Unlike the hordes of disposable, faceless minions players cut down in the thousands, bosses are challenging milestones. Moreover, they are designed to be memorable fights that stick in gamers’ minds. However, difficulty plays only one part of the equation that engrains them in gamer memory. Presentation is just as important, and nothing attracts audiences as much as the strange and bizarre.
Sometimes developers will create powerful enemies that behave differently from similar bosses to help them stick out in a lineup of villains. Other times, bosses act or look so weird, so different from everything else out there, that gamers can’t help but remember them long after they are vanquished.
Of course, some bosses are naturally much stranger than others (and gamer tastes are fickle), so only the most freaky and uncanny will ever be immortalized as truly bizarre bosses. Remember when a bunch of Japanese schoolchildren fought the Lovecraftian god Nyarlahotep in “Persona 2?” Probably not, because that isn’t half as strange as the same bunch of kids fighting Hitler (who is also Nyarlahotep in disguise). And believe it or not, the bosses get weirder from there.
Here are some of the most bizarre boss fights in video game history.