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->"''I just did what I do best; I took your little plan and I turned it on itself.''"
-->-- '''ComicBook/TheJoker''', ''Film/TheDarkKnight''

!!Films -- Animated

* [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney movies]] also have some memorably clever villains in them...
** ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'': 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 VillainousBreakdown, and savagely beats down Basil in the climax.
** ''Disney/TheLionKing'': Scar is the most notable example. First he merely wants Simba out of the way, but then when Mufasa interferes he decides to kill the Lion King. Halfway through the film, he kills the BigGood Mufasa, convinces Simba that it was his fault, and then sends the Hyenas to kill him when he runs. When Simba does unexpectedly come back, he's only thrown for a moment, and once he realizes it's his nephew not his brother, he immediately turns the situation around and manipulates Simba into admitting he killed Mufasa. Not a single one of the heroes knew he was the villain until mere moments after the climax. And through it all, he stays completely composed unless it suits him to appear nervous. He's the first Disney villain to actually kill someone, and then he goes on to basically rule the world for several years.
** ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'': [[spoiler:Prince Hans]] is a big-time contender. When you think about all [[spoiler:he]] does in the movie, you realize just how much of [[spoiler:his actions, many of which seemed heroic and good]], actually were done to leave as many options available as possible for [[spoiler:him to ultimately take the throne. In the end, he only makes one mistake: despite entertaining the possibility that killing Elsa wouldn't fix things and thus bringing Elsa back so he could ask politely, he went ahead and decided to kill her anyway (though at the point he made this decision, Elsa had admitted she had no idea how to thaw the ice she'd created). Had this failed to fix things, Arendelle would have frozen to death and his victory would be hollow. [[http://blogs.disney.com/oh-my-disney/2014/04/17/hans-could-teach-the-disney-villains-a-thing-or-two/ Disney apparently agrees with the assertion]], citing him]] as someone past villains could have learned from. (Link has spoilers.)
** ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'': Jafar. While he was a SmugSnake ([[ScaledUp and a literal one]]) in the first movie, he learned of his mistakes and graduated to a MagnificentBastard in the [[Disney/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar second movie]]. The first thing he did when he was freed by Abis Mal was to play on Mal's greed for gold, fear for his life and his hatred for Aladdin in order to make him at first waste two wishes at nothing and then convince him to help him with promises of large riches and revenge on Aladdin. Once he had Abis Mal around his finger, he decided to force his former ally Iago to work for him again and use the trust Aladdin had developed for Iago into fooling him and the Sultan away from Agrabah into a trap, while he took care of Genie and Abu. When the trap proved successful, he made it look like Aladdin had killed Sultan simply by placing his hat, slashed, in Aladdin's room (although the Sultan was actually still alive and captured). Then he impersonated Jasmine and ordered Aladdin to be executed. If he had paid more attention on [[EvilCannotComprehendGood Iago's conflicting behavior]], then maybe [[TheBadGuyWins he would've won]].
** ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'': 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.
* Jenner, from ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH''. He's FauxAffablyEvil, as well as very competent, being one of the most successful movie villains in history, seeing how he succeeds in killing Nicodemus by cutting one of the ropes used to carry Mrs. Brisby's home to another location and causing the house to drop, drag him with it, and crush him under its weight. And not only that, he [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident makes it look like an accident]] so that no one suspects his evil deed. Now, had he focused his attention on Mrs. Brisby warning the other rats of NIMH about exterminators coming to kill them, as well as Sullivan telling Justin about his plans, he would've gotten away with his plan to prevent the rats from moving to Thorn Valley.

!!Films -- Live-Action

* ''Film/AllAboutEve'': Addison De Witt. You know you've met a larger than life character when he has "wit" in his name. A DeadpanSnarker, GentlemanSnarker 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. SmugSnake Eve Harrington makes the mistake of crossing Addison and suffers a VillainousBSOD when he gives her a BreakingSpeech.
* ''Film/{{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 [[WeCanRuleTogether 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 [[FaceDeathWithDignity 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.
* ''Film/TheBadAndTheBeautiful'': Jonathan Shields (Creator/KirkDouglas), 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 LatinLover 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? [[spoiler: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.]]
* ''Film/BasicInstinct'': 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.
* ''Film/BehindTheMaskTheRiseOfLeslieVernon'': Leslie Vernon is an aspiring spree killer (in the vein of [[Franchise/FridayThe13th Jason Voorhees]] and [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Freddy Krueger]], as the movie is a big DeconstructorFleet 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 [[ManipulativeBastard quite charismatic]]. Then, [[spoiler: 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 [[UnwittingPawn they're playing right into his hands.]] Finally, she is the [[FinalGirl last victim left]], and manages to kill him in exactly the way he said the final girl would. Unfortunately, [[TheChessmaster he planned this the whole time, taking the preparations required to fake his own death...]]]]
* ''Film/TheBourneSeries'': Jason Bourne is a rare-heroic example. He's exceptionally skilled at [[TheChessmaster planning]] [[XanatosSpeedChess any and every unfavorable situation to his advantage.]] Just when the CIA think they've closed in on him they realise [[BatmanGambit he has them right where he wants them, doing exactly what he wants them to do]]. He had to fend for himself, holding off one of the most dangerous [[GovernmentConspiracy organisations in the US Government]] off him, and even taking the fight back to their doorstep, THREE times.
* ''Film/ChildrenOfParadise'': 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 CrowningMomentOfAwesome 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.''
* ''Franchise/TheChroniclesOfRiddick'': Richard B. Riddick, the series' titular AntiHero badass. A GeniusBruiser, he's also a skilled planner who routinely makes it appear as if he planned each step. This is especially true when he is [[spoiler:fighting the Lord Marshal and is able to think fast enough to figure out where he's going to be moving next.]]
* ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'':
** Ra's al Ghul from ''Film/BatmanBegins''. Aside from the fact that he has trained Batman, he is a [[TheChessmaster competent schemer]], [[ManipulativeBastard manipulative]], and very charismatic. Even when his initial plan failed, he was ultimately responsible for [[spoiler: the massive outbreak from Arkham Asylum which led to the Joker's rise in Gotham. If that didn't work out, Bane his former disciple rebuilt his organisation and set out to finish whatever he started]]. If it helps he was also played by Liam Neeson.
** The Joker from ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' is an unorthodox example of this trope. There's something about the supreme competence and control he exhibits throughout the film that can make one forget (almost) that he's a psychopath. When you manage [[spoiler:to convince a man that it's not your fault you killed his wife-to-be, but the fault of those who were working to save both of them, and that it wasn't anything personal because you were just trying to teach Gotham a lesson in mayhem; all while WEARING A NURSE'S OUTFIT,]] you're a Magnificent Bastard. The best example, however is when [[spoiler: he goes through his elaborate plot to kill Dent, gets locked up in jail, but plants a bomb in the stomach of another prisoner, which he sets off.]]
** Bane from ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' also qualifies. Being a GeniusBruiser of epic proportions and possessing gifted eloquence, Bane is able to challenge Batman in ways that not even the Joker was able to do before him. This is emphasized during their first fight, in which Bane recites a segmented ReasonYouSuckSpeech while effortlessly beating the tar out of poor Bruce. After that, he goes on a literal reign of terror over Gotham by toppling the city government by setting off explosions around the city, which traps the police force underground through a well planned BatmanGambit, holds the entire city hostage with a nuclear bomb, and incities a (faux) class revolution by liberating all of the city's criminals, all in one stroke. All of this in order to spiritually torment Bruce (who's able to follow everything over a conveniently placed television set) just before the city gets wiped off the map. The most magnificent part is that he accomplished everything the Joker set out to do, halfway through the movie. Pretty awesome for an otherwise "minor" Batman villain.
* The Film/DCExtendedUniverse
** Comicbook/AmandaWaller is this in ''Film/SuicideSquad''. After [[spoiler:Superman's death, America no longer has a superpowerful being around that's friendly to the nation.]] Waller's solution is to take the most feared criminals in the nation, release them from prison, and force/cajole them into becoming part of the titular Squad. These criminals include the world's best marksman, the Jokers girlfriend, and a ''six-thousand year old, god-like witch.'' And when something goes wrong, not only does she perfectly control and intimidate the Squad, but also ''gets away with [[spoiler:causing Enchantress to wreck Midway City]]'', by ''[[spoiler:shooting her entire support staff, and then keeping her career intact via a shadowy deal with Bruce Wayne]]''. She's also instrumental in creating the Film/JusticeLeague
** Comicbook/TheJoker shows off his skills at this in ''Suicide Squad'', while he's [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge getting Harley back from Waller]]. In short, he [[spoiler:finds out about the top-secret government blacksite Harley's held at,]] captures [[spoiler:and interrogates one of the guards at Belle Reve, gets into contact with Harley, busts into a weapons laboratory]], and [[spoiler:''steals a military helicopter, while it's in use'', [[JokerImmunity survives the helicopter crashing,]] and in the end [[spoiler:he breaks into Belle Reve itself--Belle Reve, the top-secret, maximum security government prison--dressed as a SWAT in a bulletproof vest ''emblazoned with his name'', and rescues Harley.]]

* [[TheHeavy The Collector]] from ''Film/DemonKnight''. The Collector's modus operandi is to zero in on the FatalFlaw 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 [[LargeHam having a lot of fun playing the part]].
* ''Film/DialMForMurder'': 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 Loser}}s, pouring wine for everyone who had a hand in finding him out (except a cop who he notes is still on duty).
* ''Franchise/DieHard'':
** Hans Gruber from ''Film/DieHard'' is regarded to have set a new bar for villain intelligence in action movies when introduced. He holds a building hostage in order to [[BatmanGambit trick the FBI into helping him steal huge sums of cash from it]]. That alone qualifies him. But when he's played with deliciously slimy charisma by Creator/AlanRickman, well, Magnificent Bastardry ensues.
** His brother, Simon Gruber, the BigBad of ''Film/DieHardWithAVengeance'', proves that Magnificent Bastardry must run in the family, holding an entire city hostage, fakes out the police, and nearly bluffs his way into victory, without losing audience sympathy.
* ''Film/AFistfulOfDollars'': 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.
* ''Film/{{Fracture|2007}}'': Creator/AnthonyHopkins' character with a bit of GambitRoulette 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.
* ''Film/GangsOfNewYork'': 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 WorthyOpponent so they can have a FinalBattle because having everyone living in terror of him is boring. Well, not quite. He lets the hero live because he considers him NotWorthKilling, 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.
* ''Film/GoneGirl'' has Nick Dunne [[spoiler: presented as the man responsible for his wife's disappearance, when he's actually a victim of her clever scheme.]] Not only is he [[spoiler: 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, [[spoiler: Amy gets exactly what she wants, becoming a KarmaHoudini MagnificentBastard of epic proportions.]]
* ''Franchise/HannibalLecter'': Doctor Hannibal Lecter is probably the smartest cinematographic serial killer ever created.
* ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'': More like [[{{Pun}} 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 [[spoiler: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.]]
* ''Film/InsideMan'': 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 [[XanatosSpeedChess modifies his existing plan]] and turns Frazier into [[BatmanGambit an unknowing accomplice]]. Ms. White from the same film has a reputation as this, but since she's a secondary character it remains an InformedAttribute at best.
* ''Film/JackieBrown'', who manipulates almost every character in the film against one another, while she steals millions of dollars and is granted freedom from prosecution, with only her lover the wiser.
* ''Film/JamesBond'':
** If Mr. White of ''[[Film/QuantumOfSolace Quantum]]'' isn't a MagnificentBastard yet, he's getting ''very'' close. In ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'' he was an unremarkable "next-link-in-the-money-chain" type, by ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'', he's been upgraded to a WickedCultured, total DeadpanSnarker who laughs in Judi Dench's face while being [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique tortured]], can say "[[WeAreEverywhere we have people everywhere]]" and ''[[ParanoiaFuel mean it]]'', and [[KarmaHoudini gets away scot-free]] at the end of the movie (though he'll probably get his comeuppance in the next one). Oh, and he was also the only member of Quantum to keep his head down when Bond was pwning all the other Quantum operatives during the [[AtTheOperaTonight Opera scene]].
