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23rd Jun '16 7:48:25 PM nombretomado
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** Another would be Anatoly Cherdenko in ''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3 Red Alert 3]]'', the Soviet Premier. Unsurprising as he's played by TimCurry.

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** Another would be Anatoly Cherdenko in ''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3 Red Alert 3]]'', the Soviet Premier. Unsurprising as he's played by TimCurry.Creator/TimCurry.



* Given how much backstory and justifications he's been given in the canon of ''Franchise/DragonAge'', [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation fans are still arguing]] whether this applies to Loghain, but one of his lackeys, Arl Howe is a golden example of this trope. Not only is he overconfident, arrogant and rude towards the PC, he even crosses the MoralEventHorizon ''twice'' on the very basic game that plays out to all origins and completely vaporizes it in Human Noble origins:[[spoiler:you find out that Howe earned his title as Teyrn of Highever by slaughtering the former noble's family, despite them being his old friends.]] That incredibly smug smile and TimCurry's voice only strengthen his position as one of the meanest characters (and as the most satisfying bossfight) in the whole game.

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* Given how much backstory and justifications he's been given in the canon of ''Franchise/DragonAge'', [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation fans are still arguing]] whether this applies to Loghain, but one of his lackeys, Arl Howe is a golden example of this trope. Not only is he overconfident, arrogant and rude towards the PC, he even crosses the MoralEventHorizon ''twice'' on the very basic game that plays out to all origins and completely vaporizes it in Human Noble origins:[[spoiler:you find out that Howe earned his title as Teyrn of Highever by slaughtering the former noble's family, despite them being his old friends.]] That incredibly smug smile and TimCurry's Creator/TimCurry's voice only strengthen his position as one of the meanest characters (and as the most satisfying bossfight) in the whole game.
2nd May '16 6:20:40 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Eva-Beatrice of UminekoNoNakuKoroNi is incredibly arrogant as she treats her allies poorly whenever they fail to entertain her and acts like a jerk any time that she feels safe, and she gets reduced to a screaming mess when things don't go the way she wants them to.

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* Eva-Beatrice of UminekoNoNakuKoroNi ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' is incredibly arrogant as she treats her allies poorly whenever they fail to entertain her and acts like a jerk any time that she feels safe, and she gets reduced to a screaming mess when things don't go the way she wants them to.
10th Apr '16 6:03:37 AM Perseus
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** Redau from ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia2'' is a doctor agent for the Clanspia Corporation, and leaves a very sour first impression by blackmailing Ludger and giving him a 20 million glad debt. He continues to be a thorn in the party's side from that point on, taunting them and going so far as to fight them on multiple occasions, but they're forced to put up with him, due to being under employ of the same organization for the sake of trying to save the world. [[spoiler: He ultimately gets a very satisfying VillainousBreakdown when he learns that the organization intends to use him as a sacrifice to open the way to the Land of Canaan; something he ends up being powerless to prevent.]]

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** Redau Rideaux from ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia2'' is a doctor agent for the Clanspia Spirius Corporation, and leaves a very sour first impression by blackmailing Ludger and giving saddling him with a 20 million glad gald debt. He continues to be a thorn in the party's side from that point on, taunting them and going so far as to fight them on multiple occasions, but they're forced to put up with him, due to being under the employ of the same organization for the sake of trying to save the world. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He ultimately gets a very satisfying VillainousBreakdown when he learns that the organization intends to use him as a sacrifice to open the way to the Land of Canaan; something he ends up being powerless to prevent.]]
24th Mar '16 9:16:48 AM DanganRonper12202
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** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' gives us Iago, an EvilSorcerer who serves as King Garon's [[EvilChancellor highest adviser]] and [[TheStrategist tactician.]] He likes to think he is a MagnificentBastard, similar to how the above [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Excellus]] does, but his plans almost never turn out right, to the point that even his king mocks him for being useless. This is generally due to his underestimation of [[PlayerCharacter the Avatar.]]
22nd Feb '16 6:23:59 PM Onlythrice
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* Livius Erimond of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' is an arrogant, manipulative Tevinter Magister who allied with the BigBad in the hopes of being made a god. [[spoiler: After tricking the Orlesian Grey Wardens into resorting to human sacrifice, blood magic, and demon binding,]] he laughs off any punishment the Inquisitor gives him at his trial. Unless the player happens to be a mage, that is. And mages know better than anyone that Tranquility is a FateWorseThanDeath...
--> Erimond: The Blight is not unstoppable or uncontrollable; it is simply a tool.
--> Varric: Someone's definitely a tool.
--> Dorian: No, Livius. You're a tool.
--> Sera: He's a tool.
31st Jan '16 10:53:57 AM Diask
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** [[spoiler: [[AssInAmbassador Ambassador]] [[BigBad Alba]]]] acts like a condescending asshole every minute after TheReveal, flaunting his DiplomaticImpunity in Edgeworth's face [[spoiler: until it's revoked. And he '''still''' acts like a smug asshat, [[ThatOneBoss stubbornly repeating that none of your evidence proves he committed the crime.]]]]

