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"Growth... Profit... Grofit!"
Frohd Bek, Chairman of the Board, Warframe

"You load sixteen tons, what do you get?
Another day older and deeper in debt
Saint Peter don't you call me, 'cause I can't go
I owe my soul to the company store"
Tennessee Ernie Ford, "Sixteen Tons"

"Moloch whose mind is pure machinery! Moloch whose blood is running money! Moloch whose fingers are ten armies! Moloch whose breast is a cannibal dynamo! Moloch whose ear is a smoking tomb!
Moloch whose eyes are a thousand blind windows! Moloch whose skyscrapers stand in the long streets like endless Jehovahs! Moloch whose factories dream and croak in the fog! Moloch whose smoke-stacks and antennae crown the cities!
Moloch whose love is endless oil and stone! Moloch whose soul is electricity and banks! Moloch whose poverty is the specter of genius! Moloch whose fate is a cloud of sexless hydrogen! Moloch whose name is the Mind!"
Allen Ginsberg, "Howl"

"On earth, petroleum once turned petty thugs into world leaders."
Admiral Dougherty, Star Trek: Insurrection

"Wealth aggregates and becomes political power. Simple as that. 'Corporation' is just the most recent name for it. In the Middle Ages it was the Catholic Church. They had a great logo, too. You might have seen it, and they had more branches than Starbucks. Go back before that, and it was Imperial Rome. It's a natural process as old as humanity."
Daniel Suarez, Freedom™

Doctor: You blood-sucking leech! You won't stop till you own the entire galaxy, will you? Don't you think commercial imperialism is as bad as military conquest?
Collector: We have tried war, but the use of economic power is far more effective.

"It's a security system worthy of Shinra. After all, all the power in Midgar and the world, for that matter, is controlled by them."

"When deep space exploration ramps up, it'll be the corporations that name everything: the IBM Stellar Sphere. The Microsoft Galaxy. Planet Starbucks."

"Who do you think runs Congress? Big Pharma. It's the big pharmaceutical companies, Glenn, that make all the big decisions. Big Pharma paves your roads. Big Pharma delivers your mail. Who do you think teaches your kids how to read? Teachers? Try again: Big Pharma. Big Pharma took us to war in Vietnam, synthesized crack, and killed Kennedy. Big Pharma came from outer space, invented Ben Franklin, started a little company called the Internet, and polluted the ocean with high-fructose corn syrup. We're everywhere, Glenn."
Ben Hayflick, Childrens Hospital

"Tomorrow's resources, today!"
GigaCorp slogan, Allegiance

"And when at last it is time for the transition from megacorporation to planetary government, from entrepreneur to emperor, it is then that the true genius of our strategy shall become apparent, for energy is the lifeblood of this society and when the chips are down he who controls the energy supply controls the planet. In former times the energy monopoly was called "The Power Company"; we intend to give this name an entirely new meaning."
CEO Nwabudike Morgan - "The Centauri Monopoly", Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri

"Resources exist to be consumed. And consumed they will be, if not by this generation then by some future. By what right does this forgotten future seek to deny us our birthright? None I say! Let us take what is ours, chew and eat our fill."
CEO Nwabudike Morgan, Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri

"Of course we'll bundle our Morgan-Net software with the new network nodes; our customers expect no less of us. We have never sought to become a monopoly. Our products are simply so good that no one feels the need to compete with us. "
Morgan Data Systems press release, Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri

"WESAYSO: We know what you want. We know what you need. We know where you live."

"Take a close look at the track record of this company. You'll see that we've gambled in markets usually regarded as nonprofit. Hospitals. Prisons. Space exploration. I say good business is where you find it."
Richard "Dick" Jones, RoboCop (1987)

"Large corporations welcome innovation and individualism in the same way the dinosaurs welcomed large meteors."

Tak: All they see is another faceless corporation, not a plan for world conquest.
Dib: Wait... is there really a difference?

Tracy: So GE will produce the Tracy Jordan Meat Machine?
Jack: Oh no, no. GE could never make something so... um, unique. We’ll have to pass this off to one of our subsidiaries. (pulls down wall chart) You see, GE owns Kitchenall of Colorado, which in turn owns JMI of Stamford, which is a majority shareholder in, which recently acquired the Sheinhardt Wig Company, which owns NBC outright, NBC owns Winnipeg Iron Works, which owns the AHP Chanagi Party Meats Corporation of Pyongyang, North Korea, and they, will make the Meat Machine.

"The Hyperion Corporation: we make your life. Period!"
Hyperion New-U Station, Borderlands 2

"What do we do? What don't we do?"
Massive Dynamic motto, Fringe

"Megacorp: Your best choice. Your ONLY choice."
Vending machine, Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando

"You get up on your little twenty-one inch screen and howl about America and democracy. There is no America. There is no democracy. There is only IBM, and ITT, and AT&T, and DuPont, Dow, Union Carbide, and Exxon. Those are the nations of the world today... The world is a business, Mr. Beale. It has been since man crawled out of the slime."
Arthur Jensen, Network

"Octan, they make good stuff: Dairy products, TV shows, coffee, surveillance cameras, all history books, voting machines... wait a minute."
Emmet, The LEGO Movie

