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->''"Stop sending in the appliances and fight me like a real man!"''
-->-- '''Retro''' from ''Anime/DeadLeaves'', complaining about being on the receiving end of this trope

A boss that has several of its minions fight alongside it. For example, an EvilOverlord may call upon his henchmen, a queen alien monster may order its offspring to attack, a magic-based enemy will summon otherworldly creatures, a wizard will create clones of itself, a KingMook will enlist the help of the normal enemies that look like it, and so forth.

This trope contains a wide range of variations:

* Taking advantage of these extra baddies may be required to beat the boss. For example, the game may require you to take them out before you can even ''hit'' the boss at all, or you may have to [[PuzzleBoss trick them into attacking their leader]]. Stunning the flunkies and then throwing them back at the boss is a variation favored by {{Elimination Platformer}}s and some {{Beat Em Up}}s.
* Only rarely do the minions actually stay dead. Defeating all of the minions will cause the boss to revive them, or summon more to take their place. The player can usually exploit this to their advantage by defeating all but one minion; other times the boss will simply revive ''any'' fallen minion, and defeating the minions merely just distracts the boss from attacking the party directly. And then there are times where the minions simply {{respawn|ingEnemies}} on their own, allowing the boss to focus all of its attention on you.
** Alternately, the boss may become [[TurnsRed much more powerful]] as its minions are defeated, unleashing stronger uber-attacks against the party. Be warned that the boss may remain in this empowered state even while reviving its comrades, making the fight even harder.
* While these extra enemies to deal with may ostensibly make the fight harder, they may also represent an unlimited source of [[BossArenaRecovery health or ammunition pickups]], or [[LevelGrind experience points]] as they are defeated. This is a subtle method for the developers to essentially grant you infinite supplies and to prevent the battle from being {{unwinnable}}.
* From a story-gameplay perspective, especially when fighting a humanoid boss, this trope is a sensible choice to avoid such absurd situations as the player's party constantly beating down on a single guy who should've died long ago by regular enemy standards for the entire fight. By giving him minions, you keep other party members occupied in battle and can give the boss a more logical amount of HitPoints without turning the whole fight into an AnticlimaxBoss.
* Sometimes, bosses are very weakly tied to normal enemies and it feels like a boss just appeared in the middle of the battle (as in ''VideoGame/{{Zanac}}'', for example).

In many cases, the optimal strategy is to concentrate all your offensive efforts on the main boss, as killing him will [[NoOntologicalInertia defeat the minions too]] and constitute an InstantWinCondition, meaning there's no sense in wasting time and resources on the minions when they're probably just going to come back anyway. This is especially true if the boss itself has no form of attack, and its flunkies are its only form of offence. [[ShootTheMedicFirst The contrary can be true if the flunkies]] ''[[MookMedic heal]]'' the boss, or if [[ZergRush more and more of them would spawn]] if you don't kill them until you are [[DeathOfAThousandCuts overwhelmed by sheer numbers]].

See also the overlapping tropes CognizantLimbs and CoresAndTurretsBoss. Compare DualBoss and WolfPackBoss, where they're not flunkies, but on equal terms, and EnemySummoner, for {{Mooks}} that run on this. WeaponizedOffspring may be a subtrope.



* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** Queen Gohma in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'' summons its babies (although it's so easy you usually kill it before it even gets to do it). Armoghoma does the same in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'', but this time it drops at least ten times as many eggs at once. They are easily killed with the Spin Attack, however, often even before they hatch.
** Odolwa in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]'' summons hordes of moths.
** Molgera in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker The Wind Waker]]'' will summon Lanmola-like larvae all the time, constantly jumping at you. Your locking system automatically locks to the closest larva to you, thus forcing you to get even closer to the boss who is in quick sand, trying to swallow you.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' has Koloktos occasionally summon a few [[NightOfTheLivingMooks Zombie Bokoblins]] to attack Link. Moldarach will start summoning Arachas once it
* ''[[VideoGame/BubbleBobble Bubble Symphony]]'' has a giant VideoGame/{{Space Invader|s}}, who has updated sprite versions of the invaders as well as the UFO. The UFO also has eyes on its top.
* ''VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed'' has a fair few, but while the henchmen can be annoying, they are actually helpful, as the player regains health from killing enemies. Bosses who fight alone are considerably harder, due to there being no way to regain health during the battle.
* In ''VideoGame/XMenLegends II,'' Holocaust is backed up by ''hordes'' of {{Mooks}}, and will occasionally suck the life out of one to recharge himself.
* Many, many boss battles in ''VideoGame/CaveStory'' are of this type. The battle with the Undead Core actually has ''two'' levels of this, as one of the flunkies is itself a MookMaker. This is because taking damage also weakens your weapons' EXP; the more you get hit, the less damage you can do, making any boss battle without an EXP source terribly unforgiving. Bosses without minions are generally easy ones, with the notable exception of [[BigBad the Doctor]]. Special mention goes to [[spoiler: the Undead Core (a Flunky Boss who has a Flunky that's a Flunky Boss on her own), the Heavy Press (accompanied by two Invincible Minor Minions in addition to regular enemies) and Wind Fortress's G-CLONE (this is its whole gimmick).]]
* The WarmupBoss, first real boss, and final boss of ''VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil'' are all Flunky Bosses. For the first two bosses, the flunkies essentially serve to give you something to do while the boss readies its attack--they consist mostly of harmless, low-power {{Mooks}}. In the final boss, you get hit with multi-stage, [[ShapeshifterGuiltTrip guilt-tripping]] baddies that do manage to pose a serious threat, and must be utilized to both attack the boss and to advance the fight in general.
* The final boss from ''VideoGame/{{Grabbed By The Ghoulies}}'' will summon mooks to fight for him each time the player character scores a hit. He does this by blowing a trumpet that will call upon (in this order) armed Skeletons, Zombies, Worms and Pirate Zombies who emerge from the various portraits hanging from the walls. When this happens, the boss cannot be harmed until all the lesser enemies are dealt with.
* Every boss in the ''NicktoonsUnite'' series but the final boss of the fourth game, ''Globs of Doom'', is this. Though the second bosses of ''Nicktoons Unite'' and ''Globs of Doom'' ([[WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants Plankton's]] GiantEnemyCrab mecha and [[WesternAnimation/InvaderZim GIR]] gone crazy and stuff again respectively) are of the "sit back until you kill their mooks" variations. Hell, [[WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents Mr. Crocker]] even shouts out for "guards, GUARDS!" or that he "wishes for ASSISTANCE!" when summoning enemies.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Overlord}}'': Oberon, Sir William, Khan, [[spoiler:the Wizard]], and [[spoiler:the Forgotten God]]. Other than the fact that you [[PlayerCharacter play as him]], the [[EvilOverlord titular Overlord]] fits the qualifications as well.
* Natia in ''[[VideoGame/{{Bomberman}} Bomberman Hero]]'' falls somewhere between this and DualBoss--or more likely, combines the two. The first time you face her, she's accompanied by Cronus, who seems to be on equal footing with her, but must be defeated before you can damage her (although she'll float around and be a nuisance during the Cronus battle unless you hit her platform with a few bombs, fitting this trope. The second time, she again has an equal in the form of a second Natia, but the trope applies in full force as an endless supply of miniature Cronuses will fall from the ceiling and try to interfere with your battle.
* Bad Girl in ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'' has an [[ThatOneAttack annoying habit]] of batting her gimp minions at you.
* Most of the bosses in ''VideoGame/TransformersWarForCybertron'' do this. The most notable is the boss fight against Soundwave in the Autobot campaign. He hides behind an energy shield while activating automated turrets and then sending out one of his familiar minions (Frenzy, Rumble, and Laserbeak) to attack you. Taking out the minions is the key to beating him, as the only time he leaves the safety of his energy shield is to retrieve the body of a fallen minion.
* Myconid Master and Snow Kong in ''VideoGame/WonderBoyInMonsterLand'' generate the smaller {{mook}} versions of themselves.
* The Giadrome, Great Jaggi, and their variants in the ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'' series all make it a note to call members of their pack to hassle you at regular intervals. The Qurupeco starts as this kind of foe, initially using its voice mimicry to call various types of small monsters, but tends to go for [[SummonBiggerFish a different strategy]] when it gets lower on health.
* ''VideoGame/IttleDew'': Masked Ruby and the BonusBoss spawn enemies occasionally, but spawning stuff is basically the entire strategy of the FinalBoss.
* ''VideoGame/{{Jotun}}'': The Cave Jotun Fé will summon dwarves [[MultiMookMelee en masse]] during her fight. While they don't do too much damage individually and are killed in one hit, they do a good job of slowing the player down for Fé, and as the fight progresses they will swarm the player in greater and greater numbers.

* Games based on ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** Spandam in ''Unlimited Adventures'' as befitting his SmugSnake status. He does this again in ''[[VideoGame/OnePieceUnlimitedCruise Unlimited Cruise]]'', as do Enel, Smoker, Oz, Vivi, and maybe Moria. Even though it's a video game trope, this also applies in the series itself to Perona. She would have gone down extremely quickly to Usopp if not for the fact she had about two dozen minions he had to deal with first and then a big angry Kumacy chasing him around.
** Gecko Moria. After losing his entire crew in battle, he decides [[ZombieApocalypse to create a new, unkillable, crew,]] and rely solely on their power. It's not until his VillainousBreakdown that he does any fighting himself.
** After the TimeSkip, [[spoiler: Demalo Black's plan to take on the New World hinged on his becoming this. He tricked several pirate crews several times stronger than himself into becoming his followers by making them believe that he was Luffy, intending to use them to take out any threats that Luffy's reputation didn't scare away first.]]
* The third Greater Fiend in the {{Xbox}} version of ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'', Marbus is interesting about this. The first time you enter his realm, he taunts you, but rather than fight, summons a previously killed boss to fight you (Yep, he's a FlunkyBoss that uses ''other bosses as flunkies''). You kill the boss and leave with a plot coupon, then return to face another previously defeated boss, then he just gets ticked off and finally attacks you, while summoning a seemingly infinite stream of lesser fiends in groups of three. There's also Masakado the samurai, second boss of the game. On difficulties above normal ''every'' boss has flunkies that drop by at every 25% of the life bar you knock off them.
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries''
** ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum''. All of 'em except [[AdvancingBossOfDoom Killer]] [[MarathonBoss Croc]].
** ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' does it again with the Ra's al Ghul, Joker and Two-Face (Catwoman chapter) boss battles.
** ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins'' has plenty, even including Killer Croc this time! Some of them, such as Shiva, will even summon new ones later on (and they're martial artists, just for additional inconvenience), and the fight against Deadshot goes so far as to be handled as a stealth section where you take out his minions one by one so they don't [[MoreDakka interrupt]] while you beat him senseless (up until the end, when he calls new minions - when you take him down, [[BadBoss the remaining minions flee almost as quickly as the hostage]]).
* In ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaI'', you don't have FrankensteinsMonster without his InvincibleMinorMinion, Igor, who only serves to distract you and throw additional fireballs at you while you're busy trying to whip Frank's head.
* In ''VideoGame/TheMatrixPathOfNeo'' the mission 'The Key' has a MiniBoss, GiantMook, EliteMooks - with five regular {{Mooks}} that distract and try to kill Neo.
* The final boss in the European exclusive game, ''Knights of the Temple: Infernal Crusade'' keeps summoning a more powerful enemy each time you provide him harm. Among those enemies, there are a few previous bosses as well.

