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16th Jun '16 7:20:36 AM Jeduthun
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It also is often the case that a MockMillionaire will use Conspicuous Consumption to portray themselves as super-rich; after all, they wouldn't be throwing that kind of money around unless they had a lot more in the bank, right?
15th Jun '16 3:01:43 PM Adept
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* BillyJoel's ''Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)'' is a criticism of blue-collar and lower-middle class New Yorkers who are prepared to literally [[HeroicRedRingOfDeath work themselves to death]], in order to be seen to keep up with the Joneses. A notable example in the song is a cripple who can't drive buying himself a Cadillac.
* {{Nickelback}}'s "Rock Star" is one long ode to just what the singer's going to buy when he's successful.
* "Gangnam Style", by {{Psy}}, is about out-of-control conspicuous consumption and overpriced coffee in Seoul's trendiest district.

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* BillyJoel's Music/BillyJoel's ''Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)'' is a criticism of blue-collar and lower-middle class New Yorkers who are prepared to literally [[HeroicRedRingOfDeath work themselves to death]], in order to be seen to keep up with the Joneses. A notable example in the song is a cripple who can't drive buying himself a Cadillac.
* {{Nickelback}}'s Music/{{Nickelback}}'s "Rock Star" is one long ode to just what the singer's going to buy when he's successful.
* "Gangnam Style", by {{Psy}}, Music/{{Psy}}, is about out-of-control conspicuous consumption and overpriced coffee in Seoul's trendiest district.



* Common in ''{{Exalted}}'''s Yu-Shan and Underworld; since the former has prayer form into a substance that can be formed into practically anything, and the latter has items used in burial rites carry over as idealised (and sometimes magical) versions of themselves (such as a wooden cart painted gold becoming a magnificent golden carriage), excessive and blatant luxury is the norm.

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* Common in ''{{Exalted}}'''s ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'''s Yu-Shan and Underworld; since the former has prayer form into a substance that can be formed into practically anything, and the latter has items used in burial rites carry over as idealised (and sometimes magical) versions of themselves (such as a wooden cart painted gold becoming a magnificent golden carriage), excessive and blatant luxury is the norm.



* ''CyranoDeBergerac''

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* ''CyranoDeBergerac''''Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac''



* An oil tycoon in ''EliteBeatAgents'' is prone to this.

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* An oil tycoon in ''EliteBeatAgents'' ''VideoGame/EliteBeatAgents'' is prone to this.
30th May '16 9:51:09 PM babyhenchy1
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* In ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'', the three head warlords, [[BigBad Immortan Joe]], [[EvilGenius The People Eater]], and [[TheBrute The Bullet Farmer]], all make a big show of their wealth and status in the post-apocalyptic wasteland. Whereas most have a simple tricked out car and primitive explosive weapons, Immortan Joe has two Cadillacs fused together into an impressive monstrosity and about two or three magnums, as well as a mobile soundstage in his fleet. The People Eater has a (mostly) intact three piece suit and a giant limousine that also acts as a mobile oil rig. The Bullet Farmer has a tricked out all-terrain vehicle and a massive amount of guns and ammunition. All of these are used to impress their followers, ensuring even more fanatical devotion.

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* In ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'', the three head warlords, [[BigBad Immortan Joe]], [[EvilGenius The People Eater]], and [[TheBrute The Bullet Farmer]], all make a big show of their wealth and status in the post-apocalyptic wasteland. Whereas most have a simple tricked out car and primitive explosive weapons, Immortan Joe has two Cadillacs fused together into an impressive monstrosity and about two or three magnums, as well as a mobile soundstage in his fleet. The People Eater has a (mostly) intact three piece suit and a giant limousine that also acts as a mobile oil rig. The Bullet Farmer has a tricked out all-terrain vehicle and a massive amount of guns and ammunition.ammunition, so much so that he uses bullets as teeth and to form a judge's wig. All of these are used to impress their followers, ensuring even more fanatical devotion.
16th May '16 11:26:41 AM Doug86
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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ''Literature/ConanTheBarbarian'' story "Literature/AWitchShallBeBorn", Salome goes in for this.

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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ''Literature/ConanTheBarbarian'' ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian'' story "Literature/AWitchShallBeBorn", Salome goes in for this.
29th Apr '16 9:00:22 PM billybobfred
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* In ''Film/InTime'', time is literally money, so the rich show off their wealth by just doing everything very slowly.
23rd Apr '16 3:28:26 PM zarpaulus
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* In ''Webcomic/{{Housepets}}'' the Milton ferrets [[PetHeir inherited]] more money than they could possibly spend, not for want of [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2011/04/22/poolside-manner/ trying]].
--> ''Keene: "Lana, come on; I'd be the first to tell you if we were letting unbridled hedonism go to our heads. Look, let's discuss this later over a full body massage. The chocolate fondue jacuzzi sound okay?"''
5th Apr '16 11:06:11 AM Julia1984
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* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' eventually adapted the aforementioned CarlBarks comic into the episode "[[Recap?DuckTalesS1E14TheStatusSeekers The Status Seeker'''s']]''," where his treatment by his wealthy peers leads Scrooge (who never spends a cent if he can help it, let alone thousands of dollars on useless status symbols) to think he ought to "start ''acting'' rich." Unlike Barks' story, which ends as another successful treasure hunt, with Scrooge keeping the valuable artifact he finds, the episode ends with him deciding to screw it and give up trying to fit InWithTheInCrowd this way.

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* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' eventually adapted the aforementioned CarlBarks comic into the episode "[[Recap?DuckTalesS1E14TheStatusSeekers "[[Recap/DuckTalesS1E14TheStatusSeekers The Status Seeker'''s']]''," Seekers]]," where his treatment by his wealthy peers leads Scrooge (who never spends a cent if he can help it, let alone thousands of dollars on useless status symbols) to think he ought to "start ''acting'' rich." Unlike Barks' story, which ends as another successful treasure hunt, with Scrooge keeping the valuable artifact he finds, the episode ends with him deciding to screw it and give up trying to fit InWithTheInCrowd this way.
24th Mar '16 10:27:48 AM Morgenthaler
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* The yuppie characters in ''AmericanPsycho'' go to fancy restaurants, order impractically extravagant food, and then [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodSandwich don't actually eat it]].

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* The yuppie characters in ''AmericanPsycho'' ''Literature/AmericanPsycho'' go to fancy restaurants, order impractically extravagant food, and then [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodSandwich don't actually eat it]].



* In Creator/FrederikPohl's ''TheMidasPlague'', the US went through a period of severe shortages, which strongly inculcated a strong "thou shalt not waste" ethic in the population, followed by a period of cheap fusion energy, and automatic production, which created huge surpluses. But people couldn't "waste" things, so they had to consume them, which leads to an inversion of consumer culture, where "poor" people have higher consumption quotas that they have to meet.

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* In Creator/FrederikPohl's ''TheMidasPlague'', ''Literature/TheMidasPlague'', the US went through a period of severe shortages, which strongly inculcated a strong "thou shalt not waste" ethic in the population, followed by a period of cheap fusion energy, and automatic production, which created huge surpluses. But people couldn't "waste" things, so they had to consume them, which leads to an inversion of consumer culture, where "poor" people have higher consumption quotas that they have to meet.
13th Mar '16 11:16:29 AM nombretomado
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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ''ConanTheBarbarian'' story "A Witch Shall Be Born", Salome goes in for this.

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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ''ConanTheBarbarian'' ''Literature/ConanTheBarbarian'' story "A Witch Shall Be Born", "Literature/AWitchShallBeBorn", Salome goes in for this.
5th Mar '16 2:42:21 AM DrunkenNordmann
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** The same oil princes have also built ridiculously tall buildings with all the taste of Drumpf, including--most damningly--[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abraj_Al_Bait a hotel and shopping complex that wouldn't look out of place in Las Vegas or Atlantic City]] ''right next to the holiest site in Islam''.

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** The same oil princes have also built ridiculously tall buildings with all the taste of Drumpf, Trump, including--most damningly--[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abraj_Al_Bait a hotel and shopping complex that wouldn't look out of place in Las Vegas or Atlantic City]] ''right next to the holiest site in Islam''.
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