Magnificent Bastard / Film

Films — Animated

  • Disney movies also have some memorably clever villains in them...
    • The Great Mouse Detective: Professor Ratigan is the World's Greatest Criminal Mind, and a Disney expy of Professor James Moriarty, voiced magnificently by Vincent Price. He is an elegant rat who has tamed a cat to feed on command, and his minions revere and fear him. Ratigan's list of crimes are vast, and he is often several steps ahead of the authorities and his intellectual arch-nemesis, Basil. Ratigan's auspicious goal is to rule the kingdom, by replacing the Queen with a robotic double, who would legally declare him King. When Basil is on the case, Ratigan quickly sets a trap for him, even mockingly congratulating Basil for finding him, before he has him and Dawson in an elaborate deathtrap. The only reason why he lost is because he ironically overestimated Basil; he expected Basil to find his hideout 15 minutes earlier, and couldn't personally ensure Basil's demise. Pushed into a corner with his latest plan foiled, Ratigan succumbs to a very frightening Villainous Breakdown, and savagely beats down Basil in the climax.
    • Sleeping Beauty: Maleficent is perhaps the most formidable Disney villain overall, with a great sense of class and style. Offended by not being invited to Aurora's christening, she lures everyone into a false sense of hope, before cursing the infant Aurora to die by pricking her finger on the spindle. All before the sunset of her sixteenth birthday, causing a long period of despair among the kingdom. In order to protect Aurora, Merryweather uses her remaining gift to ensure Aurora doesn't die. Despite this, the three fairies had to think outside of the box, as Maleficent is wise to their attempts to save her. Even when the fairies managed to stay under the radar by raising Aurora in secret, without using magic, they still had to take extreme precautions. Because of one small moment of weakness, Maleficent managed to undo their hard work. Maleficent proves to be quite cunning; even after King Stephan had every spindle in the kingdom burned, she created a new one, fulfilling her evil prophecy. She even captured Prince Phillip to cruelly yet ingeniously subvert the true love's kiss that would awaken Aurora, by keeping him until he is old and decrepit, while gloating to her prisoner. Having ultimately succeeding in her plans, Maleficent is the first Disney villain that required direct action for her defeat, as she was far too intelligent to be undone by her own hand. And being an immensely powerful fairy, it took the combined efforts of the three fairies and Prince Phillip to even stand a chance.

Films — Live-Action

  • 12 Rounds: Miles Jackson is a suave, perpetually cheerful terrorist who masterminds the entire plot. Miles has evaded capture and conviction for his atrocities for years, always staying one step ahead of his law enforcement pursuers, and is introduced tricking a mole in his organization into betraying the F.B.I. and robbing them, after which Miles murders the same mole for ever thinking of turning on him. Though imprisoned for several years thanks to a freak accident, Miles breaks out of prison and sets up the game "12 Rounds" to be played with his arch enemy Danny Fisher. Using the excuse that he is getting revenge for his deceased girlfriend, Miles sets up various puzzles and traps throughout the city for Danny to figure out and stop, using the man's wife as a hostage the hold time. Miles' true magnificence comes with the reveal that the entire point of 12 Rounds was solely to serve as a long, complicated set-up to a bank robbery for millions of dollars, and that every round Danny played further assisted Miles in his scheme. Always ready with a quip and possessing a swaggering charisma that draws all eyes on him, Miles is an intelligent, charming villain, one capable of ridiculous amounts of manipulation and strategy, and whose very first scene illustrates his character perfectly by having him win a losing chess game for a stranger on a whim.
  • All About Eve: Addison De Witt. You know you've met a larger than life character when he has "wit" in his name. A Deadpan Snarker, Gentleman Snarker and Chessmaster, De Witt is a theatre critic with astonishing power and influence. He can destroy the reputation of top actresses in a single column. Smug Snake Eve Harrington makes the mistake of crossing Addison and suffers a Villainous B.S.O.D. when he gives her a Breaking Speech.
  • Anaconda: Paul Sarone plays everyone like a fiddle in his quest for the snake. Only the expedition leader momentarily catches on to his play, but is none the wiser as Sarone paralyzes him with a poisonous wasp. He set up the whole thing with Matteo from the start, while keeping the clueless passengers in the dark that they were to be used as bait. He suggests to Owen Wilson's character that he needs a partner and they could split the profits, them lets the Anaconda eat him as soon as his prize is at stake. He's proven correct pretty much every time the crew decide not to take his advice. He seems to accept his impending death by a vengeful killer, only to swiftly murder her when she hesitates. His manipulation is so effective that he never needs to resort to outright violence until they finally catch on to him.
