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26th Oct '17 12:21:25 AM PaulA
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* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/{{Catseye}}'', Tikil is a luxury port, catering to the wealthy high-born who vacation there. Kyger's animal shop is one such store.

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* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/{{Catseye}}'', ''Literature/{{Catseye|1961}}'', Tikil is a luxury port, catering to the wealthy high-born who vacation there. Kyger's animal shop is one such store.
24th Oct '17 4:33:27 AM morane
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The phrase ("blue blood") is a literal translation of the Spanish ''sangre azul''. The idea, originating in medieval times, was that common folk would have to work outside all day, and would thus develop tans. The wealthy, on the other hand, could spend all day inside, which would keep their skin pale (as they were fair-skinned Europeans). This would make their wrist veins with 'blue' blood easily visible, hence the term. It's also been [[http://www.wisegeek.com/what-does-it-mean-to-have-blue-blood.htm suggested]] that the term is race-based, since the pale-skinned European Spanish wanted to distinguish themselves from the darker-skinned "Moors". Yet another idea on the term's origin, which is erroneous but included here due to the likelihood of the reader encountering it in the context of nobility, is that crustaceans such as lobster literally have blue blood[[note]]because it's based on copper instead of iron[[/note]] and have always been very expensive. Thus, being able to afford these blue-blooded creatures would require considerable wealth, which usually meant noble station.[[note]]Lobster was neither expensive nor prized until the advent of canning in the 19th Century turned it into a delicacy. Although this more or less coincides with the advent of the English term, "blue blood", it came some 900 years after the Spanish introduced the concept of ''sangre azul'' nobility. Further complicating matters are all the wealthy merchants who could afford it and all the land-rich but cash-strapped nobles who could not.[[/note]]

SuperTrope of ImpoverishedPatrician, RemittanceMan, NobleFugitive, AristocratsAreEvil and OfficerAndAGentleman.

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The phrase ("blue blood") is a literal translation of the Spanish ''sangre azul''. The idea, originating in medieval times, was that common folk would have to work outside all day, and would thus develop tans. The wealthy, on the other hand, could spend all day inside, which would keep their skin pale (as they were fair-skinned Europeans). This would make their wrist veins with 'blue' blood easily visible, hence the term. It's also been [[http://www.wisegeek.com/what-does-it-mean-to-have-blue-blood.htm suggested]] that the term is race-based, since the pale-skinned European Spanish wanted to distinguish themselves from the darker-skinned "Moors". Yet another idea on the term's origin, which is erroneous but included here due to the likelihood of the reader encountering it in the context of nobility, is that crustaceans such as lobster literally have blue blood[[note]]because it's based on copper instead of iron[[/note]] and have always been very expensive. Thus, being able to afford these blue-blooded creatures would require considerable wealth, which usually meant noble station.[[note]]Lobster was neither expensive nor prized until the advent of canning in the 19th Century turned it into a delicacy. Although this more or less coincides with the advent of the English term, "blue blood", it came some 900 years after the Spanish introduced the concept of ''sangre azul'' nobility. Further complicating matters are all the wealthy merchants who could afford it and all the land-rich but cash-strapped nobles who could not.[[/note]]

[[/note]] Another explanation could be that lobsters are heavily armoured - as would a KnightInShiningArmor be.

SuperTrope of ImpoverishedPatrician, KnightInShiningArmor, RemittanceMan, NobleFugitive, AristocratsAreEvil and OfficerAndAGentleman.
29th Sep '17 2:01:05 PM Malady
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* In the ''WildSeries'', Mikhail is both rich and very well connected.

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* In the ''WildSeries'', ''Manga/WildFang'' series, Mikhail is both rich and very well connected.
10th Sep '17 8:45:35 AM DaibhidC
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** In Creator/JaneAusten's ''Literature/LoveAndFreindship'', the narrator's mother's father was a Scotch Peer and her husband was the son of a baronet. Parodied with her cousins Gustavus and Philander, whose fathers were [[WhosYourDaddy probably]] a corset-maker and a bricklayer, but insist that as their mothers never married them, it ''doesn't count''.

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** In Creator/JaneAusten's ''Literature/LoveAndFreindship'', the narrator's mother's father was a Scotch Peer and her husband was the son of a baronet. Parodied with her cousins Gustavus and Philander, whose fathers were [[WhosYourDaddy probably]] a corset-maker and a bricklayer, but insist that as their mothers never married them, it ''doesn't count''.
10th Sep '17 8:45:06 AM DaibhidC
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** In Creator/JaneAusten's ''Literature/LoveAndFreindship'', the narrator's mother's father was a Scotch Peer and her husband was the son of a baronet. Parodied with her cousins Gustavus and Philander, whose fathers were [[WhosYourDaddy probably]] a corset-maker and a bricklayer, but insist that as their mothers never married them, it ''doesn't count''.



* In Creator/JaneAusten's ''Literature/LoveAndFreindship'',
** the narrator's mother's father was a Scotch Peer.
** Her husband was the son of a baronet.
19th Jul '17 5:39:40 PM ZSF
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* In the Middle Ages, nobility implied exemption of taxes - and duty to serve as a soldier. That is due to Feudal system. There were no standing armies, but the soldiers (knights and men-at-arms) were expected to train on their own and acquire their own armour and weapons. Exemption from taxes implied that the nobleman would spend all his income on weapons, gear and practising martial skills. Usually the core of the feudal army would be supplanted either by mercenaries or conscripted commoners (''arriere-ban'').

