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14th Jan '17 7:10:39 PM nombretomado
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* Amon from the ''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.

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* Amon from the ''Franchise/{{Lufia}}'' ''VideoGame/{{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.
29th Dec '16 9:11:31 AM GlitteringFlowers
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** Lekain from '']]VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Radiant Dawn]]'' is almost capable enough to be mistake for a MagnificentBastard. A high-ranking member of Begnion's Senate, Lekain arranged the Serenes Massacre and assassinated the previous Apostle, placing Sanaki, whom he thought he could easily manipulate, on the throne in her place (while making sure Sanaki's half-sister/the real heir [[spoiler: Micaiah]] did a dissapearing act). He's also TheManBehindTheMan to Izuka and Naesala, and it gets to the point where if something bad happened to a character it was probably Lekain's fault. However, at the end of the day, he's a BigBadWannabe and an UnwittingPawn of [[spoiler: Sephiran]] the game's real BigBad and an actual MagnificentBastard. The business with [[WiseBeyondTheirTears Sa]][[ChildProdigy na]][[TheHighQueen ki]] really backfired on him.

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** Lekain from '']]VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Radiant Dawn]]'' is almost capable enough to be mistake for a MagnificentBastard. A high-ranking member of Begnion's Senate, Lekain arranged the Serenes Massacre and assassinated the previous Apostle, placing Princess Sanaki, whom he thought he could easily manipulate, on the throne in her place (while making sure Sanaki's older half-sister/the real heir [[spoiler: aka Micaiah]] did a dissapearing act). He's also TheManBehindTheMan to Izuka and Naesala, and it gets to the point where if something bad happened to a character it was probably Lekain's fault. However, at the end of the day, he's a BigBadWannabe and an UnwittingPawn of [[spoiler: Sephiran]] the game's real BigBad and an actual MagnificentBastard. The business with [[WiseBeyondTheirTears Sa]][[ChildProdigy na]][[TheHighQueen ki]] really backfired on him.
29th Dec '16 9:08:12 AM GlitteringFlowers
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** King Shagall of Augustria from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Geneaology of the Holy War]]'' is a selfish, cowardly, treacherous king who killed his father Imuka to inherit (which makes him hated by everyone, as Imuka was TheGoodKing), mistreats his top knight Eldigan ([[spoiler: and executes him despite his loyalty (therefore taking away his most powerful fighter and provoking the ire of Sigurd and Raquesis]]) and, in the end, ends up all alone and is slain (or, in one of the mangas, commits suicide rather than fighting).

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** King Shagall of Augustria from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Geneaology of the Holy War]]'' is a selfish, cowardly, treacherous king who killed his father Imuka to inherit (which makes him hated by everyone, as Imuka was TheGoodKing), then mistreats his top knight Eldigan ([[spoiler: [[spoiler: and executes him despite his loyalty (therefore loyalty, therefore taking away his most powerful fighter and provoking the ire of Sigurd and Raquesis]]) and, in Raquesis]]. In the end, Shagall ends up all alone and is ultimately slain (or, in one of the mangas, commits suicide rather than fighting).



** Lekain from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Radiant Dawn]]'' is almost capable enough to be mistake for a MagnificentBastard. A high-ranking member of Begnion's Senate, Lekain arranged the Serenes Massacre and assassinated the previous Apostle, placing Sanaki, whom he thought he could easily manipulate, on the throne in her place (while making sure Sanaki's half-sister/the real heir [[spoiler: Micaiah]] did a dissapearing act). He's also TheManBehindTheMan to Izuka and Naesala, and it gets to the point where if something bad happened to a character it was probably Lekain's fault. However, at the end of the day, he's a BigBadWannabe and an UnwittingPawn of [[spoiler: Sephiran]] the game's real BigBad and an actual MagnificentBastard. The business with [[WiseBeyondTheirTears Sa]][[ChildProdigy na]][[TheHighQueen ki]] really backfired on him.

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** Lekain from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius '']]VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Radiant Dawn]]'' is almost capable enough to be mistake for a MagnificentBastard. A high-ranking member of Begnion's Senate, Lekain arranged the Serenes Massacre and assassinated the previous Apostle, placing Sanaki, whom he thought he could easily manipulate, on the throne in her place (while making sure Sanaki's half-sister/the real heir [[spoiler: Micaiah]] did a dissapearing act). He's also TheManBehindTheMan to Izuka and Naesala, and it gets to the point where if something bad happened to a character it was probably Lekain's fault. However, at the end of the day, he's a BigBadWannabe and an UnwittingPawn of [[spoiler: Sephiran]] the game's real BigBad and an actual MagnificentBastard. The business with [[WiseBeyondTheirTears Sa]][[ChildProdigy na]][[TheHighQueen ki]] really backfired on him.
29th Dec '16 9:05:10 AM GlitteringFlowers
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* King Shagall from ''VideoGame/FireEmblem: Geneaology of the Holy War'.,
** Also Sonia from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword]]'', who believes herself to be the most powerful mage and heartlessly manipulates her husband, the guy's family ''and'' her adoptive daughter Nino to please Lord Nergal. While she ''is'' a powerful DarkActionGirl, her arrogance is such that [[spoiler: her daughter's partner Jaffar would rather have a HeelFaceTurn than obey her orders]], and in the end [[spoiler: either Limstella simply leaves her to die in disgust, or Nergal finishes her off.]]

