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** Dr. Eggman has been shown to be this at times in the [[SonicTheHedgehog Sonic]] series. He has tricked Knuckles on several occasions, tricked Tails into revealing he had a fake Chaos Emerald, and has, at one point, tricked Sonic to get to the center of a machine that would unseal Dark Gaia and break Sonic out of his SuperMode.

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** Dr. Eggman has been shown to be this at times in the [[SonicTheHedgehog [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog Sonic]] series. He has tricked Knuckles on several occasions, tricked Tails into revealing he had a fake Chaos Emerald, and has, at one point, tricked Sonic to get to the center of a machine that would unseal Dark Gaia and break Sonic out of his SuperMode.


* ''VideoGame/YandereSimulator'' gives us [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Yandere-chan]] who will manipulate certain events to befit her and her quest to be with Senpai. However, the player can establish if she's just this or a mass-murdering sociopath who only cares about herself and her desires.

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* ''VideoGame/YandereSimulator'' gives us [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Yandere-chan]] offers a female variation in Ayano/Yandere-chan. As her nickname suggests, she is a {{yandere}} who will manipulate certain events is willing to befit do anything to win the object of her affections. She can make a murder look like a suicide so that she doesn't draw attention to herself, she can improve her social skills and charm people into doing whatever she wants, she can get rid of a rival by framing her quest to be with Senpai. However, the player can establish if for murder, theft, or cheating, etc. Just what kind of person she is and how far she's just this or a mass-murdering sociopath who only cares about herself and her desires.willing to go is dependent on the player.



* ''VideoGame/YandereSimulator'' offers a female variation in Ayano/Yandere-chan. As her nickname suggests, she is a {{yandere}} who is willing to do anything to win the object of her affections. She can make a murder look like a suicide so that she doesn't draw attention to herself, she can improve her social skills and charm people into doing whatever she wants, she can get rid of a rival by framing her for murder, theft, or cheating, etc. Just what kind of person she is and how far she's willing to go is dependent on the player.



* 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.

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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 Professor Tsuchida of ''VideoGame/PeretEmHeruForThePrisoners'' really couldn't care less about the hapless tour group he ropes into joining him during his real identity]]. Whether or not she falls for it is up to exploration of the player.underground ruins. But he's entirely capable of using various tricks to keep them around and ensure they keep helping him out.


* [[spoiler: Master Li]] of ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'' is the epitome of Manipulative Bastardry. He pulls off a ''20 year'' {{plan}}(only saved from being a GambitRoulette because he is ''always'' in control of it) perfectly, [[spoiler: even anticipating crash sites of flyers and manipulating family GenreSavvy enough to assume he survived a blizzard after being chucked around by a deity ''and'' to still be looking for him. He knew about and relied on Sun Hai doing that. All hail the Glorious Strategist!]]

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* [[spoiler: Master Li]] of ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'' is the epitome of Manipulative Bastardry. He pulls off a ''20 year'' {{plan}}(only {{plan}} (only saved from being a GambitRoulette because he is ''always'' in control of it) perfectly, [[spoiler: even anticipating crash sites of flyers and manipulating family GenreSavvy enough to assume who assumed he survived a blizzard after being chucked around by a deity ''and'' to still be looking for him. He knew about and relied on Sun Hai doing that. All hail the Glorious Strategist!]]

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* ''VideoGame/OdinSphere'':
** Odin and Gwendolyn will refer differently to each other (princess versus valkyrie, father versus king) in order to provoke different reactions. Any time Odin wants something from Gwendolyn, he'll play on her emotions, interchanging familial address with knighthood rank.
** The Three Wise Men. Each is stationed as a powerful advisor for the three main kingdoms in Erion, and all are working to bring forth the coming of Armageddon.
** Ingway, who manipulates Cornelius, the Wise Men, Odette, and even Velvet, who is his twin sister, all in the name of achieving his goal.


* In ''VisualNovel/{{Demonheart}}'', Raze the demonspawn speaks to the main character telepathically, trying to manipulate her the entire time. He tries to turn her against every other character in the game, and [[spoiler:he lies about his real identity]].

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


* ''VideoGame/RandalsMonday'': [[spoiler:The business bum.]]

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* ''VideoGame/RandalsMonday'': [[spoiler:The business bum.]]]]
* In ''VisualNovel/{{Demonheart}}'', Raze the demonspawn speaks to the main character telepathically, trying to manipulate her the entire time. He tries to turn her against every other character in the game, and [[spoiler:he lies about his real identity]].


