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22nd May '16 1:09:48 PM WriterGirl2015
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* ''Manga/SeraphOfTheEnd'': The vampire noble Ferid is graceful and refined; he wants to be a painter; his swordplay style is that of royalty (to quote the novel: “It was a style that Crowley had never seen before. The movements were extremely refined. Like some sort of ceremonial fencing taught to royalty.”); He also likes to wear his long hair in ribbons and enjoys drinking [[AGlassOfChianti blood in a whine glass]] in his mansion.
13th May '16 12:02:23 PM lavendermintrose
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* Adolf K. Weissman from ''Anime/{{K}}'', wears fancy-looking clothes and frequently dances around his room with an inanimate woman wearing a fox mask. The few glimpses we get of him suggest he is quite unhinged and malevolent. [[spoiler:This is later revealed to have been the Colorless King controlling him at the time, and not his own actions.]]

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* Adolf K. Weissman from ''Anime/{{K}}'', wears fancy-looking clothes and frequently dances around his room waltzes with an inanimate woman wearing a fox mask. The few glimpses we get of him suggest he is quite unhinged and malevolent. [[spoiler:This is later revealed to have been [[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]- he's actually the Colorless King controlling him at hero and BigGood - when he was acting crazy, it's because he was [[BodySnatcher Possessed]]. When his memories return, he still has the time, [[SharpDressedMan nice suits]], he can still waltz, and not his own actions.of course, the [[AGlassOfChianti elegant wine]] moment in beginning of episode 12 was from before he got body-snatched.]]
2nd May '16 3:04:58 PM eroock
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->"''I can't believe what that clown is doing to Leoncavallo! And they call ''me'' a murderer!''"

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->"''I ->''"I can't believe what that clown is doing to Leoncavallo! And they call ''me'' a murderer!''"murderer!"''
2nd May '16 3:04:42 PM eroock
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30th Apr '16 12:25:27 AM foxley
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* Jonathan from Roleplay/AdvanceWarsEternalWar fits this trope perfectly.

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* Jonathan from Roleplay/AdvanceWarsEternalWar ''Roleplay/AdvanceWarsEternalWar'' fits this trope perfectly.



* Colonel Montoya from ''Series/QueenOfSwords''.

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* Colonel Montoya from ''Series/QueenOfSwords''. He is educated, extremely well-dressed, has fine taste in food and wine, and plays the violin like a virtuoso.
28th Apr '16 11:00:34 PM MrInitialMan
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* Gentleman John Lynx , a manager in Prairie Wrestling Alliance ''[[SubvertedTrope tries]]'' to be this--he often apes an upper-class British accent [[OohMeAccentsSlipping (which he invariably fails to maintain)]], wears a nice suit (complete with cufflinks), and will sometimes recite poetry and make literary references. Those references betray his lowbrow taste in literature, and he's had more than one tantrum at ringside.
18th Apr '16 2:10:54 PM erforce
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* One-off villain of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' Doctor Caballeron is definitely this, since he's a very obvious {{expy}} of [[Franchise/IndianaJones René Belloq]].

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* One-off villain of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' Doctor Caballeron is definitely this, since he's a very obvious {{expy}} of [[Franchise/IndianaJones [[Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk René Belloq]].
8th Apr '16 4:41:13 PM merotoker
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* M'Quve from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' is a ruthless SmugSnake under the orders of [[LadyOfWar Princess]] [[EvilRedheads Kycilia]] [[EvilGenius Zabi]], whom he's fiercely devoted to. He's also an extremely cultured, polite, soft-spoken man who adores art and souvenirs. [[spoiler: His last thoughts as he died in battle were of both his Princess and an old porcelain vase that he wanted to offer to her as a gift.]]

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* M'Quve from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' is a ruthless SmugSnake under the orders of [[LadyOfWar Princess]] [[EvilRedheads [[EvilRedhead Kycilia]] [[EvilGenius Zabi]], whom he's fiercely devoted to. He's also an extremely cultured, polite, soft-spoken man who adores art and souvenirs. [[spoiler: His last thoughts as he died in battle were of both his Princess and an old porcelain vase that he wanted to offer to her as a gift.]]



* VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry: "Madame, your [[EvilLaugh laugh]] lacks elegance."

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* VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry: ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'': "Madame, your [[EvilLaugh laugh]] lacks elegance."



