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18th Aug '16 3:59:24 AM DannWoolf
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** Justified by the Bundy Curse, which keeps Al alive only to suffer. No, Really.

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** Justified by the Bundy Curse, which keeps Al alive only to suffer. No, Really.really.
16th Aug '16 4:52:02 AM Morgenthaler
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* An especially {{egregious}} example of this trope is found in ''WarhammerFantasyRoleplay'', seeing as the 2nd edition of the game, as it got more and more supplements, got exact prices on every damn expensive thing the creators could think of. The most expensive object in the game would be a best craftsmanship galleon, which following game rules costs a stunning 120 THOUSAND gold crowns in a game where players have much better odds scavenging their equipment than working to make enough money to actually afford pistols or plate armour - both of which at common craftsmanship cost almost 1/500 of the galleon. Yeah... it's basically just a {{Take That}} to players.

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* An especially {{egregious}} example of this trope is found in ''WarhammerFantasyRoleplay'', ''TabletopGame/WarhammerFantasyRoleplay'', seeing as the 2nd edition of the game, as it got more and more supplements, got exact prices on every damn expensive thing the creators could think of. The most expensive object in the game would be a best craftsmanship galleon, which following game rules costs a stunning 120 THOUSAND gold crowns in a game where players have much better odds scavenging their equipment than working to make enough money to actually afford pistols or plate armour - both of which at common craftsmanship cost almost 1/500 of the galleon. Yeah... it's basically just a {{Take That}} to players.
3rd Aug '16 7:26:44 PM FactoidCow
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* Many of the jokes on the ''Series/FlightOfTheConchords'' HBO series revolve around the band's permanently dire financial situation.
-->'''Jemaine:''' We're poor and we've got no gigs.
-->'''Bret:''' We're slightly poorer.
-->'''Murray:''' Are you really?
-->'''Jemaine:''' Yeah, Bret's only got one shoe.
2nd Aug '16 10:07:34 AM Willbyr
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* Deconstructed at MutekiKanbanMusume: Miki has little money, no TV or video games... because she is TheSlacker sponging out his mother. Kayahara Sensei tries to be a SaveOurStudents teacher who is so depressed that only manages to be TheDreaded among her students... her room is completely empty except for a calendar and a TV she won at a contest. Maybe she has a LimitedWardrobe because her jumpsuit is her only clothes.
* Pretty much the entire premise of the ''LuckyStar'' spinoff ''Miyakawa-ke no Kuufuku'': the titular sisters are perpetually in poverty because of {{Otaku}} older sister Hinata's constant spending and wasteful habits. The end credits song even has them singing about how poor they are.

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* Deconstructed at MutekiKanbanMusume: in ''Manga/MutekiKanbanMusume'': Miki has little money, no TV or video games... because she is TheSlacker sponging out his mother. Kayahara Sensei tries to be a SaveOurStudents teacher who is so depressed that only manages to be TheDreaded among her students... her room is completely empty except for a calendar and a TV she won at a contest. Maybe she has a LimitedWardrobe because her jumpsuit is her only clothes.
* Pretty much the entire premise of the ''LuckyStar'' ''Manga/LuckyStar'' spinoff ''Miyakawa-ke no Kuufuku'': the titular sisters are perpetually in poverty because of {{Otaku}} older sister Hinata's constant spending and wasteful habits. The end credits song even has them singing about how poor they are.



* In ''{{Noragami}}'', Yato lives like this, because all he asks for the various odd-jobs he does is 5 yen, and he isn't always in high demand. He's also not a very well-known god, so he doesn't have his own shrine or temple, and he doesn't have a house, either.

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* In ''{{Noragami}}'', ''Anime/{{Noragami}}'', Yato lives like this, because all he asks for the various odd-jobs he does is 5 yen, and he isn't always in high demand. He's also not a very well-known god, so he doesn't have his own shrine or temple, and he doesn't have a house, either.



* ''{{Spider-Man}}'' is the premier example of this. Despite being a super genius inventor who created a revolutionary new super strong bio-degradable adhesive, friends with several billionaires, married to a model/actress, and being a member of the world's greatest superhero team (the Avengers), he still seems to be utterly broke in most storylines, to the point where he just put up with a dislocated shoulder until it healed to avoid paying the medical bills. Many fans feared that the fallout of ''ComicBook/SuperiorSpiderMan'' would put him ''back'' into this, but so far it seems that he's doing quite well as co-owner of Parker Industries.

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* ''{{Spider-Man}}'' ComicBook/SpiderMan is the premier example of this. Despite being a super genius inventor who created a revolutionary new super strong bio-degradable adhesive, friends with several billionaires, married to a model/actress, and being a member of the world's greatest superhero team (the Avengers), he still seems to be utterly broke in most storylines, to the point where he just put up with a dislocated shoulder until it healed to avoid paying the medical bills. Many fans feared that the fallout of ''ComicBook/SuperiorSpiderMan'' would put him ''back'' into this, but so far it seems that he's doing quite well as co-owner of Parker Industries.
27th Jul '16 6:10:46 PM nombretomado
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* In ''{{GURPS}}'' characters with the Dead Broke disadvantage will always lose any money they get.
* An unlucky crew in ''{{Traveller}}'' can easily end up in this situation despite transporting cargoes that can be worth millions of credits considering mortgage payments on the ship, plus maintenance, life support, and the necessity of having enough left over to buy the next cargo.

