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*''VideoGame/Overwatch''has a rare female example in Sombra, a hacker who has built quite the criminal empire off of stolen top-secret information. She is pretty much the most actually powerful person in the world at this point: able to hack any device and blackmail any foe in order to get what she wants. She takes down TheDon Katya Volskaya with a few threats and a little infiltration assistance from Reaper. Not exactly a villain though. She behaves more like an EldritchAbomination in that it's not clear exactly what she wants, and it's entirely possible all her experimentation on herself has actually made her something not quite human.

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* ''Film/OnceUponASpy'': Marcus Valorium is a scientific genius who plans to use his ShrinkRay (combined with a computer program that allows him to convert any satellite into a KillSat by bouncing the ShrinkRay off it) to wreak havoc across the world by doing things like shrinking dams to cause widespread flooding (his first target is the Hoover Dam). His goal is to create chaos out with will emerge a ruling intellectual elite, unfettered by the chains of democracy, which he regards as an inefficient tool that allows the ignorant to drag down their intellectual betters.

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* Baron de Marchant (Creator/CurdJurgens) in ''Film/MissileXTheNeutronBombIncident'', who wants to start a nuclear war.


* Dr. Mabuse from ''Film/DoctorMabuseTheGambler'' and his subsequent VillainBasedFranchise is an early TropeCodifier.

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* Dr. Mabuse from ''Film/DoctorMabuseTheGambler'' ''Film/DrMabuseTheGambler'' and his subsequent VillainBasedFranchise is an early TropeCodifier.

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* Dr. Mabuse from ''Film/DoctorMabuseTheGambler'' and his subsequent VillainBasedFranchise is an early TropeCodifier.

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* The vast majority of Film Serial villians qualify.


** Silva in ''{{Film/Skyfall}}'', who nearly brings down MI6 with the power of HollywoodHacking. ''Film/{{Spectre}}'' reveals [[spoiler:he was doing this on behalf of Blofeld as a way to humiliate 007 for their CainAndAbel relationship.]]
** [[spoiler:C/Max Denbigh]] in ''Film/{{Spectre}}''. He is in charge of a proposed merger of [=MI5=] and MI6, [[spoiler:using it as a cover to give control of his surveillance plan to Blofeld.]]

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** Silva in ''{{Film/Skyfall}}'', who nearly brings down MI6 [=MI6=] with the power of HollywoodHacking. ''Film/{{Spectre}}'' reveals [[spoiler:he was doing this on behalf of Blofeld as a way to humiliate 007 for their CainAndAbel relationship.]]
** [[spoiler:C/Max Denbigh]] in ''Film/{{Spectre}}''. He is in charge of a proposed merger of [=MI5=] and MI6, [=MI6=], [[spoiler:using it as a cover to give control of his surveillance plan to Blofeld.]]


* ''[[WesternAnimation/BeastWars Transformers Beast Wars]]'' Megatron is a prime example. Unlike other Megatrons, this one didn't have any political power in his faction. (The Council considered him a dangerous rogue.) He's described as brilliant for the cleverly crafted strategies he uses to thwart the Maximals throughout the show. He has a handful of lackeys (half of them traitorous, and the other half stupidly loyal) and he takes the time to incorporate their plans against him to further his agenda without them knowing.
* Belphegor, the main villain from the French-Canadian animation ''Belphegor'', fits this trope very well. Unlike most diabolical masterminds however, he gets in on the action just as much as his mooks and underlings, if not more so.

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* ''[[WesternAnimation/BeastWars Transformers Beast Wars]]'' Megatron is a prime example. Unlike other Megatrons, this one didn't have any political power in his faction. (The Council considered him a dangerous rogue.) He's described as brilliant for the cleverly crafted strategies he uses to thwart the Maximals throughout the show. He has a handful of lackeys (half of them traitorous, and the other half stupidly loyal) and he takes the time to incorporate their plans against him to further his agenda without them knowing.
* Belphegor, the main villain for from the French-Canadian animation ''Belphegor'', fits this trope very well. Unlike most diabolical masterminds however, he gets in on the action just as much as his mooks and underlings, if not more so.so.
* Baron Silas Greenback from ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'' usually sits behing his desk stroking his pet and organising villainy, leaving his henchman Stiletto to do the work.


