Created By: MarqFJA on August 9, 2011 Last Edited By: DRCEQ on November 25, 2012

Pragmatic Corporate Executive

A businessman who is empahsizes pure pragmatism over good/evil morality.

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A corporate executive who adhers to a purely pragmatic approach to business, choosing his actions depending on how profitable they are to his agenda/motives regardless of their moral (un)wholesomeness; in fact, he may consider himself above good and evil. If a genuinely evil villain, he obviously also a Pragmatic Villain.

Completes a trinity with Corrupt Corporate Executive (who is usually Stupid Evil) and Honest Corporate Executive.

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Community Feedback Replies: 9
  • August 9, 2011
    cityofmist
    The Corrupt Corporate Executive tends to do things based on profit to themselves without caring how morally suspect they are rather than For The Evulz. This trope does things not For The Evulz, but based solely on profit for themselves. I think the overlap between these two would be so great as to make them almost identical.
  • August 9, 2011
    MarqFJA
    But the 2nd paragraph of Corrupt Corporate Executive's article points out that the typical CCE would be ignorant of the possibility of gaining more profits via legit means (i.e. CCE practically always takes the criminal/illegal path when possible), as well as lacking a firm idea of how to make their plan(s) profitable in the first place.
  • August 9, 2011
    Fanra
    The law in the USA encourages many CEO's to become Pragmatic Corporate Executives, being that a stockholder can sue the corporation if they do anything besides (legally) maximize profits.

    This is different then Corrupt Corporate Executive because (most of the time) the Pragmatic Corporate Executive does not outright break the law. However, the line between them is rather thin, as a great many "Pragmatic Corporate Executives" tend to only break laws they can get away with.

    Which means in the USA, corporations who are brought before the court generally, after years of legal wrangling, finally, while refusing to admit they did anything wrong, agree to not do it again and pay a small fine. The executives who ordered the actions suffer no penalty.
  • January 21, 2012
    TheHandle
    ^That sounds awful. People are okay with this?
  • February 11, 2012
    MarkThis
  • November 19, 2012
    Chernoskill
    "The law in the USA encourages many CEO's to become Pragmatic Corporate Executives, being that a stockholder can sue the corporation if they do anything besides (legally) maximize profits. "

    I agree, companies and corporation aim to maximize profits so a 100% Pragmatic Corporate Executive would be the best executive for them. So really, this is the norm rather than something special.
  • November 19, 2012
    StarSword
    ^Thus, I would argue for No Real Life Examples Please since we'd be here all day.
  • November 20, 2012
    MorganWick
    @The Handle: No, but in America we have government of, by, and for the corporations.
  • November 25, 2012
    StarSword
    Video Games
    • The three trade cartels in Act II of Neverwinter Nights 2: Storm of Zehir map out pretty cleanly to all three Corporate Executive tropes. The neutral-aligned Forgotten Lords are Pragmatic to the extent that, while they don't do the charity work that the Circle of Friends does, they also don't take part in price gouging during shortages of basic commodities like the Fated Winds (it drives away customers).
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