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21st Mar '17 10:56:28 AM Divra
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* In one of the endings to ''VideoGame/TheWitcher3WildHunt'', crime boss Cyprian "Whoreson Junior" Wily [[HeelFaithTurn gets religion]], divests himself of his criminal enterprises and re-invents himself as an above-board brown-water trader. He comments that he makes twice as much money from his legitimate enterprises as he ever did from his illegal ones, and that his goons stay loyal because twice as much coin buys twice as much loyalty with that kind of people. [[spoiler: Of course, the fact that the "reborn" Whoreson Junior is in fact Dudu Biberveldt the Doppler, who is not only ''not'' a sadistic, murderous nutjob like the real Whoreson, but established early on as intelligent and business-savvy, helps the profitability a lot.]]
14th Mar '17 10:46:32 PM Karxrida
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This is the villainous equivalent of ReedRichardsIsUseless: A baddie who constantly fails at beating the heroes [[VillainBall never realizes]] [[EvilVirtues their intellect and hard work]] might mean they'd get a lot more done if they did an honest day's work; any attempt at going straight is simply a [[CivilianVillain ruse to lull heroes into a false sense of security]]. This may be more a factor of [[StatusQuoIsGod maintaining the Status Quo]], and it's usually mentioned that the MadScientist is ''[[ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder mad]]'' after all. Sometimes {{lampshade|Hanging}}d at a villain's death with "If only [[YouCouldHaveUsedYourPowersForGood he'd used his powers for good]], instead of for evil." The example is contagious; even if TheGovernment gets a hold of secondhand ultratech, they just use it for ill-conceived attempts to either conquer other nations or abuse their citizens.

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This is the villainous equivalent of ReedRichardsIsUseless: A baddie who constantly fails at beating the heroes [[VillainBall never realizes]] [[EvilVirtues their intellect and hard work]] might mean they'd get a lot more done if they did an honest day's work; any attempt at going straight is simply a [[CivilianVillain [[FalselyReformedVillain ruse to lull heroes into a false sense of security]]. This may be more a factor of [[StatusQuoIsGod maintaining the Status Quo]], and it's usually mentioned that the MadScientist is ''[[ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder mad]]'' after all. Sometimes {{lampshade|Hanging}}d at a villain's death with "If only [[YouCouldHaveUsedYourPowersForGood he'd used his powers for good]], instead of for evil." The example is contagious; even if TheGovernment gets a hold of secondhand ultratech, they just use it for ill-conceived attempts to either conquer other nations or abuse their citizens.
11th Mar '17 7:03:14 PM jormis29
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* ''Space Precinct'' featured an interesting variant. A quantum physicist devised a TechnoBabble-powered device that created a literal SphereOfDestruction, annihilating any matter it came into contact with, and could be manipulated with a simple remote. He wanted to use it for pure research, but for some reason he wasn't able to secure the necessary grant money and decided to market it as [[MundaneUtility a tunnel-boring tool]] so he could carry on his work independently. Unfortunately, the allegedly reformed stick-up artist turned AsteroidMiner he first pitched it to press-ganged him into using it to crack open bank vaults instead. Another episode also included a brief appearance by a former jewel thief who'd chosen a nice safe retirement working as a security consultant.

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* ''Space Precinct'' ''Series/SpacePrecinct'' featured an interesting variant. A quantum physicist devised a TechnoBabble-powered device that created a literal SphereOfDestruction, annihilating any matter it came into contact with, and could be manipulated with a simple remote. He wanted to use it for pure research, but for some reason he wasn't able to secure the necessary grant money and decided to market it as [[MundaneUtility a tunnel-boring tool]] so he could carry on his work independently. Unfortunately, the allegedly reformed stick-up artist turned AsteroidMiner he first pitched it to press-ganged him into using it to crack open bank vaults instead. Another episode also included a brief appearance by a former jewel thief who'd chosen a nice safe retirement working as a security consultant.
11th Mar '17 4:34:35 PM kome360
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** ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6'' sheds some light on Umbrella's madness: [[spoiler:The Simmons Family is Biohazard's version of TheIlluminati, having secretly controlled America since colonial times from the sidelines AND had a controlling share in Umbrella, giving them access to Spencer's research with every breakthrough]]. So Spencer was at war with America all along, and his planned outbreaks were to weed out the spies.
5th Mar '17 7:34:04 PM KhesterBarbatos
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** Inverted with Roman Sidonis, aka. "Black Mask". Before he took on his alias he was, like Bruce, a wealthy entrepreneur from an established Gotham family... and he failed ''miserably'' at it. It was only after he elected to go around with a blackened wooden mask and [[TortureTechnician feed bits of people to other people]] that he really found himself in his element.

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** Inverted with Roman Sidonis, Sionis, aka. "Black Mask". Before he took on his alias he was, like Bruce, a wealthy entrepreneur from an established Gotham family... and he failed ''miserably'' at it. It was only after he elected to go around with a blackened wooden mask and [[TortureTechnician feed bits of people to other people]] that he really found himself in his element.
5th Mar '17 8:49:37 AM BrotherGrimace
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[[http://www.snopes.com/autos/business/carburetor.asp One commonly-circulated conspiracy theory]] claims that a major automaker, usually Ford or General Motors, is suppressing all knowledge of a "miracle carburettor", which can allow cars to travel 200 miles on a single gallon of petrol. One obvious fact which people who believe this rumor tend to forget is that Ford and General Motors are car companies, not petrol companies, meaning that if this carburettor actually did exist, they would gain nothing by keeping it under wraps, instead of putting it in all of their cars and earning billions of dollars in new sales.

