While facing iconic bosses like Psycho Mantis, Bowser, or GLaDOS, we saw the Game Over screen more times than we could count. Because these enemies were so devilishly brutal, we should've found these encounters infuriating.
However, the best and most memorable bosses are always tough as nails. If they were easy, it wouldn't be satisfying to beat them, would it? Even though it's annoying for the same enemy to kill you 20 times in a row, it makes it all the more rewarding when you land the killing blow. As a result, game developers are always finding interesting ways to make bosses as challenging as possible.
But sometimes, they go too far. We're not just talking about a conventionally difficult boss. On this list, we're looking at the guys who don't care about rules. Instead of fighting fair, these bosses read your inputs, disable your moves, or refuse to recognise your attacks. Their attack patterns can be so arbitrary, your only means of survival is to rely on equally cheap tactics.
If you were hoping for a reasonable brawl, look elsewhere, since these bosses will do anything to win.
10. The Human Kite 2 - South Park: The Fractured But Whole
Do you remember playing games as a kid with someone who would make up rules on the fly any time things didn't go there way?
Now, imagine that mentality in a video game boss. In South Park: The Fractured But Whole, the first boss you face is Kyle Brofloski's neurotic cousin, who calls himself The Human Kite 2. Because he's a total wimp, you'd expect this encounter to be a walk in the park.
Unfortunately, Kite keeps making excuses why your attacks don't count. If you hit him when he's not paying attention, your last attack gets cancelled out, causing his health to replenish. If his asthma flares up, he'll generate a shield, making it harder to hit him. If you refuse to go easy on him, Kite gives himself an extra turn. Kyle Brofloski gets so annoyed by these tactics, he calls out his cousin, telling him, " You can't make up powers in the middle of battle!"
The second encounter with The Human Kite 2 is much harder, since he calls Kyle's mother to fight on his behalf when he starts losing.