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17th Sep '17 11:21:59 AM nombretomado
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* ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'': The Union Aerospace Corporation (UAC) from the series, whose experiments in teleportation technology were responsible for [[TheLegionsOfHell all Hell breaking loose.]] By ''Doom 3'' one of their catch phrases is "The UAC is making safer worlds through [[PeaceThroughSuperiorFirepower superior firepower]]." The opening scroll from Doom 3 sums it up nicely:

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* ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'': The Union Aerospace Corporation (UAC) from the series, whose experiments in teleportation technology were responsible for [[TheLegionsOfHell all Hell breaking loose.]] By ''Doom 3'' one of their catch phrases is "The UAC is making safer worlds through [[PeaceThroughSuperiorFirepower [[UsefulNotes/PeaceThroughSuperiorFirepower superior firepower]]." The opening scroll from Doom 3 sums it up nicely:
10th Sep '17 1:31:10 AM PaulA
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* The Crysalis Corporation from ''TabletopGame/CthulhuTech'', a game best described as an unholy lovechild of the [[Creator/HPLovecraft Cthulhu Mythos]] and ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. The corporation produces everything from household supplies to military hardware. In addition it secretly strives to dominate the world, supplying various cults and terrorist organisations and creating mutated creatures to fight for it. Furthermore, its CEO is actually an avatar of the god Nyarlatothep disguised as a mortal man. Talk about a CorruptCorporateExecutive!

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* The Crysalis Corporation from ''TabletopGame/CthulhuTech'', a game best described as an unholy lovechild of the [[Creator/HPLovecraft Cthulhu Mythos]] Franchise/CthulhuMythos and ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. The corporation produces everything from household supplies to military hardware. In addition it secretly strives to dominate the world, supplying various cults and terrorist organisations and creating mutated creatures to fight for it. Furthermore, its CEO is actually an avatar of the god Nyarlatothep disguised as a mortal man. Talk about a CorruptCorporateExecutive!
30th Aug '17 11:22:46 PM MBG
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** The presence of fellow Mega Corps the Techno Union and Banking Clan in the Separatist army suggests that maintaining a giant army of killer Deathbots is a standard business practice in the ''Star Wars'' galaxy. It was until (explained in the ExpandedUniverse) the Galactic Empire outlawed military droids. Though this didn't stop many criminal and quasi-legal organizations from employing large forces of "security guard droids".

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** The presence of fellow Mega Corps the Techno Union and Banking Clan in the Separatist army suggests that maintaining a giant army of killer Deathbots is a standard business practice in the ''Star Wars'' galaxy. It was was, until (explained in the ExpandedUniverse) the Galactic Empire outlawed military droids. Though droids - though this didn't stop many criminal and quasi-legal organizations from employing large forces of "security guard droids".droids". It's heavily implied that the armies were originally designed as what amounted to planetary-scale legbreakers, as a way to make sure that, for instance, nobody would attempt to stiff them on a deal.
28th Aug '17 5:32:42 PM redandready45
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* Film/{{Idiocracy}}: Corporations in the world of 2505 have achieved substantial governmental powers.
** The most plot relevant is Brawndo, a corporation that makes an electrolyte-laden sports drink, was able to take control of both the FDA ''and'' the FCC. Their influence meant that they were able to displace water for both domestic consumption and agricultural use in favor of a sports drink. [[spoiler: When Joe, as Secretary of Interior, forces people to use water, the company collapses, putting ''half the American workforce'' out of work]].
** Costcos in the same time period are ''city sized'', and not only offer consumer goods but law degrees.
2nd Aug '17 11:20:38 PM SimYouLater
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** In RealLife, in order to run all of the facilities at WatDisneWorld, Disney lobbied and received complete autonomy [[note]]Disney still has to pay property taxes and submit to state elevator inspection.[[/note]] in the 44 square miles owned by Disney (more land than Manhattan) which is controlled by the Reedy Creek Improvement District (RDIC). This "city" is run by a board of governors who are elected by the citizens of the RDIC controlled land, all of whom are Disney Employees. The RDIC website even declares it's "where buisness and government effectively work together to resolve the problems that neither can solve on it's own". Disney being a Real Life MegaCorp is a well known fact, but it's probably the only one that has effectively merged with government. If they so choose, they could have their own police force (in reality, the contract local police forces to have actual arresting and ticketing power. Their own security can cite employees and set up as traffic control, but have no road arrest authority).

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** In RealLife, in order to run all of the facilities at WatDisneWorld, Walt Disney World, Disney lobbied and received complete autonomy [[note]]Disney still has to pay property taxes and submit to state elevator inspection.[[/note]] in the 44 square miles owned by Disney (more land than Manhattan) which is controlled by the Reedy Creek Improvement District (RDIC). This "city" is run by a board of governors who are elected by the citizens of the RDIC controlled land, all of whom are Disney Employees. The RDIC website even declares it's "where buisness and government effectively work together to resolve the problems that neither can solve on it's own". Disney being a Real Life MegaCorp is a well known fact, but it's probably the only one that has effectively merged with government. If they so choose, they could have their own police force (in reality, the contract local police forces to have actual arresting and ticketing power. Their own security can cite employees and set up as traffic control, but have no road arrest authority).
2nd Aug '17 10:37:50 PM jormis29
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* ''VideoGame/MegamanZX'': Slither Inc.

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* ''VideoGame/MegamanZX'': The Mechaniloid manufacturing company Slither Inc., despite being run by a [[PresidentEvil president named "Serpent"]] who has [[RedEyesTakeWarning red eyes]], manages to maintain a perfect cover as the [[VillainWithGoodPublicity defenders]] of the [[CrapsaccharineWorld few populated areas of the game]] against the [[MechaMooks Maverick hordes]]. They've built up their PR to the point that even at the very end of the game, none of the civilians you meet would dream of denouncing Slither for any of their numerous shady exploits, such as manufacturing the very same robots that [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters go Maverick]] in the first place, kidnapping innocent people, and sacrificing those people by the hundreds to feed their [[OurGhostsAreDifferent Cyber Elves]] to [[ArtifactOfDoom Biometal Model W]].
** However, it seems only [[BigBad Serpent]] himself and the eight Pseudoroid bosses (oh, and [[GreaterScopeVillain Prometheus and Pandora]]) are aware of the conspiracy, even within the company. You can talk to some Slither, Inc. employees, and they genuinely have only good things to say about their jobs.



* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'': All the Pokemon shops in the first 4 generations of the game and their many spinoffs are all run by the Silph Corporation. Meaning they run the only store in 90% of the towns across multiple continents and island chains. They appear to maintain several crushing monopolies. If you want a PokeBall you either buy it from Silph or get this one old guy in Azalea Town who carves them out of nuts to make you one.
** Silph Corporation's only competition appears to be the Devon Corporation, which runs a few stores in one region.

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* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'': All the Pokemon shops in the first 4 generations 1, 2 and 4 of the game games and their many spinoffs are all run by the Silph Corporation. Meaning they run the only store in 90% of the towns across multiple continents regions and island chains. They appear to maintain several crushing monopolies. If you want a PokeBall you either buy it from Silph or get this one old guy in Azalea Town who carves them out of nuts to make you one.
** Silph Corporation's only competition appears to be the Devon Corporation, which runs a few the stores in one region.the region from 3rd generation.



** Based on the fact that Silph Co. is only mentioned in the Hoenn, Johto and Kanto regions, and the fact that Kalos has it's own Pokéball factory that is not stated to be run by Silph, it's safe to assume that Silph runs stores only the Japanese-based regions (Kanto, Johto, Hoenn and Sinnoh.), and that Unova, Kalos and possibly Orre have different companies running their stores.

