The Entrepreneur YKTTW Discussion
Like an Intrepid Merchant, except he starts and funds businesses rather than buy and sell goods
The Entrepreneur 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).
ExamplesAnime and Manga
- In C The Money Of Soul And Possibility Control the Entre (short for Entrepereneur) are a very stylized version of this: they deal in futures. That is not a metaphor.
- In The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck, Uncle Scrooge is portrayed as one of these, from his earliest chidhood. In the Don Rosa universe, he never ceases to seek new (ad)ventures, which are what's keeping him alive and kicking despite his incredibly advanced age (riches wise, the new income sources he gets are really drops in an ocean of cash). He also doubles as Intrepid Merchant, often representing himself in his trades worldwide: it'd be hard to find someone who bargains has hard as him, though (almost) never falling into outright dishonesty. The guy made it by being tougher than the toughies and smarter than the smarties. And he made it square.
- 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.