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Basic Trope: A boss battle that's built up to be epic, but ends up being disappointing.

  • Straight: At the end of Alice Adventure, it's time for an epic showdown with Emperor Evulz. However, Evulz doesn't really put up that much of a fight, and he goes down pretty easily. He's also inferior to the previous level's Shinigami boss.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed:
    • While the final boss is still challenging, it still pales in comparision to the fight with the Shinigami.
    • Evulz has traits of That One Boss. He has a lot of health, and his attacks are tough to dodge. The fight really should be challenging, and it would be... If it weren't for the fact that you're constantly being healed during the fight. And at a rate just under the amount of damage he does.
  • Justified:
    • Sure, Evulz is an opposing threat, but nobody ever said he was great at combat himself, did they?
    • Alice was empowered by the Heart of the Universe while fighting Evulz
    • Alice's party had severely weakened Evulz prior to their fight
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • Emperor Evulz appeared to be effortlessly weak, he's in fact hiding his true form.
    • In a continuation of the Exaggerated example - turns out there was a demonic cat, and there's your True Final Boss.
  • Double Subverted:
    • ...and that form is even more pathetic than what Evulz pretended to be.
    • But then the demonic cat isn't much of a challenge after all.
  • Parodied:
    • Alice Adventure is based off the Rule of Funny. When you confront Evulz at the end, all he does is talk, and all Alice has to do is lightly tap him, and he starts crying out for his "mommy".
    • Emperor Evulz steps from his throne as the flashes of lightning cast light on his dark armor. As the dramatic music starts to play, he unsheathes his flaming sword of pure destruction and apporaches Alice... and then he trips over a small rock, which sends him bungling off a nearby crevasse, comically hitting both sides repeatedly before hitting the bottom.
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  • Zig-Zagged: The battle with Evulz is divided into phases. Some phases are really easy, others are appropriately hard.
  • Averted: The battle with Evulz is as climatic as it should be.
  • Enforced: The deadline for the game's development was uncomfortably close, so the developers didn't have the time to put together an epic final boss. They just had to make do.
  • Lampshaded: In the game's ending, Alice comments that Evulz wasn't such a big threat after all.
  • Invoked: "I don't have to worry about Alice, all those other bosses I've sent out will deal with her before she even gets the chance to face me!"
  • Exploited: Speedrunners use glitches to skip to the final boss and kill him at level 1, as he's so easy even a novice character can defeat him.
  • Defied: Mods/new versions of the game get released, giving Evulz a power buff.
  • Discussed: "Man, the battle against Evulz is a real letdown. You would think the game would give you a more climatic final boss."
  • Deconstructed: The final battle is so notoriously anti-climatic that the game is unable to live it down, and is forever doomed to be known as "the game with that really bad final boss".
  • Reconstructed: The game becomes Vindicated by History once people give the game a second look and decide that everything before the final boss was still pretty good.
  • Played For Laughs: All throughout the battle, Evulz boasts about how evil he is, all the while Alice is bashing his face in.
  • Played For Drama: Now that Alice has made it this far into the adventure, Evulz is on his last legs, and fighting Alice himself is the only option he has left. He knows he's not the best at combat himself, but he's willing to push himself as far as he can go, anything for a last chance at beating Alice.

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