History MagnificentBastard / Literature

12th Feb '17 7:27:19 PM SamTheAwesome
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** Many people forget that Melkor/Morgoth, the original Dark Lord, once qualified before he squandered his power and knowledge. In the beginning he was the second most powerful being in existence other than {{God}}. After he disrupted the song of creation in an attempt to glorify himself, he seduced many lesser spirits to his side. He was able to fight off the other Valar for years after entering the world, taking a colossal, majestic, and terrifying form. When he was finally captured, he feigned repentance in order to be let out. When he was, he went among the Noldor Elves spreading lies and dissent while appearing beautiful and friendly. By the time he was caught, he corrupted and divided the Elves so far that a centuries-long HopelessWar followed. Even afterwards many still fell for his tricks.

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** Many people forget that Melkor/Morgoth, the original Dark Lord, once qualified before he squandered his power and knowledge. In the beginning he was the second most powerful being in existence other than {{God}}. After he disrupted the song of creation in an attempt to glorify himself, he seduced many lesser spirits to his side. He was able to fight off the other Valar for years after entering the world, taking a colossal, majestic, and terrifying form. When he was finally captured, he feigned repentance in order to be let out. When he was, he went among the Noldor Elves spreading lies and dissent while appearing beautiful and friendly. By the time he was caught, he corrupted and divided the Elves so far that a centuries-long HopelessWar followed. Even afterwards many characters, even elves, still fell for his tricks.
12th Feb '17 7:26:41 PM SamTheAwesome
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** Many people forget that Melkor/Morgoth, the original Dark Lord, once qualified before he squandered his power and knowledge. In the beginning he was the second most powerful being in existence other than {{God}}. After he disrupted the song of creation in an attempt to glorify himself, he seduced many lesser spirits to his side. He was able to fight off the other Valar for years after entering the world, taking a colossal, majestic, and terrifying form. When he was finally captured, he feigned repentance in order to be let out. When he was, he went among the Noldor Elves spreading lies and dissent while appearing beautiful and friendly. By the time he was caught, he corrupted and divided the Elves so far that a centuries-long HopelessWar followed.

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** Many people forget that Melkor/Morgoth, the original Dark Lord, once qualified before he squandered his power and knowledge. In the beginning he was the second most powerful being in existence other than {{God}}. After he disrupted the song of creation in an attempt to glorify himself, he seduced many lesser spirits to his side. He was able to fight off the other Valar for years after entering the world, taking a colossal, majestic, and terrifying form. When he was finally captured, he feigned repentance in order to be let out. When he was, he went among the Noldor Elves spreading lies and dissent while appearing beautiful and friendly. By the time he was caught, he corrupted and divided the Elves so far that a centuries-long HopelessWar followed. Even afterwards many still fell for his tricks.
12th Feb '17 7:24:50 PM SamTheAwesome
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** Many people forget that Melkor/Morgoth, the original Dark Lord, once qualified before he squandered his power and knowledge. In the beginning he was the second most powerful being in existence other than {{God}}. After he disrupted the song of creation in an attempt to glorify himself, he seduced many lesser spirits to his side. He was able to fight off the other Valar for years after entering the world, taking a colossal, majestic, and terrifying form. When he was finally captured, he feigned repentance in order to be let out. When he was, he went among the Noldor Elves spreading lies and dissent while appearing beautiful and friendly. By the time he was caught, he corrupted and divided the Elves so far that a centuries-long HopelessWar followed.
6th Feb '17 10:33:40 AM starlight9
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* Prince Vladimir, TheChessmaster EvilPrince in the ''Literature/NightfallSeries'', is a CunningLikeAFox, WickedCultured ManipulativeBastard, always ten steps ahead of his enemies. No one can guess what he thinks: he always has a hidden plan, and another one hidded behind it. He can make anyone do anything, while they believe it had been their own idea all along.
6th Nov '16 7:28:24 AM dlchen145
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** Sergeant Jackrum from ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'', asides from being a major {{Badass}}, may not appear to have high rank, but this is deceptive. Jackrum knows how to play "ruperts" -- slang for officers -- like a fiddle, "anticipating their orders" so that he is basically in command, and if that fails making damn sure that things swing his way anyway.

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** Sergeant Jackrum from ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'', asides from being a major {{Badass}}, badass, may not appear to have high rank, but this is deceptive. Jackrum knows how to play "ruperts" -- slang for officers -- like a fiddle, "anticipating their orders" so that he is basically in command, and if that fails making damn sure that things swing his way anyway.
25th Oct '16 5:59:17 PM OminousNominousNom
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** Hell, what about Locke Lamora himself? He started running games when he was *six*, and for all the Magnificent Bastardry of both the Grey King and Capa Barsavi, he ran rings around both of them- in the case of the latter, for over a decade! He conned dozens of nobles, including [[spoiler: the Spider herself]], and got away from it all without a scratch.


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24th Oct '16 5:41:49 AM SimiOfDoom
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*** ''Road of the Patriarch'' pretty much amplifies his Magnificent Bastardry to truly epic levels, where he ends up manipulating [[spoiler:the entire Kingdom of Bloodstone and its paladin king, Gareth Dragonsbane, the Citadel of Assassins, ''two ancient dragons'', the remnants of the lich-king Zenghyi's artificial magical constructs, Artemis Entreri,]] and his own drow mercenary band that he is ''no longer in direct control of'' to his own benefit and for the hilarity of it all, and he does it with such flair and ease that it looks like child's play. Truly, Jarlaxle is one of the greatest Magnificent Bastards in all of fiction.

