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->''I think you'll find that I'm in charge ''everywhere.
-->-- '''The Man''', ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing''

The Man is much less specific villain than TheSyndicate or the AncientConspiracy, a personification of establishment itself, even if no one person or organization makes up that establishment. You've heard of him. He controls everything. Emperors, ancient conspiracies, gods, {{Absurdly Powerful Student Council}}s. They all under his control.

It can overlap with TheManIsKeepingUsDown and TheManIsStickingItToTheMan.

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!!Examples

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[[folder: Anime ]]

* Anime/ExcelSaga had "That Man", the [[spoiler: actual leader of ACROSS, instead of Il Palazzo, who was more of an EvilOverlord]].
* King Zahard from ''TowerOfGod''.

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[[folder: Comics ]]

* In ''ComicBook/NoHero'', [[spoiler:Carrick Masterson had been able to control the world since the sixties. He was responsible for having Nixon only stay one term in office, the Great Iran Oil Fire, and the destruction of South Africa.]]
* Max in ''TheLosers''.
* The kids in Bryan Lee O'Malley's ''Lost at Sea'' decided to head for another diner when they couldn't find a ''Wendy's'', because "sometimes it's good to give your money to somone other than ''The Man''". Cue laughter.
* The second issue of the ''BlackDynamite'' comic sees the titular hero taken in and offered a job by a bald (white) individual who, when asked who he was, answered "I am [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Man]]". More specifically, The Man is the representative of [[TheIlluminati the Illuminati]], the (predominantly white) elite who secretly run the world.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* Used as a BlackComedy joke in ''Film/DontBeAMenaceToSouthCentralWhileDrinkingYourJuiceInTheHood''.
* The unseen BigBad in ''Film/UndercoverBrother''.
* Jack Black's character in ''Film/SchoolOfRock'' rambles about The Man, prompting the kids to stick it to The Man. This leads to one of the kids telling the principal that "[she's] the Man." [[ComicallyMissingThePoint She thinks]] [[InsultBackfire it's a compliment.]]
* Captain Industry, the BigBad of ''Film/{{Defendor}}''. Subverted, though, as in reality [[spoiler:he doesn't actually exist, the protagonist confused a comment about his mother being "killed by the captains of industry" for his mother being "killed by Captain Industry."]]
* The unseen Man in ''Film/TheFriendsOfEddieCoyle'', who [[spoiler:personally orders the hit on the titular character]].

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* Professor Moriarty, SherlockHolmes' nemesis. Holmes describes him as "the Napoleon of Crime... the organiser of half that is evil and nearly all that is undetected in this great city..."
* One of [[RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms Cao Cao's]] official titles was "The Man".
* In ''A Calculated Magic'' by Robert Weinberg, protagonist Jack Collins poses as an agent of The Man, who is a very real figure of modern origin among the living legendary and mythological beings that populate the ''Logical Magician'' series of novels.
* The infamous "Big Brother" in the novel and movie [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]].
* Walker from Creator/SimonRGreen's ''Literature/{{Nightside}}'' books. [[spoiler:At the end of ''The Good, the Bad and the Uncanny'', ''John Taylor'' is maneuvered into taking his place]].
* Randall Flag is the source of all evil in the books by Stephen King. Any truly evil enterprise is linked to him in some way.

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[[folder: Music ]]

* JohnLennon correctly blames The Man for trying to kick him out of the country in "New York City".
* The Man is usually referred to as they in {{Supertramp}}'s music. Good examples of this include School and The Logical Song.
* The Music/RoyOrbison song "Working for The Man".
* The TheyMightBeGiants song "Working Undercover For The Man".
* [[CreedenceClearwaterRevival "Left a good job in the city, workin' for The Man every night and day..."]]

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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* In the ''[[FengShui Shadowfist]]'' CCG, The Man was the leader of [[AncientConspiracy The Ascended]] (and thus, pretty much ruled the world) in the 1970s.

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[[folder: Television ]]

* [[Series/InLivingColor Homey the Clown]] [[BatmanGambit pretended to sell out]] just to get close to the Man and whack him on the head.
* ''Series/{{MADtv}}'' once featured a PSA from The Man.
* Dave Gorman's documentary ''America Unchained'' was all about trying to tour America whilst avoiding what was called (at least in the book of the series) "The Man(TM)"- that being the big chains of shops, gas stations, motels and such, in favour of smaller, independent "mom and pop" businesses which were becoming harder to find.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* [[http://kol.coldfront.net/thekolwiki/index.php/The_Man "The Man"]] turns up in ''KingdomOfLoathing''.
* [[MagnificentBastard The Illusive Man]] in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', played by MartinSheen. He communicates with Shepard to provide them with info via hologram and is always shown in dim light while smoking a cigarette and/or drinking. His name and backstory are only explained in a tie-in comic; none of the characters, including his right-hand-woman Miranda, have any idea where he came from or how he got where he is. All they know is that he has staggering resources and big, big plans for his species.
* The Half-Life [[http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/G-Man "G-Man"]] is always lurking around in the backscenes, armed with a briefcase that could contain anything, dressed in a perfectly anonymous suit. He may take a train to the opposite of your direction, he will still be at your destination before you.
* In ''AlphaProtocol'', Henry Leland ''thinks'' he's The Man. Potentially, however, Mike Thorton can ''become'' The Man through careful manipulation and control of his contacts.
* Mr. House of ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', the mysterious ruler of New Vegas.
* In ''VideoGame/DeusEx'', Bob Page serves as The Man in charge of the [=MJ12=] conspiracy.
* "[[http://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/showthread.php?490692-Strange-Screenshots&p=12887881&viewfull=1#post12887881 The Manh]]" is a possible name for a general of Zhuang culture in [[VictoriaAnEmpireUnderTheSun Victoria 2]].

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* Here's an article about him on [[http://uncyclopedia.org/wiki/The_Man Uncyclopedia]].
* He was declared Man of the Year by TheOnion in [[http://www.theonion.com/content/node/29703 1997]].

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[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* Used as a "Rejected VideoGame/MegaMan Villain" in the {{webcomic}} ''Dueling Analogs'', as seen in the pic.
* The Man applies RuleThirtyFour to capitalism and civil rights violations, [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=627 according to]] ''QuestionableContent''.
* BobAndGeorge [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/001024c Who else would Mega Man blame?]]
* In ''{{Sinfest}}'',
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=2668 Lil' E terms Jesus this.]]
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=2722 Percy thinks Pooch is carrying a tracking device for him.]]
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=3148 Monique characterizes Satan as him.]]

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