The Paranoid King
The Paranoid King is a poster given to Michael Pemulis by Hal Incandenza and Ted Schacht, and serves as a symbol of his fear of being apprehended for his various illegal and unethical activities. It depicts "a careworn large-crowned King sitting on his throne stroking his chin and brooding, with the caption: "YES, I'M PARANOID - BUT AM I PARANOID ENOUGH?" This gift was prompted by Pemulis's habit of requiring that all potential customers of his drug-selling business begin the discussion by saying "Please commit a crime" to which Pemulis responds "Gracious me and mine, a crime you say?" This device is employed as a method of creating the illusion of entrapment, legally.