A gamer’s journey is filled with memorable moments and some of the moments include the unforgettable boss battles.
While most boss battles are your average run-of-the-mill type of kill-or-be-killed type of battles, others are just downright ridiculous.
Some of these memorable boss fights are hilarious parodies, others are completely bizarre concepts absurd enough to etch themselves into our memories.
Here are ten video game bosses that were so ridiculous, we couldn’t help but love them.
1. Psycho Mantis (Metal Gear Solid)
Psycho Mantis is a gas-mask-wearing psychic boss from the Metal Gea Solid series. The way this particular boss fights pans out is downright genius. The boss actually has real-life mind-reading and telekinetic abilities!
While the encounter isn’t hilarious perse, it is the sheer absurdity of how the battle acts out that makes this completely ridiculous.
During the battle, Psycho Mantis can “read” the player’s memory card and comment on the games they’ve played, while also forcing players to switch their controller ports to prevent him from “controlling” their character.
This clever and utterly ridiculous encounter makes Psycho Mantis an unforgettable boss.
2. GLaDOS (Portal)
GLaDOS, the malevolent artificial intelligence from the Portal series, is one of the most likable bosses you may have ever encountered.
The best part about this particular boss is that she is present throughout the game. You will often hear her taunt and mock the player with her dark humor and passive-aggressive remarks.
When it’s time to face off against her, the battle is far from conventional. Click here for an unforgettable gaming experience! It is the culmination of all the puzzle-solving and physics that you have encountered and mastered throughout your journey to this point. GLaDOS’s sarcastic dialogue and the absurdity of the battle make her a fan favorite.
3. The Great Mighty Poo (Conker’s Bad Fur Day)
You can probably tell by the name that this would be a ridiculous boss encounter.
The game Conker’s Bad Fur Day is no stranger to crude humor, but the boss battle against The Great Mighty Poo truly makes this a comedy-filled memorable moment.
From the humble abode of this sentient pile of feces residing in a mountain of excrement to the attacks with balls of dung, this boss fight is the manifestation of “sh*t hitting the fan”.
While the pile of poo also serenades players with an operatic performance, its demise is unfortunately inevitable. The sheer ridiculousness of fighting against a singing pile of poo makes this boss battle one for the ages.
4. Morgan Freeman (South Park: The Fractured But Whole)
South Park, as we know, is a widely known series that has built a reputation for its over-the-top humor and satirical take on pop culture.
Known for pushing boundaries and tackling controversial subjects, you can only imagine how absurd and hilarious the boss fight in a South Park-themed game would be like.
In this boss battle, you fight no other than Morgan Freeman himself. While the battle itself is hilarious enough, it is the experience of finding him running a taco shop in the game that makes it a surprise-filled comedy.
While Morgan Freeman is actually a docile NPC, he will turn into a lightning-wielding summoner when attacked.
5. The End (Metal Gear Solid 3)
Metal Gear series is no stranger to shocking its players with the weirdest and most memorable game mechanics. Psycho Mantis (above) from MGS is NOT the only absurd boss the series has in its ranks.
The End from MGS 3 is yet another memorable boss and NOT for the fights or the abilities it has, but due to a secret little weird game mechanic.
Players can actually defeat The End without engaging in the battle at all by simply waiting a week in real-time (or changing the console’s internal clock) for him to die of old age.
This unconventional and humorous approach to a boss fight showcases the creativity and quirkiness that the Metal Gear Solid series is known for.
6. Bob The Killer Goldfish (Earthworm Jim)
The face-off with Bob the Killer Goldfish – the arch nemesis of Earthworm Jim – is one of the most comically absurd boss fights that I had encountered in my early gaming years.
The humor of this boss fights lies in the juxtaposition of his menacing intentions with his completely non-threatening appearance (he is a fish stuck in a bowl after all).
And his minions are nonother than predatory cats themselves.
The ridiculousness of Bob’s demise lies in that he can be “defeated” through humorous means, such as being knocked out of his bowl or eaten by his own henchman.
7. Jinroku (Ghost of Tsushima)
When it comes ‘feels’ Ghost of Tshumia is a very deep game. However, it has its own fair share of humor too.
One incident involves your encounter with Jinroku, a minor character in one of the most lighthearted quests in the game.
The battle takes place in a cinematic hilly field bathed by beautiful moonlight. The stage is set with a very tense mood when your character and Jinroku are standing on opposing sides for a classic Japanese Sumarai duel.
As soon as the battle starts, however, Jinroku submits and bows down pleading for his life.
The light-hearted encounter emphasizes the game’s stylistic approach to storytelling.
8. LeChuck (The Secret of Monkey Island)
The Secret of Monkey Island is one of the most, if not the most, popular point-and-click adventure game and one thing that it does perfectly well is light-hearted storytelling.
The game takes lightheartedness to the point that even the fights against enemies aren’t actually fights, but duels of hurling insults at each other.
The one with the best insults wins.
The “insult sword fighting” is a skill that you hone throughout the game and comes to its tipping point when you verbally spar with the main antagonist of the game “LeChuck” – a dead pirate.
Innovative game mechanics the likes of Insult Sword fighting are rarely seen in games.
9. Chef Saltbaker (Cuphead 2017)
This is one of the most vicious, graphically intensive, and outright ridiculous boss battles for an indie run-and-gun game.
From multiple phases of the battle to all the different types of bosses you have to fight in quick succession. There is simply so much going on.
But you get to enjoy some of the most beautiful hand-drawn animations inspired by 1930s cartoons.
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10. Papyrus (Undertale)
Undertale is a memorable experience as a whole. The game has so many memorable moments and unique mechanics that it deserves an article on its own.
But one particular battle that can leave you ‘wholesome’ is the battle with Papyrus who is a comically overconfident skeleton and the younger brother of Sans, another prominent character in the game.
Papyrus is on a quest to capture a human so that he can be inducted into the Royal Guard and that is where the battle with the protagonist fits in.
But the most memorable aspect of the battle is the character itself. Despite being a flamboyant dead skeleton on a quest to capture you, he is actually a very kind and soft-hearted fellow and it is manifested throughout the encounter.