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23rd Apr '17 12:16:59 PM gb00393
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** Davos grew up in Flea Bottom, worked his way up to smuggler captain, became a knight for smuggling Stannis food, and is now King Stannis' Consigliere.

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** Davos grew up in Flea Bottom, Bottom as the son of a crabber, worked his way up to smuggler captain, became a knight for smuggling Stannis food, and is now King Stannis' Consigliere.Consigliere and was even made his Hand. Stannis even tells him "You'll be the first crabber's son to ever be the hand of the King." All this before he even learns how to read.
14th Apr '17 8:43:09 PM pretzelbetty
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* Music/RingoStarr was raised in low-income housing in a single-parent family in Liverpool, England; his abusive father having abandoned the family when Ringo was very young. Ringo missed a lot of school as a boy as he was sickly; during one hospital stay, he was given a snare drum and drumsticks to play with. He fell in love with the instrument, took up drums [[note]]He was a [[TheSouthpaw left-handed]] musician playing the drums right-handed, which contributed to his unique style[[/note]], and joined Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, a popular local music group. As a fan and friend of Music/TheBeatles, he was asked to join the group not long after they signed to EMI, replacing [[ThePeteBest longtime drummer Pete Best]]. He became one of the most successful musicians in the world, providing the band with a solid backbeat and subtly innovative tone and fills, recieved the most fan mail of all four members, [[StepUpToTheMicrophone had a few lead vocals along the way]], and even contributed a few songs of his own towards the end of the band's career. He was among the first Beatles to have success as a solo artist, and had some success as an actor and session musician.

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* Music/RingoStarr was raised in low-income housing in a single-parent family in Liverpool, England; his abusive father having abandoned the family when Ringo was very young. Ringo missed a lot of school as a boy as he was sickly; during one hospital stay, he was given a snare drum and drumsticks to play with. He fell in love with the instrument, took up drums [[note]]He was a [[TheSouthpaw left-handed]] musician playing the drums right-handed, which contributed to his unique style[[/note]], and joined Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, a popular local music group. As a fan and friend of Music/TheBeatles, he was asked to join the group not long after they signed to EMI, replacing [[ThePeteBest longtime drummer Pete Best]]. He became one of the most successful musicians in the world, providing the band with a solid backbeat and subtly innovative tone and fills, recieved received the most fan mail of all four members, [[StepUpToTheMicrophone had a few lead vocals along the way]], and even contributed a few songs of his own towards the end of the band's career. He was among the first Beatles to have success as a solo artist, and had some success as an actor and session musician.
14th Apr '17 8:31:27 PM pretzelbetty
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* UsefulNotes/ToyotomiHideyoshi. He's born as a sandal-bearer named 'Tokichiro Kinoshita'. Then he joins UsefulNotes/OdaNobunaga, work 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 of his status; he couldn't even forge a Minamoto[=/=]Taira lineage as everyone knows his background, which makes 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 has been able to forge himself a Minamoto lineage and make himself eligible for shogun.)

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* UsefulNotes/ToyotomiHideyoshi. He's born as a sandal-bearer named 'Tokichiro Kinoshita'. Then he joins UsefulNotes/OdaNobunaga, work 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 of to his status; he couldn't even forge a Minamoto[=/=]Taira lineage as everyone knows knew his background, which makes 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 has been able to forge himself a Minamoto lineage and make himself eligible for shogun.)
14th Apr '17 8:24:57 PM pretzelbetty
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** 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 there adversity to higher income tax rates).

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** 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 there their adversity to higher income tax rates).
29th Mar '17 11:24:09 AM BeerBaron
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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series {{Player Character}}s almost universally start off as penniless prisoners (or in one case, a penniless shipwreck survivor). As you progress through the games, you usually find enough MoneyForNothing and more legendary artifacts than you can possible use, making you quite possibly one of the wealthiest individuals in all of Tamriel.
23rd Mar '17 3:05:39 AM DrFraud
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* In the Commodore 64 game ''Rags to Riches'' you start out as a bum picking up loose change off the street and end up with a million dollars, if you're lucky.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Steven Universe}}'': Greg Universe was given 10 Million Dollars for royalties when his old manager sold his song as a burger jingle. Aside from a few indulgences here and there, and promising to set aside some for Steven's college fund, he remains a multi-millionaire, and chooses to continue living in his van because he's perfectly content with his life as it is.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Steven Universe}}'': Greg Universe was given 10 Million Dollars million dollars for royalties when his old manager sold his song as a burger jingle. Aside from a few indulgences here and there, and promising to set aside some for Steven's college fund, he remains a multi-millionaire, and chooses to continue living in his van because he's perfectly content with his life as it is.



