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* Le Chiffre in ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'' is a Smug Snake, albeit a very competent one. He's a mathematical genius who displays tremendous grace under pressure during poker games and is gifted at intimidating his opponents but pretty soon the cracks in his shell appear larger. When things start turning sour for him, he immediately starts to lose his cool. He's highly intelligent, but not quite so clever as he thinks himself to be. His entire plan throughout the film is just to pay off debts he got himself into with the world's terrorists by betting the wrong way with their money which shows his overconfidence and as Bond says "all he gets in return is a name he already has." [[SharpDressedMan He still wears a suit damn well though]].

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* Le Chiffre Theron in ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'' is a Smug Snake, albeit a very competent one. He's a mathematical genius who displays tremendous grace under pressure during poker games and is gifted Creator/FrankMiller's ''Film/ThreeHundred'' (or the movie version thereof, at intimidating any rate). A wannabe political manipulator in a city-state full of warriors, Theron's manipulations succeed in delaying Sparta's march to war for a time, but he quickly gets his opponents but pretty soon comeuppance when [[spoiler: Queen Gorgo runs him through with a sword in front of the cracks in Council, which coincidentally exposes his shell appear larger. When things start turning sour for him, he immediately starts to lose his cool. He's highly intelligent, but not quite so clever Persian bribe money, thus exposing him as he thinks himself to be. His entire plan throughout a traitor]].
* The main villain of ''A Christmas Star'' spends most of
the film is just trying to pay off debts he got himself into buy up the land of a small village in Norther Ireland with the world's terrorists by betting intention of [[spoiler: closing down the wrong way local pottery factory and bulldoze the town to create an amusement park]], something that only Noelle, a young child living in the town, seems to understand. He even sends hired goons after her to make her shut up! However, his plan completely falls apart when Noelle and her friends barge into his meeting with their money which shows the local politicians at Stormont (local parliament). First off, [[spoiler: he's not the head of the business trying to acquire the land, and his overconfidence boss wanted to develop in the village, not destroy it, so he instantly fires the villain via Skype.]] While that mostly stops his plans, he tries to remind the protagonist and as Bond says "all her friends that he gets in return is a name he has already has." [[SharpDressedMan He still wears bought the pottery and legally owns the business Noelle is trying to save, even waving the deed in front of their faces and bragging (which is even funnier since Stormont meetings are broadcasted on UTV and BBC News), only for [[spoiler: his own son to snatch the deed out of his hands and point out one little problem - after a suit damn well though]].small incident earlier in the movie, the previous owners included a clause that the villain is banned from claiming ownership. The BigBad doesn't own the pottery, his son does! His plans basically imploded.]]
* The villains in many an Creator/AdamSandler project tend to be ''incredibly'' smarmy creeps who are overly pleased with themselves, perhaps to make it easier for the audience to hate them over the often hot-tempered and at times borderline PsychopathicManChild protagonist:
** Film/HappyGilmore competes against Shooter [=McGavin=], self-satisfied and preening professional golfer.
** In ''Film/TheWeddingSinger'', Robbie's competition for Julia's heart is Glen Guilia, her smug philandering yuppie fiancee.



* The criminal Waingro in ''Film/{{Heat}}'' displays a smug expression whenever committing an low act like killing a guard during a heist for staring at him and enjoying a pie afterwards, murdering a underage prostitute or betraying his former colleagues to a common enemy.
* The arms smuggler and film's protagonist Yuri in ''Film/LordOfWar'' is the epitome of the Smug Snake. An [[HonestJohnsDealership Honest John]] that refuses to confront the vehemence of his guilt and crimes by arguing that "I just sell guns, I don't pull the trigger". He taunts an honorable and idealistic weapons inspector, Valentin, by using the letter of the law to divert its spirit. Though by the end of the film he's still at it, he has everyone and everything he loves crumble around him. Interestingly, his character is essentially [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory an amalgam of several real-life arms dealers.]]

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* The criminal Waingro in ''Film/{{Heat}}'' displays Paul Sarone from ''Film/{{Anaconda}}''. In addition to being a ManipulativeBastard, you could probably count the times that smug expression whenever committing an low act smile leaves his face on one hand. If you were missing a thumb.
* Two from ''Film/TheBigShort'':
** Vennett is a sleazy, tanned, over-slick guy, but not a JerkWithAHeartOfJerk
like killing a guard during a heist for staring other characters because he is at least honest and upfront with people.
** Wing Chau, the inventor of "synthetic [=CDOs=]" whom Mark Baum meets in Las Vegas. When Baum expresses disbelief at how he's created the "atomic bomb" of banking by selling bad investments, Chau smirks and taunts
him and enjoying a pie afterwards, murdering a underage prostitute or betraying his former colleagues to a common enemy.
* The arms smuggler and film's protagonist Yuri in ''Film/LordOfWar'' is the epitome of the Smug Snake. An [[HonestJohnsDealership Honest John]] that refuses to confront the vehemence of his guilt and crimes
by arguing that "I just sell guns, I asking how their net worths compare.
--->'''Chau:''' You think I'm a parasite,
don't pull the trigger". He taunts an honorable you, Mr. Baum? Yet apparently society values me ''very'' much.
** Film/BillyMadison faces off against Eric Gordon, a weaselly
and idealistic weapons inspector, Valentin, by using the letter slimy CorruptCorporateExecutive in order to inherit his father's hotel chain.
* Gaff in ''Film/BladeRunner''. Everything he says is some kind
of the law to divert its spirit. Though by the end of the film sarcastic remark, and it's clear that he knows much more about Deckard's situation than he's letting on. Unusual in that he's technically on the side of the 'good' guys, though in a film that deals mostly in GrayAndGrayMorality it's often hard to tell.
* Louis Renault from ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'', although [[spoiler: Louis is really just too cool to remain a bad guy through the whole picture, so he reforms at the end so he and Rick can fight Nazis together.]]
* Le Chiffre in ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'' is a Smug Snake, albeit a very competent one. He's a mathematical genius who displays tremendous grace under pressure during poker games and is gifted at intimidating his opponents but pretty soon the cracks in his shell appear larger. When things start turning sour for him, he immediately starts to lose his cool. He's highly intelligent, but not quite so clever as he thinks himself to be. His entire plan throughout the film is just to pay off debts he got himself into with the world's terrorists by betting the wrong way with their money which shows his overconfidence and as Bond says "all he gets in return is a name he already has." [[SharpDressedMan He
still at it, he has everyone and everything he loves crumble around him. Interestingly, his character is essentially [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory an amalgam of several real-life arms dealers.]]wears a suit damn well though]].



* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' features Lord Cutler Beckett, a CorruptCorporateExecutive played deliberately and with slimy relish. Who'd have thought that a series whose villains thus far were [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot cursed, immortal undead pirates]] would have a stereotypical [[AristocratsAreEvil evil English aristocrat]] as its BigBad? He's so repulsive that he made many viewers ''[[DracoInLeatherPants sympathize with Davy Jones]]'' when the latter was forced into [[TheDragon servitude]]. Evidently the writers felt the same, as [[spoiler: Jones' death in the [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd third film]] is an anticlimactic drop-off-the-deck while Beckett gets a huge, epic slow motion [[StrollingThroughTheChaos walk through his exploding ship]] complete with OminousLatinChanting.]]
* ''Film/TheProposition'' has [[MeaningfulName Eden]] Fletcher, played by David Wenham speaking through his nose, and very intentionally meant to inspire the audience's hate.
* The Film/JamesBond film ''Film/TheLivingDaylights'' features [[spoiler:General Koskov]], an effective and [[AffablyEvil rather affable]] villain who so ''very'' much wants to be a MagnificentBastard, but doesn't quite make it. In his favour, though, he does come equipped with one of the best {{Evil Plan}}s in Bond movie history. Against him, however, is his rather goofy HappyDance when things are going his way.

