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24th Jul '17 1:14:20 PM Gemser
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* ''VideoGame/{{Syndicate}}'', the game series that lets you ''play'' a Corrupt Corporate Executive. There's not a lot of corruption in the original game (beyond using violence to take over territories from other companies), but the backstory makes it clear that most people are functionally slaves to the corporation in control of a particular region, thanks to implants in their heads receiving MindControl signals.
** And in the 2012 Reboot, Jack Denham.


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* ''VideoGame/HauntingStarringPolterguy'': Vito Sardini is the CEO of the Sardini Company that sells defective skateboards to innocent teenagers. He has a nasty facial expression, smokes a fat cigar, values his money over everything and has according to the on-screen text an MBA in "sleazy economics".


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* ''VideoGame/{{Syndicate}}'', the game series that lets you ''play'' a Corrupt Corporate Executive. There's not a lot of corruption in the original game (beyond using violence to take over territories from other companies), but the backstory makes it clear that most people are functionally slaves to the corporation in control of a particular region, thanks to implants in their heads receiving MindControl signals.
** And in the 2012 Reboot, Jack Denham.
21st Jul '17 3:41:30 PM MadAnthony94
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** ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' tangles with these time to time, usually to counterpoint his comparative honesty as corporate exec Bruce Wayne. Let's see... there was Roland Daggett, Ferris Boyle after his canonization from the DCAU, sometimes Simon Stagg (more commonly known as Metamorpho's archenemy)... the list goes on.
17th Jul '17 3:52:32 PM WillBGood
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* ''Series/MrRogersNeighborhood'': Believe it or not, this trope showed up in something of a ShowWithinAShow: Mr. Rogers put on an opera involving a town called Bubble Land, and that opera's villain was the [=CEO=] of the Bubble Chemical Company named W. I. Norton Donovan. He sold cans of compressed air as "spray-on sweaters" that [[ItMakesSenseInContext protect your bubbles]], and when confronted with the sheer impossibility of spray-on sweaters, he tried to [[JustJokingJustification pass it off as a joke]]. [[spoiler: These cans of compressed air, when used, actually gave him BlowYouAway powers and turned him into a living windstorm. Yes, an episode of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood ''actually had'' a corrupt corporate executive who turned himself into a supervillain!]]

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* ''Series/MrRogersNeighborhood'': ''Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood'': Believe it or not, this trope showed up in something of a ShowWithinAShow: Mr. Rogers put on an opera involving a town called Bubble Land, and that opera's villain was the [=CEO=] of the Bubble Chemical Company named W. I. Norton Donovan. He sold cans of compressed air as "spray-on sweaters" that [[ItMakesSenseInContext protect your bubbles]], and when confronted with the sheer impossibility of spray-on sweaters, he tried to [[JustJokingJustification pass it off as a joke]]. [[spoiler: These cans of compressed air, when used, actually gave him BlowYouAway powers and turned him into a living windstorm. Yes, an episode of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood ''actually had'' a corrupt corporate executive who turned himself into a supervillain!]]
17th Jul '17 3:41:31 PM WillBGood
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* In "Champagne for Caeser" evil and possibly insane soap company CEO Burnbridge "Dirty" Waters (Vincent Price) attempts to sabotage the genius who is using his own game show to bankrupt the company. When the genius gets a cold he sends a beautiful woman pretending to be a nurse in order to fog his mighty brain. Of course, the genius figures it out and uses it against him.
** At one point his secretary asks Waters why he just doesn't throw the genius off the show. Waters takes her hands and gently explains his thinking. "You see, my dear, if we throw his off the show our viewers won't like it. If they don't like it they won't watch the show. If they don't watch the show they won't buy our soap. If they don't buy our soap, our sales will drop to nothing AND WE'LL LOSE MONEY!"

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* In "Champagne ''Champagne for Caeser" Caesar'' evil and possibly insane soap company CEO Burnbridge "Dirty" Waters (Vincent Price) (Creator/VincentPrice) attempts to sabotage the genius who is using his own game show to bankrupt the company. When the genius gets a cold he sends a beautiful woman pretending to be a nurse in order to fog his mighty brain. Of course, the genius figures it out and uses it against him.
** At one point his secretary asks Waters why he just doesn't throw the genius off the show. Waters takes her hands and gently explains his thinking. "You see, my dear, if we throw his off the show our viewers won't like it. If they don't like it they won't watch the show. If they don't watch the show they won't buy our soap. If they don't buy our soap, our sales will drop to nothing [[SuddenlyShouting AND WE'LL LOSE MONEY!" MONEY!]]"
14th Jul '17 5:23:22 AM longWriter
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* ''Literature/TheBible'': You'd expect something OlderThanFeudalism to be exempt from this trope, but in the Parable of the Shrewd Manager, a wasteful manager is told that he's going to be fired, so he needs to give an accounting of his management. While the audit was still going on, he cooked the books in such a way as to get on the good side of his master's debtors, so that they'd be grateful to him...so that he could ''mooch off them''.
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12th Jul '17 7:30:24 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* Elves are portrayed this way in ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'', having tricked the dwarves into growing mushrooms for a living so they could take the far-more profitable cookie business for themselves. Eventually, the two reconcile and become business partners, but the elves still get 60% of the take.
12th Jul '17 7:25:38 AM Corak
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* A large number of characters in the ''{{VideoGame/Hitman}}'' series are Corrupt Corporate Executives. Special mention goes to Sheriff Skurky and Blake Dexter from ''[[VideoGame/HitmanAbsolution Absolution]]''.

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* A large number of characters in the ''{{VideoGame/Hitman}}'' series are Corrupt Corporate Executives. Special mention goes to Sheriff Skurky and Blake Dexter from ''[[VideoGame/HitmanAbsolution Absolution]]''.
5th Jul '17 5:55:59 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* An UrbanLegend [[http://www.snopes.com/business/origins/bra.asp (as in, untrue)]] claims that a French undergarment manufacturer named "Phillip de Brassiere" stole the design for the brassiere from an American inventor named "Otto Titzling", and despite a lawsuit from the true designer, won in court, thereby making the name of the garment obtained via corporate fraud. (Bette Midler satirized this in the movie ''Film/{{Beaches}}''.)
5th Jul '17 4:46:29 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* Some episodes of ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'' suggest that Dr. Claw is a shadow owner of some corporations, using them as fronts for smuggling rings. One notable example was when his scheme involved using technology to prevent cows from giving milk so he could sell his own dairy products at inflated prices. (Clearly an illegally-run monopoly; he was bold enough to even put the MAD insignia on the milk cartons.)
3rd Jul '17 6:15:31 PM dbdude01
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** Demona and Thailog become these when they create Nightstone Unlimited, under the assumed identities of Dominique Destine (who is never seen at night) and Alexander Thailog (who is never seen in person).
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