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*** ''Road of the Patriarch'' ''Literature/TheSellswords'' pretty much amplifies his Magnificent Bastardry to truly epic levels, where he ends up manipulating [[spoiler:the entire Kingdom of Bloodstone and its paladin king, Gareth Dragonsbane, the Citadel of Assassins, ''two ancient dragons'', the remnants of the lich-king Zenghyi's artificial magical constructs, Artemis Entreri,]] and his own drow mercenary band that he is ''no longer in direct control of'' to his own benefit and for the hilarity of it all, and he does it with such flair and ease that it looks like child's play. Truly, Jarlaxle is one of the greatest Magnificent Bastards in all of fiction.
14th Sep '16 1:39:33 AM PaulA
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* Achilles in the ''Shadow'' series of sequels to ''Literature/EndersGame''. Sabotaging India's war in Indochina to allow China to sweep in and conquer both India Proper and its new conquests, and ''then'' [[spoiler: playing both the Chinese and Peter Wiggin like a violin until Bean stops him]] makes him the epitome of a Magnificent Bastard. And all before his thirtieth (hell, maybe even his twentieth) birthday.

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* Achilles in the ''Shadow'' series of sequels to ''Literature/EndersGame''. ''Literature/EndersShadow'' series. Sabotaging India's war in Indochina to allow China to sweep in and conquer both India Proper and its new conquests, and ''then'' [[spoiler: playing [[spoiler:playing both the Chinese and Peter Wiggin like a violin until Bean stops him]] makes him the epitome of a Magnificent Bastard. And all before his thirtieth (hell, maybe even his twentieth) birthday.
13th Aug '16 12:33:22 PM nombretomado
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* [[DichterUndDenker German philosopher]] Oswald Spengler was fascinated by them (like so many), and stated in his non-fiction book ''Literature/TheDeclineOfTheWest'' that there's barely if anything comparable to the satisfaction than that you feel if all the pieces of a great combination fall into place, JustAsPlanned.

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* [[DichterUndDenker [[UsefulNotes/DichterAndDenker German philosopher]] Oswald Spengler was fascinated by them (like so many), and stated in his non-fiction book ''Literature/TheDeclineOfTheWest'' that there's barely if anything comparable to the satisfaction than that you feel if all the pieces of a great combination fall into place, JustAsPlanned.
10th Aug '16 9:11:17 PM PaulA
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* Toranaga in ''Literature/Shogun}}'' is a quintessential Magnificent Bastard, and if the book were more widely known, it is quite possible he would be considered the TropeCodifier rather than [[Series/{{Dallas}} J.R. Ewing]] or [[Series/{{Smallville}} Lionel Luthor]]. Toranaga combines TheChessmaster and ManipulativeBastard gloriously, and plays an awesome game of XanatosSpeedChess when his plans get derailed. The latter detail is one of the best aspects of the way he has been written; he is not omniscient, and does make mistakes, and has occasionally been faced with a situation that puts him at a potentially fatal disadvantage, but he is very good at improvising his way out. It is impossible not to hope Toranaga ends up at the top of the GambitPileup that forms the book's backdrop, even though he is the black in the BlackAndGreyMorality; both Toranaga and his nemesis Ishido had sworn to their late master that they would protect his young son until he was old enough to rule, but Ishido believes Toranaga intends to supplant the boy and become Shogun himself, [[spoiler: and he's absolutely right]]. If any doubts about his Magnificent Bastard credentials remain towards the end of the book, the reveal in the final chapter of the insanely elaborate KansasCityShuffle he's been playing through the entire second half, ending with [[spoiler: his brutal ToThePain revenge on his nemesis Ishido,]] puts him firmly in this category: "It wasn't an Act of God. It was an Act of Toranaga."

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* Toranaga in ''Literature/Shogun}}'' ''{{Literature/Shogun}}'' is a quintessential Magnificent Bastard, and if the book were more widely known, it is quite possible he would be considered the TropeCodifier rather than [[Series/{{Dallas}} J.R. Ewing]] or [[Series/{{Smallville}} Lionel Luthor]]. Toranaga combines TheChessmaster and ManipulativeBastard gloriously, and plays an awesome game of XanatosSpeedChess when his plans get derailed. The latter detail is one of the best aspects of the way he has been written; he is not omniscient, and does make mistakes, and has occasionally been faced with a situation that puts him at a potentially fatal disadvantage, but he is very good at improvising his way out. It is impossible not to hope Toranaga ends up at the top of the GambitPileup that forms the book's backdrop, even though he is the black in the BlackAndGreyMorality; both Toranaga and his nemesis Ishido had sworn to their late master that they would protect his young son until he was old enough to rule, but Ishido believes Toranaga intends to supplant the boy and become Shogun himself, [[spoiler: and he's absolutely right]]. If any doubts about his Magnificent Bastard credentials remain towards the end of the book, the reveal in the final chapter of the insanely elaborate KansasCityShuffle he's been playing through the entire second half, ending with [[spoiler: his brutal ToThePain revenge on his nemesis Ishido,]] puts him firmly in this category: "It wasn't an Act of God. It was an Act of Toranaga."
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