History Main / TheMaster

15th Jun '16 4:19:56 PM nighttrainfm
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** The series' longest recurring solo villain and the Doctor's EvilCounterpart. Going by this name so amused the Master that even when he went incognito he often chose a paper-thin-disguise alias based on its sound or [[ThisIsMyNameOnForeign meaning]] (Mister Magister, Professor Thascales, Col. Masters, [[spoiler: Missy]], etc.). On the rare occasions anyone's asked what he's the master ''of'', his response has been that he's "the master of all matter" or simply "The Master of All." By the same token, the Doctor is "a doctor of many things" or "The Doctor of Everything" plus a couple of less-used versions referring to time-travel. It's been suggested that the Master's name comes from his degree at the Time Lord Academy. Bear in mind that a master's degree is just one step below a doctorate--this might explain the enmity between the Doctor and the Master! In "A Good Man Goes to War" it's hinted that the word 'doctor' (which means 'person of knowledge' or 'healer') comes from the Doctor himself. So it would be fitting for the word 'Master' (which means 'controller' and 'man of knowledge') to come from him as well.

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** The series' longest recurring solo villain and the Doctor's EvilCounterpart. EvilCounterpart - who actively chose the title just as the Doctor did his, which tells you rather a lot about them as a person.
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Going by this name so amused the Master that even when he went incognito he often chose a paper-thin-disguise alias based on its sound or [[ThisIsMyNameOnForeign meaning]] (Mister Magister, Professor Thascales, Col. Masters, [[spoiler: Missy]], etc.). On the rare occasions anyone's asked what he's the master ''of'', his response has been that he's "the master of all matter" or simply "The Master of All." By the same token, the Doctor is "a doctor of many things" or "The Doctor of Everything" plus a couple of less-used versions referring to time-travel. It's been suggested that the Master's name comes from his degree at the Time Lord Academy. Bear in mind that a master's degree is just one step below a doctorate--this might explain the enmity between the Doctor and the Master! In "A Good Man Goes to War" it's hinted that the word 'doctor' (which means 'person of knowledge' or 'healer') comes from the Doctor himself. So it would be fitting for the word 'Master' (which means 'controller' and 'man of knowledge') to come from him as well.
9th Jun '16 5:47:07 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''ActRaiser'' subverts convention. You ''are'' the Master and you're not at all evil.

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* ''ActRaiser'' ''VideoGame/ActRaiser'' subverts convention. You ''are'' the Master and you're not at all evil.
2nd Jun '16 12:32:25 PM nighttrainfm
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* [[BiggerBad Master Xehanort]] from the ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'' series.
* StreetFighter has a half example. In Japan the villain is named Vega. However, in america, he got a more famous name: Master Bison.

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* [[BiggerBad Master Xehanort]] from the ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'' series.
* StreetFighter
Franchise/StreetFighter has a half example. In Japan the villain is named Vega. However, in america, he got a more famous name: Master Bison.
2nd Jun '16 12:31:40 PM nighttrainfm
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** The recurring villain and the Doctor's EvilCounterpart, '''[[LargeHam THE]] [[MagnificentBastard MASTER]]'''! Going by this name so amused the Master that even when he went incognito he often chose a paper-thin-disguise alias based on its sound or [[ThisIsMyNameOnForeign meaning]] (Mister Magister, Professor Thascales, Col. Masters, [[spoiler: Missy]], etc.). On the rare occasions anyone's asked what he's the master ''of'', his response has been that he's "the master of all matter" or simply "The Master of All." By the same token, the Doctor is "a doctor of many things" or "The Doctor of Everything" plus a couple of less-used versions referring to time-travel. It's been suggested that the Master's name comes from his degree at the Time Lord Academy. Bear in mind that a master's degree is just one step below a doctorate--this might explain the enmity between the Doctor and the Master! In "A Good Man Goes to War" it's hinted that the word 'doctor' (which means 'person of knowledge' or 'healer') comes from the Doctor himself. So it would be fitting for the word 'Master' (which means 'controller' and 'man of knowledge') to come from him as well.

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** The series' longest recurring solo villain and the Doctor's EvilCounterpart, '''[[LargeHam THE]] [[MagnificentBastard MASTER]]'''! EvilCounterpart. Going by this name so amused the Master that even when he went incognito he often chose a paper-thin-disguise alias based on its sound or [[ThisIsMyNameOnForeign meaning]] (Mister Magister, Professor Thascales, Col. Masters, [[spoiler: Missy]], etc.). On the rare occasions anyone's asked what he's the master ''of'', his response has been that he's "the master of all matter" or simply "The Master of All." By the same token, the Doctor is "a doctor of many things" or "The Doctor of Everything" plus a couple of less-used versions referring to time-travel. It's been suggested that the Master's name comes from his degree at the Time Lord Academy. Bear in mind that a master's degree is just one step below a doctorate--this might explain the enmity between the Doctor and the Master! In "A Good Man Goes to War" it's hinted that the word 'doctor' (which means 'person of knowledge' or 'healer') comes from the Doctor himself. So it would be fitting for the word 'Master' (which means 'controller' and 'man of knowledge') to come from him as well.
22nd Mar '16 7:06:54 PM FordPrefect
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** On at least three occasions in the Second Doctor's run, the Doctor is told that "The Master" wants to see him (on one occasion it's the Great Intelligence, on another it's the Master of the Land of Fiction, and on the other it's Professor Maxtible). In each case he reacts with alarm. Since the Master proper hadn't been invented then, his misgivings can only be down to [[GenreSavvy his knowledge of this trope]] (in-universe, in the character's debut story, "Terror of the Autons", a Time Lord informs that the Doctor that the Master has taken to referring to himself by that title; though the Doctor knew the character before this, he is apparently unaware of the change in his moniker). After the Master proper had already been established, the Fifth Doctor, while playing cricket, was informed he played as well as "the Master", and got progressively more nervous until the other man clarified that he was talking about "the other Doctor" -- [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._G._Grace W. G. Grace]].

