Follow TV Tropes

Following

History Sandbox / MagnificentBastardDrafts

Go To



* ''Literature/VasquezPrivateEye'': "Zachary Venshlin", actually Professor Martha Vazquez, is a woman taking revenge after Firebird Airlines was acquitted for their role in a crash which killed her youngest son. Blackmailing her former student into making a drink mix which transforms people into the embodiment of their deepest desires, Martha uses it to become a lawyer and proceeds to sabotage the court cases of the lawyers and judge from the Firebird case, while setting up evidence to implicate a wrongfully-fired Firebird employee to take the wrap for her. Even when caught and confronted for her crimes by her other son, Martha sets up the scenario such that she will either get to kill him or he will have to murder her and live with the guilt, crafty and adaptive to the end.

to:

* ''Literature/VasquezPrivateEye'': "Zachary Venshlin", actually Professor Martha Vazquez, is a woman taking seeks revenge after Firebird Airlines was acquitted for their role in a crash which killed her youngest son. Blackmailing her former student into making a drink mix which transforms people into the embodiment of their deepest desires, Martha uses it to become a lawyer and proceeds to sabotage the court cases of the lawyers and judge from the Firebird case, while setting up evidence to implicate a wrongfully-fired Firebird employee to take the wrap for her. Even when caught and confronted for her crimes by her other son, Martha sets up the scenario such that she will either get to kill him or he will have to murder her and live with the guilt, crafty and adaptive to the end.


