History MagnificentBastard / Theatre

16th Jun '17 11:36:45 AM Maryloohoo
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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.

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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.people.
* Steven Kodaly in Theatre/SheLovesMe is a very fun example of this trope. He is a "rat" who dates multiple women at the same time, manages to seduce a woman over the course of a musical number, and is a successful clerk at a ladies perfumery shop, all while hiding an affair with the bosses wife. When he is discovered and fired, he is unfazed, and simply departs with a flourish and a musical number, claiming that soon all of the other clerks will be out of jobs and forced to come work at the shop he is planning on owning. His number "Grand Knowing You" is just about the smarmiest, [[LargeHam hammiest]], and most magnificent farewell possible for a stage character.
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.
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