and, well, he's being shot at by fifteen combatants wielding {{BFG}}s at the same time. And he still takes a bit to bring down.
** For Fallout 2, this can apply to every enemy in the whole game with a specific build. Max LUK, Sniper, Better Criticals, Gauss Pistol, Fast Shot. Each shot takes 2 AP and every one is instant death. Requires level 24. Once you get Better Criticals, you can already instant kill using the crappiest weapons. 1 damage shots to the eye can instant kill Enclave soldiers [[http://www.quik-tek.com/external/fallout2.jpg like so]].
** ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' gives your character a whole lot of motivation to kill [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder Benny]], but dealing him his death is rather simple. He can go out with a whimper through DeathBySex, or dismissed to crucifixion. If you face him in combat on his own turf, his weak trophy gun makes him no tougher than the rest of his gang. He was [[InformedAbility supposedly an expert]] knife-fighter from his tribal days, but can be faced in [[GladiatorGames single combat in an arena]] with mediocre unarmed skill.
** There's also [[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY Caesar]] who, should you go out of your way to assassinate him, is a pushover compared to his [[PraetorianGuard Praetorians]] and [[TheDragon Dragon]].
** If you choose to fight him, Salt-Upon Wounds in ''Honest Hearts'' is as tough an opponent a boss is likely to be by himself. However, you're fighting alongside [[MadeOfIron the Burned Man]] himself, who will [[CurbStompBattle curb stomp]] him and his mooks easily even if you do nothing at all.
** ''Old World Blues'' has Dr. Mobius after the [=GIANT ROBO-SCORPION=] in the [=FORBIDDEN ZONE=] - which is, yes -- [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment FORBIDDEN TO YOU]]! You don't even have to fight Dr. Mobius if you don't want to. [[spoiler:Indeed, it turns out that the threatening messages he keeps sending out were recorded when he [=OD=]'d on Psycho and didn't know what he was doing, and he was just trying to protect you from being 'studied' by the Think Tank to figure out a way to leave Big Mountain.]] If you do, he's a pushover. [[spoiler:And after that, you'll either have to talk down or fight the Think Tank.]]
*** Even if you do choose to fight the [[spoiler:Think Tank]], it is ridiculously easy once [[spoiler:you've retrieved your actual brain]], to the point that TalkingTheMonsterToDeath is really just there for some VideoGameCaringPotential.
-->[[spoiler:'''Doctor 0''': "How do I engage soft-lock on this thing?!"]]
** Father Elijah, the final boss of Dead Money, is pretty easy to kill in combat alone (plus you can hack a terminal to cause the turrets in the room to shoot him). The hardest part of the fight is escaping the vault after your bomb collar's detonation sequence is activated, since you have 60 seconds to go back the way you came (even though the entrance is 20 steps away, but is blocked by a laser barrier). However, you don't even need to fight him in the first place. As soon as the door opens, you can start your escape, and by the time Elijah realizes you tricked him into coming into the vault and starts the 60 second timer, you'll be less than 10 seconds from the elevator (which is a one-way trip, trapping Elijah in the vault forever). Of course, [[ThatOneLevel after everything you went through to get here]], you deserve a break.
** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'':
*** Despite being an advanced A.I., [[BigBad President Eden]] can be convinced to commit suicide with just two mid-level Speech checks. The argument that convinces him to kill himself isn't particularly impressive either, as it basically just amounts to telling him that he sucks and should die. And if your Science skill is high enough, you don't even have to attempt those. Furthermore, Eden's self-destruction code is in Autumn's office, not exactly well hidden either.
*** [[TheDragon Colonel Autumn]] is a pushover if you are leveled up and have assigned your skills well.
*** As for the {{Bonus Boss}}es from the [=DLCs=]: General Jingwei at the end of ''Operation Anchorage'' can be convinced to [[{{Seppuku}} fall on his sword]] if you have a high enough Speech Skill. If not, prepare for a [[MarathonBoss long fight]]. The Alien Captain at the end of ''Mothership Zeta'' has the same stats as the unshielded alien {{mook}}s.
* In ''PlanescapeTorment'', the end boss is easier to fight than most of the bosses who came before him, especially if you found enough secrets to jack your stats up much higher than they would normally be by the end of the game. The real fun, though, is in the multiple ways you can win the fight, including several ways you can [[TalkingTheMonsterToDeath convince him to give up and merge back with you.]]
** Even more amusing: Remembering that [[KnightTemplar Vhailor]] is said to gain more power when he faces great injustice, reviving him, and siccing him on the Transcendent One. Vhailor will ''literally'' gain enough power to kill a god single-handedly when faced with the level of evil the Transcendent One represents, while you laugh and laugh and laugh.
* [[spoiler:Charles]] in ''PennyArcadeAdventures'' Episode Two.
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]]: ''"SISSY BOSS FIGHT!!!"''
* The [[ClippedWingAngel final form]] of Emperor Ix in ''SonicChronicles: the Dark Brotherhood'', where his two previous forms did ridiculous damage if you missed even one tap or drag on the touch screen, and had defense like crazy. Of course, this is mostly due to the fact that Super Sonic has been activated for the final fight, and by the end of the game you have the eye-hand coordination to pull off the simple rapid tapping patterns. In fact, the boss is designed for you to beat it in one round (because he regenerates to full health after the turn), and you have more than enough chances to do him in even if you somehow screw up the first round.
* The Forbidden in ''''VideoGame/BlackSigil'': Blade of the Exiled'' is pathetically easy, easier than some enemies in the final dungeon.
* The final battle against Belial in ''LandsOfLore 2''. If you're good, you will finish him off with a single blow. It might very well be a glitch though, because if you're playing evil, you're in for a very tough fight, followed by another one against the Draracle.
* One of the final areas of ''VideoGame/EyeOfTheBeholder II: The Legend of Darkmoon'' is filled with giants who fill the entire corridor (crawling) and [[SmashMook deliver punches]] that damage your whole party and may very well kill your [[SquishyWizard less rugged mages]] in one blow. Depending on whether the {{RandomNumberGod}}s like you, they may only punch once in so many turns. In contrast, the final boss is a wizard [[spoiler:who is really a disguised dragon]] but who is also not even half the threat of a single giant.
** This is not because of the boss (the dragon's fire breath ''hurts'') but because of the level design. The final boss is in an area where you can sidestep all his attacks, and the giants are not.
* From ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'', the members of Strega have spent the entire game hounding your team, even [[spoiler:killing one of your members]]. Yet when you finally get the chance to face them outside of a cutscene, they're... well, ''pathetic''. There are random encounters that are more complicated and dangerous than them.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' has a subversion; [[spoiler:Adachi]] is ''very'' easy to beat for having been the murderer you spent the whole game tracking down, having attacks that only do mild damage and only one turn to your team's four. However, after defeating him, he's revealed to have been possessed by a much stronger enemy with more hard-hitting attacks and two moves per turn. [[spoiler:And even then, it's only an alter-ego of the game's TrueFinalBoss.]]
* ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiStrangeJourney'': Pillar [[spoiler:Zelenin]], the final boss of the Chaos path. Notably, the fight is more or less identical to the fight against Judge [[spoiler:Zelenin]], which could potentially be the ''first'' boss after the alignment lock if you're on the Neutral path. (The first objective after the alignment lock is to collect four {{MacGuffin}}s and these can be collected in any order; this boss guards one of them in the Neutral path, though it is notably the only one that's a true boss rather than a MiniBoss and can come as a shock to NewGamePlus players who had already played the Chaos path and were expecting the same MiniBoss that guarded that one on that path.) While it's still no cakewalk, it pales in comparison to the FinalBoss of the other two paths (which legitimately rivals the {{Bonus Boss}}es in difficulty.)
* From ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV'', we have the bosses of the "Errand for the Apocalypse" quest: the HorsemenOfTheApocalypse [[DualBoss all fought at once]]. Players who have challenged the individual riders in their respective 1/256 chance battles may go in expecting a battle that requires being CrazyPrepared, only to discover that the four Riders are actually quite weak in this battle: They lack the terrifying high-end attacks that they use when fought individually, and have no more than 2000 HP each, making them easy to kill with a few AreaOfEffect attacks by a team capable of handling the individual Riders.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' has, at the end of the suicide mission, the [[spoiler:Human Reaper]]. Somewhat justified in that [[spoiler:it's basically a fetus. A giant, EldritchAbomination robot fetus. Made of people.]] If you just want to get it over with, using the M-920 Cain (read: [[AwesomeButImpractical portable mini-nuke launcher]]) takes off 2/3 of its HP. However, unless you have your Heavy Weapon Ammo research ''completely'' maxed, you can only fire it once. Not like you really need to, anyway. It's easy enough to beat ''without'' firing a nuclear bomb at it.
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' has Kai Leng, who was built up as a badass in cutscenes where he: kills [[spoiler:[[{{Badass}} Thane]]/[[MajorlyAwesome Kirrahe]]/the Salarian councilor]], outsmarts Shepard, shows off abilities similar to a [[McNinja Phantom]][[note]]such as invisibility, the ability to deflect bullets with a forcefield, and the ability to kill anyone with one swing of his sword[[/note]], and seriously wounds and possibly kills [[spoiler:[[SmugSuper Miranda]]]]. When he actually confronts you in gameplay, [[CutscenePowerToTheMax he loses all of the abilities he had in cutscenes]], instead favoring just running around and taking potshots at you with his PowerPalms, which is ''weaker'' than the version used by normal Phantoms. It's almost impossible to lose to him in both fights unless you do absolutely nothing [[note]]and even then, your squadmates will usually take him out themselves if fully leveled on Normal or below[[/note]] or run into a grenade thrown by one of his [[FlunkyBoss flunkies]].
*** In fact, the Phantoms have one hit kills if they get into melee range of you making them far MORE dangerous than Kai Leng himself.
* Darth Nihilus in the second ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicII''. You spend half the game scared to death of facing him because the dude eats planets. But then, you reach him. You have back-up, he can't feed on your character because the Exile's Force connection is... peculiar [[spoiler:[[ShadowArchetype the same as his]]]], and he goes down in maybe 30 seconds.
** There's even an option to sacrifice one of your teammates to weaken his power, which is completely pointless and makes you wonder just how underlevelled the devs seemed to think you would be at that point. Note that the Exile near the end of this game can easily destroy most other "bosses", except maybe Darth Sion and Traya. But that only serves to improve the constant feeling near the end of [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome how awesome your character is]], nothing quite like defeating Atris [[SingleStrokeBattle with a single blow]]. Or just use Force Crush, which cannot be defended against. EvilIsCool indeed!
** Traya is ridiculously easy to defeat. All you have to do is walk around the three lightsabres she floats in front of her and it becomes a CurbStompBattle.
* VideoGame/{{Diablo}} himself, in the first incarnation, is painfully easy to defeat. His only ranged attack is a simple blockable instant hit explosion but can be prevented by going melee, he's fairly susceptible to common magic, and has pretty low armor class. Doesn't help that there is an easy way to lure him out without waking his {{mook}}s. Excusable because [[spoiler:in actuality, the body you're fighting is that of a helpless child]].
** The Summoner in ''VideoGame/DiabloII''. You fight through a reality-bending Escher twister full of demons in search of a power-mad sorcerer, who keels over in two or three hits on Normal difficulty. The weakest super-unique creature in the game, hands down. Only the non-boss uniques in the first act are squishier.
* ''VideoGame/MonsterRacers'' has the Legendary Racer, [[spoiler:Misaki]]. After [[ThatOneBoss That One]] DuelBoss, you face someone who is not very fast, lacks an on-start NitroBoost or other such gimmicks, has no terrain bonus, and.... well, is just one racer as opposed to three. Exactly the opposite of the previous fight, making this even less climatic.
* A variation occurs in ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon: Blue/Red Rescue Team''. If you get a Grass-type as a result of the personality quiz at the beginning of the game, Groudon becomes a cakewalk. See, by that point in the game, you'll be used to the bosses being a DifficultySpike, and have prepared accordingly. Additionally, the villagers will have already told you how powerful Groudon is, and just before you reach him [[TheWorfEffect you'll find Alakazam, Charizard, and Tyranitar barely concious.]] Finally, you'll have had to go through a slew of powerful defensive Mons on your way through the dungeon. Then when you finally get to him, [[spoiler:his ability kicks in, allowing you to spam Solarbeam at him.]]
** And in the post-game, there's the Western Cave dungeon. Before unlocking it, you see a cutscene where Mewtwo throws Charizard and Blastoise for a CurbStompBattle. Then, when you unlock the dungeon, you go through 98 floors of powerful enemies, monster houses and such, where you're certain to gain at least five levels for your team along the way. Then, at the very end, you get to Mewtwo...who doesn't have much in the way of attacks and is easily beatable in a few attacks thanks to the levels you gain on the way to him.
* ''VideoGame/FableII'' ends in this way. After being transported to the Tattered Spire to confront [[BigBad Lucien]], he is killed by the player (or by Reaver, if you take too long) by simply shooting him once.
* The BigBad of ''FreedomForce'' is a brutal MultiversalConqueror. He's also [[TheManBehindTheCurtain four feet tall and barely tougher than his henchmen]]. However, after you beat him, you face a tough, suitably epic fight against the BiggerBad, a massive {{Expy}} of Galactus. But even then, Microwave can pretty much hold him down single handedly.
* ''[[VideoGame/Disgaea2CursedMemories Disgaea 2]]''. You confront the Final Boss, and he goes OneWingedAngel... and you outnumber him 10-to-one and he has no strong multiple-target abilities, or GeoEffects, or anything, unlike [[VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness Disgaea 1's]] final boss, who is confronted along with his EliteMooks and eliminates one of your best characters before the fight starts.
