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25th Jul '17 1:25:59 AM SeptimusHeap
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* General Wade Eiling from ''ComicBook/CaptainAtom''. First, he framed Nathaniel Adam for drug smuggling, mutiny, and murder, when in fact Eiling had been secretly running the conspiracy responsible for those crimes. Then he talked Adam into participating as a guinea pig in the "Captain Atom Project", which led to Adam's apparent death. Then Eiling married Angela Adam, Adam's "widow." Then, when Adam rematerialized eighteen years later, now possessing superpowers, Eiling was able to talk him into masquerading as a superhero to spy on the Justice League as part of the Captain Atom project, by telling him that this would give him the opportunity to clear his name, and reconnect with his children, who thought of Eiling as their father. [[spoiler:Even after Adam did prove his innocence, he never uncovered Eiling's involvement in the frame-up, and continued working for Eiling.]] And this is just the tip of the iceberg. What makes this especially impressive is that Adam is very smart, and is no slouch at political intrigue. Eiling returned in a SuicideSquad miniseries, faculties intact, where he revealed that he'd manipulated every aspect of Rick Flagg's life and used him in a coup to take over the team. Unfortunately he was running the gambit against Amanda Waller, who appears later on this page for ''very good reasons''.

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* General Wade Eiling from ''ComicBook/CaptainAtom''. First, he framed Nathaniel Adam for drug smuggling, mutiny, and murder, when in fact Eiling had been secretly running the conspiracy responsible for those crimes. Then he talked Adam into participating as a guinea pig in the "Captain Atom Project", which led to Adam's apparent death. Then Eiling married Angela Adam, Adam's "widow." Then, when Adam rematerialized eighteen years later, now possessing superpowers, Eiling was able to talk him into masquerading as a superhero to spy on the Justice League as part of the Captain Atom project, by telling him that this would give him the opportunity to clear his name, and reconnect with his children, who thought of Eiling as their father. [[spoiler:Even after Adam did prove his innocence, he never uncovered Eiling's involvement in the frame-up, and continued working for Eiling.]] And this is just the tip of the iceberg. What makes this especially impressive is that Adam is very smart, and is no slouch at political intrigue. Eiling returned in a SuicideSquad Comicbook/SuicideSquad miniseries, faculties intact, where he revealed that he'd manipulated every aspect of Rick Flagg's life and used him in a coup to take over the team. Unfortunately he was running the gambit against Amanda Waller, who appears later on this page for ''very good reasons''.
23rd Jun '17 2:50:35 PM Frankencastle
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** [[GeneralRipper General]] [[DirtyCommies Zakharov]] of the "Mother Russia" and "Man of Stone" story arcs. He was sent to investigate the attempted theft of a bioweapon, and when the Punisher goes in to steal it he keeps his identity secret, to the point of letting Moscow think an American trained terrorist group who hijacked a plane for a suicide bombing on Moscow were Al Qaeda. He reasoned that Russia would be too scared to fight Arab terrorists, but were prepared for nuclear war with America, and watched as Castle hid inside a nuclear missile and faked a missile attack to escape. [[MoralEventHorizion Then there]] [[WouldHurtAChild was how he fought in Afghanistan]]...

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** [[GeneralRipper General]] [[DirtyCommies Zakharov]] of the "Mother Russia" and "Man of Stone" story arcs. He was sent to investigate the attempted theft of a bioweapon, and when the Punisher goes in to steal it he keeps his identity secret, to the point of letting Moscow think an American trained terrorist group who hijacked a plane for a suicide bombing on Moscow were Al Qaeda. He reasoned that Russia would be too scared to fight Arab terrorists, but were prepared for nuclear war with America, and watched as Castle hid inside a nuclear missile and faked a missile attack to escape. [[MoralEventHorizion [[MoralEventHorizon Then there]] [[WouldHurtAChild was how he fought in Afghanistan]]...