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** On at least three occasions in the Second Doctor's run, the Doctor is told that "The Master" wants to see him (on one occasion it's the Great Intelligence, on another it's the Master of the Land of Fiction, and on the other it's Professor Maxtible). In each case he reacts with alarm. Since the Master proper hadn't been invented then, his misgivings can only be down to [[GenreSavvy his knowledge of this trope]] (in-universe, trope]]. (In-universe, in the character's Master's debut story, story "Terror of the Autons", a Time Lord informs that the Doctor that the Master has taken to referring to himself by that title; though the Doctor knew the character before this, he is apparently unaware of the change in his moniker). After the Master proper had already been established, the Fifth Doctor, while playing cricket, was informed he played as well as "the Master", and got progressively more nervous until the other man clarified that he was talking about "the other Doctor" -- [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._G._Grace W. G. Grace]].
2nd Mar '16 2:53:05 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''KnockedUp'', Martin can only get out of the ''dirty man challenge'' by explicitly referring to Jason as ''The Master''.
* ''TheBraveLittleToaster'': The owner of the titular character.

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* In ''KnockedUp'', ''Film/KnockedUp'', Martin can only get out of the ''dirty man challenge'' by explicitly referring to Jason as ''The Master''.
* ''TheBraveLittleToaster'': ''WesternAnimation/TheBraveLittleToaster'': The owner of the titular character.



* ''TheMasterAndMargarita'': One of the eponymous characters from M. Bulgakov's novel -- though this Master is not a villain, but one of the most good and kind-hearted characters in the book. He was a writer, but after his book was banned, he went out of his mind, and started to call himself "the Master" (an important note: in Russian "master" means not "lord", but something like "maestro"). He was actually given the name by his lover (that would be Margarita) who was devoted to him and his novel. His real name is never revealed, but it's implied that his skill is so great that Master is the more fitting name anyway.

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* ''TheMasterAndMargarita'': ''Literature/TheMasterAndMargarita'': One of the eponymous characters from M. Bulgakov's novel -- though this Master is not a villain, but one of the most good and kind-hearted characters in the book. He was a writer, but after his book was banned, he went out of his mind, and started to call himself "the Master" (an important note: in Russian "master" means not "lord", but something like "maestro"). He was actually given the name by his lover (that would be Margarita) who was devoted to him and his novel. His real name is never revealed, but it's implied that his skill is so great that Master is the more fitting name anyway.



* Subverted in Marc Twain's AConnecticutYankeeInKingArthursCourt: the tittle yankee was styled ''The Boss'' by the whole Britain.

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* Subverted in Marc Twain's AConnecticutYankeeInKingArthursCourt: ''Literature/AConnecticutYankeeInKingArthursCourt'': the tittle yankee was styled ''The Boss'' by the whole Britain.



* In ''MidsomerMurders'', ''Death in Disguise'' the Master is actually a very nice guy who wants to look after people and help them.

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* In ''MidsomerMurders'', ''Series/MidsomerMurders'', ''Death in Disguise'' the Master is actually a very nice guy who wants to look after people and help them.
29th Jan '16 5:19:41 PM nombretomado
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* The Master Hand from the ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBrothers'' series. [[spoiler:And, as of the Wii U and 3DS versions, [[SNKBoss Master Core]].]]

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* The Master Hand from the ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBrothers'' ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' series. [[spoiler:And, as of the Wii U and 3DS versions, [[SNKBoss Master Core]].]]
14th Jan '16 1:09:15 AM Adept
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* Inachika Akitani from ''TheLuciferAndBiscuitHammer'' tends to end his introductions with "Also known as, The Master."
* Caesar Clown of ''OnePiece'' bears the nickname "Master" (also written in English in the original Japanese edition), often just shortened to "M". He's a BitchInSheepsClothing MadScientist that you just LoveToHate...

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* Inachika Akitani from ''TheLuciferAndBiscuitHammer'' ''Manga/TheLuciferAndBiscuitHammer'' tends to end his introductions with "Also known as, The Master."
* Caesar Clown of ''OnePiece'' ''Manga/OnePiece'' bears the nickname "Master" (also written in English in the original Japanese edition), often just shortened to "M". He's a BitchInSheepsClothing MadScientist that you just LoveToHate...
29th Nov '15 12:55:59 PM WhitePhoenix5
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* In 'Series/RoadRovers, The Rovers' boss is called The Master, [[spoiler:but he was originally known as Professor William F. Shepherd.]]

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* In 'Series/RoadRovers, ''WesternAnimation/RoadRovers'', The Rovers' boss is called The Master, [[spoiler:but he was originally known as Professor William F. Shepherd.]]
29th Nov '15 12:54:07 PM WhitePhoenix5
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* In ''Series/RoadRovers", The Rovers' boss is called The Master, [[spoiler:but he was originally known as Professor William F. Shepherd.]]

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* In ''Series/RoadRovers", 'Series/RoadRovers, The Rovers' boss is called The Master, [[spoiler:but he was originally known as Professor William F. Shepherd.]]
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