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** Based on the fact that Silph Co. is only mentioned in the Hoenn, Johto and Kanto regions, and the fact that Kalos has it's own Pokéball factory that is not stated to be run by Silph, it's safe to assume that Silph runs stores only the Japanese-based regions (Kanto, Johto, Hoenn and Sinnoh.), Sinnoh), and that Unova, Kalos and possibly Orre have different companies running their stores.
2nd Aug '17 10:32:03 PM SimYouLater
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* Vexcor in ''Series/CharlieJade'' is the largest and most prominent of the five Mega Corps that run the {{Dystopia}}n parallel world the protagonist is from.

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* Vexcor in ''Series/CharlieJade'' is the largest and most prominent of the five Mega Corps that run the {{Dystopia}}n parallel world the protagonist is from. It's headquartered in their CompanyTown, [[NeoAfrica Cape City, on the coast of the Cape of Good Hope and in the shadows of Table Mountain]] and the [[EvilTowerOfOminousness skyscraper]] [[BreadEggsMilkSquick of those that own you]].
2nd Aug '17 9:52:21 PM SimYouLater
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** [=AdsPlay=] is the player, a [[{{AFGNCAAP}} faceless]] [[YouBastard "small business" that was never]] a game-changing tech start-up, [[{{Hipster}} indie alternative]] or a "Mom and Pop" outfit; it was dedicated from the very beginning towards monopolising all forms of advertising as well as the real estate market and a holdings corporation. The closest thing the game has to an "ending" is when you've bought out all of the former megacoprs and become the ''de facto'' ruler of the city.[[labelnote:Rant on symbolism]] When you think about it, this is what happened with Google [[JustifiedTrope once they realised]] [[EnforcedTrope they needed to turn a profit]], and the rest of the internet followed their wake as a result... They monopolised online advertising, and it wasn't just the guy on the street that didn't see it coming, it was already-established big businesses and organisations like McDonalds, Friendster, Apple and Microsoft, [[OldMediaAreEvil Old Media]] such as newspapers and cable news networks, Blockbuster Video, [[VideoGames Nintendo and Sony]], various governmental and religious organisations and even a visible chunk of organised crime. These Mega Corps owned the world and thought they did so without any possibility of being successfully opposed... just like the cyberpunk setting already in place when [=AdsPlay=] starts out, in which the player is immediately locked into huge debt because loans only go through the "Happy Banking Corporation" and are hideously rigged, and for every ''other'' little company that tried to oppose the existing oligarchy that was their death, but [=AdsPlay=] was too fast for the interest rates. Too fast for the old guard of advertising like Blimpy Bros. and FriendFACE (which despite resembling social media is essentially the "Yahoo!" equivalent here). Too fast for criminals like the Narcotics Cooperative (Silk Road replacing drug rings), Secure Storage Syndicate (old-school mobsters) and even 256 Shades of Hats (Russian and Chinese hackers hacking into huge databases to steal money and identities). Too fast for the entirely-automated construction equipment HiveMind known as The Construct (Detroit and foreign auto manufacturers using robot assembly lines to build cars driven by people) and the Transhumanic League (the existing status quo of IT) and even $MUSIC$ (the "major labels" which are really just recruiting drives for whoever is profitable after iTunes, Google Play and Spotify killed physical media). So fast that, in real life, the companies that survived were the ones who realised they would have to play by Google's Rules, like Apple cultivating a loyal fanbase or Microsoft unifying everyone to Windows 10 and adding ad-services by default in the process. Google doesn't own the world and likely never will, but along with Apple and Microsoft they provide and control the one thing that the old guard can't operate without, ''information''. As Facebook certainly wants to exist, they play by those rules when it suits them and try to be the next one to upset the balance of power with tactics like funding VR devices or launching a casual gamer's Steam, but one illegal move by Google could be their death before it goes to court if too many people stop seeing it in Google.[[/labelnote]]