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** [[spoiler: [[AssInAmbassador Ambassador]] [[spoiler:{{A|ssInAmbassador}}mbassador [[BigBad Alba]]]] acts like a condescending asshole every minute after TheReveal, flaunting his DiplomaticImpunity in Edgeworth's face [[spoiler: until it's revoked. And he '''still''' acts like a smug asshat, [[ThatOneBoss stubbornly repeating that none of your evidence proves he committed the crime.]]]]



** Saleh from ''VideoGame/{{Tales of Rebirth}}''. This guy is presented as a {{Badass}} member of the Kingdom's Elites, but all he does is approach the heroes, taunt them, and do nothing. Later on, after being lectured by Tytree, he comes in denial that there is no way that the human heart can defeat him. So what does he do? Taunt the team even more rather than kicking their ass. Add to the fact that he's all doing it ForTheEvulz, he's as smug as you can get.

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** Saleh from ''VideoGame/{{Tales of Rebirth}}''.''VideoGame/TalesOfRebirth''. This guy is presented as a {{Badass}} member of the Kingdom's Elites, but all he does is approach the heroes, taunt them, and do nothing. Later on, after being lectured by Tytree, he comes in denial that there is no way that the human heart can defeat him. So what does he do? Taunt the team even more rather than kicking their ass. Add to the fact that he's all doing it ForTheEvulz, he's as smug as you can get.



* Alfonso from ''VideoGame/{{Skies of Arcadia}}''. Even Galcian, a pretty EvilOverlord in his own right, holds Alfonso in contempt after he [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness callously kills off and scapegoats his own vice-captain]] when his airship is taken over by Dyne's band at the beginning of the game -- although mostly this is just because Alfonso is so utterly useless.

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* Alfonso from ''VideoGame/{{Skies of Arcadia}}''.''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia''. Even Galcian, a pretty EvilOverlord in his own right, holds Alfonso in contempt after he [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness callously kills off and scapegoats his own vice-captain]] when his airship is taken over by Dyne's band at the beginning of the game -- although mostly this is just because Alfonso is so utterly useless.



* In the ''{{World of Warcraft}}'' expansion 'Wrath of the Lich King', Arthas at several points in the storyline is exactly this. He has a constant, constant habit of walking two feet in front of you, taunting you about how incredibly awesome he is, how trivial you and your efforts to oppose him are, how you're better off serving him in undeath, and then [[BondVillainStupidity he simply walks away when he could have easily annihilated you with a single stroke and been done with it]]. This is yet another symptom of his chronic VillainDecay (and there are several).

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* In the ''{{World of Warcraft}}'' ''WorldOfWarcraft'' expansion 'Wrath of the Lich King', Arthas at several points in the storyline is exactly this. He has a constant, constant habit of walking two feet in front of you, taunting you about how incredibly awesome he is, how trivial you and your efforts to oppose him are, how you're better off serving him in undeath, and then [[BondVillainStupidity he simply walks away when he could have easily annihilated you with a single stroke and been done with it]]. This is yet another symptom of his chronic VillainDecay (and there are several).



