The first thing you need to know about Goldman Sachs is that it's everywhere. The world's most powerful investment bank is a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money.
— Matt Taibbi
"When someone says that they have people everywhere, you expect it to be hyperbole! Lots of people say that. Florists use that expression! It doesn't mean that they have someone working for them in the bloody room!"
— M, Quantum of Solace
"Gotham isn't beyond saving. Give me more time. There are good people here—"
"You are defending a city that is so corrupt that we have infiltrated every level of its infrastructure."
— Bruce Wayne and Ra's Al Ghul, Batman Begins
Odo: Captain, there's something you need to know. The Changeling, before he died, he whispered something to me.
Sisko: Go on.
Odo: He said, "You're too late. We're everywhere."
— Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, "he Adversary"
The Company, with godlike modesty, shuns all publicity. Its agents, of course, are secret; the orders it constantly (perhaps continually) imparts are no different from those spread wholesale by impostors.
Besides—who will boast of being a mere impostor? The drunken man who blurts out an absurd command, the sleeping man who suddenly awakes and turns and chokes to death the woman sleeping at his side—are they not, perhaps, implementing one of the Company's secret decisions?
— Jorge Luis Borges: The Lottery in Babylon