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Anti-Climax Boss
Priestess: How is this possible!?
Kyran: Lady, your god was a chicken. That's not exactly boss fight material.

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

Note that it doesn't count if you grinded for six hours beforehand, and it probably doesn't count if you utilized the boss' unmentioned weakness to ginger ale, or used the Game Breaker Infinity+1 Sword that took three hours of Side Quests to acquire.

Sometimes this can be a case of Truth in Television or Reality Is Unrealistic, of course — especially when the enemy boss is just a leader and was never really presented as combat-capable on their own. In that case, this is also an often-deliberate subversion of Authority Equals Asskicking. However, there are still ways to make such a fight challenging, with a Flunky Boss, for instance. Also, this trope can be a Necessary Weasel in Wide Open Sandbox RPGs that encourage nonviolent solutions to problems; if there must be a Climax Boss or Final Boss to round out the game, it has to be beatable by the weakest character who can survive to reach that point.

Related Tropes:

  • Breather Boss: Sister trope. When the boss is easy, but not plot critical.
  • Zero-Effort Boss: A boss that's so easy, you have to actively try in order to lose. Sometimes, you can't even do that.
  • Cutscene Boss: Subtrope. When the boss is killed off outside of the gameplay.
  • Post Final Boss: Subtrope, where the game does have a suitably challenging boss near the end, but for the very final encounter you fight an easy-to-effortless enemy to wrap up the story.
  • Hard Levels, Easy Bosses: Related trope. Where the game is full of Anticlimax and Breather Bosses, especially in relation to the rest of the game.
  • Puzzle Boss: Can be like this trope. If figuring out how to beat the boss is the main challenge rather than actually beating it.
  • Paper Tiger: Likely to be one of these.


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Video Game Examples:

    Adventure Games 

    Action Adventure 
  • Quite a few examples in the Tomb Raider series.
    • Natla in the original Tomb Raider.
    • This trope is parodied in the Tomb Raider custom game "Simply Purple". Roaring sounds are heard, the player is bombarded with medipacks and other supplies, ominous music plays, and... the boss is a little dwarf that can't even attack Lara properly.
    • Joachim Karel in Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness, if he could even count as a boss. All you have to do is run away from him. Considering that he's a powerful Nephilim, you'd think he'd be a little more challenging.
    • Eckhardt immediately before that "battle" also qualifies, as you can literally dodge most attacks by just ducking, and even if you do get hit it doesn't damage you that much anyway.
  • Ganondorf from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. He's a Tennis Boss and not even a good Tennis Boss. A previous boss called Phantom Ganon, which is supposed to be weaker than the real Ganondorf, is more challenging, as the arena you fight him in is much smaller, giving you less time to react to the blasts. Even in his Ganon form, he's still a complete joke as he's incredibly slow with equally slow attacks. Beating him is as simple as rolling under his legs and whaling on his tail.
    • The final battle of The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks can easily end up as this for aggressive players. When you start actually fighting Malladus, he will almost never attack if you constantly hit him with your sword (this is actually the point of the battle, to get Malladus to face away from Zelda so she can shoot him in the back). The short "short" sequence before this is also nearly impossible to fail, as Zelda, whom you must defend from Malladus' flaming boulders while she charges her magic, will never die if she gets hit, but simply lose focus. You lose health if Zelda is hit, but the flaming boulders tend to drop recovery hearts.
    • Ganon from the infamous CD-I game Link: The Faces Of Evil. All you have to do is throw the Book of Koridai at him, and..."No! Not into the pit! It burrrrrns!!!"
    • Also in The Faces Of Evil, a single bomb in the Glutko's mouth kills it.
    • In The Wand of Gamelon, Zelda just has to throw the titular Wand at Ganon to defeat him: "The chains! NOOOO! You haven't seen the last of me!"
    • Hot Head, the next to last boss of The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening. Despite his only attack (the lava particles from when he submerges) doing four hearts of damage, it is very possible to stunlock him with the Fire Rod. The flames from the fire rod that stay for a few seconds can stunlock him, giving you free hits on him. It's possible to defeat him after dousing his flame shell, never submerging again.
      • Facade from the same game. The boss of Level 6, you can finish him off before he gets his second attack pattern off. It's possibly why he shows up in Level 2 in Oracle of Seasons as a mini-boss.
    • Ganon from the linked The Legend of Zelda Oracle games. His attacks, while strong, are very slow and predictable, allowing you to go up to him, spin attack, then use Pegasus seeds to get away before he launches his attack. To top it all off, he doesn't have a final form and is weaker than the vanilla bosses of each game and the boss just before him.
    • The series has following this trend since the beginning. Zelda I's Ganon was probably the most anti-climatic boss in the whole series (not counting the CD-I games). At first he turns invisible and starts shooting at you while moving across the room, making you think that he's going to be insanely hard. But by just blindly slashing continuously in the air like you're expected to, you'll get him before losing even one quarter of your heath, turning him into harmless ashes at once. Slash those ashes a few more times and you're done, Ganon is officially dead. What makes this especially baffling is that most of the game had been pretty challenging.
      • Level 6 is a challenging level, with Gleeok as a Midboss and Wizrobes in most of the rooms. The boss? Gohma, who is defeated in one hit from an arrow.
  • The final boss of Psychonauts is slightly anticlimactic. It consists entirely of running away from the final boss and waiting for your Eleventh Hour Superpower gauge to refill. The abomination is invulnerable to your normal attacks, but the instant the slowly-but-constantly-filling gauge hits max, you get to turn around and watch the boss cringe and try feebly to block your attacks as you beat the living hell out of him.
  • True Crime: New York City has two ending paths. The "bad" ending ends in a simple 2-dimensional Good Old Fisticuffs fistfight against the police captain in a cramped subway car (where you simply punch him until you back him off the screen and off the train), which is rather anticlimactic compared to some of the insane Kung Fu boss fights earlier in the game (including a sword fight against a 7-foot tall Black Samurai Rap Star). Contrast that with the original True Crime: Streets of LA, where the "true" final boss, General Kim, was the best fighter in the game, and pretty much the only opponent you had to beat with strategy (mostly blocking then counterattacking) instead of simply button mashing.
    • General Kim was also the Anticlimax boss of the worst ending, a rather feeble opponent who could be taken down with repeated jumpkicks. If you played each ending in order, General Kim was surprising for two reasons; being the actual Big Bad of the final ending, and being a Climax Boss requiring more fighting skill than any other fight and a tough driving-shooting challenge.
  • Even though he's the leader of The Five, and actually knocks Mike on his ass in the cutscene where he's finally introduced, Dr. Victor Batrachian from Shadowman is far and away the easiest boss to kill. Given as how he had depopulated an entire prison over the preceding 72 hours without even bothering to unstrap himself from the electric chair, the fact that in the event he comes after you with a baton is a little embarrassing.
  • Castlevania
    • You slug your way through Castlevania II Simons Quest, enter Dracula's castle with the kickass music, make your way slowly to his altar, re-assemble his body parts... then proceed to kill him with fire before he can even get out of his entrance animation. Lame.
      • Even if you don't use the Game Breaker fire weapon, he's still ridiculously easy. He goes around and around in circles, and doesn't do much else; all you have to do is stand in the corner and throw daggers.
    • While much harder, Dracula is still nothing special in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. Despite having 10,000 HP and being able to hit pretty hard, it is very possible to beat him without any familiars, spells, or even items, since all that HP is shared among his three heads, making it possible to do three times the damage per hit that you'd normally do. He's still significantly harder than most of the bosses in the game, though.
    • There's also his Super Castlevania IV incarnation. Most of his attacks are easy to dodge with the possible exception of the second one; however, you can actually get healed after that attack (if you attack it), and he uses it on two occasions.
    • Dracula Wraith in Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance. His first form is just classic Dracula, which is really easy to dodge in this game, and his second form is a giant eyeball... thing. It's basically an amalgamation of the body parts you had to collect to get to this point. Its only attacks are to shoot a beam, which can be dodged by simply crouching, and to swing his arm at Juste, which can be dodged by being at the edge of the room. Sometimes he uses these two attacks at the same time, but this can also be dodged by crouching and then sliding to the end of the room.
  • The final boss of Saints Row 2. The first 3 are fairly epic in their own right, including an ATV vs Jeep fight in a mall and a sword fight on a burning ship. The pre-boss fight was hell in a handbasket, using a helicopter to fend off other helicopters while attacking several gate locks in order to get at the guy. The final boss? Dane Vogel in his office, who you can quickly proceed to blow up with a well-placed satchel charge. Even the lead-up to it isn't that great, making it feel like the whole thing was just put in for a final mission arc.
  • Mikiko in Daikatana. After a fairly intense battle with Kage, you think you're done, but wait, one last fight...that will go down in two shots, tops. After an entire game of the poor AI keeping you from doing anything, shooting this final boss will give the player more satisfaction than anything else in this game.
    • Kage Mishima's no Spring Chicken himself; despite being a melee-oriented enemy, he's very slow, making it very easy to just back away from him and unload your best heavy gun into his face. He does have a ranged attack where he sends a wave of ghosts at you, but that can also be avoided by running in circles.
  • The Shadowlord in NieR is a prime example of just how much of a let-down Anticlimax Bosses can be, particularly if you are fighting him on a second, third, or fourth playthrough. Sold as a badass, protective father in a Crapsack World, the final battle consists of dodging (read: rushing through with a spear) insane waves of magic until you get close enough to strike him. After three hits, he's down and the game is over; his badassery from before not even dignified a handwave (although there was a bit of a hint that he'd lost the will to live).
  • Saddler from Resident Evil 4. As the final boss in a game filled with tough, memorable boss fights, you'd think his fight would be pretty epic. Sadly, he's probably the easiest boss in the game, with an obvious weak spot, a surprisingly low amount of health, and attacks that do relatively little damage. Plus, the fight takes place in an area that contains several traps which can be used against him, making the fight even easier. On Normal difficulty, he even qualifies as a Cutscene Boss — all you have to do is run away, lure him into 2 traps, and finish him off with the special rocket launcher Ada drops.
    • Birkin's final form in Resident Evil 2 was also this. He was just a giant blob who couldn't even hit you if you didn't stand next to him.
  • Kirie from the first Fatal Frame game is unintentionally anticlimactic. The designers went out of their way to make her very hard in some aspects — one hit from her is instantly fatal, and only a fully charged camera shot can hurt her. But to make the fight doable, she lacks most of the features that make other fights challenging: she's slow and has a low attack range. Once you get the hang of it, she's really not that challenging.
  • Shredder in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1989) is this. He has very damaging attacks, but he the is only enemy in game who can be knocked back by attacks, and his AI is also bad. So it's possible to just jump onto the right side platform and spam projectiles in his general direction.
  • Evil Bomber in Bomberman Hero. After getting 5s on every level on the first five planets to unlock the sixth planet — the toughest part of which is probably getting 5s on the boss levels — and going through two of the most insane levels in the game, you get to the last boss and...he's about as tough as Nitros, at worst.
    • Want proof? TheStrawhatNO! completely wrecked his sh** without letting him do anything but swoop. (He does have nastier attacks, but his AI never selected them.)
  • Despite being one of the most powerful creatures in existence, doing battle with Kain in Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver isn't very impressive in comparison to his sons. Each time you fight him, you only need to smack him three times while he stands still and shoots lightning bolts at you, and then you watch a cutscene.
    • The end of Soul Reaver 2, and the closest thing the entire game has to a boss encounter. It's completely impossible to die because the Reaver keeps your health at maximum, and you can't even drop the sword to give yourself a challenge. Thanks to this, the final encounter against Sarafan Raziel becomes drawn out, but still unchallenging.
  • The titular Hydra of the freeware Galius-like Hydra Castle Labyrinth is a complete joke, mainly because you can safely position yourself under its four heads and send a constant strea of axes into them. Once the heads are gone, all the Hydra can do is charge at you, and the headless body goes down in just a few hits.
  • The final battle in the official tie-in game to The Phantom Menace makes it possible to kill Darth Maul in just a few seconds by Force-shoving him into a Bottomless Pit. While this is (somewhat) faithful to the film, it does make it look kind of ridiculous that Maul was able to dispose of Qui-Gon so easily just beforehand.
  • In Masters of the Unverse: The Movie on C64, in the fight against Skeletor, all you do is knock him closer to the edge of the stage until he falls off while trying to avoid his Eye Beams.
  • Sir Kael, the main villain in episode 2 of The Last Resurrection. When you finally meet up with him, he's standing still, facing the wall and not even noticing you. All you have to do to kill him is walk up and touch him.

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

    Fighting Games 
  • The Shainto clan in Bushido Blade 2 face an insanely difficult boss battle, but after this enemy is finally killed, the player learns that he was merely The Dragon and the true leader of the Narukagami is... an unarmed young woman kneeling in the next room. She patiently awaits her death, but the player can choose to spare her if so inclined.
  • The boss that the Narukagami clan face in Bushido Blade 2 tries to put up a fight, but one blow to his armored front stuns him, and one more blow to his unprotected back kills him. The end.
  • In the Adventure mode of Super Smash Bros. Melee, both Bowser and the optional Giga Bowser are a joke compared to many of the previous fights in the mode (Especially on the higher difficulties, where the team fights can be downright brutal). Both of them are huge targets, which makes them incredibly easy to combo, and also have an easily exploited AI. The only thing that makes them remotely difficult is that in the odd event they do decide to use one of their stronger attacks and manage to connect with it, it can send you flying even at a low percentage.
  • Sonic The Fighters: After defeating the nearly impossible Metal Sonic, you are confronted by Dr. Robotnik in his Mecha Suit; you are also put in an Infinity+1 Sword state known as Hyper Mode. Dr. Robotnik will rarely get an attack off. However, this is probably to make up for the fact that the Death Egg II itself is about to go down, giving the player a very short window of time in which to defeat him.
  • In X-Men vs. Street Fighter, the (pre) final boss is Apocalypse. While he looks impressive and his arm is almost as big as you are, he is quite easy to take down with most characters by simply jumping over the arm and using heavy punches repeatedly.
  • In Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Portable: The Battle of Aces, Material D, the Ruler of Darkness, is normally a decent fight, being a far more powerful Evil Twin of Hayate... except in Reinforce's story mode, where she serves as the final boss. This is because the game hands you Unison Reinforce, who has all eighteen skills in the game, making her a fast, tanky, barrier breaking, auto-guarding, Mana saving, healing, speedy Mana and Sprint Meter-recovering Purposefully Overpowered character with high damage on all ranges that could use her plentiful stocks of Super Modes with impunity since she gets them all back after every round. Needless to say, you'd have to try hard just to lose a round.
  • In BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger, the final boss for Hakumen's Arcade Mode is Ragna. Not the Unlimited version, just normal Ragna. As a result, while not a pushover, Hakumen still has it easier than most. To further reinforce the anticlimax-ness, the fight before him is (non-Unlimited) Nu.
  • Shinnok in Mortal Kombat 4 definitely qualifies, seeing as you've known all along how he fights and he doesn't offer that much of a challenge like, say, Shao Kahn did in previous installments. And it's not just because you can regularly select him: Rubber Band A.I. just doesn't seem to work on him like it did for Shang Tsung and Quan Chi in Deadly Alliance.
  • Fighting Game veterans, and even some who've never played a Mortal Kombat game before, would find Shao Kahn this across the different installments. His taunts run in a pattern, which give fighters easy hits. Goro and Shang Tsung in the first one, on the other hand...
    • Shao Kahn on the Game Gear is especially easy, as he has half the life of a normal contestant, and his attacks don't do any more damage than a normal fighter. Considering Kintaro can be beaten with simple strategy, one can play the game wondering why Mileena wasn't made the final boss.
      • Speaking of the Game Gear, one has to consider the first Mortal Kombat for the system. While Shang Tsung is still very hard, it falls onto Goro to be the letdown boss. Considering he is considered so iconic to the series, it's odd that Raiden is much harder to take down in the game, since Goro will only block when attacked, not retaliating unless you pause to rest your thumb (he can be beaten by continually hitting the "kick" button). It makes him feel like a chance to rest after those brutal endurance matches.