* [[TheUnfettered Shadi]] remained the primary guardian of the Millennium Items even after death. Once a tomb keeper at Kul Elna, Shadi showed no mercy in punishing thieves and other criminals while being kind enough to take in orphans. In the present, Shadi makes his first appearance by testing and murdering a man who defiled a mummy. Taking an interest in protagonist Yugi Moto and the Millennium Puzzle, Shadi brainwashes Professor Yoshimori and Anzu Mazaki, using the former to distract Katsuya Jonouchi while keeping Anzu as a hostage. Shadi then subjects Dark Yugi to a series of mental challenges, with Anzu's life on the line, and accepted defeat when the boy proved himself worthy. Later, it's revealed that Shadi had a hand in both [[StartOfDarkness Starts of Darkness]] of Maximillian Pegasus and Marik Ishtar, setting them up as opponents for Yugi. However, in the end, Shadi proves himself an ally of Pharoah Atem by aiding him and his friends in the Memory World before [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificing himself]] in the fight against Zorc Necrophades.
* ''Manga/BloodReignCurseOfTheYoma'': Marou, upon becoming the demonic "Kikuga no Miko", tries to save his loved ones from his cursed rampage and takes control of the Yoma to lead them on a conquest of the world. Manipulating the backstabbing Takeda ninja to their deaths, when Marou confronts his best friend Hikage, he tries to [[TheCorrupter corrupt him]] though respects his convictions when rebuked and even as he dies, Marou gracefully accepts his rebirth as a human free of the Yoma curse.
* ''Manga/DemonSlayerKimetsuNoYaiba'':
** [[BigGood Kagaya Ubuyashiki]] is the brilliant leader of the [[Characters/DemonSlayerKimetsuNoYaibaDemonSlayerCorps Demon Slayers Corps]]. A kind man who [[AFatherToHisMen loves his subordinates like his own children]], Kagaya is still willing to go to extremes to see the monstrous [[BigBad Muzan Kibutsuji]] dead, subjecting the trainees to a potentially deadly selection process where they have to fight captive demons, while also memorizing the names and faces of every single Demon Slayer who dies. A genius planner, Kagaya keeps Muzan and his forces at bay through a complex hiding system to defend his strongholds and sets plans to move and crush the powerful [[Characters/DemonSlayerKimetsuNoYaibaTwelveKizuki Twelve Kizuki]] of the demon forces. Captivating the love of his subordinates with his natural charisma, Kagaya uses himself, his wife and his two eldest daughters as bait for Muzan himself to sacrifice all their lives in an explosion and give the Demon Slayer elites a chance to kill Muzan for good.
** [[TheAce Kokushibo]], Upper Kizuki 1, was born Michikatsu Tsugikuni and joined Muzan to stave off death in order to grow more powerful. Almost wiping out the Demon Slayers, the only warrior to ever exceed him in power was his younger twin Yoriichi, whom Kokushibo was never able to fully cease loving. In modern times, Kokushibo is undefeated, killing countless Demon Slayer elites and manipulating some, such as Kaigaku, into becoming demons before casually dominating the battle with his descendant Muichiro Tokito. Engaging the strongest of the [[Characters/DemonSlayerKimetsuNoYaibaHashira Hashira]] and [[IAmNotLeftHanded concealing his true power to catch them off guard]], Kokushibo takes every chance to show why he is the strongest of the Kizuki.
** [[{{Determinator}} Akaza]], Upper Kizuki 3, was born Hakuji and adopted his SocialDarwinist beliefs after the deaths of his loved ones and becoming a demon under Muzan. Baiting a Hashira into combat, Akaza mortally wounds him to tempt a strong opponent with demonhood, yet respects the man's decision to die human when he refuses. Returning later, Akaza shows his full tactical abilities while facing both hero Tanjiro Kamado and another Hashira simultaneously. Constantly switching maneuvers to keep them on the defensive, Akaza even dies by his own hand, foregoing a chance to kill his opponents to commit suicide and [[TogetherInDeath reunite with his family]].
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'':
** ''[[Anime/DigimonTheMovie The Movie]]'': On a quest for "the programmer," Diaboromon's mad search and hunger for data earns the attention of Gennai and the [=DigiDestined=]. Assaulted as a Keraman by Tai, Izzy, and their Digimon, he tricks the latter two by jumping from Rookie to his Ultimate Form, Infermon, and subsequently overpowers them. Earning his first victory by [[CombatPragmatist attacking them mid-transformation]], Infermon escapes and covers his tracks by clogging up the dial-up phone lines. When Izzy uses a satellite uplink to continue the pursuit, Diaboromon hijacks the connection to send missiles to Colorado and Japan to put them on the clock. Multiplying himself to hide the real one to kill time, it takes the might of Omnimon to destroy them all. Although Diaboromon resorts to outspeeding them, he's eventually caught and defeated. Returning in the sequel, he orchestrates his revival by tricking the [=DigiDestined=] into opening gates for his Kuramon swarms. Diaboromon holds out against his old foe Omnimon in the Digital World, showing how much he learned, before successfully digivolving into Armageddemon in the real world. Boasting a mere two appearances, Diaboromon regardless managed to be one of the [=DigiDestined=]'s most cunning, adaptable, and dangerous adversaries.
** ''[[Anime/DigimonFrontier Frontier]]'': Murmukusmon is main antagonist of [[Recap/DigimonFrontierMovieRevivalOfTheAncientDigimon the movie]]. Arriving to the Island of Lost Digimon long ago, Murmukusmon obscured an ancient tablet about Ornismon to trick the populace into revering the monster as a benevolent legend. Posing as d'Arcmon and Hippogriffomon, leaders of the Human and Beast Digimon respectively, he strokes constant civil war through powerful rhetoric, convincingly feigned emotion, and appeal to their pain, causing many allies from all sides to revert into Digi-Eggs, and thus excess Digi Code, when defeated. By the time the [=DigiDestined=] discover his ruse, Murmukusmon acquires all the code he needed, reveals his deception and the true history, and initiates Ornsimon's revival. Cold and calculating, Murmukusmon played everyone for fools and schemed to conquer the Digital World with his new living superweapon.
** ''[[Manga/DigimonXrosWars Xros War]]'' manga:
*** Bagramon is the leader of the [[TheEmpire Bagra Army]]. Brother of the "dark" digimon [=SkullKnightmon=], Bagramon used to be a angel digimon working for the digital deity Homeostasis. Rebelling against Homeostasis because of her plan to have digimon branded as heroic or villainous, in a system that would result in his brother's death, Bagramon is defeated and exiled. Finding the remains of the digital deity Ygdrassil, Bagramon uses them to empower himself and begin his conquest, creating the Xros Loader and the powerful artificial Digimon Tactimon. He then rebels again with the loyalty of dark digimons, defeating the Royal Knights and breaking the digital world. Manipulating his brother using two minions and some humans, Bragramon intends to judge humans and digimons based on who wins between them. When his brother "wins" while losing his sanity, Bagramon cries for him before using him to recreate [[EldritchAbomination Zeed Milleniunmon]], intending to use it to euthanize both the digital and human worlds and save them from decay. When he is proven wrong by the heroes, Bagramon cheers for them and dies saving his brother, encouraging him to be better. Inspiring loyalty in his followers, [[WellIntentionedExtremist Bagramon truly wishes for a better future]].
*** [[AdaptationalHeroism More honorable than his anime counterpart]], [[TheDreaded Tactimon]] is one of Bagramon's [[CoDragons top generals]] and his best creation. Leading his armies in the fractured Digital World, Bagramon is the digimon that broke it during his fight against the powerful Royal Knight Omegamon. A ruthless yet effective general willing to fire against his own soldiers in harsh fights, Bagramon also prefers to not waste their lives in pointless battles. Manipulating Mach Leomon to his death to test the power of his rivals, Tactimon follows the heroes to test their power as well. During the final battle of the Bagra Army, Tactimon asks permission to use his full power and challenge the heroes in a harsh fight, showing his impressive unmatched skill and only being defeated by their determination and teamwork. Lethally wounded, [[GracefulLoser congratulates them]], happy at having find {{worthy opponent}}s.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** [[BadassInANiceSuit Crocodile]], one of the "[[Characters/OnePieceSevenWarlordsOfTheSea Seven Warlords of the Sea]]", is the brilliant master of the [[Characters/OnePieceBaroqueWorks Baroque Works]] syndicate. Playing himself off as a public hero while running the aforementioned criminal organization, Crocodile manufactures a drought and a rebellion to weaken the Nefertari family in Alabasta, while plotting a takeover himself. Showing contingency after contingency, Crocodile manipulates countless people, including his right-hand woman, Nico Robin, with whom he intends to seize the superweapon Pluton in order to cow the [[Characters/OnePieceWorldGovernment World Government]] into recognizing his authority. Even after defeat, Crocodile later returns in Impel Down and helps organize the jailbreak with his enemy [[Characters/OnePieceStrawHatMonkeyDLuffy Monkey D. Luffy]].
** [[PsychoForHire Rob Lucci]] is the leader of [[Characters/OnePieceCipherPol Cipher Pol's CP9 division]]. A brilliant fighter who infiltrated a hostage situation and killed every hostage to remove the pirates' leverage before killing the pirates themselves as a teenager, Lucci later [[Recap/OnePieceWaterSevenArc goes undercover in Water 7]] with his disguised team to recover the Blueprints of Pluton. Fooling all there by faking their deaths, Lucci later delivers a brutal beating to Luffy and escapes with Nico Robin in tow, later giving Luffy one of the most brutal and difficult fights he has had to that point.
** [[WellIntentionedExtremist Sengoku the Buddha]] is the most brilliant of the [[Characters/OnePieceMarineAdmirals Marine Admirals]]. The top Fleet Admiral of Marineford, Sengoku [[Recap/OnePieceMarinefordArc leads the execution]] of Portgas D. Ace, revealing to the world that Ace is the son of Gol D. Roger, the former Pirate King. With the arrival of Ace's captain, "Whitebeard" Edward Newgate, Sengoku reveals a major trap for Whitebeard, sapping the morale of his forces with a carefully planned lie, trapping the pirates and closing in Marine forces, turning a near loss into a total rout for the strongest man alive with his own cunning.
* ''Manga/TokyoTribe'': Mera, leader of the Wu-Ronz and former best friend of hero Kai Deguchi, plays the role of the monstrous Buppa's right-hand man to avenge his parents' deaths at the latter's hands. A master manipulator, Mera evades blame for killing Buppa's son and manages to win back his most loyal followers by sheer charisma after his own second-in-command, the loathsome Skunk, betrays him. Karmically killing Buppa, Mera then makes amends with Kai and saves the woman he loves by chasing down Skunk with Kai's aid.
* ''ComicBook/{{Starman}}'': Richard Swift, the ComicBook/{{Shade}}, became immortal and an avatar of the Darklands in the 1800s. Becoming a genius thief and assassin to enrich and excite himself, Swift would also wipe out the Ludlow assassin family out, having many adventures before settling in Opal City. Acting as enemy and eventually friend to the new Starman Jack Knight, Swift fights to save Opal City, outwitting his opponents with signature flair before finally managing to defeat his nemesis Simon Culp as Culp seeks to utterly annihilate Opal City to spite Swift.
* ''ComicBook/{{Witchblade}}'': The Curator is the SoleSurvivor of the destruction of old universe. Filled with grief over losing his family, Curator started working on a plan to bring his universe back by destroying the new one. Taking the form of an elderly man, he manipulates events so that he can bring all 13 ancient artifacts to him. After doing so, he sets his plan in motion by gathering a team of villains who wielded half of the artifacts and kidnapping Jackie Estacado's, the wielder of The Darkness, and Sara Pezzini's, the wielder of Witchblade, daughter Hope, who was the last "component" in his plan to recreate his universe. Capturing most of the remaining wielders and getting all of the artifacts, he playfully talks with Hope about his motives and shows his belief that his actions will bring about a better world. In the end, Curator succeeds in wiping out the universe, only being stopped from killing Hope by Jackie managing to recreate the universe and kill the Curator before his plan could even begin.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'':
** WebComic ''Webcomic/DragonBallMultiverse'':
*** Captain Ginyu of Universe 8 was once the esteemed leader of the Ginyu Force, punished by Frieza for a past failure. Using his [[GrandTheftMe "Body Change" technique]] to fake his death, Ginyu goes into hiding and plots revenge against his former master. [[HijackingCthulhu Taking over King Cold's body]] and [[KillAndReplace usurping his place as leader of the Frost Demon empire]], he keeps up the masquerade for decades and trains himself to control Cold's great power, even managing to unlock two new transformations in secret. In his battle against Bra of Universe 16 during the tournament, Ginyu takes advantage of the Saiyan girl's pride and arrogance to give himself an advantage in the fight, only losing due to Bra fighting dirty herself. Ginyu uses his Body Change technique to swap bodies with Bra and leaves her trapped in his old crippled body, only narrowly thwarted by virtue of Vegito's sheer strength. Even as Babidi's thrall, Ginyu is no less competent a fighter, making unorthodox use of his Body Change technique to [[DeliberateInjuryGambit make his enemies mutilate themselves]] before swapping them into one another's dying bodies.
*** Bardock of Universe 3 shows himself to be more than a [[FromNobodyToNightmare low-class Saiyan thug]]. After foreseeing Frieza's genocide of the Saiyan race, Bardock successfully rallied the Saiyans to rebel against Frieza by overthrowing King Vegeta. The Saiyans under Bardock's new leadership then seized control of Frieza's empire, with Bardock using his [[{{Seer}} precognitive powers]] to devise [[CrazyPrepared long-term plans]] to eliminate any competitors. To avoid any power struggles that would undo his work, Bardock willingly [[AbdicateTheThrone stepped down as king]], instead becoming one of the empire's chief advisors to continue [[TheManBehindTheMan running affairs from behind the scenes]], all the while adapting his plans to whichever Saiyan ascends to the throne.
** WebVideo ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged:'' After being stabbed and LeftForDead along with his son Broly by King Vegeta out of fear for the latter's power, [[SinsOfOurFathers Paragus desires revenge through the King's son]]. To do this, he recruits the Shamosians to build an infrastructure on a planet on a collision course with a comet before arriving on Earth and offering Prince Vegeta a planet to rule over, [[FlawExploitation purposely taking advantage of his egotistical personality]]. When his plans are inevitably exposed, Paragus does not descend into a VillainousBreakdown but rather confesses his plans and backstory to the Z-Fighters. Even though he did not intend to trigger Broly's transformation -- due to previously having wiped out the South Galaxy before -- Paragus nevertheless showed pride in his son while letting him kill the Z-Fighters for him. [[AdaptationalHeroism Lacking the worst traits of his original counterpart]], Paragus attempts to eliminate Vegeta not through brute strength but by knowledge and manipulations of the arrogant Prince.
* ''Film/AssaultOnPrecinct132005'': [[TheDon Marion Bishop]] is an arrested crime lord forced to stay overnight at Precinct 13 due to poor weather conditions stopping the prison transport where the [[DirtyCop crooked Captain Marcus Duvall]] plans to kill him before he can testify in court. In a shaky alliance with hero Sergeant Jake Roenick, Bishop proceeds to improvise and adapt against the dozens of intruders. Devising a plan to kill a traitorous officer when caught, Bishop also holds out under torture from Duvall, allowing Jake to kill Duvall, then escapes as dawn breaks.
* ''Film/TheCabinInTheWoods'': [[IronLady The Director]] is the head-strong leader of the Organization, charged with keeping the [[SealedEvilInACan evil gods that slumber below the Earth]] dormant so they will spare humanity. Under the Director's guidance, the Organization selects {{Human Sacrifice}}s every year and manipulates them into taking part in an elaborate ritual narrative. The Director is the first to notice that Marty's survival is threatening the ritual's completion, and succeeds into talking Dana into killing Marty before resolving to kill Marty herself when that fails. Far more professional and strategic than her subordinates, the Director has sacrificed numerous lives for the greater good while [[NecessarilyEvil harboring no ill will towards her victims whatsoever]].
* ''Film/Legend1985'': [[BigRedDevil The Lord of Darkness]] seeks to erase all light from the world and [[TheNightThatNeverEnds usher in a realm of night he can rule forever]]. A surprisingly soulful, intelligent devil, Darkness uses dreams to influence mankind itself, introducing himself to Princess Lilli with sincerity and charm after he uses her innocence to have his goblin servitors bait a trap for the unicorns. Surprised at [[VillainousCrush his own love for Lilli and her purity]], Darkness uses his charisma and seductive persona to try to [[CorruptTheCutie sway her to marry him and give in to darkness]], even spending his last moments boasting that [[AsLongAsThereIsEvil he lives on in every man and can never truly be vanquished]].
