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13th Mar '18 9:23:35 AM zzedar
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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. )

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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 lose 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. )



** Actually, he usually only claims of being broke when that happens, in order to guilt-trip Donald into helping him (and offering him some free meals). When his business doesn't go ''perfectly'' right (temporary decrase of ''0.01% in profits'', for example) he even claims he's going to become broke... ''in a few centuries time''. It's more about his personality than about being broke at all.

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** Actually, he usually only claims of being broke when that happens, in order to guilt-trip Donald into helping him (and offering him some free meals). When his business doesn't go ''perfectly'' right (temporary decrase decrease of ''0.01% in profits'', for example) he even claims he's going to become broke... ''in a few centuries centuries' time''. It's more about his personality than about being broke at all.
9th Mar '18 7:03:52 AM MagiMecha
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** During the ''ComicBook/AllNewAllDifferentAvengers'' era, the team is forced to be based inside an abandoned Stark Hangar and ration out certain things like the Quinjet due to the fact that Stark was broke. The ''ComicBook/{{Avengers 2016}}'' era fixes this by giving the remaining Avengers a new base inside Parker Industries' main headquarters (which is also the Baxter Building)

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** During the ''ComicBook/AllNewAllDifferentAvengers'' era, the team is forced to be based inside an abandoned Stark Hangar and ration out certain things like the Quinjet due to the fact that Stark was broke. The ''ComicBook/{{Avengers 2016}}'' era fixes this by giving the remaining Avengers a new base inside Parker Industries' main headquarters (which is also the Baxter Building)Building) After ''ComicBook/SecretEmpire'', they're put out on the street again after Peter destroyed Parker Industries, but it doesn't last as they're dragged into the events of ''ComicBook/AvengersNoSurrender''.
** As well, in ''ComicBook/UncannyAvengers'', the Unity Squad is out of money and out of a base after SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}}'s unwitting betrayal. However, New York gives them Avengers Mansion as thanks and, thanks to Johnny Storm getting a monetary windfall, their problems are solved easily.
25th Feb '18 9:22:35 PM HeroGal2347
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The polar opposite is AFoolAndHisNewMoneyAreSoonParted.

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The polar opposite is AFoolAndHisNewMoneyAreSoonParted.
AFoolAndHisNewMoneyAreSoonParted. If they're lucky, [[FinancialTestOfFriendship their friends will stand by them despite their financial difficulties.]]
10th Feb '18 8:20:05 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': An arc played out in later seasons, where the War of the Five Kings has devastated the economy of Westeros and even the wealthy Lannisters are severely strapped for cash under the looming threat of the Iron Bank of Braavos.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': An arc played out in later seasons, where the War of the Five Kings has devastated the economy of Westeros and even the wealthy Lannisters are severely strapped for cash under the looming threat of the Iron Bank of Braavos. [[spoiler:They solve the problem by invading and looting their former allies the Tyrells.]]
7th Jan '18 12:46:25 PM nombretomado
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* ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}} and the Cauldron'' is a variant, with the "don't care about money" protagonists trying to recover stolen money in a Gaul broken by JuliusCaesar's military expenditures.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}} and the Cauldron'' is a variant, with the "don't care about money" protagonists trying to recover stolen money in a Gaul broken by JuliusCaesar's UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar's military expenditures.
3rd Jan '18 11:07:57 AM AHI-3000
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' Season 4 story arc is about Robert Freeman becoming bankrupt and indebted to a {{loan shark}} named Ed Wuncler II.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'':
** The Season 3 episode "Bitches to Rags" involves the multi-millionaire rapper Thugnificent realizing that [[RichesToRags he's become totally bankrupt]], and also owes a lot of taxes to the IRS. In the end, he has no choice but to leave his music career behind, while his crumbling mansion gets demolished.
** The entire
Season 4 story arc is about Robert Freeman becoming bankrupt and indebted to a ruthless {{loan shark}} named Ed Wuncler II.II. Robert tries finding jobs and attempting get-rich-quick schemes in a feeble effort to pay off his massive debts.
1st Dec '17 10:22:55 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* In role playing games: there were so many Living Force events that began, "[[YouAllMeetInAnInn You are in a bar, looking at the posting board for work]]" that this player felt forced to abandon his Jedi character and instead play a mercenary scoundrel.
** Which was such a stereotypical start for ''Tabletopgame/DungeonsAndDragons'' campaigns that it's become a DeadHorseTrope, generally reserved only for the massively uncreative or those putting a twist on it.
*** Or for those [[{{Reconstruction}} deliberately invoking the tradition.]]

