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15th Oct '15 2:46:12 AM 69BookWorM69
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* Speaking of ''Film/TheToweringInferno'', the developer James Duncan tries to thwart both the architect and the city's fire chief when they urge the top floor be evacuated during the opening gala due to the fire some stories below. Duncan even tries to pull rank on the fire chief by mentioning the presence of a U.S. senator; the chief retorts that in an emergency, he outranks everyone there.

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* Speaking of ''Film/TheToweringInferno'', the developer James Duncan tries to thwart both the architect and the city's fire chief when they urge the top floor be evacuated during the opening gala due to the fire some stories below. (An evacuation would clearly and embarrassingly undercut his previous public assertions that this record-breaking building was safe.) Duncan even tries to pull rank on the fire chief by mentioning the presence of a U.S. senator; the chief retorts that in an emergency, he outranks everyone there.
15th Oct '15 2:39:38 AM 69BookWorM69
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* Speaking of ''Film/TheToweringInferno'', the developer James Duncan tries to thwart both the architect and the city's fire chief when they urge the top floor be evacuated during the opening gala due to the fire some stories below. Duncan even tries to pull rank on the fire chief by mentioning the presence of a U.S. senator; the chief retorts that in an emergency, he outranks everyone there.
30th Apr '15 3:21:44 PM DeepRed
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If you've seen a DisasterMovie or Monster Movie, you've seen this trope. There's an oncoming disaster and TheHero is trying to get everyone to see the CassandraTruth. Problem is that there's this one Suit With Vested Interests in something that's going to suffer if the disaster comes about. He'll argue against people believing the hero or an IgnoredExpert, he'll try to convince people that they are safe with ''his'' product and he'll try to stop word from getting further so that the stock prices don't sink all the while the boat does.

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If you've seen a DisasterMovie or Monster Movie, you've seen this trope. There's an oncoming disaster and TheHero is trying to get everyone to see the CassandraTruth. Problem is that there's this one Suit With Vested Interests in something that's going to suffer if the disaster comes about. He'll argue against people believing the hero or an IgnoredExpert, he'll try to convince people that they are safe with ''his'' product and [[WhileRomeBurns he'll try to stop word from getting further so that the stock prices don't sink all the while the boat does.
does]].
12th Sep '14 9:59:09 PM DeepRed
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* The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parable_of_the_broken_window Parable of the Broken Window]] was created by the French libertarian economist Frederic Bastiat, to explain why destroying things ended up being false economy.
* In more recent years, a similar concept known as the 'Shock Doctrine' or 'disaster capitalism' was coined by alter-globalist writer Naomi Klein.
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30th Mar '14 1:16:24 AM SeptimusHeap
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* ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' has the mayor, who's more of a Politician with Vested Interests, but with a focus on all of the town's businesses and how they'll suffer if everybody avoid the place due to a shark panic on the Fourth of July. In the movie, the portrayal is of a man who just can't grasp the seriousness of the situation until a shark attack finally occurs in broad daylight while his grandchildren are at the beach. In the book, however, he is just a puppet of the local Mafia, who profit from the town's businesses and just don't care whether there is a shark or not.
* ''Film/WhenTimeRanOut'', a volcano disaster movie by the same director as ''Film/TheToweringInferno'', has a hotel resort on a Pacific island being jealously guarded by a guy whose portrayal starts getting worse starting with some daddy issues, through hiding the evidence, ending with his fiancée leaving after she finds out he used her to get to her rich godfather, right up to locking himself in his hotel in hope of avoiding [[TooDumbToLive a river of lava]].



* ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' has the mayor, who's more of a Politician with Vested Interests, but with a focus on all of the town's businesses and how they'll suffer if everybody avoid the place due to a shark panic on the Fourth of July. In the movie, the portrayal is of a man who just can't grasp the seriousness of the situation until a shark attack finally occurs in broad daylight while his grandchildren are at the beach. In the book, however, he is just a puppet of the local Mafia, who profit from the town's businesses and just don't care whether there is a shark or not.





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\n* ''Film/WhenTimeRanOut'', a volcano disaster movie by the same director as ''Film/TheToweringInferno'', has a hotel resort on a Pacific island being jealously guarded by a guy whose portrayal starts getting worse starting with some daddy issues, through hiding the evidence, ending with his fiancée leaving after she finds out he used her to get to her rich godfather, right up to locking himself in his hotel in hope of avoiding [[TooDumbToLive a river of lava]].
2nd Mar '14 3:11:48 AM spacemarine50
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The age can be either old set-in-his-ways businessman or young, up-and-coming-with-a-lot-to-prove, charming guy. Gender nearly {{always male}} due to the age of these movies, the characters, the nature of the flaw and the LoveInterest occasionally starting off as his and then changing over to the hero. By the way, the old guy vs. young buck choice tends to work as a foil to the hero. Stoic Paul Newman or Charlton Heston as the lead? Young, charming, slightly smarmy businessman. Young, energetic PoorMansSubstitute of Robert Redford? Old suit.

He'll often be the DoomedContrarian and get finally called out with "WhatAnIdiot" by Creator/ErnestBorgnine.

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The age can be either old set-in-his-ways businessman or young, up-and-coming-with-a-lot-to-prove, charming guy. Gender nearly {{always male}} due to the age of these movies, the characters, the nature of the flaw and the LoveInterest occasionally starting off as his and then changing over to the hero. By the way, the old guy vs. young buck choice tends to work as a foil to the hero. Stoic Paul Newman or Charlton Heston as the lead? Young, charming, slightly smarmy businessman. Young, energetic PoorMansSubstitute of Robert Redford? Old suit.\n\n

He'll often be the DoomedContrarian and get finally called out with "WhatAnIdiot" by Creator/ErnestBorgnine.
"WhatAnIdiot!".
29th Dec '13 12:18:24 PM SomeSortOfTroper
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* ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' has the mayor, who's more of a Politician with Vested Interests, but with a focus on all of the town's businesses and how they'll suffer if everybody avoid the place due to a shark panic on the Fourth of July. In the movie, the portrayal is of a man who just can't grasp the seriousness of the situation until a shark attack finally occurs in broad daylight while his grandchildren are at the beach. In the book, however, he is just a puppet of the local Mafia, who profit from the town's businesses and just don't care whether there is a shark or not.
* ''Film/WhenTimeRanOut'', a volcano disaster movie by the same director as ''Film/TheToweringInferno'', has a hotel resort on a Pacific island being jealously guarded by a guy whose portrayal starts getting worse starting with some daddy issues, through hiding the evidence, ending with his fiancée leaving after she finds out he used her to get to her rich godfather, right up to locking himself in his hotel in hope of avoiding [[TooDumbToLive a river of lava]].



* ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' has the mayor, who's more of a Politician with Vested Interests, but with a focus on all of the town's businesses and how they'll suffer if everybody avoid the place due to a shark panic on the Fourth of July. In the movie, the portrayal is of a man who just can't grasp the seriousness of the situation until a shark attack finally occurs in broad daylight while his grandchildren are at the beach. In the book, however, he is just a puppet of the local Mafia, who profit from the town's businesses and just don't care whether there is a shark or not.



* ''Film/WhenTimeRanOut'', a volcano disaster movie by the same director as ''Film/TheToweringInferno'', has a hotel resort on a Pacific island being jealously guarded by a guy whose portrayal starts getting worse starting with some daddy issues, through hiding the evidence, ending with his fiancée leaving after she finds out he used her to get to her rich godfather, right up to locking himself in his hotel in hope of avoiding [[TooDumbToLive a river of lava]].

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* ''Film/WhenTimeRanOut'', a volcano disaster movie by the same director as ''Film/TheToweringInferno'', has a hotel resort on a Pacific island being jealously guarded by a guy whose portrayal starts getting worse starting with some daddy issues, through hiding the evidence, ending with his fiancée leaving after she finds out he used her to get to her rich godfather, right up to locking himself in his hotel in hope of avoiding [[TooDumbToLive a river of lava]].

27th Dec '13 2:44:19 AM ArmoredFury
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* Breckinridge 'Breck' Scott, the CorruptCorporateExecutive from ''Literature/WorldWarZ''. He and his company produces Phalanx, a supposed cure for [[TheVirus Solanum]] which, quite obviously, doesn't work. He even gloats about how much people knows that Phalanx is a sham, yet still buys it.

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26th Dec '13 9:27:10 AM SeptimusHeap
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* From the film adaptation of ''HortonHearsAWho'', part of the reason that the council rejects the mayor's warnings of Whoville's imminent danger is the upcoming Whocentennial celebration.
* The Mayor in ''OsmosisJones''. Wants to get reelected, and hopes to stay popular by going to a Bufallo Wing Festival, instead of keeping Frank in bed (to fight off his sickness). He also opposes changing to a healthier lifestyle in general.
* In ''CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'', Flint accidentally creates a machine that makes food fall from the sky, and the mayor immediately latches onto it as a way to save the failing town. After a month, the food that falls starts to get bigger, which Flint realizes is due to [[TechnoBabble its molecular structure overmutating]]. He's considering shutting down the machine, but the mayor talks him out of it, since it's one day before the town's grand re-opening.

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* From the film adaptation of ''HortonHearsAWho'', part of the reason that the council rejects the mayor's warnings of Whoville's imminent danger is the upcoming Whocentennial celebration.
* The Mayor in ''OsmosisJones''. Wants to get reelected, and hopes to stay popular by going to a Bufallo Wing Festival, instead of keeping Frank in bed (to fight off his sickness). He also opposes changing to a healthier lifestyle in general.
* In ''CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'',
''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'':
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Flint accidentally creates a machine that makes food fall from the sky, and the mayor immediately latches onto it as a way to save the failing town. After a month, the food that falls starts to get bigger, which Flint realizes is due to [[TechnoBabble its molecular structure overmutating]]. He's considering shutting down the machine, but the mayor talks him out of it, since it's one day before the town's grand re-opening.



