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Out of all the Houses in the Pantheon, the House of Commerce is the one that would fit best in a modern Earth city. It would still get a few odd looks, though. From the outside, it looks something like a boxy castle with several towers, all metal with glass windows that reflect the light. Each tower houses its own CEO and their staff. The lowest floor of the main building is permanently flooded with four feet of water, the better for a tiny pirate ship to navigate. Other floors have their walls splashed with brightly-colored advertisements for pretty much everything - the only square inches not given over to an ad are in the CEO towers.

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The place is infested with weird little robots that can be destroyed for cash. It's also populated with Gray Mann's robots who fulfill the same function, but aren't quite as easy to destroy. Primus is not amused, and his children have not-so-secretly infiltrated the Pantheon to make sure it doesn't get out of hand.

There's been a mini contest to get Commander Shepard to say "I'm Commander Shepard, and this is my favorite House in the Pantheon." in each House. So far, there hasn't been any success.

They would have even more riches if Jay Gatsby, who is in the Sadness sub-house in the House of Emotion, shared his fortune with them.

They have also kept a leery eye on Petyr Baelish, despite his experience as Seven Kingdoms' Master of Coin.

Trolls are not allowed, due to the fear that they will cause the Stock Market to crash, and the fact that they may inflate prices up the market. Bernkastel has been trying to find a way to remove this, much to the entire House of Commerce's chagrin.

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The Three Managers of Commerce

    Mr. Burns 
Charles Montgomery Plantagenet Schicklgruber Burns, God of Rich Folk With Insatiable Greed (Mr. Burns, Charles Montgomery Burns, C. Montgomery Burns, Montgomery Burns, Monty Burns, Monty, M. Burns, C.M. Burns, Old Man Burns, Future Burns, Senõr Burns, Fruit-Bat Man, Happy, Mean Man Monty, Chip Incognito, Bongo-Head, Sir, Burnsie, Chip Incognito, Oatmeal, Skip)
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As the Fruit Bat Man 
  • Quasideity (although at several instances has abilities up to Intermediate level)
  • Symbol: Blinky, the Three-Eyed Fish
  • Theme Song: "Look At All Those Idiots"
  • Alignment: Neutral Evil (Chaotic Neutral on a good day, Chaotic Evil on a bad day; attempted to be Neutral Good as Fruit-Bat Man)
  • Portfolio: Billionaires, A Really Bad Boss, A Complete Jerkass, Ignoring the rules through his wealth, Corrupt Corporate Executives, Cartoonish Villainy Depending on the Writer, The Rich Want to Be Richer, Unclear Elderliness, Questionable Humanity, 0% Approval Rating, Evil Old Folks, Lean and Mean, The Way He Is Because Of His Grandfather, Cause of Parents Deaths? Got In My Way, Ambiguously Bi, The Power of Hate, Occasional Spurts Of Kindness Like Being Fond Of Insects, Tyrannical Town Tycoon
  • Domains: Greed, Pollution, Radiation, Age, Wealth
  • Heralds: His hounds
  • Sought out by: SCP-1048
  • Allies: Waylon Smithers (his butler and sometimes partner), Lex Luthor, Carol/Mom (sometimes girlfriend), Hexxus, Mr Krabs, Lolth, Arachne, Shelob, Black Arachnia, The Grand Duke of Owls, Wario, Moneybags, Princess Morbucks, Eliza and Neil Reagan
  • On good terms with: Shino Aburame, Agitha, Sig
  • Business partners: The Lich, The Red Skull, Dr Weil
  • Rivals: Scrooge McDuck, Seto Kaiba, basically any rich person who is not an ally or business partner (so the House of Commerce as a whole), Lysandre, and on a personal note Hubert J Farnsworth
  • Enemiesnote : Abraham Simpson, The House of Nature (except for the Toxicity sub-house), Captain America, really any Honest Corporate Executive and heroic member of his own house, Iroque, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, The Phantom Thieves of Heart, Toxie, solar deities, Kroq-Gar, Hazel Levesque
  • Opposed by: The House of Beast and Family
  • Evil Counterpart to: Charles Foster Kane
  • Sympathy for the Devil from: Haru Okumura
  • When you think of greed, you imagine it comes from a lack of stuff. But Mr Burns is at minimum a multi-millionaire, and he'd give it all away for the same, plus a dollar. From trying to dominate all power venues in the city, beg and grovel for a measly (to him) 106K, scrounging for dollars; he could have all the money in the world and not be happy. To no-one's surprise, this is reflected in him being a Corrupt Corporate Executive, to Cartoonish Supervillainy levels. This unparalleled greed and avarice has gotten him a spot in the Tropes Pantheon, much to the dismay of the other gods.