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* In the Middle Ages, nobility implied exemption of taxes - and duty to serve as a soldier. That is due to Feudal system. There were no standing armies, but the soldiers (knights and men-at-arms) were expected to train on their own and acquire their own armour and weapons. Exemption from taxes implied that the nobleman would spend all his income on weapons, gear and practising martial skills. Usually the core of the feudal army would be supplanted supplemented either by mercenaries or conscripted commoners (''arriere-ban'').
13th Jul '17 6:59:54 AM matruz
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* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' has the Royal Government of Humanity, who live behind Wall Sina far removed from the threat of the Titans. [[spoiler:Later revelations imply that the members are the most direct descendants of Ymir Fritz, the Progenitor Titan power wielder, and thus are the only ones capable of using the Coordinate Titan power to its full extent. Zeke Yeager, the Shifter behind the Beast Titan, is also the son of a Royal Family member and because of it he is shown to possess exclusive abilities, like turning other Eldians into Titans and controlling them]].
9th Jul '17 11:49:01 PM mlsmithca
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* The old Earl of Squanderfield in William Hogarth's ''Art/MarriageALaMode'' is fiercely proud of his aristocratic heritage (he has coronets put on everything from his chairs to his crutches to his dogs!), and points to his family tree literally growing out of William the Conqueror as he makes the case to a NouveauRiche alderman that he should [[ArrangedMarriage engage his daughter]] to the Earl's son.
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-->''My father was as brave a lord\\
As ever Europe did afford;\\
My mother was a lady bright,\\
My husband was a valiant knight.\\
And I my self a lady gay,\\
Bedeckt with gorgious rich array;\\
The bravest lady in the land\\
Had not more pleasures to command.''

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-->''My -->My father was as brave a lord\\
lord\\
As ever Europe did afford;\\
afford;\\
My mother was a lady bright,\\
bright,\\
My husband was a valiant knight.\\
And I my self a lady gay,\\
gay,\\
Bedeckt with gorgious rich array;\\
array;\\
The bravest lady in the land\\
land\\
Had not more pleasures to command.''
9th Jul '17 12:09:53 PM mlsmithca
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* ''WesternAnimation/CorpseBride'' features Lord and Lady Everglot, whose enormous manor indicates that their family once had wealth to go with their title, but the mostly empty rooms and the safe full of cobwebs indicate that they are, to quote Lord Everglot in the couple's introductory song, [[ImpoverishedPatrician "land-rich, bankrupt aristocracy without a penny to their name".]] They look down on the NouveauRiche Van Dorts, as William is a SelfMadeMan who earned his fortune rather than inheriting it, but [[ArrangedMarriage engaging their daughter Victoria to Victor Van Dort]] is the Everglots' surest path [[NobilityMarriesMoney back to financial stability, while Victor will get a title that allows his parents to socialise with society's elite.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/CorpseBride'' features Lord and Lady Everglot, whose enormous manor indicates that their family once had wealth to go with their title, but the mostly empty rooms and the safe full of cobwebs indicate that they are, are now, to quote Lord Everglot in the couple's introductory song, [[ImpoverishedPatrician "land-rich, bankrupt aristocracy without a penny to their name".]] They Their heritage prompts them to look down on the NouveauRiche Van Dorts, as William is a SelfMadeMan who earned his fortune rather than inheriting it, it (and has yet to learn manners to go with his money), but [[ArrangedMarriage engaging their daughter Victoria to Victor Van Dort]] is the Everglots' surest path [[NobilityMarriesMoney back to financial stability, while Victor will get a title that allows his parents to socialise with society's elite.]]elite,]] and so the Everglots try to swallow their pride.
9th Jul '17 12:06:31 PM mlsmithca
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* A major plot point of the movie ''Film/{{Penelope}}'' is that the titular character's curse can only be broken when a blue-blood declares he loves her. [[spoiler:She ends up breaking the curse by stating that she loves herself the way she is, curse and all. Both heartwarming and amusing, as you find out that the man she loves and who presented himself as a blue-blood was actually lying, and when she begs him to just say he loves her and that he doesn't have to talk to her after that, he sadly responds that he can't, but not for the reasons she thinks (i.e. he finds her ugly due to the curse giving her a pig's nose, which actually isn't that bad)).]]
* ''WesternAnimation/CorpseBride''

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* A major plot point of the movie ''Film/{{Penelope}}'' is that the titular title character's curse can only be broken when a blue-blood declares he loves her. [[spoiler:She ends up breaking the curse by stating that she loves herself the way she is, curse and all. Both heartwarming and amusing, as you find out that the man she loves and who presented himself as a blue-blood was actually lying, and when she begs him to just say he loves her and that he doesn't have to talk to her after that, he sadly responds that he can't, but not for the reasons she thinks (i.e. he finds her ugly due to the curse giving her a pig's nose, which actually isn't that bad)).]]
* ''WesternAnimation/CorpseBride''''WesternAnimation/CorpseBride'' features Lord and Lady Everglot, whose enormous manor indicates that their family once had wealth to go with their title, but the mostly empty rooms and the safe full of cobwebs indicate that they are, to quote Lord Everglot in the couple's introductory song, [[ImpoverishedPatrician "land-rich, bankrupt aristocracy without a penny to their name".]] They look down on the NouveauRiche Van Dorts, as William is a SelfMadeMan who earned his fortune rather than inheriting it, but [[ArrangedMarriage engaging their daughter Victoria to Victor Van Dort]] is the Everglots' surest path [[NobilityMarriesMoney back to financial stability, while Victor will get a title that allows his parents to socialise with society's elite.]]
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