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9th Jan '18 1:09:44 AM lillolillo
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* Creator/JackKirby's ''Fourth World'' mythos: Desaad, Darkseid's majordomo/torturer, and Glorious Godfrey, Darkseid's PR man, who tends to show up as a very-punchable televangelist or political news commentator.

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* Creator/JackKirby's ''Fourth World'' ''ComicBook/NewGods'' mythos: Desaad, Darkseid's majordomo/torturer, and Glorious Godfrey, Darkseid's PR man, who tends to show up as a very-punchable televangelist or political news commentator.



** He has quite the DistaffCounterpart (only you know, good looking) in Creator/MarvelComics with fellow space pirate Nebula, self proclaimed granddaughter of certified MagnificentBastard Thanos, who has taken great pleasure by making her his personal punching bag... More than once.

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** * He has quite the DistaffCounterpart (only you know, good looking) in Creator/MarvelComics with fellow space pirate Nebula, self proclaimed granddaughter of certified MagnificentBastard Thanos, who has taken great pleasure by making her his personal punching bag... More than once.



** In ''Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the Eight Grade'', Belinda Zee is a smug, arrogant and scheming bully who is determined to ruin Supergirl's life. However she is too arrogant and prone to not think things through, which means her plans often backfire. She's brainwashed into acting like a duck in the second issue, and in the fourth issue she gets attacked by Streaky the Super-Cat. She's then [[spoiler:turned into a statue by Mr. Mxyzptlk in issue six]].

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** In ''Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the Eight Grade'', ''ComicBook/SupergirlCosmicAdventuresInThe8thGrade'', Belinda Zee is a smug, arrogant and scheming bully who is determined to ruin Supergirl's life. However she is too arrogant and prone to not think things through, which means her plans often backfire. She's brainwashed into acting like a duck in the second issue, and in the fourth issue she gets attacked by Streaky the Super-Cat. She's then [[spoiler:turned into a statue by Mr. Mxyzptlk in issue six]].
13th Nov '17 9:51:15 PM Doug86
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* The Wizard from ''{{Comicbook/Fantastic Four}}'' thinks very highly of himself, but really he is just a 4th rate Dr. Doom wannabe with lamer motives, lamer tech and way fewer accomplishments. He is dumb enough attack the Fantastic Four, a group that defeats Dr. Doom and Galactus on a regular basis, by forming [[ThePsychoRangers a group called the Frightful Four]] and having the Trapster, a loser villain with a glue gun who used to be called "[[AtrociousAlias Paste Pot Pete]]", as a member.

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* The Wizard from ''{{Comicbook/Fantastic Four}}'' ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'' thinks very highly of himself, but really he is just a 4th rate Dr. Doom wannabe with lamer motives, lamer tech and way fewer accomplishments. He is dumb enough attack the Fantastic Four, a group that defeats Dr. Doom and Galactus on a regular basis, by forming [[ThePsychoRangers a group called the Frightful Four]] and having the Trapster, a loser villain with a glue gun who used to be called "[[AtrociousAlias Paste Pot Pete]]", as a member.



* Drug kingpin Milo Lewes, the villain of the classic {{ComicBook/Batman}} story "Death Strikes At Midnight And Three", is a textbook example. Lewes portrays himself as an EvilGenius and ManOfWealthAndTaste, bragging about graduating magna cum laude from the Sorbonne, showing off his knowledge of French wines, and comparing himself to the likes of UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar, UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat and UsefulNotes/ErwinRommel. Even when Batman destroys his drug ring, Lewes confidently thinks that his name will be revered by the ''congnoscenti'' of the salons, and plans to taunt Batman from his new hideout. The story ends with [[OhCrap Batman confronting Lewes in his getaway plane]]:

