Created By: uliwitness on March 27, 2012 Last Edited By: reub2000 on May 10, 2012
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Rockstar CEO

... a CEO behaves theatrically

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A Rockstar CEO is a CEO character, usually of a technology company, who holds conferences and product launches that wouldn't be unfamiliar to stadium rock bands; fireworks, pyrotechnics, troupes of dancing girls and possibly large posters / cutouts of the CEO himself. The CEO usually has a big, showy entrance to the stage; parachuting, teleporting, or otherwise acts like a Large Ham. He is usually adored by the companies customers. The product he's launching or promoting is frequently secondary to the attention focused on the CEO.

Examples

Film
  • Die Another Day's antagonist Gustav Graves is introduced parachuting in to his press conference.

Video Games
  • Team Fortress 2: Saxton Hale, Memetic Badass boss of Mann Co., skydives to work every morning. Without a parachute. He just grabs a passing eagle to slow down slightly.

Western Animation
  • The Simpsons has Steve Mobbs of the Mapple Corporation, a parody of Steve Jobs, who has his headquarters at the bottom of the ocean, refers to others as "surfacedwellers" and has large screens installed in every Mapple store so he can do live broadcasts whenever he releases anything.
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  • March 27, 2012
    uliwitness
    I accidentally added the page already, I hope that wasn't wrong, it didn't mention this area anywhere. I've also added two examples, Iron Man 2, and Tron: Legacy, but I'm pretty sure I saw it in a few other movies that I've forgotten now (the Steve Jobs page took some time to get unlocked). Would appreciate more examples. :-)
  • March 27, 2012
    Bisected8
    Well, as a rule, it's best avoid naming a trope after a character, let alone a real life person. But assuming we don't have this already, I think it's a valid trope.
  • March 27, 2012
    fulltimeD
    @uliwitness: Are you saying you bypassed YKTTW? That's not cool. Works pages are a free launch (tv series, films, books- basically a summary or synopsis plus a list of tropes used), but the tropes themselves MUST go through YKTTW. We have these policies in place for good reasons.
  • March 27, 2012
    fulltimeD
    Also as Bisected8 pointed out, the title is not a good idea. Please try and rename this as something other than "Steve Jobs." Cult Personality Corporate Executive might work, or Eccentric Business Leader, or something along those lines. "Steve Jobs" wreaks of Bad Trope Namer syndrome. As Steve Jobs himself was also a rather polarizing personality, the name unnecessarily turns this into flame bait.

    Also, the article itself reads like it hasn't been through YKTTW. That's not good. Think of YKTTW like a workshop: it's here that proposed tropes get refined, and bad proposals get weeded out.
  • March 28, 2012
    randomsurfer
    ^^Technically there's no rule saying you have to go through YKTTW, it just works much better if you do. Or leastwise, if there is a rule to that effect then YKTTW Guidelines should be changed.
    You don't need to go through YKTTW at all but it's recommended...If you're confident in your article, feel free to write it without going through YKTTW; if there's a problem, Wiki Magic will take care of it.

    The Simpsons: Arthur Fortune is based on Richard Branson of Virgin [Airlines, Megastores, etc.]. At the opening of his newest mall he parachutes in and gives away dollar bills.
  • March 28, 2012
    kjnoren
    Also, the behaviour of the actual Steve Jobs doesn't fit with the trope description at all. His keynotes and product announcements were all about placing the actual product front and center - minimalistic and rehearsed to the point of perfection.
  • March 28, 2012
    troublegum
    Eccentric Business Leader and Cult Personality Coporate Executive sound less like what's being described here and more like either mild insanity or something closer to the Corrupt Corporate Executive, to my mind. Maybe Vice President In Charge Of Showing Off would work? Or Rockstar CEO?

    Equally, the Iron Man 2 example is almost the opposite of what the trope describes. Stark Expo isn't an event much larger than either the company or the announcement would justify. Stark Industries is a huge company, holds the Expo regularly and the Iron Man tech isn't exactly an iPod.

    If the trope was written to cover Rockstar-esque antics from CEOs at products launches, keynote speeches and other corporate events, regardless of whether the company's size / budget / gizmo warrants such, then the examples given would make more sense and I think you'd have a wider example pool to draw on.
  • March 28, 2012
    Catbert
    Naming a trope after a Real Life person is very iffy, and giving it such name means that people are going to mistake it for a page about the Real Life Steve Jobs.
  • March 28, 2012
    Catbert
    uliwitness, you really should not do stuff like this. I'm taking your Steve Jobs page to the Trope Repair Shop immediatly.
  • March 28, 2012
    fulltimeD
    @ Random Surfer: That may be the case but if you take one look at the article as is, you'll see it's a perfect example of why people SHOULD go through YKTTW.
  • March 28, 2012
    fulltimeD
    Rockstar CEO could work.
  • March 28, 2012
    troublegum
    ^ It's certainly short and to the point. This one needs some re-writing to more clearly define what the trope actually is - either a CEO who acts like they're a rockstar / celebrity / etc., and makes themselves more the centrepiece of their product launches OR one who acts like that despite his company being basically him and his laptop.

