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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.
15th Jul '17 4:28:56 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.
13th Jun '17 3:32:04 PM Vir
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* Flim and Flam in the Episode Super Speed Cider Squeezy 3000 of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', they at first try and offer them a deal to sell them their cider press at a 75-25% deal in their favour and at that point, engage in a competition with a winner-takes-all selling right to ponyville' cider supply. When they start losing the competition, they commence cutting costs that leave their cider full of twigs and rocks, forcing them to leave once they win.

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* Flim and Flam in the Episode Super Speed Cider Squeezy 3000 of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', they at first try and offer them a deal to sell them their cider press at a 75-25% deal in their favour and at that point, engage in a competition with a winner-takes-all selling right to ponyville' Ponyville' cider supply. When they start losing the competition, they commence cutting costs that leave their cider full of twigs and rocks, forcing them to leave once they win.



* ArchiesWeirdMysteries features a new mall in town that has literally everything the kids could want and even offers mall-exclusive credit cards so they don't have to spend any money there. This naturally starts cutting into all of the local businesses' earnings, forcing them into closure. [[spoiler: As it turns out, this trope is somewhat literal in this case; when the credit cards' limits are reached, the owner of the mall turns the kids into statues so he can use them to settle his DealWithTheDevil. Fortunately Jughead's loyalty to Pops' proves a SpannerInTheWorks and everyone makes it out save for the owner who's forced to face the music on his own.]]

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* ArchiesWeirdMysteries ''WesternAnimation/ArchiesWeirdMysteries'' features a new mall in town that has literally everything the kids could want and even offers mall-exclusive credit cards so they don't have to spend any money there. This naturally starts cutting into all of the local businesses' earnings, forcing them into closure. [[spoiler: As it turns out, this trope is somewhat literal in this case; when the credit cards' limits are reached, the owner of the mall turns the kids into statues so he can use them to settle his DealWithTheDevil. Fortunately Jughead's loyalty to Pops' proves a SpannerInTheWorks and everyone makes it out save for the owner who's forced to face the music on his own.]]
4th Mar '17 10:24:31 AM riothegod
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* Flim and Flam in the Episode Super Speed Cider Squeezy 3000 of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', they at first try and offer them a deal to sell them their cider press at a 75-25% deal in their favour and at that point, engage in a competition with a winner-takes-all selling right to ponyville' cider supply. When they start losing the competition, they commence cutting costs that leave their cider full of twigs and rocks, forcing them to leave once they win.
18th Feb '17 10:45:34 AM ladyofthelibrary
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* ArchiesWeirdMysteries features a new mall in town that has literally everything the kids could want and even offers mall-exclusive credit cards so they don't have to spend any money there. This naturally starts cutting into all of the local businesses' earnings, forcing them into closure. [[spoiler: As it turns out, this trope is somewhat literal in this case; when the credit cards' limits are reached, the owner of the mall turns the kids into statues so he can use them to settle his DealWithTheDevil. Fortunately Jughead's loyalty to Pops' proves a SpannerInTheWorks and everyone makes it out save for the owner who's forced to face the music on his own.]]
2nd Jan '17 12:44:26 PM Psyclone
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* A RunningGag in ''ComicStrip/AdamAtHome'' is Clayton forgoing the traditional [[UsefulNotes/LemonadeStands lemonade stand]] in favor of a coffee stand. One Sunday strip has him waiting for customers only for a sinister looking limo to drive by. After asking them "Can I help you?", we SmashCut to a panel of Clayton holding a wad of bills while his stand is bulldozed next to sign advertising an upcoming new Starbucks.

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* A RunningGag in ''ComicStrip/AdamAtHome'' is Clayton forgoing the traditional [[UsefulNotes/LemonadeStands lemonade stand]] in favor of a coffee stand. One Sunday strip has him waiting for customers only for a sinister looking limo to drive by. After asking them "Can I help you?", we SmashCut to a panel of Clayton holding a wad of bills while his stand is bulldozed next to sign advertising an upcoming make way for a new Starbucks.
2nd Jan '17 12:43:56 PM Psyclone
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* A RunningGag in ''ComicStrip/AdamAtHome'' is Clayton forgoing the traditional LemonadeStand in favor of a coffee stand. One Sunday strip has him waiting for customers only for a sinister looking limo to drive by. After asking them "Can I help you?", we SmashCut to a panel of Clayton holding a wad of bills while his stand is bulldozed next to sign advertising an upcoming new Starbucks.

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* A RunningGag in ''ComicStrip/AdamAtHome'' is Clayton forgoing the traditional LemonadeStand [[UsefulNotes/LemonadeStands lemonade stand]] in favor of a coffee stand. One Sunday strip has him waiting for customers only for a sinister looking limo to drive by. After asking them "Can I help you?", we SmashCut to a panel of Clayton holding a wad of bills while his stand is bulldozed next to sign advertising an upcoming new Starbucks.
2nd Jan '17 12:43:09 PM Psyclone
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* A RunningGag in ''ComicStrip/AdamAtHome'' is Clayton forgoing the traditional LemonadeStand in favor of a coffee stand. One Sunday strip has him waiting for customers only for a sinister looking limo to drive by. After asking them "Can I help you?", we SmashCut to a panel of Clayton holding a wad of bills while his stand is bulldozed next to sign advertising an upcoming new Starbucks.



** In an earlier episode, Bart goes to a mall to get his ear pierced, passing several Starbucks stores, and a place with a sign saying "Coming Soon - A Starbucks". On entering the piercing store, he is informed that it is becoming a Starbucks in five minutes. Five minutes later, Bart leaves with a pierced ear and a Starbucks cup.

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** In an earlier episode, Bart goes to a mall to get his ear pierced, passing several Starbucks stores, and a place with a sign saying "Coming Soon - A Starbucks". On entering the piercing store, he is informed that it is becoming a Starbucks in five minutes. Five minutes later, Bart leaves with a pierced ear and a Starbucks cup. cup while ''every'' store behind him has become a Starbucks.
14th Sep '16 7:23:37 PM PaulA
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* Creator/OrsonScottCard's prequel novel ''[[Literature/EndersGame Earth Unaware]]'' portrays Juke Limited in this manner. A big [[AsteroidMiners asteroid mining]] conglomerate that routinely puts down its competitors and free mining families. Lem Jukes, the son of the company's CEO, is tasked with testing the company's latest invention - a gravity laser designed to break down asteroids into component parts for easy mining. He needs a large asteroid to test it on but doesn't want to spend 4 months traveling to a free one (and then 4 months back), so instead chooses to "bump" a free miner ship from a nearby asteroid. When a crewmember raises concerns over the ethical side of things, he does his best to point out how they're not actually doing anything ''bad''. The free miners don't legally own the asteroid. Unfortunately, the "bump" results in [[spoiler:the death of one of the free miners]].

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* Creator/OrsonScottCard's prequel novel ''[[Literature/EndersGame Earth Unaware]]'' ''Literature/EarthUnaware'' portrays Juke Limited in this manner. A big [[AsteroidMiners asteroid mining]] conglomerate that routinely puts down its competitors and free mining families. Lem Jukes, the son of the company's CEO, is tasked with testing the company's latest invention - -- a gravity laser designed to break down asteroids into component parts for easy mining. He needs a large asteroid to test it on but doesn't want to spend 4 four months traveling to a free one (and then 4 four months back), so instead chooses to "bump" a free miner ship from a nearby asteroid. When a crewmember raises concerns over the ethical side of things, he does his best to point out how they're not actually doing anything ''bad''. The free miners don't legally own the asteroid. Unfortunately, the "bump" results in [[spoiler:the death of one of the free miners]].
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