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* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' features Lord Cutler Beckett, a CorruptCorporateExecutive played deliberately Both main mobsters in the ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'' (Falcone and with slimy relish. Who'd have thought that Maroni). They're clever guys who've managed to keep a series whose ''very'' nasty city under their control for a long time, but they're just not competing in the same league as the ''real'' supervillains in town... and yet, Falcone is clearly the most arrogant and condescending villain in ''Film/BatmanBegins'', while Maroni is at least one of the most arrogant and condescending villains thus far were [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot cursed, immortal undead pirates]] would have in ''Film/TheDarkKnight''.
-->'''Chechen''': Who's stupid enough to steal from us?
-->'''Maroni''': [[ComicBook/TheJoker Two-bit whackjob, wears
a stereotypical [[AristocratsAreEvil evil English aristocrat]] as its BigBad? cheap purple suit and makeup.]] [[TemptingFate He's so repulsive that he made many viewers ''[[DracoInLeatherPants sympathize with Davy Jones]]'' when not the latter was forced into [[TheDragon servitude]]. Evidently the writers felt the same, as [[spoiler: Jones' death in the [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd third film]] is an anticlimactic drop-off-the-deck while Beckett gets problem, he's a huge, epic slow motion [[StrollingThroughTheChaos walk through his exploding ship]] complete with OminousLatinChanting.nobody.]]
** ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' shows another good difference between Smug Snake Daggett and MagnificentBastard Bane. This exchange quite sums it up:
--->'''Daggett''': No! Stay here! ''I'm'' in charge!
--->'''Bane''': [Places his hand on Daggett's shoulder] Do you feel in charge?
* ''Film/TheProposition'' Tommy O'Shea, the BigBad of ''Film/DeathWishVTheFaceOfDeath''. A slimy, Irish mobster, he always manges to escape prosecution [[spoiler: because he has [[MeaningfulName Eden]] Fletcher, played by David Wenham speaking through a [[TheMole mole]] in the D.A's office]] but once Kersey gets his nose, and very intentionally meant sights on him, he acts like its' a minor annoyance. Even when his [[TheDragon dragon]] Chicki warns him not to inspire the audience's hate.
* The Film/JamesBond film ''Film/TheLivingDaylights'' features [[spoiler:General Koskov]], an effective and [[AffablyEvil rather affable]]
underestimate Kersey, O'Shea is far too confident in his plans. Sadly, his overconfidence proved to be his undoing, as he wasn't savvy enough to realize he was a villain in a ''Death Wish'' movie and therefore, doomed.
* Any of the villains
who so ''very'' much wants to be a MagnificentBastard, but aren't Hans (and maybe Simon) from the ''Film/DieHard'' movies. But since TheVillainMakesThePlot, their presence doesn't quite make it. In his favour, though, he does come equipped with one deter from most fans' enjoyment of the best {{Evil Plan}}s films.
** The first ''Die Hard'' is actually a good case study
in Bond the difference between the Smug Snake and the MagnificentBastard. [[AssholeVictim Ellis]] is a Smug Snake, [[BigBad Hans Gruber]] is a MagnificentBastard.
* ''Film/DivorceItalianStyle'' has the VillainProtagonist Don Fefe (even the name is less than magnificent) who throughout the film plots to lure his ugly wife into adultery so that in keeping with [[MyGirlIsNotASlut traditional custom]], he can kill her and her lover with impunity and marry his [[KissingCousins beautiful cousin]]. Outside of the loathsome nature of this plan, he is less than clever in carrying it out (finding himself in an odd position of being jealous of the wife he didn't give a damn for) and the
movie history. Against him, however, is ends ironically by implying that his rather goofy HappyDance when things are going his way.new wife, the cousin, will be begin cuckolding him almost immediately.
* Delacourt, Caryle, and Kruger in ''Film/{{Elysium}}''.



* Theron in Creator/FrankMiller's ''Film/ThreeHundred'' (or the movie version thereof, at any rate). A wannabe political manipulator in a city-state full of warriors, Theron's manipulations succeed in delaying Sparta's march to war for a time, but he quickly gets his comeuppance when [[spoiler: Queen Gorgo runs him through with a sword in front of the Council, which coincidentally exposes his Persian bribe money, thus exposing him as a traitor]].
* The movie ''Divorce, Italian Style'' has the VillainProtagonist Don Fefe (even the name is less than magnificent) who throughout the film plots to lure his ugly wife into adultery so that in keeping with [[MyGirlIsNotASlut traditional custom]], he can kill her and her lover with impunity and marry his [[KissingCousins beautiful cousin]]. Outside of the loathsome nature of this plan, he is less than clever in carrying it out (finding himself in an odd position of being jealous of the wife he didn't give a damn for) and the movie ends ironically by implying that his new wife, the cousin, will be begin cuckolding him almost immediately.
* Eddie Brock in ''Film/SpiderMan3'' is, at least initially, a slimy, unctuous creep who sucks up to Jameson to advance his own career prospects, is a bit too creepy-stalkerish with Gwen Stacy, the 'girl he intends to marry' (although Gwen is quick to point out that they've only ever been out for a coffee once) and ends up manufacturing a photo of {{Spider-Man}} robbing a bank to frame the superhero and secure a staff job at the ''Bugle''. Then Peter exposes his fake, he loses his job, and Gwen breaks up with him -- and then he meets the Venom symbiote...
* Any of the villains who aren't Hans (and maybe Simon) from the ''Film/DieHard'' movies. But since TheVillainMakesThePlot, their presence doesn't deter from most fans' enjoyment of the films.
** The first ''Die Hard'' is actually a good case study in the difference between the Smug Snake and the MagnificentBastard. [[AssholeVictim Ellis]] is a Smug Snake, [[BigBad Hans Gruber]] is a MagnificentBastard.

