History MagnificentBastard / Theatre

1st Apr '16 2:16:44 AM Morgenthaler
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* A more restrained Shakespearean example of a MagnificentBastard (and, in fact, a real-life example) is Octavius Caesar in AntonyAndCleopatra. He pulls a string of [[XanatosGambit Xanatos Gambits]], such as marrying ''his own sister'' to Antony to force him either to [[ThickerThanWater shame Caesar (and thus provide him with an excuse for war) or bend the knee]], [[ManipulativeBastard manipulates nearly everyone he meets]] (bar [[FemmeFatale Cleopatra]]), defeats the more militarily adept Antony through a BatmanGambit, [[VisionaryVillain has truly grandiose plans]], and, unlike most of the other examples here, [[spoiler: ends up as the most powerful man in all the world and Emperor of the Roman Empire.]]

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* A more restrained Shakespearean example of a MagnificentBastard (and, in fact, a real-life example) is Octavius Caesar in AntonyAndCleopatra.Theatre/AntonyAndCleopatra. He pulls a string of [[XanatosGambit Xanatos Gambits]], such as marrying ''his own sister'' to Antony to force him either to [[ThickerThanWater shame Caesar (and thus provide him with an excuse for war) or bend the knee]], [[ManipulativeBastard manipulates nearly everyone he meets]] (bar [[FemmeFatale Cleopatra]]), defeats the more militarily adept Antony through a BatmanGambit, [[VisionaryVillain has truly grandiose plans]], and, unlike most of the other examples here, [[spoiler: ends up as the most powerful man in all the world and Emperor of the Roman Empire.]]
26th Sep '15 2:48:08 PM Starshock
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* Eva in Music/{{Evita}} is truly this trope. She schemes her way up from the slums, kicks out Juan's mistress without even blinking, brilliantly masks her wickedness by helping the people, and runs the country through her husband. Juan may be El Presidente, but Eva's the ''real'' dictator here. She even seizes control of the government! And as for magnificence? Her wardrobe is truly fabulous, her death can only be described as tragic, despite her villainy, ("I saw the lights, and I was on my way."), she always steals the spotlight, and is '''''BELOVED''''' by her people. Don't cry for Argentina, she's too much of a MagnificentBastard [[TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth for this inglorious earth.]]

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* Eva in Music/{{Evita}} is truly this trope. She schemes her way up from the slums, kicks out Juan's mistress without even blinking, brilliantly masks her wickedness by helping the people, and runs the country through her husband. Juan may be El Presidente, but Eva's the ''real'' dictator here. She even seizes control of the government! And as for magnificence? Her wardrobe is truly fabulous, her death can only be described as tragic, despite her villainy, ("I saw the lights, and I was on my way."), she always steals the spotlight, and is '''''BELOVED''''' by her people. Don't cry for Argentina, she's too much of a MagnificentBastard [[TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth for this inglorious earth.]]
17th Aug '15 4:43:09 AM Morgenthaler
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* Harry Roat from ''WaitUntilDark'', right from the very first scene when he traps Talman and Carlino into his plot.
* Caldwell B. Cladwell, CorruptCorporateExecutive and BigBad of ''{{Urinetown}}'', most definitely qualifies. His bastardry is even more delicious when in the end it is revealed [[spoiler:that as cruel as his methods were, they actually caused less harm to the people than when the heroes take over and make water consumption unlimited, resulting in an apocalyptic drought.]]
* Roy Cohn, the RealLife AmoralAttorney and [=McCarthyist=] zealot portrayed in ''AngelsInAmerica''.
* Few can compare with the Phantom from [[AndrewLloydWebber Webber's]] musical adaption of ThePhantomOfTheOpera. He is a decidedly dark "Angel of Music" affected with a hint or two of madness, a hearty dollop of romantic obsession and a flair for dramatic trickery and murder. He's also a suave, half-masked genius who excels at seduction, manipulation, (possibly real) magic and arrogant bravado. Oh, and he manages to achieve most of this with some of the most potent male theatrical scores ever written. "Sing for me," indeed.
* Regina Giddens in ''TheLittleFoxes''.

