Quotes: Corrupt Corporate Executive

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    Anime and Manga 

Kaiba: So you've got a dweeb army. Am I supposed to be scared to attack?
Dartz: (smirking) Well, only if destroying an innocent soul concerns you.
Kaiba: (smirkier) Naaah. As the President of a major corporation, I have to do that every day.
Yu-Gi-Oh!, "Waking the Dragons" arc

    Comic books 

"I hear you're a conspiracy nut. Well, this is the conspiracy, kid. It ain't ancient gods an' aliens an' coded shit on the dollar bill. It ain't even a secret. It's somethin' ordinary folks do for a livin', every day of the week. It's business."
The Legend, The Boys #19

    Film — Live-action 

"Maniacal laugh. Maniacal laugh."
Tex Richman, The Muppets

"You make history, I make money."
Steven Jacobs, Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Mr. Elkenberry: I didn't inherit money like you did. I started with nothing. And yet I was a millionaire by the time I was 18. Anyone stood in my way, they got hurt. When I was 11 years old, I killed a man.
Arthur: Well, when you're 11, you probably don't even know there's a law against that!
Arthur (1981)

"You know, Burke, I don't know which species is worse. You don't see them fucking each other over for a goddamn percentage."''
Ripley, Aliens

Max Shrek: "Power surplus"? Bruce, shame on you. No such thing. One can never have too much power. If my life has a meaning, that's the meaning.
Bruce Wayne: Yeah. Well. I'm gonna fight you on this. And I've already spoken to the Mayor, and we see eye-to-eye, so—
Max Shrek: Mayors come and go. Bluebloods tire easy.

"Killing the indigenous looks bad, but the only thing the shareholders hate more than bad press is a bad quarterly statement."
Parker Selfridge, Avatar

Elliot Carver: Mr. Jones, are we ready to release our new software?
Jones: Yes, sir. As requested, it's full of bugs, which means people will be forced to upgrade for years.
Elliot Carver: Outstanding! Mr. Wallace, call the President. Tell him if he doesn't sign the bill lowering the cable rates, we will release the video of him with the cheerleader in the Chicago motel room.
Mr. Wallace: Inspired, sir.
Elliot Carver: And after he signs the bill, release the tape anyway.
Mr. Wallace: Consider him slimed.

"People wanna live like this, in their cars and big fuckin' houses they can't even pay for — then you're necessary. The only reason that they all get to continue living like kings is cause we got our fingers on the scales in their favor. I take my hand off and then the whole world gets really fuckin' fair really fuckin' quickly, and nobody actually wants that. They say they do, but they don't. They want what we have to give them, but they also wanna, you know, play innocent and pretend they have no idea where it came from. Well, that's more hypocrisy than I'm willing to swallow, so fuck 'em. Fuck normal people."
Will Emerson, Margin Call

Bartleby: You are responsible for raising an icon which draws worship from the Lord. You have broken the first commandment. Not only that, I'm afraid not a-one of you passes for a decent human being. Your continued existence is a mockery of morality. Like you, Mr. Burton. Last year, you cheated on your wife of seventeen years eight times. You even had sex with her best friend while you were supposed to be home watching the kids.
Loki: (gives two thumbs up) In the bed that you and your wife share, no less!
Bartleby: Mr. Newman: you got your girlfriend drunk at last year's Christmas party and then paid a kid from the mail room to have sex with her — while she was passed out — just so you could break up with her guilt-free when she sobbingly confessed in the morning. (She, uh, killed herself three months later.) Mr. Brace disowned his gay son! Very compassionate, Mr. Brace. Mr. Ray put his mother in a third-rate nursing home and then used the profits from the sale of her home to buy an oriental rug for himself. Heavens. Mr. Barker flew to Thailand on the company account to have sex with an eleven-year-old boy. Mr. Holtzman OK'ed the production of Mooby Dolls from materials he knew to be toxic and unsafe, because it was, SURVEY SAYS...! Less costly.
— Two archangels preparing to execute the board of Dis—er, "Mooby", Dogma

Meanwhile the four ugly corporation directors were having a wonderful time. They were running the company all over the place. Twice a day they watered the stock, to keep it fresh. And every Saturday they took a long pair of garden shears and trimmed the dividend. All in all, you would not find a nicer bunch of fellows outside of a police line-up.
The Narrator, The Solid Gold Cadillac