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* Theron in Creator/FrankMiller's ''Film/ThreeHundred'' (or Klytus from the movie version thereof, at any rate). A wannabe political manipulator in a city-state full of warriors, Theron's manipulations succeed in delaying Sparta's march to war for a time, 1980 ''Film/{{Flash Gordon|1980}}''. Also WickedCultured, but he quickly gets his comeuppance when [[spoiler: Queen Gorgo runs him through with a sword in front strong dose of the Council, which coincidentally exposes his Persian bribe money, thus exposing him as a traitor]].
* The movie ''Divorce, Italian Style'' has the VillainProtagonist Don Fefe (even the name is less than magnificent) who throughout the film plots to lure his ugly wife into adultery so that in keeping with [[MyGirlIsNotASlut traditional custom]], he can kill her and her lover with impunity and marry his [[KissingCousins beautiful cousin]]. Outside of the loathsome nature of this plan, he is less than clever in carrying it out (finding himself in an odd position of being jealous of the wife he didn't give a damn for) and the movie ends ironically by implying that his new wife, the cousin, will be begin cuckolding him almost immediately.
* Eddie Brock in ''Film/SpiderMan3'' is, at least initially, a slimy, unctuous creep who sucks up to Jameson to advance his own career prospects, is a bit too creepy-stalkerish with Gwen Stacy, the 'girl he intends to marry' (although Gwen is quick to point out that they've only ever been out for a coffee once) and ends up manufacturing a photo of {{Spider-Man}} robbing a bank to frame the superhero and secure a staff job at the ''Bugle''. Then Peter exposes his fake, he
aristocratic snark. Occasionally loses his job, and Gwen breaks up with him -- and then cool, but always has a bored, sneering dismissiveness for his opponents or a sleazy "with pleasure" for his boss--yet he meets the Venom symbiote...
* Any of the villains who aren't Hans (and maybe Simon) from the ''Film/DieHard'' movies. But since TheVillainMakesThePlot, their presence doesn't deter from most fans' enjoyment of the films.
** The first ''Die Hard''
badly overestimates how cowed Prince Barin is actually a good case study in the difference between the Smug Snake and the MagnificentBastard. [[AssholeVictim Ellis]] is a Smug Snake, [[BigBad Hans Gruber]] is a MagnificentBastard.[[spoiler:and gets thrown onto spikes for his trouble]].



* The criminal Waingro in ''Film/{{Heat}}'' displays a smug expression whenever committing an low act like killing a guard during a heist for staring at him and enjoying a pie afterwards, murdering a underage prostitute or betraying his former colleagues to a common enemy.
* Chad in ''Film/InTheLoop'' likes to think he's negotiating his way up the career ladder in the U.S State Department and effortlessly out-manoevreing those opposed to in. In reality, he a [[ProfessionalButtKisser toadying little worm]] who is completely ignored by Linton Barwick, whose ass he tries desperately to kiss (Linton doesn't even remember his name), and is regarded by everyone else as a slimy little creep.
* The ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' film series have a tendency to depict the [[BigBad Big Bads]] this way, most notably [[Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk Rene Belloq]] and [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade Walter Donovan]]. Although not a main villain but a secondary one, [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull George "Mac" McHale]] fits this trope as well.
* ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'' has Major Hellstrom and, more unconventionally, a rare 'good guy' example in Bridget Von Hammersmark who is utterly disdainful of her allies but doesn't seem much (if at all) smarter.



* Although at first he appears to be on the hero's side, [[spoiler:the gameshow host]] in ''Film/SlumdogMillionaire'' is as smug as can be, and seems absolutely insulted by Jamal's success throughout the movie.
* Bison from ''Film/StreetFighterTheLegendOfChunLi''. Far from the frighteningly unstable OmnicidalManiac of the [[StreetFighter gameverse proper]] (or the LaughablyEvil MagnificentBastard [[Film/StreetFighter as played by the late Raul Julia]]), he comes across in the movie as "Kung-Fu [[Series/{{Heroes}} Arthur Petrelli]] (as played by a Malcolm [=McDowell=] impersonator)."
* Paul Sarone from ''Film/{{Anaconda}}''. In addition to being a ManipulativeBastard, you could probably count the times that smug smile leaves his face on one hand. If you were missing a thumb.
* Klytus from the 1980 ''Film/{{Flash Gordon|1980}}''. Also WickedCultured, but with a strong dose of aristocratic snark. Occasionally loses his cool, but always has a bored, sneering dismissiveness for his opponents or a sleazy "with pleasure" for his boss--yet he badly overestimates how cowed Prince Barin is [[spoiler:and gets thrown onto spikes for his trouble]].
* Louis Renault from ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'', although [[spoiler: Louis is really just too cool to remain a bad guy through the whole picture, so he reforms at the end so he and Rick can fight Nazis together.]]
* Both main mobsters in the ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'' (Falcone and Maroni). They're clever guys who've managed to keep a ''very'' nasty city under their control for a long time, but they're just not competing in the same league as the ''real'' supervillains in town... and yet, Falcone is clearly the most arrogant and condescending villain in ''Film/BatmanBegins'', while Maroni is at least one of the most arrogant and condescending villains in ''Film/TheDarkKnight''.
-->'''Chechen''': Who's stupid enough to steal from us?
-->'''Maroni''': [[ComicBook/TheJoker Two-bit whackjob, wears a cheap purple suit and makeup.]] [[TemptingFate He's not the problem, he's a nobody.]]
** ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' shows another good difference between Smug Snake Daggett and MagnificentBastard Bane. This exchange quite sums it up:
--->'''Daggett''': No! Stay here! ''I'm'' in charge!
--->'''Bane''': [Places his hand on Daggett's shoulder] Do you feel in charge?
* Doctor Emma Temple of ''Film/TheRingTwo'', a smirking, utterly insensitive psychiatrist. [[spoiler:Samara uses a JediMindTrick on Dr. Temple [[AssholeVictim to make her commit suicide]], which on the one hand is the least gory death in the series, but may be the most humiliating as it implies Temple is so WeakWilled Samara can dominate her with a thought.]]
* Colonel Zaysen from ''Film/RamboIII''. The Agony Booth [[http://www.agonybooth.com/agonizer/Rambo_III.aspx?Page=2 recap]] gives an absolutely perfect distillation of this trope:
-->Zaysen will not go down in history as one of cinema's greatest villains, sad to say. He has all the tools: A decent sneer, a nasty sadistic streak, and a taste for chess to give him a cultured Film/JamesBond villain aura. But he never really becomes a character. Instead, the script has him simply go through the motions and expects that to be good enough.
* The [[LargeHam aptly-named]] Justin Hammer from ''Film/IronMan2''. While he is a massively rich military industrialist, and not above the odd bit of sceming, he comes off as an ''unbeliveable'' douche and a vaguely pathetic shadow of Tony Stark: his Hammer Tech weapons [[spoiler:[[EpicFail fail utterly]]]], he can't cobble together an Iron Man suit knockoff to save his life, and it's pretty obvious that he's being played like a fiddle by [[spoiler:[[MagnificentBastard Ivan Vanko]]]]. Even his ''trophy girfriend'' is one of Tony's cast-offs.
** It's pretty telling that when it comes down to Hammer versus the crazy murderous Russian, the audience tends to root for the latter.
* Tommy O'Shea, the BigBad of ''Film/DeathWishVTheFaceOfDeath''. A slimy, Irish mobster, he always manges to escape prosecution [[spoiler: because he has a [[TheMole mole]] in the D.A's office]] but once Kersey gets his sights on him, he acts like its' a minor annoyance. Even when his [[TheDragon dragon]] Chicki warns him not to underestimate Kersey, O'Shea is far too confident in his plans. Sadly, his overconfidence proved to be his undoing, as he wasn't savvy enough to realize he was a villain in a ''Death Wish'' movie and therefore, doomed.