* Abazigal from ''BaldursGate II: Throne of Bhaal''. Out of the FiveBadBand and TheManBehindTheMan that makes up the game's storyline villains, we have Illasera the WarmUpBoss (who is a near-ZeroEffortBoss for anyone who brought their party over from ''Shadows of Amn''), Yaga-Shura the PuzzleBoss (who you fight alongside his huge army of not-insignificant mooks), Sendai the SequentialBoss who is also a MookMaker, and [[spoiler:Baltazhar]], who teleports around a lot and uses a lot of weird special attacks (and is immune to [[TimeStandsStill Time Stop]]). Abazigal... is a PaletteSwap of the dragons you meet in ''Shadows of Amn'' with more HP. He stands still. He wing buffets you. He shields himself with outdated protective spells and has a slightly annoying lightning breath that will be lucky to kill your party mage at this point in the game. What doesn't help is that the stage's MidBoss, Draconis, is the game's ThatOneBoss and a ''lot'' more annoying to fight.
** In standard ''BGII'', the "place trap" ability of thieves can make ''any'' fight an Anti-Climax Boss if they're positioned right and you have a chance to plant them before the fight. This is especially grim when fighting [[spoiler:Irenicus]] on the Great Tree, since you can walk past him before he becomes hostile, cover the place in the nastiest traps you have available, and then finish off the surrounding parasites, at which point there's a short conversation, he becomes hostile, and:
--->[[spoiler:Irenicus]]: I have enough power to deal with you!\\
[[spoiler:Irenicus]]: Apparently, no I don't. *dies*
* The boss of Tanglewood in ''GoldenSunDarkDawn''. It's your typical WarmupBoss and it's in the beginning of the game, but it's anticlimatic due to Garet and Isaac assisting you with their strength and summons, allowing you to win the fight in just a few turns.
** In a series with {{Bonus Boss}}es being noticeably more difficult then the rest of the game, the Ogre Titans stand out as easier than the storyline bosses. You need the InfinityPlusOneSword that they are weak to to fight them in the first place, they start the fight off slow to allow you to buff, and only use physical attacks (which do minimal damage thanks to the easy buffs).
** Blados and Chalis. No OneHitKO attacks and no Djinn screws, both of which are standard for ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' bosses. At worst, they can do some ManaBurn and some StandardStatusEffects, which can be healed or even ''ignored'' if you aren't depending heavily on Psynergy. The second battle is even worse, as they have barely changed at all, while your group has leveled up and gained new allies, weapons, and Djinn. [[spoiler:Their [[BrainwashedAndCrazy new]] [[TragicMonster ally]] is more dangerous, but the battle can be ended by just beating the main two first.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' has an example that's an intentional parody. One sidequest chain about midway through the game has you dealing with a new ReligionOfEvil that the local Bandits have formed. At the end of the chain, you're tasked with finding and slaying the god of the Bandit cult. You head to the site marked on the map, find a pit, the pit suddenly starts jetting fire, and out comes... [[spoiler:a ''Scythid''. And it's not even one of the Giant Scythid varieties either. It's basically a Scythid Crawler (hands down the weakest enemy in the game), only blue instead of light brown and with ''slightly'' more health.]]
* One of ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol'''s final bosses is armed only with an easily dodgeable rocket launcher with a very slow rate of fire. If you can get into the room that he is holed up in, he panics, curls up into a ball, and can be defeated with a single punch. The other final boss is somewhat more challenging.
** Though the other isn't much of a challenge either. He uses weapons that have a high fire rate, though they don't do much damage and are easy to avoid, especially considering that all bosses in the game show you where they're aiming. He doesn't cower in the corner when you reach him, but he can't take much damage, and almost never decides to melee attack you.
* ''VideoGame/{{Wild ARMs 2}}'' played with this a little bit, featuring a PuzzleBoss that could ''only'' be killed with an [[OneHitKill Instant Death]] ability.
* In ''VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'', the character who for story purposes is TheDragon turns out for gameplay purposes to be the final boss. It's a nice two-stage fight, which might lead some to think an even bigger one is coming up. [[spoiler:But he just gets killed in a cut scene. Completely justified because his Clan is [[TheChessmaster Ventrue]], a Clan that usually never bothers to get their hands dirty because they specialize in MindControl, [[TheChessmaster gambits]], and having lots of {{Mooks}} at their command.]]
* The eighth gym leader of ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'' is Giovanni. He also just so happens to be the leader of Team Rocket, and you already had a few serious encounters with him in Celadon and Saffron City, so you can expect this to be one doozy of a fight, right? ...Um, no, actually. His team consists entirely of ground-types with low Special stats, so you can easily steamroll him with a water or grass-type. In fact, you should already have a strong water-type from your fight with Blaine.
** To drive the point home even deeper, if you happen to be playing the Yellow version, the first Pokemon in his lineup (a Dugtrio) only has ground-type moves. It's theoretically possible to beat it with a ''level 2 Pidgey'', since it will never get hurt.
* Mewtwo in ''VideoGame/PokemonStadium''. One on his side, six on yours (that can include one of him). To reach him, you need to fight some of the [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard most blatant cheaters ever]] and he doesn't feel that powerful in comparison.
* One of the criticisms of ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'' was that the person who meets the default Rival archetype (Brendan or May) don't even fully evolve their Pokémon and are only fought a very small number of times. This is what makes more people consider Wally as the rival, since he actually challenges you in Victory Road while Brendan or May give up. The leaders of Team Magma and Team Aqua also apply, seeing as they only use three Pokémon each; they also use all the same kinds of Pokémon that their minions use, so you're already used to battling them.
** With proper training and knowledge of opponents, using [[LethalJokeCharacter Shed]][[OneHitPointWonder inja]] can turn almost any battle, ''including the Champion'' into this.
** PoorPredictableRock turns almost any major boss battle into this, since most major characters who aren't your rival have a preferred element/theme team, and by extension an obvious and easily-exploited weakness. Team bosses and Gym Leaders even have minions who use the same kinds of Pokemon, thus giving you a chance to practice countering them.
** The whole Hoenn Elite Four is like this (except Steven and Wallace) but Glacia is probably the worst. Not only is her Ice Pokémon team remarkably easy to beat, but she seems to have no relevance at all to the plot of the game, only saying five lines in the entire game, ''none'' of them having any real importance whatsoever.
** Zinnia in the remakes' Delta Episode. Faced at the climax of the plot, a powerful Lorekeeper with a team of powerful dragons that wants to stop a catastrophe by harnessing the power of Rayquaza. Her team includes [[InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons Mega Salamence, Noivern, Altaria, Goodra and Tyrantrum]]. With such a setup and such a GameBreaker pokémon on her team, you'd think this would be a challenging boss battle, right? It would be...if not for the fact you'll more than likely sweep all of her Pokémon with your newly-adquired [[GameBreaker Mega]] [[OlympusMons Rayquaza.]]
** There's also Marlon from ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2''; for the eighth Gym Leader, he's practically a pushover. You could probably beat his entire Gym with little more than one strong Electric Type and a Grass on the side for the few trainers that have Grass/Ground hybrids. There are only two edges he really has -- one is that all three of his Pokémon know Scald, which is useful against Pokémon that use physical attacks, which you likely aren't going to use against Water Types save ThunderPunch, Seed Bomb, Power Whip and such. The second is that his Jellicent is very bulky and can use Recover, but even then it's mostly an issue of being stalled out moreso than being disadvantaged.
*** For that matter, the Champion, Iris, has been deemed as this by quite a few players. For starters, she's only one level higher than the Elite Four before her. In addition, while it looks like they overpower her like crazy, all her Pokémon are either weak to type coverage that's relatively simple to obtain (Ice and Fighting-type attacks in particular, both of which are more than easily obtainable), very slow and easy to hit (Lapras, Aggron, and Druddigon), or both. Most of them also have rather underwhelming movesets in the initial battle, at least on Normal Mode. The rematches and Challenge Mode do buff her movesets up considerably, though.
** There's also Black/White Kyurem. Similar to the Pokemon Stadium example above, unlike the past main series Pokemon games where you have to capture the Legendaries, this one forces you to actually fight and KO it. Despite being a Legendary Pokemon, you still have a possible team of six Pokemon (or one really over leveled one if you're the kind of person who only uses starters) in a battle system more designed around using a team instead of one on one. It's completely possible to [[OneHitKO OHKO]] it on the first turn with the right move even if you're a little below the intended level for fighting it.
** Most legendaries in general can be extremely anticlimactic, but only if you have the willpower to throw that [[TooAwesomeToUse Master Ball, instead of saving it for later.]]
** And we have the Champion from ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'', Diantha, who is widely considered even worse. With Pokémon weak to Steel, Ice and Fairy-type attacks up the alley, and some with unorthodox movesets, there are quite a few Pokémon that can tear through her with little concern. Her ace, Mega Gardevoir, while strong, doesn't come out until last, and although it can hit pretty hard, its physical Defense leaves something to be desired, leaving it easy prey for an Iron Head or Shadow Claw.
** The AIRoulette and the fact that Pokemon generally only have the last few moves they learned by levelling up in ''Red and Blue'' can make battles fairly anticlimactic. This is particularly jarring against the final rival battle with Pokemon such as Exeggutor with only Barrage, Hypnosis, and Stomp or Charizard who can lock itself into a permanent and weak Rage attack.
** Arguably, the entire Johto Elite Four is this in general. They're about ten to fifteen levels lower than every other Elite Four in the series (partly because you then explore a second region afterwards), have fairly predictable teams with weak Pokemon (and to make it more blatant, the fairly weak Bruno is the only non-champion member returning from the last game) and are generally pretty easy to defeat with less than half a team.
* Malpercio in Algorab Village in ''BatenKaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean''. This is a fight against the BigBad, the evil god you've been trying to stop the whole game, who's ravaged the home of the Children of the Earth...and he hits about as hard as the regular encounters in the area, moves once per turn, and only has one finisher.
** Every fight as against Malpercio in that form qualifies, simply because he's so weakened. When he transforms for the final fight, it's much more satisfying.
* [[BigBad Akuro]] in ''VideoGame/{{Okamiden}}'', once you figure out how to stop ThatOneAttack. His fire and lightning attacks can be stopped with Galestorm, which you're required to get, and stopping said attacks leaves him vulnerable. If he uses his ice attack, you have to back up and avoid his hands, which isn't that hard. Did the sidequest to get Fireburst? You can stop his ice attack, too. Worried about [[{{Mana}} ink?]] The hands drop it (along with health) if they're attacked. [[spoiler:Of course, once you defeat him, he powers up...]]
** Arguably [[spoiler:Yami's final form]] from ''{{Okami}}'', though this is mainly due to the fact that spamming Veil of Mist lets you do a lot of damage to him each time he's stunned.
* The Gaping Dragon and Dark Sun Gwyndolin are jokes compared to the other bosses in ''VideoGame/DarkSouls''. In both cases, the environment actually helps you. The Gaping Dragon's attacks are easy to avoid thanks to the huge boss arena and the fact that it takes a few seconds to recover after trying to charge you. Gwyndolin only uses easy to avoid ranged attacks and has no melee attacks, in an endless corridor with plenty of columns for you to hide behind. The battles are more tedious than difficult, since Gaping Dragon has high health and Gwyndolin is a GetBackHereBoss who teleports away every time you come near him.
* Despite their collosal size, both Balor and [[spoiler:Tirnoch]] in ''KingdomsOfAmalurReckoning'' (respectively ClimaxBoss and FinalBoss) are quite easy. Some mook encounters can be more difficult than those two fights.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' has [[spoiler:Mithos]]. Not only is he the final boss of the game, but he's the BigBad for the end of the game too. He's easily beatable by the time you finish the game, and can be beaten with relative ease with just spellcasters (yes, that icludes Colette). He has a somewhat annoying status effect-inflicting attack in his first form -- Rejection -- but isn't too hard.
* ''MegaManBattleNetwork'' was rather weak in terms of boss health -- nobody surpassed 1000HP in the game, unlike the sequels. The final boss, the Life Virus, was basically a glorified virus with a very predictable moveset and a shield that went down long enough to whale on its health and waste it in so early as ''one turn flat'' with the proper battlechips. To be honest, you can soley rely on the Program Advance Guts Shoot -- it does 500 damage, so two hits of that will pulverize ''any'' boss lacking a protective barrier or guard.
** In [[MegaManBattleNetwork Mega Man Batttle Network 2]], after a [[MarathonLevel long, LOOOONG]] day of backtracking back and forth through the entire net, you finally come face-to-face with Gospel's Supreme Commander, [[spoiler:(not really)]] Freezeman! ...Unfortunately, what could have been a climactic fight is rendered an utter joke by two simple facts: He's Aqua Element. And standing on Ice Panels. Both of these cause you to take [[ElementalRockPaperScissors double damage from Elec attacks]], ''and they stack.'' [[ForMassiveDamage 3 guesses as to how you take him down in a matter of seconds.]]
** Falzar from the sixth game is a letdown of a final boss compared to previous ones in the series, having less than 2000 HP (Which was the standard amount for every game past the first), easily avoided attacks, and not being a particularly difficult target (Evasiveness being the usual justification for less HP). Its opposite version counterpart Gregar, on the other hand, puts up much more of a fight in every regard, although it is relatively easy as well.
