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27th May '16 11:03:23 AM Tron80
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* ManipulativeBastard/FanWorks



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* A common portrayal of Celestia in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' Deconstruction Fics.
** Subverted in the fic, [[FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed Equestria: A History Revealed]]. The LemonyNarrator seems to believe Celestia is behind everything and everything is a mass conspiracy, but it's blatantly clear that [[PlayedForLaughs she's overanalyzing]] and making up [[ConfirmationBias insane theories to try to justify this.]]
** In ''Fanfic/TheWitchOfTheEverfree'', Sunset Shimmer interprets her this way for the first few years after running away, but [[CharacterDevelopment places increasingly little stock in that interpretation as more time passes]].
* ''Fanfic/DoingItRightThisTime'': Gendo used their employees’ emotions to manipulate them in the original timeline. Asuka has realized he set her up to hate Rei because it made her easier to control and she is done playing by his rules, so she has befriended Rei. Rei also theorizes he manipulated Ritsuko's jealousy of Rei so that Ritsuko would be more driven to fulfill his agenda.
* ''Manga/{{Evangelion 303}}'': Judging by [[http://eva303.smackjeeves.com/comics/1745146/048/ this scene]] in chapter 11, this version of Gendo also has a secret agenda and is manipulating everybody -including his son and his son's grilfriend- in order to achieve it.
* ''Fanfic/{{HERZ}}'': Misato is a benign example. She leads a peace-keeping military organization and is not above of using someone else’s motivations and emotions (like Kurumi’s curiosity) to lead that person on. However she does not like it and she restrains herself a lot.
* ''Fanfic/HigherLearning'': Gendo ruthlessly manipulated everyone to achieve his goals… and he was ''not'' happy when he realized that there was another manipulative bastard [[spoiler:-Kaoru-]] in the town who had been plotting against him ''completely undetected'' for a good while.
* In ''Fanfic/LastChildOfKrypton'' Gendo tries to use Shinji’s emotions and morals in order to manipulate him and mould him.
* A few examples in ''Fanfic/TheLionKingAdventures''.
** The King of Dreams.
** Shocker in ''Shocker's Revenge''.
** [[spoiler: The Writer is the ultimate example of this. He manipulates everything in the entire universe.]]
* ''Fanfic/ScarTissue'': Gendo ruthlessly manipulated everyone in order to engineer the Third Impact and to reunite with his wife. Yui manipulated everyone –''including'' Gendo and Shinji- in order to engineer the Third Impact and fulfill Seele’s plans. Shinji honestly cannot decide which of them is worse.
* Lupin III/Assassin in ''Fanfic/JustAnUnorthodoxThief''. Here, Lupin has become much more manipulative in dealing with his enemies, pushing Kirei to a path with seemingly innocent questions, playing mind-games against Saber, and manipulating everyone for his own benefit.
* Loki in ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm''. He has performed a HeelFaceTurn, true, and he does regret his actions. But that just makes him ReformedButNotTamed, and within less than two years, he's built up a worldwide spy network in such a way that any attempt to uproot it by SHIELD would look like a wanton global case of KickTheDog, rehabilitated himself as a sincerely regretful philanthropist, philosopher, superhero and a champion of the underdog, and now, a kindly uncle. Everyone (well, everyone who doesn't know better) thinks that he's nice and friendly. He is. But what they don't know is that's not all he is...
** And he learnt it from Odin. Who's even better at it than he is.
** Nick Fury could give a master class in it. And judging by his protégé, Peter Wisdom and [[spoiler: Phil Coulson]], he has.
** Lucius Malfoy's even better at it.
** [[spoiler: The Phoenix seems to be a dab hand at this]].
** And [[spoiler: Doctor Strange]] is, it seems, manipulating ''everyone''.
* Mao in ''Fanfic/CodeGeassMaoOfTheDeliverance''. Just as in the original Mao uses his geass and MoreThanMindControl to twist others to his purpose. The difference is, he's TheProtagonist of this story so we see much more of it.
* The Other Girl in the [[Fanfic/HookerVerse Hooker!verse]]. She's successfully ruining her other personality's (Penny) life and she gleefully mindfucks the Critic and Chick.
