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"Meet Konk. He likes to think of himself as some rival to Starfy. ...But he's really harmless, so he's more entertaining than anything else. He doesn't have anything to do with Mashtooth or those others..."

A Boss Battle or similar villain that isn't teamed up/associated with or even opposing the Big Bad, but is instead a lone wolf. They aren’t anyone's lackey; they’re a villain on their own.


Relatively common in RPGs, where the player party often winds up just running into wild monsters that just happen to be at the end of caves, attacking the town, guarding MacGuffins, etc.

Often overlaps with Giant Space Flea from Nowhere, but while the Giant Space Flea From Nowhere comes from out of, well, nowhere, the Lone Wolf Boss is often established into the plot, and occasionally even plays a crucial role in some way, but has nothing to with the aims of the Big Bad. Compare Plot-Irrelevant Villain and Villain of Another Story.

Different from, although not mutually exclusive with, Wolfpack Boss.


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     Action Games 
  • Mystery G in Neo Contra. He has no connection to the villains of the game, yet he's only there as a mini-boss in Mission 2 to make sure that Bill Rizer is the ultimate soldier. He also pulls a Heroic Sacrifice halfway through the game, depending on how good your performance was throughout the game.
  • Dante plays this role in Devil May Cry 4. Nero thinks he is the Big Bad at first, since the first thing he does is interrupting a sermon and killing the local pope. He's actually just here to get Yamato back and discover what the Order of the Sword (for which Nero works) is up to. Then Nero discovers that the Not Quite Dead Pope in question is the real Big Bad, so Dante sort of becomes an Aloof Ally.
  • In Clash at Demonhead, Rowdy is a boss monster faced on an off-road route and must be defeated to free the Hermit and obtain Force Powers. He's the only boss that isn't affiliated with the Demon's Battalion, and doesn't get the standard "boss" music.
  • God of War
    • The Hydra in God of War is merely a monster that Kratos encounters at the very beginning of the game while sailing to Athens and has no relation with Ares or his attack on Athens. The novelization confirms Ares has nothing to do with the Hydra, even asking if the other gods were responsible for it and its implied that Athena might have been the one to send it in order to convince Poseidon to grant his magic to help Kratos progress in his quest.
    • The Dissenter in God of War: Ghost of Sparta is a Ares worshiper that sics a lion on Kratos in an attempt to kill him. He is a mere obstacle that has nothing to do with Kratos' quest to rescue his brother Deimos.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • Several minibosses in The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, given the nature of the game's villain. Among them, the ancient creatures and peoples of Ikana Canyon stand out, including Captain Skull Keeta, Igos du Ikana, and all of the Garos (including their Master).
    • Gohdan from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker is a creature born of the Gods' need to test the potential hero. As such, he has no association with Ganon and is not fought again at Ganon's Castle.
    • In The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Moldarach and Tentalus (both, incidentally, found in Lanayru Desert) are the only two bosses with no connection to Ghirahim.
  • In Ōkamiden, Asteroidean is the only boss that has no association with Yami or Akuro, because it's merely a specimen of the aquatic wildlife Chibiterasu and Nanami find in their way to the Sage Shrine. They still have to defeat it in battle because it won't let them go otherwise.
  • In Mega Man X6, Dynamo isn't helping Gate and his Nightmare Investigators, nor X and the maverick hunters; he's just there to gather some nightmare souls (which on this game would be something like Experience points) to make himself stronger.
  • Cyborg Ninja in Metal Gear Solid is the only boss in the game that isn't a part of Fox Hound. He's a tertiary factor, antagonistic to both sides. It turns out to be Gray Fox, who left Fox Hound before the events of the game.
  • Metroid:
    • The Security Robot B.O.X. in Metroid Fusion is the only boss in the game to not be infected by an X parasite. The first time, anyway, as it reappears for a second round once an X parasite infects its organic components.
    • Crocomire in Super Metroid does not seem to be affiliated with the Space Pirates at all, mostly just being a random Zebes creature until Samus shows up and attacks it. Same goes for Botwoon.
    • Metroid Prime 2: Echoes has almost all of its bosses being either Ing or Ing-possessed creatures. The exceptions are Dark Samus, who appears three times doing her own thing; the Alpha Blogg, a creature that doesn't get possessed and is simply left as a trap; and the Caretaker Class Drone, a random machine that attacks Samus.
    • In Metroid: Samus Returns, Proteus Ridley is the only Space Pirate to appear, having shown up to steal the last Metroid from Samus. Arachnus, returning from Metroid II: Return of Samus, reprises its role as a non-Metroid boss, and was the only one back in the original Metroid II. Samus Returns also adds the Diggernaut, which is a Chozo mining machine that goes haywire and has no affiliations with the Metroids.
  • Of the seven sea monsters in The Ocean Hunter, five of the seven are explained to have been the creations of the seventh, Rahab the sea god. The sixth one, Midgardsorm, is implied to be a completely unaffiliated party but may have caused more death and destruction than Rahab himself.
  • Benny and Clyde from River City Ransom - they're not affiliated with any of the gangs working for Slick, and it's strongly implied that they fight Alex and Ryan solely because the latter two intruded on the former two's hangout.
  • All of the bosses in Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves aside from Dr. M's mutant creatures.
  • The Ox in the Metropolis level in Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage!. Also the Sleepyhead Rhynoc and twin dragons in Spyro: Year of the Dragon.
  • In Time Crisis and Time Crisis II, Wild Dog is The Dragon to the games' respective Big Bads, but starting in 3, he works separately from the Final Boss to get revenge on the VSSE. in Project Titan, he is the Lone Wolf Final Boss operating bunches of robot projects, challenging Richard from VSSE.
  • In the first Viewtiful Joe, Alastor was affiliated with JADOW, but didn't really care for their plans (even after explaining them in meticulous detail by reading the game's script aloud); he (as a Noble Demon Blood Knight) was only concerned with fighting strong opponents like the eponymous hero. In both Viewtiful Joe 2 and Double Trouble, he reappears, unaffiliated with either game's villainous organizations (GEDOW and MADOW) and is again only there to seek a rematch with Joe.
  • DK West in No Straight Roads. While he has some history with the titular organization, he doesn't own a district in Vinyl City, he's not in their chart topper list, and his genre of predilection isn't even EDM, but rap. The main reason he's involved with the plot at all is to settle his rivalry with his brother Zuke.

