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"MANN CO. — We make hats, guns, bats, bombs, bazookas, camera beards, comics, magazines, portable baccarat detectors, banners, swords, shields, and get in fights. Non-employees welcome for 'Gorilla Wrestling Fridays'."
Sign outside Mann Co., Team Fortress 2's "Blood Brothers" Comic

Your one-stop shop for a variety of products which may or may not function exactly as advertised. Renowned for express shipping that has FedEx drooling in jealousy.

For this wiki's purposes, an Acme Corporation is any generic corporation that seems to supply everything a character, or entire cast, uses. These supplies are, of course, Acme products. Not to be confused with any of the myriad non-fictional objects and entities bearing the moniker (which is what our Trope Namer was making fun of at the time).

The eponymous example appears most famously in classic Warner Brothers cartoons featuring Wile E. Coyote (hinted to be the company's QA tester), whose more elaborate plans involved Acme catapults, earthquake pills, bat suits, spring shoes, Plunger Detonators, and so on; the Coyote's undying faith in Acme Corp, despite the endemic flaws and defects, is one of the mysteries of this series. Bugs Bunny and other characters made use of their services as well, with better results.

See also MegaCorp, Mail-Order Novelty, Trope Co., and We Sell Everything.


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  • GEICO once ran commercials featuring Acme Insurance as its competitor.

    Anime and Manga 
  • The 100 Girlfriends Who Really, Really, Really, Really, Really Love You: The Serious Group is the series' equivalent to Acme. Among their products are the Serious Onsen, whose various baths include showers with the power of fire hoses, a bath that increases the bust size of any women who enter, and the "Serious Paradise Bath", which very nearly sends the entire cast to Paradise. A later chapter features their "Addictive Cabbages", which is Exactly What It Says on the Tin: cabbage so good it overrides everyones' desire for yakiniku that everyone had gone out to eat originally. Rentarou has to exploit his girlfriends' even greater addiction to kissing him to overcome it.
  • Everything in The Demon Girl Next Door is Kirara-branded: from alcopop to hotplate to video games.

    Comic Books 
  • In The DCU, Lexcorp tends to be one of these, especially during the periods that Lex Luthor has been a Villain with Good Publicity.
  • The Peanuts universe uses "Ace" as the go-to company name.
  • In Disney Comics… Well, Scrooge McDuck is more one guy owning many companies, though it depends on the writer (sometimes there is such a thing as a "McDuck company"), seems to own and sell virtually anything. The use of it, however, is different from most ACME companies in that since the company belongs to the hero, the gags taken from it are centered around Scrooge not having to buy anything either fo him or anybody else; when asked for anything, he just phones, call for "the director of his [insert product here] company", and asks to be delivered one in no time.
  • At the end of the adaptation to Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, Demons have "ACME 666" sledge hammers for Details Nomolos and the robot Bill and Ted to break rocks with for all eternity.

    Fan Works 
  • Library of the Damned has the Plot Contrivance Corporation, which does exactly what you'd imagine. It provides Plot Contrivances. One Librarian and his Original Characters often reverse engineer stolen technology from the fics they riff. Multiple Librarians also order technology from the PCC.

