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3rd Sep '16 8:52:18 PM HelloLamppost
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** A year or so before the ''CrisisOnInfiniteEarths,'' Marv Wolfman wanted to write a story where Luthor "goes legit" and becomes a respected businessman, in the process [[VillainWithGoodPublicity gaining the public's trust]] and therefore becoming a much harder opponent for Superman to fight. [[ExecutiveMeddling Editorial]] considered this [[StatusQuoIsGod too big a departure]] for Luthor and nixed the idea, so Wolfman rewrote the script with Comicbook/VandalSavage as the villain in question. The resultant story feels a little forced, as Superman seems to take the whole thing very personally, despite the fact that he and Savage didn't have anywhere near the history that he and Lex did. By Wolfman's own account, this is where the idea for Lex's Post-Crisis businessman persona originated.

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** A year or so before the ''CrisisOnInfiniteEarths,'' Marv Wolfman wanted to write a story where Luthor "goes legit" and becomes a respected businessman, in the process [[VillainWithGoodPublicity gaining the public's trust]] and therefore becoming a much harder opponent for Superman to fight. [[ExecutiveMeddling Editorial]] considered this [[StatusQuoIsGod too big a departure]] for Luthor and nixed the idea, so Wolfman rewrote the script with Comicbook/VandalSavage as the villain in question. The resultant story feels a little forced, as Superman seems to take the whole thing very personally, despite the fact that he and Savage didn't have anywhere near the history that he and Lex did. By Wolfman's own account, this is where the idea for Lex's Post-Crisis businessman CorruptCorporateExecutive persona originated.
26th Aug '16 12:36:39 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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* In the ''Film/ResidentEvil'' movies, the MegaCorp Umbrella Corporation should have been making enough legitimate profit as the biggest pharmaceutical company in the world to not need to take the risk of creating bioweapons. One of the films tries to justify the zombie creation virus by saying that Umbrella Corporation was working on a skin creme that reanimated dead skin cells (as a beauty treatment).... except when they tested it, it turned the test subjects into zombies. Instead of scrapping the research, they kicked it to bioweapons, and thus... zombies as weapons.

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* In the ''Film/ResidentEvil'' movies, the MegaCorp Umbrella Corporation should have been making enough legitimate profit as the biggest pharmaceutical company in the world to not need to take the risk of creating bioweapons. One of the films tries to justify the zombie creation virus by saying that Umbrella Corporation was working on a skin creme that reanimated dead skin cells (as a beauty treatment).... except when they tested it, it turned the test subjects into zombies. Instead of scrapping the research, they kicked it to bioweapons, and thus... zombies as weapons. By the time later sequels roll around, Umbrella's business model has taken a hard swing into full-blown StupidEvil, spending untold billions upon billions of dollars on exact replicas of major cities, stocked with perfect clones of people implanted with false memories, for the sake of unleashing their bioweapons on them and showing footage of the destruction to potential buyers. Not only could any of these technological wonders have made them fantastically wealthy on its own, but by this point in the story [[AfterTheEnd there's not enough political and economic stability in the world]] for any possible buyers to even ''exist'' anymore.
26th Aug '16 9:48:04 AM ZombieAladdin
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* In ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', Dr. Drakken is frequently criticized for being heavily in debt due to spending so much money on every scheme to defeat Kim. Somewhat averted later on in the series, as Drakken would later develop a habit of ''stealing'' hyper-advanced technology on top of building doomsday devices himself...while still being heavily in debt.
** Frugal Lucre, however, is a deconstruction of this trope, of sorts. The purpose of his villainous plots is to demonstrate to other villains that they don't need to spend as much money as they do. Using materials from the discount store he works at and some self-taught HollywoodHacking skills, he proves himself as big a threat as the Bond-esque villains who make up most of the rest Kim's rogues gallery.
26th Aug '16 9:18:35 AM ZombieAladdin
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** In ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'', E-123 Omega sometimes makes references to Dr. Eggman's "consumer models." This implies some of the robots he mass-produces are for sale to the general public. The ''Sonic Riders'' mention above of Robotnik Corp. also has Eggman making an offhand mention to how him selling his technology helps pay for his schemes to defeat Sonic.
22nd Aug '16 5:33:27 PM DVB
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** In the movie, it's revealed that most of Eddy's actions are motivated by maintaining this whole myth he's built about how he's the protege of the coolest brother ever. Edd occasionally tries to convince Eddy to do something less stupid, but is quickly overruled by the more boisterous Eddy.

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** In the movie, it's revealed that most of Eddy's actions are motivated by maintaining this whole myth he's built motivation tends to boil down to his older brother. Everything he learned about how he's the protege of the coolest scamming and such he learned from him and despite being an abusive jerkass, Eddy still looked up to him enough. He believed that by emulating his brother, he'd get respect and such. In essence, he was trying to be his brother ever. Edd occasionally tries to convince Eddy to do something less stupid, but is quickly overruled by the more boisterous Eddy.instead of himself.
22nd Aug '16 5:28:51 PM DVB
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* Nevel on ''Series/ICarly'' is a tweenage computer science and coding genius. He has a popular website already, and has impressive skills in coding, web design, writing, hacking. Instead of just concentrating on his own work where he could use Google Adsense, or directly sell ads for his site and Youtube Partnership for his video content, he wastes all his time trying to take over the iCarly webshow.