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* Although at first he appears to be on the hero's side, [[spoiler:the gameshow host]] in ''Film/SlumdogMillionaire'' is as smug as can be, and seems absolutely insulted by Jamal's success throughout the movie.
* Bison
Roderick from ''Film/StreetFighterTheLegendOfChunLi''. Far from the frighteningly unstable OmnicidalManiac of the [[StreetFighter gameverse proper]] (or the LaughablyEvil MagnificentBastard [[Film/StreetFighter as played by the late Raul Julia]]), he comes across in the movie as "Kung-Fu [[Series/{{Heroes}} Arthur Petrelli]] (as played by a Malcolm [=McDowell=] impersonator)."
''Film/JackTheGiantSlayer''.
* Paul Sarone from ''Film/{{Anaconda}}''. In addition to being a ManipulativeBastard, you could probably count the times that smug smile leaves his face on one hand. If you were missing a thumb.
* Klytus from the 1980 ''Film/{{Flash Gordon|1980}}''. Also WickedCultured, but with a strong dose of aristocratic snark. Occasionally loses his cool, but always has a bored, sneering dismissiveness for his opponents or a sleazy "with pleasure" for his boss--yet he badly overestimates how cowed Prince Barin is [[spoiler:and gets thrown onto spikes for his trouble]].
* Louis Renault from ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'', although [[spoiler: Louis is really just too cool to remain a bad guy through the whole picture, so he reforms at the end so he
The Film/JamesBond film ''Film/TheLivingDaylights'' features [[spoiler:General Koskov]], an effective and Rick can fight Nazis together.]]
* Both main mobsters in the ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'' (Falcone and Maroni). They're clever guys who've managed to keep a
[[AffablyEvil rather affable]] villain who so ''very'' nasty city under their control for much wants to be a long time, MagnificentBastard, but they're just not competing in the same league as the ''real'' supervillains in town... and yet, Falcone is clearly the most arrogant and condescending villain in ''Film/BatmanBegins'', while Maroni is at least doesn't quite make it. In his favour, though, he does come equipped with one of the most arrogant and condescending villains best {{Evil Plan}}s in ''Film/TheDarkKnight''.
-->'''Chechen''': Who's stupid enough to steal from us?
-->'''Maroni''': [[ComicBook/TheJoker Two-bit whackjob, wears a cheap purple suit and makeup.]] [[TemptingFate He's not the problem, he's a nobody.]]
** ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' shows another good difference between Smug Snake Daggett and MagnificentBastard Bane. This exchange quite sums it up:
--->'''Daggett''': No! Stay here! ''I'm'' in charge!
--->'''Bane''': [Places his hand on Daggett's shoulder] Do you feel in charge?
* Doctor Emma Temple of ''Film/TheRingTwo'', a smirking, utterly insensitive psychiatrist. [[spoiler:Samara uses a JediMindTrick on Dr. Temple [[AssholeVictim to make her commit suicide]], which on the one hand is the least gory death in the series, but may be the most humiliating as it implies Temple is so WeakWilled Samara can dominate her with a thought.]]
* Colonel Zaysen from ''Film/RamboIII''. The Agony Booth [[http://www.agonybooth.com/agonizer/Rambo_III.aspx?Page=2 recap]] gives an absolutely perfect distillation of this trope:
-->Zaysen will not go down in history as one of cinema's greatest villains, sad to say. He has all the tools: A decent sneer, a nasty sadistic streak, and a taste for chess to give him a cultured Film/JamesBond villain aura. But he never really becomes a character. Instead, the script has him simply go through the motions and expects that to be good enough.
* The [[LargeHam aptly-named]] Justin Hammer from ''Film/IronMan2''. While he is a massively rich military industrialist, and not above the odd bit of sceming, he comes off as an ''unbeliveable'' douche and a vaguely pathetic shadow of Tony Stark: his Hammer Tech weapons [[spoiler:[[EpicFail fail utterly]]]], he can't cobble together an Iron Man suit knockoff to save his life, and it's pretty obvious that he's being played like a fiddle by [[spoiler:[[MagnificentBastard Ivan Vanko]]]]. Even his ''trophy girfriend'' is one of Tony's cast-offs.
** It's pretty telling that when it comes down to Hammer versus the crazy murderous Russian, the audience tends to root for the latter.
* Tommy O'Shea, the BigBad of ''Film/DeathWishVTheFaceOfDeath''. A slimy, Irish mobster, he always manges to escape prosecution [[spoiler: because he has a [[TheMole mole]] in the D.A's office]] but once Kersey gets his sights on him, he acts like its' a minor annoyance. Even when his [[TheDragon dragon]] Chicki warns him not to underestimate Kersey, O'Shea is far too confident in his plans. Sadly, his overconfidence proved to be his undoing, as he wasn't savvy enough to realize he was a villain in a ''Death Wish''
Bond movie and therefore, doomed.history. Against him, however, is his rather goofy HappyDance when things are going his way.



* Gaff in Film/BladeRunner. Everything he says is some kind of sarcastic remark, and it's clear that he knows much more about Deckard's situation than he's letting on. Unusual in that he's technically on the side of the 'good' guys, though in a film that deals mostly in GrayAndGrayMorality it's often hard to tell.
* Lord Coward in ''Film/SherlockHolmes'', who seems to spend most of the movie standing around looking rather smug with little reason to be. He does notably attempt to [[NoNonsenseNemesis shoot Holmes]] when he gets the chance, but still fails miserably.
* ''Franchise/StarWars''
** Jabba the Hutt in ''Episode VI: Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''. Han offered money instead of his captivity and Jabba wouldn't listen; when Leia and Luke warned Jabba they could defeat him, Jabba and his minions didn't take them seriously at all. Even when being led to the Sarlacc Pit Luke said "this is your last chance; free us, or die." Jabba and his minions stil didn't take them seriously. Jabba had so many warnings, and so many chances for alternatives, that for him to still keep ignoring them made his KarmicDeath all the more satisfying. In his defense (and who ever thought they'd hear ''that'') he'd heard it ''all'' before. He'd had dozens, maybe hundreds of others in exactly the same place that the heroes were in, and clearly he had come off the better of it each time. In various EU works, he actually is more of a MagnificentBastard than Smug Snake. But as far as the movies themselves go, no context is given for this dismissive approach. Also, "free us, or die" comes after Luke manages to defeat the Rancor; this should give Jabba some indication that Luke could be a potential threat. Even if he was a MagnificentBastard before this, that doesn't rule out the possibility that he has turned into a Smug Snake since. (Even Palpatine, who was clearly a MagnificentBastard in the prequel trilogy, showed signs of turning into a Smug Snake in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''.)
** ''Film/ANewHope'': Admiral Motti's ''"this station is now the ultimate power in the universe"'' remark comes across as fairly arrogant in any context, [[spoiler:but especially in light of what happened near the end of the movie]].
* Chad in ''Film/InTheLoop'' likes to think he's negotiating his way up the career ladder in the U.S State Department and effortlessly out-manoevreing those opposed to in. In reality, he a [[ProfessionalButtKisser toadying little worm]] who is completely ignored by Linton Barwick, whose ass he tries desperately to kiss (Linton doesn't even remember his name), and is regarded by everyone else as a slimy little creep.
* ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'' has Major Hellstrom and, more unconventionally, a rare 'good guy' example in Bridget Von Hammersmark who is utterly disdainful of her allies but doesn't seem much (if at all) smarter.
* Eli Sunday from ''Film/ThereWillBeBlood'' is a charismatic religious fanatic who presides over a cult in the small American town where he resides. While his ambition is to be commended, he is nevertheless a hyptocritical bully whose faith in God crumbles when faced with adversity. When confronted with a bigger bully than himself in the form of [[TheSociopath raging Daniel Plainview]], he is reduced to crying and screaming while begging for his life.
* ''Film/ShatteredGlass'' presents Stephen Glass as one of these; he initially comes off as a humble, self-effacing and charming guy, but the longer he keeps it up and the longer we watch him we realize it's all just an act he uses to manipulate people, and the more we realize he's actually just a slimy, weaselly creep.
* The douche-tacular Captain Styles of the USS ''Excelsior'' in ''Film/{{Star Trek III|The Search for Spock}}''. He exists for Kirk to tap-dance rings around.
** [[spoiler:Admiral Marcus]] from ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'' counts as one. [[spoiler:In his final scene, he goes on a rant on how Kirk started a war, "forcing" Marcus to step up to lead Earth in a time of impending war. The arrogance and BlatantLies are ''enormous''. Not only that, but he didn't take into account that Kirk has a habit of disobeying the rules, meaning he found out the details of his plan.]] Let's not also forget that he thought he could control a badass like [[spoiler:Khan...]]
* After successfully stealing the Tesseract from SHIELD's custody at the start of ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', Loki is pretty much a MagnificentBastard who's got everything well in hand. However, by the time the Avengers get their act together and fight back against his alien allies when they invade New York, he makes the terrible mistake of [[spoiler:trying to verbally belittle the Incredible Hulk, ending up on the wrong end of a hilariously one-sided CurbStompBattle.]] He also falls for Black Widow's ploy to figure out his plans. As in the ''Thor'' films, he's not incompetent, but he's nowhere near as good as he thinks he is and he refuses to admit that ''anything'' is his fault. Thanks to the strength of Tom Hiddleston's performance, [[TropesAreNotBad people seem to enjoy watching his plans succeed just as much as they like watching him getting the crap kicked out of him when they don't.]]

