History MagnificentBastard / VideoGames

4th Feb '18 7:48:41 AM Dedars1
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* M. Bison (Vega in Japanese) in the ''StreetFighter'' saga fits the bill, mind controlling multiple heroes, making them fight each other, [[spoiler:having clones of himself to activate once he dies]], and arranging the whole friggin' Street Fighter tournament just so he could make all those who want his head to beat each other up for him. Of course, [[spoiler:he meets his end in the hands of Akuma, but it's not like death would slow him down]]. He's such a MagnificentBastard that he manages to retain his awesomeness in, of all things, ''[[VideoGameMoviesSuck the Street Fighter movie]]''... though only the first one. ''Legend of Chun-Li'', not so much... even magnificence has its limits.

to:

* M. Bison (Vega in Japanese) in the ''StreetFighter'' saga fits the bill, mind controlling multiple heroes, making them fight each other, [[spoiler:having clones of himself to activate once he dies]], and arranging the whole friggin' Street Fighter tournament just so he could make all those who want his head to beat each other up for him. Of course, [[spoiler:he meets his end in the hands of Akuma, Charlie Nash, but it's not like death would slow him down]]. He's such a MagnificentBastard that he manages to retain his awesomeness in, of all things, ''[[VideoGameMoviesSuck the Street Fighter movie]]''... though only the first one. ''Legend of Chun-Li'', not so much... even magnificence has its limits.
26th Jan '18 5:52:55 PM nombretomado
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** The Illusive Man. The AffablyEvil [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] starts the [[VideoGame/MassEffect2 second game]] by boxing the galaxy's deadliest warrior into working for him, even though said Spectre knows full well that he and Cerberus are at best [[WellIntentionedExtremist Well Intentioned Extremists]]. And he continues to alternately manipulate and support Shepard throughout the whole game, leading to [[spoiler:the defeat of the Collectors]], even if [[spoiler:it blows up in his face when Shepard decides to kick him loose at the end.]] That and he's MartinSheen, [[PlayingAgainstType how can you not trust him?]] This also means that throughout the entire game, he was outthinking ''THE REAPERS'', machines that are millions, possibly billions, of years old and have committed galactic genocide hundreds of times over. While he's still a MagnificentBastard in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', it eventually becomes clear that [[spoiler:he is out of his league trying to take control of the Reapers.]]

to:

** The Illusive Man. The AffablyEvil [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] starts the [[VideoGame/MassEffect2 second game]] by boxing the galaxy's deadliest warrior into working for him, even though said Spectre knows full well that he and Cerberus are at best [[WellIntentionedExtremist Well Intentioned Extremists]]. And he continues to alternately manipulate and support Shepard throughout the whole game, leading to [[spoiler:the defeat of the Collectors]], even if [[spoiler:it blows up in his face when Shepard decides to kick him loose at the end.]] That and he's MartinSheen, Creator/MartinSheen, [[PlayingAgainstType how can you not trust him?]] This also means that throughout the entire game, he was outthinking ''THE REAPERS'', machines that are millions, possibly billions, of years old and have committed galactic genocide hundreds of times over. While he's still a MagnificentBastard in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', it eventually becomes clear that [[spoiler:he is out of his league trying to take control of the Reapers.]]
19th Jan '18 11:55:56 AM Dragoon321
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