* ''NeverwinterNights'' vanilla campaign: [[spoiler:Blackguard Aribeth]] does not have any resistance whatsoever to Harm, a cleric spell that drains the target down to their last few HP. Also, the cleric henchman automatically prepares this spell every day and uses it against opponents without needing to be told to. Net result: near-instantaneous surrender or death, and you don't even need to know the spell yourself.
** Thanks to general aversion of UselessUsefulSpell, plenty of bosses in ''NeverwinterNights2'' can wind up dying in just a few rounds. A cleric PC is particularly well-equipped, with Harm to kill tough enemies, Slay Living to kill strong-willed enemies, and Heal to kill undead. Pretty much the only threatening bosses for a cleric by the third act of the game are the dragons.
* ''SkiesOfArcadia'': Unless you're spectacularly underleveled, [[spoiler:Galcian, of all people]] is this when not in HopelessBossFight mode. His attacks are easy to recover from, contain no debilitating Status effects (aside from the entirely-blockable [[UselessUsefulSpell Eterni spells]]), and he goes down after a couple [[LimitBreak Pirate's Wraths]] and [[ColonyDrop Prophecies]]. [[spoiler:Guess that's why he's not the final boss...]]
* The Imp in ''MonsterGirlQuest'', which Luka feels "great power" coming from in an earlier scene. Doubles as a ZeroEffortBoss, as all you need to do is attack. [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill If you choose to hit her with your most powerful technique instead]], she is so terrorized that she starts running away ([[MookHorrorShow though not fast enough]]). [[spoiler:Quadruples as a BaitAndSwitchBoss and a BreatherBoss, because what the power is ''really'' coming from appears right after it and right before you fight the Four Heavenly Knights.]] [[spoiler:Alice the 17th]] also counts, but for a different reason. It's not at all that she's weak, but rather ''you're too strong''. It's possible to win with Sylph and Undine alone because of how powerful Luka's control over the spirits is.
* The final boss of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', [[spoiler:Knight-Commander Meredith]], could conceivably have been difficult to beat, since she's both a CowardlyBoss and a FlunkyBoss who summons dozens of the fantasy equivalent of {{Humongous Mecha}}s to fight you. But not only does the fight avert the ArbitraryHeadcountLimit that has held firm for most of the rest of the game, allowing ''every one of your companions to fight her simultaneously'', but, depending on your choices, you'll also be backed up by Knight-Captain Cullen, Guardsman Donnic and the city guards, your surviving sibling, and Zevran and Nathaniel, if they both survive Origins and Awakening respectively. She goes down without much fuss. (For extra anti-climactic flavor, there comes a point in the fight where the boss will stun everyone so she can engage in EvilGloating, during which she doesn't defend herself. If you have multiple party members who, due to either class talents or items, are immune to stun effects, they can easily [[KilledMidSentence kill her in mid-sentence]].)
* Vlad from ''VideoGame/NetHack'' resides in the bottom half of the dungeon and, while not the final boss, is a required kill. However, he is so easy at that point that some people have used a "Vladsbane", which is basically a [[CherryTapping random, weak object made even weaker if possible]], to defeat him. Some branches of the game such as [=UnNetHack=] have made an effort to increase his danger level.
* The Legendary Golem in ''VideoGame/RuneFactoryOceans''. This thing was the antagonist's trump card, and it seemed like a pretty good one: it took all of the final bosses of the DS games working together to merely seal it away the first time, and the ensuing battle created the world. But well, [[YouCantThwartStageOne he's back]], and there's little that our heroes can do to stop him besides going up there and giving him an old-fashioned beatdown. Here we go! Punch punch punch. Punch punch punch. [[StunLock Punch punch punch.]]
* ''VideoGame/EvilIslands'':
** [[spoiler:Erfar the Silvertongue.]] {{Flunky Boss}} extraordinaire aside, he will likely drop from a single attack. He doesn't even have a dignity to leave something decent behind, instead granting only one coin.
** [[spoiler:The Curse]], mixed, oddly enough, with a HopelessBossFight. It's shaped up to be a big threat and has [[spoiler:wiped out almost all Joons]] in the past. You're given the game's most powerful weapons and spells before the final fight, but they eventually prove to be useless and you can't damage the Curse with them, while it kills you in a single hit. The only thing you can do (and all you need to do) is to leave [[spoiler:Tka-Rik]] to fight the Curse, cast Weaken on it and/or Strength on him, and heal him when necessary to ensure victory.
* Alduin from ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' comes across as this in his final appearance. For an almighty god dragon, firstborn of Akatosh, designed to destroy the world, who has been chowing down on the souls of mighty Nord warriors... he's really not much. You're given a few Nord warriors who can easily tank his hits even at harder difficulties (as they can't die), so he might not even ''try'' to attack you. The shout that makes him mortal also renders him practically immobile, and you can easily stand at a distance and pick him off using magic.
* Done intentionally in ''VideoGame/BarkleyShutUpAndJamGaiden'' twice: almost every opponent in the [[AnotherDimension B-Ball Dimension]]'s Arena goes down extremely easily (particularly the second-to-last one, which does nothing for three turns and then blows itself up), with the exception of the very last one. Also, the monster that guards [[spoiler:the all-powerful b-ball Shimmerglobe]] is a single Ball Spider - a regular enemy from much earlier in the game that is inexplicably treated as a boss.

* Almost every final boss in the ''VideoGame/{{Gradius}}'' series is the Bacterian emperor, who usually takes the form of a large brain and either fires easily-avoidable attacks or just [[ZeroEffortBoss sits there and does nothing,]] giving the player a chance to take him down. On the other hand, given that it's in control of the space station you just cruised through, maybe the ''whole level'' counts as the final boss. Exceptions to this pattern are in ''Nemesis II'' and ''Salamander II''.
* A self-parody series named ''VideoGame/{{Parodius}}'' also has these. ''Parodius Da'' has an octopus who claims he's strong, but you can shoot his legs off or wait until they let go.
** In its {{Omake}} level, you find [[spoiler:a penguin waking up and sitting on a bomb. He takes out a sign out of {{Hammerspace}} that says "The End". You just ignite the bomb, watch him fly (and fall), and get the many bells that come out.]]
* While in the original {{Otomedius}}, the Gofer sisters' Odin Core is most definitely not an anti-climax, the final form of Dark Force in Otomedius Excellent is. After dealing with two difficult forms, the third one is just her child form, shrouded in a bit of black mist and shooting easily dodgeable projectiles.
* The ending of ''VideoGame/AfterBurner Climax'' for the arcade which involves nukes also ends rather anticlimactically even if you let the nukes go off as your Carrier's [=CWACs=] destroys the missile and takes only mild damage from the shrapnel. But the stage beforehand will make most AB players wonder how he can get past all the [[MacrossMissileMassacre missiles]] and [[MoreDakka flak barrages]].
* While far from a pushover, the FinalBoss battle with Andross in ''StarFox64'' is easier than most of the other bosses in the second half of the game.
* The FinalBoss in the last wave of Bravo Sector (the first episode) in ''VideoGame/RaptorCallOfTheShadows'' is unusually easy when compared to the bosses from the previous two waves. This eggshell-shaped capital ship that defends the oil rigs that you probably have already destroyed opens up with only large salvos of missiles and a few number of tracking flak balls at you, which are relatively easy to dodge. While it has two white guns that look like its damaging plasma cannons, for some reason, they don't even fire (presumably due to either a bug or being DummiedOut to not work in the game), which pretty much plays this trope straight.
* You can easily take out [[BigBad Joe]] [[FinalBoss Fang]] in the first two ''VideoGame/VirtuaCop'' games by firing your gun rapidly against him. He has a huge hit box in his helicopter in the first game and he goes down extremely fast in a jet pack in the second game.

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* [[spoiler:Gabriel]], the villain of ''Tom Clancy's VideoGame/RainbowSix: Vegas'' 1 & 2, gives you an overly long MotiveRant, then tries to quick-draw his handgun on you. It migh have worked if your character didn't already have his gun pointed at his head.
* Every single ''GhostRecon'' game has this, with most final boss fights being a regular guy surrounded by body guards who all go down in one hit, but including anything else would be counter to the game's ultra-tactical and realistic gameplay.
* In ''[[RuneFactory Rune Factory 2]]'', your character is challenged to a duel by the father of one of the available love interests, in order to convince [[OverprotectiveDad said father]] that you're "man enough" to marry his girl. Before the fight begins, a giant orc appears and interrupts the fight, threatening both you and the father. The orc is quickly found to be [[LevelFiveOnix a pushover]], as despite [[GiantMook its girth and height]], it is no stronger or more durable than its smaller, more common brethren.
* Tom Clancy's VideoGame/{{HAWX}} can be said to have an anticlimatic final mission by gameplay terms. Operation Twilight was no more intense then your bog standard dogfight and your opponents fights not in state of the art fighters but older Migs. No superweapon or Ace Squadron to make the last stand against you or anything.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Hitman}}'': After beating a bunch of jumped up super clones with miniguns, you then have to face... a weakling scientist with a tazer.
** Also in ''Hitman: Blood Money'', the final showdown with Mark Parchezzi III is over in 5 seconds if you just use your scoped pistols to find his noggin and down him in one shot from a respectable distance. This is guaranteed, as any player who made it this far is not just going to rush headlong into the firefight. Other ways to end the fight quickly include rigging explosives in his path, or going into first person mode to shoot him before his bomb goes off.
** [[CrazyPrepared Or if you leave a bomb where he shoots from]].
** In Silent Assassin, the final target, Sergei Zavorotko, is a muscle-bound bullet sponge able to take a ridiculous amount of bullets compared to the other characters... unless you [[BoomHeadshot shoot him in the head,]] which kills him in one hit and is something the player should probably be good at doing by now.
* Doing one of [[TakeAThirdOption two different means]] of avoiding [[ThatOneBoss The End]] in VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3 either leads to him expiring on the spot after the build up of him being the best damn Sniper ever, or just a small group of pathetically easy Ocelot soldiers. Probably the only example of someone being BOTH ThatOneBoss and an Anti-Climax Boss.
** There is a similar scenario in play when you meet Sniper Wolf for the last time in VideoGame/MetalGearSolid. Either you take her using your PSG-1 sniper rifle in a relatively challenging fight, or you can just run slightly to the right of your starting position into a small alcove and use your Nikita remote controlled missiles to render her completely helpless.
* In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI'', you can finish the 3-part boss battle in about 10 seconds if you use the hidden blade to counter, or if you get a knockdown-type counter with a sword, sprint over while switching to the hidden blade and nail 'em when they're prone/supine.
** In ''[[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII Assassin[='=]s Creed II]]'', the final boss [[spoiler:Rodrigo Borgia, aka the Spaniard, aka Pope Alexander VI]] has a Piece of Eden and a lot of health, but neither helps him much against [[spoiler:[[DopplegangerAttack five Ezios]]]]. After this, you fight him with [[FisticuffsBoss just your fists]], and if you choose, you can beat him by repeatedly kneeing him in the groin.[[JustifiedTrope To be fair]], you're playing a 40-year-old who's been killing for over half his lifetime, while "The Spaniard" is a 68-year-old FatBastard who's spent his life politicking around.
** In ''[[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood Brotherhood]]'', [[spoiler:his son Cesare Borgia]] essentially acts like a [[EliteMooks Papal Guard]] using a Longsword, except that he's immune to [[OneHitKill executions]] and counter kill attempts. While there are periodic guard spawns, an experienced player can quickly wipe them out in a single kill streak of counter kills and executions, so this final boss fight (as with "The Spaniard" in ''[=AC2=]'') amounts to whittling down his health -- making this one of the only fights in the game where a weapon's Damage stat matters. Story-wise, Ezio was already 48 years old while [[spoiler:Cesare]] was only 31.
** ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedRevelations'' has nearly every boss encounter be this. Leandros, the Templar captain who tries to execute Ezio in the start of the game, is assassinated in the first memory sequence without even a fight. Near the end, Manuel Palaiologos is far easier to kill than the Janissary EliteMooks; a single counter and he's down. You fight BigBad [[spoiler:Ahmet]] while both of you are falling off a mountain and it only lasts about 14-17 seconds. And to top it off, [[spoiler:you don't kill him; he's strangled by a supporting character and then violently thrown off a cliff]]. Lastly, the penultimate memory of Altaďr consists of him walking up to Abbas and [[spoiler:shooting him with the newly created Hidden Gun]].
** ''VideoGame/{{Assassins Creed III}}'' unfortunately continues this tradition. Daniel Cross, despite being built up as a HeroKiller, [[InformedAbility regularly fails to live up to his hype]]. In his first encounter with Desmond, he gets knocked out cold within seconds of their meeting. In their second, he runs away, [[FlunkyBoss calls for back-up]], and is no harder than any other enemy in the game. The final encounter is worst of all, as [[spoiler:Daniel begins suffering from the Bleeding Effect, which causes him to go nuts before running away. He doesn't even get a fight, he just gets chased down and assassinated]].
*** [[spoiler:Haythem Kenway]], despite being the best individual fighter amongst the Templars [[spoiler:and the BigBad]], gets a relatively easy fight in the game's climax; both Connor and he have been wounded at the time, so the fight's poor on both sides, and [[PuzzleBoss it consists entirely of countering him three times while standing next to an object so you can hit him with it]]. This is made worse by the fact that the game outright ''tells you to do this at the start of the fight'' [[spoiler:while the actual kill consists of a PressXToNotDie]].
* Ubisoft seems to be plagued with this trope, since like ''Assassin's Creed'' above, this is a staple of the ''VideoGame/SplinterCell'' series.
