History MagnificentBastard / Film

1st Dec '16 10:50:29 AM Tron80
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** LexLuthor, the BigBad of ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', whose magnificence is only exceeded by his bastardry. A rich boy with a plethora of [[AbusiveParents daddy issues]], he spends the whole film effortlessly manipulating the titular heroes. Why? [[FreudianExcuse Because, when he was a boy, God never saved him from Daddy's "fists and abominations]]." Enter Superman, who challenges Lex's misotheoistic worldview just by ''being''. How does he do it? [[spoiler:He plays off of Batman's paranoia, getting him to want to fight Superman, which leads to Bats stealing Luthor's kryptonite, which can kill Supes.]] Then, he [[spoiler:kidnaps Martha Kent, and threatens to kill her unless Superman kills the Bat. If Lois hadn't intervened, Batman would have used his fancy kryptonite spear to murder the shit outta Supes.]] Then, even as his plan falls apart, [[spoiler:he unleashes Doomsday, the monster that ''[[TheBadGuyWins kills Superman]]'']].

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** LexLuthor, Comicbook/LexLuthor, the BigBad of ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', whose magnificence is only exceeded by his bastardry. A rich boy with a plethora of [[AbusiveParents daddy issues]], he spends the whole film effortlessly manipulating the titular heroes. Why? [[FreudianExcuse Because, when he was a boy, God never saved him from Daddy's "fists and abominations]]." Enter Superman, who challenges Lex's misotheoistic worldview just by ''being''. How does he do it? [[spoiler:He plays off of Batman's paranoia, getting him to want to fight Superman, which leads to Bats stealing Luthor's kryptonite, which can kill Supes.]] Then, he [[spoiler:kidnaps Martha Kent, and threatens to kill her unless Superman kills the Bat. If Lois Comicbook/LoisLane hadn't intervened, Batman would have used his fancy kryptonite spear to murder the shit outta Supes.]] Then, even as his plan falls apart, [[spoiler:he unleashes Doomsday, the monster that ''[[TheBadGuyWins kills Superman]]'']].
6th Nov '16 2:16:44 PM CaptainClown
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** SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker shows off his skills at this in ''Suicide Squad'', while he's [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge getting Harley back from Waller]]. In short, he [[spoiler:finds out about the top-secret government blacksite Harley's held at,]] captures [[spoiler:and interrogates one of the guards at Belle Reve, gets into contact with Harley, busts into a weapons laboratory]], and [[spoiler:''steals a military helicopter, while it's in use'', [[JokerImmunity survives the helicopter crashing,]] and in the end [[spoiler:he breaks into Belle Reve itself--Belle Reve, the top-secret, maximum security government prison--dressed as a SWAT in a bulletproof vest ''emblazoned with his name'', and rescues Harley.]]
29th Oct '16 1:09:49 PM CaptainClown
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* ''Film/DialMForMurder'': Tony Wendice. After discovering his wife Margot is cheating on him, he creates a complex plan to kill her while arranging a perfect alibi for himself and mentally punishing the man who cuckolded him at the same time. When Margot proves more resilient than he expected and kills the man he blackmailed into doing the deed, he only needs a few minutes to come up with a new plan to make it appear that she committed the act in cold blood. Even when his scheme is in danger of being exposed, he is quickly able to come up with a new way to turn the situation to his advantage. And finally when against all odds his whole plot is exposed, he turns out to be one of the all time great {{Graceful Loser}}s, pouring wine for everyone who had a hand in finding him out (except a cop who he notes is still on duty).

