History MagnificentBastard / LiveActionTV

16th Jan '17 4:48:43 AM LlamaRamaDingDong
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** The Master, in many of his incarnations. In the Delgado era, he was a suave foil for the Doctor, constantly trying to take over the world, using untrustworthy allies. In the Ainley era, he created a city for the sole purpose of trapping the Doctor, managed to foment a civil war among people who were convalescing, and nearly derailed the signing of the Magna Carta, among other schemes. Not to mention the time he held ''the entire universe'' for ransom, after destroying a tenth of it '''ON ACCIDENT'''. In the Simm era, he ran for and was elected Prime Minister. He took over the Earth, decimated the population with six billion robot beachballs [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom of doom]], tormented the main protagonists while dancing around his CoolShip to "Voodoo Child" (by the Rogue Traders), and was generally bastardly. And magnificent. This was [[ResetButton undone]] in the end, but still.

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** The Master, in many of his incarnations. In the Delgado era, he was a suave foil for the Doctor, constantly trying to take over the world, using untrustworthy allies. In the Ainley era, he created a city for the sole purpose of trapping the Doctor, managed to foment a civil war among people who were convalescing, and nearly derailed the signing of the Magna Carta, among other schemes. Not to mention the time he held ''the entire universe'' for ransom, after destroying a tenth of it '''ON '''BY ACCIDENT'''. In the Simm era, he ran for and was elected Prime Minister. He took over the Earth, decimated the population with six billion robot beachballs [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom of doom]], tormented the main protagonists while dancing around his CoolShip to "Voodoo Child" (by the Rogue Traders), and was generally bastardly. And magnificent. This was [[ResetButton undone]] in the end, but still.
13th Jan '17 8:04:53 AM rafi
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* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': Benjamin Linus is notorious for being a magnificent bastard. His entire character revolves around manipulating others into doing his bidding, constantly lying, and emotional blackmail. He gets through five seasons this way, sometimes allying with the heroes, sometimes opposing them, but always coming out ahead.
** Speaking of ''Lost'', this trope also belongs to [[spoiler: [=UnFlocke=]]]. Manipulative Bastard? Check. And as [[spoiler: The Candidate]] shows, he is [[GambitRoulette one hell]] of a Chessmaster ([[spoiler: even if it didn't work fully, it was still a badass plan that KILLED 3 MAJOR CHARACTERS!]]). The way he [[spoiler: manipulated Ben]] to [[spoiler: kill Jacob]] was just classic. Jacob himself also counts.

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* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': ''Series/{{Lost}}'':
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Benjamin Linus is notorious for being a magnificent bastard. His entire character revolves around manipulating others into doing his bidding, constantly lying, and emotional blackmail. He gets through five seasons this way, sometimes allying with the heroes, sometimes opposing them, but always coming out ahead.
** Speaking of ''Lost'', this This trope also belongs to [[spoiler: [=UnFlocke=]]].the Man in Black]]. Manipulative Bastard? Check. And as [[spoiler: The Candidate]] shows, he is [[GambitRoulette one hell]] of a Chessmaster ([[spoiler: even if it didn't work fully, it was still a badass plan that KILLED 3 MAJOR CHARACTERS!]]). The way he [[spoiler: manipulated Ben]] to [[spoiler: kill Jacob]] was just classic. Jacob himself also counts.
1st Jan '17 6:45:25 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/AmericanGothic'': [[AffablyEvil Sheriff]] [[{{Satan}} Lucas Buck]] fulfills this trope again and again throughout the series. Among the worst (or best, depending on your point of view) offenses would be his MindRape of Dr. Crower, beginning with forcing him to [[BreakTheCutie relive his past tragedies]] ([[spoiler:his alcoholism, its destruction of his career, and the terrible accident which cost him the life of his wife and daughter]]), which nearly makes him [[spoiler:fall OffTheWagon again]]. This then continues on to the convoluted GambitRoulette wherein [[spoiler:he convinces Dr. Crower via a woman who claims to be his mother [[CaptainObvious that he is the Devil Incarnate]].]] Armed with this CassandraTruth, Matt morphs into a StalkerWithACrush (only without the crush, [[IncrediblyLamePun unless you take it to mean wanting to crush Buck to death]]), so that in the end he gets dragged away, [[GoMadFromTheRevelation having gone off the deep end]], and [[PutOnABus is last seen]] [[spoiler:locked away in an insane asylum]]. Talk about a DownerEnding...but so ingeniously pulled off.