* Torment in the ''Fanfic/SpyroMadnessSaga''. As Cynder's SuperPoweredEvilSide, she knows everything about Cynder and pretends to be her friend, but what she's really trying to do is [[SplitPersonalityTakeover possess her]]. As the manifestation of Cynder's darkness, she's fueled by the dark counterpart of what Cynder desires. Since Cynder has repressed feelings for Spyro, Torment tries to turn that love into lust. She temporarily succeeds and slaughters everyone at a party, causing Cynder to suffer a collosal HeroicBSOD.
* [[BigBad Checker]] [[TheChessMaster Monarch]] from ''Fanfic/GettingBackOnYourHooves''. It's her ''[[UpToEleven Cutie Mark]]'', meaning it's literally the thing she's best at above all else.
* Red Cyclone's masterful manipulation of the entire Griffin Army in ''Fanfic/AceCombatTheEquestrianWar''. Even his companion, Black Star, apparently fell for his tricks.
* Bowser, Eugene, and Lucy have all had their moments in ''Fanfic/CalvinAtCamp''.
* ''Fanfic/HarmonyTheory'': Max Cash, with a little help from [[spoiler:a couple of Elements of Harmony]].
* Dumbledore is even more manipulative in ''Fanfic/KnowledgeIsPower'' than he is in canon, but [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain less effective]]. Lord Potter ''is'' effective at manipulation, but often prefers just to shout and swear at everyone until they back down.
* Calvin eventually becomes this in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'', along with TheChessmaster.
* ''FanFic/AnAlternateKeitaroUrashima'' features Granny Hina as its primary antagonist. In her case, many of her manipulations have been derailed due to Keitaro refusing to play along -- and making sure his family and friends are aware of her true nature. However, she manages to keep stringing along her tenants, as well as having Ryuichi completely convinced that she's just a sweet old lady. Many of her former friends/victims express shock and disappointment when they learn the truth.
* In ''Fanfic/KitsuneNoKenFistOfTheFox'', Neji takes advantage of Kiba's despondency over Hinata's rejection of his (Kiba's) love confession and the revelation that Hinata had already had an AccidentalKiss with Naruto, to manipulate Kiba into fighting Naruto, as part of a plan to either get Naruto arrested (since Kiba's the son of Konoha Town's police chief) or expelled from school (Konoha High frowns on students with criminal records).
* Emperor Palpatine in the ''FanFic/SonOfSunsTrilogy'', even moreso than in the [[StarWars source material]].
* In ''FanFic/ShinobiOfTheOldRepublic'', Naruto falls into this. It is probably particularly noticeable when they're on Korriban.
* Bilbo describes his grandmother and the family matriarch Laura Baggins as this type in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8897326/50/A-Shot-in-the-Dark A Shot in the Dark]]''.
-->'''[[spoiler:Thorin]]''' She doesn't seem so bad. I think you really are exaggerating all of this fear and worry.
-->'''Bilbo:''' ''*sigh*'' [[spoiler: Thorin]], in five minutes she got you to reveal your age, origins, history, and that you like to eat apple pie. Give her another five minutes and she'll know your parents names, favorite stew, and the name of your childhood toy.
* Minister Honsou from ''FanFic/KyoshiRising'' is pulling the strings of the Fire Nation throne, and starts more actively manipulating the Fire Lord once Kyoshi arrives and starts shaking things up.
* Professor Moriarty in ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfTime''. He also qualifies as a MagnificentBastard, but it's worth pointing out his manipulative tendencies -- his four episodes are by and large driven by his manipulation of the heroes. It becomes his obsession and his FatalFlaw: he can manipulate anybody and everybody into doing what he wants, but he doesn't believe that his victims can break free of his manipulations. Basically has a massive god complex.
* ''Fanfic/SuddenContact'': [[Franchise/{{Starcraft}} Arcturus Mengsk]]. He tricks the [[Franchise/MassEffect Council]] into helping the Sons of Korhal overthrow the Confederacy by appearing weak and offering Terran technology to them. After which, the Council takes the bait, believing they could gain new technology and have a new government to work with. However, once the war goes bad for the Council, and the Zerg start to invade Citadel Space, Mengsk tricks the Council into using the psi-emitter on Tarsonis to end the war quickly. Since Saren was the one who planted the psi-emitter in this story, Mengsk blackmails the Council with this information, knowing the public would turn on them if the knowledge was released. This not only forces the Council to begrudgingly recognize Mengsk as the Emperor of the newly formed Terran Dominion, but also grant humanity a seat in the Council in exchange for Terran forces helping them fight the Zerg.