-->"Well, ''Tosca'''s not for ''everyone''."
** Dominic Greene fools the entire world by posing as friendly environmentalist, tricks Americans into helping Quantum couping Bolivian government for supposed "oil" rights, and, ''[[CrowningMomentofAwesome finally and the most terrifyingly]]'', totally rips Medrano off when the General disagrees with a water contract. Should ''[[ParanoiaFuel the General back off, he'd wake up with his balls on his mouth]]'', and ''[[WeAreEverywhere his willing replacement stands over him]]''. Medrano is just dumbfounded.
** Raoul Silva from ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'' is arguably the most magnificent of the Bond villains. He's essentially ''ComicBook/TheJoker'' of the Bond franchise when it comes to how he sets up and executes plans, as Bond and the rest of MI6 is just barely able to prevent Silva's plans from being completely successful, let alone try catching up to him. Silva's most elaborate plan in the film involved him [[spoiler: escaping from MI6's prison, shooting up Parliament where M is being held on trial, and trying to kill/slow down Bond with a subway train he derailed-all of this happening ''within a single hour.'']]
** ''Film/{{Spectre}}'': Oberhauser/[[spoiler:Blofeld is definitely this. To put it simply, he's the true BigBad of the rebooted chronology and every single major event in the past three Craig Bond films is [[HijackedByGanon his]] [[GreaterScopeVillain doing.]]]] And he successfully causes more long-term damage to Bond and MI6 than his predecessors by [[spoiler:putting them out of business with their asset running MI6 and [[NearVillainVictory coming seconds away]] from making off with the collective intel possessed by the major intelligence agencies]].
* ''Film/JohnCarter'': Matai Shang is certainly a ManipulativeBastard 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 [[HypercompetentSidekick his dog]]) are such massive badasses, and he couldn't forsee everything.
* ''Film/JupiterAscending'': 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 [[spoiler:murder her and claim the inheritance for herself]].
* ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'': Jareth. The LargeHam aspect of this trope is ''definitely'' present. As is the [[ManipulativeBastard 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.
* ''Film/LastActionHero'': 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.
--> [[spoiler: '''Benedict''': ''(shooting at Slater, who's in cover)'' *bang* *bang* *bang* *bang* *click*]]
--> [[spoiler: '''Slater''': ''(steps out of cover)'' Did you make another movie mistake? [[BottomlessMagazines You forgot to reload the damn gun]]!]]
--> [[spoiler: '''Benedict''': No, [[CountingBullets I just left one chamber empty]]. *bang*]]
* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse:
** ''Film/IronMan'': [[spoiler:Obadiah Stane]] manipulated [[Characters/MCUIronMan Tony Stark]]'s kidnapping, sold weapons to both sides of an armed conflict, and was thorough enough to eliminate the witnesses not on his payroll. Who knows what else he'd been up to before the film started? If he'd [[spoiler:just killed Stark instead of leaving him to die of heart failure,]] he'd have succeeded with his plans to mass-produce Iron Man units. But we see his brilliance slip up when he tasks the very terrorists that he sells missiles to with killing the guy that makes the missiles! Of course they would kidnap Tony and force him to work for them!
** [[Characters/MCULoki Loki]] of Asgard. In ''Film/{{Thor}}'', he [[ManipulativeBastard Manipulates]] the events behind his brother's banishment, then [[spoiler:helps the king of the Frost Giants attack Odin]] only to [[spoiler:kill him and launch what seems to be a justified attack on Jotunheim]], all while keeping [[Characters/MCUThor Thor]] in the dark on Earth. Like the above example, his downfall is in lying to Thor about what's happening in Asgard, as it motivates Thor to become worthy of his hammer and reveals Loki as the [[BigBad villain]] after Thor reunites with Sif and the Warriors Three. Loki's role as a magnificent bastard is solidified in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' when he kicks off the film by opening a portal, stealing the Tesseract, killing about a dozen people, and [[BrainwashedAndCrazy taking control of the minds]] of [[spoiler:Hawkeye and Selvig]]. He later reveals his plot to seize control of Earth--all fueled by a [[DisproportionateRetribution personal vendetta]] against Thor. And in ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'', Loki goes from being [[spoiler: confined to a jail cell, hated by all, never to see his mother in person again, for the rest of his very long life]] to [[spoiler: the King of Asgard, having faked his own death and taken on Odin's countenance. As a result, he now possesses the Tesseract, which was his goal for ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}''. Bravo, Loki - you little shit!]]
** Nick Fury is a rare heroic example; he constantly lies and manipulates everyone around him, and he's good enough at it that even when they don't like working with him, they still end up helping him in the way he wants them to. In fact, if it wasn't for him, [[spoiler: in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' [[BigBad Hydra]] would have successfully eradicated S.H.I.E.L.D. and launched [[KillThemAll Project Insight]].]] Although his tendencies to do this were deconstructed, as it showed that no one really trusted him and sometimes they outright refused to follow his plan... except that he also anticipates this and counteracts accordingly to adapt to their behavior, or at least offers a [[TheExtremistWasRIght reasonable explanation]]. ''He is just that good''.
** Helmut Zemo, from ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar''. He [[spoiler:frames Bucky for an attack on the UN to start a manhunt against him, then after Bucky is captured, he impersonates a UN interrogator to activate Bucky's TriggerPhrase and cause him to remember the other Winter Soldiers. Finally, he leaks his ruse to the media, [[BatmanGambit 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 give Bucky and Cap a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown. By the end, in spite of being captured by T'Challa, [[TheBadGuyWins he has still succeeded in what he planned to do]]: tear the Avengers apart.]] Even more impressive is that Zemo is [[VillainousUnderdog a normal man with no powers]], relying on [[TheChessmaster his planning skills]] and ThePowerOfHate.
** Vulture from ''Film/SpidermanHomecoming''. He took what was left of a construction company and turned it into a powerful underground arms dealership by stealing Chitarui technology from Damage Control. He kept this up for eight years without leaving enough evidence to attract the FBI, and his operation was on such a small scale that the Avengers never noticed it. If not for Spider-Man's interference and a subordinate's incompetence, he would have likely been able to keep doing it till the day he retired. He's charismatic, a good boss for the most part (one accidental death the entire movie), and his jobs usually involve convey robberies from Iron Man! He's also able to [[spoiler: deduce Spider-Man's identity from just a few minutes of conversation with his daughter's date, and keeps it to himself to use later rather than getting into a fight right there.]]
* ''Franchise/TheMatrix'':
** Agent Smith is certainly a Magnificent Bastard. He has a [[VisionaryVillain goal]], and unlike most agents he is more individualistic, charming and has well laid plans. He eventually subverts the entire Matrix to his plans, and his power bleeds out into the real world.
** The Merovingian seems to fit the trope closer than Agent Smith. The Frenchman is cultured and honourable in keeping his promises, but he is still a bastard. His magnificence is mostly hinted at but he has colourful henchmen, a hot wife that he cheats on, digital love potions, an underground railroad, legions of minions, a chateau in the mountains etc. Also, this is after surviving multiple reformats and rewrites of the reality he inhabits, most designed to (as a side effect) eliminate him or reduce his potential power. He's even gained VetinariJobSecurity in the process, being the only undisputable leader for the variety of misfit programs ("monsters") under his control, though this became more relevant in the (defunct) MMORPG than it did in the films.
* ''Film/MillersCrossing'': Tom Reagan is a fine example of a MagnificentBastard protagonist. He's TheDragon 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 [[spoiler:ZeroApprovalGambit on Tom's part. Everything he did, he did for Leo. He manipulates Leo's enemies into killing each other, personally kills the SmugSnake who was blackmailing him (with a truly badass PreMortemOneLiner, no less), ensures that Leo remains firmly in power, and leaves his life of crime behind for good.]]
* ''Film/MissionImpossibleRogueNation'':
** By this entry in the film series, Ethan Hunt himself is easily a heroic example. Despite being put in multiple lethal situations and being hunted by the CIA, he repeatedly manages to outwit and escape the CIA for ''months'', and unwaveringly focuses on his goal of hunting down the Syndicate. Despite being faced with some of the worst of setbacks, he manages to improvise. At the end, he [[spoiler:''magnificently'' [[OutGambitted out-gambits]] Lane.]] And ''unlike'' Lane, he is seriously lacking in resources, but manages to make do with what he's got. His goals? Near-suicidal, deadly, and ambitious, and he succeeds with ''style''. Right before [[spoiler:Ethan kidnaps the Prime Minister]], Alan Hunley has this to say:
--->'''Alan Hunley:''' Hunt is uniquely trained and highly motivated. A specialist without equal, immune to any counter measures. There is no secret he cannot extract. No security he cannot breach. No person he cannot become. He has mostly likely anticipated this very conversation... and is waiting to strike in whatever direction we move. Sir. Hunt is the living manifestation of destiny. [[spoiler:And he has made you his mission.]]
* ''Film/OceansEleven'': Though possibly more of a GuileHero, Danny Ocean exemplifies the protagonist angle of this trope. A persuasive, imaginative, charismatic and highly organized professional criminal with an impeccable sense of style, Danny Ocean pulls off an impressive {{plan}}; robs the central vault of three casinos ''and'' gets his ex-wife to break off her relationship with the antagonist.
* ''Film/TheProfessional'' (aka ''Leon''): Norman Stansfield is a corrupt DEA agent who casually shoots up an apartment, tells the owner he stopped right in front of him because [[Music/LudwigVanBeethoven Beethoven]] gets boring after his overtures, and even convinces the cops that it was self-defense, despite a single person in the apartment having a gun.
* ''Film/TheQuickAndTheDead'': 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, [[spoiler: shoots and kills a boy who loves and looks up to him as a father]], [[spoiler: 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!
* ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera'': Rotti Largo, who [[spoiler: 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. [[spoiler: In a deleted scene he managed to get Shilo to extract zydrate from her mother's corpse.]]
* ''Film/RockyHorrorPictureShow'': Dr. Frank N Furter (Creator/TimCurry) is this at times. He's able to manipulate two people whom he's barely met (IE: [[TooDumbToLive Brad & Janet]]) into sleeping with him, tricks said people into eating the remains of someone he killed out of pure spite ([[StealthPun 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.
** Farley Flavors from the sequel, ''Film/ShockTreatment'' is this trope, even more so. He even has the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJ4FnsDxtL8 the MB theme song]]. Also, when his {{plan}} to seduce Janet & gain revenge on Brad fails, he immediately cuts his losses and moves on to the next project. You don't destroy Farley. Victory is escaping his control. Oh, [[http://youtu.be/eOwnmME5BAU and stealing the car that was supposed to be yours, anyway]].
* ''Film/TheRoyalTenenbaums'': 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 [[spoiler: 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, [[spoiler: mourned when he dies at the end of the film]]! A breathtaking and awe-inspiring bastardy magnificence.
* ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption'': Another rare heroic example is Andy Dufresne. Upon discovering the deteriorating condition of the wall of his cell, he [[spoiler:slowly (as in over the course of twenty years) carves an escape tunnel through it]]. Meanwhile, he works his way into the trust of the Warden, who is under the mistaken assumption that ''he'' is the MagnificentBastard. Twenty years later, Andy [[spoiler:escapes from the prison, taking a new identity--that he happened to create for the purposes of laundering the Warden's embezzled money, thus making himself a millionaire--and having the Warden and sadistic guard both arrested]]...all without mentioning a single word of his plan to anyone...not even his best friend. Andy is like the heroic version of [[Film/TheUsualSuspects Keyzer Soze]], and gives us one of the most satisfying endings in film history.
* ''Film/AShockToTheSystem'': Graham Marshall (Michael Caine). [[spoiler: 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 DeadpanSnarker narration that is 200-proof Michael Caine gold.
* ''Film/SpyGame'': Nathan Muir demonstrates a certain amount of [[TheChessmaster 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 [[spoiler: 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''.
* ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'': John Harrison plays just about everyone with ease and style. [[spoiler: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.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'': Senator / Chancellor / Emperor [[Characters/StarWarsEmperorPalpatine Palpatine]]. Sith-ness notwithstanding, he managed to shape the entire galaxy in his image, had manipulated every major event for the past two decades or so, and had kept everyone assured of his respectability and trustworthiness while doing so. As he declared himself ruler-for-life (and was ''applauded'' by the Senate for doing so) he could justifiably claim to have earned it. And his start to political prominence was over a seemingly minor trade dispute. Which he started. It helps [[AmbitionIsEvil he's motivated by pure ambition.]]
* ''Film/StreetFighter'': 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, [[ButForMeItWasTuesday 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. [[OnlyOneName 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. [[Film/PhantomoftheParadise This film]] is the story of that search, of that sound, of the man who made it, the girl who sang it, and the [[ManipulativeBastard monster]] who stole it.
* ''Film/{{Swordfish}}'': Gabriel Shear may in fact be the ultimate epitome of this trope. Gabriel is essentially an amalgamation of Film/JamesBond, [[Film/FightClub Tyler Durden]], and [[Film/TheUsualSuspects 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:
## 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
## Smooth Operator- Always keeping a calm, jocular demeanor, even when a SWAT team has guns to his head
## 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
## Charisma- When not committing elaborate heists, he spends his days partying, drinking, and driving expensive cars
## Badassery- More than happy to pull out a machine gun and fire out the door of a moving car when need be
## Genre Savvy- Dangerously so. Even uses the flaws of Creator/AlPacino in ''Film/DogDayAfternoon'' to describe why pragmatic mercilessness will bring success to his robbery. And he is right.
* ''Film/ThickAsThieves'': Keith Ripley (Creator/MorganFreeman), a master thief who has been manipulating the steps of Miami thief Gabriel Martin (Creator/AntonioBanderas) 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.
* ''Film/TheThirdMan'': 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.
* ''Film/{{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.
* ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'': Ozymandius, arguably more so than his comicbook counterpart as his masterstroke doesn't rely on [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler:[[TheBadGuyWins that he did it twenty minutes ago]].]]
* ''Film/{{Whiplash}}'': Fletcher. [[spoiler: 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. [[spoiler: Luckily, Andrew is able to save face with his drum solo]].
* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries''
** Sebastian Shaw from ''Film/XMenFirstClass''. He [[VillainWithGoodPublicity is a well reputed businessman]], [[TheChessmaster masterfully manipulating]] [[PlayingBothSides America and Russia against each other]] to further his [[VisionaryVillain goals]] even [[XanatosSpeedChess improvising every single odd situation into his favour]] [[NervesOfSteel without losing his cool at all]]. He would have actually succeeded in his goal had he not [[spoiler:killed Erik's mother all those years before hence forcing Erik to go on a literal roaring rampage of revenge]]
** Magneto is [[TheChessmaster a brilliant schemer]], [[ManipulativeBastard manipulative to the bone]], and manages [[NervesOfSteel to keep his cool even during the thickest situations]]. He even manages to pull a XanatosGambit or two in the film. His escape from a plastic prison in ''Film/X2XMenUnited'' involves playing on a skill the guards a) didn't see coming, b) wouldn't have thought to counter and c) probably didn't think him cruel enough to use - [[spoiler: He literally tears the iron from an unsuspecting guard's ''blood'', having been spiked by Mystique.]] And even after that, he is sassy, witty and cunning. He saves our heroes knowing they will in turn rely on him, and kills the BigBad.
* ''Film/{{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 [[spoiler:his capture, which he didn't plan]] to his advantage.
* ''Film/YouthInRevolt'': Nick shows signs of a budding one. Francois on the other hand [[UpToEleven takes it to the extreme]]. Though subverted when Nick stops letting Francois control things; he tries to be magnificent, but goes all [[SmugSnake smug]] instead.