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* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'':
** Original series: [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Vicious]] is Spike Spiegel's [[EvilFormerFriend former friend]] and partner in the [[TheSyndicate Red Dragon Crime Syndicate]], who grew to despise personal relationships after the latter betrayed him by having an affair with Vicious' girlfriend Julia. After Spike and Julia fled the syndicate, Vicious grew dissatisfied with the management of its leadership, the council known as the Van, later killing his own mentor to prevent what he saw as a disadvantageous peace offering with another syndicate. Securing leadership of the Red Dragon during what was intended to be his own execution, Vicious manages to outplay the Van, bringing many of their followers to his side and [[TheStarscream personally cutting down the Van members to assume command himself]]. Forcing Spike into open confrontation with himself in command of the Red Dragon, Vicious dies facing his rival, never straying from his [[StrawNihilist twisted though genuine personal code]].
** ''[[Anime/CowboyBebopKnockinOnHeavensDoor Knockin' on Heaven's Door]]'': Vincent Volaju is a stoically badass SuperSoldier who--due to horrible trauma and experiments performed upon him--has come to believe he is trapped in a nightmare, and seeks to escape to the "real world". Vincent conscripts others to his side through bribery and manipulation alike, never hesitating to eliminate those same allies if they endanger his plans. A very well-spoken man who often muses about the nature of Purgatory and life itself while pulling off terrorist attacks that throw Mars into a panic, Vincent's brain is matched with his brawn, as he is one of the few characters in the franchise capable of taking down Spike Spiegel. His plan to unleash a virus and wipe out all life on Mars nearly succeeding, Vincent nonetheless offers survival to a chosen few he believes have true willpower, and, even when laying dying when his are foiled, he accepts his death and spares the life of his former lover Electra, earning the respect and sympathy of Spike himself in the process.
* ''Anime/{{K}}'': In ''Return of Kings'' the [[BigBadDuumvirate joint leaders]] of [[Characters/KJungle JUNGLE]] operate meticulously to [[WellIntentionedExtremist create what they believe will be a better world for everyone]]:
** [[VisionaryVillain Nagare Hisui]], the Green King, believes the power of the Dresden Slate should be shared amongst all of mankind and challenged the powerful Gold King for control of it, coming to near victory until he was forced to retreat as his own power ran out. Plotting for the next 14 years with his mentor and adoptive father the Grey King, Nagare creates JUNGLE and manipulates the monstrous Colorless King to work as a distraction for their plans while waiting for the Gold King to die before moving into action directly. Through an online site, Nagare causes chaos as he empowers civilians, bringing JUNGLE to the public and eventually forcing the Silver King, Adolf K. Weismann/Yashiro Isana, to confront him. Stealing the Dresden Slate with a daring scheme, Nagare activates its power and begins strengthening all of humanity, only stopped when Yashiro destroys his own Sword of Damocles to neutralize the Slate. As he passes, Nagare fondly remembers his time with the core members of JUNGLE, before remarking he is "satisfied" with the outcome despite his loss, cementing himself as one of Yashiro's most noble and gracious adversaries.
** [[BewareTheSillyOnes Tenkei Iwafune]] is an easy-going, playful TeamDad to JUNGLE, serving as the surrogate father to Nagare Hisui while masking his true identity of the aforementioned Grey King. Originally the beloved King Seitō Ōtori, his entire clan was lost in a Damocles Down, but he managed to find and successfully go into hiding with Nagare Hisui for 14 years while they developed JUNGLE together. In between scheming the theft of the Dresden Slate with Nagare and defeating the Blue King in single combat, Iwafune keeps JUNGLE's base tidy, throws dinner parties for his partners, and comes to care for all of JUNGLE as a surrogate family. Though defined by cyncism, Iwafune hopes to use the Dresden Slate to endow all of humanity with great power so people can better protect themselves, and has absolute loyalty to assisting Nagare in accomplishing this goal. Even when finally overwhelmed only through all of [[Characters/KScepter4 SCEPTER 4]], Iwafune sets JUNGLE's base to self-destruct, orders friend and foe alike to evacuate, and finds Nagare's fallen body after his defeat at the hands of Adolf K. Weismann, cradling his adopted son in his arms as their base collapses around them and happily remarking that the time they had together was fun.
* ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'': Kagetoki Kariya is a {{master swordsman}} and wise old man, his skills renowned so much that he is known as the "[[PowerOfTheGodHand Hand of God]]". A dignified and intelligent samurai, Kariya realized that the world was changing and allied with the shogunate, allowing the shogunate to believe he is a puppet when reality, he is using the empire to further his own agendas. Tending his garden while making comparisons to life and defeating Mugen in combat with the same amount of exertion, Kariya fights Jin and defeats even him, giving pointers on his fighting style the entire time. Ordered to eliminate the legendary "Samurai who Smells of Sunflowers", Kariya uses Fuu to lead him to the Samurai, kills the man after offering him last words with [[spoiler: his daughter Fuu]], spares the Samurai's elderly caretaker and then tries to kill Fuu as well, offering her the chance to honorably take her own life in the process.
* ''ComicBook/TheBoys'':
** [[VillainProtagonist William "Billy" Butcher]] leads the titular squad, [[StartOfDarkness driven to hatred against superheroes after one raped his wife]], later causing her death. Ruthlessly efficient in his operations, Butcher will take any means necessary to achieve his objectives and constantly shows his brilliance in taking down the legions of superheroes of the Vought-American, using a detonator to kill 150 before they can launch an attack and holds the Vought's most powerful group, the Seven, at a standstill with photos for {{blackmail}}. Personally defeating most of the high-ranked group Payback with pure tactical acumen, Butcher also devises a plan to respond to the Homelander's uprising by recommending specialized warheads to the American military, killing scores of superheroes with targeting devices. After avenging his wife, Butcher puts forth a plan to eradicate all superheroes via bioweapon, coming to [[NearVillainVictory near victory]] before foregoing his chance to instead save his protege, dying happy to instead save someone he loves.
** [[CorruptCorporateExecutive James Stillwell]], the Vought-American's de facto head, is a calm, [[TheUnfettered unfettered]] executive who single-mindedly ensures his corporation stays profitable and in good public standing. Hindering the Boys at nearly every turn, Stillwell proves himself their most brilliant adversary, at one point setting up a fake hospital to nearly wipe them out when springing a surprise attack. Ever a man of contingencies, Stillwell also swiftly catches on to the Homelander's plans for insurrection, [[NervesOfSteel calmly facing the deranged superhero]] and after the Homelander's coup is stopped, pins the blame on another Vought officer to avoid punishment while allowing Vought to rebrand and continue operating.
* ''Film/AllAboutEve'': Addison [=DeWitt=] is a brilliant and manipulative critic. Spotting the ascent of the titular Eve through the acting industry at the expense of others, [=DeWitt=] aids her in her rise to fame while pretending to be her ally and underling. Playing along with her, he effortlessly creates a paranoia which undermines Eve's rival Margo Channing and turns the tables, netting Eve a profitable career. However, when Eve decides to marry Lloyd Richards and rise to fame, [=DeWitt=] [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech verbally breaks her down]], making it clear that he alone is responsible for his career and that she has been outplayed, taking control of her life. As the film ends, [=DeWitt=] meets a similar woman to Eve and invites her into her home, [[HereWeGoAgain beginning the cycle once again]] and always coming out on top.
* ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober'': Captain Marko Ramius is a genius Soviet naval tacticician known as the "Vilnius Schoolmaster" for having trained many USSR naval officers. Becoming disillusioned with the Soviet cause after the death of his wife, Ramius uses the launch of the Red October prototype nuclear submarine and its silent "caterpillar drive" to [[DefectorFromCommieLand defect to the United States]] with the rest of his officer staff after murdering ThePoliticalOfficer by [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident making it look an accident]] and assuring the crew about the "secret nature" of their mission. Ramius' tactical insight allows him to evade both the Soviet and US navies until he can make contact with Jack Ryan, a CIA analyst who managed to decipher Ramius' real intentions. After evacuating the crew by faking a reactor meltdown and disposing of a GRU stowaway, Ramius manages to turn an enemy Soviet submarine's torpedo against itself and successfully defects with the Red October in tow.
* ''Literature/NightWatchSeries'': The film version of [[BigBad Zavulon]] lacks his original counterpart's racism. Zavulon leads the Dark Others, a magical organization that's been in a cold war with its Light counterpart for centuries. When Zavulon learns that a couple of powerful Great Others have been born, he reveals to one of them that his Light-aligned father, the work's hero Anton Gorodetsky, tried to have him aborted, convincing him to join the Dark. After training the boy for a couple years, Zavulon has Anton framed for murder by promising a vampire he'd [[ToBecomeHuman make his son human]] if he did the killing. After killing the son for attacking him when his manipulations are exposed, Zavulon reveals that this was all a plan to get the two Great Others to fight, as one spilling the other's blood would make the cold war hot again. [[spoiler:The scheme goes off without a hitch, only being stopped when Anton [[CosmicRetcon uses a powerful item to rewrite time]].]]
* ''Film/{{Sicario}}'':
** Matt Graver is a mysterious, laid-back CIA "spook" who deals in combatting terrorism and the Mexican cartels through any means necessary. As seen in the first film, Graver brings FBI agent Kate Macer into his squad, claiming to need her expertise but truthfully just using her as a liason to allow himself to operate on American soil, later having her life threatened to get her to sign the proper papers saying that everything he did was on the up-and-up. Graver works with Alejandro Gillick in tearing apart the Alarcón cartel, claiming that it is for moral reason when in reality, Graver just wants Alarcon eliminated so his competition can take over and perhaps be easier to talk peace with. [[Film/SicarioDayOfTheSoldado In the sequel]], Graver concocts a brilliant scheme to kickstart a war between two cartels, failing only due to corrupt police, and, going up against his superiors and calling them out for their cowardice, Graver ends up massacring an entire cartel gang to rescue the endangered Isabel Reyes to honor the seemingly-dead Alejandro. Despite his initial friendly, seemingly care-free attitude, Graver is a stone cold bastard who engages in both physical and psychological torture, murder, and illegal operations abounding to secure his goals, accomplishing nearly all through a combination of manipulation and strategic genius.
** The aforementioned Alejandro Gillick is a Sicario defined by tragedy and hatred, using his skills and connections to Graver to satiate his cold-blooded desire for revenge. Once a criminal lawyer, Alejandro's family was slaughtered by Fausto Alarcón, resulting in Alejandro becoming a gun-for-hire to seek vengeance, exhibiting remarkable skills in torture and murder that help his and Graver's schemes come to fruition. Hunting down Alarcón and killing his entire security force through pragmatic tricks and stealth, Alejandro calls out Alarcón for spending his nights eating dinner with his family, even while other families are killed on the drug lord's orders. Alejandro executes Alarcón's entire family in front of him before killing the man himself to seal his revenge. Capable of forming attachments to others despite his villainy, Alejandro considers Graver a friend of sorts, and grows to care for Kate Macer in the first film and Isabel Reyes in the second, at first showing a willingness to kill either one but ultimately sparing them, even putting his life on the line to rescue Isabel from death--getting himself shot in the face in the process, an event which doesn't even hinder Alejandro from killing a cartel group who threatens him.



