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15th Jan '18 1:16:07 AM narm00
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* In ''{{The Name of the Wind}}'', a major part of the story is Kvothe's constant struggling with his complete lack of money. The close narration makes it possible to follow exactly how much money he has at any point in time. Any time he pulls off some ridiculous feat to scrounge a few extra coins, they go straight to paying off his debt to the friendly neighborhood LoanShark. His money problems are mostly resolved after he returns from his trip in ''The Wise Man's Fear''.

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* In ''{{The Name of the Wind}}'', ''Literature/TheNameOfTheWind'', a major part of the story is Kvothe's constant struggling with his complete lack of money. The close narration makes it possible to follow exactly how much money he has at any point in time. Any time he pulls off some ridiculous feat to scrounge a few extra coins, they go straight to paying off his debt to the friendly neighborhood LoanShark. His money problems are mostly resolved after he returns from his trip in ''The Wise Man's Fear''.



* Joey from ''Series/{{Friends}}'' would fall squarely into the trope if it wasn't for his friend and roommate, Chandler. Joey is an actor that goes from gig to gig, so the pay isn't very high or stable while Chandler has a steady and well paying job in an office. Despite how desperate for money Joey needs to get by, he refuses to accept money from Chandler directly, believing that he shouldn't borrow money from a friend.

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* Joey from ''Series/{{Friends}}'' would fall squarely into the trope if it wasn't for his friend and roommate, Chandler. Joey is an actor that goes from gig to gig, so the pay isn't very high or stable stable, while Chandler has a steady and well paying job in an office. Despite how desperate for money Joey needs is to get by, he refuses to accept money from Chandler directly, believing that he shouldn't borrow money from a friend.



* Reimu Hakurei from ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'', due to a lack of donations, in most fan interpretations. Some doujins show her [[http://danbooru.donmai.us/post/show/238608/ eating grass]] and either [[http://danbooru.donmai.us/post/show/19156/ pestering for or extorting donations from other characters]]. If it wasn't for the Youkai that show up at her shrine, she could probably live relatively comfortable life if [[{{BrilliantButLazy}} she actually tried at being a better]] {{Miko}} with the other humans.

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* Reimu Hakurei from ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'', due to a lack of donations, in most fan interpretations. Some doujins show her [[http://danbooru.donmai.us/post/show/238608/ eating grass]] and either [[http://danbooru.donmai.us/post/show/19156/ pestering for or extorting donations from other characters]]. If it wasn't for the Youkai that show up at her shrine, she could probably live a relatively comfortable life if [[{{BrilliantButLazy}} [[BrilliantButLazy she actually tried at being a better]] {{Miko}} with the other humans.



** With ''Antinomy of Common Flowers'' come Shion Yorigami, the goddess of poverty and misfortune. In lieu of patches and bows, she uses ''debt papers.'' She's unable to make any money, and she gathers and stores bad luck, which makes even herself unlucky. She's hated by most people as well, and likely does not receive any donations or worship for that reason.

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** With ''Antinomy of Common Flowers'' come comes Shion Yorigami, the goddess of poverty and misfortune. In lieu of patches and bows, on her clothes, she uses ''debt papers.'' She's unable to make any money, and she gathers and converts good luck into bad, which she stores bad luck, which makes even herself inside herself, making her perpetually unlucky. She's hated by most people as well, and likely does not receive any donations or worship for that reason.
8th Jan '18 7:37:38 AM jeccyboy
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* Misaki Ayuzawa and her family from ''Manga/MaidSama'' resort to unconventional methods in order to cope with poverty: like her working in a maid cafe, and [[BornLucky her sister]] constantly winning the lottery.
7th Jan '18 7:00:24 PM JohnnyHuang
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* The Weasley family in ''Literature/HarryPotter'', whose wands, books and robes have been handed down through seven children in order to save money. Despite this, the Weasleys have no problem letting Harry and Hermione (both well-off) stay with them for all or part of the summer. They even manage to hold on to their Perpetual Poverty despite winning the lottery in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban Prisoner of Azkaban]].'' Rather than buy new robes, they opted to blow the lot on a trip to Egypt. This could be simply because the Weasleys feel that a family trip is more important than material possessions, though; and it was the first time they'd seen Bill, who worked there as a curse-breaker, in some time.
** The Weasleys' situation never seems to improve, even after the five oldest children move out. Although once the Weasley twins receive seed money from Harry at the end of ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire Goblet of Fire]],'' they become wealthy in short order (and all the Weasley siblings become [[BadassFamily very successful in their chosen fields]], even if those fields don't always pay well.)

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The Weasley family in ''Literature/HarryPotter'', family, whose wands, books and robes have been handed down through seven children in order to save money. Despite this, the Weasleys have no problem letting Harry and Hermione (both well-off) stay with them for all or part of the summer. They even manage to hold on to their Perpetual Poverty despite winning the lottery in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban Prisoner of Azkaban]].'' Rather than buy new robes, they opted to blow the lot on a trip to Egypt. This could be simply because the Weasleys feel that a family trip is more important than material possessions, though; and it was the first time they'd seen Bill, who worked there as a curse-breaker, in some time.
** *** The Weasleys' situation never seems to improve, even after the five oldest children move out. Although once the Weasley twins receive seed money from Harry at the end of ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire Goblet of Fire]],'' they become wealthy in short order (and all the Weasley siblings become [[BadassFamily very successful in their chosen fields]], even if those fields don't always pay well.)



* 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. 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.

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* * From ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'':
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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. 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, a StarvingArtist who owns the [[LocalHangout comic book store the main male scientists frequent]]. How little profit the comic book store makes has become Stuart's RunningGag. Among other things, he's mentioned having to sleep in the store, going without meat, and having to shower at Leonard and Sheldon's apartment.
3rd Jan '18 11:57:37 AM JustShortByProxy
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** With Antinomy of Common Flowers come Shion Yorigami, the goddess of poverty and misfortune. In lieu of patches and bows, she uses ''debt papers.'' She's unable to make any money, and she gathers and stores bad luck, which makes even herself unlucky. She's hated by most people as well, and likely does not receive any donations or worship for that reason.

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** With Antinomy ''Antinomy of Common Flowers Flowers'' come Shion Yorigami, the goddess of poverty and misfortune. In lieu of patches and bows, she uses ''debt papers.'' She's unable to make any money, and she gathers and stores bad luck, which makes even herself unlucky. She's hated by most people as well, and likely does not receive any donations or worship for that reason.
3rd Jan '18 11:57:04 AM JustShortByProxy
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** With Antinomy of Common Flowers come Shion Yorigami, the goddess of poverty and misfortune. In lieu of patches and bows, she uses ''debt papers.'' She's unable to make any money, and she gathers and stores bad luck, which makes even herself unlucky. She's hated by most people as well, and likely does not receive any donations or worship for that reason.
29th Dec '17 8:21:35 PM AlaAlba
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* Because they were fielded when the Japanese was losing the battle of attrition in the World War II, the ''Akizuki''-class destroyers in ''VideoGame/KantaiCollection'' are all amazed that their naval base has enough resource to make real beef meals and not just from canned meat. The fanarts often exaggerate it by depicting the ''Akizuki''-class as being so poor, that they ration an normal-sized meal for several days, to the point the other shipgirls and the Admiral take them out for a fancy banquets out sheer pity of their rationing.
22nd Dec '17 8:53:27 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 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).

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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 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 Nicole's absurd penny-pinching skills (she once bought groceries with so many coupons that the ''store'' ended up paying her).



%% A Real Life section isn't appropriate here: in reality people don't avoid starvation
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starvation because StatusQuoIsGod -- this one's a storytelling trope.
2nd Dec '17 5:19:53 PM EDP
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* Ryo Saeba and Kaori Makimura in ''Manga/CityHunter'' are this in spite of their job as sweepers (that is, they do bodyguard works, investigations both legal and illegal, and even [[HitmanWithAHeart assassinations, provided the committent has a good reason]]) due a combination of them spending a lot in weapons and munitions, Ryo sometimes having more or less justified ''enormous'' expenses (he once surprised Kaori by just spending ''100 million yen'' in a week by [[spoiler:giving it to a rehabiliation clinic for drug users after bringing there a dozen addicts in dire need of help]] without telling her), and enemy attacks on their home and their own shenaningans causing great damage to their place and apparently scaring away the people that were renting the other apartments of their building in the first chapters.
2nd Dec '17 5:05:19 PM EDP
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** A running joke, at least in Italian stories, is that Donald puts everything on the tab, and now has an enormous debt to every grocer, vendor, repairman, etc. in Duckburg. Paying off all his debt seems to be a case of FailureIsTheOnlyOption, and his creditors can get downright brutal. Yet he's hardly ever evicted from his big suburbia house. ... Because his landlord is Scrooge. In lieu of rent, Donald does any task Scrooge asks of him, from life-threatening adventures to polishing every coin in the money bin.

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** A running joke, at least in Italian stories, is that Donald puts everything on the tab, and now has an enormous debt to every grocer, vendor, repairman, etc. in Duckburg. Paying off all his debt seems to be a case of FailureIsTheOnlyOption, and his creditors can get downright brutal. Yet he's hardly ever evicted from his big suburbia house. ...house... Because his landlord is Scrooge. In lieu of rent, Donald does any task Scrooge asks of him, from life-threatening adventures to polishing every coin in the money bin. bin.
*** Italian stories also provide justifications on just why his creditors are still willing to do business with him and haven't sued him off everything he owns: on one hand, Donald is known to be friends with the local UnscrupulousHero Paperinik (alias ''himself''), so they don't ''usually'' cross certain lines out of fear of him coming after them (as it actually happened in some stories, as Donald ''does'' use his alter ego to settle scores, and being forced to sign contracts saying he'll pay them tenfold once he inherits from Scrooge or them outright laying siege to his house and devastating his garden is enough for him to grab the costume); on the other hand, whenever Donald brings home some riches he ''immediately'' pays off his tab (that's a frequent reason for him not keeping his riches), so they know they ''will'' get the money... Someday.
26th Nov '17 5:02:47 PM Occidensill
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** At least [[VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideoGame the 2009 video game]] (which is canon) shows them in better shape, as the city has agreed to cover any future damages they accrue and they are about to launch franchise opportunities... but they are still working out of the same fire house and driving the same car, both of which were established as utterly inadequate in the [[Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}} first movie]].

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** At least [[VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideoGame the 2009 video game]] (which is canon) shows them in better shape, as the city has agreed to cover any future damages they accrue and they are about to launch franchise opportunities... but they are still working out of the same fire house and driving the same car, both of which were established as utterly inadequate in the [[Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}} first movie]].movie.
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