** This is vastly understating how much Diablo is this. To clarify: Everything since ''before the very first game'' has been Diablo manipulating and outmaneuvering every single player on the board. Everyone from his brothers, to the forces of the High Heavens, to the mortal heroes have been in his pocket unknowingly since the very beginning. Every step has advanced his plans, every supposed defeat just another stride forward, all to becoming [[spoiler:the Prime Evil]]. Mephisto was supposed to be the crafty one, but that assumption was probably why absolutely nobody saw Diablo coming. Tellingly he actually succeeds completely, only to fail at the last minute because he just couldn't match the absurd power of the Nephalem.
18th Jan '18 6:14:43 AM IamTheCaligula
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** Demonstrated in ''Manga/TouhouBougetsushou'' where Yukari "tries" to enlist allies for a second moon invasion. [[{{Vampire}} Remilia Scarlet]] declines because [[ImmortalImmaturity she decides to invade the moon before Yukari]], [[BatmanGambit which is exactly how Yukari expected her to react]], and Yukari's old friend [[CuteGhostGirl Yuyuko Saigyouji]] immediately declines because [[TalkingThroughTechnique she knows Yukari well enough to figure out what she wants without being told]]. The Lunarians, in the meantime, are informed by Eirin Yagokoro, {{Physical God}}dess [[TheProfessor of Knowledge]] and Lunarian exile residing in Gensokyo, about the upcoming invasion and prepare for it... And so the decoy Remilia Scarlet's invasion poses is singlehandedly stopped by the Moon's best warrior, the decoy ''Yukari's own invasion'' poses is stopped by the Moon's best tactician and [[KansasCityShuffle Yuyuko manages to unnoticed infiltrate the Moon while everyone's distracted]]... A while later, when everyone have returned to Earth, Yuyuko gives Yukari the spoils she aquired: A bottle of over 1000-year-old Moon sake of highest quality, stolen directly from the Moon's best warrior and tactician, which Yukari, in turn, serves to the Lunarian exiles living in Gensokyo; the goal of her whole plan having been to [[BreakTheHaughty teach the Lunarian exiles to fear the unknown]], as they've decided to live as human residents in Gensokyo but still do not fear the youkai of Gensokyo as proper humans should... It's strongly implied that Eirin is scarred for life when she recognises the taste of the sake and sees Yukari's triumphant grin.

to:

** Demonstrated in ''Manga/TouhouBougetsushou'' where Yukari "tries" to enlist allies for a second moon invasion. [[{{Vampire}} Remilia Scarlet]] declines because [[ImmortalImmaturity she decides to invade the moon before Yukari]], [[BatmanGambit which is exactly how Yukari expected her to react]], and Yukari's old friend [[CuteGhostGirl Yuyuko Saigyouji]] immediately declines because [[TalkingThroughTechnique she knows Yukari well enough to figure out what she wants her real goals without being told]]. The Lunarians, in the meantime, are informed by Eirin Yagokoro, {{Physical God}}dess [[TheProfessor of Knowledge]] and Lunarian exile residing in Gensokyo, about the upcoming invasion and prepare for it... And so the decoy Remilia Scarlet's invasion poses is singlehandedly stopped by the Moon's best warrior, the decoy ''Yukari's own invasion'' poses is stopped by the Moon's best tactician and [[KansasCityShuffle Yuyuko manages to unnoticed infiltrate infiltrates the Moon while everyone's distracted]]... A while later, when Once everyone have returned to Earth, Yuyuko gives Yukari the spoils she aquired: A bottle of over 1000-year-old Moon sake of highest quality, stolen directly from the Moon's best warrior and tactician, which Yukari, in turn, serves to the Lunarian exiles living in Gensokyo; the goal of her whole plan having been to [[BreakTheHaughty teach the Lunarian exiles to fear the unknown]], as they've decided to live as human residents in Gensokyo but still do not fear the youkai of Gensokyo as proper humans should... It's strongly implied that Eirin is scarred for life when she recognises the taste of the sake and sees Yukari's triumphant grin.
16th Jan '18 7:01:05 PM GlitteringFlowers
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* ''[[VisualNivel/ShallWeDateNinjaShadow Shall We Date?: Ninja Shadow]]'' has two of these, which is quite impressive for an otome dating sim:
** Under the facade of a rich and calm Dutch merchant, Willem is a cold and ambitious enemy who takea over the role of BigBad from under [[SmugSnake Suetsugu's]] nose in at least one route, and does so with lots of style and manipulations. [[spoiler: And even if his plans don't work, he ''always'' [[KarmaHoudini escapes from the cast]].]]
** [[spoiler: Tsubaki Kusunoki]] incarnates the trope in both [[spoiler: Hijikata]]'s route (where he becomes the de facto antagonist) and in his own (where he's [[DatingCatwoman the main love interest]]). In the first case, he [[spoiler: tries to tempt Hijikata into becoming his informant in exchange for something he ''desperately'' needs]], doesn't lose his cool when [[spoiler: he (barely) fails]], then acts as the main BigBad since [[spoiler: Suetsugu [[DroppedABridgeOnHim gets killed off early]] ]] and he ''near succeeds'' in his plan to [[spoiler: use the dead Suetsugu's supplies and wealth to build a small army and take over Edo/Tokyo itself.]] In the second, in either of his route's endings, ''he will [[VictoriousLoser win even if he loses]]'': [[spoiler: rather than just executing, exiling or imprisoning him for trying to overthrow the Shogunate, the Shogun will make Tsubaki ''join the Vigilantes'', meaning that he keeps a relative freedom (even if under tight surveillance, especially in the Normal Ending) ''and'' stays with Saori, [[LoveRedeems whom he has genuinely fallen for]].]]
* As befitting of his title as TheTrickster, Joker from ''VideoGame/Persona5'' matures into a heroic MagnificentBastard by the end of the game. He charms both humans and Shadows alike into aiding his cause, even when it's illegal or dangerous, and convinces most of the world that he's just an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent. Very little makes him lose his cool, and if he does lose it, he quickly regains his SmugSnake status. His finest moment is definitely the events of the sixth and seventh dungeons combined: [[spoiler:while drugged to the point of hallucinating and in agony from being beaten, he persuades the prosecutor leading the case against him to help him escape police custody, thus tricking TheDragon (whose gambit he'd seen through from the start) into murdering a fake version of him, and then using the fact that he was "dead" to protect himself. Ultimately, he and his gang ''blindside'' the entire world with his survival and the fact that he knows ''everything'' about the Conspiracy, right up to the identity of their leader.]] It's a very good thing for the people of Tokyo that Joker is a good person, because if he wasn't, everyone would be utterly screwed.