     Adventure Games 

     Fighting Games 
  • Rayquaza from Super Smash Bros. Brawl, isn't allied with the other villains and is just attacking Fox because he entered its territory. Subverted later on when Tabuu creates a clone of it to guard the Great Maze.

     Platform Games 
  • Papu Papu, the first boss of Crash Bandicoot. Every other boss in the game is either a scientist working with Neo Cortex, or an animal Cortex mutated. Papu Papu, on the other hand, is just the leader of a Wacky Wayside Tribe that Crash stumbles through.
  • The only boss in Conker's Bad Fur Day that is related in some way to the Panther King is the Experiment, found and fought in the War Arc chapter; and it's because it and the Tediz were created by Ze Professor so they could defeat the Panther King (Conker still has to defeat them because they are threatening the otherwise peaceful kingdom).
  • Depending on which version of the game, the first boss or most of the bosses in Donald Duck: Goin' Qu@ckers aren't affiliated with the final boss and Big Bad Merlock (the one exception being the Game Boy Advance version, where Merlock is the only boss faced in the game):
    • The first boss (Bernadette the Bird in the console versions, Humphrey the Bear in the Game Boy Color version), due to being a non-anthropomorphic animal, is clearly not attacking Donald because of Merlock's orders and simply serves as an obstacle to prevent Donald from rescuing Daisy immediately.
    • While the Beagle Boy faced in Duckburg and Magica De Spell appear to be attacking Donald for their own reasons in most versions, this isn't the case in the remake made for PlayStation 2 and GameCube, where the Beagle Boy trio and Magica actually mention being ordered to attack Donald by Merlock in the cutscenes prior to their boss fights.
  • Konk in The Legendary Starfy, which is lampshaded by the game, saying he doesn't have anything to do with Mashtooth or those others.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
    • Super Mario Galaxy: Several bosses, such as Major Burrows and Buggaboom, have to be defeated because they're threatening innocent characters for personal reasons, not because Bowser told them to do so.
    • Wario Land 2: The Bubble King and Ghost bosses, which initially start by capturing the Big Bad (temporarily). Kind of their own antagonists, considering that beating them gets an alternate ending.
    • Wario: Master of Disguise: Ka-Bloom has no affiliation whatsoever with Cannoli, Carpaccio or the Greater-Scope Villain Terrormisu, nor is he knowingly guarding the fragment of the Wishstone found in the Ancient Waterworks. He just happens to have grown there and is very territorial, so Wario has to defeat him in order to retrieve the Plot Coupon.

