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10th Nov '17 10:49:21 PM MadAnthony94
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* Baron Orman Tagge from ''ComicBook/{{Marvel Star Wars}}'', who was a CorruptCorporateExecutive to boot. Granted, he wasn't ''that'' evil, but he was scheming, haughty, and Empire-aligned. Compare and contrast his brothers, the twisted Doctor Silas Tagge and the conflicted but honorable General Ulric Tagge.
21st Sep '17 1:54:57 PM infernape612
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* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBindingBlade'' and its prequel ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBlazingBlade'', this goes all over the place.
** On one end of the spectrum, Marquess Darin of Laus and his son and successor Erik are both backstabbing sellouts who betray the Lycian League, and the unnamed Marquess of Araphen is a racist {{Jerkass}} who refuses to help Lyn due to her half-Sacean heritage.
** In the middle, Marquess Helman of Santaruz was willing to participate in the rebellion, but grew cold feet and dies helping Eliwood. Marquess Hausen of Caelin was a racist {{Jerkass}} who disowned his daughter after she eloped with a Sacean nomad, but he changed his mind after he learned he was a grandfather and sought to meet his daughter's family on better terms.
** On the other end of the spectrum, Marquess Elbert of Pherae and his son and successor Eliwood, and Marquess Uther of Ostia and his brother and successor Hector are all heroes through and through.
16th Sep '17 4:18:59 PM nombretomado
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* The United States in ''Literature/TrailOfGlory'' does not have titled aristocracy given the [[WarOf1812 setting]], but many plantation owners with slaves in the antebellum south demonstrate just about all the features related to this trope.

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* The United States in ''Literature/TrailOfGlory'' does not have titled aristocracy given the [[WarOf1812 [[UsefulNotes/WarOf1812 setting]], but many plantation owners with slaves in the antebellum south demonstrate just about all the features related to this trope.
8th Sep '17 1:31:10 PM Narsil
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It might have been an early way to appeal to the masses, or just due to the way [[BlueBlood aristocrats]] tended to look down on the general public. But it was then and is now ''really'' popular to cast [[BlueBlood aristocrats]] as villains. A variety of MeaningfulTitles exist--people with feudal titles are very commonly evil. Popular titles are '''Count'''[[note]]in Britain, they're guaranteed to be foreign, since the equivalent local rank is Earl--probably because in the Medieval Accent it [[CountryMatters sounded kind of unfortunate]][[/note]], and '''Baron'''--two titles which are rarely seen on a good guy. (Oddly enough, a '''Countess''' has a better-than-even chance of being a decent woman.) And though it doesn't show up a great deal, [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast you should break out in a cold sweat]] when you meet a '''Viscount'''. Unless it's Viscount [[MemeticBadass Horatio Nelson]]. Interestingly, both counts and barons are fairly common titles among Continental Europeans, but rare among the English, which may suggest a regional bias in which aristocrats are cast as villains.

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It might have been an early way to appeal to the masses, or just due to the way [[BlueBlood aristocrats]] tended to look down on the general public. But it was then and is now ''really'' popular to cast [[BlueBlood aristocrats]] as villains. A variety of MeaningfulTitles exist--people with feudal titles are very commonly evil. Popular titles are '''Count'''[[note]]in Britain, they're guaranteed to be foreign, since the equivalent local rank is Earl--probably because in the Medieval Accent it [[CountryMatters sounded kind of unfortunate]][[/note]], and '''Baron'''--two titles which are rarely seen on a good guy. (Oddly enough, a '''Countess''' has a better-than-even chance of being a decent woman.) [[note]]And Britain ''does'' have Countesses, it's the female equivalent of an Earl.[[/note]]) And though it doesn't show up a great deal, [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast you should break out in a cold sweat]] when you meet a '''Viscount'''. Unless it's Viscount [[MemeticBadass Horatio Nelson]]. Interestingly, both counts and barons are fairly common titles among Continental Europeans, but rare among the English, which may suggest a regional bias in which aristocrats are cast as villains.
31st Aug '17 12:58:34 PM MadAnthony94
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** And then there's the Vinsmoke family of Germa Kingdom, headed by the EmperorScientist Judge Vinsmoke. Apart from doing some decidedly unethical genetic experiments, Judge firmly believes his family's status makes them superior to other people (and makes sure his children share this belief), being horrified when he learns a son stooped so low as to ''cook for other people''.
16th Aug '17 1:00:11 PM TompaDompa
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* Count Malcolm in ''Film/SmilesOfASummerNight'' is a thoroughly unsympathetic character.
15th Aug '17 11:49:46 AM ClintEastwood
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* Played with in ''Literature/Discworld'' in the form or the Patrician of Ankh-Morpork, Lord Ventinari. Willing to use such tactics as assassinations, blackmail, and vague threats, Ventinari will often self identify as an evil tyrant who can do whatever he wants and only limits himself because it is intelligent to do so. Looking back at his reign, however, seems to say he honestly cares for his fellow man, as a whole if not individually, and tends to only screw over people who would game the system for their own benefit. He's been instrumental in putting people like Moist Von Lipwig, Samuel Vimes, and William DeWorde in positions of power where they can actively interfere with the various evil schemes that start off in the city.

