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A Legacy Boss Battle is a boss from one game that appears as a boss in a later installment, often as a Superboss and as a result generally much harder than the original boss fight. Though some storyline bosses can fit as well.

If the boss' game of origin is from another franchise, then these may be Mythology Gags or Lawyer Friendly Cameos.

Of important note is that most Legacy Bosses are only fightable in the post-game and don't have any role in the plot. So Big Bad Final Boss examples don't qualify unless the Big Bad of the game his cameo is in is different, or because the fight feels more familiar than the context would indicate.

Compare and contrast Degraded Boss, Recurring Boss Template, Previous Player-Character Cameo, Hijacked by Ganon, Sudden Sequel Heel Syndrome, Giant Space Flea from Nowhere. Nostalgia Level is the Level version.

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     Action Adventure 

     Fighting 
  • Geese Howard in the Fatal Fury series. To date he's been in every game in the series except Fatal Fury 2 and Garou: Mark of the Wolves and of those games he's been in, only one has him as not as a boss or a final boss.
  • Rugal (or Omega Rugal) in The King of Fighters. First appearing as the final boss for The King of Fighters '94 and its direct sequel The King of Fighters '95, Rugal returned again as the final boss for '98 (UM) and 2002 (UM). Now whenever the series has a Dream Match Game, fans can expect Rugal not to be too far behind.
  • The boss characters in Tekken 7 are special matches against The Devil, Shin Heihachi, Akuma, Geese Howard & Negan.

     Hack and Slash 
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     MMORPG 

     Platformer 

     Real Time Strategy 
  • Warcraft III has an optional fight against an enormous monster called the Butcher, a boss from the Diablo series.

     Role Playing Game 

     Third-Person Shooter 

     Shoot'em Up 

     Turn-Based Strategy 

     Rail Shooter 
  • If you take the alternate path on Corneria in Star Fox 64note , the boss fight is the Attack Carrier from the original Star Fox. Defeating it will take you to Sector Y instead of the Asteroid Field stage.

     Light Gun Game 
  • The Magician, the Final Boss of The House Of The Dead reappears as the penultimate (unique) boss of The House Of The Dead 2, in a form only slightly weaker than his incarnation in the previous game. He also appears as the final boss in The House of the Dead 4 Special.

     Survival Horror 

     Visual Novel 
  • Most Ace Attorney games start out with a case facing off against Winston Payne, nicknamed "Rookie Killer" due to his apparent record of defeating rookie attorneys. Despite this nickname, Payne's cases are by far the easiest in their respective games. Even when not facing off against Winston himself, his brother Gaspen Payne or their ancestor Taketsuchi Auchi take his place.
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