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1st Jul '16 1:42:39 AM PaulA
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* In ''TheElenium'', by Creator/DavidEddings, Krager is this to [[BigBadWannabe Annias]] and [[DragonInChief Martel]]. Annias [[SinisterMinister himself is this]] to [[GodOfEvil Azash]].
** It's sequel, ''TheTamuli'', gives us [[EvilSorcerer Zalasta]].
** The FiveBadBand in Eddings' ''TheRedemptionOfAlthalus'' has Argan, a SmugSnake and SinisterMinister who does most of [[BigBad Daeva's]] talking for him, and has a distinctive rivalry with [[TheDragon Ghend]].
* In ''TheWitcher'', we have Vilgefortz. He is easily the most smart and powerful wizard in the North, and he let it get into his head.
* Tyrion Lannister from ''ASongOfIceAndFire'', an educated, smart, and calculating dwarf sort of qualifies. However, he wasn't really an ally of House Lannister and he was enemies with [[AbusiveParents Tywin]]. He embodies this trope in his own organization, in which he is also the BigBad. He isn't really that evil though.

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* In ''TheElenium'', ''Literature/TheElenium'', by Creator/DavidEddings, Krager is this to [[BigBadWannabe Annias]] and [[DragonInChief Martel]]. Annias [[SinisterMinister himself is this]] to [[GodOfEvil Azash]].
** It's Its sequel, ''TheTamuli'', ''Literature/TheTamuli'', gives us [[EvilSorcerer Zalasta]].
** * The FiveBadBand in Eddings' ''TheRedemptionOfAlthalus'' ''Literature/TheRedemptionOfAlthalus'' has Argan, a SmugSnake and SinisterMinister who does most of [[BigBad Daeva's]] talking for him, and has a distinctive rivalry with [[TheDragon Ghend]].
* In ''TheWitcher'', ''Literature/TheWitcher'', we have Vilgefortz. He is easily the most smart and powerful wizard in the North, and he let it get into his head.
* Tyrion Lannister from ''ASongOfIceAndFire'', ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', an educated, smart, and calculating dwarf sort of qualifies. However, he wasn't really an ally of House Lannister and he was enemies with [[AbusiveParents Tywin]]. He embodies this trope in his own organization, in which he is also the BigBad. He isn't really that evil though.
17th Jun '16 8:00:25 AM ChaoticNovelist
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The Evil Genius is a standard character in the FiveBadBand dynamic. They're usually rather high-ranked, commonly below TheDragon but above the QuirkyMinibossSquad. They are almost exclusively male except in fiction that either has an [[ImprobablyFemaleCast unusually high female ratio]] or a female motif for its villains. The Evil Genius is obviously intelligent, and is the one in charge of the WaveMotionGun or shipping the nukes into the country or resurrecting the LostSuperweapon or what have you. This character is usually the one that will demonstrate to the BigBad how to use a particular MacGuffin. They're usually a MadScientist, a [[TheStrategist military tactician]], a specialist in a particular field (such as computers or electronics), or has ties to TheGovernment (or a combination), so they're in the best position to deliver the goodies to the EvilOverlord. In medieval fantasy settings, this role is often played by an evil strategist, rogue/spymaster, or a dark wizard (provided they aren't also the BigBad). Of course, for some reason or another, the Evil Genius is the most likely person to be the BigBad.

Just like the SmartGuy (his GoodCounterpart), this character is very frequently described as physically unimposing. Within the FiveBadBand, the Evil Genius tends to rank lowest in the likeability department both InUniverse and with the fan base.

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The Evil Genius is a standard character in the FiveBadBand dynamic. They're usually rather high-ranked, commonly below TheDragon but above the QuirkyMinibossSquad. They are almost exclusively male except in fiction that either has an [[ImprobablyFemaleCast unusually high female ratio]] or a female motif for its villains. The Evil Genius is obviously intelligent, and is the one in charge of building the WaveMotionGun or shipping the nukes into the country or resurrecting the LostSuperweapon or what have you. This character is usually the one that will demonstrate to the BigBad how to use a particular MacGuffin. They're usually a MadScientist, a [[TheStrategist military tactician]], a specialist in a particular field (such as computers or electronics), or has ties to TheGovernment (or a combination), so they're in the best position to deliver the goodies to the EvilOverlord. In medieval fantasy settings, this role is often played by an evil strategist, rogue/spymaster, or a dark wizard (provided they aren't also the BigBad). Of course, for some reason or another, the The Evil Genius is the most likely person to be the BigBad.

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BigBad because they are the SmartGuy (his GoodCounterpart), this character is very frequently described as physically unimposing. Within brains behind the FiveBadBand, the Evil Genius tends to rank lowest in the likeability department both InUniverse and with the fan base.
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Because an Evil Genius is not easily replaced and because he's not a realistic contender for the number one spot, his position is often more secure and less precarious than that of The Dragon or even the BigBad. He usually doesn't need to worry about nasty things like KlingonPromotion eliminating him from the game.

