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For this wiki's purposes, an Acme Corporation is any generic corporation that seems to supply everything a character, or entire cast, uses. These supplies are, of course, Acme Products. Not to be confused with any of the myriad non-fictional objects and entities bearing the moniker.

The eponymous example appears most famously in classic Warner Brothers cartoons featuring Wile E. Coyote, whose more elaborate plans involved Acme catapults, earthquake pills, bat suits, spring shoes, and so on; the Coyote's undying faith in Acme Corp., despite the endemic flaws and defects, is one of the mysteries of this series. Bugs Bunny and other characters made use of their services as well, with better results.

See also Mega Corp, We Sell Everything.

Examples of Acme Products include:

Comics[edit | hide | hide all]


Film[edit | hide]

  • In Who Framed Roger Rabbit? the president of the Acme Corporation is a nice chap, Marvin Acme, whose lost will becomes the MacGuffin.
  • Everything humanity uses in WALL-E is produced by Buy N Large. Which is apparently also the government.
  • Omni Consumer Products (OCP) from RoboCop also produces everything from weapons, to simple consumer products, to the eponymous hero.
  • The Weyland-Yutani company from the Alien series of films seems to be one of these, being involved in government, interstellar shipping, attempts at biological weaponry, colonization of planets, and warfare.
    • As of the fourth movie, they have been bought up by Wal-Mart.
  • In the movie Spaceballs all products seen are Spaceballs brand, due to Yogurt's ownership of the film's own merchandising rights.
  • In the movie Braindead uncle Les uses an Acme brand clothes mangle.
  • Nineteen Forty One had an Acme Turpentine warehouse. Had as in before it got wrecked.
  • In the film of The Losers, the team has to hack into a hard drive from Goliath International, which makes "pretty much everything."
  • Roy makes use of Acme to get the robot dog he needs to defeat RoboCat in the cartoon portion of Stay Tuned, being a Genre Savvy couch potato TV addict.


Literature[edit | hide]

  • The RAMJAC Corporation is a fictional multinational conglomerate, or megacorp, featured in several novels by Kurt Vonnegut. In Jailbird, the company at its height owns 19 percent of the United States. Every time any product or corporation is mentioned, it is also mentioned that it is owned by the RAMJAC Corporation.
  • The novel The Quillan Games in the Pendragon series features the territory of Quillan, in which the Blok corporation, which started as a general store, evolved until it completely controlled the territory, and produce literally everything, from food to buildings to artwork, on the planet. If it doesn't have the name "Blok" on it, it probably doesn't exist or is boarded up underground with a factory or concentration camp built over it.
  • In Larry Niven's Known Space series, all starship hulls and a multitude of other useful high-tech products are sold by an alien-owned company called General Products.
    • Not all hulls, just the near-invulnerable, radiation-proof ones that come in four useful sizes... which does kind of give them an advantage in the market, I guess.
  • The Pixler corporation in Abarat doesn't have a monopoly, but it likes to say in its marketing copy that it will provide for you from cradle to grave—which it very well may, given that it runs both hospitals and funeral centers. In between, it provides everything from food to education. (And yes, these people are evil.)
  • Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series has the Goliath Corporation. Its motto is "For all you'll ever need."
  • The Sirius Cybernetics Corporation from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy produces most of the sentient robots, sentient computers, and sentient elevators (It Makes Sense in Context) seen in the series. They have a very poor reputation and at one point it's mentioned that their complaints division is the only part of the company that turns a profit.
  • CHOAM (Combine Honnete Ober Advancer Mercantiles) is a massive entity in Dune which, more or less, controls the sale of everything - essentially a mass amalgamation of craft and guilds.
    • To a lesser extent the Spacing Guild, who are a strangulatory monopoly (and own about a third of CHOAM's stock) as the only entity capable of space travel and the only owners of interstellar ships - all of CHOAM's goods require them, and they take a hefty cut of profit, as well as all transport or movement - without the Guild, the Empire, and CHOAM, collapses.


