History MagnificentBastard / Anime

26th Mar '16 8:47:30 PM ObsidianFire
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** King Piccolo, Cell's predecessor, counts as well. He was truly the ''[[KnightOfCerebus original]]'' MagnificentBastard of the entire '''series'''. His first course of action upon being reborn is to send out his henchmen to assassinate every great martial artist in order to prevent anyone from using the Mafuba technique against him ever again. When he beats Goku down the first time they met, he checks for a pulse before assuming he's dead. Too bad for him that Goku's heart started again after he left. He was also GenreSavvy enough to realize the heroes would most likely attempt to stop him with the Dragon Balls either before or after he got his own wish so, at first, he swallowed them. Then he threw them back up once there was sure there was no-one else around left to challenge him and, to finish it off, he killed Chiaotzu when he attempted to give his own wish and interfere with Piccolo's before he could finish. After having his wish granted, he then proceeded to one-hit-kill Shenron with his breath blast just to ensure that none of the heroes could ever attempt to use the Dragon Balls to defeat him.
** While [[TheRival Vegeta]] was more TheStoic in his debut saga, he did show shades of this. Notably when he told [[TheBrute Nappa]] to stop fighting the good guys and wait three hours for Goku to arrive because he wanted to break Goku's spirits by crushing his son and remaining friends in front of him once he got there, when he avoided Goku's spirit bomb and Krillin's disc attack meant to cut off his tail while in Oozaru form, and when he [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy immediately realized his false moon would still be in effect the moment he saw Gohan's tail had grown back, prompting him to attempt to remove it.]] In the Namek saga, however, he ascended to full Magnificent Bastardry. He successfully hides his true power from Frieza and his men so that not even their scouters detect it, revealing his secret of doing this to the unsuspecting Cui before killing him. He outmaneuvers Dodoria and kills him only after being told a secret about the Saiyans' destruction. Then he implements his strategy for obtaining the Dragon Balls that will allow him to wish for eternal life: he figures he'll take just one Dragon Ball from a Namekian village and hide it underwater, then lie in wait for Frieza to gather the remaining balls. And not only is this exactly what he does, but he ends up acquiring five balls from Frieza's ship when he's taken there after losing to Zarbon in order to have his health restored (Frieza had hoped he'd tell him where his hidden Dragon Ball was), meaning he took them right ''from under Frieza's nose!'' He takes the last ball from Krillin after he had made full use of a Saiyan's power growing stronger after a previous defeat by killing Zarbon. The only reason his plan falls apart is because Gohan finds the Dragon Ball hidden underwater using a Dragon Ball locator. Even after this failure and being forced into an EnemyMine with the good guys, Vegeta continues to employ cunning plans and come dangerously close to having his way. He lost this magnificence after his first revival due to [[CharacterizationMarchesOn his characterization being altered significantly]] to being a HotBlooded, foul tempered AntiHero, but damn if he wasn't impressive as a bad guy.
** Where's Super Buu on this list? He was the most DangerouslyGenreSavvy villain in the history of the series and he was only person in the history of the series that was able to OutGambit '''Piccolo''' of all people by [[spoiler:wiping out all of humanity in only a few minutes when Piccolo was expecting him to take hours to do it, so that Goten and Trunks got extra time to train, and on top of that, ''[[DangerouslyGenreSavvy never even leaving Kami's lookout while doing it]]]]''. He then masterfully pulled off a XanatosSpeedChess, when [[spoiler:he noticed Gohan's growing power, and so he fought against Super Saiyan 3 Gotenks and tested the limits of his strength and his weaknesses (e.g. fusion limit). After briefly fighting Gohan and finding himself overwhelmed, he goes through an intentional SuperPowerMeltdown, knowing he will regenerate and buys time (and getting Goten and Trunks to recuperate, to fuse again). When he returns he goads Goten and Trunks into fusing again at full power and absorbs Gotenks and Piccolo into his being, deciding 30 minutes is more than enough to handle Gohan, and he was right in that regard. Goku then arrives and the fusion breaks down. Goku says Gohan alone is strong enough to defeat Buu, but then Buu reveals that he planned for this eventuality as well, and had a piece of himself ready to absorb Gohan the whole time, who he goaded into standing still until it was too late.]] He was also the only villain that did '''''not''''' succumb to BondVillainStupidity, which is very atypical for this series. For example, his reaction when Goku attempts to fuse with Gohan?
--->'''Buu:''' Even if you fuse, you'll be no match for me... [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy but why take the chance? I'll kill you both now!]]