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* Harry Roat from ''WaitUntilDark'', ''Theatre/WaitUntilDark'', right from the very first scene when he traps Talman and Carlino into his plot.
* Caldwell B. Cladwell, CorruptCorporateExecutive and BigBad of ''{{Urinetown}}'', ''Theatre/{{Urinetown}}'', most definitely qualifies. His bastardry is even more delicious when in the end it is revealed [[spoiler:that as cruel as his methods were, they actually caused less harm to the people than when the heroes take over and make water consumption unlimited, resulting in an apocalyptic drought.]]
* Roy Cohn, the RealLife AmoralAttorney and [=McCarthyist=] zealot portrayed in ''AngelsInAmerica''.
''Theatre/AngelsInAmerica''.
* Few can compare with the Phantom from [[AndrewLloydWebber Webber's]] musical adaption of ThePhantomOfTheOpera.Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera. He is a decidedly dark "Angel of Music" affected with a hint or two of madness, a hearty dollop of romantic obsession and a flair for dramatic trickery and murder. He's also a suave, half-masked genius who excels at seduction, manipulation, (possibly real) magic and arrogant bravado. Oh, and he manages to achieve most of this with some of the most potent male theatrical scores ever written. "Sing for me," indeed.
* Regina Giddens in ''TheLittleFoxes''.''Theatre/TheLittleFoxes''.



* J. Pierrepont Finch from HowToSucceedInBusinessWithoutReallyTrying. He is a window-washer who gets a mailroom job at a company by pretending he knows the CEO, gets promoted to head of the mailroom that same day by shmoozing the former head, turns down that promotion knowing that he would be stuck there for years and screws over another employee, gets a job as a junior executive by being so "humble", tricks the CEO into thinking he had been working all night long on a Saturday and that he is an alumnus of the CEO's college, gets his own office and secretary as a result of this, tricks that secretary into seducing his boss whose job he steals, gets appointed Vice President in charge of Advertising by outing the actual VP candidate as a student of the rival of the CEO's alma mater, steals an idea from a fellow employee about a treasure hunt and pitches it, and finally, when the treasure hunt idea fails and he is facing being fired for the disaster it caused, he forces everyone else at the company to help him by suggesting to the Chairman of the Board to fire them all, but reminding them that they are all in a "Brotherhood of Man", and then when The Chairman retires he names Finch his replacement. Magnificent indeed.

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* J. Pierrepont Finch from HowToSucceedInBusinessWithoutReallyTrying.Theatre/HowToSucceedInBusinessWithoutReallyTrying. He is a window-washer who gets a mailroom job at a company by pretending he knows the CEO, gets promoted to head of the mailroom that same day by shmoozing the former head, turns down that promotion knowing that he would be stuck there for years and screws over another employee, gets a job as a junior executive by being so "humble", tricks the CEO into thinking he had been working all night long on a Saturday and that he is an alumnus of the CEO's college, gets his own office and secretary as a result of this, tricks that secretary into seducing his boss whose job he steals, gets appointed Vice President in charge of Advertising by outing the actual VP candidate as a student of the rival of the CEO's alma mater, steals an idea from a fellow employee about a treasure hunt and pitches it, and finally, when the treasure hunt idea fails and he is facing being fired for the disaster it caused, he forces everyone else at the company to help him by suggesting to the Chairman of the Board to fire them all, but reminding them that they are all in a "Brotherhood of Man", and then when The Chairman retires he names Finch his replacement. Magnificent indeed.
17th Aug '15 4:42:11 AM Morgenthaler
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->"''[[CardCarryingVillain So will I turn her virtue into pitch.]]''
->''[[BatmanGambit And from her own goodness make the net.]]''
->''[[TheChessmaster That shall enmesh them all.]]''"

