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12th Oct '17 8:24:36 AM MBG
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* Seto Kaiba in ''Manga/YuGiOh'' averts this heavily, especially in the manga. He created the Solid Vision hologram system as a way to torture defeated opponents and the miniaturized Duel Disk to counter an opponent's mind-reading. But, as the head of a gaming corporation, he's very much aware of just what the benefits of portable lifelike holograms are for entertainment purposes, and indeed, his uses of them against his opponents are as much revenge plots as they are product showcases and beta-tests. It's largely thanks to his technology that Duel Monsters becomes the most popular game in the world, and in pretty much every sequel or spinoff, it's shown that KaibaCorp is well past MegaCorp level, with its machines integrated into every level of society.
9th Oct '17 9:02:42 AM WaveSwallow
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* Lord Boxman mostly averts this in ''WesternAnimation/OKKOLetsBeHeroes''. He runs a successful company that produces robotic {{mook}}s for other super villains; however, his obsession with the superheroes at the Lakewood Plaza Turbo, and especially his nemesis Mr. Gar, leads to him neglecting his orders. His investors call him out on it.
7th Oct '17 10:09:30 PM JM1982
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* Linkara called the one-shot ''Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'' villain "The Surgeon General" on her whole organ-stealing shtick, which inherently relies on being a ''skilled surgeon''. On the other hand, selling black-market organs would probably be more profitable than the average medical practice... the savings on malpractice insurance alone would be immense.

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* Linkara called the one-shot ''Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'' villain "The Surgeon General" on her whole organ-stealing shtick, which inherently relies on being a ''skilled surgeon''. On the other hand, selling black-market organs would Of course, what Linkara probably be more profitable than forgot is this schtick is TruthInTelevision, and the average medical practice... the savings on malpractice insurance alone would be immense.[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organ_trade organ trade]] is very real, as ThatOtherWiki shows.
11th Sep '17 12:49:07 PM DesertDragon
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* ''Series/IronFist2017'': Madame Gao develops a synthetic form of heroin that works by skin patch and prevents the user from building a tolerance, making each hit as strong as the first. Had she marketed her innovation to the medical industry for its usefulness in pain management[[note]]one of the biggest downsides to painkillers is that the user can build a tolerance over time, requiring more pills to achieve the same effect[[/note]] and palliative care, she could have made millions legally ''and'' had an easier time selling it on the streets if she so desired. And since it's not injected, it would prevent the spread of disease from sharing needles, including HIV and hepatitis. In short, Gao could have cornered the medical ''and'' recreational markets for her synthetic opium had she set her sights higher than local druglords.

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* ''Series/IronFist2017'': Madame Gao develops a synthetic form of heroin that works by skin patch and prevents the user from building a tolerance, making each hit as strong as the first. Had she marketed her innovation to the medical industry for its usefulness in pain management[[note]]one of the biggest downsides to painkillers is that the user can build a tolerance over time, requiring more pills to achieve the same effect[[/note]] and palliative care, she could have made millions legally ''and'' had an easier time selling it on the streets if she so desired. And since it's not injected, it would prevent the spread of disease from sharing needles, including HIV and hepatitis. In short, Gao could have cornered the medical ''and'' recreational opium markets for her synthetic opium had she set her sights higher than local druglords.
11th Sep '17 12:46:27 PM DesertDragon
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* ''Series/IronFist2017'': Madame Gao develops a synthetic form of heroin that works by skin patch and prevents the user from building a tolerance, making each hit as strong as the first. Had Gao marketed her innovation to the medical industry for its usefulness in pain management[[note]]one of the biggest downsides to painkillers is that the user can build a tolerance, requiring more pills to achieve the same effect[[/note]] and palliative care, she could have made billions legally. Even if the drug was secretly sold on the streets afterwards, the use of a patch would prevent the spread of disease from sharing needles, including HIV and hepatitis.

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* ''Series/IronFist2017'': Madame Gao develops a synthetic form of heroin that works by skin patch and prevents the user from building a tolerance, making each hit as strong as the first. Had Gao she marketed her innovation to the medical industry for its usefulness in pain management[[note]]one of the biggest downsides to painkillers is that the user can build a tolerance, tolerance over time, requiring more pills to achieve the same effect[[/note]] and palliative care, she could have made billions legally. Even if the drug was secretly sold millions legally ''and'' had an easier time selling it on the streets afterwards, the use of a patch if she so desired. And since it's not injected, it would prevent the spread of disease from sharing needles, including HIV and hepatitis.hepatitis. In short, Gao could have cornered the medical ''and'' recreational markets for her synthetic opium had she set her sights higher than local druglords.
11th Sep '17 10:00:18 AM DesertDragon
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* ''Series/IronFist2017'': Madame Gao develops a synthetic form of heroin that works by skin patch and prevents the user from building a tolerance, making each hit as strong as the first. Had Gao marketed her innovation to the medical industry for its usefulness in pain management and palliative care, she could have made billions legally. Even if the drug found itself on the streets, the use of a patch would prevent the spread of disease from sharing needles, including HIV and hepatitis.