* ''Film/{{Snatch}}'': Mickey O'Neil is an UsefulNotes/{{Irish Traveller|s}} introduced scamming Tommy and knocking out his muscle. When Tommy and Turkish ask him to be a replacement boxer for "Brick Top" Pulford's fight, he agrees to their stipulation that he go down in the fourth round, only to ignore this and knock out his opponent with one punch. When Brick Top demands he fight again and this time go down in the fourth round, Mickey refuses, which leads to Brick Top burning his mother alive. Mickey decides to fight and waits until the fourth round of the new fight to knock out his opponent. However, he only waited that long to let his allies get into position to massacre Brick Top's organization, showing that if someone metaphorically or literally knocks Mickey down, he will get back up and knock them right out.
''[[AC:Literature/AConspiracyOfSerpents]]''
* [[AncientEvil Apophis]] is [[SnakesAreSinister the king of all serpents]] and a manipulative mastermind who has turned almost all of serpentkind to his agenda through charm, blackmail and bribery alike. Creating his "conspiracy" over the course of centuries under the noses of Heaven and Hell alike, Apophis amps his own power up by tricking entire planets into ingesting his venom and [[SoulEating devouring their souls]], all to prepare himself to devour his old friend Ra. When his plans are revealed, Apophis massacres angels and devils by luring them into traps, lays siege to Hell to distract its forces, and personally infects Hardestadt Delac with a lethal poison, before successfully consuming Ra. In awe of the Teraverse's beauty yet disillusioned with its corruptions, Apophis plans to reconcile this with his nature as a predator by replacing the afterlife with himself, preserving the Teraverse and promoting peace, yet devouring the souls of all who die and sending them into [[CessationOfExistence true oblivion]], and very nearly succeeds. Apophis spends his final moments in regret for his many crimes, having one last conversation with Ra and embracing him as [[TogetherInDeath they face death together]].
* ''Literature/TheSagaOfTheNobleDead'': [[TreacherousAdvisor Welstiel Massing]] was forcibly turned into a vampire by his father Lord Bryon, the rapist father of series heroine Magiere. Despising his nature as one of the Noble Dead, Welstiel schemes to become human again by manipulating Magiere into becoming a VampireHunter. Arranging a test by setting up a war between her and relatively peaceful vampires, Welstiel then commits several vampire murders to pull Magiere where he needs and manipulates her into stealing an artifact for him and his plans with the monster il'Samar. Later luring the heroes to face him, Welstiel stops at nothing in his attempts to become human again, no matter who he has to destroy in his way.
* ''Series/TheCloser'': "[[Recap/TheCloserS6E5HeartAttack Heart Attack]]": [[VigilanteMan Dr. Luis Navarro]] is a brilliant transplant surgeon who [[PayEvilUntoEvil decides to take justice into his own hands]] when he barely saves a twelve year old girl from death after she was gangraped and mutilated. Deducing that one of his free clinic's patients was the leader of the gangrape, Navarro drugs him into giving up the names of his accomplices, then kills the man and harvests his organs to use to save the life of another of his other patients. Deciding to do even more good, Navarro begins tracking down the gangrapists, killing them, and [[OrganTheft taking their organs]] to use in the hospital to save the lives of people on the donor list, then disposing of his victims' bodies in such a way that law enforcement believes it is the work of cartels to throw them off his scent. When finally confronted by Brenda Lee Johnson, Navarro [[ShutUpKirk shuts down]] her attempts to paint him as a scumbag crook, instead focusing on the fact that he's genuinely helping people and rounding off his charming MotiveRant by agreeing to confess only if the heart of his latest murder victim is used to save the life of a young patient.
* ''Series/{{Grimm}}'':
** [[ShadowArchetype Captain Sean Renard]], officially an upstanding officer of the law and Nick's charismatic boss, is secretly the half-[[WitchSpecies Zauberbiest]] bastard son of [[GreaterScopeVillain King Frederick Renard]] of the House of Kronenberg. Forced to flee for his life as a child, Renard exploited his unique connections to eventually become de facto overlord of Portland. A [[GeniusBruiser calculating mastermind, natural leader and exemplary warrior]], Renard is also a senior figure in the [[LaResistance Laufer]]'s fight against the Royals, possessing connections the other leaders can only dream of, whilst fooling the royals into believing he's one of them. Constantly working, be it in police business, outplaying rivals at international intrigue or protecting his city, Renard never misses an opportunity he can exploit. Amongst his successes, he plants a spy within his families own castle; assassinates his brother Prince Eric on his own turf; sets up an alliance with other resistance leaders beneath the Royals' noses; and temporarily become mayor of Portland. His Machiavellianism tempered by genuine standards and a protective nature, Renard stands out both as one of Nick's greatest enemies and his most capable allies.
** [[NoNonsenseNemesis Prince Viktor Beckendorf]], the second Crown Prince of the House of Kronenberg, is the [[BigBad main antagonist of Season 3 and the first half of season 4]]. A ruthless yet pragmatic, suave, single-minded professional, Viktor will do anything to increase the family's powerbase, with him responsible for rigging elections, overseeing [[SecretPolice the Verrat]] and infiltrating governments and intelligence agencies. Assigned to investigate Prince Ericís assassination Viktor was the only one to figure out Sean was responsible. Ordered by the King to kidnap Sean's daughter Diana to be the family's heir or else face an agonizing death, Viktor manages to expose and break Sean's spy, tracking them across the world, and even after losing Diana manipulates Adalind into stripping Nick of his powers. Deducing he had been tricked and who really had her, he immediately got back to tracking Diana, successfully turning one of Sean's agents. Finally sick of his uncle's ill gratitude and threats, Viktor conspired with the Laufer to engineer his demise leaving himself King. Proving to be the most capable Royal, Viktor was the only recurring antagonist to end [[KarmaHoudini their run in victory]].
** "[[Recap/GrimmS1E14PlumedSerpent Plumed Serpent]]": [[FemmeFatale Ariel Eberhart]] is a playful, alluring [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Dämonfeuer]] and the daughter of the slowly dying Fred Eberhart, a welder turned copper thief. Learning that Detective Nick Burkhardt is a Grimm investigating her father's involvement in a homicide, Ariel devises a plan to give her father an honorable death. She ambushes Nick when he follows her, tearing his shirt and answering his phone to trick his girlfriend Juliette into thinking he's cheating just to mess with them. The next night, Ariel tricks Nick to going to her house, kidnaps Juliette and brings her to her father's lair, thus forcing Nick to face her father in [[SaveThePrincess combat to the death to save Juliette]] and give her father a chance at dying honorably in accordance with their culture. When Nick emerges the victor, Ariel assures her father he fought well and causes an explosion, [[KarmaHoudini faking her death and leaving for parts unknown]].
** "[[Recap/GrimmS3E11TheGoodSoldier The Good Soldier]]": [[OurManticoresAreSpinier Colonel Adam Desai]] blamed himself for being unable to achieve justice for Frankie Gonzales after she was gang-raped by four [=PMCs=]. [[YourDaysAreNumbered Learning he was dying from cancer]], Desai begins to [[TheLastDance hunt down and kill the four men responsible]], luring one into his house by breaking his medals before stabbing him. When Portland police contact him about the rape, Desai tells them all he knows while tricking them into believing he's in the hospital while he's really in Portland. When one of the other contractors is killed along with his wife and Frankie is arrested, she calls Desai, who allows the Portland police to track his call, then confronts the last remaining rapist and reveals that he knows that he killed the contractor and his wife before engaging in a fight to the death. In the end, [[ThanatosGambit Desai deliberately leaves himself open for a killing blow]], declaring that "You can't arrest him for what he did to Frankie, but you can for what he did to me." Colonel Desai is shown to be the cleverest Manticore depicted in the show and meets his end on his terms.
* ''Series/MidsomerMurders'':
** The murderer of Season 4's "Destroying Angel", [[spoiler:Evelyn Pope]], is an upstanding resident of Midsomer Magna, who hides a devilishly sharp mind behind a warm caring nature. Deducing the truth of murder, incrimination and conspiracy surrounding the inheritance of Karl Wainwright's hotel from the vaguest clues, they vow not to allow the [[VigilanteMan conspirators to get away with it]]. Armed with only their wits and a natural ability to [[VoiceChangeling mimic voices]], the murderer masterminds each conspirator's death: be it by agonizing poison, getting crushed to death and finally manipulating the conspiracy's most sympathetic member into killing the ringleader. Each death relying upon being able to accurately predict how each individual would react in the right circumstances, all the while sowing the seeds that cause the remaining member's breakdown and confession to the police. Despite being only a [[spoiler:frail elderly woman]], even amongst the many murderers to plague Midsomer county, few came close to [[spoiler:Evelyn's]] level of cunning or brilliance which was matched only by her natural charm and kindness, with even Inspector Barnaby admitted to liking them.
** The murderer from season 8's "Ghosts of Christmas Past", [[spoiler:Dominic Jones]], seeks [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge revenge on those who are responsible for the suicide of their sister and friend]]. A professional magician and skilled illusionist, who effortlessly charms the other guests, they trap Lydia Villers recreating their sisters death by car fumes, [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident disguising it to appear a tragic accident]]. When their attempt fails, they successfully improvise, leaving no one the wiser. Succeeding in their second attempt and once again disguising it as an accident; using their powers of suggestion the murderer also manipulates another guest into developing a [[FakeMemories false memory]] to give themselves an alibi. Tricking Jennifer Carter into going shooting whilst seemingly urging her not to, they engineer a HuntingAccident that kills her from half a mile away. Fleeing the scene before Inspector Barnaby can figure out the truth, as a final stroke the killer left the Villers family Lydia's diary revealing to everyone the truth about Claire English and Ferdy Villers deaths. Visiting Claire's grave one last time, they simply wait for the police to catch them.
** The murderer from season 11's "Shot At Dawn", [[spoiler:Lionel Hicks]], a sociable, friendly Midsomer Parva resident upon discovering the dark truth about the [[FeudingFamilies Hicks-Hammond rivalry]] origin vows to kill the Hammonds both for revenge and to enrich the Hick family. A skilled electrician and technician they [[GadgeteerGenius develop a variety of remote control devices]] to fulfil their vendetta. Overhearing Mickey Ryan's plan to humiliate Colonel Henry Hammond, they seize the opportunity and kills Henry with his father's revolver. Altering his wheelchair, they remotely drive it into a milk delivery to confuse the crime scene. Targeting themselves with a remote control bomb to throw off suspicion, the murderer lures out and kills Johnny Hammond with a modified machine gun rigged to activate when he opened his garage, and in their "stroke of genius" sprung a trap that almost killed Arabella Hammond with a hay bailer they had modified to operate by radio control, leaving the controls behind in Kate Hammond's horsebox to implicate her. When caught, [[spoiler:Lionel]] took defeat in stride, [[GracefulLoser content with what they had accomplished]].
* ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'': [[UsefulNotes/VladTheImpaler Vlad Tepes]], later known as {{Dracula}}, is a Tzimisce "Voivoide" who became an independent ghoul by capturing and bleeding vampires. Hunting for a vampire to embrace him, Dracula lured an army of [[Characters/VampireTheMasqueradeSabbat Sabbat]] and leaked their location to the [[Characters/VampireTheMasqueradeCharactersCamarilla Camarilla]] to come in, sweep up the remnants with his own forces and take two powerful Tzimisce hostage. Forcing one to embrace him, he diablerized the elder and released his sire with a warning to never meddle in his affairs again. Keeping a tight grip over the region, Dracula plays Sabbat and Camarilla against one another to increase his own power, all while flaunting the Masquerade by manipulating Creator/BramStoker into novelizing his life story.
* ''VideoGame/QuantumBreak'': Martin Hatch is the perpetually calm and [[AffablyEvil polite]] right-hand man to Paul Serene, putting up the appearance of a loyal advisor while truthfully [[DragonWithAnAgenda scheming far beyond his employer's knowledge]]. A Shifter corrupted by Chronon energy who now seeks to ensure the End of Time occurs and impacts all of humanity so he and his fellow Shifters can live in their natural habitat, Hatch works with Paul to build up Monarch Solutions over the course of over a decade, all while subtly manipulating and pushing Paul into certain choices and actions. Adapting to any of the choices Paul makes to suit his needs, Hatch stages an assassination attempt on himself, tries to eliminate Paul's lover Sofia Amaral, and destroys Paul's Chronon treatments, all working together to make Paul more unstable and pliable to Hatch's machinations. As the End of Time approaches, Hatch turns off Monarch's stutterproof shielding and takes the CFR out of the picture before terrifyingly slaughtering Monarch Security to finalize his plans. Ever humble and insisting that he's only trying to bring "renewal and balance" to the world, Hatch accepts even his defeat with grace, quickly taking full control of Monarch from Paul and beginning a new strategy towards victory.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'':
** "[[Recap/TeenTitansS3E2X X]]": [[TheRealRemingtonSteele Red X]] is a self-proclaimed [[GentlemanThief thief]] who steals Robin's selfsame suit, then tracks down a Xenothium scanner even with the Titans hot on his trail. Cornered, X uses his knowledge of his surroundings and mastery of gadgetry, taking on the team one-by-one while he makes his way too the Xenothium Ore vault to recharge his suit and uses Robin as a decoy to slip by the security drone. [[EnemyMine Teaming up with Robin]] to stop the treacherous Professor Chang, X not only saves Robin but also gracefully accepts defeat when Robin reveals he stole X's utility belt. In "[[Recap/TeenTitansS5E9RevvedUp Revved Up]]", X races against Robin and many of his enemies, demonstrating his skill on a motorbike and when saved by Robin from an explosion repays the debt by dismantling all of the villainous racers in under a minute. Stylish and roguish yet noble, Red X cements himself as a memorable character that's neither a villain nor hero--[[WildCard just as he'd like]].
** [[DarkActionGirl Madame Rouge]], from Season 5, is a [[TheDreaded dreaded member]] of the Brotherhood of Evil's inner circle. With a fearsome reputation to match her suave voice and lofty ego, Rouge is tasked by the Brain to retrieve a Titans Communicator so they can predict their every move. Impersonating the likeness of Robin to confuse and shake Hot Spot's trust in the Teen Titans, Madame Rouge masterfully plays the immediate situation to her advantage, successfully fooling both the real Robin and Hot Spot to gain a communicator. When offered Kid Flash by the Hive Five, Madame Rouge quickly overpowers the then untouchable speedster with clever use of her [[VoluntaryShapeshifting versatile shapeshifting]]. Despite her prior condescending attitude towards the High Five, Jinx standing up for herself impresses Madame Rouge. In the season's climax, Rouge, ever confident in her own abilities, goes down fighting multiple members of the Teen Titans despite being frozen like her villainous peers.
-> "I am waiting like an elevator. I have the commerce, I run Fawful's Bean 'n' badge but... The day comes soon when Fawful rises again, and then no baby's candy has safety! I am counting chickens before they are even eggs, before the chickens are even chickens! '''I! WILL! HAVE! FURY!''' I LAUGH AT DEFEAT! I FIGHT WITH RAGE! I HURT YOUR FACES!"
-->-- '''Fawful''', ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime''
->''What freak of nature produced this creature... put such mass and strength at the disposal of a criminal genius? His presence seems to charge the air around him, commanding attention -- and obedience. It's almost hypnotic...''
-->--'''Matt Murdock''' on '''ComicBook/TheKingpin''', ''ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}''