    • Some are surprised that he didn't ascend after dying, considering that he's physically on his last legs. In fact, rumour has it that someone tried to poison him in his sleep on his first day. Given that his temple was packed with security at the time this is close to impossible.
  • Oddly enough, Burns was not born a greedy psychopath. His current personality is largely because of his adoptive father (and biological grandfather) Wainwright Burns, a former slaveholder who pleasured himself by abusing his immigrant laborers. What is doubly gut-punching is that Wainwright adopted Burns specifically to turn him into a greedy, heartless man like himself. He would get his wish: by the end of his university years Mr. Burns tried to kill his mother Daphne and later went on to join the SS (Schutzstaffel), get dishonorably discharged from the US Army for attempting to sell German portraits and sabotaging post-WWII reconstruction of Europe by stealing a trillion-dollar bill from President Truman. He opened the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant after a brief stint as a bio-chemist and bio-terrorist, which he owns to this day. The plant is likely the only thing that he truly cares about; after all, it is the center of his business empire. So much in fact that he successfully got it made a Dominion separate from the rest of Springfield.
  • His dream in the Trope Pantheon is to achieve complete and total control over the House of Commerce. Basically, everyone there is a rival and it'd be easier to list what heroic deities from there aren't his enemy. The exceptions being Wario (who he can use his greed for his own purposes), Mr Krabs, Moneybags (who share enough in common to get along wonderfully), Morbucks and the Reagan twins (who he's fond of for obvious reasons). The acquisitions and frauds he's accumulated during his time there (plus the fact that even the Court doesn't even known half of them) are legendary and are what got him recruited by Melkor into the Grand United Alliance of Evil along with one of his now arch-rivals Gray Mann as co-head of the GUAE Vile Specialists and his personal financial advisor. Burns now owns a controlling stake in nearly all of the GUAE's dummy corporations and their recreational Villain Pub and is one of the Alliance's richest members. However, his constant infighting with Mann over designing their shared GUAE headquarters forced Melkor to downgrade him to day-to-day business while the Warhammer Chaos Gods took overall command of the Vile Specialists.
  • Similar to Charles Foster Kane, however he is a lot more evil. The most consistent reason why Mr Burns is the way he is comes from being adopted from his cold, heartless billionaire, leaving behind his precious teddy bear Bobo. He now has the bear, and SCP-1048 wants to influence Mr Burns through this to terrible ends. Lex Luthor wants him to help re-establish a new presidential campaign. As for Kane, he doesn't like Burns at all since unlike him, most of Burn's misdeeds came from the pleasure of seeing people suffer while he more often than not just succumbed to temptation and a desire for power which caused his downfall. He and many of his partners refuse to do business with him.
  • Mom could be considered his 31st century equivalent, albeit more subdued. They soon became smitten in a crossover (no, not that one). And they're now more capable of pursuing that relationship, much to Smithers and Professor Farnsworth's consternation.
  • Mr Burns wants to ally with Lysandre, but he refused. Mainly because he's the kind of person Lysandre feels needs to be removed to ensure the world is beautiful. However he shares opposition to the House of Nature with Mr Burns. In hindsight he figures that an alliance would've been a bad idea for him as there is little money to be made in the end of the world.
