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2nd May '16 8:04:20 PM Whoa15
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* Music/Voltaires' "When You're Evil" is so gleeful as he recounts all his evil deeds.
** I'm the fear that keeps you awake/ I'm the shadows on the wall/ I'm the monster they become/ I'm the nightmare in your skull/ I'm the dagger in your back/ the extra turn upon the rack/ I'm the whimper of your heart/ a sudden pain a sudden start
14th Mar '16 4:44:41 AM thok
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* Menelik II, emperor of Ethiopia. Starting out as king of Shewa (then one of the kingdoms in which Ethiopia was divided), he skillfully manipulated his rivals until emperor Yohannes IV paid for his life his attempt at manipulating the Mahists, at which point he seized the throne with Italian help. Then he found out the Italians had scammed him, the international version of his treaty with them making Ethiopia a protectorate... So he allied with Mengesha Yohannes, ruler of Tigray and Yohannes IV's chosen successor, defeated the Italians after arming parts of his troops with ''rifles he bought from the Italians at credit'', and in the peace treaty he ''gave half of Tigray to the Italians'' to weaken the one man who could conceivably stop him from doing away with Ethiopia's heavy fragmentation.
6th Mar '16 4:37:29 PM GrammarNavi
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* Wrestling/{{WWE}} Chairman [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince McMahon]] could qualify as this, both on-screen and in RealLife. In the early 80s, he was the only promoter to really see the potential of cable television. Through a series of risky deals, he turned his father's World Wide Wrestling Federation into the largest professional wrestling promotion in North America that has held a monopoly on the sport ever since, bar a short period in the late 90s when {{WCW}} dethroned his company. He also managed to turn [[XPacHeat real-life fan hatred of him]] due to the Wrestling/MontrealScrewjob into legitimate {{Heel}} heat, becoming the "Mr. [=McMahon=]" character, which was his own personality only ''more so''. Mr. [=McMahon=] even became one of WWE's most enduring characters and a huge draw in his own right. As well as a MagnificentBastard, despite, or perhaps because of, his ability to suffer extreme humiliation (remember that time Steve Austin attacked him in the hospital and hit him with a bedpan?) and in the long run stay on top of his company anyway.

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* Wrestling/{{WWE}} Chairman [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince McMahon]] could qualify as this, both on-screen and in RealLife. In the early 80s, he was the only promoter to really see the potential of cable television. Through a series of risky deals, he turned his father's World Wide Wrestling Federation into the largest professional wrestling promotion in North America that has held a monopoly on the sport ever since, bar a short period in the late 90s when {{WCW}} Wrestling/{{WCW}} dethroned his company. He also managed to turn [[XPacHeat real-life fan hatred of him]] due to the Wrestling/MontrealScrewjob into legitimate {{Heel}} heat, becoming the "Mr. [=McMahon=]" character, which was his own personality only ''more so''. Mr. [=McMahon=] even became one of WWE's most enduring characters and a huge draw in his own right. As well as a MagnificentBastard, despite, or perhaps because of, his ability to suffer extreme humiliation (remember that time Steve Austin attacked him in the hospital and hit him with a bedpan?) and in the long run stay on top of his company anyway.
23rd Dec '15 11:04:51 PM SSJMagus
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* Wrestling/{{WWE}} Chairman [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince [=McMahon=]]] could qualify as this, both on-screen and in RealLife. In the early 80s, he was the only promoter to really see the potential of cable television. Through a series of risky deals, he turned his father's World Wide Wrestling Federation into the largest professional wrestling promotion in North America that has held a monopoly on the sport ever since, bar a short period in the late 90s when {{WCW}} dethroned his company. He also managed to turn [[XPacHeat real-life fan hatred of him]] due to the Wrestling/MontrealScrewjob into legitimate {{Heel}} heat, becoming the "[=Mr. [=McMahon=]" character, which was his own personality only ''more so''. Mr. [=McMahon=] even became one of WWE's most enduring characters and a huge draw in his own right. As well as a MagnificentBastard, despite, or perhaps because of, his ability to suffer extreme humiliation (remember that time Steve Austin attacked him in the hospital and hit him with a bedpan?) and in the long run stay on top of his company anyway.