* In ''VideoGame/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesTurtlesInTime'', the player can toss flunkies towards the screen. This is the only way to defeat one of the bosses in the SNES version, who takes up a first-person view of the action.
* In ''VideoGame/TheNinjaWarriorsAgain'', picking up mooks and throwing them [[spoiler: is the ''only'' way to defeat [[BigBad Banglar]], who's protected from your attacks behind a glass capsule]].
* In the [[VideoGame/ScottPilgrim Scott Pilgrim game]], the first two bosses are always examples; Matthew Patel has his [[NinjaZombiePirateRobot demon hipster chicks]] and Lucas Lee can summon skateboarders. Other bosses spawn enemies too, but only when in co-op mode, to keep the game balanced.
* ''TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles: The Hyperstone Heist'' has Tatsu (foot soldiers) and Baxter Stockman (mousers). If one is patient enough, these can be killed ad infinitum for extra lives...but since it takes 200 kills per extra life, it's usually better just to finish the boss and be done with it.
* Machine Gun Willy in the arcade versions of ''VideoGame/DoubleDragon'' and ''VideoGame/DoubleDragonII'' joins his flunkies during both game's final battle (the flunkies being bosses from previous stages).
* Basically every boss in the ''VideoGame/FinalFight'' series, nominally excluding Sodom/Katana.
* Death Bringer from the home ports of ''VideoGame/GoldenAxe'' surrounded himself with unkillable skeleton enemies, the toughest regular mooks in the game. The idea here was to make it that much harder to deal with the actual boss, and to that end, [[ThatOneBoss it was a rousing success.]]
* Mr. X in ''VideoGame/StreetsOfRage'' tends to stand in the back shooting at you with his machine gun while he sends waves of {{mooks}} at you, not being [[BadBoss particularly worried]] about shooting them in the process.
* The penguin boss in ''VideoGame/DynamiteDux'' has six of his minions attack you while he hops in place.
* ''Gaia Crusaders'' goes nuts with this kind of boss. Each one surrounds themselves with a half-dozen lackeys at all times and immediately summons new ones to replace any you take out. With two players it's nearly manageable, but the game becomes a [[FakeDifficulty serious quarter-muncher]] if you're playing solo. Oh, there's also a BossRush at the end, and the bosses all bring in [[EliteMooks the toughest mooks]] from their respective stages.

* A couple of bosses in ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'' do this, among them the [[CampGay foppish Sander Cohen]] who calls on a troupe of dancing spider splicers to mince you for him, as well as the BigBad [[spoiler: Atlas aka Fontaine, who summons waves of splicers and even security bots at various stages of the final battle.]]
* The Siren from ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'' keeps flying around the map, creating new enemies from corpses.
* A ''Franchise/StarWars: VideoGame/JediKnightJediAcademy'' boss is accompanied by two enemies who recharge him once you do a certain amount of damage. They also have fully-decked out force powers and will use them on you, making them nigh-impossible to kill while the main boss is mobile. Doesn't help that the boss is ''very'' mobile and free to carve you up while you go after the flunkies. The only way to win is to attack him until the flunkies heal him, then kill them, which takes at least three consecutive defeats.
* ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime'': The Omega Pirate summons a group of Space Pirates to defend himself when he repairs his armour from the damage you're inflicting, and Metroid Prime's core spawns two Metroids of varying types whenever it generates a new pool of Phazon.
* The final boss in ''VideoGame/ReturnToCastleWolfenstein'', Heinrich I, has a habit of not only sending flying ghouls at you who take off health and make your screen black for a few seconds if you get too far away, but also of respawning useless zombies that can send smaller versions of these ghouls at you (though mostly they just try to walk up and hack you with flailing limbs). The first boss, Olaric, does the same.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Doom}} 2'', there's a Spider Mastermind (though at this point it's a DegradedBoss) surrounded by several Arachnotrons, and in a later level two Spider Masterminds with a swarm of Arachnotrons in sight. Since it's Doom, you can usually get the two monster types to kill each other.
* The Guardian Of Hell in ''VideoGame/{{Doom 3}}''. The Guardian itself is blind, and uses flunky Seekers to see. The final boss of ''Doom 2'' is another example, as it can only summon more and more minions as its only defense.
* Both D'Sparil in ''VideoGame/{{Heretic}}'' and the Heresiarch in ''VideoGame/{{Hexen}}'' start summoning disciples after you reduce their health to a certain point.
* ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'':
** While most of the Special Infected in general operate by trapping and incapacitating survivors among existing Commons, the Boomer's main method of attack is summoning whole ''waves'' of them by puking on the players.
** The game tends to [[InvertedTrope stop spawning enemies completely]] while a [[DamageSpongeBoss Tank's]] in play, but sometimes you'll get unlucky and have a Special or two gunning for the survivors while they scramble around. In Versus Mode, however, all bets are off since the Infected team ''will'' keep spawning during Tank time, [[FromBadToWorse including Boomers]].
* The final gunfight with Alec Trevelyan in ''VideoGame/GoldenEyeWii''. He isn't much of a threat by himself, as he simply follows a preset path, stopping behind cover to blaze away at Bond. The real threats are the minions (and, eventually, [[spoiler:the helicopter]]) he summons as backup, who have ''real'' AI, grenades, and endless reinforcements waiting in the wings. The kicker? [[spoiler:You don't even kill Alec; you just weaken him enough until he leaves, then you chase him for the ''real'' final showdown.]]
* ''VideoGame/SeriousSam: The Second Encounter''. The first boss, Kukulkan the Wind God, is said to defend the portal from your enemies as well as from you; it just happens so that [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard he and the mooks do not attack each other and focus on you]]. The second one is a huge biomechanical larva that spawns some smaller explosive bugs and hurls them at you. The final boss, Mordekai the Summoner, lives up to his title, with summons as his only "attack".
* The first boss of ''VideoGame/{{Painkiller}}'' summons skeletons. He's Necrogiant so it figures.
* ''VideoGame/{{Descent}}''. Holy shit, ''Descent''. Nearly all of the bosses are accompanied by a veritable ''army'' of other robots, and they (the bosses) can easily kill you on their own. Sometimes the best strategy was to clear out the {{Mooks}} first, then attack the boss one-on-one, but sometimes this is impossible, either because there are just so ''many'' {{Mooks}}, or because the dreaded [[MookMaker purple-web things]] are present. Sometimes the bosses themselves had the ability to [[EnemySummoner spawn more robots]] as they fought.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
** In ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'', there's the Prophet of Regret and his Elite Honor Guards, and Tartarus and his Brute Captains.
** In ''VideoGame/HaloReach'', the Elite Field Marshal is accompanied by a trio of Zealot Elites, which themselves are [[BossInMookClothing bosses in mook clothing]], making this a borderline WolfpackBoss fight (on higher difficulties, they're also accompanied by an Engineer and a group of Spec-Ops Grunts).
** In ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'', the Warden Eternal is almost always accompanied by a horde of Promethean robots.
* The final boss battle in ''VideoGame/{{Quake}}''. In fact, the boss (Shub-Niggurath) has no attacks of her own, so once you defeat the minions, you're home free.
* Most of the bosses in ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' [[spoiler: (aside from The Destroyer)]], fight alongside generic {{Mooks}}. This can become very annoying for lower level players, but the mooks also serve as easy second winds and quite a lot of abilities you'd want to use against a boss require a kill to use in the first place.
* ''VideoGame/TronTwoPointOh'': When Jet's fighting Thorne in the Progress Bar to protect Ma3a, the User-turned-Virus summons a small army of Z-lots to attack, forcing the player to deal with those, potentially having to leave Ma3a open to an attack.
* ''VideoGame/JurassicTheHunted'': during the tyrannosaurus boss fight, flocks of pterosaurs constantly swoop down on you from above. [[spoiler: In fact, they can actually pose more of a threat than the T-Rex. Good thing you have that mini-gun]].
* ''VideoGame/NosferatuTheWrathOfMalachi'': The Moraie Succubus is surrounded by several monsters who can hurt you before, during, and after the fight with her. The Draija Succubus takes this up to eleven by making her fight you in a room that also contains a giant Portal that will continuously spawn Desmodiij until destroyed, which can often be more dangerous than her.
* ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonorVanguard'': The first Tiger Tank the player fights (the second one to appear in the game) has the ammunition for the Bazooka, the only weapon that can damage it, scattered across three different buildings, which are guarded by [[{{Elite Mooks}} Waffen SS infantry]].

* In ''VideoGame/WarOfTheMonsters'', Robo-47 sends the American military at you during the single player battle. Expect a lot more tanks and helicopters!

* ''VideoGame/TheOceanHunter'' has many Flunky Bosses: Leviathan, a giant shark, sends minor enemies at you to rest between attacks; Charibdis, a giant angler fish, spits other deep-sea fishes as its first attack pattern; and the massive water worm Midgardsorm uses his parasites as ''his only form of offense'' since it ate you and you must destroy his heart from the inside.
* The Hanged Man in ''VideoGame/HouseOfTheDead'' sends swarms of literal GoddamnedBats after you in his first phase. The Emperor in the second game can summon previously fought bosses.
* All ''VideoGame/TimeCrisis'' bosses.
* All bosses in ''VideoGame/LethalEnforcers'' except for the first boss and the FinalBoss.

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* In ''VideoGame/SaturnBomberman'', the first stage of the FinalBoss battle has Dr. Mechard hiding under a force field while twenty flunkies go to work.
* All the bosses in ''[[VideoGame/BattleCity Tank Force]]'' except the final boss have normal enemies fighting alongside it. These enemies must also be defeated to win the round.

