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For [livejournal.com profile] picspammy Challenge 20: TV Tropes
Spoilers for Die Hard, Pirates of the Caribbean, Lost, Dollhouse (major ones!), Doctor Who, Heroes, 30 Rock, Avatar the Last Airbender & Gargoyles.


Magnificent Bastard
Click above for full definition. The condensed version of the trope is: "Generally, this character is real good at being bad."

FILMS
Hans Gruber - Die Hard
One of the main reasons John McClane is such a likable badass is because he goes up against smart, efficient guys like Hans and still wins.



HANS GRUBER: And please remember: we have left nothing to chance.



HANS GRUBER: I am an exceptional thief, Mrs. McClane.



Captain Jack Sparrow - Pirates of the Caribbean

Falling on the anti-hero side of the Magnificent Bastard (it's allowed!), Jack constantly schemes off the cuff. Savvy?



WILL TURNER: You cheated.
JACK SPARROW: Pirate.



JACK SPARROW: Me, I'm dishonest. And a dishonest man you can always trust to be dishonest, honestly.
It's the honest ones you have to watch out for, because you can never predict when they're about to do something incredibly...stupid.




TELEVISION
Benjamin Linus - Lost
Lost just wouldn't be Lost without Ben manipulating, getting beat up, and moving on to six back-up plans every chance he gets.



"HENRY GALE": You guys got any milk?



JAMES "SAWYER" FORD: You did all this just to, just to keep me in a damn cage?
BEN LINUS: We did all this because the only way to gain a conman's respect is to con him.
And you're pretty good, Sawyer. We're a lot better.



BEN LINUS: I was one of the people that was smart enough to make sure that I didn't end up in that ditch.
Which makes me considerably smarter than you, John.



BEN LINUS: How many times do I have to tell you, John? I always have a plan.



Adelle DeWitt - Dollhouse

Revealed to be more of a Magnificent Bitch toward the end of the series, what with sending Echo to the attic on purpose and all.



ADELLE: What? Did you think I'd show you mercy? Or rage? Three years by my side... I'd think you'd know me better than that.



ADELLE: (literally grabs a dude by the balls) If you don't return my Active, I will send someone to cut these off.
You will be killed horribly over a long period, and never found. Now look me in the eyes Stuart, and tell me if I've learned how to bluff.



Boyd Langton/Clyde - Dollhouse

And in the last few episodes, we get this revelation! Talk about a willingness to be in the playing field.



CAROLINE: What the hell do you want from me?
BOYD/CLYDE: Just a few years of your life
CAROLINE: No way. You're gonna have to kill me.
BOYD/CLYDE: I won't need to.



BOYD/CLYDE: I wanted to keep you around because I like you, but I don't really need you alive.



The Master - Doctor Who

A bit camp, but I'll be damned if the man isn't scary efficient when he's not busy being crazy.



THE MASTER/HAROLD SAXON: In fact I'd go so far as to say that what this country really needs, right now, is a Doctor.



THE MASTER: Ooh, you public menace! Better start running. Go on, run!



Noah "HRG" Bennet - Heroes

Just when you think you've figured him out, he'll shoot you and toss you off a bridge. No super powers necessary.



NOAH BENNET: I'm just a paper salesman.



MATT PARKMAN: Son of a bitch is thinking in Japanese!



Angela Petrelli - Heroes

Bringing a whole Manchurian Candidate vibe to the show, Angela became a super-powered character to be reckoned with.



ANGELA PETRELLI: Can you believe? Can you be the one we need? That's my boy.



ANGELA PETRELLI: I lied. It's not your mother's recipe.



ANGELA PETRELLI: There's no halfway anymore. You're gonna have to play the role, make tough choices to prove your loyalty to them, to their cause.
NOAH BENNET: You know me... I've always been comfortable with morally gray.



Jack Donaghy - 30 Rock

A ruthless, manipulative businessman who will impersonate the entire cast of 'Good Times' if it gets him what he wants.



LIZ LEMON: And I have to do that thing that rich people do where they turn money into more money. Can you teach me how to do that?
JACK DONAGHY: With my eyes closed.



JACK DONAGHY: I want full stake in the Arby's franchise we bought outside of Telluride.
BIANCA DONAGHY: Oh, dammit Johnny, you know I love my Big Beef and Cheddar!



ANIMATION
Princess Azula - Avatar the Last Airbender
All that destruction, control and manipulation, and she's only fourteen.



AZULA: My own mother thought I was a monster... She was right of course, but it still hurt.



ZUKO: You lied to me!
AZULA: Like I've never done that before.



LONG FENG: You've beaten me at my own game.
AZULA: Oh, don't flatter yourself. You were never even a player.



David Xanatos - Gargoyles

There's a reason the man is the Trope Namer for about four different tropes. One of my favorite fictional characters ever, animated or not.



DAVID XANTATOS: You know the answer to that, Owen. Pay a man enough and he'll walk barefoot into hell.



DAVID XANATOS: Oh well, spilt milk. Let's move on to plan B.



FOX RENARD-XANATOS: Aren't you angry? I know you don't like to lose.
DAVID XANATOS: But I've won, my darling. For in you, I've found a true equal. Care to play again?



DAVID XANATOS: It's my first real stab at clich├ęd villainy. How am I doing?




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