to:

* [[TheUnfettered Shadi]] remained the primary guardian of the Millennium Items even after death. Once a tomb keeper at Kul Elna, Shadi showed no mercy in punishing thieves and other criminals while being kind enough to take in orphans. In the present, Shadi makes his first appearance by testing and murdering a man who defiled a mummy. Taking an interest in protagonist Yugi Moto and the Millennium Puzzle, Shadi brainwashes ''Literature/VasquezPrivateEye'': "Zachary Venshlin", actually Professor Yoshimori and Anzu Mazaki, using the former to distract Katsuya Jonouchi while keeping Anzu as a hostage. Shadi then subjects Dark Yugi to a series of mental challenges, with Anzu's life on the line, and accepted defeat when the boy proved himself worthy. Later, it's revealed that Shadi had a hand in both [[StartOfDarkness Starts of Darkness]] of Maximillian Pegasus and Marik Ishtar, setting them up as opponents for Yugi. However, in the end, Shadi proves himself an ally of Pharoah Atem by aiding him and his friends in the Memory World before [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificing himself]] in the fight against Zorc Necrophades.
* ''Manga/BloodReignCurseOfTheYoma'': Marou, upon becoming the demonic "Kikuga no Miko", tries to save his loved ones from his cursed rampage and takes control of the Yoma to lead them on a conquest of the world. Manipulating the backstabbing Takeda ninja to their deaths, when Marou confronts his best friend Hikage, he tries to [[TheCorrupter corrupt him]] though respects his convictions when rebuked and even as he dies, Marou gracefully accepts his rebirth as a human free of the Yoma curse.
* ''Manga/DemonSlayerKimetsuNoYaiba'':
** [[BigGood Kagaya Ubuyashiki]]
Martha Vazquez, is the brilliant leader of the [[Characters/DemonSlayerKimetsuNoYaibaDemonSlayerCorps Demon Slayers Corps]]. A kind man who [[AFatherToHisMen loves his subordinates like his own children]], Kagaya is still willing to go to extremes to see the monstrous [[BigBad Muzan Kibutsuji]] dead, subjecting the trainees to a potentially deadly selection process where they have to fight captive demons, while also memorizing the names and faces of every single Demon Slayer who dies. A genius planner, Kagaya keeps Muzan and his forces at bay through a complex hiding system to defend his strongholds and sets plans to move and crush the powerful [[Characters/DemonSlayerKimetsuNoYaibaTwelveKizuki Twelve Kizuki]] of the demon forces. Captivating the love of his subordinates with his natural charisma, Kagaya uses himself, his wife and his two eldest daughters as bait for Muzan himself to sacrifice all their lives in an explosion and give the Demon Slayer elites a chance to kill Muzan for good.
** [[TheAce Kokushibo]], Upper Kizuki 1, was born Michikatsu Tsugikuni and joined Muzan to stave off death in order to grow more powerful. Almost wiping out the Demon Slayers, the only warrior to ever exceed him in power was his younger twin Yoriichi, whom Kokushibo was never able to fully cease loving. In modern times, Kokushibo is undefeated, killing countless Demon Slayer elites and manipulating some, such as Kaigaku, into becoming demons before casually dominating the battle with his descendant Muichiro Tokito. Engaging the strongest of the [[Characters/DemonSlayerKimetsuNoYaibaHashira Hashira]] and [[IAmNotLeftHanded concealing his true power to catch them off guard]], Kokushibo takes every chance to show why he is the strongest of the Kizuki.
** [[{{Determinator}} Akaza]], Upper Kizuki 3, was born Hakuji and adopted his SocialDarwinist beliefs after the deaths of his loved ones and becoming a demon under Muzan. Baiting a Hashira into combat, Akaza mortally wounds him to tempt a strong opponent with demonhood, yet respects the man's decision to die human when he refuses. Returning later, Akaza shows his full tactical abilities while facing both hero Tanjiro Kamado and another Hashira simultaneously. Constantly switching maneuvers to keep them on the defensive, Akaza even dies by his own hand, foregoing a chance to kill his opponents to commit suicide and [[TogetherInDeath reunite with his family]].
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'':
** ''[[Anime/DigimonTheMovie The Movie]]'': On a quest for "the programmer," Diaboromon's mad search and hunger for data earns the attention of Gennai and the [=DigiDestined=]. Assaulted as a Keraman by Tai, Izzy, and their Digimon, he tricks the latter two by jumping from Rookie to his Ultimate Form, Infermon, and subsequently overpowers them. Earning his first victory by [[CombatPragmatist attacking them mid-transformation]], Infermon escapes and covers his tracks by clogging up the dial-up phone lines. When Izzy uses a satellite uplink to continue the pursuit, Diaboromon hijacks the connection to send missiles to Colorado and Japan to put them on the clock. Multiplying himself to hide the real one to kill time, it takes the might of Omnimon to destroy them all. Although Diaboromon resorts to outspeeding them, he's eventually caught and defeated. Returning in the sequel, he orchestrates his revival by tricking the [=DigiDestined=] into opening gates for his Kuramon swarms. Diaboromon holds out against his old foe Omnimon in the Digital World, showing how much he learned, before successfully digivolving into Armageddemon in the real world. Boasting a mere two appearances, Diaboromon regardless managed to be one of the [=DigiDestined=]'s most cunning, adaptable, and dangerous adversaries.
** ''[[Anime/DigimonFrontier Frontier]]'': Murmukusmon is main antagonist of [[Recap/DigimonFrontierMovieRevivalOfTheAncientDigimon the movie]]. Arriving to the Island of Lost Digimon long ago, Murmukusmon obscured an ancient tablet about Ornismon to trick the populace into revering the monster as a benevolent legend. Posing as d'Arcmon and Hippogriffomon, leaders of the Human and Beast Digimon respectively, he strokes constant civil war through powerful rhetoric, convincingly feigned emotion, and appeal to their pain, causing many allies from all sides to revert into Digi-Eggs, and thus excess Digi Code, when defeated. By the time the [=DigiDestined=] discover his ruse, Murmukusmon acquires all the code he needed, reveals his deception and the true history, and initiates Ornsimon's revival. Cold and calculating, Murmukusmon played everyone for fools and schemed to conquer the Digital World with his new living superweapon.
** ''[[Manga/DigimonXrosWars Xros War]]'' manga:
*** Bagramon is the leader of the [[TheEmpire Bagra Army]]. Brother of the "dark" digimon [=SkullKnightmon=], Bagramon used to be a angel digimon working for the digital deity Homeostasis. Rebelling against Homeostasis because of her plan to have digimon branded as heroic or villainous, in a system that would result in his brother's death, Bagramon is defeated and exiled. Finding the remains of the digital deity Ygdrassil, Bagramon uses them to empower himself and begin his conquest, creating the Xros Loader and the powerful artificial Digimon Tactimon. He then rebels again with the loyalty of dark digimons, defeating the Royal Knights and breaking the digital world. Manipulating his brother using two minions and some humans, Bragramon intends to judge humans and digimons based on who wins between them. When his brother "wins" while losing his sanity, Bagramon cries for him before using him to recreate [[EldritchAbomination Zeed Milleniunmon]], intending to use it to euthanize both the digital and human worlds and save them from decay. When he is proven wrong by the heroes, Bagramon cheers for them and dies saving his brother, encouraging him to be better. Inspiring loyalty in his followers, [[WellIntentionedExtremist Bagramon truly wishes for a better future]].
*** [[AdaptationalHeroism More honorable than his anime counterpart]], [[TheDreaded Tactimon]] is one of Bagramon's [[CoDragons top generals]] and his best creation. Leading his armies in the fractured Digital World, Bagramon is the digimon that broke it during his fight against the powerful Royal Knight Omegamon. A ruthless yet effective general willing to fire against his own soldiers in harsh fights, Bagramon also prefers to not waste their lives in pointless battles. Manipulating Mach Leomon to his death to test the power of his rivals, Tactimon follows the heroes to test their power as well. During the final battle of the Bagra Army, Tactimon asks permission to use his full power and challenge the heroes in a harsh fight, showing his impressive unmatched skill and only being defeated by their determination and teamwork. Lethally wounded, [[GracefulLoser congratulates them]], happy at having find {{worthy opponent}}s.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** [[BadassInANiceSuit Crocodile]], one of the "[[Characters/OnePieceSevenWarlordsOfTheSea Seven Warlords of the Sea]]", is the brilliant master of the [[Characters/OnePieceBaroqueWorks Baroque Works]] syndicate. Playing himself off as a public hero while running the aforementioned criminal organization, Crocodile manufactures a drought and a rebellion to weaken the Nefertari family in Alabasta, while plotting a takeover himself. Showing contingency after contingency, Crocodile manipulates countless people, including his right-hand woman, Nico Robin, with whom he intends to seize the superweapon Pluton in order to cow the [[Characters/OnePieceWorldGovernment World Government]] into recognizing his authority. Even after defeat, Crocodile later returns in Impel Down and helps organize the jailbreak with his enemy [[Characters/OnePieceStrawHatMonkeyDLuffy Monkey D. Luffy]].
** [[PsychoForHire Rob Lucci]] is the leader of [[Characters/OnePieceCipherPol Cipher Pol's CP9 division]]. A brilliant fighter who infiltrated a hostage situation and killed every hostage to remove the pirates' leverage before killing the pirates themselves as a teenager, Lucci later [[Recap/OnePieceWaterSevenArc goes undercover in Water 7]] with his disguised team to recover the Blueprints of Pluton. Fooling all there by faking their deaths, Lucci later delivers a brutal beating to Luffy and escapes with Nico Robin in tow, later giving Luffy one of the most brutal and difficult fights he has had to that point.
** [[WellIntentionedExtremist Sengoku the Buddha]] is the most brilliant of the [[Characters/OnePieceMarineAdmirals Marine Admirals]]. The top Fleet Admiral of Marineford, Sengoku [[Recap/OnePieceMarinefordArc leads the execution]] of Portgas D. Ace, revealing to the world that Ace is the son of Gol D. Roger, the former Pirate King. With the arrival of Ace's captain, "Whitebeard" Edward Newgate, Sengoku reveals a major trap for Whitebeard, sapping the morale of his forces with a carefully planned lie, trapping the pirates and closing in Marine forces, turning a near loss into a total rout for the strongest man alive with his own cunning.
* ''Manga/TokyoTribe'': Mera, leader of the Wu-Ronz and former best friend of hero Kai Deguchi, plays the role of the monstrous Buppa's right-hand man to avenge his parents' deaths at the latter's hands. A master manipulator, Mera evades blame for killing Buppa's son and manages to win back his most loyal followers by sheer charisma after his own second-in-command, the loathsome Skunk, betrays him. Karmically killing Buppa, Mera then makes amends with Kai and saves the
woman he loves by chasing down Skunk with Kai's aid.
* ''ComicBook/{{Starman}}'': Richard Swift, the ComicBook/{{Shade}}, became immortal and an avatar of the Darklands in the 1800s. Becoming a genius thief and assassin to enrich and excite himself, Swift would also wipe out the Ludlow assassin family out, having many adventures before settling in Opal City. Acting as enemy and eventually friend to the new Starman Jack Knight, Swift fights to save Opal City, outwitting his opponents with signature flair before finally managing to defeat his nemesis Simon Culp as Culp seeks to utterly annihilate Opal City to spite Swift.
* ''ComicBook/{{Witchblade}}'': The Curator is the SoleSurvivor of the destruction of old universe. Filled with grief over losing his family, Curator started working on a plan to bring his universe back by destroying the new one. Taking the form of an elderly man, he manipulates events so that he can bring all 13 ancient artifacts to him. After doing so, he sets his plan in motion by gathering a team of villains who wielded half of the artifacts and kidnapping Jackie Estacado's, the wielder of The Darkness, and Sara Pezzini's, the wielder of Witchblade, daughter Hope, who was the last "component" in his plan to recreate his universe. Capturing most of the remaining wielders and getting all of the artifacts, he playfully talks with Hope about his motives and shows his belief that his actions will bring about a better world. In the end, Curator succeeds in wiping out the universe, only being stopped from killing Hope by Jackie managing to recreate the universe and kill the Curator before his plan could even begin.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'':
** WebComic ''Webcomic/DragonBallMultiverse'':
*** Captain Ginyu of Universe 8 was once the esteemed leader of the Ginyu Force, punished by Frieza for a past failure. Using his [[GrandTheftMe "Body Change" technique]] to fake his death, Ginyu goes into hiding and plots
taking revenge against his after Firebird Airlines was acquitted for their role in a crash which killed her youngest son. Blackmailing her former master. [[HijackingCthulhu Taking over King Cold's body]] and [[KillAndReplace usurping his place as leader of the Frost Demon empire]], he keeps up the masquerade for decades and trains himself to control Cold's great power, even managing to unlock two new transformations in secret. In his battle against Bra of Universe 16 during the tournament, Ginyu takes advantage of the Saiyan girl's pride and arrogance to give himself an advantage in the fight, only losing due to Bra fighting dirty herself. Ginyu uses his Body Change technique to swap bodies with Bra and leaves her trapped in his old crippled body, only narrowly thwarted by virtue of Vegito's sheer strength. Even as Babidi's thrall, Ginyu is no less competent a fighter, student into making unorthodox use of his Body Change technique to [[DeliberateInjuryGambit make his enemies mutilate themselves]] before swapping them a drink mix which transforms people into one another's dying bodies.
*** Bardock of Universe 3 shows himself to be more than a [[FromNobodyToNightmare low-class Saiyan thug]]. After foreseeing Frieza's genocide of
the Saiyan race, Bardock successfully rallied the Saiyans embodiment of their deepest desires, Martha uses it to rebel against Frieza by overthrowing King Vegeta. The Saiyans under Bardock's new leadership then seized control of Frieza's empire, with Bardock using his [[{{Seer}} precognitive powers]] to devise [[CrazyPrepared long-term plans]] to eliminate any competitors. To avoid any power struggles that would undo his work, Bardock willingly [[AbdicateTheThrone stepped down as king]], instead becoming one of the empire's chief advisors to continue [[TheManBehindTheMan running affairs from behind the scenes]], all the while adapting his plans to whichever Saiyan ascends to the throne.
** WebVideo ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged:'' After being stabbed
become a lawyer and LeftForDead along with his son Broly by King Vegeta out of fear for the latter's power, [[SinsOfOurFathers Paragus desires revenge through the King's son]]. To do this, he recruits the Shamosians to build an infrastructure on a planet on a collision course with a comet before arriving on Earth and offering Prince Vegeta a planet to rule over, [[FlawExploitation purposely taking advantage of his egotistical personality]]. When his plans are inevitably exposed, Paragus does not descend into a VillainousBreakdown but rather confesses his plans and backstory to the Z-Fighters. Even though he did not intend to trigger Broly's transformation -- due to previously having wiped out the South Galaxy before -- Paragus nevertheless showed pride in his son while letting him kill the Z-Fighters for him. [[AdaptationalHeroism Lacking the worst traits of his original counterpart]], Paragus attempts to eliminate Vegeta not through brute strength but by knowledge and manipulations of the arrogant Prince.
* ''Film/AssaultOnPrecinct132005'': [[TheDon Marion Bishop]] is an arrested crime lord forced to stay overnight at Precinct 13 due to poor weather conditions stopping the prison transport where the [[DirtyCop crooked Captain Marcus Duvall]] plans to kill him before he can testify in court. In a shaky alliance with hero Sergeant Jake Roenick, Bishop
proceeds to improvise and adapt against sabotage the dozens of intruders. Devising a plan to kill a traitorous officer when caught, Bishop also holds out under torture from Duvall, allowing Jake to kill Duvall, then escapes as dawn breaks.
* ''Film/TheCabinInTheWoods'': [[IronLady The Director]] is the head-strong leader
court cases of the Organization, charged with keeping the [[SealedEvilInACan evil gods that slumber below the Earth]] dormant so they will spare humanity. Under the Director's guidance, the Organization selects {{Human Sacrifice}}s every year lawyers and manipulates them into taking part in an elaborate ritual narrative. The Director is the first to notice that Marty's survival is threatening the ritual's completion, and succeeds into talking Dana into killing Marty before resolving to kill Marty herself when that fails. Far more professional and strategic than her subordinates, the Director has sacrificed numerous lives for the greater good while [[NecessarilyEvil harboring no ill will towards her victims whatsoever]].
* ''Film/Legend1985'': [[BigRedDevil The Lord of Darkness]] seeks to erase all light
