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9th Jul '17 6:46:55 PM JJHIL325
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* Tony [=DiNozzo=] of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' lives in a very nice apartment for a guy living on a cop's salary. Late in season 13 [=McGee=] does some digging and learns that not only does Tony own the apartment outright but he bought it back when he was still a probationary agent and thus was not making much money. It turns out that Tony paid well below market price for the apartment since it was once the site of a gruesome triple homicide, after which nobody wanted to live there anymore. Tony was able to get the place cheap and then redecorated over the more persistent bloodstains. Tim then informs Tony that if Tony wanted to sell the apartment, enough time has passed since the murders that he is no longer legally required to inform potential buyers of its sordid history and thus could get full market value for it. In the following season, a subplot of one episode is the team quarreling over who gets to lease that apartment from Tony's dad after Tony leaves the team and the country. [[spoiler: Tim ends up with it.]]

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* Tony [=DiNozzo=] of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' lives in a very nice apartment for a guy living on a cop's salary. Late in season 13 [=McGee=] does some digging and learns that not only does Tony own the apartment outright but he bought it back when he was still a probationary agent and thus was not making much money. It turns out that Tony paid well below market price for the apartment since it was once the site of a gruesome triple homicide, after which nobody wanted to live there anymore. Tony was able to get the place cheap and then redecorated over the more persistent bloodstains. Tim then informs Tony that if Tony wanted to sell the apartment, enough time has passed since the murders that he is no longer legally required to inform potential buyers of its sordid history and thus could get full market value for it. In the following season, a subplot of one episode is the team quarreling over who gets to lease that apartment from Tony's dad after Tony leaves the team and the country. [[spoiler: Tim ends up with it.it, partially because he and his fiancee Deliah need the extra space.]]
29th Jun '17 11:58:38 AM DrOO7
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* In "Just the Ten of Us", the Lubbocks live in a house in Eureka, California that's big enough to comfortably house ten people. The parents are a Catholic school coach and a homemaker.

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* In "Just the Ten of Us", the Lubbocks live in a house in Eureka, California that's big enough to comfortably house ten people. The parents are a Catholic school coach and a homemaker. Especially bad as a running theme is that the family is struggling financially.
** It's indicated that the school provided the family with the house. And even if not, it's also implied that it isn't the nicest of places--the four oldest sisters share an attic bedroom, son JR shares with his baby brother, youngest daughter Sherry shares with her baby sister.


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* On the SoapOpera ''The City'' (a reworking of the SoapOpera ''Series/{{Loving}}''), the survivors of the Corinth SerialKiller move to an apartment building in New York City's SoHo neighborhood. Aside from this building implausibly being able to house a bar, medical clinic, fashion studio, and several apartments, there is no way ''any''of the people living there (with the exception of the woman who owned the building) could have afforded to, even with a roommate, as several tenants were shown to have.
18th Jun '17 9:57:18 PM Gamermaster
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* Kobayashi from ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid'' is the sole source of income in her household, yet she somehow makes enough money to afford a decent sized apartment and support two ([[spoiler:later three]]) dragons, one of whom ''literally'' eats electricity.
6th Jun '17 4:12:48 PM fearlessnikki
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* ''Music/SClub7'':
** The second season of their TV series ''LA 7'' fits closest to the trope. S Club 7 manage to find a pretty nice building with enough room for seven people. Their landlady Joni features as a supporting character and she first gives them the apartment out of sympathy. The gang are constantly talking about how they're broke and owe each other money, hand-waving it somewhat. One episode also has the power getting rather easily shut down just from all seven using it at once - and Joni claims that the wiring was "kind of a death trap".
** ''Miami 7'' inverts it, with the group living in bunk beds in what looks more like a cramped military barracks than a Miami hotel. Knowing how tight the owner Howard is, it's incredibly possible that he gave them the worst rooms in an already terrible hotel.
** ''Hollywood 7'' and ''Viva S Club'' were a bit more justified in that they were now established as a band in America and thus earning enough to afford their homes in Hollywood and Barcelona respectively.



** It was also never explained how Angel could afford to live and keep an office in the building that he used for Season 1. The hotel used for Season 2 onwards however received two handwaves on the subject: first a wealthy client who owed Angel Investigations a favour handled all of the paperwork on the matter, then [[AmoralAttorney Lilah]] (in order to piss off a co-worker) fabricated even more paperwork.
** It was shown in a season 1 episode where Angel went to consult the oracles who demanded something pretty for the privilege of talking to them, he tossed them a rare/priceless vase and gave the year it was made in as well. It can be assumed that being a vampire and being around for a couple centuries he has probably amassed quite the collection of antiques (a la Highlander)which, when needed, could give him the cash he needs for places.

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** It was also never explained how Angel could afford to live and keep an office in the building that he used for Season 1. The hotel used for Season 2 onwards however received two handwaves on the subject: first a wealthy client who owed Angel Investigations a favour handled all of the paperwork on the matter, then [[AmoralAttorney Lilah]] (in order to piss off a co-worker) fabricated even more paperwork.
** It was shown in a season 1 episode where
paperwork. Some episodes show that Angel went to consult the oracles who demanded something pretty for the privilege of talking to them, he tossed them a rare/priceless vase and gave the year it was made in as well. It can be assumed that being a vampire and being around for a couple centuries he has probably amassed quite the a sizable collection of antiques (a la Highlander)which, when needed, could give him the cash from his three hundred years of being a vampire - so presumably he needs for places. sells them to avoid money problems.


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* ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' lampshades this in one episode, where Zelda alludes to the fact that the neighbours are suspicious that she and Hilda are able to afford such a fancy Victorian house in Massachusets - when Hilda is a struggling violinist and Zelda doesn't actually work until the fifth season. The aunts can afford whatever they want by having held onto various things over the centuries until they turn valuable.
26th Apr '17 10:20:31 PM DarkMask
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* ''Series/FullHouse'': Some found it unrealistic that Danny could have afforded what was obviously a very nice, very big town house in a presumably equally very nice section of San Francisco on a TV morning show host's salary, as well as support three young children. There's never any mention of Joey or Jesse paying him rent (not that they could have, given how sporadic their employment was for the first few seasons of the show).

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* ''Series/FullHouse'': Some found it unrealistic that Danny could have afforded what was obviously a very nice, very big town house (5-bedrooms, with a spacious attic, huge basement, and attached garage) in a presumably equally very nice section of San Francisco on a TV morning show host's salary, as well as support three young children. There's never any mention of Joey or Jesse paying him rent (not that they could have, given how sporadic their employment was for the first few seasons of the show).
24th Apr '17 5:21:33 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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--->''' '90s Kid''': Oh, that's probably my land lord with another eviction note… '''*Crashing sound*''' And a battering ram… '''*DramaticGunCock*''' And a sawed-off shotgun… Gotta go! ''(runs away as shots are fired in the background)''

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--->''' '90s --->''''90s Kid''': Oh, that's it's probably just my land lord landlord with another eviction note… note... '''*Crashing sound*''' And a battering ram… ram... '''*DramaticGunCock*''' And a sawed-off shotgun… shotgun... Gotta go! ''(runs away as shots are fired in the background)''
11th Apr '17 11:37:32 PM LBHills
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** In the episode "Peel of Fortune," Daffy bought the house (based on royalties from an automatic carrot peeler he stole from Bugs) and lets Bugs live with him. However, Daffy's demands causes Bugs to lose it and he storms out. He is forced to move back into his old rabbit hole from the classic ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' cartoons. He finds the experience unpleasant, after years of suburban lifestyle. [[StatusQuoIsGod Status Quo is restored]] when the automatic peeler is recalled due to Daffy not fully building the thing right and Bugs having to save the day.