    Films — Animation 
  • Everything humanity uses in WALL•E is produced by Buy n Large. Which is apparently also the government.
  • The world of The LEGO Movie controlled by the Octan Corporation, whose president is the President, and has ambitions for complete perfection. This is a Mythology Gag, as Octan is a fictional oil company whose logo appeared on several LEGO City sets.
  • In Quest for Camelot Ruber has a potion that turns his minions into metal monsters, and its labeled ACME on it.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • 1941 (1979) briefly featured an Acme Turpentine warehouse before it got wrecked.
  • The Weyland-Yutani company from the Alien series of films seems to be one of these, being involved in government, interstellar shipping, attempts at biological weaponry, colonization of planets, and warfare. As of the fourth movie, they have been bought up by Wal-Mart.
  • In the movie Braindead uncle Les uses an Acme brand clothes mangle.
  • In the film of The Losers, the team has to hack into a hard drive from Goliath International, which makes "pretty much everything."
  • Older Than Television: Harold Lloyd comedy Never Weaken (1921), in which Harold uses "Acme Soap Flakes" to make a road slippery.
  • Omni Consumer Products (OCP) from RoboCop also produces everything from weapons, to simple consumer products, to the eponymous hero.
  • In the movie Spaceballs all products seen are Spaceballs brand, due to Yogurt's ownership of the film's own merchandising rights.
  • Star of Midnight: Police detective Doremus of the NYPD is introduced reading an advertisement for "Acme Arch Supporters". He has problems with his feet.
  • Top Secret!: On one of the walls of Dr. Paul Flammond's cell/laboratory in the east german prison, there is a sensual calendar of "Acme Lab Equipment".
  • In Who Framed Roger Rabbit the president of the Acme Corporation is a nice chap, Marvin Acme, whose lost will becomes the MacGuffin.
  • In Looney Tunes: Back in Action, Acme is headed by a Corrupt Corporate Executive, the movie's Big Bad, who, not coincidentally, counts Wile E. Coyote among his hired goons.
    Acme Chairman: My God, man, what am I going to do with you? You've done nothing but screw up! You've walked off of mesas, been smashed by boulders and run over by diesel trucks! And don't blame the equipment! The equipment is good! It's Acme equipment! You're a coyote! Be wily!
  • In Attack of the 50 Foot Woman, Nancy's doctors use Acme Medical Supplies to get everything they need to keep her sedated and restrained. The deliveryman is incredulous at the order, which includes morphine and plasma by the gallon, an elephant syringe, and lengths of heavy chain and meat hooks.
  • A somewhat odd example in Bachelor Mother, in which Acme isn't making products. When Polly gets fired from her Christmas seasonal job, the temp agency she returns to is called Acme Employment Services.
  • Acme products are very common in several shorts and movies of The Three Stooges (as are Ace and Excelsior products).
  • The gun shop in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly sells Acme gunpowder.
  • A close up of one of the speakers in Frank's lab in The Rocky Horror Picture Show shows that it has "ACME SOUND" stencilled inside it.
  • Birch Street Gym: The gym is inside a warehouse for "Acme Wiping Materials".

  • The RAMJAC Corporation is a fictional multinational conglomerate, or MegaCorp, featured in several novels by Kurt Vonnegut. In Jailbird, the company at its height owns 19 percent of the United States. Every time any product or corporation is mentioned, it is also mentioned that it is owned by the RAMJAC Corporation.
  • The novel The Quillan Games in the Pendragon series features the territory of Quillan, in which the Blok corporation, which started as a general store, evolved until it completely controlled the territory, and produce everything, from food to buildings to artwork, on the planet. If it doesn't have the name "Blok" on it, it probably doesn't exist or is boarded up underground with a factory or concentration camp built over it.
  • The Pixler corporation in Abarat doesn't have a monopoly, but it likes to say in its marketing copy that it will provide for you from cradle to grave—which it very well may, given that it runs both hospitals and funeral centers. In between, it provides everything from food to education. (And yes, these people are evil.)
  • Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series has the Goliath Corporation. Its motto is "For all you'll ever need."
    • In One of Our Thursdays is Missing, Thursday has a sort-of part-time job in a carpet fitting company which is called Acme.
  • The Sirius Cybernetics Corporation from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy produces most of the sentient robots, sentient computers, and sentient elevators (It Makes Sense in Contextnote ) seen in the series. They have a very poor reputation and at one point it's mentioned that their complaints division is the only part of the company that turns a profit (and that seems to be true because of the SCC's motto "Share and Enjoy").
  • CHOAM (Combine Honnete Ober Advancer Mercantiles) is a massive entity in Dune which, more or less, controls the sale of everything - essentially a mass amalgamation of craft and guilds.
    • To a lesser extent the Spacing Guild, who are a strangulatory monopoly (and own about a third of CHOAM's stock) as the only entity capable of space travel and the only owners of interstellar ships - all of CHOAM's goods require them, and they take a hefty cut of profit, as well as all transport or movement - without the Guild, the Empire, and CHOAM, collapses.
  • The humor book How To Be A Genius on 50p A Week recommended El Guffo products, a company strongly hinted to be owned by the author.
  • In the Discworld novels, CMOT Dibbler Enterprises, while mostly associated with meat pies and sausage in a bun, will sell pretty much anything, as long as it isn't something where actual functionality is a concern. In the business directory section of The Compleat Ankh-Morpork City Guide, the Dibbler name is attached to beauty products, patent medicines, spirits, shampoos, and adult magazines, as well as the famous pies and such services as taking bets, offering loans and flyposting.

    Live Action TV 
  • Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! features Cinco, which produces a wide variety of questionable products, from Cinco Candy Tails (candy-coated horse hair) to the Cinco Sleep-Watching Chair (now you can watch your friends sleep in comfort!) to the Cinco Eye Tanning System (which works great, though you do have to have your teeth removed before the procedure. Nobody likes brown teeth.)
  • Nickelodeon show The Adventures of Pete & Pete had this, with everyone listening to Krebstar radios and wearing Kreb of the Loom underwear.
  • Max Headroom had Zik Zak. Motto: "We make everything you need, and you need everything we make."
  • The Prescott group, fictional sponsor of The Colbert Report, has a branch in every industry.
  • Leesburg, the primary setting of The Millers, has various establishments that all have the same owner: a person/family/company by the name of McGee. These places range from yogurt stands to restaurants (including a Irish-Chinese fusion restaurant) to a strip club.
  • Veridian Dynamics not only designs and makes anything you can imagine but finds some sort of evil use for all of it.
  • In Lost, every type of food and drink employed by the DHARMA Initiative is DHARMA-brand food.
    • There's also the Widmore Corporation and its subsidiaries (Widmore Labs, Widmore Construction, Widmore Industries)
  • Parodied in the mini-series Fresno, where the Acme Toxic Waste Company is owned by... Mr Acme.
  • Brazilian comedy group Casseta & Planeta has the Tabajara Organizations, "a monopolist megaconglonglomerate" with products that usually have names in pseudo-English, selling everything from gaydars to unhealthy food disguised as natural products, so long as the idea for said product is absurd.
  • MADtv (1995) had the company Spishak, which made everything from cleaning products to medicine. The products ranged from useless to having unfortunate side effects.
  • The Shutsu Tonka Unitocracy in DAAS Kapital.
  • The Aquabats! Super Show! has Gloopy Products (P). A (fake) commercial for each of their products is shown Once per Episode.
  • On Cheers Norm has a home decorating business which he names "AAAAAAAAAAA" in order to be listed first in the phone book.
  • Grocery products featured on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood were typically of the made-up "Neighborhood" brand (for example, Neighborhood Cat Food).
  • Mr. Show has GloboChem, one of the few recurring aspects in the Sketch Comedy show. Their motto is even "We Own Everything So You Don't Have To."
  • The Farscape episode "Revenging Angel"(which was one long love letter to Looney Tunes cartoons), had Ozme products. The series was produced in Australia, the "Land of Oz".
  • The Goodies of course given that it's often compared to a live-action Looney Tunes. For instance in the "Clown Virus" episode, the Goodies attempt to use Graeme Garden's "Acme Giant Soup-Can Flipper" to throw the giant can of tomato soup out to sea (there's even a "beep-beep!" heard) that ends up with Graeme getting an Anvil on Head.
  • In the I Love Lucy episode "The French Revue", the only words Fred can read on a French restaurant's menu is 'Acme Printing Service'.

  • HoneyWorks' music videos mix this with Creator Cameo, with the band's name (or their associated number 828) showing up on a wide range of products their characters use. Some things, like the recurring makeup brand HoneyCos, are even based on products the band owns in real life.


    Puppet Shows 
  • Dinosaurs has Wesayso, which seems to be mostly in construction, but is also used as the go-to company whenever a MegaCorp is needed.
  • In Sesame Street, the brand name on many products, from electronics to diapers, is Nologo, which is of course a gag on the fact the brand exists so as not to show actual logos.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Deadlands: Smith & Robards has everything a player character will ever need, all the way to customized submarines. And for the cash-strapped, there's always El Cheapo, which is similar but far less reliable.
  • Toon: The Cartoon RPG has the Ace Company, purveyor of all sorts of crazy props for Toon characters.
  • Paranoia: Everything that Alpha Complex citizens need is manufactured by PLC (Production, Logistics, and Commissary). Multiple "competing" front companies do the actual production and sales to create the illusion of a free market. They're all PLC.

  • General Products in The Solid Gold Cadillac is a diversified conglomerate manufacturing everything from locomotives to clocks to bobby pins.

    Video Games 
  • BioShock:
    • BioShock: The fact that Andrew Ryan has his name plastered all over products and establishments in Rapture (Ryan Industries) could be considered an example.
      • There was also Fontaine Futuristics, the company that Frank Fontaine owned before Ryan took it over. In the original it was established that it was the second most successful brand in Rapture, but it wasn't until BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea that we learned they made everything; toys, clothes, jewelry, weapons, genetic wonder drugs.
    • BioShock 2 introduces Sinclair Solutions, which actually manufactured many of products that Ryan and Fontaine sold. Sinclair also had hundreds of unrelated establishments such as hotels, booze shops, and prisons.
    • BioShock Infinite continues the proud tradition - everything in Columbia is made by "Fink Mfg.", owned by one Mr. Jeremiah Fink.
  • Umbrella Corporation from the Resident Evil series.
  • Aperture Science from Portal. Every single element, item or device used in the countless tests is Aperture-branded product, and that includes the sentient computer running the place. Not bad for a company that started out designing parts for shower curtains.
  • Penumbra: Yort Industries has its name plastered on everything in the Shelter, from Big Electric Switches to the cereal the staff eats, called "Mr. Yort's Tastyflakes".
  • The Room (Mobile Game) has the Talisman company that appeared to have built all the boxes and other intricate contraptions you're manipulating in-game, if the presence of their maker's mark on all of them is any guide. The third installment reveals that The Craftsman began and owned this company, and one of the locations you get to explore is a workshop where it all started.
  • Elite Beat Agents: The ABCD sporting goods company ranges from footballs to Olympic athlete's track suits.
  • Ground Control had the MegaCorp Crayven which produced food (such as the "Crayven Crunchbars"), combat armour, starships, had a military force, sponsored several frontier colonies and owned a multitude of TV channels. Oddly, Crayven did not produce Crayven brand weapons. Its armaments came from a sister-corporation called Wellby-Simms instead.
  • Hitman 2 has Kronstadt products littered throughout the levels, and the company is known for making friendly home products like vacuum cleaners, as well as lifesaving medical tech, but also cutting-edge AI and war tech. Eventually, of course, the founder and CEO becomes a target for Agent 47.
  • An awful lot of products in the Nancy Drew games, from antique ham radios to modern office equipment, were made by Krolmeister. In Secret of the Old Clock, you even get to go there, delivering telegrams to the Krolmeister nail factory.
    • It's lampshaded in Danger by Design, in which a newspaper article announces that Krolmeister has just bought the Acme Corporation!
    • Trail of the Twister introduces Mr. Krolmeister himself, as a phone-voice. You get to ask him how many products his company actually makes; he muses about it, mentioning some examples (salad dressing, industrial equipment...), before admitting he has no idea.
  • The Frobozz Magic Company in Zork, with amusing subdivision names like Frobozz Exploding Paper Company and Frobozz Wizard Slaying Nasal Spray Company. Also a MegaCorp, since at the end of the reign of Dimwit Flathead, 100% of all commerce in Quendor was owned by FrobozzCo.
  • The Ultor Corporation in several Volition-made games (i.e. Saints Row, Red Faction) are a clothing label, a mining company, and invest in extensive city redevelopment and Law Enforcement, Inc..
  • Ratchet & Clank has Gadgetron, which supplies the hero's weapons and equipment. He actually gets to save it from an attack in the first game. Future games introduce Megacorp, Vox Industries and GrummelNet.
  • Team Fortress 2, or more accurately, its expanded universe, features Mann Co., with the slogan "We Sell Products And Get In Fights". Mann Co. is actually a subsidiary of the even larger TF Industries, which also owns RED and BLU and all of their subsidiaries.
  • SynTek Megacorporation from Alien Swarm. Everything from drinks to weaponry to medicine and synthetic drugs is made by them.
  • The Lezareno company from Tales of Symphonia which handles everything in Tethe'alla, from mining operations to making incredibly bad-smelling perfume (which the president of the company, Regal Bryant, deeply apologises for and immediatley stops the production of when smelling it for the first time).
  • Madagascar has a few ACME products, mainly a cardboard box which you use to sneak past people as the Penguins.
  • While on Illium in Mass Effect 2, listen closely to the advertisements in the background. Nearly all of them, regardless of the product (snacks, asari beauty products, experimental medical treatments) end with the phrase "a division of Elkoss Combine".
  • The Shinra MegaCorp in Final Fantasy VII is supposedly an electrical power company (using nuclear reactors that run on Applied Phlebotinum), but they also make weapons, automobiles, Super Soldiers, a complete city hundreds of feet up in the sky, a Wave-Motion Gun, submarines, moon rockets and possibly other things, when they are not busy ruling the world and stamping out all resistance.
  • In Undertale, Mettaton's MTT brand includes various beauty products, stoves, a fancy hotel, a hamburger place, all of Mettaton's shows (including MTT News) and Canned-Human-Soul-Flavor-Substitute.
  • Parodied in the Carmen Sandiego franchise, which gives the "ACME" label to a detective agency rather than a product.
  • The Orochi Group of The Secret World sells just about anything, thanks to its eight daughter corporations. Among other things, it's been known to provide pharmaceuticals, electrical power, packaged food, soft drinks, experimental weaponry, satellites, passenger jets, computers, multimedia players, gaming consoles, banking services, investment, insurance, stock market trading, TV channels, movie studios, SFX production houses, books, magazines, newspapers, theme parks, pesticides, and agricultural biotechnology. At one point, faction contact Bong Cha notes that the keypad she types on is an Orochi product - and that it scans her fingerprints over a thousand times a day. And there's a whole lot more going on behind the scenes...
  • Saikou Corporation in Yandere Simulator is an electronics company which has created most of the products found in the game; the radio has the Saikou logo on it, the phones and laptops the characters use are also made by Saikou, the metal detectors and security cameras in Mission Mode, or when a member of the Student Council dies in Story Mode, belong to Saikou, the cameras that The Photography Club wears are also made by Saikou, heck! even Akademi High School itself is being bankrolled by Saikou ever since it was founded in 1985.
  • The Outfoxies sees the titular group of seven hitmen working for a Mr. Acme (or rather, Mrs. Acme), who himself is a wealthy executive with a large mansion.
  • In James Pond: Underwater Agent, Dr. Maybe's Evil, Inc. is called "ACME Oil". This is only in the first game, as his organization is known as J.A.W.S. in James Pond 3.

