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12th Mar '16 4:10:09 PM KingLyger
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* The EvilPlan of Ratcliffe in Disney/{{Pocahontas}} is to dig up the land, get boatloads of gold, and return home a rich man. Too bad for him and the Englishmen that there's no such gold to find.
25th Jan '16 4:13:52 AM luiz4200
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* ''WesternAnimation/YogisGang'': The target audience for Peter D. Cheater's school is made of people wanting to get rich quick.
27th Nov '15 11:11:17 AM nombretomado
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10th Nov '15 4:44:13 AM direguy
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* The gang of Paddy's Pub in ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia''. All of them will always find and think of one of these every episode, and they fail at them all the time.

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* The gang of Paddy's Pub in ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia''. All of them will They always find and think of one of these new schemes every episode, and they fail at them all the time.
10th Nov '15 4:42:34 AM direguy
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* The gang of Paddy's Pub in ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia''. All of them will always find and think of one of these every episode, and they fail at them all the time.
9th Nov '15 1:14:17 PM DannWoolf
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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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--> '''Homer:'''After '''Homer:''' After years of disappointment with get rich quick schemes, I know I'm going to get rich with this scheme...scheme... and quick!
8th Nov '15 10:44:20 PM DoctorCooper
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* Deconstructed in ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfPinocchio''. Pinocchio goes with the Fox and the Cat to earn money easily [[GrowsOnTrees by planting his coins in the Field of Miracles]]. The Cricket unsuccessfully tries to convince Pincchio that this schemes don't work. Pinocchio plants his coins, but the Fox and the Cat were tricking him all along to steal his coins.
4th Jul '15 9:05:26 PM Adept
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* ''TheNavyLark''. CPO Pertwee's [[StatusQuoIsGod doomed-to-failure]] get-rich-quick schemes form a staple plot device.
* Sid James was full of these in ''HancocksHalfHour''.

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* ''TheNavyLark''.''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 ''HancocksHalfHour''.''Radio/HancocksHalfHour''.
17th May '15 2:54:47 PM LongLiveHumour
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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 GetRichQuickScheme sometimes resulting in a IfIWereARichMan moment and often overlapping with a ZanyScheme or MissingStepsPlan.

Common variations of this trope is that the Get Rich Quick person thinks working is a GetRichQuickScheme or that they fall for someone else's GetRichQuickScheme.

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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 GetRichQuickScheme Get Rich Quick Scheme sometimes resulting in a IfIWereARichMan moment and often overlapping with a ZanyScheme or MissingStepsPlan.

Common variations A common variation of this trope is that the Get Rich Quick person thinks working is a GetRichQuickScheme get-rich-quick scheme, or that they fall for someone else's GetRichQuickScheme.
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* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'''s Team Rocket has an endless supply of these, many of which actually work - in contrast with their actual jobs as thieves.



* ''ThePhilSilversShow'' was all about this. It was originally called ''You'll Never Get Rich''.
* On ''TheHoneymooners'', Ralph is constantly throwing away his and Norton's wages on foolish get-rich-quick schemes.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Father's Day", Rose meets her father, who's up to his neck in get-rich-quick schemes. Rose calls him a 'bit of a [[OnlyFoolsAndHorses Del Boy']].

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* ''ThePhilSilversShow'' ''Series/ThePhilSilversShow'' was all about this. It was originally called ''You'll Never Get Rich''.
* On ''TheHoneymooners'', ''Series/TheHoneymooners'', Ralph is constantly throwing away his and Norton's wages on foolish get-rich-quick schemes.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Father's Day", Rose meets her father, who's up to his neck in get-rich-quick schemes. Rose calls him a 'bit of a [[OnlyFoolsAndHorses [[Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses Del Boy']].



* Makes up most of the plots of ''OnlyFoolsAndHorses''; Del Boy's catchphrase is "this time next year, we'll be millionaires!"
* Cedric and Lovita did many of these on ''TheSteveHarveyShow''.
* In ''{{I Love Lucy}}'' the girls, and sometimes the boys, got involved in get-rich-quick schemes. For example, Lucy and Ethyl selling cuts from a side of beef they inadvertently bought; making and selling salad dressing, which cost more to make and sell than they charged; Ricky and Fred buying Canadian Allied Petroleum stock based on Lucy's note: Can All Pet (dog food for a neighbor). There are others.
* [[JadedWashout Al Bundy]] tried several of these on ''MarriedWithChildren''. They worked out about as well as you'd expect.
* Trevet from ''WalkerTexasRanger'' was prone to doing this, and failing miserably. It didn't help he would get Walker involved, without his knowledge.

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* Makes up most of the plots of ''OnlyFoolsAndHorses''; ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses''; Del Boy's catchphrase is "this time next year, we'll be millionaires!"
* Cedric and Lovita did many of these on ''TheSteveHarveyShow''.''Series/TheSteveHarveyShow''.
* In ''{{I Love Lucy}}'' ''Series/ILoveLucy'' the girls, and sometimes the boys, got involved in get-rich-quick schemes. For example, Lucy and Ethyl selling cuts from a side of beef they inadvertently bought; making and selling salad dressing, which cost more to make and sell than they charged; Ricky and Fred buying Canadian Allied Petroleum stock based on Lucy's note: Can All Pet (dog food for a neighbor). There are others.
* [[JadedWashout Al Bundy]] tried several of these on ''MarriedWithChildren''.''Series/MarriedWithChildren''. They worked out about as well as you'd expect.
* Trevet from ''WalkerTexasRanger'' ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger'' was prone to doing this, and failing miserably. It didn't help he would get Walker involved, without his knowledge.



* A hallmark of Eddie Yeats in ''CoronationStreet''.

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* A hallmark of Eddie Yeats in ''CoronationStreet''.
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* [[TheFlintstones Fred Flintstone]] concocted a new get-rich-quick scheme every 5 or 6 episodes. His battlecry was, "Barney, we're gonna be rich!"
* [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark Eric Cartman]] on his best days.

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* [[TheFlintstones [[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!"
* [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''s Eric Cartman]] Cartman on his best days.



* Homicidal maniacs and earth-detroyer wannabes have the option of [[http://homepage.mac.com/msb/163x/faqs/nuclear_warfare_102.html nuking cities]]. Since it kills proportionally more than it destroys assets, you could end up wealthier. That is, if you survive.

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* Homicidal maniacs and earth-detroyer earth-destroyer wannabes have the option of [[http://homepage.mac.com/msb/163x/faqs/nuclear_warfare_102.html nuking cities]]. Since it kills proportionally more than it destroys assets, you could end up wealthier. That is, if you survive.
28th Mar '15 6:41:19 PM nombretomado
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* ''FamilyGuy''. Peter needs to raise $50,000 fast or he'll lose his house.

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* ''FamilyGuy''.''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. Peter needs to raise $50,000 fast or he'll lose his house.
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