History MagnificentBastard / Fanfic

6th Feb '18 6:15:27 AM MasterFuzzy
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** And all parties have concluded that Doctor Strange is playing them, they just have no idea how, or to what end. In chapter 80, he finally explains most of why. In chapter 20 of the sequel, ''Ghosts of the Past'', he finally explains just where he came from, who he used to be, and what personally motivates him. Essentially, he is a total master of the BatmanGambit-given the GambitPileUp, it would be foolish to try and put together too complicated of a plan. Instead, he just lets people do as they will, and manipulates situations so that the good guys ''just happen'' to be in the right place and time with the right resources to stop the bad guys, and when that fails, he takes out the bad guys himself with incredible magical skill and power. Strange is enough of a MagnificentBastard that the one time he's caught off-guard inspires a MassOhCrap from pretty much everyone, and even given a SpannerInTheWorks, still manages some pretty decent XanatosSpeedChess.

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** And all parties have concluded that Doctor Strange is playing them, they just have no idea how, or to what end. In chapter 80, he finally explains most of why. In chapter 20 of the sequel, ''Ghosts of the Past'', he finally explains just where he came from, who he used to be, and what personally motivates him. Essentially, he is a total master of the BatmanGambit-given the GambitPileUp, it would be foolish to try and put together too complicated of a plan. Instead, he just lets people do as they will, and manipulates situations so that the good guys ''just happen'' to be in the right place and time with the right resources to stop the bad guys, and when that fails, he takes out the bad guys himself with incredible magical skill and power. Strange is enough of a MagnificentBastard that the one time he's caught off-guard inspires a MassOhCrap from pretty much everyone, and even given a SpannerInTheWorks, still manages some pretty decent XanatosSpeedChess. And he does it all while {{Troll}}ing the characters, dropping pop-culture references all over, and ''never, EVER telling a lie.''[[note]]Although he's also (in)famous for his usage of ExactWords and {{Half Truth}}s, so that's not the same as being honest.[[/note]]


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* Alexandra de Velan of the fan-made expansion to ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'' ''VideoGame/TheBastardOfKosigan'' definitely qualifies.
** Annoyingly, despite the fact that she and the hero are lovers, [[spoiler: there is NO WAY to ensure she lives past the French attack on Kosigan]].
* Kyrio Streika, from New Dawn. While like Aizen in many ways, he prefers to masquerade as a "normal man with some interesting ideas in his head" and manipulate people and events rather than simply hit things with brute force. He absolutely never changes his bemused expression, not when a setback happens, nor when it comes time to murder someone. It is safe to say he views everyone as a chess piece...well, [[MoralityPet except for Matthew.]] That would be his soft spot. He is ostensibly doing all of this to help his son...though not without some genuine enjoyment thrown in there.
19th Jan '18 9:29:03 AM MasterFuzzy
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** And all parties have concluded that Doctor Strange is playing them, they just have no idea how, or to what end. In chapter 80, he finally explains most of why. In chapter 20 of the sequel, ''Ghosts of the Past'', he finally explains just where he came from, who he used to be, and what personally motivates him. Essentially, he is a total master of the BatmanGambit-given the GambitPileUp, it would be foolish to try and put together too complicated of a plan. Instead, he just lets people do as they will, and manipulates situations so that the good guys ''just happen'' to be in the right place and time to stop the bad guys, and when that fails, takes out the bad guys with incredible magical skill and power. Strange is enough of a MagnificentBastard that the one time he's caught off-guard inspires a MassOhCrap from pretty much everyone, and even given a SpannerInTheWorks, still manages some pretty decent XanatosSpeedChess.
** Secretary of International Defence, Alexander Pierce also qualifies, being the only person other than Doctor Strange to successfully get the better of Lucius Malfoy. Unfortunately for him, Fury caught him red-handed, but even then, the sequel shows that he managed to keep himself alive and in reasonably good condition by slowly feeding his captors bits of useful information, enough to be useful and worth keeping in good shape.