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* ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'':
** [[LovableRogue Doug Judy]] is the [[GentlemanThief Pontiac Bandit]], an [[AffablyEvil affable car thief]] known for stealing 200 cars. Making himself known to Jake by pretending to be an informant, Doug sends Jake on a goose chase to the barber Doug framed, while he slips past him unnoticed. When Doug unexpectedly encounters Jake, he gives him the drug manufacturer of giggle pig in exchange for a four-star hotel suite where he collaborates with the suite's waiter on his escape, with Jake being too busy capturing the manufacturer. When Doug learns of a hitman trying to kill him he contacts Jake for help, making sure to meet Jake on a cruise ship, where Jake has no jurisdiction, escaping once Jake catches the hitman. Doug later helps Jake capture Doug's adopted brother in exchange for full immunity of his crimes. Getting Jake’s attention again by holding hostages, Doug gets Jake involved in a plan to [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas rescue his mother from a drug lord]] before escaping once more. Upon getting engaged to a judge who wants Doug to uninvite his criminal friends, Doug gets Jake involved in his bachelor party knowing that Jake will get his friends arrested, resulting in Doug avoiding having to uninvite them directly. Always being Jake’s most elusive adversary, Doug Judy’s master planning was only matched by his [[TheCharmer unlimited charm]].
** Trudy Judy is the younger sister of Doug Judy. Turning to crimes for the fun of it, Trudy eventually discovers Doug's old notebooks, and decides to follow his footsteps as a car thief. After being caught, Trudy takes advantage of her brother offering to capture an arms dealer she stole a Ferrari from in exchange for Trudy's charges being reduced. Having an employee of hers act as if he bought the stolen car, Trudy manipulates Doug into arguing with Terry, distracting them from noticing that her employee placed a bomb in the Ferrari. She later sets off the bomb when the car is being delivered, and uses the chaos to sneak away without facing any charges. With an attitude as playful as her brother's, Trudy earns the distinction of being the first person to outwit Doug Judy.
* ''Series/NoGoodNick'': [[UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist Nicole "Nick" Franzelli]] is a [[HighSchoolHustler teenaged con artist]] seeking to avenge her father's imprisonment by tricking her way into the Thompson family by claiming to be a LongLostRelative. To attain funds for a lawyer for her father, Nick passes off discount wines as expensive vintages, talks the volunteer squad into fining students who show up in a offensive costume while secretly swapping the fine box with a box of her own sells stolen art equipment such that it cannot be traced back to her, and sets up an online charity fraud account.Gaining the Thompson's love which Nick [[BecomingTheMask begins to reciprocate]], Nick still resolves to take them down out of bitterness for ruining her father and undermines them in various ways to slander them though she eventually comes to feel guilt and eventually cuts a deal with the police to restore the Thompson's name, [[ReformedButNotTamed remaining tricky even following her change of heart]].
* ''Rise of Empires: Ottoman'' (2020): Sultan Mehmet II, TheConqueror, is an Ottoman prince who ascends the throne after the death of his father Murad II. Descended from both Byzantine nobility and Ottoman warlords, Mehmet sets out to realize his ancestor Osman's dream of conquering Constantinople. Ensuring the fealty of his late father's vizier Halil Pasha to unite the empire, Mehmet orders the construction of great cannons to pummel the city with artillery bombardments to weaken the walls, and has his army build a path through the mountains north of Constantinople to move his navy across land to outmaneuver the Romans. Meanwhile, his beloved stepmother and ally Mara Brankovic keeps in contact with Mehmet from the Serbian court to apprise him of any alliance of Christian states buiding up around him. Feeling a [[WorthyOpponent genuine admiration]] for his arch-enemy Giovanni Giustiniani, Mehmet tries to [[WeCanRuleTogether offer him lordship over the Ionian islands if he joins the Ottomans]]. Ultimately, Mehmet's determination and sheer will secures a [[BreachingTheWall breach of the Roman walls]], as he takes the city and converts it into the new capital of the empire, while ridding himself of the trappings of the past by executing Halil Pasha for conspiring against him.
* ''VideoGame/AngelsOfDeath'': [[SinisterMinister Reverend Abraham Gray]] is the B2 floor master and the Tower's creator, having done so after becoming repulsed by evil actions committed in God's name, so he could himself could [[AGodAmI experience being God]]. In ''Episode 0'', Gray has Dr. Danny Dickens and Cathy Ward recruit killers to serve as the masters of the Tower's floors and kidnaps people to be put through the Tower's DeadlyGame. Though sinister in intent, Gray [[BenevolentBoss truly cares for his followers like family]]. When an amnesiac Ray Gardner comes to him for medicine for Zack Foster, Gray puts her through a dangerous trial with the intent to have her confront her past sins. Guiding Zack through floor B1, Gray helps him rescue Ray from Danny and helps her and Zack escape from Danny, resolving to stay behind and die in the collapsing tower for his own sins after [[HeelRealization realizing his shortcomings]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'':
** George Spelvin, from season 2's "[[Recap/ArcherS2E6TragicalHistory Tragical History]]", is a computer programer who manipulates [[TheSmartGuy Cyril Figgis]] into uploading a {{computer virus}} onto ISIS's network on the pretense that he will make Cyril a hero in front of his colleges, while also bribing Cyril to unsure his loyalty. After Cyril upload the virus, Spelvin reveals that he has no intentions on helping Cyril and his true plan was to use the virus to download the identities of all of ISIS's secret agents onto his servers, then sell them for $50 million to anyone willing to buy. With George Spelvin's plans in near completion, Cyril and Sterling Archer attempts to stop him only for Spelvin to effortlessly defeat Sterling [[CombatPragmatist with the help of his two bodyguards]], and is only stopped by Cyril [[ExactlyWhatIAimedAt shooting at his servers]] before making his escape.
** [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Rona Thorne]], from season 2's "[[Recap/ArcherS2E7MovieStar Movie Star]]", is a KGB spy under the guise of a famous movie actress who is assigned to [[ProfessionalKiller assassinate]] the Soviet Premier. When she learns that ISIS agent [[ActionGirl Lana Kane]] was task with protecting the premier, Rona convinces ISIS's director, Malory Archer, to allow Rona to [[TagAlongActor tag-along]] with Lana in her mission, under the pretense that it will help Rona for her upcoming spy movie. Rona would also exploit Sterling's jealousy of Lana to have him hinder her mission before injecting them both with tetrodotoxin and would successfully assassinate the premier before escaping.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'':
** Dr. Henry Killinger, a cross between Film/MaryPoppins and Henry Kissinger, is a supervillain life coach. First appearing to fix up the Monarch's organization and reconciling the Monarch and Dr. Girlfriend, he also tries to reconcile Rusty Venture and his ex, Myra. Failing at the latter task, Killinger still ends up saving Rusty's children so he considers the result a net positive. Returning in season 3 to help Rusty realize his potential as a supervillain, Rusty realizes Killinger's point and signs a severance package, though left [[HeelRealization completely shaken from the experience]]. Thanking him for his time and leaving, Killinger returns in season 6, first remaking the ineffectual Revenge Society into a truly fearsome villain team, then engaging in an [[GambitPileup epic four-way battle]] between himself, Phantom Limb, the Sovereign and the Investors, ending with him completely in the win and remaking a new Council of 13 and Guild in his own image, [[ButNowIMustGo departing content with the result]].
** The aforementioned [[CardCarryingVillain Sovereign]] is an unnamed shape shifter who took on the guise of Music/DavidBowie to lead the Guild of Calamitous Intent for decades. Despite being given the Guild by the Investors, he more than earned his position. He frames the Guild's rival villains SPHINX for the death of Jonas Venture thus ensuring their destruction in a series of brutal wars with the OSI, while also bringing about the Guild's rise to power. Would-be usurper Phantom Limb is also handily defeated twice, first by faking his death and ambushing Limb and then later giving the Guild to its true successor, Dean Venture, only to be officially given control right back. His greatest scheme involved masterminding the destruction of the Gargantua-2 space station to ensure the deaths of all his enemies, such as the Investors, Limb's Revenge Society, and the OSI, despite knowing thousands of innocents would die as well. [[FromNobodyToNightmare A nobody wanting to be somebody]], the ever affable Sovereign's eventual downfall is seen in a somber light despite his atrocities.
** [[TheVamp Molotov Cocktease]] is a professional mercenary assassin and the love interest and primary rival of Brock Samson. First seen rescuing Brock from a death trap, she helps him rescue the Ventures only to immediately bail to accomplish her real mission of stealing a rare panda for the Sovereign. Her greatest showing, however, was ordering Brock's old mentor Hunter Gathers to make him believe the OSI wanted him dead, hiring assassins herself to kill him, and sitting back as Brock defeated said assassins ensuring her new Black Hearts organization had no competition. Realizing Brock had gone soft in her eyes, she infiltrated his new team to rescue her new lover Monstroso and set her assassins to murder his loved ones to escape, only to later betray Monstroso to the OSI and take her place as a double agent in their employ. Despite having [[BadassNormal no henchmen or magical abilities]], Molotov always manages to use her sharp mind and skills of seduction to remain in a position of power and prestige.
* ''Theatre/TwiceCharmed'': [[AffablyEvil Franco DiFortunato]] is the [[TheFairFolk Wicked Fairy Godfather]] who wagers Lady Tremaine and her daughters' livelihoods on whether or not they can stop Cinderella from marrying Prince Charming by going back in time. Flirting with Lady Tremaine and cajoling the family into accepting his deal with a catchy VillainSong, he uses his magic to shrink Cinderella, then makes Anastasia and Drizella graceful despite his doubts at whether his magic would be strong enough, in the updated show also wiping the Prince's memories and making the slipper fit Anastasia. When Cinderella and the Prince are reunited, Franco gleefully makes the Tremaines his servants for eternity, then leaves to help the Wicked Queen from ''[[WesternAnimation/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs Snow White]]''. Charismatic and cunning, Franco is never defeated and is pleased with the outcome as he sets off to make another deal.