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* Wrestling/{{WWE}} Chairman [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince [=McMahon=]]] McMahon]] could qualify as this, both on-screen and in RealLife. In the early 80s, he was the only promoter to really see the potential of cable television. Through a series of risky deals, he turned his father's World Wide Wrestling Federation into the largest professional wrestling promotion in North America that has held a monopoly on the sport ever since, bar a short period in the late 90s when {{WCW}} dethroned his company. He also managed to turn [[XPacHeat real-life fan hatred of him]] due to the Wrestling/MontrealScrewjob into legitimate {{Heel}} heat, becoming the "[=Mr."Mr. [=McMahon=]" character, which was his own personality only ''more so''. Mr. [=McMahon=] even became one of WWE's most enduring characters and a huge draw in his own right. As well as a MagnificentBastard, despite, or perhaps because of, his ability to suffer extreme humiliation (remember that time Steve Austin attacked him in the hospital and hit him with a bedpan?) and in the long run stay on top of his company anyway.
5th Sep '15 1:54:51 PM EDP
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[[AC:Real Life]]
* Menelik II, emperor of Ethiopia. Starting out as king of Shewa (then one of the kingdoms in which Ethiopia was divided), he skillfully manipulated his rivals until emperor Yohannes IV paid for his life his attempt at manipulating the Mahists, at which point he seized the throne with Italian help. Then he found out the Italians had scammed him, the international version of his treaty with them making Ethiopia a protectorate... So he allied with Mengesha Yohannes, ruler of Tigray and Yohannes IV's chosen successor, defeated the Italians after arming parts of his troops with ''rifles he bought from the Italians at credit'', and in the peace treaty he ''gave half of Tigray to the Italians'' to weaken the one man who could conceivably stop him from doing away with Ethiopia's heavy fragmentation.
28th Jun '15 8:39:54 PM phoenix
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* Sony was able to become this with their presentation of the {{Playstation 4}} at E3 2013. From the Shot's fired comments, the existence of backwards compatibility, the games previewed, and the $399 retail price, the Internet has more or less declared the PS 4 the "winner" of E3 2013
* UsefulNotes/CyrusTheGreat made a career out of making his enemies seem like oppressors, acting benevolently to those he conquered and generally following the EvilOverlordList as much as possible. That's the "magnificent" part. However, despite being a relatively fair and [[FairForItsDay progressive]] ruler, he was still a conqueror, which is where the "bastard" part comes in
* The Roman Emperor Tiberius. On the bastard: he was a pervert, a drunkard and a pedophile, raised his nephew and successor UsefulNotes/{{Caligula}} (yes, ''[[TropeNamer that]]'' [[TheCaligula Caligula]]) in a literal CircusOfFear, would break the legs of anyone pissing him off, and generally earning himself so much hate that when he died people ''danced in the streets of Rome''. On the magnificent: he succeeded in the almost impossible task of fortifying the new Imperial regime without transforming it in a monarchy, repressed rebellions and ruled in such a way to take away cause, kept peace with all the neighbours as long as they didn't strike first (and those who did lost ''hard''), at his death the Empire's coffers were full, and when his main subordinate tried to usurp his power he neutralized him by ''having him read his own arrest warrant before the Senate''[[note]]The subordinate was Sejanus, commander of the PraetorianGuard and generally Tiberius' right hand man, who used the emperor's stay in his resort at Capri to assemble enough power and influence he couldn't be removed easily. When he caught wind of what Sejanus was doing, Tiberius started undermining his power by sending contradictory letters that would sometime praise and sometimes condemn him, announcing he was coming back to Rome or saying he was dying, stepping down from the post of consul (thus forcing Sejanus to do the same), and giving Caligula the high priesthood, thus renewing political support to Sejanus' only possible opponents. When things were deemed ready the emperor sent him a letter to read before the Senate, telling him it would give him more power... Except the letter, that started out praising Sejanus while putting in some critic, at one point had the phrase "Arrest Sejanus, he's a traitor". The senators complied, but worried about the possible reaction of the Praetorians... And found out that while the letter was being read, the chief of the ''vigiles'' (Rome's police and firefighter department), acting under Tiberius' orders, had also taken over the Praetorian Guard. Sejanus was executed a few days later.[[/note]] There's a good reason if ''he'' in person is the TropeNamer for TheEmperor[[note]]The title had existed for centuries, but only meant that the holder was the commander in chief of the Roman military. From Tiberius onward, however, it became first the main and then the only title of the ruler of Rome[[/note]] and managed to rule for 23 years before dying (likely of ''natural causes'', even if some blame Caligula for this).