    First-Person Shooter 
  • The Pfhor cyborg from Marathon is the only boss in the game. He dies with less than one load of your pistol, although his countless guards will kill you if you do something stupid. Very fast.
  • For an insane computer who thought herself as a goddess, SHODAN from System Shock 2 is really a complete pushover, while the game was insanely hard (you always lacked ammunitions). Disable the shield with 3 ICE picks (bypassing the hacking minigame), shoot 2 EMP grenades. shoot 6 EMP grenades to her shield, shoot her twice. Use your assault rifle with AP cartridges: just pull the trigger, and she is downed... And you still have bullets in your magazine. Deactivate her shield, jump over the ledge, and hit her at close contact. Or, if you're the OSA type, just spam cryokinesis for 12 seconds. And you are not even hit once while doing this!
    • This is not without precedent. The Cyber Space boss-fight with SHODAN in the original System Shock is even easier. If you have upgraded pulsers, you can just park yourself wherever and spam the fire button for a few seconds. It's a little jarring how suddenly the end cutscene starts playing.
  • This video says it all, really, and covers a handful of non-FPS games, too.
  • In F.E.A.R. 2, Colonel Vanek goes down after a whack in the face and a shot to the head in a Button Mashing sequence.
    • Paxton Fettel, the psychic clone-commander from the original, is equally disappointing.
  • After fighting against hordes of highly trained, heavily armed mercenaries and mutant trigen monsters with rocket launchers for arms, the final opponent of the videogame Far Cry, Doyle, is an unarmored scientist with a gun that isn't very impressive at this point.
  • The final boss of No One Lives Forever 2 is your typical Super Soldier Giant Mook, but he has a painfully slow attack and can literally be killed in 2 or 3 seconds with the right weapon (i.e. explosive shotgun shells). All of the series' other bosses avoid this with clever programming (they have to be shot 20 times by any weapon, so you can't just headshot them with a rocket launcher and call it a day).
  • The final battle of Half-Life 2 consists of about ten seconds of throwing little glowing balls at some metal plates while gunships fire at you.
    • If you want, you can shoot little glowing balls at the gunships, and then shoot the metal plates.
  • In Halo 3, after fighting through hordes of heavily-armed aliens and bringing down not one, but TWO galaxy-threatening Big Bads, the final fight is an anticlimactic shootout against 343 Guilty Spark. It's anticlimactic not because he turns out to be the final enemy (players have been waiting to take him down ever since the very first game), but because he's ridiculously easy, having terrible aim with his uber beam weapon and making absolutely no attempt to dodge your slow-moving Wave Motion Gun. Also sort of sad considering that Spark is quite possibly the least threatening character in the entire series, and he was really only doing his job protecting the Halo.
  • Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare ends with you pulling out a pistol and shooting the Big Bad and his two bodyguards in the back while they're distracted by an allied helicopter. Even if you're really slow and give the Big Bad enough time to turn around and shoot you, you can still survive a shot or two from his Desert Eagle, giving you plenty of time to still cap him. The way the scene is set up, it manages to be surprisingly not anti-climactic. Rather the opposite.
  • Call of Duty: World At War sort of avoids and uses this trope at the same time by not having a final boss. The last level is just like any other mission, except that the game ends with your character getting shot but successfully hoisting the Soviet flag on top of the Reichstag.
  • At the end of The Darkness, mob boss Uncle Paulie takes refuge at the top of a lighthouse, where the light robs you of your Darkness powers and leaves you just an ordinary man... yet ultimately Paulie's still just a fat, old dude armed with a peashooter, and a single bullet to the gut brings him down.
  • The final shootout against Sgt. Duvall in Haze. You're equipped with an assault rifle (and can even bring a rocket launcher into the fight). He's got a pistol. For some reason, he can survive a ridiculous amount of damage, but that doesn't really help him since he can barely hurt you. It's probably so he's able to get through most of his long, pre-scripted Motive Rant before you manage to kill him.
  • Many consider the boss of DOOM's third episode, the Spider Mastermind, easier than the boss of the second episode, the Cyberdemon. The Mastermind's biggest advantage is an autotracking chaingun attack, but the arena setup lets you manuver to stop this attack relatively easily. The BFG is only available on the third episode, making it even easier.
    • Far more damning (heh) is Doom 3, in which the programmers had the right idea by making the Cyberdemon the final boss, but cocked it up by making him easier to kill than virtually any other enemy in the game. His rockets are fired rarely and are extremely easy to dodge, and he is taken down after a few hits with the game's superweapon that automatically hits after being charged up.
  • The final boss of Quake IV, the Nexus, which is essentially a giant brain, is pathetically easy — it simply rests there for you to shoot at it when its shield is down. The only challenge comes from the fact that it is sending regular enemies after you at the same time.
  • Speaking of Quake - the first game's bosses are really weak. Chton looks awful and terrible and scary, but is only ever dangerous if you stand still as he suffers from Hero Tracking Failure (less so in the hard difficulty levels, but all you have to do then is add some jumping and random movements), and is eventually killed by a glorified bug zapper.
    • As for the final boss Shub-Niggurath... she is inert. Literally. She does nothing but stay there with her tentacles swaying in the air; the challenge is in fighting a ton of high-level enemies standing between you and the teleporter, but when you do reach it the horrible Eldritch Abomination, biggest of all bads, ruler of an entire evil dimension and invader of worlds is killed... by telefragging.
  • Clive Barker's Jericho has the Firstborn as its final boss, aka the very first being created by God, prior to Adam and Eve, and it is extremely powerful — it manages to kill both Cole and Jones by blasting them with lightning, causing them to explode into tiny little bits. Of course, once you actually start to fight it, its lightning blasts are unable to insta-kill your characters as seen in the aforementioned cutscene, and all you need to do to defeat it is to use the supernatural powers of the remaining characters. Some consider it the easiest boss in the game.
    • Also, it takes the form of a small child. This wouldn't be so much of an anti-climax if you haven't seen the concept art of what the final boss was originally going to look like, however.
  • The final confrontation with Strelok in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky. He doesn't even try to fight you, you just watch him as he runs around the superstructure of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, and simply snipe him until his energy shield fails (enemy Powered Armor mooks do spawn in to kill you while you're trying to do this, though).
  • Although normally a decent fight, the Skaarj Queen at the end of Unreal can be taken down with a single shot from the beginning pistol if you've upgraded it fully and are charged up with a damage amplifier. note 
  • Likewise, the Sealed Evil in a Can Tosc that you fight at the end of Unreal 2 can absorb a very large amount of damage and are armed with a number of one-hit-kill attacks, including an arm that fires a black hole. However, you're armed with the exact same weapon that kills them in one hit too.
  • The final level in Unreal Tournament III is just a duel between Akasha and Reaper and plays out like any other match.
  • The Final Boss in Time Shift is the giant mechanical fortress you encounter at the very beginning, destroying the whole city. Instead of fighting it in a cool freeform boss battle, it's a stationary target that you just shoot at a few times from a rooftop a couple hundred feet away.
    • What's worse is that you've known from the start of the game that the villain has the same kind of timesuit as you, and even though his is a beta version, you've been facing hundreds of Superpowered Mooks with time powers reverse-engineered by the Big Bad. So naturally the player expects an epic one-on-one battle against your evil counterpart, but no, what you get is not a battle but an execution.
  • The final boss of the hastily released, shoddily built Blacksite: Area 51 has literally no AI. After his short scripted behavior runs out, he literally can't do anything except stand in one spot and shoot at you.
  • Iron Storm: The "final boss" of this Alternate History game is a "rival fight" against a special forces officer who has some interesting tricks; he is equipped with multiple weapons (assault rifle, sniper rifle, machine pistol and grenades), never stops running in circles around you, and can take several dozen bullet hits before dying. However, his head is completely unprotected and all it takes is a few bullets to the face to drop him. Pretty poor compared to the game's earlier 3 bosses, who are all equipped with full body metal armor and full-auto mini-rocket launchers.
  • The Destroyer, the final boss of Borderlands, is an H.P. Lovecraft-esque alien abomination... which has one way to seriously damage you, a ranged attack launched from its tentacles. These are very easily shot off and take forever to regenerate. With the tentacles dealt with, you can just plink The Destroyer in its weak point For Massive Damage until it's dead, periodically taking cover to easily avoid its other, highly predicable attacks.
    • Subverted in the first piece of DLC, "The Zombie Island Of Dr. ZNed". At first, you fight the not-so-good doctor and he goes down as easily as any of the standard mooks (albeit with a good weapon) and the credits roll past at lightning speed. Then Dr. ZNed comes back as an undead abomination, tears away the end credits, and screams "It's not over yet!". Cue a proper final boss fight.
    • Also from Borderlands is Skagzilla. You place a corpse to lure him out, and a giant Skag the size of a building leaps out and does a huge epic screech which exposes his auto-crit weak spot for a good fifteen seconds.
    • Intentionally played for laughs with Slither. The god of a bandit cult, you arrive at the boss area to see an ominous crucifix, which fire swirls under as some of the most epic and ominous music the game has plays, and what emerges is... a scythid crawler, one of the weakest enemies in the game. And no, it's not a case of it turning out to be a Killer Rabbit — it can take quite a bit more punishment than a normal one and deal a bit more damage, but it's still pathetically easy. Even the quest giver is openly disappointed by this.
  • In BioShock 2, the final battle just throws a bunch of Mooks at you in a Hold the Line mission — something you've been through at least a dozen times before. You can even equip the Natural Camoflage tonic, stand somewhere out-of-the-way, and shoot out the pipes at the end to win with the least effort possible.
    • Fontaine in the first BioShock counts as well. It's rather easy to beat him on Hard with the Chemical Thrower in rather short order, without even using any medkits or EVE hypos.
  • Deus Ex. The ending involves Big Bad Bob Page lobbing threats at you while he's encased in a shielded anti-chamber, as he tries to merge with Helios. He never gets close to achieving his goal — no matter which ending you take (merge with Helios, destroy the communications hub, disable the shield unit), Page goes out like a whimpering punk. The worst is Morgan Everett's ending (kill Page) — to do so, you simply run around Area 51 to deactivate some power units. Page dies miserably seconds after you deactivate the final device.
    • In Deus Ex: Invisible War: JC Denton (an optional boss and the protagonist of the first game) is really weak for a Physical God.
    • Maggie Chow from the original game also qualifies. She is armed with a Cool Sword, but has no ranged weapons, and isn't remarkable in any other way. You can take her down with a single tranquilizer dart, or a single hit from your own Dragon Tooth Sword - and you can draw and swing it faster than she does hers.
  • In Kane and Lynch 2: Dog Days, this happens to both villains. Glazer (who turns on you early in the game) gets killed by a sniper just before you reach him (after chasing him through a whole level). Kane kills Shangsi in a cutscene. The final "bosses" of the game... are a pair of dogs that chase you at the very end of the final level.
  • In Homefront, the final boss of the game is the exact same weaponry (tanks and helicopters) that you've been fighting throughout the entire game. The only difference is that you get to rearm anti-aircraft guns to take them out.
  • In The Chronicles of Riddick Assault on Dark Athena, you have bad guys who will do 1-2 blocks of your 5-6 blocks of health with every punch they land, mech suits, turret spiders, and big daddies {there's one level where you hijack one and carry a little girl on your shoulder}. The final boss is invincible — until you realise you can just walk up and pistol whip her out the elevator shaft.
  • In Borderlands 2, Wilhelm is set up as a devastating combatant — the Guardian Angel is terrified of him, and the four protagonists from the previous game combined couldn't defeat him. But the actual boss fight is underwhelming, being annoying at worst. There's an in-story reason for this: letting you defeat him is part of Handsome Jack's Batman Gambit, as the power core Wilhelm gives you upon defeat ends up being sabotaged.
  • In Dishonored, Admiral Havelock. It's not even that easy to provoke him to a fight — you either kill him on the spot or walk past him to the final objective. If you do fight him, he goes down in a couple blows.
  • The final boss in Nosferatu The Wrath Of Malachi is extremely easy if you have the Chalice: around 2 hits will usually kill him.

    Game Books 
  • In the Fighting Fantasy gamebook Space Assassin, the final boss has Skill 9 Stamina 12 — the stats of a typical mid-tier enemy.

    Hack and Slash 
  • Reiko in Onechanbara Vortex is That One Boss in Story Mode... but in Survival Mode, she's an Anticlimax Boss. She's now a one-stage battle — removing the painfully difficult second stage from Story Mode — and rather than being forced to use Aya, you can now field Anna or Saki against her, who are much more effective for this fight.
  • After the brutal That One Boss Monsoon in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, you get to fight the biggest, evilest, most imposing member of the Winds of Destruction, their leader Sundowner...and he's actually pretty easy. Other bosses have to go through phases, but it's entirely viable if not easier to ignore his shield-gimmick and just flank him. Some players never even get to hear his Leitmotif insert because he just goes down so fast.

