History MagnificentBastard / Anime

22nd Nov '16 10:06:17 AM DannWoolf
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* Cell from ''Manga/{{Dragonball}}'': In his imperfect form, Cell runs rings around the Z fighters as he masterfully evades their attempts to ambush him while draining countless cities of their population's bio extract. Upon finding himself sorely outclassed by Vegeta later in the series, Cell tricks the Saiyan prince into allowing him to absorb Android 18 by promising to provide him with an opportunity to test the full extent of his newfound power. In the ensuing rematch, he succeeds in reaping vengeance upon Vegeta by [[BreakTheHaughty breaking him down physically and psychologically.]] He then more or less toys with the Z-Warriors by forcing them to play by his own rules in the Cell Games or face outright annihilation. In the Cell Games, however, is when he starts to get [[SmugSuper more overconfident]] and the reason he loses in the end ironically enough, is that his plan to push all Gohan's {{Berserk Button}}s in order to make him a worthy challenge [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor ends up working]] [[GoneHorriblyRight far too well]] -- which, btw, was essentially [[OutGambitted Goku's plan]].

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* Cell from ''Manga/{{Dragonball}}'': In his imperfect form, Cell runs rings around the Z fighters as he masterfully evades their attempts to ambush him while draining countless cities of their population's bio extract. Upon finding himself sorely outclassed by Vegeta later in the series, Cell tricks the Saiyan prince into allowing him to absorb Android 18 by promising to provide him with an opportunity to test the full extent of his newfound power. In the ensuing rematch, he succeeds in reaping vengeance upon Vegeta by [[BreakTheHaughty breaking him down physically and psychologically.]] He then more or less toys with the Z-Warriors by forcing them to play by his own rules in the Cell Games or face outright annihilation. In the Cell Games, however, is when he starts to get [[SmugSuper more overconfident]] and the reason he loses in the end ironically enough, is that his plan to push all Gohan's {{Berserk Button}}s in order to make him a worthy challenge [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor ends up working]] [[GoneHorriblyRight far too well]] -- which, btw, by the way, was essentially [[OutGambitted Goku's plan]].
5th Nov '16 3:58:15 PM WillBGood
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** Devimon and Myotismon from the original [[''Digimon Adventure'']] could be the first ever contenders for this trope in the franchise.

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** Devimon and Myotismon from the original [[''Digimon Adventure'']] ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' could be the first ever contenders for this trope in the franchise.
20th Oct '16 11:19:57 AM ChaoticNovelist
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* ''[[Anime/CodeGeass Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion]]'' is full of these, with the AntiHero Lelouch being one of the best examples ever. He turns a weak regional rebellion into a massive world war against his father, all while under the guise of the ''[[Memes/CodeGeass fabulously]]'' [[LargeHam theatrical]] [[MaskPower masked persona]], [[MyHeroZero Zero]]. His older brother Schneizel lacks the theatrics, but more than makes up for it in sheer competence, [[spoiler:managing to wipe out all the progress that Lelouch made in over forty episodes in less than four minutes.]]
** However, let's break down Lelouch's [[MagnificentBastard Magnificent Bastardry.]]

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* ''[[Anime/CodeGeass Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion]]'' is full of these, with the AntiHero Lelouch being one of the best examples ever. He
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turns a weak regional rebellion into a massive world war against his father, all while under the guise of the ''[[Memes/CodeGeass fabulously]]'' [[LargeHam theatrical]] [[MaskPower masked persona]], [[MyHeroZero Zero]]. His older brother Schneizel lacks the theatrics, but more than makes up for it in sheer competence, [[spoiler:managing to wipe out all the progress that Lelouch made in over forty episodes in less than four minutes.]]
** However, let's
Let's break down Lelouch's [[MagnificentBastard Magnificent Bastardry.]]



** His older brother Schneizel lacks the theatrics, but more than makes up for it in sheer competence, [[spoiler:managing to wipe out all the progress that Lelouch made in over forty episodes in less than four minutes.]] However, Lelouch once again proves his superiority by [[spoiler: moving to a stronger position than before within one episode and then outmaneuvering his older brother into becoming a permanent mind-controlled slave of "Zero".]]



* Light Yagami of ''Manga/DeathNote'' employs {{Memory Gambit}}s, {{Batman Gambit}}s and {{Gambit Roulette}}s left, right and centre while [[MundaneMadeAwesome eating potato chips and wielding his pen like a sword]] to OminousLatinChanting. For a while he even manages to get most of the world on his side, though as his SanitySlippage sets in and his arrogance grows, he starts to lose his cool and his control.

