Legacy Boss Battle

A Legacy Boss Battle is a boss from one game that appears as a boss in a later installment, often as a Bonus Boss and as a result generally much harder than the original boss fight. Though some storyline bosses can fit as well.

If the boss' game of origin is from another franchise, then these may be Mythology Gags or Lawyer Friendly Cameos.

Of important note is that most Legacy bosses are only fightable in the post-game and don't have any role in the plot. So Big Bad Final Boss examples don't qualify unless the Big Bad of the game his cameo is in is different, or because the fight feels more familiar than the context would indicate.

Compare and contrast Degraded Boss, Recurring Boss Template, Previous Player-Character Cameo, Sudden Sequel Heel Syndrome, Giant Space Flea from Nowhere. Nostalgia Level is the Level version.


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     Action Adventure 
  • Metroid: Ridley, a Space Pirate pterodactyl/dragon-thing, has made an appearance for a boss fight in every game in the franchise except for three.note  He is also the Arch-Enemy of the series's protagonist, Samus Aran, after having killed both her biological family and her adoptive Chozo family. His fights are always regarded as difficult highlights of each of his respective games.
  • Illusion of Gaia has Solid Arm, a boss originally from the first game in the series, SoulBlazer, who's only fightable if you collect all fifty Red Jewels.
  • Onimusha 3: Demon Siege has two fights against Marcellus - the first a full-on boss battle, the second a Degraded Boss encounter. He originally appeared in Onimusha: Warlords, in which he was also fought twice.
  • Both Devil May Cry and Devil May Cry 2 feature a boss battle against a demon named Phantom, with the first game's fight being against a female Phantom and the second's against a male one. Also, though it's not exactly the same boss, the true form of Arkham in Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening is definitely meant to evoke Nightmare from the original Devil May Cry, right down to their appearance being nearly identical. Lastly, there's Vergil, since you not only fight him thrice in Dante's Awakening, but you also fought him transformed into Nelo Angelo back in the first game.

     Hack and Slash 

     Massively Multiplayer On-Line Role Playing Game 

  • In Mega Man ZX, Omega from Mega Man Zero 3 appears as a Bonus Boss in the N area. Defeating him nets you the Model O Biometal, the strongest in the game. If you have completed both Zero 3 and 4 in their cartridges, linking them to the DS slot can let you fight 4 of each game's bosses in the same area and defeating them all gives you the same reward.
  • In Mega Man Zero 3, taking a secret detour in the second fortress stage will take you to a teleporter. Go inside, and you'll meet Phantom from the first game, or rather his "ghost" since he died. Defeat him and you'll get the Infinity Plus One Foot Chip.
  • After defeating all the Robot Masters in Mega Man 3, four new stages open up, each having two Doc Robots (one as a mid boss, one as an end boss). Each Doc Robot takes on the exact same attack pattern of one of the eight Robot Masters from Mega Man 2, and their sprite is even seen descending into the Doc Robot before the fight starts.
  • The boss of Wily Castle 1 in Mega Man 10 is the Weapons Archive, which deploys robots that use the weapons and tactics of one Robot Master from each of the past nine games. Also, there are three Downloadable Content stages that each feature one of the Mega Man Killers as bosses.
  • In Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, the boss of Space Zone is Tatanga, who was the final boss of Super Mario Land.
  • Super Mario Galaxy 2's Boss Blitz Galaxy is a Boss Rush bonus mission, where all five bosses are ones from the original game not fought anywhere else.
  • In Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Galacta Knight from Kirby Super Star Ultra appears as an extra boss in the True Arena. In this game, he cannot be fought everywhere else.
  • In Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Dark Meta Knight from Kirby & the Amazing Mirror acts as the final boss of King Dedede's mode.
  • In Kirby: Planet Robobot, clones of Dark Matter from Kirby's Dream Land 2 and Queen Sectonia from Kirby Triple Deluxe, as well as the real Galacta Knight, are the last three bosses of Meta Knight's mode.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
  • The Black Plague fight in A2XT is an updated version of his original level in the rom-hack Super Mario Infinity, room design and battle mechanics included.
  • In ActRaiser 2, you can fight the final boss from the first game by using the password "Xxxx Yyyy Zzzz".
  • The Shantae series has the Squid Baron, who first appears in Risky's Revenge as an important part of the story line and later appears in Shantae and the Pirate's Curse as a Filler Boss with new tricks up his sleeve and higher difficulty. This gets multiple lampshades throughout the game, as the Squid Baron, aware of his nature as a video game character and why he returned for another game, repeatedly bemoans his reduced role in the plot.
  • Konk in The Legendary Starfy, who was the first boss in all four of the Japan-only Starfy games.

     Real Time Strategy 
  • Warcraft III has an optional fight against an enormous monster called the Butcher, a boss from the Diablo series.

     Role Playing Game 

     Turn Based Strategy 

     Rail Shooter 
  • If you take the alternate path on Corneria in Star Fox 64note , the boss fight is the Attack Carrier from the original Star Fox. Defeating it will take you to Sector Y instead of the Asteroid Field stage.

     Light Gun Game 
  • The Magician, the Final Boss of The House Of The Dead reappears as the penultimate (unique) boss of The House Of The Dead 2, in a form only slightly weaker than his incarnation in the previous game. He also appears as the final boss in The House of the Dead 4 Special.

     Survival Horror 
  • Five Nights at Freddy's II features Golden Freddy as an opponent on the 6th night. While he was basically an Easter Egg in the original game who would rarely appear suddenly in the office and crash the game if you didn't immediately look away, in the sequel he wanders the halls with the other animatronics, though he's by far the deadliest of them all.