* From the film adaptation of ''Literature/HortonHearsAWho'', part of the reason that the council rejects the mayor's warnings of Whoville's imminent danger is the upcoming Whocentennial celebration.
* The Mayor in ''Film/OsmosisJones''. Wants to get reelected, and hopes to stay popular by going to a Bufallo Wing Festival, instead of keeping Frank in bed (to fight off his sickness). He also opposes changing to a healthier lifestyle in general.



* ''When Time Ran Out'', a volcano disaster movie by the same director as ''Film/TheToweringInferno'', has a hotel resort on a Pacific island being jealously guarded by a guy whose portrayal starts getting worse starting with some daddy issues, through hiding the evidence, ending with his fiancée leaving after she finds out he used her to get to her rich godfather, right up to locking himself in his hotel in hope of avoiding [[TooDumbToLive a river of lava]].

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* ''When Time Ran Out'', Burke in ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' puts a volcano higher value on getting a sample of the creature than he does on the crew. As does Weyland-Yutani as a whole.
* Selfridge in ''Film/{{Avatar}}'': The only thing worse than a PR
disaster movie by is a lack of dividends for stockholders.
* ''Film/DantesPeak'' actually has this trope ''invoked'' --
the same director as ''Film/TheToweringInferno'', has a hotel resort on a Pacific island being jealously guarded by a guy whose portrayal starts getting worse starting with some daddy issues, through hiding initial reaction of the evidence, ending with his fiancée leaving after she finds out he used her town council was to get to her rich godfather, right up to locking himself in his hotel in hope of avoiding [[TooDumbToLive a river of lava]].take the threat quite seriously.



** Ditto for an innumerable number of "killer animal" B-movies [[FollowTheLeader following the leader]].

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** Ditto for an innumerable number of "killer animal" B-movies [[FollowTheLeader following the leader]].* ''Film/TheLadyVanishes'' has two elegantly dressed men who deny seeing any evidence because ''they don't want to miss a cricket match''.



* Selfridge in ''{{Film/Avatar}}'': The only thing worse than a PR disaster is a lack of dividends for stockholders.
* ''Film/TheLadyVanishes'' has two elegantly dressed men who deny seeing any evidence because ''they don't want to miss a cricket match''.
** An episode of ''Series/TheCloser'' has a similar scenario where Flynn and Provenza delay in reporting a murder so they won't miss a baseball game. Brenda Johnson is not pleased.
* ''[[Film/DantesPeak Dante's Peak]]'' actually has this trope ''invoked'' -- the initial reaction of the town council was to take the threat quite seriously.
* Burke in ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' puts a higher value on getting a sample of the creature than he does on the crew. As does Weyland-Yutani as a whole.

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* Selfridge in ''{{Film/Avatar}}'': The only thing worse than ''Film/WhenTimeRanOut'', a PR volcano disaster is a lack of dividends for stockholders.
* ''Film/TheLadyVanishes'' has two elegantly dressed men who deny seeing any evidence because ''they don't want to miss a cricket match''.
** An episode of ''Series/TheCloser''
movie by the same director as ''Film/TheToweringInferno'', has a similar scenario where Flynn and Provenza delay in reporting a murder so they won't miss a baseball game. Brenda Johnson is not pleased.
* ''[[Film/DantesPeak Dante's Peak]]'' actually has this trope ''invoked'' -- the initial reaction of the town council was to take the threat quite seriously.
* Burke in ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' puts a higher value
hotel resort on a Pacific island being jealously guarded by a guy whose portrayal starts getting a sample of worse starting with some daddy issues, through hiding the creature than evidence, ending with his fiancée leaving after she finds out he does on the crew. As does Weyland-Yutani as used her to get to her rich godfather, right up to locking himself in his hotel in hope of avoiding [[TooDumbToLive a whole.river of lava]].



* The sheriff acts the role of the mayor in ''Jaws'' for the same reason in the ''SluggyFreelance'' arc "Kitten". Parodied when the doctor trying to send out warnings points out that the 'tourist industry' that the sheriff doesn't want disrupted consists of a couple cabins that the town rents out to vacationing college kids and that she could cover the town's losses out of her own pocket.

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* The sheriff acts the role of the mayor in ''Jaws'' for the same reason in the ''SluggyFreelance'' ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' arc "Kitten". Parodied when the doctor trying to send out warnings points out that the 'tourist industry' that the sheriff doesn't want disrupted consists of a couple cabins that the town rents out to vacationing college kids and that she could cover the town's losses out of her own pocket.
18th Dec '13 7:53:47 PM nombretomado
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** An episode of ''TheCloser'' has a similar scenario where Flynn and Provenza delay in reporting a murder so they won't miss a baseball game. Brenda Johnson is not pleased.

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** An episode of ''TheCloser'' ''Series/TheCloser'' has a similar scenario where Flynn and Provenza delay in reporting a murder so they won't miss a baseball game. Brenda Johnson is not pleased.
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