* 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 of 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 of 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 yourself away of 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 of from Diocletian arrived to power this way. (Now, whether they ''stayed'' there... that was something else)



* Creator/StephenKing was an underpaid school teacher who couldn't afford a telephone. Then he writes ''Literature/{{Carrie}}'' and now his name is synonymous with the horror genre

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* Creator/StephenKing was an underpaid school teacher who couldn't afford a telephone. Then he writes wrote ''Literature/{{Carrie}}'' and now his name is synonymous with the horror genregenre.
9th Mar '17 1:46:17 PM gb00393
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** A famed Westerlands story tells of how Lann the Clever, patriarch to House Lannister, managed to swindle the ruling House Casterly out of their castle of Casterly Rock.
26th Feb '17 10:41:47 PM gewunomox
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* RingoStarr was raised in low-income housing in a single-parent family in Liverpool, England; his abusive father having abandoned the family when Ringo was very young. Ringo missed a lot of school as a boy as he was sickly; during one hospital stay, he was given a snare drum and drumsticks to play with. He fell in love with the instrument, took up drums [[note]]He was a [[TheSouthpaw left-handed]] musician playing the drums right-handed, which contributed to his unique style[[/note]], and joined Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, a popular local music group. Aa a fan and friend of Music/TheBeatles, he was asked to join the group not long after they signed to EMI, replacing [[ThePeteBest longtime drummer Pete Best]]. He became one of the most successful musicians in the world, providing the band with a solid backbeat and subtly innovative tone and fills, recieved the most fan mail of all four members, [[StepUpToTheMicrophone had a few lead vocals along the way]], and even contributed a few songs of his own towards the end of the band's career. He was among the first Beatles to have success as a solo artist, and had some success as an actor and session musician.

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* RingoStarr Music/RingoStarr was raised in low-income housing in a single-parent family in Liverpool, England; his abusive father having abandoned the family when Ringo was very young. Ringo missed a lot of school as a boy as he was sickly; during one hospital stay, he was given a snare drum and drumsticks to play with. He fell in love with the instrument, took up drums [[note]]He was a [[TheSouthpaw left-handed]] musician playing the drums right-handed, which contributed to his unique style[[/note]], and joined Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, a popular local music group. Aa As a fan and friend of Music/TheBeatles, he was asked to join the group not long after they signed to EMI, replacing [[ThePeteBest longtime drummer Pete Best]]. He became one of the most successful musicians in the world, providing the band with a solid backbeat and subtly innovative tone and fills, recieved the most fan mail of all four members, [[StepUpToTheMicrophone had a few lead vocals along the way]], and even contributed a few songs of his own towards the end of the band's career. He was among the first Beatles to have success as a solo artist, and had some success as an actor and session musician.
20th Feb '17 5:21:56 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Davos grew up in Flea Bottom, worked his way up to smuggler captain, became a knight for smuggling Stannis food, and is now King Stannis' Consigliere.
** Littlefinger worked his way up from the very lowest of the nobility to Lord of Harrenhal and consort to the Lady of the Vale through his skill at moneymaking and XanatosSpeedChess.
** Xaro Xhoan Daxos rose from a penniless immigrant to one of the foremost men in Qarth.
** Bronn begins the series as a grubby sellsword in the Riverlands, and successively becomes Lord Commander of the City Watch, a knight, and finally is set to marry into a lesser noble house. The marriage deal is reneged upon by Cersei, although Jaime promises Bronn a better marriage when they return from Dorne.
** Janos Slynt, a butcher's son, rose to Lord Commander of the City Watch and then Lord of Harrenhal until Tyrion banished him to the Wall.
8th Feb '17 1:47:31 PM lifelover91
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