History MagnificentBastard / LiveActionTV

17th Jan '16 11:27:37 AM nombretomado
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* ''LawAndOrderSVU'': One example is Darius Parker. He plays the police and the DA's office, basically gets away with double homicide, and forces his mother (who hated him all his life and gave him to her mother to raise because he was the result of rape) to acknowledge him in open court by bringing all the secrets and lies to light.
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* ''LawAndOrderSVU'': ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'': One example is Darius Parker. He plays the police and the DA's office, basically gets away with double homicide, and forces his mother (who hated him all his life and gave him to her mother to raise because he was the result of rape) to acknowledge him in open court by bringing all the secrets and lies to light.
1st Jan '16 6:47:26 PM nombretomado
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* ''SlingsAndArrows'': [[PunnyName Holly Day]]. Neither as evil nor as magnificent as many on this list, she still earns her place by managing to display exactly how batshit insane corporatization and commodity culture are, ''and'' how they can seem perfectly reasonable and good from the inside. And for taking a bright and sunny disposition far beyond AffablyEvil. And for just being so over-the-top as to gush about her plans for the New Burbage Festival ''in the middle of her sex scene'' with her BastardUnderstudy. * ''{{Smallville}}'': Lionel Luthor is a serious contender for TropeCodifier. If you are on ''Smallville'' you have, at some point, been used by Lionel. One excellent example comes in Season 1, when Lex tries to buy a factory out from under Lionel, only to discover that his bank account has already been emptied and his access revoked. Even after his eventual HeelFaceTurn, Lionel remained grandiose, narcissistic, and manipulative, overshadowing all the other schemer in the series, including Lex.
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* ''SlingsAndArrows'': ''Series/SlingsAndArrows'': [[PunnyName Holly Day]]. Neither as evil nor as magnificent as many on this list, she still earns her place by managing to display exactly how batshit insane corporatization and commodity culture are, ''and'' how they can seem perfectly reasonable and good from the inside. And for taking a bright and sunny disposition far beyond AffablyEvil. And for just being so over-the-top as to gush about her plans for the New Burbage Festival ''in the middle of her sex scene'' with her BastardUnderstudy. * ''{{Smallville}}'': ''Series/{{Smallville}}'': Lionel Luthor is a serious contender for TropeCodifier. If you are on ''Smallville'' you have, at some point, been used by Lionel. One excellent example comes in Season 1, when Lex tries to buy a factory out from under Lionel, only to discover that his bank account has already been emptied and his access revoked. Even after his eventual HeelFaceTurn, Lionel remained grandiose, narcissistic, and manipulative, overshadowing all the other schemer in the series, including Lex.
12th Dec '15 11:26:56 AM Morgaus
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* ''Series/IZombie'': Blaine DeBeers. Blaine becomes the sole supplier of brains to the zombies in the city, operating out of an actual butcher shop, using regular (i.e. not undead) delivery boys. His first act is to have sex with a rich older woman, infecting her, and then offer to supply her with brains for $25,000 a month. He's also charming and disarming, convincing Clive that his shop is on the level, when the detective comes to ask about a dead kid. He even offers Clive to show him around the back of the shop, despite having a cut-up body there [[spoiler: (although, had Clive agreed, he would've been killed)]]. Despite being a lowly street dealer when he was alive, Blaine shows refinement, admitting he used to be a wine connoisseur before his taste buds atrophied, and even has his cook try to come up with tasty dishes with brains.
21st Nov '15 5:29:21 PM Morgaus
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** Two from Series/PowerRangersRPM: 1.[[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. 2.[[BigBad Venjix]] becomes one by the end of the series. At first he seems like a typical GenreBlind, OrcusOnHisThrone, EvilOverlord. Following the same basic Power Rangers villain formula of send attack-bot into city, have it fight the rangers, it's destroyed, he makes it grow, they destroy it with the Megazord, rinse and repeat ect. ect. But as the series goes on, he starts to learn from his mistakes and his plans start becoming [[TheChessmaster more elaborate]] and [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy genuinely cunning]]. The crowning moment comes at the end of the series, when it's revealed that [[spoiler: Every plan he made throughout the show was all part of one giant XanatosGambit. If they succeeded, fine. If not, then they served the purpose of distracting the rangers from his ''[[AssimilationPlot real]]'' [[ManchurianAgent plan]].]]
