'''Basic Trope''': A senior manager, CEO or owner of a major definitely-for-profit corporation who is out to make as much money and gain as much power as possible, by any means available, regardless of who suffers.
* '''Straight''': The CEO of TropeCo underpays and overworks the employees while awarding himself huge bonuses, uses unethical methods to drive competitors out of business, makes corporate decisions based on short-term profit rather than the long-term financial health of the company, and [[EvilIsPetty cheats]] [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking at golf]].
* '''Exaggerated''':
** The CEO of Trope Co uses blatantly illegal methods to drive competitors out of business, actively seeks to destroy the health and livelihood of as many non-corporate executives as possible, runs the corporation as a giant {{Ponzi}} scheme, and [[BadBoss hunts down employees for sport]].
** The [[CrapsackWorld world]] is a {{Dystopia}} where [[ThereAreNoGoodExecutives every single business institution]] is a MegaCorp run by an evil businessman.
* '''Downplayed''': Trope Co's CEO isn't actively cruel to his employees or trying to screw over the common man, but his "legal shortcuts" and sketchy budget planning to get his way and make sure his company succeed, tends to leave some damage in their wake.
* '''Justified''':
** A certain amount of ruthlessness, ambition and desire for wealth is needed to get ahead in business. However, AmbitionIsEvil and the CEO of Trope Co is just carrying this too far.
** Alternatively, the CEO of Trope Co is utterly ruthless out of a fanatical dream to [[VisionaryVillain use his company to remake the world in the image of something he holds dear,]] [[KnightsTemplar whatever the cost.]] Or alternatively if the setting is AfterTheEnd or something close TO it, because he HAS to keep anything functioning or otherwise doing anything worthwhile.
* '''Inverted''':
** A poor but honest laborer.
** A shamelessly corrupt -- poor laborer, full of big dreams.
** HonestCorporateExecutive
* '''Subverted''': The heroes think the CEO of Trope Co is a CorruptCorporateExecutive, but he's actually an honest and thrifty person who runs the company according to strict ethical and legal guidelines.
* '''Double Subverted''': So the Board of Directors of Trope Co fire that CEO and hire one that promises them maximum profits by any means necessary.
* '''Parodied''':
** The Trope Co Board of Directors hire DastardlyWhiplash to be their CEO on the grounds that all corporate executives are corrupt, so they might as well hire an outright villain.
** The CEO of Trope Co is a [[PointyHairedBoss pointy-haired]] jerk who keeps relying on silly [[MissingStepsPlan schemes]] without seeing that he can make [[CutLexLuthorACheck lots and lots of even more money with mundane means]], but [[IncompetenceInc nobody in Trope Co seems to notice, because they're all distracted by the Get Rich Quick promises.]]
* '''Zig Zagged''': The CEO of Trope Co seems to be corrupt, but is actually staying within ethical and legal guidelines...until the stock prices fall, at which point he starts using illegal methods, but then he's called out on it by his innocent daughter, so he returns to proper behavior, only to be fired in favor of a more profit-driven CEO.
* '''Averted''': All corporate executives in the story are simply businessmen who do their jobs, without overreaching or using unethical methods.
* '''Enforced''':
** Entire work is an anti-corporate AuthorTract. [[WriterOnBoard The writer is on board]], and he had an [[ItsPersonal unpleasant run-in]] with corporations in his past.
** Alternatively: "We need a major [[TheUnfettered Unfettered]] antagonist with no restrictions whatsoever except {{Greed}}. Executives who desire profit are {{Acceptable Target}}s. Let's use one of those."
** "The majority of viewers hate their bosses and jobs anyway, so the boss is evil. Besides, AmbitionIsEvil, and you've gotta have a truckload of the stuff to climb to the top of the corporate ladder."
* '''Lampshaded''': "Just how does this plan make money for Trope Co, as opposed to you, personally?"
* '''Invoked''': The Trope Co Board of Directors deliberately hire a CEO who promises big profits by any means necessary, and refuse to hire anyone who seems too law-abiding.
* '''Exploited''': ???
* '''Defied''': Trope Co has strict ethical guidelines, and fires any executive that crosses the line.
* '''Discussed''':
** "I think we'll find someone at Trope Co's responsible for this outrage. You can never trust corporate types."
** "Of course I'm sneeringly evil. Why did you expect to find up here, a nursery crèche and kitten sanctuary?"
* '''Conversed''': "Why are there [[ThereAreNoGoodExecutives no good executives]] on this show?"
* '''Deconstructed''':
** The CEO of Trope Co made his way to the top by ruthlessness and greed, but discovers once he's up there that his wealth is hollow, and that he has no actual friends, only yes men. But he has to keep up his corrupt ways, despite the growing pit of emptiness in his soul, because Trope Co will collapse unless he doesn't. Worse, reformers in government are trying to enforce the law and the investigation is getting very close to him. However, this is all pointless as the costs for [=PR=] to cover the villainy & keep people willing to deal with Trope Co mount, consuming more and more of the budget, and the more GenreSavvy realize that there was really no way that buying good publicity could work ''forever''.
** After the CEO's short-sighted policies and embezzlement nearly drive the company into the ground the board of directors decides to replace the CEO with someone less corrupt.
* '''Reconstructed''': The CEO is reminded that life at the top is pretty cool after all, and he can ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney to buy new friends and get the government off his back.
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-> Miss Haberdasher, take a note. "Dear TV Tropes, I am appalled by your characterization of the CEO of TropeCo, myself, as a less than honest person. Cease and desist, or I will buy your internet provider and shut you down. Yours Truly, etc." And send it back to CorruptCorporateExecutive.
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