History Main / NouveauRiche

3rd Feb '18 2:05:35 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Davos is unusually wealthy for a knight; given the extremely important service he rendered, he was given some of the most prosperous lands in the Stormlands. Also subverted, given that Davos was a very, very good smuggler prior to going straight. He is a rare honorable and heroic example. Also, unlike other examples like Janos Slynt and Littlefinger, he's more humble about it.

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Davos is unusually wealthy for a knight; given the extremely important service he rendered, he was given some of the most prosperous lands in the Stormlands. Also subverted, given that Davos was a very, very good smuggler prior to going straight. He is a rare honorable and heroic example. Also, unlike other examples like Janos Slynt and Littlefinger, he's more humble about it.it.
** House Clegane are not Lords, but just a knightly house raised to nobility by Lord Tytos Lannister.
1st Jan '18 6:33:40 PM Bissek
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* Rajan in ''VideoGame/Sly2BandOfThieves'' is a former street rat who made it big by becoming a drug-runner, and eventually a major drug distributor. By the time of the games, he's trying to buy his way into respectability. The first of the two chapters concerning him takes place at his "newly purchased ancestral home".
1st Jan '18 8:40:40 AM TheLuckyCat
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* In the novel ''Prep'' by Curtis Sittenfeld, about a middle-class girl at an elite prep school, there's a paragraph where the protagonist explains how she learned the difference between [[BlueBlood Blue Bloods]] and the NouveauRiche: "At the time, it surprised me how openly Martha referred to the Maxwells' money, and later, when I went to Martha's family's house in Vermont the first time, I could see that they, too, clearly were wealthy. But there were different kinds of rich, I eventually realized. There was normal rich, dignified rich, which you didn't talk about, and then there was extreme, comical, unsubtle rich - like having your dorm room professionally decorated, or riding a limousine into Boston to meet your mother - and that was permissible to discuss."

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* In the novel ''Prep'' ''Literature/{{Prep}}'' by Curtis Sittenfeld, about a middle-class girl at an elite prep school, there's a paragraph where the protagonist explains how she learned the difference between [[BlueBlood Blue Bloods]] and the NouveauRiche: "At the time, it surprised me how openly Martha referred to the Maxwells' money, and later, when I went to Martha's family's house in Vermont the first time, I could see that they, too, clearly were wealthy. But there were different kinds of rich, I eventually realized. There was normal rich, dignified rich, which you didn't talk about, and then there was extreme, comical, unsubtle rich - like having your dorm room professionally decorated, or riding a limousine into Boston to meet your mother - and that was permissible to discuss."
28th Nov '17 6:20:25 PM nombretomado
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How they made the money depends where they come from and when the particular work is set. If British, expect them to be from either OopNorth (with wealth made from industry) or more recently, [[LondonTown London]]/Essex (with new wealth from the financial sector). If American, expect them to be HollywoodCalifornia people with bleach-blonde ValleyGirl daughters, [[LowerClassLout slovenly white trash]] who won either the lottery or a [[FrivolousLawsuit big-time settlement]], obese [[EverythingIsBigInTexas Texan]] [[Series/{{Dallas}} oil barons]], cattle tycoons, contractors (especially in small-town settings), (if set in [[UsefulNotes/AntebellumAmerica pre-Civil War times]]) a cotton-pickin', slave-whippin' FatSweatySouthernerInAWhiteSuit, or Silicon Valley nerds from the dot-com or the mobile services boom era compensating poor social skills with tons of money. If black, expect a flashy character from a GlamRap video or an athlete (usually football, sometimes also basketball). Especially unsympathetic depictions may give them [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections ties]] to [[TheMafia organized crime]] - or otherwise [[{{Jerkass}} all-round jerkassery]] and [[TheSocialDarwinist contempt towards the social class]] [[BoomerangBigot they used to belong to]]. Common accessories for this class include [[FurAndLoathing fur coats]], gaudy jewelry, [[ImpossiblyTackyClothes obnoxiously color-coordinated suits]], and gold teeth, as well as a love of equally flashy and gaudy vehicles (usually either European performance cars or [[PimpedOutCar blinged-out SUVs]]). They also tend to love throwing debauched, drug-fueled parties, and spending ludicrous amounts of money [[InDaClub at similarly overpriced nightclubs or strip clubs]] is their idea of a night out on the town.

