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13th Oct '17 7:55:24 PM Jormungar
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* Creator/DonaldTrump is an interesting example. He displays all the hallmark behavior of the nuveau riche. His sense of style, which involves lots of gold and marble, is frequently described as tasteless. He's also prone to bragging about and flaunting his wealth at any opportunity. He portrays himself as a self-made man, very much in line with the trope, but it's his ''detractors'' who point out that his father and grandfather were both very rich themselves, so he does not exactly have humble origins.

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* Creator/DonaldTrump is an interesting example. He displays all the hallmark behavior of the nuveau riche. His sense of style, which involves lots of gold and marble, is frequently taste has often been described as tasteless."Dictator Chic," involving inordinate amounts of marble and gold (even if it's just the ''color'' gold). He's also prone to bragging about and flaunting his wealth at any opportunity. He portrays himself as a self-made man, very much in line with the trope, but it's his ''detractors'' who point out that his father and grandfather were both very rich themselves, so he does not exactly have humble origins.
9th Oct '17 12:44:01 AM StrixObscuro
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* In ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'', the Wilders were bank robbers and the Steins were struggling scientists before their deal with the Gibborim pushed them into the upper class. This comes up in the "Dead-End Kids" arc, when the elitist Yorkes are horrified to discover that their daughter was dating the Steins' son Chase.



* Jackie from ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'', a ''MassEffect''[=/=]''StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]''[=/=]''[=Halo=]'']] MassiveMultiplayerCrossover plays with this and UpperClassTwit. She starts out poor because her mother and father don't bother telling her about the OldMoney[=/=]BlueBlood she has by birthright. They actually [[ParentalAbandonment leave her]] since caring for a child messes up their [[TheHedonist fun plans]]. Once she realizes exactly who she is, Jackie becomes an [[UngratefulBastard Ungrateful Bitch]] to the woman who ''took her off the streets'' and jets away to her new life as a heiress of a powerful family. [[spoiler:She grows out of it, but whips out the old persona when necessary to enlist others in mostly-heroic causes since these people won't listen to the "reformed Jackie."]]

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* Jackie from ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'', a ''MassEffect''[=/=]''StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]''[=/=]''[=Halo=]'']] ''VideoGame/MassEffect''[=/=]''Franchise/StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]''[=/=]''[=Halo=]'']] MassiveMultiplayerCrossover plays with this and UpperClassTwit. She starts out poor because her mother and father don't bother telling her about the OldMoney[=/=]BlueBlood she has by birthright. They actually [[ParentalAbandonment leave her]] since caring for a child messes up their [[TheHedonist fun plans]]. Once she realizes exactly who she is, Jackie becomes an [[UngratefulBastard Ungrateful Bitch]] to the woman who ''took her off the streets'' and jets away to her new life as a heiress of a powerful family. [[spoiler:She grows out of it, but whips out the old persona when necessary to enlist others in mostly-heroic causes since these people won't listen to the "reformed Jackie."]]


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* In ''WesternAnimation/NeoYokio'', the Kaan family rose up through the ranks because of their magic skills, and the traditionally rich folks of Neo Yokio have never let them forget it.
28th Sep '17 11:03:41 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* Creator/DonaldTrump, to a degree. His grandfather made a fortune on boarding houses and restaurants in Seattle, and his father was a very successful low income housing developer in NYC who sent Donald to Fordham, so his family was doing very well before. Donald just took his love of construction and everything else UpToEleven.
** Example: the Discovery Channel documentary series ''Mighty Planes'' did an episode on Trump's private Boeing 757, and although meant to showcase the plane and how much Trump cared about it, what comes across instead is what a pain in the ass Trump is to work for. At several points his employees will talk about why "Mister Trump" will be upset because of a problem (such a takeoff before the airport closes) when the reason for the problem is Trump himself.

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* Creator/DonaldTrump, to a degree. Creator/DonaldTrump is an interesting example. He displays all the hallmark behavior of the nuveau riche. His sense of style, which involves lots of gold and marble, is frequently described as tasteless. He's also prone to bragging about and flaunting his wealth at any opportunity. He portrays himself as a self-made man, very much in line with the trope, but it's his ''detractors'' who point out that his father and grandfather made a fortune on boarding houses and restaurants in Seattle, and his father was a were both very successful low income housing developer in NYC who sent Donald to Fordham, rich themselves, so his family was doing very well before. Donald just took his love of construction and everything else UpToEleven.
** Example: the Discovery Channel documentary series ''Mighty Planes'' did an episode on Trump's private Boeing 757, and although meant to showcase the plane and how much Trump cared about it, what comes across instead is what a pain in the ass Trump is to work for. At several points his employees will talk about why "Mister Trump" will be upset because of a problem (such a takeoff before the airport closes) when the reason for the problem is Trump himself.
he does not exactly have humble origins.



* Some of the etiquette expected at today's classical concerts would have condemned modern audiences as this by the nobles who heard these works at their premiere. Concerts were intended as a place for the upper classes to socialize. Sometimes the audience's chatter would even drown out the orchestra, much to the annoyance of the conductor. In a letter, one 19th century nobleman complained about a commoner who sat quietly listening to a concert, calling him a slack-jawed yokel. Bringing pastries to eat during the performance would have also been considered perfectly acceptable. It wasn't until Creator/RichardWagner began staging his grand operas that silence at concerts was expected; it is perhaps significant that Wagner was from a distinctly middle-class background (the son of a clerk and a baker's daughter).
* While not technically wealth (that was supposed to be nonexistent), after UsefulNotes/WorldWarII there were plenty of Soviet jokes about ''Generals' wives'', who received a lot of luxury items from the conquered territories. Such as the wife who, when told she couldn't wear a lacy nightie to the theater, asked where they expected her to wear such a beautiful "dress."

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* Some of the etiquette expected at today's classical concerts would have condemned modern audiences as this by the nobles who heard these works at their premiere. Concerts were intended as a place for the upper classes to socialize. Sometimes the audience's chatter would even drown out the orchestra, much to the annoyance of the conductor. In a letter, one 19th century nobleman complained about a commoner who sat quietly listening to a concert, calling him a slack-jawed yokel. Bringing pastries to eat during the performance would have also been considered perfectly acceptable. It wasn't until Creator/RichardWagner began staging his grand operas that silence at concerts was expected; it is perhaps significant that Wagner was from a distinctly middle-class background (the son of a clerk and a baker's daughter).
* While not technically wealth (that was supposed to be nonexistent), after
After UsefulNotes/WorldWarII there were plenty of Soviet jokes about ''Generals' wives'', who received a lot of luxury items from the conquered territories. Such as the wife who, when told she couldn't wear a lacy nightie to the theater, asked where they expected her to wear such a beautiful "dress."
28th Sep '17 10:37:16 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* In ''Film/DumbAndDumber'', Harry and Lloyd accidentally break open a ransom-filled briefcase they had been trying to return to Lloyd's crush. They become this trope immediately - gaudy designer clothes, opulent hotel suite, freakishly expensive car, and outrageous tips to the staff - which is PlayedForLaughs because it falls perfectly in line with the tone of the movie ([[DontExplainTheJoke because they're both complete idiots]]).

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* In ''Film/DumbAndDumber'', Harry and Lloyd accidentally break open a ransom-filled briefcase they had been trying to return to Lloyd's crush. They become this trope immediately - gaudy designer clothes, opulent hotel suite, freakishly expensive car, and outrageous tips to the staff - which is PlayedForLaughs because it falls perfectly in line with the tone of the movie ([[DontExplainTheJoke ( because they're both complete idiots]]).idiots).
28th Sep '17 10:33:59 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* British show ''Series/SaturdayLive'' features the breakout character Loadsamoney, a working-class plasterer who does nothing but flaunt and boast about the money he's making in the British construction boom of TheEighties. It was a satire of the Thatcher era.
1st Sep '17 1:48:52 PM Nyame
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* In the ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' fanfic [[http://das-mervin.livejournal.com/311470.html The Wedding Crashers]] the Cullens and other vampires are depicted as this, expanding on their book characterization. Much to Leah, Sam, and Dean's disdain. Of particular note are the facts that despite Renesmee and Jacob's wedding being outdoors, the decorations are absolutely non-natural looking and instead clash with the location in an attempt to make it look fancier, Leash's dress is criticized for only ''probably'' being less than six hundred dollars, Emmett admits he can't work on old cars because his family buys so many fancy new ones there's no room in the garage for him to keep a single project car, and the wedding gift of a ''lost Rembrandt'' is left out in the open by the beach in the humidity.