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** [=AdsPlay=] is the player, a [[{{AFGNCAAP}} faceless]] [[YouBastard "small business" that was never]] a game-changing tech start-up, [[{{Hipster}} indie alternative]] or a "Mom and Pop" outfit; it was dedicated from the very beginning towards monopolising all forms of advertising as well as the real estate market and a holdings corporation. The closest thing the game has to an "ending" is when you've bought out all of the former megacoprs and become the ''de facto'' ruler of the city.[[labelnote:Rant on symbolism]] When you think about it, this is what happened with Google [[JustifiedTrope once they realised]] [[EnforcedTrope they needed to turn a profit]], and the rest of the internet followed their wake as a result... They monopolised online advertising, and it wasn't just the guy on the street that didn't see it coming, it was already-established big businesses and organisations like McDonalds, Friendster, Apple and Microsoft, [[OldMediaAreEvil Old Media]] such as newspapers and cable news networks, Blockbuster Video, [[VideoGames Nintendo and Sony]], various governmental and religious organisations and even a visible chunk of organised crime. These Mega Corps owned the world and thought they did so without any possibility of being successfully opposed... just like the cyberpunk setting already in place when [=AdsPlay=] starts out, in which the player is immediately locked into huge debt because loans only go through the "Happy Banking Corporation" and are hideously rigged, and for every ''other'' little company that tried to oppose the existing oligarchy that was their death, but [=AdsPlay=] was too fast for the interest rates. Too fast for the old guard of advertising like Blimpy Bros. and FriendFACE [=FriendFACE=] (which despite resembling social media is essentially the "Yahoo!" equivalent here). Too fast for criminals like the Narcotics Cooperative (Silk Road replacing drug rings), Secure Storage Syndicate (old-school mobsters) and even 256 Shades of Hats (Russian and Chinese hackers hacking into huge databases to steal money and identities). Too fast for the entirely-automated construction equipment HiveMind known as The Construct (Detroit and foreign auto manufacturers using robot assembly lines to build cars driven by people) and the Transhumanic League (the existing status quo of IT) and even $MUSIC$ (the "major labels" which are really just recruiting drives for whoever is profitable after iTunes, Google Play and Spotify killed physical media). So fast that, in real life, the companies that survived were the ones who realised they would have to play by Google's Rules, like Apple cultivating a loyal fanbase or Microsoft unifying everyone to Windows 10 and adding ad-services by default in the process. Google doesn't own the world and likely never will, but along with Apple and Microsoft they provide and control the one thing that the old guard can't operate without, ''information''. As Facebook certainly wants to exist, they play by those rules when it suits them and try to be the next one to upset the balance of power with tactics like funding VR devices or launching a casual gamer's Steam, but one illegal move by Google could be their death before it goes to court if too many people stop seeing it in Google.[[/labelnote]]
2nd Aug '17 9:48:36 PM SimYouLater
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** [=AdsPlay=] is the player, a [[{{AFGNCAAP}} faceless]] [[YouBastard "small business" that was never]] a game-changing tech start-up, [[{{Hipster}} indie alternative]] or a "Mom and Pop" outfit; it was dedicated from the very beginning towards monopolising all forms of advertising as well as the real estate market and a holdings corporation. The closest thing the game has to an "ending" is when you've bought out all of the former megacoprs and become the ''de facto'' ruler of the city.[[labelnote:Rant on symbolism]] When you think about it, this is what happened with Google [[JustifiedTrope once they realised]] [[EnforcedTrope they needed to turn a profit]], and the rest of the internet followed their wake as a result... They monopolised online advertising, and it wasn't just the guy on the street that didn't see it coming, it was already-established big businesses and organisations like McDonalds, Friendster, Apple and Microsoft, [[OldMediaAreEvil Old Media]] such as newspapers and cable news networks, Blockbuster Video, [[VideoGames Nintendo and Sony]], various governmental and religious organisations and even a visible chunk of organised crime. These Mega Corps owned the world and thought they did so without any possibility of being successfully opposed... just like the cyberpunk setting already in place when [=AdsPlay=] starts out, in which the player is immediately locked into huge debt because loans only go through the "Happy Banking Corporation" and are hideously rigged, and for every ''other'' little company that tried to oppose the existing oligarchy that was their death, but [=AdsPlay=] was too fast for the interest rates. Too fast for the old guard of advertising like Blimpy Bros. and FriendFACE (which despite resembling social media is essentially the "Yahoo!" equivalent here). Too fast for criminals like the Narcotics Cooperative (Silk Road replacing drug rings), Secure Storage Syndicate (old-school mobsters) and even 256 Shades of Hats (Russian and Chinese hackers hacking into huge databases to steal money and identities). Too fast for the entirely-automated construction equipment HiveMind known as The Construct (Detroit and foreign auto manufacturers using robot assembly lines to build cars driven by people) and the Transhumanic League (the existing status quo of IT) and even $MUSIC$ (the "major labels" which are really just recruiting drives for whoever is profitable after iTunes, Google Play and Spotify killed physical media). So fast that, in real life, the companies that survived were the ones who realised they would have to play by Google's Rules, like Apple cultivating a loyal fanbase or Microsoft unifying everyone to Windows 10 and adding ad-services by default in the process. Google doesn't own the world and likely never will,
but along with Apple and Microsoft they provide and control the one thing that the old guard can't operate without, ''information''. As Facebook certainly wants to exist, they play by those rules when it suits them and try to be the next one to upset the balance of power with tactics like funding VR devices or launching a casual gamer's Steam, but one illegal move by Google could be their death before it goes to court if too many people stop seeing it in Google.[[/labelnote]]