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* Played with in ''Literature/Discworld'' ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' in the form or the Patrician of Ankh-Morpork, Lord Ventinari. Willing to use such tactics as assassinations, blackmail, and vague threats, Ventinari will often self identify as an evil tyrant who can do whatever he wants and only limits himself because it is intelligent to do so. Looking back at his reign, however, seems to say he honestly cares for his fellow man, as a whole if not individually, and tends to only screw over people who would game the system for their own benefit. He's been instrumental in putting people like Moist Von Lipwig, Samuel Vimes, and William DeWorde in positions of power where they can actively interfere with the various evil schemes that start off in the city.
14th Aug '17 8:15:32 AM SeptimusHeap
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* In ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'', the Emperor of Kutou is a bloodthirsty gloryhound, rules with an iron fist, does nothing to help the poorer citizens of Kutou, and repeatedly rapes [[{{Shotacon}} an eleven-year-old boy]] [[spoiler: who grows up to be the BigBad Nakago]].

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* In ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'', the Emperor of Kutou is a bloodthirsty gloryhound, rules with an iron fist, does nothing to help the poorer citizens of Kutou, and repeatedly rapes [[{{Shotacon}} [[PaedoHunt an eleven-year-old boy]] [[spoiler: who grows up to be the BigBad Nakago]].
11th Aug '17 9:52:45 AM Njein
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* The BigBad of ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', [[spoiler:[[TheEvilPrince Prince Hans of the Southern Isles]]]], turns out to be a [[spoiler:[[ManipulativeBastard manipulative]] and [[TheSociopath sociopathic]] JerkAss who was planning to seize control of Arendelle by [[FalseSoulmate faking his romance with Anna]] so she could hand over the kingdom on a silver platter after "[[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident staging a little accident]]" for Elsa.]]

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* The BigBad of ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', [[spoiler:[[TheEvilPrince Prince Hans of the Southern Isles]]]], turns out to be a [[spoiler:[[ManipulativeBastard manipulative]] and [[TheSociopath sociopathic]] JerkAss who was planning to seize control of Arendelle by [[FalseSoulmate faking his romance with Anna]] so she could unwittingly hand over the kingdom to him on a silver platter after "[[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident staging a little accident]]" for Elsa.Elsa. Knowing what an idiotic fool Anna is, he chooses to use her as an UnwittingPawn to his scheme, seeing that Elsa was a bit too reclusive to approach.]]
7th Aug '17 7:37:20 AM Njein
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* ''Film/JamesBond'': In ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService'', Ernst Stavro Blofeld poses as a FakeAristocrat and renames himself "Comte Balthazar de Bleuchamp" by having his earlobes surgically removed to back-up his phony claim to the title. Once 007 is in Piz Gloria, he learns that Blofeld secretly plans to contaminate and ultimately sterilize the world's food supply using biological warfare, carried by his [[ReforgedIntoAMinion brainwashed Angels of Death]]. Blofeld claimed he would not carry out his plan if all his past crimes were pardoned and he is recognized as the current Count de Bleauchamp.
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