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12th Jul '17 2:27:18 PM VVK
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* Koon Aguero Agnis from ''WebComic/TowerOfGod'' strolls into the Tower with laid-back confidence that he's going to make it to the top, and proceeds to show he's more than cunning enough to succeed. He's ruthless and manipulative but loyal to his friends. If you're going up against him, nothing is usually as it seems, and he's usually the head of any team he's in. When his team was given the impossible challenge of escaping a superhuman Ranker[[note]]someone who has reached the top level of the Tower[[/note]] in a maze, he made a plan to defeat the Ranker instead. His team enacted a number of less and less obvious deceptions for the Ranker to notice to manipulate him to the point that, with the final deception that he didn't see coming, they ''could'' have won -- and then Koon handed him the victory instead because his own goals were more complicated than winning. And when people who saw this thought they found out his real goals, well, they were still thinking too simply.

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* Koon Aguero Agnis from ''WebComic/TowerOfGod'' strolls into the Tower with laid-back confidence that he's going to make it to the top, and proceeds to show he's more than cunning enough to succeed. He's ruthless and manipulative but loyal to his friends. If you're going up against him, nothing is usually as it seems, and he's usually the head of any team he's in. When his team was given the impossible challenge of escaping a superhuman Ranker[[note]]someone who has reached the top level of the Tower[[/note]] in a maze, he made a plan to defeat the Ranker instead. His team enacted a number of less and less obvious deceptions for the Ranker to notice to manipulate him to the point that, with the final deception that he didn't see coming, they ''could'' have won -- and then Koon handed him the victory instead because his own goals were more complicated than winning. And when people who saw this thought they had just found out his real goals, well, they were still ''still'' thinking too simply.
12th Jul '17 2:26:18 PM VVK
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* Koon Aguero Agnis from ''WebComic/TowerOfGod'' strolls into the Tower with laid-back confidence that he's going to make it to the top, and proceeds to show he's more than cunning enough to succeed. He's ruthless and manipulative but loyal to his friends. If you're going up against him, nothing is usually as it seems, and he's usually the head of any team he's in. When his team was given the impossible challenge of escaping a superhuman Ranker[[note]]someone who has reached the top level of the Tower[[/note]] in a maze, he made a plan to defeat the Ranker instead. His team enacted a number of less and less obvious deceptions for the Ranker to notice to manipulate him to the point that, with the final deception that he didn't see coming, they ''could'' have won -- and then Koon handed him the victory instead because his own goals were more complicated than winning. Even after that point, they weren't what they then seemed to be.

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* Koon Aguero Agnis from ''WebComic/TowerOfGod'' strolls into the Tower with laid-back confidence that he's going to make it to the top, and proceeds to show he's more than cunning enough to succeed. He's ruthless and manipulative but loyal to his friends. If you're going up against him, nothing is usually as it seems, and he's usually the head of any team he's in. When his team was given the impossible challenge of escaping a superhuman Ranker[[note]]someone who has reached the top level of the Tower[[/note]] in a maze, he made a plan to defeat the Ranker instead. His team enacted a number of less and less obvious deceptions for the Ranker to notice to manipulate him to the point that, with the final deception that he didn't see coming, they ''could'' have won -- and then Koon handed him the victory instead because his own goals were more complicated than winning. Even after that point, And when people who saw this thought they weren't what found out his real goals, well, they then seemed to be.were still thinking too simply.
12th Jul '17 2:24:08 PM VVK
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* Koon Aguero Agnis from ''WebComic/TowerOfGod'' strolls into the Tower with laid-back confidence that he's going to make it to the top, and proceeds to show he's more than cunning enough to succeed. He's ruthless and manipulative but loyal to his friends. If you're going up against him, nothing is usually as it seems, and he's usually the head of any team he's in. When his team was given the impossible challenge of escaping a superhuman Ranker[[note]]someone who has reached the top level of the Tower[[/note]] in a maze, he made a plan to defeat the Ranker instead. His team enacted a number of less and less obvious deceptions for the Ranker to notice to manipulate him to the point that, with the final deception that he didn't see coming, they ''could'' have won -- and then Koon handed him the victory instead because his own goals were more complicated than winning. Even after that point, they weren't what they then seemed to be.
16th May '17 5:28:56 PM nombretomado
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* Nickolai Alaric of TwoKinds. He played XanatosSpeedChess so well that even [[spoiler:his own death]] couldn't derail his plot, and was indeed factored in as a controlled variable. All to right a wrong against his best friend. Not to mention he's a charismatic, likable rat bastard, too.