* [[BaldursGate Baldur's Gate]]

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* [[BaldursGate Baldur's Gate]]''VideoGame/BaldursGate''



* King Shagall from ''FireEmblem: Geneaology of the Holy War'.,

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* King Shagall from ''FireEmblem: ''VideoGame/FireEmblem: Geneaology of the Holy War'.,



* [[WickedWitch Maghda]] from ''VideoGame/{{Diablo III}}''.

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* [[WickedWitch Maghda]] from ''VideoGame/{{Diablo III}}''.''VideoGame/DiabloIII''.



* Jazz from the first two ''Videogame/{{Wing Commander}}'' games. At first he just appears to be a smug asshole, but the [[TheMole reality]] [[UnfriendlyFire is]] [[LesCollaborateurs considerably]] [[{{Frameup}} worse]].

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* Jazz from the first two ''Videogame/{{Wing Commander}}'' ''Videogame/WingCommander'' games. At first he just appears to be a smug asshole, but the [[TheMole reality]] [[UnfriendlyFire is]] [[LesCollaborateurs considerably]] [[{{Frameup}} worse]].



** [[spoiler:Sovereign]] is very competent, but isn't above EvilGloating when he finally meets Shepard.

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** [[spoiler:Sovereign]] from ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' is very competent, but isn't above EvilGloating when he finally meets Shepard.



** The second game has Warden Kuril, who turns out to be TooDumbToLive when he tries to capture Shepard's crew while still letting them keep their weapons.
** The Illusive Man jumps off the slippery slope in the third game, but being voiced by MartinSheen helps him maintain some gravitas [[spoiler: even as he loses his mind in the endgame]]. His new henchman Kai Leng, on the other hand, is possibly the [[{{Jerkass}} biggest]] [[KickTheDog jerk]] in the whole series.

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** The second game ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' has Warden Kuril, who turns out to be TooDumbToLive when he tries to capture Shepard's crew while still letting them keep their weapons.
** The Illusive Man jumps off the slippery slope in the third game, ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', but being voiced by MartinSheen Creator/MartinSheen helps him maintain some gravitas [[spoiler: even [[spoiler:even as he loses his mind in the endgame]]. His new henchman Kai Leng, on the other hand, is possibly the [[{{Jerkass}} biggest]] [[KickTheDog jerk]] biggest]] {{jerk|ass}} in the whole series.



* [[TheDragon Shanath]] from ''BatenKaitos Origins'', who is unusually competent for a SmugSnake.

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* [[TheDragon Shanath]] from ''BatenKaitos ''VideoGame/BatenKaitos Origins'', who is unusually competent for a SmugSnake.



* Matt in ''PAYDAYTheHeist'' pulls a FaceHeelTurn on your crew in the middle of the heist by killing one of your members and then locks you inside a room as he runs off with the money. He taunts you before leaving and even after you catch up to him when he gets into an auto accident, he refuses to come out and says he rather have the cops deal with you. The crew decides to light the van on fire to burn him out and when he comes out, he begs to be let go while the crew drags him to the rendezvouses point threatening that they may cut his arm off to detach the briefcase of money he has on his arm.

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* Matt in ''PAYDAYTheHeist'' ''VideoGame/PAYDAYTheHeist'' pulls a FaceHeelTurn on your crew in the middle of the heist by killing one of your members and then locks you inside a room as he runs off with the money. He taunts you before leaving and even after you catch up to him when he gets into an auto accident, he refuses to come out and says he rather have the cops deal with you. The crew decides to light the van on fire to burn him out and when he comes out, he begs to be let go while the crew drags him to the rendezvouses point threatening that they may cut his arm off to detach the briefcase of money he has on his arm.



