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Contrast YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle for the damsel version and OrcusOnHisThrone for the villain version. Sometimes the result of a BrokenBridge.

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Compare FinalDungeonPreview. Contrast YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle for the damsel version and OrcusOnHisThrone for the villain version. Sometimes the result of a BrokenBridge.


** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' has Zelda being trapped in a room next to the playable area for a part of the game.

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** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' has Zelda being trapped in a room takes this UpToEleven; the very first area you visit upon completing the tutorial and reaching the surface is not only [[SealedEvilInACan the prison for the big bad]], but also [[spoiler: right next to the playable place where [[LivingMacguffin Zelda]] has been sleeping for thousands of years waiting for you to defeat him]]. Unfortunately for you, to claim the MacGuffin you'll use to defeat the BigBad and [[spoiler: make it safe for Zelda to wake up]], you must first travel across the surface and undergo numerous trials to strengthen yourself and prove yourself worthy to use it, with this location serving as a frequent destination. ''Then,'' your success triggers [[spoiler: a KaizoTrap when TheDragon comes BackForTheFinale and the location is revealed as the site of one more boss battle before becoming the gateway to the FinalBoss (albeit in the distant past).]]
*** In addition, [[spoiler: the Triforce is hidden on the HubCity of Skyloft, directly beneath the
area for a part where you retrieve the [[CoolSword Goddess Sword,]] your main weapon, at the very beginning of the game.]] And numerous other areas have plot-relevant subsections that will have you making repeat visits. Though, again, you won't get the PlotCoupons you need to access them until you've proven yourself.



* In ''Videogame/ShadowOfTheColossus'', Mono is dead as the game begins, and Wander's deal with the deity Darmin is that they will resurrect her in exchange for Wander destroying each of the Colossi. You return to the central temple where she rests every time you defeat one.

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* In ''Videogame/ShadowOfTheColossus'', Mono is dead as the game begins, and Wander's deal with the deity Darmin Dormin is that they will resurrect her in exchange for Wander destroying each of the Colossi. You return to the central temple where she rests every time you defeat one.


* ''TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland'' plays with this. The game starts with Guybrush [[NiceJobBreakingItHero accidentally]] turning [[DamselInDistress Elaine]] into a [[TakenForGranite golden statue]] with a cursed engagement ring and needing to find a cure for her. However, the statue-fied Elaine is stolen by pirates soon afterwards, making finding her the primary objective.

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* ''TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland'' ''VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland'' plays with this. The game starts with Guybrush [[NiceJobBreakingItHero accidentally]] turning [[DamselInDistress Elaine]] into a [[TakenForGranite golden statue]] with a cursed engagement ring and needing to find a cure for her. However, the statue-fied Elaine is stolen by pirates soon afterwards, making finding her the primary objective.



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* ''TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland'' plays with this. The game starts with Guybrush [[NiceJobBreakingItHero accidentally]] turning [[DamselInDistress Elaine]] into a [[TakenForGranite golden statue]] with a cursed engagement ring and needing to find a cure for her. However, the statue-fied Elaine is stolen by pirates soon afterwards, making finding her the primary objective.



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* ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsI'': The entrance to the final area, Kiln of the First Flame, is located underneath [[HubLevel Firelink Shrine]]; however, the door to the Kiln is sealed shut until the very end of the game.


* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'': The entrance to the final area, Kiln of the First Flame, is a short way away from the staring area, Firelink Shrine, though naturally it doesn't open up until you've done everything else in the game.

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* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'': The entrance to the final area, Kiln of the First Flame, is a short way away from the staring area, Firelink Shrine, though naturally it doesn't open up until you've done everything else in the game.



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* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'': The entrance to the final area, Kiln of the First Flame, is a short way away from the staring area, Firelink Shrine, though naturally it doesn't open up until you've done everything else in the game.


*** Ganon's Tower, the final dungeon, is only a short walk away from Hyrule Castle, which you visit halfway through the game to obtain the aforementioned Master Sword. However, the way is blocked by a magic barrier set up by Ganondorf, which cannot be broken until the Master Sword has its power restored. Once you accomplish that, you ''still'' have to get one more set of PlotCoupons since the [[DiabolusExMachina gods won't reopen]] the portal to Hyrule for you (which is also in a readily accessible) location unless you have them.

