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  • Bait and Switch Boss
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  • You've blasted your way through the enemy's lair, demolished the Mooks, and solved the puzzles. Now it's time to face the boss of the stage, right beyond those big conspicuously ornate doors. Your loins are girded for the fight as you barge in and see...a boss. Not a particularly fearsome boss, really. I mean, you've fought something almost exactly like him about four levels ago. The boss prepares to unleash his fury... If you actually have to finish the first boss off yourself then go against another, it's a Trick Boss. Compare Worf Effect. Examples of Bait and Switch Boss include:
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  • You've blasted your way through the enemy's lair, demolished the Mooks, and solved the puzzles. Now it's time to face the boss of the stage, right beyond those big conspicuously ornate doors. Your loins are girded for the fight as you barge in and see...a boss. Not a particularly fearsome boss, really. I mean, you've fought something almost exactly like him about four levels ago. The boss prepares to unleash his fury... Until a giant blade comes out of nowhere, bisecting him. Your vision slowly runs up the blade to the face of the REAL boss of the stage, almost three times the size of the boss he just bisected...and he's looking back at you. A Bait-And-Switch Boss is those times when the apparent boss for the stage gets replaced by the real boss, who then steps up to the plate to challenge you. The primary version has the boss destroy the 'bait' boss before he even attacks, but some games may have you fight the lesser boss for a bit before the real boss takes his place. The real boss could be a Giant Space Flea From Nowhere. It could also be The Man Behind the Man, but it isn't a requirement that the real boss is in any way the real leader or in greater authority, aside from his presumed rank. If the new boss is a familiar face, then the story just got Hijacked by Ganon. If you actually have to finish the first boss off yourself then go against another, it's a Trick Boss. Compare Worf Effect. Examples of Bait and Switch Boss include: