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26th May '18 12:08:35 PM Pannic
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* ''Film/TheHungerGames'': All the technology the Capital has could drastically improve the quality of life of the districts and prevent the uprising that they're instead preventing in an incredibly roundabout way by making their kids fight to the death to destroy their spirits.
23rd May '18 7:21:55 AM Schol-R-LEA
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Sometimes this trope is subverted by villains who start out using their talents for legitimate gain, but who end up becoming villains for one reason or another. Sometimes a MadScientist villain ''does'' market his inventions, but only to finance grander schemes and sometimes remarks, "How do you think I got all my equipment without attracting attention?" Another subversion can be when the villain really ''does'' go straight, and is able to use the skills he demonstrated in his criminal career to land a legitimate job. This last one is TruthInTelevision for former criminals who manage to find legitimate work, or even start their own businesses, after getting busted. (It was common practice of (legal) casinos in Las Vegas - and later Atlantic City - to hire men who (successfully) ran illegal gambling operations in other parts of the country, because these people had specialized skills and experience in the gambling trade. And even now, casinos sometimes hire known cheaters to catch other cheaters, because they know all the tricks.) Compare ReluctantMadScientist. RichBoredom may justify it because the character already is swimming in money and is seeking something else.

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Sometimes this trope is subverted by villains who start out using their talents for legitimate gain, but who end up becoming villains for one reason or another. Sometimes a MadScientist villain ''does'' market his inventions, but only to finance grander schemes and sometimes remarks, "How do you think I got all my equipment without attracting attention?" Another subversion can be when the villain really ''does'' go straight, and is able to use the skills he demonstrated in his criminal career to land a legitimate job. This last one is TruthInTelevision for former criminals who manage to find legitimate work, or even start their own businesses, after getting busted. (It was common practice of (legal) casinos in Las Vegas - and later Atlantic City - to [[RecruitingTheCriminal hire men who (successfully) ran illegal gambling operations operations]] in other parts of the country, because these people had specialized skills and experience in the gambling trade. And even now, casinos sometimes hire known cheaters to catch other cheaters, because they know all the tricks.) Compare ReluctantMadScientist. RichBoredom may justify it because the character already is swimming in money and is seeking something else.
17th May '18 6:27:26 PM Onlythrice
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--->'''Superman:''' I'm sorry, you built this ''in your garage''?
--->'''Robber:''' I mean, yeah I, the guys at the lab all said I was crazy, they-
--->'''Superman:''' You built a ''jet pack'' in your garage and your first thought was, "I should use this to commit a crime"?
--->'''Robber:''' ...Well, when you put it ''that'' way...
15th May '18 9:00:45 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* Justified / deconstructed in ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty''. Rick is often involved in various bizarre get-rich-quick schemes despite the fact that he could easily make himself wealthy simply by selling his inventions to the public or use them for more productive purposes... but that would require Rick to give a crap about other people. This is best illustrated in "Something Ricked This Way Comes": Rick combats the Devil's shop of BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor cursed items by starting a shop of his own that offers the same items with all the benefits and none of the curses, but as soon as the reality of running a business rears its head and he finds himself at the butt end of a lot of paperwork, he loses interest and sets fire to the place. \\
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Not to mention, selling his inventions to people would only get Rick money for Earth C-137. Not exactly a big motive when he travels to all sorts of planets and dimensions, and just wants to do things like spend the afternoon at Blips and Chitz.
** At least one Rick has become incredibly wealthy by creating a daycare for the various alternate Jerry's that get dragged along by his parallel universe alternates.

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* Justified / deconstructed in ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty''. Rick is often involved in various bizarre get-rich-quick schemes despite the fact that he could easily make himself wealthy simply by selling his inventions to the public or use them for more productive purposes... but that would require Rick he's far too unstable to give a crap about other people. maintain the interest and consistency necessary to sustain any enterprise. This is best illustrated in "Something Ricked This Way Comes": Rick combats the Devil's shop of BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor cursed items by starting a shop of his own that offers the same items with all the benefits and none of the curses, but as soon as the reality of running a business rears its head and he finds himself at the butt end of a lot of paperwork, he loses interest gets bored and sets fire to the place. \\
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Not to mention, selling his inventions to people would only get Rick money for Earth C-137. Not exactly a big motive when he travels to all sorts of planets and dimensions, and just wants to do things like spend the afternoon at Blips and Chitz.
** At least one Rick has become incredibly wealthy by creating a daycare for the various
Other Ricks in alternate Jerry's that get dragged along by his parallel universe alternates.universes, who are less unstable than our Rick, really have built some impressive empires.
15th May '18 8:47:29 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* In ''WebAnimation/HowItShouldHaveEnded'' for ''Film/TheHungerGames'' the scientist points out with all the technology they have they could have solved the food crisis instead of making kids fight to the death. It can be justified, however, as one of the methods [[TheEmpire the Capitol]] uses to keep the population from being able to rebel. [[VoodooShark A thing they might not have wanted to do so badly if they had enough food.]]