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** King Piccolo, Cell's predecessor, counts as well. He was truly the ''[[KnightOfCerebus original]]'' MagnificentBastard of the entire '''series'''. His first course of action upon being reborn is to send out his henchmen to assassinate every great martial artist in order to prevent anyone from using the Mafuba technique against him ever again. When he beats Goku down the first time they met, he checks for a pulse before assuming he's dead. Too bad for him that Goku's heart started again after he left. He was also GenreSavvy smart enough to realize the heroes would most likely attempt to stop him with the Dragon Balls either before or after he got his own wish so, at first, he swallowed them. Then he threw them back up once there was sure there was no-one else around left to challenge him and, to finish it off, he killed Chiaotzu when he attempted to give his own wish and interfere with Piccolo's before he could finish. After having his wish granted, he then proceeded to one-hit-kill Shenron with his breath blast just to ensure that none of the heroes could ever attempt to use the Dragon Balls to defeat him.
** While [[TheRival Vegeta]] was more TheStoic in his debut saga, he did show shades of this. Notably when he told [[TheBrute Nappa]] to stop fighting the good guys and wait three hours for Goku to arrive because he wanted to break Goku's spirits by crushing his son and remaining friends in front of him once he got there, when he avoided Goku's spirit bomb and Krillin's disc attack meant to cut off his tail while in Oozaru form, and when he [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy immediately realized his false moon would still be in effect the moment he saw Gohan's tail had grown back, prompting him to attempt to remove it.]] it. In the Namek saga, however, he ascended to full Magnificent Bastardry. He successfully hides his true power from Frieza and his men so that not even their scouters detect it, revealing his secret of doing this to the unsuspecting Cui before killing him. He outmaneuvers Dodoria and kills him only after being told a secret about the Saiyans' destruction. Then he implements his strategy for obtaining the Dragon Balls that will allow him to wish for eternal life: he figures he'll take just one Dragon Ball from a Namekian village and hide it underwater, then lie in wait for Frieza to gather the remaining balls. And not only is this exactly what he does, but he ends up acquiring five balls from Frieza's ship when he's taken there after losing to Zarbon in order to have his health restored (Frieza had hoped he'd tell him where his hidden Dragon Ball was), meaning he took them right ''from under Frieza's nose!'' He takes the last ball from Krillin after he had made full use of a Saiyan's power growing stronger after a previous defeat by killing Zarbon. The only reason his plan falls apart is because Gohan finds the Dragon Ball hidden underwater using a Dragon Ball locator. Even after this failure and being forced into an EnemyMine with the good guys, Vegeta continues to employ cunning plans and come dangerously close to having his way. He lost this magnificence after his first revival due to [[CharacterizationMarchesOn his characterization being altered significantly]] to being a HotBlooded, foul tempered AntiHero, but damn if he wasn't impressive as a bad guy.
** Where's Super Buu on this list? He was the most DangerouslyGenreSavvy smartest villain in the history of the series and he was only person in the history of the series that was able to OutGambit '''Piccolo''' of all people by [[spoiler:wiping out all of humanity in only a few minutes when Piccolo was expecting him to take hours to do it, so that Goten and Trunks got extra time to train, and on top of that, ''[[DangerouslyGenreSavvy never ''never even leaving Kami's lookout while doing it]]]]''.it]]''. He then masterfully pulled off a XanatosSpeedChess, when [[spoiler:he noticed Gohan's growing power, and so he fought against Super Saiyan 3 Gotenks and tested the limits of his strength and his weaknesses (e.g. fusion limit). After briefly fighting Gohan and finding himself overwhelmed, he goes through an intentional SuperPowerMeltdown, knowing he will regenerate and buys time (and getting Goten and Trunks to recuperate, to fuse again). When he returns he goads Goten and Trunks into fusing again at full power and absorbs Gotenks and Piccolo into his being, deciding 30 minutes is more than enough to handle Gohan, and he was right in that regard. Goku then arrives and the fusion breaks down. Goku says Gohan alone is strong enough to defeat Buu, but then Buu reveals that he planned for this eventuality as well, and had a piece of himself ready to absorb Gohan the whole time, who he goaded into standing still until it was too late.]] He was also the only villain that did '''''not''''' succumb to BondVillainStupidity, which is very atypical for this series. For example, his reaction when Goku attempts to fuse with Gohan?
--->'''Buu:''' Even if you fuse, you'll be no match for me... [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy but why take the chance? I'll kill you both now!]]now!