Prone to being BadBoss'd when the [[EvilPlan ridiculously circuitous plan]] inevitably [[YouHaveFailedMe fails]] or if they are [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness no longer needed and viewed as a liability]].

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The Evil Genius is a standard character in the FiveBadBand dynamic. They're usually rather high-ranked, commonly below TheDragon but above the QuirkyMinibossSquad. They are almost exclusively male except in fiction that either has an [[ImprobablyFemaleCast unusually high female ratio]] or a female motif for its villains. Because an Evil Genius is not easily replaced and because he's not a realistic contender for the number one spot, his position is often more secure and less precarious than that of The Dragon or even the BigBad. He usually doesn't need to worry about nasty things like KlingonPromotion eliminating him from the game.

Just like the SmartGuy (his GoodCounterpart), this character is very frequently described as physically unimposing. Within the FiveBadBand, the Evil Genius tends to rank lowest in the likeability department both InUniverse and with the fan base.


Prone to being BadBoss'd when the [[EvilPlan [[GambitRoulette ridiculously circuitous plan]] inevitably [[YouHaveFailedMe fails]] or if they are [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness no longer needed and viewed as a liability]].
15th Jun '16 9:27:16 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/AgathaChristie's story "[[Literature/TheMysteriousMrQuin The Face of Helen]]", the villain is a brilliant chemist who specialized in poison gas during World War I, and attempts to murder the object of his unrequited love with an elaborate death trap involving a glass sphere full of gas and a GlassShatteringSound.



* [[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Redcloak]], who also happens to play Team Evil's DragonWithAnAgenda.

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* [[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Redcloak]], ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** Redcloak,
who also happens to play Team Evil's DragonWithAnAgenda.
18th Apr '16 10:22:11 AM Willbyr
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* Uno of ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', who is known as the second brain of [[BigBad Jail Scaglietti]] and acts as MissionControl for the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Numbers]]. Jail himself easily qualifies as BigBad variation.

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* Uno of ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'', who is known as the second brain of [[BigBad Jail Scaglietti]] and acts as MissionControl for the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Numbers]]. Jail himself easily qualifies as BigBad variation.



* Shader in ''ChronoCrusade'' serves as the Sinner's main techie. Aion, the BigBad, has elements as this as well, considering he's a bit of [[TheChessmaster a chessmaster]].
* Herr Doktor in ''{{Hellsing}}'' is the evil genius for Millennium.

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* Shader in ''ChronoCrusade'' ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' serves as the Sinner's main techie. Aion, the BigBad, has elements as this as well, considering he's a bit of [[TheChessmaster a chessmaster]].
* Herr Doktor in ''{{Hellsing}}'' ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' is the evil genius for Millennium.



* Kururu from ''KeroroGunsou'' lives and breathes Evil Genius, though [[TokenEvilTeammate he's technically with]] [[VillainProtagonist the good guys]].

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* Kururu from ''KeroroGunsou'' ''Manga/SgtFrog'' lives and breathes Evil Genius, though [[TokenEvilTeammate he's technically with]] [[VillainProtagonist the good guys]].



--> '''Kokujo''': I know everything!
--> '''Shobu''': How's that?
--> '''Kokujo''': Because I'm an evil genius!

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--> '''Kokujo''': I know everything!
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everything!\\
'''Shobu''': How's that?
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that?\\
'''Kokujo''': Because I'm an evil genius!
14th Apr '16 2:02:19 PM ANTMuddle
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Just like the SmartGuy (for whom he is the EvilCounterpart in the band), this character is very frequently described as physically unimposing. Within the FiveBadBand, the Evil Genius tends to rank lowest in the likeability department both InUniverse and with the fan base.

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Just like the SmartGuy (for whom he is the EvilCounterpart in the band), (his GoodCounterpart), this character is very frequently described as physically unimposing. Within the FiveBadBand, the Evil Genius tends to rank lowest in the likeability department both InUniverse and with the fan base.
6th Feb '16 9:29:18 AM ading
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* ''Film/TheHungerGames'': The unnamed male tribute from District 3 to the the Career Tributes' group

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* ''Film/TheHungerGames'': The unnamed male tribute from District 3 to the the Career Tributes' groupgroup.
* Hannibal Lecter in ''Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'' is probably the most famous example of this trope.