  • Has been hoarding money underneath the golden escalator to the Pantheon he constructed for himself. He frequently visits Satan down in Hell to play poker, to whom he owes his long life. Which Satan? Nobody is sure, but the Lucifer who rebels against YHVH and the Satan who serves YHVH say they aren't to blame. Given The Power of Hate is all that keeps him alive, he might actually be sustained by Khorne of all beings and just assumed he was Satan.
  • Often visits the House of Hatred to better understand and appreciate the venom and bile that sustains him. He got on a lot of people's shit list for offering business deals with Dr Weil, as he wants Weil to destroy nature and establish a bunch of industrial works in Neo Arcadia. While Weil's primary goal is the suffering of those unfortunate enough for him to have power over, industrializing it works just fine. Just so long as Springfield itself in untouched and Mr Burns gets a whole lot of money, he's happy and doesn't give a damn what other people think.
  • Given his cartoonish evil, Indigo-1 wants to forcefully induct him into the Indigo Tribe. Larfleeze by contrast is so impressed by his avarice he is one of his only friends. The Phantom Thieves have also shown interest in changing his heart. Haru, given her background, does have some pity for Mr Burns because it would literally kill him to be nice outside of brief bursts and fears they'll end up killing him to stop his Karma Houdini status. Mr Burns think he's safe from having a Palace because while those that have one have twisted desires, he knows exactly what he is...well, that's his defense anyway.
  • It's difficult to say, but his age has led to his involvement in a number of historical crimes. As stated before he was even an SS officer at one point until defecting back to the United States due to his American heritage, and still works as a business partner to the Red Skull. Many German deities dislike him regardless since he got dishonorably discharged from the US Army for mishandling German paintingsnote . Naturally, this enrages Captain America. Theodore Roosevelt once beat him up, and upon learning he is the embodiment of the corrupt plutocracy his presidency worked to bust, wish he beat him up harder. FDR hates him just as much for his flagrantly evil corporate policies and thanks to the whole Social Security thing this feeling is mutual.
  • Remember that time when he tried to block out the sun? It was his vain attempt to monopolize all energy in Springfield. Even he is smart enough to know destroying the sun would be cataclysmic, however he is trying to eliminate all solar deities from the pantheon because that would let him pull the same stunt again. To this end, he is working with the Grand Duke of Owls to stop the sunrise.
  • Once attempted to make a deal with Scrooge Mcduck into investing in his businesses with the secret objective of embezzling the duck's wealth. However, not only was he seen through by Scrooge, who refused the deal, but also scared away the hounds sent after him with just one glance. Mr Burns wants to get Cerberus on his side, so has been trying to convince Hades to loan him in order to chase Scrooge away.
  • Never seen on a Friday night for some reason. During these disappearances, some Gods have reported seeing an alien that wants to bring "peace and love" in the forest nearby. The "alien" and Mr. Burns are one and the same.
  • Burns has sworn on his life to destroy the House of Nature and build a pollution faculty on its remains. In retaliation, the deities in that house have banned him for life, especially after learning of his oil business that cost an underfunded school millions in dollars, and how he used a recycling plant to kill sea life and turn them into slurry for dynamiters.
  • The only part of the House of Nature he likes is the House of Toxicity. Horrifyingly, he has actually made deals with the Lich, who is empowered by the nuclear waste and radiation Mr Burns' plant creates. The Lich isn't going to attack Springfield...yet. Mr Burns is too useful a tool to dispose of yet. Hexxus, however, openly embraces the plutocratic mindset of the cruel billionaire and the two are best friends.
  • Given his aggressively anti-environmentalism, much of the House of Beast decries Mr Burns. However Burns is a Friend to Bugs, being a beekeeper and he likes tarantulas. It's one of the moments of kindness that remains consistent. Despite finding him to be really evil, Shino Aburame, Sig and Agitha are able to get along with him looking after insects. It's surprisingly tender for Mr Burns. Toxie, however, uses the power of the pollutants the plant pulls off to try and destroy Mr Burns and prevent his ruination of nature.