judge from the world and [[TheNightThatNeverEnds usher in a realm of night he can rule forever]]. A surprisingly soulful, intelligent devil, Darkness uses dreams to influence mankind itself, introducing himself to Princess Lilli with sincerity and charm after he uses her innocence to have his goblin servitors bait a trap for the unicorns. Surprised at [[VillainousCrush his own love for Lilli and her purity]], Darkness uses his charisma and seductive persona to try to [[CorruptTheCutie sway her to marry him and give in to darkness]], even spending his last moments boasting that [[AsLongAsThereIsEvil he lives on in every man and can never truly be vanquished]].
* ''Film/{{Snatch}}'': Mickey O'Neil is an UsefulNotes/{{Irish Traveller|s}} introduced scamming Tommy and knocking out his muscle. When Tommy and Turkish ask him to be a replacement boxer for "Brick Top" Pulford's fight, he agrees to their stipulation that he go down in the fourth round, only to ignore this and knock out his opponent with one punch. When Brick Top demands he fight again and this time go down in the fourth round, Mickey refuses, which leads to Brick Top burning his mother alive. Mickey decides to fight and waits until the fourth round of the new fight to knock out his opponent. However, he only waited that long to let his allies get into position to massacre Brick Top's organization, showing that if someone metaphorically or literally knocks Mickey down, he will get back up and knock them right out.
''[[AC:Literature/AConspiracyOfSerpents]]''
* [[AncientEvil Apophis]] is [[SnakesAreSinister the king of all serpents]] and a manipulative mastermind who has turned almost all of serpentkind to his agenda through charm, blackmail and bribery alike. Creating his "conspiracy" over the course of centuries under the noses of Heaven and Hell alike, Apophis amps his own power up by tricking entire planets into ingesting his venom and [[SoulEating devouring their souls]], all to prepare himself to devour his old friend Ra. When his plans are revealed, Apophis massacres angels and devils by luring them into traps, lays siege to Hell to distract its forces, and personally infects Hardestadt Delac with a lethal poison, before successfully consuming Ra. In awe of the Teraverse's beauty yet disillusioned with its corruptions, Apophis plans to reconcile this with his nature as a predator by replacing the afterlife with himself, preserving the Teraverse and promoting peace, yet devouring the souls of all who die and sending them into [[CessationOfExistence true oblivion]], and very nearly succeeds. Apophis spends his final moments in regret for his many crimes, having one last conversation with Ra and embracing him as [[TogetherInDeath they face death together]].
* ''Literature/TheSagaOfTheNobleDead'': [[TreacherousAdvisor Welstiel Massing]] was forcibly turned into a vampire by his father Lord Bryon, the rapist father of series heroine Magiere. Despising his nature as one of the Noble Dead, Welstiel schemes to become human again by manipulating Magiere into becoming a VampireHunter. Arranging a test by
Firebird case, while setting up a war between her and relatively peaceful vampires, Welstiel then commits several vampire murders to pull Magiere where he needs and manipulates her into stealing an artifact for him and his plans with the monster il'Samar. Later luring the heroes to face him, Welstiel stops at nothing in his attempts to become human again, no matter who he has to destroy in his way.
* ''Series/TheCloser'': "[[Recap/TheCloserS6E5HeartAttack Heart Attack]]": [[VigilanteMan Dr. Luis Navarro]] is a brilliant transplant surgeon who [[PayEvilUntoEvil decides to take justice into his own hands]] when he barely saves a twelve year old girl from death after she was gangraped and mutilated. Deducing that one of his free clinic's patients was the leader of the gangrape, Navarro drugs him into giving up the names of his accomplices, then kills the man and harvests his organs to use to save the life of another of his other patients. Deciding to do even more good, Navarro begins tracking down the gangrapists, killing them, and [[OrganTheft taking their organs]] to use in the hospital to save the lives of people on the donor list, then disposing of his victims' bodies in such a way that law enforcement believes it is the work of cartels to throw them off his scent. When finally confronted by Brenda Lee Johnson, Navarro [[ShutUpKirk shuts down]] her attempts to paint him as a scumbag crook, instead focusing on the fact that he's genuinely helping people and rounding off his charming MotiveRant by agreeing to confess only if the heart of his latest murder victim is used to save the life of a young patient.
* ''Series/{{Grimm}}'':
** [[ShadowArchetype Captain Sean Renard]], officially an upstanding officer of the law and Nick's charismatic boss, is secretly the half-[[WitchSpecies Zauberbiest]] bastard son of [[GreaterScopeVillain King Frederick Renard]] of the House of Kronenberg. Forced to flee for his life as a child, Renard exploited his unique connections to eventually become de facto overlord of Portland. A [[GeniusBruiser calculating mastermind, natural leader and exemplary warrior]], Renard is also a senior figure in the [[LaResistance Laufer]]'s fight against the Royals, possessing connections the other leaders can only dream of, whilst fooling the royals into believing he's one of them. Constantly working, be it in police business, outplaying rivals at international intrigue or protecting his city, Renard never misses an opportunity he can exploit. Amongst his successes, he plants a spy within his families own castle; assassinates his brother Prince Eric on his own turf; sets up an alliance with other resistance leaders beneath the Royals' noses; and temporarily become mayor of Portland. His Machiavellianism tempered by genuine standards and a protective nature, Renard stands out both as one of Nick's greatest enemies and his most capable allies.
** [[NoNonsenseNemesis Prince Viktor Beckendorf]], the second Crown Prince of the House of Kronenberg, is the [[BigBad main antagonist of Season 3 and the first half of season 4]]. A ruthless yet pragmatic, suave, single-minded professional, Viktor will do anything to increase the family's powerbase, with him responsible for rigging elections, overseeing [[SecretPolice the Verrat]] and infiltrating governments and intelligence agencies. Assigned to investigate Prince Ericís assassination Viktor was the only one to figure out Sean was responsible. Ordered by the King to kidnap Sean's daughter Diana to be the family's heir or else face an agonizing death, Viktor manages to expose and break Sean's spy, tracking them across the world, and even after losing Diana manipulates Adalind into stripping Nick of his powers. Deducing he had been tricked and who really had her, he immediately got back to tracking Diana, successfully turning one of Sean's agents. Finally sick of his uncle's ill gratitude and threats, Viktor conspired with the Laufer to engineer his demise leaving himself King. Proving to be the most capable Royal, Viktor was the only recurring antagonist to end [[KarmaHoudini their run in victory]].
** "[[Recap/GrimmS1E14PlumedSerpent Plumed Serpent]]": [[FemmeFatale Ariel Eberhart]] is a playful, alluring [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Dämonfeuer]] and the daughter of the slowly dying Fred Eberhart, a welder turned copper thief. Learning that Detective Nick Burkhardt is a Grimm investigating her father's involvement in a homicide, Ariel devises a plan to give her father an honorable death. She ambushes Nick when he follows her, tearing his shirt and answering his phone to trick his girlfriend Juliette into thinking he's cheating just to mess with them. The next night, Ariel tricks Nick to going to her house, kidnaps Juliette and brings her to her father's lair, thus forcing Nick to face her father in [[SaveThePrincess combat to the death to save Juliette]] and give her father a chance at dying honorably in accordance with their culture. When Nick emerges the victor, Ariel assures her father he fought well and causes an explosion, [[KarmaHoudini faking her death and leaving for parts unknown]].
** "[[Recap/GrimmS3E11TheGoodSoldier The Good Soldier]]": [[OurManticoresAreSpinier Colonel Adam Desai]] blamed himself for being unable to achieve justice for Frankie Gonzales after she was gang-raped by four [=PMCs=]. [[YourDaysAreNumbered Learning he was dying from cancer]], Desai begins to [[TheLastDance hunt down and kill the four men responsible]], luring one into his house by breaking his medals before stabbing him. When Portland police contact him about the rape, Desai tells them all he knows while tricking them into believing he's in the hospital while he's really in Portland. When one of the other contractors is killed along with his wife and Frankie is arrested, she calls Desai, who allows the Portland police to track his call, then confronts the last remaining rapist and reveals that he knows that he killed the contractor and his wife before engaging in a fight to the death. In the end, [[ThanatosGambit Desai deliberately leaves himself open for a killing blow]], declaring that "You can't arrest him for what he did to Frankie, but you can for what he did to me." Colonel Desai is shown to be the cleverest Manticore depicted in the show and meets his end on his terms.
* ''Series/MidsomerMurders'':
** The murderer of Season 4's "Destroying Angel", [[spoiler:Evelyn Pope]], is an upstanding resident of Midsomer Magna, who hides a devilishly sharp mind behind a warm caring nature. Deducing the truth of murder, incrimination and conspiracy surrounding the inheritance of Karl Wainwright's hotel from the vaguest clues, they vow not to allow the [[VigilanteMan conspirators to get away with it]]. Armed with only their wits and a natural ability to [[VoiceChangeling mimic voices]], the murderer masterminds each conspirator's death: be it by agonizing poison, getting crushed to death and finally manipulating the conspiracy's most sympathetic member into killing the ringleader. Each death relying upon being able to accurately predict how each individual would react in the right circumstances, all the while sowing the seeds that cause the remaining member's breakdown and confession to the police. Despite being only a [[spoiler:frail elderly woman]], even amongst the many murderers to plague Midsomer county, few came close to [[spoiler:Evelyn's]] level of cunning or brilliance which was matched only by her natural charm and kindness, with even Inspector Barnaby admitted to liking them.
** The murderer from season 8's "Ghosts of Christmas Past", [[spoiler:Dominic Jones]], seeks [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge revenge on those who are responsible for the suicide of their sister and friend]]. A professional magician and skilled illusionist, who effortlessly charms the other guests, they trap Lydia Villers recreating their sisters death by car fumes, [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident disguising it to appear a tragic accident]]. When their attempt fails, they successfully improvise, leaving no one the wiser. Succeeding in their second attempt and once again disguising it as an accident; using their powers of suggestion the murderer also manipulates another guest into developing a [[FakeMemories false memory]] to give themselves an alibi. Tricking Jennifer Carter into going shooting whilst seemingly urging her not to, they engineer a HuntingAccident that kills her from half a mile away. Fleeing the scene before Inspector Barnaby can figure out the truth, as a final stroke the killer left the Villers family Lydia's diary revealing to everyone the truth about Claire English and Ferdy Villers deaths. Visiting Claire's grave one last time, they simply wait for the police to catch them.
** The murderer from season 11's "Shot At Dawn", [[spoiler:Lionel Hicks]], a sociable, friendly Midsomer Parva resident upon discovering the dark truth about the [[FeudingFamilies Hicks-Hammond rivalry]] origin vows to kill the Hammonds both for revenge and to enrich the Hick family. A skilled electrician and technician they [[GadgeteerGenius develop a variety of remote control devices]] to fulfil their vendetta. Overhearing Mickey Ryan's plan to humiliate Colonel Henry Hammond, they seize the opportunity and kills Henry with his father's revolver. Altering his wheelchair, they remotely drive it into a milk delivery to confuse the crime scene. Targeting themselves with a remote control bomb to throw off suspicion, the murderer lures out and kills Johnny Hammond with a modified machine gun rigged to activate when he opened his garage, and in their "stroke of genius" sprung a trap that almost killed Arabella Hammond with a hay bailer they had modified to operate by radio control, leaving the controls behind in Kate Hammond's horsebox
evidence to implicate a wrongfully-fired Firebird employee to take the wrap for her. When caught, [[spoiler:Lionel]] took defeat in stride, [[GracefulLoser content with what they had accomplished]].
* ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'': [[UsefulNotes/VladTheImpaler Vlad Tepes]], later known as {{Dracula}}, is a Tzimisce "Voivoide" who became an independent ghoul by capturing
Even when caught and bleeding vampires. Hunting confronted for a vampire to embrace him, Dracula lured an army of [[Characters/VampireTheMasqueradeSabbat Sabbat]] and leaked their location to the [[Characters/VampireTheMasqueradeCharactersCamarilla Camarilla]] to come in, sweep her crimes by her other son, Martha sets up the remnants with his own forces scenario such that she will either get to kill him or he will have to murder her and take two powerful Tzimisce hostage. Forcing one to embrace him, he diablerized the elder and released his sire with a warning to never meddle in his affairs again. Keeping a tight grip over the region, Dracula plays Sabbat and Camarilla against one another to increase his own power, all while flaunting the Masquerade by manipulating Creator/BramStoker into novelizing his life story.
* ''VideoGame/QuantumBreak'': Martin Hatch is the perpetually calm and [[AffablyEvil polite]] right-hand man to Paul Serene, putting up the appearance of a loyal advisor while truthfully [[DragonWithAnAgenda scheming far beyond his employer's knowledge]]. A Shifter corrupted by Chronon energy who now seeks to ensure the End of Time occurs and impacts all of humanity so he and his fellow Shifters can
live in their natural habitat, Hatch works with Paul to build up Monarch Solutions over the course of over a decade, all while subtly manipulating and pushing Paul into certain choices and actions. Adapting to any of the choices Paul makes to suit his needs, Hatch stages an assassination attempt on himself, tries to eliminate Paul's lover Sofia Amaral, and destroys Paul's Chronon treatments, all working together to make Paul more unstable and pliable to Hatch's machinations. As the End of Time approaches, Hatch turns off Monarch's stutterproof shielding and takes the CFR out of the picture before terrifyingly slaughtering Monarch Security to finalize his plans. Ever humble and insisting that he's only trying to bring "renewal and balance" to the world, Hatch accepts even his defeat with grace, quickly taking full control of Monarch from Paul and beginning a new strategy towards victory.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'':
** "[[Recap/TeenTitansS3E2X X]]": [[TheRealRemingtonSteele Red X]] is a self-proclaimed [[GentlemanThief thief]] who steals Robin's selfsame suit, then tracks down a Xenothium scanner even
with the Titans hot on his trail. Cornered, X uses his knowledge of his surroundings guilt, crafty and mastery of gadgetry, taking on adaptive to the team one-by-one while he makes his way too the Xenothium Ore vault to recharge his suit and uses Robin as a decoy to slip by the security drone. [[EnemyMine Teaming up with Robin]] to stop the treacherous Professor Chang, X not only saves Robin but also gracefully accepts defeat when Robin reveals he stole X's utility belt. In "[[Recap/TeenTitansS5E9RevvedUp Revved Up]]", X races against Robin and many of his enemies, demonstrating his skill on a motorbike and when saved by Robin from an explosion repays the debt by dismantling all of the villainous racers in under a minute. Stylish and roguish yet noble, Red X cements himself as a memorable character that's neither a villain nor hero--[[WildCard just as he'd like]].
** [[DarkActionGirl Madame Rouge]], from Season 5, is a [[TheDreaded dreaded member]] of the Brotherhood of Evil's inner circle. With a fearsome reputation to match her suave voice and lofty ego, Rouge is tasked by the Brain to retrieve a Titans Communicator so they can predict their every move. Impersonating the likeness of Robin to confuse and shake Hot Spot's trust in the Teen Titans, Madame Rouge masterfully plays the immediate situation to her advantage, successfully fooling both the real Robin and Hot Spot to gain a communicator. When offered Kid Flash by the Hive Five, Madame Rouge quickly overpowers the then untouchable speedster with clever use of her [[VoluntaryShapeshifting versatile shapeshifting]]. Despite her prior condescending attitude towards the High Five, Jinx standing up for herself impresses Madame Rouge. In the season's climax, Rouge, ever confident in her own abilities, goes down fighting multiple members of the Teen Titans despite being frozen like her villainous peers.
-> "I am waiting like an elevator. I have the commerce, I run Fawful's Bean 'n' badge but... The day comes soon when Fawful rises again, and then no baby's candy has safety! I am counting chickens before they are even eggs, before the chickens are even chickens! '''I! WILL! HAVE! FURY!''' I LAUGH AT DEFEAT! I FIGHT WITH RAGE! I HURT YOUR FACES!"
-->-- '''Fawful''', ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime''
->''What freak of nature produced this creature... put such mass and strength at the disposal of a criminal genius? His presence seems to charge the air around him, commanding attention -- and obedience. It's almost hypnotic...''
-->--'''Matt Murdock''' on '''ComicBook/TheKingpin''', ''ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}''
end.