* Menelik II, emperor of Ethiopia. On the bastard: he rose from king of Shewa (one of the smaller kingdoms making up the Ethiopian Empire) to emperor of Ethiopia by getting his rivals to fight each other, betraying the rightful heir to the throne Mengesha Yohannes, and effectively selling a piece of Ethiopia) to the Italians in exchange for their help. On the magnificent: he manipulated multiple politically savvy opponents, Tigray, the piece of Ethiopia he gave to the Italians, was the power base of Mengesha Yohannes, transformed the fragmented country he had inherited in an unified and (relatively) modern state, when he found out the Italians had tricked him into making Ethiopia a protectorate he tricked them into ''selling him the guns he would use to defeat them and get Ethiopian independence recognized'', and his throne was a friggin' ''electric chair'' (the inventor had sent him three for executions, but Ethiopia had no electricity at the time).

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* Sony was able to become this with their presentation of the {{Playstation 4}} at E3 2013. From the Shot's fired comments, the existence of backwards compatibility, the games previewed, and the $399 retail price, the Internet has more or less declared the PS 4 the "winner" of E3 2013
* UsefulNotes/CyrusTheGreat made a career out of making his enemies seem like oppressors, acting benevolently to those he conquered and generally following the EvilOverlordList as much as possible. That's the "magnificent" part. However, despite being a relatively fair and [[FairForItsDay progressive]] ruler, he was still a conqueror, which is where the "bastard" part comes in
* The Roman Emperor Tiberius. On the bastard: he was a pervert, a drunkard and a pedophile, raised his nephew and successor UsefulNotes/{{Caligula}} (yes, ''[[TropeNamer that]]'' [[TheCaligula Caligula]]) in a literal CircusOfFear, would break the legs of anyone pissing him off, and generally earning himself so much hate that when he died people ''danced in the streets of Rome''. On the magnificent: he succeeded in the almost impossible task of fortifying the new Imperial regime without transforming it in a monarchy, repressed rebellions and ruled in such a way to take away cause, kept peace with all the neighbours as long as they didn't strike first (and those who did lost ''hard''), at his death the Empire's coffers were full, and when his main subordinate tried to usurp his power he neutralized him by ''having him read his own arrest warrant before the Senate''[[note]]The subordinate was Sejanus, commander of the PraetorianGuard and generally Tiberius' right hand man, who used the emperor's stay in his resort at Capri to assemble enough power and influence he couldn't be removed easily. When he caught wind of what Sejanus was doing, Tiberius started undermining his power by sending contradictory letters that would sometime praise and sometimes condemn him, announcing he was coming back to Rome or saying he was dying, stepping down from the post of consul (thus forcing Sejanus to do the same), and giving Caligula the high priesthood, thus renewing political support to Sejanus' only possible opponents. When things were deemed ready the emperor sent him a letter to read before the Senate, telling him it would give him more power... Except the letter, that started out praising Sejanus while putting in some critic, at one point had the phrase "Arrest Sejanus, he's a traitor". The senators complied, but worried about the possible reaction of the Praetorians... And found out that while the letter was being read, the chief of the ''vigiles'' (Rome's police and firefighter department), acting under Tiberius' orders, had also taken over the Praetorian Guard. Sejanus was executed a few days later.[[/note]] There's a good reason if ''he'' in person is the TropeNamer for TheEmperor[[note]]The title had existed for centuries, but only meant that the holder was the commander in chief of the Roman military. From Tiberius onward, however, it became first the main and then the only title of the ruler of Rome[[/note]] and managed to rule for 23 years before dying (likely of ''natural causes'', even if some blame Caligula for this).
* Menelik II, emperor of Ethiopia. On the bastard: he rose from king of Shewa (one of the smaller kingdoms making up the Ethiopian Empire) to emperor of Ethiopia by getting his rivals to fight each other, betraying the rightful heir to the throne Mengesha Yohannes, and effectively selling a piece of Ethiopia) to the Italians in exchange for their help. On the magnificent: he manipulated multiple politically savvy opponents, Tigray, the piece of Ethiopia he gave to the Italians, was the power base of Mengesha Yohannes, transformed the fragmented country he had inherited in an unified and (relatively) modern state, when he found out the Italians had tricked him into making Ethiopia a protectorate he tricked them into ''selling him the guns he would use to defeat them and get Ethiopian independence recognized'', and his throne was a friggin' ''electric chair'' (the inventor had sent him three for executions, but Ethiopia had no electricity at the time).
12th Jun '15 12:37:31 PM EDP
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* Menelik II, emperor of Ethiopia. On the bastard: he rose from king of Shewa (one of the smaller kingdoms making up the Ethiopian Empire) to emperor of Ethiopia by getting his rivals to fight each other, betraying the rightful heir to the throne Mengesha Yohannes, and effectively selling a piece of Ethiopia) to the Italians in exchange for their help. On the magnificent: he manipulated multiple politically savvy opponents, Tigray, the piece of Ethiopia he gave to the Italians, was the power base of Mengesha Yohannes, transformed the fragmented country he had inherited in an unified and (relatively) modern state, when he found out the Italians had tricked him into making Ethiopia a protectorate he tricked them into ''selling him the guns he would use to defeat them and get Ethiopian independence recognized'', and his throne was a friggin' ''electric chair'' (the inventor had sent him three for executions, but Ethiopia had no electricity at the time).
