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[=ScumCo=] is a DangerousWorkplace, and Harry is its finest troubleshooter: a BadassBureaucrat packing a [[NailEm Staple Gun]], power-kicking off walls in his mighty [[SwivelChairAntics Swivel Chair]]. But years of service have left Harry with nagging questions, like: what exactly does [=ScumCo=] ''do?'' Why is it housed in a sinister black obelisk? And does his boss, Dr. Ubermann, plan on being his [[FinalBoss FINAL Boss]]?

Harry stars in a {{Shareware}} [[TopDownView Top-Down]] ActionGame, released by Creator/AmbrosiaSoftware for the {{Macintosh}} in 1997. Creator Ben Spees also developed ''[[VideoGame/FerazelsWand Ferazel's Wand]]'' for Ambrosia.

!! Tropes employed by ''Harry the Handsome Executive'':

* BadBoss -- At the beginning, Ubermann has you toss unread employee feedback forms in the incinerator. By the end, he's planning to [[spoiler:sell his employees' bodies as [[DemonicPossession hosts for incorporeal demons.]]]]
* {{Blob Monster}}s -- A product of [=ScumCo's=] Artificial Life Creation and Study Institute.
* BondOneLiner -- "Eat staples, electrode breath!"
* BossOnlyLevel / BossArenaRecovery -- Level 15.
* CaffeineBulletTime -- Caffeine pills make Harry flash colors and accelerate.
* CastFromHitPoints -- TheForce of the Swivel can channel life energy into weaponized blasts.
* CorridorCubbyholeRun -- Done with [[IndyEscape boulders]].
* DescendedCreator -- Ben Spees voices Harry.
* DevelopersRoom -- Ambrosia rents office space in [=ScumCo=] Tower. The staff is out when you visit, but they each left you a memo.
* DumbBlond / IdiotHero -- Harry is comfortable in the roles of "action hero" and "ladies' man," and bewildered by almost everything else that happens to him.
* EdibleAmmunition -- Shaken-up soda cans become grenades.
* EvilInc / IncompetenceInc -- [=ScumCo=] is under constant attack from the robots and monsters it tries to harness. The R&D labs work on [[spoiler:mind control drugs]] amid nearly wall-to-wall chemical spills. [[spoiler:And yes, the boss is nursing a scheme for world domination.]]
* EvilCostumeSwitch -- [[spoiler:{{Brainwashed}} Pam dons a leather skirt and stiletto heels.]]
* FunWithAcronyms
** The '''S'''pecial '''P'''lanning, '''I'''ntelligence, and '''E'''spionage '''S'''ection.
** The '''B'''i-'''A'''ngular '''D'''irectional '''A'''ccelerated '''S'''taple '''S'''ystem.
* {{Game Mod}}s -- Made with an [[LevelEditor included editor]] and hosted on Ambrosia's site.
* GirlFriday -- Harry's secretary, Pam.
* [[spoiler:HellGate -- The true purpose of [=ScumCo=] Tower, as conceived by swivel chair inventor UsefulNotes/ThomasJefferson.]]
* HyperactiveMetabolism -- Coffee and [[BlandNameProduct Dorky Donuts]] boost your [[LifeMeter comfort meter]].
* HypnoticEyes -- Dr. Ubermann has them.
* ImMelting -- [[spoiler:Dr. Ubermann's fate.]]
* TheInspectorIsComing -- One mission is to destroy all traces of a dangerous substance invented by [=ScumCo=] R&D before the health inspector arrives.
* InterchangeableAntimatterKeys -- Color-coded.
* MacGuffinDeliveryService -- [[spoiler:Ubermann needs the Force of the Swivel Chair as a component of his EvilPlan, but is unable to pass the [[OnlyTheWorthyMayPass tests of character]] needed to reach it--so he dares Harry to try.]]
* MadeOfExplodium -- Most things that can be shot with the staple gun will explode into fireballs, [[EnforcedTrope "as strictly regulated by game design law."]]
** Harry's all-purpose death animation adds EverythingsBetterWithSpinning.
* TheMaze -- Made of doors that can only be kicked open from one side.