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* Gaff in Film/BladeRunner. Everything he says is some kind of sarcastic remark, The arms smuggler and it's clear that he knows much more about Deckard's situation than he's letting on. Unusual film's protagonist Yuri in that he's technically on ''Film/LordOfWar'' is the side epitome of the 'good' guys, though in a film that deals mostly in GrayAndGrayMorality it's often hard to tell.
* Lord Coward in ''Film/SherlockHolmes'', who seems to spend most of the movie standing around looking rather smug with little reason to be. He does notably attempt to [[NoNonsenseNemesis shoot Holmes]] when he gets the chance, but still fails miserably.
* ''Franchise/StarWars''
** Jabba the Hutt in ''Episode VI: Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''. Han offered money instead of his captivity and Jabba wouldn't listen; when Leia and Luke warned Jabba they could defeat him, Jabba and his minions didn't take them seriously at all. Even when being led to the Sarlacc Pit Luke said "this is your last chance; free us, or die." Jabba and his minions stil didn't take them seriously. Jabba had so many warnings, and so many chances for alternatives, that for him to still keep ignoring them made his KarmicDeath all the more satisfying. In his defense (and who ever thought they'd hear ''that'') he'd heard it ''all'' before. He'd had dozens, maybe hundreds of others in exactly the same place that the heroes were in, and clearly he had come off the better of it each time. In various EU works, he actually is more of a MagnificentBastard than
Smug Snake. But as far as the movies themselves go, no context is given for this dismissive approach. Also, "free us, or die" comes after Luke manages to defeat the Rancor; this should give Jabba some indication An [[HonestJohnsDealership Honest John]] that Luke could be a potential threat. Even if he was a MagnificentBastard before this, refuses to confront the vehemence of his guilt and crimes by arguing that doesn't rule out "I just sell guns, I don't pull the possibility that he has turned into a Smug Snake since. (Even Palpatine, who was clearly a MagnificentBastard in trigger". He taunts an honorable and idealistic weapons inspector, Valentin, by using the prequel trilogy, showed signs letter of turning into a Smug Snake in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''.)
** ''Film/ANewHope'': Admiral Motti's ''"this station is now
the ultimate power in the universe"'' remark comes across as fairly arrogant in any context, [[spoiler:but especially in light of what happened near law to divert its spirit. Though by the end of the movie]].
* Chad in ''Film/InTheLoop'' likes to think
film he's negotiating his way up the career ladder in the U.S State Department and effortlessly out-manoevreing those opposed to in. In reality, still at it, he a [[ProfessionalButtKisser toadying little worm]] who is completely ignored by Linton Barwick, whose ass he tries desperately to kiss (Linton doesn't even remember his name), and is regarded by has everyone else as a slimy little creep.
* ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'' has Major Hellstrom and, more unconventionally, a rare 'good guy' example in Bridget Von Hammersmark who is utterly disdainful of her allies but doesn't seem much (if at all) smarter.
* Eli Sunday from ''Film/ThereWillBeBlood'' is a charismatic religious fanatic who presides over a cult in the small American town where
and everything he resides. While loves crumble around him. Interestingly, his ambition character is to be commended, he is nevertheless a hyptocritical bully whose faith in God crumbles when faced with adversity. When confronted with a bigger bully than himself in the form essentially [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory an amalgam of [[TheSociopath raging Daniel Plainview]], he is reduced to crying and screaming while begging for his life.
* ''Film/ShatteredGlass'' presents Stephen Glass as one of these; he initially comes off as a humble, self-effacing and charming guy, but the longer he keeps it up and the longer we watch him we realize it's all just an act he uses to manipulate people, and the more we realize he's actually just a slimy, weaselly creep.
* The douche-tacular Captain Styles of the USS ''Excelsior'' in ''Film/{{Star Trek III|The Search for Spock}}''. He exists for Kirk to tap-dance rings around.
** [[spoiler:Admiral Marcus]] from ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'' counts as one. [[spoiler:In his final scene, he goes on a rant on how Kirk started a war, "forcing" Marcus to step up to lead Earth in a time of impending war. The arrogance and BlatantLies are ''enormous''. Not only that, but he didn't take into account that Kirk has a habit of disobeying the rules, meaning he found out the details of his plan.]] Let's not also forget that he thought he could control a badass like [[spoiler:Khan...
several real-life arms dealers.]]
* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'':
**
After successfully stealing the Tesseract from SHIELD's custody at the start of ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', Loki is pretty much a MagnificentBastard who's got everything well in hand. However, by the time the Avengers get their act together and fight back against his alien allies when they invade New York, he makes the terrible mistake of [[spoiler:trying to verbally belittle the Incredible Hulk, ending up on the wrong end of a hilariously one-sided CurbStompBattle.]] He also falls for Black Widow's ploy to figure out his plans. As in the ''Thor'' films, he's not incompetent, but he's nowhere near as good as he thinks he is and he refuses to admit that ''anything'' is his fault. Thanks to the strength of Tom Hiddleston's performance, [[TropesAreNotBad people seem to enjoy watching his plans succeed just as much as they like watching him getting the crap kicked out of him when they don't.]]



* The ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' film series have a tendency to depict the [[BigBad Big Bads]] this way, most notably [[Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk Rene Belloq]] and [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade Walter Donovan]]. Although not a main villain but a secondary one, [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull George "Mac" McHale]] fits this trope as well.
* Roderick from ''Film/JackTheGiantSlayer''.