** ''Splinter Cell'': You snipe [[PresidentEvil Kombayn Nikoladze]] through a window and make a quick escape.
** ''Pandora Tomorrow'': You engage [[RogueAgent Norman Soth]] and a handful of his [[{{Mook}} flunkies]]. Soth goes down just as easily as his men do. Some players even miss the fact they just killed Soth and think he was a random dude.
** ''Chaos Theory'': [[spoiler:[[RenegadeRussian Admiral Otomo]] stabs himself in the stomach]] while you watch through a bulletproof window. Your final objective is to [[SaveTheVillain save him]] and then return to the surface for pickup.
** ''Double Agent'': [[WesternTerrorists Emile Dufraisne]] is easily killed with any of your normal attacks. Hell, ''[[CherryTapping punching him]]'' will count as a kill! His infrared signature will grow cool quickly after he hits the ground, signifying death. Like Soth above, it can be quite easy to mistake him for a regular {{Mook}}.
*** If you unlock the secret final mission, [[TheDragon Carson Moss]] takes a ''tiny'' bit more effort to beat than Dufraisne, namely some ButtonMashing. He drops dead with absolutely zero fanfare.
*** In the sixth generation version of the game, however, the battle against Dufraisne plays out like a more traditional boss battle, at least until you either get to your gun or run up and stab him.
** ''Conviction'' finally averts this trope, as Sam takes down [[GovernmentConspiracy Tom Reed]] in a suitably climatic endgame confrontation.
* In FragileDreams, we have [[FinalBoss Shin]]. While tedious, both battles with him can be won without a scratch withg a Crossbow (and the Merchant and enemies to grind money are just a minute of backtracking away to buy it), as his only attacks are slow-moving projectiles and a telegraphed laser.
* In ''{{Manhunt}}', the penultimate boss is Piggsy. He's an absolutely insane asylum escapee who wears the head of a pig as some sort of helmet/mask combination, doesn't appear on the radar, wields a chainsaw capable of killing the player in a handful of hits, jumps out of the shadows to give you heart attacks on top of heart attacks and is (just so we're clear) [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment utterly bonkers. ]] After you kill him, you finally confront the man who's forced you to become his insane snuff film project. He takes a few potshots at you with his pistol before you gut him like a fish.
** Which has led to [[EpilepticTrees multiple fan theories]] about it just being the last set-up by the ''real'' director.
* In the first ''VideoGame/{{Tenchu}}'' game, after you infiltrate a compound guarded by ninjas and defeat TheDragon, you meet the boss: a helpless evil merchant with a gun. You CAN lose to him if you have barely any health left and he shoots you, but defeating him is easy.
** Done again in ''Tenchu: Fatal Shadows''. After tracking down the evil ninja you're pursuing... he declines to fight. His mistress, an untrained geisha with a dagger, instead confronts you. It may be possible to lose if you stand there, have almost no health left, and let her stab you, but you can kill her with one throw.
* Subverted in ''SyphonFilter 2''. After anticlimactically executing Stevens in the parking garage, you confront the real FinalBoss, Chance, on the rooftop.
* The three house leaders in ''VideoGame/{{Shinobido}}'', as they can be assassinated like other enemies. Subverted by the actual ninja leaders like Kabuto, Hebitonbo and the FinalBoss Garaman, who can't be wrestled or one-shotted and are immune to sneak attacks.
* [[spoiler: Primal Erin]] in VideoGame/{{Thief}} stalks you throughout the game and spends all of [[spoiler: her]] time displaying disturbing and powerful abilities. You beat [[spoiler: her]] by crawling around the arena, occasionally ducking behind cover to avoid [[spoiler: her]] single attack, and picking up three pieces of the shattered stone. [[spoiler: She]] doesn't even move!

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* In ''VideoGame/WinBack'', after several boss battles against the various themed members of the QuirkyMiniBossSquad, the terrorist leader turns out to be just a regular guy with a pistol and a light armor vest, and although he has a boss-like health bar, he still goes down pretty easily.
** The final final battle with TheDragon / TheStarscream, Cecile, is even more anticlimactic, just shoot out the laser power boxes, then man the machinegun and mow him down.
* In ''GearsOfWar 2'', you fight [[spoiler:Skorge]], who was built up the be the boss, [[TheDragon in the penultimate chapter]]. The real final boss is [[spoiler:a Lambent Brumak]], which you fight with a [[KillSat Hammer of Dawn]] in an on-rails segment. Even on Insane, this thing is easy.
* The Ork Warboss in ''VideoGame/Warhammer40000SpaceMarine'' wasn't nearly as hard as any of the random Ork swarm fights earlier in the game.
** The final boss, who is a goddamn Daemon-Prince, is defeated almost entirely through a series of QTE-events.
* ''VideoGame/DeadSpace'' features [[spoiler:Dr. Challus Mercer]], one of the main antagonists who turns up to make Issac's life difficult at various points throughout the game. He is a devout Unitologist who is trying to bring the Necromorphs back to Earth, believing them to be the next stage in human evolution. [[spoiler:Naturally, he willingly allows himself to be transformed into a Necromorph in one of the later chapters of the game]], and players are fully expecting to fight him as a boss, or at least a sub-boss. [[spoiler:Imagine the disappointment when, instead of transforming into expected super-powerful boss, he simply transforms into a regular enemy]].
** A better example is the HiveMind; it is about the size of a building, and is easily one of the [[BodyHorror more nightmarish Necromorphs]], but it is very easy to beat; its main attack is telegraphed and so slow that it can be dodged very easily. The only tricky part in the encounter is when it tries to eat Isaac, as it can be hard to aim for its weak spots, but if you've managed to fight your way through the entire [[GhostShip Ishimura]], it should pose no real challenge.
*** Not only is its main attack slow, but it only does around ''half a bar of damage''. And this is right after it shows the hivemind [[spoiler:picking up Kendra and gibbing her in a single throw.]]
* In ''VideoGame/FreedomFighters'', the Soviet General Tatarin is assasinated with a single sniper shot to the head. Even if you go against the level design and instead run up to him to fight him, he turns out to be no stronger than the standard Soviet soldiers you've been mowing through the entire game, and dies with a couple bursts of assault rifle fire. He is, however, protected by a dozen or so Soviet EliteMooks and a heavily armored, machinegun-wielding GiantMook.
* ''Franchise/StarWars RogueSquadron III: Rebel Strike'' has [[spoiler:Sarkli]], a formerly tough boss on [[spoiler:Geonosis]], return for a shootout on Endor. He's so easy to beat you can escape while doing so. And with the bonus missions included, the final boss is the impressive but easy to beat [[spoiler:''Executor'']] capital ship.
* In ''[[VideoGame/SOCOMUSNavySeals SOCOM]] 4: U.S. Navy Seals'', Lt. Park chases a bleeding Gorman (injured via the mayhem you caused at the embassy) into a train station as he tries to escape. The final cutscene is him crying like a bitch while you decide whether to kill him or leave him to the local authorities.

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* A "Hard stage, easy boss" variations occurs in ''{{X-COM}}: UFO Defense'': You [[spoiler:fly to Mars]], go through two gigantic battles, enter the final room... and find the leader of the alien forces... [[spoiler: a giant brain that can't even defend itself]]. Sure, there's a lot of Ethereal Commanders in the room, but you could potentially win by having one {{Redshirt}} enter the room and throw an explosive at the target, [[WeCannotGoOnWithoutYou no matter how many other aliens remain]].
** Oh no, that's not the most humiliating part of it. A well-trained squad of psionically inclined troops can chain a bunch of mind-controlled aliens together and have ''them'' dispose of the boss given a lucky trajectory or gratuitous [[GameBreaker Blaster Launcher]] use.
*** On the first or second turn of the battle.
*** Without even seeing the boss ([[spoiler: the blaster bomb can destroy the brain if it's sent up through the ceiling of the room below]]).
** The sequel, Terror From The Deep, has a straighter example, as the final mission is much easier, especially when compared to the rest of the game. Not only is Cthulhu incapable of hurting you, his bodyguards kinda suck too.
* ''VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown'' has a very hard, long final level. The final boss fight however can be made laughably easy if you position your troops in the right spot and the squad is of an appropriately high level. There is a good chance the squad can kill the boss in their first turn of combat ''before it even moves''.
* The final boss of ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|Cursed Memories}}'' is very easy for the fact that unlike any of the other final bosses in the series, he has no minions to deal with, meaning it's just a simple task of whittling down his less-then-impressive HP before he can defeat all 10 of your units.
* In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem: Sealed Sword]]'', the "true ending" can only be reached [[spoiler: by having all eight legendary weapons and the Sword of Seals in your inventory, and Fa must still be alive]], at which point the game will continue on for three more levels past the climactic battle with Zephiel. The bosses of these three bonus levels--Brunnya, Yahn, and Idoun--are all far easier to beat than Zephiel! The final two bosses, Yahn and Idoun, go down quite easily, [[spoiler: and not even the extra qualifier that the ''real'' true ending only occurs if the Sword of Seals is used to strike the final blow should keep you from being able to see it.]]
** TheDragon and BigBad of the 1st game also qualify. The first has pathetic accuracy and damage, makeing him little more then a "gate" requiring the player to obtain the starlight spell in order to damage him. The final boss can easily be defeated by putting Marth in front of him, ending you turn, and attacking. It's possible to even land a lucky critical strike and take him down in ''one hit!''
* ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Fire Emblem: Thracia 776]]'' was a rather difficult game, considered by many to be the hardest in the series. Except that its final boss named "Beldo" (or Berdo or Beld/Berd, depending on who translated it) is a textbook Anti-Climax Boss. Yes he can turn party members to stone and all and has a powerful magic tome, but practically anyone can take him out as opposed to the traditional bosses that can only be killed by one or two units, or units with legendary S-Ranked weapons. Not to mention, they don't even need to be that high-level to kill or even take out most of his health to be finished off by another weak unit. ([[http://lparchive.org/Fire-Emblem-Thracia-776/Update%2062/ One Let's Play]] even took joy in stealing his trademark tome and then showing off the many myriad ways of killing him.
* Julius, the final boss of ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War]]'', is ordinarily ThatOneBoss. His stats are good, and he's armed with the Loptyr tome, which, aside from the usual ridiculous stats that come with holy weapons in this game, ''halves your attack power before defence is applied'', making it near impossible to do any damage to him. And he's got a good selection of skills, too - Charge lets him keep blasting you with his [[DeathFromAbove Meteor]] tome from afar, and if you get his HP below 40, Vantage and Wrath kick in, meaning he'll critical you to death before you can do anything. Oh, and he regenerates 20 HP every turn. So what makes him fit this trope? If you recruited Julia back, she'll have the Naga tome, which negates the attack-halving effect of Loptyr and is equally as powerful, and with her crazy resistance and the HP-regenerating Circlet item, he can barely damage her. As long as you got her back (not that it's easy, mind you...), beating him is a cakewalk.
* The Black Knight in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn]]''. You've spent the better part of two games waiting to kill this guy, and when the battle finally comes, Ike stomps him. You can literally do nothing and you'll still win just by counterattacking; And if you equip Ike with a Hammer, you can kill him in a single attack. The hardest part of the battle is keeping him alive long enough for your other characters to get the Wishblade. This is especially disappointing when you consider how hard he was in Path of Radiance.
** ''Path of Radiance'' had Oliver, a corrupt senator who serves as the villain for the portion of the game that takes place in Begnion. After several chapters of chasing him (one of which consists of four separate battles) you finally corner him... And while his stats aren't ''too'' bad, they aren't anything special either. To add to it, about halfway through the final battle against him, a group of four friendly units, one of whom is extremely broken at this point in the game, will show up and start decimating Oliver's remaining forces. At this point, as long as you aren't outright trying to get yourself killed, the battle is yours -Even if you refuse to aid them, Tibarn and his forces will eventually finish the chapter on their own.
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones'' zigzags this with the final boss fight. [[spoiler: A big deal is made over having to seal the Demon King's soul, making GenreSavvy players suspect a grueling defense mission is coming up... It's not. L'arachel does that step in about five seconds. Destroying the '''body''', on the other hand, is as difficult as you'd expect, should you not do it fast before he unleashes Confusion spells...]]\\
And before that, with some cunning and a good use of a Thief/Rogue [[spoiler: that steals his Fili Shield]], [[spoiler: Valter the Moonstone]] can go down with surprising ease.
* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', [[TheCaligula Mad King Gangrel]] is the early-game ClimaxBoss... but he just happens to be a ''promoted Thief class'', making him a FragileSpeedster, thus he goes down incredibly quickly. The only mildly troublesome thing about him is a skill that boosts his Accuracy and Evasion by 20 until the 7th turn, but it's still reasonably easy to take him out before then.
* ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword]]'' has Aion. As a Sage with decent stats and a [[DeathFromAbove Bolting]] tome, he can do some real damage at long range, especially given that most of your units at this point won't have much Resistance, and he has enough Speed (and the advantage of sitting on a ruin) that he can dodge a lot of your attacks. If you choose to fight him normally, he can be deadly. However, Kishuna shows up early in the level, causing an AntiMagic field for ten squares around him... which just so happens to leave Aion helpless while you whale on him. (The con is that said field inhabilitates ''your'' own magic users and by that point you don't have the long-range Physic Staves handy, so you better work around that too.) As long as [[WhatAnidiot you don't kill Kishuna first]], Aion will be pretty easy to deal with.