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

    Mecha Games 

    Platformers 
  • SEGA Saturn platformer Bug Too! has three stoned caterpillars for a final boss. Yes, really.
  • After a grueling four-part Sequential Boss battle against Reflux, the last enemy pitted against you in Rayman 3 is André, who can do nothing but beg for mercy until you use a special technique to remove The Corruption from him.
  • Prince of Persia:
    • The final "boss" of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time merely creates a couple of clones of himself, which put up no more resistance than a standard enemy, and is then rendered defenseless and can be killed with a single attack.
    • Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones has an anticlimax boss as well. After defeating the Vizier once and for all, the Dark Prince tries to take you over. However, this basically amounts to little more than some more platform jumping inside the Prince's mind (in which it's impossible to die) while he and the Dark Prince trade arguments, and getting to attack the Dark Prince every once in a while while he does nothing to fight back. Finally, you get to a big room with the Dark Prince where once again, he does nothing to fight back (except multiplying every time you hit him). The only way to win is to just ignore him and go up the nearby staircase, while the Dark Prince practically begs you to come back and keep fighting.
      • This is very reminiscent of Prince of Persia: when you confront your shadow, you're prompted to fight... but any damage you deal you also receive, and if he dies, so do you. As it turns out, the thing to do is simply to put away your sword — if you don't fight, neither does he. This occurs BEFORE the final boss, however, so it's not really an example — although the vizier himself, while no particular weakling, is no stronger than the rest of the enemies you've fought, and is just as vulnerable to the Spartan-approved tactic of knocking him down a giant pit.
      • Except in the SNES version, where the Vizier begins the fight by casting spells at you, and once enough damage is dealt, reveals himself to be a skilled, if not annoying swordsman. No pits.
      • Also averted in the Classic remake, where Jaffar is armed with a deadly magic staff, and there's no pit either.
    • In the Nintendo DS game Prince of Persia: The Fallen King, the final boss has three attack patterns, two of which were used by bosses of previous stages. Which means that, once you figure out the third, you can defeat him inside of thirty seconds.
  • The master brain in Space Station Silicon Valley, who, after much ado, is introduced as... Well, exactly what it sounds like: A brain in a jar. The main character, at that point a killer robot with Eye Beams, uses about two seconds to flash-fry him.
  • Both subverted and used in Kirby Squeak Squad. Upon defeating the penultimate boss and swiping its weapon, the game has you follow a small purple star throughout a rocky landscape, deep through outer space. At the end of the trail, the purple star goes One-Winged Angel into a much larger purple star with a pink serpentine eye (the subversion). To defeat this new boss easily, all you need to do is spam your Eleventh Hour Super Power's attack until it dissolves. Kirby flies off on a Warp Star, cue ending sequence and roll credits.
    • If you don't even use the power they give you, you can just store Tornado, which makes Dark Nebula a joke.
    • In Kirby Super Star Ultra's "Revenge of the King" mode, you make your way to the arena, fighting Phan Phan and Twin Fire Lions along the way. But right before you get to the arena you're attacked by... (cue suspenseful music)... A WADDLE DEE IN A BANDANNA! All it does is try to tackle you. Plus, you can inhale him from the start of the battle just to save time. This one, however, isn't supposed to be a real fight as much as it's supposed to invoke an emotional response.
  • In Ty the Tasmanian Tiger 2, Boss Cass' last form is... Cass himself. Granted, cassowaries are the most dangerous birds on Earth, but you're using the game's most powerful mech. Beating the snot out of him is very satisfying.
  • Metroid:
    • In Super Metroid, Mother Brain has absurdly predictable attacks. Occasionally, you can get unlucky and die when it's supposed to just drain your life down to a certain point in preparation for a cutscene, but normally it's almost impossible to lose to this boss; even if you have to fall back to charged shots, it gets to its second phase pretty quick, and once the titular Metroid revives you and you get the Hyper Beam, it's almost a joke.
    • The Omega Metroid in Metroid: Fusion as well. It can certainly kick your butt if you make too many mistakes, but it's still a lot easier than many of the previous bosses. It is simply a final challenge during the timed escape after the real final boss, the SA-X.
    • The final boss of Metroid: Other M may as well be the poster child for this trope. After the long, grueling, painful battle against the Metroid Queen, you battle MB, the cybernetic reincarnation of Mother Brain. What does it take to defeat it? Aiming a charged shot at it. The Federation shows up and strongly insists on taking care of her for you.
      • Note that in this case, MB had been established as a rather sympathetic villain, so this was arguably meant to feel less like a fight and more of an execution. Of course, storywise Other M was flawed at best, so this may not have worked for everyone
  • The Final "Boss" of the arcade version of Bionic Commando is an unarmed general weaker than the generic Mook fought through the game.
  • Mega Man X6 plays this trope straight and inverts it. First you fight Gate, who cannot be damaged by a direct attack; you have to dissipate his attacks so the shrapnel can hit him. When you fight Sigma in the next level, Gate hasn't had time to restore his body to full specs once again (and Sigma backstabs him without letting him finish repairing him). Instead, you start with his "Reborn" form, which is a zombie-like, worn-down, minimally functioning body that can barely move. With the right powerups, you can literally shoot him to death from your starting position. After this, Sigma ditches the junker body for his "Final" form, which is functioning and literally armed to the teeth with a plasma cannon array in his mouth. Sigma's battle body can be easy depending on which character you select. Ultimate Armor X can quickly stomp everything in the stage but this, while Shadow Armor X can shred Final Sigma in a minute-90 seconds, but struggles with the stage enemies Sigma generates.
  • In Mega Man Zero, Harpuia appears to be intimidating as a general, but he has a very infamous chink in his attack pattern you can exploit to make him all but helpless. Switch to the Ice Chip, charge up the Z-Saber, leap over his two sword slashes with a jump dash and then leap over him once he tries to pull a third, nail him from behind with the Z-Saber, and he gets knocked back and frozen by the charged ice attack, which plays against his elemental weakness. It also resets his pre-programmed pattern and makes him repeat his sword slashes over and over each time he gets struck by the fully-charged ice attacks. Rinse and repeat, he's done. If he can use his EX Skill because you're at S or A-rank, that adds in a little unpredictability. Unfortunately, this is all but killed in the next game installment: Harpuia becomes FAR deadlier, now zipping around too fast to lock into a cycle, and given new moves that force you to back away and rely on long-range weapons like the Buster Shot Gun or Shield Boomerang. Worse, he's flat-out lethal if he uses his new EX Skill, where he resorts to a Beam Spam hellstorm around half health that can rape you dead in seconds- one you'd have to be insanely lucky to dodge unscathed each time he uses it.
  • Mega Man Zero 2 has Elpizo. This game one-ups its predecessor in Nintendo Hard, but Elipzo averts it entirely. After what is quite possibly one of the hardest Boss Rush stages in any Mega Man game (which they totally cheat in by replacing one of the bosses with a new two-against-one situation with a fresh set of attacks on tap), Elipzo shows up and is an absolute pushover. His first form can be beaten easily as long as you avoid the six-orb drain attack, which he telegraphs and is relatively easy to dodge. His second form is even easier. He's a huge floating target with only one attack that is actually somewhat hard to dodge. The rest of his attacks are pathetically simple, another isn't so much an attack as much as giving you a platform to jump on and take a free shot at him, and one can even be stopped by slashing the orbs. The only truly nerve-racking part of this final stage in the game was the spike pit nightmare you have to traverse just to reach him. Harpuia was actually more threatening in his normal form than the final boss ever was, because the Beam Spam he keeps pulling mid-fight is a real mean bitch to constantly and very barely dodge in such a confined space, while in the final battle, it's just a cheap throwaway boss that made use of a room too big for the fight to get truly interesting (though for Scenery Porn and plot-related reasons).
    • Compare this to the way Copy X reduced the solid ground below him to a puny block right before assuming seraph form — which he could incinerate (a literal case of "don't touch the floor, it's hot lava"), forcing you to leap onto the spike-tipped shields hovering around him and cling to them for dear life. He even had a restraining energy halo spam attack and a deadly EX Skill variant of the move that could paralyze you mid-air and cause you to plummet into the abyss below without having a chance to break free in time and land safely by angling your fall to the one safe platform left. Elpizo's boss fight amounted to using a room with too much empty space for rent — you could literally pound away at his health from the safety of a corner. However, the third game polished the boss fights with the final boss Omega Zero, who is fast enough to keep up with you no matter how hard you try to outrun him, and his attacks leave nowhere to hide instead of slowly hitting a minimum of the room, dashing any hope of retreating from him. The fourth game's final boss gives you only 2 minutes to win, leaving you with no room to resort to cheap tricks,
  • Mega Man Zero 3 pulls this with Omega due to Gameboy Advance limitations. Omega was meant to be an agile, threatening giant instead of a lumbering pushover in his first form, which served as the intro boss. After he absorbs the Dark Elf, he turns gold and the only things different from the first battle are faster attacks that are still painfully easy to dodge and he now makes use of his huge broadsword, which, too, was meant to do more than just stabbity-stab. Then Omega kicks it into high gear and transforms into a giant armored warrior with some dangerous moves at his disposal, but he's still fairly predictable and easy to beat. But then he sheds the armored bulk and reveals himself as your counterpart, a badass Lightning Bruiser who can tear you to pieces if you drop your guard at the wrong time or choose to face him head on instead of a distance, which strips you of the reaction you now need to avoid getting pummeled by his move repertoire.
    • Arguably the Secret Boss Hidden Phantom as well,through seen by many as the hardest boss in the Game, since that battle takes place in Cyberspace, you will have the abilities of all the Fusion Elves, meaning two health bars, secret Z-Saber moves, plus two extra Sub Tanks, making this less of a challenge than what it is supposed to be.
    • Mega Man ZX brings back Omega as a Secret Boss... on steroids. He's actually so tough, he dwarfs the difficulty of Serpent in retrospect — although when you crank up the difficulty all the way, you can go ahead and consider Serpent a real threat all his own.
  • Parodied in the intentionally crappy mini-game "Hero Klungo Saves Teh World" in Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts: The boss of the mini-game is Grunty drawn in craptacular 2D, who does nothing but spit a single fireball at you. Jump over it and she dies for no apparent reason.
  • The final "boss," so to speak, in Mirror's Edge (insofar as the game can have bosses). After the Climax Boss Fight against the assassin in level 7, one might be expecting the game to end on a similar note in level 9, the finale... but you take out Jackknife by jumping at his helicopter, much like you did at the end of the prologue. Faith grabs the bar and swings into the helicopter, propelling her feet squarely into Jackknife's chest, sending him flying out of the helicopter and plummeting to his doom. If you're fast enough, he won't even get a shot off. Given the fact that boss fights don't really fit the tone of the game (the assassin fight is an argument for Unexpected Gameplay Change), it was good idea.
  • Subverted in Brutal Mario. In the level "Dedede's Sky Castle", after you fight King Dedede, Kirby wakes up, dialogue taken almost word-for-word from Yoshi's Island is said, and you're thrown into a battle remiscent of Baby Bowser's first phrase. Except it's even easier than the original battle: just knock Kirby out once, and quickly let Yoshis eat him. But then... "You fool... Now you will see Kirby's true power... This is the end!" You guessed it, it's only one third of the Sequential Boss, and you still have to do the One-Winged Angel phase of the Baby Bowser knockoff battle.
  • The original Super Mario Bros. did this, making this trope as old as the NES (obviously). You can kill Bowser with fireballs if you're equipped with a Fire Flower, but all you need to do to beat him is grab the axe behind him and watch as he falls into the lava pit below.
    • Specifically, he is almost impossible to lose to if you make it to him with even a normal mushroom. Just charge in, take a hit, and get to the axe. Only Normal (small) Mario has to use any strategy at all, and even then it's usually down to one well timed jump.
  • Super Mario Bros. 3's final boss is in comparison much easier than all the other bosses (except for dumb Boom Boom and the flying form is actually harder!) because he suicides himself with butt smashes.
    • It's actually even better. You can also exploit the fact that you can touch Bowser's lower part of the body and not take damage. (If you're in Super form, just crouch.) In other words, you just have to wait until when you have to dodge on the very moment Bowser slams through the final layer of the floor and falls to his doom. This is Boss Arena Idiocy at its best.
  • Corona Mountain, the final level of Super Mario Sunshine, can bring gamers to tears, particularly the section where you have to navigate the volcano's interior on a shaky mudboat by squirting water at specific angles. However, if you can make it to Bowser, the final boss fight is a piece of cake; all you have to do is Ground Pound the platforms around his hot tub (which is very easy once you learn his pattern, which isn't overly difficult to do) and he's finished.
  • The final Bowser fight in Super Mario Galaxy 2 is somewhat difficult... at least for the first phase. After a big to-do about him reemerging from the fight even more powerful, the fight changes to a very gimmicky section of ground-pounding meteors at Bowser. This fight is especially sad due to the wonderful music that you might not even get through one listen of.
  • In Sonic Adventure the Chaos 6 boss battle in Big's story can be beaten in under 10 seconds.
    • Perfect Chaos himself is not very hard at all and is the final boss of the entire game. To wit: you cannot actually be damaged in this fight, simply be blown backwards (Super Sonic is invincible, after all). Your enemy is your ring counter (much like it was in the Doomsday Zone of Sonic 3 & Knuckles), which will plunge you into the water when it expires. You collect rings along the way and the objective of the fight is to reach Perfect Chaos as fast as possible while dodging his attacks, so you're encouraged not to shuffle your feet anyway. You damage Perfect Chaos simply running into him at top speed.
    • In Sonic and Knuckles, near the end of Sonic's game, you finally get the chance to fight Knuckles—who's been a thorn in your side in the cutscenes since the beginning of Sonic 3 — and it's trivially easy to beat him without getting hit once.
      • The final boss in a normal play-through of Sonic 3, Big Arm. It isn't necessarily easy, per se, but compared to other 16-bit Sonic games, it definitely doesn't feel like final boss material.
    • The final boss of Sonic the Hedgehog CD is just Eggman in his normal vehicle with four panels that flip around and whatnot, and it's a case of dodging predictable attacks and waiting for a chance to hit him, or just taking the hit and then damaging him using invincibility frames. It's not overly hard or very exciting, especially compared to the final bosses of Sonic 2 or 3&K. It's made worse by the fact that the epic race with Metal Sonic comes before the final boss.
  • The final boss of Ratchet & Clank 2 can be an example unless you're under-levelled, and if you have the RYNO 2 it's basically a matter of holding down the fire button.
    • Hell, it's actually possible to kill him without so much as setting foot in the arena. (See here)
    • The final boss fight in the third game may be a straighter example. While the fight right before (fought on foot) is fairly difficult and requires pretty good dodging, the second and final fight can be won by just circling the boss and holding down the fire button. Because you're in a vehicle at the time, running out of ammo is a non-issue, and the boss's attacks all boil down to "shoot a bunch of missiles that probably won't hit if you're moving".
  • The endboss of Hero Core's Annihilation mode is ridiculously easy compared to the kind of stuff you have to put up with on Hard. Granted, you are fighting it at level 0, but you'd think it would be a slightly more difficult endboss. or one that made Hard seem easy.
  • Though not the final boss, Annihilator Iosa from Iji is surprisingly easy for someone who, in the backstory, survived a shot from a weapon that annihilated an entire planet. She can only fire horizontally, and there are platforms conveniently located above her head that allow you to dodge her weapons and fire down lasers onto her.
  • The spider in Limbo, being as it the only recurring enemy in the game, qualifies: its legs are razor-sharp, can (and will) impale you in a single strike, and it can follow you pretty much anywhere. However, the last time you encounter it, it's taken so much punishment that it only has one leg left, which attacks once and then gets stuck.
  • In Croc: Legend of the Gobbos, the Secret Sentinel can be wiped out in something like 20 seconds.
  • Gnasty Gnorc from the original Spyro the Dragon. He takes two hits, and spends three quarters of the battle running away from you.
  • This trope is a plot point for Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. Darth Vader was the final boss in The Empire Strikes Back and was quite challenging. In this game, Vader is fought before the Emperor and goes down very quickly. This shows how Luke has grown stronger between games when he completed his Jedi training.
  • The true final boss for Wario Land II, once you've unlocked all of the treasures and golden panels, is the Giant Spear Man, a Recurring Boss who only needs to be jumped on a few times in order to be beaten.
  • Shotgun Ninja: The final boss rides a grenade-spamming Mini-Mecha. Except, if you have some grenades left (and you most likely do), you can simply stay above him and toss down a couple of them, which is enough to kill him.
  • In Sly Spy, the Final Boss has no attacks other than trapping you with a Descending Ceiling behind a destructible force field. (His Evil Laugh doesn't count as an attack.) After breaking through the barrier, you can take him down in one hit.
  • The final boss of Donkey Kong Country Returns, Tiki Tong. The stages leading up to him are Nintendo Hard, at times bordering on Platform Hell, but the fight itself is shorter and easier than most of the other boss fights throughout the game; he dies after seven hits (a tougher, earlier boss takes nine), all of his attacks are glaringly telegraphed, and all but one are extremely easy to avoid. In addition, a couple of his moves actually involve dropping a health-restoring item onto the arena! (they're meant to trick you into getting hurt, but it's fairly easy to nab the item and dodge the hit). If you do lose a life, you're not giving the chance to get Diddy Kong back, meaning your health is shot in half, but if you made it that far in this challenging game in the first place, it really shouldn't hold you back.
  • The final boss of Mega Man 3 doesn't have any attacks that are really hard to dodge (though he can still punch you for an instant kill), a few hits from Hard Knuckle beats his first form and then one from Top Spin is all it takes to finish him off.
  • I Wanna Be the Guy: Sort of. After a grueling battle in which Dracula throws pillars of fire, flames, unkillable blobs, the freaking Moon, and Delicious Fruit at you, he claims that he's tapping into an even more powerful form. Cue transformation into a Waddle Dee that dies in a single shot.
  • Wood Man of Mega Man 2 has the inglorious distinction of having the most vulnerabilities of any Robot Master in the series. Worse for him is that all of his weaknesses fall under Logical Weakness (wood can be burned down with Atomic Fire, it can be cut down with Metal Blades, trees are easily knocked over by tornadoes like the ones created by the Air Shooter, and his shield can be crushed with the barrier-busting Crash Bombs).
  • Ballser in Something, mostly because he is a spriteswap of the noob boss sprite. His patterns are easy to predict as a result.

