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13th Jan '17 2:33:54 AM Neakal
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* Commercials for the British national lottery takes a similar angle but presents such winners as less sympathetically, showing them engaging in obnoxious vanity projects with the tagline "Please not them".

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* Commercials for the British national lottery takes take a similar angle but presents present such winners as less sympathetically, showing them engaging in obnoxious vanity projects with the tagline "Please not them".
13th Jan '17 2:33:07 AM Neakal
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* Commercials for the British national lottery takes a similar angle but presents such winners as less sympathetically, showing them engaging in obnoxious vanity projects with the tagline "Please not them".
12th Jan '17 6:35:37 AM Jhonny
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* There is a certain style that just instantly screams "third world dictator" - gold plated chairs, expensive stuff without rhyme or reason and much less taste, expensive food flown in, maybe a side order of abducted singers/actors/directors to make movies for the "dear leader"? Incidentally most of this seems to come from the fascination some third world dictators seem to have with Hollywood films about noveau riche types.
11th Jan '17 7:15:00 PM nombretomado
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* Really, this trope is very common in GenteelInterbellumSetting mysteries. In particular, Jews and American businessmen are almost always presented this way -- although the LordPeterWimsey novel ''Whose Body?'' subverts both of these.
* ''PrideAndPrejudice'' plays with this trope.

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* Really, this trope is very common in GenteelInterbellumSetting mysteries. In particular, Jews and American businessmen are almost always presented this way -- although the LordPeterWimsey Literature/LordPeterWimsey novel ''Whose Body?'' subverts both of these.
* ''PrideAndPrejudice'' ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'' plays with this trope.



** Also played with by Lady Catherine de Burgh, who is a member of the landed gentry and of old money, and fancies herself a classy BlueBlood - and yet is rude, ill-mannered, snobby and, compared to her (untitled) nephew, completely lacking in class as much as any stereotypically Nouveau Riche character. The point clearly being made is that a fancy title and the length of time someone's family has had their money has no bearing on a person's character.

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** Also played Played with by Lady Catherine de Burgh, who is a member of the landed gentry and of old money, and fancies herself a classy BlueBlood - and yet is rude, ill-mannered, snobby and, compared to her (untitled) nephew, completely lacking in class as much as any stereotypically Nouveau Riche character. The point clearly being made is that a fancy title and the length of time someone's family has had their money has no bearing on a person's character.
15th Dec '16 12:43:25 PM BattleMaster
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* Many "robber barons" of the late 19th and early 20th Century were like this, having wheeled and dealed their ways up to fantastic fortunes they were prone to showing off their money by building AwesomeButImpractical mansions or collecting "art" (usually random collections that didn't go together or have a central theme and often contained many forgeries). John D Rockefeller and Senator William A Clark were both known for this.
5th Dec '16 10:12:18 AM Alceister
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* "[[TheNewRussia New Russians]]" was the Russian term for this in the early post-Soviet years for Russians who were suddenly incredibly wealthy, but perceived as terribly uncultured (i.e. unfamiliar with ''upper-class'' culture) and boorish. Extravagant spenders, they were the subject of a lot of typically great Russian humor, like these jokes:

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* "[[TheNewRussia New Russians]]" was the Russian term for this in the early post-Soviet years for Russians who were suddenly incredibly wealthy, but perceived as terribly uncultured (i.e. unfamiliar with ''upper-class'' culture) and boorish. Extravagant spenders, spenders with misplaced priorities, they were the subject of a lot of typically great Russian humor, like these jokes:
24th Nov '16 1:40:22 PM Gravityman
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* The Cullens in ''{{Literature/Twilight}}'' live in a huge, fashionably furnished modern mansion, each of the family members has their own ludicrously expensive car, they all wear flashy, high-price clothing and jewelry in the mostly ordinary Forks, Washington, and Alice at one point simply gives a guard a long out-of-print and very rare $1000 bill as a bribe. This is especially noticeable because they seemed to have been written this way unintentionally. The narrative of the series treats them as a classy, OldMoney family, and gives the impression that this is just what the author thinks wealth means.
23rd Nov '16 6:08:08 AM Morgenthaler
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* This forms the difference between Lestat and Louis in AnneRice's ''TheVampireChronicles'' books. Lestat comes from an ImpoverishedPatrician family in France who slept with their dogs and actually hunted for food. He gained his wealth from his vampire maker, after the latter committed suicide. Meanwhile, Louis is a slave-owning plantation owner from Louisiana, whose family started putting on airs of what they thought aristocracy was supposed to be about. In fact, Louis had trouble, at first, beliving that Lestat was a BlueBlood. At the same time, throughout the series, Lestat is the one who spends frivolously and doesn't even really know how much money he has. In fact, his nickname among the vampires is the "Brat Prince".

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* This forms the difference between Lestat and Louis in AnneRice's ''TheVampireChronicles'' Creator/AnneRice's ''Literature/TheVampireChronicles'' books. Lestat comes from an ImpoverishedPatrician family in France who slept with their dogs and actually hunted for food. He gained his wealth from his vampire maker, after the latter committed suicide. Meanwhile, Louis is a slave-owning plantation owner from Louisiana, whose family started putting on airs of what they thought aristocracy was supposed to be about. In fact, Louis had trouble, at first, beliving that Lestat was a BlueBlood. At the same time, throughout the series, Lestat is the one who spends frivolously and doesn't even really know how much money he has. In fact, his nickname among the vampires is the "Brat Prince".
2nd Nov '16 6:34:03 PM MrThorfan64
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* Not uncommon in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. The [[TheBrute Clegane brothers]] and [[MagnificentBastard Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish]] are the most prominent example, being the grandsons and great-grandson of a dog handler and a foreign mercenary, respectively. It is not uncommon in the series for ImpoverishedPatrician to marry these, such as the Westerling family who married into the merchant-descended Spicers. The Freys, one of the 20 richest and most powerful families on the continent, are still looked down upon by their peers because they became powerful "only" 600 years ago, by building a bridge and charging high fees for its use, though the general unpleasantness and disloyalty of Walder Frey and many of his descendants doesn't help, Walder Frey being disloyal and petty and acting as if he's the wronged party for not being liked. [[spoiler:They become one of the Great Houses after [[NastyParty the Red Wedding]], when they betray their leige lords the Tullys and help murder their King Robb Stark along with thousands of his men, but are despised by most of the Seven Kingdoms for it and are being gradually picked off by those angry at their crimes, i.e. most of the Riverlands and North.]]

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* Not uncommon in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. The [[TheBrute Clegane brothers]] and [[MagnificentBastard Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish]] are the most prominent example, being the grandsons and great-grandson of a dog handler and a foreign mercenary, respectively. Baelish is doing quite well, having become [[spoiler;Lord of Harrenhal and Lord Paramount of the Riverlands, though it is widely thought he won't survive the series.]] It is not uncommon in the series for ImpoverishedPatrician to marry these, such as the Westerling family who married into the merchant-descended Spicers.Spicers, meaning the next generation of Westerlings are looked down on. The Freys, one of the 20 richest and most powerful families on the continent, are still looked down upon by their peers because they became powerful "only" 600 years ago, by building a bridge and charging high fees for its use, though the general unpleasantness and disloyalty of Walder Frey and many of his descendants doesn't help, Walder Frey being disloyal and petty and acting as if he's the wronged party for not being liked. [[spoiler:They become one of the Great Houses after [[NastyParty the Red Wedding]], when they betray their leige lords the Tullys and help murder their King Robb Stark along with thousands of his men, but are despised by most of the Seven Kingdoms for it and are being gradually picked off by those angry at their crimes, i.e. most of the Riverlands and North.]]
2nd Nov '16 6:24:49 PM MrThorfan64
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* Not uncommon in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. The [[TheBrute Clegane brothers]] and [[MagnificentBastard Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish]] are the most prominent example, being the grandsons and great-grandson of a dog handler and a foreign mercenary, respectively. It is not uncommon in the series for ImpoverishedPatrician to marry these, such as the Westerling family who married into the merchant-descended Spicers. The Freys, one of the 20 richest and most powerful families on the continent, are still looked down upon by their peers because they became powerful "only" 600 years ago, by building a bridge and charging high fees for its use, though the general unpleasantness and disloyalty of Walder Frey and many of his descendants doesn't help. [[spoiler:They become one of the Great Houses after the Red Wedding, but are despised by most of the Seven Kingdoms for it and are being gradually picked off by those angry at them.]]
** A more clear example is House Seaworth. Its founder Ser Davos was a smuggler who was knighted by Stannis Baratheon for smuggling him food during a siege and was given lands to build a Keep. Davos comes across as one of the most likeable and down-to-earth characters, being one of Stannis' most loyal supporters, eventually leading to Stannis making him Lord of the Rainwood, thus making House Seaworth one of the Stormlands greatest Houses (on paper).
** Janos Slynt exhibits the worst of this. He was a butcher's son who rose to become commander of the City Watch of King's Landing through being incredibly corrupt and after [[spoiler:helping to capture Ned Stark he is named Lord of Harrenhal.]] However Tywin Lannister despises him for being lowborn and Tyrion Lannister sends Slynt to the Wall after they help kill [[spoiler:King Robert's bastards]], with his family being deprived of Harrenhal. While at the Wall Slynt continues to act [[SmallNameBigEgo important]], insisting on being referred to as "my Lord". [[spoiler:He ends up getting executed by [[HeroicBastard Jon Snow]] for refusing to obey orders.]]
** The Tyrell family, the Lords Paramount of the Reach and one of Westeros' richest families, are seen as up-jumped Stewards, as they were the Stewards of Highgarden before the extinction of the Gardener Family, and were given it for complying with Aegon TheConqueror. Despite having made ten marriages with the Gardners before getting Highgarden, other Reach Houses who consider themselves to have better Gardner descent still look down on the Tyrells.

