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24th Apr '17 11:45:13 AM megarockman
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** Short career length (the average tenure of a pro athlete is only 3 1/2-6 years - most will be out of work by age 30) and failure to plan beyond it (because most of their income comes so early, their financial strategy needs to be different from other people)

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** Short career length (the average tenure of a pro athlete is only 3 1/2-6 3.5-6 years - most will be out of work by age 30) and failure to plan beyond it (because most of their income comes so early, their financial strategy needs to be different from other people)people - they should be planning as though they were 55-year-olds since their income is going to drop within a decade).
14th Apr '17 8:16:44 PM pretzelbetty
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There is an element of TruthInTelevision to this trope. An unfortunately common story among real-life lottery winners (to take one example) who suddenly come into a massive windfall is that they are often so unused to having and managing a large amount of wealth and are often so flush with the elation of having a seemingly unimaginably large amount of money that they don't realise how quickly they're able to spend it or the other financial commitments (such as tax) that come with it. As such, they've often ended up right back where they started or even worse off; sadly, unlike in fiction, many of these tales don't have happy endings.

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There is an element of TruthInTelevision to this trope. An unfortunately common story among real-life lottery winners (to take one example) who suddenly come into a massive windfall is that they are often so unused to having and managing a large amount of wealth and are often so flush with the elation of having a seemingly unimaginably large amount of money that they don't realise how quickly they're able to spend it or the other financial commitments (such as tax) taxes) that come with it. As such, they've often ended up right back where they started or even worse off; sadly, unlike in fiction, many of these tales don't have happy endings.



** And ''God forbid'' you let other people know about your sudden increase in wealth if you can actually stay anonymous. [[http://m.walb.com/walb/db_347747/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=eA5NDXZ6 Lottery winners such as this poor fellow have been murdered in an attempt to steal their earnings.]] Savvy people will realize that having a sudden influx of wealth generally makes you a big target for the likes of con artists, beggars, phony debt collectors, and even murders and kidnappers (to try and get ransom money). Ways to get around this include hiring security, moving to a secured location ''before'' securing the winnings, and having a trusted law firm claim the earnings for you (which would naturally mean a cut of the earnings going to them, but better than having the full amount and getting killed for it). Some people are desperate and even willing to kill for money.

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** And ''God forbid'' you let other people know about your sudden increase in wealth if you can actually stay anonymous. [[http://m.walb.com/walb/db_347747/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=eA5NDXZ6 Lottery winners such as this poor fellow have been murdered in an attempt to steal their earnings.]] Savvy people will realize that having a sudden influx of wealth generally makes you a big target for the likes of con artists, beggars, phony debt collectors, and even murders murderers and kidnappers (to try and get ransom money). Ways to get around this include hiring security, moving to a secured location ''before'' securing the winnings, and having a trusted law firm claim the earnings for you (which would naturally mean a cut of the earnings going to them, but better than having the full amount and getting killed for it). Some people are desperate and even willing to kill for money.
12th Apr '17 4:30:45 AM Blazer
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* In one episode of ''Anime/TenchiUniverse'', Ryoko is tasked to get food for the gang as they're running low on their trip to Jurai. Ryoko, being a little more amoral than her OVA counterpart, runs off with the money, wins big in races and treats herself to a vacation. When Ryo-Ohki guilt-trips Ryoko into doing the right thing, she's blown the money on the vacation and what's left is converted to almost nothing, forcing her to rob a bank to get the money.
* An early episode of ''Anime/TenchiInTokyo'' had the girls make money on their own so they can use it to visit Tenchi (they had a gateway, but Tenchi got tired of it and blocked it). Sasami ends up being the one who makes the most money. The very next episode, Sasami uses the gateway to escape the girls - they became so desperate, they started hounding her for her money - and Tenchi decides to let her use it.
3rd Apr '17 6:19:56 PM nombretomado
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* Subverted in the ''Series/PunkyBrewster'' episode "Punky's Millions." As part of a contest to win a jackpot of money, Punky and Henry have to spend $1 million in one week. Henry comes down with chicken pox, so Punky's pals help her out.



* Subverted in the ''PunkyBrewster'' episode "Punky's Millions." As part of a contest to win a jackpot of money, Punky and Henry have to spend $1 million in one week. Henry comes down with chicken pox, so Punky's pals help her out.
28th Feb '17 8:37:44 PM Crossover-Enthusiast
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** Subverted with a later episode, where Greg rent a boat to take Steven and Lapis out on a fishing trip, but events lead to the ship being wrecked and Greg noting that he now has to pay for the ship in full. In this case, it has nothing to do with Greg himself and he's just unlucky.

