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15th May '18 9:53:24 PM JackG
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* ''Series/BlakesSeven''. An episode taking place in President Servalan's palace was filmed in a stately home of England and this trope was used as a {{handwave}}. Rather than the usual DomedCity, Servalan has a reconstruction of a "pre-Atomic" BigFancyHouse built on the ruins of the old.
-->'''Sula:''' We could have built two cities for what it cost to build that absurdity.

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* ''Series/BlakesSeven''. An episode taking place in President Servalan's palace was filmed in a stately home of England and this trope was used as a {{handwave}}. Rather {{handwave}} -- rather than the usual DomedCity, Servalan has had a reconstruction of a "pre-Atomic" BigFancyHouse built on the ruins of the old.
-->'''Sula:''' We
old. A member of her administration comments bitterly, "We could have built two cities for what it cost to build that absurdity.
absurdity."
15th May '18 9:52:00 PM JackG
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* ''Series/BlakesSeven''. An episode taking place in President Servalan's palace was filmed in a stately home of England and this trope was used as a {{handwave}}. Rather than the usual DomedCity, Servalan has a reconstruction of a "pre-Atomic" BigFancyHouse built on the ruins of the old.
-->'''Sula:''' We could have built two cities for what it cost to build that absurdity.
29th Apr '18 11:27:58 AM DastardlyDemolition
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* Being set in 1988, ''VideoGame/Yakuza0'' is all about showing off the riches of 80s Japan in the tackiest ways possible. Yakuza wear garish suits, Tokyo and Osaka are full of glimmering neon lights, and billionaires are made and gone in the constant fight for real estate. Kazuma Kiryu can even learn to toss entire handfuls of Cash Confetti as a means to avoid fights after being taught by Mr. Moneybags, a man who literally lives in his private jets (yes, plural) and travels the world.
29th Apr '18 11:11:06 AM Drgonzo
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** All that being said however, some Ferengi do splurge. Quark at one point bemoans that his cousin, an arms dealer, ''owns his own moon.''
28th Apr '18 3:45:55 PM ironballs16
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* In 1313, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musa_I_of_Mali#Islam_and_pilgrimage_to_Mecca Mansa Musa of the Mali empire]], whose wealth literally has ''no'' modern-day comparison[[note]]Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, has an estimated net worth of 132.8 Billion - a ''fraction'' of what Mansa Musa had[[/note]] went on pilgrimage to Mecca. He brought along so many retainers and pack animals [[https://youtu.be/4-Un2xx6Pzo?t=3m8s that it was rumored that it took a full day for it to pass]]. What was fact, though, was that his shopping sprees in Cairo, Medina, and Mecca flooded the market with so much gold that its value tanked for a ''decade'' afterward.
24th Apr '18 10:17:11 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** The merchant-prince Xaro Xoan Daxos has a sumptuous mansion filled with gold artwork. [[spoiler:It's ultimately a subversion, as Xaro's vault is empty. His lavish lifestyle is a con to make him appear wealthy. Although it could be considered a double subversion; as Danny points out the gold and gems decorating his estate represent a massive fortune by themselves]]. It's played with in his rival the Spice King; while he makes a show of sleeping in and having many servants, his estate is far plainer (more like a typical Westerns Noble) and most of his wealth is explicitly tied up in his trading fleet.

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** The merchant-prince Xaro Xoan Daxos has a sumptuous mansion filled with gold artwork. [[spoiler:It's ultimately a subversion, as Xaro's vault is empty. His lavish lifestyle is a con to make him appear wealthy. Although it could be considered a double subversion; as Danny points out the gold and gems decorating his estate represent a massive fortune by themselves]]. It's played with in his rival the Spice King; while he makes a show of sleeping in and having many servants, his estate is far plainer (more like a typical Westerns Westerossi Noble) and most of his wealth is explicitly tied up in his trading fleet.
24th Apr '18 10:16:01 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** The merchant-prince Xaro Xoan Daxos has a sumptuous mansion filled with gold artwork. [[spoiler:It's ultimately a subversion, as Xaro's vault is empty. His lavish lifestyle is a con to make him appear wealthy]].

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** The merchant-prince Xaro Xoan Daxos has a sumptuous mansion filled with gold artwork. [[spoiler:It's ultimately a subversion, as Xaro's vault is empty. His lavish lifestyle is a con to make him appear wealthy]].wealthy. Although it could be considered a double subversion; as Danny points out the gold and gems decorating his estate represent a massive fortune by themselves]]. It's played with in his rival the Spice King; while he makes a show of sleeping in and having many servants, his estate is far plainer (more like a typical Westerns Noble) and most of his wealth is explicitly tied up in his trading fleet.
18th Apr '18 6:47:30 PM lalalei2001
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* Zigfried von Schroeder from ''Anime/YuGiOh'' has a fancy castle, an army of maids, private jets, and swimming pools filled with fresh milk... to hide the fact that his life of luxury is in jeopardy since [=SchroederCorp=] is going broke.
11th Apr '18 12:49:06 PM Odacon_Spy
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* The "[[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/what-international-students-eat What International Students Eat]]" meme, based off the stereotype that students studying abroad must naturally be quite affluent, takes this concept ''literally'' with luxury takeout boxes filled with jewelry and designer-brand breakfast cereals.
4th Mar '18 7:06:57 PM rjd1922
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** ''The Ballad of Gay Tony'' introduces Yusuf Amir, who spends his money on BlingBlingBang, HookersAndBlow, and ridiculous vanity projects like building the tallest skycraper in Liberty City. Since he apparently has the money to buy ''anything'', the only use he has for the player character is to steal "the things they ''won't'' sell him", like military hardware.

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** ''The ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIVTheBalladOfGayTony The Ballad of Gay Tony'' Tony]]'' introduces Yusuf Amir, who spends his money on BlingBlingBang, HookersAndBlow, and ridiculous vanity projects like building the tallest skycraper in Liberty City. Since he apparently has the money to buy ''anything'', the only use he has for the player character is to steal "the things they ''won't'' sell him", like military hardware.
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