History MagnificentBastard / Literature

19th May '16 8:16:10 AM Morgenthaler
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* [[spoiler:Lawrence John Wargrave]], aka U. N. Owen from ''AndThenThereWereNone''. Manages to craft the ultimate LockedRoomMystery and only his desire that someone appreciate his genius allowed the mystery to be solved. He even manages to fake his own death, and gets the last two victims to, respectively, try and kill one another, with the survivor committing suicide.

to:

* [[spoiler:Lawrence John Wargrave]], aka U. N. Owen from ''AndThenThereWereNone''.''Literature/AndThenThereWereNone''. Manages to craft the ultimate LockedRoomMystery and only his desire that someone appreciate his genius allowed the mystery to be solved. He even manages to fake his own death, and gets the last two victims to, respectively, try and kill one another, with the survivor committing suicide.



* In BrandonSanderson's first ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'' book, main character Kelsier straddles the line between this and GuileHero - he's solidly on the good guys' side, but is a bit of a WellIntentionedExtremist who continually skirts JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope. He's also a revolutionary brilliant enough to topple a thousand-year-old empire led by a PhysicalGod [[spoiler: [[MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning posthumously]].]]

to:

* In BrandonSanderson's Creator/BrandonSanderson's first ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'' book, main character Kelsier straddles the line between this and GuileHero - he's solidly on the good guys' side, but is a bit of a WellIntentionedExtremist who continually skirts JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope. He's also a revolutionary brilliant enough to topple a thousand-year-old empire led by a PhysicalGod [[spoiler: [[MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning posthumously]].]]
16th May '16 9:12:20 AM NNinja
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': Though a true SmugSnake at his core, Lord Voldemort took this to almost VillainSue proportions before his VillainDecay. He displays mastery of the {{plan}} in books one, two and four and even manages to infiltrate the Ministry in book five. By ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]'' he's even able to take over the Ministry and rule the Wizarding World as the power behind the throne but things just go downhill from there. It's possible that the destruction of his horcruxes is having a shrinking effect on his [[AxeCrazy sanity]], causing him to act more impulsively and irrationally than before or alternatively that when he was a powerless spirit, he had to rely more on his intelligence but once his body and power are restored, he [[{{Pride}} retains his former cockiness]] and starts making the same mistakes as before. He still nearly manages to kill Harry and destroy Hogwarts though. Voldemort would have won if it weren't for his mammoth ego, marriage to the VillainBall and of course, ThePowerOfLove and his [[EvilCannotComprehendGood lack of comprehension thereof]].

to:

* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
**
Though a true SmugSnake at his core, Lord Voldemort took this to almost VillainSue proportions before his VillainDecay. He displays mastery of the {{plan}} in books one, two and four and even manages to infiltrate the Ministry in book five. By ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]'' he's even able to take over the Ministry and rule the Wizarding World as the power behind the throne but things just go downhill from there. It's possible that the destruction of his horcruxes is having a shrinking effect on his [[AxeCrazy sanity]], causing him to act more impulsively and irrationally than before or alternatively that when he was a powerless spirit, he had to rely more on his intelligence but once his body and power are restored, he [[{{Pride}} retains his former cockiness]] and starts making the same mistakes as before. He still nearly manages to kill Harry and destroy Hogwarts though. Voldemort would have won if it weren't for his mammoth ego, marriage to the VillainBall and of course, ThePowerOfLove and his [[EvilCannotComprehendGood lack of comprehension thereof]].thereof]].
**The title for THE Magnificent Bastard of the Harry Potter series however doesn't go to Voldemort, it belongs to none other than '''Albus Dumbledore himself'''. Jo once called him a Machiavellian figure - a Huge Understatement. Directly and indirectly, intentionally or otherwise, this one man, in some way or the other has been responsible for everything, '''everything''', that has driven his time and beyond in the history of the Potter Universe.
8th Apr '16 2:34:04 PM randomtroper89
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** [[EunuchsAreEvil Varys]] is a one-man GovernmentConspiracy; has truly grandiose plans spanning two continents (by contrast to Littlefinger's supposed HikaruGenjiPlan); has played every single named character at some point; {{breaking speech}}es arguably two of the most honourable characters in the series, ''and'' might be the only person in the world capable of screwing over Lord Baelish's plans. Combining ManipulativeBastard, ChessMaster, DeadpanSnarker, and TheTrickster? Check, check, check and check!

