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