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* Nickolai Alaric of TwoKinds.''Webcomic/TwoKinds''. He played XanatosSpeedChess so well that even [[spoiler:his own death]] couldn't derail his plot, and was indeed factored in as a controlled variable. All to right a wrong against his best friend. Not to mention he's a charismatic, likable rat bastard, too.
9th May '17 11:18:09 PM Golondrina
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* Seth from ''{{Sorcery 101}}'' definitely counts. At one point, he ''fingered'' a woman he was fighting. While she had the heel of one of her stilettos ''lodged in his skull.''

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* Seth from ''{{Sorcery ''Webcomic/{{Sorcery 101}}'' definitely counts. At one point, he ''fingered'' a woman he was fighting. While she had the heel of one of her stilettos ''lodged in his skull.''
27th Oct '16 7:33:33 PM Ninja857142
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*** On the one hand, he's often on top of what happens, rarely rattled, and GenreSavvy to the point of subverting NarrativeCausality to his will. He secretly perpetrated an Illuminati-style conspiracy with his adventuring companions over the entire Western Continent, ensuring that rule of every nation will soon be in the hands of six people. He had made major progress towards that goal, ruled over an entire empire through fear and an iron fist, and planned it so that he'll get to play the villain for a few decades before a hero inevitably stops him -- getting to live as a king and then live on as a legend, since he's bound to make such an epic story and EvilIsCool. After he explains this to Elan, causing him to run away in terror, Tarquin just stands there... [[AGlassOfChianti and smoothly takes a drink.]] [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0763.html Here's the specific comic describing his scheme, aptly titled "Plotting Something".]]

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*** On the one hand, he's often on top of what happens, rarely rattled, [[BloodKnight impressive in combat]], and GenreSavvy to the point of subverting NarrativeCausality to his will. He secretly perpetrated an Illuminati-style conspiracy with his adventuring companions over the entire Western Continent, ensuring that rule of every nation will soon be in the hands of six people. He had made major progress towards that goal, ruled ruling over an entire empire through fear and an iron fist, and he planned it so that he'll get to play the villain for a few decades before a hero inevitably stops him -- getting him--getting to live as a king and then live on as a legend, since he's bound to make such an epic story and EvilIsCool. After he explains this to Elan, causing him to run Elan in the aptly titled comic [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0763.html "Plotting Something"]], Elan runs away in terror, terror. Tarquin just stands there... [[AGlassOfChianti and smoothly takes a drink.]] [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0763.html Here's the specific comic describing his scheme, aptly titled "Plotting Something".]]
18th Aug '16 1:39:53 AM pokestar14
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* Lampshaded in ''Webcomic/AnsemRetort'', where Zexion rates {{plan}}s on a scale of 1-5 [[Film/TheGodfather Michael Corleones]].

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* Lampshaded in ''Webcomic/AnsemRetort'', where Zexion rates {{plan}}s on a scale of 1-5 [[Film/TheGodfather [[Film/TheLord Helixfather Michael Corleones]].



** The ultimate example, however, would be [[spoiler: Doc Scratch]]. Not only is he a master manipulator responsible for [[TheChessmaster orchestrating nearly every event in the story]], he managed to set up an epic XanatosGambit spanning the entire history of no less than ''four universes''. And he does it all while remaining [[AffablyEvil cool, charismatic, and an excellent host]], or without ever actually lying (unless you count lies of omission, which he says do not exist). An example: when he plays chess, he doesn't react to his opponent's moves. He gives his opponent all of his moves at the start of the game, and still wins.

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** The ultimate example, however, would be [[spoiler: Doc Scratch]]. Not only is he a master manipulator responsible for [[TheChessmaster orchestrating nearly every event in the story]], he managed to set up an epic XanatosGambit spanning the entire history of no less than ''four ''five universes''. And he does it all while remaining [[AffablyEvil cool, charismatic, and an excellent host]], or without ever actually lying (unless you count lies of omission, which he says do not exist). An example: when he plays chess, he doesn't react to his opponent's moves. He gives his opponent all of his moves at the start of the game, and still wins.
16th Jul '16 7:20:39 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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*** On the one hand, he's often on top of what happens, rarely rattled, and DangerouslyGenreSavvy to the point of subverting NarrativeCausality to his will. He secretly perpetrated an Illuminati-style conspiracy with his adventuring companions over the entire Western Continent, ensuring that rule of every nation will soon be in the hands of six people. He had made major progress towards that goal, ruled over an entire empire through fear and an iron fist, and planned it so that he'll get to play the villain for a few decades before a hero inevitably stops him -- getting to live as a king and then live on as a legend, since he's bound to make such an epic story and EvilIsCool. After he explains this to Elan, causing him to run away in terror, Tarquin just stands there... [[AGlassOfChianti and smoothly takes a drink.]] [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0763.html Here's the specific comic describing his scheme, aptly titled "Plotting Something".]]

