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21st Nov '17 6:15:32 PM zealots
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* Played straight with ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' and off-and-on Luthor ally Prometheus, a ShadowArchetype of ol' Batsy who also happens to be a GadgeteerGenius of such talent that Lex actually offers to cut ''him'' a check in exchange for the advanced technology he's come up with. Prometheus turns him down, though, because he also happens to be a BloodKnight who only sees his technology as a means to an end (destroying institutions of justice) and, like Bronze Age Lex detailed above, sees the idea of making money legitimately as beneath him.

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* Played straight with ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' enemy and off-and-on Luthor ally Prometheus, a ShadowArchetype of ol' Batsy who also happens to be a GadgeteerGenius of such talent that Lex actually offers to cut ''him'' a check in exchange for the advanced technology he's come up with. Prometheus turns him down, though, because he also happens to be a BloodKnight who only sees his technology as a means to an end (destroying institutions of justice) and, like Bronze Age Lex detailed above, sees the idea of making money legitimately as beneath him.
21st Nov '17 7:01:55 AM zealots
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* Played straight with ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' and off-and-on Luthor ally Prometheus, a ShadowArchetype of ol' Batsy who also happens to be a GadgeteerGenius of such talent that Lex actually offers to cut ''him'' a check in exchange for the advanced technology he's come up with. Prometheus turns him down, though, because he also happens to be a BloodKnight who only sees his technology as a means to an end (destroying institutions of justice) and, like Bronze Age Lex detailed above, sees the idea of making money legitimately as beneath him.
14th Nov '17 10:30:31 PM Toadofsteel
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** Inverted in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords'': G0-T0 was a droid given an impossible directive: restore the Republic whilst obeying all its laws. After a ZerothLawRebellion in which that second clause was discarded, G0-T0 worked his way into becoming a criminal kingpin, but with the express purpose of revitalizing the galactic economy via illicit means.
29th Oct '17 9:16:38 AM spydre
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* One of the earliest examples has to be the Wicked Queen from ''SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'', who has access to a magic mirror who can deliver accurate information on seemingly any topic from anywhere in the world, and deliver unlimited undetectable surveillance to anyone you name. What does she use it for? Reaffirming her own vanity.
28th Oct '17 12:59:10 PM JM1982
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** Gregor Shapanka, the original Blizzard, is another subversion who started out as a legitimate Stark International engineer. However, he embezzled money from Stark's company to finance his own personal projects. When Stark fired him for theft, Shapanka became the costumed villain Blizzard to get revenge on Stark.
23rd Oct '17 12:29:41 PM SteelEdge
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* Tamami Kobeyashi of ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureDiamondIsUnbreakable'' initially uses his power to make people literally heavy with guilt to scam people for money, and later averts this trope by getting a job as a mob debt collector.
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.
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