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* Light Yagami of ''Manga/DeathNote'' employs {{Memory Gambit}}s, {{Batman Gambit}}s and {{Gambit Roulette}}s {{plan}}s left, right and centre while [[MundaneMadeAwesome eating potato chips and wielding his pen like a sword]] to OminousLatinChanting. For a while he even manages to get most of the world on his side, though as his SanitySlippage sets in and his arrogance grows, he starts to lose his cool and his control.
20th Oct '16 11:16:30 AM ChaoticNovelist
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** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Gundam ZZ]]'' has the Axis Zeon leader Haman Khan. A ruthless LadyOfWar and WomanInBlack who manipulates and outsmarts almost everyone in ''Zeta'', fights with honor in both series, and is so damn stylish at the same time. It rather telling that the one person that Paptimus Scirocco is cautious of (and has a healthy amount of respect for) is ''her''.

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** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Gundam ZZ]]'' has the Axis Zeon leader Haman Khan. A ruthless LadyOfWar and WomanInBlack who manipulates and outsmarts almost everyone in ''Zeta'', fights with honor in both series, and is so damn stylish at the same time. It rather telling that the one person that Paptimus Scirocco is cautious of (and has a healthy amount of respect for) is ''her''.
29th Sep '16 5:07:03 PM HolyDriver
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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 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.
** Buggy also qualifies, oddly enough. While not as personally powerful as the above examples, he made it across [[DeathWorld The Grand Line]] just fine prior to Impel Down. Once he got captured, he managed to conceal his Devil Fruit abilities while getting locked up in a supermax prison and thus avoided receiving Seastone restraints (and also managed to sneak in powerful explosives), used carefully worded lies and half-truths to talk a bunch of ''incredibly'' powerful and dangerous convicts into working for him, thereby gaining one of the strongest crews in the series, and post-TimeSkip, it's shown he managed to talk his way into [[spoiler:a cushy position as one of the Seven Warlords of the Sea]], all while operating under the guise of ObfuscatingStupidity. He's essentially John Constantine in the form of a pirate.

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** Trafalgar Law, after the TimeSkip. He become one of the Seven Warlords of the Sea Shichibukai 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]]. Shichibukai]]. He is smart enough to befriend the protagonist, forming an alliance with him to take down Kaidou of the Four Emperors Yonkou (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.
** Buggy also qualifies, oddly enough. While not as personally powerful as the above examples, he made it across [[DeathWorld The Grand Line]] just fine prior to Impel Down. Once he got captured, he managed to conceal his Devil Fruit abilities while getting locked up in a supermax prison and thus avoided receiving Seastone restraints (and also managed to sneak in powerful explosives), used carefully worded lies and half-truths to talk a bunch of ''incredibly'' powerful and dangerous convicts into working for him, thereby gaining one of the strongest crews in the series, and post-TimeSkip, it's shown he managed to talk his way into [[spoiler:a cushy position as one of the Seven Warlords of the Sea]], Shichibukai]], all while operating under the guise of ObfuscatingStupidity. He's essentially John Constantine in the form of a pirate.
28th Aug '16 6:14:29 AM GlitteringFlowers
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** Aizen fakes his own death and fools all of his former superiors and former subordinates, takes over the world of hollows, and plays the LargeHam role to its finest when he undergoes multiple transformations that drastically increase his own power. All to obtain the PlotDevice that'll help him enter the realm of divinity. However, towards the end, he becomes so reliant on the PlotDevice to increase his power to the level required that Ichigo overpowering him causes him to melt down in a VillainousBSOD. This allows him to be defeated by [[TheChessmaster Urahara]] and be imprisoned in a FateWorseThanDeath. [[spoiler: Until the end of the Thousand Year Old Blood War, where Aizen cuts an EnemyMine deal with Soul Society that allows him to learn from his errors, use his own remaining powers and ''recover'' his MagnificentBastard credentials, as he beautifully counters the character who follows and his troops...]]