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* In ''{{GURPS}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' characters with the Dead Broke disadvantage will always lose any money they get.
* An unlucky crew in ''{{Traveller}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}'' can easily end up in this situation despite transporting cargoes that can be worth millions of credits considering mortgage payments on the ship, plus maintenance, life support, and the necessity of having enough left over to buy the next cargo.



* ''CyranoDeBergerac'': Exaggerated with Cyrano: Through the five acts of the play (fifteen years), we see (and various characters lampshade) that [[StarvingArtist he rarely eats well]], and at act V his friends Le Bret and Raguenau lampshade that he lives in a room that is falling apart. Itís also justified because Cyrano always indulged in ConspicuousConsumption combined with AFoolAndHisNewMoneyAreSoonParted.

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* ''CyranoDeBergerac'': ''Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac'': Exaggerated with Cyrano: Through the five acts of the play (fifteen years), we see (and various characters lampshade) that [[StarvingArtist he rarely eats well]], and at act V his friends Le Bret and Raguenau lampshade that he lives in a room that is falling apart. Itís also justified because Cyrano always indulged in ConspicuousConsumption combined with AFoolAndHisNewMoneyAreSoonParted.
25th Jul '16 7:05:33 AM mallyful
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*** 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!]]

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*** 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.
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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!]]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?
8th Jul '16 8:54:06 PM jormis29
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* A major theme of ''Series/TheHoneymooners''. Both Ralph and Norton have steady blue-collar jobs, but Ralph is constantly throwing away their wages on foolish get-rich-quick schemes. And there's an infamous episode where he quits, and the situation isn't rectified by the end of the show.

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* A major theme of ''Series/TheHoneymooners''. Both Ralph and Norton have steady blue-collar jobs, but Ralph is constantly throwing away their wages on foolish [[GetRichQuickScheme get-rich-quick schemes.schemes]]. And there's an infamous episode where he quits, and the situation isn't rectified by the end of the show.



* ''Radio/TheLivesOfHarryLime'': If Harry every succeeded in one of his get rich quick schemes, he would lose all of the money by the end of the episode.

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* ''Radio/TheLivesOfHarryLime'': If Harry every succeeded in one of his get {{get rich quick schemes, scheme}}s, he would lose all of the money by the end of the episode.



** This is actually averted in canon, though. She still doesn't get donations, and ''Manga/TouhouIbarakasenWildAndHornedHermit'' demonstrates she gets herself into a lot of get-rich-quick schemes, but she's never been shown to lack for anything she needs or wants, and she's only gone as far as unsubtly hinting at people to donate once or twice. Supposedly she gets some income from youkai hunting and incident resolution.

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** This is actually averted in canon, though. She still doesn't get donations, and ''Manga/TouhouIbarakasenWildAndHornedHermit'' demonstrates she gets herself into a lot of [[GetRichQuickScheme get-rich-quick schemes, schemes]], but she's never been shown to lack for anything she needs or wants, and she's only gone as far as unsubtly hinting at people to donate once or twice. Supposedly she gets some income from youkai hunting and incident resolution.
8th Jul '16 5:03:23 AM IamTheCaligula
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** This is actually averted in canon, though. She still doesn't get donations, but she's never been shown to lack for anything she needs or wants, and she's only gone as far as unsubtly hinting at people to donate once or twice. Supposedly she gets some income from youkai hunting and incident resolution.
*** Reimu's main problem is her work ethic, not that she doesn't do her job, but she does it wrong. Her job description is youkai extermination, and lots of humans aren't particularly happy that she just befriends them instead, meaning she gets less donations than she might like.

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** This is actually averted in canon, though. She still doesn't get donations, and ''Manga/TouhouIbarakasenWildAndHornedHermit'' demonstrates she gets herself into a lot of get-rich-quick schemes, but she's never been shown to lack for anything she needs or wants, and she's only gone as far as unsubtly hinting at people to donate once or twice. Supposedly she gets some income from youkai hunting and incident resolution.
*** Reimu's main problem is her work ethic, not that she doesn't do her job, but it appears to others that she does it wrong. Her job description is youkai extermination, and lots of humans aren't particularly happy that she just befriends them instead, meaning she gets less donations than she might like. Of course, lots of humans [[TheMasquerade aren't aware of the fact]] that they live in a FantasticNatureReserve and that Reimu is essentially the reserve's warden, either. Meaning her actual job isn't to exterminate youkai, but just to quell them if they get too rowdy.
5th Jul '16 2:21:59 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.
30th May '16 5:39:51 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Abel Nightroad in ''TrinityBlood'' generally gets very little to eat, to the point of sometimes subsisting on 13 scoops of sugar in his tea. Justified by the fact that he's a priest and has taken a vow of poverty.

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* Abel Nightroad in ''TrinityBlood'' ''LightNovel/TrinityBlood'' generally gets very little to eat, to the point of sometimes subsisting on 13 scoops of sugar in his tea. Justified by the fact that he's a priest and has taken a vow of poverty.
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