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29th Apr '17 1:50:38 PM mlsmithca
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!!Shows with their own pages
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* ''MagnificentBastard/StarWarsTheCloneWars''
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** His ''TransformersAnimated'' counterpart also comes close, if not equal with him. This guy manipulates Sumdac to repair his body, avoids the mistake of his predecessors by killing [[spoiler:[[TheStarscream Starscream]]]] the first chance he gets, coaxed the Constructicons into his employs with just a couple barrels of fine oil, and he OutGambitted Starscream to ensure that [[spoiler: the Omega Supreme clones didn't imprint on Starscream ''or'' Megatron himself, but on the loyal Lugnut.]] And when he got physical, [[LetsGetDangerous he got physical]]. In a rather defining moment that puts him in this trope, after receiving the Allspark Key which grants him a new body, he subsequently pummels Optimus Prime and the rest of the Autobots. When Optimus effectively tells him to bring it on because he won't give up the location of the Allspark, Megatron reveals he already has the Key which will lead him directly to it and that he was only kicking the crap out of Optimus for his own amusement.

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** His ''TransformersAnimated'' ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' counterpart also comes close, if not equal with him. This guy manipulates Sumdac to repair his body, avoids the mistake of his predecessors by killing [[spoiler:[[TheStarscream Starscream]]]] the first chance he gets, coaxed the Constructicons into his employs with just a couple barrels of fine oil, and he OutGambitted Starscream to ensure that [[spoiler: the Omega Supreme clones didn't imprint on Starscream ''or'' Megatron himself, but on the loyal Lugnut.]] And when he got physical, [[LetsGetDangerous he got physical]]. In a rather defining moment that puts him in this trope, after receiving the Allspark Key which grants him a new body, he subsequently pummels Optimus Prime and the rest of the Autobots. When Optimus effectively tells him to bring it on because he won't give up the location of the Allspark, Megatron reveals he already has the Key which will lead him directly to it and that he was only kicking the crap out of Optimus for his own amusement.



* The Choten from ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaijudo}}''. Few tropes could better define The Choten. He is an extremely sick person, but there is no doubt about him being incredibly badass. [[spoiler: As he shows at various points in the series, but especially the first season finale, he knows how to roll with defeat like a real {{chessmaster}} too]].

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* The Choten from ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaijudo}}''. Few tropes could better define The Choten. He is an extremely sick person, but there is no doubt about him being incredibly badass. [[spoiler: As he shows at various points in the series, but especially the first season finale, he knows how to roll with defeat like a real {{chessmaster}} too]].too]].
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'':
** Palpatine:
*** His maneuverings during episodes like "Destroy Malevolence", where he sends Padme on a diplomatic mission [[spoiler: that [[XanatosSpeedChess just so happens]] to lead her right into General Grievous's hands]] and "Heroes on Both Sides" where he discovers that Mina Bonteri is responsible for sponsoring the Separatist bill to end the war and her subsequent fate, etc. seem to show that the guy can play the odds and adapt like only a MagnificentBastard could.
*** Even his seeming mistake in forcing Dooku to turn on Ventress provokes a protracted struggle between Dooku and the Nightsisters, leaving his apprentice busy, weakened and with no one to rely on, so that he's unable to possibly challenge Sidious.
*** Recently, he assures the Jedi that Maul and Savage are "just petty crooks" and that they should focus on the Separatist threat... so he could deal with the Nightbrother duo himself as Darth Sidious.
*** [[spoiler: He manages to pull this off again in Season 6 when he manages to frame Fives for attempting to assassinate him, fooling everyone into thinking that he had gone insane and convincing even the Jedi that control chips are necessary to keep the clones from going berserk.]]
** Hondo Ohnaka was introduced as this, being clever enough to try and ransom Dooku to the Republic, and then capturing the Jedi sent for him so he could demand more. Even when that went South, he's still kicking seasons later, working for whatever side works best for him, though he's become more CrazyAwesome and less of this trope along the way.
** Cad Bane is a master of this from the get-go, managing to successfully take the Galactic senate hostage, break Ziro out of prison, and get away completely scot-free in his ''[[EstablishingCharacterMoment first]]'' episode. From that point onwards, his plans get crazier and clever as they go on, from disguising himself as a clone trooper and hiding aboard a dropship of ''[[RefugeInAudacity actual clones]]'', leading two Jedi masters into a booby-trapped ''[[CrazyPrepared space station]]'', to breaking out of prison ''again'' by instigating no less than Boba Fett himself into starting a riot... Every time he appears, he one-ups his previous insane plan, and almost every time, he gets away.
** Darth Maul:
*** He earns the title in "Eminence". Over the course of a single episode, he goes from near-death in the void of space to commanding a veritable ''army'' of criminals through little more than words and a careful application of force.
*** He definitively earns the title in "Shades of Reason", successfully concocting a plan that allowed Pre Vizsla to conquer Mandalore with the public's support, then using Vizsla's pride to manipulate him into [[spoiler:a duel that ended with Vizsla dead and Maul, as per Mandalorian tradition, as the new leader of Death Watch, and, through a puppet Prime Minister who Maul himself installed, ruler of Mandalore]].
** [[spoiler:Barriss' plan in the Season 5 finale qualifies her as one. If it hadn't been for Ventress (and a moment of BondVillainStupidity in leaving Ventress alive), Barriss would have gotten away with bombing the Temple while Ahsoka was executed for the crime.]]
** Count Dooku during "Rise of Clovis" and "Crisis At The Heart". He and Darth Sidious are both working on the scheme, but he's the one that carries the plan out and plays Clovis like a flute the whole time.
16th Apr '17 7:55:53 PM NightShade96
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!!Shows with their own pages
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* ''MagnificentBastard/StarWarsTheCloneWars''
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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'': Pirate leader Hondo Ohnaka seems like a drunken, idiotic pirate at first. However, so far he's managed to capture the very powerful trio of Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Count Dooku in an attempt to ransom them to the Republic. Dooku never truly explains how he was captured (only warning the Jedi that Hondo's more clever than he looks), and Hondo manages to drug Anakin and Obi-Wan even after they are aware he's trying to do so and take measures to avoid it. During their attempts to escape, [[AffablyEvil Hondo keeps his jovial personality and insists that it's nothing personal, and that once he has his money they can all go back to being friends]].
** Palpatine's responsible for engineering this massive war and will win ''regardless which side triumphs,'' either with the Republic as the Chancellor or the Separatists as Darth Sidious, with a powerful new sith follower (either Dooku or Anakin) as icing on the cake.
17th Mar '17 5:36:31 AM Troperinik
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* In ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' we have the evil, slick, cool-headed [[AmericanPsycho Patrick Bateman]]-esque monster known only as "Toffee". First he gets [[BigBadWannabe Ludo]] to hire him simply by making him believe that he did hire him, and proceeds to advise a fairly competent Evil Plan that's clearly truly intended to test the capabilities of both Star and her wand. He then [[TheChessmaster skillfully manipulates the events]] of "Mewnipendance Day" resulting in Ludo firing Buff Frog. Furthermore, [[ManipulativeBastard he manipulated Ludo's army into throwing Ludo out after a situation arranged as to make Ludo look especially bad]], and becomes their leader instead. And it's implied that he'd been waiting a while for Ludo to put on the display of weakness he needed to convince the monsters to rebel. During all this time he also made sure to stay out of Star's way so that she wouldn't notice him, and the fact that Marco and Star aren't even aware of his existence until the season 1 finale proves he's savvy enough to keep himself a secret. At the end of Season 1, [[spoiler: Toffee gets what he wants: the wand is destroyed, and is only partially reformed thanks to a heroic unicorn, but with one broken shard still missing. We're not even sure he's truly dead - he likely survived the wand's explosion and will come back to start phase two!]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' we have the evil, slick, cool-headed [[AmericanPsycho Patrick Bateman]]-esque monster known only as "Toffee". First he gets [[BigBadWannabe Ludo]] to hire him simply by making him believe that he did hire him, and proceeds to advise a fairly competent Evil Plan that's clearly truly intended to test the capabilities of both Star and her wand. He then [[TheChessmaster skillfully manipulates the events]] of "Mewnipendance Day" resulting in Ludo firing Buff Frog. Furthermore, [[ManipulativeBastard he manipulated Ludo's army into throwing Ludo out after a situation arranged as to make Ludo look especially bad]], and becomes their leader instead. And it's implied that he'd been waiting a while for Ludo to put on the display of weakness he needed to convince the monsters to rebel. During all this time he also made sure to stay out of Star's way so that she wouldn't notice him, and the fact that Marco and Star aren't even aware of his existence until the season 1 finale proves he's savvy enough to keep himself a secret. At the end of Season 1, [[spoiler: Toffee gets what he wants: the wand is destroyed, and is only partially reformed thanks to a heroic unicorn, but with one broken shard still missing. We're not even sure he's truly dead - he likely survived The broken shard, and the wand's explosion skeletal remains of Toffee's hand, form a new wand which Ludo finds. Toffee then manipulates Ludo and will come back to start phase two!]]eventually [[DemonicPossession takes over his body]].]]
14th Mar '17 9:15:47 PM babyhenchy1
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* Princess Azula from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. She's a sociopathic firebending prodigy, but she does it with such ''style'' and [[TheChessmaster planning]] that you can't help but admire her (but hopefully not [[DracoInLeatherPants too much]]). She manipulates everyone around her, including her own brother, and her plans in the second season require her to out-maneuver another [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]], Long Feng, which she does, effortlessly. Her CrowningMomentOfAwesome was [[spoiler:conquering Ba Sing Se, and by extension the whole Earth Kingdom, with only her wits and two (non-Bender) friends and, in the process, nearly killing Aang with a lightning blast ''in the middle of his TransformationSequence'' in the second season finale.]] She's only ''14''.

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* [[TheDragon Princess Azula Azula]] from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. She's a sociopathic firebending prodigy, but she does it with such ''style'' and [[TheChessmaster planning]] that you can't help but admire her (but hopefully not [[DracoInLeatherPants too much]]). She manipulates everyone around her, including her own brother, and her plans in the second season require her to out-maneuver another [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]], Long Feng, which she does, effortlessly. Her CrowningMomentOfAwesome was [[spoiler:conquering Ba Sing Se, and by extension the whole Earth Kingdom, by taking advantage of the political instability with only her wits and two (non-Bender) friends and, in the process, nearly killing Aang with a lightning blast ''in the middle of his TransformationSequence'' in the second season finale.]] She's only ''14''.
28th Feb '17 1:18:02 AM babyhenchy1
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* Princess Azula from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. She's a sociopathic firebending prodigy, but she does it with such ''style'' and [[TheChessmaster planning]] that you can't help but admire her (but hopefully not [[DracoInLeatherPants too much]]). She manipulates everyone around her, including her own brother, and her plans in the second season require her to out-maneuver another [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]], Long Feng, which she does, effortlessly. Her CrowningMomentOfAwesome was [[spoiler:conquering Ba Sing Se with only her wits and two (non-Bender) friends and, in the process, nearly killing Aang with a lightning blast ''in the middle of his TransformationSequence'' in the second season finale.]] She's only ''14''.

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* Princess Azula from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. She's a sociopathic firebending prodigy, but she does it with such ''style'' and [[TheChessmaster planning]] that you can't help but admire her (but hopefully not [[DracoInLeatherPants too much]]). She manipulates everyone around her, including her own brother, and her plans in the second season require her to out-maneuver another [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]], Long Feng, which she does, effortlessly. Her CrowningMomentOfAwesome was [[spoiler:conquering Ba Sing Se Se, and by extension the whole Earth Kingdom, with only her wits and two (non-Bender) friends and, in the process, nearly killing Aang with a lightning blast ''in the middle of his TransformationSequence'' in the second season finale.]] She's only ''14''.
24th Feb '17 9:08:55 AM Larkmarn
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** Korra Book Two brings us Varrick, the goofy, charismatic UnclePennybags of an executive who befriends our heroes in the first few episodes before talking them into helping him escalate a regional conflict into a full-scale war, smuggle in weapons, organise a small military coup, and buy up everything they own ''whilst still keeping them completely convinced that he's on their side''. As he cheerfully puts it, "If you can't make money during a war, then you just plain can't make money!" By the time anyone finally realizes he's only out for himself, he's already succeeded in [[spoiler:stealing all of Asami's remaining goods then convinced her he's "saved" her company by buying it out]]. He then gets the only person who suspects him thrown in jail, and, if Bolin hadn't happened to spot the boat left by his soldiers, he likely would've succeeded in [[spoiler:kidnapping President Raiko]] and convincing Republic City to send troops to the war front, earning him even more money. Even when he's jailed, [[GracefulLoser he's not phased by it]], since his company made the prison and he designed himself a LuxuryPrisonSuite in the likely event he ended up in there. He then lends the Krew his personal battleship as an act of goodwill. [[spoiler:He ends the season escaping justice by taking advantage of the chaos Vaatu is causing and using a hang-glider which he ''just happened'' to have smuggled into his jail cell in the event an aerial escape opportunity presented itself]]. When he's next seen in Book 3, it's in Zaofu, [[KarmaHoudini being treated as a guest of honor and going completely unpunished for any of his actions]]. [[CivilianVillain Su Yin trusts him and believes him reformed]]. Come Book 4, he promptly [[TheFarmerAndTheViper proves her wrong]] as he helps Kuvira conquer the Earth Kingdom [[spoiler:and then proves her right by refusing to build Kuvira's weapon of mass destruction, even blowing up the supply of its power source. He is later vital to destroying Kuvira's HumongousMecha and defeating the Earth Empire. His CharacterDevelopment even leads to a marriage with Zhu Li in the GrandFinale.]] Throughout the show Varrick manages to be surprisingly ingenious in his plots, CrazyPrepared for any eventuality, and [[AffablyEvil genuinely affable]] to the Krew even as he's manipulating them or screwing them over for his own interests.

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** Korra Book Two brings us Varrick, the goofy, charismatic UnclePennybags of an executive who befriends our heroes in the first few episodes before talking them into helping him escalate a regional conflict into a full-scale war, smuggle in weapons, organise a small military coup, and buy up everything they own ''whilst still keeping them completely convinced that he's on their side''. As he cheerfully puts it, "If you can't make money during a war, then you just plain can't make money!" By the time anyone finally realizes he's only out for himself, he's already succeeded in [[spoiler:stealing all of Asami's remaining goods then convinced her he's "saved" her company by buying it out]]. He then gets the only person who suspects him thrown in jail, and, if Bolin hadn't happened to spot the boat left by his soldiers, he likely would've succeeded in [[spoiler:kidnapping President Raiko]] and convincing Republic City to send troops to the war front, earning him even more money. Even when he's jailed, [[GracefulLoser he's not phased by it]], since his company made the prison and he designed himself a LuxuryPrisonSuite in the likely event he ended up in there. He then lends the Krew his personal battleship as an act of goodwill. [[spoiler:He ends the season escaping justice by taking advantage of the chaos Vaatu is causing and using a hang-glider which he ''just happened'' to have smuggled into his jail cell in the event an aerial escape opportunity presented itself]]. When he's next seen in Book 3, it's in Zaofu, [[KarmaHoudini being treated as a guest of honor and going completely unpunished for any of his actions]]. [[CivilianVillain Su Yin trusts him and believes him reformed]]. Come Book 4, he promptly [[TheFarmerAndTheViper proves her wrong]] as he helps Kuvira conquer the Earth Kingdom [[spoiler:and then proves her right by refusing to build Kuvira's weapon of mass destruction, even blowing up the supply of its power source. He is later vital to destroying Kuvira's HumongousMecha and defeating the Earth Empire. His CharacterDevelopment even leads to a marriage with Zhu Li in the GrandFinale.]] deserves another chance. Throughout the show Varrick manages to be surprisingly ingenious in his plots, CrazyPrepared for any eventuality, and [[AffablyEvil genuinely affable]] to the Krew even as he's manipulating them or screwing them over for his own interests.
26th Jan '17 4:10:48 PM babyhenchy1
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* Princess Azula from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. She's a sociopathic firebending prodigy, but she does it with such ''style'' and [[TheChessmaster planning]] that you can't help but admire her (but hopefully not [[DracoInLeatherPants too much]]). She manipulates everyone around her, including her own brother, and her plans in the second season require her to out-maneuver another [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]], Long Feng, which she does, effortlessly. Her CrowningMomentOfAwesome was [[spoiler: nearly killing Aang with a lightning blast ''in the middle of his TransformationSequence'' in the second season finale.]] She's only ''14''.