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* Drug kingpin Milo Lewes, the villain of the classic {{ComicBook/Batman}} Franchise/{{Batman}} story "Death Strikes At Midnight And Three", is a textbook example. Lewes portrays himself as an EvilGenius and ManOfWealthAndTaste, bragging about graduating magna cum laude from the Sorbonne, showing off his knowledge of French wines, and comparing himself to the likes of UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar, UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat and UsefulNotes/ErwinRommel. Even when Batman destroys his drug ring, Lewes confidently thinks that his name will be revered by the ''congnoscenti'' of the salons, and plans to taunt Batman from his new hideout. The story ends with [[OhCrap Batman confronting Lewes in his getaway plane]]:
20th Oct '17 9:46:43 PM JM1982
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* Drug kingpin Milo Lewes, the villain of the classic {{ComicBook/Batman}} story "Death Strikes At Midnight And Three", is a textbook example. Lewes portrays himself as an EvilGenius and ManOfWealthAndTaste, bragging about graduating magna cum laude from the Sorbonne, showing off his knowledge of French wines, and comparing himself to the likes of UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar, UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat and UsefulNotes/ErwinRommel. Even when Batman destroys his drug ring, Lewes confidently thinks that his name will be revered by the consiglieres of the salons, and plans to taunt Batman from his new hideout. The story ends with [[OhCrap Batman confronting Lewes in his getaway plane]]:

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* Drug kingpin Milo Lewes, the villain of the classic {{ComicBook/Batman}} story "Death Strikes At Midnight And Three", is a textbook example. Lewes portrays himself as an EvilGenius and ManOfWealthAndTaste, bragging about graduating magna cum laude from the Sorbonne, showing off his knowledge of French wines, and comparing himself to the likes of UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar, UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat and UsefulNotes/ErwinRommel. Even when Batman destroys his drug ring, Lewes confidently thinks that his name will be revered by the consiglieres ''congnoscenti'' of the salons, and plans to taunt Batman from his new hideout. The story ends with [[OhCrap Batman confronting Lewes in his getaway plane]]:
20th Oct '17 9:34:16 PM JM1982
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* Drug kingpin Milo Lewes, the villain of the classic {{ComicBook/Batman}} story "Death Strikes At Midnight And Three", is a textbook example. Lewes portrays himself as an EvilGenius and ManOfWealthAndTaste, bragging about graduating magna cum laude from the Sorbonne, showing off his knowledge of French wines, and comparing himself to the likes of UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar, UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat and UsefulNotes/ErwinRommel. Even when Batman destroys his drug ring, Lewes confidently thinks that his name will be revered by the consiglieres of the salons, and plans to taunt Batman from his new hideout. The story ends with [[OhCrap Batman confronting Lewes in his getaway plane]]:
-->''Milo Lewes recognized the voice coming from the speaker and considered bolting through the escape hatch, or charging the pilot's compartment, or drawing his Llama automatic. But he did none of those things. Instead, he struggled to control a whimper. To beg. To crawl.''
20th Oct '17 6:15:17 AM Daedalis
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* ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'' BigBad Alex Luthor is of the type that is possible to mistake for a MagnificentBastard at first glance. An AlternateUniverse counterpart of ComicBook/LexLuthor with RealityWarper abilities and a serious bone to pick with how Franchise/TheDCU works, the man gets four whole miniseries leading up to the CrisisCrossover proper detailing his massive scheme, with pawns ranging from a frail old woman all the way up to ComicBook/TheSpectre himself. In the name of remodeling the universe into a "perfect" one of his own design, he rallies almost every supervillain that ever lived behind him, wipes out all Earthly magic, and even has planets moved from their very axes. Yet in the end, his scheme gets too bloated even for him to control, and he ends up making a lot of classic villain mistakes: he doesn't count on how much DC's heroes will resist his "perfect world" pitch, he lets outside forces break through to his [[UnwittingPawn patsies]] (and they listen), he doesn't keep his [[TheDragon Dragon]] on a short enough leash, and in general sorely underestimates the power of HeroicResolve. His ultimate fate? Gunned down like a street punk in the slums of Metropolis by his main-universe counterpart and TheJoker, who knew he would fail the whole time and were just waiting to strike until he did.