* Cesare Borgia from ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood'' is one in every sense of the word. At first he seemed like a WorthyOpponent of protagonist Ezio Auditore, but he turned out to be nothing more than a delusional tyrant who fancied himself as an invincible and invulnerable king. He thought that everything was under his control but when [[spoiler:he killed his father Rodrigo, who was the real man with all the power]] and everything started spiralling downwards from there, it soon becomes apparent that Cesare merely lived off his father's name and reputation. A sharp contrast to his RealLifeCounterpart who was a MagnificentBastard.

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* Cesare Borgia from ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood'' is one in every sense of the word. At first he seemed like a WorthyOpponent of protagonist Ezio Auditore, but he turned out to be nothing more than a delusional tyrant who fancied himself as an invincible and invulnerable king. He thought that everything was under his control but when [[spoiler:he killed his father Rodrigo, who was the real man with all the power]] and everything started spiralling downwards from there, it soon becomes apparent that Cesare merely lived off his father's name and reputation. A sharp contrast to his RealLifeCounterpart RealLife counterpart who was a MagnificentBastard.
6th Jan '16 2:06:06 PM FF32
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* ''LANoire'' has a lot of corrupt officials and cops of this, but Roy Earle takes the cake [[spoiler:since he's a KarmaHoudini]].

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* ''LANoire'' ''VideoGame/LANoire'' has a lot of corrupt officials and cops of this, but Roy Earle takes the cake [[spoiler:since he's a KarmaHoudini]].
20th Dec '15 5:55:45 AM Adept
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* [[BigBad The Guardian]] from the ''{{Ultima}}'' series, at least in ''Ultima 7: The Black Gate''. He constantly taunts, insults and annoys the Avatar in feeble attempts to scare you off, all the while you uncover his plots, undermine [[ChurchOfHappyology the Fellowship]], gather plot coupons and smash the prism generators. Even though he's fully aware of everything you do he never bother to alert the Fellowship to the fact that ''you are not their friend'', his own [[TheDragon Dragon]] Batlin keeps treating you like a clueless dupe right up until you try to interrogate him with the prism cube, and when you finally pull out your ace and foil his plan, he's downright ''shocked'' that you were able to stop him.

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* [[BigBad The Guardian]] from the ''{{Ultima}}'' ''Franchise/{{Ultima}}'' series, at least in ''Ultima 7: The Black Gate''. He constantly taunts, insults and annoys the Avatar in feeble attempts to scare you off, all the while you uncover his plots, undermine [[ChurchOfHappyology the Fellowship]], gather plot coupons and smash the prism generators. Even though he's fully aware of everything you do he never bother to alert the Fellowship to the fact that ''you are not their friend'', his own [[TheDragon Dragon]] Batlin keeps treating you like a clueless dupe right up until you try to interrogate him with the prism cube, and when you finally pull out your ace and foil his plan, he's downright ''shocked'' that you were able to stop him.



* Amon from the ''{{Lufia}}'' series. He's the Sinistral of Chaos, making him the most qualified to become a MagnificentBastard when compared to the Sinistrals of Destruction, Death, and Terror. Unfortunately, he's also the second of four Sinistrals. This means that he doesn't show up until the heroes have become strong enough to [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu kill the God of Destruction]], and he's not high enough up the ranks to be the BigBad or even TheDragon. He generally gets off one good plan, and then gets defeated quickly enough to get the real BigBad more screentime.
** Idura from ''VideoGame/LufiaIIRiseOfTheSinistrals'', and especially the remake ''LufiaCurseOfTheSinistrals'', manages to completely overshadow Amon in this regard. He's just as overconfident, but doesn't have the justification of being a God. Instead, he spends most of his time laughing while kidnapping babies and girlfriends. Appropriately, he develops a rivalry with the BoisterousBruiser of the team, and most of his "brilliant traps" are overcome with brute force.

