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* ''Hedda Gabler.'' While Hedda has been portrayed as a hero, tragic hero, victim, villain, feminist, basket case, [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes square dance caller]], and [[Creator/TheMarxBrothers two hard-boiled eggs]], one factor remains consistent from interpretation to interpretation: she is a Manipulative Bastard, particularly in an insanely ingenious "conversation" with Thea Elvsted. Judge Brack is certainly one of these as well, a sociable rival of sorts engaged with her in [[Webcomic/{{Homestuck}} a constant battle of passive-assertive one-upmanship]], leading to a bizarre, diluted [[NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine Kis]][[AffablyEvil me]][[FauxAffablyEvil sis]][[SlapSlapKiss si]][[FriendlyEnemy tude]].

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* ''Hedda Gabler.'' ''Theatre/HeddaGabler''. While Hedda has been portrayed as a hero, tragic hero, victim, villain, feminist, basket case, [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes square dance caller]], and [[Creator/TheMarxBrothers two hard-boiled eggs]], one factor remains consistent from interpretation to interpretation: she is a Manipulative Bastard, particularly in an insanely ingenious "conversation" with Thea Elvsted. Judge Brack is certainly one of these as well, a sociable rival of sorts engaged with her in [[Webcomic/{{Homestuck}} a constant battle of passive-assertive one-upmanship]], leading to a bizarre, diluted [[NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine Kis]][[AffablyEvil me]][[FauxAffablyEvil sis]][[SlapSlapKiss si]][[FriendlyEnemy tude]].

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* Seiji the {{Yakuza}} heir from ''VisualNovel/SpiritHunterNG'' is so efficient at exploiting people's weaknesses that it's said he even has high-ranking politicians and police in his pocket, despite still being in high school.

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* ''WebVideo/{{Dad}}}'': PlayedWith. It seemed clear Cheryl was up to something, ensuring Dad keeps eating the FOOD that seemingly keeps him in the script of a man desperately unhappy with his marriage and unable to stop it from disintegrating. However, later videos showed her being controlled by outside forces as well, leading to the question of who is ''really'' in charge. [[spoiler:"Dad Elucidated" then reveals she really ''was'' in control.]]


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* ''Literature/BookOfEsther'': Haman the Agagite exploits his position as the Emperor's [[EvilChancellor vizier]] to obtain power, and to obtain permission to perpetrate genocide against Persian Jewry.

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* ''Literature/BookOfEsther'': Haman the Agagite exploits his position as the Emperor's [[EvilChancellor vizier]] to obtain power, and to obtain permission convince the latter to permit him to perpetrate genocide against Persian Jewry.



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* ''Literature/BookOfEsther'': Haman the Agagite exploits his position as the Emperor's [[EvilChancellor vizier]] to obtain power, and to obtain permission to perpetrate genocide against Persian Jewry.
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Manipulative Bastards often fall into the KarmaHoudini trope--after all, [[MoreThanMindControl they never "forced"]] anybody [[MurderBySuicide to do anything]] which leads the [[ViewerStockPhrases audience]] to scream, [[WhatAnIdiot "Why do you keep falling for this?"]] at the other characters.

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Manipulative Bastards often fall into the KarmaHoudini trope--after all, [[MoreThanMindControl they never "forced"]] anybody [[MurderBySuicide to do anything]] which leads the [[ViewerStockPhrases audience]] audience to scream, [[WhatAnIdiot "Why do you keep falling for this?"]] at the other characters.


While TheChessmaster is the master manipulator of events, the Manipulative Bastard is the master manipulator of people, usually through means such as emotions, perspectives, psychologies etcera. This is the guy or gal who gets off on playing head games--clever and dangerous and lacking comedic overtones [[ComedicSociopathy (usu]][[BlackComedy ally)]]. He or she always has [[ThePlan a plan]], but rather than do any work, the Manipulative Bastard prefers to play on other characters' emotions and minds and then watch the victims destroy themselves as they waste their energy on fighting against [[WindmillPolitical fake dangers]] or [[LetsYouAndHimFight their friends]].

