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5th Nov '16 3:12:28 AM TheCuza
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* Music/WeirdAlYankovic's "This Is the Life" is about how mind-blowingly rich the singer is, all the ridiculous things he does with his vast amounts of money (including filling his bathtub with Perrier, paying someone to chew his food for him, and buying boxes of individually monogrammed Kleenex), and how much he loves it.
-->You're dead for a really long time\\
You just can't prevent it\\
So if money can't buy happiness\\
I guess I'll have to rent it!
1st Nov '16 3:11:07 PM LongTallShorty64
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* ''Film/JewelRobbery'': Teri is obsessed with getting the Excelsior diamond; it's worth about $50,000.
30th Oct '16 5:17:57 PM nombretomado
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* Brazilian BasedOnAnAdviceBook movie ''Até que a Sorte nos Separe'' ("Til Luck Do Us Part") has a guy who won the lottery 15 years prior finding out his fortune is basically gone after years of spending in things the bank makes sure to make a {{montage}} of: yearly travels both stateside and on the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reduced_gravity_aircraft Vomit Comet]], buying a yacht that sunk after 30 minutes (without insurance!), celebrating a birthday in a private rock festival, having the wedding anniversary in a French castle... HijinksEnsue when he has to hide it from his wife who is still fond of spending because she can. (Note that this fate often befalls people who win the lottery in real life. It just usually happens a lot faster.)

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* Brazilian BasedOnAnAdviceBook movie ''Até que a Sorte nos Separe'' ("Til Luck Do Us Part") has a guy who won the lottery 15 years prior finding out his fortune is basically gone after years of spending in things the bank makes sure to make a {{montage}} of: yearly travels both stateside and on the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reduced_gravity_aircraft Vomit Comet]], buying a yacht that sunk after 30 minutes (without insurance!), celebrating a birthday in a private rock festival, having the wedding anniversary in a French castle... HijinksEnsue HilarityEnsues when he has to hide it from his wife who is still fond of spending because she can. (Note that this fate often befalls people who win the lottery in real life. It just usually happens a lot faster.)
28th Oct '16 8:15:19 AM Omeganian
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* In ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' during the Smuggler Storyline, you run into a Republic spy on Balmorra who got busted for buying customized speeders beyond his salary.
13th Oct '16 9:30:28 AM theLibrarian
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* One part of the many causes of the French Revolution was this: the French Nobility was ''so'' opposed to paying taxes (even in the midst of a crippling financial crisis) that they opposed any attempt to make them have to pay taxes, and even ''advocated a national assembly so that they could create a law saying that they did not have to pay taxes.''
7th Oct '16 11:07:27 AM Antigone3
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* ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'': The fourth circle of Hell is shared by hoarders and wasters, with the wasters being people who practiced this trope.
6th Oct '16 8:03:19 PM eowynjedi
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** 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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** 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]] yard, 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). appearance. Few others are so circumspect when discussing it.circumspect. Cromwell at one point chides Mary Tudor for making a crack about it, but he does eventually admit to himself that it was a bit much.
24th Sep '16 5:56:16 PM nombretomado
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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 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 DonaldTrump 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.
16th Sep '16 8:42:57 AM Diask
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* In ''[[OceansEleven Ocean's 13]]'', Al Pacino's character receives a gold plated and diamond encrusted cell phone as a gift. He's obviously been desiring one for a while.

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* ''Film/{{Casino}}'': Expected since it takes place in Las Vegas, but especially anything to do with Ginger, from her [[CostumePorn clothes]] and her [[PrettyInMink furs]] to her BigFancyHouse and her vault full of [[EverythingsSparklyWithJewelry jewels]].

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* ''Film/{{Casino}}'': Expected since it takes place in Las Vegas, but especially anything to do with Ginger, from her [[CostumePorn clothes]] {{c|ostumePorn}}lothes and her [[PrettyInMink furs]] to her BigFancyHouse and her vault full of [[EverythingsSparklyWithJewelry jewels]].



* In ''Film/{{Scarface 1983}}'', Tony Montana spends the second half of the film in a hideous, gaudy mansion with various signs of his ill-gotten wealth. In particular he has a spinning, neon-lit globe in his lobby (boasting "The World Is Yours") and a pet tiger.

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* In ''Film/{{Scarface 1983}}'', ''Film/Scarface1983'', Tony Montana spends the second half of the film in a hideous, gaudy mansion with various signs of his ill-gotten wealth. In particular he has a spinning, neon-lit globe in his lobby (boasting "The World Is Yours") and a pet tiger.



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* OlderThanFeudalism example - in the ancient Hindu epic the ''Literature/{{Ramayana}}'', several entire chapters are devoted to explaining the over-the-top splendor of Ravana's palace, of which everything constructed is constructed of rare metals and stones, and everything natural (i.e. gardens) is of only the finest, purest quality.

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* OlderThanFeudalism example - in In the ancient Hindu epic the ''Literature/{{Ramayana}}'', several entire chapters are devoted to explaining the over-the-top splendor of Ravana's palace, of which everything constructed is constructed of rare metals and stones, and everything natural (i.e. gardens) is of only the finest, purest quality.



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* In the original ''{{Mercenaries}}''; Mattias Nilsson expresses a desire to spend his share of the bounty on General Song's head on a custom gold-plated Lamborghini with diamond-encrusted hubcaps.

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* In the original ''{{Mercenaries}}''; ''VideoGame/{{Mercenaries}}''; Mattias Nilsson expresses a desire to spend his share of the bounty on General Song's head on a custom gold-plated Lamborghini with diamond-encrusted hubcaps.



* A RunningGag among the creators of ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' is that the [[BribingYourWayToVictory players' donations]] go towards "solid gold Ferraris".
* Most stuff in ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' generally has some use in the game, but golden tools and diamond hoes are just plain conspicuous consumption. Tools and armour made of gold may have more enchantments stick to them, but their base attributes (damage dealt, blocks that can be mined, number of uses before depletion etc.) are simply too low to compensate for such a rare material. Hoes, meanwhile, all perform the exact same function, with the only difference being the amount of farmland they can create before breaking, so even an iron hoe is a waste when you can simply create a hoe out of a plentiful and easily renewable material that is cobblestone. Not to mention diamond is not renewable to begin with.



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* A RunningGag among the creators of ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' is that the [[BribingYourWayToVictory players' donations]] go towards "solid gold Ferraris".



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* [[AlphaBitch Mandy]]'s mother in ''TotallySpies'' bought a clothing chain just to get the last of a pair of exclusive shoes.

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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.
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