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[[caption-width-right:237:[-Even [[VideoGame/MegaMan Dr. Wily]] answers to him.-] ]]

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

The Man is a 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 are all under his control.

It can overlap with TheManIsKeepingUsDown and TheManIsStickingItToTheMan. Rarely involves TheManBehindTheMan, unless the said person was made explictly clear to be the one who created the personification of establishment on the first place.


[[folder: Anime ]]

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


[[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 ''ComicBook/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 ''WesternAnimation/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.


[[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 ''Literature/TheFriendsOfEddieCoyle'', who [[spoiler:personally orders the hit on the titular character]].
* Eddie from ''Film/SuperFly'' blames The Man for the existence of the drug trade that he and Priest are enmeshed in.
--> "I know it's a rotten game. It's the only one The Man left us to play."


[[folder: Literature ]]

* 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|IsWatching}}" in Creator/GeorgeOrwell's ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour''.
* ''Literature/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'' refers to "the Combine," an all-encompassing, mechanized MindControlConspiracy that represents systems of social control and conformity. The Combine's chief representative in the story is not a man but a ''[[TheBaroness woman]]'' -- specifically, [[BattleaxeNurse Big Nurse Ratched]].
* 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 Flagg is the source of all evil in the books by Stephen King. Any truly evil enterprise is linked to him in some way.
* Present in UnbuiltTrope form in 1922 novel ''Literature/OneOfOurs'', as Claude's progressive friend Gladys ruminates on the sort of people who run the world.
--> “She believed that all things which might make the world beautiful—love and kindness, leisure and art—were shut up in prison, and that successful men like Bayliss Wheeler held the keys.”


[[folder: Music ]]

* 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 Music/{{Supertramp}}'s music. Good examples of this include School and The Logical Song.
* The Music/RoyOrbison song "Working for The Man".
* The Music/TheyMightBeGiants song "Working Undercover For The Man".
* [[Music/CreedenceClearwaterRevival "Left a good job in the city, workin' for The Man every night and day..."]]
* [[Music/TheOffspring Shut up, you're talking too much!]]

[[folder: Live-Action 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.
* ''{{Series/Angel}}'': The demonic law firm Wolfram & Hart is the embodiment of the Establishment, and there are many examples of "The Man" among it and its clientele. In season five, the main characters take over the firm with the goal of reforming it, thus becoming "The Man" themselves. [[spoiler: After realizing that's impossible to reform the Establishment, they epicly stick it to The Senior Partners (TheManBehindTheMan, except demons) by assassinating a shadowy council of W&H's top clients and briefly postponing the Apocalypse.]]


[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* In the ''[[TabletopGame/FengShui Shadowfist]]'' CCG, The Man was the leader of [[AncientConspiracy The Ascended]] (and thus, pretty much ruled the world) in the 1970s.
* ''TabletopGame/SpiritOfSeventySeven'': This being a game about TheSeventies, all characters have a common goal of sticking it to him.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* [[http://kol.coldfront.net/thekolwiki/index.php/The_Man "The Man"]] turns up in ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'', as the leader of the Frat Orcs during the Mysterious Island War quest.
* [[MagnificentBastard The Illusive Man]] in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', played by Creator/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 ''VideoGame/HalfLife'' character [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G-Man_%28Half-Life%29 "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 ''VideoGame/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 [[VideoGame/VictoriaAnEmpireUnderTheSun Victoria 2]].
* That Man is a main antagonist of the ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' franchise.


[[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 Website/TheOnion in [[http://www.theonion.com/content/node/29703 1997]].


[[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]] ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent''.
* ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'' [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/001024c Who else would Mega Man blame?]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{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.]]
* King Zahard from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod''.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Parodied in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' where Gumball mentions The Man and Idaho is confused as to who he's talking about saying "What man?" and "Who's that?".