    Role-Playing Games 
  • Nearly Any boss that is vulnerable to an Instant Death spell, or its Revive Kills Zombie counterpart. Roguelikes, especially NetHack, are a notable exception.
  • The Final Fantasy series has its fair share.
    • In a very stunning moment, the Useless Useful Spell in Final Fantasy Legend actually works on the final boss! This is a bug, though; the Saw is supposed to instantly kill any enemy with defense below a certain (fairly high) value, but instead it only kills enemies with a defense above that value. Obviously, the final boss has the highest defense in the game, so. This was fixed in the WSC remake.
    • Final Fantasy Mystic Quest, the Dark King is weak to the hero's Cure. Cast Cure on the boss to break the damage limit and do over 10,000 damage. You can potentially kill him in two-three casts if your level is high enough. Even more amusing: the Dark King has multiple One-Winged Angel forms. However, they all use the same HP counter — the Dark King merely changes form dependant on how damaged he is. If your Cure spell does enough damage, the Dark King will actually skip forms trying to keep up.
      • Also in Mystic Quest, the very first boss is undead, and vulnerable to your cure spell. Chances are you'll be hoarding your casts till Fireburg, but you can spare one to take him on with right? Failing that, just have Kaeli cast Life, since she leaves the party right after anyways.
    • Palmer in Final Fantasy VII easily qualifies. Most players who get into the boss fight against Palmer expect him to be strong since they had fought Shinra villains (the TURKs and Rufus) previously and they were able to hold their own in a fight. However, Palmer in battle is downright pathetic. His only attack is shooting his mako gun that has a fire, ice, or lightning effect and can be nerfed with M Barrier or nullified/absorbed with certain armor or materia. His only redeeming feature is having a big chunk of HP.
      • Probably on purpose, due to him being such an Idiot Ball
      • Also in FFVII, the final final battle is anticlimactic from a technical standpoint: the player is effectively invincible, and the boss has 10HP (from a story standpoint, though, the fight is decidedly not anticlimactic).
    • In Final Fantasy X, the fight against Seymour Omnis is pretty much a joke considering that his previous appearances have been That One Boss for many players. It makes it even easier if you utilize his own built-in Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors that YOU can manipulate to choose his weakness...or just summon Anima. And then there's Yu Yevon...
    The Spoony One: And now, the final battle! The group has battled all over the planet, fighting demons, dragons, monsters, unholy abominations, and finally we reach the ultimate puppetmaster. The Demonic Deity that perverted the entire world in it's image. This is the ultimate evil that dominated the wills of men, leveled entire continents, brought the world to it's knees, killed millions, and commanded the destiny of all life in Spira and what is this?
    • In Final Fantasy XIII, the final form of Orphan is quite weak compared to its first form and Barthandelus. It can be pretty easily defeated within one or two staggers, and is vulnerable to several status effects. As an homage to the Final Fantasy Legend final boss, it is possible to kill it with Vanille's Death Full ATB Skill while it is staggered, however the chances of that happening are pretty slim.
  • Towards the apparent end of Bravely Default, you have to storm the last Eternian stronghold. One of the paths pits you against a menacing-looking Zombie Dragon. If you know Square Enix, two Phoenix Downs is all you need.
  • After the intensely difficult task of acquiring all of the demon's souls in the aptly named title, you take a trip to the Final Boss, King Allant, who has no offensive ability whatsoever as he is in a captive and weakened slug-like form, effectively letting you punch him to death, if you so desire it.
  • In the SNES game Live A Live, the final boss battles against Demon King Odio result not in his death, but merely him turning back into the knight Oersted, though he still remains thoroughly evil. He's not entirely defenseless, but now is reduced to the same stats he had in his chapter of origin, which absolutely pale compared to the levels your heroes have reached. He's easily dispatched. The best ending requires you to spare him, which makes him summon all the bosses you fought already in a Boss Rush. However, they're only slightly more powerful when you first fought them, and they still fall before your powerful party.
    • Straybow, the final boss of the Medieval Chapter, is also pretty easy. Sure, he can ditch some real damage and has some insane range, but he'll fall in 3 or 4 attacks if you're properly leveled.
  • In Gothic, The final boss just stands there occasionally sending demons or firing fireballs at you. Its human bodyguards present a much greater threat.
    • Gothic 2 had a similar issue, especially if you're a mage. The final boss is an undead dragon, and most players pick up the spell "destroy undead" at some time or other. They fixed this in the expansion by giving all dragons insane regeneration and high armour.
  • The final battle against Big Bad Mankar Camoran in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion's main quest is fairly anticlimactic. He's a decently leveled character, but certainly not even as tough as Jyggalag or Umaril. The only caveat is that he's resistant to magic weapons (which you'll almost certainly be wielding by default at this point) and also backed up by his two kids, who keep respawning after you kill them.
    • There is also Jyggalag the Daedric prince of Order (Shivering Isles) and Umaril the Unfeathered, a Ayleid sorcerer (Knights of the Nine). Both are far easier to defeat than they should be, but by then the player character can be very tough anyway and it seem they simply haven't kept up.
    • Mannimarco of Mages Guild questline also seriously fails at delivering the level of threat he was renowned for in-story, being a fairly generic mage.
  • Monstar in Paper Mario. He only has 20 HP, low for that point in the game, and he has one attack, whick looks flashy and ultra-powerful, but ends up only doing 1 point of damage.
    • That was the point. It's not a true boss, but a bunch of star kids trying to scare Mario away from their town.
  • Pope Zera in Grandia II is initially very tough, having superimposed his will over the dark god Valmar's. But after the first time you beat him, the Valmar portion breaks apart and he flees, leaving the pieces of Valmar you collected earlier in the game behind him to stall you. Every single one turns out to be stronger than he is, the only dangerous spell he has is the game's ultimate explosion-damage spell, but you can see it coming a mile away and all your characters are faster than him, fast enough to knock him out of it and cost him a turn while he's charging up. He also has a meagre 32000 HP, it's possible to kill him in two to four turns without even letting him move. Lampshaded in that the characters themselves mock him for being so pathetic before delivering the final blow. His mind may have been strong enough to bend a god to his will, but he forgot he was a puny human beneath all that bluster.
    • This battle was so simple for the basic reason that Zera was a single target, in a game where strategy is based around locking down your opponents' actions — the harder bosses in the game have you outnumbered, but you outnumber Zera 3 to 1. Subsequently, this encounter was subverted in the final boss fight from Grandia III who is ALSO a single target, but charges his skills so quickly that he's almost impossible to interrupt and is subsequently extremely tough (especially compared to Zera).
    • As though that weren't enough, the Grandia II final boss fight also subverts Contractual Boss Immunity — he's not immune to Spellbinding Eye's paralyzing effect, so if you use it on him it's entirely possible that you'll kill him without him ever getting a turn.
  • In Return To Krondor, the final boss, 7-foot-tall pirate leader Bear, dies pretty much automatically after you click the cursor on him to attack him (due largely to your character having been transformed into a absurdly overpowered avatar with 16 attacks per turn and a huge flaming greatsword).
    • That, and Bear probably relied on that amulet for so long, his fighting skills diminished to the point that he could not fight properly against an opponent that could actually hurt and kill him.
  • The four dragons in Lunar: Dragon Song. The plot makes you expect one hell of a fight, as do the graphics — the dragon is so big your characters are shrunk slightly to fit them on the screen. But the dragon will go into rest mode, not to awaken until the next turn ends, if you hit it hard enough... which is easy to do. Rinse, repeat. Unless you're underlevelled, the dragons are pretty much the easiest bosses in the game.
    • One exception to the rule is the Black Dragon, who will eventually take a form of a darkened version of Jian who won't be stunned like the other dragons while in this form and also inherits Jian's special ability of attacking three times at once and stacking damage. This, however, is hardly an exception because once you learn Dark Jian only attacks when your Jian attacks and mimics every other command Jian does, you can make your Jian stall by using items or cards while Dark Jian will continuously heal himself with HP Gabryel and Flora can tear through anyways.
  • Rhapthorne in Dragon Quest VIII. After Dhoulmagus put up SUCH a fight, and several other of the people Rhapthorne is either directly controlling or influencing putting up another fight (Sir Leopold, Jessicanote , Marcello), the only way you can't finish the battle in less than 10-15 turns is if you decide to gimp yourself or refuse to exploit tension.
  • Dragon Quest IX. Just like Rhapthorne, Corvus doesn't appear to get that much stronger when he goes into his second form. (He has less Health than a mere Climax Boss, King Godwyn...and that's not even adding the health from his first form. Heck, Godwyn even has more HP than Barbaros in his second form!) He more or less just gains a few new attacks, can inflict status ailments, etc...but once more, he doesn't really offer that much new to the game. Kind of a shame that this was intended to be the hardest game.
  • Fallout has both a Big Bad and The Dragon, but it's possible to kill them both without ever meeting them. You can kill Lou Tenant near the vats by hacking into the computers near his office and activating the base's self-destruct command. The Master, for some reason, has a live nuclear warhead in his Vault compound, which you can set the timer on and then get out of there.
    • Similarly, the final boss of Fallout 2 was absolutely brutal, and borderline impossible... unless you hack the turrets in his room and convince a squad of Enclave soldiers to back you with a high Science and Speech skill respectively. After that, he can still kill you easily if you're not careful, but he'll go down fairly easily. Justified, as doing this requires abnormally high stats and, well, he's being shot at by fifteen combatants wielding BFGs at the same time. And he still takes a bit to bring down.
    • Fallout: New Vegas gives your character a whole lot of motivation to kill Benny, but dealing him his death is rather simple. He can go out with a whimper through Death by Sex, or dismissed to crucifixion. If you face him in combat on his own turf, his weak trophy gun makes him no tougher than the rest of his gang. He was supposedly an expert knife-fighter from his tribal days, but can be faced in single combat in an arena with mediocre unarmed skill.
    • There's also Caesar who, should you go out of your way to assassinate him, is a pushover compared to his Praetorians and Dragon.
    • If you choose to fight him, Salt-Upon Wounds in Honest Hearts is as tough an opponent a boss is likely to be by himself. However, you're fighting alongside the Burned Man himself, who will curb stomp him and his mooks easily even if you do nothing at all.
    • Old World Blues has Dr. Mobius after the GIANT ROBO-SCORPION in the FORBIDDEN ZONE - which is, yes — FORBIDDEN TO YOU! You don't even have to fight Dr. Mobius if you don't want to. Indeed, it turns out that the threatening messages he keeps sending out were recorded when he OD'd on Psycho and didn't know what he was doing, and he was just trying to protect you from being 'studied' by the Think Tank to figure out a way to leave Big Mountain. If you do, he's a pushover. And after that, you'll either have to talk down or fight the Think Tank
    Doctor 0: "How do I engage soft-lock on this thing?!"
    • Father Elijah, the final boss of Dead Money, in pretty easy to kill in combat alone (plus you can hack a terminal to cause the turrets in the room to shoot him). The hardest part of the fight is escaping the vault after your bomb collar's detonation sequence is activated since you have 60 seconds to go back the way you came (even though the entrance is 20 steps away, but is blocked by a laser barrier). However, you don't even need to fight him in the first place. As soon as the door opens, you can start your escape, and by the time Elijah realizes you tricked him into coming into the vault and starts the 60 second timer, you'll be less than 10 seconds from the elevator (which is a one-way trip, trapping Elijah in the vault forever). Of course, after everything you went through to get here, you deserve a break.
    • Fallout 3: Colonel Autumn is a pushover if you are leveled up and have assigned your skills well. General Jingwei at the end of Operation Anchorage can be convinced to fall on his sword if you have a high enough Speech Skill. If not, prepare for a long fight. The Alien Captain at the end of Mothership Zeta has the same stats as the unshielded alien mooks.
  • In Planescape: Torment, the end boss is easier to fight than most of the bosses who came before him, especially if you found enough secrets to jack your stats up much higher than they would normally be by the end of the game. The real fun, though, is in the multiple ways you can win the fight, including several ways you can convince him to give up and merge back with you.
    • Even more amusing: Remembering that Vhailor is said to gain more power when he faces great injustice, reviving him, and siccing him on the Transcendent One. Vhailor will literally gain enough power to kill a god single-handedly when faced with the level of evil the Transcendent One represents, while you laugh and laugh and laugh.
  • Charles in Penny Arcade Adventures Episode Two.
  • The final form of Emperor Ix in Sonic Chronicles: the Dark Brotherhood, where his two previous forms did ridiculous damage if you missed even one tap or drag on the touch screen, and had defense like crazy. Of course this is mostly due to the fact that Super Sonic has been activated for the final fight, and by the end of the game you have the eye-hand coordination to pull off the simple rapid tapping patterns. In fact the boss is designed for you to beat it in one round (because he regenerates to full health after the turn), and you have more than enough chances to do him in even if you somehow screw up the first round.
  • The Forbidden in Black Sigil: Blade of the Exiled is pathetically easy, easier than some enemies in the final dungeon.
  • The final battle against Belial in Lands of Lore 2. If you're good, you will finish him off with a single blow. It might very well be a glitch though, because if you're playing evil, you're in for a very tough fight, followed by another one against the Draracle.
  • One of the final areas of Eye of the Beholder II: The Legend of Darkmoon is filled with giants who fill the entire corridor (crawling) and deliver punches that damage your whole party and may very well kill your less rugged mages in one blow. Depending on whether the RandomNumberGods like you, they may only punch once in so many turns. In contrast, the final boss is a wizard who is really a disguised dragon but who is also not even half the threat of a single giant.
    • This is not because of the boss (the dragon's fire breath hurts) but because of the level design. The final boss is in an area where you can sidestep all his attacks, and the giants are not.
  • Mewtwo in Pokémon Stadium. One on his side, six on yours (that can include one of him). To reach him, you need to fight some of the most blatant cheaters ever and he doesn't feel that powerful in comparison.
  • From Persona 3, the members of Strega have spent the entire game hounding your team, even killing one of your members. Yet when you finally get the chance to face them outside of a cutscene, they're... well, pathetic. There are random encounters that are more complicated and dangerous than them.
  • Persona 4 has a subversion; Adachi is very easy to beat for having been the murderer you spent the whole game tracking down, having attacks that only do mild damage and only one turn to your team's four. However, after defeating him he's revealed to have been possessed by a much stronger enemy with more hard-hitting attacks and two moves per turn. And even then its only an alter-ego of the game's True Final Boss.
  • Mass Effect 2 has, at the end of the suicide mission, the Human Reaper. Somewhat justified in that it's basically a fetus. A giant, Eldritch Abomination robot fetus. Made of people. If you just want to get it over with, using the M-920 Cain (read: portable mini-nuke launcher) takes off 2/3 of its HP. However, unless you have your Heavy Weapon Ammo research completely maxed, you can only fire it once. Not like you really need to, anyway. It's easy enough to beat without firing a nuclear bomb at it.
    • Mass Effect 3 has Kai Leng, who was built up as a badass in cutscenes where he: kills Thane/Kirrahe/the Salarian councilor, outsmarts Shepard, shows off abilities similar to a Phantomnote , and seriously wounds and possibly kills Miranda . When he actually confronts you in gameplay, he loses all of the abilities he had in cutscenes, instead favoring just running around and taking potshots at you with his Power Palms, which is weaker than the version used by normal Phantoms. It's almost impossible to lose to him in both fights unless you do absolutely nothing note  or run into a grenade thrown by one of his flunkies.
  • Darth Nihilus in the second Knights of the Old Republic. You spend half the game scared to death of facing him because the dude eats planets. But then, you reach him. You have back-up, he can't feed on your character because the Exile's Force connection is...peculiar the same as his, and he goes down in maybe 30 seconds.
    • There's even an option to sacrifice one of your teammates to weaken his power, which is completely pointless and makes you wonder just how underlevelled the devs seemed to think you would be at that point. Note that the Exile near the end of this game can easily destroy most other "bosses", except maybe Darth Sion and Traya. But that only serves to improve the constant feeling near the end of how awesome your character is, nothing quite like defeating Atris with a single blow. Or just use Force Crush, which cannot be defended against. Evil Is Cool indeed!
    • Traya is ridiculously easy to defeat. All you have to do is walk around the three lightsabres she floats in front of her and it becomes a Curb-Stomp Battle.
  • Diablo himself, in the first incarnation, is painfully easy to defeat. His only ranged attack is a simple blockable instant hit explosion but can be prevented by going melee, he's fairly susceptible to common magic, and has pretty low armor class. Doesn't help that there is an easy way to lure him out without waking his mooks. Excusable because in actuality, the body you're fighting is that of a helpless child.
    • The Summoner in the sequel. You fight through a reality-bending Escher twister full of demons in search of a power-mad sorcerer, who keels over in two or three hits on Normal difficulty. The weakest super-unique creature in the game, hands down. Only the non-boss uniques in the first act are squishier.
  • Monster Racers has the Legendary Racer, Misaki. After That One Duel Boss, you face someone who is not very fast, lacks an on-start Nitro Boost or other such gimmicks, has no terrain bonus and.... well, is just one racer as opposed to three. Exactly the opposite of the previous fight, making this even less climatic.
  • A variation occurs in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue/Red Rescue Team. If you get a Grass-type as a result of the personality quiz at the beginning of the game, Groudon becomes a cakewalk. See, by that point in the game, you'll be used to the bosses being a Difficulty Spike, and have prepared accordingly. Additionally, the villagers will have already told you how powerful Groudon is, and just before you reach him you'll find Alakazam, Charizard, and Tyranitar barely concious. Finally, you'll have had to go through a slew of powerful defensive Mons on your way through the dungeon. Then when you finally get to him, his ability kicks in, allowing you to spam Solarbeam at him.
    • And in the post-game, there's the Western Cave dungeon. Before unlocking it, you see a cutscene where Mewtwo throws Charizard and Blastoise for a Curb-Stomp Battle. Then, when you unlock the dungeon, you go through 98 floors of powerful enemies, monster houses and such, where you're certain to gain at least five levels for your team along the way. Then, at the very end, you get to Mewtwo...who doesn't have much in the way of attacks and is easily beatable in a few attacks thanks to the levels you gain on the way to him.
  • Fable II ends in this way. After being transported to the Tattered Spire to confront Lucien, he is killed by the player (Or by Reaver, if you take too long) by simply shooting him once.
  • The Big Bad of Freedom Force is a brutal Multiversal Conqueror. He's also four feet tall and barely tougher than his henchmen. However, after you beat him, you face a tough, suitably epic fight against the Bigger Bad, a massive Expy of Galactus. But even then, Microwave can pretty much hold him down single handedly.
  • Disgaea 2. You confront the Final Boss, and he goes One-Winged Angel... and you outnumber him 10-to-one and he has no strong multiple-target abilities, or Geo Effects, or anything, unlike Disgaea 1's final boss, who is confronted along with his Elite Mooks and eliminates one of your best characters before the fight starts.
  • Abazigal from Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal. Out of the Five-Bad Band and The Man Behind the Man that makes up the game's storyline villains, we have Illasera the Warm-Up Boss (who is a near-Zero-Effort Boss for anyone who brought their party over from Shadows of Amn), Yaga-Shura the Puzzle Boss (who you fight alongside his huge army of not-insignificant mooks), Sendai the Sequential Boss who is also a Mook Maker, and Baltazhar, who teleports around a lot and uses a lot of weird special attacks (and is immune to Time Stop). Abazigal... Is a Palette Swap of the dragons you meet in Shadows of Amn with more HP. He stands still. He wing buffets you. He shields himself with outdated protective spells and has a slightly annoying lightning breath that will be lucky to kill your party mage at this point in the game. What doesn't help is that the stage's Mid Boss, Draconis, is the game's That One Boss and a lot more annoying to fight.
    • In standard BGII, the "place trap" ability of thieves can make any fight an Anti-Climax Boss if they're positioned right and you have a chance to plant them before the fight. This is especially grim when fighting Irenicus on the Great Tree, since you can walk past him before he becomes hostile, cover the place in the nastiest traps you have available, and then finish off the surrounding parasites, at which point there's a short conversation, he becomes hostile, and:
      Irenicus: I have enough power to deal with you!
      SNAPSNAPSNAPSNAPSNAP
      Irenicus: Apparently, no I don't. *dies*
  • The boss of Tanglewood in Golden Sun: Dark Dawn. It's your typical Warmup Boss and it's in the beginning of the game, but it's anti climatic due to Garet and Isaac assisting you with their strength and summons, allowing you to win the fight in just a few turns.
    • In a series with Bonus Bosses being noticeably more difficult then the rest of the game, the Ogre Titans stand out as easier than the storyline bosses. You need the Infinity+1 Sword that they are weak to to fight them in the first place, they start the fight off slow to allow you to buff, and only use physical attacks (which do minimal damage thanks to the easy buffs).
    • Blados and Chalis. No One-Hit KO attacks and no Djinn screws, both of which are standard for Golden Sun bosses. At worst,they can do some Mana Burn and some Standard Status Effects, which can be healed or even ignored if you aren't depending heavily on Psynergy. The second battle is even worse, as they have barely changed at all, while your group has leveled up and gained new allies, weapons, and Djinn. Their new ally is more dangerous, but the battle can be ended by just beating the main two first.
  • Borderlands has an example that's an intentional parody. One sidequest chain about midway through the game has you dealing with a new Religion of Evil that the local Bandits have formed. At the end of the chain, you're tasked with finding and slaying the god of the Bandit cult. You head to the site marked on the map, find a pit, the pit suddenly starts jetting fire, and out comes...a Scythid. And it's not even one of the Giant Scythid varieties either. Its basically a Scythid Crawler (hands down the weakest enemy in the game), only blue instead of light brown and with slightly more health.
  • One of Alpha Protocol's final bosses, is armed only with an easily dodgeable, rocket launcher with a very slow rate of fire. If you can get into the room that he is holed up in, he panics, curls up into a ball and can be defeated with a single punch. The other final boss is somewhat more challenging.
    • Though the other isn't much of a challenge either. He uses weapons that have a high fire rate, though they don't do much damage and are easy to avoid, especially considering that all bosses in the game show you where they're aiming. He doesn't cower in the corner when you reach him, but he can't take much damage, and almost never decides to melee attack you.
  • Wild ARMs 2 played with this a little bit, featuring a Puzzle Boss that could only be killed with an Instant Death ability.
  • In Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines, the character who for story purposes is The Dragon turns out for gameplay purposes to be the final boss. It's a nice two-stage fight, which might lead some to think an even bigger one is coming up. But he just gets killed in a cut scene. Completely justified because his Clan is Ventrue, a Clan that usually never bothers to get their hands dirty because they specialize in Mind Control, gambits, and having lots of Mooks at their command.
  • One of the criticisms of Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire was that the person who meets the default Rival archetype (Brendan or May) don't even fully evolve their Pokémon and are only fought a very small number of times. This is what makes more people consider Wally as the rival, since he actually challenges you in Victory Road while Brendan or May give up. The leaders of Team Magma and Team Aqua also apply, seeing as they only use three Pokémon each; they also use all the same kinds of Pokémon that their minions use, so you're already used to battling them.
    • With proper training and knowledge of opponents, using Shedinja can turn almost any battle, including the Champion into this.
    • Poor, Predictable Rock turns almost any major boss battle into this, since most major characters who aren't your rival have a preferred element/theme team, and by extension an obvious and easily-exploited weakness. Team bosses and Gym Leaders even have minions who use the same kinds of Pokemon, thus giving you a chance to practice countering them.
    • The whole Hoenn Elite Four is like this (except Steven and Wallace) but Glacia is probably the worst. Not only is her Ice Pokémon team remarkably easy to beat, but she seems to have no relevance at all to the plot of the game, only saying five lines in the entire game, none of them having any real importance whatsoever.
    • There's also Marlon from Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 for the eighth Gym Leader, he's practically a pushover. You could probably beat his entire Gym with little more than one strong Electric Type and a Grass on the side for the few trainers that have Grass/Ground hybrids. There are only two edges he really has-one is that all three of his Pokémon know Scald, which is useful against Pokémon that use physical attacks, which you likely aren't going to use against Water Types save Thunder Punch, Seed Bomb, Power Whip and such. The second is that his Jellicent is very bulky and can use Recover, but even then it's mostly an issue of being stalled out moreso than being disadvantaged.
      • For that matter, the Champion, Iris, has been deemed as this by quite a few players. For starters, she's only one level higher than the Elite Four before her. In addition, while it looks like they overpower her like crazy, all her Pokémon are either weak to type coverage that's relatively simple to obtain (Ice and Fighting-type attacks in particular, both of which are more than easily obtainable), very slow and easy to hit (Lapras, Aggron and Druddigon), or both. Most of them also have rather underwhelming movesets in the initial battle, at least on Normal Mode. The rematches and Challenge Mode do buff her movesets up considerably, though.
    • There's also Black/White Kyurem. Similur to the Pokemon Stadium example above, unlike the past main series Pokemon games where you have to capture the Legendaries, this one forces you to actually fight and KO it. Despite being a Legendary Pokemon, you still have a possible team of Six Pokemon (or one really over leveled one if you're the kind of person who only uses starters) in a battle system more designed around using a team instead of one on one. It's completely possible to OHKO it on the first turn with the right move even if your a little below the intended level for fighting it.
    • And we have the Champion from Pokémon X and Y, Diantha, who is widely considered even worse. With Pokémon weak to Steel, Ice and Fairy-type attacks up the alley, and some with unorthodox movesets, there are quite a few Pokémon that can tear through her with little concern. Her ace, Mega Gardevoir, while strong, doesn't come out until last, and although it can hit pretty hard, its physical Defense leaves something to be desired, leaving it easy prey for an Iron Head or Shadow Claw.
    • The A.I. Roulette and the fact that Pokemon generally only have the last few moves they learned by levelling up in Red and Blue can make battles fairly anticlimactic. This is particularly jarring against the final rival battle with Pokemon such as Exeggutor with only Barrage, Hypnosis, and Stomp or Charizard who can lock itself into a permanent and weak Rage attack.
    • Arguably, the entire Johto Elite Four is this n general. They're about ten to fifteen levels lower than every other Elite Four in the series (partly because you then explore a second region afterwards), have fairly predictable teams with weak Pokemon (and to make it more blatant, the fairly weak Bruno is the only non champion member returning from the last game) and are generally pretty easy to defeat with less than half a team.
  • Malpercio in Algorab Village in Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean. This is a fight against the Big Bad, the evil god you've been trying to stop the whole game, who's ravaged the home of the Children of the Earth...and he hits about as hard as the regular encounters in the area, moves once per turn, and only has one finisher.
    • Every fight as against Malpercio in that form qualifies, simply because he's so weakened. When he transforms for the final fight, it's much more satisfying.
  • Akuro in Ōkamiden, once you figure out how to stop That One Attack. His fire and lightning attacks can be stopped with Galestorm, which your required to get, and stopping said attacks leaves him vulnerable. If he uses his ice attack you have to back up and avoid his hands, which isn't that hard. Did the sidequest to get Fireburst? You can stop his ice attack, too. Worried about ink? The hands drop it (along with health) if they're attacked. Of course, once you defeat him he powers up...
    • Arguably Yami's final form from Ōkami, though this is mainly due to the fact that spamming Veil of Mist lets you do a lot of damage to him each time he's stunned.
  • The Gaping Dragon and Dark Sun Gwyndolin are jokes compared to the other bosses in Dark Souls. In both cases the environment actually helps you. The Gaping Dragon's attacks are easy to avoid thanks to the huge boss arena and the fact that it takes a few seconds to recover after trying to charge you. Gwyndolin only uses easy to avoid ranged attacks and has no melee attacks, in an endless corridor with plenty of columns for you to hide behind. The battles are more tedious than difficult, since Gaping Dragon his high health and Gwyndolin is a Get Back Here Boss who teleports away every time you come near him.
  • Despite their collosal size both Balor and Tirnoch in Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning (respectively mid-game boss and Final Boss) are quite easy, some mook encounters can be more difficult than those two fights.
  • Tales of Symphonia has Mithos. Not only is he the final boss of the game, but he's the Big Bad for the end of the game too. He's easily beatable by the time you finish the game, and can be beaten with relative ease with just spellcasters (yes, that icludes Colette). He has a somewhat annoying status effect-inflicting attack in his first form- Rejection- but isn't too hard.
  • Mega Man Battle Network was rather weak in terms of boss health- nobody surpassed 1000HP in the game, unlike the sequels. The final boss, the Life Virus, was basically a glorified virus with a very predictable moveset and a shield that went down long enough to whale on its health and waste it in so early as one turn flat with the proper battlechips. To be honest, you can soley rely on the Program Advance Guts Shoot- it does 500 damage- two hits of that will pulverize any boss lacking a protective barrier or guard.
    • In Mega Man Batttle Network 2 after a long, LOOOONG day of backtracking back and forth through the entire net, you finally come face-to-face with Gospel's Supreme Commander not really Freezeman! ...Unfortunately, what could have been a climactic fight is rendered an utter joke by two simple facts: He's Aqua Element. And standing on Ice Panels. Both of these cause you to take double damage from Elec attacks, and they stack. 3 guesses as to how you take him down in a matter of seconds.
    • Falzar from the sixth game is a letdown of a final boss compared to previous ones in the series, having less then 2000 HP (Which was the standard amount for every game past the first), easily avoided attacks, and not being a particularly difficult target (Evasiveness being the usual justification for less HP). Its opposite version counterpart Gregar, on the other hand, puts up much more of a fight in every regard, although it is relatively easy as well.
  • Neverwinter Nights vanilla campaign: Blackguard Aribeth does not have any resistance whatsoever to Harm, a cleric spell that drains the target down to their last few HP. Also, the cleric henchman automatically prepares this spell every day and uses it against opponents without needing to be told to. Net result: near-instantaneous surrender or death, and you don't even need to know the spell yourself.
  • Skies of Arcadia: Unless you're spectacularly underleveled, Galcian, of all people is this, when not in Hopeless Boss Fight mode. His attacks are easy to recover from, contain no debilitating Status effects (aside from the entirely-blockable Eterni spells) and he goes down after a couple Pirate's Wraths and Prophecies. Guess that's why he's not the final boss...
  • The Imp in Monster Girl Quest, which Luka feels "great power" coming from in an earlier scene. Doubles as a Zero-Effort Boss, as all you need to do is attack. If you choose to hit her with your most powerful technique instead, she is so terrorized that she starts running away (though not fast enough). Quadruples as a Bait-and-Switch Boss and a Breather Boss, because what the power is really coming from appears right after it and right before you fight the Four Heavenly Knights. Alice the 17th also counts, but for a different reason. It's not at all that she's weak, but rather you're too strong. It's possible to win with Sylph and Undine alone because of how powerful Luka's control over the spirits is.
  • The final boss of Dragon Age II, Knight-Commander Meredith, could conceivably have been difficult to beat, since she's both a Cowardly Boss and a Flunky Boss who summons dozens of the fantasy equivalent of Humongous Mechas to fight you. But not only does the fight avert the Arbitrary Headcount Limit that has held firm for most of the rest of the game, allowing every one of your companions to fight her simultaneously, but, depending on your choices, you'll also be backed up by Knight-Captain Cullen, Guardsman Donnic and the city guards, your surviving sibling and Zevran and Nathaniel, if they both survive Origins and Awakening respectively. She goes down without much fuss. (For extra anti-climactic flavor, there comes a point in the fight where the boss will stun everyone so she can engage in Evil Gloating, during which she doesn't defend herself. If you have multiple party members who, due to either class talents or items, are immune to stun effects, they can easily kill her in mid-sentence.)
  • Vlad from NetHack resides in the bottom half of the dungeon and, while not the final boss, is a required kill. However, he is so easy at that point that some people have used a "Vladsbane", which is basically a random, weak object made even weaker if possible, to defeat him. Some branches of the game such as UnNetHack have made an effort to increase his danger level.
  • The Legendary Golem in Rune Factory Oceans. This thing was the antagonist's trump card, and it seemed like a pretty good one: it took all of the final bosses of the DS games working together to merely seal it away the first time, and the ensuing battle created the world. But well, he's back, and there's little that our heroes can do to stop him besides going up there and giving him an old fashion beatdown. Here we go! Punch punch punch. Punch punch punch. Punch punch punch.
  • Evil Islands:
    • Erfar the Silvertongue. Flunky Boss extraordinaire aside, he will likely drop from a single attack. He doesn't even have a dignity to leave something decent behind, instead granting only one coin.
    • The Curse, mixed, oddly enough, with a Hopeless Boss Fight. It's shaped up to be a big threat and has wiped out almost all Joons in the past. You're given the game's most powerful weapons and spells before the final fight, but they eventually prove to be useless and you can't damage the Curse with them, while it kills you in a single hit. The only thing you can do (and all you need to do) is to leave Tka-Rik to fight the Curse, cast Weaken on it and/or Strength on him, and heal him when necessary to ensure victory.
  • Alduin from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim comes across as this in his final appearance. For an almighty god dragon, firstborn of Akatosh, designed to destroy the world, who has been chowing down on the souls of mighty Nord warriors...he's really not much. You're given a few Nord warriors who can easily tank his hits even at harder difficulties (as they can't die), so he might not even try to attack you. The shout that makes him mortal also renders him practically immobile, and you can easily stand at a distance and pick him off using magic.