    Web Animation 
  • Cheap as Free in Homestar Runner (with a few exceptions: Compy computers, Videlectrix video games, and Cold Ones beer).
  • Characters from Inanimate Insanity get anything they need from WalMart, including a time machine.
    OJ: Wow. Walmart has everything.
    Marshmallow: Yes. Yes it does.


    Web Original 
  • Doctor Steel seems to order some of his supplies from them; he can produce a large hammer or lit stick of dynamite at will...
  • Roy and Simon use Acme products several times during their cartoon battles in The Cartoon Man and its sequel.
  • In The John Dredge Nothing To Do With Anything Show, K-Tel is this, with their products ranging from simple matches to giant catapults and BuffaLocators (for when you've misplaced your buffalos).
  • Villain Support features the daily mishaps of John working customer support at the Acme company, either through selling villains on various Acme products to use in their schemes, or trying to smooth over various mishaps that come about from the misuse of their products.

    Western Animation 
  • The Trope Namer comes from ACME Products, frequently used in Looney Tunes cartoons, especially the Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner shorts, in which the coyote orders tons of products from ACME that he tries to use to catch the Road Runner.
    • Chuck Jones joked in his memoir, Chuck Amuck, that ACME was an acronym for "American Company Manufacturing Everything," and that their corporate motto was, "We Produce Fine Acmes."
    • In a Cartoon Network advertisement, Wile E sued ACME over their malfunctioning equipment, and was awarded a prime-time slot.
      • A circa 1978 National Lampoon article also had Wile E. suing ACME over the integrity of their products.
    • Bounty Hamster spoofed this, by having an unnamed coyote recommend that Marion get a better catalogue.
    • In one Looney Tunes short comic it was revealed that the ACME agent Wile E. goes to so he can pick up his equipment is Bugs Bunny in disguise, which may have something to do with why they never work the way they are supposed to.
    • Defictionalization: You can get yourself a copy of an Acme Catalog, detailing some of the various Acme items from the Looney Tunes cartoons.
    • Daffy Duck is a salesman for Ace Novelty Company who peddles his wares to Foghorn Leghorn and Barnyard Dawg in "The High and the Flighty."
  • Mickey Mouse cartoons from the '30s, '40s, 90s, and early 2000s often featured a similar company called Ajax, although this varied between being an actual Acme-style corporation and being Mickey's rink-a-dink entrepreneurial outfits ("Ajax Clock Cleaners, we clean clocks!" "Ajax Ghost Hunters, we hunt ghosts!" etc.) However, the Donald Duck short Cured Duck featured an "Acme Garage".
  • The Acme Corp. for Garfield and Friends was Schlocko, purveyor of various Ron Popeil-type novelty items.
    • Little Gem was also used a few times.
  • The Pink Panther uses Acme products on several occasions.
  • In The Replacements, everything is made by Fleemco, with the main characters making most use of the company's "replacement service" that can replace anybody that a person wants with someone more to their liking. The person that gets replaced usually gets sent off on a nice vacation by "some weirdos in jumpsuits" for a couple of weeks before returning, assuming that they aren't legitimately awful people.
  • Invoked with Krusty Brand products in The Simpsons, though the reason tends to be Krusty the Clown's willingness to approve every license handed to him. He doesn't seem to care that Krusty Brand products are universally poorly-made, dangerous and in some cases, cursed.
    • There are also the Li'l Bastard products.
    • Referenced in "Lard of the Dance" with the Black Market thugs who siphon the grease Homer's attempting to sell out of his car and steal his shovel, claiming they run rackets for both. Their truck is labeled "Acne Grease and Shovel".
  • Even Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers had an Acme product: the Acme Majestic Ultra-light All-Weather Fiberglass Volcano as shown in the episode "Gadget Goes Hawaiian".
  • In The Proud Family they have Wizard Kelly products. Most everything is sold under the name of Wizard Kelly or Wiz.
    • Which was a gag about basketball legend and successful businessman Magic Johnson, who owns everything from theaters to restaurants to a line of hair care products in the black community. He single-handedly convinced major corporations that there was money to be made targeting the black community.
  • Pinky and the Brain live at Acme Labs. We don't see them making a ton of bizarre roadrunner-busting products, but turning lab animals into evil geniuses who want to Take Over the World...sounds about right.
  • In Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, most products and businesses have a sign or logo for AOL Time Warner, the actual parent company of Turner Broadcasting at the time. Additionally, almost every store and service has the ending -lux (Javalux coffee, etc.)
  • On Jimmy Two-Shoes, everything is made by Misery Inc...unfortunately.
  • Conglom-O from Rocko's Modern Life was either this, or a corrupt MegaCorp, depending on episode needs.
  • A short on Oh Yeah! Cartoons had a company called "Apex" that specialized in cartoon props and gadgets; the plot of the cartoon revolved around a fox and a weasel sneaking along on a tour of their factory to get their hands on some of these gadgets.
  • A Disney's Doug (actually Quailman) episode features S.T.U.A.R.T., a company that makes all sorts of products which malfunction and fail on purpose just to annoy their users as much as possible.
  • In the "first in the phone book" category (see Real Life examples), in the Duckman episode "Haunted Society Plumbers" Duckman and Cornfed use "AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA1 Plumbing" as a cover business. That's 25 "A"s, though in a gag to draw out the joke as long as possible, some characters use the "A" only 24 or 21 times in spite of it. There are also too many to fit on the van (not sure offhand how many).
  • Tiny Toon Adventures is set in a town called Acme Acres. Guess what product brand is always used.
  • The Jetsons has, in one episode, Nebulous Nifty, who make a lot of interesting, useful products, that promptly self-destruct. Spacely, George Jetson's employer, merges his company with them, and the sign goes up on the company building, only for George to warn him that their products self-destruct, much like the building eventually did.
  • Smarty Mart in Kim Possible stocks everything from clothing to livestock.
  • In Jorel's Brother, Shostners & Shostners is a company composed almost entirely of identical bureaucrats that seems to own and produce almost everything in the show. According to Perdigoto, the company is the largest communication and food conglomerate in the world, owning almost everything people touch, see, wear, eat and throw away (including their dreams).
  • In The Great Santa Claus Caper, The Big Bad Wolf (whose real name is revealed as "Alexander Graham Wolf") has invented a substance called "gloopstik" and even created a company to manufacture it. However, his business card reveals that the Gloopstik Corporation is owned by Acme, making gloopstik an Acme product. Guess who made this cartoon?
  • The unnamed online company that the characters of Kaeloo buy stuff from. They sell everything. Including weapons, time machines and Love Potion.

