These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Fair for Its Day: As racist as the original books are, the character is notable for being depicted as a brilliant, sophisticated, and even at times honorable Manipulative Bastard who could easily outwit the "good guys". Given that most propaganda at the time depicted other ethnic groups as brain dead savages and lunatics who would rape and pillage the lands if given the chance, it could almost be called progressive in comparison. Almost.
Magnificent Bastard: He's charismatic and brilliant chessmaster who almost always gets away with some benefit even if the heroes stopped his scheme of the week.