4th May '15 4:04:52 PM chopshop
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* Some tellings of "The Scorpion and the Frog" depict the scorpion as being this, in stark contrast to [[StupidEvil how the original story depicted him]]. After convincing the frog to let him ride him across the river, the scorpion stings and kills the frog because [[ILied he knew how to swim all along]]; he knew the frog was too much of a altruist to refuse help, so he lied in order to trick his hated enemy into making himself vulnerable.
12th Apr '15 11:22:43 AM EDP
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* The Roman Emperor Tiberius. On the bastard: he was a pervert, a drunkard and a pedophile, raised his nephew and successor UsefulNotes/{{Caligula}} (yes, ''[[TropeNamer that]]'' [[TheCaligula Caligula]]) in a literal CircusOfFear, would break the legs of anyone pissing him off, and generally earning himself so much hate that when he died people ''danced in the streets of Rome''. On the magnificent: he succeeded in the almost impossible task of fortifying the new Imperial regime without transforming it in a monarchy, repressed rebellions and ruled in such a way to take away cause, kept peace with all the neighbours as long as they didn't strike first (and those who did lost ''hard''), at his death the Empire's coffers were full, and when his main subordinate tried to usurp his power he neutralized him by ''having him read his own arrest warrant before the Senate''[[note]]The subordinate was Sejanus, commander of the PraetorianGuard and generally Tiberius' right hand man, who used the emperor's stay in his resort at Capri to assemble enough power and influence he couldn't be removed easily. When he caught wind of what Sejanus was doing, Tiberius started undermining his power by sending contradictory letters that would sometime praise and sometimes condemn him, announcing he was coming back to Rome or saying he was dying, stepping down from the post of consul (thus forcing Sejanus to do the same), and giving Caligula the high priesthood, thus renewing political support to Sejanus' only possible opponents. When things were deemed ready the emperor sent him a letter to read before the Senate, telling him it would give him more power... Except the letter, that started out praising Sejanus while putting in some critic, at one point had the phrase "Arrest Sejanus, he's a traitor". The senators complied, but worried about the possible reaction of the Praetorians... And found out that while the letter was being read, the chief of the ''vigiles'' (Rome's police and firefighter department), acting under Tiberius' orders, had also taken over the Praetorian Guard. Sejanus was executed a few days later.[[/note]] There's a good reason if ''he'' in person is the TropeNamer for TheEmperor[[note]]The title had existed for centuries, but only meant that the holder was the commander in chief of the Roman military. From Tiberius onward, however, it became first the main and then the only title of the ruler of Rome[[/note]]...

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* The Roman Emperor Tiberius. On the bastard: he was a pervert, a drunkard and a pedophile, raised his nephew and successor UsefulNotes/{{Caligula}} (yes, ''[[TropeNamer that]]'' [[TheCaligula Caligula]]) in a literal CircusOfFear, would break the legs of anyone pissing him off, and generally earning himself so much hate that when he died people ''danced in the streets of Rome''. On the magnificent: he succeeded in the almost impossible task of fortifying the new Imperial regime without transforming it in a monarchy, repressed rebellions and ruled in such a way to take away cause, kept peace with all the neighbours as long as they didn't strike first (and those who did lost ''hard''), at his death the Empire's coffers were full, and when his main subordinate tried to usurp his power he neutralized him by ''having him read his own arrest warrant before the Senate''[[note]]The subordinate was Sejanus, commander of the PraetorianGuard and generally Tiberius' right hand man, who used the emperor's stay in his resort at Capri to assemble enough power and influence he couldn't be removed easily. When he caught wind of what Sejanus was doing, Tiberius started undermining his power by sending contradictory letters that would sometime praise and sometimes condemn him, announcing he was coming back to Rome or saying he was dying, stepping down from the post of consul (thus forcing Sejanus to do the same), and giving Caligula the high priesthood, thus renewing political support to Sejanus' only possible opponents. When things were deemed ready the emperor sent him a letter to read before the Senate, telling him it would give him more power... Except the letter, that started out praising Sejanus while putting in some critic, at one point had the phrase "Arrest Sejanus, he's a traitor". The senators complied, but worried about the possible reaction of the Praetorians... And found out that while the letter was being read, the chief of the ''vigiles'' (Rome's police and firefighter department), acting under Tiberius' orders, had also taken over the Praetorian Guard. Sejanus was executed a few days later.[[/note]] There's a good reason if ''he'' in person is the TropeNamer for TheEmperor[[note]]The title had existed for centuries, but only meant that the holder was the commander in chief of the Roman military. From Tiberius onward, however, it became first the main and then the only title of the ruler of Rome[[/note]]...Rome[[/note]] and managed to rule for 23 years before dying (likely of ''natural causes'', even if some blame Caligula for this).
