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18th Jul '17 8:07:50 PM HeroGal2347
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* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' eventually adapted the aforementioned Creator/CarlBarks comic into the episode "[[Recap/DuckTalesS1E14TheStatusSeekers The Status 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.

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* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'' eventually adapted the aforementioned Creator/CarlBarks comic into the episode "[[Recap/DuckTalesS1E14TheStatusSeekers The Status 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.
14th Jul '17 9:19:00 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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14th Jul '17 9:17:38 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* This is common with societies that combine extreme wealth with extreme inequality. The Victorian Era was notorious for this, as was the (very appropriately named) contemporaneous [[TheGildedAge Gilded Age]] in America. It continues among the American super-rich, with Creator/DonaldTrump and his tasteless gold-plated everything being one of the most egregious examples. Oil wealth has enabled Mideast oil tycoons to take it to new heights: a tennis court atop a skyscraper, artificial islands in the shape of a world map, and canals in the shape of a one tycoon's name (HAMAD) are some examples.

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* This is common with societies that combine extreme wealth with extreme inequality. The Victorian Era was notorious for this, as was the (very appropriately named) contemporaneous [[TheGildedAge Gilded Age]] in America. It continues among the American super-rich, with Creator/DonaldTrump UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump and his tasteless gold-plated everything being one of the most egregious examples. Oil wealth has enabled Mideast oil tycoons to take it to new heights: a tennis court atop a skyscraper, artificial islands in the shape of a world map, and canals in the shape of a one tycoon's name (HAMAD) are some examples.
20th Jun '17 2:26:14 AM Medinoc
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*** Using gold as food in general is this trope. Gold is extremely non-reactive and biologically inert, so it passes through your digestive system without being broken down at all. However, this also means gold has absolutely no taste whatsoever, so its only purpose is literally to look pretty.

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*** Using gold as food in general is this trope. Gold is extremely non-reactive and biologically inert, so it passes through your digestive system without being broken down at all. However, this also means gold has absolutely no taste whatsoever, so its only purpose is literally to look pretty. And ends up literally flushed down the drain.
19th Jun '17 3:24:14 PM Lawman592
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Contrast BankruptcyBarrel.

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Contrast AffluentAscetic and BankruptcyBarrel.
7th Jun '17 11:05:10 PM wolftickets1969
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* Future Perfect's appropriately named "Excess":
-->You wanna be liked because you just don't know why\\
It's a flash of the cash and a glint in the eye\\
I better be next while the rest of you die\\
Doesn't she look great in that dress\\
Gotta say yes to excess\\
4th May '17 4:21:18 PM Giantsgiants
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* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'''s multiplayer mode is centered around this trope. The game offers a vast array of exorbitant purchases for your character to show off his/her wealth. Of note is the gold-plated Luxor Deluxe private jet, which costs ''$10,000,000''.
27th Apr '17 7:33:30 PM Briguy52748
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* "Two-Story House" by Music/GeorgeJones and Music/TammyWynette, their No. 2 duet country hit from 1980. The song had an ironic twist to it, because they were singing about their own failed marriage, and lamented that they had everything else -- from the finest china and furniture, gold fixtures and marble countertops and so forth -- except love and respect for one another.

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* "Two-Story House" by Music/GeorgeJones and Music/TammyWynette, Tammy Wynette, their No. 2 duet country hit from 1980. The song had an ironic twist to it, because they were singing about their own failed marriage, and lamented that they had everything else -- from the finest china and furniture, gold fixtures and marble countertops and so forth -- except love and respect for one another.
27th Apr '17 7:33:03 PM Briguy52748
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* "Golden Tears," a No. 1 country hit from 1979 by the trio Dave and Sugar, about a poor girl who marries a rich man and now has everything she ever wanted ("''From a Chevy to a Lincoln/From paper shades to curtain/From neon lights to cyrstal chandeliers''") ... except love.
* "Two-Story House" by Music/GeorgeJones and Music/TammyWynette, their No. 2 duet country hit from 1980. The song had an ironic twist to it, because they were singing about their own failed marriage, and lamented that they had everything else -- from the finest china and furniture, gold fixtures and marble countertops and so forth -- except love and respect for one another.
21st Apr '17 10:29:39 PM TheRecreator
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* Jules-Pierre Mao from ''[[Literature/TheExpanse Caliban's War]]'' manages to exaggerate this trope within the confines of a near future sci-fi universe, directly flipping almost every established economic constraint in the series. To establish a baseline, most characters wouldn't even be able to buy a rust bucket of a ship with their lifetime savings. For Mao, though… apart from his company, which has some kind of presence on almost every inhabited rock in the solar system, he also owns a dedicated racing spacecraft for one of his daughters to use, a small fleet of pleasure yachts, and a private space station dedicated ''solely'' to docking those yachts. The one pleasure yacht we see, the ''Guanshiyin'', features gold and wood accents everywhere (Earth has [[EarthThatUsedToBeBetter long since been paved over]]), sweeping curves throughout its architecture (most ships [[BoringButPractical are boxy to maximize storage space]]), multiple safety redundancies, and an ornate mural on the outer hull in a location that almost no one will ever see.
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