to:

** [[EunuchsAreEvil Varys]] is a one-man GovernmentConspiracy; has truly grandiose plans spanning two continents (by contrast to Littlefinger's supposed HikaruGenjiPlan); WifeHusbandry); has played every single named character at some point; {{breaking speech}}es arguably two of the most honourable characters in the series, ''and'' might be the only person in the world capable of screwing over Lord Baelish's plans. Combining ManipulativeBastard, ChessMaster, DeadpanSnarker, and TheTrickster? Check, check, check and check!
21st Mar '16 11:41:01 PM PhoenixAvalon
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* The Darkling from ''Literature/{{The Grisha Trilogy}}'' through and through.
21st Mar '16 11:39:57 PM PhoenixAvalon
Is there an issue? Send a Message
21st Mar '16 11:38:43 PM PhoenixAvalon
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* The Darkling from ''Literature/{{TheGrishaTrilogy}}'' through and through.

to:

* The Darkling from ''Literature/{{TheGrishaTrilogy}}'' ''Literature/{{The Grisha Trilogy}}'' through and through.
21st Mar '16 11:37:58 PM PhoenixAvalon
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* The Darkling from ''Literature/{{TheGrishaTrilogy}}'' through and through.
20th Feb '16 6:02:25 AM Euodiachloris
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** [[EunuchsAreEvil Varys]] is a one man GovernmentConspiracy, has truly grandiose plans (in contrast to Littlefinger's supposed HikaruGenjiPlan), has played every single named character at some point, {{breaking speech}}es the most honourable character in the series, and might be the only person in the world capable of screwing over Lord Baelish's plans. Combining ManipulativeBastard, ChessMaster, DeadpanSnarker, and TheTrickster? Check, check, check and check!

to:

** [[EunuchsAreEvil Varys]] is a one man GovernmentConspiracy, one-man GovernmentConspiracy; has truly grandiose plans (in spanning two continents (by contrast to Littlefinger's supposed HikaruGenjiPlan), HikaruGenjiPlan); has played every single named character at some point, point; {{breaking speech}}es arguably two of the most honourable character characters in the series, and ''and'' might be the only person in the world capable of screwing over Lord Baelish's plans. Combining ManipulativeBastard, ChessMaster, DeadpanSnarker, and TheTrickster? Check, check, check and check!
29th Dec '15 7:35:22 PM babyhenchy1
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* [[spoiler: Amy Elliot Dunne]] in Gillian Flynn's "Gone Girl" [[spoiler: finds out her husband Nick is having an affair, so on their fifth anniversary she goes into hiding, leaving behind a series of clues for their traditional anniversary "treasure hunt" specifically so he'll inadvertently follow them to evidence and locations that incriminate him; she also spends months forging a diary full of completely invented incidents of DomesticAbuse to make it seem like she was afraid of him killing her, and orders hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of expensive stuff in his name, even going so far as to take his fingerprints and smear them on all the merchandise. But it doesn't stop there- when she decides against letting him take the fall, she kills the DoggedNiceGuy school friend she'd been hiding with and tells the police she escaped after he kidnapped her.]]

to:

* [[spoiler: Amy Elliot Dunne]] in Gillian Flynn's "Gone Girl" ''Literature/GoneGirl'' [[spoiler: finds out her husband Nick is having an affair, so on their fifth anniversary she goes into hiding, leaving behind a series of clues for their traditional anniversary "treasure hunt" specifically so he'll inadvertently follow them to evidence and locations that incriminate him; she also spends months forging a diary full of completely invented incidents of DomesticAbuse to make it seem like she was afraid of him killing her, and orders hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of expensive stuff in his name, even going so far as to take his fingerprints and smear them on all the merchandise. But it doesn't stop there- when she decides against letting him take the fall, she kills the DoggedNiceGuy school friend she'd been hiding with and tells the police she escaped after he kidnapped her.]]
22nd Dec '15 10:16:09 AM Temmere
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* [[TheChessmaster The Duke of Avon]] in [[GeorgetteHeyer These Old Shades]]. There is a reason everyone calls him [[NamestoRunAwayFromReallyFast Satanis]]. Everyone knows him, everyone respects him, and everyone is at least a little afraid of him, even the Crown Prince of one of the most powerful kingdoms in the world has a degree of fear for him. He started out life with a title, a horrible family reputation, a [[BigMessedUpFamily Big Messed Up Family]], a title, and a huge load of debt. He won his entire huge fortune at gambling, it is strongly implied that he spent years as a super spy, and he has managed to the point where no-one would dare to not invite him. He is only redeamed by falling in love, and even that doesn't change his Magnificent Bastardry. He still [[ManipulativeBastard manipulates]] her, (although in some ways she manipulates him,) he still get his revenge, and the fact that his True Love is the illegitimate daughter of his worst enemy just makes it better. He utterly destroys the man, and manipulates him into taking his own life, and uses that to set up his love with money, name, and reputation. He comes out with everything, and the only one who ever bests him in any way, (and that only where he allows her,) is Leonie. His biggest problem is that he [[EvenEvilhasStandards won't pursue]] her, thinks he is [[MayDecemberRomance much too old]] for her, and is frustrated when she refuses his [[TheMatchmaker Matchmaking]]. In later books they're happily married, but he's still a (semi-retired) Magnificent Bastard. This is made very clear in Devil's Cub where he makes it very clear to his son that, because his actions have the potential to hurt Leonie, he will leave the country and reform, (for an Avon definition, of course,) whether he likes it or not, and that if he causes her any more problems he will never be seen again.

to:

* [[TheChessmaster The Duke of Avon]] in [[GeorgetteHeyer These Old Shades]]. There is a reason everyone calls him [[NamestoRunAwayFromReallyFast Satanis]]. Everyone knows him, everyone respects him, and everyone is at least a little afraid of him, even the Crown Prince of one of the most powerful kingdoms in the world has a degree of fear for him. He started out life with a title, a horrible family reputation, a [[BigMessedUpFamily Big Messed Up Family]], BigScrewedUpFamily, a title, and a huge load of debt. He won his entire huge fortune at gambling, it is strongly implied that he spent years as a super spy, and he has managed to the point where no-one would dare to not invite him. He is only redeamed by falling in love, and even that doesn't change his Magnificent Bastardry. He still [[ManipulativeBastard manipulates]] her, (although in some ways she manipulates him,) he still get his revenge, and the fact that his True Love is the illegitimate daughter of his worst enemy just makes it better. He utterly destroys the man, and manipulates him into taking his own life, and uses that to set up his love with money, name, and reputation. He comes out with everything, and the only one who ever bests him in any way, (and that only where he allows her,) is Leonie. His biggest problem is that he [[EvenEvilhasStandards won't pursue]] her, thinks he is [[MayDecemberRomance much too old]] for her, and is frustrated when she refuses his [[TheMatchmaker Matchmaking]]. In later books they're happily married, but he's still a (semi-retired) Magnificent Bastard. This is made very clear in Devil's Cub where he makes it very clear to his son that, because his actions have the potential to hurt Leonie, he will leave the country and reform, (for an Avon definition, of course,) whether he likes it or not, and that if he causes her any more problems he will never be seen again.
This list shows the last 10 events of 363. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=MagnificentBastard.Literature