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** And all parties have concluded that Doctor Strange is playing them, they just have no idea how, or to what end. In chapter 80, he finally explains most of why. In chapter 20 of the sequel, ''Ghosts of the Past'', he finally explains just where he came from, who he used to be, and what personally motivates him. Essentially, he is a total master of the BatmanGambit-given the GambitPileUp, it would be foolish to try and put together too complicated of a plan. Instead, he just lets people do as they will, and manipulates situations so that the good guys ''just happen'' to be in the right place and time to stop the bad guys, and when that fails, takes out the bad guys with incredible magical skill and power. Strange is enough of a MagnificentBastard that the one time he's caught off-guard inspires a MassOhCrap from pretty much everyone, and even given a SpannerInTheWorks, still manages some pretty decent XanatosSpeedChess.
** Secretary of International Defence, Defence Alexander Pierce also qualifies, being the only person other than Doctor Strange to successfully get the better of Lucius Malfoy. Unfortunately for him, Fury caught him red-handed, but even then, the sequel shows that he managed to keep himself alive and in reasonably good condition by slowly feeding his captors bits of useful information, enough to be useful and worth keeping in good shape.


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** And all parties have concluded that Doctor Strange is playing them, they just have no idea how, or to what end. In chapter 80, he finally explains most of why. In chapter 20 of the sequel, ''Ghosts of the Past'', he finally explains just where he came from, who he used to be, and what personally motivates him. Essentially, he is a total master of the BatmanGambit-given the GambitPileUp, it would be foolish to try and put together too complicated of a plan. Instead, he just lets people do as they will, and manipulates situations so that the good guys ''just happen'' to be in the right place and time with the right resources to stop the bad guys, and when that fails, he takes out the bad guys himself with incredible magical skill and power. Strange is enough of a MagnificentBastard that the one time he's caught off-guard inspires a MassOhCrap from pretty much everyone, and even given a SpannerInTheWorks, still manages some pretty decent XanatosSpeedChess.
10th Jan '18 11:19:07 AM MasterFuzzy
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** Dumbledore smiles. This suggests that in his eyes, it is AllAccordingToPlan. And yes, this is a story that can lead to something of a MindScrew if you try and disentangle it.

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** *** Dumbledore smiles. This suggests that in his eyes, it is AllAccordingToPlan. And yes, this is a story that can lead to something of a MindScrew if you try and disentangle it.



** And all parties on the side of Good have concluded that Doctor Strange is playing them, they just have no idea how, or to what end. In chapter 80, he finally explains most of why. In chapter 20 of the sequel, ''Ghosts of the Past'', he finally explains just where he came from, who he used to be, and what personally motivates him.

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** And all parties on the side of Good have concluded that Doctor Strange is playing them, they just have no idea how, or to what end. In chapter 80, he finally explains most of why. In chapter 20 of the sequel, ''Ghosts of the Past'', he finally explains just where he came from, who he used to be, and what personally motivates him. Essentially, he is a total master of the BatmanGambit-given the GambitPileUp, it would be foolish to try and put together too complicated of a plan. Instead, he just lets people do as they will, and manipulates situations so that the good guys ''just happen'' to be in the right place and time to stop the bad guys, and when that fails, takes out the bad guys with incredible magical skill and power. Strange is enough of a MagnificentBastard that the one time he's caught off-guard inspires a MassOhCrap from pretty much everyone, and even given a SpannerInTheWorks, still manages some pretty decent XanatosSpeedChess.
19th Dec '17 1:17:10 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* ''Fanfic/GameTheoryFanFic'' turns [[MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha Precia]] into one of these. This version of her did ''not'' go AxCrazy, and she remains {{pragmatic|Villainy}}, methodical, and highly effective, [[BitchInSheepsClothing affecting an outward veneer of compassion]] while still being a ruthless, ManipulativeBastard [[spoiler:who plays Nanoha like a fiddle.]] Ultimately, [[spoiler:she [[FakingTheDead fools the TSAB into thinking she is dead]] and succeeds in bringing her daughter back to life.]]