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* ''Film/DialMForMurder'': ** Comicbook/AmandaWaller is this in ''Film/SuicideSquad''. After [[spoiler:Superman's death, America no longer has a superpowerful being around that's friendly to the nation.]] Waller's solution is to take the most feared criminals in the nation, release them from prison, and force/cajole them into becoming part of the titular Squad. These criminals include the world's best marksman, the Jokers girlfriend, and a ''six-thousand year old, god-like witch.'' And when something goes wrong, not only does she perfectly control and intimidate the Squad, but also ''gets away with [[spoiler:causing Enchantress to wreck Midway City]]'', by ''[[spoiler:shooting her entire support staff, and then keeping her career intact via a shadowy deal with Bruce Wayne]]''. She's also instrumental in creating the Film/JusticeLeague

*''Film/DialMForMurder'':
Tony Wendice. After discovering his wife Margot is cheating on him, he creates a complex plan to kill her while arranging a perfect alibi for himself and mentally punishing the man who cuckolded him at the same time. When Margot proves more resilient than he expected and kills the man he blackmailed into doing the deed, he only needs a few minutes to come up with a new plan to make it appear that she committed the act in cold blood. Even when his scheme is in danger of being exposed, he is quickly able to come up with a new way to turn the situation to his advantage. And finally when against all odds his whole plot is exposed, he turns out to be one of the all time great {{Graceful Loser}}s, pouring wine for everyone who had a hand in finding him out (except a cop who he notes is still on duty).
21st Oct '16 6:43:42 PM rjd1922
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* Swan. [[OnlyOneName He has no other name.]] His past is a mystery, but his work is already a legend. He wrote and produced his first gold record at 14. Since then, he's won so many that he tried to deposit them in Fort Knox. He brought the blues to Britain. He brought Liverpool to America. He brought folk and rock together...Now he's looking for the new sound of the spheres, to inaugurate his own Xanadu, his own Disneyland...the Paradise, the ultimate rock palace. [[PhantomoftheParadise This film]] is the story of that search, of that sound, of the man who made it, the girl who sang it, and the [[ManipulativeBastard monster]] who stole it.

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* Swan. [[OnlyOneName He has no other name.]] His past is a mystery, but his work is already a legend. He wrote and produced his first gold record at 14. Since then, he's won so many that he tried to deposit them in Fort Knox. He brought the blues to Britain. He brought Liverpool to America. He brought folk and rock together...Now he's looking for the new sound of the spheres, to inaugurate his own Xanadu, his own Disneyland...the Paradise, the ultimate rock palace. [[PhantomoftheParadise [[Film/PhantomoftheParadise This film]] is the story of that search, of that sound, of the man who made it, the girl who sang it, and the [[ManipulativeBastard monster]] who stole it.
11th Sep '16 12:27:35 AM Scraggle
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** ''Disney/TheRescuersDownUnder'': Percival C. [=McLeach=]. A dangerous EvilPoacher, he's quite crafty for a guy who never made it to the 3rd grade. When Cody threatened to get the rangers after him, [=McLeach=] threw Cody's bag into the river to make it appear like he had been eaten by crocodiles. When he couldn't get the location of Marahute through violence, he told Cody that she had been shot, then followed Cody, who would try to protect the eggs. He nearly succeeds in getting the bird as well. Bonus points for [[Creator/GeorgeCScott being voiced by]] the TropeNamer.
10th Sep '16 3:51:06 PM Ninja857142
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** By this entry in the film series, Ethan himself is easily a heroic example. Despite being put in multiple lethal situations and being hunted by the CIA, he repeatedly manages to outwit and escape the CIA for ''months'', and unwaveringly focuses on his goal of hunting down the Syndicate. Despite being faced with some of the worst of setbacks, he manages to improvise. At the end, he [[spoiler:''magnificently'' [[OutGambitted out-gambits]] Lane.]] And ''unlike'' Lane, he is seriously lacking in resources, but manages to make do with what he's got. Alan Hunley sums it up well, right before [[spoiler:Ethan kidnaps the Prime Minister.]]

