Charming, talented, scheming, clever, manipulative, all traits of a magnificent bastard. Magnificent Bastard - TV Tropes You can include heroes too. Starscream definitely fits this, even if he frequently fails. He's tricked the Autobots, Decepticons, and even some of the more smarter Transformers. He's smart enough to lead an army (even if his ego takes over...), used his rank as second-in-command to his advantage, and is a charming, yet sinister person. Shockwave in multiple continuities is a brilliant individual. He adapted to the Dinobot's combat Spotlight: Shockwave. He took charge of the Decepticons many times, and did a better job than Starscream and Megatron. He's an effective fighter and a scientist. And helped create many of the Transformers concepts in some continuities. For example in G1 he created the space bridge, in the Aligned continuity he created the Dinobots, Combiners, Insecticons and the Combaticons, in Dreamwave he created Triple Changers, etc.