* ''Manga/BloodReignCurseOfTheYoma'': Marou, upon becoming the demonic "Kikuga no Miko", tries to save his loved ones from his cursed rampage and takes control of the Yoma to lead them on a conquest of the world. Manipulating the backstabbing Takeda ninja to their deaths, when Marou confronts his best friend Hikage, he tries to corrupt him though respects his convictions when rebuked and even as he dies, Marou gracefully accepts his rebirth as a human free of the Yoma curse.

to:

* ''Manga/BloodReignCurseOfTheYoma'': Marou, upon becoming the demonic "Kikuga no Miko", tries to save his loved ones from his cursed rampage and takes control of the Yoma to lead them on a conquest of the world. Manipulating the backstabbing Takeda ninja to their deaths, when Marou confronts his best friend Hikage, he tries to [[TheCorrupter corrupt him him]] though respects his convictions when rebuked and even as he dies, Marou gracefully accepts his rebirth as a human free of the Yoma curse.


* ''Literature/TheSagaOfTheNobleDead'': [[TreacherousAdvisor Welstiel Massing]] was forcibly turned into a vampire by his father Lord Bryon, the rapist father of series heroine Magiere. Despising his nature as one of the Noble Dead, Welstiel schemes to become human again by manipulating Magiere into becoming a vampire hunter. Arranging a test by setting up a war between her and relatively peaceful vampires, Welstiel then commits several vampire murders to pull Magiere where he needs and manipulates her into stealing an artifact for him and his plans with the monster il'Samar. Later luring the heroes to face him, Welstiel stops at nothing in his attempts to become human again, no matter who he has to destroy in his way.
* ''Series/TheCloser'': "[[Recap/TheCloserS6E5HeartAttack Heart Attack]]": [[VigilanteMan Dr. Luis Navarro]] is a brilliant transplant surgeon who [[PayEvilUntoEvil decides to take justice into his own hands]] when he barely saves a twelve year old girl from death after she was gangraped and mutilated. Deducing that one of his free clinic's patients was the leader of the gangrape, Navarro drugs him into giving up the names of his accomplices, then kills the man and harvests his organs to use to save the life of another of his other patients. Deciding to do even more good, Navarro begins tracking down the gangrapists, killing them, and taking their organs to use in the hospital to save the lives of people on the donor list, then disposing of his victims' bodies in such a way that law enforcement believes it is the work of cartels to throw them off his scent. When finally confronted by Brenda Lee Johnson, Navarro [[ShutUpKirk shuts down]] her attempts to paint him as a scumbag crook, instead focusing on the fact that he's genuinely helping people and rounding off his charming MotiveRant by agreeing to confess only if the heart of his latest murder victim is used to save the life of a young patient.

to:

* ''Literature/TheSagaOfTheNobleDead'': [[TreacherousAdvisor Welstiel Massing]] was forcibly turned into a vampire by his father Lord Bryon, the rapist father of series heroine Magiere. Despising his nature as one of the Noble Dead, Welstiel schemes to become human again by manipulating Magiere into becoming a vampire hunter.VampireHunter. Arranging a test by setting up a war between her and relatively peaceful vampires, Welstiel then commits several vampire murders to pull Magiere where he needs and manipulates her into stealing an artifact for him and his plans with the monster il'Samar. Later luring the heroes to face him, Welstiel stops at nothing in his attempts to become human again, no matter who he has to destroy in his way.
* ''Series/TheCloser'': "[[Recap/TheCloserS6E5HeartAttack Heart Attack]]": [[VigilanteMan Dr. Luis Navarro]] is a brilliant transplant surgeon who [[PayEvilUntoEvil decides to take justice into his own hands]] when he barely saves a twelve year old girl from death after she was gangraped and mutilated. Deducing that one of his free clinic's patients was the leader of the gangrape, Navarro drugs him into giving up the names of his accomplices, then kills the man and harvests his organs to use to save the life of another of his other patients. Deciding to do even more good, Navarro begins tracking down the gangrapists, killing them, and [[OrganTheft taking their organs organs]] to use in the hospital to save the lives of people on the donor list, then disposing of his victims' bodies in such a way that law enforcement believes it is the work of cartels to throw them off his scent. When finally confronted by Brenda Lee Johnson, Navarro [[ShutUpKirk shuts down]] her attempts to paint him as a scumbag crook, instead focusing on the fact that he's genuinely helping people and rounding off his charming MotiveRant by agreeing to confess only if the heart of his latest murder victim is used to save the life of a young patient.


* [[AncientEvil Apophis]] is [[SnakesAreSinister the king of all serpents]] and a manipulative mastermind who has turned almost all of serpentkind to his agenda through charm, blackmail and bribery alike. Creating his "conspiracy" over the course of centuries under the noses of Heaven and Hell alike, Apophis amps his own power up by tricking entire planets into ingesting his venom and devouring their souls, all to prepare himself to devour his old friend Ra. When his plans are revealed, Apophis massacres angels and devils by luring them into traps, lays siege to Hell to distract its forces, and personally infects Hardestadt Delac with a lethal poison, before successfully consuming Ra. In awe of the Teraverse's beauty yet disillusioned with its corruptions, Apophis plans to reconcile this with his nature as a predator by replacing the afterlife with himself, preserving the Teraverse and promoting peace, yet devouring the souls of all who die and sending them into true oblivion, and very nearly succeeds. Apophis spends his final moments in regret for his many crimes, having one last conversation with Ra and embracing him as they face death together.

to:

* [[AncientEvil Apophis]] is [[SnakesAreSinister the king of all serpents]] and a manipulative mastermind who has turned almost all of serpentkind to his agenda through charm, blackmail and bribery alike. Creating his "conspiracy" over the course of centuries under the noses of Heaven and Hell alike, Apophis amps his own power up by tricking entire planets into ingesting his venom and [[SoulEating devouring their souls, souls]], all to prepare himself to devour his old friend Ra. When his plans are revealed, Apophis massacres angels and devils by luring them into traps, lays siege to Hell to distract its forces, and personally infects Hardestadt Delac with a lethal poison, before successfully consuming Ra. In awe of the Teraverse's beauty yet disillusioned with its corruptions, Apophis plans to reconcile this with his nature as a predator by replacing the afterlife with himself, preserving the Teraverse and promoting peace, yet devouring the souls of all who die and sending them into [[CessationOfExistence true oblivion, oblivion]], and very nearly succeeds. Apophis spends his final moments in regret for his many crimes, having one last conversation with Ra and embracing him as [[TogetherInDeath they face death together.together]].