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* ''Fanfic/GameTheoryFanFic'' turns [[MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha Precia]] into one of these. This version of her did ''not'' go AxCrazy, and she remains {{pragmatic|Villainy}}, methodical, and highly effective, [[BitchInSheepsClothing affecting an outward veneer of compassion]] while still being a ruthless, ManipulativeBastard [[spoiler:who plays Nanoha like a fiddle.]] Ultimately, [[spoiler:she [[FakingTheDead fools the TSAB into thinking she is dead]] and succeeds in bringing her daughter back to life.]]
4th Dec '17 10:52:46 AM DarkPhoenix94
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** And all parties on the side of Good have concluded that Doctor Strange is playing them, they just have no idea how, or to what end. In chapter 80, he finally explains why.

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** And all parties on the side of Good have concluded that Doctor Strange is playing them, they just have no idea how, or to what end. In chapter 80, he finally explains why.most of why. In chapter 20 of the sequel, ''Ghosts of the Past'', he finally explains just where he came from, who he used to be, and what personally motivates him.



** And then there's Deputy Director Emeritus Alison Carter, who cracks the above like an egg in less than five minutes.
** General Lukin thinks he is this trope. He is not.

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** And then there's Deputy Director Emeritus Alison Carter, who cracks the above like an egg in less than five minutes. \n Granted, she had the trump card of knowing about [[spoiler: the Red Son]], and knowing that Pierce knew about it, but even still.
** General Lukin thinks he is this trope. [[SmugSnake He is not.]]
24th Oct '17 6:40:16 PM nombretomado
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* Ivana M. Kiljoy from the [[ChipAndDaleRescueRangers Rescue Rangers]] epic fanfic [[http://rangerwiki.net/index.php?title=Rhyme_and_Reason Rhyme And Reason]] is this in ''spades.'' Without spoiling too much, she manages to kidnap Monty, Dale, Gadget and Zipper and subject them to tormenting and deadly challenges, while at the same time, making Chip travel all over the city in order to find rhyming hints to save them. She demonstrates an incredible intellect, a deep knowledge of the Rangers' personal histories (almost all of her clues and trials relate to a past case in some way), and an utter disregard for both human and animal life.

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* Ivana M. Kiljoy from the [[ChipAndDaleRescueRangers ''[[WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers Rescue Rangers]] Rangers]]'' epic fanfic [[http://rangerwiki.net/index.php?title=Rhyme_and_Reason Rhyme And Reason]] is this in ''spades.'' Without spoiling too much, she manages to kidnap Monty, Dale, Gadget and Zipper and subject them to tormenting and deadly challenges, while at the same time, making Chip travel all over the city in order to find rhyming hints to save them. She demonstrates an incredible intellect, a deep knowledge of the Rangers' personal histories (almost all of her clues and trials relate to a past case in some way), and an utter disregard for both human and animal life.
30th Sep '17 6:48:54 PM DarkPhoenix94
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* In ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' there at least eight of these already: [[ReformedButNotTamed Loki]], [[TheChessmaster Dumbledore]], [[DragonAscendant Lucius Malfoy]], [[BigGood Odin]], [[GoodIsNotNice Director Nicholas]] [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Fury]], [[ManipulativeBastard Peter]] [[TheSpook Wisdom]], [[GodOfEvil Chthon]] and, apparently playing all of them like a violin, [[spoiler: [[WildCard Doctor]] [[TheChessmaster Stephen]] [[TheArchMage Strange]]]]. Needless to say, this is leading to a GambitPileUp of ''epic'' proportions.

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* In ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' there at least eight of these already: [[ReformedButNotTamed Loki]], [[TheChessmaster Dumbledore]], [[DragonAscendant Lucius Malfoy]], [[BigGood Odin]], [[GoodIsNotNice Director Nicholas]] [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Fury]], [[ManipulativeBastard Peter]] [[TheSpook Wisdom]], [[GodOfEvil Chthon]] and, apparently playing all of them and many more like a violin, [[spoiler: [[WildCard Doctor]] [[TheChessmaster Stephen]] [[TheArchMage Strange]]]]. Strange]], who has ''weaponised'' the ForWantOfANail trope. Needless to say, this is leading leads to a GambitPileUp of ''epic'' proportions.