    Film — Animated 

So I'm biggering my company
I'm biggering my factory
I'm biggering my corporate sign
Everybody out there, take care of yours and me?
I'll take care of mine, mine, mine, mine, mine!
(Shake that bottom line)
Let me hear you say 'smogulous smoke'
(smogulous smoke)
Schloppity schlop
(schloppity schlop)
Complain all you want, it's never ever, ever, ever gonna stop
The Once-ler, How Bad Can I Be?, The Lorax

Bob Parr: Are you saying that we shouldn't help our customers?
Gilbert Huph: The law requires that I answer "no."

    Literature 

"After all, what could a master criminal buy? There was a shortage of seaside properties with real lava flows near a reliable source of piranhas, and the world sure as hell didn't need another Dark Lord, not with Gilt doing so well. Gilt didn’t need a tower with ten thousand trolls camped outside. He just needed a ledger and a sharp mind. It worked better, was cheaper and he could go out and party at night."
Going Postal gives us the obligatory Pratchett quote

"I live in the Managerial Age, in a world of "Admin." The greatest evil is not now done in those sordid "dens of crime" that Dickens loved to paint. It is not done even in concentration camps and labour camps. In those we see its final result. But it is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried, and minuted) in clean, carpeted, warmed and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voices. Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern."
The Screwtape Letters (preface)

    Live-action TV 

"My God! ISO 9001 Certification is a license to kill!"

"This isn't Wall Street, this is Hell! We have a little something called "integrity.""
Crowley, Supernatural

Richfield: Oh, don't turn into one of those environmental doomsayers, Sinclair. Boo-hoo, it's raining acid, there's a hole in the ozone, you're hurting Flipper! Bah! Bunch of tree hugging pantywaists! They're always standing in the way of profits and it's our job to pave right over them!
Earl: I think you're missing the point, sir. The world may be coming to an end!
Richfield: Well, that's a fourth quarter problem.

Morgus: Those without valid employment cards will be shipped off to the eastern labour camps.
President: Of course, the irony is while you've been closing plants here in the west, you've been building them in the east. So if the unemployed were sent to the eastern labour camps, a great many of them would be working for you again, only this time without payment.
Morgus: (innocently) I hadn't thought of that.
President: Of course you hadn't.

    Music 

I built a little empire out of some crazy garbage
Culled the blood of the exploited working class
But now they've overcome their shyness and they're calling Your Highness
And saying 'kiss me, son of God'
They Might Be Giants, "Kiss Me, Son of God"

You can wheel and deal the best of them
Steal it from the rest of them
You know the score
Their ethics are a bore..."
Ray Stevens,"Mr. Businessman"

There's a man going around in the town
Spreading lies
He's the bad businessman
Does his business while he can
He just does his business bad
Squirrel Nut Zippers - Bad Businessman

"The markets are free! So much money for me! Tell me, why should I care for peace and love?!"
Pig With The Face Of A Boy, Soviet Tetris

    Newspaper comics 

Asok: Wally, I've discovered a deadly security flaw in our product. Who should I inform?
Wally: No one. The stock market would plunge. We'd have massive layoffs. Your career will be ruined.
Asok: But my negligence could cause the death of a dozen customers.
Wally: The first dozen is always the hardest.
Dilbert

    Professional wrestling 

"I prey on the innocent. It's how I made my fortune, and, quite frankly, it's fun."
John Bradshaw Layfield, WWE Monday Night Raw

    Tabletop games 

"We chase and shout after the man who steals your basket of eggs. The wiser thief is the man who manipulates us into buying goods we need at his shop and overcharges us a copper piece every time he can. He takes much more from us all, without ever having to run anywhere or suffer our anger. Indeed, sometimes we praise him for providing what we want or need, and never look past his welcoming smile."

    Theatre 

"There are so many things I remember
From the deeply revered days of old
When living was gentle and gracious
And working folk did as they're told.

They were wonderful days, I remember,
When a feller could live like a king;
And children were working in coal mines
And life was a beautiful thing.

But the fortunes of mankind are changing;
Things aren't what they were anymore;
And although I'm in no way complaining,
By Harris and Tweed, I preferred it before."

    Video Games 

"The unfiltered starlight from the lovely constellations above is full of deadly radiation! Help yourself to our complimentary SPF 3000 starblock. And by 'complimentary', I mean 'quite expensive'."
Dr. Eggman, via the PA system, Sonic Colors

"New York disappeared behind a veil of snow. I had crossed the threshold. This was her domain. Sleek and sexy and souless, all glass and steel. A place of color-coded security keycards, metal detectors and surveillance systems. Colder than a walk-in fridge...Cold as a gun."

    Web Animation 

"Weyland-Yutani now of the opinion that an uncontrollable biological weapon that reliably wipes out their science teams en masse is totally worth openly declaring war on their own country's military for. Christ knows how Weyland-Yutani spent their time before the Aliens were discovered; probably threw children on piles of burning money."

    Webcomics 

Ansem: We need to kick off 2009 with a bang. Something that will remind people how evil FOX truly is. I mean something that would make Sauron jealous. Just pure evil.
[Cut to a courtroom]
Judge: I hereby award the rights to Watchmen to FOX studios.

Florence: So you're saying we should go to the company C.E.O. and appeal to his generosity and nobility instead of his greed?
Sawtooth: Psst. Florence. Go with the greed.

    Web Original 

Cash Equals Orgasm.

"It can be a glamorous place. Celebrities of all sorts are escorted through the halls, performing in conference rooms—it is one of the few perks of a place that cuts muffins in half at company All-Hands meetings to save money."
Gawker, "I Do Not Know One Person Who is Happy at Amazon"

"Since Activision's rise to gaming publisher domination and their commitment to rehashing money makers over and over again the gaming world has had a new face of evil to point at as the problem with everything ever: Bobby Kotick. To be fair the man doesn't really help himself when he spouts out that games shouldn't be developed for fun or that Activision is just in it for the money. All this being said, you have to wonder if Kotick sits up in a big chair, petting his white cat while he kills his minions for not being able to destroy 007 or if he's actually just a guy running a company."

"One of Walmart’s tractor-trailers rammed into a limo bus carrying Tracy Morgan, Jimmy Mack and others on the New Jersey Turnpike last June. Tracy’s lawyer says that it’s all Walmart’s fault because Kevin Roper, the driver of the tractor-trailer, was awake for more than 24 hours before the crash and he was driving 20mph over the speed limit. But well, if you thought that Walmart’s yellow smiley face of pure evil would just spit out an 'I’m sorry' before dropping a mountain of money into Tracy’s lap, then you don’t know Walmart or billion dollar American corporations... I’m surprised they didn’t say, 'No, Tracy’s limo ran into OUR truck. It ran into OUR truck ten times!' But I’m sure they’ll settle, and then the evil minions of Lucifer who run Walmart will roll-forward prices a little bit, because it’s not like that settlement money is going to come out of their year-end bonuses."

"If corporations are people then why can't I punch one in the fucking face?"
Eric Gloria Ryan, Jezebel

"I have never understood Donald Trump’s involvement in wrestling. He is always presented as a face counterpart to Vince McMahon’s evil billionaire character, but the facts tell a different, much darker story. While the wrestling persona Mr. McMahon once made Trish Stratus strip and bark like a dog on television, the real-life Donald Trump once tried to demolish a little old lady’s house and turn it into parking space."

"I am a sports fan, which means that I am willing to put up with a lot of corrupt jackassery from my owners and commissioners and college presidents. It's baked right into the system. But come the fuck on. This is insane. I don't expect much of America, but if Dan Snyder had thousands of people die to build him a new stadium (don't think he wouldn't), I honestly believe that people here wouldn't tolerate it...This has to be the insanity line. This has to be the moment where we look at a corrupt sports entity, and say, "What the fuck are we doing? We can't do this." Nothing is worth this. Nothing is worth standing by and letting Sepp Blatter—a truly revolting creature—bulldoze neighborhoods and grab asses and snort powdered gold as he sees fit. If people want to accuse the US of hypocrisy for pulling out of this shit, fine. I can live with that. We're hypocrites, you got us. Guilty as charged. Still, while there will always be a base amount of corruption in the sporting world, we shouldn't let it get to this. We should demand FIFA move the tournament somewhere where the games will be played in the summer and only, like, 20 people die instead of 4,000. That's the more reasonable level of corruption. That's the Roger Goodell level."
Drew Magary, "The USMNT Should Boycott The 2022 World Cup"

"In the American market economy model, there is no such thing as job security, which is considered an impediment to the efficient functioning of the marketplace. During downturns in the business cycle, or after mergers and consolidations, firings, and layoffs are an acceptable part of the system regardless of human cost. Correspondingly, the social security safety-net and employer-paid health coverage, not to mention paid vacations and pregnancy or child-care leaves-of-absence, are considered an intolerable burden and threat to profitability. Vocational training is the responsibility of the individual; the apprentice system has been blocked both by profit concerns and minimum wage standards... Staggering losses and scandalous mismanagement are always excused by the business cycle, blaming foreign competition, labor problems, or government regulation; self-serving management contracts reward dismissal with a golden handshake. In the financial markets the obscene profits of speculators and buyout middlemen are viewed as an acceptable trade-off for market liquidity."
Charles Maechling, 'VQR''

    Web video 

Jay: So, just before the match starts, Roddy Piper mentions something about Bret Hart losing a brother, Dean Hart. He's the fifth oldest of the Hart children. He died the day before Survivor Series due to chronic nephritis (which is kidney disease) at 36, and Bret was really pissed at Vince backstage 'cause he barely acknowledged it, so Piper said, "Alright, I'll just bring it up on the pay-per-view." That was very nice of him, wasn't it?
OOC: But still. Bret he's...he's wrestling at a PPV the day after his brother's death. I mean...this business is scum, isn't it?

"I wonder if the CEO just rubs himself with money."
Gordon Freeman, Freeman's Mind

"You gotta understand the dystopic cyberpunk future that Microsoft's doing business in... they're trying to cripple the retail side of the gaming industry and scrape even more jobs away from the American economy."
George Weidman, Xbox One: It's One More Reason Not to Get Hyped"

"I know this is supposed to be an evil corporation, but having actual pure, elemental evil lying around seems to be slight overkill."
Evil Tim, Let's Play Shinobi, Stage 6-A

    Western animation 

I'd do it in a minute
If I could write off your murder
I'd save all of my receipts
Because I'd rather you be dead
Than lose a tiny shred of what I made this fiscal year
I'd rather you be dead than ponder parting with my second home
I'd rather you be dead than consider not opening a restaurant
I'd rather you be dead

"Family, religion, friendship. These are the three demons you must slay if you wish to succeed in business."
Charles Montgomery Burns, The Simpsons

    Real life 

"The true terrorists of our world do not meet at the docks at midnight, or scream "Allahu Akbar" before some violent action. The true terrorists of our world wear 5000 dollar suits and work in the highest positions of finance, government and business."
Peter Joseph, Zeitgeist Addenum

"Whenever I saw a negative article about Gore, I put it in with the paychecks of my 8,000 employees. I had my managers do a survey on every employee. If they liked Bush, we made them register to vote...he would win by 527 votes. Afterward, we did a survey among the employees to find out who voted who wouldn’t have otherwise. One thousand of them said so."
David Siegel explains how billionaires cast their votes

"With WCW no longer his home, Dusty looked north for employment, turning to Vince McMahon and the WWF. McMahon was more than happy to welcome him to the WWF. He even bought him some new outfits. And what outfits they were, with Dusty's flabby frame somehow squeezed into the tightest latex imaginable. Oh—and gigantic bright yellow polka dots! He was introduced to WWF fans through a series of asinine vignettes in which he delivered pizzas, cleaned toilets, and shoveled horse crap. See, that's the way a lot of folks in wrestling operate. You, the promoter, don't like someone in a rival organization. Circumstances arise in which that person is unemployed and in need of a job. Instead of simply denying him employment, you bring him into the company and completely humiliate him. Do the fans in the stands want to see this? No. Does it matter? No, because it's all about showing the guy you don't like who has the power."
R. D. Reynolds and Bryan Alvarez, The Death of WCW