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** [=AdsPlay=] is the player, a [[{{AFGNCAAP}} faceless]] [[YouBastard "small business" that was never]] a game-changing tech start-up, [[{{Hipster}} indie alternative]] or a "Mom and Pop" outfit; it was dedicated from the very beginning towards monopolising all forms of advertising as well as the real estate market and a holdings corporation. The closest thing the game has to an "ending" is when you've bought out all of the former megacoprs and become the ''de facto'' ruler of the city.[[labelnote:Rant on symbolism]] When you think about it, this is what happened with Google [[JustifiedTrope once they realised]] [[EnforcedTrope they needed to turn a profit]], and the rest of the internet followed their wake as a result... They monopolised online advertising, and it wasn't just the guy on the street that didn't see it coming, it was already-established big businesses and organisations like McDonalds, Friendster, Apple and Microsoft, [[OldMediaAreEvil Old Media]] such as newspapers and cable news networks, Blockbuster Video, [[VideoGames Nintendo and Sony]], various governmental and religious organisations and even a visible chunk of organised crime. These Mega Corps owned the world and thought they did so without any possibility of being successfully opposed... just like the cyberpunk setting already in place when [=AdsPlay=] starts out, in which the player is immediately locked into huge debt because loans only go through the "Happy Banking Corporation" and are hideously rigged, and for every ''other'' little company that tried to oppose the existing oligarchy that was their death, but [=AdsPlay=] was too fast for the interest rates. Too fast for the old guard of advertising like Blimpy Bros. and FriendFACE (which despite resembling social media is essentially the "Yahoo!" equivalent here). Too fast for criminals like the Narcotics Cooperative (Silk Road replacing drug rings), Secure Storage Syndicate (old-school mobsters) and even 256 Shades of Hats (Russian and Chinese hackers hacking into huge databases to steal money and identities). Too fast for the entirely-automated construction equipment HiveMind known as The Construct (Detroit and foreign auto manufacturers using robot assembly lines to build cars driven by people) and the Transhumanic League (the existing status quo of IT) and even $MUSIC$ (the "major labels" which are really just recruiting drives for whoever is profitable after iTunes, Google Play and Spotify killed physical media). So fast that, in real life, the companies that survived were the ones who realised they would have to play by Google's Rules, like Apple cultivating a loyal fanbase or Microsoft unifying everyone to Windows 10 and adding ad-services by default in the process. Google doesn't own the world and likely never will,
will, but along with Apple and Microsoft they provide and control the one thing that the old guard can't operate without, ''information''. As Facebook certainly wants to exist, they play by those rules when it suits them and try to be the next one to upset the balance of power with tactics like funding VR devices or launching a casual gamer's Steam, but one illegal move by Google could be their death before it goes to court if too many people stop seeing it in Google.[[/labelnote]]
2nd Aug '17 9:46:59 PM SimYouLater
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* ''[=AdvertCity=]'': A cyberpunk business simulation game where all competitors and (if successful) the player themselves are Mega Corps.
** [=AdsPlay=] is the player, a [[{{AFGNCAAP}} faceless]] [[YouBastard "small business" that was never]] a game-changing tech start-up, [[{{Hipster}} indie alternative]] or a "Mom and Pop" outfit; it was dedicated from the very beginning towards monopolising all forms of advertising as well as the real estate market and a holdings corporation. The closest thing the game has to an "ending" is when you've bought out all of the former megacoprs and become the ''de facto'' ruler of the city.[[labelnote:Rant on symbolism]] When you think about it, this is what happened with Google [[JustifiedTrope once they realised]] [[EnforcedTrope they needed to turn a profit]], and the rest of the internet followed their wake as a result... They monopolised online advertising, and it wasn't just the guy on the street that didn't see it coming, it was already-established big businesses and organisations like McDonalds, Friendster, Apple and Microsoft, [[OldMediaAreEvil Old Media]] such as newspapers and cable news networks, Blockbuster Video, [[VideoGames Nintendo and Sony]], various governmental and religious organisations and even a visible chunk of organised crime. These Mega Corps owned the world and thought they did so without any possibility of being successfully opposed... just like the cyberpunk setting already in place when [=AdsPlay=] starts out, in which the player is immediately locked into huge debt because loans only go through the "Happy Banking Corporation" and are hideously rigged, and for every ''other'' little company that tried to oppose the existing oligarchy that was their death, but [=AdsPlay=] was too fast for the interest rates. Too fast for the old guard of advertising like Blimpy Bros. and FriendFACE (which despite resembling social media is essentially the "Yahoo!" equivalent here). Too fast for criminals like the Narcotics Cooperative (Silk Road replacing drug rings), Secure Storage Syndicate (old-school mobsters) and even 256 Shades of Hats (Russian and Chinese hackers hacking into huge databases to steal money and identities). Too fast for the entirely-automated construction equipment HiveMind known as The Construct (Detroit and foreign auto manufacturers using robot assembly lines to build cars driven by people) and the Transhumanic League (the existing status quo of IT) and even $MUSIC$ (the "major labels" which are really just recruiting drives for whoever is profitable after iTunes, Google Play and Spotify killed physical media). So fast that, in real life, the companies that survived were the ones who realised they would have to play by Google's Rules, like Apple cultivating a loyal fanbase or Microsoft unifying everyone to Windows 10 and adding ad-services by default in the process. Google doesn't own the world and likely never will,
but along with Apple and Microsoft they provide and control the one thing that the old guard can't operate without, ''information''. As Facebook certainly wants to exist, they play by those rules when it suits them and try to be the next one to upset the balance of power with tactics like funding VR devices or launching a casual gamer's Steam, but one illegal move by Google could be their death before it goes to court if too many people stop seeing it in Google.[[/labelnote]]
** [[TheWikiRule The wiki]] [[http://advertcity.wikia.com/wiki/AdvertCity_Wikia has a list of the companies]], linked for the sake of other examples.