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** By this entry in the film series, Ethan Hunt himself is easily a heroic example. Despite being put in multiple lethal situations and being hunted by the CIA, he repeatedly manages to outwit and escape the CIA for ''months'', and unwaveringly focuses on his goal of hunting down the Syndicate. Despite being faced with some of the worst of setbacks, he manages to improvise. At the end, he [[spoiler:''magnificently'' [[OutGambitted out-gambits]] Lane.]] And ''unlike'' Lane, he is seriously lacking in resources, but manages to make do with what he's got. Alan Hunley sums it up well, right His goals? Near-suicidal, deadly, and ambitious, and he succeeds with ''style''. Right before [[spoiler:Ethan kidnaps the Prime Minister.]]Minister]], Alan Hunley has this to say:
5th Sep '16 6:27:27 AM Eddy1215
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** ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'': Professor Ratigan is the World's Greatest Criminal Mind, and a Disney expy of Professor James Moriarty, voiced magnificently by Vincent Price. He is an elegant rat who has tamed a cat to feed on command, and his minions revere and fear him. Ratigan's list of crimes are vast, and he is often several steps ahead of the authorities and his intellectual arch-nemesis, Basil. Ratigan's auspicious goal is to rule the kingdom, by replacing the Queen with a robotic double, who would legally declare him King. When Basil is on the case, Ratigan quickly sets a trap for him, even mockingly congratulating Basil for finding him, before he has him and Dawson in an elaborate deathtrap. The only reason why he lost is because he ironically ''overestimated'' Basil; he expected Basil to find his hideout 15 minutes earlier, and couldn't personally ensure Basil's demise. Pushed into a corner with his latest plan foiled, Ratigan succumbs to a very frightening villainous breakdown, and savagely beats down Basil in the climax.

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** ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'': Professor Ratigan is the World's Greatest Criminal Mind, and a Disney expy of Professor James Moriarty, voiced magnificently by Vincent Price. He is an elegant rat who has tamed a cat to feed on command, and his minions revere and fear him. Ratigan's list of crimes are vast, and he is often several steps ahead of the authorities and his intellectual arch-nemesis, Basil. Ratigan's auspicious goal is to rule the kingdom, by replacing the Queen with a robotic double, who would legally declare him King. When Basil is on the case, Ratigan quickly sets a trap for him, even mockingly congratulating Basil for finding him, before he has him and Dawson in an elaborate deathtrap. The only reason why he lost is because he ironically ''overestimated'' Basil; he expected Basil to find his hideout 15 minutes earlier, and couldn't personally ensure Basil's demise. Pushed into a corner with his latest plan foiled, Ratigan succumbs to a very frightening villainous breakdown, VillainousBreakdown, and savagely beats down Basil in the climax.
4th Sep '16 7:14:11 PM SinisterHoodedFigure2
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** ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'': Professor Ratigan is the World's Greatest Criminal Mind, and a Disney expy of Professor James Moriarty, voiced magnificently by Vincent Price. He is an elegant rat who has tamed a cat to feed on command, and his minions revere and fear him. Ratigan's list of crimes are vast, and he is often several steps ahead of the authorities and his intellectual arch-nemesis, Basil. Ratigan's auspicious goal is to rule the kingdom, by replacing the Queen with a robotic double, who would legally declare him King. When Basil is on the case, Ratigan quickly sets a trap for him, even mockingly congratulating Basil for finding him, before and has him and Dawson in an elaborate deathtrap. The only reason why he lost is because he ironically ''overestimated'' Basil; he expected Basil to find his hideout 15 minutes earlier, and couldn't personally ensure Basil's demise. His grand plan foiled, and pushed into a corner, Ratigan succumbs to a very frightening villainous breakdown, and savagely beats down Basil in the climax.