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** Sousuke Aizen fakes his own death and fools all of his former superiors and former subordinates, takes over the world of hollows, and plays the LargeHam role to its finest when he undergoes multiple transformations that drastically increase his own power. All to obtain the PlotDevice that'll help him enter the realm of divinity. However, towards the end, he becomes so reliant on the PlotDevice to increase his power to the level required that Ichigo overpowering him causes him to melt down in a VillainousBSOD. This allows him to be defeated by [[TheChessmaster Urahara]] and be imprisoned in a FateWorseThanDeath. [[spoiler: Until the end of the Thousand Year Old Blood War, where Aizen cuts an EnemyMine deal with Soul Society that allows him to learn from his errors, use his own remaining powers and ''recover'' his MagnificentBastard credentials, as he beautifully counters the character who follows and his troops...]]


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** Mayuri Kurotsuchi began as a CardCarryingVillain MadScientist, but as time passed he became a serious candidate for this trope. He reappears in the Arrancar arc by stepping in the way of his fellow MadScientist Szayelaporro, counters all of his techniques in increasingly CrazyPrepared ways, deals him one magnificent TheReasonYouSuckSpeech that pulverizes his motivations and finishes it with one HELL of a CruelAndUnusualDeath. He's later one of the few Captains who [[spoiler: can talk back to a completely pissed off Yamamoto and make [[JerkassHasAPoint quite the points]] as he does so]], keeps his Bankai whe the Vandenreich steal almost all of them from the Captains, counteracts [[spoiler: Giselle Gewelle]]'s ''extremely'' hard to fight back against battle techniques, etc. It says a lot that he's a Captain despite his absolute dickery, since everyone is Soul Society is clearly aware that ''he's too much of a danger if he's let loose''.
17th Aug '16 11:11:05 PM R.G.
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* [[AntiVillain Satsuki Kiruyin]] from ''Anime/KillLaKill''. She takes advantage of Ryuko Matoi's arrival at Honoji Academy, using Ryuko's battles with her AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil to make the final adjustments to her Goku Uniforms to stage a full scale invasion of Japan, while also purging the system of any dissenters for good measure. Ryuko herself later points that out.

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* [[AntiVillain Satsuki Kiruyin]] from ''Anime/KillLaKill''. She takes advantage of Ryuko Matoi's arrival at Honoji Honouji Academy, using Ryuko's battles with her AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil to make the final adjustments to her Goku Uniforms to stage a full scale invasion of Japan, while also purging the system of any dissenters for good measure. Ryuko herself later points that out.
17th Aug '16 7:08:52 PM R.G.
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* [[AntiVillain Satsuki Kiruyin]] from ''[[Anime/KillLaKill]]''. She takes advantage of Ryuko Matoi's arrival at Honoji Academy, using Ryuko's battles with her AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil to make the final adjustments to her Goku Uniforms to stage a full scale invasion of Japan, while also purging the system of any dissenters for good measure. Ryuko herself later points that out.

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* [[AntiVillain Satsuki Kiruyin]] from ''[[Anime/KillLaKill]]''.''Anime/KillLaKill''. She takes advantage of Ryuko Matoi's arrival at Honoji Academy, using Ryuko's battles with her AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil to make the final adjustments to her Goku Uniforms to stage a full scale invasion of Japan, while also purging the system of any dissenters for good measure. Ryuko herself later points that out.
17th Aug '16 7:07:57 PM R.G.
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* [[AntiVillain Satsuki Kiruyin]] from ''[[Anime/KillLaKill]]''. She takes advantage of Ryuko Matoi's arrival at Honoji Academy, using Ryuko's battles with her AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil to make the final adjustments to her Goku Uniforms to stage a full scale invasion of Japan, while also purging the system of any dissenters for good measure. Ryuko herself later points that out.
4th Aug '16 10:19:44 AM Willbyr
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* Souma Saiki from ''SakuraGari'' is mostly a BrokenAce, but shows shades of this -- ''specially'' when he [[spoiler: deals a spectacular [[KarmicDeath and fatal]] HumiliationConga to his ex-lover [[{{Yandere}} Katsuragi]] [[PayEvilUntoEvil for raping/torturing Masataka]], his MoralityPet.]]

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* Souma Saiki from ''SakuraGari'' ''Manga/SakuraGari'' is mostly a BrokenAce, but shows shades of this -- ''specially'' when he [[spoiler: deals a spectacular [[KarmicDeath and fatal]] HumiliationConga to his ex-lover [[{{Yandere}} Katsuragi]] [[PayEvilUntoEvil for raping/torturing Masataka]], his MoralityPet.]]
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