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8th Jun '17 7:09:30 PM samitv
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* The plot of ''Series/SneakyPete'' revolves around two of these - they try to do this to Vince who is not conVinced.
17th Mar '17 8:55:02 PM Bissek
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* Literature/EncyclopediaBrown is always foiling the scams of a local high school dropout named Wilford Wiggins who keeps trying to get the local kids to give him their money via some new and exciting scheme. Examples include a genuine painting of the Liberty Bell (had a crack in it), building a museum containing an accurate scale replica of the solar system (even with a half-inch model of the Earth, the solar system is still too big), or a muscling powder (the demonstration involved a rooster crowing at midday).

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* Literature/EncyclopediaBrown is always foiling the scams of a local high school dropout named Wilford Wiggins who keeps trying to get the local kids to give him their money via some new and exciting scheme. Examples include a genuine painting of the Liberty Bell (had a crack in it), building a museum containing an accurate scale replica of the solar system (even with a half-inch model of the Earth, the solar system is still too big), or a muscling powder (the demonstration involved (if the test subject had really put on that much muscle in so short a rooster crowing at midday).time, the jacket he bought before bulking up wouldn't still fit).
17th Feb '17 2:23:17 AM MCanter89
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Most people have careers that allow them to live comfortably, some people have very well paying jobs, fewer still have jobs that would allow them to be "rich", and still even fewer have Big Bux.

When a character wants to get Big Bux they often don't try more common varieties of accruing wealth like bumping off rich relatives, stealing, or being a miser. They go for a Get Rich Quick Scheme sometimes resulting in a IfIWereARichMan moment and often overlapping with a ZanyScheme or MissingStepsPlan.

A common variation of this trope is that the Get Rich Quick person thinks working is a get-rich-quick scheme, or that they fall for someone else's scheme instead.

Beware: Every ConMan knows exactly how appealing the prospect of easy money can be, and is eager to exploit it as [[TheTale part]] of TheCon to take advantage of TheMark's naiveté. Or, alternately, if someone else hits on a scheme that ''works'', he may step in to help make sure AFoolAndHisNewMoneyAreSoonParted. Remember, if it sounds TooGoodToBeTrue, it probably is.

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Most people have careers that allow them to live comfortably, some people have very well paying well-paying jobs, fewer still have jobs that would allow them to be "rich", and still even fewer have Big Bux.

When a character wants to get Big Bux Bux, they often don't try more common varieties of accruing wealth like bumping off rich relatives, stealing, or being a miser. They go for a Get Rich Quick Get-Rich-Quick Scheme sometimes resulting in a an IfIWereARichMan moment and often overlapping with a ZanyScheme or MissingStepsPlan.

A common variation of this trope is that the Get Rich Quick person thinks working is a get-rich-quick scheme, scheme or that they fall for someone else's scheme instead.

Beware: Every every ConMan knows exactly how appealing the prospect of easy money can be, be and is eager to exploit it as [[TheTale part]] of TheCon to take advantage of TheMark's naiveté.naïveté. Or, alternately, if someone else hits on a scheme that ''works'', he may step in to help make sure AFoolAndHisNewMoneyAreSoonParted. Remember, Remember: if it sounds TooGoodToBeTrue, it probably is.



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--> '''Homer:''' After years of disappointment with get rich quick schemes, I know I'm going to get rich with this scheme... and quick!

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30th Dec '16 8:51:29 PM RandomnessUnlimited
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* Several episodes of ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' have Mr. Cat making one of these. They [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption almost always]] fail.
25th Oct '16 4:14:22 PM BlueGuy
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* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', part four. Josuke, Okuyasu, and Shigechi come up with a way to use Shigechi's Stand to get rich in a hurry (have Harvest seek out discarded lottery tickets). They actually expected a more modest return than the ticket Harvest ''did'' find, but that one was ''plenty''...(Too bad Josuke's mother confiscated the ticket winnings for investment)

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* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', part four. ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureDiamondIsUnbreakable'': Josuke, Okuyasu, and Shigechi come up with a way to use Shigechi's Stand to get rich in a hurry (have Harvest seek out discarded lottery tickets). They actually expected a more modest return than the ticket Harvest ''did'' find, but that one was ''plenty''...(Too bad but Josuke's mother confiscated confiscates his share of the ticket winnings for investment)(in part to ensure that he doesn't gamble it away).
18th Oct '16 5:56:54 AM Morgenthaler
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* Sets the plot in motion in ''LayerCake''. The protagonists' boss, Jimmy Price, has lost a bundle on stupid investments and fires off a bunch of these, chiefly by stealing a bunch of ecstasy from some other gangsters, embezzling the savings of his underling and shopping his villainous colleagues to the police.

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* Sets the plot in motion in ''LayerCake''.''Film/LayerCake''. The protagonists' boss, Jimmy Price, has lost a bundle on stupid investments and fires off a bunch of these, chiefly by stealing a bunch of ecstasy from some other gangsters, embezzling the savings of his underling and shopping his villainous colleagues to the police.