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22nd Mar '15 12:31:10 PM Starshock
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* Eva in Music/{{Evita}} is truly this trope. She schemes her way up from the slums, kicks out Juan's mistress without even blinking, brilliantly masks her wickedness by helping the people, and runs the country through her husband. Juan may be El Presidente, but Eva's the ''real'' dictator here. She even seizes control of the government! And as for magnificence? Her wardrobe is truly fabulous, her death can only be described as tragic, despite her villainy, and is '''''BELOVED''''' by her people. Don't cry for Argentina, she's too much of a MagnificentBastard [[TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth for this inglorious earth.]]

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* Eva in Music/{{Evita}} is truly this trope. She schemes her way up from the slums, kicks out Juan's mistress without even blinking, brilliantly masks her wickedness by helping the people, and runs the country through her husband. Juan may be El Presidente, but Eva's the ''real'' dictator here. She even seizes control of the government! And as for magnificence? Her wardrobe is truly fabulous, her death can only be described as tragic, despite her villainy, ("I saw the lights, and I was on my way."), she always steals the spotlight, and is '''''BELOVED''''' by her people. Don't cry for Argentina, she's too much of a MagnificentBastard [[TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth for this inglorious earth.]]
8th Mar '15 12:08:04 PM Starshock
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* Eva in Music/{{Evita}} is truly this trope. She schemes her way up from the slums, kicks out Juan's mistress without even blinking, brilliantly masks her wickedness by helping the people, and runs the country through her husband. Juan may be El Presidente, but Eva's the ''real'' dictator here. She even seizes control of the government! And as for magnificence? Her wardrobe is truly fabulous, her death can only be described as tragic, despite her villainy, and is '''''BELOVED''''' by her people. Don't cry for Argentina, she's too much of a MagnificentBastard for this earth.

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* Eva in Music/{{Evita}} is truly this trope. She schemes her way up from the slums, kicks out Juan's mistress without even blinking, brilliantly masks her wickedness by helping the people, and runs the country through her husband. Juan may be El Presidente, but Eva's the ''real'' dictator here. She even seizes control of the government! And as for magnificence? Her wardrobe is truly fabulous, her death can only be described as tragic, despite her villainy, and is '''''BELOVED''''' by her people. Don't cry for Argentina, she's too much of a MagnificentBastard [[TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth for this inglorious earth.]]
8th Mar '15 12:07:17 PM Starshock
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* Eva in Theatre/{{Evita}} is truly this trope. She schemes her way up from the slums, kicks out Juan's mistress without even blinking, and runs the country through her husband.

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* Eva in Theatre/{{Evita}} Music/{{Evita}} is truly this trope. She schemes her way up from the slums, kicks out Juan's mistress without even blinking, brilliantly masks her wickedness by helping the people, and runs the country through her husband.husband. Juan may be El Presidente, but Eva's the ''real'' dictator here. She even seizes control of the government! And as for magnificence? Her wardrobe is truly fabulous, her death can only be described as tragic, despite her villainy, and is '''''BELOVED''''' by her people. Don't cry for Argentina, she's too much of a MagnificentBastard for this earth.
8th Mar '15 12:01:54 PM Starshock
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* J. Pierrepont Finch from HowToSucceedInBusinessWithoutReallyTrying. He is a window-washer who gets a mailroom job at a company by pretending he knows the CEO, gets promoted to head of the mailroom that same day by shmoozing the former head, turns down that promotion knowing that he would be stuck there for years and screws over another employee, gets a job as a junior executive by being so "humble", tricks the CEO into thinking he had been working all night long on a Saturday and that he is an alumnus of the CEO's college, gets his own office and secretary as a result of this, tricks that secretary into seducing his boss whose job he steals, gets appointed Vice President in charge of Advertising by outing the actual VP candidate as a student of the rival of the CEO's alma mater, steals an idea from a fellow employee about a treasure hunt and pitches it, and finally, when the treasure hunt idea fails and he is facing being fired for the disaster it caused, he forces everyone else at the company to help him by suggesting to the Chairman of the Board to fire them all, but reminding them that they are all in a "Brotherhood of Man", and then when The Chairman retires he names Finch his replacement. Magnificent indeed.