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* ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'' BigBad Alex Luthor is of the type that is possible to mistake for a MagnificentBastard at first glance. An AlternateUniverse counterpart of ComicBook/LexLuthor with RealityWarper abilities and a serious bone to pick with how Franchise/TheDCU works, the man gets four whole miniseries leading up to the CrisisCrossover proper detailing his massive scheme, with pawns ranging from a frail old woman all the way up to ComicBook/TheSpectre himself. In the name of remodeling the universe into a "perfect" one of his own design, he rallies almost every supervillain that ever lived behind him, wipes out all Earthly magic, and even has planets moved from their very axes. Yet in the end, his scheme gets too bloated even for him to control, and he ends up making a lot of classic villain mistakes: he doesn't count on how much DC's heroes will resist his "perfect world" pitch, he lets outside forces break through to his [[UnwittingPawn patsies]] (and they listen), he doesn't keep his [[TheDragon Dragon]] on a short enough leash, and in general sorely underestimates the power of HeroicResolve. His ultimate fate? Gunned down like a street punk in the slums of Metropolis by his main-universe counterpart and TheJoker, who knew he would fail the whole time and were just waiting to strike until he did.did.
* Kadir of ''ComicBook/BlackScience'' is sneering and dismissive toward everyone at the lab and everyone he meets in their travels... so, everyone. As the liaison from their financial backer Mr Block he does have ostensible authority over them. He's also got a secret plan that he believes gives him the long-term high ground.
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4th Mar '17 12:13:34 PM nombretomado
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** He has quite the DistaffCounterpart (only you know, good looking) in MarvelComics with fellow space pirate Nebula, self proclaimed granddaughter of certified MagnificentBastard Thanos, who has taken great pleasure by making her his personal punching bag... More than once.

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** He has quite the DistaffCounterpart (only you know, good looking) in MarvelComics Creator/MarvelComics with fellow space pirate Nebula, self proclaimed granddaughter of certified MagnificentBastard Thanos, who has taken great pleasure by making her his personal punching bag... More than once.
8th Jan '17 10:52:14 AM nombretomado
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* Morlish Veed of ''StarWarsLegacy'' is a brilliant military leader, but his political skills leave ''a lot'' to be desired (largely due to overconfidence brought on from aforesaid military victories). Lucky for him that [[WildCard his girlfriend]] ''is'' a genuine MagnificentBastard - or maybe not, if she ever decides [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness she doesn't need him anymore]].

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* Morlish Veed of ''StarWarsLegacy'' ''ComicBook/{{Legacy}}'' is a brilliant military leader, but his political skills leave ''a lot'' to be desired (largely due to overconfidence brought on from aforesaid military victories). Lucky for him that [[WildCard his girlfriend]] ''is'' a genuine MagnificentBastard - or maybe not, if she ever decides [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness she doesn't need him anymore]].
2nd Dec '16 12:02:28 AM Tron80
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** 'Nasty' Luthor is an obnoxious, condescending bully who plagued Linda Danvers for a while during the late Silver Age, scheming to out her SecretIdentity or get her fired from her job at the very least. However, although she is manipulative, conniving and a Luthor, she is ''not'' [[Comicbook/LexLuthor her uncle]], her first scheme backfired ''badly'', and she only succeeded at driving Supergirl mad.

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** 'Nasty' Luthor is an obnoxious, condescending bully who plagued Linda Danvers for a while during the late Silver Age, scheming to out her SecretIdentity or get her fired from her job at the very least. However, although she is manipulative, conniving and a Luthor, she is ''not'' [[Comicbook/LexLuthor her uncle]], her first scheme backfired ''badly'', and she only succeeded at driving Supergirl mad. In ''Comicbook/DemonSpawn'', when Supergirl is rescuing her, she takes advantage of her closeness to tug at her hair, thinking Supergirl wears a wig... and it is Linda the one wears a wig.
24th Nov '16 5:54:30 PM skteosk
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** It should be pointed out that Doom has actually proven his abilities surpass Reed's in at least two regards: he once saved the life of the X-Man Kitty Pryde when Reed himself was unable to, and unlike Reed often uses his technological innovations to better the lives of people. Granted, only people under his rule, but still, the trope is named ReedRichardsIsUseless for a reason.