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* Doofenshmirtz from ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''. A DitzyGenius to be sure, but like the title characters, he's nevertheless smart enough to invent ''anything'' in only a few hours, even to the point of [[BeyondTheImpossible flagrantly defying the laws of physics]].
* Brain in ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'''... [[DownplayedTrope kinda]]; despite attempting to TakeOverTheWorld every night, he's not really evil.
12th Jan '16 9:49:17 AM Chabal2
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* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40K'' has Fabius Bile, former Apothecary of the Emperor's Children. Unlike most examples, he's very much imposing, being seven feet tall and wearing PowerArmor, makes the TrainingFromHell and surgical procedures to make Chaos SpaceMarines even more restrictive, and has even declared that the four gods of Chaos have nothing left to offer him.
5th Jan '16 8:54:27 PM RobbSony3
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* Johan Liebert from ''Manga/Monster''. He's extremely smart, intellectual, and a sociopathic SerialKiller.

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* Johan Liebert from ''Manga/Monster''.''Manga/{{Monster}}''. He's extremely smart, intellectual, and a sociopathic SerialKiller.
5th Jan '16 8:53:35 PM RobbSony3
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* Johan Liebert from ''Manga/Monster''. He's extremely smart, intellectual, and a sociopathic SerialKiller.
4th Jan '16 1:19:01 AM erforce
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* In ''Film/AFistfulOfDollars'', Ramon Rojo is a non-stereotypical example. In a family of archetypal Mexican {{bandito}}s, Ramon is TheStrategist, concocting the plan to steal the gold from under the Mexican army's nose, and orchestrating the eventual massacre of the rival Baxter family. He's also the only one to see through Joe, and keeps a wary eye on him throughout the film, eventually deducing that he is the traitor in their ranks.

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* ''Film/TheDollarsTrilogy''
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In ''Film/AFistfulOfDollars'', Ramon Rojo is a non-stereotypical example. In a family of archetypal Mexican {{bandito}}s, Ramon is TheStrategist, concocting the plan to steal the gold from under the Mexican army's nose, and orchestrating the eventual massacre of the rival Baxter family. He's also the only one to see through Joe, and keeps a wary eye on him throughout the film, eventually deducing that he is the traitor in their ranks.



** Magneto. With truly amazing schemes. In ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', [[spoiler:he was able to steal a file containing the details of the Sentinels, after reading it over he was somehow able to reprogram them while inserting metal tracks within the bodies.]]

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** Magneto. With Magneto, with truly amazing schemes. In ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', [[spoiler:he was able to steal a file containing the details of the Sentinels, after reading it over he was somehow able to reprogram them while inserting metal tracks within the bodies.]]



* In ''[[Franchise/ThePinkPanther The Pink Panther Strikes Again]]'', Professor Fassbender is a total subversion. [[TokenGoodTeammate A full-blown good guy]] [[KidnappedScientist who was kidnapped]] along with his daughter Margo by henchmen of [[BigBad former Chief Inspector Dreyfus]], he was forced to build a doomsday machine and be part of Dreyfus' criminal organization against his will [[IHaveYourWife when Dreyfus used the professor's daughter as leverage.]] He still hated having to work for a madman bent on world domination. [[spoiler: And probably things didn't get better after Dreyfus' defeat as he might have had to face charges for crimes committed against his will (like the destruction of the United Nations building), especially with Dreyfus himself too destroyed to be arrested [[CanonDiscontinuity (assuming the events of the later sequels never happened, including Dreyfus']] UnexplainedRecovery).]]
* ''WhiteHouseDown'' has a classical example in Skip Tyler, a computer hacker working for the White Supremacist militia, who spends most of the film in the computer room while listening [[WickedCultured to classical music]]. In the end, [[spoiler: he gets [[HoistByHisOwnPetard killed by one of his own traps]].]]

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* In ''[[Franchise/ThePinkPanther The Pink Panther Strikes Again]]'', ''Film/ThePinkPantherStrikesAgain'', Professor Fassbender is a total subversion. [[TokenGoodTeammate A full-blown good guy]] [[KidnappedScientist who was kidnapped]] along with his daughter Margo by henchmen of [[BigBad former Chief Inspector Dreyfus]], he was forced to build a doomsday machine and be part of Dreyfus' criminal organization against his will [[IHaveYourWife when Dreyfus used the professor's daughter as leverage.]] He still hated having to work for a madman bent on world domination. [[spoiler: And probably things didn't get better after Dreyfus' defeat as he might have had to face charges for crimes committed against his will (like the destruction of the United Nations building), especially with Dreyfus himself too destroyed to be arrested [[CanonDiscontinuity (assuming the events of the later sequels never happened, including Dreyfus']] UnexplainedRecovery).]]
* ''WhiteHouseDown'' ''Film/WhiteHouseDown'' has a classical example in Skip Tyler, a computer hacker working for the White Supremacist militia, who spends most of the film in the computer room while listening [[WickedCultured to classical music]]. In the end, [[spoiler: he gets [[HoistByHisOwnPetard killed by one of his own traps]].]]
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