* ''JaggedAlliance 2'''s BigBad is Queen Diedrianna. She has great stats, great armor, and great weapons... but then so do the mooks by that stage of the game. And for that matter, so does your squad. And unless you've done something wrong, there's ''eighteen'' mercs in your squad by this point. Her swarm of EliteMooks are much more of a problem than she is, especially as she doesn't join the fight until you actively shoot at her. And since she tends to stay out of the way until the end...
** ... ''and'' she succumbs with ridiculous ease to a single mustard gas grenade.
* After a certain event in ''LaPucelleTactics'', you have to replay a challenging boss fight against a demon lord and his mooks with only one character. However, said character [[spoiler: Croix]] is suddenly level 100 (while, barring a lot of LevelGrinding, the rest of your party won't be nearly at that level), gains wicked stats, and even more wicked special attacks. Oh, and he [[PowerFloats floats all the time too]], so you ''know'' he's {{Badass}}. The only real challenge in this fight is [[spoiler: making sure you don't accidentally kill the transformed innocent villagers turned Mooks]]. None of the enemies' attacks will even ''scratch'' the guy. The cut-scene afterward shows [[spoiler: Croix]] ''stomping'' on the defeated demon lord's head; the once mighty demon begging for mercy. He only stops when he finally ''smashes the demon's head into the ground''. This Anti-Climax Boss encounter acts as foreshadowing for TheReveal that [[spoiler: Croix is the Dark Prince; TheAntichrist of the La Pucelle world]].
* ''AdvanceWars Dual Strike'': after [[CutscenePowerToTheMax cutscene abusers]], a ScrappyLevel, and a series of levels that are potentially such, you'd expect something far more threatening for a final mission than a wheezing old man on life support heading a small army along with slime that doesn't move fast at all trying to control a very open area, and a MySpace girl wannabe commanding nothing but pre-deployed units against ridiculous building capabilities.
** The webcomic ''Totally Flaked'' had a field day with that one. Apparently it was the incompetence of the BH units to blame.
--->"Why do you do this to me on our LAST STAND!?"
* ''VideoGame/Warhammer40000ChaosGate'':
** When you finally meet the Chaos Lord Zymran, you'll find he's actually weaker than any of the Terminators guarding him. He only wears the standard power armour, and his weapons are weaker than that of a Terminator or Assault Marine.
** When you face the Greater Daemons, it is possible to kill them with one lucky shot from [[{BFG} Multi-Melta]] or just dogpile them with your Terminators and hammer them into ground in a single turn. This is in good part due to ArtificialStupidity: the Daemons will often just sit there until you start attacking them, meaning you have a full turn to unload every single weapon you have into them before they act. Bloodthirster is especially bad, since he ''cannot walk down the stairs'' to engage your team in melee combat, and he cannot fly despite having wings.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration Gaiden'' features in its second-to-last stage Dark Brain, who has the most HP of possibly any boss in the entire ''series'', never mind that one game. He regenerates a third of it every turn and is surrounded by a battalion of [[BossInMooksClothing bosses in mook's clothing]] that can severely drain your team's resources before you even start dealing with the boss fight. And then you get to the final level, and face '''[[RecurringBoss Neo Granzon]]''', ''the'' TrueFinalBoss of the ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' series. Anyone who knows the history of that particular mech was ready for an ''epic'' final battle. And then he turns out to have less than half of Dark Brain's HP, pathetic defenses, and mooks who are carbon copies of a DiscOneFinalBoss from ''two games ago''. Your characters have gotten so much stronger since then that some will be literally ''immune'' to their attacks. Not exactly a battle that epic songs will be written about.
* The FinalBoss of ''Gorky 17''/''VideoGame/{{Odium}}''. Lots of health, powerful attacks, powerful armor. ...And he's ''not'' immune to tranquilizing (which renders him unable to act at all for several turns) - and by that point in the game, you have enough equipment to easily [[ZeroEffortBoss keep him stunned for the entire battle.]] Oops.
* St. Ajora/Altima goes down pathetically easily in the final battle of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'', even if you're ''not'' using an overleveled party or [[GameBreaker Thunder God Cid]]. In fact, even with a moderately leveled party (matching the level of the characters you fight in the final dungeon) you can kill both of her forms with just a handful of attacks.
* The final stages of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance'' is unlocked only by completing the standard 300 missions of the game, including the final boss of the main plot, the challenging Li-Grim. For the bonus missions, the final boss is three pathetically easy judges who will fall quickly to your powerful party.
* Not strictly a boss (rather, an optional encounter) but Asagi Asagiri in ''MakaiKingdom'' is rather anticlimactic. Most event battles (such as your fellow overlords) have enemies well over level 1000 with ultimate equipment, and require the wishmaker to be in the hundreds and pay a few thousand mana to unlock. Asagi's event require a level 1000 wishmaker and costs 100,000 mana, and... she's level 50. Completely alone. Without any noteworthy equipment. Zetta himself mocks her weakness and refuses to let her become a protagonist until he's pounded some actual skill into her. The rest... is history.
* The final mission of ''VideoGame/FrontMission''. Once the flunkies and the mini-boss are destroyed, the final boss' first form is completely immobile and all its attacks have a maximum radius, so if you've fitted your wanzers with missile launchers you can chip away his health without him being able to damage you. The second form is more powerful than most standard enemies, but it's a mech that you've fought and beaten several times before [[spoiler:(Driscoll's)]], so you should know what to expect by now. On top of that, this is the only mission where you can deploy all the pilots you've recruited over the course of the game, so you're more than welcome to ZergRush him if that's your style.

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* ''VideoGame/TheGodfather: The Game'', has examples of this [[JustifiedTrope justified]] by realism. Eventually you will come across important opponents and very skilled targets, who, although they are crack shots and occasionally wear body armor, are still human. Thus, [[BoomHeadshot a shot to the head]] can often end many a dramatic battle.
* The two people you must kill at the end of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto: [[GrandTheftAutoViceCityStories Vice City Stories]]'' go down in a single well-aimed gunshot each, in contrast to a previous (and connected, storyline-wise) boss-like encounter which can be hard even with super powerful weapons.
* ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}'' ends with a one-on-one punch-out against [[spoiler: teenage sociopath Gary]] on a collapsing scaffolding on the school's roof. He's no tougher than any of the standard {{Mooks}} you've been beating up throughout the game (and may even be weaker, since he barely fights back and spends most of the time trying to block your attacks), whereas you've probably acquired a massive number of brutal moves from the crazy hobo by that point in the game.
** [[FridgeBrilliance Makes sense when you think about it, though.]] After all, Jimmy had been fighting his way through Bullworth since (quite literally) the day he arrived. [[spoiler: Gary, on the other hand, spent most of his time manipulating people from the sidelines, rather than confronting them head-on, and generally used weapons in the rare occasions that he did. He's clearly out of his element in hand-to-hand combat.]]
* Rockstar's ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' games in general subscribe to the "[[HardLevelsEasyBosses difficult level, easy boss]]" approach for the games' final missions. Typically, they involve a long, multi-stage action sequence (with ''no'' saving or checkpoints!) with vehicular chasing/combat + difficult shootouts against many enemy Mooks, which end with a one-on-one confrontation with the BigBad who dies after a second or two of assault rifle fire.
** Such a thing is quite common throughout the entirety of ''San Andreas''. Some sub-bosses do carry armor but that just adds a second or two to their lives.
* ''[[SaintsRow Saints Row The Third]]'' has (in [[MultipleEndings one of the endings]]) Kia, a military commander second to Cyrus Temple, head of the elite special forces group called S.T.A.G. The fight is situated under a giant statue [[spoiler:that S.T.A.G. rigged with explosives so they can detonate it and get the media to view the Saints as terrorists]]. Kia has taken [[spoiler:[[ActionGirl Shaundi]] and ''Mayor Burt Reynolds'']] hostage (and in the former's case, uses them as a meat shield). She has about all the health of standard [[EliteMook S.T.A.G. infantry]], and you spend the entirety of this fight [[{{Fartillery}} picking up and throwing jarred farts]] at her and shooting her while she's stunned. Considering [[ZergRush the massive waves of enemies you had to deal with beforehand,]] she hardly poses any threat, sans being somewhat dried up of ammo.
* ''VideoGame/ScarfaceTheWorldIsYours''. Copy past GTA comments here.
* Granted, ''VideoGame/MountAndBlade'' is supposed to be a realistic game, so AuthorityEqualsAsskicking doesn't always fly, but still, don't expect you go into a nice one-on-one duel with the enemy commander, be it a lord or even a king. They DO tend to do a little more damage to your troops than normal Mooks, but thanks to ArtificialStupidity they often get run down easily by your RedShirtArmy, especially when they [[TooDumbToLive charging your army all alone with their troops staying back or taking the first line in a siege, only to get crushed in between the attackers and the defenders.]]
* ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'': [[UpToEleven ALL]] of the bosses are like this, mostly because the focus is more on what happens to the protagonist than on the bosses themselves, and because the whole game is a deconstruction of typical western tropes. Basically, the bosses are treated like human Macguffins.
* In ''RedFaction: Guerrilla'', after a ridiculous trek up Mount Vogel with you in a missile pod tank against the entire EDF, at the summit of the mountain waits [[spoiler:General Roth]] in a standard tank. By this point in the game, you have two weapons that can simply kill [[spoiler:Roth]] inside the tank and leave the vehicle intact, and a few heavy-duty weapons, including two different rocket launchers, that can simply destroy the tank itself. Even if you didn't bring any of these weapons with you, at close range all he can attempt to do is run you over, since his howitzer can't target you and his tank has no secondary machine gun. It's virtually effortless to circle around and take [[spoiler:Roth]] down with mining charges [[CherryTapping or even the sledgehammer]].
* Almost all of the bosses in ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2''. Most of the difficulty in the boss missions comes from fighting your way ''to'' the boss past wave after wave after wave of {{Mooks}} (and, in some cases, attack choppers with guided missiles). Special mention has to go to the FinalBoss, though, since (again, once you actually get to him) he only has three or four guards and is himself only armed with a dinky pistol. Take out his men and you can [[CherryTapping beat him to death with a crowbar]], if you like.

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* [[spoiler:Arch Pandara]] of ''{{Patapon}} 3''. It is NintendoHard getting to it, but he can be beaten with a single strike.
* The final mission of ''AirforceDelta'' is a dogfight against a single enemy plane not especially smarter or stronger than the dozen of plane mooks fought throught the game.
* The final mission in ''[[BackyardSports Backyard Skateboarding]]'' is three tricks (one of which is an ollie). As if the rest of the game weren't already easy...
* Nagash in WarhammerDarkOmen. The hordes of mummies you have to negate before you get to him are indeed lethal and tiresome, but the Supreme Lord of Undead himself? Not so much. Granted, he's a superb melee fighter and a capable wizard, but you have a TANK. ''Crunch'', oops.
* The final fight with the Bonnes in ''MegaManLegends'' is against Bruno what Tron Bonne calls "Her masterpiece." Now on paper this robot seems pretty tough. It has homing missiles, bomb launchers, anti-air guns (for knocking you off buildings) and twin shield breaking laser launchers which if you got hit you'd take extra damage from the other weapons. Now it probably WOULD be a tough boss battle if [[BossArenaIdiocy that entrance that you used to reach the boss area in the first place can ALSO be used as cover to block practically all of the bosses attacks]] and those that aren't blocked (the homing missiles) CAN BE SHOT DOWN. Yep the Bonnes would've had a good robot if it wasn't for the environmental factor.
** The FinalBoss Megaman Juno is no better. All the player has to do is run around the room in circles all the while shooting him with the Buster, only sometimes jumping to avoid his shockwave attacks to beat him in both his forms, often without taking a scratch.
* There are a number of songs in RockBand that aren't nearly as difficult as their difficult ranking indicates, which can lead to this trope. In particular, in Rock Band 2, "[[{{Rush}} The Trees]]" is a tier 6 on drums[[note]]but is still easier than some tier 5 songs[[/note]], and a number of songs are placed in the "Impossible" tier, even though only one or two instruments are difficult enough to warrant that rating (for instance, "[[Music/SteelyDan Bodhisattva]]" is a tier 6 song overall, but only the guitar is that difficult. Drums are tough, but bass and vocals are nowhere near "Impossible" level).
* The final Wizpig race of ''DiddyKongRacing'' can fall under this category. The items return, the stage layout, while with way more turns and dips, do not require you to perfect every boost, and Wizpig himself is less intimidating than he is. He is actually slower than his running counterpart.
* ''[[Franchise/YuGiOh Yu-Gi-Oh: Stardust Accelerator]]''. The second to last boss is a painful survival gauntlet where you have to fight 4 tournament caliber decks, in a row, with no resetting lifepoints and if you lose, it's game over and you have to go through a long cutscene to fight them again. These are: a Zombie deck, which by itself is tougher than anything the game has used before, a Water deck, a Lightsworn deck (an archetype of rare cards deliberately designed to be overpowered before the ban list nerfed it - this game is before that nerf - and comprised of cards so rare that it's difficult for a player to fully assemble a Lightsworn deck of their own), and a Dark Armed Dragon deck, modelled after a deck that won multiple real life tournaments. Oh and they have the computer's "luck" to help them out.... After that absolute hell, you get to save then fight the final boss.... Jack Atlus, using a poorly built, unoptimised deck that is built for flavor. And it is a joke.
* The final boss of Jaden's story in ''Tag Force 2'' is... Jaden, using whatever deck you built for him. No special top deck hax, the not terribly good AI on his side and those crappy, crappy E-Hero cards he's forced to use leads to an easy win.
