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* Subverted in a ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode when Homer designs a car for his brother's company. His brother trusts him as "the everyman." Homer designs it with a cornucopia of what he deems to be conveniences. When the car is unveiled to the public it resembles a freakish UFO on wheels. Needless to say, it was not a business success.
* Also subverted in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', where Huey, Dewey and Louie try to run Scrooge [=McDuck=]'s business while he's under medical quarantine. While their first ideas succeed and earn the support of the board of directors, it isn't long before their off-the-wall decisions nearly run the company into the ground, and only a ResetButton [[HollywoodLaw provided by a dubious interpretation of child labor laws]] is able to set things straight.


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* Subverted in a ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode when Homer designs a car for his brother's company. His brother trusts him as "the everyman." Homer designs it with a cornucopia of what he deems to be conveniences. When the car is unveiled to the public it resembles a freakish UFO on wheels. Needless to say, it was not a business success.
* Also subverted in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', where Huey, Dewey and Louie try to run Scrooge [=McDuck=]'s business while he's under medical quarantine. While their first ideas succeed and earn the support of the board of directors, it isn't long before their off-the-wall decisions nearly run the company into the ground, and only a ResetButton [[HollywoodLaw provided by a dubious interpretation of child labor laws]] is able to set things straight.
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6th Jun '17 2:07:58 PM Malady
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6th Jun '17 2:06:04 PM Malady
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* In ''Film/HowToLoseAGuyIn10Days'', one protagonist advertising professional thinks a great new slogan for the diamond industry group is "Go frost yourself." The boss in the meeting really likes it.
* In the second ''OhGod'' movie, a great slogan to get the world's population to have more faith is "Think God." And write it on a bunch of signs.

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* In ''Film/HowToLoseAGuyIn10Days'', one protagonist advertising professional thinks a great new slogan for the diamond industry group is "Go frost yourself." The boss in the meeting really likes it.
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* In the second ''OhGod'' movie, a great slogan to get the world's population to have more faith is "Think God." And write it on a bunch of signs.



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* Repeatedly played straight and subverted in numerous ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' episodes which have characters coming up with "ingenious" business ideas that include a beach fragrance, muffin tops, a coffee table book about coffee tables, a brassier for men, a bladder system for oil tankers, restaurant relaunches, and more.
* In one ''Series/GilmoreGirls'' episode Rory and her Chilton frenemies work on school project competition for the best business plan with prototype. The group that wins is a car alarm for lockers. Rory's group doesn't do much better - bedazzled first-aid kits.

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30th May '16 7:25:14 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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-->-- '''Elaine''', ''{{Seinfeld}}'', "Muffin Tops"

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18th Sep '15 7:13:20 PM nombretomado
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* Also subverted in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', where Huey, Dewey and Louie try to run Scrooge McDuck's business while he's under medical quarantine. While their first ideas succeed and earn the support of the board of directors, it isn't long before their off-the-wall decisions nearly run the company into the ground, and only a ResetButton [[HollywoodLaw provided by a dubious interpretation of child labor laws]] is able to set things straight.

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* Also subverted in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', where Huey, Dewey and Louie try to run Scrooge McDuck's [=McDuck=]'s business while he's under medical quarantine. While their first ideas succeed and earn the support of the board of directors, it isn't long before their off-the-wall decisions nearly run the company into the ground, and only a ResetButton [[HollywoodLaw provided by a dubious interpretation of child labor laws]] is able to set things straight.
21st Jun '15 11:34:39 PM Ryusui
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* Subverted in a ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode when Homer designs a car for his brother's company. His brother trusts him as "the everyman." Homer designs it with a cornucopia of what he deems to be conveniences. When the car is unveiled to the public it resembles a freakish UFO on wheels. Needless to say, it was not a business success.
* Similarly, in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', Huey, Dewey and Louie try to run Scrooge McDuck's business while he is quarantined. While some of their decisions were applauded, their car design flopped miserably.

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* Subverted in a ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode when Homer designs a car for his brother's company. His brother trusts him as "the everyman." Homer designs it with a cornucopia of what he deems to be conveniences. When the car is unveiled to the public it resembles a freakish UFO on wheels. Needless to say, it was not a business success.
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* Similarly, Also subverted in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', where Huey, Dewey and Louie try to run Scrooge McDuck's business while he is quarantined. he's under medical quarantine. While some of their first ideas succeed and earn the support of the board of directors, it isn't long before their off-the-wall decisions were applauded, their car design flopped miserably.nearly run the company into the ground, and only a ResetButton [[HollywoodLaw provided by a dubious interpretation of child labor laws]] is able to set things straight.
23rd Dec '14 7:58:43 AM woodwardiocom
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** (In real life, there are indeed "building" Transformers and "bug" Transformers. The bug ones are quite a bit more popular.)
4th Apr '14 1:08:06 PM erforce
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* In ''HowToLoseAGuyIn10Days'', one protagonist advertising professional thinks a great new slogan for the diamond industry group is "Go frost yourself." The boss in the meeting really likes it.