[[folder:Gundam]]
->''"I only feel that without me, the times will never change."''
-->--'''Paptimus Scirocco''', ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam''
In the [[ForeverWar endless wars]] of ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'', these villains truly stand out for their [[MagnificentBastard charisma and intelligence]] in the field of battle:

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[[AC:Universal Century]]
* [[Characters/GundamCharAznable Char Aznable]], born Casval Deikun, [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam joins the Zabis]] by hiding his face behind a mask to lure the Zabis to their demise. Famed for his combat prowess and tactical brilliance, Char lures young Garma Zabi to his end, and later forms a deep enmity with Amuro Ray, compounded when Amuro kills Char's beloved Lalah. Breaking from his fight with Amuro, Char teaches Kycilia a lesson on underestimating him by eliminating her, and years later [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam joins the earth resistance forces]] against the Titans. Rising to the leadership there, Char gives an impassioned speech to convince the world to rise against the Titans and to believe in the value of space travel. Finally, in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Char's Counterattack]]'', Char manipulates young Quess Paraya and all of Zeon to try to drop Axis on the helpless earth to force a great migration into space, planning one final battle to achieve his ends. Finally convinced to surrender his life in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn Gundam Unicorn]]'', Char makes a final gesture to leave the world to a younger generation. With his tale in the Universal Century spanning over the decades and playing the roles of traitorous underling, unscrupulous advisor and even BigBad, Char's shrewd tactical abilities and magnetic charm cement him as one of the single most memorable and archetypal villains in the ''Gundam'' franchise.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'': [[TheBaroness Kycilia Zabi]] was the last member of her family standing for a reason. Fully aware of her elder brother Gihren's moral depravity and mismanagement of the conflict with the Earth Federation, Kycilia uses the One Year War as a cover for a coup d'etat against him, [[PoliticallyActivePrincess gathering resources and allies]], while undermining Gihren's loyalists. Upon discovering through [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam0080WarInThePocket Colonel Killing]]'s betrayal that Gihren had infiltrated her faction and was [[Manga/ThePlotToAssassinateGihren preparing to frame her for treason]], Kycilia moved swiftly, leaking Char's identity to Gihren's fake conspirators and transforming a sham plot into an actual revolt against his rule. Aware that Zeon could no longer win the war, and that the Federation would never make peace while her brother lived, Kycilia journeyed to A Baoa Qu and, on finding out that Gihren had murdered their father, executed him for {{patricide}} and assumed command of what was left of Zeon. Killed when Char Aznable unpredictably betrayed her, Kycilia was nevertheless the only Zabi, or indeed, Zeon Admiral, with both a realistic appreciation of their circumstances, and the ruthlessness and will to act accordingly.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'': [[DarkMessiah Paptimus Scirocco]] -- "The Man from Jupiter" -- is an elusive mercenary and Titans Lieutenant who graduates to taking over the organization. A brilliant tactician both in and out of a mobile suit, Scirocco excels at reading potential in his subordinates and outmaneuvers the Anti-Earth Union Group (AEUG) to capture the strategic stronghold of the lunar city Von Braun. Leaving the day-to-day operations of the district in the hands of his antagonistic superior, Scirocco divulges the man's schemes to the AEUG and arranges for his death to gain more dominance within the Titans for himself. [[BigBadDuumvirate Forming an alliance]] with Haman Khan of Neo-Zeon, Scirocco bolsters the strength of the Titans with the Axis military and [[TheStarscream personally assassinates the Titans leader]], Jamitov Hymem, assuming command over the syndicate and blaming Jamitov's death on Haman, [[PlayingBothSides rallying his forces to fight against her]]. Giving a former AEUG pilot he corrupted to his side an eloquent lecture on his ambitions for humanity, Scirocco engages the AEUG personally and reveals he has kept his alliance with Haman to revitalize the strength of his fleet. Even with his armada destroyed by the blast of a colony laser, Scirocco continues to fight series protagonist Kamille Bidan and, [[TakingYouWithMe in his dying moments]], [[MindRape destroys Kamille's consciousness]], unrelentingly unwilling to accept his vanquishment. Emotionally manipulative yet charming, charismatic and stylish, Scirocco proves himself to be every bit as brilliantly Machiavellian as he is mysterious.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ'': [[AntiVillain Haman Khan]], Axis' warlord and the RegentForLife of Neo-Zeon, came closer to conquering the Earth Sphere than any of the despots before or after her. Intervening in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]'''s Gryps Conflict on the side of Paptimus Scirocco's Titans, Haman helped turn the battle between the AEUG and the Titans into a full scale civil war within the Earth Federation, from which she emerged as the one true winner following Scirocco's death and the obliteration of the Titans and most of the AEUG. Invading the Earth before the Federation could recover from the war, Haman occupied huge swathes of the planet, and used the Dublin ColonyDrop to terrorize Federation officials into surrendering to her, all while employing sheer force of personality to mask her myriad personal issues and hold the backstabbing house of cards that was Axis-Zeon together. Betrayed at the zenith of her power by Glemmy Toto, and faced with internal rebellion by his supporters, Haman quickly moved to quell the descent, meeting Glemmy in open battle. Confronted by series' protagonist Judau Ashta, Haman was persuaded that humanity did not, in fact, need her jackboot on its throat to [[WellIntentionedExtremist stop them from killing each other]]. Coming to grips with [[MisanthropeSupreme what she had become]], Haman [[DrivenToSuicide killed herself]] in the name of giving the world a better future.

[[AC:Future Century]]
* ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'': [[FallenHero Master Asia]], [[WellIntentionedExtremist seeking to save the Earth's environment]], became a willing servant of the Devil Gundam. He used the pretense of the Gundam fight to lure four Gundam Fighters to Shinjuku, where he used DG Cells to brainwash them into becoming protectors of the Devil Gundam. When the Devil Gundam destroys Shinjuku, Master rallies the survivors [[MoleInCharge while secretly leading the Death Army]]. When Master's student Domon Kasshu comes to Shinjuku to investigate, Master repeatedly lured Domon into traps in the hopes of brainwashing him into another of the Devil Gundam's protectors. Domon's partner Rain revealing Master's duplicity is only a minor inconvenience to him, as he just uses his Master Gundam to easily defeat Domon. Master frequently [[FlawExploitation exploits Domon's anger management issues]] to bait him into making near fatal mistakes. Master [[VillainTeamUp enters an alliance with Prime Minister Wong]], who wants to use the Devil Gundam to rule the world. Wong tries to kill Master so he can have the Devil Gundam to himself, but Master outmanuevers Wong. When Domon defeats Master for good, Master realizes that humans are a part of nature and apologizes to Domon for his crimes before he dies, revealing that he is the only character to work with the Devil Gundam without becoming a DG cell infested slave. While Master is ruthless, he remains a man of honor to the end.

[[AC:After Colony]]
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'': [[OverarchingVillain Treize Khushrenada]], the leader of OZ, is a [[OfficerAndAGentleman brilliant military leader with a chivalrous spirit]]. Masterminding a [[ThePurge purge]] of his rivals to rise even higher, Treize learns of the Colonies deploying the Gundams against the Earth Government, and conceals their existence to better use them as an advantage, even tricking Gundam pilot Heero into killing the leader of the earth alliance who was planning on making peace with the Colonies. Rebelling against OZ when the Romefeller Foundation takes over and institutes the AI mobile dolls, Treize systematically plays the entire war with his best friend Zechs Merquise to put themselves on opposite ends of the war and create a final, cataclysmic conflict to [[TheWarToEndAllWars traumatize humanity off war forevermore]]. Combining a brilliant mind with a sense of chivalry, Treize is even able to recall the names and faces of every man who has ever died to make his dreams a reality and considers [[{{Determinator}} no price too great for peace]], even his own life.

[[AC:Correct Century]]
* ''Anime/TurnAGundam'': [[WellIntentionedExtremist Guin Sard Lineford]] is the former lord of the Principality of Inglessa, falling into disgrace with the defeat of his country, though managing to keep his influence thanks to his friendship with the Luziannan princess [[SouthernBelle Lily Borjano]]. A young, ambitious and visionary lord, Guin successfully [[TheStrategist leads the forces of Earth against the technologically advanced Moonrace]] and studies their advanced weapons. One of the heroes' smartest allies, Guin eventually [[FaceHeelTurn betrays them to join Gym Ghingham]], taking a role as the leader of a new technological revolution, which only fails because of the barbaric behaviour of the latter. [[GracefulLoser Accepting his defeat]] at the hands of his former friend and political ally, Lily, Guin saves the protegee of Gym and escapes with her.

