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29th Aug '16 6:37:41 AM REV6Pilot
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* In ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', a Heavy Weapons Guy achievement for eating 100 Sandviches references the trope, mixed with FunetikAksent, as Konspicious Konsumption.
** Several of the purchasable items in the game (for example, [[https://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Something_Special_For_Someone_Special Something Special for Someone Special]]) do nothing except show off that its owner has money to blow on a video game.

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* In ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', a Heavy Weapons Guy achievement for eating 100 Sandviches references the trope, mixed with FunetikAksent, as Konspicious Konsumption.
** Several
several of the purchasable items in the game (for example, [[https://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Something_Special_For_Someone_Special Something Special for Someone Special]]) do nothing except show off that its owner has money to blow on a video game.
18th Aug '16 3:37:44 PM eowynjedi
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* In ''Literature/WolfHall'', this becomes a habit of Thomas Cromwell's when he becomes truly wealthy--not just because he's Henry's right hand but because he uses his position there to exercise his financial skills to the utmost (and by dissolving some wealthy monasteries, that too). His kitchens are so good that his cook complains city officials are disguising themselves as beggars to get leftovers, he throws big Christmas parties, and he decks out his sisters-in-law, nieces, and any other woman in his house in the best clothing that money can buy. Him being a former wool merchant, he knows exactly how much it's worth and notes the price of every fabric by the yard.

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* In ''Literature/WolfHall'', this ''Literature/WolfHall''
** Cardinal Wolsey was known for enjoying a very lavish lifestyle. His loyal protege Thomas Cromwell glosses over the excess by either not thinking much about it, joking about it with Wolsey by pricing him by the yard[[note]]Cromwell was a cloth merchant for several years[[/note]] or saying that he's a public man and should keep up an appropriate appearance (though even Cromwell eventually admits it was a bit much). Few others are so circumspect when discussing it.
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becomes a habit of Thomas Cromwell's when he becomes truly wealthy--not just because he's Henry's right hand but because he uses his position there to exercise his financial skills to the utmost (and by dissolving some wealthy monasteries, that too). His kitchens are so good that his cook complains city officials are disguising themselves as beggars to get leftovers, he throws big Christmas parties, and he decks out his sisters-in-law, nieces, and any other woman in his house in the best clothing that money can buy. Him being a former wool merchant, he knows exactly how much it's worth and notes the price of every fabric by the yard.
18th Aug '16 2:35:47 PM eowynjedi
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* In ''Literature/WolfHall'', this becomes a habit of Thomas Cromwell's when he becomes truly wealthy--not just because he's Henry's right hand but because he uses his position there to exercise his financial skills to the utmost (and by dissolving some wealthy monasteries, that too). His kitchens are so good that his cook complains city officials are disguising themselves as beggars to get leftovers, he throws big Christmas parties, and he decks out his sisters-in-law, nieces, and any other woman in his house in the best clothing that money can buy. Him being a former wool merchant, he knows exactly how much it's worth and notes the price of every fabric by the yard.
23rd Jul '16 4:18:24 PM nombretomado
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* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' eventually adapted the aforementioned 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'' eventually adapted the aforementioned CarlBarks 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.
15th Jul '16 8:11:45 AM thatother1dude
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A SuperTrope to BlingBlingBang, EverythingsSparklyWithJewelry, GemEncrusted, PimpedOutCape, PimpedOutDress, PrettyInMink, BigFancyHouse, MaidCorps, GoldMakesEverythingShiny, GlamRap, IfIWereARichMan, PooledFunds.

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A SuperTrope to BlingBlingBang, EverythingsSparklyWithJewelry, GemEncrusted, PimpedOutCape, PimpedOutDress, PrettyInMink, BigFancyHouse, MaidCorps, GoldMakesEverythingShiny, GlamRap, ItsSnowingCocaine, IfIWereARichMan, PooledFunds.
29th Jun '16 9:48:04 PM MsChibi
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* On ''Series/RaisingHope'' Virginia's cousin Delilah gets married, and Virginia recalls how when they were teenagers early in TheNineties, they talked about the kind of weddings they wanted. Delilah wanted a dress with an ''extremely'' long train, which was to be held up by Creator/MichaelJackson. She got exactly that when she finally ''did'' marry, and Burt "stole" Delilah's wedding to give Virginia the nice wedding she wanted but (due to...[[TeenPregnancy unforseen circumstances]] that forced her and Burt to have a simple courthouse wedding) never got. (They repeated their vows quietly in the back while Delilah and her new husband made theirs, danced discreetly to their first dance, and did the cake-cutting from the other side of the cake.) It seems Delilah cared more about being a bride than about being a wife.
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.



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* 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.
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