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Bosses Who Won't Just Leave You Alone

I already defeated you. Can't you just stay down?

Article by Tony Wilson, .

Boss fights typically go one of two ways. You might see them as chances to test your skills or to learn about a monster's history, but you could just as easily view the fight as a roadblock, prohibiting true game progress. No matter which camp you fall into, both sides can agree on one thing: recurring bosses are a nightmare.

Whether it's because the big baddie's appearances are truly intense or simply annoying, recurring boss fights are a pain. Some bad guys just don't quit, stalking your heroes and showing up for battle at the most inopportune times. These are some of the worst offenders.

SA-X (Metroid Fusion)

The SA-X is like humanity's fear of viruses made flesh. When space adventurer Samus' suit is infected by the X Parasite during the opening of Metroid Fusion, pieces must be removed and quarantined. But the parasite fuses them back together to make a shadow version of Samus herself. Even worse, that suit was completely upgraded: the SA-X is a fully loaded, fully evil clone.

This unstoppable beast then roams the halls of the research station, running into you at what feel like the worst possible times. All you can do is run and hide, frantically searching for a way to escape from the parasite's deadly Ice Beam. Luckily, the SA-X finally falls after several of these cat-and-mouse encounters, overwhelmed by a swarm of baby Metroids.

Or does it? As you quickly find out, there are no fewer than 10 SA-Xs out there -- they reproduce asexually. What's worse than an unstoppable dark version of yourself? A whole army of you.

Thankfully, a fully upgraded Samus is an equal match for the maxed-out SA-X. With the same weapons and abilities, you can finally take down your clone before destroying the research center itself. And even then, that darn Parasite escapes… only to later come to your rescue, teaming up to stop the indomitable Omega Metroid. Survival of the fittest, indeed.

Gary Oak (Pokemon Red & Blue)

Pokemon is a series of pure escapism. What better way to disappear for a bit than to slip into Kanto or Johto and breed some adorable Poke-babies? Shame you still have to deal with bullies like Gary Oak (or whatever name you choose for your rival), pestering you with unfair battles at every turn.

First, he picks whichever starter Pokemon is super effective against the one you've already chosen. We throw out "rock, paper, scissors" simultaneously for a reason, people. Then he stops you for battles about half a dozen times during your journey. When you manage to overcome the master trainers that are the Elite Four, you enter the final room to face the Pokemon Champion -- it's Gary again! Professor Oak's nephew is a real jerk, but at least he gets his just desserts in that final Pokemon duel.

Nemesis (Resident Evil 3: Nemesis)

What's worse than a rival? A nemesis. The Nemesis T-Type is a smarter, far more powerful version of Resident Evil's Tyrant. You know, the guy who required a rocket launcher to the face to be killed. He's sent into Raccoon City to make short work of the S.T.A.R.S. team investigating the metropolis.

It's tense enough guiding Jill Valentine through the horrors of the city, pegging zombies and solving color-coded puzzles. But then you get the horrifying Nemesis stalking you, appearing in random corridors. He kills poor helicopter pilot Brad Vickers with a tentacle through the head, and even destroys Jill's escape chopper at the city's clock tower. The dude does not like air transportation.

Oh, and all this happens while the Nemesis is in his first form. After a firefight near the chopper wreckage, he returns in a second, extra nasty, tentacle-covered skin. Several random appearances and a fall into a chemical pool later, he's gone for good.

Nah. He wriggles after Jill and infects a nearby Tyrant, somehow becoming even more powerful than before. Fortunately, a few rail gun blasts to the body and bullets to the brain finally fell the killing machine. The master of unlocking is a pretty good monster-killer too.

Big Sister (BioShock 2)

Remember those adorable, albeit disturbed Little Sisters that run around Rapture in BioShock? They don't stay cute forever. Big Sisters are all kinds of messed up thanks to their exposure to ADAM, making them seven feet tall and super athletic. They run the show in BioShock 2, stopping at nothing to kill off Subject Delta as he searches for his own Little Sister.

No fewer than seven of these menacing ladies will bust through the walls of Rapture to hunt you down. And who knows how many are actually out there? A pair of them double team you as you reach your former companion Eleanor Lamb, a final challenge to cap off the other deadly encounters. The good news? Eleanor herself dons armor to become a much tamer Big Sister, helping you escape.

Maybe it would have been easier to harvest all those Little Sisters after all?

Liquid Snake (Metal Gear Solid)

If we're talking about bosses, we have to bring up the son of Big Boss, right? The love for son number one, Solid Snake, is strong, but his twin Liquid is pretty disliked. Liquid received the recessive traits of his father, and that inferiority complex drives him to lead an insurrection against the US government from the frozen wastes of Shadow Moses.

