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* In ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'', Mario fights Doopliss and defeats him rather handily. Then, Doopliss pulls a GrandTheftMe, taking control of Mario's body--and his entire group of partners follow along, none the wiser--and Mario becomes a shadow due to not having an identity [[note]]not to be confused with [[VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine Shadow Mario]], which is a different character[[/note]]. The rest of the chapter involves him partnering up with Vivian, one of [[TerribleTrio the Shadow Sirens]], and taking on Doopliss-as-Mario and all of Mario's former partners so Mario can get his identity back. Meanwhile, Vivian sees how friendly and helpful the real Mario-as-a-shadow actually is and performs a HeelFaceTurn, defecting from the other bad guys, who were abusive to her, and joining Mario's side for good.

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* In ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'', Mario fights Doopliss and defeats him rather handily. Then, Doopliss pulls a GrandTheftMe, taking control of Mario's body--and his entire group of partners follow along, none the wiser--and Mario becomes a shadow due to not having an identity (even worse, he can’t say his name “Mario” due to certain circumstances) [[note]]not to be confused with [[VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine Shadow Mario]], which is a different character[[/note]]. The rest of the chapter involves him partnering up with Vivian, one of [[TerribleTrio the Shadow Sirens]], and taking on Doopliss-as-Mario and all of Mario's former partners so Mario can get his identity back. Meanwhile, Vivian sees how friendly and helpful the real Mario-as-a-shadow actually is and performs a HeelFaceTurn, defecting from the other bad guys, who were abusive to her, and joining Mario's side for good.



* Sadly {{exaggerated}} in VideoGame/RTypeFinal. This is what happens if the player pilot killed Nomemayer in “Beautiful Erasure” (this encounter can be triggered by destroying the red rod before killing the boss from previous stage), and tries to escape but you got infected by Bydo and time traveled into Route “B” final stage which is the before the beginning of the first stage. The player pilot is oblivious about that he had turned into a Bydo, however you have to KillThemAll of your fighter friends and R-9A “Arrowhead” as a reverse BigBad. It’s {{Justified}} because during gameplay the player was brainwashed by the Bydo infection right after the intro of route B final stage, and got snap out of it (but still, the pilot doesn’t realized that he is permanently corrupted into a Bydo) after destroying R-9A, DownerEnding indeed...

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* Sadly {{exaggerated}} in VideoGame/RTypeFinal.''VideoGame/RType Final''. This is what happens if the player pilot killed Nomemayer in “Beautiful Erasure” (this encounter can be triggered by destroying the red rod before killing the boss from previous stage), and tries to escape but you got infected by Bydo and time traveled into Route “B” final stage which is the before the beginning of the first stage. The player pilot is oblivious about that he had turned into a Bydo, however you have to KillThemAll of your fighter friends and R-9A “Arrowhead” as a reverse BigBad. It’s {{Justified}} because during gameplay the player was brainwashed by the Bydo infection right after the intro of route B final stage, and got snap out of it (but still, the pilot doesn’t realized that he is permanently corrupted into a Bydo) after destroying R-9A, DownerEnding indeed...

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* ''VideoGame/TheSandman'''s bonus scenario has you playing as the [[AntagonistTitle titular]] BigBad of the game and carrying out his plot to make everyone sleep forever. Naturally, the final boss of the scenario is TheHeroine Sophie, and you face her in the same final battle that you fought the Sandman in the main game.


To qualify as this trope, the player must at least suddenly find themselves controlling an antagonistic character, or a character which plays like a traditional boss enemy would (i.e. much larger, fixed attack patterns, etc). If a character is fighting another player character but they are still in a protagonist role, it is FightingYourFriend and sometimes IKnowYourInThereSomewhereFight.

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To qualify as this trope, the player must at least suddenly find themselves controlling an antagonistic character, or a character which plays like a traditional boss enemy would (i.e. much larger, fixed attack patterns, etc). If a character is fighting another player character but they are still in a protagonist role, it is FightingYourFriend and sometimes IKnowYourInThereSomewhereFight.IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight.


To qualify as this trope, the player must at least suddenly find themselves controlling an antagonistic character, or a character which plays like a traditional boss enemy would (i.e. much larger, fixed attack patterns, etc). Therefore, instances of FightingYourFriend or IKnowYoureInThereFight don't really count.

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To qualify as this trope, the player must at least suddenly find themselves controlling an antagonistic character, or a character which plays like a traditional boss enemy would (i.e. much larger, fixed attack patterns, etc). Therefore, instances of If a character is fighting another player character but they are still in a protagonist role, it is FightingYourFriend or IKnowYoureInThereFight don't really count.and sometimes IKnowYourInThereSomewhereFight.


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* Played with in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories'' - when "Reverse Rebirth" is unlocked, the player character is instead Riku - and you get to play as his SuperpoweredEvilSide Dark Riku - meaning you have access to his moves that he used against you during Sora's story, even [[ThatOneAttack Dark Aura]]... except you can't actually use it for most of the game because [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard the computer gets to use it with a different sleight combination than you do]].


To qualify as this trope, the player must at least suddenly find themselves controlling an antagonistic character, or a character which plays like a traditional boss enemy would (i.e. much larger, fixed attack patterns, etc).

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To qualify as this trope, the player must at least suddenly find themselves controlling an antagonistic character, or a character which plays like a traditional boss enemy would (i.e. much larger, fixed attack patterns, etc).
etc). Therefore, instances of FightingYourFriend or IKnowYoureInThereFight don't really count.


* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosUltimate'''s World of Light contains a segment where you play as Master Hand, the most prominent recurring boss in the series. Also doubles as an AscendedGlitch, since before this game the only way to play with it was with hacks.

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* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosUltimate'''s World of Light contains a segment where you play as Master Hand, the most prominent recurring boss in the series. Also doubles as an AscendedGlitch, since before this game the only way to play with it was with hacks.a glitch involving name entry in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosMelee''.


* The Post Final Boss of ''VideoGame/SilentHillDownpour'' has you playing as Bogeyman fighting the HeroAntagonist.

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* The Post Final Boss of ''VideoGame/SilentHillDownpour'' has you playing as Bogeyman fighting the HeroAntagonist. It goes even further as if they kill you then they get a bad ending.

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* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia2'', the bad end requires [[spoiler:protagonist Ludger to turn against his party members and fight all eight of them at once, alone]].

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* In ''VideoGame/HardWest'', the player can continue to play as Warren and his party or can optionally play as The Undertaker and a party of his own assembled from characters from some of the other scenarios.


* ''Videogame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'': The last section of chapter 4 [[UnexpectedGameplayChange drops the game's stealth mechanics]] in favour of having Snake pilot Metal Gear REX, a HumongousMecha boss from
* ''Videogame/MetalGearSolid'', for a mech v mech fight against Liquid Ocelot piloting a Metal Gear RAY.

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* ''Videogame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'': The last section of chapter 4 [[UnexpectedGameplayChange drops the game's stealth mechanics]] in favour of having Snake pilot Metal Gear REX, a HumongousMecha boss from
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from ''Videogame/MetalGearSolid'', for a mech v mech fight against Liquid Ocelot piloting a Metal Gear RAY.


* ''Videogame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'': The last section of chapter 4 [[UnexpectedGameplayChange drops the game's stealth mechanics]] in favour of having Snake pilot Metal Gear REX, a HumongousMecha boss from ''Videogame/MetalGearSolid'', for a mech v mech fight against Liquid Ocelot piloting a Metal Gear RAY.

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* ''Videogame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'': The last section of chapter 4 [[UnexpectedGameplayChange drops the game's stealth mechanics]] in favour of having Snake pilot Metal Gear REX, a HumongousMecha boss from from
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''Videogame/MetalGearSolid'', for a mech v mech fight against Liquid Ocelot piloting a Metal Gear RAY.RAY.
* In the normal difficulty boss for ''Videogame/ArmedWithWings'' Culmination, you play as the series antagonist Vandheer Lorde fighting against the protagonist Lone Warrior.


* ''VideoGame/WorldofWarcraft'' has a few instances of this. Most particularly in the Legion expansion, you get to play the final boss fight from The Burning Crusade expansion: but this time as [[AntiHero Illidan Stormrage, the boss]]. You are, of course, [[HopelessBossFight taken down by a raid of forty AI-controlled players with expansion-appropriate abilities]]. The developers took the opportunity to[[ThisLoserIsYou poke fun at the game's players, with the banter lines and an assessment of average player skill at the time which was rather more accurate than some would care to admit.]]

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* ''VideoGame/WorldofWarcraft'' has a few instances of this. Most particularly in the Legion expansion, you get to play the final boss fight from The Burning Crusade expansion: but this time as [[AntiHero Illidan Stormrage, the boss]]. You are, of course, [[HopelessBossFight taken down by a raid of forty AI-controlled players with expansion-appropriate abilities]]. The developers took the opportunity to[[ThisLoserIsYou to [[ThisLoserIsYou poke fun at the game's players, with the banter lines and an assessment of average player skill at the time which was rather more accurate than some would care to admit.]]


