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-->''"Yes!"''
-->--[[WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}} David Xanatos]] does it again
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* David Xanatos from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' is usually one step ahead of the Gargoyles, and everyone else. He frequently got away with actions that would send a normal man to jail for the rest of his life (although he ''was'' jailed for a short time), and was a member of the Illuminati's guild. Since Xanatos was such a smooth talker, he would make you believe he was your friend all while positioning the knife in your back.
** Xanatos's creation, [[EvilTwin Thailog]], is one as well, solidified when he betrays and then ''outwits'' his maker in his very first appearance, leading a fearful Xanatos to speculate that Thailog may be even smarter than he is. Going by the comic continuation, Thailog seems to have inherited his ''father's'' fondness for [[XanatosGambit schemes that profit him no matter the outcome]] as well.
** Let's not forget Xanatos' wife, Fox, who also managed to outsmart him on one occasion. He even refers to her as his equal! His proposal to her amounted to "We get along, we'll have good kids, and we're the only ones as smart as each other."
* Megatron of ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'': He's a user and abuser of his followers, a gloating sadist who enumerates the ways he's beaten his enemies as he's standing over them in his moment of triumph, a master manipulator who is only served by his underlings' treachery... and yet he carries off scheme after scheme with audacity, panache, and an almost vaudevillian flair. Nor does he work in small potatoes; his schemes include [[spoiler:''two'' bids to rewrite history]] as well as [[spoiler:consuming his namesake's spark to add to his own personal power.]] In the sequel, he manages to become a God. Magnificent. Bastard. [[MemeticMutation Yesss.]]
** His ''TransformersAnimated'' counterpart also comes close, if not equal with him. This guy manipulates Sumdac to repair his body, avoids the mistake of his predecessors by killing [[spoiler:[[TheStarscream Starscream]]]] the first chance he gets, coaxed the Constructicons into his employs with just a couple barrels of fine oil, and he OutGambitted Starscream to ensure that [[spoiler: the Omega Supreme clones didn't imprint on Starscream ''or'' Megatron himself, but on the loyal Lugnut.]] And when he got physical, [[LetsGetDangerous he got physical]]. In a rather defining moment that puts him in this trope, after receiving the Allspark Key which grants him a new body, he subsequently pummels Optimus Prime and the rest of the Autobots. When Optimus effectively tells him to bring it on because he won't give up the location of the Allspark, Megatron reveals he already has the Key which will lead him directly to it and that he was only kicking the crap out of Optimus for his own amusement.
* Impostor Dan, from ''WesternAnimation/DanVs'' After stealing Dan's identity, and endearing himself to everyone in town, he is finally taken down by Dan. Being a Magnificent Bastard, he gets out of prison and becomes a telemarketer. He uses his position to drive Dan insane, using a hidden transmitter to act as the voice inside his head, renting an apartment, just to capture them both, and knowing the characters so well that he can place traps exactly where they will be. When Dan chases him with a baseball bat, he gets a cop to taser him twice. He even manages to do all this while being completely likable, suave, and normal.
* Megabyte from ''ReBoot''. The [[EvilSoundsDeep low]], [[EvilBrit British]] baritone voice of Creator/TonyJay certainly helps, but this is one of the few cartoon villains that has never suffered from any sort of VillainDecay, and is actually considered more dangerous as the series progresses. His most magnificent moment (besides the guitar duel) is when he took advantage of the web invasion and subsequent EnemyMine situation to strand Bob, Mainframe's champion, in the web. While Daemon is more powerful and dangerous, Megabyte's return in season 4 evoked much more fear from the main cast. What makes this so Magnificent is how his dispatching of Bob is so ''un''-magnificent. He shoves him and presses a button. Dead easy. It also helps that [[spoiler:judging by the season four cliffhanger, ''[[TheBadGuyWins he wins]]'']].
* Princess Azula from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. She's a sociopathic firebending prodigy, but she does it with such ''style'' and [[TheChessmaster planning]] that you can't help but admire her (but hopefully not [[DracoInLeatherPants too much]]). She manipulates everyone around her, including her own brother, and her plans in the second season require her to out-maneuver another [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]], Long Feng, which she does, effortlessly. Her CrowningMomentOfAwesome was [[spoiler: nearly killing Aang with a lightning blast ''in the middle of his TransformationSequence'' in a DangerouslyGenreSavvy moment in the second season finale.]] She's only ''14''.
** Azula is succeeded by [[BigBad Amon]] in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', who has obtained this status in record time, SIX EPISODES! Every thing this guy does only gains him more followers. He sends a threat to city hall, and knows that they won't listen and just heighten security at the Pro Bending arena. He then has his fellow equalists disguise as simple audience members and sneak in their weapons by hiding them in their popcorn. Turns out he wanted the entire police force there so he could take them all out at once before they could stop him and show the whole stadium how powerless they were. He also [[WildMassGuessing might have paid off the Pro Bending referees to not call out the Wolfbats team's cheating to ensure that they'd win the match]], so Amon could then make an example of them by taking away their bending. And he knows how to take advantage of the situations: he always makes sure that people see the truth of his extremist beliefs that benders abuse their powers. It helps that the first thing we ever see him really do in the show is [[KickTheSonOfABitch taking bending powers away from dangerous crime bosses.]]
