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8th Sep '16 1:42:18 AM Elfkaiser
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* Phoebe from ''VideoGame/{{Battleborn}}'' is an extremely wealthy lady who non-idly devotes her talents to defending the last star in the universe from a legion of cosmic horrors.
20th Aug '16 9:07:04 AM multibrawlr
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* ''VideoGame/Uncharted4AThiefsEnd'' has the BigBad, Rafe Adler, relentlessly pursuing [[PirateBooty Henry Avery's pirate treasure]]. He's far wealthier than the treasure itself, but he does so anyway because he wants to accomplish something on his own without reliance on a hollow IdleRich lifestyle.
10th Aug '16 2:48:45 AM narm00
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** Must high-level characters have the gold to just retire and get fat. But then again, that ancient tomb isn't gonna raid itself and ''someone'' has to slay the dragon ruining the neighborhood.

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** Must Most high-level characters have the gold to just retire and get fat. But then again, that ancient tomb isn't gonna raid itself and ''someone'' has to slay the dragon ruining the neighborhood.



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* ''[[VideoGame/TraumaCenter Trauma Team]]'''s Tomoe Tachibana is the heiress to a wealthy Japanese family. However, she [[RebelliousPrincess rebelled]] and became an endoscopist in America.
* ''VideoGame/PunchOut'' gives us Super Macho Man, who's apparently quite wealthy (certainly enough to live in L.A. and have the chicks hanging off him wherever he goes), but who stays in the boxing circuit anyway, presumably because his ego wouldn't let him stop beating people up.
* Shizune Hakamichi of ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'' is very rich, but expresses a strong intention to become a philanthropist after graduation, so she can put her money to good use.
* ''VideoGame/SuikodenV'' has the main character as the Prince of Falena, a youth whose job is basically diplomatic functions, but quickly [[spoiler: following a coup where his parents are murdered and he must flee the same fate]], becomes leader of an army. It's hinted that, before [[spoiler: his mother died]], she was preparing him to be a major power player against the [[SmugSnake Salum Barows]] and [[BaldOfEvil Marscal Godwin]]. This also extends to his aunt, Sialeeds, who does many of the same things.
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* ''[[TraumaCenter Trauma Team]]'''s Tomoe Tachibana is the heiress to a wealthy Japanese family. However, she [[RebelliousPrincess rebelled]] and became an endoscopist in America.
* ''PunchOut'' gives us Super Macho Man, who's apparently quite wealthy (certainly enough to live in L.A. and have the chicks hanging off him wherever he goes), but who stays in the boxing circuit anyway, presumably because his ego wouldn't let him stop beating people up.
* Shizune Hakamichi of ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'' is very rich, but expresses a strong intention to become a philanthropist after graduation, so she can put her money to good use.
* ''VideoGame/SuikodenV'' has the main character as the Prince of Falena, a youth who's job is basically diplomatic functions, but quickly [[spoiler: following a coup where his parents are murdered and he must flee the same fate]], becomes leader of an army. It's hinted that, before [[spoiler: his mother died]], she was preparing him to be a major power player against the [[SmugSnake Salum Barows]] and [[BaldOfEvil Marscal Godwin]]. This also extends to his aunt, Sialeeds, who does many of the same things.
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8th Aug '16 4:34:04 PM Sharlee
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* Medical examiner Sid Hammerback from ''Series/CSINewYork'' made millions on sales of his specially-designed neck-support pillow. Not only did he keep on performing autopsies, he ''never even told most of his co-workers'' he'd become a millionaire.
4th Aug '16 10:16:25 AM Willbyr
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A SisterTrope to RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething.

Contrast SpoiledBrat; RichInDollarsPoorInSense; UpperClassTwit; IdleRich.

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A SisterTrope to RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething.

RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething. Contrast SpoiledBrat; RichInDollarsPoorInSense; UpperClassTwit; IdleRich.IdleRich.