** The sequel, ''[[VideoGame/MaxPayne2TheFallOfMaxPayne The Fall of Max Payne]]'', gives us [[spoiler:Vlad]], harmless club owner/shadow leader of the "Cleaners" hit squad. The Squeaky Cleaning Company goes into buildings dressed as custodians, kill their targets, and then use cleaning materials to remove any trace. Their main purpose is stomping anyone standing in the way of [[spoiler:Vlad]]'s control of the underworld. He finally overreaches when trying to take over the Illuminati.

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** The sequel, ''[[VideoGame/MaxPayne2TheFallOfMaxPayne The Fall of Max Payne]]'', gives us [[spoiler:Vlad]], [[spoiler: Vladimir Lem]], also known as [[spoiler: Vlad]], harmless club owner/shadow leader of the "Cleaners" hit squad.squad/leader of the Russian mafia. The Squeaky Cleaning Company goes into buildings dressed as custodians, kill their targets, and then use cleaning materials to remove any trace. Their main purpose is stomping anyone standing in the way of [[spoiler:Vlad]]'s control of the underworld. He finally overreaches when trying to take over the Illuminati.

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* The villain of ''Literature/TheNightMayor'' is Truro Daine, whose extensive criminal career is such that nobody can think of any precedent to compare him to short of fictional supervillains like Fu Manchu and Lex Luthor. When he was finally caught, the charges started with 8921 counts of first-degree murder, and continued through arson, blackmail, drug-running, pornography, and other trespasses too numerous to mention. The jail time due for all his crimes is enough that if he lived that long he'd come out to find the human race had evolved into something else. He continues pulling the strings of his criminal empire from maximum security prison. The prison governor notes that a man of Daine's genius could easily have made a legitimate fortune larger than his ill-gotten gains, but apparently Daine would have found that too boring.


** ''[[VideoGame/HitmanBloodMoney Blood Money]]'' introduced The Franchise, a rival outfit to the protagonist's murder-for-hire "Agency." As Mr. 47 climbs his way up the criminal ladder, killing off the Franchise's mooks, he's captured by the authorities in an untimely raid -- whereupon the Franchise's founder is revealed to be [[spoiler:the game's narrator, a composite character of Blofeld and Le Chriffe from ''Film/CasinoRoyale'']]. The real objective was to get his hands on 47's enhanced DNA to produce more assassins like him: he systematically backed 47 into a corner by killing his associates, hiding behind a phony contract killing business to divert them, all the while giving interviews to the press condemning human cloning (to remove the competition).

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** ''[[VideoGame/HitmanBloodMoney Blood Money]]'' introduced The Franchise, a rival outfit to the protagonist's murder-for-hire "Agency." As Mr. 47 climbs his way up the criminal ladder, killing off the Franchise's mooks, he's captured by the authorities in an untimely raid -- whereupon the Franchise's founder is revealed to be [[spoiler:the game's narrator, a composite character of Blofeld and Le Chriffe from ''Film/CasinoRoyale'']].''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'']]. The real objective was to get his hands on 47's enhanced DNA to produce more assassins like him: he systematically backed 47 into a corner by killing his associates, hiding behind a phony contract killing business to divert them, all the while giving interviews to the press condemning human cloning (to remove the competition).


** The rarely-seen Oswell E. Spencer was the president of Umbrella Corp and the chief architect of the games' events, up until his death in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5''. Spencer was a very elitist person who funded Umbrella Corp. to pursue his [[ANaziByAnyOtherName eugenics goals]]. He went off the deep end because he suddenly became in possession of a powerful evolutionary tool (Progenitor Virus). His ideals suddenly became feasible. The Ashfords, who co-founded the company, were also originally the Kruegers, former high-ranking Nazis. Spencer allied himself with them quite deliberately according to the developer's notes. (Spencer is also said to be related to the British royal family, and Spencer was Princess Diana's maiden name, and Princess Diana is related to Winston Churchill. So the implication is that Oswell Spencer is someone related to Winston Churchill who decided to continue Hitler's work.)

