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A Japan-based electronics MegaCorp that created, among other things:
* The UsefulNotes/PlayStation [[UsefulNotes/PlayStation2 line]] [[UsefulNotes/Playstation3 of video]] [[UsefulNotes/PlayStation4 game consles]].
* The first mass-market VCR, with Betamax
* The first portable music player, with the Walkman
* UsefulNotes/CompactDisc (with Philips)
* {{UsefulNotes/DVD}} (with Philips, Toshiba, and Panasonic)
* UsefulNotes/BluRay (with Apple Computer, Lenovo, Samsung, Microsoft, Acer, HP, Toshiba, and Panasonic)

Originally known as Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo (the Sony name was invented as the name of a product line in the '50s, became the company's brand overseas at first and finally the name of the company itself by 1980) maker of numerous diverse electronic goods, prominently including televisions, stereos, [=PCs=], and cell phones, and game consoles. They also do [[AcmeProducts electronic components, industrial chemicals, batteries, toys, robots, banks, and life insurance.]] They also have their own animation studios (Creator/SonyPicturesImageworks, Creator/SonyPicturesAnimation, Adelaide Productions and Creator/A1Pictures), their own major record company with numerous labels and even their own [[Creator/{{Animax}} Anime channel]] co-founded with Creator/ToeiAnimation, Creator/{{TMS|Entertainment}} and Creator/{{Sunrise}}, a anime streaming site called [[http://www.daisuki.net Daisuki]][[note]]co-founded not only with Toei, Sunrise and TMS, but also Nihon Ad Systems, Dentsu and Asatsu-DK[[/note]]. One could almost say that, like [[UsefulNotes/PlayStation3 one of their products]], they only do everything[[note]] including lawsuits against [[Creator/{{Hydraulx}} effects studios]] [[DuelingMovies for]] [[Film/{{Skyline}} similar]] [[Film/BattleLosAngeles movies]]; and getting entangled with Korean electronics company LG for Blu-ray rights[[/note]]. Basically, even if you don't own Sony-manufactured electronics, you've likely watched Sony-produced movies (and/or owned them on tape or disc), listened to Sony-distributed music on your phone, and you've watched Sony-produced TV series, like ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' and ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}''.

It is also the current owner of Creator/ColumbiaPictures and Creator/TriStarPictures, which along with their record company (Sony Music, owner of Creator/ColumbiaRecords and Creator/EpicRecords) has led the company to switch sides in [[DigitalPiracyIsEvil the intellectual-property war]]. Said record company, Creator/SonyMusicEntertainment, has the dubious distinction of being the only major record company to ship a rootkit (malignant software which takes over your computer) on a music CD, all in the name of [[DigitalPiracyIsEvil the war on piracy]].

It's worth noting that Sony Corporation ''per se'' only does the electronics and some financial shenanigans. Most of the fingers Sony sticks in other pies are technically independent corporations-- Creator/SonyInteractiveEntertainment (games), Creator/SonyPictures Entertainment (motion pictures), Creator/SonyMusicEntertainment (music), Sony Financial Holdings, etc. That's before getting into Sony Corporation of America, Sony de Mexico, etc... There are dozens of Sony corporations in total ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sony_Corporation_shareholders_and_subsidiaries The Other Wiki has a list]]). One upshot of this is that Sony has been known on more than one occasion to [[RightHandVersusLeftHand sue "itself" when conflicts arose between]], for instance, Sony Music Entertainment and Sony Corporation. Or take different sides of a political issue, such as during the SOPA fiasco, Sony Corporation, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Sony Music Entertainment were for it while Sony Computer Entertainment was against it.

Responsible for being the TropeNamer for ''GiantEnemyCrab'', ''AttackItsWeakPoint'', and ''RealTimeWeaponChange'', all from their 2006 [[UsefulNotes/ElectronicEntertainmentExpo E3]] conference keynote.