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6th Dec '17 8:42:24 AM DracoKanji
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* Otra in ''Webcomic/{{Girly}}'' is wealthy only because she accidentally came up with a popular clothing fashion line that only consists of wear with the number 0 on it, or letter O in reference to her name, after a designer took notice of the number 0 she drew on her own shirt and found it to be brilliant.

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* Otra in ''Webcomic/{{Girly}}'' is wealthy only because she accidentally came up with a popular clothing fashion line that only consists of wear with the number 0 on it, or letter O in reference to her name, after a designer took notice of the number 0 she drew on her own shirt and found it to be brilliant.
brilliant. [[spoiler:After a pep-talk from Winter that gets her out of her funk, she puts some actual effort into new designs that become just as popular.]]
6th Dec '17 8:37:27 AM DracoKanji
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* In ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'', Scotty hands the chemical makeup for Transparent Aluminum (which ''will'' be extremely mundane in the ''Star Trek'' canon, but isn't in 1980s US) to an engineer.

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* In ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'', Scotty hands the chemical makeup for Transparent Aluminum (which ''will'' be extremely mundane in the ''Star Trek'' canon, but isn't in 1980s US) to an engineer.[[note]]It actually already existed before the time the movie takes place.[[/note]]
3rd Oct '17 8:37:15 AM RallyBot2
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* In ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' this is given as a reason why Chase's parents are wealthy enough to hang out with the families of the other characters, whose parents are doctors, businessmen and famous actors, among others. Specifically, they invented a thing "that thing" that lets you open CD covers without ruining your fingernails. Subverted because it's a lie - his parents, just like those of the other kids, are actually supervillains in control of the entire West Coast criminal underground.

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* In ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' this is given as a reason why Chase's parents are wealthy enough to hang out with the families of the other characters, whose parents are doctors, businessmen and famous actors, among others. Specifically, they invented a thing "that thing" that lets you open CD covers without ruining your fingernails. Subverted because it's partially a lie - his parents, just like those of the other kids, are actually supervillains in control of the entire West Coast criminal underground.
underground, although they are also world-class inventors and well known enough that Tony Stark is able to recognize Mr. Stein by voice.
13th Sep '17 8:19:01 AM thatother1dude
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* Greg Universe from ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' spends most of his life as a musician before getting a quiet job at a car wash after settling down with Rose. Years later he soon finds that a song he wrote was re-purposed into a successful commercial jingle, entitling him to millions of dollars in royalties, and he's now impossibly rich. Curiously he doesn't actually change his standard of living after becoming wealthy; he still works at a car wash and lives in the back of a van, only now he seems to take comfort in knowing he's financially secure.

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* Greg Universe from ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' spends most of his life as a musician before getting a quiet job at a car wash after settling down with Rose. Years later he soon finds that a song he wrote was re-purposed into a successful commercial jingle, entitling him to millions of dollars in royalties, and he's now impossibly rich. Curiously he doesn't actually change his standard of living after becoming wealthy; he still works at a car wash and lives in the back of a van, only now he seems to take comfort in knowing he's financially secure.
12th Sep '17 2:18:20 PM AdamC
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* Greg Universe from ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' spends most of his life as a musician before getting a quiet job at a car wash after settling down with Rose. Years later he soon finds that a song he wrote was re-purposed into a successful commercial jingle, entitling him to millions of dollars in royalties, and he's now impossibly rich. Curiously he doesn't actually change his standard of living after becoming wealthy; he still works at a car wash and lives in the back of a van, only now he seems to take comfort in knowing he's financially secure.
5th Sep '17 1:52:15 PM thatother1dude
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Compare with WeekendInventor when inventing is a hobby rather than a lucrative living. See also BunglingInventor, GadgeteerGenius, and MrFixit. If the inventor was an ancestor, then it is RoyaltiesHeir. If the character only ''claims'' to have invented something, then it is InventionPretension. In a number of cases this also doubles as a ShoutOut or a NamesakeGag.

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Compare with WeekendInventor when inventing is a hobby rather than a lucrative living. See also BunglingInventor, GadgeteerGenius, and MrFixit. If the inventor was an ancestor, then it is RoyaltiesHeir. If the character only ''claims'' to have invented something, then it is InventionPretension. If they think they've invented it, but someone else has before, see ItsBeenDone. In a number of cases this also doubles as a ShoutOut or a NamesakeGag.
6th Nov '16 3:03:17 PM nighttrainfm
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* In ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' this is given as a reason why Chase's parents are wealthy enough to hang out with families of other characters, whose parents are doctors, businessmen and famous actors, among others. Subverted because it's a lie - his parents, just like those of other kids, are actually supervillains in control of entire West Coast criminal underground.

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* In ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' this is given as a reason why Chase's parents are wealthy enough to hang out with the families of the other characters, whose parents are doctors, businessmen and famous actors, among others. Specifically, they invented a thing "that thing" that lets you open CD covers without ruining your fingernails. Subverted because it's a lie - his parents, just like those of the other kids, are actually supervillains in control of the entire West Coast criminal underground.
14th Oct '16 5:02:35 PM nombretomado
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* ''Film/TheSocialNetwork'' features the RealLife story of Mark Zuckerberg and the invention of {{Facebook}}.

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* ''Film/TheSocialNetwork'' features the RealLife story of Mark Zuckerberg and the invention of {{Facebook}}.Website/{{Facebook}}.
18th Aug '16 2:24:01 PM Morgenthaler
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* In ''The39Clues'', Alistair Oh's money comes from his pride and joy, the microwavable burrito.
* Caractacus Pott in the book ''Film/ChittyChittyBangBang''. In this case, it overlaps with MoneyDearBoy: his more mundane inventions, such as collapsible coat-hangers and cubical potatoes, keep the family going.
* In PatrickO'Leary's ''DoorNumberThree'', there's a hotel convention of these kinds of mundane inventors. One of the main characters invented the "Hold" button.

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* In ''The39Clues'', ''Literature/The39Clues'', Alistair Oh's money comes from his pride and joy, the microwavable burrito.
* Caractacus Pott in the book ''Film/ChittyChittyBangBang''.''Literature/ChittyChittyBangBang''. In this case, it overlaps with MoneyDearBoy: his more mundane inventions, such as collapsible coat-hangers and cubical potatoes, keep the family going.
* In PatrickO'Leary's ''DoorNumberThree'', Patrick O'Leary's ''Literature/DoorNumberThree'', there's a hotel convention of these kinds of mundane inventors. One of the main characters invented the "Hold" button.
18th Aug '16 2:23:25 PM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Film/NightAtTheMuseum : Battle of the Smithsonian'', Larry Daley becomes a successful inventor, and one of his inventions is Glow-in-the-Dark Flashlight, which is based on his former job from the first movie as a night guard.

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* In ''Film/NightAtTheMuseum : Battle of the Smithsonian'', ''Film/NightAtTheMuseumBattleOfTheSmithsonian'', Larry Daley becomes a successful inventor, and one of his inventions is Glow-in-the-Dark Flashlight, which is based on his former job from the first movie as a night guard.
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