* Izaya Orihara from ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'' [[FurAndLoathing wears fur-lined coats]], speaks Russian, reads OscarWilde and throws around psychology terms like "misattribution of arousal". He's also Japan's biggest {{troll}}.

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* Izaya Orihara from ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'' [[FurAndLoathing wears fur-lined coats]], speaks Russian, reads OscarWilde Creator/OscarWilde and throws around psychology terms like "misattribution of arousal". He's also Japan's biggest {{troll}}.



* ''ComicBook//TheFlash'''s RoguesGallery:

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* ''ComicBook//TheFlash'''s ''Franchise/TheFlash'''s RoguesGallery:



* ''ComicBook/TheFantasticFour'': Doctor Doom had five Rembrandts. Then he had one burned because he didn't like it.

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* ''ComicBook/TheFantasticFour'': ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'': Doctor Doom had five Rembrandts. Then he had one burned because he didn't like it.



* The eponymous protagonist of ''ComicBook/{{Diabolik}}'' is a merciless murderer and an ImpossibleThief, but is also a fine collector of arts, has created a collection from his most beautiful loots, and took offense at Ginko thinking he'd steal a priceless but objectively ''horrible'' golden statue.

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* The eponymous protagonist of ''ComicBook/{{Diabolik}}'' is a merciless murderer and an ImpossibleThief, {{Impossible Th|eft}}ief, but is also a fine collector of arts, has created a collection from his most beautiful loots, and took offense at Ginko thinking he'd steal a priceless but objectively ''horrible'' golden statue.



* One scene in ''[[Fanfic/DeliverUsFromEvilSeries Mortality]]'' [[WordOfGod deliberately invoked]] this trope for [[DiabolicalMastermind Professor]] [[SherlockHolmes Moriarty]], with a glass of wine in hand (which he fractures because of his angry grip on it). Overall, the fic paints him as very upper-class and as intellectual as he is meant to be.

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* One scene in ''[[Fanfic/DeliverUsFromEvilSeries Mortality]]'' [[WordOfGod deliberately invoked]] this trope for [[DiabolicalMastermind Professor]] [[SherlockHolmes [[Franchise/SherlockHolmes Moriarty]], with a glass of wine in hand (which he fractures because of his angry grip on it). Overall, the fic paints him as very upper-class and as intellectual as he is meant to be.



* ''Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'' Hannibal Lecter typifies this trope like no other; a cultured and refined genius as well as a homicidal cannibal. Some of his more cultured actions include his charcoal drawings of Florence that he uses to decorate his cell (done from memory), killing and eating an untalented flautist in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to improve its sound, and listening to Bach's "Goldberg Variations" while removing a man's face. His conversations are rife with references to classical works from Shakespeare to Marcus Aurelius, and much more. Wine-lovers note how his "nice Chianti" is a rustic choice for such a sophisticate (only in the film; in the book it was an Amarone). This combined with his mispronunciation of the name suggest to some that he's being facetious and is further mocking Agent Starling's rustic roots.

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* ''Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'' ''Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'': Hannibal Lecter typifies this trope like no other; a cultured and refined genius as well as a homicidal cannibal. Some of his more cultured actions include his charcoal drawings of Florence that he uses to decorate his cell (done from memory), killing and eating an untalented flautist in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to improve its sound, and listening to Bach's "Goldberg Variations" while removing a man's face. His conversations are rife with references to classical works from Shakespeare to Marcus Aurelius, and much more. Wine-lovers note how his "nice Chianti" is a rustic choice for such a sophisticate (only in the film; in the book it was an Amarone). This combined with his mispronunciation of the name suggest to some that he's being facetious and is further mocking Agent Starling's rustic roots.



* Sigfried in the ''Film/GetSmart'' movie fits this very well (whereas the original in the TV show was AffablyEvil). He is essentially TheMeanBrit as a Bond villain and is paradoxically, calm and cultured while being ChaoticEvil. This is particularly apparent at the end when he is in his car listening to and conducting the same music being played by an orchestra in which he has placed a bomb which will kill the president and everyone else inside.

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* Sigfried in the ''Film/GetSmart'' movie fits this very well (whereas the original in [[Series/GetSmart the TV show show]] was AffablyEvil). He is essentially TheMeanBrit as a Bond villain and is paradoxically, calm and cultured while being ChaoticEvil. This is particularly apparent at the end when he is in his car listening to and conducting the same music being played by an orchestra in which he has placed a bomb which will kill the president and everyone else inside.



