Follow TV Tropes
The example in the Professional Wrestling folder about Paul Heyman seems more about him as a real person than it is about his on-screen character (in WCW, ECW, the American Wrestling Association and elsewhere as Paul E. Dangerously and under his own name in WWE, in the event that whoever reads this isn\'t a wrestling fan), and the rip on the wrestler 911 seems more like Complaining About Shows You Don\'t Like. Could it either be removed or rewritten to be about how he manipulates wrestlers as an on-screen character, since this is a No Real Life Examples, Please! trope? Thank you.
what i mean is doesn't a manipulative bastard use plans to further his agenda or not because it would seem so from the description but almost none of the example have manipulative bastards/bitches using plans they just have them talking to people
sorry i'm new, I have been following tv tropes for a long time and i thought the manipulative person had plans like the chess master but was "more personal and controlling in their manipulations" in essence they use plans gambits plots and other forms of scheming and planning to manipulate people by playing on a variety of things including but not limited to, desires perspectives emotions insecurities etc
Pulled this from the El Goonish Shive example of Nanase's mother:
Looks like Conversation In The Main Page. (And since we're on the discussion page surely the point isn't that she's not "a hapless hysterical wreck" - in which case everyone in EGS would be a maniupulative bastard - it's that she's lying to her daughter, in a way that makes her daughter feel bad, for reasons unknown. I'm actually not certain she qualifies myself, but the above sarcasm overstates the idea she doesn't.)
I could use some help figuring out whether a villain I created fits the bill of Manipulative Bastard. You see, he's good at manipulating the emotions of the heroes and also good at getting them to do what he wants them to do, but he doesn't mix the two—-manipulating emotions is, to him, an end in itself, and he uses things like false radar signals to get them to go where he wants them to go.
Whoever wrote this caption for the Tower of Babel cover currently on the front page, got a good laugh out of me. Thank you.
"The other heroes always get annoyed when Batman breaks out the puppets to explain his plan."
Would passive-aggressive behavior be an example of this?
Only if their passive-aggressiveness pushes them to manipulate the people around them.
Community Showcase More
How well does it match the trope?