    Real Life 
  • Chuck Jones, creator of this trope's namesake company, attributes his usage to the large number of fly-by-night companies that named themselves Acme in order to be first in the yellow pages. Acme, which means "the highest point" or pinnacle, struck him as particularly funny (think Honest John's Dealership but for catalogs). To this day, it is rather fun to call one of these businesses and ask if they have any products that can be used to kill a roadrunner.
  • The Sears, Roebuck and Co. Catalog, which was your one stop shop for everything you could every possibly want (and much you didn't)... at least until around World War II when demographic changes moved people away from rural areas to suburban zones. Sears even sold cars and houses via catalog.note 
  • In early 20th century Canada it was the Eaton's catalogue, well-known for including everything from diamond jewelry to prefab houses. It was multi-purpose, too, since last year's catalog was this year's outhouse accessory.
  • Sony. Currently dealing in consumer and industrial electronics (including laptops, phones, camcorders, cameras and radios), home entertainment, media production (including TV, Film, and Music), electronic components, industrial chemicals, video games (both games and consoles), batteries, toys, robots, banks, and life insurance.
  • Likewise, Mitsubishi, known in the US mainly as a car manufacturer, does everything in its homeland and the rest of world. Just check the list of subdivisions on their Wikipedia entry for a quick-and-dirty rundown. Not to mention they are the largest suppliers for Japan Self Defense Force.
  • While Samsung is best known for the smartphones (and phablets), televisions, refrigerators, computers and other techy gadgets, Samsung Electronic is just the tip of the iceberg as Samsung is a conglomerate of companies with enormous amount of subsidiaries which contributed to around 10-20% of South Korea's GDP output (which is quite substantial considering that South Korea is one of the four Asian Tigers).
  • In a similar vein with Samsung, LG Corporation, primarily known as an electronics manufacturer outside of South Korea, also carries household care products, cosmetics, beverages (as a Coca-Cola licensee no less) and their own telecom provider.
  • Fujifilm, while primarily an imaging company, has also dabbled in photochemicals, biopharmaceutical products such as stem cells, antiviral drugs and regenerative medicine, recording media, X-ray imaging and cosmetics. Fujifilm's venture into skincare was said to have kept the company afloat despite film being rendered obsolete by digital photography and smartphones, and they were able to apply their knowledge gained from photographic research in achieving the ideal skin tone. And it actually makes sense too—on a marketing standpoint it would be preferable and more photogenic to take photos whilst wearing Astralift makeup by Fujifilm. Not to mention that they have also developed favipiravir, one of the treatments for COVID-19 which is sold under the trade name Avigan.
  • General Electric once had a massive line of products ranging from lightbulbs to household appliances to railroad locomotives, jet aircraft engines and miniguns. For a few years in the 1960s, the company was one of the eight most important manufacturers of mainframe computers in the US. The company declined slowly, shedding numerous product lines before finally announcing a three-way breakup in 2021.
  • Back in the '60s and '70s, Paramount Pictures was owned by a conglomerate called Gulf & Western (or "Gulf+Western", going by their logo); in addition to Paramount, they owned clothing manufacturers, car parts factories, financial services firms, cigar makers, sugar plantations, the list goes on. They even owned Sega for a time, and New York's famous Madison Square Garden arena (and their associated sports teams). Eventually, former Paramount head Martin Davis became head of the company and realized they ought to focus on their most profitable subsidiary— Paramount and its' collection of smaller companies (including Famous Music, Simon & Schuster books, and MSG); as a result, all the industrial and consumer companies were sold off and the company was renamed Paramount Communications in 1989; they eventually acquired a bunch of medium and small market TV stations and a chain of theme parks (both previously owned by Taft Broadcasting), and in 1994 merged with Viacom.
