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* Amazingly, UsefulNotes/ErwinRommel, the TropeNamer himself, is ''not'' an example. Rommel was an AntiVillain at worst, sparing or even rescuing enemy prisoners and refugees where his fellow commanders would've shot them personally. He was Magnificent not because he was a Bastard with style, but because he wasn't an apathetic Bastard at all. In fact, he was popular enough with both his rivals and his enemies that he was allowed to commit suicide rather than face trial and execution for treason (the difference being the latter would've had his family executed as well). [[note]]Rommel was going to die anyway, for his ties to the July 20th Plot to kill Hitler (historical evidence is muddled on whether or not he was a conspirator, but the Nazis believed it enough to have Rommel killed). However, due to Rommel's massive popularity with the troops, German high command was worried that if they announced Rommel to be a traitor to the Reich, they would face a widespread uprising within the Wehrmacht. Simply put, Rommel was so popular that if the Nazi command called him a traitor, a large number of the army [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness would wonder what had caused]] ''[[TheParagon Rommel]]'' of all people to become a traitor, and would begin questioning their orders.[[/note]]

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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Bls1KKDwmo This 2014 Super Bowl Commercial for Jaguar]] could just as easily pass for a trailer for ''Magnificent Bastards: The Movie''. Basically three Magnificent Bastards (played by Creator/BenKingsley, Creator/MarkStrong, and Creator/TomHiddleston, no less!) discussing the very ''essence'' of what makes them so Magnificent! "Oh, yes...it's good to be bad."

* Some tellings of "The Scorpion and the Frog" depict the scorpion as being this, in stark contrast to [[StupidEvil how the original story depicted him]]. After convincing the frog to let him ride him across the river, the scorpion stings and kills the frog because [[ILied he knew how to swim all along]]; he knew the frog was too much of an altruist to refuse help, so he lied in order to trick his hated enemy into making himself vulnerable.

* Music/DoctorSteel has loyal followers proclaiming devotion all along the globe, all simply because of catchy music. Is this real? Or is he just stringing us all along? Who knows? Who cares? Magnificent, indeed.
* Music/TheOffspring's song "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid": "Show me how to lie; you're getting better all the time, and turning all against one is an art that's hard to teach. Another clever word sets off an unsuspecting herd, and as you step back in line a mob jumps to their feet. Now dance, fucker, dance. Man, he never had a chance, and no one even knew it was really only you." If that's not this trope in lyrical form, I don't know what is.
* Lord Donald in the Fairport Convention song "Matty Groves", upon finding his wife cheating on him, insists on allowing her lover to get dressed and even gives him a sword to fight him with. He kills the lover and his wife, but insists that she be buried on top because "she was of noble kin."
* Franchise/EvilliousChronicles' Ma. To put things in perspective, one of the people she is manipulating ''is a MagnificentBastard himself.'' And she's pretty much united the awakened vessels so that they can achieve her plan.
* Music/{{Voltaire}}'s "When You're Evil" is so gleeful as he recounts all his evil deeds.
** I'm the fear that keeps you awake/ I'm the shadows on the wall/ I'm the monster they become/ I'm the nightmare in your skull/ I'm the dagger in your back/ the extra turn upon the rack/ I'm the whimper of your heart/ a sudden pain a sudden start

* Wrestling/RicFlair was probably wrestling's prototypical MagnificentBastard. "Limousine riding, jet-flying, kiss-stealing, wheeling, dealing son of a gun" that he was, he always had four aces up the sleeves of his impeccable suits and gaudy ring robes, and a couple of them in his boots too for when things got ''really'' desperate. As a {{heel}}, he also delighted in constantly reminding the other wrestlers, and everybody watching, that they'd never, ever be like him, no matter how much they wished otherwise. Wooooooooooooooooooooo!
* [[Wrestling/RoddyPiper "Rowdy" Roddy Piper]] fit the bill better than any wrestler before or since. Magnificent? Despite never winning a World Title he was one of the top heels of the 80s. Charismatic? Oh yeah, just listen to one of his promos. Audacious? He hit Jimmy Snuka in the head with a coconut, you can't get more audacious than a random sneak attack with a concealed and slightly racist weapon. Bastard? Dear God yes. Trickster? To quote the man himself, "Just when you think you have the answer, I change the question!". And a KarmaHoudini? Not always but frequently. Piper was a brilliant heel, but almost as good as a face, and he could shake karma by getting the fans back on his side.
* Piper's successor might have very well been Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin, especially between his win at King of the Ring '96 and his first title win at Wrestlemania XIV. Magnificent? Even Wrestling/BretHart was calling him the best in the business. Charismatic? Oh, hell yeah. Audacious? He was breaking into houses, randomly attacking officials, and threw the Intercontinental belt in a river just to spite [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]]. Nevertheless, people cheered especially after his famous Wrestlemania XIII match. After that, Austin could do anything he wanted and still get massive cheers.
* [[Wrestling/JakeRoberts Jake "The Snake" Roberts]] is a funny case. The MoralEventHorizon of what keeps a heel from being cool has shifted much further back by now (compare Jake getting furious heat for slapping Elizabeth to the Dudleys getting over for powerbombing women through tables), and nowadays he comes across as a classic Magnificent Bastard.
-->"Yeah, reach out for me! I'm a snake. ''Never'' trust a snake."
* Wrestling/{{Edge}}, in his "Ultimate Opportunist" [[TheGimmick gimmick]], has established himself as a dangerous threat to any world champion, and a cunning adversary for any respective challenger, with his ruthless exploitation of any circumstance he deems favorable. As such, even after the most embarassing of defeats, he almost always bounces back.
* Wrestling/{{WWE}} Chairman [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince McMahon]] could qualify as this, both on-screen and in RealLife. In the early 80s, he was the only promoter to really see the potential of cable television. Through a series of risky deals, he turned his father's World Wide Wrestling Federation into the largest professional wrestling promotion in North America that has held a monopoly on the sport ever since, bar a short period in the late 90s when Wrestling/{{WCW}} dethroned his company. He also managed to turn [[XPacHeat real-life fan hatred of him]] due to the Wrestling/MontrealScrewjob into legitimate {{Heel}} heat, becoming the "Mr. [=McMahon=]" character, which was his own personality only ''more so''. Mr. [=McMahon=] even became one of WWE's most enduring characters and a huge draw in his own right. As well as a MagnificentBastard, despite, or perhaps because of, his ability to suffer extreme humiliation (remember that time Steve Austin attacked him in the hospital and hit him with a bedpan?) and in the long run stay on top of his company anyway.
** However, Vince's repeated humiliation when trying to expand outside wrestling (see also: [=WBF, XFL=]) cuts into his magnificence, and his exploitation of his workers, and his antics after Wrestling/OwenHart's death (that ended up costing him $18 million in a civil suit by Owen's widow) pushes him into extreme {{Jerkass}} territory.
* Wrestling/ShawnMichaels is another great MagnificentBastard beloved by fans whether a face or heel. Egotistical yes, but far from being a SmugSnake due to his success. His colorful relationships with the likes of [[BreakupBreakout Marty Jannetty]], [[RealLife Bret Hart]] and [[PowerStable Triple H]] over the years shows [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder he knows how to run the gauntlet]]. Always willing to put his livelihood or career on the line for the chance to win a championship or etch another notch in his amazing career. Did I mention [[DracoInLeatherPants he knows how to make an entrance?]]
* Wrestling/TripleH begun transforming into this in 1999 and completed the process in 2000. His FaceHeelTurn at Wrestlemania XV turned him from a fan favourite wrestler to one of the most hated on the planet, but he got his first WWF Championship win that August, though he lost, regained and relost it over the following months. He responded by beating the crap out of Vince [=McMahon=] at ''Armageddon `99'' and marrying his daughter (kayfabe, later for real), who turned out to be EvilAllAlong. Fans unimpressed by him (as Wrestling/{{Edge}} later put it) "marrying his way to the top" were won over when, Champion again, he defeated [[Wrestling/MickFoley Cactus Jack]] in two brutal matches at ''Royal Rumble'' and ''No Way Out'', which each counts as a Crowning Moment Of Awesome for both wrestlers. This was about the time he began to be known as "The Game" and "The Cerebral Assassin", and the rest, as they say, is history.
* Wrestling/{{Raven}} during his ECW run was (and still is) considered to be one of the most [[GeniusBruiser intelligent]], [[DarkMessiah manipulative]] and [[LoveToHate charismatic]] wrestlers in the business. He's also an outright GeniusBruiser, having an [=IQ=] of 160.

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* From Norse mythology; Loki. Not even counting his cosmic FaceHeelTurn after the death of Baldur, in itself a grandiose act of Bastardry, his consistent use of clever, cunning plots and charismatic trickery combined with Thor's brute strength in the stories of their journeys together make him one of the most entertaining characters of Scandanavian myth, even when he's [[KickTheDog being a total prick.]] One example has him turn into a female horse to distract an ice giants horse. He ends up giving birth to one of the great horses.
** Loki is a trickster and a manipulative bastard, but he's not as smooth and forethinking as the usual magnificent bastard, and he often got caught or even tricked by giants and the like, unlike a typical magnificent bastard.
** Also, Odin, in his {{Trickster}} guise as the one-eyed Wanderer, performs some glorious Bastardry, but outside of that his defining Bastard act is ''encouraging'' humanity to continue slaughtering itself in pointless wars so that his Valkyries can gather the souls of enough valiant warriors to bolster Odin's armies in Ragnarok.
* {{Satan}}, the Devil, in just about every portrayal since Milton (and Marlowe, and Goethe...) has shifted from the nasty but easily-duped {{Trickster}} of early medieval times to a charming, smooth-talking soul dealer and patron saint of {{Magnificent Bastard}}s. The appeal of this version has led to it becoming increasingly popular to [[SatanIsGood portray the Devil as tragic, misunderstood, sympathetic or even an out-and-out AntiHero.]] Despite this, he's rarely given [[TheWoobie Woobie]] traits and usually remains unrepentant literally until Doomsday, dodging BadassDecay and making him truly Magnificent. Some fans of this interpretation take it so far as believing it's [[GodIsEvil God who's the real bastard]], and sometimes a Magnificent one in His own right.
** {{Satan}} is arguably an intentional example. When religion became SeriousBusiness again, the Church wanted to show [[EvilIsCool just]] [[EvilIsSexy how]] [[EvilFeelsGood seductive]] sin is. Satan/The Devil was meant to be the embodiment of sin. Cue Satan [[FauxAffablyEvil fitting this image.]] In short, ''there's a reason why he's'' '''THE''' ''villain.''
** Unlike Satan, [[{{God}} YHWH]] has been portrayed at this since the beginning (also a GuileHero to those that don't take the GodIsEvil interpretation), able to pull off the XanatosGambit through guiding and mentoring people instead of [[TheOmnipotent His absolute power.]] Some of His best work includes The Book of Job, where He proves to Satan that [[RousseauWasRight his servants won't stray the path]] despite what happens, and [[RousseauWasRight he's still a good person]] and everything with [[UsefulNotes/JesusChrist His human manifestation]], especially [[ThanatosGambit the Crucifixion.]]
** Joab. An amoral, murderous SOB with a dash of GeneralRipper, who still managed to remain TokenEvilTeammate of David.
* Nearly any trickster god worth his salt will be one of these. It's basically their role to be magnificent bastards, taking down gods and monsters in such ingenious ways that you can't help but admire in their sheer audacity.
* Odysseus might be too much of GuileHero for this. His possible father, Sisyphus, who twice talked his way back from the dead is not.
* Morgana Le Fay in ''Le Morte d'Arthur'' who manipulated Mordred into exposing Guinevere and Lancelot's affair, forcing Arthur to go to war with his best knight, allowing her to control Camelot through her puppet, Mordred. When Arthur and Lancelot put aside their differences and threatened to drive Mordred out of Camelot, the two sides formed a truce which Morgana thwarted, resulting in a massive battle in which Arthur was killed. She didn't gain the throne in the end but she destroyed Arthur's dream.

* Makuta Teridax from ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}''. Schemed to wrest control of the universe away from [[PhysicalGod Mata Nui]] [[spoiler: and succeeded!]] Even though he's prideful and has a tendency of underestimating his opponents, the Master of Shadows really is awesome in all the ways it takes to fulfill the criteria of this trope. Basically every story year has a BatmanGambit inside of a XanatosGambit; if the Toa lose, he eliminates his competition, and if they win, they just unknowingly further his plans.

* It looks like you're trying to take over the system. [[MemeticMutation Would you like some help with that?]]
* [[http://thc.org/root/phun/unmaintain.html "How to Write Unmaintainable Code"]] offers such useful ideas for [[VetinariJobSecurity keeping yourself in a job by making it impossible for anyone else to do it]] as redefining the operator a=b to mean a='''0-'''b, naming variables so that they'll be nearly visually indistinguishable in most fonts, and faking out the compiler so that an external function means different things depending on how many times the file defining it is included. While the essay isn't meant seriously, this does not detract from the magnificence of it.