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Basic Trope: A boss that requires most of (if not all) the abilities you've learned in the game so far for you to defeat it.

  • Straight: In order to defeat Evil Overlord Tom, Bob has to use everything he's learned from fighting Tom's generals.
  • Exaggerated: Not only does Bob use what he's learned from Tom's generals, he learns new technique in the middle of the fight, right before Tom switches to the form said ability is needed for.
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  • Downplayed: Tom has multiple forms like any "good" final boss, but Bob only needs to use the first one and last two abilities he acquired prior; the rest aren't needed.
  • Justified: The whole situation is a Secret Test of Character, and Tom wants to make sure Bob has mastered all of the proper techniques so that Bob may one day take his place.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Things seem to be shaping up to a Final Exam Boss, but every one of Tom's forms are easily dispatched by running up to him and whacking him with your magic sword.
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  • Double Subverted: You actually aren't supposed to use your sword on the boss, as doing so is the final key step to his plans. You get the Bad Ending.
  • Parodied:
    • Bob tries to defeat Tom, but fails because he neglected to study.
    • Conversely, he learned the wrong techniques.
    • Tom hands Bob a question paper. Bob answers each question with the corresponding skill in his arsenal, and Tom then concedes defeat, deciding that Bob would beat him in a fight.
  • Zig Zagged: Tom has counters for every single one of Bob's abilities, and vice versa. The fight goes nowhere because everything is countered by another counter.
  • Averted:
  • Enforced: "The final Boss needs to have some strategy involved."
  • Lampshaded: "Why do bosses make you literally try everything in order to beat them?"
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  • Invoked: Bob learns his abilities specifically so he can fight Tom.
  • Exploited: Same as the Invoked example.
  • Defied: Tom makes sure to have a counter for all Bob's attacks.
  • Discussed: "All your attacks are useless here!"
  • Conversed: "Why does EVERYTHING I've collected help defeat the Final Boss?
  • Implied: Bob's abilities are limited-use. The battle happens off-screen, and when Bob walks out of the chamber, a visual cue shows that he has expended all of them.
  • Deconstructed: Bob goes on another adventure, and, when facing the new final enemy, the enemy has learned the skills of his generals and thus can predict Bob's actions.
  • Reconstructed: Bob has experimented with the applications of what he has learned and manages to catch his opponent off-guard with a particular combination, defeating them.

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