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When the Boss just won't get up off his throne.

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Drknsswngs on Mar 15th 2019 at 1:45:29 AM
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Drknsswngs on 10 hours ago
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You have just made your way through the dungeon, perhaps even The Very Definitely Final Dungeon itself, and are ready to confront the Boss. And there he is, sitting in his ominous throne. Any moment now, he is going to rise up and the fight will begin.

Except he doesn't. The fight begins, the Battle Theme Music kicks in, but the Boss does not get up - he actually intends to fight you without even rising from his seat! And he actually seems very capable of doing so...

This can be used to demonstrate how powerful the boss is: if he does not need to get up to fight, imagine what he could do if he did get up... Most of the time, this is only one phase of the battle.. Sometimes this sets up a Zero-Effort Boss where you just walk to them and kill them, mission complete. Sometimes it's a Trick Boss where it looks like it'd be a Zero-Effort Boss, but then something happens and the real, proper fight starts. Sometimes the boss summons flunkies or attack with magic or other ranged attacks. The boss will probably rise from his throne when he realizes he cannot defeat whoever he's facing if he doesn't use his full might, possibly going One-Winged Angel in the process.

Subtrope of Boss Battle and of Stationary Boss. Not to be confused with Orcus on His Throne: the Will You Get Up From There Boss is not necessarily an Orcus on His Throne Big Bad.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • In 666 Satan, Zenom, leader of the Zenom Syndicate, fights without getting up from his throne during the final confrontation with the heroes.

    Video Games 
  • Kingdom Hearts II: Xemnas, the Big Bad of II, does this during his Final Boss fight. After Sora and Riku have achieved taking down his battleship, Xemnas fights them in the cockpit of said battleship. During this part of the fight, he dons a Keyblade armor and then proceeds to fight the player without rising from his throne during the whole phase.

  • Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep The Bonus Boss No Heart, the keyblade armor worn by Xemnas in II, begins the fight like this, seemingly like Xemnas; finally subverted, as No Heart rapidly gets up and fights normally.

  • In Final Fantasy IX, the Bonus Boss Pluton sits on an throne during his boss fight.

  • In Final Fantasy XV, Ifrit's boss fight starts with a phase where the Infernian just sits down on his throne, occasionnaly launching an attack or grabbing the player. Subverted for Ifrit does get up for the next phases of the fight.

  • In Devil May Cry 5, the first battles with Urizen are like this. He's sitting on his throne, and he's incapable of taking damage unless you destroy the crystal he is using to create his barriers, and he's blasting you with all manner of energy blasts. As you can guess, the first major battles like this are meant to be a Hopeless Boss Fight. He only actually gets up off his throne after Nero lands a hit on him during their rematch and pisses him off royally.

  • In Mega Man ZX Advent : the Final Boss, in his lair, is first seen sitting on a large throne. After the cutscene, then the throne transforms into a huge 3-headed robotic dragon with him still inside it; the dragon's body (and its weak point) doesn't move, and you just have to hammer on it while dodging the dragon heads' attacks until it's destroyed. Upon its destruction, the boss starts fighting for real.

  • In Touhou Tenkuushou ~ Hidden Star in Four Seasons, the Final Boss Okina Matara fights by sitting on her throne the whole time, because she knows the fight is a Hopeless Boss Fight (story-wise, the player still needs to beat her). In the Bonus Level, she returns as the Bonus Boss, and knowing the player characters now stand a chance against her, stands up from her thrown to fight with her full power.

Feedback: 20 replies

Mar 15th 2019 at 1:47:04 AM

Hi, I don't post often here and I did not have much time, so perhaps this trope needs some polishing...

Does anyone now of some more examples ?

Also, perhaps this needs a different name...

Mar 15th 2019 at 2:17:08 AM

The name Orcus Boss Fight is a Bad Snowclone because it requires the reader to be familiar with the Orcus On His Throne trope to have any chance of understanding what it's about.

Yes, Needs A Better Name.

Mar 15th 2019 at 2:54:03 AM

Subtrope of Stationary Boss.

Sometimes this sets up a Zero Effort Boss where you just walk to them and kill them, mission complete. Sometimes it's a Trick Boss where it looks like it'd be a Zero Effort Boss, but then something happens and the real, proper fight starts. Sometimes the boss summons flunkies or attack with magic or other ranged attacks.

But one question from me: what about examples where the boss sits on a floating chair (which may be weaponized too)?