[[AC:Cosmic Era]]
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'': No one hides their true intentions quite like [[EnigmaticMinion Rau Le Creuset]], ZAFT Commander and [[CloningBlues defective clone]]. Lacking his own sense of identity, and seeing the face of his "father" every time he looks in the mirror, Le Creuset believes the rest of humanity is suffering just as much as he is, and sets out to put the entire species out of its misery. Playing the role of Patrick Zala's right-hand man, Le Creuset sells ZAFT secrets to Blue Cosmos headman Muruta Azrael, prolonging the Bloody Valentine War, and ensuring that the conflict ends with mutual attempts at genocide, as Azrael tries to nuke the ZAFT colonies and Patrick fires his WaveMotionGun at Earth. Successful at [[MaskOfSanity masking his encroaching madness]] until the very end, Le Creuset [[GoOutWithASmile dies smiling]], convinced that the entire world will shortly be following after him.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'': ZAFT Chairman Gilbert Durandal sees himself as [[DarkMessiah the saviour of Earth]] and nearly persuaded most of the planet to go along with it. Presenting himself as a moderate and a pacifist, Durandal made use of Lord Djibril and Blue Cosmos' blatant evil to launch an invasion of the Earth Sphere disguised as a liberation, using his own reputation for honesty and the services of Lacus Clyne impersonator Meer Campbell to camouflage his intentions, and scattering agents of [[StateSec FAITH]] throughout the ZAFT military to keep an eye on its loyalty. Preying on the emotional insecurities of those in his service, Durandal turned DecoyProtagonist Shinn Auska into the very thing he hated most, and kept veteran characters like Kira, Athrun, and Lacus out of the picture or unsure if they should oppose him for most of the series. Only killed when he loses the faith of his most loyal enforcer, [[BastardUnderstudy Rey]], Durandal dies convinced that he was right and that without his Destiny Plan the [[WellIntentionedExtremist world is doomed]].

[[AC:Post Disaster]]
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'': [[NonActionBigBad Rustal Elion]] is one of the Seven Stars who lead the military police force Gjallarhorn. A charismatic nobleman and brilliant military strategist, [[AFatherToHisMen Rustal has the complete trust of his subordinates]]. When Rustal's rival in the Seven Stars, [=McGillis=], moves against him, Rustal engineers a small scale war to turn [=McGillis=]' allies, Tekkadan, against [=McGillis=]. While the war fails to break [=McGillis=] and Tekkadan's alliance, it does force Tekkadan to shut down their Earth branch, weakening the organization considerably. When the tensions between Rustal and [=McGillis=] lead to civil war, Rustal has one of his subordinates infiltrate [=McGillis=]' forces, [[FalseFlagOperation fire an illegal Dainsleif railgun]] at Rustal's fleet and commit suicide, giving Rustal [[PretextForWar justification to annihilate]] [=McGillis=] and Tekkadan. While political tensions ultimately force the Seven Stars to disband in favor of democratically elected leaders, Rustal still comes out ahead as he is elected leader of Gjallarhorn. Rustal remains a hero to the public and becomes the first BigBad of the franchise to win in the end.
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* ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'':
** [[LovableRogue Doug Judy]] is the [[GentlemanThief Pontiac Bandit]], an [[AffablyEvil affable car thief]] known for stealing 200 cars. Making himself known to Jake by pretending to be an informant, Doug sends Jake on a goose chase to the barber Doug framed, while he slips past him unnoticed. When Doug unexpectedly encounters Jake, he gives him the drug manufacturer of giggle pig in exchange for a four-star hotel suite where he collaborates with the suite's waiter on his escape, with Jake being too busy capturing the manufacturer. When Doug learns of a hitman trying to kill him he contacts Jake for help, making sure to meet Jake on a cruise ship, where Jake has no jurisdiction, escaping once Jake catches the hitman. Doug later helps Jake capture Doug's adopted brother in exchange for full immunity of his crimes. Getting Jake’s attention again by holding hostages, Doug gets Jake involved in a plan to [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas rescue his mother from a drug lord]] before escaping once more. Upon getting engaged to a judge who wants Doug to uninvite his criminal friends, Doug gets Jake involved in his bachelor party knowing that Jake will get his friends arrested, resulting in Doug avoiding having to uninvite them directly. Always being Jake’s most elusive adversary, Doug Judy’s master planning was only matched by his [[TheCharmer unlimited charm]].
** Trudy Judy is the younger sister of Doug Judy. Turning to crimes for the fun of it, Trudy eventually discovers Doug's old notebooks, and decides to follow his footsteps as a car thief. After being caught, Trudy takes advantage of her brother offering to capture an arms dealer she stole a Ferrari from in exchange for Trudy's charges being reduced. Having an employee of hers act as if he bought the stolen car, Trudy manipulates Doug into arguing with Terry, distracting them from noticing that her employee placed a bomb in the Ferrari. She later sets off the bomb when the car is being delivered, and uses the chaos to sneak away without facing any charges. With an attitude as playful as her brother's, Trudy earns the distinction of being the first person to outwit Doug Judy.
* ''Series/NoGoodNick'': [[UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist Nicole "Nick" Franzelli]] is a [[HighSchoolHustler teenaged con artist]] seeking to avenge her father's imprisonment by tricking her way into the Thompson family by claiming to be a LongLostRelative. To attain funds for a lawyer for her father, Nick passes off discount wines as expensive vintages, talks the volunteer squad into fining students who show up in a offensive costume while secretly swapping the fine box with a box of her own sells stolen art equipment such that it cannot be traced back to her, and sets up an online charity fraud account.Gaining the Thompson's love which Nick [[BecomingTheMask begins to reciprocate]], Nick still resolves to take them down out of bitterness for ruining her father and undermines them in various ways to slander them though she eventually comes to feel guilt and eventually cuts a deal with the police to restore the Thompson's name, [[ReformedButNotTamed remaining tricky even following her change of heart]].
* ''Rise of Empires: Ottoman'' (2020): Sultan Mehmet II, TheConqueror, is an Ottoman prince who ascends the throne after the death of his father Murad II. Descended from both Byzantine nobility and Ottoman warlords, Mehmet sets out to realize his ancestor Osman's dream of conquering Constantinople. Ensuring the fealty of his late father's vizier Halil Pasha to unite the empire, Mehmet orders the construction of great cannons to pummel the city with artillery bombardments to weaken the walls, and has his army build a path through the mountains north of Constantinople to move his navy across land to outmaneuver the Romans. Meanwhile, his beloved stepmother and ally Mara Brankovic keeps in contact with Mehmet from the Serbian court to apprise him of any alliance of Christian states buiding up around him. Feeling a [[WorthyOpponent genuine admiration]] for his arch-enemy Giovanni Giustiniani, Mehmet tries to [[WeCanRuleTogether offer him lordship over the Ionian islands if he joins the Ottomans]]. Ultimately, Mehmet's determination and sheer will secures a [[BreachingTheWall breach of the Roman walls]], as he takes the city and converts it into the new capital of the empire, while ridding himself of the trappings of the past by executing Halil Pasha for conspiring against him.
* ''VideoGame/AngelsOfDeath'': [[SinisterMinister Reverend Abraham Gray]] is the B2 floor master and the Tower's creator, having done so after becoming repulsed by evil actions committed in God's name, so he could himself could [[AGodAmI experience being God]]. In ''Episode 0'', Gray has Dr. Danny Dickens and Cathy Ward recruit killers to serve as the masters of the Tower's floors and kidnaps people to be put through the Tower's DeadlyGame. Though sinister in intent, Gray [[BenevolentBoss truly cares for his followers like family]]. When an amnesiac Ray Gardner comes to him for medicine for Zack Foster, Gray puts her through a dangerous trial with the intent to have her confront her past sins. Guiding Zack through floor B1, Gray helps him rescue Ray from Danny and helps her and Zack escape from Danny, resolving to stay behind and die in the collapsing tower for his own sins after [[HeelRealization realizing his shortcomings]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'':
** George Spelvin, from season 2's "[[Recap/ArcherS2E6TragicalHistory Tragical History]]", is a computer programer who manipulates [[TheSmartGuy Cyril Figgis]] into uploading a {{computer virus}} onto ISIS's network on the pretense that he will make Cyril a hero in front of his colleges, while also bribing Cyril to unsure his loyalty. After Cyril upload the virus, Spelvin reveals that he has no intentions on helping Cyril and his true plan was to use the virus to download the identities of all of ISIS's secret agents onto his servers, then sell them for $50 million to anyone willing to buy. With George Spelvin's plans in near completion, Cyril and Sterling Archer attempts to stop him only for Spelvin to effortlessly defeat Sterling [[CombatPragmatist with the help of his two bodyguards]], and is only stopped by Cyril [[ExactlyWhatIAimedAt shooting at his servers]] before making his escape.
** [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Rona Thorne]], from season 2's "[[Recap/ArcherS2E7MovieStar Movie Star]]", is a KGB spy under the guise of a famous movie actress who is assigned to [[ProfessionalKiller assassinate]] the Soviet Premier. When she learns that ISIS agent [[ActionGirl Lana Kane]] was task with protecting the premier, Rona convinces ISIS's director, Malory Archer, to allow Rona to [[TagAlongActor tag-along]] with Lana in her mission, under the pretense that it will help Rona for her upcoming spy movie. Rona would also exploit Sterling's jealousy of Lana to have him hinder her mission before injecting them both with tetrodotoxin and would successfully assassinate the premier before escaping.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'':
** Dr. Henry Killinger, a cross between Film/MaryPoppins and Henry Kissinger, is a supervillain life coach. First appearing to fix up the Monarch's organization and reconciling the Monarch and Dr. Girlfriend, he also tries to reconcile Rusty Venture and his ex, Myra. Failing at the latter task, Killinger still ends up saving Rusty's children so he considers the result a net positive. Returning in season 3 to help Rusty realize his potential as a supervillain, Rusty realizes Killinger's point and signs a severance package, though left [[HeelRealization completely shaken from the experience]]. Thanking him for his time and leaving, Killinger returns in season 6, first remaking the ineffectual Revenge Society into a truly fearsome villain team, then engaging in an [[GambitPileup epic four-way battle]] between himself, Phantom Limb, the Sovereign and the Investors, ending with him completely in the win and remaking a new Council of 13 and Guild in his own image, [[ButNowIMustGo departing content with the result]].
** The aforementioned [[CardCarryingVillain Sovereign]] is an unnamed shape shifter who took on the guise of Music/DavidBowie to lead the Guild of Calamitous Intent for decades. Despite being given the Guild by the Investors, he more than earned his position. He frames the Guild's rival villains SPHINX for the death of Jonas Venture thus ensuring their destruction in a series of brutal wars with the OSI, while also bringing about the Guild's rise to power. Would-be usurper Phantom Limb is also handily defeated twice, first by faking his death and ambushing Limb and then later giving the Guild to its true successor, Dean Venture, only to be officially given control right back. His greatest scheme involved masterminding the destruction of the Gargantua-2 space station to ensure the deaths of all his enemies, such as the Investors, Limb's Revenge Society, and the OSI, despite knowing thousands of innocents would die as well. [[FromNobodyToNightmare A nobody wanting to be somebody]], the ever affable Sovereign's eventual downfall is seen in a somber light despite his atrocities.
** [[TheVamp Molotov Cocktease]] is a professional mercenary assassin and the love interest and primary rival of Brock Samson. First seen rescuing Brock from a death trap, she helps him rescue the Ventures only to immediately bail to accomplish her real mission of stealing a rare panda for the Sovereign. Her greatest showing, however, was ordering Brock's old mentor Hunter Gathers to make him believe the OSI wanted him dead, hiring assassins herself to kill him, and sitting back as Brock defeated said assassins ensuring her new Black Hearts organization had no competition. Realizing Brock had gone soft in her eyes, she infiltrated his new team to rescue her new lover Monstroso and set her assassins to murder his loved ones to escape, only to later betray Monstroso to the OSI and take her place as a double agent in their employ. Despite having [[BadassNormal no henchmen or magical abilities]], Molotov always manages to use her sharp mind and skills of seduction to remain in a position of power and prestige.
* ''Theatre/TwiceCharmed'': [[AffablyEvil Franco DiFortunato]] is the [[TheFairFolk Wicked Fairy Godfather]] who wagers Lady Tremaine and her daughters' livelihoods on whether or not they can stop Cinderella from marrying Prince Charming by going back in time. Flirting with Lady Tremaine and cajoling the family into accepting his deal with a catchy VillainSong, he uses his magic to shrink Cinderella, then makes Anastasia and Drizella graceful despite his doubts at whether his magic would be strong enough, in the updated show also wiping the Prince's memories and making the slipper fit Anastasia. When Cinderella and the Prince are reunited, Franco gleefully makes the Tremaines his servants for eternity, then leaves to help the Wicked Queen from ''[[WesternAnimation/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs Snow White]]''. Charismatic and cunning, Franco is never defeated and is pleased with the outcome as he sets off to make another deal.