* Most of the nobles in ''{{Black Butler}}'' have important jobs such as Angelina Durless (AKA Madame Red), who is a doctor, Ciel's father Vincent Phantomhive, who was said in the anime to have done lots of work to help the poor and needy, and Undertaker (give a wild guess as to what he does). Ciel himself works as the Queen's Watchdog, taking care of problems in the criminal underworld (though sometimes the work he does enters more dubious territory).
* In the Lewis Carroll-inspired manga ''{{Pandora Hearts}}'', the 19th-century land in which it is set is governed by four dukedoms, which are in charge of running the organisation known as Pandora, whose job it is to protect the public from and take care of matters involving the dimension known as the Abyss.

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* Most of the nobles in ''{{Black Butler}}'' ''Manga/BlackButler'' have important jobs such as Angelina Durless (AKA Madame Red), who is a doctor, Ciel's father Vincent Phantomhive, who was said in the anime to have done lots of work to help the poor and needy, and Undertaker (give a wild guess as to what he does). Ciel himself works as the Queen's Watchdog, taking care of problems in the criminal underworld (though sometimes the work he does enters more dubious territory).
* In the Lewis Carroll-inspired manga ''{{Pandora Hearts}}'', ''Manga/PandoraHearts'', the 19th-century land in which it is set is governed by four dukedoms, which are in charge of running the organisation known as Pandora, whose job it is to protect the public from and take care of matters involving the dimension known as the Abyss.



* One episode of ''{{Medabots}}'' had our heroes visiting a private school for the fabulously wealthy. One of the students was periodically seen cleaning and doing chores, and everyone assumed that she was a poor girl working off the fees for her education. At the end of the episode, it turned out she was actually the richest student there, and owned her own theme park... she just ''really enjoyed doing housework''.
* The Netherlands and Switzerland are among the richest ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' nations, but they still work hard and do their best to not spend money unless it's really needed.

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* One episode of ''{{Medabots}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Medabots}}'' had our heroes visiting a private school for the fabulously wealthy. One of the students was periodically seen cleaning and doing chores, and everyone assumed that she was a poor girl working off the fees for her education. At the end of the episode, it turned out she was actually the richest student there, and owned her own theme park... she just ''really enjoyed doing housework''.
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The Netherlands and Switzerland are among the richest ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' nations, but they still work hard and do their best to not spend money unless it's really needed.
23rd Jul '16 4:34:56 PM nombretomado
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** Scrooge [=McDuck=], in any incarnation. Aside for running his own company, he cannot live without undertaking a ridiculously difficult treasure hunt or a potentially fatal adventure at least twice a week, and nearly shows signs of depression if he's idle too long. The CarlBarks comic ''The Status Seeker'', later adapted into an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', had Scrooge deal with his rich peers looking down on him for not "acting rich."

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** Scrooge [=McDuck=], in any incarnation. Aside for running his own company, he cannot live without undertaking a ridiculously difficult treasure hunt or a potentially fatal adventure at least twice a week, and nearly shows signs of depression if he's idle too long. The CarlBarks Creator/CarlBarks comic ''The Status Seeker'', later adapted into an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', had Scrooge deal with his rich peers looking down on him for not "acting rich."
1st Jul '16 12:09:38 AM DarkHunter
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* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'': This sums up Kudelia Aina Bernstein. Ever since she was a little girl, she's been interested in helping the lower classes of her poverty-stricken home of Mars. And while she's a bit naive in how the world works, one certainly cannot fault her for effort. This results in her becoming a symbol for the oppressed and a heroine of the common people, giving her a measure of political influence that she intends to use to correct the problems with her society.
26th Jun '16 3:38:09 AM EDP
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*** The fifth Mickey left home to run around America. Among other things he did: [[BeenThereShapedHistory fought in the Texan Revolution (and would have died at The Alamo had he not been sent away as a messenger right before Santa Ana showed up); worked as a pony express; worked as security for the Union Pacific]]; been a deputy sheriff (only to [OvershadowedByAwesome find out that his sheriff was much better once he got his glasses right]]); [[BeenThereShapedHistory helped marking the Chisholm Trail]], the latter to help his fiancee to sell her cattle. Then he finally retired... And at some point lost most of it, as when Mickey's father comes around he's not exactly loaded;