Live Action TV[edit | hide]

  • Nickelodeon show The Adventures of Pete and Pete had this, with everyone listening to Krebstarr radios and wearing Kreb of the Loom underwear.
  • Max Headroom had Zik Zak. Motto: "We make everything you need, and you need everything we make."
  • The Prescott group, fictional sponsor of The Colbert Report, has a branch in just about every industry.
  • Veridian Dynamics not only designs and makes anything you can imagine but finds some sort of evil use for all of it.
  • In Lost, pretty much every type of food and drink employed by the DHARMA Initiative is DHARMA-brand food.
    • There's also the Widmore Corporation and its subsidiaries (Widmore Labs, Widmore Construction, Widmore Industries)
  • Parodied in the mini-series Fresno, where the Acme Toxic Waste Company is owned by..... Mr Acme.
  • Brazilian comedy group Casseta & Planeta has the Tabajara Organizations, "a monopolist megaconglomerate" with products that usually have names in pseudo-English.
  • Mad TV had the company Spishak, which made everything from cleaning products to medicine. The products ranged from useless to having unfortunate side effects.
  • The Shutsu Tonka Unitocracy in DAAS Kapital.


Roleplaying Games[edit | hide]

  • Deadlands: Smith & Robards has everything a player character will ever need, all the way to customized submarines. And for the cash-strapped, there's always El Cheapo.
  • Toon: The Cartoon RPG has the Ace Company, purveyor of all sorts of crazy props for Toon characters.


Theatre[edit | hide]

  • General Products in The Solid Gold Cadillac is a diversified conglomerate manufacturing everything from locomotives to clocks to bobby pins.


Video Games[edit | hide]

  • BioShock (series): The fact that Andrew Ryan has his name plastered all over products and establishments in Rapture could be considered an example.
  • Umbrella Corporation from the Resident Evil series.
  • Elite Beat Agents: The ABCD sporting goods company ranges from footballs to Olympic athlete's track suits.
  • Ground Control had the Mega Corp Crayven which produced food (such as the "Crayven Crunchbars"), combat armour, starships, had a military force, sponsored several frontier colonies and owned a multitude of TV channels. Oddly, Crayven did not produce Crayven brand weapons. Its armaments came from a sister-corporation called Wellby-Simms instead.
  • An awful lot of products in the Nancy Drew games, from antique HAM radios to modern office equipment, were made by Krolmeister. In Secret of the Old Clock, Nancy even got to go there, delivering telegrams to the Krolmeister nail factory.
    • It's Lampshaded in Danger by Design, in which a newspaper article announces that Krolmeister has just bought the Acme Corporation!
    • Trail of the Twister introduces Mr. Krolmeister himself, as a phone-voice. Nancy asks him how many products his company actually makes; he muses about it, mentioning some examples (salad dressing, industrial equipment...), before admitting he has no idea.
  • The Frobozz Magic Company in Zork, with amusing subdivision names like Frobozz Exploding Paper Company and Frobozz Wizard Slaying Nasal Spray Company. Also a Mega Corp, since at the end of the reign of Dimwit Flathead, 100% of all commerce in Quendor was owned by FrobozzCo.
  • The Ultor Corporation in several Volition-made games (i.e. Saints Row, Red Faction) are a clothing label, a mining company, and invest in extensive city redevelopment.
  • Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?: The name is given, not to a product, but to a detective agency.
  • Ratchet and Clank has Gadgetron, which supplies the hero's weapons and equipment. He actually gets to save it from an attack in the first game.
  • Team Fortress 2, or more accurately, its expanded universe of the Valve blog, features "Mann Co.", with the slogan "We Sell Products And Get In Fights".
    • Mann Co. is actually a subsidiary of the even larger TF Industries, which also owns RED and BLU and all of their subsidiaries.
  • Syn Tek Megacorporation from Alien Swarm. Everything from drinks to weaponry to medicine and synthetic drugs is made by them.
  • The Lezareno company from Tales of Symphonia which handles everything in Tethe'alla, from mining operations to making incredibly bad-smelling perfume (which the president of the company, Regal Bryant, deeply apologises for and immediately stops the production of when smelling it for the first time).
  • The Madagascar video game has a few ACME products, mainly a cardboard box which you use to sneak past people as the Penguins.
  • While on Illium in Mass Effect 2, listen closely to the advertisements in the background. Nearly all of them, regardless of the product (snacks, asari beauty products, experimental medical treatments) end with the phrase "a division of Elkoss Combine".

Web Animation[edit | hide]

  • Cheap as Free in Homestar Runner (with a few exceptions: Compy computers, Videlectrix video games, and Cold Ones beer).


Western Animation[edit | hide]

  • Mickey Mouse cartoons from the '30s and '40s often featured a similar company called Ajax, although this varied between being an actual Acme-style corporation and being Mickey's rink-a-dink entrepreneurial outfits ("Ajax Clock Cleaners, we clean clocks!" "Ajax Ghost Hunters, we hunt ghosts!" etc.) However, the Donald Duck short Cured Duck featured an "Acme Garage".
  • In Looney Tunes: Back in Action, Acme is headed by a Corrupt Corporate Executive, the movie's Big Bad, who, not coincidentally, counts Wile E Coyote among his hired goons, despite "My God, man what am I going to do with you? You've done nothing but screw up. You've walked off of mesas, been smashed by boulders, and run over by diesel trucks. And don't blame the equipment. The equipment is good. It's Acme equipment. You're a coyote. Be wily."
    • In a Cartoon Network advertisement, Wile E sued ACME over their malfunctioning equipment, and was awarded a prime-time slot.
    • Bounty Hamster spoofed this, by having an unnamed coyote recommend that Marion get a better catalog.
    • In one Looney Toons short comic it was revealed that the ACME agent Wile E goes to to pick up his equipment is Bugs Bunny in disguise, which may have something to do with why they never work the way they are supposed to.
  • The Acme Corp. for Garfield and Friends was Schlocko, purveyor of various Ron Popeil-type novelty items.
    • Little Gem was also used a few times.
  • The Pink Panther uses Acme products on several occasions.
  • In The Replacements everything is made by Fleemco.
  • Invoked with Krusty Brand products in The Simpsons, though the reason tends to be Krusty the Clown's willingness to approve every license handed to him.
    • Subverted since Krusty Brand products are universally poorly made, dangerous and in some cases, cursed.
    • There are also the Li'l Bastard products.
  • Even Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers had an Acme product: the Acme Majestic Ultra-light All-Weather Fiberglass Volcano as shown in the episode "Gadget Goes Hawaiian".
  • In The Proud Family they have Wizard Kelly products. Most everything is sold under the name of Wizard Kelly or Wiz.
    • Which was a gag about basketball legend and successful businessman Magic Johnson, who owns everything from theaters to restaurants to a line of hair care products in the black community. He single-handedly convinced major corporations that there was money to be made targeting the black community.
  • Pinky and The Brain live at Acme Labs. We don't see them making a ton of bizarre roadrunner-busting products, but turning lab animals into evil geniuses who want to Take Over the World... sounds about right.
  • In Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, most products and businesses have a sign or logo for AOL Time Warner, the actual parent company of Turner Broadcasting. Additionally, almost every store and service has the ending -lux (Javalux coffee, etc.)
  • On Jimmy Two-Shoes, everything is made by Misery Inc...unfortunately.
  • Conglom-O from Rocko's Modern Life was either this, or a corrupt Mega Corp, depending on episode needs.
  • A short on Oh Yeah Cartoons had a company called "Apex" that specialized in cartoon props and gadgets; the plot of the cartoon revolved around a fox and a weasel sneaking along on a tour of their factory to get their hands on some of these gadgets.
  • A Disney's Doug (actually Quailman) episode features S.T.U.A.R.T., a company that makes all sorts of products which malfunction and fail on purpose just to annoy their users as much as possible.


Webcomics[edit | hide]

  • MSF High: Miss Fenris runs one of these, with lots of fine print.


Web Originals[edit | hide]

  • Doctor Steel seems to order some of his supplies from them; he can produce a large hammer or lit stick of dynamite at will...
  • Dynamic Utility Products, from the Global Guardians PBEM Universe produces everything from cigarette lighters to machine guns to playing cards. You can find DUP's products in every home in America, practically. Of course, they're secretly a front for TAROT, the world's greatest criminal organization.