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* As one of the LongRunners, ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' has MANY pf these:
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King Shagall of Augustria from ''VideoGame/FireEmblem: ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Geneaology of the Holy War'.,
War]]'' is a selfish, cowardly, treacherous king who killed his father Imuka to inherit (which makes him hated by everyone, as Imuka was TheGoodKing), mistreats his top knight Eldigan ([[spoiler: and executes him despite his loyalty (therefore taking away his most powerful fighter and provoking the ire of Sigurd and Raquesis]]) and, in the end, ends up all alone and is slain (or, in one of the mangas, commits suicide rather than fighting).
** Also Sonia from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword]]'', who Sword]]'' believes herself to be the most powerful mage and heartlessly manipulates her husband, the guy's family ''and'' her adoptive daughter Nino to please Lord Nergal. While she ''is'' a powerful DarkActionGirl, LadyOfBlackMagic, her arrogance is such that [[spoiler: her daughter's partner Jaffar would rather have a HeelFaceTurn than obey her orders]], and in the end [[spoiler: either Limstella simply leaves her to die in disgust, or Nergal finishes her off.off [[YouHaveFailedMe for failing him]].]]



** Pablo, Riev and specially Valter from ''The Sacred Stones''. The first one only thinks "MoneyDearBoy" and tries to bribe everyone in his way; the second is a SinisterMinister worshipping a Dark God without reason at all, and the third is a monstrous BloodKnight who wants either to bloodily kill Ephraim or keep Eirika as his SexSlave.
** Narshen from Sword of Seals fits this trope almost perfectly.
** Lekain from ''Radiant Dawn'' is almost capable enough to be mistake for a MagnificentBastard. A high-ranking member of Begnion's Senate, Lekain arranged the Serenes Massacre and assassinated the previous Apostle, placing Sanaki, whom he thought he could easily manipulate, on the throne in her place (while making sure Sanaki's half-sister/the real heir did a dissapearing act). He's also TheManBehindTheMan to Izuka and Naesala, and it gets to the point where if something bad happened to a character it was probably Lekain's fault. However, at the end of the day, he's a BigBadWannabe and an UnwittingPawn of Sephiran the game's real BigBad. The business with Sanaki really backfired on him.

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** Pablo, Riev and specially Valter from ''The Sacred Stones''.''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones''. The first one only thinks "MoneyDearBoy" and tries to bribe everyone in his way; the second is a SinisterMinister worshipping a Dark God without reason at all, and the third is a monstrous BloodKnight who wants either to bloodily kill Ephraim or keep Eirika as his SexSlave.
** Narshen Narcian from [[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Sword of Seals Seals]] fits this trope almost perfectly.
perfectly. He is a very narcissistic DragonRider with a tendency to bear grudges, and will not hesitate to let his underlings die for him so that he can live; plus, his StalkerWithACrush tendences towards [[WhiteMage Clarine]] cause him to ''massively'' lose a battle he should've won at the beginning. Eventually, due to his constant failings, Zephiel demotes him, replacing him with [[AntiVillain Galle]]. He is given one last chance to redeem himself in the defense of Etruria's palace, but he fails and is killed.
** Lekain from ''Radiant Dawn'' ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Radiant Dawn]]'' is almost capable enough to be mistake for a MagnificentBastard. A high-ranking member of Begnion's Senate, Lekain arranged the Serenes Massacre and assassinated the previous Apostle, placing Sanaki, whom he thought he could easily manipulate, on the throne in her place (while making sure Sanaki's half-sister/the real heir [[spoiler: Micaiah]] did a dissapearing act). He's also TheManBehindTheMan to Izuka and Naesala, and it gets to the point where if something bad happened to a character it was probably Lekain's fault. However, at the end of the day, he's a BigBadWannabe and an UnwittingPawn of Sephiran [[spoiler: Sephiran]] the game's real BigBad. BigBad and an actual MagnificentBastard. The business with Sanaki [[WiseBeyondTheirTears Sa]][[ChildProdigy na]][[TheHighQueen ki]] really backfired on him.



** ''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.]]

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** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' gives us has 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.]]]]
*** Hans, Garon's other retainer, is not much better. Yes, at times he follow orders very well (like when he provokes Hoshidans into attacking him to give an excuse for war and [[spoiler: tosses TeamDad Gunter into the Bottomless Canyon]]), but in the end he's just a BloodKnight [[TheBrute Brute]] who [[DumbMuscle isn't very bright]] and [[KickTheDog punts puppies]] without any need.
21st Dec '16 9:12:33 AM Morgenthaler
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* Zetta from ''VideoGame/MakaiKingdom'' is another good guy example, though far less sympathetic and PlayedForLaughs. Despite declaring himself the "Most {{badass}} freaking overlord in the universe" about once a scene he spends most of the game powerless, surviving mostly on the charity of people he regularly insults. The game levels things out by making him a regularly mocked ButtMonkey.