* MeaninglessMeaningfulWords -- [=ScumCo=] runs on the corporate buzzword variety. Harry is [[http://www.ambrosiasw.com/ambrosia_times/September_97/4.5Harry.html "Manager of Core Proficiencies,"]] and was anointed "Most Likely to Enact a Paradigm Shift in the Workgroup Mission Statement." Coworkers he approaches will sometimes spout MadLibsDialogue in this vein.
* MegaCorp / VastBureaucracy -- [=ScumCo=].
* NarratingThePresent -- Harry narrates his own journey to the basement.
--> '''Pam:''' "'Vaulting concrete heavens'? Harry, I never knew you had such a literary bent."
* NoFairCheating -- The level select cheat was disabled at some point, replaced with the message "Harry sez: No more cheating!"
* NoGearLevel
--> He had no weapons. He was drained, empty, hollow, and all he had was the Power of the Swivel Chair.
* NoManShouldHaveThisPower -- [[spoiler:Harry resolves that contact with [[AnotherDimension The Other Side]] must end.]]
--> [[spoiler:"''All'' of it? But we've learned so much... we can make contact, under controlled conditions, secretly..."]]
--> "No!" snapped Harry. "''It must end now!''"
* NoOSHACompliance -- The [=ScumCo=] workplace is full of [[ExplodingBarrel volatile toxic waste barrels]], pipes that vent gouts of flame, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking scattered thumbtacks on the floors]].
* NonStandardGameOver -- If you lose all corporate favor, a voice booms "YOU'RE FIRED!" ...and ''then'' you explode.
* NoticeThis -- Memos to Harry pulse with a red glow.
* ObliviousToHints -- A stewardess tries at length to slip Harry his MissionBriefing in the guise of an in-flight film.
--> "We also have ''Secret Message for Harry'' and ''Important Assignment from the Boss'' available this evening...."
--> "What kind of idiot are you?" snapped Harry. "''I do not want to watch a movie! No! No! No movie! None!''"
* OnlyThePureOfHeart -- [[spoiler:One of the Tests of the Swivel Chair requires you to [[SheatheYourSword empty your staple guns]] to cross the threshold.]]
* OpeningScroll -- Most levels have one to narrate between-level events.
* OpenSaysMe -- {{Inverted}}. Harry ''only'' opens doors by kicking them in--but if a door is locked, he has to use the key first.
* PercussiveMaintenance -- The only way to get anything out of a vending machine.
* PhlebotinumOverdose -- Never drink two test tubes at once.
* PivotalBoss -- Dr. Ubermann.
* PixelHunt -- Blue keys are sometimes hidden on busy blue backgrounds.
* RampJump
* ReflectiveEyes -- When Harry looks into Pam's, he gets to admire his own reflection.
* SaveGameLimits -- You can save at the beginning of each level, plus once per [[JustifiedSavePoint photocopier]].
* ScreenShake -- Accompanies explosions.
* ShoutOut
** Several to Franchise/IndianaJones, starting with the logo and [[SuspiciouslySimilarSong Suspiciously Similar Theme Song]]. Eventually {{lampshade}}d by the narration.
--> A ''[[TempleOfDoom temple]]?'' This was simply too much. Too much, too much, too much, too much. Who the hell was he, anyway, Indiana Jones?
** [[Literature/{{Dune}} "Fear, Harry. Fear is the mind-killer."]]
** The traditional Ambrosia EasterEgg (press X on the title screen) yields a Music/TheyMightBeGiants lyric.
* SpeechBubbles -- Used to display the text of signage and memos as well as dialogue.
* {{Technobabble}} -- {{Parodied}} by the schematic of Harry's chair, which highlights its "Hyper-Ergonomic Comfort Cradle," "Secondary Spinal Support Beam," and "Dynamic Non-Skid Tailbone Suspension Pad (Extra Kooshy)."
* ThereAreNoGoodExecutives -- A notable exception.
* TurnedAgainstTheirMasters -- The robots who staff the customer service lines revolt.
* TurnsRed -- When nearly defeated, Ubermann starts [[FlashOfPain flashing]], hopping in place, and hurling poltergeists.
* ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption -- A FamilyUnfriendlyAesop in the epilogue.

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