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Basic Trope: A huge corporation that sells everything and has government-like reach and powers.

  • Straight: Motor Union manufactures everything from aircraft to zippers, tends to buy up it's competitors or drive them out of business as soon as they appear, and lobbies the government into giving it more and more power.
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  • Downplayed:
    • Motor Union is a huge umbrella corporation that manufactures a lot of things, but it has no less than five direct competitors along with other megacorporations that occupy different markets.
    • Motor Union has been granted vast power by Troperia to act as a proxy to Troperian interests, but is still firmly under the Troperian government's thumb.
  • Justified:
    • The country of Troperia where the Motor Union is situated has a laissez-faire economy with little to no regulation to stop creation of monopolies.
    • The world is a Crapsack World where Screw the Rules, I Have Money! dictates Realpolitik.
    • Motor Union sells very popular products, and its leaders run excellent marketing and PR campaigns.
  • Inverted: The country of Troperia is a communist state, so instead of businessmen controlling the government, the government controls the businessmen.
  • Subverted: Motor Union, which hyped around the galaxy as a Mega-Corp is a big pile of overadvertised and overpriced stock whose main use is as a tax write off. It is incompetently administrated and dripping in debt and its very existence is a giant Pet the Dog on the part of all the Merchant Princes around who don't deign to buy it out.
    • Motor Union calls itself a Mega Corporation but it is clearly one In Name Only.
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  • Double Subverted: That's because it is a front for Trope LIC which uses it as a place to put their useless personnel, to dump all the pollution their secret factories create, and to divert attention from their own evil plans.
  • Parodied: The boardroom meeting of Motor Union executives is shown - and as soon as one of them mentions a market they haven't cornered, everyone is thrown into blind panic untill the CEO screams at them to get a hold of themselves and explains how they're going to take over that market too.
  • Zig Zagged: The influence of Motor Union waxes and wanes as the plot demands.
    • Motor Union is nominally a corporation but full of oddities, ,checks and balances, and aspects of other systems. Depending on the period of time it may resemble an unequal democracy, feudalism, or even ironically a communist statr.
  • Averted: Motor Union is a big corporation, but like in real life, it can't measure up to The Government.
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  • Enforced: The work in which Motor Union appears is a study of monopolies, making it neccesary to have a monopoly as an example.
  • Lampshaded:
  • Invoked: The country of Troperia deregulates it's economy, hoping that Mega Corps show up and bring in some tasty, tasty tax money.
  • Exploited: The Conqueror claims the intent to liberate people from the grip of Motor Union.
  • Defied: The Troperian regulators have outlawed large corporations, so Mega Corps are unable to form.
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  • Deconstructed:
    • As Motor Union expands, swallowing up competitors and eventually supplanting The Government, they are forced to provide public services simply to keep their customers and employees safe, healthy, and educated enough to shop and work. Profits end up declining as more and more of the company's money is spent on maintaining and protecting the business instead of actually doing business. In the end, Motor Union simply becomes the new government and ceases to be a true corporation. Keeping society afloat is now a higher priority than making money, defeating the entire purpose of the company in the first place.
    • If Motor Union becomes a monopoly, it basically defeats the innovative purpose of laissez-faire competition, resulting in said monopoly suffering and decaying from stagnation and increasing incompetence. Eventually, the economy will collapse due to a capitalistic society's inability to function without capitalism.
    • Motor Union bribes, threatens, and swindles its way towards controlling the vital aspects of Troperian state... and then Troperian government decides to show who's really in charge.
    • Motor Union was never designed to function outside of another nation's standards of laws. Without one to deal with things like minority shareholder dispute resolution or any way to hold the CEO accountable it becomes a defacto dictatorship after the CEO kills the board to consolidate power. The investors soon become holders of useless pieces of paper and it is more meaningfully described as a 'state which arose after the collapse of Troperia, and the subsequent vacuum filling by Motor Union followed by the CEO's coup'.
  • Reconstructed:
    • While Motor Union effectively becomes the new government, it is a borderline feudal government that provides no public services to its subjects while controlling every aspect of their lives to prevent revolution. It doesn't even matter if their profits are down, since they control the value and distribution of all money and goods. The heads of the company never cared about money, just power; Motor Union was simply a means to achieve that end.
    • Motor Union was founded by the people holding all the power in Troperia, so even if it slowly takes over the country, no-one will try to close down or nationalize it because in the end it benefits the same people.
    • Motor Union sends its extremely well-equipped and very large "Company Security Forces" and/or hires the Troptanian military to defend its property...and they demolish the Troperian government forces. The Troperian government then wisely decides to leave them alone.
  • Played For Laughs: Motor Union is a supplier of Acme Products to hapless cartoon characters.
  • Played For Drama: Motor Union is a primary antagonist in a Cyberpunk story.

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