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* ''Series/AmericanGothic'': ''Series/AmericanGothic1995'': [[AffablyEvil Sheriff]] [[{{Satan}} Lucas Buck]] fulfills this trope again and again throughout the series. Among the worst (or best, depending on your point of view) offenses would be his MindRape of Dr. Crower, beginning with forcing him to [[BreakTheCutie relive his past tragedies]] ([[spoiler:his alcoholism, its destruction of his career, and the terrible accident which cost him the life of his wife and daughter]]), which nearly makes him [[spoiler:fall OffTheWagon again]]. This then continues on to the convoluted GambitRoulette wherein [[spoiler:he convinces Dr. Crower via a woman who claims to be his mother [[CaptainObvious that he is the Devil Incarnate]].]] Armed with this CassandraTruth, Matt morphs into a StalkerWithACrush (only without the crush, [[IncrediblyLamePun unless you take it to mean wanting to crush Buck to death]]), so that in the end he gets dragged away, [[GoMadFromTheRevelation having gone off the deep end]], and [[PutOnABus is last seen]] [[spoiler:locked away in an insane asylum]]. Talk about a DownerEnding...but so ingeniously pulled off.
26th Dec '16 8:03:34 PM PaulA
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* ''Series/FlashGordon'': Ming in the re-imagined series. Unlike his comic book or movie portrayal, this Ming doesn't look like a FashionVictimVillain and try to out-ham everyone. Instead, he dresses and acts like a third-world dictator by relying as heavily on propaganda and the media as on his Patriot troops. He wears a (mostly) plain military uniform, except for one episode where he wears a ceremonial cloak for a day of rememberance. He can be ruthless or kind (although, he usually leans towards the former). In one episode, a man is caught smuggling ice, a crime punishable by death on Mongo, as most of the water on the planet is contaminated. When the man pleads that he only did it to save his sick daughter, his words seemingly fall on deaf ears. Then, on the day of the public execution (via a gas chamber), Ming addresses the wife and daughter of the man, publicly promising them several rations of water in order to cure the girl... and then orders the execution of the man anyway. After all, a crime is a crime, no matter the reasons. The name "Ming the Merciless" does show up in an episode, which is revealed to be a nickname given to him by the poor. When he finds out, he personally chokes the entertainer who speaks it. Ming usually prefers "Benevolent Father", and you better use it.

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* ''Series/FlashGordon'': ''Series/{{Flash Gordon|2007}}'': Ming in the re-imagined series. Unlike his comic book or movie portrayal, this Ming doesn't look like a FashionVictimVillain and try to out-ham everyone. Instead, he dresses and acts like a third-world dictator by relying as heavily on propaganda and the media as on his Patriot troops. He wears a (mostly) plain military uniform, except for one episode where he wears a ceremonial cloak for a day of rememberance. He can be ruthless or kind (although, he usually leans towards the former). In one episode, a man is caught smuggling ice, a crime punishable by death on Mongo, as most of the water on the planet is contaminated. When the man pleads that he only did it to save his sick daughter, his words seemingly fall on deaf ears. Then, on the day of the public execution (via a gas chamber), Ming addresses the wife and daughter of the man, publicly promising them several rations of water in order to cure the girl... and then orders the execution of the man anyway. After all, a crime is a crime, no matter the reasons. The name "Ming the Merciless" does show up in an episode, which is revealed to be a nickname given to him by the poor. When he finds out, he personally chokes the entertainer who speaks it. Ming usually prefers "Benevolent Father", and you better use it.
10th Dec '16 8:22:35 AM Morgenthaler
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*** [[TheDragon Tenaya 7]]. Especially in the earlier episodes. Her plans are actually pretty competent, she's GenreSavvy enough to employ the KansasCityShuffle as a common tactic, BadAss enough to fight the rangers single-handedly, and snarky enough to be genuinely amusing.