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* ** The ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' film series have [[LargeHam aptly-named]] Justin Hammer from ''Film/IronMan2''. While he is a tendency to depict massively rich military industrialist, and not above the [[BigBad Big Bads]] this way, most notably [[Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk Rene Belloq]] odd bit of sceming, he comes off as an ''unbeliveable'' douche and [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade Walter Donovan]]. Although not a main villain but vaguely pathetic shadow of Tony Stark: his Hammer Tech weapons [[spoiler:[[EpicFail fail utterly]]]], he can't cobble together an Iron Man suit knockoff to save his life, and it's pretty obvious that he's being played like a secondary one, [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull George "Mac" McHale]] fits fiddle by [[spoiler:[[MagnificentBastard Ivan Vanko]]]]. Even his ''trophy girfriend'' is one of Tony's cast-offs. It's pretty telling that when it comes down to Hammer versus the crazy murderous Russian, the audience tends to root for the latter.
* ''Film/MortalKombatAnnihilation'''s BigBad Shao Kahn is essentially a merging of
this trope with SmugSuper and PsychopathicManchild, as well.
* Roderick
he is an ancient warlord and the son of an Elder God who has spent eons lording it over all who dare to challenge him. He dismisses all of humanity as PunyEarthlings despite being warned by his father Shinnok of the human capacity for HeroicWillpower, and toys with the heroes when he has an army that could steamroller them outright. When his immortality is stripped from ''Film/JackTheGiantSlayer''.him in the climax as punishment for his invasion of Earth, his smirks and sneers die with the realization that he now, possibly for the first time in his very long life, has to win a fight solely on his own strength and not his immortality. As one might expect of this type of character, he comes up rather short in the end.
* In ''Film/NewJackCity'', drug dealer Nino Brown's sliminess reaches its epitome near the end when he makes a deal with the prosecution for a reduced sentence. He gloats to the cop who tried to get him convicted and whose mother he killed years ago to come work for him when he's back on the streets, and praises the American justice system to the press. [[spoiler:He is almost immediately publicly killed vigilante-style by an old man whose life he destroyed earlier in the film.]]



* ''Film/XMen'':
** ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'': Stryker. Down to the overconfidence part. Also Agent Zero has his moments.
** Viper from ''Film/TheWolverine'', both figuratively (overconfident) and literally (that forked tongue!).
* Delacourt, Caryle, and Kruger in ''Film/{{Elysium}}''.
* In ''Film/NewJackCity'', drug dealer Nino Brown's sliminess reaches its epitome near the end when he makes a deal with the prosecution for a reduced sentence. He gloats to the cop who tried to get him convicted and whose mother he killed years ago to come work for him when he's back on the streets, and praises the American justice system to the press. [[spoiler:He is almost immediately publicly killed vigilante-style by an old man whose life he destroyed earlier in the film.]]
* The main villain of ''A Christmas Star'' spends most of the film trying to buy up the land of a small village in Norther Ireland with the intention of [[spoiler: closing down the local pottery factory and bulldoze the town to create an amusement park]], something that only Noelle, a young child living in the town, seems to understand. He even sends hired goons after her to make her shut up! However, his plan completely falls apart when Noelle and her friends barge into his meeting with the local politicians at Stormont (local parliament). First off, [[spoiler: he's not the head of the business trying to acquire the land, and his boss wanted to develop in the village, not destroy it, so he instantly fires the villain via Skype.]] While that mostly stops his plans, he tries to remind the protagonist and her friends that he has already bought the pottery and legally owns the business Noelle is trying to save, even waving the deed in front of their faces and bragging (which is even funnier since Stormont meetings are broadcasted on UTV and BBC News), only for [[spoiler: his own son to snatch the deed out of his hands and point out one little problem - after a small incident earlier in the movie, the previous owners included a clause that the villain is banned from claiming ownership. The BigBad doesn't own the pottery, his son does! His plans basically imploded.]]
* Two from ''Film/TheBigShort'':
** Vennett is a sleazy, tanned, over-slick guy, but not a JerkWithAHeartOfJerk like other characters because he is at least honest and upfront with people.
** Wing Chau, the inventor of "synthetic [=CDOs=]" whom Mark Baum meets in Las Vegas. When Baum expresses disbelief at how he's created the "atomic bomb" of banking by selling bad investments, Chau smirks and taunts him by asking how their net worths compare.
--->'''Chau:''' You think I'm a parasite, don't you, Mr. Baum? Yet apparently society values me ''very'' much.

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* ''Film/XMen'':
** ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'': Stryker. Down to the overconfidence part. Also Agent Zero has his moments.
** Viper from ''Film/TheWolverine'', both figuratively (overconfident)
''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' features Lord Cutler Beckett, a CorruptCorporateExecutive played deliberately and literally (that forked tongue!).
* Delacourt, Caryle, and Kruger in ''Film/{{Elysium}}''.
* In ''Film/NewJackCity'', drug dealer Nino Brown's sliminess reaches its epitome near the end when he makes a deal
with the prosecution for slimy relish. Who'd have thought that a reduced sentence. He gloats to the cop who tried to get him convicted and series whose mother villains thus far were [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot cursed, immortal undead pirates]] would have a stereotypical [[AristocratsAreEvil evil English aristocrat]] as its BigBad? He's so repulsive that he killed years ago to come work for him made many viewers ''[[DracoInLeatherPants sympathize with Davy Jones]]'' when he's back on the streets, and praises latter was forced into [[TheDragon servitude]]. Evidently the American justice system to writers felt the press. [[spoiler:He is almost immediately publicly killed vigilante-style by an old man whose life he destroyed earlier same, as [[spoiler: Jones' death in the film.[[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd third film]] is an anticlimactic drop-off-the-deck while Beckett gets a huge, epic slow motion [[StrollingThroughTheChaos walk through his exploding ship]] complete with OminousLatinChanting.]]
* ''Film/TheProposition'' has [[MeaningfulName Eden]] Fletcher, played by David Wenham speaking through his nose, and very intentionally meant to inspire the audience's hate.
* Colonel Zaysen from ''Film/RamboIII''.
The main Agony Booth [[http://www.agonybooth.com/agonizer/Rambo_III.aspx?Page=2 recap]] gives an absolutely perfect distillation of this trope:
-->Zaysen will not go down in history as one of cinema's greatest villains, sad to say. He has all the tools: A decent sneer, a nasty sadistic streak, and a taste for chess to give him a cultured Film/JamesBond
villain of ''A Christmas Star'' spends most of aura. But he never really becomes a character. Instead, the film trying to buy up script has him simply go through the land of a small village in Norther Ireland with the intention of [[spoiler: closing down the local pottery factory motions and bulldoze the town to create an amusement park]], something expects that only Noelle, a young child living in the town, seems to understand. He even sends hired goons after her to make her shut up! However, his plan completely falls apart when Noelle and her friends barge into his meeting with the local politicians at Stormont (local parliament). First off, [[spoiler: he's not the head of the business trying to acquire the land, and his boss wanted to develop in the village, not destroy it, so he instantly fires the villain via Skype.]] While that mostly stops his plans, he tries to remind the protagonist and her friends that he has already bought the pottery and legally owns the business Noelle is trying to save, even waving the deed in front of their faces and bragging (which is even funnier since Stormont meetings are broadcasted on UTV and BBC News), only for [[spoiler: his own son to snatch the deed out of his hands and point out one little problem - after a small incident earlier in the movie, the previous owners included a clause that the villain is banned from claiming ownership. The BigBad doesn't own the pottery, his son does! His plans basically imploded.]]
* Two from ''Film/TheBigShort'':
** Vennett is a sleazy, tanned, over-slick guy, but not a JerkWithAHeartOfJerk like other characters because he is at least honest and upfront with people.
** Wing Chau, the inventor of "synthetic [=CDOs=]" whom Mark Baum meets in Las Vegas. When Baum expresses disbelief at how he's created the "atomic bomb" of banking by selling bad investments, Chau smirks and taunts him by asking how their net worths compare.
--->'''Chau:''' You think I'm a parasite, don't you, Mr. Baum? Yet apparently society values me ''very'' much.
be good enough.