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* ''Series/IronFist2017'': Madame Gao develops a synthetic form of heroin that works by skin patch and prevents the user from building a tolerance, making each hit as strong as the first. Had Gao marketed her innovation to the medical industry for its usefulness in pain management management[[note]]one of the biggest downsides to painkillers is that the user can build a tolerance, requiring more pills to achieve the same effect[[/note]] and palliative care, she could have made billions legally. Even if the drug found itself was secretly sold on the streets, streets afterwards, the use of a patch would prevent the spread of disease from sharing needles, including HIV and hepatitis.
11th Sep '17 9:54:06 AM DesertDragon
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* ''Series/LukeCage2016'': If a real-life club could pull the headliners that Cottonmouth is able to host at Harlem's Paradise, the owner would be a multi-millionaire. But Cottonmouth doesn't seem to notice or care that he has, without a shade of competition, one of the best nightclubs in all of Manhattan. Mariah even points out that his legitimate business interests are successful enough on their own that he doesn't need to run drugs or guns in order to be one of the most powerful men in Harlem.

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* ''Series/LukeCage2016'': If a real-life club could pull the headliners that Cottonmouth is able to host at Harlem's Paradise, the owner would be a multi-millionaire. But Cottonmouth doesn't seem to notice or care that he has, without a shade of competition, has one of the best nightclubs in all of Manhattan. New York City. Mariah even points out that his legitimate business interests are successful enough on their own that he doesn't need to run drugs or guns in order to be one of the most powerful men in Harlem.Harlem.
* ''Series/IronFist2017'': Madame Gao develops a synthetic form of heroin that works by skin patch and prevents the user from building a tolerance, making each hit as strong as the first. Had Gao marketed her innovation to the medical industry for its usefulness in pain management and palliative care, she could have made billions legally. Even if the drug found itself on the streets, the use of a patch would prevent the spread of disease from sharing needles, including HIV and hepatitis.
10th Sep '17 10:11:28 AM MartineBrooke
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* {{Inverted|Trope}} on ''Series/{{Sherlock}}''. Moriarty commits three enormously ballsy thefts at the exact same time, and immediately surrenders to the police without stealing a cent because there is nothing he could steal that would be as valuable as the key that let him steal it all; Sherlock figures it's a product demonstration. [[spoiler:It's, sadly, a lie. How do you break into the unbreakable vault? [[RealityEnsues Bribe the man with the key.]] Since he's not actually after money at all (Moriarty's motives run more towards the... existential?) it's also an AvertedTrope.]]

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* {{Inverted|Trope}} on ''Series/{{Sherlock}}''. Moriarty commits three enormously ballsy thefts at the exact same time, and immediately surrenders to the police without stealing a cent penny because there is nothing he could steal that would be as valuable as the key that let him steal it all; Sherlock figures it's a product demonstration. [[spoiler:It's, sadly, a lie. How do you break into the unbreakable vault? [[RealityEnsues Bribe the man with the key.]] Since he's not actually after money at all (Moriarty's motives run more towards the... existential?) it's also an AvertedTrope.]]
4th Sep '17 3:48:28 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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* One old [[WesternAnimation/SupermanTheatricalCartoons 1940's Superman short]] had a villain who invented remote-controlled mechanical robots that he was using to rob banks and jewelry stores. Too bad there wasn't any other way to get wealthy with such an advanced technology, eh?
23rd Aug '17 12:27:44 AM PaulA
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* Jason Cameron from ''[[Literature/ElementalMasters The Fire Rose]]'' is contemptuous of his apprentice's use of magic to cheat at gambling games (in the specific mentioned incident, a cockfight). A genuine Fire Master (which Paul theoretically could become if he actually put some work in) could make a fortune in a few years through completely legal means like he did.

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* Jason Cameron from ''[[Literature/ElementalMasters The Fire Rose]]'' ''Literature/TheFireRose'' is contemptuous of his apprentice's use of magic to cheat at gambling games (in the specific mentioned incident, a cockfight). A genuine Fire Master (which Paul theoretically could become if he actually put some work in) could make a fortune in a few years through completely legal means like he did.
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