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6th Jun '18 10:37:25 PM siberia82
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While TheChessmaster is the master manipulator of events the Manipulative Bastard is the master manipulator of emotions and perspectives as well as anything else that can get people dancing to their tune. This is the guy or gal who gets off on playing head games--clever and dangerous and lacking comedic overtones [[ComedicSociopathy (usu]][[BlackComedy ally)]]. He or she always has [[ThePlan a plan]], but rather than do any work, the Manipulative Bastard prefers to play on other characters' emotions and minds and then watch the victims destroy themselves as they waste their energy on fighting against [[WindmillPolitical fake dangers]] or [[LetsYouAndHimFight their friends]].

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While TheChessmaster is the master manipulator of events events, the Manipulative Bastard is the master manipulator of emotions and perspectives as well as anything else that can get people dancing to their tune. This is the guy or gal who gets off on playing head games--clever and dangerous and lacking comedic overtones [[ComedicSociopathy (usu]][[BlackComedy ally)]]. He or she always has [[ThePlan a plan]], but rather than do any work, the Manipulative Bastard prefers to play on other characters' emotions and minds and then watch the victims destroy themselves as they waste their energy on fighting against [[WindmillPolitical fake dangers]] or [[LetsYouAndHimFight their friends]].



While this character type seems inherently villainous, many of them are at least nominally on the heroes' side. A cunning branch of the AntiHero family sports this trope and many a [[PragmaticHero pragmatic]] and/or GuileHero uses many of the same tricks. Indeed, many Tricksters also overlap into Manipulative Bastard territory. The hero will probably survive a relationship with this character, but their [[EtTuBrute trust in people will not]].

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While this character type seems inherently villainous, many of them are at least nominally on the heroes' side. A cunning branch of the AntiHero family sports this trope and many a [[PragmaticHero pragmatic]] and/or GuileHero uses many of the same tricks. Indeed, many Tricksters {{Trickster}}s also overlap into Manipulative Bastard territory. The hero will probably survive a relationship with this character, but their [[EtTuBrute trust in people will not]].
22nd Apr '18 9:20:12 AM annieholmes
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* J. Pierpont Finch, protagonist of the musical ''Theatre/HowToSucceedInBusinessWithoutReallyTrying''.

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* J. Pierpont Pierrepont Finch, protagonist of the musical ''Theatre/HowToSucceedInBusinessWithoutReallyTrying''.


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* Very much dependent on the actor (especially in how much, if any, joy they take in the process), but Death from ''Theatre/{{Elisabeth}}'' can be this. He spends the show scheming to get Sisi to commit suicide (i.e. choosing him), including manipulating her son Rudolf to [[spoiler: kill himself after a failed rebellion effort that Death encouraged him to participate in.]] so that Sisi would be driven further into depression. [[spoiler: It worked. Sisi accepted her death by ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice without questioning.]]
16th Mar '18 11:09:29 AM vexusdylandasecond
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* ''WebAnimation/{{Dreamscape}}'': [[EvilMentor Melinda]] used Melissa's thirst for knowledge and her need for companionship so she would become her apprentice.
2nd Mar '18 10:51:41 PM vexusdylandasecond
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* ''WebAnimation/DSBTInsaniT'': Her mind-controlling music aside, Stephanie uses Killdra's love for music to trick her into singing a duet with her and amplifying her power.
22nd Dec '17 6:11:01 AM GlitteringFlowers
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* ''VisualNovel/ShallWeDateNinjaShadow'' has Tsubaki Kusunoki, a BadassBookworm with quite the way around words and lots of charisma, who wants to make gain strong allies for his ambitious plan to [[spoiler: overthrow the corrupt Tokugawa Shogunate]]. And to get this, he will do his best to either set the PlayerCharacter as his link to the Vigilantes [[spoiler: via [[HoneyTrap making her fall for him]] ]] or [[spoiler: try to bribe one of the Shogun's best warriors by using [[MacGuffin an item]] that he [[HealthcareMotivation desperately needs]]]], depending on the route.
27th Nov '17 10:20:25 AM FruityOatyBars
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* Diane Roehaven, Duchess ''Tremontaine'', is a master of the SherlockScan, flattery, and lies. She often plays TheVamp in private and the sweet-tempered ProperLady in private. She [[spoiler: is actually a former serving maid who murdered and stole the identity of the real Diane; once her husband started cheating on her, she then decided to usurp his position by poisoning him with hallucinogens that drove him insane and exiling him for treatment, then petitioning the Chancellors to take his title in her own right and manipulating them one by one into supporting her.]] She's a VillainWithGoodPublicity - only a few people have any idea of what she's really like. And, since the series is a prequel, it's a ForegoneConclusion that she'll at least for the most part be a KarmaHoudini. (But boy is she ever [[MagnificentBastard magnificent]] about it.)
4th Sep '17 9:51:55 AM Slaugth324
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The Manipulative Bastard is the master manipulator of emotions and perspectives. This is the guy who gets off on playing head games--clever and dangerous and lacking comedic overtones [[ComedicSociopathy (usu]][[BlackComedy ally)]]. He or she always has ThePlan, but rather than do any work, the Manipulative Bastard prefers to play on other characters' emotions and then watch the victims destroy themselves as they waste their energy on fighting against [[WindmillPolitical fake dangers]] or [[LetsYouAndHimFight their friends]].