  • The Bad and the Beautiful: Jonathan Shields (Kirk Douglas), the main character. The impoverished son of a legendary movie mogul who died bankrupt, he built up his own studio from nothing and made five Best Picture winners...and cheerfully stepped on everybody he had to in order to get it done. Some highlights: he got his best friend and creative partner to tell him all about his dream project, then stole the credit for all his ideas and gave the directing job to someone else; he recruited the alcoholic and mentally unstable daughter of a Hollywood legend to star in his next big movie, seduced her to get her through production sober, then started boffing one of the extras before the premier party was over; and he got his hot new screenwriter to finish his script by paying one of his Latin Lover leading men to seduce the guy's wife to keep her from distracting him...until the lover and the wife died in a plane crash the day they finished the final draft. So what's so magnificent about all this bastardry? In the film's final scene, all three of those people, who have gone on to become industry titans, agree to do one more film with him, saving his studio from bankruptcy. The man is just that damn charismatic.
  • Basic Instinct: Catherine Tramell. Charismatic, smart, highly manipulative and very stylish, this serial killer murdered whoever she wanted during her two movies, and happily got away with it.
  • Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon: Leslie Vernon is an aspiring spree killer (in the vein of Jason Voorhees and Freddy Krueger, as the movie is a big Deconstructor Fleet of slasher films) who is chosen to be the subject of a documentary that the main character, Taylor Gentry, is making. She eventually becomes great friends with Leslie, who turns out to be quite charismatic. Then, she is surprised when he does go through with the killings, his chosen victims trapped in a mansion that he pretreated to be lethal. She decides to help, but when she goes into the mansion, she realizes Leslie's real plan: she and her crew were also intended to be his victims, and they're playing right into his hands. Finally, she is the last victim left, and manages to kill him in exactly the way he said the final girl would. Unfortunately, he planned this the whole time, taking the preparations required to fake his own death...
  • Children Of Paradise: Lacenaire, the poet, playwright and murderer from the French movie classic is an outstanding example of this trope. He's proudly evil ("I'll hold my head high, until it falls into the basket"), spends the second half of the movie manipulating events even when they don't go his own way and treating the other characters in the movie as if they are figures from his plays, is charming and foppish to the point of dandyism (in the original sense of the word, he lives during the era when the term was coined), he's witty and calm even when the lesser villain, the Count of Montray, has him bodily ejected from a theater and he gets even with the count with first a Crowning Moment of Awesome and then a Crowning Moment Of Badass that must be seen to be believed. His real life namesake and counterpart was pretty salty himself, holding all Paris spellbound during his murder trial and inspiring writers like Baudelaire and Dostoevsky, who used him as one of his models for Raskolnikov in Crime and Punishment.
  • The Chronicles of Riddick: Richard B. Riddick, the series' titular Anti-Hero badass. A Genius Bruiser, he's also a skilled planner who routinely makes it appear as if he planned each step. This is especially true when he is fighting the Lord Marshal and is able to think fast enough to figure out where he's going to be moving next.
  • The Collector from Demon Knight. The Collector's modus operandi is to zero in on the Fatal Flaw of the residents and tempt them with anything he can use to get them to come over to his side, including but not limited to attractive women, promises of love and friendship, and offers of freedom from the hotel. And through it all Billy Zane is having a lot of fun playing the part.
  • Dial M for Murder: Tony Wendice. After discovering his wife Margot is cheating on him, he creates a complex plan to kill her while arranging a perfect alibi for himself and mentally punishing the man who cuckolded him at the same time. When Margot proves more resilient than he expected and kills the man he blackmailed into doing the deed, he only needs a few minutes to come up with a new plan to make it appear that she committed the act in cold blood. Even when his scheme is in danger of being exposed, he is quickly able to come up with a new way to turn the situation to his advantage. And finally when against all odds his whole plot is exposed, he turns out to be one of the all time great Graceful Losers, pouring wine for everyone who had a hand in finding him out (except a cop who he notes is still on duty).