* Yawgmoth from ''The Thran'' is a scientist and a physician, has a wide knowledge and learns very quickly. He's going to become the most dreaded BigBad in MagicTheGathering history.

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* Yawgmoth from ''The Thran'' is a scientist and a physician, has a wide knowledge and learns very quickly. He's going to become the most dreaded BigBad in MagicTheGathering ''Franchise/MagicTheGathering'' history.



** Lord Voldemort, especially in his younger years. His teachers saw him as an eloquent, brilliant and polite student. In truth, he used his refined manners to manipulate people (his behaviour towards Hepzibah Smith is a wonderful example). And when he wanted to duel with Harry in "The Goblet of Fire"... He insistet that two opponents should bow before each other.

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** Lord Voldemort, especially in his younger years. His teachers saw him as an eloquent, brilliant and polite student. In truth, he used his refined manners to manipulate people (his behaviour towards Hepzibah Smith is a wonderful example). And when he wanted to duel with Harry in "The ''The Goblet of Fire"... Fire''… [[LetsFightLikeGentlemen He insistet insisted that two opponents should bow before each other.other]].



** A less morally ambiguous example is SmugSnake [[Literature/ShadowsOfTheEmpire Prince Xizor]]. He's the head of the vast crime syndicate Black Sun, he sits at the Emperor's feet closer than anyone but Vader, co-owns and dines at the most exclusive restaurant on Coruscant, and in general is just fabulously wealthy and lets it show. There's mention that he forgave some debtor when presented with a thousand-year-old miniature tree, and he muses that values it more than rare gems and would not give it up even if he had to sell the rest of his financial and criminal empire.

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** A less morally ambiguous example is SmugSnake [[Literature/ShadowsOfTheEmpire Prince Xizor]].Xizor in ''Literature/ShadowsOfTheEmpire''. He's the head of the vast crime syndicate Black Sun, he sits at the Emperor's feet closer than anyone but Vader, co-owns and dines at the most exclusive restaurant on Coruscant, and in general is just fabulously wealthy and lets it show. There's mention that he forgave some debtor when presented with a thousand-year-old miniature tree, and he muses that values it more than rare gems and would not give it up even if he had to sell the rest of his financial and criminal empire.



* Most/many of [[Creator/AnneRice Anne Rice's vampires]] are this. Lestat, at least in the ''Interview with the Vampire'' film, twice puts blood in a glass and offers it to Louis, Armand loves his sparkly rings, Claudia is a well-read, impeccably dressed child who plays Mozart and Liszt. Marius takes this to slightly {{squick}}y levels, being a wealthy painter in Renaissance Venice who just happens to keep a sort of harem of pubescent boys. Gabrielle, while spending most of her immortality wandering around in jungles, was a marquise and the only literate member of her provincial noble pre-Revolutionary French noble family.

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* Most/many of [[Creator/AnneRice Anne Rice's vampires]] Creator/AnneRice's vampires are this. Lestat, at least in the ''Interview with the Vampire'' film, ''Film/InterviewWithTheVampire'', twice puts blood in a glass and offers it to Louis, Armand loves his sparkly rings, Claudia is a well-read, impeccably dressed child who plays Mozart and Liszt. Marius takes this to slightly {{squick}}y levels, being a wealthy painter in Renaissance Venice who just happens to keep a sort of harem of pubescent boys. Gabrielle, while spending most of her immortality wandering around in jungles, was a marquise and the only literate member of her provincial noble pre-Revolutionary French noble family.



* Not only is VillainProtagonist Literature/ArtemisFowl a TeenGenius {{Chessmaster}}, he's also a fan of fine cuisine, high literature and so on. He also writes music and has designed numerous famous buildings.
* [[Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs Hannibal Lecter]] is depicted as a highly intelligent and cultured man, with refined ("even rarefied", as the novel ''Hannibal'' puts it) tastes. He shops at exclusive high-end stores and wouldn't miss a good opera for the world.

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* Not only is VillainProtagonist Literature/ArtemisFowl a TeenGenius {{Chessmaster}}, [[TheChessMaster chessmaster]], he's also a fan of fine cuisine, high literature and so on. He also writes music and has designed numerous famous buildings.
* [[Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs ''Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'': Hannibal Lecter]] Lecter is depicted as a highly intelligent and cultured man, with refined ("even rarefied", as the novel ''Hannibal'' puts it) tastes. He shops at exclusive high-end stores and wouldn't miss a good opera for the world.