But you can't just use a snow blower to find Liquid and take him out. First, he surfs a Hind-D and rains missiles on you from his helicopter perch. Survive this, and you'll eventually face him inside a far deadlier machine, Metal Gear Rex. More missiles and lasers abound. Get through that, and you'll fight mano a mano atop the burning wreckage of the mech. But three battle isn't enough for Liquid: you'll still have to gun him down from the back of a jeep as he chases you aboard a motorcycle, before finally succumbing to the FOXDIE virus.

And while that's it for Metal Gear Solid, that's still not it for Liquid. MGS2 sees his arm attached to series villain Revolver Ocelot, whose body he begins to possess. Cut to MGS4, and Ocelot has transformed into Liquid Ocelot, fully under your twin's control. But everything comes to a head in one last glorious fistfight atop the massive ship Outer Haven.

Some bosses may chase you across levels, but Liquid's vendetta against Snake stretches across multiple fights not just in one game, but over an entire series. One some level, you've gotta admire his dedication.

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  • Avatar for catstronaut #1 catstronaut 3 years ago
    Off the top of my head—Jr. Troopa from Paper Mario and Solt and Peppor from Chrono Cross. Tutorial bosses always come back for more!
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  • Avatar for camchow #2 camchow 3 years ago
    Also Ultros. He may be goofy but he can easily wipe the floor with you if you underestimate him.
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  • Avatar for The-Challenger #3 The-Challenger 3 years ago
    I would say Dracula and Bowser, off the top of my head. I love the iconic designs the respective companies gave each character throughout the years. But I've killed each dozens of times, so, at this point I kind of hate those characters and wish they would semi-retire.

    Runner up would be that water clone of Mario you fight throughout Mario Sunshine, he can just fuck off and die.
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  • Avatar for Jonk #4 Jonk 3 years ago
    What about Maester Seymour in FFX? Thanks to his silly voice and goofy design, every reappearance was like nails on a chalkboard.
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  • Avatar for cldmstrsn #5 cldmstrsn 3 years ago
    Gotta say Nemesis is one of the best villains. I have beat RE 3 upwards of 20 times and he STILL scares me! Also wasn't Liquid actually the superior one gene wise but was told he was inferior? So the message was it isn't your genes that determine your fate or something like that? Either way it doesn't matter it definitely created a complex for him and he his probably one of my favorite antagonists in gaming.Edited August 2015 by cldmstrsn
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  • Avatar for DorisJMartin #6 DorisJMartin 3 years ago
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  • Avatar for MontyForever #7 MontyForever 3 years ago
    I've always been a huge fan of Skies of Arcadia, and Ramirez is a fixture in that game- a total badass, making you feel impotent constantly. Finally kicking his ass felt real good.
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  • Avatar for stourville #8 stourville 3 years ago
    Another annoying villain from the MGS series and an annoying boss in general is Vamp.
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  • Avatar for SatelliteOfLove #9 SatelliteOfLove 3 years ago
    Liquid is voiced by CAM CLARKE so therefore is the best.

    "It's not over yet, Snake...it's not over YET!!!"
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  • Avatar for presagiador #10 presagiador 3 years ago
    @Jonk AAARGH!!! Seymour, i had forgotten how annoying he is specially the second battle against him if you are not prepared the battle can be more difficult than the last boss battle.

    Also you guys must remember liquid chases you in another jeep not a motorcycle.
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  • Avatar for Sturat #11 Sturat 3 years ago
    I really like Zero, the robot that's constantly chasing Amy in Sonic Adventure. The end of Amy's story is great.
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  • Avatar for Aleryn #12 Aleryn 3 years ago
    Miang from Xenogears. I haven't played it in YEARS but I recall her as a dogging presence whose last boss fight was very challenging.

    Cool to see Liquid Snake on here, too. I -still- wish he'd somehow get his own side-story game. Wasted potential!

    Fun article, thanks! =)Edited August 2015 by Aleryn
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  • Avatar for Kaua-Rodrigues #14 Kaua-Rodrigues 2 years ago
    But you can't just psn plus abril 2017 use a snow blower to find Liquid and take himplaystation plus abril 2017 out. First, he surfs a Hind-D and rainspsn plus missiles on you from his helicopter perch. Survive this, and you'll eventually face playstation plus him inside a far deadlier machine, Metal Gear Rex. More missiles and lasers abound. Get through that, and you'll fight mano a mano atop the burning wreckage of the mech. But three battle isn't enough for Liquid: you'll still have to gun him down from the back of a jeep as he chases you aboard a motorcycle, before finally succumbing to the FOXDIE virus.Edited February 2017 by Kaua-Rodrigues
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