[[folder:Gundam]]
->''"I only feel that without me, the times will never change."''
-->--'''Paptimus Scirocco''', ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam''
In the [[ForeverWar endless wars]] of ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'', these villains truly stand out for their [[MagnificentBastard charisma and intelligence]] in the field of battle:

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* [[Characters/GundamCharAznable Char Aznable]], born Casval Deikun, [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam joins the Zabis]] by hiding his face behind a mask to lure the Zabis to their demise. Famed for his combat prowess and tactical brilliance, Char lures young Garma Zabi to his end, and later forms a deep enmity with Amuro Ray, compounded when Amuro kills Char's beloved Lalah. Breaking from his fight with Amuro, Char teaches Kycilia a lesson on underestimating him by eliminating her, and years later [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam joins the earth resistance forces]] against the Titans. Rising to the leadership there, Char gives an impassioned speech to convince the world to rise against the Titans and to believe in the value of space travel. Finally, in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Char's Counterattack]]'', Char manipulates young Quess Paraya and all of Zeon to try to drop Axis on the helpless earth to force a great migration into space, planning one final battle to achieve his ends. Finally convinced to surrender his life in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn Gundam Unicorn]]'', Char makes a final gesture to leave the world to a younger generation. With his tale in the Universal Century spanning over the decades and playing the roles of traitorous underling, unscrupulous advisor and even BigBad, Char's shrewd tactical abilities and magnetic charm cement him as one of the single most memorable and archetypal villains in the ''Gundam'' franchise.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'': [[TheBaroness Kycilia Zabi]] was the last member of her family standing for a reason. Fully aware of her elder brother Gihren's moral depravity and mismanagement of the conflict with the Earth Federation, Kycilia uses the One Year War as a cover for a coup d'etat against him, [[PoliticallyActivePrincess gathering resources and allies]], while undermining Gihren's loyalists. Upon discovering through [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam0080WarInThePocket Colonel Killing]]'s betrayal that Gihren had infiltrated her faction and was [[Manga/ThePlotToAssassinateGihren preparing to frame her for treason]], Kycilia moved swiftly, leaking Char's identity to Gihren's fake conspirators and transforming a sham plot into an actual revolt against his rule. Aware that Zeon could no longer win the war, and that the Federation would never make peace while her brother lived, Kycilia journeyed to A Baoa Qu and, on finding out that Gihren had murdered their father, executed him for {{patricide}} and assumed command of what was left of Zeon. Killed when Char Aznable unpredictably betrayed her, Kycilia was nevertheless the only Zabi, or indeed, Zeon Admiral, with both a realistic appreciation of their circumstances, and the ruthlessness and will to act accordingly.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'': [[DarkMessiah Paptimus Scirocco]] -- "The Man from Jupiter" -- is an elusive mercenary and Titans Lieutenant who graduates to taking over the organization. A brilliant tactician both in and out of a mobile suit, Scirocco excels at reading potential in his subordinates and outmaneuvers the Anti-Earth Union Group (AEUG) to capture the strategic stronghold of the lunar city Von Braun. Leaving the day-to-day operations of the district in the hands of his antagonistic superior, Scirocco divulges the man's schemes to the AEUG and arranges for his death to gain more dominance within the Titans for himself. [[BigBadDuumvirate Forming an alliance]] with Haman Khan of Neo-Zeon, Scirocco bolsters the strength of the Titans with the Axis military and [[TheStarscream personally assassinates the Titans leader]], Jamitov Hymem, assuming command over the syndicate and blaming Jamitov's death on Haman, [[PlayingBothSides rallying his forces to fight against her]]. Giving a former AEUG pilot he corrupted to his side an eloquent lecture on his ambitions for humanity, Scirocco engages the AEUG personally and reveals he has kept his alliance with Haman to revitalize the strength of his fleet. Even with his armada destroyed by the blast of a colony laser, Scirocco continues to fight series protagonist Kamille Bidan and, [[TakingYouWithMe in his dying moments]], [[MindRape destroys Kamille's consciousness]], unrelentingly unwilling to accept his vanquishment. Emotionally manipulative yet charming, charismatic and stylish, Scirocco proves himself to be every bit as brilliantly Machiavellian as he is mysterious.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ'': [[AntiVillain Haman Khan]], Axis' warlord and the RegentForLife of Neo-Zeon, came closer to conquering the Earth Sphere than any of the despots before or after her. Intervening in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]'''s Gryps Conflict on the side of Paptimus Scirocco's Titans, Haman helped turn the battle between the AEUG and the Titans into a full scale civil war within the Earth Federation, from which she emerged as the one true winner following Scirocco's death and the obliteration of the Titans and most of the AEUG. Invading the Earth before the Federation could recover from the war, Haman occupied huge swathes of the planet, and used the Dublin ColonyDrop to terrorize Federation officials into surrendering to her, all while employing sheer force of personality to mask her myriad personal issues and hold the backstabbing house of cards that was Axis-Zeon together. Betrayed at the zenith of her power by Glemmy Toto, and faced with internal rebellion by his supporters, Haman quickly moved to quell the descent, meeting Glemmy in open battle. Confronted by series' protagonist Judau Ashta, Haman was persuaded that humanity did not, in fact, need her jackboot on its throat to [[WellIntentionedExtremist stop them from killing each other]]. Coming to grips with [[MisanthropeSupreme what she had become]], Haman [[DrivenToSuicide killed herself]] in the name of giving the world a better future.

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* ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'': [[FallenHero Master Asia]], [[WellIntentionedExtremist seeking to save the Earth's environment]], became a willing servant of the Devil Gundam. He used the pretense of the Gundam fight to lure four Gundam Fighters to Shinjuku, where he used DG Cells to brainwash them into becoming protectors of the Devil Gundam. When the Devil Gundam destroys Shinjuku, Master rallies the survivors [[MoleInCharge while secretly leading the Death Army]]. When Master's student Domon Kasshu comes to Shinjuku to investigate, Master repeatedly lured Domon into traps in the hopes of brainwashing him into another of the Devil Gundam's protectors. Domon's partner Rain revealing Master's duplicity is only a minor inconvenience to him, as he just uses his Master Gundam to easily defeat Domon. Master frequently [[FlawExploitation exploits Domon's anger management issues]] to bait him into making near fatal mistakes. Master [[VillainTeamUp enters an alliance with Prime Minister Wong]], who wants to use the Devil Gundam to rule the world. Wong tries to kill Master so he can have the Devil Gundam to himself, but Master outmanuevers Wong. When Domon defeats Master for good, Master realizes that humans are a part of nature and apologizes to Domon for his crimes before he dies, revealing that he is the only character to work with the Devil Gundam without becoming a DG cell infested slave. While Master is ruthless, he remains a man of honor to the end.