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* J. Pierrepont Finch from HowToSucceedInBusinessWithoutReallyTrying. He is a window-washer who gets a mailroom job at a company by pretending he knows the CEO, gets promoted to head of the mailroom that same day by shmoozing the former head, turns down that promotion knowing that he would be stuck there for years and screws over another employee, gets a job as a junior executive by being so "humble", tricks the CEO into thinking he had been working all night long on a Saturday and that he is an alumnus of the CEO's college, gets his own office and secretary as a result of this, tricks that secretary into seducing his boss whose job he steals, gets appointed Vice President in charge of Advertising by outing the actual VP candidate as a student of the rival of the CEO's alma mater, steals an idea from a fellow employee about a treasure hunt and pitches it, and finally, when the treasure hunt idea fails and he is facing being fired for the disaster it caused, he forces everyone else at the company to help him by suggesting to the Chairman of the Board to fire them all, but reminding them that they are all in a "Brotherhood of Man", and then when The Chairman retires he names Finch his replacement. Magnificent indeed.indeed.
* Eva in Theatre/{{Evita}} is truly this trope. She schemes her way up from the slums, kicks out Juan's mistress without even blinking, and runs the country through her husband.
8th Jan '15 9:38:05 PM specialsam110
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** Also Daniel Heire from Theatre/TheLeagueOfYouth. He twirls the young hero of the play around his finger like nothing, makes him believe whatever he wants him to believe, and comes out of the play scott free, while the main character Stensgaard is put to shame.

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** Also Daniel Heire from Theatre/TheLeagueOfYouth. He twirls the young hero of the play around his finger like nothing, makes him believe whatever he wants him to believe, and comes out of the play scott free, scot-free, while the main character Stensgaard is put to shame.shame.
* J. Pierrepont Finch from HowToSucceedInBusinessWithoutReallyTrying. He is a window-washer who gets a mailroom job at a company by pretending he knows the CEO, gets promoted to head of the mailroom that same day by shmoozing the former head, turns down that promotion knowing that he would be stuck there for years and screws over another employee, gets a job as a junior executive by being so "humble", tricks the CEO into thinking he had been working all night long on a Saturday and that he is an alumnus of the CEO's college, gets his own office and secretary as a result of this, tricks that secretary into seducing his boss whose job he steals, gets appointed Vice President in charge of Advertising by outing the actual VP candidate as a student of the rival of the CEO's alma mater, steals an idea from a fellow employee about a treasure hunt and pitches it, and finally, when the treasure hunt idea fails and he is facing being fired for the disaster it caused, he forces everyone else at the company to help him by suggesting to the Chairman of the Board to fire them all, but reminding them that they are all in a "Brotherhood of Man", and then when The Chairman retires he names Finch his replacement. Magnificent indeed.
3rd Aug '14 9:01:35 AM ANewMan
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* Abigail Williams from ''Theatre/TheCrucible'' uses her intelligence, her sexual attractiveness, and her sense of humor to manipulate everyone around her, even arguably managing a KarmaHoudini after essentially achieving mass murder.

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* Abigail Williams from ''Theatre/TheCrucible'' uses is the teenage sociopath who started the Salem Witch Trials by getting her friends to pretend that they were being affected by witchcraft as a cover up for why they were practicing a voodoo ritual on an old slave of Abigail's family. With charisma and influence (and a touch of intimidation), she has the girls accuse many innocent people of being witches or servants of TheDevil. She capitalizes off of both the town's distrust and paranoia of one another and their religious beliefs in order to gain attention and adoration (and amusement) from others, something she felt she was lacking, especially as a female in that time period. Thanks to her lies and deception, many innocent people are hanged or shamed for life, and the entire religious community of Salem is turned over on it's head due to mass paranoia and hysteria, all while she just stands back and watches, laughing her butt off over what she's created. Abigail manages to use her charisma, her intelligence, her sexual attractiveness, attractiveness and even her sense of humor humour to manipulate everyone around her, even arguably managing a KarmaHoudini by fleeing Salem with a handful of stolen money after essentially achieving mass murder.murder. ''Dayum'', girl!
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