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18th Jul '16 7:05:34 AM Drrahcir7x2
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* ''WesternAnimation/Steven Universe'': Greg Universe was given 10 Million Dollars for royalties when his old manager sold his song as a burger jingle.

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* ''WesternAnimation/Steven Universe'': ''WesternAnimation/{{Steven Universe}}'': Greg Universe was given 10 Million Dollars for royalties when his old manager sold his song as a burger jingle.
18th Jul '16 7:04:13 AM Drrahcir7x2
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* ''WesternAnimation/Steven Universe'': Greg Universe was given 10 Million Dollars for royalties when his old manager sold his song as a burger jingle.
14th Jul '16 9:43:45 AM nielas
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** Harry King started as a street urchin who lived off other people's garbage. He realized that what is garbage to some people is actually valuable to others so he started a garbage collection and recycling business. By the time of the Moist Ludvig books he is one of the richest men in the city. Then he decides to invest in the newly invented steam railway and becomes the Disk's first RailBaron.
28th Jun '16 10:16:27 PM superkeijikun
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* Shun Akiyama, from ''VideoGame/{{Yakuza}} 4'', was a hobo living on the streets of Kamurocho. Then an explosion broke out from Millennium Tower one night (at the end of the events of the first ''Yakuza'') and money rained down upon the people. Akiyama snatched up all the money he could carry, and used it to start his own successful money lending business, Sky Finance.
14th Jun '16 12:09:55 AM PaulA
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The classic "[[Creator/HorationAlgerJr Horatio Alger]]" version of the trope is that the protagonist [[SelfMadeMan lifts himself (or rarely herself) up to economic success]] by a combination of hard work and virtuous behavior. And a walloping dose of luck, [[LaserGuidedKarma which comes to the protagonist]] [[HardWorkFallacy because of their work and virtue]]. It fell out of favor around the Great Depression and has never quite recovered.

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The classic "[[Creator/HorationAlgerJr "[[Creator/HoratioAlgerJr Horatio Alger]]" version of the trope is that the protagonist [[SelfMadeMan lifts himself (or rarely herself) up to economic success]] by a combination of hard work and virtuous behavior. And a walloping dose of luck, [[LaserGuidedKarma which comes to the protagonist]] [[HardWorkFallacy because of their work and virtue]]. It fell out of favor around the Great Depression and has never quite recovered.
14th Jun '16 12:09:41 AM PaulA
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The classic "Horatio Alger" version of the trope is that the protagonist [[SelfMadeMan lifts himself (or rarely herself) up to economic success]] by a combination of hard work and virtuous behavior. And a walloping dose of luck, [[LaserGuidedKarma which comes to the protagonist]] [[HardWorkFallacy because of their work and virtue]]. It fell out of favor around the Great Depression and has never quite recovered.

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The classic "Horatio Alger" "[[Creator/HorationAlgerJr Horatio Alger]]" version of the trope is that the protagonist [[SelfMadeMan lifts himself (or rarely herself) up to economic success]] by a combination of hard work and virtuous behavior. And a walloping dose of luck, [[LaserGuidedKarma which comes to the protagonist]] [[HardWorkFallacy because of their work and virtue]]. It fell out of favor around the Great Depression and has never quite recovered.



* In Horatio Alger's first book, ''Ragged Dick'', Dick is able to elevate himself from homeless bootblack to...entry-level {{Clerk}}. While the "riches" part may seem a bit underwhelming, there's no doubt he's better off at the end than the beginning.
** Virtually every HoratioAlgerJr story ever written follows this same plot. Poor boy works hard, is virtuous, and is helped by a kindly older man (keep this in mind for later), and he eventually makes his fortune, relatively. The "helped by a kindly older man" part of the trope is often forgotten, and for good reason - the real Horatio Alger, the writer? Was a ephebophile. Sadly, this is not scurrilous rumour but established historical fact.

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* Virtually every Creator/HoratioAlgerJr story ever written follows this same plot. Poor boy works hard, is virtuous, and is helped by a kindly older man, and he eventually makes his fortune, relatively.
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In Horatio Alger's first book, ''Ragged Dick'', Dick is able to elevate himself from homeless bootblack to...entry-level {{Clerk}}. While the "riches" part may seem a bit underwhelming, there's no doubt he's better off at the end than the beginning.
** Virtually every HoratioAlgerJr story ever written follows this same plot. Poor boy works hard, is virtuous, and is helped by a kindly older man (keep this in mind for later), and he eventually makes his fortune, relatively. The "helped by a kindly older man" part of the trope is often forgotten, and for good reason - the real Horatio Alger, the writer? Was a ephebophile. Sadly, this is not scurrilous rumour but established historical fact.
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31st May '16 11:49:14 PM superkeijikun
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* ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' has Lucio, who started off as a poor kid from a Brazilian ghetto before becoming an international music celebrity who also moonlights as a freedom fighter.
18th May '16 2:09:47 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{CSI NY}}'' Sid Hammerback the coroner is pretty much a working class guy, managing okay but by no means wealthy-until his new pillow design is sold to a Japanese group for over 20mil.

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* ''{{CSI NY}}'' ''Series/{{CSINY}}'' Sid Hammerback the coroner is pretty much a working class guy, managing okay but by no means wealthy-until his new pillow design is sold to a Japanese group for over 20mil.
5th May '16 1:06:44 PM aye_amber
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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 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 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 TheBeatles, 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.
16th Apr '16 3:45:22 AM Morgenthaler
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* The ''Film/{{Rocky}}'' movies, also about a poor Philadelphian finding success and the attendant riches. Particularly noticeable in [[RockyII the second]] and [[RockyIII third]] movies.

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* The ''Film/{{Rocky}}'' movies, also about a poor Philadelphian finding success and the attendant riches. Particularly noticeable in [[RockyII [[Film/RockyII the second]] and [[RockyIII [[Film/RockyIII third]] movies.
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