  • Has a charity for both the House of Insects and House of Arthropods. Shelob and Lolth consider him a useful idiot, while consider Black Arachnia and Arachne him a friend. While she thinks he needs an attitude adjustment, Mr Burns is genuinely compassionate towards Charlotte. He'll at least think before considering polluting if it hurts her feelings.
  • Even when he's trying to be good, he's still evil, like his idea of recycling included the actual animal life to create an all-purpose slurry. Mr Burns did have one noticeable stint as a superhero, that being Fruit Bat Man. Stylized after Batman (who hates his corrupt nature), initially Mr Smithers was setting up problems for him to fix to help his ego, but eventually he was able to do heroic things for real. However his occasional moments of genuine goodness are just that; moments.
  • The Lizardmen of Lustria, Kroq-Gar among them, see gold as plaques to be written onto. He wants to steal some gold, putting him on the Lizardmen's shit-list as even stealing one pound of gold would prompt them to chase down the thief to the very ends of the Earth. Mr Burns and the House of Commerce as a whole are afraid of the Lizardmen, given how dedicated and relentless they are towards their goals, territory and possessions. Mr Burns has put Hazel on his shit-list for the inevitable demise that befell him (ignoring a radiation-based danger of his own faulty plant because he was too busy bribing the safety inspectors) when he tried to take her cursed gems, however she thinks he is deflecting blame given this was down to his own Greed.
  • If you can take advantage of a situation in some way, it's your duty as an American to do it. Why should the race always be to the swift, or the Jumble to the quick-witted? Should they be allowed to win merely because of the gifts God gave them? Well I say, "Cheating is the gift man gives himself."

    Scrooge McDuck 
Scrooge McDuck, CEO of Finance and Champion of Those who Swim Through Gold (Uncle Scrooge, Mr. Mcduck, The Wealthiest Waterfowl to Ever Live)
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    Seto Kaiba 
Seto Kaiba, CEO of Wealth-Induced Disregard For Rules (Kaiba Boy, Richboy, Mr. Kaiba, The Prince of Games, The Chess Prince)
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  • Lesser God (borderline Intermediate God if he has Obelisk the Tormentor or the more powerful variants of Blue-Eyes White Dragon by his side)
  • Symbol: The KaibaCorp Logo, or his Blue-Eyes White Dragon card
  • Theme Music: Duel Madness Instrumental, Seto Kaiba Duel
  • Image Song: "You're Not Me"
  • Alignment: Chaotic Neutral
  • Portfolio: Anti Heroes, Badass Longcoats, Screwing of Rules, and Possession of Mountains of Money, Virtual Ghosts, Leet Haxor Skillz, Card Games as Serious Business, Disbelievers, Breakout Characters, Determinators.
  • Domains: Avarice, Coldness, Destiny, Family, Pride, Retribution, Wealth.
  • Followers: Montana Max, Mimi, Kaneo Takarada
  • Allies: Mokuba Kaiba (his brother), Kaito Kumon/Kamen Rider Baron, Kaito Tenjo, Pacifica Northwest
  • Rivals: Yugi Muto (a friendly one), Katsuya Jonouchi, Robin Hood, Karin Kanzuki, Wilson Fisk, Kuroto Dan/Kamen Rider Genm
  • Enemies: Gozaburo Kaiba (his adoptive father), Eliza and Neil Reagan, Redyue, Dovahkiin, Spyro, Ethan Roark Junior
  • Opposes: Exodia, Twisted Fate, Dean Ambrose/Jon Moxley, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns
  • Opposed by: Noah Kaiba (his step-brother)
  • Conflicting Opinion from: The Phantom Thieves of Hearts
  • Orphaned at a young age, Seto and his little brother, Mokuba, were adopted by the rich businessman, Gozaburo Kaiba, after Seto beat Gozaburo at a game of Chess. What appeared to be a victory soon turned into a bitter curse as Gozaburo began acting abusive towards Seto to shape him into the cold, ruthless person that he believed was worthy to take over his company. Seto took to these lessons far better than even his adoptive father could have expected, and, after ousting Gozaburo from his position as CEO and Chairman of KaibaCorp, turned the company into the world's largest multi-national gaming corporation. An expert gamer, especially of Duel Monsters, Kaiba believes that losing at anything, even games, is equivalent to dying. He is single-minded in his goal of becoming the greatest duelist in the world.
  • At first, Kaiba reacted to the news of Yugi's ascension with an angry "That's ridiculous! People don't become Gods!" He changed his mind in a hurry when Karin Kanzuki bought a mansion next door to his palace that was almost twice as big as his own. They both have connections. Kaiba then made it his personal mission to get himself a spot in the Pantheon as well. Chafing at the restrictions of the Pantheon, he attempted to buy the positions of other Gods to usurp one of their positions. To the surprise of many, this gambit came very close to succeeding, and the Court of the Gods were forced to offer him a different trope to stop him. That's how Seto Kaiba became the God of Screwing the Rules with Money (...he had the title changed shortly after accepting it).
  • He also has a fierce but ultimately friendly rivalry with Yami Yugi, the God of Absurdly High-Stakes Games and Yugi Muto, the King of Games. He'll never stop trying to take his title—both inside the Pantheon and outside of it.
    • After a long period of constant demanding and challenging (during which a series of events took place that he's only just returned from), Kaiba finally got his wish for a duel with the Pharaoh. Using both old and new cards and strategies, both duelists were pushed to their limits, but ultimately the Pharaoh managed to pull out another win against all odds. Kaiba has backed off for now, but history serves to prove that he'll be back before long.
  • Noah Kaiba of the House of Technology often uploads himself into Seto Kaiba's mainframe, being jealous of his position. For his part, Seto constantly designs and redesigns firewalls and other security systems to keep the brat out. His tower is adorned with variations on the Blue-Eyes White Dragon, and there are hologram stations in every cubicle.
  • His Morality Pet is his younger brother, Mokuba Kaiba. He's the only other person who can get him to lighten up a bit. Mokuba serves as his brother's Herald in the Pantheon and helps his brother run the day-to-day activities of KaibaCorp.
  • He has grown quite an affection for Paarthurnax as well as the large stone where he learns people about the Thu'um. Where else is he going to find a giant rock along with a giant dragon? Sadly, the many visits of Dovahkiin bothers him greatly.
  • Despite his cold attitude, he does have a soft spot in his heart: orphans. This is due to his backstory and he plans to open an amusement park for orphans and homeless children can roam about for free. This touched the hearts of many gods, some shedding a Single Tear at the story.
    • There is also one thing that he really despises: Abusive Parents which stem from his childhood with the man who adopted him and Mokuba, Gozaburo. He met up with Uncle Howee who made a deal with him: he brings up the Ayasaki parents, and in exchange he simply asked that for all of the House of Commerce to get their well-earned revenge on the two of them, all Howee asked was for the Gods to come to his special show that night. Kaiba agreed, and thus rallied the House of Commerce to attack the two bastards. Uncle Howee returned the favor by having the Ayasaki parents (transformed into marionettes) perform on his show. Uncle Howee walked away that night a millionaire. Seto himself has some odd feelings with the man. On the one hand, Howee reminds him of Pegasus, but on the other, he is easier to get along with and since the thing with Ayasaki, admitted to having enjoyed seeing the man at work.
  • Would like it for other gods to STOP making comparisons to James of Team Rocket and Brock. He's getting sick and tired of that. And for Kirby and King Dedede, no he is not some masked freak who goes by the name "Meta Knight"...and his anger toward Meta Knight grew when he tried to challenge the former to a duel. Meta Knight agreed to it...by tossing a sword to Kaiba's face.
  • Sometimes plays chess with Lelouch and Light Yagami. Unfortunately, despite his skills, he's nowhere near their level of gambits and strategy. He doesn't take these losses seriously (in contrast with his duels with Yugi Muto) and for Lelouch and Light's part, they've decided not to Geass/Death Note him as he's a Worthy Opponent in the game.