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* In role playing games: there were so many Living Force events that began, "[[YouAllMeetInAnInn You are A stock CallToAdventure, particularly in a bar, looking at the posting board for work]]" that this player felt forced to abandon his Jedi character and instead play a mercenary scoundrel.
** Which was such a stereotypical start for
fantasy tabletop roleplaying games like ''Tabletopgame/DungeonsAndDragons'' campaigns that it's become a DeadHorseTrope, generally reserved only is for the massively uncreative or those putting party to [[YouAllMeetInAnInn meet at a twist on it.
*** Or
bar]]" while looking at the community posting board for those [[{{Reconstruction}} deliberately invoking the tradition.]]jobs.
24th Oct '17 2:31:01 PM xcountryguy
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*** It's even mentioned in one episode that there are also "costs" to being a bounty hunter. [[spoiler: paying off all the collateral damage done.]]

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*** It's even mentioned in one episode that there are also "costs" to being a bounty hunter. [[spoiler: paying [[spoiler:paying off all the collateral damage done.]]



* ''Anime/{{Patlabor}}'': Several episodes are dedicated to showing how the [=SVU2=] manages during budget cuts, or simply due to the costly expenses of repairing and maintaining [[HumongousMecha the Labors.]] ''[[Film/TheNextGenerationPatlabor The Next Generation]]'' takes this to its logical conclusion, by revealing that [[spoiler: [=SVU1=] was eventually disbanded, after the top brass of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department decided [[RealityEnsues it was too costly to support both Labor divisions]]]].
* ''Anime/PhantomQuestCorp'': In the fourth Incident File, the members of Phantom Quest end up having to take part-time jobs, just to get by, thanks to [[spoiler: [[ScamReligion the Hadja]]]] stealing all of their clients.

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* ''Anime/{{Patlabor}}'': Several episodes are dedicated to showing how the [=SVU2=] manages during budget cuts, or simply due to the costly expenses of repairing and maintaining [[HumongousMecha the Labors.]] ''[[Film/TheNextGenerationPatlabor The Next Generation]]'' takes this to its logical conclusion, by revealing that [[spoiler: [=SVU1=] [[spoiler:[=SVU1=] was eventually disbanded, after the top brass of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department decided [[RealityEnsues it was too costly to support both Labor divisions]]]].
* ''Anime/PhantomQuestCorp'': In the fourth Incident File, the members of Phantom Quest end up having to take part-time jobs, just to get by, thanks to [[spoiler: [[ScamReligion [[spoiler:[[ScamReligion the Hadja]]]] stealing all of their clients.



* ''Manga/PoorPoorLips'' has a broke ''arc'' when [[spoiler: Ren's mother cuts her off from the family fortune]], forcing her to close the jewelry store she runs as a hobby and move in with her [[PerpetualPoverty impoverished former employee]] Nako.

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* ''Manga/PoorPoorLips'' has a broke ''arc'' when [[spoiler: Ren's [[spoiler:Ren's mother cuts her off from the family fortune]], forcing her to close the jewelry store she runs as a hobby and move in with her [[PerpetualPoverty impoverished former employee]] Nako.



* In ''Series/{{Spaced}}'', Daisy has a constant battle against employment for the sake of her procrastination; Tim apparently makes barely enough from working in a Comic Book Store; it's a wonder how Brian makes a living, but it's clear that [[spoiler: his housing problems are solved by performing sexual favors to their landlady Marsha]]; and last but not least, one wonders how Mike gets by at all before being re-enlisted into the Territorial Army.

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* In ''Series/{{Spaced}}'', Daisy has a constant battle against employment for the sake of her procrastination; Tim apparently makes barely enough from working in a Comic Book Store; it's a wonder how Brian makes a living, but it's clear that [[spoiler: his [[spoiler:his housing problems are solved by performing sexual favors to their landlady Marsha]]; and last but not least, one wonders how Mike gets by at all before being re-enlisted into the Territorial Army.



