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The head of an evil corporation who rules the world of the story in practice and is probably the Big Bad
Do We Have This One?, Needs More Examples, Rolling Updates
"You see, Superman, I own Metropolis. My technology built it, my will keeps it going, and almost two-thirds of the people work for me whether they know it or not."Corrupt Corporate Executives needs a boss. Enter the Chairman. He may be the actual title of Chairman, or he'll be the CEO, the President, the owner, etc. The point is, he calls the shots, this company exists to serve his will. Forget the mayor, this man is the one who runs the city. Through his company he controls everything and everyone, and he can do pretty much anything he likes. He's probably completely dismissive of the pain his company causes the common man and is always looking for chances to expand his power and money. If you need to talk to him you can find him in his massive office overlooking the city behind floor-to-ceiling windows. This character archetype is somewhat of a modern counterpart to The Emperor. In modern or futuristic settings The Empire would be a bit dated, so instead you have a Mega Corp. ruled by The Chairman. He's an Evil Overlord just the same as Emperors tend to be but his power isn't in the brute force of an army, it's in his influence and wealth. He's probably the Big Bad and may be a Non-Action Big Bad, since he relies on his employees to do his dirty work. Even if he isn't the Big Bad, The Chairman is always a villain, the best you can hope for is an Anti-Villain, but he will never be a hero.