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** It should be pointed out that Doom has actually proven his abilities surpass Reed's in at least two regards: he once saved the life of the X-Man Kitty Pryde when Reed himself was unable to, and unlike Reed often uses his technological innovations to better the lives of people. Granted, only people under his rule, but still, the trope is named ReedRichardsIsUseless for a reason. (However, his achievement with Kitty is severely tempered by the fact that Reed works out that Doom's method will actually fail disastrously, and then proceeds to work out a variation that will achieve better results, albeit slower than Doom had originally planned.)
8th Nov '16 2:42:13 AM Tron80
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* The 4th Hobgoblin was a B-rate villain who stole the costume and gear of one of the more formidable foes in ''Comicbook/SpiderMan'' history, and eventually the original Hobgoblin came out of retirement to kill the guy with the 7 page losing streak for his wannabe aspirations.

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* The 4th Hobgoblin was a B-rate villain who stole the costume and gear of one of the more formidable foes in ''Comicbook/SpiderMan'' Franchise/SpiderMan history, and eventually the original Hobgoblin came out of retirement to kill the guy with the 7 page losing streak for his wannabe aspirations.



* Kanjar Ro, a [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] foe of the JusticeLeagueOfAmerica and "[[SpacePirates intergalactic entrepreneur]]", fits this trope.

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* Kanjar Ro, a [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] foe of the JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica and "[[SpacePirates intergalactic entrepreneur]]", fits this trope.



* Mongul from {{Superman}} was inspired by Thanos from Marvel Comics who in turn was inspired by Darkseid though Mongul comes off as a vaguely pathetic shadow of Darkseid. While he is as strong as Superman and very intelligent, he is too petty and shortsighted for grandscale galactic conquests. His constant sneering, combined with his repeated, [[HumiliationConga humiliating]] defeats at Superman's hands result in a thoroughly un-magnificent bastard.
** Nevertheless, Alan Moore manages to evolve Mongul into a MagnificentBastard in ''The Man Who Has Everything''.
* ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' has [[spoiler: Ozymandias]], a rather competent example.

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* Franchise/{{Superman}}:
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Mongul from {{Superman}} was inspired by Thanos Comicbook/{{Thanos}} from Marvel Comics who in turn was inspired by Darkseid Comicbook/{{Darkseid}} though Mongul comes off as a vaguely pathetic shadow of Darkseid. While he is as strong as Superman and very intelligent, he is too petty and shortsighted for grandscale galactic conquests. His constant sneering, combined with his repeated, [[HumiliationConga humiliating]] defeats at Superman's hands result in a thoroughly un-magnificent bastard. \n** Nevertheless, Alan Moore manages to evolve Mongul into a MagnificentBastard in ''The Man Who Has Everything''.
* ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}''
''Comicbook/ForTheManWhoHasEverything''.
** In ''Comicbook/KryptonNoMore'', Franchise/{{Superman}} and Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} fight Protector, an one-time villain who
has [[spoiler: Ozymandias]], a rather competent example.cool power but is arrogant, cocky, and underestimates his enemies. He picks a fight with Superman, and when he loses badly, he runs away and begs an ally to help him.
* Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}:
** 'Nasty' Luthor is an obnoxious, condescending bully who plagued Linda Danvers for a while during the late Silver Age, scheming to out her SecretIdentity or get her fired from her job at the very least. However, although she is manipulative, conniving and a Luthor, she is ''not'' [[Comicbook/LexLuthor her uncle]], her first scheme backfired ''badly'', and she only succeeded at driving Supergirl mad.
** In ''Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the Eight Grade'', Belinda Zee is a smug, arrogant and scheming bully who is determined to ruin Supergirl's life. However she is too arrogant and prone to not think things through, which means her plans often backfire. She's brainwashed into acting like a duck in the second issue, and in the fourth issue she gets attacked by Streaky the Super-Cat. She's then [[spoiler:turned into a statue by Mr. Mxyzptlk in issue six]].
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