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16th Feb '17 2:12:29 AM Wkenneth334
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** The company's collective work ethic can also be demonstrated by the fact that everyone at the plant indulges in "Nap Time" all at once. Even when they're awake, all of the employees except for Smithers are slackers. In one episode, Homer sneaks out of work by getting Lenny to "cover for him", which consists of Lenny replacing Homer in lazing around in Homer's chair and eating his donuts. This gets a CallBack in a much later episode when Homer gets Mr. Burns to cover for him. Mr. Burns then ends up being the one to laze in the chair and eat donuts.
** Should someone, say, accidentally trigger a ''core meltdown'' in their sleep(!), the only thing preventing this is a trained dog. So much so that the pre-programmed warning messages are designed to commend the dog.
** The plant's hiring policies verge between bizarre and outright illegal, since Mr. Burns himself makes all employment decisions without a single HR employee, apparently on a whim. Among others, he has employed animals (a duck named Stewart and a dog as VP), illegal aliens, professional athletes as ringers for the company softball team, a man who was openly loading a shotgun and declaring himself "the angel of death" ''at his desk'', and the survivors of a plane crash that happened on his property. In one episode he promotes a crudely constructed dummy that Homer used to sneak out of work to management.
** In one episode, Globex targets the plant as a potential source of talented employees. They first approach Smithers, and when he turns them down they go for the number three guy at the plant -- Homer. When the man who caused a meltdown in a simulation containing no radioactive materials is your best employee after the boss's HypercompetentSidekick, you have a problem.
** In "Homer the Smithers", Smithers decides to take a vacation. He decides to select the plant's stupidest and most incompetent employee to fill his role, so that Mr. Burns won't replace him. When Smithers goes through the company database, he finds that every single one of the plant's 734 employees match the negative descriptions he inputs. Finally, Smithers randomly picks Homer.

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** *** The company's collective work ethic can also be demonstrated by the fact that everyone at the plant indulges in "Nap Time" all at once. Even when they're awake, all of the employees except for Smithers are slackers. In one episode, Homer sneaks out of work by getting Lenny to "cover for him", which consists of Lenny replacing Homer in lazing around in Homer's chair and eating his donuts. This gets a CallBack in a much later episode when Homer gets Mr. Burns to cover for him. Mr. Burns then ends up being the one to laze in the chair and eat donuts.
** *** Should someone, say, accidentally trigger a ''core meltdown'' in their sleep(!), the only thing preventing this is a trained dog. So much so that the pre-programmed warning messages are designed to commend the dog.
** *** The plant's hiring policies verge between bizarre and outright illegal, since Mr. Burns himself makes all employment decisions without a single HR employee, apparently on a whim. Among others, he has employed animals (a duck named Stewart and a dog as VP), illegal aliens, professional athletes as ringers for the company softball team, a man who was openly loading a shotgun and declaring himself "the angel of death" ''at his desk'', and the survivors of a plane crash that happened on his property. In one episode he promotes a crudely constructed dummy that Homer used to sneak out of work to management.
** *** In one episode, Globex targets the plant as a potential source of talented employees. They first approach Smithers, and when he turns them down they go for the number three guy at the plant -- Homer. When the man who caused a meltdown in a simulation containing no radioactive materials is your best employee after the boss's HypercompetentSidekick, you have a problem.
** *** In "Homer the Smithers", Smithers decides to take a vacation. He decides to select the plant's stupidest and most incompetent employee to fill his role, so that Mr. Burns won't replace him. When Smithers goes through the company database, he finds that every single one of the plant's 734 employees match the negative descriptions he inputs. Finally, Smithers randomly picks Homer.



* ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine:''
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCzODUHQSE4 With all of the crashes and runaways on Sodor]], it's a wonder Sir Topham Hatt's Railway stays in business.
** The logging company on Misty Island especially applies, as it makes almost no profit since cranes like Old Wheezy keep throwing logs into the river.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine:''
**
''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine:'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCzODUHQSE4 With all of the crashes and runaways on Sodor]], it's a wonder Sir Topham Hatt's Railway stays in business.
** The
business, but the logging company on Misty Island especially applies, as it makes almost no profit since cranes like Old Wheezy keep throwing logs into the river.
5th Jan '17 8:17:54 AM LentilSandEater
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* The Hospital in ''Webcomic/AwfulHospital''.

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* The Hospital in ''Webcomic/AwfulHospital''. It wasn't always ''as'' bad, and figuring out why things have gone so wrong is part of the story.
1st Jan '17 8:30:59 AM Psyclone
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** Hyperion under the employ of [[BigBad Handsome Jack]] is far worse. He treat his human workers and the robotic Loaders as expendable pawns, builds a city near an area teeming with bandits, Threshers, and Stalkers, and is willing to resurrect an ancient alien {{Kaiju}} not knowing or caring that he'd eventually lose total control of it and possibly let it loose on the people of Pandora. As shown in ''Videogame/TalesFromTheBorderlands'', middle-management is filled with cutthroat douchebags who all idolize Jack despite his shoddy treatment of them and [[KlingonPromotion murdering superiors for their positions]] is a popular practice.

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** Hyperion under the employ of [[BigBad Handsome Jack]] is far worse. He treat treats his human workers and the robotic Loaders as expendable pawns, builds a city near an area teeming with bandits, Threshers, and Stalkers, and is willing to resurrect an ancient alien {{Kaiju}} not knowing or caring that he'd eventually lose total control of it and possibly let it loose on the people of Pandora. As shown in ''Videogame/TalesFromTheBorderlands'', middle-management is filled with cutthroat douchebags who all idolize Jack despite his shoddy treatment of them and [[KlingonPromotion murdering superiors for their positions]] is a popular practice.
1st Jan '17 8:30:31 AM Psyclone
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** While Mister Torgue is a pretty cool guy himself and a talented weapons designer who founded his own corporation, Torgue Corporation, solely on his skill with explosive weaponry, he is absolutely incompetent when it comes to actually running the company. He tends to focus his resources more on blowing shit up and staging illegal death matches and is not above getting his own employees killed out of poor management and short-sightedness by entering them in said death matches.

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** While Mister Torgue is a pretty cool guy himself and a talented weapons designer who founded his own corporation, Torgue Corporation, Corporation solely on his skill with explosive weaponry, he is absolutely incompetent when it comes to actually running the company. He tends to focus his resources more on blowing shit up and staging illegal death matches and is not above getting his own employees killed out of poor management and short-sightedness by entering them in said death matches.
1st Jan '17 8:28:41 AM Psyclone
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::: And of course, this gem:
--->'''George:''' Would you mind helping me out with some of this stuff?!?\\

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::: *** And of course, this gem:
--->'''George:''' ---->'''George:''' Would you mind helping me out with some of this stuff?!?\\
27th Dec '16 12:36:47 AM Doryna
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* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'' has [=HalluciGen=], a pre-war drug, chemical, and weapon manufacturing company that had a plush government contract. It turned out they were better at promising fantastic products than delivering them; their demonstrations were only tricks or went spectacularly wrong, and the products they actually managed to make did not work as advertised. If the Gunners shooting at each other when you enter their chemical-fogged headquarters isn't an indication they were terrible at their job, the long list of disclaimers following each of their products in the demonstration chambers makes things pretty clear.
18th Dec '16 5:11:42 PM StFan
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[[folder: Film ]]
* Initech in ''Film/OfficeSpace'' is a prime example- bloated, uncaring management, unhappy employees, and a general sense of gloom- indeed, Lumbergh abuses Milton for no real reason. Thankfully, they get their LaserGuidedKarma- Milton ends up GoingPostal and burning the office down.
* Weyland-Yutani Corp. in the ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' movies, despite being a powerful MegaCorp that has its own private army and hundreds of other personnel has spent a great deal of effort in capturing the xenomorphs, which usually ends with the xenomorphs running loose and killing everyone in their facilities.

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[[folder: Film ]]
[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Initech in ''Film/OfficeSpace'' is a prime example- bloated, uncaring management, unhappy employees, The company that ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' works at, generally nameless aside from one-off joke strips that don't hold beyond that strip (or episode, for the [[WesternAnimation/{{Dilbert}} TV show]], with [[MeaningfulName "Path-E-Tech Management"]] being most notable). Apparently the company gets bought and a general sense of gloom- indeed, Lumbergh abuses Milton sold by larger companies so often that even the employees aren't sure who they're "working" for no real reason. Thankfully, they get most of the time. This has been zig-zagged with EvilInc depending on the joke.
* In ''ComicStrip/{{Retail}}'', Grumbel's tends to promote based on [[KickedUpstairs lack of competence]], its executives are prone to make arbitrary changes for
their LaserGuidedKarma- Milton ends up GoingPostal own aggrandizement at the expense of its workers and burning the office down.
* Weyland-Yutani Corp. in the ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' movies, despite being a powerful MegaCorp
writes draconian policies that has its own private army and hundreds of other personnel has spent a great deal of effort in capturing the xenomorphs, which usually ends with the xenomorphs running loose and killing everyone in their facilities.make no logical sense.



[[folder: Literature ]]
* In ''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'':

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[[folder: Literature ]]
[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In Initech in ''Film/OfficeSpace'' is a prime example- bloated, uncaring management, unhappy employees, and a general sense of gloom- indeed, Lumbergh abuses Milton for no real reason. Thankfully, they get their LaserGuidedKarma- Milton ends up GoingPostal and burning the office down.
* Weyland-Yutani Corp. in the ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' movies, despite being a powerful MegaCorp that has its own private army and hundreds of other personnel, has spent a great deal of effort in capturing the xenomorphs, which usually ends with the xenomorphs running loose and killing everyone in their facilities.
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[[folder:Literature]]
*
''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'':



---> ''It is very easy to be blinded to the essential uselessness of Sirius Cybernetics Corporation products by the sense of achievement you get from getting them to work at all. In other words-- and this is the rock-solid principle on which the whole of the Corporation's galaxywide success is founded-- their fundamental design flaws are completely hidden by their superficial design flaws.''

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---> ''It --->''It is very easy to be blinded to the essential uselessness of Sirius Cybernetics Corporation products by the sense of achievement you get from getting them to work at all. In other words-- words -- and this is the rock-solid principle on which the whole of the Corporation's galaxywide success is founded-- founded -- their fundamental design flaws are completely hidden by their superficial design flaws.''



* The Manuscriptorium in ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'' progressively becomes this after Beetle's dismissal. Among others, the Safe Charms disappear, and when Beetle returns as Marcia Overstrand's emissary he's shocked at seeing the derelict state of the entrance - which was formerly his responsibility.

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* The Manuscriptorium in ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'' progressively becomes this after Beetle's dismissal. Among others, the Safe Charms disappear, and when Beetle returns as Marcia Overstrand's emissary he's shocked at seeing the derelict state of the entrance - -- which was formerly his responsibility.



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** Kruger Industrial Smoothing, where Costanza applied for a job ''because'' of the fact that it had "no management whatsoever" and that it "couldn't smooth a silk sheet on a hot date" hoping to get a cushy job. He got the job but eventually ''[[EveryoneHasStandards even he]]'' got tired of the company's inability to get any work done and quit.
--->'''Mr. Kruger''': According to our latest quarterly thing, Kruger Industrial Smoothing is heading into the red. Or the black, or whatever the bad one is. Any thoughts?

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** Kruger Industrial Smoothing, where Costanza applied applies for a job ''because'' of the fact that it had has "no management whatsoever" and that it "couldn't smooth a silk sheet on a hot date" hoping to get a cushy job. He got gets the job but eventually ''[[EveryoneHasStandards even he]]'' got gets tired of the company's inability to get any work done and quit.
quits.
--->'''Mr. Kruger''': Kruger:''' According to our latest quarterly thing, Kruger Industrial Smoothing is heading into the red. Or the black, or whatever the bad one is. Any thoughts?



--->'''George''': Would you mind helping me out with some of this stuff?!?\\
'''Mr. Kruger''': You seem like you've got a pretty good handle on it.\\
'''George''': No, I don't! Don't you even care? This is YOUR company!\\
It's your name on the outside of the building! Speaking of which, the 'R' fell off and all it says now is "K Uger!"\\
'''Mr. Kruger''': K Uger, that sounds like one of those old-time car horns, huh? K Ooger! K Ooger!

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--->'''George''': --->'''George:''' Would you mind helping me out with some of this stuff?!?\\
'''Mr. Kruger''': Kruger:''' You seem like you've got a pretty good handle on it.\\
'''George''': '''George:''' No, I don't! Don't you even care? This is YOUR company!\\
It's your name on the outside of the building! Speaking of which, the 'R' "R" fell off and all it says now is "K Uger!"\\
'''Mr. Kruger''': Kruger:''' K Uger, that sounds like one of those old-time car horns, huh? K Ooger! K Ooger!