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The While TheChessmaster is the master manipulator of events the Manipulative Bastard is the master manipulator of emotions and perspectives. perspectives as well as anything else that can get people dancing to their tune. This is the guy or gal who gets off on playing head games--clever and dangerous and lacking comedic overtones [[ComedicSociopathy (usu]][[BlackComedy ally)]]. He or she always has ThePlan, [[ThePlan a plan]], but rather than do any work, the Manipulative Bastard prefers to play on other characters' emotions and minds and then watch the victims destroy themselves as they waste their energy on fighting against [[WindmillPolitical fake dangers]] or [[LetsYouAndHimFight their friends]].
23rd Aug '17 2:29:19 PM Slaugth324
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Sometimes overlaps with DevilInPlainSight, but is often the "grown up" version, where the "look cute" fallback has become a fairly professional strategy. A Manipulative Bastard who mixes personal manipulation with more [[GambitRoulette complicated schemes]], more [[TheChessmaster mind games]], and [[PsychoticSmirk sufficiently scary facial expressions]]--and does it all with style--can get promoted to MagnificentBastard. Compare ClockKing, who does the same thing with people's schedules instead of their emotions. Manipulating people specifically to bring out their worst natures is the mark of TheCorrupter. May engage in a BattleOfWits, if anyone can match the Manipulative Bastard. For the much more heroic equivalent, see GuileHero. Not to be mistaken for a {{Troll}}, for whom their manipulations often don't have a purpose other than cruel amusement. See also OpportunisticBastard.

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Sometimes overlaps with DevilInPlainSight, but is often the "grown up" version, where the "look cute" fallback has become a fairly professional strategy. A Manipulative Bastard who mixes personal manipulation with more [[GambitRoulette complicated schemes]], more [[TheChessmaster mind games]], and [[PsychoticSmirk sufficiently scary facial expressions]]--and does it all with style--can get promoted to MagnificentBastard. Compare ClockKing, who does the same thing with people's schedules instead of their emotions.emotions and/or minds. Manipulating people specifically to bring out their worst natures is the mark of TheCorrupter. May engage in a BattleOfWits, if anyone can match the Manipulative Bastard. For the much more heroic equivalent, see GuileHero. Not to be mistaken for a {{Troll}}, for whom their manipulations often don't have a purpose other than cruel amusement. See also OpportunisticBastard.
8th Jul '17 3:16:04 AM Slaugth324
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Sometimes overlaps with DevilInPlainSight, but is often the "grown up" version, where the "look cute" fallback has become a fairly professional strategy. A Manipulative Bastard who mixes emotional manipulation with more [[GambitRoulette complicated schemes]], more [[TheChessmaster mind games]], and [[PsychoticSmirk sufficiently scary facial expressions]]--and does it all with style--can get promoted to MagnificentBastard. Compare ClockKing, who does the same thing with people's schedules instead of their emotions. Manipulating people specifically to bring out their worst natures is the mark of TheCorrupter. May engage in a BattleOfWits, if anyone can match the Manipulative Bastard. For the much more heroic equivalent, see GuileHero. Not to be mistaken for a {{Troll}}, for whom their manipulations often don't have a purpose other than cruel amusement. See also OpportunisticBastard.

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Sometimes overlaps with DevilInPlainSight, but is often the "grown up" version, where the "look cute" fallback has become a fairly professional strategy. A Manipulative Bastard who mixes emotional personal manipulation with more [[GambitRoulette complicated schemes]], more [[TheChessmaster mind games]], and [[PsychoticSmirk sufficiently scary facial expressions]]--and does it all with style--can get promoted to MagnificentBastard. Compare ClockKing, who does the same thing with people's schedules instead of their emotions. Manipulating people specifically to bring out their worst natures is the mark of TheCorrupter. May engage in a BattleOfWits, if anyone can match the Manipulative Bastard. For the much more heroic equivalent, see GuileHero. Not to be mistaken for a {{Troll}}, for whom their manipulations often don't have a purpose other than cruel amusement. See also OpportunisticBastard.
28th Jun '17 9:39:38 AM Slaugth324
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Sometimes overlaps with DevilInPlainSight, but is often the "grown up" version, where the "look cute" fallback has become a fairly professional strategy. A Manipulative Bastard who mixes emotional manipulation with [[GambitRoulette complicated schemes]], [[TheChessmaster mind games]], and [[PsychoticSmirk sufficiently scary facial expressions]]--and does it all with style--can get promoted to MagnificentBastard. Compare ClockKing, who does the same thing with people's schedules instead of their emotions. Manipulating people specifically to bring out their worst natures is the mark of TheCorrupter. May engage in a BattleOfWits, if anyone can match the Manipulative Bastard. For the much more heroic equivalent, see GuileHero. Not to be mistaken for a {{Troll}}, for whom their manipulations often don't have a purpose other than cruel amusement. See also OpportunisticBastard.

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Sometimes overlaps with DevilInPlainSight, but is often the "grown up" version, where the "look cute" fallback has become a fairly professional strategy. A Manipulative Bastard who mixes emotional manipulation with more [[GambitRoulette complicated schemes]], more [[TheChessmaster mind games]], and [[PsychoticSmirk sufficiently scary facial expressions]]--and does it all with style--can get promoted to MagnificentBastard. Compare ClockKing, who does the same thing with people's schedules instead of their emotions. Manipulating people specifically to bring out their worst natures is the mark of TheCorrupter. May engage in a BattleOfWits, if anyone can match the Manipulative Bastard. For the much more heroic equivalent, see GuileHero. Not to be mistaken for a {{Troll}}, for whom their manipulations often don't have a purpose other than cruel amusement. See also OpportunisticBastard.
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