[[AC:After Colony]]
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'': [[OverarchingVillain Treize Khushrenada]], the leader of OZ, is a [[OfficerAndAGentleman brilliant military leader with a chivalrous spirit]]. Masterminding a [[ThePurge purge]] of his rivals to rise even higher, Treize learns of the Colonies deploying the Gundams against the Earth Government, and conceals their existence to better use them as an advantage, even tricking Gundam pilot Heero into killing the leader of the earth alliance who was planning on making peace with the Colonies. Rebelling against OZ when the Romefeller Foundation takes over and institutes the AI mobile dolls, Treize systematically plays the entire war with his best friend Zechs Merquise to put themselves on opposite ends of the war and create a final, cataclysmic conflict to [[TheWarToEndAllWars traumatize humanity off war forevermore]]. Combining a brilliant mind with a sense of chivalry, Treize is even able to recall the names and faces of every man who has ever died to make his dreams a reality and considers [[{{Determinator}} no price too great for peace]], even his own life.

[[AC:Correct Century]]
* ''Anime/TurnAGundam'': [[WellIntentionedExtremist Guin Sard Lineford]] is the former lord of the Principality of Inglessa, falling into disgrace with the defeat of his country, though managing to keep his influence thanks to his friendship with the Luziannan princess [[SouthernBelle Lily Borjano]]. A young, ambitious and visionary lord, Guin successfully [[TheStrategist leads the forces of Earth against the technologically advanced Moonrace]] and studies their advanced weapons. One of the heroes' smartest allies, Guin eventually [[FaceHeelTurn betrays them to join Gym Ghingham]], taking a role as the leader of a new technological revolution, which only fails because of the barbaric behaviour of the latter. [[GracefulLoser Accepting his defeat]] at the hands of his former friend and political ally, Lily, Guin saves the protegee of Gym and escapes with her.

[[AC:Cosmic Era]]
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'': No one hides their true intentions quite like [[EnigmaticMinion Rau Le Creuset]], ZAFT Commander and [[CloningBlues defective clone]]. Lacking his own sense of identity, and seeing the face of his "father" every time he looks in the mirror, Le Creuset believes the rest of humanity is suffering just as much as he is, and sets out to put the entire species out of its misery. Playing the role of Patrick Zala's right-hand man, Le Creuset sells ZAFT secrets to Blue Cosmos headman Muruta Azrael, prolonging the Bloody Valentine War, and ensuring that the conflict ends with mutual attempts at genocide, as Azrael tries to nuke the ZAFT colonies and Patrick fires his WaveMotionGun at Earth. Successful at [[MaskOfSanity masking his encroaching madness]] until the very end, Le Creuset [[GoOutWithASmile dies smiling]], convinced that the entire world will shortly be following after him.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'': ZAFT Chairman Gilbert Durandal sees himself as [[DarkMessiah the saviour of Earth]] and nearly persuaded most of the planet to go along with it. Presenting himself as a moderate and a pacifist, Durandal made use of Lord Djibril and Blue Cosmos' blatant evil to launch an invasion of the Earth Sphere disguised as a liberation, using his own reputation for honesty and the services of Lacus Clyne impersonator Meer Campbell to camouflage his intentions, and scattering agents of [[StateSec FAITH]] throughout the ZAFT military to keep an eye on its loyalty. Preying on the emotional insecurities of those in his service, Durandal turned DecoyProtagonist Shinn Auska into the very thing he hated most, and kept veteran characters like Kira, Athrun, and Lacus out of the picture or unsure if they should oppose him for most of the series. Only killed when he loses the faith of his most loyal enforcer, [[BastardUnderstudy Rey]], Durandal dies convinced that he was right and that without his Destiny Plan the [[WellIntentionedExtremist world is doomed]].

[[AC:Post Disaster]]
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'': [[NonActionBigBad Rustal Elion]] is one of the Seven Stars who lead the military police force Gjallarhorn. A charismatic nobleman and brilliant military strategist, [[AFatherToHisMen Rustal has the complete trust of his subordinates]]. When Rustal's rival in the Seven Stars, [=McGillis=], moves against him, Rustal engineers a small scale war to turn [=McGillis=]' allies, Tekkadan, against [=McGillis=]. While the war fails to break [=McGillis=] and Tekkadan's alliance, it does force Tekkadan to shut down their Earth branch, weakening the organization considerably. When the tensions between Rustal and [=McGillis=] lead to civil war, Rustal has one of his subordinates infiltrate [=McGillis=]' forces, [[FalseFlagOperation fire an illegal Dainsleif railgun]] at Rustal's fleet and commit suicide, giving Rustal [[PretextForWar justification to annihilate]] [=McGillis=] and Tekkadan. While political tensions ultimately force the Seven Stars to disband in favor of democratically elected leaders, Rustal still comes out ahead as he is elected leader of Gjallarhorn. Rustal remains a hero to the public and becomes the first BigBad of the franchise to win in the end.
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** Dr. Henry Killinger, a cross between Mary Poppins and Henry Kissinger, is a supervillain life coach. When he first appears he ends up fixing up the Monarch's organization and reconciling Monarch and Dr. Girlfriend. Meanwhile he tries to reconcile Rusty with his ex, Myra. This fails but in the process he saves Rusty's boys so he considers it a net positive. He returns in season 3 to help Rusty realize his potential as a supervillain. When Rusty realizes this he signs the severance package, but is left [[HeelRealization completely shaken from the experience]]. Killinger thanks him for his time and then flies out the window. Finally he returns in Season 6, first remaking the ineffectual Revenge Society into a truly fearsome villain team, and then engaging in an [[GambitPileup epic four way battle]] between himself, Phantom Limb, the Sovereign, and the Investors, ending with him completely in the win, with him remaking a new council of 13 and the Guild in his image. Content with this, [[ButNowIMustGo he then departs]].
** [[CardCarryingVillain The Sovereign]] is an unnamed shape shifter who took on the guise of Music/DavidBowie to lead the Guild of Calamitous Intent for decades. Despite being given the Guild by the Investors, he more than earned his position. He frames the Guild's rival villains SPHINX for the death of Jonas Venture thus ensuring their destruction in a series of brutal wars with the OSI, while also bringing about the Guild's rise to power. Would-be usurper Phantom Limb is also handily defeated twice, first by faking his death and ambushing Limb and then later giving the Guild to its true successor, Dean Venture, only to be officially given control right back. His greatest scheme involved masterminding the destruction of the Gargantua-2 space station to ensure the deaths of all his enemies, such as the Investors, Limb's Revenge Society, and the OSI, despite knowing thousands of innocents would die as well. [[FromNobodyToNightmare A nobody wanting to be somebody]], the ever affable Sovereign's eventual downfall is seen in a somber light despite his atrocities.

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** Dr. Henry Killinger, a cross between Mary Poppins Film/MaryPoppins and Henry Kissinger, is a supervillain life coach. When he first appears he ends up fixing First appearing to fix up the Monarch's organization and reconciling the Monarch and Dr. Girlfriend. Meanwhile Girlfriend, he also tries to reconcile Rusty with Venture and his ex, Myra. This fails but in Failing at the process he saves latter task, Killinger still ends up saving Rusty's boys children so he considers it the result a net positive. He returns Returning in season 3 to help Rusty realize his potential as a supervillain. When supervillain, Rusty realizes this he Killinger's point and signs the a severance package, but is though left [[HeelRealization completely shaken from the experience]]. Killinger thanks Thanking him for his time and then flies out the window. Finally he leaving, Killinger returns in Season season 6, first remaking the ineffectual Revenge Society into a truly fearsome villain team, and then engaging in an [[GambitPileup epic four way four-way battle]] between himself, Phantom Limb, the Sovereign, Sovereign and the Investors, ending with him completely in the win, with him win and remaking a new council Council of 13 and the Guild in his image. Content with this, own image, [[ButNowIMustGo he then departs]].
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** The aforementioned [[CardCarryingVillain The Sovereign]] is an unnamed shape shifter who took on the guise of Music/DavidBowie to lead the Guild of Calamitous Intent for decades. Despite being given the Guild by the Investors, he more than earned his position. He frames the Guild's rival villains SPHINX for the death of Jonas Venture thus ensuring their destruction in a series of brutal wars with the OSI, while also bringing about the Guild's rise to power. Would-be usurper Phantom Limb is also handily defeated twice, first by faking his death and ambushing Limb and then later giving the Guild to its true successor, Dean Venture, only to be officially given control right back. His greatest scheme involved masterminding the destruction of the Gargantua-2 space station to ensure the deaths of all his enemies, such as the Investors, Limb's Revenge Society, and the OSI, despite knowing thousands of innocents would die as well. [[FromNobodyToNightmare A nobody wanting to be somebody]], the ever affable Sovereign's eventual downfall is seen in a somber light despite his atrocities.


* ''Rise of Empires: Ottoman'': Sultan Mehmet II, TheConqueror, is an Ottoman prince who ascends the throne after the death of his father Murad II. Descended from both Byzantine nobility and Ottoman warlords, Mehmet sets out to realize his ancestor Osman's dream of conquering Constantinople. Ensuring the fealty of his late father's vizier Halil Pasha to unite the empire, Mehmet orders the construction of great cannons to pummel the city with artillery bombardments to weaken the walls, and has his army build a path through the mountains north of Constantinople to move his navy across land to outmaneuver the Romans. Meanwhile, his beloved stepmother and ally Mara Brankovic keeps in contact with Mehmet from the Serbian court to apprise him of any alliance of Christian states buiding up around him. Feeling a [[WorthyOpponent genuine admiration]] for his arch-enemy Giovanni Giustiniani, Mehmet tries to [[WeCanRuleTogether offer him lordship over the Ionian islands if he joins the Ottomans]]. Ultimately, Mehmet's determination and sheer will secures a [[BreachingTheWall breach of the Roman walls]], as he takes the city and converts it into the new capital of the empire, while ridding himself of the trappings of the past by executing Halil Pasha for conspiring against him.