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* Not uncommon in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. The [[TheBrute Clegane brothers]] and [[MagnificentBastard Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish]] are the most prominent example, being the grandsons and great-grandson of a dog handler and a foreign mercenary, respectively. It is not uncommon in the series for ImpoverishedPatrician to marry these, such as the Westerling family who married into the merchant-descended Spicers. The Freys, one of the 20 richest and most powerful families on the continent, are still looked down upon by their peers because they became powerful "only" 600 years ago, by building a bridge and charging high fees for its use, though the general unpleasantness and disloyalty of Walder Frey and many of his descendants doesn't help. help, Walder Frey being disloyal and petty and acting as if he's the wronged party for not being liked. [[spoiler:They become one of the Great Houses after [[NastyParty the Red Wedding, Wedding]], when they betray their leige lords the Tullys and help murder their King Robb Stark along with thousands of his men, but are despised by most of the Seven Kingdoms for it and are being gradually picked off by those angry at them.their crimes, i.e. most of the Riverlands and North.]]
** A more clear example is House Seaworth. Its founder Ser Davos was a smuggler who was knighted by [[HiddenDepths Stannis Baratheon Baratheon]] for smuggling him food during a siege and was given lands to build a Keep. Davos comes across as one of the most likeable and down-to-earth characters, being one of Stannis' most loyal supporters, eventually leading to Stannis making him Hand of the King and Lord of the Rainwood, thus making House Seaworth one of the Stormlands Stormlands' greatest Houses (on paper).
** Janos Slynt exhibits the worst of this. He was a butcher's son who rose to become commander of the City Watch of King's Landing through being incredibly corrupt and after [[spoiler:helping to capture Ned Stark he is named Lord of Harrenhal.[[WhiteElephant Harrenhal]].]] (Slynt doesn't seem to realise this is a poisoned chalice, as all the Houses that have owned Harrenhal have met unpleasant fates]]. However Tywin Lannister despises him Slynt for being lowborn and Tyrion Lannister sends Slynt to the Wall after they help kill [[spoiler:King Robert's bastards]], with his family being deprived of Harrenhal. While at the Wall Slynt continues to act [[SmallNameBigEgo important]], important]] in a stereotypical Noveau Riche way, insisting on being referred to as "my Lord". [[spoiler:He ends up getting executed by [[HeroicBastard Jon Snow]] for refusing to obey orders.]]
** The Tyrell family, the Lords Paramount of the Reach and one of Westeros' richest families, are seen as up-jumped Stewards, as they were the Stewards of Highgarden before the extinction of the Gardener Family, and were given it for complying with Aegon TheConqueror. TheConqueror (as in, after he burnt all the Gardeners to death at the Field of Fire the Tyrells opened the castle to him). Despite having made ten marriages with the Gardners Gardeners before getting Highgarden, other Reach Houses who consider themselves to have better Gardner Gardener descent still look down on the Tyrells.
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