: When the boss has been defeated, you are treated to a cutscene of it being slain by The Hero
- Straight: Bob and Alice battle a dragon. As the battle ends Bob finishes it off in a cutscene with a swing of his sword.
- Exaggerated: As the dragon's health gets low, Alice snaps her fingers and reduces it to ashes with a spell she didn't use at the start of the fight for some reason.
- Downplayed: ???
- The purpose of lowering the dragon's HP was to weaken it to the point where Bob could land the killing blow.
- The killing blow could only be done at a certain point, such as a magical armor has been removed, and there would be no reason to have the gameplay use the one off spell in the actual battle.
- The victors aren't the ones to directly slay the dragon, such as (possibly voluntary) mind control.
- As the battle ends Bob and Alice are slain by the dragon despite having fought it quite well under the player's direction.
- Alternatively: The entire battle is shown as a cutscene, until the very end where you make the killing blow yourself.
- As Bob swings and Alice prepares her spell, the dragon gets up and eats them both in one gulp, he was holding back for the entire battle.
- Alternatively, Bob swings his sword, but stops just before meeting flesh, and offers the dragon a chance to surrender.
- Double Subverted:
- Parodied: Bob and Alice's enemies keep being alive after battles in increasingly less likely circumstances.
- Zig Zagged: Some bosses die in cutscenes, some in gameplay, and one really annoying one is a Press X to Not Die situation.
- Averted: When bosses have their HP lowered to 0 in gameplay they are dead with no questions asked in the following cutscene.
- Enforced: "We need to make these battles more epic." "Lets end them with Bob finishing the guy off."
- Lampshaded: "Hey, Alice. Do you reckon it's weak enough to finish off yet?"
- Invoked: Bob and Alice are fighting a race of anchient demons called the Kun'trived. They must be killed by a blow from Bob's mystical sword in exactly the right manner to make sure they remain dead.
- Exploited: A photographer follows them around until the end of the fight so they can get a picture of the final blow being delivered.
- Defied: "Once he's down we keep going. We have neither the time or a reason to make sure they're dead."
- Discussed: "It would be unbefitting a knight of honor to leave a worthy opponent to ignominously bleed in the dust."
- Conversed: "Hey... Amazon Alice got the final hit on that monster, so why do we see Barbarian Bob run him through? He wasn't even in the party!"
- Deconstructed: Bob is called out for always killing their opponent, rather than showing any mercy.
- Reconstructed: Bob points out that he's making sure that their enemies don't suffer.
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