Evil corporation

An evil corporation is a staple of science fiction[1] (but also features in other fiction genres), usually an enormous amoral multinational company—often a megacorporation or conglomerate with powers which are usually held by governments—which values profits over ethics and life, or at least started out as a company that meant well, but ultimately creates infinitely more harm than good.

These companies may be so powerful that they can ignore the law, possess their own heavily armed (often military-sized) private armies, hold 'sovereign' territory, and possibly even act as outright governments. These companies are primarily responsible to their shareholders, not to those affected by their actions. Evil companies may be larger than the economies of some of the states within which they operate, and can wield significant economic and political power. No international treaties exist to specifically regulate the behavior of evil companies with regard to human rights or environmental rights. They often exercise a large degree of control over their employees, taking the idea of 'corporate culture' to an extreme.

List of fictional evil corporations

- "Building Better Worlds." -
The fictional slogan and logo of Weyland-Yutani from Alien
- "Our Business Is Life Itself" -
The fictional slogan and logo of Umbrella Corporation from Resident Evil
- "Vigilance for our children. We are the future of global security." -
The fictional slogan and logo of Cyber Dynamics Systems from Terminator
- "We change the world. Every day, in a hundred different ways." -
The fictional slogan and logo of Abstergo Industries from Assassin's Creed
- "We do what we must, because we can." -
The fictional slogan and logo of Aperture Science from Portal
This is a dynamic list and may never be able to satisfy particular standards for completeness. You can help by expanding it with reliably sourced entries.

In comics

In films

In television

In video games

In toys and card games

Use in real life

Several real life corporations such as Monsanto and Halliburton have been named "evil" by activists[11] and the media.[12] The labeling of corporations as such may be an indicator of anti-corporate activism.

In an interview Edward Neumeier, the screenwriter for the original RoboCop reflected on how the film's script is starting to play into reality: "We are now living in the world that I was proposing in RoboCop…how big corporations will "take care of us" and…how they won't."[13][14]

See also


  1. Sarath, Patrice (2011-03-08). "Bad company: science fiction and the "evil" corporation". Bizmology. Retrieved 2011-08-18.
  2. "Game Informer - Ah! What did you do?".
  3. RoboCop (1987)
  4. RoboCop 2 (1990)
  5. '"Flesh and Steel: Making RoboCop on the 20th Anniversary RoboCop DVD
  6. "Dr. Steven Best, PhD - Robocop: The Crisis of Subjectivity (1987)". Drstevebest.org. Retrieved 2009-04-17.
  7. The 15 Most Evil Movie Corporations, MTV.com, Adam D'Arpino, June 3, 2013
  8. "The Most Evil Corporations In Fiction". The Huffington Post. 16 October 2013.
  9. Resident Evil Zero BradyGames Official Strategy Guide, page 19
  10. Resident Evil 3 Dreamcast manual
  11. Connor Adams Sheets. "Monsanto Named 2013's 'Most Evil Corporation' In New Poll". International Business Times. Retrieved August 25, 2013.
  12. Goldacre, Ben (August 4, 2007). "Evil ways of the drug companies". The Guardian. Retrieved August 26, 2011.
  13. "From 'Old Detroit' to Delta City: Robocop's Dystopia in Detroit I The Hampton Institute".
  14. Oliver Joy, CNN (25 July 2013). "RoboCop creator: Detroit shows this fictional future is upon us - CNN.com". CNN.
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