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While TheChessmaster is the master manipulator of events, the Manipulative Bastard is the master manipulator of people, usually through such means such as emotions, perspectives, psychologies etcera.and the like. This is the guy or gal who gets off on playing head games--clever and dangerous and lacking comedic overtones [[ComedicSociopathy (usu]][[BlackComedy ally)]]. He or she always has [[ThePlan a plan]], but rather than do any work, the Manipulative Bastard prefers to play on other characters' emotions and minds and then watch the victims destroy themselves as they waste their energy on fighting against [[WindmillPolitical fake dangers]] or [[LetsYouAndHimFight their friends]].


While TheChessmaster is the master manipulator of events, the Manipulative Bastard is the master manipulator of people, usually throgh vectors such as emotions, perspectives, psychologies etcera . This is the guy or gal who gets off on playing head games--clever and dangerous and lacking comedic overtones [[ComedicSociopathy (usu]][[BlackComedy ally)]]. He or she always has [[ThePlan a plan]], but rather than do any work, the Manipulative Bastard prefers to play on other characters' emotions and minds and then watch the victims destroy themselves as they waste their energy on fighting against [[WindmillPolitical fake dangers]] or [[LetsYouAndHimFight their friends]].

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While TheChessmaster is the master manipulator of events, the Manipulative Bastard is the master manipulator of people, usually throgh vectors through means such as emotions, perspectives, psychologies etcera .etcera. This is the guy or gal who gets off on playing head games--clever and dangerous and lacking comedic overtones [[ComedicSociopathy (usu]][[BlackComedy ally)]]. He or she always has [[ThePlan a plan]], but rather than do any work, the Manipulative Bastard prefers to play on other characters' emotions and minds and then watch the victims destroy themselves as they waste their energy on fighting against [[WindmillPolitical fake dangers]] or [[LetsYouAndHimFight their friends]].


While TheChessmaster is the master manipulator of events, situations, and circumstances, the Manipulative Bastard is the master manipulator of emotions, perspectives, psychologies and anything and everything else that can get people dancing to their tune. This is the guy or gal who gets off on playing head games--clever and dangerous and lacking comedic overtones [[ComedicSociopathy (usu]][[BlackComedy ally)]]. He or she always has [[ThePlan a plan]], but rather than do any work, the Manipulative Bastard prefers to play on other characters' emotions and minds and then watch the victims destroy themselves as they waste their energy on fighting against [[WindmillPolitical fake dangers]] or [[LetsYouAndHimFight their friends]].

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While TheChessmaster is the master manipulator of events, situations, and circumstances, the Manipulative Bastard is the master manipulator of people, usually throgh vectors such as emotions, perspectives, psychologies and anything and everything else that can get people dancing to their tune.etcera . This is the guy or gal who gets off on playing head games--clever and dangerous and lacking comedic overtones [[ComedicSociopathy (usu]][[BlackComedy ally)]]. He or she always has [[ThePlan a plan]], but rather than do any work, the Manipulative Bastard prefers to play on other characters' emotions and minds and then watch the victims destroy themselves as they waste their energy on fighting against [[WindmillPolitical fake dangers]] or [[LetsYouAndHimFight their friends]].

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* In ''VisualNovel/{{Demonheart}}'', Raze the demonspawn tries to manipulate the main character the entire time. Speaking inside her head, he tries to turn her against every other character in the game, and [[spoiler:he lies about his real identity]]. Whether or not she falls for it is up to the player.


* Sylvester in ''Literature/{{Twig}}'' is both this and an UnreliableNarrator even though he tells the story in first person. Usually he employs his skills to predict what his opponents will do if panicked or spooked, and then does that do them using his skills as TheSocialExpert, but just as often he'll have to deal with an ongoing situation and adapt on the fly, preventing him from playing TheChessmaster. Most notably, at one point he manipulates matters at the breakfast table so that firstly, one of the younger orphans doesn't have to eat food she doesn't like, the orphan matron is happy with him for resolving the situation, ''and'' he gets an extra spoonful of oatmeal.

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* Sylvester in ''Literature/{{Twig}}'' is both this constantly examining situations through the lens of how people interact with each other, thinking about why they might be interacting in that way, and an UnreliableNarrator even though he tells the story in first person. Usually he employs considering how to best turn those interactions to his skills advantage. His favorite strategy in confrontations is to predict what his opponents will do if panicked or spooked, and then does that do panic or spook them using his skills as TheSocialExpert, but just as often he'll have to deal with an ongoing situation and adapt on the fly, preventing him from playing TheChessmaster. Most notably, at one TheSocialExpert. The story's first person point he manipulates matters at of view provides a notably in-depth look into the breakfast table so that firstly, one kind of the younger orphans doesn't have mental effort and ability to eat food she doesn't like, the orphan matron is happy with him for resolving the situation, ''and'' he gets an extra spoonful of oatmeal.rapidly reach conclusions needed to make all this work.