  • Die Hard: These two show that magnificence runs in their family:
    • Die Hard: The diabolical Hans Gruber is the mastermind behind the scheme to steal hundreds of millions of dollars in bearer bonds from the Nakatomi building. Meticulously orchestrating his operation: Hans shows his brilliance by constantly outmaneuvering the police and federal agents while predicting their actions; and his charisma by remaining level headed as his plan is disrupted and in his dealings negotiating with the hostages. When caught unarmed by John McClane, Hans is instantly able to improvise with an American accent to pretend he is a hostage and almost throw off suspicion, nearly tricking McClane into giving Hans an opportunity to kill him. Though utterly ruthless in the name of his avarice, Hans is an iconic villain because of his wit and charm, setting the stage for countless action villains to follow in his footsteps.
    • Die Hard with a Vengeance: Simon Gruber is a former soldier, Hans' older brother and master thief just like his sibling. Distracting the New York City police department with bomb threats, Simon strings along John McClane and Zeus to play games following his instructions lest he detonate his bombs. Using all of this as a distraction, Simon mobilizes on his real goal: robbing the Federal Reserve for over one hundred billion in gold bars. When McClane attempts to follow his men, Simon improvises with a discarded bomb to flood the tunnel McClane is in. Alleging to destroy the gold to disrupt the American powergrasp on the world, Simon really means to make off with it himself. Every bit as adaptive and charming as Hans, Simon is yet another Gruber who shows to be a brilliant criminal.
  • A Fistful of Dollars: The Man With No Name rides into a town and plays both feuding sides against each other for fun and profit. Even when he gets found out, he still manages to dupe one gang into killing the other, then manipulates the remainder to his advantage in order to kill them off too.
  • Fracture: Anthony Hopkins' character with a bit of Gambit Roulette hatches a plan that allows him to shoot his cheating wife, hide the murder weapon, confess to his crime, have his charges acquitted and be immune against further trial, cause the suicide of the man sleeping with his wife, pull the plug on his comatose wife, and get away with it all. Until the last two minutes of the film anyway... which in all honesty, wouldn't get him behind bars. The evidence was obtained illegally, and he wasn't technically the one who killed her. The doctors did that, and if her death was ruled a murder, then it would mean that any and all doctors who have ever invoked a patient's "right to death" rights would have to be dragged in on counts of murder.
  • Gangs of New York: Bill "The Butcher" Cutting has the hero at his mercy at one point in the movie, but instead of killing him decides to build him into a Worthy Opponent so they can have a Final Battle because having everyone living in terror of him is boring. Well, not quite. He lets the hero live because he considers him Not Worth Killing, who views being left alive by the Butcher as shameful. Which, in fact, may add to this magnificence. It helps that he's played with gusto by Daniel Day Lewis.
  • Gone Girl has Nick Dunne presented as the man responsible for his wife's disappearance, when he's actually a victim of her clever scheme. Not only is he completely unaware of her actions, but she manages to convince everyone that she's the innocent victim, and that he's an abusive bastard. She's also incredibly smart, and can easily adapt to situations on the fly. By the film's end, Amy gets exactly what she wants, becoming a Karma Houdini Magnificent Bastard of epic proportions.
  • Hannibal Lecter: Doctor Hannibal Lecter is probably the smartest cinematographic serial killer ever created.
  • Inglourious Basterds: More like Magnificent Basterd, Standartenfuhrer (Col.) Hans Landa, aka The Jew Hunter of steals the show with his awesomeness and magnificence. Despite being a brutal, sadistic maniac tasked with searching all of France for Jews in hiding, his wit, intelligence, romanticism, and charisma make him the real star of the show, not Raine and his Nazi-hunting Basterds. By the end of the film he's managed to take credit for killing the Nazi high command and ending the war in Europe, and got a nice seaside house in Nantucket on the side, all while allowing everyone else to do the work for him. The only hitch in the otherwise flawless execution of his plan is the swastika permanently carved into his forehead and Raine's shit on his chest.
  • Inside Man: Dalton Russel takes a bank hostage and creates a foolproof plan to achieve his objective (hint: it's not robbing the bank) while escaping by literally walking out of the front door. Keith Frazier's entry into the plot doesn't even faze him. Russell merely modifies his existing plan and turns Frazier into an unknowing accomplice. Ms. White from the same film has a reputation as this, but since she's a secondary character it remains an Informed Attribute at best.