     Racing Games 
  • The Crew has Cameron Rockport. Whereas the other named opponents are members of the 510 crewnote , 'Cam' is a lone individual who serves as the boss of the South region, as his efforts are the sole reason there isn't a significant 510 presence in the region.

     Role-Playing Games 
  • Most of the enemies in the Baldur's Gate games, especially the second one, have nothing to do with the main enemy, being interested in you because of who you are or just having their own plans you wander into.
  • Final Fantasy has the pirates who are terrorizing Pravoka and Astos the Dark Elf, neither of whom are connected to Garland or the Four Fiends.
  • Many of the bosses in the second half of Final Fantasy VI— Phunbaba, Doomgaze, the Eight Dragons, and Atma Weapon— don't work for Kefka, but were released from their slumber when he started mucking about with plate tectonics. In the first half of the game, Vargas has nothing to do with the Empire— he's just a martial artist with an unrelated grudge against Sabin— and neither does Dadaluma, a thug who apparently just loves to fight (and is possibly mentally disturbed).
  • Fire Emblem: Battles against random bandits not affiliated with the story's main villains are ubiquitous, usually early in the game.
    • The Blazing Blade subverts this by having a series of bandits stretched out over multiple chapters during Lyn's story, thus averting the "lone" aspect of it.
    • Oliver in Path of Radiance, a corrupt senator with connections to slave traders, serves as the Arc Villain while the group is in Begnion, but he isn't connected to Daein or Ashnard at all. He's actually fought because the leader of Begnion has promised an alliance against Daein on the condition that Ike's group help take him out.
    • Validar in Fire Emblem Awakening is a strange case. He's fought while Mad King Gangrel is the current Arc Villain and seems to have no connections to him. However, Validar is actually The Heavy of the game in reality and Gangrel is just a Disc-One Final Boss, and while this is obvious to the player from the start, the characters in-game don't know this yet. So he serves this role early on before becoming much more important later.
    • Fire Emblem Fates has various antagonistic factions depending on the route- there's the kingdom of Nohr (or at least Garon and his minions) in all routes, the kingdom of Hoshido and Anankos and his servants. Kotaro, daimyo of Mokushu, is not officially affiliated with any of them, since he's playing both sides for his own personal advancement and is fought and killed in all three routes.
    • In Fire Emblem: Three Houses:
      • Miklan is the only Part 1 antagonist not affiliated with the Flame Emperor in some way, being a bandit leader who stole the Lance of Ruin for his own ends.
      • Pallardó is a bandit leader fought at the beginning of Part 2 in most of the routes, but has no ties with any of the major factions battling each other.
      • In the Cindered Shadows' DLC campaign, the Death Knight appears and fights you in one chapter, but he has nothing to do with that particular story arc and just wants to sate his bloodlust.
  • Kingdom Hearts II:
    • Implied with Shan Yu. He has his own army of Heartless, but is never seen making contact with Pete or Maleficent to make any sort of deal. He's trying to conquer The Land of Dragons on his own, and only battles Sora because he's in the way.
    • Hades is shown working with Pete during the first visit to Olympus Coliseum on a joint venture to take care of both Sora and Hercules, but on the second visit appears to have ended the alliance to focus on Herc.
    • On the first visit to Halloween Town, Lock, Shock, and Barrel are working for Maleficent and fight you to buy time for Oogie to get better from his recent resurrection. When they're encountered on the second visit, they're not working for anybody and start causing trouble in Christmas Town just because it's fun.
    • On the second visit to Halloween Town, somebody is stealing presents from Santa Claus for unknown reasons. It's later discovered that the theft was caused by the Experiment, a creation of Dr. Finklestein's that went rogue. It stole the presents in a vain attempt to gain a heart, which Dr. Finklestein did not give it during the creation process.
    • The Master Control Program is unaffiliated with the other villains, and tries to take over Hollow Bastion on its own.