While TheChessmaster is the master manipulator of events, situations, and circumstances, the Manipulative Bastard is the master manipulator of emotions, perspectives, psychologies and anything and everything that can get people dancing to their tune. This is the guy or gal who gets off on playing head games--clever and dangerous and lacking comedic overtones [[ComedicSociopathy (usu]][[BlackComedy ally)]]. He or she always has [[ThePlan a plan]], but rather than do any work, the Manipulative Bastard prefers to play on other characters' emotions and minds and then watch the victims destroy themselves as they waste their energy on fighting against [[WindmillPolitical fake dangers]] or [[LetsYouAndHimFight their friends]].

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While TheChessmaster is the master manipulator of events, situations, and circumstances, the Manipulative Bastard is the master manipulator of emotions, perspectives, psychologies and anything and everything else that can get people dancing to their tune. This is the guy or gal who gets off on playing head games--clever and dangerous and lacking comedic overtones [[ComedicSociopathy (usu]][[BlackComedy ally)]]. He or she always has [[ThePlan a plan]], but rather than do any work, the Manipulative Bastard prefers to play on other characters' emotions and minds and then watch the victims destroy themselves as they waste their energy on fighting against [[WindmillPolitical fake dangers]] or [[LetsYouAndHimFight their friends]].


While TheChessmaster is the master manipulator of events, situations, and circumstances, the Manipulative Bastard is the master manipulator of emotions, perspectives, psychologies and the anything and everything that can get people dancing to their tune. This is the guy or gal who gets off on playing head games--clever and dangerous and lacking comedic overtones [[ComedicSociopathy (usu]][[BlackComedy ally)]]. He or she always has [[ThePlan a plan]], but rather than do any work, the Manipulative Bastard prefers to play on other characters' emotions and minds and then watch the victims destroy themselves as they waste their energy on fighting against [[WindmillPolitical fake dangers]] or [[LetsYouAndHimFight their friends]].

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While TheChessmaster is the master manipulator of events, situations, and circumstances, the Manipulative Bastard is the master manipulator of emotions, perspectives, psychologies and the anything and everything that can get people dancing to their tune. This is the guy or gal who gets off on playing head games--clever and dangerous and lacking comedic overtones [[ComedicSociopathy (usu]][[BlackComedy ally)]]. He or she always has [[ThePlan a plan]], but rather than do any work, the Manipulative Bastard prefers to play on other characters' emotions and minds and then watch the victims destroy themselves as they waste their energy on fighting against [[WindmillPolitical fake dangers]] or [[LetsYouAndHimFight their friends]].


While TheChessmaster is the master manipulator of events, situations, and circumstances, the Manipulative Bastard is the master manipulator of anything and everything that can get others dancing to their tune: emotions, perspectives, psychologies... you name it. AllAccordingToPlan... This is the guy or gal who gets off on playing head games--clever and dangerous and lacking comedic overtones [[ComedicSociopathy (usu]][[BlackComedy ally)]]. He or she always has [[ThePlan a plan]], but rather than do any work, the Manipulative Bastard prefers to play on other characters' emotions and minds and then watch the victims destroy themselves as they waste their energy on fighting against [[WindmillPolitical fake dangers]] or [[LetsYouAndHimFight their friends]].

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While TheChessmaster is the master manipulator of events, situations, and circumstances, the Manipulative Bastard is the master manipulator of of emotions, perspectives, psychologies and the anything and everything that can get others people dancing to their tune: emotions, perspectives, psychologies... you name it. AllAccordingToPlan...tune. This is the guy or gal who gets off on playing head games--clever and dangerous and lacking comedic overtones [[ComedicSociopathy (usu]][[BlackComedy ally)]]. He or she always has [[ThePlan a plan]], but rather than do any work, the Manipulative Bastard prefers to play on other characters' emotions and minds and then watch the victims destroy themselves as they waste their energy on fighting against [[WindmillPolitical fake dangers]] or [[LetsYouAndHimFight their friends]].

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