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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.
29th Jan '16 3:13:50 AM Morgenthaler
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* Chris Gardner, whose rise from homelessness to top stockbroker was chronicled ([[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory rather loosely]]) in ''ThePursuitOfHappyness''.

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* Chris Gardner, whose rise from homelessness to top stockbroker was chronicled ([[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory rather loosely]]) in ''ThePursuitOfHappyness''.''Film/ThePursuitOfHappyness''.
26th Jan '16 4:17:04 AM gallium
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* Mickey and her adoptive father Joe in ''Film/{{Mickey}}'', when Joe's gold mine finally pays off after 20 years.
14th Jan '16 11:03:55 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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* Billy Lee Promotions touted Sweet Georgia Brown as a rags to riches success story made possible by pro wrestling but despite being popular enough to have her own trading cards she saw very little of the money, wasn't allowed to open her own bank account and remained in rags.


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* After the failing in the NFL Wrestling/BobSapp skirted the poverty line until the promoters of [=K1=] and Pride Fighting Championships saw his matches from Wrestling/{{N|ationalWrestlingAlliance}}WA Wildside and decided they wanted him. He wound up being the highest paid mix martial artist and a decently paid pro wrestler.
13th Jan '16 9:21:32 PM troper18Lgreen
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* Chinese actor/singer/songwriter/model Creator/KrisWu went from barely being able to afford a car, having to live completely alone multiple times throughout his childhood since his mother had to work in China, and joining SM so his mother wouldn't need to care for him to one of China's most successful and popular celebrities.
1st Jan '16 10:18:45 AM LentilSandEater
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* ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' contains a highly ironic instance of this trope. After working to collapse Lether's economy while living in a hovel, Tehol Beddict accidentally becomes the new Letherii Emperor.
** The 'rags' part was actually self-imposed. Tehol Beddict came from a very prominent family and was at one point one of the richest men in the country due to his business genius. He gave up his fortune because he was disgusted with the debt-slavery system the country run on. At any point in time he could have easily regained his previous wealth and power if he chose to.

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* ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' contains a highly ironic instance of this trope. After working to collapse Lether's economy while living in a hovel, Tehol Beddict accidentally becomes the new Letherii Emperor.\n** The 'rags' part was actually self-imposed. Tehol Beddict came from a very prominent family and was at one point one of the richest men in the country due to his business genius. He gave up his fortune because he was disgusted with the debt-slavery system the country run on. At any point After working to collapse Lether's economy while living in time he could have easily regained his previous wealth and power if he chose to.a hovel, Tehol Beddict accidentally becomes the new Letherii Emperor.
26th Dec '15 5:25:05 PM nombretomado
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* Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger was a kid growing up in post-WWII Austria, with all the limited sources this implies. He got interested in bodybuilding, and once he moved to Munich to train in a better gym, Arnie lived there! Once finally fulfilling his dream of visiting the United States, attending the Mr. Universe in New York City, a famous gym owner in Los Angeles asked him to move there to train (and he accepted, despite all his possessions being in Europe). And his attempt at the AmericanDream, which included working on construction in the off-hours, saw Arnie become the greatest bodybuilder of all-time, an action film hero with the biggest paycheck in Hollywood, and Governor of California.

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* Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger was a kid growing up in post-WWII Austria, with all the limited sources this implies. He got interested in bodybuilding, and once he moved to Munich to train in a better gym, Arnie lived there! Once finally fulfilling his dream of visiting the United States, attending the Mr. Universe in New York City, a famous gym owner in Los Angeles asked him to move there to train (and he accepted, despite all his possessions being in Europe). And his attempt at the AmericanDream, UsefulNotes/TheAmericanDream, which included working on construction in the off-hours, saw Arnie become the greatest bodybuilder of all-time, an action film hero with the biggest paycheck in Hollywood, and Governor of California.
25th Nov '15 7:07:35 PM PDL
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** In a sense, the player character starts off with virtually nothing but the clothes on his or her back, and as you continue to play, you'll make a lot of bells. Some of it will go to Tom Nook, but eventually you'll eventually end up with a mansion.

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** In a sense, the player character starts off with virtually nothing but the clothes on his or her back, and as back. As you continue to play, play though, you'll make a lot of bells. Some of it will go to Tom Nook, but eventually you'll eventually end up with a mansion.mansion full of stuff if you keep up with the payments.
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