spoken by characters in almost every Role-Playing Game
. Generally done just before, well, the Final Boss
. Often used to not-so-subtly prod you into knowing that you've reached the Point of No Return
and can no longer save. Sometimes this is just a message the game tells you, Breaking the Fourth Wall
, while other times the characters will stand around and discuss it amongst themselves.
Sometimes this can be done as a way of trying to hide the Disc One Final Dungeon
. Done well, it can add to the surprise when you find out it wasn't the final battle after all. Done badly, it ends up being a clumsy way of lampshading
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- No More Heroes has a line like this spoken in Desperate Struggle by Jasper Batt Jr. just before the fight starts. But since this is No More Heroes, which just loves to break the fourth wall, it makes a bit more sense than most other instances.
- In Final Fantasy VII, the infamous line "Let's mosey!" is spoken just before heading down to the bottom of the Northern Crater.
- "Move out!"
- And just before the final battle against Sephiroth begins, Cloud shouts "To the settling of everything!"
- Subverted in Bahamut Lagoon - Hornet tells you the final battle is about to begin in chapter 18, but it doesn't actually happen until chapter 23.
- In the Kingdom Hearts games, a mysterious message will appear just before you enter the final door and give you a choice to turn back.
- Most Wild ARMs games have a message before reaching a major boss that asks "Are you sure you want to open this door?" Used particularly in the first game in the Disc One Final Dungeon.
- The Megaman Battle Network games do this a lot. "Final Routine, set!"
- Used in Blue's story in SaGa Frontier - before you go to Hell, you are told that you can never leave, and that if you try to teleport out, you'll be "cast into the void."
- Used before the final battle in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, if the dark blue auto lighting flames and bright purple hurricane doesn't already make you realize:
Starlow: This must be the final battle! I can feel the dark power emanating like crazy!
[Stuff about being able to count on Mario and Luigi]
- Bowser says it too a few minutes later:
Bowser: Seriously, perfect backdrop for an awesome final battle!
- Hotel Mario has "This is it, Luigi!" as Mario and Luigi approach the final hotel.
- In Final Fantasy VIII, before entering Ultimecia's chamber Squall pauses to make sure he and his team are ready. If all of the abilities that were locked upon entering the Very Definitely Final Dungeon haven't been unsealed, he observes as much and wonders whether or not they'll be able to win like that.
- The main villain from House of the Dead 2 says this right before the battle with final boss. Like a six year old playing with action figures. Badly.
"DIS IS DA FAYNL BAWDL!"
- In Star Fox Assault, just before going after the Aparoid Queen's final form, Fox calls out "This is it! The final battle!"
- Used verbatim in the Flash game Ultimate Crab Battle.
- Not quite the phrase, but in one life of Eternal Darkness you're asked if you want to go down and end the corruption in the church. Cue putting on your best protective enchantments, and facing the guardian of the temple. Who does a One-Hit Kill, barely pausing in arguing with The Dragon to do it.
- Spoken before an important battle in Advance Wars: Dual Strike. It isn't actually the final battle yet, the Allied Nations just think it is. Used a second time in the defeat dialogue/"strategy tips" of the *actual* final battle.
- Mass Effect 2, of course, being the dialogue-heavy game that it is, plays this out.
: "It's been a long journey, and no one's coming out without scars. But it all comes down to this moment. We win or lose it all in the next few minutes... Make me proud
. Make yourselves
- BioWare loves the trope. Both Baldur's Gate games had this at the final battle. The expansion Throne of Bhall did as well. The battles with Irenicus in BG2 actually subvert this the 1st time (including a chat with all your characters about why they wish to go on) and plays it straight the 2nd.
- With Marvel vs. Capcom 3, the announcer makes it obvious by shouting "The Battle for Earth!"
- Spoken by Malah in the Diablo II expansion: "Everything you have done has been to prepare for this. Kill Baal! Finish the game!"
- Used by Jr. Troopa in the final battle with Mario in Paper Mario.
- RosenkreuzStilette: "I would kill you here and now, but I have a better idea. I'll let you prepare yourselves for a final showdown. You had better get ready!"
- Need for Speed: The Run involves the titular cross-country competition, and in each race usually displays "Pass X opponents" or "Battle your opponents" as the objective. However, in the final one-on-one showdown with your rival, the game simply tells you to "Win The Run".
- Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit makes it pretty clear when you're fighting the final boss, as the words "FINAL BOSS" appear just before the fight.
- Hard Corps: Uprising, before confronting Tiberius's One-Winged Angel form: "Now, then, can I beat you up? LET'S BEGIN THE FAHNAL BATTHOL."
- Code of Princess pulls this at the final fight against Distille.
Main Cast: FEYNUL BADDUL!
- Inverted in Fire Emblem Awakening; this is what you hear before the very first battle.
- Later, it turns out that this first battle was actually the final battle against one of the main antagonists, in the future you are trying to prevent from happening. The dialogue and circumstances are the same when you fight it in your own timeline, but the context and surroundings are revealed. It is still inverted, since this fight isn't the final boss fight either, although it is much closer.