* EncyclopediaBrown is always foiling the scams of a local high school dropout named Wilford Wiggins who keeps trying to get the local kids to give him their money via some new and exciting scheme. Examples include a genuine painting of the Liberty Bell (had a crack in it), building a museum containing an accurate scale replica of the solar system (even with a half-inch model of the Earth, the solar system is still too big), or a muscling powder (the demonstration involved a rooster crowing at midday).

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* EncyclopediaBrown Literature/EncyclopediaBrown is always foiling the scams of a local high school dropout named Wilford Wiggins who keeps trying to get the local kids to give him their money via some new and exciting scheme. Examples include a genuine painting of the Liberty Bell (had a crack in it), building a museum containing an accurate scale replica of the solar system (even with a half-inch model of the Earth, the solar system is still too big), or a muscling powder (the demonstration involved a rooster crowing at midday).



* [[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones Fred Flintstone]] concocted a new get-rich-quick scheme every 5 or 6 episodes. His battlecry was, "Barney, we're gonna be rich!"

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* [[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'': Fred Flintstone]] Flintstone concocted a new get-rich-quick scheme every 5 or 6 episodes. His battlecry was, "Barney, we're gonna be rich!"
18th Oct '16 5:55:57 AM Morgenthaler
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18th Oct '16 5:55:19 AM Morgenthaler
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Beware: Every ConMan knows exactly how appealing the prospect of easy money can be, and is eager to exploit it as [[TheTale part]] of TheCon to take advantage of TheMark's naiveté. Or, alternately, if someone else hits on a scheme that ''works'', he may step in to help make sure AFoolAndHisNewMoneyAreSoonParted. Remember, if it sounds TooGoodToBeTrue, it probably is.

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Beware: Every ConMan knows exactly how appealing the prospect of easy money can be, and is eager to exploit it as [[TheTale part]] of TheCon to take advantage of TheMark's naiveté. Or, alternately, if someone else hits on a scheme that ''works'', he may step in to help make sure AFoolAndHisNewMoneyAreSoonParted. Remember, if it sounds TooGoodToBeTrue, it probably is.



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* ''Radio/TheNavyLark''. CPO Pertwee's [[StatusQuoIsGod doomed-to-failure]] get-rich-quick schemes form a staple plot device.
* Sid James was full of these in ''Radio/HancocksHalfHour''.

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* The basis of every part of ''VideoGame/CrystalCaves''. The main character, Mylo, keeps bungling into one GetRichQuickScheme after another (he's so famous for this that this got him a entry in the Galactic Encyclopedia) and isn't afraid to cooperate with people with names like [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Mr. Rip Eweoff]]. Each episode involves him trying to collect enough crystals to buy another inevitably fail-prone business (such as the farm of {{Explosive Breeder}}s who turn out to be too explosive in this regard, or a farm of slugs which happens to be built on top of a salt mine). His luck turns around in the end of episode three; after a solar system he just bought explodes, Mylo sets up a burger shop near the resulting scenic nebula.

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* ''Radio/TheNavyLark''. CPO Pertwee's [[StatusQuoIsGod doomed-to-failure]] get-rich-quick schemes form a staple plot device.
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* The basis of every part of ''VideoGame/CrystalCaves''. The main character, Mylo, keeps bungling into one GetRichQuickScheme after another (he's so famous for this that this got him a entry in the Galactic Encyclopedia) and isn't afraid to cooperate with people with names like [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Mr. Rip Eweoff]]. Each episode involves him trying to collect enough crystals to buy another inevitably fail-prone business (such as the farm of {{Explosive Breeder}}s who turn out to be too explosive in this regard, or a farm of slugs which happens to be built on top of a salt mine). His luck turns around in the end of episode three; after a solar system he just bought explodes, Mylo sets up a burger shop near the resulting scenic nebula.



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30th Jul '16 6:40:36 AM TPPR10
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* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', part four. Josuke, Okuyasu, and Fatty come up with a way to use Fatty's Stand to get rich in a hurry (have Harvest seek out discarded lottery tickets). They actually expected a more modest return than the ticket Harvest ''did'' find, but that one was ''plenty''...(Too bad Josuke's mother confiscated the ticket winnings for investment)

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* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', part four. Josuke, Okuyasu, and Fatty Shigechi come up with a way to use Fatty's Shigechi's Stand to get rich in a hurry (have Harvest seek out discarded lottery tickets). They actually expected a more modest return than the ticket Harvest ''did'' find, but that one was ''plenty''...(Too bad Josuke's mother confiscated the ticket winnings for investment)
15th Jun '16 4:40:24 AM Jeduthun
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* In ''Film/TheProducers'', Bialystock and Bloom realize that they can make some easy money by combining UsefulNotes/HollywoodAccounting and SpringtimeForHitler, by getting people to invest big in a production that is destined to fail.
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