    That said, there's nothing to stop a Rockstar CEO being both types, but the trope as written right now is the latter, not the former, although all the examples are the former.
  • March 28, 2012
    Premonition45
  • March 28, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    That makes it look like a musician turned business executive.
  • March 28, 2012
    troublegum
  • March 28, 2012
    LobsterMagnus
    The Simpsons once did a very direct parody of Jobs: Steve Mobs, the CEO of Mapple.
  • March 29, 2012
    Catbert
    The Steve Jobs page has been cut and locked again, as per this Trope Repair Shop thread. Please read the thread to see what the problems are with making the page the way you did and picking the name you did.

    If you want to make a trope out of this, you need a different name.
  • March 30, 2012
    reub2000
    Eccentric CEO for now. Feel free to suggest another name.
  • March 30, 2012
    troublegum
    I think we should drop the "larger than the announcement or the company" part. That would be more of a Deluded CEO than the celebrity-esque antics attributed to the CEO of this possible trope.

    How about Showman CEO?
  • March 30, 2012
    reub2000
    Opps, I didn't see that several people in this thread had suggested Rockstar CEO.

    I'm also thinking Corporate Personality. The gist of the trope is that the CEO is the public face of the company.
  • March 30, 2012
    kjnoren
    Eccentric and stereotypical CEO are pretty much opposites. I think you need several more examples to build the trope around, ie identify the trope before you try to settle for a name.
  • March 30, 2012
    troublegum
    ^ Exactly the problem this initially had: the description says (I'm paraphrasing) "this is a guy who is CEO of a non-entity company or who is releasing an upgrade and puts on a massive show in spite of his / the product / release's insignificance" but the example originally used was Tony Stark in Iron Man 2 arriving at the Stark Expo. Multi-billion dollar company, superhero CEO, making an entrance at the huge technology expo his company regularly holds. Yeah....

    Likewise: Steve Mobbs in The Simpsons doesn't fit this trope as currently described. In the episode in which he appears, My Pods And Boomsticks, Mobbs doesn't make a showy entrance involving parachuting, teleportation or scantily-clad dancing girls, he comes up on a big screen in the Mapple Store. We also have no idea what his announcement was going to be, since Bart unplugs the audio feed and substitutes his own. The only concession to this trope would be Mobbs describing himself as "your insanely great leader."

    Description needs rewriting to either limit this to CEOs who have delusions of grandeur about themselves and / or their products OR make it a trope about CEOs who engage in highly theatrical stunts as part of their public appearances regardless of the significance of themselves, their product or their company.

  • March 30, 2012
    reub2000
    ^ Yeah, each and every Mapple store has a big screen just so he can make an announcement. Sounds showy. And hammy.
  • March 30, 2012
    reub2000
    [up][up]Just edit your ideas directly into the description.
  • March 30, 2012
    Chabal2
    • Saxton Hale, Memetic Badass boss of Mann Co, skydives to work every morning. Without a parachute, he just grabs a passing eagle to slow down slightly.
    • The antagonist of Die Another Day is introduced parachuting to his press conference.

  • March 30, 2012
    TrustBen
    Real Life example: Virgin CEO Richard Branson has this written all over him. One of the things that put him on the map was signing The Sex Pistols after their defection from EMI. Since then he's been known for rock-star flamboyance and high-profile adventures like his round-the-world balloon trip.
  • March 30, 2012
    zarpaulus
  • March 30, 2012
    TheNinth
    Douglas Reynholm of The IT Crowd is overly dramatic from his very first appearance -- he bursts into his father's funeral with a resounding "FAAAAAAAAAAATHERRRRRRR" complete with a dramatic pose. Most of his characterization involves overly-dramatic poses and a tendency to ham up every conversation.

    (sorry about no content before -- was interrupted before I could finish)
  • March 30, 2012
    troublegum
    ^^ Duckersheim doesn't quite seem right, to me. The trope as described is more about being flamboyant when making public appearances as a CEO - he seems to evoke Conspicuous Consumption more than Rockstar CEO.

    ^ Can you elaborate on that one a bit?

  • March 30, 2012
    pawsplay
    In the Iron Man film and its sequel, Tony Stark is depicted as a cavalier but intensely charismatic CEO. In Iron Man 2, Justin Hammer tries and fails to imitiate his swinging style.
  • March 31, 2012
    aurora369
    Rufus Shinra from Final Fantasy VII. His idea of being the CEO consists mostly of bombastic speeches about ruling by fear and military parades (his Mega Corp, in fact, IS a de facto government and a military superpower, though).
  • May 10, 2012
    fulltimeD
    Senator Kreutzer, the Big Bad in the cyberpunk miniseries Wild Palms, is a flashy, theatrical media mogul as well as an influential politician and the founder of his own religion, Synthiotics AKA New Realism. His presentations frequently involve extremely realistic holograms (the latest new media craze in the world of the miniseries).

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