to:

* ''[[VisualNivel/ShallWeDateNinjaShadow Shall We Date?: Ninja Shadow]]'' ''VisualNivel/ShallWeDateNinjaShadow'' has two of these, which is quite impressive for an otome dating sim:
** Under the facade of a rich and calm Dutch merchant, Willem is a cold and ambitious enemy who takea takes over the role of BigBad from under [[SmugSnake Suetsugu's]] nose in at least one route, and does so with lots of style and manipulations. [[spoiler: And even if his plans don't work, he ''always'' [[KarmaHoudini escapes from the cast]].]]
** [[spoiler: Tsubaki Kusunoki]] incarnates the trope in both [[spoiler: Hijikata]]'s route (where he becomes the de facto antagonist) and in his own (where he's [[DatingCatwoman the main love interest]]). In the first case, he [[spoiler: tries to tempt Hijikata into becoming his informant in exchange for something he ''desperately'' needs]], doesn't lose his cool when [[spoiler: he (barely) fails]], then acts as the main BigBad since [[spoiler: the SmugSnake and original main antagonist Suetsugu [[DroppedABridgeOnHim gets killed off early]] ]] and he ''near succeeds'' in his plan to [[spoiler: use the dead Suetsugu's supplies and wealth to build a small army and take over Edo/Tokyo itself.]] In the second, in either of his route's endings, ''he will [[VictoriousLoser win even if he loses]]'': [[spoiler: rather than just executing, exiling or imprisoning him for trying to overthrow the Shogunate, the Shogun recognize Tsubaki's talents plus [[AntiVillain his sympathetic reasons]] and will make Tsubaki him ''join the Vigilantes'', meaning that he keeps a relative freedom (even if under tight surveillance, especially in the Normal Ending) ''and'' stays with Saori, [[LoveRedeems whom he has genuinely fallen for]].for AND who gave him his faith in people and love back]].]]
* As befitting of his title as TheTrickster, Joker aka TheProtagonist from ''VideoGame/Persona5'' matures into a heroic MagnificentBastard by the end of the game. He charms both humans and Shadows alike into aiding his cause, even when it's illegal or dangerous, and convinces most of the world that he's just an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent. Very little makes him lose his cool, and if he does lose it, he quickly regains his SmugSnake status.cool. His finest moment is definitely the events of the sixth and seventh dungeons combined: [[spoiler:while drugged to the point of hallucinating and in agony from being beaten, he persuades the prosecutor leading the case against him to help him escape police custody, thus tricking TheDragon (whose gambit he'd seen through from the start) into murdering a fake version of him, and then using the fact that he was "dead" to protect himself. Ultimately, he and his gang ''blindside'' the entire world with his survival and the fact that he knows ''everything'' about the Conspiracy, right up to the identity of their leader.]] It's a very good thing for the people of Tokyo that Joker is a good person, because if he wasn't, everyone would be utterly screwed.
3rd Jan '18 4:50:25 AM Cryoclaste
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* ''{{Mario}}'' series: VideoGame/SuperPaperMario's [[spoiler:Dimentio]]. This guy manages to nearly bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt without ever really needing to lift a finger, and even [[spoiler:''kills'' Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Bowser]] in a fantastic subversion of NoSneakAttacks that comes out of ''nowhere'', and is only really hurt by the fact that [[spoiler:they got better.]] Granted, that was [[ThePlan part of the plan]], and things were set up to still go through even if he himself was defeated.

to:

* ''{{Mario}}'' ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' series: VideoGame/SuperPaperMario's [[spoiler:Dimentio]]. This guy manages to nearly bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt without ever really needing to lift a finger, and even [[spoiler:''kills'' Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Bowser]] in a fantastic subversion of NoSneakAttacks that comes out of ''nowhere'', and is only really hurt by the fact that [[spoiler:they got better.]] Granted, that was [[ThePlan part of the plan]], and things were set up to still go through even if he himself was defeated.