* ''VideoGame/ToontownOnline'' has literal flunky bosses; Cog Buildings can have Flunkies as bosses when there's a Flunky invasion. The CJ also has lawyers throwing evidence at Toons, as well as the scale to [[NonStandardGameOver try to put the scales in the Cogs' favor so that you go sad.]]
* ''VideoGame/CityOfVillains'' lets you assume the role of one of these with the "Mastermind" player class. And in both this game and ''VideoGame/CityofHeroes'', the hardest foes are rarely found without at least a few Mooks on hand.
* Frequent among instance bosses in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', with varying boss patterns regarding their underlings.
** ''Mr. Smite'' stuns you to allow minions to beat you senseless while he gets a new weapon. Van Cleef summons more at varying health levels. ''Instructor Razuvious'' in Naxxramas will destroy everything in his path... except his students, which are hardy enough to take hits from him if they are mind-controlled. The Karazhan Boss ''Terestrian Illhoof'' has a subversion of the "super-attack when minion dies" type: When his imp is killed, Terestrian is weakened until his imp {{respawn|ingEnemies}}. And many more!
** Gothik the Harvester is one of these to such an extent that actually killing the boss after he's run out of Mooks to send at you is considered little more than a formality.
** And there is Lord Ahune, which can only be fought during the midsummer festival. Most of the time, you're too busy fighting his hordes of mooks and a bigger mook to even bother with him (fortunately you can keep your distance from most of his attacks), then he becomes vulnerable for 30 seconds and doesn't attack at all.
** Kargath Bladefist in Shattered Halls continuously spawn streams of his own mooks when you fight him.
** [[ThatOneBoss Fathom-Lord Karathress]] in ''Serpentshrine Cavern'' is this as well, of the TurnsRed variety: he has 3 flunkies (which are all pretty challenging bosses in their own right) and for each one that dies, Karathress gets an increase in damage output ''and'' one of their nastiest abilities. By the end of the fight, when you're attacking Karathress proper, he's [[NintendoHard demolishing your tank, messing up your healers' mana and one-shoting everyone with his]] [[GameBreaker Spitfire Totem]] [[NintendoHard if your damage dealers are not REALLY fast killing it when it pops up]].
** The black dragon Sartharion is an interesting variant. In the instance are three drakes. You can either kill them before engaging the boss, or leave 1, 2 or all of them alive, which makes the battle significantly harder (Sartharion alone is a fairly simple fight, but with 3 drakes he's the hardest boss in the game, at least until patch 3.1 when a new raid instance is added), but with more and better loot drops.
** In the first phase of the fight against Yogg Saron, an Old God imprisoned by the Titans in Ulduar, it takes the form of a friendly female NPC while a string of enemies start to appear. Each enemy causes heavy damage over a wide area when it dies, and the only way to reach the second phase of the fight is to have the enemies close enough to the disguised Old God when they die that they hurt her as well.
** Lady Deathwhisper starts the fight by putting up an impenetrable mana shield and summons cultists from alternate sides of the room. Players must divide their time between killing her allies and attacking her to drain her mana until she runs out and the shield drops, at which point she stops calling them.
** Queen Azshara in the Well of Eternity instance is almost a WolfPackBoss as Azshara herself doesn't fight you directly, is invincible, and flees when her minions are defeated; but her ability to mind control members of the party, or mind control the entire party and have them [[PsychicAssistedSuicide commit suicide]], makes her the most dangerous person in the battle.
** Warmaster Blackhorn in Dragon Soul is a Twilight Dragon riding Tauren with six drake riding Vrykul. He sends his minions out first, it's only after the raid deals with the six twilight drakes that he finally appears, joining any Vrykul raiders still alive, and bringing his dragon with him as a DualBoss.
** The Will of the Emperor encounter in Mogu'shan Vaults is a MookMaker which is defeated by beating the two biggest mooks, [[DualBoss Jan-Xi and Qin-Xi]], while the machine keeps pumping out lesser mooks.
** Then there also is Wind Lord Meljarakfrom the [[BugWar Mantis]]'raid called Heart of Fear. He has 3 groups of 3 literal [[EliteMooks Elite Mooks]], and each group a shared healpool, around him who, when added up, have almost as much health as he does. The whole thing gets even better in the heroic mode where his mooks even respawn after a time. He gets a 50% extra damage debuff for every dead mook group though and starts throwing bombs at 75% health, which, in cooperation with one of the mookgroup's ability to freeze single players in amber are going to kill the group quite quickly if the mooks are not killed first, giving them a higher priority despite their high health.
* ''Videogame/FinalFantasyXIV'':
** The game utilizes this heavily in many dungeon and raid boss fights. Most fights are designed for the underlings to be killed, sometimes by certain roles, at certain locations, etc. Depending on the party's gear and skill, these phases can become shorter or get skipped outright.
** Most primals have add (underling) phases where failure to kill them in a certain time limit will cause that primal's signature move (e.g. Ifrit's Hellfire) to wipe the party. And then there's Knights of the Round, where half the fight is against the Knights instead of the King.
* ''VideoGame/RuneScape'':
** The game has [=TzTok-Jad=], the second most powerful attackable monster in the game. Not only he's only reachable after you progress through sixty-something waves of enemies, which is enough for most players to run out of supplies during, but also he does indeed summon four little healers when he falls to half HP. You get an unique cape for defeating him, at least.
** All of the bosses in the God Wars Dungeon have bodyguards that will violently defend their generals.
** Some quests have bosses that does this, brought in mind is the Bandos Avatar from The Chosen Commander, who makes the statues in the throne room live when you try to get back the parts of Zanik's Crossbow back, which is the only weapon thay can truly kill him.
** [[BossInMookClothing Glacors]] summon three glacytes when they reach half health. For an added twist, the glacors are invulnerable until the glacytes are dead, and take on the characteristics of the last glacyte to die.
* Every single boss in ''[[Website/GaiaOnline zOMG!]]'' except General Dreedle. Most of the time, these Mooks respawn infinitely. In one case, defeating one will make an even stronger one appear and explode right next to you. Fun times.
* Most bosses in ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' have several standard enemies with them. Zoldark the unholy is a clever variant- His defense in insanely high, but he has no direct attacks, only being able to power up his flunkies and ([[CastFromHitPoints by damaging himself]]) revive them. [[PuzzleBoss Figure it out]].
* While almost every boss in {{Wizard101}} has a minion (or three if at least three wizards enter the fight) that can survive the boss's death. But some of the cheating bosses deserve special note
** Angrus Hollowsoul summons a minion that must be killed in four turns or it will cast a spell that functions as a TotalPartyKill for the level players are suppose to face it at.
** General Stormclaw summons three skeletons that must be killed from right to left with single target attacks or they punish the entire party with powerful attacks that can prevent players from doing anything for a turn in addition to the heavy damage.
** Lyon Lorestriker summons one minion a round (two if a player has heal a over time spell effect on them) and if he is allowed to max out at three minions he gets to cast a free super powered blizzard spell in addition to his normal actions. Also once he gets just under half health his minions health drastically increases.
* Most bosses in ''VideoGame/DungeonsAndDragonsOnline'' are flunky bosses. In most cases, the flunkies don't respawn. It is also unusual in that killing the flunkies first is usually the best solution (The flunkies have much less HP than the bosses, have a combined damage output greater than him, may be MookMedic ([[ShootTheMedicFirst so kill them first]]) or have some annoying crowd control spells or attacks (such as Improved Trip, making you fall to the ground if you have low Str and Dex, preventing you from doing anything), and are usually vulnerable to OneHitKill, unlike the boss.)

* In Creator/SegaPinball's ''Pinball/StarWarsTrilogy'', Darth Vader's target is hidden behind a set of TIE Fighter dropdown targets, combining this trope with ShieldedCoreBoss.
* In ''VideoGame/ThePinballOfTheDead'', Hierophant from the "Wandering" table periodically rattles the screen and causes groups of Mofish to fall onto the playfield.