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* In ''WebAnimation/HowItShouldHaveEnded'' for ''Film/TheHungerGames'' the scientist points out with all ''Film/TheHungerGames'': All the technology they have they the Capital has could have solved drastically improve the food crisis quality of life of the districts and prevent the uprising that they're instead of preventing in an incredibly roundabout way by making their kids fight to the death. It can be justified, however, as one of the methods [[TheEmpire the Capitol]] uses death to keep the population from being able to rebel. [[VoodooShark A thing they might not have wanted to do so badly if they had enough food.]]destroy their spirits.



* In its earliest appearances, Mitsuhama Computer Technologies from ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' were depicted as a front for the yakuza. Eventually, the writers caught on that a billion-nuyen criminal organization is hardly going to use a ''trillion''-nuyen triple-A MegaCorp as a cover.
** This was retconned in later editions to show that Mitsuhama had several prominent Yakuza ''daimyo'' as capital investors in the company's initial formation, giving them a large, but not a majority, stake in the corporation. These many shady stockholders have since used their newfound wealth and clout when the company hit it big to, alternatively, go legit and/or use the company's resources to boost their illegal enterprises. The latter are looked upon by the former as a source of OldShame, but are granted so much honor and prestige by their status as company "founders" in getting Mitsuhama off the ground that buying them out or expelling them from any corporate involvement would be unthinkable. All indications are that Mitshuhama has simply decided to outlive the problem; they expect that the original investors who retain a sympathetic attachment to criminal activity even though not needing it anymore will eventually grow old and die, and their heirs (if any), growing up as megacorporate scions, will be captured by the system and go where the greater profit is.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'':
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In its earliest appearances, Mitsuhama Computer Technologies from ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' were depicted as a front for the yakuza. Eventually, the writers caught on that a billion-nuyen criminal organization is hardly going to use a ''trillion''-nuyen triple-A MegaCorp as a cover.
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cover. This was retconned in later editions to show that Mitsuhama had several prominent Yakuza ''daimyo'' as capital investors in the company's initial formation, giving them a large, but not a majority, stake in the corporation. These many shady stockholders have since used their newfound wealth and clout when the company hit it big to, alternatively, go legit and/or use the company's resources to boost their illegal enterprises. The latter are looked upon by the former as a source of OldShame, but are granted so much honor and prestige by their status as company "founders" in getting Mitsuhama off the ground that buying them out or expelling them from any corporate involvement would be unthinkable. All indications are that Mitshuhama has simply decided to outlive the problem; they expect that the original investors who retain a sympathetic attachment to criminal activity even though not needing it anymore will eventually grow old and die, and their heirs (if any), growing up as megacorporate scions, will be captured by the system and go where the greater profit is.
15th May '18 8:40:15 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* Subverted in the Franchise/JamesBond movie ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies''. Media mogul [[BigBad Elliot Carver]] spends close to a billion dollars instigating World War 3 just to be able to expand into China after the ruling party initially told him no. At first glance, he expends a LOT of time and resources into this plot--shooting down Chinese fighter jets, sinking a British warship then massacring the survivors, then pinning both attacks on the other country, and later stealing a nuke and aiming it at Beijing with the goal of installing a more agreeable government--when he could have simply bribed everyone in his way. But the movie establishes that Elliot likes to create disasters then report on them, since the boost in sales and ratings recoups what he spent several times over.
** In fact; A number of Bond villains are involved in perfectly legitimate or semi-legitimate businesses. Among many others....

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* Subverted in the Franchise/JamesBond movie ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies''. Media mogul [[BigBad Elliot Carver]] spends close to a billion dollars instigating World War 3 just to be able to expand into China after the ruling party initially told him no. At first glance, he expends a LOT of time and resources into this plot--shooting down Chinese fighter jets, sinking a British warship then massacring the survivors, then pinning both attacks on the other country, and later stealing a nuke and aiming it at Beijing with the goal of installing a more agreeable government--when he could have simply bribed everyone in his way. But the movie establishes that Elliot likes to create disasters then report on them, since the boost in sales and ratings recoups what he spent several times over.
** In fact;
Franchise/JamesBond: A number of Bond villains are involved in perfectly legitimate or semi-legitimate businesses. Among many others....others:
15th May '18 8:38:12 AM CaptainCrawdad
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** Dr. Octopus is researching a new power source in ''Film/SpiderMan2''. In order to control it, he invents a system of mechanical arms that interface with his brain, have [[AIIsACrapshoot artificial intelligence]], are [[NighInvulnerability indestructible]], have the strength to throw cars, and never seem to need new batteries. Every aspect of the things would seem to merit a Nobel Prize, but Octavius and the rest of the world initially only treat them as a simple tool. By his FaceHeelTurn, Octavius was more obsessed with achieving his dream of creating [[ThePowerOfTheSun a living sun]] than a Nobel Prize. Lampshaded by ''WebVideo/CinemaSins'' in Everything Wrong With ''Spider-Man 2''. "What other world-changing inventions has Otto created and tossed aside on his path to fusion? 'Now, wearing the inhibitor chip gives a person cancer, so I had to cure that before I could proceed with my research.'"

