Created By: elser on January 27, 2012

Bastard Billionare

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An incredibly wealthy character with an agenda. He's (usually a man) not looking for money (he already has it in spades), has a mysterious purpose and works behind the scenes, normally owns a megacorp publicly and other megacorps secretly. Charismatic, theatrical and intelligent, either old, handsome or both; most of the time he has great publicity as a philantropist. The protagonists are warned by others not to trust him. He is shown as a self involved loner that enjoys a combination of physical and intellectual pursuits and/or is obsessed with power/achieving his goal. Examples include Adrian Veidt (Watchmen), Wilhelm (Xenosaga), Bob Page/Morgan Everett/Hugh Darrow/David Sariff (Deus Ex series), The Count of Montecristo (Novel, Movie and Anime) Thomas Crown (The Thomas Crown Affair) The Illusive Man (Mass Effect 2) David Xanatos (Gargoyles) Lionel Luthor (Smallville)

Usually what happens when you give the magnificent bastard fiction 500 wealth.

Community Feedback Replies: 12
  • January 27, 2012
    Lumpenprole
    Half the Bond villians, with Ernst Blofeld as the archtype.

    Kenneth Irons from the Witchblade comic
  • January 27, 2012
    Psi001
  • January 27, 2012
    crazysamaritan
    Streetwise Billionaire, perhaps?

    Looking at the current name, I would'be thought Bruce Wayne is an example, but you're looking for Lex Luthor.
  • January 27, 2012
    Prfnoff
    L. Bob Rife in Snow Crash.
  • January 27, 2012
    chicagomel
    • I think the main villain from Dino Squad, Victor Veloci, falls into this. Raptordyne is well liked by the general public, but the main characters know he's a sleazeball, and the secret agenda (turn the world back into dino land)is there.
  • January 27, 2012
    JoeG
    • Noah Cross from Chinatown is one of the evillest.
  • January 27, 2012
    elser
    bruce wayne would not be an example but tony stark during civil war would, especially in his relationship with spiderman
  • January 27, 2012
    crazysamaritan
    After reading the description, I know Bruce doesn't qualify. My point was that the Bruce Wayne disguise tends to act like a bastard billionaire. But that use of the term doesn't match your trope. So a better name should be found.
  • January 29, 2012
    elser
    any suggestions for a better name? manipulative billionare, wealthy puppeteer?
  • January 30, 2012
    Lumpenprole
    Mr. Big is The Big Bad?

  • January 30, 2012
    crazysamaritan
    ^ manipulative bastard does tend to be the big bad...

    ^^ I like Manipulative Billionaire. Fits with the other tropes, I think.
  • January 30, 2012
    Ekuran

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