* The Flash RhythmGame ''[[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/556866 DJManiax]]'' plays this for laughs: One of the unlockable songs is [[spoiler:"Dash Hopes 3 EX", labeled "Final Final Boss" and has the maximum difficulty rating. When the song starts, the time line starts moving faster and faster, eventually going nuts until it appears on ''both'' the top and bottom halves of the screen simultaneously... then it suddenly returns to normal before the first note. The song has all of 7 notes, one every 2 measures, plus one at the end that turns into a bomb, making it by far the easiest song in the game.]]
* In ''LegoRacers 2'', the final boss, Rocket Racer, is the easiest boss in the game. Part of this is because he doesn't [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard cheat]] unlike Reigel and the Berg, and the other part is because he goes up ramps, which [[ArtificialStupidity slow you down]].
* In ''{{Casper}}'' on [=3DO=], [=PS1=] and Sega Saturn, the final boss "battle" has you being chased around a maze by Ghost!Carrigan. You go to the bottom of the maze and pick up the key while dropping coins to keep her distracted, then open the chest in the middle of the maze and wait for her to finish picking up the coins, at which point she starts coming after you again and gets sucked into the chest. You don't even have to use the coins. You can just barely outrun (outfloat?) her and she'll probably only get one hit in as you're opening the chest.
* The final boss of AlanWake is stationary, it's "attacks" are just pile of random stuff revolving around it and you have to try real hard to get in its way. You have an unlimited supply of weapons and it goes down in about three shots.
* ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney: Trials and Tribulations'': Subverted with Luke Atmey in case 2. He gives in quite easily on the first day and admits to being [[PhantomThief Mask*DeMasque]]. Then we find out [[spoiler:he wanted to be found guilty of theft so he would have an alibi for the murder he actually committed]]. When this comes to light, he's much more difficult to beat.
* ''VideoGame/HotlineMiami'': [[spoiler:In the eighteenth chapter, when you're playing as the biker, you get to fight the protagonist of the first fifteen chapters of the game--you're reliving an earlier boss battle, this time from the boss's perspective.]] Simply walk up to the boss, who is a OneHitPointWonder, and kill him with a single melee attack before he manages to do anything. Hilariously, [[spoiler:in the original version of the boss battle, when you were playing as the former protagonist against the biker, the boss never thought of [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim doing anything that simple]] and instead engaged in [[TacticalSuicideBoss overtly complex and ultimately suicidal maneuvering.]]]]
** To a lesser extent, the [[spoiler:female ninja bodyguard of the mob boss]]. As she lunges at you, you simply toss a heavy object at her, at which point she falls down and you can just walk up to her and finish her off.

!!Non-Video Game Examples:

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In the TV series of ''{{Hellsing}}'', the final villain comes out of nowhere. While some of the craziest action takes place during the final battle, it was still short lived and not entirely tense due to the lack of buildup and plot value.
* The BigBad of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', Aizen, is built up to be [[OnlyTheAuthorCanSaveThemNow unstoppable]], defeating the entire supporting cast with one blow on average. After the main character trains for [[YearInsideHourOutside three months/an hour]] (consisting mostly of him being stabbed) the enemy who has been hyped up throughout the entire series is defeated in three chapters with absolutely no effort on the part of Ichigo.
** Even worse than The Espada was [[spoiler:Ginjo]]. After all the buildup after TheReveal about him being both the BigBad of the arc and his talk of his strength, Ichigo proceeds to fight him for one chapter in bankai before one-shotting him.
* In ''Devil and Devil'', the characters arrive to prevent Satan's resurrection, only to find that [[spoiler:he's already been dispatched by an [[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere Angelic Assassin Team]]]]
* The second time Kotaro shows up in order to face {{Yaiba}} he's bisected by [[PaperThinDisguise Rokuemon Ishida's]] attack. Justified, because Kotaro was totally unaware of his plans.
* Laxus vs the Raven Tail team on ''Manga/{{Fairy Tail}}'' turned out to be this. Despite being hyped as having been trained to specifically combat Fairy Tail members, outnumbering him 5 to 1, and one of these five, Ivan, being the Guild Master AND [[BigGood Makarov's]] son, Laxus defeats the five of them without breaking a sweat. [[OneHitKO With one hit each]].
* The Obsidian Lord in MaiHime, largely because [[spoiler:the rest of the Himes have had their Most Important People revived (and a few were revived themselves) and are working together to defeat him]] After the Hime Star is destroyed, he gets incinerated in one attack from Kagutsuchi.
* Hanzo from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' was seen as one by a large portion of the fanbase when he fought against [[BadassGrandpa Mifune]], his perfect counter. [[spoiler: Considering their battle only lasted a ''single chapter'', when [[BashBrothers Kinkaku and Ginkaku]] got a three page battle and Kinkaku was demolishing two entire divisions with his SuperpoweredEvilSide, they do have a point, and Asuma got a two chapter fight with his team a chapter later, they have a point. However, Mifune was still his perfect counter and Hanzo ''did'' take down an entire division beforehand without trouble.]]
** On the greater end of the scale is [[spoiler: Madara Uchiha]], hyped as an InvincibleVillain and apparently the BigBad of Naruto responsible for the entire conflict, is [[TheWorfEffect disposed off]] and body-snatched in 4 panels by [[spoiler: Black Zetsu]] who is later revealed to contain the will of [[spoiler: Kaguya]], aka the first human to ever wield chakra.
** [[spoiler:Kaguya]] has officially qualified as this. It only took ten chapters after the character's official introduction for her to be sealed (again). It makes the above example of [[spoiler:Madara]] even more disappointing, as he was supplanted by someone who did not even last a tenth of the page time he did.
* Of all the characters who got anti-climatically killed in ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'', it's [[spoiler: [[AxCrazy Freed]]]] who gets killed in ''seconds'' by [[TheAce Kiba]].
* Yugi of ''TenchiInTokyo'' is built up to be a very dangerous TykeBomb that has actively screwed with Tenchi and the girls for the entire series. By the end of the series, Tenchi restores his "family", gets back his {{BFS}} and confronts Yugi... [[spoiler:by slapping her, then giving her a CooldownHug]].
* [[spoiler: Hody Jones]] in ''Manga/OnePiece''. Justified by two factors: first, [[spoiler: the crew just came from two years of intense training in order to face the New World,]] and second, he basically was a SmallNameBigEgo without much experience.
** Beforehand, there was Bellamy, whose only justification is the latter reason. He got beat by Luffy with '''''one punch''''', long before any of the Straw Hats got ''really'' strong.
** The next villain after [[spoiler: Hody Jones]] is [[spoiler: Caesar Clown, a sadistic scientist who ate the Gas-Gas Fruit]] who is taken down easily by Luffy [[spoiler: who now has the ability to touch Logia in their SuperSmoke forms]]. Justified in that [[spoiler: that the Logia he had fought previously were much stronger than this one for two reasons, one they were some of the strongest characters in the series, and two they had back-ups to when their abilities are cancelled, while Caesar completely relies on his.]] So it is a case of SmallNameBigEgo.
*** [[spoiler:Caesar may have been the BigBad of the arc, but to be quite honest, of the three main villains of the arc (him, Monet, and Vergo), it became clear that he was the ''weakest'' of them. Monet, asides from being a snow logia (meaning she has weaker and more smoke-like powers of Aokiji's), also used some icepicks as weapons, yet even she was somewhat of an Anti-Climax Boss, being taken down by Zoro by just ''fear'', and then finished off by Tashigi. Vergo however was the only subversion during this arc -- he was not only the most dangerous, he was also the most effective -- he had Law's heart, allowing him take out one of the five people who could possibly beat him that were on the island (Smoker, Law, Luffy, Zoro, and Sanji). Sanji had tremendous difficulty with him and soon got distracted by Tashigi and the Marines of G-5, Law couldn't beat him until he regained his heart, and since neither Luffy nor Zoro had any personable desire to face him as they were too busy with the other two, that just left Smoker to take him on.]]
* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' has [=BelialVamdemon/MaloMyotismon=] defeated by [[TalkingTheMonsterToDeath the children simply preaching their entire dreams and goals]] instead of an epic battle with both universe at stake despite the fact that [=BelialVamdemon/MaloMyotismon=] should be at his strongest.
** On the other hand, while he was extremely powerful, his body was constructed purely from the despair and other dark emotions of the children he had kidnapped; when the Chosen [=Children/DigiDestined=] broke out of his LotusEaterMachine and managed to stir up hope within those same children, his substance was weakened to practically nothing…and then promptly blown away by Imperialdramon's BFG.
* The final BigBad of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' is Darkness. He's already pretty near this territory, given that he had a total of one onscreen win to his name, and lost to protagonist Judai no less than three times. But we're four episodes from the end, and all the other times were just warmups. It's time to see his real Deck... and it's a gamble deck. A gamble deck that takes up his entire Spell and Trap zone. Then he proceeds to give Judai everything he needs to bring out the superpowered Neos Wiseman. Then he finally brings out his ace, Darkness Neosphere... but before he can even use its effect, Judai copies it with Black Panther and proceeds to use it on him and ruin his entire strategy. All told, the progenitor of the World of Darkness goes down in one and a half episodes.
* The Lifemaker in ''MahouSenseiNegima''. He showed up (flashbacks aside) for less than a dozen chapters, did pretty much nothing but oneshotting Negi and Fate and immobilizing Ala Rubra, literally did nothing else as Class 3-A freed Asuna, on whom his plans hinged, and then he was vanquished away by Negi and Asuna in a single chapter. And his final defeat after that happened '''out of panel''' and only mentioned away in passing in the final chapter.

* An issue commonly cited about the ''ComicBook/MegaMan'' comic was how easily Mega Man took down each of the first six Robot Masters, wiping them out in two issues with relative ease, making Mega Man look like an InvincibleHero. It may be justified in that Mega Man was using their weakness weapons and gaining more combat experience while the original six were meant to be maintenance robots. This was remedied by later foes like the fortress bosses, Oil Man and Time Man and the second game Robot Masters being much tougher.
* In ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'', Lucas Lee is defeated when [[spoiler:Scott goads him into an impossible skating trick and he fails]]. Also, [[spoiler:Roxanne]] is beaten with a SingleStrokeBattle, but there's plenty of buildup.
* Mr. Rictus in ''ComicBook/{{Wanted}}''. At least one character told Wesley that Rictus would eat him alive if they fought, and Wesley [[spoiler: kills him in less time than it took for me to write this sentence.]] Add to that the mass of supervillains which Wesley takes down just prior to this and ''just'' as easily and it's a rather disappointing climax.
* ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'': Kraven the Hunter, although it comes immediately after a genuinely intense fight. Spider-Man has just beaten Doc Ock when Kraven arrives (after promising to kill Spidey on live television) and demands they fight. Spidey would rather Kraven helped him get someone out of a trashed car, has no idea what his deal is, and eventually gets fed up and one-shots him.
--> Huh. I thought he had super-powers or something. Showbiz phony.
** Kraven does gain super-powers later on. And is taken down, if anything, even -swifter-.
* ''ComicBook/SinCity'' does this from time to time:
** The Yellow Bastard is pretty ineffectual in battle and the final scene is no different. He is quickly stabbed, dismembered, castrated, and beaten to death.
** Manute is set up as the main villain in ''A Dame To Kill For'' [[spoiler: but it turns out he's more of a MiniBoss]]. When it comes time for his first battle against Marv, a similar MadeOfIron character, he's beaten senseless and gets an eye torn out. He does get to come back for the climax, however.
** The Colonel, the BigBad from ''Hell And Back'' ends up captured off-panel and we see him briefly before he gets a bullet through his head. The protagonist, meanwhile is [[AlwaysSaveTheGirl rescuing his love interest]] and relegates himself to diving for cover with her in his arms while his friend blows up the attacking BlackHelicopter that had caused him trouble earlier. This was all orchestrated by the main character but it serves as a little anti-climatic considering how BadAss the story had been up until that point.
** Jackie Boy in ''The Big Fat Kill'' combines this with DiscOneFinalBoss, formerly named Decoy Antagonist. He shows up with a few of his friends to menace Dwight's girlfriend Shelly and then leaves for Old Town. Dwight decides to follow with the firm belief that he and his friends were going to harm more women that night. This seemingly sets Jackie Boy up as the BigBad of the story until he and his friends are slaughtered by DarkActionGirl Miho mere moments after entering Old Town. The conflict occurs when [[spoiler: they realize Jackie Boy was a cop and his murder might start a mob war.]]
* Pete Blute in ''ComicBook/JenniferBlood'' is built up as the smartest, toughest, and all-around deadliest of the eponymous [[{{Antihero}} antiheroine's]] uncles, so much so that she repeatedly says she's not sure if she can kill him. Issue seven ''begins'' with her already having given him a mortal wound. Of course, she then proceeds to taunt him as he lies dying by giving a major [[EvilGloating anti-villainous monologue]], so readers spend the issue waiting for the other shoe to drop....
* The return of [[BatmanTheCult Deacon Blackfire]] was built up ''huge'' in ComicBook/BatmanEternal, his rise from hell being one of the story's longest running subplots. How does it conclude? [[spoiler: After being sufficiently beaten, TheSpectre awakens within Jim Corrigan, gives Blackfire a big fat "nope" and boots him and his legions of hellspawns right back to the other side like it's nothing.]]

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The last shown battle in ''Fanfic/ChristianHumberReloaded'' is against Chaos, the forces of Chaos, the US Army and the President. Vash takes them down about as easily as most of his enemies, killing Chaos in three moves (Wind Scar -> Backlash Wave -> Hell's Warm Welcome) and the President with Hell's Warm Welcome alone.