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** Dr. Octopus is researching a new power source in ''Film/SpiderMan2''. In order to control it, he invents a system of mechanical arms that interface with his brain, have [[AIIsACrapshoot artificial intelligence]], are [[NighInvulnerability indestructible]], have the strength to throw cars, and never seem to need new batteries. Every aspect of the things would seem to merit a Nobel Prize, but Octavius and the rest of the world initially only treat them as a simple tool. By his FaceHeelTurn, Octavius was more obsessed with achieving his dream of creating [[ThePowerOfTheSun a living sun]] than a Nobel Prize. Lampshaded by ''WebVideo/CinemaSins'' in Everything Wrong With ''Spider-Man 2''. "What other world-changing inventions has Otto created and tossed aside on his path to fusion? 'Now, wearing the inhibitor chip gives a person cancer, so I had to cure that before I could proceed with my research.'"
15th May '18 3:30:16 AM Arivne
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** The episode "The Rip Van Winkle Caper" has a group of gold thieves trying to evade the law. One of them accomplishes this by using a gas he created to put the gang in suspended animation for a hundred years instead of patenting the substance and becoming a well respected and incredibly rich scientist. This may have been because of societal reasons due to the era Twilight Zone was aired.

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** The episode "The Rip Van Winkle Caper" has a group of gold thieves trying to evade the law. One of them accomplishes this by using a gas he created to put the gang in suspended animation for a hundred years instead of patenting the substance and becoming a well respected and incredibly rich scientist. This may have been because of societal reasons due to the era Twilight Zone was aired.
11th May '18 7:44:48 AM TheCuza
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* VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries: Riddler. The man could do a lot of good legally, if not for his ego compelling him to prove he's smarter than everyone else.
** ''Asylum'': he's able to hide multiple Riddler trophies around the joint, and demonstrates a fairly comprehensive knowledge of Gotham's criminal element and the environs of Arkham.
** ''City'': he has a formidable and widespread intelligence network among the gangs of the city, plus manages to build and maintain various puzzles despite Arkham City's isolation.

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* VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries: ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries'': Riddler. The man could do a lot of good legally, if not for his ego compelling him to prove he's smarter than everyone else.
** ''Asylum'': he's He's able to hide multiple Riddler trophies around the joint, and demonstrates a fairly comprehensive knowledge of Gotham's criminal element and the environs of Arkham.
** ''City'': he He has a formidable and widespread intelligence network among the gangs of the city, plus manages to build and maintain various puzzles and hide his trophies despite Arkham City's isolation.isolation. He even manages to get a few puzzles and trophies inside of a secret hideout used by ''the League of Assassins''.



* Thanks to LevelScaling, bandits in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' will try to extort 100 gold out of you even if they're wearing a full set of {{Infinity Minus One|Sword}} Glass Armor, which can be sold for several thousand gold. The game doesn't tell you how they got it, but whatever it is, they really should be doing more of ''that'', instead of MuggingTheMonster for what is at this point pocket change.

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* Thanks to LevelScaling, bandits in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' will try to extort 100 gold out of you even if they're wearing a full set of {{Infinity Minus One|Sword}} Glass Armor, which can be sold for several thousand ''thousand'' gold. The game doesn't tell you how they got it, but whatever it is, they really should be doing more of ''that'', instead of MuggingTheMonster for what is at this point pocket change.


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* ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'': [[spoiler:SissyVillain Florent L'Belle designs his own brand of high-end clothing and cosmetics which are exclusively for his personal use. They are in quite high demand and many stores want to sell his products, but he refuses since the filthy, unwashed masses are unworthy of them in his eyes. He also ''advertises'' his products all over TV and magazines, purely to rub it in everyone's faces that they will never be able to have them. This has understandably left him flat broke, so he commits murder in order to steal a giant gold nugget (which as it turns out was pointless since the gold had already been stolen by someone else decades ago) instead of just, you know, ''selling his highly desired products''. In ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice Spirit of Justice]]'', his products have apparently started being sold to the general public, presumably because he's in jail and thus isn't in charge of the brand anymore. They are selling well enough that even overseas countries have them in stock.]]
3rd May '18 9:13:38 PM Onlythrice
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* In the 2017 holiday issue of ''ComicBook/DCRebirth'', Superman encounters a desperate bank robber who built a JetPack in his garage after losing his job at a lab, and convinces him to use his intelligence for good and patent it after he gets out of jail.
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