    Shoot-Em-Ups 
  • Almost every final boss in the Gradius series is the Bacterian emperor, who usually takes the form of a large brain and either fires easily-avoidable attacks or just sits there and does nothing, giving the player a chance to take him down. On the other hand, given that it's in control of the space station you just cruised through, maybe the whole level counts as the final boss. Exceptions to this pattern are in Nemesis II and Salamander II.
  • A self-parody series named Parodius also has these. Parodius Da has an octopus who claims he's strong, but you can shoot his legs off or wait until they let go.
    • In its Omake level, you find a penguin waking up and sitting on a bomb. He takes out a sign out of Hammerspace that says "The End" You just ignite the bomb, watch him fly (and fall), and get the many bells that come out.
  • While in the original Otomedius, the Gofer sisters' Odin Core is most definitely not an anti-climax, the final form of Dark Force in Otomedius Excellent is. After dealing with two difficult forms, the third one is just her child form, shrouded in a bit of black mist and shooting easily dodgeable projectiles.
  • The ending of After Burner Climax for the arcade which involves nukes also ends rather anticlimactically even if you let the nukes go off as your Carrier's CWACs destroys the missile and takes only mild damage from the shrapnel. But the stage beforehand will make most AB players wonder how he can get past all the missiles and flak barrages.
  • While far from a pushover, the Final Boss battle with Andross in Star Fox 64 is easier than most of the other bosses in the second half of the game.