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** Nick Fury's initial recruitment of Frank Castle proves he's the biggest MagnificentBastard in the series: To lure out Frank, who's in hiding, Fury releases a notorious criminal way ahead of parole. [[BatmanGambit Then he just sits back and waits for Frank to come punish said criminal]].
23rd Jun '17 2:47:45 PM Frankencastle
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* [[ComicBook/ThePunisher Frank Castle]] (''especially when written by Garth Ennis'') lapses into this territory every now and then. The shining example would have to be his creative "escape method" from his [[ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX MAX]] series. To better elaborate, Frank was sent on a top secret mission to infiltrate a nuclear missile base in Siberia with the intention of stealing something for the US military. However the mission goes awry and Frank is forced to come up with a way out. How does he do this? By threatening the Russian authorities with '''''all out nuclear war''''', unless they back off and let him leave. The Russians deny his request, so Frank, true to his word, proceeds to ''launch a nuclear missile into the heart of Russia itself''. The kicker? The missile itself is a dud with Frank Castle himself as the payload - he proceeds to HALO jump from the missile and escape to safety.

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* [[ComicBook/ThePunisher Frank Castle]] (''especially when written by Garth Ennis'') lapses into this territory every now and then. The shining example would have to be his creative "escape method" from his [[ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX MAX]] series. To better elaborate, Frank was sent on a top secret mission to infiltrate a nuclear missile base in Siberia with the intention of stealing something for the US military. However the mission goes awry and Frank is forced to come up with a way out. How does he do this? By threatening the Russian authorities with '''''all out nuclear war''''', unless they back off and let him leave. The Russians deny his request, so Frank, true to his word, proceeds to ''launch a nuclear missile into the heart of Russia itself''. The kicker? The missile itself is a dud with Frank Castle himself as the payload - he proceeds to HALO jump from the missile and escape to safety.an extraction point.
* Speaking of the above mentioned Punisher. His [[ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX MAX]] series is positively brimming with these types.
** [[GeneralRipper General]] [[DirtyCommies Zakharov]] of the "Mother Russia" and "Man of Stone" story arcs. He was sent to investigate the attempted theft of a bioweapon, and when the Punisher goes in to steal it he keeps his identity secret, to the point of letting Moscow think an American trained terrorist group who hijacked a plane for a suicide bombing on Moscow were Al Qaeda. He reasoned that Russia would be too scared to fight Arab terrorists, but were prepared for nuclear war with America, and watched as Castle hid inside a nuclear missile and faked a missile attack to escape. [[MoralEventHorizion Then there]] [[WouldHurtAChild was how he fought in Afghanistan]]...
** [[ElitesAreMoreGlamorous Delta Force]] commander [[ColonelBadass George Howe]] is strongly hinted at the end of "Valley Forge, Valley Forge" to have suckered the cabal of generals as soon as the start of the arc possibly even before their ringleader revealed his big idea to the other generals and before that ending the generals belated realize at a dinner that Howe held all the cards: They'd tasked Howe with a black op on American soil so outside the law that they could neither stop nor safely punish him if he quit, his men were effectively preventing the generals' man from circumventing their commander, and Howe only agreed to take on the assignment with intent to bring the Punisher in for trial... so he ''won't'' have the Punisher killed, the generals' insider is incapable of killing the Punisher for them, they have no control over what happens with the tape, and they have no leverage with which to do anything about Howe's actions.
23rd Jun '17 2:38:05 PM Frankencastle
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* [[ComicBook/ThePunisher Frank Castle]] (''especially when written by Garth Ennis'') lapses into this territory every now and then. The shining example would have to be his creative "escape method" from his [[ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX MAX]] series. To better elaborate, Frank was sent on a top secret mission to infiltrate a nuclear missile base in Siberia with the intention of stealing something for the US military. However the mission goes awry and Frank is forced to come up with a way out. How does he do this? By threatening the Russian authorities with '''''all out nuclear war''''', unless they back off and let him leave. The Russians deny his request, so Frank, true to his word, proceeds to ''launch a nuclear missile into the heart of Russia itself''. The kicker? The missile itself is a dud with Frank Castle himself as the payload - he proceeds to HALO jump from the missile and escape to safety.
11th May '17 5:49:53 AM SirSullymore
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* ''Sinestro'', post-''GreenLantern: Rebirth''. The guy organised a war between his new corps and the Green Lanterns. He manipulated [[EmotionEater Para]][[EldritchAbomination llax]], the [[{{Technopath}} Cyborg]] [[WhoWantsToLiveForever Superman]], [[AxCrazy Super]][[PhysicalGod boy]]-[[TrappedInTVLand Prime]] and ''the freaking [[EldritchAbomination An]][[OmnicidalManiac ti]]-[[ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths Monitor]]''. And when he's beat? He reveals that, all this time, he was using it [[WellIntentionedExtremist so that the Green Lanterns become a better police force]], by getting them to subvert their ThouShaltNotKill rule. ''Brilliant!''