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* In the ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' fanfic [[http://das-mervin.livejournal.com/311470.html The Wedding Crashers]] the Cullens and other vampires are depicted as this, expanding on their book characterization. Much characterization, much to Leah, Sam, and Dean's disdain. Of particular note are the facts that despite Renesmee and Jacob's wedding being outdoors, the decorations are absolutely non-natural looking and instead clash with the location in an attempt to make it look fancier, Leash's Leah's dress is criticized for only ''probably'' being less than six hundred dollars, Emmett admits he can't work on old cars because his family buys so many fancy new ones there's no room in the garage for him to keep a single project car, and the wedding gift of a ''lost Rembrandt'' is left out in the open by the beach in the humidity. humidity.
* ''FanFic/{{crawlersout}}'': Tom's friend Margaret is this, being the daughter of the President of General Motors and an actress. While they aren't as extreme as most examples, their spending is garish enough to get on the bad side of her best friend Ruth's family (who are OldMoney). Surprisingly, Tom actually likes Margaret's family more than Ruth's (though not by much), mainly because the idea of the SelfMadeMan appeals to him and his past as a half-blood orphan with nothing to his name until Fem!Harry took him in.
25th Aug '17 6:34:18 PM nombretomado
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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 with misplaced priorities, they were the subject of a lot of typically great Russian humor, like these jokes:

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* "[[TheNewRussia "[[UsefulNotes/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 with misplaced priorities, they were the subject of a lot of typically great Russian humor, like these jokes:
24th Aug '17 4:45:02 AM Carliro
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** John D. Rockerduck is a more permanent example. He's Scrooge's {{Foil}} in this regard, having no compulsions about actually using the money he owns.
20th Aug '17 5:10:03 PM zarpaulus
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* Creator/DonaldTrump, to a degree. His father was a very successful low income housing developer in NYC, he sent Donald to Fordham, so his family was doing very well before. Donald just took his love of construction and everything else UpToEleven.

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* Creator/DonaldTrump, to a degree. His grandfather made a fortune on boarding houses and restaurants in Seattle, and his father was a very successful low income housing developer in NYC, he NYC who sent Donald to Fordham, so his family was doing very well before. Donald just took his love of construction and everything else UpToEleven.
20th Aug '17 4:55:51 PM karstovich2
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* In ''Series/DowntonAbbey'', this is played with in the case of Matthew and Isobel Crawley, who come into money and status ''very'' suddenly when Matthew is pronounced as the heir of the Earl of Grantham and moves to Downton Abbey; the show basically shows ''why'' this trope exists with how many weird new customs the two must adjust to in order to fit in with the noble Crawley family. The trope is played perfectly straight, though, with Richard Carlisle, who frequently betrays his bourgeois origins with his lack of propriety and manners, and contempt for the household staff - and completely averted with Matthew's fiancee Lavinia, a daughter of a SelfMadeMan who is one of the sweetest, politest characters on the show, and thus fits in perfectly at Downton.

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* In ''Series/DowntonAbbey'', this is played with in the case of Matthew and Isobel Crawley, who come into money and status ''very'' suddenly when Matthew is pronounced as the heir of the Earl of Grantham and moves to Downton Abbey; the show basically shows ''why'' this trope exists with how many weird new customs the two must adjust to in order to fit in with the noble Crawley family. Matthew, however, is not an especially good example, as he was a distinctly ''upper''-middle-class solicitor before becoming heir, and although he had trouble with the finer details of aristocratic custom, he still had a vague sense of the outlines of propriety and made it clear he was at least trying to do the right thing. The trope is played perfectly straight, though, with Richard Carlisle, who frequently betrays his bourgeois origins with his lack of propriety and manners, and contempt for the household staff - and completely averted with Matthew's fiancee Lavinia, a daughter of a SelfMadeMan who is one of the sweetest, politest characters on the show, and thus fits in perfectly at Downton.
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