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

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

    Third-Person Shooter 
  • In Win Back, after several boss battles against the various themed members of the Quirky Mini Boss Squad, the terrorist leader turns out to be just a regular guy with a pistol and a light armor vest, and although he has a boss-like health bar, he still goes down pretty easily.
    • The final final battle with The Dragon / The Starscream, Cecile, is even more anticlimactic, just shoot out the laser power boxes, then man the machinegun and mow him down.
  • In Gears of War 2, you fight Skorge, who was built up the be the boss, in the penultimate chapter. The real final boss is a Lambent Brumak, which you fight with a Hammer of Dawn in an on-rails segment. Even on Insane, this thing is easy.
  • The Ork Warboss in Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine wasn't nearly as hard as any of the random Ork swarm fights earlier in the game.
    • The final boss, who is a goddamn Daemon-Prince, is defeated almost entirely through a series of QTE-events.
  • Dead Space features Dr. Challus Mercer, one of the main antagonists who turns up to make Issac's life difficult at various points throughout the game. He is a devout Unitologist who is trying to bring the Necromorphs back to Earth, believing them to be the next stage in human evolution. Naturally, he willingly allows himself to be transformed into a Necromorph in one of the later chapters of the game, and players are fully expecting to fight him as a boss, or at least a sub-boss. Imagine the disappointment when, instead of transforming into expected super-powerful boss, he simply transforms into a regular enemy.
    • A better example is the Hive Mind; it is about the size of a building, and is easily one of the more nightmarish Necromorphs, but it is very easy to beat; it's main attack is telegraphed and so slow that it can be dodged very easily. The only tricky part in the encounter is when it tries to eat Isaac, as it can be hard to aim for it's weak spots, but if you've managed to fight your way through the entire Ishimura, it should pose no real challenge.
      • Not only is its main attack slow, but it only does around half a bar of damage. And this is right after it shows the hivemind picking up Kendra and gibbing her in a single throw.
  • In Freedom Fighters, the Soviet General Tatarin is assasinated with a single sniper shot to the head. Even if you go against the level design and instead run up to him to fight him, he turns out to be no stronger than the standard Soviet soldiers you've been mowing through the entire game, and dies with a couple bursts of assault rifle fire. He is, however, protected by a dozen or so Soviet Elite Mooks and a heavily armored, machinegun-wielding Giant Mook.
  • Star Wars Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike has Sarkli, a formerly tough boss on Geonosis, return for a shootout on Endor. He's so easy to beat you can escape while doing so. And with the bonus missions included, the final boss is the impressive but easy to beat Executor capital ship.
  • In SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy Seals, Lt. Park chases a bleeding Gorman (injured via the mayhem you caused at the embassy) into a train station as he tries to escape. The final cutscene is him crying like a bitch while you decide whether to kill him or leave him to the local authorities.

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

    Wide-Open Sandbox 
  • The Godfather: The Game, has examples of this justified by realism. Eventually you will come across important opponents and very skilled targets, who, although they are crack shots and occasionally wear body armor, are still human. Thus, a shot to the head can often end many a dramatic battle.
  • The two people you must kill at the end of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories go down in a single well-aimed gunshot each, in contrast to a previous (and connected, storyline-wise) boss-like encounter which can be hard even with super powerful weapons.
  • Bully ends with a one-on-one punch-out against teenage sociopath Gary on a collapsing scaffolding on the school's roof. He's no tougher than any of the standard Mooks you've been beating up throughout the game (and may even be weaker, since he barely fights back and spends most of the time trying to block your attacks), whereas you've probably acquired a massive number of brutal moves from the crazy hobo by that point in the game.
    • Makes sense when you think about it, though. After all, Jimmy had been fighting his way through Bullworth since (quite literally) the day he arrived. Gary, on the other hand, spent most of his time manipulating people from the sidelines, rather than confronting them head-on, and generally used weapons in the rare occasions that he did. He's clearly out of his element in hand-to-hand combat.
  • Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto games in general subscribe to the "difficult level, easy boss" approach for the games' final missions. Typically, they involve a long, multi-stage action sequence (with no saving or checkpoints!) with vehicular chasing/combat + difficult shootouts against many enemy Mooks, which end with a one-on-one confrontation with the Big Bad who dies after a second or two of assault rifle fire.
    • Such a thing is quite common throughout the entirety of San Andreas. Some sub-bosses do carry armor but that just adds a second or two to their lives.
  • Saints Row The Third has (in one of the endings) Kia, a military commander second to Cyrus Temple, head of the elite special forces group called S.T.A.G. The fight is situated under a giant statue that S.T.A.G. rigged with explosives so they can detonate it and get the media to view the Saints as terrorists. Kia has taken Shaundi and Mayor Burt Reynolds hostage (and in the former's case, uses them as a meat shield). She has about all the health of standard S.T.A.G. infantry, and you spend the entirety of this fight picking up and throwing jarred farts at her and shooting her while she's stunned. Considering the massive waves of enemies you had to deal with beforehand, she hardly poses any threat, sans being somewhat dried up of ammo.
  • Scarface: The World is Yours. Copy past GTA comments here.
  • Granted, Mount & Blade is supposed to be a realistic game, so Authority Equals Asskicking doesn't always fly, but still, don't expect you go into a nice one-on-one duel with the enemy commander, be it a lord or even a king. They DO tend to do a little more damage to your troops than normal Mooks, but thanks to Artificial Stupidity they often get run down easily by your Red Shirt Army, especially when they charging your army all alone with their troops staying back or taking the first line in a siege, only to get crushed in between the attackers and the defenders.
  • Red Dead Redemption: ALL of the bosses are like this, mostly because the focus is more on what happens to the protagonist than on the bosses themselves, and because the whole game is a deconstruction of typical western tropes. Basically, the bosses are treated like human Macguffins.
  • In Red Faction: Guerrilla, after a ridiculous trek up Mount Vogel with you in a missile pod tank against the entire EDF, at the summit of the mountain waits General Roth in a standard tank. By this point in the game, you have two weapons that can simply kill Roth inside the tank and leave the vehicle intact, and a few heavy-duty weapons, including two different rocket launchers, that can simply destroy the tank itself. Even if you didn't bring any of these weapons with you, at close range all he can attempt to do is run you over, since his howitzer can't target you and his tank has no secondary machine gun. It's virtually effortless to circle around and take Roth down with mining charges or even the sledgehammer.
  • Almost all of the bosses in Saints Row 2. Most of the difficulty in the boss missions comes from fighting your way to the boss past wave after wave after wave of Mooks (and, in some cases, attack choppers with guided missiles). Special mention has to go to the Final Boss, though, since (again, once you actually get to him) he only has three or four guards and is himself only armed with a dinky pistol. Take out his men and you can beat him to death with a crowbar, if you like.

