History MagnificentBastard / LiveActionTV

15th Nov '17 9:23:03 PM D---Devil756
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* ''Series/MrRobot'': Whiterose. A transexual woman who leads the Dark Army whilst doubling as the [[VillainWithGoodPublicity Chinese Prime Minister]], she brilliantly [[PlayingBothSides manipulates every side]] of the spectrum and is always a step ahead of everybody. She is so good at covering her tracks that anybody who is aware of her true existence is convinced that she's nothing more than a gangland myth on the Internet, all while she's [[ManipulativeBastard manipulating]] [[TheChessmaster events]] on the world stage from puppeteering Presidents to annexing land.
18th Oct '17 10:25:08 AM Isaac_Heller
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** Fiona, the Black Fairy, in the Season 6 finale put together an EvilPlan that came closest to total success than any other, with it only being thwarted in the end by [[spoiler: her underestimating both the Savior, Emma, and her own son, Rumpelstiltskin.]]
17th Oct '17 12:38:50 PM Isaac_Heller
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* Jamie Moriarty from ''Series/Elementary'', by virtue of being a version of Moriarty and ''also'' [[spoiler: Irene Adler, effortlessly manipulating Sherlock and messing up his entire life.]]



** Katherine Pierce is properly introduced into the series by making perfect use of her resemblance to Elena. She only gets more impressive from there, particularly when we find out she's immune to the vampire AchillesHeel of vervain due to having taken increasing amounts of it for over a century to build up her tolerance. And then there's her XanatosSpeedChess coup in the aptly titled "Plan B." Holy crap. In fact, every episode she's in show's how truly magnificent she is. Wheeling, dealing, sexy, badass and always with a back-up plan she is the best example of this trope.

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** Katherine Pierce is properly introduced into the series by making perfect use of her resemblance to Elena. She only gets more impressive from there, particularly when we find out she's immune to the vampire AchillesHeel of vervain due to having taken increasing amounts of it for over a century to build up her tolerance. And then there's her XanatosSpeedChess coup in the aptly titled "Plan B." Holy crap. In fact, every episode she's in show's how truly magnificent she is. Wheeling, dealing, sexy, badass and always with a back-up plan plan, she is among the best example examples of this trope.trope, even becoming [[spoiler: the FinalBoss of the show as ''Queen of Hell''.]]
17th Oct '17 12:32:05 PM Isaac_Heller
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** Zelena, aka the Wicked Witch of the West might have crossed in the line into Magnificent Bitch in the episode 'Quiet Minds.' In the Enchanted Forest she sends Lumiere to lead Bae and Belle to the vault of the Dark One in order to resurrect Rumple. Even though they figure out her plan just in time Bae still completes the ritual, sacrificing his own life in the process. She gets hold of the dagger and almost succeeds in getting Rumpel to murder Belle. In Storybrooke Gold gets out of the cage she's trapped him in... and even manages to warn Emma who Zelena is... but Neal dies, Gold remains under Zelena's control and Zelena seems unconcerned that everyone knows who she is.

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** Zelena, aka the Wicked Witch of the West might have crossed in the line into Magnificent Bitch in the episode 'Quiet Minds.' In the Enchanted Forest she sends Lumiere to lead Bae and Belle to the vault of the Dark One in order to resurrect Rumple. Even though they figure out her plan just in time Bae still completes the ritual, sacrificing his own life in the process. She gets hold of the dagger and almost succeeds in getting Rumpel Rumple to murder Belle. In Storybrooke Gold gets out of the cage she's trapped him in... and even manages to warn Emma who Zelena is... but Neal dies, Gold remains under Zelena's control and Zelena seems unconcerned that everyone knows who she is.


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** And then there's Hades in Season 5, where the only thing you need to know about how magnificent a bastard he is would be the fact that he [[spoiler: ''out-Rumples Rumpelstiltskin'', casually beating him at his own game and making him his servant.]]
15th Oct '17 8:11:34 PM DemonsHorn
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** Susan 'Scotty' Hargrave belongs here too. This stylish and sophisticated private military fashionista has wits that can stand tow-to-toe with Reddington.