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** Two from Series/PowerRangersRPM: 1.Series/PowerRangersRPM: *** [[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. 2. *** [[BigBad Venjix]] becomes one by the end of the series. At first he seems like a typical GenreBlind, OrcusOnHisThrone, EvilOverlord. Following the same basic Power Rangers villain formula of send attack-bot into city, have it fight the rangers, it's destroyed, he makes it grow, they destroy it with the Megazord, rinse and repeat ect. ect. But as the series goes on, he starts to learn from his mistakes and his plans start becoming [[TheChessmaster more elaborate]] and [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy genuinely cunning]]. The crowning moment comes at the end of the series, when it's revealed that [[spoiler: Every plan he made throughout the show was all part of one giant XanatosGambit. If they succeeded, fine. If not, then they served the purpose of distracting the rangers from his ''[[AssimilationPlot real]]'' [[ManchurianAgent plan]].]]
21st Nov '15 5:28:15 PM Morgaus
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** Two from Series/PowerRangersRPM: 1.[[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. 2.[[BigBad Venjix]] becomes one by the end of the series. At first he seems like a typical GenreBlind, OrcusOnHisThrone, EvilOverlord. Following the same basic Power Rangers villain formula of send attack-bot into city, have it fight the rangers, it's destroyed, he makes it grow, they destroy it with the Megazord, rinse and repeat ect. ect. But as the series goes on, he starts to learn from his mistakes and his plans start becoming [[TheChessmaster more elaborate]] and [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy genuinely cunning]]. The crowning moment comes at the end of the series, when it's revealed that [[spoiler: Every plan he made throughout the show was all part of one giant XanatosGambit. If they succeeded, fine. If not, then they served the purpose of distracting the rangers from his ''[[AssimilationPlot real]]'' [[ManchurianAgent plan]].]]
21st Oct '15 2:23:07 PM bowserbros
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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. 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... ** Davros: In the serial [[Recap/DoctorWhoS22E6RevelationOfTheDaleks "Revelation of the Daleks"]]. After escaping from a maximum security prison, he adopts an alias and becomes a hero to the galaxy by alleviating famine. How does he do it? He uses the bodies sent to a planet-sized cemetery complex as the main ingredient for an "artificial" foodstuff. When the Doctor asks if he's actually told the general public about this, Davros says no, because "That would have created what I believe is termed 'consumer resistance'." Oh, and while he's doing all this, he's using other bodies from the complex to create (yet another) new race of Daleks. He was pretty bastardly in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E4GenesisOfTheDaleks "Genesis of the Daleks"]] as well. When the Doctor convinced the Kaled government to investigate his research programs, he simply gave the Thals, his own people's arch-enemies, the information they needed to annihilate the Kaleds. Then he sent the Daleks to wipe out the Thals. Meanwhile, he carries out a purge of any surviving Kaleds whose conscience might hinder the Daleks' development. If you actually pay attention, you'll notice Davros isn't even so much as momentarily inconvenienced for the whole six episodes, despite the numerous twists and turns, up until the last few moments where the Daleks turn on him and (almost) kill him. Whoops.
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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 ''the entire universe'' for ransom.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... still. ** Davros: In the serial [[Recap/DoctorWhoS22E6RevelationOfTheDaleks "Revelation of the Daleks"]]. After escaping from a maximum security prison, he adopts an alias and becomes a hero to the galaxy by alleviating famine. How does he do it? He uses the bodies sent to a planet-sized cemetery complex as the main ingredient for an "artificial" foodstuff. When the Doctor asks if he's actually told the general public about this, Davros says no, because "That would have created what I believe is termed 'consumer resistance'." Oh, and while he's doing all this, he's using other bodies from the complex to create (yet another) new race of Daleks. He was pretty bastardly in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E4GenesisOfTheDaleks "Genesis of the Daleks"]] as well. When the Doctor convinced the Kaled government to investigate his research programs, he simply gave the Thals, his own people's arch-enemies, the information they needed to annihilate the Kaleds. Then he sent the Daleks to wipe out the Thals. Meanwhile, he carries out a purge of any surviving Kaleds whose conscience might hinder the Daleks' development. If you actually pay attention, you'll notice Davros isn't even so much as momentarily inconvenienced for the whole six episodes, despite the numerous twists and turns, up until the last few moments where the Daleks turn on him and (almost) kill him. Whoops. Even in the revival series, he's proven himself worthy of this title. In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E2TheWitchsFamiliar "The Witch's Familiar,"]] Davros is able to [[spoiler:finally regain the worship of the Daleks and steal the Doctor's regeneration energy to empower them, at least until the decaying ones in the sewers also gain said energy and start revolting]].