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* [[http://www.snopes.com/autos/business/carburetor.asp One commonly-circulated conspiracy theory]] claims that a major automaker, usually Ford or General Motors, is suppressing all knowledge of a "miracle carburettor", which can allow cars to travel 200 miles on a single gallon of petrol. One obvious fact which people who believe this rumor tend to forget is that Ford and General Motors are car companies, not petrol companies, meaning that if this carburettor actually did exist, they would gain nothing by keeping it under wraps, instead of putting it in all of their cars and earning billions of dollars in new sales.sales.
* ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJt8yzR2aoY 'So You've Learned To Teleport']]'' is a neat little YouTube video by a guy named Tom Scott that could be the TropeCodifier for this entire trope, as he explains how someone with the power of teleportation could literally ''become a billionaire overnight''... [[StatusQuoIsGod instead of taking the tired old route of becoming a superhero and fighting crime.]]
4th Mar '17 3:35:26 PM JM1982
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** All that aside, Curtis Carr was another subversion in that he invented his alchemy gun intending to get rich ''legally''. However, he developed it on company time using resources owned by the company he worked for. Curtis's boss said that meant the gun was legally the company's property, and the boss wasn't likely to pay Curtis royalties. Curtis's original reason for becoming Chemistro was to go on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge against his crooked boss, which led to the boss hiring Luke Cage for protecion.
24th Feb '17 5:48:44 PM ErikModi
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** Subverted, perhaps even Deconstruced, with retcon-villain Clash, from the Post-Secret-Wars Learning To Crawl subseries in The Amazing Spider-Man. A brilliant nerd (not unlike Peter) who was present as Spider-Man's first fight with Crusher Hogan, Clash begins using his supreme intellect to craft a "superhero" identity for himself, utilizing sound wave. His intention is to be an entertainment act, like Spider-Man was before Uncle Ben's murder. Instead, he winds up quite believably sliding down the Slippery Slope before becoming a full-on supervillain, who gets thrashed by Spidey, arrested, and because of his criminal record, forced to be a henchmen for several years. Finally, he runs into Spider-Man again, who promptly offers him a job at Parker Industries (on the condition that he leaves his Clash shenanigans behind).
16th Feb '17 7:50:58 PM Boother23
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* COBRA in ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero''. The majority of the plots in the cartoon involved stealing/kidnapping someone and ransoming them off for absurd amounts of money, through which they would be able to attain ultimate power. Only about a third of their plots directly incorporated demands of, "Hand over the keys to the entire world, or else!" This was {{lampshade|Hanging}}d by Tamox and Xomat at one point, when they pointed out that Cobra ''already'' had absurd amounts of money from its front corporations, black market operations, etc, which is how they got all their ridiculous contraptions to pull off the schemes in the first place. It eventually gets deconstructed in later seasons as we learn that COBRA cannot possibly exist as anything other than a criminal organization. The entirety of its R&D routinely violates every aspect of the Geneva Convention, and the second GI JOE cartoon movie details that Cobra Commander is an exile from a supremacist fictional country called Cobra-la that believes the entirety of the world is its birthright and the citizens should consider themselves lucky if they get to live long enough to be enslaved.

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* COBRA in ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero''. The majority of the plots in the cartoon involved stealing/kidnapping someone and ransoming them off for absurd amounts of money, through which they would be able to attain ultimate power. Only about a third of their plots directly incorporated demands of, "Hand over the keys to the entire world, or else!" This was {{lampshade|Hanging}}d by Tamox Tomax and Xomat Xamot at one point, when they pointed out that Cobra ''already'' had absurd amounts of money from its front corporations, black market operations, etc, which is how they got all their ridiculous contraptions to pull off the schemes in the first place. It eventually gets deconstructed in later seasons as we learn that COBRA cannot possibly exist as anything other than a criminal organization. The entirety of its R&D routinely violates every aspect of the Geneva Convention, and the second GI JOE cartoon movie details that Cobra Commander is an exile from a supremacist fictional country called Cobra-la that believes the entirety of the world is its birthright and the citizens should consider themselves lucky if they get to live long enough to be enslaved.
15th Feb '17 12:11:10 AM rva98014
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* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'': As lampshaded by Judy, [[ConMan Nick's]] skills at hustling, and his Genre Savvy when it comes to criminal tactics, would make him a great cop. [[spoiler: It's also justified however, by the incredible amount of bigotry foxes likes Nick endure that forced him into a ConMan. By the end of the movie, Judy convinces him to challenge society's expectations to become the first fox officer.]]

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* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'': As lampshaded noted by Judy, [[ConMan Nick's]] Nick's skills at hustling, his street smarts and his Genre Savvy when it comes to criminal tactics, overall knowledge of Zootopia would make him a great cop. [[spoiler: It's also justified however, by the incredible amount of bigotry foxes likes Nick endure that forced him into a ConMan. By [[spoiler:By the end of the movie, Judy convinces him to challenge society's expectations to and become the Zootopia's first fox police officer.]]
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