* The final boss of ''VideoGame/JakIIRenegade'', which features the Metal Head leader and his underlings.
* ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'' has the Mega-Censor from the stage "Sasha's Shooting Gallery", and Jasper from "Gloria's Theater". The Hulking Lungfish mid-game boss may also count--she spits crawdads and sucker fish at you, but their threat level is so tiny as to almost be nonexistent.
* ''VideoGame/{{Shinobi}}'' for the [=PS2=] plays with this one - every single boss functions this way, and while the player ''can'' ignore the minions and go straight for the boss [[BoringButPractical and still win]], experienced players will wait around for minions to spawn and use them to build kill combos, as doing this will allow them to kill all but the first two bosses (yes, even the final boss) ''in a single hit''.
* The final fight with the vizier in ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaTheSandsOfTime''. The vizier sends out several clones to fight in his stead. His actual body is pretty frail, dying within 2 sword strikes.
* One of the bonus challenges for Hedgeshock the Erinaceroid in ''VideoGame/MegaManZX Advent'' is to deliver her the finishing blow by knocking one of her rat minions into her.
* In ''VideoGame/MegaManX6'', the final boss summons disgusting blobs and airborne platform enemies to distract you from its weak point and lasers
* ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry''
** ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry2DiddysKongQuest'' has King Zing, who, about halfway through the battle, shrinks, turns red (literally, not the trope) and gets a few bodyguards. You then have to knock a couple of the surrounding Zingers out and spit eggs at him before they respawn (how many you knock out doesn't affect respawn speed, though).
** The original ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry1'' features [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKOgyZovuPI Boss Dumb Drum]], who pops out common mooks for you to fight. In fact, you can't even hit him at all, he dies after all of his mooks die.
** Colonel Pluck releases eggs that hatch into mechanical cuckoos in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns''.
* A lot of ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' bosses do this, particularly so the player can [[EdibleAmmunition inhale the weaker enemies as ammunition]] (or [[PowerCopying copy their abilities]]).
* Splash Woman from ''VideoGame/MegaMan9'', whose singing summons fish that attack Mega Man. There's also ''VideoGame/MegaMan3's'' Snake Man and his Search Snakes as well as Hornet Man and his swarm of bees (also from ''9''). There's a fine line, though, between "flunky" and "projectile" in these cases; Splash Woman's fish just zoom straight across the screen. Hornet Man's bees will at least chase you around the room.
* Used quite a fair bit in the ''VideoGame/WarioLand'' series, where usually, the enemy has to be used as ammunition against the boss. ''The Shake Dimension'' has some pretty odd examples though, such as the fourth boss which summons various mooks, then causes a mini hurricane that sends them flying at your character (or into the wall and the fifth boss, which has to be fed one or two mooks before spitting out a bomb which can be used to hurt said boss (FeedItABomb).
* Several bosses in the ''Franchise/SlyCooper'' series, including Rajan and Jean-Bison in ''VideoGame/Sly2BandOfThieves'', and The Black Baron in ''VideoGame/Sly3HonorAmongThieves''.
* Most ''VideoGame/{{Klonoa}}'' bosses have flunkies, because you need to throw mooks at the boss to damage them. The one exception is the first phase of Polonte the Hatchling from ''VideoGame/Klonoa2LunateasVeil'', but that's because you can't use the ring what so ever.
* The Queen at the end of episode 4 of ''VideoGame/DukeNukem3D''. It's bad enough that you have to fight her underwater and she's 2000HP tougher than the other bosses, but her constant laying of Protector Drones (DemonicSpiders) makes her into ThatOneBoss (or, if not, very nearly does).
* Happens several times in ''VideoGame/LegendOfKay''. This is to make the boss fights easier, since killing an enemy gives Kay extra fighting powers for a short time, and the effect is cumulative.
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'':
** [[VideoGame/SuperMario64 The Whomp King]] in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2'' has the ability to summon smaller Whomps called Whimps. He doesn't do it in his original game.
** In ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'', FinalBoss Bowser tosses Mecha-Koopas out of his Koopa Clown Car from time to time, and throwing them back at him is the only way to defeat him.
* The [[GameMod ROM hack]] ''VideoGame/BrutalMario'' has a recreation of [[VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry Dumb Drum]] that functions as this.
* [[GiantEnemyCrab The Rattlecrab]] and [[FinalBoss Looger]] in ''VideoGame/{{Scaler}}''. Once it's sustained enough damage, the Rattlecrab starts to continously shoot out little crab-like creatures at you, who can be a merry pain in the rear to shoot down. Looger on the other hand, er, claw will, after a while, firstly summon a group of small {{Mooks}}, then a little bit later a couple of large ones, [[RuleOfThree then finally]] a really big one.
* ''VideoGame/PokemonRumble'' adds this to KingMook; the flunkies are all lesser forms of the boss.
* In ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'', Totem Beasts are larger versions of standard Pokémon, and each can summon a regular version of itself. However, the player is still allowed to only have one Pokémon out at a time.
* ''VideoGame/{{Spelunky}}'''s only boss spawns enemies every second time it crushes through the floor. The enemies often materialize off-screen (where they become inactive), thus making them a threat only once the player tries to reach the exit.
* Buga the Knut orders his Uga Buga minions to kill you in ''VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay''; when you get rid of all of them, then Buga himself will challenge you for the definitive fight. Downplayed with Count Batula, as the minions (squirrel villagers) who roam the mansion want to kill ''both you and him'', so what you do is to sacrifice the mooks to kill Batula indirectly. Inverted with Big Boiler (a.k.a. the Big Big Guy), as he's operated and commanded by the fiery imps and not the other way around.
* In ''[[VideoGame/BanjoKazooie Banjo-Tooie]]'', five of the bosses summon minions to do you harm. Targitzan, Terry, Weldar and Hag 1 do you the courtesy of summoning minions you can actually kill; no such luck with Mr Patch, whose flunky is an invincible (but mercifully easy to dodge) boxing glove-molehill.
* The rabbit and pencil bosses of ''VideoGame/FancyPantsAdventures'' require the player to stun their mooks and knock them back at them when they're vulnerable to deal damage.

* ''VideoGame/{{Pikmin}}'':
** The RecurringBoss Empress Bulbax in ''Pikmin 2'' is a Flunky Boss in her second and third appearances. She continuously spawns Bulbax Larvae. While incredibly fragile (a single punch from one of your captains will turn them into slime), they are capable of instantly killing your Pikmin, and they're a nuisance to deal with.
** The Scornet Maestro in ''Pikmin 3'' commands a horde of up to 100 Scornets and manipulates them into defending itself and attacking. The Maestro cannot attack or defend itself whatsoever without the help of Scornets.
* Nearly every boss in the ''[[VideoGame/DawnOfWar Dawn of War II]]'' campaigns, with more difficult bosses spawning larger numbers and more powerful types of flunkies. Indeed, the main reason The Avatar and Bonesmasha are [[ThatOneBoss so frustrating]] is their tendency to summon ''bloody hordes'' of flunkies that include plenty of vehicles and elite soldiers.
* Enemy carriers and motherships in the ''VideoGame/{{Homeworld}}'' series: being {{Battlestar}}s, they launch fighters and frigates (and, in the case of some motherships, ''heavy cruisers'') at you to fight. Thankfully, most of them are weakly armed, with only the Turanic carriers, the Kadeshi motherships and the Beast mothership are actually dangerous opponents on their own, and you have to actually destroy them on very rare occasions (once in the original game and once in ''Cataclysm'' for the Turanic carrier, once for the Kadeshi mothership (but you have to destroy ''three'' of them in that mission) and once for the Beast mothership), with the objective being to force them to run or to escape yourself most of the times.
* ''VideoGame/TotallyAccurateBattleSimulator'' has the chicken man, who summons chickens from his coat to attack with. This is turned UpToEleven with the [[spoiler:chicken man ''man'', who summons chicken men]].

* The grand finale of ''VideoGame/{{Nethack}}'' features this over the final five planes; the Elemental Plane Of Air and the Astral Plane are by far the worst. Theoretically, the [[HorsemenOfTheApocalypse Riders]] are supposed to be the bosses, but the bigger problem is the sheer volume of {{Mooks}} and {{Mook Maker}}s.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Angband}}'', several of the uniques can summon monsters, and this can quickly get out of hand unless you make an anti-summoning corrior. Morgoth can even summon other uniques you haven't killed yet.
* In the ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon'' series, virtually every boss fight that isn't against a legendary Pokemon (Though even some of those aren't exceptions) will have multiple weaker Pokemon assisting the main boss(es).
* ''VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaac''. Most bosses spit out a few flies at minimum. Others, such as The Duke of Flies and Mom, spit out a lot more flies. [[spoiler:Mom's Heart]] spawns minions and hides until they all die, as does [[spoiler:It Lives]], but with a DegradedBoss or two instead. [[spoiler:Mega Satan]], however, is the king of this trope to the point where it crosses over with Boss Rush - throwing [[spoiler:the HorsemenOfTheApocalypse, the Super versions of the SevenDeadlySins, and dark versions of the Angels]] at you in three separate waves between direct attacks.
* ''Videogame/DarkestDungeon'': Several bosses can spawn the mooks you've faced through the dungeon:
** The Necromancer will pop out another combative skeleton every time he does anything, be it stressing the party or damaging them. Since his attacks aren't too terrible otherwise, the skeletons become the real threat, and it's a matter of grinding the Necromancer down before getting swamped.
** The Siren has one single attack that summons one of the Pelagic enemies to her side. However, considering her other attacks, this is mostly an afterthought, and focus-fire takes care of the minion without much trouble.
** The Brigand Cannon is perhaps the worst of the lot; at the end of every round, it'll summon reinforcements in the form of a crowd of brigands, which will mean up to three bandits can come every time, leaving a steady stream of brigands to kill or be killed by. Worse, one of the reinforcements is always a Matchman, who can actually ''fire'' the cannon. It is a must to kill or otherwise incapacitate the Matchman every round if you don't want your entire party to eat cannonball.