* Apophis is the king of all serpents and a manipulative mastermind who has turned almost all of serpentkind to his agenda through charm, blackmail and bribery alike. Creating his "conspiracy" over the course of centuries under the noses of Heaven and Hell alike, Apophis amps his own power up by tricking entire planets into ingesting his venom and devouring their souls, all to prepare himself to devour his old friend Ra. When his plans are revealed, Apophis massacres angels and devils by luring them into traps, lays siege to Hell to distract its forces, and personally infects Hardestadt Delac with a lethal poison, before successfully consuming Ra. In awe of the Teraverse's beauty yet disillusioned with its corruptions, Apophis plans to reconcile this with his nature as a predator by replacing the afterlife with himself, preserving the Teraverse and promoting peace, yet devouring the souls of all who die and sending them into true oblivion, and very nearly succeeds. Apophis spends his final moments in regret for his many crimes, having one last conversation with Ra and embracing him as they face death together.

to:

* Apophis [[AncientEvil Apophis]] is [[SnakesAreSinister the king of all serpents serpents]] and a manipulative mastermind who has turned almost all of serpentkind to his agenda through charm, blackmail and bribery alike. Creating his "conspiracy" over the course of centuries under the noses of Heaven and Hell alike, Apophis amps his own power up by tricking entire planets into ingesting his venom and devouring their souls, all to prepare himself to devour his old friend Ra. When his plans are revealed, Apophis massacres angels and devils by luring them into traps, lays siege to Hell to distract its forces, and personally infects Hardestadt Delac with a lethal poison, before successfully consuming Ra. In awe of the Teraverse's beauty yet disillusioned with its corruptions, Apophis plans to reconcile this with his nature as a predator by replacing the afterlife with himself, preserving the Teraverse and promoting peace, yet devouring the souls of all who die and sending them into true oblivion, and very nearly succeeds. Apophis spends his final moments in regret for his many crimes, having one last conversation with Ra and embracing him as they face death together.


* ''Film/Legend1985'': [[BigRedDevil The Lord of Darkness]] seeks to erase all light from the world and [[TheNightThatNeverEnds usher in a realm of night he can rule forever]]. A surprisingly soulful, intelligent devil, Darkness uses dreams to influence mankind itself, introducing himself to Princess Lilli with sincerity and charm after he uses her innocence to have his goblin servitors bait a trap for the unicorns. Surprised at [[VillainousCrush his own love for Lilli and her purity]], Darkness uses his charisma and seductive persona to try to sway her to marry him and give in to darkness, even spending his last moments boasting that [[AsLongAsThereIsEvil he lives on in every man and can never truly be vanquished]].

to:

* ''Film/Legend1985'': [[BigRedDevil The Lord of Darkness]] seeks to erase all light from the world and [[TheNightThatNeverEnds usher in a realm of night he can rule forever]]. A surprisingly soulful, intelligent devil, Darkness uses dreams to influence mankind itself, introducing himself to Princess Lilli with sincerity and charm after he uses her innocence to have his goblin servitors bait a trap for the unicorns. Surprised at [[VillainousCrush his own love for Lilli and her purity]], Darkness uses his charisma and seductive persona to try to [[CorruptTheCutie sway her to marry him and give in to darkness, darkness]], even spending his last moments boasting that [[AsLongAsThereIsEvil he lives on in every man and can never truly be vanquished]].


* ''Film/Legend1985'': The Lord of Darkness seeks to erase all light from the world and usher in a realm of night he can rule forever. A surprisingly soulful, intelligent devil, Darkness uses dreams to influence mankind itself, introducing himself to Princess Lilli with sincerity and charm after he uses her innocence to have his goblin servitors bait a trap for the unicorns. Surprised at his own love for Lilli and her purity, Darkness uses his charisma and seductive persona to try to sway her to marry him and give in to darkness, even spending his last moments boasting that he lives on in every man and can never truly be vanquished.

to:

* ''Film/Legend1985'': [[BigRedDevil The Lord of Darkness Darkness]] seeks to erase all light from the world and [[TheNightThatNeverEnds usher in a realm of night he can rule forever.forever]]. A surprisingly soulful, intelligent devil, Darkness uses dreams to influence mankind itself, introducing himself to Princess Lilli with sincerity and charm after he uses her innocence to have his goblin servitors bait a trap for the unicorns. Surprised at [[VillainousCrush his own love for Lilli and her purity, purity]], Darkness uses his charisma and seductive persona to try to sway her to marry him and give in to darkness, even spending his last moments boasting that [[AsLongAsThereIsEvil he lives on in every man and can never truly be vanquished.vanquished]].


** The murderer of Season 4's "Destroying Angel", [[spoiler:Evelyn Pope]], is an upstanding resident of Midsomer Magna, who hides a devilishly sharp mind behind a warm caring nature. Deducing the truth of murder, incrimination and conspiracy surrounding the inheritance of Karl Wainwright's hotel from the vaguest clues, they vow not to allow the [[VigilanteMan conspirators to get away with it]]. Armed with only their wits and a natural ability to mimic voices, the murderer masterminds each conspirator's death: be it by agonizing poison, getting crushed to death and finally manipulating the conspiracy's most sympathetic member into killing the ringleader. Each death relying upon being able to accurately predict how each individual would react in the right circumstances, all the while sowing the seeds that cause the remaining member's breakdown and confession to the police. Despite being only a [[spoiler:frail elderly woman]], even amongst the many murderers to plague Midsomer county, few came close to [[spoiler:Evelyn's]] level of cunning or brilliance which was matched only by her natural charm and kindness, with even Inspector Barnaby admitted to liking them.

to:

** The murderer of Season 4's "Destroying Angel", [[spoiler:Evelyn Pope]], is an upstanding resident of Midsomer Magna, who hides a devilishly sharp mind behind a warm caring nature. Deducing the truth of murder, incrimination and conspiracy surrounding the inheritance of Karl Wainwright's hotel from the vaguest clues, they vow not to allow the [[VigilanteMan conspirators to get away with it]]. Armed with only their wits and a natural ability to [[VoiceChangeling mimic voices, voices]], the murderer masterminds each conspirator's death: be it by agonizing poison, getting crushed to death and finally manipulating the conspiracy's most sympathetic member into killing the ringleader. Each death relying upon being able to accurately predict how each individual would react in the right circumstances, all the while sowing the seeds that cause the remaining member's breakdown and confession to the police. Despite being only a [[spoiler:frail elderly woman]], even amongst the many murderers to plague Midsomer county, few came close to [[spoiler:Evelyn's]] level of cunning or brilliance which was matched only by her natural charm and kindness, with even Inspector Barnaby admitted to liking them.


** The murderer from season 8's "Ghosts of Christmas Past", [[spoiler:Dominic Jones]], seeks [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge revenge on those who are responsible for the suicide of their sister and friend]]. A professional magician and skilled illusionist, who effortlessly charms the other guests, they trap Lydia Villers recreating their sisters death by car fumes, disguising it too appear a tragic accident. When their attempt fails, they successfully improvise, leaving no one the wiser. Succeeding in their second attempt and once again disguising it as an accident; using their powers of suggestion the murderer also manipulates another guest into developing a false memory to give themselves an alibi. Tricking Jennifer Carter into going shooting whilst seemingly urging her not to, they engineer a HuntingAccident that kills her from half a mile away. Fleeing the scene before Inspector Barnaby can figure out the truth, as a final stroke the killer left the Villers family Lydia's diary revealing to everyone the truth about Claire English and Ferdy Villers deaths. Visiting Claire's grave one last time, they simply wait for the police to catch them.

to:

** The murderer from season 8's "Ghosts of Christmas Past", [[spoiler:Dominic Jones]], seeks [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge revenge on those who are responsible for the suicide of their sister and friend]]. A professional magician and skilled illusionist, who effortlessly charms the other guests, they trap Lydia Villers recreating their sisters death by car fumes, [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident disguising it too to appear a tragic accident.accident]]. When their attempt fails, they successfully improvise, leaving no one the wiser. Succeeding in their second attempt and once again disguising it as an accident; using their powers of suggestion the murderer also manipulates another guest into developing a [[FakeMemories false memory memory]] to give themselves an alibi. Tricking Jennifer Carter into going shooting whilst seemingly urging her not to, they engineer a HuntingAccident that kills her from half a mile away. Fleeing the scene before Inspector Barnaby can figure out the truth, as a final stroke the killer left the Villers family Lydia's diary revealing to everyone the truth about Claire English and Ferdy Villers deaths. Visiting Claire's grave one last time, they simply wait for the police to catch them.



* ''VideoGame/QuantumBreak'': Martin Hatch is the perpetually calm and polite right-hand man to Paul Serene, putting up the appearance of a loyal advisor while truthfully scheming far beyond his employer's knowledge. A Shifter corrupted by Chronon energy who now seeks to ensure the End of Time occurs and impacts all of humanity so he and his fellow Shifters can live in their natural habitat, Hatch works with Paul to build up Monarch Solutions over the course of over a decade, all while subtly manipulating and pushing Paul into certain choices and actions. Adapting to any of the choices Paul makes to suit his needs, Hatch stages an assassination attempt on himself, tries to eliminate Paul's lover Sofia Amaral, and destroys Paul's Chronon treatments, all working together to make Paul more unstable and pliable to Hatch's machinations. As the End of Time approaches, Hatch turns off Monarch's stutterproof shielding and takes the CFR out of the picture before terrifyingly slaughtering Monarch Security to finalize his plans. Ever humble and insisting that he's only trying to bring "renewal and balance" to the world, Hatch accepts even his defeat with grace, quickly taking full control of Monarch from Paul and beginning a new strategy towards victory.

to:

* ''VideoGame/QuantumBreak'': Martin Hatch is the perpetually calm and polite [[AffablyEvil polite]] right-hand man to Paul Serene, putting up the appearance of a loyal advisor while truthfully [[DragonWithAnAgenda scheming far beyond his employer's knowledge.knowledge]]. A Shifter corrupted by Chronon energy who now seeks to ensure the End of Time occurs and impacts all of humanity so he and his fellow Shifters can live in their natural habitat, Hatch works with Paul to build up Monarch Solutions over the course of over a decade, all while subtly manipulating and pushing Paul into certain choices and actions. Adapting to any of the choices Paul makes to suit his needs, Hatch stages an assassination attempt on himself, tries to eliminate Paul's lover Sofia Amaral, and destroys Paul's Chronon treatments, all working together to make Paul more unstable and pliable to Hatch's machinations. As the End of Time approaches, Hatch turns off Monarch's stutterproof shielding and takes the CFR out of the picture before terrifyingly slaughtering Monarch Security to finalize his plans. Ever humble and insisting that he's only trying to bring "renewal and balance" to the world, Hatch accepts even his defeat with grace, quickly taking full control of Monarch from Paul and beginning a new strategy towards victory.



** "[[Recap/TeenTitansS3E2X X]]": [[GentlemanThief Red X]] is a self-proclaimed thief who steals Robin's selfsame suit, then tracks down a Xenothium scanner even with the Titans hot on his trail. Cornered, X uses his knowledge of his surroundings and mastery of gadgetry, taking on the team one-by-one while he makes his way too the Xenothium Ore vault to recharge his suit and uses Robin as a decoy to slip by the security drone. Teaming up with Robin to stop the treacherous Professor Chang, X not only saves Robin but also gracefully accepts defeat when Robin reveals he stole X's utility belt. In "[[Recap/TeenTitansS5E9RevvedUp Revved Up]]", X races against Robin on, demonstrating his skill on a motorbike and when saved by Robin from an explosion repays the debt by dismantling all of the villainous racers in under a minute. Stylish and roguish yet noble, Red X cements himself as a memorable character that's neither a villain nor hero--[[WildCard just as he'd like]].

to:

** "[[Recap/TeenTitansS3E2X X]]": [[GentlemanThief [[TheRealRemingtonSteele Red X]] is a self-proclaimed thief [[GentlemanThief thief]] who steals Robin's selfsame suit, then tracks down a Xenothium scanner even with the Titans hot on his trail. Cornered, X uses his knowledge of his surroundings and mastery of gadgetry, taking on the team one-by-one while he makes his way too the Xenothium Ore vault to recharge his suit and uses Robin as a decoy to slip by the security drone. [[EnemyMine Teaming up with Robin Robin]] to stop the treacherous Professor Chang, X not only saves Robin but also gracefully accepts defeat when Robin reveals he stole X's utility belt. In "[[Recap/TeenTitansS5E9RevvedUp Revved Up]]", X races against Robin on, and many of his enemies, demonstrating his skill on a motorbike and when saved by Robin from an explosion repays the debt by dismantling all of the villainous racers in under a minute. Stylish and roguish yet noble, Red X cements himself as a memorable character that's neither a villain nor hero--[[WildCard just as he'd like]].