* Jonathan from AdvanceWarsEternalWar fits this trope perfectly.
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'': Scorpius. Quite apart from his [[AffablyEvil well-cultivated manners]] and sideline interest in growing crystherium flowers, his time spent travelling the galaxy has given him an in-depth knowledge of many, many cultures; he's even managed to learn the complex and [[TranslatorMicrobes translator microbe]]-immune language of the Scarrans and the Diagnosans.

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* Jonathan from AdvanceWarsEternalWar Roleplay/AdvanceWarsEternalWar fits this trope perfectly.
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'': Scorpius. Quite apart from his [[AffablyEvil well-cultivated manners]] and sideline interest in growing crystherium flowers, his time spent travelling the galaxy has given him an in-depth knowledge of many, many cultures; he's even managed to learn the complex and [[TranslatorMicrobes translator microbe]]-immune {{translator microbe|s}}-immune language of the Scarrans and the Diagnosans.



* Lodz on ''Series/{{Carnivale}}'' was erudite, charming, and persuasive. He was also remarkably evil and showed some signs of {{Nazi}} sympathies.
* ''Franchise/{{Buffyverse}}:

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* Lodz on ''Series/{{Carnivale}}'' was erudite, charming, and persuasive. He was also remarkably evil and showed some signs of {{Nazi}} Nazi sympathies.
* ''Franchise/{{Buffyverse}}:Franchise/{{Buffyverse}}:



** Subverted with Spike, a punkish Mockney yob [[strike:with a strong resemblance to]] [[HistoricalInJoke who inspired]] Billy Idol. Then [[DoubleSubversion double-subverted]] when we meet him pre-vampire...as a [[StylisticSuck "bloody awful" would-be poet]] of [[BritishAccents implicitly upper middle-class origin]].

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** Subverted with Spike, a punkish Mockney yob [[strike:with a strong resemblance to]] [[HistoricalInJoke who inspired]] Billy Idol. Then [[DoubleSubversion double-subverted]] when we meet him pre-vampire...as a [[StylisticSuck "bloody awful" would-be poet]] of [[BritishAccents [[UsefulNotes/BritishAccents implicitly upper middle-class origin]].



* Wrestling/CodyRhodes has been using this as his gimmick since 2010. It's really more of a "metrosexual" gimmick (perfect teeth and fingernails, etc.), but he's also known for his rather snobbish New England accent (despite being from Texas!) and occasional SesquipedalianLoquaciousness.

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* Wrestling/CodyRhodes has been using used this as his gimmick since 2010.between 2010 and 2013. It's really more of a "metrosexual" gimmick (perfect teeth and fingernails, etc.), but he's also known for his rather snobbish New England accent (despite being from Texas!) and occasional SesquipedalianLoquaciousness.



* The Gravemind from ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' always speaks in trochaic [[ArcNumber heptameter]]. He explained to Cortana in ''Human Weakness'' that he simply grew fond of poetry after he consumed enough poets from different races and cultures.
** You could say [[{{Pun}} he developed a taste for it]].

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* The Gravemind from ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' always speaks in trochaic [[ArcNumber heptameter]]. He explained to Cortana in ''Human Weakness'' that he simply grew fond of poetry after he consumed enough poets from different races and cultures.
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cultures. You could say [[{{Pun}} he developed a taste for it]].



** He also [[spoiler:kicked off the "Make her pay" subplot, which resulted in one person confined to a wheelchair, one dead, one blind, and one losing an arm and eye as well as being despised by everyone she ever liked.]]

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** He also [[spoiler:kicked off the "Make her pay" subplot, which resulted in one person confined to a wheelchair, one dead, one blind, and one losing an arm and eye as well as being despised by everyone she ever liked.]]liked]].



* In ''Literature/TalesOfMU'', Embries and The Man both qualify. The former has a gloriously-decorated office and snazzy attire, a [[IncrediblyLamePun silver tongue]], and a tea set of which he is very fond. He is also an ancient dragon with a [[IAmAHumanitarian taste for human flesh]]. The Man is a demon who [[PoweredByAForsakenChild devours the hearts of virgins]] monthly to sustain himself and impregnated and abandoned the main character's mother twice. He wears a snazzy pinstriped suit and waxes philosophic (sometimes in High Draconic) when speaking with his daughter, however, and like Embries is a master of seduction.