12th Apr '15 10:58:24 AM EDP
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* The Roman Emperor Tiberius. On the bastard: he was a pervert, a drunkard and a pedophile, raised his nephew and successor UsefulNotes/{{Caligula}} (yes, ''[[TropeNamer that]]'' [[TheCaligula Caligula]]) in a literal CircusOfFear, and would break the legs of anyone pissing him off. On the magnificent: he succeeded in the almost impossible task of fortifying the new Imperial regime without transforming it in a monarchy, repressed rebellions and ruled in such a way to take away cause, kept peace with all the neighbours as long as they didn't strike first (and those who did lost ''hard''), at his death the Empire's coffers were full, [[TropeNamer brought the title of]] ''[[TropeNamer imperator]]'' [[TropeNamer from being a military rank to mean]] TheEmperor, and when his main subordinate, commander of the PraetorianGuard Sejanus, started usurping his power, he neutralized him by ''having him read his own arrest warrant before the Senate''[[note]]Tiberius, who at the time was in his resort at Capri, had found out what Sejanus was doing, and started undermining his power by sending contradictory letters that would sometime praise and sometimes condemn him, announcing he was coming back to Rome or saying he was dying, stepping down from the post of consul (thus forcing Sejanus to do the same), and giving Caligula political support. When things were deemed ready he sent him a letter to read before the Senate, telling him it would give him more power... Except the letter, that started out praising Sejanus while putting in some critic, at one point had the phrase "Arrest Sejanus, he's a traitor", and the senators complied... And found out that while the letter was being read, the chief of the police, acting under Tiberius' orders, had also taken over the Praetorian Guard. Sejanus was executed a few days later.[[/note]]

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* The Roman Emperor Tiberius. On the bastard: he was a pervert, a drunkard and a pedophile, raised his nephew and successor UsefulNotes/{{Caligula}} (yes, ''[[TropeNamer that]]'' [[TheCaligula Caligula]]) in a literal CircusOfFear, and would break the legs of anyone pissing him off. off, and generally earning himself so much hate that when he died people ''danced in the streets of Rome''. On the magnificent: he succeeded in the almost impossible task of fortifying the new Imperial regime without transforming it in a monarchy, repressed rebellions and ruled in such a way to take away cause, kept peace with all the neighbours as long as they didn't strike first (and those who did lost ''hard''), at his death the Empire's coffers were full, [[TropeNamer brought the title of]] ''[[TropeNamer imperator]]'' [[TropeNamer from being a military rank to mean]] TheEmperor, and when his main subordinate, commander of the PraetorianGuard Sejanus, started usurping subordinate tried to usurp his power, power he neutralized him by ''having him read his own arrest warrant before the Senate''[[note]]Tiberius, Senate''[[note]]The subordinate was Sejanus, commander of the PraetorianGuard and generally Tiberius' right hand man, who at used the time was emperor's stay in his resort at Capri, had found out Capri to assemble enough power and influence he couldn't be removed easily. When he caught wind of what Sejanus was doing, and Tiberius started undermining his power by sending contradictory letters that would sometime praise and sometimes condemn him, announcing he was coming back to Rome or saying he was dying, stepping down from the post of consul (thus forcing Sejanus to do the same), and giving Caligula the high priesthood, thus renewing political support. support to Sejanus' only possible opponents. When things were deemed ready he the emperor sent him a letter to read before the Senate, telling him it would give him more power... Except the letter, that started out praising Sejanus while putting in some critic, at one point had the phrase "Arrest Sejanus, he's a traitor", and the traitor". The senators complied... complied, but worried about the possible reaction of the Praetorians... And found out that while the letter was being read, the chief of the police, ''vigiles'' (Rome's police and firefighter department), acting under Tiberius' orders, had also taken over the Praetorian Guard. Sejanus was executed a few days later.[[/note]][[/note]] There's a good reason if ''he'' in person is the TropeNamer for TheEmperor[[note]]The title had existed for centuries, but only meant that the holder was the commander in chief of the Roman military. From Tiberius onward, however, it became first the main and then the only title of the ruler of Rome[[/note]]...
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