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29th Mar '18 1:22:53 PM SilentStranger
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* The first episode of ''WesternAnimation/ClerksThAnimatedSeries'' revolves around CorruptCorporateExectuive Leonardo Leonardo creating the Convienience Store of The Future, which is really more of a massive, sprawling mall, driving Quick Stop and the surrounding block of stores out of business. It's accidentally demolished by Jay and Silent Bob in a fireworks mishap by the end of the episode.

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* The first episode of ''WesternAnimation/ClerksThAnimatedSeries'' ''WesternAnimation/ClerksTheAnimatedSeries'' revolves around CorruptCorporateExectuive CorruptCorporateExecutive Leonardo Leonardo creating the Convienience Store of The Future, which is really more of a massive, sprawling mall, driving Quick Stop and the surrounding block of stores out of business. It's accidentally demolished by Jay and Silent Bob in a fireworks mishap by the end of the episode.
29th Mar '18 1:22:16 PM SilentStranger
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* The first episode of ''WesternAnimation/ClerksThAnimatedSeries'' revolves around CorruptCorporateExectuive Leonardo Leonardo creating the Convienience Store of The Future, which is really more of a massive, sprawling mall, driving Quick Stop and the surrounding block of stores out of business. It's accidentally demolished by Jay and Silent Bob in a fireworks mishap by the end of the episode.
10th Jan '18 12:50:12 AM Vir
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* ''JohnnyBravo'' parodied this trope when Johnny's favorite store, the 1.03$ store (a mom and pop store where everything costs 1 dollar and three cents) is about to close down because of the 1.02$ mart that opened across the street, complete with a line going out the door. Apparently saving a single cent is that much of an appeal.

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* ''JohnnyBravo'' parodied this trope when Johnny's favorite store, the 1.03$ $1.03 store (a mom and pop store where everything costs 1 dollar and three cents) is about to close down because of the 1.02$ $1.02 mart that opened across the street, complete with a line going out the door. Apparently saving a single cent is that much of an appeal.
1st Jan '18 6:03:52 PM Twentington
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* ''FoamyTheSquirrel'' had a running gag about his absolute loathing of Starbucks, and their systematic destruction of small business coffee shops. Unfortunately, he dealt with this by ranting at the barista, who of course had zero influence on anything the company did (though his attitude about how no one "gives a shit" about small business didnt help his case).

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* ''FoamyTheSquirrel'' ''WebAnimation/NeuroticallyYours'' had a running gag about his Foamy's absolute loathing of Starbucks, and their systematic destruction of small business coffee shops. Unfortunately, he dealt with this by ranting at the barista, who of course had zero influence on anything the company did (though his attitude about how no one "gives a shit" about small business didnt help his case).
1st Jan '18 6:03:05 PM Twentington
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I guess Mr. Johnson won't be selling hammers at his hardware anymore...

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I guess Mr. Johnson won't be selling any hammers at his hardware anymore...
1st Jan '18 6:00:08 PM Twentington
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* Mentioned in "Goin' Goin' Gone" by Thrasher Shiver:
-->They just broke ground outside of town for a home improvement store\\
I guess Mr. Johnson won't be selling hammers at his hardware anymore...
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21st Dec '17 10:11:18 AM TheGreatConversation
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An evil large corporate retailer moves into a previously "unspoiled" area, and proceeds to try to drive all the pre-existing local "Mom & Pop" competition out of business, usually through a combination of price undercutting, bribery, and other shady business practices. Frequently depicted as offering inferior products, but at much lower prices. Very frequently involves a CorruptCorporateExecutive. Sometimes even has some ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney to avoid being punished, or to survive losing customers. Our heroes must then band together in an effort to save their beloved coffee shop/video store/bookstore from certain extinction.

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An evil large corporate retailer moves into a previously "unspoiled" area, and proceeds to try to drive all the pre-existing local "Mom & Pop" competition out of business, usually through a combination of price undercutting, bribery, and other shady business practices. Our heroes must now band together in an effort to save their beloved coffee shop/video store/bookstore from certain extinction.

Frequently depicted as offering inferior products, but at much lower prices. Very frequently involves a CorruptCorporateExecutive. Sometimes even has some ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney to avoid being punished, or to survive losing customers. Our heroes must then band together in an effort If the company decides to save their beloved coffee shop/video store/bookstore from certain extinction.
buy up the local businesses once they fail, they may invoke MajorityShareDictator.
20th Dec '17 9:03:07 PM TheGreatConversation
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When considering whether an example would fit this trope or not, please keep in mind that simply having a large corporate entity in the story may not qualify it as a PredatoryBusiness. The intention of this trope is that the large corporation's aggressive business tactics and the opposition to the corporation should figure in a plot or subplot. For situations where the corporate entity is more of a environmental detail or a mood-setting device, MegaCorp or BlandNameProduct may be more appropriate.

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When considering whether an example would fit this trope or not, please keep in mind that simply having a large corporate entity in the story may not qualify it as a PredatoryBusiness.Predatory Business. The intention of this trope is that the large corporation's aggressive business tactics and the opposition to the corporation should figure in a plot or subplot. For situations where the corporate entity is more of a environmental detail or a mood-setting device, MegaCorp or BlandNameProduct may be more appropriate.
30th Nov '17 2:33:50 PM SilentStranger
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* ''FoamyTheSquirrel'' had a running gag about his absolute loathing of Starbucks, and their systematic destruction of small business coffee shops. Unfortunately, he dealt with this by ranting at the barista, who of course had zero influence on anything the company did (though his attitude about how no one "gives a shit" about small business didnt help his case).



* Superstore USA from ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''.

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* Superstore USA from ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''.''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', which not only drives all other businesses into bankruptcy, it even leeches the towns power supply, leading to rolling blackouts for everyone else. Brian and Stewie destroy it with a tank at the end of the episode.



* The monstromarket featured in the ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' short "Supermarket Mania".
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheGarfieldShow'' has Garfield saving Vito's pizzeria from a CorruptCorporateExecutive's pizza store chain, which sells terrible-tasting pizza.

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* The monstromarket featured in the ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' short "Supermarket Mania".
Mania". Ironically, it's both more expensive and has less selection than the local Pop's Mart, but the owner tricks customers into thinking he's cheaper by offering a lot of coupons on his inflated prices.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheGarfieldShow'' has Garfield saving Vito's pizzeria from a CorruptCorporateExecutive's pizza store chain, which sells terrible-tasting pizza. It's success lies mostly with it's industrial machinery that can crank out pizzas at a much faster rate than anyone can by hand.


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* ''JohnnyBravo'' parodied this trope when Johnny's favorite store, the 1.03$ store (a mom and pop store where everything costs 1 dollar and three cents) is about to close down because of the 1.02$ mart that opened across the street, complete with a line going out the door. Apparently saving a single cent is that much of an appeal.
10th Sep '17 1:52:05 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Once Gunrai Enterprises enters a market, it will drive everyone else out of that market. This is because the head of the company, Kaiba Gunrai, is an elf whose eternal hobby is basically "winning in the economic sector". He says that it's because he has better products, better products, etc. but it's apparently common knowledge that he does terrible things to his business rivals as several characters comment on it.

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* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Once Gunrai Enterprises enters a market, it will drive everyone else out of that market. This is because the head of the company, Kaiba Gunrai, is an elf whose eternal hobby is basically "winning in the economic sector". He says that it's because he has better products, better products, service, etc. but it's apparently common knowledge that he does terrible things to his business rivals as several characters comment on it.
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