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In video games in general, a boss is a particularly large or difficult computer-controlled character that must be defeated at the end of a segment of a game, whether it be for a level, an episode, or the very end of the game itself.

Doom/The Ultimate Doom/Sigil[]

Bosses in Doom/Ultimate Doom/Sigil:

Episode Mission Boss
Knee-Deep in the Dead E1M8: Phobos Anomaly Pair of Barons of Hell
The Shores of Hell E2M8: Tower of Babel Cyberdemon
Inferno E3M8: Dis Spiderdemon
Thy Flesh Consumed E4M8: Unto the Cruel
Sigil E5M8: Halls of Perdition Cyberdemon

Doom II/Final Doom[]

Doom II and the games based on it all have the same boss:

Game Level Boss
Doom II: Hell on Earth MAP30: Icon of Sin Icon of Sin
TNT: Evilution MAP30: Last Call
The Plutonia Experiment MAP30: The Gateway of Hell

(MAP30: Last Call can be completed without killing the boss).

Doom 64/The Lost Levels[]

Bosses in Doom 64/The Lost Levels:

Mission Boss
MAP28: The Absolution Mother Demon
MAP39: Final Judgment Resurrector

Heretic/Heretic: Shadow of the Serpent Riders[]

Bosses in Heretic/Heretic: Shadow of the Serpent Riders:

Episode Mission Boss
City of the Damned E1M8: Hell's Maw Iron Liches
Hell's Maw E2M8: The Portals of Chaos Maulotaurs
The Dome of D'Sparil E3M8: D'Sparil's Keep D'Sparil
The Ossuary E4M8: Shattered Bridge Iron Liches
The Stagnant Demesne E5M8: Field of Judgement Maulotaurs

Hexen: Beyond Heretic[]

Bosses in Hexen: Beyond Heretic:

Hub Level Boss
Shadow Wood Hypostyle Death Wyvern
Heresiarch's Seminary Heresiarch's Seminary Heresiarch
Castle of Grief Gibbet Heresiarch
Necropolis Menelkir's Tomb Menelkir
Necropolis Traductus' Tomb Traductus
Necropolis Zedek's Tomb Zedek
Necropolis Dark Crucible Korax

Strife: Quest for the Sigil[]

Bosses in Strife: Quest for The Sigil:

Mission Boss
MAP09: Programmer's Keep The Programmer
MAP10: New Front Base Macil (at the player's choice of time)
Macil's Spectre
MAP12: The Temple of the Oracle The Oracle's Spectre
MAP16: Fortress: Bishop's Tower The Bishop
The Bishop's Spectre
MAP25: Catacombs: Ruined Temple The Programmer's Spectre
MAP27: The Lab The Loremaster
The Loremaster's Spectre
MAP29: Entity's Lair The Entity
3 Sub-Entities

Doom 3[]

Map Boss
Alpha Labs Sector 4 Vagary
Delta Labs Pair of Hell Knights
Hell Guardian of Hell
Central Processing 2 Sabaoth
Primary Excavation: Artifact Dig Cyberdemon

Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil[]

Map Boss
Erebus - Level 2 Helltime Hunter
Erebus - Level 6 Berserk Hunter
Phobos Labs - Sector 2 Invulnerability Hunter
Hell Maledict

Doom 3: The Lost Mission[]

Map Boss
Hell Vagary
Hell Outpost Guardian of Hell

Doom (2016)[]

All bosses in Doom (2016) must be killed using a Glory Kill

Map Boss
Lazarus Labs Cyberdemon
The Necropolis Hell Guards
Argent D'Nur Spider Mastermind

DOOM 2016 All Bosses

Doom Eternal[]

Unlike in Doom (2016), Eternal has a boss that eventually becomes a normal enemy (albeit slightly nerfed compared to its boss counterparts).

Map Boss
Doom Hunter Base Enhanced Doom Hunters
Arc Complex Marauder
Sentinel Prime The Gladiator
Nekravol Kalibas
Urdak Khan Maykr
Final Sin Icon of Sin

Doom Eternal: The Ancient Gods Part 1[]

Map Boss
Blood Swamps Trial of Maligog
The Holt Seraphim

Doom Eternal: The Ancient Gods Part 2[]

Map Boss
The Dark Lord Dark Lord

Special effects[]

In most of the levels above, defeating the boss monster(s) causes the level to end. In E1M8: Phobos Anomaly (Doom), however, killing all of the Barons lowers all walls with tag 666. In E4M6: Against Thee Wickedly, killing the Cyberdemon causes a metal grate (four columns with tag 666) to blaze open, providing access to the exit switch.

The same function (A_BossDeath in p_enemy.c) is used in MAP07 of Doom II-based games to lower floors with tag 666 when all Mancubi have been killed, and to raise floors with tag 667 when all Arachnotrons have been killed. Similarly, in MAP32 (but using a different function), killing all the Commander Keens causes doors with tag 666 to open. Thus, these monsters can be considered bosses in the levels for which they play a special role.

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