Is there any better way of upping the ante in a video game than having your character square off with a literal god?
When it comes to modern action RPGs, boss fights often feel just as essential an element as the jump button. Sometimes, it'll simply be a bigger and scarier enemy than usual you'll be faced with; other times, it's a mysterious doppelgänger that mimics your every move.
And every so often, just when you think you've had everything humanly possible thrown at you, the game will, of course, decide to pit you against some kind of mythical force of nature from the dawn of time itself.
Now, with fantasy games comes a certain fondness for exaggeration, particularly on the weapons and armour front - so, while you may think a battle between you and God is going to last about as long as a Milkybar in Mount Doom, the insane power you have at your disposal actually makes your character more than capable of silencing these fallen deities.
And, let's face it, taking down a living legend really has a way of making you feel like one yourself...every time.
10. Mortal Kombat Series (1992-)
Since its very first outing in 1992, the ever-expanding roster of fighters in the Mortal Kombat series has been home to a ridiculously powerful - and equally stylish - Thunder God named Raiden.
One of the franchise's most iconic characters, Raiden is the protector of Earthrealm, boasting all manner of supernatural powers with which to beat down his deadly enemies.
He's largely a force for good in the world of Mortal Kombat, though his eternal duties and the paths they lead him down do make him rather...murdery...as time goes on. But whatever his motives, the coolie-wearing guardian is very much a force to be reckoned with.
And that's not just in the story, either, as Raiden's unique and complex moveset makes him an incredible fighter in the right hands. Being a Mortal Kombat game, anyone can kill anyone, and it's especially satisfying to say that you've delivered a deliciously gory fatality upon an actual god in a one-on-one duel.
The game series' trailers are also not shy about slicing and bloodying him up good, as Mortal Kombat 9's so graphically shows.