* ''VideoGame/MegamanZX'': the Mechaniloid manufacturing company Slither Inc., despite being run by a [[PresidentEvil president named "Serpent"]] who has [[RedEyesTakeWarning red eyes]], manages to maintain a perfect cover as the [[VillainWithGoodPublicity defenders]] of the [[CrapsaccharineWorld few populated areas of the game]] against the [[MechaMooks Maverick hordes]]. They've built up their PR to the point that even at the very end of the game, none of the civilians you meet would dream of denouncing Slither for any of their numerous shady exploits, such as manufacturing the very same robots that [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters go Maverick]] in the first place, kidnapping innocent people, and sacrificing those people by the hundreds to feed their [[OurGhostsAreDifferent Cyber Elves]] to [[ArtifactOfDoom Biometal Model W]].
** However, it seems only [[BigBad Serpent]] himself and the eight Pseudoroid bosses (oh, and [[GreaterScopeVillain Prometheus and Pandora]]) are aware of the conspiracy, even within the company. You can talk to some Slither, Inc. employees, and they genuinely have only good things to say about their jobs.

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* ''VideoGame/MegamanZX'': the Mechaniloid manufacturing company Slither Inc., despite being run by a [[PresidentEvil president named "Serpent"]] who has [[RedEyesTakeWarning red eyes]], manages to maintain a perfect cover as the [[VillainWithGoodPublicity defenders]] of the [[CrapsaccharineWorld few populated areas of the game]] against the [[MechaMooks Maverick hordes]]. They've built up their PR to the point that even at the very end of the game, none of the civilians you meet would dream of denouncing Slither for any of their numerous shady exploits, such as manufacturing the very same robots that [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters go Maverick]] in the first place, kidnapping innocent people, and sacrificing those people by the hundreds to feed their [[OurGhostsAreDifferent Cyber Elves]] to [[ArtifactOfDoom Biometal Model W]].
** However, it seems only [[BigBad Serpent]] himself and the eight Pseudoroid bosses (oh, and [[GreaterScopeVillain Prometheus and Pandora]]) are aware of the conspiracy, even within the company. You can talk to some Slither, Inc. employees, and they genuinely have only good things to say about their jobs.



* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'': All the Pokemon shops in generations 1, 2 and 4 of the games and their many spinoffs are run by the Silph Corporation. Meaning they run the only store in 90% of the towns across multiple regions and island chains. They appear to maintain several crushing monopolies. If you want a PokeBall you either buy it from Silph or get this one old guy in Azalea Town who carves them out of nuts to make you one.
** Silph Corporation's only competition appears to be the Devon Corporation, which runs the stores in the region from 3rd generation.

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* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'': All the Pokemon shops in the first 4 generations 1, 2 and 4 of the games game and their many spinoffs are all run by the Silph Corporation. Meaning they run the only store in 90% of the towns across multiple regions continents and island chains. They appear to maintain several crushing monopolies. If you want a PokeBall you either buy it from Silph or get this one old guy in Azalea Town who carves them out of nuts to make you one.
** Silph Corporation's only competition appears to be the Devon Corporation, which runs the a few stores in the region from 3rd generation.one region.



** Based on the fact that Silph Co. is only mentioned in the Hoenn, Johto and Kanto regions, and the fact that Kalos has it's own Pokéball factory that is not stated to be run by Silph, it's safe to assume that Silph runs stores only the Japanese-based regions (Kanto, Johto, Hoenn and Sinnoh), and that Unova, Kalos and possibly Orre have different companies running their stores.

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** Based on the fact that Silph Co. is only mentioned in the Hoenn, Johto and Kanto regions, and the fact that Kalos has it's own Pokéball factory that is not stated to be run by Silph, it's safe to assume that Silph runs stores only the Japanese-based regions (Kanto, Johto, Hoenn and Sinnoh), Sinnoh.), and that Unova, Kalos and possibly Orre have different companies running their stores.
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