Real Life[edit | hide]

Acme guaranteed anvil (Sears, 1902)
  • Chuck Jones, creator of this trope's namesake company, attributes his usage to the large number of fly-by-night companies that named themselves Acme in order to be first in the yellow pages. Acme, which means "the highest point" or pinnacle, struck him as particularly funny. To this day, it is rather fun to call one of these businesses and ask if they have any products that can be used to kill a roadrunner.
    • A chain of Acme Supermarkets still exists in the northeastern USA.
    • It's also noted that Warner Bros. animators may have used Acme brand drawing boards or camera stands.
    • In fact, the peg-bars used by animators to hold multiple sheets of paper in place were Acme brand during Warner Brothers' most prolific Looney Tunes years. Since animators spent all day staring at "ACME", they incorporated it into the cartoons.
    • There's also an A-1 company but that's bit obscure for most viewers. Ace, Acme, A-1 all had the advantage of being generic enough to fit everything, laudatory and likely to be alphabetically first.
    • AAmazing appeared briefly as a brand of desktop PC peripherals in the early 1990s.
    • Google's holding company, Alphabet, would appear before its arch-rival Apple in any alphabetical listing.
    • Funnily enough, in the Toronto phone book one can find companies named AA (whatevers), AAA, or (in extreme cases) AAAAAAAAA in an attempt to get ever higher on the listings. "Acme" would actually be relegated to the second or third page.
      • A broadcasting company mostly made up of former The WB affiliates was named Acme Communications (1997-2012) in reference to the Warner Bros. usage.
      • This is the same in Brazil. You can find companies called 'AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA A Dry Cleaner'.
      • A blinds company in Cork once was known as 'AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA blinds'. That's thirty seven uses of the letter a. They've since cut it down to just 'AAAA blinds'.
      • Homestar Runner references this in the Strong Bad Email "your funeral", where Homestar reads from the phone book: "Aardvark Pizza. Abe Lincoln's Pizza Cabin. Acupuncture & Pizza."
  • The Sears, Roebuck and Co. Catalog, which was your one stop shop for everything you could every possibly want (and much you didn't)... at least until around World War II when demographic changes moved people away from rural areas to suburban zones. Heck, Sears even sold cars and houses.
    • One of the products found in an early 20th century Sears, Roebuck and Co. catalog is an actual Acme anvil.
  • In early 20th century Canada it was the Eaton's catalog, well-known for including everything from diamond jewelry to prefab houses. It was multi-purpose, too, since (before they switched to glossy paper) last year's catalog was this year's outhouse accessory. The last remnants of the Timothy Eaton company were purchased by Sears Canada, which failed and was liquidated in 2017.
    • In western Montana, there are many "painted ladies" - 1900-era houses - which started out as Sears prefab houses and are still inhabited or used as storefronts.
  • Nowadays, though, most catalogs are specialty. The closest to the old Sears catalog you can get nowadays is Sharper Image (bankrupted 2008 in bricks-and-mortar but still exists online) or, for all you frequent flyers out there, Skymall.
  • To some degree, Walmart, Target, and Sears filled this role. Now-bankrupt Sears invented e-commerce in the railway telegraph era, only to be eaten alive by Amazon in the Internet era.
  • Acme is the largest supplier of glass Klein bottles. If only Wile E. had had one of these, that stupid bird would be his in no time.
  • Sony. Currently dealing in consumer and industrial electronics (including laptops, phones, camcorders, cameras and radios), home entertainment, media production (including TV, Film and Music), electronic components, industrial chemicals, videogames (both games and consoles), batteries, toys, robots, banks, and life insurance.
  • Likewise, Mitsubishi, known in the US only as a car manufacturer, does pretty much everything in its homeland. Just check the list of subdivisions on their Wikipedia entry for a quick-and-dirty rundown.
  • Yamaha makes everything from pianos to motorbikes. Japan, like South Korea, is prone to have many huge conglomerates spanning multiple unrelated industry and product lines.
  • The Tata Group in India, supplier of many products including automobiles, energy, and even tea.
  • The number one hit on Google for "Acme Labs" unfortunately doesn't count. Acme.com is owned by a software developer named Jef Poskanzer, and it mostly specializes in toy programs that amuse the site owner. A phase-of-the-moon app, some interesting Java graphics hacks, and a couple of different web server designs are long-standing marquee items; there is also a "chocolate registry" that lets you request chocolate from people, like a wedding registry. (And it has an anvil as a logo.)
  • Amazon.com is heading in this direction. They started as a straight-up bookseller.
  • There's a chain of supermarkets in the Delaware Valley region called Acme, but they don't quite sell everything.