  • John Carter: Matai Shang is certainly a Manipulative Bastard of epic proportions. The guy plays his cards perfectly, and even comes out on top at the end of the film (even though his plans are temporarily smashed). Really, the only reason why things don't go his way is that the protagonist (and his dog) are such massive badasses, and he couldn't forsee everything.
  • Jupiter Ascending: Titus Abrasax. In contrast to Balem's thuggishness, he mostly tells Jupiter the truth and tries to get her legally married, playing effortlessly to her natural inclinations, so he can murder her and claim the inheritance for herself.
  • Labyrinth: Jareth. The Large Ham aspect of this trope is definitely present. As is the manipulative part, as evidenced by his plan with the drugged peach. He's also very charismatic, and manages to keep Sarah from realizing he can't directly influence her until events are down to the wire.
  • Last Action Hero: Benedict, an action-movie villain who escapes into the Real World. Toward the end of the film, he's able to anticipate and exploit the genre-savviness of his rival Jack Slater.
    Benedict: (shooting at Slater, who's in cover) *bang* *bang* *bang* *bang* *click*
    Slater: (steps out of cover) Did you make another movie mistake? You forgot to reload the damn gun!
    Benedict: No, I just left one chamber empty. *bang*
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe: These select few manage to stand out from the crowd due to sheer intelligence.
    • Captain America: Civil War: Helmut Zemo proves his stripes as one of the greatest manipulators of the franchise. Overcome with grief over losing his family during the Avengers battle with Ultron, Zemo decides to enact vengeance against them. Knowing he is no match for them in strength, Zemo instead devises an intricate plan to break them up. Launching an attack on a UN conference, Zemo frames Bucky Barnes for the attack which starts a manhunt against him. After Bucky is captured, Zemo impersonates a UN interrogator to activate Bucky's Trigger Phrase which will put him under his control to give him information on the death of Tony Stark's parents. Finally, Zemo leaks this ruse to the media, counting on Tony Stark following Cap and Bucky to the Hydra compound in Siberia so he can accomplish his real plan: show Tony evidence that Bucky killed his parents, causing him to fly into a murderous rage and attack Bucky and Captain America, permanently fracturing the avengers in a way they may never fully recover from. By the end, in spite of being captured by T'Challa, Zemo still accomplishes what he wanted and gracefully accepts his capture and even offers to let T'Challa kill him to avenge the death of his father. Zemo stands out in a world full of super-powered beings, aliens, sorcerers and cosmic entities with only his intelligence and able to cement himself as one of the work's most successful villain, being the man who broke the Avengers.
    • Spiderman Homecoming: Adrian Toomes was once a hard working man who made a living salvaging Chitauri technology from The Incident. After having his occupation taken by Damage Control, he became a career criminal, taking the moniker The Vulture, and turning what was left of his salvaging company into an underground arms dealership, that would steal said technology and sell it to criminals. Toomes made sure not to leave any evidence for government officials to track his operations, while also making sure they aren't too big so that the Avengers won't view them as a threat; This process worked great for Toomes and his criminal business lasted for eight years without any problems. However, when he does face a problem in Spider-Man he isn't afraid to fight Spider-Man himself on several occasions; Spider-Man barely manages to survive those encounters with him. He is also able to uncover Spider-Man's civilian identity, Peter Parker, simply by analyzing Peter's behavior, and finds an opportunity to intimidate Peter from interfering with his operations. When this fails he sends The Shocker to distract Peter and later fights him for the final time so he wouldn't foil Toomes' latest heist job. Although threatening to kill Peter and his loved ones, its shown that Toomes greatly respects him, showing gratitude for saving his daughter's life, as well as his own, by not selling out his Secret Identity in prison, cementing Adrian Toomes as one of the most honorable, yet cunning foes in the films.
  • Miller's Crossing: Tom Reagan is a fine example of a Magnificent Bastard protagonist. He's The Dragon to Leo, an Irish-American mobster, but it's clear who has the brains in the operation. Tom is a duplicitous alcoholic who's sleeping with Leo's fiancee and spends the movie double-crossing everyone he meets (and usually being beaten within an inch of his life by them). Then, at the end, it turns out the whole movie was a Zero-Approval Gambit on Tom's part. Everything he did, he did for Leo. He manipulates Leo's enemies into killing each other, personally kills the Smug Snake who was blackmailing him (with a truly badass Pre-Mortem One-Liner, no less), ensures that Leo remains firmly in power, and leaves his life of crime behind for good.