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*** [[TheDragon Tenaya 7]]. Especially in the earlier episodes. Her plans are actually pretty competent, she's GenreSavvy enough to employ the KansasCityShuffle as a common tactic, BadAss badass enough to fight the rangers single-handedly, and snarky enough to be genuinely amusing.
5th Dec '16 9:52:28 AM ZarbiNerada
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** Then we have "Captain" Paul G. Fremont, architect of the National Association of Law Enforcers racket. What makes him a MagnificentBastard is that he succeeded in tailoring a scam that greatly appealed to the selfish and the altruistic alike; the selfish were interested in the "courtesy cards" that supposedly entitled them to preferential treatment, and the altruistic believed their money would go towards helping to support the next of kin of police killed in the line of duty.
8th Sep '16 2:18:18 AM jormis29
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* ''TruCalling'': Jack. His Bastardry comes from his mission: to keep the protagonist from saving the lives of the dead people who ask her to do so. His Magnificence comes in the way that he does it. Where Tru tends towards attacking the problem at its source, Jack thinks sideways, poisoning people against Tru before she even shows up. He also tends towards taunting her with little notes and snide commentary. He managed to infiltrate her inner circle with a mole, thus allowing himself to garner all manner of info on her without her knowledge. By the end of the series, he literally has 3 people connected to Tru and her gang that they are entirely unaware of. Imagine the BolivianArmyEnding when the good guys don't even know the army is ''there''.
* ''TheTudors'': Cardinal Wolsey and Thomas Cromwell definitely apply, as does Edward Seymour. (TruthInTelevision for Wolsey and Cromwell; harder to say for Edward, who has trouble following through when he most needs to.) Note that these guys are each involved in each other's takedowns - and were allies before that. This is more pronounced for Wolsey and Cromwell - Cromwell owes his start in royal service to Wolsey. Edward and Cromwell were allies of convenience; no way it was going to last on this show.

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* ''TruCalling'': ''Series/TruCalling'': Jack. His Bastardry comes from his mission: to keep the protagonist from saving the lives of the dead people who ask her to do so. His Magnificence comes in the way that he does it. Where Tru tends towards attacking the problem at its source, Jack thinks sideways, poisoning people against Tru before she even shows up. He also tends towards taunting her with little notes and snide commentary. He managed to infiltrate her inner circle with a mole, thus allowing himself to garner all manner of info on her without her knowledge. By the end of the series, he literally has 3 people connected to Tru and her gang that they are entirely unaware of. Imagine the BolivianArmyEnding when the good guys don't even know the army is ''there''.
* ''TheTudors'': ''Series/TheTudors'': Cardinal Wolsey and Thomas Cromwell definitely apply, as does Edward Seymour. (TruthInTelevision for Wolsey and Cromwell; harder to say for Edward, who has trouble following through when he most needs to.) Note that these guys are each involved in each other's takedowns - and were allies before that. This is more pronounced for Wolsey and Cromwell - Cromwell owes his start in royal service to Wolsey. Edward and Cromwell were allies of convenience; no way it was going to last on this show.
9th Aug '16 5:25:03 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/FallOfEagles'': OttoVonBismarck (played by Curd Jürgens) in the two episodes "The English Princess" and "The Honest Broker". Given that it's a fairly accurate portrayal of the real life Bismarck, who united Germany into one country and then dominated European politics for twenty years.

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* ''Series/FallOfEagles'': OttoVonBismarck UsefulNotes/OttoVonBismarck (played by Curd Jürgens) in the two episodes "The English Princess" and "The Honest Broker". Given that it's a fairly accurate portrayal of the real life Bismarck, who united Germany into one country and then dominated European politics for twenty years.
23rd Jul '16 2:40:10 PM TimeLordVictorious
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*** Then comes the Dalek Emperor in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E13ThePartingOfTheWays "The Parting of the Ways"]]. Having survived the Time War, he and the Daleks infiltrated Earth from 199,000 to 200,100, and slowly rebuilt the Dalek race during this period, whilst hiding from humanity and controlling it at the same time. He considers himself to be the god of all Daleks as a result of this, and the Daleks willingly worship himself as such.
23rd Jul '16 12:57:32 PM nombretomado
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* Certain contestants on RealityTV competition programs can be Magnificent Bastards if they win in an impressive manner, or if they didn't win, came very close to doing so. Good examples include Richard Hatch, Brian Heidik, Parvati Shallow and "Boston" Rob Mariano from ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' and Dr. Will Kirby and Dan Gheesling from the American version of BigBrother.

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* Certain contestants on RealityTV competition programs can be Magnificent Bastards if they win in an impressive manner, or if they didn't win, came very close to doing so. Good examples include Richard Hatch, Brian Heidik, Parvati Shallow and "Boston" Rob Mariano from ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' and Dr. Will Kirby and Dan Gheesling from the American version of BigBrother.''Series/BigBrother''.
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