A series of {{Web Animation}}s by Michael Swain (of ''WebAnimation/{{Blockhead}}'' fame), ''Mastermind'' is about the eponymous DiabolicalMastermind and the day-to-day occurrences of his machinations to bring the world to its knees.

The series begins [[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/408342 here.]] In addition to the five episodes up as of this writing, there is a spinoff {{RTS}} game, ''VideoGame/MastermindWorldConqueror,'' as well as a spoof of the [[TabletopGame/{{Mastermind}} code-breaking board game,]] [[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/427859 here.]]
!!This series contains examples of:
* BadBoss: He likes offing his minions, and talks down to them a lot... yeah, he's not great.
* BaldOfEvil
* BeleagueredAssistant: The one recurring secretary.
-->'''Secretary:''' My life in your service is a... ''series'' of unforeseen adventures, sir.
* DiabolicalMastermind
** EvilOverlord: What he's aiming for.
** NGOSuperpower: It's unknown exactly how the Mastermind makes his money (the game implies robbery and various legitimate side businesses), but he has a standing army of loyal minions and has the power base to wipe whole cities off the face of the planet.
* EmbarrassingNickname: One of the mooks is named Gaylord, but the Mastermind calls him Gayman.
* EvilLaugh
* ExplainExplainOhCrap:
-->'''Mob boss:''' I don't know why I keep showing up to these stupid meetings.
-->'''Mastermind:''' Well, I don't know why I even call them, do you?
-->'''Mob boss:''' Oui, oui. To get one of us to answer your stupid question about why you called the meeting... oh.
* FaceFramedInShadow: Often how the Mastermind is depicted.
* GagBoobs: Dark Ophelia. Literally, "a pair of tits, with legs." She/it communicates by {{Gainaxing}}.
* GasChamber: The Mastermind once tried a variation of this by locking his minions in the room with him and [[{{Gasshole}} ordering a burrito]].
* GoodScarsEvilScars: One across the Mastermind's lips, and a line of omnipresent stitches over his head.
* IAmSpartacus:
-->'''Mastermind:''' If you aren't the one saying "Balls," point to the one who ''is'' saying "Balls!"\\
'''Lackey 1:''' It was me!\\
'''Lackey 2:''' Right here!\\
'''Lackey 3:''' This one over here!
* NoNameGiven: He is known simply as "Mastermind."
* ReverbOfDoom: Mastermind has this going for him.
* SharkPool: A favored method of execution for heroes and minions alike. Though at least on his moon base, [[spoiler:the trapdoor just leads to the cafeteria.]]
* SpaceBase: One of the possible bases you can occupy in the game (and the setting of ''Mastermind 5'') is on the moon.
* ThatCameOutWrong: In the fourth episode, this happens:
--> '''Mastermind:''' Cherry cola! Does anyone dare to try it? I promise you, it tastes like mouth sex!
--> ''[All the lieutenants are disgusted]''
--> '''Mastermind:''' It is like having sex in your mouth.
--> '''Mob boss:''' So, it is like oral sex, then?
--> '''Mastermind:''' Um, I don't think I'm explaining this correctly.
* WalkingTechbane: We never see him do anything with technology but push buttons and pull triggers, but he was apparantly able to tangle up a ''wireless'' router in such a manner that impeded its operation.
* WaveMotionGun: The Doom Laser. May or may not also be a KillSat. The Mastermind also keeps a smaller, [[DeathRay portable version on hand]] for executions and the like.
* WorthIt: One lackey dooms his last chance of not getting blown up in Finland for [[ItMakesSenseInContext one last call of "BALLS!"]]
* YouHaveFailedMe: Seems to do this at least once ''per meeting.'' He actually won't proceed with the point of the meeting until he's found an excuse to kill someone, regardless of what the meeting was called for in the first place. Unfortunately for him, his minions have gotten wise to his process until one of them inadvertently answers the question of why he's called the meeting in the first place. And in the other case, when a minion doesn't remember, [[spoiler:the trap door ended up just dropping him in the cafeteria]].