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*** The fifth Mickey left home to run around America. Among other things he did: [[BeenThereShapedHistory fought in the Texan Revolution (and would have died at The Alamo had he not been sent away as a messenger right before Santa Ana showed up); worked as a pony express; worked as security for the Union Pacific]]; been a deputy sheriff (only to [OvershadowedByAwesome [[OvershadowedByAwesome find out that his sheriff was much better once he got his glasses right]]); [[BeenThereShapedHistory helped marking the Chisholm Trail]], the latter to help his fiancee to sell her cattle. Then he finally retired... And at some point lost most of it, as when Mickey's father comes around he's not exactly loaded;
23rd Jun '16 12:01:27 AM Doug86
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*** Lord John Lamont Quackett. Second son of a British duke, he's filthy rich... And took part to WorldWarI as an AcePilot. He also moonlights as the title character to [[VigilanteMan punish the hypocrites of Duckburg]] while playing the part of a RichIdiotWithNoDayJob.

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*** Lord John Lamont Quackett. Second son of a British duke, he's filthy rich... And took part to WorldWarI UsefulNotes/WorldWarI as an AcePilot. He also moonlights as the title character to [[VigilanteMan punish the hypocrites of Duckburg]] while playing the part of a RichIdiotWithNoDayJob.



** The entire Kennedy family (which Jackie married into) was brought up by Joseph Kennedy (UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy's father) with the firm notion that [[ComesGreatResponsibility it was the duty of the rich]] to make the world a better place or in other words, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noblesse_oblige Noblesse oblige]]. Most members went into politics or charity work as a result, and during WorldWar2 Robert, John and Joseph Jr. served in the Navy (Ted Kennedy was too young).

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** The entire Kennedy family (which Jackie married into) was brought up by Joseph Kennedy (UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy's father) with the firm notion that [[ComesGreatResponsibility it was the duty of the rich]] to make the world a better place or in other words, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noblesse_oblige Noblesse oblige]]. Most members went into politics or charity work as a result, and during WorldWar2 UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Robert, John and Joseph Jr. served in the Navy (Ted Kennedy was too young).
20th Jun '16 5:18:34 PM missmoon
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* Creator/AndersonCooper, who was born into ''obscene'' wealth and privilege: his mother is Gloria Vanderbilt, which besides making him part of the venerable Vanderbilt clan (i.e. [[BlueBlood the closest thing the US has to nobility]]), makes him, well, the son of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gloria_Vanderbilt Gloria Vanderbilt]]. He went to school and became a journalist by going to Myanmar, then in the midst of an uprising against the military government, on his own with a fake press pass and interviewing youth protesters, producing what amounted to freelance reports. He now routinely travels to war-torn and/or disaster-stricken nations to directly speak to those affected. And he seems to genuinely care, too. He's also stated that he's actually ''disinherited'' from the family fortune because Gloria wanted to teach him the value of having a work ethic and earning your own money.

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* Creator/AndersonCooper, who was born into ''obscene'' wealth and privilege: his mother is Gloria Vanderbilt, which besides making him part of the venerable Vanderbilt clan (i.e. [[BlueBlood the closest thing the US has to nobility]]), makes him, well, the son of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gloria_Vanderbilt Gloria Vanderbilt]]. He went to school and became a journalist by going to Myanmar, then in the midst of an uprising against the military government, on his own with a fake press pass and interviewing youth protesters, producing what amounted to freelance reports. He now routinely travels to war-torn and/or disaster-stricken nations to directly speak to those affected. And he seems to genuinely care, too. He's also stated that he's actually ''disinherited'' from the family fortune because Gloria wanted believed that their family's money was bad luck as well as wanting to teach him the value of having a work ethic and earning your own money.[[note]]There's the fact that the clan's fortunes dwindled significantly during the 20th century, leading to speculation that the inherited money is actually all gone. While they are still worth millions, various members of the clan still work.[[/note]]
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