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14th Apr '18 4:12:59 PM TompaDompa
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* In ''Film/{{Deewaar}}'', Vijay goes from [[ShoeShineMister shining shoes]] to being able to buy an apartment building as a gift to his mother out of spite (she had worked on its construction, but was fired for breaking a couple of bricks).
7th Apr '18 11:57:27 AM Gamermaster
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* This is part of Rinne Berlinetta's backstory in ''Anime/VividStrike'' as an orphan who was adopted by fashion moguls.
3rd Apr '18 11:17:00 PM Arha
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* Katarina in ''LightNovel/DestructionFlagOtome'' was the spoiled brat daughter of a duke until one day she hit her head and woke up to the memories of her past life, a middle class Japanese tomboy, which becomes the dominant influence on her. Unable to take herself so seriously anymore she stops acting so ladylike and bitchy and starts plowing fields for fun, climbing trees, making friends with commoners and so on, much to the exasperation of everyone around her, especially her mother. While she may call herself Katarina and recognize Katarina's parents as her own, she's still basically that middle class tomboy.
31st Mar '18 11:17:58 PM nombretomado
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* Sarah Jessica Parker was born into poverty in Ohio, but was able to become a well known actress as a teenager (''Series/SquarePegs'') and a wealthy star through ''SexAndTheCity''. She's even kept her family relatively close, as she bought her mother a house in New Jersey.

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* Sarah Jessica Parker was born into poverty in Ohio, but was able to become a well known actress as a teenager (''Series/SquarePegs'') and a wealthy star through ''SexAndTheCity''.''Series/SexAndTheCity''. She's even kept her family relatively close, as she bought her mother a house in New Jersey.
26th Mar '18 1:11:37 PM CaptainCrawdad
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** In the Eastern Roman Empire, the position of Emperor was literally open to everyone.

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** * In the Eastern Roman Empire, the position of Emperor was literally open to everyone. everyone, allowing this to happen:



* Basil the Macedonian was born a peasant. In spite of his lack of education and limited experience in military and administrative matters, he became a favorite courtier of Byzantine Emperor Michael III and eventually succeeded him as emperor. He reigned successfully for 19 years, founded the Macedonian Dynasty and started the Macedonian Renaissance.

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* ** Basil the Macedonian was born a peasant. In spite of his lack of education and limited experience in military and administrative matters, he became a favorite courtier of Byzantine Emperor Michael III and eventually succeeded him as emperor. He reigned successfully for 19 years, founded the Macedonian Dynasty and started the Macedonian Renaissance.
26th Mar '18 1:10:13 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'', arguably the most successful webcomic around, has allowed for creators Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins to live the good life for several years now.



** A fair amount of billionaires were born in middle-class or even poor families. In fact, it is estimated that over 80% of American millionaires are first-generation rich (which might explain their adversity to higher income tax rates).



** In a similar vein, Creator/TylerPerry, at one point, ''lived in his car''. His plays/movies about SassyBlackWoman Mable "Madea" Simmons enabled him to move from the car... to a multi-million dollar mansion in Atlanta.

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** In a similar vein, * Creator/TylerPerry, at one point, ''lived in his car''. His plays/movies about SassyBlackWoman Mable "Madea" Simmons enabled him to move from the car... to a multi-million dollar mansion in Atlanta.
26th Mar '18 1:09:31 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* Older examples: King Xerxes of Persia and Roman Emperor Diocletian worked their ways up their kingdom/empires's militaries and ultimately became rulers. It wasn't even ''that'' uncommon in Rome, actually. If you were a ''really'' good member of the military and kept yourself away from the dangers in such an environment (injury, backstabbing, etc.), you could work your way up constantly and enact the trope. More than one Emperor aside from Diocletian arrived to power this way. (Now, whether they ''stayed'' there... that was something else)
** In the Eastern Roman Empire, the position of Emperor was literally open to everyone. Justin I was a swineherd from Macedonia who arrived in Byzantium with nothing but the clothes he wore but ended up making a career in the legions. He later had his sister move to Byzantium as well with her children and when he became emperor he made his nephew Justinian his closest advisor and successor. Justian ended up marrying a night club dancer who ruled with him as Empress Theodora and they were undisputedly among the most powerful people in the entire world at their time.
* UsefulNotes/ToyotomiHideyoshi. He's born as a sandal-bearer named 'Tokichiro Kinoshita'. Then he joins UsefulNotes/OdaNobunaga, works his ass up to the point that he became Nobunaga's right hand man, avenges his death and finished what Nobunaga couldn't accomplish: actually ''unifying Japan'' and becoming the most powerful man in the nation.
** Although the immediate downfall of his clan immediately after his death can partly be contributed to his status; he couldn't even forge a Minamoto[=/=]Taira lineage as everyone knew his background, which made his family ineligible for the top posts in the country. He ruled as [[RegentForLife kampaku]]-- not a shogun-- because he was adopted by a Fujihara just before the fact, and his legitimacy was only sustained through his own power. (On the other hand, UsefulNotes/TokugawaIeyasu had been able to forge himself a Minamoto lineage and make himself eligible for shogun.)