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** ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'': Professor Ratigan is the World's Greatest Criminal Mind, and a Disney expy of Professor James Moriarty, voiced magnificently by Vincent Price. He is an elegant rat who has tamed a cat to feed on command, and his minions revere and fear him. Ratigan's list of crimes are vast, and he is often several steps ahead of the authorities and his intellectual arch-nemesis, Basil. Ratigan's auspicious goal is to rule the kingdom, by replacing the Queen with a robotic double, who would legally declare him King. When Basil is on the case, Ratigan quickly sets a trap for him, even mockingly congratulating Basil for finding him, before and he has him and Dawson in an elaborate deathtrap. The only reason why he lost is because he ironically ''overestimated'' Basil; he expected Basil to find his hideout 15 minutes earlier, and couldn't personally ensure Basil's demise. His grand Pushed into a corner with his latest plan foiled, and pushed into a corner, Ratigan succumbs to a very frightening villainous breakdown, and savagely beats down Basil in the climax.
4th Sep '16 7:09:22 PM SinisterHoodedFigure2
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** ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'': Professor Ratigan is the World's Greatest Criminal Mind, and a Disney expy of Professor James Moriarty, voiced magnificently by Vincent Price. He is an elegant rat who has tamed a cat to feed on command, and his minions revere and fear him. Ratigan's list of crimes are vast, and he is often several steps ahead of the authorities and his intellectual arch-nemesis, Basil. Ratigan's auspicious goal is to rule the kingdom, by replacing the Queen with a robotic double, who would legally declare him King. When Basil is on the case, Ratigan quickly sets a trap for him, even mockingly congratulating Basil for finding him, before and has him and Dawson in an elaborate deathtrap. The only reason why he lost is because he ironically ''overestimated'' Basil; he expected Basil to find his hideout 15 minutes earlier, and couldn't personally ensure Basil's demise. His grand plan foiled, and pushed into a corner, Ratigan succumbs to a very frightening villainous breakdown, and savagely beats down Basil in the climax.
21st Jul '16 2:32:33 PM SinisterHoodedFigure2
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** ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'': Maleficent is perhaps the most formidable Disney villain overall, with a great sense of class and style. Offended by not being invited to the Aurora's christening, she lures everyone into a false sense of hope, before cursing the infant Aurora to die by pricking her finger on the spindle. All before the sunset of her sixteenth birthday, causing a long period despair among the kingdom. In order to protect Aurora, Merryweather uses her remaining gift to ensure Aurora doesn't die. Despite this, the three fairies had to think outside of the box, as Maleficent is wise to their attempts to save her. Even when the fairies managed to stay under the radar by raising Aurora in secret, without using magic, they still had to take extreme precautions. Because of ''one small moment of weakness'', Maleficent managed to undo their hard work. Maleficent proves to be quite cunning; even after King Stephan had every spindle in the kingdom burned, she created a new one, fullfilling her evil prophecy. She even captured Prince Phillip to cruelly deconstruct the true love's kiss that would awaken Aurora. Having ultimately succeeding in her plans, Maleficent is the first Disney villain that required direct action for her defeat, as she was far too intelligent to be undone by her own hand. And being an immensely powerful fairy, it took the combined efforts of the three fairies, and Prince Phillip to even stand a chance.

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** ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'': Maleficent is perhaps the most formidable Disney villain overall, with a great sense of class and style. Offended by not being invited to the Aurora's christening, she lures everyone into a false sense of hope, before cursing the infant Aurora to die by pricking her finger on the spindle. All before the sunset of her sixteenth birthday, causing a long period despair among the kingdom. In order to protect Aurora, Merryweather uses her remaining gift to ensure Aurora doesn't die. Despite this, the three fairies had to think outside of the box, as Maleficent is wise to their attempts to save her. Even when the fairies managed to stay under the radar by raising Aurora in secret, without using magic, they still had to take extreme precautions. Because of ''one small moment of weakness'', Maleficent managed to undo their hard work. Maleficent proves to be quite cunning; even after King Stephan had every spindle in the kingdom burned, she created a new one, fullfilling fulfilling her evil prophecy. She even captured Prince Phillip to cruelly deconstruct yet ingeniously subvert the true love's kiss that would awaken Aurora.Aurora, by keeping him until he is old and decrepit, while gloating to her prisoner. Having ultimately succeeding in her plans, Maleficent is the first Disney villain that required direct action for her defeat, as she was far too intelligent to be undone by her own hand. And being an immensely powerful fairy, it took the combined efforts of the three fairies, and Prince Phillip to even stand a chance.
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