* ''Fanfic/ThoseLackingSpines'' gives us the Grand Master Fangirl. The fic is all about three members of [[Franchise/KingdomHearts Organization XIII]] going through tropes and settings of bad fanfiction in order to defeat the {{Seme}} versions of the characters to restore their... [[UnusualEuphemism you know]], and by doing so, restore the {{Uke}} versions of said members. The GMF attempts to use the Semes to take over Fandom Hearts. She is defeated by none other than [[spoiler:Fanfiction.Net's Terms of Service]].
* ''FanFic/RoboBando'' gives us [[spoiler: Chris Chan]] who is hyped up to be one of Lucy's strongest insane followers only to be beaten by Robo Bando without even scoring a freaking hit on Robo Bando.
* ''{{Fanfic/Anthropology}}'': Although reaching him proves rather risky, much like [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic in the show]], [[spoiler:Discord doesn't even try to fight back or stop Lyra when she and her new human friends use the Elements of Harmony on him, turning him into a statue with no fuss other than his screaming.]]
* ''Fanfic/FriendshipContract'': [[spoiler: Tayuya, for Shikamaru and Tenten.]] A few seconds of teamwork does wonders.
* ''[[FanFic/TheNuptialverse Families]]'': [[spoiler: Olive Branch is set up as the BigBad throughout the story... but at the climax of the story, he turns out to be a SmugSnake whose plans fall apart completely and easily. His [[TheDragon dragon]] Speedy Delivery turns out to be [[DragonInChief much more of a threat]].]]
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8933408/15/Wizard-Runemaster Wizard Runemaster]]'': While [[TheDragon Sapphiron]] manages to overwhelm both [[Videogame/WorldOfWarcraft Onyxia and Ysondre]] and requires [[Literature/HarryPotter Harry]] to use a DangerousForbiddenTechnique to defeat, Kel'thuzad is immediately destroyed by Onyxia's and Ysondre's dragon fire.
* ''FanFic/Zero2ARevision'': After Shaun managed to get the upper hand against Demon and kick him out of the typhoon of fire and promptly get blasted by the entire marine army, Demon decides to throw away his clothes and unleash his full power, quickly overwhelming Shaun. Just as the Digidestined decides to join Shaun and confront Demon to an epic battle, 'Piedmon' [[spoiler: aka Myotismon]] decides to swoop in and kills of Demon with just a simple ''Soul Banishment''. The entire Digidestined are appropriately shocked by this revelation.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe2'', had this big time. When the final boss, [[spoiler: El Macho, injects himself with the serum, and becomes a huge monster]], you are expected to believe that ''[[LetsGetDangerous shit is going down.]]'' The fight lasts in less than a few minutes, and is defeated by something as simple as an electric shock from a lipstick compactor.
* Zigzag from ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler''. After some fistfighting, he is defeated by having his clothes sewed.
* Tuma from ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}: The Legend Reborn''. Even accounting for his BadassDecay compared to his portrayal in the comics/novel/online serial, his defeat was truly pathetic, considering how the characters previously reacted to him.
* In ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'', the final fight between Po and Lord Shen is over in about fifteen seconds. Though this is somewhat offset by the large and appropriately climactic battle that took place just before.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'', the final "fight" between [[APupilOfMineUntilHeTurnedToEvil Sunset Shimmer]] and [[TheHero Twilight Sparkle]] & co. was literally over within two turns, which was especially egregious because the movie played it up for all it was worth, with Sunset [[OneWingedAngel transforming]] through the corrupted Element of Magic into a [[PlayingWithFire fiery]] [[SatanicArchetype demon]] and Twilight & co. transforming into [[HalfHumanHybrid anthro-versions]] of their pony selves, which was already considered an AssPull by the viewers. Sunset gets off one attack, they transform, NoSell it, and use the ThePowerOfFriendship to [[OneHitKill one-shot]] and turn her back to normal. Thankfully though, the writers learned their lesson, because in the [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks sequel]], they went all out to make sure the final fight with the [[EnthrallingSiren Dazzlings]] was as climatic as could be.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TheAvengers'': [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk The Hulk]]. Selfdemonstrating/{{Loki}}. [[CurbStompBattle That is all]]. It might have been anticlimactic, but it sure was extremely funny.
* TheDragon in ''Film/{{Banlieue 13}}: Ultimatum'' ticks all the boxes on the Fight Scene Buildup Checklist; LeaveHimToMe, KnuckleCracking, PreAsskickingOneLiner... and is promptly finished with a single [[GroinAttack kick to the 'nads]].
* At the end of ''Film/{{Diggstown}}'', "Honey" Roy Palmer has fought his way through nine boxers in a row, including the seemingly invincible ringer "Hammerhead" Hagan. Then it is revealed that he must now fight Menoso Torres, who is "tough as nails" and "dirty as they come." So dirty, in fact, that when Palmer's manager Gabriel Caine orders Torres to take a fall, he immediately does so. This only partially counts, however, since Hammerhead is actually treated as the final boss until Torres's surprise appearance.
* ''Film/JamesBond''
** Film/DrNo. He gets punched. Fight over.
** Blofeld in the beginning of ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly''. In previous films he was established as Bond's arch nemesis, responsible for the death of his wife and master of disguise. So how does the final confrontation between him and Bond play out? He plays RC with Bond's helicopter before Bond gets back control and promptly drops Blofeld [[DroppedABridgeOnHim down a smoke stack.]] End of rivalry.
*** This was necessary after Blofeld became off-limits due to the legal dispute between Kevin [=McClory=] and Eon Productions over the Thunderball copyrights, because DisneyOwnsThisTrope. Also note that the bald villain is never named in the movie or credits.
** The Bond vs. Nick Nack fight at the end of the ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun''. Of all the PostFinalBoss fights Bond has had, this was, by far, the easiest.
** This could certainly be argued with the final stand against Auric Film/{{Goldfinger}}. He's GenreSavvy, essentially has Bond on the back foot throughout the second half of the film and comes closer to defeating him than Blofeld ever did... and it ends with him being sucked out of an aeroplane window after spending too long posturing how great he is.
** The start of ''Film/CasinoRoyale'' has Bond on a mission to take out a Section Chief leaking MI6 secrets. The chief's contact provide one of the more intense one-on-one fights in the series, but the chief is defeated simply by having his bullets stolen by Bond before he even makes it to the office.
* ''Film/{{Equilibrium}}'' has TheDragon get sliced in 2 sword moves. The BigBad, however, puts up a much better fight. With guns.
* Frog One at the very, very end of ''[[Film/TheFrenchConnection The French Connection II]]''. This being TheSeventies, when Doyle catches up with the Frenchman - after being humiliated and tortured for two ''long'' films - [[spoiler:he calls out his name and shoots him. Twice. Cut to credits. It takes all of four seconds.]]
* [[spoiler:Vanko]] at the end of ''Film/IronMan2''. It takes all of two minutes to take him down with a ChekhovsGun.
* ''Film/KillBill'' is an entire movie ''franchise'', with two movies (and the deaths of "a hell of a lot of people") building up to one fight... which [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique is over in twelve seconds.]] ''Twelve. Seconds.''
* Goro from the ''Film/MortalKombat'' film. He's set up as a major threat but it's hard to take him seriously after Johnny Cage easily defeats him by [[GroinAttack punching him in the crotch]] and dropping him off a ledge.
* The Creator/JasonStatham film, ''Film/{{Safe 2012}}'', has its final conflict between Statham's Luke Wright, a OneManArmy who came out on top in the middle of a three-way war between [[TheTriadsAndTheTongs Chinese gangsters]], [[TheMafiya Russian gangsters]], and a squad of [[DirtyCop dirty cops]], versus his EvilCounterpart [[spoiler: Adam, TheDragon for the corrupt mayor. Before a single punch can be thrown, Mei, the little girl that Wright had been protecting throughout the film, picks up Adam's gun and shoots him in the leg. Wright then quickly picks up his own gun and finishes it with a few shots to the head. Mei [[JustifiedTrope justifies it]] by pointing out that she'd seen Adam single-handedly slaughter a group of Triads and knew that if they actually fought, Wright would be in serious danger.]]
* ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'' does this for laughs. Scott has just defeated his girlfriend's seventh and final evil ex, and it seems like all of the action is finished, until [[EnemyWithout Nega-Scott]] shows up out of nowhere and with only the vaguest of foreshadowing. Scott and Nega-Scott get into position for an epic final battle, but the scene suddenly cuts straight to Scott and Nega-Scott leaving the building, laughing like old friends and planning to get together for brunch the following week. When pressed for details, Scott shrugs and says they have a lot in common.
* The Fallen in ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen''. In a film pushing 3 hours, the final battle between Optimus Prime and the Fallen lasts [[CurbStompBattle about 45 seconds]].
* The Silver Samurai in ''Film/TheWolverine''. Most complaints are about his overhyped feature in the film yet his single fight scene did not last long in the climax. And he's the modern PoweredArmor version, to boot.
* The Goblin King in ''Film/TheHobbit''. Enormous and intimidating enough to warrant a similar threat level to a troll, and he is hyped up for an epic fight with Gandalf. [[CoolSword Glamdring]] ensures that the fight lasts a few seconds at most.
* UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden in ''Film/ZeroDarkThirty''. Justified, [[RealityEnsues since he is an unarmed old man going up against a team of Navy SEALS]], defended by only three of his goons and that's more or less exactly what happened in real life.
* ''Film/DjangoUnchained'', [[spoiler: One half of the BigBadDuumvirate, Calvin Candie is shot through the chest without seeing it coming]].
** [[spoiler:The other half, Stephen is knee capped and left to die with a stick of dynamite. Elaborate yes, but Stephen's men don't put up a fight and Stephen is more or less a NonActionBigBad.]]
* '''Film/AmericanMary'' has [[spoiler: Ruby's husband. There is no confrontation, he and Mary don't know each other, so there is no emotional context. As for the "fight" itself, Mary gets stabbed and and she bites his throat out. Fights over.]]
* In each of the [[Creator/TimBurton Burton]]/[[Creator/JoelSchumacher Schumacher]] ''Film/{{Batman}}'' films, all of the major villains except for Mister Freeze were physically weaker than their henchmen and not quite intelligent enough to make up for the deficiency. Particularly pathetic were [[Film/BatmanReturns the Penguin, who is defeated by a small flock of bats]], [[Film/BatmanForever and the Riddler, who is defeated]] ''[[Film/BatmanForever instantly]]'' [[NoOntologicalInertia when his brainwave-sucking machine is blown up]].
* [[BigBad Luther]] in ''Film/TheWarriors'', both the film and the game.
* The final battle with [[spoiler: [[DarkActionGirl Selena]]]] and [[BigBad Claudio Perrini]] in the Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger movie ''Film/CollateralDamage'' consists of a very short fistfight that ends with [[spoiler: Selena getting electrocuted and Gordon throwing a firefighter's axe toward Claudio's chest.]]

* ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'': The Crimson King. After all that build-up, ''that's'' the big confrontation with the BigBad?! [[spoiler: A few pages of horribly written taunts and a quick erasure from reality?!]] The physical form that the Crimson King turns out to take doesn't exactly help. After being built up as the ultimate embodiment of evil, eclipsing even [[Literature/TheStand Randall Flagg]], it turns out that he's actually just a doddering old man. A doddering old man whose entire final strategy against Roland amounts to [[spoiler: hiding at the top of the Dark Tower and throwing hand grenades at him]].
* TheManBehindTheMan in ''[[Literature/KittyNorville Kitty Takes a Holiday]]'' is about to attack when [[spoiler:he sees the protection charms Ben and Kitty got from his granddaughter, realizes he can't win, and just lets them go.]] Arguably leads to the book being HijackedByGanon, [[spoiler:since the remaining chapters are spent on the Kitty/Ben romance that drove the first third or so.]]
* Just about every ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' BigBad whose fight is a short CurbStompBattle. But the biggest one would be Slagar, [[spoiler: who falls down a well before the protagonists can even touch him]].
* Bčbelle from ''Literature/{{Malevil}}''. For all the talk of how [[KnifeNut dangerous]] and [[CreepyCrossdresser frightening]] he is, he gets taken down with a single shot in the night.
* [[spoiler:Arawn]] from the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'' is swiftly dispatched in the last book with barely any lines and little fanfare or attention afterwards. More attention is spent on the final moments of [[spoiler:Arawn's last victim Achren]]. The way he dies underscores the fact that, for all his evil and fearsome reputation, [[spoiler:Arawn]] was just a man.
* [[EvilAlbino Ivar]] [[EvilCripple Ragnarson]], ManipulativeBastard and utter [[TheSociopath sociopath]] is the cause of almost all the misery in Creator/GuyGavrielKay's ''Literature/TheLastLightOfTheSun''. Yet he's killed about three quarters of the way through, when Bern stabs him in the back [[ShutUpHannibal mid-speech]]. The political ramifications of what he did, on the other hand, last far longer, and lead to the deaths of a whole lot more people, so in a way, Ivar's legacy lived on.
* The Volturi from ''[[Literature/{{Twilight}} The Twilight Saga]]''. After four books building them up as the ultimate unstoppable vampire force, [[spoiler: they basically run away from the final battle with their tails between their legs because they're afraid of a fair fight (made possible by Bella's psychic-ability-nullifying shield power).]]
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': Voldemort's final confrontation with Harry starts with a brief exchange, then they cast their spells (Avada Kedvara for the former, Expelliarmus for the latter) and Voldy goes down after the Elder Wand backfires on him.