Flip the Tower - The Eight-Branch Dragon - The Orochi Group.
THE UPRIGHT POSITION: The largest, most powerful corporation on the planet, the Orochi Group influences every aspect of modern science and innovation - striding forward as a lead player in economical, technological and political fields worldwide, since 1949. Established in Tokyo as an international investment group shortly after World War II, the young corporation attracted the brightest minds. The soil proved fertile, the growth exponential. A few years after conception, Orochi's eight subdivisions took to the global market. Today the enormous conglomerate hosts award ceremonies, donates billions to charities, and encourages youth programs.
THE REVERSE POSITION: There are doors and mainframes that regular Orochi employee security cards will not grant access to. The corporation casts a shadow, and that shadow answers to no outside agency. Rumours of occult research, technology twenty years ahead of its time, elevators that nosy employees enter but never exit - only the board of directors know for sure. The eight heads hold secrets...
—Lore entry on The Orochi Group, The Secret World

Ruby was sitting next to the heir to the single wealthiest company in the world. The Schnee Corporation had their hands in everything Ruby could name. They did anything and everything and had... well, whatever they wanted.
— The fanfic Hypothermia

Pentex is a corporate octopus. Its tentacles spread in all directions and wrap around nearly every conceivable market share, while the bloated body remains hidden in a cloud of black ink and paperwork.
Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Book Of The Wyrm (1st Ed)

Wanda: There's pretty much only three corporations that control everything: There's Chrysler, Fox TV, and Campbell's Soup.
Davis: I thought there woulda been more...
Wanda: Nope. You complain to Campbell's Soup about your popcorn, then see what happens the next time you try to buy a Dodge Ram.
Corner Gas, "Crab Apple Cooler"

And dominating the skyline for miles around: the massive cube-shaped arcology of the B.O.R.G. Megacorporation. Once this area had been dubbed 'Silicone Valley' for its proliferation of feminoid assemblers and human enhancement surgeries — now all had been ruthlessly assimilated by the one worldwide monopoly. Only the nation-state of Japan might have proved a serious rival, had it not become the stomping ground of giant robots and radioactive monsters.
Plan 7 of 9 from Outer Space

I mellowed at the sight. That ship, from nose to tail, was Indiastry-built. The crewmen were Indiastry-trained and Indiastry-employed. The passengers, waking and sleeping, paid tribute minute by minute to Indiastry. And Indiastry paid tribute to Fowler Schocken Associates.

TransAllied Inc is a good old-fashioned family megacorporation. Started back in the 38th century by Elias Baynes as a simple robot manufacturers, TAI has gradually expanded by giving its customers what they want - which isn't easy in today's diverse galactic marketplace. Our secret is to anticipate demand, to be at the forefront of innovation and invention. TAI's proud boast is that it can supply any of its products to any planet in the galaxy. And things have marched on since those humble beginnings: we still sell robots, the best on the market, but we also sell... starships, terraformers, medical equipment, explosives, foodstuffs, protective clothing, weft engines, computer brains, recreational narcotics, laser cannons, and much, much more. Everything a colony world could possibly want to go from this... [howling, desolate wind] to this... [birdsong, children playing, etc] And that's what we strive to do at TransAllied Inc: build a better world on every world in the galaxy!
Arnold Baynes, Big Finish Doctor Who: Davros

Real Life

"The rich will strive to establish their dominion and enslave the rest. They always did. They always will... They will have the same effect here as elsewhere, if we do not, by [the power of] government, keep them in their proper spheres."
Gouverneur Morris, co-author of the U.S. Constitution in 1787

"El pulpo meant the Octopus, also known as the United Fruit Company, whose annual revenues were twice that of the Guatemalan state. Recently, their workers had gone on strike; selfishly, they had wanted to be paid $1.50 a day for their interesting work."
Gore Vidal, Palimpsest

"It's a question of whether we should privatize the normal water supply for the population. And there are two different opinions on the matter. The one opinion, which I think is extreme, is represented by the NGOs, who bang on about declaring water a public right. That means that as a human being you should have a right to water. That's an extreme solution.” The "other extreme", he said "says that water is a foodstuff like any other, and like any other foodstuff it should have a market value." He added, "Personally, I believe it's better to give a foodstuff a value so that we're all aware it has its price, and then that one should take specific measures for the part of the population that has no access to this water."
Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, former CEO of Nestlé

"Goldman Sachs is a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money."
Matt Taibbi

"It's ridiculous to talk about freedom in a society dominated by huge corporations. What kind of freedom is there inside a corporation? They're totalitarian institutions — you take orders from above and maybe give them to people below you. There's about as much freedom as under Stalinism."
Noam Chomsky

It's nice to know that I can live in a country where everyone agrees that net neutrality is a good idea and yet the FCC will probably undo it all anyway because the phone companies need to fuck you over jussssst a little bit more. I already have a mystery $11 surcharge on every goddamn Verizon bill. God forbid that pound of flesh be enough for these monsters. No no, please hold my Netflix hostage and leave me no other choice but to fork over an extra $5. I don't know how you people live with yourselves.
Drew Magary, Make It Stop

"Turns out [Steve] Jobs might have literally been speaking in the first person when he started slapping I's in front of everything he sold. As in, "I am Steve Jobs and I just sold you suckers a gadget that iDesigned, iControl and iBreak if you break my arbitrary rules."

"Leave it to Disneyland to turn Snow White into the preschool version of Paris Hilton, kids into celebrity stalkers and parents into slightly disgruntled paparazzi."
Rick Vanderknyff, 10 Things I Miss About Disneyland

"Evil empires are a mainstay of RPGs and adventure games. To most gamers, they are things of the distant past... So Final Fantasy VII gives us Shinra, a megaconglomerate that had dominated the world's market to such an overwhelming degree that it has become the Planet's most influential entity. Shinra is technically nothing more than a business firm operating in (what appears to be) a capitalist system, and yet it has grown so powerful that it has superceded the government of the country in which it has based, take over other cities (like Junon), and even maintains its own military force. I'll spare you the arguments and extracurricular materials and assume you're capable of connecting a few dystopic dots yourself."


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