** Fawful from VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga was originaly Cackletta's Dragon and helps her sneak into the castle and steal Peach's voice in order to awaken the Beanstar. He practically [[{{Troll}} trolls]] them in their attempts to stop them, inhibits their progress several times, and even manages to transport Cackletta's spirit to Bowser's body so she can possess him. [[DragonAscendant He returns]] as the BigBad in ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory'' with his own Dragon, Midbus. Not only does he manage to get Bowser to inhale the Bros, Peach, and all the top Toads of the Mushroom Kingdom, he also managed to swiftly take over the majority of the Mushroom Kingdom within the amount of time it took Bowser wake up after being rendered unconscious by said event. He then proceeds to steal Bowser's own castle, in addition to Peach's. Bowser, infuriated, proceeds to his castle, only to find out that all of his minions were either brainwashed to work for Fawful or put in cages and "chucked". He also manages to remodel Bowser's Castle into "Fawful Theater" that doubles as a flying fortress of doom and turns Peach's Castle into a fortress with a nearly impenetrable security system of walls and robot soldiers. Finally, he [[spoiler:steals the Dark Star from under Toad Town, and manages to absorb some of its power]]. When it escapes, he reveals that he has rigged Peach's Castle to turn into a giant mechanized robot, equiped with spikes, shields, and guns that can summon black holes. Upon Bowser defeating the castle, he defeats Fawful only to find him transform into an inky black spider. His spider form is then eaten by Dark Bowser, and Fawful uses his dark power to act as a symbiotic parasite, giving Bowser power during the final fight. When he is finally defeated, and Dark Bowser is vanquished, he comes back AGAIN and self-destructs in an attempt to kill the Bros, but fails.

to:

** Fawful from VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga'' was originaly Cackletta's Dragon and helps her sneak into the castle and steal Peach's voice in order to awaken the Beanstar. He practically [[{{Troll}} trolls]] them in their attempts to stop them, inhibits their progress several times, and even manages to transport Cackletta's spirit to Bowser's body so she can possess him. [[DragonAscendant He returns]] as the BigBad in ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory'' with his own Dragon, Midbus. Not only does he manage to get Bowser to inhale the Bros, Peach, and all the top Toads of the Mushroom Kingdom, he also managed to swiftly take over the majority of the Mushroom Kingdom within the amount of time it took Bowser wake up after being rendered unconscious by said event. He then proceeds to steal Bowser's own castle, in addition to Peach's. Bowser, infuriated, proceeds to his castle, only to find out that all of his minions were either brainwashed to work for Fawful or put in cages and "chucked". He also manages to remodel Bowser's Castle into "Fawful Theater" that doubles as a flying fortress of doom and turns Peach's Castle into a fortress with a nearly impenetrable security system of walls and robot soldiers. Finally, he [[spoiler:steals the Dark Star from under Toad Town, and manages to absorb some of its power]]. When it escapes, he reveals that he has rigged Peach's Castle to turn into a giant mechanized robot, equiped with spikes, shields, and guns that can summon black holes. Upon Bowser defeating the castle, he defeats Fawful only to find him transform into an inky black spider. His spider form is then eaten by Dark Bowser, and Fawful uses his dark power to act as a symbiotic parasite, giving Bowser power during the final fight. When he is finally defeated, and Dark Bowser is vanquished, he comes back AGAIN and self-destructs in an attempt to kill the Bros, but fails.
23rd Dec '17 5:17:02 PM nombretomado
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* In ''AlphaProtocol'', [[spoiler: ''Mike Thorton himself'']] can become one of these if you play your cards right, build up your contacts, and manipulate your opponents correctly, effectively allowing [[spoiler: Mike]] to TakeOverTheWorld.

to:

* In ''AlphaProtocol'', ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol'', [[spoiler: ''Mike Thorton himself'']] can become one of these if you play your cards right, build up your contacts, and manipulate your opponents correctly, effectively allowing [[spoiler: Mike]] to TakeOverTheWorld.
23rd Dec '17 9:09:52 AM ShinyManaphy
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* As befitting of his title as TheTrickster, Joker from ''VideoGame/Persona5'' matures into a heroic MagnificentBastard by the end of the game. He charms both humans and Shadows alike into aiding his cause, even when it's illegal or dangerous, and convinces most of the world that he's just an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent. Very little makes him lose his cool, and if he does lose it, he quickly regains his SmugSnake status. His finest moment is definitely the events of the sixth and seventh dungeons combined: [[spoiler:while drugged to the point of hallucinating and in agony from being beaten, he persuades the prosecutor leading the case against him to help him escape police custody, thus tricking TheDragon (whose gambit he'd seen through from the start) into murdering a fake version of him, and then using the fact that he was "dead" to protect himself. Ultimately, he and his gang ''blindside'' the entire world with his survival and the fact that he knows ''everything'' about the Conspiracy, right up to the identity of their leader.]] It's a very good thing for the people of Tokyo that Joker is a good person, because if he wasn't, everyone would be utterly screwed.
16th Dec '17 4:29:28 PM TheCuza
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** Then there's the BigBad of ''Investigations 2'', who managed to be the ManBehindTheMan for ''everything'' in the game, all while [[spoiler: doing such a good job of passing himself off as a ShrinkingViolet even Edgeworth was fooled the first time they met. He orchestrated an extremely intricate plan to get revenge on three people, and when he finally drops the facade he shows he's more than capable of matching Edgeworth in a battle of wits.]] [[UpToEleven And to top it all off]], [[spoiler:due to him never mentioning any planned crimes in his correspondences, ''[[OffOnATechnicality he got away with almost everything scot-free!]]'']]
** The BigBad of Case 6-2, [[spoiler:Roger Retinz -- a.k.a. the real Mr. Reus. He preemptively overlaps FakingTheDead with LockedRoomMystery in front of a live audience, invokes ObfuscatingStupidity to trick Betty de Famme into believing that she's actually the one manipulating him, deceives Trucy into unknowingly giving him the entire Wright Anything Agency, exploits his media position to hurt her case even further, goes the extra mile to have as many people as possible vouch for his alibi, and even tampers with the crime scene more than once -- while the investigation's still going on, no less. If not for Bonny making a mistake he couldn't have predicted, he would have got off scott-free. And in the end, despite being arrested, he still gets to claim a small (albeit extremely petty) victory after successfully stumping the Gramarye prodigy at her own game.]]

to:

