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07:06:18 PM Aug 24th 2010
It seems like quite a few people are having trouble distinguishing this trope from Card-Carrying Villain.
08:09:25 AM Sep 15th 2010
X Just X examples. If somebody knows the work and can write something more relevant to actually being on the page, do so.

  • The characters played by Robert DeNiro and Dustin Hoffman in Wag The Dog.
  • Reacher Gilt, the villain of Going Postal.
  • Sylvester McMonkey McBean from the Dr. Seuss story "The Sneetches."
  • Ostap Bender from the Russian novels The Twelve Chairs and The Little Golden Calf by Ilya Ilf and Eugene Petrov. If there ever was a Russian TV Tropes, this trope would be called "The Ostap" there.
    • Or rather "Great Combinator" ("Velikiy Kombinator"), after his in-universe nickname
  • Arthur Daley from Minder.
  • Most All of the ad executives in Mad Men.
  • Kingfish from Amos N Andy.
  • By The Zeroth Law of Trope Examples, we have two Shakespearean examples: Sir John Falstaff from Henry IV, and Autolycus from The Winter's Tale. There may be more, but those two leap to mind right away.
    • How can you forget Iago from Othello?
  • Kevin Harnisch from O'Grady.