* Tlacolotl in ''VideoGame/NexusWar'' games is a BadBoss [[TheSociopath Sociopath]] who is universally [[ZeroPercentApprovalRating despised]] by the other members of the pantheon. He's still a distressingly successful player of the CosmicChessGame that drives the series because he knows who ''else'' despises and distrusts whom, and he's a master of manipulating other gods into wasting their resources in petty fights with each other while he moves his own pieces into place. Some examples of his schemes include [[spoiler:suckering [[BlackAndWhiteInsanity Namm]] into banishing [[CassandraTruth Azazel]]]] and [[spoiler:engineering Haldos' [[LeeroyJenkins failed bid]] to overthrow the death-god Hashaa.]]

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* Tlacolotl in ''VideoGame/NexusWar'' games is a BadBoss [[TheSociopath Sociopath]] who is universally [[ZeroPercentApprovalRating despised]] by the other members of the pantheon. He's still a distressingly successful player of the CosmicChessGame that drives the series because he knows who ''else'' despises and distrusts whom, and he's a master of manipulating other gods into wasting their resources in petty fights with each other while he moves his own pieces into place. Some examples of his schemes include [[spoiler:suckering [[BlackAndWhiteInsanity Namm]] into banishing [[CassandraTruth Azazel]]]] and [[spoiler:engineering Haldos' [[LeeroyJenkins failed bid]] to overthrow the death-god Hashaa.]]
* ''VideoGame/RandalsMonday'': [[spoiler:The business bum.
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** From the series backstory, Tiber Septim was the [[FounderOfTheKingdom founder]] of the Third Tamriellic Empire who [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascended after his death]] as [[DeityOfHumanOrigin Talos]], the Ninth Divine. While [[HistoricalHeroUpgrade Imperial orthodox history]] treats him more like a GuileHero, the more heretical works instead paint him as this, stating that he was not above using betrayal and assassination to get what he desired and forge his Empire.
---> ''"If you are of no use to Tiber Septim, he will see to it that you are of no use to his enemies either..."''

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** During the 200 year TimeSkip between the events of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' and ''Skyrim'', the [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Thalmor]], an Altmeri religious extremist group, prove to be ''exceptionally'' manipulative bastards. First, they [[StealingTheCredit took credit]] for ending the [[LegionsOfHell Oblivion Crisis]] which brought them fame and power in their homeland. They then had [[RegentForLife Potentate]] [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Ocato]] assassinated to further destabilize the Empire 10 years after the Crisis. As provinces started to secede, they annexed Valenwood in order to reform the [[AntiHumanAlliance Aldmeri]] [[TheEmpire Dominion]] of old and give them a buffer state between their homeland and Cyrodiil, the home province of the Empire. They [[BlatantLies took credit]] for resolving a crisis with the moons that brought them Elsweyr as a client state. They goaded the [[LizardFolk Argonians]] into invading Morrowind following the [[ColonyDrop Red]] [[ChekhovsVolcano Year]], essentially depriving the Empire of two more former provinces. They imposed the ban on [[DeityOfHumanOrigin Talos]] worship which, in addition to their torture of [[RebelLeader Ulfric Stormcloak]] during the [[GreatOffscreenWar Great War]], led to strife and eventually civil war in Skyrim. Essentially, they've spent two centuries devastating the Empire with their machinations while building up their own strengths in order to deliver the final blow to the Empire.

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*** Sheogorath, the Daedric Prince of [[MadGod Madness]], has [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass shown to be very bit]] as manipulative as any other Daedric Prince when he wants to be. The ''16 Accords of Madness'' show him using {{Batman Gambit}}s to win bets with fellow Daedric Princes [[EgomaniacHunter Hircine]], [[YourWorstNightmare Vaermina]], and [[AllTheOtherReindeer Malacath]]. Additionally, he proves to be one in ''Online'''s Mages Guild questline, mostly for [[ItAmusedMe his own amusement]], much to the detriment of Archmage Shalidor.


* ''VideoGame/YandereSimulator'' offers a female variation in Ayano/Yandere-chan. As her nickname suggests, she is a {{yandere}} who is willing to do anything to win the object of her affections. She can make a murder look like a suicide so that she doesn't draw attention to herself, she can improve her social skills and charm people into doing whatever she wants, she can get rid of a rival by framing her for murder, theft, or cheating, etc. Just what kind of person she is and how far she's willing to go is dependent on the player.

