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troacctid
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02:21:52 PM Nov 21st 2010
Could we find a better image? This one is Just a Face and a Caption and I have no idea what it's supposed to mean.
Errick
04:49:40 PM Nov 21st 2010
You do have a point, though I'm not sure what sort of image would actually illustrate the trope meaningfully, since it's about game difficulty. that'shard to get across with an image. It wouldn't matter what boss we put a picture of up, I think, any specific boss we might picture would still not get across the point of the boss being both early and difficult.

At least, I can't think of a way to portray this trope visually. Anyone have any ideas?
qazox
11:24:43 PM Sep 12th 2011
What about in Final Fantasy VII when Cloud has to face of 1-on-2 against Rufus Shinra and his dog Dark Nation? Dark Nation basically heals Rufus every turn, and Rufus hits hard enough to warrant wasting a turn or two healing yourself w/ cure or potions. If you level grinded in Midgar and the Shinra Building enough before hand; this battle's not that tough; but if you play 'normally' it's a very tough battle.
NonoRobot
03:25:52 AM Jan 24th 2013
Well, more than a year later, I agree that we should find a new image for this trope. Though I wouldn't use the image of Rufus: the fight is tedious, but it's neither an Early Bird Boss (you have access to materias and limits break), nor is it a Wake-Up Call Boss or That One Boss, as you can end it pretty quickly with a good level 2 limit break (or even just chaining level 1 - Rufus does attack quickly enough for that).

Anyway... I must admit I'm not sure which image would be better for this trope. An image of the first boss of Final Fantasy V could be nice, since at this point of the game our characters can only attack and use items (no jobs whatsoever). Spiky Tiger from Secret of Mana could also be a good idea, as he is pretty much infamous for being the hardest boss of the game before you gain magic.
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