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* Older examples: King Xerxes of Persia and Roman Emperor Diocletian worked their his ways up their kingdom/empires's militaries the military and ultimately became rulers. emperor. It wasn't even ''that'' uncommon in Rome, actually. If you were a ''really'' good member of the military and kept yourself away from the dangers in such an environment (injury, backstabbing, etc.), you could work your way up constantly and enact the trope. More than one Emperor aside from Diocletian arrived to power this way. (Now, whether they ''stayed'' there... that was something else)
** In the Eastern Roman Empire, the position of Emperor was literally open to everyone.
**
Justin I was a swineherd from Macedonia who arrived in Byzantium with nothing but the clothes he wore but ended up making a career in the legions. He later had his sister move to Byzantium as well with her children and when he became emperor he made his nephew Justinian his closest advisor and successor. Justian ended up marrying a night club dancer who ruled with him as Empress Theodora and they were undisputedly among the most powerful people in the entire world at their time.
* Basil the Macedonian was born a peasant. In spite of his lack of education and limited experience in military and administrative matters, he became a favorite courtier of Byzantine Emperor Michael III and eventually succeeded him as emperor. He reigned successfully for 19 years, founded the Macedonian Dynasty and started the Macedonian Renaissance.
* UsefulNotes/ToyotomiHideyoshi. He's born as a sandal-bearer named 'Tokichiro Kinoshita'. Then he joins UsefulNotes/OdaNobunaga, works his ass up to the point that he became Nobunaga's right hand man, avenges his death and finished what Nobunaga couldn't accomplish: actually ''unifying Japan'' and becoming the most powerful man in the nation.
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nation. Although the immediate downfall of his clan immediately after his death can partly be contributed to his status; he couldn't even forge a Minamoto[=/=]Taira lineage as everyone knew his background, which made his family ineligible for the top posts in the country. He ruled as [[RegentForLife kampaku]]-- not a shogun-- because he was adopted by a Fujihara just before the fact, and his legitimacy was only sustained through his own power. (On the other hand, UsefulNotes/TokugawaIeyasu had been able to forge himself a Minamoto lineage and make himself eligible for shogun.)
21st Mar '18 11:19:16 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* Older examples: King Xerxes of Persia and Roman Emperor Diocletian worked their ways up their kingdom/empires's militaries and ultimately became rulers. It wasn't even ''that'' uncommon in Rome, actually. If you were a ''really'' good member of the military and GenreSavvy enough to keep yourself away from the dangers in such an environment (injury, backstabbing, etc.), you could work your way up constantly and enact the trope. More than one Emperor aside from Diocletian arrived to power this way. (Now, whether they ''stayed'' there... that was something else)

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* Older examples: King Xerxes of Persia and Roman Emperor Diocletian worked their ways up their kingdom/empires's militaries and ultimately became rulers. It wasn't even ''that'' uncommon in Rome, actually. If you were a ''really'' good member of the military and GenreSavvy enough to keep kept yourself away from the dangers in such an environment (injury, backstabbing, etc.), you could work your way up constantly and enact the trope. More than one Emperor aside from Diocletian arrived to power this way. (Now, whether they ''stayed'' there... that was something else)
15th Feb '18 4:44:34 PM nombretomado
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* {{Penny Arcade}}, arguably the most successful webcomic around, has allowed for creators Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins to live the good life for several years now.

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* {{Penny Arcade}}, ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'', arguably the most successful webcomic around, has allowed for creators Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins to live the good life for several years now.
3rd Feb '18 2:18:52 PM gb00393
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** The Cleganes' grandfather was the kennelmaster serving Lord Tytos, who knighted him for saving his life from a lioness.
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