Mar 15th 2019 at 3:12:43 AM

May I copy part of your comment into the trope description?

If the chair is floating, the trope still applies, I guess... I have not come across that case. The trope applies when the boss is sitting in a chair or throne of whichever kind and does not get up from it for the fight or part of the fight.

Mar 15th 2019 at 5:18:16 AM

I'm in the opinion that bosses in a floating chair won't count, anyway. They would be able to move, so they aren't Stationary Boss.

I'm just asking for your opinion on that.

There's one boss in Azure Striker Gunvolt who fights on a floating chair, and he's a rather tricky opponent too.

Mar 15th 2019 at 7:01:09 AM

The first battles with Urizen in Devil May Cry 5 are like this. He's sitting on his throne, and he's incapable of taking damage unless you destroy the crystal he is using to create his barriers, and he's blasting you with all manner of Energy Blasts. As you can guess, the first major battles like this are meant to be Hopeless Boss Fights. He only actually gets up off his throne after Nero lands a hit on him during their rematch and pisses him off royally.

Mar 16th 2019 at 2:17:44 AM

Sorry for not having answered, my Firefox crashed...

After thinking about it, I think that the floating chair boss is a completely different trope; the Will You Get Up From There Boss is passively sitting down on his seat without moving;in other words, neither he or the throne is mobile during at least part of the Boss Battle. Is the Boss in Azure Striker Gunvolt immobile at the beginning of the fight for example, or does he move about the whole time ?

Mar 16th 2019 at 2:39:12 AM

  • Castlevania Symphony Of The Night: The final boss battle against Dracula. Instead of Dracula assuming some demonic form, he takes control of a demonic engine with which he attacks Alucard, which he controls from the comfort of his throne in the center.

Mar 16th 2019 at 2:54:43 AM

still Needs A Better Name because of No New Stock Phrases. Has to have a Clear Concise Witty name that doesn't sound like a line of dialogue. I suppose you could phrase it as "Will You Get Down From There"Boss Fight but that doesn't roll off the tongue and would be badly skirting the rule at best as I see it.

Mar 16th 2019 at 2:59:39 AM

^^ that boss moves all the time (and even teleports), so no.

But I found a better example:

  • Mega Man ZX Advent: the Final Boss, in his lair, is first seen sitting on a large throne. After the cutscene, then the throne transforms into a huge 3-headed robotic dragon with him still inside it; the dragon's body (and its weak point) doesn't move, and you just have to hammer on it while dodging the dragon heads' attacks until it's destroyed. Upon its destruction, the boss starts fighting for real.

Mar 17th 2019 at 1:38:12 AM

Orcus Staying On His Throne is another Bad Snowclone because you have to be familiar with Orcus On His Throne to understand it, I guess.

Thanks for the Megaman example by the way.

Mar 17th 2019 at 1:40:21 AM

Does Dracula's throne in Castlevania move tho ? The trope cannot apply if the chair is mobile...

Mar 17th 2019 at 1:49:12 AM

Some more ideas for titles:

Unmovable Boss

Sat Down Wont Get Up Boss

Boss On His Throne

Too Comfortable To Get Up Boss

If anyone has a better idea... Please help with this one I'm out of ideas I guess.

Mar 17th 2019 at 2:23:05 AM

^ The Mega Man example should be "Mega Man ZX Advent", the second game of Mega Man ZX. Please write it.

Mar 17th 2019 at 6:30:48 AM

In The Silmarillion, an Elf-lord comes to the gates of Thangorodrim to demand single combat with the Dark Lord Morgoth. Morgoth is strangely reluctant to leave the security of his throne-room and has to be prompted, several times, to get up, don armour, then go forth and fight. The text makes it clear that Morgoth does this only with the very greatest of reluctance.

Mar 19th 2019 at 4:16:37 AM

Corrected the Megaman Zx Advent.

The Trope does not apply in the case of Morgoth because Morgoth does not actuallt fight from his throne, when the fight begins he has to get up and come out of his throne room.

By the way, do we have an Ominous Throne Of Evil Trope ?

Mar 19th 2019 at 6:24:26 AM

Mar 19th 2019 at 6:29:44 AM

"Slouching Boss Fight"?

11 hours ago

"Slouching Boss Fight" could do the trick I guess.

Or "Lazy Boss" perhaps... But that title is ambiguous because it could also mean that the boss is lazy (Zero Effort Boss) or that the boss battle itself was done lazily by the creators.

"Seated Boss Fight" I'll be going for that one for now I guess.

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