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26th May '16 10:46:15 AM Tron80
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* In ''Fanfic/LastChildOfKrypton'' Gendo tries to use Shinji’s emotions and morals in order to manipulate him and mould him.
14th May '16 9:01:39 PM TSBasilisk
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* Jack Slash of ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' is the leader of the Slaughterhouse Nine specifically because he knows exactly which buttons to push to keep his menagerie of psychopaths in line. He also uses this against heroes and villains, often to recruit them and other times simply to enjoy their suffering. [[spoiler:He actually has a power that allows this with parahumans, letting him know just what to say and how to act around them]].
10th Apr '16 7:22:38 PM jamespolk
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* ''Theatre/HellBentFerHeaven'', which won the UsefulNotes/PulitzerPrize for 1924, cribs liberally from Othello, with Rufe being a manipulative schemer just like Iago. Like Iago, he is manaically jealous, in this play over a woman. Rufe attempts to re-start an old FeudingFamilies war in order to get Andy to kill Sid, Rufe's rival for the affections of Andy's sister Jude. He does this in classic Iago style by whispering into Andy's ear in order to convince him that Sid's family is out to get him.
30th Mar '16 9:25:28 PM AdamNY
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* Steve Urkel on "Family Matters" has his moments. Moreso in later seasons. He'll often try to pull a guilt trip on Laura when he doesn't get his way with her. He often tries to force love on her. Though he's not quite a bastard all the time.
30th Mar '16 9:25:01 PM AdamNY
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30th Mar '16 9:24:47 PM AdamNY
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* Steve Urkel on "Family Matters" has his moments. Moreso in later seasons. He'll often try to pull a guilt trip on Laura when he doesn't get his way with her. He often tries to force love on her. Though he's not quite a bastard all the time.
20th Mar '16 7:28:28 AM StFan
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* ''MuvLuvAlternative'''s Kouzuki Yuuko will do anything to ensure humanity's survival against the [[HordeOfAlienLocusts BETA]]. ''Anything''. [[spoiler:This includes surreptitiously releasing captured specimens on her own base to rattle the troops, not telling Takeru of the dire consequences of his going back to a branch of ''Extra'', in general manipulating the members of the cast, the Americans, and the rest of the UN to ensure the success of Alternative IV. Even her ''Extra self'' is shocked at the depths to which she can stoop so low when the circumstances are present.]]

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* ''MuvLuvAlternative'''s ''VisualNovel/MuvLuvAlternative'''s Kouzuki Yuuko will do anything to ensure humanity's survival against the [[HordeOfAlienLocusts BETA]]. ''Anything''. [[spoiler:This includes surreptitiously releasing captured specimens on her own base to rattle the troops, not telling Takeru of the dire consequences of his going back to a branch of ''Extra'', in general manipulating the members of the cast, the Americans, and the rest of the UN to ensure the success of Alternative IV. Even her ''Extra self'' is shocked at the depths to which she can stoop so low when the circumstances are present.]]
24th Feb '16 6:19:12 PM MisterTulip
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** In ''Fanfic/TheWitchOfTheEverfree'', Sunset Shimmer interprets her this way for the first few years after running away, but [[CharacterDevelopment places increasingly little stock in that interpretation as more time passes]].
24th Jan '16 2:29:04 PM Tallens
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* ''Fanfic/SuddenContact'': [[Franchise/{{Starcraft}} Arcturus Mengsk]]. He tricks the [[Franchise/MassEffect Council]] into helping the Sons of Korhal overthrow the Confederacy by appearing weak and offering Terran technology to them. After which, the Council takes the bait, believing they could gain new technology and have a new government to work with. However, once the war goes bad for the Council, and the Zerg start to invade Citadel Space, Mengsk tricks the Council into using the psi-emitter on Tarsonis to end the war quickly. Since Saren was the one who planted the psi-emitter in this story, Mengsk blackmails the Council with this information, knowing the public would turn on them if the knowledge was released. This not only forces the Council to begrudgingly recognize Mengsk as the Emperor of the newly formed Terran Dominion, but also grant humanity a seat in the Council in exchange for Terran forces helping them fight the Zerg.
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