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* In ''HowToLoseAGuyIn10Days'', ''Film/HowToLoseAGuyIn10Days'', one protagonist advertising professional thinks a great new slogan for the diamond industry group is "Go frost yourself." The boss in the meeting really likes it.



* At the end of ''OtherPeoplesMoney'' the corporate raider played by Danny Devito does a mild HeelFaceTurn, by setting up a deal so that the almost defunct family corporation can use its obsolete copper cable factory to instead manufacture airbags thus saving the employees. Not sure there were any real-life analogous successful conversions in that industry during the 1980's/1990's.

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* At the end of ''OtherPeoplesMoney'' ''Film/OtherPeoplesMoney'' the corporate raider played by Danny Devito does a mild HeelFaceTurn, by setting up a deal so that the almost defunct family corporation can use its obsolete copper cable factory to instead manufacture airbags thus saving the employees. Not sure there were any real-life analogous successful conversions in that industry during the 1980's/1990's.



* ''DontTellMomTheBabysittersDead'' has Christina Applegate's character help shape a fashion design company's new line of apparel. Even during the 1990's, the resulting outfits look ridiculous even when compared to real-life wacked-out fashion.
* Subverted in ''OfficeSpace.'' Smykowski's million-dollar idea is the "Jump-to-Conclusions Mat". [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin A mat.. with different conclusions... you can jump to]]! He's immediately told it's the worst idea anyone's ever heard of. He eventually makes it anyway, though we never find out if it takes off.

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* ''DontTellMomTheBabysittersDead'' ''Film/DontTellMomTheBabysittersDead'' has Christina Applegate's character help shape a fashion design company's new line of apparel. Even during the 1990's, the resulting outfits look ridiculous even when compared to real-life wacked-out fashion.
* Subverted in ''OfficeSpace.''Film/OfficeSpace.'' Smykowski's million-dollar idea is the "Jump-to-Conclusions Mat". [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin A mat.. with different conclusions... you can jump to]]! He's immediately told it's the worst idea anyone's ever heard of. He eventually makes it anyway, though we never find out if it takes off.

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* Repeatedly played straight and subverted in numerous ''{{Seinfeld}}'' episodes which have characters coming up with "ingenious" business ideas that include a beach fragrance, muffin tops, a coffee table book about coffee tables, a brassier for men, a bladder system for oil tankers, restaurant relaunches, and more.
* In one ''{{GilmoreGirls}}'' episode Rory and her Chilton frenemies work on school project competition for the best business plan with prototype. The group that wins is a car alarm for lockers. Rory's group doesn't do much better - bedazzled first-aid kits.

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* In one ''{{GilmoreGirls}}'' ''Series/GilmoreGirls'' episode Rory and her Chilton frenemies work on school project competition for the best business plan with prototype. The group that wins is a car alarm for lockers. Rory's group doesn't do much better - bedazzled first-aid kits.

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* Subverted in a ''{{TheSimpsons}}'' episode when Homer designs a car for his brother's company. His brother trusts him as "the everyman." Homer designs it with a cornucopia of what he deems to be conveniences. When the car is unveiled to the public it resembles a freakish UFO on wheels. Needless to say, it was not a business success.
* Similarly, in an episode of ''DuckTales'', Huey, Dewey and Louie try to run Scrooge McDuck's business while he is quarantined. While some of their decisions were applauded, their car design flopped miserably.

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* Subverted in a ''{{TheSimpsons}}'' ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode when Homer designs a car for his brother's company. His brother trusts him as "the everyman." Homer designs it with a cornucopia of what he deems to be conveniences. When the car is unveiled to the public it resembles a freakish UFO on wheels. Needless to say, it was not a business success.
* Similarly, in an episode of ''DuckTales'', ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', Huey, Dewey and Louie try to run Scrooge McDuck's business while he is quarantined. While some of their decisions were applauded, their car design flopped miserably.
28th Jun '13 9:43:11 AM Garf
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* Subverted in a ''{{TheSimpsons}}'' episode when Homer designs a car for his brother's company. His brother trusts him as "the everyman." Homer designs it with a cornucopia of what he deems to be conveniences. When the car is unveiled to the public it resembles a freakish UFO on wheels. Needless to say, it was not a business success.


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* Subverted in a ''{{TheSimpsons}}'' episode when Homer designs a car for his brother's company. His brother trusts him as "the everyman." Homer designs it with a cornucopia of what he deems to be conveniences. When the car is unveiled to the public it resembles a freakish UFO on wheels. Needless to say, it was not a business success.
*Similarly, in an episode of ''DuckTales'', Huey, Dewey and Louie try to run Scrooge McDuck's business while he is quarantined. While some of their decisions were applauded, their car design flopped miserably.
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