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How they made the money depends where they come from and when the particular work is set. If British, expect them to be from either OopNorth (with wealth made from industry) or more recently, [[LondonTown London]]/Essex UsefulNotes/{{London}}[=/=]Essex (with new wealth from the financial sector). If American, expect them to be HollywoodCalifornia people with bleach-blonde ValleyGirl daughters, [[LowerClassLout slovenly white trash]] who won either the lottery or a [[FrivolousLawsuit big-time settlement]], obese [[EverythingIsBigInTexas Texan]] [[Series/{{Dallas}} oil barons]], cattle tycoons, contractors (especially in small-town settings), (if set in [[UsefulNotes/AntebellumAmerica pre-Civil War times]]) a cotton-pickin', slave-whippin' FatSweatySouthernerInAWhiteSuit, or Silicon Valley nerds from the dot-com or the mobile services boom era compensating poor social skills with tons of money. If black, expect a flashy character from a GlamRap video or an athlete (usually football, sometimes also basketball). Especially unsympathetic depictions may give them [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections ties]] to [[TheMafia organized crime]] - or otherwise [[{{Jerkass}} all-round jerkassery]] and [[TheSocialDarwinist contempt towards the social class]] [[BoomerangBigot they used to belong to]]. Common accessories for this class include [[FurAndLoathing fur coats]], gaudy jewelry, [[ImpossiblyTackyClothes obnoxiously color-coordinated suits]], and gold teeth, as well as a love of equally flashy and gaudy vehicles (usually either European performance cars or [[PimpedOutCar blinged-out SUVs]]). They also tend to love throwing debauched, drug-fueled parties, and spending ludicrous amounts of money [[InDaClub at similarly overpriced nightclubs or strip clubs]] is their idea of a night out on the town.
21st Nov '17 5:29:43 PM tv1995
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'': When Chuckie's father wins a sweepstakes, he enrolled Chuckie into a pre-school for rich kids. The other kids didn't want to become friends with him because he was "new money".

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'': When Chuckie's father wins a sweepstakes, he enrolled Chuckie into a pre-school for rich kids. The other kids didn't want to become friends with him because he was "new money". [[AFoolAndHisNewMoneyAreSoonParted It doesn't last.]]
6th Nov '17 5:16:52 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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* ''Series/Matador1978'' has the lawyer, Viggo Skjold Hansen, who started investing the money he made from his career into various business ventures, most of which paid off and gained him quite the fortune, allowing him to buy entrance to the higher echelons of society. Throughout the series, Viggo stands out amongst his high-class peers as he dresses in somewhat tacky suits and is notably casual and relaxed in his manners, to the point where he sometimes comes across outright boorish and uneducated.



* ''Series/Matador1978'' has the lawyer, Viggo Skjold Hansen, who started investing the money he made from his career into various business ventures, most of which paid off and gained him quite the fortune, allowing him to buy entrance to the higher echelons of society. Throughout the series, Viggo stands out amongst his high-class peers as he dresses in somewhat tacky suits and is notably casual and relaxed in his manners, to the point where he sometimes comes across outright boorish and uneducated.



-->Poor man wanna be rich
-->Rich man wanna be king
-->King ain't satisfied till he rules everything
* This is what {{Music/PSY}} is satirizing in "Gangnam Style" - wannabes and posers who claim to be from Seoul's Gangnam district by imitating (in a tacky way) the materialism displayed in such ConspicuousConsumption.

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-->Poor man wanna be rich
-->Rich
rich\\
Rich
man wanna be king
-->King
king\\
King
ain't satisfied till he rules everything
* This is what {{Music/PSY}} is satirizing in "Gangnam Style" - -- wannabes and posers who claim to be from Seoul's Gangnam district by imitating (in a tacky way) the materialism displayed in such ConspicuousConsumption.
6th Nov '17 5:15:02 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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-->'''Loulou:''' Is this the place where you have rooms at 35000F a night?
-->'''Hotel clerk:''' Yes, but we also have much cheaper--
-->'''Loulou:''' You didn't look at me right, I'm a nouveau riche.

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-->'''Loulou:''' Is this the place where you have rooms at 35000F a night?
-->'''Hotel
night?\\
'''Hotel
clerk:''' Yes, but we also have much cheaper--
-->'''Loulou:'''
cheaper--\\
'''Loulou:'''
You didn't look at me right, I'm a nouveau riche.


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* ''Series/Matador1978'' has the lawyer, Viggo Skjold Hansen, who started investing the money he made from his career into various business ventures, most of which paid off and gained him quite the fortune, allowing him to buy entrance to the higher echelons of society. Throughout the series, Viggo stands out amongst his high-class peers as he dresses in somewhat tacky suits and is notably casual and relaxed in his manners, to the point where he sometimes comes across outright boorish and uneducated.
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."
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