is a character who never refuses The Call
For Adventure... in the financial sense. They will seek out and fund the zaniest
, most audacious ideas
, the ones that terrify more conservative investors, especially bankers. They will have the sense to identify the ideas that can be worth gold, immediately sensing the Potential Applications
, and will take risks propotional to the possibly immense gains that may come from them. This character can be heroic as easily as they can be a Corrupt Corporate Executive
. The Self-Made Man
is typically one of those, and it's a common Eaglelander
hat with some basis in reality
(it is reputedly much easier to start a company and make it big in the USA than in Europe, where the market is alledgedly more cluttered and more nepotistic).
Anime and Manga
- In There Will Be Blood, Daniel Plainvew is an interesting version of this: his lifetime strife to become rich has cost him everything else, including his morality. By the end of the movie, he is as rich as he will ever be, but doesn't even have enemies anymore. He is finished, in more ways than one.
- In Discworld, the best[[hottip:*:he can sell you anything, no matter how clearly fake or disgusting, and have you come back for more]] and most industrious salesman on the Disc, Cut-Me-Own-Throat Dibbler, is also the unlickiest: he's such a rutheless Corrupt Corporate Executive it tends to turn against him. Recently, Lord Vetinari, the Patrician of Ankh Morpork, has become this in regards to public institutions, starting and improving them at breakneck speed thanks to a very keen eye for talent and a remarkable sense of the Batman Gambit, The Xanatos Gambit, and the Vetinari Job Security, named after himself.
- Dagny Taggart and Hank Rearden in Atlas Shrugged. They invent a new, untested metal, build a train line and bridge with it, and ride the first train on the line, though most investors are against the project the entire time. Meanwhile, Dagny is searching for the plans for an experimental generator and spends most of her time trying to find the inventor or paying someone to figure out how to reconstruct it. Ayn Rand seems to be fond of this trope in general: her capitalists are always enterprising, risk-taking, and heroically larger than life, while the masses tend to be more conservative and destructive.
- In the Childe Cycle, this is a the Hat for Ceta, with William of Ceta being the character who most embodies the trope, to the point of effectively becoming the merchant prince over almost the entire planet.
- The ‹bermensch would be this concept applied to moral orders (i.e., ultimately, societies), which are arguably the ultimate business venture.