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* Zetta from ''VideoGame/MakaiKingdom'' is another good guy example, though far less sympathetic and PlayedForLaughs. Despite declaring himself the "Most {{badass}} badass freaking overlord in the universe" about once a scene he spends most of the game powerless, surviving mostly on the charity of people he regularly insults. The game levels things out by making him a regularly mocked ButtMonkey.



** Saleh from ''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.

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** Saleh from ''VideoGame/TalesOfRebirth''. This guy is presented as a {{Badass}} 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.
14th Dec '16 12:06:00 AM Xtifr
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* Most villains from the ''{{Atelier}} Iris'' series, the biggest example being Mull. His {{Expy}}, Crowley, was thankfully a lot closer to being a MagnificentBastard, but still didn't quite make it.

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* Most villains from the ''{{Atelier}} ''VideoGame/{{Atelier}} Iris'' series, the biggest example being Mull. His {{Expy}}, Crowley, was thankfully a lot closer to being a MagnificentBastard, but still didn't quite make it.
9th Oct '16 1:13:48 PM Prometheus117
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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. 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. Case in point: ''[[EvilCannotComprehendGood Slight Hope]]''. That said, when things go belly-up, [[SmugSuper he's usually more than capable of beating the shit out of whoever screwed him over]] [[spoiler:especially once he gets the Susanoo Unit and his full power back]].
29th Sep '16 8:39:42 PM Berrenta
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* [[spoiler:Shuji Ikutsuki]] from ''{{Persona 3}}'' manages to pull off a months-long EvilPLan that sets in motion TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, and does it all behind a façade of [[spoiler:dorky jokes and friendly smiles]]. After TheReveal, though, it turns out he's just a NietzscheWannabe whose MotiveRant is delivered [[DullSurprise with all the enthusiasm and energy of a news reader]]. He also botches the ensuing YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness by making the classic mistake of underestimating ThePowerOfFriendship (and [[DogsAreDumb the dog]]).

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* [[spoiler:Shuji Ikutsuki]] from ''{{Persona 3}}'' manages to pull off a months-long EvilPLan EvilPlan that sets in motion TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, and does it all behind a façade of [[spoiler:dorky jokes and friendly smiles]]. After TheReveal, though, it turns out he's just a NietzscheWannabe whose MotiveRant is delivered [[DullSurprise with all the enthusiasm and energy of a news reader]]. He also botches the ensuing YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness by making the classic mistake of underestimating ThePowerOfFriendship (and [[DogsAreDumb the dog]]).
21st Sep '16 5:14:51 PM nombretomado
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* Every significant villain in ''BatenKaitos Origins'' except Baelheit himself has a tendency to trip over this trope at one point or another, mainly because of their tendency to rely on advanced weapons/magic as a crutch to take out people far stronger than them, then act completely flabbergasted when it finally doesn't work. All arma-users also seem motivated exclusively by arrogance, until their various [[HeelFaceTurn heel face turns,]] and Wiseman seems convinced that his magic is the most powerful force in the universe until the very end of the game.

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* ''VideoGame/BatenKaitosOrigins'':
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Every significant villain in ''BatenKaitos Origins'' except Baelheit himself has a tendency to trip over this trope at one point or another, mainly because of their tendency to rely on advanced weapons/magic as a crutch to take out people far stronger than them, then act completely flabbergasted when it finally doesn't work. All arma-users also seem motivated exclusively by arrogance, until their various [[HeelFaceTurn heel face turns,]] and Wiseman seems convinced that his magic is the most powerful force in the universe until the very end of the game.game.
** [[TheDragon Shanath]], who is unusually competent for a SmugSnake.



* [[TheDragon Shanath]] from ''VideoGame/BatenKaitos Origins'', who is unusually competent for a SmugSnake.
10th Sep '16 11:08:50 PM WillBGood
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* Megumi Kitaniji from ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou''. He doesn't just bend and push [[ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem the guidelines set by the Composer]], his counterattack [[spoiler:[[{{Instrumentality}} mass imprints everyone in the RG and UG to do his bidding]] via the Red Skull Pins.]] Even his Noise form [[spoiler:is [[ScaledUp a snake]].]]

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* Megumi Kitaniji from ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou''. He doesn't just bend and push [[ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem the guidelines set by the Composer]], his counterattack [[spoiler:[[{{Instrumentality}} [[spoiler:[[AssimilationPlot mass imprints everyone in the RG and UG to do his bidding]] via the Red Skull Pins.]] Even his Noise form [[spoiler:is [[ScaledUp a snake]].]]
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