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6th Dec '17 5:38:14 PM JoeG
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May overlap with DumbIsGood, but it doesn't have to. The hero of the story can easily be a more rugged intellectual, or he reads/writes poetry, which is almost never perceived as an "evil" form of culture (cf. the WarriorPoet trope). Closely related to the MagnificentBastard, whose sheer tactical and strategic brilliance often sets him inside the trappings of Wicked Cultured (particularly when he catches you and then explains which strategic genius first invented that trap). FauxAffablyEvil is a similar overlap of highbrow manners and vicious actions.

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May overlap with DumbIsGood, but it doesn't have to. The hero of the story can easily be a more rugged intellectual, or he reads/writes poetry, which is almost never perceived as an "evil" form of culture (cf. the WarriorPoet trope). Closely related to the MagnificentBastard, whose sheer tactical and strategic brilliance often sets him inside the trappings of Wicked Cultured (particularly when he catches you and then explains which strategic genius first invented that trap). FauxAffablyEvil is a similar overlap of highbrow manners and vicious actions.
actions. Villains who try to be this and fail are WickedPretentious.
4th Nov '17 12:40:50 PM WillBGood
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* Patrick Bateman, the VillainProtagonist of ''Literature/AmericanPsycho'' ''thinks'' he is, but then goes and describes Whitney Houston as [[ComicallyMissingThePoint "the most exciting and original black jazz voice of her generation."]] Then again, Bateman is ''supposed'' to be a vain, hollow fake, and much of the "culture" he and his friends enjoy are fleeting yuppie fads that only appear refined due to their polish and high-end price.

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* Patrick Bateman, the VillainProtagonist of ''Literature/AmericanPsycho'' ''thinks'' he is, is this (or at least Wicked {{Pop Cultured|Badass}}), but then goes and describes Whitney Houston as [[ComicallyMissingThePoint "the most exciting and original black jazz voice of her generation."]] Then again, Bateman is ''supposed'' to be a [[WickedPretentious vain, hollow fake, fake,]] and much of the "culture" he and his friends enjoy are fleeting yuppie fads that only appear refined due to their polish and high-end price.
4th Nov '17 12:37:23 PM WillBGood
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-->''"A heathen, [[InsultBackfire conceivably]], but not - I hope - an unenlightened one.

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-->''"A -->''A heathen, [[InsultBackfire conceivably]], but not - I hope - an unenlightened one.''
4th Nov '17 12:36:49 PM WillBGood
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** Francisco Scaramanga, Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun. He was rich, played by Creator/ChristopherLee (see Count Dooku) which already makes him suave and dangerous, and he even had an eco-friendly EvilLair... located in the Phang Nga Bay.

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** Francisco Scaramanga, Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun. He was rich, played by Creator/ChristopherLee (see Count Dooku) which already makes him suave and dangerous, and he even had an eco-friendly EvilLair...SupervillainLair... located in the Phang Nga Bay.
4th Nov '17 12:30:47 PM WillBGood
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** In the novelization of ''Film/VForVendetta'', Creedy has shades of this.

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** In the novelization of ''Film/VForVendetta'', [[Film/VForVendetta the movie]], Creedy has shades of this.
2nd Nov '17 10:52:15 PM _____________
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* ''Manga/{{Monster}}'': Johan Liebert, the title character, is always perfectly dressed, well-spoken, blends in perfectly with high society and is a smart intellectual.

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* ''Manga/{{Monster}}'': Johan Liebert, the title character, is always perfectly dressed, well-spoken, blends in perfectly with high society and is a smart an intellectual.
2nd Nov '17 8:19:50 AM IdumeanPatriot
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* ''Literature/{{Victoria}}'' has a cultured Nazi officer who likes discussing philosophy and history. Also played with where the hero himself, Captain John Rumford, is concerned: among other things, he uses his cultured manners to [[LicensedSexist be condescending to women]] in sophisticated ways, quoting sexist philosophers and poets throughout the ages.
2nd Nov '17 7:59:12 AM skotavatar
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* Denman Malkuth of ''Literature/DanceoftheButterfly'' is definitely this. He wears bespoke clothing, engages in many aspects of high culture, and serves as professor of philosophy at a prestigious private university as a cover for his more nefarious goals.
17th Oct '17 7:04:32 PM Dingbot
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* In ''Film/BatmanReturns'', The Penguin character was {{deconstruct|ion}}ed from this: he's portrayed as the grotesquely inbred sire of a wealthy family who dumped him in the river and left him for dead when he was still a baby. Although obviously intelligent and certainly no stranger to fine clothes, this version of the Penguin is quite vulgar, with thuggish manners and distasteful sexual appetites. The character is also portrayed in this manner in the ''[[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity Arkham City]]'' video game. He clearly ''thinks'' he's Wicked Cultured though.

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* In ''Film/BatmanReturns'', The Penguin character was {{deconstruct|ion}}ed from this: he's portrayed as the grotesquely inbred sire scion of a wealthy family who dumped him in the river and left him for dead when he was still a baby. Although obviously intelligent and certainly no stranger to fine clothes, this version of the Penguin is quite vulgar, with thuggish manners and distasteful sexual appetites. The character is also portrayed in this manner in the ''[[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity Arkham City]]'' video game. He clearly ''thinks'' he's Wicked Cultured though.
21st Sep '17 7:41:30 AM Anata
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* Victoria Vinciguerra from Film/TheManFromUNCLE2015 is a Chic businesswoman and art collector, as well as a psychotic, nuclear-weapon -toting nazi.
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