  • The Quick and the Dead: Gene Hackman's Herod. This magnificent bastard not only holds an entire town hostage as his own little kingdom, once killed a group of priests who nursed him back to health and burned down their mission, shoots and kills a boy who loves and looks up to him as a father, and was the man who forced a small girl (the protagonist) to accidentally shoot and kill her own father as she attempted to shoot through his hangman's noose (Y'know, for kids!), but he also hosts an annual picnic-and-quick-draw competition where anybody who wants to take a shot at him (literally) can do so (and most likely end up dead for the effort), all with an eat-your-heart-out smirk on his mug the whole time!
  • Repo! The Genetic Opera: Rotti Largo, who planted poison in Nathan Wallace's home lab, thus killing the woman they both loved. Then he convinced Nathan that Marni's death was all his (Nathan's) fault and made him work as a Repo Man for GeneCo. And that's not much considering some of the other stuff he gets away with (and tries to get away with) in the movie. In a deleted scene he managed to get Shilo to extract zydrate from her mother's corpse.
  • Rocky Horror Picture Show: Dr. Frank N Furter (Tim Curry) is this at times. He's able to manipulate two people whom he's barely met (IE: Brad & Janet) into sleeping with him, tricks said people into eating the remains of someone he killed out of pure spite (Meatloaf, anyone?), and FINALLY brainwashes not only Brad and Janet, but also his groupie Columbia and his own creation Rocky into performing a floorshow with him. All the while, for the most part, maintaining a very charismatic appeal to him.
  • The Royal Tenenbaums: Mr. Royal Tenenbaum, Esq. is a rotten husband who refuses to give his wife the divorce she requests, who worms his way back into the affections of his children and estranged wife by faking cancer, who is likely 90% responsible for the failures of his prodigious offspring, who introduces his adopted daughter as "my adopted daughter," who shot his own son (while on the same team, a fact he cavalierly dismisses) with a BB gun, and who starts a fight with the estranged wife's new beau by using antiquated racial epithets is still, somehow, mourned when he dies at the end of the film! A breathtaking and awe-inspiring bastardy magnificence.
  • A Shock To The System: Graham Marshall (Michael Caine). He methodically murders his bitchy wife and sleazy boss, beds his beautiful coworker, gets her to help him cover up the crimes after she finds out he did it (and drugged her to create an alibi), rubs the homicide cop's nose in it, and in the last scene takes out the chairman of the board and takes his place. And does it all with a Deadpan Snarker narration that is 200-proof Michael Caine gold.
  • Spy Game: Nathan Muir demonstrates a certain amount of Chessmaster proclivities, risks his pension and his retirement to get his protege free, and manages to charm his way into the information he needs to get the job done. The scene at the end, where his coworkers discover that he was never married, and he's been lying to all of them for years just for the hell of it, cements it. The best intelligence agencies in the world don't even know his birthday.
  • Star Trek Into Darkness: John Harrison plays just about everyone with ease and style. And then it's revealed that he's Khan, one of the franchise's most magnificent villains. It was perfectly obvious that he would inevitably fit this trope with ease even before the movie was released.
  • Street Fighter: Everything about M. Bison in the movie is larger than life (except, of course, for his actor Raul Julia's slight frame). He kidnaps AN delegates to ransom them for seed money so that he can, among other things, build a mall (with the help of outside investors, no less!). Not to mention creating his own currency and valuing it against the British pound, with the justification that the British banks will honor that amount after he kidnaps their queen. And when his men capture AN soldiers intent on killing him? He turns them loose one at a time so he can fight to the death on live television! Not to mention that, for him, killing peoples' fathers is just a Tuesday. Raul Julia based his performance on Richard III from Shakespeare's play of the same name who was quite the Magnificent Bastard himself.
  • Swan. He has no other name. His past is a mystery, but his work is already a legend. He wrote and produced his first gold record at 14. Since then, he's won so many that he tried to deposit them in Fort Knox. He brought the blues to Britain. He brought Liverpool to America. He brought folk and rock together...Now he's looking for the new sound of the spheres, to inaugurate his own Xanadu, his own Disneyland...the Paradise, the ultimate rock palace. This film is the story of that search, of that sound, of the man who made it, the girl who sang it, and the monster who stole it.