** Trafalgar Law, after the TimeSkip. He become one of the Seven Warlords of the Sea in order to get in close on Caesar Clown in order to stop his production of the SAD, a chemical crucial in the production of artificial devil fruits, but he also used this attempt to press Donquixote Doflamingo [[spoiler:into quitting the Warlords]]. He is GenreSavvy enough to befriend the protagonist, forming an alliance with him to take down Kaidou of the Four Emperors (who wanted the SAD chemical). And last, but not least: he tricked Caesar Clown into stabbing what Clown thought was Smoker's heart, while it in reality was the heart of [[spoiler:his own second in command, Monet seconds before she would have released an attack that would have killed everyone except for Clown, which he would have been perfectly fine with]]. ItMakesSenseInContext.

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** Trafalgar Law, after the TimeSkip. He become one of the Seven Warlords of the Sea in order to get in close on Caesar Clown in order to stop his production of the SAD, a chemical crucial in the production of artificial devil fruits, but he also used this attempt to press Donquixote Doflamingo [[spoiler:into quitting the Warlords]]. He is GenreSavvy smart enough to befriend the protagonist, forming an alliance with him to take down Kaidou of the Four Emperors (who wanted the SAD chemical). And last, but not least: he tricked Caesar Clown into stabbing what Clown thought was Smoker's heart, while it in reality was the heart of [[spoiler:his own second in command, Monet seconds before she would have released an attack that would have killed everyone except for Clown, which he would have been perfectly fine with]]. ItMakesSenseInContext.
2nd Mar '16 12:45:50 PM ANewMan
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** Sailor Galaxia int he final season. Her super effective manipulations of all of her soldiers in the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]] (and Queen Nehelenia, in the anime) as well as her sheer power puts her squarely here in this trope.

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** Sailor Galaxia int he in the final season. Her super effective manipulations of all of her soldiers in the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]] (and Queen Nehelenia, in the anime) as well as her sheer power puts her squarely here in this trope.
2nd Mar '16 12:44:16 PM ANewMan
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** Sailor Galaxia. Her super effective manipulations of all of her soldiers in the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]] (and Queen Nehelenia, in the anime) as well as her sheer power puts her squarely here in this trope.

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** Professor Tomoe in the third season also qualifies. Not only was he a brilliant MadScientist, but he subverted the anime's long-standing BadBoss tradition, which earned him his minions' loyalty and allowed them to accomplish his goals for him before [[SelfDisposingVillain killing each other off.]]
** Sailor Galaxia.Galaxia int he final season. Her super effective manipulations of all of her soldiers in the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]] (and Queen Nehelenia, in the anime) as well as her sheer power puts her squarely here in this trope.
24th Feb '16 12:16:35 PM amusingmurff
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* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' has Colonel Roy Mustang, the Flame Alchemist and officer of the Amestrian Military who serves as Edward Elric's recruiter and direct superior for most of the story. He is wildly charming, always has a back up plan, carries out undercover missions, uses his charismatic playboy exterior to hide his movements from enemies and allies alike, and ambitiously plans to become the Furher of Amestris.
2nd Feb '16 5:46:28 PM Dere
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** While [[TheRival Vegeta]] was more a SmugSnake in his debut saga, he did show shades of this that made viewers appreciate him. Notably when he told [[TheBrute Nappa]] to stop fighting the good guys and wait three hours for Goku to arrive because he wanted to break Goku's spirits by crushing his son and remaining friends in front of him once he got there, when he avoided Goku's spirit bomb and Krillin's disc attack meant to cut off his tail while in Oozaru form, and when he [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy immediately realized his false moon would still be in effect the moment he saw Gohan's tail had grown back, prompting him to attempt to remove it.]] In the Namek saga, however, he ascended to full Magnificent Bastardry. He successfully hides his true power from Frieza and his men so that not even their scouters detect it, revealing his secret of doing this to the unsuspecting Cui before killing him. He outmaneuvers Dodoria and kills him only after being told a secret about the Saiyans' destruction. Then he implements his strategy for obtaining the Dragon Balls that will allow him to wish for eternal life: he figures he'll take just one Dragon Ball from a Namekian village and hide it underwater, then lie in wait for Frieza to gather the remaining balls. And not only is this exactly what he does, but he ends up acquiring five balls from Frieza's ship when he's taken there after losing to Zarbon in order to have his health restored (Frieza had hoped he'd tell him where his hidden Dragon Ball was), meaning he took them right ''from under Frieza's nose!'' He takes the last ball from Krillin after he had made full use of a Saiyan's power growing stronger after a previous defeat by killing Zarbon. The only reason his plan falls apart is because Gohan finds the Dragon Ball hidden underwater using a Dragon Ball locator. Even after this failure and being forced into an EnemyMine with the good guys, Vegeta continues to employ cunning plans and come dangerously close to having his way. He lost this magnificence after his first revival due to [[CharacterizationMarchesOn his characterization being altered significantly]] to being a HotBlooded, foul tempered AntiHero, but damn if he wasn't impressive as a bad guy.