* Part way through ''VideoGame/AxiomVerge'', Trace starts to hallucinate from a virus in his system, causing the level to become a twisted nightmare. When the player reaches the boss, the normal dialogue is inverted (with the boss speaking like Trace and trying to talk him down, and Trace adopting the shared catchphase of "DEMON. KILL!"). The player then controls the boss monster in a HopelessBossFight (which ends with Trace keeling over and being dragged to safety by a drone).

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* Part way through ''VideoGame/AxiomVerge'', Trace starts to hallucinate from a virus in his system, causing the level to become a twisted nightmare. When the player reaches the boss, the normal dialogue is inverted (with the boss speaking like Trace and trying to talk him down, and Trace adopting the shared catchphase of "DEMON. KILL!"). "DEMON, [[BigBad ATHETOS]] SAY KILL"). The player then controls the boss monster in a HopelessBossFight from the boss's perspective (which ends with Trace keeling over and being dragged to safety by a drone).



* ''VideoGame/{{Nefarious}}'' is a 2D platformer where you [[VillainProtagonist play as the villain trying to kidnap the princess]], and many of its boss fights run with this role reversal by putting the player in control of some big robot that fights like a typical video game boss.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Nefarious}}'' is a 2D platformer where you [[VillainProtagonist play as the villain trying to kidnap the princess]], and many of its all major boss fights [[spoiler:except for the Becky version of the FinalBoss]] run with this role reversal by putting the player in control of some big robot that fights fight like a typical some familiar video game boss.bosses.


* In ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'', Mario fights Doopliss and defeats him rather handily. Then, Doopliss pulls a GrandTheftMe, taking control of Mario's body--and his entire group of partners follow along, none the wiser--and Mario becomes a shadow due to not having an identity (not to be confused with [[VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine Shadow Mario]], which is a different character). The rest of the chapter involves him partnering up with Vivian, one of the bad guys, and taking on Doopliss-as-Mario and all of Mario's former partners so Mario can get his identity back. Vivian, meanwhile, sees how friendly and helpful Mario-as-a-shadow actually is and performs a HeelFaceTurn, defecting from the other bad guys, who were abusive to her, and joining Mario's side for good.

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* In ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'', Mario fights Doopliss and defeats him rather handily. Then, Doopliss pulls a GrandTheftMe, taking control of Mario's body--and his entire group of partners follow along, none the wiser--and Mario becomes a shadow due to not having an identity (not [[note]]not to be confused with [[VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine Shadow Mario]], which is a different character). character[[/note]]. The rest of the chapter involves him partnering up with Vivian, one of [[TerribleTrio the bad guys, Shadow Sirens]], and taking on Doopliss-as-Mario and all of Mario's former partners so Mario can get his identity back. Vivian, meanwhile, Meanwhile, Vivian sees how friendly and helpful the real Mario-as-a-shadow actually is and performs a HeelFaceTurn, defecting from the other bad guys, who were abusive to her, and joining Mario's side for good.


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* Sadly {{exaggerated}} in VideoGame/RTypeFinal. This is what happens if the player pilot killed Nomemayer in “Beautiful Erasure” (this encounter can be triggered by destroying the red rod before killing the boss from previous stage), and tries to escape but you got infected by Bydo and time travelled into Route “B” final stage which is the before the beginning of the first stage. The player pilot is oblivious about that he had turned into a Bydo, however you have to KillThemAll of your fighter friends and R-9A “Arrowhead” as a reverse BigBad. It’s {{Justified}} because during gameplay the player was brainwashed by the Bydo infection right after the intro of route B final stage, and got snap out of it (but still, the pilot doesn’t realized that he is permanently corrupted into a Bydo) after destroying R-9A, DownerEnding indeed...

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* Sadly {{exaggerated}} in VideoGame/RTypeFinal. This is what happens if the player pilot killed Nomemayer in “Beautiful Erasure” (this encounter can be triggered by destroying the red rod before killing the boss from previous stage), and tries to escape but you got infected by Bydo and time travelled traveled into Route “B” final stage which is the before the beginning of the first stage. The player pilot is oblivious about that he had turned into a Bydo, however you have to KillThemAll of your fighter friends and R-9A “Arrowhead” as a reverse BigBad. It’s {{Justified}} because during gameplay the player was brainwashed by the Bydo infection right after the intro of route B final stage, and got snap out of it (but still, the pilot doesn’t realized that he is permanently corrupted into a Bydo) after destroying R-9A, DownerEnding indeed...



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