* There are many, many instances of this in the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series:
** Hidon in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' and the battle with Sin immediately after you GetOnTheBoat in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''.
** A LOT of bosses in ''VI'' do this. The Marshall miniboss you fight to save Terra VERY early in the game has two Lobos with him, Vargas has two bears who you have to kill before you fight him directly, The boss of Zozo will occasionally summon four or five Iron Fists. And don't forget the MOTHER of all flunky bosses that makes a great deal of ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI FFVI]]'' players wanna kill themselves: Wrexsoul. [[spoiler: For those who haven't played it, the battle with Wrexsoul can literally be solved by players killing themselves; it's possible to progress through the battle by having the player characters either ''slay one other'' or by ''slaying both of Wrexsoul's henchmen'' at the same time. Either way, many player characters and henchmen will be revived throughout the potentially long fight.]]
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' has the CPU with heal and hurt orbs. Somewhat unique in that (in the more difficult DS version) you ''don't'' want to ShootTheMedicFirst because the hurt orb is super painful and the CPU itself is even worse if you destroy both orbs. Until of course it respawns them.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' has a miniboss that throws its minions at you for extra damage. Killing them before it removes this attack.
** Several of the Lucavi in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' summon a few Ultima Demons with them when they fight Ramza's party, including the FinalBoss.
** '''Every single boss''' in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyCrystalChronicles'' have two mooks fighting alongside them. These respawn all the time, and give no supplies whatsoever. They serve only to distract you from the main boss. Worse, the final boss have the hardest enemies in the game as its minions, and they instantly respawn if you kill both. Add to that two hits will kill you no matter unless you're seriously leveled, and you have yourself a fun battle. Infinite full-heal Cure spells is the only thing that keeps this boss from being NintendoHard.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2'' has few true bosses, but the second, Lord of the Flowsand, and lots of ''Marks'' (quest targets that are a bit stronger than the average enemy) have mooks that keep getting replaced until the boss dies.
** A small list of bosses from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'' that like having buddies: Jailer of Justice, Vrtra, Jailer of Love, [[NighInvulnerable Absolute Virtue]], Pandemonium Warden... there's also [[http://wiki.ffxiclopedia.org/wiki/Pulling_the_Strings one fight]] where it's actually ''recommended'' to only kill the flunky, as fighting the boss will probably get you killed.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII''.
*** Adrammelech and Zeromus, both of whom come equipped with almost-infinitely spawning (that's ''spawning,'' not respawning; ignoring them may lead to over a dozen on the battlefield at any given time), status-effect-spewing undead that can easily overwhelm the player, and Zalera, who has the gall to be ''invincible'' so long as his minions are on the field (oh, and that fight has a time limit on it as well).
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIIRevenantWings''. Every boss in the game, many with unlimited, [[TheComputerIsAcheatingBastard summon gateless]] minions. It is an RTS, though.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' had the Dragon Pod with its Dragon Flowers. All the Dragon Pod will do is summon Dragon Flowers, which will use status effect-laden physical attacks. The battles becomes much easier once you get the summon Golem, found in the same dungeon.
** The segment where you had to fight the Guado and [[VideoGame/FInalFantasyX Seymour]], especially since they gave him buffs when they died (usually via [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill Valefor's Overdrive]]). The boss immediately following (with the stupid giant and two Guado) was nearly as frustrating solely if you're out of the aeons' Overdrives.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' has two bosses that will revive their baddies. Attacking them will be a waste of time.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' has two bosses (the final boss in Palum Polum and [[spoiler:Barthandelus]] where you're basically forced to kill the minions (you can kill them regularly, but they are nearly invulnerable and you face 5 enemies hitting you hard, making it very complicated)
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2'' has two downloadable [[BonusBoss Bonus Bosses]] (Valfodr and Jihl Nabaat) who utilize summons. Nabaat can sacrifice her summons to heal herself or power up her signature move. Valfodr is already [[ThatOneBoss one of the most powerful enemies in the game]] and summons Chichu, a monster regarded as one of the best Commandos available.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'':
** The Twilight Thorn will summon Creepers to assist it once the second stage of the fight has started (i.e. after the first round of Reaction Commands). They aren't a huge threat since they are easily avoided, though they can be dispatched quickly to grab HP Orbs.
** During the back-to-back fights against Pete in Olympus Coliseum, several species of Heartless will occasionally spawn to assist him.
** After Oogie Boogie is knocked off of his platform for the first time, his machine starts producing Heartless. They make dodging the boss' painful but predictable attacks a lot harder and are quite capable of taking you out on their own, meaning you can't afford to ignore them.
** Demyx will start off his boss fight by using his sitar to conjure up watery clones of himself. Beating them is required, as they are accompanied by a timer that will cause a NonStandardGameOver if it runs out before they're all dead.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance'':
** The rare Lord Kyroo dream eater isn't much of a threat on his own, but a moment into the fight, will call close to a dozen of his fellow frog dream eaters to pester you. This made more annoying by the fact that he runs away after a certain amount of time, in addtion to the fact that he can break your target lock on him, making the act of retargeting him a pain.
** Captain Pete stays on the sidelines of the fight as Sora fights the Beagle Boys, and only comes down after you KO the three of them and launch them at him using reality shifts.
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'':
** ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG: Legend of the Seven Stars''. Mack, Punchinello, Booster, Jonathan Jones (who converts to a DuelBoss, challenging Mario to a one-on-one fight, when his flunkies are dead), Belome II, Megasmilax, Czar Dragon, Exor, and Smithy himself.
** ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga'' also features a few of them. The most interesting example are beans spit at the plumbers. If you jump on them with the ActionCommand, they roll back and turn into mooks. If you jump ''over'' them, they just roll offscreen. If you don't jump, you get hit, obviously, but that also prevents them. Interestingly, hitting the beans to spawn the mooks is good for mid-boss grinding, as the mooks award the normal amount of experience and money as they would outside the boss battle.
** ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime'' and ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory Bowser's Inside Story]]'' have quite a few of these boss battles, the former including Sunnycide and General Shroob, the latter including Dark Star and Junker. In most cases you have to use the mooks to weaken the boss enough to attack it, although in some cases they're just for annoyance.
** In ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiDreamTeam'', all Dream World bosses are this, due to how your attacks there hit multiple targets. Examples include Bowser and Antasma, Big Massif, Elite Trio and Kamek. The BigBad and FinalBoss are this too.
** Shows up in ''VideoGame/PaperMario'', where most of the (main) bosses after Tubba Blubba are Flunky Bosses who are significantly more deadly if the player ''doesn't'' kill the mooks first, making area-of-effect attacks important.
*** General Guy will order several of his soldiers to attack Mario in different formations before only he remains for the decisive battle.
*** Huff N. Puff spawns small cloudlike creatures every time he is attacked based on how much health the attack cost him - more damage, more mooks. These mooks, if not immediately dispatched, will either attack Mario on their own, combine with any one of Huff N. Puff's special abilities to make them stronger, or simply be sucked up by the boss himself, replenishing his health.
*** The Crystal King summons three Crystal Bits, who don't themselves attack but are used by Crystal King as ammo for his attack. Attacking them lowers the damage he can inflict but prevents you from damaging the King, so you have to ignore them if you want to win. Multi-hitting attacks like Multibounce, Shooting Star items and Star Power works, but you probably want to save them for when the Crystal King starts creating duplicates of himself.
** ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' has an interesting variant with the pirate king Cortez. He starts off as a single opponent wielding four weapons. When he's defeated in phase one, he drops his weapons on the floor and switches to a serpentine form. When phase two is beaten, Cortez raises the weapons off the floor, and you now have ''five'' targets to worry about. The weapons can be knocked out, but they revive after two turns (unless Flurrie blows them completely out of the battle, the preferred choice since each weapon deals decent damage, one hits both Mario and his partner, and one inflicts status ailments).
** Fracktail from ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'' also comes with flunkies in the form of wind-up duck things that appear when you hitch a ride on his body. The player then has to throw them at his antenna to defeat him.
* ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' also has quite a few. The Guardian, Giga Gaias, most of Lavos's forms.
** The very last form of Lavos comes with two "bit" flunkies. [[spoiler: It turns out that one of the bits is actually the true boss, making this trope played with...]]
** The Guardian is also especially noteworthy. He does revive his flunkies... but you still have to kill them, as if both survive, he'll hit you with a powerful counter that hits the entire party every time you attack him... and taking out one only weakens it to a very powerful single-target counter. You have to kill them, then quickly pound him in the time before he revives them, if you don't want to get slaughtered or spend half the battle healing.
%%** The Mud Imp is an odd example.
* ''VideoGame/EtrianOdyssey'':
** The first game has the fourth stratum's boss, which is on an entire ''floor'' of F.O.E.s (fighting ''one'' on by itself is hard) that become aggressive upon the player entering a battle. This can be avoided by simply killing said F.O.E.s and somehow not dying, or killing the boss before they force themselves into the battle.
** The first stratum boss in the second game is the Chimera, aptly subtitled "Lord of the Beasts". After a few turns, a massive flock of Slaveimps come to his cause, either casting Heal or Aura (an attack-up spell) on their master. If the Chimera dies, one still has to knock out any Slaveimps that made it into battle, but if there are any still trying to reach the battle, they disappear if the battle ends without them.
** The second stratum boss in the fourth game, the Hollow Queen, summons other Hollow enemies during battle. As she does so, she places herself into the rear area of the battlefield, meaning that the attacks of the playable party's rear characters won't reach her until the summoned enemies are defeated.
* The second ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' game has a few of these; Briggs, Moapa, and the Star Magician come to mind (who are accompanied by Sea Fighters, Knights, and "Ball monster" minions, respectively). Given what the Star Magician's flunkies can do (''Heal 1000 damage?! Reduce your attack damage to two digits?! [[VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn Eat your Djinn?!]]''), the Star Magician is also ThatOneBoss for many players. Essentially, the easiest way to beat him is to continuously defeat the mooks he summons and hope that he uses his "non-Mook-making" attacks...or continuously summons the least threatening type of mook, the Thunder Ball (a user of some mid-level attack spells) until his party is full. Then dedicate however many party members you need to towards healing each turn while the rest attack the Star Magician.
* ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' series has a couple of these: The solution is elegant in its simplicity. Fireball.
** Charm spells can be fun as well.
* Oddly, this happens only once (thus far) in the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' franchise, and even then only for one of four possible endings. ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' has three factions one can choose to side with: [[TheFederation the New California Republic]], [[TheChessmaster Mr. House's Independent New Vegas]], and [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain Caesar's Legion]]. They can also opt to use a security backdoor called Yes Man to [[ICanRuleAlone steal Mr. House's robot army, and by extension, city, for their own]]. Players who side with the NCR, Mr. House, or Yes Man will have to break the Legion to ensure the city's survival, pitting them against the par-for-the-course MadeOfIron Legate Lanius. The NCR is spared because both House and Yes Man are dependent on NCR tourism for economic stability and want to simply muscle the NCR out of Vegas, not massacre them. A Legion player has the opposite viewpoint, wishing to strengthen the Legion's hold on the city and break the morale of the NCR. As a result, Legion sympathizers fight General Lee Oliver, or more accurately, the squad of [[EliteMook Veteran NCR Rangers]] guarding General Lee Oliver. Expect the peak of Oliver's involvement to be his unimpressive armor and weaponry going off, unnoticed, in the background while you do so.
** Happens again if you decide to fight Ulysses at the end of ''Lonesome Road'', who is backed up by a respawning pair of Eyebots that can regenerate his health, along with a horde of Marked Men.
** Likewise for the [[BonusBoss optional fight]] with Caesar himself, who is accompanied by eight {{Praetorian Guard}}s equipped with Ballistic Fists, who can actually take more punishment than him.
* A memorable encounter in ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'' saw the party's BoisterousBruiser up against a massive Jade Golem and a never-ending wave of Mooks. It is entirely possible to spend all day slaughtering more soldiers than the game's army could technically ''support,'' even have the golem help out in this task, but you can't progress until you hack the golem down to size. Hilariously {{lampshade|Hanging}}d when, after killing a certain ridiculously high amount of enemies, a narrator who's been describing your prowess based on how many mooks you've slaughtered gets fed up and [[BreakingTheFourthWall breaks the fourth wall]], yelling at you to "just kill the damn golem, already!"
* The Orb Of Undead from ''VideoGame/BaldursGateDarkAlliance'', the only "attack" it has is to summon an army of skeletons and fly out of the players reach, but once you kill all of it's minions it will come back down to resummon it's army.
* ''VideoGame/SagaFrontier'' is very fond of these types of fights, typically surrounding some bosses with upgraded versions of normal enemies from that dungeon, and even one of the [[FinalBoss final bosses]] gets this treatment. To make matters worse, the bosses frequently unleash powerful attacks upon the party when all the flunkies are killed. In the case of Master Ring, one of the game's seven final bosses, killing all nine of its powerful companions causes it to unleash the Revolution9 attack, which deals catastrophic damage in addition to giving the boss a substantial defense buff.
** The Space Magic: Vortex makes the battle easier since it will negate Revolution 9, but it is much easier if you have Purple Eyes' equipped (negate Gazes) or have Mecs, and leave the Charm Gaze Monster alive, it will keep wasting turns using Gaze attacks meaning the only thing you have to worry about is Master Ring's Oscillation attack.
* ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheLastHope'' has Tamiel, Armaros Manifest, and Kokabiel. All of them summon new minions on a regular basis, but the latter of the three is particularly notable for having literally ''dozens'' of extremely low HP minions that make keeping the actual boss targeted a pain, on top of swarming you to the point where you where you can barely even move if they aren't wiped out by some manner of area attack quickly ([[InvincibleMinorMinion Some of them are invincible]], though). The boss is also only vulnerable while creating a new batch of minions.
* ''VideoGame/RomancingSaGa'':
** ThatOneBoss Ewei has 2 beastmen of 3 different varieties that assist him in battle, and respawn the second turn after they are defeated, they act as a shield for Ewei, and to add insult to injury he uses A powerful Terrology Spell to negate most of the damage dealt to him and 2 types of Attack all spells that can prevent using magic or attacking normally, in addition he can heal himself. The only possible way to defeat him is to have an Archer know Rain of Arrows or a Hand Axe user use Rolling Slash to injure both Ewei and his beastmen and have one character equipped with the Amethyst (Negates his Demonology spells) in addition to the Opal (Negates Terrology Spells).
** Also the beastmen can use a technique that can knock your characters unconscious
** And to even deepen the wound there is a unskippable amount of dialogue in a scene 3 Minutes and 22 Seconds long before fighting him every single time, you cannot escape from the battle which makes him an even worse offender than Miguel from ''VideoGame/ChronoCross''. So if you lose and have a Quicksave outside of Ewei's lab you have better do something to kill time until the actual battle starts. The dialogue is automated so at least you don't need to keep pressing the action button.
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII'' features Don Mole, who is basically [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed James Brown in mole form]], who fights with the support of four "Soul Moles." There's also Evil [[spoiler:Jessica]], who constantly summons Shadows to help her out. She can call 3 at a time (and up to 6 total), they're resistant to a lot of attacks, and they've got a fairly powerful ice breath attack that really starts to add up when multiple Shadows use it in a single round. Have fun.
* ''VideoGame/{{Earthbound}}'' has enemies that can call for help in the middle of battle to overwhelm the party; bosses usually do this. However, if the party is strong enough, they can keep killing each newly summoned minion over and over again, and then beat the foe that was calling for help to break the chain and gain a ton of experience points. Works even better if the foes that call for help summon other foes that are exactly like it. Lampshaded in ''Webcomic/KidRadd'' when Radd, G.I. Guy and I.B. encounters three bunnies in "Mofo". They can only take out two each round (I.B. is a non-combatant) and the third always summon two more, so the fight goes on interminably... until G.I. Guy uses his scary powers to break the loop.
* ''VideoGame/MOTHER3'' has the Jealous Bass, which starts the fight with two flunkies. It uses them in a "jam session attack" which hits a character quite hard. FOUR TIMES. Even better, when you kill the flunkies, Jealous Bass increases his offense by over 20, allowing him to do what he was already doing. Combine this with the fact that you only have 2 party members, and only one of them has PSI "magic"...
* The boss battle with Minamimoto in ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' has him summoning Taboo Noise every so often, and then challenging you directly after you defeat a few waves. He also [[ShapeShifting hops back-and-forth]] between [[BishonenLine human form]] and [[OneWingedAngel Noise form]] during the fight.
** Konishi uses both noise and shadow clones of herself to keep you busy during her boss fight.
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'':