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** While [[TheRival Vegeta]] was more a SmugSnake TheStoic in his debut saga, he did show shades of this that made viewers appreciate him.this. Notably when he told [[TheBrute Nappa]] to stop fighting the good guys and wait three hours for Goku to arrive because he wanted to break Goku's spirits by crushing his son and remaining friends in front of him once he got there, when he avoided Goku's spirit bomb and Krillin's disc attack meant to cut off his tail while in Oozaru form, and when he [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy immediately realized his false moon would still be in effect the moment he saw Gohan's tail had grown back, prompting him to attempt to remove it.]] In the Namek saga, however, he ascended to full Magnificent Bastardry. He successfully hides his true power from Frieza and his men so that not even their scouters detect it, revealing his secret of doing this to the unsuspecting Cui before killing him. He outmaneuvers Dodoria and kills him only after being told a secret about the Saiyans' destruction. Then he implements his strategy for obtaining the Dragon Balls that will allow him to wish for eternal life: he figures he'll take just one Dragon Ball from a Namekian village and hide it underwater, then lie in wait for Frieza to gather the remaining balls. And not only is this exactly what he does, but he ends up acquiring five balls from Frieza's ship when he's taken there after losing to Zarbon in order to have his health restored (Frieza had hoped he'd tell him where his hidden Dragon Ball was), meaning he took them right ''from under Frieza's nose!'' He takes the last ball from Krillin after he had made full use of a Saiyan's power growing stronger after a previous defeat by killing Zarbon. The only reason his plan falls apart is because Gohan finds the Dragon Ball hidden underwater using a Dragon Ball locator. Even after this failure and being forced into an EnemyMine with the good guys, Vegeta continues to employ cunning plans and come dangerously close to having his way. He lost this magnificence after his first revival due to [[CharacterizationMarchesOn his characterization being altered significantly]] to being a HotBlooded, foul tempered AntiHero, but damn if he wasn't impressive as a bad guy.
1st Feb '16 9:54:49 PM Willbyr
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* Askeladd Olafson from ''VinlandSaga'' has pulled off damn near every gambit there is, kicked the dog, and kicked ass all with style. It's very easy to forget how much of a bastard he can be.

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* Askeladd Olafson from ''VinlandSaga'' ''Manga/VinlandSaga'' has pulled off damn near every gambit there is, kicked the dog, and kicked ass all with style. It's very easy to forget how much of a bastard he can be.
26th Jan '16 8:41:34 PM GrammarNavi
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* Millions Knives from the {{Trigun}} manga. A [[SuperPowerLottery frighteningly superpowered]] badass with [[LargeHam charisma]] to spare and the [[TragicVillain flaws]] of a Shakespearean character.

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* Millions Knives from the {{Trigun}} ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' manga. A [[SuperPowerLottery frighteningly superpowered]] badass with [[LargeHam charisma]] to spare and the [[TragicVillain flaws]] of a Shakespearean character.
18th Jan '16 8:42:16 PM ANewMan
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** Balalaika's biggest {{Rival}} and pretty much the only mafia leader in Roanapur who can more or less constantly keep up with her: Mr. Chang from the Kan Yi Fan Triad, has been established as Balalaika's equal. Balalaika might have her absolute lead in prowess and wit, but Chang makes it up with his great influence and far superior contacts, with CIA for example.
17th Jan '16 6:27:33 PM nombretomado
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* Kanako from StarDriver, you are fighting against the Ginga Bishounen who has beaten everyone else, and you are inevitably next on the chopping block? Why betray your call to be "professional" (splitting real life from your life in the Crux) and steal the first kiss of the Ginga Bishounen? (Without using a glass wall to make it innocent.)

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* Kanako from StarDriver, ''Anime/StarDriver'', you are fighting against the Ginga Bishounen who has beaten everyone else, and you are inevitably next on the chopping block? Why betray your call to be "professional" (splitting real life from your life in the Crux) and steal the first kiss of the Ginga Bishounen? (Without using a glass wall to make it innocent.)
7th Jan '16 8:37:51 PM nombretomado
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* WellIntentionedExtremist Choji Suitengu of ''{{Speed Grapher}}'', a sophisticated businessman who uses his wealth and power in his agenda to eliminate greed and power. Oh, and he smokes cigarettes rolled in ten-thousand-yen bills.

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* WellIntentionedExtremist Choji Suitengu of ''{{Speed Grapher}}'', ''Anime/SpeedGrapher'', a sophisticated businessman who uses his wealth and power in his agenda to eliminate greed and power. Oh, and he smokes cigarettes rolled in ten-thousand-yen bills.
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