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  • Contractual Boss Immunity
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  • Any magician, fighter, or hero with powers, abilities, or weapons that enable him or her to cut through Mooks like butter will rarely be able to use these skills on The Dragon or the Big Bad. In Video Games these enemies will be flat out immune to these attacks, or in the case of a first person shooter be able to take head-shots and keep on ticking, while (annoyingly) players have no such protection from their instant-death attacks. Where's the justice? Unrelated to Joker Immunity. Examples of Contractual Boss Immunity include:
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  • Any magician, fighter, or hero with powers, abilities, or weapons that enable him or her to cut through Mooks like butter will rarely be able to use these skills on The Dragon or the Big Bad. In Video Games these enemies will be flat out immune to these attacks, or in the case of a first person shooter be able to take head-shots and keep on ticking, while (annoyingly) players have no such protection from their instant-death attacks. Where's the justice? The reason programmers and authors do this is for game balance and narrative issues. Where's the big climactic and fun battle if the hero just lops off the enemy's head? A hero who can send the Big Bad into the Phantom Zone, turn them to stone, cleave them limb from limb, or otherwise kill/disable them in less than a heartbeat skirts dangerously close to Boring Invincible Hero. Basically, they do it because Reality Is Unrealistic. However, this Contractual Boss Immunity ends up resulting in Gameplay and Story Segregation that will really bug players, or worse, harm them if they put a lot of their XP into powering up these abilities. Essentially, this is what puts the "Useless" in most Useless Useful Spells, especially in RPGs. However, averting this trope can make for a different and entertaining atmosphere. Allowing players to One-Hit Kill any enemy, Cherry Tap even the Final Boss, or characters to use the Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique on Bill can be downright awesome! As you can see, this veers in and out of Acceptable Breaks From Reality. It can be fun to kill a Final Boss with the uber attacks that are normally useless; but it can also be rather boring to do so. Unrelated to Joker Immunity. Examples of Contractual Boss Immunity include: