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* ''VideoGame/ActOfWar'''s Consortium is a bunch of corrupt business executives who use terrorism as an excuse to jack up oil prices, and also happen to finance several terrorist organisations.
* ''VideoGame/ArmyOfTwo'' combines this trope with PrivateMilitaryContractors in the form of [[spoiler:the heroes' own military corporation, SSC, whose leadership is plotting to privatize the United States military so they can take over the country.]]
* The villains of ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' is the Iron Throne trading company which just wants to make a shitload of money, but it's later revealed that the adopted son of the local leader is [[BatmanGambit just using them]] for his [[AGodAmI much grander scheme]].
** It is worth noting that (being a ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' game set in the ForgottenRealms) the Iron Throne is invoked as being a largely LawfulEvil organization in-universe.
* In ''VideoGame/BatmanTheTelltaleSeries'' it's revealed that Bruce's father Thomas Wayne had ties with the mafia and the [[CorruptPolitician corrupt mayor]], and amassed wealth by drugging and gaslighting other rich people [[spoiler: including the Penguin's mother]] and committing them to Arkham Asylum in order to steal their land and money.
* ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow2'': Two members of the Acolytes - the half-human children of Satan plotting to unleash Hell on Earth - are heads of two megacorporations; Raisa Volkova owns the Bioquimek Corporation, which is responsible for performing experiments in genetical mutation, biological weapons, cloning and is responsible for unleashing a plague that turns humans into demons, and Nergal Meslamstea, the biggest weapon's manufacturer in the world. They are responsible for reshaping and manipulating civilization to their will in preparation for their father's arrival.
* Crey Industries in ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'', which has its own black ops teams and engages in kidnappings, employee brainwashing, and shakedowns regularly (then bribes the judges or claims "rogue employee" when caught in the act). Alarmingly, a lot of the technology that keeps [[CityOfAdventure the city]] running smoothly was built and sold by them, [[VillainWithGoodPublicity making them seem more respectable to the public]] than they really are.
** Kirk Cage runs a ruthless mining group called the Cage Consortium in the ''VideoGame/CityOfVillains'' that works its miners to death- causing said miners to rebel, with [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower strength gained from sheer force of will]].
* ''VideoGame/CriticalDepth'' has both Dana Nagel, CEO of Mondred Corp, who plans to use the mysterious [[PlotCoupon Pods]] to exploit for profit, and Sebastion Titan, head of Titan Industries, whose plans border on downright [[TakeOverTheWorld world domination]].
* The [[MegaCorp WEC]] is the big bad in the ''VideoGame/{{Crusader}}'' series of games. If you are a bad guy and not a [[HumongousMecha robot]] or a [[{{Mooks}} soldier]], you are a Corrupt Corporate Executive. 'No exceptions''. The office politics would make Machiavelli have a nervous breakdown.
* Bob Page is ''VideoGame/DeusEx'''s Corrupt Corporate Executive VillainWithGoodPublicity, taking [[RefugeInAudacity refuge in the unlikelihood of anyone digging]] [[AGodAmI deeper]].
** David Sarif from ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'' is a downplayed version, coupled with a healthy dose of UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: While he does and orders some ''very'' shady things (such as [[spoiler:purposely sticking a bunch of unnecessary military augs into Adam to make him his own private killer cyborg, his covert investigation of Adam's past, and refusing to let police rescue hostages in one of his factories so his private killer cyborg can keep corporate secrets away from the public eye]]), he's shown to be a benevolent idealist at heart and genuinely believes that what he's doing is for the benefit of all humanity. [[spoiler:Zhao Yun Ru]] is a straight example, though.
* Arius of ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 2'' , who seeks and wields demonic power for world domination while publicly the head of the international Uroboros corporation.
* The Shinra Electric Power Company in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', with the exception of Reeve. Shinra's main industry in the game seems more "World Domination" than "Electric Power". Or "Weapons Manufacturer" before even that.
* Genevive Aristide and her company, Armacham Technology Corporation, from ''VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon'', are so corrupt that they have no qualms with murdering their own employees in sight of federal agents and then killing those same agents with uniformed security guards. Nor do they hesitate to arrange for a nuclear explosion in the middle of a large, populated city - and this is just the ''cover-up'' for ''even worse'' things they've done. Most of ''them'' were perpetrated by Harlan Wade. At some point, you begin to wonder if [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Alma]] really is the BigBad, or Wade[=/=]Aristide[=/=]''Armacham itself'' is. They're wholly responsible for Alma's creation ''and'' escape to wreak her RoaringRampageOfRevenge.
* Adrian Ripburger in adventure game ''VideoGame/FullThrottle'' is another example of a villainous ''vice''-exec with a [[CoolOldGuy benign]] [[UnclePennybags superior]]. Since he murders said superior and takes his place relatively early in the game, however, the distinction is probably moot.
* The Korx in ''VideoGame/GalacticCivilizations'' are the literal embodiment of this stereotype -- the government and the whole planet are run by one company. So when you play as their leader, technically you are a CEO. Ironically the system works well: everything they have is capital and hence valuable (although they are max evil). Unfortunately their neighbors are externalities...
* ''VideoGame/HauntingStarringPolterguy'': Vito Sardini is the CEO of the Sardini Company that sells defective skateboards to innocent teenagers. He has a nasty facial expression, smokes a fat cigar, values his money over everything and has according to the on-screen text an MBA in "sleazy economics".
* The Morganites of ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'' operate as a collective of businesses under their leader who is, by default, titled [=CEO=]. While not instrinsically evil like the Korx, the faction ''can'' be played as amorally as you, the [=CEO=], desire.
** Technically Morgan got aboard the ''Unity'' illegally, having his people install a secret [[HumanPopsicle cryo-pod]] on the ship. He justifies it by saying that, as a major contributor into the construction of the ''Unity'', he, technically, owns part of it.
* In the ''Civ''-clone ''CallToPower'' series, one of the government models you discover in the Modern Age is the Corporate Republic, where corporations assume the role of government agencies. So once again, if you're evil and head the main business in charge of the government...
* A large number of characters in the ''{{VideoGame/Hitman}}'' series are Corrupt Corporate Executives. Special mention goes to Blake Dexter from ''[[VideoGame/HitmanAbsolution Absolution]]''.
* Goldman from ''VideoGame/HouseOfTheDead'' initially appears to be one of these, but then he turns out to be [[OmnicidalManiac much]] [[MadScientist more]].
* The Glukkons in the ''VideoGame/{{Oddworld}}'' game series are similar to the aforementioned Druuge -- a species of out-of-control capitalists. Their lives revolve around harvesting the animals on their planet, processing them, and selling them as snack food. By the time of the first game, ''Abe's Oddyssee'', they've driven one race into extinction (the Meeches) and the others are rare. Thus, they turn on their slave race, the Mudokons, and [[ImAHumanitarian attempt to turn them into their next product]]. In the second game, ''Abe's Exoddus'', they've taken to making a soft drink from Mudokon ''bones and tears''.
** ''[[VideoGame/OddworldStrangersWrath Stranger's Wrath]]'' gives us Sekto, the owner of Sekto Springs, a water bottle selling company that made a dam around the Mongo River region, damaging the wasteland and making life difficult for the native Grubbs.
* Chairman Drek, the BigBad of ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClank'', had a far-reaching, [[PlanetLooters planet-looting]] scheme for making endless profits, the thwarting of which was Clank's sole motivation throughout the first game.
** And then there's Gleeman Vox from ''VideoGame/RatchetDeadlocked'', who hosts a MerchandiseDriven intergalactic TV event called [=DreadZone=], where captured heroes are forced to fight to the death.
* Mitsuko Isurugi from ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars Original Generation 2'' is able to plan with all sides except for the Einst, simply because all sides know that she will only look out for herself, and wants the war to continue so she can profit off of it. The only reason she doesn't work for the Einst is because they're {{Eldritch Abomination}}s and she can't make money off of them.
* Wario's role in the ''VideoGame/WarioWare'' series is as one of these, but as an AntiHero rather than a villain. He's a lazy, greedy bastard with terrible hygiene problems, but the RuleOfFunny and RuleOfFun get him a free pass via his microgames, and he usually receives some form of AmusingInjury at the end of the game as karma.
* ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'''s BigBad is Nicole Horne, head of the Aesir Corporation, a member of the [[AncientConspiracy Inner Circle]], the twisted mind behind the nightmare drug Valkyr, and the one behind the murder of the title character's wife and baby girl.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** The planet Noveria exists as a place for Corrupt Corporate Executives to operate and perform research outside the bounds of Citadel law.
** [=ExoGeni=] Corp is in charge of the colony on Feros where [[spoiler: it conducts experiments on the colonists, allowing the telepathic Thorian creature to exercise its control over them so its researchers can observe the effects. After Shepard's intervention, [=ExoGeni=] attempts to wipe out the entire colony.]] Later in the game, [=ExoGeni=] employees' experiments with Thorian creepers lead to disaster after the Feros mission when the creatures go berserk and kill most of them. The last surviving researcher attempts to bribe Shepard to prevent her arrest.
** The ultimate evil executive in the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' universe: Nassana Dantius who is implied to have her employees murdered if they leave before the expiration of their contract, and tries to have them all killed out of paranoia in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''. Not only does no-one mourn her once she's assassinated, her company's stock goes ''up''.
-->"Tell your assassin to aim for the head... 'cause she doesn't have a heart."
** Miranda Lawson's ArchnemesisDad is one of the wealthiest businessmen in the entire galaxy, but his role in the actual story is more that of a MadScientist.
** Then there's Donovan Hock, a wealthy businessman (arms dealer) and patron of the arts on Bekenstein. Taking him down is the goal in Kasumi's loyalty mission.
* And before Noveria, Creator/BioWare worked this trope through ''Videogame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' with Czerka. Two planets worth of slavery, genocide, environmental damage, and other shady practices. A light-side PlayerCharacter can scam them mercilessly and get away with it. In the sequel, they're at it again, trying to screw over Telos, getting cozy with the Exchange (mobsters), and the local rep overrunning the place with mercenaries and paid thugs to subvert the Telosian Security Force.
** Bites them hard in the ass come ''Videogame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' where [[GoodIsNotNice hard]]-[[GoodIsNotSoft liner]] [[IronLady Republic Chancellor]] Suresh has had enough of their flagrant disrespect for the law and orders their assets seized for crimes against the Republic. [[PlayerCharacter Players]] are part of the cleanup crew on the Republic side, but the Empire wants to swoop in and grab whatever they can before the Republic makes off with the company assets.
* The Umbrella Corporation in ''Franchise/ResidentEvil''. Notably, when the government finally had evidence of Umbrella's misdeeds in the TimeSkip before ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'', they destroyed the company by freezing their business practices, crashing their stock price and driving them into bankruptcy - it doesn't matter how powerful a corporation you are, if you can't do business, you die.
** And [[spoiler:the shadowy Other Corporation Albert Wesker works for. And the Raccoon City Police Department. And most of the S.T.A.R.S management. And really any organisation in the Resident Evil games.]]
* Perennial villain of the ''[[Videogame/HammerinHarry Daiku no Gensan/Hammerin' Harry]]'' series, Hyosuke Kuromoku. Not coincidentally, his company uses modern-style construction workers, while hero Genzo/Harry is a traditional Japanese carpenter, and heroine Kanna is the heir to the company that employs him.
* ''[[VideoGame/AdvancedVariableGeo Advanced V.G.]]'': Miranda's video game counterpart secretly created [[ResearchInc Section-9]], where she used her own daughter, Reimi, as [[SuperPrototype a testbed]] for her GattacaBabies. K-1, K-2, and later, the Material Twins were the result, all of whom were [[TykeBomb biogenetically engineered killing machines.]] Though [[YouHaveFailedMe she killed each of them]] for failing to defeat [[TheProtagonist Yuka Takeuchi.]] Which caused Yuka to [[ItsAllMyFault blame herself for their deaths]] and briefly [[HeroicBSOD lose her fighting spirit.]]
* ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'':
** ''VideoGame/Persona3'' has Tanaka, the Devil Social Link, who spends his time with the player talking about doing shady business (but not before making the protagonist pay him as an "investment"), though his interactions with the [[MessianicArchetype Main Character]] will encourage him to consider philanthropic work, if only for the purpose of having the people he may potentially help owe him. He returns in ''VideoGame/Persona4'' as the host of his own home shopping program, but we see in ''VideoGame/Persona5'' that he's switched to selling BlackMarket goods online.
** One of ''VideoGame/Persona5''[='s=] main antagonists is Kunikazu Okumura, the president of fast food company Okumura Foods. He ruthlessly exploits his employees to the point that his MentalWorld depicts them as mindless robots. Additionally, he plans to marry his daughter off to an abusive scumbag simply to advance himself politically.
* ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'' and ''VideoGame/RedFaction'' had the Ultor corporation. Doing anything to earn a buck off Stillwater's middle and wealthy classes, they will not hesitate to exploit workers, start gang wars and bring in heavily armed men to protect investments.
* Master Zilla of Zilla Enterprises from ''Videogame/ShadowWarrior''. His forays into evil sorcery and his plans to take over Japan with his summoned monsters was what prompted Lo Wang to quit the corporation. When Zilla tried to [[ContractOnTheHitman have Lo Wang killed]], Lo Wang took the fight to him.
* The Druuge from ''VideoGame/StarControlII'' are a whole PlanetOfHats of Corrupt Corporate Executives. Marriages are entirely based on contracts, and any offspring who reach maturity are forced to pay a percentage of their income to their parents. Every member of the race works for the Crimson Corporation, which owns ''everything'' on all Druuge-occupied planets, including air. Thus, anyone who is laid off from the Crimson Corporation is accused of poaching company property, and either executed or sent to be used as crew/[[PoweredByAForsakenChild emergency fuel]] on a Mauler-class spaceship. All the while, the Druuge are trying to stab each other (and other races) in the back and claw their way to the top of the corporate pyramid.
* Avery Carrington from ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity'', also a CorruptHick. He's not an antagonist though, being this a criminal simulator [[GreyAndGrayMorality with allies and rivals rather than good and evil]].
** Carrington also mentored Love, who played this role in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII''. They even have similar dialogue between the two games.
* Adrian [=DeWinter=] and the executives of [[PrivateMilitaryContractors Artemis Global Security]] in ''Creator/TomClancy's VideoGame/{{HAWX}}''. After getting contract with Brazil to fight Las Trinidas and fought a battle to defend Rio, the US intervened, making the stocks drop, so after a while, [=DeWinter=] accepts deal from Las Trinidas (because [[EvilPaysBetter it pays better]]) and launched an all-out assault on USA, trying to assassinate the president, disabling country's missile defence system, and trying to nuke the country.
* Were it not for Edward Diego trying to cover up his corrupt antics, [[VideoGame/SystemShock SHODAN]] would have just sat and quietly run Citadel Station.
** Similarly, the Von Braun would not be such a death trap and [[TheVirus the Many]] would have remained ineffectually stuck on some chunk of space-debris were it not for a few Tri-Optimum executives.
* In ''VideoGame/EarthBound'', Geldegarde Monotoli ran the show in Fourside, and it was hinted he made a [[DealWithTheDevil deal with Giygas]] to gain so much power, and before that was a nameless employee in a large company. Many citizens complained the abuse of his power ruined their lives. Once the player defeats the Mani Mani Statue and cuts off Monotoli's connection to Giyagas he apologizes for his actions, explaining that his behavior was due to the statute's influence. In the postgame you can find he happily went back to his old job as an elevator operator.
* ''[[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Pokémon Platinum]]'': [[spoiler: Cyrus, the leader of Team Galactic]]. He runs a huge corporation, and that is a facade for the true plan to [[spoiler: make him a deity]]. Could also be considered a severe case of AGodAmI.
** [[spoiler: The CEO of Altru Corp. in ''VideoGame/PokemonRanger: Shadows of Almia'' is also the head of Team Dim Sun. The two are nigh-completely parallel - just replace "oil power" with "Pokémon power".]]
** In ''VideoGame/PokemonXDGaleOfDarkness'', [[spoiler: Mr. Verich is an obscenely rich man bribing the sailors of Gateon Port, and is likely the man who made a load of money through the mines under Pyrite Town. Given he's the man in charge of Cipher, doesn't it make more sense that he'd finance the construction of Realgam Tower, which served as Evice/Es Cade's base of operations in ''[[VideoGame/PokemonColosseum Colosseum]]''?]]
* Ayano of ''VideoGame/ArTonelicoMelodyOfElemia'' is introduced as one of these, as the head of the villainous Tenba Corporation. [[spoiler:It turns out she's ''not'', and everything bad about the company is actually Bourd's fault. Once he's out of the way, she makes sure it's reformed.]]
* Chief Blank from ''VideoGame/SpaceChannel5'' is a loon who'll do anything to get high ratings, including brainwash the masses.
* Heihachi and Kazuya Mishima from the ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' series probably count. Jinpachi was a benevolent CEO, but Heihachi quickly corrupted it, and Kazuya was even worse (e.g. smuggling endangered animals, which brought Jun Kazama into the picture).
* ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}''. The game does quite a bit to {{Deconstruct|ion}} the idea of the Objectivist writings of Creator/AynRand by showing the player an anarcho-capitalist dystopian hidden city pretty much filled with these guys. Fontaine and [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Sinclair]] stand out.
** ''VideoGame/{{BioShock Infinite}}'' gives us another example with Jeremiah Fink, a cruel and unforgiving Robber Baron who basically controls all of Columbia's industry and maintains it with what amounts to little more as a slave labour force.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Spore}}'', a player can evolve their species into one of these by sticking in the middle path (getting either three or all blue cards) as the Trader archetype, which the game defines "... are in it for the profit; their allegiance is to the almighty sporebuck". This idea really can be played out, in which a trader empire will generally have lowered prices for all general purchases and colony tools, as well as to have the cash infusion super power (which doesn't have a penalty with local empires), which simply allows the progress bar for a system's trade to fill up instantly, allowing you to buyout the planet if you have the cash. Factor it in with the ability to farm spice and the fact that only [[ScaryDogmaticAliens zealot]] and [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy warrior]] type empires (as well as the [[BigBad the Grox]]) are your only sworn enemies, you can take over a large chunk of the galaxy just through simple exploration and trade and never even have to fight until you're strong enough to do so. And they say money doesn't talk...
* In ''VideoGame/{{Oiligarchy}}'', you get to play as one of these, running an oil company that engages in every ''WesternAnimation/{{Captain Planet|AndThePlaneteers}}''-worthy crime imaginable.
* The recent "King of the Dwarves" quest of ''VideoGame/RuneScape'' has the dwarves think the Consortium is that. The ultimate reason for that is the death of two miners in a cave-in, [[spoiler:as the Consortium's forces, the Black Guard, was too busy saving the machines damaged in the same terrorism-based explosion to help them.]] The trope isn't played straight - [[spoiler:the decision was necessary to avoid further disasters caused by the city's power supply being destroyed.]] This doesn't help with preventing all the civil unrest.
* Reaver in ''VideoGame/FableIII'', the CEO of Reaver Industries. While his business ethics are already atrocious (destroying the environment and actively using child labor), Reaver himself, in his first cutscene of the game [[BadBoss shows how he stomps out union protesters]] - personally, using a pistol.
* [[VideoGame/{{Portal 2}} Aperture Science CEO Cave Johnson]] [[PosthumousCharacter apparently fits]] this to a T, especially in his later years when he had to resort to putting his own employees through tests, though he stands out mostly for being a CloudCuckoolander and CrazyAwesome.
* Henry Leland, Chief of Development of ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol'''s Halbech, inc. His character design and voice job appears to have been custom-tailored to make him look and sound as much as a corporate sleazebag as humanly possible, to say nothing of [[GoodSmokingEvilSmoking his smoking habits]].
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' give several examples:
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]''
*** Great House Hlaalu is a haven for these types, along with being a [[ProudMerchantRace Proud Merchant House]]. [[ChronicBackStabbingDisorder Chrobic Backstabbing]] is rampant and the House's favored skills all lend themselves well to lying, cheating, and stealing one's way to success. Additionally, several of their highest ranking councilors are in the pocket of the brutal [[TheMafia Mafia-esque]] [[TheSyndicate Cammona Tong]]. When dealing with them, either as part of the House Hlaalu questline or the part of the main quest where you need to be named Hlaalu Hortator, you ''will'' need to bribe, blackmail, or, in one or two cases depending on how you play it, outright kill in order to get the support you need.
*** Carnius Magius of the East Empire Company in ''Bloodmoon''. [[spoiler: He's embezzling from the Raven Rock ebony mining colony and tries to get it to fail to cover his tracks. Whether you side with him or against him, he'll eventually turn on you]].
** Thonar Silver-Blood and Maven Black-Briar in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]''. The former owns Cidhna Mine, the largest silver mining operation in Markarth, and has an agreement with the city guard where any criminals arrested in Markarth can be forced to work in the mine as slave labor. He also hires mercenaries to seize control of rival mines in the area so their owners are forced to sell to him. The latter controls Riften's mead industry, and regularly hires the ThievesGuild to sabotage her competitors and put them out of business as well as the [[MurderInc Dark Brotherhood]] to deal with anyone she doesn't like. Also, for extra frustration points, if you choose to resolve the CivilWar you ''have'' to make one of them a KarmaHoudini. If you take the Stormcloaks' side, Thonar's older brother Thongvor Silver-Blood will become the new Jarl of Markarth, while if you take the Empire's side, Maven Black-Briar will become the new Jarl of Riften. However, Thonar can be killed once you discover that he's been using the leader of the Forsworn to perform assassinations disguised as terrorism, but Maven will always be essential no matter what.
* Rich Dotcom in ''VideoGame/MegaManStarForce 2''. His diabolical plan to take over a hotel is to fake accidents ''and'' yeti sightings, thereby driving away customers until the owner has no choice but to sell! [[spoiler:Naturally, the ''actual'' villains are using him like a chump for reasons that aren't really explained all that clearly.]]
* Trade Prince Gallywix of ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' in spades. When the volcano above Bilgewater Port began to erupt, he extorted a fortune from his own cartel for the right to board his ship. Once onboard, he locked them all in chains as his slaves. His later betrayal on the Lost Isles was not a surprise, but the fact that Thrall let him live and continue to lead the Cartel was.
** In fact, the Goblin player character is for the most part portrayed as a Corrupt Corporate Executive in the starting quests. Whether his/her experiences escaping from Kezan and the Lost Isles have changed him/her is left up in the air...
** It can be argued that any Goblin in ''World of Warcraft'' with any authority whatsoever is a Corrupt Corporate Executive or a merchant trying to be one someday, or at least those who aren't already a MadScientist or a PointyHairedBoss, with rare exceptions.
* Averted in ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' with [[spoiler: Deus's Reincarnation, who takes time out of his work schedule to help an old man (Who is the emperor he ironically killed in his past life who reincarnated as well) cross a busy street. Olga is his SexySecretary.]]
* Cassandra de Vries in ''VideoGame/PerfectDark'', and Zhang Li in ''Perfect Dark Zero'', both CEO of [[MegaCorp dataDyne]].
* The Bankster skillpath in ''VideoGame/DungeonsOfDredmor'' is all about weaponizing the various shady dealings associated with this trope.
-->'''Skillpath description:''' "There's nothing an adventurer can't face with a bunch of derivatives, a diversified stock portfolio, and absolutely no morals whatsoever"
* Handsome Jack, the main villain of ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' is CEO of the Hyperion corporation and to put it lightly, an egotistical maniac who declares practically everyone on Pandora a bandit (even those who aren't actually bandits) and a despot who is pointlessly cruel to everyone [[ForTheEvulz for kicks and giggles]].
* ''VideoGame/RealityOnTheNorm'': Yathzee, the owner of the company "Yathzeebrand", which is known, among other things, for brainwashing its employees and demanding them to nearly worship the CEO.
* ''VideoGame/TachyonTheFringe'' has the Galactic Spanning Corporation (AKA [=GalSpan=]), the most powerful MegaCorp in both Sol and the Fringe. The Fringe branch is run by Regional Director Gustav Atkins. The main story arc involves [=GalSpan=] moving into the Bora area of space in order to claim its resource-rich [[AsteroidMiners asteroids]]. Atkins uses a [[LoopholeAbuse legal loophole]] to obtain legal rights to those regions (apparently, the ancestors of the Bora never bothered to file for permission to settle in a far-away area of space). Not only does Atkins use his ArmyOfLawyers to force Bora colonists to leave, he then hires mercenaries to attack those who refuse or are a bit too slow in leaving (yes, including firing on unarmed shuttles). Sabotage is also not out of the question. Whichever CCE runs the Sol branch is also responsible for blowing up a hospital in order to hide the accidental release of a deadly virus. If you take the side of the Bora and win the campaign, Atkins is fired by his bosses.
* Simon Welk of ''VideoGame/SmashmuckChampions'', owner and CEO of Welk Industries. Aside from creating and/or recruiting the more morally questionable Champions, he once unleashed a super-weapon his company had created onto unsuspecting Hub City so it'd spare his headquarters, Welk Tower.
* Taiga Gigayama in ''VideoGame/ArmedPoliceBatrider''. He starts by "magnaminously" creating the artificial island of Zenovia as a refuge for people trying to escape Manhattan's skyrocketing crime rate. [[WretchedHive Only for Zenovia to become even worse]], as [=GiganTech=] proceeds [[OneNationUnderCopyright to take political power over the island]], and use its luckless captives to test out [[ArmsDealer black market weapons like Boredom]] and [[HumanResources supply energy for super-weapons like Discharge]].
* ''VideoGame/TheLastFederation'', the entire species of Acutians. When dealing with them, instead of dealing with warlords, queen or some sort of government, player directly deals with the three most wealthy [=CEOs=].
* ''Franchise/FiveNightsAtFreddys'': Fazbear Entertainment makes so many bizarre decisions that you'll end up wondering if they're actually evil [[HanlonsRazor or just woefully idiotic]] (the game never outright says which). Here are their "wonderful" decisions:
** They never fix the animatronics when they start attacking the night watch, and even though their AI is so easy to fix and make them mostly harmless that a simple guard can do it, they prefer to keep hiring new guards as they die (as opposed to hiring a repairman), and even ''fire'' any guards who do fiddle with the animatronics' AI.
** If any guards die, they'll hide the body, clean property and premises thoroughly (to the point of replacing carpets!), and only when the job's done do they inform relatives of the disappearance... by filing a missing person report.
** The [[Videogame/FiveNightsAtFreddys2 second game]] shows that they won't put up warnings about breaking the robots apart (in this case, robotic parts contain sharp materials). Instead, they turn one of the animatronics into a "disassemble-and-reassemble-at-will" attraction for the children just because they were tired of putting it back together after they kept tearing it apart. You can see where this is going.
** The [[Videogame/FiveNightsAtFreddys3 third game]] reveals they used dangerous animatronic/suit hybrids that, if mishandled, would release the animatronic endoskeleton parts while a performer was still wearing the suit, injuring them severely. Said suits were so unsafe that even ''breathing'' on a springlock would moisten it enough to break loose, and their advice on how to deal with springlock failures amounted to, "Could you please bleed to death in ''this'' room? You're disturbing the customers." That being said, once a failure ''does'' occur they actually have the sense to immediately retire the suits to their hidden Safe Rooms... though they admit they don't care whether an employee wears one despite the dangers.
** Said Safe Room is noted to be invisible to animatronics, and is present at every location. Great place for a security guard's office, right? Except that rather than destroy the unsafe springlock suits and repurpose the room to protect guards from the homicidal animatronics, the management instead decided to lock the suits in said room, build a false wall over the entrance, and [[LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain tell employees not to mention it to anyone]] (especially insurance representatives). They did this to ''every'' location's Safe Room.
** Then [[VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddysSisterLocation Sister Location]] drops a bombshell with the reveal that [[spoiler:the Murderer (named William Afton) is a C.E.O. of a robotics company himself, and built the Funtime animatronics to kidnap/murder children.]]
* The BigBad of ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyAdvancedWarfare'' is [[spoiler:Atlas Corporation CEO Jonathan Irons, who manipulated the world's governments to turn over key security operations to him via not informing anyone that an imminent strike from a known terrorist organization was planned even though he had knowledge of it beforehand]].
* Tarion and Archos in ''VideoGame/TelepathTactics''. Both of them are callous, exploitative, money-grubbing sociopaths who enslave huge swaths of people and subject them to horrific working conditions in their mines. Here is their reaction to a worker who tried to use their own LoopholeAbuse against them and escape:
-->'''Tarion:''' See to it that Igor's men find him and everyone who follows him; I want every last one of them dead.\\
'''Archos:''' Yes, sir. Will Igor be taking the customary fee?\\
'''Tarion:''' 10% of whatever he finds on them, and not a single aurom more. [[{{Greed}} I'll be counting everything he sends back personally.]]
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto2'': The entire Zaibatsu Corporation.
* ''VideoGame/SystemShock'' has Edward Diego who was performing illegal bio experiments on Citadel Station. When TriOptimum workers were getting suspicious they sent men to arrest him and he blew them up with the station's defenses. He later becomes a servant to Shodan and the hacker has to fight him! Before that however, he gave the hacker an ultimatum to change Shodan's programming in order to get a military grade implant and be set free.
* President Max Profitt Haltmann in ''VideoGame/KirbyPlanetRobobot''. True to his name, he goes to extreme lengths for the sake of his company's prosperity by exploiting planets (The latest target being Popstar, which naturally ends up being a big mistake) for their resources using his gigantic Access Ark spaceship. [[spoiler: He used to be a decent guy until he lost his daughter, which sent him off the deep end.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Syndicate}}'', the game series that lets you ''play'' a Corrupt Corporate Executive. There's not a lot of corruption in the original game (beyond using violence to take over territories from other companies), but the backstory makes it clear that most people are functionally slaves to the corporation in control of a particular region, thanks to implants in their heads receiving MindControl signals.
** And in the 2012 Reboot, Jack Denham.
* The Cogs, the various MechaMooks from ''VideoGame/ToontownOnline'', are either this or a YesMan. So stuck-up that actually laughing damages them.
* As revealed in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', John-Caleb Bradberton ran the Nuka-Cola Corporation this way. Rather than waste money on superior advertising campaigns and Research & Development to uphold their dominance over the market, they simply forced other soft drink companies into bankruptcy, stole their recipes, and rebranded those recipes as new types of Nuka-Cola. They were more than willing to use terrorist actions, including sabotaging advertising campaigns, mugging employees, stealing supplies, damaging machinery and even launch full-scale attacks on soda plants! The Far Harbor DLC contains a "Cola Wars" storyline you can follow by exploring the Vim Soda Pop factory, which reveals how Vim was under attack by Nuka-Cola saboteurs before the bombs dropped, and the Nuka-World DLC contains terminals confirming that almost every alternate flavor of Nuka-Cola is actually a rebranded, stolen recipe from some other company that Nuka-Cola put out of business. Not to mention the AmusementParkOfDoom he built that occasionally killed people due to him cutting corners for the sake of focusing on making weapons for the US government in exchange for them making him immortal.
* ''VideoGame/ClarencesBigChance'': Parodied.
-->'''Executive:''' Crawl around, little ants! One day, daddy's gonna stand all over your faces and make him bum-loads of sweet dough! You know it!
* In ''[[VideoGame/AnnoDomini Anno 2070]]'', the Tycoons are a whole faction of [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Corrupt Corporate Executives]]. Thor Strindberg is the worst of the lot, though. The next game in the series, Anno 2205, shows that they paid dearly in the long run, as [[MegaCorp Global Trust]] has gone ''bankrupt'' in the interim.
* This is the primary flaw of the Vailian Trading Company in ''VideoGame/PillarsOfEternityIIDeadfire''. The leader of the VTC's operations in Deadfire, Director Castol, is not an example himself, having a genuinely positive vision of what the VTC can contribute, but feels forced to commit actions in line with this trope to get enough immediate profit to keep the shareholders off his back while he pursues his vision [[spoiler: like getting involved with the slave trade]], and many of his subordinates have far less moral hesitation, from unequal treaties entered into with misleading arguments to [[spoiler: striving to usurp Castol's position for personal profit and to redirect the VTC's operations for pure profit, like his immediate subordinate, Governor Alvari.]]
* In ''VideoGame/TheSpectrumRetreat'', the management of the Spectrum company is focused on profits, and profits only, not caring that [[spoiler:a whole lot of people might be trapped in their LotusEaterMachine.]]
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* Grossberg, the first head of Network 23 on ''Series/MaxHeadroom'', is so archetypal that every Corrupt Corporate Executive since has, perhaps unintentionally (or indirectly, by way of Gordon Gekko of ''Film/WallStreet''), paid him homage. Specific foibles of the character type that he manifested include an almost {{bishonen}} level of grooming, [[GoodHairEvilHair slicked-back hair]], and a severe facial tic.
* Ziktor of ''Series/VRTroopers'' was essentially a Grossberg clone, with the added twist that he was also secretly a monstrous being from AnotherDimension.
* Series/{{JAG}}: This trope is often used as defense contracters will sell faulty equipment at premium prices resulting in deaths of service members.
** In "Pilot Error", Macroplex executive James Reid doesn't believe he is wrong about Pendry's responsibility for the crash, but he resorts to some incredibly underhanded tactics to try and prove it, including a character assassination campaign.
** In "Act of Terror", Percival Bertram is a wealthy businessman (looking like a CorruptHick) who supports right-wing conservative politicians and brands himself as a super-patriot advocating that the U.S. should take gloves of with respect to terrorists to U.S. interests in the Middle East. However, the alleged super-patriot finances terrorism in the Middle East against U.S. interests (supposedly to create a self-fulfilling prophecy gaining his own business interests.)
* ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'' has four presidents of Genm Corp. appear through the story's run and only one of them is not this trope. Starting with a [[FountainOfMemes memetic]] [[AGodAmI god wannabe]] [[note]] Sociopath who commited mass murder for a sake of a deadly game [[/note]] , continuing with [[MonsterOfTheWeek Bugster]] in [[DevilInPlainSight disguise]] [[note]] PointyHairedBoss who perpetuated said game [[/note]] and concluding with [[TheManBehindTheMan manipulative]] [[AbusiveParents father]] of the first example [[note]] FauxAffablyEvil [[EvilerThanThou bastard]] that makes everyone look cuddly in comparison. [[/note]] It's a miracle [[spoiler: [[TheEveryman Tsukuru]] ]], the last CEO as of #45 managed to survive under all of them.
* Anton Mercer of ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'' was at first almost indistinguishable from Ziktor. His twist, though, was that he wasn't actually evil: he was just acting that way to keep anyone from noticing that he was in a JekyllAndHyde relationship with the series BigBad.
* Barney Stinson from ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' can be considered this, after having looked over documents on his desk in an episode his lawyer friend Marshall comments that "I'm fairly certain that if these contracts aren't executed precisely, we will be at war with Portugal." To which Barney simply responds "Forget that, that's a Tuesday for me" and start complaining about his own social issues instead. Though this could be considered a spoof on the trope rather than actually playing it straight. Almost every deal Goliath Bank is involved in seems to involve some at least questionable activity, including possible treason with North Korea.
** He knows so much about the illegal and probably treasonous activities of the bank that he claims he will never be fired - but might end up in a landfill somewhere. Of course this is [[BlatantLies Barney Stimpson]] so we can't be sure.
* George Bluth from ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' is definitely this trope, he built houses for Saddam in Iraq which may or may not have been used to hide WMD silos. He ends up wanted for the entire spectrum from light to severe treason.
* Jim Profit (''Series/{{Profit}}'') was another in the Grossberg line -- and he was the central character of the show. Though it must be said that Profit isn't exactly ''corrupt'': granted, he does some very unethical things, but he does them to people who turn out to be far more corrupt and/or actively dangerous than he.
* Edward Vogler from ''Series/{{House}}'' was a very classic example.
* Gene [=McLennen=] and Jonas Hodges in ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]'' (as well as a handful of others throughout the series).
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** A good pre-80s example is Tobias Vaughn from "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E3TheInvasion The Invasion]]". As noted above, he was very much a corporate Blofeld.
** The Collector from "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS15E4TheSunMakers The Sun Makers]]" - defeated when the Doctor taxed him to death.
** There's also Captain Dent from "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS8E4ColonyInSpace Colony in Space]]", who murders colonists to clear the planet for mining operations and thus higher profits for the corporation he represents.
** And there's Morgus from "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E6TheCavesOfAndrozani The Caves of Androzani]]", who murdered the president, conducted industrial sabotage on his own company, arranged for vagrants to toil in his work camps and perpetuated a planetary civil war just to keep his profit margins acceptably high.
** The new series of ''Series/DoctorWho'' has [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E6Dalek Henry van Statten]], whose computer company is based on stolen ImportedAlienPhlebotinum including an imprisoned Dalek, and Vaughn's AlternateUniverse successor, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E5RiseOfTheCybermen John]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E6TheAgeOfSteel Lumic]], creator of new Cybermen. Plus Kazran Sardick from "[[Recap/DoctorWho2010CSAChristmasCarol A Christmas Carol]]", a man so bitter that he was going to let 4003 people die in a spaceliner crash - not ForTheEvulz, but because he just didn't care. Also [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E7TheLongGame the Editor]], and [[Recap/DoctorWho2007CSVoyageOfTheDamned Max Capricorn]].
* Most of the villains who appeared in ''Series/KnightRider'' and ''Series/TheATeam'' were of the combination Corrupt Corporate Executive[=/=]CorruptHick variety.
* Everyone initially in Wolfram and Hart of ''Series/{{Angel}}''. Especially Holland Manners. And the Senior Partners, sort of.
* Likewise, most of the higher-ups at [[{{Series/Dollhouse}} Rossum]], though the person at the top is [[WellIntentionedExtremist not]].
* It is subtly implied that ''Series/{{Firefly}}'''s Blue Sun Corporation is behind some of the [[MindRape trauma]] River Tam suffered while at the Academy; for example, in "[[{{Recap/FireflyE04Shindig}} Shindig]]" she attacks several food cans with the Blue Sun logo on them, and in "[[{{Recap/FireflyE09Ariel}} Ariel]]" she takes a butcher knife to one of Jayne's shirts bearing the corporation's logo -- while he's still wearing it (though it is [[FanWank also argued]] that she did this because she knew that Jayne would [[spoiler: try to sell her and Simon out to the Alliance later]]).
* ''Series/TheWire'':
** Russell "Stringer" Bell" has very clear aspirations to ''become'' a CCE and ascend from his status as just a drug kingpin, and takes economics classes at a community college and starts buying up housing properties to this effect. [[spoiler:His own ruthless, double-dealing nature comes back to haunt him, though, and he's killed before any of these plans can come into fruition.]]
** There's also Frank Sobotka, who is a corrupt labor union official/harbor foreman. [[spoiler:Unfortunately for him, RedemptionEqualsDeath when his "business partners" find out that he was about to talk to the cops.]]
* Subverted in ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', where [=ZieraCorp=] is a company run by a rather creepy woman named Catherine Weaver, who acquires the Turk supercomputer. [[spoiler: Weaver turns out to be a T-1001, but is actually on humanity's side in trying to prevent Judgment Day and defeat Skynet.]]
** That may be true, but that makes [[spoiler:"her" a WellIntentionedExtremist, as "she"'s perfect willing to kill anyone in "her" way]].
* ''Series/{{SCTV}}'' satirised this with the characters Guy Cabalero (played by Joe Flaherty) and Mayor Tommy Shanks (played by John Candy). Another John Candy character that qualifies as this is Johnny [=LaRue=].
* One of the stock bad guy types on ''Series/MacGyver1985''.
* Creator/AlecBaldwin's Jack Donaghy on ''Series/ThirtyRock''. Jack is rather sympathetic by the usual standards of the character type, but that really doesn't say much. Devon Banks, Jack's rival, may be a better example.
* Damon in ''Series/{{Enlightened}}'' is an example of this trope. Abaddonn is already shaping up to be a pretty nasty company on its own merits, added to which he is up to dodgy financial practices.
* Domyoji Kaede, at least in the j-drama continuity of ''Manga/HanaYoriDango'' is implied to use unethical practices to secure her company's massive, monopoly-esque corporate empire.
* The KoreanSeries version of the above example, ''Boys Before Flowers'', has the EvilMatriarch systematically destroying her son's love interest's livelihood, while manipulating the corporate empire she created. This includes telling her own children that their father died [[spoiler: when in fact he was in a stroke-induced coma]].
* Another example of a KoreanDrama is ''Series/CanYouHearMyHeart''. CEO Choi delibrately witholds oxygen to his ill father-in-law in order to inherit the company. And that's just for starters...
* Every CEO defendant on ''Series/LawAndOrder'' exemplifies this trope.
* Vexcor's Essa Rompkin and Brion Boxer, the {{Big Bad}}s of ''Series/CharlieJade''. As heads of an above the law MegaCorp, bribery and having people killed are child's play for them. The really impressive bits are Boxer's plan to steal the water from a parallel earth to replenish the one his company's polluted, a process which will destroy a third universe as a side-effect, or how, to rejuvenate the decrepit Boxer, Essa calls employees up to her office and forces them on the spot to consent -- under the threat that they and their family will almost certainly be condemned to poverty if they refuse -- to a fatal medical procedure wherein Boxer essentially drains the life out of them.
* Despite the show ostensibly being about ''ninjas'', the most common villain on ''Series/TheMaster'' (known to ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]'' fans as ''Master Ninja'') would be one of these. It might explain why the show didn't last more than thirteen episodes.
* Every member of the PlanetOfHats [[Franchise/StarTrek Ferengi]] race, if they were high enough in business to be considered an executive. Their race doesn't distinguish between corrupt and non-corrupt, as long as you make a profit.
* The villains on ''{{Series/Damages}}''. Unless they're [[DirtyCop Dirty Cops]] who just work for one.
* The NID from ''Franchise/{{Stargate|Verse}}'' verse, though they only wanted to get access to alien tech. After they got rooted out, the Trust took over instead.
** Don't forget [[MagnificentBastard Ba'al]] himself, who somehow manages to become the head of a major corporation on Earth.
** Del Tynan, a low-level supervisor for Tech Con Group on Hebridan is a conspiracy nut who believes that the [[LizardFolk Serrakin]] and the [[HalfHumanHybrid human/Serrakin hybrids]] are secretly in charge and putting pure humans down as second-class citizens. It turns out that the reason for his complaint is that he was passed over for promotion twice. When the president of the corporation Miles Hagan (who is the aversion to this trope, as far as we know) confronts Tynan, he explains that the reason he was passed over for promotion was due to an internal investigation into Tynan, which revealed corruption. A rare case of a CCE who tries to justify his actions with racist conspiracy theories.
* Richard "Dick" Roman from series seven of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. It's hard to get much more corrupt than "possessed by the leader of the abominations God dumped in Purgatory for everyone's safety". He also claims the real Roman was a lower-key example (he picked up prostitutes and then kicked them out of hotel suites).
* B.P. Richfield of ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'', who's willing to do anything to make a profit, [[spoiler:including causing an Ice Age that will kill the dinosaurs. His only thought was that heaters, blankets, and cocoa were selling like hotcakes.]]
* Lionel Luthor on ''Series/{{Smallville}}''. Much like his hair follicle-challenged son in the ''Superman'' timeline, his agribusiness [=LuthorCorp=] has plenty of underworld connections: Lionel killed his parents in a staged 'accident' and used the insurance payout as a startup for his company. (This backstory was borrowed from the post-[[ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths Crisis]] Lex Luthor.) His friend and partner in crime was Morgan Edge, who of course later went on to become a major kingpin in Intergang. [=LuthorCorp=] functions as a standard soap opera antagonist in the series, meddling in small town politics and running clandestine mutant research in underground labs.
** [[TheBaroness Tess Mercer]], who replaced the Luthors at the company's helm, is a different variation: a [[WellIntentionedExtremist well-intentioned]] ecoterrorist who used her position to try and order around Clark Kent, her chosen messiah. (Of course, saying that she "replaced" the Luthors isn't really accurate since [[TheReveal she]] ''[[LongLostRelative is]]'' [[InTheBlood a Luthor]].) Once she does a HeelFaceTurn to join Clark's team, she actually uses her habits of this in almost a TokenEvilTeammate way to help the [=JLA=] out (mostly by using [=LuthorCorp=] to fund things just like Oliver does, and using her position as Clark's and Lois's boss to cover for them).
** Then there's [[AlternateUniverse Earth-2 Lionel]], who managed to combine this trope with DiabolicalMastermind, fusing [=LuthorCorp=] with the Metropolis underworld and essentially becoming TheEmperor.
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' lives and breathes by this trope. Nearly every AssholeVictim in a given episode is either a mega-corporate exec or the country hick version of this, with a preference for going after the former. WordOfGod has stated that many of their villain/victims are based heavily on real corrupt executives and real crimes that they've committed, with only the tiniest bit of embellishment -- and that in some cases, the fictional version has been toned DOWN from their real-life counterpart because the real thing just wouldn't seem believable to TV audiences.
** Don't forget the CCE who knows about the team's activities and makes money off them. It turns out he's in cahoots with another CCE, who [[spoiler:put the team together in the first place]].
* ''Series/BurnNotice'' has a few, although the show tends to focus on other kinds of criminals. The most notable is John Barrett (played by RobertPatrick), the head of a [[PrivateMilitaryContractors private security firm]] who finances corrupt governments and terrorists.
* 90% of villains of the week in ''Series/WhiteCollar'' are this, due to the nature of the show.
* ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' has Sid Barry (under the name Sam Profit) run [=TransGalactic=], a large shipping company. He has tons of skeletons in his closet, and Beka is determined to expose him. Later on, he tries to run for public office. When Beka decides to release proof that Sid is a murderer and a smuggler, he laughs and reveals that this information is already public but was twisted into making him look sympathetic.
* ''Series/TowerPrep'' is apparently run by a board of these.
* ''Series/WonderWoman2011Pilot'': you have Veronica Cale, who does illegal experiments on trafficked in people and tries to use her connections to politicians to intimidate her rivals. Wonder Woman herself actually averts this trope. Sure, she's a brutal psychopath who tortures people in hospital beds and murders security guards (and abuses personal connections to get away scot-free -- she ''is'' corrupt, just not in the sense of this trope), but the way she runs her business showcases she's not interested in wealth. In fact, she sabotages herself in terms of money in one scene, ordering a recall of an exploitative doll, she she gave consent to earlier).
* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' brings us recurring villain Ian Quinn. [[VillainWithGoodPublicity On the surface]], he's a philanthropist who champions deregulation of government interference with scientific research. However, the truth is that he only wants that so that he can profit from the development of dangerous advanced technology, which he's willing to blackmail and manipulate scientists to get his hands on. And if that's not enough to convince you he's evil, the end of his second episode reveals that [[spoiler: he's working for [[BigBad The Clairvoyant]]]].
* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'': In "Virtual Future", Creator/DavidWarner played Bill Trenton, a ResearchInc's evil CEO. He hires a research scientist who developed a device that could predict the future, but decides to use the device to win an election by murdering his rival.
* ''Series/WhenCallsTheHeart'' has Henry Gowen, who knew about the unsafe conditions in the mine but covered his own hide and was responsible for the deaths of 46 men. He then spent the better part of a season sabotaging efforts to bring the mining company to justice.
* ''Series/InspectorGeorgeGently'': In "Breathe the Air", a Swiss corporation is covering up the fact that they knew that asbestos was giving their workers cancer years before they shut down their factory. Their ruthless cover-up drives a doctor to suicide.
* ''Series/Babylon5'':
** Edgars Industries, which is planning [[spoiler: [[FinalSolution wholescale genocide of telepaths]]]].
** Interplanetary Expeditions also is willing to engage in more than a little corruption in order to get its job done, something the Alliance plays into in order to get needed supplies past the [=EarthGov=] embargo of the station:
--->'''Sheridan:''' ''[to a visiting IPX executive]'' If you're going to be working here, you'll be packing a lunch. We just want to make sure you bring enough for everyone.
* Baron Kite, the leader of the conspiracy in ''Series/OliversTravels''.
* ''Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood'': Believe it or not, this trope showed up in something of a ShowWithinAShow: Mr. Rogers put on an opera involving a town called Bubble Land, and that opera's villain was the [=CEO=] of the Bubble Chemical Company named W. I. Norton Donovan. He sold cans of compressed air as "spray-on sweaters" that [[ItMakesSenseInContext protect your bubbles]], and when confronted with the sheer impossibility of spray-on sweaters, he tried to [[JustJokingJustification pass it off as a joke]]. [[spoiler: These cans of compressed air, when used, actually gave him BlowYouAway powers and turned him into a living windstorm. Yes, an episode of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood ''actually had'' a corrupt corporate executive who turned himself into a supervillain!]]
* ''Series/KluenCheewit'': Jeerawat's poor excuse of a lying, lusting stepfather, who uses fear and intimidation to force people to sell their property and lands.
* Parodied mercilessly in ''Series/ABitOfFryAndLaurie'' with their "John and Peter" sketches. John and Peter are a pair of ruthless, high-flying businessmen making their way to the top in deep-[=80s=] Britain who treat things like [[MundaneMadeAwesome managing a car park]] as if it's the most important thing on the planet. They also drink glass after glass of scotch and loudly shout "DAMN!" at every conceivable opportunity.
* ''Series/TheIndianDetective'': David Marlowe, especially when his business dealings with the Chandekar brothers are brought to light.
* ''Series/{{MANTIS}}'' sees the title character deals with some of these, most notably, Solomon Box, a former business partner of his alter ego, Miles Hawkins. Box kicked off the series by bribing someone Hawkins hired to destroy a toxin they'd created to hand the toxin over to Box sell so he could sell it to North Korea. In "To Prey in Darkness", he had the corrupt Police Chief Grant pass one of his agents off as a federal agent to kill M.A.N.T.I.S. and in the "Thou Shall Not Kill"/"Revealation" two-parter, he arranged the death of a city councilman so Grant's task force could be approved and [[spoiler:it was revealed that the shooting at paralyzed Hawkins (and ultimately led to him making the exosuit he'd later use to fight crime) was a botched assassination Box had ordered.]]
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* Max Fairbanks in ''Film/WhatsTheWorstThatCouldHappen''. Amongst the corporate malfeasance seem in the film are declaring bankruptcy as an expediency to avoid corporate responsibility, and attempting to bribe a senate subcommittee.


** Roland Daggett from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''.

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** Roland Daggett from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''.''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' is a deconstruction of this trope: in each of his four appearances in the series, Dagget gradually loses his fortune as legal fees and criminal charges catch up to him. He finally faces jail time after his fourth appearance and is not seen again afterwards.

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* In ''VideoGame/TheSpectrumRetreat'', the management of the Spectrum company is focused on profits, and profits only, not caring that [[spoiler:a whole lot of people might be trapped in their LotusEaterMachine.]]


* Subverted in ''Film/{{Inception}}'' where Saito may be willing to use corporate espionage and screw with his business opponent's mind, but he's a man of honor through and through. When faced with one of Cobb's partners trying to sell him out, instead of taking the guy up on his offer, he has him restrained, tells Cobb what the guy tried to do, and gives Cobb the chance to have revenge. In that same scene, he has Arthur and Cobb cornered, but he still gives them the ''choice'' to work for him or walk away instead of {{blackmail}}ing them as you would expect from any other corporate hack in movies these days. Right before TheCaper begins, Saito dismisses Cobb's worries that he'll be arrested as soon as the plane lands by saying that as soon as the job is done, he'll make [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections a single phone call]] which will get Cobb past Immigration. [[spoiler:At the job's end, despite having just spent ''decades'' of [[YearInsideHourOutside subjective time]] in Limbo and finally returning to reality...[[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming the first thing he does is pick up the phone, just as promised]].]]

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* Subverted in ''Film/{{Inception}}'' where Saito may be willing to use corporate espionage and screw with his business opponent's mind, but he's a man of honor through and through. When faced with one of Cobb's partners trying to sell him out, instead of taking the guy up on his offer, he has him restrained, tells Cobb what the guy tried to do, and gives Cobb the chance to have revenge. In that same scene, he has Arthur and Cobb cornered, but he still gives them the ''choice'' to work for him or walk away instead of {{blackmail}}ing them as you would expect from any other corporate hack in movies these days. Right before TheCaper begins, Saito dismisses Cobb's worries that he'll be arrested as soon as the plane lands by saying that as soon as the job is done, he'll make [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections a single phone call]] which will get Cobb past Immigration. [[spoiler:At the job's end, despite having just spent ''decades'' of [[YearInsideHourOutside subjective time]] in Limbo and finally returning to reality...[[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments the first thing he does is pick up the phone, just as promised]].]]



* The three directors of the Inter-Fiend Cooperation Commission in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' are all styled after executives of hip new startup companies, using coorporate buzzwords ('A community-based grassroots organization dedicated to building bridges between the diabolic, daemonic and demonic populations') and adding [[OurLawyersAdvisedThisTrope disclaimers to their offers for souls]], and they are directors of the IFCC, complete with business cards. While they make for a good CrowningMomentOfFunny, they are still fiends [[DealWithTheDevil and will screw you over with their deals]].

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* The three directors of the Inter-Fiend Cooperation Commission in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' are all styled after executives of hip new startup companies, using coorporate buzzwords ('A community-based grassroots organization dedicated to building bridges between the diabolic, daemonic and demonic populations') and adding [[OurLawyersAdvisedThisTrope disclaimers to their offers for souls]], and they are directors of the IFCC, complete with business cards. While they make for a good CrowningMomentOfFunny, SugarWiki/{{Funny Moment|s}}, they are still fiends [[DealWithTheDevil and will screw you over with their deals]].

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* ''Literature/TheMarkAndTheVoid'': Porter Blankely, who has left every previous institution in ruins while escaping with huge profits. At the Bank of Torabundo, his "counterintuitive" ways encourage everyone to take on unreasonable amounts of risk. [[spoiler: Eventually it is revealed that Blankely tricked his employees into purchasing a lot of worthless holdings from his previous company through a complex scheme that bankrupts the Bank of Torabundo but greatly enriches him.]]


* A shtick of many ''Film/JamesBond'' villains.

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** Elliot Carver in the Film/JamesBond flick ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies'' is a corrupt media mogul who has no problem with covertly [[WarForFunAndProfit starting a war between China and the UK to boost his ratings]].

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** Auric Film/{{Goldfinger}}. A ''proper'' Bond villain. If you can't have the United States' gold reserves, you can always just destroy them. Wiping out the entire population of Fort Knox (civilian and military alike) in the process is just collateral damage.
** Max Zorin from ''Film/AViewToAKill''. How do you effectively corner the microchip market? Destroy Silicon Valley with a massive man-made earthquake. And if much of the West Coast has to go with it? Who gives a damn?

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** Auric Film/{{Goldfinger}}. A ''proper'' Bond villain. If you can't have the United States' gold reserves, you can always just destroy them. Wiping out the entire population of Fort Knox (civilian and military alike) alike), and creating economic chaos in the West in the process is just collateral damage.
** Max Zorin from ''Film/AViewToAKill''. How do you effectively corner the microchip market? Destroy Silicon Valley with a massive man-made earthquake. And if much of the West Coast has to go with it? Who gives a damn?So be it.



** SPECTRE and its mysterious leader Ernst Stavro Blofeld is behind many criminal schemes involving {{Evil Plan}}s of the TakeOverTheWorld variety. And its ruling council is a behind-the-scenes cabal of corrupt officials, politicians, terrorists and businesspersons [[NebulousEvilOrganization SPECTRE]] is essentially a [[CovertGroup shadow]] [[EvilRunningGood government]], whose members choose to operate in the dark.

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** SPECTRE and its mysterious leader Ernst Stavro Blofeld is are behind many criminal schemes involving {{Evil Plan}}s of the TakeOverTheWorld variety. And its ruling council is a behind-the-scenes cabal of corrupt officials, politicians, terrorists and businesspersons [[NebulousEvilOrganization SPECTRE]] is essentially a [[CovertGroup shadow]] [[EvilRunningGood government]], whose members choose to operate in the dark.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheCrumpets'' has [[EvilUncle Uncle Hurried and Aunt Harried]], who both run countless enterprises that they use to trick their family (the titular Crumpets) out of money.


* Daniel Clamp, the Donald "I think I am a nice person" Trump parody in ''Film/Gremlins2TheNewBatch'' is a subversion; he's no great intellect and is more than a little thoughtless, vain, superficial and shallow, but underneath it all he seems to have a genuinely good heart. Reportedly he was ''supposed'' to be one of these played straight, but John Glover -- no stranger to playing villains -- was reportedly sick of doing the same thing and decided to play against the script.

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* Daniel Clamp, the Donald "I think I am a nice person" Trump parody in ''Film/Gremlins2TheNewBatch'' is a subversion; he's no great intellect and is more than a little thoughtless, vain, superficial and shallow, but underneath it all he seems to have a genuinely good heart. Reportedly he was ''supposed'' to be one of these played straight, but John Glover -- no stranger to playing villains -- was reportedly sick of doing the same thing and decided to play against the script.



** Bites them hard in the ass come ''Videogame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' where [[GoodIsNotNice hard]]-[[GoodIsNotSoft liner]] [[IronLady Republic Chancellor]] Suresh has had enough of their flagrant disrespect for the law and orders their assets seized for crimes against the Republic. {{PlayerCharacter}}s are part of the cleanup crew on the Republic side, but the Empire wants to swoop in and grab whatever they can before the Republic makes off with the company assets.

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** Bites them hard in the ass come ''Videogame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' where [[GoodIsNotNice hard]]-[[GoodIsNotSoft liner]] [[IronLady Republic Chancellor]] Suresh has had enough of their flagrant disrespect for the law and orders their assets seized for crimes against the Republic. {{PlayerCharacter}}s [[PlayerCharacter Players]] are part of the cleanup crew on the Republic side, but the Empire wants to swoop in and grab whatever they can before the Republic makes off with the company assets.



** ''VideoGame/Persona3'' has Tanaka, the Devil Social Link, who spends his time with the player talking about doing shady business (but not before making the protagonist pay him as an "investment"), though his interactions with the [[MessianicArchetype Main Character]] will encourage him to consider philanthropic work, if only for the purpose of having the people he may potentially help owe him.

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** ''VideoGame/Persona3'' has Tanaka, the Devil Social Link, who spends his time with the player talking about doing shady business (but not before making the protagonist pay him as an "investment"), though his interactions with the [[MessianicArchetype Main Character]] will encourage him to consider philanthropic work, if only for the purpose of having the people he may potentially help owe him. He returns in ''VideoGame/Persona4'' as the host of his own home shopping program, but we see in ''VideoGame/Persona5'' that he's switched to selling BlackMarket goods online.



** The revival had Ronaldo Rump, a NoCelebritiesWereHarmed parody of famed industrialist Creator/DonaldTrump, who teamed up with the BigBad Catatonians to further his business empire. He has a cousin named Sir Richard Brand Something.

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** The revival had Ronaldo Rump, a NoCelebritiesWereHarmed parody of famed industrialist and eventual President Creator/DonaldTrump, who teamed up with the BigBad Catatonians to further his business empire. He has a cousin named Sir Richard Brand Something.

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** ''[[ComicBook/RobinSeries Robin]]'': Lloyd Waite is the CEO of Strader Pharmaceuticals and oversaw their highly illegal development of a [[PsychoSerum drug]] designed to give the user super-strength but ended up making the users homicidal and killing them over time.

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* This is the primary flaw of the Vailian Trading Company in ''VideoGame/PillarsOfEternityIIDeadfire''. The leader of the VTC's operations in Deadfire, Director Castol, is not an example himself, having a genuinely positive vision of what the VTC can contribute, but feels forced to commit actions in line with this trope to get enough immediate profit to keep the shareholders off his back while he pursues his vision [[spoiler: like getting involved with the slave trade]], and many of his subordinates have far less moral hesitation, from unequal treaties entered into with misleading arguments to [[spoiler: striving to usurp Castol's position for personal profit and to redirect the VTC's operations for pure profit, like his immediate subordinate, Governor Alvari.]]


* Master Zilla of Zilla Enterprises from ''ShadowWarrior''. His forays into evil sorcery and his plans to take over Japan with his summoned monsters was what prompted Lo Wang to quit the corporation. When Zilla tried to [[ContractOnTheHitman have Lo Wang killed]], Lo Wang took the fight to him.

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* Master Zilla of Zilla Enterprises from ''ShadowWarrior''.''Videogame/ShadowWarrior''. His forays into evil sorcery and his plans to take over Japan with his summoned monsters was what prompted Lo Wang to quit the corporation. When Zilla tried to [[ContractOnTheHitman have Lo Wang killed]], Lo Wang took the fight to him.

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** ''ComicBook/RedRobin'': Mikalek is a Russian industrialist and hobbyist super-villain who tries to take control of the Uternet in order to control the emotions of everyone who enters it while preparing to make it accessible to the general public.

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