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18th Sep '17 6:51:26 PM kazokuhouou
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* Without Ofdensen around to protect them, Dethklok of ''{{WesternAnimation/Metalocalypse}}'' find themselves cut off from their money by the record company until they renegotiate their contract

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* Without Ofdensen Offdensen around to protect them, Dethklok of ''{{WesternAnimation/Metalocalypse}}'' find themselves cut off from their money by the record company until they renegotiate their contractcontract. And by renegotiate, they mean sign a very convoluted contract that blatantly favors the company. And to force the issue, Damien shuts down the concert until they do. [[spoiler:Luckily, Offdensen pulls a BigDamnHeroes and comes back in time to stop them from signing it.]]
16th Sep '17 5:47:21 PM nombretomado
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* ''MyDadTheRockStar'' episode "Going for Broke" featured the Zillas losing their wealth when a mistake from a member of the [[IntimidatingRevenueService IRS]] caused it to be confiscated. They moved into Quincy's home, driving his father insane. It turned out Quincy's father was the responsible for the mistake. The Zillas got their money back and keep no hard feelings.

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* ''MyDadTheRockStar'' ''WesternAnimation/MyDadTheRockStar'' episode "Going for Broke" featured the Zillas losing their wealth when a mistake from a member of the [[IntimidatingRevenueService IRS]] caused it to be confiscated. They moved into Quincy's home, driving his father insane. It turned out Quincy's father was the responsible for the mistake. The Zillas got their money back and keep no hard feelings.
10th Sep '17 12:45:41 PM Byzantine
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* One early-ish issue of ComicBook/GoldDigger had the Diggers sisters finding out they were being hunted by the IRS, but with no cash on hand thanks to Gina's inventions, Brit's shopping addiction and coming back empty-handed from their last couple expeditions. Gina's rival Penny's convinced to loan Gina the money she needs, ''if'' she'll cover Penny's niece's fast food job for a day. And wouldn't you know it, that's the day one of Gina's favorite professors stops by and mistakenly assumes she works there all the time. On the plus side, this gets Gina and Penny to finally bury the hatchet and become friends.

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* One early-ish issue of ComicBook/GoldDigger had the Diggers sisters finding out they were being hunted by the IRS, but with no cash on hand thanks to Gina's inventions, Brit's shopping addiction and coming back empty-handed from their last couple expeditions. Gina's rival Penny's Pennyn is convinced to loan Gina the money she needs, ''if'' she'll she will cover Penny's niece's fast food job for a day. And wouldn't you know it, that's the day one of Gina's favorite professors stops by and mistakenly assumes she works there all the time. On the plus side, this gets Gina and Penny to finally bury the hatchet and become friends.


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*''ComicBook/ConanTheBarbarian'': Several of them throughout the Marvel Comics series. As a thief, bandit, pirate, and mercenary, Conan earns his fair share of money, and some of his adventures leave him with treasure in his hands. He tends to spend most of his cash on booze, gambling, and women, so he ends up broke again and again. Also several of his adventures end in disaster and cost him whatever position of power and wealth he had earned before, leaving him at the bottom again.
**PlayedForDrama in "The Devourer of the Dead" (The Savage Sword of Conan #196, April, 1992). Following an entire StoryArc which took Conan to the Hyborian Age versions of China, Japan, and Australia, Conan is magically teleported back to the Barachan Isles to continue his life as a pirate. He has no friends and allies, no job, no home, and does not have a single coin to buy food and drink. The local barman refuses to sell him anything on credit. Sylvara, a young prostitute, buys him a drink and expects his sexual services in return. The episode changes in tone when a local pirate chief called Strombani hires Conan for his crew. It is quite clear that "Strom" (as Conan calls him) is a BadBoss, but Conan has no other options.
10th Sep '17 11:11:24 AM Byzantine
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**The first issue with this plot is Fantastic Four vol 1 #9 (December, 1962). The leader of the team, Reed Richards, invested the team's money on the stock market and managed to loose everything. The team is forced to declare bankruptcy, and to liquidate their assets just to pay their creditors. They are broke and hopeless, until a mysterious benefactor offers them a lucrative job in his company. The new boss turns out to be their ArchEnemy the ComicBook/SubMariner, who claims to hold no grudge over past defeats. He actually places the team through many dangerous situations for his own amusement. After having his sadistic fun with them, Namor pays them a salary large enough to restore them to their relatively wealthy lifestyle. (The story establishes that Namor invested his wealth from Atlantis in buying companies and film studios in Los Angeles. He can afford to be generous. )
10th Sep '17 10:30:56 AM Byzantine
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* Comicbook/TheAvengers, despite usually having Tony Stark's funds, once had to work for a millionaire to pay the bills. When they found the millionaire was dishonest, [[HonorBeforeReason they refused to be paid by him]].