* Ther hero of ''Film/SweetSmellOfSuccess'' is a press agent without a scruple to his name, willing to do anything to succeed, even using his friends. He slithers around trying to make deals with people by selling them on rhetoric, but many note that he's little more than a hired hand for his boss Hunsecker, and pretty much all of his own schemes end up falling completely flat. And so he ends up getting RewardedAsATraitorDeserves.
* The villains in many an Creator/AdamSandler project tend to be ''incredibly'' smarmy creeps who are overly pleased with themselves, perhaps to make it easier for the audience to hate them over the often hot-tempered and at times borderline PsychopathicManChild protagonist:
** Film/BillyMadison faces off against Eric Gordon, a weaselly and slimy CorruptCorporateExecutive in order to inherit his father's hotel chain.
** Film/HappyGilmore competes against Shooter [=McGavin=], self-satisfied and preening professional golfer.
** In ''Film/TheWeddingSinger'', Robbie's competition for Julia's heart is Glen Guilia, her smug philandering yuppie fiancee.

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* Ther Doctor Emma Temple of ''Film/TheRingTwo'', a smirking, utterly insensitive psychiatrist. [[spoiler:Samara uses a JediMindTrick on Dr. Temple [[AssholeVictim to make her commit suicide]], which on the one hand is the least gory death in the series, but may be the most humiliating as it implies Temple is so WeakWilled Samara can dominate her with a thought.]]
* ''Film/ShatteredGlass'' presents Stephen Glass as one of these; he initially comes off as a humble, self-effacing and charming guy, but the longer he keeps it up and the longer we watch him we realize it's all just an act he uses to manipulate people, and the more we realize he's actually just a slimy, weaselly creep.
* Lord Coward in ''Film/SherlockHolmes'', who seems to spend most of the movie standing around looking rather smug with little reason to be. He does notably attempt to [[NoNonsenseNemesis shoot Holmes]] when he gets the chance, but still fails miserably.
* Although at first he appears to be on the hero's side, [[spoiler:the gameshow host]] in ''Film/SlumdogMillionaire'' is as smug as can be, and seems absolutely insulted by Jamal's success throughout the movie.
* Eddie Brock in ''Film/SpiderMan3'' is, at least initially, a slimy, unctuous creep who sucks up to Jameson to advance his own career prospects, is a bit too creepy-stalkerish with Gwen Stacy, the 'girl he intends to marry' (although Gwen is quick to point out that they've only ever been out for a coffee once) and ends up manufacturing a photo of {{Spider-Man}} robbing a bank to frame the superhero and secure a staff job at the ''Bugle''. Then Peter exposes his fake, he loses his job, and Gwen breaks up with him -- and then he meets the Venom symbiote...
* The douche-tacular Captain Styles of the USS ''Excelsior'' in ''Film/{{Star Trek III|The Search for Spock}}''. He exists for Kirk to tap-dance rings around.
** [[spoiler:Admiral Marcus]] from ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'' counts as one. [[spoiler:In his final scene, he goes on a rant on how Kirk started a war, "forcing" Marcus to step up to lead Earth in a time of impending war. The arrogance and BlatantLies are ''enormous''. Not only that, but he didn't take into account that Kirk has a habit of disobeying the rules, meaning he found out the details of his plan.]] Let's not also forget that he thought he could control a badass like [[spoiler:Khan...]]
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** ''Film/ANewHope'': Admiral Motti's ''"this station is now the ultimate power in the universe"'' remark comes across as fairly arrogant in any context, [[spoiler:but especially in light of what happened near the end of the movie]].
** Jabba the Hutt in ''Episode VI: Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''. Han offered money instead of his captivity and Jabba wouldn't listen; when Leia and Luke warned Jabba they could defeat him, Jabba and his minions didn't take them seriously at all. Even when being led to the Sarlacc Pit Luke said "this is your last chance; free us, or die." Jabba and his minions stil didn't take them seriously. Jabba had so many warnings, and so many chances for alternatives, that for him to still keep ignoring them made his KarmicDeath all the more satisfying. In his defense (and who ever thought they'd hear ''that'') he'd heard it ''all'' before. He'd had dozens, maybe hundreds of others in exactly the same place that the heroes were in, and clearly he had come off the better of it each time. In various EU works, he actually is more of a MagnificentBastard than Smug Snake. But as far as the movies themselves go, no context is given for this dismissive approach. Also, "free us, or die" comes after Luke manages to defeat the Rancor; this should give Jabba some indication that Luke could be a potential threat. Even if he was a MagnificentBastard before this, that doesn't rule out the possibility that he has turned into a Smug Snake since. (Even Palpatine, who was clearly a MagnificentBastard in the prequel trilogy, showed signs of turning into a Smug Snake in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''.)
* The
hero of ''Film/SweetSmellOfSuccess'' is a press agent without a scruple to his name, willing to do anything to succeed, even using his friends. He slithers around trying to make deals with people by selling them on rhetoric, but many note that he's little more than a hired hand for his boss Hunsecker, and pretty much all of his own schemes end up falling completely flat. And so he ends up getting RewardedAsATraitorDeserves.
* The villains Bison from ''Film/StreetFighterTheLegendOfChunLi''. Far from the frighteningly unstable OmnicidalManiac of the [[StreetFighter gameverse proper]] (or the LaughablyEvil MagnificentBastard [[Film/StreetFighter as played by the late Raul Julia]]), he comes across in many an Creator/AdamSandler project tend the movie as "Kung-Fu [[Series/{{Heroes}} Arthur Petrelli]] (as played by a Malcolm [=McDowell=] impersonator)."
* Eli Sunday from ''Film/ThereWillBeBlood'' is a charismatic religious fanatic who presides over a cult in the small American town where he resides. While his ambition is
to be ''incredibly'' smarmy creeps who are overly pleased commended, he is nevertheless a hyptocritical bully whose faith in God crumbles when faced with themselves, perhaps adversity. When confronted with a bigger bully than himself in the form of [[TheSociopath raging Daniel Plainview]], he is reduced to make it easier crying and screaming while begging for his life.
* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'':
** Quill from ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'' taunts and considers himself an equal to
the audience likes of Magneto, despite having truly ''[[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway pathetic]]'' powers that only manage to hate them over kill one helpless human woman (and even then, he has to pretend he's consoling her and hug her to use them). Ultimately he's just one of the often hot-tempered many mutants Dark Phoenix incinerates without any fanfare at all.
** Major William Stryker from ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' is a stock example, right down to the overconfidence part. Also Agent Zero has his moments.
** Viper from ''Film/TheWolverine'', both figuratively (overconfident)
and at times borderline PsychopathicManChild protagonist:
** Film/BillyMadison faces off against Eric Gordon, a weaselly and slimy CorruptCorporateExecutive in order to inherit his father's hotel chain.
** Film/HappyGilmore competes against Shooter [=McGavin=], self-satisfied and preening professional golfer.
** In ''Film/TheWeddingSinger'', Robbie's competition for Julia's heart is Glen Guilia, her smug philandering yuppie fiancee.
literally (that forked tongue!).
25th Aug '17 4:39:11 AM Silverblade2
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-->'''Maroni''': [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker Two-bit whackjob, wears a cheap purple suit and makeup.]] [[TemptingFate He's not the problem, he's a nobody.]]