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* ''Rise of Empires: Ottoman'': Ottoman'' (2020): Sultan Mehmet II, TheConqueror, is an Ottoman prince who ascends the throne after the death of his father Murad II. Descended from both Byzantine nobility and Ottoman warlords, Mehmet sets out to realize his ancestor Osman's dream of conquering Constantinople. Ensuring the fealty of his late father's vizier Halil Pasha to unite the empire, Mehmet orders the construction of great cannons to pummel the city with artillery bombardments to weaken the walls, and has his army build a path through the mountains north of Constantinople to move his navy across land to outmaneuver the Romans. Meanwhile, his beloved stepmother and ally Mara Brankovic keeps in contact with Mehmet from the Serbian court to apprise him of any alliance of Christian states buiding up around him. Feeling a [[WorthyOpponent genuine admiration]] for his arch-enemy Giovanni Giustiniani, Mehmet tries to [[WeCanRuleTogether offer him lordship over the Ionian islands if he joins the Ottomans]]. Ultimately, Mehmet's determination and sheer will secures a [[BreachingTheWall breach of the Roman walls]], as he takes the city and converts it into the new capital of the empire, while ridding himself of the trappings of the past by executing Halil Pasha for conspiring against him.


* ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'': Kagetoki Kariya is a {{master swordsman}} and wise old man, his skills renowned so much that he is known as the "[[PowerOfTheHandOfGod Hand of God]]". A dignified and intelligent samurai, Kariya realized that the world was changing and allied with the shogunate, allowing the shogunate to believe he is a puppet when reality, he is using the empire to further his own agendas. Tending his garden while making comparisons to life and defeating Mugen in combat with the same amount of exertion, Kariya fights Jin and defeats even him, giving pointers on his fighting style the entire time. Ordered to eliminate the legendary "Samurai who Smells of Sunflowers", Kariya uses Fuu to lead him to the Samurai, kills the man after offering him last words with [[spoiler: his daughter Fuu]], spares the Samurai's elderly caretaker and then tries to kill Fuu as well, offering her the chance to honorably take her own life in the process.

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* ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'': Kagetoki Kariya is a {{master swordsman}} and wise old man, his skills renowned so much that he is known as the "[[PowerOfTheHandOfGod "[[PowerOfTheGodHand Hand of God]]". A dignified and intelligent samurai, Kariya realized that the world was changing and allied with the shogunate, allowing the shogunate to believe he is a puppet when reality, he is using the empire to further his own agendas. Tending his garden while making comparisons to life and defeating Mugen in combat with the same amount of exertion, Kariya fights Jin and defeats even him, giving pointers on his fighting style the entire time. Ordered to eliminate the legendary "Samurai who Smells of Sunflowers", Kariya uses Fuu to lead him to the Samurai, kills the man after offering him last words with [[spoiler: his daughter Fuu]], spares the Samurai's elderly caretaker and then tries to kill Fuu as well, offering her the chance to honorably take her own life in the process.


* ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'': Kagetoki Kariya is a {{master swordsman}} and wise old man, his skills renowned so much that he is known as the "Hand of God". A dignified and intelligent samurai, Kariya realized that the world was changing and allied with the shogunate, allowing the shogunate to believe he is a puppet when reality, he is using the empire to further his own agendas. Tending his garden while making comparisons to life and defeating Mugen in combat with the same amount of exertion, Kariya fights Jin and defeats even him, giving pointers on his fighting style the entire time. Ordered to eliminate the legendary "Samurai who Smells of Sunflowers", Kariya uses Fuu to lead him to the Samurai, kills the man after offering him last words with [[spoiler: his daughter Fuu]], spares the Samurai's elderly caretaker and then tries to kill Fuu as well, offering her the chance to honorably take her own life in the process.

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* ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'': Kagetoki Kariya is a {{master swordsman}} and wise old man, his skills renowned so much that he is known as the "Hand "[[PowerOfTheHandOfGod Hand of God".God]]". A dignified and intelligent samurai, Kariya realized that the world was changing and allied with the shogunate, allowing the shogunate to believe he is a puppet when reality, he is using the empire to further his own agendas. Tending his garden while making comparisons to life and defeating Mugen in combat with the same amount of exertion, Kariya fights Jin and defeats even him, giving pointers on his fighting style the entire time. Ordered to eliminate the legendary "Samurai who Smells of Sunflowers", Kariya uses Fuu to lead him to the Samurai, kills the man after offering him last words with [[spoiler: his daughter Fuu]], spares the Samurai's elderly caretaker and then tries to kill Fuu as well, offering her the chance to honorably take her own life in the process.


** [[CorruptCorporateExecutive James Stillwell]], the Vought-American's de facto head, is a calm, unfettered executive who single-mindedly ensures his corporation stays profitable and in good public standing. Hindering the Boys at nearly every turn, Stillwell proves himself their most brilliant adversary, at one point setting up a fake hospital to nearly wipe them out when springing a surprise attack. Ever a man of contingencies, Stillwell also swiftly catches on to the Homelander's plans for insurrection, [[NervesOfSteel calmly facing the deranged superhero]] and after the Homelander's coup is stopped, pins the blame on another Vought officer to avoid punishment while allowing Vought to rebrand and continue operating.

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** [[CorruptCorporateExecutive James Stillwell]], the Vought-American's de facto head, is a calm, unfettered [[TheUnfettered unfettered]] executive who single-mindedly ensures his corporation stays profitable and in good public standing. Hindering the Boys at nearly every turn, Stillwell proves himself their most brilliant adversary, at one point setting up a fake hospital to nearly wipe them out when springing a surprise attack. Ever a man of contingencies, Stillwell also swiftly catches on to the Homelander's plans for insurrection, [[NervesOfSteel calmly facing the deranged superhero]] and after the Homelander's coup is stopped, pins the blame on another Vought officer to avoid punishment while allowing Vought to rebrand and continue operating.

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* ''ComicBook/TheBoys'':
** [[VillainProtagonist William "Billy" Butcher]] leads the titular squad, [[StartOfDarkness driven to hatred against superheroes after one raped his wife]], later causing her death. Ruthlessly efficient in his operations, Butcher will take any means necessary to achieve his objectives and constantly shows his brilliance in taking down the legions of superheroes of the Vought-American, using a detonator to kill 150 before they can launch an attack and holds the Vought's most powerful group, the Seven, at a standstill with photos for {{blackmail}}. Personally defeating most of the high-ranked group Payback with pure tactical acumen, Butcher also devises a plan to respond to the Homelander's uprising by recommending specialized warheads to the American military, killing scores of superheroes with targeting devices. After avenging his wife, Butcher puts forth a plan to eradicate all superheroes via bioweapon, coming to [[NearVillainVictory near victory]] before foregoing his chance to instead save his protege, dying happy to instead save someone he loves.
** [[CorruptCorporateExecutive James Stillwell]], the Vought-American's de facto head, is a calm, unfettered executive who single-mindedly ensures his corporation stays profitable and in good public standing. Hindering the Boys at nearly every turn, Stillwell proves himself their most brilliant adversary, at one point setting up a fake hospital to nearly wipe them out when springing a surprise attack. Ever a man of contingencies, Stillwell also swiftly catches on to the Homelander's plans for insurrection, [[NervesOfSteel calmly facing the deranged superhero]] and after the Homelander's coup is stopped, pins the blame on another Vought officer to avoid punishment while allowing Vought to rebrand and continue operating.


** [[CardCarryingVillain The Sovereign]] is an unnamed shape shifter who took on the guise of David Bowie to lead the Guild of Calamitous Intent for decades. Despite being given the Guild by the Investors, he more than earned his position. He frames the Guild's rival villains SPHINX for the death of Jonas Venture thus ensuring their destruction in a series of brutal wars with the OSI, while also bringing about the Guild's rise to power. Would-be usurper Phantom Limb is also handily defeated twice, first by faking his death and ambushing Limb and then later giving the Guild to its true successor, Dean Venture, only to be officially given control right back. His greatest scheme involved masterminding the destruction of the Gargantua-2 space station to ensure the deaths of all his enemies, such as the Investors, Limb's Revenge Society, and the OSI, despite knowing thousands of innocents would die as well. [[FromNobodyToNightmare A nobody wanting to be somebody]], the ever affable Sovereign's eventual downfall is seen in a somber light despite his atrocities.

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** [[CardCarryingVillain The Sovereign]] is an unnamed shape shifter who took on the guise of David Bowie Music/DavidBowie to lead the Guild of Calamitous Intent for decades. Despite being given the Guild by the Investors, he more than earned his position. He frames the Guild's rival villains SPHINX for the death of Jonas Venture thus ensuring their destruction in a series of brutal wars with the OSI, while also bringing about the Guild's rise to power. Would-be usurper Phantom Limb is also handily defeated twice, first by faking his death and ambushing Limb and then later giving the Guild to its true successor, Dean Venture, only to be officially given control right back. His greatest scheme involved masterminding the destruction of the Gargantua-2 space station to ensure the deaths of all his enemies, such as the Investors, Limb's Revenge Society, and the OSI, despite knowing thousands of innocents would die as well. [[FromNobodyToNightmare A nobody wanting to be somebody]], the ever affable Sovereign's eventual downfall is seen in a somber light despite his atrocities.


* ''Literature/NightWatchSeries'': The film version of [[BigBad Zavulon]] lacks his original counterpart's racism. Zavulon leads the Dark Others, a magical organization that's been in a cold war with its Light counterpart for centuries. When Zavulon learns that a couple of powerful Great Others have been born, he reveals to one of them that his Light-aligned father, the work's hero Anton Gorodetsky, tried to have him aborted, convincing him to join the Dark. After training the boy for a couple years, Zavulon has Anton framed for murder by promising a vampire he'd [[ToBecomeHuman make his son human]] if he did the killing. After killing the son for attacking him when his manipulations are exposed, Zavulon reveals that this was all a plan to get the two Great Others to fight, as one spilling the other's blood would make the cold war hot again. [[spoiler:The scheme goes off without a hitch, only being stopped when Anton [[CosmocRetcon uses a powerful item to rewrite time]].]]

