• On Wall Street he and a few others - how many? three hundred, four hundred, five hundred? had become precisely that... Masters of the Universe.

    The Bonfire of the Vanities ch. 1 (1987). Ellipsis in the original.Wolfe took the phrase "Masters of the Universe" from a name used in the early 1980s for action figures by the Mattel toy company and in a related television cartoon show.