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* Princess Azula from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. She's a sociopathic firebending prodigy, but she does it with such ''style'' and [[TheChessmaster planning]] that you can't help but admire her (but hopefully not [[DracoInLeatherPants too much]]). She manipulates everyone around her, including her own brother, and her plans in the second season require her to out-maneuver another [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]], Long Feng, which she does, effortlessly. Her CrowningMomentOfAwesome was [[spoiler: [[spoiler:conquering Ba Sing Se with only her wits and two (non-Bender) friends and, in the process, nearly killing Aang with a lightning blast ''in the middle of his TransformationSequence'' in the second season finale.]] She's only ''14''.
8th Jan '17 5:12:59 PM nombretomado
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* Greg Weisman, responsible for the above Magnificent Bastards of ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'', ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', and ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', has also produced The Light of ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', a LegionOfDoom [[note]] consisting of VandalSavage, Ra's al Ghul, ComicBook/LexLuthor, Queen Bee, Ocean Master, the Brain, and Klarion the Witch Boy, with Ocean Master being replaced by Black Manta in Season 2[[/note]] to erase any conception of the Legion of Doom as campy or incompetent. Unfortunately, some audience reactions indicate [[VillainSue they may be too far in the other direction]]: when every scheme the heroes foil is actually a distraction from The Light's true plan, tension becomes reduced and the initial 'wow, what a twist, what an awesome group of villains' becomes 'sigh, time to watch the heroes waste their time and then ''not'' find out what The Light was actually planning, how exciting.' [[spoiler: Well, at least until "The Summit", penultimate episode of the second season, in which the Light, while not completely defeated, certainly has their immediate plans blow up in their collective faces (with some help from the heroes), resulting in Black Manta and the Brain being captured, Ra's al Ghul being killed (albeit temporarily), and VandalSavage and Klarion fleeing the planet aboard War World]].

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* Greg Weisman, responsible for the above Magnificent Bastards of ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'', ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', and ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', has also produced The Light of ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', a LegionOfDoom [[note]] consisting of VandalSavage, ComicBook/VandalSavage, Ra's al Ghul, ComicBook/LexLuthor, Queen Bee, Ocean Master, the Brain, and Klarion the Witch Boy, with Ocean Master being replaced by Black Manta in Season 2[[/note]] to erase any conception of the Legion of Doom as campy or incompetent. Unfortunately, some audience reactions indicate [[VillainSue they may be too far in the other direction]]: when every scheme the heroes foil is actually a distraction from The Light's true plan, tension becomes reduced and the initial 'wow, what a twist, what an awesome group of villains' becomes 'sigh, time to watch the heroes waste their time and then ''not'' find out what The Light was actually planning, how exciting.' [[spoiler: Well, at least until "The Summit", penultimate episode of the second season, in which the Light, while not completely defeated, certainly has their immediate plans blow up in their collective faces (with some help from the heroes), resulting in Black Manta and the Brain being captured, Ra's al Ghul being killed (albeit temporarily), and VandalSavage ComicBook/VandalSavage and Klarion fleeing the planet aboard War World]].
8th Nov '16 8:16:32 AM dlchen145
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* The Choten from ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaijudo}}''. Few tropes could better define The Choten. He is an extremely sick person, but there is no doubt about him being incredibly BadAss. [[spoiler: As he shows at various points in the series, but especially the first season finale, he knows how to roll with defeat like a real {{chessmaster}} too]].

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* The Choten from ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaijudo}}''. Few tropes could better define The Choten. He is an extremely sick person, but there is no doubt about him being incredibly BadAss.badass. [[spoiler: As he shows at various points in the series, but especially the first season finale, he knows how to roll with defeat like a real {{chessmaster}} too]].
4th Nov '16 6:49:08 PM dasuberkaiser
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* Nerissa from ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' is hands down the second best manipulator in the television series. Her schemes have spanned over ten years to complete her goal of [[UtopiaJustifiestheMeans universal conquest to unite all words]], Nerissa takes on multiple [[ThatManisDead false identities]] to help defeat Meridian's evil ruler Phobos by posing as a castle servant to pass information to the rebel army.
** Why the second best? Because Will, her counterpart in the current generation of Guardians, ultimately tries this... And proves herself better, effortlessly putting her in an inexcapable situation by using ''Phobos'' and, when he obviously uses the power he aquired in the process, manipulating ''him'' into losing it. She's ''15''.

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* Nerissa from ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' is hands down the second best manipulator in the television series. Her schemes have spanned over ten years to complete her goal of [[UtopiaJustifiestheMeans [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans universal conquest to unite all words]], Nerissa takes on multiple [[ThatManisDead [[ThatManIsDead false identities]] to help defeat Meridian's evil ruler Phobos by posing as a castle servant to pass information to the rebel army.
** Why the second best? Because Will, her counterpart in the current generation of Guardians, ultimately tries this... And proves herself better, effortlessly putting her in an inexcapable inescapable situation by using ''Phobos'' and, when he obviously uses the power he aquired acquired in the process, manipulating ''him'' into losing it. She's ''15''.
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