  • CD-R King, known in the Philippines for selling blank recordable media and memory cards, and usually caters to internet kiosk owners. As mentioned earlier, they do sell CD-Rs, but has since ventured into selling a myriad of items, all to the point of carrying things not normally found in a gadget store like rice cookers, and even electric bicycles. This became a source of humour with Filipinos, who jokingly suggested that they might be carrying even more unlikely items such as frozen fish or helicopters. And like Acme, they're derided by some for their products' hit-and-miss build quality - some items work reliably for a long time, while others would work for days or months but eventually break down or malfunction. Though in recent years CD-R King declined partly due to legal pressure owing to the company selling recording media at a discount, which, as you might guess, has been seen as facilitating piracy, and also due to cloud services and flash-based storage displacing optical discs as a primary storage medium.
  • SM Prime Holdings is well known in the Philippines as one of the biggest retailers and property developers in the country, selling everything from apparel and other household supplies to real estate. Which is far cry from the fact that "SM" originally stood for Shoemart.
  • The Tata Group in India, supplier of many products including automobiles, energy, and tea.
  • The Walton Group in Bangladesh. While they primarily specialise in electronics, their product line covers things as diverse as desktops, laptops, RAM sticks, SD cards, home appliances, generators, elevators, batteries and even motorcycles. It wouldn't be that of a stretch for a Bangladeshi family's home to be decked out entirely with Walton-brand appliances, with one or more family members owning a Walton laptop and/or cellphone, and riding a Walton motorbike whilst they're at it, money permitting.
  • Amazon is definitely this. So is eBay.
    • Special mention goes to the AmazonBasics line which is not only sold but also manufactured by Amazon and contains a whole range of products ranging from basic electronics, household appliances, furniture, office supplies, personal accessories, camping gear, and various other products.
  • The Companhia União Fabril ("Manufacturing Union Company"). It was, before the Carnation Revolution, the largest company in Portugal and the Iberian Peninsula, one of the five largest ones in Europe, and one of the 100 largest in the world. While mainly known as a chemical company, especially in fertilizers, for they were produced under the main company name, it also operated in other sectors, such as: cement, petrochemicals, textiles, beer, beverages, metallurgy, naval construction, electrical equipment, oilseeds, insurance, banking, wood pulp, tourism, mining, etc. In fact, there is still a company with the same name (although not the same company) owned by the family who owned the old CUF, centering around chemicals, and hundreds of other spin-off companies which might be or not be owned by the same family who owned the old CUF. Their slogan, BTW, was "O que o país não tem, a CUF cria" ("What the country [Portugal] doesn't have, CUF creates").
  • Hitachi, the company that makes everything from MRI machines and nuclear reactors to vacuum cleaners and vibrators.note 
  • Generic store brands, such as Walmart's Great Value and Target's Up & Up, qualify as this. They sell everything under that brand from food to toiletries.
  • Boeing is mainly known for manufacturing both types of the passenger and military aircraft (especially the 7x7-series passenger aircraft, fighters like Hornets and Eagles, and rotor aircraft such as Apaches and Ospreys), but the conglomerate also covers air security and R&D technologies, among others.
  • There actually is a supermarket chain called Acme Markets (no relation to the Trope Namer, though), which can be surprising for people who know the fictional brand but had never heard of the chain growing up. However, the chain is mainly based in the Mid-to-Upper Atlantic region of the United States, making it an aversion of the trope.
    • A more isolated aversion of the trope is the Acme Fresh Market chain based in Akron, Ohio.
  • There used to be an "Acme Novelties", which sold stuffed toys for the redemption counters at arcades and at carnivals.
  • San Miguel Corporation in the Philippines, best known for its beer, started out as a brewery during the twilight years of Spanish colonial rule but later ventured to industries far beyond brewing and selling beer, such as food and drink, finance, infrastructure, oil and energy, transportation, and real estate.

Alternative Title(s): A Company Makes Everything


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