What's with all of these bosses with a head and two hands?

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    I'm not saying that Andross was the first, but for classification purposes only, I'm sick of Andross clones. Here are games that I've played that included one:
    Star Fox
    Star Fox 64
    Kirby Super Star Ultra
    Super Mario 64
    Ocarina of Time
    Wind Waker
    Super Smash Bros Melee (no head)

    Are there any others? What is the reason for these bosses existing?
     
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    They exist because it would be less challenging without a boss.
     
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    What's with all the bosses who have actual bodies?
    Megaman
    Mario
    Every game in existence

    Are there any others? What is the reason for these bosses existing?
     
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    I would guess that a boss without a head and at least two hands wouldn't be much of a boss at all
     
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    zelda minish cap

    same boss from wind waker
     
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    Donkey Kong on the GameBoy (aka Donkey Kong'95) - final boss fight (and man, what an awesome game [​IMG] ).
    And a shitload of other games...This specific type of boss is way overused, but still fun in most cases.
     
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    There's no need for that attitude. I was curious if there was a cultural reason for why there are bosses that only constitute of one head and two hands. I'm pretty sick of it and it's getting old.

    As for Mega Man, there are too many mediocre bosses ending in -Man. We don't need 20 water bosses.
     
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    Have a search for anthropomorphism
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    @Dwight I am pretty sure I have faced off against a ghost and computer virus at one point.
     
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    HAUNTER! lol

    Maybe they got lazy and didn't want to draw a full body. [​IMG]
     
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    Lazy character design?
     
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    i loled
     
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    LOL it's like saying what's the point of a football game where they kick a football it's SOOOO over used its like 2 main football games every year and they still use FOOTBALLS.... dude it's a boss, I don't even care what it looks like, heck i'd even play Zelda if link looked like tinkerbell from peter pan as long as its a good game im happy
     
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    You forgot Zelda: Ages boss in final dungeon.
     
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    The answer is: the homunculus.

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    Bosses aren't the only characters consisting of a huge head loosely attached to a pair of huge floating fists. Look at Rayman, Sonic, Mickey Mouse... Many cartoon/game characters have disproportionately huge hands, feet and heads, on tiny, placeholder, "for the sake of appearances" bodies. They represent the "essence" of our awareness of our physical body: the (loco)motor and sensory system, represented by the huge hands (manipulators) and feet (locomotors and/or tactile sensors), and the enormous head (eyes being our primary sensory input).

    A boss consists of things to grab and pounds us with (hands), and a huge head with huge eyes (all the better to see us with) and teeth (all the better to eat us with); they are the essence of a melee enemy, and everything else is secondary and can be ignored. And since an enemy boss may well be spooky, there's no need to keep up appearances, and no need for a body. Everyone knows disembodied body parts floating around are spooky.


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    Really? So is it really the same monster, or just a similar looking boss?
     
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    It looks the same, but the method in which you kill it is slightly different.
     
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    And anyway, that huge floating head and huge floating hands thing, Toki did it first! All those other games you mentioned are just lame unoriginal crap!



    Just kidding. [​IMG]


    EDIT: No, really. I'm kidding. Toki was made in '89, some of the games mentioned were made in '81.
     
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    Thank you.
     

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