Created By: TriggerLoaded on February 27, 2011 Last Edited By: Catbert on September 21, 2012

Amoral Rich Association

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A vague assumption in certain works that the world has plenty of rich people with absolutely no morals willing to spend their money on heinous activities. A slave ring for white western women is common, and probably one of the more mundane ways the Amoral Rich amuse themselves. Murder clubs or similar groups apply as well.

The trick with this trope is how organized this association is, and how nobody, clients or employees, bat an eye at the atrocities going on. One wonders how they screen potential employees, or how the Rich know which of their friends isn't likely to blow the whistle on the group.

Examples

  • The Organization from Hostel is a rather obvious one.

Editorial note: No, it isn't an obvious example to someone that knows nothing about it. No Zero Context Examples Please. Example entries should explain exactly how they apply to the trope.

Community Feedback Replies: 15
  • February 27, 2011
    JohnnyBGoode
    I think the Extinctionists from Artemis Fowl qualify, as they are mostly rich hunters who meet regularly to drive endangered species into extinction.
  • February 27, 2011
    Jordan
    Ooh, interesting idea.

    There's the Roppongi Club in Speed Grapher. The premise is that if you can afford it, you can by it, and you see a lot of people paying to rape and abuse women.

    In The Freshman, there's a club that serves up endangered animals, although it's ultimately revealed they aren't actually serving them, just conning their rich guests (but it still counts since the guests are amoral and want to eat animals to extinction).
  • February 27, 2011
    clarkmj55
    The film Eyes Wide Shut
  • February 27, 2011
    FrodoGoofballCoTV

    Organized Crime is sometimes often portrayed this way.
    • Hinted at in Licence To Kill: Franz Sanchez is said to believe he is unstoppable because if he can't buy your loyalty, he can hire someone to make sure you don't talk.
  • February 27, 2011
    TriggerLoaded
    Now that I've had time to think about it, this trope is somewhat in two parts.

    The first part is a business or association that caters to the rich that involves incredibly illegal, not to mention completely inhumane, services. The other is the clients of the business, (Closer to what I thought at first) that so many rich people are so completely amoral as to frequent the business and find other customers. (You can be pretty sure they don't advertise.)
  • February 27, 2011
    Luc
    Hunter The Vigil has two of these. Ashwood Abbey is a possible subversion, in that it's an antiheroic monster hunting (and raping and eating and various other distasteful things) organization.

    And then there's the Hunt Club. The Hunt Club is definitely an example.
  • February 27, 2011
    Bearface
    The movie Trading Places has an example of this. The films antagonists, the Duke Brothers, frame Dan Akroyd's character for theft and plant drugs on his possession during his arrest. They then have him fired from his job, freeze his bank accounts, and deny him entry into his own home. All on a bet to see how he would react. The wager? ONE DOLLAR.
  • February 28, 2011
    Arivne
    Live Action TV
    • La Femme Nikita episode "Hand to Hand". Young women are forced to fight to the death in a pool for the amusement of wealthy patrons.

    Tabletop RPG
    • The Arduin Grimoire #4: The Lost Grimoire. Dirty Dorg's restaurant serves cooked body parts and whole bodies of sentient creatures, including human beings. The prices range from 7,450 gold pieces up to 10,000,000 gold pieces, so only the fantastically wealthy can afford eating there.
  • February 18, 2012
    Catbert
    This is an interesting idea but needs work. Anyone want to take it?
  • February 18, 2012
    Damr1990
  • February 20, 2012
    captainsandwich
    I believe there is one in Eberron
  • February 20, 2012
    Sular
    The Aurum is, I believe, the organization to which captainsandwich refers.
  • February 21, 2012
    GuesssWho
  • February 21, 2012
    Arivne
    Literature
    • Michael Stackpole's Wolf & Raven short story "Fair Game", set in the world of Shadowrun. The Pacific Northwest Hunting Club is made up of wealthy people who hunt humans once per month. They choose their prey from among the SINless of Seattle, who are Disposable Vagrants.
  • September 21, 2012
    Damr1990

Three days must pass before this YKTTW is Launchworthy or Discardable

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