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** In the episode "Peel of Fortune," Daffy bought the house (based on royalties from an automatic carrot peeler he stole from Bugs) and lets Bugs live with him. However, Daffy's demands causes Bugs to lose it and he storms out. He is forced to move back into his old rabbit hole from the classic ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' cartoons. He finds the experience unpleasant, after years of suburban lifestyle. [[StatusQuoIsGod Status Quo is restored]] when the automatic peeler is recalled due to schematic Daffy not fully building the thing right stole and Bugs having mass-produced turns out to save the day.have an irreparable defect: overnight, Daffy's once again a freeloader and Bugs' manual-carrot-peeler royalties are rolling in again.
4th Apr '17 6:14:53 PM Gamermaster
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* Kobayashi from ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid'' is the sole source of income in her household, yet she somehow makes enough money to afford a decent sized apartment and support two ([[spoiler:later three]]) dragons, one of whom ''literally'' eats electricity.
4th Apr '17 9:45:55 AM jharrison3051
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* Carrie from ''Series/SexAndTheCity'' is an interesting example, as this depends on whether the episode in question [[DependingOnTheWriter depicts her as a nationwide sensation like the real Candace Bushnell or as another workaday columnist.]] If the latter is true, then it's unknown how she can afford her nice apartment and her extensive collection of shoes. One episode {{lampshade|Hanging}}d the trope. Carrie remarks to her screenwriter boyfriend-of-the-season that his TV script about a bunch of young actors living in a Manhattan penthouse is hardly realistic. Another episode reveals her apartment was rent controlled. When Aidan buys her building and gives her the option of either buying the apartment or leaving, she starts to look at more believably-priced buildings (including one which apparently reeks because it's right above an Indian restaurant.) Apparently, she got the apartment and the rental value just exploded around her. The exterior of her apartment, actually a five bedroom townhouse, sold for $13.2 million in 2013.

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* Carrie from ''Series/SexAndTheCity'' is an interesting example, as this depends on whether the episode in question [[DependingOnTheWriter depicts her as a nationwide sensation like the real Candace Bushnell or as another workaday columnist.]] If the latter is true, then it's unknown how she can afford her nice apartment and her extensive collection of shoes. One episode revealed that her rent is only $750 a month, though at the time she only had $1,600 in her bank account. One episode {{lampshade|Hanging}}d the trope. Carrie remarks to her screenwriter boyfriend-of-the-season that his TV script about a bunch of young actors living in a Manhattan penthouse is hardly realistic. Another episode reveals her apartment was rent controlled. When Aidan buys her building and gives her the option of either buying the apartment or leaving, she starts to look at more believably-priced buildings (including one which apparently reeks because it's right above an Indian restaurant.) Apparently, she got the apartment and the rental value just exploded around her. The exterior of her apartment, actually a five bedroom townhouse, sold for $13.2 million in 2013.
1st Apr '17 9:12:34 AM dmcreif
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* Justified on ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}''. Matt Murdock lives in a pretty large apartment in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan, which has some of the highest rent prices in the United States. As a recent law school graduate who's only just starting his own practice, this place should be well outside Matt's budget. But, Hell's Kitchen saw property values drop due to damage sustained during The [[Film/TheAvengers2012 Incident]]. Making Matt's apartment even cheaper is its generally run-down aesthetic (though all the appliances seem to function just fine), and the bright electronic billboard across the street that shines brightly through the living room window - an eyesore for anyone with functioning eyes, but not a problem for a blind man. He also doesn't use the lights all that often (lower electric bill), doesn't have any wall decorations or TV, and as a disabled individual qualifies for a number of tax breaks.

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* Justified on ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}''. Matt 2015}}'':
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Murdock lives in a pretty large apartment in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan, which has some of the highest rent prices in the United States. As a recent law school graduate who's only just starting his own practice, this place should be well outside Matt's budget. But, Hell's Kitchen saw property values drop due to damage sustained during The "The [[Film/TheAvengers2012 Incident]].Incident]]". Making Matt's apartment even cheaper is its generally run-down aesthetic (though all the appliances seem to function just fine), and the bright electronic billboard across the street that shines brightly through the living room window - an eyesore for anyone with functioning eyes, but not a problem for a blind man. He also doesn't use the lights all that often (lower (lowering the electric bill), doesn't have any wall decorations or TV, and as a disabled individual qualifies for a number of tax breaks. breaks.
**Karen Page also averts it. To show that she actually makes less money working at Nelson & Murdock than she did at her Union Allied job, she's shown as having had to move to a somewhat cheaper apartment in between season 1 and 2.
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