  • Your rivals in Pokémon. They're not allied at all with the villainous team that are the main big bads of the game, but they challenge you anyway to test their strength. Sometimes they serve as the True Final Boss after the main villains are dealt with, but not always.
  • King Boom Boo from Sonic Adventure 2. A ghost haunting the Death Chamber that attacks Knuckles after he finds the key to Eggman's base. Aside from living in the pyramid that Eggman turned into his base, it isn't associated with Eggman in any way, as the latter has his own Egg Golem as a guard, so it wasn't deployed by him. King Boom Boo is simply the leader of the smaller ghosts that keep appearing in Knuckles' levels.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
    • Belome and Punchinello in Super Mario RPG. The game actually has quite a few villains who aren't connected with the main bad guys, but these two are given the least context. There's also Booster, who indirectly causes the game's most extreme example of Giant Space Flea from Nowhere. Valentina, like Booster, is also the main villain of a story arc but is in no way affiliated with the Big Bad.
    • Despite being a Koopa, Jr. Troopa in Paper Mario actually isn't aligned with Bowser. In fact, near the end of the game he even attacks four of Bowser's minions just to get a final match with Mario.
    • Most Chapter bosses in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door aren't affiliated with the X-Nauts, the main antagonistic force in the game. Hooktail, however, does turn out to have been affiliated with the game's Greater-Scope Villain. Most of them, such as Grubba or Cortez, are simply bad guys who found one of the Crystal Stars and are using or hoarding it for entirely selfish reasons. Doopliss is an interesting case since he starts out as a Lone Wolf Boss but then allies himself with the Shadow Sirens after his chapter. Smorg is another odd example in that it was originally intended to have been a creature summoned by Beldam of the Shadow Sirens, but this exposition dialogue was cut in the final version, leaving its origins ambiguous.
    • Super Paper Mario has Francis, the third boss. He is not allied with Count Bleck; he's just some Straw Fan who kidnapped your Exposition Fairy. Though he can appear in Castle Bleck if you’re stupid enough to tell an obviously disguised Mimi you’d rather not meet him. He still only ends up there because he was abducted.
    • Many examples also exist in the Mario & Luigi series, like Popple from Superstar Saga, possibly Trunkle from the same game, Bowser in all three games, Durmite/whatever in Bowser's Inside Story, the Tower of Yikk (Who is the second giant Bowser boss though the Tower of Yikk does use Fawful’s minions in some of its attacks) in the same game, Mom Piranha and the Piranha Bean in Superstar Saga, Mrs. Thwomp in Partners in Time, and Broque Monsieur in Bowser's Inside Story have no connection to the Big Bad whatsoever, and most have no connection to the storyline at all.
    • In Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, you've got Grobot (which just malfunctioned), Mammoshka (who was just in the way), Mount Pajamaja (who you annoyed in the dream world), Big Massif (who you fight in the dream world to wake up his real world counterpart), Wiggler (who you fight because Popple made you think he was a security guard), Popple (who was just robbing a building at the time), the Zeekeeper, Pi'illodium and quite a few others.
  • From the second X-Men Legends, Sauron. He makes it very clear he sent Apocalypse's goons packing when they came recruiting, but when the player mentions they work with Ka-Zar, he attacks out of spite.
  • In the first Marvel Ultimate Alliance, the Mandarin, Mephisto, and Galactus are not affiliated with Dr. Doom or the Masters of Evil. Mandarin had previously left the group after a failed attempt at taking it over for himself, and the two immortal beings were used by Doom in his quest for power. Nonetheless, you still have to fight them.
  • In Persona 5, Kamoshida is the only main target who is not connected with the conspiracy in any way. Even Madarame and Kaneshiro, who were seemingly independent, had been threatened into funding the conspiracy, while Sae was used as an Unwitting Pawn.
  • The boss Kandar (also known as Robbin' Hood in some localizations) appears in several Dragon Quest games, and he's usually a thief who has no connection whatsoever to the Big Bad, except in Dragon Quest V where the main villain hired him to attack the protagonist.

     Shoot 'Em Ups 
  • The first few bosses of most Touhou games rarely have much to do with the plot.