** Fury, though no slouch himself, admits that his ArchNemesis Lucius Malfoy is smarter than he is, while Malfoy holds Fury in a strange mixture of hatred and wary admiration.
** And all parties on the side of Good have concluded that [[spoiler: Doctor Strange]] is playing them, they just have no idea how, or to what end.

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** Fury, though no slouch himself, admits that his ArchNemesis Lucius Malfoy is smarter than he is, while Malfoy holds regards Fury in with a strange mixture of hatred and wary admiration.
** And all parties on the side of Good have concluded that [[spoiler: Doctor Strange]] Strange is playing them, they just have no idea how, or to what end.end. In chapter 80, he finally explains why.
** Secretary of International Defence, Alexander Pierce also qualifies, being the only person other than Doctor Strange to successfully get the better of Lucius Malfoy. Unfortunately for him, Fury caught him red-handed, but even then, the sequel shows that he managed to keep himself alive and in reasonably good condition by slowly feeding his captors bits of useful information, enough to be useful and worth keeping in good shape.
** And then there's Deputy Director Emeritus Alison Carter, who cracks the above like an egg in less than five minutes.
** General Lukin thinks he is this trope. He is not.
20th Sep '17 8:03:51 PM PistolsAtDawn
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* Invoked in ''Fanfic/LightAndDarkTheAdventuresOfDarkYagami'': the resident MarySue, Dark, tricks both Light and L into a trap- as they are dying their final words are "Dark, you are a subtle Magnificent Bastard!" (Don't worry, [[DeathIsCheap they got better]]). The author then points out in the authors notes that this is meant specifically as a TakeThat to TvTropes for saying Dark ''wasn't'' a MagnificentBastard.

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* Invoked in ''Fanfic/LightAndDarkTheAdventuresOfDarkYagami'': the resident MarySue, Dark, tricks both Light and L into a trap- as they are dying their final words are "Dark, you are a subtle Magnificent Bastard!" (Don't worry, [[DeathIsCheap they got better]]). The author then points out in the authors notes that this is meant specifically as a TakeThat to TvTropes [=TvTropes=] for saying Dark ''wasn't'' a MagnificentBastard.
20th Sep '17 8:03:07 PM PistolsAtDawn
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* Invoked in ''Fanfic/LightAndDarkTheAdventuresOfDarkYagami'': the resident MarySue, Dark, tricks both Light and L into a trap- as they are dying their final words are "Dark, you are a subtle Magnificent Bastard!". (Don't worry, [[DeathIsCheap they got better]]). The author then points out in the authors notes that this is meant specifically as a TakeThat to TvTropes for saying his MarySue ''wasn't'' a MagnificentBastard.

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* Invoked in ''Fanfic/LightAndDarkTheAdventuresOfDarkYagami'': the resident MarySue, Dark, tricks both Light and L into a trap- as they are dying their final words are "Dark, you are a subtle Magnificent Bastard!". Bastard!" (Don't worry, [[DeathIsCheap they got better]]). The author then points out in the authors notes that this is meant specifically as a TakeThat to TvTropes for saying his MarySue Dark ''wasn't'' a MagnificentBastard.
18th Sep '17 3:09:11 PM PistolsAtDawn
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* Invoked in ''Fanfic/LightAndDarkTheAdventuresOfDarkYagami'': the resident MarySue, Dark, tricks both Light and L into a trap- as they are dying their final words are "Dark, you are a subtle Magnificent Bastard!". (Don't worry, [[DeathIsCheap they got better]]). The author then points out in the authors notes that this is meant specifically as a TakeThat to TvTropes for saying his MarySue ''wasn't'' a MagnificentBastard.
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