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* ''VideoGame/YandereSimulator'' offers a female variation in Ayano/Yandere-chan. As her nickname suggests, she is a {{yandere}} who is willing to do anything to win the object of her affections. She can make a murder look like a suicide so that she doesn't draw attention to herself, she can improve her social skills and charm people into doing whatever she wants, she can get rid of a rival by framing her for murder, theft, or cheating, etc. Just what kind of person she is and how far she's willing to go is dependent on the player.player.
* Tlacolotl in ''VideoGame/NexusWar'' games is a BadBoss [[TheSociopath Sociopath]] who is universally [[ZeroPercentApprovalRating despised]] by the other members of the pantheon. He's still a distressingly successful player of the CosmicChessGame that drives the series because he knows who ''else'' despises and distrusts whom, and he's a master of manipulating other gods into wasting their resources in petty fights with each other while he moves his own pieces into place. Some examples of his schemes include [[spoiler:suckering [[BlackAndWhiteInsanity Namm]] into banishing [[CassandraTruth Azazel]]]] and [[spoiler:engineering Haldos' [[LeeroyJenkins failed bid]] to overthrow the death-god Hashaa.]]

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*** This is a trait of Molag Bal, Daedric Prince of [[TheCorrupter Domination and Corruption]] and the closest thing in the ''ES'' universe to a true GodOfEvil. Molag Bal greatly enjoys manipulating mortals into furthering his schemes. Indeed, the main difference between Molag Bal and [[DestroyerDeity Mehrunes]] [[OmnicidalManiac Dagon]] is that while Dagon will invade and inflict destruction upon mortals with his LegionsOfHell and cultists, Molag Bal will instead manipulate mortals into destroying ''themselves''.

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*** Meridia, a Daedric Prince associated with LifeEnergy, [[LightIsNotGood Light]], and [[ProudBeauty Beauty]], proves to be one in the plot of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsOnline Online]]''. After [[GodWasMyCopilot revealing her true identity]], the [[PlayerCharacter Vestige]] will call her out for using him/her. Meridia will counter that she thinks of them as nothing but [[UnwittingPawn a pawn]] in a grand game and that's up to the Vestige themselves if they make the most of it or not.

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*** Similarly, Mephala is a Daedric Prince whose sphere is "obscured to mortals", but who is associated with manipulation, lies, sex, and secrets. She too could be considered the very ''embodiment'' of this trope. She exists to "fray the web" of mortal relationships and interferes in the affairs of mortals [[ItAmusedMe for amusement]]. She takes a particular joy in the betrayal of trust or minor slights tearing entire towns or ''nations'' apart.

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** Several of the series' [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Princes]] fit. To note:
*** Azura is the Daedric Prince of Dawn and Dusk, and is heavily associated with prophecy. The fact that she [[TheChessmaster actively works]] to ''ensure'' that her prophecies come to fruition is something she'd rather you ignore. Although she is never overtly deceitful, the way Azura [[XanatosGambit always gets what she desires in the end]], and how titanic events always follow her interventions, can be portrayed as disturbing. A good example is her behavior during and following the events of ''Morrowind''. While Azura takes on a highly benevolent image in helping to free the Dunmer (and Tamriel in general) from the threat of [[BigBad Dagoth Ur]], the primary reason why the [[PlayerCharacter Nerevarine]] is actually sent to Vvardenfell is to undermine and destroy the [[DeityOfHumanOrigin Tribunal]] (who defied her, stole her worshipers, and [[TheRashomon may have]] killed her previous champion, Nerevar). Actually defeating Dagoth Ur is just good PR "icing on the cake" while she actually gets what she wants when the 4000-year reign of the Dunmeri {{Physical God}}s is brought to an end. In addition, Azura herself played a highly active role in bringing about the destruction of Morrowind in the years that followed, as she only warned a handful of her followers to leave (allowing for the rest to [[ChekhovsVolcano die horribly]] as punishment for turning on her). She is also the only party during and after the events of Morrowind to end up with ''everything'' she wanted (Dead or otherwise indisposed Tribunal, her former worshipers are firmly hers again, those who didn't worship her are enslaved and destroyed, [[VillainWithGoodPublicity amazing PR]]...)
*** Boethiah, the Daedric Prince of Plots, could be considered the very ''embodiment'' of this trope along with ChronicBackstabbingDisorder. Included within his sphere is murder, assassination, deceit, betrayal, treason, the ''unlawful'' overthrow of authority... Historically, he pulled this when he "ate" Trinimac, [[HijackingCthulhu used Trinimac's voice]] to deceive the group that would become the Chimer into following him, and then (along with Azura and Mephala) leading the Chimer to Morrowind where they would make the worship of these three "good" Daedra their primary religion.

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