    Miscellaneous Games 
  • Arch Pandara of Patapon 3. It is Nintendo Hard getting to it, but he can be beaten with a single strike.
  • The final mission of Airforce Delta is a dogfight against a single enemy plane not especially smarter or stronger than the dozen of plane mooks fought throught the game.
  • The final mission in Backyard Skateboarding is three tricks (one of which is an ollie). As if the rest of the game weren't already easy...
  • Nagash in Warhammer: Dark Omen. The hordes of mummies you have to negate before you get to him are indeed lethal and tiresome, but the Supreme Lord of Undead himself? Not so much. Granted, he's a superb melee fighter and a capable wizard, but you have a TANK. Crunch, oops.
  • The final fight with the Bonnes in Mega Man Legends is against Bruno what Tron Bonne calls "Her masterpiece." Now on paper this robot seems pretty tough. It has homing missiles, bomb launchers, anti-air guns (for knocking you off buildings) and twin shield breaking laser launchers which if you got hit you'd take extra damage from the other weapons. Now it probably WOULD be a tough boss battle if that entrance that you used to reach the boss area in the first place can ALSO be used as cover to block practically all of the bosses attacks and those that aren't blocked (the homing missiles) CAN BE SHOT DOWN. Yep the Bonnes would've had a good robot if it wasn't for the environmental factor.
    • The Final Boss Megaman Juno is no better. All the player has to do is run around the room in circles all the while shooting him with the Buster, only sometimes jumping to avoid his shockwave attacks to beat him in both his forms, often without taking a scratch.
  • There are a number of songs in Rock Band that aren't nearly as difficult as their difficult ranking indicates, which can lead to this trope. In particular, in Rock Band 2, "The Trees" is a tier 6 on drumsnote , and a number of songs are placed in the "Impossible" tier, even though only one or two instruments are difficult enough to warrant that rating (for instance, "Bodhisattva" is a tier 6 song overall, but only the guitar is that difficult. Drums are tough, but bass and vocals are nowhere near "Impossible" level).
  • The final Wizpig race of Diddy Kong Racing can fall under this category. The items return, the stage layout, while with way more turns and dips, do not require you to perfect every boost, and Wizpig himself is less intimidating than he is. He is actually slower than his running counterpart.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh: Stardust Accelerator. The second to last boss is a painful survival gauntlet where you have to fight 4 tournament caliber decks, in a row, no resetting lifepoints and if you lose, its game over and you have to go through a long cutscene to fight them again. These are, a zombie deck which by itself is tougher than anything the game has used before, a water deck, a lightsworn deck (an archetype of rare cards deliberately designed to be overpowered before the ban list nerfed it... this game is before that nerf. Oh and the cards are very rare so it's difficult for a player to fully assemble a lightsworn deck of thier own), and a dark armed dragon deck, modelled after a tournament winning deck. Oh and they have the computer's "luck" to help them out.... After that absoulute hell, you get to save then fight the final boss.... Jack Atlus, using a poorly built, unoptimised deck that is built for flavour. And it is a joke.
    • To clarify the above, in the gauntlet of decks you have to play, you have to face three top tier decks(Zombies, Lightsworn, and Dark Armed Return {DAD-Return}) plus one average deck (Ice Barrier/Water). You can only pass as much as 10,000 life points from one duel to the next, which is of little help since you have Lightsworns and DAD-Return, two decktypes infamous for thier ability to rapidly summon swarms of powerful monsters at once to inflict massive damage (Damage outputs of 8000 to ELEVEN THOUSAND life points in one turn are fairly common) onto the opponent in one turn, right after the other. Jack's deck, however, is poorly built with no guiding strategy behind it.
  • The final boss of Jaden's story in Tag Force 2 is... Jaden, using whatever deck you built for him. No special top deck hax, the not terribly good ai on his side and those crappy, crappy Ehero cards hes forced to use leads to an easy win.
  • The Hive Tyrant Alpha in the Dawn of War II campaign. Though powerful, in this mission the player has control of all six of their squads (whereas it is limited to four in all other missions) as well as Gabriel Angelos, and the poor thing manages to attack maybe three times before being killed. In contrast, the entirely optional Bonus Bosses, the Avatar of Khaine and Warboss Bonesmasha, are at least a magnitude more resilient, with the former in particular the single most difficult task in the game.
  • The Flash Rhythm Game DJManiax plays this for laughs: One of the unlockable songs is "Dash Hopes 3 EX", labeled "Final Final Boss" and has the maximum difficulty rating. When the song starts, the time line starts moving faster and faster, eventually going nuts until it appears on both the top and bottom halves of the screen simultaneously... then it suddenly returns to normal before the first note. The song has all of 7 notes, one every 2 measures, plus one at the end that turns into a bomb, making it by far the easiest song in the game.
  • In LEGO Racers 2, the final boss, Rocket Racer, is the easiest boss in the game. Part of this is because he doesn't cheat unlike Reigel and the Berg, and the other part is because he goes up ramps, which slow you down.
  • In Casper on 3DO, PS1 and Sega Saturn, the final boss "battle" has you being chased around a maze by Ghost!Carrigan. You go to the bottom of the maze and pick up the key while dropping coins to keep her distracted, then open the chest in the middle of the maze and wait for her to finish picking up the coins, at which point she starts coming after you again and gets sucked into the chest. You don't even have to use the coins. You can just barely outrun (outfloat?) her and she'll probably only get one hit in as you're opening the chest.
  • The final boss of Alan Wake is stationary, it's "attacks" are just pile of random stuff revolving around it and you have to try real hard to get in its way. You have an unlimited supply of weapons and it goes down in about three shots.
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations: Subverted with Luke Atmey in case 2. He gives in quite easily on the first day and admits to being Mask*DeMasque. Then we find out he wanted to be found guilty of theft so he would have an alibi for the murder he actually committed. When this comes to light, he's much more difficult to beat.
  • Hotline Miami: In the eighteenth chapter, when you're playing as the biker, you get to fight the protagonist of the first fifteen chapters of the game—you're reliving an earlier boss battle, this time from the boss's perspective. Simply walk up to the boss, who is a One-Hit-Point Wonder, and kill him with a single melee attack before he manages to do anything. Hilariously, in the original version of the boss battle, when you were playing as the former protagonist against the biker, the boss never thought of doing anything that simple and instead engaged in overtly complex and ultimately suicidal maneuvering.
    • To a lesser extent, the female ninja bodyguard of the mob boss. As she lunges at you, you simply toss a heavy object at her, at which point she falls down and you can just walk up to her and finish her off.

Non-Video Game Examples:

    Anime and Manga 
  • In the TV series of Hellsing, the final villain comes out of nowhere. While some of the craziest action takes place during the final battle, it was still short lived and not entirely tense due to the lack of buildup and plot value.
  • The Big Bad of Bleach, Aizen, is built up to be unstoppable, defeating the entire supporting cast with one blow on average. After the main character trains for three months/an hour (consisting mostly of him being stabbed) the enemy who has been hyped up throughout the entire series is defeated in three chapters with absolutely no effort on the part of Ichigo.
    • Even worse than The Espada was Ginjo. After all the buildup after The Reveal about him being both the Big Bad of the arc and his talk of his strength, Ichigo proceeds to fight him for one chapter in bankai before one-shotting him.
  • In Devil and Devil, the characters arrive to prevent Satan's resurrection, only to find that he's already been dispatched by an Angelic Assassin Team
  • The second time Kotaro shows up in order to face Yaiba he's bisected by Rokuemon Ishida's attack. Justified, because Kotaro was totally unaware of his plans.
  • Laxus vs the Raven Tail team on Fairy Tail turned out to be this. Despite being hyped as having been trained to specifically combat Fairy Tail members, outnumbering him 5 to 1, and one of these five, Ivan, being the Guild Master AND Makarov's son, Laxus defeats the five of them without breaking a sweat. With one hit each.
  • The Obsidian Lord in Mai-HiME, largely because the rest of the Himes have had their Most Important People revived (and a few were revived themselves) and are working together to defeat him After the Hime Star is destroyed, he gets incinerated in one attack from Kagutsuchi.
  • Hanzo from Naruto was seen as one by a large portion of the fanbase when he fought against Mifune, his perfect counter. Considering their battle only lasted a single chapter, when Kinkaku and Ginkaku got a three page battle and Kinkaku was demolishing two entire divisions with his Superpowered Evil Side, they do have a point, and Asuma got a two chapter fight with his team a chapter later, they have a point. However, Mifune was still his perfect counter and Hanzo did take down an entire division beforehand without trouble.
  • Of all the characters who got anti-climatically killed in High School D×D, it's Freed who gets killed in seconds by Kiba.
  • Yugi of Tenchi in Tokyo is built up to be a very dangerous Tyke Bomb that has actively screwed with Tenchi and the girls for the entire series. By the end of the series, Tenchi restores his "family", gets back his BFS and confronts Yugi... by slapping her, then giving her a Cooldown Hug.
  • Hody Jones in One Piece. Justified by two factors: first, the crew just came from two years of intense training in order to face the New World, and second, he basically was a Small Name, Big Ego without much experience.
    • Beforehand, there was Bellamy, whose only justification is the latter reason. He got beat by Luffy with one punch, long before any of the Straw Hats got really strong.
    • The next villain after Hody Jones is Caesar Clown, a sadistic scientist who ate the Gas-Gas Fruit who is taken down easily by Luffy who now has the ability to touch Logia in their Super Smoke forms. Justified in that that the Logia he had fought previously were much stronger than this one for two reasons, one they were some of the strongest characters in the series, and two they had back-ups to when their abilities are cancelled, while Caesar completely relies on his. So it is a case of Small Name, Big Ego.
      • Caesar may have been the Big Bad of the arc, but to be quite honest, of the three main villains of the arc (him, Monet, and Vergo), it became clear that he was the weakest of them. Monet, asides from being a snow logia (meaning she has weaker and more smoke-like powers of Aokiji's), also used some icepicks as weapons, yet even she was somewhat of an Anti-Climax Boss, being taken down by Zoro by just fear, and then finished off by Tashigi. Vergo however was the only subversion during this arc — he was not only the most dangerous, he was also the most effective — he had Law's heart, allowing him take out one of the five people who could possibly beat him that were on the island (Smoker, Law, Luffy, Zoro, and Sanji). Sanji had tremendous difficulty with him and soon got distracted by Tashigi and the Marines of G-5, Law couldn't beat him until he regained his heart, and since neither Luffy nor Zoro had any personable desire to face him as they were too busy with the other two, that just left Smoker to take him on.

    Comic Books 
  • An issue commonly cited about the Mega Man comic was how easily Mega Man took down each of the first six Robot Masters, wiping them out in two issues with relative ease, making Mega Man look like an Invincible Hero. It may be justified in that Mega Man was using their weakness weapons and gaining more combat experience while the original six were meant to be maintenance robots. This was remedied by later foes like the fortress bosses, Oil Man and Time Man and the second game Robot Masters being much tougher.
  • In Scott Pilgrim, Lucas Lee is defeated when Scott goads him into an impossible skating trick and he fails. Also, Roxanne is beaten with a Single-Stroke Battle, but there's plenty of buildup.
  • Mr. Rictus in Wanted. At least one character told Wesley that Rictus would eat him alive if they fought, and Wesley kills him in less time than it took for me to write this sentence. Add to that the mass of supervillains which Wesley takes down just prior to this and just as easily and it's a rather disappointing climax.
  • Ultimate Spider-Man: Kraven the Hunter, although it comes immediately after a genuinely intense fight. Spider-Man has just beaten Doc Ock when Kraven arrives (after promising to kill Spidey on live television) and demands they fight. Spidey would rather Kraven helped him get someone out of a trashed car, has no idea what his deal is, and eventually gets fed up and one-shots him.
    Huh. I thought he had super-powers or something. Showbiz phony.
    • Kraven does gain super-powers later on. And is taken down, if anything, even -swifter-.
  • Sin City does this from time to time:
    • The Yellow Bastard is pretty ineffectual in battle and the final scene is no different. He is quickly stabbed, dismembered, castrated, and beaten to death.
    • Manute is set up as the main villain in A Dame To Kill For but it turns out he's more of a Mini-Boss. When it comes time for his first battle against Marv, a similar Made of Iron character, he's beaten senseless and gets an eye torn out. He does get to come back for the climax, however.
    • The Colonel, the Big Bad from Hell And Back ends up captured off-panel and we see him briefly before he gets a bullet through his head. The protagonist, meanwhile is rescuing his love interest and relegates himself to diving for cover with her in his arms while his friend blows up the attacking Black Helicopter that had caused him trouble earlier. This was all orchestrated by the main character but it serves as a little anti-climatic considering how Bad Ass the story had been up until that point.
    • Jackie Boy in The Big Fat Kill combines this with Disc One Final Boss, formerly named Decoy Antagonist. He shows up with a few of his friends to menace Dwight's girlfriend Shelly and then leaves for Old Town. Dwight decides to follow with the firm belief that he and his friends were going to harm more women that night. This seemingly sets Jackie Boy up as the Big Bad of the story until he and his friends are slaughtered by Dark Action Girl Miho mere moments after entering Old Town. The conflict occurs when they realize Jackie Boy was a cop and his murder might start a mob war.
  • Pete Blute in Jennifer Blood is built up as the smartest, toughest, and all-around deadliest of the eponymous antiheroine's uncles, so much so that she repeatedly says she's not sure if she can kill him. Issue seven begins with her already having given him a mortal wound. Of course, she then proceeds to taunt him as he lies dying by giving a major anti-villainous monologue, so readers spend the issue waiting for the other shoe to drop....

    Fan Works 
  • The last shown battle in Christian Humber Reloaded is against Chaos, the forces of Chaos, the US Army and the President. Vash takes them down about as easily as most of his enemies, killing Chaos in three moves (Wind Scar -> Backlash Wave -> Hell's Warm Welcome) and the President with Hell's Warm Welcome alone.
  • Those Lacking Spines gives us the Grand Master Fangirl. The fic is all about three members of Organization XIII going through tropes and settings of bad fanfiction in order to defeat the Seme versions of the characters to restore their... you know, and by doing so, restore the Uke versions of said members. The GMF attempts to use the Semes to take over Fandom Hearts. She is defeated by none other than Fanfiction.Net's Terms of Service.
  • Robo Bando gives us Chris Chan who is hyped up to be one of Lucy's strongest insane followers only to be beaten by Robo Bando without even scoring a freaking hit on Robo Bando.
  • Anthropology: Although reaching him proves rather risky, much like in the show, Discord doesn't even try to fight back or stop Lyra when she and her new human friends use the Elements of Harmony on him, turning him into a statue with no fuss other than his screaming.
  • Friendship Contract: Tayuya, for Shikamaru and Tenten. A few seconds of teamwork does wonders.
  • Families: Olive Branch is set up as the Big Bad throughout the story... but at the climax of the story, he turns out to be a Smug Snake whose plans fall apart completely and easily. His dragon Speedy Delivery turns out to be much more of a threat.
  • Wizard Runemaster: While Sapphiron manages to overwhelm both Onyxia and Ysondre and requires Harry to use a Dangerous Forbidden Technique to defeat, Kel'thuzad is immediately destroyed by Onyxia's and Ysondre's dragon fire.