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-->'''Maroni''': [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker [[ComicBook/TheJoker Two-bit whackjob, wears a cheap purple suit and makeup.]] [[TemptingFate He's not the problem, he's a nobody.]]
15th Apr '17 12:51:30 PM nombretomado
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* Although at first he appears to be on the hero's side, [[spoiler:the gameshow host]] in ''SlumdogMillionaire'' is as smug as can be, and seems absolutely insulted by Jamal's success throughout the movie.

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* Although at first he appears to be on the hero's side, [[spoiler:the gameshow host]] in ''SlumdogMillionaire'' ''Film/SlumdogMillionaire'' is as smug as can be, and seems absolutely insulted by Jamal's success throughout the movie.
8th Apr '17 3:45:27 PM nombretomado
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** Jabba the Hutt in Episode VI: Film/ReturnOfTheJedi. Han offered money instead of his captivity and Jabba wouldn't listen; when Leia and Luke warned Jabba they could defeat him, Jabba and his minions didn't take them seriously at all. Even when being led to the Sarlacc Pit Luke said "this is your last chance; free us, or die." Jabba and his minions stil didn't take them seriously. Jabba had so many warnings, and so many chances for alternatives, that for him to still keep ignoring them made his KarmicDeath all the more satisfying. In his defense (and who ever thought they'd hear ''that'') he'd heard it ''all'' before. He'd had dozens, maybe hundreds of others in exactly the same place that the heroes were in, and clearly he had come off the better of it each time. In various EU works, he actually is more of a MagnificentBastard than Smug Snake. But as far as the movies themselves go, no context is given for this dismissive approach. Also, "free us, or die" comes after Luke manages to defeat the Rancor; this should give Jabba some indication that Luke could be a potential threat. Even if he was a MagnificentBastard before this, that doesn't rule out the possibility that he has turned into a Smug Snake since. (Even Palpatine, who was clearly a MagnificentBastard in the prequel trilogy, showed signs of turning into a Smug Snake in ReturnOfTheJedi.)

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** Jabba the Hutt in Episode ''Episode VI: Film/ReturnOfTheJedi.Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''. Han offered money instead of his captivity and Jabba wouldn't listen; when Leia and Luke warned Jabba they could defeat him, Jabba and his minions didn't take them seriously at all. Even when being led to the Sarlacc Pit Luke said "this is your last chance; free us, or die." Jabba and his minions stil didn't take them seriously. Jabba had so many warnings, and so many chances for alternatives, that for him to still keep ignoring them made his KarmicDeath all the more satisfying. In his defense (and who ever thought they'd hear ''that'') he'd heard it ''all'' before. He'd had dozens, maybe hundreds of others in exactly the same place that the heroes were in, and clearly he had come off the better of it each time. In various EU works, he actually is more of a MagnificentBastard than Smug Snake. But as far as the movies themselves go, no context is given for this dismissive approach. Also, "free us, or die" comes after Luke manages to defeat the Rancor; this should give Jabba some indication that Luke could be a potential threat. Even if he was a MagnificentBastard before this, that doesn't rule out the possibility that he has turned into a Smug Snake since. (Even Palpatine, who was clearly a MagnificentBastard in the prequel trilogy, showed signs of turning into a Smug Snake in ReturnOfTheJedi.''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''.)
25th Jan '17 9:50:55 PM DoctorNemesis
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* The villains in many an Creator/AdamSandler project tend to be rather smarmy creeps who are overly pleased with themselves, perhaps to make it easier for the audience to hate them over the often hot-tempered and at times borderline PsychopathicManChild protagonist:

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* The villains in many an Creator/AdamSandler project tend to be rather ''incredibly'' smarmy creeps who are overly pleased with themselves, perhaps to make it easier for the audience to hate them over the often hot-tempered and at times borderline PsychopathicManChild protagonist:
25th Jan '17 9:44:26 PM DoctorNemesis
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* The villains in many a Creator/AdamSandler project tend to be rather smarmy creeps who are overly pleased with themselves, perhaps to make it easier for the audience to hate them over the often hot-tempered and at times borderline PsychopathicManChild protagonist:

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* The villains in many a an Creator/AdamSandler project tend to be rather smarmy creeps who are overly pleased with themselves, perhaps to make it easier for the audience to hate them over the often hot-tempered and at times borderline PsychopathicManChild protagonist:
9th Jan '17 6:08:13 AM DoctorNemesis
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** In ''Film/TheWeddingSinger'', Robbie's competition for Julia's heart is Glen Guilia, her smug philandering fiancee.

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** In ''Film/TheWeddingSinger'', Robbie's competition for Julia's heart is Glen Guilia, her smug philandering yuppie fiancee.
9th Jan '17 6:06:37 AM DoctorNemesis
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* The villains in many a Creator/AdamSandler project tend to be rather smarmy creeps who are overly pleased with themselves, perhaps to make it easier for the audience to hate them over the often hot-tempered and at times borderline PsychopathicManChild protagonist:
** Film/BillyMadison faces off against Eric Gordon, a weaselly and slimy CorruptCorporateExecutive in order to inherit his father's hotel chain.
** Film/HappyGilmore competes against Shooter [=McGavin=], self-satisfied and preening professional golfer.
** In ''Film/TheWeddingSinger'', Robbie's competition for Julia's heart is Glen Guilia, her smug philandering fiancee.
1st Jan '17 7:16:49 AM PaulA
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* Klytus from the 1980 ''Film/FlashGordon''. Also WickedCultured, but with a strong dose of aristocratic snark. Occasionally loses his cool, but always has a bored, sneering dismissiveness for his opponents or a sleazy "with pleasure" for his boss--yet he badly overestimates how cowed Prince Barin is [[spoiler:and gets thrown onto spikes for his trouble]].

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* Klytus from the 1980 ''Film/FlashGordon''.''Film/{{Flash Gordon|1980}}''. Also WickedCultured, but with a strong dose of aristocratic snark. Occasionally loses his cool, but always has a bored, sneering dismissiveness for his opponents or a sleazy "with pleasure" for his boss--yet he badly overestimates how cowed Prince Barin is [[spoiler:and gets thrown onto spikes for his trouble]].
22nd Dec '16 11:42:06 AM Morgenthaler
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** [[spoiler:Admiral Marcus]] from ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'' counts as one. [[spoiler:In his final scene, he goes on a rant on how Kirk started a war, "forcing" Marcus to step up to lead Earth in a time of impending war. The arrogance and BlatantLies are ''enormous''. Not only that, but he didn't take into account that Kirk has a habit of disobeying the rules, meaning he found out the details of his plan.]] Let's not also forget that he thought he could control a {{Badass}} like [[spoiler:Khan...]]

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** [[spoiler:Admiral Marcus]] from ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'' counts as one. [[spoiler:In his final scene, he goes on a rant on how Kirk started a war, "forcing" Marcus to step up to lead Earth in a time of impending war. The arrogance and BlatantLies are ''enormous''. Not only that, but he didn't take into account that Kirk has a habit of disobeying the rules, meaning he found out the details of his plan.]] Let's not also forget that he thought he could control a {{Badass}} badass like [[spoiler:Khan...]]
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