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* Amon from the ''{{Lufia}}'' ''Franchise/{{Lufia}}'' series. He's the Sinistral of Chaos, making him the most qualified to become a MagnificentBastard when compared to the Sinistrals of Destruction, Death, and Terror. Unfortunately, he's also the second of four Sinistrals. This means that he doesn't show up until the heroes have become strong enough to [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu kill the God of Destruction]], and he's not high enough up the ranks to be the BigBad or even TheDragon. He generally gets off one good plan, and then gets defeated quickly enough to get the real BigBad more screentime.
** Idura from ''VideoGame/LufiaIIRiseOfTheSinistrals'', and especially the remake ''LufiaCurseOfTheSinistrals'', ''VideoGame/LufiaCurseOfTheSinistrals'', manages to completely overshadow Amon in this regard. He's just as overconfident, but doesn't have the justification of being a God. Instead, he spends most of his time laughing while kidnapping babies and girlfriends. Appropriately, he develops a rivalry with the BoisterousBruiser of the team, and most of his "brilliant traps" are overcome with brute force.



* Vincent from ''{{Silent Hill 3}}''. He has a case of HeelFaceRevolvingDoor around Heather and Claudia and spends his time not only allying with either of them, but also snarking them.

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* Vincent from ''{{Silent Hill 3}}''.''VideoGame/SilentHill3''. He has a case of HeelFaceRevolvingDoor around Heather and Claudia and spends his time not only allying with either of them, but also snarking them.
18th Dec '15 11:14:59 PM nombretomado
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* Nicholai from ''[[ShadowHearts Shadow Hearts: Covenant]]'' tries ''so'' hard to be a MagnificentBastard. He's charismatic, scheming and utterly selfish, and loves to taunt you from just outside your reach. He sets up deals with every evil faction in the game so that whoever remains standing at the end, he should achieve his goals. He even [[spoiler:contracts the power of a ''god'']]! Unfortunately for him, he doesn't quite count on Yuri kicking the crap out of everyone, his his plan to [[spoiler:release the Malice of Apoina Tower]] comes off as petty revenge, and he ends up getting completely outmaneuvered by someone even ''more'' scheming. And the completely undignified way in which he finally bites the dirt.

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* Nicholai from ''[[ShadowHearts Shadow Hearts: Covenant]]'' ''VideoGame/ShadowHeartsCovenant'' tries ''so'' hard to be a MagnificentBastard. He's charismatic, scheming and utterly selfish, and loves to taunt you from just outside your reach. He sets up deals with every evil faction in the game so that whoever remains standing at the end, he should achieve his goals. He even [[spoiler:contracts the power of a ''god'']]! Unfortunately for him, he doesn't quite count on Yuri kicking the crap out of everyone, his his plan to [[spoiler:release the Malice of Apoina Tower]] comes off as petty revenge, and he ends up getting completely outmaneuvered by someone even ''more'' scheming. And the completely undignified way in which he finally bites the dirt.
2nd Dec '15 11:14:24 AM dreamofwritting
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** What keeps him from being a full-blown MagnificentBastard is that he easily loses his cool if, in any at all way, his plans are disrupted, he is not being regarded as [[ItsAllAboutMe the centre of the universe]] or his "truth" is called into question [[note]]a true MagnificentBastard would keep his cool even if the proverbial seat of his pants is on fire - a spectacular meltdown is expected only if ''every'' once-viable outcome now leads to defeat[[/note]]. His knowledge of the time loops and continuum shifts is meaningless if he fails, or refuses to understand the motivations of his victims - half-formed layers of backup plans can only carry one so far before an exploit is found. [[TwoWordsObviousTrope Case in point]]: ''[[EvilCannotComprehendGood Slight Hope]]''.

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** What keeps him from being a full-blown MagnificentBastard is that he easily loses his cool if, in any at all way, his plans are disrupted, he is not being regarded as [[ItsAllAboutMe the centre of the universe]] or his "truth" is called into question [[note]]a true MagnificentBastard would keep his cool even if the proverbial seat of his pants is on fire - a spectacular meltdown is expected only if ''every'' once-viable outcome now leads to defeat[[/note]]. His knowledge of the time loops and continuum shifts is meaningless if he fails, or refuses to understand the motivations of his victims - half-formed layers of backup plans can only carry one so far before an exploit is found. [[TwoWordsObviousTrope Case in point]]: point: ''[[EvilCannotComprehendGood Slight Hope]]''.
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