  • When told of Spyro's surprising power for his size and age, Kaiba laughed asked if he was really expected to believe that a purple pipsqueak could stand up to the Blue Eyes White Dragon. Spyro has said he's eager to prove it to Kaiba when he gets the chance.
  • Himura Kenshin is the only person he'd ever avoid, as he's unaffected with his rules-screwing and bribery would just net him a hard crash with his Sakabato while being scolded to ask his money to save him from that crash.
  • Is amused that one of his many "followers" has ascended. Though he tried to hide it by saying "Well, it was about time one of them did".
  • Hates it whenever Twisted Fate borrows some of his cards to get thrown away, slashing other people and blowing things up, apparently the rarer the card, the bigger the damage. Kaiba has no problems in reacquiring them because he's stinkin' rich, but it gets annoying if he has to repeat that ad nauseum.
  • Has shown to be having tea with Princess Peach and her parasol friend, Perry. While he will never admit it, he is shown to be close to Perry because of how the parasol reminds him of his brother, Mokuba. He's now devoted to figure out how to transform Perry back into a human.
    • Speaking of Mokuba, his stepbrother Noah and the wrestler Dean Ambrose worked together to bring the kid into the Pantheon with a seat dedicated to how much he looks up to big brother Kaiba, and Dean later became something of a mentor to Mokuba. Despite this, Ambrose has had a hostile opinion of Kaiba for awhile based on events from his home world. His response for a long time was to thank the lunatic for his help while paying no mind to the man's opinions about him. Then he flipped out, attacked his Shield partner who everyone thought he forgave for a previous betrayal on the same night their other Shield partner went down because of an illness, made the wrestling company that brought him to the Pantheon look bad, and exposed The Shield's use of code names while abandoning his own. At that point Kaiba considered him a liability, and was relieved when Mokuba sided with the other man, Seth Rollins.
    • When Rollins went insane and declared himself the Monday Night Messiah, Kaiba decided he wanted Seth dead for disappointing his brother. Naturally, he is not all that trusting towards Roman Reigns, the one remaining Hound of Justice, who has decided to look after Mokuba for the time being in response to all this.
    • And then Roman Reigns not only turned up with one of the slimiest promoters in wrestling history, Brock Lesnar's longtime advocate Paul Heyman, as his "special counsel", he won back the Universal Championship in the most opportunistic of ways. Immediately people feared Seto's coming revenge, to the point the Phantom Thieves went to his temple looking for a Metaverse Palace and access point. They found none, only Kaiba's followers and employees interrogating them at the door. Asking for Kaiba and receiving him, they asked what his plans were for Reigns. His answer?
    Kaiba: I have no such plans.
    Skull: Bullshit! We know your reputation, and we know you were pissed at the other two guys for disappointing your brother over their own crap. And now he's gone and done it too. You gotta be out for blood!
    Kaiba: Then why are you in front of the real me right here, and not in some purple hellscape staring down a yellow-eyed shadow impostor representing my illogical thirst for revenge?
    Panther: Like you of all people can't figure out some high-tech way to block the MetaNav from accessing your Palace.
    Kaiba: And why would I want to do that? If I were being impeded or misdirected by a distortion, you would've been sent here by me personally to take it out post-haste! The reason you can't see anything is because there isn't anything. Roman Reigns had started acting funny around Mokuba long before you saw what you saw with SummerSlam, SmackDown, OR Payback. We've already deemed him a disappointment and washed our hands of The Shield completely.
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Ambiguous Ranks

    Buy n Large 
Buy n Large, Celestial Mega Corporation (BnL, Buy n' Large, Buy N' Large, Buy 'n Large, Buy 'N Large, Buy 'n' Large, Buy 'N' Large, Buy'N'Large, Buy'n'Large, Buy-N-Large, Buy-n-Large, BuyNLarge, Buy&Large, Buy and Large)
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Alternative Title(s): Commerce Overdeities And Greater Gods, Commerce Intermediate Gods, Commerce Lesser Gods, Commerce Demigods And Quasideities

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