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30th Dec '16 4:25:40 PM nombretomado
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* Toph from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' really ''hated'' being an Idle Rich [[GildedCage locked away in her parents's huge estate]], so she ran away from home to kick ass and be awesome. Zuko and Azula also qualify, but their trope is specifically RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething.

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Toph from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender the original series]] really ''hated'' being an Idle Rich [[GildedCage locked away in her parents's huge estate]], so she ran away from home to kick ass and be awesome. Zuko and Azula also qualify, but their trope is specifically RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething.



* Bruce Wayne in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' certainly qualifies, even more so than in other adaptations. Though he still has Lucius Fox to do most of the heavy lifting, Bruce is shown several times to be informed and active in the running of his company, catching onto one of his subordinates violating environmental protection laws, interacting congenially with day-to-day employees, and endowing many charitable causes. In the {{DCAU}}, his reputation as a playboy is as something he does in his free time, rather than constantly, of the "work hard, play hard" variety.

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* Bruce Wayne in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' certainly qualifies, even more so than in other adaptations. Though he still has Lucius Fox to do most of the heavy lifting, Bruce is shown several times to be informed and active in the running of his company, catching onto one of his subordinates violating environmental protection laws, interacting congenially with day-to-day employees, and endowing many charitable causes. In the {{DCAU}}, Franchise/{{DCAU}}, his reputation as a playboy is as something he does in his free time, rather than constantly, of the "work hard, play hard" variety.
4th Dec '16 4:29:01 PM StarSword
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* In ''Literature/AngelInTheWhirlwind'', the obscenely wealthy Duke Lucas Falcone is the very active CEO of a MegaCorp and is named Minister of War Production near the end of the first book, and his youngest daughter, protagonist Kat Falcone, is a Commonwealth Navy officer. In Kat's case, as the youngest of ten she'd inherit a negligible share of the family company and is also of little interest in {{Arranged Marriage}}s, and she doesn't want to be a trust fund baby like one of her older sisters.
4th Dec '16 4:01:00 PM StarSword
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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.

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* Medical examiner Sid Hammerback from ''Series/CSINewYork'' made millions from selling the patent 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.millionaire, and gave most of the money away to a university for a forensics school.
4th Dec '16 3:59:16 PM StarSword
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* {{Literature/Jack Ryan}} in ''Literature/TheHuntForRedOctober''. He is considered a more valuable analyst because he has tons of money he gained speculating on the stock market and tons more from marrying the daughter of a multi-millionaire (who herself works as a very high paid ophthalmologist.) The reason that makes him more valuable is that this makes him invulnerable to pressure when he gives an opinion.

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* {{Literature/Jack Ryan}} Literature/JackRyan in ''Literature/TheHuntForRedOctober''. He is considered a more valuable analyst because he has tons of money he gained speculating on the stock market and tons more from marrying the daughter of a multi-millionaire (who herself works as a very high paid ophthalmologist.) ophthalmologist). The reason that makes him more valuable is that this makes him invulnerable to pressure when he gives an opinion.



* In Creator/DavidDrake's ''Literature/{{RCN}}'' novels, protagonist Daniel Leary was cut off without a farthing by his rich and powerful father, but gets absurdly rich during the series from the payouts for capturing ships. He honestly has little use for his money other than making sure he has food on the table when he's at home between missions for the Republic of Cinnabar Navy.
* Literature/HonorHarrington becomes independently wealthy at the end of ''On Basilisk Station'' after a prize payout from a freighter she caught smuggling. She stays with her Royal Manticoran Navy career and later uses the funds to start a business on Grayson to build [[DomedHometown domes over cities]] due to the planet's absurdly high heavy metals content.



** Dr. Hodgins aka the "bugs and slime guy".

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** Dr. Hodgins aka Hodgins, a.k.a. the "bugs and slime guy".guy" is an heir to the Cantilever Group, a powerful corporation.



* In ''Series/{{Castle}}'' wealthy novelist Richard Castle spends a great deal of his time [[NoBadgeNoProblem with the NYPD]], [[AmateurSleuth participaing in murder investigations.]]

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* In ''Series/{{Castle}}'' wealthy novelist Richard Castle spends a great deal of his time [[NoBadgeNoProblem with the NYPD]], [[AmateurSleuth participaing in murder investigations.]]]] This is initially so he can use them as source material for his books, but he grows attached to the work and also falls in love with his partner Detective Kate Beckett.
31st Oct '16 3:44:17 AM jormis29
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* Detective Casey Shraeger, from ''TheUnusuals'', conflicts with her parents. She tells a friend who knows about her family to not speak, or the other police will "never let her in".

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* Detective Casey Shraeger, from ''TheUnusuals'', ''Series/TheUnusuals'', conflicts with her parents. She tells a friend who knows about her family to not speak, or the other police will "never let her in".



* Thomas Lynley of the ''InspectorLynley Mysteries''. He works at Scotland Yard though he's both rich and titled, as the "eighth Earl of Asherton."

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* Thomas Lynley of the ''InspectorLynley ''Series/InspectorLynley Mysteries''. He works at Scotland Yard though he's both rich and titled, as the "eighth Earl of Asherton."



* Charlie Crews from ''{{Life}}'', whose wealth comes from a $50 mil compensation for a wrongful 12 year stint in prison after being sentenced to life. He's a detective because that's what he was before and what he considers himself to be.

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* Charlie Crews from ''{{Life}}'', ''Series/{{Life}}'', whose wealth comes from a $50 mil compensation for a wrongful 12 year stint in prison after being sentenced to life. He's a detective because that's what he was before and what he considers himself to be.



* Pucci from the second season of ''HumanTarget''. Impressed by Christoper Chance's ability to protect her, she decides to finance his operation, and increasingly gets involved in the nitty gritty, to both her and Chance's aggravation. By "The Return of Baptiste," she's even started helping out in the field, in the process breaking several laws.

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* Pucci from the second season of ''HumanTarget''.''Series/HumanTarget''. Impressed by Christoper Chance's ability to protect her, she decides to finance his operation, and increasingly gets involved in the nitty gritty, to both her and Chance's aggravation. By "The Return of Baptiste," she's even started helping out in the field, in the process breaking several laws.



* Similarly to Charlie Crewes above, Jim Longworth from ''TheGlades'' got his money from a lawsuit before he moved to Florida, where he lives in a mansion, but continues to work as a detective.

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* Similarly to Charlie Crewes above, Jim Longworth from ''TheGlades'' ''Series/TheGlades'' got his money from a lawsuit before he moved to Florida, where he lives in a mansion, but continues to work as a detective.



* The eponymous married couple in the 1980s TV series "Hart to Hart" (played by Robert Wagner and Stephanie Powers) were multimillionaires. They also happened to be private detectives who doggedly pursue whatever cases they've taken on.

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* The eponymous married couple in the 1980s TV series "Hart to Hart" ''Series/HartToHart'' (played by Robert Wagner and Stephanie Powers) were multimillionaires. They also happened to be private detectives who doggedly pursue whatever cases they've taken on.
27th Oct '16 5:43:39 PM KidDynamite
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* Harold Finch in Person Of Interest, hacker, software engineer, businessman, para-legal insurance executive and uses his unaccounted billions to fund his own crime fighting organisation.

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* Harold Finch in Person Of Interest, ''Series/PersonOfInterest'', hacker, software engineer, businessman, para-legal insurance executive and uses his unaccounted billions to fund his own crime fighting organisation.
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.
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