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Playing With: Coup de Grāce Cutscene
Basic Trope: 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: ???
  • Justified:
    • 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.
  • Inverted:
    • 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.
  • Subverted:
    • 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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