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** Susan 'Scotty' Hargrave belongs here too. This stylish and sophisticated private military fashionista has wits that can stand tow-to-toe toe-to-toe with Reddington.
15th Oct '17 8:09:58 PM DemonsHorn
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* ''Series/TheBlacklist'': Raymond Reddington. He starts the show by turning himself over to the FBI to assist them in taking down a supposedly-dead terrorist, who is just the first out of many in the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin eponymous Blacklist]]. He follows that up by constantly [[ManipulativeBastard manipulating]] [[PlayingBothSides the Feds and criminals]] to pursue his [[HiddenAgendaVillain own agendas]]. All while being deliciously portrayed by James Spader.

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* ''Series/TheBlacklist'': Raymond Reddington. He starts the show by turning himself over to the FBI to assist them in taking down a supposedly-dead terrorist, who is just the first out of many in the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin eponymous Blacklist]]. He [[FromBadToWorse follows that up up]] by constantly [[ManipulativeBastard manipulating]] [[PlayingBothSides the Feds and criminals]] to pursue his [[HiddenAgendaVillain own agendas]]. All while being deliciously portrayed The delicious portrayal by James Spader.Spader cements it.
** By the end of Season 3, he virtually has the Bureau under his control. The entire government knows it, and they cannot do anything about it.
** Susan 'Scotty' Hargrave belongs here too. This stylish and sophisticated private military fashionista has wits that can stand tow-to-toe with Reddington.
16th Sep '17 4:21:07 AM Doug86
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* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'': Other than the obvious main character and resident mastermind, Nate Ford, we have Jim Sterling, Nate's NotSoDifferent EvilCounterpart and insurance investigator [[spoiler:turned Interpol officer]], played by none other than the extremely smirk-ey MarkSheppard. The universal rule of Sterling's appearances on the show is that '''Sterling never loses''', meaning he's immune to VillainDecay. The only way the gang can win when Sterling shows up is to make sure that he wins, too.

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* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'': Other than the obvious main character and resident mastermind, Nate Ford, we have Jim Sterling, Nate's NotSoDifferent EvilCounterpart and insurance investigator [[spoiler:turned Interpol officer]], played by none other than the extremely smirk-ey MarkSheppard.Creator/MarkSheppard. The universal rule of Sterling's appearances on the show is that '''Sterling never loses''', meaning he's immune to VillainDecay. The only way the gang can win when Sterling shows up is to make sure that he wins, too.
1st Sep '17 3:55:18 PM nombretomado
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** Victor Newman from ''TheYoungAndTheRestless''.
** Adam Chandler and Erica Kane from ''AllMyChildren''.

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** Victor Newman from ''TheYoungAndTheRestless''.
''Series/TheYoungAndTheRestless''.
** Adam Chandler and Erica Kane from ''AllMyChildren''.''Series/AllMyChildren''.
2nd Jul '17 11:19:14 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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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 smart enough to employ the KansasCityShuffle as a common tactic, badass enough to fight the rangers single-handedly, and snarky enough to be genuinely amusing.
4th Jun '17 8:52:51 AM nombretomado
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** The fact that he plays [[spoiler: both his sons - Agents Mulder and Spender - off each other]], as well as running the GovernmentConspiracy? If TVTropes had existed when this show was on, there's no doubt he would have been considered the TropeCodifier. In fact he's only in sort of a middle-management position in the conspiracy, but it's clear that he's far more savvy than his co-conspirators.

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** The fact that he plays [[spoiler: both his sons - Agents Mulder and Spender - off each other]], as well as running the GovernmentConspiracy? If TVTropes Wiki/TVTropes had existed when this show was on, there's no doubt he would have been considered the TropeCodifier. In fact he's only in sort of a middle-management position in the conspiracy, but it's clear that he's far more savvy than his co-conspirators.
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