8th Oct '15 3:28:41 PM themasterplanner
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* ''Series/{{Gotham}}'' has Oswald Cobblepot AKA The Penguin. In traditional Batman lore, he's the GentlemanThief, the [[EvilCounterpart evil Bruce Wayne]], and the OnlySaneMan among Batman's many Crazies, but not usually on the level of being magnificent. However, this version of Oswald, despite his initial pathetic appearance, is a Magnificent Bastard in spades. He begins at the bottom of the old Gotham criminal underworld, stuck as a kiss up and slave to one of the Underbosses (lesser bosses under a bigger gang), and his nickname is still a sign of derision. In the first episode, he's sent to be killed for snitching to Jim Gordon that the mob created a fall guy for the Wayne murder, but due to Gordon's compassion, survives. (Turns out that he'd [[BatmanGambit arranged this himself, knowing Gordon could be persuaded not to kill him.]]) He resolves to return to Gotham and work his way back to becoming Gotham's new king. Being perceptive and a good reader of people, he then does a series of deals with BOTH criminal heads, slowly carving out his own influence [[ManipulativeBastard and slowly pitting them against each other and the police for his own benefit]]. He even once convinced an old woman to murder her husband for a ticket to Arizona, just because he had only one shotgun shell left to cover his tracks, and before that, talked his way out if certain death by car crusher, while still inside the car. But the best part about Cobblepot here is that it only takes one season before [[spoiler: he gets his main rivals killed off or forced into retirement, [[TheBadGuyWins and actually does become the greatest crime lord in Gotham]]. ]]
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* ''Series/{{Gotham}}'' has Oswald Cobblepot AKA The Penguin. In traditional Batman lore, he's the GentlemanThief, the [[EvilCounterpart evil Bruce Wayne]], and the OnlySaneMan among Batman's many Crazies, but not usually on the level of being magnificent. However, this version of Oswald, despite his initial pathetic appearance, is a Magnificent Bastard in spades. He begins at the bottom of the old Gotham criminal underworld, stuck as a kiss up and slave to one of the Underbosses (lesser bosses under a bigger gang), and his nickname is still a sign of derision. In the first episode, he's sent to be killed for snitching to Jim Gordon that the mob created a fall guy for the Wayne murder, but due to Gordon's compassion, survives. (Turns out that he'd [[BatmanGambit arranged this himself, knowing Gordon could be persuaded not to kill him.]]) He resolves to return to Gotham and work his way back to becoming Gotham's new king. Being perceptive and a good reader of people, he then does a series of deals with BOTH criminal heads, slowly carving out his own influence [[ManipulativeBastard and slowly pitting them against each other and the police for his own benefit]]. He even once convinced an old woman to murder her husband for a ticket to Arizona, just because he had only one shotgun shell left to cover his tracks, and before that, talked his way out if of certain death by car crusher, while still inside the car. car! But the best part about Cobblepot here is that it only takes one season before [[spoiler: he gets his main rivals killed off or forced into retirement, [[TheBadGuyWins and actually does become the greatest crime lord in Gotham]]. ]]
8th Oct '15 3:26:01 PM themasterplanner
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* ''Series/{{Gotham}}'' has Oswald Cobblepot AKA The Penguin. In "grown up" batman lore, he's the GentlemanThief, the [[EvilCounterpart evil bruce wayne]], and the OnlySaneMan among Batman's many Crazies, but not usually on the level of being magnificent. However, this Oswald is magnificent because despite his initial pathetic appearance, he actually hits all the main points of being the Magnificent Bastard. He begins at the bottom of the old Gotham criminal underworld, stuck as a kiss up and slave to one of the Underbosses (lesser bosses under a bigger gang), and his nickname is still a sign of derision. In the first episode, he's sent to be killed for snitching to Jim Gordon that the mob created a fall guy for the Wayne murder, but due to Gordon's compassion, survives. (Turns out that he'd [[BatmanGambit arranged this himself, knowing Gordon could be persuaded not to kill him.]]) He resolves to return to Gotham and work his way back to becoming Gotham's new king. Being perceptive and a good reader of people, he then does a series of deals with BOTH criminal heads, slowly carving out his own influence [[ManipulativeBastard and slowly pitting them against each other and the police for his own benefit]]. He even once convinced an old woman to murder her husband for a ticket to Arizona, just because he had only one shotgun shell left to cover his tracks. But the best part about Cobblepot here is that it only takes 1 season before [[spoiler: He gets his main rivals killed off or forced into retirement, [[TheBadGuyWins and actually does become the greatest crime lord in Gotham]]. ]]
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* ''Series/{{Gotham}}'' has Oswald Cobblepot AKA The Penguin. In "grown up" batman traditional Batman lore, he's the GentlemanThief, the [[EvilCounterpart evil bruce wayne]], Bruce Wayne]], and the OnlySaneMan among Batman's many Crazies, but not usually on the level of being magnificent. However, this Oswald is magnificent because version of Oswald, despite his initial pathetic appearance, he actually hits all the main points of being the is a Magnificent Bastard.Bastard in spades. He begins at the bottom of the old Gotham criminal underworld, stuck as a kiss up and slave to one of the Underbosses (lesser bosses under a bigger gang), and his nickname is still a sign of derision. In the first episode, he's sent to be killed for snitching to Jim Gordon that the mob created a fall guy for the Wayne murder, but due to Gordon's compassion, survives. (Turns out that he'd [[BatmanGambit arranged this himself, knowing Gordon could be persuaded not to kill him.]]) He resolves to return to Gotham and work his way back to becoming Gotham's new king. Being perceptive and a good reader of people, he then does a series of deals with BOTH criminal heads, slowly carving out his own influence [[ManipulativeBastard and slowly pitting them against each other and the police for his own benefit]]. He even once convinced an old woman to murder her husband for a ticket to Arizona, just because he had only one shotgun shell left to cover his tracks. tracks, and before that, talked his way out if certain death by car crusher, while still inside the car. But the best part about Cobblepot here is that it only takes 1 one season before [[spoiler: He he gets his main rivals killed off or forced into retirement, [[TheBadGuyWins and actually does become the greatest crime lord in Gotham]]. ]]
8th Oct '15 3:17:49 PM themasterplanner
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* ''Series/{{Gotham}}'' has Oswald Cobblepot AKA The Penguin. In "grown up" batman lore, he's the GentlemanThief, the [[EvilCounterpart evil bruce wayne]], and the OnlySaneMan among Batman's many Crazies, but not usually on the level of being magnificent. However, this Oswald is magnificent because despite his initial pathetic appearance, he actually hits all the main points of being the Magnificent Bastard. He begins at the bottom of the old Gotham criminal underworld, stuck as a kiss up and slave to one of the Underbosses (lesser bosses under a bigger gang), and his nickname is still a sign of derision. In the first episode, he's sent to be killed for snitching to Jim Gordon that the mob created a fall guy for the Wayne murder, but due to Gordon's compassion, survives. He resolves to return to Gotham and work his way back to becoming Gotham's new king. (vision) Being a good reader of people (charisma), he then does a series of deals with BOTH criminal heads, slowly carving out his own influence. (smooth, savvy & brilliant) He even once convinced an old woman to murder her husband for a ticket to Arizona, just because he had only one shotgun shell left to cover his tracks. But the best part about Cobblepot here is that it only takes 1 season before [[spoiler: He gets his main rivals killed off or forced into retirement, [[TheBadGuyWins and actually does become the greatest crime lord in Gotham]]. ]]
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* ''Series/{{Gotham}}'' has Oswald Cobblepot AKA The Penguin. In "grown up" batman lore, he's the GentlemanThief, the [[EvilCounterpart evil bruce wayne]], and the OnlySaneMan among Batman's many Crazies, but not usually on the level of being magnificent. However, this Oswald is magnificent because despite his initial pathetic appearance, he actually hits all the main points of being the Magnificent Bastard. He begins at the bottom of the old Gotham criminal underworld, stuck as a kiss up and slave to one of the Underbosses (lesser bosses under a bigger gang), and his nickname is still a sign of derision. In the first episode, he's sent to be killed for snitching to Jim Gordon that the mob created a fall guy for the Wayne murder, but due to Gordon's compassion, survives. (Turns out that he'd [[BatmanGambit arranged this himself, knowing Gordon could be persuaded not to kill him.]]) He resolves to return to Gotham and work his way back to becoming Gotham's new king. (vision) Being perceptive and a good reader of people (charisma), people, he then does a series of deals with BOTH criminal heads, slowly carving out his own influence. (smooth, savvy & brilliant) influence [[ManipulativeBastard and slowly pitting them against each other and the police for his own benefit]]. He even once convinced an old woman to murder her husband for a ticket to Arizona, just because he had only one shotgun shell left to cover his tracks. But the best part about Cobblepot here is that it only takes 1 season before [[spoiler: He gets his main rivals killed off or forced into retirement, [[TheBadGuyWins and actually does become the greatest crime lord in Gotham]]. ]]
26th Sep '15 7:24:35 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''HalfMoonInvestigations'': April Devereux gets this, despite being, at most, 15. While Half Moon can figure out what she's done all the time, she's never close enough to the action to be convicted, and in the rare case when she is, she's managed to make it so that no one is willing to turn her in. Plus, [[spoiler:after Fletcher helps her win back her posse, she asks him to dance and, in a classy move, informs him she's going to get him excluded or discredited the next term.]]
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* ''HalfMoonInvestigations'': ''Series/HalfMoonInvestigations'': April Devereux gets this, despite being, at most, 15. While Half Moon can figure out what she's done all the time, she's never close enough to the action to be convicted, and in the rare case when she is, she's managed to make it so that no one is willing to turn her in. Plus, [[spoiler:after Fletcher helps her win back her posse, she asks him to dance and, in a classy move, informs him she's going to get him excluded or discredited the next term.]]
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