Boss battles have always been a central part of the gaming experience.
Developers have managed to shoehorn boss battles into almost every genre possible, from action titles and platformers, to puzzle and rhythm games.
Whether they’re Dark Souls hard or Kirby easy, you just can’t use a gaming system without hitting a boss battle.
Of the innumerable bosses the average player will take on over the course of their gaming career, there are plenty that will never be forgotten.
Sometimes this is because they were a tremendous challenge to overcome, such as Bloodborne’s Father Gascoigne the first time around. Sometimes it’s because their design was so hideous or ridiculous that you simply couldn't forget them, even if you wanted to.
While boss battles often pit the player against huge, terrifying beasts, though, they can also do the exact opposite. Silly battles against hilarious, nonsensical foes are some of gaming’s very best.
From a gigantic opera-singing piece of poop to a self-proclaimed ‘killer goldfish’ and the funniest, snarkiest villain in gaming history, here are some bosses that were so hilarious we (almost) didn’t want to take them down.