Proof of Concept: Self-Replicating Like a Boss
Speaking of Concepts related to Bosses or Boss Fights, the other day I realized this particular Boss Fight scenario isn't all that uncommon, but apparently too specific to have a page of its own.
Consider this scenario: At some point during a Boss Fight the Boss will self-replicate, introducing a number of clones which will either have to be dispersed or ignored for the real Boss to reappear or become vulnerable again.
I don't have much love for the editor, particularly not for the way it doesn't handle nested, mixed lists well, but here's an attempt to outline the criteria and variables involved in this scenario; when reading, keep in mind that bosses can be female too.
General Criteria and Circumstances:
- Only applies to Bosses, possibly 'mini-bosses'.
- Clones are identical to the Boss, i.e. visually and dimensionally similar.
- Does not apply to twins, triplets, etcetera.
- Self-replication is a Boss action or active ability.
ad 1. Sometimes 'major enemies' get a special, dramatic introduction battle after which they are encountered like regular enemies, these should not be considered (mini)bosses, since they lack uniqueness. Example: the Joy enemy type in Bayonetta can divide themselves into additional copies, but are not unique enough to be counted as boss despite their cinematic introduction.
ad 2 & 4. Does not apply to enemies that split/divide into smaller versions of themselves upon being attacked by the player's character or party members, e.g. blob-type enemies. (See: Mitotic Entity)
On Self-Replication and Method:
- Cloning can 'just happen', i.e. clones will suddenly appear.
- Clones are summoned, likely accompanied by some dramatic animation or speech.
- The Boss will 'split/divide' into multiple instances of himself.
Who or Where is The Boss?
Typically after self-replicating the Boss will hide among the clones or disappear leaving behind the clones, the player then either has to
- Find the Real Boss, because attacking the clones is futile but might disperse them. Example: Fool's Idol in Demon's Souls.
- Get rid of the clones to make the Real Boss reappear or become vulnerable again. Example: Thouzer in Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage.