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3rd Sep '17 10:27:48 PM BNSF1995
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* The Wattersons from ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' have a coin-operated fridge and can't even afford their own Wi-Fi since [[spoiler: Richard [[Recap/TheAmazingWorldOfGumballS2E10TheTreasure lost all the family's money]] when Gumball was a baby]], yet they have a decently sized house, at least two cars and enough food to feed a family of five. They mostly seems to get by thanks to Nicole being ridiculously spendthrift (she once bought groceries with so many coupons that the ''store'' ended up paying her).

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* The Wattersons from ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' have a coin-operated fridge and can't even afford their own Wi-Fi since [[spoiler: Richard [[Recap/TheAmazingWorldOfGumballS2E10TheTreasure lost all the family's money]] money to an internet scam]] when Gumball was a baby]], yet they have a decently sized house, at least two cars and enough food to feed a family of five. They mostly seems to get by thanks to Nicole being ridiculously spendthrift (she once bought groceries with so many coupons that the ''store'' ended up paying her).
10th Jul '17 12:40:24 PM mkmlp
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** Finally subverted in season seven, [[OneManArmy after practically turning the war with Fiends around single-handedly]], scavenging the Sunset Sarsaparilla bottling factory, and [[spoiler: looting the late Van Graff's energy weapon store]], The Courier and his [[BadassCrew companions]] have enough caps to walk into New Vegas like big shots, before being given their own luxury suite to serve as teams base.

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** Finally subverted in season seven, [[OneManArmy after practically turning the war with Fiends around single-handedly]], scavenging the Sunset Sarsaparilla bottling factory, and [[spoiler: looting the late Van Graff's energy weapon store]], The Courier and his [[BadassCrew companions]] have enough caps to walk into New Vegas like big shots, before being given their own luxury suite to serve as teams the team's base.
21st Jun '17 10:07:10 PM thatother1dude
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* The Wattersons from ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' have a coin-operated fridge and can't even afford their own Wi-Fi since [[spoiler: Richard [[Recap/TheAmazingWorldOfGumballS2E10TheTreasure lost all the family's money]] when Gumball was a baby]], yet they have a decently sized house, at least two cars and enough food to feed a family of five.

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* The Wattersons from ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' have a coin-operated fridge and can't even afford their own Wi-Fi since [[spoiler: Richard [[Recap/TheAmazingWorldOfGumballS2E10TheTreasure lost all the family's money]] when Gumball was a baby]], yet they have a decently sized house, at least two cars and enough food to feed a family of five. They mostly seems to get by thanks to Nicole being ridiculously spendthrift (she once bought groceries with so many coupons that the ''store'' ended up paying her).
9th Jun '17 2:54:14 PM nombretomado
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* Jade Sinclair of the ''WhateleyUniverse'' runs away from an abusive father, is staying at school on a scholarship, and cleans the school sewers (amongst other maintenance tasks) for the little money she can scrape together -- and then spends it on weaponry, defense systems, upgrading her "sister", and maintaining her cover story. She is regularly unable to afford things like more or better clothes, and refuses anything which smacks of charity. Her obscenely rich teammate has to resort to all kinds of subterfuge to reduce Jade's costs and/or get her to accept the occasional gift. It also doesn't help that she's dating someone who has several dozen million dollars to throw around, but she will still only accept very personal and at least psuedo-romantic tokens of affection. As a result, she owns at least two nearly priceless mithril-based artifacts, several (dozen?) thousand dollars in custom precision-worked superhero devices, materials, and uniforms, and a casual-wear selection of clothes that hobos would consider sparse.

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* Jade Sinclair of the ''WhateleyUniverse'' ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'' runs away from an abusive father, is staying at school on a scholarship, and cleans the school sewers (amongst other maintenance tasks) for the little money she can scrape together -- and then spends it on weaponry, defense systems, upgrading her "sister", and maintaining her cover story. She is regularly unable to afford things like more or better clothes, and refuses anything which smacks of charity. Her obscenely rich teammate has to resort to all kinds of subterfuge to reduce Jade's costs and/or get her to accept the occasional gift. It also doesn't help that she's dating someone who has several dozen million dollars to throw around, but she will still only accept very personal and at least psuedo-romantic tokens of affection. As a result, she owns at least two nearly priceless mithril-based artifacts, several (dozen?) thousand dollars in custom precision-worked superhero devices, materials, and uniforms, and a casual-wear selection of clothes that hobos would consider sparse.
5th Jun '17 5:03:46 AM ChrisX
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* Marshall Law from ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' went from a successful businessman into someone so broke that his only chance to recover financially was to win the tournament, which canonically never happened, and [[PlayedForLaughs we're instead treated with hilarity with how he could never escape his poverty.]]
29th May '17 2:45:16 PM SoapheadChurch
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** Remus Lupin is always described as thin and shabby looking, because [[FantasticRacism no wizard will employ]] a werewolf and between transformations he's often ill or injured. There is no indication that his two very wealthy childhood friends helped him out after graduation, and Sirius doesn't leave him a cent in his will, instead bestowing his family fortune on Harry (who was already more than comfortably well off).
*** To be fair, Sirius would have been in no position to help, seeing as he was disowned before graduating and was only re-inherited after his brother's death and his own imprisonment.
*** Actually, Pottermore revealed that James and Lily financially supported Lupin before their deaths- so he wasn't all alone. Also, by the time Sirius died Lupin was deeply involved with the order so perhaps Sirius surmised he'd be helped by others? [[spoiler: Which turned out to be pretty accurate as Lupin got married to auror Tonks not that long afterwards, who could probably support them both with her wages!]]
*** Sirius' mind wasn't exactly in peak condition by the end of the fifth book, maybe he didn't realise that Lupin would NEED money.
*** After fourteen years practically cut off from the world, when Sirius saw that Lupin was working at Hogwarts perhaps he simply assumed the laws had been changed. Or, when Sirius wrote his will he was unable to think clearly and left Lupin out for whatever reason. Maybe he simply assumed that The Order would carry on using Grimmauld place and Lupin would live there?

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** Remus Lupin is always described as thin and shabby looking, because [[FantasticRacism no wizard will employ]] a werewolf and between transformations he's often ill or injured. There is no indication that his two very wealthy childhood friends helped him out after graduation, and Sirius doesn't leave him a cent in his will, instead bestowing his family fortune on Harry (who was already more than comfortably well off).
*** To be fair, Sirius would have been in no position to help, seeing as he was disowned before graduating and was only re-inherited after his brother's death and his own imprisonment.
*** Actually,
Pottermore revealed that James and Lily financially supported Lupin before their deaths- so he wasn't all alone. Also, by the time Sirius died Lupin was deeply involved with the order so perhaps Sirius surmised he'd be helped by others? [[spoiler: Which turned out to be pretty accurate as Lupin got married to auror Tonks not that long afterwards, who could probably support them both with her wages!]]
*** Sirius' mind wasn't exactly in peak condition by the end of the fifth book, maybe he didn't realise that Lupin would NEED money.
*** After fourteen years practically cut off from the world, when Sirius saw that Lupin was working at Hogwarts perhaps he simply assumed the laws had been changed. Or, when Sirius wrote his will he was unable to think clearly and left Lupin out for whatever reason. Maybe he simply assumed that The Order would carry on using Grimmauld place and Lupin would live there?



* Penny from ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' is a waitress who is struggling to be an actress, but only getting in a few plays. She complains about being poor, yet somehow can afford living in a single bedroom apartment and keeping an impressive collection of clothes, given a new outfit of hers every episode. She also freeloads off her neighbors.
** Averted, now that she's quit waitressing and started work as a pharmaceutical representative. She's stated that, in a good month, she can make more than Leonard.
** Stuart is also said to be so poor as to be living in his own store.
* The entire gang from ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia''. They've lost everything they own multiple times over, yet they are somehow keeping their bar afloat.
** Frank, however, is explicitly very well off and is stated or implied to have bailed Dennis and Dee out of trouble on more than one occasion.

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* Penny from ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' is a waitress who is struggling to be an actress, but only getting in a few plays. She complains about being poor, yet somehow can afford living in a single bedroom apartment and keeping an impressive collection of clothes, given a new outfit of hers every episode. She also freeloads off her neighbors. \n** Averted, However, it's strongly implied that she buys most of her clothes on credit, and that she's rarely up to date on her rent. Averted now that she's quit waitressing and started work as a pharmaceutical representative. She's stated that, in a good month, she can make more than Leonard.
** Stuart is also said to be so poor as to be living in his own store.
* The entire gang from ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia''. They've lost everything they own multiple times over, yet they are somehow keeping their bar afloat.
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afloat.Frank, however, is explicitly very well off and is stated or implied to have bailed Dennis and Dee out of trouble on more than one occasion.



* Bob of ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'' never seems to make any money off his business, and has stated that he's never actually paid his landlord rent on time. The fact that they continue to be forgiven on missing payments is odd considering their landlord is so greedy he tears nuts and bolts out of roller coasters while people are still on them.
** It was explained away in a season one episode: [[spoiler:Mister Ficheoder is incredibly eccentric, and he is much more lenient with Bob's rent because he reminds him of his father, and because he considers Bob more interested in creating food than making money; "A Beef-artist! A Befartist! You're like a greasy, heterosexual Walt Whitman!"]]

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* Bob of ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'' never seems to make any money off his business, and has stated that he's never actually paid his landlord rent on time. The fact that they continue to be forgiven on missing payments is odd considering their landlord is so greedy he tears nuts and bolts out of roller coasters while people are still on them. \n** It was explained away in a season one episode: [[spoiler:Mister Ficheoder is incredibly eccentric, and he is much more lenient with Bob's rent because he reminds him of his father, and because he considers Bob more interested in creating food than making money; "A Beef-artist! A Befartist! You're like a greasy, heterosexual Walt Whitman!"]]
17th May '17 10:10:21 AM Crino37
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* One of the main plot points in ''[[Series/ShamelessUS Shame]][[Series/ShamelessUK less]]'' (both the US and the UK version) is that the Gallagher Family is always living in poverty due to Frank, the alcoholic father, spending all their money with booze (and paying for the demages he make while drunk). If someone in the family menages a way to save money, sooner or later Frank will find and stole it.
16th May '17 9:43:54 AM Dravencour
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* Dante from ''Anime/DevilMayCryTheAnimatedSeries'' also has problems staying in money because of the collateral damage he racks up during his DemonSlaying jobs. It doesn't help that he's also in debt to various people, or that Trish and Lady like to stick him with their shopping bills.
30th Apr '17 4:36:56 PM StrixObscuro
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* The ComicBook/{{Runaways}} are constantly on hard times, owing to the fact that they are actual runaways and technically wanted criminals. This is slightly alleviated in the third season when Chase gets a job, but his boss turns out to be an aspiring supervillain and thus the job evaporates after he tries to turn the whole population of Los Angeles into zombies, and since the Runaways blew most of Chase's paycheck on a Nintendo Wii, they soon end up broke again.
30th Apr '17 2:51:27 PM nombretomado
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** H-B's TopCat uses conniving and hucksterism to keep his gang fed in an otherwise impoverished organization.

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** H-B's TopCat WesternAnimation/TopCat uses conniving and hucksterism to keep his gang fed in an otherwise impoverished organization.
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