** The first game has one of these, a powerful Gnosis flanked by two smaller helpers. It gets faster as its flunkies die, to the point that it's practically attacking ''between'' each of your party members' attacks when both minions are dead.
** There's also the Sufal Mass in ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'', which falls squarely in the "kill all my babies and I'll tear you apart" category; and also Fis-6, whose medic flunkies are easysauce when one considers they're mere humans and your party is composed of [[HumongousMecha Gears]].
** Another one of these is in ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'': the twist is that [[spoiler: putting the minions to sleep will cause their commander to ''shoot them and cause damage''.]]
* ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne'' has Albion, a giant and the source of the four Zoas, his flunkies. Killing all of them causes Albion to revive them immediately, regardless of turn order. If he is killed, they revive him on their next turn. This is also the gimmick of all of the battles with TheFourHorsemenOfTheApocalypse. Each of the riders starts off the fight by summoning two demons, and go on with the fight while having their demons act annoying by casting buffs/debuffs and causing StandardStatusEffects among your team members. Kill them off, and the rider will use [[ThatOneAttack Dragon Eye]] to summon them back and attack you with the extra turns.
* ''VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga'': Usas summons Unicorns to fight alongside her. [[spoiler:The Demi-fiend, the strongest opponent in the game, takes this further - he has two minions out at a time and cycles through them if you keep killing them. However, you'll want to keep casualties to a minimum, as the main boss uses a hard to avoid One Hit Kill on the party after a certain number of them die]].
* Nearly every single boss in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars OG Saga: VideoGame/EndlessFrontier''. The flunkies could be (and often are) [[DualBoss bosses on their own]]. The bosses themselves are ridiculously strong even compared to their flunkies. However, the game does make stylish use of this with one boss named Dorothy, whose allies are palette-swapped versions of a scarecrow, a tinman robot, and a beastman, named "Heartless", "Brainless", and "Gutsless". What ThemeNaming?
* The prequel to ''VideoGame/BatenKaitos'', ''Baten Kaitos Origins'', has the Holoholobird, which is joined by two chicks that can heal the mother (and the mother will lay an egg that will hatch into another chick whenever one is defeated). It's ThatOneBoss.
** And to make matters worse, it appears right after a PointOfNoReturn; if you don't either A) do quite a bit of LevelGrinding beforehand, B) keep an extra save from before said PointOfNoReturn so you can go back and do A, or C) get lucky, you could end up having to start the whole game over.
** The [[spoiler:first]] final boss, [[spoiler:Quaestor Verus]], is a very tough one of these. First, you fight two waves of tough machina turrets, with no break in between waves, so you don't get AfterCombatRecovery. When you get to him, he has four of said turrets, which make it impossible to damage him until all four of them are dead.
** The first ''Baten Kaitos'' had one as well--the Tree Guardian, which fought with a pair of Tentacles at its side that would regenerate after a few turns if defeated. Of note is that unlike every other boss save for one ''very'' early in the game, the Tentacles are not immune to StandardStatusEffects.
* The Slaadi in ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'' summon more Slaadi for you to fight. Unfortunately, the summoned Red Slaadi don't grant XP or drop items. Fortunately, they disappear as soon as you beat the summoner. Unfortunately, your (computer-controlled) henchmen never seem to grasp this idea... Most spellcasting enemies also do this trick, summoning anything from a dire badger to an Elder Elemental. Of course, the spell is available for players too...
* You fight against the enigmatic Tri-Edge [[spoiler: which isn't actually Tri-Edge]] first in ''[[VideoGame/DotHackGUGames .hack//GU Vol.1]]'', followed by an awesome Avatar fight. Next time you see him, he's not alone, two bosslike enemies are with him. They have an annoying defence of being able to dodge every attack you throw when they glow translucent blue by teleporting, while the main boss himself stays idle. The real threat comes when he uses the power of all three to make a combo spell move or the unblockable combo attack. Defeating the two subbosses don't really make a difference, as the real one will invariably revive them two.
** Also played straight with [[spoiler: Real Tri-Edge]] who summons a different combination of three orbs at regular intervals. The orbs either, 1) Shoot light beams at you, 2) Make the boss invulnerable until you destroy it or 3) Heals him. Extra fun when he summons a combo with 2-3-3.
* Several bosses (and even some [[DemonicSpider not-quite-bosses]]) in the ''VideoGame/{{Geneforge}}'' series continually make new creations until either they or you die. Unlike most examples, these creations generally [[NoOntologicalInertia stick around]] even after said flunky boss dies.
** From the same developers, ''VideoGame/{{Avernum}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Avadon}}'' have a lot of these, too, although they're generally less likely to be summoners. The latter game has a particularly odd variant in [[WakeUpCallBoss Zhossa Mindtaker]], who never attacks you directly during his first fight, instead calling it a "game"--you earn a point every time you drop a flunky's HP to 1 and force him to heal it, he'll earn a point if his flunkies kill you and he devours your corpse. Earn enough points, and he'll eventually flee, leaving his flunkies to die.
* Just about every one of the Desian Grand Cardinals from ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia''. Magnius just has some generic Desians, Kvar has the Energy Stones, Forcystus has the Exbones, and the second battle with Pronyma features the Idun. Also the Ktugach with its Ktugachlings, the Adulocia with its Amphitra, the Toize Valley Mine Defense System with its Orbits, and the Gatekeeper with Angel Swordians.
* A lot of bosses in ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'' come with several mooks ([[ActuallyFourMooks out of nowhere]]) to aid them. Some of the bosses (such as Dhaos in the past) may even be helpless while their minions are still alive.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'' has several of these, where the boss may come with flunkies but also have some where they ''summon'' flunkies. One of the problems is the boss is dangerous enough by themselves, and the AI knows it doesn't ''have'' to gang up on you to cause a game over...just that the flunkies have to be ''annoying''. (They ''love'' to pick on Sophie or Cheria, the healers.) Even if they don't ShootTheMedicFirst, they'll probably force the AI to attack them, thus reducing your DPS on the boss. So what happens if you focus on the adds, just so you can focus more damage on the boss? Then the boss will start running around and pick on your healers. What happens if you decide to focus on the boss so they don't go crazy? Then the ''adds'' start picking on you.
* In ''VideoGame/TheWitcher'' one interesting example exists: [[spoiler:Dagon]]'s flunkys need to be killed to harm him, [[spoiler:as they are his worshipers and GodsNeedPrayerBadly]]
* ''VideoGame/LostOdyssey'' enjoys this trope. One mini-boss fight includes a sea monster which keeps summoning weaker versions of itself and then disappearing while you wail on them, another boss involves a literal HiveQueen that beefs her minions up to insanely powerful levels, and an optional boss requires you to fight a bunch of raptors that call reinforcements (and eventually the boss) into battle.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'':
** The Hanged Man spends half its attacks summoning minions. This can become very annoying, since the very existence of some of these minions will make the boss float above the battlefield, unable to be attacked.
** Almost every boss in ''[[ExpansionPack The Answer]]'' comes with a few minions. Usually you'll have to abuse the combat system to stop them from ever attacking if you don't want to [[NintendoHard die horribly]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' has Shadow Yukiko and Shadow Kanji, as well as the God Hand. Even some ordinary {{Mook}}s can summon minions.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'' takes this to an extreme with Shadow Kunikazu. He hides behind an army of robots while casting minor support spells and cannot be damaged until all the robots are killed. Once on his own, he goes down without a fight.
* The Queen of Hearts in ''VideoGame/PersonaQShadowOfTheLabyrinth'' periodically summons Card Soldiers into battle. Unlike the [=FOEs=] that you encounter earlier, though, the only threat that they pose is that they don't allow you to attack the Queen before you defeat them - they're weak to every non-physical element.
* ''Dengeki Gakuen RPG: Cross of Venus'' has an odd variation: The archer boss on the first visit to the ''LightNovel/NogizakaHarukaNoHimitsu'' world will start sending out [[IKnowMaddenKombat soccer players]] when low on health. However, these versions are effectively invincible but they only perform their rushing attack 'till they run off-screen. And she sends out waves of them,giving the impression of a stampede. [[strike:No wonder why [[LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana Shana]] is flat-chested.]]
* Rather common in ''VideoGame/ManaKhemiaAlchemistsOfAlRevis''. Plenty of optional bosses do this, as well as the first boss and the final boss.
* Lots and lots of the bosses in ''VideoGame/DragonFable'' have a couple of minions, usually one of the standard monsters from the quest up to that point. Luckily, only one boss so far has figured out how to respawn them, and his flunkies aren't good for much but CherryTapping you.
* Happens in ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' with Matriarch Benezia. She is invulnerable to damage for the first part, so you are left to fight the mooks all around you. When you clear them out, she uses some of her power to...um, open doors...which apparently house more mooks. Eventually her power drains because of this and she is no longer invulnerable.
** From a gameplay perspective, this translates to: three waves of enemy flunkies, cutscene, one-on-[[TrueCompanions three]] boss fight. She can also uses biotic powers of her own during the flunky waves.
** Some minibosses in the first Mass Effect rely on this:
*** The human thug Fist is a variation. If you don't immobilize him early in the fight, he'll take cover behind his desk and activate two defense turrets who will shred you to pieces. You more or less have to destroy them from behind cover before you can get back to Fist.
*** Confronting a geth Armature, an EliteMook which had previously only been fought in vehicle sections, on Artemis Tau. Half of the fight's challenge (aside from the obvious task of ''fighting an Armature on foot, without the Mako'') is that there's also a squad of [[GoddamnedBats fast-moving stalkers]], [[EliteMook tank-like rocket troopers]] and snipers to deal with, while the Armature itself hangs back and occasionally throws devastating energy balls at you. Subverted in that both the Armature and the flunkies have to die to trigger the next event flag.
** In the second game, Jedore is aided by tank-bred Krogan. There is also a [[BossInMookClothing YMIR Mech]] aiding her.
** Marauder Shields and the three Husketeers.
** In [=ME3=], Kai Leng always has backup nearby. [[spoiler:In his final appearance, the boss fight ends when the last mook falls, so it can be easier to win by taking them out than by focusing on Kai Leng.]]
* ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor'': Absolutely every goddamned boss in the goddamned game.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'': The combat system is largely biased towards gang-ups, flank-attacks and back-stabs, so a boss who fights alone would normally be very easy to defeat. Therefore, most of the bosses in the game are accompanied by {{Mooks}}, and some even by a massive swarm of mooks (though [[AntiGrinding never endless]]). Bosses who fight alone are rare, and when they do they are usually extraordinarily over-powered to make up for their numerical inferiority. Many bosses are made ridiculously easier to defeat if you can somehow draw their mooks away and take care of them first.
** And then there's someone like [[spoiler:Ser Cauthrien]], who comes with massive amounts of mooks, and even if you managed to seperate [[spoiler:Ser Cauthrien]] from the mooks (or kill all the mooks first), [[spoiler:she]] is still ridiculously hard to take down. Thankfully [[spoiler:she]]'s a BonusBoss.
** The ultimate example of this from the game would have to be [[spoiler: the Archdemon]] because in its case, the Mooks really ''are'' neverending, and are just there to distract you from the boss itself. Thankfully, [[spoiler: you can call in armies of allies to deal with the Mooks, making ''the player character'' something of an inversion.]]
** The Harvester in The Golems of Amgarrak DLC takes this UpToEleven by summoning Boss-level mooks to assist it.
** There's also the Broodmother, which calls Darkspawn to protect it.
* ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2 Mask Of The Betrayer'' has two. The first is against Okku and his spirit army. Since Okku is a god, his worshippers grant him oodles of HP and immunity to weapons until they die. After enough are down, he's killable, and he drops to far below his max HP by the time all of them are dead. In the second one, the boss is a Genus Loci, which consists of five trees that do nothing but spam summoned allies until they are destroyed. However, in both cases [=AoE=] blasting will handle them pretty easily.
* ''VideoGame/DemonsSouls'' has Phalanx, the WakeUpCallBoss which can only be harmed by killing the living shields that surround it.
* Soma in ''VisualNovel/EienNoAselia'' has no fighting ability since he's just a normal human. He lets his brainwashed minions do all his fighting for him. And when they go down...
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfDragoon'', the boss of the Queen Fury/Ghost Ship section is actually a group of RespawningEnemies. Four Ghost Knights, accompanied by a stronger Commander, attack you. Killing one, including the Commander, simply 'downs' it for 1-3 turns, after which they stand back up at full health. If you are unlucky they may even rise back up before you even get your next action. The only way to win is to down all 5 enemies at the same time, which is easier said than done in a game where the only multi-hitting attacks you have are limited items and, at that point in the game, very few Dragoon Spells, only one of which is actually powerful enough to take them all out at moderate health, besides the Commander. May very well become ThatOneBoss if you aren't prepared for it.
* ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' does this, most notably with a number of the bonus Wanted battles. Gordo is first but his 3 chef pirates don't get brought back or replaced when defeated. Then you have Lapen (spike drones), Daikokuya (bodyguards) and Lord Zivilyn Bane ({{mook}} Zivilyn Banes). These three will summon replacement flunkies a set number of times but do stop eventually so you can feasibly kill them all and then focus on the boss.
* ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}} II'' has got unique monsters (and a lot of superunique monsters) which have several minions fighting alongside it. Also, Act I and III boss rooms are filled with normal enemies which can attack with the boss.
* In ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'':
** The Capra Demon is infamously flanked by two attack dogs, who are ''very'' good at stunning the player and leaving them open to the Demon's powerful sword blows, especially considering the cramped arena. Hence the most famous piece of advice in the ''Souls'' community: "Kill the dogs first."
** Nito, First of the Dead is accompanied by a bunch of skeletons, including one ''giant'' skeleton. Because he's a necromancer, those skeletons will also respawn continuously unless they are slain with a divine weapon.
* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls2'':
** The Mirror Knight can summon warriors from other worlds to assist him in battle. The twist is that in addition to NPC's, he can also summon ''other players'' who happen to be online at the moment.
** Elana, the Squalid Queen will summon skeletons as well as a previous boss, Velstadt, to help her in her fight. And occasionally she'll summon those three piglets from the beginning of the game by accident.
** The Burnt Ivory King will continuously be helped by Charred Loyce Knights. You can stop this by bringing uncorrupted Loyce Knights into battle, who can freeze the portals they spawn from.
** In NewGamePlus, both the Flexile Sentry and the Lost Sinner will be accompanied by black phantoms in their fights.
* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls3'':
** The Curse-Rotted Greatwood will be joined by numerous Undead Settlers during the first phase of its fight. You can kill them, but more will come shortly.
** High Lord Wolnir will periodically summon skeletons to help him. Skeletons that have to be killed twice to stay down for good. Fortunately, Wolnir isn't careful with his attacks and will kill his own servants quite often.
** The Champion's Gravetender in Ariandel starts out with a small pack of wolves helping him, and is later joined by a single enormous Greatwolf who is a boss in its own right.
* In VideoGame/{{Okage}}: Shadow King every boss [[spoiler: save the for the ''FinalBoss'']] has minions that fight with it.
* Pseudolonewolf's ''Videogame/{{MARDEK}}'' series uses this a few times; Moric summons zombies and Droma the first and second times he is fought, Ss'leneck brings two Reptoid Warriors with him, [[spoiler: the King of Goznor summons Aether Clones of Mardek and his party members (active and reserve), at level 30, with any equipment equipped on their real life counterparts]] and finally Qualna summons Aether Clones of Mardek in the Astral Tunnel, at level 30, with any equipment he has one him.
* Alraune, the FinalBoss of ''VideoGame/{{PN03}}'', occasionally summons groups of Eichels, the GoddamnedBats encountered throughout the game.
* The fight against O. Dio in the Western chapter of ''VideoGame/LiveALive'' is this if you did not set up very many traps beforehand. If you set up none, his flunkies will be fourteen in number and take up the majority of the battle screen.
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'':
** [[spoiler: Lorithia]], ThatOneBoss near the end of the game sends lots of nebula enemies to attack you - rather annoying since these are creatures that are highly resistant to physical attacks, inflict status ailments, and explode if left alone with little HP. They also spawn often and share their damage resistance with the boss if so much as one of them remains alive.
** Xord, who regularly summons a mob of weak mechon to assist him. They're necessary for beating him, as you need to use a chain attack to make him vulnerable to damage, and defeating them is the only practical way to max out your chain gauge.
** Metal Face is accompanied by two Mass-Produced Faces in his final battle, and Face Nemesis is backed up by four lesser Mechon. The latter is an interesting example in that your goal is to ''avoid'' killing the main boss [[spoiler:since it's Fiora piloting it]] and focus entirely on wiping out the flunkies.
* Several of the bosses in ''The Lord of the Rings: War in the North'' are backed up with hordes of respawning mooks. Once the boss is killed, any remaining enemies must also be slain in order to progress. This can become very frustrating if you just managed to survive the boss only to get finished off by a lowly Goblin that you forgot to take care of.
* Several bosses in ''VideoGame/TheLastStory'' summon enemies to disturb the player's strategies. Terracor (first fight), Marbas and Necromancer are only some examples.
* One of the two types of "bosses" in ''VideoGame/EvilIslands''.
** [[spoiler: Erfar]] takes it to its logical extreme, {{Zerg Rush}}ing you with at least fifteen {{Mooks}} who you will likely two-shot by then (the boss himself included).
** A less serious and way more dangerous example would be Bandit Chief's Lieutenant. Encountered fairly early in the game he has an assortment of six to eight bandits that will come to his aid once engaged. It's possible to pick them off one by one before the main fight though, otherwise you're in for a slugfest.
* ''VideoGame/MightAndMagic VI'' sets up the final battle to be against a ReactorBoss (which turns out to be oddly simple, assuming you did as instructed and armed your characters with [[RayGun blasters]]), and then promptly teleports you to face the Kreegan Hive Queen and a horde of lesser Kreegan the moment you destroy the reactor.
* In ''Mage Gauntlet'', [[FinalBoss Hurgoth]] is one of these. [[spoiler:Justified in that he's a weak coward whose only job is to hold the Dark Realm portal open, and the portal is the actual boss, with him trying to shoot you through it.]] The FinalBoss of the {{Roguelike}} GaidenGame, ''Wayward Souls'', is almost exactly the same (though this time, it's not Hurgoth, but [[spoiler:the Altered Shadow]]).
* In ''VideoGame/{{Terranigma}}'', Parasite spits out six flunkies in the BossBattle's second stage, and you have to kill them all before its [[GoForTheEye eye]] opens again. Killing the flunkies gives you good XP.
* ''VideoGame/YokaiWatch'' features a boss named SV Snaggerjag, a pirate attached to his ship - literally. One of his only moves, called Takin' It All, is to pull fish flunkies out of the water. There are three types - one attacks physically, one attacks with water, and one heals Snaggerjag. Up to two can be at his side. To make it worse, when he has two, he starts charging his most powerful, A Fisher's Life, which cannot be interrupted by defeating a flunkie. and you get no extra XP for the flunkies. The game might just hate you.