    Film 
  • The Avengers: The Hulk. Loki. That is all. It might have been anticlimactic, but it sure was extremely funny.
  • The Dragon in Banlieue 13: Ultimatum ticks all the boxes on the Fight Scene Buildup Checklist; Leave Him to Me, Knuckle Cracking, Pre-Asskicking One-Liner... and is promptly finished with a single kick to the 'nads.
  • At the end of Diggstown, "Honey" Roy Palmer has fought his way through nine boxers in a row, including the seemingly invincible ringer "Hammerhead" Hagan. Then it is revealed that he must now fight Menoso Torres, who is "tough as nails" and "dirty as they come." So dirty, in fact, that when Palmer's manager Gabriel Caine orders Torres to take a fall, he immediately does so. This only partially counts, however, since Hammerhead is actually treated as the final boss until Torres's surprise appearance.
  • Dr. No. He gets punched. Fight over.
    • Blofeld in the beginning of For Your Eyes Only. In previous films he was established as Bond's arch nemesis, responsible for the death of his wife and master of disguise. So how does the final confrontation between him and Bond play out? He plays RC with Bond's helicopter before Bond gets back control and promptly drops Blofeld down a smoke stack. End of rivalry.
      • This was necessary after Blofeld became off-limits due to the legal dispute between Kevin Mc Clory and Eon Productions over the Thunderball copyrights, because Disney Owns This Trope. Also note that the bald villain is never named in the movie or credits.
    • The Bond vs. Nick Nack fight at the end of the The Man with the Golden Gun. Of all the Post Final Boss fights Bond has had, this was, by far, the easiest.
    • This could certainly be argued with the final stand against Auric Goldfinger. He's Genre Savvy, essentially has Bond on the back foot throughout the second half of the film and comes closer to defeating him than Blofeld ever did... and it ends with him being sucked out of an aeroplane window after spending too long posturing how great he is.
    • The start of Casino Royale has Bond on a mission to take out a Section Chief leaking MI6 secrets. The chief's contact provide one of the more intense one-on-one fights in the series, but the chief is defeated simply by having his bullets stolen by Bond before he even makes it to the office.
  • Equilibrium has The Dragon get sliced in 2 sword moves. The Big Bad, however, puts up a much better fight. With Guns.
  • Frog One at the very, very end of The French Connection II. This being The Seventies, when Doyle catches up with the Frenchman - after being humiliated and tortured for two long films - he calls out his name and shoots him. Twice. Cut to credits. It takes all of four seconds.
  • Vanko at the end of Iron Man 2. It takes all of two minutes to take him down with a Chekhov's Gun.
  • Kill Bill is an entire movie franchise, with two movies (and the deaths of "a hell of a lot of people") building up to one fight... which is over in twelve seconds. Twelve. Seconds.
  • Goro from the Mortal Kombat film. He's set up as a major threat but it's hard to take him seriously after Johnny Cage easily defeats him by punching him in the crotch and dropping him off a ledge.
  • The Jason Statham film, Safe, has its final conflict between Statham's Luke Wright, a One-Man Army who came out on top in the middle of a three-way war between Chinese gangsters, Russian gangsters, and a squad of dirty cops, versus his Evil Counterpart Adam, The Dragon for the corrupt mayor. Before a single punch can be thrown, Mei, the little girl that Wright had been protecting throughout the film, picks up Adam's gun and shoots him in the leg. Wright then quickly picks up his own gun and finishes it with a few shots to the head. Mei justifies it by pointing out that she'd seen Adam single-handedly slaughter a group of Triads and knew that if they actually fought, Wright would be in serious danger.
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. The World does this for laughs. Scott has just defeated his girlfriend's seventh and final evil ex, and it seems like all of the action is finished, until Nega-Scott shows up out of nowhere and with only the vaguest of foreshadowing. Scott and Nega-Scott get into position for an epic final battle, but the scene suddenly cuts straight to Scott and Nega-Scott leaving the building, laughing like old friends and planning to get together for brunch the following week. When pressed for details, Scott shrugs and says they have a lot in common.
  • The Fallen in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. In a film pushing 3 hours, the final battle between Optimus Prime and the Fallen lasts about 45 seconds.
  • The Silver Samurai in The Wolverine. Most complaints are about his overhyped feature in the film yet his single fight scene did not last long in the climax. And he's the modern Powered Armor version, to boot.
  • The Goblin King in The Hobbit. Enormous and intimidating enough to warrant a similar threat level to a troll, and he is hyped up for an epic fight with Gandalf. Glamdring ensures that the fight lasts a few seconds at most.
  • Osama bin Laden in Zero Dark Thirty. Justified, since he is an unarmed old man going up against a team of Navy SEALS, defended by only three of his goons and that's more or less exactly what happened in real life.
  • Django Unchained, One half of the Big Bad Duumvirate, Calvin Candie is shot through the chest without seeing it coming.
    • The other half, Stephen is knee capped and left to die with a stick of dynamite. Elaborate yes, but Stephen's men don't put up a fight and Stephen is more or less a Non-Action Big Bad.
  • 'American Mary has Ruby's boyfriend. There is no confrontation, he and Mary don't know eachother, so there is no emotional context. As for the "fight" itself, Mary gets stabbed and and she bites his throat out. Fights over.

    Literature 
  • The Dark Tower's The Crimson King. After all that build-up, that's the big confrontation with the Big Bad?! A few pages of horribly written taunts and a quick erasure from reality?!
    • The physical form that the Crimson King turns out to take doesn't exactly help. After being built up as the ultimate embodiment of evil, eclipsing even Randall Flagg, it turns out that he's actually just a doddering old man. A doddering old man whose entire final strategy against Roland amounts to hiding at the top of the Dark Tower and throwing hand grenades at him.
  • The Man Behind the Man in Kitty Takes a Holiday is about to attack when he sees the protection charms Ben and Kitty got from his granddaughter, realizes he can't win, and just lets them go. Arguably leads to the book being Hijacked by Ganon, since the remaining chapters are spent on the Kitty/Ben romance that drove the first third or so.
  • Just about every Redwall Big Bad whose fight is a short Curb-Stomp Battle. But the biggest one would be Slagar, who falls down a well before the protagonists can even touch him.
  • Bčbelle from Malevil. For all the talk of how dangerous and frightening he is, he gets taken down with a single shot in the night.
  • Arawn from the Chronicles of Prydain is swiftly dispatched in the last book with barely any lines and little fanfare or attention afterwards. More attention is spent on the final moments of Arawn's last victim Achren. The way he dies underscores the fact that, for all his evil and fearsome reputation, Arawn was just a man.
  • Ivar Ragnarson, Manipulative Bastard and utter sociopath is the cause of almost all the misery in Guy Gavriel Kay's The Last Light of the Sun. Yet he's killed about three quarters of the way through, when Bern stabs him in the back mid-speech. The political ramifications of what he did, on the other hand, last far longer, and lead to the deaths of a whole lot more people, so in a way, Ivar's legacy lived on.
  • The Volturi from The Twilight Saga. After four books building them up as the ultimate unstoppable vampire force, they basically run away from the final battle with their tails between their legs because they're afraid of a fair fight (made possible by Bella's psychic-ability-nullifying shield power).
  • Harry Potter: Blah, blah, blah, Elder Wand, blah, blah, blah, redemption, blah, blah, blah, Expelliarmus! There, the worst Evil Sorceror in the world is dead.
  • The pattern throughout Keys to the Kingdom is that the "stages" get harder and the bosses get easier. By book six, Superior Saturday puts up no fight at all — especially egregious as she was the Bigger Bad behind a lot of stuff in previous books.
  • The Wheel of Time has a couple:
    • After five books worth of build-up, Sammael (a member of the Forsaken, the de facto ruler of a powerful nation, and a noted millitary leader and channeler in his own right]] gets eaten by Mashadar after a short, not particularly spectacular fight with Rand. Word of God, however, is that the authout thought Sammael was a "louse" of a character who didn't deserve a dramatic death, so this trope can be safely said to have been invoked.
    • In the last book Padan Fain/Mordeth/Shaisam, recurring villain from the first book on and all around horrifying Humanoid Abomination, thanks to running straight into Mat, who is immune to his powers from previous exposure and is therefore able to easily kill Fain's relatively frail, still mortal human body.
  • In The Chathrand Voyages, though there are much bigger villains out there, the Shaggat Ness is consistently portrayed as a seriously nasty piece of work, and one of the most hated and feared people in recent history for a reason. He's an Ax-Crazy berserker with a god complex who intends to take over the world using an Artifact of Doom and is scarily good at convincing people of his own divinity. He dies in chains, killed by a single well-placed kick to the neck by a girl barely out of her teens. However, this makes sense on several levels- not only did the heroes have much scarier things to worry about by this point, but the Shaggat was too arrogant to see death coming and make any effort to defend himself. Furthermore, the fact that she offed the most infamous monster in the world with so little fanfare- and in a way that left the body easily identifiable- cemented Neda Pathkendle's reputation in-universe as a certified badass.
  • Invoked and Played for Laughs in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Near the end of the third book, the characters begin a quest to find God's Final Message to His Creation, written in thirty-foot-high letters of flame on the side of a mountain on a distant planet, which they have been warned is guarded by "the Lajestic Vantrashell of Lob." In the next book, they meet the Lajestic Vantrashell of Lob—and it turns out he's a small man in a ticket booth, selling tickets to tourists wishing to see the Final Message. They pay their admission fee, and he leaves them alone.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Played with on Buffy the Vampire Slayer in the Season 5 premiere with Dracula. Though he demonstrates powers no other vampire in the series has, he's still treated like a bad joke by Spike, and easily defeated. Subverted on his return in season eight.
  • After being built up for all of the final season of Smallville as the ultimate unstoppable personification of evil, Darkseid goes out with ONE HIT. His so-called "unholy trinity" (Godfrey, Desaad, Granny Goodness) also go down like bitches to Green Arrow, from one arrow each.
    • Doomsday from Season Eight also qualifies, though at least his encounter with Clark can legitimately be called a "fight." There is a reason the episode is nicknamed "Failsday". Having arguably the two most powerful Superman villains taken down so quickly is part of why the later seasons are not taken well.
  • Season 3 of The Shield had Margos Dezerian a ruthless assassin for the Armenian mob sent to wipe out the Strike Team who after being built up as a ruthless psychopathic badass is dispatched rather easily at point blank range in a hallway by Vic Mackey.
  • Isaak Sirko in the Season 7 of Dexter. A mafia boss, physically strong, charming, deadly, a perfect Big Bad. Except he is neither this Season's Big Bad or climax Boss. He gets killed by an enemy gang after spending half of the season chasing Dexter (who killed his lover) and befriending him.

    Tabletop Games 
  • The Tarrasque in Dungeons & Dragons is hyped to be the biggest, baddest, toughest monster in the game, often rumoured to be the cause of why so many powerful empires are no longer around. Too bad that for its 3rd edition incarnation, (And others) it moves slow, can't fly, and has no ranged attacks. Meaning anything that does and has a decent damage output can poke it to death without harm. It has a pathetic will save that any wizard that should be encountering him can beat (baring natural 20) and no immunities to the effects that target will (Even the ones that people avoid using because every other high level monster beside Big T is immune to them). You can have your very own pet Tarrasque for a day/level (that can easily be renewed before it expires with no effort, just command it to lower it's SR and fail the will save) via Dominate Monster. One noticeably laughable design choice is that over half its feats are some of the worst feats in the game.
    • It doesn't help that ever since it was created, gamers have had unofficial "easiest/silliest ways to defeat the Tarrasque" contests. One particularly noticeable one involves a goat with a jar of green slime tied around its neck. The Tarrasque eats the goat and the slime then destroys it from the inside.

    Webcomics 
  • 8-Bit Theater Observe (major spoilers).
    • Clevinger's abuse of this trope is a large part of why he's fairly well hated outside of his (admittedly sizable) fanbase.
  • In Persona 3 FTW, Strega are even more easily disposed than in the original game. In fact, the Protagonist beats both Takaya and Jin by pushing them off a bridge while on the way to defeat the Hanged Man shadow.
  • In Homestuck, it looks like a Męlée ŕ Trois will occur among God-Tier Vriska, Eridan, and sober!Gamzee. Before any of them can do anything, Kanaya, resurrected as a rainbow-drinker, runs over and kicks Gamzee straight in the bone bulge and punts him off a cliff. Earlier, Gamzee effortlessly garroted Equius with a bowstring and clubbed Nepeta to death and is the strongest in the trio, but was easily defeated by a bone bulge kick.
    • And then it happens again when Karkat, Terezi, Kanaya, and Sollux all get ready to fight Gamzee but then Karkat shoos away the others and then proceeds with Talking the Monster to Death.
  • In the second episode of The Fantastic Favio Bros, The Horrors of Ecstasy, the two Evil Twins who believe that Everybody Must Get Stoned try to merge together into an "unholy combination" which embodies the evil powers of ecstasy. MaCavio gets on LeTony's back, they prepare to fight, and then they fall down and are defeated.
  • Being attacked by an ancient and powerful halfling lich in Nodwick:
    Artax: Get back in your box and we won't step on you.
  • Sonichu has this between Chris and Slaweel the Witch. One of the big events culminating a few issues worth of animosity... ends in one page.

    Web Originals 
  • Fire Sensei in Club Penguin. After winning all of the fire suit in Card Jitsu Fire, which can be very hard, you have to fight the Fire Sensei to get the fire gem. You expect Sensei to be quite hard, but when you fight him he suddenly starts using weak cards and gets beaten very quickly.
  • In the Feast Master run of Banana-nana-Ninja!, Shomaru Domatsu kills himself in lieu of having to face Baninja, who had just defeated the Feast Master Champion.
  • In Sonic the Hedgehog 2: Special Edition, most of the endgame is much easier than it was in Sonic 2. The boss of Wing Fortress Zone is the same, but this time it's plot-mandated that you fight it as Super Sonic. In Death Egg Zone, Silver Sonic doesn't fight at all—he simply points out where the final boss is, then tells you to have a nice day. Said final boss (not Robotnik, but "the last piece of logic left") goes down after a single hit.
  • Roll To Dodge Princess Celestia can very well have the best Anticlimax bosses.
  • Discussed in this Cracked article of 7 Movie Badasses (Who Completely Fail To Deliver)

    Western Animation 
  • Chimera and Cassandra from the third season of Winx Club. Even if they were just minor antagonists, Chimera turned Stella into a powerless an ugly monster, and Cassandra mind controlled Stella's dad, and made him to disown Stella and appoint Chimera as princess of Solaria. When the episode in which Stela was finally going to set things straight, everybody expected a huge brawl between Stella and Chimera. Well, Chimera went down after one hit, and Cassandra surrendered without putting up a fight.
  • Zigzag from The Thief and the Cobbler. After some fistfighting, he is defeated by having his clothes sewed.
  • Vilgax cements his Badass Decay during the finale of Alien force. With his ship crippled and flooding, and Ben in one of his new ultimate alien forms, Vilgax decides to reveal his true form...a giant squid. Yes, Vilgax, feared throughout the galaxy, conqueror of worlds Vilgax, morphs into a squid. What's worse, the fight wasn't even shown onscreen, as it immediatly cut to Ben escaping before the ship explode.
    • Aggregor is another example of the trope. For most of the season, he was unstoppable, easily manipulating the heroes and defeating them when forced to fight. Yet, in the finale confrontation, he is easily beaten up and depowered by Kevin, who then replaces him as the Big Bad for the remain of the season. When the heroes defeat Kevin in the finale and bring him back to his sane state, his powers are stolen by Darkstar... who immediatly loses then when it turns out Ben saw it coming and was ready for it.
  • Tuma from BIONICLE: The Legend Reborn. Even accounting for his Badass Decay compared to his portrayal in the comics/novel/online serial, his defeat was truly pathetic, considering how the characters previously reacted to him.
    • Likewise a seizable portion of the villains in the Hero Factory TV show. Worst is the first season's Big Bad, Von Nebula, who was defeated without an actual fight — the Heroes simply snatched his weapon away, and that was it. Most of the "regular" bad guys are also beaten through very simplistic means.
  • In ''House of Villains'', a special episode of Mickey's House of Mouse, the villains (Led by Jafar) take over the eponymous nightclub. After Mickey manages to get back in the nightclub, an anticlimatic battle ensues between Mickey (In his sorcerer garb) and Jafar, basically playing baseball. Then all of a sudden, Aladdin sneaks out of the kitchen (The other friendly Disney characters were trapped) and throws Mickey the lamp, which Mickey just uses it to trap Jafar. What happens next? A long and epic battle? NOPE! The villains just flee. Yep, flee.
  • Mal in the finale of Total Drama: All Stars, all it took was a push of a button.
  • In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode Spike at Your Service we get this cool buildup to a huge timberwolf as it slowly reassembles itself from pieces of the timberwolves that were killed at the beginning of the episode. After an entrance like that, you'd expect some epic showdown right? Wrong. Spike throws a pebble down it's throat, and it dies. That's it. The damn thing isn't even on screen for thirty seconds.
    • Despite breaking the mane cast and giving Twilight a Despair Event Horizon, Discord is defeated very easily in The Return of Harmony Part 2. His defeat via the Elements of Harmony may have been anticlimactic, but it's still considered satisfying as heck.'
    • The season 4 premiere gave us flashbacks to Celestia's original confrontations against Nightmare Moon and Discord. Fans had spent a few years speculating how these epic fights went down, and the reveal that both lasted about a minute leaves something to be desired.

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