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14th Aug '17 10:05:08 AM book
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* The TV show Masterminds, though drawn from real life, provides only a few examples of criminals who managed to do this. Several open or work with security companies and one becomes a legitimate painter instead of a forger. It also has an inversion example in a criminal who built his own climbing rig and went back to stealing because he was in it for the challenge.
14th Aug '17 9:59:58 AM book
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*** In the Convergence comics, when Poison Ivy loses her powers and Gotham is hurting for food and supplies, several different versions of Ivy
become the city's best assets. Her knowledge of plants helps keep the population from starving, and her fighting experience with Batman means that no one is going to steal from her.

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*** In the Convergence comics, when Poison Ivy loses her powers and Gotham is hurting for food and supplies, several different versions of Ivy
Ivy become the city's best assets. Her knowledge of plants helps keep the population from starving, and her fighting experience with Batman means that no one is going to steal from her.
14th Aug '17 9:59:27 AM book
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*** In the Convergence comics, when Poison Ivy loses her powers and Gotham is hurting for food and supplies, several different versions of Ivy
become the city's best assets. Her knowledge of plants helps keep the population from starving, and her fighting experience with Batman means that no one is going to steal from her.
9th Aug '17 4:16:20 PM comicwriter
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** Averted in Creator/JamesCameron's unproduced ''Spider-Man'' screenplay. Electro uses his powers to become an obscenely wealthy businessman, as it turns out that his electrical abilities are rather useful for things like spying and making sure his business rivals meet with unfortunate "accidents."

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** Averted in Creator/JamesCameron's unproduced ''Spider-Man'' screenplay. In it, Electro uses his powers to become an obscenely wealthy businessman, as it turns out that his electrical abilities are rather useful for things like spying corporate espionage and making sure his business rivals meet with unfortunate "accidents."
9th Aug '17 2:53:03 PM comicwriter
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* ''ComicBook/DoctorDoom'' could have probably taken over the world ''financially'' in far less time, with less effort and without any legal opposition if he just incorporated rather than maintaining his feudal {{Ruritania}} and venting his ComplexityAddiction. Especially since people in the ''Franchise/MarvelUniverse'' are constantly shown to value security over freedom. This is mirrored by his heroic counterpart, {{Trope Namer|s}} [[ReedRichardsIsUseless Reed Richards]], who seemingly makes more money patenting and then ''not'' selling his inventions, and thus not overly-disrupting the similarities between Marvel Earth and RealLife.

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* ''ComicBook/DoctorDoom'' ''ComicBook/DoctorDoom'':
** Doom
could have probably taken over the world ''financially'' in far less time, with less effort and without any legal opposition if he just incorporated rather than maintaining his feudal {{Ruritania}} and venting his ComplexityAddiction. Especially since people in the ''Franchise/MarvelUniverse'' are constantly shown to value security over freedom. This is mirrored by his heroic counterpart, {{Trope Namer|s}} [[ReedRichardsIsUseless Reed Richards]], who seemingly makes more money patenting and then ''not'' selling his inventions, and thus not overly-disrupting the similarities between Marvel Earth and RealLife.RealLife.
** "Doomwar" reveals that he actually ''does'' use his technology to make money, albeit secretly. Ever wonder how he's able to fund his various schemes or afford to construct all that incredible technology (including his never-ending army of [[ActuallyADoombot Doombots]])? Turns out he's involved in ''thousands'' of perfectly legal businesses, and has made a killing in patents for robotics and medical research.
9th Aug '17 12:36:55 PM comicwriter
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*** The first novel in the ''Comicbook/SinisterSixTrilogy'' discusses the irony of Mysterio's situation. The main thing that pushed him over the edge and caused him to become a supervillain was that he was an underpaid B-movie makeup and effects artist who felt nobody appreciated him or took his work seriously. Now, in the age of modern sci-fi and superhero blockbusters, someone with Mysterio's skills could make ''millions'' by working on major Hollywood productions, but his criminal actions have damaged his reputation to such a degree that he has zero chance of landing a legitimate job ever again.
31st Jul '17 11:16:19 PM NaraNumas
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** Another one was the Beekeeper, he just wanted to sell his healthy, honey-based candy, but literally everyone turned their nose up at him because they have the word "[[IfItTastesBadItMustBeGoodForYou healthy]]" in the name caused him to break. After Johnny casually tries it and finds out it's good, he befriends him, and in his second episode, helps him get legitimate business (albeit by hawking people with his [[BeeBeeGun bees]]) by getting people to try it and see how good it is.
31st Jul '17 11:06:24 PM Materioptikon
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* Subverted with Doctor Sivana of ComicBook/CaptainMarvel fame. He started in his youth as an idealistic scientist brimming with ideas to change the world for the better with superscience even Luthor would gape at. Then he met the corporate world. Said encounter tremendously embittered him, showing him the world won't change without good reason and enough power to change the status quo. He resolved to change the world, and that's how a brilliant scientist got broken into the very image of the MadScientist.

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* Subverted with Doctor Sivana of ComicBook/CaptainMarvel [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] fame. He started in his youth as an idealistic scientist brimming with ideas to change the world for the better with superscience even Luthor would gape at. Then he met the corporate world. Said encounter tremendously embittered him, showing him the world won't change without good reason and enough power to change the status quo. He resolved to change the world, and that's how a brilliant scientist got broken into the very image of the MadScientist.
31st Jul '17 11:03:01 PM Materioptikon
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* Subverted with Doctor Sivana of ComicBook/CaptainMarvel fame. He started in his youth as an idealistic scientist brimming with ideas to change the world for the better with superscience even Luthor would gape at. Then he met the corporate world. Said encounter tremendously embittered him, showing him the world won't change without good reason and enough power to change the status quo. He resolved to change the world, and that's how a brilliant scientist got broken into the very image of the MadScientist.
30th Jul '17 11:53:35 PM immortalfrieza
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' "Treehouse of Horror 27", [[TheBadGuyWins Sideshow Bob FINALLY succeeds in his goal of killing Bart]] only to find his life afterwards unsatisfying, so he builds a machine that can reanimate the dead so he can kill Bart again. This is a machine that can demonstrated to be able to bring the dead back to life, without being zombified or otherwise [[CameBackWrong coming back wrong,]] with no noticeable side effects, and with mental facilities just as they were in life from anything up to and including the remains being burned to ashes, and the only thing Bob can think of to do with it is kill a ten year old boy over and over again.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' "Treehouse of Horror 27", [[TheBadGuyWins Sideshow Bob FINALLY succeeds in his goal of killing Bart]] only to find his life afterwards unsatisfying, so he builds a machine that can reanimate the dead so he can kill Bart again. again, and proceeds to resurrect and kill Bart in different ways repeatedly. This is a machine that can is demonstrated to be able to bring the dead back to life, without being zombified or otherwise [[CameBackWrong coming back wrong,]] with no noticeable side effects, and with mental facilities just as they were in life from anything up to and including the remains being burned to ashes, and the only thing Bob can think of to do with it is kill a ten year old boy over and over again.
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