Talk:Final boss



The article mention the final boss is called "Baphomet" in Final Doom manual, so I checked it myself:

So I checked Final Doom manual reference that was mentioned in the article:

Though the invasion had been stopped, and the remaining demons were gradually being exterminated by mopping-up squads, it was clear that the powers of Hell remained strong. While the Spider Mastermind and Baphomet seemed to no longer threaten, who knew what else lay Outside? Waiting. Watching. Preparing.

This by no means is trying to conceive a name for it, but instead is just a reference to it. So I think it would be valid to call him that way in the article, it is by far the closest to an official name we could get. But I am aware of this Wiki unbias principle.

Fox666 20:06, 23 March 2012 (UTC)

Should we switch names to Icon of Sin? Romero calls it the Icon of Sin, I don't see why we wouldn't. 03:08, 17 January 2014 (UTC)

"Final boss" is a compromise between the half-dozen semi-canonical names this entity has. Ultimately we go by what the game has to say and the game doesn't say anything clear about it. The closest thing the game itself has to call it is "The biggest demon you've ever seen." What Romero thinks is nice but has proven unreliable in the past (see his opinion on whether or not MARBFAC2 is the Arch-vile shifting unreliably over the years). This article needs to stay where it's at. --Quasar 15:46, 17 January 2014 (UTC)
Furthermore, "Icon of Sin" is ambiguous since it is also a map name. Final boss is not ambiguous. --Gez 17:00, 17 January 2014 (UTC)


Suggest anyone's first reference be Baphomet when suggesting the name in the Final Doom manual wasn't meant to refer to the final boss of Doom II. Remember that the face used for the final boss came from the MARBFACE texture in Doom, where it had a pentagram inscribed over it. The use of the so-called "Sabbatical goat" (itself based on the Horned God of pagan traditions) within a containing pentagram has been a European occult tradition at least since Eliphas Levi, and carried on by other magicians and occultists like Aleister Crowley and the founders of the Church of Satan. In the modern day you have heavy metal bands borrowing such iconography as symbols of rebellion, giving inspiration to folks like Adrian Carmack. --Quasar 20:13, 17 January 2014 (UTC)