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* ''Literature/NightWatchSeries'': The film version of [[BigBad Zavulon]] lacks his original counterpart's racism. Zavulon leads the Dark Others, a magical organization that's been in a cold war with its Light counterpart for centuries. When Zavulon learns that a couple of powerful Great Others have been born, he reveals to one of them that his Light-aligned father, the work's hero Anton Gorodetsky, tried to have him aborted, convincing him to join the Dark. After training the boy for a couple years, Zavulon has Anton framed for murder by promising a vampire he'd [[ToBecomeHuman make his son human]] if he did the killing. After killing the son for attacking him when his manipulations are exposed, Zavulon reveals that this was all a plan to get the two Great Others to fight, as one spilling the other's blood would make the cold war hot again. [[spoiler:The scheme goes off without a hitch, only being stopped when Anton [[CosmocRetcon [[CosmicRetcon uses a powerful item to rewrite time]].]]


* ''Literature/NightWatch'': The film version of [[BigBad Zavulon]] lacks his original counterpart's racism. Zavulon leads the Dark Others, a magical organization that's been in a cold war with its Light counterpart for centuries. When Zavulon learns that a couple of powerful Great Others have been born, he reveals to one of them that his Light-aligned father, the work's hero Anton Gorodetsky, tried to have him aborted, convincing him to join the Dark. After training the boy for a couple years, Zavulon has Anton framed for murder by promising a vampire he'd [[ToBecomeHuman make his son human]] if he did the killing. After killing the son for attacking him when his manipulations are exposed, Zavulon reveals that this was all a plan to get the two Great Others to fight, as one spilling the other's blood would make the cold war hot again. [[spoiler:The scheme goes off without a hitch, only being stopped when Anton [[CosmocRetcon uses a powerful item to rewrite time]].]]

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* ''Literature/NightWatch'': ''Literature/NightWatchSeries'': The film version of [[BigBad Zavulon]] lacks his original counterpart's racism. Zavulon leads the Dark Others, a magical organization that's been in a cold war with its Light counterpart for centuries. When Zavulon learns that a couple of powerful Great Others have been born, he reveals to one of them that his Light-aligned father, the work's hero Anton Gorodetsky, tried to have him aborted, convincing him to join the Dark. After training the boy for a couple years, Zavulon has Anton framed for murder by promising a vampire he'd [[ToBecomeHuman make his son human]] if he did the killing. After killing the son for attacking him when his manipulations are exposed, Zavulon reveals that this was all a plan to get the two Great Others to fight, as one spilling the other's blood would make the cold war hot again. [[spoiler:The scheme goes off without a hitch, only being stopped when Anton [[CosmocRetcon uses a powerful item to rewrite time]].]]


* ''Literature/NightWatch'': The film version of [[BigBad Zavulon]] lacks his original counterpart's racism. Zavulon leads the Dark Others, a magical organization that's been in a cold war with its Light counterpart for centuries. When he learns that a couple powerful Great Others have been born, he reveals to one of them that his Light-aligned father [[TheHero Anton Gorodetsky]] tried to have him aborted, convincing him to join the Dark. After training the boy for a couple years, Zavulon has Anton framed for murder by promising a vampire he'd [[ToBecomeHuman make his son human]] if he did the killing. After killing the son for attacking him when his manipulations are exposed, Zavulon reveals that this was all a plan to get the two Great Others to fight, as one spilling the other's blood would make the cold war hot again. [[spoiler:The scheme goes off without a hitch, only being stopped when Anton [[CosmocRetcon uses a powerful item to rewrite time]].]]

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* ''Literature/NightWatch'': The film version of [[BigBad Zavulon]] lacks his original counterpart's racism. Zavulon leads the Dark Others, a magical organization that's been in a cold war with its Light counterpart for centuries. When he Zavulon learns that a couple of powerful Great Others have been born, he reveals to one of them that his Light-aligned father [[TheHero father, the work's hero Anton Gorodetsky]] Gorodetsky, tried to have him aborted, convincing him to join the Dark. After training the boy for a couple years, Zavulon has Anton framed for murder by promising a vampire he'd [[ToBecomeHuman make his son human]] if he did the killing. After killing the son for attacking him when his manipulations are exposed, Zavulon reveals that this was all a plan to get the two Great Others to fight, as one spilling the other's blood would make the cold war hot again. [[spoiler:The scheme goes off without a hitch, only being stopped when Anton [[CosmocRetcon uses a powerful item to rewrite time]].]]


* ''Film/NightWatch'': [[BigBad Zavulon]] is the leader of the Dark Others, a magical organization that's been in a cold war with its Light counterpart for centuries. When he learns that a couple powerful Great Others have been born, he reveals to one of them that his Light-aligned father [[TheHero Anton Gorodetsky]] tried to have him aborted, convincing him to join the Dark. After training the boy for a couple years, Zavulon has Anton framed for murder by promising a vampire he'd [[ToBecomeHuman make his son human]] if he did the killing. After killing the son for attacking him when his manipulations are exposed, Zavulon reveals that this was all a plan to get the two Great Others to fight, as one spilling the other's blood would make the cold war hot again. [[spoiler:The scheme goes off without a hitch, only being stopped when Anton [[CosmocRetcon uses a powerful item to rewrite time]].]]

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* ''Film/NightWatch'': ''Literature/NightWatch'': The film version of [[BigBad Zavulon]] is the leader of lacks his original counterpart's racism. Zavulon leads the Dark Others, a magical organization that's been in a cold war with its Light counterpart for centuries. When he learns that a couple powerful Great Others have been born, he reveals to one of them that his Light-aligned father [[TheHero Anton Gorodetsky]] tried to have him aborted, convincing him to join the Dark. After training the boy for a couple years, Zavulon has Anton framed for murder by promising a vampire he'd [[ToBecomeHuman make his son human]] if he did the killing. After killing the son for attacking him when his manipulations are exposed, Zavulon reveals that this was all a plan to get the two Great Others to fight, as one spilling the other's blood would make the cold war hot again. [[spoiler:The scheme goes off without a hitch, only being stopped when Anton [[CosmocRetcon uses a powerful item to rewrite time]].]]


** [[BewareTheSillyOnes Tenkei Iwafune]] is an easy-going, playful TeamDad to JUNGLE, serving as the surrogate father to Nagare Hisui while masking his true identity of the aforementioned Grey King. Originally the beloved King Seitō Ōtori, his entire clan was lost in a Damocles Down, but he managed to find and successfully go into hiding with Nagare Hisui for 14 years while they developed JUNGLE together. In between scheming the theft of the Dresden Slate with Nagare and defeating the Blue King in single combat, Iwafune keeps JUNGLE's base tidy, throws dinner parties for his partners, and comes to care for all of JUNGLE as a surrogate family. Though defined by cyncism, Iwafune hopes to use the Dresden Slate to endow all of humanity with great power so people can better protect themselves, and has absolute loyalty to assisting Nagare in accomplishing this goal. Even when finally overwhelmed only through all of Scepter 4, Iwafune sets JUNGLE's base to self-destruct, orders friend and foe alike to evacuate, and finds Nagare's fallen body after his defeat at the hands of Adolf K. Weismann, cradling his adopted son in his arms as their base collapses around them and happily remarking that the time they had together was fun.

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** [[BewareTheSillyOnes Tenkei Iwafune]] is an easy-going, playful TeamDad to JUNGLE, serving as the surrogate father to Nagare Hisui while masking his true identity of the aforementioned Grey King. Originally the beloved King Seitō Ōtori, his entire clan was lost in a Damocles Down, but he managed to find and successfully go into hiding with Nagare Hisui for 14 years while they developed JUNGLE together. In between scheming the theft of the Dresden Slate with Nagare and defeating the Blue King in single combat, Iwafune keeps JUNGLE's base tidy, throws dinner parties for his partners, and comes to care for all of JUNGLE as a surrogate family. Though defined by cyncism, Iwafune hopes to use the Dresden Slate to endow all of humanity with great power so people can better protect themselves, and has absolute loyalty to assisting Nagare in accomplishing this goal. Even when finally overwhelmed only through all of Scepter 4, [[Characters/KScepter4 SCEPTER 4]], Iwafune sets JUNGLE's base to self-destruct, orders friend and foe alike to evacuate, and finds Nagare's fallen body after his defeat at the hands of Adolf K. Weismann, cradling his adopted son in his arms as their base collapses around them and happily remarking that the time they had together was fun.


* ''VisualNovel/ShinraiBrokenBeyondDespair'': [[SympatheticMurderer Momoko Mori]] is the mastermind of the revenge plot. Seeking vengeance on Hiro Shiratake for cheating on her and Kamen Eiga for seemingly being the one he cheated with, Momoko uses Rie Miyamoto's Halloween party as the location, getting Runa Hikari to pick a specific cosplay outfit that she uses to accomplish her plot. Tricking Hiro, Kamen, and Kotoba Gaikoku into thinking that she is pulling a harmless prank, Momoko fakes an argument with Hiro, gets him to [[ClosedCircle cut off all contact with the police]], then fakes her suicide as the 'prank'. After borrowing Kamen's witch costume, Momoko gets Hiro alone and kills him, then [[FrameUp makes it look like Kamen did it]]. She then traps Kotaba in the basement and sets him on fire to keep him from talking, create a distraction, and get revenge on him for relentlessly stalking her in the past. Finally, Momoko [[ThanatosGambit hangs herself for real]], forever [[KarmaHoudini escaping punishment]], leaving Kamen to take the blame, and also having Runa, who defended Hiro's mean behavior, be an additional fall girl if that fails.

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