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* ''Sinestro'', post-''GreenLantern: Rebirth''. The guy organised a war between his new corps and the Green Lanterns. He manipulated [[EmotionEater Para]][[EldritchAbomination llax]], the [[{{Technopath}} Cyborg]] [[WhoWantsToLiveForever Superman]], [[AxCrazy Super]][[PhysicalGod boy]]-[[TrappedInTVLand Prime]] and ''the freaking [[EldritchAbomination An]][[OmnicidalManiac ti]]-[[ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths Monitor]]''. And when he's beat? He reveals that, all this time, he was using it [[WellIntentionedExtremist so that the Green Lanterns become a better police force]], by getting them to subvert their ThouShaltNotKill rule. ''Brilliant!''''Brilliant!'' Being a magnificent bastard has been central to Sinestro's character from Geoff Johns run onwards, most issues in the franchise could end with him chuckling to himself as all goes according to plan.
27th Mar '17 2:15:48 AM HeyFella
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* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker. He has pulled every Gambit in [[GambitIndex the book]] in his [[ComicBookTime 70 year long career.]]
** ComicBook/RasAlGhul, who, out of all the Batman villains, poses the biggest threat globally. He too, like SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker, has pulled almost every single plan and gambit one could think of for his final goal of wiping out ninety percent of the world's population. Add his [[AffablyEvil polite exterior]] and cunning mind, and you have one Batman villain who is ''not'' to be trifled with.

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* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker.ComicBook/TheJoker. He has pulled every Gambit in [[GambitIndex the book]] in his [[ComicBookTime 70 year long career.]]
** ComicBook/RasAlGhul, who, out of all the Batman villains, poses the biggest threat globally. He too, like SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker, ComicBook/TheJoker, has pulled almost every single plan and gambit one could think of for his final goal of wiping out ninety percent of the world's population. Add his [[AffablyEvil polite exterior]] and cunning mind, and you have one Batman villain who is ''not'' to be trifled with.
4th Mar '17 12:15:11 PM nombretomado
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* Loki, [[MarvelComics Marvel's]] expert [[XanatosSpeedChess free-form, improv manipulator]]. Not only does this guy play the big boys in the Marvel Universe, this is a guy who regularly improvises the [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt end of freaking nine worlds]] armed primarily with [[ManipulativeBastard mischief]] and [[ConsummateLiar his lying tongue]]. And he's brought about Ragnarok multiple times. How many baddies have the chops to pull that off? He also lies regularly so well that no one can tell his lies from truth. Loki almost always gets what he wants. He's one of the few beings to have made a deal with Mephisto and come out on top.

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* Loki, [[MarvelComics [[Creator/MarvelComics Marvel's]] expert [[XanatosSpeedChess free-form, improv manipulator]]. Not only does this guy play the big boys in the Marvel Universe, this is a guy who regularly improvises the [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt end of freaking nine worlds]] armed primarily with [[ManipulativeBastard mischief]] and [[ConsummateLiar his lying tongue]]. And he's brought about Ragnarok multiple times. How many baddies have the chops to pull that off? He also lies regularly so well that no one can tell his lies from truth. Loki almost always gets what he wants. He's one of the few beings to have made a deal with Mephisto and come out on top.



* Doctor Doom is a perfect example in the [[MarvelComics Marvel Universe]]. Through a lethal combination of magic, technological prowess, and manipulative brilliance he's been their definitive supervillain, and the BigBad of more crisis crossovers than can conveniently be counted. When a Norse God and the Devil both consider you a WorthyOpponent you qualify in a major way.