     Stealth-Based Game 
  • In Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath, the only bosses who are aligned with Sekto are D. Caste Raider and the Gloktigi. All the other bosses are their own independent villains.

     Visual Novels 

    Wide Open Sandbox 

  • Terraria: The anniversary lore post and Bestiary confirm that various Pre-Hardmode bosses are parts of Cthulhu, who is also the same being as the Moon Lord, the Final Boss. Most of the main bosses are parts of him, mechanical recreations of those parts, or a cultist directly serving under him. However, the Wall of Flesh and Plantera are unrelated Guardian entities over Hell and the Jungle respectively and the Golem is just a defense mechanism in a temple, none of which are directly allied with Cthulhu. All of the optional bosses are either random large monsters (King Slime, Queen Bee, Queen Slime, Duke Fishron, the event bosses) or a fae that's just pissed off at you for killing a type of butterfly (Empress of Light), none of which having any ties to Cthulhu either.

Non-Video Game Examples Include:

    Anime and Manga 
  • In JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency, ally-turned-villain Straizo is the only antagonist who isn't affiliated with the Nazis or the Pillar Men. He'd attacked Speedwagon and his companions to use their blood to activate the stone mask and become a vampire, but he didn't want to awaken Santviento, the Pillar Man inside the cave where he found the mask.
  • In My Hero Academia, most villains the heroes face are connected to the League of Villains in some way, from the members of the organization itself to others that have some connection to them. Gentle and La Brava are exceptions, since they have no connection to the League of Villains.
  • In the Baroque Works saga of One Piece, which comprises the Laboon, Whiskey Peak, Little Garde, Drum Island and Alabasta arcs, the Arc Villains of most of the arcs are from Baroque Works, a criminal conspiracy plotting to overthrow the kingdom of Alabasta. Drum Island is the exception, since Wapol, the former king of the island, is entirely unaffiliated with Baroque Works. The Straw Hats only stop at his island to find a doctor for Nami.

    Comic Books 

  • Star Wars: Jabba the Hutt is a crime lord unaffiliated with The Empire. However, he's the main antagonist in Han Solo's personal story arc who plays a prominent role in Return of the Jedi.


    Live-Action TV 
  • Eureka: Most villains aren't affiliated with Beverly Barlowe.

    Web Animation 
  • Gaming All Stars: The vast majority of villains in The Ultimate Crossover and Remastered aren’t connected to or even aware of Polygon Man or Andross. The same could be said for 2, in which pretty much none of the antagonists have any affiliation with or knowledge of Giygas.

    Western Animation 
  • Gulpo (King of the Blobs), a oneshot villain from the Joe Oriolo Felix the Cat cartoon "Felix Babysits". He's not affiliated with Professor or Master Cylinder, he's just a ravenous amoeba that becomes a threat to Felix and Poindexter when the latter shrinks Felix and unwittingly enlarges Gulpo with a formula. He comes back as a boss fight in the 1992 video game, but due to the games wafer-thin plot, it's not clear if he's affiliated with Professor now or if he's just giving Felix trouble again for the heck of it.
  • Young Justice: Harm is the only villain that is not revealed to have been (and is permanently defeated before he is even known about by, let alone becomes) part of The Light throughout the show's two seasons.
  • Gravity Falls: Only a few of the Monsters of the Week are related to the mystery surrounding the Author of the Journals, even counting the ones that the Author interacted with in the past. (Some episodes have the Pines discover an entirely "new" anomaly, such as the two living video games or the Summerween Trickster.) None of the villains that get their own episode are allied with Bill Cipher except for other major antagonist Gideon (even that doesn't stick), and when Bill's true minions finally do show up, it's only at the end of the series.
  • On Danger Mouse, Dr. Crumhorn (a wolfish character) is definitely no ally or affiliate to Baron Greenback and he lets us (and Penfold, whom he has kidnapped) know it, calling Greenback "a fat and feckless fool." Likewise, the Scottish-speaking alien Quark (original series) is an unaffiliated antagonist.
  • There were a few villains on The Powerpuff Girls that were standalones, such as Abracadaver, Roach Coach and (on the reboot) Man-Boy, the Gnat and the Fashionistas (a little bit of a zig-zag with the Fashionistas—Mojo Jojo was about to marry Barbarus until they had a conflict of interests).


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