* One episode of Series/MyNameIsEarl shows Earl giving away his lottery winnings, leaving himself and Randy without any money. Neither has ever held a job, and Earl has given up stealing, leaving them very broke. [[spoiler: The person he gave the money to gives it back, because (despite it being a relatively modest amount of money) it was corrupting him, and he literally came face-to-face with Karma's Bus.]]
** Later, after Earl is released from {{Prison}}, he winds up broke again because he lost his job at Wadt Appliances, can't get another job, and [[ItMakesSenseInContext spent the last of his lotto money on a prom to help a fellow inmate]]. After spending time in a coma, he marries Billie, but she's the one supporting both of them with the money from her insurance settlement...and makes sure to remind Earl of this every time he reaches for a tissue. [[spoiler: When she decides to join an Amish-like settlement on the outskirts of Camden, she divorces Earl and leaves him all her money, since she will no longer be needing it.]]

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* One episode of Series/MyNameIsEarl shows Earl giving away his lottery winnings, leaving himself and Randy without any money. Neither has ever held a job, and Earl has given up stealing, leaving them very broke. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The person he gave the money to gives it back, because (despite it being a relatively modest amount of money) it was corrupting him, and he literally came face-to-face with Karma's Bus.]]
** Later, after Earl is released from {{Prison}}, he winds up broke again because he lost his job at Wadt Appliances, can't get another job, and [[ItMakesSenseInContext spent the last of his lotto money on a prom to help a fellow inmate]]. After spending time in a coma, he marries Billie, but she's the one supporting both of them with the money from her insurance settlement...and makes sure to remind Earl of this every time he reaches for a tissue. [[spoiler: When [[spoiler:When she decides to join an Amish-like settlement on the outskirts of Camden, she divorces Earl and leaves him all her money, since she will no longer be needing it.]]



* ''Mickey's Good Deed'', a Depression-era cartoon, has MickeyMouse as a poor street musician who doesn't get a cent from passersby, and lets a rich guy buy his beloved Pluto for his SpoiledBrat son so he can play Santa to a destitute family.[[spoiler: Pluto escapes the kid's clutches and happily reunites with Mickey.]]

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* ''Mickey's Good Deed'', a Depression-era cartoon, has MickeyMouse as a poor street musician who doesn't get a cent from passersby, and lets a rich guy buy his beloved Pluto for his SpoiledBrat son so he can play Santa to a destitute family.[[spoiler: Pluto [[spoiler:Pluto escapes the kid's clutches and happily reunites with Mickey.]]



** Rusty's friends Pete White and Billy Quizboy are flat broke and live in a trailer outside the Venture compound. Whatever money they have is because of Billy, while Pete usually mooches from him; [[spoiler: unbeknownst to Billy, Pete has been mooching from him as early as his Quizboy days, he is responsible for the loss of his arm and one of his eyes (it's so bad that Pete is considered a villain by the OSI), but the OSI erased his memory after their own disastrous involvement with him]].

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** Rusty's friends Pete White and Billy Quizboy are flat broke and live in a trailer outside the Venture compound. Whatever money they have is because of Billy, while Pete usually mooches from him; [[spoiler: unbeknownst [[spoiler:unbeknownst to Billy, Pete has been mooching from him as early as his Quizboy days, he is responsible for the loss of his arm and one of his eyes (it's so bad that Pete is considered a villain by the OSI), but the OSI erased his memory after their own disastrous involvement with him]].
17th Oct '17 7:15:06 AM DesiredUsernameTaken
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' episode "The Money", after Gumball's family lose their money, Larry tells that they can make money by doing a commercial, but Gumball refuses to sell out, which results in them losing their stuff, their house [[spoiler:and eventually '''their animation quality''']].

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' episode "The Money", after Gumball's family lose their money, Larry tells that they can make money by doing a commercial, commercial for Joyful Burger, but Gumball refuses to sell out, which results in them losing their stuff, their house [[spoiler:and eventually '''their animation quality''']].quality''']].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': The trope is PlayedForLaughs in Episode 138, where Stumpy is broke and needs to raise money to buy a comic book. Since he's just a kid, he doesn't need to worry about food or shelter.
22nd Sep '17 1:33:24 PM SeptimusHeap
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* The SeriesFinale of ''AsToldByGinger'' features Mr. Gripling losing his fortune and being arrested for insider trading.

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* The SeriesFinale of ''AsToldByGinger'' ''WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger'' features Mr. Gripling losing his fortune and being arrested for insider trading.
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