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* Dry Bowser from ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndSonicAtTheOlympicGames Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games]]'' has three Dry Bones with him.

* Several bosses in the arcade classic ''VideoGame/SunsetRiders'' are backed up by a few straight-up, standard-issue, gun-toting {{mooks}}. Notably, as they ''don't'' respawn (although the final boss has so many, you might not think so at first), it's more tactically sound than in most scenarios to go after them first.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'':
** Meiling summons fairies for a few patterns. Oddly, this is for her nonspells, which are normally gimmick-free zones.
** This trope seems to be Rin Kaenbyou's gimmick, as she is accompanied by various minor enemies for many of her spellcards, the worst being those creepy zombie fairies that burst into a shower of bullets when destroyed, only to revive again within seconds.
** Yoshika summons spirits for her first spellcard, which do most of the attacking. The catch is that she'll recover health if you kill them.
* The Cave Ceiling boss in the horizontal scrolling ShootEmUp ''[[VideoGame/{{Area88}} U.N. Squadron]]'' (SNES version). It's this large moving machine on the ceiling whose [[AttackItsWeakPoint weak point]] can only be attacked from below, and its downward flamethrower attacks shouldn't pose much trouble. The problem? There's a conveyor belt on the floor where homing missile launchers AND upward-firing flamethrowers will come in from both sides, making your life a ''[[NintendoHard living hell]]''. Unsurprisingly, its ThatOneBoss.
* Nearly half the bosses in ''VideoGame/HeroCore''. Notably, the Reaper Drone takes this trope to its logical extreme, being able to use its flunkies as both shields and weapons ''simultaneously''. The Grand Mother is also this on multiple levels, as it spawns Mothers, which are themselves {{Mook Maker}}s. The Guardian also has statues in his room that come to live once you damage him enough, and the Liquid Metal Processor can only be harmed after its flunkies are destroyed.
* The jet bomber boss in the ''VideoGame/{{Raiden}}'' series sends waves of mini-jets after you, and the [[BaseOnWheels mobile fortress]] boss in the second game can spawn turrets.
* 'The ''VideoGame/GIJoe'' arcade game gives us Metal-Head (who is aided by standard mooks), the Baroness (uses robots and aerial forces), Major Bludd (mooks and a laser cannon from the background) and Destro (air and sea forces).
* Sleeping Spire, the first boss of ''VideoGame/ArcAngle''. Being based off the [[SevenDeadlySins sin of]] [[LazyBum Sloth]], it does absolutely nothing at all. However, the programs in the area will attack you, and that even includes another copy of the MiniBoss!
* Several bosses in ''VideoGame/{{Cuphead}}'' fight alongside waves of enemies, including Cagney Carnation and Hilda Berg. Some bosses let their minions do most of the fighting, like Baroness von Bon Bon.

* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI'': Most bosses (targets) have guards with them, although in many cases they can be bypassed through smart stealth/surprise. Played completely straight with [[spoiler:Al-Mualim]] and his AncientAstronaut {{Phlebotinum}} which allows him to teleport and summon ghostly versions of himself and your other targets... or are they? The [[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII sequel]] inverts this with Ezio uses the same (or a similar) piece of {{Phlebotinum}} against the ''Pope'' and the [[MagicStaff Papal Staff]]. ''Brotherhood'' uses this too with the final battle with [[spoiler:Cesare Borgia]], where mooks will appear to aid [[spoiler:Cesare]] in every phase... for all the good that does, as he's immune to counter kills or kill streak executions unlike [[spoiler:[[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Il Carnefice]]]]. (In contrast, [[PraetorianGuard Papal]] [[EliteMook Guards]] are immune to counter kills but ''not'' kill streaks, which actually makes them more survivable on their own.)
** Actually exploitable in ''[=AC2=]'' once you get the Poison Blade -- time the injection just right and get out of sight, and in his death throes the poisoned bodyguard may inadvertently kill the target for you, as several players have proved in gameplay videos.
** Ironically, ''[[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood Brotherhood]]'' essentially makes Ezio himself a Flunky Boss -- from late-Sequence 4 through Sequence 8 and in post-story free-roam, he can summon Assassin apprentices to make kills for him or to fight alongside him in Open Conflict... but if the player is not pressed for time, it's usually to make kills for Ezio.
* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'', [[AmazonBrigade Crying Wolf, Screaming Mantis and Raging Raven]] are all examples. However, the first two would be laughably easy were it not for the regular enemies, while the latter is actually easier ''because'' of them.
** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'', when you fight Armored Vehicles, Tanks and Choppers they are helped by Escorts. Also the Chrysalis and it's Kidnappers.
* Yushchenko in ''VideoGame/SyphonFilterTheOmegaStrain'' is accompanied by a squad of EliteMooks wearing red berets and flak jackets and packing magnum pistols, in addition to the level's normal guards.

* From ''Franchise/FatalFrame'':
** The third game has Yoshino Takigawa, a victim of the Tattoo Curse turned hostile as a ghost. When battling her, she's always surrounded by shadows that continually re-spawn and disappear only when she's defeated.
** The fifth game has [[BigBad Ouse]]/[[SpellMyNameWithAnS Ose]] Kurosawa, during her actual final battle.
*** When fought underwater, she summons 5-6 Guardians around her, who disperse and attack separately if not defeated quickly. Fortunately said Guardians go down in one hit or two.
*** When fought above water surface, she summons some {{Mook}}(s) you've encountered earlier in the story. And Guardian(s), if summoned, emerge out of water to grab you by the ankle before disappearing.

* The ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' Adventure System board games have several:
** In ''Castle Ravenloft'', Klak combines this with GetBackHereBoss; if he's close enough to a player to attack, he will, but otherwise he teleports to new rooms and summons monsters to attack the party.
** Also from Ravenloft, Count Strahd combines this with TurnsRed; if his health gets below 5HP, he teleports to his crypt and starts summoning monsters.
** In ''The Legend of Drizz't'', Methil prefers to attack by activating existing monsters, and will summon a new one if there are no monsters to activate.
** Also from Drizz't, Jarlaxle calls a mercenary if there are no other monsters on his tile.

* Silhouette, Coyote Bongwater and Ponsonby from the ''VideoGame/DestroyAllHumans'' series count as this.
* Shows up several times in ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'' of all games, with a number of subversions:
** The first boss you run up against legs it after a while, leaving half a dozen Mooks to finish you off despite his having an [[DiscOneNuke Ingram]].
** There are various Mooks conveniently loitering along the path of your pursuit of Vinnie Cognitti, who function in much the same way. (The level where you take on B.B. is similar, but he barely counts as a boss seeing as this is the level when you get the [[InFinityPlusOneSword Jackhammer]].)
** Jack Lupino has two henchmen flanking him when he deigns to join the fray... after about two ''dozen'' others have been whaling on you from two sides when you have no proper cover; it's actually a bit of a relief when he shows up, even if he is MadeOfIron and [[JustifiedTrope tripping out on V.]]
** The closest thing to a completely straight example are the Trio, three {{Miniboss}}es / {{Giant Mook}}s spread across the level who have a couple of regular enemies lurking nearby. In the PC version you don't trigger the "MiniBoss defeated " flag until you kill these Mooks as well, not that you're likely to notice.
* Every BossBattle in ''VideoGame/EatLeadTheReturnOfMattHazard'' includes flunkies, except the ones that are {{Quicktime Event}}s.
* Stay Puft in ''VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideoGame''.
* Zeta Prime from ''VideoGame/TransformersWarForCybertron''.

* Every boss comes with some sort of back-up in ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'' because 10 on 1 generally isn't much a fight. A few notable examples are: Hoggmeiser, who comes with a group of monks who do nothing but stand there, appropriately all called "Meat Walls", Maderas, who comes to battle with a group of Succubi (it has to do with the plot.) and the big bad [[spoiler:Vulcanus]] who brings a small army into battle with him! The good news is that most bosses don't start moving around for the first few turns.
** A notable exception is Captain Gordon, '''defender of earth!''', who is on equal level with Jennifer and [[RobotBuddy Thursday]], making them a [[DualBoss Triple Boss]].
** The final boss of ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 4|A Promise Unforgotten}}'' starts off with back-up units, summons more on each turn, and also gets powered up based on how many of them are on the field. Fortunately, he's the first boss in the history of the series where defeating him also results in the defeat of all his minions.
* Every boss in HeroesMustDie is this because the bosses themselves are immune to normal attacks and must be hit during a combo which can only be achieved by hitting 3 or 6 Mooks in a row.
* Like ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' above, nearly every boss in ''VideoGame/VanguardBandits'' has some form of help around with them. [[DuelBoss There's only a handful of fights that don't.]]

* Every boss fight in ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'', as the "use them for health" variant. Soldiers and human infected are a complete non-threat to Alex, only existing as a health bonus. The fight against Greene takes it up a notch by using hunters, who are genuinely threatening in their own right, but still exist mostly as a health boost for Alex.
* Technically every boss in ''VideoGame/InFamous'':
** Sasha has her reapers, however these reapers are merely illusions brought upon by her ability.
** Alden has his scrap crabs, though these are most likely an extension of his own powers.
** Kessler has his giant electric clones, again by his own powers.
* Similarly, several of the mutant bosses in ''VideoGame/{{inFAMOUS 2}}'' summon mooks. If he goes down the evil karmic path, Cole can even make some of his own!
* In ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'', [[spoiler:Big Smoke]] calls constantly Vagos until you kill him.