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* Doctor Doom is a perfect example in the [[MarvelComics Marvel Universe]].Franchise/MarvelUniverse. Through a lethal combination of magic, technological prowess, and manipulative brilliance he's been their definitive supervillain, and the BigBad of more crisis crossovers than can conveniently be counted. When a Norse God and the Devil both consider you a WorthyOpponent you qualify in a major way.
6th Jan '17 5:53:25 PM nombretomado
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* ComicBook/BombQueen, the {{Stripperiffic}} VillainProtagonist of her self-titled {{Image}} Comics book. The iron-fisted dictator of [[ViceCity New Port City]] has, in no particular order: wiped out the rest of her original villain team; turned New Port City into a place where ''nothing'' is illegal in designed "Crime Zones"; stolen [[spoiler:a government supercomputer, the powers of the demon lord Desarak and her clone Bomb Teen (the latter of which was "born" from her supercomputer)]]; kept New Port City's mayor under her control with sex and verbal assaults, casually killing anyone standing near him when she blasts a hole through his office wall (repeatedly to the point of being a RunningGag); orchestrated terror attacks on the cities of other Image superheroes; [[spoiler:repeatedly foiled the plots of the GovernmentConspiracy (which created her) to have her killed]]; and [[spoiler:indirectly killed an innocent girl roped into her co-worker's attempt to interview Bomb Queen for their website]]. She is still a VillainWithGoodPublicity within her city. Outside her city, she has absolutely no protection under US law; she manages to [[KarmaHoudini avoid justly-deserved punishments every time]].

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* ComicBook/BombQueen, the {{Stripperiffic}} VillainProtagonist of her self-titled {{Image}} Comics Creator/ImageComics book. The iron-fisted dictator of [[ViceCity New Port City]] has, in no particular order: wiped out the rest of her original villain team; turned New Port City into a place where ''nothing'' is illegal in designed "Crime Zones"; stolen [[spoiler:a government supercomputer, the powers of the demon lord Desarak and her clone Bomb Teen (the latter of which was "born" from her supercomputer)]]; kept New Port City's mayor under her control with sex and verbal assaults, casually killing anyone standing near him when she blasts a hole through his office wall (repeatedly to the point of being a RunningGag); orchestrated terror attacks on the cities of other Image superheroes; [[spoiler:repeatedly foiled the plots of the GovernmentConspiracy (which created her) to have her killed]]; and [[spoiler:indirectly killed an innocent girl roped into her co-worker's attempt to interview Bomb Queen for their website]]. She is still a VillainWithGoodPublicity within her city. Outside her city, she has absolutely no protection under US law; she manages to [[KarmaHoudini avoid justly-deserved punishments every time]].
7th Aug '16 10:09:35 AM nombretomado
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* ComicBook/LexLuthor, of ''TheDCU''. Since the eighties, he's been well entrenched in Magnificent Bastardry. He's run the gamut from crime boss to respected billionaire, to President of the United States, and despite every set back, has always managed to have the charges dropped and kept on rolling. Perhaps the best demonstration of this comes in ''ComicBook/TheBlackRing'', wherein he outthinks, outplans, and outfights every major contender for the title of DC's greatest villain, briefly obtaining the [[PhysicalGod power of God]].

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* ComicBook/LexLuthor, of ''TheDCU''.''Franchise/TheDCU''. Since the eighties, he's been well entrenched in Magnificent Bastardry. He's run the gamut from crime boss to respected billionaire, to President of the United States, and despite every set back, has always managed to have the charges dropped and kept on rolling. Perhaps the best demonstration of this comes in ''ComicBook/TheBlackRing'', wherein he outthinks, outplans, and outfights every major contender for the title of DC's greatest villain, briefly obtaining the [[PhysicalGod power of God]].
16th Jul '16 7:06:49 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* [[GodOfEvil Anathos]], from ComicBook/LesLegendaires, big time. He put in place a {{plan}} ''years'' before his first appearance in the series in order to come back amongst the living. Whereas most characters will fall for the NoManOfWomanBorn trick, this guy was so DangerouslyGenreSavvy he ''used it to his advantage'' as part of his plan B. As a result, the Gambit worked, despite the opposition of the protagonists, the BigBad and an EldritchAbomination. He scarred the heroes to life and almost [[OmnicidalManiac eradicated humanity]]...

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* [[GodOfEvil Anathos]], from ComicBook/LesLegendaires, big time. He put in place a {{plan}} ''years'' before his first appearance in the series in order to come back amongst the living. Whereas most characters will fall for the NoManOfWomanBorn trick, this guy was so DangerouslyGenreSavvy he ''used it to his advantage'' as part of his plan B. As a result, the Gambit worked, despite the opposition of the protagonists, the BigBad and an EldritchAbomination. He scarred the heroes to life and almost [[OmnicidalManiac eradicated humanity]]...
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