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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- 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 her biological family and the adoptive Chozo family on planet Zebes.
- Illusion of Gaia has Solid Arm, a boss originally from the first game in the series, Soul Blazer, 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.
Hack and Slash
- 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.
- Mega Man 10 has Downloadable Content, among them three stages featuring bosses from the Game Boy Mega Man (Classic) games. More specifically, the "Mega Man Killers."
- 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 Metaknight from Kirby and The Amazing Mirror acts as the final boss of King Dedede's mode.
- Sonic the Hedgehog:
- A Pre-Final Boss example. In Sonic Advance's final stage, Dr. Eggman reprises the first bosses from both Sonic The Hedgehog 1 and Sonic the Hedgehog 2, complete with the boss themes from both games, before the actual Final Boss battle occurs. And there seems to be no other reason for Eggman to go to the trouble of reenacting fights that he had lost before.
- In Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I, all of the boss fights start out as Legacy Bosses (though the Mad Gear boss works rather differently from its Metropolis Zone predecessor), befitting a game made entirely up of Nostalgia Levels. Episode II pretends it's going to do the same in Sylvania Castle, only to have the real boss turn up and destroy the Sonic 2 Call Back totem poles.
- Years before the above two, Sonic 3 And Knuckles had two boss fights partway through Sky Sanctuary Zone in which Metal Sonic piloted replicas of the first Sonic 1 boss and the Sonic 2 Metropolis Zone boss mentioned previously. Interestingly, while the bosses' behavior was essentially identical, the newer game's slightly different physics made the former more difficult and the latter considerably easier.
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
- The Trope Namer is Dragon Quest IX. In it, you can fight every single Big Bad (and some Dragons) from all the previous games as some of the Bonus Bosses. However they use the same grotto system as the other Bonus Bosses, but with a few differences. Such as only one floor, and the fact that you can level up the bosses by giving up the EXP rewards. Beating them usually gives you some cosplay gear related to their original games or some Orbs.
- Sephiroth appears as a Bonus Boss in Kingdom Hearts 1 and Kingdom Hearts II. The first one as one of the coliseum matches with no context except for one Final Mix exclusive cutscene, the latter game has him cameo during the 1000 Heartless War where he asks where Cloud is, vanishes, and then taunts Cloud a little bit later.
- Pokémon has a few examples:
- Cynthia, Sinnoh's champion, appears as a Bonus Boss in Pokémon Black and White
- Later, in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, you can face every Gym Leader and Champion from preceding games (Most of them are fought in the World Tournament, but some the retired Gym leaders from Black And White, and N are fought in different areas, and only one Gym Leader (Koga) is excluded).
- Metal Max 4's Downloadable Content Bosses are these. Including Noah and Ted Broiler.
- In later versions of Final Fantasy I starting with the Game Boy Advance version, there are bonus dungeons featuring four bosses each from Final Fantasy III, IV, V, and VI. There are no bosses from Final Fantasy II because that game is usually bundled with I.
- Lashiec, the penultimate boss of Phantasy Star I, returns in Phantasy Star IV, complete with his Air Castle dungeon.
- Phantasy Star Universe Ambition of the Illuminus features a boss battle against Mother Brain, a tribute to the end boss of Phantasy Star II. The battle's theme is even a hard-hitting techno remix of the final boss theme from PhSII.
- The Final Dungeon of Final Fantasy IV: The After Years has bosses from I to VI, with only a couple of them being optional.
- Tales of Vesperia has previous Tales Series bosses fightable. Phantasia's Dhaos, Eternia's Shizel, Destiny's Barbatos, and Symphonia's Kratos are all opponents in the coliseum's 200-Man Melee.
- In the Bonus Dungeon of Mana Khemia: Alchemists of Al-Revis, you can fight the dark versions or Alvero, Yula, and Crowley, bosses from Atelier Iris 3.
- Golden Sun: Dark Dawn has two optional fights against the Star Magician and the Dullahan, two of the strongest Bonus Bosses of the previous game, now even stronger.
- The Updated Re-release of Bravely Default features optional bosses from Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light that will be distributed online.
- Ozzie, Slash, and Flea, a group of recurring bosses from Chrono Trigger, can be found and fought in the Bend of Time on the sequel Chrono Cross. Since they're only found during a New Game+, they're harder than in the original game.
- Dark Souls II has this in the form of The Old Dragonslayer, AKA Dragonslayer Ornstein, and the Belfry Gargoyles (only this time you fight FOUR, not two).
- ''Dark Chronicle" has the bonus dungeon Zelmite Mine, with the Big Bad, the Dark Genie, from the first game as the boss at the end.
Turn Based Strategy
- In the post game of Disgaea D2, The Krichevskoy Group summons Darkdeath Evilman, the Final Boss of Zettai Hero Project to test Laharl's power. (At least's that's the reason they give when Laharl beats him).