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*** On the one hand, he's often on top of what happens, rarely rattled, and DangerouslyGenreSavvy GenreSavvy to the point of subverting NarrativeCausality to his will. He secretly perpetrated an Illuminati-style conspiracy with his adventuring companions over the entire Western Continent, ensuring that rule of every nation will soon be in the hands of six people. He had made major progress towards that goal, ruled over an entire empire through fear and an iron fist, and planned it so that he'll get to play the villain for a few decades before a hero inevitably stops him -- getting to live as a king and then live on as a legend, since he's bound to make such an epic story and EvilIsCool. After he explains this to Elan, causing him to run away in terror, Tarquin just stands there... [[AGlassOfChianti and smoothly takes a drink.]] [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0763.html Here's the specific comic describing his scheme, aptly titled "Plotting Something".]]
30th May '16 7:47:19 AM Abadonian
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* Deus, also from ''Webcomic/GrrlPower'' is very much a Magnificent Bastard. He is a character that is entirely in for himself, believing that greed is the reason for life itself, and he has taken over a small African country by assassinating the warlord, and then convincing the warlord's son to ally with him.
5th May '16 5:25:29 PM Ninja857142
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* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' has several notable examples: Vriska seems to be going for this, but is actually really bad at it: not only is she extremely NOT charismatic, but she can't actually manipulate anyone without resorting to using her PsychicPowers, is constantly OutGambitted, and never really accomplishes anything.

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* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' has several notable examples: examples:
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Vriska seems to be going for this, but is actually really bad at it: not only is she extremely NOT charismatic, but she can't actually manipulate anyone without resorting to using her PsychicPowers, is constantly OutGambitted, and never really accomplishes anything.



** The ultimate example, however, would be [[spoiler: Doc Scratch]]. Not only is he a master manipulator responsible for [[TheChessmaster orchestrating nearly every event in the story]], he managed to set up an epic XanatosGambit spanning the entire history of no less than ''four universes''. And he does it all while remaining [[AffablyEvil cool, charismatic, and an excellent host]], or without ever actually lying (unless you count lies of omission, which he says do not exist).
*** An example: when he plays chess, he doesn't react to his opponent's moves. He gives his opponent all of his moves at the start of the game, and still wins.
** Some would contend that Hussie himself is the greatest of the Magnificent Bastards. All of his appearances lead into each other across massive swaths of the story, and every single thing he says becomes true anyways, and yet he is an actual living character within, AND YET writes the story. From within the story. He takes the paradoxical nature of Homestuck's timeline to another level entirely. Not to mention the fact that [[spoiler: his death is a major storyline point, and as he is creator of said storyline within the comic, his death is going to become infinitely more complex by the end.]]
*** Oh, and that he takes pleasure and pride in trolling the readers.

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** The ultimate example, however, would be [[spoiler: Doc Scratch]]. Not only is he a master manipulator responsible for [[TheChessmaster orchestrating nearly every event in the story]], he managed to set up an epic XanatosGambit spanning the entire history of no less than ''four universes''. And he does it all while remaining [[AffablyEvil cool, charismatic, and an excellent host]], or without ever actually lying (unless you count lies of omission, which he says do not exist).
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exist). An example: when he plays chess, he doesn't react to his opponent's moves. He gives his opponent all of his moves at the start of the game, and still wins.
** Some would contend that Hussie himself is the greatest of the Magnificent Bastards. All of his appearances lead into each other across massive swaths of the story, and every single thing he says becomes true anyways, and yet he is an actual living character within, AND YET writes the story. From within the story. He takes the paradoxical nature of Homestuck's timeline to another level entirely. Not to mention the fact that [[spoiler: his death is a major storyline point, and as he is creator of said storyline within the comic, his death is going to become infinitely more complex by the end.]]
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]] Oh, and that he takes pleasure and pride in trolling the readers.
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