Magnificent Bastard / Web Original

  • Broken Saints has a truly magnificent one in its Big Bad, Lear Dunham.
  • If you play Mitadake High and are a charismatic Kira, as opposed to a n00b or someone lucky enough to run into the Eyes and get their help early, you will be one of these. It's basically a victory requirement.
  • The eponymous Bastard Operator from Hell, scourge of users, the Boss, the HR droids and the beancounters. Complete with his Bastard Understudy, The Pimply Faced Youth.
  • In Decades of Darkness, *US president Hugh Griffin, and of course *Otto von Bismarck (who's a bit different from his Real Life counterpart, but no less magnificent)!
    • Russian Emperor Alexander II (not even the same man) also deserves a mention.
      British Ambassador: Why have you declared war on Great Britain?!
      Alexander: Because every Great Game must end in checkmate.
  • The Chaos Timeline has several of them:
    • Maffeo Servitore, of Florence, who's not coincidentally an Expy of Machiavelli.
    • Alfred Kleiber, chancellor of German Atlantis (=America), who manages to unite the three Germanies (in Europe, North and South Atlantis) into one great superpower.
    • And the New Roman emperors, who make Italy into another superpower owning lands on four continents.
  • Michael-lan of The Salvation War, who is able to manipulate an entire interdimensional war to position himself in control of Heaven, and his ambitions might not even stop there.
    • Mildly subverted by one of his motives being to prevent angelic extinction — if his "muscle" had gone about their plans unabated, they might have very well taken out his native power base and possibly himself in the process... and, if they ever decide to do kill him, they most likely will succeed.
    • Then Elhmas shows up...
  • Konstantine Ivanov of Baade in Imperium Nova.
  • Fancing Badboy Raphael De La Croix from The Onion.
  • It's to be expected that Neon Genesis Evangelion fanfiction contains a Magnificent Bastard if the author is doing his job, but Gendo Ikari in Aeon Natum Engel puts his narrative predecessor to shame; he actually seems incapable of doing even the most rudimentary of actions without dragging in a multi-layer plan.
    • Although given some of the other characters, both Expys and OCs, he has competition. Not enough to lose (because, hey, he's Gendo), but enough that the story becomes a Jigsaw Puzzle Plot.
  • On Neopets, there was one villain who was in one of those events where you pick a side in a conflict. Darigan was an early one, and he's notable in that he managed to get most of the players on his side, making him win the war. Yes, through a sob story, a villain managed to convince most of the players to join his side.
  • The Manual (Ghost File 1 to be precise) puts Phoenix from Peregrine in this category. The fact that he was executed for Holding Back the Phlebotinum, but had the phlebotinum in question on him when he died is made slightly more impressive when you learn that the phlebotinum is built for playing Grand Theft Me, and he proceeds to use it on the executioner.
    • In the same part of the manual, he blows up his new body to get inside a space station commander, kills the commander and uses a spaceship captain to organize a resistance, and then proceeds to hide that resistance for years before using two superpowers against one another, arranging a mass Reverse Mole inside The Empire, stealing their superweapon, and teaming up with the Reverse Moles and The Alliance to completely destroy them. Then he just leaves, dropping in to taunt people every once in a while.
  • While Let's Play-ing Within A Deep Forest, DeceasedCrab said of the game's designer "I can't help but respect Nifflas for his superior bastardry. Not saying that you're illegitimate or anything, just that you're utterly heartless, dude." Note the context: DC was LP-ing Within A Deep Forest because he had previously been playing La-Mulana, and he needed a break from its aptly-named Hell Temple. So a comparison of DC's reaction to the two games' difficulty levels is a nice object lesson in the difference between Magnificent Bastardry and plain old bastardry.
  • Dusty is probably the rudest, crudest, most perverted and vulgar thing to walk this Earth and not be labeled as evil. And yet he's one of the most loved characters on Matt N Dusty.
  • Kevin Baugh in Kickassia. He instantly ends the first attack on his country by pulling a machine gun from Hammerspace, is revealed to have a sword that enables him to teleport, and when Molossia ends up conquered he uses Obfuscating Stupidity to sow dissent among the new government.
  • Whateley Universe has multiple ones. Ayla, at the least, is in training as one. Thuban is working his way into this position. The winner, however, is Dr. Diabolik. He initiates a beautiful, three-tiered plan in the latest story.
    • Dr. Diabolik is such a Magnificent Bastard that he uses tropes to manipulate his opponents. His computer system has an auto-gloat system because he knows the heroes expect it of him.
  • Doctor Steel is about as magnificent as they come.
  • New York Magician: Malsumis certainly qualifies.
  • Ice in Game 10 of Comic Fury Werewolf. The game needs to be read to fully comprehend it.
    • Ranger was nearly this in Game 11, but his plan imploded at the last second due to a Spanner in the Works.
  • The titular character in Blockhead, despite his overwhelming stupidity everything he does always benifits him and he comes out on top of every situation
  • From Red vs. Blue Season 10, we have Sigma, the embodiment of the Alpha's creativity and ambition and the cause of almost every bad thing in the story. In his bid to reunite all the A.I's and become Metastable he easily manipulates and corrupts everyone around him, turning True Companions against each other and bringing about the collapse of Project Freelancer, all while being creepy as hell. While The Director started the situation by torturing the Alpha. Sigma is the one who actually tips things over the edge. And the fans LOVE HIM for it.'' (It helps that he's voiced by heartthrob Elijah Wood.)
  • The youtube show CinemaSins, which counts the mistakes, scientific errors, or bad storytelling decisions in movies, essentially calls Christopher Nolan one for the ending to Inception.
    So you're not going to tell us whether he's dreaming or not? You're just going to let that top spin, wobble a bit, and then tease us with a cut to black? You brilliant motherfucker.
  • The ending of the Hat Films series Hat Corp has the trio reveal themselves as this. While they lost the war with Kim Richards and Duncan Jones, they were able to claim on the insurance for their base to get a fantastic new one elsewhere, without anyone else knowing this. All this was done by scamming some builders out of their money, meaning that the Sirs are able to resume their efforts for world domination later.
  • In If the Emperor Had a Text-to-Speech Device, the Emperor shows himself as this in episode 18. Yes, he is a Jerkass with a bit of Kick the Dog. However, he's been running a Batman Gambit for fourteen episodes and his success may be just the beginning of yet another brilliant plan...
  • In X-Ray and Vav, The Mad King turns into this in Season 2 as, in the span of one episode, is able to cast doubt into X-Ray and Vav's bond and get Mogar to free him. by just talking to them. He goes further in later episodes as he's able to take back Monarch Labs by proving Hilda had no idea how to really run a company (and a conspicuous helping of puppies), win the city over and prove X-Ray and Vav incompetent and break up their partnership.
  • If Sigma and The Mad King are anything to go by, then RWBY's Cinder Fall is easily proving her chops in Volume 3 and proving to be the driving force in most other incidents before then. She's able to recruit two orphans into joining her cause, convinces the group White Fang to join her, steals half the power of one of four super powered girls (and this is a world where they already have powers), snuck inside Beacon Academy to infect it with a virus successfully despite Ruby catching her, is able to take control of the matches at the Vytal Tournament, turns public opinion against Team RWBY and Beacon through a Wounded Gazelle Gambit, tricks one student into killing another to cause mass panic and uses that panic to cause a massive invasion. She kills the Fall Maiden, stealing her powers and then using it to defeat her strongest enemy. She's only stopped because Ruby surprises everyone, including herself by going supernova with a Eleventh Hour Superpower.