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* Nevel on ''Series/ICarly'' is a tweenage computer science and coding genius. He has a popular website already, and has impressive skills in coding, web design, writing, hacking. Instead of just concentrating on his own work where he could use Google Adsense, or directly sell ads for his site and Youtube Partnership for his video content, content (or the equivalent of it), he wastes all his time trying to take over the iCarly webshow.webshow.
** The main reason is because Nevel is a jerk. His first appearance had him attempt to coerce Carly to kiss him or he'd ruin their show. Repeated schemes over his slighted pride led to him losing popularity until an explicit Jerkass moment had him rock bottom.
22nd Aug '16 5:18:04 PM DVB
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*** Considering the commonality of his origins and his backtory, Victor was always a bit troubled until he met Nora and the incident that turned him into Freeze also appeared to give him severe trust issues.
21st Aug '16 7:16:06 AM Hanz
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** ''Videogame/BorderlandsThePreSequel'' reveals that Jack was convinced that the Vault in Elpis would give him access to the wealth and power and alien technology that all other Vault Hunters seek, and make him impossibly rich. It turns out that what the Vault held was [[spoiler: an Eridian device that held knowledge of the Warrior, which promised him incredible power]]. However, at that moment, [[spoiler: Lilith attacked him and smashed the device, horribly scarring his face, because up until that point he'd been becoming more and more violent, unhinged, and megalomaniacal]]. As a result of what happened, Jack was driven completely over the edge into the lunatic psychopathic dictator and CorruptCorporateExecutive Handsome Jack, obsessed with unlocking the Vault on Pandora so he could inflict his revenge.
** Averted with Torgue, who was a brilliant gun designer (despite never having a formal education and still drawing with crayons) that sold his designs and founded one of the biggest suppliers of explosive weapons to the galaxy. However, because he had no idea how to actually manage all of it, he unknowingly sold all of it for a few bucks and a high five. Torgue himself also expressed interest in hiring Tiny Tina while he still had the company, whom he not only jives with but also sees the potential in the little bombmaker.

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** *** ''Videogame/BorderlandsThePreSequel'' reveals that Jack was convinced that the Vault in Elpis would give him access to the wealth and power and alien technology that all other Vault Hunters seek, and make him impossibly rich. It turns out that what the Vault held was [[spoiler: an Eridian device that held knowledge of the Warrior, which promised him incredible power]]. However, at that moment, [[spoiler: Lilith attacked him and smashed the device, horribly scarring his face, because up until that point he'd been becoming more and more violent, unhinged, and megalomaniacal]]. As a result of what happened, Jack was driven completely over the edge into the lunatic psychopathic dictator and CorruptCorporateExecutive Handsome Jack, obsessed with unlocking the Vault on Pandora so he could inflict his revenge.
** Averted with Torgue, who was a brilliant gun designer (despite never having a formal education and still drawing with crayons) that sold his designs and founded one of the biggest suppliers of explosive weapons to the galaxy. However, because he had no idea how to actually manage all of it, he unknowingly sold all of it his controlling shares for a few bucks and a high five.five and is only kept on as a mascot. Torgue himself also expressed interest in hiring Tiny Tina while he still had the company, whom he not only jives with but also sees the potential in the little bombmaker.
8th Aug '16 5:12:18 AM Hanz
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* Averted with the Hobgoblin. After getting hit with the Inversion spell in ''ComicBook/{{AXIS}}'', Roderick Kingsley decides that he's going to franchise out the Hobgoblin name, turning it into a hero thing. It works, just that some people don't like that idea.


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*** Averted after getting hit with the Inversion spell in ''ComicBook/{{AXIS}}'', Roderick Kingsley decides that he's going to franchise out the Hobgoblin name, turning it into a hero thing. It works, just that some people don't like that idea. By the end, he's even technically a reserve member of the Avengers.
3rd Aug '16 8:33:14 PM JM1982
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* A minor Creator/MarvelComics D-lister known as the Porcupine was a similar case to Mock Turtle above; he invented a suit of porcupine-themed PoweredArmor, which the military scrapped because it was ridiculous, and became a supervillain with it to prove its legitimacy.

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* A minor Minor Creator/MarvelComics D-lister known Alexander Gentry is a subversion. He started out as a weapons designer for the Porcupine was a similar case to Mock Turtle above; he invented military and developed a suit of porcupine-themed PoweredArmor, which armor equipped with [[ComboPlatterPowers a wide variety of different weapons]]. Gentry thought that the military scrapped because U.S. government wouldn't pay him what he deserved for the armor, so he kept it was ridiculous, for himself and became a the supervillain with Porcupine. Given how badly his villain career turned out, he probably would have been better off selling it to prove its legitimacy.the military...
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