[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]
* The company that ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' works at, generally nameless aside from one-off joke strips that don't hold beyond that strip (or episode, for the [[WesternAnimation/{{Dilbert}} TV show]], with [[MeaningfulName "Path-E-Tech Management"]] being most notable). Apparently the company gets bought and sold by larger companies so often that even the employees aren't sure who they're "working" for most of the time. This has been zig-zagged with EvilInc depending on the joke.
* In ''ComicStrip/{{Retail}}'', Grumbel's tends to promote based on [[KickedUpstairs lack of competence]], its executives are prone to make arbitrary changes for their own aggrandizement at the expense of its workers and writes draconian policies that make no logical sense.
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[[folder: Roleplay ]]
* Alpha Team's training program was depicted this way in ''Alpha Team: Ogel's Last Stand''. [[Film/MontyPythonsTheMeaningOfLife Their "training" consisted of a Drill Sergeant who spent all his time forcing people to march "up and down the square"]] or [[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus brutally abusing recruits in an effort to teach them how to defend themselves against fresh fruit. Meanwhile their other programs included a "complaints" department with lessons on complaining, and lessons on being hit on the head.]] They seem to have gotten their act together by the time of the ''[[Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG Dino Attack]]'', though.
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[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]
* The company that ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' works at, generally nameless aside from one-off joke strips that don't hold beyond that strip (or episode, for the [[WesternAnimation/{{Dilbert}} TV show]], with [[MeaningfulName "Path-E-Tech Management"]] being most notable). Apparently the company gets bought and sold by larger companies so often that even the employees aren't sure who they're "working" for most of the time. This has been zig-zagged with EvilInc depending on the joke.
* In ''ComicStrip/{{Retail}}'', Grumbel's tends to promote based on [[KickedUpstairs lack of competence]], its executives are prone to make arbitrary changes for their own aggrandizement at the expense of its workers and writes draconian policies that make no logical sense.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Roleplay ]]
* Alpha Team's training program was depicted this way in ''Alpha Team: Ogel's Last Stand''. [[Film/MontyPythonsTheMeaningOfLife Their "training" consisted of a Drill Sergeant who spent all his time forcing people to march "up and down the square"]] or [[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus brutally abusing recruits in an effort to teach them how to defend themselves against fresh fruit. Meanwhile their other programs included a "complaints" department with lessons on complaining, and lessons on being hit on the head.]] They seem to have gotten their act together by the time of the ''[[Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG Dino Attack]]'', though.
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[[folder: Video Games ]]
[[folder:Video Games]]



[[folder: Webcomics ]]
%% * In ''TheNoob'', the company that produces ''[[Videogame/EverQuest ClicheQuest]]''.

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[[folder: Webcomics ]]
[[folder:Web Comics]]
%% * In ''TheNoob'', ''Webcomic/TheNoob'', the company that produces ''[[Videogame/EverQuest ClicheQuest]]''.



* The Hospital in Webcomic/AwfulHospital.
--> '''Crash''': I'LL BE HONEST, YOU'RE LUCKY YOU DIDN'T WAKE UP IN ''VETERINARY.''

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* The Hospital in Webcomic/AwfulHospital.
--> '''Crash''':
''Webcomic/AwfulHospital''.
-->'''Crash:'''
I'LL BE HONEST, YOU'RE LUCKY YOU DIDN'T WAKE UP IN ''VETERINARY.''



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[[folder: Western Animation ]][[folder:Web Original]]
* Alpha Team's training program was depicted this way in ''Alpha Team: Ogel's Last Stand''. [[Film/MontyPythonsTheMeaningOfLife Their "training" consisted of a Drill Sergeant who spent all his time forcing people to march "up and down the square"]] or [[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus brutally abusing recruits in an effort to teach them how to defend themselves against fresh fruit. Meanwhile their other programs included a "complaints" department with lessons on complaining, and lessons on being hit on the head.]] They seem to have gotten their act together by the time of the ''[[Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG Dino Attack]]'', though.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]