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* In ''Literature/TalesOfMU'', Embries and The Man both qualify. The former has a gloriously-decorated office and snazzy attire, a [[IncrediblyLamePun [[{{Pun}} silver tongue]], and a tea set of which he is very fond. He is also an ancient dragon with a [[IAmAHumanitarian taste for human flesh]]. The Man is a demon who [[PoweredByAForsakenChild devours the hearts of virgins]] monthly to sustain himself and impregnated and abandoned the main character's mother twice. He wears a snazzy pinstriped suit and waxes philosophic (sometimes in High Draconic) when speaking with his daughter, however, and like Embries is a master of seduction.



* Azula from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' was well-versed in her nation's military history. She was very eloquent, manipulative and recognized the weaknesses of her foes with ease. It is possible that she outmatched even her father in terms of strategical skills, since the Firelord relied very much on his counselors.
* Zaheer from Season 3 of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' is well versed in Air Nomad history and lore, despite not being an Air Nomad himself. [[spoiler: These philosophies help him greatly when he gains Airbending via Harmonic Convergence]].

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* Azula from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' was well-versed in her nation's military history. She was very eloquent, manipulative and recognized the weaknesses of her foes with ease. It is possible that she outmatched even her father in terms of strategical strategic skills, since the Firelord relied very much on his counselors.
* Zaheer from Season 3 of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' is well versed in Air Nomad history and lore, despite not being an Air Nomad himself. [[spoiler: These philosophies help him greatly when he gains Airbending via Harmonic Convergence]]. Convergence.]]



** The Ultra-Humanite donates money to public television, enjoys classical music, and once reprogrammed a childrens' toy to tell them the story of the Nutcracker. He's also a MadScientist [[EvilAlbino white]] [[PettingZooPerson talking]] [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys gorilla.]]

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** The Ultra-Humanite donates money to public television, enjoys classical music, and once reprogrammed a childrens' toy to tell them the story of the Nutcracker. He's also a MadScientist [[EvilAlbino white]] [[PettingZooPerson [[PettingZooPeople talking]] [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys gorilla.]]



** Vandal Savage, as well. He's smart, but his level of culture varies from episode to episode; Franchise/WonderWoman certainly feels he's exactly as barbaric as the caveman he ultimately is.
*** "Hereafter" confirms it when Superman looks over his library. "Self-help books? You don't seem like the type."

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** Vandal Savage, as well. He's smart, but his level of culture varies from episode to episode; Franchise/WonderWoman certainly feels he's exactly as barbaric as the caveman he ultimately is.
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is. "Hereafter" confirms it when Superman looks over his library. "Self-help books? You don't seem like the type."



* ''WesternAnimation/WhereOnEarthIsCarmenSandiego'''s eponymous villain is a perfect example; if she doesn't undertake a theft because [[ImpossibleThief of the sheer challenge of it]], she probably swiped it for sentimental cultural value. It's also the only way most of the clues she leaves behind could be deciphered.

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* ''WesternAnimation/WhereOnEarthIsCarmenSandiego'''s eponymous villain is a perfect example; if she doesn't undertake a theft because [[ImpossibleThief [[ImpossibleTheft of the sheer challenge of it]], she probably swiped it for sentimental cultural value. It's also the only way most of the clues she leaves behind could be deciphered.
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** Cutler Beckett, in contrast to the monstrous Hector Barbossa and Davy Jones, presents himself as a cultured villain, sipping tea aboard his ship before going into battle.

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** Cutler Beckett, in contrast to the monstrous bombastic Hector Barbossa and monstrous Davy Jones, presents himself as a cultured refined gentleman of a villain, sipping tea aboard his ship before going into battle.
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** [[WellIntentionedExtremist The Illusive Man]] of ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', drinks well, dresses well, is infallibly polite even in the face of setbacks, and [[HeyItsThatVoice in a past life was]] [[Creator/MartinSheen President of]] [[Series/TheWestWing the United States]].

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** [[WellIntentionedExtremist The Illusive Man]] of ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', drinks well, dresses well, is infallibly polite even in the face of setbacks, and [[HeyItsThatVoice in a past life was]] [[Creator/MartinSheen President of]] [[Series/TheWestWing the United States]].setbacks.
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