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** The rarely-seen Oswell E. Spencer was the president of Umbrella Corp and the chief architect of the games' events, up until his death in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5''. Spencer was a very elitist person who funded Umbrella Corp. to pursue his [[ANaziByAnyOtherName eugenics goals]]. He went off the deep end because he suddenly became in possession of a powerful evolutionary tool (Progenitor Virus). His ideals suddenly became feasible. The In the early stages of the game's development, the Ashfords, who co-founded the company, were also originally instead called the Kruegers, former high-ranking Nazis. Spencer Nazis, although in the final version of the game they were descended from British aristocrats as the developers decided to remove the explicit Nazi imagery.
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allied himself with them quite deliberately according to the developer's notes. (Spencer is also said to be related to the British royal family, and Spencer was Princess Diana's maiden name, and Princess Diana is related to Winston Churchill. So the implication is that Oswell Spencer is someone related to Winston Churchill who decided to continue Hitler's work.)


* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' had Richard Wilkins III, the folksy Mayor who concealed his satanic bargains behind closed doors. He used a lot of intermediaries to carry out his plots, and rarely set foot outside of City Hall.



* ''Series/LifeOnMars'' finds the unit in pursuit of the Morton brothers (a fictitious analogue to the Kray twins), a gangster duo seizing control of Manchester's racketeering outfits by killing their rivals. Their only lead on the brothers' whereabouts is Sam's father, Vic Tyler, a petty crook and the only person to lay eyes on the Mortons. [[spoiler:Vic is later revealed to be the true gang leader, with the "Morton brothers" acting as his nonexistent bosses]].

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* ''Series/LifeOnMars'' ''Series/LifeOnMars2006'' finds the unit in pursuit of the Morton brothers (a fictitious analogue to the Kray twins), a gangster duo seizing control of Manchester's racketeering outfits by killing their rivals. Their only lead on the brothers' whereabouts is Sam's father, Vic Tyler, a petty crook and the only person to lay eyes on the Mortons. [[spoiler:Vic is later revealed to be the true gang leader, with the "Morton brothers" acting as his nonexistent bosses]].



* In the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "Our Man Bashir" most of the crew's transporter beam patterns are accidentally put in a holosuite portraying characters in Dr. Bashir's 1960s spy program. Captain Sisko plays a mad supervillain planning to flood the world called "Dr. Noah".

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* In the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "Our Man Bashir" most of the crew's transporter beam patterns are accidentally put in a holosuite portraying characters in Dr. Bashir's 1960s spy program. Captain Sisko plays a mad supervillain planning to flood the world called "Dr. Noah"."'''Dr. No'''ah".


* In ''{{VideoGame/Shadowrun}}'', Jake Armitage is a courier who was shot by his Mr. Johnson, Drake, and left for dead somewhere in Seattle. Unfortunately, the bullet wiped clean any memory of Jake's last assignment or the angry-sounding voice on his answering machine. [[spoiler:Long story short, Aneki Corporation developed a revolutionary, if malevolent Artificial Intelligence. Because of this, Matrix Systems, a small corporation, started working on a program to destroy the A.I. Aware of that, Aneki cut a deal with the metahuman Drake]]. With Drake's firepower, they cleared Matrix Systems off the map, except for Jake, who is carrying of the last copy of the program. Jake manages to destroy Aneki using the program and kill Drake (inside of Drake's VolcanoLair, no less), thus saving Seattle from the A.I.

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* In ''{{VideoGame/Shadowrun}}'', Jake Armitage is a courier who was shot by his Mr. Johnson, Drake, and left for dead somewhere in Seattle. Unfortunately, the bullet wiped clean any memory of Jake's last assignment or the angry-sounding voice on his answering machine. [[spoiler:Long story short, Aneki Corporation developed a revolutionary, if malevolent Artificial Intelligence. Because of this, Matrix Systems, a small corporation, started working on a program to destroy the A.I. Aware of that, Aneki cut a deal with the metahuman Drake]]. With Drake's firepower, they cleared Matrix Systems off the map, except for Jake, who is carrying of the last copy of the program. Jake manages to destroy Aneki using the program and kill Drake (inside of Drake's VolcanoLair, no less), thus saving Seattle from the A.I.

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