** The plant's hiring policies verge between bizarre and outright illegal, since Mr Burns himself makes all employment decisions without a single HR employee, apparently on a whim. Among others, he has employed animals (a duck named Stewart and a dog as VP), illegal aliens, professional athletes as ringers for the company softball team, a man who was openly loading a shotgun and declaring himself "the angel of death" ''at his desk'', and the survivors of a plane crash that happened on his property. In one episode he promotes a crudely constructed dummy that Homer used to sneak out of work to management.
** In one episode, Globex targets the plant as a potential source of talented employees. They first approach Smithers, and when he turns them down they go for the number three guy at the plant- Homer. When the man who caused a meltdown in a simulation containing no radioactive materials is your best employee after the boss's HypercompetentSidekick, you have a problem.
** In "Homer The Smithers", Smithers decides to take a vacation. He decides to select the plant's stupidest and most incompetent employee to fill his role, so that Mr. Burns won't replace him. When Smithers goes through the company database, he finds that every single one of the plant's 734 employees match the negative descriptions he inputs. Finally, Smithers randomly picks Homer.

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** The plant's hiring policies verge between bizarre and outright illegal, since Mr Mr. Burns himself makes all employment decisions without a single HR employee, apparently on a whim. Among others, he has employed animals (a duck named Stewart and a dog as VP), illegal aliens, professional athletes as ringers for the company softball team, a man who was openly loading a shotgun and declaring himself "the angel of death" ''at his desk'', and the survivors of a plane crash that happened on his property. In one episode he promotes a crudely constructed dummy that Homer used to sneak out of work to management.
** In one episode, Globex targets the plant as a potential source of talented employees. They first approach Smithers, and when he turns them down they go for the number three guy at the plant- plant -- Homer. When the man who caused a meltdown in a simulation containing no radioactive materials is your best employee after the boss's HypercompetentSidekick, you have a problem.
** In "Homer The the Smithers", Smithers decides to take a vacation. He decides to select the plant's stupidest and most incompetent employee to fill his role, so that Mr. Burns won't replace him. When Smithers goes through the company database, he finds that every single one of the plant's 734 employees match the negative descriptions he inputs. Finally, Smithers randomly picks Homer.



1st Nov '16 5:15:02 PM Yuihime
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* ''Webcomic/CthulhuSlippers'''s Cthulhu Corp. works this way, as the Elder Gods are portrayed more as Elder Imbeciles, products are more often than not fatal to their users, and employees (human or otherwise) are routinely eaten, mauled, afflicted with BodyHorror, driven to insanity, or sacrificed by their coworkers for raises and promotions. Not only do they still sell products, they also have a steady stream of job applicants, temps, and interns.

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* ''Webcomic/CthulhuSlippers'''s Cthulhu Corp. works is about as much this way, as it is EvilInc, as the Elder Gods are portrayed more as Elder Imbeciles, products are more often than not fatal to their users, and employees (human or otherwise) are routinely eaten, mauled, afflicted with BodyHorror, driven to insanity, or sacrificed by their coworkers for raises and promotions. Not only do they still sell products, they also have a steady stream of job applicants, temps, and interns.
1st Nov '16 5:06:39 PM Yuihime
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%% * The organization running ''Webcomic/TheSnailFactory''.

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%% * The organization running ''Webcomic/TheSnailFactory''.White Beret Guy in ''Webcomic/{{XKCD}}'' owns and operates a company more in line with [[CloudCuckooLander his own bizarre thought processes]] than with any laws of reality. [[http://xkcd.com/1493/ Somehow, they still make money]]. Even ''they'' do not know where it's coming from.
* ''Webcomic/CthulhuSlippers'''s Cthulhu Corp. works this way, as the Elder Gods are portrayed more as Elder Imbeciles, products are more often than not fatal to their users, and employees (human or otherwise) are routinely eaten, mauled, afflicted with BodyHorror, driven to insanity, or sacrificed by their coworkers for raises and promotions. Not only do they still sell products, they also have a steady stream of job applicants, temps, and interns.
13th Oct '16 2:13:57 AM Hanz
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* Comicbook/TheBoys has Vought-American, the corporation behind the superheroes in the setting. As well as the fact that their superheroes are all incompetent and depraved psychopaths, VA was known for producing shoddy military equipment that did more harm to the US military than the enemies they were fighting.

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* Comicbook/TheBoys ''Comicbook/TheBoys'' has Vought-American, the corporation behind the superheroes in the setting. As well as the fact that their superheroes are all incompetent and depraved psychopaths, VA was known for producing shoddy military equipment that did more harm to the US military than the enemies they were fighting.
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