** Then there's the BigBad of ''Investigations 2'', who managed to be the ManBehindTheMan for ''everything'' in the game, all while [[spoiler: doing [[spoiler:doing such a good job of passing himself off as a ShrinkingViolet that even Edgeworth ''Edgeworth'' was fooled the first time they met.fooled. He orchestrated an extremely intricate plan to get revenge on three people, and when he finally drops the facade he shows he's more than capable of matching Edgeworth in a battle of wits.]] [[UpToEleven And to top it all off]], [[spoiler:due to him [[spoiler:since he {{Batman Gambit}}ted other people into committing murders for him, while never mentioning any planned crimes in his correspondences, actually ''telling'' them to kill anyone, ''[[OffOnATechnicality he almost got away with almost everything scot-free!]]'']]
everything]]!'' His downfall was due to a purely coincidental encounter with one of the three people he wanted revenge on, which he took as an opportunity to kill them himself ahead of schedule rather than wait for his scheme to do it.]]
** The BigBad of Case 6-2, [[spoiler:Roger Retinz -- a.k.a. the real Mr. Reus. He preemptively overlaps FakingTheDead with LockedRoomMystery in front of a live audience, invokes ObfuscatingStupidity to trick Betty de Famme into believing that she's actually the one manipulating him, deceives Trucy into unknowingly giving him the entire Wright Anything Agency, exploits his media position to hurt her case even further, goes the extra mile to have as many people as possible vouch for his alibi, and even tampers with the crime scene more than once -- while the investigation's still going on, no less. If not for Bonny making a mistake he couldn't have predicted, he would have got off scott-free. And in the end, despite being arrested, he still gets to claim a small (albeit extremely petty) victory after successfully stumping the Gramarye prodigy at her own game. Although, unbeknownst to everyone but the player, a Gramarye (Apollo) was still the one to defeat him.]]
7th Nov '17 3:05:38 PM IamTheCaligula
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'':
** Delita Hyral. In a game full of competing [[TheChessmaster Chessmasters]] and {{Magnificent Bastard}}s, he finishes the story standing on top of the GambitPileup, out-manoeuvring everyone else to become a king by marrying the DamselInDistress and using the protagonist -- his lifelong friend -- to do most of the hard work. And Delita became King through marriage to a princess who was not actually a princess. In a world where blood trumps everything, a pair of commoners became the absolute rulers of the realm, through ''divine right''.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2'', there's Duke Snakeheart, a somewhat loony Nu Mou Arcanist in Duelhorn that does not care if innocent people get hurt during Duelhorn's attacks as long as the job gets done, wants to do things his way, and even hires your clan at one point to protect him from punishment from his clan members, to which he says "...Heh, that went well." after he does avoid it. If that wasn't enough, [[spoiler:he reveals himself to be the traitor of Duelhorn, admitting to leaking their plans and turning the girl that Maquis saved into a zombie just for kicks]].
** Also from ''Final Fantasy Tactics'', there's Dycedarg Beovule, the protagonists' oldest brother. Dyce [[spoiler:murders his father, manipulates much of the events from afar (traitor sellsword Gaffgarion was Dyce's man for a time), and murders his commander Duke Larg to become leader of the Order of the Southern Sky.]] It doesn't work as well for Dyce than it does for Delita, though, and [[spoiler:once his lies are uncovered, he becomes a UnwittingPawn to the true manipulators of the war, the Lucavi]].
** Formav/Vormav is the mastermind behind just about ''everything'' the Lucavi do, second-in-command to Ultima, and even [[spoiler:''succeeds'' in bringing her back to life -- by sacrificing himself at the last minute!]]. Magnificent.


Added DiffLines:

* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV'''s contribution to this trope set a new standard with Ardyn Izunia. How big of a magnificent bastard is he? Well, he dethroned Kefka as the only Final Fantasy villain to have succeeded with his evil plot, (and reigned over the resulting VillainWorld for ten times longer than Kefka,) just for starters... Heck, even if you still ''do'' kill him in the end, [[TheBadGuyWins he still ultimately wins anyway]] by virtue of achieving every single one of his goals. And he does it all without having to resort to violence more than once, instead relying on being one damn competent ManipulativeBastard and [[XanatosGambit Xanatos Gambler.]] So competent is he, in fact, that it's not far from the truth to say that by the time you first take control of your characters, Ardyn has already practically won.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'':
** Delita Hyral. In a game full of competing [[TheChessmaster Chessmasters]] and {{Magnificent Bastard}}s, he finishes the story standing on top of the GambitPileup, out-manoeuvring everyone else to become a king by marrying the DamselInDistress and using the protagonist -- his lifelong friend -- to do most of the hard work. And Delita became King through marriage to a princess who was not actually a princess. In a world where blood trumps everything, a pair of commoners became the absolute rulers of the realm, through ''divine right''.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2'', there's Duke Snakeheart, a somewhat loony Nu Mou Arcanist in Duelhorn that does not care if innocent people get hurt during Duelhorn's attacks as long as the job gets done, wants to do things his way, and even hires your clan at one point to protect him from punishment from his clan members, to which he says "...Heh, that went well." after he does avoid it. If that wasn't enough, [[spoiler:he reveals himself to be the traitor of Duelhorn, admitting to leaking their plans and turning the girl that Maquis saved into a zombie just for kicks]].
** Also from ''Final Fantasy Tactics'', there's Dycedarg Beovule, the protagonists' oldest brother. Dyce [[spoiler:murders his father, manipulates much of the events from afar (traitor sellsword Gaffgarion was Dyce's man for a time), and murders his commander Duke Larg to become leader of the Order of the Southern Sky.]] It doesn't work as well for Dyce than it does for Delita, though, and [[spoiler:once his lies are uncovered, he becomes a UnwittingPawn to the true manipulators of the war, the Lucavi]].
** Formav/Vormav is the mastermind behind just about ''everything'' the Lucavi do, second-in-command to Ultima, and even [[spoiler:''succeeds'' in bringing her back to life -- by sacrificing himself at the last minute!]]. Magnificent.
This list shows the last 10 events of 560. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=MagnificentBastard.VideoGames