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** Subverted with a later episode, where Greg rent rents a boat to take Steven and Lapis out on a fishing trip, but events lead to the ship being wrecked and Greg noting that he now has to pay for the ship in full. In this case, it has nothing to do with Greg himself and himself; he's just unlucky.unlucky. And again, he still has plenty of money left.
1st Feb '17 5:52:54 PM Phred
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* ''WesternAnimation/AllHailKingJulien'' episode "Gimme Gimme Gimme: The Game" has King Julien try to establish a money-based economy based on just his experience with a Monopoly-like board game. Giving everyone an equal amount of money and then just leaving it at that turns out to be a terrible idea and it doesn't take long for everyone to be broke and all the money ending up in the hands of one person.
* ''WesternAnimation/BoJackHorseman'' has Todd get 8 million dollars in a settlement, only for him to immediately lose it during his celebratory dinner.
-->'''Todd:''' Oh crap! I accidentally tipped the waitress eight million dollars! Well, guess I'm broke again.
21st Jan '17 3:19:13 PM DustSnitch
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* ''Podcast/PlumbingTheDeathStar'': One of the last two tropes mentioned in "Exploiting Television Tropes for Financial and Personal Gain" is the tendency for characters to strike oil in their backyard, find money on the bus, or find some other crazy method to get rich instantly. However, they conclude that if they followed the trope completely, they'd have to lose the money since these type of scenarios tend to involve a form of FriendOrIdolDecision where they either must return the money to its rightful owner or keep it, wherein the character always chooses to return it out of moral obligation.
10th Jan '17 11:40:51 AM totoofze47
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* In ''Manga/OnePiece'''s Water-7 Arc, it's implied that, prior to stealing the Straw Hats' two million, whenever the Franky Family got into some cash they'd lose it either through partying or betting at the races. And what happened to the remaining money? It ended up being spent on the Straw Hats and friends' victory party. Nami is ''furious'' to learn this.

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* In ''Manga/OnePiece'''s Water-7 Arc, it's implied that, prior to stealing the Straw Hats' two million, whenever the Franky Family got into some cash they'd lose it either through partying or betting at the races. And what happened to the remaining money? It ended up being spent on the Straw Hats and friends' victory party. Nami is ''furious'' to learn this. However, it turns out to be a zig-zagged example as [[spoiler:while the Franky Family did blow a lot of the money they stole from the Straw Hats into the various parties, betting and such as, Franky made much better use of part of it, in order to buy some legendary Adam wood, the best quality wood in the world, to build the Straw Hats a new ship to replace the lost Going Merry]].
2nd Jan '17 1:56:38 PM Piromano80
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** "Mr. Greg" begins with Greg Universe musing with his son Steven over how to spend his 10 million dollar royalty check from a song his former manager Marty had sold as a burger shack jingle without permission in the previous episode. The conclusion is that Greg is content with his life, so they resolve to spend it on a night on the town in nearby Empire City. Steven insists that they take Pearl, Steven's fellow Crystal Gem. Upon arrival, the beached dressed trio buy tailored tuxedos, fine dining, and a penthouse room, and proceed to dance the night away. Amongst their affluent spending, Pearl and Greg resolve a long standing interpersonal conflict. The next morning, a musical reprise has the characters questioning whether this was the best use of their new found fortune.

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** "Mr. Greg" begins with Greg Universe musing with his son Steven over how to spend his 10 million dollar royalty check from a song his former manager Marty had sold as a burger shack jingle without permission in the previous episode. The conclusion is that Greg is content with his life, so they resolve to spend it on a night on the town in nearby Empire City. Steven insists that they take Pearl, Steven's fellow Crystal Gem. Upon arrival, the beached dressed trio buy tailored tuxedos, fine dining, and a penthouse room, and proceed to dance the night away. Amongst their affluent spending, Pearl and Greg resolve a long standing interpersonal conflict. The next morning, a musical reprise has the characters questioning whether this was the best use of their new found fortune. {{Subverted}} in that he still has plenty of money left.
30th Dec '16 9:05:29 PM RandomnessUnlimited
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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'', [[TheDitz Stumpy]] turns out to be a brilliant artist, and he decides to sell his art. Mr. Cat then comes up and tricks him into signing a contract that gives 95% of the profits to Mr. Cat. [[spoiler: In the end, however, [[SubvertedTrope they never manage to sell any of the art]].]]
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