* The pattern throughout ''KeysToTheKingdom'' is that the "stages" get harder and the bosses get easier. By book six, Superior Saturday offers no resistance.
* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' has a couple:
** After five books worth of build-up, Sammael (a member of [[QuirkyMinibossSquad the Forsaken]], the ''de facto'' ruler of a powerful nation, and a noted [[TheStrategist millitary leader]] and [[EvilSorcerer channeler]] in his own right]] gets eaten by [[FogOfDoom Mashadar]] after a short, not particularly spectacular fight with Rand. WordOfGod, however, is that the author thought Sammael was a "louse" of a character who didn't deserve a dramatic death, so this trope can be safely said to have been invoked.
** In the last book [[spoiler: Padan Fain/Mordeth/Shaisam, recurring villain from the first book on and all around horrifying HumanoidAbomination, thanks to running straight into Mat, who's immune to his powers from previous exposure and is therefore able to easily kill Fain's relatively frail, still mortal human body]].
* In ''Literature/TheChathrandVoyages'', though there are much bigger villains out there, [[GodEmperor the Shaggat Ness]] is consistently portrayed as a seriously nasty piece of work, and one of the most hated and feared people in recent history for a reason. He's an AxCrazy berserker with a god complex who intends to take over the world using an ArtifactOfDoom and is scarily good at convincing people of his own divinity. [[spoiler: He dies in chains, killed by a single well-placed kick to the neck by a girl barely out of her teens. However, this makes sense on several levels- not only did the heroes have [[EldritchAbomination much scarier]] things to worry about by this point, but the Shaggat was too arrogant to see death coming and make any effort to defend himself. Furthermore, the fact that she offed the most infamous monster in the world with so little fanfare- and in a way that left the body easily identifiable- cemented Neda Pathkendle's reputation in-universe as a certified badass]].
* [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] and PlayedForLaughs in ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''. Near the end of the third book, the characters begin a quest to find God's Final Message to His Creation, written in thirty-foot-high letters of flame on the side of a mountain on a distant planet, which they have been warned is guarded by "the Lajestic Vantrashell of Lob." [[BrickJoke In the next book]], they ''meet'' the Lajestic Vantrashell of Lob--and it turns out he's a small man in a ticket booth, ''selling tickets'' to tourists wishing to see the Final Message. They pay their admission fee, and he leaves them alone.
* [[spoiler:Tywin Lannister]] from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', despite being, more-or-less, the BigBad of the first three books and a powerful MagnificentBastard, he gets a quick, painful, and humiliating death where he's [[GroinAttack shot in the groin]] and dies on the toilet.
* In ''Clariel'', the prequel to ''Literature/TheOldKingdom'', [[CorruptPolitician Guildmaster Kilp]] and his son [[TheDragon Aronzo]] are the main villains for most of the book. In the end, though, the [[EntropyAndChaosMagic Free Magic]]-powered Clariel finishes both men off in less than a page of fight scene [[spoiler: only to face her ''real'' challenge when her bound Free Magic spirits decide now is a great time to turn on her]].

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Played with on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' in the Season 5 premiere with Dracula. Though he demonstrates powers no other vampire in the series has, he's still treated like a bad joke by Spike, and easily defeated. Subverted on his return in season eight.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':
** After Darkseid was being built up for all of the final season as the ultimate unstoppable personification of evil, he goes down fairly quickly. His Unholy Trinity (Godfrey, Desaad, Granny Goodness) also go down easily to [[spoiler: Green Arrow, from one arrow each.]]
** Doomsday from Season Eight, though at least his encounter with Clark can legitimately be called a "fight." Having arguably the two most powerful Superman villains taken down so quickly is part of why the later seasons aren't looked upon so well.
* Season 3 of ''Series/TheShield'' had Margos Dezerian a ruthless assassin for the Armenian mob sent to wipe out the Strike Team who after being built up as a ruthless psychopathic badass is dispatched rather easily at point blank range in a hallway by Vic Mackey.
* Isaak Sirko in the Season 7 of ''Series/{{Dexter}}''. A mafia boss, physically strong, charming, deadly, a perfect BigBad.[[spoiler: Except he is neither this Season's BigBad or climax Boss. [[DroppedABridgeOnHim He gets killed by an enemy gang]] after spending half of the season chasing Dexter (who killed his lover) and befriending him.]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The Tarrasque in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' is hyped to be the biggest, baddest, toughest monster in the game, often rumoured to be the cause of why so many powerful empires are no longer around. Too bad that for its 3rd edition incarnation, (And others) it moves slow, can't fly, and has no ranged attacks. Meaning anything that does and has a decent damage output can poke it to death without harm. It has a pathetic will save that any wizard that should be encountering him can beat (baring natural 20) and no immunities to the effects that target will (Even the ones that people avoid using because every other high level monster beside Big T is immune to them). You can have your very own pet Tarrasque for a day/level (that can easily be renewed before it expires with no effort, just command it to lower it's SR and fail the will save) via Dominate Monster. One noticeably laughable design choice is that over half its feats are some of the worst feats in the game.
** It doesn't help that ever since it was created, gamers have had unofficial "easiest/silliest ways to defeat the Tarrasque" contests. One particularly noticeable one involves a goat with a jar of green slime tied around its neck. The Tarrasque eats the goat and the slime then destroys it from the inside.
* The ''Red Hand of Doom'' adventure features the Ghostlord, meant to be a HopelessBossFight - he's encountered when the party is around 8th level, and he's CR 13, so on paper, the only way to beat him is to [[TalkingTheMonsterToDeath talk to him]] and convince him not to join the BigBad. However, the Ghostlord is pretty badly-built for CR 13; he's a lich ex-druid 6/blighter 5, which translates to his first six class levels being useless and his next five levels being in a fairly weak prestige class designed to compensate for his first six levels being useless. On top of that, he's already used his 5th-level spells when you encounter him, so he's actually down to 4th-level blighter spells, making him effectively a 7-8th-level druid. He can still be a tricky fight if your DM is crafty and abuses his lich skills and [[OneWingedAngel Wildshape ability]], but overall, he'd actually probably be one of the less threatening bosses in the game (particularly since the enemies just a few rooms away are a team of hobgoblins in full Tucker's Kobolds mode).

* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2010/02/20/episode-1221-longest-set-up-in-webcomic-history/ Observe (major spoilers).]] Clevinger likes this trope in general; very few of the major villains are beaten in any kind of climactic fashion.
* In ''Webcomic/Persona3FTW'', Strega are even more easily disposed than in the original game. In fact, the Protagonist beats both Takaya and Jin by pushing them off a bridge while on the way to defeat the Hanged Man shadow.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', it looks like a MeleeATrois will occur among [[spoiler:God-Tier Vriska, Eridan, and sober!Gamzee]]. Before any of them can do anything, [[spoiler:Kanaya, resurrected as a rainbow-drinker]], runs over and ''kicks [[spoiler:Gamzee]] straight in the [[GroinAttack bone bulge]] and punts him off a cliff''. Earlier, [[spoiler:Gamzee]] effortlessly garroted [[spoiler:Equius]] with a bowstring and [[spoiler:clubbed Nepeta to death]] and is the strongest in the trio, but was easily defeated by a bone bulge kick.
** And then it happens ''again'' when [[spoiler: Karkat, Terezi, Kanaya, and Sollux all get ready to fight Gamzee]] but then [[spoiler: Karkat]] shoos away the others and then proceeds with TalkingTheMonsterToDeath.
* In the second episode of ''WebVideo/TheFantasticFavioBros'', ''[[http://www.vimeo.com/4954944 The Horrors of Ecstasy]]'', the two {{Evil Twin}}s who believe that EverybodyMustGetStoned try to merge together into an "unholy combination" which embodies the evil powers of ecstasy. [=MaCavio=] gets on [=LeTony's=] back, they prepare to fight, and then [[spoiler: they fall down and are defeated.]]
* Being attacked by an ancient and powerful halfling lich in ''Webcomic/{{Nodwick}}'':
--->'''Artax''': Get back in your box and we won't step on you.
* ''Webcomic/{{Sonichu}}'' has this between Chris and Slaweel the Witch. One of the big events culminating a few issues worth of animosity... ends in one page.

[[folder:Web Originals]]
* Fire Sensei in ''VideoGame/ClubPenguin''. After winning all of the fire suit in Card Jitsu Fire, which can be very hard, you have to fight the Fire Sensei to get the fire gem. You expect Sensei to be quite hard, but when you fight him he suddenly starts using weak cards and gets beaten very quickly.
* In the Feast Master run of ''WebAnimation/BananaNanaNinja'', Shomaru Domatsu kills himself in lieu of having to face Baninja, who had just defeated the Feast Master Champion.
* In ''SonicTheHedgehog2SpecialEdition'', most of the endgame is much easier than it was in ''[[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2 Sonic 2]]''. The boss of Wing Fortress Zone is the same, but this time it's plot-mandated that you fight it as Super Sonic. In Death Egg Zone, Silver Sonic doesn't fight at all--he simply points out where the final boss is, then tells you to have a nice day. Said final boss ([[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere not Robotnik]], but [[spoiler:[[MindScrew "the last piece of logic left"]]]]) goes down after a single hit.
* ''RollToDodgePrincessCelestia'' can very well have the best Anticlimax bosses.
* Discussed in this WebSite/{{Cracked}} article of [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18851_7-movie-badasses-who-completely-fail-to-deliver.html 7 Movie Badasses (Who Completely Fail To Deliver)]]
* Used as a RunningGag in ''AudioPlay/KingdomPaf'', where almost every boss is defeated easily by some nonsensical DeusExMachina, thus preventing the protagonist from gaining XP and leveling up.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'': While Mr. Freeze is more than a match for Batman throughout [[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE14HeartOfIce "Heart Of Ice"]], after a brief fight during the climax, Batman quickly defeats him by spilling a thermos of hot chicken soup ([[ChekhovsGun which Alfred had given him to aid his cold]]) over Freeze's containment suit helmet, which cracks it open and leaves him powerless, struggling and gasping for breath on the floor.
* Used and PlayedForLaughs in the ''WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy'' episode [[Recap/RenandStimpy1x02RobinHoekNurseStimpy "Robin Hoek";]] before Robin (Ren) can rescue Maid Moron (Stimpy), he has to fight The Sheriff of Dodge City (George Liquor) who he quickly defeats by whipping out a turkey baster and smothering him in a shot of gravy. Liquor immediately collapses and surrenders Maid Moron.
-->'''George Liquor''': "[[YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe Thou hast besquirted me, O leotarded one!]] (falls over backwards, then raises his head) The maiden be thine! (passes out)"
* Chimera and Cassandra from the third season of ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub''. Even if they were just minor antagonists, Chimera turned Stella into a powerless an ugly monster, and Cassandra mind controlled Stella's dad, and made him to disown Stella and appoint Chimera as princess of Solaria. When the episode in which Stela was finally going to set things straight, everybody expected a huge brawl between Stella and Chimera. Well, Chimera went down after ''one hit'', and Cassandra surrendered without putting up a fight.
* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'':
** Vilgax cements his BadassDecay during the finale. With his ship crippled and flooding, and Ben in one of his new ultimate alien forms, Vilgax decides to reveal his true form...a giant squid. Yes, Vilgax, feared throughout the galaxy, conqueror of worlds Vilgax, morphs into a squid. What's worse, the fight wasn't even shown onscreen, as it immediatly cut to Ben escaping before the ship explode.
** For most of the season, Aggregor was unstoppable, easily manipulating the heroes and defeating them when forced to fight. Yet, in the finale confrontation, he is easily beaten up and depowered by Kevin, who then replaces him as the BigBad for the remain of the season. When the heroes defeat Kevin in the finale and bring him back to his sane state, his powers are stolen by Darkstar... who immediatly loses then when it turns out Ben [[GenreSavvy saw it coming]] and was ready for it.
* A seizable portion of the villains in the ''Franchise/HeroFactory'' TV show. Worst is the first season's BigBad, Von Nebula, who was defeated without an actual fight -- the Heroes simply snatched his weapon away, and that was it. Most of the "regular" bad guys are also beaten through very simplistic means.
* In "House of Villains", a special episode of Mickey's ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'', the villains (Led by Jafar) take over the eponymous nightclub. After Mickey manages to get back in the nightclub, an anticlimatic battle ensues between Mickey (In his sorcerer garb) and Jafar, basically playing baseball. Then all of a sudden, Aladdin sneaks out of the kitchen (The other friendly Disney characters were trapped) and throws Mickey the lamp, which Mickey just uses it to trap Jafar. What happens next? A long and epic battle? NOPE! The villains just flee. Yep, flee.
* Mal in the finale of ''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Total Drama: All Stars]]'', all it took was a push of a button.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** In the episode ''Spike at Your Service'', we get this cool buildup to a [[KingMook huge timberwolf]] as it slowly reassembles itself from pieces of the timberwolves that were killed at the beginning of the episode. After an entrance like that, you'd expect some epic showdown right? Wrong. Spike throws a pebble down it's throat, and it dies. That's it. The damn thing isn't even on screen for thirty seconds.
** Despite breaking the mane cast and giving Twilight a DespairEventHorizon, Discord is defeated ''very'' easily in ''The Return of Harmony Part 2.'' His defeat via the Elements of Harmony may have been anticlimactic, but it's still considered satisfying as heck.'
** The season 4 premiere gave us flashbacks to Celestia's original confrontations against Nightmare Moon and Discord. Fans had spent a few years speculating how these epic fights went down, and the reveal [[SheatheYourSword that both lasted]] [[FailedASpotCheck about a minute]] leaves something to be desired.