  • Swordfish: Gabriel Shear may in fact be the ultimate epitome of this trope. Gabriel is essentially an amalgamation of James Bond, Tyler Durden, and Keyser Soze, the ultimate Magnificent Bastard. To quote Axl Torvalds- " He exists in a world beyond your world. What we only fantasize, he does. He lives a life where nothing is beyond him. But it is all an act. For all his charisma and charm. For all his wealth and expensive toys. Beneath it all he is a driven, unflinching, calculating machine,who takes what he wants, when he wants, then disappears " To examine:
    1. Brilliance- A mastermind who plots and flawlessly executes the largest heist in human history, all while getting away with it in the end with absolutely no trace, and not even his true identity being revealed
    2. Smooth Operator- Always keeping a calm, jocular demeanor, even when a SWAT team has guns to his head
    3. Goal- A visionary villain, he is a fanatical counter-terrorist who has stared too far into the abyss and is willing to kill, say, an innocent teenager and the surrounding police, to protect America from the greater terrorist threat
    4. Charisma- When not committing elaborate heists, he spends his days partying, drinking, and driving expensive cars
    5. Badassery- More than happy to pull out a machine gun and fire out the door of a moving car when need be
    6. Genre Savvy- Dangerously so. Even uses the flaws of Al Pacino in Dog Day Afternoon to describe why pragmatic mercilessness will bring success to his robbery. And he is right.
  • Thick As Thieves: Keith Ripley (Morgan Freeman), a master thief who has been manipulating the steps of Miami thief Gabriel Martin (Antonio Banderas) from beginning to end, in order to pull off a heist for some Faberge Eggs from a high security vault, and he does this with so much class that you have to just love the guy.
  • The Third Man: Harry Lime. "Victims? Don't be melodramatic. Look down there. Tell me. Would you really feel any pity if one of those dots stopped moving forever? If I offered you twenty thousand pounds for every dot that stopped, would you really, old man, tell me to keep my money, or would you calculate how many dots you could afford to spare? Free of income tax, old man. Free of income tax—the only way you can save money nowadays." And he's played by Orson Welles.
  • Unforgiven: Little Bill Daggett. Play by his rules while in town, particularly by handing over your means of defending yourself, and he's smiling, affable, and friendly; charming, really. Cross him, however, and he'll first put you in a position where you can't fight back and then beat you within an inch of your life or kill you outright for sheer fun. He even has a speech mid-way through detailing that what makes him formidable isn't speed or skill so much as his willingness to stand his ground and count on his manipulation of the odds where other people would piss themselves with fear. He has a speech detailing that what makes him formidable is that he takes the time to aim THE trait that makes all formidable gunfighters formidable to this day.
  • Watchmen: Ozymandius, arguably more so than his comicbook counterpart as his masterstroke doesn't rely on a fake, alien, psionic squid thing. He fakes an assassination attempt on himself, easily manhandles the competition in combat, has two different plans to deal with the setting's god figure, and when the heroes arrive to stop his plan reveals that he did it twenty minutes ago.
  • Whiplash: Fletcher. Luring Andrew into a false sense of security so that he could embarrass him in the film's final performance made for a devious reveal. Luckily, Andrew is able to save face with his drum solo.
  • Wonder Woman (2017): The God of War, Ares once wiped out his fellow gods when they quarreled over Ares' wish to eliminate humanity. Surviving while injured and crippled, Ares instead plays on humanity's own preexisting prejudices and fears to sway them to destroy themselves, giving humans ideas for weapons and helping to manufacture peace that he knows they can't keep,setting the stage and giving them the matches to burn it down. When he reveals himself to Diana, Ares elaborates on his methods, also wishing Diana to join him to wipe out humanity and make the world a paradise.
  • X-Men Film Series
  • Yojimbo: Kuwabatake Sanjuro. Not only does he play two rival gangs like fiddles, causing them both to collapse with little suspicion drawn to himself, he's able to turn his capture, which he didn't plan to his advantage.
  • Youth in Revolt: Nick shows signs of a budding one. Francois on the other hand takes it to the extreme. Though subverted when Nick stops letting Francois control things; he tries to be magnificent, but goes all smug instead.

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