** Korra Book Two brings us Varrick, the goofy, charismatic UnclePennybags of an executive who befriends our heroes in the first few episodes before talking them into helping him escalate a regional conflict into a full-scale war, smuggle in weapons, organise a small military coup, and buy up everything they own ''whilst still keeping them completely convinced that he's on their side''. As he cheerfully puts it, "If you can't make money during a war, then you just plain can't make money!" By the time anyone finally realizes he's only out for himself, he's already succeeded in [[spoiler:stealing all of Asami's remaining goods then convinced her he's "saved" her company by buying it out]]. He then gets the only person who suspects him thrown in jail, and, if Bolin hadn't happened to spot the boat left by his soldiers, he likely would've succeeded in [[spoiler:kidnapping President Raiko]] and convincing Republic City to send troops to the war front, earning him even more money. Even when he's jailed, [[GracefulLoser he's not phased by it]], since his company made the prison and he designed himself a LuxuryPrisonSuite in the likely event he ended up in there. He then lends the Krew his personal battleship as an act of goodwill. [[spoiler:He ends the season escaping justice by taking advantage of the chaos Vaatu is causing and using a hang-glider which he ''just happened'' to have smuggled into his jail cell in the event an aerial escape opportunity presented itself]]. When he's next seen in Book 3, it's in Zaofu, [[KarmaHoudini being treated as a guest of honor and going completely unpunished for any of his actions]]. [[CivilianVillain Su Yin trusts him and believes him reformed]]. Come Book 4, he promptly [[TheFarmerAndTheViper proves her wrong]] as he helps Kuvira conquer the Earth Kingdom [[spoiler:and then proves her right by refusing to build Kuvira's weapon of mass destruction, even blowing up the supply of its power source. He is later vital to destroying Kuvira's HumongousMecha and defeating the Earth Empire. His CharacterDevelopment even leads to a marriage with Zhu Li in the GrandFinale.]] Throughout the show Varrick manages to be surprisingly ingenious in his plots, CrazyPrepared for any eventuality, and [[AffablyEvil genuinely affable]] to the Krew even as he's manipulating them or screwing them over for his own interests.
** As of Book 4 we can now add its BigBad Kuvira to the list. Like Amon, Kuvira is a DangerouslyGenreSavvy VillainWithGoodPublicity who has so far managed to outmaneuver anyone who's challenged her. She even breaks Amon's record and earns her status in '''one episode!''' In "The Battle of Zaofu" [[spoiler:she anticipated that Suyin would try to attack her and set up a clever BatmanGambit to capture them making it look like they were the aggressors while maintaining her VillainWithGoodPublicity status. That forced Korra to challenge her to a one-on-one duel for Zaofu, which Kuvira wins (though granted, the fight was full of IdiotBall moments on Kuvira's part and she only won due to something she couldn't have planned on). She then attempts to kill Korra, which works out either way because it would either eliminate the Avatar or force Jinora and Opal to violate the duel. The latter gives her just the excuse she needs to invade Zaofu. And though Bolin and Varrick managed to escape, Bataar Jr. has seen enough of the spirit vine experiment to restart the project with Zhu Li's help. In other words, [[TheBadGuyWins she won decisively]].]] And then there's "Kuvira's Gambit" [[spoiler: Kuvira knows that Republic City has been warned of her coming attack, so she moves up the schedule to one week instead of two. In addition, they believe that she is transporting the cannon by rail, so they attempt to disable rail transport; anticipating this, she deploys the cannon on a Colossus instead. And when presented with a SadisticChoice of leaving Republic City or never seeing Bataar Jr again, her response is to (Though not without a great deal of regret) ShootTheHostage.]]
* Nerissa from ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' Nerissa is hands down the best manipulator in the television series. Her schemes have spanned over ten years to complete her goal of [[UtopiaJustifiestheMeans universal conquest to unite all words]], Nerissa takes on multiple [[ThatManisDead false identities]] to help defeat Meridian's evil dictator by posing as a castle servant to pass information to the rebel army.
* ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'' has Mozenrath, comparable to Jafar from the ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' movies. (See also the film example section.) Even though the confidence was always there, Mozenrath was able to back up his smugness from the get-go. His very first plan involved using Genie as bait for a magic-devouring monster, in order to make Aladdin capture it for him, thus setting up a simple but yet effective XanatosGambit. While it didn't last for long, Mozenrath did indeed end up with the beast under his control. Aladdin and his friends did face many capable enemies during their adventures, but Mozenrath was the one who really [[KnightOfCerebus made them sweat]], always pulling something from his sleeve to put the odds back in his favor. If that wasn't enough, the lad was also blessed with a [[DeadpanSnarker silver tongue]] that really got our heroes on the nerves. Really, he spends one episode just sitting on his throne, snarking and gloating to a locked up Aladdin, and it still didn't end in a complete loss for him. After all, there's a reason why he's the only villain to ever hear Aladdin say the words "You win".
* Dogbert on the series ''WesternAnimation/{{Dilbert}}'' whose "religious belief" is "that everyone exists for the sole purpose of entertaining me." On one episode, he sets up a carnival booth where you "knock a street urchin off a beam with a baseball and win a toy." In another, he convinces Congress to abandon all holidays in favor of National Dogbert Day (The traditional Dogbert Day feast: the bald eagle. He wanted something special) for the sole purpose of being annoying. (The same reason he invented Secretary's Day.)
* Tombstone in ''TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' proved himself to be this upon his ''very first encounter'' with Spider Man. He floors the webhead in one swift move, antagonizes him by telling him how he is fighting a losing battle, uses it as an attempt to get Spider Man to do what he wants and finally makes Spider Man look bad in the eyes of the cops. All in around five minutes.
** Dr. Octopus as "The Master Planner" has also obtained this status. He operates his plan, for the most part, from a mental ward, has Gwen Stacy kidnapped and then has her father betray the law in exchange for her safety, nearly takes over the world in the end... all while managing to casually sit back and drink coffee out of a mug labeled "[[ForTheEvulz Evil Genius]]".
** [[spoiler: Norman Osborn]] is also up there, playing both sides throughout season 1--getting paid to make supervillains to fight Spider-Man, and then getting paid to come up with the systems to contain them. In season 2 this continues, plus [[spoiler:in "Accomplices" he carries out a beautiful {{plan}} wherein he gets [[PlayingBothSides the competition to demolish each other]] fighting over what is, ultimately, a worthless chip--earning himself ''half a billion dollars'' with ''no risk or effort'']]. Oh yeah, and [[spoiler:he was the Green Goblin all along, willing to ''[[MoralEventHorizon break his son's leg]]'' to fool Spidey]].
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' has an intriguing one: Vlad Masters/Plasmius. He wants to marry Danny's mom, adopt Danny and kill Jack, not exactly in that order. A lot of his lesser plans work, but the main ones probably would if he had better control of his emotions and kept his priorities straight.
* {{Darkseid}} from the ''SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' and ''JusticeLeague''. Even though {{Superman}} usually won the day, he took every defeat (and victory) with the same steely expression. Even when Darkseid was beaten on his own planet, Superman threw his body to his slaves on Apokolips and said they could do whatever they wanted to with him. The slaves began to pick up their cherished leader and take care of him. While being carried off, Darkseid gave a confused and horrified Superman a parting line:
-->"I am many things, Kal-El, but here...I am God."
** Lex Luthor from the same series tends to shift between MagnificentBastard and SmugSnake constantly, usually depending on his current plan. He was clearly in the MagnificentBastard zone when he delivered a CurbStompBattle to The Question and told him that the Luthor-For-President campaign was a load of crap:
--->"President? Do you have know how much power I'd have to ''give up'' to be President? That's right, conspiracy buff. I spent ''$75 million'' on a ''fake presidential campaign''. ''All just to tick Superman off''."
* Slade from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' normally falls on the SmugSnake side of things, due to his overconfidence and habit of grabbing the VillainBall at inopportune moments, but in the three-part season finale "The End" he graduates to full MagnificentBastard by orchestrating the downfall of a nearly all-powerful demon at no real cost to himself, getting his humanity back (which was his main goal all along) and doing it with ''style''. Being voiced by Creator/RonPerlman helps.
--> Demon Warrior: "Fool. You cannot hope to defeat ''pure evil''!"
--> Slade: "Actually, I'm not such a nice guy myself." (activates hidden explosive and blows demon to cinders) "Don't bother getting up. I'll let myself out."
* Derek Powers from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''. Manipulated a city with his company, and only grew more deadly when he gained radioactive powers. Using his money, intel, and connections, he kept people under his thumb and proved to be a deadly opponent for the new Batman.
** His son Paxton also qualifies, arranging for his father's exposure to the public and eventual demise despite Batman's best efforts to stop him. He does next to nothing in Season 2, but then again, why bother? He had [[TheBadGuyWins already won]] in his first appearance!
* V.V. Argost from ''TheSecretSaturdays''. Bold, manipulative, cunning, and brilliant, a master of misdirection with a showman's flair, more often than not he wins by the end of the episode and has proven to have a large array of technology and knowledge, as well as in impressive collection of cryptids and ancient artifacts, in his goal to TakeOverTheWorld. [[spoiler: Indeed, he succeeds so well that it proves to be his undoing, as he is killed when he absorbs two forms of supernatural power which prove incompatible.]]
* [[ThePowerPuffGirls Mojo Jojo]] can be this at times. While his plans tend to be hair-brained, sometimes he's shown enough [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy savvy]] and [[ManipulativeBastard manipulation]] to casually perform things that people rarely notice until they happen (the "Powerpuff Girls Rule!" special is a fine example.) The movie played this straight.
** There's also HIM, who always means business when dealing with the Girls. He tends to end up doing something that involves manipulating one of the Girls' feelings (Bubbles) or something on the grand scale.
* ''StarWarsTheCloneWars'': Pirate leader Hondo Ohnaka seems like a drunken, idiotic pirate at first. However, so far he's managed to capture the very powerful trio of Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Count Dooku in an attempt to ransom them to the Republic. Dooku never truly explains how he was captured (only warning the Jedi that Hondo's more clever than he looks), and Hondo manages to drug Anakin and Obi-Wan even after they are aware he's trying to do so and take measures to avoid it. During their attempts to escape, [[AffablyEvil Hondo keeps his jovial personality and insists that it's nothing personal, and that once he has his money they can all go back to being friends]].
** Palpatine's responsible for engineering this massive war and will win ''regardless which side triumphs,'' either with the Republic as the Chancellor or the Separatists as Darth Sidious, with a powerful new sith follower (either Dooku or Anakin) as icing on the cake.
* Ed Wuncler Sr. from TheBoondocks is a combination of this and TheChessmaster. This is a fat, rich old man, who would normally not be the least bit threatening but look at all he's done: He opened a restaurant using illegal workers and Robert as his UnwittingPawn, knowing full well the restaurant's food was so addictive it would turn the nearby park into a cesspool of crime, thus lowering the property values so he could buy the land for dirt cheap. He tricked Jazmine, a 10 year old girl who started a lemonade stand, into being partners with him and then made it so that she ended up owing him money and allowed him to sell his own cruelty free lemonade. He had his grandson Ed III and Ed's friend Gin Rummy break into people's houses so they'd buy his security system. He not only had a girl fake a serious injury so Huey would quit the kickball team, thus restoring the curve, but then blackmailed him to play again. Finally, he had Ed and Rummy set up a bomb in one of his buildings, and then calmly reveals when Huey and super agent Jack Flowers foil this plot that it was designed to inspire patriotism, sell merchandise, and make a movie about an obnoxious security guard who would have died in the explosion. And to top it off, when Flowers counts down 3 seconds before he shoots him, Wuncler calls PRESIDENT FUCKING OBAMA to stops him, then calmly tells them to let themselves out. And does all of this just by being crafty, evil and obscenely wealthy. MagnificentBastard indeed.
* Carmen Sandiego. In the mid-90's cartoon version, ''WhereOnEarthIsCarmenSandiego'', she was as slick and suave as a female James Bond, but would steal priceless artifacts either just for the thrill or for a huge not-so-evil plan (in one episode, she stole several rare statues to make the worlds largest chess game) and would constantly bait and taunt the two detectives trying to catch her, all for the sport of the hunt (even though she was the prey.
* Chase Young from ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'', mostly during the second season in which he debuted, would meticulously manipulate events so that even if the monks won, Chase would benefit from it, mostly with regard to his plans to corrupt Omi. This lead to him, on several occasions, helping the monks in order to gain Omi's trust, as well as manipulating other villains to force Omi into situations where he would have to resort to underhanded tactics not approved of by his friends.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': [[GentlemanThief The Springfield Cat Burglar]], from "Homer The Vigilante," though a one-shot character, arguably qualifies as this. He manages to steal from several homes very sneakily, (the in-story newspaper states that he struck at least 15 homes) and is implied to have done so without waking up any of their occupants; he also distracts the pets with food. He leaves a CallingCard, too, and yet this doesn't lead back to him. [[spoiler:His identity is revealed when Abe Simpson finds a suspiciously large gem on Malloy's coffee table, but [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation that he would even think to look could probably be attributable to "mistaking" Malloy coming into his room for the cat burglar coming into his room earlier on]]. Also, once caught, he [[AffablyEvil returns the items he stole and speaks very kindly about the rest of Springfield]]. He gets put in jail anyway, and tells the police that he buried millions of dollars' worth of money under a big T. [[WhatAnIdiot Idiotically enough]], the police as well as the whole town rush to the site, not bothering to leave anyone behind to supervise his cell. As such, when they get to the big T, instead of finding the money, they find a letter [[BatmanGambit stating that the money isn't really there and that he's used this time to escape from jail]].]]
** Sideshow Bob, however, is arguably the most obvious MagnificentBastard in Springfield. His schemes are considerably clever, and typically just so happen to get [[RuleOfFunny thwarted by circumstances]]. Examples include: "Krusty Gets Busted", [[spoiler:in which Bob frames Krusty for armed robbery, and takes over Krusty's show. He manages to convince almost everyone of Krusty's guilt, except for Bart and Lisa, who just so happen to uncover the whole scheme [[EurekaMoment when Sideshow Bob says he has big shoes to fill]].]]; "Black Widower", [[spoiler:in which after being released from prison, Sideshow Bob convinces every Simpson except Bart that he has reformed. Bob then marries Selma Bouvier, who has made a lot of money in the stock market, so as to inherit her money. Bob also finds out that Selma tends to smoke after watching MacGyver, and that she has an impaired sense of smell. So he then decides that one day, to get the money, he will get up and leave while she is watching MacGyver, and leave the gas valve open so as to fill the room Selma is in with natural gas, without her noticing, such that when she lights up to smoke her cigarette when the show is over, the ignition will blow up the room she is in, killing her and leaving him with her money. The only reason this does not work is that Bart, who was already distrustful of Bob, also knew these things about Selma and managed to guess what Bob's plan was.]] "Cape Feare", [[spoiler:in which Sideshow Bob manages to convince the parole people that he has reformed. Upon hearing of his release, the Simpson family flees Springfield to a houseboat in Terror Lake, but Bob manages to find their houseboat anyway. While the family is asleep, Bob disconnects the boat from the dock, and ties up all the Simpson family except Bart, including the pets. Then, cornering Bart at the edge of the boat, Bob is going to kill Bart until Bart convinces Bob to [[WickedCultured sing the entire score to H.M.S. Pinafore]] first. By the time Bob is finished singing, the boat arrives in Springfield, where the police are waiting for Bob and have him arrested.]]
* [[spoiler: Rava]] from GaltarAndTheGoldenLance. When she's assigned to take down Galtar, she actually ''succeeds'' in capturing him, and only ultimately loses because [[spoiler: she also used the assignment to set ''Tormack'' up, she tried to pull an IHaveYouNowMyPretty and imprisoned Galtar when he refused, and Tormack and Galtar pulled an EnemyMine to restore the [[StatusQuoIsGod status quo]].]] In a series where the villains tend to be generally a touch more credible than most similar action cartoons of the age, [[spoiler: Rava]] is still the most dangerous of them all.
* Loki from ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'', first established during flashbacks in his first appearance and cemented when [[spoiler: he explains how the 26 episode season was the result of his plotting during the SeasonFinale]]. Xanatos would be proud.
** The second season features the machinations of the Skrull [[spoiler:CaptainAmerica]], who really utilizes people's trust in [[spoiler:Cap]] well in order to further the Skrulls' plot for Earth. [[spoiler:Preying on the Avengers' trust in the real Cap to keep them under surveillance without Iron Man to get in the way of plans, as well as dealing with the Hulk by having him voluntarily revert to Bruce Banner and letting Gen. Ross's Hulkbuster units detain him are two instances of this star-spangled phony's magnificence in bastardry.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Discord from the opening episodes of season 2. It doesn't hurt that he is both [[WordOfGod apparently inspired by]] and sharing actors with another magnificent bastard, [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Q]]. He's as old as -- possibly older than -- both [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld Luna and Celestia]], and the Avatar of Disharmony that ruled Equestria in an endless maelstrom of anarchy and madness and led to the discovery of the Elements of Harmony; yet he's also one of the [[LargeHam Largest Hams]] available, while still being incredibly sneaky and evil. By the end of the first episode, he's played ''everyone'' for fools ''[[JustToyingWithThem without even seriously trying]]'', all the while enjoying every second and relishing in the mayhem and suffering he causes. He certainly doesn't fit the part about not being unnecessarily cruel, though, since that basically ''is'' [[ForTheEvulz his goal]]. It's all summed up well in his fan-made VillainSong [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eOMuLsuwQk "Neverending Strife"]].
** Queen Chrysalis is a more straightforward example. [[spoiler:She shapeshifts into the exact lookalike of Princess Cadence in order to marry then bump off Prince Shining Armor]] so that she can rule Equestria. She's also an EmotionEater who possesses the ability to gain power from other people's love. [[spoiler: She intentionally invokes CassandraTruth. Only ever acting OutOfCharacter when Twilight is around, and making sure to get on Twilight's friends' good side whenever she's absent. Not only that, her "OutOfCharacter" moments are so subtle InUniverse that only Twilight would notice. And she makes sure to have the excuse of "wedding stress" to fall back on in case anyone else calls her out. This serves to successfully paint Twilight as paranoid and jealous. Isolating her from her friends and potentially rendering The Elements of Harmony (AKA The Ponies "Fix All The Things" button) useless since they need all SIX bearers to function. She even let's Twilight see her brainwashing Shining Armour [[BatmanGambit knowing that this will cause Twilight to freak out and give Chrysalis even more ammo to paint Twilight as rude and paranoid]]. And if that didn't work, she had the backup plan of sending a part of her army to fight the Bearers [[KansasCityShuffle while the rest of her army secures the Elements themselves]]]] Another obstacle to usurpation that Chrysalis surpassed was Shining Armour and his shield spell, which could conveniently block all threats out of Canterlot. This was a spell that neither Luna, nor Celestia could accomplish. How do you overcome such an obstacle? Oh I dunno, how about [[spoiler: impersonating his fiancÚ and sucking all his energy away]]? Keep your enemies close after all. not only that, she's also GenreSavvy enough to intentionally invoke EvilGloating to buy her army enough time to break through Shining Armour's shield spell. Chrysalis's plan was almost perfect, taking out her biggest threats from most to least.
** King Sombra in his two-part episode was certainly one in the past, at least, due to his CrazyPrepared, DangerouslyGenreSavvy measures when hiding the Crystal Heart during his rule over the Crystal Empire. His returns cost him some of his splendor, but he's still a terrifying NoNonsenseNemesis.
** Lord Tirek is certainly one. He patiently manipulates [[spoiler:Discord, a MagnificentBastard in his own right, like a fiddle, and manages to successfully drain every pony in Equestria of their magic, including the Princesses and the Mane Six. He's also very good at playing XanatosSpeedChess, catching up to current events and playing them in his favor. If it hadn't been for Discord's key, Tirek would have been unstoppable.]]
** Probably the biggest example though is [[TheCorrupter Adagio]] [[CreepyAwesome Dazzle]] from the spin-off movie ''[[Film/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks Rainbow Rocks]]''. She proves herself with a simple plan and manages to [[XanatosSpeedChess adapt quickly to manipulate everyone else to leave the Dazzlings on top.]] Adagio plays the "[[TheChessmaster Master]] [[ManipulativeBitch manipulator]]" trope absolutely ''perfectly''. She never reveals her full hand, ''never'' plays every card right away. She has that deadly combination of being both [[XanatosSpeedChess dangerously]] [[OpportunisticBastard cunning]] and [[LongGame incredibly patient]]. She's like a spider waiting in her web for [[BatmanGambit her prey to come to her]], and when it does, [[TheSociopath she'll snatch it up with absolutely no remorse]]. Adagio is an absolute ''machine'' of evil and she let's everyone know it while simultaneously keeping them all in the dark. [[spoiler: Not only that, but Adagio is the only villain who actually ''[[TheBadGuyWins wins]]'' the final battle. She [[NoSell No Sells]] the usual OneHitKill (Having [[BatmanGambit ALREADY manipulated the Humane Six into letting her drain most of its energy for her OWN use]].) and it's only by bolstering up for a second shot that the Humane Six don't lose outright.]]
*** Her plan is to TakeOverTheWorld using the power of ''AwesomeMusic''. That ''alone'' is [[EvilIsStylish Magnificent]].


* Skipper from ''ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' qualifies. He happily has outmoded gender stereotypes, is openly speciest, prefers violence to solve everything, has willingly admitted that his ideal future is a post apocalyptic scenario that involves roving bands of irradiated mutants, and his team WILL succeed in whatever it is they are doing. This has ranged from escaping a zoo, preforming a good deed for a day, stealing fish while disguised as King Julien, and [[ItMakesSenseInContext defeating a giant MP3 player with the power of musical mind control from taking over the city with an evil dolphin at the helm]]. Unlike most of the rest of the entries, Skipper is the hero of the story.
* ''SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'' gives The Kingpin and The Red Skull this treatment. The former is a crimelord who is behind almost every godawful thing that happens in-series, mastermind TheSyndicate and the Insidious Six from the shadows, consistently evading incarceration, and frustrating Spider-Man at every turn. The latter's a Nazi spymaster who has backup plans for every situation, anticipates every contingency, and is only taken out via Captain America's HeroicSacrifice.
** The Hobgoblin retains his status as one from the comics as well. In his introductory two-parter, he's a hired mercenary working for Norman Osborn using goblin tech that Osborn created, and assigned to take out the Kingpin. Hobgoblin then doublecrosses Osborn in favor of working for Kingpin against him instead, but then is revealed to be a double agent still working for Osborn. But then he quadruple-crosses both Osborn and the Kingpin, taking over Kingpin's HQ and holding Harry Osborn hostage as leverage so that Norman couldn't stop him. And that's not getting into how effortlessly he plays with circumstances in order to derail Herbert Landon's project in the X-Men crossover two-parter or how he almost gets his hand on the dimensional transporter due to planting a spy in Kingpin's organization ahead of time, or even almost gets Felicia Hardy to marry him so that he can cease her wealth and resources. He unfortunately becomes subject to Villain Decay and The Worf Effect when up against the Green Goblin, but his run was good while it lasted.
* While [[WesternAnimation/{{Cyberchase}} The Hacker]] suffered from VillainDecay, a new villain named Ledge becomes this when he [[spoiler: tricks the Cybersquad, and Hackerizes them (minus Inez)]] and he [[spoiler: Hackerizes almost all of the citizens in Sensible Flats,]] [[DisproportionateRetribution all to impress the Hacker]]. And, that he succeeded in hurting the Cybersquad more than The Hacker ever did made him a dangerous foe.
* [[CodeLyoko XANA]] wasn't initially much of this, but four seasons of evolution through Jeremy's abuse of the Return to the past made it gradually smarter and more powerful, turning it into a [[TheChessMaster Chessmaster]], then a ManipulativeBastard, and eventually going toward MagnificentBastard territory.
* Belphegor, the main antagonist of the ''"Belphegor"'' French animated series could qualify as one. He's a DiabolicalMastermind, good at manipulating people and [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy anticipating everything that's thrown at him]], so he's never ''once'' caught or his identity revealed. You have a trap door in your house that he's conveniently standing over? Well too bad, he knew and had already made it unresponsive to your device! It helps that he [[SinisterSurveillance has cameras installed almost everywhere in Paris]], uses his mooks to spy, steal and kidnap for him (in the few cases he doesn't just do it himself), and apparently has enough money and access to high-tech gadgets and top secret, untested military technology, that can make a mad scientist drool at the thought. To actually make him lose his cool, you have to do something pretty terrible or disruptive to his plans, that could cause a really angry response. Otherwise, everything you do is met either with boredom, slight amusement or mild annoyance on his part.
* Professor Moriarty in ''WesternAnimation/SherlockHolmesInTheTwentySecondCentury'' fits the trope beautifully. He's the ManBehindTheMan, the DiabolicalMastermind, and the EvilGenius... but dog''gone'' if he isn't smooth about it! He fully embodies a Victorian gentleman and a ruthless criminal, and he practically ''purrs'' when he has the upper hand.
* [[ArchEnemy Vilgax]] from WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}} ''was not'' this in the original series (he was more something in the vein of TheJuggernaut), but got turned into one in Ben10UltimateAlien to make up for the VillainDecay he had suffered in the previous sequel WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce. Having lost his empire, he impersonated an EldritchAbomination amongst human adorators, manipulated them into leading him to said Abomination's heart, faked submission and eventually OutGambitted [[DidYouJustScamCthulhu the creatures, taking its power for himself]]. And when Ben still successfully defeated him and took the power from him, he attempted to convince Ben into going KnightTemplar using the power. He almost succeeded.
** Ghostfreak falls into this category too. He rode the DNA of another alien into the Omnitrix so that he could manipulate whoever ended up with it into doing his dirty work. It was heavily implied that he was behind the transformations that Ben didn't choose, a large amount of which resulted in Ben turning into . . . well, him; Ben acted meaner whenever he was transformed into him, which means that Ghostfreak was influencing him to some degree. He ended up summoning his minions to Earth while Ben was transformed into him (presumably controlling him entirely, which it was revealed he could do) with a plan to bring him back to life and turn Earth into a world of darkness just so that he could roam the planet without having to wear his outer skin. In the end, it was only his sheer arrogance that got him killed (twice) by exposing himself to sunlight without his outer skin, and the second time he went back into the Omnitrix while leaving his body to die. Oh yeah, and he played Vilgax in Alien Force, taking control of his planet just so he could get another chance to take Ben completely. The only way for him to be permanently destroyed was for [[spoiler: the Omnitrix to be destroyed, which Ben did after getting the Ultimatrix]].
* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'': Professor Pericles -- the show's BigBad -- definitely qualifies. Every episode he shows up in, he gets ''exactly'' what he wants, usually at the expense of the gang.
** The only other ScoobyDoo villain who qualifies is Ben Ravencroft, the charismatic book author descended from a witch from "The Witch's Ghost" movie. He has two things in common with Pericles: his status as this trope, and [[spoiler: the fact that his downfall comes from his success in his ultimate goal.]] Oddly enough, he bears a striking resemblance to David Xanatos. Also, he's voiced by TimCurry.
* GeneratorRex gives us Black Knight. From posing as a Reasonable Authority Figure, keeps her own true power hidden to use at later date when necessary, plays politics with the [[BiggerBad Consortium]], and pulling off a success starscream to gain [[AGodIAm supreme power.]] She even admits that she wants power, believing that you have to admit it to yourself to get it. Throughout it all, she shows absolute NervesOfSteel, is soft-spoken, polite, acts as a FriendlyEnemy despite being a ruthless foe, and so forth. Even when defeated, she ultimately escapes and becomes a KarmaHoudini.
* Greg Weisman, responsible for the above Magnificent Bastards of ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'', ''TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', and ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', has also produced The Light of ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', a LegionOfDoom [[note]] consisting of VandalSavage, Ra's al Ghul, LexLuthor, Queen Bee, Ocean Master, the Brain, and Klarion the Witch Boy, with Ocean Master being replaced by Black Manta in Season 2[[/note]] to erase any conception of the Legion of Doom as campy or incompetent. Unfortunately, some audience reactions indicate [[VillainSue they may be too far in the other direction]]: when every scheme the heroes foil is actually a distraction from The Light's true plan, tension becomes reduced and the initial 'wow, what a twist, what an awesome group of villains' becomes 'sigh, time to watch the heroes waste their time and then ''not'' find out what The Light was actually planning, how exciting.' [[spoiler: Well, at least until "The Summit", penultimate episode of the second season, in which the Light, while not completely defeated, certainly has their immediate plans blow up in their collective faces (with some help from the heroes), resulting in Black Manta and the Brain being captured, Ra's al Ghul being killed (albeit temporarily), and VandalSavage and Klarion fleeing the planet aboard War World]].
* Eric Cartman from WesternAnimation/SouthPark has been known to be this on occasions. Despite being an ignorant slob who is shown to have little common sense in many things, he displays an uncanny level of charisma and social savvy. Very often, he is shown to be capable of manipulating ''hordes'' of people into going along with his latest [[ZanyScheme audacious plan]], whether they are aware of it or not, and treat it like sheer ''child's play''. A few shining examples can be found where he staged the utter ruining of a teenager who [[DisproportionateRetribution scammed him out of sixteen bucks]] and manipulating Cthulhu itself.
* Abraham Kane of ''WesternAnimation/{{Motorcity}}''. He's a VillainWithGoodPublicity and lots of money, usually able to talk to the Burners through a screen (to make himself appear larger) rather than face to face, which makes him look impressive. The Duke of Detroit is also this at times, although more of a FriendlyEnemy. As he's a LargeHam, he often likes to oppose the Burners in style, particularly with lots of lights and music, as well as firing at the Burners with [[AbnormalAmmo limousines as ammo.]]
* Surprisingly enough, ComicBook/TheRiddler of the ''BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' universe tiptoes around this trope. Especially in his StartOfDarkness episode, he shows several traits of magnificent bastardry: he [[BatmanGambit delivers an ominous riddle to his former boss knowing he'll come after him, and forcing Batman to choose between Robin's life and said boss', knows the hero will choose the former]]; he [[GenreSavvy has the dynamic duo leave their utility belts behind]]; and finally, even though his plan is thwarted, manages to [[TheBadGuyWins avoid capture and emotionally scar his target forever.]] And in his third and last episode, he almost kills Batman! Two times out of three, the Caped Crusader is able to overcome his adversary thanks to some convenient object at his disposal (namely a micro-computer and an explosion-resistant safe). And to top it all off, he's voiced by Lionel Luthor himself, John Glover!
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', Lana decides to get even on Cyril for cheating on her by having sex with everyone else in the office. At least that's what she tells Cyril. In reality, she makes all the guys pay her for the privilege of ''saying'' they had sex with her.
-->'''Gillette:''' [I'm] confused. If you told every guy the same thing, then they all know that none of them had sex with you, so they're all going to realize that they're all lying.
-->'''Pam:''' Hey, yeah!
-->'''Random office guy outside door:''' Wait a minute...
-->'''Lana:''' But remember: They're ''dudes''.
-->'''Second random office guy outside door:''' What?
-->'''First random office guy:''' Uh... I had sex with Lana.
-->'''Second random office guy:''' Me too.
-->'''Gillette:''' Lana Kane, you magnificent bastard.
* In "WesternAnimation/TronUprising", General Tessler. Legitimately, his tactics should earn him a ZeroPercentApprovalRating, but his AffablyEvil persona and carefully cultivated bag of half-truths leave Beck as a HeroWithBadPublicity, and earned him the loyalty of Paige [[spoiler: even after he slaughtered her friends from the medcenter]].
* "WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy" has a very suprising case in the episode "If It Smells Like An Ed." The Eds spent the episode trying to find the culprit who framed them for [[ItMakesSenseInContext stealing a paint brush, wiping off Plank's mouth, and ramming a hockey stick through a giant paper mache heart.]] In the end, [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption they don't clear their names and get humiliated.]] Then they find out who concocted this whole scheme: Jimmy. Just because Eddy [[DisproportionateRetribution gave him a wedgie at the start of the episode.]] Oh, and [[WhatTheHellHero Ed and Edd did absolutely nothing to him, but were punished anyway.]] And then Jimmy [[HumiliationConga sends them to]] [[DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale the Kankers.]] He [[SmugSnake gloats at them then]] [[SnapBack slips on a banana peel and cries for Sarah.]] This was a MoralEventHorizon for Jimmy and the reason he's TheScrappy to some.