** [[DarkActionGirl Madame Rouge]], from Season 5, is a [[TheDreaded dreaded member]] of the Brotherhood of Evil's inner circle. With a fearsome reputation to match her suave voice and lofty ego, Rouge is tasked by the Brain to retrieve a Titans Communicator so they can predict their every move. Impersonating the likeness of Robin to confuse and shake Hot Spot's trust in the Teen Titans, Madame Rouge masterfully plays the immediate situation to her advantage, successfully fooling both the real Robin and Hot Spot to gain a communicator. When offered Kid Flash by the Hive Five, Madame Rouge quickly overpowers the then untouchable speedster with clever use of her versatile shapeshifting. Despite her prior condescending attitude towards the High Five, Jinx standing up for herself impresses Madame Rouge. In the season's climax, Rouge, ever confident in her own abilities, goes down fighting multiple members of the Teen Titans despite being frozen like her villainous peers.

to:

** [[DarkActionGirl Madame Rouge]], from Season 5, is a [[TheDreaded dreaded member]] of the Brotherhood of Evil's inner circle. With a fearsome reputation to match her suave voice and lofty ego, Rouge is tasked by the Brain to retrieve a Titans Communicator so they can predict their every move. Impersonating the likeness of Robin to confuse and shake Hot Spot's trust in the Teen Titans, Madame Rouge masterfully plays the immediate situation to her advantage, successfully fooling both the real Robin and Hot Spot to gain a communicator. When offered Kid Flash by the Hive Five, Madame Rouge quickly overpowers the then untouchable speedster with clever use of her [[VoluntaryShapeshifting versatile shapeshifting.shapeshifting]]. Despite her prior condescending attitude towards the High Five, Jinx standing up for herself impresses Madame Rouge. In the season's climax, Rouge, ever confident in her own abilities, goes down fighting multiple members of the Teen Titans despite being frozen like her villainous peers.


** [[TheAce Kokushibo]], Upper Kizuki 1, was born Michikatsu Tsugikuni and joined Muzan to stave off death in order to grow more powerful. Almost wiping out the Demon Slayers, the only warrior to ever exceed him in power was his younger twin Yoriichi, whom Kokushibo was never able to fully cease loving. In modern times, Kokushibo is undefeated, killing countless Demon Slayer elites and manipulating some, such as Kaigaku, into becoming demons before casually dominating the battle with his descendant Muichiro Tokito. Engaging the strongest of the [[Characters/DemonSlayerKimetsuNoYaibaHashira Hashira]] and concealing his true power to catch them off guard, Kokushibo takes every chance to show why he is the strongest of the Kizuki.
** [[{{Determinator}} Akaza]], Upper Kizuki 3, was born Hakuji and adopted his SocialDarwinist beliefs after the deaths of his loved ones and becoming a demon under Muzan. Baiting a Hashira into combat, Akaza mortally wounds him to tempt a strong opponent with demonhood, yet respects the man's decision to die human when he refuses. Returning later, Akaza shows his full tactical abilities while facing both hero Tanjiro Kamado and another Hashira simultaneously. Constantly switching maneuvers to keep them on the defensive, Akaza even dies by his own hand, foregoing a chance to kill his opponents to commit suicide and reunite with his family.

to:

** [[TheAce Kokushibo]], Upper Kizuki 1, was born Michikatsu Tsugikuni and joined Muzan to stave off death in order to grow more powerful. Almost wiping out the Demon Slayers, the only warrior to ever exceed him in power was his younger twin Yoriichi, whom Kokushibo was never able to fully cease loving. In modern times, Kokushibo is undefeated, killing countless Demon Slayer elites and manipulating some, such as Kaigaku, into becoming demons before casually dominating the battle with his descendant Muichiro Tokito. Engaging the strongest of the [[Characters/DemonSlayerKimetsuNoYaibaHashira Hashira]] and [[IAmNotLeftHanded concealing his true power to catch them off guard, guard]], Kokushibo takes every chance to show why he is the strongest of the Kizuki.
** [[{{Determinator}} Akaza]], Upper Kizuki 3, was born Hakuji and adopted his SocialDarwinist beliefs after the deaths of his loved ones and becoming a demon under Muzan. Baiting a Hashira into combat, Akaza mortally wounds him to tempt a strong opponent with demonhood, yet respects the man's decision to die human when he refuses. Returning later, Akaza shows his full tactical abilities while facing both hero Tanjiro Kamado and another Hashira simultaneously. Constantly switching maneuvers to keep them on the defensive, Akaza even dies by his own hand, foregoing a chance to kill his opponents to commit suicide and [[TogetherInDeath reunite with his family.family]].



** ''[[Anime/DigimonTheMovie The Movie]]'': On a quest for "the programmer," Diaboromon's mad search and hunger for data earns the attention of Gennai and the [=DigiDestined=]. Assaulted as a Keraman by Tai, Izzy, and their Digimon, he tricks the latter two by jumping from Rookie to his Ultimate Form, Infermon, and subsequently overpowers them. Earning his first victory by attacking them mid-transformation, Infermon escapes and covers his tracks by clogging up the dial-up phone lines. When Izzy uses a satellite uplink to continue the pursuit, Diaboromon hijacks the connection to send missiles to Colorado and Japan to put them on the clock. Multiplying himself to hide the real one to kill time, it takes the might of Omnimon to destroy them all. Although Diaboromon resorts to outspeeding them, he's eventually caught and defeated. Returning in the sequel, he orchestrates his revival by tricking the [=DigiDestined=] into opening gates for his Kuramon swarms. Diaboromon holds out against his old foe Omnimon in the Digital World, showing how much he learned, before successfully digivolving into Armageddemon in the real world. Boasting a mere two appearances, Diaboromon regardless managed to be one of the [=DigiDestined=]'s most cunning, adaptable, and dangerous adversaries.

to:

** ''[[Anime/DigimonTheMovie The Movie]]'': On a quest for "the programmer," Diaboromon's mad search and hunger for data earns the attention of Gennai and the [=DigiDestined=]. Assaulted as a Keraman by Tai, Izzy, and their Digimon, he tricks the latter two by jumping from Rookie to his Ultimate Form, Infermon, and subsequently overpowers them. Earning his first victory by [[CombatPragmatist attacking them mid-transformation, mid-transformation]], Infermon escapes and covers his tracks by clogging up the dial-up phone lines. When Izzy uses a satellite uplink to continue the pursuit, Diaboromon hijacks the connection to send missiles to Colorado and Japan to put them on the clock. Multiplying himself to hide the real one to kill time, it takes the might of Omnimon to destroy them all. Although Diaboromon resorts to outspeeding them, he's eventually caught and defeated. Returning in the sequel, he orchestrates his revival by tricking the [=DigiDestined=] into opening gates for his Kuramon swarms. Diaboromon holds out against his old foe Omnimon in the Digital World, showing how much he learned, before successfully digivolving into Armageddemon in the real world. Boasting a mere two appearances, Diaboromon regardless managed to be one of the [=DigiDestined=]'s most cunning, adaptable, and dangerous adversaries.


* [[TheUnfettered Shadi]] remained the primary guardian of the Millennium Items even after death. Once a tomb keeper at Kul Elna, Shadi showed no mercy in punishing thieves and other criminals while being kind enough to take in orphans. In the present, Shadi makes his first appearance by testing and murdering a man who defiled a mummy. Taking an interest in protagonist Yugi Moto and the Millennium Puzzle, Shadi brainwashes Professor Yoshimori and Anzu Mazaki, using the former to distract Katsuya Jonouchi while keeping Anzu as a hostage. Shadi then subjects Dark Yugi to a series of mental challenges, with Anzu's life on the line, and accepted defeat when the boy proved himself worthy. Later, it's revealed that Shadi had a hand in both [[StartOfDarkness Starts of Darkness]] of Maximillian Pegasus and Marik Ishtar, setting them up as opponents for Yugi. However, in the end, Shadi proves himself an ally of Pharoah Atem by aiding him and his friends in the Memory World before sacrificing himself in the fight against Zorc Necrophades.

to:

* [[TheUnfettered Shadi]] remained the primary guardian of the Millennium Items even after death. Once a tomb keeper at Kul Elna, Shadi showed no mercy in punishing thieves and other criminals while being kind enough to take in orphans. In the present, Shadi makes his first appearance by testing and murdering a man who defiled a mummy. Taking an interest in protagonist Yugi Moto and the Millennium Puzzle, Shadi brainwashes Professor Yoshimori and Anzu Mazaki, using the former to distract Katsuya Jonouchi while keeping Anzu as a hostage. Shadi then subjects Dark Yugi to a series of mental challenges, with Anzu's life on the line, and accepted defeat when the boy proved himself worthy. Later, it's revealed that Shadi had a hand in both [[StartOfDarkness Starts of Darkness]] of Maximillian Pegasus and Marik Ishtar, setting them up as opponents for Yugi. However, in the end, Shadi proves himself an ally of Pharoah Atem by aiding him and his friends in the Memory World before [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificing himself himself]] in the fight against Zorc Necrophades.



** [[BigGood Kagaya Ubuyashiki]] is the brilliant leader of the [[Characters/DemonSlayerKimetsuNoYaibaDemonSlayerCorps Demon Slayers Corps]]. A kind man who loves his subordinates like his own children, Kagaya is still willing to go to extremes to see the monstrous [[BigBad Muzan Kibutsuji]] dead, subjecting the trainees to a potentially deadly selection process where they have to fight captive demons, while also memorizing the names and faces of every single Demon Slayer who dies. A genius planner, Kagaya keeps Muzan and his forces at bay through a complex hiding system to defend his strongholds and sets plans to move and crush the powerful [[Characters/DemonSlayerKimetsuNoYaibaTwelveKizuki Twelve Kizuki]] of the demon forces. Captivating the love of his subordinates with his natural charisma, Kagaya uses himself, his wife and his two eldest daughters as bait for Muzan himself to sacrifice all their lives in an explosion and give the Demon Slayer elites a chance to kill Muzan for good.

to:

** [[BigGood Kagaya Ubuyashiki]] is the brilliant leader of the [[Characters/DemonSlayerKimetsuNoYaibaDemonSlayerCorps Demon Slayers Corps]]. A kind man who [[AFatherToHisMen loves his subordinates like his own children, children]], Kagaya is still willing to go to extremes to see the monstrous [[BigBad Muzan Kibutsuji]] dead, subjecting the trainees to a potentially deadly selection process where they have to fight captive demons, while also memorizing the names and faces of every single Demon Slayer who dies. A genius planner, Kagaya keeps Muzan and his forces at bay through a complex hiding system to defend his strongholds and sets plans to move and crush the powerful [[Characters/DemonSlayerKimetsuNoYaibaTwelveKizuki Twelve Kizuki]] of the demon forces. Captivating the love of his subordinates with his natural charisma, Kagaya uses himself, his wife and his two eldest daughters as bait for Muzan himself to sacrifice all their lives in an explosion and give the Demon Slayer elites a chance to kill Muzan for good.

Added DiffLines:

->''What freak of nature produced this creature... put such mass and strength at the disposal of a criminal genius? His presence seems to charge the air around him, commanding attention -- and obedience. It's almost hypnotic...''
-->--'''Matt Murdock''' on '''ComicBook/TheKingpin''', ''ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}''


''Series/MidsomerMurders'':

to:

* ''Series/MidsomerMurders'':

Showing 15 edit(s) of 3686

Top

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:

/

Media sources:

/

Report