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  • Wake Up Call Boss
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  • Wake Up Call Boss is more or less a boss that symbolizes a massive Difficulty Spike, or at least symbolizes the point where the game stops going easy on you. At this point, everything you've learned but haven't really considered yet will be severely tested: Everything before was just getting you used to the controls, this is where the challenge begins. Sister Trope to Early Bird Boss, a version of a Wake Up Call Boss that relies on the players lack of key items, spells, or metaknowledge early in the game in order to provide a challenge. Examples of Wake Up Call Boss include:
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  • Wake Up Call Boss is more or less a boss that symbolizes a massive Difficulty Spike, or at least symbolizes the point where the game stops going easy on you. At this point, everything you've learned but haven't really considered yet will be severely tested: Everything before was just getting you used to the controls, this is where the challenge begins. Due to this, they usually appear early on, but can appear from early to early-mid game. They definitely shouldn't appear late. And it's not really That One Boss so much as it's very brutally drilling into you how to play: like a boss in a beat-em-up designed to very easily beat anyone who thinks they can button mash through the game. Sister Trope to Early Bird Boss, a version of a Wake Up Call Boss that relies on the players lack of key items, spells, or metaknowledge early in the game in order to provide a challenge. Compare with That One Boss, though this trope is specifically for bosses that appear early in the game and are merely a sample of the rest of the game's challenges. Also compare with Disappointing Last Level. Contrast with Warmup Boss, a first boss that frequently is impossible (or at least very difficult) to lose to. See also Hopeless Boss Fight and Final Boss Preview. Compare Skill Gate Characters, which are PvP characters/factions/whatever that serve a similar purpose in separating newbies from the experienced. Examples of Wake Up Call Boss include: