Okay, I've got a villain in mind that I want to try and make into a Magnificent Bastard while avoiding Smug Snake.
The villain Reyn, can best be described as "dolphinlike" in terms of personality: he is playful, inquisitive, friendly, extremely intelligent and perfectly willing to brutally murder someone just for the fun of it. Reyn's motivation is merely to have fun, but because he's a Sociopath, he does horrible, HORRIBLE things to people for his entertainment. However looking deeper, his ultimate goal, is to find someone who can BEAT him. Reyn always targets powerful people, both because it's more challenging to break them and because he wants to see if they are TRULY strong. Reyn will take the strongest man in the country and psychologically torture him until the man is broken on the floor. But what Reyn really want's is for the broken man to GET BACK UP. To overcome the odds and rise greater than ever before. Reyn finds every victory hollow, because he always has to kill the opponent when their beaten. And Reyn considers that akin to snapping your favourite game disc in half because it had a glitch ( a useless waste). So he hopes to find the one person strong enough to beat him.
Other than that, Reyn tends to be very laidback and cheerful. He has no enemies, only opponents and he sees everyone as a Worthy Opponent
(even if some of them must be sacrificed in order to screw with the current opponent). Reyn is also very mischievous and enjoys getting under peoples skin just to laugh at their reaction. Meaning he's also quite the Deadpan Snarker
. Reyn values good sportsmanship in everything and maintains a cool head even when he loses
"That. Was. AWESOME. Can't wait for the rematch" he never Rage Quits
, although he often uses Xanatosgambits to turn a loss into a win.
Unfortunately, I'm worried that this sounds like a Smug Snake, so any thoughts? Any way to make him less of a Smug Snake.