A recent discussion about a past season of Critical Hit got me to thinking about the idea of the Evil Corporation in fiction.  Vought-American from The Boys is a great example of an organization corrupt to the bone, while LexCorp is one man’s obsession writ large across a business, and about Wolfram & Hart, the less said the better.  From The Umbrella Pharmaceutical Company to ‘The Oblongs’ ominous Globocide, evil abounds throughout our favorite pop culture, leading to today’s limited-liability query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) finds it telling that I can say “Doofenshmirtz Evil, Incorporated” and make hundreds of you sing in your head, asking: What’s the most egregious example of the evil corporation in fiction?

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  1. Malone_hasco on

    First one that came to my mind was Umbrella. Can’t get much more evil than almost causing and apocalypse and then doing it again knowingly, several times…

  2. Well, the protagonist / unreliable narrator in Mr. Robot literally calls the evil corporation “Evil Corp” – to the point that the other characters in the show and the company’s logo as seen in-universe refer to it as such as well (thanks to said unreliable narrator)

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