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* Comicbook/TheAvengers, despite usually having Tony Stark's funds, once had to work for a millionaire to pay the bills. When they found the millionaire was dishonest, [[HonorBeforeReason they refused to be paid by him]]. Curiously the millionaire was Cornelius Van Lunt in one of his earliest appearances. Cornelius would become better known as the super-villain Taurus, the de facto leader of the Zodiac Cartel (a criminal syndicate headed by 12 costumed super-villains). He was a relatively prominent and long-running villain from 1970 to 1988. Then he managed to piss Comicbook/MoonKnight and was KilledOffForReal.
27th Aug '17 4:27:32 AM Doug86
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* ''TheMiddle'', SpiritualSuccessor to ''Malcolm...'' has a ton of episodes focusing on trying to make ends meet. In one, Frankie buys a small container of skin cream that she thinks cost twenty dollars, but it turns to be two hundred. (She put it on her credit card and didn't realize.) She and Mike have to go to extraordinary lengths to earn back the money. Mike is frustrated throughout, and Frankie thinks it's at her, but really he's just angry that a mere two hundred dollars is enough to send them into a financial tailspin.

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* ''TheMiddle'', ''Series/TheMiddle'', SpiritualSuccessor to ''Malcolm...'' has a ton of episodes focusing on trying to make ends meet. In one, Frankie buys a small container of skin cream that she thinks cost twenty dollars, but it turns to be two hundred. (She put it on her credit card and didn't realize.) She and Mike have to go to extraordinary lengths to earn back the money. Mike is frustrated throughout, and Frankie thinks it's at her, but really he's just angry that a mere two hundred dollars is enough to send them into a financial tailspin.
13th Aug '17 3:31:09 AM GrammarNavi
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* One KenichiTheMightiestDisciple story has the Ryouzanpaku going bankrupt, and holding classes for children as a means of breaking even.
* The earliest chapters of Manga/AhMyGoddess deal with this, namely in that Keichii's dorm doesn't allow women, but he's stuck with Belldandy and really can't afford to live anywhere else. The solution: having divine forces on your side helps. It's a slight subversion in that the protagonists don't get money (although Keichii eventually gets a good mechanic job much further into the series), but they do get good housing for free.

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* One KenichiTheMightiestDisciple ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'' story has the Ryouzanpaku going bankrupt, and holding classes for children as a means of breaking even.
* The earliest chapters of Manga/AhMyGoddess ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' deal with this, namely in that Keichii's dorm doesn't allow women, but he's stuck with Belldandy and really can't afford to live anywhere else. The solution: having divine forces on your side helps. It's a slight subversion in that the protagonists don't get money (although Keichii eventually gets a good mechanic job much further into the series), but they do get good housing for free.
4th Jul '17 4:56:18 PM HeroGal2347
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* Even the Richest Duck in the World can't buy his way out of this trope. One ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' episode, "[[Recap/DuckTalesS1E20DownAndOutInDuckburg Down and Out in Duckburg]]", had Scrooge [=McDuck=] lose all his possessions on a technicality, leaving him and his family to eke out a living on the streets. Scrooge even has a nightmare about a ''Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous'' parody covering his dire straits. Fortunately, Scrooge manages to get his assets back by the end of the episode by fulfilling the contract that had cost him his fortune.

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* Even the Richest Duck in the World can't buy his way out of this trope. One ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'' episode, "[[Recap/DuckTalesS1E20DownAndOutInDuckburg Down and Out in Duckburg]]", had Scrooge [=McDuck=] lose all his possessions on a technicality, leaving him and his family to eke out a living on the streets. Scrooge even has a nightmare about a ''Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous'' parody covering his dire straits. Fortunately, Scrooge manages to get his assets back by the end of the episode by fulfilling the contract that had cost him his fortune.
5th Apr '17 10:37:06 PM SpocktorWho
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* A rather peculiar example in season nine of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' when [[spoiler:the angel Castiel is forcibly turned human]]. He has absolutely nothing except his clothes (and he has to steal new ones when his original outfit gets bloody), and is forced to rely on the kindness of strangers and homeless shelters to even be able to eat and keep up personal hygiene. He manages to make a few bucks doing odd jobs, and eventually starts working at a gas station, but is still homeless and secretly sleeps in the stockroom at night. The reason he's suddenly so disadvantaged is because [[spoiler:as an angel, he never needed food or shelter before and so never concerned himself with money]], leaving him completely broke and with few marketable skills. [[spoiler:Being on the run from his family ''again'' also doesn't help.]]
7th Feb '17 10:53:33 AM thatother1dude
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' featured an episode where the Fire Ferrets had lost most of their hard-earned winnings by paying their rent and equipment costs, and therefore couldn't supply the entry fee they needed to enter the pro-bending tournament as well as being in danger of being turned back to the streets. Mako attempts to earn money by getting a day job using his lightning-bending to power a grid at a power plant and Bolin also tries to get some by panhandling for coins while his fire ferret Pabu does tricks. They eventually get the money they need when Mako's new friend Asami convinces her father, the wealthy industrialist Hirosi Sato, to sponsor them in the tournament.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' featured an episode where the Fire Ferrets had lost most of their hard-earned winnings by paying their rent and equipment costs, and therefore couldn't supply the entry fee they needed to enter the pro-bending tournament as well as being in danger of being turned back to the streets. Mako attempts to earn money by getting a day job using his lightning-bending to power a grid at a power plant and Bolin also tries to get some by panhandling for coins while his fire ferret Pabu does tricks. They eventually get the money they need when Mako's new friend Asami convinces her father, the wealthy industrialist Hirosi Hiroshi Sato, to sponsor them in the tournament.
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