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*** Ganon's Tower, the final dungeon, is only a short walk away from Hyrule Castle, which you visit halfway through the game to obtain the aforementioned Master Sword. However, the way is blocked by a magic barrier set up by Ganondorf, which cannot be broken until the Master Sword has its power restored. Once you accomplish that, you ''still'' have to get one more set of PlotCoupons since the [[DiabolusExMachina gods won't reopen]] the portal to Hyrule for you (which is also in a readily accessible) location accessible location) unless you have them.


[[caption-width-right:256:That's right, Link! Your princess IS in this castle! ...For all the good THAT does.]]

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[[caption-width-right:256:That's right, Link! [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1 Your princess IS in this castle! ...castle!]] ...For all the good THAT '''that''' does.]]


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[[caption-width-right:350:That's right, Link! Your princess IS in this castle! ...For all the good THAT does.]]

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right, Link! Your princess IS in this castle! ...For all the good THAT does.]]



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** In ''[[Videogame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker The Wind Waker]]'', Link's sister is in the first dungeon you visit, which is easy enough to traverse--but the BigBad's [[TheDragon drag--er, giant bird]], prevents her rescue because Link isn't strong enough. You have to attain the [[SwordOfPlotAdvancement Master Sword]] before she's finally rescued.

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** In ''[[Videogame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker The Wind Waker]]'', Waker]]'':
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Link's sister is in the first dungeon you visit, which is easy enough to traverse--but the BigBad's [[TheDragon drag--er, giant bird]], prevents her rescue because Link isn't strong enough. You have to attain the [[SwordOfPlotAdvancement Master Sword]] before she's finally rescued.


** In ''Videogame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'', after beating the DiscOneFinalBoss, Link is transported to the Dark World atop a large pyramid, with the landscape of the DarkWorld visible in the horizon. This trope is ''doubled'' because not only does the view of the Dark World show you Ganon's Castle, where the BigBad resides, but the pyramid Link is standing on actually contains [[CosmicKeystone the Triforce]], which is the true goal of the entire game! ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds'' plays out similarly, except that your first foray into Lorule actually brings you to the chamber where the FinalBoss is fought and which you cannot revisit until you rescue all the Sages.

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** In ''Videogame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'', after beating the DiscOneFinalBoss, Link is transported to the Dark World atop a large pyramid, with the landscape of the DarkWorld visible in the horizon. This trope is ''doubled'' because not only does the view of the Dark World show you Ganon's Castle, where the BigBad resides, resides (and which Link can get close enough to ''spit on'' at that point in the quest), but the pyramid Link is standing on actually contains [[CosmicKeystone the Triforce]], which is the true goal of the entire game! ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds'' plays out similarly, except that your first foray into Lorule actually brings you to the chamber where the FinalBoss is fought and which you cannot revisit until you rescue all the Sages.


* In ''Videogame/ShadowOfTheColossus'', Mono is dead as the game begins, and Wander's deal with the deity Darmin is that it will resurrect her in exchange for Wander destroying each of the Colossi. You return to the central temple where she rests every time you defeat one.

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* In ''Videogame/ShadowOfTheColossus'', Mono is dead as the game begins, and Wander's deal with the deity Darmin is that it they will resurrect her in exchange for Wander destroying each of the Colossi. You return to the central temple where she rests every time you defeat one.

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** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'': You can go to the outside of final dungeon, Ganon's Castle, as soon as you set foot in the BadFuture halfway through the game, though in order to get inside you need to rescue the sages who then build a magic bridge to allow you to enter the castle.


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*** Ganon's Tower, the final dungeon, is only a short walk away from Hyrule Castle, which you visit halfway through the game to obtain the aforementioned Master Sword. However, the way is blocked by a magic barrier set up by Ganondorf, which cannot be broken until the Master Sword has its power restored. Once you accomplish that, you ''still'' have to get one more set of PlotCoupons since the [[DiabolusExMachina gods won't reopen]] the portal to Hyrule for you (which is also in a readily accessible) location unless you have them.


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** In ''[[Videogame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker The Wind Waker]]'', Link's sister is in the first dungeon you visit, which is easy enough to traverse--but the BigBad's [[TheDragon dragó er, giant bird]], prevents her rescue because Link isn't strong enough. You have to attain the [[SwordOfPlotAdvancement Master Sword]] before she's finally rescued.

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** In ''[[Videogame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker The Wind Waker]]'', Link's sister is in the first dungeon you visit, which is easy enough to traverse--but the BigBad's [[TheDragon dragó er, drag--er, giant bird]], prevents her rescue because Link isn't strong enough. You have to attain the [[SwordOfPlotAdvancement Master Sword]] before she's finally rescued.



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